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ECP snubs Sethi on plans to reshuffle bureaucracy ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday took notice of Punjab caretaker Chief Minister Najam Sethi’s statement regarding transfers and appointments, saying the interim CM had no right to transfer and appoint any officer. The commission clarified that only the ECP had the right to do so. The commission has lifted ban on new appointments in the country, however, the ban on transfer of development funds will remain in place. Earlier, talking to reporters, Sethi had said he would change the whole bureaucracy in the province and would also appoint a new inspector general of police. inP
Transparent elections are caretaker PM’s responsibility. – Shah Mehmood Qureshi
Sethi wants a ‘smart’ cabinet ANNOUNCES SMALL CABINET OF FIVE TO SIX MINISTERS LAHORE
uNjab Chief Minister Najam Sethi on Thursday said that he had made a programme of consultation with political leaders for holding transparent elections and maintaining neutral administration in the process. For this purpose, he said that he met with leaders of Pakistan Muslim LeagueQuaid (PML-Q), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), jamaat-e-Islami (jI), adding that he would hold a meeting with Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf today (Friday). He said that the purpose of these meetings with various political forces was to gauge views on who were honest, hard working and dedicated officers. He expressed satisfaction that no political leader had suggested the name of a relative, which made his job easier. Furthermore, he said that the decision regarding the inspector general of Punjab
was still pending, adding that he had held consultations with chief election commissioner regarding changes in bureaucracy. He announced that the process would be completed within a week. The caretaker chief minister said that a caretaker cabinet would be formed within two to three days, adding that it would comprise of five to six ministers and a few more ministers might be added later if a need arose.
Sethi seeks list of politically-affiliated Punjab officers LAHORE: Punjab caretaker Chief Minister Najam Sethi has asked the Punjab Civil Secretariat Section Services One to provide him the a list officers of Grade 18-22 who were related to any politician or were affiliated with some political party in any way. Sethi also sought lists of all officials who were political appointees and had been appointed a contractual basis and those whose tenures had been extended illegally. Sources said it was likely that all senior officials, who were illegally appointed, would be dismissed or sent to their respective departments per law, adding that the Punjab government would seek the Election Commission of Pakistan’s permission in this regard, wherever required. The sources said Sethi also asked authorities concerned to give him lists of officers who had been serving on the same posts for a long period of time. They said the Pakistan People’s Party leadership had demanded the Punjab caretaker chief minister dismiss the chief secretary and the Punjab IGP along with all DPOs and DCO of 36 districts appointed on orders of former chief minister Shahbaz Sharif to minimise the chances of poll rigging. The sources said the PPP was of the view that the ban imposed by the ECP on appointments and transfers by Sethi was “pre-poll rigging” and Sethi should ask for powers to appoint and transfer, otherwise he would be nothing more than a dummy chief minister. The source said a new IGP for Punjab was likely to be appointed within the next 24 hours. Rana HaideR
He stressed that the cabinet would not consist of members of political parties. Sethi said that holding free and fair elections was the sole priority of the caretaker setup and the responsibility would be discharged as the number one obligation. He said that “positive” proposals had been put forward in meetings with political leaders and the leaders of all political parties had stressed the need for posting
of an honest, hardworking and neutral administration. Moreover, he said that the constitution and law would be fully upheld in the holding of peaceful and transparent elections. jI chief Munawar Hassan welcomed Sethi to the caretaker setup and extended full cooperation for holding free and fair elections. He expressed confidence in Sethi and said that people believed that Sethi would dispense his job with responsibility.
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Pervez Musharraf has all rights to do politics. – Dr Farooq Sattar
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday issued a contempt of court notice to former prime minister Raja Pervaiz ashraf in the Rental Power Projects (RPPs) case. a three-member SC bench headed by Chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard case of Raja Pervaiz ashraf’s letter to the SC in which he had asked for a commission to enquire into RPPs case. The court asked him to appear in person before the bench in two weeks. Chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had said in Wednesday’s hearing that the former PM had tried to influence the court by writing a letter for constituting a commission to investigate the RPPs scam. The chief justice said ashraf had already accepted the court’s decision in the RPPs case that had attained finality, so there was no need to re-examine the verdict and form a commission to probe into the issue. The chief justice said the review petition was withdrawn in the RPPs case, so how was it possible to revisit the court’s verdict and appoint the commission. Earlier, appearing before the court on notice, Nab Prosecutor General KK agha submitted before the court that although he did not agree with the letter, if the court referred the matter to any other forum for probe, he would have no objection. Wasim Sajjad submitted that his client had dispatched the letter to the chief justice of Pakistan through the SC registrar’s office, adding that it was not aimed at influencing the court. He further contended that an impression was created in the media that if the National accountability bureau (Nab) decided the case in favour of ashraf, it would have been considered that the former prime minister used his influence. The chief justice said the letter was written on the letterhead of prime minister and did not give a positive impression, adding that such type of dispatches should not be addressed to the court. justice Gulzar ahmed also observed that such type of letters in a personal capacity of the prime minister should not be addressed to the court. STaFF RePORT
IHC annuls Rs 5b worth of projects Raja approved for hometown ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday declared null and void the contracts worth Rs 5 billion for development schemes in former prime minister’s Raja Pervez ashraf’s constituency. according to sources, the court scrapped the deal for it was found not only shoddy but also against the Public Procurement Regulatory authority’s rules and regulations. Directing the National Logistic Cell (NLC) to immediately return the amount, the IHC ordered the authorities concerned to invite bids and re-award the contract within 30 days strictly in accordance with the PPRa rules. inP
President to address joint sitting of AJK assembly, council ISLAMABAD : President asif Zardari on Thursday said he would soon visit Muzaffarabad and address the joint session of azad jammu and Kashmir Legislative assembly and ajK Council to reiterate the government’s policy on Kashmir and the struggle of its people for their rights. President Zardari was talking to a Kashmiri delegation representing, which called on him at the Presidency. The delegation called on him to express the sentiments of Kashmiri people in the wake of afzal Guru’s hanging. The delegation also invited the president to visit Muzaffarabad and address the joint session of the assembly and council. The delegation was led by ajK Prime Minister Chaudhry abdul Majeed and included among others ajK President Sardar Yaqoob Khan, Raja Farooq Haider, opposition leader Muhammad Yasin, Gen (r) Sardar anwar Khan, j&K Liberation Front Supreme Head amanullah Khan, jamaat-e-Islami leader abdul Rashid Turabi, juI-F leader Saeed Yousuf, j&K Liberation League President justice (r) abdul Majid Malik, MQM leader Tahir Khokhar, aPHC (Mirwaiz) leader Mehmood ahmed Sagar, aPHC(Geelani) leader Ghulam M Safi, jKLF (Yasin Malik) leader Rafique Dar. Senator Rehman Malik, spokesperson to the president Farhatullah babar and secretary to president Nasreen Haque were also present. aPP
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ECP no monarch to do what it wills: CJP ORDERS ECP TO DISPOSE FAKE DEGREE CASES BY APRIL 4 ISLAMABAD STaFF RePORT
uLING that the Election Commission of Pakistan was no monarch to do whatever it willed, the SC on Thursday ordered wrapping up of all fake degree cases by april 4 and sought a comprehensive report on this count be filed by the ECP. a three-member SC bench led by Chief justice of Pakistan (CjP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry resumed hearing in the case on Thursday. The ECP presented a report in the court with respect to fake degree cases pending hearing in courts across the country. Per the report, 34 fake degree cases were sent to the subordinate courts of which 19 pertained to Punjab, while degree holders in two cases had been acquitted. The CjP asked where were the remaining cases lying. ECP Secretary Ishtiaq ahmad
Khan said, “Proceedings in respect of other cases are underway and challans of eight cases have been sent to courts.” The CjP said, “The ECP is not a monarch that it can do whatever it wills, nor is it a stakeholder in elections. If degree condition has been done away with, even then the ECP should not shut its eyes to this matter, as a fake degree holder is liable to be dealt with under proceedings of a criminal case.” ECP’s counsel said court cases were pending hearing in subordinate courts and decisions were awaited. The Cj remarked that cases were pending hearing since 2011 and directives were issued to dispose of the cases early. During the hearing of the case, jamshed Dasti, former MNa from PPP, requested the court to direct the Muzaffargarh sessions judge to hear fake degree case against him after elections and the proceedings against him be deferred. The court rejected the plea and inquired from the ECP counsel why had he heard the case of Dasti after three years. The counsel said Nawabzada Iftikhar ahmad lodged a complaint against Dasti on February 13, 2013 and the case was moved ahead on this complaint. The court said it could give no
eCP orders replacement of chief secretaries of sindh, Punjab LAHORE UMaiR aZiZ
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has finally set the ball rolling towards a neutral bureaucracy by replacing top bureaucrats in two major provinces, Punjab and Sindh, while Punjab Chief Minister Najam Sethi will also be choosing his principal secretary, Pakistan Today has learnt. The ECP reportedly directed the establishment division of the federal government to change chief secretaries of Punjab and Sindh. according to details, Punjab chief secretary Nasir Khosa has replaced Sindh chief secretary Raja abbas, who has been transferred to the Establishment Division. Meanwhile, Secretary Education and Training Major (R) Qamar Zaman has been selected for the Punjab’s most coveted bureaucratic slot. The commission directed the establishment division to implement its orders and report to ECP within three days. Zaman, who comes from Gujrat, is a grade-22 secretariat group officer and has held important slots in the past as well. according to his career profile, he left Punjab in 1999 as DG LDa when he was in Grade 19. He has also been commissioner of the Rawalpinid division. In the federal capital, he has held one of the most important and sensitive portfolios of the interior secretary in 2009. Last year, Zaman was a part of a controversy when the Establishment Division gave him additional charge of the executive director of the Higher Education Commission (HEC),
which was later taken from him on the Supreme Court orders. The news of his appointment to the top slot spread in the bureaucratic circles immediately with necessary arrangements being taken for the shift. However, Punjab Secretary Services Syed Mubashar Raza said the establishment division has yet to be notified of the posting and the move was still news to him. “usually the chief secretary is always posted after consultation of the province with the federal government, while this time around, the direction has come from the ECP,” he added. a senior legal expert, however, said the ECP could direct the establishment division to replace the chief secretary of any province under the rules. In Punjab, however, following the move, Sethi, who vowed to reshuffle Punjab bureaucracy within seven days, also selected Secretary Mines and Minerals Shahid Mehmood for another most coveted slot of the principal secretary to the chief minister. Sources, however, said that Mehmood, a grade20 officer, has been selected for such an important slot because he had never held a very important portfolio in Punjab and will have little political influence. Former principal secretary Nadeem Hassan asif has already been made vice chairman of the Punjab board of Investment and Trade (PbIT). Moreover, DGPR athar ali Khan has been asked to report to his parent department while Lahore Transport Company (LTC) MD amjad Hussain bhatti has been posted as the DGPR.
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order to adjourn Dasti’s case, but it could direct respective subordinate court to dispose of the case at the earliest. jamshed Dasti said, “I was allowed to contest election in 2010. Why was I not barred from doing so then?” The court later ruled that the ECP and subordinate courts should dispose of fake degree cases by april 4 and details of the pending cases be kept before the chief justices of the concerned high courts and hearing be conducted of these cases on a day-to-day basis. The court said police and investigation agencies failed in their assignments, therefore, stern action be initiated against officers found involved in negligence of duty. The bench ruled that contesting candidates should meet the requirements spelt out in articles 62 and 63 and Section 99 of Public Representation act. “The court wants elections held in equitable and transparent manner.” The court said respective courts had also failed in disposing of fake degree cases. “The chief justices of high courts should initiate action against these judges. The hearing of the cases be adjourned only on solid grounds,” the SC ruled. The hearing was adjourned until april 4.
ECP directs authorities to lift ban on governemt appointments, transfers ASKS NEWSPAPERS, BROADCASTERS TO SUBMIT DETAILS OF PAID, UNPAID POLITICAL CONTENT ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday directed all government departments and ministries to lift a ban on recruitments and transfers throughout the country. ECP additional Secretary afzal Khan said the ban had been imposed in january because it was feared that the outgoing government could make biased appointments and transfers on political grounds. “as an impartial caretaker government has now been inducted‚ there is no need for continuing the ban,” he said. Elaborating further, he said the ECP had directed all government departments to make recruitments and transfers purely on merit. Meanwhile, the ECP also directed all broadcasters and newspapers to submit details of paid and unpaid political content containing names‚ symbols or photographs of candidates or leaders of political parties carried in newspapers or shown on TV on a weekly basis. The ECP notified that these details must include the duration‚ timing and frequency of such content along with tariffs charged by the broadcasters and newspapers. The media organisations were also directed to submit details of payments and contributions received or due from political parties or any other person pertaining to advertisement campaigns. The ECP has decided to maintain comprehensive data on expenses incurred in political advertisement campaigns. STaFF RePORT
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Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims may face ‘permanent’ segregation. — HRW
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Politicians make health, education pledges ISLAMABAD aGenCieS
CHENNAI: A boy smeared with colours reacts as another boy pours water on him during Holi celebrations.
ecp issues details of former lawmakers’ assets ISLAMABAD OnLine
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued details of former parliamentarians’ assets. Former PPP lawmaker Noor alam Khan is the richest with Rs 32 billion assets. jamshed Dasti is the most poor with only his salary bank account. Former prime minister Raja Pervaiz ashraf has assets of Rs 72 million. He has two cars valued at Rs 1.8 million, while his wife has 10 tolas of gold. The former prime minister has also taken Rs 8 million from his
brother. Former opposition leader in the National assembly Chaudhry Nisar has Rs 8.3 million in his bank account. Nisar has a house in Rawalpindi and a farmhouse. He is also the owner of nine apartments. aNP leader Ghulam ahmed bilour has Rs 39.4 million assets, while PPP leader arbab alamgir has a net worth of Rs 2 billion. alamgir is also the owner of a Rs 40 million worth apartment in Dubai. aNP chief asfandyar Wali Khan has assets worth Rs 10 million, including 50 tolas of gold. juI-F chief Fazlur Rehman has assets worth over
Rs 5.5 million. PML-N leader ameer Muqam has assets worth Rs 160 million and 17 cars. PML-Q leader Pervaiz Elahai has Rs 64.1 million in his bank account, wealth worth Rs 8.9 million and investments of Rs 30.49 million. National assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza has assets of over Rs 80 million and an apartment worth Rs 15 million in Dubai. PPP assets are Rs 435,000, PML-N Rs 80 million; MQM Rs 19.7 million; PTI Rs 9.46 million; aNP Rs 27.2 million; aML Rs 70,000; jI Rs 1.85 million; and PML-Q Rs 50.14 million.
Ticket rows shake PTI LAHORE STaFF RePORT
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Inamullah Niazi along with his brother Saeedullah Niazi have reportedly decided to part ways with the party after being denied party tickets by the parliamentary board. Per details, PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s cousins, Inam and Saeed, were angered when the party awarded the ticket for Na-72 to former federal minister Dr Sher afghan’s son amjad Khan Niazi. There were rumours running that Inam would be contesting elections from both constituencies in Mianwali following his resignation from PTI, meaning thereby he would be contesting against Imran Khan from Na-71. journalist
Mushtaq Minhas tweeted, “Inamullah Niazi versus Imran Khan” as infighting within PTI’s ranks and Khan’s family were thought to be surfacing. However, Inamullah told a private TV channel that he had asked the parliamentary board to review the award of ticket to him from Mianwali. “I have been elected as the party’s vice-president and do not intend to change my loyalties. I have however, requested for a review by the parliamen-
tary board which decided not to award me a ticket,” he told the TV channel. ASSEF PARTS WAYS WITH PTI: Meanwhile Sardar assef ahmed ali parted ways with the PTI, claiming his confidence in the party had been shaken when after repeated assurances by Khan, he was not granted a ticket. Khurshid Kasuri has been granted a ticket from the highly sought constituency in Kasur for which assef has been overlooked.
