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Rs 17.00 Vol III No 274 19 Pages Karachi â€” Peshawar Edition
Monday, 1 April, 2013 Jamadi ul Awwal 19, 1434
Country far from its founding ideology: JUI-F chief STORY ON PAGE 02
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JI never blamed for corruption in 65 years: Hasan
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JI chief Munawwar Hasaan has said that over a 1,000 party leaders have been elected to the national and provincial assemblies during last 65 years, but none of them has ever been involved in corruption. Hasan appealed to the people to vote for the JI in order to make the future of the country, as JI was an only party which could change the destiny of the country and its people. PAGE 09
TTP attack on ANP rally kills two in Bannu STORY ON PAGE 02
Transparent and peaceful election govtâ€™s top priority: Sethi Punjab caretaker Chief Minister (CM) Najam Sethi has said the top priority of the provincial caretaker setup was to conduct elections in a peaceful and transparent manner. Presiding a high-level meeting on law and order at the CM Secretariat, Sethi reviewed security measures for the upcoming polls in detail. PAGE 03
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Pakistan faces a “do or die” situation — Pervez Musharraf
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Free aNd FaIr pollS Not poSSIble uNder CurreNt puNjab adMIN: pMl-Q LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim LeagueQuaid President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Sunday demanded that the caretaker Punjab government change administration to hold free and fair elections. He was talking to reporters along with former deputy prime minister Pervaiz Elahi, PML-Q Secretary-General Mushahid Hussain and Moonis Elahi at the residence of PML-Q Lahore President Yousuf Ahad Malik. They visited Ahad to offer condolences over the demise of his father. Shujaat said, “Process of seat adjustment with the Pakistan People’s Party has not yet been completed, NA-105 Gujrat is our ancestral seat. I have won five times in elections from this seat.” Zahoor Elahi also contested elections from this seat and now Pervaiz Elahi would contest from this constituency. To a question about PML-N’s refusal to adjust seats with PML-Likeminded, Shujaat said that first they should get over their grief and then there would be talk with them,” what you sow, so shall you reap”. Pervaiz Elahi reiterated his earlier demand that until the administration of Punjab was not changed; holding of free and fair election was not possible. To a question, he said that the caretaker Punjab CM has held talks with the Election Commission of Pakistan regarding changing of the Punjab admin and he should be given time for this. INP
Country far from its founding ideology, says Fazl SAYS THOSE ORGANISING MUSICAL SHOWS CANNOT PLAY VITAL ROLE IN COUNTRY’S PROGRESS
JUI-F LEADERS SAY FAZL WORKED HARD TO PROTECT ISLAM AND COUNTRY FROM ‘GOING IN AMERICAN CLUTCHES’
AKISTAN came into being with pure Islamic ideology, but the people have forgotten the spirit behind its creation, said Fazlur Rehman, chief of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-eIslam (JUI-F) on Sunday. He was addressing a public gathering at Minar-e-Pakistan. The cleric blamed politicians, bureaucracy and establishment for the country’s abysmal situation. The JUI-F leadership claimed that it was a historical gathering in which people from across the country took part. People were happy and paid rich tributes to Fazl when he appeared on the stage. The gathering was all ears to the speakers and supported each word with slogans in their favour.
The party leadership claimed that it was one of the biggest gatherings in the city. The JUI-F’s leaders critically analysed the five years of the government. They praised the way the JUI-F chief gird up his loins to protect Islam and the country from “going in the American clutches”. The speakers laid emphasis on becoming practicing Muslims as the basis of the country’s creation was Islam. Speakers criticised Imran Khan and compared the PTI’s popular leader with Sheikh Mujeebur Rehman, saying that Imran Khan copied Mujeeb’s points in his speeches. They praised Fazlur Rehman for what they called a vital role in parliament to support the Kashimiris. Fazl said, “Our politicians ruined the way through which Pakistan came into being. Terrorism is named with Islam and everyone points finger at Islam and Muslims. This all happened because we are under the foreign pressure and we can’t
FATA LEADER SAYS PEOPLE SHOULD FOLLOW AND SUPPORT FAZL TO CREATE BETTER PAKISTAN even budge without the permission of foreign masters.” The JUI-F chief also criticised the IranPakistan gas pipeline programme and said, “We don’t need to buy gas from any other country as we are able to stand on our feet. If we work according to Islam we will make a new Pakistan.” “Those organising musical shows cannot play a vital role in the country’s progress.” Former FATA lawmaker Munir Orakzai said, “Today Pakistan needs to focus on a single word ‘peace’ and the way JUI-F chief is doing work to create harmony and peace in the country is appreciable and we must follow and support him to create a better Pakistan.” Muhammad Aslam, who came to attend the gathering from Muzaffargarh, said; “We are very happy and I think we need to give time to JUI-F chief so that Pakistan can work more properly than any other.”
TTP attack kills two in Bannu BANNU INP
As many as two people were killed and six others, including former MPA Wazir Janikhel, were injured in a blast on Sunday. According to details, unidentified terrorists targeted the former KP MPA in FR Bannu when he was on his way to address an election campaign gathering. Two people were killed on the spot while six others including the former lawmaker, his aide Malik Khaqan and police constable Wasim were injured. The injured were rushed to
Bannu Hospital for treatment from where seriously injured people were referred to Peshawar. The banned terrorist outfit Tehreeke-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the bomb attack near an election rally in Bannu and for Saturday’s suicide attack in Mardan which had claimed the life of a policeman. TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said that the banned organisation was behind the remote-controlled bomb attack in Bannu which had targeted the Awami National Party (ANP) leader. Meanwhile, unidentified terrorists bombed Wali Ayaz Primary School in
Mandan. However, no causalities were reported as nobody was present at the time of the explosion. Separately, the police foiled a terror bid after defusing a suicide jacket in Akhwan Baba locality of Mardan. According to Parhoti Police Station House Officer (SHO) Nihar Khan, they received a tip-off regarding the presence of the suicide jacket in Akhwan Baba. Heavy contingents of police reached the scene along with the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) and defused the jacket. The TTP also claimed responsibility for the Mardan attack.
Lahore to emerge as a key battleground news analysis NADEEM SYED
With PML-N President Nawaz Sharif and PTI Chairman Imran Khan and Javed Hashmi filing nomination papers on Sunday, Lahore is likely to emerge as an important battleground. Nawaz, setting his eyes on the future parliament after staying away from for 13 years, has filed his nomination papers from NA-120 Lahore. He is also contesting polls from NA-68 Sargodha. Former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif has picked a new constituency for himself and has filed nomination papers from N-129. He has also filed papers from PP-161 and PP159. Whereas, his son Humza Shahbaz has been awarded a ticket from his favourite constituency NA119. All these constituencies are Sharifs’
strongholds, but their long absence has marred their popularity. Bilal Yaseen contested from NA-120 last time and reportedly, the area people are not happy with him, accusing him of contributing nothing for the constituency in the last five years. Several former PML-N MNAs and MPAs faced similar allegations, making it even tougher for the Sharifs to convince the voters. Another important nomination came from Imran Khan who opted for NA-122 and NA-126 (Lahore). Interestingly, NA122, being another stronghold of the Sharifs, is considered to be a bit challenging for the PTI chairman. Another PTI leader Javed Hashmi has been awarded ticket from NA-118. The decision to field Hashmi from NA118 raised many eyebrows as party leaders are confused over Imran Khan’s this decision. In another interesting development, Ayesha Ahad, who claims to
IMRAN KHAN, JAVED HASHMI, NAWAZ SHARIF, SHAHBAZ SHARIF AND HAMZA FILE NOMINATION PAPERS FROM LAHORE CONSTITUENCIES be Hamza Shahbaz’s wife, decided to challenge Hamza from NA-119 and filed her papers. Another constituency that attracted a lot of political heavyweights apart from Imran Khan is NA-126. Liaquat Baloch, Shafqat Mahmood, Safraz Nawaz and Saeed Elahi have filed papers to contest polls from this constituency. PTI leader Shafqat Mahmood has also filed papers from NA-127.
Most surprisingly, Humayun Akhtar, filed nomination papers from seven constituencies, NA-118, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127 and NA-130. PML-N sources disclosed that Akhtar has less chances of getting a PML-N ticket or support. They are of the opinion that he could be accommodated outside Lahore. Similarly, another PML-Likeminded leader awaiting PML-N response is Hamid Nasir Chattha, but the party is not revealing its cards for Gujranwala Division. As such the things are not much hopeful for the Like-minded group which joined hands with Sharifs after defecting from the PML-Q. As opposed to Like-minded group, the Sharifs are more inclined to play ball with the Jamaat-e-Islami. The Sharifs are ready to support Liaquat Baloch from NA-126 and couple of more seats, if their talks with the JI leadership are fruitful.
Azmatullah, a resident of Okara, said, “We just want Islamic ideology and without it we cannot stand. We are under a lot of foreign pressure and it can be put aside if we have true feelings for our country and religion.”
Next Sindh CM will be ours, says Sattar MoNitoriNg Desk Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr Farooq Sattar on Sunday said next Sindh chief minister would be from his party. Addressing a public meeting in Naushero Feroz on Sunday, he said MQM was not juts a party of Karachi, as it had become a national party. He recalled that it was the Sindh Assembly that adopted the first resolution in favour of Pakistan. The MQM leader said his party would provide all basic needs, including health and education to masses free of cost, adding that those plotting against Sindh were conspiring against Pakistan.
Iraq attacks on security forces kill four BAgHDAD APP
Attacks mostly targeting security forces in and around Baghdad and in northern Iraq, one of them a suicide bombing, killed four people on Sunday, the latest in a spike in unrest ahead of elections. The suicide bomber blew up a car at a military checkpoint in Abu Ghraib, just west of the capital, killing two people and wounding 11, a security official and a medical source said. Among the victims were one soldier who died and four who were hurt. And on the capital’s northern outskirts, a magnetic “sticky bomb” attached to a car detonated near a checkpoint, killing the vehicle’s driver. Five shootings and bombings in Kirkuk and Mosul, both northern cities, killed one person and wounded six. All of the injured were policemen or soldiers. The attacks come ahead of provincial elections scheduled for April 20, due to be held in 12 of Iraq’s 18 provinces, the country’s first polls since a parliamentary vote in March 2010. But questions have been raised over the credibility of the polls as they have been postponed in two provinces roiled by months of protests, and 11 candidates have been killed, according to a tally.
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The PPP leadership is fleeing the country and is left with no one to lead the election campaign — Senator Mushahidullah Khan
‘ptI and power six weeks apart’ IMRAN KHAN SAYS WILL SPEND RS 2,500B TO BOLSTER EDUCATION IN THE COUNTRY sWAt
AKISTAN Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday said it was a matter of six weeks before the PTI would sweep elections, laying the foundations of a “new Pakistan”. Addressing a large public gathering in Swat, Khan said he had been voicing for a long time that military operations were not a solution to terrorism, adding that if voted into power, he would restore peace in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and FATA. “Those criticising me
PROMISES DEPOLITICISATION OF POLICE, RESTORATION OF PEACE IN TRIBAL AREAS in the past are now talking my language,” he added. “They called me Taliban Khan, and said I was a terrorist. Eventually they have been forced to accept that violence is not the answer,” he said. He said PTI had worked out a political solution to the plague of terrorism which will be implemented through the support of the people from the tribal belt. Khan said people of the tribal region were patriotic and had rendered numerous sacrifices for peace. He said the youth will have to make a new Pakistan, adding that PTI would spend Rs 2,500 billion on education if voted into power. He promised to rid police from po-
transparent and peaceful polls govt’s top priority: Sethi isLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Punjab caretaker Chief Minister (CM) Najam Sethi said the top priority of the provincial caretaker setup was to conduct elections in a peaceful and transparent manner. Presiding a high level meeting on law and order at the CM Secretariat, Sethi reviewed security measures for the upcoming polls in detail. He directed police to take all necessary steps for further improving law and order. He said protection of life and property of people is the responsibility of police and it should utilise all its energies and resources for curbing crime and ensuring civic peace. He directed the concerned authorities to further improve their intelligence sharing network. The home secretary, police inspector general and other senior police officers were present at the meeting. Sethi said effective security measures will be adopted for public meetings and rallies of political parties. Sethi further said he believed in maintaining good working relations with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), adding that all issues will be resolved with consensus. The CM said his cabinet will comprise eight members, all neutral and non-partisan technocrats. Talking to a TV channel, Sethi said he would be all ears to positive criticism.
litical pressure so that they are able to perform their duties impartially. The PTI chief said the reign of traditional parties was over. He said his party would distribute party tickets on merit and 25 percent of all tickets would be given to candidates under the age of 35. Khan repeated his six promises, which he had presented during the mammoth rally in Lahore on March 23. Khan said he would save public’s wealth and spend money on welfare projects instead of saving it in offshore bank accounts. No influential person would get advantage in PTI’s government, he added. He further said people had reservations over distribution of party tickets. “Only one thing can defeat PTI in the upcoming elections and that would be awarding party tickets to the wrong people. We will give tickets on merit,” he assured the crowd. Khan said he would
personally be overlooking the parliamentary board’s business to ensure that tickets are awarded on merit. Khan said apart from PTI, there are no other democratic political parties in Pakistan. “They are all family dynasties,” he added. Khan said he would leave no stone unturned to restore honour and respect of Pakistanis across the globe, adding that he would not carry a begging bowl for Pakistan. “Pakistan will become a state where people come from abroad in search of employment,” he said. It was a matter of weeks, said Khan, before the PTI is voted into power to rid the nation from massive corruption. He said police personnel deputed for Nawaz Sharif’s family were more than the security of the American President. Khan expressed optimism saying people would not leave him alone in this battle against status-quo forces and vowed to materialise the dream of a ‘New Pakistan’.
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uK refuses visas to senators on blue passports ISLAMABAD: The United Kingdom (UK) embassy refused issuing private visas to Pakistani senators on their blue passports, saying that private visas can be issued only on green passports, Pakistan Today has learnt. Sources privy to the Senate of Pakistan said Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Rukhsana Bangash, along with a couple of other senators, had applied for personal visas for UK on their diplomatic blue passports. The embassy, however said since an interim government was now functioning in the country, a diplomatic visa could not be issued to the particular senators. Elaborating further, the diplomatic mission clarified that if the senators were interested in visiting UK, they should apply for visas on their green passports. According to Pakistani law, an individual can hold only one passport at a time; meaning thereby that the concerned senators will have to abandon their blue passports to acquire green ones. Sources said Senator Bangash has applied for cancellation of her blue passport to acquire a green one, following the embassy’s directives. ANWER ABBAS
eCP urges law enforcers to protect voters ECP OFFICIAL SAYS THOSE DISPLAYING WEAPONS DURING ELECTIONS WILL BE SENT TO JAIL isLAMABAD ANWER ABBAS
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Additional Secretary Afzal Khan on Sunday urged law-enforcement agencies to provide security to the voters to hold upcoming elections successfully. Talking to reporters, Khan urged the security and law enforcement agencies to keep the anti-democracy elements under tight observation, as they vowed to harm the current democratic system and wanted to derail democracy. Khan said that no one could win election at gunpoint, adding that only those candidates securing highest number of votes would win this time.
Khan warned that those displaying weapons during elections would be sent to jail. He said by 4pm on last day, the commission had received 5,745 nomination papers. Of these, 2,546 have been completed and hoped that the scrutiny of all papers would be completed within seven days. Meanwhile, the ECP extended the deadline for candidates to file nomination forms till midnight. Earlier, candidates were told to file their nomination forms until 4pm. The ECP will start scrutiny of the nomination papers from today (Monday) and has asked different organisations to provide a list of those defaulting on their dues. The ECP had earlier revised the schedule for the general elections, setting a new deadline of March 31 for submitting nomination papers. In the second phase, the ECP would carry out the scrutiny of nomination papers from April 1 to 7. The ECP has set April 10 deadline for
the filing of appeals against decisions of the returning officers rejecting or accepting the nomination papers. The election tribunals will decide the fate of these appeals by April 17. The candidates will be allowed to withdraw their nominations by April 18. After a thorough scrutiny, the ECP will publish the final revised list of candidates on April 19 which will follow the holding of elections on May 11, according to the schedule. Meanwhile, in a notification, the ECP has asked the Water and Power Development Authority, Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited, Sui Southern Gas Pipeline Limited, the National Telecommunication Cooperation, Ministry of Housing and Works and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to provide details of defaulters. The notification has also been forwarded to the administrations of the Punjab House, KPK House, Sindh House and Balochistan House to provide details of those owing amounts. Moreover, the private utility organisations have also been asked to provide list
of defaulters as it would help the ECP for the scrutiny of the nomination papers of the candidates. Complying with the directions of the Lahore High Court, directing that the names of candidates should be included/ transferred even after the announcement of the election schedule, the ECP has directed regional/district election commissioners (registration officers) to either enter or transfer their names in the voter list of any constituency of their choice. The extracts will be issued to such applicants on showing the receipt of filing the nomination papers. Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice President Shah Mahmood Qureshi also visited the commission to file the list of primary and potential candidates of his party for the minority seats. Another list for the primary and potential candidates for the same minority seats was filed by the Jamaat-e-Islami. Imtiaz Alam, the returning officer for the minority seats, told Pakistan Today that almost all major political parties have submitted lists.
