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Stop SC or I’ll reSIgn!
Kamran Faisal case
NAB has no trust in SC bench NAB prosecutor objects to constitution of bench g AG wants SC to stall hearing and let judicial commission investigate the death
naB chief writes letter to President Zardari complaining of ‘judiciary’s pressure’ on him to act against senior govt oﬃcials
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says sc’s role should not exceed its constitutional position as appellate court ISLAMABAD
n an apparent bid to build pressure on the Supreme Court (SC) in order to suspend proceedings against Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and other coaccused in the high-profile Rental Power Projects (RPPs) corruption case, national Accountability Bureau (nAB) Chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari on Monday submitted a letter to President Asif Ali Zardari, accusing the judiciary of “pressurising” him to take action against “some senior government officials” while threatening to resign if “these issues are not addressed expeditiously”. However, when confronted by journalists at the SC building, Bokhari neither confirmed nor contradicted the rumours of his
resignation. When asked if he had tendered his resignation or written any letter to the president, Bokhari responded that he wanted to enjoy the “pleasant weather”. When the reporters asked if he was refuting the reports about his resignation, the nAB chief replied that he was neither confirming nor denying any such news. In his letter, a copy of which is available with Pakistan Today, Bokhari alleged that the SC’s position over this issue remains clouded by actions bearing heavily on its mandate to strictly abide by the national Accountability Ordinance (nAO) in both letter and spirit, as the time for elections approaches. He also accused a section of the media of vilifying him in Kamran Faisal’s death case due to which “there is a revolt within nAB”. He also alleged that that very section
of the media appeared to be acting as an “intelligence unit”, influencing the public, and possibly influencing “certain members of the judiciary”. “The clear line between the recognized authority of the Supreme Court to monitor nAB investigations to the limited extent of ensuring fair investigation, and itself becoming involved in guiding investigations, appears to be becoming breached as a norm as the elections near. Contempt notices, verbal orders that differ from written orders, and insufficient time to prepare numerous progress reports, are placing extreme pressure on nAB personnel who appear before the Honorable Judges,” the nAB chief wrote. Continued on page 04 8
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The national Accountability Bureau (nAB) on Monday expressed its lack of confidence in the two-member bench of Supreme Court that has been taking up the Kam ran Faisal death case. On Monday, the bench of Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain resumed hearing in the case in presence of nAB Chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari.During the course of hearing, nAB Prosecutor General Karim Khan Agha objected to the constitution of the bench and said he was not satisfied with the bench formed to hear the case. Justice Jawwad S Khwaja directed the prosecutor that if he had any issue of confidence and constitution of the bench, he should submit a complaint in writing, and if nAB’s reservations were tenable, they might be considered. Justice Khwaja noted that come what may, rule of law and constitution was important for the court. On the other hand, Attorney General Irfan Qadir also appeared before the court and requested it to stall hearing, pleading that a judicial commission constituted by the Interior Ministry was already probing into the death of the nAB investigator. To this, the court observed that both the government and
court wanted to ensure rule of law and probe into the mysterious death. The AG said if the SC announced a judgment in this case, the work of the judicial commission would be of no consequence. In response to court orders, KK Agha also presented before the bench a copy of the notification of the judicial commission. After seeing the copy, the court returned it to the prosecutor with objection that the notification did not contain official numbers. The bench directed him to submit a proper copy of the notification on the next hearing. The nAB prosecutor requested for some time, after which the court adjourned the hearing until February 1. During the proceedings, the court also designated Advocate Anwar Kamal as amicus curiae in the case, to which the nAB prosecutor also raised objections. Kamal is also appearing before a three-member bench hearing the Rental Power Project (RPPs) case, as amicus curiae. Kamran Faisal, who was probing into the Rental Power Project scam involving Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and 15 others, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his official residence on January 18. His death came three days after the SC ordered nAB to arrest PM and others in connection with the scam. The SC took a suo motu notice of Faisal’s death last week.
Afghans ask for Baradar’s early release ISLAMABAD SHaIQ HUSSaIN
Afghanistan on Monday sought an early release of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the deputy to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar, besides other Taliban leaders and activists currently in Pakistani custody. The crucial issue of Baradar’s release, who has been in Pakistani custody since 2010, was taken up in discussions during talks between an Afghan delegation and a team of senior Pakistani army officials led by Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Monday. The Afghan delegation is headed by Defence Minister General Bismillah Khan Muhammadi. General Khan also called on President Asif Ali Zardari and dis-
cussed with him bilateral ties and the regional situation. The Afghan defence minister raised the issue of release of Baradar and other Taliban leaders with President Zardari as well, sources privy to the parleys said. Pakistan has already released around 26 Taliban prisoners in the last couple of months, including former Taliban justice minister Mullah nooruddin Turabi. Around 80 to 90 other Taliban leaders and activists are still in Pakistani jails and the most important among them is Mullah Baradar. Pakistan has announced that it would set free all Taliban prisoners in phases in months to come. “The Afghan delegation praised Pakistan’s efforts for peace in Afghanistan, especially the release of Taliban leaders to persuade the insurgent leadership to join the reconciliation
process. However, they (Afghan officials) also requested that Mullah Baradar and other Taliban leaders be released soon as well,” a source said on condition of anonymity. He said Pakistani officials reiterated Islamabad’s position on the issue that all Taliban prisoners would be freed. General Kayani told the Afghan military leadership that Pakistan would take all possible steps for facilitating the Afghan reconciliation process. “Both sides agreed that terrorism was a common threat and a joint fight against the menace would continue,” the source said. The Pakistani officials also sought effective measures by Afghan security forces to prevent terrorist attacks on Pakistani border posts in Dir, Bajaur and Chitral from the Afghan side. Continued on page 04 8
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ISLaMaBaD: president asif Zardari talks to an afghan delegation led by Defence Minister Bismellah Khan on Monday.
QUETTA: At least eight labourers were killed when toxic gas filled a coalmine in Dakki area of Loralai in Balochistan. Per details, as many as nine workers hailing from Swat were working in a coalmine when poisonous gas filled the area. Locals rushed to the spot and shifted the dead to a nearby hospital. The bodies will be transported to their native areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Balochistan’s chief mine inspector has ordered a probe into the tragic incident. oNLINe
malik hints at seeking spy agencies’ help over Karachi unrest ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Monday said that intelligence agencies might be contacted to help ease law and order situation in Karachi. Speaking to media representatives, he said that he would write a letter to spy agencies seeking their help to restore peace in the violenceridden metropolis. The minister said that all state institutions were working to curb lawlessness in the country, adding that improving law and order situation requires collective efforts. Malik said the agencies would take actions along with providing sensitive intelligence. PML-N wILL NEIThEr STAgE SIT-IN Nor hoLD LoNg MArch: Commenting on the Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz (PML-n)’s proposed sit-in outside Parliament House, Malik said the PML-n would hold a peaceful walk from Parliament to the office of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). ageNcIeS
Justice (r) Javed iqbal likely to be appointed federal ombudsman ISLAMABAD: Justice (r) Javed Iqbal is likely to be appointed federal ombudsman and a summary in this regard has been forwarded to the Presidency. After consultations with constitutional and legal experts, President Asif Ali Zardari would make the final decision in this regard. The government had earlier appointed Suleman Farooqi as the ombudsman for two months and now his tenure had expired. The government is now mulling to appoint Justice (r) Javed Iqbal who had been chairman of the Abbottabad Commission, while he also had an active role in the commission formed for recovery of missing persons. oNLINe
22 militants killed in airstrikes orAKZAI AgENcY/KhYBEr AgENcY: At least 22 militants were killed on Monday in separate operations when fighter planes bombed their hideouts in Upper Orakzai and Khyber Agency on Monday. According to details, twelve militants were killed when fighter planes targeted hideouts of the miscreants in Upper Orakzai Agency. Four hideouts of the militants were also destroyed during the operation. Furthermore, 10 militants were killed and eight injured when security forces targeted their hideouts in the Takhta Katti area of Khyber Agency. oNLINe
imran rejects asma Jehangir’s name for caretaker Pm LAHORE
AKISTAn Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Monday reiterated the objections raised by Dr Tahirul Qadri about the members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), while expressing “severe reservations” on the candidacy of Asma Jehangir for the office of caretaker prime minister. In a press conference a day after a government delegation met Dr Qadri to decide matters regarding the Islamabad Declaration, Imran said, “We have complete faith in the Chief Election Commissioner but we are not satisfied with other members of the commission. Therefore, we think it needs to be reconstituted.” Reiterating Dr Qadri’s message to the government team, Imran said, “We have no objection to the appointment of ECP chief Fakhruddin G Ebrahim, but the nomination of the four members is illegal because the committee didn’t hear all the 12 nominees whose names had been sent by the provinces.” He defended the PTI’s decision to not join Dr Qadri’s long march, as he praised two “positive” outcomes – first, that all political parties will be consulted on the name for caretaker PM; second, that all those suggested would be scrutinised for a month. Regarding the caretaker prime minister, the PTI chief gave the “essential” criteria, including complete neutrality, impeccable personal integrity, respect for national institutions (particularly the judiciary), a commitment not to fundamentally change the contours of national policy and basic management ability to hold elections and run the government. On grounds of its criteria, Imran said the PTI “disagrees with Asma Jahangir’s nomination” for the caretaker premier. “She has a history of opposing the PTI and has given statements against it. She is closely aligned with the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). She has shown continuous disrespect for the judiciary. We therefore do not think that
she fits the criteria,” Imran said. He declared her nomination as an “agreed game” between the PPP and the Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz (PML-n). “Jahangir’s nomination is tantamount to the fact that the government is not sincere in holding free and fair elections and if government elevates her, PTI would hold the biggest protest in the country’s history over nomination of an impartial person,” Imran stated. Later, Imran reiterated his demand for President Zardari’s resignation, alleging that he was not fit to hold a fair and free election, a prerequisite for bringing in an elected government with the people’s mandate. He also presented the “ingredients for free and fair elections”, including an election commission that is not only fair but has the requisite power to ensure that all electoral laws were strictly observed; a caretaker government that is neutral and seen by all to be as such; and a president who is truly a symbol of the state and neutral among all political stakeholders. Elections that are not free and fair can threaten the integrity of the nation, Khan added.
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Barkat Masih was charged under Section 295-C for refusing to hand over duplicate keys of a shrine to complainants LAHORE
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n a rare decision by a local court, Barkat Masih, a 56-year-old Christian accused of blasphemy was acquitted on Monday, Pakistan Today has learnt. According to details, Masih, a Christian convert from Hinduism, had been accused of blasphemy in his hometown Khairpur in 2011. A sweeper by profession, he had been accused of blasphemy when he refused to hand over duplicate keys of a shrine where he used to work to Muhammad Saleem and Muhammad Shoaib. They threatened him of “dire consequences” and on October 1, 2011 filed an FIR against Masih under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code. Consequently, Masih was arrested and taken to Bahawalpur Central Jail where he was under trial for blasphemy over the last one year. Blasphemy in Pakistan is punishable by death. Masih was acquitted by Additional Sessions Judge Chaudhry Jamil Ahmad on Monday. Talking to Pakistan Today, Masih’s counsel Lazar Allah Rakha said, “Today, a great justice has been served. Masih was innocent and everyone knew. An innocent man was saved from a terrible fate.”
Lazar said, “There was a lot of pressure from the opposing counsel Javed Pirzada and his associates about this case. He kept threatening me for supporting a man who had committed blasphemy.” Furthermore, he said that no security had been provided to him and Masih during the trial, adding that on the day the judgment was due, the court had been completely barricaded and no one was allowed in or outside the court without proper checking. Moreover, he said that while he had so far faced no threats from Muslim mobs, he had been under a lot of pressure from the local lawyers community which had been vocal against him for
defending Masih’s case. He further said that Masih was still in prison and was due to be released today (Tuesday). Talking to Pakistan Today, World Vision in Progress Director Farrukh Harrison said, “I am very grateful to the police for their support. Everyone knew that Masih was innocent and findings by the police also played a very strong role in his acquittal.” Harrison’s Christian rights outfit was providing legal support to the accused. Commenting on the security implications for Masih after his release, Harrison said, “The courts can only provide justice, they cannot guarantee security. The police can only ensure safety of the citizens for so long. Masih and his family will have to relocate and start over afresh because his life is under threat at his current hometown.” napolean Qayyum of the Pakistan People’s Party Minorities Wing told Pakistan Today that the ruling was a rare one indeed. “This case again warrants a review of the application of the blasphemy laws which are misused by people to settle personal scores and vendettas. Even though minorities are suffering because of the laws’ misuse, many Muslims are also languishing in jails on false blasphemy charges,” he said. Qayyum said that the case of Rimsha
fiA books italian diplomat for human trafficking KARACHI aftaB cHaNNa
LAhorE: Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz (PML-n) chief nawaz Sharif said new provinces should be formed on administrative basis and not on ethnic basis. Talking to a meeting of the party’s parliamentary committee on Monday, he said division of Punjab based on hatred is not acceptable.Sharif demanded division of Punjab according to the resolution passed by the Punjab Assembly. He reaffirmed his resolve to restore order in Karachi and serve the masses by providing them basic amenities at their doorstep. oNLINe
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has registered a case against an Italian diplomat Ubaldo Ciaviglioli for his alleged involvement in human trafficking, Pakistan Today has learnt. According to sources, case no C 06/2013 has been registered against the diplomat under section 5 PA-offences punishable under the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act 1947. It is expected that the FIA will interrogate the diplomat for his involvement in trafficking people to Europe. Sources said investigations were being carried out to check the involvement of a few blue-eyed travel agents, from the federal capital and Punjab, in trafficking people to Europe during which the diplomat’s involvement became apparent. According to the FIR, the agency had received re-
Justice denied Mother of Christian girl abducted by employee of influential minister being forced to abandon case, leave the city KARACHI aaMIR MaJeeD
The family of 15-year-old Christian girl Asma, who was kidnapped and later forcibly married to an employee of Sindh Minister for Local Government Agha Siraj Durani after alleged forced conversion to Islam, is being forced to migrate from Karachi after threats from the politically-backed abductors. The desperate family decided to turn silent seeing inaction by police
over the issue to avoid further damage. On January 21, a judicial magistrate issued non-bailable arrest warrants and ordered police to arrest the couple within 24 hours, but the police did not arrest them due to the alleged influence of local political leaders. The investigation officer (IO) who was tasked with arresting the couple claimed that the couple surrendered before the Sindh High Court (SHC) and filed a petition against the girl’s family and police for alleged harass-
ports on illegal travel agents operating in Lahore whose arrest was critical in indicting Ciaviglioli. FIA had recently apprehended travel agents Malik naseer Ahmed and Tariq Mehmood from Lahore, both of whom confessed during interrogation that Italian Embassy’s visa officer Ubaldo Ciaviglioli was helping them in issuing Schengen visas and visit visas at a price of 300 euros and also helped people in seeking asylum visas. Furthermore, sources said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been approached to allow investigators to arrest the diplomat or ask him to leave the country. When contacted, a senior official at the Italian Embassy in Islamabad told Pakistan Today that they had received a copy of the FIR that included the name of visa officer Ubaldo Ciaviglioli. The diplomat was interrogated by Italian authorities and he might leave the country if found involved in any illegal activity, the official said.
ment. “I went to the police station and court for justice but justice was served nowhere,” Asma’s desperate mother, Khursheed Bibi, told Pakistan Today. “I spent a large amount on the case and have not a single penny left with me to pay the lawyer to pursue the case. It is better to turn silent against the kidnapping and forced marriage of my teenage girl,” she said. “A few days ago, Ghaji Khan called me and threatened to withdraw the case and leave the city forever, otherwise he would kidnap my other daughters as well,” she said, adding that Khan advised her to sell her house to avoid further damage. “The IO of the case, Sub-Inspector Abdul Ghaffar also said he would neither get my daughter nor the looted money and the jewelry back,” Khursheed said. Ghaffar also advised her to withdraw the case as Khan was influential and beyond the reach of police and
courts. “The IO claimed that the SHC had accepted the petition of Ghaji Khan and they could not be arrested until orders of the superior court,” she said. “I am exhausted and have left the matter to the mercy of God,” she said. SI Abdul Ghaffar said the couple had surrendered to the SHC and filed a petition against the girl’s family and police for harassment. “The SHC accepted the petition and the matter is pending before the court,” he added. He denied Khursheed’s accusations of supporting Ghaji Khan during the investigation, saying he never asked the girl’s mother to stop pursuing the case. Asma was kidnapped by an employee of Durani on January 9 and was later married after she was converted to Islam. A judicial magistrate on January 21 issued non-bailable arrest warrants of the couple on interim charge-sheet and ordered police to produce them before court after arresting them within 24 hours.
Masih, a 14-year-old Christian girl from Islamabad, was also an eye-opener of the blatant misuse of the blasphemy laws. “However, it is encouraging that the courts have now found the courage to analyze such cases on merit,” he added. Talking to Pakistan Today, peace and human-rights advocate, IA Rehman said, “This is a clear example of how the blasphemy laws are misused to settle personal scores and economic disputes. It is now the responsibility of the state to ensure that the man lives safely with his family without any more persecution.” Furthermore, he said that it was not just the responsibility of the state but also the society to take corrective measures to ensure the safety and security of Pakistan’s minorities. Masih’s acquittal is a unique case in Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws. Currently, Aasia Bibi, a woman from nankana Sahib, is on death row after she was found guilty of blasphemy. Many human rights activists, notable politicians and local and international nGOs have been demanding the law to be revoked. According to a recent survey, at least 647 people had been charged with blasphemy over the last two decades. Fifty percent of the people charged were non-Muslim. Twenty of those charged were murdered soon after the charge was laid.