Lower Dir women allowed voting for the first time LOWER DIR inP
In an unprecedented development, all political and religious parties of Dir Lower district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have expressed willingness to allow women of the region to cast their votes and demanded the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to increase polling stations for women in the district. a meeting of all the political and religious parties was arranged at the Timergara Rest House by the jamaat-e-Islami (jI) to discuss the forthcoming general elections. Local leaders from jI, aNP, juI-F, PTI, PML-N and other parties attended the meeting. Participants of the meeting expressed willingness to allow women to cast their votes in the general elections and said six polling stations for women in the district were quite insufficient. They said the ECP should increase the number of polling stations and provide a conducive environment for the polls. The meeting agreed on a code of conduct for the elections and decided that ethical norms would be upheld while running the election campaign. The meeting also asked the district administration to avoid unnecessary interference in the polling process. The leaders of different parties also held a meeting with district commissioner and commandant Dir Scouts and informed them about their reservations.
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OLITICIaNS on the campaign trial promised to increase spending on health and education after a uN report released on Thursday revealed the budget is among the lowest in the developing world. The 2013 report ranked Pakistan 146 out of 187 countries on a human development index, equal to bangladesh and just ahead of angola and Myanmar. “Pakistan has one of the lowest investments in terms of education and health — it spends 0.8 percent of its GDP on health and 1.8 percent on education,” the united Nations said in a statement. It said 49 percent of the population live in poverty. Senator Razina alam of the Pakistan Muslim LeagueN (PML-N), considered the frontrunner in May elections which will mark the country’s first democratic transition, pledged to transform the education system. “We will increase resources for education and at least four percent of GDP would be allocated by the year 2018,” she said.
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“In the health sector we will make a threefold increase in the budget by 2018,” she added. Shafqat Mehmood, information secretary for ex-cricketer Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, said his party would triple spending on education and raise spending on health five times. “The challenge of governance is a serious challenge in Pakistan as there is a lack of attention towards responding to peoples’ problems,” said Mehmood. The party is contesting elections for the first time, seeking to oust the feudal and industrial elites grouped in the PML-N and the outgoing Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which have dominated governments for decades. “If voted into power, we will increase both the health and education budget which
will be five percent of GDP for each sector,” said Farooq Sattar, a senior member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), which rules Karachi. Sattar told aFP his party would tax feudal chiefs, curb corruption and improve public-sector departments to raise money for social development. The PPP did not attend the launch of the report with other politicians, diplomats and aid workers. Organisers said its representative cancelled at the last minute. according to its manifesto, the PPP increased the education budget by 196 percent to $78 million for 2012-13. “In our next term we will propose an increase in state spending on health to five percent of consolidated government spending by the end of our next term,” it said. The powerful military is Pakistan’s wealthiest institution. Last june’s $31 billion federal budget increased defence spending by 6.8 percent. OvERALL RAnk: Overall, Pakistan ranked a low 146 out of the 187 countries on the HDI. Norway ranked highest on the HDI at number one, while Niger ranked lowest.
will award party tickets to best candidates: nawaz LAHORE STaFF RePORT
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif on Thursday chaired a meeting of parliamentary board of his party to finalize candidates for the National assembly and provincial assembly elections. Those who attended the meeting also included Shahbaz Sharif, Iqbal Zafar jhagra, Khuwaja Saad Rafique, Mushahidullah Khan, Pervez Rashid, begam Ishrat ashraf, Khuwaja asif and former MNas and MPas hailing from Lahore. Nawaz Sharif said that the PML-N would award party tickets for upcoming general election to the best candidates. He also applauded Mian Shahbaz Sharif and workers for overcoming dengue fever in Punjab. according to a statement issued by the PML-N, party workers reposed full confidence in the leadership of Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif.
pML-n workers cLash In Lahore LAHORE: PML-N workers belonging to two rival groups from Lahore clashed with each other outside the party’s Model Town secretariat on Thursday soon after the party chief, Nawaz Sharif ended his address to workers. A large number of workers had gathered at the party’s secretariat to pressurise the PML-N leadership against awarding party ticket to former deputy speaker Rana Mashood from PP-149. The workers had also protested against Mashood the other day claiming that he had done anything in the constituency in the last five years. The party’s parliamentary board was in session when the clash took place, showing deep divisions in the party in Lahore. It was learnt that the PML-N leaders including Nawaz tried their best to resolve the dispute but in vain. Meanwhile, the PML-N has delayed the award of tickets to candidates interested in contesting elections from Lahore. STaFF RePORT
Rs 430m for son, 0.75 paisa for shareholders! KARACHI iSMaiL diLaWaR
Shareholders at the Karachi Stocks Exchange (KSE) are crying foul as jahangir Siddiqui & Company Limited (jSCL) has, what stakeholders claim, created history by awarding over Rs 430 million to a blueeyed non-executive director of the listed firm on account of advisory fee. according to jSCL stakeholders, the beneficiary of the fee was none other than ali jahangir Siddiqui, son of jahangir Siddiqui, the founder of the financial services giant jahangir Siddiqui Group. ali, sources said, received the amount for advising the firm on signing a Share Purchase agreement (SPa)
with ICTSI Mauritius Limited under which jSCL had, in March 2012, sold about 13 million of its voting shares in the Pakistan International Container Terminal (PICT) at a rate of Rs 150 per share. jSCL’s annual report issued for the calendar year 2012 shows that the company’s board of Directors chairman Mazharul Haq Siddiqui, brother of jahangir Siddiqui, approved the award of Rs 430.944 million to ali. “(This) represents amount paid/payable to an individual and a director for advisory services rendered in terms of their respective advisory agreement duly approved by the board,” reads note 26.4 to the company’s financial statements for 2012. according to shareholders, the company attempted to con-
fuse all concerned by using words such as “an individual and a director”. “The recipient of the mammoth amount is one person, jahangir Siddiqui’s son (ali),” Haji Ghani Haji usman, a shareholder in jSCL, told Pakistan Today. usman, a five-time board member of the KSE and incumbent chairman of the Exchange’s Demutualization Committee, substantiated his claim by referring to page 69 of the company’s annual report where “one” person has been mentioned to have received Rs 430.944 million under the head of advisory fee. “Quote a single example in which a non-executive director has been awarded such a huge sum for advisory services,” said usman adding, “We would go to court against this injustice to shareholders”.
The senior broker said in court he would plead for reversal of the board’s decision, which he claimed was a “family-run and toothless” entity. “It’s a family-run board chaired by his (ali’s) uncle Mazharul Haq who is an all-out gentleman,” said usman. The shareholder also plans to raise a voice against the injustice in the annual general meeting of the company’s 8-member board on april 5. “For 2012, the board announced only Re 0.75 per share cash dividend for shareholders for 18 months while awarding over Rs 430 million to a single person,” said usman. He added that the said director had rarely attended the company’s board meet-
ings. “He could turn up to only two of the board’s audit committee meetings,” he said. according to the annual report, the company’s advisory spending stands at Rs 442.944 million, Rs 430.944 million out which has been paid to ali. This shows that out of the total operating and administrative expenses, advisory fees make up more than 70 percent. In the preceding year, up to june 30, 2011, the company’s advisory expenses were only Rs 12 million. When contacted for his comment, jSCL board Chairman Mazharul Haq Siddiqui refused to talk and said he would not be able to set up a meeting owing to other commitments.
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UN set to pass historic arms trade treaty UNITED NATIONS
HE united Nations is nearing agreement on a treaty to regulate the $70bn global conventional arms trade. The world body's 193 member states received the last revision of the draft treaty ahead of the final day of the drafting conference on Thursday. Delegates and arms groups say India or Iran could still block the agreement. uN member states began meeting last week in a final push to end years of discussions and hammer out a binding international treaty to end the lack of regulation over cross-border conventional arms sales. "India, Syria and Iran are countries that could still cause trouble," a European diplomat speaking on condition of anonymity told the Reuters news agency. "but I'll wager the treaty will pass by consensus." Iran, currently under a uN arms embargo over its nuclear programme, is eager to ensure its arms imports and exports are not curtailed, diplomats told Reuters. 'HuMAn RIgHTS': Syria is in a two-year-old civil war and hopes Russian and Iranian arms keep flowing in, they added. but they are all under pressure to back the draft, envoys said. "We are continuing to review the text with an eye toward ensuring that it accomplishes all of our goals, including that it protect the sovereign right of states to conduct legitimate arms trade and, of course, that it not infringe upon the constitutional right of our citizens to bear arms," a uS representative told Reuters. The National Rifle association, a powerful uS pro-gun lobbying group, opposes the treaty and has vowed to fight to prevent its ratification if it reaches Washington. The NRa says the treaty would undermine domestic gun-ownership rights. The american bar association, an attorneys' lobby group, has said that the treaty would not impact the right to bear arms. ambassador joanne adamson, chief british delegate, said the new draft treaty has many improvements over earlier drafts. "These [improvements] include inclusion of ammuni-
tion in the scope of the treaty, a new article on preventing diversion of arms, and strengthened section on exports which are prohibited," she said. "Human rights are at the heart of this text." POTEnTIAL LOOPHOLES: Several human rights groups and arms control advocates, including amnesty International, Oxfam and Control arms, praised the new draft. They said despite shortcomings, it was a major improvement over an earlier draft that had too many loopholes. "While there are still deficiencies in this final draft, this treaty has the potential to provide significant human rights protection and curb armed conflict and violence if all governments demonstrate the political will to implement it," brian Wood of amnesty International said. but he made clear that there were problems with the text, including an overly narrow scope of types of arms covered. It covers tanks, armoured combat vehicles, large-calibre artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles and missile launchers and small arms and light arms. The highly controversial predator drones and grenades are among the weapon categories that are not covered explicitly in the draft treaty. Rights groups complained about one possible loophole in the current draft involving defence cooperation agreements. Several diplomats who also oppose this loophole said it could exempt certain weapons transfers from the treaty. Three delegates dubbed that provision the "India clause", because it was something India pushed hard for, they said. arms control campaigners and human rights groups say one person dies every minute worldwide as a result of armed violence and a treaty is needed to halt the uncontrolled flow of arms and ammunition they say fuels wars, atrocities and rights abuses.
Us deploys bombers amid korea tensions SEOUL aGenCieS
The united States has deployed two nuclear-capable stealth bombers over South Korea as part of a "deterrence" mission over the Korean peninsula. The deployment of b-2 bombers on Thursday followed North Korea's decision to cut a military hotline with the South, breaking the last direct communication link between the two countries at a time of heightened military tensions. The bombers made the 20,000km round trip from the uS state of Missouri to South Korea in a single flight. al jazeera's Harry Fawcett, reporting from Seoul, said the uS was sending "a very clear message to North Korea". Fawcett also reported that uS defence secretary Charles Hagel has called his South Korea counterpart "to reaffirm the commitment" of the uS to defend its ally. On Wednesday, the North said it would inform the uN Security Council that the threat of nuclear war in the region was growing. "under the situation where a war may break out any moment, there is no need to keep
up North-South military communications," the official was quoted as saying by the official Korean Central News agency. "From now, the North-South military communications will be cut off". In response to the latest provocation, the uS said it was ready to respond to "any contingency". "North Korea's bellicose rhetoric and the threats that they engage in follow a pattern designed to raise tensions and intimidate others," jay Carney, White House spokesman, said. Several weeks ago, North Korea severed the Red Cross hotline that had been used for government-to-government communications in the absence of diplomatic relations. 'SIMMERIng' WAR: The North has also threatened war against the South and its ally the uS, saying conditions "for a simmering nuclear war" have been created on the peninsula. "This is because of provocation moves by the uS and South Korean puppets," the statement said. In another sign of brewing tensions, a South Korean soldier standing on guard at the inter-Korean border threw a grenade towards a moving object in the dark early on Wednesday, causing a short-lived alarm.
MANDELA REtURNS to HoSPItAL wItH LUNg INfECtIoN CAPE TOWN: Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been admitted to a hospital with a recurring lung infection, South Africa's government has said. Mandela, 94, has become increasingly frail in recent years and has been admitted to hospital several times since last year, mostly recently earlier this month when he received what a presidential spokesman described as a "successful" medical test. Mandela was admitted to a hospital just before midnight on Wednesday "due to the recurrence of his lung infection," the office of President Jacob Zuma said in a statement. "Doctors are attending to him, ensuring that he has the best possible expert medical treatment and comfort," the statement said. It appealed "for understanding and privacy in order to allow space to the doctors to do their work". Zuma wished Mandela a speedy recovery, referring to him affectionately by his clan name, "Madiba". aGenCieS
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36 killed in political violence in one week: fAfEN ISLAMABAD STaFF RePORT
Thirty-six people were killed and 87 injured in 16 incidents of political violence between March 16 and 22 across the country, compared with the preceding week when 43 were killed and 63 injured in 17 incidents, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FaFEN). During the week under review, three political party workers were also killed and as many injured in three electoral violence incidents reported in Karachi. Civilians constituted majority of the 123 victims – 33 killed and 82 injured. Three security personnel were killed with another five sustaining injuries. Region-wise Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was the most volatile where 21 people were killed and 48 injured, followed by Sindh (15 killed, 34 injured) and FaTa (five injured). This week political violence was reported in four districts and two tribal agencies, compared with five districts and two tribal agencies in the preceding week. Karachi was the only Sindh district reporting 10 political violence incidents that claimed lives of 17 people, including three MQM workers and two policemen with 28 others being injured. Of these incidents, nine were aimed at public while one targeted the state security forces. Nowshera was the second most violent district where 17 people were killed including women, and 28 injured in a car bomb blast at a World Food Programme (WFP) food distribution point. In a suicide attack on a judicial Complex in Peshawar, four people, including a policeman, were killed and 48 others injured. among the injured was a female additional Sessions judge. Five security personnel were injured in an attack on military personnel in North Waziristan agency. In another incident in the suburbs of Peshawar, a CD shop was blown up by militants. a gas pipeline and government-run school were also blown up in jaffarabad and Mohmand agency respectively. Terrorism incidents affected the most people during the reporting week leaving 26 people dead and 86 injured in eight attacks - two each in Peshawar and Karachi and one each in Nowshera, jaffarabad, Mohmand agency and North Waziristan agency.
KARACHI STaFF RePORT
PESHAWAR: Residents of Chitral on Thursday protest against the return of former president Pervez Musharraf to Pakistan. inP
Lord Nazir apologises for ‘Jewish conspiracy’ remarks LONDON
british Muslim peer who caused outrage by blaming a jewish conspiracy for his imprisonment over a fatal car crash offered an unreserved apology on Thursday for his “unacceptable” remarks. Pakistan-born Nazir ahmed was suspended from the opposition Labour party when the comments, made to a Pakistani television station, were published in The Times newspaper earlier this month. Speaking in urdu, the 55-year-old had attributed a judge’s decision to jail him for dangerous driving four years ago to pressure from jews “who own newspapers and TV channels”. “I completely and unreservedly apologise to the jewish community, to the judiciary, to the newspaper owners,” ahmed said in an interview with the Huffington Post in britain. ahmed was appointed in 1998 as britain’s first Muslim member of the House of Lords – the second chamber of the british Parliament. He struggled to explain why he made the remarks, saying: “It must have been a twisted mind that said those things.”
When he saw the video on The Times website, “I could not believe that this was me,” ahmed said, adding: “I cannot honestly say why.” He apologised to his colleagues in the Labour party, from which he was previously suspended in 2012 for allegedly offering a bounty for the capture of uS President barack Obama and former president George W. bush. He denied the comments and was later reinstated. “I’m particularly sorry to all my colleagues in the House of Lords and in the House of Commons, because one thing many of them know is that I’m not anti-Semitic or a conspiracy theorist,” ahmed said. ahmed was driving along a motorway in northern England on Christmas Day in 2007 when he hit a stationary vehicle, killing the 28-year-old Slovakian driver. He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and in February 2009, a judge sentenced him to 12 weeks in jail after hearing that he sent five text messages in the minutes before the crash. In the video, ahmed had claimed that his conviction was overturned. The sentence was in fact suspended, and he was released after serving 16 days in jail, according to The Times. The newspaper claimed the interview on Pakistani television was broadcast in april last year, but ahmed said it was from two or three years ago.