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Scrutiny of nomination papers will be done on merit. – ECP Additional Secretary Afzal Khan
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HE Christian community in Pakistan celebrated Easter the resurrection of Jesus Christ with special prayer ceremonies held in all churches across the country. The day started with special religious rituals, prayers and exchange of greetings with messages of goodwill and prosperity while the government made special security arrangements around churches as well as the religious gathering of Christians, PTV reported. Easter Sunday is typically the most well-attended Sunday service of the year for Christian churches, as Christians hold prayers and special ceremonies to mark the Easter week. The Friday before Easter Sunday is observed as a mourning day on which the Jesus died, on Good Friday, while Easter Sunday is celebrated as "Jesus resurrected on Easter Sunday". Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion, Christians believe. His resurrection is celebrated on Easter Day or Easter Sunday (also Resurrection Day or Resurrection Sunday). Easter marks the end of Lent, a 40day period of fasting, and the last week of the Lent is called Holy Week which contains Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Easter customs vary across the Christian world, but decorating Easter eggs is a common motif. In the Western world, customs such as egg hunting and Easter Bunny extend from the domain of church, and often have a secular character. Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso felicitated the Christian community across the world, including those residing in Pakistan on the blessed occasion of Easter. In his special message, the PM said the festival reminded us of our commitment to share our joys with others and build a better world through promotion of peace, interfaith dialogue and harmony. The prime minister said establishing a world free of terror, intimidation, violence, hunger and poverty was a shared goal of the entire humanity towards which we should all strive.
rivals kill bridegroom in Hafizabad
President Asif Ali Zardari has also felicitated Christians around the world, particularly in Pakistan, on the occasion. The president emphasised upon
greater and concerted efforts for promoting peace, tolerance and inter-faith harmony. The president reiterated assurance
Two FC personnel injured in Quetta blast
Wedding celebrations turned into mourning when opponents shot dead a bridegroom on Sunday. According to details, Abdul Jabbar, a resident of Premkot, had been earning his livelihood in Greece and had returned home a few days back to tie the knot. As the family, relatives and other people were ready to proceed to the bride’s home, his opponents Iqbal and Anwar approached them and opened fire, killing him on the spot. The two groups were at daggers drawn as the accused had filed a case of moral wrongdoings against the deceased a few years back. Police reached the crime scene and sent the body to district headquarters hospital for autopsy.
Christians celebrate easter across the country
Two security personnel from the Frontier Corps (FC) were injured in a blast at Qambrani Road in Sariab area of the city on Sunday. According to police, two vehicles of FC were on routine patrolling when some unknown people used
a remote-controlled device to detonate an explosive planted on the roadside. Muhammad Nawaz and Muhammad Saleem were injured following the explosion while the vehicles were severely damaged also. Police and FC personnel rushed to the spot, cordoned off the area and detained a few suspected
persons. According to Bomb Disposal Squad, the bomb was locally manufactured and two-and-a-half kilogrammes of explosive contents were used in it. The injured personnel were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta for treatment where their condition was reportedly out of danger.
Haj corruption mere allegations: Abdul Qadir MULtAN APP
Former MNA and son of former PM, Syed Abdul Qadir Gilani, on Sunday said he was in no way not part of the Hajj corruption scandal and such news was mere allegations. Talking to the reporters after submitting
nomination papers for NA-151 at district courts, Abdul Qadir said he would never leave the country. He said he was contesting elections from the constituency from where his father Yousaf Raza Gilani was elected MNA in last general election. He said the public would not reject them in the elections, as they completed various development projects while in office.
that the government would continue safeguarding the rights of minorities, as enshrined in the Constitution, including their right to profess and practise their
religion. He paid tribute to Christian brethren and termed them law abiding and loyal citizens.
Miscreants disrupt power supply to 17 Baloch districts QUettA STAFF REPORT
Miscreants in Balochistan blew up four power pylons of 220KV on Sunday, suspending supply of electricity to forty seven grid stations across the province. According to reports, the explosion caused damage to at least four power pylons and cut electricity supply to seventeen dis-
tricts. QESCO sources said that it would take some time to erect new pylons and efforts were being made to restore supply through alternative arrangements. It is worth mentioning that Balochistan Liberation Army and other militant elements usually carry out such activities to force political parties to boycott elections.
egypt closes alexandria airport after staff protest on runway CAIRO: Egypt closed Alexandria's airport, the second biggest in the country, on Sunday after police officers staged a protest on the runway to demand better pay. The officers, who do passport control and security work, held a sit-in on the runway at El-Borj airport on the Mediterranean coast to demand that authorities share with them airport fees slapped on passengers. APP
Vibrant media, independent judiciary provide hope for people: JI chief MOnItORIng DESk: Jamaat-eIslami chief Syed Munawwar hassan has said that elections under a vibrant media, the ECP and judiciary gave a ray of hope to the people of the country. Talking to Pakistan Today Editor Arif Nizami in his SAMAA TV programme Zer-e-Behas, Hassan said, “This is a blessing. If elections are not held a cosmetic leadership will emerge with no
vision. Elections are only option to come out of such situation.” To a question whether the elections would be able to give hope to the people, Hasan said the party that governed the country merely in the name of democracy for the last five years and violated Supreme Court’s orders did not represent democracy. “Ignoring unanimous resolutions of parliament is not democ-
racy. People are against democracy because the democratically-elected government failed in curbing drone attacks. Innocent people are being killed.” Asked if the core issue was economic disparity, the JI chief said, “People have seen the real face of the rulers in the last five years.” To a question that could religious parties gather at a single platform, he said the divide
between the religious parties was temporary and “you will see after elections that they will work together again, irrespective of the results”. Asked to suggest how many seats could the JI win in the coming polls if seat adjustment was not achieved, Hassan said it would be hard to take a guess, as the JI had not gone to polls independently since 1970. The JI chief said the US wanted
to impose its hegemony in the region and we had to fight its designs. Asked about the debate over articles 62 and 63, he said political parties should field candidates that fulfilled the criteria therein, or else these parties should be banned by the ECP. To a question on the impartiality of the caretaker setup, Hassan said those who appointed the setup should answer that question.
pMl-N names candidates for reserved seats LAHore RANA HAIDER
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on Sunday named its candidates for the Punjab and National Assembly seats. The PML-N candidates for non-Muslims’ reserved seats for the Punjab provincial assembly include Khalil Tahir Sindhu, Isphandyar Bhandara, Tariq Gill, Shakeel Ivan, Ramesh Singh and Shehzad Munshi. A total 10 names have been nominated by the PML-N. The party’s nominees for women’s seats in Punjab are Zakia Khan, Kiran Dar, Asma Mamdoot, Nasreen Nawaz, Uzma Zaeem Qadri, Shaheen Ashfaq, Shaheen Shafiq, Parveen Akhtar, Saba Sadiq, Shah Jahan Billay, Rukhsana Kokab, Mehwish Sultan, Farzana Butt, Sumaira Sami Ch, Shameela Aslam, Sultana Shaheen, Naseem Lodhi, Farhana Afzal, Joyce Rofin Julius and Ayesha Javed. The PML-N candidates for women’s reserved seats in the National Assembly are Anusha Rahman, Zaib Jaffar, Tahira Aurangzeb, Parveen Masood Bhatti and Ayesha Raza.a
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There are no differences among the party leadership over the issue of nominations during forthcoming polls – PLB information secretary Ahmed Fahim
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eCp initiates measures for transparency during polls kArACHi
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HE Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is all prepared to initiate series of measures for enhancing transparency and public confidence in the general elections scheduled for May 11. The initiatives to be introduced at polling stations in the upcoming elections include the use of electoral rolls with voters’ photographs, new counting forms
and tamper-evident bags. It is with the support of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) that training programme for master trainers, ultimately paving way to train polling staff for the May 11 general elections have already been started. According to an ECP official, efforts are underway to train over 700,000 presiding officers, assistant presiding officers and polling officers who will be engaged on May 11 throughout the
country. These measures are also complementary to new counting forms that will enable much greater transparency on voter turnout. The introduction of tamperevident bags for transporting these forms will help deter fraud and increase public confidence. Some 600,000 tamper-evident bags are being provided by UNDP to the ECP for these elections. With the support of UNDP, ECP has also launched a voter education campaign targeted at inclusion of youth and women as well as a new
election results management system for upcoming national and provincial elections. An UNDP official said the agency was providing assistance to the Election Commission of Pakistan in collaboration with UN women and the UN office for Project Services (UNOPS) in areas such as training, results management and voter education. This is through a three year electoral cycle support project supported by the governments of Australia, Norway and the European Union.
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Complainant in rape case succumbs to wounds gHOtkI: The youth set on fire by gang rape accused expired in hospital on Sunday. Police arrested four of the accused. According to details, Gyan Chand hailing from the Hindu community lodged a case against Sunil and his accomplices who gang raped his aunt after kidnapping her in Khanpur Mehr area of Ghotki. The accused repeatedly threatened and pressurized Gyan to withdraw the case but he insisted to get criminal proceedings initiated against them. Six accused after failure to reach an agreement over the issue, abducted Gyan Chan and set him on fire after sprinkling petrol and fled the scene. The scorched youth was rushed to Sukkur Hospital in serious condition where he breathed his last. After President Asif Ali Zardari took the notice of inhuman incident, police intensified the investigation and arrested four accused while raids for their two accomplices were underway. INP
don’t display arms: IGp kARACHI: Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Shahid Nadeem Baloch has issued directive to all range DIGs and district SSPs to ensure implementation of Section 144 CrPC regarding ban on carrying and display of arms. A police spokesman said on Saturday the directives to this effect were issued following the notification by the provincial home department cancelling all permits to carry weapons of all kinds. APP
Fahim looks for clean sweep in elections kArACHi INP
Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPP-P) President Makhdoom Amin Fahim has claimed that his party has strong vote bank and reputed candidates are contesting general elections from its platform, therefore, it would surely gain success with majority. Talking to media persons on Sunday, Makhdoom Amin Fahim said PPP-P election campaign was in full swing and those who predicted its defeat in polls live in fool’s paradise. He said PPP-P is an ideological party and masses had trust in its leadership. It had nominated well
reputed candidates, therefore, it would sweep the elections on the basis of its five-year services
rendered for the masses and being first democratic party to complete its tenure in the history of Pakistan. Political rivals were leaving no stone unturned to defame PPP and all conspiracies were being hatched against them but the party would emerge victorious, he said. Through its reconciliation politics, the PPP took along all the allied parties having different ideologies which proved only this party can resolve the problems faced by the masses, he maintained. Makhdoom Amin Fahim said PPP was still favourite and the most popular political party across the country and that results of general polls would substantiate his argument.
beach cleaning activity organised at Sea View kARACHI: A beach cleaning activity was organised at the Sea View on Sunday under the auspices of the Al Baraka Bank Pakistan Limited as part of its corporate social responsibility. Over 400 concerned citizens including men, women and children participated in the drive towards a better and cleaner environment. A statement issued on Sunday said the event was part of the effort to raise awareness for a cleaner and healthier environment and to promote an attitude of responsibility among its employees, youth, friends and families. The drive started from the Floating Ship early in the morning to pick up trash and clean the way towards a posh food outlet at Sea View while spread awareness about the importance of keeping the beach clean. APP
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ppp founding member, Q’s leader join apMl kARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) founding member and former MPA Sindh, Muhammad Bukhsh Lashari, and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PMLQ) Youth Wing president, Ali Shah, have announced to join former Pervez Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League (APML). In a statement issued on Sunday, the APML spokesperson said both the leaders met with the former president and announced to join his party along with their ‘thousands’ of workers and supporters. Musharraf welcomed the leader and said his party would strengthen with the inclusion of senior politicians, the statement said. Lashari said APML was the only party and Musharraf was the only leader who can get the country out of the present crises. INP
abandoned baby handed over to childless couple
KARACHI: Activists of Balochistan Human Rights Organisation protest against terrorism in Balochistan outside the press club.
dahiris quit pMl-N, join ppp FARYAL TALPUR SAYS BILAWAL NOT ANGRY WITH ANYONE nAWABSHAH: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders from Nawabshah Khan Muhammad Dahiri and Bahadur Dahiri announced their decision to join the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Sunday. Speaking to media persons, PPP leader Faryal Talpur said Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was not angry with anyone and he would return to Pakistan soon. She said that disgruntled party leaders would be pacified soon. Khan Muhammad would be the party candidate for PP-28, she added. To a question, she said Bilawal was on a routine visit aboard. INP
police kill three in shootout OVER 250 SUSPECTS HELD IN TARGETED OPERATION kARACHI: Police claimed to have killed three suspects on Sunday during a shootout near Northern Bypass. According to SSP Investigation Unit, one of the suspects identified as Dr Daud Gishkori was the mastermind of kidnapping for ransom while his accomplices were identified as Ali Mallah and Akhtar Sial. The officer said heavy cache of arms was also recovered from the possession of the accused. On the other hand, Rangers arrested more than 250 suspects during a ‘targeted’ operation in Baldia Town on Sunday. In the same area, a school principal was killed and scores of others were injured when a low intensity blast hit a private school on Saturday. Officials said Rangers closed entry and exit points in Baldia Town and searched suspected houses earlier Sunday morning and arrested some 250 people. Rangers claimed to have seized a large quantity of illegal arms during the operation. Meanwhile, IG Police Sindh issued directive to ensure ban on carrying and displaying of arms. INP
Cantt Station blast to remain a mystery for good LABORATORY TESTS HAVE TWICE FAILED IN DETECTING THE CHEMICAL MATERIAL USED IN THE EXPLOSION kArCHi AAMIR MAJEED
HE mystery behind a powerful explosion in an interprovincial passenger bus that, had claimed lives of seven people and injured 50 others, would remain a mystery as the forensic test of swab samples collected from the site of the blast, proved unsuccessful in detecting whether it was a terrorist attack or an accident. Explosion in an inter-provincial bus at Cantt Station was a challenge for experts and the forensic testing unit, but neither the experts nor laboratory instruments could prove that whether it was a terrorist attack or otherwise. However, the investigation team believed that a remote controlled explosive device was used in carrying out this attack, but they did not have any solid evidence to support their theory. Initial reports regarding the incident mentioned that the blast occurred after the CNG cylinder of the ill-fated bus exploded, but when the transporters claimed that inter-provincial buses avoided using CNG due to unavailability of CNG stations at Superhighway, the reports were thwarted. Afterwards investigators said that the compressor of the bus could have exploded but later the compressor was found to be intact. Finally, they said
that the explosion was carried out through a remote controlled device but nothing had been proved so far. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) was the only one which challenged the other investigation team’s statements and said that some kind of chemical explosive material was used in the explosion, but the agency also failed to prove its claims. “We have sent the swab samples that were collected from the affected bus to Islamabad two times for forensic tests but we are still clueless about the cause of the explosion,” a FIA official told Pakistan Today. “FIA sent swab samples to Islamabad for the first time immediately after the explosion for forensic tests, but the results of the test could not prove the makeup of the explosive material used in the explosion,” the official said, adding that after receiving the first forensic result, the FIA again inspected the bus and later send a few more swab samples for laboratory testing to Islamabad, but again the laboratory tests could not detect the kind of explosive material. “The ill-fated bus had caught fire after the explosion and later the fire brigade extinguished the fire, while also washing away the evidence,” the FIA official claimed. “Explosive material was certainly used in the blast because the impact of the explosion and the smell that prevailed afterwards, suggested that a planted device had been used in this terror attack,” he
reiterated. “Yes it was a terrorist attack which was carried out by using a some kind of a chemical,” Criminal Investigation Department (CID) AntiExtremist Cell (AEC) chief SSP Chaudhry Aslam told Pakistan Today. “In our report, we suggested that a particular type of chemical was used in carrying out this terrorist attack,” CID AEC chief added. “We are trying to trace out people who were involved in this terrorist attack but until today we could not make any laudable achievement in this case,” he said. When CID AEC chief was asked that what type of chemical could have been used in this explosion, he was found answerless. “If forensic tests of the swab samples failed in detecting the explosive material, then this would be the fault of those officials who had collected the samples from the spot,” ex-Special Investigation Unit (SIU) chief and head of CID Functional Crime Unit (FCU) Raja Umar Khitab said. “It is no excuse that the fires brigade washed away evidence while extinguishing the fire,” CID FCU chief said, adding that there must be some parts of the bus which might not have captured fire or the body parts of the bus which were spread across in the locality following the blast could have been used for swab sampling.” “My experience suggest that the explosion was carried out with a remote controlled device,” Khitab said, adding that, “I will not say that it was the fault of the forensic laboratory which could not detect the explosive material, but I would like to challenge the experts of the FIA team that have collected swab samples.”
kARACHI: An `unwanted baby’ recovered from a garbage dump was handed over to a childless married couple. Chhipa Welfare Association (CWA) announced this in a statement on Sunday. It said the couple vowed to provide best possible opportunities and means to the child for his upbringing and education. The child was handed over to Nadeem Bilal and his spouse, it was further pointed out. CWA patron-in-chief Ramzan Chhipa took oath from the couple that they would never allow the baby to feel as unwanted. He also reiterated his appeal that unwanted child should not be killed or thrown onto the garbage, He must be placed in the Chhipa Cradle, the CWA statement added. APP
MQM submitted memorandum to uN for record
SUkkUR: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Deputy Convener Dr Farooq Sattar said on Sunday that his party had submitted a memorandum to the United Nations against delimitations of Karachi constituencies for the record. Speaking to media at the airport, the MQM leader said that Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) former chairperson Benazir Bhutto had also been writing letters to the UN regarding their political affairs. He termed the delimitations of Karachi constituencies as a conspiracy to divide the MQM vote bank. Sattar expressed his hope that MQM would get justice as it had moved the high court over the delimitation. INP
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My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular. — Adlai Stevenson
Monday, 1 April, 2013
pope prays for peace in Syria, Korea on first easter VAtiCAN CitY
OPE Francis prayed for a "political solution" in Syria and for "reconciliation" on the Korean peninsula in his first Easter Sunday message in front of a crowd in St Peter's Square. Latin America's first pontiff also issued an appeal for hostages held in Nigeria and condemned human trafficking as "the most extensive form of slavery in this 21st century". Pope Francis also reached out in friendship to “so many Muslim brothers and sisters” during a procession dedicated to the suffering of Christians from terrorism, war and religious fanaticism. Francis, who became pope just over two weeks ago, chose, however, to stress Christians’ positive relations with Muslims in the region in his brief comments. Standing on a platform overlooking the procession route, Francis recalled Benedict XVI’s 2012 visit to Lebanon when “we saw the beauty and the strong bond of communion joining Christians together in that land and the friendship of our Muslim brothers and sisters and so many others”. “That occasion was a sign to the Middle East and to the whole world, a sign of hope,” he said. The former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio long cultivated warm relations with Muslim leaders in his native Argentina. In one of his first speeches as pope, he called for the church and the West to “intensify” ties with the Muslim world.