Conspiracy being hatched to install unconstitutional setup: Rabbani
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Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Raza Rabbani on Monday alleged that a “third force” was trying to hatch conspiracy to install an unconstitutional setup in the country. Talking to journalists at the Parliament House, Senator Raza Rabbani said that that any step taken to dissolve the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) would be unconstitutional. Furthermore, he said that applying Article 209 of the constitution was the only way to remove or replace any member of the ECP or chief election commissioner. “Antidemocratic elements are trying to derail and delay the election process,” Rabbani added. He said that a sword was hanging over the democratic system in the country, adding that such expeditions by the undemocratic forces would remain unless a new leader was elected. To a question, he said that an unconstitutional setup would be installed and maintained for two to three years.
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04 News ‘President may send reference to SJC on NAB chief’s letter’ ISLAMABAD oNLINe
President Asif Ali Zardari may send a reference to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) on reservations expressed by national Accountability Bureau (nAB) Chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari in a letter addressed to him, some legal experts have opined. The nAB chief has expressed reservations about the superior judiciary, particularly Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, in a letter sent to President Asif Ali Zardari while submitting his resignation. In this context, the president may refer the matter to the SJC to review if the judges of the superior judiciary are interfering unjustly in the affairs of national institutions, legal experts have said. When contacted, the legal experts said that two former nAB chiefs, including naveed Ahsan and Justice (r) Dildar Shah, fell victims to two conflicts earlier, and now Bokhari, the present chief, has sent his resignation to the president expressing his concerns over judicial procedure. Bokhari has complained to the president that the court was “not allowing nAB to work” and “unnecessary interference” was being made in its matters. He has also raised the matter of his repeated summons by the SC and the rejection of enquiry reports. nAB lawyers have also argued that the SC was an appellate court and not an investigation agency, saying the apex court should keep itself restricted to the hearing of appeals. “SC has been declared an appellate court as is enshrined in the constitution.
LHC orders recovery of fuel adjustment charges from industrial units
domestic consumers consuming up to 350 units exempted LAHORE
HE Lahore High Court Monday allowed national Electric Power Regulatory Authority (nEPRA), Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and others to recover fuel adjustment charges from industrial units as per notification. However, the court exempted domestic consumers using up to 350 units of electricity from fuel adjustment charges. Furthermore, the court ruled that the domestic consumers using over 350 units would have to pay fuel adjustment charges. The court ordered respondents to refund money if it was
He said that there was even the danger that nAB personnel could lose their independence and become unable to carry out their investigations in an independent manner due to the “pressure being exerted on them by the Honorable Supreme Court to proceed along lines which seem to be desired by the SC”. “In relieving this pressure, to safeguard their jobs, and so as not to displease the Honorable Court, there is danger of unfair investigation being resorted to. This phenomenon is observable in the investigation of very
received from domestic consumers using up to 350 units. The court also remitted the matter to nEPRA for consideration. Justice Muhammad Khalid Mehmood Khan passed the orders while allowing hundreds of identical petitions filed in 2011 against the recovery of fuel adjustment charges. The petitions were filed by Gulshan Spinning Mills, Rupali Polyester, various domestic consumers and others against WAPDA, nEPRA and others. The petitioners’ through their counsels said that electricity was one of the biggest single component which alone constituted 50 percent of their total cost of end product. Minor fluctuation in the electricity price affected the cost of production, they added.
Furthermore, the petitioners said that they had paid electricity bills for the month of April, May, June but the respondents had added 20 percent amount as fuel adjustment charges for months of April, May to the bill of October. They said that the electricity companies took the action on basis of two notifications issued by the federal government on August 23, 2011 under added provisions 31(4) of the Regulation, Generation, transmission, Distribution of Electric Power Act of 1997. They submitted that the said provision had been added as it was not provided in the original Act. They contended that as per law no notification having an adverse financial impact could be issued. The petitioners contended that the bills for the months of
April, May had been paid, adding that it was a closed transaction and respondents were not authorised to receive fuel adjustment charges for said months. They asked the court to set aside fuel adjustment charges and notification issued in this regard besides restraining respondents from taking any adverse action against them. However, the respondents argued that the notification issued for the recovery of charges was legal and pleaded the court to dismiss the petitions. The court, after having reserved judgement, announced the verdict in open court. The court had already stayed the recovery of fuel adjustment charges from domestic consumers who use electricity up to 350 units.
ISLaMaBaD: a view of a long queue of vehicles waiting to get cNg from a filling station on Monday. INP
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senior politicians of the government where orders, to even arrest them, have been issued on investigation reports of regional investigators that had yet to reach the Executive Board Meeting at nAB Headquarters that is chaired by me,” he added. The nAB chief further said that this could be construed as a clear violation of the powers of the Chairman nAB and to some degree circumventing the nAO, which he was required by law to follow. “The nAO in my view as it remains law passed by Parliament represents the will of the people and as such I am bound to follow it. The nAO
mandates that no reference can be filed until I have been allowed to exercise my mind, and decide that a clear case of criminality has been made out. I would be failing in my statutory duty if I shirk from upholding the law that I am mandated to protect,” he added. Bokhari assured the president that he would not flinch from prosecuting whosoever might be identified as having committed a criminal act under the nAO, as all were equal before the law and the nation expected that there be no sacred cows, nor raging bulls. “I am constrained to also bring to your notice the revolt within nAB, clearly abetted by a certain section of the media
that used the sad demise of Mr Kamran Faisal to vilify me and some senior nAB officers. This section of the media appears to be acting as an intelligence unit influencing the public, and possibly influencing certain members of the judiciary,” he said. The nAB chief that the long standing “slay” on taxes to be paid by that media house appeared to be relevant. He said that the media campaign, in which the role of the Honorable Supreme Court appeared evident, was placing great pressure on him to please the court in what could be seen as prepoll rigging, and hurried unlawful action on his part. “I fear that in the current
direction that the Honorable Supreme Court appears to be taking, I will not be able to perform my independent statutory role. This situation needs to be addressed firmly in line with the aspirations of the people, and the clear mandatory provisions of the Law and the Constitution,” he added. “The need to allow the Honorable SC to be diverted from its prime roles as the final Appellate and Constitutional Court may need to be addressed since ability to take Suo Motu notice of human rights cases could become an ‘open license to undermine government’, and may be taking time away from addressing the issues of judicial management of the current huge
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“At least five to 10 percent of the verified rolls would be randomly re-verified in areas pinpointed by political parties,” the source said. An army officer at the ECP office said his side was “chalking out” an effective plan (possibly with the ECP and political stakeholders) to ascertain what factually needed to be done. The ECP, however, seemed not upbeat about the materialisation of the political parties’ demand who, Mehboob Anwar said, wanted each ECP verifier accompanied by army personnel. The total number of staffers verifying voter lists
Commission on new province completes work ISLAMABAD oNLINe
The commission on the proposed new province finalised its recommendations on Monday. The recommendations were signed by majority of the members and will be present to the president and the national Assembly speaker. During the meeting, Dr Farooq Sattar of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) said that new provinces should be formed in the country on administrative grounds. The only opposition party in the commission, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUIF) said that Dera Ghazi Khan should be included in Balochistan since it had been a part of that province in the past. Furthermore, the JUI-F said that Bahalwapur should be made a separate province. During the meeting hot words were exchanged between Awami national Party (AnP) and Pakistan Muslim
pendency of cases in our courts.” “The essence of law is to provide a moral benchmark to society. That benchmark is sadly being lost by a judiciary that may be fast losing its own moral authority by relying on the contempt law, media, street power of lawyers, and unchecked violations of the Supreme Court judges’ code of conduct,” he added. “For the well-being of our people, justice must be ensured, while protecting them from those who would callously allow ‘the heavens to fall’. Should these issues not be addressed expeditiously I will regretfully be forced to tender my resignation,” the nAB chief concluded.
Adiala missing prisoners detained under AACP, says AG ISLAMABAD app
Attorney General Irfan Qadir on Monday told the Supreme Court that the alleged missing prisoners of Adiala Jail had been kept in detention in Landi Kotal Jail under the Action in Aid of Civil Power (AACP), 2007, regulation 10.
The revelation came when a three-judge bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed resumed hearing in the case on Monday. The attorney general further elaborated that the AACP gave power to certain law enforcing authorities to
detain a person if there was some suspicion against him. He said if a person felt aggrieved, the said act gave him the right to file an application after which the authorities would decide on the issue. Qadir said he was bound by law and could not go beyond it and the constitution.
Tariq Asad, counsel for the mother of an accused, said a total five FIRs were lodged in Rawalpindi and Attock police stations against the 11 accused. Asad informed the court that the DCO passed an order on April 8, 2010 for the detention of the said men for 30 days, which was later extended to 90 days.
He said after the judgment by the Lahore High Court on May 26, 2010 regarding the acquittal of these 11 people, their confinement was illegal and strictly against the law. The counsel said as the people were released from Adiala Jail, they were again taken into custody and shifted to Landi Kotal Jail.
in the city is 13,224. The number of army men deployed in city, however, could not be ascertained. However, an army officer said the military had no plan to increase the number of personnel deployed in the port city. Talking to Pakistan Today, Awami Tehreek Vice President Mazahar Rahuja said the CEC, who had no blemish on his record, had first vowed to delimit the city’s constituencies and then withdrew his statement. “If a respectable person like Fakhruddin G Ebrahim starts turning back on his words, then only God can protect our country,” Rahuja said.
The CJ said there were many things that needed clarification and asked the petitioner to carry out his arguments as the apex court could not pass a judgment in haste. Later, the court adjourned the hearing until February 4 upon a request by Tariq Asad for gathering some essential documents.
tehrik Hazara to sit-in before parliament ISLAMABAD: Tehrik Suba Hazara on Monday announced that it would hold a sit-in in front of Parliament House on January 30 (Wednesday). According to details, Chairman of Tehrik Suba Hazara Baba Haider Zaman asked the government to form a commission for a Hazara province without further delay. “If the government turns a deaf ear to this genuine demand, then countrywide civil disobedience movement would be started”, Baba said. He said that a referendum might be conducted in Hazara, which would prove that 99 percent people of the region wanted their own province. oNLINe League-Quaid (PML-Q) members on the issue of a Hazara province.
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Another source, who also sought anonymity, said Pakistani officials also asked for an early conclusion of proposed ‘Strategic Partnership Agreement’ with Afghanistan, which would help cement bilateral ties and boost bilateral defence cooperation. He said Pakistan had already handed over a draft of the Strategic Partnership Agreement to Afghan authorities, but the Karzai administration had yet to come up with a formal response to that important Pakistani initiative. The source said Pakistan also wanted to impart military training to Afghan national Army (AnA) and that offer was renewed by Pakistani officials during talks on Monday. The Afghan delegation told the Pakistani officials that it would convey Islamabad’s desire to the top Afghan leadership. In past, the Afghan government had shown reluctance to accept the offer of training by Pakistani Army due to alleged support that it believed Islamabad had been extending to the Taliban. However, Pakistan rejected the allegations, saying it had no favourites in Afghanistan and wanted durable peace and stability in the neighbouring country.
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Death by toxic ginger! acid washed ginger flood markets g experts warn of dire circumstances g
CID-WASHED ginger which is highly hazardous for health is being sold at the fruit and vegetable market (Sabzi Mandi). A senior ICT administration official said following a number of complaints, the Administration and Food Department had raided three wholesale shops and taken samples of ginger. Market sources said that ginger treated with acid was being sold in markets, as wholesalers had dipped ginger in acid to make it heavier. “The dipped ginger not only becomes heavy, but also looks clean, and that attracts customers,” said a vendor. “We have sent samples to the national Institute of Health (nIH) for a chemical analysis and businessmen
have been asked to stop selling ginger which looks washed in acid, till the nIH releases its report,” Food Assistant Director Chaudhry Afzal told Pakistan Today. He said the Food Department would start taking action once the nIH report is received. Offenders could face up to three months of imprisonment and Rs 2,000 in fine, he added. The sale of acid washed ginger has been reported several times in the past. In 2006, following a confirmation report from the nIH, the administration had banned the sale of ginger cleaned with acid. However, this issue had resurfaced again. Talking to Pakistan Today, Haji Farooq, a wholesale dealer, said that ginger was being imported from neighbouring countries and traders in the Sabzi Mandi could not be blamed for such practices. He said that acid washed ginger was not being sold in markets.
setting shop in the dark ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) weekly bazaar located at Peshawar Morr, comprising over 2,700 stalls, has been operating without electricity for four years since its establishment. The bazaar had been established in 2008 to facilitate and provide relief to poorer segments of the federal capital, but electricity for the bazaar has not been ensured so far, due to which shoppers and stallholder face problems. Stallholders complained that the CDA had setup weekly bazaars but had not provided electricity, which affected their business as they had to wrap up before sun set. They said most shoppers visited the bazaar in the evening on Tuesday and Friday, as people had to attend offices during the day, but due to a lack of electricity, they had to go back without buying anything. Rasheed Khan, a stallholder, said they had repeatedly requested the authorities to provide them electricity, but the CDA and IESCO officials had not taken the matter seriously for reasons best known to them. “We suffer terribly during summers as there is no electricity and we cannot afford running generators all day,” he lamented. CDA officials said that timings for the weekly bazaar had been set from morning till evening, thus they did not need electricity. Electricity wasn’t provided to any weekly bazaar in the city, they added. INp
na body asks cDa to evacuate afghan Basti
ISLAMABAD: A sub-committee of the national Assembly Standing Committee on Cabinet Division on Monday asked the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to evacuate the Afghan Basti in Sector I-11 otherwise the body would have to move the court. The committee met at the Parliament House under the chairmanship of Hameedullah Jan Afridi. Cabinet Special Secretary Shahidullah Baig, Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, CDA officials and Islamabad police officials were present at the meeting. Afridi said that lowsalaried employees had been allotted plots in the residential sector and had been awaiting possession of their property. He said the CDA should immediately evacuate the land from the clutches of land grabbers. He added that legal action would be recommended against any officer accused of negligence in this regard. Committee members said the body would monitor the operation in the sector. The meeting was informed that certain elements had been hindering the operation and these land grabbers also comprised drug peddlers and those without official registration. A Ministry of States and Frontier Regions member apprised the committee that the Afghan Basti consisted of a few Afghan refugees who could be shifted elsewhere, however a lot of people had been living there illegally. The committee members said the evacuation should be carried according to the set schedule and timely measures should be taken to improve administrative functioning. app
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Supreme Court Registrar Dr Faqir Hussain inaugurates training sessions for court superintendents ISLAMABAD Staff RepoRt
Supreme Court Registrar Dr Faqir Hussain on Monday said that court personnel had a significant role to play and effective training was essential to improve their performance. He expressed these views in the inaugural ceremony of a week-long training course on “How to be an effective Superintendent” for superintendents from the district and sessions judges office including Azad Jammu and Kashmir, in the Federal Judicial Academy (FJA). He termed the court personnel as the ‘real face of the court’ and said that first impressions were often the last impressions. “It is here where the litigant public interacts with the court staff, where 91 percent of litigations come, and the litigant public makes its first impression about the subordinate court and the same impression, whether good or bad, is car-
ried all over,” he said. Trainings and orientations were imperative for the lower grade court personnel to improve their performance, he added. He addressed participants of the training course and said that they would not learn about new subjects but also learn how to interact with litigants. Subjects like Etiquette and Mannerisms, Government Servant Conduct Rules, Senior–junior relationships, stress and time management, TA/ Pension/ Leave Rules etc, would be taught at the training programme, Hussain said. He said the national Judicial Policy (nJP) demanded better performance from all main stakeholders within the judicial system. A two pronged strategy had been adopted in this regard: the speedy disposal of cases and training for judges and court personnel, law officers, attorneys and lawyers, Hussain added. He said the academy had become more organised during the last few years. The academy used to arrange courses
sporadically but had started arranging highly productive training courses for judges, law officers, district attorneys, court personnel and lawyers. Lawyers are imparted education and training through seminars, workshops and conferences in the academy, said Husain. He lauded the role of subordinate courts and said, “In the wake of the nJP, the performance of subordinate courts has been appreciable.” DG Parvaiz Ali Chawla welcomed the participants and spoke about the important role played by superintendents. He described this role as a bridge between the judge, court personnel and others, and said this training would be immensely beneficial for them. Academy spokesman Hashim Abro said 21 superintendents from all over the country, including Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, were participating in the week-long training at the academy.
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06 Islamabad maulana Aziz, umme Hasaan acquitted in abduction case ISLAMABAD oNLINe
The civil court has acquitted Lal Masjid Khateeb Maulana Abdul Aziz and his spouse Umme Hasaan, along with four other accused in a case regarding the abduction of Islamabad police personnel. The court hearing had resumed on Monday, presided by Senior Civil Judge Sheikh Muhammad Sohail. All the accused including Maulana Abdul Aziz, Umme Hasaan, Maulana Abdul Basir and Maulana Muhmmad Afzal had been present in the court along with their counsel Wajih Ullah Khan. Raja Faisal Ghani and Inspector Arshad Mehmood had appeared in court on behalf of the Capital Territory Police. The verdict stated that the court had found discrepancy in the witnesses’ testimonies, while the police had failed to produce any object that had been snatched from the police at the time of abduction including a police jeep and a wireless set. The prosecutors had been unable to prove the accused guilty of these crimes and the court acquitted the accused of all charges. Wajih said the case had been pending in courts for five years and the prosecutors had been unable to prove his clients’ guilt. “We are thankful to the independent judiciary due to which Maulana Abdul Aziz and his cohorts have received justice”, he added.
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US govt and ICT Police establish special Police Reporting Rooms ISLAMABAD
RIMES often go unreported, while victims endure long delays and mandatory searches while entering police stations to file FIRs. These police stations lack proper interview facilities which frustrates crime victims and police officials, said a press release issued by the US Embassy on Monday. The statement added that the laborious process for filing FIRs will improve due to an innovative partnership between the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Police, the US government’s International narcotics and Law Enforcement Agency (InL) and the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP). The ICT Police has developed an innovative concept to create special Police Reporting Rooms (PRR) in areas adjacent to police stations, where crime victims would be spared the difficulty of having to enter secure areas of police stations. The US government, through the InL and ICITAP, ahs helped the ICT po-
lice formulate this modular plan for purpose built PRRs that could be easily constructed and replicated. The InL funded the construction of 12 PRRs in Islamabad, which will serve as models for stations all over the country. “Criminals cannot be pursued or prosecuted unless the police are aware that a crime has been committed,” said US Embassy InL Director Richard Sacks, at a ceremony inaugurating the first PRR at the Shalimar Police Station.
