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T least nine people, including seven Shias and two staff members of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), were killed and several others injured in armed attacks in Quetta and Mastung districts of Balochistan on Thursday. The UN staff members were killed while on duty in Mastung, while the other seven people were killed in yet another tragic targeted attack on the Hazara-Shia populace in

Quetta. Per details, three staff members of FAO were on way to work in Mastung in a hired vehicle when two armed men opened indiscriminate fire on them. As a result, driver Habibullah and field coordinator Zahid were killed, while Irfan Ahmad, another coordinator, received bullet injuries. Shakar Khan, a police official, said both men sitting on the front seats of the vehicle received bullets and died on the spot, while the one in the back seat escaped with bullet injuries. In the tragedy that struck Quetta, seven people, including a woman, of the Hazara-Shia community were killed while six others received bullet injuries when un-

known armed men sprayed bullets on a passenger van on Thursday. The incident was followed by a violent protest by Hazara Shias wherein a police constable got killed accidentally. According to details, a van carrying passengers from Hazara Town was heading to Marriabad when it was attacked on Spinny Road. The driver of van, who also received injuries, sped up the vehicle and rushed all the injured and the dead to the civil hospital. The attack killed two people on the spot and injured nine others, five of whom succumbed to their injuries later. Amir Mohammad Dasti, SHO of the Brewery Police Station, told reporters that

the attackers who were armed with AK-47 rifles were riding a motorcycle and waiting for the vehicle to pass by. After the killing, various groups of the Hazara community took to the streets and started protesting against the killings. Some of them rushed to Bacha Khan (Meezan) Chowk and blocked the main road. Some of them fired hundreds of aerial shots, while others pointed to the police party that had reached the area to persuade the protesters to let traffic pass by. As a result of a scuffle and firing by protesters, a police constable, said to be the bodyguard of Brewery SHO Amir Mohammad Dasti, was killed. The Frontier Corps was called in when

protesters became more violent. Police later arrested over a dozen protesters. The Hazara Democratic Party alleged that two of the protesters were killed by police firing, while police said they were killed by the firing of armed protesters. The violent mob also put four motorcycles of passers-by on fire. The Hazara Democratic Party has given a shutter down strike call for Friday. Human rights groups have heavily criticised Pakistan for failing to crack down on sectarian violence between the majority Sunni Muslims and Shias, who account for around 20 percent of the population. Thousands of people have died in related unrest since the late 1980s.

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Govt, Opp agree to include new clauses to PCNS recommendations ISLAMABAD QUETTA: A policeman scuffles with an angry Shia protester during a demonstration following the killing of seven Shias on Thursday. afp

SC to decide Gilani’s fate on April 16 ISLAMABAD MASood REhMAn

Hearing the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case, a seven-member special bench of the Supreme Court decided on Thursday to announce its ruling on April 16 on the non-implementation of its orders by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani regarding writing a letter without getting any advice to Swiss authorities for reopening graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. The bench of Justice Nasirul Mulk, Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Muhammad Ather Saeed, observed that non-implementation of December 16, 2009 judgment on NRO by the prime minister was a sheer contempt of court. The court observed that each and every judgment passed by it should be implemented in letter and spirit. Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan noted that when the court had ordered the prime minister to write a letter to the Swiss authorities without getting advice from any one, it was a final order. Continued on page 04

SC seeks record of drug quota scam involving pM’s son ISLAMABAD STAff REpoRT

The Supreme Court on Thursday sought detailed record from the AntiNarcotics Force (ANF) pertaining to investigation of a matter of granting quota for ingredient of medicine to two pharmaceutical companies by the Federal Health Ministry allegedly under the influence of premier’s son Ali Musa Gilani. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was hearing a civil petition, filed by the Regional Director Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) Islamabad versus Rizwan Ahmed Khan and others. The bench was informed that against the rules quota of an ingredient for a medicine ‘Ephedrine’ curing cold, flue and asthma was granted and a quantity of 9,000 kilograms was allowed instead of 1,000 kilograms to Berlex Labs International and Denis Pharmaceutical. The ingredient, also known as poor man’s cocaine, was given to smugglers who spread it all over the country to drug addicts. The matter was raised in the Lower House in 2009 where then Health Minister Makdoom Sha-

habuddin constituted a committee to give its recommendations on the matter. Later on the recommendation of committee ANF initiated investigation against 10 persons including Dr Rashid Juma, Iftikhar Ahmed Babar, Rizwan Ahmed Khan, Ihsanur Rehman, Tanvirul Hassan Shirazi, Chaudhry Abdual Waheed, Ansir Farooq Chaudhry, retired Col. Tahir Alwadood Lahoti, Muhammad Hashim Khan and Taquer Ali Khan. Continued on page 04

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Top political and military leadership held a detailed discussion late on Thursday to evolve consensus on the draft recommendations for evolving consensus on new terms of engagement with the US on the war against terrorism. A source told Pakistan Today that the government and opposition sides agreed to review the draft recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) and the consultations on incorporation of new clauses on drone attacks, NATO supplies and other contentious issues continued until filing of this report. The source said the government wanted to get passed the recommendations from the joint sitting of both Houses of parliament by Friday or Saturday, as Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had to leave for China on Sunday. The meeting was attended by National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Nisar Ali Khan, Leader of Opposition in the Senate Ishaq Dar, PML-Q President Shujaat Hussain, Mushahid Hussain, JUI chief Fazlur Rehman, Deputy Parliamentary Leader of the MQM in NA Haidar Abbas Rizvi, ANP leader Afrasiab Khattak, Kalsoom Parveen, FATA Parliamentary Leader in NA Haji Munir Khan Orakzai, Senator Muzaffar Shah, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Minister for Religious Affairs Khursheed Shah and Raza Rabbani. Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, ISI DG Gen Zaheerul Islam and Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman were also present. The source said the government made a last ditch effort to woo back the support of the opposition parties who were resisting the government’s bid for evolving a consensus, as they wanted not to become a party to the reopening of NATO

supplies to avoid public criticism. The source said the government had delayed holding the joint session on Thursday to make a last effort to convince the leadership of opposition parties, including the PML-N and the JUI-F. “During the meeting, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani briefed the political leadership on his recent meetings with the US and NATO army chiefs and said he had flatly told his counterparts that final decisions on new terms of engagement would be taken by parliament itself and not by the army or the government,” the source said. Addressing the participants, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said parliament will decide the matter of new terms of engagement with the US, NATO and ISAF, in a respectful manner, as the whole world was waiting for this decision. The prime minister, however, stressed that as it was a matter of national importance and pertains to national security, the decision should be taken with consensus. “The role of parliamentary leaders is very important, as your vision will determine the future line of action,” he said. “It is not a matter of US alone, but of 48 countries,” Gilani said. He said this parliamentary process and the recommendations of the parliamentary committee were being appreciated and viewed with great respect by the whole world.


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8 killed as passenger van plunges into a ravine in Abbottabad ABBOTTABAD: At least eight people were killed and another three were injured when a passenger van plunged into ravine here on Thursday. According to details, a speedy and overloaded passenger van with at least 18 persons on board fell into a deep gorge while negotiating a sharp turn in Joya area of Abbottabad. As a result of accident six people died on the spot while five others were injured. The police and rescue teams reached the scene and helped in rescue operation. The injured were taken to Ayub Medical Complex Abbottabad where two more succumbed to their wounds raising death toll to eight. According to hospital sources condition of the other injured was also serious. inp

Australian govt makes Moosa ‘math ambassador’ PHALIA: The Government of Australia on Thursday made Moosa Feroz, a 13-year old student from Phalia, a far-flung area of Punjab, who secured the first position in an online World Mathematics Competition, held in Australia, as its math ambassador. He reserved the first spot among 1.4 million students across the world. As his voice gives a disappointing tone over indifference by the federal and Punjab governments, Moosa said that he was expecting a warm welcome on his return from Australia. “I feel really sad as I was expecting the prime minister or Punjab chief minister to encourage me on this achievement for Pakistan.”It seems that they do not have time to motivate emerging talent in the country,” he said. Moosa was awarded gold medal in Australia recently. He secured 4405 points and got the first place while another Pakistani student Hasnain got second position in the competition with 4303 points in 11-13 years age category. In the category of age 14-18 years, the country’s another student named Osama secured second place with 3318 points. Moosa said that he has been trying to win world math competition since 2009. “I have also clinched 5th spot in 2011.” Moosa’s father Dr Khaliq Dad Tarar expressed joy over his son’s performance. “I am proud of my son who has made Pakistan’s name across the world with his untiring efforts and hard work,” he said. inp

Swiss woman’s Yemeni captors want OBL wives freed ADEN Afp

A bid to release a Swiss woman kidnapped in Yemen has suffered a blow after her abductors made excessive demands, including for Osama bin Laden’s widows to be freed, a tribal chief said Thursday. AlQaeda militants abducted the woman on March 14 from her home in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida, where she had been teaching at a foreign language institute. She was taken to far eastern Shabwa province. Tribal chief Ali Abdullah Zibari said, however, that mediation efforts had so far failed because of excessive demands placed by her captors, including the release of bin Laden’s widows held in Pakistan. Zibari said the Islamic extremists also demanded the release of several women held in Iraq and Saudi Arabia in return for the Swiss captive. “Their initial demands for the release of (former Al-Qaeda chief) Osama bin Laden’s wives held in Pakistan were rejected by Yemeni officials last week,” Zibari told AFP, adding the group then placed new conditions for the Swiss woman’s return. “Now they’re demanding the release of 100 Al-Qaeda affiliated militants from Yemeni jails and 50 million euros (66 million dollars)... at which point the mediation efforts failed because of the prohibitive demands,” he said.

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Abdul Aleem Khan has condemned the attack on PTI office in NA 127 at Peco Road and blamed the administration’s negligence for it. He demanded that the culprits be arrested and be handed out exemplary punishments. He also criticised the federal government for not paying heed to the misery of the masses and for not stopping the power outages. He said innocent were dying in the protests and the Punjab government needed to fulfil its duty of safeguarding the lives and property of the citizens. STAff REpoRT

CONTRADICTION Apropos a news item headlined “Haqqani may seek political asylum in USA”, circles close to former ambassador Husain Haqqani have rejected the impression that he would seek political asylum in the United States in case the memo commission issued his arrest warrants after possible rejection of his request by the Supreme Court for recording his statement via video link from London or the memo commission gave. pR

KARACHI: A policeman throws dirt on a burning motorbike after unidentified men set it on fire during violence on Thursday. ReUteRS

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Unidentified armed men running amok in city resorted to aerial firing, causing tension that blanketed the entire city of Karachi. The recent incident occurred in Lasbela area of the metropolis, where intense firing spawned panic around the area. Earlier, the funeral prayers for Zainul Abidin, a worker of the Awami National Party (ANP) was offered at Football Ground, Patel Para. Later, he was buried in Khamosh Colony Cemetery amid sobs and sighs of grief. On the occasion, the angry people took to intense firing. Numerous areas of the city were basking under massive tension on a mourning call by the ANP with shops and other commercial activities at a standstill. At least 14 vehicles including a truck was set on fire in various areas including Sakhi Hasan, Qayyumabad, Qaidabad, Lasbela, Teen Hati, Nishtar Road and Patel Para.

Traffic was seen thin in many areas including Banaras, Orangi Town, Qasba Colony, Qaidabad, Sultanabad, HIjrat Colony, Metroville, Ittehad Town, Sohrab Goth and Shah Faisal Colony. Meanwhile, commuters and citizens faced problems owing to the closure of petrol and CNG stations in most areas. Firing incidents continued until the filing of this report. Bodies with torture marks of two youths were found this morning from North Nazimabad area of Khalilabad. Two men were killed in Orangi Town areas of Qazzafi Chowk and Farooq Colony. A man, Samad s/o Noor Bashr, 40, was gunned down on Banaras bridge. Another man, Sadaqat, 40 was shot to death in Gulistan-e-Jauhar. Body of a woman was found from Hawks Bay’s Musharraf Colony. A firing incident injured Badshah Khan in Korangi-3 and Ayaz Khan in Gulistan-e-Jauhar. Separately, three people were injured when gunmen opened fire at a hotel located in Metroville area.

338 cases of forced marriages, 185 of rape reported in 31 districts in January ISLAMABAD STAff REpoRT

Of the 855 first information reports (FIRs) registered for crimes committed against women in 31 districts across the country in January this year, forced marriages were the most frequently reported and rape the most widely reported crimes. Across 31 districts, 338 cases of forced marriages were registered while 31 districts reported 185 cases of rape. Another 206 FIRs were filed for attack on modesty, 105 for offences relating to marriage, 19 for honour killing and two for word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman. According to a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report released on Thursday, the number of FIRs filed against counterfeiting currency notes continued to increase with on average 44 per district filed in January as compared to 37 registered in December and 28 in November 2011.


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A C K I N G import of electricity from India at a reasonable cost, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) chief Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said the government and its coalition partners were responsible for worsening law and order situation in Karachi. Talking to reporters in

Khanewal, the former prime minister said the PML-N had no armed wing. He said extortion and no-goareas in Karachi were new terms introduced during the tenure of the incumbent government. “This is a product of current rulers who are collecting money for their next generations and law and order has no importance in their eyes,” Nawaz added. He said the Supreme Court had pinpointed that all political parties had armed wings except the PML-

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To a question regarding load shedding, he said Punjab was the worst affected area. He said he supported Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s stance of taking to streets against prolonged outages across the province that had even crossed 20 hours. He said a chief minister could raise voice against the injustice of federation with his province. Quoting history, he said India

Government sacks doctor who helped track down bin Laden PESHAWAR

UK introduces online application, priority visa service IsLAmABAD: It is a myth that the UK denies visa to genuine people. If you are a genuine traveler to the UK, do it straight and apply online now without involving any agent, British High Commissioner to Pakistan Adam Thomson said while addressing a press conference on Thursday as he unveiled new visa rules to be implemented from April 1. He said Pakistan is on number 5 on the list of the most UK visa recipient countries. Thomson observed a small percentage of Pakistani travelers abuse the UK hospitality and visa rules and embarrass their families, adding at present there were around 6,000 Pakistanis who have applied for asylum in the UK. He said that the British government is going to introduce new measures to help improve the level of customer service to applicants from Pakistan, including a new online application system and a Priority Visa Service. He said the major changes in visa rules were not Pakistan specific. TAhiR niAz

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The government on Thursday sacked a government surgeon recruited by the CIA to help find Osama bin Laden, officials said, amid calls for him to face treason charges. Doctor Shakeel Afridi, who is in custody, was fired on disciplinary grounds by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government. “The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has issued a notification of dismissal of Dr Shakeel Afridi,” provincial Health Secretary Ashfaq Khan told AFP. Seventeen other medics who worked on the same fake vaccination programme set up by the CIA in a bid to confirm the al Qaeda chief was living in Abbottabad have already been sacked from their government posts, he added. Fifteen women health workers were dismissed last August, and a woman doctor and an assistant coordinator were sacked on March 17, Khan told AFP. Afridi, who worked

for years as a government surgeon in Khyber Agency, is in police custody and a panel investigating the bin Laden raid has recommended that he be put on trial for treason. Officials believe Afridi may have known about bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad and shared the information with US intelligence agents. British newspaper The Guardian reported last July that Afridi set up a fake vaccination programme in the hope of obtaining DNA samples from the house where the CIA suspected bin Laden was living. The United States was not 100 percent sure that the Al-Qaeda chief was living in the Abbottabad house when President Barack Obama gave the approval for Navy SEALs to raid the compound on May 2. The Guardian said the doctor had been recruited by the CIA for an elaborate scheme to vaccinate residents for hepatitis B, a ploy to get a DNA sample from those living in the house to see if they were bin Laden family members.

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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has finally changed “Go Zardari Go” with “Come Nawaz Come” to charge the masses against power outages, corruption and spiral inflation. The resurrection came after the sixth consecutive anti-outage riots that led to death and vandalism in Punjab. To attain the optimum momentum, PML-N President Nawaz Sharif has revived consultative talks with opposition parties within and outside the parliament. The drive was not initiated two months back, at the time of Senate elections, when the environment would not have given it the impetus that it is getting now. Power crisis

and inflation helped Nawaz’s cause, who seized the opportunity and threw the gauntlet. This time, however, anti-government drive has changed the name from ‘Go Zardari Go’ to ‘Come Nawaz Come’ as catchy advertisement strategy to attract people. “Recent public speeches at Jamia Naeemia and Sadiqabad by Nawaz Sharif are the prelude for the new anti-government drive titled Come Nawaz Come that will start on March 31,” PML-N senior leader said. The drive format entails gigantic protest demonstrations, massive rallies, seminars, press conferences, meetings and media campaigns. Long March is also part of drive and could be employed as last option.

“Its first phase will last on April 4 and it will take off from Lahore. Most probably CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif will address the rally to be conducted on Muslim Mosque at Lohari. However, so far MNA Hamza Shahbaz is confirmed to speak on the occasion accompanied by Khawaja Saad Rafiq,” a credible source revealed. PML-N has geared up preparations to make the rally a success on March 31. Massive green banners have been displayed on various important intersections of Lahore. Banners bearing the pictures of Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif have also been showcased on The Mall, especially in front of Governor House and Punjab Assembly. PML-N Media Coordinator

Muhamamd Mehdi told Pakistan Today that preparations were being given final touches and it would be eye-opener for the rulers. He said ‘Go Zardari Go’ drive had been evoked to get the masses rid of corrupt and incompetent government which had unleashed the hell of long hours of power outages, corruption and price-hike through its destructive policies Mehdi said the central government promised to hold early elections succumbing to public pressure. However, he said it reneged soon after the pressure dwindled. “The momentum to be prompted by ‘Come Nawaz Come’ drive and people will give the government an idea of how sick they are of it,” he said.

was once interested in purchasing electricity from Pakistan, but circumstance had changed to a dangerous extent. He said the government was least concerned with the progress and prosperity of the country; rather rulers had put the country in a difficult situation where there was no hope for the common man to survive. Nawaz said whenever the country was on the path of development, dictators stepped in and removed democratic governments.

Nurses strike: Three children die at NICH KARACHI: Nurses and paramedic staff continued their strike on Thursday, as three children died at National Institute of Child Health (NICH) during the boycott, a private TV channel reported. The Professional Nursing Association said it would continue with the protest until their demand for a pay increase was not met. Patients, specifically those in the pediatric wards, have been severely affected by the strike. The director of NICH, Dr Jamal Raza, clarified that work was being affected due to the nurses’ strike, however, that was not the reason behind the deaths of the children. Raza said the children who passed away were severely ill. The protesting nurses and paramedic staff has announced that due to the situation in the city and the suffering of the patients, regular staff would be present in emergency wards. MoniToRing dESk


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akistan on Thursday said it was looking forward to the normalisation of relations with the United States after the completion of ongoing parliamentary debate on “future terms of engagement” with Washington but its sovereignty was not open to negotiation. “We are looking forward to the resumption of normal relations with the US following the completion of the parliamentary process which is currently underway. Pakistan remains committed, more than 100 percent against terrorism and militancy but its sovereignty is not open to negotiation,” said Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit addressing his weekly press briefing. He was asked US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza

CJP seeks practical suggestions for giving expatriates voting rights ISLAMABAD inp

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Thursday directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to submit practicable suggestions regarding giving rights of vote to Pakistani immigrants. The chief justice heading a three-member bench was hearing a petition pertaining to giving right to vote to Pakistani immigrants on Thursday. The counsel of the petitioner pleaded that no actions have been taken by Election Commission to give right of vote to Pakistani living abroad who were sending foreign exchange of over Rs 12 billions annually. The joint secretary to Election Commission informed the court that commission was reviewing various steps and would soon come out with suggestions in this regard. On this the chief justice said every Pakistani, whether living in Pakistan or abroad had the right to cast vote and no one would be deprived from this right.

Gilani met twice on the sidelines of the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit and the US president urged the prime minister to keep US’s security interests in view while he also expressed respect for the parliamentary process so how does he see the two aspects of Pakistan’s sovereignty and US’s security go hand in hand? When asked about any progress on the issues of drones and reopening the NATO supply route, he said, “On the issues of drone attacks and reopening of NATO supply routes, I think we should better wait as to what policy directions the parliament finally gives us.” On Pakistan’s decision to attend the NATO summit in Chicago in May, he said, “You may recall that our foreign minister has said many times that Kabul is the most important capital for Pakistan. We obviously want a peaceful and stable Afghanistan and we will continue making our contribu-

tions in this process. Regarding the Chicago NATO Summit in May this year we have not yet decided about our participation.” On details of the meeting of General James Mattis with COAS General Ashfaq Kayani, he said, “I have nothing to add to what has already been released by the ISPR.” On media reports that after the Chinese withdrawal, Pakistan was looking for Russian financial support for the gas pipeline from Iran, he said, “Yes, a Pakistani technical delegation is visiting Moscow early next month to have discussions on bilateral energy cooperation with relevant Russian authorities and companies including Gazprom.” Asked that some reports say that Pakistan has accepted the Indian offer for supply of electricity to Pakistan, he said, “There is nothing concrete on this yet.”

SC seeks record Continued FRoM page 1 At the onset of the hearing, Raja Shahid Mehmood Abbasi counsel for ANF submitted that Force Commander ANF Brigadier Fahim intended to withdraw the petition. The Chief Justice inquired from Fahim, “Who gave you authority to withdraw the case - under what reasons you have decided to withdraw the petition - something is wrong at the bottom”. ANF Force Commander Brigadier Fahim apprised the bench that after the investigation of the matter, Touqeer Ahmed Khan name surfaced who under the pretext of personal secretary of Ali Musa Gilani got approval of the quota which was passed by the Federal Health Ministry against the rules and regulations. Upon the direction of the CJP, Force Commander ANF Brigadier Fahim read out report of the inquiry committee saying that both the pharmaceutical companies misused the quota and sold it to smugglers instead of using it for the medicine ‘Ephedrine’. The CJP remarked, “The situation is causing bad names for the

country as such kind of happenings taking place on official level”. According to the report, every pharmaceutical company was entitled to get a quantity of 500 kilograms quota of the ingredient used in ‘Ephedrine’ tablet but ignoring the 20 pharmaceutical companies the Federal Ministry for Health granted quota of 9000 kilograms to Berlex Labs International and Denis Pharmaceutical. During the proceedings, Investigation Officer/ Deputy Director ANF told the court that he had issued a notice to Ali Musa Gilani on March 12,2011 to appear for evidence because Toqueer Ali Khan used to claim himself to be private secretary of Gilani, adding neither Ali Musa Gilani nor Touqeer Ali Khan appeared for evidence so far. A letter was also read out which the sitting federal health secretary Zafar Abbas wrote to ANF saying that evidence against Touqeer Ali Khan s/o Shaukat Ali Khan or the political figure (Ali Musa Gilani) in the subject matter be brought for prior approval for proceedings. Later, the bench adjourned the hearing till April 20.

