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Rs15.00 Vol ii no 247 22 pages islamabad — peshawar edition

Monday, 5 March, 2012 Rabi-ul-Sani 10, 1433

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PM says Seraiki people will never compromise on principles People should reject those who disrespect their mandate

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rime minister Yousaf raza Gilani on Sunday rejected PmL-N chief Nawaz Sharif’s offer to form new provinces on administrative basis, saying Seraiki people wanted a province, not an administrative unit. Addressing a public meeting at the inauguration ceremony of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto housing society at Kot Addu tehsil of muzaffargarh, Gilani said the Seraiki people were decent, but they would never

compromise on principles. He said the Pakistan People’s Party was a movement and mission, adding that their workers were ideological. “We feel proud on having such courageous workers,” he said. Gilani said the floods had been major disasters and that it was an honor and pride for him to distribute houses to flood victims. Gilani thanked President Asif Ali Zardari and the administration of Bahria Town for constructing houses for flood victims. The prime minister said people should reject those who showed disrespect to their mandate and parliament. Addressing the public meeting on the

occasion‚ Foreign minister Hina rabbani Khar said it was the fourth visit of the prime minister to the area, which spoke of the importance he gave to backward areas. She also paid tribute to flood victims who helped themselves by taking full part in the rehabilitation process. On the creation of Seraiki province‚ she said like other promises of the PPP‚ it would be fulfilled soon. She said the creation of a new province would not only eliminate the sense of deprivation of the area but it would make the country more concrete. Continued on page 04

‘Horse trading’ took place in Senate elections: Zardari ISLAMABAD Online

President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday said ‘horse trading’ took place at the Senate elections in Punjab and investigation will be conducted against those who switched loyalties The president called PPP worker Aslam Gill on Sunday and regretted at his loss in the Senate elections. Zardari said the party had taken an immediate notice on Gill’s loss and those responsible for this outcome will be investigated. Gill thanked the president for his call and said that he will continue to serve as a senior worker of the party.


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23 arrested for torturing, parading woman semi-naked around village MUZAFFARGARH: The police on Sunday arrested 23 people accused of torturing a woman and parading her semi-naked around a local village. According to the Kandai Police Station chief, the arrested men had allegedly attacked the house of a local person identified as Nadir who arranged love marriage with a girl Azra in Basti Sherwali of muzaffargarh. more than 100 relatives of Azra stormed Nadir’s house to avenge the love marriage, and tortured the women present in the house. The attackers allegedly tore off clothes of 50-year-old manzooran mai (maternal aunt of Nadir) and kidnapped her afterwards. Later, the culprits tore off clothes of the kidnapped woman and paraded her seminaked in the local market for more than one hour. The police arrested 23 accused charged in the attack and torturing women and raids to arrest other accused were underway, sources said. inp

Speeding truck kills 3 minors, driver flees GUJRANWALA: Three innocent children became victims of criminally irresponsible driving by a truck driver who ran over a motorcycle rickshaw, and killed them on the spot in Chan Da Qilla near Gujranwala By-pass. reportedly, Parveen bibi and Sonia bibi along with Zainab, 12, six-month-old Fareed, and four-month-old Gul Sher, residents of ilyas colony, left for Lahore and took a motorcycle rickshaw to reach the bus stand. However, a speeding truck driver smashed into the rickshaw, injuring the two women and killing their three children. The injured women were taken to Civil Hospital, Gujranwala where they are stated to be in critical condition. The truck and rickshaw drivers fled from the spot, and police have registered a case against them. meanwhile, a student of grade-6 died after falling from a three-storey building in Gujranwala while catching a falling kite, iNP reported Police said the student was 11-year-old and son of muhammad ramzan, a resident of Degaanwala. Heirs of the victim slammed the local administration for their failure to implement the ban on kite flying. staff repOrt

FATA MPs claim rejecting Rs 250m bribe in Senate polls ISLAMABAD: Two lawmakers from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on Sunday disclosed that they had been offered rs 250 million each to sell their vote in Senate elections, but they rejected the offer. Sources close to Abdul malik Wazir and Akhudzada Chattan told Online that both had standing offers of rs 250 million each, which they rejected outrightly. Sources said Wazir and Chattan had also remained out of the Senate elections to avoid concerns of being accused of contesting polls for monetary gains. Four FATA candidates contested the march 2 Senate elections in which 9 out of 11 votes were cast. Three of these candidates were elected over majority votes, while the fourth FATA member was elected over balloting due to parity in votes. The votes of Wazir and Chattan could have made a difference had these been cast. Online

DSP escapes suicide attack in DI Khan DERA ISMAIL KHAN: A deputy superintendent of police escaped a suicide attack in Commissionary Bazaar, located in closer proximity of Town Hall Chowk, in Dera ismail Khan on Sunday. The blast was followed by retaliatory fire by the security personnel of the police officer. According to police, DSP Abdul Ghafoor and five other policemen sustained injuries when their official vehicle was targeted. Police sources called it a suicide attempt that targeted the DSP. The injured were immediately moved to district civil hospital and police cordoned off the area and prevented the public from getting close to the crime scene. inp

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Protest against hike in POL, electricity prices LAHORE Online

Countrywide protests were held on Sunday against the raise in POL, gas and electricity prices on an appeal given by Jamaat-e-islami chief Syed munawar Hasan. Protest rallies and meetings were held in major cities, including islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Hyderabad, Khanewal and Bahawalpur. Senior Ji leaders addressed the rallies and condemned the raise in the POL and gas prices and electricity charges which had crushed the general public. They deplored that while rulers led luxurious lives, the masses had been unable to make ends meet. Ji chief Syed munawar Hasan told a massive public meeting in Khanewal that the so-called opposition did not raise voice against the price hike that was carried out on imF and World Bank dictation. in Lahore, a rally was held outside the Lahore Press Club. Ji Lahore chief Amirul Azeem said the present government had been constantly raising prices of POL, gas and electricity due to which the poor were committing suicides. He said the common man was unable to understand why the gas price was being raised despite it being a local produce. The rally at Peshawar was addressed by Ji provincial chief Prof ibrahim Khan, who said if the rulers did not control the rising prices, the hands of the poor would strangle them.

Kot Addu: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani inaugurates the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Modern Village at Sanawaan on Sunday. Gilani distributed the keys of 143 houses among the flood-affected families. online

SC likely to form joint investigation team to probe into Benazir murder case ISLAMABAD masOOd rehman

A three-member Supreme Court bench, which will resume hearing today (monday) in a plea seeking orders for registration of a second first information report (Fir) against former president Gen (r) Pervez musharraf and 12 others in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case, is likely to form a joint investigation team (JiT) consisting of top officials from all four provinces to investigate into the matter. The bench comprises Chief Justice iftikhar muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Parvez. Attorney General maulvi Anwarul Haq will appear on notice. On the last hearing, the court had directed the attorney general to seek instructions from the government for the registration of a second Fir into the murder case and inform the court. expressing his concern over the Federal investigation Agency’s (FiA) uncooperative attitude with the Supreme Court, the chief justice had observed that there was no independent investigation agency in the country, therefore, the court might form a joint investigation team consisting of top officials from all four provinces to investigate the matter. The court had also directed the re-

SC takes up plea for fresh FIR of BB’s murder today KARACHI: The proceeding of a petition seeking the registration of a complaint against former president Pervez musharraf, Pervez elahi, rehman malik, Babar Awan and other former top team members of the musharraf regime for the murder of Benazir Bhutto will start today (monday) in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The petition was filed by Chaudhry Aslam, protocol officer of Benazir. Aslam prayed the court to order the police to register a first information report (Fir) against his complaint against musharraf and his former close associates in the government. He declared musharraf, Brig (r) Aijaz Shah, Pervez elahi, Genral (r) Hamid Nawaz, Kamal Shah, Brig (r) Javed iqbal Cheema, irfan elahi, Saud Aziz, Yasin farooq, rehman malik, Babar Awan and others responsible for the murder of Benazir Bhutto or conspirators in the murder. He first gave an application to the rawalpindi chief police officer in July 2009 for filing the complaint but he did not get a response. He then filed an application in Sessions Court rawalpindi, but his plea was not allowed. Another of his filed application with the Lahore High Court was also disposed of and he finally moved the Supreme Court through rasheed rizvi. imdad sOOmrO spondents, including Pervez musharraf, interior minister rehman malik, former law minister Babar Awan, former Punjab chief minister Pervez elahi and others to file a detailed reply into the matter. The court had also summoned the record of the case along with copies of order-sheets and the progress so far made

before the Anti-Terrorism Court, rawalpindi, where the case is under adjudication. “it is an extraordinary case involving assassination of a former prime minister and the country’s president also wishes to know about it, so take it seriously,” the chief justice had told the attorney general.


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16 dead in polish train wreck

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slap on the electorate? Waheeda Shah’s slap has ramifications.

arif ansar says: Status of Pakistani Spring: It may see the light of the day

m J akbar says: Earth on earth: Airline is a great business.

umair Javed says: System failings: Our system has its pitfalls.

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PTI chairman says 20th Amendment passed for vested interests, not for masses ISLAMABAD

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T i Chairman imran Khan has predicted that there will a revolution in Pakistan sooner than later, and he will become the prime minister after the general

elections. in an interview to a British newspaper, the PTi leader said anger against the incumbents was massively mounting, and expressed his great concern at growing missile attacks by the US, amid a continuously down sliding economy. He said despite the fact that all political parties had programmed their turns, yet none would be allowed to take over. To a question regarding his marriage, he regretted that although he had always aspired to marry a Pakistani woman, yet he fell in for Jamima, which ended in a sad di-

PML-n, Likeminded likely to announce their alliance today LAHORE: The PmL-N and the PmL Likeminded group are most likely to announce their political alliance today (monday). The leaders from both parties are scheduled to meet in raiwind in the evening, a PmL-N leader revealed. The Likeminded group would hold talks under the leadership of Salim Saifullah who will be accompanied by other members of the group. The Likeminded group that broke away from the former ruling party, the PmL-Q after the 2008 elections, has been vying to make alliance with the PmL-N since long while maintaining their separate identity. Some of their members have joined the PTi. Sources privy to the meeting said it was most likely that both parties would enter into an alliance keeping in view the coming elections in the country. “The PmLN is not very interested in the merger or the participation of the Likeminded group in the party,” claimed one PmL-N leader from islamabad. “most Likeminded group members do not even have a constituency of their own,” he added. recently, the PmL-N leadership has given a real cold shoulder to Akhtar brothers by refusing to give the Senate ticket to them. initially, it was announced that the PmL-N would give Senate ticket to Haroon Akhtar and this announcement was also being reported in local newspapers. However, the PmL-N later changed its mind and awarded the ticket to someone else. staff repOrt

vorce, because of his professional preoccupations. meanwhile, addressing the Pakistan executive group, Khan said the 20th Amendment was implemented over mutual, personal and vested interests, not for the masses. He also declared the upcoming wave of PTi unstoppable, and declared Pakistani expatriates as a valuable asset of nation, who could play an important part in the forthcoming general elections. He said the expatriates would be the main source and strength of forthcoming revolution, in presence of a successful and conducive democratic system. Khan said only a strong Pakistan would be able to sustain a successful foreign policy. He said Pakistan-india relations could get a boost through successfully resolving core issue of Kashmir and trade between two nations.

Pakistan, Afghanistan start talks on reconciliation process ISLAMABAD Online

Pakistan and Afghanistan on Sunday started consultation on peace and reconciliation process, well-placed sources said. The two sides agreed to closely coordinate future steps with regards to the peace and reconciliation process, as well as development and reconstruction in Afghanistan as a shift in Pakistan’s foreign policy was noticed, sources in the Foreign Office said. “Pakistan is clear that peace and stability as well as development in the region are in its own interest. To pursue the objective it wants good relations with all the neighbouring countries including india,” the sources said. Sources in Afghan embassy said Afghanistan was satisfied with the policy of Pakistan, but the Karzai administration wanted to weaken the anti-Pakistan lobby as well, therefore,

Kabul had recently insisted on expediting probe into Burhanuddin rabbani’s assassination. The sources added that Afghan ambassador in his latest meeting with Foreign minister Hina rabbani Khar stressed expediting the process of the probe. in his visit to Pakistan in February, Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged islamabad to help contact the Taliban and initiation of peace process in Afghanistan. After Karzai’s visit, Prime minister Yousaf Gilani had publicly called upon the Taliban and other groups in Afghanistan to support peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. The sources said in the meeting with the ambassador, Hina promised to do what the government could for addressing the problems conveyed by the Afghan ambassador and she also vowed to expedite investigation of assassination of Burhanuddin, who was also the head of the High Peace Council.

TIP alleges wAPDA violated rules in awarding hydropower project to blacklisted contractor ISLAMABAD mian aBrar

Transparency international Pakistan (TiP) has alleged that the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) violated public procurement rules by awarding contract for the Golen Gol Hydropower Project to an unqualified consortium, which includes a firm blacklisted by the World Bank. A letter written by TiP Adviser Adil Gilani has drawn the attention of WAPDA Chairman Shakil Durrani towards a compliant of the violation of Public Procurement rules 2004 in awarding contract for Golen Gol Hydropower Project-Lot-3.2 e&m Works to an unqualified consortium, and warned that the national exchequer could suffer a loss of rs 910 million if the contract was not withdrawn. “This particular procurement is stated to be financed by Kuwait Development

Fund for e&m Works (US$ 37 million). The process shall be in accordance with Public Procurement rules 2004, as Kuwait Development Fund (KDF) has not prescribed in the loan agreement its own procurement Standard Bidding Documents (SBDs),” the letter said, a copy of which is available with Pakistan Today. The TiP said the prequalification requests were received on march 31, 2011, and m/s rainpower had also applied for prequalification. But 51 days after the last date of submission, WAPDA allowed change in the JV of m/s rainpower/ArVeA T&D Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd, to new JV of m/s rainpower/ALSTOm Grid Pakistan, as per letter dated may 5, 2011, just a few days before the opening of tenders, June 30, 2011, the TiP said. “The Consortium of m/s rainpower/ALSTOm Grid Pakistan has added two more companies, m/s iNDAr and m/s Al-Fajr, without any approval of

WAPDA, in violation of Article 29.1 of the Prequalification documents, promptly after the notification of the results of the prequalification, the employer shall invite bids from all the applicants that have been pre-qualified,” the letter stated. The TiP said the bid submitted by JV of m/s rainpower/ALSTOm Grid Pakistan, m/s iNDAr and m/s Al-Fajr was therefore not a pre-qualified joint venture, and illegal. Another point raised in the letter was that the principles of m/s ALSTOm Grid Pakistan, m/s Alstom Hydro France and m/s Alstom Network Schweiz AG (Switzerland) had been debarred by the World Bank on February 22, 2012. “The tenders were opened on 30th of June 2011, after pre-qualification process, as per the bid opening results ANDriTZ price was lowest at around US$48.0 million while price of m/s rainpower, was more than US$ 58.0 million but after manipulations WAPDA was trying to award

the contract to unknown company i.e. rainpower in comparison to the top company in the world for hydropower ie ANDriTZ Hydro, despite the fact the international consultant Fitchner had also recommended ANDriTZ,” said the TiP. The letter said WAPDA had violated rules by ignoring the financial aspect and the lowest evaluated responsive bidder, against the recommendations of WAPDA’s consultant. The TiP added that if the allegations of the complainant were correct, then under rule7, integrity pact, 10 times fine (rs 9.10 billion) may also be required to recover from the contactor, along with action under the NAO 1999. “TiP also requests the Chairman (WAPDA) to kindly provide copies of the evaluation report and contract agreement under rule 47 and examine the complaint and if found correct, under rule No 50, this procurement is deemed to be declared as mis-procurement,” concluded Adil Gilani.

BnP-M protests targeted killings, dumping of bodies QUETTA shahzada zulfiqar

Leaders of the Balochistan National Party-mengal have condemned the targeted killings and recovery of decomposed bodies of Baloch youths and political workers and demanded an immediate end to human rights violations in Balochistan. Addressing a protest demonstration outside the Quetta Press Club on Sunday, the Baloch leaders condemned the targeted killing of Waheed and Suleman Baloch, who were killed in Khuzdar a few days ago. The protesters included Sajid Tareen, Agha Hassan Advocate and Ghulam rasool mengal. They alleged that both Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali magsi and Chief minister Nawab Aslam raisani were equally responsible for military operation and excesses against Baloch people in the province. Addressing the protestors, the speakers said the atrocities against the Baloch people had further increased under the so-called democratic government. They said earlier, Baloch activists were being targeted, but now even children and women were not being spared. Condemning the killing of political workers and dumping of bullet-riddled bodies of missing persons, they said the Baloch could not be deviated from their genuine struggle through such tactics. They demanded humanitarian organisations take notice of human rights violation in Balochistan and stop excesses against the Baloch nation. The BNP-m also staged demonstrations in other towns of Balochistan, including Nushki, Khuzdar, Dera murad Jamali, Sibi, Kalat, mastung, Turbat and Gwadar.


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Relaxation qualifies Pakistan for GSP Plus: eU ISLAMABAD Online

The head of eU delegation in islamabad, Ambassador Lars Wigemark Gunnar has said Pakistan would become eligible to apply for the GSP Plus trade regime of the european Union (eU) after the 27 countries’ union relaxes the vulnerability criteria for the countries that could qualify next generation of generalised system of preferences in trade. “For years Pakistan is availing the GSP regime’s advantages as a trading partner with europe and now it is going to be eligible to apply for the GSP plus as well,” he said. in a candid and bold interview with weekly Pulse, the ambas-

sador foresaw immense potential to manifold the existing nearly four billion euro annual trade between Pakistan and eU. “As Pakistan and eU have already been enjoying very good relations, we really are in a good position to upgrade and broaden them,” the ambassador observed. According to europe’s top envoy, the eU has already approved the five-year engagement plan that would umbrella Pak-eU. He told Pulse that all the two-member council approved the plan on January 23. “Now we are waiting to hear from Pakistan that needs to accord a formal approval to it and then we would initiate the strategic dialogue.”

“Once we have that we have to launch the strategic dialogue.” And that he anticipated would be done on the occasion of the visit by the high representative of the eU, Kufi Ashton to Pakistan. “We anticipate this visit some time soon,” he added. elaborating on the plan he said it covered much broader range of issues as against what traditionally had been associated with the eU and Pakistan relations. “Beyond the concept of just trade and aid, Pakistan and the eU cooperation will expand to other areas.” He said the other areas of cooperation would include security, vocational education, science and technology, and

energy by all means given the fact that Pakistan was suffering from a sever energy crisis. Giving further details of the security cooperation, the ambassador said sub-areas would include counter terrorism, narcotics’ control, and migration issues. “There is a great interest on Pakistani side especially in the immigration issues. Since we are planning to set up a blue card scheme which is not up yet… but is surely in the pipeline. Under the scheme we would allow immigrants to come for longer time and work in eU countries as we have started facing labour shortage. We need both skilled and unskilled manpower,” he added.