“By creating reporting rooms that are easily accessible, comfortable, well-lit, and quiet, victims will be more likely to take the important step of filing a FIR,” he said. Police Inspector General Bani Amin Khan thanked the US government for supporting the ICT Police, and said, “These reporting rooms will not only help crime victims, but also make it easier for the police to record and investigate crimes.”
The press statement stated that the US government was committed to strengthening law enforcement in Pakistan. In addition to building PRRs and other infrastructure, the InL had also donated equipment to improve policing. It had provided 11 armoured personnel carriers, more than 3,000 protective vests, hundreds of mobile and handheld radios, 100 motorcycles, and a water tanker to provide drinking water to police forces in KP and FATA. The InL has also trained police officers from KP, Balochistan, Sindh, and Punjab, the ICT, FATA Levies, and other civilian law enforcement entities in areas such as leadership, criminal investigations, human rights, civil disturbance management, and police command and control. The IGP said the modern reporting section would help residents register complaints without any difficulties. He said similar sections would be opened in the remaining police stations, and work in this regard was under way. “We will facilitate people and try to solve their problems, I have directed all police stations to utilise their energy towards serving the masses,” Khan said.
importance of developing nanotechnology within the country emphasised ISLAMABAD oNLINe
A one-day seminar on “nano technology and Stakeholders in Pakistan” commenced on Monday to emphasise the importance of developing nanotechnology manpower in the country. Ministry of Science and Technology Secretary Akhlaq Tarar addressed the inaugural session organised by Preston Institute of nano science and Technology (PInSAT) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. He said that by 2015, nanotechnology will have a market share of $3 billion. Tarar pointed out that following an initial investment for developing science and technology in the country, a resource constraint had set in and finances were being diverted to other projects. He said the government had spent a meagre 0.6 percent of the GDP on the development of science and technology, and he hoped that the ministry would be able to increase this share to two percent by 2020. Tarar said that a Science and Technology
Innovation Policy had been approved by the government. A task force had been formed to follow up on recommendations contained in this policy. The secretary requested the PInSAT to help revive the national Commission on nano-science and Technology. Preston University Chancellor Dr Abdul Basit highlighted the university’s achievements and said that Preston was the first ever private university of Pakistan and had campuses all over the country. PInSAT Chairman Dr nM Butt highlighted the importance of nanotechnology. He also stressed the need for the revival of the national Commission on nano-science and Technology. Chinese national Centre for nano-science and Technology Director General Dr Chen Wang, Emeritus Professor Dr M Yahya from Malaysia, Iran InterIslamic network of nanotechnology CEO Dr Masoud Hafezi Ardakani, Assistant Professor Dr Ahmed Ayesha from UAE, Lahore PCSIR Director General Dr Shahzad Alam and Dr nM Butt spoke about various developments in the field of nanotechnology in their respective countries.
motorway Police’s performance lauded ISLAMABAD: The Motorway Police has been making vigorous efforts to reduce the rate of accidents to its lowest level yet, by maintaining better discipline on roads through briefing, road safety awareness sessions and constructive enforcement. This was said by Motorway Police Sector Commander Farooq Azam, during a meeting with Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) President Zafar Bakhtawari on Monday. Azam said special refresher courses had been designed for professional drivers to enhance their status in society and enable them to appreciate their responsibilities. He said driver’s training schools should be encouraged to create good traffic discipline on roads. Azam said that awareness among commercial vehicle drivers and other motorists was necessary to ensure safety of life on these roads. He said many accidents could be avoided if motorists drove vehicles carefully and followed traffic rules. Dozing at the wheel was a major reason for deadly accidents on highways and motorways, he added. He said most vehicles were not fit for driving and the existing system of checking vehicles for fitness was not compatible with international standards. Azam appreciated the private sector’s role for the development of the economy and said that Chambers could play major role in economic transformation of the country. Speaking on the occasion, President ICCI Zafar Bakhtawari lauded the dynamic role played by the Motorway Police in its services towards nation. He said the Motorway Police was an exemplary institution that was free of corruption and presented a culture of assistance for the road users in distress. Staff RepoRt
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half of the world’s food going waste: report n Figures from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers show
as much as 2bn tonnes of food never makes it on to a plate
s much as half of all the produced in the world – equivalent to 2 billion tonnes – ends up as every year, engineers warned in t. The UK’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) blames the “staggering” new figures in its analysis on unnecessarily strict sell-by dates, buy-one-get-one free and Western consumer demand for cosmetically perfect food, along with “poor engineering and agricultural practices”, inadequate infrastructure and poor storage facilities. In the face of United nations predictions that there could be about an extra 3 billion people to feed by the end of the century and growing pressure on the resources needed to produce food, including land, water and energy, the IMechE is calling for urgent action to tackle this waste. Their report, Global Food; Waste not, Want not, found that between 30 percent and 50 percent or 1.2-2bn tonnes of food produced around the world never makes it on to a plate. In the UK as much as 30 percent of vegetable crops are not harvested due to their failure to meet retailers’ exacting standards on physical appearance, it says, while up to half of the food that is bought in Europe and the US is thrown away by consumers. And about 550bn cubic metres of water
is wasted globally in growing crops that never reach the consumer. Carnivorous diets add extra pressure as it takes 20-50 times the amount of water to produce 1 kilogramme of meat than 1kg of vegetables; the demand for water in food production could reach 10–13 trillion cubic metres a year by 2050. This is 2.5 to 3.5 times greater than the total human use of fresh water today and could lead to more dangerous water shortages around the world, the IMechE says, claiming that there is the potential to provide 60-100 percent more food by eliminating losses and waste while at the same time freeing up land, energy and water resources. Tim Fox, head of energy and environment at the IMechE, said: “The amount of food wasted and lost around the world is staggering. This is food that could be used to feed the world’s growing population – as well as those in hunger today. It is also an unnecessary waste of the land, water and energy resources that were used in the production, processing and distribution of this food.” In order to prevent further waste, governments, development agencies and organisation like the Un “must work together to help change people’s mindsets on waste and discourage wasteful practices by farmers, food producers, supermarkets and consumers,” the IMechE said. A 2011 study by the Swedish Institute
for Food and Biotechnology (SIK) on behalf of Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United nations (FAO), Global Food Losses and Food Waste, distinguishes between “food loss” and “food waste”, and provides figures for both: Food loss measures the decrease in edible food mass (excluding inedible parts and seed) “throughout the part of the supply chain that specifically leads to edible food for human consumption”, that is, loss at the production, postharvest and processing stages. This definition of loss includes biomass originally meant for human consumption but eventually used for some other purpose, such as fuel or animal feed. Food waste is food loss occurring during the retail and final consumption stages due to the behaviour of retailers and consumers that is, the throwing away of food. One way of dealing with food waste is to reduce its creation. This attitude has been promoted by campaigns from advisory and environmental groups, and by concentrated media attention on the subject. Consumers can reduce their food waste output at points-of-purchase and in their homes by adopting some simple measures; planning when shopping for food is important, and spontaneous purchases are shown as often the most wasteful. Proper knowledge of food storage reduces foods becoming inedible and thrown away. Through initiatives such as Cambio verde, farmers can provide surplus produce (produce they would otherwise discard due to too low prices/kg) to people that provide glass, and other waste.
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clashes continue in egypt for fifth consecutive day CAIRO
French-led troops seize northern timbuktu TIMBUKTU: Ground forces backed by French paratroopers and helicopters have taken control of the airport and roads leading into the desert town of Timbuktu, according to a French military official. Colonel Thierry Burkhard said on Monday that the airport was taken without firing a shot. "There was an operation on Timbuktu last night that allowed us to control access to the town," he said. "It's up to Malian forces to retake the town." About 200 paratroopers landed north of Timbuktu and took control of the routes there. The French military found more than 90kg of explosives in the airport's air traffic control tower, an official said. A reconnaissance team has already reached the edge of Timbuktu, a senior Malian officer said, adding that French and Malian soldiers were approaching the city "without meeting any resistance". France's defence ministry said one of its armoured battalions and Malian troops were headed toward the ancient trading post and centre of Islamic learning, where 333 revered Muslim saints are believed to be buried. The advance comes after French and Malian soldiers on Saturday seized the town of Gao, east of Timbuktu - the biggest victory so far in their 17-day operation against the rebels, who have controlled the north for 10 months. The French defence ministry said in a statement that it had carried out about 20 air strikes Saturday and Sunday in the Gao and Timbuktu regions. "Air operations carried out since [Saturday] are providing direct support to operations in Gao and along the western axis," it said. "Operations conducted deep in enemy territory are continuing, notably with the reinforcement of our position in Gao, in particular by an armoured battalion [...] and by the Malian armed forces and several African units, including from niger and Chad." Malian forces "established a foothold" in Gao and "several terrorist groups were destroyed or chased to the north" in the battle for the city, the ministry added. A French military official denied an earlier report by a Malian security source that air strikes had destroyed the home of Iyad Ag Ghaly, the leader of armed rebel group Ansar Dine [Defenders of the Faith]. "Iyad Ag Ghaly's house is still standing," the French source said. "There have not been any strikes in Kidal region", which is the rebel-held area in the extreme northeast where Ag Ghaly's home is located. Gao is the biggest of six towns seized by French and Malian troops since they launched their offensive on January 11 to wrest the vast desert north from the rebels. ageNcIeS
OLICE have fired teargas at protesters in downtown Cairo, just hours after President Mohamed Morsi declared a state of emegency and a curfew in three Suez Canal cities. Monday was the fifth consecutive day of street violence in Egypt. There were reports that one person was killed; he was not taking part in the protests, but was hit by a stray gunshot. Protests began last week to mark the second anniversary of the revolution that toppled longtime president Hosni Mubarak; nearly 50 people have been killed so far. The cabinet, meanwhile, approved a draft law which would allow Morsi to deploy the army on the streets to "participate with the police in preserving security and protecting vital establishments." The law still must be ratified by the upper house of parliament; it would last until after the next legislative elections, tentatively scheduled for April. Morsi delivered a televised address on Sunday night and announced the emergency measures in Port Said, Ismailia and Suez. A curfew will take effect on Monday from 9:00pm local time (19:00 GMT) to 6:00am (04:00 GMT); he warned that more action would be taken to stem the violence. "I have said I am against any
CAIro: A protester prepares to throw a rock while surrounded by a cloud of tear gas during clashes with security forces near Tahrir Square. AgENCIES
emergency measures but I have said that if I must stop bloodshed and protect the people then I will act," he said. He also called for dialogue with leading politicians starting on Monday to resolve the situation. Several hundred people protested in Ismailia, Suez and Port Said after the announcement. Activists in the three cities pledged to defy the curfew in protest at the decision. On Sunday night, Morsi’s office issued a statement inviting political supporters and opponents for a national dialogue on
Monday at 6:00pm (16:00 GMT) at the presidential palace in Cairo. The spokesman for Egypt's main opposition coalition said after Morsi's speech that the move was "expected" and said he wanted more details about an invitation for dialogue with top politicians. "Of course we feel the president is missing the real problem on the ground which is his own policies," Dawoud told the Reuters news agency. "His call to implement emergency law was an expected move given what is going on, namely thug-
gery and criminal actions." Hamdeen Sabbahi, a leftist politician and opposition leader, said that he would not attend any negotiations "unless the bloodshed stops and the people's demands are met". Mohamed ElBaradei, a leader of the nSF, said in a statement on Twitter that the dialogue was "a waste of time". Heba Morayef of Human Rights Watch in Cairo said a state of emergency reintroduced laws that gave police sweeping powers of arrest "purely because [people] look suspicious".
Russia says Assad’s chances fading Berlusconi defends 'good' mussolini MoScow: Russia's prime minister has said Syrian President Bashar alAssad had made a "grave," and possibly "fatal" mistake by delaying political reforms and not speaking to members of the country's oppositon sooner. "[Assad] should have done everything much faster, attracting part of the moderate opposition, which was ready to sit at the table with him, to his side," Dmitry Medvedev said according to the transcript of an interview with Cnn released by his office on Sunday. "This was his grave mistake, and possibly a fatal one," Medvedev said. Medvedev’s comments are some of the harshest from Syria’s most important ally during the last two years of a civil war that began as an uprising against Assad’s rule. Medvedev also said that Assad is losing his grip on power as the war, which has already cost more than 60,000 lives, continues. "I think that with every day, every week and every month the chances of his preservation are getting smaller and smaller," Medvedev was quoted as saying. "But I repeat, again, this must be decided by the Syrian people. not Russia, not the United States, not any other country.” ageNcIeS
roME: Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s former prime minister, has triggered outrage with comments defending fascist wartime leader Benito Mussolini at a ceremony commemorating victims of the nazi Holocaust. Speaking at the margins of the event in Milan on Sunday, Berlusconi said Mussolini had been wrong to follow nazi Germany's lead in passing anti-Jewish laws but that he had in other respects been a good leader. "It's difficult now to put yourself in the shoes of people who were making decisions at that time," said Berlusconi, who is campaigning for next month's election at the head of a coalition that includes far-right politicians whose roots go back to Italy's old fascist party. ageNcIeS
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Citing threats to life, Haqqani refuses to return home LAHORE
ORMER Pakistani envoy to the US, Husain Haqqani has said that while he wished to return to Pakistan to participate in the Supreme Court proceedings involving him, he could not do so because of imminent threats to his life. In a letter to the Interior Ministry, drafted on December 27,2012, Haqqani mentioned that although it was his utmost desire to adhere to the demands of the Supreme Court, there was no law that forces an individual to put his life in jeopardy just because of “media noise”. He added that he would not and could not trust his safety in the hand of state machinery that routinely fails to protect Pakistani citizens. The Supreme Court has insisted that Haqqani return to Pakistan to ap-
pear before the court in the memo case. Haqqani has refused to come, saying he faces threats to his life. He says that he has not been legally charged, tried or convicted of any crime. However, the memo commission has convicted him of authoring the controversial memo and showing disloyalty to Pakistan. “Which law enforcement agency or security organisation can guarantee that their personnel will not be affected by this negative propaganda against me in an environment wherein people are being killed for their religious beliefs and even children administering the polio vaccine to infants as volunteers are not safe from ideologically-driven maniacs?” he asked, adding, “I cannot ignore several recent incidents in the country of mobs lynching individuals merely on accusations and the complete impotence of the state machinery in dealing with these incidents.”
It is pertinent to mention that it is difficult to secure Haqqani’s extradition from the US, since there is no legal charge or conviction. The memo issue aroused national sentiment among certain quarters in Pakistan. Haqqani was relieved of his duties as ambassador to the US in view of his opinions about US-Pakistan relations and the mosque-military alliance in november 2011. Since then, Haqqani has been called all sorts of names in the Pakistani media and ultra-right wing elements consider him a traitor to Pakistan. The Supreme Court can charge Haqqani with contempt or even order the registration of an FIR against him for treason based on the memo commission’s report. But in both cases, there is minimal chance that authorities outside Pakistan, especially in the United States where the former ambassador is now a professor, will carry out the court’s order.
News 09 Clashes in Tirah Valley continue on fourth consecutive day PEShAwAr: Clashes between rival militant groups continued on the fourth consecutive day on Monday as the number of casualties reached 80. Though the rival groups are making conflicting claims regarding inflicting human and logistic losses to each other, there are no authenticated reports as the media had no access in the area. Different tribal sources told Pakistan Today on Monday that the clashes erupted between the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Darra Adam Khel chapter and the banned Ansarul Islam on Friday. The TTP is making attempts to occupy important positions and hilltops in the area. According to tribal sources, fierce fighting was going on at Doha Patyee Maidan. So far 10 militants from both sides had been killed in the latest round of fighting. Reports from the far-flung and snow-covered Tirah Valley reveal that local tribesmen belonging to various clans of the Afridi tribe were supporting Ansarul Islam in its war against the TTP. Ansarul Islam chief Qazi Mehboob had also approached his rival Mangal Bagh of the banned Lashkar-e-Islam. However, there was no information about what Mangal Bagh’s response was. The tribesmen said due to the clashes in the area, a large number of tribesmen were abandoning their houses and shifting to other areas. Majority of the tribesmen from these particular mountainous regions have already shifted to Peshawar and its surrounding areas. Meanwhile, security forces targeted the hideouts of militants in Masoozai area in Upper Orakzai on Monday. Officials said 10 militants had been killed and several dins had been destroyed. Staff RepoRt
MPA disqualified over fake degree
aBBottaBaD: participants of the 4th commissioner Hazara Snow adventure Jeep Rally pass through a snow covered road in Balakot on Monday. ONLINE
Bangladeshis hold violent protests over war crime trials DHAKA INp
Thousands of student activists from Bangladesh’s largest Islamic party clashed with police on Monday, throwing petrol bombs and bricks to protest at the trial of their leaders for alleged war crimes. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets during the unrest involving 3,000 people in Dhaka’s main commercial district. At least 25 police officers were injured and 20 people were arrested, police officer Moktar Hossain said. The violence came just a week after an official from the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party was sentenced to death for genocide by a court set up to try war crime suspects from Bangladesh’s 1971 liberation conflict. “Jamaat activists attacked us with sticks and stones and hurled several small bombs. They smashed and torched at least a dozen vehicles,” said Hossain. The war crimes tribunal, which is accused by the opposition of holding false and politically motivated trials, is expected to deliver a verdict on Jamaat’s fourth-highest official later this week. Eight other Jamaat top figures including its leader and deputy leader are also being tried by the tribunal. Rights groups have questioned the fairness of the hearings, saying the laws and procedures under which the opposition leaders are being tried fall short of international standards.