The court pointed out to them that as there was a request on his behalf through his AOR on the ground that the ASC was out of country and was also on general adjournment, therefore, it would postpone the hearing of this case. The court in its order ruled that on March 28 at 10pm, a letter has been received by the registrar of its office, wherein besides mentioning other facts, the applicant has claimed the confidentiality about its disclosure. The registrar has put up a note wherein he has pointed out that he has received an email addressed to him along

Pakistan addicted to using militants against India: Pentagon NEW DELHI onlinE

Pakistan has an “addiction” of “playing around” with militant groups against India; a top Pentagon official on Thursday. “They have an addiction to playing around with militia groups to achieve certain interests, particularly visa-vis India. That gets them in all kinds of trouble,” Michael Sheehan. Michael Sheehan, assistant secretary of Defence for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, told lawmakers at a Congressional hearing. Responding to questions, Sheehan said the US has been having discussion with Pakistan in this regard, but without much success. “We’ve had these conversations with them forever about that. I don’t see that changing. I don’t see any set of talking points that’s going to be delivered by some new diplomat that’s going to change their mind,” Sheehan said, adding the US has virtually “given up” in its effort to change the mindset of Pakistan with regard to India. “It’s the way they view the world. We have to understand the way they view the world and try to work through it. But it’s not going to be easy, but I think at the end of the day we have been successful in the FATA in degrading al-Qaeda over the last 10 years despite all these problems.

with an application to HCJ in connection with Constitution Petitions Nos77-85 and 89, that the applicant claims confidentiality, however, some contents of the application have already appeared on Thursday in various newspapers (copies enclosed) and also telecast on several TV channels and that copies of the letter have also been forwarded to Asma Jehangir, Syed Zahid Hussain, Idrees Ashraf and Asad Jamal. Be that as it may, as the applicant himself has claimed confidentiality although according to the contents of the report of the registrar some of the contents of the application have already appeared in press, therefore, till the deci-

sion of the application, the same shall be kept confidential, the court ruled. The court also noted that the manner in which such letters are directly addressed to Chief Justice or Judges has already been discouraged, when such a letter was sent by Ijaz. However, the court again reiterated that instead of addressing any letter directly to the chief justice or judges of this court, correspondence should be done with the court in official capacity. The court directed that subject to all just and legal exceptions, the commission is required to complete its task as assigned to it expeditiously within a period of six weeks and disposed of the

SC to decide Continued FRoM page 1 He said if prime minister did not implement this order, another contempt of court proceedings could be initiated against him. Appearing on notice, Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq said he had been instructed by the government to request the court to defer hearing on its orders to the prime minister to write the letter without getting any advice, as contempt proceedings against the prime minister for not writing letter were already in progress, in which it was being examined whether the matter of writing letter was implement-able or not. Justice Nasirul Mulk noted that the order for wring letter without getting any advice was a separate issue. He said continuation of contempt proceedings did not mean that the prime minister was not accountable for implementation of the NRO verdict as well as writing of letter to the Swiss authorities. “Now, the prime minister and the law

secretary would have to interpret the court orders,” Justice Gulzar Ahmed remarked. The court noted that the second order given to the prime minister, during the contempt proceedings, for writing letter was also not implemented, thus an appropriate decision would be given on it on April 16. Earlier, on March 19, while disobeying the Supreme Court orders, the prime minister had refused to write letter to the Swiss authorities and had suggested that, being a matter of grave public concern, the issue should be sent to parliament. On March 18, the court had ordered the prime minister to write a letter, without getting any advice and influence of the ongoing contempt proceedings against him, to the Swiss authorities for reopening graft cases against President Zardari and submit compliance report along with his (Gilani) written statement on March 19 or personally appear on March 21 to get his statement recorded over the matter. However, on March 21, Aitzaz Ahsan, the counsel for the premier, objected on the seven-member special bench hearing the matter and sought its recusal. Now the court is scheduled to hear the case on April 12.

Indian army chief calls leak BRICS summit insists on dialogue of letter ‘high treason’ NEW DELHI Afp

India’s army chief on Thursday said the leaking of a damning letter he wrote describing the army as unfit to fight a war was treason and urged “ruthless” treatment of the culprit. Army Chief General V.K. Singh told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the letter that India’s tanks lacked shells to fire, its air defences were out of date and its forces “woefully short” of weapons. “The leakage of the letter should be treated as high treason... and sources of the leakage should be found and dealt with ruthlessly,” Singh, who is due to retire on May 31, said in a statement. Defence Minister A.K.

Antony also slammed those responsible for releasing the letter, calling it an “anti-national” move that “only helps enemies”. Antony said at a defence trade show in New Delhi that “we will take strongest action under laws after going into the root of the leak of the army chief’s letter.” The opposition outcry over the letter, which was splashed across the media on Wednesday, forced Antony to promise parliament that the government would do everything “necessary for the security of the nation.” The general said in his letter, dated March 12, that India’s air defences were “97 percent obsolete” and its tank fleet was “devoid of critical ammunition to defeat enemy tanks.”

Pakistan paid Rs 1bn for release of two kidnapped Swiss nationals LONDON inp

A massive ransom of Rs 1 billion was paid to kidnappers for the release of two Swiss tourists who were found in Pakistan’s tribal region. They were kidnapped last year and spent eight months in captivity, before apparently escaping the Taliban and walking to an army checkpoint in North Waziristan, one of the most dangerous places on the planet. The Swiss government says it never pays ransoms. Almost two weeks after their release, few details have emerged on how Olivier David Och and Daniela Wid-

mer made their daring escape. And how they managed hours in a militant stronghold before stumbling across an army checkpoint. According to Daily Telegraph, experts on Pakistan’s tribal regions said a massive ransom was paid for the couple – one billion rupees or almost £7m. The money was not paid by the Swiss government, they said, but more likely by Pakistan itself. For the couple were being held by Waliur Rehman, a leader of a faction within the Pakistan Taliban that is keen on holding talks with Islamabad. The theory is that paying the ransom – and possibly freeing some of his

instant petition. The court however, made clear that the application submitted by Husain Haqqani with the request, the case is being adjourned and the order already passed in respect of his appearance within a period of four days for which he himself gave an undertaking through his counsel is still intact. The court further directed that Akhtar Ali, AOR and Asma Jehangir, learned ASC for Haqqani are at liberty to make an application at any time for fixation of the case and no sooner such a request is received, the matter shall be taken up, subject to the availability of the Bench. Later, the court adjourned the hearing to a date in office.

senior commanders, although accounts vary as to whether anyone was released – would strengthen his position, either nudging the Taliban towards talks or, at the very least, sowing further division within the ranks. And, if it goes the same way as previous cases, there will be a quiet donation of Swiss cash to government coffers to cover the payout. But the dangers of terrorist blowback are clear. Within days of releasing his prisoners, Waliur Rehman was recording a video, flanked by gunmen and with an AK-47 at his side, threatening to launch terrorist attacks on Britain. He said his group would

seek revenge on the UK unless three Muslim prisoners were released, including Bilal Abdullah, the Glasgow airport bomber, whom he said was being mistreated: “If the British government does not comply with this, then our revenge against the British government will be very severe. These are not just words. We will show them in practice. We will show them how we take revenge for the mistreatment of our brothers. The paper said the threats were probably bragging, but Rehman could not be blamed for a bit of a swagger after winning such a significant payday.

for Syria, Iran NEW DELHI Afp

The world’s emerging powers on Thursday said dialogue was the only answer to crises in Syria and Iran at a summit aimed at bolstering their non-Western alliance’s influence on global affairs. The BRICS bloc — comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — vowed to work together more closely on areas of mutual concern and launched plans for their first joint institution, a development bank. At their fourth summit together, they also issued a pre-emptive warning against any military action by the West or Israel to end the unrest in Syria or the dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme. “We agreed that a lasting solution in Syria and Iran can only be found through dialogue,” Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a closing statement at the one-day summit in New Delhi. A summit declaration warned of the “disastrous consequences” of allowing the Iran standoff to escalate into conflict and stressed that the bloodshed in Syria could only be resolved by “peaceful means”. Much of the final statement at the conclusion of the one-day meeting dwelt on how the BRICS alliance would coordinate their positions together while lobbying collectively to grab a greater say in world affairs.


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‘Planners not investing in human development’ IsLAmABAD: Planners in Pakistan are following filter-down strategies rather than investing in human development. This was stated by prominent journalist and human rights activist IA Rehman, while giving a lecture on ‘Human Rights and Economic Development’ at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE). He said only about 4 percent of Pakistan’s Gross Domestic Product is spent on human rights related development whereas most countries invest over 4 percent of their GDP on education alone. He emphasised the need for initiating a dialogue on rights-based development as the only means to ensure ownership of the people. He regretted that the Parliament was not holding a special session as required by Article 29 on the principles of policies related to education, health, culture and social welfare. He stated that it was only with the 18th Amendment that the right to primary and secondary education was recognised as a fundamental human right. He added that it was regrettable that Pakistan was trailing the SAARC countries-except for Bhutan and Nepal-in terms of the Human Development Index, such as infant and maternal mortality and gender equality. STAff REpoRT

‘China has no desire to play leadership role in region’ ISLAMABAD

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SLAMABAD Chief Commissioner Tariq Mahmood Pirzada has urged lady health workers to play their role in reducing the preventable deaths of children under five and mothers during pregnancy and birth. He was addressing the launching ceremony of Mother and Child Week in Islamabad Hotel, starting from April 2 to April 7 organised by the district health department, in coordination with the UNICEF and the Capital Development Authority. The ceremony was attended by lady health workers, representatives of UNICEF and officials of EPI, CDA and the district health department. The main objective of the Mother and Child Week is to address the

health problems of mothers and children by raising awareness and strengthening the health system to become more responsive. The weeklong activities would focus on prevention of diarrhea among children, use of ORS and zinc syrup, immunisation of children against communicable diseases, tetanus toxoid vaccination for pregnant women, providing counselling services to pregnant women, provision of iron and folic acid tablets to the mother and children for overcoming anemia and malnutrition among children, providing family planning services, promotion of personal hygiene, washing hands and prevention of pneumonia. The lady health workers would conduct door-to-door visits to the 12 union councils and 14 slums of Islamabad and provide these basic health care facilities to the disadvantaged

Lok Virsa remembers Rauf Khalid ISLAMABAD

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China had no desire to play a leadership role in the region or in the world affairs as it has no hegemonic designs. These views were shared by the Chinese scholars, who are on a visit to Pakistan, with their fellow scholars at Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) here on Thursday. The delegation, comprising scholars from Gansu and Xinjiang Association for International Friendly Contact (GAIFC and XAIFC), Liu Guangjun and Li Mingbao of GAIFC, Gao Ming and Shi Boyin of XAIFC, in exchange of views with IPRI scholars, affirmed that China would fulfill its responsibilities in the region and the world, but without desiring a leadership role for itself. They were asked about China’s role in the tripartite alliance with Afghanistan and Pakistan that had recently emerged and in relation to Beijing’s growing ties with India, particularly when the US was reportedly bolstering India against China. The Chinese scholars wanted to know about Pakistan’s position on the question of Iran’s nuclear programme. They were told that Pakistan believed it was for peaceful uses of nuclear energy among which a major project was a cancer hospital in Tehran that required 75kg of uranium. If the West agreed to provide that material, Iran would readily abandon its enrichment activities. To a question about the situation in Syria, the Chinese scholars were told that Kofi Anan mission was reportedly a success and the Syrian president had agreed to the suggestions put forward by Anan. About the prospects of peace in Afghanistan, it was explained that the US withdrawal would be partial as it might retain a smaller force there for its strategic objectives in Central Asia.

Speakers on Thursday paid glowing tributes to the late leading actor, director, producer, painter, playwright and bureaucrat, Rauf Khalid. They were speaking at a condolence reference here at Lok Virsa organised with a joint collaboration of ‘Aaina’, a literary organisation, and Lok Virsa. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information and Culture Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain was the chief guest while his widow, Senator Rubina Khalid, attended the condolence reference as a guest of honour. Speaking on the occasion, Mian Iftikhar Hussain paid rich tributes to the late Khalid for his meritorious contribution to the field of culture, TV drama and production. The minister said, “Rauf Khalid was a great human being. He truly served the nation when he found opportunity. His services cannot be forgotten. We, the Pakistanis, are proud of people like Rauf Khalid.” Iftikhar also lauded the services of Rauf Khalid towards promotion and preservation of culture, arts, crafts, music and folk heritage of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The widow of Rauf Khalid, Senator Rubina Khalid, speaking on the occasion, said: “Khalid was a cultural and media personality. He worked hard for the promotion and projection of Pakistani culture at home and abroad. I also supported him in materialising some of his projects. Now after his demise, I would like to accomplish his mission. So preservation and promotion of culture, arts, crafts, folklore and other art forms would remain my priority as a parliamentarian,” Rubina

khalid said in a somber tone. About her family, Rubina said, “Three people were very instrumental in my life – my father, brother Zahir Ali Shah and husband Rauf Khalid. They were in favour of women’s empowerment. Two of my sisters are medical doctors and I have done law. My daughter Sidra Khalid is studying in LUMS.” Regarding her affiliation with PPP, Rubina said, “I am a jiala by birth and would love to die as a jiala. My family has been associated politically with PPP since decades. They were sent to jail and tortured during dictatorship but they did not compromise on their principles. I would also like to dedicate my entire life to the PPP and the cause of the people. PPP is, in fact, my family.” The other participants were Federal Minister Arbab Alamgir, Senator Saeeda Iqbal, Saifullah Bangash, Afrasiab Khattak, Mrs Farah Aqil, KP ministers Aqil Shah, Ahmed Shah and Zahir Shah, Baitul Maal Chairman Zumurrad Khan, MNAs Pir Aftab Hussain Shah Jilani, Malik Azmat Khan, Nafeesa Shah, Rubina Kaimkhani, Raheela Baloch, Bushra Gohar, Surayya Amiruddin, Mehrunisa Afridi, Jamila Gilani, Faisal Sakhi Butt, Shazia Javed, Shamim Zaidi, Shahid Rafi, Sanaullah Aman, CDA member Akbar Khan Marwat, Akhtar Shah, Sumera Khan, Major Nauman, Zulfiqar Hussain, former culture secretary Moin-ul-Islam Bokhari, Federal Secretary Faridullah Khan, Imtiaz Inayat Elahi, Abdul Basit, Marvi Sarmad, Tariq Miraj, Zafar Gondal, Nargis Faiz Malik, Rao Tehseen, Lt-Gen (retd) Farrukh and persons related to film and TV industry, including Ejaz Gul, Zeba Bukhtiar, Laila Zuberi and Shugufta Ejaz.

IIUI holds first Intl conference on mental health ISLAMABAD STAff REpoRT

The country’s youth has the potential to bring about a revolution, said Higher Education Commission Executive Director Dr Sohail Naqvi. He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the first two-day ‘International Conference on Mental Health’ at the International Islamic University, on Thursday. Dr Naqvi said the IIUI pioneered the launch of the BS programme in psychology, setting a benchmark for the other institutions. He stated that students should highlight social problems to eliminate the false sense of security. He added that very little data is available about most issues and that people reframe scientific solutions to suit themselves. Talking about social be-

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haviour, he said the masses love to discuss drug addiction, but no one comes forward to solve the problem. He said women have a positive part to play in the resolution of social problems. Dr Naqvi said: “We should come out of auditoriums go to the people of this country to understand what they are going through.” He stated that people are investing a lot in educating their children and deserved quality education. IIUI President Prof Dr Mumtaz Ahmad said the university was the first to establish a psychological training clinic for students, teachers and employees. He said the clinic helps traumatised students recover. Dr Mumtaz acknowledged the efforts of Dr Naqvi and his cooperation with various universities for academic and training projects. IIUI Faculty of Social

Sciences Dean Dr Nabi Baksh Jumani, who has authored or co-authored over seventy research papers so far, said there is need to identify important areas of research relating to psychosocial problems. Principle organiser of the conference, Dr M Tahir Khalily said there is an alarming increase in the number of social illnesses due to depression. Dr Khalily stated that the academic and intellectual prospects needed to be explored to understand mental health issues. Co-principal organiser of the conference, Dr Seema Gul said there is a growing need to identify important areas of research relating to the psychosocial problems based on scientific investigation. Various national and international scholars presented their papers at the conference which will continue till tomorrow.

families and would register pregnant women for all the requisite health care services. Health education of disadvantaged families would also be an important part of the weeklong activities. Chief Commissioner Tariq Mahmood Pirzada appreciated the role of lady health workers in the basic health care delivery system and said they were the backbone of the health care system and asked them the do their work with more missionary zeal. He also appreciated the efforts and support of UNICEF and international community for making the health delivery system more responsive and effective for the disadvantaged mothers and children. Later the chief commissioner who was chief guest of the ceremony visited various stalls set up by the lady health workers at the venue and appreciated their performance.

US supports maternal and child health care in Pakistan ISLAMABAD STAff REpoRT

The US government and health care professionals from all over Pakistan on Thursday celebrated the successful completion of a five-year $48 million training programme for healthcare providers. The project, ‘Family Advancement for Life and Health (FALAH), trained nearly 27,000 health professionals and reached more than 50 million people through its public educational outreach, claimed a press release issued here by the US embassy. “The FALAH project is a strong example of the US government’s long-term commitment to support Pakistan to improve the health and welfare of its people,” said USAID Deputy Director for Pakistan, Karen Freeman, at the closeout seminar for the FALAH project. In Pakistan, a mother dies giving birth to her child every three minutes. According to medical professionals, one of the major causes of this tragedy is the poor timing of pregnancies. Poor birth timing leaves women and children vulnerable to diseases and untimely death.


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Law, order situation biggest threat to Balochistan: debate ISLAMABAD STAff REpoRT

When the state’s institutions begin patronising crime, the citizens cannot feel safe. The worsening of the law and order situation has emerged as the biggest threat to Balochistan as people carrying fake intelligence agencies’ ID cards are abusing their authority for personal gains. These were the views expressed by speakers at a roundtable discussion forum, ‘Decoding the Nexus between Criminal Gangs and Insurgents in Balochistan’, organised by the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) on Thursday. Balochistan National Party Vice President and Senator Mir Hasil Bizenjo termed the failure of the law and order situation in Balochistan as the biggest threat to the province. He underlined that people carrying fake ID cards of intelligence agencies are involved in crimes like kidnappings, car theft and drug smuggling. Detailing the apathy of the state security apparatus, he said the security forces cannot apprehend any influential criminal because of the nexus between the political elite, criminal gangs and agencies. “No security agency dares to stop these people. They operate with impunity and are practically unchecked,” he added. He stated: “The state writ is absent in Balochistan. Levies and FC have become ineffective because of the collusion between criminal gangs and politicians.” Discussing the prospects of change in Balochistan as a result of the fresh elections, he said the new elections will bring relative changes in the province, but they cannot alter the entire status quo.

Lecture held on Islamic banking at Riphah University ISLAMABAD STAff REpoRT

Malaysian Scholar Dr. Syed Othman Alhabshi on Thursday delivered lecture on Islamic banking and finance at Riphah International University. Renowned scholar and an expert in Islamic finance, Datuk Dr Syed Othman Alhabshi, Chief Academic Officer of International Centre of Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF), Malaysia, visited Riphah International University and delivered a lecture on ‘Islamic Banking and Finance for Dynamic Blend of Shariah and Professional Expertise’ at Al-Mizan Campus of the university in Rawalpindi. His lecture was attended by a gathering of academicians, banking and finance experts, teachers and students of various faculties of Riphah International University and other educational institutions of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Othman Alhabshi spoke on various aspects of Islamic finance, particularly Takaful and education in Islamic business.

Army wins shooting championship IsLAmABAD: Double trap event of National Open Clay Shooting Championships Islamabad 2012 concluded at Gun and Country Club here on Thursday. Pakistan Army was declared champion. Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar was the chief guest on the occasion. According to the results, Pakistan Army won two gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze. Pakistan Navy won one silver medal while Punjab Rifle Association won one bronze medal. In the overall results, Pakistan Army scored 234 gold medals, Pakistan Navy 177 silver medals, Punjab Rifle Association team scored 174 bronze medals. STAff REpoRT

iSlAMABAd: Scheduled Caste Rights Movement (SCRM) in collaboration with ActionAid pakistan demonstrate in favour of their demands. Staff pHoto

Hindus protest delay in passage of Marriage Registration Act ISLAMABAD STAff REpoRT

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HILE condemning the prolonged delay in the passage of the Hindu Marriage Registration Act, Scheduled caste Hindus on Thursday gathered to protest against the consequential social discrimination they are bound to face in the absence of a law to protect their matrimonial rights. The Scheduled Caste Rights Movement (SCRM), in collaboration with Action Aid held a protest demonstration in front of the Parliament. Initially, nearly 200 people, including members of the Hindu community and civil rights activists held a mock marriage ceremony in front of the National Press Club to depict the ineffectiveness of marriage when it is not registered with the government. Scheduled caste women said the

absence of a marriage registration law entailed multiple social issues for them, including abduction, forced conversion and the inability to benefit from any government scheme. Shakuntala Devi, a protestor from Multan, said: “It has been four years that we have been struggling for our rights. In 2011, a bill was presented in the National Assembly for the legislation of a law to register Hindu marriages but so far there has been no reported progress. “Hindu women are being constantly victimised as in absence of a marriage law, they remain deprived of basic social, political and economic rights.” Reema Mai from Rahim Yar Khan said: “Since the last 60 years, Hindu women are being discriminated against. Hindu girls and even married women are abducted and later re-married to non-Hindus and it all goes unnoticed because there is no law to protect us.

“We feel very insecure and our elders marry us at a very early age. Getting the National Identity Card is a challenging task. We have to bribe the NADRA staff for getting the NIC. We cannot stay in a hotel because of our inability to produce marriage registration certificate.” SCRM President Guru Sukh Dev said: “In 2008, the scheduled caste Hindus realised the need for a collective platform. The SCRM is now a social movement with many successes to its credit. However, we still face many challenges to make our voices heard. “The SCRM lobbied with many parliamentarians and introduced a marriage registration bill in the Parliament which is still pending. It has been more than 60 years that any law to protect Hindus was discussed in the Parliament. We demand the early passage of the Hindu marriage registration law so that it could end out insecurities.”

foundation University Holds Sports gala 2012 ISLAMABAD STAff REpoRT

Foundation University Islamabad (FUI) Rector Prof Dr Bilal A Khan has said that the importance of sports and other cocurricular activities in the university life cannot be under-emphasised. “Such events play a significant role in the character building, spirit of competition, discipline and comradeship of students. Besides, these activities help people keep good physical health,” he said while speaking at the closing ceremony of the FUI Sports Gala 2012 held at Pasban Sports Complex, Rawalpindi, on Thursday. The events of the gala included 100meter race, 60-meter race, chatti race, sack race, three-legged race and tug of war. The rector said sports were an important contributor to human nature. He said lack of responsibility often swells to a point where people avoid any kind of competitive activity for inherent fear of failure. “Participation in sports and games are healthy activities which kindle the fire of struggle, excellence and competition,” he added. Dr Bilal said that it is heartening to note that the FUI constituent colleges are cognizant of the importance of sports and are making dedicated efforts to provide ample opportunities to their respective students for participating in both indoor and outdoor activities.

