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No threat of military coup in Pakistan: Gilani DAVOS agencieS
akistan are truly on top of the world now: if this win does not make rankings completely irrelevant, it does make them appear more surrealistic than ever. the series win over the world’s best side would bring enormous statistical gains for Misbah’s men, but this monumental feat is more symbolic and more reassuring. England were on top most of the time in the match except for the decisive, nerve-wrecking session, in which, ironically, Pakistan were on top of their game. it is only the second time in last 110 years that England have lost, having been set a
target of less than 150. Pakistan’ vulnerable batting line up failed twice; albeit a show of defiance by their inspiration skipper in the first innings and a spirited display by young guns asad shafiq and azhar ali in the second. With only 257 on board in the first innings, any test side would be on the defensive. and England overcame their demons to post 327 on board in reply. Cook’s classy 94 proved the classicists right as to why off-spinners are less effective against the left-handers. Misbah’s men were expected to make up for their first inning misgivings, but they disappointed again. Barring azhar ali (68) and asad shafiq (43), it was a somewhat familiar scoreboard. But even in this, there are signs of resurgence,
trappings of belonging to the elite club. Having been given just 145 to defend, ajmal was asked to summon his best. When Hafeez dismissed Cook early on, it looked for a moment that ajmal and Hafeez would take it on themselves to spin England out. But this was abdur Rehman’s turn. in recent past he was overshadowed by ajmal’s unbelievable march to glory. Quietly and patiently, he has seen it from the sidelines and fought it in his own style. not a sharp turner, but he has guile, nerves and a sharp observation. Match winning six wickets in a test are any bowler’s dream and he would cherish it for the rest of his life, especially against the best side in the world. Pakistan have re-emerged on
world stage, not with the help of imran, Wasim or Waqar, but with a bunch of spinners who are equally lethal, and indeed more effective. Pakistan in many ways have revived the old order; established themselves among one of the world’s top notch sides. With australia showing india their true status with a 4-0 victory the same day, Pakistan have staked their claim to the elite club. Pakistan have shown the world what it takes to be the world’s best: a bowling line up that can take 20 wickets. this may not please the powers that be in world cricket, but it surely will help them realize that the game needs to acknowledge Pakistan’s rightful place.
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Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on saturday dismissed recent reports of a coup by the military, asserting that democracy in Pakistan was not in danger and fears of a clash between state institutions were baseless. “all institutions in the country are in sync to support democracy; hence; there is no chance at all for the armed forces to step into the power.” “the army desires democracy and stability in the country,” he said. in an interaction with the media on the fringes of the ongoing annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, Gilani said, “i don’t think there will be a coup in Pakistan ever. there is no threat to democracy.” He said no state institution, military or the people of Pakistan, wanted a coup and all were in favour of democracy. Gilani said there was “a trust deficit” between islamabad and Washington, as he criticised the resumption of Us drone strikes in the country’s tribal areas. speaking a day after over 100,000 people massed in karachi to protest the strikes, Gilani said the strikes only served to bolster militants. “Drones are counter-produc-
tive. We have very ably isolated militants from the local tribes. When there are drone attacks that creates sympathy for them again,” Gilani told reporters at the Davos forum. “it makes the job of the political leadership and the military very difficult. We have never allowed the drone attacks and we have always maintained that they are unacceptable, illegal and counterproductive.” Relations between the Us and Pakistan have deteriorated sharply over the last year, with islamabad furious about the surprise deadly raid on al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden’s hideout in abbottabad last year. the two sides have also been at loggerheads over a Us air strike in november in which 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed. coNtINuEd oN PagE 04
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Asma, PPP-favoured group wins PBC election LAHORE: the Friends Group, supported by former supreme Court Bar association (sCBa) president asma Jahangir and the bigwigs of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), on saturday won the Punjab Bar Council (PBC) election for 2012-13. Ghulam abbas niswana was elected the PBC’s new vice chairman with 55 votes, while his rival candidate Ghazala khan got 20 votes. Rana Muhammad asif saeed won the seat of the PBC executive committee chairman with 56 votes, defeating Mushtaq Mohal who got 19 votes. the Friends Group’s successful candidates were supported by asma Jahangir, PPP leader Babar awan, the People’s Lawyers Forum (PLF) and other groups of PPP lawyers. the pro-judiciary Professional Group led by Hamid khan lost the election to the PPP-backed candidates. STaff RePORT
Illegal trade negatively disturbs Pak economy: report ISLAMABAD: the illegal trade of drugs, arms and natural resources plunged the nascent Pakistani economy deeper into chaos, a joint report released by the sDPi and UnODC disclosed. according to the report, the illegal trade of drugs, human beings, arms, natural resources has a multi-faced impact on the legitimate economy, government, society and people, which extends beyond the local context. “the loss for formal economy through illegal trade is very high, as it distorts decision making and the allocation of resources, as well as impacts effective service delivery,” it said. “it is one of the primary factors increasing the cost of doing business in Pakistan and discouraging international investors. the illicit money flows create real estate bubbles, result in rent seeking activities and crowds out the documented economy,” the report said. it added that the growth of organised crime and related corruption undermined the very foundation of the state, simply by creating a parallel infrastructures of governance in which citizens became increasingly reliant. Online
Four killed in Balochistan QuEttA: Four people were killed and three others injured in separate firing incidents in sibi and Quetta on saturday. according to reports, unidentified armed men fired at abdul salam and Din Muhammad in sibi and fled. as a result, both were critically injured and succumbed to their injuries on way to hospital. Police said that both deceased were residents of Mangochar and went to sibi to attend a religious congregation, adding that the incident appeared to be result of a tribal enmity. in the second incident, two unidentified people were killed and three others injured on the Eastern Bypass area in Quetta’s outskirts. Police said that a clash erupted between two groups over a property dispute due to which two people were killed and three others injured. separately, the Levies foiled a terrorist attack by seizing huge quantity of explosives and arrested a man from Pishin. Levies officials said that on a tip-off, Levies stopped a Quetta-bound vehicle in tehsil karazat of Pishin and recovered 85 landmines, 15 detonators, 60 remote cables and 24 kilogramme fertilizers. Driver Musa khan was also arrested. STaff RePORT
FIA arrests man using Malik’s SIM KARACHI: a man using a siM issued in interior Minister senator Rehman Malik’s name was arrested on saturday. according to a private tV channel, Federal investigation agency (Fia) karachi Cyber Crime Wing arrested Citizen-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) Controller Javed noor after registering a case against him. sources said that Malik had directed officers to take action against the group involved in getting siMs issued in name of important people. sources said that the CPLC was given access to the national Database and Registration authority (naDRa) for elimination of terrorism in karachi so that timely action could be taken against terrorists. nni
3 killed over property dispute PESHAWAR: three people of the same family were killed over a property dispute on saturday, police said. according to details, the incident occurred at Buddha Beer area when Badam sheer and his accomplices fired at Gulab sheer’s family. as a result, Gulab, his wife and son were killed on the spot while the assailants managed to flee. Police registered a case and started investigation. nni
Shahbaz sacks health secretary, PIC top hierarchy LAHORE STaff RePORT
Ordering a judicial probe into the matter, Punjab Chief Minister shahbaz sharif has sacked the health secretary and the top administration of Punjab institute of Cardiology after the report of CMit probe committee into PiC drug reaction. according to details, the 120-page report said top hierarchy of Health Department and the Punjab institute of Cardiology were found negligent in the substandard drug reaction issue. the CM made Health secretary Jahanzeb khan an OsD and also sacked all the administrative hierarchy of the PiC including PiC CEO Dr azhar and Ms Dr saleem Jafar. Meanwhile, three more people, including two women, lost their lives in Lahore due to the drug reaction pushing the toll to 109. the enquiry report has also revealed that the drug reaction was caused due to high potency medicine atrostatin which the World Health Organisation had donated to the PiC in november 2011. WHO had provided 40,000 tablets each of 80mg potency which were to expire in February 2012. the patients were prescribed two tablets of 20mg potency however the pharmacy staff provided 80mg tablets to them. Resultantly the patients were taking 160mg of the medicine instead of the prescribed dose of 40mg.
FAISALABAD: Children catch fish on Saturday in a canal which has been closed for desilting. ONLINE
Majority of Kashmiris want freedom: Indian ministry NEW DELHI Online
india’s Home Ministry has acknowledged that a majority of kashmiri people want freedom from the indian occupation of their land. a survey conducted in the indian-held kashmir (iHk) for the Home Ministry by the institute for Research on india and international studies (iRiis) has found that 54 percent kashmiri youth demanded freedom, although independent surveys say the percentage is much higher. the min-
istry is expected to release the findings in a few days after the survey studied the perception and psyche of the kashmiri youth as well as the media impact’s at the height of the 2010 uprising, indian media reported. While 54 percent identified azadi (the term used by the kashmiris for liberation from india) as their preferred final status for Jammu and kashmir, the study noted that the general political awareness of the kashmiri youth was very high. it stated that they accessed multiple channels of communication to get news and if an important event or a crisis was unfolding, they
tended to verify the news from various alternate sources. analysts say it is mainly due to the lack of objectivity and growing bias in the indian media. nearly 60 percent of the kashmiri youth read both local English and Urdu dailies, while only 17 percent read the indian English dailies. internet is also gaining popularity, though largely in the urban areas where 31 percent access it — 77 percent of them on their mobile phones using GPRs or 3G services. the Web is used mainly to access local newspapers and kashmirspecific websites, the survey report said.
Petitions moved for closure of Mansoor Ijaz’s evidence, recording of statement abroad ISLAMABAD STaff RePORT
two separate applications were submitted with the apex court on saturday – one seeking the closure of Mansoor ijaz’s evidence for his failure to appear before the judicial commission and the other requesting the court to direct the commission to record his evidence anywhere outside Pakistan. Watan Party chief Barrister Zafarullah filed the application, asking the court to close the evidence of Mansoor ijaz, one of the main characters in the memo case, for not appearing before the commission. He asked the court that a statement of the inter-services intelligence (isi) director gen-
eral be recorded instead. in his petition sent to the court through a courier service, Zafarullah said ijaz was befooling the people of Pakistan, as he had not appeared before the court in three consecutive hearings despite committing that he would depose before the commission. “He was asked by the judicial commission to appear on January 9, 16 and 24 to record his evidence in the memo case. But he did not appear. so i have requested the court that it would be better to save time and the evidence of ijaz should be closed as proviso of article 46 of the constitution under which, if primary evidence is delayed or is expensive, the court may record the secondary evidence,” said Zafarullah while talking to Pakistan today.
He said in this case, the court may record the statement of the isi DG who had visited ijaz and seen the evidence. “so in order to proceed further, the court may record General Pasha’s statement as evidence,” he added. On the other hand, the counsel for Mansoor ijaz, akram shaikh, also filed a petition with the court that an order be passed to the memo commission to record the statement of ijaz somewhere abroad due to security threats to his client. shaikh also contended that situation reflected that the army, government and the Us administration had reached a settlement on the memo issue, but the court should settle the controversy.
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Senators take on Asim over fuel hike announcement ISLAMABAD
EtROLEUM Minister Dr asim Hussain came under fire in the senate on saturday as the Upper House took strong exception to the minister’s announcement about increase in the prices of petroleum products four days before the Oil and Gas Regulatory authority (OGRa)’s determination of the rates for the next month. While it is OGRa’s mandate to determine the prices of petroleum products at the end of every month, the minister announced the increase in fuel prices before time ostensibly to favour the oil marketing companies which would surely reduce the supply to earn billions of rupees when the prices jump. though the oil marketing companies monitor the fluctuation of price in the international market and control the supply accordingly, the minister’s announcement that the prices would increase by Rs 5 per litre
Risk to global financial stability increases: IMF ISLAMABAD: With intensifying strains in the Eurozone weighing on the global outlook, the international Monetary Fund (iMF) sharply cut its forecast for world growth this year, saying that prospects have dimmed and risks to financial stability have increased. in an update to its World Economic Outlook (WEO), the iMF said that the Eurozone would fall into a mild recession this year after the crisis entered a “perilous new phase” toward the end of last year, affecting other parts of the world, including the Us, emerging markets and developing countries. Online
will certainly benefit them and further burden the consumers particularly in the areas where compressed natural gas (CnG) is not available. apart from the scathing criticism from senators from both the treasury and opposition benches, Law Minister Maula Bakhsh Chandio termed Hussain’s announcement “illegal”. talking to reporters outside the Parliament House, Chandio said the petroleum minister’s statement about the proposed increase in petroleum products’ prices would benefit hoarders. He said it was not the government that was empowered to increase the prices of petroleum products, it was OGRa’s authority to take decisions in this regard. the law minister said Hussain should not have made the announcement before time. “i cannot endorse the statement of the petroleum minister about increase in the POL prices,” he said. Chandio said the joint sitting of parliament could be called in the first week of February, adding that the accountability bill would be brought in
consultation with all political parties. Earlier, speaking on a point of order, senator ishaq Dar of the PML-n said the petroleum minister’s statement about hike in POL prices five days before the scheduled announcement would help hoarders of petroleum products. Dar said it was OGRa’s job to announce the POL prices every month. the PML-n parliamentarian said the petroleum minister should be asked to explain his statement. Meanwhile, the senate deferred the Private Power and infrastructure Board Bill, 2011 until January 31 for further deliberation. the bill was moved by Minister for Water and Power naveed Qamar for establishment of the Private Power and infrastructure Board. senator ahmed said the bill had not been drafted by keeping the 18th amendment in mind. He was of the view that objectives of the 18th amendment were not taken into consideration before moving the bill.
TIP finds violation of PPRA rules in PSM’s award of consulting contract ISLAMABAD STaff RePORT
the transparency international Pakistan (tiP) has objected to the government’s decision of awarding a $350 million consulting contract to M/s VO tyazhpromexport in violation of the Public Procurement Regulatory authority (PPRa) Rules 2004. in his letter to the chairman of the Pakistan steel Mills (PsM), a copy of which is available with Pakistan today, tiP adviser adil Gilani said the PsM had requested the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) a waiver from the PPRa rules to award its technical audit contract worth $0.15 million (Rs 135 million) without withholding tax to the Russian state-owned firm VO tyazhpromexport. “tyazhpromexport is the original designer and manufacturer of Pakistan steel, which expressed interest in the technical audit of the politi-
cally controlled and financially undisciplined entity. the matter of expansion of Pakistan steel’s production capacity came up for discussion during the visit of the Pakistani president to Russia on May 11-13, 2011,” the letter stated. the tiP informed the PsM chairman that such an effort was also tried in 2010, but the tiP raised an objection in its letter on May 31, 2010, and the PsM managing director in his letter dated June 10, 2010 had clarified that no such agreement was in process with one single party, and that if and when such a scheme was finalised, it would be processed further, the letter added. the tiP adviser said that during the second meeting of the expansion committee in islamabad on May 20, 2010, the PsM was directed to work out its comprehensive requirements, including the financing aspect to carry out the expansion plan. “the committee also advised Pakistan steel to contact renowned steel plant
manufacturers. Once approval is accorded by the government to the firmed-up proposal, only then further process will be followed,” Gilani said. the tiP sought clarification from the PsM chairman on how the Russian company could be awarded a consulting contract for making the estimates for PsM’s expansion, as the steel producer was itself being considered for the award of a Us$350 million contract. “is it not a conflict of interest, and collusive practice under the Public Procurement Rules 2004, Rule 2(f), which prohibits collusive practices among bidders (prior to or after bid submission) designed to establish bid prices at artificial, non-competitive levels and to deprive the procuring agencies of the benefits of free and open competition,” Gilani argued. Who has given the PsM the authority to request an exemption from PPRa Rules 2004 in the presence of the PPRa Ordinance 2002, he asked.
PIA to convince Saudis on easing passenger flow at Haj terminals ISLAMABAD TaHiR niaz
the Pia management will visit saudi arabia in February to meet saudi authorities and convince them to take a number of measures, which, it believes, would ease passenger flow at Haj terminals in the next Haj season. according to sources in the Ministry of Religious affairs, in the last week of august 2011, a joint delegation of the ministry and Pia had visited saudi arabia and held a meeting with the director of saudi General intelligence Directorate (GiD), the main saudi foreign intelligence serv-
ice, at king abdulaziz international airport in Jeddah. the delegation was briefed that the major source of congestion and inconvenience to passengers was the limited number of security checkpoints, which was 14 compared to around 100 immigration counters. this disparity disturbed the passenger flow, as immigration took about a minute to clear approximately 10 passengers, while the limited number of counters meant that GiD took about 10 minutes to clear a single passenger. this situation ultimately disturbed the entire passenger flow and overcrowded
the Haj terminals. arrangements of security counters with a new security setup were proposed and the GiD director asked the delegation to submit it in writing. accordingly, a proposal had been sent through the Religious affairs Ministry. However, it could not be materialised last year owing to saudi arabia’s hesitation in allocating additional funds and resources. after long deliberation, Pia was successful in getting a dedicated bay out the 14 available bays. the sources said with regard to the acquisition of separate terminal for Pia
flights, Pia had requested saudi authorities to allocate the West terminal, which is opposite to the existing Haj terminal but the request was not acceded to because the infrastructure of the West terminal was not sufficient to cater to pilgrims, as there were no restaurants, the seating capacity was insufficient and there were no checkin arrangements. the saudi authorities did not agree because they did not want to discriminate between Pia and pilgrims boarding other airlines. However, the Pia management would again be meeting the saudi authorities in February in this regard.
Firdous urges US media to portray balanced image of Pakistan
Federal information Minister Dr Firdous aashiq awan on saturday urged the Us media to help present an accurate and balanced image of Pakistan by highlighting its difficulties and concerns. she was talking to a delegation of american journalists. Firdous said that the Us media enjoyed unprecedented outreach and influence across the world and it should portray a positive image of the country. the minister desired persistent media exchange programmes between the two countries, adding that such exchanges helped to provide an opportunity to learn from each others expertise. she said that Pakistan was a democratic, progressive country and there was no bar on freedom of expression. Firdous said that Pakistan highly valued it relations with the Us but the relationship would be redefined on new terms of engagement after getting endorsement of parliament. the delegation appreciated the PPP government’s role in granting media freedom.
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Sindh closed to protest MQM’s 20th amendment bill Jalal Mehmood Shah says peaceful strike organised but opponents tried to turn it violent g
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general strike was observed in all districts of sindh, whereas in karachi division, sindhi- and Baloch-dominated areas remained closed. the Ma Jinnah Road was also closed for some hours by protesters who were staging a protest on the save sindh Committee (ssC)’s call for a general strike against the 20th constitutional amendment presented in the national assembly by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). “We congratulate the people of sindh who have, once again, made a success the strike call issued for the rights of the province,” said ssC convener Jalal Mehmood shah during a media briefing at his residence Hyder Manzil on saturday. shah Muhammad shah, Riaz Chandio, Ghulam shah and Qamar Bhatti were also present on the occasion. “it is the democratic right of the people of sindh to protest. We organised a peaceful strike, but some opponents tried to turn it violent in different parts of the province,” the ssC convener said. He repeated his demand that the
terrorists kill cop, lose member in chase DERA ISMAIL KHAN: armed attackers killed a policeman late on saturday night and lost one gang member in the chase by Elite Force personnel. Police sources said that four unidentified gunmen arrived on two motorcycles and shot dead an on-duty policeman. Police said the attackers tried to escape but a team of Elite Force personnel chased them down and killed one terrorist. sources said the terrorist’s corpse was lying on the road with grenades attached to it and the police had called in a team of the Bomb Disposal squad. the remaining three gang members had taken cover in a private university’s building, as crossfire continued between them and the besieging police contingents until the filing of this story. the police also launched a search operation in the adjacent areas to find possible accomplices, sources added. Online
MQM and the government must withdraw the 20th amendment. “We have not contacted the MQM directly, but we are asking them through the media that they should withdraw the 20th amendment if they consider themselves sindhis, because sindhis have strong reservations about the amendment,” he added. He also said the 20th amendment is a conspiracy to create differences between sindhis and the Urdu-speaking community. activists of the awami tehreek (at) and its women’s wing sindhyani tehreek took out a protest rally in saddar and staged a sit-in at the Ma Jinnah Road, which was blocked by them, as they chanted slogans against the 20th amendment and the probable plan to divide sindh. a party’s activists who had approached the demonstrators on a dozen or so motorcycles started asking at members to stop their protest and vacate the road, but the protesters refused to do so, which resulted in a clash between the male members of both parties, whereas the female members of at’s women’s wing also attacked the motorcyclists with their flags, forcing them to escape without their vehicles.
irate at activists continued their demonstration on the Ma Jinnah Road, blocking it for several hours. Malir, Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Pipri, Ghagar Phatak, national Highway, Landhi, Gulshan-eiqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, University Road, saddar, Lyari, sachal Goth, safoora Chowrangi, Bhittaiabad, shanti nagar, Maroora Goth, Old sabzi Mandi, ibrahim Hyderi, kathor Goth, Gulshan-e-Maymar, Gadap, Bilawal Colony, Banaras Chowk, Ma Jinnah Road, Manghopir, khamiso Goth, Chakra Goth, sohrab Goth, Gabol Colony and several other areas remained closed. Public transport remained thin in many areas, and main highways like the national Highway, the indus Highway and the super Highway also remained closed; whereas transport in and out of sindh also remained thin, as Ghotki, sukkur, khairpur Mir’s, naushehro Feroz, Dadu, Jacobabad, kashmore, kandhkot, shikarpur, kambershahdadkot, Jamshoro, Hyderabad, Matiari, nawabshah, tando allahyar, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Mithi, thatta, Badin and tando Muhammad khan, and their towns remained closed.