Putin declares victory in rally outside Kremlin

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US President Barack Obama warned on Sunday against “loose talk” of a war with iran ahead of a crucial meeting in which he will urge israel’s prime minister to avoid a premature strike on the islamic republic’s nuclear facilities. On the eve of his talks with Benjamin Netanyahu, Obama used a speech to the pro-israel US lobbying group AiPAC to pledge his staunch support for the Jewish state and to argue that international sanctions on iran must be given more time to work. But there was no sign he and Netanyahu were moving any closer to agreeing on their approach to iran. Obama said the “bluster” about a military strike was counterproductive because it has been driving up global oil prices, boosting demand for iranian oil and helping to offset the impact of sanctions on its economy. “i firmly believe that an op-

portunity remains for diplomacy - backed by pressure - to succeed,” Obama told the crowd of 13,000 people in a cavernous ballroom. “i would ask that we all remember the weightiness of these issues, the stakes involved for israel, for America, and for the world. Already, there is too much loose talk of war,” he added. Obama did not accuse any particular person or country of the “loose talk”. Obama’s meeting with Netanyahu on monday comes amid US fears that israel might opt to strike iran on its own if it is not convinced of US resolve to stop Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Such speculation has gained traction as Obama has faced election-year criticism from republicans who question the strength of his support for israel and accuse him of not taking a tough enough approach toward iran. Analysts say such criticism could lead israel to calculate that Obama could ill afford a

rift with the Jewish state with a US election looming in November and would be forced to give at least tacit support if israel were to take military action against iran. Speaking to reporters in Ottawa after Obama spoke, Netanyahu welcomed Obama’s speech but highlighted parts of it where the US president said “all options” remain on the table - a reference to the possibility of military action if necessary to stop iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Netanyahu said he appreciated that Obama “made clear that when it comes to a nuclear-armed iran, containment is simply not an option”. “Perhaps most important of all, i appreciated the fact that he said that israel must be able to defend itself, by itself, against any threat,” Netanyahu added. Obama last week issued his most direct threat yet of US military action against iran, saying in an interview with the Atlantic magazine, “i don’t bluff.” However, as he did in

the AiPAC speech, Obama argued in the interview for focusing on sanctions as the course of action with the most likely chance of success. At the AiPAC conference, Obama received the strongest applause when he spoke of the bond between the United States and israel and when he said the United States had a profound interest in preventing iran from getting a nuclear bomb. The audience gave him a standing ovation at the conclusion of the speech. in addition to framing his views on iran ahead of the talks with Netanyahu, one of Obama’s aims in his remarks was to push back at republican critics who have seized on differences between Netanyahu and Obama over iran to argue he has not been supportive enough of a key US ally. Obama signed a law in December threatening sanctions on financial institutions that deal with iran’s central bank, and the eU in January announced an embargo on iranian oil imports from July 1.

Vladimir Putin on Sunday declared victory in russia’s presidential elections at a mass rally outside the Kremlin walls, telling his voters they helped avert attempts to break up the russian state. Putin and outgoing Kremlin chief Dmitry medvedev walked out side by side before a throng of more than 100,000 supporters outside the Kremlin following the release of early results that showed him winning more than 60 percent of the vote. “We won today... thanks to the overwhelming support of the overwhelming majority of our voters. We have won in an open and honest battle,” said Putin. “i

promised you that we will win. And we won. Glory to russia!” he shouted as the crowd cheered back in unison. Live state television footage of the event showed Putin wiping tears from his eyes before speaking in the windy and chilly night. “We have shown that our people can easily tell apart the desire for novelty and renewal from political provocations that have only one goal in mind — to break up the russian state and to usurp power,” said Putin. “This was a very important test for us all, for our people. This was a test of political maturity, our self-reliance, our independence. We have proven that no one can impose anything on us. No one and nothing,” he added with emotion in his voice. The campaign saw Putin repeat-

edly accuse the US State Department of inciting the opposition rallies that emerged from fraud-tainted December parliamentary poll and which posed the first serious challenge to his 12-year rule. medvedev for his part kept to the marginal role he had played throughout Putin’s election campaign by simply introducing Putin to the crowd as their next president. “i have no doubts in our victory,” said medvedev. “This victory is something we all need very much. The whole country needs it. each one of us needs it,” he said. The outgoing president is set to take Putin’s current job of prime minister under a swap the two men agreed in private and announced to the dismay of the opposition movement in September.

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She said most of the initiated irrigation projects had been completed, while 250 villages had been provided electricity. information minister Firdous Ashiq Awan thanked the prime minister for visiting a far-flung and backward area. She said the prime minister visited almost each and every village and town which had been hit by floods and was fulfilling his pledge

to rehabilitate them quickly. She said it was a big challenge but President Asif Ali Zardari and others worked tirelessly to involve all in this work of rehabilitation. She also praised the media’s role in projecting the problems. PPP Southern Punjab President makhdoom Shuhabuddin said the PPP would implement its complete manifesto envisaging the vision of Benazir Bhutto

to empower the women. The prime minister formally inaugurated newly constructed houses in the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Basti in Kot Addu and distributed the keys and the allotments letters to deserving flood affected people. One hundred and forty three houses have so far been built for flood-affected people, part of a project to provide 35,000 houses to flood victims.


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Only JUI-F will implement real Islamic law: Fazl SWAT

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He Jamiat Ulema-eislam-Fazl (JUi-F) is the only political party which will implement the real islamic law in Pakistan, party chief Fazlur rehman said on Sunday. Addressing a public meeting at Grassi ground here, the JUi-F chief said the present regime had failed in providing any relief to the already stressed masses. “Corruption will remain in the country until economic system is not bettered, the philosophy of islamic economic system is the only solution to the global economic problems, and islamic system is the system of welfare.” Fazl said the PPP was voted to

I will welcome Barahamdagh, says Malik malamJaBBa: norwegian ambassador to pakistan cecilie landsverk skis on a mountain slope here on sunday. online

Govt achieves 42 of 61 targets set in AHB Package ISLAMABAD app

The government has implemented 42 out of total 61 targets under the Aghaz-e-Haqooq-eBalochistan (AHB) Package, and announced to end deprivation of the Baloch people through development projects and job opportunities. The targets are constitutional, political, administrative and economic. The targets in constitutional areas have been achieved 100 percent, while in political areas two have been implemented out of total 5 targets. Similarly, out of 16 administrative policy actions, 12 have been implemented successfully and out of 34 economic related policy actions 22 have been implemented in letter and spirit. interior minister rehman malik, who heads the Special implementation Committee of the package, said that implementation of total 19 remaining policy actions was in progress and would be achieved soon. A document available with APP revealed that Constitutional Policy Actions included Provincial Autonomy, Deletion of Concurrent List, Deletion of Police Order 2002 and Balochistan Local Government Ordinance 2001 from the 6th Schedule, implementation of the Article 153-Council of Common interest (CCi) and implementation of Article 160 NFC Award. The document said the CCi has become more affective while Balochistan share in NFC Award had increased from rs 40 billion to rs 108 billion in 2011. moreover, under Political Policy Action 172 cases against political workers, not involved in heinous crimes, were withdrawn and 665 persons were released. Political dialogue with major stakeholders is in progress, while employments in Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Coast Guards, for youth of Balochistan, have been ensured. Besides employing 118 Sepoys in Pakistan Coast Guards, 18 engineers were appointed in Gwader Port Authority (GPA), 18 officers in State Bank of Pakistan, 117 were appointed in National Bank of Pakistan while recruitment in First Women’s Bank is in process. Out of 150 employees (BS 1-16) in GPA, 142 are from Balochistan. The Baloch youth are also being provided technical training to absorb in the special economic zones. Local contractors were being given priority for award of contracts. The package further revealed that Zakat fund for the poor in various hospitals in Balochistan had been enhanced. The Pakistan Television (PTV) is providing TV boosters for all backward areas of Balochistan. Furthermore, numerous Political Policy Actions are being implemented which included facilities in education, Health, Communications, Water and Power and other areas.

With regards to details of Administrative Policy Actions, the document pointed out total 144 cases of missing persons were received, out of which 99 cases disposed off, around 52 missing persons were traced while efforts are being made to trace 45 missing persons. The document further said that PC-1 had been approved for scholarship in higher education for Baloch students while a committee had been formed for its early implementation. moreover, rs 1 billion have been released to the government of Balochistan on account of flood relief. The natural gas explored from Balochistan is now priced at par with gas from other areas to make uniform price of gas throughout the country for calculation of GDS. The federal government has also released its share of rs 1,040 million for the construction of fish landing jetties at Gawader, while fisheries training centre is also part of the plan to facilitate the locals. The Prime minister internship Program has also been announced to provide employment to 15,000 educated youth to promote education in the province. These interns would work as teachers in schools and would be given a monthly stipend of rs 15,000. Around 2,500 high school teachers and 2,500 lecturers were already appointed in Balochistan whose salaries are financed by the federal government. Similarly, more than 5,000 posts were identified in the federal government under enhanced job quota for the province and recruitment has been made on 2,600 posts. Under economic Policy Actions, the government has paid rs 120 billion under Gas Development Surcharge to Balochistan, while profit share of Balochistan government has been enhanced as agreed in Saindak project, rs 953 million were released to Balochistan government last year out of Saindak leases. Benazir income Support Programme (BiSP) poverty survey has been completed in 27 districts of the province and rs 5.1 billion were disbursed. The government has also decided to double the number of beneficiaries from 375,000 to 750,000. The federal government would release rs 4 billion to WAPDA on account of its share of subsidy for farmers of Balochistan. Free education to current 150 brilliant students from Balochistan will be increased to 500 in the next academic year and endowment fund of rs 5 billion will be created for its sustainability. moreover, Capital Development Authority (CDA) will give one suitable plot to the Balochistan government for the construction of a student hostel and an officers’ hostel in islamabad to resolve the housing problems of students and officers from the province.

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interior minister rehman malik has said that he would welcome Barahamdagh Bugti, an aggrieved Baloch leader, when he returned to Pakistan. Talking to reporters on Sunday, the interior minister said Bugti, along with his 5,000 accomplices had a training camp in Afghanistan. He added that the Afghan government had taken action against them when the Pakistani government provided them information about the separatist leader. malik again invited the Baloch leaders settled abroad to resolve the Balochistan issue through dialogue and assured them that they would not be arrested upon return. The minister said he would brief the media on missing persons case and added that they had given information to the commission, investigating the missing person case. “Only 48 people are missing in Balochistan,” he said. He said that they had written a letter to interpol for the arrest former president Pervez musharraf.

power by the people of Pakistan keeping in view their manifesto, but they failed to provide any relief to the common man and made the public’s life tougher because of the price hike and growing unemployment rate. “The corrupt stalwarts of the present regime are oblivious to the problems faced by the common man and are busy in spending their luxurious lives.” Fazl said madrassas were the institutions to learn about the religion and “we will not tolerate any biased propaganda against islamic madrassas. He urged the devotees that live together and convey the message of islam to the entire world that “it is a religion of peace and happiness”. He said the people of Swat had become vigilant and would not fall prey to the “creatures of any defiant cleric”. He criticised the ANP government

for embezzlement in foreign aid provided for the rehabilitation and infrastructure of Swat. A few resolutions were passed in which the JUi condemned the desecration of the holy Quran by NATO troops. Fazl said both provincial and federal governments were corrupt and if voted to power “we will apprehend the present political leader’s by holding them accountable to what they did in the past and will restored the black money from them”. He said due to the wrong policies of the current regime the country was passing through a critical time and people were seeking some sort of relief. in his message to the party workers, Fazl said they should start preparing of the upcoming general elections because change was certain in the national politics.

Senate victory paved way for PPP’s win in next elections: Firdous MUZAFFARGARH app

information minister Firdous Ashiq Awan on Sunday said Pakistan People’s Party’s triumph in the Senate polls had set the momentum for PPP’s victory in the next general elections. Talking to reporters, she said the PPP victory in the Senate elections had disheartened some analysts who used to talk about the government’s ouster. She said the PPP was moving forward in the right direction in accordance with its manifesto. She said there was no alternative to the PPP’s leadership in the country and rivals could hardly contest the party on political front. Firdous said by introducing constitutional amendments, the PPP had ensured independence of the election Commission and closed the backdoor for entry into power corri-

dors once and for all. “No one will come to power without the support of ballot,” she added. To a question about media, she said the PPP was incomplete without the media because the party believed in democracy and represented poor segments of society. “Neither the PPPled government will impose curbs on the media, nor will it allow attempts to nurture such thoughts,” she added. To a question about Balochistan, she said President Asif Ali Zardari was a Baloch and wanted to end the sense of deprivation in Balochistan with the support of the people. She said the PPP leadership would continue to play its role in keeping the federation intact. She said the party was looking forward to providing relief to the people in the fifth budget of its government and termed it a big achievement for the democratically elected PPP-led government.


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Worst horse-trading observed in Senate polls, alleges PTI KARAK

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Tehreek-e-Hazara announces to contest general elections KARACHI: Baba Haider Zaman, leader of Tehreek-e-Hazara (TH) in Karachi, on Sunday announced that the TH was a a registered party and would contest the next general elections, Geo News reported. Addressing a big rally in Karachi, he said the prime minister’s statement for creating a Siraiki province “reflects his interest in that province only and not in Pakistan”. He said the TH would continue its struggle and would utilise every forum for advocating the demand for a separate Hazara province. The muttahida Qaumi movement (mQm) had pledged full support to the public meeting and called upon the people of all ages including the youth, women and elderly to attend the rally. Online

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He Pakistan Tehreek-e-insaaf on Sunday alleged that the worst horse-trading was observed in the recent Senate election and added that the Balochistan chief minister spent rs 650 million of the government exchequer on the purchase of assembly members. This was maintained by the provincial and district leaders of PTi during their address to a public meeting held here at Bahaderkhel. On the occasion, ANP leader Col (r) Khalid Usman resigned from the ANP and joined the PTi. PTi provincial leader rustam Shah mohmand alleged that jet planes were killing their own countrymen and the rulers had become silent spectators over it. He said 3,500 Pashtuns were killed in Karachi in cold blood and no one was punished for the killing of innocent people. The PTi leader claimed that the role

of parliament was zero in bringing any change in the fate of the masses, adding that while the problems of the people were increasing day-by-day, the bank balance of the rulers were increasing. He alleged that there was no respect for the country in the comity of nations because of the wrong policies of the government. Former mNA and leader of the PTi, Shamsur rehman Khattak said despite release of huge funds the basic problems of Banda Daud Shah tehsil had not been resolved. Former provincial minister and leader of PTi Sher Nawaz Khattak said all other political parties had been tested. He said the PTi was the only party which would salvage the masses from the clutches of the imF and the World Bank. The district president of the party, Altaf Qadir said the people across the district were waiting to join the PTi. Col Khalid Usman Khattak announced his resignation from the ANP and joining the PTi and claimed that imran Khan was the only leader who could bring change in the country.

People pin high hopes on Supreme Court masOOd rehman

People of Pakistan consider the Supreme Court (SC) headed by Chief Justice iftikhar muhammad Chaudhry the last ray of hope for the redressal of their grievances and pin high hopes on it, wishing it to keep it up. This is how people from all walks of life including lawyers, traders, civil society members, doctors, teachers, students and several others strongly react to the judgments passed by the apex court, which is in full action against corruption mafia in the country and is trying hard to change the fate of the countrymen. march 2012 is most likely to be a nightmare for the corrupt people against whom courts have taken very bold steps and given strict remarks. Talking to Pakistan Today, Supreme Court Bar Association President muhammad Yasin Azad said the SC headed by Chaudhry would

not spare anyone involved in corruption or any other illegal or unconstitutional act and would take actions and pronounce all judgments on merit. Noted lawyer Fakhruddin G ebrahim highly appreciated the chief justice’s remarks given on January 18, 2012, in which he said, “There are dynasties in political parties and there should be intraparty elections.” in another statement during the court proceedings, he observed that fair elections would not be possible without updating voter lists. He said the CJP wanted to eliminate corruption in the country and change the fate of the common man. People strongly appreciate the resolve of the chief justice to make the country corruption free. They consider the contempt of court proceedings against Prime minister Yousaf raza Gilani for wilfully disregarding the Supreme Court orders in NrO case as a positive sign, because no one is above the law. People believe that the CJP is fighting for the sake of country and its

people. in fact, the CJP has become a ray of hope for the underprivileged and poor people of the country, as he is, at least, trying his level best to bring to book all the corrupt elements. Noted lawyer ikram Chaudhry said courts were trying to end corruption in the country. He said without ending the corruption mafia, Pakistan could not progress in any field. He said the CJP was doing everything humanly possible to cleanse the country of corrupt people, right from the top to bottom. He said the entire lawyers’ community as well as the masses were with him in this noble cause. People acknowledge that the CJP is fighting a battle for the masses. He is taking dozens of suo motu actions only to resolve the matters, and to provide justice. The chief justice is trying hard to force the corrupt to bring back to Pakistan the ill-gotten wealth stashed in foreign banks. if the wealth comes back, it will give a big boost to the national economy. meanwhile, some loud voices are

being raised against the suo motu jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, but the record of the court and the incompetence of the government shows that if the CJP had not taken suo motu notices, there would have been no institution in the country to curb corruption and redress the grievances of the common man. in a country where the government was deeply drowned in corruption and its totally engaged in covering it up, the Federal investigation Agency (FiA) is tamed and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has been made toothless by stuffing it with the king’s men. There is only one institution – the Supreme Court – which has taken a stance against corruption, the injustices and brutalities of police, and the appointments of incompetent individuals against lucrative posts. The superior judiciary, since its restoration in 2009, has taken up cases involving over rs 400 billion and has saved tens of billions for the national ex-

chequer, which had almost entirely leaked into the pockets of the powerful and the mighty. This figure is apart from the NrO cases that involve another rs 175 billion of the looted national wealth. The record of Supreme Court and the high courts indicates that the government had been idle in curbing corruption and, in fact, had been using the state organs to hide its corruption, while the superior judiciary had taken up cases of corruption worth tens of billions of rupees to recover the looted public wealth. Only on SC’s orders, the Punjab government submitted 29,395 challans from February 22 to 25, 2012, before the relevant trial courts in the province. On the court’s orders, all the prosecutors in Punjab have been instructed to streamline their performance/working for the purposes of submitting challans in the courts concerned according to the law. Besides, the judiciary at all levels is being cleansed from corruption and disciplinary actions have been taken against dozens of judicial officers as well as other staff.


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islamaBad: lady constables stop women, belonging to peshwar, who rushed to meet federal minister for interior rehman malik as he was leaving the national press club. SAjjAd Ali QUReShi

cAAD least bothered about PM’s directives! ISLAMABAD staff repOrt

Despite the passage of 16 months, when Prime minister Syed Yousuf raza Gilani made announcement for up-gradation of all teachers working in various educational institutions of islamabad, the authorities concerned failed to promote college teachers. The prime minister announced to upgrade the teachers on October 8, 2010. Later, the Capital Administration and Development Division (CAAD) issued a notification for the promotions of teachers through time-scale formula and notified that the teachers would be given promotions after the departmental promotion committees’ meetings. However, CAAD paying no heed for holding departmental promotion committee’s meeting for discussing the promotion cases of grade 18 teachers, who have been waiting for their promotion for the last many years. Talking to Pakistan Today, Professor Tahir mahmood of H/8 College said: “The college teachers are still uncertain about their promotions. The teachers working in grade 18 are running from pillar to post for their due up gradation, but officers at the helm of affairs deliberately using delaying tactics,” he said. Whereas, around 700 junior lady teachers of islamabad model Colleges are also waiting for the last 14 months for their promotion from grade 16 to 17, but CAAD and FDe paying no heed towards their promotions. When contacted, FDe Director General Atif Kiani said that FDe and CAAD were working on teachers’ promotion cases, adding that now all teachers promotions was a matter of few weeks.