UNESCO, UNHCR sign MoU to educate Afghans 4 women among ISLAMABAD STAff REpoRT

The United Nation’s Educational, Scientific, and Culture Organisation (UNESCO) in co-operation with the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) during a conference titled, ‘The Right to Education of Afghan Refugee Children in Pakistan’ at a local hotel on Thursday. Pakistan has been hosting Afghan refugees for three decades now, with currently some 1.7 million registered Afghans living in the urban and rural areas of Pakistan, including women and children. Pakistan is among the top countries in the world hosting such a large refugee population. To meet their basic needs, Pakistan has been facilitating the provision of educational services to some Afghan refugees for years. Regardless of these efforts, the illiteracy rate is very high among Afghan

refugee children. The aim of the conference was to raise awareness and highlight concerns to encourage stakeholders to achieve the ‘Education For All’ (EFA) goals by including Afghan refugee children through policy and capacity reform especially in refugee hosting areas, such as FATA, KP and Balochistan. UNESCO Country Representative Dr Kozue Kay Nagata said in her opening remarks: “We have an objective to assure that education is accessible, especially to the marginalised. “We are geared to set up a foundation for future joint interventions with a common interest of ensuring that education reaches Afghan refugee children as we believe all children have a right to education.” Stressing on the need to educate societies without discriminating refugees due to their status, she said: “This is a highly sensitive issue, which can not be solved unless we consider the fundamental issue of tackling the issue practically, especially

by including marginalised groups like refugees in policy reform.” UNHCR Country Director Neil Wright elaborated the educational situation among the Afghan refugees living in Pakistan. Wright said: “The quality of the education, including the quality of the facilities and the teachers among refugees shows that there is a long way to go. “Out of the current refugee population, 50 percent are 14 years of age, whereas 70 percent are 18. Only 55,000 PoR card holders have completed primary education.” Wright added that a vast majority of the refugee children were born in Pakistan and they consider it to be their country. UNESCO Bangkok Director Dr Gwong- Jo Kim stressed on different aspects of ‘Education for All’ and indicated that one of the reasons for the low implementation rate to meet the EFA goals is the challenges for the marginalised groups which include refugees.

9 held; stolen goods seized ISLAMABAD STAff REpoRT

The city police on Thursday arrested nine persons, including four women, for their alleged involvement in dacoities, thefts and drug peddling, a police spokesman said. According to details, Sub Inspector Ghulam Habib from Margallah police station arrested four women, Nadia, Razia, Parveen and Sarwari, for their theft. ASI Saleem Raza from Ramna police station arrested two thieves, Javed and Nazir, and recovered stolen mobile phones from them. ASI Muhammad Niaz from Shehzad Town police arrested two dacoits, Ibrahim and Asif Ibrahim. Tarnol police arrested a drug pusher, Saqib Shah, and recovered 500 grams of heroin from his possession.


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Silkbank Limited FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011 PROFIT AND LOSS ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION AS AT DECEMBER 31, 2011 December 31,

December 31,

2011

2010

Notes

Rupees in ' 000

ASSETS Cash and balances with treasury banks

7

4,436,142

3,414,524

Balances with other banks

8

94,322

89,355

Lendings to financial institutions

9

3,100,803

1,050,754

2011

2010

Notes

Rupees in ' 000

Mark-up / return / interest earned

23

8,385,608

6,775,565

Mark-up / return / interest expensed

24

6,514,770

5,926,528

1,870,838

849,037

(Reversal) / provision against non-performing loans and advances - net

11.3.1

(2,583,376)

151,739

Provision against consumer financing

11.3

98,066

8,736

10.14

2,985

(1,559)

Net Mark-up / Interest Income

Investments - net

10

17,547,640

13,190,048

Provision / (reversal) for diminution in the value of investments - net

Advances - net

11

49,936,279

44,354,406

Recovery against written off loan

Operating fixed assets

12

4,755,911

2,443,805

Impairment in the value of investments

Deferred tax assets - net

13

3,569,417

4,192,954

Bad debts written off directly

Other assets

14

7,229,763

3,933,247

90,670,277

72,669,093

(181,045)

-

30,569

69,198

2,948

-

(2,629,853)

228,114

4,500,691

620,923

Net Mark-up / Interest Income after provisions NON MARK-UP / INTEREST INCOME

LIABILITIES Bills payable

15

1,679,456

836,931

Borrowings from financial institutions

16

17,781,686

9,871,141

Deposits and other accounts

17

64,071,908

55,706,188

-

-

Liabilities against assets subject to finance lease Deferred tax liabilities 18

1,420,886

85,031,770

67,835,146

5,638,507

4,833,947

NET ASSETS REPRESENTED BY Paid-up capital

19

16,047

157,612

130,944

70,167

(71,345)

-

(94)

(2,050,049) 20,535 (3,096,563) (3,476,016)

(733,046) 1,789,235 (12,424,854) 258,613

(8,602,093)

(11,110,052)

842,525 7,910,545 8,365,720 79,116

199,329 (5,217,191) 6,096,154 (247,533)

Gain / (Loss) on sale of securities - net 10.15 26

Total non-markup/interest income NON MARK-UP / INTEREST EXPENSES

182,085

773,821

846,586

1,184,804

5,347,277

1,805,727

Administrative expenses

27

3,779,045

3,153,601

Other provisions / (reversal) / write offs

28

179,832

(136,945)

Other charges

29

29,482

24,617

Total non-markup / interest expenses

3,988,359

3,041,273

1,358,918

(1,235,546)

Accumulated loss

(8,054,519)

(8,614,289)

92,322

85,608

21

5,638,507

4,833,947

28 12.5

Income from dealing in foreign currencies

PROFIT / (LOSS) BEFORE TAXATION

CONTINGENCIES AND COMMITMENTS

10.15

1,280,909

(13,284,674)

16,862

289,671 235,355 49,940 151,739 8,736 (1,559) 69,198 94 45,143 (136,945) 567,653 1,884

12.3 11.3.1 11.3 10.14

(276,980)

(13,284,674)

4,817,085

380,848 222,915 85,898 (2,583,376) 98,066 2,985 30,569 179,832 (3,208) -

12.2

(1,585,471)

Discount on issue of right shares

122,639

Adjustments for non-cash items Depreciation Amortization of premium on investment Amortization of intangible assets (Reversal) / Provision against non-performing advances Provision / (Reversal) against consumer finance Provision / (reversal) for diminution in the value of investments - net Impairment in the value of Investment Unrealized Gain on revaluation of investments - held for trading Provision for Gratuity Other (reversal) / provisions written back Gain on sale of fixed assets Financial charges on leased assets

29,316

-

5,515,868

(1,235,546) (29,316) (1,264,862)

322,162

139,013

20

1,358,918 (50,427) 1,308,491

CASH FLOW FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES Profit / (loss) before taxation Dividend income

50,427

26,716,048

Surplus/ (deficit) on revaluation of assets

2010

386,295

26,716,048

Reserves

2011 Rupees in ' 000

Fee, Commission and Brokerage income

Other income

1,498,720

Notes

Dividend income

Unrealized (Loss) on revaluation of investments - held for trading

- -

Other liabilities

CASH FLOW STATEMENT FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011

Income tax expense Taxation - Current

30

- Prior - Deferred PROFIT / (LOSS) AFTER TAXATION Earnings / (loss) per share - Basic and Diluted

31

-

-

571,533

(190,000)

663,855

(104,392)

695,063

(1,131,154)

0.26

(0.49)

(Increase)/ Decrease in operating assets Lendings to financial institutions Net investments in Held-for-Trading securities Advances Other assets Increase/ (Decrease) in operating liabilities Bills payable Borrowings from financial institutions Deposits Other liabilities

17,197,906

830,759

Income tax paid

8,318,833 (93,603)

(10,263,246) (82,823)

Net cash flow from operating activities

8,225,230

(10,346,069)

CASH FLOW FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES Net investment in Available-for-Sale securities Net investment in Held-to-Maturity securities Dividend received Sale proceeds of property & equipment disposed off Investment in operating fixed assets

(6,034,126) 1,561,124 50,001 29,971 (2,805,615)

4,783,567 267,443 29,316 2,476,261 (1,967,343)

Net cash flow from investing activities

(7,198,645)

5,589,244

-

4,428,224 (177,108) (12,360)

CASH FLOW FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES Issuance of right shares Expenses on issuance of right shares Payment of lease obligations

The annexed notes 1 to 43 form an integral part of these financial statements.

Net cash flow from financing activities

The annexed notes 1 to 43 form an integral part of these financial statements.

Increase/(Decrease) in cash and cash equivalents Cash and cash equivalents at January 01, Cash and cash equivalents at December 31,

32

-

4,238,756

1,026,585 3,503,879

(518,069) 4,021,948

4,530,464

3,503,879

The annexed notes 1 to 43 form an integral part of these financial statements. Azmat Tarin

Munnawar Hamid, OBE

President and CEO

Tariq Iqbal Khan

Chairman

Azmat Tarin

Humayun Bashir

Director

Munnawar Hamid, OBE

President and CEO

Director

Tariq Iqbal Khan

Chairman

Director

Humayun Bashir

Azmat Tarin

Director

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011 STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011 Share Capital

Discount on Issue of Shares

Share Deposit Money

Other

Accumulated (Loss)

Total EquIty

*Statutory Reserves

9,003,150

-

-

218,556

6,093

(9,030,894)

196,905

(Loss) after tax for the year ended December 31, 2010 Other comprehensive income - net of tax Reversal of provision against upgraded rescheduled advances

-

-

-

-

-

(1,131,154)

(1,131,154)

-

-

-

-

(6,093)

-

(6,093)

Transactions with owners, recorded directly in equity Share deposit money Issuance of right shares Expenses incurred on account of right issue

17,712,898 -

(13,284,674) -

4,428,224 (4,428,224) -

-

(6,093) -

(1,131,154) (177,108)

(1,137,247) 4,428,224 (177,108)

Transfer from statutory reserve Transfer from surplus on revaluation of fixed assets on account of disposal of assets - net of tax Transfer from surplus on revaluation of fixed assets on account of incremental depreciation- net of tax

17,712,898 -

(13,284,674) -

-

(218,556)

-

(177,108) 218,556

4,251,116 -

-

-

-

-

-

1,502,591

1,502,591

Balance as at December 31, 2010

-

-

-

-

-

3,720

3,720

26,716,048

(13,284,674)

-

-

-

(8,614,289)

4,817,085

Total comprehensive Income for the year Profit after tax for the year ended December 31, 2011

-

-

-

-

-

695,063 695,063

695,063 695,063

-

-

-

139,013

-

3,720 (139,013)

3,720 -

26,716,048

(13,284,674)

-

139,013

-

(8,054,519)

5,515,868

Transfer from surplus on revaluation of fixed assets on account of incremental depreciation - net of tax Transfer to statutory reserve Balance as at December 31, 2011

2011 Notes Rupees in ' 000 Profit / (Loss) for the year

Rupees in '000 Balance as at January 01, 2010

695,063

(1,131,154)

695,063

(6,093) (1,137,247)

Surplus / (deficit) on revaluation of assets

157,780

(69,818)

Deferred tax (asset) on revaluation of assets

(52,003)

26,807

105,777

(43,011)

The annexed notes 1 to 43 form an integral part of these financial statements.

Azmat Tarin President and CEO

Tariq Iqbal Khan Director

Humayun Bashir Director

NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011 1

STATUS AND NATURE OF BUSINESS

1.1

Silkbank Limited ("the Bank") was incorporated in Pakistan on April 04, 1994 as a public limited company under the Companies Ordinance, 1984. The Bank commenced commercial operations on May 07, 1995. It's shares are quoted on all the Stock Exchanges in Pakistan. The Bank is engaged in banking services as described in the Banking Companies Ordinance, 1962. It operates through 85 branches (December 31, 2010: 85) in Pakistan with the registered office located at Silkbank Building, I. I. Chundrigar Road, Karachi. The short term and long term credit rating of the Bank rated by JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited in August 2011 is 'A-2' and 'A' respectively.

1.2

Majority shareholding 82.1709% in the Bank as on December 31, 2011 is held by a consortium comprising of Bank Muscat S.A.O.G, Nomura European Investment Limited, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and executives of the Sinthos Capital Advisors Limited. As a result of rights issue which are in process of subscription, the majority shareholding in the Bank may change upon full subscription towards the rights.

1.3

The Bank had a short fall of Rs. 2.48 billion as on December 31, 2011 in meeting the minimum capital requirement (MCR) of Rs. 8 billion (net of losses), as required under BSD circular No. 7 of 2009. The Bank, had issued rights shares at a discount in 2010 to generate net capital of Rs. 7 billion. The rights issue had partly remained unsubscribed and at present the Bank has unpaid rights of Rs. 2.572 billion. The Bank is negotiating with various investors for subscription towards the unpaid rights and it is expected that the shares shall be subscribed by March 31, 2012. State Bank of Pakistan has granted extension to the Bank till June 30, 2012 in meeting the MCR and the Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) requirement. The Bank is required to submit a capital enhancement plan duly approved by the board of directors to State Bank of Pakistan by March 31, 2012. State Bank of Pakistan vide its letter BSD/BAI3/608/10274/2011 dated August 11, 2011 advised bank to not incur any capital expenditure without approval of SBP and do not enter into related party transactions. Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan have intimated that they would grant further period to complete subscription of unpaid rights similar to time granted by SBP.

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4.1

STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with approved accounting standards as applicable in Pakistan. Approved Accounting Standards comprise of such International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) issued by International Accounting Standards Board (ISAB) as notified under the Companies Ordinance, 1984, the Banking Companies Ordinance, 1962 and the provisions of and directives issued by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP). In case requirements differ, the provisions of Companies Ordinance, 1984, Banking Companies Ordinance, 1962 or the requirement of said directives shall prevail. The SBP has deferred the applicability of International Accounting Standard 39, "Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement" (IAS 39) and International Accounting Standard 40, "Investment Property" (IAS 40) for banking companies till further instructions. Further, according to the notification of SECP dated April 28, 2008, IFRS 7 - "Financial Instruments Disclosures" has not been made applicable for banks. However, instruments have been classified and valued in accordance with the requirements of various circulars issued by SBP.

Humayun Bashir

Director

Director

Chairman

Amendments to IAS 12 - deferred tax on investment property (effective for annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2012). The 2010 amendment provides an exception to the measurement principle in respect of investment property measured using the fair value model in accordance with IAS 40 Investment Property. The measurement of deferred tax assets and liabilities, in this limited circumstance, is based on a rebuttable presumption that the carrying amount of the investment property will be recovered entirely through sale. The presumption can be rebutted only if the investment property is depreciable and held within a business model whose objective is to consume substantially all of the asset's economic benefits over the life of the asset. The amendment is not likely to have an impact on financial statements of the Bank. IAS 27 Separate Financial Statements (2011) - (effective for annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2013). IAS 27 (2011) supersedes IAS 27 (2008). Three new standards IFRS 10 - Consolidated Financial Statements, IFRS 11- Joint Arrangements and IFRS 12- Disclosure of Interest in Other Entities dealing with IAS 27 would be applicable effective January 1, 2013. IAS 27 (2011) carries forward the existing accounting and disclosure requirements for separate financial statements, with some minor clarifications. The amendments have no impact on financial statements of the Bank.

4.3

IAS 28 Investments in Associates and Joint Ventures (2011) - (effective for annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2013). IAS 28 (2011) supersedes IAS 28 (2008). IAS 28 (2011) makes the amendments to apply IFRS 5 to an investment, or a portion of an investment, in an associate or a joint venture that meets the criteria to be classified as held for sale; and on cessation of significant influence or joint control, even if an investment in an associate becomes an investment in a joint venture. The amendments have no impact on financial statements of the Bank.

4.4

4.5

IAS 19 Employee Benefits (amended 2011) - (effective for annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2013). The amended IAS 19 includes the amendments that require actuarial gains and losses to be recognised immediately in other comprehensive income; this change will remove the corridor method and eliminate the ability for entities to recognise all changes in the defined benefit obligation and in plan assets in profit or loss, which currently is allowed under IAS 19; and that the expected return on plan assets recognised in profit or loss is calculated based on the rate used to discount the defined benefit obligation. During the year, the Bank has recognized actuarial loss of Rs. 7.95 million in the profit and loss account and its unrecognized actuarial gain at December 31, 2011 amounted to Rs. 11 million. Following, the change actuarial gain or loss will be recorded immediately in other comprehensive income. Presentation of Items of Other Comprehensive Income (Amendments to IAS 1) - (effective for annual periods beginning on or after July 1, 2012). The amendments require that an entity present separately the items of other comprehensive income that would be reclassified to profit or loss in the future if certain conditions are met from those that would never be reclassified to profit or loss. The amendments do not address which items are presented in other comprehensive income or which items need to be reclassified. The requirements of other IFRSs continue to apply in this regard. The amendments are not likely to have an impact on financial statements of the Bank.

4.6

Offsetting Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities (Amendments to IAS 32) - (effective for annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2014). The amendments address inconsistencies in current practice when applying the offsetting criteria in IAS 32 Financial Instruments: Presentation. The amendments clarify the meaning of 'currently has a legally enforceable right of set-off'; and that some gross settlement systems may be considered equivalent to net settlement. The amendments are not likely to have an impact on financial statements of the Bank.

4.7

IFRIC 20 - Stripping cost in the production phase of a surface mining (effective for annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2013). The interpretation requires production stripping cost in a surface mine to be capitalized if certain criteria are met. The amendments are not likely to have an impact on financial statements of the Bank.

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BASIS OF MEASUREMENT These financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention except that certain fixed assets are stated at revalued amounts, certain investments are stated at market value and derivative financial instruments have been marked to market.

5.1

Use of critical accounting estimates and judgments The preparation of financial statements in conformity with approved accounting standards requires management to make judgments, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of policies and reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expenses. The estimates and associated assumptions are based on historical experience and various other factors that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, the result of which form the basis of making the judgments about carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results may differ from these estimates. The estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Revisions to accounting estimates are recognized in the period in which the estimate is revised if the revision affects only that period or in the period of the revision and future periods if the revision affects both current and future periods. The Bank makes estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities within the next financial year. Judgments made by management in the application of approved accounting standards

Humayun Bashir Director

It is the responsibility of the Bank's Board of Directors to establish and maintain a system of internal control, and prepare and present the financial statements in conformity with approved accounting standards and the requirements of the Banking Companies Ordinance, 1962 (LVII of 1962), and the Companies Ordinance, 1984 XLVII of 1984). Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these statements based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with the International Standards on Auditing as applicable in Pakistan. These standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of any material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing accounting policies and significant estimates made by management, as well as, evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion and after due verification, which in the case of loans and advances covered more than 60% of the total loans and advances of the bank, we report that: a)

STANDARDS, AMENDMENTS AND INTERPRETATIONS OF APPROVED ACCOUNTING STANDARDS NOT YET EFFECTIVE

4.2

These financial statements have been prepared in Pakistani Rupee which is the reporting and functional currency. 3

Tariq Iqbal Khan

Director

AUDITORS’ REPORT TO THE MEMBERS

in our opinion, proper books of accounts have been kept by the Bank as required by the Companies Ordinance, 1984 (XLVII of 1984). and the returns referred to above received from the branches have been found adequate for the purposes of our audit; in our opinion: i)

The following standards, amendments and interpretation of approved accounting standards will be effective for accounting period beginning or after January 01, 2012.

BASIS OF PRESENTATION In accordance with the directives of the Federal Government regarding the shifting of the banking system to Islamic modes, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has issued various circulars from time to time. Permissible forms of trade-related modes of financing include purchase of goods by bank from their customers and immediate resale to them at appropriate markup in price on deferred payment basis. The purchases and sales arising under these arrangements are not reflected in these financial statements as such but are restricted to the amount of facility actually utilized and the appropriate portion of mark-up thereon.

Munnawar Hamid, OBE

Tariq Iqbal Khan

Chairman

We have audited the annexed statement of financial position of Silkbank Limited (the Bank) as at December 31, 2011 and the related profit and loss account, statement of comprehensive income, cash flow statement and statement of changes in equity together with the notes forming part thereof (here-in-after referred to as the 'financial statements') for the year then ended, in which are incorporated the unaudited certified returns from the branches except for eleven branches which have been audited by us and we state that we have obtained all the information and explanations which, to the best of our knowledge and belief, were necessary for the purposes of our audit.

b)

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The annexed notes 1 to 43 form an integral part of these financial statements.

Munnawar Hamid, OBE Chairman

11.3.1

Components of comprehensive income not reflected in equity

* Statutory reserve represents amount set aside as per requirements of section 21 of the Banking Companies Ordinance, 1962.

Azmat Tarin President and CEO

2010

Other comprehensive income Reversal of provision against upgraded rescheduled advances Comprehensive income transferred to equity

Munnawar Hamid, OBE

President and CEO

the statement of financial position and profit and loss account together with the notes thereon have been drawn up in conformity with the Banking Companies Ordinance, 1962 (LVII of 1962), and the Companies Ordinance, 1984 (XLVII of 1984), and are in agreement with the books of account and are further in accordance with accounting policies consistently applied;

ii)

the expenditure incurred during the year was for the purpose of the Bank's business; and

iii)

the business conducted, investments made and the expenditure incurred during the year were in accordance with the objects of the Bank and the transactions of the Bank which have come to our notice have been within the powers of the Bank;

c)

in our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us, the statement of financial position, profit and loss account, statement of comprehensive income, cash flow statement, and statement of changes in equity together with the notes forming part thereof conform with approved accounting standards as applicable in Pakistan, and give the information required by the Banking Companies Ordinance, 1962 (LVII of 1962), and the Companies Ordinance, 1984 (XLVII of 1984), in the manner so required and give a true and fair view of the state of the Bank's affaris as at December 31, 2011 and its true balance of the profit, its cash flows and changes in equity for the year then ended; and

d)

in our opinion Zakat deductible at source under the Zakat and Ushr Ordinance, 1980 (XVIII of 1980), was deducted by the Bank and deposited in the Central Zakat Fund established under section 7 of that Ordinance.

We draw attention to following matters: i)

Note 1.3 and 39 to the financial statements which highlight that the Bank has not been able to meet the minimum capital requirement (net of losses) of Rs. 8 billion at December 31, 2011 and the capital adequacy ratio of 10% as applicable to the Bank. The Bank has been granted extension in meeting the minimum capital requirement and Capital Adequacy Ratio by State Bank of Pakistan till June 30, 2012; and

ii)

Note 13 to the financial statements which states that the Bank based on a 5 year strategic plan including projections for taxable profits for five years had concluded that there would be enough profits against which deferred tax asset created on unused tax losses can be utilized. The strategic plan and projections have been approved by Board of Directors of the Bank.

Our opinion is not qualified with respect to above matters. The financial statements of the Bank for the year ended December 31, 2010 were audited by another firm of chartered accountants who expressed an unmodified opinion dated March 2, 2011. Date: February 29, 2012 Karachi

KPMG Taseer Hadi & Co. Chartered Accountants Syed Iftikhar Anjum

that have significant effect on the financial statements and estimates with a significant risk of material adjustment in the next year are discussed below: 5.1.1

Provision against non-performing loans and advances The Bank reviews its loans portfolio to assess amount of non-performing loans and advances and provision required there against on a quarterly basis. Provisions are made as per the guidelines in the Prudential Regulations issued by State Bank of Pakistan.

5.1.2

Fair value of derivatives The fair value of derivatives which are not quoted in active markets are determined by using valuation techniques. The valuation techniques take into account the relevant interest rates in-effect at the balance sheet date and the rates contracted.

5.1.3

Held-to-maturity investments The Bank follows the guidance provided in SBP's circulars for classification of non-derivative financial assets with fixed or determinable payments and fixed maturity as held-to-maturity. In making this judgment, the Bank evaluates its intention and ability to hold such investments to maturity.

5.1.4

Impairment of 'available-for-sale' equity investments The Bank determines that 'available-for-sale' equity investments are impaired when there has been a significant or prolonged decline in the fair value below its cost. The determination of what is significant or prolonged required judgment. In making this judgment, the Bank evaluates among other factors, the normal volatility in share price. In addition, the impairment may be appropriate when there is an evidence of deterioration in the financial health of the invested industry and sector performance, changes in technology and operational/financial cash flows.