FAFen identifies 47 political developments across country ISLAMABAD STaFF RePORT
The Free and Fair Election Network (FaFEN)’s District Long-term Observers (DLTOs) observed at least 39 districts between March 1 and 21 and identified 47 political developments related to upcoming elections, says a press release issued by FaFEN on Thursday. DLTOs identified 24 significant political developments in KP, followed by 10 in Sindh, five each in Punjab as well as FaTa and three in balochistan. The developments pertain to at least 12 political parties and independent candidates. The parties are the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, the jamiat ulema-eIslam-Fazl, the jamiat ulema-e-IslamSami, the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement , the Pakistan Muslim LeagueLikeminded , the awami National Party, the jamaat-e-Islami (jI), the balochistan National Party-Mengal, the Tehreek-eTahafuz-e-Pakistan and the awami Muslim League. They observed a total of 47 political developments or early campaigning activities in 39 districts. The most developments and campaigning activities were reported in 18 districts of KP (24 developments/incidents), followed by nine dis-
MOST DEVELOPMENTS AND CAMPAIGNING ACTIVITIES ARE REPORTED IN 18 DISTRICTS OF KP tricts of Sindh (10 developments), four districts of Punjab and five in FaTa and three developments in three districts of balochistan. FaFEN observers recorded nine activities in districts related to the PTI that can be construed as early campaigning or political developments. These activities were reported in KP, Punjab and FaTa. a total of six election-related activities or developments of the PML-N were recorded in six districts. The juI-F arranged four political activities in KP. The juI-S announced the names of contesting candidates in Lakki Marwat. Yousaf Shah will contest from Na-27, Hidayatullah from KP74, Kalu Khan from KP-75 and Habibullah Haqqani from KP-76. Former MNa Sardar Mushtaq, who recently switched from PML-N to PPPP, started election campaign in Haripur. Tough competition is expected in Na-19 between the PPPP and a joint candidate of the juI-F and PML-N.
DR QADEER VISITS CHARSADDA TO KICK OFF ELECTION CAMPAIGN In Mirpurkhas, the PML-LM nominated Zahid Hussain Marri to contest from Na- 226, arbab Inayatullah from PS-66, former senator Ghaffar Qureshi from PS-64 and Zulifqar Shah from PS-65. The PML-Functional finalised the names of candidates for one Na and three Pa seats in umerkot and forwarded them to the PML-F chairman for approval. For PS-68, the names of Haji ali bukhsh Mangrio, Hashmi Memon and bhamro Mal Malhi were recommended. The leaders of aNP – afrasiab Khattak, Mian Iftikhar Hussain and Mohsin ali – attended the inaugural ceremony of Khushal Khan Khattak university in Karak (KP). In Tribal area (XII-FRs), the aNP hosted a jirga to finalise Shahi Khan as the candidate to contest from Na-47. In Lakki Marwat, the aNP announced candidates for various constituencies. ali Sarwar Khan from Na-27, Sadar uddin Khan from PK-74, Ibrahim Khan from PK-75 and Humayun Khan begu Khel
will contest from PK-76. In Panjgur, the bNP-M held a meeting to discuss election strategy and concluded that the party leadership would finalise whether to participate in the election or boycott it. Tehreek-e-Tahafuz-e-Pakistan Chairman Dr abdul Qadeer Khan visited Charasdda to kick off election campaign. He nominated Peer aftab as party candidate to contest from PK-18 seat. This is the first nomination made by the party SO FaR. The MQM organised a meeting with the Gujjar community in Shah Faisal Town Karachi and managed to win the community’s support for its candidate in Na-256. In Rawalpindi, the awami Muslim League (aML) held two public gatherings in Na-55 and Na-56. In Orakzai agency, a potential independent candidate ajmal Khan arranged a grand jirga with the Malik and Shaikhan tribes, urging them to support him in the elections. In Khyber agency, a potential candidate from Na-45 Shahjee Gul funded the repair of pavements and clean drinking water scheme in order to get the support of voters. Pakistan awami Tehreek chief Tahirul Qadri addressed a gathering in Rawalpindi and announced that his party would boycott the general elections.
To strengthen the defence of Gwadar Port and to enhance the security of vital assets and installations along the western coast, the Pakistan Navy has achieved a significant milestone by commissioning the 3rd Pak Marines battalion. The commissioning ceremony was held in Gwadar on Thursday. Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice admiral Muhammad Shafiq was the chief guest. addressing the ceremony, the chief guest said the country was currently facing internal and external threats, which made security the main concern. He said Pak Marines always remained steadfast and proved their mettle whenever the nation called for. “be defence of border in creek areas, air defence of PN assets, security of sensitive areas, aid to civil power during natural disasters or countering cowardly acts of terrorism, the Pak Marines have always lived up to the expectations of the nation,” he added. Shafiq said the Pakistan Navy was making all out efforts to equip the Pak Marines with modern weapons and was also focusing on their professional training in line with the modern-day requirements.
fair elections in Pakistan in US interest: US think-tank WASHINGTON OnLine
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a united States (uS) based think-tank said holding of fair and peaceful elections in Pakistan is in uS interests. In a report, CSIS said if the people of Pakistan do not recognise the government that comes into power after elections as legitimate it would be worrisome for the stability of Pakistan as well as for the planned uS withdrawal from afghanistan. The report said non-interference of Pakistan army in elections was also in uS interest, adding that the army should remain focused on improving the fragile security situation in the country. The report further said the uS would work with the newly elected government and, therefore, wants that the election process in the country be free, fair and peaceful. uS policy makers are also aware of the fact that a coalition government would likely face difficulties in decision-making that would affect Washington’s policy interests, added the report.
Bilawal to take part in election campaign: Khosa ISLAMABAD OnLine
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Central Secretary General Latif Khosa on Thursday said that party Chairman bilawal bhutto Zardari would not only return home in time for elections but will also actively take part in the election campaign. according to details‚ the PPP leader said that the PPP history was rich with sacrifices for democracy and its leadership preferred death with the workers over asylum in foreign countries. Khosa denied media reports that bilawal bhutto Zardari had left the country due to differences with President asif ali Zardari. To a question‚ he said the PPP leadership, after completion of the process of nomination papers, would formulate its strategy regarding the election campaign.
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Khoso urges officials to Pakistan protests ttP ensure a safe election presence in Afghanistan FO SAYS COOPERATION BEST WAY TO DEFEAT EVIL FORCES ISLAMABAD
aKISTaN has expressed concern over continued presence of safe havens of TTP elements in Kunar and Nooristan provinces of afghanistan. Responding to questions by newsmen at the weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesman aizaz ahmad Chaudhry said these elements were carrying out undesirable activities against Pakistan. He said Pakistan had taken up the matter many a times with afghanistan at all levels and hoped that these TTP safe havens would be eliminated. Chaudhry said the presence of safe havens was a serious matter but Pakistan would continue to remain in cooperative mode as this was the best way to defeat evil forces. When his attention was drawn towards accusatory state-
ments coming from afghan president and foreign minister‚ the spokesman said both sides had concerns and Pakistan believed that the best way to remove concerns and misunderstandings was to keep all channels of communication open. He said Pakistan was following a policy of goodwill towards afghanistan and wanted its reflection in afghan policy as well. Referring to afghan decision of not sending military delegation for a training course in Quetta‚ he said training activities were meant to build trust and confidence between the two countries and one should not miss that opportunity. as for the excuse presented by afghanistan for the purpose‚ the spokesman said there was some intrusion from afghan side and our troops only responded and that too in a disciplined and responsible manner. He said there was no artillery shelling as alleged by the afghan side. The spokesman emphasised that Pakistan and afghanistan had to work together in harmony to promote peace not only in afghanistan but also in the entire region. Pakistan would continue to make use of its good offices for
bringing reconciliation‚ peace and stability in afghanistan. To a question Chaudhry said Pakistan supported intra-afghan dialogue and that was why it instantly agreed to release prisoners and provide safe passage to afghan Taliban at the behest of afghan High Peace Council. about drone attacks‚ he said Pakistan also conveyed its point of view to the uN special rapporteur who would be presenting the report at the uN Human Rights Council and may be at the uN General assembly session. asked to comment on a statement by Indian prime minister about relations with Pakistan‚ the spokesman said Pakistan believed that good‚ healthy and constructive relationship was in the interest of the people of the two countries and the region. about renewed interest being shown by India for joining IP gas pipeline project‚ he said India had not formally approached Pakistan for the purpose and “we will respond when New Delhi does so”. To a question on the death of an Indian prisoner in Lahore, the FO spokesman said details were being sought from the Interior Ministry and Home Department of Punjab.
ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (r) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso at a briefing given to him by senior officials of the Ministry of Interior at Prime Minister's Secretariat on Thursday. inP
Prime Minister justice (R) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso on Thursday said that he was committed to holding free and fair general elections in the country. He directed the Ministry of Interior to make all necessary arrangements to achieve the objective of holding free and fair elections. attending a meeting held by senior officials of the Ministry of
Interior to review the overall security in the country, Khoso was informed that at least 600,000 applications for renewal of passports were pending because of shortage of lamination papers. He was also told that efforts were underway to clear the backlog within a week. Furthermore, Khoso was informed that the ministry was geared up for elections and had initiated the process of collecting intelligence in this regard. Furthermore, ministry officials said that efforts
were underway to maintain peace before, during and after elections. Moreover, he was informed that 85,000 poling stations were likely to be established for holding elections. Sensitive polling stations and areas had been identified so that polls could be conducted peacefully. The prime minister said that the upcoming election was a tough challenge and urged the law enforcement agencies to remain alert and impartial to ensure a free and transparent election.
How THe TAlIbAn gRIPPed KARACHI NEWS DESK For years there have been fears that the Taliban were gaining ground in Pakistan’s commercial capital, Karachi. There is now evidence that the militants’ influence in the city has hit alarming new levels, reports the bbC. More than 20 people are gathered outside a ramshackle house in a suburb of Karachi. They say a plot of land, which was the property of a local businessman, was forcibly occupied by a local mafia last September, and they are here to complain. The difference now - and a source of much alarm to those in the know - is that this group of Karachi residents are choosing to bring their complaint to the Taliban. after a two-hour session, the Taliban judge adjourns the hearing to another date and venue which he says will be disclosed shortly before the hearing. This mobile Taliban court does not limit its interests to this one shanty town on the outskirts of Karachi. It has been arbitrating disputes across many suburbs in the metropolis. The Taliban largely emerged in poor areas on the fringes of the city, run-down places with little or no infrastructure for health, education and civic amenities. Their mobile courts have been hearing complaints for quite some time, but in recent months they have also started administering punishments - a sign of their growing clout. In january, they publicly administered lashes to an alleged thief after recovering stolen goods from him. The goods were returned to the owner who had reported the theft. Suburban Taliban but the picture is complicated. There is a tussle under way between mafia groups (becoming more prolific and powerful in Karachi) who seek to seize land and militant groups who are also grabbing land. This includes the Taliban, for all their willingness to arbitrate in these disputes. It is clear that they want to tighten their grip in Pakistan’s biggest city, its commercial centre. and they appear to have great influence in those suburbs dominated by the Pashtun ethnic group. These include many of the districts on the edge of the highways and roads leading to neighbouring balochistan province.
I do not know about the Taliban’s presence in the locality, however if they come here I will welcome them. – Yousuf Mehsud, a resident of Kanwari Colony
There is a tussle under way between mafia groups (becoming more prolific and powerful in Karachi) who seek to seize land and militant groups who are also grabbing land. This includes the Taliban, for all their willingness to arbitrate in these disputes. They have long had a power base in the north-west of the country but this entry into Karachi is a more recent phenomenon. Indeed while impromptu Taliban courts are increasingly settling small disputes over property, financial theft, robberies and feuds in Karachi, residents say major issues are decided in Pakistan’s northern tribal areas - where Taliban strongholds abound. and when they think their authority is being encroached on, they act with deadly force: The MQM lawmaker Syed Manzar Imam was killed by Taliban gunmen in january in Orangi town, which borders a Pashtun area. One former leader of the awami National Party (aNP) - a party of the ethnic Pashtun nationalists - recently left Karachi and said more than 25 of his party offices had been forced to close because of threats from the Taliban. a senior police officer who does not wish to be named told bbC simply: “Taliban are swiftly extending their influence. “There needs to be a strategy to stem the Taliban’s rise, otherwise the city will lose other important and central parts to them,” he says. Taliban ‘gangs’ Muhammad usman is a 26-year-old Taliban commander from the Swat valley. He came to Karachi after the Pakistani army started an operation in Swat in 2009.
He says he was first part of a group of Swati Taliban in Karachi and was offered shelter and safety by them. after some time, he gradually got involved in what he calls “eliminating rivals” in the city. When questioned about extortion and kidnappings done in the name of the Taliban, he said there were several criminal gangs involved and that the Taliban were trying to put them out of business. but the response of the public is the ultimate test for them. One resident of Kanwari Colony, Muhammad Yousuf Mehsud, says: “I do not know about the Taliban’s presence in the locality, however if they come here I will welcome them.” another, a 45-year-old resident in Landhi, Haji afridi, says: “The Taliban have created discontent amongst Pashtuns.” He says that every Pashtun trader is threatened with extortion by the Taliban and whoever refuses to pay is killed. “The police are scared of the Taliban and are therefore reluctant to take action against them,” he adds. a 25-year-old Taliban foot soldier, who identified himself as Hussain, describes his mission in Karachi and his comments highlight the nature of the violence that has driven the city. “First, my task was to work with
groups that sought to eliminate members of the aNP party and people who spied for the police. I am now in a group that is fighting the MQM activists.” Volatile ethnic mix The MQM, which is the dominant political party in the city, was one of the first groups to voice concern over the growing Taliban presence in Karachi. but Karachi’s ethnic and political landscape is complex. The city has long suffered outbreaks of violence, some of which is down to militancy, but the bloodshed is also about turf wars between rival ethnic and indeed political groups. In recent years the Pashtun community in the city has grown, and they are seen as competition for land and jobs with the urdu-speaking community. The MQM has long argued that there is a link between the growth of the Pashtun community and the “Talibanisation” of the city. but there have also been separate battles over turf between the city’s baloch community - the original inhabitants of the city - and the MQM. This violence also makes itself felt politically and there is profound antagonism between the local chapters of three political parties: the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP),
the mostly Pashtun awami National Party (aNP) and the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM). So while many point to the increasing presence of the Taliban, the rate of targeted killings and spontaneous confrontations between supporters of these rival ethnic and political groups has not let up either. Karachi’s network of violence Intelligence sources say that there is one Taliban chief for the city, and heads of groups operating in different areas answer to him. “Though the government has expressed its resolve to eradicate militancy, other state institutions are not co-operating,” analyst Professor Tauseed ahmed Khan says. He argues that the security forces are losing morale when it comes to the battle against the militant groups and adds that this is not improved when rebels find it easy to get released on bail by the courts. Prof Khan says that if the government fails to recognise the threat, the city will descend into chaos. but Sindh’s former Information Minister Sharjeel Inaam Memon says the government is planning an operation to clamp down on the Taliban. He adds that the government has already arrested a large number of militants. The figures are sobering: at least 2,350 people were killed in violence in Karachi in 2012. Over the last six years, more than 6,000 people were killed, say police. The fear for many observers is that the Taliban are drawing their strength from the continuing silence of the government and a lack of focus by the security forces.