MaNdela SpeNdS FourtH day IN HoSpItal, treated For pNeuMoNIa JOHannesBURG: Nelson Mandela remained in hospital for a fourth day Sunday after South African officials said he was making steady progress following treatment for a recurrence of pneumonia. The frail 94-year-old, one of the towering figures of modern history, was admitted late Wednesday for his third hospitalisation in four months. Doctors drained a build-up of fluid, known as a pleural effusion or “water on the lungs”, that had developed from the lung infection. “This has resulted in him now being able to breathe without difficulty,” President Jacob Zuma’s office said in a statement on Saturday. On Sunday morning, Zuma’s spokesman said it was too early for another an update on the anti-apartheid icon’s health. “I have no update to issue this morning. It’s too early. I don’t even know how he spent the night,” Mac Maharaj told AFP. “I have said he is responding (to treatment), making steady progress.” It was unclear how long South Africa’s first black president would remain hospitalised. Mandela’s recent health troubles have triggered an outpouring of prayers but have also seen South Africans come to terms with the mortality of the revered Nobel Peace Prize winner. APP
at leaSt 12 KIlled IN MexICaN buS CraSH MeXiCO CiTy: At least 12 people died when a bus and a car collided in a mountainous part of the western Mexican state of Veracruz on Saturday evening, local emergency services said. The accident near the town of Naolinco sent the bus tumbling down a slope some 200300 meters (650-1000 feet), and left at least 15 passengers injured, a local official said. Emergency services believe there were 27 people travelling on board the bus, the official added. The crash occurred at a bend in the road in foggy conditions, and preliminary evidence suggested the driver of the car that hit the bus fled the scene, he said. Lethal traffic accidents are common on Mexican roads, claiming hundreds of lives a year. Last April at least 43 people were killed when a cargo truck hit a bus in Veracruz state. APP
VaTiCan CiTy: Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi blessing for Rome and the world from the balcony of st. Peter's Basilica after the easter Mass. AGENCIES
ten dead in floods in Mauritius: police
Indonesian president takes reins of crisis-hit party JAkArtA APP
Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono took full control of the ruling Democratic Party Sunday in a bid to salvage its tumbling popularity ahead of elections in 2014. Yudhoyono, 63, who is the party's founder and heads its executive body and advisory board, cemented his position as its most powerful member by being chosen as chairman at a party congress in Bali on Saturday. He replaces former chairman Anas Urbaningrum, who resigned in February after being named as a suspect by the Corruption Eradication Commission.
YAngOn: Myanmar President U Thein Sein has formed a 10-member Central Management Committee for Emergency Period to tackle the current rioting in some places in the country, the President Office said in a statement on Sunday. The committee was established with Home Minister Lieutenant- General Ko Ko as its chairman, Minister at the President's Office U Aung Min as vice-chairman and Police Chief Brigadier-General Kyaw Kyaw Tun, who is also deputy home minister, as secretary. Other members include three other ministers. The committee is tasked with ensuring effective cooperation between the security forces and regional governments in making swift response to riots, preventing sectarian and religious riots and exposing main instigators. According to the police, 68 suspects linked with riots in townships in Mandalay and Bago west region had been arrested. NNI
Syrian rebels behead pro-gov't imam in aleppo
S african anti-poacher chopper crash kills five
JOHannesBURG: A South African military helicopter crashed during an anti-rhino poaching patrol over Kruger National Park, killing five people, the army said on Sunday. "The helicopter was on a scheduled aerial patrol of the Kruger National Park as part of Operation RHINO, the anti-rhino poaching operation," Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga said in a statement. "A preliminary investigation is currently under way to establish the sequence of events that led to the fatal crash of the helicopter," he said, adding that the accident occurred on Saturday. The craft was an Agusta 109 deployed to Kruger, a huge game reserve in the north of the country, by the military, which has been assisting rangers in the fight against rhino poaching. Poaching figures have reached alarming levels. Only 13 rhinos were killed in 2007 but 188 have already been slain since the start of 2013, 70 percent of them in Kruger, according to Environment Ministry figures released on March 28. APP
Armed rebels beheaded a pro-government Muslim imam in Syria's northern province of Aleppo, state media said. After beheading Sheikh Hasan Saif Addien, the armed groups hanged his head atop the minaret of al-Hasan Mosque in the strategic town of Sheikh Maksoud in northern Aleppo, the report said. Some pro-government media accused al Qaedalinked Nusra Front of killing the imam whose lectures and preaches had focused on national unity and denounced the "huge conspiracy" plotted against Syria. Arabi Press' website said the rebels stormed Sheikh Maksoud but were later driven out by the Syrian army. Attacks on pro-government clerics have recently become rampant in the rebels' twoyear-old revolt against President Bashar al- Assad. On March 21, prominent Muslim scholar Mohammad Saed Ramadan al- Bouti and his grandson, along with 49 others, were killed by a suicide bomber who detonated himself inside alEman Mosque in al-Mazraa neighborhood of the capital Damascus. The deadly blast also left more than 80 people injured.
That case was the latest in a wave of scandals which have seen several high-ranking party officials convicted for graft and named as corruption suspects in the past year. Yudhoyono said he was taking the reins as chairman in order to "save and consolidate" the party. "This position I am going to take is temporary, and only in the process to save and consolidate the party," Yudhoyono told the congress following a consensus to appoint him. "If possible I would like to end this chairman post soon after the election ends, in about a year and a half from now," he added. Support for the Democratic Party, which has backed Yudhoyono in two successful presidential elections, has nose-dived following the graft cases but Yudhoyono himself remains popular.
MyaNMar ForMS CeNtral MaNaGeMeNt CoMMIttee to deal wItH rIotS
Port LoUis Ten people were killed in floods caused by sudden rains in Port Louis, the capital of the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, the police information centre said Sunday. Police said six bodies were found in a pedestrian subway. One body was found near the port and two more in an underground carpark, while one victim reportedly died of a heart attack as the flood waters rose. "At least 152 millimetres (six inches) of rain were recorded in the country in less than an hour and a half" on Saturday afternoon, a statement from the island's meteorological services said Sunday. Average rainfall for the entire month of March, the wettest month of the year, in Port Louis is around 220 millimetres. "We had forecast bad weather and rain, but not on that scale and not in such a short period of time," said Balraj Dumputh, the head of the meteorological service. People have been advised to stay at home Sunday as further torrential rain is expected. There has so far not been any official government reaction. Patrick Assirvaden, head of the ruling labour party, said: "It's unprecedented." He put the torrential rain down to "climate change" and said: "We have to adapt to this situation and to the damage caused by nature."
3 dead after building blaze in paris suburb AUBerViLLiers APP
Three people died and 13 were injured after a blaze broke out in a seven-storey building housing squatters in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers. The fire started late Saturday on the third floor of the building, forcing several people to jump out their windows in an attempt to escape the flames. One person died after jumping and another burned to death on the third floor. The third died in hospital. Four of the injured were in a serious condition, according to officials. The cause of the fire was not immediately known. A resident told journalists the blaze had broken out when someone threw a petrol bomb during a brawl between occupants but that account could not immediately be confirmed. Housing Minister Cecile Duflot, who travelled to the scene, said authorities had not been aware of any "particular warning signs" at the 1920s-era building. But Evelyne Yonnet, deputy mayor for housing in the suburb north of the French capital, said the building was "very badly managed" and had been inhabited by squatters.
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No influential person would get advantage in PTI’s government — Imran Khan
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Musharraf vows to change country’s destiny if elected rAWALPiNDi INP
Former president and chief of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf has claimed that he could change the destiny of the country if masses elected him through their vote by overwhelming majority. He stated this while talking to a private TV channel on Sunday. Musharraf was of the view that Pakistan was passing through critical juncture of its history and faced a “do or die” situation. According to him, this was the right time to stand up for change. Gen (r) Musharraf has received mixed response, most of which has been against him, since his arrival from the UAE. An unexpectedly low number of people welcomed the APML chief while he also faced a ‘shoe attack’ for the first time by a lawyer in the court. Earlier Pervez Musharraf’s nomination papers for National Assembly constituency NA-48 were filed by his counsel Ahmed Raza Kasuri in Islamabad. Musharraf has already filed nominations from Chitral and Karachi to contest National Assembly elections.
BannU: security officials inspect the damaged main gate of a school after unidentified person attacked the premises on sunday. INP
abbas and abdullah sign jerusalem protection pact MoNitoriNg Desk
Karzai meets Qatari leader for taliban discussion MoNitoriNg Desk
FGHAN President Hamid Karzai on Sunday held talks with the emir of Qatar during a visit to discuss opening a Taliban office in the Gulf state, as a prelude to possible peace negotiations with the militants. Karzai discussed issues of mutual interest with Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa alThani, the Qatari state news agency said. The Afghan president has been opposing a Taliban office in Qatar for fears that his government would be frozen out of any future peace deal involving the extremists and the US. The militants refuse to have direct contact with Karzai, saying he is a puppet of the United States, which supported his rise to power after the military oper-
ation to oust the Taliban from Kabul in 2001. But as the US-led NATO combat troops plan withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, Karzai has started backing the proposed office in Doha. Any future peace talks, however, face numerous hurdles before they begin, including confusion over who would represent the Taliban and Karzai’s insistence that his appointees should be at the centre of negotiations. “We will discuss the peace process, of course, and the opening of an office for the Taliban in Qatar,” presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi told a foreign news agency on Saturday. “If we want to have talks to bring peace to Afghanistan, the main side must be the Afghan government’s representatives — the High Peace Council, which has members from all the country’s eth-
nic and political backgrounds,” Faizi added. Kabul has repeatedly stressed that it will only start talks if the militants break all links with al Qaeda and give up violence, and Faizi said any Taliban office in Qatar must be subject to strict conditions. “It can only be an address where the armed opposition sit and talk to the Afghanistan government,” he said. “This office cannot be used for any other purposes.” Karzai met Qatari investors on Saturday evening and encouraged them to invest in the country as it works to secure stability before NATO-led combat forces withdraw next year. “The future of Afghanistan is guaranteed because our relations have expanded with America and other countries such as China, India and Russia,” he said according to an emailed statement.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordanian King Abdullah II have signed an agreement to “defend Jerusalem and its holy sites”, a foreign news agency said on Sunday. Abbas flew to Amman on Sunday to discuss religious issues with the Jordanian king, in a meeting attended by the religious affairs ministers of both the Palestinian Authority and Jordan. Palestinian Authority Religious Affairs Minister Mahmoud alHabash said Abbas and Abdullah discussed ways to coordinate in order to protect religious sites in Jerusalem — both Christian and Muslim. The agreement, he said, confirmed both Jordan’s role as protector of the city’s holy sites and “Palestinian sovereignty over all of Palestine, including its capital East Jerusalem.” On Friday, a leading Hebron cleric accused Israel of plotting to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and rebuilding the Jewish Temple on its ruins. He called US President Barack Obama’s statements — saying that Jerusalem is the Jewish capital — a “declaration of war” preparing the ground for the Judaization of all of Jerusalem, the eastern part of which is viewed by the Palestinians as their future capital. Last week, the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, proposed creating a $1-billion fund for the defense of Jerusalem’s Arab identity. He said Qatar would contribute $250 million to the fund, adding that he expected other Arab nations to come up with the rest. “The Palestinian, Arab and Muslim rights in Jerusalem are not negotiable and Israel must realise this,” said the emir.
Indian Army to upgrade entire fleet of infantry combat vehicles NeW DeLHi INP
India is undertaking an ambitious programme to upgrade its entire fleet of over 2,000 infantry combat vehicles with advanced weaponry and night-fighting capabilities, even as it inducts more T90S main-battle tanks, upgrades its T-72 fleet and plans a futuristic “smart” tank for battles beyond 2020. Army chief General Bikram Singh is pushing hard for speedy modernisation of the 1.13-million force, especially the fighting arms of infantry, artillery and mechanised forces, which had virtually stalled over the last few years due to shoddy management of procurement projects as well as bad blood between his predecessor Gen VK Singh and the Defence Ministry. The Army wants to bolster the “shock and awe” capabilities of its
mechanised forces, which includes 63 armoured corps regiments and over 30 mechanised infantry battalions, in tune with its war doctrine that lays stress on being prepared for high-intensity, fast tempo and short-duration battles. Both strategic mobility and enhanced firepower are required for rapid offensive thrusts into enemy territory. While infantry combat vehicles may be the slightly poorer cousins of tanks in terms of armour-protection and weaponry, they perform the critical task of carrying soldiers into the battle zone backed with fire support. Apart from being amphibious, they are also useful in urban combat and asymmetrical warfare. “The plan is to provide desired offensive capabilities to our BMP-II and BMP-IIK infantry combat vehicles, which can carry 10 soldiers, on three fronts: thermal imaging integration, armament upgrade and engine upgrade,” a
source said. Back-of-the-envelope calculations show the overall cost of this entire project could touch Rs 10,000 crore. The armament upgrade alone, for instance, would be worth over Rs 5,000 crore, with the BMPs to be equipped with two twin-missile launchers on each side, 2nd-generation-plus ATGMs (antitank guided missiles) and 30-mm automatic grenade launchers. “It also includes TIFCS (thermal imaging fire control systems) to increase accuracy of weapon systems and panoramic sights for the commanders to be able to look in all directions,” the source added. As for the armoured corps, they have already inducted around 800 of the planned 1,657 Russian-origin T-90S tanks and 124 indigenous Arjun tanks, apart from upgrading its old warhorse fleet of T-72 tanks.
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The process of seat adjustment with the Pakistan People’s Party has not yet been completed — Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain
ppp, not ptI, stands in pMl-N’s way: Mushahidullah LAHore INP
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Information Secretary Senator Mushahidullah Khan said Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), not Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), posed a real challenge to his party in the upcoming polls. Speaking to reporters after filing his daughter’s nomination papers on reserved women seats on Sunday, he said the PPP leadership was fleeing the country and the party was left without a leader to head its election campaign. He said PPP had no role in the country’s politics anymore. Responding to a question, he said PTI will find out the fate of its tsunami when people announce their verdict on May 11. Mushahidullah said PML-N had roots in the masses while PTI had taken birth only recently. He expressed confidence that Nawaz Sharif would be the next prime minister of the country.
ppp to double bISp grant if voted to power: Gilani MULtAN APP
Former prime minister (PM) Yousuf Raza Gilani said Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will enhance the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) amount from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000 if voted into power in the forthcoming elections. Addressing party workers on Saturday night, he said BISP was benefiting millions of poor families. He claimed the PPP would come out victorious in the upcoming polls for it had provided maximum relief to poor households. “PPP is a guardian of labourers’ and farmers’ rights,” said the former premier. National Assembly (NA) constituency NA-151 was a stronghold of PPP, he said, adding that PPP would launch its election campaign on April 8 from Rahim Yar Khan. The former PM’s son, Abdul Qadir Gilani, speaking on the occasion said PPP had always served the masses. He claimed PPP would defeat its opponents in elections with a considerable margin. Ali Musa Gilani, Aamir Dogar and hundreds of workers were also present on the occasion.
SC takes up Gilani’s review plea today isLAMABAD APP
Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has constituted a eight member special bench to hear former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s review petition against his disqualification today (Monday). According to the cause list of the premiere court, an eight-member special bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S Khwaja, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Justice Mian Saqib Niasr, Justice Amir Hani Muslim, Justice Sh Azmat and Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman will take up the case. The former premier had filed the review petition on February 2 this year, praying that his disqualification should be reviewed in the interest of justice, and the conviction be set aside. On April 26, 2012, a seven-member bench found Gilani guilty of contempt of court under Article 204 of the constitution read with Section 3 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003 for not implementing its ruling in the case against the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) for five years. On June 19, 2012, the Supreme Court had declared Gilani disqualified from holding a seat in parliament from the date of his conviction (April 26).