LAhorE: The Lahore High Court on Monday declared Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) MPA, Khalid Mahmood Sargana disqualified from his post due to his fake degree. The disqualified candidate was elected from Jhang’s PP-78 constituency, and petitioners Anwar Khan and Zafar had filed a petition in this regard at the Lahore High Court (LHC). The petitioners alleged that Khalid Mahmood Sargana had managed to obtain a fake degree from the Punjab University for winning his constituency and hence should be declared as disqualified. The LHC judge Khalid Mahmood Khan was shown proof the Punjab University degree. After hearing arguments from both sides, the judge declared Sargana disqualified from his post as MPA. oNLINe
SC registrar made over Rs 7m from investments in Bahria Town: Online report ISLAMABAD oNLINe
Supreme Court (SC) Registrar Dr Faqir Hussain has reaped benefits to the tune of over Rs 7,207,000 in the purchase and sale deals of plots in Bahria Town (BT). He is stated to have struck the purchase and sale deals of four properties with the Bahria Town’s management, including two Awami villas, one plot of two kanals and one eight-marla double storey house. The SC registrar started his contact moves with the Bahria Town management from September 2004, when he was working as secretary at the Law and Justice Commission in the SC building. Attracted by advertisement in a news paper, he dispatched an application on official letterhead to the Bahria Town management on September, 18, 2004, requesting for allotment of one kanal plot in the “Bureaucrats Enclave”. He further requested that he, as a Phd degree holder and author of several books who had carried out a good number of research works inside and outside the country and having discharged his obligations in terms of legal and judicial reforms, be allowed a 50 percent rebate in the allotment of the plot due to the services rendered by him. Dr Faqir Hussain had also mentioned the services performed by him in the United nations to seek benefit. He was informed by the Bahria Town management that his request had been acceded to. At that time, he had relinquished the office of the Law and Justice commission and had been appointed as the SC registrar. On September 19, 2005, Dr Faqir Hussain
wrote a letter to the Bahria Town management on SC’s letterhead that the said concession was meant for judges and the SC’s registrar therefore, he was going to deposit a sum of Rs 150,000 as first instalment. Later, the Bahria Town management converted his 500-yard plot (one kanal) to 1000yard plot (two kanals) and sent the information in this regard to him on August 21, 2006. This plot was allotted in Club City, and a letter in this respect was issued on January 10, 2008. Following this development, Dr Faqir Hussain sent a letter to the Bahria Town management, seeking rescheduling of the payment of remaining instalments on the plea that property crisis was brewing and he could not deposit the remaining amount in the prevailing situation. He sought one year’s time to pay his instalments. He also requested the management in the same letter that his plot bearing no 130 Street no 1 be transferred to any other street close to a park, for example: plot no 137 or 153 at street no 4. The Bahria Town management informed him on December 2, 2008, that his request had been accepted in connection with the payment of the remaining amount, asking him to make this payment until December 30, 2009. The management remitted the remaining six instalments when the SC and Bahria Town tension started in July 2012, and 50 percent wavier was allowed in writing on surcharge report. As per Bahria Town management’s report, Dr Faqir Hussain was provided a benefit of Rs 3,523,000 through conversion of his plot from one kanal to two kanals. Later, the SC registrar applied for allotment
of a plot in another housing scheme of Bahria Town called Awami Villas on April 5, 2006. The Bahria Town administration informed him through a letter on november 6, 2009 that under the directives of the Bahria Town chairman, orders had been issued for allotment and handing over of possession of two Awami villas bearing no AWR-05022 and AWR-12566 to him. One was allotted under no 125 in street no 53 and the second was allotted under no 170 in street no 52. The SC registrar sold out this villa to a man named Faisal Sarwar under a deal dated December 21, 2009, while he had purchased the villa from the Bahria Town at a cost of Rs 508,100. The Bahria Town had launched this scheme for quake affectees. He purchased the two plots from Bahria Town and later sold them back to Bahria Town, harvesting profits of Rs 1,241,000 and Rs 1,242,000 respectively. Likewise, he purchased a double-storey eight-marla house in Bahria Town in 2007. Bahria Town had fixed its price at Rs 5,299,000 but it received Rs 4,098,000, giving a benefit of Rs 1,210,000 to the SC registrar. When contacted, Dr Faqir Hussain said that his counsel Gul Hassan Aurangzeb be approached to ascertain his stance. His counsel said that the reply in this regard had been filed in the court, adding that his client had purchased two plots which were not gifted to him. He said that thousands of people had invested in Bahria Town, and the SC registrar was no exception. He said the registrar had purchased the plots to make an investment, and that he would tell about the remaining things in the court.
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10 Comment Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami
Arif Nizami Editor
Tuesday, 29 January, 2013
Pakistan: the land of irony all pakistanis are equal, but some pakistanis are more equal than others, especially if they’re Muslims
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tie up the loose ends and announce the election schedule
ith elections due within months important steps still remain to be taken. These include the announcement of the election schedule and a consensus on a caretaker prime minister and four chief ministers. What stands in the way is a delay on the part of the federal government to take the initiative. The opposition believes that the delay is caused by PPP’s desire to have opposition leaders of its own choice in Sindh and Balochistan assemblies. Kaira’s statement regarding the dissolution of the assemblies in a few days is welcome despite its somewhat guarded wording. He has declined to accept Qadri’s demand concerning the setting up of a new Election Commission on the ground that there were differences of opinion over the matter. While an overwhelming majority of the jurists think that it was not possible after the 20th amendment to dissolve the commission, a minority maintains that relevant constitutional provisions were not strictly followed in the appointment of the CEC. At a press conference with Tahirul Qadri, Kaira has agreed to appoint the caretaker setup in consultation with the TMQ leader. More important, however, is to hold talks with the opposition leader in the nA which is a constitutional requirement. Meanwhile, the PML-n has announced to hold a sit-in outside Parliament House to protest against, inter alia, delay in the appointment of leaders of opposition in Sindh and Balochistan assemblies. Any decision seen to be taken in violation of the constitutional provisions could lead to widespread protests. Imran Khan has already threatened to lead a long march to Islamabad in case of any irregularities in the appointment of the caretaker setup. The opposition parties which rejected Qadri’s demands for a government change had authorised PML-n to call an APC again in case there was any violation of the constitution. While Imran Khan has finally decided not to take part in the sit-in, a number of religious and nationalist parties have agreed to join the PML-n protest. These include JUI-F and PML-F which have a significant presence in the Parliament and JI, a faction of Sunni Ittehad Council, Jamiate Ahle Hadis and Sindh United Front who are capable of jointly putting up a significant street show. Whatever the merits of the recently published IRI survey regarding the popularity of the various political parties, it is bound to generate a controversy regarding its timing and genuineness. Only the election results will show which party really enjoys people’s trust. It is time for everyone to stop politicking and hold talks as required under constitution to reach agreement on the caretaker setup. There should be no delay in the announcement of the election schedule.
By Luavut Zahid
iterary folk would have a field day explaining the stuff that a good irony is made of, if they could see the potential that Pakistan has as the poster child for all that is ironical. The nation that was created to protect the rights of a minority i.e., the Muslims in India, but has some of the worst statistical data to its name for crimes against marginalised groups (specialising in the persecution and demolition of minority rights). Adding to the pretty paradox that is Pakistan, Hafiz Saeed (amongst others) has now offered Shahrukh Khan – not a mistreated common man, but a Bollywood giant – refuge from his harsh life in India. He’s looked into the biggest and most comfortable spots in his dust trodden and bug infested heart and opened his arms to Khan, promising comfort, security and respect. Hafiz is joined by a number of Pakistanis chanting their alhamdullilahs and astagfirullahs in Khan’s favour. But before Khan can actually make a decision on whether or not he wants to live in Pakistan he will first have to figure out just what kind of a Muslim he is. And while in India his biggest problem is being a Muslim, within Pakistan he will have to declare what sect he’s from – being a Muslim in Pakistan is no small affair. It would be interesting to see who protects him from people like Hafiz Saeed if he declares he’s Shia or Ahmedi. Minorities in Pakistan have been living a scared life for a while now. It’s bad enough if you’re in the wrong sect as a Muslim, it gets much worse if you’re not Muslim at all. From being passed over for well deserved jobs to simply being burned alive – if you’re a Christian, Hindu, Parsi etc, you’re in for one brilliant ride of horror in Pakistan. So, it’s great that Shahrukh Khan is being welcomed with open arms, but what of his extremely Hindu wife, and his daughter who is more inclined towards the
Hindu faith? Instead, why hasn’t anyone thought to offer help to the dozens of families that migrate from Pakistan on an annual basis because of persecution? Within 2012, it was reported that on average over 8-10 Hindu families try to run away to India every month. And rich, well established families at that. And that’s just Hindu families, there aren’t any accurate numbers on the other minorities we manage to squash on a daily basis. If help was to be offered, were there no persecuted Muslims on the other side, just like the people we manage to alienate? I’m sure Pakistani minorities can relate to Shahrukh’s plight, just as Hafiz did. It has to be hard to be that rich and comfortable, to have the vast majority of a nation love you endlessly. It isn’t everyday that you end up giving your children generic names so they aren’t singled out because of their religious heritage. Here in Pakistan, we’re extremely against giving generic, pan-religious, or pan-ethnic names to children born to minorities. We are instead in favour of calling them by names which are oft painfully obvious as Muslim names. We’ve known many a Christian “Yousuf” and a couple of Hindu “Danish” boys in our lives. And we don’t stop at names – we try to purge minorities of any faith they have whatsoever. There are numerous cases of abducted people from minority groups resurfacing to announce their “miraculous” conversions. Christian/Hindu, unfortunate one day – Muslim, bewildered and confused the next. We’ve even made a circus out of faith completely. In 2012, Maya Khan had a fantastically monstrous show where she documented the conversion of a
Hindu boy on live TV. Had a Muslim willingly converted to another faith, we would’ve screamed bloody murder and chanted our regular “off with his head, her head, every non-Muslim head” slogan. This is the same country which, although created by a Shia leader, was able to ignore more than a handful murdered Hazara Shiites and their protesting families, who sat in the dead cold for four days decorated with the 86 coffins of their dead. But the Hazara Shiites had it easy compared to the Ahmedi population. It was only in 2012 that over 300 of their graves were desecrated for absolutely no productive reason whatsoever. Till death don’t us part – in Pakistan even the dead have to answer to atrocity, it’s not enough that we punish the living for being alive on our soil. From the outside it seems almost as though we hate any religious minorities that walk the earth within our borders – how amusing that we’ve decided to extend help to wounded Muslim brethren without realising where we’re going wrong. Without realising that, forget non-Muslim minorities, we can’t even protect the marginalised Muslims in this country. Without realising that we have to be forced to care about Muslim minorities in other countries (remember Syria? Probably not). The country which was created by a man from a persecuted minority, it cannot stop itself from persecuting its minorities. And the people who we believe most need our help are not the persecuted Muslims and non-Muslims in our country, but Shahrukh Khan. The writer is a journalist based in Lahore. She tweets @luavut, and can be emailed at: email@example.com
Captain Harry and the Xbox Should we concentrate on the symptoms or the disease?
By Rabia Ahmed
aptain Harry Wales, when asked about his skills as an Apache combat helicopter gunner, quipped in a now famous remark that he acquired those skills playing PlayStation and Xbox games. Should Harry, as a consequence of his remarks, be prevented from making any statements in future, or should he and others be helped to better understand the realities involved? The Taliban of course have offered to help with the latter. Undoubtedly, computer and video
games do hone reflexes; therefore, they must help in a job such as Harry’s where the requirement is to identify, aim and shoot. They do not help however to understand the tragedy that results The best way to end violence and war may be to remove the reasons for their existence: poverty, lack of education, intolerance and injustice. Kids will only stop playing computer games when pigs fly or hell freezes over, whichever comes first. After all, why should they stop? It is a human instinct for young people to emulate adults. Computer games depicting war and violence exist because war and violence are indulged in and glamourised by adults. At the age of twenty eight, and being who he is, Harry ought to have known better than to say what he did. Obviously his mentors, both personal and professional, neglected their duty. Exactly as Britain’s shadow Secretary of Defence Jim Murphy should have known better than to say in an interview that he found nothing wrong with Harry’s statement, and that Harry’s statements were ‘human, humorous and self aware’. Mr Mur-
phy went so far as to say that his statements showed Harry to be a ‘young man of remarkable bravery’. On the odd occasion one can sympathise with the Taliban, without agreeing with their methods. As everyone knows, hundreds of thousands of civilians in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan have lost their lives, and thousands have been injured as a result of the Allied’s ‘war on terror’. There is nothing humorous about this, and nothing brave about a young man sitting high above the battle pressing buttons to destroy lives down below. It is remarkable only that Mr Murphy appears to think so. It is statements such as Mr Murphy’s more than Harry’s that are deleterious both for Britain’s standing in the international community of nations, and a warning against Mr Murphy ever attaining the position he is at present shadowing. The lobby against violent computer games possesses extensive evidence against the tragic results of excessive exposure to violent games. Of course, an excessive exposure to anything is potentially dangerous,
and imposing a ban is no cure. There is such a thing as ‘dilutional hyponatremia,’ in other words an overdose of water, which results in an imbalance of electrolytes within the body, which can prove fatal. In almost every case of death due to this cause the victim had been a normal healthy individual who consumed too much water as a result of a water drinking competition, or some other (over)consumption of water. Associated with this is also a method of torture where a person is forced to drink huge quantities of water, and dies as a result. To ban water for the general public is not the best action in this case. This argument brings us most naturally to the frequent shutdowns against YouTube and cell phone service in Pakistan, measures which those in charge of security obviously feel reveal them at their best, working hard to defend the lives and security of the people they represent. And of course now the All Pakistan CD, DVD, Audio Cassette Traders and Manufacturers Association, rejoicing in the impressive initials APCDACTM has decided to ban
two computer games in Pakistan, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and Medal of Honor: Warfighter. Both Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Call of Duty: Black Ops II feature scenes that are set in Pakistan, portraying the country as a hotbed for terrorist activity. The APCDACTM has said that these games ‘have been developed against the country’s national unity and sanctity’, and that these games depict Pakistan and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) as supporting terrorist and jihadist organisations. Are the country’s national unity and sanctity so fragile as to be destroyed by a couple of computer games? Do Pakistan and the ISI support terrorism and terrorist organisations? Will banning these games do any good, if that is indeed the case? If that is not the case, then why are Pakistan and the ISI so repeatedly accused in this regard? Should we concentrate on removing the greater evils of terrorism and its causes, and on those who support it instead of wasting our time and energies on such trivial things as computer games, YouTube, et al?
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Lahore cries of dengue, road constructions and Shahbaz Sharif By Javeria A Khan
t was annoying for those who asked me who I was going to vote for in the upcoming elections as I told them I would vote for Khan sb for the national Assembly, and for provincial, only and only PML-n. “Why?” they would ask. The reason is very simple. We, the people living in Punjab, can never get a better chief minister than Shahbaz Sharif. He is responsible neither for the inflation, the biggest problem we are facing, nor can we accuse him of the terrorism. However, he deserves due credit for what he did for the wellbeing of Lahore. (Yes, I live in Lahore, and can think selfishly.) I take Ring Road every day, and reach my destination in twenty-five minutes compared to before-Ring Road time, which was forty-five minutes. Shahbaz Sharif has influenced my life directly as I move about on beautiful roads, witness a clean Lahore. In the last couple of years, whenever I went to Karachi, the filthy roads even in Clifton and Defence reminded me what a gem we have in the name of the CM. He is blamed to be a workaholic, who rises before dawn and wants his cabinet to meet him at CM office sometimes as early as 5 am. I love to visualise them bickering and muttering while fixing their ties. He also gives deadlines for projects and refuses to take any kind of excuse. Punjab has sustained the pressure of centre only because of him. Lahoris have been subjected to the worst ever load shedding, 18 hours a day in scorching heat. This guy shifted his secretariat in a camp in Minar-e-Pakistan grounds, claiming he wanted to associate with the suffering people of Punjab, who are a target of the centre. Drama or not, but it’s difficult to do so when you perspire from head to toe for three consecutive summer months. When used to hearing all kinds of absurd and careless statements by the leaders, these kinds of news brings some relief. (Don’t care about what people say that he should better have been a Mayor.) Then came dengue. Everyone in the city dreaded the thing. The faraway people, like those living in Karachi for example, did not believe the seriousness of the disease. They thought it was propaganda. But the truth was that more than 3,000 people were reported to have died of it, with many more unreported deaths. Everyone you met told about a close relative succumbing to death after dengue
fever. People hunted Papaya trees as its leaves’ juice improved blood cell count. In every family there were patients, if not of dengue then of Chickanganya, another form of dengue type virus. The mosquitoes had become immune to the sprays and you had to spray them individually to kill them. When a mosquito was killed, my children inspected it with magnifying glass to check whether it had white spots. In those times, no Lahori can forget the campaign of our CM. He used every means to eradicate dengue. Worked 24/7. We saw the fruition of his efforts last year when there had been no deaths by dengue. So not voting for him seemed thanklessness to me. He is known to have shortcomings but he does deliver on many fronts. nothing had changed until I saw what could make the environmentalists’ eyes bleed, and could make Wordsworth commit suicide. It was merely a chance that I had not visited the other half of Lahore in the past few months. I used the canal route to reach my dentist and when I entered the Ferozepur Road where there would have been a beautiful entrance to the Gaddafi Stadium, amidst the greenery of the neighbouring nurseries, there was this horrible looking grill which blocked my view. I cannot say if I was more horrified or stupefied on what has been done to this place but I wonder how the people who live in that very place feel. How on earth can you do this to a city and not feel bad? The place where the bus service would start in Qainchi, which was already a clutter, such things are not a problem. But at such points, where you need to be aesthetically correct, you should have lowered the path of the bus service. In his enthusiasm, he totally forgot that he had just made Kalma Chowk again, had widened all connecting roads, and that nawaz Sharif Park that ran all along Ferozepur Road will not be viewed anymore. From the new IT Tower to the Canal Chowk, what was pleasing to the eye has become an eye-sore. How can this lover of Lahore dump it like this? And why is it so difficult for the people to admit they too can be wrong for once? You can abandon the project, modify it, or at least do so at certain areas. Why could he not think of Monorail, or Skytrain, whatever they call it? It could cover the whole of Lahore, if used on the four main parallel roads and the canal crossing them. Lahore bears an ugly scar. Lahore cries.