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Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least. –Robert Byrne
CoMMenT Friday, 29 March, 2013
Militants and the elections Terror poses serious threat to elections in KP, Balochistan
Balochistan, a case of double jeopardy The portents are disturbing, indeed
S the elections get closer, the question that everyone appeared to be ignoring has come up: will the militants let the elections happen smoothly? The interior ministry has underlined a ‘significant’ threat, which includes groups ranging from jandullah to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan to the baloch Liberation army (bLa). With the elected governments now dismissed, it is the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the caretaker setups and the security agencies that must attempt to temper the problem that empowered civilian governments could not solve. There are two key problem provinces: balochistan and Khyber Pakhthunkhwa (KP) with each facing a different set of threats. balochistan’s political mainstream has withdrawn from politics and turned to militancy. The 2008 elections were boycotted and while these will be better contested, with akhtar Mengal announcing his intent to contest, baloch nationalist groups continue to feel going into elections is to be a traitor to the baloch cause. Coupled with the operation of rogue sectarian groups allied with the Taliban in balochistan, it would be a miracle if an uneventful election could be organised in the troubled province. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa offers a different kettle of fish altogether. The TTP and Lashkar-ejhangvi (Lej) are promising chaos, with the recent announcement that the so-called ‘peace talks’ have been called off. bomb attacks and military operations continue to be order of the day in the beleaguered province and promising an incident-free election appears to be impossible. The TTP has also announced its full intent to target the three political parties still steadfast against them. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the awami National Party (aNP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) have been specifically threatened. The fact that there have been two Corps Commanders’ Committee meetings over the past 20 days appears to have signified the immense importance of maintaining security in the next two months. The role of security agencies shall now be critical. There needs to be better coordination between the ISI, MI, Ib and other such agencies. The ECP is already conducting meetings on the security situation and visited Quetta on Thursday to get the low-down on balochistan and meet baloch leaders. It received a mixed response at best, which does not resound well for the future. If questions continue to be asked of the election in balochistan, will it not fuel the baloch nationalist rhetoric more? and will FaTa and PaTa, going into election for the first time in Pakistan’s history, be able to get their first elected representatives in government? Elections may offer great hope but not without ensuring the full participation of competing groups in a society. The rising militancy poses a serious threat and it is hoped that the army and other law enforcement agencies can coordinate well to ensure that the election period passes smoothly.
the task ahead The caretakers need to get down to business
OW that the caretaker setup has been installed at both the centre and the federating units, the task ahead, holding of elections culminating in country’s first democratic transition, needs to be addressed. but in politics one must be as skeptical as possible. Though the responsibility of the caretaker setup is not more than just ensuring free and fair elections, along with the usual day to day government work, yet the higher moral ground attached with the setup to deliver results requires them not only to be proficient at what they have to do but also appear to be free from bias, prejudice or partiality to any one party. Much to their credit, the politicians did come up with a consensus in appointing two interim chief ministers, former justice Tariq Pervez in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Nawab Ghous bakhsh barozai in balochistan, both of them non-controversial and trusted by almost everyone across the political aisle. However, things have not been that smooth in Punjab and Sindh. The appointment of justice (retd) Zahid Kurban alavi as caretaker chief minister in Sindh raises quite a few eyebrows. MQM, after remaining in power for five years, suddenly jumped to the opposition benches and thus was able to manoeuvre the appointment of caretaker CM. Consequently, the caretaker CM in Sindh faces an uphill task of proving his impartiality along with holding the elections on time. Moreover, the interior Sindh has also seen some turbulence over the appointment because of alienation among the PPP’s file and ranks about giving the MQM too much leeway. However it is up to the caretaker CM to prove that this choice was not wrong. In Punjab, Najam Sethi has been appointed as caretaker CM. His appointment has its takers and naysayers. He has already served in another caretaker cabinet way back when the PPP’s government was dethroned in 1996 and President Leghari oversaw the transition with the sole aim of hounding the ousted prime minister benazir bhutto. Later, when the N League took over power in 1997, it proceeded to prosecute Najam Sethi under treason charges for declaring Pakistan a failed state at a seminar in New Delhi. being on good terms with the top leadership of both parties have made him an acceptable candidate for the PPP and the PML-N. The mere fact that the politicians were able to settle this issue among themselves and needed no outside force to intervene, is a remarkable feat in itself. For the caretakers, though, the situation is not rosy. Considering law and order situation across the country, particularly violence against minorities and sectarian violence, their task has gained much greater importance. This should not however stop them from doing their job, even better would it be if it were done in a befitting manner.
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HILE violence during the forthcoming election season would remain a countrywide threat, its recurrence in balochistan will have far more grievous implications for the country than anywhere else. On the outcome of the elections will depend whether the province is to become a peaceful and prosperous part of the federation or is to be handed over to terrorists and separatists. What is needed is to ensure that all parties are provided a level playing field. This is not possible if candidates holding particular political views or religious inclinations continue to be targeted or if those responsible for the conduct of the polls are attacked. The corrupt and inefficient coalition government which was clubbed together through political engineering in 2008 was disinclined to end the lawlessness that included kidnappings and killings. The government considered itself accountable only to its benefactors in the establishment rather than the people of balochistan. The chief minister did not care to visit his constituency during his entire tenure. His colleagues were equally disinclined to look after the people’s welfare. It was in fact a matter of common knowledge that several MPas were involved in acts of kidnapping for ransom. While the absentee chief minister lacked the ability to govern, lawlessness suited many of his colleagues who could continue their nefarious activities in a situation of the sort. None in the administration was moved even by the horrendous attacks on the Hazara community in january and February in each of which scores of innocent members of the Shias community were eliminated. The portents one sees on the eve of the elections are disturbing, indeed. The law and order situation continues to be grim. Events over the last four weeks create apprehensions regarding the security of the candidates and their supporters. a district election commissioner was killed in Quetta. a group of armed men dressed in Frontier Corps uniform kidnapped balochistan assembly member belonging to the aNP in Pishin district. Ten persons were killed and 40 injured in jaffarabad bomb blast. Senior journalist Mehmood jan afridi was shot dead by unidentified killers in Kalat
town. In Turbat, another group of unidentified assailants shot four people and set their car on fire. Two Punjabis were killed in Gwadar. The nationalist and secular parties are likely to be the chief target during the election campaign. It suits some of the political parties that were part of the ruling coalition to use the terrorists against the more popular candidates belonging to the aNP and the PKMaP. as usual, these parties would declare that secular and liberal views are against Islam, encouraging their allies among the terrorist to rid them of their competitors. In the Pushtun areas, the Pukhtunkhwa Milli awami Party, the aNP and the PPP would face threats from the TTP and its affiliates. The rabidly anti-Shia Lej has been highly active in the province during the last five years, engaging in what amounts to the ethnic cleansing of the Hazara community. being a part of the TTP which has vowed to attack the aNP, the PPP and the MQM, Lej is likely to train its guns against the first two which are taking part in the elections from the Pushtun areas. The terrorists have over the years employed the strategic depth available to them in the adjoining afghan provinces to launch attacks inside balochistan. In baloch areas there has been no respite to forced disappearances, torture and dumping of dead bodies. Independent rights bodies like the HRCP have collected enough evidence to prove that the illegalities were initially conducted by the agencies. after the focus turning on them, they have partly handed over the task to hired gangs of killers, which continue the activity in the baloch areas with impunity. The armed killers move about in vehicles with coloured glasses picking up or killing on spot the political activists belonging to mainstream nationalist parties. This is the sort of counter-productive activity that was undertaken in East Pakistan through al Shams and al badar. This according to mainstream nationalists is the principal threat they face during the elections. The mainstream nationalists are also threatened by the several ‘armies’ setup by separatist organisations with leaders signing death warrants of the opponent from the mountains or from foreign countries. a peaceful resolution of the balochistan issue does not suit those bent upon secession. For them the mainstream nationalists pose a greater threat than the law enforcement agencies.
Democracy, they believe, would co-opt popular baloch and Pushtun politicians who would mould the public opinion in favour of a united federal Pakistan. Once a democratic mechanism is in place for a peaceful resolution of the problems of balochistan, the pull for separation would be gone. Whether the elections in balochistan are peaceful or marred by malpractices and bloodshed will depend on whether the establishment is willing to provide a fair, even field to the nationalist and secular parties. The establishment decided in 2008 to bring peace in balochistan through methods altogether alien to the constitution and law. For this it chose to have a thoroughly obedient administration. a lot of political engineering was undertaken to put in place a government willing to allow the brutalities on its own population. The new administration demanded a price for its cooperation. While voluntarily handing over to the agencies the right to rule the province as they pleased, they sought total freedom to pillage the resources of the state. The bargain was struck. The five year long experience indicates a total failure of the arrangement thus made. There is no peace in the province. alienation among the people of balochistan has climaxed. Lawlessness has made the province ungovernable. There are more attacks on the law enforcement agencies than before. Pakistan is being castigated at world forums for its human rights record in balochistan. Many in the province compare balochistan with the Indian controlled Kashmir. With akhtar Mengal reiterating his commitment to the constitution, democracy and federation in clear and unambiguous terms, it is no more possible to dismiss the nationalists as anti-Pakistan elements. There is a greater understanding of the plight of the people of balochistan in the rest of the country. They are no more alone. It goes to the credit of the nationalist parties both from the Pushtun and baloch areas that undeterred by the double jeopardy they face they are still willing to give democracy a chance. It is now for the establishment to rectify the blunders it made in 2008 and many more since, and work hard to ensure peace and equal opportunity for all entities in the elections. The question is, will it?
A lot of political engineering was undertaken to put in place a government willing to allow the brutalities on its own population. The new administration demanded a price for its cooperation.
The writer is a political analyst and a former academic.
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Pakistani cricketers should look to Ponting Recently I read in a newspaper that former australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has stated that he wanted to play another season with Tasmania after they won the Sheffield Shield competition. Ponting, who retired from international cricket in December 2012, scored 875 runs at an average of 87.50 in the season which was the highest in the season by any batsmen. He was also named Sheffield Shield player of the year. “I’ve told Tasmanian cricket this week that I’m
really keen to play on again next year,” Ponting said. “but in the same breath, I’ve also told them not to offer me a contract. I don’t want to take a contracted spot and pull out at the last minute,” he added. This shows the level of professionalism of australian cricketers. Ponting, still a top performer, has declared he is not sure that whether he will be fully fit to play in a club-level competition. Contrast that with Pakistan, where many a star cricketer who was unable to perform had to be forced out. Some senior players in the current Pakistani team must look towards Ponting and should reconsider their futures. MUBASHIR MAHMOOD Karachi
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It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen. –George MacDonald
Friday, 29 March, 2013
the changing faces of liberalism Women should wear whatever they want to
Naya Pakistan Is like Purana Arabia, minus the fairytales
KUnWaR KHULdUne SHaHid
HE Naya Pakistan (NP) came into being on May 11, 2013 after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) – formerly a political party, now an authoritative group consisting of Sahaba-e-Imran – swept the elections in the then democratic Purana Pakistan. The PTI in collaboration with jamaat-e-Islami (jI) abolished the democratic setup and established a caliphate with Ameer-ul-Momineen, Sardaar-ulJihadeen, Umeed-ul-Muslimeen,Dilbar-ul-Khwateen, Imran bin Ikramullah Niazi (R.a) elected as the khalifaby Shura. The idea of Naya Pakistan is said to be conceived by Habeeb-ul-Mujahideen Zia-ul-Haq bin Muhammad akbar (R.a), however, the general consensus is that it was given birth in the slip cordon at Lord’s in the summer of 1982. Even so, a few academics also believe that the Naya Pakistan is actually named after Naya Rivera, the star of Glee. The NP is geographically located in South asia, where Purana Pakistan existed, but its spiritual location is said to be in the arabian Peninsula. The movement for Naya Pakistan – dubbed Khilafat Movement 2.0 by historians – was carried out by a group of revolutionaries hailed as the ‘Sand Storm’ – formerly called Tsunami, but renamed in synchrony with the spiritual centre’s geography. The revolutionaries tweeted, liked, shared, commented on, trolled and barricaded opposing viral campaigns en route to getting the homeland of their choice. “uuper allah, neechay balla” was the revolutionary chant as the Tsunami brigade smashed the heads of their doubters on social media with proverbial (and sometimes actual) bats. among the founding fathers of Naya Pakistan, ameer-ul-jI, Minister of Women Enslavement & Rape apology, Munawar bin Hasan (R.a) and ameer-ul-TTP, Minister of Terror & Militaristic Extremism, Hakimullah bin Mesud (R.a), are considered to be the most influential. The former created a new state at a time when his brethren were being sidelined in bangladesh (formerly bohat Purana Pakistan), while the latter established Naya Pakistan’s military and security mechanism at a time when there was no bigger
threat to any kind of security than the man himself. both, Waalid-ul-apologisteen Munwar bin Hasan and Daddy-ul-Mujahideen Hakimullah bin Mesud are considered to be the ideological founding fathers of Naya Pakistan. Other noteworthy leaders of Khilafat Movement 2.0 include Rahnuma-ul-Sabiqeen Shah Mahmood bin Qureshi (R.a) Minister of Diplomat Scanning, Rehbar-ul-baghi’een javed bin Hashmi (R.a) Minister of Rebellion, Sufi-ul-Munafiqeen Salman bin ahmad (R.a) Minister of Lip-synching on Someone Else’s Vocals and Harasser-ul-Majajaneen abrar-ul-Haq (R.a) Minister of Eve Teasing. The NP is a caliphate with Wahabbi Islam as the only state religion. The first and only constitution of NP was written by the arabs in 7th century aD. The percentage of non-Muslims living in the NP is nada per cent, with the definition of a Muslim clearly defined by Shaamatul-Kafireen Ehsanullah bin Ehsan (R.a) in his pamphlet “Now or Never”. Non-Muslims are not allowed to set foot, or any other part of their anatomy for that matter, inside the NP. The NP’s female suppression, child abuse and human rights violation is in synchrony with Saudi arabia. It’s obsession with religion, extremism and terrorism is said to have actually surpassed the level of its arabian godfathers. It is being said that the Naya Pakistan is basically Purana Saudi arabia minus the fairytales. The NP’s economy took a nosedive after the Sharaee economists failed to factor in the minor detail, that the deity has not bestowed upon their country the same volume of oil as Saudi arabia. That and the multi-billiondollar projects to convert the rivers into oases have taken its toll on agriculture and in turn on the national GDP, which is measured in number of dates per capita. Furthermore, considering the fact that the Naya Pakistan only engages in trading relations with ‘true Muslim’ states who have all been given the MFN (Muslim Favourite Nation) status, the fiscal deficit is rising and foreign reserves are depleting. In a bid to follow the footsteps of their godfathers after years of labour, toil and date splurge, the NP finally resembles the desert landscape that its founding fathers envisaged. Despite the fatwa against load shedding and
corruption, declaring them to be haram, the Naya Pakistan’s energy crisis doesn’t seem like easing any time soon. The NP’s refusal to take kafir gas through IPP (Iran-Purana Pakistan) Pipeline has also exacerbated the fiscal dilemma in the country. and hence, International economists have dubbed the NP as the poor momin’s Saudi arabia. The NP’s school curriculum declares Hazrat adam (aS) as the first Naya Pakistani, who fought off Zionist conspiracies and Hindu nationalist movements to safely land on earth. The textbooks also highlight how the uS created deviants and in turn formulated the Shia-Sunni divide 812 years before Christopher Columbus actually discovered america. The books also reveal how every Naya Pakistani is of arabic ethnicity and how Indus Valley Civilization is a myth created by the uS, Zionists and India (formerly Intehai Purana Pakistan) who are all jealous of the greatness of Naya Pakistan. Some of NP’s cultural sites include: the site on Makran coast where Muhammad bin Qasim’s first footprint in Naya Pakistan is preserved; Mahmoud Ghaznavi’s monument in Multan to celebrate the massacre of Ismaeli Shias back in 1005; and the arabian sea, because well, the name has ‘arab’ in it. adjacent to most of these sites are Saudi bases, which are used by the uS to launch halal drone attacks in the neighbouring zones and to protect the cultural heritage of Naya Pakistan. before the inception of Naya Pakistan, Imran bin Ikramullah Niazi (Ra) and his Tsunami had their detractors. The sceptics called Naya Pakistan “a movement carried out by a bunch of self-important people who believe that the only prerequisite for change is wanting it.” but the Caliph and the Tsunami in collaboration with jI proved everyone wrong by conjuring 15 centuries’ worth of change in no time. It was a small tweak in the form of revolution that did the trick for NP. While revolution leading up to the creation of Purana Pakistan was based on driving out the imperialists, the revolution for Naya Pakistan was based on negotiating with terrorists.
The books also reveal how every Naya Pakistani is of Arabic ethnicity and how Indus Valley Civilization is a myth created by the US, Zionists and India (formerly Intehai Purana Pakistan) who are all jealous of the greatness of Naya Pakistan.