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Sacked employees of Ministry of Health still awaiting orders for their regularisation despite serving in the ministry for eight years ISLAMABAD staff repOrt

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eSPiTe clear orders of the islamabad High Court (iHC), the high-ups of cabinet division and other concerned departments seem reluctant to decide the regularisation issue of contractual employees, who served in programmes started by the health ministry for prevention and control of hepatitis before its devolution. many of the contractual employees who had served in different health related programs, were sacked through verbal orders after the devolution of the health ministry instead of rendering their services to other government departments. To challenge the unjust move by the government authorities some 38 employees of the health ministry moved to the iHC against the termination of their services and to get regularised under the policy announced by the Prime minister Yousuf raza Gilani. After which on December 14th, a single member bench of iHC comprising Justice Azeem Khan Afridi ordered the secretary Cabinet Division and Secretary Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) and sub-committee for control of regularisation of daily wages employees to settle the issue of the said employees as per the policy announced by Pm. However, some of the employees who filed petition in iHC approached Pakistan Today and said that even after the clear directives of the iHC authorities concerned were paying no heed towards their issue. “We are running

from pillar to post for getting our services regularised as Pm himself announced to do so but it is beyond our comprehension as to why the secretary cabinet as well as other concerned officials are dredging their feet from implementing the court and Pm orders,” said Amanat Ali an employee while talking to this scribe. Sharing their plight, Amanat said that for the last nine months they had not received their salaries and now they have planned to file a contempt of court petition against the same respondents in the iHC. The poor employees said further that the Pm had announced even to regularise the services of daily wages employees but despite serving for more than seven years in the government departments they cannot get regularized since they do not have connection in relevant government quarters. According to the policy approved by the prime minister, all employees within one year of government service were to be regularised, he told Pakistan Today. Sources in the cabinet division told Pakistan Today that the matter of regularisation of the employees who served in health ministry’s programmes before its devolution would be decided by the sub-committee of the parliament. He said that the cabinet secretary had marked the summary in this regard to the section officer. He added that the main hurdle between all the processes was that the sub-committee of parliament has yet to receive the summary in this regard. They claimed that the summary for the regularisation of the said employ-

ees would be placed before the committee soon after which the fate of their services would be decided. However, Amanat Ali said further that they had contacted several political leaders including Chaudhry Shujaat and minister for religious Affairs Khursheed Shah and the political leaders also assured them of their regularisation, adding that all the pledges made by them are yet to be materialised. The employees demanded of the Prime minister Yousuf raza Gilani to resolve the problems being faced by them and to regularise their services on priority basis. CRIME RATE DECLINES IN CITy: POLICE: The islamabad police on Sunday claimed that crime rate has decreased in the first two months of 2012 as compared to the corresponding period of the last year. “The police officers remained firm against the activities of mischievous elements and emerged successful during the ongoing year especially last two months in countering criminal elements, murderers, drug pushers, robbers and criminal gangs,” says a press release issued here on Sunday by iGP office. it said that a decline was witnessed in the cases of murder, robberies, burglaries, theft, vehicles’ lifting and snatching. Comparison of data of crime rate in the months of January and February this year revealed that murder, armed robbery, auto-theft cases and burglary cases in the city declined during these months as compared to the corresponding period of the last year.

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in connection with the sacred month of rabi-ul-awal, a qiraat competition was held among the students of Aims School System at rawalpindi Arts Council here on Sunday. more than 30 students from different classes of the school participated in the competition. Almas Ayub Sabir, Chairman Aims education System presided over the grand ceremony. Addressing the ceremony, he said that every educational institution must provide religious education along with modern education. He said that students should be acquaintance with the knowledge of islam, Quran, Hadith and Fiqah. Almas further stressed that government should impose same curriculum in all educational institution to curb class distinction. A large number of people from different walks of life attended the ceremony. At the end, mufti Abdul Samad distributed awards among the winners.

2 foreigners held, released RAWALPINDI staff repOrt

The rawalpindi police on Saturday arrested two foreigners for taking snaps of an under-construction Chandni Chowk flyover. However, police set them free after brief interrogation. Talking to this correspondent, Si mahmood of New Town Police Station, who probed into the case, said city traffic wardens spotted two foreigners while taking pictures of the under-construction Chandni Chowk flyover. He said that warden informed the local police, which arrived on the spot and apprehend the two foreigners and shifted them to police station for investigation. The foreigners, who belonged to italy and engineers by profession, were identified as Scranium and Appolo, said the Si, adding that police freed them after checking their documents.


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Who said islamabad ‘42 out of total 61 is expensive? targets implemented’ FDe rents sixteen shops for mere Rs 5,000 each ‘BaloChIStan PaCkagE’

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The high-ups of Federal Directorate of education (FDe) after allegedly taking kick-backs, secretly, without holding bidding, have handed 16 shops over to their blue-eyed customers for just the monthly rent of rs5000 per shop. These shops are not situated in the rural area of islamabad but in sector H/9 in the heart of the city. These shops are located in the premises of Federal Government model College for boys H/9 islamabad. interestingly, in nearby markets the rent of such shops is around rs 20,000 per month. Sources told Pakistan Today that Director General of FDe, Atif Kiani approved the summary sent by H/9 College principal Azhar Bhatti for handing the shops over to a blue - eyed contractor. meanwhile, traders of the city are astonished at the FDe generosity for renting out 16 big shops each against rs5000 per month in the prime location of the city. Talking to this correspondent many traders showed their willingness to take the said shops against rs 15 to 20 thousands per month. “On the one hand, the landlords of the shops are getting many shops in various areas of the city forcefully vacated from poor tradersm, while on the other hand FDe is secretly handing government owned property to blue-eyed contractors without holding bid. There

should be open bidding so that traders, particularly those traders whose shops were forcefully vacated, can take part in the bid,” said Qamar Abbasi, President F/8 markaz. The shops were situated under the stairs of the stadium situated in the premises of the college. These shops were lying vacant since 1983. Talking to Pakistan Today FDe Director General (DG) Atif Kiani said that shops were rented out by Principal of the college. it was college property and principal has discretionary power to rent them out. To a query, he confirmed that bidding was not held saying that there was no precedent in FDe to hold bid for giving its shops and canteens on rents. He said that rent of the said shops was fixed with the consent of Public Works Department (PWD). He also categorically denied that no money was involved in the entire episode. “We did all work with good faith,” he said. Talking to Pakistan Today, teachers’ community hailed the decision of FDe to rent out shops as rent would be spent on college betterment, but showed serious concerns on awarding contract without holding bid. Federal Government College Teachers Association (FGCTA) Secretary General Prof Tahir mehmood said that it was good initiative of FDe but the shops should have been rented out after holding a bidding process. Teachers are of the view that if FDe is serious to generate funds then it should hold an open bidding for maximum rent.

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The government has implemented 42 out of total 61 targets under Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package, announced to end deprivation of the Baloch people through development and job opportunities. The targets areas are constitutional, political, administrative and economic as thanks to special implementation committee of the package headed by minister for interior rehman malik which accelerated the pace of execution process with achievement of more than 75 percent actions. The targets in constitutional areas have been achieved 100 percent while in political areas two have been implemented out of total 5 targets. Similarly, out of 16 administrative policy actions, 12 have been implemented successfully and out of 34 economic related policy actions 22 have been implemented in letter and spirit. minister for interior rehman malik said that implementation of total 19 remaining policy actions is in progress and would be achieved soon. A document available with APP revealed that Constitutional Policy Actions included Provincial Autonomy, Deletion of Concurrent List, Deletion of Police Order 2002 and Balochistan Local Government Ordinance 2001 from the 6th Schedule, implementation of the Article 153-Council of Common interest (CCi) and implementation of Article 160 NFC Award. The document said the CCi has become more affective while Balochistan share in NFC Award had increased from rs. 40 billion to rs 108 billion in 2011. moreover, under Political Policy Action 172 cases against political workers, not involved in heinous crimes, were withdrawn and 665 persons were released. Political dialogue with major stakeholders is in progress, while employments in Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Coast Guards, for youth of Balochistan, have been ensured. Beside employing 118 Sepoys in Pakistan Coast Guards, 18 engineers were appointed in Gwader Port Authority (GPA), 18 Officers in State Bank of Pakistan, 117 were appointed in National Bank of Pakistan while recruitment in First Women Bank is in process. Out of 150 employees (BS 1-16) in GPA, 142 are from Balochistan.

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Islamabad 09 nAVTTc formulates syllabuses for 60 subjects ISLAMABAD app

National Vocational and Technical Training Commission has worked out 60 syllabuses for different subjects which will be finalized by the end of current month. These syllabuses would be taught at around 1500 public and private centres, operating across the country under NAVTTC control. The Commission under the leadership of its Chairman Adnan A Khawaja has set a target to impart training to another 100,000 unemployed youth at countrywide centres to make them useful citizens of the country, enabling the youth to compete international markets. The NAVTTC has already trained around 100,000 youth under the Prime minister’s Hunarmand Pakistan Programme and the President’s `Funni maharrat Programme’. The skilled manpower will be produced under NAVTTC’s Technical and Vocational education and Training (TVeT) reform Support Programme, which has been launched in collaboration with GiZ a German donor agency. The GiZ has recently signed an agreement with NAVTTC to assist in promoting technical education and producing quality manpower at par with international standard. Under the agreement, GiZ will provide financial assistance amounting to euro 42.4 million in five years for implementation of the National Skills Strategy 2009-2013. The crowning achievement of Adnan Khawaja is the development of the National Skills Strategy (NSS) 2009-2013, which he got approved from NAVTTC’s Board of Directors soon after assuming the charge. The emphasis of the NSS is a shift from the supply-oriented training to the demand-driven training. The strategy will help mitigate the unemployment in the country and strengthen the national economy as skilled workforce would be available which would meet the demand of local industry and that of labour importing countries. Under the plan, 21 strategic initiatives have been proposed to translate this vision into reality, transforming the sluggish economic regime into vibrant and buoyant economic system. The NAVTTC has expanded its network of vocational and training centres at Tehsil level across the country especially in farflung areas of the country to make the unemployed youth useful citizens of the country. Under the TVeT plan, 1,000 centres are being accredited to impart vocational education and technical training, while programmes would be launched for capacity building of 100 master Trainers and 10,000 teachers having the task to prepare 100,000 skilled and marketbased youth.

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He authorities concerned have failed to check and stop the illegal business of LPG in rawalpindi city as illegal Liquefiled Petroleum Gas (LPG) decanting is going unchecked and a large number of gas shops are not following safety measures. Several LPG decanting outlets are operating in the town in the absence of standard safety measures, putting the lives of citizens at risk. A number of such gas shops in congested areas like raja Bazaar, Committee chowk, Peoples Colony, Tench Bhatta, Dhoke Seydian, Peerwadhai and other areas are operating without getting a licence and adopting precautionary measures. According to the rules, LPG outlets have to follow various safety

procedures but the rules are openly being violated in the city. LPG decanting from one cylinder to another using electric motors is prohibited but, the practice is continuing due to absence of strict monitoring by the authorities concerned. A LPG sale point is only allowed to sell the gas in form of cylinders, but owners of LPG outlets often decant the gas illegally, making it a dangerous trade. This not only risks lives but also the property of the people. According to the rules a LGP sale point cannot be set up in the basement of a building, on or near a footpath, a hotel and at public place besides LPG shop should also have a fire-fighting system in place but all these rules are not being followed. A LPG shop can be set up along a 20foot-wide road to allow a fire brigade vehicle to reach the sale point in case of an

emergency. A proper exhaust system should also be ensured at all LPG shops. each gas outlet must install a board, mentioning the names of the shop, its proprietor and the price of LPG. The electrical wiring of an LPG shop or outlet should be according to the set procedures. Though, a number of campaigns were started in the past to check the illegal activity in the city but no satisfactory progress could be made to curb the dangerous trade. Still small LPG shops are illegally being operated in the town and its adjoining areas. They are not following safety measures, putting the lives of people at stake. Several incidents of cylinder explosions had also been witnessed in the past in which several precious lives were lost. `ILM IDEAS’ PROJECT TO IMPROvE ACCESS TO EDUCATION: All is set to launch a new education proj-

ect `ilm ideas’ on march 7 to help increase access to quality education for the children in Pakistan. The programme being funded by UK aid from the Department for international Development (DFiD) will announce the first request for applications (rFA), providing details about eligibility and application requirements. The deadline for the first set of grant applications is march 31, 2012. The event will be hosted by the fund managers, Development Alternatives inc europe Ltd. The 6.3 million Pounds programme is part of 650 million Pounds from UK aid for education sector in Pakistan. The programme will award competitive grants from the years 2012 to 2015 to entrepreneurs and organizations through two new funds including `education Voice and Accountability Fund’ (eVAF) and `education innovation Fund’(eiF).

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Vegetable prices continue to rise ISLAMABAD

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The prices of vegetables witnessed an upward trend at the city’s Sunday bazaars as compared to the last week’s prices. This week, the prices of onion, garlic, ginger, pumpkin, tomatoes, brinjal, cabbage, cauliflower and peas witnessed significant increase. According to the price list, the prices of onion increased by rs 6 per kg. This week onion was sold at rs 37 per kg against the previous week when it was available for rs 31 per kg. This week the prices of garlic and ginger recorded an increase of rs 24 per kg each. According to the list, this week both items were sold at rs 112 per kg each. Tomatoes were sold at rs 32 against the previous week’s rate of rs 30 per kg. The prices of cauliflower and cabbage also recorded an increase of rs 6 and rs 2 per kg

respectively. Similarly, the prices of Brinjal also witnessed an increase of rs 4 per kg., Brinjal was sold at rs 50 against the previous week’s rate when it was sold at rs 46 per Kg. The prices of potatoes, gourd (tenda), ladyfinger, bitter gourd remained stable while the prices of green chili witnessed decrease of rs 112 per kg. This week, green chili was sold at rs 100 per kg against the last week’s prices of rs 110. According to the list, the prices of chicken also witnessed decrease of rs 7 per kg. This week, chicken was sold at rs 140 per kg. The prices of almost all the seasonal fruits remained stable. This week apple (Kalani) was sold at rs 170 and apple (golden) was sold at rs 120. According to the list, banana was sold at rs 70 (best quality) and rs 35 (normal) and oranges were sold at rs 70 (Punjabi) and rs 90 (Khanpuri) per dozen.

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Anti-dengue spray campaign launched in 175 Ucs RAWALPINDI app

A comprehensive anti-dengue spray campaign has been launched in 175 union councils of rawalpindi district and all graveyards, government universities, colleges, schools, hostels and official buildings of the district would be covered in this campaign. All TmAs are responsible to conduct spray in union councils of urban areas and District Health department is responsible to conduct spray in rural areas of rawalpindi including rawal Town, district government spokesman said. He informed that earlier during last month, larvaeciding campaign was completed. He said that the authorities concerned had been directed to accelerate the campaign against the tyre shop owners keeping their tyres outside their shops. Stern action is being taken against the violators of the orders to save the public from the spread of dengue mosquitoes. The spokesman said that in most of government colleges, seminars for awareness about the precautionary measures about the dengue fever were organized while in other colleges these were being conducted by the Health department. He informed that private educational institutions have been directed to arrange the spray in their respective institutions on their own. The booklets about anti-dengue preventive measures had also been provided by the Punjab government to distribute in the government educational institutions of the district, he said, adding 50,000 booklets had been provided each to female as well as male elementary schools of the district and 100,000 booklets had been provided to all high schools of the district. Zero periods in all schools on antidengue awareness were being conducted in all schools of the district by the management of the schools. The management of all teaching hospitals had also been directed to appoint focal persons for anti-dengue treatment and control rooms should be set up whereas the officials to perform duties in shifts round the clock. He said arrangements for dengue patient treatment in allied hospitals of the town are being made according to the last year’s arrangements. A separate ward in all teaching hospitals and separate counters for dengue patients are being set up in all hospitals where the check up and lab test facilities would be provided.

Students urged to acquire professional education RAWALPINDI app

Director General, National Training Bureau, Qamar-ul-islam, has stressed upon the students to acquire professional and science education aimed at equipping them with modern age challenges. Addressing at award distribution ceremony held for students of Faiz ul islam Technical institute being run under auspices of Anjuman Faiz ul islam here, he said that a nation having educated and trained manpower could easily prosper and develop. Appreciating the role of Anjuman Faiz ul islam for education and training of orphan and destitute children, he said this institution has passed through several phases of development. Speaking on the occasion, President of the Anjuman, muhammad Siddique Akbar said that Anjuman Faiz-ul-islam established in 1943 is a social and welfare organization. The Anjuman not only provides free education to orphans and poor, but also give free food and shelter to these children aimed at making them useful citizens of the country. “We are also trying to make our students a good Pakistani and a useful citizen who fully follows teachings of islam and the islamic values,” he added.

islamaBad: activist of Jamaat-e-islami shout slogans during a protest against rise in fuel prices. STAFF PhoTo

Citizens demand action against quacks RAWALPINDI app

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NCreASiNG number of quacks and unqualified dentists in rawalpindi city is irking citizens as they are playing with the citizens’ health and lives and most of the people have been deceived by them. The citizens’ complaints that several areas of the town particularly congested areas are the hub of these quacks. The citizens said that quacks use different tricks to captivate citizens and mint money from them. Now, quacks also use cable networks and gave their advertisements on TV to attract masses attention especially women. The citizens said that all possible efforts are made to promote illegal business of the quacks while advertisement papers are also thrown in the houses. The citizens have demanded the government to take strict action against quacks and unqualified dentists, who are risking lives of the people in various localities of the city. Altaf mahmood said that many areas of the city have been neglected in the anti quackery campaigns which was a great injustice with the residents of these areas particularly the areas of low income groups of the society. He said it has also been observed that in many areas the ward boys, tech-

nicians and OT Assistants of government hospitals were practicing after putting up fake certificates of Homeopathic which they were practicing with allopathic medicines, while in several areas ‘Hakeems’ were also using allopathic medicines which is illegal. The citizens urged the authorities concerned to come forward and play their role to curb the practice of unqualified persons and the provincial government should also look into the matter and ensure the eradication of the quacks. Health organizations should play their role and fully support for the anti quackery campaign. According to some reports quacks particularly unqualified dentists were spreading hepatitis and had taken lives of innocent citizens. The provincial government giving attention towards the issue should launch a comprehensive campaign against quacks. The citizens said that a large number of quacks and unqualified dentists were working in the city and causing to spread hepatitis B and C besides playing with the lives of people. The citizens demanded an immediate action against quacks and officials who were reluctant to act against them as with their support, the quacks were playing with the lives of the people. They urged the government to take stern action in this connection otherwise

casualties from dengue, hepatitis and other diseases could not be more and more. The citizens alleged that some drug inspectors after taking illegal gratification were reluctant to take action against the quacks. They said that if the Punjab government did not take action against them, there might be more casualties from dengue fever this year. Special awareness campaigns should also be launched by the government to aware the masses to refrain from going to quacks in case of any ailment. ZAFAR BUTT NOT ALLOWED TO MEET PRISONERS: JKSM: Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation movement, Zafar Akbar Butt, was not allowed to meet the political prisoners in Kathua and Hiranagar jails. The JKSm spokesman in a statement in Srinagar said that Zafar Akbar Butt was restricted by the jail authorities from meeting the detainees including one party activist, Sabzar Ahmad Dar Kashmir media Service reported. meanwhile, the Vice Chairman of the JKSm and leader of the APHC-AJK chapter, Tufail Altaf Butt in a statement while denouncing the preventing of Zafar Butt from meeting the prisoners urged the world human rights bodies to take notice of the prevailing situation of human rights in indian occupied Kashmir.

yeS endeavouring to involve youth in economic development ISLAMABAD app

Youth entrepreneurship Service (YeS) Network Pakistan and British Council have launched `Youth Social enterprise Generator’ at Pakistan institute of engineering and Applied Sciences (PieAS). The purpose of launching this project was to inspire and equip young people to become agents of positive change through their involvement in civil society, economic development and their communities. Speaking at the occasion on Saturday, Chief executive Officer, YeS Network Pakistan, Ali raza Khan said, “it is commonly known that jobs in the private and public sectors are not growing fast enough to keep pace with the growing youth populations. “it is therefore essential that we support efforts of educational institutions to create youth-centered and youth-led enterprises and opportunities for self-employment,” he said. rector PieAS Dr muhammad Aslam appreciated the efforts of YeS Network Pakistan and British Council for promoting self-employment through social entrepreneurship in the country and selecting his institution for this vital initiative. British Council representative, Hassan Saddique was also present on the occasion. The proceedings of ceremony were conducted by Assistant Professor and focal person from PieAS, Tayyab Hussain and was attended by over 300 people including students.