5.1.5

Staff retirement benefits Certain actuarial assumptions have been adopted as disclosed in these financial statements (note 34) for actuarial valuation of staff retirement benefit plans. Actuarial assumptions are entity's best estimates of the variables that will determine the ultimate cost of providing post employment benefits. Changes in these assumptions in future years may affect the liability / asset under these plans in those years. >>>>>> Continued


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Silkbank Limited FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011 1

STATUS AND NATURE OF BUSINESS

1.1

Silkbank Limited ("the Bank") was incorporated in Pakistan on April 04, 1994 as a public limited company under the Companies Ordinance, 1984. The Bank commenced commercial operations on May 07, 1995. It's shares are quoted on all the Stock Exchanges in Pakistan. The Bank is engaged in banking services as described in the Banking Companies Ordinance, 1962. It operates through 85 branches (December 31, 2010: 85) in Pakistan with the registered office located at Silkbank Building, I. I. Chundrigar Road, Karachi. The short term and long term credit rating of the Bank rated by JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited in August 2011 is 'A-2' and 'A' respectively.

value is accrued over the period of the agreement and recorded as an expense.

1.2

Majority shareholding 82.1709% in the Bank as on December 31, 2011 is held by a consortium comprising of Bank Muscat S.A.O.G, Nomura European Investment Limited, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and executives of the Sinthos Capital Advisors Limited. As a result of rights issue which are in process of subscription, the majority shareholding in the Bank may change upon full subscription towards the rights.

1.3

The Bank had a short fall of Rs. 2.48 billion as on December 31, 2011 in meeting the minimum capital requirement (MCR) of Rs. 8 billion (net of losses), as required under BSD circular No. 7 of 2009. The Bank, had issued rights shares at a discount in 2010 to generate net capital of Rs. 7 billion. The rights issue had partly remained unsubscribed and at present the Bank has unpaid rights of Rs. 2.572 billion. The Bank is negotiating with various investors for subscription towards the unpaid rights and it is expected that the shares shall be subscribed by March 31, 2012. State Bank of Pakistan has granted extension to the Bank till June 30, 2012 in meeting the MCR and the Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) requirement. The Bank is required to submit a capital enhancement plan duly approved by the board of directors to State Bank of Pakistan by March 31, 2012. State Bank of Pakistan vide its letter BSD/BAI3/608/10274/2011 dated August 11, 2011 advised bank to not incur any capital expenditure without approval of SBP and do not enter into related party transactions. Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan have intimated that they would grant further period to complete subscription of unpaid rights similar to time granted by SBP.

2

6.2.2

Securities purchased under agreement to resell (reverse repo) are included in lendings to financial institutions. The differential between the contracted price and resale price is amortized over the period of the agreement and recorded as income. 6.3

6.4

Investments

6.4.1

The Bank classifies its investments as follows: a)

b)

These are investments that do not fall under the "held-for-trading" or "held-to-maturity" categories. In accordance with the requirements of State Bank of Pakistan, quoted securities, other than those classified under "held-to-maturity" portfolio and investments in associates, are carried at fair value. Investments classified as "held-to-maturity" are carried at amortized cost.

6.4.3

The surplus/(deficit) arising on quoted securities classified as "available-for-sale" is kept in a separate account which is shown in the balance sheet below equity. The surplus/(deficit) is taken to profit and loss account when the investment is disposed off or impaired.

6.4.4

Unquoted equity securities are valued at the lower of cost and break-up value. Subsequent increases or decreases in the carrying value are credited/charged to income. Break-up value of equity securities is calculated with reference to the net assets of the investee company as per the latest available audited financial statements. Investments in other unquoted securities are valued at cost less impairment losses, if any.

6.4.5

Investment in associates

The surplus/(deficit) arising on quoted securities classified as "held-for-trading" is taken to profit and loss account.

STANDARDS, AMENDMENTS AND INTERPRETATIONS OF APPROVED ACCOUNTING STANDARDS NOT YET EFFECTIVE The following standards, amendments and interpretation of approved accounting standards will be effective for accounting period beginning or after January 01, 2012.

4.3

Available-for-sale

6.4.2

STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE

The SBP has deferred the applicability of International Accounting Standard 39, "Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement" (IAS 39) and International Accounting Standard 40, "Investment Property" (IAS 40) for banking companies till further instructions. Further, according to the notification of SECP dated April 28, 2008, IFRS 7 - "Financial Instruments Disclosures" has not been made applicable for banks. However, instruments have been classified and valued in accordance with the requirements of various circulars issued by SBP.

4.2

Held-to-maturity These are securities with fixed or determinable payments and fixed maturity that the Bank has the positive intent and ability to hold to maturity.

c)

These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with approved accounting standards as applicable in Pakistan. Approved Accounting Standards comprise of such International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) issued by International Accounting Standards Board (ISAB) as notified under the Companies Ordinance, 1984, the Banking Companies Ordinance, 1962 and the provisions of and directives issued by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP). In case requirements differ, the provisions of Companies Ordinance, 1984, Banking Companies Ordinance, 1962 or the requirement of said directives shall prevail.

4.1

Held-for-trading These are securities, which are either acquired for generating a profit from short-term fluctuations in market prices, interest rate movements, dealer's margin or are securities included in a portfolio in which a pattern of short-term profit making exists.

These financial statements have been prepared in Pakistani Rupee which is the reporting and functional currency.

4

Trade and settlement date accounting All "regular way" purchases and sales of financial assets are recognized on the trade date, i.e. the date that the Bank commits to purchase or sell the asset. Regular way purchases or sales are purchases or sales of financial assets that require delivery of assets within the time frame generally established by regulations or conventions in the market place.

BASIS OF PRESENTATION In accordance with the directives of the Federal Government regarding the shifting of the banking system to Islamic modes, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has issued various circulars from time to time. Permissible forms of trade-related modes of financing include purchase of goods by bank from their customers and immediate resale to them at appropriate markup in price on deferred payment basis. The purchases and sales arising under these arrangements are not reflected in these financial statements as such but are restricted to the amount of facility actually utilized and the appropriate portion of mark-up thereon.

3

Purchase under resale obligations

Amendments to IAS 12 - deferred tax on investment property (effective for annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2012). The 2010 amendment provides an exception to the measurement principle in respect of investment property measured using the fair value model in accordance with IAS 40 Investment Property. The measurement of deferred tax assets and liabilities, in this limited circumstance, is based on a rebuttable presumption that the carrying amount of the investment property will be recovered entirely through sale. The presumption can be rebutted only if the investment property is depreciable and held within a business model whose objective is to consume substantially all of the asset's economic benefits over the life of the asset. The amendment is not likely to have an impact on financial statements of the Bank. IAS 27 Separate Financial Statements (2011) - (effective for annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2013). IAS 27 (2011) supersedes IAS 27 (2008). Three new standards IFRS 10 - Consolidated Financial Statements, IFRS 11- Joint Arrangements and IFRS 12- Disclosure of Interest in Other Entities dealing with IAS 27 would be applicable effective January 1, 2013. IAS 27 (2011) carries forward the existing accounting and disclosure requirements for separate financial statements, with some minor clarifications. The amendments have no impact on financial statements of the Bank. IAS 28 Investments in Associates and Joint Ventures (2011) - (effective for annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2013). IAS 28 (2011) supersedes IAS 28 (2008). IAS 28 (2011) makes the amendments to apply IFRS 5 to an investment, or a portion of an investment, in an associate or a joint venture that meets the criteria to be classified as held for sale; and on cessation of significant influence or joint control, even if an investment in an associate becomes an investment in a joint venture. The amendments have no impact on financial statements of the Bank.

4.4

IAS 19 Employee Benefits (amended 2011) - (effective for annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2013). The amended IAS 19 includes the amendments that require actuarial gains and losses to be recognised immediately in other comprehensive income; this change will remove the corridor method and eliminate the ability for entities to recognise all changes in the defined benefit obligation and in plan assets in profit or loss, which currently is allowed under IAS 19; and that the expected return on plan assets recognised in profit or loss is calculated based on the rate used to discount the defined benefit obligation. During the year, the Bank has recognized actuarial loss of Rs. 7.95 million in the profit and loss account and its unrecognized actuarial gain at December 31, 2011 amounted to Rs. 11 million. Following, the change actuarial gain or loss will be recorded immediately in other comprehensive income.

4.5

Presentation of Items of Other Comprehensive Income (Amendments to IAS 1) - (effective for annual periods beginning on or after July 1, 2012). The amendments require that an entity present separately the items of other comprehensive income that would be reclassified to profit or loss in the future if certain conditions are met from those that would never be reclassified to profit or loss. The amendments do not address which items are presented in other comprehensive income or which items need to be reclassified. The requirements of other IFRSs continue to apply in this regard. The amendments are not likely to have an impact on financial statements of the Bank.

4.6

Offsetting Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities (Amendments to IAS 32) - (effective for annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2014). The amendments address inconsistencies in current practice when applying the offsetting criteria in IAS 32 Financial Instruments: Presentation. The amendments clarify the meaning of 'currently has a legally enforceable right of set-off'; and that some gross settlement systems may be considered equivalent to net settlement. The amendments are not likely to have an impact on financial statements of the Bank.

4.7

IFRIC 20 - Stripping cost in the production phase of a surface mining (effective for annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2013). The interpretation requires production stripping cost in a surface mine to be capitalized if certain criteria are met. The amendments are not likely to have an impact on financial statements of the Bank.

5

BASIS OF MEASUREMENT

Investment in associates in which the bank has significant influence, but not control, over the financial and operating policies are accounted for using the equity method. Companies where there are common directors but the Bank does not have significant influence are accounted for as ordinary investments. 6.4.6

Profit and loss on sale of investments is included in income currently.

6.4.7

Provision for diminution in the values of securities (except participation term certificates and term finance certificates) is made after considering impairment, if any, in their value. Provisions for diminution in value of debentures, participation term certificates and term finance certificates are made as per the Prudential Regulations issued by the State Bank of Pakistan.

6.5

Advances Advances are stated net of specific and general provisions. Specific provision against funded loans are determined in accordance with the requirements of the Prudential Regulations issued by SBP and charged to the profit and loss account. General provision is maintained at 1.5% of the fully secured consumer portfolio, and 5% of the unsecured consumer portfolio. Advances are written off when there are no prospects of recovery after all the recovery procedures have been exhausted.

6.6

Operating fixed assets

6.6.1

Property and equipment Owned assets An item of property and equipment is initially recognized at cost which is equal to the fair value of consideration paid at the time of acquisition or construction of the asset.

6.6.2

Measurement subsequent to initial recognition Property and equipment other than land and buildings, are stated at cost less accumulated depreciation and accumulated impairment losses. Land is stated at its revalued amount whereas buildings are stated at revalued amount less accumulated de-

These financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention except that certain fixed assets are stated at revalued amounts, certain investments are stated at market value and derivative financial instruments have been marked to market. 5.1

Use of critical accounting estimates and judgments The preparation of financial statements in conformity with approved accounting standards requires management to make judgments, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of policies and reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expenses. The estimates and associated assumptions are based on historical experience and various other factors that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, the result of which form the basis of making the judgments about carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results may differ from these estimates. The estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Revisions to accounting estimates are recognized in the period in which the estimate is revised if the revision affects only that period or in the period of the revision and future periods if the revision affects both current and future periods. The Bank makes estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities within the next financial year. Judgments made by management in the application of approved accounting standards that have significant effect on the financial statements and estimates with a significant risk of material adjustment in the next year are discussed below:

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Provision against non-performing loans and advances The Bank reviews its loans portfolio to assess amount of non-performing loans and advances and provision required there against on a quarterly basis. Provisions are made as per the guidelines in the Prudential Regulations issued by State Bank of Pakistan.

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Fair value of derivatives The fair value of derivatives which are not quoted in active markets are determined by using valuation techniques. The valuation techniques take into account the relevant interest rates in-effect at the balance sheet date and the rates contracted.

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Held-to-maturity investments The Bank follows the guidance provided in SBP's circulars for classification of non-derivative financial assets with fixed or determinable payments and fixed maturity as held-to-maturity. In making this judgment, the Bank evaluates its intention and ability to hold such investments to maturity.

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Impairment of 'available-for-sale' equity investments The Bank determines that 'available-for-sale' equity investments are impaired when there has been a significant or prolonged decline in the fair value below its cost. The determination of what is significant or prolonged required judgment. In making this judgment, the Bank evaluates among other factors, the normal volatility in share price. In addition, the impairment may be appropriate when there is an evidence of deterioration in the financial health of the invested industry and sector performance, changes in technology and operational/financial cash flows.

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Staff retirement benefits Certain actuarial assumptions have been adopted as disclosed in these financial statements (note 34) for actuarial valuation of staff retirement benefit plans. Actuarial assumptions are entity's best estimates of the variables that will determine the ultimate cost of providing post employment benefits. Changes in these assumptions in future years may affect the liability / asset under these plans in those years. >>>>>> Continued

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Income taxes In making the estimates for income taxes currently payable by the Bank, the management looks at the current income tax law and the decisions of appellate authorities on certain issues in the past. For, recovery of deferred tax asset recognized on unused tax losses, the management projects and determine future taxable profit that are probable and will be available against which these unused tax losses can be utilized.

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Useful life of property and equipments In making estimates of the depreciation / amortization method, the management uses method which reflects the pattern in which economic benefits are expected to be consumed by the Bank. The method applied is reviewed at each financial year end and if there is a change in the expected pattern of consumption of the future economic benefits embodied in the assets, the method would be changed to reflect the change in pattern.

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SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

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Cash and cash equivalents Cash and cash equivalents comprise cash and balances with treasury banks, balances with other banks in current and deposit accounts and call money lendings in the money market.

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Lendings to / borrowings from financial institutions The Bank enters into transactions of repos and reverse repos at contracted rates for a specified period of time. These are recorded as under:

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Sale under repurchase obligations Securities sold subject to a re-purchase agreement (repo) are retained in the financial statements as investment and the counter party liability is included in borrowings from financial institutions. The differential in sale and re-purchase

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Silkbank Limited FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011 >>>>>> Continued

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During the year, the Bank acquired the Central Office Karachi Property for Rs. 2.48 billion from M/s Arif Habib Equity (Private) Limited. The said property was sold to Arif Habib Equity (Private) Limited for Rs. 2 billion through an agreement to sell dated 29 June 2010. The transaction was necessitated due to long term needs of the Bank for such property and plans of Arif Habib Equity (Private) Limited for the said Property. In view of the repurchase of the property, State Bank of Pakistan while recognizing the sale as a sale, vide their letter dated August 24, 2011, have advised the Bank to reclassify 50% of the gain realized on sale of the said property (including amount transferred from revaluation surplus to accumulated loss) for capital adequacy calculation purposes as part of Tier-2 capital with treatment similar to Revaluation reserves. Accordingly, an amount of Rs. 877.937 million has been transferred from Accumulated loss to Revaluation reserve (eligible upto 45%) as Tier II Capital for Capital adequacy calculations. Total Capital Adequacy Ratio at 31 December 2010 has been adjusted accordingly.

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Credit risk - General disclosures The Bank uses the 'Standardized Approach' for all its credit risk exposures. The Bank uses reputable and SBP approved rating agencies for deriving risk weight to specific credit exposures. These are applied consistently across the Bank credit portfolio for both on-balance sheet and off-balance sheet exposures. The methodology applied for using External Credit Assessment Institutions (ECAI's) inclusive of the alignment of alpha numerical scale of each agency used with risk bucket is as per SBP Basel II guidelines as given below:

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RISK MANAGEMENT The business of banking is dependent upon acceptance and management of financial risk. It involves identification, measurement, monitoring and controlling risks with a view to ensure that: - adequate capital is available as a buffer; - exposures remain within the limits prescribed by the Board of Directors; and - risk taking decisions are in line with business strategy and objectives set by the Board. The Bank is exposed to a number of risks, which it manages at different levels. The main categories of risk are; Credit risk The risk of losses because counterparties fail to meet all or part of their obligations towards the Bank. The Bank has established an appropriate credit risk structure and culture whereby policies are reviewed and revamped to maintain sound credit granting procedures, maintaining appropriate credit administration, measurement , monitoring processes and adequate controls. Risk Management structure includes Credit approval, Credit Administration, Centralized Processing, Credit Monitoring and Basel II functions reporting to the Risk Management Group Head. Senior and experienced officials are heading each risk category. The Bank manages credit risk through: -

establishment of acceptable risk levels; sound procedures and controls for the management of risk assets and credit documentation; target market planning and overall market intelligence; and accurate and detailed information about the borrower, it's financial position and operations of the Bank.

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RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS Related parties comprise directors, major shareholders of the Bank and the companies owned by such shareholders, entities owned by the directors of the company, companies where directors of the Bank also hold directorship, key employees, entities that have key management personnel in common and employee benefit plan. Transactions with the related parties are executed substantially on the same terms, including mark-up rates and collaterals, as those prevailing at the time for comparable transaction with the unrelated parties and do not involve more than a normal risk (i.e. under the Comparable Uncontrolled Price Method). Other than those transactions which are made under the terms of employment, the majority of the transactions with related parties comprise loans and advance, deposits, issuance of letter of credits and guarantees. Advances for the house building, conveyance and for personal use have also been provided to the staff and executives at reduced rates in accordance with the employment and pay policy. These have been disclosed in note 11.7 of the financial statements. Facility of group life insurance and hospitalization insurance is also provided to staff and executives. In addition to this, executives of the Bank have been provided with Bank maintained car. Details of transactions, other than disclosed else where, with related parties and balances with them as at the year-end were as follows:

The risk of losses because the market value of the Bank's assets and liabilities will vary with changes in market conditions. Market Risk measures and controls are applied at the portfolio level and limits and other controls are applied to particular books and to specific portfolios. Controls and established parameters are applied to prevent any undue risk concentrations in the trading book and include controls on exposure to individual market risk factors and on positions in securities of individual issuers. Treasury Middle Office (TMO) performs market risk management activities. TMO is jointly responsible with Treasury front office for drawing, reviewing market risk policies (fund management, Treasury investment) and processes, monitoring and implementation; and escalating any deviation to ALCO/MRPC. Operational risk The risk of losses owing to deficient or erroneous internal procedures, human or system errors, or external events. The Bank has in place robust, duly approved various policies, procedures and a Business Continuity Plan. These are continuously reviewed to strengthen operational controls. Risk policy sets minimum standards and requires all business units to identify and assess risks. The business units are responsible for day-to-day monitoring of operational risks and for limiting losses as a result thereof. The business unit must report operational risk events in the management reporting system. Risk Management has developed a loss database for recording of these events which will be utilized towards building a database to mitigate operational risk. >>>>>> Continued


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Energy crisis in Punjab Cities in Punjab have erupted in rage over unbearable loadshedding, often unscheduled, which now ranges from 12 to 18 hours a day. Angry mobs across the province, mostly comprising factory workers and daily wage earners, blocked roads for the second day on Monday, burned tires and shouted slogans. At some places, the crowds became violent and damaged public and private property. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has given it a provincial tilt by accusing the federal government of deliberately destroying business and industry in the province. Punjab government has failed to produce electricity and putting the entire blame on the federal government, and adding the blame of ransacking and burning of state property, are not rendering any service to the nation. The Punjab government is backing protests against

KU gate passes the government under the cover of energy crisis, which works not only against democracy but also against the country. The two-thirds majority government did not produce even a single unit of electricity rather they have squeezed the IPPs through false allegations of corruption; therefore they (IPPs) had to stop expansion and reduce capacity of electricity generation. In Feb 2012, Punjab Energy Secretary Rab Nawaz revealed that the Punjab government was creating legislation to manage energy generation and distribution inside a fair and transparent manner that is likely to help overcome energy crisis within the province. He said that a 50-megawatt energy plant had been built in the M-3 Industrial City and a 25megawatt plant in the Small Industrial Estate Sargodha Road, which may help provide continuous electricity supply to

industrial models of Faisalabad. Where has that legislation gone? What about the energy plants built in different cities of Punjab? Following the 18th amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan, the provinces are now vested with full authority to develop power projects of any capacity through public or private sector and establish required regulatory framework. In view of lingering energy crisis and opportunity provided by the new enabling framework. Punjab Power Policy 2009 provides a framework for the development of power plants in both public and private sector as well for joint venture projects. The policy is intended to promote all types of technologies including hydel, coal, solar, wind and bio-mass. Hydel projects in the private sector would be implemented on Build-Own-

Operate-Transfer (BOOT) basis while other projects in the private sector can be established on either BOOT basis or on Build-Own-Operate (BOO) basis. Provinces are independent in producing electricity. Will the Punjab government tell the people how much electricity it has produced since it got the NFC share? After the passage of 18th Amendment, the provincial governments could install power-generation units, but the Punjab government has not taken any steps to produce even a single unit. Joint efforts were required to overcome energy crisis in the country whereas the Punjab government is doing politics over the issue. Why is every fault of the Punjab government put on the shoulders of federal government? SAMINA AMIR MALIK Islamabad

what a news leak! President Obama has made another mistake at a vital stage of his re-election campaign when he, before the press conference with the Russian President Medvedev about the negotiations for the proposed missile defense system that US wants to install in Europe, told his partner – in private as he thought – that after his re-election he would be more flexible with regard to meeting Russian considerations because then he would not have to face the electorate again for vote. Unfortunate for him as he did not realise that the microphones were already switched on and the media got hold of the whole conversation. Immediately, the Republican opponents of Obama took advantage of this piece of information and called it alarming and upsetting and demanded that Obama must inform the public about his ‘real agenda’. Republican candidate Romney called Russia ‘the number one geopolitical enemy of the US’, which reminds one of the rhetoric of Cold War some twenty years back. If we join this story with US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s remarks on Tuesday that a US opinion poll showing a substantial drop to less than 30 percent in public support for the war in Afghanistan would not alter Washington's strategy, we can imagine how dangerous US politics is for the world and for Pakistan in particular. But our dilemma is that our leaders in power as well as in opposition take pride in becoming US stooges and have compromised our national interest. American Republican leaders were quick in denouncing President Obama for misleading US while our so-called independent media dares not educate their Pakistani viewers about American double standard or hypocrisy, which stands exposed due to this news leak. ALI ASHRAF KHAN Karachi

Asia Cup Pakistan has at last clinched the Asia Cup trophy. Thanks to some fine batting by wicket keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmad. He is an excellent all-rounder. He has cemented his place in the team. Another hero was Aizaz Cheema, the pace-bowler, who restricted Bengladesh in the last over. The match ended with the last delivery. Seven runs were conceded in that particular over. It was a cliff-hanger and resulted in Pakistan’s victory by mere two runs. The crowning glory belongs to the whole team. Shahid Afridi contributed with the bat and ball, and was declared the man-of-the-match, deservingly so. All praise to Bengal Tigers for their fine effort and resilience as a team. A great disappoint in the end, just short of two runs. But they should take heart in coming so close to victory. Their bowling, batting and fielding was superb. Shakib and Tamim Iqbal did well as well as Mushrafe Murtaza. Aizaz pulled out the magic ball to stun the crowd. It was a huge relief for Pakistani supporters all over the world. Bangladesh proved to be a worthy contestant during the whole tournament. They have proved their mettle and have become a force to be reckoned with. They were just unlucky. JAVAID BASHIR Lahore

No verbal agreements

karachi is burning The president of Pakistan is not in the country at a crucial time when the City of Lights, Karachi, has become a victim of political enmity. The violence and bloodshed has spread across the city in no time. Firing, burning tyres and killings of innocent people have become a normal activity. Has any body been able to bring back the ones who lost their lives? Or can this damage to this city or these unwanted killings benefit anyone? What kind of protest against bloodshed is this that is itself being the cause of bloodshed all over the metropolis? And who is the culprit?