PML-N won’t talk with government coNtINuEd fRom PagE 28 the government on January 18 moved a constitutional amendment bill (20th amendment) in an attempt to provide legal cover to the actions of the chief election commissioner while the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was incomplete. the bill is aimed at giving legal cover to over 28 members of the national and provincial assemblies elected after the passage of the 18th amendment in april 2010 and before the completion of the ECP in June 2011. nisar said the government had “only one manifesto and that was to stick to its own interests and power”. He said the government had transgressed all bounds in deceiving the masses. “For its vested interests, the
government convenes the parliament’s sessions in no time, but on national interests, it becomes deaf and dumb,” he added. if the government fails to get the 20th amendment bill passed by the parliament, for which it requires a two- thirds majority in both houses, the supreme Court can declare the election of those 28 lawmakers as null and void. to amend the constitution, the government requires a two-thirds majority. though it can manage the required number with the support of its allies and the JUi-F and the independent members, the PML-n’s decision not to talk to the government over the amendment would this time, unlike in the past, not make it unanimous.
daVOS: a Pakistani delegation led by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza gilani meets World economic forum chairman Professor Klasus Schwab on Saturday. GNI
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Insurgent leader captured in Maiwand district, Kandahar KABUL Online
the afghan media reported on saturday that differences have emerged between the Us and taliban over releasing of taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. another round of talks will not be held until the Us frees taliban prisoners, the afghan daily sarnawesht reported. the taliban have reported demanded the release of six prisoners from Guantanamo Bay and also called the release of more prisoners from the Uscontrolled Bagram and other afghan jails. the Us says that no agreement has been reached on the issue and some say that the issue of prisoners has not even discussed. the afghan daily has reported that the talks
web censorship impossible for google DAVOS: ahead of a court hearing, Google facing controversy in india allegedly for hosting obscene and objectionable content on thursday made it clear that it is not possible for the company to monitor everything on its website. Google and Facebook are among 21 companies whose executives have been summoned to appear in person in a lower court in Delhi on March 13 for allegedly hosting obscene and objectionable content. Online
Seven ministries not made coNtINuEd fRom PagE 28 the source said Hanif abbasi of the PML-n was likely to get the chair of standing committee on human resource development, while samsam Bukhari of the PPP could become the chairperson of standing committee on national disaster management. He said akhunzada Chattan or Ghulam Farid kathia of the PPP might be
named the chairperson of standing committee on national food security and research, while MQM Mna Manwar Lal could get the chair of standing committee on national harmony. the parliamentary source said Fiza Junejo of the PML-Q was a strong candidate for the chair of standing committee on national heritage and integration, while the chair of na committee on national regula-
tions and services might go to ahsan iqbal of the PMLn. the source said Malik nauman Langrial of the PML-Q was a strong candidate for the chair of standing committee on professional and technical training. senator Professor khurshid ahmed of Jamaat-e-islami (Ji) called the non-formation of standing committees by the senate a “glaring example” of PPP’s bad-governance.
He said the PPP government had broken all previous records of bad-governance and inefficiency. “the PM created new ministries against the spirit of devolution of power just to appease coalition partners … now these ministries are working without any parliamentary oversight, which is against constitution and spirit of democracy,” Professor khurshid added.
may face failure over the prisoners’ issue. the taliban also say that the prisoners would become part of the dialogue and will create a cordial atmosphere for the process. special envoy Marc Grossman recently said in kabul that the Us has not yet made a final decision about whether to release taliban prisoners. Reports say that taliban have demanded the release of five of their formerly senior officials, Mullah Mohammad Fazel, Mullah khairulah khairkhwah, nurollah nuri, Mawlawi abdul Haq Wasiq and Mohammad Wali. Us officials say the administration must first convince the Congress before the taliban prisoners are released. separately, an afghan and coalition security force cap-
tured a taliban leader during an operation in Maiwand district in kandahar. the leader was part of an explosives cell and coordinated the shipment of weapons and ammunition for use by insurgent fighters, an isaF statement said. the security force confiscated multiple bomb-making materials and detained two suspected insurgents during the operation. in nadir shah kot district, khost province, an afghan led and coalition supported security force conducted an operation in search of a taliban leader on saturday, the statement said. the leader directs insurgent operations throughout nadir shah kot district. the security force detained multiple suspected insurgents during the operation. an afghan-led and coalition supported secu-
rity force conducted an operation in Ghazni district, Ghazni province. During the operation, the afghan security force identified a group of individuals engaged in suspicious activity. the security force investigated and detained several suspected insurgents. the detainees were taken in by afghan security forces for further questioning. in ahmadabad district, Paktiya province, an afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation in search of a Haqqani network leader today. the leader is responsible for multiple attacks in Gardez province and directs insurgents in roadside bomb and complex attacks throughout the area. the security force seized bomb-making materials and detained one suspected insurgent during the operation.
No threat of military coNtINuEd fRom PagE 1 the Us halted drone strikes on Pakistani soil in the immediate aftermath of that strike but they have since resumed. Gilani said Pakistan now wanted to agree to new rules of engagement with the Us. “the unilateral action taken in abbottabad, that was not liked in any quarter ... We need assurances that such a unilateral action will not be repeated in the future. there is a trust deficit.” the prime
minister said it was in both countries’ interests to cooperate as partners and Pakistan had paid a high price at the hands of militant groups. “We want to work together and we are fighting against militants and terrorists. We have paid a huge price for that.” On the subject of neighbours, Gilani said Pakistan wanted good relations with all negihbouring countries, including afghanistan. He also mentioned the kashmir issue in his talk and said dialogue was
the only possible way to resolve all outstanding issues with india. the prime minister said democratic institution of the country should be respected. talking to Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum klaus schwab later, the prime minister said despite many challenges, Pakistan had demonstrated economic growth and looked to the forum as an important platform to further its own economic interests.
Finance, power coNtINuEd fRom PagE 28 implementation, after noticing that they were not performing their tasks professionally. instead of policy making, the boards in certain cases, were involved in micro-managing the issues, which was the company management’s prerogative. “the ministry is not satisfied with their working, as already international financial institutions are expressing concern on the slow implementation of
power sector reforms”, source said. the boards were directed to make a policy on receivables of three categories of defaulters, including current, permanent and disconnected. it should be handed over to the company management for implementation and monitored on a regular basis. similarly, they were directed to make a policy on reducing system losses and resultant theft. Boards were asked to collect data about customer com-
plaints, including nature of the complaint, magnitude, redressal time and fatal accidents. they had not compiled any data since last year. sources said that the management of DisCOs was opposed to appointment of new CEOs and CFOs. they were pushing the lower cadres to protest against the reform plans. the boards had failed to address the issue despite their duty to improve the company’s working.
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KaRacHi: activists of defence of Human Rights hold a demonstration for recovery of the missing persons on Saturday. ONLINE
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Pakistan’s envoy to US says Pakistan is not the land of terrorists WASHINGTON
akistan’s ambassador to the Us sherry Rehman has said that islamabad has given a clear message to Washington that bilateral ties should be based upon mutual respect and equality. talking to the members of Pakistani community at the Pakistani embassy, sherry said Pakistan-Us relationship was important through which peace and stability could be assured in the region, adding that Pakistan was not the land of the terrorists. sherry reached out to the Pakistani-
Robber beaten to death in Karachi KARACHI agencieS
a robber was killed and his partner brutally beaten when an angry mob captured them after a failed robbery. Police and eyewitnesses said the two robbers were seized by the residents of the Godhra Colony when they attempted to rob a house. “People lynched one of them and beat another nearly to death,” a police official said. FIVE INjuRED IN KARACHI gRENADE AttACK: at least five people sustained injures in a handgrenade attack in karachi’s Liaqatabad Market on saturday. Police said unknown bikers hurled grenades at a shop situated in a busy market of Liaqatabad no 2, injuring five people. Police parties and rescue teams arrived at the scene and shifted the injured to various hospitals. Police said a cracker was used in the blast to create panic and fright the area residents. the incident prompted shopkeeper to shutdown shops and close all business activity in the market. similar attacks on mobile companies’ franchises and other shops have taken place in karachi, which law enforcement agencies said were carried out by some elements of banned outfits. DOCtOR guNNED DOWN IN KARACHI’S guLBERg AREA:
Unidentified attackers shot to death a 60-year doctor in the Gulberg area of karachi on saturday, police said. according to details, Dr Jaffer Mohsin was reading newspaper sitting outside his house in Gulberg police station precincts when some unidentified saboteurs opened fire at him. the doctor was rushed to Dr Ziauddin Hospital, where he was pronounced death. the body was moved to abbasi shaheed Hospital. Mohsin received two gunshots. He was the former secretary of aal-aba imambargah. Police have initiated investigations into the incident. 14 PRISONERS RELEASED uNDER NEW juDICIAL POLICy OF SC: at least 14 prisoners were released under a new judicial policy of the supreme Court of Pakistan (sCP) on saturday. the prisoners told the Malir district and sessions judge that despite completing their sentences they were still in jail as they were unable to pay their fines. saiban international Welfare Organisation (siWO) Chairman Haq nawaz akhtar paid the fines on behalf of the prisoners. the siWO joint secretary heard the prisoners’ problems and assured them of swift justice. a large number of prisoners presented their applications for early hearing of their cases while others submitted applications for reviewing the courts’ decisions.
americans to seek their support towards better Pakistan-Us relations, which she said must be based on “mutual respect, interests and shared values”. “this embassy is not going to work alone in Washington. it is going to work with many ambassadors like you to attempt to change the way this important bilateral relationship works,” the ambassador said. “the relationship between Pakistan and the Us has never been as important, yet the tensions have never been so grave,” she said, noting that repeated episodes in recent times had undermined the bilateral ties. she said Pakistan was passing through an important political change, adding that
‘India showing keen interest in tAPI gas Pipeline Project’ ISLAMABAD Online
india has shown keen interest in the turkmenistan, afghanistan, india and Pakistan (taPi) Gas Pipeline Project, as india is also looking for alternate energy sources to fulfill its energy requirements, Petroleum and natural Resources Minister senator Dr asim Hussain said on saturday. He was talking to journalists outside the Parliament House. asim said that ministers of all concerning countries would soon meet to start work on the project.
PeMRA warns tV channels against moral policing ISLAMABAD Online
the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory authority (PEMRa) has taken a serious notice of moral policing attempts by certain tV channels, and warned them against unethical journalistic practices that violate the generally accepted standards of decency, morality and ethics. “Under the guise of investigative journalism, some tV channels have gone overboard and have literally intruded public privacy which is not acceptable at all. no mature media demonstrate such acts which unfortunately is the case in Pakistan,” said a PEMRa statement on saturday.
the government would complete its term. the envoy informed the gathering of Pakistani-americans that it was for the first time in the history of the country that a comprehensive parliamentary review was underway to set up new principles for the relationship. “the review will reflect a multi-partisan parliamentary consensus and the support of the Pakistani people.” “Pakistan speaks today as one united voice, including the government and the people, and will have one united policy toward the United states,” she said, adding that it was an opportunity to reset the relationship in a transparent, consistent and predictable manner.
interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that fugitive militant commander Fazlullah is sending terrorists from Gilgit to karachi for targeted killings. talking to reporters on saturday, Malik said a group identified as Death squad was involved in sectarian killing incidents in karachi, and that the law enforcement agencies were about to arrest the killers. “neither any sunni nor shia is involved in targeted killings, instead a group of some people is involved,” Malik said. He said the mother of a terrorist had told the agencies that her son had gone to karachi to kill for Rs 60,000. the minister said the Death squad used motorbikes and burqas (veils) while carrying out attacks. He asked the sindh government to ban pillion riding in the city for a month.
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Biden advised against Osama bin Laden raid WASHINGTON
KaRacHi: Rescue workers carry an injured robber who was beaten up by an angry mob in godhra colony on Saturday. ONLINE
WHO assures Gilani of support in eradicating polio, hepatitis, dengue DAVOS aPP
the World Health Organisation on saturday assured Pakistan of its full support in eradicating polio, hepatitis, and dengue fever from the country. Margerat Chan, director general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), gave the assurance to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in a meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum.
the prime minister said the dengue virus was a serious threat for the people of Pakistan, and mentioned the large number of deaths caused by the epidemic. He praised the WHO’s support to Pakistan in natural disasters and other times of need. He asked Chan to consider setting up a WHO Dengue Collaborative Centre at the national institute of Health, islamabad. Gilani said the implementation of international health regulations
remained a priority in Pakistan. He told Chan that Pakistan had taken significant legislative and enforcement steps to stop the unethical practices of organ transplant and had significantly reduced the tourism for this purpose. He admitted that there were some difficulties at the initial stage at the coordination level, however hoped that devolution of power to people at the local level would eventually lead to better provision of health facilities and services in the public sector.
s Vice President Joe Biden said he advised President Barack Obama last spring not to immediately authorise the raid on the compound in Pakistan where Osama bin Laden was thought to be hiding. “My suggestion is, don’t go,” Biden recalled saying when Obama sought his opinion on whether to give navy sEaLs the go-ahead to raid the compound. “We have to do two more things to see if he s there.” Biden recalled the conversation while addressing Democratic members of Congress on Friday at a retreat in Cambridge, Md. He did not specify which two things he had considered necessary for the operation against bin Laden to proceed. Biden said Obama also sought opinions from senior advisers, including the Joint Chiefs of staff. Biden did not say where the conversations took place, but he recalled that no one was willing to give a definitive answer except thenCia Director Leon Panetta, who told Obama to move forward with the sEaLs operation, Biden said. “Everyone else said 49, 51, this,” Biden said. “it got to me. He said, Joe, what do you think? and i said, You know, i didn t know we have so many economists around the table. We owe the man a direct answer.” Obama then left the room, saying he would come to a decision, Biden said. the next morning, as Obama was boarding the presidential helicopter, he told national security adviser thomas Donilon,
“Go.” as it turned out, the information that bin Laden was hiding at the compound in abbottabad was correct. the sEaLs team killed him there on May 1. Biden recalled the conversations to make a point about Obama’s strength as a leader. He said Obama made his decision knowing that if the operation went awry, even his most loyal staffers would later say, when books were written, “i didn’t tell him to do that.” “i hope no one would have done that,” Biden said. Biden said Obama knew his decision put at stake not only the lives of the sEaLs but also the image of the presidency. “and he pulled the trigger,” he said. “and that is clear to american people. it says less about bin Laden than it does about character, about [Obama] leading from behind. [Obama] doesn’t lead from behind, he just leads. and that is clear.”
May 2 raid made unpopular US even less popular in Pakistan NEWS DESK the United states military operation that resulted in Osama bin Laden’s death in Pakistan made an already unpopular Us even less popular with some Pakistanis, who likely perceived it as further impingement on their sovereignty, results from a Gallup poll conducted on May 9-12 immediately after the operation showed. the results underscored then how difficult the task would be for Pakistan and the Us to repair relations; now, that task is likely even more difficult. sixty-four percent of Pakistanis surveyed who were aware of the Us action said it made them have a more negative opinion of america, while 5 percent say it made them have a more positive opinion. the 10 percent of Pakistanis who approved of Us leadership after the military operation was down from 18 percent in 2010, but not meaningfully lower than what Gallup measured in 2008 and 2009. Disapproval, however, soared to a record-high 85 percent. While few Pakistanis overall approved of Us leadership, those who were aware of the Us action were slightly more likely to approve of Us leadership (11 percent) than those who were not aware (4 percent). But the results also suggested there was resentment for the Us action even among the Pakistanis who approved of Us leadership. a majority of these Pakistanis said the action made them have more negative opinions of america. at the same time, Pakistanis did not place much faith in their own country’s leadership: 25 percent in the May 9-12 survey said they were confident. the significant pressure the Pakistani government faces from within particularly now with its civilian gov-
ernment in crisis - likely figures heavily into the likelihood of any normalcy in the relationship between the two nations. PAKIStANIS’ VIEWS OF tHE WESt: the poll showed that although few Pakistanis gave Us leadership high marks, many more found it personally very important that Muslim societies and Western societies get along. While most of the interviewing for the april and May 2011 poll in Pakistan took place before bin Laden’s death and it is difficult to tell what effect that might have had, 43 percent of Pakistanis at the time said it was very important to them that the two societies got along,
up from 27 percent in 2010. Pakistanis so far have been more likely to see Muslim societies investing more in this relationship than the West. sixty-two percent of Pakistanis in april and May 2011 said Muslim societies respected the West, while 19 percent of Pakistanis said Western societies respected Muslim ones. a majority (55 percent) of Pakistanis said they did not believe the West respected Muslim societies. at the same time, Pakistanis remained more mixed on what greater interaction between Western and Muslim societies meant for them. Overall, they leaned more toward
seeing it as offering more of a threat than a benefit. thirty-nine percent of Pakistanis viewed greater interaction as a threat, while 31 percent viewed it as more of a benefit and another 31 percent said they did not know. the results for the two surveys are based on face-to-face interviews conducted between april 25 and May 14, 2011, and May 9-12, 2011, with approximately 1,000 adults in each survey, aged 15 and older, covering urban and rural areas across all four provinces in Pakistan. Federally administered tribal areas and azad Jammu and kashmir were excluded from the May 9-12 study. For results based on the total sample, one can say with 95 percent confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points.
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GREEN ISLAMABAD: A beautiful view of the 7th Avenue, as Capital Development Authority is making efforts to protect natural environment of the city. In the inset, the photographer has captured blloming flower in Saidpur Model Village. ONLINE
BB murder case
ATC records statements of three witnesses RAWLAPINDI
HE Rawalpindi anti terrorism Court (atC), hearing the Benazir Bhutto murder case, on saturday recorded the statements of three witnesses and directed prosecution to produce six other witnesses at the next date of hearing. atC no 1 Judge shahid Raffique resumed hearing of the case at the adyala Jail. During the hearing, Warid Manager Usman Makhtoom, a witness of prosecution, was cross-examined. the three other witnesses were Zong Manager ahmed Faisal, Chaudhry taufeeq, the
magistrate who recorded confessional statements of the accused in the Benazir case and constable Haider ali, who delivered body parts of the suicide bomber, who blew himself up near Benazir’s vehicle, to the Forensic Lab in Lahore. On the next date of hearing, the then deputy superintendent police (DsP) ishtiaq shah, sub inspector (si) Zameer ahmed, assistant sub inspector (asi) Muhammad nawaz, Javed iqbal Lodhi, Federal investigation authority (Fia) officer Qamar Zaman and constable Mohsin khan would record their statements before the atC. after recording the statements of three witnesses and cross examining one witness of prosecu-
tion, the atC Judge adjourned the hearing till February 4, 2012. according to sources, during the hearing, Zong Manager ahmed Faisal told the court that he was asked to provide the data of three mobile numbers which he handed over to tariq ilyas kiyani, a member of the Joint investigation team (Jit), probing Benazir Bhutto murder case. He further informed the court that he had also recorded his statement before the Jit. the judge refused to include the record presented by ahmed Faisal as the part of court documents, till the documents were signed by the issuing authority. the court also recorded the statement of the then magistrate, Chaudhry taufeeq, who had recorded
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Petitioner says recovered vehicles not being returned to owners ISLAMABAD SalMan aBBaS
Many car jacking incidents remained unresolved as in most of the cases the police failed to recover the stolen vehicles. Proper data about the cars recovered is also unavailable leading to hassles in returning the cars to their rightful owners. this was stated in a petition filed in the islamabad High Court (iHC), in which the petitioner, advocate ammar sehri, cited the islamabad inspector General of Police (iGP), senior superintendent of Police (ssP) and DsP anti Car Jacking Cell (aCLC) as the respondents. the petitioner stated in the court of Justice shaukat aziz siddique: “this is an alarming scenario; the data of the vehicles which are apprehended or recovered from time to time in the normal routine is not available. no record of these vehicles is maintained. the cars’ owners are also not told where the vehicles are
kept.” He added that it was observed that fake registration plates were put on most of the vehicles retrieved, which were then given to police officers and their families for their private use. the petitioner requested the court to direct all the respondents to produce the record of all the vehicles recovered or apprehended and the place where they were kept for the purpose of examination and identification. He also requested that the court direct the respondents to provide details about the number of vehicles are handed over to their original owners. the petition stated that notices had been issued to the respondents after a similar petition was fixed before the court of Justice Riaz ahmad khan. sehri said his car had been stolen several months ago after which he had registered an FiR with the shalimar police station. after a few days, he was informed that the police had recovered vehicles that matched the descriptions he had given of his stolen car. He had visited
the aCLC office where the recovered cars were parked. “i identified my car as it had an islamabad High Court Bar association sticker on its wind shield. However, my car did not have number plates,” he said. the petitioner added that after he informed the aCLC staff that he had identified the vehicle, they promised to send the car for a forensic examination. sehri said: “the next day, when i visited the office, only a few old vehicles were parked there. i was told by the aCLC personnel that the vehicles had been taken somewhere else.” He added that to date, the whereabouts of his vehicle had not been communicated to him. He alleged that his car had been given to someone else instead of being returned to its rightful owner. the court adjourned the matter until January 30th, saying that some cases of a similar nature were pending before the court and that these cases would be heard jointly on the same day.
confessional statements of the accused in BB assassination case. He told the atC that an accused, aitzaz shah, was presented before him, who confessed in his statement of being a part of the conspiracy that was hatched to kill the former prime minister of Pakistan. in his statement, the magistrate told the court that aitzaz confessed that Baitullah Mehsood had ordered him to kill Benazir Bhutto. Police constable Haidar ali, the third prosecution witness, informed the court that he was given three packets, containing different body parts of the suicide bomber, by the then City Police station moharer salim akhter and asi nawaz to deliver them to Lahore for forensic exam-
ination. He said that following the order of his seniors, he delivered the three packets to the Forensic Lab, Lahore. During the cross examination of Warid Manager Usman Maftoon, the counsel for aitzaz shah, naseer tanwali, alleged that Usman was recording statements on the directions of Fia and the federal government. However, the witness denied the claim and told the court that he was recording the statement at his own will. after the conclusion of statements and cross examination, atC Judge shahid Raffique adjourned the hearing till February 4 and directed the prosecution to produce six other witnesses before the atC on the next date of hearing to record their statements.