Traffic police collect Rs 24m fine in Jan-Feb RAWALPINDI app

City Traffic Police (CTP) issued as many as 117,145 challan slips on traffic rules violations during first two months of this year, January and February while over rs 24 million as fine money was collected from the rules violators. City Traffic Officer (CTO) Ghulam Abbas Tarar said that CTP has launched a special campaign under which action is being taken against unregistered vehicles and motorcycles and those moving on city roads without proper number plates. He said that grace period was also given to the motorists specially those who did not have registration or proper number plates. Now they are being fined and

their vehicles are also being impounded. He informed that special squads consisting of an inspector, four traffic wardens are in the field in all the three sectors of rawalpindi city under the supervision of Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP) of the circle. These squads are checking the vehicles and motorcycles which are without number plates, unregistered or number plates are not according to approved size and shape. The vehicles are being impounded under section 550 in the respective police station if the driver could not provide the ownership certificate of the vehicle. Likewise, challan tickets are being issued to unregistered vehicles and those who are without proper number plates. All sector and beat incharges and traffic wardens

deployed on point duties were directed to take special steps to make the campaign a success so that no one could violate the rules in future. CTO said that special directives were issued that no one should be given any relaxation. Ghulam Abbas Tarar told that he himself is supervising the campaign and strict action is being taken against the violators. He said that all out efforts are being made for the rule of law and CTP on traffic rules violations issued over 7.7 million challan tickets in 2011 with over rs150 million fines. AIOU ADMISSIONS CONTINUE WITH LATE FEES : Allama iqbal Open University (AiOU) is continuing admissions from matric to post-graduate level

programmes for the Semester Spring 2012 with late fee charges, across the country till march 9. The admission forms and prospectuses for all programmes offered in Spring Semester can be obtained from the sale points at main campus, regional campuses and coordinating offices all over the country, this was announced by Director Admissions, AiOU Syed Zia-ulHasnain today. He said that admission forms with required fee includes late fee charges can be submitted at the nationwide branches of First Women Bank, Bank Alfalah, Allied Bank and the designated branches of National Bank of Pakistan and Habib Bank Ltd, fee in shape of bank draft or pay order will not be accepted.


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Editor’s mail 11

Bring international cricket back to Pakistan it has been reported on TV that Bangladesh’s cricket team’s coach Stuart Law, who is of Australian origin, has declined to tour Pakistan with the Bangladesh cricket team, for its impending tour being scheduled next month. This news, if correct, raises many questions with serious ramifications for the cricketing world. However, before dwelling in the consequences of the above mentioned news, the following facts should also be kept in mind, to have a better prospect of the whole issue. Newly appointed coach of Pakistan cricket team Dave Whatmore is also a former Australian Test and international cricket player, who had no qualms ever for staying in Pakistan. in fact, he was one of the coaching candidates for the Pakistani cricket team, when another very famous former Australian international cricketer Lawson, was selected as coach for Pakistan. We understand that when he was removed to appoint Waqar Younis, Lawson never himself wanted to quit the job. And Lawson stayed in Pakistan (and also

wanted to stay further) during much worse war conditions in Afghanistan and it’s spill-over impact of very serious law and order conditions then prevailing in Pakistan. To say that Stuart Law is taking refuge under travel advisory of Australian government is also a very weak argument, which does not hold water as many Australian professionals are continuing to visit Pakistan and they even stay here for longer durations, without any fear of violence. As compared to this situation, we hear very regular news of violence against Asian migrants in Australia, but then again nobody stays away from travelling there. One isolated incidence against the Sri Lankan cricket team can’t be made an excuse to stop international cricket in Pakistan forever. No foreign team ever stopped visiting Sri Lanka during its 25 years civil war, where matches continued even during bombings and explosions. Also no one stopped visiting New York or USA after 9/11. Pakistani players were once mugged in South Africa. One off incidents or accidents happen

“why I hate Imran” everywhere, so why to single out only Pakistan? People don’t stop air travels, just because airplanes do meet accidents every now and then. Now, if today Bangladesh Cricket Board succumbs to the blackmail tactics of their coach or support staff, this matter will not stop here. indiscipline and blackmail if not nibbed in the bud, spreads like cancer. Tomorrow, other boards should be ready to face much worse pressures for even more ridiculous demands. This situation may even force the boards to consider putting new clauses of conditions in the agreements, to safeguard their national interests with ironclad wordings. Above all, the planned tour of the Bangladesh cricket team shall be arranged after clearance of double security checks by the BD government and the iCC, with security cover equal to the head of the state. Believe me, this security may not even be available to Stuart Law, neither in BD nor anywhere else in the world. And the planned tour is going to be over in just few days with only three matches, it will not last for

weeks. Last but not the least, this tour will tremendously help the cause of cricket in this part of the world. it will also prove the resolve of the world that terrorism threat can’t hold for ransom the game of international cricket in Pakistan. in fact, this epoch making tour will highly contribute to the cause of peace in the world. These people must not forget that Pakistan stood like a rock before the terrorists, for more than a decade, so that this menace does not spread to any other parts of the world. And many Australian troops also gave their lives in Afghanistan for the same cause. So today if with the decision of an ill informed Australian, the terrorists gain strength, it will be a great betrayal with the cause for which the Australian troops shed their blood. So come on Bangladesh, let us give peace a chance through cricket and let the posterity record that Bangladesh was the first great nation which revived international cricket in Pakistan. SYED NAYYAR UDDIN AHMAD Lahore

Compliments to Ali rizvi for his fabulous opinion item published in the march 4 issue. i totally agree with what he has presented as it conforms to my long-held views. Yes, he may receive oodles of hate mail but the fact of the matter is that this is an eye-opener. Pakistanis are gradually becoming hostage to the mullah bigotry, self-imposed silence, and blaming everyone but ourselves. Pakistanis tend to adopt the demagoguery of politicians and rabblerousers as the Gospel truth. Pakistanis generally accept, like zombies, that corruption, shortages, inflation and waste are everyday things that would disappear once a few tyres are burnt, a few protest rallies taken out, or a few boisterous sessions on TV channels are aired. Alas, all that happens is that Pakistanis keep sucking lollipops laced with tranquilisers and like LSD addicts feel that they are on Cloud Nine. Duniya mein Qateel us sa munafiq nahin, Jo zulm toh sehta hai, baghawat nahin karta MAJYD AZIZ Karachi

How convenient

waheeda Shah’s slap

Our police and government remain quiet as another brutal incident occurs right in the middle of Lahore. Thanks to our immune systems we worry very little when shots are unnecessarily fired or other injustices take place. This refers to the incident that occurred outside Umar Hospital on Jail road, Lahore a few days back. Coming outside the hospital to sit in their car, the mother and daughter did not know that the security outside the hospital was so weak that two men on motor bikes could easily come up and shoot them. The daughter survives but the mother breathed her last there and then. So to our weakness and incapability we say ‘it was a case of robbery, they tried to steal the purses, and the women resisted and so were shot’. How convenient! Our nation has reached the highest point in inhumanity; people are shot in/outside hospitals. People can’t even go to hospitals now? Why doesn’t our government just summon an order for everyone to die? it is unimaginable that if in big cities and main areas like those in Lahore, such crimes can happen and people can always get away with it, where are we heading to? What has our Cm done in this regard apart from taking ‘notice’? Can he, the government, at least give justice for once to the bereaved families? ZARA HUMAYUN LUMS, Lahore

Widows and children of deceased parliamentarians standing for election should be given advance training before campaigns. They usually have this notion that the seat is hereditary and they are the chosen few. if ms Shah was from the opposition, madam Firdaus and madam Sharmila would have blasted her on all channels and would have made life miserable for her. Since she is from the ruling party, she is a saint who can’t do anything wrong and that the officials at that polling booth were at fault and definitely very anti-democracy. The ‘democracy is the best revenge’ mantra is still the guiding force. Pakistani democracy is the epitome of excellence. MAJYD AZIZ Karachi

extension of quota system The federal government has hinted to extend quota system in jobs which i think is a right step. No doubt most of areas in the country are still backward in the educational field. For example; the whole of Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan besides rural areas of Sindh, Punjab, KP and Seraiki belt still lack the basic educational facilities. The students of Balochistan, FATA etc cannot compete with the students of Karachi due to unavailability of standardised education there. it is worth mentioning here that even the muslims living in united india before migrating to Pakistan, had also demanded introduction of quota system in the indian Civil Service (iCS) as stated by late ihtshamul Haq Thanvi, renowned religious scholar many years back. After the creation of Pakistan, the first Prime minister late Liaquat Ali Khan had first introduced 20 percent quota system in jobs reserved for mohajars. Similarly in Sindh, prevailing quota system in jobs was introduced by rukhman Gul, the then Governor of Sindh. Those who are against the extension of quota system do not want people of backward areas like Balochistan and other rural areas to progress well. if quota system has not been implemented faithfully so far, we must take steps to ensure its proper implementation rather than abolishing it. Freedom also means to give chance to the backward people for progress. MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL Karachi

Liberty is extinct

A bench of Supreme Court took suo motu notice of the incident on an application filed by Anita Turab, an officer of the District management Group. The PPP candidate Syeda Waheeda Shah assaulted the said officer at a polling station during the recent by-election in Tando muhammad Khan. Although this is a deplorable act, the innocent people are being murdered on daily basis. A common man may ask how many suo motu actions were taken by judiciary on target killing in the Sindh province. TARIQ HUSAIN KHAN Karachi

We Pakistani live in a banana republic and are ready to kill any Shia, Ahmadi or Christian and justify it. Stop Ahmadis and others from different sects to worship and you’ll get an over whelming welcoming response. Apparently, there is no law against these barbaric acts. Why it is so easy to persecute someone in Pakistan? People who get persecuted are afraid to even express themselves. Just after the reunion of formerly banned outfits, sectarian clashes have increased and leaders of Lashkar-e-Jhnagvi and Sipahe-Sahaba are openly showing off their power. What could be worse than this? This nation remained silent when terrorists killed lot people on sectarian differences. Now again they have killed 18 in Kohistan after checking their identities. No one ever dares speak against this persecution of different minorities. Last Friday, mullahs gathered around an Ahmadi worship place and protested against their so called “un-lawful act of offering prayers” and took off all CCTV cameras and this Friday they did not allow them to enter their worship place. Liberals like Faiz, Jalib, Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi tried a lot to teach this nation with their poetry and writings, but all in vain. Liberty is now an extinct species because you stop buses, you check identities, ask about sect and then kill. SYED FOAAD HASSAN Lahore

the new incumbent, whosoever he may be, takes very little time to adjust in the new environments. Unfortunately, in Pakistan over the years we have made it a regular feature to analyse senior appointments in the army only to create sensation. Let this be known that media through debate or analysis cannot influence the decision. extensions though bad but due to political considerations these can never be ruled out. The button is in the hands of President Asif Ali Zardari who will pick up the new DG iSi and has the authority to overrule the

recommendations by army chief as happened in the case of Gen Kakar. Any serving corps commander can be picked up as DG iSi irrespective to which arms he belongs. The government should not create any suspense and should clear the name of the new DG iSi to avoid any debates and discussions which is not in the interest of the country. Criticism will be there irrespective of who takes over or Lt Gen Pasha gets another extension. Why delay the matter? LT COL (retd) MUKHTAR A BUTT Karachi

pakistan first The government has asked the interpol to issue red Warrants to arrest former dictator Pervez musharraf and bring him back to Pakistan to face the courts and answer for what he did to this country. What does this really mean? it means the

The Indian Army chief Lt General Bikram Singh will be the next indian army chief; will take over from may 31 when incumbent General V K Singh finally steps down after losing the controversial age case in the Supreme Court. i wonder how come just a communiqué from the central government is sufficient on such a critical appointment. There was no appearance of a nervous prime minister on the state TV to make this ‘crucial’ announcement. There were neither any heated debates on TV channels nor were there any fiery press conferences held by

list of friends for musharraf is really thinning out. it is time he be made aware of what “Pakistan first” really means. IQBAL HAIDER Lahore

politicians voicing on promotions and extensions of army chief or intelligence head. Very rare we find the indian troika (if there is any) – President, Prime minister and Army Chief, negotiating the government’ internal and foreign policies. Similarly we never noticed threatening gestures from the armed forces spokespersons of serious consequences for the sitting government on this or that matter. There is something somewhere wrong with india. Perhaps they are spending a higher value of their GDP on the armed forces. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia

Another suo motu

who is going to be the new Dg ISI? Who will be next iSi DG is the lead news in your esteemed paper (04 mar). A website has given in depth analysis about the new DG iSi who is to replace Lt Gen Pasha on 18 mar. in spite of detailed analysis it remains inconclusive in matter and substance. Gen Baig’s glasnost theory did more harm to army then doing any good and it is a result of this that we see talk shows, debates, speculations about the appointment of senior ranks in the army. Take the case of india, the government on Saturday announced Lt Gen Bikram Singh as the new army chief

to replace V P Singh who retires on 31 may. Under the rules the announcement is to be made 60 days in advance but it has been announced 90 days in advance due to his alleged fake encounter in Kashmir. We have unnecessarily attached too much importance to the appointments of senior ranks. These appointments are made through a system that also has snags. The senior promotions are not based entirely on professional competence, but liking and disliking, personal loyalties, political influences also play important role in the selection. No body is indispensable, as

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ronically, the mansoor ijaz saga, which was supposed to widen the rift between the civil government and the military, has produced one instance of unity. Both the Presidency and the military have denied ijaz’s allegations that the president and the army chief has had a conversation before the may 2nd attack on Abbottabad and both were in the know of the attack before it happened. But this development should not stop at the level of the presidential spokesperson and the iSPr. it should extend to the these institutions themselves, specially the military, which has been the more intransigent of the two in this scenario. Also, perhaps it is time that the Supreme Court were also to put this issue behind it. instead of catering to the whims of this US national who demands for the honourable court to order for an elected president to appear in court, perhaps it could spend more time prioritising cases that affect the daily lives of the citizens. The backlog of cases is huge and the quality of judicial review has been far from ideal, especially at the lower courts level. Court cases drag on and on and there is rampant corruption to be found at every avenue at every tier. mr ijaz is difficult to like, even for those who believe for his revelations about the memo to be the gospel truth. Those ideologically inclined to be opposed to political governments aren’t too comfortable with his allegations against the military. His rather colourful personal life also doesn’t lend him credibility. No one would buy a used car from him. it is amazing, the extent to which one man’s words have occupied so much of the media’s time and energy. Have the press corps and the polity in general been taken for a ride by a man known for seeking attention and a desire to be seen to be in the thick of things?

Slap on the electorate? Shah and her voters

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ubbed “slapgate” by a depressingly unimaginative electorate, the Waheeda Shah case reinforces what the educated, urban middleclass already believes about the political class. And it is condemnable what the PPP leader did. First, at the risk of stating the painfully obvious, politicians don’t go around slapping people. They are role models and exist to reach out to people. They use words. They are diplomats. The idea is, even though they will deny it, that they represent the best of their constituency. But it doesn’t stop at that. For it wasn’t just anybody that she slapped. it was an on-duty servant of the state. Slapping one of these means slapping the state. A public servant, especially in our elitist state, can lord over many in his village or locality and this sort needs to be countered with people power. But an on duty policeman, Wapda lineman, postman, school-teacher or, as was the case here, polling station official, represents the state. interference in their duty should not be taken lightly. Action should be taken against her. The tricky question here is what that action should be. The media is baying for her blood. They demand her to lose her seat. That would be most unfortunate. Whereas the premise of the pitchfork brigade is the sanctity of the electoral exercise, it is exactly that sanctity, that respect for the will of the people that a penalty like this would violate. Contesting an election is a tortuously difficult ordeal. even in “feudal” constituencies, if the other guy is a feudal – and, increasingly, even if he or she isn’t – the candidate has to go through the motions, reach out to people and be very thick-skinned because the electorate can subject the campaigning politician to a lot of slander. Tensions run high. One example was ms Shah’s losing her cool on polling day, an action that she immediately regretted. Kudos to a national media which flashed the slap in an election otherwise won fair and square. A stark contrast from outright ballot box stuffing and intimidated constituencies in, say, Pakistan’s commercial capital. Not much media activism there come polling time. Punish ms Shah; send her to jail, if need be. But don’t take her seat away from her. She has been elected by her constituents to legislate according to their hopes and aspirations. That should be respected.