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jI never blamed for corruption in 65 years, says Hasan JI CHIEF URGES MEDIA TO EXPOSE THOSE WHO PLUNDERED NATIONAL EXCHEQUER AND VIOLATED ARTICLES 62 AND 63 kArACHi STAFF REPORT
VER a 1,000 Jamaat-eIslami (JI) leaders have been elected to the national and provincial assemblies during last 65 years but none of them has ever been involved in corruption, said JI chief Munawar Hasan. He was addressing a gathering on the occasion of Umeed-ePakistan Youth Convention organised by Shabab-e-Milli on MA Jinnah Road on Sunday. Addressing the occasion, Hasan appealed to the people to vote for the JI in order to make the future of the country, as JI was an only party which can change the destiny of the country and its people. “We are working for the deprived, needy, poor, downtrodden and for those people who have been affected from military operations,” he added. He urged the workers of Shabab-e-Milli to work day
and night in order to foster awareness among the people to come out on election day and vote for change. “The people should reject those in upcoming elections who push the country into the war on terrorism,” he added. The JI chief said that the plunderers after looting the national exchequer were jumping off ships before elections, with a view to repeat their practice again. He urged PTI Chairman Imran
Khan to be attentive before including those who left other parties in order to join the PTI for top party slots. He said media should expose those who plundered the national exchequer and violated the articles 62 and 63 of the constitution. He said that the MQM was not a political party, but a terrorist organisation which snatched the mandate of the people by force. Hasan rejected the delimitation
PPP getting weaker in president’s hometown shaheed Benazirabad kArACHi AFTAB CHANNA
While the Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) government, under its former cochairman President Asif Ali Zardari, completed its tenure successfully the party’s position in president’s hometown of Shaheed Benazirabad has reportedly weakened as those loyal to the party have been sidelined and replaced by new faces from the other parties. The hometown of the president, Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah), consists of two national assembly seats and four provincial assembly seats, all of which were won by the PPP in the 2008 general elections. NA 213 was won by PPP’s Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho who secured 108,404 votes while the runner-up, PML-Functional’s Syed Zahid Hussain Shah secured 47,127 votes. In NA-214 PPP’s Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah secured 81,194 votes while his runner up, PMLQ’s Khan Mohammad Dahri got 47,075 votes. The district also has five provincial
constituencies out of which PS-28 (Nawabshah V) was won by PPP’s Sardar Jam Tamachi with 33,243 votes while the runner-up from PML-Q secured 22,791 votes. PS-27 (Nawabshah IV) was won by PPP’s Ghulam Qadir Chandio who secured 40,464 votes and his runner-up Abdul Hafeez Unar from PML-Q got 10,725 votes. PS-26 (Nawabshah III) was won by PPP’s Faseeh Ahmed Shah who secured 38,762 votes while PML-Q’s Mumtaz Ali Jamali got 18,152 votes. PS-25 (Nawabshah-II) was won by PPP’s Ahmed Ali Jalbani who got 41,253 votes while the runner-up, PML-Q’s Ali Nawaz Brohi secured 12981 votes. PS24 (Nawabshah I) was won by Tariq Masood Arain with 36,232 votes while Abdul Rasheed of MQM secured 33,181 votes. Insiders in the parliamentary board of the PPP told Pakistan Today that president’s sister Faryal Talpur had negotiated with former education minister Sardar Khan Mohammad Dahri and PML-N central leader Dr Bahadur Dahri and had persuaded them to join PPP. She
promised tickets from NA-214 to Sardar Khan Mohammad Dahri and from PS28 (Nawabshah V) to Dr Bahadur Dahri. The sidelining of Samaat chief Sardar Jam Tamachi, who had also served as public accounts committee chairman, has created massive resentment among the people of Daulatpur. Jam Tamachi had been loyal to the PPP from the beginning of his political career since 1980s. PPP has also decided that NA213 will be contested by President Zardari’s sister Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho. It is believed that MQM’s candidate would win from PS-24 (Nawabshah-I) as he had lost in 2008 with a narrow margin of 3,000 votes. Sources said the party would introduce new faces on other seats as well, compelling PPP stalwarts to contest the elections independently. Furthermore, a tough competition is expected in PS-27 (Nawabshah IV) between Pakistan Muslim League-Functional’s (PML-F) young leader Ghulam Irtaza alias Shahrukh Unar who is a stronger candidate than PPP’s Ghulam Qadir Chandio.
of just 11 constituencies and said that it was just a sheer drama by the Election Commission of Pakistan to befool the Karachiites. Meanwhile, the JI chief praised the Taliban struggle in Afghanistan and said that the NATO forces have been defeated by the Taliban. Earlier, Muhammad Hussain Mahenti, Asadullah Bhutto, Azeem Baloch, Zubair Safdar and Ateequr Rehman spoke on the occasion.
two children killed in Nato air strike in Ghazni gHAZNi NNI
Two Afghan children were killed and seven civilians injured in a NATO air strike that also killed 12 Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Ghazni, said authorities. “NATO-led coalition forces launched an attack against Taliban along a road in Espand-de area outside the provincial capital Ghazni this morning,” Deputy Provincial Governor Mohammad Ali said. But the bombing also claimed the lives of two children and wounded seven others aboard two vehicles parked near the site, besides killing several insurgents, he said. Afghan President Hamid Karzai had issued an order on February 19, banning local security forces from calling coalition warplanes to carry out air strikes after one such strike killed 10 civilians including five children in eastern Kunar province last month. The deaths of Afghan civilians in NATO-led operations against Taliban have long been a contentious issue between the Afghan government and US and NATO forces in the country.
PPP needs aggressive campaign to win back nA-98 Gujranwala MIAN TARIQ, ASHRAF WARRAICH AND IQBAL GUJJAR ARE ASPIRING TO GET PML-N TICKET gUJrANWALA STAFF REPORT
NA-98 Gujranwala IV is an important constituency that highlights the vague position of the PPP even after the visit of President Asif Zardari to address the issues.
The party needs a strong campaign in the constituency. The president’s visit failed in removing the apprehensions of the aggrieved members who are switching to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. PPP Divisional President Abdullah Virk joined the PTI and his slot is still vacant. Warraich was assigned to consult the aggrieved members to remove their reservations, but to no avail. Further delay in completion of Khayali Flyover project has added to worries of the people which ultimately tarnished the repute of the PPP. During his tenure, Warraich failed to ensure the efficiency of the developmental work.
Despite a weak campaign, it is still not easy to defeat Imtiaz Safdar Warraich from his winning constituency while former PPP MPA Muhammad Arqam will again contest for the MPA slot. However, there is a communication between the PPP leadership and the voters in the constituency. On the other hand, wrangling to get the PML-N tickets is observed. The struggle of PML-N ticket aspirant Mian Tariq appears to be more effective as his brother Mian Mazhar Javaid is running an effective campaign by ensuring maximum interaction with the voters there. Ashraf Warraich is also hopeful to
get the PML-N ticket for MPA slot and has the support of Khurram Dastageer Khan. While Rana Bilal Ijaz was nominated for NA 98, but he refused as he is going to contest from NA-100 constituency. Iqbal Gujjar is also trying to test his mettle for MPA slot, but this will result in a splitting up of Gujjar vote bank in the constituency. The Jamaat-e-Islami cannot be ignored as their divisional head Bilal Qudrat Butt is also contesting. He scored 18,000 votes in 2008 elections. PTI’s Ishtiaq Safdar Tarrar and Rana Shahzad Hafeez are also trying their luck to make a difference.
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Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.–Winston Churchill
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of dreams and Islamic revival PTI, JUI-F stage mass rallies as campaigning turns ‘right’
HE election campaign is full steam ahead with two mass rallies catching the eye and ear on Sunday. While the Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) compounded around the Minar-e-Pakistan for its Islam Zindabad rally, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) held another large gathering in Swat to kick off its Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) election campaign. Both rallies were not short of numbers, however hallow the promises may appear to be. Imran Khan’s narrative began with what some media called an “I have a dream,” similar to Martin Luther King’s famous speech. But while King’s speech addressed the issue of racial equality, Imran’s continued to remind us of his single-minded obsession with his own self. Apparently he dreamt “four months ago that PTI had swept the general elections,” but it appears he did not dream much more. His concrete promises reminded much more of his past: to construct a hospital in KP like the much praised Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital (SMKH) in Lahore. His suggestion that his experience running SKMH was enough for him to fix the entire health system does not say much; but of course that is more experience than other contenders to the political throne. Imran’s basic rhetoric remains populist: denying MNAs/MPAs funds to dole out patronage and converting lavish governor houses into facilities for common people. The numbers at PTI rallies continue to impress and there are expectations that for once these may turn into votes on the ground. Similar may not be said of Fazlur Rehman’s party whose 100,000 strong showing of beards and turbans filling up the Minar-i-Pakistan, like he did the Quaid-e-Azam Mausoleum earlier in 2012, showed the rising strength of the religious right-wing to stake a claim in the political system and political process. Fazlur Rehman promised that the strong showing of his party showed that people must now turn to his party, in opposition to others, but apart from making some electoral gains in the KP, his party does not appear to be capable of staking an electoral dent. That does not mean, however, that it cannot produce mass gathering; as the thousands of Deobandi madrassas that have sprouted around the country in the last three decades form a ready cadre for the JUI-F and other right-wing groups. Though perhaps there are encouraging signs in the Deobandi turn to politics. Those sitting in JUI-F rallies today were considered the same people who would form the cadre of right-wing militant groups. If they wish to stake a claim in the political system, it must be encouraged, but with caution. “Islam Zindabad” is a slogan that has been tried before. Most notably in the Zia era – and if the right-wing gains political power through the ballot, and not the boot, there may be a repeat of the suffocation of the 1980s.
justice for Musharraf He must face the consequences of what he did
HAT goes around, comes around, or so is former military dictator Pervez Musharraf finding out within a week of his arrival back in the country he once ruled over with brute force for almost nine years. With what he did to others, including the then sitting prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, and later the justices of superior judiciary, the adage above seems to take on its literal meaning. On his part though, the former dictator is confident of his innocence, claiming that nothing would happen to him as the courts have nothing on him. One might ask him if that were the case, why he needed almost four years to prove his oft repeated slogan of “Pakistan first”. His arrival at the cusp of elections is another interesting point. While he might believe in democracy, as he so often claims, what the people of Pakistan remember him for is his dictatorial rule. His professing love for representative democracy may be a good thing, but then again he should first give himself up to the system and accept the justice it metes out to him for what he did during his rule. Other than his coup d’etat on the democratic system, he is believed to be involved in gross human rights violations, particularly in Balochistan, killing of Akbar Bugti, Laal masjid operation and illegal confinement of judges of superior judiciary among many others. Though he has been granted bail in the three cases he is facing in the courts, the Sindh High Court has ordered FIA to put his name on the Exit Control List, and asked Musharraf not to leave the country without permission. Talking to CNN the other day, after his appearance before the court, Pervez Musharraf said that he felt a little “insulted and humiliated” standing before a judge. One may remind the dictator of old that he must stop complaining now that the shoe is on another foot, man up and face the consequences of his deeds. He will get justice that he deserves; that’s one of the good aspects of democracy. Moreover, he should be mindful of what he did to Nawaz Sharif, whom he had handcuffed and put in shackles before being hurled out of the country after a farcical court case. And how can one forget how he treated the superior judiciary, which he put under illegal confinement after it didn’t acquiesce to his illegal demands. But if he really proves to be innocent, it would be interesting to see how much his political party, the APML, can affect elections, whether he would be able to sway the urban middle class, business community and expatriates, which form his hardcore supporters. If he does prove his innocence then perhaps bygones could really be bygones, but before any of that happens he must stand trial and be a man about that.
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Khan he keep the promises? What he cannot be faulted for is at least trying
T certainly helps that Imran Khan has had a distinguished cricket career and that his swansong was winning the World Cup in a ‘boyon-the-burning-deck’ avatar. The feat was like a fairytale rooted in one man’s belief to perform the mission impossible against all odds and its 21st anniversary last week would certainly have rekindled the fire as was evident at the rousing, if rain-drenched, National Day rally. Where cricket has helped Pakistan’s greatest captain is in doing the hard yards at 60 and keeping himself fresh: he still maintains physical fitness by workout and despite often falling short of required sleep or even happy meal hours thanks to unbearable demands placed by his party, he even keeps a steady stream of tweets going out on an average day — he has the highest number of followers for any Pakistani. It also works in his favour that he has tremendous self-belief — borne out of previous career or life-changing events when detractors laughed off his ambition(s) and he proved them wrong almost more often than not. In short, it is a bio well told to bear repetition. But his perseverance in guiding the PTI into a viable alternative entity against all odds and significantly, in defiance of established electoral politics in Pakistan deserves some credit. Last week he pressed home around 80,000 office bearers who were directly
elected by the members of PTI in an unprecedented, if long drawn out, intraparty polls, which were, again, deemed impossible by naysayers. The exercise was also reckoned to be counterproductive since it would bring fissures to the fore, resulting in disgruntled elements, especially those at the losing end, who would then switch party loyalty. In fact, Khan was seen as naïve to indulge in an exercise, that as well as virtually taking him into political hibernation while his rivals lapped up fair weather friends and forged alliances, was pregnant with the potential to disintegrate the party. However, what has happened is that despite the bickering and the odd desertion, PTI has rung a paradigm shift in how even ordinary people — including a village tailor — have been able to canvass and become office bearers on the strength of popular vote. The detractors are now struggling to explain the dénouement even as the party has survived dire predictions to sustain itself. Potential voters are bound to note this stark difference in how the PTI and the two mainstream parties — the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) — run the show. The PPP and PMLN have a strong dynastic make-up and it is well nigh inconceivable for them to pitch-fork a raw party worker for a parliamentary seat. PTI’s National Day outing was its first major show of force after a nearly five-month hiatus thanks to the intraparty polls during which critics had begun to wonder if its tremolo had waned to the effect that it was no longer a major player. But the road show has firmly put that speculation to rest. It was also the first public rally by any party after the announcement of the election date of May 11, and coming in the stronghold of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N, which is widely favoured in a slew of opinion polls to win the next elections, it is bound to set the stage alight. The PTI’s comeback weeks away from the election will certainly ignite the passion of its workers who are fresh from the net practice of having gone
through an extensive intra-party poll exercise. In the past, the lack of experience was a major chink. However, much as the average PTI activist or supporter believes, the party is far from having acquired the ability and capacity to “sweep” the polls — which its leader continues to harp on (more likely a studied tactic to keep the morale of party hopefuls high). While the PTI is generally assumed to have been able to force swathes of urban-based population particularly in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces to think along the lines of giving it a chance against the status quo parties, its singular failure has been to hit the straps in rural Pakistan, where over 60 per cent of voters reside. Perhaps, PTI has been hemmed in by the fact that rural Pakistan is still dominated by clan politics and financial/administrative muscle and that voting here is not driven by any notion of change. But this should not have been a deterrent, only a motivator, to try to nudge the rural folks however difficult. But it seems, like other contenders, the PTI, too, has concentrated its math on the 148 National Assembly seats on offer from Punjab — the corollary being that whoever controls Punjab is more than likely to claim a stake at the Centre, too. Perhaps, if the PTI had taken the intraparty poll drive to the rural areas right after its game-changing October rally in Lahore in 2011, it would have built enough momentum to rise as a truly national force by now. Currently, it has no support base in interior Sindh or Balochistan. Having said that, it is refreshing at times like these to have a status quo challenger who is at least walking the talk as was evident in some of the promises he made his compatriots. These may have seemed simple — the one about never lying with the nation even naïve to the wise heads of Pakistani politics — but when was the last time a Pakistani politician even made a trite attempt to establish a relationship with the awam? The writer is Editor Pique Magazine based in Islamabad. He can be reached at email@example.com
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Not what we wanted
It is a pleasure to read Chief Justice’s remarks that corrupt elements would not be allowed to enter parliament. His further observation that every election contesting candidate should be subjected to strict scrutiny is encouraging. At the same time, corruption has many guises. Nevertheless, with all its manifestations, it is loathsome and condemnable. It is a disease from which no one is immune. It does not respond to ordinary cure treatments, but requires major surgery. Due to the connivance between both parties, corruption is extremely hard to prove in the court of law. Moreover, it is not only confined to accepting cash. An individual may scrupulously be honest in financial matters but very weak morally or in work ethic. Similarly, if a person is swayed by personal prejudices such as racial, ethnic, social, cultural, jealousy, in his / her work related decisions, this would be tantamount to corruption. Our history tells us that corruption charges are extremely difficult, if not possible, to prove in the court of law. This is one of the reasons that all parties despite being corrupt to hilt, always claim that they are innocent as nothing has been proved against them in the court of law. There is no machine or technology to filter the virtues from the depraved. It would be better that the Supreme Court could shed some further light on her claim and being final arbiter and interpreter of constitution define the word corruption in order to purge the society. RAJA SHAFAATULLAH Islamabad
A photograph published in 30 March newspapers caught my attention. It shows a group of women activists in Tunisia demonstrating to demand the resignation of Women Affairs minister – Sihem Badi who has allegedly took a position to support a kindergarten where a threeyear-old girl was raped. Just a few days back, three Pakistani origin UK citizens who were on their way to Gaza via Libya and Egypt on a humanitarian mission were abducted at a check post near Benghazi. These unfortunate women activists were allegedly raped by the soldiers at the check post. It’s reported that father of two activists was also accompanying the humanitarian mission group. News from Egypt are also not very promising. This January United Nations expressed ‘deep concern’ after more than two dozen women were sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square during the demonstration to mark the second anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution. Later Egyptian government run Human Rights Commission blamed the women for these assaults questioning why they were present at such a spot. What is all this? Is this the revolution for which Arab world was waiting for decades — armed goons to rule and justify their acts of shame? Perhaps no more comments are required on such a low level of governance in countries wherein the Arab Spring is now a pestilential wind. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia
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It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. –Bill Gates
Monday, 1 April, 2013
the China dream Xi Jinping promotes dream reform of economy, but politics is out of bound
the Syrian spillover effect Reversal in the role of major Muslim countries appears possible
UITE a bit of media attention last week was focused on the BRICS conference in Dublin, including the two-day 24th Arab League Summit held in Doha. What came as a surprise was the presence of Gen Kayani in the Middle East, holding a meeting with John Kerry in Jordan. While his visit to Saudi Arabia was cited as private, that to Jordan was an official one. Most of the reporting on Gen Kayani’s meeting with Kerry indicated that discussion was mostly related to the issues of Afghan reconciliation. However, these reports missed the other angle. Middle East is passing through a peculiar state of affairs, especially related to the situation of Syria and the chances of its spillover. In this context, Jordan and Saudi Arabia are especially worried. While King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia could not attend the Arab League meeting due to health reasons, Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz amply conveyed his security fears over the Syrian quagmire. According to news reports, differences have also emerged between Qatar and Saudi Arabia on the future dispensation of Syria. The kingdom has accused the Qataris for attempting to position Muslim Brotherhood and AQ-linked groups to the fore. The Saudis are also concerned about Doha’s closeness to not only Turkey and Iran, but also its attempts to increase influence in Gaza. The apology rendered by Israel to Turkey during President Obama’s trip to the Middle East appeared to have created a sense of urgency and angst among the Gulf States that was visible during the Arab League conference. In the aftermath of Israeli apology, a competition of sorts is emerging between the Gulf heavyweights and Turkey, on the influ-
ence each is likely to play in shaping the future of not only Palestine and Syria but also the entire region. These tensions are apparently causing both Doha and Riyadh to undo each other in Syria and possibly in Afghanistan as well. President Karzai was in Doha over the weekend to jumpstart the political talks with the Taliban. The spokesperson for the Afghan Foreign Ministry Jana Mosazai commented last week that “President Karzai will discuss the peace process and the opening of a [Taliban] office for the purposes of conducting negotiations with Afghanistan”. As it related to events of Syria, recent reports in the Arab media had indicated the Kingdom was allowing unwanted elements to participate in the Syrian jihad, travelling through Turkey. However, the spokesman for the Saudi Interior Ministry Major General Mansour Turki clarified that anyone with such intentions would now be investigated according to Saudi laws and would be prohibited from doing so. The potential risks these militants would pose upon their return from Syria are perhaps too great to ignore. The lessons of Afghan jihad are still playing out and the war on terror is far from over. Nonetheless, reports have shown that the Saudi government is now supplying heavy weapons to the Syrian opposition forces. On the other hand, Iran and Russia are also speeding up their weapons supply to Syria and US has moved into high gear preventing Iranian flights from flying over Iraq. In this regards, Secretary of State John Kerry has obtained Iraq’s acquiescence to check Iranian planes bound for Syria for arms. Moreover, according to comments by the State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, the US is considering a no fly zone in Syria. Gen Kayani’s visit to Jordan came about in the midst of these events. He reportedly arrived there on Sunday and had a meeting with John Kerry on the same day. Surprisingly, concluding his trip to the Middle East, President Obama had left Jordan only a day earlier, on Saturday. Jordan on the one hand has a budding Arab Spring to worry about, and on the other, the extremists are equally looking inauspicious. According to Israeli media, the strategic zone between Jordan, Israel and Syria that is located east of Golan, was recently taken over by the Musanna Brigade of
the Syrian Al-Qaeda linked group, Jabhat alNusra. There have been widespread reports about the presence of US Special Forces in Jordan, conducting cross training and join maneuvers to monitor Syrian chemical and biological weapon sites. In these circumstances, it is hard to imagine that the talks between US, Jordanians and Gen Kayani were all about the Afghan reconciliation. Pakistan has long standing military relations with both Saudi Arabia and Jordan. One of the scenarios PoliTact has been exploring for a while involves looking at Pakistan’s response if and when the Saudi monarchs are threatened directly. Despite Pakistan’s traditionally close ties with the Saudis, surprisingly, the nation is also furthering its economic and trade ties with Iran quite rapidly. This has been a cause of dismay for the Arabs and the US that fear growing Iranian influence. Managing this quandary has become one of Pakistan’s key foreign policy challenges, with direct bearing on the Afghan political settlement. The trajectory of events convey that at some point the dynamics of Afghan conflict will intersect with the situation in Middle East, and will subsequently be superseded by it. The continued delay in the Afghan reconciliation process and worsening situation of Middle East reflects that this eventuality is arriving rather quickly. Obviously, another tangent of this scenario is a Pakistan-India relation. What happens to the Afghan conflict when it is superseded in priority by other events in the Middle East and perhaps the Pacific? While writing previously on the subject, PoliTact hypothesised that trouble in the core Muslim regions will reverse the present direction of the dynamics. If chaos in Syria does spill over, the core Muslim countries will end up seeking help from the Muslim nations of the peripheries. This will especially be the case if NATO fails to protect its long time allies, Gulf monarchs for example, in the region. Even if NATO provides limited assistance, the role of Pakistan, Iran and Turkey will emerge as pivotal.