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Protecting our environment
World Wetlands Day on Feb 2 This year’s theme ‘Wetland and Tourism’ has been selected to create awareness and attract people towards the cause ISLAMABAD
O undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of the importance and benefits of wetlands in general and the Ramsar Convention in particular, the World Wetlands Day is going to be celebrated on February 2 (tuesday) in Pakistan, focussing on the theme ‘Wetland and tourism’ with a slogan ‘Wetland tourism: a Great Experience’. Wetlands are habitats that fall on the environmental spectrum between land and water. since wetlands lie at the interface of terrestrial and aquatic habitats, they possess a unique mixture of species, conditions, and interactions. as a result, wetlands are among our planet’s most diverse and varied habitats. Wetlands are defined by the soils, hydrology, and species that occur within them. Wetland soils, also known as hydric soils, are shaped by water. these soils are saturated or even submerged all or part of the year. Hydric soils vary depending on the composition of the soil and water in the area and therefore, wetlands vary greatly throughout the world. it is highly productive communities and provide habitat and food resources for a wide range of species. Wetlands have a high level of nutrients and coupled with the availability of water they provide ideal habitat for fish, amphibians, shellfish, and insects. additionally, many birds and mammals rely on wetlands for food, water, breeding grounds, and shelter. the Pakistan Wetlands Programme has been a trend setter in developing a firm base for mainstreaming the values of wetlands across Pakistan. the programme, being implemented by the WWF, World Wide Fund for nature, Pakistan, is once again announcing the celebration of one of its mega events being held each year on February 2, to mark the date of adoption of the international Convention on
Wetlands in Ramsar, iran in 1971. Capital administrative and Development Division (CaaD) secretary imtiaz inayat Elahi will grace the occasion at the islamabad College for Girls (iCG). the day has been designed to create a sense of awareness among people about the role tourism plays in environments. Wetland tourism has benefits both locally and nationally for people and wildlife – benefits such as stronger economies, sustainable livelihoods, healthy people and thriving ecosystems – an ideal time to start thinking about this precious source! the value of forests and wetlands cannot be undermined in today’s world of climate uncertainty and global warming. these natural systems not only provide vital sinks for green house gases but also present a unique ecosystem that supports a rich population of biodiversity and life. Healthy forested wetlands provide the necessary boost to fight off the threats that pose to degrade our environment. it is in this context that the Pakistan Wetlands Program intends to emphasis on creating awareness about the vital connectivity that exist between forests, wetlands and us. With their natural beauty and biodiversity wetlands make ideal locations for tourism. the income can be significant and support livelihoods locally and nationally. Wetlands provide other ‘services’, too, such as water, food, water purification, erosion control ,etc., for the benefit of tourists and tourist accommodation. the income generated by tourism for national and local economies in and around wetlands can be substantial. Unsustainable tourism may bring short-term benefits but longterm losses to wetland health, compromising ecosystem services and sometimes local livelihoods. it is worth noting that tourism is one of the many services that wetlands deliver. Ensuring well-managed tourism practices in and around wetlands and educating tourists on the value of wetlands contributes to their health and the long-term benefits that wetlands provide
to people, wildlife, economics, and biodiversity. according to experts, sustainable tourism should make optimal use of environmental resources that constitute a key element in tourism development, maintaining essential ecological processes and helping to conserve natural resources and biodiversity. “Respect the socio-cultural authenticity of host communities, conserve their built and living cultural heritage and traditional values, and contribute to inter-cultural understanding and tolerance,” the experts said while talking to Pakistan Today. they said the government and other stakeholders should ensure viable, long-term economic operations, providing socio-economic benefits to all stakeholders that are fairly distributed, including stable employment and income-earning opportunities and social services to host communities, and contributing to poverty alleviation. Pakistan Wetlands Programme awareness Raising and Communication Coordinator nasir iqbal Malik said it was in this context that the Pakistan Wetlands Programme intended to emphasis on creating awareness about the vital connectivity that exist between tourism, wetlands and humans. “the event being celebrated in islamabad will engage more than 3,000 students from around sixty five local public and private schools. this campaign also runs in islamabad, Gilgit, Chitral, khabbeki khushab, kot addu, Faisalabad, Lahore, sukkur, keenjhar Lake, Gwadar and other towns and villages of Pakistan,” he said. a range of activities have been organised to enable the students to express their views on the subject through arts, debate, play and poetry competitions, among other activities. this event would serve as a knowledge sharing avenue where students along with their families and friends will have the opportunity to exchange their views and also learn from environmental experts about the significance of forests and wetlands.
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demand immediate solution to problems of federal govt-run hospitals’ employees ISLAMABAD
s the protest by the paramedical staff of Pakistan institute of Medical sciences (PiMs), Poly Clinic and national institute of Rehabilitative Medicine (niRM) entered into 28th day, the miseries of patients have not mitigated, while no breakthrough of demands of Joint action Committee (JaC) against the nonimplementation of the Basic Pay scale (BPs) system has been made so far. During a visit of these hospitals on saturday, a number of patients this scribe talked with said earlier it was power outages, later natural gas shortage and now this almost a month long strike had multiplied the problems of poor patients. “it is very much clear now that the government is engaged in prolonging its tenure by hook or crook and they are least bothered in general public issues,” they maintained. Citizens appealed the departments concerned to resolve the matter on urgent basis as they did not have sufficient resources to go to private hospitals. Patients coming from far-lung areas requested the doctors to avoid adopting non-professional attitude, follow their professional ethics and serve the ailing humanity instead of involving them in
politics for petty gains, as their strike had augmented their sufferings. Hamza khan, the attendant of a patient, said strikes by medical and nonmedical staff had become a routine. “Whenever they want any benefit they stop providing treatment to the patients just to press the authorities concerned, instead of adopting a positive way to do so,” he remarked. another attendant from Gujjar khan kashif Mehmood, whose sister was admitted to the medical ward of the hospital, said while taking advantage of such strike calls, the senior doctors usually remained absent from their duties. “i have requested the medico legal officer (MLO) of PiMs and the members of Joint action Committee (JaC) to listen to my problem, but they refused, saying, “We will listen to you when our demands are fulfilled,” ali Hussain, father of a patient, complained, adding, “We don’t know how much time it will take the government to resolve this issue.” On the other hand, the Capital administrative and Development Division (CaDD) has moved the summary for the service structure of Basic Pay scale (BPs) scheme of the employees of PiMs, Poly Clinic and niRM to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, but he is currently abroad, meaning there will be further delay in breakthrough. Meanwhile, realising the seriousness of
the issue, members of civil society, lawyers’ community, traders’ fraternity and trade unions on Friday joined paramedical staff of public sector health institutions and demanded immediate solution. showing solidarity with paramedical staff, minorities’ leader Julius salik, tikka khan from all Pakistan newspapers Hawkers’ association, trade union leaders ajmal Baloch and Munawar Mughal, islamabad High Court (iHC) President ashraf Gujjar and educationist Prof ajmal Jalali stressed government to resolve the public interest issue as the continuous strikes had disrupted the routine life. Under the aegis of the Pakistan Workers’ Federation (PWF) with a slogan “We Want Roses - not thorns. solve Our Problems”, they said the number of paramedics, nurses, clerical staff and lowscale workers were holding protests and sit-ins for the last 28 days, but no tangible solution had been offered so far. “at the critical time, when over 100 patients have died in Punjab by the use of spurious drugs, we fear that due to these strikes, many critical patients may breathe their last. Who will take the responsibility, if (heaven forbids), it happens,” they questioned. they demanded the resignation of secretary Cabinet nargis sethi, alleging that she was trying to snatch the rights of
‘People missing spiritual stability’
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the islahi Jamat and aalmi tanzeem-ularifeen (iJata) of the shrine of Hazrat sultan Bahoo (Ra) organised the annual Melad-e-Mustafa (PBUH) Conference at the Convention Centre on saturday. Presiding over the conference, iJata secretary General sultan Muhammad ali said that the people seemed to have forgotten the importance of this world and the accountability for our actions. “We are oblivious to the returns given in this world and our hearts are losing fear of the final judgement and hellfire,” he said. He said that the differences between the fundamentals of islam and the adoption of anti-religious ideologies were the great-
est threat to the stability of the society. “nations develop on the foundations of ideologies and the spiritual stability of individuals is necessary for a stable society. a society consisting of spiritually defunct individuals can never gain strength and stability and that is the dilemma of our society as well,” he added. the iJata came into action to fill the spiritual and intellectual vacuum, he said, adding that the Melad-e-Mustafa (PBUH) demanded a commitment to action and an implementation of religion in its true form and spirit. addressing the conference, Mufti Matiullah Qadri said that the sunnah of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) should be adopted and a love for humanity should be developed in the light of the seerat-unnabi (PBUH).
City govt gets ready to celebrate eid Milad-un-nabi RAWALPINDI Online
the City District Government Rawalpindi has finalised arrangements to celebrate Eid Milad-un-nabi (saW) with religious fervor. District Coordination Officer (DCO) saqib Zafar presided over the meeting that decided that foolproof security would be ensured on the Eid Milad-un-nabi and the security plan would be issued soon. the meeting decided that a Central
Control Room would be set up at the DCO Revenue Office in the district court to monitor the processions. a directive was issued to the Rawal town administration to set up emergency relief camps at the Committee Chowk, Fawara Chowk and shah nazir Dewan. Moreover, three teaching hospitals will arrange extra beds in hospitals to tackle any emergency situation and the government employees from several departments, including tMa, Wasa, sui Gas and PtCL will be on duty during the processions.
the already hand to mouth paramedics and low-grade employees of these hospitals. “Federal government’s decision to make PiMs, Polyclinic and niRM autonomous is highly unacceptable to us as the decision would create problems not only for the hospitals’ staff but also for the poor patients,” they said. “the facilities of Ct-scan will no longer be free for poor patients after making PiMs an autonomous body as it costs Rs 8,000 privately,” said ajmal Baloch, a trader. He added all over the world, nurses and paramedical staff were highly respected members of the society but that was not true for Pakistan. J salik, talking to this scribe, said the government was engaged in solving the memogate scandal and nRO for saving its skin and least bothered to solve the problems of poor masses. “We whole heartedly and with commitment are standing along the paramedical staff and demand their rights with JaC,” he said. the minority leader stated the nonmedical staff of all public sector hospitals has also rejected the new Health Personnel scale (HPs) and preferred to remain in the old service structure of the basic pay scale (BPs). Members of civil society, lawyers and traders said, “the non-medical staff demanded the service structure for promotion to higher grade for all nonmedical gazetted and non-gazetted staff as approved for paramedics and nurses; existing pay scales with all other rights under
Civil servants act 1972, instead of proposed HPs; payment of salary out of voted budget (recurring budget allocation) through aGPR as already adopted; all existing facilities, perks and privileges as admissible from time to time; and grant of monthly Hospital (health) Risk allowance equivalent to running basic pay.” talking to this scribe, Joint action Committee (JaC) spokesman syed Manzar abbas naqvi said, “the officials had announced the Health Personnel Pay scale (HPs) in the national assembly but the non-medical staff rejected it in favour of the BPs. also, nothing has been done for the welfare of the non-medical staff members, who have not been promoted since many years,” he said. naqvi demanded all the employees of federal hospitals be allowed to continue as civil servants, Health Risk allowance equal to running basic pay may be added in the monthly salary of all regular (BPs) employees, service structure for all regular employees be devised based on time frame promotion as in the case of employees of the Education Department and the monthly stipend for the trainee doctors (post graduate residents and house officers) should be continued at Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000, respectively. “if the PM, like a true democratic leader, respects the wishes of the majority, we will certainly express solidarity with him. We will not allow the destruction of Pakistan’s health institutions,” naqvi said.
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Roots School System holds ‘open day’ on puppetry ISLAMABAD STaff RePORT
the Roots school system (Rss) on saturday celebrated its Open Day on the theme of story-telling and puppetry, said a press release. the Rss Open Days symbolise its philosophy of being the ‘Home of Creativity, Love and Joy’. the objective of the day was to preserve the arts of story-telling and puppetry and enliven it for children. Each student chose his/her favourite story and prepared characters cut outs on sticks and later came up on the stage to narrate his/her story using the character cut outs. the three best students were awarded with certificates. the students were given pictures and asked to construct a story based on group discussions, which helped them in learning about teams and presenting ideas. the young rootsians were enthralled by the treasure quest, where they had to find the entire story through a treasure map, which showed the exact location of all the cards, with clues written on cards that lead to the next card.
‘Pakiography for patriotism’ Real MaeSTROS: Renowned musicians Ustad Raees ahmad Khan (violin) and Ustad Muhammad ajmal (tabla) perform during a musical night ‘instrumental ecstasy concert iV’ organised by institute for Preservation of art and culture at Kuch Khaas. ONLINE
‘touts running excise dept office’ RAWALPINDI Online
tout mafia has taken over the Excise Office in Rawalpindi due to the negligence of the department. the agents have fixed rates for different tasks, including car registration number, transfer and tokens, while Rs 200 is charged for entering the office. the excise and taxation officers have appointed their own agents, who collect bribes for them outside the office and are involved in illegal settlements with the applicants. it was found during a survey that the entire staff of the Excise and taxation Department was involved in fraud. the tout mafia has a complete list of rates for each work. When a regular applicant applies under the legal procedure, he has to spend the entire day in a queue and still many people cannot get their problems resolved. the Excise Department staff takes money from the applicants after the bank timings and deposit the money in banks through the agents, who keep their commission aside.
Overhead bridges must to ensure pedestrians’ safety ISLAMABAD
HE residents of the city appealed to the Capital Development authority (CDa) to install overhead bridges at different busy roads to ensure the safety of pedestrians. the residents have called for bridges to be constructed at the Faisal avenue, Zero Point interchange, 9th avenue, 7th avenue, i.J Principal Road, islamabad Highway and kashmir Highway. Faisal amin, a resident of G-8 sector, said the pedestrian bridges would help reduce accidents on the roads: “You can see that the two-lane
road has turned into a five-lane road because everybody wants to pass through it at the same time.” Muhammad Ramazan, a road safety campaigner, claimed that many people lost their lives and got injured while crossing these busy thoroughfares for lack of pedestrian bridges. He said the people who crossed these roads put their lives in danger. “the situation worsens witnessed during peak hours when students, women and elderly people have to wait for long periods of time to safely cross the road,” he said. abdul karim, a resident of iqbal H-9, said: “the road is too wide to allow pedestrians to cross.” He said billions of rupees were
spent on the construction of new avenues to ensure smooth traffic flow but little attention had been paid to the safety of pedestrians. When contacted, a senior CDa official said the CDa already had installed over-head bridges at some busy pedestrian crossings. He added that pedestrian bridges would be installed at four locations at Zero Point as a part of the Zero Point interchange project. the official said the design of the under-construction pedestrian bridge at the islamabad Highway had been altered after considering the width of the road to avoid any accident. now steel girders would be used in the bridge’s construction along with concrete.
ISLAMABAD STaff RePORT
in order to promote patriotism among youth through photography and short films, a video-making and photography competition ‘Pakiography 2012 - an illustration of Pakistan’ was held at aiwan-e-Quaid on saturday. the event was organised by shanoor society in collaboration with Capital Development authority (CDa). senior artists and government functionaries including Dr ijaz Malik, Vice-Chancellor air University Brig iqbal shafi, Chairman sir syed Memorial Dr ijaz shafi Gillani, Gallop Chairman Jamal shah, CDa Member Engineering sanaullah aman and others participated in the event. the competition showcased the works of young creative photographers and video makers. a special performance was presented by singers and young artists addressing the gathering, shanoor society President syed ali Hameed said, “Pakiography is not just an event, but an initiative towards better future.” He said it was a unique combination of sacred souls gathered to serve the nation. “We have proved it today that we believe in fun for the sake of the betterment of the society, nation, and humanity as a whole.”
US supports women for an active public life ISLAMABAD STaff RePORT
the Us embassy on saturday organised a training workshop for women to encourage them to seek opportunities and to empower the next generation with effective public speaking and media dealing skills. Dr Marilyn Wyatt, the wife of Us ambassador to Pakistan Cameron P Munter, opened the Us-sponsored political skills training workshop. the workshop, conducted by the non-partisan Women’s Political Empowerment Project, conducted campaign skills training for female politicians and potential candidates from all political parties. Dr Wyatt thanked the women for their courage and asked them to work to ensure that young women get the education and confidence they need to serve in government. Dr Wyatt told the politicians that while 2011 was a very good year for the women of Pakistan — one which saw the national assembly pass laws stiffening the punishment for acid attacks on women and criminalising such practices as marrying off young girls to settle tribal disputes — there was still much work to do. the workshop, conducted with support from the Us Department of state, trained the participants in several skills, including mobilising the voters, effective public speaking, and dealing with the media effectively.