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Arif Nizami Editor

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Monday, 5 March, 2012

Status of Pakistani Spring might become real soon

politact By Arif Ansar

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lot has been written about what triggered the uprisings in the Arab world. The revolts continue to spread and there are questions if Pakistan is also susceptible. Views from leading experts on the subject were presented in an earlier column. At the time, most of them had discounted that there was a possibility of such a revolt in Pakistan, as the country already has a democratic system. However, as times have changed, the topic merits a fresh look. As pointed out earlier, the politicians and the government are increasingly failing to represent the sentiments of the public, in fact the gap is widening. moreover, there is a growing perception that the political leadership is not only distant from the public but lacks empathy for its plight. The state of affairs was well depicted recently when the staff of a polling booth quietly faced the wrath of Waheeda Shah. Furthermore, as a result of the secrets revealed by WikiLeaks and scandals such as the memogate, the public and private dealings of the political and military leadership continue to be exposed while further hurting their credibility. if this pattern continues, a point would be reached where the nation’s eco-

nomic and foreign policies would become untenable. This is because there is neither a public buy-in for such policies nor has the government made any efforts to make a convincing case for them. This atmosphere generally leads to even more secrecy and cover-ups. The trust deficit that results causes the decision making to shift to only a few people. And, this trajectory ultimately results in a colossal debacle or a system failure. Perhaps, recognising the growing risk, the policy review Pakistan initiated after the NATO mohmand attack represents an effort to reorient its economic and foreign policy towards its national interests. However, the challenge is also to define the national interests in a fast changing world. The first test to Pakistan’s reoriented economic and foreign policy appears to have already arrived in the form of iranPakistan (iP) gas pipeline project. The suspension of NATO’s Afghan supply line is another issue carrying serious implications. The iP project has taken on added attention and significance in the wake of US and eU sanctions on the export of oil from iran and dealings with its Central Bank. A few weeks ago, Hina rabanni Khar had assured Pakistan that sanctions on iran do not cover the iP project. However, Hillary Clinton has herself clarified this misunderstanding. Facing acute energy shortages, Pakistan is now confronted with a number of difficult choices on how to fulfil its future energy needs. it can obviously exploit its own resources, but according to experts, that is going to take some time. in a recent visit to Qatar, Prime minister Gilani also expressed interest in importing 500 million cubic feet of LNG per day from Qatar to resolve the energy shortfall. The other options for the country include the iP gas pipeline and the Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and india (TAPi) project, the preferred choice of the US. While the security situation of Afghanistan is a roadblock in imple-

menting of TAPi project, the turmoil in Balochistan is widely perceived as an obstacle in the way of iP gas pipeline. moreover, as iran’s stand off with israel and US worsens, many experts believe the situation in Balochistan is likely to follow suit. it is this chokehold that may have played a role in convincing Pakistan not only to improve its trade relations with india but may also have given wind to rumours that Pakistan might attempt to link the iP pipeline to NATO Afghan supply line. Under this conditionality, Pakistan would ask US for exempting the iP project from the sanctions, and in return, it would re-open the NATO Afghan supply line. Some South Asia experts in the US think that the timeline for the two issues were different and therefore linking them in such a way may not be correct. While the NATO supply line is an immediate issue, the iP project was a longerterm challenge. However, in Pakistan, the connection may be perceived differently. Over the years, the country has allowed NATO supplies to continue even at immense cost to itself. And thus, lacking a viable energy alternative, Pakistan may ask US for a similar gesture in the forms of iP gas pipeline exemption. Nonetheless, the energy crisis has become a crucial test for the government in Pakistan to prove that it’s working in the interest of the people. An economically drowning country can never make a convincing case, even if it tried, that fighting the war against terror is more important than providing opportunities for bread and butter. Besides, a poverty stricken country would become an easy prey for extremists. And, if this logic is not understood, the spring in Pakistan is probably well on its way. The writer is the chief analyst for PoliTact (www.PoliTact.com and http:twitter.com/politact) and can be reached at aansar@politact.com

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ompletion of Senate election process in a peaceful and friendly atmosphere seems to be a reaffirmation on the part of political leadership in democratic values. The Senate elections completed in all four federating units and federal capital in which PPP emerged as a single major party with enhancing its strength to 41 in the house of 104 whereas PmL(N) become runner up with 14 and ANP with 12 on third position. Some of the political forces lost their existence in Senate whereas the previous rulers like PmL(Q)’s and JUi(F)’s strength reduced. However, it is part of the game that someone appears on the political scene by winning berths in the Parliament while some of them go into background with defeat. But it doesn’t mean that the losers will halt their role in politics. Unlike previous years, ratio of horse trading was low as partners in coali-

tion government adopted a well planned strategy. Some of the “investors” were forced to withdraw whereas some had to face defeat despite heavy investments. in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, ANP became major winner in Senate elections as it succeeded in winning six out of 12 seats. Aside from framing a well-planned strategy for winning Senate elections, the partners in coalition have also adopted policies of mutual understanding and coexistence on the eve of Senate polls. Certain hidden circles seem to have engaged in hatching conspiracies against the democratic process. it is the need of the hour that all political forces should join hands for resolving issues like terrorism and violence. Unless there is a return of peace and political stability, we cannot get rid of other issues like bad governance, unemployment, low economic development and poverty. – Translated from the original Pashto by Shamim Shahid


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System’s failings

the aviation is a jackpot of a business

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cepticism is a dilemma of the naïve. The scriptures tell us that there is heaven in the next life, and we remain dicey about its prospects. more immediate evidence tells me that there is heaven on earth. it is otherwise known as owning an airline in india. This is the one business where you cannot fail, since if you know how to fail properly, the rewards will continue to accumulate. When you launch an airline, to the usual fanfare of trumpets, a queue of suits from high finance waits in the ante room of the Big Boss, eager to flood his coffers with cash in the name of economic growth. When, in a thousand days or two, you have piloted your airline into visible bankruptcy, an even larger number of banks flock around to parcel out even more money, this time in the name of patriotism. Their only requirement is that Big Boss makes silent deals with politicians and garrulous ones with journalists. This public relations smokescreen does not need logic, nor does it have to make sense: those obligations are for a less exalted breed of businessman. But it has to be loud. The louder the demand for a bailout on jugglery terms, the more ecstatic the response from bankers eager to hand out the public’s hard-earned money for an endless bonfire in the skies. No one questions this clamour as long as it is conducted in correct english. it

is a hallmark of economic reform nationalism to chase bad money with fresh capital. The true motto of such a glamorous business is: Heads, i win; tails, you lose. Who is “you”? Well, you and me. All of us mugs who put money in a bank in the belief that it is in safe custody, and in any case there is nowhere else to put it. Big Bosses and Bankers are not so stupid as to employ personal wealth in their fivestar game. Cats do not get fat by slurping from their children’s inheritance. They dine sumptuously on borrowed food. Bankers justify their “lending” on the ephemeral strength of an accountant’s imagination. The accountant, of course, is smart enough to collect his three percent fee long before the board acknowledges publicly what it knew all along, that it was all a fantasy to indulge a few lifestyles. Then the board assumes a doleful countenance in order to ask for more. Such is the merry-goround of post-modern capitalism. running an airline, as far as one can make out from airports, is pretty cool as well. The rules are different; and you can make up new ones when the old turn decrepit. Try this experiment. Order a car, or a safety pin, pay for it, and turn up at the shop. You will get what you paid for. Buy a fully paid airline ticket, and all you have purchased is a promise within a zone of uncertainty. it is understandable if weather, for instance, is the reason for delay or cancellation. But airlines no longer feel compelled to offer the truth as an explanation. They hide behind a catch-all excuse: “technical reasons”. One of these days i shall be very delighted to be introduced to non-technical reasons. Which glamour puss would be so considerate as to announce that a flight has actually been can-

celled because Big Boss forgot to pay for the fuel for passengers although he does seem to have enough for his own private Boeing? Those who bluff and hide away live to fly another day. The real trick is to fail on a spectacular scale; that is, in front of millions of spectators. This, naturally, must be accompanied by dramatic outbreaks of attitude. everyone gets intimidated into submission. i know of one airline owner, however, who is modest, and frameworks his business philosophy in the same culture. He sticks to the possible, and then personally ensures that his company achieves it, before venturing into the probable. He keeps to himself, and has coffee incognito in a coffee shop when he wants to chat with a friend. There are no parties for Page 3 photographers or interviews to jaded sections of a newspaper. He is supremely unconcerned about whether anyone recognises him or not, and i won’t annoy him by publishing his name. His company lives within the prudent confines of black ink, despite the fact that he has to pay the same price for fuel as anyone else. He has an ego, since it is part of human chemistry, but he doesn’t hang it out like boutique laundry in an upwardly mobile home. He has created one of the great brands of modern aviation. He is not a star on Twitter. But he is a star in office. He belongs to a genre where an industrialist understood that his first commitment was to industry, not caprice. Such a role model is not, alas, heaven on earth. it is earth on earth. The columnist is editor of The Sunday Guardian, published from Delhi, india on Sunday, published from London and Editorial Director, india Today and Headlines Today.

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ne of the fundamental reasons why some of us prefer to fight for greater democracy in this country is because it remains the only attainable system, which can both open up space for alternative forms of politics and contribute to pro-poor uplift. That said though, the important thing for many who strive for something greater than procedural, electoral democracy, is that these goals need to be kept in sight, and a workable politics needs to be constructed in what we can call ‘peace-time’, i.e., when we’re experiencing a procedurally democratic regime. The tasks of pro-poor uplift and developing an alternative form politics are deeply interconnected, and, unfortunately, strongly contingent on the way a regime organises the state at a local level. in 2007, during the heyday of musharraf’s devolution plan, one of my instructors at college, Dr Ali Cheema, wrote a paper analysing impediments to pro-poor governance in Pakistan. His basic premise was that electoral accountability is one particular route for people to make government’s (local, provincial, or national) responsive, and there are a host of other strategies and instruments available, such as citizen participation in local development, media oversight, court petitions, and public advocacy. All instruments, voting included, require some manner of political organisation based on a collective projection of interest. Dr Cheema’s analysis of the By Umair Javed 2001 devolution system yielded some fairly important results. For starters, the entire system suffered from an anti-poor bias, in the sense that it allocated token seats for peasants and women, without adequate safeguards to ensure that their voice was actually being paid any attention. in his research, Dr Cheema uses the example of allocation of development schemes to see which segments of society were being serviced by the local governments. The results were fairly unsurprising. in the 7 field-sites evaluated in his research, most development schemes (sanitation and road soling) were being carried out in areas where politically influential individuals resided, while negligible attention was paid to villages that hosted marginalised groups (landless labourers, mussalis, artisans and craftsmen). more than that, it was concluded that limited choices within the electoral sphere resulted in either dependent voting i.e., poor people voting for local influentials, or poor people not voting at all. The places that deviated from this were areas where political parties had penetrated down

to the village level, and where collective class-based groups were more active. Given the present-day, bureaucrat governed local context we find ourselves in, the space to project pro-poor interest on local governance is even more restricted. in all four provinces, the ruling coalition/parties, while making rhetorical commitment to elected local governments, decided to resuscitate the commissionerate system with little affliction to their conscience. in Punjab especially, the assembly has been busy postponing a decision on local government elections for the last three years. All of this, at least on the face of it, shows a degree of wariness on part of political parties to expose themselves to the vast underbelly of Pakistani society. Content on using intermediaries, be they mNAs, mPAs, or UC level machine politicians, political parties have mostly stayed away from the task of organising local level marginalised interests. even during times of devolution, contact between working class people and politicians was limited, to the extent that only eight percent of respondents during the surveying said that they had met their union council representatives, and all of them admitted that these meetings were through informal channels. Taking an educated guess, one can safely conclude that the percentage of people meeting their mNAs and mPAs is even smaller. in the backdrop of such limited levels of political interaction, it’s easy to understand how patronclient politics has become so entrenched in the country. Historically speaking, the last three decades, and the constituent devolution programmes, 1979 and 2001, were instrumental in impeding political party organisation at the local level. even now, the Pakistan Peoples Party, thanks largely to Bhutto’s movement, is the only mainstream group that can lay claim to some level of grassroots penetration, while other parties continue to opt for expedient ways. So how does one go about changing a system that’s dug its roots over such a long period of time? Well for starters, political parties need to realise that working to gain pro-poor sentiment is only in their benefit, in so far as it will help them win votes. Secondly, people who wish to spread an alternative socio-cultural agenda (such as wealth redistribution, land reform, and anti-extremism) need to work in organising collective interests at the local level, and use a host of other strategies, like public advocacy and litigation, available to them outside of the electoral sphere. And finally, provinces need to enact an elected devolution system that ensures citizen input in planning and implementing development schemes, transfers fiscal resources to the local government level, and is conducted with full participation of all political parties. in the presence of such measures, procedural democracy will finally take on a more desirable, substantive shape. The writer blogs at http://recycledthought.blogspot.com. Email him at umairjaved87@gmail.com, or send a tweet @umairjav


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Star Wars artist Ralph McQuarrie dies aged 82

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ralph mcQuarrie, the artist who helped George Lucas bring Stars Wars to the big screen, has died aged 82. The conceptual designer created the look of characters including Darth Vader, Chewbacca and r2D2 and C-3PO. He also worked on the original Battlestar Galactica TV series and Steven Spielberg films e.T. and Cocoon, for which he won an Oscar. “We’ll miss you ralph. You will forever be the bright-

est star in our galaxy.” Born in Gary, indiana, mcQuarrie began his career as a technical illustrator for aeroplane manufacturer Boeing and designing film posters. He also animated US TV network CBS’s coverage of Nasa’s Apollo space programme. in 1975, he was hired by Lucas to design some of the characters and scenes for his “space opera” Star Wars. As well as designing some of the sets including the desert planet Tatooine, mcQuarrie also did the conceptual drawings for many characters.

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tOKyO: Amanda Lucas, daughter of movie director and producer george Lucas, delivers a speech during an exhibition to promote ‘Star wars: episode I The Phantom Menace in 3D’. aFP

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Film-maker James Cameron will only have to spend 88 days over two years in New Zealand to become a resident here. Cameron recently hit the headlines over his purchase of two large Wairarapa properties - a 250 hectare dairy farm and 817ha piece of land looking over Pounui Lake - reportedly worth $20 million. Cameron’s Overseas investment Office (OiO) application, obtained by The Dominion Post, says the movie mogul applied for residency under the investor Plus category. This means he is investing at least $10 million in New Zealand. requirements of this category are that Cameron must stay in New Zealand for 44 days each year for the final two years of the three-year residency application. He is not required to stay in the country during the first year. At the end of the three years Cameron and his family - wife Suzy Amis and their three children - can apply for permanent residency. “The Cameron family intends to take up their permanent visas in New Zealand as soon as possible and to permanently reside in New Zealand,” the documents say. Cameron also has an 18-year-old daughter with his ex-wife Linda Hamilton who starred in his Terminator films. Cameron will reportedly start work on two sequels to his Avatar film when he moves to New Zealand. Piracy accused Kim Dotcom gained New Zealand residency under the investor Plus category. Dotcom, of Germany, who faces a stream of piracy charges in the US relating to his filesharing website megaupload, is on bail awaiting an extradition hearing in August.

MUMBAI: Models showcase creations by Indian designer Deepika govind on the third day of Lakme Fashion week (LFw) summer resort 2012. aFP

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SRK, Katrina-YRF reveal official has no plans of signing any film after ‘Krrish 2’ mumBai: The B-Town superstar, Hrithik Roshan, has two back-to-back super hits under his belt as a result to which many out there expect him to be on a film signing spree but the star has no plans of signing any film till August since he thinks he should now give himself some time to rest. The 38-year-old handsome hunk of the industry is currently working on his much-anticipated upcoming Indian superhero science fiction film ‘Krrish 2’, which is a sequel to the 2006 hit film ‘Krrish’ and he has confirmed that after getting done with the movie he will not sign any other film for some time. “I’ve been working non-stop these past months and once I wrap up Krrish 2, I just hope to take it a little easy. I am not looking at signing any film right away,” he said. Karan Johar’s ‘Agneepath’, which is a remake of the 1990 film of the same name, is the biggest hit of this year thus far and it featured Hrithik in the lead role. Though the film crossed an incredible ‘125 crore’ mark at the box office, Hrithik revealed he was much confused before the film was released. “History used to be my worst subject in school, it’s suddenly become my favourite now that Agneepath has created it!” he exclaimed. He added, “It’s weird because up until the release of the film, I really didn’t fathom what we were up against! I really didn’t realise the extent of the risk we had taken and what we would stand to lose if it had not worked.” In the end coming back to the business the actor commented on ‘Krrish 2’. He admitted audiences are expecting a lot from ‘Krrish 2’ but on the same note he said he is not really concerned with what the film does at the box office. He concluded, “I don’t let myself get under the pressure to beat someone at the BO. agencies

first look mumBai: yash Raj Films has released the official first look at their new Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaifromance. The photo from yash chopra’s upcoming directorial venture was unveiled following a number of on-set image leaks from the UK shoot. The actors have been filming a song sequence composed by AR Rahman, and with lyrics from award-winning poet gulzar, at locations across London. Kaif can be seen wearing a three-quarter-length Manish Malhotra coat, accessorised with a yellow over-sized bag and paired with knee high boots. Malhotra, who is behind Kaif’s styling in the film, was present on set on the first day of the London schedule last week. carrying a guitar throughout the scenes, lead actor Khan combines a black-andwhite checked shirt with distressed skinny jeans tucked into grey boots. Designer Shiraz Siddique is reportedly behind the actor’s look in the project. Despite wearing a body warmer, the actor had previously indicated that he would consider wearing thermal undergarments, to cope with the demands of outdoor filming in cold temperatures. The film is scheduled for a Diwali 2012 release. agencies

Salman ‘in pain’... health secret revealed mumBai: Family rubbishes reports the actor is in pain again, but his manager says Salman is on medication. Rumours are doing rounds that muscle hunk Salman Khan is once again experiencing health issues. Salman underwent a jaw surgery in the US and thought that the pain was gone for good, but allegedly the pain has returned to haunt the actor. Salman’s father Salim Khan denies any such news. “I must tell you one thing very clearly, your news is far from the truth. This kind of news just make the concerned perturbed. Salman is absolutely fit and fine. I fail to understand as to why you guys target us for such piece of


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AMRITSAR: Kulraj Randhawa (L) and Tusshar Kapoor (R) pose before attending a press conference as part of a promotional tour for the upcoming Samir Karnik Hindi film ‘chaar Din Ki chandni’ at Alpha One Mall. AFP

Whitney Houston ‘had secret affair with Jermaine Jackson in 1984’

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e r m A i N e Jackson had a year-long affair withWhitney Houston, it has been claimed. The older brother ‘Thriller’ hitmaker michael Jackson is said to have inspired the video for late singer’s 1985 single ‘Saving All my Love For You’, which tells the story of a woman’s romance with a married man, with the singer even hiring a lookalike of him for the footage. The Sun Sunday has now claimed that while the 57-year-old singer’s affair ended after a year, the pair never lost touch, with Houston comforting him following michael’s death in 2009. When Houston tragically lost her life last month, the ‘Somebody’s Watching me’ hitmaker was left grief-stricken by the passing of his close friend and alleged former lover. “Her death has devastated Jermaine because of the history between them,” the Daily mail quoted a source as telling The Sun Sunday. “No one understood the scale of his grief because they didn’t know what they shared,” the source said. it is claimed that their began in 1984 when Jermaine was married to Hazel Gordy. While Jermaine wrote about his friendship with the late singer in the HarperCollins book he released last year ‘You are Not Alone: michael, Through A Brother’s eyes’, he has never spoken about reported affair. But in the

tome he does write that he struggled with his feelings for Whitney, although put them aside for the sake of his marriage. “As much as i wanted to lose myself in all these feelings, i told her to wait. Ultimately, we had to go our separate ways and it killed us both,” he wrote. However, the source added that Jermaine had deliberately left intimate details of his relationship with Whitney out of his book to make it sound as if they were just friends rather than lovers. “The reason it ended was because Jermaine wouldn’t leave his wife - and Whit-

ney was angry. The video for Saving All my Love For You was about all of that,” the source said. in his book, Jermaine also revealed that michael had warned him off pursuing an intimate relationship with Whitney. “He didn’t fuel the temptation as some guys would. He reminded me about Hazel, about family,” Jermaine wrote. Jermaine and Hazel split three years after his reported affair with Whitney, following a 14-year marriage. He has since had three long-term relationships, and is now married to Halima rashid - his third wife.

LONDON: rock band The rolling Stones are issuing a deluxe picture book to mark their 50th anniversary as a band. The rolling Stones: 50` will hit shelves on July 12, half a century after they made their debut at a club in London`s Oxford Street, reported Daily express. The 352-page book contains 700 photos documenting their rise to fame and hand-picked by frontman Sir mick Jagger, guitarist Keith richards, bassist ronnie Wood and drummer Charlie Watts. “This is our story of 50 fantastic years. We started out as a blues band playing the clubs and more recently we`ve filled the largest stadiums in the world with the kind of show that none of us could have imagined all those years ago. “Curated by us, it features the very best photographs and ephemera from and beyond our archives,” a joint statement from the rockers read. agencies

My dad would have been happy: Fardeen Khan MUMBAI agencies

it’s been a traumatic decade for Fardeen Khan. Not only did the once-promising actor fail to leave a mark on the box-office, but his father, Feroze Khan, passed away. A few days ago, another close relative of the actor died. But, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Bringing to end an over 11-year-old court battle, the NDPS court on Wednesday granted the actor immunity in a case of drug possession. Fardeen who underwent a de-toxification programme in November 2011 had applied for immunity under section 8(c) of the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. The grant of immunity means that the actor will not be tried in the drug possession case. Dressed casually in a blue shirt and a pair of blue denims, the actor who been out on bail since may 2001, told mumbai mirror

bogus news.” However, last year too when the first rumours of the actor’s failing health reached the media, Salim Khan had denied the reports. Last month when Salman was shooting in cuba for yRF film ‘ek Tha Tiger’, the actor had revealed that the cold weather had affected his nerves leading to pain. Salman Khan’s manager, Vikas agrees that the actor has been on constant medication to keep the pain under control. “Salman bhai is fine and is on medication as prescribed by doctors. By the grace of god, he is not going for any further operation either to US or anywhere else. I may add this that some journos who have no work bring up old stories over and over again. There is nothing as such as mentioned in the cooked up story which is doing the rounds,” says Vikas. agencies

that the three weeks of de-toxification he underwent, though traumatic, helped him put his life into perspective. “it made me think about my actions and consequences. The night i was arrested, in 2001, was a wake-up call for me. For the first time i realised that i have been irresponsible, haven’t thought of the consequences of my actions and how it will affect my family that loves me so much. it made a man out of me on many levels.” Fardeen says his 11-year-long tryst with the law affected him on many levels - both at home and at work. “As my travel was hindered due to court-imposed restrictions, i couldn’t go where i wanted to. Besides, i lost out on endorsements. People who wanted to work with me on advertisements started to stay away from me. These two things contributed to my fears and made me anxious.” He says his father underwent a lot of grief over this.