If chaos in Syria does spill over, the core Muslim countries will end up seeking help from the Muslim nations of the peripheries.
The writer is chief analyst at PoliTact, a Washington based futurist advisory firm (www.PoliTact.com and http:twitter.com/politact) and can be reached at email@example.com
HINA’S transition to power of a new leadership team was completed March 14. But President Xi Jinping put his individual stamp on his leadership mission already in late November, shortly after assuming the mantle as new party secretary. Accompanied by the entire Standing Committee, followed by camera, he toured the National Museum with its huge exhibition on “The Road of Rejuvenation.” This unreformed propaganda projection of China since the era of national humiliation begun in the 1840s helped provide the backdrop for his mission to “achieve the Chinese dream of rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.” In acquiring all three levers of power, as party secretary, chairman of the central military commission and president, Xi has emerged with significantly more authority than his predecessor Hu Jintao did when assuming power. Xi’s personal charisma also stands in striking contrast to the uninspiring style of Hu, clearly less comfortable in the role. Xi, a self-confident “princeling” as children of senior party officials are called, sees himself as destined to lead China and not as another transitional leader. He is likely to appeal to the domestic audience with his “China dream” and personal charisma while demonstrating China’s power on the world stage. He does not want China to remain what scholar David Shambaugh has called a “partial power.” Xi’s grand ambition will be tempered by the enormity of the tasks ahead. He must hold together a group of experienced party movers with no common notion of where to go. What they do share is a set of huge challenges. China’s GDP is more than three times larger today than when Hu came to power. Still, paradoxically, the Hu era is seen as a “lost decade.” Chinese society has changed much faster than the party and its ability to deal with vested interests, corruption and pollution are questioned like never before. Xi has used his first four months as the party leader proactively, introducing austerity measures on the party elite; making corruption a life-anddeath issue of the party, as did Hu with unremarkable effect; traveling to Shenzhen in the footsteps of Deng Xiaoping and his 1992 southern journey for signaling determination to pursue economic reforms; launching a streamlining of the administration, making clear that the People’s Liberation Army must remain a “party army” and never to be “nationalized” as done by Gorbachev’s Soviet Union; standing firm on the maritime conflicts in the East and South China Seas. Not least, Xi emphasizes “the China dream” and China’s renaissance as a central theme. Xi clearly wants China to go its own way. Reforms should continue, but within the framework of the party-state. Ideas about China’s rejuvenation, as once articulated by Sun Yat-sen, are taken further than by any other post-Mao predecessor. The celebration in 2021 of the 100th anniversary of the party, with Xi at the helm, should be a glorious event – with attention shifted from the country’s mounting sense of crisis to a nationalistic project highlighting China’s reemergence as a country that deserves due respect from the outside world, ready to interact with the US as an equal partner in a “major power relationship” and with Japan and other neighbors as the ultimate regional power. But Xi is launching China by an assertive course and China risks becoming a lonely power. Underneath all the assertiveness, lies a profound uncertainty about how to cope with the multiple challenges demanding firm, immediate action. Xi wants to be seen as a man who can deliver, but is at the same time determined to maintain the power monopoly of a party increasingly seen as corrupt, with the families of central leaders, including his own, having amassed extensive wealth and local leaders being preoccupied with land-grabbing and obsessed with investment- driven growth. Individually, many party leaders know that current “growthism” has run its course. Urban China increasingly is concerned that the country is approaching a tipping point as their children’s future is endangered by pollution. The party has an existential dilemma. Can Xi and his team rise above huge vested interests of the party and fight corruption in a systemic way rather than case by case? Will the disciplinary machinery of the party be entirely in charge, or will the legal system be allowed to develop its own integrity? The party’s inclination to keep the legal system within the party realm, with every court having a party cell, will severely restrain reform. Wang Qishan, former vice premier known for his efficiency, has a key role as Standing Committee member in charge of the Central Commission for Disciplinary Inspection, a true party body. Acting in the spirit of the party-state follows from the institutional logic of the system, curtailing the legal system. Xi refers to the Chinese Constitution, but in his vision, China should build “constitutional socialism with Chinese characteristics,” and the writ of law would then be determined by the party. Political reform is caught in a cage. While Xi is projecting an image of a more powerful China, Premier Li Keqiang, perceived as a talented but somewhat weak technocrat, is defining a role for himself as a reformer of the bureaucracy and the economy. The relationship between him and Xi is likely to be more unbalanced than that between Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao. Li’s “China dream” seems much less grand and much more pragmatic, less focused on national strength in terms of power and more on maintaining high growth while reducing disparities. The economy is the area where reforms are most likely. Critical tests include whether the huge state-owned enterprises, or SOEs, become less of shielded empires; whether the potential of the private business is realized; and most importantly, whether the environment is no longer treated as a residual. Urbanization is his key recipe. Today’s urbanization, however, is a huge part of the problem, and Xi must show he can turn around that development. Xi’s ambition is to build a stronger China, but real strength can only be built on a comprehensive reform agenda that convincingly rebalances the Chinese economy away from its current extreme dependence on physical investments, elevates the environment to the top of the agenda, takes on the vested interests of the state- owned enterprise sector, fights corruption with legal rather than internal party means, recognizes that political reform is about more than intraparty reform, invests in the development of a more equitable China, commits itself to putting relations with the United States on a new footing, uses China’s regional power to resolve rather than aggravate maritime disputes and helps reignite multilateral trade talks to put the world economy back on a growth track. Deng Xiaoping’s “reform and opening” has brought China a long way. Now is the time for a “China dream” that goes beyond ending the era of humiliation and places China on a sustainable path to modernity as a respected member of the world community. The writer is former Swedish ambassador to Vietnam and China and author of “Kina – var tids drama” (“China – the Drama of our Time”).
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arIel wINter waNtS No lINK wItH MoM Teen actress Ariel Winter, known for her role in “ Modern Family”, hasn’t spoken to her mother Chrystal Workman in five months and doesn’t want to undergo therapy with her to mend their relationship. She is currently in the custody of her 34-yearold sister Shanelle Grey after being removed from her mother’s care in October amid allegations of abuse. Winter’s lawyer told a judge here on Friday that she does not want to be in the same room as her mom, who asked the judge to force her daughter to go to therapy with her, reports tmz.com. But the judge refused her request and said he couldn’t force the teenager to have a relationship with her if she doesn’t want to. Earlier Winter, 15, admitted she has never been happier and feels like a normal teenager since moving in with her sister. NEWS DESK
KISSING brad pItt waS dISGuStING: KIrSteN
Kirsten Dunst has revealed that kissing Brad Pitt in ‘Interview with the Vampire’ was disgusting as she was only 11-yearold at that time. In an edgy, ultra-modern photo shoot and interview with Bullett magazine, Dunst recalled the now infamous smooch from the 1994 Oscar-nominated adaptation of Anne Rice’s novel, the New York Daily News reported. The 30-year-old actress said that everyone at the time was like, ‘You’re so lucky you kissed Brad Pitt,’ but she said that she thought it was disgusting. The ‘Little Women’ star, who got a Golden Globe nomination for her work in the American drama horror film, said that after kissing Pitt, she didn’t kiss anyone else until she was 16. Dunst also described Pitt as a “hippy-ish cool dude” with long hair who liked to “watch lots of ‘Real World’ episodes.” NEWS DESK
It is hard to look up to a leader who keeps his ear to the ground — James H Boren
Gangs of New york planned for tV revival
ETERA N director Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Hugo) has revealed his intention to move into TV work for only the second time in his lengthy career, taking 2002 period drama Gangs of New York with him as the premise of his pitch. The 70-year-old is currently attempting to develop the show with
Miramax, with an eye towards making the 2003 Academy Awardnominated title, set primarily in 19th-century New York City (USA) as a regular series. Scorsese recently said of his inspiration behind the project: “This time and era of America’s history and heritage is rich with characters and stories that we could not fully explore in a two-hour film. A television series allows us the time and creative freedom to bring this colourful world, and all the
007 nearly drowned me: Lana Wood
implications it had and still does on our society, to life. I am excited to partner with Miramax in telling these stories.” While the show has not yet found a network, the involvement of Scorsese (who’s only previous TV work is ongoing with the successful HBO series Boardwalk Empire) will undoubtedly be a big draw for networks. His proposal for the spin-off show is that the storyline, taking place at ‘the turn of the century’, will follow-on from the events of the movie, and will be set in both New York and Chicago. Miramax chairman Richard Nanula noted of why they chose to become part of the planned series: “[Scorsese’s] dedication to quality and the art of storytelling continues to excite everyone that works with him. We could not think of a better partner for this project than the creator of the wonderful film on which it is based.” While the team working on the format may have plenty of cause for optimism, they should be wary that movie-to-TV spin-offs are rarely viewed favorably in the ratings.
to breathe, so the divers had to dive in and cut her free really fast. Wood, who is a certified scuba diver, said that she asked for her scuba tank with which she was comfortable doing the stunt.
NeWs Desk Former Bond girl Lana Wood has revealed that she almost died while filming an underwater scene in ‘Diamonds Are Forever’. The 67-year-old actress, who had an affair with Sean Connery during the making of the movie, said that she had to be rescued by divers during a scene when her character Plenty O’Toole was drowned in a swimming pool, the Daily Express reported. Wood said that in the film she was supposed to die by having her ankles tied to a block of cement and she actually did that. She said that the longer she stayed in, the block of cement kept moving, and pretty soon she couldn’t reach up for the rope to pull her nose and mouth free
Jolie didn’t plagiarise ‘Blood and Honey,’ says judge Angelina Jolie has reportedly been discharged of allegations of copyright infringement by a federal judge, saying she didn’t steal the story for her movie ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’ from a Croatian author. According to City News Service reports, Friday’s tentative ruling in Los Angeles will quash the lawsuit accusing Jolie of copyright infringement, Fox News reported. In 2011, author James Braddock sued Jolie, who wrote, directed and co-produced the movie, and the film company that made the film, saying it was partly based on his novel ‘The Soul Shattering’. U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee wrote that the plots, characters and themes in the two works were not ‘substantially’ similar, though both centered on war romances. Braddock, 69, has been ordered to tell the court why his complaint should not be dismissed with prejudice. NEWS DESK
HoStING party For CaSt oF 42 at wHIte HouSe First lady Michelle Obama is hosting a White House event for the cast and crew of upcoming flick ‘42’ on Tuesday, which will include actor Harrison Ford and director Brian Helgeland. The movie tells the life story of Jackie Robinson, who in 1947 became the first African American to play Major League Baseball. Ford plays his manager and Chadwick Boseman plays Robinson in the film, due in theaters April 12. Robinson’s widow, Rachel, will also attend the White House event, the Politico reported. Some 80 high school and college students from across the country have been invited to the event, which will include a discussion about the movie, Jackie Robinson and the inspirational themes from his life, the White House said. The event follows a similar one earlier this year, when Obama hosted the cast and crew of Beasts of the Southern Wild. NEWS DESK
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Music is at once the most wonderful, the most alive of all the arts— it is the most abstract, the most perfect, the most pure— and the most sensual — Susan Sontag
ARTs Monday, 1 April, 2013
Aamir willing to work with salman if right script found
OLLYWOOD superstar Aamir Khan says he would love to do a film with Salman Khan, if they find the right script. The two were seen in popular comedy “Andaz Apna Apna”. “I would love to work with Salman. ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ is one of my favourite films as well. He is a great person to work
with. If we come across a script then we will be happy to do it,” Aamir told reporters at an event to felicitate the winners of “Talaash” contest. The actor, currently shooting for Rajkumar Hirani’s “P.K”, will also be seen in “Dhoom 3” which will be out during Christmas. Aamir is also busy with the second season of “Satyamev Jayate”. The actor said that he doesn’t predecide the kind of films he wants to do. “I don’t pre-decide what kind of film I want to do. I go through scripts and see if there is something exciting,” he said. The actor who is known as “Mr Perfectionist” said that he doesn’t feel he is perfect. “I feel that there is
no such thing as perfection in a creative field like cinema. We are all artistes who are expressing ourselves in a different way. I do consider myself as someone who is extremely passionate. I enjoy my work and really throw myself into it and achieve that perfection,” he said. Aamir, who has given some super hit films like “3 Idiots” and “Taare Zameen Par”, said that he doesn’t have a secret to his success. “I am not aware of why I have been successful so far. I don’t think so much. I do work which excites me and not work which is considered to have potential for blockbusters. I am not even thinking about that. I want to enjoy my work and challenge and surprise myself,” he said. About a sequel to “3 Idiots”, he said that there were no such plans at the moment. “No I don’t think there was any such plans. I am doing ‘P.K.’ at the moment,” he said. NEWS DESK
Be decked up for child-birth:
snooKI TeLLs KIM Reality TV star Snooki, who welcomed her son Lorenzo in August, says that pregnant Kim Kardashian should wear makeup when she is in hospital for child birth and carry leopard print nightgowns. “I waited 27 hours and the whole time I just put on makeup and watched cartoons,” Snooki told people.com. The 25-year-old admitted she found being in hospital boring because of the all white decor. She thinks Kim should wear a bright lipstick such as pink or red to make herself feel better. “Stay away
from the nudes. Remember to bring an extra pair of eyelashes in your purse in case you are not at home when your water breaks, do like I did and bring a whole box,” she said. Snooki also suggested that Kim, 32, bring some Dolce & Gabbana leopard print nightgowns to the hospital because the normal ones are ugly, as well as a pair of diamond studs so she can look really cute. She warned Kim that she should get a pedicure beforehand and bring a few extra accessories like scarves to the hospital to make herself feel better about her post-baby body. NEWS DESK
Lawrence in big league, thanks to her mom
ADEEL HASHMI Liaqat Baloch follows me! Oh dear!
MEHR TARAR @AdeelHashmi3 Tahir Asharfi follows me. (or at least did, haven’t checked lately). Do I get the gold here? ;)
MUSHARRAF A. FAROOQI The world is full of freaks.