The writer is a financial journalist and a cultural critic. Email: email@example.com, Twitter: @khuldune
HE controversy about the politicization of dress surfaced two years ago, following the French Government’s decision to ban the burqa in public places. The Liberals of the world were left divided as they engaged in heated debates about the principles of liberty and the freedoms of religion and expression. Many arnadia KHaWaja gued that such a ban violated the fundamental doctrine of individual freedom while others countered that the burqa in effect, inhibited the emancipation of women and served as a tool of sexist domination. Islamic scholars also offered their opinions on the validity of face covering—Dalil boubakeur, the grand mufti of the Paris Mosque, issued that the niqab was not prescribed in Islam while the jamaat-e-Islami held religious protests in Karachi, turning an important ideological discussion into a technical religious matter. Whether Islam orders women to cover their faces is of little significance in a debate that is essentially about the freedom of choice. Issuing legal restrictions over any kind of dress is the government’s way of discreetly exercising power and control over individuals. Defining the parameters of an acceptable dress code is patriarchal society’s attempt to maintain uniformity; such regulations perpetuate a culture where anyone who dares to be different is treated as a social pariah or deviant. The defining element of fundamentalism, religious or other kinds, is intolerance towards difference and strict adherence to a specific set of principles. If one of the primary arguments against the Islamic concept of purdah is that it symbolizes the subservience of women as it is enforced upon them through the threat of God’s condemnation, then isn’t banning the burqa or coercing women not to wear it, based on a similar ideology of suppression? Here, God is replaced by The Law which upheld via the threat of punishment and social disapproval. Religious fundamentalists classify values and beliefs as beyond question, subsequently placing them in the realm of the absolute. Deeming an article of clothing as necessarily oppressive and banning it altogether stems from the same branch of absolutist logic. The argument that the philosophical underpinnings of the burqa convey the fear of female visibility in the public sphere and by extension, the destabilization of patriarchal authority, genuinely threatening advances in women’s rights made over the past century, is undoubtedly a strong one. Put simply, the burqa conveys the idea that women have to carry the burden of morality in society. Yet, are we to promote the active suppression of choice to rally against a supposed symbol of suppression? I think not. Liberalism stands for a state in which humans are free and equal, so that any limitation of this freedom and equality stands in need of justification. j.S Mill’s classic statement on freedom dictates that where no one else is harmed, a person’s right to self-determination is unconditional. as Mill had it “The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute.” The Western world’s alienation from Islamic culture allows them to stereotype the burqa as inevitably oppressive while the fact is that some women actively choose to cover themselves and strange as it may seem, find it empowering. The burqa is a dangerous tool of repression where it is made compulsory as is the case in many parts of Saudi arabia, however the principle of obligation and enforcement stands in breach of liberalism more acutely than the dress itself. In a culture such as ours, it is difficult determine whether a woman has chosen to cover herself or whether she is being forced to do so. as the prominent american philosopher, Martha Nussbaum, argues, choices are distorted by “adaptation to (and even eroticisation of) a state of affairs in which men’s desire for control governs the course of life.” Yet, in circumstances in which women explicitly say they want to be covered, head to toe, skepticism about their choices does seem like a curiously illiberal direction for liberalism to head in. Sure, we can try to change another person’s mind, but we cannot coerce or harass them on matters which can reasonably be called private, even if it goes against what the majority in the community feel is ‘right’. It is important to differentiate between ‘speaking as a woman’ and ‘speaking for women’ as the first type of discourse is based on the principle of essentialism which presupposes that all women have similar needs, desires and opinions. The ban on the burqa epitomizes ‘speaking for women’ by perpetuating the idea that the burqa is oppressive for all women and must be prohibited, undermining personal choice and the right to self-determination. Former French president Nicholas Sarkozy’s statement that the “the burqa is not a sign of religion, it is a sign of subservience” is reminiscent of a fundamentalist’s proclamation that a bikini is surely an indication of immodesty. What is missing in such discourses on modesty and oppression is the voice of the wearer, the woman, the one who should ultimately decide what, if anything, her clothes stand for. The attempt to regulate how women adorn their bodies is a way of strengthening patriarchal authority. as a feminist, liberal and a woman, but more so, as a human being, I believe that my body belongs only to me. While I do not advocate the burqa or support any other symbolic manifestation of oppression, I do believe that women have a right to choose to wear the burqa - or whatever else they wish to wear. The writer is a staff member of Pakistan Today and holds a degree from Mount Holyoke College.
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Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech.—Susan Sontag
Atif Aslam ties the knot NEWS DESK
Friday, 29 March, 2013
game of thrones actor gets ear bitten off
o much for being civil: A British actor had his ear partly bitten off yesterday after asking people in a hotel to quiet down, the BBC reports. Clive Mantle, 55—who acted in the first season of Game of Thrones—was pinned down to the ground in a Travelodge and had the top part of his right ear chewed off, said a rep for his agent. Luckily surgeons managed to sew it back on, but “he is very shaken and shocked by what has happened,” said the rep. “You don’t expect this kind of thing to happen in a hotel.” Mantle’s agent tells the Mirror a fuller story: The 6-foot, 5inch actor told a man outside his room to keep things quiet—but when noise resumed, Mantle found “two drunken Scotsmen” in the hall. Mantle threatened to call security, and one of the men attacked: “It was savage,” the agent said. Now Mantle says he may have to stop touring with a play that had just finished a run in Newcastle. Police say a 32-year-old Scottish man was arrested for wounding with intent and released on bail; a 22-year-old man was released without charge. neWS deSK
Literary giant Chinua Achebe dead at 82
HINuA Achebe, the internationally celebrated Nigerian author, statesman, and dissident who gave literary birth to modern Africa with Things Fall Apart and continued for decades to rewrite and reclaim the history of his native country, has died following a brief illness. He was 82. His eminence worldwide was rivaled only by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Toni Morrison, and a handful of others. Achebe was a moral and literary model for countless Africans and a profound influence on such American writers as Morrison, Ha Jin, and Junot Diaz. As a Nigerian, Achebe lived through and helped define revolutionary change in his country, from independence to dictatorship to the disastrous war between Nigeria and the breakaway country of Biafra in the late 1960s. Things Fall Apart, a short novel about a Nigerian tribesman’s downfall at the hands of British colonialists, was initially rejected by several publishers. It has since sold more than 8 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 50 languages. Achebe never did win the Nobel Prize, which many believed he deserved, but in 2007 he didreceive the Man Booker International Prize, a $120,000 honor for lifetime achievement. neWS deSK
aMOuS Pakistan pop singer, atif aslam, is all set to tie the knot with Sara bharwana on Friday (tomorrow) in Lahore. Families of the couple and close relatives will participate in the wedding ceremony. The rasm-e-hina was scheduled for Wednesday, 27th March. according to sources, the Walima reception will be held on 31st March at the Royal Palm club. atif aslam also made a special announcement for his 4.8m fans on Facebook. “Dear aadeez, u guys have always been a part of my family and have stood by me through my incredible highs and not so incredible lows. I am delighted to let all of you know that… Her insan ka zindagi main aik na aik din WIYaaaH hona hota hayyy… and my big day has finally arrived with your prayers. aLLaH has endowed me with a wonderful life partner. I would request all of you to continue praying for us as you have always being doing in the past for me.” Sarah bharwana completed her education from Kinnaird College for Women in Lahore.
Jolie’s ring swap backfires, steals focus from humanitarian trip NEWS DESK angelina jolie may have taken off her blinding diamond engagement ring during her humanitarian visit to africa this week, but the fact that the 37year-old replaced it with a gold band seemed to take more attention away from her cause than her pricey rock would have. Headlines around the web have been touting the fact jolie was wearing the “mysterious” ring, and speculating on whether the mom of six and fiancé brad Pitt actually secretly tied the knot. More than likely, jolie, who serves as a special envoy to the u.N.’s refugee agency, simply replaced the ring with the simpler band out of respect, preferring not to tour refugee camps while donning an extravagant gemstone that’s reported to be 16 carats and worth at least $500,000. The “Changeling” star has been traveling with british Foreign Secretary William Hague and met with survivors of sexual
No Holi for Hrithik Roshan this year NEWS DESK
assaults at a Congo refugee camp to raise awareness about the fact that, in many parts of the world, rape is frequently used as a weapon of war. The issue is one jolie has been passionate about for some time and brought to the big screen when she wrote and directed 2012’s “In the Land of blood and Honey,” a film focused on the bosnian war, including the mass rapes that occurred during that time. “We often find temporary solutions and we talk a lot but it’s not often that you find somebody who is working on an initiative that is so much about finding solutions and finally putting an end to this,” jolie told britain’s Channel 4 News during a stop in Rwanda on Monday. “I know it sounds like a big dream, but it’s finally time and I think it is possible to put violence against women and rape as a crime of war as absolutely the center of what we must tackle. These women need our help.”
OLLYWOOD might be known for its famous Holi parties, but this year, Hrithik Roshan will refrain from joining in the revelry. “Hrithik won’t be celebrating Holi as a mark of solidarity with those who are suffering from the acute water shortage in Maharashtra. Instead, he will only use a small amount of gulaal to apply a shagun tika as part of the traditional ritual,” says an insider close to him. according to the source, Hrithik feels that even dry colours should be used sparingly. If used in excess, they require a lot of water to be washed off, thus defeating the purpose of water conservation. The insider adds, “Like Hrithik, even the other members of the Roshan family will keep the celebrations low-key. They will take part in the morning puja and then spend some time together”.
THoMAs MooRe (28 May 1779 – 25 February 1852) Oft, in the stilly night, Ere slumber’s chain has bound me, Fond memory brings the light Of other days around me; The smiles, the tears, Of boyhood’s years, The words of love then spoken; The eyes that shone, Now dimm’d and gone, The cheerful hearts now broken! Thus, in the stilly night, Ere slumber’s chain hath bound me, Sad memory brings the light Of other days around me. When I remember all The friends, so link’d together,
I’ve seen around me fall, Like leaves in wintry weather; I feel like one Who treads alone Some banquet-hall deserted, Whose lights are fled, Whose garlands dead, and all but he departed! Thus, in the stilly night, Ere slumber’s chain has bound me, Sad memory brings the light Of other days around me.
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Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.—Ernest Hemingway
ARTs Friday, 29 March, 2013
william talks about saving lives
Sanjay Dutt turns to Salman, Ajay for help
RINCE William enjoys his hero status. The british royal, who’s expecting his first child with wife Kate Middleton in july, opened up about his day job as a rescue pilot, which has earned him many headlines for being a real-life Superman. “There’s no greater feeling than when you’ve actually done some good and saved someone’s life,” the 30year-old says in the bbC documentary “Helicopter Rescue,” which airs in the united Kingdom in april. “I don’t think there’s any greater calling in life … to be able to see a son or daughter’s face when you bring their mother or father back from the edge of death – it’s quite powerful.” Despite his affinity for being part of the u.K.’s RaF Search and Rescue Force, William has reportedly given his notice and will conclude his tour with this summer, according to a new report in us Weekly. Continuing on in that particular role is something he’s been debating the last few years as his royal duties increase – he is the heir to the british throne, after all – and now he also has a baby on the way. “William is ready to take on new challenges – as a royal and within the armed forces,” an insider tells the magazine, noting that William “will be making an announcement within the next month and leave RaF Valley around the time of the birth.” a spokesperson for the prince denies that a decision has been made. However, William might not be the one to make the final call about his future with the RaF. It was announced earlier this week that the search-andrescue helicopter service is set to be privatized. after being operated by the Royal Navy and Royal air Force for more than 50 years, an american company – the Texas-based firm bristow – will be taking over and William and his fellow pilots will be out of work. There is some time before that happens though — the change becomes official in 2015. William and Kate have been spending time at their anglesey, Wales, cottage – which is near the prince’s base – but they are in the process of remodeling an apartment in London’s Kensington Palace, which will be their main base later this year after the royal wee one arrives.
In B’wood, you have to be in the glamorous image all the time: asin NEWS DESK
HE southern film industry is far more traditional than bollywood, which caters to a wider audience and gives opportunities to women in technical fields, says actress asin Thottumkal after a five-year stint in Hindi films. “The south Indian film industry is more traditional. This reflects in their work. The cultural differences, language and approach are completely different, while bollywood is more open and caters to a wider audience,” asin told IaNS in a telephonic interview from Mumbai. There is another key difference, she added. Down south “people are ready to accept you the way you are. They appreciate and value simplicity. You don’t have to wear make-up or be in your glamorous image when you make public appearances”. “Whereas in bollywood, it’s about creating a star image, a style quotient that you have to carry throughout. You have to be in the glamorous image all the time,” said the actress who made a big name for herself in Tamil and Telugu films before she moved to Hindi cinema. asin, who debuted opposite aamir Khan in the 2008 hit “Ghajini”, said bollywood gives a chance to women in varied spheres. “On the sets, I see a lot of young women technicians, women camerapersons, hairdressers, makeup artists, dress designers, stage designers and technicians... It’s not the same in the south,” she said. The 27-year-old however feels the barrier between the two industries is slowly diminishing. bollywood filmmakers have taken inspiration from Tamil and Telugu
films and remade them in Hindi. “Yuva”, “Singham”, “Rowdy Rathore” and “Wanted” are some examples. She is glad “the trend is growing at a fast pace”. “The main purpose is to entertain viewers and that is undoubtedly being done. I also like the fact that a lot of young writers and directors are coming in with fresh original scripts,” she added. aamir, Salman Khan, akshay Kumar... asin has romanced some of the topnotch actors of Hindi cinema on the big screen in the last five years and says teaming up with big names helps in growth. She says she feels “blessed” that Hindi movie buffs had accepted her. “It’s not easy.” “Those who migrate from Tollywood or Kollywood or freshers do not really get to work with a-listers. Working with them helps in growth. I am lucky. I worked with aamir Khan and a.R. Rahman in my first film ‘Ghajini’. but I have also put in a lot of hard work to be where I am today,” she said. before entering Hindi films, she was already a star in the south Indian film industry and featured in films like “Chakram”, “Varalaru” and “Dasavathaaram”. apart from movies, the 27-year-old keeps herself busy with endorsements, but her wish list includes more bollywood projects. asked what kind of roles she was eyeing, asin said: “I would like to do wellwritten fresh characters. So far I have played a fun loving girl-next-door. Now I would like to try something different, something more challenging and exciting.” “Ready”, “Housefull 2” and “bol bachchan” are some of her recent Hindi releases. Many film stars are dabbling in television but the small screen is not for asin. “I haven’t thought about it. It’s good that film personalities are appearing on TV as hosts or judges but I am not ready for it. I won’t do it,” she said.
HILE there is a growing clamour for clemency to Sanjay Dutt on the one hand, the actor faces a very real possibility of imprisonment for threeplus years on the other. Not surprisingly, for the past few days, an anxious Dutt has been trying to tie the loose ends, given the limited time frame he has before surrendering to the court. The actor has been calling close friends, pleading with them to take care of wife Manyata and their three kids in his absence. He has also been rather worried about the future of his production house, considering Manyata does not have the requisite experience to single-handedly run the show. Sources reveal the couple has approached Dutt’s closest buddies, Salman Khan and ajay Devgn, to help them, and Salman and ajay have readily agreed. So much so, the duo have promised to star in the films produced by the Dutt banner, should the need arise.
david Beckham and harper’s London outing NEWS DESK a brisk Tuesday morning didn’t stop David beckham from taking his daughter, Harper, on an adorable stroll through their West London neighborhood. The father-daughter duo bundled up in color-coordinated outfits as they walked along holding hands. The doting Dad rocked a black puffer vest, a grey beanie, and red sneakers, while 20month-old Harper stayed in step with her own red footwear, leggings, and red puffer coat. While their ensembles were matchymatchy, there is one accessory we bet little Harper won’t be showing off anytime soon: a giant tattoo like the one her Dad put on display in China earlier this week. The soccer star, who ditched the L.a. Galaxy to join the Paris-St. Germain football club this year, was recently named China’s first international ambassador and was invited by the China Football association to promote his fa-
vorite sport. During his travels, a fan asked becks for a glimpse of his body ink and he gladly obliged, lifting his shirt to reveal his Chinese hanzi tattoo which reads, “Death and life have determined appointments. Riches and honor depend upon heaven.” after all of his jetsetting, the 37-year-old looked content to be spending some quality time with his little lady.