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Editor’s mail 11
Contradiction in words and action the problems of Pakistan’s ruling elite is that they all try to emulate a lifestyle of Mughal emperors and princes, who other than tales of their opulent living, have not much to their credit. imran khan, like other politicians that he criticises so much, suffers from the same mental affliction to live in a home spread over 300 kanals and than talks of championing for downtrodden masses, whose daily life is full of misery, aguish and denials of basic necessities of life. For instance, the other day, ik advocated celebration of Basant, totally unmindful of the ground realities that hundreds of poor have had their throats slit by chemical thread while the few could have their moments of ecstasy fly-
ing kites whose thread would cut other kites. What imran khan must realise is that as long as the state cannot enforce discipline and regulate import or manufacture of such chemical thread, and punish all those involved in this ruthless business, ban on kite flying must stay. You cannot justify provision of such avenues of entertainment which result in death of citizens just because few dirty rich could have kicks. the same absurd logic was forwarded by members of the so-called misled civil society that was discussing the death of minor girls in a stampede during a musical concert held by a school owned by an affluent group minting billions engaged
Rabbani’s allegations in the business of private education. Just because this group runs a media channel, nobody dared point a finger at them. the issue in this case should have been that why such schools and colleges, charging premium fee, are allowed to function without provisions of basic recreation facilities like an auditorium or playgrounds. Had this music concert been held within premises of a school, the sad incident would not have happened. While hundreds of poor citizens of Pakistan have died from spurious drugs handed out to patients of Punjab institute of Cardiology, Pakistan’s political elite, be it those in power or those in opposition, thought it appropriate to go on
foreign tours and continue on such leisure trips in spite of the gravity of this crisis. the issue here is not PiC, which has been serving the poor afflicted with cardiac illness, but the corruption within the federal ministry of health which regulates drug manufacturers or the federal and provincial drug inspectors, the police or Fia tasked to check manufacture of fake and spurious life saving medicines. instead ik was in Davos surrounded by his new courtiers, most of whom had served Musharraf or the present regime and were involved in abuses of office with many having risen from rags to riches. GULL ZAMAN Peshawar
Influencing the SC? On sunday, January 22, 2012, a private news channel aired an interview of retired sC justice, khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday with kamran khan. it was a deliberate effort to influence the court in contempt of court proceeding. the matter of the president’s immunity was discussed in detail. article 248 is self-explanatory and clear on the issue. it does not need any interpretation. the judge and the anchor were trying hard to impose new meaning on the term, and the article itself. Justisce Ramday by appearing in this special programme has sent a wrong message. His statements were absurd as was his legal reasoning and arguments. He thought that government failed to raise the immunity plea earlier on and the matter was purely civil and not criminal whereas criminal court proceeding were instituted by swiss cases in fact. His reasoning was askew. the whole thrust of his argument was to give the verdict on the case, sitting in the programme. He should realise that he has retired from the supreme Court. instead of wrangling with the pending case before the court, he should enjoy his retirement. JAVAID BASHIR Lahore
Political morality this country desperately requires enforcement of a code of ethics for all public servants, be they elected or members of the paid civil or khaki bureaucracy. it is unfortunate that few of our politicians who landed up in jails because they faced criminal charges of corruption and abuse of office, instead of reforming, glamourised these convictions, as if they were all part of a political victimisation campaign. in jails, vast majority are common criminals, thugs, land grabbers, swindlers, murderers, rapists and conman who have swindled many innocent pensioners, orphans and widows of their savings. Unfortunately, while trying to paint their own prison tenures as acts of political victimisation, our politicians have romanticised their jail mates as if they were all Robin Hoods and have appointed few of them to key executive assignments, for which they never qualified, and their criminal records barred them from such assignments. During past four years, this regime has made many such questionable appointments like those of adnan khwaja, ahmed Riaz, Mian khurran Rasool, and many others who hold important posts including those of federal ministers. these unpardonable acts are not confined to this elected government, previous governments have done so too. Politicians like Wali khan, GM syed, Javed Hashmi, nawaz shariff etc were made to languish in jail by military usurpers, not for allegations of corruption, but for their political roles and hence can qualify as prisoners of conscience. i do not mean to absolve all these politicians of wrongdoings, but the fact that they were not put behind bars for financial crimes, qualifies them as political prisoners. Remember that it were the native uniformed services who brutally murdered unarmed civilians in what is known as Jallian Wala Bagh Massacre. MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore
fuelling the problem Most cruelly, our government is poised to increase petroleum prices once again. Our state-economy is now such that it totally lacks any cushion mechanism to protect our people, a majority of whom are poorer than the poorest in the world, from the daily fluctuations in prices of daily necessities. this is indeed a sad commentary on the calibre of our national leadership that we have had till today. We need a patri-
It genius Arfa Karim Geniuses are a rare breed and are born in centuries. arfa karim Randhawa was an it genius. she created a significant place for herself in the it world at the age of nine, and was declared as the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) by Microsoft Corporation Usa. arfa was born to a family belonging to village Chak no 4JB, Ram Dewali in Faisalabad, Punjab, in February 1995. she was a brilliant student and an outstanding computer genius, who at a very tender age, in 2004, stunned the entire world by becoming a MCP – the youngest in the world until 2008. On her remarkable achievement, Bill Gates, Chairman Microsoft Corporation Usa extended arfa an invitation to visit Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, Washington,
otic and sincere leadership to get rid of foreign yoke. We have enough scientific talent in our country. But if we continue to get a leadership as we have had so far, we might as well give up talking about independence and accept to remain as miserable slaves to foreign powers for as long as they wish. ABDUL KARIM Muzaffargarh
Usa. Undoubtedly, her visit to the Microsoft Headquarters in the Usa was a matter of immense pride and honour not only for herself but the entire Pakistani nation. arfa received numerous awards and honours during her very short but extremely illustrious lifetime. after returning to Pakistan from her visit to Microsoft Headquarters in august 2005, she was awarded the Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal in the field of science and technology. this award was conferred upon her by a person of not less than the stature of the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr shaukat aziz. Yet another prestigious award conferred upon arfa was the civil award of the country, Pride of Performance award. arfa received another prestigious award in 2005 – “salaam Pakistan Youth award”. the
in the ongoing spate of allegations made by senator Raza Rabbani about karachi Electric supply Corporation (kEsC), Rabbani has demanded that the government should take over the entity in order to improve its performance. Rabbani has gone so far as to term kEsC bosses as ‘economic terrorists’. it is highly surprising that even though various state-owned institutions like Pia, Pakistan Railways, Wapda and Pakistan steel Mills (PsM) are going bankrupt, only kEsC is being targeted by Mr Rabbani. it is true that kEsC’s privatisation has been widely criticised and the company’s performance has not been up to standards but the improvement in the performance of kEsC is evident nowadays to the karachiites. there is only announced loadshedding and the time period has also been reduced. institutes like Pakistan Railways are in great decline and are accused of rampant corruption. it is highly pertinent that the senator pays attention to these areas as well instead of just focusing on kEsC. He opposed kEsC’s privatisation mainly because it was done during Musharraf’s time period. the statement issued by kEsC in reply to Rabbani’s accusations clearly states that till December last year, the federal and provincial governments owed kEsC a colossal amount of over Rs 56 billion under various heads, a large percentage of which was due to unpaid power bills. non-payment of such huge outstanding amounts and short supply of natural gas on the part of government has been playing havoc to the power generation and supply system for karachi consumers. it would be more fruitful if the senator takes actions to remedy this situation made by his government instead of just criticising kEsC. MASOOMA IMRAN Karachi
Plight of Sindhi youth
Punjab government has honoured arfa by naming a science and it park after her in Lahore “arfa software technology Park.” the government of Pakistan is contemplating to confer a prestigious civil award upon late arfa karim. this is the least the government could do to acknowledge the contribution and brilliance of arfa who had earned laurels for this nation and this country, during her very short life span. arfa deserves more. the government of Pakistan must take tangible measures to fulfil the dreams of arfa by giving concrete shape to the projects she had planned to implement during her lifetime. in her death, Pakistan has indeed lost a genius who, as very rightly said, is born in centuries. M FAZAL ELAHI Islamabad
Our constitution calls upon our rulers to improve the lives of all citizens and provide them equal opportunities. the fundamental rights and principles of policy enshrined in the constitution are reflective to it. But unfortunately, nothing is being done to achieve the well being and welfare of the citizens. Like other segment of Pakistani society, the youth of sindh are neglected. there are several challenges that cloud sindhi youth today. they are in the cruel clutches of poverty. they do not have equal access to education. Like the past unpopular government, the present elected government has also done nothing to improve their plight. the relevant provincial department is in a deep slumber. it has no vision, no programme for the youth. no one knows when our rulers will begin to address the plight of the youth, when will they shed sweat and tear in pursuit of overcoming the challenges our youth faces today. HASHIM ABRO Islamabad
doing the same behind the scene. the government wants to keep the army at a distance whereas their acts speak the reverse. What is the justification of posting a retired major general as ambassador when you have well qualified officers in the ministry of foreign affairs? Memogate is a self-created injury now reaching its logical conclusion. Why any sane person should come to Pakistan when interior minister openly says Mansoor will be arrested? Commission on Memogate and the role of Parliamentary Committee on national security is a self-contradiction. Why should a retired judge, or for that matter guests appearing in tV talk shows, should discuss the Memogate issue when it is still in the court? Under the present circumstances, with the role the judiciary is playing, opposition's soft corner for the government not to derail them and various major parties having outright confrontation, PPP should have
no problem in smooth sailing of senate elections. the writer has summed up the whole issue in a very articulate manner just in one sentence: "However, the apex Court needs to be cautious regarding the president and prime minister lest it lays itself open to the criticism of engaging in a witch-hunt." i would add the word extremely before cautious as prime minister has hinted he is ready to go to jail on Memogate. But the fact of the matter is that President Mr asif ali Zardari has outmanoeuvred all politicians. asghar's khan’s petition in the supreme Court has proven to be a blessing in disguise and the government should have no fears to complete their term of five years. Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong, they are conflicts between two rights. MUKHTAR AHMED Karachi
A conflict between two rights Mr arif nizami, in his recent article, printed on 28 January in Pakistan Today, has drawn a very clear picture of the issues that have engulfed the country. He starts with backtracking statement of the prime minister on COas and DG isi, fruits of back channel diplomacy, continuing stalemate with the Us over natO strikes, Pak-Us relations, especially dominated by military, lack of authority on the part of foreign ministry vis-a-vis civil-military relations, future relationship with the Us, Husain Haqqani's fate, appointment of sherry Rahman as ambassador to the Us, collapse of memo case, Mansoor ijaz’s testimony, allegations against isi by Mansoor ijaz, PML(n)'s lack of interest being complainant in Memogate, role of Parliamentary Committee on national security, senate elections, general elections, contempt case hearing against Prime Minister, and debate initiated by
khalil ur Rehman Ramday, the exsupreme Court judge on president's immunity and advice to the apex Court and many more. Like poor law and order situation, increase in target killings, deaths of over 100 people in Punjab institute of Cardiology and tussle between centre and Punjab. there is a long list of failures. any sane person after reading such serious ailments of the government must be anxious to know if that is the state of governance, how the government is surviving. the only plausible answer is that army's wings have been clipped down for their own wrongdoings. there should be no doubt in anybody's mind that civil-military relations are at their worst and there is no likelihood of early patch up. You cannot openly scold army chief and DG isi which belong to your own army. the army has ruled for a considerable period and when not in power were
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12 Comment Simply inexcusable our defenders need self-defence lessons
omething is basically wrong with the security system in the country, particularly the one under control of the armed forces. this is what anyone is bound to conclude after the attacks on GHQ attack and Pns Mehran and now on the country’s premier military academy. abbottabad is no ordinary cantonment city. Besides Pakistan Military academy, it hosts the Frontier Force Regiment, Baloch Regiment, the army Medical Corps and the Pakistan army’s school of Physical Fitness and Warfare training. it is a fortunate coincidence that none of the nine rockets caused any human loss or injury as some 700 male and female cadets were undergoing training courses with a large number of training staff when the attack took place. the excuse offered by an official is nothing but a facile explanation of how it became possible for the terrorists to launch the attack. if the explanation that “the place they used as a launch pad is accessible from all sides and there are mountains at the back” is accepted, it amounts to admitting that with all the resources at the command of the armed forces the institution remains simply indefensible. When plans to ensure the security for any sensitive installation are made, all possible loopholes are duly considered and provisions made to cover them. throwing up arms in despair can only heighten concerns about the ability of the planners. the security lapse has evoked the memory of the swoop by Us commandos on OBL’s abbottabad compound. interestingly, Defence secretary Panetta explained on Friday why Pakistan was not taken on board while conducting the raid on the compound: “i personally have always felt that somebody must have had some sense of what was happening at this compound.” security lapses of the sort are bound to reduce the confidence of our allies, be they americans or Chinese. it has been claimed that unknown terrorists had launched the attacks. this raises questions about the talks that have supposedly been initiated by the agencies with the hope that these would dissuade them from launching attacks inside Pakistan. the attack leaves little reason for optimism. there is a need to take action against those assigned the task of security in the cantonment city. Punishing a few junior officials would be taken as no more than mere eyewash.
extending exile Musharraf fearing the welcome he’ll get
hat General Musharraf has decided to put off his homecoming hardly comes as a surprise since he has been deferring his plans to return from self-exile on one pretext or the other. the latest excuse is that his party’s executive committee and ‘‘friends and supporters” have advised him to stay away following repeated threats from the ruling leadership. the announcement in this regard by the secretary General of the all Pakistan Muslim League coincided with Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s statement that Musharraf would be arrested on his arrival because “there have been murder charges against him…and the supreme Court has already given a verdict against him”. the PM simply reiterated his government’s decision in his interview with the BBC during his current visit to Davos. Musharraf had also acknowledged in an interview broadcast earlier this month that he would be in danger in Pakistan. But if he feels endangered, it is not without reason. there are court warrants for his arrest in connection with the assassinations of nawab akbar Bugti and Benazir Bhutto. and he must also be aware of the deep-rooted hatred against him for the excesses committed by intelligence agencies in Balochistan on his watch during his nine-year rule. there have been hundreds of cases of mysterious disappearances which remained untraced despite repeated orders by the apex court. the innocent citizens kidnapped from across the country on the mere suspicion of their links with the terrorist networks were subsequently handed over to americans for interrogation. no matter what he says, the former president’s decision to defer his homecoming has more to do with his inability to secure iron-clad guarantees from the world leaders for his safe return to Pakistan. Perhaps he has not learnt one of the most important lessons of history: Despots and dictators are abandoned by their foreign masters once they lose their utility. Musharraf’s dilemma is that his tiny support base in politics is also eroding faster than expected. those who were once considered his diehard fans have now started quitting the party. that’s how other ambitious generals were consigned to the pages of history in the past.
Sunday, 29 January, 2012
The ten pillars of justice Peace is justice. justice is peace.
By Humayun Gauhar
talked of seven pillars or cornerstones of justice last sunday but left out three of the most important for want of space. these are: due process, presumption of innocence, and absence of emotion, making ten pillars in all. Due process is a fundamental right that includes the right to defence, the right to call witnesses in one’s defence, the right to cross-examine witnesses and the right of appeal. as officers of the court lawyers should know. Yet, amazingly, lawyers, not rabble rousers, screamed at aitzaz ahsan for taking the prime minister’s case and asma Jehangir of Hussain Haqqani. Don’t they have the right to defend themselves? Methinks that in Pakistan lawyers and rabble-rouser are two names for the same profession. if Hitler had been arrested, the same rights of due process would have come into play for him as for you and me. What america is doing in Guantanamo and its other concentration camps is an abomination to due process. so important is due process that even the almighty deems it necessary to demonstrate that none shall be punished without calling witnesses. Why would God need to do this? Because He wants to impress upon us the importance of due process, so important that even He who knows everything also follows it to satisfy every being that justice has been done to them and they have not been wrongly punished. “that Day shall We set a seal on their mouths. But their hands will speak to Us, and their feet bear witness, to all that they did.” (Al Quran: XXXVI 65). God’s witnesses are our skins, hands and feet, our eyes and ears. Frightened? Don’t be, for God is Most Merciful, Most Beneficent. He will be Merciful to us for failing to discharge our duties towards Him – Haqooq Allah – but failing in our duties towards His creations – Haqooq-ul-Ibad – is another matter. if you are of the an al Haq school of thought like Mansour Hallaj, then you will wonder what this Judgment Day is all about for “i am the truth” – ‘Hairan hoon phir yeh mushahida hai kis liyay’ – “What is this observation for?” But that will take to me to a whole new realm best left to another time. Why would human judges sometimes overlook due process? Far be it for me to even suggest that they don’t fear God. Dare i humbly suggest that it could possibly be because of lack of understanding and surfeit of self-importance? they should remember that on the Day of Judgment they would not go to God’s presence in shameful motorcades, sirens blazing, strobe lights flashing. Presumption of innocence and due process go together. the onus of proof lies
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ics tell us while few are Muslims by conviction that comes only from knowledge and understanding, and we have chosen to call our Pakistan an ‘islamic Republic’, it is useful to remember periodically some of what else God has said about justice and how important it is. “God commands that when you judge between man and man, judge with justice.” (IV: 135). the word ‘man’ throughout does not refer only to the male gender but to all genders. ‘Man’ is generic for human beings. “allah has sent down the Book in truth so that you might judge between men as guided by God.” (IV: 105). now ‘in truth’ is most interesting, because if the translator has used the word ‘truth’ for ‘Haq’, it takes on a wholly different dimension. But he has not used a capital ‘t’ for it, so perhaps it doesn’t mean ‘Haq’. Why don’t you think about it? Let me just say that ‘Haq’ has different meanings: it is one of God’s names; it means the truth; it means rights, duties and obligations, as in Haqooq-ul-Ibad and Haqooq Allah. “allah has set up the balance of Justice; so establish justice and fall not short in the balance.” (LV: 7-9). again, capital ‘J’ for God’s Justice and a small one for man’s justice. “allah sent aforetime His Prophets with clear signs and sent down with them the Book and the Balance that men stand forth in Justice.” (LVII: 25). “We sent down with Our apostle the Balance of Justice, so that man may stand forth in justice.” (LVII: 25). there is balance everywhere, in everything. any wonder that the symbol of temporal justice is a blindfolded lady holding balanced scales, to show that justice is unbiased and evenhanded. Balance is Adl, more than simply justice, though justice is a very important element of balance. if there were no balance in mass, weight, velocity, temperatures, distances, speeds of expansion and God alone knows what else, the universe would collapse. there is balance at quantum levels too. thus, Man is enjoined to maintain balance in his life and in society. an unbalanced society is absence of Adl, where there is no egalitarianism, no distributive justice and vast differences in wealth, power and influence. absence of Adl means absence of islam – Peace – God’s islam, not the cleric’s religions. God help us. The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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on the prosecution, not on the accused. the accused does not have to prove his innocence; rather, those accusing him have to prove his guilt, something that was shamefully overlooked by our national accountability Bureau initially. the rationale is that it is better to let many go free rather than unjustly punish even one. the enormity of this gets driven home in the case of capital punishment: if you hang one innocent person and later discover that he was innocent, is there any way you can bring him back to life and undo the injustice done to him? if the supreme Court finds that there was a miscarriage of justice in Mr. Bhutto’s case, who will undo the wrong done him, who will bring him back to life and give him back the 32 years he has spent in the grave? Even someone unjustly deprived of liberty or reputation cannot be adequately compensated. How do you place a value on life and liberty or any stigma caused by an unfair loss of reputation? that stigma is not only on the person unjustly defamed but on his entire family, which is injustice compounded. in islam, it is the duty of the leader and the state to protect the dignity and reputation of its citizens and their families. not only do our leaders and state woefully fail in this duty, our media flout it daily with great abandon, but neither our state nor our judiciary take a wit of notice, suo motu forsooth. absence of emotion means: don’t hate anyone so much that it prevents you from doing them justice. nor does it give you the right to take away their right to defend themselves. You, i and the lawyers have the right to accuse anyone provided we have evidence that will stand up in a proper court of law. “O you who believe, stand out firmly for God, as witnesses to fair dealing and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just; justice is next to piety.” (V: 9). naturally, let not your hatred of others prevent you from doing them justice. “O you who believe, stand out firmly for justice as witnesses to God, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kith and kin and whether it be against rich or poor for God can protect both. Follow not the lusts of your hearts lest you swerve and if you distort justice or decline to do justice, verily God is well-acquainted with all that your do.” (IV: 135). since most of us are Muslims by accident of birth and take our faith for granted believing what our elders, teachers and cler-
ell and truly the nucleus of the Memogate saga, american businessmen of Pakistani ancestry Mansoor ijaz has set out a list of conditions to be fulfilled if he is to visit Pakistan to appear before the judicial commission investigating the memo issue. in a letter he has sent in this regard, Mansoor ijaz explicitly stated that he would visit Pakistan for a day or two and would appear before the judicial commission but he maintained that before doing so, he would need the assurance that the Pakistani government should give him the assurance that he would remain ‘safe and sound’. another condition that he has levied is that the schedule
and itinerary of his visit should remain top secret. Mansoor ijaz alleged that the former ambassador to america, Hussain Haqqani, is certainly involved in the Memogate issue and that he has solid proof of that to bring before the court of justice. But his dilly-dallying about coming to Pakistan seems to say otherwise. the court has also accepted petitions against Mansoor ijaz and his arrival in Pakistan could mean that the situation will become unpredictable. He is the proverbial spanner in the works. this case and its proceedings are a matter of serious concern for Pakistan and shady characters like Mansoor ijaz must not be allowed to milk the situation for their own benefit. – Translated from the original Pashto by Abdur Rauf Khattak
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India’s tortured XI
On the Lotus principle
Why didn’t somebody put them out of their misery?
legal violations; political ramifications
Third eye By M J Akbar
he historic moment has arrived for a radical revolution in the rules of the game. there is no other option, if we want to protect hapless indian masses from severe bouts of depression, leading directly to loss of national vigour and collapse of carefully nurtured pride. Cricket must now be played according to the laws of boxing. Compared to cricket, boxing is a humane and civilised sport. it knows when to stop. if the referee feels that a contest has become a one-sided exercise in hammering, and infers that while a boxer might remain technically on his feet but his brain has become softer than an election candidate's morals, he arbitrarily stops a bout. By all norms of decency, the australia-india series should have been halted. it is immoral to see eleven mature men, a fusion of superb spirit and individual brilliance, pummel a patchwork coalition of Dad's army and Mum's Brats with ruthless ease and consistency. One of the significant successes of 20th century diplomacy was the Geneva Pact. it has banned torture. Why then does this callous world permit such unbridled torture on the cricket field? Why doesn't the sPCa (society for the Prevention of Cruelty to amateurs) intervene in such a humanitarian crisis? Purists will argue that india lost its way when Rahul Dravid dropped Mike Hussey at Melbourne in the first test, and australia recovered from 27 for 4 to an unbeatable 240 in the second innings. that sort of comment might, at best, fetch you a free coffee from naive friends. Wars are not lost because an officer dropped a flag. Every indian journalist on tour has by now met the australian taxi driver who asked the question,
"What's gone wrong with your team, mate?" that question misses the point as inevitably as indian batsmen miss the ball. india does not have a team. it has half-a-dozen players who are punishing their ageing limbs in search of even more cash from an indefatigable lottery. some batsmen are more anxious about the prospect of free land from chief ministers under the spurious excuse that they are setting up cricket academies, than about their next score. a heretical question is circling around even the finest we have seen: are you playing for Bharat or for the Bharat Ratna? the formidable patrician Dr W
by a crony system in which administrators, selectors, players and their chosen commentators protect one another. australia became invincible in my book on the day its captain Michael Clarke refused to cross Don Bradman's score when he could have easily done so. that was not merely team before self; it was homage to australia's history, and a young genius telling us, with astonishing humility, that he would not break an implicit honour code. if there was a Border-Gavaskar trophy for alibis, however, indians would have returned with heaps of silver. Gautam Gambhir's throwaway accusation that the hosts had
if there was a Border-gavaskar trophy for alibis, indians would have returned with heaps of silver. gambhir's accusation that the hosts had fixed the pitch was beneath contempt. lose, but don't cry. it was not defeat that shamed india, but how the side crumbled repeatedly. G Grace, whose beard was as long as his wit was sharp, once told an uppity bowler who had the temerity to get him out that the British spectator had come to see Grace bat, and an upstart bowl. He continued at the crease. We should now apply that useful principle to sachin tendulkar: let him get his 100th 100, and get on with stitching together a totally new team, including at least one 17-year-old who can become our next sachin. Perhaps it is wrong to get harsh with sachin tendulkar, who still has runs to offer. Cricket is not a game you can play alone. But sachin might yet want to recall what Vijay Merchant, the great Mumbai sportsman, once said: “You should retire when the public still asks why, not when.” But Merchant belonged to a generation when a test player got one pound sterling as spending money per day on a foreign tour. those players didn't know how to spell a five-letter word called 'crore'. Don't get me wrong. there is nothing unethical about the wealth that now dominates the game. But money increases accountability. indian cricket is, instead, controlled
fixed the pitch was beneath contempt. Lose, but don't cry. it was not defeat that shamed india, but the manner in which the side crumbled repeatedly. Of course, the players never allowed their performance to affect their camera-perfect preening. these guys are professional. after all, they spend more time on television than soap opera stars. Even a newcomer grimaces with distaste at the umpire after having pitched four balls short and one full in a single over. nothing is ever his fault. and he either already has or will soon get an advertising contract to prove it. the majestic Dr Grace had some useful advice for fellow cricketers faced with columns such as this one. "never read print, it spoils one's eye for the ball." if india's present eleven had any eye left for the ball, there wouldn't be such print either. The columnist is editor of the sunday Guardian, published from Delhi, india on sunday, published from London and Editorial Director, india today and Headlines today.