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AN extravaganza Let us not hold elections which according to the constitution are due to be held in May or June this year. It is a sheer waste of billions of rupees and wasted use of already diminishing resources of the country. Let the present government continue for indefinite period of time since it is fighting a ‘war on terror’ which by all stretch of imagination is bigger than WWII. Million of rupees are being dished out to parliamentarians and the rate is increasing on an hourly basis. Billions are going to go in elections in the shape of tenting, transport, ballot papers, posters, banners, pamphlets and eatables. The entire country will stop working for 6-7 days. Even the little bit that we are working now will also cease. Fuel prices are going to go sky rocketing level. All shortages will multiply geometrically. Election commission personnel cost us lot of money. Army and Rangers’ mobilisation will consume tons of fuel. I cannot write down all the details of other expenditures. We cannot afford this extravaganza. The country is already on the brink of bankruptcy; IMF and other loaning agencies have already regretted. Is the luxury of elections affordable under these circumstances? And by the way, will elections change things? Yes, we will have a few new faces here and there. But they say one fool is as good as another; so why have new faces? new provinces are made and I am sure with the abilities of Gilanis coming back, the administration and governance will go 100 percent. With the talent of Canadian brain available to us 24/7, do we need anything else? AMJAD H MIRZA Lahore
23rd march parade I was born in Rawalpindi and since my childhood, I have been regularly witnessing the 23rd March parade either physically or on the TV. Incidentally, my date of commission is also 23rd March, 1968. I have also had the honour of performing security duties at the parade venue at Race Course, Rawalpindi. What a morale boosting
event it used to be! I would also take my children, like thousands others, to witness the fly past, the parade, the roar of tanks, the wish-wooshing helicopters and the floats of all the provinces binding us together in unison. President General Pervez Musharraf, a commando, chickened out because of threats on his life or other flimsy pretexts and discontinued the holding of the parade. Gradually, we saw the staff cars, trucks and buses of the armed forces losing their distinction when they started displaying civil numbers. The guardians started guarding themselves by manning routes frequented by senior officers, brandishing guns pointed at the civilian public moving around with oblivion. General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, the public expected of you to bring the army ‘’back to life and in full visibility’’ of the general public rather than having a false sense of security by carrying out ‘’fortress defences’’ around offices and residential accommodations throughout Pakistan. In spite of the day in and day out and very tiring and demoralising security duties, your GHQ, Mehran naval Base, Abbottabad raid, PAF Base, Kamra, and Peshawar airport/PAF Base, Peshawar got viciously attacked resulting in great loss of life and valuable equipment. The Hazara community was very right in asking as to what, you as a Chief of Army Staff, had given back to the nation in spite of getting one full extra tenure at ‘gun point’. You, as an individual, and your condescending generals, may be glorifying the fact that you, along with nawaz Sharif, managed the continuation of democracy, but at what cost? Just ask the public. You, and the other services chiefs, opted to ‘accept’ and ‘salute’ the most corrupt and an utterly coward supreme commander of our armed forces who did not have the courage to visit the headquarters of the three services, what to talk of the operational areas. This is your last year of service. You may have done a lot for the army as a whole but then you are answerable to the nation as well which sustains the perks and privileges of the armed forces through their taxes. It would not be out of place to expect of you to order the holding of the 23rd March parade this year. Would our coward, bunkered supreme commander have the guts to take the salute on an open dais at the parade venue? It is worthwhile to mention here that, as compared to the 23rd March parade, the holding of a nonparticipatory ‘Yaum-e-Shuhada’ carries less sentimental value for the general public other than for those families whose kith and kin got shaheed. It is
pertinent to point out here that it was in your tenure that massive flood relief activities were ‘blacked out’ just because the political government started feeling the heat due to their inaction. Lately, the burial of shuhada, who laid their lives in various operations is also not given due importance by the army. In view of the above, it is fervently hoped that the lost dignity of the army in particular and the remaining services in general, would be restored by you before you hand over your baton to the next chief. Holding of 23rd March parade is a national event and must be held come what may. MAJOR (retd) TALAAT KHURSHID Rawalpindi
Pakistan’s unique politics It appears to be another gimmick of the present govt to go to Dr Qadri in Lahore so as to discuss his conditions. It seems very strange at this stage, when the elections are fast approaching, that the govt likes all to believe that they are serious in talks with a person of dual nationality who is not even a member of the parliament. Which is the power forcing them to such negotiations which due the above fact may not be acceptable to the masses? What’s next up the sleeve of PPP? On the other hand, PML-n has announced a long march supported by JI, PML-F while but Imran Khan’s TI has withdrawn the support. Some people say that the “Kaptaan” is still not ready for support as he wants to play only as Kaptaan. Is he again going to miss the boat? According to the latest PEW polls, he is losing the support and PML-n is fast gaining strength. Actually, Pakistan’s politics is a very different ballgame. RASHID MAQSOOD Lahore
the state of Pakistan Post A letter, stamped UMS 30180870, starting journey from GPO, Islamabad, on January 11 (Friday), took a week to reach its destination in Sector O-9, Islamabad, on 18th January (Friday). This is the state of UMS (Urgent Mail Service), which was introduced by Pakistan Post for quick and safe delivery of letters. What about ordinary mail service? This explains why people prefer comparatively costly private courier services. ASGHAR MAHMOOD Islamabad
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LITERATURE TO CALL OUR OWN RANA HuSSAIN TAHIR KOSHAL
H E Bandians of Bhakuraj, true to their ancestral heritage, married not for love but because it happened to be convenient.” Shazaf Fatima Haider in her first novel, “How it happened”, adds humour to a rather forbidden area in our culture: love marriages. At a time when the space for free thinking is increasingly shrinking, a female writer’s novel has paved way for ideas on a taboo subject. An English Literature teacher at The Lyceum School, Haider is one of those few teachers who are considered to be mentors by their students. Pakistan Today got in touch with the young author and asked her what impelled her to write this wonderfully captivating piece of literature, her favourite characters in the novel, her take on arranged marriages and much more.
For oUr rEADErS, TELL US SoMEThINg ABoUT “how IT hAPPENED”? Well, it’s a story about a Shia family which has a very set idea about how things should be done, how traditions should be followed and who should marry whom. Dadi is the matriarchal head of this family and she gets her way most of the time through scolding, blackmails and fake faints. She manages to get her grandson married off with relative ease, but her granddaughter is a tougher nut to crack: she wears sleeveless and doesn’t fall for the ‘right’ man. The whole rigmarole of tradition, politics and disorder is explored in How It Happened. whIch SchooL DID YoU go To? I did my O levels from St Joseph’s Convent, A Levels from Karachi Grammar School and my Masters in English Literature from the University of Karachi. I majored in English but my minors were Philosophy and International Relations. whAT IMPELLED YoU To wrITE “how IT hAPPENED”? I think I was especially riled one day because someone’s mother had come to our house and inspected me thoroughly and then said something insensitive and rude – I forget what exactly. And then I called a friend to vent and she told me she had just been asked by a prospective suitor’s mother whether she had an American passport. We both were thoroughly ticked off and I decided to write an article about arranged marriages. But instead, I found myself writing the first three chapters of How It Happened. IN YoUr oPINIoN, whAT roLE DoES rELIgIoN PLAY IN ArrANgED MArrIAgES? It’s the first on the list people tick off when considering a proposal. After that, family background, age and salary come to play. So it’s a make or break factor for many families. Of course, some families don’t really care at all about religion or anything else; they just want a couple to be happy, but these are in a minority. whIch chArAcTEr IN “how IT hAPPENED” IS YoUr FAvoUrITE?
in talks to play Lance Armstrong NEWS DESK Actor Bradley Cooper has formally been approached by director J.J. Abrams to star in a biopic on cyclist Lance Armstrong’s rise and fall from grace. Cooper previously expressed his desire to portray the disgraced cyclist after he was stripped of his titles between 1999 and 2005 when it was revealed that he had taken performance-enhancing drugs. Abrams confirmed that he is considering Cooper for the role after the latter reached out to him via e-mail. “Cooper sent me an e-mail and we have been talking,” contactmusic.com quoted Abrams as saying. Some time back Cooper had expressed his keeness to play the disgraced cyclist. “I would be interested in playing Armstrong. I think he is fascinating. What a fascinating character. I remember Matt Damon was going to do his autobiography at one point years ago,” he had said in an interview. Abrams and his Paramount Pictures partner Bryan Burk recently snapped up the screen rights for “Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong”, a new book by new York Times sportswriter Juliet Macur, who has covered the drugs cheat for over a decade. Damon and Matthew McConaughey are also contenders to play the infamous cyclist in the project.
Without a doubt, Dadi. She’s outrageous and hysterically funny – full of drama and love and a force to be reckoned with. I never knew my own grandmother who died in childbirth long before I was born. So in a way Dadi is my way of creating a bond with a woman who exists on the pages of a book, but who is also very real to me. Dadi is the grandmother I never met. YoU ArE A TEAchEr. DID YoUr INTErAcTIoN wITh STUDENTS hELP YoU IN crEATINg ThE chArAcTEr LIKE hArooN, ZEBA AND SALEhA? no. In fact, I don’t think about writing at all when I’m teaching and I don’t think about teaching when I’m writing. They’re both passions for me but they have their separate compartments. They take up different energies entirely and I don’t think anything in this book has been inspired by my students or the people I meet at work. whAT chANgE woULD YoU LIKE To BrINg INTo oUr SocIETY BY wrITINg “how IT hAPPENED”? I never wrote it with a message or change in mind but what I hope is that readers see that tradition, while valuable, is not written in stone. Rules can change and things have to evolve with time and this is essential so that as a society we are more embracing of difference. whAT MESSAgE woULD YoU gIvE To ThE YoUNg gIrLS who go ThroUgh ThE ExPErIENcE oF ArrANgE MArrIAgES? Hold tight, develop thick skin and a sense of humor. Without these, you’ll go mad. hAvE YoU EvEr ATTENDED A wrITINg worKShoP? IF YES,how DID IT hELP YoU? I did sit through a lecture by Kamila Shamsie at university once. She made us do a few exercises. I read out what I wrote and she rather liked it and asked me whether I wanted to be a writer. I said no, because I had no story to write. That was that. But I think I was fascinated by the way she talked about story telling as this magical and mysterious process that also involved a lot of hard work and discipline. And that must have stayed with me on some level, since I began a novel instead of the magazine article that I had originally intended to write. who ArE YoUr BIggEST LITErArY INFLUENcES AND whY? ‘Influence’ is perhaps too strong a word, but I’ve
always enjoyed humor and I love PG Wodehouse’s sarcasm and Harper Lee’s simplicity and structure. I also really admire Charles Dickens for the caricatures he paints. I suppose reading these authors affected, to some extent, the story I eventually wrote but I never had the temerity to consciously model my writing on theirs. They are inimitable. DEScrIBE ThE PLAcE whErE YoU wrITE? I usually am curled up on the edge of a sofa in my living room, listening to the goings-on around me. At other times, I need a change of pace and go to my favorite café with a laptop, order a cup of green tea and go at it on my laptop. whIch BooKS ArE oN YoUr BUcKET LIST? Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Macguire, Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie, The Mother by Maxim Gorky and a biography of Bette Davis. whEN cAN rEADErS ExPEcT To FIND SoMEThINg ELSE oN ITS wAY, AND whAT cAN wE ExPEcT? ANoThEr NovEL? A ShorT STorY coLLEcTIoN? A PLAY, PErhAPS? I’m working on another novel, but I think it’s going to be some time before it’s ready . Teaching and other commitments are a serious drain on writing time. But I’m excited because writing a novel is one of the most satisfying things I’ve done. It’s also one of the most frustrating. But I look forward to the journey.
HC dismisses petition against
AMITABH BACHCHAN NEWS DESK The Allahabad High Court today dismissed a petition, which had accused Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan of having made a “derogatory” remark “with malicious intention” about the Holy Quran in a more than a year-old episode of game show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’. The petition filed by Jhansi resident Mudassir Ullah Khan, who had taken exception to the use of the phrase “racha gaya” (composed) in the context of the Holy Quran by Bachchan in the episode aired on 28 September, 2011 was dismissed by Justice Manoj Misra. The petitioner had contended that the Holy Quran was “neither written nor created by anybody, rather it came into existence/revealed by Allah (God) Himself” and hence the use of the phrase “racha gaya” was tantamount to “a serious offence” as Bachchan was a “popular figure” and “words used by him affects all communities”. However, Justice Misra disagreed with his contention and said, “To say ‘racha gaya’ does not necessarily imply that the Quran was written by some person. “The phrase can also imply that the Holy Book was composed by Allah Himself, which is another way of saying that it is a revealed scripture,” Justice Mishra said. Through the petition, Khan had also challenged orders of Chief Judicial Magistrate and District and Sessions Judge of Jhansi whereby his pleas for directing the police to register an FIR under sections of Indian Penal Code dealing with hurt caused to religious sentiments were turned down. He had submitted that while the CJM had dismissed his complaint “illegally and without application of mind”, the District Judge turned down his subsequent criminal revision terming it as “frivolous and vexatious” besides submitting that no objection was raised by any “school, institution or the Mohammadan community” nor was there any “fatwa” issued against Bachchan.
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aamir supports fight against alcoholism among women
KaracHi FasHion WeeK
OllyWOOD actorproducer Aamir Khan, who brought several social issues to the fore through his show “ Satyamev Jayate”, has now lent support to the fight against alcoholism amongst women. He says women should be forthcoming about admitting their addiction. Addressing a press conference by an NGO, Aamir said the problem is more complex in India as women never come out and admit that they drink. “In India, the problem is more complex. There are so many modernistic issues involved with drinking that women would be afraid to even admit openly that they are drinking. Its a very difficult thing for them,” the 47-year-old said. “So, the fact that you (female reporters) have come here, will give them a lot of strength, lot of courage and with the media reporting about it, the message that it is a disease will come across. Even if you are a woman and if you are suffering, you need to step out and there is help available to you,” he added. NewS DeSK
shakira released from spanish clinic
O lO M b I A N singer Shakira was released Sunday from the clinic in the northeastern Spanish city of barcelona where she gave birth last week to her first child, Milan Pique Mebarak, clinic spokesmen told EFE. The singer, boyfriend and F.C. barcelona player Gerard Pique, and the child left the clinic in the early afternoon in an SUV with tinted windows driven by one of Shakira’s brothers. The singer did not stop to take questions from reporters, heading straight for Pique’s residence in Cabrils, a town some 25 km from barcelona, where the couple will be living until construction is completed on their new house in Ciudad Condal. No photos of the baby’s face have been released, with the only image made public being a photograph posted by Pique on Twitter of the child’s legs. Milan Pique Mebarak weighed almost 3 kg at his birth by Caesarean section last Tuesday. NewS DeSK
mira HasHmi (Filmmaker) Was listening to the song ‘sona roopa layo re’ today - amazing rhythms and melody by R.D. Burman and scorching vocal by Asha Bhosle!
WHy are THere so many aWarDs sHoWs During oscar season? On Friday, Jan. 25, Ben Affleck was honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s “Modern Master” award. On Saturday, Jan. 26, Affleck and “Argo” co-producer Grant Heslov accepted the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures from the Producers Guild. (Fellow coproducer George Clooney was unable to attend the ceremony.) On Sunday, Jan. 27, Affleck and his “Argo” cast mates won Outstanding Ensemble in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild awards, the SAG equivalent of Best Picture. “I’m so grateful when I feel like there’s a room full of people that have seen the movie,” Affleck told ET.com at the national Board of Review Awards on Jan. 8, where the director was honored with the “Special Achievement in Filmmaking” trophy. Affleck has been in a lot of rooms like that over the last month. On Jan. 10, he won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Director, while “Argo” won Best Picture. On Jan. 13, he won those same awards at the Golden Globes. This is to say nothing of his recent whirlwind weekend, nor the upcoming Directors Guild Awards (Feb. 2), BAFTA awards (Feb. 10) and Academy Awards (Feb. 24), all ceremonies where “Argo” or Affleck are nominated. How many awards does one movie need? Apparently, a lot. “Award shows are so
popular because they are the gladiatorial sport of our day,” GoldDerby.com editor Tom O’neil told The Huffington Post. “Instead of big ugly lugs duelling to the death in the arena, we cast our gorgeous pop culture icons, dressed in formal finery, and let them hack away at each other for our amusement.” Beyond that, as O’neil noted, television networks and critics’ groups love awards shows “because they get gads of star power for free.” Indeed: It’s hard to imagine any other scenario where big names like Affleck, Anne Hathaway and Daniel Day-Lewis would mingle with members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association or spend three hours showing their faces on nBC. There’s another reason awards shows are so popular: the audience. This year’s Golden Globes ceremony on nBC was the highestrated broadcast since 2007. The 2012 Academy Awards ceremony was watched by 39.3 million viewers, this despite the fact that only one film, “The Help,” grossed over $100 million at the north American box office. (Possible good news for ABC, the network that airs the Oscars: Of the nine films nominated for Best Picture in 2012, five are already over $100 million in ticket sales, with “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Zero Dark Thirty” closing in on that number.) Even the SAG awards, which aired simultaneously on TnT and TBS, saw
a ratings bump last year. It’s not just relegated to movie awards, either: The 2012 telecasts of the Grammys and Emmys also saw audience totals increase from the year prior. That viewer interest has translated to bottom-line success as well. “We were virtually sold out by Christmas, which speaks to the appeal of the Oscars,” Debbie Richman, senior VP-prime-time ad sales at ABC, told Advertising Age earlier this year. “We haven’t been this well sold, this early, in over a decade.” ABC was selling 30-seconds ads for as much as $1.8 million, an increase of over $100,000 from the 2012 Academy Awards broadcast. It’s no wonder that events like the SAG Awards, which didn’t even exist before 1995, get primetime placement in today’s landscape; the ceremony is another spoke in the Oscar-season wheel. The demand, facilitated by audiences, networks, advertisers, critics’ groups and guilds, has turned awards shows into a year-round boon for Hollywood. need more proof? Look no further than Park City, Utah, where the indie film “Fruitvale” won both the audience award and grand jury prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. “This will not be the last time you guys walk to a podium,” Sundance juror Tom Rothman said when announcing that “Fruitvale” won the grand jury prize. As Affleck can probably attest, he’s not kidding. NewS DeSK
ralPH maccHio (Actor) Screened films most of the day now at Daniel Day Lewis tribute! Excited/eager to take in his insights on his work and life. Yeah. Big fan.
eric iDle (Actor and author) I would tweet in Latin but the Pope’s doing that. Possibly better than the original German....
sHaZaF FaTima (Author) Excited to announce my participation at the @KarachiLitFest 2013! See you there!
colin Quinn (Comedian) People don’t seem to “get” that a comic is also a great actor. You have to be funny even when you’re in a down mood and that’s acting!