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“i’m sure he must be very happy wherever he is today.” So was there a moment when he felt he could sense respite? “The day when the charges against me were framed last October, the previous HC order that i could be charged only for purchase, meant that the trial court had to comply with the same. That, to me, was the day half my battle was won.” On may 5, 2001, Fardeen was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for possession of cocaine. While Fardeen claimed that he had purchased only one gram of cocaine, NCB alleged nine grams were recovered from him and the alleged drug dealer. However, Fardeen’s lawyer Advocate Ayaz Khan filed an application in court saying: “in the prosecution documents filed before the court like the seizure panchnama, the remand application, the reply to the bail application etc, the NCB has stated that the quantity of cocaine Fardeen was caught buying was 1 gm.”

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worth of mJ’s back response: ‘Omg, make it stop!’ catalogue stolen

lOs angeles: IT wAS, until Avatar, the highestgrossing film in history. And it would be an understatement to say Titanic was a landmark in the careers of its stars Kate winslet and Leonardo Dicaprio. But winslet is not overjoyed at the thought of revisiting the film when Titanic 3D is released next month. And not only because she’ll see herself in the buff in three dimensions. “I’m sure I wasn’t really a very good actress. Seriously, we are talking about something that happened 15 years ago,” she told USA Today. “I’ve learnt so much, and I’ve changed as a person so much since then. can you imagine anything stranger?” Titanic director and 3D enthusiast James cameron has shown winslet a portion of the 3D rejig. “I was literally like, ‘Oh my god, make it stop! Is that me? Oh my god, that’s me. Block my ears, somebody! Somebody club out my senses. Make it f—-ing stop!’ “ she says. “And Leo looks so young and so skinny!” The film’s Oscar-winning producer Jon Landau will be in Australia this month to promote the re-release. But winslet has said she and Dicaprio (above) won’t be having a Titanic reunion. “no, we’ll just sit around going, ‘can you f— -ing believe this? Isn’t this weird?’” agencies

lOs angeles: Michael Jackson’s entire back catalogue has been stolen by internet hackers. Sony music suffered its second major security breach in a year, with thieves targeting songs and unreleased material by the superstar singer. It’s alleged they downloaded more than 50,000 music files, worth £160million, in the biggest ever cyber attack on a music company. The news comes just a year after Sony paid £250million for the seven-year rights to the songs following Jacko’s death. The contract with Jackson’s estate also allowed them to release 10 new albums, including material from studio sessions produced during the making of some of the star’s biggest albums. The singer, who died in June 2009 at the age of 50, had recorded unreleased duets with artists ranging from the late Freddie Mercury and Black eyed Peas singer will.i.am. In April the details of 77million gamers were stolen after Sony’s Playstation network was hacked. The breach cost Sony £106million and hugely damaged their reputation. The attack on the Jackson files occurred shortly afterwards but has not been revealed until now. The hack was discovered during routine monitoring of social networking sites, Jackson fan sites and hacking forums. A source close to the company said: ‘everything Sony purchased from the Michael Jackson estate was compromised. ‘It caused them to check their systems and they found the breach. There was a degree of sophistication. agencies


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YriAN artillery gunners pounded the mainly rebelheld city of rastan on Sunday, killing seven people, monitors said, as the red Cross began delivering aid to refugees from the battered Baba Amr district of nearby Homs. Four children were among the seven civilians killed. The victims included six family members killed when a rocket slammed into their home, said the Syrian Observatory for Human rights which reported intensive shelling of rastan since daybreak. “Seven people, six of them family members and including a woman and four children, were killed when a rocket hit a house in rastan,” said Abdel rahman, whose watchdog earlier gave a death toll of three. The aid distribution came as relief agencies waited for a third straight day for the go-ahead to enter Baba Amr, where hundreds of people are reported to have been killed and even more wounded

in an almost month-long shelling blitz. The shelling of rastan, which the Syrian Observatory for Human rights said killed at least three civilians including a woman, coincided with a call by China on all parties in Syria to “unconditionally” end the violence. “Since dawn, the positions of deserters in the north of rastan have been subject to intensive shelling,” rami Abdel rahman, head of the Britainbased Observatory, told AFP. The rebel fighters on February 5 declared rastan to be “liberated” from President Bashar al-Assad’s control, but since Homs was overrun by regime forces on Thursday, the deserters have been bracing for an onslaught on rastan and on Qusayr, also near Homs. rastan is a strategic city as, like Homs, it falls on the main road linking Damascus with northern Syria. The Observatory had on Friday reported 12 civilians, including five children, killed when a rocket slammed into a crowd of protesters in rastan. AFP was not immediately able to verify the Observatory’s reports due to restrictions on foreign journalists in Syria.

The rebels fled the Baba Amr section of Homs on Thursday in the face of a ground assault by regime forces following a shelling blitz since early February that the US-based Human rights Watch said had killed some 700 people. HrW said shells sometimes fell in Baba Amr at a rate of 100 an hour and that satellite images showed 640 buildings visibly damaged, but stressed that the real picture could be worse. The Syrian authorities have been condemned by the international community for barring red Cross convoys from entering Baba Amr to evacuate the wounded and deliver relief supplies. The international Committee of the red Cross (iCrC) said it delivered relief supplies on Sunday to refugees from Baba Amr in a nearby village of central Syria. “We have started to distribute humanitarian aid in Abel village, three kilometres (two miles) from Baba Amr,” iCrC spokesman Saleh Dabbakeh told AFP. “many refugees from Baba Amr are in Abel,” he said, adding they were being supplied with food products and blankets. Dabbakeh said a simi-

lar operation would take place in inshaat, another district of Homs, while the iCrC and the Syrian Arab red Crescent Society awaited the go-ahead from authorities to enter Baba Amr itself. A seven-truck convoy organised by the aid groups has been waiting since Friday to enter Baba Amr, with the authorities saying they were being barred for their own safety because of the presence of bombs and landmines. Amid international outrage over the delay, iCrC president Jakob Kellenberger has said: “it is unacceptable that people who have been in need of emergency assistance for weeks have still not received any help.” Opposition activists charge the regime’s aim is to cover up its crimes in Baba Amr before allowing access to relief workers. UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon has demanded unconditional humanitarian access to Syrian cities, saying there were “grisly” reports of summary executions and torture in Homs, Syria’s third largest city. British photographer Paul Conroy, wounded in a rocket attack in Baba Amr on February 22 that killed

two colleagues, said the bombardment of the besieged city amounted to a “medieval siege and slaughter,” and denounced the Damascus government as “murderers”. The bodies of American journalist marie Colvin and French photographer remi Ochlik, killed in the rocket attack, were flown into Paris from Damascus on Sunday. China, which twice joined russia in blocking UN Security Council resolutions against Syria’s lethal crackdown on dissent, urged an end to the violence. Xinhua news agency cited a foreign ministry statement attributed to an unnamed official calling for dialogue between the Syrian regime and those expressing “political aspirations.” But the official reportedly added: “We oppose anyone interfering in Syria’s internal affairs under the pretext of ‘humanitarian’ issues’.” The Syrian Observatory reported at least 44 people killed in Syria on Saturday, including 14 members of the security forces who died in clashes with deserters near Daraa, the cradle of the anti-regime uprising.

Anti-Ahmadinejad MPs hold sway in Iran’s new parliament TEHRAN afp

Beirut: protesters wave a pre-Baath syrian flag and burn a banner bearing pictures of russian president dmitry medvedev and syrian grand mufti ahmed hassun (top) during a demonstration against the syrian regime in the lebanese capital on sunday. supporters of the syrian government held a counter-demonstration nearby. aFP

Qaeda assault on yemen army kills 9 soldiers ADEN afp

Fierce clashes between the Yemeni army and Al-Qaeda in the country’s restive south killed at least 12 militants and nine soldiers on Sunday, medics and officials said. “The hospital has received the bodies of six soldiers,” said a medic at Bashib hospital in the southern city of Aden, after military officials said an Al-Qaeda bid to overrun an army post in Kud, in Abyan province, sparked a firefight. Six wounded soldiers were also brought to the military facility. A military official, who said the army held onto Kud, confirmed the toll. But “there are other casualties among the army who have not been taken out of the area,” he added. A local official in Kud told AFP that Al-Qaeda gunmen had taken away the bodies of three other soldiers they had killed. Another local official in Jaar, a nearby extremist stronghold, said 12 Al-Qaeda militants died in the firefight. Thirty soldiers, 10 of them wounded, were captured, he added. Another army official said the militants also seized heavy weapons before pulling back to Zinjibar, accusing some army leaders who had served under former president Ali Abdullah Saleh of “collaborating” with Al-Qaeda.

150 killed in Congo munitions depot blasts: eU diplomat BRAZZAVILLE afp

At least 150 people were killed in a series of explosions at a munitions depot in the Congolose capital of Brazzaville early Sunday, a european diplomat said. “We count at least 150 dead in the military hospitals and around 1,500 injured, some of them seriously,” the diplomat said when contacted by telephone from Paris, after explosions rocked the mpila military barracks in the east of the capital. AFP correspondents in Brazzaville had earlier reported seeing four bodies, including that of a young girl, in a clinic near the barracks, while the Chinese Xinhua news agency said three Chinese workers were killed and dozens injured in the blasts. A number of wounded, many wearing military uniforms, were also seen receiving first aid in the streets, an AFP correspondent said. The blasts, which even blew out windows across

the Congo river in Kinshasa, were set off by a blaze in two munition depots in the mpila armoured brigade barracks, in the east of Brazzaville, according to soldiers who refused to be named. A diplomat told AFP the incident “is not political and the president (Sassou Nguesso) is with the chief-ofstaff to coordinate operations”. There was no official word from the government on the cause of the explosions, or damage sustained. A diplomat said firefighters were finding it hard to fight the blaze because of ongoing explosions. A number of houses were completely destroyed, while others saw windows and doors were blown away and roofs lifted, an AFP correspondent said. A Catholic church, close to the barracks, was also damaged when the explosions occurred during Sunday mass. “it’s a munitions depot that caught fire in mpila. That’s next to the presidential palace. i saw two people injured. One had a leg injury, the other a wound to the shoulder,” a

woman living in Brazzaville told AFP. “They had probably been hurt by falling debris from houses. A wall fell down in my home,” she added. “There are many people on the street. They are running away, barefoot, carrying parcels on their heads. Some are hardly dresssed. There are no cars, no buses, no taxis,” she added. river traffic between Kinshasa and Brazzaville was also suspended, a Kinshasa port official said. Xinhua news agency said some 140 Chinese workers from the Beijing Construction engineering Group were working near the munitions depot when the blasts occurred. The dormitory building of China’s Huawei company was badly damaged, but there were no casualties reported there, Chinese officials said. At least five strong explosions were heard between 8:00 am (0700 GmT) and 10:45 am (0945 GmT). A plume of smoke could be seen over Brazzaville from across the Congo river in Kinshasa, capital of neighbouring Democratic republic of Congo.

iran’s parliament looks certain to be dominated by mPs critical of President mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to preliminary election results that also showed a big turnover in lawmakers. The partial results, from elections held last Friday, accounted for two-thirds of the 290 seats in parliament. However the composition, given by iranian media, remained obscure and sometimes contradictory -- reflecting the country’s complex politics based on individual mPs’ alliances rather than formal political parties. Overall, the new parliament is to be virtually entirely conservative, with the previous 60 reformist mPs winnowed down to a bare handful following the boycott of the main reformist blocs in the elections. Conservatives opposed to or critical of Ahmadinejad held sway, according to reports. Two such coalitions, the United Conservatives Front and the Front of islamic iran’s resistance, easily took most of the votes in rural areas, where a third of iran’s 75-million strong population lives. The Front of the islamic revolution’s endurance, a rival grouping favorable to Ahmadinejad, was left trailing. in the Tehran region, where half the ballots had been counted, it looked to be the same story.

Double-digit rise for china’s defence spending BEIJING afp

China said Sunday its military spending would top $100 billion in 2012 -- a double-digit increase on last year -- in a move likely to fuel concerns about Beijing’s rapid military build-up. The defence budget will rise 11.2 percent to 670.27 billion yuan ($106.41 billion), said Li Zhaoxing, a spokesman for China’s national parliament, citing a budget report submitted to the country’s rubberstamp legislature. The figure marks a slowdown from 2011 when spending rose by 12.7 percent but is still likely to fuel worries over China’s growing assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region and push its neighbours to forge closer ties with the United States. Li described the budget as “relatively low” as a percentage of gross domestic product compared with other countries and said it was aimed at “safeguarding sovereignty, national security and territorial integrity”. “We have a large territory and a long coastline but our defence spending is relatively low compared with other major countries,” Li told reporters. “it will not in the least pose a threat to other countries.”


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Foreign News 17 Indian surveys predict congress blow in state poll NEW DELHI afp

india’s ruling Congress party failed to make a breakthrough in recent elections in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, according to voter surveys published on Sunday. Congress, which has struggled to implement planned reforms since it held onto power in the 2009 general election, campaigned hard in a state that is seen as a key pointer towards the next national poll due by 2014. Several voter surveys put the Congress party, which leads a fractious coalition in New Delhi, in fourth position after the staggered elections in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh ended on Saturday. Congress was expected to increase its strength in the 403-seat state assembly from 22 to about 50, but party organisers had hoped for a far more significant increase. rahul Gandhi, the scion of the NehruGandhi dynasty that has dominated post-independence indian politics, spent weeks on the campaign trail in a display widely seen as a test of his prime ministerial potential.

szczeKOciny: rescuers search for victims on sunday a day after the collision of two trains. rescue workers combed the wreckage of a head-on train crash in southern poland as the death toll climbed to 16, with scores wounded in the country's worst rail disaster since 1990. rescue workers had toiled overnight to pull survivors from the wreckage of the crash, which occurred yesterday evening. the cause has yet to be determined. aFP

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Putin set to reclaim Kremlin despite protests MOSCOW afp

russians voted on Sunday in an election set to send strongman Vladimir Putin back to the Kremlin but which the opposition said was marred by fraud and would be followed by mass protests against his rule. Observers scrutinising the polls and opposition parties said there were clear signs of foul play in the election, including multiple voting, despite the installation on Putin’s orders of webcams to ensure transparency. Voters from Vladivostok on the Pacific to the Kaliningrad exclave on the Baltic cast their ballots in the marathon 21-hour election process in which victory for 59-year-old ex-KGB spy Putin appears certain. The main suspense is not the final result but whether Putin -who has spent the past four years as russia’s premier -- can win easily in the first round against his four rivals, and if the protests will be a serious challenge. Putting on a trademark show of confidence as he cast his vote in moscow in a rare appearance with his wife Lyudmila, Putin boasted that he had come “straight from sport” and had not been in touch with his campaign headquarters. With voting passed halfway in european russia, turnout was already over 47.6 percent, the election commission said, indicating a higher turnout than in December’s parliamentary polls.

among the injured, while French and Spanish citizens were also on the trains but apparently not injured. A total of 350 passengers were on board the two trains, which collided at around 9:00 pm (2000 GmT) Saturday as they were travelling on the same track, according to Poland’s PKP railways. One was heading to the southern city of Krakow from Warsaw, while the other was bound for the capital from southeastern Przemysl. investigators gave no early indication as to what caused the crash, which happened on a stretch of the line that had recently been modernised, according to Transport minister Slawomir Nowak. The collision threw three carriages and both of the train’s locomotives off the tracks, leaving them piled high on top of each other in a mass of tangled

steel. “We heard a deafening noise and we were hurled out of our seats,” an unnamed survivor told Polish media after escaping from the wreckage late Saturday. “We saw crushed bodies pinned beneath seats and we saw parts of bodies inside and outside the train wagons,” the survivor said. “it was terrifying. The scale of destruction is huge,” one of the first firemen on the scene told PAP. Another survivor told the TVN24 news channel of dead bodies as well as people still alive but pinned under twisted metal. President Bronislaw Komorowski visited the scene, saying: “People from across Poland and citizens from other countries suffered in the catastrophe,” adding that he would call a period of national mourning once the rescue operation was completed. rescue

workers toiled overnight to pull survivors from the wreckage. emergency services spokesman Pawel Fratczak told AFP: “i can confirm 16 fatalities. We have just pulled a victim from the wreckage, but we cannot rule out other casualties until all the wreckage is searched.” The operation to evacuate the injured, however, “is now over,” he said. “We have sent in six sniffer dogs specially trained to locate survivors and bodies. They did not indicate anything.” Poland’s Pm Donald Tusk told reporters at the scene late Saturday: “This is the worst catastrophe in years.” The disaster comes as Poland is upgrading its transport infrastructure ahead of the euro 2012 european football championships, which it is co-hosting with neighbouring Ukraine starting on June 8.

Residents mourn dead after tornadoes kill 38 in US

Romney picks up win in washington state Republican vote SEATTLE afp

mitt romney picked up another victory in the race for the republican presidential nomination late Saturday as he carried his party’s caucuses in the northwestern state of Washington. romney declared victory in the contest after returns showed him far ahead of former senator rick Santorum and Texas congressman ron Paul, who struggled for second place. With all the ballots counted, romney finished ahead with 37.6 percent of the vote, Paul was a distant second with 24.8 percent followed closely by Santorum with 23.8 percent. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich ended the race fourth with just 10.3 percent of the vote. “i’m heartened to have won the Washington caucuses, and i thank the voters for their support,” romney said after most of the precincts had reported. “every day that passes with Barack Obama in the White House is a day in which America’s recovery from the economic crisis is delayed.”