ne of the most important principles of the international law on jurisdiction, emanating from the famous Lotus Case (1927) PCiJ ser. a no. 10, is that while it empowers a sovereign country to legislate on internal matters, it also allows the country to legislate on the affairs of a foreign country, national, living or nonliving person, etc. For example, the indian Parliament can legislate against Hafiz saeed and his Jamaat-ud-Dawa. similarly, the Pakistani Parliament is completely sovereign in passing legislation against Bal thackeray and his group of hoodlums, roaming the streets of Mumbai, threatening Muslims. What the law, however, does not allow is the enforcement of said legislation outside its territorial boundaries, unless there is an agreement between the countries, to allow the contrary. simply put, india cannot violate the territorial sovereignty of Pakistan in arresting Hafiz saeed to enforce its legislation and the same goes for Pakistan in terms of Bal thackeray. Lately, a joke has been making rounds inside the policy making circles of Washington and tel aviv that the rate at which iran is “losing” its nuclear scientists, there may not be a need for a military action after all! Joke aside, such behavBy Taimoor Ashraf iour may have serious political ramifications for the international order as iran has publicly at the highest level accused both the countries for killing its nuclear scientists. as you would recall, some iranian nuclear scientists have died under mysterious circumstances lately! the fact that both the intelligence agencies of the Us and israel, Cia and Mossad, respectively, have in the past pursued killing of foreign nationals in foreign lands to advance their national security strategies, lend credence to iran’s claims. Furthermore, israel has not unequivocally denied charges levelled against it by tehran, further bolsters the iranian case. if iranian rhetoric is to be believed, then both the americans and israelis have abused the application of international law. iran’s relations with the Us have been frosty, to put it mildly, ever since 1979. the Us, has since passed number of legislations against iran, its people,
companies, curtailing iran’s economic clout in the world. the strategy has been to weaken the iranian regime. the Us Congress has passed these legislations under prescriptive jurisdiction, allowing it to apply its national law to any iranian event, territory, property, person, wherever they may be present inside iran. to that end, President Carter, in 1979, issued Executive Order 12170, freezing iranian assets worth billions of dollars inside the United states. this was done in pursuance of the fundamental rule of international law that the state has absolute jurisdiction over its territory. More recently, exercising the abovementioned fundamental rule, President Obama has signed the Comprehensive iran sanctions, accountability, and Divestment act of 2010 (CisaDa), wherein the Us has further restricted imports of caviar, pistachios, and rugs of iranian-origin. this however does not mean that the Us in pursuance of its laws can violate the sovereign territory of iran and shut down iranian carpet weavers, factories, or forcefully stop iranian farmers from growing pistachio. the same Lotus Case, which empowers a sovereign state to legislate on matters outside of its territorial boundaries, also restricts the enforcement of such law outside of its boundaries. ‘the first and foremost restriction imposed by international law upon a state is that – failing the existence of a permissive rule to the contrary – it may not exercise its power in any form in the territory of another state’, reads a few lines from the judgment in the Lotus Case. the United states and israel, prima facie, have violated this fundamental principle of international law either directly or indirectly. Under the law, both the Us and israel could have arrested and tried these scientists, if and when they had entered their physical territories. By using to its advantage the prescriptive jurisdiction to legislate against iran and by ditching the responsibility that comes with it; not to violate the sovereign territory of iran, it has set a bad precedence for others. aspiring regional powers like india, by citing this behavior, may further destabilise the south asian region. indeed an argument was advanced by new Delhi, in the wake of american occupation of afghanistan due to the september 11, 2001, tragedy, that if the Us has the right to hunt its enemies outside of its borders, why should india not adopt the same path visà-vis Pakistan and its alleged harbouring of persons wanted under indian laws. indeed, it is foremost the responsibility of bigger nations to behave in accordance with the law, so that others could follow, making this world a better place.
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Hadiqa Kiyani, Sanam Marvi to sing for
Ali Zafar’s next
OP singer-turned-actor ali Zafar is eagerly waiting for the release of the music album of his next movie‘London Paris new York’. the reason being that ali has composed seven tracks in this film. interestingly, ali has not only composed these songs, but has also sung a track along with two artistes from Pakistan. ali has recorded a special fusion track that is a mix of pop and sufi music. He said, “sanam Marvi is a trained sufi, ghazal and folk singer. Hadiqa kiyani is a leading pop singer who was a judge on ‘Pakistan idol’. it is an interesting track and it will be refreshing for the audience to listen to a different kind of a song in a Bollywood movie.” ali had tweeted, “Honoured to have Hadika kiani and sanam Marvi feature on the soundtrack of LPnY music album to be released on the 30th of this month(sic).” His co-star aditi Rao Hydari too, is on a high as she has turned singer in LPnY. the actor reveals that her co-star ali Zafar encouraged her to sing. “ali was always singing on the sets and i would casually join him. He
is the one who encouraged me to sing and built up my confidence.” she adds that she has always had a penchant for singing. “i can’t imagine a life without singing. though others say my voice is good, i was not confident of it being used for recording a professional song.” Hydari admits her co-star also guided her through the recordings. “He brought out the best in me. He’d say ‘if God has given you a gift, then use it’. that worked!” Hydari has sung a rock ballad and a club song along with ali for the film’s soundtrack, which also boasts of varied music genres like pop, electronica and blues. the promotional activities for the film involve gigs in Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune, and that it is scheduled to start in March. Directed by anu Menon, the film is about a couple that meets at the bridges of three rivers thames, siene and Hudson, in London, Paris and new York respectively. Hydari has also been approached by Zafar to be a part of his forthcoming album, which may also feature katrina kaif as a singer. she says, “i would be happy to be a part of it. i would love to sing for my other films as well, if there is an opportunity.”
Colour Studio launches Crackle Colours NEWS DESK Colour studio, Pakistan’s most innovative and exciting make-up brand, has launched an exciting range of nail coloursCrackle Colour looks almost like nail art when applied. annie Mansoor, CEO of allenora annie’s signature salon, was all praise for Crackle nail Colours. “Crackle nail Colours are unique, and fun and exciting and these truly add oomph to any get-up,” she said. Crackle nail Colours work perfectly if you apply them over completed dried nail polish. there is no need to apply multiple coats of the nail colour. One coat is enough to give the crackle effect. Crackle nail Colours are part of the extensive range of products put forth by Colour studio, Pakistan’s premier brand of makeup. the Colour
loS AngeleS: Recording artist Rihanna and Michael jackson’s children, Prince Michael, Paris Jackson and Blanket Jackson arrive at the ‘Michael Jackson: the Immortal world tour’. AFP
MUMBAI: hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, producer Karan Johar, Sanjay dutt and Rishi Kapoor attend a press conference to promote their last movie ‘Agneepath’. AFP
MeXICo CIty: US actor and wrestler dwayne Johnson aka ‘the Rock’ and Vanessa hudgens pose at a press conference to present ‘Journey 2: the Mysterious Island’ movie. AFP
new yoRK: Actress Sarah Jessica Parker attends the premiere of ‘Smash’. AFP Afsheen with Sidra
studio range also includes lipsticks, lip liners and eye shadows. Designed for make up artists and make up addicts, the Colour studio professional products are designed to be “feel good skin products”. infused with vitamins and created with patented ingredients and the backing of hundreds of years of cosmetic research and development the brand symbolises high performance make up at a great value for consumers. its innovative foundation provides effective sun protection from UVa and UVB rays as well as from photo aging. the Pro nail Lacquer is created to be chip resistant and long lasting. the Colour studio Professional exclusively showcases its new products through fashion shows, while selling through salons and by independent make up artists.
MUMBai: the beginning of the year saw the biggest opening ever. Karan Johar’s ‘Agneepath’ has set a new record on its opening day and promises to pick up in the weekend like never before. the team of Agneepath gathered on the set of yash Raj to celebrate the success with the media. Unlike, Karan Johar’s other love stories, ‘Agneepath’ seemed to have more brawl and violence in it. Karan Johar said, “the dongries and mandwa is a bit new to dharma productions. the other action sequence I ever had in my film was hrithik being slapped by Amith uncle. that’s the only action sequence I had in my 15 year career. I have tasted blood; now I don’t know what’s next.” the original ‘Agneepath’ which didn’t click at the box office wasn’t a safe bet to play for. Karan Johar told the reporters, “It’s my own revenge-a son avenging his father’s flop. It’s strange thing that in perception
‘Agneepath’ is not a flop. there are few films like ‘lamhe’ and ‘Agneepath’ that the world doesn’t acknowledge as a failure. the youth loved it virally on videos and on dVds.” he added, “the film is a tribute to my father. It’s a special film for us; it was not an easy task. to make a cult classic comes with a lot of expectations and baggage. I think Karan Malhotra has made this film with his conviction and he is the reason why all of us are here today.” Besides, the success, the press conference also introduced debutant director Karan Malhotra who was kept away from the media all this while. Among other stars it was Rishi Kapoor`s performance which was praised by one and all. however, Rishi Kapoor was sceptical before doing ‘Agneepath’. Rishi Kapoor said, “If I get any credit for this film then that belongs to Karan Johar and Karan Malhotra because their confidence in me convinced me to do the role. the credit goes to them. they choose me for this film.” agencieS
gC University organised a musical evening to pay tribute to tariq Farmani. PHOTOS by MURTAzA ALI
Nida, Nuzzat and Maheen
I have tasted blood; now don’t know what’s next:
KABUl: Foreign models present Afghan dresses created by Razia’s Ray of hope Foundation during a fashion show at ‘le Jardin de taimani’. AFP
‘Not competing with original MUMBai: Actor-filmmaker Arbaaz Khan, whose debut production ‘dabangg’ rocked the box office in 2010, says he is attempting to make its sequel diametrically different from the original. there is going to be no competition between the two, says Arbaaz. “when I did the first one, my intention was to tell a story which I believe in, which I was excited about. that is what exactly I am going to take it forward. I have a story to tell but I am not worried about the past,” he said. “with that sincerity and honesty, if I take care of the script I am sure rest everything will fall in place. I am not competing with the original ‘dabangg’, but I am trying to
create another ‘dabangg’,” he added. Arbaaz, who will take the reigns of direction in his hands for the sequel of the action film, is yet to lock locations for the shooting. “dabangg 2’ is starting in March. I have not finalised my locations. there are couple of locations I am thinking of. But I will finalise them in a short while,” he said. ‘dabangg 2’ will star Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha and southern star Prakash Raj. agencieS
Jawad Ahmad, Tariq Farmani and a guest
MUMBai: In July this year, Friday the 13th, to be precise, Ranbir Kapoor will return to the theatre. this time the ‘Rockstar’, who wowed us with ‘Sadda haq’, will be seen playing a deaf-mute with co-star Priyanka Chopra, who plays Jhilmil, an autistic girl. the film will also mark the debut of South star Ileana d’Cruz in a parallel role. the preconceived notion is that ‘Barfi!’ earlier titled ‘Silence’, is heavy on melodrama. But Ranbir is quick to dispel the misconception. ‘Barfi!’ is a fun, family film, a romantic thriller,” asserts the actor. “It’s about two dysfunctional people who bond together in the nicest of relationships, one that is sweet, touching and heart-warming.” while Ranbir admits that he had to resort to a lot of sign language in the film given that his character, fondly called Barfi, doesn’t have a voice, he clarifies that it won’t be difficult to interpret his lingo. “It’s more like a game of dumb charades that we play at picnics and parties.” UtV endorses the fact that Barfi! is a “happy” film, primarily targeting the youth. with this in mind UtV, which produced the film, is trying to enlist the support of the youth. It got youngsters from India’s top 20 business schools to come up with some interesting ideas to promote the film. the student crowd was informed that even though Ranbir is a deaf-mute he’s not a lachaar Bechara.with this in mind, they were asked to come up with a marketing pitch for Barfi! “we’ve picked the 10 best and plan to involve them while brainstorming on promotional activities.” agencieS
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Morning show host refuses to apologise for chasing dating couples in Karachi LAHORE
aYa kHan, a morning show host who earned the ire of people across the country when she accosted ''immoral'' couples dating in karachi's parks has been fired by her channel, samaa tV. the channel acted against Maya khan after she failed to offer an unconditional apology for her show that was criticised by ordinary Pakistanis and media analysts. scores of people signed petitions asking samaa to take action against her for harassing dating couples on her show "subha savera Maya khan ke saath". in response to numerous complaints against khan over the week, samaa's chairman Zafar siddiqi wrote in an email: "We asked Maya to apologise unconditionally which she did not. the CEO asked her to do that on Friday which she refused". siddiqi, also the founder of CnBC africa and CnBC Pakistan, said khan and her team would "receive termination notices" on January 30 and her show would be stopped the same day. khan initially refused to apologise for her show against dating, in which she was seen asking couples to prove they were married by showing their 'nikahnama'
MUMBAI: Vidya Balan poses during the promotion of her new movie ‘Kahaani’. AFP
deepika-Sidhartha heading towards spiltsville? MUMBAI zeeneWS
Wajiha and Sana
Shafqat Amanat Ali
‘Barfi!’ turns to B-schools for
by the media as saying that the "elite" who do not watch her show were the ones objecting to it. Media analysts said khan's actions were probably driven by the race for ratings among Pakistan's dozens of tV channels. some nGOs highlighted the lack of media regulations and said they intended to approach the courts to take action against samaa tV. khan invited the wrath of hundreds of Pakistanis when she and her team tried to drill moral sense into young couples dating in parks. she chased couples along with a posse of young and not-soyoung women and two "analysts" who gave insight into the dating behaviour of couples and commented on their body language. While most couples made good their escape seeing a horde of women approach them, some countered them bravely. "Do your parents know that you are here?" Maya khan asked a couple perched on a bench. "Do you know what people think of couples who date like this? Do you know how bad it is for the reputation of girls to be seen like this?" she charged. samaa chairman siddiqi said he hoped the action taken by his channel against khan would settle the issue. But media analysts said the episode had only highlighted the need for self-regulation by Pakistan's news and entertainment channels.
Reports about the growing closeness between Deepika Padukone and Ranbir kapoor have been coming in as the former lovers signed up for ayan Mukherjee’s next and have become quite the bum chums off late. so much so that Ranbir is wooing his ex girlfriend back with lavish gifts. the new found friendship has definitely given a blow to the Deepikasidhartha Mallya relationship. the couple who were seen in every event hand in hand till last year have suddenly been making solo appearances at events. a source said, “since august 2010, they have made several appearances together. they have been strangely cold and aloof while talking about their relationship.” apparently, cracks started appearing when Deepika started talking to Ranbir again. sidhartha has apparently confided to some of his close pals that “the relationship is not working and heading nowhere.” While Deepika refused to comment, it seems the actress hasn’t even been in touch with sid for a significant amount of time.
or marriage certificate. samaa subsequently aired a formal apology for the show and beamed a short clip in which khan said she had never intended to hurt anyone. Many noted that khan had shown no remorse for her actions. she was also quoted
Ammar Aziz: A progressive Pakistani voice
documentary, made by a film-maker and activist ammar aziz has been selected at the talent Campus of the Berlin international Film Festival 2012 which is one of the world’s leading film-related events. aziz, the only filmmaker to be selected from Pakistan, was chosen from over 4300 applicants from 137 countries.
Vidya-the ‘other woman’ in
Shah Rukh-Priyanka’s life? MUMBai: the Badshah of Bollywood seems to be losing out on his friends and fans of late. Rumours are abuzz that Vidya Balan, a huge fan of Shah Rukh till a few days ago, has now begun to talk about Salman Khan over him. the actress was heard saying that Salman is the ‘biggest star and my dad’s favourite too’. Speculations abound as to what might have been the reason behind Vidya’s dramatic change of track regarding favourites. now, the rivalry between Shah Rukh and Salman being a fact almost cast in concrete, Vidya talking about Salman being her ‘favourite’ might actually offer one an insight into what might have been the issue behind the scenes. word has it that Shah Rukh has been paying too much attention to actress Priyanka Chopra recently, and thereby sidelining Vidya at awards events. the latter is obviously not very happy with being ignored by Shah Rukh, and hence she has taken to talking about Salman over Shah Rukh. An alleged affair and rehearsals at 3am in the morning down the line, Shah Rukh and Priyanka have had a tough time wading through rumours and speculations. Speaking to a daily an insider said, “It’s clearly a Vidya vs PC face-
off as far as awards this year for the Best Actress go. But while Priyanka’s ‘Saat Khoon Maaf’ flopped, Vidya’s ‘the dirty Picture’ is a superhit. not only that, even the industry is unanimous in their choice of who’s proven to be a better actress this year. But apparently this hasn’t gone down too well with Shah Rukh, who’s been trying to pitch PC over her at every occasion possible.” Vidya or Priyanka – that seems to be the question for Shah Rukh now. And on the other side, Shah Rukh or Salman- is the question for Vidya. will the two make it up in time? or will their relation too, turn into something sour? zeeneWS
the documentary, ‘Rise of the Oppressed’ is a strikingly realistic portrayal of the life and struggle of the power-loom workers of Faisalabad which takes us into their dark lives. Produced by a non-government labour organisation, Labour Education Foundation, it reflects the miseries, oppression and exploitation of the working class while it also celebrates their hopes and struggle for a society free of exploitation. the film was also screened in Brussels, Belgium at an event of sOLiDaR, a European network of 52 nGOs, where the Labour Education Foundation was awarded with the silver Rose award for 2011. to his credit, ammar aziz has made various documentaries on social issues which have been screened at various film and cause-related events all over the world. His interests include music and he contributed to Laal band’s recent hit ‘inqalab’ as a composer, vocalist and director. the 23 year old film-maker was recently included in the international Christian science Monitor’s ’30 under 30’ people from all over the world for his art and activism. ammar will be representing Pakistan’s leftist cultural activists in the Berlin international Film Festival which is going to take place in Germany’s capital from 11th- 17th February.
i didn't expect ‘Harry Potter’ to get an Oscar nomination: daniel Radcliffe TORONTO agencieS
Muggles the world over were upset and dismayed by the lack of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ Best Picture Oscar nomination this year, but it seems the film’s star, Daniel Radcliffe, isn’t that disappointed. in toronto promoting ‘the Woman in Black,’ Radcliffe seemed positively Zen about the lack of academy recognition. “i didn't expect it to be nominated for Best Picture, and no, it doesn’t faze us,” Radcliffe told Moviefone. not surprisingly, Radcliffe doesn’t really place a lot of weight on the academy awards as a whole and sits on the fence when it comes to winning one as an individual. “i have mixed feelings about awards for actors in general,” he said. “Obviously it's a lovely thing to be recognised by the public or by your peers, but it’s all very selfcongratulatory.” as for some British press talk of him winning an Oscar for ‘Woman in Black’? “that's very kind, but very insane.”
Sarah jessica Parker to star in ‘lovelace’ LOS ANGELES cBS
Filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman confirmed to Entertainment Weekly on Friday that the ‘sex and the City’ star will portray feminist icon Gloria steinem in the film. Demi Moore, who had been roped in to play steinem, pulled out of the film on tuesday, after she was hospitalised following a 911 call from her home the night before. the actress’ rep said she was being treated for “exhaustion” and to “improve her overall health.” Moore split from husband ashton kutcher in november. EW reports that Parker will begin shooting scenes for ‘Lovelace’ on Monday in new York. the film stars amanda seyfried as Xrated actress Linda Lovelace, who became famous for her role in the 1972 film ‘Deep throat.’ the cast also includes Peter sarsgaard, James Franco and Chloe sevingy.