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gaISSacH: competitors take to the air during the traditional Schnablerrennen sledge race in Bavaria. AgENCIES
16-member mexican band feared dead
iran sends monkey into space
REAKInG news in the world of crazy backwards regimes that want to prove they’re capable of something more than just killing their own citizens: Iran has put a monkey in to space. Exact details about the mission are limited at the moment, but the monkey must be male because it travelled unaccompanied. The news comes from the Al-Alam news network by way of Russian media. We don’t know if the launch was a success yet but Iran has been threatening to hurtle a chimp in to the stratosphere for some time now. According to the Voice of Russia, it has previously sent up “mice, turtles and worms” and Deputy Science Minister Mohammad Mehdinejad-nouri says that putting animals in to space is “strategic, and a priority.” Presumably it’s all part of developing the country’s long term nuclear capability, helping it to strike every corner of the earth with its righteous radioactive fury. Of course, I could be being ungenerous. It’s just as possible that the Islamic republic wants to build a giant petting zoo on the moon.
It increasingly feels like the only countries that are still participating in the space race are ones that have no cause to be up there. Why isn’t Iran, say, spending the money on feeding its own people? Its economy is in a mess and the cause is man made; undemocratic states tend to have far less balanced patterns of development than democratic ones. Even outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has finally turned on the Revolu-
google sued over apple browsing privacy
OOGLE is facing legal action in the UK over claims it breached the privacy of people browsing the internet on Apple computers and mobile devices. Twelve people are seeking damages from the company for allegedly tracking their use of the web without their knowledge. The claimants say Google designed a code to secretly install cookies - small tracking files on the Safari internet browser. Cookies can be used to target advertising based on the type of websites someone looks at. Olswang, the law firm handling the case, gives the example of a person searching for engagement rings could find that their partner, using the same computer, later sees adverts for rings. The claimants say they thought cookies were being blocked on the devices because of assurances given by Google and Safari's only default privacy settings. It is estimated that around 10 million people could have grounds to bring a claim given the number of Apple users at the time in question - summer 2011 to spring 2012. There is no suggestion that Apple is in any way at fault in the case. Campaigners have also set up a Facebook "information" group called Safari Users Against Google's Secret Tracking. Dan Tench, a partner at Olswang, said Google had a "responsibility to consumers and should be accountable". He added: "We hope that they will take this opportunity to give Safari users a proper explanation about what happened, to apologise and, where appropriate, compensate the victims of their intrusion."
tionary Guard, asking why it is exempt from tax. The Guard owns large amounts of wealthy land that, if sold off, could account a substantial portion of the state budget. But while Ahmadinejad deserves plaudits for finally taking on his country’s establishment, the attempt to breed a new generation of astro-monkeys suggests that his own priorities are messed up. The engagement of authoritarian regimes in the space race is purely about justifying their ironlike grip on their own countries and intimidating the rest of the world – crying, "Look at us, we're still here! We still matter!" There’s probably less danger from the military potential of their experiments than there is from them going wrong. What if the Iranian monkey gets distracted by something shiny and ploughs that rocket in to the north Korean satellite – itself piloted by a hamster on speed? One can imagine them plummeting back down to Earth and wrecking a green house in Milton Keynes. A few days later, Mrs Butterfield of 54 Hillingdon Rise gets an grovelling phone call from the Iranian Embassy: “Can we have our monkey back please…?” NewS DeSK
EMBERS of a Colombian-style band who disappeared after a gig in northern Mexico last week have become the latest musicians to be kidnapped and murdered by drug gangs, authorities fear. The 16-man Kombo Kolombia band and four of their roadies were reported missing early Friday and investigators have now discovered at least eight bodies dumped in a well in the area, the AP reports. The band members were Mexican but played Colombian-style vallenato music, which is not normally associated with drug gangs, the International Business Times reports. After the band played a private show in a bar north of Monterrey last Thursday night, people reported hearing gunshots and vehicles speeding away. The band members' empty vehicles were found outside the bar. NewS DeSK
Scientists identify crocodile ancestor among fossils discovered a century ago
creature resembling a hybrid dolphin and crocodile has been identified by scientists examining fossil remains discovered more than a century ago. The new species, named Tyrannoneustes lythrodectikos, was a marine "super-predator" that lived 163m years ago. It belonged to a group of ancient crocodiles with dolphin-like features. An amateur fossil hunter found the reptile's partial skeleton in a clay pit near Peterborough in the early 1900s. Experts have only now been able to confirm the identity of the remains, housed at the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow. The animal had pointed, serrated teeth and a large gaping jaw suited to feeding on large-bodied prey. It represents a transitional form between marine crocodiles that fed on small prey and their supersized relatives. Dr Mark young, from the University of Edinburgh, said: "It is satisfying to be able to classify a specimen that has been unexamined for more than 100 years, and doubly so to find that this discovery improves our understanding of the evolution of marine reptiles." Dr Neil Clark, palaeontology curator at the Hunterian, said: "little research has been done on this specimen since it was first listed in 1919. It is comforting to know that new species can still be found in museums as new research is carried out on old collections. "It is not just the new species that are important, but an increase in our understanding of how life evolved and the variety of life forms that existed 163m years ago in the warm Jurassic seas around what is now britain." NewS DeSK
6-SECOND VIDEOS Twitter rolled out an interesting new iOS app today that's sort of like a cross between Instagram, YouTube, and, well, Twitter. Dubbed "Vine," the new app allows you to create and watch 6-second looping videos, in a Twitter-esque feed. While the resultant videos will instantly remind you of GIFs, they're actually MP4 files, meaning they can include sound—the app will instantly switch sound feeds to the next video as you scroll through your feed. While you can
cross-post your Vine videos to Twitter (and other social media for that matter), Vine is currently a separate app that isn't fully integrated into the site—though Gizmodo predicts that it will be eventually. It's also not available on Android or any other platform yet, but Twitter'sofficial blog announcement promises that they're working on that. NewS DeSK
lengthy aspirin use tied to blindness
AKInG aspirin on a regular basis for years may be a factor in macular degeneration, a study suggests. According to the research, those with a long-term aspirin regime face twice the risk of "wet" age-related macular degeneration, or wet AMD. The illness causes blindness in the center of one's field of vision. But use of the drug can lower the risk of stroke and heart attack—and there's not enough information yet to suggest regular takers should stop, researchers say. he study reviewed 2,389 people whose average age was in the mid-60s; a tenth of them were taking aspirin at least once weekly, the BBC reports. Participants had their eyes tested every five years for 15 years. By the study's end, some 9.3% of regular aspirin users suffered wet AMD, while 3.7% of those who didn't take it regularly developed the disease. Still, "for patients at risk of cardiovascular disease, the health risks of stopping or not prescribing aspirin are much higher than those of developing wet AMD," researchers said. NewS DeSK
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England readies to take on Sri Lanka CuTTACK
OST India prepares to take on rising star West Indies at CCI in one of the 10 matches to be covered in HD by Star
Sports Defending champion England will start as favourites to qualify for the Super Six stage of this week’s ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 from Group A which also includes host India and qualifiers West Indies and Sri Lanka. The second and third place will be a hard fought contest, with the West Indies a vastly improved side from four years ago and host India and qualifier Sri Lanka all vying for Super Six placing and the subcontinent sides perhaps more confident due the event being hosted in Mumbai. England, winner of the tournament in 1973, 1993 and most recently in 2009, will begin it latest campaign against Sri Lanka on the second day of the tournament in Mumbai. A day later in the feature match of the group, Charlotte Edwards, featuring in her fifth successive ICC Women’s World Cup, will lead England against 2009 third-place finishers India before concluding the group stage matches against West Indies on 6 February. England’s matches against Sri Lanka and India will be played at the CCI and will be covered in High Definition by the ICC’s official broadcast partner Star Sports. On the opening day of the tournament, host India will take on the rising stars of the women’s game, West Indies, in another broadcast match at the Cricket Club of India. Sri Lanka will meet the West Indies side on 4 February at MIG, while on 6 February Shashikala Siriwardena’s side will face the host at CCI with the match also being broadcast live. If recent form is anything to go by with Group A, then it will probably be Sri Lanka that will be the team that does not progress through to the Super Six stage, which starts on 8 February. Sri Lanka won the right to compete in the tournament when it finished in the top four of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier (ICC WWCQ) in Dhaka, Bangladesh in november 2011. The side beat South Africa in the third/fourth playoff to occupy the fourth spot in Group A while West Indies qualified for third spot in the group after completing the tournament undefeated. At the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, West Indies, finished in the top four of the tournament after a tight semi-final against Australia in the event last October. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka managed just one win throughout the whole event, ironically against the West Indies, in Galle. The England squad for the ICC Women’s World Cup features familiar faces for followers of the game, including captain Edwards, while there are eight
players from the original winning squad of 2009 including the in-form ICC Women’s Twenty20 Player of the Year 2012, Sarah Taylor, who will once again lead the sides batting line-up. Edwards requires a mere 61 more ODI runs to usurp Belinda Clark of Australia to become the most successful run-scorer in women’s cricket, Clark’s record of 4,844 ODI runs has stood since 2005. The bowling attack features the number one ODI bowler in the Reliance ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings, Katherine Brunt, who currently has 76 ODI scalps to her name, along with the talented slow left-armer Holly Colvin, who happened to also hit the winning runs for England back in 2009 when it defeated Australia in the final of the event. India’s women are to be led by Mithali Raj, the number one batter in the Reliance ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings while former captain Jhulan Goswami, also features again in the side. Faces to watch out for include the diminutive batter Punam Raut and her compatriot wicketkeeper-batter Sulakshana naik plus bowlers Gouher Sultana and nagarajan niranjana. West Indies’ side features a mixture of youth and experience, including the only twins in the event, Kycia and Kyshona Knight of Barbados. The side is led by Trinidadian Merissa Aguilleira while ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year 2012, Stafanie Taylor, is her deputy. In-form spinner Anisa Mohammed will be one to watch, the 24-year-old claimed 7-14 in the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2011 against Pakistan and will hoping the subcontinent conditions will suit her style of play. Finally, Sri Lanka’s side will be hoping for a positive tournament under the leadership of Siriwardena. The side is once again coached by Harsha de Silva, while players to watch out for include the likes of wicketkeeper-batter Dilani Manodara and top-order batter Yasoda Mendis. When it comes to the bowling attack, Siriwardena will be key for the side in the sub-continent conditions with her offspin as will medium-pacer Sripali Weerakoddy who has represented the side in 37 ODIs. Group A squads EnGLAnD – Charlotte Edwards (captain), Jenny Gunn (vice-captain), Tammy Beaumont, Arran Brindle, Katherine Brunt, Holly Colvin, Georgia Elwiss, Lydia Greenway, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Heather Knight, Laura Marsh, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Danielle Wyatt. InDIA – Mithali Raj (captain), Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), Ekta Bisht, Amita Dass, Jhulan Goswami, Karuna Jain, Reema Malhotra, Mona Meshram, Thirushkamini Murugesan, Sulakshana naik, niranjan nagarajan, Rasnara Parwin, Punam Raut, Shubh Lakshmi Sharma, Gouher Sultana. WEST InDIES - Merissa Aguilleira (captain), Stafanie Taylor (vice-captain),
Shemaine Campbelle, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, natasha Mclean, Anisa Mohammed, Subrina Munroe, Juliana nero, June Ogle, Shaquana Quintyne, Shakera Selman, Tremayne Smartt. SRI LAnKA – Shashikala Siriwardena (captain), Sandamali Dolawatta (vicecaptain), Chamari Attapaththu, Eshani Lokusooriya, Lasanthi Madushani, Dilani Manodara, Yasoda Mendis, Udeshika Prabodani, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Inoka Ranaweera, Deepika Rasangika, Sherina Ravikumar, Chamani Senevirathne, Prasadini Weerakkody, Sripali Weerakkody. Group A fixtures (all venues in Mumbai): Thurs 31 Jan – India v West Indies, Cricket Club of India Fri 1 Feb – England v Sri Lanka, Cricket Club of India Sun 3 Feb – England v India, Cricket Club of India; Sri Lanka v West Indies, MIG Wed 6 Feb – India v Sri Lanka, Cricket Club of India; England v West Indies, BKC
Pakistan ladies to be housed at Barabati Stadium CuTTACK ageNcIeS
Rattled by vehement protests against the state hosting the Pakistani team for the Women’s Cricket World Cup to be played out here from February 1, the government has arranged accommodation for the players right inside the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. “The Pakistani players would have faced trouble while travelling from Bhubaneswar to Cuttack for the matches. So we have arranged for their accommodation on the Barabati Stadium premises,” said Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) secretary Asirbad Behera. Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Bajrang Dal had warned hoteliers in Bhubaneswar against offering hospitality to the Pakistani players, following which posh hotels in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack showed reluctance in providing accommodation to the Pak players, forcing the
decision to house the players on the stadium premises. Political parties like Kalinga Sena and Utkal Bharat have also been threatening to disrupt the matches of the Pakistani team. “The accommodation of the Pakistan team had turned out to be a headache for us, but finally we have managed to solve the problem,” said an OCA official. Five star hotel facilities will be provided to the Pak players at the Club House in the stadium where the players are to stay, said Behera. “The Club House is equipped with a world class gymnasium and swimming pool. Other arrangements have also been made to provide the best facilities to the Pakistani players,” he said. Security in and around Barabati Stadium has been beefed up ahead of the matches. At least 500 security personnel have been deployed and 55 CCTV cameras have been installed at the stadium to ensure security to the players. Director general of police (DGP) Prakash Mishra visited the stadium on Sunday to review the security set-up and held discussions with OCA officials about the arrangements. “Matches involving the Pakistan team will be played at Barabati and elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure foolproof security to the players,” the DGP said after reviewing the arrangements. The OCA has also decided to restrict the entry of visitors to the stadium for matches involving Pakistani players. “Only gallery number 1 and 2 will be opened for visitors. Visitors will be allowed to enter the stadium after a thorough scanning by security personnel. We have also appealed to visitors not to bring any water bottles and food packets along,” said Behera. The matches involving Pakistan team will be held exclusively at Barabati Stadium, while matches of other teams will be played at the DRIEMS ground in Tangi.
PAKISTAN’S CRICKETERS SUFFER DOUBLE BLOW GAuTAM BHATTACHARyyA As the players’ auction for the sixth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) is round the corner, the showpiece is gradually beginning to creep into the psyche of cricket fans again. The IPL has by now become like an addictive habit — you may blame it for all the ills afflicting Indian cricket but you can’t really chuck it out of your system. What may have escaped the notice of cricket fans is the U-turn of Indian cricket board on the issue of allowing Pakistani players to take part in the IPL
after a gap of four years. It was in the last week of December that the IPL governing council quietly issued a diktat to all the franchises not to go for players from Pakistan — despite earlier verbal assurances from the IPL chairman and positive vibes in the wake of the BCCI allowing Sialkot Stallions from that country to take part in the Champions League T-20. While the general perception seems to be that the decision had come in the wake of the emergency situation in the border, this was not the case in reality. The border crisis flared up only in
the first week of January, leading to the sending back of the five Pakistan players from the Hockey India League (HIL) and the deliberation over safety of the Pakistan women’s team taking part in the Women’s World Cup in India. However, the decision to snub the Pakistan players filtered as early as December 23, even as the Pakistan team had just set foot on the Indian soil for a resumption of bi-lateral series after nearly five years. no official reason was available on that occasion, while the Indian government said they had no role behind such a decision.
It has hence turned out to be a winter of discontent for the Pakistan players as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has now barred the 26 players initially cleared to take part in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). It’s been PCB’s way of getting back at the Bangladesh board, who declined to tour Pakistan at the eleventh hour due to security concerns, but the real losers will be the likes of Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi and Omar Gul. It’s a pity that several of Pakistan’s cricketers, who are real crowdpullers in this form of cricket, continue to live in
the lurch even as a rash of mediocre players receive fat cheques and bask in all the attention in the IPL and now the Bangladesh league. The other day, the PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf went on record as saying that a possible tour of Pakistan by the Indian team was a bright possibility till the LoC crisis had put paid to their dreams. One has to take him on face value, but questions are now being asked if the Pakistan board may have been shortchanged by their counterparts in terms of future commitments!