AYESHA TAMMY HAQ Imran Khan cracked a joke...people have their kids abroad and they’re not even divorced. Good to see humour sneak in. #Pakistan
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Actress Jennifer Lawrence, who had an “imaginary future” as a soccer mum, says her mother is instrumental in making her a full-fledged successful actress. The 22-year-old got a breakthrough with movie “ Hunger Games” in 2012, which is first part in the trilogy series based on author Suzanne Collins’s books by same name. Later, she won
best actress Oscar for her work in “Silver Linings Playbook”. “I was happy with my life and I didn’t know if I wanted it to change. I’ve always had this imaginary future where I would be a soccer mum that drove a mini-van and my kids would be normal.” “That just didn’t fit with taking on a giant franchise. So, I took three days to decide, and each day was a different answer,” Fabulous magazine quoted Lawrence as saying. The 22-year-old says her mother advised her to sign “Hunger Games” franchise. “I finally talked to my mum. I’d only really done indie films before that, and she said: ‘Every time people ask you why you don’t do studio movies, you always say that it’s because you don’t care about the size of the movie, you care about the story and the character. But you’re a hypocrite, because now you have a story and a character that you love, but you’re not saying yes to it because of the size of it.’ So, I said yes,” she said. NEWS DESK
SaNjay dutt is shooting with a calm heart: ‘Policegiri’ producer T.P. aggarwal, the producer of sanjay Dutt-starrer “ Policegiri” is deeply impressed with sanjay’s professionalism. He says Dutt, despite all his legal trouble, is trying to complete all projects before going to jail. sanjay Dutt was awarded five years in jail by the supreme Court March 21 for illegal arms possession during the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts. “The shooting is going well. On Thursday and Friday also we shot. six more days are left. The best thing is that he is dubbing simultaneously. He says ‘before going for the punishment, i will complete your picture’,” aggarwal said on the sets of the film. Dutt was asked to surrender in four weeks to serve his remaining term of about three-and-half years as he has already spent 18 months in jail. “it’s a very good thing and even today he is shooting with a calm heart and like a pure professional. He is not using any duplicate, he is doing fantastic action. i have not seen any person as professional as sanjay,” aggarwal said. Directed by K.s. Ravikumar, “Policegiri” also features Prachi Desai. according to T.P. aggarwal, the film will be complete by april 9. NEWS DESK
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INFOTAINMENT Monday, 1 april, 2013
Facebook poised to announce its ‘new home on android’
According to industry rumours, Android phone maker HTC has joined forces with Facebook to launch a smartphone. Facebook will next week unveil its latest push into the mobile world – and industry watchers are convinced the social network is about to launch a Facebook-branded phone. Media has been summoned to an event at Facebook’s headquarters in California on 4 April, with teaser invitations bearing the words “Come See Our New Home on Android”. The world’s largest social networking site is giving no further clues, and the announcement could be nothing more than a new service or application, but detailed leaks suggest the company is about to release the fruits of a longrumoured collaboration with Taiwanese manufacturer HTC – a smartphone whose software is a customised version of Google’s Android operating system. While the camera and memory are reportedly run of the mill – a modest 5 megapixel rear lens for photos, a 1.6 megapixel front facing camera for video calls, and a basic 16 gigabytes of storage – its software may be unique. NEWS DESK
In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act. –George Orwell
end of the line for the world’s fastest computer-roadrunner
T’S the end of the line for Roadrunner, a first-of-its-kind collection of processors that once reigned as the world’s fastest supercomputer. The $121 million supercomputer, housed at one of the nation’s premier nuclear weapons research laboratories in northern New Mexico, will be decommissioned Sunday. The reason? The world of supercomputing is evolving and Roadrunner has been replaced with something smaller, faster, more energy efficient and cheaper. Still, officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory say it’s among the 25 fastest supercomputers in the world. “Roadrunner got everyone thinking in new ways about how to build and use a supercomputer,” said Gary Grider, who works in the lab’s high performance computing division. “Specialized processors are being included in new ways on new systems and being used in novel ways. Our demonstration with Roadrunner caused everyone to pay attention.” In 2008, Roadrunner was first to break the elusive petaflop barrier by processing just over a quadrillion mathematical calculations per second. Los Alamos teamed up with IBM to build Roadrunner from commercially available parts. They ended up
lead engineer Don Grice of iBM inspecting the world’s fastest computer, nicknamed “Roadrunner”, in the company’s Poughkeepsie, ny plant.
with 278 refrigerator-size racks filled with two different types of processors, all linked together by 55 miles of fiber optic cable. It took nearly two dozen tractor trailer trucks to deliver the supercomputer from New York to northern New Mexico. The supercomputer has been used over
the last five years to model viruses and unseen parts of the universe, to better understand lasers and for nuclear weapons work. That includes simulations aimed at ensuring the safety and reliability of the nation’s aging arsenal. As part of the U.S. nuclear stockpile stewardship program, re-
searchers used Roadrunner’s high-speed calculation capabilities to unravel some of the mysteries of energy flow in weapons. Los Alamos has been helping pioneer novel computer systems for decades. In 1976, the lab helped with the development of the Cray-1. In 1993, the lab held the fastest supercomputer title with the Thinking Machine CM-5. “And to think of where we’re going to be in the next 10 to 15 years, it’s just mindboggling,” said lab spokesman Kevin Roark. Right now, Los Alamos — along with scientists at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California — is using a supercomputer dubbed Cielo. Installed in 2010, it’s slightly faster than Roadrunner, takes up less space and came in at just under $54 million. Roark said in the next 10 to 20 years, it’s expected that the world’s supercomputers will be capable of breaking the exascale barrier, or one quintillion calculations per second. There will be no ceremony when Roadrunner is switched off Sunday, but lab officials said researchers will spend the next month experimenting with its operating system and techniques for compressing memory before dismantling begins. They say the work could help guide the design of future supercomputers.
2.7m updated Facebook pic for gay marriage
‘I love mysteries,’ says man claiming hidden gold
The many variations of the pink equal sign on top of a red background populated many Facebook profile pics this week.
Santa Fean Forrest Fenn, 82, says he spent more than a decade packing and repacking a treasure chest, sprinkling in gold dust and adding hundreds of rare gold coins, gold nuggets and other artifacts. He claims the treasure is hidden in the mountains north of Santa Fe. For more than a decade, he packed and repacked his treasure chest, sprinkling in gold dust and adding hundreds of rare gold coins and gold nuggets. Pre-Columbian animal figures went in, along with prehistoric “mirrors” of hammered gold, ancient Chinese faces carved from jade and antique jewelry with rubies and emeralds. Forrest Fenn was creating a bounty, and the art and antiquities dealer says his goal was to make sure it was “valuable enough to entice searchers and desirable enough visibly to strike awe.” Occasionally, he would test that premise, pulling out the chest and asking his friends to open the lid. “Mostly, when they took the first look,” he says, “they started laughing,” hardly able the grasp his amazing plan. Was Fenn really going to give this glistening treasure trove away? Three years ago, he lay two of his most beloved pieces of jewelry in the chest: a turquoise bracelet and a Tairona and Sinu Indian necklace adorned with exotic jewels. At the bottom of the chest, in an olive jar, he placed a detailed autobiography, printed so small a reader will need a magnifying glass. After that, he says, he carted the chest of loot, now weighing more than 40 pounds, into the mountains somewhere north of Santa Fe and left it there. Next, Fenn self-published a memoir, “The Thrill of the Chase,” distilling the autobiography and, intriguingly, including a poem that he says offers clues to lead some clever — or lucky — treasure hunter to the bounty. It wasn’t long before word of the hidden trove got out, and the publicity has caused a mini-gold rush in northern New Mexico. But it has also set off a debate: Has Fenn truly hidden the treasure chest or was this, for the idiosyncratic, publicity-loving 82-year-old who loves to tell tales, just another way to have fun, a great caper to bolster his legacy? NEWS DESK
two in China first known deaths from H7N9 bird flu
Two Shanghai men have died from a lesser-known type of bird flu in the first known human deaths from the strain, and Chinese authorities said Sunday, March 31, 2013, that it wasn’t clear how they were infected, but that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. A third person, a woman in the nearby province of Anhui, also contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu and was in critical condition, China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a report on its website. There was no sign that any of the three, who were infected over the past two months, had contracted the disease from each other, and no sign of infection in the 88 people who had closest contact with them, the medical agency said. H7N9 bird flu is considered a low pathogenic strain that cannot easily be contracted by humans. The overwhelming majority of human deaths from bird flu have been caused by the more virulent H5N1, which decimated poultry stocks across Asia in 2003. The World Health Organization is “closely monitoring the situation” in China, regional agency spokesman Timothy O’Leary said in Manila. NEWS DESK
You may have noticed something different about your friends’ profile pictures as you scrolled through your Facebook feed this week. According to the social networking site, roughly 2.7 million users changed their profile image on Tuesday as the U.S. Supreme Court pondered the future of same-sex marriage in the United States. The Human Rights Campaign started urging people on Monday to change their Facebook profile pictures to a pink-on-red equal sign to show support for same-sex marriage, and soon the top 10 terms trending on Facebook were all related to the subject. To get a better idea of the potential amount of support for same-sex marriage on Facebook, researchers on the Facebook Data Science Team compiled information to find out how many U.S.
users changed their profile photo. While the data isn’t specific to users changing their profile photos to the several variations of the pink equal sign on top of a red background, variations of the Human Rights Campaign’s traditionally blue-and-yellow logo, the Facebook data show that roughly 2.7 million more users updated their profile photo on Tuesday compared with the previous Tuesday, leading the researchers to conclude the HRC appeal had a lot to do with the numbers. According to Facebook, users around 30 years of age changed their profile pictures the most, in response to the events surrounding the HRC campaign, about 3.5% of 30-year-old Facebook users. Profile updates did not vary significantly based on gender. On average, according to Facebook, 2.3% more self-reported female users changed their profile photos, compared with 2.1% more self-reported males.
Freezing weather wipes out German flea circus NeWs Desk An entire troupe of performing fleas has fallen victim to the freezing temperatures currently gripping Germany. Flea circus director Robert Birk says he was shocked to find all of his 300 fleas dead inside their transport box Wednesday morning. The circus immediately scrambled to find a new batch so it could fulfill its engagements at an open-air fair in the town of MechernichKommern in western Germany. Michael Faber, who organizes the fair, told The Associated Press that an insect expert at a nearby university was able to train 50 fleas in
time for the first show Sunday. Faber says “I hope we’ll get through this without any more fatal-
ities.” Birk said it was the first time his circus had lost all of its fleas to the cold in one go.
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ryder tells supporters ‘I’m okay’
sPorts Desk Jesse Ryder has told well-wishers “I'm okay” three days after suffering severe head injuries in a fight outside a Christchurch bar. Ryder was moved on Sunday from the intensive care ward of Christchurch Hospital to a regular ward as he recovers from a fractured skull and punctured lung. On Saturday the 28-year-old was brought out of an induced coma and removed from a respirator. In a statement Sunday, Ryder said “I just want to let everyone know that I'm OK. “I feel heaps better today but still really tired. I've been reading your messages that have been sent so thank you to everyone for thinking of me over the last few days.” Ryder's manager Aaron Klee said the cricketer had been drowsy but in good spirits since emerging from the coma. Among his first words after regaining consciousness was a joking statement to family members: “get me out of here.” Klee said Ryder had not yet been interviewed by police and had no memory of being assaulted outside a bar in the Christchurch suburb of Merivale about 12.30am on Thursday morning. Ryder had been socializing with members of his Wellington provincial team which had played a semifinal of New Zealand's domestic oneday competition in Christchurch on Wednesday. His last memory was of making a first-ball duck during that match. Police have arrested two men, one aged 20 and the other 37, and charged them with assault over the incident. They were due to appear in the Christchurch District Court on Thursday. Klee said it was uncertain how long Ryder would remain in hospital. He said medical staff were “assessing what sort of damage may have been done but at the moment it very much looks like a very bad concussion. “He's got a bit of damage to his lungs and that's been the toughest part and that's what they've been most concerned about.” Ryder was due to leave New Zealand on Saturday to take up a contract with the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League. Klee said it was too early to consider whether Ryder would play cricket again.
I couldn't watch, so Jonathan Trott and Huw Bevan [England fitness trainer] provided commentary. I'm not sure they've got a future in it. – Alastair Cook
time again for all-out Ipl action t
HE Indian Premier League is back, and it’s bigger than ever. This year’s edition will span almost two full months, and South Africa is well represented with 13 players making the money- spinning trek to India. Jacques Kallis, rested for much of the summer by the Proteas selectors, will not be afforded that luxury by the Kolkata Knight Riders, where he will be joined by one of the successes of the South African summer, Ryan McLaren. Kallis will be looking to find form during the IPL as the Champions Trophy begins straight after the final batch of fireworks have been let loose in the Indian carnival. Another who’ll hope to see action is JP Duminy, who could feature in the second half of the season for newcomers Sunrisers Hyderabad. There, Duminy will find familiar company in pace ace Dale Steyn, who can expect a big workload for the novices. Duminy, almost back to full fitness, will almost certainly jump straight back into the Champions Trophy shake-up, provided he proves his match fitness. The biggest South African newsmaker during the IPL auction, Chris Morris, will line up for the powerful Chennai Super Kings. At a fee of $625 000 (R5.7m), the all-rounder will expect to feature at some stage, although his franchise is heavily stocked with Aussies and Sri Lankans, as well as IPL stalwarts Albie Morkel and Faf du Plessis. Proteas ODI skipper AB de Villiers will again be expected to lead from the front for Royal Challengers Bangalore, where he forms part of a potent top trio alongside Tillekeratne Dilshan and Chris Gayle. Of the young pups, David Miller (Kings XI Punjab) and Quinton de Kock may have come cheap, but they will be desperate to get a chance to prove themselves on a bigger stage and possibly steal a late berth in the Champions Trophy travelling party. Wayne Parnell (Pune Warriors), Gulam Bodi, Johan Botha and Roelof van der Merwe (Delhi Daredevils) may not be in the Proteas mix any more, but they all have enough experience to be considered handy acquistions. Surprisingly, Alfonso Thomas’s skills in this format have been ignored. SA players: Chris Morris, Albie Morkel, Faf du Plessis (Chennai Super Kings); Jacques Kallis, Ryan McLaren (Kolkata Knight Riders); AB de Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore); Dale Steyn, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock (Sunrisers Hyderabad); David Miller, Kyle Abbott (Kings Xi Punjab); Gulam Bodi, Johan Botha, Roelof van der Merwe (Delhi Daredevils); Wayne Parnell (Pune Warriors) - Sunday Independent CHAnDIMAL RULES HIMSELf OUt Of IPL: Sri Lanka's Twenty20 captain Dinesh Chandimal has made himself unavailable for the IPL, and has instead planned an intensive training programme to prepare for the Champions Trophy, and a busy limited-overs schedule to follow for
Sri Lanka. Chandimal will also take English lessons and media training in Sri Lanka during the next two months, having been named captain in Twenty20s, and vicecaptain in the other formats in February.
Chandimal had been approached by at least one IPL franchise, who were seeking a replacement for an injured overseas player, but although no formal offer was made, he has decided to rule himself out of the tournament. Chandimal had gone unsold in the 2013 IPL auction, and if a franchise had signed him as a replacement, his contract would have been worth his base auction price of $100,000. He is unlikely to have regularly been in the playing XI however, and may have collected significantly less than that amount. Training opportunities may also have been limited during the tournament. In 2012, he was released by Rajasthan Royals midway through the IPL to allow him to return home to train ahead of the home series against Pakistan. LIMItED EngLISH PRESEnCE In IPL DRAWS COnCERn: Professional Cricketers Association chief executive Angus Porter has warned the time has come for English cricket to address the issue of the Indian Premier League. The Twenty20 tournament's sixth edition gets under way next week with only three English players
- Dimitri Mascarenhas, Luke Wright and Owais Shah - involved. Injury prevented a fourth, Kevin Pietersen, linking up with the Delhi Daredevils. The England and Wales Cricket Board has so far stood firm in its refusal to allow centrally contracted players to compete at the IPL when it clashes with international commitments. But with other countries allowing their players to capture their share of the riches on offer in India, Porter feels the issue is becoming ever more important - in terms of both players being left behind and the imbalance in availability for Tests early in the English summer. He told the Sunday Express: "The PCA believes we have to address the overlap between the IPL and our season. "Partly because of the current lack of opportunity for our players to participate, but also because of the threat to the integrity of the first Test series of our summer as we play against opponents who are potentially weakened by key players being at IPL. "It is invidious to force our players to choose between a Test career and IPL when players from other countries can do both."
The ‘care factor’ will be key for Pune: Donald sPORTs DesK: Despite being around for two years in the Indian Premier League, Pune Warriors - the most expensive franchise in the event - seem to be struggling to find their feet. In both the editions they have featured in, they have finished near or at the bottom. No wonder then that their third successive season will see a new captain and coach going into the tournament. While both their previous coaches Geoff Marsh in 2011 and Sourav Ganguly as captain-cum-mentor last year, when they participated without a head coach - were diplomatic ahead of they stints, Allan Donald, who has been elevated from bowling coach to head coach this year, spelled out his expectations from the players in no uncertain terms. Referring to his new role as "intimidating" in a tournament that moves "at a million miles per hour", Donald, the former South Africa pace spearhead, urged the players to "care" for one another. "I am going to have a meeting with our overseas players on their own to explain their commitment to our cause for the next two months. Every one of those players wants to play. I would be disappointed if I wasn't picked. But what is important for Pune Warriors is for everyone to be swimming up one stream, [and] not every way and direction like it went last year," Donald said, referring to a disgruntled unit in the latter half of last year's IPL. "And negativity spreads cancer. It does because it gets people talking, players talk among each other. And my message to the team is [to] be up front and honest. [This] is going to be the key. I am not here to make anyone promises. "That's what this format requires. You
just can't be pleasing cricketers for the sake of it. I just want guys to be part of the team and helping each other out. The care factor for me is huge. I want guys to look after each other. That creates that relaxed environment that I talk about. That's pretty much what I look for. How we gel as a team, how we grow as a team and how we care as a team is going to be the key for us." In a season in which Pune Warriors tried out 23 players during the season, not many players were given a long rope. It led to team harmony going for a toss as the tournament progressed, and affected the team both on and off the field. Donald seems to have learned the lessons from the disappointing previous outing: "[I] don't think last year was a great example for me. That was my first year,
and I felt that at times, we were a bit gung-ho with our selection. "At times, [we tried] quick fixes, which didn't work. I see that the teams that have been successful in the IPL have stuck with a certain group of players for a long period of time. And that's what I intend to do. "Why fix [something] if it's not broken? All coaches and teams are looking for early momentum and confidence, and we have to earn the right to do that first of all. The hard part about this competition is to get your nose in front. I am not looking far ahead. I am not looking at the semi-finals or anything like that. I just want to concentrate on every game, and on what we do in every game. If it doesn't work and we go down fighting, so be it. To try and stick to certain processes is the key."