Ghanta awards to ‘celebrate’ Bollywood’s worst MUMBai: Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Anurag Kashyap are among the nominees for this year's ghanta and golden Kela Awards, which are India's version of the Razzies. Salman and Shah Rukh have been nominated in the worst actor categories at the ghantas while ‘don 2’ has been nominated in the ‘worst Rip-off’ category for imitating “every hollywood action film”. Anurag Kashyap tweeted he would collect his ghanta award in person if his film, ‘that girl in yellow Boots’, wins in the “holierthan-thou” films category. here are some of the other nominations:worst Film: ‘Ra.one’, ‘Bodyguard’ ‘Ready’, ‘Mausam’. worst holier-than-thou Movie: ‘dhobi ghat’, ‘no one Killed Jessica’, ‘that girl in yellow Boots’, ‘Memories in March’, ‘Shaitan’. worst Actor: Salman Khan – ‘Bodyguard’, ‘Ready’, Shah Rukh Khan – ‘Ra.one’, ‘don 2’, Ajay devgn – ‘Rascals’, ‘Singham’, ‘dil toh Baccha hai Ji’, Sanjay dutt – ‘Ra.one’, ‘Rascals’, ‘Chatur Singh 2 Star’, ‘double dhamaal’, ‘desi Boyz’, Vinay Pathak –‘Utt Patang’, ‘tere Mere Phere’, ‘Chalo dilli’, ‘Bheja Fry 2’. worst Actress:
Kangna Ranaut- ‘game’, ‘Miley na Miley hum’, ‘double dhamaal’, ‘tanu weds Manu’, ‘Ready’, ‘Rascals’, nargis Fakhri- ‘Rockstar’, Jacqueline Fernandez – ‘Murder 2’, gul Panag‘turning 30’, Bipasha Basu- ‘dum Maaro dum’. worst Song: ‘dhinka Chika’, ‘Jalebi Bai’, ‘Bodyguard’ title track, ‘dum Maaro dum’, ‘Chammak Challo’. wtF was that: Akshay Kumar going to oxford University in desi Boyz, ghost Rape in haunted 3d, the unexplained science behind the science fiction part of ‘Ra.one’. how Sonam Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor don’t manage to exchange a measly phone number over 10 years in Mausam. thats Anything But Sexy: 3 girls conned by Ranveer Singh’s looks and acting abilities. Ram gopal Verma’s camera angles in ‘not A love Story’. Anything involving Kangana Ranaut in ‘Rascals’. Akshay Kumar as london’s most in-demand male escort in ‘desi Boyz’. Any time Shahrukh Khan says “Junglee Billi” in ‘don 2’. agencieS
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Barack obama calls for bipartisan cooperation in Congress WASHINGTON afP
Us President Barack Obama called saturday for Democrats and Republicans to cooperate in Congress, saying they should put aside personal ambition to tackle important issues together. “We weren’t sent here to wage perpetual political campaigns against each other,” Obama said in his weekly radio and internet address. “We were sent here to serve the american people. and they deserve better than gridlock and games.” Obama cited a threat issued earlier this week by freshman Republican senator Mike Lee of Utah, who said he would try to block the president’s judicial nominees this year. Lee was outraged by Obama’s recent recess appointment of Richard Cordray as head of a new consumer watchdog agency. the senator and some other Republicans claimed the president disregarded the senate’s advice-and-consent role in making this move. Obama took issue with this approach, arguing that “one senator gumming up the works for the whole country is certainly not what our founding fathers envisioned.” He said neither of the two parties has been blameless in using obstructionist tactics, and it was time to put an end to them. “i’m asking Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, to stop this kind of behavior by passing a rule that allows all judicial and public service nominations a simple up-or-down vote within 90 days,” he said.
thousands back Putin in ‘Russian workers’ protest MOSCOW afP
around 15,000 people saturday thronged a city in the Russian Urals in rally organised by labour groups to show mass working class support for Vladimir Putin’s bid for a new kremlin term, police said. the rally in Yekaterinburg appeared to be a move by the authorities and trade unions to show Putin retains broad workers’ support after the mass protests against his rule mainly attended by the Moscow middle class. the demonstrators held up pro-Putin banners including “Russia needs a strong president” and “We support a stable future” as well as ones expressing pride at being workers — “a metal worker — something to be proud of”, television pictures showed. Regional police spokesman Valery Gorelykh told the interfax news agency that the “meeting had proceeded calmly without any violations of the public order” and attracted some 15,000 people. the rally took place on the massive square in front of the railway station in Yekakerinburg, a position that allowed other workers to be easily brought in by train or bus in from the neighbouring Chelyabinsk and Perm regions. the meeting was presented as the brainchild of workers from the Uralvagonzavod factory in Yekaterinburg, a plant famed worldwide as the producer of the t-90 tank. One of the factory’s workers, a man named igor kholmanskikh, had told Putin during his phone-in with the nation on December 15 that he was ready with his colleagues to help implement security in the opposition protests. “if our police are unable to work or cope then myself and my mates are ready to come ourselves and ensure stability — of course within the limits of the law,” he said in comments that have now become famous across Russia. the Russian trade Union Federation — a body that groups around 25 million workers — is planning pro-Putin meetings across Russian in the run-up to the March 4 presidential elections in a bid to outshine the opposition protests. a mass pro-Putin rally is expected in Moscow on February 4, the same day when the opposition is planning a huge march though the south of the capital expected to be attended by tens of thousands of people. analysts have said the protest wave has shown a split in Russian society with the middle class — who now holiday abroad and access the internet through smartphones — far more inclined to back the anti-Putin movement.
HeRaT: afghan wrestlers compete as spectators watch during a traditional outdoor wrestling match on Saturday. AFP
Gulf states, Turkey urge Syria to accept AL plan ISTANBUL
HE Gulf arab states and turkey, which have spearheaded regional condemnation of the syrian regime for its deadly crackdown, urged Damascus saturday to accept an arab League plan to stop the bloodshed “without delay.” the arab plan, which envisages President Bashar al-assad transferring power to his deputy and the formation of a national unity government within two months, has been rejected by syria. the foreign ministers of the six Gulf arab states and turkey, in a final declaration, said no significant progress was made on the arab League peace plan “mostly due to the intransigent attitude displayed by the syrian administration.” the ministers “strongly
urged the syrian administration to fulfill without delay all of its commitments and obligations under the arab League peace initiative.” saudi arabia is the largest member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and other members include Bahrain, kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United arab Emirates. “We hope syria seriously evaluates the decisions of the arab League, puts an end to repression against its people and start a reform process in line with the demands of the people,” turkish Foreign Minister ahmet Davutoglu said after the meeting. turkey, once a close ally of syria, has been at the forefront of international criticism over the Damascus regime’s crackdown on protests and has also become a haven for syrian opposition activists. the istanbul meeting comes amid a new arab and European quest to secure Un action over syria’s crackdown,
which is opposed by Russia. the Un security Council has been deadlocked for months on syria. Russia and China vetoed a previous European resolution in October, accusing the West of seeking regime change. in the final declaration, the ministers also agreed that international efforts should be focused on bringing the bloodshed in syria to an “immediate end” and paving the way for the initiation of a political transition process in line with “legitimate demands of the people.” international pressure on the syrian regime has been mounting, as more than 5,400 people have been killed since anti-government protests broke out last March, according to Un figures. GCC secretary-General abdul Latif al Zayani will travel to Brussels on Monday for talks with natO chief anders Fogh Rasmussen. On tuesday, he will meet with the European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine ashton.
15 dead, 40 lost from boat off libya TRIPOLI afP
at least 15 somali migrants were killed and 40 left missing after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya this week, the somali ambassador to tripoli said saturday. “Fifteen bodies, including one child and 12 women, were recovered off the coast of Misrata after their boat sank,” ambassador abdelghami Wais told aFP, adding the bodies were found Wednesday on the shore of the western port city. the boat had been carrying 55 somalis, Wais said, and the other passengers were still missing. “i’ve just returned from Misrata after the burials,” the envoy said. the international Organisation of Migration, contacted by aFP, said it was unaware of the accident. Libya has for decades been a destination and a transit country to European shores for hundreds of thousands of african migrants seeking jobs and a better life. the ousted regime of slain dictator Moamer kadhafi used the issue to exert pressure on Europe and asked for five billion euros (more than 6.5 billion dollars) from the European Union last year to stem the flow of illegals.
IRAN DIALoGuE ‘LoNG oVERDuE’: IAEA oFFICIAL VIENNA afP
the chief Un nuclear inspector said saturday that a dialogue with iran over its atomic programme was long overdue, as he prepared to depart for a visit to the islamic republic. “We are trying to resolve all the outstanding issues with iran,” international atomic Energy agency chief inspector Herman nackaerts told reporters at Vienna airport. “in particular we hope that iran will engage with us on the possible military dimensions of iran’s nuclear programme. We are looking forward to the start of a dialogue, a dialogue that is overdue since very long.” nackaerts was leading a six-person iaEa team that was due to hold talks
with iranian officials from sunday until tuesday. they were expected to arrive in tehran in the early hours of sunday morning. the delegation also included iaEa number two Rafael Grossi, an argentine, and the iaEa’s senior legal official Peri Lynne Johnson, a Us citizen, according to diplomats. nackaerts, who is Belgian, declined to comment on whom he would meet during the trip, which is aimed at clearing up what the iaEa called this week “outstanding substantive issues” on tehran’s nuclear programme. Expectations are however low, with the delegation not expected to be given access to any sites mentioned in a damning iaEa report in november that raised suspicions iran had done work developing
nuclear weapons. iran’s envoy to the iaEa, ali asghar soltanieh, said on tuesday that tehran hoped the trip would “resolve any ambiguity and show (our) transparency and cooperation with the agency.” With iran denying repeatedly that it wants nuclear weapons and dismissing the iaEa report as baseless, the watchdog’s chief Yukiya amano on Friday urged the islamic republic to show “substantial cooperation” during the visit. the report, which has led to a substantial increase in pressure on iran from the United states, the European Union and others, detailed a string of areas in which it said iranian activities were highly suspicious. “We have information that indicates that iran has engaged in
activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device,” amano said on Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, switzerland. “We are requesting that iran clarifies the situation. We proposed to make a mission and they agreed to accept the mission. the preparations have gone well but we need to see what actually happens when the mission arrives.” iran’s President Mahmoud ahmadinejad has insisted that tehran is not dodging negotiations and was ready to sit down with world powers Britain, China, France, Russia, the United states, and Germany for talks. the six powers are waiting for tehran to reply to an October letter sent by EU foreign policy chief Catherine ashton that stresses that discussions should focus on the “key question” of the iranian nuclear issue.
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Gunmen attack police post in flashpoint Nigerian city KANO
UnMEn in nigeria have killed at least one officer after opening fire on a police station in the city of kano, where attacks claimed by islamists left 185 dead last week, police said saturday. security forces in africa’s most populous nation and top oil producer are struggling to contain the menace by the Boko Haram islamist sect that has used increasingly bold tactics to kill more than 200 people this year alone. the latest attack in kano, the economic heart of nigeria’s mainly Muslim
north, occurred just before 7:00 pm (1800 GMt) on Friday, police said on saturday, confirming the assault first reported by residents. Gunmen “opened fire on our men and the policemen on duty fired back leading to a shootout,” city police spokesman Magaji Majia said, adding that one officer was killed. Witnesses had previously told aFP two officers had died. the attack came at the start of a nighttime curfew that has been in effect in the northern city since a January 20 assault by Boko Haram killed 185 people. kano had previously escaped the worst of Boko Haram’s violence, and the brazen, coordinated strikes that primarily targetted police stations in a major city highlighted the
group’s renewed strength. since then in kano, another police station was attacked on tuesday night, with authorities reporting three people wounded and a German engineer was kidnapped on the outskirts of city on thursday. the Friday night attack happened in the Mandawari neighbourhood. Residents said they heard the gunmen shouting “allahu akbar” as they converged on the police station, travelling on motorcyles and in an all-terrain vehicle. the purported head of Boko Haram, abubakar Muhammad shekau, threatened more violence in an audio recording recently posted on Youtube. shekau has been seen by some as more eager to resort to violence than his predecessor, Mo-
hammed Yusuf, and under his leadership, Boko Haram is seemingly able to strike at will. nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has faced scathing criticism for failures to stem the violence and fired the country’s police chief this week, vowing to overhaul a force that had lost public trust amid the deepening security crisis. the police in southeastern Enugu state told aFP on saturday that 25 armed men believed to have come from the violence-plagued predominantly Muslim north were arrested Friday while travelling on a bus headed to the mainly Christian south. the men were found with 19 home-made guns and some machetes during a search at a highway police check-
point. there were no initial indications the men were islamist fighters, said spokesman Ebere amaraizu, but added “the timing (of their trip) is wrong,” clarifying that the arrests were made amid heightened security concerns. Boko Haram has previously said that it wants to create an islamic state in nigeria’s deeplyimpoverished mainly Muslim north, and has charged the government with harassing Muslims and raiding islamic schools. the group was also blamed for coordinated attacks on Christmas Day, the mostly deadly at a Catholic Church near the capital abuja where at least 44 people were killed, but the group’s victims in general, also include scores of Muslims.
Resurgent Romney regains momentum in Florida
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Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney stepped up his campaign in Florida saturday after a new opinion poll showed he was gaining momentum in a race against archrival newt Gingrich. With only three days to go until the vital Florida primary, the two rivals barnstormed the huge battleground state which could prove a make-or-break stop in their battle for the Republican Party crown. after a shock defeat by Gingrich in south Carolina last weekend and a slew of attacks, Romney’s campaign got a fresh boost as he bids to be the party’s nominee to take on Democratic President Barack Obama in the november elections. a Quinnipiac University survey showed the former Massachusetts governor at 38-29 percent over former House of Representatives speaker Gingrich in Florida, re-capturing the lead after slipping badly over recent days. the poll of likely Republican voters was taken before the candidates’ televised debate on thursday, but it indicated the race may be swinging back in favor of multimillionaire businessman and former venture capitalist Romney. “newt Gingrich’s momentum from his south Carolina victory appears to have stalled and governor Mitt Romney seems to be pulling away in Florida,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling institute. texas congressman Ron Paul, who has done virtually no campaigning in the sunshine state, was on 14 percent, and former Pennsylvania senator Rick santorum was in fourth place, with 12 percent, the survey said. the field has now narrowed in Florida to a two-man race between Romney and Gingrich, who traded bitter attacks in a debate late thursday. Gingrich supporters were still firmly behind their man, manning the phones and handing out pamphlets in the final countdown towards tuesday’s Republican presidential primary here. “the country is underwater, the house is flooded, we want the best plumber regardless of the flaws he can have,” said campaign official Bert Ralston at Gingrich’s Jacksonville headquarters. after a string of debates where he was criticized for lacking passion, Romney came out swinging, rounding on Gingrich for alleging he was against immigrants and dodged his taxes. “We are not anti-immigrant. We are not antiimmigration,” the former Massachusetts governor said.
BiSHnUPUR: an election official takes a photograph of a voter as at least five people were killed and two injured in india’s restive north-eastern state of Manipur in election-related violence on Saturday. AFP
Rebels shoot dead five in Indian election violence NEW DELHI afP
Rebels shot dead five people at a polling station in india’s northeast on saturday as voting began in the first of five local elections seen as a popularity test for the national Congress government. the separatist rebels sprayed the voting booth with bullets, killing three election officials, a paramilitary trooper and a civilian in thangpi, a village south of Manipur state capital imphal, police chief Priya singh said. “the militants opened random fire,” singh told aFP, adding two other people were hurt in the attack which came despite tens of thousands of security forces deployed in a bid to thwart attacks during the voting for a new assembly. the rebels who staged the attack on the crowded polling booth in farflung Manipur were believed to be from the national socialist Council of nagaland, singh said, but added no group had claimed responsibility. the voting in Manipur was the first of five assembly elections viewed as a mini-referendum for Premier Manmohan singh’s embattled Congress coalition which is at the centre of a storm of corruption and
mismanagement scandals. national polls are due in 2014. tensions were already elevated in impoverished Manipur after five explosions in the run-up to the polls killed two people, along with rebel calls for a boycott of the election, police said. india’s northeast has been wracked by deadly separatist insurgencies since the country’s independence in 1947. at least 30 ethnic rebel groups are active in highly militarised Manipur, a state of just 2.7 million people. the voting in the states of Manipur, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Goa is being staggered through February and early March with the results to be announced in early March. While regional issues will weigh heavily in the five elections, the polls are putting to the test not only the standing of Congress but also of 41year-old Rahul Gandhi, tipped as a future prime minister. Gandhi, scion of the nehruGandhi political dynasty that has dominated india for most of its postindependence history, has taken centre stage during campaigning for the elections. next weekend’s elections take place in caste-riven Uttar Pradesh which traditionally influences the formation of the
national government and where Gandhi has been focusing his campaigning energies. the pivotal state of 200 million people, governed by the mercurial chief minister Mayawati — known as india’s “Dalit Queen” — will send 80 members to the 552-seat parliament in the next national elections in 2014. Mayawati, who comes from an “untouchable” or Dalit community on the bottom of india’s caste hierarchy, has built up a reputation as a populist leader who taps into massive support among low-caste indians, who are often marginalised. Congress is not tipped to win in Uttar Pradesh, but if the bachelor Gandhi can improve on his party’s woeful performance in the last elections in 2007, he can look forward to a shot of “political Viagra,” said analyst Uday Bhaskar. But the party is expected by some commentators to regain power in the key agricultural heartland of Punjab and the mountainous state of Uttarakhand. Congress is also seen as virtually certain to extend its rule in Manipur after winning all but one election there since 1984. the fifth region in play is Goa, the coastal resort where Congress has long been dominant and where it is currently holds power in a coalition.
Kyrgyz prisoners end ‘lip-sewing’ hunger strike BISHKEK afP
thousands of kyrgyz prisoners have ended a 10-day hunger strike against jail conditions that saw 1,200 inmates sew up their lips in protest, an official said on saturday. “all the prisoners in kyrgyzstan have ceased their hunger strike,” the deputy head of the prisons service kubanychbek kenenbayev told reporters, saying that a women’s prison in the village of stepnoe was the last to agree. the hunger strike came after the prison authorities tightened the regime in kyrgyz jails following riots that broke out in a Bishkek prison on January 16, apparently over the transfer of a criminal boss to a different jail. almost 1,200 of the hunger-strikers took the extreme measure of sewing their lips together with thread, needle and even staples. But the authorities insisted their duty was to protect the rule of law against organised crime and claimed the prisoners were striking in solidarity with convicted criminal boss Damir saparbayev rather than over human rights. “they ended the hunger strike after being convinced that there would be no more excesses on the part of their guards,” added kyrgyzstan’s rights ombudsman tursunbek akun, without giving further details. He said that around midnight the prisoners had helped each other to un-sew their lips but they were now turning to medical treatment to ensure that their mouths were not infected.
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Pakistan clinch series with yet another show of spin
aBU dHaBi: Abdur Rehman (2nd l) is congratulated after dismissing england's eoin Morgan during the second test at the Sheikh zayed Stadium. REUTERS ABU DHABI
EFt-aRM spinner abdul Rehman took a career best 6-25 to help Pakistan humble England by 72 runs in the second test here on saturday, to give them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. the 31-year-old twice took two wickets in successive overs to dent England's chase after they were set a 145-run target on a weary fourth day abu Dhabi stadium pitch, bowling them out for 72 - their lowest against Pakistan in all tests. Rehman's effort overshadowed Monty Panesar's 6-62, in his first test for 30 months, which finished Pakistan's second innings at 214 in the morning. this is England's first series defeat after being unbeaten in their previ-
ous nine since their loss to the West indies in early 2009 -- a sequence which saw them rise to world number one in the test rankings in august last year. Pakistan won the first test in Dubai by ten wickets. the third test will also be played in Dubai from February 3. skipper Misbahul Haq said Pakistan wanted to make a match out of it after setting a tricky target. "We knew that it would be difficult so we wanted to make a match out of it," said Misbah, who has now won eight tests with one defeat since taking over in October 2010. "Our bowlers led by Rehman responded well and this is a great win." strauss showed his disappointment at the woeful effort. "it's pretty disappointing," said strauss, whose side last lost two tests in a row against south africa in July 2008. "We must acknowledge how well Pakistan bowled and they thor-
oughly deserved the series win." Rehman was ably assisted by off-spinners saeed ajmal (3-22) and Mohammad Hafeez (1-11) in a match which saw spinners dominate from the first day. England lost their top four batsmen in the space of just 37 balls after an extra cautious start on a difficult pitch. England captain andrew strauss topscored with 32 before he became one of Rehman's victims during his maiden five-wicket haul. in the penultimate over before tea, Rehman trapped kevin Pietersen (one) and two balls later bowled Eoin Morgan (nought) to raise hopes of an unlikely win for Pakistan. sensing they could only upset their rivals through early wickets, Pakistan opened the bowling with off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez who responded well by catching alastair Cook (seven) off his own bowling after England had edged cautiously
to 21 by the 15th over. Bell, promoted to number three after Jonathan trott was unwell, was all at sea against master spinner ajmal and his tentative push went through his legs to hit the stumps. He made only three. Pietersen, who has been woefully out of form making just 16 runs in the series, managed one before Rehman trapped him and in the same over had the equally out of form Morgan bowled to dent England's hopes of a victory. Rehman then accounted for trott (one) and stuart Broad (nought) in the same over to leave England 7-68. ajmal dismissed Graeme swann (nought) and Matt Prior (18) to complete his 100 test wickets in his 19th match before anderson was caught off Rehman to give Pakistan a sensational win. England's previous lowest against Pakistan was 130 -- made on two occasions at the Oval in 1954 and Lahore in
PaKiSTan 1st innings 257 (Misbah-ul Haq 84, asad Shafiq 58; S. Broad 4-47, g. Swann 3-52) england 1st innings 327 (a. cook 94, S. Broad 58 not out; Saeed ajmal 4-108, Mohammad Hafeez 3-54) PaKiSTan 2nd innings (overnight 125-4) 22 Mohammad Hafeez lbw b Panesar Taufiq Umar b Swann 7 68 azhar ali c Prior b anderson 1 Younis Khan b Panesar 12 Misbah-ul Haq lbw b Panesar 43 asad Shafiq c anderson b Panesar 13 adnan akmal c Strauss b Broad 10 abdul Rehman lbw b Swann Saeed ajmal c anderson b Panesar 17 Umar gul not out 10 junaid Khan b Panesar 0 11 eXTRaS: (b5, lb6) TOTal: 214 fall of wickets: 1-29 (Hafeez), 2-29 (Umar), 3-36 (Younis), 4-54 (Misbah), 5-142 (Shafiq), 6-170 (ali), 7-172 (adnan), 8-198 (Rehman), 9-208 (ajmal). BOWling: anderson 14-3-39-1 20-9-36-1 Broad 38.2-18-62-6 Panesar 27-5-66-2 Swann 99.2 Overs: england 2nd innings a. Strauss lbw b Rehman 32 7 a. cook c and b Hafeez 3 i. Bell b ajmal K. Pietersen lbw b Rehman 1 e. Morgan b Rehman 0 18 M. Prior c Shafiq b ajmal 1 j. Trott lbw b Rehman S. Broad b Rehman 0 g. Swann lbw b ajmal 0 1 j. anderson c gul b Rehman 0 M. Panesar not out eXTRaS: (lb9) 9 TOTal: 72 fall of wickets: 1-21 (cook), 2-26 (Bell), 3-33 (Pietersen), 4-33 (Morgan), 5-56 (Strauss), 6-68 (Trott), 7-68 (Broad), 8-71 (Swann), 9-72 (Prior) BOWling: Hafeez 8-3-11-1, gul 3-0-5-0, ajmal 15-7-22-3, Rehman 10.1-4-25-6. Overs: 36.1, Toss: Pakistan won by 72 runs, Umpires: Steve davis (aUS) and Bruce Oxenford (aUS), TV umpire: Billy Bowden (nzl), Match referee: javagal Srinath (ind).