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Doctor accused in 300 deaths
A Brazilian doctor who appeared in court for allegedly killing seven patients, could be responsible for up to 300 deaths to free up hospital beds in the southeast city of Curitiba, multiple media reports suggest. Virginia Helena Soares de Souza recruited a group of doctors to help administer lethal doses of anesthetics, sedatives and painkillers, according to authorities. In addition, the group allegedly altered oxygen levels for patients, leading to deaths by asphyxiation, police said. Seven other health care professionals have been charged in the case. Prosecutors allege de Souza pulled the plug on victims against the wishes of patients and their families, and in so doing broke the law. She did that to free up beds in the ICu and clear up the “clutter” the patients were causing, according to police. De Souza was arrested in February, but was later released until trial. Her court appearance Wednesday is part of mandated monthly appearances to avoid going back to jail. Investigators say between 2006 and 2013, de Souza ordered medical professionals working under her at an intensive care unit to alter medication and oxygen levels. In an interview with CNN affiliate TV Globo, Mario Lobato, the doctor tasked by the health ministry to investigate the case, said the number of deaths could be much higher. neWS deSK
James Holmes offers to plead guilty to avoid death penalty
It's possible the legal case involving Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes could be wrapped up in a matter of days. His attorneys said today he is willing to plead guilty and take a life sentence without possibility of parole in order to avoid the death penalty, reports the Denver Post. Prosecutors were talking to victims' families—12 people were killed in the theater massacre and about 60 injured—and had not decided whether to accept the deal or pursue a death penalty conviction. If they accept, all could be resolved at the next scheduled court appearance on April 1. neWS deSK
Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. –Jalaluddin Rumi
Pesticides 'damage brains of bees' NEWS DESK
OMMONLY used pesticides are damaging honey bee brains, studies suggest. Scientists have found that two types of chemicals called neonicotinoids and coumaphos are interfering with the insect's ability to learn and remember. Experiments revealed that exposure was also lowering brain activity, especially when the two pesticides were used in combination. The research is detailed in two papers in Nature Communications and the journal of Experimental biology. but a company that makes the substances said laboratory-based studies did not always apply to bees in the wild. and another report, published by the Defra's Food and Environment Research agency (Fera), concluded that there was no link between bee health and exposure to neonicotinoids. The government agency carried out a study looking at bumblebees living on the edges of fields treated with
the chemicals. Honey bees around the world are facing an uncertain future. They have been hit with a host of diseases, losses of habitat, and in the uS the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder has caused numbers to plummet. Now researchers are asking whether pesticides are also playing a role in their decline. To investigate, scientists looked at two common pesticides: neonicotinoids, which are used to control pests on oil seed rape and other crops, and a group of organophosphate chemicals called coumaphos, which are used to kill the Varroa mite, a parasite that attacks the honey bee. Neonicotinoids are used more commonly in Europe, while coumaphos are more often employed in the united States. Work carried out by the university of Dundee, in Scotland, revealed that if the pesticides were applied directly to the brains of the pollinators, they caused a loss of brain activity. Dr Christopher Connolly said: "We found neonicotinoids cause an immediate hyper-activation - so an epileptic type activity - this was proceeded by neuronal inactivation, where the brain goes quiet and cannot communicate any more. The same effects occur when we used organophosphates.
saturn rings have been around for four billion years NEWS DESK The rings around Saturn are bodies that have been around for more than 4 billion years, from a time when the solar system was in its infancy, according to NaSa. The recent coloring on the rings' surface is due to recent "pollution" from a rain of meteoroids from beyond the solar system. The data, obtained by the Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIMS), has now shown how rings made of water and ice are spread across the Saturnian system. The analysis of spectrometer revealed that the color on the rings is limited to the surface.
Researchers hypothesize that the water ice levels around Saturn is too great to be deposited by passing comets. Instead, they suggest that the rings might have formed when the solar system bodies were being formed out of the protoplanetary nebula. Since Saturn resides beyond the Sun's 'snow line', the temperature is cold enough to preserve the ice. Gianrico Filacchione, a Cassini participating scientist at Italy's National Institute for astrophysics, Rome, has published a paper on the subject in the astrophysical journal. "Studying the Saturnian system helps us understand the chemical and physical evolution of our entire solar system. We know now that understanding this evolution requires not just studying a single moon or ring, but piecing together the relationships intertwining these bodies," said Filacchione in a news release. The coloration of the rings and moons around Saturn depends on their location in the system, researchers found. For example, bodies belonging to the inner circle are most likely whitish, while those farther out are reddish. "Observing the rings and moons with Cassini gives us an amazing bird's-eye view of the intricate processes at work in the Saturn system, and perhaps in the evolution of planetary systems as well. What an object looks like and how it evolves depends a lot on location, location, location," said Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist, based at jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Angry birds could take over the entertainment world NEWS DESK Forget your visit to Disney World. Your kids might prefer angry birds Land. OK, angry birds Land doesn’t exist yet — not in the united States, at least — but the maker of the wildly popular mobile game is branching into other realms, from movies to theme parks, in a sign of what’s in store for the future of entertainment. One minute a game is a 99-cent smartphone distraction, and the next it’s a rival to Disney. If you haven’t heard of angry birds (unlikely), or played it (quite possible), angry birds is a game that’s all about using slingshots to launch birds at pigs. The concept is ridiculous, and the reality is addictive. You can now play various versions of the game, including angry birds Star Wars, Seasons, and Rio. In just three years, the game has been transformed from an amusing iPhone diversion from a Finnish company into a worldwide cultural phenomenon, with T-shirts, posters and movie tie-ins. It didn’t exist, and then it was everywhere. Rovio, the maker of the game, is now capitalizing on this and expanding far beyond its roots as an iPhone game. as you would expect, the game
is now available on other mobile phones and tablets. You can also play it on videogame consoles and the Roku television streaming device. an angry birds area opened at the Särkänniemi adventure Park in Finland last summer, and others are
planned around the world. an angry birds exhibit, “angry birds Space Encounter,” opened recently at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. and john Cohen, producer of “Despicable Me,” has been enlisted as producer of a Rovio-financed angry birds movie.
Strange creature picks its sex at random
With seven different sexes to choose from, the single-celled organism Tetrahymena thermophila determines its biological mating type in a game of molecular chance, new research finds. Tetrahymena are oval-shaped protozoa that live in freshwater. These microscopic organisms come in seven different "sexes," or mating types. Any Tetrahymena sex can mate with any other mating type except its own. Even more intriguing to biologists is that it doesn't matter what mating types two Tetrahymena parents are. In fact, their offspring can be any one of the seven. That observation had some strange genetic implications, as parents typically would pass on their own mating-type genes to their progeny. But even though scientists have known about Tetrahymena's seven mating varieties for 60 years, they have only now discovered how the individuals select their type. "Finally, we had the resources to get at the molecular basis of it ― to actually discover the mating-type genes, what their sequence is, and how it is that the cells have the potential for many mating types and only end up expressing one ― a random one," study researcher Eduardo Orias, a biologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, told LiveScience. By peering into the Tetrahymena genome, the researchers found the equivalent of a cellular roulette wheel. The organisms have two nuclei apiece. One, the somatic nucleus, contains the DNA that does the daily work of the cell. The other, the germline nucleus, acts like the cells in the ovaries or testes of humans. The DNA in the germline passes along traits to offspring. [Sex Quiz: How Animals Really Do It] When two Tetrahymena fuse in their version of single-cell sex, they produce a gamete nucleus, which is the protozoan equivalent of a fertilized egg in humans. This fertilization nucleus starts making copies of itself, some of which are destined to become germline nuclei and some of which are somatic. It is during this step that the mating type is chosen, the researchers found. Each germline nucleus holds an array of incomplete gene pairs ― one for each of the organism's seven sexes. The cell joins and completes one of these gene pairs randomly, thus setting the cell's mating type. The rest of the incomplete gene pairs are thrown out, said the report, released by Orias and his colleagues today (March 26) in the journal PLOS Biology. neWS deSK
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younis mulling to quit oDI cricket
Police are investigating an incident at a bar in Merivale in the early hours of this morning. Police can confirm the incident involved Jesse Ryder and that he is in Christchurch Hospital. – A police statement read
Hafeez reckons SA tour will benefit Pakistan in future MOHAMMAD HAFEEZ HAS URGED PAKISTAN CRICKETERS TO PLAY IN THE DOMESTIC TOURNAMENTS
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Pakistan’s senior Test cricketer and former skipper Younis Khan is mulling over to take retirement from the limited overs’ cricket. Despite getting responsibility of leading abbottabad team in national T20 tournament, Younis did not led his team and handed over the captaincy to young junaid Khan. Though junaid told media that Younis could not come to participate in the tournament due to some domestic reasons, reports quoting the cricketer’s close sources said that Khan is seriously mulling over to resign from ODI cricket. The 35-years-old Younis Khan, who quitted the T20 international cricket in 2009 after winning the World Cup for his country, is also looking unhappy with his performance during South africa tour.
England women's team to play Pakistan in Louth LAHORE STaFF RePORT
The England women's cricket team will play Pakistan in a one-day international match in Louth. The sides will face each other on Monday, july 1 at Louth Cricket Club as part of SO Festival 2013. It is the first time an international match has been played in the county. Information on how to buy tickets has yet to be released by East Lindsey District Council. Councillor adam Grist, portfolio holder for culture, leisure and tourism at the authority, said: "The district council has worked closely with the ECb and England Women's Cricket Team for a number of years, and we're delighted to secure Lincolnshire's first ever senior international cricket fixture. "The game will be played at London Road Cricket Ground in Louth. "This is fantastic news for East Lindsey and puts this area firmly on the sporting map." The match is part of East Lindsey Live, a calendar of sporting, heritage and cultural events to showcase the district and attract visitors. It coincides with SO Festival 2013, which will transform the district into an international arts venue with spectacular visual art, street theatre, performers and dance acts.
aKISTaN'S T20 skipper Mohammad Hafeez believes that their just-concluded tour to South africa will benefit the side in future assignments including the ICC Champions Trophy. Hafeez said the learning from facing South african bowlers in hostile conditions will be visible in his side's performance in the upcoming matches. "Obviously, the way we lost the Test series in South africa was very disappointing for us but we came back strongly in the T20 match and the One-day series and finished on a positive note. Having played such tough cricket it will benefit us for future assignments," Hafeez said. Hafeez, who returned home from South africa on Tuesday, turned up for the Lahore Lions side in the national Super Eight T20 Cup and scored a blistering hundred against Multan Tigers. The 32-year-old urged his Pakistan teammates to play in domestic competitions regularly in order to raise the profile of the national level events. "It is good to see that all the top players are playing in this event and I think our players need to play domestic cricket regularly to enhance the importance of our domestic cricket specially since international teams are not touring Pakistan since 2009," he said. Hafeez pointed out that there was also a need to introduce more professionalism in domestic cricket. "Our solid cricket future depends on how well organised and
ICC mace presented to Smith
competitive our domestic cricket is. We should have more professional coaches and trainers in domestic events," he said. With the exception of Younis Khan, Shahid afridi, Muhammad Irfan and Saeed ajmal all the other players who went to South africa are appearing in the national T20 event.
Ajmal set for hernia surgery LAHORE STaFF RePORT
Pakistan spinner Saeed ajmal is set to undergo surgery on a groin hernia, having aggravated the injury during the one-day series against South africa, but says it's not a serious problem and he'll be back in action soon. ajmal is back in Pakistan though is not playing domestic cricket after advice from his doctors. If he has the operation, it will require a few weeks' rest, and he is set to be fit in time to face Scotland in May, and the Champions Trophy in june. ajmal was quoted by Cricinfo: "I have been suffering pain for the last couple of months in my groin. It increased during the South africa ODI series and now I have been advised to take rest until my doctors assess if it needs surgery. "I have a feeling that I need surgery but I will wait for the doctor's advice. I am currently in Faisalabad and scheduled to see a doctor in Lahore this week. "In any case I will be fit by the next international commitment, as it is not a major operation. It normally takes two to three week of recovery time."
South africa captain Graeme Smith on Thursday received the prestigious Reliance ICC Test Championship mace and enhanced prize money of uS$450 000 (approximately R4.1 million) for leading the team that finished on top of the ICC Test Championship table on the annual cut-off date of 1 april. This is the first time, since the current ranking system was introduced in 2003 that South africa had finished as the number-one ranked test side on the 1 april cut-off date. Vince van der bijl, former Natal, Transvaal and Middlesex fast bowler and currently ICC’s umpires and Referees Manager, presented the mace to Smith who also collected the cheque of uS$450 000 from Cricket South africa (CSa) president Chris Nenzani along with South africa’s Minister of Sport and Recreation Mr Fikile Mbalula, in a ceremony that was staged at the Long Room Extension, The Wanderers in johannesburg. at the presentation, Smith said: “I am truly honoured and humbled to receive the Reliance ICC Test Championship mace and prize money, not just on behalf of myself, the players and the team management but on behalf of all South africans. We all appreciate the enormous privilege of representing our country and taking on the responsibility that goes with it.” Van der bijl said: “The mace is a symbol of excellence and recognition of a side’s outstanding achievement in the toughest and most traditional format of the game. “South africa has all the reasons to be proud of its feat as it is only the fourth team after australia, India and England to hold the mace. South africa claimed the mace from the then No 1 side England in the last English summer and then successfully retained it by winning all the five home tests.” CSa president Chris Nenzani said: “It gives me the greatest pleasure to congratulate coach Gary Kirsten, captain Graeme Smith and other members of the test squad on their achievement of becoming the No 1 side on the Reliance ICC Test Championship Table and staying at the top for what we hope will be a considerable period of time. “as we all know from past experience it is one thing to gain the No 1 ranking but it becomes even harder to retain it and the Proteas are well into their first year at the top. They have also opened up a considerable gap between themselves and their challengers and at various stages they have had the numberone batsman (amla), the number-one bowler (Dale Steyn) and the number-one allrounder (jacques Kallis) in this format of the game.
Waugh predicts Aussie Ashes ambush SYDNEY aGenCieS
Former australian captain Steve Waugh thinks ausatralia shouldn't be underestimated during the upcoming ashes series. Photo by: Lynne Sladky Steve Waugh raises an eyebrow when asked whether it would be a permanent blow to the australian ego if England were to win their third ashes series in a row this summer. ‘Sure,’ he says, shifting uncomfortably in his chair. ‘You caned us in the Olympics as well. behave yourselves — it’s all getting a bit out of control.’ The former australia captain was in London’s Olympic Stadium on Super Saturday last august and has just been discussing the ‘damaged’ state of australian sport, yet is still managing a laugh. but only just. Waugh is far more confident when discussing how australia — the fourth best Test side in the world who have just been thrashed 4-0 in India and dropped four
players for not doing their homework — will relish their role of underdogs when the first ashes Test begins at Trent bridge on july 10. ‘It’s much the same as when I first toured in 1989 and they said we were the worst team ever to come over and we won 4-0,’ says Waugh, who scored 506 runs in six Tests on that first trip to England. ‘We would have won 6-0 except for the rain. ‘You play with more freedom when you’re the underdogs, and if things go wrong, you don’t get criticised as much because people predicted that anyway. You can play with a sense of freedom. ‘I don’t think we’ll be that much the underdogs by the time it comes round, though. The ashes will be a lot closer than people are saying.’ This is more like it. Waugh declines to go down the Glenn McGrath route and predict a 5-0 victory for australia, but admits he ‘would not be surprised’ if his countrymen can wrestle back that precious urn in England this summer.