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residents of midwestern states mourned their dead Sunday after a string of killer tornadoes tore through the US heartland, killing at least 38 people, injuring hundreds and virtually wiping out entire communities. Church services were to be held throughout the stricken region as stunned Americans grappled with the magnitude of the destruction brought by Friday’s twisters. more trials, however, were in store for the disaster area. While tornado watches were discontinued, the National Weather Service forecast a cold front with possible snow. Temperatures were expected to fall below freezing by Sunday night and a mix of rain and snow was to become all snow, the service warned, a development that could pose a challenge for people left without homes. President Barack Obama called the governors of indiana, Kentucky and Ohio to offer condolences for the dead and said the federal emergency management agency stood ready to help, the White House said. Deaths were reported in indiana,

Kentucky, Ohio, Alabama and Georgia as the storm system moved eastward. “The scope and magnitude of devastation in some of our communities is unlike anything i have ever seen,” said Kentucky governor Steve Beshear, whose office confirmed 19 fatalities from over a dozen tornadoes that had roared across the state. Trucks and trees were upended as deadly funnel clouds ravaged parts of eight states in the US midwest and South. The devastating images included a school bus smashed through the wall of a house, trucks thrown into lakes, solid brick homes reduced to rubble and wooden ones smashed into kindling, as well as mobile homes flipped like tin cans. About 300 injuries have been reported in Kentucky, according to Beshear, who surveyed the damage in the devastated town of West Liberty. There was damage in 40 counties with power supplies to tens of thousands knocked out. Amateur video aired on CNN showed a gargantuan grey twister churning over West Liberty on Friday, as a woman loudly prayed “Oh God, take it away from us Lord!” At least 14 people were killed in indiana, according to Governor mitch

Daniels, who inspected the devastation in Henryville. “We’re not unfamiliar with mother Nature’s wrath out here in indiana, but this is about as serious as i’ve seen it in my years in this job,” an emotional Daniels told reporters. “Lucky it wasn’t worse,” he said, adding that while early warning systems likely saved lives, it was a “heartbreaking” loss for families. The high school in Henryville suffered damage, but luckily all the children were evacuated safely and only minor injuries -- some cuts and scrapes -- were reported, said sheriff department spokesman Chuck Adams. Officials in Clark County, indiana were scrambling to deal with widespread damage after roads were blocked by fallen trees and debris, and power and phone lines were knocked out. The hardest hit was marysville, where the small town has nearly ceased to exist, officials said. “That’s the information we have, that marysville is no longer,” US Senator Dan Coats of indiana told CNN. The only good news amid all this death and devastation was a report that a two-year-old girl survived a terrifying tornado that killed her parents and siblings.

israel will take any decisions on iran’s nuclear activities as an “independent state,” Foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday, on the eve of a US-israel summit in Washington. “Clearly, the United States is the biggest world power and the biggest and most important country that is a friend of israel, but we are an independent state,” Lieberman told israeli public radio. “Ultimately, the state of israel will take the decisions that are most appropriate based on its evaluation of the situation,” he said. Lieberman’s comments came shortly before israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to hold talks in Washington with US President Barack Obama on monday, a meeting expected to focus heavily on iran’s nuclear activities. israel, Washington and much of the international community believes that iran’s nuclear programme masks a weapons drive, a charge Tehran denies. US intelligence is said to believe that iran does not currently intend to produce nuclear weapons, though it may be seeking the capacity to do so, and Washington has emphasised the importance of deterrent sanctions and diplomacy.


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Whatmore signs two-year contract with Pakistan cricket

LAHORe: Pakistan's new chief coach Dav whatmore and fielding coach Julien Fountain during a press conference at the national cricket Academy. STAFF PhoTo LAHORE

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He Pakistan Cricket Board on Sunday confirmed the appointment Australian Dav Whatmore as the head coach of the team. Whatmore signed a two-year contract with the PCB making him the fourth foreign coach to have been attached with the Pakistan cricket team after englishmen richard Pybus and Bob

Woolmer and Australian Geoff Lawson. englishman Julian Fountain would be assisting Whatmore as a fielding coach, informed PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf here at the National Cricket Academy. The two-men would take immediate charge of the team and prepare them for the Asia Cup tournament later this month. "We have reached an agreement with Whatmore who will be the new coach of the Pakistan team for the next two years," Zaka said in a press conference.

“We wanted the best for the team and now want him to take the team new heights in the world cricket. Our main target is the World Cup and we want Pakistan to be the number one team in the world,” said Zaka. "We feel that Whatmore would bring the best out of the Pakistan team and properly utlise the talent the Pakistan cricket have," believed Zaka Whatmore, who led Sri Lanka to victory at the 1996 World Cup, said he was looking forward to the challenge, adding:

"We will do our best to produce the best results with our available talent and i am confident of good results." Whatmore, 57, played seven tests for Australia and enjoyed a successful coaching spell with Bangladesh, leading them to their first test match and subsequent series win in 2005. Chief selector mohsin Khan had been in place as interim Pakistan coach after Waqar Younis resigned in September for personal and health reasons. He was highly appreciated and recommended as the right person due to his international record; guiding Sri Lanka to win the World Cup; grooming Bangladeshi team enough to reach the second round of the 2007 World Cup. The PCB advertised for the post of head coach last year after former coach Waqar Younis resigned due to personal and health issues. intikhab Alam, head of the PCB coaching committee, made it clear to the media that any contract with the Australian coach would only be signed after his meeting with the PCB Chairman Zaka Asharf. Soon after signing the contract, Whatmore, selection committee and captain misbah-ul-Haq discussed the finalisation of the team for the upcoming Asia Cup. The PCB sources revealed that he met misbah after his arrival at National Cricket Academy to discuss team selection matters. He also applied for the slot in 2007 when Pakistan advertised for the job but at that time his Australian fellow Geoff Lawson was preferred over him. in spite of all his efforts and results, PCB chairman Ashraf made it publicly clear that they wanted a proper and certified coach for the team as part of preparation for World Cup 2014.

Pearson warning to Olympic rivals with fast run MELBOURNE afp

Australia's world champion hurdler Sally Pearson said her Olympic rivals should be fearful after running a sizzling time at the melbourne Track Classic on Saturday. Pearson won the 100-metre hurdles in 12.49secs -- the fourth-fastest time of her career and the quickest in Australia -- to send her rivals a warning in the countdown to the London Olympics. Former world championships bronze medallist Craig mottram was the other star of the night, as he won the men's 5000m in style to secure a place in the Australian Olympic team. Pearson was thrilled with her time in the wet conditions. "Holy crap! i don't know what to say. it's just really fantastic and really exciting," said Pearson, who finished well clear of American Yvette Lewis (13.22). "At the same time i've got to keep grounded, i've got to focus on the London Olympics -- that's still a long way away and a lot more training to go. "i know i'm in good shape and i'm loving it and i've just got to look after myself -- that's all i can do." Pearson had hoped to run under 23secs in the 200m later in the evening, but again finished just short in 23.02secs. But she said her hurdles rivals ought to be concerned by her great form in her pet event five months out from the Olympics. "They'd be worried, but at the same time there's nothing i can do about that," she said. mottram, one of the world's best middledistance runners in his prime, turned back the clock after years of setbacks and earned a standing ovation by winning in 13:18.58. mottram ran a lap of honour after surging clear of Collis Birmingham (13:22.30) with about 250m remaining. "i'm a passionate athlete, i always have been and i've always been excited when i've run well. Tonight i ran well, so why not? it's been a long time coming.

Bangladesh to seek ICC clearance for Pakistan tour LAHORE asher Butt

The Bangladesh Cricket Board will be seeking the international Cricket Council approval for a planned series against Pakistan in April after finding the security situation suitable for international cricket. Addressing a press conference here at the National Cricket Academy, mustafa Kamal, president BCB and Bangladesh member parliament said that he was satisfied with the security put at place by the Pakistan government and the Pakistan Cricket Board alike and he will be writing to the iCC for their stamp of approval that they want to tour Pakistan. “it has for the first time any cricket board will be showing keen interest for touring Pakistan,” said Kamal. He further elaborated that without the approval of the iCC they wont be able to take the Pakistan tour although they are willing to play in Pakistan for what the PCB did for Bangladesh cricket development. Speaking on the occasion, PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf said that the iCC has no reservation on any team’s planned visit to Pakistan and instead it wanted to see international cricket returning here. Before the press briefing, the Bangladesh board and interior ministry officials were shown a complete security drill that would be put into place for their and any other team visiting Pakistan and surprisingly the Bangladesh security team’s visit coincided with the organization of Punjab Sports Festival 17 km marathon and Family Fun race which was participated by around 15000 people including males, females and children of all ages where a highest level of security was given to hold the events.

The official were bought in proper security escort with two Army helicopters doing surveillance rounds in the air and later rescue operation was also displayed while the choppers were landed at the Gaddafi Stadium. Besides the board officials, DiG Operations Punjab Sohail Khan, CCPO Ahmed raza Tahir, DiG operations Lahore Ghulam mahmood and secret service officials were present on the occasions. Zaka said that the visiting brothers from Bangladesh would have been feeling

at home as he had felt when he visited Bangladesh. ‘There visit has been a milestone and they would have the sense of security that would be provided to any team. mustafa Kamal praised the PCB’s support in the development of their cricket and their efforts of gaining ODi and test status. “Without the support of the PCB we would not be there where we are now standing in international cricket. The PCB’s unconditional support to Bangladesh in the iCC’s election worth praise and the Pakistan cricketers partic-

LAHORe: The Pakistan Army helicopter landing at the gaddafi Stadium ground in a show of rescue drill on the occasion of the Bangladesh security team visit to the PcB headquarters.

ipation in the Bangladesh League has made the event more colourful. “Their presence changed the complexion o the entire tournament. But now the way Pakistan cricket is suffering for the last three years i feel it’s our responsibility to bring international back to Pakistan as early as possible,” he maintained. The Bangladesh cricket chief said that they were here to see what Pakistan have in place and get assurance about their capability of doing things. “The body language i have seen shows that everything is well and when

we go back we would plead to the iCC and ask for their clearance and now it’s the iCC to take the decision. We want to send our team to Pakistan. From our side everything is ok and writing to the iCC is a formality and maybe the iCC will be sending its team for further assessment of the situation,” he added. He further stated that it’s the beginning o the process but it would be unfortunate if the iCC did not allow. everything like the tour itinerary and date would be finalised once the iCC gives us green signal, he added.

LAHORe: col (R) waseem, advisor to PcB of security issues, briefs the Bangladesh recce team on the security arrangements planned for the foreign teams. nAdeeM ijAz


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AKiSTAN Army dominated the Punjab Sports Festival’s 17 kilometre marathon race by winning the top three positions from among scores of participants. Apart from an unfortunate incident in which a cameraman of ArY Aftab got injured when the finish line board of grill fell, the entire event was a fun and success to elaborate. Around 7000 athletes participated in the marathon while more than 10,000 took part in the family fun race and nearly 3000 ladies took part in the race. Army’s mohammad Abid who hails from Gujrat took the first place in the marathon covering the 17 km distance in 16 minutes and 58 seconds and pocketed a cash prize of rs 200,000. His teammate mohammad Sheraz (Army) took the second place and a prize of rs 150,000 whereas mohammad Arshad mahmood also of Army and the resident of Sahiwal grabbed the third position and a prize of rs 100,000. The marathon that was flagged off by the organizing committee chief Deputy Speaker rana mashood started at 9:30 am from the Punjab Stadium and the participants after crossing the distance, from Dharampura Bridge, returned to the finishing point at the Punjab Stadium again. Speaking to this scribe, Abid praised the holding of the marathon and re-

quested the Chief minister to make it a regular feature. “it will set new standards for the athletes and make them capable enough in the days to come to participate in the international events,” he maintained. it was an all success story but the incident in which cameraman Aftab got injured left a bad taste in the mouth only due to the negligence of the sponsors but DG Sports Punjab Usman Anwar has assured action the sponsors. "All the expenditures will be borne by the government of the Punjab till Aftab’s recovery", he announced. in the other event of the day 3 km Family Fun race followed the main marathon and that started from the Siddique Trade Center and finished at Liberty Chowk with Kiran rana, an intermediate student from DG Khan, won the first prize of rs 50,000. She was followed by Farhat Latif of Sargodha University who claimed the second position and a prize of rs 40,000 while maria Ghafoor, a 12 year old gild attained third position and a won a purse with rs 35,000. The organizing committee to keep the atmosphere safe and secure particularly for the ladies runners deputed around 3000 police and rescue personnel to guard the runners from any miscreants. They jogged along the both sides of the road from the start and till the finish line and later the participants driven on buses to the Punjab Stadium. Sadam Hussain of Faisalabad won the first prize males 3 km fun race. The

LAHORe: Kiran Rana, the winner of 3 km Family fun race, receives the prize from Deputy Speaker and chairman Organizing committee Rana Mashood Ahmed. student of Punjab College pocketed rs 50,000 cash award while his teammate Usman got third position while a young boy whose name was not clear got the second position. He was wearing Pak-

istan cricket team t-shirt. The total prize money for 17 Km marathon race was 10,00,000 and were distributed among 25 positions holders whereas rs 2,50,000 was given to first

Pogrebnyak treble helps Fulham rout wolves

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russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak hit a hat-trick, as Fulham piled on the misery for struggling Wolves with a 5-0 victory at Craven Cottage on Sunday. Cottagers boss martin Jol signed Pogrebnyak on loan from Stuttgart on transfer deadline day to fill the void left by Bobby Zamora's move to QPr and it has proved an inspired piece of business. After scoring in his previous two appearances, Pogrebnyak tore into the Wolves defence with two first-half goals and completed his treble after the break. Clint Dempsey added a second-half double to ensure that Wolves were sent home in utter despair after a run of just one win in 13 league games dropped them into the relegation zone, below Blackburn on goal difference. Fulham, who surged up to eighth place, were on top from the start and took the lead in controversial circumstances in the 36th minute.

13 winners of the family fun race. Deputy Speaker rana mashood Ahmed Khan distributed the prizes among the winners and appreciated their stamina.

LAHORe: Rana Mashood gives the prize to Mohammad Abid for winner of the 17 KM Marathon. STAFF PhoToS

Gul Zareen’s Assassin takes Pakistan Derby title LAHORE asher Butt

Assassin of Gul Zareen Khan won the Pepsi-sponsored Pakistan Derby leaving bhind Prince of Fatehpur and Formula One lingering at number second and third places respectively. ridden by champion rider Shahid

rehman saddled the four year old Assassin to victory and won the stake money for Zareen, who bought the horse for rs 200,000 last year and it was Assassin who participated in six previous races and returned winner in all of them. in a card of 12 races at the Lahore race Club only one upset was recorded with Love to win wining the second race of the day stunning Happy Time,

LAHORe: Taraq Aziz, chairman Lahore Rae club, presents the Pakistan Derby trophy to gul Zareen Khan, owner of Assassin which won the title. MURTAzA Ali

which came third. Aboor was placed second in the five furlong distance race participated by around 18 horses. in the first race elegance started the day with clear distance win while Silent stood second while the third race of the day went to Predator while mr Accurate, which have a history of upsets came second. Accurate, owned by Shaheen Butt would have staged yet another upset had it not tumbled at the start of the race which provided Predator an opportunity to win the race. Hidden Pearl claimed the title of the fourth race. it was also the first win of the day of Shahid rehman who later won the Pakistan Derby riding Assassin. right One and Let me Shine were placed second and third. in the fifth race of day, rakhsali Hawa was the winner while Nine-eleven was second and Big red was third while moment of Truth, One Way an Northern Crown were the first three places winners. invisible visibly claimed the seventh race title with Bilal being placed second and easy to Walk. The eighth race of the day was Pakistan Derby and Lahore race Club Chairman Tariq Aziz and head of Pepsi were the chief guest and gave the trophy to the owner of Assassin. Jahwan Blue won the ninth race whuile Quality road and Janwan were joint second. Strawberry claimed first place in the 10th race with Aftab Prince and ms muga getting to the remaining two places. in the eleventh race, Abbas Love, Pawa Star and Bark Lord were winners while Try my Best, Baba Jee and marmanwali were first, second and third respectively in the final race of the day.

Lazio defeated city rivals roma 2-1 on Sunday to move into third place in Serie A in a stormy derby which saw roma goalkeeper maarten Stekelenburg red-carded inside the first 10 minutes. Stekelenburg was sent-off when he brought down German striker miroslav Klose who had burst past Juan after springing the offside trap. roma's eighth red card of the season was compounded when Brazilian midfielder Hernanes scored from the penalty spot, beating replacement keeper Bogdan Lobont who had come on for erik Lamela. But roma levelled after 16 minutes when Fabio Borini found the target after a Juan drive had come back off the post. Lazio's one-man advantage eventually told in the second half when skipper Stefano mauri volleyed home a free-kick from Cristian Ledesma in the 62nd minute as they celebrated a league double over their city rivals. Lazio now have 48 points, three behind second-place Juventus and six off milan in top spot while roma are down in sixth place. "We suffered to get this win and should've sealed it earlier," said mauri. "i want to dedicate the goal to my mother, who has just undergone an operation and is at home watching on television." Goals by edinson Cavani and ezequiel Lavezzi gave Napoli a potentially crucial 2-1 success at Parma to take the southern outfit to within three points of the top four as they target a Champions League qualifying slot. Cavani struck five minutes before the interval and Lavezzi bagged the winner with four minutes renaining after Cristian Zaccardo had threatened to rescue a point for a Parma side only five points clear of the drop zone. Napoli moved onto 43 points from 26 matches with their fifth straight win, a run which have seen Cavani and Lavezzi plunder 10 goals between them. But there was a touch of good fortune about their opener as Cavani bundled home having seen his initial penalty saved. There was then an element of controversy as Argentinian Lavezzi appeared to be offside when he netted the clincher. it was the Cavani-Lavezzi tandem which proved too hot for Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 encounter, the pair sharing the goals in a 3-1 win -- and again they showed their poaching power. Napoli are now fifth in the table, three points behind Udinese who were held 0-0 at home by Atalanta.


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Top-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer won his third straight Acapulco ATP title on Saturday -- and his third title of 2011 -with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over compatriot Fernando Verdasco. Ferrer, ranked sixth in the world, added the title to the one he captured a week earlier in Buenos Aires, and his season-opening victory in Auckland. eighth-seeded Verdasco was appearing in his first final of the season and had no answer to Ferrer, who did not face a break point as he wrapped up the match in 69 minutes. italy's Sara errani lifted the women's title, rallying for a 5-7, 7-6 (7/2), 6-0 victory over compatriot Flavia Pennetta. errani, the third seed, and secondseeded Pennetta battled through the first two sets in nearly two hours, but once she emerged with the second-set tiebreak victory errani was on her way. She cruised through the third to win her third WTA title in two hours, 28 minutes. "We started with a lot of breaks," errani noted of an opening set in which they traded breaks in the first seven games. "it was a really hard match, a real battle. Beating her is very difficult."