Brain drain According to official estimates of Pakistan Overseas Employment Corporation, around 36,000 professionals including doctors, engineers and teachers have migrated to other countries in the last 30 years and this human capital flight has increased drastically in recent years. Being a developing nation we ought to give services to our own homeland instead of migrating to other countries to seek money and better life standards. Time and again our beloved country comes across crises due to the absence of leadership and skillful human capital. In my opinion, it is cowardice to run away from the hurdles and challenges prevailing in one’s own country and serving the popular nations for their interests. We all know charity begins at home, so why

The students of Karachi University face a curious case of gate passes. For those of us who come from far away places in our own vehicles, it is absolutely unfeasible to send their vehicles back home and call them later, given that each way takes at least 40 minutes. Hence, it is preferred that they be parked in the parking lots. At the gates, the guards conveniently stand right in front of our car, forbid us from entering and force us to turn back. Because no amount of proof is enough to convince them that we really are students there, and we are not going to cause any trouble whatsoever. Technically, it’s not their fault. All kinds of miscreants shake up havoc, once they’ve already entered the university’s premises. However, it is unfair to blame the rest of the student population for the wrongs that a bunch of deviants commit. I am willing to provide the guards with all kinds of proof, be it my university ID, my NIC, my fees receipt, my admit card, but they just don’t listen. They tell us to have a gate pass made – they even outline the procedure to have one made. Now when we go where they tell us to, there is a sign on the doors that says “gate passes will not be issued to students”, and upon enquiring, a gentleman promptly asks me how I got into university in the first place when I don’t even know how to read. This kind of contradictory information is what baffles us students, forces us to face the million dollar question of whether the guards today will let us into the university or not, and leaves us at their mercy. Hence, I ask of the influential media to please summon some sort of official document that states that they won’t issue gate passes to students, or if they will, then to rectify the gentlemen sitting inside the administration block and asking them to be nice enough to get to work on our gate passes. TOOBA AKHTAR Karachi

Nobody knows anything despite knowing everything. Some become truthful by accusing others, some become innocent by blaming the government for this. The higher-ups of all the security agencies who have been assigned the duty of controlling such violent circumstances and investigating the pros and cons are requested to please be loyal to their call of duty, please leave their royal houses and look outside that the city, whose security and safety is their responsibility, is burning. BUSHRA ASIM Karachi

“No verbal agreements with the US now: Foreign office. As we all know the proverb, ‘where there is a will, there is a way’. Our prime minister is ‘leaving’ for Seoul next week to meet Obama, followed by our president due in Dushanbe, Tajikistan for a meeting with the US special envoy Marc Grossman. Z A KAZMI Karachi

Pakistan and rule of law

Yes, it takes a spark of violence to overwhelm the entire city into intractable piles of bullet perforated and tortured bodies. Karachi can be a home to countless refugees or denoting to the current violence bouts, gibbets for innocent lives. The recent killings of Mansoor Mukhtar (MQM) and Zain-ul-Abideen (ANP) have created a feeling of tension among the people and hard-hitting battle is taking place between Mohajirs and Pathans. Several innocent lives were lost due

to torching attacks and firing, which ruled Karachi throughout the course of the day and is still ongoing. The death toll from violence in the city has reached six by now, whereas 13 vehicles were set on fire. On Thursday, the main thoroughfares wore deserted look as the ANP announced a day of mourning. Police and rangers kept them away from the episode and let the rioters do what they wanted to. Transporters kept their vehicles off the roads and private schools and colleges were closed. Once again, Karachi is in a daze and is going through a huge amount of economic loss. Day by day, people are losing their hopes that change will transpire and things will get better because we only see things getting worse. AISHA AHMED Karachi

It seems that our country is working without the rule of law. It is observed that there is no rule of law, particularly in smaller provinces. Unfortunately, even though coalition governments existed in the provinces they failed to maintain law and order. Violence continues on daily basis. Law enforcement agencies (LEAs) have become silent spectators. I am surprised as to who is preventing LEAs from doing their job. A common man is forced to ask what happened to their oath. Due to bad law and order situation business and industrial activities have halted, FDI is declining and the end result is a huge loss to the national exchequer. I appeal to the coalition partners to maintain law and order situation in the country. It will be considered in the best interest of our country. TARIQ HUSAIN KHAN Karachi

down the hill, only hospitals are doing roaring business. This is Karachi of today. During the special transmission on Pakistan Resolution Day, a TV channel telecasted excerpts from a 1940s speech/interview by Moulana Abul Kalam Azad, a congress leader who vehemently opposed creation of Pakistan (that was based on his predictions about the new state being born in 1947). The anchorperson challenged the Pakistani political and military leadership to come forward and prove Azad wrong in his predictions about division of Pakistanis on religious, sectarian, eth-

nic and linguistic basis. A political party who claims to represent Pashtun ethnic groups took no time to prove Azad correct in his predictions – they demanded that 10 million Urdu-speaking migrants, mostly living in urban centres of Sindh, should better go back to India. Is this an approach to ease the tension in the violence ridden city? Though we don’t like to accept but it’s the frustration which is every now and then converting into violence. This cosmopolitan mega city is an orphanage whose residents have no role in its management and development. Though it’s in line with the ruling Peoples Party

track’s records not to hold local bodies (municipal) elections in its tenure and run the city like a tribal enclave, however, someone has to come out and speak up – this city of 18 million people needs its own representatives to run the city management, to run its security matters, to rid the city of arms and criminal gangs who take pride in dealing with drugs, kidnappings, extortion and violence. If the city continues to be run like a colony, then one shall expect repeat bouts of violence with no solution ever. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia

don’t we contemplate on what we can do and what we are responsible to do for the upliftment of our homeland. MISBAH KANWAL Karachi

A spark of violence

Violence in Karachi Karachi has once again plunged into a cycle of perpetual violence; a chain of incidents in the last few days has charged and widened the ethnic divide among the political parties. Yes, these so-called political parties whether it’s MQM, ANP or PPP, who claim to represent the city are when it comes to city politics nothing but mere armed ethnic groups. Sense of insecurity among these groups forces them to show their street power to keep the other competing groups at bay. Businesses are shut, education institutes are closed, transport is off the roads, beaches and parks are deserted, stock exchange is

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ome developments in foreign affairs. First, the meeting between the US and Pakistani heads of government, followed by the first ever meeting of the senior military leadership of the militaries of the two countries after the Salala incident. Second, the meeting of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart at the same Seoul nuclear summit. Positive developments, both of them. With the Indians, there is the possibility of a CBM made in heaven. The prospect of their selling us 5000 MW of power on a daily basis would be enough to melt the heart of even the most rabid of the Indophobes. Yes, there would be much wallowing on their part; look at what we have been reduced to! And there would - most counter-intuitively - be much smugness from the ruling coalition as well; the late BB, after having worked in the IPPs in the country, had left the country in a position to export power to the Indian Punjab, a prospect that was negotiated well into the Nawaz Sharif government. We had done our job, will be their spiel, and the subsequent PML(N) and Musharraf governments have left a mess for us to clean. In fact, by selling the Indian agreement as a proof of the good relations they have cultured with them, the ruling party might even campaign on it. The Indian government is to look into its own power situation and get back to us. As things stand, the Indian power deficit is said to be much larger than our own. The export of power from Indian Punjab would only take place if there is no way they can effectively transfer it to the grid of another State Electricity Board. On the America front, there was some minor headway, which, given the current impasse, is encouraging. They asked, predictably, for the resumption of the supply routes. We asked for ending the drone attacks and replacing them with our own air force taking out possible targets. To which they proposed a narrowing down of drone attacks, rather than a complete shutdown of the programme, which, despite its fallout, has seen its share of high-profile successes.

Call it a day, please Enough of the dilatory tactics

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nother lease of life has been given to the memo commission after an earlier two month extension. The three member commission was formed by the Supreme Court during the hearing on the maintainability of the petitions filed by Nawaz Sharif and others in the memo case. The commission was asked to complete its inquiry in one month. Soon after receiving the notice about the formation of the commission, Mansoor Ijaz, the principle character in the memo affair, wrote a letter to the judicial body saying he was ready to fly to Islamabad while his counsel assured that “he (Ijaz) will arrive here whenever he will be asked by the commission.” The time allotted to the commission expired without it being able to record Ijaz’s statement on account of the latter’s dilatory tactics. Hussain Haqqani, who had already arrived in Pakistan negating claims by a section of the media that he would never return to the country, however expressed fears that he would be murdered if he moved out of the Prime Minister House as he had been branded a ‘traitor’ and a ‘Washington lackey’ by powerful quarters. However, when called by the apex court, he readily presented himself amidst strict security. Mansoor Ijaz, on the other hand, continued to change the dates of his arrival till finally telling the court that he would only record a video statement from Pakistan’s embassy in London. The request was readily granted. At its last sitting, the memo commission hearing rejected a similar request by Haqqani ordering him to reach Pakistan within four days. A lot of water has flown under the bridges since the memo commission started its hearings. If the idea was to implicate Zardari in the case, the petitioners have failed to establish any link between the memo and the president. Evidence has appeared on the other hand that puts the credibility of Mansoor Ijaz in serious doubt. The ISI chief who was keenly involved in the case has retired. There is a perception that the commission has consumed enough time and should be asked now to come out with its conclusions without further delay.

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of snakes and leaders… We’ve had enough of the former

By Khawaja Manzar Amin

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achiavelli wrote that when states reach a nadir due to mis-governance, corruption and internal dissentions, only a person of the calibre of the founder of the nation is able to set things right again. How accurately this saying applies to our present pathetic condition, as the Quaid’s most laudable attribute was his personal integrity, a trait conceded by one and all. What a world of difference it would make if the current crop of leaders possessed even a fraction of that legendary incorruptibility. Machiavelli got it right about sick societies 500 years back. The ideologically driven political leader has a burning concern for human suffering and the disinherited in particular. Mao Zedong constantly exhorted his colleagues, ‘We must go among the masses and concern ourselves with their weal and woe’, and ‘We must make the broad masses realise that we represent their interests, that our lives and theirs are intimately interwoven’. Despite the excesses of the Cultural Revolution, China’s economy at the time of his death was the sixth largest in the world. The nation of opium eaters regained its self-respect, and the hard work of the idealistic pioneers was continued by pragmatic and shrewd successors. Today, China is number two in the world… and counting. The second is a clear vision and a set of policies to translate that vision into a reality. This requires of the leader a steely courage and steadfastness, with a rational as well as imaginative approach to problem-solving. It certainly excludes histrionics, and political blackmail of the provincial ‘card’ or ‘political actors are out to get me’ variety. The Welsh Wizard, Liberal British statesman David Lloyd George, as Chancellor of the Exchequer fought tooth and nail with his ‘rich armoury of rhetoric’ to impose a tax on the landed classes (the People’s Budget, 1909). The landowning Conservatives with a majority in the House of Lords opposed it with equal ferocity. A new election in 1910 decided the issue in the Liberal’s favour and the Upper House never returned a Treasury bill to the Commons again. Britain was truly launched on the path of a welfare state by Lloyd George’s social measures, such as old age pensions, and unemployment and sickness insurance in the face of fanatical opposition, hatred almost. Can one ever imagine such idealism from our legislators, in taxing their astronomical land holdings and their billions? An unwavering Kemal Ataturk (‘the

Gray Wolf’) despite great personal risk from numerous enemies, grasped a screaming and protesting Turkey by the neck and dragged it into the modern era. When the Duchess of Windsor (previously Wallis Simpson) met Ataturk she wrote later in her autobiography, ‘In Turkey we met Kemal Ataturk, and I saw in his eyes the same pale blue fire I had earlier seen in the eyes of Adolf Hitler’. Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill, a many-sided personality, at the age of 66, courageously rallied the British people and led them to victory in their life and death struggle against Germany in World War II. By his inflexible defiance, brilliant speeches and radio broadcasts, ‘he mobilised the English language and sent it into battle’. Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, barely 90 miles from the US mainland, braved US economic sanctions since 1960 without possessing any real natural resources, beat off a CIA sponsored invasion and about forty assassination attempts on his life, survived the demise of the Soviet Union, and despite illness still takes aim at the new imperialists in his newspaper articles. That is defiance for you, our ever slavish and apprehensive rulers! The third is a capacity for hard work, doggedness and a willingness to deal with the dull details of administration. Lenin once called the Pravda editor and later Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov ‘the best filing clerk in the Soviet Union’. The ‘landlord’ (as Stalin was nicknamed) and the commissars were all ‘desk men’ working long hours in the musty rooms of the medieval Kremlin fortress. The working could go on till late into the night. But if, at one in the morning the ‘landlord’ asked for a minister and was told he had already left, it was possible, especially in the turbulent decade of the ‘30s, for the unfortunate official to be exiled to Siberia, or in extreme cases be sent even ‘farther’. But, in a couple of decades, Russia was catapulted to the forefront of the major powers. A phenomenal capacity for

hard work and unremitting toil must be a leader’s element, he must be ‘born and made’ for it. Above all, the committed political leader is aloof, indeed scornful, of money and material wealth, and above all abhors using his position to enrich himself. Hungry for power, granted, and in its single-minded pursuit and retention, the ultimate yardstick of every successful politician, after all. But he is not ‘contaminated’ by base bribes or addicted to ‘sell and mart his offices for gold… to undeservers’, the Bard’s colourful phrase for cronyism. Aneurin Bevan, the British Labour party politician and one of the greatest parliamentary orators rightly remarked, ‘Let me give you a personal confession of faith. I found in my life that the burdens of political life are too great to be borne for trivial ends. The sacrifices are too much, unless we have something really serious in mind…’ The most serious obstacle in making independent decisions for a leader or high public officials lie in their parking of their booty abroad. Such mercantile rulers and functionaries are sitting ducks for blackmail due to their dread of the beloved assets being frozen, in case they do not toe a certain foreign line. They represent a clear and present conflict of interest, with personal gain often overriding the national good. High office and foreign ‘nest-eggs’ are a dangerous mix, and there should be a strict law against it. That most-demonised of all world statesmen, Adolf Hitler always held that it was demeaning for him, as an artist, to personally handle money. Joseph Stalin’s, the ‘Chingiz Khan with a telephone’, monthly salary (300 roubles in the 1930s?) was disposed off by his personal secretary. And then there is Lee Kwan Yew, who transformed a desolate stretch of sandy beach into the economic powerhouse of Singapore. He decided very early on, he wrote, that ‘either I can be rich or my country can be rich’, and opted for the second option, the right option. But our leaders seem besotted with the dance around the golden calf. Our prime minister, after a lapse of four years, has suddenly acquired a voice and, it would seem, a spine. Every day brings a new and nasty statement by him on the apex court and the brass. Before, he had been meek and modest, and indeed had much reason to be both! But now he has turned into a veritable loudmouth and a braggart, not speaking softly but still carrying a big stick! It is unfortunate that his poisoned barbs and darts are mainly directed at one of the pillars of the state, the Supreme Court judges. But it is only hot air, the still insecure pomposity of one who has done exceedingly well for himself. We would even welcome the aloof and Olympian grandeur of a De Gaulle (‘lunar but not cold’), but no more of these degenerates. After seeing our elite in action, how one agrees with these words: ‘In the end it is character not cleverness that counts; goodness and simplicity not analytical subtlety, and the power to spin verbal webs’. We have not seen the like of a true leader in ages, and it is high time he put in an appearance… The writer is a freelance columnist.

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ith the start of strikes against Afghanistan in the name of the war on terror, any chance and hope for peace in the region were dashed. The US actions, one after the other, backfired and contributed more to instability and violence in the war-torn region than contributing to peace and stability. It is because the land of Afghanistan has proved to be area of defeat for the allied forces. The US was here in Afghanistan with an aim of seeking permanent bases in the country but it seems that it will not be able to fulfil this aim as it is facing interminable losses on all fronts in Afghanistan and its ailing economy will be hard-pressed to sustain any kind of prolonged military presence in the country. This is why they want to cut their losses and run now. The proof is in the fact that the Americans are seeking talks with the Taliban for peace and have duly opened an office at Qatar for the same purpose. The question is whether the plan to have a military presence

in Afghanistan by the US has yielded any result or has the US realised the mistake it committed in plunging into the region without thinking the entire thing through. Pakistan should be praised for the role it has played in the larger interest of the region. Not only has Pakistan hosted millions of homeless Afghans for decades, it has also ceaselessly continued with its efforts for lasting peace in the region through cooperation with regional and global stakeholders. The talks intended for peace in the region among various stakeholders cannot shun the importance of Pakistan to the whole process. But in the ultimate analysis, it is the Afghans who must have a solution of their liking. A solution that has been manufactured to cater to the interest of other stakeholders and powers will not sit well with the Afghans and will be doomed to fail from the start, as history has proved. Thus, the process must ensure that the Afghans are freely able to decide what is best for them. – Translated from the original Pashto by Abdur Rauf Khattak


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of a spook Remembering Dr Salam Confessions for the jollies The man we did not (and do not) honour

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o many Pakistanis are delighted that our criminal neglect of Dr Abdus Salam, Pakistan's only Nobel laureate, is not continuing. Pakistan's premier academic institution, Lahore University of Management Sciences, with Dr Adil Najam as its vice chancellor, has launched a fundraising campaign to establish the Dr Abdus Salam chair to honour Pakistan's brilliant physicist. What a tragic abandoning of a son who crowned the nation as he excelled globally in the task that Allah most preferred for his creation – the task of acquiring and indeed creating knowledge! Little surprise that the amazing Dr Salam had so profoundly said of the Holy Quran that "more than anything else I know of, it speaks of the eternal wonder I have personally experienced in my own science" and then quoted this verse from Surah Luqman: “And if all the trees on earth were pens and the ocean (were ink), with seven oceans behind it to add to its (supply), yet would not the words of Allah be exhausted (in writing): for Allah is Exalted in Power, full of wisdom.” (31-27) Genuinely great people have millions of stories about their greatness that do the rounds. But if you are lucky to have one that you personally witnessed then that's what really stays with you. It's fate's gift to you, for life and I can boast of one such gift! In May 1989, barely a year into journalism, my editor Arif Nizami told me one morning that I had to interview the noble laureate the next day. Those weren't Google times so for research on the grand doctor, I rummaged through the mega files. Next morning dressed in my best, deeply nervous and desperately trying to wear an intelligent look, I arrived at Dr Salam's door. Welcoming me warmly with an innocent, endearing smile was Dr Salam sahib himself. The 63 year old Dr Salaam showed signs of deteriorating health. "I have always wanted to come back to Pakistan,

I am an old man and I would like to die here." he said wearing a pained look. At that time, Dr Abdus Salam was the founder-director of the prestigious International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. It was founded in 1964 in response to Dr Salam's proposal as Pakistan's delegate to the International Atomic Energy's Conference in Vienna in 1960. Dr Salam helped create several institutes of excellence including the Third World Academy of Sciences at Trieste in 1983; an Academy where Indians and Iranians, but no Pakistanis, were enrolled in large numbers. After being awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1979, Dr Salam devoted his time largely to fundraising activities to bridge the technology divide between the developing and the developed countries by stopping the brain drain. Dr Salam was very concerned about the adverse influence of Indian military build-up on Pakistan and said he would take up the issue with Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi. In his meeting with Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, he strongly advocated increased allocation of funds and setting up of centres of science and technology in every province. Virtually no interest of Pakistani rulers, entrepreneurs, economists and planners in science-based technology of the day, he argued, led to the slow scientific development in Pakistan. Dr Salam believed the private sector could play a major role in the area but recognised that investors mostly looked for attractive return on investment. He recalled bringing an entrepreneur from London hoping to encourage Pakistani businessmen to invest in high technology based on assurances of six percent return on capital in the initial stages. The return was considered too meagre by investors who suggested that investment in real estate gave them capital gains between 40 and 60% annually without the slightest effort. An anguished Salam sahib had exclaimed: "Now you can't think of the country and at the same time think of 40 per cent and six per cent." He made an interesting observation regarding the reason behind India's clear edge in the field. "In Indian character, there is more inclination towards embracing poverty than in Pakistani character. They are willing to do things for small sums of money but here we are not. Our attitude has always been that of the sahibs." Then India has had from the outset the advantage of having Nehru, who was greatly interested in scientific development and got the right

people and had laboratories built right away, as its leader. When asked whether he would give up his position at Trieste if Pakistan government were to set up a science institute and sought his services, his immediate response was: "I will give up anything. Returning to Pakistan has been very important to me." But the hostile environment in Pakistan prevented his return. Dr Salam talked of his pain at being unable to be of service to Islam and to Pakistan. Although disillusioned with the state of scientific research in Pakistan, his message was one of hope as he said, "Optimism is very important. I was recently reminded that when the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) was pelted with stones in Taif, he was not disappointed. Instead he prayed and said: 'Oh God this nation has not understood me today, give them the realisation.' So that's the way I think about the matter." His message for the young Pakistanis who aspired to be great scientists was that "They should not lose hope and should get their science from whichever source they can. Then they should pursue it and, InshaAllah some day Pakistan will need them." Towards the end of the interview, Dr Salam's friends arrived. He was to depart for Delhi and just before leaving Dr Salam said: "Now let us pray" and quietly we all did. Seven years later, when Dr Salam died in England after a prolonged illness so many Pakistanis cried at our loss and no less over our national guilt of not honouring him while he lived. On November 24, 1996 his mortal remains were brought to Pakistan for burial at his ancestral graveyard in Rabwah. Sadly there was reportedly no government functionary at the funeral of the country's lone Nobel Laureate, this icon in science, who won the world's most prestigious award and earned international acclaim for Pakistan in one of the most challenging domains of science. Yet today as LUMS makes the commendable effort there is reason to be hopeful. One aspect of Pakistan's own Arab Spring would be to battle away from hate and ignorance to embrace the humanism and dedication to brilliance that the Holy Quran and our Prophet (pbuh) taught us and what Jinnah's Pakistan was meant to be – and will InshaAllah now be. The writer is a senior journalist and has been a diplomatic correspondent for leading dailies. She can be reached via email at qudssia@hotmail.com

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onsider this character fictional and he is easier to digest. Whether he is or he is not; who am I to say. During his training, he was given three assignments to steal. One from a military-run university in the federal capital. He got a job as a clerk, entered the location and left with a bunch of files on a rickshaw, before making the delivery. He was told to dress up as a muddy trash-carrier and walk the streets of the twin city – accompanied by his batman. He found himself lying on a staircase in front of a particular plaza when two girls began to make fun of him. After his time slot ended, he walked up to their rolleddown window and said in English: “Bet you never saw a more handsome man than me.” And ran away for the jollies as the girl screamed. He would walk up to another of his type, who manned a stall, and began to badger him, only to be told off, for the adjoining fruit stall vendor to sympathise, “Look what drugs did to the poor chap.” For the jollies, he would take away fruit from the vendor’s cart. He was taught interrogation techniques and during one interroBy Hashim bin Rashid gation, applying an electric shock to an interrogated, he and his victim became sleepy and the transcriptors continued to watch him deliver a shock and withhold. During the process, he applied a shock when the blindfolded and chained interrogated held onto his hand begging for forgiveness. The shock applier remained in touch with the victim’s body and the current began to flow through both bodies. Both danced, moved their hands and fainted. After this incident, the interrogated began to pun at him by mimicking the failed shock manoeuvre. He was assigned to get a certain former education minister elected from the 'banned' province in place of a prominent nationalist. He claims the candidate in question would have gotten

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three votes in the constituency and it was feared the candidate would be killed upon her arrival, when he and another one of his kind were assigned the task to engineer the electoral process. In the process, they established links with the local drugs and smuggling mafia, got international cases against them dismissed and secured their manpower to begin to campaign in the region. They went village-to-village using modern election techniques such as video-screening, making speeches, doling out money and a little vote fudging here and there. In the end, he only 'made sure' the candidate in question won the seat. He believes his agencies were right to manufacture dissent against the 1990 Benazir Bhutto government – ala the Mehrangate scandal – because BB had handed over lists of the Sikhs supporting the Khalistan movement and had promised to share details of Pakistan’s nuclear programme with the Indian governments. He, however, finds no contradiction when Qadeer Khan, in collusion with some of his seniors, did the same to North Korea and others, to generate funds for the nuclear programme. He claims that the army stopped purchasing American weapons to wage war in Balochistan. But he admits that it received hardware and payments during the last decade but claims the Baloch are wrong to wage war using 'foreign funds'. He believes it was wrong of BB to let Khair Baksh Marri return from exile since he ‘left with a stick and returned with Kalashnikovs and rocket launchers.’ He was trained to kidnap individuals, using chloroform, at gunpoint or throwing a stones at a car. Once the stone-throwing method failed and the victim’s pressed the accelerator and almost drove into him. He survived. He has done an MBA from a private college and is currently enrolled in an LLB programme at a public university on state expenditure for 'reasons unknown' to him. He says his call to duty is: ‘obey orders.’ Of course, he insists that he still 'thinks'. He says he is one of the better ones from his kind. One less educated than him would have… hmm… ahem ahem...let’s not get into it. The writer is a member of the Workers' Party Pakistan and is a researcher at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. He blogs at: voiceamidstsilence.blogspot.com.