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I am fortunate to be part of the new team chosen to advance the development of West Indies cricket. – Emmanuel Nanthan
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SYDNEY australia's chief selector john Inverarity says Pakistani asylum-seeker Fawad ahmed will be in contention for a place in the ashes squad to tour England if he is granted citizenship in time. The 31-year-old legspinner was handed a permanent visa to remain in australia in November after leaving his home in the border region near afghanistan, where he said he was targeted by Muslim extremists. but to play for australia in the ashes from july he needs fast-tracked citizenship and an australian passport. Otherwise, under International Cricket Council (ICC) rules, he will not become available until august 18, before the fifth test at the Oval. "Fawad ahmed is a mature and very good legspinner," Inverarity told Thursday's Sydney Morning Herald. "I've seen quite a bit of him and all those who have played against him, and the coaching staff, rate him as a good bowler. "He would certainly come under consideration. It will all be considered on merit. He will be treated no differently from anybody else." Inverarity admitted the significance of a former asylumseeker from Pakistan playing for australia could not be understated. "If it were all to happen, it would be a wonderful thing for our australian society, someone who through the medium of cricket has become a central figure in our community," he said. Since his arrival, ahmed has established himself with the Melbourne Renegades in the T20 big bash League and made an appearance for the Prime Minister's XI against the West Indies in january. He is seen as a handy back-up to Nathan Lyon, with few other stand-out spinning candidates beyond Xavier Doherty and Glenn Maxwell. Lyon had an ordinary tour of India, during which australia lost the test series 4-0, although he bounced back to take nine wickets in the fourth test and Inverarity threw his support behind him. "He is our lead spinner and we hope he develops and becomes a really good spin bowler," he said of Lyon.
Arafat's four helps Rams rule LAHORE STaFF RePORT
Yasir arafat's four-wicket haul helped Rawalpindi Rams to overwhelm powerful Twenty20 side Karachi Dolphins by eight runs in the final match of the day in Lahore. Dolphins lost their way chasing 158, but bounced back through No.9 batsman Mohammad Sami who smacked a breathtaking 38 off 18 balls. but Rams held their nerves to complete a dramatic victory. Dolphins lost their top order to arafat earlier who accounted for Khalid Latif (0), Shahzaib Hasan (11) and asad Shafiq (0) in his first spell of two overs. Fawad alam (29) along with Sarfaraz ahmed (26) resisted the tidy bowling in a 40-run stand, but both were out in quick succession. Sami then launched a late attack that included three sixes to revive hopes, but arafat returned to pick his wicket. Dolphins eventually were bowled out for 149, eight runs short. Rams opted to bat with openers awais Zia (34) and Naved Malik (12) off to a positive start. but they lost seven wickets for 16 runs towards the end to finish with 157. anwar ali was the most successful bowler with four wickets. SCORES: Rawalpindi Rams 157 (Amin 36, Anwar Ali 4-32) beat Karachi Dolphins 149 (Sami 38, Arafat 4-28) by eight runs.
Friday, 29 March, 2013
Misbah steers wolves to victory RAWALPINDI GET WIN IN THE RAIN
Asylum-seeker in frame for Ashes selection
aISaLabaD and Rawalpindi got wins on day three of the Faysal bank Super Eight T-20 Cup here at the Gaddafi stadium on Thursday. Faisalabad Wolves won by seven wickets with six balls remaining while Rawapindi Rams ruled the day on a Duckworth Lewis method after evening rain ruined the day for bahawalpur. Rawalpindi Rams, however, got 20 runs win with the D/L
method. Rawalpindi Rams reached 145 for five in 18 overs and after a revised target to be achieved in 13 overs, bahawalpur Stags could got to 96 in 12.2 overs when the target was 117 runs. In the other match of the day, Pakistan captain Misbah-ulHaq got Faisalabad Wolves and easy win against Dolp0hins. Karachi Dolphins piled up 157 for eight in the given overs but Misbah wioth his brisk half century made the score easy. He remained not out at 85 while his opening mate added useful 39 runs to lay a solid and supporting platform. With an average of 180, Misbah got his 85 in 62 balls and Wolves lost three wickets to reach 161 in 19 overs.
Andy Flower demands england improve LONDON aGenCieS
England coach andy Flower admits his players will need to show significant improvement from their drawn series against New Zealand if they are to retain the ashes against australia this year. Flower's side narrowly avoided a shock defeat in the Test series in New Zealand this week after grinding out a nerve-jangling draw in auckland after the previous two matches had also ended in stalemate. England were relieved to avoid the embarrassment of losing to a team who came into the series in disarray following a poor run of results and controversy over Ross Taylor's removal as captain. but Flower knows that kind of lacklustre showing won't be enough against australia, who travel to face England before hosting a second ashes series later this year. “We've got a big year of international cricket and we will need to be sharper, better and more skilful,” Flower told bbC Radio Five Live. “but it has been a wonderful winter and to win in India was a really special moment. The only series we have lost was the one-day series in India.” While England were struggling to avoid defeat in New Zealand, australia were slumping to a dismal 4-0 series loss in India, where Flower's men won 2-1 three months earlier. Even so, Flower refused to write off the australians and preferred to focus on England's forthcoming rematch
against New Zealand on home soil, which serves as a warm-up for the ashes. “They had a tough time out there (in India). It's a really tough place to tour,” said Flower. “The ashes are a little way off. There is some great cricket to be played in the meantime, by us, we hope.” England, ranked the second best Test side in the world, were criticised for showing complacency against New Zealand, yet Flower insisted they had not taken their opponents lightly. “We place importance on all international series and it would be disrespectful to do anything other than that - there was no complacency in our camp,” he said. “We understood it would be a tough challenge to come here and win. just because you are ranked above another team it doesn't give you the right to win any series.” Flower was unimpressed with some of England's play however, and he conceded their problems were entirely of their own making. “It was a good escape in the end. but we got ourselves into trouble, we didn't play particularly great cricket and did well to get a draw,” he said. “Ian bell and Matt Prior were excellent; they fought hard and that's a quality of the team, but we have to be better to get into winning positions, not scratching our way to a draw. “We didn't move the ball sideways and if you don't move the ball against international batsmen you are not going to create chances. That was worrying for me. They swung the ball and we didn't do that too much.”
Hafeez ton sets up Lahore win LAHORE STaFF RePORT
Captain Mohammad Hafeez led from the front to hit his second Twenty hundred that helped Lahore Lions humble Multan Tigers by 47 runs at the Gaddafi Stadium. With a daunting total in sight, Tigers never looked in control during their chase. They lost their captain Shoaib Maqsood in the first over, caught brilliantly by aizaz Cheema after he had fumbled it on the first go. Tigers started stuttering early as their top three batsmen departed with only 24 runs on the board. Rameez alam (45) and Saeed anwar jnr (11) resisted for a while with a 51-run stand for the fourth wicket, but both got bogged down against the spinners. Despite some late fireworks by Kashif Naved, Tigers kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and were bowled out in the 20th over for 127. Lions, after choosing to bat, lost opener ahmed Shahzad (2) in the first over as he flicked Rahat ali straight to Zulfiqar babar at midwicket. Thereafter, Hafeez and Nasir jamshed dominated Tigers and added 66 runs for the second wicket before jamshed was trapped lbw for 26. akmal brothers, umar (4) and Kamran (0), were out of successive deliverers umar edged one from Rizwan Haider to the keeper, while a mix-up for a single with Hafeez resulted in Kamran's wicket. Hafeez, however, continued to consolidate. He was dropped three times, twice by the wicketkeeper. along with ali azmat (29), he added 83 for the fifth wicket to take Lions to a formidable total of 175. He reached 102 off 64 balls with 18 boundaries, including two sixes off the last two balls of the innings.
It’s just another game: Toyana COACH GEOFFREY TOYANA INSISTS THE HIGHVELD LIONS ARE NOT PUTTING TOO MUCH PRESSURE ON THEMSELVES AS THEY LOOK TO CLIMB BACK INTO TOP SPOT IN THE RAM SLAM T20 CHALLENGE TABLE JOHANNESBURG aGenCieS
Coach Geoffrey Toyana insists the Highveld Lions are not putting too much pressure on themselves as they look to climb back into top spot in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge table. a victory over the Dolphins at the Wanderers on Thursday will move the Lions back to the top of the standings, ahead of the Titans, and secure them a home final. Runaway leaders at one point,
the Lions dropped back to second place after two successive defeats, but Toyana was pleased they were still in contention to progress directly to the final. “It's just another game for us even though we're under a bit of pressure now,” Toyana said. “We know what we have to do and things are still in our own hands.” The rookie coach, who is enjoying an exceptional debut season, found it hard to explain how they had let slip a lead that stood at close to 10 points. “I think it's the nature of T20 cricket where momentum plays such a big role,” Toyana said.
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I always want to play Davis Cup. I want to thank Pat for picking me. Wherever it is I'll always be happy to play for my country. – Bernard Tomic
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Lt gen Maqsood elected President of Punjab golf LAHORE STaFF RePORT
Diaby expects Reading to give Arsenal a test
The elections for the new office bearers of Punjab Golf association (PGa) for the next four-year term were held at the Garrison Golf and Country Club on March 28. Lt Gen Maqsood ahmed, Corps Commander, Lahore was unanimously elected President of PGa for a four year term. Other elected office bearers are Maqbool (Max) babri of Royal Palm as Vice President, brig (r) Mohammad akram Khan of Garrison Club as Vice President, Shahid Wahab Rao of Defence Raya Golf Club as Secretary and Imtiaz ahmed of Garrison as Treasurer. Lady member elected on ladies seat is Dr asma afzal Shami. Elected members of the executive committee are Lt Col (r) Tariq Kaleem (Rawalpindi), Dr Nadeem john (Sialkot), Lt Col asghar Mehmood (Gujranwala), akhter abbas (Multan), Qalbe Habib (Faisalabad) and Khawaja Pervaiz Saeed (Lahore Gymkhana). Zahid Sultan will represent the professional golfers on the Executive Committee. Lt Gen Maqsood ahmed said that he was a firm believer in team work and collective wisdom and considered this assignment a huge challenge. He hoped the new team will take golf to new heights.
only Messi can do what I can’t: totti
aS Roma's Francesco Totti considers barcelona's Lionel Messi to be the only player better than him. a career spanning 20 years at the Stadio Olimpico has seen Totti become an aS Roma and Italian legend. Despite retiring from international football in 2007, the attacking midfielder's 11 goals and 10 assists in this season's Serie a has fuelled talk that Totti could return to the national fold to assist Italy in their 2014 World Cup campaign Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Totti stated his belief that none of his compatriots could match his abilities, but he did admit deference to barcelona star Messi. "There is only one player who is doing things that I could never do and that is Messi," Totti stated. "I do not think there is an Italian footballer who I would place above myself in a list, though. The numbers speak for themselves." Winning the World Cup in 2006 under Marcello Lippi, the 36-year old also revealed a desire to work with Real Madrid manager jose Mourinho one day. "For me, Lippi is the best coach I have ever worked with. He had such incredible charisma. but Fabio Capello and Luciano Spalletti are true greats as well," he shared. "Who I would like to work with? Mourinho."
RSENaL midfielder abou Diaby has warned his side against complacency when they take on relegationthreatened Reading on Saturday. The Gunners, fighting to qualify for next season's Champions League, are heavy favourites to beat lowly Reading when the Royals make the trip to the Emirates Stadium. Reading have only amassed a measly 23 points from 30 Premier League games and are 19tth in the table, seven points off safety, and recently replaced manager brian McDermott with Nigel adkins in a bid to stave off relegation. Nonetheless, Diaby believes the Gunners cannot afford to take it easy against the struggling Royals and wants his side to pile on the misery for adkins'
men. "They are fighting against relegation, and we are fighting to be in the top four," Diaby told arsenal Player. "We may be favourites, but we know it's not going to be an easy game. "but if we can play our game, we know we can score goals." Diaby also believes arsenal's morale-boosting 2-0 win over bayern Munich in the second leg of the Champions League last-16 could be a key moment in the Gunners' end of season run-in. "When you win, you always get a confidence boost," Diaby added. "It was really important to win the bayern game, against a big team. "unfortunately we didn't get through but we did beat them and they hadn't lost for some time at home - it was a really good performance from us. "Following that, winning at Swansea [2-0] was really good as well because every game from now until the end of the season is crucial."
With many criticising the Gunners for conceding too many goals this season, Diaby admitted defending did not only fall upon the shoulders of the backline and insisted the responsibility should be shared by the entire team. "as a team we all defend together, but as a midfield we have a big role to play," Diaby mused. "The midfield is the heart of the team and it is really important. They are the ones who defend and give the ball forward, defensively they give a good balance to the team. "So it is very important to be strong in this area. "If we want to succeed and win games, we need to be solid. We need to be together and that is what we have shown in the past two games." arsenal are currently fifth in the table on 50 points, four points behind fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur, albeit having played a game less than their arch-rivals.
WAPDA win second match of Inter Dept Baseball LAHORE STaFF RePORT
Pakistan WaPDa won its second match of the event when it crushed Higher Education Commission by 13 runs to 2 in the NbP-Inter Departmental baseball Championship 2013. as the first round of NbP-Inter Departmental baseball Championship 2013 ended here at the university of Central Punjab Complex, Wapda was the clear winner of the day on Thursday. The second round will start on Friday with the match between Pakistan Police and HEC. Pakistan WaPDa displayed excellent game giving no chance to new comer HEC to fight. For WaPDa Zaheer and Imtiaz score 3 each, Zaheer also hit 2 home runs. Zubair and abu bakar added 2 runs each. The other scorers were asif, usman azam and amin afridi contributed 1 run each. For HEC afraz Malik and Farhan added 1 run each. Following umpires supervise the match: Chief umpire: Shabbir Ahmed, Base 1: Sarfraz Ahmed, Base 2: Farhan Rashid, Base 3: Ahsan Bilal.
Hockey camp trainees named LAHORE STaFF RePORT
The training camp of the national junior probables preparing for Test Match Series against Germany, belgium, & Holland will be established at National Hockey Stadium Lahore on Saturday (april 6). The PHF has invited following 35 probable players for the training camp and directed them to report to the Camp Commandant (Rana Mujahid ali). THE PROBABLES GoALKEEPERS: Mazhar Abbas (NBP), Amjad Ali (NBP), Sajjad Abbas (Punjab), Talal Khalid (Sialkot) & Amin Yousaf (WAPDA). FuLL BACKS: Khalid Bhatti (WAPDA), Kashif Javed (NBP), Faisal Qadir (NBP), Kashif Shah (NBP), Zohaib Ashraf (SSGC) & Shujat Ali (NBP). HALF BACKS: M. Rizwan Jr. (NBP), M. Tousiq (NBP), Ammad Shakeel Butt (PIA), Tasawar Abbas (WAPDA), M. Bilal Khan (KPK), Ali Hassan Faraz (NBP) & M. Sohaib (WAPDA). FoRWARDS: M. Irfan (WAPDA), M. umar Bhutta (NBP), M. Dilber (NBP), Ali Shan (NBP), M. Suleman (WAPDA), Arslan Qadir (NBP), M. umair (WAPDA), Hafiz umer Sardar (NBP), Hafiz Rizwan Ali (NBP), Asad Bashir (WAPDA), M. Rizwan (Pir Mahal), M. Jaffar (WAPDA), Abdul Kareem Khan (KPK), Abdul Qayyum Dogar (SSGC), Ayub Ali (NBP), Ahmed Zubair (NBP) & Muzammil Bhatti (PIA). TEAM MANAGEMENT: Rana Mujahid Ali – Manager/Head Coach, Anjum Saeed – Coach, Muhammad Danish Kaleem – Coach, Dr. Asad Abbas Shah – Team Doctor.
Amir focuses on reaching the top LONDON aGenCieS
amir Khan hopes to be confirmed as the best light-welterweight in the world by the end of the year. Khan's dominant win over Carlos Molina in December put his career firmly back on track and he will set up another world title shot with a win over julio Diaz in Sheffield on april 27. The bolton fighter has revealed that his promoters Golden boy have planned a tournament involving his 140lb rivals Danny Garcia, Lamont Peterson, Lucas Matthysse and Zab
judah. Danny Garcia takes on Zab judah next month and Matthysse is set to face judah in april, with the winners then battling each other for the right to fight Khan. Defeats by Garcia and Peterson have relieved Khan of his world titles, but he could be two wins away from securing his status as the top man in the division. Khan told Ringside Toe 2 Toe podcast: "Golden boy said they are going to do a mini tournament. It's going to be between Garcia-judah, the winner fights the winner of Matthysse and Peterson, and at the end of the year the winner of that
fights me. "The reason they fight me at the end of it is because I can't fight in the middle because I've got Ramadan, I'm going to be fasting. It's a religious month for us, so I'm going to take time off there. "When you take time off fasting for a month, you need another month to recover from that. "Hopefully we'll know by the end of the year who the best 140lb fighter is and that's going to be between the five of us. The five top names out there and we will all know who the best is at the end of the year. "I want to get past julio Diaz, who I can't
take eye my off, because julio Diaz is another dangerous opponent for me." Garcia puts his WbC and Wba belts on the line against judah, while Peterson defends his IbF strap against Matthysse and Khan expects his two conquerors to pick up wins. "Even though I think a lot of people are going to say Matthysse is going to walk through him, I don't think that will happen," he said. "Matthysse is a heavy puncher, but a good boxer will beat him just like when Zab judah fought Matthysse. He boxed him and he won the fight, but it was a close fight.