1987. Earlier, Pakistan lost their last six wickets with the addition of 89 runs after resuming at 125-4, with all hopes pinned on azhar ali and asad shafiq. Panesar took three of those wickets to finish with his eighth five-wicket haul in tests. azhar ali (68) and asad shafiq (43) added 88 for the fifth wicket before Panesar struck. But England's decision to take the second new ball as soon as it was due paid rich dividends as anderson removed the dangerman ali with a sharp rising delivery which caught the edge and was caught behind by Prior. Broad then had adnan akmal (13) caught by strauss in the slips off an ambitious drive in the next over as Pakistan wilted. Rehman (10) and ajmal (17) added an invaluable 36 for the eighth wicket before Panesar wrapped up the innings by taking the last two wickets.
Australia end Indiaâ€™s humiliation with whitewash win delights Misbah ADELAIDE
a resurgent australia wrapped up an emphatic 4-0 series humiliation of india on saturday after sealing a 298-run win in the fourth and final test at the adelaide Oval. the end of another one-sided contest was swift with the australians snapping up the final four wickets in an hour to skittle india for 201 and inflict an eighth away test defeat on the trot for the demoralised tourists. Despite the series drubbing, which comes after they were similarly hammered 4-0 in England last year, india, once rated the best in the world, cling on to third place on the iCC test rankings by a decimal point over the hosts. "i said at the start of the series our goal was to win every test match we played," said skipper Michael Clarke, whose promotion to the top job at the expense of Ricky Ponting has resulted in a significant improvement. "a lot of hard work has gone in to get this result. it looks convincing, the end result winning 4-0, but i can guarantee there were certainly a lot of tough times throughout this test series," said man-of-the-series Clarke. "We've played some really good cricket, we've played some very consistent cricket, and that's very satisfying." australia's dominance over a hugely disap-
adelaide: Michael Clarke (2nd R) and the Australian team celebrate with the trophy after winning the fourth test. AFP pointing india comes just a year after the ashes series humiliation at home to England. there would be no repeat of that fiasco, however, as the hosts won by 122 runs in Melbourne in the first test, an innings and 68 runs in sydney and an innings and 37 runs in Perth, before the adelaide anni-
hilation. australia's bowlers, led by pacemen Ben Hilfenhaus (27 wickets) and Peter siddle (23), put a huge hole in the reputations of india's decorated batting lineup. in the end it was the eight-test youngster Virat kohli who topped the beleaguered tourists' batting averages with 37.50. He
aUSTRalia 1st innings 604 for 7 declared (R. Ponting 221, M. clarke 210; R. ashwin 3-194) india 1st innings 272 (V. Kohli 116; P. Siddle 5-49) aUSTRalia 2nd innings 167 for 5 declared (R. Ponting 60 not out; R. ashwin 2-73) india 2nd innings (166 for 6 overnight) g. gambhir c Haddin b Harris 3 V. Sehwag c Ponting b lyon 62 R. dravid c Hussey b Harris 25 S. Tendulkar c cowan b lyon 13 V.V.S. laxman c Marsh b lyon 35 V. Kohli run out (Hilfenhaus) 22 i. Sharma c Haddin b Harris 2 W. Saha c Haddin b Siddle 3 R. ashwin not out 15 z. Khan c Warner b Hilfenhaus 15 U. Yadav c Haddin b lyon 1 eXTRaS (lb3, w2) 5 TOTal (all out; 69.4 overs) 201 fall of wickets: 1-14 (gambhir), 2-80 (Sehwag), 3-100 (dravid), 4-110 (Tendulkar), 5-162 (laxman), 6-166 (Kohli), 7-166 (Sharma), 8-170 (Saha), 9-193 (zaheer), 10-201 (Yadav) BOWling: Harris 19-5-41-3 (1w), Hilfenhaus 11-2-35-1 (1w), Siddle 14-5-47-1, lyon 21.4-4-63-4, Hussey 2-0-3-0, clarke 2-0-9-0 australia won by 298 runs, australia won series 4-0, Man-ofthe-match: Peter Siddle (aUS), Man-of-the-series: Michael clarke (aUS), Toss: australia, Umpires: aleem dar (PaK), Kumar dharmasena (SRi), Video umpire: Simon fry (aUS), Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRi).
scored the only century of the series for his team as the feted top order failed miserably. "it's difficult to explain what went wrong," stand-in india captain Virender sehwag said. "We didn't bat well, we didn't give a good start as openers, hopefully we will do well in coming series.
ABU DHABI agencieS
after leading jubilant Pakistan celebrations, skipper Misbah-ul-Haq said: "that was a much-needed victory for us. that's why we're so happy. "it was a wonderful team effort, everyone performed, everyone put 100% effort in." Misbah was impressed in particular with the younger members of his squad, adding: "One thing you want from the youngsters is the temperament, especially in pressure situations. England is the number one team but they crumbled under pressure." England captain andrew strauss was determined to praise Pakistan rather than question his own side's efforts after the 72-run defeat in abu Dhabi. needing 145 to win, England were skittled out for just 72, their third poor batting performance in four innings on this tour, giving their opponents an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. strauss, who top scored with 32, said: "i wish i could explain it. Ultimately it was about very good bowling from both ends, applying pressure, making it hard for us to score and maybe we didn't take as may good options as we should have done. "We'll have some regrets about that but it was an outstanding game of cricket. We came up short, but ultimately you've got to congratulate Pakistan. they were outstanding."
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British media, experts slam england team LAHORE STaff RePORT
the British media and cricket experts on saturday lamented the England team for their capitulation to the spin duo of abdul Rehman and saeed ajmal and pointed that you can’t teach ‘old dogs new tricks’. alan TYeRS WROTe in TelegRaPH: you can criticise england, and that certainly has its part to play, but what a fantastic bowling effort by Pakistan. Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal were brilliant. england failed it miserably. MiKe SelVeY WROTe in THe gUaRdian: "It is blindingly obvious: england just cannot play spin. "It will be down to england's batsmen to work out a way to master the magicians, but it will be hard to teach old dogs new tricks." geOffReY BOYcOTT, fORMeR england caPTain On BBc: england's performance in the 72-run test defeat by Pakistan as one of the worst he has ever witnessed. "I've seen some poor performances in 25 years of playing and 23 years of commentating and that's as bad as I've seen. what a load of rubbish. you have to see it to believe it how poor it was." BOB WilliS Said On SKYSPORTS: I am worried by england's inability to combat slow bowling after they fell to defeat in the second test against Pakistan. Former england seamer willis had plenty of praise for Pakistan's high-calibre bowling attack but told Sky Sports that england's method of playing spinners is a concern. "Apart from the Indian line-up at its best, I don't think any batting side in the world would be able to cope with that attack in these conditions, he said. "But some of the dismissals were very disappointing. jOnaTHan agneW, BBc cRicKeT cORReSPOndenT in HiS cOlUMn WROTe: "only two england batsmen have scored more than 100 runs in the series and england's defeat by Pakistan in the second test in Abu dhabi was a throwback to the bad old days of chaotic, mindless batting collapses that produced a series of embarrassing defeats. "looking ahead to the last test, there are people not only playing for their places but also playing for their credibility." MiKe aTHeRTOn, fORMeR england caPTain BelieVeS: england buckled under pressure during their defeat to Pakistan in Abu dhabi.
Imperious Azarenka crowned women’s queen MELBOURNE
sharapova insists best is yet to come
iCtORia azarenka won her first grand slam title and became the new world number one when she thrashed a disappointing Maria sharapova in the australian Open final on saturday. the third-seeded Belarusian overpowered sharapova to win 6-3, 6-0 in 82 minutes to lift the trophy and become women's tennis's fourth first-time grand slam winner in a row. azarenka came from 0-2 down in the first set to win 12 of the next 13 games for a comprehensive victory as sharapova's game disintegrated in the face of all-out aggression from the Belarusian. sharapova made 30 unforced errors, while azarenka played almost flawlessly at times with only 12 errors across the two sets. azarenka won the toss and chose to serve, but she started nervously and dished up two double faults on her way to dropping the first game. sharapova consolidated to open a 2-0 lead and got to 0-30 on azarenka's next game, but the Belarusian seemed to shake off her nerves and began to slowly take control. she stepped up to the baseline and took the ball early, pressuring sharapova into mistakes. soon azarenka was dominating in all departments, matching the Russian's power from the baseline and volleying confidently. the 22-year-old broke back in the fourth game and broke again in the eighth before confidently serving for the first set. and the third seed started the second set with the same self-belief, breaking sharapova's first serve and coming back from 15-40 to hold her own and
Misbah galvanised Pakistan: Rameez LAHORE
Former Pakistan captain Rameez Raja hailed Pakistan's team spirit after they beat England in the second test to clinch the three-match series. "it is only because of the happy environment that Pakistan went out there believing they could win and they floored the best team in the world. it was an outstanding performance." Misbah-ul-Haq's charges bowled the visitors out for 72 in their second innings, with spinner abdur Rehman taking 6-25 in a stunning 10.1 over spell. Pakistan cricket was rocked by a spot-fixing scandal during their 2010 tour of England which led to salman Butt, Mohammad asifand Mohammad amir being imprisoned. Raja reckons the squad have recovered from that dark episode and reckons that was evident by the way they blew away andrew strauss' men in abu Dhabi. "Pakistan learnt a lesson from that 2010 controversy and i think the players took it upon themselves to redeem the country's image," sky sports quoted the former Pakistan batsman as saying. "the only way out for Pakistan was to win every match and that got them focussed. "Cricket is a great bonder and this team has been very special in the last 12 months or so. they've been consistent with the selection process, the dressing room is a happy place and there are no politics. "it is only because of the happy environment that the team went out there believing they could win and they floored the best team in the world. it was an outstanding performance." Batsman Misbah was instilled as Pakistan captain before the side's test series with south africa in the autumn of 2010. Raja believes the 37-year-old has played
open a 2-0 lead. sharapova was becoming increasingly frustrated and, unusually for the three-time grand slam winner, she began to look to her coach thomas Hogstedt in frustration. azarenka was in full control, how-
nz rout zimbabwe by record margin NAPIER: new Zealand posted their biggest winning test margin when they demolished Zimbabwe by an innings and 301 runs on the third day of their one-off test at napier's McLean Park saturday. afP
a crucial role in knitting the team together since then, while he also praised the way Misbah utilised his talented arsenal of spinners in abu Dhabi. "the captaincy has made a big difference," added Raja. "Misbah-ul-Haq has led them very calmly and the boys have responded splendidly. He may come across as a flamboyant captain but he gets the job done. Raja continued: "Playing three spinners (Rehman, saeed ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez) can be a defensive approach but he turned it into an attacking one because he used them beautifully. "saeed ajmal is a difficult bowler to handle because unlike Muttiah Muralitharan, who pitched the ball wide to hit the stumps, ajmal doesn't do that; he gets an angle by bowling the same way as he bowls his doosra. "Meanwhile, abdur Rehman has been the silent partner."
neW zealand 1st innings (392 for five overnight) 83 B. Mccullum lbw b jarvis 51 M. guptill c Taibu b S. Masakadza K. Williamson run out 4 R. Taylor retired hurt 122 d. Brownlie c Taibu b H. Masakadza 0 d. Vettori stumped Taibu b cremer 38 B.j. Watling not out 102 d. Bracewell b Vitori 11 T. Southee c Waller b cremer 44 T. Boult not out 5 eXTRaS (b 1, lb 21, w 2, nb 11) 35 TOTal (7 wickets, 123.4 overs) 495 fOW: 1-124, 2-131, 3-195, 4-196, 5-278, 6-392, 7-466 BOWling: jarvis 32.4-7-120-1, Vitori 25-3-94-1 (8nb), S. Masakadza 23-2-102-1 (3nb, 2w), H. Masakadza 21-6-451, cremer 22-2-112-2 ziMBaBWe 1st innings T. Mawoyo b Martin 2 H. Masakadza c Brownlie b Boult 0 f. Mutizwa b Martin 6 B. Taylor c guptill b Bracewell 9 T. Taibu c Brownlie b Boult 2 M. Waller c Brownlie b Southee 23 R. chakabva lbw b Bracewell 3 a. cremer lbw b Vettori 3 S. Masakadza not out 3 K. jarvis run out (Bracewell/Southee) 0 B. Vitori c Brownlie b Southee 0 eXTRaS 0 TOTal (all out; 28.5 overs) 51 fOW: 1-2, 2-8, 3-8, 4-19, 5-19, 6-24, 7-46, 8-50, 9-50, 10-51 BOWling: Martin 6-2-5-2, Boult 9-3-24-2, Bracewell 62-12-2, Vettori 4-3-2-1, Southee 3.5-0-8-2 ziMBaBWe 2nd innings (following on) T. Mawoyo c guptill b Martin 2 H. Masakadza c Mccullum b Martin 0 f. Mutizwa c Watling b Bracewell 18 B. Taylor c Watling b Martin 2 T. Taibu c Williamson b Bracewell 4 M. Waller lbw Bracewell 0 R. chakabva c Brownlie b Martin 63 a. cremer c Bracewell b Williamson 26 S. Masakadza c Watling b Martin 21 K. jarvis not out 0 B. Vitori c Watling b Martin 0 eXTRaS (lb 7) 7 TOTal (all out; 48.3 overs) 143 fOW: 1-2, 2-3, 3-5, 4-12, 5-12, 6-37, 7-100, 8-134, 9-143, 10-143 BOWling: Martin 8.3-3-26-6, Southee 8-2-20-0, Bracewell 10-4-26-3, Vettori 10-1-25-0, Boult 9-4-15-0, guptill 1-0-12-0, Williamson 2-0-12-1 new zealand won by an innings and 301 runs, Man-ofthe-match: chris Martin (nzl), Toss: zimbabwe, Umpires: Rod Tucker (aUS) enamul Haque (Ban), Match referee: david Boon (aUS), Third umpire: nigel llong (eng).
ever, and she broke sharapova twice more to go to 5-0 lead. the Belarusian stepped up to serve for the championship, saving a break point and falling to her knees in delight when a sharapova backhand crashed into the net
MELBOuRNE: Russia's Maria sharapova insisted the best was still ahead of her despite a devastating australian Open loss to exciting young Belarusian Victoria azarenka on saturday. the three-time grand slam winner went into the final full of confidence against azarenka, who was playing her first major title match, but her game went to pieces for a 6-3, 6-0 loss in just 82 minutes. Despite being only two years older than azarenka at 24, sharapova has far more experience than azarenka and has been playing on the big stages since her teens and won Wimbledon in 2004 as a 17year-old. But with some of the greatest names in the sport watching on, including Rod Laver and Margaret Court, it was azarenka who played like the veteran and sharapova the nervous debutante. "she did everything better than i did today. i had a good first couple of games, and that was about it," sharapova said bluntly. afP
Felicitations, accolades, praises for Boom Boom Pakistan LAHORE STaff RePORT
note of congratulations and praise started pouring in the very time the team trampled England in the arabian desert and it kept coming from different quarters. People from all walks of life celebrated the momentous victory in their own style and in the Lahore city the atmosphere was electric with sounds of gun shots amid sights of sweets being distributed by the cricket fans and enthusiasts. the first note of congratulation came from President asif ali Zardari and was followed by Prime Minister syed Yusuf Raza Gilani. Zaka ashraf, PCB chairman, Qasim Zia, PHF President and Mobilink, the main sponsor of the series were prominent among the felicitators. the President and the Prime Minister felicitated the national cricket team over their convincing 72 runs victory in the second test match against England in abu Dhabi on saturday. the President and the Prime Minister in their separate messages lauded the outstanding performance of the national team in the second test against England, which gave Pakistan a decisive 2-0 win in the three-test series. the President and the Prime Minister hoped that Pakistan cricket team will continue to perform well to bring more laurels for the country and nation. PCB chairman while congratulating the team said that the win would pave a way for the revival of cricket in Pakistan. “it was a great the team work and great captaincy from Misbahul Haq that made the entire nation proud,” he added. Mobilink extends congratulations to the Pakistan team on its win in the Jazz Cup 2012 in the UaE. Jazz partnered with the PCB to organize ‘the Mobilink Jazz Cup 2012’ in the UaE as the home series for Pakistan. the two tests held so far have provided an impressive exhibition of teamwork, commendable leadership by Misbah, and sterling performances by
both batsmen and bowlers alike, with the spinners saeed ajmal and abdur Rehman being the most notable. Moied Javeed, Mobilink’s Director Marketing (Jazz), added: “Pakistan’s national cricket team has made the entire country proud with their passion and commitment to their sport. i would like to extend heartiest congratulations to team Green on behalf of Mobilnk and the entire Pakistani nation for their commendable performance and wish them the best for the last test match, and upcoming ODi and t20 series!” President PHF Qasim Zia and secretary asif Bajwa also congratulated the cricket team for its excellent performance in the Emirates. in a statement the PHF President chief showered praise on showing of the team in test and attributed the success to collective team efforts. He also congratulated the Chairman PCB Chaudhary Zaka asrhaf on the recent achievements of the team and hoped that under his dynamic leadership the game of cricket will continue to flourish. Qasim Zia wished Pakistan cricket team good luck in its coming One day and t20 series against England and expressed the hope that it will demonstrate a higher level of performance to maintain the flow of its recent victories. Meanwhile, Pakistan former captain and flamboyant shahid afridi has congratulated his team for grabbing splendid victory against world’s number one side England in test series abu Dahbi. When tV anchor called the star allrounder Boom Boom afridi, the former captain who led the team from front in World Cup contest, said he would like to call team Pakistan Boom Boom Pakistan. afridi gave credit to Pakistani spinners who shattered England batting line in last two matches and brining historical victory for their team, which had been deprived of playing cricket inside the country on security grounds. afridi resolved that Pakistan team will continue its journey of victories in upcoming games. He said the team needs consistency.
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Dishing out vengeance Pakistan wallop England, Nadal looks to solve Djokovic riddle, El-Classico serves up a humdinger and the top two in the East go head to head in NBA
Australian Open Diary
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WasHBUCkLinG is possibly too mild a word to express the sporting action in the last few days. Pakistan humbled England in what was a breathtaking test match performance; novak Djokovic and Rafael nadal came out on top of two epic semifinal encounters, while Real Madrid and Barcelona played out one of the most entertaining El-Clascios in recent memory. Plus there is the small matter of a MiamiChicago encounter tonight.
TORMenTing THe BeST if Pakistan made a mockery of England’s number one ranking during the first test match; they have made it a very patent butt of global ridicule for ages to come after the second. the only face saving that the English side can sermon is via the fact that their close rivals india were dumped in a washing machine Down Under themselves. Both these sides have been given a good old swab and would be left to dry for some time to come. Watching England try and figure out our spinners was like watching clumsy baboons vying to solve 14th grade calculus. abdur Rehman’s six wicket haul would make one and all forget about the same tally of his counterpart in the English ranks; and when it wasn’t Rehman, it was ajmal – the acclaimed tormentor-in-chief – and if not him, it was Hafeez – the English batting was completely at odds against the best spinning repertoire in the game – by some distance. and some of their universally extolled batsmen would have made school kids look like Don Bradman for crying out loud! Winning the match, and in turn the series, has completed a massive turnaround in fortunes for our side. We were mocked at, we were ridiculed, we were hauled over a wide gamut of coals not so long ago, and this is the answer of Pakistan cricket team – and the best one possible. Being deprived of cricket in our homeland, shrouded by all sorts of scandals, the target of global bias; we have been playing with a handicap for ages – some owing to our own mistakes and some because of blatant rose-tinted glasses. and to think that despite the odds being firmly stacked against us, we utterly humiliated the best in the world tells you everything you want to know about the current Pakistan team. Broken record time; but the biggest share of credit goes to the skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, who has synthesised this ensemble of champions, by purging out the array of absurdity within the team, and
letting the cricket do the talking. Only if we were to sort out the scores of chinks in out batting armour, we would be a tough nut to crack – against any one, in any conditions. Well done team Pakistan!
Rafa’S ReVenge it was 6-0 in favour of Djokovic last year. 6-0 has a humbling connotation in tennis, but for nadal it was the difference between conjuring up the greatest season in the history of tennis and watching Djokovic do the exact same. all six drubbings – and they were that – at the hands of Djokovic last year came in finals – two major finals and four atP 1000 finals – and the serbian clearly had a voodoo over Rafa throughout the year. Will the spaniard be able to change that? that’s the question that encircles the australian Open final today. to get the better of Djokovic this time round, nadal would have to show the same tenacity he showed from the 2nd set onwards against Berdych and then against Federer, and take it up many notches. He has to be more aggressive – that’s a given – and he would need to serve well and not let no-Djo stamp his authority on a rather vulnerable second serve of the spaniard. What was common in all of Djokovic’s conquests against nadal last year was that his serve was at its v e r y best,
and he didn’t give many looks on his second serve. Bolstering his service has been the final piece of jigsaw that has propelled the serbian towards the apex of world tennis. However, Djokovic has been struggling with his serve in the last couple of rounds, and if that’s the case today, nadal would have to ensure that he pounces at second serve opportunities – possibly the only relative weak link in the World number One’s repertoire. However, if matters on the court begin to bear a resemblance to their encounters from last year, nadal might find it difficult to break Djokovic’s stranglehold. this is an intriguing moment in con-
temporary tennis, if Djokovic downs nadal yet again, he would begin to stake a claim for all-time greatness – and of one-sided domination in possibly the most competitive epoch in the Open era. au contraire, if nadal stages an act of vengeance he would be staking his claim of gunning down Federer’s tally of 16 majors – most of which were won when the competition was like a sunday afternoon stroll in the neighbourhood.