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t this point, if everyone who had been rumored to be joining ‘The X Factor’ judging panel was actually joining ‘The X Factor’ judging panel, then Simon Cowell's revamped reality show would be the most starstudded series in the his-

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tory of television. But if the latest round of breathless reports are to be believed, then the caustic Brit has found his new panelmate in Rihanna. Though everyone from Fergie to Britney Spears to Janet Jackson to LeAnn Rimes has been rumored at some point to be pulling up a chair next to Cowell and L.A. Reid, reports pegging RiRi as the chosen one reached a fever pitch this week. It would be quite the coup if Simon somehow pulled it off, but did he manage it? Is Rihanna really in talks to be the new ‘X Factor’ judge? The rumour, however, is false. Not only has Rihanna not entered into any talks to join the show, but any such discussions would likely be fruitless endeavours.

“Simon knows how busy Rihanna is and this is a big commitment for a long period of time,” a source close to the show said. Rihanna has also dismissed reports that she is dating ‘Two And A Half Men’ star Ashton Kutcher. The 24-year-old had sparked rumours of a romance with the star after she was outside of Kutcher`s house at 4am on March 22. But she seemed upset when asked about her relationship status during the photocall for her movie ‘Battleship’. “I’m happy and I’m single, if that’s what you’re really asking,” Rihanna said. Kutcher is currently single following his split from Demi Moore amid claims that the actor cheated on his wife with another woman.

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Showcase 2012 day 3: Muted tones set the trends for the season NEWS DESK The third day of showcase 2012 brought some of the most creatively designed collections on the ramp. Rizwan Beyg, the creative director brought an interesting twist to the show with the most brilliant choreography for Bangladeshi designer Bibi Russell and Pakistani label Kuki Concept. The designers who showcased their collections on the day three were: Maheen Karim: Her collection, ‘Très magnifique’, epitomised femininity with a fusion of dazzling, bold spring colours, in silks and chiffons in draped and flowing silhouettes that made for a collection of wonderful resort-wear, fun-spirited holiday eveningwear and luxury occasion wear. Zarmina Khan: presented ‘Scent of a Woman’ - a romantic, chic collection inspired by the spring breeze, new love and born again serenity. The collection had soft drapes, using light chiffon combined with lace. Ishtiaq Afzal Khan: is a designer who has his roots imbedded in our traditions. Titled ‘Patchalicious’, his collection was inspired by Seminole patchwork. Afzal recycled scraps of cloth into beautiful, eyepopping fabrics by recombining strips of cloth or ribbon. The colours were used in a fine balance to create harmony and style, while each pattern had a name and story behind it. Ibrahim Hanif: His collection was mostly in mostly bright colours such as yellows, oranges, pinks and reds. Ibrahim had

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also chosen navy blue and dark colours in appliqués on motifs that included fish, buses, trucks, rickshaws, peacocks, birds and flowers. Wardha Saleem: Her collection paid homage to the understated sophistication of the sparrow. The collection named ‘JHIRKI’ had interesting western silhouettes and drapes all in muted tones of brown, beige, whites and blacks. Bibi Russell: She draws inspiration from the ‘Gamcha’- the poor people’s towel and ‘Rickshaw Art’ which use vibrant colours. Her 2012 Spring/Summer prêt collection showed the magical touch of the self-taught skills of the Gamcha weavers and rickshaw painters, using hand woven cotton, in seasonal shades of yellow, orange and green. Ayesha Khurrum: Her prêt wear collection has been defined as music in motion. Her collection was inspired by the poetry and verses of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and icons of popular culture such as Marilyn Monroe. Yasir Mirza: His collection ‘Hiphopistan’ was a tribute to young Pakistanis. His philosophy embodies a sense of the young Pakistani fashion generation - cut, silhouettes and styles were according to the next generation’s fashions statements. Kuki Koncept: Dessigner, Zahid Khan seeks inspiration in art and poetry to create dreamy, romantic designs. This collection was a tribute to the mystical Maulana Jalal-ud-din Rumi and was based on his poetry and Hikayat. The fabrics used were chiffons, georgettes, satins, velvets and karandy cottons.

MUMBAi: Actress Kareena Kapoor, who has lately been doing many item numbers in Bollywood, is gearing up for her next item song in Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Heroine’. “we have a new item song called ‘Halkat Jawani’ which is a wonderful song that will be picturised on Kareena Kapoor. I am sure the audiences will love this song. This film ‘Heroine’ will be a different sort of film for Kareena Kapoor," Bhandarkar said. Directed by Bhandarkar, the film has Kareena and Arjun Rampal in the lead. The director says 40 percent of the shooting has been done. "forty percent of the film has been finished. from (April) 10th, we will again have a non-stop shooting schedule and by September the film will be released," he said. Bhandarkar also sought to deny speculation that the film is based on Manisha Koirala’s life. “This film is not based on Manisha Koirala. It is absolutely wrong. Lot of things had been written about the film before. I have created a character called Mahi Arora who is today’s girl. The film is all about how she witnesses the ups and downs in her life," he said. AgEnCiES

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MUMBAi: Asin and John Abraham have apparently hit-off pretty well ever since the two met on the sets of ‘Housefull 2’. The two share a great bond over their roots. Asin basically hails from Kerala and so does John. The south Indian beauty has been going ga-ga over her ‘Housefull 2’ costar these days. while talking to a daily, Asin said, “John and I have a strong bond. He is also from south India. He used to ask me to get the area’s traditional food for him. He actually wanted me to make some for him-maybe someday.” The two have turned thick friends it seems; hence John has suggested Asin to get married to a half-south Indian man just like him. Is John indirectly proposing to Asin? well only John can answer this. AgEnCiES

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First lady Michelle Obama is making an appearance at The Kids' Choice Awards this weekend to honour Taylor Swift for her charity work. The First Lady will give Swift The Big Help Award during Nickelodeon's 25th annual awards show. The award recognises individuals whose charitable efforts have made an impact and inspired children to do the same. The first lady was the 2010 winner of the The Big Help Award. Swift, one of the world's top pop stars, has been active in flood and storm relief, raising $750,000 when she opened her final ‘Speak Now’ tour rehearsal to fans to benefit tornado victims in The South. She's also active with charities like The Make-A-Wish Foundation, St Jude Medical Center and Habitat for Humanity.

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Sir Elton John has revealed that he was bullied even after becoming famous by some “important” people in his life and career. The 65-year-old singer, who has one-year-old son Zachary with partner David Furnish, admits that he was tormented by some of the key players in his career, and was even hit by one. “It was about control and them being able to keep me under their thumb, and I was the perfect candidate for it. Even though I was famous and a big deal, it doesn’t matter, it’s who you are underneath that, and I was always kind of shy and intimidated,” Contactmusic quoted him as telling E! News. “One was violent and the other two were mentally violent. They were very important people in my life. They were important people in my career and in my personal life,” he said. The Grammy Award winner, who is working on an anti-bullying campaign with Lady Gaga urges victims to tell someone if they are being targeted. “Speak out, speak out. Snitch on them. Try to defend yourself, not like me, who hid it and thought it was okay to just go on like it,” he said. Addressing the bullies, John asks them to look insider themselves and work out the reason for their behaviour. He acknowledges that son Zachary could fall victim to bullies when he reaches school age, but prays he will speak out.

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T looks like Katy Perry has a new love. French model Baptiste Giabiconi recently posted a picture of him getting cozy with the singer, along with the tweet, “@katyperry hey my #littlekats u look So amazing in this pics! :)” The 22-yearmodel and the 27-year-old singer were first spotted together during Paris Fashion Week. Tongues began wagging when Giabiconi and Perry were seen at a train station on her next trip to Paris March 19. The next day, the pair were spotted out partying at a Paris nightclub. “It’s new, they’re feeling it out, but they’re spending a lot of time together,” Giabiconi’s rep told the New York Post. “He’s considering moving to LA, at least for some time.” It seems Perry and Giabiconi have music in common. He’s been trying to launch a music career in France. Since 2008, Giabiconi has been the face of Chanel after designer Karl Lagerfeld declared him his muse. More than a year ago, Giabiconi confessed in an interview, “If I could make her (Katy) di-

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director MUMBAI: Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh has been roped in for Bejoy Nambiar's next, ‘David’. “Going to be working with Bejoy Nambiar of 'Shaitan' fame on his next film ‘David’! Looking forward to this one for sure. He is super talented,” tweeted Neil. The 30-year-old was last seen in ‘Players’. AGeNCIeS

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Charlize Theron’s son has made a starstudded debut, of sorts. The ‘Young Adult’ actress covered Jackson in a star-printed towel for a trip to the post office, ensuring no photographers or onlookers got a glimpse of her baby boy. The 36-year-old Oscar winner adopted Jackson earlier this month. In a recent interview on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, she said her life’s “changed a tiny bit” since becoming a mom. “I now travel in a pack.” “Look, it’s been amazing the amount of emails and congratulations,” she added. “Everyone’s just been so lovely. So it’s been really nice.”

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Veteran rock band Aerosmith said they were bringing “a little of 1975 back” on a long-delayed album of new material to be released this summer to coincide with a US tour. The band said they were working on finishing up the album - the first of new material since 2001's ‘Just Push Play’-ahead of the tour, but kept the title under wraps. “The camaraderie's there, there's some songs that are new rock, and old rock and middle-of-the-road rock, and blues, piano. Joe Perry singing a couple of songs, I'm playing the drums, Joey sings, just all kinds of stuff,” frontman Steven Tyler told Reuters. Aerosmith, whose previous attempts to make a new album were dogged by a litany of health prob-

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vorce her husband, I’d marry her.” The ‘Part of Me’ pop star keeps the mystery going with a cryptic hashtag she posted on Twitter. Last night, Perry tweeted, "Just ate a ton of garlic, heard it's an immune booster #hopeitwerks #mandeflecter #singleandsatisfied." Perry split from her husband, comedian Russell Brand, in late December, when he filed for divorce, claiming irreconcilable differences. Though their divorce won’t be final until summer, he appears to have moved on with Hungarian model Nikolett Barabas.

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MUMBAi: The entire film industry was present at Mukesh Ambani’s bash to celebrate Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th ton. It was a gala event wherein the industry’s biggest and most glamorous stars made an appearance to congratulate the little master. from Lata Mangeshkar to Aamir Khan to Salman Khan to Rani Mukherjee to Abhishek and Aishwarya, all were present at the starry event. The glamorous Priyanka Chopra emceed the event and all the stars spoke about Sachin. what was interesting to see that Salman Khan was seated in the same row as Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan. Salman sat next to Aamir and his wife Kiran Rao, just a few seats away from his ex, Aishwarya and her hubby Abhishek. Considering their history, it could have been an uncomfortable situation for all those present there but it seems that the two stars were pretty much at ease. what was even more interesting to watch was when Salman went up on stage to address Tendulkar and cracked some jokes, Aishwarya burst out laughing along with others in the audience. A video released of the party shows Salman pulling Aamir’s leg while addressing Sachin and making everyone in the audience go in

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splits. Till very recently, the two stars were never seen at the same event and had been avoiding each other completely but they perhaps made an exception for the Ambanis and Sachin. good to see that the two stars have finally made peace with their past. Or have they? AgEnCiES

lems and internal strife, said they had been working with their longtime producer Jack Douglas to bring "a little bit of 1975 back." Formed in Boston in the 1970s, Aerosmith has sold over 150 million records worldwide and had hits like ‘Walk This Way’ and ‘I Don't Want to Miss A Thing’. But they said playing at home was the biggest thrill. Aerosmith's last North American tour, in 2009, had to be scrapped midway through after Tyler, who had a history of drug addiction, fell off the stage and broke his shoulder. He later entered rehab for addiction to prescription painkillers. Tyler's decision in 2010 to join ‘American Idol’ as a judge ruffled some feathers among his bandmates. But Tyler said his role on the TV singing contest had brought Aerosmith a whole new audience.

MUMBAi: Priyanka Chopra’s got a new admirer in Victoria Beckham. Priyanka wore a white Victoria Beckham dress at an event recently and the famous fashionista loved the way PC pulled it off. Victoria shared Priyanka's picture on her blog as she wrote to her, “Priyanka Chopra looks lovely in white in VB SS12 (Victoria Beckham SS12) – VB.” Priyanka too reverted to Posh saying, "Thank you, love your stuff." After Priyanka's cool performance as the host at the Ambani bash for Sachin, looks like PC is back in demand. Priyanka will be performing at the IPL opening ceremony on 4th April. AgEnCiES

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Actor Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana have reportedly called off their relationship just three months after dating each other. “They’re definitely not together,” usmagazine.com quoted an insider as saying. The couple started dating each other after they met on the sets of upcoming thriller ‘Words’. They were first spotted at a New Year’s Eve bash. “She and Bradley weren’t super serious at all,” said a common friend.

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Arab leaders tackle Syria crisis at Baghdad summit BAGHDAD

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RAB leaders on Thursday urged a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria at a landmark summit in Baghdad, marred by stayaways and a mortar attack near the Iranian embassy as the meeting opened. Only nine visiting leaders of the 22member Arab League turned up for the summit, the first to be held in the Iraqi capital in more than 20 years, which was opened with a call for peace by UN chief Ban Ki-moon. Reflecting the rift between Arab countries on steps they believe should be taken to end the bloodletting in Syria, officials said a final summit statement would not call on President Bashar alAssad to quit nor consider arming the rebels against him as some states have de-

manded. Qatar and Saudi Arabia, two states seeking the most aggressive measures on Damascus, only sent envoys to Baghdad. Qatar explained its decision as being designed to send a “message” to hosts Iraq, which has taken a softer position than most other League members on its neighbour and trading partner. Even as the summit got underway, Syrian security forces assailed rebel strongholds across the country, a day after Assad’s regime made clear it would not abide by any Arab League initiatives. While regional officials have pushed to focus on a wide variety of issues, ranging from the Arab-Israel conflict to jumpstarting the bloc’s economies, the summit was focused on Syria, where monitors say nearly 10,000 people have died in a yearlong revolt against Assad’s rule. In his speech opening the summit, Ban called for Syrian authorities to implement UN-Arab

League envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan and for an end to violence ravaging the country. “It is essential that President Assad put those commitments into immediate effect. The world is waiting for commitments to be translated into action. The key here is implementation. There is no time to waste,” he said. “We reiterate our call for a peaceful solution to meet the expectations of the Syrian people without any foreign interference,” Iraqi President Jalal Talabani meanwhile told the summit. Arab leaders have said they will at the summit call for talks between the Syrian government and opposition based on a sixpoint peace plan proposed by Annan, according to a draft copy of the Baghdad Declaration obtained by AFP. The region’s leaders “denounce the violence, murder and bloodshed, and are in favour of a political solution via national dialogue,” said the document, to be issued after the summit.

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Clashes across Syria on Thursday killed at least 23 people, including 14 civilians, as Arab leaders gathered for a summit in Baghdad in a renewed push to end the year-long bloodshed. Five civilians, including a woman and a child, died as regime forces stormed villages near the town of Maaret al-Numan, in northwestern Idlib province, which has been under a relentless army assault since the start of the month, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Three soldiers also died. Six other civilians as well as two regime forces and an armed rebel died in fighting in central Homs province. Three people died in nearby Hama province along with two soldiers who were killed when their vehicle came under attack by armed rebels, the Britain-based group added. It said that an army colonel was assassinated by armed men in the northern city of Aleppo, where an officer was also killed on Wednesday. The state news agency SANA said the two officers were killed by an “armed terrorist group” on Thursday as they were heading to work. “Four terrorists in a car killed officers Abdel Karim Raie and Fouad Shaaban as they were heading to work,” the agency said. Clashes were also taking place near the town of Zabadani, in Damascus province.

Swedish defence minister quits in Saudi arms scandal STOCKHOLM Afp

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China blames Dalai Lama for Delhi self-immolation NEW DELHI Afp

Chinese officials visiting New Delhi to attend a summit of emerging nations on Thursday blamed the Dalai Lama for a Tibetan protester burning himself to death in the city. Jamphel Yeshi died on the eve of the summit after setting himself alight on Monday during demonstrations among India’s large community of Tibetan exiles against Chinese rule of their homeland. Hundreds of Tibetans were detained before the meeting of the BRICS group of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, while many others complained of being placed under virtual house arrest to prevent anti-China protests. “The Dalai Lama and so-called pro-independence elements are trying to push extreme and radical views and are glorifying extreme positions,” Luo Zhaohui, director general of China’s department of Asian Affairs told reporters. “The Chinese appreciate the concrete and effective measures implemented by the Indian government in overcoming the disruption,” he said, adding that China was “regretful” of the loss of innocent life.

french ‘Big Bang’ scientist on trial for alleged terror plot PARIS Afp

A Franco-Algerian nuclear scientist went on trial Thursday for allegedly plotting terror attacks in France, where an Islamist’s killing spree has already overshadowed the presidential campaign. A week after police shot dead Franco-Algerian Mohamed Merah for killing seven people in and around Toulouse, Adlene Hicheur went on trial charged with criminal association as part of a terrorist enterprise. French police arrested Hicheur, a researcher studying the universe’s birth — the Big Bang — at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), in October 2009 after intercepting emails he wrote. The trial began Thursday afternoon in a Paris courtroom and was to last two days, with the court to examine 35 emails between Hicheur and an alleged Al-Qaeda contact. Following his arrest at his parents’ home near CERN, which lies on the Franco-Swiss border northwest of Geneva, police discovered a trove of Al-Qaeda and Islamic militant

literature. France’s DCRI domestic intelligence agency’s suspicions were raised following a statement from AlQaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) that was sent to President Nicolas Sarkozy’s Elysee Palace in early 2008. Police carried out surveillance on several email accounts including Hicheur’s and his exchanges with Mustapha Debchi, an alleged AQIM representative living in Algeria.On March 1, 2009, Hicheur wrote an email to Debchi saying he would “propose... possible objectives in Europe and particularly in France.” On March 10, he continued: “Concerning the matter of objectives, they differ depending on the different results sought after the hits. For example: if it’s about punishing the state because of its military activities in Muslim countries — Afghanistan — then it should be a purely military objective. For example: the air base at Karan Jefrier near Annecy in France. This base trains troops and sends them to Afghanistan.” Hicheur was referring to a French military base at Cran-Gevrier, close to CERN. In June 2009, Debchi asked Hicheur: “Don’t beat around the bush: are you prepared to

work in a unit becoming active in France?” Hicheur replied on June 6: “Concerning your proposal, the answer is of course YES but there are a few observations: ...if your proposal relates to a precise strategy — such as working in the heart of the main enemy’s house and emptying its blood of strength — then I should revise the plan that I’ve prepared.” Magistrates investigating the case said the exchanges “crossed the line of simple debate of political or religious ideas to enter the sphere of terrorist violence.” They say the accused “knowingly agreed with Mustapha Debchi to set up an operational cell ready to carry out terrorist acts in Europe and in France.” Ever since he was jailed pending trial two-and-a-half years ago, Hicheur has said he never agreed to “anything concrete”. “There is not the least proof of a beginning of a (terrorist) intention,” said Hicheur’s lawyer, Patrick Baudouin. The lawyer slammed what he called “the steamroller of anti-terrorist justice”. “He has since the beginning been painted as the ideal guilty party,” Baudouin said.

Swedish Defence Minister Sten Tolgfors resigned Thursday after weeks of controversy over revelations Sweden planned to help Saudi Arabia build an arms factory, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said. “I have today, upon request from Sten Tolgfors, decided to relieve him (of his duties),” the head of Sweden’s centre-right government told a news conference, hailing the departing minister for his five years on the job. Reinfeldt stressed that Tolgfors had begun hinting months ago he wanted to leave soon, but acknowledged that media focus on the ongoing scandal had hastened his exit. “The probe and the questions around this issue will continue... and that is of course a good thing,” Reinfeldt said, adding that Tolgfors would maintain his seat in parliament while Infrastructure Minister Catharina Elmsaeter-Svaerd would temporarily take over the defence portfolio. Earlier this month public broadcaster Swedish Radio said the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) had secret plans since 2007 to help Saudi Arabia build a plant for the production of anti-tank weapons. The radio said part of the socalled Project Simoom involved the creation of a shell company called SSTI to handle dealings with Saudi Arabia, in order to avoid any direct links to FOI and the government. FOI director general Jan-Olof Lind said last week he had reported “a suspected crime” following an internal review, and Swedish prosecutor Agneta Hilding Qvarnstroem opened a preliminary investigation into the affair.

Ukrainian girl dies after horror gang rape DONETSK Afp

An 18-year old Ukrainian girl died Thursday almost three weeks after suffering a gang rape attack by youths which shocked the nation and raised new doubts about the competence of its police. Oksana Makar was raped by three young men in their early 20s, strangled, burned alive and then left for dead in the attack in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolayiv, investigators have said. The victim was found by a passer-by after she was dumped by her attackers at an abandoned construction site. She was hospitalised with 55 percent burns in a critical condition, requiring the amputation of one of her arms. Oksana Makar died of her injuries in a specialist hospital in the eastern city of Donetsk where she had been taken after her rescue, the clinic announced. Her heart stopped beating after she suffered a pulmonary haemorrhage and she died despite three attempts to resuscitate her, the chief doctor of the Donetsk Burns centre, Emil Fistal, told AFP.