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I didn't think I could go into the Masters under the radar. I can go in a little bit underneath him (Woods). So, in a way, it's not a bad thing. – Rory McIlroy
Careless sharapova survives errani test MIAMI: Maria Sharapova booked her place in the semi-finals of the Sony open in Miami with a straight-sets win over Italy's Sara Errani. Sharapova prevailed 7-5 75 despite turning in an errorstrewn display, the third-seeded Russian racking up almost 60 unforced errors and committing 13 double faults. Fortunately for Sharapova, who saved three set points in the second, Errani did not have the weapons to take advantage and she did just enough to set up a last-four encounter with 22nd seed Jelena Jankovic. "Sara is extremely difficult to play," Sharapova told www.wtatennis.com. "She doesn't have the height or the power, but she gets so many balls back and stays so consistent, and does it over and over again. "She is so consistent. She also has great court coverage and variety. She really makes you work. "She can do a lot of things with that court coverage and variety when she has time, so my success in the beginning of the match and in some other points was when I didn't give her that opportunity. aGenCieS
Radcliffe fearing for her career
Molinari sets sights on Morocco glory MOROCCO aGenCieS
World marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe is facing up to the very real possibility she may never compete again because of ongoing complications with her foot injury. The 39-year-old was forced to pull out of the 2012 Olympics shortly before the Games, despite having had specialist treatment in Germany in july. Radcliffe underwent surgery in august when it emerged her foot problems were more serious than first thought and it was then she entertained a future without competition. However, she still had hopes of participating in a 10 kilometre race, as well as the 2014 London Marathon, but now she knows she may never again compete. Radcliffe told bbC Sport: "Targets have gone out of the window. "I'm very much in that limbo where I know and accept that realistically it may not be possible.
Polo D’Sufi in Elan Cup final LAHORE STaFF RePORT
The combined team of Polo D Sufi and Monnoo Polo won their last league match of the Elan Polo Cup 2013 and with that they qualified to play the main final on Sunday. Polo D Sufi/Monnoo Polo managed 16½) Goals and only let their rivals Master Paints score five goals umpires for the match were Malik azam Hayat Noon & Omar asjad Malhi.
RaNCESCO Molinari wants to win the Trophee Hassan II after playing in the pre-tournament Proam with the Crown Prince of Morocco, HRH Prince Moulay Rachid. Established by the late King of Morocco in 1971, the event is celebrating its 40th anniversary edition this week, with His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid marking the occasion by participating in the Proam at the Golf du Palais Royal. Molinari, the highest ranked player in the field at 39th in the Official World Golf Ranking, was given the honour of partnering His Highness, who plays off a handicap of 12, before the €1.5 million tournament gets underway in agadir on Thursday morning.
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Saleem fC lift District football title LAHORE STaFF RePORT
Saleem Khan F.C lifted the District Football Championship-2013 trophy after edging out Lums club in the final played at Model Town Football Club / academy. Zahid amir Rana Chief Executive Regal Star Network Pvt Ltd was the Chief Guest on this occasion. a large number of game spectators were also present and witnessed the thrilling match. before the start of the match the players of both the teams Saleem Khan Club and Lums Club were introduced to the chief guest. In 1st half both teams were goal less draw but after the interval the Saleem Khan F.C made a few changes and they bore fruit when Muhammad Danish scored in the 41st min to make the score which gave Saleem Khan F.C a famous and historic win. It may mentioned here that Saleem Khan F.C through out well played in district Football Championship. after the match, Chief Guest of the final match & prize distribution ceremony Mr. Zahid amir Rana awarded winning trophy to Saleem Khan’s skipper while Lums F.C had to content with runners up trophy, received by skipper. at the end of the ceremony, Mian Rizwan ali DFa President said District Football Championship 2013 was held from 20th February till 27th March 2013 at Model Town Football Club / academy. a total of fourty teams were taking part in the 37 day tournament. The opening match was 20th February between Federal Colony FC and Samnabad FC. Mian rizwan added that District Football League-2013 will be held at the end of april.
National Powerlifting on 29th LAHORE STaFF RePORT
Misbah not quitting LAHORE
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has ruled out quitting cricket for losing the South africa series. Talking to reporters, Misbah said that he had instead decided to adopt a more aggressive and positive approach to batting after being criticised for his slow displays. “I have discussed this with all my players and they all agreed that overall we all needed to be more positive while batting and put aside fears of losing our wicket,” Misbah said.
“They have all pushed me to play more shots and be more positive. I have no intentions of returning to play T20s for Pakistan. I have changed my batting style because I believe I can continue to play ODIs which I don’t want to quit now.” Misbah, 38, who has been Pakistan’s test captain since 2010 and ODI skipper since 2011, has come in for criticism in Pakistan for his batting and captaincy after his side were swamped 3-0 in the test series in South africa and lost the one-day series 3-2. “I have heard what the critics have had to say. It has fired me up and also made me reassess how I can play a more purposeful role for my team as a batsman and for myself,” he said.
The two-days National Powerlifting Championships 2013 will be held on March 29-30 at Punjab university Grounds Old Campus near Choburjee Lahore according to the International Powerlifting Federation Rules. The event will be contested in 59, 66, 74, 83, 93, 105, 120 and +120 Kg categories. Teams from WaPDa Railway, Punjab, Sindh, KPK, balochistan, Islamabad and FaTa are taking part in these two days championships. The Opening Ceremony will be performed by Idrees Haider Khawaja SecretaryGeneral Punjab Olympic association on 29th March at 10:00 am Muhammad Khalid Mahmood Director General Pakistan Olympic association will be the chief Guest of Closing Ceremony on 30th March and will distribute Medals among winners.
Red Bull announce fierce public defence SEPANG aGenCieS
Red bull rejected suggestions that Mark Webber would leave and defended team principal Christian Horner in an attempt to quell media reports of discord within the team. Furthermore, they received some assistance in the form of welcome comments by F1 supremo bernie Ecclestone who said he did not disapprove of Sebastian Vettel's behaviour at Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix. The controversy all erupted as Sebastian Vettel ignored team orders to win in Sepang at the expense of race leader Mark Webber, a move which has since brought the German widespread criticism. Flavio briatore, a member of Webber's management team
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and former F1 team principal, reacted by claiming Webber and Vettel's relationship was beyond repair and that he expected the two "enemies" to be parted at the end of the season. Webber is out of contract at the end of the year and many observers predict the 36-year-old australian will be the man to move aside ahead of the 2014 campaign. but Red bull on Wednesday insisted it was too soon to speculate on the team's likely line-up for next season. "It's pure speculation that Mark will not drive with the team in 2014," Red bull said. "Mark's contract has been renewed for the last few years on an annual basis he has continually chosen to drive for the team each year and the team has similarly wanted to continue working with him as he is an excellent driver and a competitive racer.
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CEC urges Baloch leaders to bring change through ballot QUETTA STaFF RePORT
HIEF Election Commissioner (CEC) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim on Thursday called upon baloch nationalist leaders to participate in general elections for bringing change through ballot. He said this in a meeting with baloch nationalist and other party leaders in Quetta. Leaders of more than 13 political and nationalist parties met the CEC to discuss the upcoming polls. Ebrahim said his top priority was to hold transparent election for bringing real representatives of the people to the assembly. He said the fate of balochistan must be changed with ballot. The CEC said it was unfortunate that most of the political parties did not participate in the general elections in 2008, which was why all assembly members remained ministers. He said that the objectives of their visit were to re-
move their apprehension so that the election could take place in peaceful atmosphere. The CEC urged nationalists to participate in the polls and said political leaders should bring change through ballot, not bullet. He assured them of redressing their reservations, adding that special security measures would be adopted in the province. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians‚ PMLN‚ Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf‚ jamaat-e-Islami‚ awami National Party, PML-Q, National Party‚ balochistan National Party-awami‚ balochistan National Party-Mengal‚ Hazara Democratic Party‚ Pakhtunkhwa Milli awami Party‚ juI-F‚ juI-Nazriati and others. accompanied by all four ECP members, the CEC chaired a meeting of senior officials wherein the balochistan chief secretary gave a briefing on prevailing security situation in the province. On the occasion, senior officials of law enforcement
agencies, including police and FC, briefed the participants on security arrangements planned for the forthcoming general elections. The chief secretary said the FC and the army would remain posted in balochistan during the election
and assured that the provincial government would remain impartial though out the electoral process. The CEC directed for better arrangements to conduct polls across balochistan, particularly in Dera bugti and Kohlu districts in
an orderly manner. Earlier, the CEC held a meeting with the caretaker Chief Minister Nawab Ghous barozai and discussed various issues, including the law and order. barozai assured the CEC that he would do his utmost to remove
the reservations of balochistan National Party-Mengal (bNP-M) Chief akhtar Mengal. He informed Ebrahim that the army could be deployed in any part of the province if need be during the polls. Following the meetings, ECP Secretary Ishtiaq ahmed said almost all political parties were participating in the elections. “akhtar Mengal, despite having reservations, has reposed confidence in the ECP and decided to contest the election, which is a good omen for balochistan.” Ishtiaq said on the recommendations given by the leaders of baloch political parties, the CEC in principal agreed to give two days extension for the submission of nomination forms. However, he said announcement in this regard would be made with consultation of other members of the commission. He dispelled the impression that holding elections in balochistan was a difficult task. “Law and order in the province is not as grim as being portrayed.”
sc issues notices to 20 dual-national technocrat-politician debate delaying cabinet formation former parliamentarians ISLAMABAD STaFF RePORT
The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notices to 20 dual-national former parliamentarians and directed them to appear before it on the next date of hearing. The former lawmakers to whom notices were issued included asim Hussain, Nadeem Ehsan, Haider abbas Rizvi, Fauzia Ejaz, Sabeen Rizvi, arish Kumar, Donya aziz, arif aziz Sheikh, jamil ahmed Malik, Fauzia asghar, Tahir ali javed, jamil ashraf, javaid Iqbal Tarkai, Murad ali Shah, Sadiq ali Memon, abdul Moeed Siddiqui, Muhammad ali Shah, askari Taqvi, Raza Haroon and Tayyab Hassan. The three-member SC bench of Chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, justice Gulzar ahmad and
justice Sheikh azmat Saeed questioned why criminal cases were not preceded against the dual national former members of National and provincial assemblies. upon which, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) representative apprised the court that the commission had already conveyed the detail about the dual nationals to the returning officers (ROs) of relevant constituencies. During the proceedings, the court inquired from the ECP about the reasons for not disqualifying the parliamentarians, who were holding dual nationalities. The court also referred to the dual nationality case of former lawmaker Shehnaz Sheikh in which action was taken against her even after she had tendered her resignation from the legislature. The chief justice said when there was an SC judgement as a precedent,
Malala clinches $3 million Barozai assures full deal to publish her memoir security to Mengal ISLAMABAD aGenCieS
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balochistan caretaker Chief Minister Ghaus bakhsh barozai met balochistan National Party (awami) chief akhtar Mengal here on Thursday and assured him free and fair elections and complete security in the province. During the meeting, Mengal made it clear that the concerns of the people of balochistan over transparent elections would have to be addressed, adding that different types of people were living in the province and therefore their doubts over fair polls were genuine. Mengal made it clear that if political workers were harmed during the elections, they would hold the establishment responsible for it. The caretaker chief minister said he would make all out efforts to address the concerns and reservations of Mengal and other political parties. barozai assured Mengal of all types of security during the elections. He said he would also be meeting leaders of other political parties.
Malala Yousufzai, the girl who shot to international fame following a Taliban attack on her on Thursday said she would publish her life story in the memoir titled I am Malala. Her book deal was reportedly signed for around three million dollars, even publisher Weidenfeld and Nicolson did not confirm the rumors. “I want to tell my story, but it will also be the story of 61 million children who can’t get education,” Yousafzai said in a statement. “I want it to be part of the campaign to give every boy and girl the right to go to school. It is their basic right.” Malala Yousufzai returned to school just six months after the attack by Taliban. at age 11, Malala began to write a blog under a pseudonym for the bbC about life under the Taliban in the Swat Valley. after Pakistan’s military ousted the militants in 2009, she began publicly speaking out about the need for girls’ education. She appeared frequently in the media and was given one of the country’s highest civilian honors for her bravery.
PRESS SECRETARY TO PM SAYS CABINET TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
why was the ECP reluctant on flowing it and taking action against the dual nationality holders. To this, the ECP representative requested to be given some time to compile the record. justice Sheikh azmat Saeed stated that there should not be dual standards against the powerful lawmakers and the ordinary ones as the law was equal for everyone and the action should be taken across the board. The CjP said the Supreme Court’s verdict was binding upon the ECP which should take notice against the former lawmakers even after their resignations. The bench, in its interim order, issued notices to the 20 former parliamentarians and directed them to appear before it on next date of hearing and adjourned the proceedings until april 1.
Her story has captured global attention for the struggle for women’s rights in Pakistan and she made the shortlist for Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2012. “This book will be a document to bravery, courage and vision,” said arzu Tahsin, deputy publishing director at Weidenfeld and Nicolson. “Malala is so young to have experienced so much and I have no doubt that her story will be an inspiration to readers from all generations who believe in the right to education and the freedom to pursue it.”
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Despite having taken oath three days back, caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has not yet short-listed names for his cabinet due to the debate on whether to pick politicians or technocrats for ensuring smooth free, fair and transparent elections, Pakistan Today has learnt reliably. Having met President asif ali Zardari twice and meetings with Chief of army Staff General ashfaq Kayani and ISI DG Lt General Zaheerul Islam abbasi, the caretaker PM has yet not announced his cabinet and the major challenge is the selection of a dynamic and competent economic team to help deal with the challenges. “being a former judge, the PM is very cautious in his selection. He is taking his time to select his cabinet and he is consulting all stakeholders so as to avoid any controversy. but he is likely to unveil his team ‘shortly’,” a source close to the prime minister said. The source said the Presidency had proposed some names for the cabinet slots based on politicians, while the establishment wanted a technocratic setup. “Due to the discreet nature, it’s very difficult to read him since he is very cautious, speaks very little and doesn’t allow anyone to read his mind,” the source said, adding that one thing was clear – he is a neutral person and would not favour any individual or party. “The prime minister strictly follows laws. He keeps a distance and he is a very fine human being. a person of integrity I tell you,” the source said. another source said the newly appointed prime minister was facing difficulty in picking his team as he was facing pressures
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from various sides. “Since the PM wants to take all stakeholders onboard, he is taking his time,” the source said, adding that proposals were being floated. “Dr Maleeha Lodhi and Tariq Fatimi are main contenders for the slot of foreign minister while javed jabbar is being tipped as the information minister. but the real challenge is to select a strong, vibrant and dynamic economic team,” the source added. Press Secretary to Prime Minister Shafqat jalil said the consultation process was on and the federal cabinet would be formed as soon as the process was completed. “I don’t know the exact timeframe but I know that the prime minister is involved in consultation process and the cabinet would be announced shortly,” he added. Defence and political analyst Hassan askari Rizvi said the major reason for the unnecessary delay in formation of the federal cabinet was the debate in the Prime Minister’s House on whether to pick politicians for the job at hand or to go for a technocratic setup. He added that a judge always lived an isolated life and a retired judge was almost nonsocial. “Due to his non-social behaviour, a retired judge cannot make decisions immediately, as he does not have clue about people at the helm or in politics,” he added. However, askari warned that unnecessary delays would be counterproductive, as there had been delays in naming the prime minister and chief minister Punjab due to failure of political leadership. “Delaying installing the federal cabinet as well may further affect the functioning and decision-making process. I think the poor decisionmaking power of major political parties has led to confusion in picking the cabinet,” he concluded.