PUlSaTing el-claSicO that’s that for El-Clasico for the next few months at least. Considering the frequency of El-Clasicos over the last year or so, a gap of a couple of months would be a massive oddity for the fixture, before the return match at nou Camp in La Liga. However, we never know the Champions League might throw them together again and there could be a new record for ElClassico in a two year period – if that hasn’t already been tumbled. nevertheless, the latest edition was one pulsating game! and it’s no coincidence that the most memorable Real-Barca matches in the Mourinho era have come when Real have had to chase games and have showcased an attacking intent. this was exactly the case in the second leg of the Copa Del Rey quarterfinal at Camp nou, as Madrid knew that they needed a two goal clean sheet win or a triumph with a margin of three goals or more to go through to the semis – and they nearly pulled it off! Fielding an attacking 4-2-3-1, Real made their intentions pretty conspicuous from the very onset. and with Madrid quick off the blocks, they simply overran Barcelona in the early skirmishes and throughout the 90 minutes they didn’t stop threatening Pinto’s goal. Madrid controlled everything barring the score count in the first 42 points, however with Pedro’s introduction around the 30 minute mark, owing to iniesta’s injury, things began to tick for the home side which eventually culminated in the substitute putting a neat finish past Casillas to stamp the Catalan authority on the game against the run of play. Even so, while Madrid were busy mulling over how they were a goal down in lieu of being three goals to the good, Dani alves struck the telling blow to give Barca a 4-1 lead on aggregate and put the tie to rest. With nothing to lose in the second
half, Mourinho threw on Benzema and Callejon for Higuain and kaka, and what resulted was a truly vivacious second half. Ronaldo finished off a sublime Madrid move in the 68th minute to bring Madrid back in the game, even if not in the overall tie. Benzema’s goal in the 72nd minute seemed to give Madrid a lifeline but the match ended 2-2, with Mourinho famously claiming that, “it is impossible to win at the nou Camp” – a not-so-indirect jibe at the officials.
BUllS TaKe On HeaT it’s the Big three vs the Big One in tonight’s – or tomorrow morning in our part of the world – scrumptious clash between the two Eastern Conference powerhouses. Chicago Bulls and Miami heat have formulated the most marketable rivalry in nBa at the moment, and with the matchup being such a gargantuan game, the ratings are expected to follow suit and blow the lid off the roof. However, the two sides – Chicago especially – must realise that while a win over their closest rivals would be a major morale booster, it’s getting the better of the other side come May that would be more important. take last year’s example, when Chicago swept Miami in the regular season, only to come unstuck in the playoffs with a cumbersome weight of expectation undoing the Bulls charge. the worrisome aspect for Bulls fans is Derrick Rose’s lingering toe injury, which could linger on for the entire season, if not handled meticulously. Miami have their own injury concerns to be anxious about, with Dwayne Wade scheduled to make a return against the Bulls from an ankle injury. and with injuries to star players making the headlines, the magnitude of the game has somewhat diminished. this injury hullabaloo is a throwback to last season’s first clash at the United Center, when LeBron James missed the game, and Bulls duly complied with a 99-96 win. in the other two Chicago wins, they didn’t let the Heat top the 90 point mark. all the same, the Heat paid back of all that in the playoffs – and with interest. sunday’s game would be the starting point of the road to redemption for the Bulls and they should treat it just like that: the launching pad for righting the wrongs from last season. it is understandable that Bulls would be all out for vengeance against the Heat, but they must realise that one game doesn’t make a season, and that their endeavour for reprisal should be flaunted during the entire season. they should focus on the bigger goal of topping the charts in the East, rather than funneling in their anger only in the encounter against Miami.
the Bryan brothers are the second pair of twins to play professional doubles. the first were tim and tom Gullickson who were identical twins except that they played lefty and righty. as the story goes, an up and coming German player had the misfortune of playing the Gullicksons in his first two singles matches on the tour. after losing to each brother he almost quit the game. He could not understand how the same player could beat him right handed and left handed. the Bryans are almost that identical, with Mike an inch taller than Bob. Extremely personable to talk to, the Bryans are on the verge of becoming the greatest team in the history of the game. they have been number one for over five years now and have eleven Grand slam titles to their name. they stand on the verge of creating history on saturday night as they play Leander Paes and Radek stepanek for the australian Open title. this is also a landmark final for Paes as he looks to collect a career Grand slam, the aussie Open being the only jewel missing in his crown. these are the events that go along on the fringes of the main events at these major events. the doubles, the mixed the wheel chair and the juniors. these are events that the top singles players have forsaken in their bid to preserve their bodies for the major challenges that they face week in and week out. But, for the Bryans, the Paes and the Qureshis, the money is good and so is the life style. a lot of top singles plays take up the doubles game as time takes it's toll on their bodies. they can coax an extra five years and enough money to retire on. Players like kuznetsova and Zvonareva, two Russians who were stars on the singles scene are now on the verge of winning the singles title here as this is written. a few nervous points from the duo and the italians Errani and Vinci are on the verge of tying up the third set. kuznetsova, a former UsOpen champion and the daughter of an Olympic cyclist, holds her nerve and serves out for the win. the addition of ivan Lendl to andy Murray's camp has certainly made difference in Murray's outlook on the court. Gone are the imploring glances to his coaches at court side. the shoulders are not dropping after every error and even though he still might not win this match against novak Djokovic, he is certainly in there fighting it out. Murray fought back after being a set and a break down and led 3-2. He stayed in the rallies and the errors started coming from Djokovic. Murray was making Djokovic hit closer to the lines. Djokovic started missing and his confidence eroded. Making very few unforced errors, Murray took a two set to one lead but Djokovic stormed back to take the fourth and lead 5-2 in the fifth set. But Murray was not finished yet. He broke back and then had several break points on Djokovic's serve at 5-5. But Djokovic was not to be denied. He held serve and then broke Murray to win an extraordinary, fluctuating match lasting almost five hours.
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team Misbah gives us the reason to smile
Monotonous middle order needs Umar Akmal t Pakistan cricket needs an influx of counter-attacking talent in the batting department
in the last test match, and if there is one player in our squad that can unsettle spin bowlers it’s Umar akmal. He can dominate spin bowling like no one else in our squad, and the likes of Panesar and swann can easily go the distance on a regular basis. as things stand, and as our players play, the cautious approach of our batsmen gives the spinners a stranglehold over matters and they can dictate matters without overstressing their cerebrum. Umar akmal, on the other hand, would give the English bowlers a lot to think about, and he has the wherewithal to upset the line and length of any bowler in the world. Yes, he has that frustration inducing tendency of throwing his wicket away as well, but this is where team management comes into play. instead of keeping a world class talent on the sidelines because of his naïveté, we should rather look to groom him into fulfilling the talent that he undoubtedly has. the safety first approach was the logical stratagem, when Pakistan cricket was traversing their transitory phase, but now we need to take it up a few notches. in fact, the current Pakistan side is exactly where England was in 2009. andrew strauss was quite often criticised back then for being overly defensive, which might have cost his side a series of two. But gradually as England stabilised matters, a more aggressive approach to the game arrived for the English side, which eventually took them to the summit of test cricket. Misbah’s men have realised steadiness and now they should be looking to assert themselves on the play, rather than take the back seat and let other sides dictate terms. We have the dictatorial instincts in the bowling department, we need to translate that in the batting as well.
Comment J.K WALI akistan prevailed over England in the second test match at abu Dhabi though the match remained at knife's edge for a long time – the knife evidently was skewed towards England most of the time. Pakistan won but there is one facet of Pakistan cricket that does not look like going anywhere, and it’s the batting. Pakistan somehow managed to overcome the odds and beat England, they would again require their bowlers to pull off victory. Our reliance on our bowlers to win matches for us, and their habitual compliance to the call of duty has masked the shortcomings of our batsmen. Our batting, especially the middle order, might be a blend of youth and experience, but their batting repertoire is very similar – they have a very similar tendency to go in their shells for ages and when they are ostensibly set for a big score, they somehow give their wicket away. there is absolutely no variety amongst our batting ranks and this monotony means that the bowling side finds it easy to get the upper hand on matters, without any inkling of counter attacking instincts in the side. this is where one feels that Umar akmal should be a part of the test side. it was adnan akmal’s counter punching half century in the first test that provided the much needed impetus, and gave us a substantial lead in the end, and we need to instill something similar in the middle order to purge out the predictable conservativeness. One believes it’s safe to say that spinners would once again be the main striking weapons
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HE abu Dhabi pitch was easing up, the heavy roller would flatten it further. team Misbah had batted too Misbah-ly, going at a crawl when a thrash or two would have eased nerves. England bat deep and 145 was a trifling target for the world’s no. 1 test team, which boasts some of the planet’s leading batsmen. think again. Misbah-ulHaq’s Pakistan has a layer of ice smothering the fire in its veins, unlike any Pakistan team that has blown hot and cold before it. Forget rankings, Pakistan cricket and its supporters are feeling on top of the world. For a cricket nation exiled from its home, a home ravaged by conflict and political instability, a team decimated by controversy and skulduggery, this series victory is a momentous triumph, earned through relentless grind and magical spin bowling. Pakistan’s spinners have been irresistible in this series; running through England’s batting order in three innings out of four is an outstanding achievement, one that not many could have predicted. today belonged to abdur Rehman — he had just reward for many days of unwavering support of his spin partner, the poker-faced wizard saeed ajmal. Rehman doesn’t always extract turn, but he did here — at speed. England’s batsmen were trapped on the crease, bamboozled and beaten. Meanwhile ajmal, almost silently, became the fastest Pakistan bowler to a hundred test wickets. Hailing from the nation of imran khan, Wasim akram, and Waqar Younis, ajmal’s record is as stunning as Pakistan’s success. But ajmal’s ascent would
have been difficult without the stability of Misbah’s captaincy. Misbah has flirted with Pakistani hearts before, only to break them. in test cricket, as captain of his country, he has discovered a river of love. the only debate about Misbah’s captaincy is the run-rate of his batsmen, such a trifling matter in the grand order of Pakistani controversies that it speaks volumes about the success of his methods. Misbah has brought tenacity to Pakistan cricket, best exemplified by the fascinating partnership between azhar ali and asad shafiq in Pakistan’s second innings. Previous Pakistan teams would have succumbed to a base instinct to blast their way out of trouble, yet Misbah’s young troopers dug in, deeper and deeper. a partnership alien to the Pakistani spirit, albeit hewn of Misbah’s cool resolve, forged the winning margin. Pakistan’s rejuvenation, however, isn’t exclusively made in Mianwali, home of Misbah. From his pavilion, Mohsin khan, has been watching keenly, urging, cajoling, hugging, even kissing. an unlikely and unpopular selection as interim coach, Mohsin has won over his critics and left Pakistan’s cricket board with an unexpected dilemma. When captain and coach combine in such spectacular fashion, why change the formula? World cricket is a more exciting place with Pakistan cricket a powerhouse again. success has come on pitches reminiscent of home, but the same could be said of all the countries above them in the test rankings. the first of these countries that begins to dominate abroad will emerge from the pack. it is a pleasant surprise to count Pakistan among them. England were good in abu Dhabi but Pakistan were better, ripping an absorbing test match from the grip of their formidable opponents. a series win in such a thrilling manner has surprised even Pakistan’s careworn supporters. Misbah’s Pakistan, of steel, unity, and joy, has given the whole nation a cause to celebrate. if anybody was in any doubt, Pakistan cricket zindabad. (Cricinfo)
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ERBia's novak Djokovic can sunday seal his fourth grand slam in five and stamp his authority on the new tennis season, but blocking his way to the australian Open title is a revenge-hungry Rafael nadal. Djokovic replaced nadal as world number one after he beat him in last year's Wimbledon final, and he defeated the spaniard again in the Us Open decider as he took the season by storm. those two victories were among six consecutive wins over nadal -- all in finals -- during one of the greatest campaigns in tennis history which included the australian Open, Wimbledon and Us Open titles. the defending champion, who reached the final in Melbourne after five gruelling sets against Britain's andy Murray late on Friday, is expecting another tough, physical battle against second-seeded nadal. "i think that's going to be crucial, you know, for me to recover and to be able to perform my best, because Rafa
is fit. He's been playing well. He had an extra day. He definitely wants to win this title," Djokovic said. the 24-year-old, chasing his third australian Open title after wins in 2008 and 2011, and his fifth grand slam overall, admits he may have an advantage over the 10-time major winner after his stunning record against him last year. "i maybe have a mental edge because i've won six finals the five or six times we played in 2011 and i've had lots of success against him," he said. "On the other hand, it's a new year. it's a new challenge. it's a different situation. as i said, he has maybe a day advantage over me for recovery and for getting ready for the finals." Djokovic described nadal's comeback from a set down to beat Roger Federer in his semi-final as an "incredible effort". the spaniard wore down the swiss after losing the first set to once again prove his grand slam nemesis. "that's why he's a champion. that's why he's one of the best players to ever play this game. He's never giving up. He has a fighting spirit. He has very few weaknesses," said the top seed. nadal, 25, suffered severe pains in
his troublesome right knee on the eve of the tournament but after frantic treatment he recovered and he has impressed in Melbourne, particularly in his win over Federer on thursday. the spaniard, who won the australian Open title in 2009, said he was happy to be playing in his fourth grand slam final in a row but admitted Djokovic was the favourite. "the opponent at the end is the best player of the world today, so that's why i played the last few finals against him," nadal said. "so it will always be a really tough match for me. He is the favourite after being number one in the world and after playing fantastic and beating me the last six times. so i'm just happy to be there. "For me, the tournament is really, really good. Right now i'm going to try to play my best tennis and fight for every ball knowing that it's going to be a tough one." Djokovic can become only the fifth man to win three straight grand slam titles in the open era, while nadal can match Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver with his 11th major win, and move to joint fourth on the all-time list.
DJOKOVIC, NADAL PENPIX Penpix of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal ahead of their Australian Open men's final on Sunday (x denotes seeding): NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB X1) World ranking: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Born: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .May 22, 1987 Birthplace: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Belgrade Residence: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Monte Carlo Height: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6ft 2in (1.88m) Weight: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .176 lbs (80 kg) Plays: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Right-handed
Turned pro: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2003 Career singles titles: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Career prize money: . . . . . . . . . .US$32,882,760 Grand slam singles titles: 4 (Australian Open 2008, 2011, Wimbledon 2011, US Open 2011) BEST AUSTRALIAN OPEN RESULT: Champion (2008, 2011) Beat Rafael Nadal in six finals in a stellar 2011, winning 10 titles after starting the year with a 41-match unbeaten run. Won three of the four grand slams last year and was the
first player other than Roger Federer or Nadal to finish a season as number one since 2003. Favoured by hardcourt surface at Australian Open. RAFAEL NADAL (ESP X2) World ranking: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Born: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .June 3, 1986 Birthplace: . . . . . . . . . .Manacor, Mallorca, Spain Residence: . . . . . . . . . .Manacor, Mallorca, Spain Height: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6ft 1in (185 cm) Weight: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .188 lbs (85 kg) Plays: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Left-handed Turned pro: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2001 Career singles titles: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46
Career prize money: . . . . . . . . . .US$45,114,407 Grand slam singles titles: 10 (Australian Open 2009; French Open 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011; Wimbledon 2008, 2010; US Open 2010) BEST AUSTRALIAN OPEN RESULT: Champion (2009) The Spanish 10-time grand slam champion, who lost his number one ranking to Novak Djokovic last year, is playing his fourth consecutive major final. In 2011 he won his sixth French Open title, equalling Bjorn Borg's record, but finished runner-up to the Serb at Wimbledon and the US Open.
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us defence secretary acknowledges he doesn’t have ‘hard evidence’ to suggest islamabad’s complicity WASHINGTON
s Defence secretary Leon Panetta still believes someone in authority in Pakistan knew where Osama bin Laden was hiding before Us forces went in to find him, he said in a tV interview to air on sunday. intelligence reports found Pakistani military helicopters had passed over the compound in abbottabad, where Us navy sEaLs discovered and killed bin Laden last year, according to excerpts of an interview Panetta gave to CBs news. “i personally have always felt that somebody must have had some sense of what was happening at
this compound. Don’t forget, this compound had 18-foot walls... it was the largest compound in the area.” “so you would have thought that somebody would have asked the question, ‘What the hell’s going on there?’” Panetta told CBs. the Pentagon chief said concern played a significant factor in Washington not warning Pakistan officials of the impending raid, “it concerned us that, if we, in fact, brought (Pakistan) into it, that—they might... give bin Laden a heads up”, he said. Panetta acknowledged he did not have “hard evidence” Pakistan knew of the al Qaeda leader’s whereabouts. DOCtOR: Panetta also expressed concern about Pakistan’s treatment of a doctor who helped the Us find bin Laden. the doctor, shakeel afridi, has been
arrested and charged with treason by the government. Panetta acknowledged that afridi, a doctor in abbottabad had in fact been working for Us intelligence, collecting Dna to verify the 9/11 mastermind’s presence. “i’m very concerned about what the Pakistanis did with this individual... who in fact helped provide intelligence that was very helpful with regards to this operation,” Panetta said, according to excerpts of the interview. “He was not in any way treasonous towards Pakistan,” the Us defence secretary said. “Pakistan and the United states have a common cause here against terrorism ... and for them to take this kind of action against somebody who was helping to go after terrorism, i just think is a real mistake on their part.”
7 ministries not made answerable to parliament ISLAMABAD iRfan BUKHaRi
SUKKUR: city streets wear a deserted look as Sindhi nationalist parties observed a shutter-down strike across the province on Saturday. AFP | STORy ON PAGE 04
PMl-n won’t talk with govt over 20th Amendment: nisar ISLAMABAD STaff RePORT
no smooth sailing this time! as the government has planned to convene a joint session of parliament to amend the constitution for giving a legal cover to 28 members elected to the national and provincial assemblies when the Election Commission was incomplete, the Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz (PML-n) has decided not to vote in favor of the amendment. Leader of the Opposition in the national assembly Chaudhry nisar ali khan on saturday announced that the PML-n would not enter into talks with the government over the 20th Constitutional amendment. “We will not hold talks with the government over the 20th Constitutional amendment bill as well as the situation developed after the natO attacks,” nisar said in a statement issued from his office. coNtINuEd oN PagE 04
Finance, power ministries at loggerheads over DISCO boards ISLAMABAD aMeR Sial
the Water and Power Ministry has sought powers to make changes in the board of directors (BoD) of power distribution companies (DisCOs), as non professionals were said to be obstructing the power sector reforms, Pakistan today has learnt. sources said that BoDs were nominated by the Planning Commission and finance ministry without consulting the water and power ministry and now their failure was being attributed to the ministry. they said that ownership of power sector reforms must be given to the ministry otherwise it was bound to fail. sources said that removal of non professionals from BoDs will help improve their performance even though the finance ministry
and Planning Commission were still seeking more time for incumbent BoDs. they said that BoDs were even defying government directives, as only three boards had met the deadline to nominate a panel of candidates for appointing CEOs and the rest of the boards were not even bothered yet. the government had sought panels by October last year so that the new management could be in place by beginning of this year. the ministry had referred the panel of three DisCOs to the Cabinet Committee on Restructuring while the remaining six had to finalise their lists yet. Last year, the government had inducted private sector professionals in boards with the objective to improve DisCOs. their performance had not improved even though the boards had
complete powers under the Companies Ordinance 1984. the boards were introduced to bring corporate governance by effective monitoring of management and accountability. their task was to optimise operational and financial efficiency, streamlines business processes to improve the company’s profitability and access to outside capital. the directors were responsible to devise policy, business practices, approve plans and budgets, establishment of adequate and sound internal controls, transparent financial statements, maintenance of proper records, accounting policies and safeguarding company’s assets. the ministry had sent a list of 89 key performance indicators (kPi) to boards for immediate coNtINuEd oN PagE 04
seven new federal ministries – Human Resource Development, national Harmony, Professional and technical training, national Food security and Research, national Disaster Management, national Heritage and integration and national Regulations and services – created in two phases in July and October last year by the prime minister to accommodate his government’s allies, have no oversight from the national assembly, as despite the formation of new standing committees a few days ago, their chairpersons have not been elected as yet, while the senate has even failed to form the standing committees for the said ministries. Despite the passage of around six months, both Houses of the parliament have failed to establish a mechanism for parliamentary oversight on over the ministries of Human Resource Development, national Harmony and Professional and technical training, which were created by prime minister in July to accommodate PML-Q leaders who had lost their portfolios after the devolution of several subjects to the provinces under the 18th amendment. similarly, standing committees of both Houses are not functional for the ministries of national Food security and Research, national Disaster Management, national Heritage and integration and national Regulations and services, which were created in October to accommodate portfolio-less ministers, including samina khalid Ghurki of the PPP and Mir israrullah Zehri of Balochistan
national Party-awami (BnPa). interestingly, three months down the line, the prime minister has yet not made his mind for appointing ministers to the ministries of national Disaster Management and national Regulations and services. in its last session of the current month, the national assembly passed a motion for the creation of standing committees on these newly-formed division/ministries with the approval of their members’ composition, but the chairpersons of the parliamentary bodies have not been elected yet. Commenting on the issue, senator Mushahidullah khan, PML-n secretary information, said the scenario indicated government’s incapability and non seriousness. “On one hand they created new ministries to please their allies against the spirit of the 18th amendment, but on the other, they have failed to make them answerable to parliament,” he said. a source in the national assembly told Pakistan today that race was on between candidates of various parliamentary parties from both the treasury and opposition benches to get the chairmanship of newly-constituted standing committees. He said the chairpersons of the newlycreated standing committees would not be elected by voting, rather the na speaker would have consultations with all parliamentary party leaders to develop a consensus for nominating chairs of parliamentary bodies, in which Mnas from all parties would get proper share according to their strength in the House. coNtINuEd oN PagE 04