SA tops in Tests, ODIs; T20 needs work stUArt Hess AGENCIES
It was Ricky Ponting who articulated the style with which South Africa were asserting themselves following the third Test in Perth last December. Speaking about the partnership Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla shared for the second wicket in the final session of the second day of that match, Ponting said: “That was them trying to impose themselves on the series and they did it better than I have seen any team take a game away from the opposition before.” South Africa had taken a 62-run lead into their second innings when Amla and Smith added 178 runs in 25.3 overs to completely take the game away from Australia, ultimately setting up the series victory that solidified their position as Test cricket’s number one side. “A lot of other teams we have played against over the years who have been in a position like that have been too scared to do that and push the game forward. What they did the other day was a sign that they had total belief in what they were doing. They put us under more pressure than I think we have been under for a long time,
so they thoroughly deserve to win this series,” Ponting explained. As Smith collected the glittering prize last week that signified his side’s status as Test cricket’s best team over the past 12 months, it also provided time for reflection. It’s been a season of terrific triumphs for South Africa, built on the brilliance of a group of players guided by Gary Kirsten and courageously led by Smith. Obviously, the achievements of Smith’s Test team dominated the summer and helped to paper over cracks in the other two formats that have, certainly under Kirsten’s tenure as coach, taken a back seat in the quest to be No1 in the Test arena. The Test side has dominated that format recently. Following their series win in Australia in 2008/09, when South Africa first got their hands on the mace, the No 1 ranking chopped and changed. Australia briefly held it after winning here later that same season, then England held it, then India, then England again, until South Africa took it away at Lord’s last year after a series Smith described as “the big stepping stone”. “Australia was that first moment; we’d just got hold of the mace, it would have been easy to go to Australia, lose
that series away from home and lose touch of something we’d worked so hard for, but we didn’t and the guys have gone from strength to strength so far,” said Smith. Nevertheless he was still surprised by just how big a gap South Africa had taken by the April 1 cut-off for ratings points. “There was a time when we were winning and you just felt like we weren’t getting ahead enough. But now we can see the rewards of a successful season,” Smith commented. South Africa finished on 128 points, 14 ahead of England. “The other teams close to us had tough engagements away from home, and again that highlighted how important it is to win away, to perform well in other people’s conditions. “Seeing how Australia and England have struggled away from home recently highlighted what for us has been the hallmark of our success. “Since 2006 we haven’t lost a series away from home and now we’ve been able to build on that even more. “That’s exciting. It shows the resilience in any environment.” South Africa followed up that Perth victory by winning their next five Tests on home soil, dominating in four of them in a way they hadn’t done for many years.
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I played well but I still feel that I left four putts out there that edged the hole. – Charley Hull
Monday, 1 April, 2013
( MISBAH LEADS FAISALABAD FROM THE FRONT
wolVeS breaK StallIoNS t20 HeGeMoNy f LAHore
AISALABAD Wolves has on Sunday broke the T20 hegemony of Sialkot Stallions when the Misbah-ul-Haq led side thrashed former captain Shoaib Malik and his charges by 36 runs in the final of the Faysal Bank T20 Super Eight Cup here at the Gaddafi Stadium. Misbah first with his supreme innings of 38 and a gripping 79 runs partnership for the fourth wicket broke the line of Stallions bowlers and then kept the tight leash in the field and intelligently used his bowlers to squeeze the noose on the Stallions with every ball delivered and every over bowled. The state of Stallions could be gauged from the fact that they were three down by 10 runs on board and four by 26. Ayaz Tasawwar and Shoaib Malik provided some
stability in the middle but that too did not last long when the former went back at a total of 89. And when the Stallions captain Malik was bowled by Ahsan Adil, Sialkot’s hope of playing the Champions League faded. Coming down the order, Rana Naved tried a bit to cover the gap left wide by regular batsmen but he fell to Saeed Ajmal for 11 runs. It was the Wolves which after completing the basics right took the victorious lap bowling the Stallions out at 122 in 19.1 overs. Earlier, Misbah and Asif Ali lifted the Wolves total to a position from where they could challenge the authority of Malik's led Stallions in this particular format of the game. Two back to back sixes in the 19th over by Misbah took the total to 142 for three and in the final over alone, the pair combined to take the total to 158. Pakistan captain after winning the toss did not hesitated to bat first and the Wolves
had a shaky start when their openers Farrukh Shahzad and Ali Shahzad caved in to the evening movement and the pressure of the final and left for the pavillion scoring just eight and one run respectively. Ali fell to Malik and Farrukh to Umaid Asif and the catches of both the openers landed in the safe hands of Shakeel Ansar behind the wickets. After the openers departed, Khurrum Shahzad and Asif started to build the innings showing grit and craft. They went on to develop 63 runs partnership for the third wicket. But when Khurrum conceded his wicket to Raza Hassan for 30, Aisf found much solid and pivotal partner in his captain Misbah. They both put the Stallions attack to sword throughout the session they remained on the crease. In nearly eight overs, Misbah and Asif gathered 83 runs to consolidate the innings. Even their partnership of 79 runs was the fastest fifty of the match which was third and the most timely and fluent.
FAISALABAD WOLvES 8 Farrukh Shehzad c Ansar b umaid Ali Waqas st Ansar b Malik 1 30 Khurram Shehzad b Hasan Asif Ali not out 70 38 Misbah-ul-Haq not out 11 Extras (lb 4, w 7) Total (3 wickets; 20 overs; 93 mins) 158 Did not bat Saeed Ajmal, Imran Khalid, Mohammad Salman†, Ehsan Adil, Samiullah Khan, Asad Ali Fall of wickets 1-2 (Ali Waqas, 1.4 ov), 2-16 (Farrukh Shehzad, 2.6 ov), 3-79 (Khurram Shehzad, 12.2 ov) Bowling: umaid Asif 4-0-32-1, Shoaib Malik 2-0-10-1, Abdur Rehman 4-0-26-0, Adeel Malik 2-0-17-0, Raza Hasan 4-0-27-1, Naved-ul-Hasan 4-0-42-0 SIALKOT STALLIONS: 4 Shakeel Ansar c Salman b Samiullah Ali Khan run out (Samiullah) 3 0 umaid Asif c Adil b Asad 3 Mansoor Amjad run out (Asif) Shoaib Malik b Adil 40 28 Ayaz Tasawwar c Asif b Adil
12 Shahid Yousuf b Asad 0 Adeel Malik c Shehzad b Adil Naved-ul-Hasan c Adil b Ajmal 11 3 Abdur Rehman c Shehzad b Asad Raza Hasan not out 1 17 Extras (lb 10, w 3, nb 4) 122 Total (all out; 19.1 overs; 102 mins) Fall of wickets 1-8 (Shakeel Ansar, 2.3 ov), 2-8 (Ali Khan, 2.4 ov), 3-10 (umaid Asif, 3.4 ov), 4-26 (Mansoor Amjad, 6.4 ov), 5-89 (Ayaz Tasawwar, 14.4 ov), 6-97 (Shoaib Malik, 16.3 ov), 7-97 (Adeel Malik, 16.4 ov), 8-112 (Shahid Yousuf, 17.4 ov), 9-120 (Naved-ul-Hasan, 18.2 ov), 10-122 (Abdur Rehman, 19.1 ov) Bowling: Samiullah Khan 4-0-17-1, Asad Ali 3.1-0-21-3, Saeed Ajmal 4-0-21-1, Imran Khalid 4-1-16-0, Ehsan Adil 4-0-37-3 Toss Faisalabad Wolves, who chose to bat Series Faisalabad Wolves won the 2012/13 Faysal Bank Super Eight T-20 Cup Player of the match Asif Ali (Faisalabad Wolves) umpires Kamal Marchant and Shozab Raza Tv umpire Ahsan Raza Match referee Mohammed Anees Reserve umpire Sajid Afridi
PCB names preliminary 30 sans Younus for Champions Trophy LAHore STAFF REPORT
The Pakistan Cricket Board has shown the doors to one of the most senior players Younus Khan as he was dropped from the provisional 30 probables announced for the upcoming Champions Trophy. The exclusion of Younus came at a time when there were reports that the batsman would hand his ODI shoes. However, it was not clear that the news were attributed to Younus’s sources or circulated by quarters to assess reaction to the reports of his retirement. However, whatever it maybe the reason, the limited-overs career of Younus now hangs in the balance. Younus, 35, like other senior players, floundered in the series against South Africa which was won by the hosts 3-2. Younus crawled to score 116 runs in the ODIs with an average of 23.20
while the entire Pakistan batting remained spineless during the tour. The other major exclusion from the squad was of 20-year-old left-arm spinner Raza Hasan, who is looking to make his comeback trail after suffering a spine injury last December. Hasan had made an impact during the World Twenty20 last year, playing in four matches in that campaign. The experienced allrounder Abdul Razzaq, has been a constant persona non grata in the team. He has last played an ODI in November 2011 and that appearance too developed quite a stir as to why the allrounder was sent so late in the order. The Champions Trophy features the top eight ODI sides in the world, and is scheduled to be held in England in June. Squad: Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Ahmed Shehzad, Misbah-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Umer Amin, Sohail Tanvir, Hammad Azam, Azhar Ali, Shahid Afridi, Asad Ali, Anwar Ali, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Rahat Ali, Ehsan Adil, Imran Khan, Aizaz Cheema, Yasir Arafat, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Zulfiqar Babar, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan
LAHORE: Akbar Khan Chief Marketing Officer Ufone giving away the Shahkaar Player of The Match award to Sialkot Stallion's captain Shoaib Malik.
exCIted to be baCK For Ipl: poNtING sPorts Desk Mumbai Indians captain Ricky Ponting has said he is excited to be back for the IPL after a gap of five years. His retirement from international cricket, he said, has allowed him to focus on domestic leagues such as the IPL and the ones that follow. "I am very excited to be back in IPL," Ponting said. "The way things have worked out - with my retirement from international cricket and finishing off the domestic season for Tasmania and playing well - they have given me the opportunity to be back here. "The reason I did not come back for IPL 2 and 3 was because I had too much international cricket on at that time. And now that I don't have international cricket, the opportunities for me to play in these domestic tournaments are really opening up."
Bangladesh fall short despite Ashraful’s valiant knock PALLekeLe AGENCIES
Sri Lanka won by 17 runs against Bangladesh to maintain their top spot in ICC's T20 international rankings despite a valiant bid by Bangladesh to chase an imposing target of 199. Bangladesh surpassed their previous highest T20 chase of 164 during the inaugural World Twenty20 against West Indies in 2007 making 181-7. It was Dinesh Chandimal's first win as Twenty20 captain in his first match as captain. Ashraful spearheaded Bangladesh's run chase with a fluent knock of 43 off 27 balls with four boundaries and two sixes before receiving a harsh leg before decision. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (39) kept them in the hunt with a 50-run stand in 30 balls for the fifth wicket with Mahmudullah (31). But their departure in consecutive balls in the 15th over tilted the scale in Sri Lanka's favour. Mominul Haque who remained unbeaten on 26 off 16 with two boundaries and a six kept alive their faint hopes. Chandimal marshalled his resources well as Malinga choked Bangladesh in the
SCOREBOARD SRI LANKA MDKJ Perera c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Mahmudullah 64 EMDY Munaweera b Sohag Gazi 5 LD Chandimal*† c Jahurul Islam b Abdur Razzak 9 HDRL Thirimanne run out Jahurul Islam/Rahim 5 AD Mathews not out 30 BMAJ Mendis b Rubel Hossain 37 NLTC Perera not out 22 EXTRAS (lb 7, w 19) 26 TOTAL 198 DID NOT BAT AK Perera, RMS Eranga, SL Malinga, SMSM Senanayake FALL OF WICKETS 1-32 (Munaweera, 2.4 ov), 2-77 (Chandimal, 8.1 ov), 3-86 (Thirimanne, 9.6 ov), 4-100 (MDKJ Perera, 11.6 ov), 5-166 (Mendis, 17.5 ov) Bowling: Shahadat Hossain 4-0-54-0, Rubel Hossain 4-0-40-1, Sohag Gazi 4-0-30-1, Abdur Razzak 4-0-39-1, Mahmudullah 40-28-1, BANGLADESH Mohammad Ashraful lbw b NLTC Perera 43 Shamsur Rahman lbw b Mathews 0 Jahurul Islam b Mathews 11 Mushfiqur Rahim*† c Eranga b Senanayake 39 Nasir Hossain c AK Perera b NLTC Perera 8
Mahmudullah run out (Malinga/†Chandimal) 31 Mominul Haque not out 26 Sohag Gazi c Mathews b Malinga 9 Abdur Razzak not out 6 EXTRAS (lb 3, w 5) 8 TOTAL 181 DID NOT BAT Shahadat Hossain, Rubel Hossain FALL OF WICKETS 1-9 (Shamsur Rahman, 0.6 ov), 2-27 (Jahurul Islam, 2.6 ov), 3-68 (Mohammad Ashraful, 7.6 ov), 4-85 (Nasir Hossain, 9.5 ov), 5-135 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 14.4 ov), 6-137 (Mahmudullah, 14.5 ov), 7-156 (Sohag Gazi, 17.2 ov) BOWLING: AD Mathews 4-0-37-2, RMS Eranga 4-0-37-0, SL Malinga 4-0-27-1, SMSM Senanayake 4-0-29-1, NLTC Perera 2-025-2, BMAJ Mendis 1-0-6-0, AK Perera 1-0-17-0 Match details Toss Bangladesh, who chose to field Series Sri Lanka won the one-off match T20I debuts Shamsur Rahman (Bangladesh); AK Perera (Sri Lanka) Player of the match MDKJ Perera (Sri Lanka) umpires REJ Martinesz and RSA Palliyaguruge Tv umpire TH Wijewardene Match referee DC Boon (Australia) Reserve umpire MSK Nandiweera
final overs to finish with one for 27. Mathews claimed two for 37 and Thisara two for 25 from two overs. Thisara's blitz in the 19th over from Shahadat which went for 24 and the 64 runs conceded in the last four overs of the Sri Lanka turned out to be the difference in the final analysis. Kusal Janith Perera was ajudged man of the match after his blistering knock of 64 off 44 balls with four sixes and five
boundaries which laid the foundation for Sri Lanka's total of 198-5 after being put into bat. Jeewan (30) figured in a record fifth wicket stand of 66 in 35 balls with Mathews who remained unbeaten on 30. Thisara Perera turned the match on its head with a cameo of 22 off just seven balls with two sixes and two boundaries in one over from Shahadat to take the match away from Bangladesh.
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When you walk out of the stadium there is a cubicle on the right-hand side. – AndyMurray
sPoRTs Monday, 1 April, 2013
( AISAM -JEAN WIN ATP CROWN
‘I dedICate My tropHy to paKIStaN’ P LAHore
AKISTAN tennis ace, Aisam-Ul-Haq and Holland’s Jean-Julien Rojer won their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown outshining eighth-seeded Mariusz Fyrstenberg and MarcinMatkowski 6-4, 6-1.in Miami, America. Aisam and Jean broke their opponents serves three times and wiped away all three break points they faced to clinch the title in 56 minutes. The two finished in the winners’ circle after rallying from a set down in their first two matches, which included prevailing 14-12 in a match tie-break over Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot in the second round. “I feel ecstatic. We both knew we had to go all out to win a title, especially such a big one. I’ve never had such a big result the first quarter of the year, so it feels great,” said Aisam, in a message made available
here on Sunday. “Every day is a new day. We were six match points down in our second match. Everything turned around. Sometimes you need some luck to win these big tournaments. The luck tennis was also on our side in this tournament, but we also worked hard’, he added. The Pakistani/Dutch duo captured their third title together, having triumphed in Estoril and Halle last year en route to qualifying for theBarclays ATP World Tour Finals. When asked if they had any special celebration plans, “It’s always nice to be back here. I have a lot of friends and family here,” said Jean in his post match comments adding “If I could win any big tournament, this is right up there. This is pretty much my Grand Slam, so I’m very happy to win it.” Fyrstenberg andMatkowski were aiming to win their third Masters 1000 title together. They dropped to a 13-22 record in tour-level finals.
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MiMai: Pakistan’s aisam-Ul-Haq and Holland’s Jean-Julien Rojer hold the sony Open Doubles trophy after they beat Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in the final while aisam gives autographs to the fans.
Serena takes sixth Miami title MiAMi
An additional ATP grasscourt tournament will be played in Stuttgart in 2015, it has been announced. Changes to the ATP World Tour schedule were agreed last year which will see a three-week gap between the French Open and Wimbledon introduced - the current period is just two weeks. That leaves room for more grasscourt events as players prepare for Wimbledon and the Stuttgart tournament is the first to announce it will stage an event. The MercedesCup, which is staged at the Weissenhof Tennis Club in the German, is currently played on clay.