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Pakistan draw their warm-up match EAST LONDON
AKISTAn drew their warm-up match against the South African Invitation XI at Buffalo Park in East London on Monday as bad light stopped play and stumps were called more than an hour early with the hosts on 190 for five, 133 runs short of a win. The visitors were all out for 250 early on the final morning after resuming the day on 240 for five with the tail failing to emulate the heroics of Umar Gul 49 (76) and Sarfaz Ahmed 93 (161) from the first innings. The hosts were quite shaky in their
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reply as dark clouds hovered above and the ball kept low, assisting Pakistan’s bowlers quite significantly. The South African Invitation XI lost two wickets before lunch with both Andrew Puttick 7 (16) and Stiaan van Zyl 7 (6) being dismissed cheaply — Junaid Khan and Umar Gul picking up a wicket apiece. Davy Jacobs was dismissed shortly after lunch for 36 with 7ft1 paceman Mohammed Irfan picking up his first wicket. Cody Chetty followed after adding 29, becoming Irfan’s second victim of the day. Vaughn van Jaarsveld added 43 off 55 before he was caught and bowled by Saeed Ajmal and the hosts were in a
spot of bother at 146 for five still 162 runs away from a win. Justin Ontong and Dane Vilas, however, combined before the break and safely guided their side to tea. After the break, Ontong managed to notch up 51 off 81 while Vilas grafted for eight off 39 balls before bad light intervened and stumps were called with the hosts still needing 133 runs to win. Earlier in the day, Sarfraz Ahmed was the first man out, trapped leg before by Kyle Abbott and the wicketkeeper had to depart for 19. Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq was the next to go after contributing a gritty 55 off 138 balls. It was Abbott who did the damage
yet again, clean bowling the captain as the visitors started to stutter just a little bit in overcast conditions. Ajmal and Umar Gul followed shortly after, Gul clean bowled by Abbott and Ajmal dismissed by Beuran Hendricks. Abbott finished the innings with impressive figures of 13.4-5-26-4 for the hosts while Mohammed Hafeez 83 (109), nasir Jamshed 51 (122) and Misbah-ul-Haq 55 (138) did the damage with the bat for the visitors. Scores: Pakistanis 329 (Sarfraz 93, Harmer 5-88) and 250 for 9 dec (Hafeez 83, Abbott 4-26) drew with South African Invitation XI 257 (van Jaarsveld 92, Ajmal 3-66) & 190 for 5 (Ontong 51*, Irfan 2-26).
Sri Lanka clinch rain-marred thriller to sweep series 2-0 Perera (35 not out) to help Sri Lanka overcome a slow start and post 161-4 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australia lost both their openers cheaply but captain George Bailey (45) and Shaun Marsh (47 not out) guided them to 60-2 in 10 overs before rain led to the loss of five overs’ play. Australia were required to score 122 runs from 15 overs under the revised target and 18 runs from the last over from Perera, who removed Bailey with the second ball and followed it with a waist-high full toss which was adjudged a no-ball. Marsh managed a single off the next delivery and watched from the other end as Maxwell hit two straight boundaries to raise hopes of a memorable victory before failing to put bat to the ball at the death.
new Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder will miss the Black Caps’ home series against England and instead make himself available for the Indian Premier League, his manager said on Monday. Ryder opted to take a self-imposed break from cricket last March after a series of disciplinary lapses and a drop in form that led to him consulting a psychologist. The talented batsman has been in good touch since returning to first-class cricket with Wellington late last year but manager Aaron Klee said it was too early for the 28-year-old to resume his international career. “There’s nothing to be gained by rushing him back,” Klee told the Dominion Post newspaper. “There’s just downside risks, but if we’re a bit more patient and wait till everything is in place and Jesse’s ready, then there will be more upside risks.” Instead of playing in the England tour beginning next month, Klee said Ryder would put himself forward in the player auction for the IPL, which runs from April 3 to May 26. “People are going to speculate about why he’s available for the IPL and not new Zealand (but) it’s a domestic competition and it’s a short-term contract, so it gives us the ability to reassess it.” “If you go back to international cricket you can’t reassess tour after tour. It fits a bit better into his goals and plans.” Ryder’s prowess will be sorely missed by the Black Caps, who were badly exposed with the bat in two test drubbings on their recent tour of South Africa. However, their batting stock against England will be boosted by the return of Ross Taylor, who sat out the South Africa tour after being sacked as captain but has made himself available for the three-test series.
Sri Lanka prevailed in a rain-hit thriller to clinch the second and final Twenty20 international against Australia and seal the series 2-0 on Monday. Glenn Maxwell hit two successive
boundaries to bring Australia agonisingly close to their target but could not make contact with the last delivery sent down by Thisara Perera as Sri Lanka eked out a narrow victory via the Duckworth-Lewis method. Put into bat, Mahela Jayawardene (61 not out) featured in fifty-plus partnerships with Jeevan Mendis (25) and
Sri Lanka: t. Dilshan b faulkner 6 K. perera c Bailey b Maxwell 15 D. chandimal c Bailey b Laughlin 5 61 M. Jayawardene not out 25 J. Mendis c faulkner b Doherty t. perera not out 35 extras (b-1, lb-8, w-5) 14 total (for 4 wickets in 20 overs) 161 Did not bat: a. Mathews, N. Kulasekara, a. Mendis, L. Malinga, a. Dananjaya. fall of wickets: 1-15 2-33 3-39 4-102. Bowling: Maxwell 4-0-23-1(w-1), Starc 4-0-35-0(w-4), faulkner 4-0-24-1, Laughlin 4-0-40-1, Doherty 4-0-30-1. australia: D. warner c t. perera b Kulasekara 7 a. finch lbw b a. Mendis 7 47 S. Marsh not out 45 g. Bailey c K. perera b t. perera 8 g. Maxwell not out extras (b-1, lb-2, w-1, nb-1) 5 total (for 3 wickets in 15 overs) 119 Did not bat: M. wade, a. Voges, J. faulkner, M. Starc, X. Doherty, B. Laughlin. fall of wickets: 1-10 2-20 3-106. Bowling: Dilshan 2-0-10-0, Kulasekara 3-0-18-1(w-1), a. Mendis 3-0-25-1, Malinga 3-0-26-0, Dananjaya 1-0-12-0, t. perera 3-0-25-1(nb-1). Sri Lanka won by three runs under Duckworth-Lewis method. Sri Lanka clinched series 2-0.
New zealand long way off test pace: Hesson WILLINGTON ageNcIeS
The new Zealand coach, Mike Hesson, is under no illusions how brittle his Test side remains but has been buoyed by the one-day series victory against South Africa. new Zealand were humbled by an innings in both Tests on the tour, which included being bowled out for 45 in Cape Town, before turning their fortunes around with one-day success and they came within a whisker of a whitewash only to lose the final ODI off the last ball. ‘’In Test cricket, we’ve still got a long way to go,” Hesson admitted on his return to new Zealand. “We’re a long way off the pace in Test cricket, we have to acknowledge that, and we know we have a lot of work to do.” Achieving one-day silverware went against recent form for new Zealand who had slipped to ninth in the rankings, but the form of experienced allrounders James Franklin and Grant Elliott, a fantastic hundred from Kane Williamson, and the emergence of Mitchell McClenaghan, the left-arm quick, were the catalysts for gritty performances. “We had a few new faces and a few older ones that came back and they were really keen to make an impact and they did,’’ Hesson said. “When they came back, they lifted the whole vibe. We were a bit down after the Test series, there was no doubt about that. We were clearly outplayed. “But the work we put in between then and the end of the tour, mentally as much as anything, was pleasing. We attacked that first game with real aggression and I think we stuck at that throughout the whole series.”
PCB level i coaching course LAHORE Staff RepoRt
The Pakistan Cricket Board’s education department under its game development programme will organize two level I coaching courses next month here at national Cricket Academy. Both the useful activities aim at imparting latest knowledge of the game besides helping the participants to take up coaching as a profession, said a spokesman of PCB here on Monday. He said one level I course will be organized for women and the other will be held for the benefit of former cricketers. Both the courses will be held in the last week of February under the supervision of PCB’s experts in the field of coaching. He said twenty five candidates will be selected from all over the country to participate in each course which will be of five day duration. “ All the courses will be on self financed basis and each participants will have to pay a fee of Rs 10000 “,he added.
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The first day of the first Sunfoil test between the Proteas and Pakistan on Friday at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium will be a historic occasion for South African test captain, Graeme Smith. He will become the first player in the history of the sport to captain a team in 100 tests, having led the Proteas in 98 tests to date and also captained the World XI against Australia. To celebrate this occasion, Cricket South Africa with its sponsors has lined up a host of activities in honour of Smith. Fans are also encouraged to be part of the celebrations. On Tuesday, between noon and 1pm, fans can meet Smith and some of his Proteas teammates at the Adidas store in Sandton City. There will also be an opportunity to sign a massive Proteas replica jersey which will be handed over to Smith during the test match.
On match day, a roving camera will capture messages from fans which will be played on the big screen at the stadium as well as on CSA’s social media platforms. “This is a truly remarkable achievement,” commented CSA Acting CEO,
Jacques Faul. “Graeme is a true South African hero and we must celebrate this achievement in style. He took over as captain at a difficult time just after the 2003 ICC World Cup and has been in this most demanding of jobs for almost a decade
now. “His leadership has been unwavering and inspirational not just to his players but to the nation and he has been one of the few captains whose career statistics in the demanding job of opening batsman have been unaffected by his leadership responsibilities. “ I want to urge fans to come to the stadium and be part of this Proudly South African Friday and support a hero who leads a proud South African team,” added Faul. Ticket prices for the first test range from R20 to R50. Tickets can be purchased through www.ticketpros.co.za, at the stadium ticket office or at Postnet outlets. Smith will also be celebrating his 32nd birthday on Friday. Fans can participate in the mass birthday song planned for the skipper during one of the breaks. Fans can also get their messages of support aired on the big screen and are encouraged to tweet all messages of support and congratulations with the #biff100 hashtag.
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Salamat wins royal Palm Golf LAhorE: The attention in the golf circles of Lahore remained focused on the final round of the Royal Palm Annual Golf Championship at the fantastic looking Royal Palm Golf Course, as champions like Sardar Murad, Amir Mehmood, Mohsen Zafar, Mir Maaz Mehmood and Omer Salamat fought out the contest in a battle of wits and expertise. All of them are powerful hitters of the ball and possess good short game but in the end it was Omer Salamat who displaced the other contenders in a quest for capturing the Royal Palm Club Championship title. Omer Salamat won with two rounds scores of 82 and 72 and a two rounds aggregate of 154. The runners up Amir Mehmood lost to him by a solitary stroke and Sardar Murad and Mir Maaz Mehmood were behind by two strokes. In the final standings Omer Salamat ended the championship at a gross aggregate of 154,followed by Amir Mehmood at 155,Sardar Murad at 156 and Mir Maaz also at 156.And certainly the overnight leader Maaz looked heart broken at the conclusion of the championship as a hareesa fill before the start of the final round did reflect in the lethargic flow of his golf swing. In the other events being run simultaneously, Abdul Islam nazir won the Captains Prize based on net score and Hussain Hamid was runners up. The Champion of champions was Amir Mehmood in gross section and Mohsen Zafar was champion in net. At the conclusion of the championship, Ramzan Sheikh distributed prizes to all the performers. Staff RepoRt
PCf grants affiliation to HeC and fAtA LAhorE: The Pakistan Cycling Federation (Idris Haider Group) has granted affiliation to Higher Education Commission and FATA. The affiliation was granted at a general council meeting of PCF held under the chairmanship of its President, Ch nouriaz Shakoor, said a spokesman of PCF here on Monday. He said the affiliation was granted after both the regions fulfilled the laid down criteria in the constitution of PCF. “The house approved the calendar of activities for the year 2013 and allocated national and junior national and other cycling events to its affiliated units“,he added. He said PCF is taking measures for the further development of the game by mobilizing available resources. PCF spokesman said the house reposed confidence on the present set up of PCF and praised its efforts for the development of cycling at all levels. Staff RepoRt
office-bearers of ju-jitsu elected LAhorE: Khalil Ahmed Khan and Waqar Ilyas Khan were re-elected President and Secretary of Pakistan Ju-jitsu Federation at a general council of the body which cancelled the membership of one its affiliated unit for violating the constitution. “Election meeting was attended by all the affiliated members of the PJJF, barring Pakistan Air Force”, said a spokesman of PJJF here on Monday .Representatives of Pakistan Olympic Association and Pakistan Sports Board observed the election meeting. Following were elected, President, Khalil Ahmed Khan, Vice Presidents, Syed Abid Ali, Shabeena Saeed and one representative of Wapda, Secretary, Waqar Ilyas Khan, Associate Secretary, Col retd G.M.Chengezi, Treasurer, Dr Shahzad Imran,Director referee, Kazim Ali, Director Sports , Tariq Ali, Ameer Mukhtar, Liaqat Ali. Members of the executive committee,Tehseen Ullah, Irfan Bhatti, Hafiza neelum Ishaq and Hafiza Arooj Fatmia. Staff RepoRt
rowing federation elections held LAhorE: Elections of Pakistan Rowing Federation were held on Monday and Rizwan ul Haq and Ayaz Ali Khan were elected President and Secretary of the body at the general council meeting here . The meeting besides electing fresh office bearers for a next term of four years took important decision for the further uplift of the game ,said a spokesman of PRF here . Out of the 25 affiliated units of PRF 23 attended the meeting.Tahir Saeed, Acting Director, Pakistan Sports Board and Khalid Mahmood Secretary, Pakistan Olympic Association attended the proceedings as observers. Following were elected, President, Rizwan ul Haq, Vice P esidents, Malik Abdul Rahim, Mian Muhammad Asif, Pervez Iqbal, Syed Mehfooz ul Haq, Sumera Sattar, Secretary, Ayaz Sattar, Associate Secretaries, Shahid nazir, Atta Hussain Butt, Zubair Ikhlaq, Usman Ahmed, Raza Ishaq, Treasurer, Arif Ikram. Members of the executive committee, Saeed Aslam Malik, Prof Imtiaz Ahmed, Sibtal Haider Bukhari, Muhammad Shahid, Malik Muhammad Shamsher, Ali Akbar Sial, Wasif Mustafa, Javed Saleem, Haroon Rashid,Muhammad Abdullah Tarar, Irfan Sherazi, Ayesha Sheikh and Rasheel Khan. Representative’s of Pakistan Sports Board and Pakistan Olympic Association congratulated the PRF House on electing the new office bearers in a most amicable manner. Staff RepoRt
New swimming official elected LAhorE: Major retd Majid Waseem and Mrs Veena Masood were elected President and Secretary of the Pakistan Swimming Federation here on Monday. The office bearers of PSF were elected at a general council meeting of the body which was attended by all the affiliated units of PSF. Observers from the Pakistan Olympic Association and the Pakistan Sports Board were also present in the Meeting to oversee the Proceedings of the Elections, said a spokesman of PSF. The outgoing President, Kamran Lashari was elected as Chairman and Patron in chief of the body to acknowledge his services for the promotion of the game. Staff RepoRt
Contented Djokovic shows the fun side of a sweet life MELBOuRNE ageNcIeS
ITH the norman Brookes Challenge Cup sitting a few centimetres away from his left hand, novak Djokovic was a contented man at his post-match media conference. The world number one had just beaten Andy Murray in the Australian Open final to claim his fourth title at Melbourne Park, his third in succession and the sixth grand slam title in his career. “It’s amazing. I’m just trying to embrace this moment and enjoy it as much as I can and see where tomorrow brings me,” he told reporters after the four-set victory. “I mean, 25 years old and I won six grand slams and have a lot of trophies. “I’m fortunate to have this opportunity and to succeed.” Djokovic’s success on Rod Laver Arena is unprecedented in the professional era, something the Serb was well aware of given the tough nature of professional sport. “There are so many athletes, professional tennis players around the world and it’s such a global sport, they want to be the best in what they do,” he added. “They want to succeed. Many of them, they don’t succeed in the end. “Generally I’m aware of the fact
that it’s an incredible trip for me, you know, being a professional tennis player.” Long considered the ‘Djoker’ on Tour, his natural frivolity was reined in he tried to fulfil his promise. The hilarious on-court impersonations disappeared, but since he broke the Roger Federer-Rafa nadal duopoly in 2011 by winning three grand slam titles, his exuberant character had reappeared. At this year’s Australian Open,
he was caught on closed circuit television ‘Gangnam Style’ dancing with security staff and teaching young players some break dance moves. Just minutes after his semi-final victory over David Ferrer he also appeared on court with a doctor’s lab coat and stethoscope during a legends doubles match to provide ‘medical attention’ to Henri Leconte. “I’m just trying to play this game
with 100 percent of devotion, love, passion, and fun also,” he added. “I mean, what else can you do but to be happy and try to bring that joy to the other people around, especially in the tournaments?” Djokovic, who posed for several photos with exuberant fans after the final as he made his way to media commitments with the trophy, also provided a surprise for the assembled reporters.
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Woods in control at Torrey Pines TORREy PINES
HE American former world number one completed his third round in 69 to sit 14 under par for the tournament, four shots ahead of Canada’s Brad Fritsch, who went round in 70. The pair were due to start their final rounds right away, and much of the field were already under way with theirs, after fog caused havoc at the Torrey Pines course Saturday. Brandt Snedeker had joined Fritsch on 10 under overall after going through the first six holes of his final round in three under. England’s Ross Fisher was the highest-placed European in the field on six under. He finished his third round in 73 and had yet to start his fourth. No MorE DoUBTS For wooD AFTEr BrEAKThroUgh vIcTorY IN QATAr: Britain’s Chris Wood was beginning to wonder if he would ever end his title drought before he finally made the breakthrough in the Qatar Masters at the weekend. It was a case of third time lucky for the 6-foot-5 (1.96-metre) Wood after he had twice previously gone into the closing day of a European Tour event at the summit of the leaderboard only to slip down the field in the final round. The 25-yearold had also amassed 19 top-10 finishes without once entering the winner’s circle. “I was starting to have little doubts that I would ever win,” Wood told reporters after climbing into the top 60 of the world rankings from number 142. “But I have a load of good people and
mascherano hails ‘out of this world’ messi MADRID ageNcIeS
Messi’s four-goal salvo in Sunday’s 5-1 win over Osasuna saw the 25-year-old become the youngest player to pass 200 goals in La Liga history, a feat that came in only 235 matches. It also took Messi’s league tally up to an incredible 33 already this season, and means he has now scored in 11 successive matches in La Liga, which is also a record. Mascherano said of his compatriot: “It’s surreal to talk about him because what he does is from another world.” Barca assistant coach Jordi Roura admits that with Messi seemingly breaking records almost every time he sets foot on the pitch these days, it does not always immediately sink in just what he is achieving. “When you’re with him every day there comes a point when these things seem normal. But when you stop and reflect on what has been done you simply put your hands to your head. It seems like he has no limits,” said Roura, who again sat on the bench while head coach Tito Vilanova continues his recovery from cancer surgery. next up for Messi and co is Wednesday’s mouthwatering Copa del Rey semi-final first leg against arch rivals Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. Roura believes Barca are going into that match in good touch following their win over 10-man Osasuna, which came after the Catalan giants saw their unbeaten La Liga record ended by Real Sociedad last weekend. “The best way to approach this match was to win against Osasuna. I think we’re on the right track,” said Roura.