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Italy in shock after Italian, Moroccan set themselves alight ROME Afp

Italy was in shock Thursday after an Italian builder on trial for tax evasion and a Moroccan man who had not been paid for months set themselves on fire in separate incidents. Giuseppe C., 58, wrote suicide notes to the tax agency, friends and his wife before setting himself alight in Bologna on Wednesday. He was saved by a traffic warden and is in a critical condition in a severe burns unit. “It’s a terrible sign of desperation, a single case of distress which sums up a moment of great difficulty,” former premier Romano Prodi said Thursday. “I hope he survives, but he is in a very serious state,” he said. The Moroccan, a 27year-old resident of Verona who is also a builder, set his arms and head on fire in a street on Thursday in an apparent copycat protest after yelling that he had not be paid for four months, police said. “He shouted out that he hadn’t been paid for four months and poured petrol over himself before setting himself alight. Police raced to put the flames out and he has been taken to hospital,” Pasquale d’Antonio from Verona police said. Giuseppe C. had been due to attend the first hearing of a court case against him for 104,000 euros ($138,000) in unpaid tax and fines dating from 2007. “On fire for tax: the taxman is killing the country,” read the front page headline of the right-wing Il Giornale daily, while the Repubblica wrote of “the tragedy of a handyman strangled by the economic crisis.” Prime Minister Mario Monti’s government has launched a wide-ranging crackdown on tax evasion as Italy struggles under a vast debt mountain. The builder had set himself alight in his Fiat Punto in the car park of a former tax agency office. In his note, extracts of which were published in the Corriere della Sera newspaper, he told the agency “I’ve always paid my taxes.” He asked for forgiveness and told them to “leave my wife alone.” His wife Tiziana told the Corriere that she “had never seen any sign of money problems. He didn’t want to trouble me with it.” In his letter to her, Giuseppe C. had written: “I wanted to say goodbye, but you were sleeping so peacefully. Today is a terrible day.”

British police media chief quits in hacking scandal LONDON

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URKISH Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday voiced his country’s unwavering support for Tehran’s nuclear ambitions in a meeting with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to an official statement. “The government and nation of Turkey has always clearly supported the nuclear positions of the Islamic republic of Iran, and will continue to firmly follow the same policy in the future,” Erdogan was quoted as saying in the statement issued by Ahmadinejad’s office. Ahmadinejad thanked Turkey for its “clear and

frank” stance on the issue, the statement added. The exchange occurred on the last day of a two-day visit Erdogan was making to Iran to discuss the nuclear issue and bilateral ties. The Turkish prime minister was to hold talks later Thursday with Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, before flying home. Iran on Wednesday announced that long-stalled talks with world powers on its nuclear programme would be held on April 13 at a place yet to be agreed. Tehran says it prefers Istanbul as the venue. The talks carry hopes of defusing a tense international showdown over Iran’s nuclear activities that has sent oil prices soaring. Israel has brandished the threat of possible military action against Iran’s nu-

clear sites, while the United States has put its energies into sanctions and diplomacy but has not ruled out the military option. Erdogan flew into Iran on Wednesday from South Korea, where he attended a nuclear security summit alongside other leaders, including US President Barack Obama. Obama told the summit that “time is short” for a diplomatic solution to the standoff with Iran and urged Iran’s leaders to engage in the talks with a “sense of urgency.” The United States and its Western allies believe Iran is working towards a nuclear weapons capability. Tehran denies that, saying its atomic programme is exclusively peaceful. The last round of Iran/P5+1 talks was held in Istanbul in January 2011 and

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The media chief at Scotland Yard has resigned after he faced gross misconduct charges over the phone hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, Britain’s police watchdog said Thursday. Dick Fedorcio stood down a week after the Metropolitan Police said it would start proceedings against him for hiring Neil Wallis, a former deputy editor at the nowclosed paper, as a media consultant. It is the third major resignation from Scotland Yard, after the head of the force and another senior policeman stood down in July last year at the height of the scandal. “I have today been notified that Dick Fedorcio, the Metropolitan Police Service Director of Public Affairs, has resigned,” Deborah Glass, the deputy head of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, said in a statement. She said the watchdog had been investigating the hiring by Scotland Yard of Wallis’s company Chamy Media for media consultancy work, despite the fact that the force was itself probing wrongdoing at the News International tabloid. Glass said the IPCC sent a report to Scotland Yard’s Directorate of Professional Standards in January recommending that Fedorcio “has a case to answer”.

France said Thursday it had banned four Muslim preachers from entering France to attend an Islamic conference, saying their “calls for hatred and violence” were a threat to public order. President Nicolas Sarkozy had wanted to ban the high-profile Islamic clerics from attending the conference next month in the wake of a series of killings by Al-Qaeda inspired gunman Mohamed Merah that shocked France. Saudi clerics Ayed Bin Abdallah al-Qarni and Abdallah Basfar, Egyptian cleric Safwat al-Hijazi and a former mufti of Jerusalem Akrama Sabri are banned from entering France, a statement said. “These people’s positions and statements calling for hatred and violence seriously damage republican principles and, in the current context, represent a serious threat to public order,” said the statement from Foreign Minister Alain Juppe and Interior Minister Claude Gueant.

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The ministers also voiced “regret” that prominent Swiss intellectual Tariq Ramadan has been invited to the April 6-9 meeting organised by the Union of Islamic Organisations in France (UOIF). They said his “positions and statements are against the republican spirit, which does not do any service to France’s Muslims”. France cannot prevent Ramadan from entering as Switzerland is a member of Europe’s visa-free Schengen zone. Influential Qatari preacher Yusuf al-Qaradawi and Mahmud alMasri of Egypt have decided not to come for the conference, the statement said. Ramadan is considered one of Europe’s leading Muslim thinkers and was an advisor to former British prime minister Tony Blair. His grandfather founded Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, of which his father was a senior member exiled by former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser. He is known for promoting a

modernised form of Islam and for his opposition to the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. He has been barred from entering US territory since 2004. Sarkozy said on Monday that Qaradawi, 86, an influential Qatarbased Sunni Muslim cleric, was not welcome in France. Qaradawi, who hosts a popular show on Al-Jazeera satellite television, backed the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, and has launched a fundraising effort for the Syrian opposition. That ban, which has now turned into a withdrawal, was criticised by the International Union of Muslim Scholars which Qaradawi heads. The union said that Qaradawi is “a moderate scholar who contributed to combating extremism in Islamic thoughts.” The cleric is accused of having made anti-Semitic and homophobic statements and was banned from entering Britain in 2008. He has been banned from entering the United States since 19.

ended in failure. The round before that, in late 2010, was in Geneva. Erdogan on Wednesday slammed the bellicose language being directed against Iran, saying: “Military threats against a country that seeks to master peaceful nuclear technology are not acceptable.” Turkey relies on Iran for 30 percent of its oil imports, and has refused to go along with sanctions imposed by the United States and Europe, saying it will observe only UN-mandated restrictions on Iran. However, Turkey is also a NATO member, and it has agreed to deploy parts of an anti-missile shield that could be used against Iran, a point that has generated friction in the past with its neighbour.

‘Anti-gay’ law submitted to Russian parliament MOSCOW Afp

Regional deputies on Thursday submitted a draft law to the federal Russian parliament that would make “homosexual propaganda” to minors a punishable offense across Russia. The move comes in defiance of an international outcry over the approval by the regional parliament in Saint Petersburg of an identical law for Russia’s second city which rights groups say blatantly discriminates against gays. The regional parliament in Siberia’s Novosibirsk is behind the initial draft put to the State Duma of a federal law that adds “homosexual propaganda among minors” to Russia’s list of administrative offences. “Homosexual propaganda is widespread in modern Russia,” the Novosibirsk deputies explained in a memo published together with the draft. Such propaganda in media and rallies “shows homosexuality as a behavioural norm,” it says. “It is necessary to protect the next generation from the effects of homosexual propaganda,” it says, without listing any criteria for what exactly should be considered propaganda.


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British Universities side to tour pakistan in april LAHORE STAff REpoRT

A combined British Universities cricket team will play two one-day games in Pakistan next month, a tour welcomed by the hosts on Thursday as a chance to repair the country's image abroad. The British Universities team will be arriving in Lahore on April 2 and both the matches are day games and will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore on April on 4 and 6, said a board official. "The British team's tour will help us create a soft image of Pakistan as all the players in the team are foreigners and will be well taken care of," said Intikhab Alam, the Pakistan Cricket Board's director of international cricket. International cricket teams have refused to tour Pakistan since gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in

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March 2009. The team was heading to the stadium where the university side will play. The attack killed eight people and wounded seven Sri Lankan players and their assistant coach. Pakistan later lost its World Cup co-hosting rights. The British Universities team will arrive in Lahore on April 2 and play two oneday games against a Pakistan Cricket Board Under-19 team. They will be hosted by PCB and will stay in Lahore till April 8. Pakistan have invited Bangladesh to play a limited-over series next month, but the tour appears in doubt over security fears. Those fears have forced Pakistan to play their home series on neutral venues such as England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates. Pakistan are also planning a fivematch one-day series against Australia in Sri Lanka this August. Australia have not toured Pakistan since 1998.

ThE nAMES of ThE plAYERS in ThE SQUAd ARE: Kamal Alam (captain) general Richards XI, AAf, Durham University; will Hodson, MCC; James Kostoris, MCC; will Kostoris Harrow, MCC; Brendan Mckerchar, MCC Universities - Oxford University,& Scotland; Mumtaz Habib, MCC Universities; Maxwell McAclister, MCC; James Roditi Harrow, England Schools; Spencer Crawley, MCC Universities - Oxford University; Robert gallimore, Army; Paul Razzall, MCC Universities - Oxford University; Samuel Outram, James wallace, Shmail Khan, Eton - England Schools; Umair Javed, University of London LSE. LAsHIng sHOWs DEsIRE TO vIsIT PAKIsTAn: Upon the positive signals transmitted by the Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the Chief of the Lashings Club, David Folb, is equally thrilled and has expressed readiness to tour Pakistan to put an end to a 3-year long international cricket drought in Pakistan. However the chief of the club – studded with former international stars – feared that the time was running out for the PCB to make a formal move in this regard. “Invita-

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Pakistan's Rana Naved was the pick of MCC's attack but Lancashire still fought back as 16 wickets fell on an incident packed second day of the Champion County match in Abu Dhabi. County champions Lancashire were dismissed for 199 in reply to MCC's first innings 265 on Wednesday's second day of this four-day fixture, the traditional curtain-raiser to the English season. However, by stumps, MCC had collapsed to 81 for eight in their second innings -- a lead of 148 with two wickets and two days remaining -- as Lancashire leftarm spinner Simon Kerrigan backed up his first innings four for 65 with three for 28. Only New Zealand's Hamish Marshall (31) and opener Stephen Peters (28) had so far made it into double figures in MCC's second innings in a match being played in 42 degree heat. Earlier, Kerrigan was bowled by Naved, the 34-year-old paceman, who has played nine Tests, finishing with three for 31. Experienced MCC and former England all-rounder Ian Blackwell, who made an unbeaten century in the first innings, was then given a fresh reminder of how cricket can change from one day to the next when he was dismissed for a duck second time around by seamer Tom Smith. MCC captain Mark Ramprakash, the ex-England batsman who has been in prolific county form for Surrey in recent seasons, managed just 13 runs in the match after he was caught for six by Lancashire skipper Glen Chapple off fast bowler Sajid Mahmood. Chapple's unbeaten 42 had previously rescued Lancashire from the depths of 106 for seven.

tion from the PCB will be very exciting for us. We will personally love to bring our team to Pakistan but due to our tight schedule, starting from April 24th, the PCB should initiate the formal process at the earliest”, said David Folb in a television interview. After the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore, the frequent rounds of talks between the PCB and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), starting late last year, were seen as a breath of fresh air but unfortunately at this moment in time the tour is in jeopardy which prompted the PCB Chairman, Zaka Ashraf, to try out for other options which includes an invitation to an international XI. Earlier Pakistan's former captain, Rashid Latif has also said that he could assemble a quality world eleven team to come and play in Pakistan if the PCB was willing to bear the expenses. Responding to the offer, the PCB Chairman said that he would be glad to support Latif in his efforts to

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HEN Pakistan's cricket chiefs decided against retaining Mohsin Khan as national coach in spite of a string of victories, there were fears that a change in guard might upset a new-found harmony in the team's dressing room. After all, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had chosen Dav Whatmore – known in the cricket world as a hard taskmaster – to replace Mohsin as Pakistan's new coach ahead of this month's Asia Cup in Bangladesh. In the weeks that lead up to Whatmore's appointment, a few senior players were quoted by PTI as saying that they were a bit uneasy over the idea of having a new coach at a time when Mohsin had succeeded in gelling the team well. But all of that seems to be a thing of the past as Whatmore and his colleague Julien Fountain – Pakistan's fielding coach – have wasted little time in bonding with their charges. Pakistan's Asia Cup triumph in Dhaka last week was certainly helpful for the Whatmore-Fountain partnership, which is already receiving favourable reviews from players and officials alike. “It helps if your coach is a confident man,” Shahid Afridi, the former Pakistan captain, told 'Our Sources' in an interview. “One of the many qualities that I've come to admire in him (Whatmore) is his confidence and the fact that he has a very positive approach towards everything,” he added. Afridi, easily the most experi-

enced one-day player in Pakistan's lineup, also hailed the former Australia Test cricketer for the simplicity of his plans.“Personally, I really like the way he comes out with simple and effective plans,” said the star allrounder, who described his new coach as a “good influence” in Pakistan's dressing room. “Whatmore is vastly experienced and I think all of us should make good use of his experience and expertise as an international coach,” he stressed.Whatmore, 58, played seven Tests for Australia. But it was his credentials as an accomplished coach that convinced the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to hire him as the national coach on a long-term basis. His biggest claim to fame is that Sri Lanka, then counted among the minnows, recorded a

stunning World Cup victory in 1996 with Whatmore as their coach. Later, he also served as Bangladesh's coach. “I think Whatmore is a very focused man with a lot of experience,” Intikhab Alam, the former Pakistan captain told 'Our Sources'.“The best part is that he has quickly developed a good rapport with the players, who are giving us a good feedback about him. Same is the case with Julien (Fountain),” added Intikhab, who headed a PCB task team that chose Whatmore to succeed former Test pacer Waqar Younis as Pakistan's full-time coach. It's a bit early to make a call on whether Whatmore will go on to become a success story during the rest of his Pakistan stint but the early signs are quite reassuring.Zaheer Abbas, the former Pakistan captain who was a member of the coach-finding committee, believes Whatmore's biggest challenge will be to groom the country's young players. “Personally, the reason why I voted for Whatmore was my belief that after the spot-fixing scandal of 2010 we needed a really experienced man to lift the team. We had lost three of our leading players and needed to inject young blood,” he said referring to the trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, who were banned for spot-fixing last year. “I thought Whatmore was the right man for the job because he had previously worked wonders with underdogs and could be entrusted with the job of putting our largely young team on the right path,” said Zaheer.

transform the idea, of brining the World XI to Pakistan, into reality. David Folb also recalled his interactions with Latif on the Pakistan’s tour however reiterated that the shorts must be called by the PCB to make it happen. “I have had discussions with Rashid Latif on Pakistan Cricket many a times, I know he is very keen on the revival of international cricket in Pakistan, but it’s for the PCB to make a final call in this regard”, said David Folb “I have been to Pakistan more than once and have many friends there. I will never forget the wonderful hospitality I experienced”, concludes David Folb. Lashings the UK based club - is amongst the famous clubs in the world. A lot of former and incumbent mega stars such as Sachin Tendulkar, Murli, Brian Lara, Wasim Akram, Sir Viv Richards, Chris Harris, Allan Donald, Shoaib Akhtar, Rashid Latif, Courtney Walsh and others have represented the club.

Troubled Kiwi batsman Ryder takes psychologist to IPL WELLINGTON Afp

Troubled New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder will return from a self-imposed exile to play in the India Premier League (IPL) next month, taking his psychologist with him for support. Ryder, who has been involved in many alcohol-related incidents throughout his career, announced an indefinite break from the game after being handed a one-match ban for drinking following an ODI against South Africa last month. Although the reason for the break was never specified, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive David White said Thursday that Ryder "has reached the point where he is ready to play competitive cricket again". White said cricket would always be an important element in Ryder’s return to full health and fitness, and playing for the Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League offered him the opportunity to play at a challenging level. "He has clear expectations from NZC in terms of what is required from him to make a return to international cricket and playing in the IPL is a good first step." Ryder's clinical psychologist Karen Nimmo and manager Aaron Klee will also travel to India to continue their work with the accomplished batsman. "Jesse has been making steady progress over the past few weeks. While the IPL has clear challenges, and is a big step, I believe he’s ready to take it," Nimmo said. "Cricket is Jesse’s job and what he’s good at, so I was keen to see him return to the game as soon as practical, but only with the right structures in place."

Herath spins Sri Lanka to victory over England GALLE Afp

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath claimed a match haul of 12 wickets as Sri Lanka condemned top-ranked England to their fourth consecutive Test defeat on Thursday in the series opener. The 34-year-old grabbed six wickets in each innings as the tourists, attempting what would have been their highest successful fourth-innings chase of 340, were bowled out for 264 soon after tea on the fourth day. Off-spinner Suraj Randiv lent admirable support with six wickets in the match as Sri Lanka went 1-0 ahead in the two-match series with an impressive 75-run win. England captain Andrew Strauss was furious at another Test defeat -- despite a dogged century by Jonathan Trott -- after his team were whitewashed 3-0 by Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year. "We're bitterly disappointed," he said. "In

truth we made too many mistakes. If you make them, you've got be lucky to get away with them and this game we were not. We all fell a bit too softly." Strauss, however, said there was still a lot to play for when the second and final Test starts at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo on April 3. "All credit to Sri Lanka," he said. "They put us under pressure, outplayed us and deserved the victory. However, we've got one more game to show we can play better cricket in this part of the world." Trott kept the tourists afloat with a defiant 112 before the last five wickets fell for just 12 runs in front of 8,000 bitterly disappointed English fans in the southern coastal town. It was only the second win in 18 Tests for Sri Lanka since the retirement of world bowling record holder Muttiah Muralitharan in 2010. They lost six while the rest were drawn. England's highest successful fourth-innings chase had come way back in 1928 when they made 332-7 to defeat Australia in Melbourne.

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Sl 1st inn: 318 (M. Jayawardene 180, J. Anderson 5-72, S. patel 2-27) Eng 1st inn: 193 (i. Bell 52, S. Broad 28, R. herath 6-74, S. Randiv 2-26) Sl 2nd inn: 214 (p. Jayawardene 61 not out, g. Swann 6-82) England 2nd innings (overnight 111-2) A. Strauss c dilshan b herath 27 A. Cook c p. Jayawardene b herath 14 J. Trott c dilshan b Randiv 112 k. pietersen c M. Jayawardene b Randiv 30 i. Bell lbw b herath 13 M. prior c Thirimanne b herath 41 S. patel c dilshan b herath 9 S. Broad not out 5 g. Swann lbw b herath 1 J. Anderson c p. Jayawardene b Randiv 5 M. panesar c dilshan b Randiv 0 Extras: (lb6, w1) 7 Total (all out, 99 overs) 264 fall of wickets: 1-31 (Cook), 2-48 (Strauss), 3-118 (pietersen), 4152 (Bell), 5-233 (prior), 6-252 (patel), 7-256 (Trott), 8-259 (Swann), 9-264 (Anderson), 10-264 (panesar). Bowling: Welegedara 13-2-40-0, lakmal 10-5-22-0, herath 389-97-6, dilshan 12-1-25-0, Randiv 26-2-74-4. Sri lanka won by 75 runs, lead 1-0 in two-Test series. Toss: Sri lanka, Umpires: Asad Rauf (pAk) and Rod Tucker (AUS), TV umpire: Bruce oxenford (AUS), Match referee: Javagal Srinath (ind)


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Aamer deserves a second chance, says Wasim KARACHI Afp

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AKISTAN'S former bowling great Wasim Akram swung behind Mohammad Aamer on Thursday, saying he deserves to be forgiven and allowed back into international cricket after serving a ban for spot-fixing. "I think we should move on in Aamer's case, forgive him as he has served his punishment for the mistake he committed and allow the youngster another chance," Wasim told AFP. The 19-year-old Aamer was released from a British jail after serving half of his six-month sentence for spot-fixing at the Lord's Test against England in 2010. Aamer bowled deliberate no-balls, together with his new-ball partner Mohammad Asif. Pakistan's then captain Salman Butt and agent Mazhar Majeed were found guilty of contriving the noballs in exchange for cash. Butt and Asif are still serving 30- and 12-month jail terms respectively. The In-

ternational Cricket Council (ICC) also banned the three players for a minimum of five years. In his first interview since his release, which was broadcast last

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Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif on Thursday lashed out at cricket's oldest club, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), for contemplating a tour of war-torn Afghanistan at the expense of Pakistan. "I am shocked at MCC's double standard," Latif told AFP. "Even Afghanistan's team don't practise in their country because of the war and yet MCC is planning to tour Kabul and ruling out Pakistan." MCC president Phillip Hodson told BBC radio's Test Match Special programme on Wednesday that his club was more likely to tour Afghanistan, where NATO troops are fighting the Taliban, than Pakistan. "I think we could do something in Afghanistan and I don't think it will be long away," Hodson said. MCC owns Lord's in London - considered the "home of cricket" - and is responsible for governing

the rules of cricket. They have done development work in Afghanistan, where cricket's popularity has grown enormously in recent years. Latif said Pakistan -- which has not hosted top-level cricket since gunmen attacked the visiting Sri Lankan team in March 2009 -- needs more support. "I am surprised," said Latif. "Pakistan needs more support and if a team from the MCC tours Pakistan it will send a good message to the cricketing world." Latif said he was encouraging England's Lashings Cricket Club team to visit and is awaiting a response from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). "I gave a plan to the PCB two months ago and if they agree in the next week I can bring the Lashing Club in 15 days' time," said Latif. "It is my duty to help Pakistan cricket." Since the attacks on the Sri Lankans, which killed eight people and wounded seven visiting players and their assistant coach, Pakistan has been forced to play its home series on neutral venues, mostly in the United Arab Emirates. "I am confident that Lashings or a World XI can tour Pakistan. Shahid Afridi (Pakistan's former captain and current player) has also talked to a lot of international players who are willing to come to Pakistan," said Latif. Lashings owner David Folb confirmed his team was willing. "I would be delighted to take a team to Pakistan. Latif is a man who I have the utmost respect for and if he says it's safe for us to travel there we'd be delighted," Folb told cricinfo in England.

week, Aamer accused Butt of tricking him into taking part in the scandal. "As a cricket-loving nation we must forgive him (Aamer). He has done his time and

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once he serves his ban he should be allowed back into international cricket as he is one of the most talented bowlers," said Wasim. Aamer was likened to Wasim during the 2010 England tour and Wasim himself admitted Aamer was a better bowler than he was aged 19. "Lots of people including Imran Khan praised his talent and he was the hottest property in international cricket until he committed that mistake," said Wasim, who played 104 Tests and 352 one-dayers for Pakistan. Indian batting legend Rahul Dravid, who retired from international cricket this month, also backed Aamer's return. But England's Kevin Pietersen said no player caught spot-fixing should be allowed to play again. "If Pakistan is fine, the ICC is fine, then it doesn't matter what others say. Aamer should play once he serves his ban," said Wasim. The Pakistan Cricket Board said this month that they would liaise with the ICC to start a rehabilitation process for Aamer and consider him for selection once he completes his ban.