Anderson downs Isner to reach Delray final

AViD Warner scored a magnificent 163 as Australia downed a gallant Sri Lanka by 15 runs in the first tri-series one-day international final on Sunday. Warner, whose previous highest ODi score was 74, smashed 13 fours and two sixes in his 157-ball innings to lead Australia to an imposing total of 321 for six after skipper michael Clarke won the toss and chose to bat. After a bright start, the Sri Lankans fell behind the run rate as wickets began to fall, slumping to 144-6 before an entertaining 73 from Nuwan Kulasekara and 60 from Upul Tharanga kept them in touch. The pair put on 104 runs from only 70 balls -- including 68 runs in the five-over batting powerplay -- to get the Sri Lankans right back in the match. However, the target proved too great as they fell just short in a hugely entertaining first final. "i was thinking you can't lose the game from that position (1446), that's for sure," Clarke said. "it doesn't matter how much you win by so i'm really happy with the end result. Our performance with the bat was outstanding, the start we got from Davey (Warner) and matthew Wade was just what we've been looking for. "But we've got a lot of work to do with our powerplay. Our bowling (during the powerplays) hasn't been good enough this whole series and unfortunately it continues to let us down. "Under pressure we're not executing." Part-time spinner David Hussey was the unlikely bowling hero for Australia with 4-43, while allrounder Shane Watson chipped

scOreBOard sri lanKa m. Jayawardene st Kieswetter b swann 144 9 t. dilshan run out (Broad) 5 d. chandimal run out (anderson) 69 K. sangakkara st Kieswetter b swann 46 a. mathews not out n. Kulasekara c pietersen b Bresnan 13 J. mendis not out 7 extras (lb5, w11) 16 309 total (5 wkts, 50 overs) did not bat: t Kandamby, s lakmal, s randiv, l malinga fall of wickets: 1-15 (dilshan), 2-45 (chandimal), 3-204 (sangakkara), 4-271 (Jayawardene), 5-296 (Kulasekara) Bowling: anderson 10-0-44-0 (3w); Bresnan 9-070-1; Broad 10-0-70-0 (3w); dernbach 9-0-63-0 (4w); swann 10-0-42-2; pietersen 2-0-15-0 (1w)

england 48 a. cook c mathews b randiv c. Kieswetter c Kulasekara b lakmal 25 J. trott b lakmal 39 K. pietersen c malinga b mendis 13 52 e. morgan st sangakkara b randiv 35 i. Bell c lakmal b Kulasekara 2 t. Bresnan c chandimal b randiv 1 s. Broad st sangakkara b mendis g. swann not out 13 0 J. anderson b malinga 5 J. dernbach c Kulasekara b lakmal extras (lb1, w6) 7 total (all out, 45.5 overs) 240 fall of wickets: 1-53 (Kieswetter), 2-85 (cook), 3113 (pietersen), 4-144 (trott), 5-201 (morgan), 6-204 (Bresnan), 7-206 (Broad), 8-232 (Bell), 9233 (anderson), 10-240 (dernbach) Bowling: dilshan 4-0-29-0 (1w); Kulasekara 9-039-1; malinga 8-0-41-1 (2w); lakmal 7.5-0-43-3 (1w); randiv 9-0-43-3 (1w); mendis 6-0-31-2 (1w); mathews 2-0-13-0 result: sri lanka won by 69 runs man-of-the-match: mahela Jayawardene (sri) toss: england, umpires: Billy Bowden (nzl) and richard Kettleborough (eng), tV umpire: nigel llong (eng), match referee: alan hurst (aus)

in with 3-33 including two vital wickets in the final overs. But the real star of the day was Warner, who finally delivered on the ODi stage after starring in both tests and T20s for Australia. The 25-year-old left-hander was in imperious touch as he became only the seventh Australian to pass 150 in a one-day international, batting through the entire innings until he was bowled on the last ball of the 50th over by

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South African Kevin Anderson toppled top-seeded John isner 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) on Saturday to reach the ATP final at Delray Beach, where he will face Australian qualifier marinko matosevic. matosevic, ranked 173rd in the world and appearing in his first career ATP tour semi-final, beat israel's Dudi Sela 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (9/7). He faces a tricky task to overhaul the seventh-seeded Anderson, after the towering South African came out on top in a battle of big servers. Both Anderson and isner fired 16 aces, but 11th-ranked isner also had three double faults -- including one on the first point of the second-set tiebreaker which gave Anderson the opening he needed. Anderson quickly jumped to a 3-0 lead in the decider, and while isner fired two aces to narrow the gap to 5-4, Anderson promptly won his next two service points to seal the victory. The South African's crisp return game saw him break isner once in the first set, but he saved the only break point he faced in the match in the second game of the second frame. "really excited," Anderson said. "i couldn't have played a better match today. i knew i had to really take care of my service games, and i served really well, especially in the tiebreaker."

medium pacer Dhammika Prasad. Warner also passed englishman David Gower (158) to record the highest ODi score by any player at the Gabba. "The first 50 runs were a bit scratchy -- i feel like i didn't hit one ball out of the middle but i knew i had to keep going and be there at the end," Warner said. "i knew through that middle period that if i stayed in there and got a big hundred we would get 300." Clarke won the toss and had no hesitation batting first on an overcast Brisbane afternoon. Warner and fellow opener matthew Wade got the Australians off to a blistering start, smashing their first 50 runs from just 40 deliveries. Wade brought up his 50 and the Australian 100 in just the 18th over as the home side continued to dominate. Warner reached his 50 soon afterwards with the two powerful left-handers providing the platform for a massive score. The Sri Lankans eventually broke through when rangana Herath took a spectacular catch in the deep to dismiss Wade for 64 with the total on 136. Wade smashed Kulasekara over long-on, only for Herath to leap backwards, thrust out his left hand and snare the ball, somehow managing to hold on to it as he crashed into the ground just inside the boundary rope. However, Warner kept going and shared 50run partnerships with Clarke and Watson to keep the score ticking over. mike Hussey played a late cameo of 19 to ensure the visitors would be chasing well over 300 under lights, which proved just too big a target. "i'm quite happy with the effort from the boys, they showed a lot of character to get back into it," Sri Lankan captain mahela Jayawardene said.

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BRISBANE: the Australian cricket team celebrates their win in the first final of the three-match finals against Sri Lanka. aFP

Nestle on Sunday broke Colony Sugar hegemony at the top and pushed it to number two on the points table of the Bank Alfalah National Polo Championship for the Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup 2012. On day four of the championship four matches were decided and Nestle downed title favourites Colony Sugar by nine goals to six in the last match of the day, fully enjoyed by the holiday fans and mrs Bushra Aitzaz, who was the chief guest of the day. The day started with an easy win for Pakistan Army against BBJ Pipes. Army quartet of Ahmad Nawaz Tiwana, raja Temur Nadeem, James Harper and James Harper joined hands in a combined effort to leave BBJ Pipes reeling at 11-4. Ahmed Zubair showed some glimpses of fight with little support from

one goal each. From the losing side, Vieri Antinori performed well. master Paints left Al Khan/Ciro’s lingering at the near bottom of the points table with a comfortably 9-6 win. The two foreign players – Gaston moore and ignacio Del Tour – made the difference by sharing six and three goals of the winners

maj Omer minhas and Gerardo mazzini. Guard Group-Newage cut to size Hataff/Diamond Paints in the in the second match hitting 10 goals and conceding five. Hissam Ali Hyder was the star of the win for Guard Group with seven goals while Taimur Ali malik and Adnan Jalil Azam lend a helping hand by contributing

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respectively. manuel Crespo with five goals and rodrigus Azocar Bravo fought well from the losing side. in the final match of the day, Nestle were the class of their own in their 9-6 win over Colony Sugar. everyone on the field and off the field kept their fingers crossed till the fourth chukker during which the teams remained even at five goals each. Colony Sugar started the game in the same manner it won its previous matches but the tide turned in the fourth quarter when Nestle bounced back into the game. By the close of the third quarter Colony Sugar which was leading the match by 41 was five-all by the end of the fourth chukker. it was the skillful professionalism of the Hamza mawaz Khan, Saqib Khan Khakwani, raja Samiullah and Shah Qubilai Alam that pushed Colony Sugar to number two in the standing. Nestle is now unbeaten and tops the table with 8 points from four matches.

LAHORe: Pakistan cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf and President of Bangladesh cricket Mustafa Kamal along with his security team watch the polo activity at the Lahore Polo club ground while nestle and colony Sugar players fight to take control of the ball during the national championship match. nAdeeM ijAz.


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chris Broad completes a double century LAHORE staff repOrt

Chris Broad on Sunday became only the second iCC match referee to officiate in 200 ODis when he took the field for the toss in the first tri-series final between Australia and Sri Lanka here. The 54-year-old former england opener made his debut in 2004 in Dunedin in an ODi between New Zealand and Pakistan. And now after eight years, Broad stands as only the second match referee after ranjan madugalle to have officiated in 200 or more ODis. in addition to 200 ODis, Broad has officiated in 51 Tests, which puts him third on the all-time list behind madugalle (132) and Clive Lloyd (53), while his 41 T20s places him in second position after madugalle (46), the iCC said in a statement. As an opener for england, Gloucestershire, Nottinghamshire and Orange Free State, Broad played in 340 firstclass matches, including 25 Tests, scoring 50 centuries (including six in Tests). in 34 ODis, he scored 1,361 at an average of 40 with his only century being against New Zealand at mcLean Park in Napier in 1988. “Obviously, i have an extra reason to be happy today. But at the same time, it is also an indication of the number of ODis that have been played since i started my career eight years ago (1,180 ODis have been played since Broad made his debut as an iCC match referee),” Broad said reflecting on his achievement. “There have been a number of people who have helped me reach the figure of 200, notably my family, friends, my fellow match officials and my colleagues at the england and Wales Cricket Board (eCB) and the iCC. i have been extremely privileged to have these people around me throughout my career,” he added.

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it was a match too far for Petra martic, who handed Taiwanese qualifier Hsieh Su-wei the BmW malaysian Open title after retiring in the third set of the final Sunday due to fatigue. The Croatian took the first set 62, but Hsieh, who has made it a habit to chase down lost causes, fought back in the second, coming from a 2-3 deficit to win 75. Twice in the third set martic called for the trainer and after being broken for the third time in the match, which gave Hsieh a 3-1 lead, she looked a beaten woman. After Hsieh held serve to go 4-1 up, martic called the trainer for a third time and decided she could not continue,

handing Hsieh the first WTA title of her career. Women’s Tennis Association tour supervisor Pam Whytcross said martic had to pull out as she was suffering from heat exhaustion. "She is not injured and just needs a bit of rest. She had a big day today, playing nearly five hours of tennis and is completely exhausted," she said. earlier Sunday, martic endured an epic semifinal battle against former world number one Jelena Jankovic, taking three hours and six minutes to grind out a 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) victory. She was taken the distance in all her matches in Kuala Lumpur, taking three sets to beat erika Sema, Kurumi Nara, Peng Shuai and Jankovic, and the physical exertion finally caught up with her. Hsieh admitted luck

played a part in her tournament victory. Top seed Agnieszka radwanska also pulled out of their match on Friday after suffering an elbow injury. "malaysia seems to be a lucky charm for me as i won here as a 14-year-old and also seem to have good results when i play in the Federation Cup," said the 26-year-old. "i got a bit lucky in the end as radwanska retired injured and martic didn’t finish. But, i too had a tough time coming to malaysia, not getting enough rest from Dubai and playing in the qualifiers. "i may pull out of next week’s indian Wells singles event and concentrate on the doubles. i will be playing in the Olympics later this year and i don’t want to get injured as the Olympics is very important to me and my country."

rejuvenated roger Federer believes that staying healthy will keep him competitive in his 31st year and more than a match for the likes of Novak Djokovic, rafael Nadal and Andy murray. Federer, who has now won five of the last seven ATP tournaments despite being widely written off for large parts of 2011, clinched his fifth Dubai Open title on Saturday with a confident 7-5, 6-4 win over Andy murray. it was the Swiss star's 72nd title of a career which has also yielded a record 16 Grand Slam victories. "Health clearly has to be there with the amount of matches i've played, because i've played a full schedule. i played a lot of tennis," said Federer, whose recent renaissance was kick-started at the end of last year. That was when he collected titles in Basel, Paris as well as the yearending World Tour Finals. This year has seen him collect the rotterdam and Dubai titles on the back of a run to the Australian Open semi-finals. "i think the six weeks i took off after Davis Cup and the US Open was necessary if i wanted to play that much and be that successful. So that was a good decision. "Obviously i'm still sad i didn't go Shanghai last year because it's such a wonderful tournament. in hindsight, maybe it was the right thing to do." "i think i was just confident. i was playing aggressive. i didn't doubt my ability. i'm defending much better than maybe i was in the middle of last year where i felt like i couldn't come out of tough defensive positions anymore.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Hsieh Su-wei with her trophy after defeating Petra Martic during the final of the Malaysian Open. AFP

KUALA LUMPUR: Petra Martic returns a shot against Hsieh Su-wei during the final of the BMw Malaysian Open. AFP

Japanese-based Kenyan runner Samuel Ndungu made a perfect marathon debut on Sunday by winning the Lake Biwa race. Ndungu, 23, broke away from the eight-man front-running group shortly before the 32-kilometre point to take the lead and never faced a serious challenge afterwards, crossing the line in 2 hr 7 min 4 sec. Henryk Szost set a new Polish national record of 2:07:39 to finish second, followed by Abdellah Taghrafet of morocco in 2:08:37. "This is my first marathon. i'm really happy to win it," said a jubilant Ndungu, who is a member of an athletics club in Aichi, central Japan. "it was cold in the beginning. i felt cold in the first 10 kilometres and i was able to run comfortably after the 20 kilometres. i did my best," he added. The race was led by two Kenyan pacesetters until the 25 kilometre mark, when competition hotted up. Nicholas manza of Kenya and Bekana Daba of ethiopia suddenly picked up speed, with Daba taking a solo lead one kilometre later before seven runners caught up with him at the 28km point.


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Apologise for supporting Musharraf, Nawaz tells Chaudhrys LAHORE

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He Chaudhrys of Gujrat should seek an apology from the nation for supporting dictator Pervez musharraf and should vow not to side with any dictator in the future, PmL-N President Nawaz Sharif said on Sunday. He was addressing a press conference with marvi memon at raiwind wherein she announced to join the PmL-N. Before the press conference, marvi had a detailed meeting with Nawaz. Ghous Ali Shah, Khawaja Saad rafiq, Pervaiz rasheed, maryum Nawaz, Asif Kirmani and other leaders were also present. Nawaz said no compromise would be made on principles. “We supported the 20th Amendment without any personal interests and managed to win conditions which would strengthen democracy in the country,” he said, adding that the PmL-N would not stop calling spade a spade. He said the PmL-N would always thrive for eradicating the role of military establishment from politics. Nawaz acknowledged the PPP for sacrificing for democracy, but also criticised it, saying,

“The PPP is compromising only to prolong its rule.” He said his party would have solved 50 percent of the country’s problems had it been in the rule. “The situation of Punjab, where the PmL-N is ruling is far better than other provinces and it is only because of wise policies of the PmL-N,” he said, adding that if the PmL-N government was not sacked in 1999, Pakistan would have become the “Asian Tiger”. He said under his rule, the indian prime minister came to Pakistan and signed agreements. “Whenever our government came to power, opponents did not like the progress of Pakistan and derailed democracy,” he said, adding that when President Zardari imposed governor’s rule in Punjab, “we could have saved our government with the support of Chaudhrys, but we did not opt for that”. Defending signing of 20th Amendment, Nawaz said it would strengthen Pakistan. “We did not ask for ministries or any other benefit out of the 20th Amendment, rather we strengthened democracy,” he added. He welcomed marvi memon to the PmL-N, saying his party needed people like her. marvi said her first encounter with the PmL-N was in the era of Presi-

you apologise for supporting zia, Shujaat hits back LAHORE: PmL-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Sunday said PmL-N chief Nawaz Sharif should first apologise from the nation for supporting a dictator 25 years ago. Shujaat said it was Nawaz who took Ziaul Haq to the assembly and there was no chance of the PmL-Q’s alliance with the PmL-N. Nawaz Sharif had recently asked Shujaat to seek apology for supporting Pervez musharraf. However, Shujaat Hussain came hard on Nawaz, saying he had himself supported a dictator and was talking about democracy now. “Nawaz should apologise first then ask others for an apology,” Shujaat added. To a question on the memo scandal, he said it was not right that a person sitting abroad asked the judiciary to come to him and record his statement. He said there was nothing in memo case and it would only harm the interests of the nation. Later, Shujaat went to the house of Senator Kamil Ali Agha and congratulated him for winning the Senate elections. staff repOrt dent musharraf, when the PmL-N was fighting for democracy in the country. Without naming any leader, she said she had learnt her lesson in three years, but many politicians had not learnt that even in 20 years and “are playing in the hands of the establishment”. She said after serious thinking and brain storming session of eight months, she decided to join the PmL-N, which had

taken visible reform steps in the direction of new politics. “i examined all the propaganda against the PmL-N and discussed it with the leadership and then decided to join the PmL-N,” she said, adding that she would serve the PmL-N as a worker and did not have a desire for any designation. She said the PmL-N leadership was loyal and humble and she did not see any impression of stubbornness.

As the US-Taliban peace talks in Doha remain stalled over the delay by Washington to set free some important Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay prison, Germany and Qatar, the two main facilitators, have accelerated their efforts for ending the stalemate and the resumption of dialogue. Germany, which had, last year, hosted the talks of US officials with the Taliban on its soil, has played the crucial role of bringing the Taliban’s senior leaders like Tayyab Agha to the table of negotiations with American officials in Qatar. “it is Germany which has extended guarantees to the Taliban about the unrestricted travel of Taliban leaders to Qatar and stay there for talks with the American officials without fear of arrest and detention and also that the commitments that the two sides would make in talks shall be honored,” said a diplomatic source here on Sunday requesting anonymity. Apart from Germany, Qatar has also played vital role for the commencement of talks between the United States and the Taliban. “Qatar is uniquely acceptable to both US and Taliban leadership because despite being close Washington’s ally it has kept contacts with the important people in Taliban movement since its government’s fall in 2001 after the US led international forces attacked Afghanistan,” the source said. He said now the two states were trying hard to get the US-Taliban talks restarted and that too soon, so that there was some forward movement on the prisoners’ issue, which would pave the way for the settlement of more complicated matters such as the future government in Kabul etc. The talks between the US officials and the Taliban representatives in Qatar were stalled when the US failed to transfer five Taliban detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison to Qatar, despite a commitment being made in this regard by Washington. The leaders of the Taliban, whose release is being demanded by mullah Omar and his close aides include mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa, mullah mohammad Fazl, mullah Norullah Nori, mohammad Nabi Omari and Abdul Haq Wasiq. Another diplomatic source, who also sought anonymity, said of late, the US authorities had showed some flexibility on the contentious issue of the release of the Taliban leaders and it was likely that the Taliban negotiators led by Tayyab Agha and the American officials, would resume to sort out the matter of detainees and chalk out agenda for dialogue on other conflicting matters. “The US administration realises that it will have to set free the Taliban detainees if meaningful dialogue with the Taliban is the objective and this realisation could help in breaking the stalemate,” he said.

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Resolution against US interference likely to create division amongst members ISLAMABAD tahir niaz

Fifty senators are going to retire on march 12 after completing their six-year term, though some of them have already made it again in the march 2 Senate elections. Some of those re-elected in the recently-held Senate elections are muhammad ishaq Dar (PmL-N), Babar Awan (PPP), raza rabbani (PPP), Tahir Hussain mashhadi (mQm), Abdul Hafeez Shaikh (PPP), Talha mahmood (mmA), and ilyas Ahmed Bilour (ANP). The Upper House would meet here tomorrow (Tuesday) in what is traditionally called the farewell meeting. The senators would praise and acknowledge the services of the retiring ones, irrespective of the services they rendered for the nation during the six years before bidding them farewell. A resolution moved under Clause 120 (l) of the Senate rule by senators

ishaq Dar, raja Zafrul Haq and Prof Khurshid Ahmad against the US interference in the internal affairs of the country has the potential to create ugly scenes and division amongst the members with senators particularly from Balochistan opposing it and the rest of the House supporting the same. The resolution, according to Senate sources reads, “The Senate of Pakistan condemns in strongest terms the increasing interference of the United States in the internal affairs of Pakistan. Uninterrupted, consistent and direct violations of our sovereignty and territorial integrity, drone attacks and grass infringement of our airspace are virtual acts of war. The introduction of a bill in the Congress by three Congressmen seeking alleged right of self-determination for Balochistan is a latest act of aggression. The timing of this irresponsible and outrageous move is also significant as it coincides with the Pak-Afghan-iran

Summit to seek regional solution to the Afghan imbroglio and withdrawal of foreign troops from the area. The people of Pakistan regard all these as acts of illegal interventions in our affairs and demand that the government of Pakistan to forcefully condemn these war-like acts of the US and review and restructure its relationships with the US in order to protect Pakistan’s independence, sovereignty and vital national interests and the wishes of the people. The Senate also demands that the government must take immediate steps, including holding of an all-parties conference and engagement with all stakeholders in Balochistan to seek resolution of all problems through dialogue and justice-based mutual accommodation”. According to sources, the resolution was submitted during the previous session of the Senate but the movers did not press it in face of the opposition from the Balochistan senators.

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