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winged foot to host 2020 uS open NEW yORK ageNcIeS
good friends around me - they see me playing at home and know full well that I’m good enough to win. Until you do it though, the doubt is in the back of your mind.” Wood, who finished in the top five at the British Open in 2008 and 2009, delivered a majestic coup de grace on the last hole in Doha on Saturday. The Englishman needed an eagle three to pip Spain’s Sergio Garcia and George Coetzee of South Africa for the title and he produced a sumptuous sixiron from 202 yards before coaxing in his putt from 12 feet. “I couldn’t really feel my hands at the time,” said the Qatar champion, who shares the distinction with Swede Robert Karlsson of being the tallest players on the tour. “It was one chance and I knew that was all I was going to get. “Four years of frustration of not winning and it all came out a bit after the putt,” added Wood, referring to his emotional punch of the air as the ball disap-
peared into the cup. He said former world number one Tiger Woods was the inspiration behind his six-iron approach. “I remember watching Tiger hit a shot a few years ago on the 18th hole, an eight-iron to six feet,” Wood explained after picking up the first prize of 310,917 euros ($419,000). “His attitude was, ‘I’m going to win this tournament whatever happens’. That is one of his massive strengths. “I had that in the back of my mind, to just let my swing go and no matter how it feels, trust it, commit to it and I hit a really good shot,” said Wood. “I didn’t know the situation before that and only looked at the leaderboard for the first time before the putt at the last.” Wood now moves on to this week’s Dubai Classic, the final event of the tour’s three-tournament ‘Desert Swing’ that will feature the first competitive outing of the season from world number seven Lee Westwood.
Drug testing woefully inadequate, say leading figures MELBOuRNE ageNcIeS
novak Djokovic’s cheque for winning the Australian Open on Sunday was more than the entire annual budget for anti-doping in tennis, a programme many feel is woefully inadequate. Djokovic and Andy Murray left Melbourne on Monday with a combined $3.8 million in their pockets for their efforts over the past fortnight. The total funding for the 2013 antidoping programme stands at $2 million, paid for by the four grand slams, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and ATP and WTA Tours. The cost includes $400,000 for the administration of the programme, paid for by the ITF. Many players, including Djokovic and Murray, have called for more blood tests to ensure there is no cheating. Of the 2,150 tests carried out by the ITF in 2011, the last set of figures avail-
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able, 131 were blood tests and only 21 were out of competition. Blood tests accounted for between three and six percent of all tests in tennis in 2011, compared to 35 percent in cycling and 17.6 percent in athletics. “I would struggle to know if there is any other sport where their drug-testing programme has gone backwards in recent years,” said Darren Cahill, who
coached Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi to the world number one spot. Following Lance Armstrong’s confession that he took drugs in all seven of his Tour de France cycling wins, tennis has come in for greater scrutiny with regards to doping. “You get blood tested at the slams, usually after you lose, but I’ve never been blood tested out of competition,” said American Mike Bryan, who won a record 13th grand slam title together with twin brother Bob Bryan in the men’s doubles on Saturday. Bryan told Reuters he is probably tested around 20 times a year, but outof-competition, through the whereabouts programme, it has only ever been urine tests. Urine tests can detect many drugs, including EPO, one of several taken by Armstrong and other leading cyclists but only blood tests can detect HGH, human growth hormone.
The U.S. Open will be held at Winged Foot for the sixth time when the second major golf championship of the season is staged at the new York course in 2020. “We’re thrilled to bring the U.S. Open back to this outstanding club,” said United States Golf Association vice president Thomas J. O’Toole Jr in a news release on Monday. “Winged Foot offers a spectacular setting in a dynamic market and has justifiably earned its reputation as one of the premier U.S. Open venues in the nation.” The course, located 25 miles (40 kms) north of new York City in Westchester County, last hosted the U.S. Open in 2006 when Australian Geoff Ogilvy won.
russian Grand Prix to be held in 2014: Sochi mayor MOSCOW ageNcIeS
The Russian Grand Prix - the country’s first Formula One race - will be held in Sochi in november 2014 despite delays in constructing the circuit, the city’s mayor said on Friday. “It will be held in november, after the (2014 Winter) Olympics,” Anatoly Pakhomov told reporters in Moscow. Last year local media reported, citing sources within the Russian Automobile Federation, that work on the $200million project had been stopped. Pakhomov, however, dismissed any doubts about the construction being completed on time. “The circuit’s construction is being closely monitored by the regional government. Everything is going according to plan,” he said. “If we had any problems we would have asked for help from other regions.” In 2010, Russia signed a seven-year deal with Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone to stage a Grand Prix race in the Black Sea resort from 2014 until 2020.
diaz victorious, Contador fourth TODOS ageNcIeS
The Argentinian, racing for the San Luis Somos Todos team, finished safely in the peloton in the seventh and final stage to secure victory by 33 seconds from American Tejay van Garderen. Androni Giocattoli’s Mattia Gavazzi of Italy won the 154.7km stage in a dramatic sprint finish. Former two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador finished fourth in the overall standings.
NATIONAL DEAF CRICKET BEGINS WITH 8 MATCHES LAHORE Staff RepoRt
The national deaf cricket championship commenced here on Monday and a heavy programme was gone through as eight matches were decided at different venues. The event is being played in two rounds with 16 teams playing at Lahore. The Karachi round will commence from January 30 at Karachi with 16 team taking part, said Zaheer ud Din Babar, manager, Pakistan deaf cricket association. He said the event is being sponsored by Pakistan Cricket Board. He expressed his thanks to Chairman, PCB, Muhammad Zaka Asrhaf for paying attention to
deaf cricket by extending all possible help and financial assistance. “ One team each will qualify for final from Lahore and Karachi and the final will be played at Karachi on February 4”,he said. Following are the results of the matches, Islamabad v/s Gujranwala at Model Town Cricket Club, Islamabad scored 384/3 in 40 overs and Bilal Aslam scored 170 runs Gujranwala scored 75/ all out. Adnan Ghani took 4 wickets and Islamabad won the match by 309 runs. Gujarat v/s Swat at Albilal Cricket Ground Township. Gujrat won the toss and batted first scored 418 runs in 40 overs. nadeem scored 92 runs and
Sawat were all out at 133. Jabar took 4 wickets.Gujarat won the march by 280 runs. Chakwal v/s Sargodha at Shah Fisal Cricket Model Town. Sargodha won the toss and scored 262. Chakwal chased the target in 38.5 overs for the loss of 6 wickets. Ibrahim scored 132 . Chakwal won the match by 4 wickets. Sheikhpura v/s D.I. Khan at Modal Town Green Cricket Club. D-I- Khan won the toss and scored 77. Sheikhpura chased the target in 19 over and won the match by 7 wickets Sialkot v/s Peshawar at Town Ship White. Sialkot won the toss and managed 137 in 35.5 overs. Peshawar chased the target in 31 over and scored 138 with the loss of 6 wickets and won the match
by 4 wickets. Jhelum v/s Faisalabad at Township Green. Faisalabad scored 262 in 40 overs.. Kashif scored 94 runs. Jhelum lost their all wickets for 181 runs. Faisalabad won the match by 39 runs. Rawalpindi v/s narowal at Race Course Ground 1. Rawalpindei won the toss and scored 99 all out in 27.2 overs . narowal chased the target in 20.3 overs and scored 103/3 and won the match by 7 wickets. Kohat vs Hafizabad at Race Course Ground 2. Kohat won the toss and scored 197 all out in 39.2 overs. Hafizabad chased the target in 30.5 overs and scored 201 and won the match by 7 wickets. Awan scored 108 not out.
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PML-N to restore Bahawalpur province at all costs: Shahbaz, Nisar LAHORE
HE Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz (PML-n) on Monday pledged that it would restore the previous status of Bahawalpur province “at any cost”. This was stated during a joint press conference addressed by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Opposition Leader in the national Assembly Chaudhry nisar Ali Khan. The chief minister criticised the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)-led coalition government on the issue of new provinces, saying that Bahawalpur province would be created at any cost. He said that Bahawalpur city would be the capital of the new province. Shahbaz said the issue of new provinces was another trick by the PPP and the “Zardari gang” to postpone the forthcoming elections. He said the PPP was trying to put the issue of new provinces in doldrums by misleading the people. Comment-
ing on the Parliamentary Commission on new Provinces in Punjab, the chief minister said the body should look into the administrative issues of the new provinces, instead of political ones. On the occasion, Chaudhry nisar said the creation of new provinces was not only a joke but would also disintegrate the Punjab province. He said the Parliamentary Commission on new Provinces was given a mandate to form two provinces, and this regard a resolution was also unanimously passed in the Punjab Assembly. He said the inclusion of Bhakkar and Mianwali cities in the South Punjab province was also unconstitutional. He strongly criticised the PPP government and President Asif Ali Zaradri, saying the commission’s chairman, Senator Farhatullah Babar, was a staff member of the president and therefore unacceptable. The opposition leader said that his party was also committed to Hazara province, but added that the PML-n would consult with other par-
Protests held in mianwali, Bahawalpur against proposed province MIANwALI: A shutter-down strike was observed in Mianwali and parts of Bahawalpur on Monday against the proposed Bahawalpur-South Punjab province. In Multan, Saraiki Party and Saraikistan Qaumi Ittehad (SQI) staged a protest at Chowk nawan Shehar against the proposed name. They also performed a symbolic hanging to record their protest. The protestors said that they would not accept this name, adding that their protest would continue unless the proposed province was named Saraikistan. In Mianwali, traders observed a shutter-down strike against the proposal to include their division in the proposed Bahawalpur South Punjab province. They called for the exclusion of Mianwali from new province. In Ahmedpur tehsil of Bahawalpur, lawyers and traders observed a strike against the proposed bill. Addressing a press conference, senior Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Habibullah Bhutta also demanded that Bahawalpur be reinstated as a separate province. The protestors said that they would not allow the new province to “grab” Mianwali’s resources. NNI ties on this issue. He also announced that the PML-n would table its own amendment bill for the creation of Bahawalpur and South Punjab provinces in line with the resolutions passed by the Punjab Assembly. “no senior member of the PMLn belonging to Punjab was consulted
prior to the formation of the parliamentary commission, which was unlawfully named by President Zardari,” he added. Commenting on the PML-n’s sit-in, he said that the sit-in would be held on the issue of Karachi violence and all opposition parties participate in it.
LaHoRe: punjab chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif addresses a press conference on Monday. pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz senior leaders chaudhry Nisar ali Khan and Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan are also seen in the picture. INP
Trade, bus service between Pakistan, India resume ISLAMABAD: Cross-border trade and bus service between India and Pakistan resumed at Chakandabagh checkpost in Poonch district on Monday. According to the trade custodians on both sides of the border, the tension at the Line of Control (LoC) had now decreased. Accordingly, cross-border trade and travelling had restored from Monday onwards, Radio Pakistan reported. The trade and bus service had been suspended 17 days ago after deadly clashes at the LoC. Directors general of military operations on both sides had talked on telephone and discussed the issue, agreeing to deescalate border tensions between the two countries. Talking to Radio Kashmir, Poonch-Rawalakot bus service provider and trade custodian Lakshmana said they had received a report from cross border hotline and the bus service and trade had been restored. Lakshmana said 217 passengers, including 109 from Indian-held Kashmir and 108 from Jammu and Kashmir had crossed the border. app
Two PAF officials among three gunned down in Pasni QUETTA: Three people, including two personnel of Pakistan Air Force (PAF), were shot dead in the coastal town of Pasni in Gwadar district on Monday morning. Per reports, the PAF personnel were shopping from Zareen Market in main Pasni bazaar when unidentified gunmen opened indiscriminate fire on them. As a result, both PAF personnel were killed while a shopkeeper also died. Police and law enforcement agencies rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area. The deceased PAF personnel were identified as Muhammad Ibrahim from Skardu and Khurram Shahzad from Rawalpindi while the shopkeeper was named as Elahi Bukhsh, a resident of Mashkay. When contacted, Makran Division Commissioner Abdul Fatah Bhangar confirmed the killing of PAF personnel and said the assailants were on a motorbike. He said the security personnel had not informed the administration about their visit to Pasni. Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) spokesman Gowaran Baloch contacted newspaper offices from an undisclosed location and claimed responsibility for the attack. SHaHZaDa ZULfIQaR
ECP to re-verify checked voter rolls randomly KArAchI: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) would re-verify the voter lists it has so far consolidated in Karachi through random checks. The ECP has so far verified 45 percent of the voters’ list in Karachi so far and has failed to give a deadline for verification of the remaining 55 percent. A source that attended a meeting of political parties convened by Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ebrahim at ECP Sindh on Monday said the CEC had stated that army officials would accompany the ECP verifiers from now onwards in their door-to-door visits. However, the process might not be completed in the given time i.e. February 1, due to the poor law and order in the city, ECP insiders said. In a significant development on Monday, the army set up a control room at the office of the Sindh provincial election commissioner. According to the insiders, the Electoral Voter Verification Coordination Cell (EVVCC) would work under a colonel-level officer at ECP Sindh who would coordinate with the ECP staff and address the reservations of the political parties and the general public. The ECP meeting was attended by representatives of over eight politico-religious parties that concluded their three-day sit-in outside the ECP Sindh office on Monday. They warned of joining the PML-n’s sit-in outside the Parliament House if their demands were not met. Those who attended the meeting included Saleem Zia of the Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz, Syed Hafeezuddin of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Muhammad Hussain Mehanti, Raja Arif Sultan, Birjees Ahmed and Zahid Askari of Jamaat-eIslami (JI), Mushtaque noorani of Jamiat Ulema Islam-Pakistan (JUI-P), Qari Usman of Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), Ghulam Mustafa Farooqui of Jamiat Ulema Islam-Sami (JUI-S), Mazhar Rahuja of Awami Tehreek (AT) and Jalal Mehmood Shah of Sindh United Party (SUP). Sindh Election Commissioner Mehboob Anwar and his predecessor Sono Khan Baloch were also present. “The CEC assured us that the electoral lists that have been verified so far would be reverified,” a participant confided to Pakistan Today after the meeting. Earlier, Sindh Election Commissioner Mehboob Anwar said while 99 percent of the house count had completed, only 45 percent of the verification target had been achieved so far. “The house count would conclude today (Tuesday), while the completion date for the verification process would be extended beyond February 1,” the provincial election commissioner said. According to an ECP source, the uncertain law and order during recent weeks in the city had delayed the verification task, the completion date for which would now be decided later. Continued on page 04
Haqqani must appear before SC ‘no matter what’, says CJ g
former envoy’s counsel says can’t force him to return to Pakistan ISLAMABAD app
Hearing the Memogate case on Monday, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said former envoy to the United States Husain Haqqani should be brought to court even if it requires the use of force. Pakistan’s former ambassador to US was implicated in the scandal where he allegedly had a memo delivered to Admiral Mike Mullen through Pakistani-American national Mansoor Ijaz. The memo had offered greater government cooperation in return for US backing against the powerful military in the immediate aftermath of the May 2 raid. She informed the court that Haqqani cannot appear before the court due to security concerns. She said the former ambassador to the US has been receiving threats via social media and asked the concerned authorities to investigate the matter. Asma categorically stated before the SC that she could not bring her client back by applying physical force. “If he has the phobia of not getting fair justice, I can’t remove it. He was not given the right to due process completely,” she told a nine-
member bench headed by Chief Justice Chaudhry. She told the court that it could do whatever it liked, adding that she had written to the interior secretary about her client’s reservations regarding threats to his life, but had received no response. She also read out a letter which was sent to the interior secretary in which her client had alluded to life threats emanating from religious extremists and certain political clouts. She claimed that her client had received threats through emails and that it was up to the ministries of interior and foreign affairs to ascertain the levels of such intimidation. “He is not an absconder and can’t risk his life,” she added. The chief justice told her that the court was concerned with Haqqani’s appearance. “The court cannot testify that there is danger to his life. When orders of the courts are passed, everyone in the country is bound to obey them,” he observed. Asma said that she had also sent an application after July 12 last year, but it had been objected upon by the SC Registrar’s Office, saying that they should first seek review of the order. She also complained that she was not provided a copy of the order despite her request.
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Objecting to the formation of the commission, Asma said that she had never seen an investigative body formed in such issues. The CJ reminded her that the formation of the commission was not a new thing. About a meeting held under the Supreme Court’s order in December, she said that they had not been informed about it by the interior secretary. She also requested the bench to defer proceedings until next week, as she was leaving for Geneva tomorrow in connection with her responsibility assigned to her by the Un with regard to Israeli settlements in Palestinian areas. The bench, accepting her request, adjourned the hearing until February 12 and issued notice to the interior secretary. The secretary was directed to appear on the next date of hearing and confirm the receipt of her letter addressed to him on December 31, 2012, and explain as to why Haqqani had not been informed about adequate security arrangements. Other members of the bench included Justice nasirul Mulk, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Justice Tariq Parvez, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed.
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