LAHORE: The 3rd Atlas Honda national Ranking Tennis Championship will be held from April 9 at K-21 Club Mode Town Sports Club. Atlas Honda is the main sponsor where as Hi-Tech Lubricants Ltd will join as co-sponsor besides other sponsors in mini category. Players from across the country will compete in the event and improve their national ranking. Participation is expected in men’s singles, men’s doubles, ladies singles, boys singles u-18 years, boys singles u-15 years, boys singles u-12 years, school/college team event u-18 years, veteran doubles over 60 years categories. It is for the first time that school and college tennis has been included in any event and all this has happened in result of great efforts of the Club President and advisor PTF Rao Akbar Latif. “Schools and colleges are the prime base of promoting the game,” he said. Outstation players will be accommodated as per PTF rules where as cash prizes and trophies/souvenirs will be awarded to position holder players. Registration process is on its way and players can enter their names at the main Office of the K-21 Club before or on April 7. Hamid Niaz, former national ITF coordinator and member Development Committee PTF has been appointed as Tournament Director whereas Fahim Asif Jaswal and Zulifqar Ali will act as tournament manger and tournament coordinator respectively. STAff REpoRT

pessi through to Summer polo Cup final

The Federation International de Football Association (FIFA) strongly appreciates and actively participates in the Earth Hours Campaign-2012 for Environmental Protection (EP) by intensifying its activity in this regard. FIFA has assumed environmental responsibility more objectively and has intensified it activities to raise awareness of climate changes by turning off the lights throughout the world including at the Home of FIFA in Zurich and all football house of member associations for one hour. PFF has invited all its member associations to join the campaign by switching off the lights of their offices (football Houses) for one hour on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 0830 PM. PFF is participating in the FIFA campaign and has solicited voluntary participation from its Provincial/Regional Football Association to join Earth Hours Campaign.

Tanvir fined full match fee LAHORE STAff REpoRT

Sohail Tanvir, Captain of Rawalpindi Rams have been fined his full match fee for making comments on the umpiring during a match of Faysal Bank Super 8 T20 Tournament being played at Pindi Stadium Rawalpindi. The breach of the Code of Conduct on part of Sohail Tanvir took place in the 8th match of the tournament which was Rawalpindi Rams against Karachi Dolphins. Match referee Arshad Pervaiz Bata called up a hearing in which Sohail Tanvir has been found guilty under Clause 2.2.3 of PCB Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel and thus fined full amount of his match fee.

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Pessi has won its eight chukker split match of the Summer Polo Cup to move into the final of the event to be played on Sunday. Pessi after loing the first half of the match came back strongly to prevail over Karachi Polo Team. They first lose five goals to five and a half but on Thursday Pessi produced fabulous polo to overcome Karachi Polo team 6-4 that made the total score of 11-9½ to lead them through. Ahmed Ali Tiwana, Sher Alam Mahsud and Hassan Ali Farrukh played a pivotal role in Pessi’s win with Ahmed scoring three goals, Hassan two and Sher Alam getting one while the losing side that won the previous four chukker on a handicap advantage scored though Agha Murtaza Ali Khan, Col. Asif Zahoor and Kashif Jamal. Umpires for the match were Raja Samiullah and Adnan Jalil Azam. The final will be played on April 1 (Sunday).

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The Punjab University 65th Annual Girls Athletics Championship 20112012 concludes here on Thursday at the Old campus ground. Professor Dr Mansoor Sarwar, Director Sports Punjab University, was the chief guest of on the closing ceremony. Ms Attiya Sultna was declared the best athlete of 65th Annual Girls Athletics meet. Apart from Prof Mansoor, affiliated college principals and sports teachers

of the colleges were present on the occasion. Around 30 affiliated colleges participated in this Athletic meet. FInAL REsuLTs: 100 mETERs: Sehrish Asghar, Heilay College Banking & Finance, University of the Punjab; Saima Shahzadi, Govt: College for Women Samundari Faisalabad; Humaiza Butt, Govt College for Women Sattlelite Town Gujranwala, 200 mETERs: Sehrish Asghar, Heilay College Banking & Finance,

University of the Punjab; Saima Shahzadi, Govt: College for Women Samundari Faisalabad; Humaiza Butt, Govt College for Women Sattlelite Town Gujranwala, 400 mETERs: Attiya Sultana, Shibli College of Commerce for Women Faisalabad; Lubna Younas, Shibli College of Commerce for Women Faisalabad; Fauzia Akhtar, Islamabad Model College Islamabad Hummak 3000 mETERs: Sumaira Rajab, Punjab University Teaching Department; Attiya Sultana, Shibli

College of Commerce for Women Faisalabad; Naseem Akhtar, Punjab University Teaching Department. 4 X 100 mETERs RELAy: Punjab University Teaching Department, Govt: College for Women Samundari Faisalabad, Govt: College for Women Kot Khwaja Saeed Lahore. sHOT PuT: Fakhra, Govt: College for Women Cunamandi Lahore; Nadia, Islamabad Model College Islamabad Hummak; Humaiza Butt, Govt College for Women Sattlelite Town Gujranwala.


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20sports India’s long journey for one-off clash JOHANNESBURG Afp

India and South Africa meet in a oneoff Twenty20 international at the Wanderers Stadium Friday with India coach Duncan Fletcher insisting the long round trip will be worthwhile. India arrived in Johannesburg Wednesday with a near full strength T20 squad, with batsman Virender Sehwag and pace bowler Zaheer Khan the only key players being rested. Superstar Sachin Tendulkar, reportedly receiving medical treatment in London, is not a regular T20 international player. South Africa, by contrast, have picked only eight of the squad which won a T20 series in New Zealand last month, resting all their Test players with the exception of Jacques Kallis, who will be the recipient of a special tribute at the match. The South African Test squad arrived back just over 48 hours ahead of the Wanderers game. Cricket South Africa (CSA) will contribute to the Jacques Kallis Foundation, which provides scholarships for talented cricketers from under-privileged areas to attend leading cricket schools. Kallis said he would, in turn, assist the Yuvraj Singh Foundation. India player Singh is being treated for cancer. Kallis' father died of cancer in 2003. The South African squad includes three uncapped players and will be captained by off-spinner Johan Botha in the absence of the regular captain AB de Villiers and vice-captain Hashim Amla, who both played in the Test series in New Zealand. India, though, will be led as usual by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Fletcher said the Indian team contained a significant number of young players. "We've been trying to develop a young one-day squad and Twenty20 squad," he said. "These blokes have played well on the subcontinent and any game they play out of it must be very good from an experience point of view." The announcement of the match was made as recently as March 5. It was one of the last acts of Gerald Majola before he was suspended as CSA chief executive following a judicial report on undeclared bonuses paid to him. The game comes at the end of a long international season for both teams and only five days before the start of the Indian Premier League, which will feature most of the players involved this Friday.

SQUAdS sOuTH AFRICA: Johan Botha (capt), Farhaan Behardien, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Richard Levi, Albie Morkel, Justin Ontong, Wayne Parnell, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Morne van Wyk (wk), Dane Vilas (wk) InDIA: MS Dhoni (capt, wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Gautam Gambhir, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Suresh Raina, Rahul Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Robin Uthappa.

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Nadal, Murray set up semis showdown

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AFAEL Nadal set up a mouthwatering semifinal clash with Andy Murray at the ATP/WTA Miami tournament Wednesday, coming through a tough battle with French sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The Spanish world number two, chasing his first tournament win of the season, needed almost three hours to defeat Tsonga 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 in a quarter-final night match. Nadal struggled at times on his serve, failing to land a single ace, but he managed to save eight of 10 break point opportunities. He served for the match at 5-4 in the second set but Tsonga dug deep, winning three straight games to force a decider. Nadal, 25, who has reached the final in Miami three

times, broke the Frenchman in the ninth game of the third to lead 5-4 and survived two break points in the final game to progress to the semifinals. Earlier, 2009 champion Murray, chasing his second title of the season after a win in Brisbane, rallied to beat Serb ninth seed Janko Tipsarevic 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. The Scottish fourth seed lost his opener at Indian Wells earlier this month and he looked as if he could be headed for another early exit when he lost six games in a row. "I felt like in the first set I was trying to do too much with the ball and therefore making more mistakes than I needed to or that I normally do," the 24-year-old said. Murray called for the doctor in the first set when he was ahead 3-2, saying he had an upset stomach and he might have been suffering from indigestion. "I don't know if I drunk too much be-

forehand and kind of over-hydrated," he said. "Each time I took a sip I wanted to burp. "I took two tablets (from the doctor). He said it was to settle my stomach down. Basically the last two sets I hardly drunk anything." Tipsarevic fell behind 2-4 before winning six straight games -four to win the first set and two more for a 2-0 lead in the second. But Murray rallied to win the second set and converted a lone service break in the final set to take the match in two hours 39 minutes. "You can take chances but you have to wait for the right ball to move on. I was rushing and trying to end points quickly and in today's game it is pretty much impossible to win playing that way," Murray said. "Today's match was really important for me to get through after being a break down a few times in the second set," Murray said.

Dominant tseng roars into Kraft Nabisco RANCHO MIRAGE Afp

Last year a near-miss in the Kraft Nabisco Championship proved potent fuel for Taiwan's Yani Tseng, the world number one who starts as overwhelming favorite in the first women's major of the year. Tseng, the 2010 champion at Mission Hills, settled for a runner-up finish last year behind American Stacy Lewis. She said that the defeat -- in which Lewis overtook her in a final-round duel -- helped motivate her in a 2011 season that eventually included 12 global titles -- seven of them on the LPGA tour and two of them at majors. "That experience gave me lots of things that improved myself, last year through this year," she said. "I know my emotional control wasn't very good. I was very stressed after I

missed a putt, after I made a bad shot. "But after that tournament, I had a little meeting with my team, my trainer, to see how much I can improve on the tournament, and I did after that. I learned how can I win in a tournament when I was leading on Sunday or when I was behind on Sunday, and I know how to play golf better on Sunday instead of just playing Sunday like the first day of a tournament." The lessons have clearly stuck. Tseng has won six of the last 12 events she entered -- including three LPGA tour wins that have taken her total on the circuit to 15. "Right now Yani doesn't have as much competition as maybe she even wants, so we all need to practice a little bit harder and we need to go out there and challenge her more often because right now she's beating us pretty badly," said American Morgan Pressel, who made LPGA Tour history in 2007

when she became the youngest major champion at 18 years, 10 months, and eight days old, with a one-stroke victory at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. "So we need to step up our games. So I think that it's good for competition and good for women's golf." Pressel said it's hard to believe her victory was five years ago. "It's almost like you need to step back and take a breather and really enjoy everything that has happened out here, both the good and the bad," she said. "It's not a life full of roses, but it's a challenge. But it's a fun challenge." Norwegian veteran Suzann Pettersen calls Tseng "phenomenal" but added the key to beating her is to stay focused on her own game. "I still think it's possible to play better than her, and that's what I believe," Pettersen said. "I believe in my own game. I know what I've done in the past, and I know what I'm capable of doing.

Aussie team unhappy with Olympic suits SYDNEY Afp

Most of the Australian swimming team are not happy with the official swimsuit they are expected to compete in at this year's London Olympics, reports said Thursday. Sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell, who have both qualified for London, said dissatisfaction with the Elite Fastskin Pro suit presented to the Olympic team by their official sponsor Speedo was so high that many were applying for official exemptions to compete wearing something else, newspapers said. "I think there's about two people on the team who are happy with the Speedo suit at the moment," Bronte Campbell told The Sydney Morning Herald. "I think most of the team is happy with the older Speedo suit, so they may have to look at (wearing) that." The sisters are sponsored by a rival swimwear company and will wear an unmarked swimsuit at London, being among 32 Australian athletes who

successfully applied to the Australian Olympic Committee for exemptions. Dual Olympic relay gold medallist Jessicah Schipper said she tried the latest Speedo product but preferred her sponsor's outfit. "It's unofficial as of yet but I'm hoping to be wearing adidas over there," Schipper told the newspaper. "I've tried (the Speedo suit) out, and I find they just don't fit my body as well as the ones that were designed for me, and at the end of the day I want to race in what fits me best." Speedo said in a statement it was continuing to work closely with the AOC and the Australian swimming team "to deliver suits that will allow them to feel confident and compete to the highest standard in the lead up to and during the London 2012 Olympics." Swimsuits caused an uproar at the 2009 Rome world championships when swimmers wearing high-tech polyurethane swimsuits set a total of 43 world records at the meet, leading to their ban by head body FINA in favour of garments made from textiles.


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Disgraced British heavyweight Dereck Chisora has launched an appeal against the decision to revoke his licence following his brawl with David Haye, promoter Frank Warren confirmed on Thursday. Chisora's licence was withdrawn "indefinitely" by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) following his fight with Haye at a press conference following his WBC title bout with Vitali Klitschko in Germany. However Warren has confirmed that Chisora is to mount a bid to regain his licence, and said he believes a grudge match against Haye is now inevitable. "It's a natural fight, it doesn't matter what anyone says," Warren said. "It's a bigger fight than either of them fighting Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko. "There's lot for them to fight about - in a proper environment." Warren said Chisora was appealing his ban on the basis he had not received a fair hearing by British boxing chiefs. "The appeal has gone in already. The grounds for the appeal are that we're not satisfied with the way the hearing went," he said. "There was also no chance to review any evidence before the hearing. All I want to see is a fair hearing. "Dereck Chisora will present his side of events and then we'll see what happens.

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World number three Lee Westwood will return to defend his Indonesian Masters title next month with major winners Michael Campbell and Ian Woosnam also in the field, organisers said on Thursday. The 21-time European Tour winner will raise the profile of the $750,000 event from April 19-22, which has also been boosted by securing a new title sponsor, CIMB Niaga bank. Three-time Asian Tour number one Thongchai Jaidee and Indonesian star Rory Hie will also play the Asian Tour tournament at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, which falls two weeks after the US Masters at Augusta.

Victoria Azarenka's 26-match winning streak was ended Wednesday by Marion Bartoli, who stunned the world number one 6-3, 6-3 in the quarter-finals of the ATP/WTA Miami hardcourt event. Azarenka's season-long unbeaten run had earned her four titles, including her first Grand Slam at the Australian Open, which propelled her to world number one. The 22-year-old from Belarus also won in Sydney, Doha and Indian Wells. It was the longest winning streak on the WTA Tour since Martina Hingis won 37 consecutive matches in 1997. "I feel disappointed, sure," Azarenka said. "Who wouldn't be after the loss? "But what I've done in the last couple of months, I have to be really proud of myself. I could have maybe played better today, that's for sure, but I gave it all I had. "Physically I was just not able to do anything today. It was just not possible." Defending champion Azarenka fell behind early in the match against her French opponent and was unable to turn it around as she had in her fourth-round match two days ago. Down a set and behind 5-2 against 16th seeded Dominika Cibulkova, she had rallied to win in three sets, 1-6, 7-6 (9/7), 7-5, but could not engineer a similar comeback against Bartoli. "Everybody wanted to be the first one to beat me," Azarenka said. "I think it's pretty normal. When I was going to play against the number one player in the world I also tried to do the same. "Two days ago I could turn it around and today I couldn't. But it's not gonna stop me from working hard and keep going the same way." Defending champion Azarenka has won twice before in Miami, but has now lost two of her last three meetings with Bartoli. "I'm just tired," she said. "This is expected. But what can you do? That was supposed to happen one day. "I couldn't kept going all the way. To play these tournaments back-to-back is really difficult physically. "I'm not really worried about anything else. It was just I wasn't able to do anything physical today." Bartoli, 27 and ranked at a career-high seventh in the world, will play fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland for a place in the final. Bartoli notched her third career victory over a world

number one player. She beat Belgian Justine Henin at Wimbledon in 2007 and Serbia's Jelena Jankovic at the Australian Open in 2009. "I honestly have never seen her play that well," Azarenka said. "All the credit to her. She did an amazing job today." Bartoli, who has yet to win a title this year, capitalised on six of 10 break-point opportunities to secure just her third win in 11 meetings with Azarenka.

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South Africa's Ernie Els insists his Houston Open campaign is all about this week's US PGA Tour event, and he can't afford to chase a victory for the sake of booking a Masters berth. Els must win here to qualify for the first major of 2012, which starts a week later in Augusta, Georgia. Although he hasn't missed the Masters since 1993, Els said it would be counter-productive to focus on that in Texas. "You can't go into a week putting pressure on yourself to win to get into another week," Els said. "I just want to have a good week. If I can win, obviously, that would be absolutely wonderful. But my goal here is not to get into the Masters, it's to play the Houston Open as good as I can. "If I get into the Masters, that's great. If I don't, then I've had many Masters that I can look back at, and I'll get back in there next year." Els, owner of three major titles, posted top-five finishes in Palm Harbor and Bay Hill in recent weeks. Even so, he has already resigned himself to missing the Masters. "It'll be a very weird feeling," Els said. "Since I've been a professional at this level, I've played at the Masters, so it'll be a very weird feeling not to be there. I'll miss it." Tournament officials could still offer a special invitation to Els, but he said he wasn't expecting it. "It is an invitational event," he said, "and they have their reasons to invite somebody or not, and that's the sad part. I'll probably miss it for the first time in 18 or 19 years. My streak will come to an end, unfortunately. "I can't blame the Masters people for not inviting me. I've put myself in this position by not playing very well." Houston's bid to boost its stature as a Masters prep event -- with light rough and fast greens to simulate typical Augusta National conditions -- has again drawn a strong field. World number three Lee Westwood of England, Ireland's Padraig Harrington and Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell -- runner-up to Tiger Woods at Bay Hill on Sunday -- are on hand, as is defending champion Phil Mickelson. "They really go the extra mile with the details," said McDowell, who is playing here for the first time since 2006.


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Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Thursday directed the Ministry of Finance to immediately release Rs 6 billion to the Water and Power Ministry for payment to generation companies so that they could enhance power generation across the country. The prime minister further directed the Petroleum Ministry to take immediate steps for the provision of natural gas to the power plants so that more electricity may be included in the system to minimise load shedding hours. The prime minister gave these directions while presiding over a meeting to review the energy situation in the country at PM’s House on Thursday. Emphasizing the need for continuous coordination and discussion for resolution of the energy issues faced by the country, the prime minister directed the Energy Committee of the Cabinet to hold its meeting on a daily basis. The meeting of the committee on a daily basis would resolve issues coming in the way of implementation of various decisions, the prime minister said. He also directed holding the energy conference on April 9, 2012 to consult various with stakeholders and evolve a national policy to deal with the energy problems faced by the country. The prime minister also directed the Minister for Water and Power to hold meeting with defaulting provincial governments and the private sector for recovery of outstanding dues which will boost the revenue source and further reduce the circular debt. The prime minister further directed the Minister for Water and Power to hold a meeting with business community and other stakeholders to take them onboard regarding the government’s polices and seek their views. The prime minister said the resolution of the energy issue was the top priority of the government and every step would be taken in this regard. The meeting was briefed by the minister for water and power regarding the current energy shortfall and the steps taken so far to rationalize the load shedding.

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HE Supreme Court on Thursday granted another six weeks to the memo commission to complete the probe into the memo controversy. However, it did not take up Husain Haqqani’s application, in which he sought recording of his statement abroad through a video link, just like Masoor Ejaz, main character of memo scam, did. A 10-member special SC bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, heard the petition, requesting extension of the memo commission’s term as well as plea filed by Haqqani, seeking video link facility for recording his statement abroad and the request by the commission to extend the deadline. The

court retained its previous order of summoning Haqqani on a four-day notice and accepted the former ambassador’s plea of keeping his letter to the CJ secret until the next of hearing. The court had formed a commission on memo scandal on December 30, 2011, comprising of chief justices of the Balochistan High Court, the Islamabad High Court and the Sindh High Court to probe into the origin, authenticity and purpose of creating/drafting the memo. The secretary of the commission however the other day prayed for the extension in time for finalising the commission’s proceedings, if so deemed appropriate. During the hearing on Thursday, Attorney General for Pakistan Maulvi Anwarul Haq who is also appearing before the commission stated that he had no objection to the extension of time for six weeks. Salahuddin Mengal, learned ASC, for the pe-

titioner, however pointed out that as the commission had already completed its major work, one week’s extension will be sufficient for the commission to complete and submit its report. After hearing both of them and in view of the statement made by the learned attorney general, the court agreed with the request made by the commission through its acting secretary for extension of time to complete the job assigned to it within a period of six weeks, commencing from the date when period already granted by this court shall expire. Ch Akhtar Ali, AOR, submitted an application (CMA No.1169 of 2012) on behalf of Haqqani, wherein a request had been made to allow him to record his statement before the commission in similar fashion and through similar facilities as extended to Ijaz so that there was no application of discrimination between respondents and also as the circumstances had

drastically changed since the applicant left the country as the respondent, Ijaz was accommodated on the plea of physical security and it is evident that the risks are manifold more to the life of the applicant. When the court asked the learned AOR to argue the application, he stated that as Asma Jehangir, ASC for the applicant Hussain Haqqani, was out of the country on general adjournment, therefore, the application shall be argued by herself on her return. Muhammad Akram Sheikh, counsel for Ijaz and Naseer Ahmed Bhutta, counsel for Hafeezur Rehman, however, have drawn the attention of the court towards some of the contents of the application, as according to them, derogatory remarks have been made by the applicant against the members of the commission.

US hopeful of early resumption of Nato supplies ISLAMABAD STAff REpoRT/AgEnCiES

Pentagon Press Secretary George Little on Thursday said the US was hopeful that NATO supply routes through Pakistan would be reopened soon, adding that “they are important to our effort in Afghanistan”. He said the focus of meetings between Gen Martin Dempsey and the Pakistani military leadership was to discuss the USPakistani military relationship. General James Mattis, commander of US Central Command, left Islamabad on Thursday after a series of meetings with senior Pakistani leaders to discuss a widerange of security issues. “While here, he and General John Allen, commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, discussed with Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani and other senior military officials the activities of militant network and ways to improve cross-border cooperation,” said a US embassy statement. General Mattis acknowledged the

sacrifices made by the Pakistani military in their fight against violent extremists, and offered his condolences for Pakistani military personnel who have fallen in support of that cause. This was the first visit by a senior US military official since last winter. General Mattis and General Allen were grateful for the time afforded by their Pakistani counterparts and reaffirmed the importance of the US-Pakistani security relationship - not only to ongoing operations in Afghanistan but also to regional stability. Dempsey said he was pleased that the US and Pakistani military leaders had met to discuss mutual concerns. “We want to rebuild the trust and confidence between our two militaries,” the general said. Dempsey had told reporters traveling with him in South America that he had spoken with Kayani at least five times since the border incident. The Pakistanis, he said, wanted to reset the military-tomilitary relationship with the United States.

Railways GM nabbed! ISLAMABAD inp

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday arrested Railways General Manager Saeed Akhtar for his alleged involvement in graft and corruption charges. Sources said that Akhtar was arrested in Islamabad and being brought to Lahore. Earlier, he was summoned to NAB Headquarters for interrogation. Akhtar was reappointed to this post a few days ago after his third extension in service. Published by Arif Nizami for Nawa Media Corporation (Pvt) Ltd at Plot # 7, Al-Baber Centre, F/8 Markaz, Islamabad.

Editor: Arif Nizami, Executive Editor: Sarmad Bashir, Resident Editor: Rana Qaisar

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