World No. 1 Serena Williams rallied to defeat world No. 2 Maria Sharapova 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 on Saturday in the WTA Miami final, winning the event for a record sixth time to claim her 48th career tour title. Williams, who had shared the all-time Miami women's title mark with Steffi Graf, won the last 10 games in adding to a
trophy haul that included crowns in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008 and runner-up efforts in 1999 and 2009. “It's so good to win number six,” Williams said. “Start of the tournament, I definitely didn't feel like I would be here, not with the way I was playing. But it definitely feels good to go through everything.” It was the 11th match victory in a row for Williams over Sharapova, coming in their first meeting as the top two
players in the world rankings, and gave the 31-year-old American a 12-2 edge in their all-time rivalry. “She definitely pushed me,” Williams said. “I definitely look forward to our next matches.” Sharapova took a set off Williams for the first time since 2008 and was up a break in the second set before the reigning Olympic, Wimbledon and US Open champion roared back to break the Russian in her last five service games. “I
wapda win 17th National powerlifting LAHore STAFF REPORT
WAPDA won the 17th National Powerlifting Championships 2013 with six gold & one silver medal here on Sunday. Railway got Runners Up Trophy with 65 Points and Punjab was on 3rd position with 42 points on the final day of two days Championships. Sindh has also won one Gold medal in 93 Kg. Class while Rai;ways got One Gold in 105 Kg class. WAPDA team Captain Muhammad Imran Khalid Received Trophy from Chief Guest of the Closing ceremony Muhammad Khalid Mahmood Director General Pakistan Olympic Association.
certainly put myself in a much better position today,” Sharapova said. “I had my chances. There's no reason why I couldn't win the match. I was playing, not well enough to win the match, obviously, but it was a step in the right direction and there's no doubt that we'll be playing many more times. “There's no doubt I'll be able to beat her.” Williams became only the fourth woman in the modern era to win the same event six times, joining Graf, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. “I'm happy to be here holding the championship,” Williams said. “It's definitely not my best tournament but the moments that count is when you can go and do the best you can and still come out on top and always try to improve.” Williams, a 15-time Grand Slam singles champion, also became the oldest women's champion in Miami history, four months older than Evert when the legend won here in 1986 at 31 years and two months of age. “It's really cool,” Williams said. “I'm really happy to have something going right now, so it's exciting.” Sharapova, 25, suffered her fifth championship-match loss at Miami and still looks for her first Miami title after having been denied a 29th career WTA triumph. The $8.5 million hardcourt event, which also includes an ATP Masters tournament, concludes Sunday with Britain's Andy Murray facing Spaniard David Ferrer in the men's final. Four-time Grand Slam title winner Sharapova had won 11 matches in a row without dropping a set since losing to Williams in a Doha semi-final, including a title earlier this month at Indian Wells.
Lahore gymkhana wins inter club team golf match LAHore STAFF REPORT
Lahore gymkhana golf team showing excellent skills and technique won the Inter Club Team Match against Royal Palm Golf Club Team at the Gymkhana Golf Course here on Sunday. In the handicap category 10 to 18, twelve team members comprising six pairings in this handicap category totally dominated their competitors from Royal Palm and swayed the competition in Gymkhana's favour by winning all the four ball matches
and eight of the singles matches thereby providing their team with 20 points as against four by Royal Palm players. As for the competition amongst players in the handicap category 0 to 9,Royal Palm players had the better of the Gymkhana players and aggregated 15 points as against the host teams 13.However in the overall aggregate Gymkhana team managed a tally of 33 as against Royal Palm's 19,and became holders of the Inter Club Trophy. In the competition between 26member a side, for the Gymkhana team local knowledge of the golf
course turned out be advantageous and the performers who took them to the winners rostrum were Sameer Iftikhar and Mohsin Anwar,QayumRashid and Zulfiqar Rana,Khurshid Aziz and Dr Khurram Saadat,Hamid Sethi andQasim Riaz,Tariq Misbah and Ahmed Khalid,Ahad Naeem and Dr Dildar,Omer Zia andAsad Abbas and Asad Niaz and Karamatullah Chaudry. The players who won their matches for Royal Palm were Mahd Zafar and Abbas Ali Khan,Mohsen Zafar and Hussain Hamid,Omer Salamat and Faisal Sayid,and in singles
those who emerged victorious were Lt Gen M.tariq,Mohsen Zafar,SardarMurad,Raza ali khan,Abbas Ali Khan,Omer Salamat,Faisal Sayid,Abdullah Sharif,ImranMiraj,Fareed Malik and Hamayun Mian. At the conclusion of the Inter Club Match ,Lt Gen(r) Mohammad Tariq, Captain Golf of Royal Palm handed over the glittering trophy to Amer Mehmood Captain Golf of Gymkhana in the presence of Agha ali Imam,Convenor Golf of Lahore Gymkhana.The next championship will be held in November with Royal Palm acting as the host.
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To be honest, I didn't think I had a chance to win. – Scott Hend
Monday, 1 April, 2013
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wapda take National Inter-dept baseball Championship title
LAHore STAFF REPORT
Pakistan WAPDA won its 4th match crushing Pakistan Police by 14 runs to 2 in the Final day match of championship. As the last round of NBP-Inter Departmental Baseball Championship 2013 ended here at the University of Central Punjab Complex on Sunday. Shaukat Javed President Pakistan Federation Baseball was the Chief Guest and he distributed the medals among the players. The main scorers for WAPDA were Sumair Zawar 2 (1-Home Run), Asif 2, Zaheer 1, Usman Butt 3, Afridi 3, Adnan Butt 1, Abu Bakar 2. Police fought through Shahzad Butt 1, Abdul Samad 1.
South asian beach Handball at Faisalabad
Shamoon wins grass root cycle race
Cink, Haas lead in Houston open
LAHore STAFF REPORT
Pakistan will be the centre of a major handball activity by hosting the South Asian Beach Handball Championship from April 2 at University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Sand Court. ‘Nepal has arrived Pakistan and the Afghanistan side will be arriving tomorrow, Monday as India which confirmed its participation did not communicate its arrival plan till now’, said a spokesman of Pakistan Handball Federation here on Sunday. He said Nepal team will play a friendly indoor Handball match against Pakistan Youth team tomorrow, Monday at 4:00P.M at Govt. Higher Secondary School, Ghulam Muhammadabad, Faisalabad. Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, ExMNA, Patron, PHBF will be Chief Guest on the occasion. In case if none participation of Indian team Pakistan will field two teams and position will be considered only for one team,he added. The draws of the matches will be as under: Apr 2, Pak Green vs Nepal Nepal Apr 3, Pak White vs Afghanistan, Pak Green vs PakWhite, Afghanistan vs Nepal Aprl 4, Nepal vs Pak White ,Afghanistan vs Pak Green.
pCb condoles the death of father of photographer babry
Stewart Cink and Bill Haas manoeuvred themselves to the front of the field heading into the final day of a wide open Shell Houston Open. Cink carded a four-under 68 and Haas a 67 as the pair moved to 11 under overall, but with another 13 men within two shots of them, the final round promises to be exciting. Overnight leader Steve Wheatcroft was one of four men on 10 under, alongside fellow Americans Ben Crane, DA Points and Jason Kokrak, while
England's Lee Westwood went round in 67 to head a group of nine at nine under. World number two Rory McIlroy, meanwhile, went under par for a second straight round and, although he remained nine shots off the lead at two under, there were signs things were improving with the Masters on the horizon. But it is the top of the leaderboard where attention will be focused on the final day, with a nervy final round in prospect. "Tomorrow you're going to have to play very well," Haas told www.pgatour.com. "You can't just hang on and hope everybody else will fall
back."g Haas carded seven birdies against two bogeys, while Cink dropped just one shot in his round, saving par on the final hole despite finding a bunker. Wheatcroft could only go level after back-to-back 67s, although he would have had a share of the lead had he not made a mess of a bunker shot on the 18th. The sight of an improving Westwood, who sat level with the likes of Louis Oosthuizen, Angel Cabrera and Keegan Bradley, is bound to worry the leaders. The Yorkshireman has bemoaned his poor form on par-five holes this year, but found his range on Saturday. "I played much more solid today [Saturday]," said Westwood. "I played the par fives in three under par. The first day I was one over. You can't afford to do that. "Today, it was obviously a lot better. I'll shoot lower scores if I start playing the par-fives better. "I mean, built up a little bit more confidence and I hit the ball really nice today." Westwood is not the only Briton in with a chance, with Brian Davis eight under and Greg Owen seven under. McIlroy appeared to be moving into contention himself at one stage. At four under through 12 the Northern Irishman appeared to be hitting form just at the right time, but three bogeys in the last six holes killed off any hope of a late charge. "Obviously not the finish I wanted," McIlroy said. "I showed a lot of really positive signs out there, and I would love to take it forward into tomorrow and also into next week. Ultimately into the Masters in a couple weeks' time.
Dewa’s Own take Elan Polo Cup
Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board Ch. Zaka Ashraf, Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmad, Director General Javed Miandad and Chairperson Women’s Wing Ms. Bushra Aitizazhave condoled the sad demise of Father of Umar Babry, PCB Photographer. The PCB hierarchy and its entire staff pray to Almighty to bestow the departed soul with eternal peace and grant the family and the dear ones the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
Dewa’s Own defeated Polo D Sufi/Monnoo Polo 6-5½ in a thriller to lift the Elan Polo Cup 2013 title here at the Lahore Polo Club on Sunday. The first chukker dominated by Dewa’s Own as Sameer Habib Oberoi smashed first goal for his team which was leveled by Shah Shamyl Alam making it 1-1. Saqib Khan Khakwani then came from behind and scored important goal taking 2-1 lead for Dewa’s Own. The second chukker saw only goal from Polo D Sufi converted by Shah Shamyl Alam making it 2-2. Dewa’s Own players played well in the third chukker and took 4-3 lead as Saqib
Khakwani hammered two goals for Deaw’s while Shah Shamyl had one for D Sufi team. In the fourth and decisive chukker, Saqib and Emraan Akhtar were the players who brought Dewa’s Own home safely as they managed one goal each while Shah Shamyl scored one goal for the losers. In subsidiary final, Security 2000 played exceptionally well Master Paints and outclassed them by 8½-4. Ahmed Ali Tiwana was top scorer for Security 2000 as he slammed four goals while Usman Haye, Mustafa Monnoo, Sher Alam Mahsud added one goal each for the winners. Maj Omer Minhas scored two goals while Mir Shoaib Ahmad and Col Nauman Wasif had one goal each for the losers.
LAHore STAFF REPORT
Shamoon Masih won the 35-kilometre grass root cycle race here on Sunday. Punjab Cycling Association organised the event as a part of its efforts to promote cycling at grass root level. Shamoon covered the distance in 39thminutes and 17seconds and behind him was Muhammad Imran .Kashif Asif ,SunnyAnwar ,Rehman and Shahbaz Masih took the third, fourth, fifth and sixth place respectively. As many as forty two riders from Punjab took part in the which started Saddar Round and terminated at the same pint after going through various points of the city. The Chief Guest for closing Ceremony was Iftikhar Niazi who gave away Trophies and Cash Awards to the Winners. The Chief Judge of the Race Syed Nazakat Ali Former International Cyclist with Muhammad Jamil , Qasir Siddique Bhatti, Zulfiqar Ali, MuhammadAshraf, Dilshar Ali, Malik Muhammad Bashir, Shahbaz Miraj performed the duties in the race.
Siem on course for victory in agadir sPorts Desk Marcel Siem remains on course to lift the Hassan II Trophy after increasing his lead to four shots at the end of the third round in Agadir. Siem needs victory at the Golf du Palais Royal to have any chance of breaking into the world's top 50 ahead of the qualification cut-off for The Masters and he will take a formidable advantage into the final day.
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Modi a step closer to prime ministerial run
MoNitoriNg Desk Controversial Indian politician Narendra Modi, tipped as the opposition’s prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 general election, was elevated to a key post in his party on Sunday. Leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appointed Modi as a member of the parliamentary board, a key decision-making body in the Hindu nationalist party which has been plagued by internal squabbles. “Modi is a versatile leader and we are happy that he has been chosen to play a key role in the upcoming elections,” said Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, BJP vice president. “Modi is very popular; people across the country admire his leadership skills.” Last year Modi secured a fourth successive term as chief minister of the western state of Gujarat. Since then he has been widely seen as pushing to lead the party into the national polls. But the 62-year-old remains a highly divisive figure nationally after being at the helm in Gujarat during bloody religious riots in 2002. Some 2,000 people, mainly Muslims, were killed during the month-long unrest, according to rights groups. One of Modi’s former ministers was jailed for life for instigating the killings but several investigations have cleared Modi of personal responsibility. Political analysts said Modi’s elevation on Sunday was a sign that he had won the support of his party and various Hindu organisations to lead the charge against the Congress-led ruling coalition in the general election. The embattled Congress and the BJP are poised to go head-to-head in the polls but have yet to name their candidates for premier. Observers have been predicting a showdown between Modi and Rahul Gandhi, the 42-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. Gandhi, whose father, grandmother and great-grandfather have all served as prime minister is widely expected to lead Congress into the polls after being elevated to the post of party vice-president earlier this year.
MedIa Code For eleCtIoNS lIKely to be FINalISed today isLAMABAD APP
The Election Commission of Pakistan is likely to finalise a code of conduct for the media covering the upcoming general election 2013 to ensure dissemination of credible and unbiased news. An ECP official told APP that after thorough consultation with the representatives of media organisations, the code of conduct for media had been given a final shape. He said Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ebrahim and other members of the commission were expected to approve the draft code of conduct today (Monday) that would follow its implementation. He said the code of conduct had been finalised based on the deliberations of the representatives of Pakistan Broadcasters Association and PFUJ and other media bodies. The source said a complaint cell would be established at the ECP that would consist of representatives of media as well to look into the issues regarding coverage of the general elections. After the media organisations and bodies had expressed reservations over the code of conduct, the ECP had constituted a committee to come up with a consensus code of conduct for the media.
KaRaCHi: CID Counter Terrorism Wing officials display seized weapons recovered from wanted criminal named Mehfooz Ullah alias Bhalu, an activists of defunct Tehreek-e-Talban Pakistan, during a raid at Kati Pahari area. PPI
uS and uK toiling for pak-afghan patch up US AND UK ARE URGING AUTHORITIES IN ISLAMABAD AND KABUL TO AVOID PUBLIC STATEMENTS AGAINST EACH OTHER isLAMABAD SHAIQ HuSSAIN
ERTURBED over rising tensions between Islamabad and Kabul, the United States and UK are trying hard for a patch up between the two states, as they believe that the continuation of hostilities between Pakistan and Afghanistan could badly harm the Washington’s exit strategy for the war-torn country. US Secretary of State John Kerry recently visited Kabul on an unannounced visit and discussed the renewed tensions between Islamabad and Kabul with the Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other senior officials in the Afghan capital. Secretary Kerry is said
to have spoken to Pak Army chief General Ashfaq Kayani also in their recent meeting in Amman, Jordan where the two leaders discussed the latest Afghanistan situation in detail. British Prime Minister David Cameron also spoke to President Asif Zardari and the Afghan president on telephone on Wednesday and urged the two leaders to opt for restrain and avoid public hostilities. The US has set the deadline of 2014 for the exit of its troops from Afghanistan but it realises that in order to have a smooth departure of its forces, cooperation between Islamabad and Kabul is vital. Washington and its western allies like UK know very well how negative could be the fallout of any hostility and
rivalry between Afghanistan and Pakistan for their exit strategy. According to diplomatic sources, Pakistan is disappointed over the recent statements by the Afghan president and other Afghan leaders in which they blamed Islamabad for allegedly creating hurdles in the Afghanistan reconciliation process. The recent remarks from Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin that Kabul could move along with the Afghan reconciliation process on its own and especially could reach out to the Taliban without any assistance from Islamabad have especially not gone down well with the Pakistani authorities. Sources said that the Afghan authorities wanted Islamabad to set free the remaining Taliban leaders in its custody and especially Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the former deputy to the Taliban supreme commander, Mullah Omar. “This fresh wave of tension between Pakistan and Afghanistan has caused serious concerns in Washington
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Historic first: woman joins polls race in Dir LoWer Dir INP
For the first time in the history of Dir district, a woman has come forward to take part in direct elections from NA-34. Nusrat Begum, wife of Karim Khan, has filed nomination forms with the concerned returning officer by personally appearing before him. After filing the nomination forms, Nusrat said she was hopeful of success in the forthcoming general elections. She said if given a chance, she would try
her best to change the destiny of the district, especially of the women of the area. She said those who were elected from the area in the past did not do justice with the local people. Nusrat said she had been elected district vice president of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the intra-party polls, therefore, she was hopeful of getting the party ticket. In the past, women in the district were not allowed to cast their votes. But this time around a positive change has been witnessed and the political parties have softened their stance about the women’s participation in the election process.
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Punjab caretaker Chief Minister Najam Sethi has selected his planned “smart” cabinet and a five ministers chosen by the CM are likely to take oath today (Monday) at 11am. According to media reports, Arif Aijaz has been proposed to head the Planning and Development department, while Tariq Pervaiz is likely to be given the Punjab Home Ministry. Sethi plans to keep portfolios of finance and information with himself. The names of the other ministers were being finalized in a high level meeting until the filing of the report, and Pakistan Today learnt that other names being considered were that of Shams Mahmood Mirza, Saleema Hashmi and Mr Eric.
BD Muslim groups rally against ‘atrocities’ of Hasina govt DHAkA INP
Members of 15 Islamic organisations on Sunday put up a rally at the Shaheed Minar ground to protest the "atrocities" against prominent Muslim leaders in Bangladesh and alleged antiIslam policies of the Hasina led government there. Thousands of people gathered at the venue chanting slogans of 'Sheikh Haseena step down' and 'Delwar Hossain should be freed'. Md Qamruzzaman, general secretary of All Bengal Minority Youth Federation, said,
"We are strictly against blogger Imran who posted anti-Islam blogs. We also condemn the actions of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Haseena who is not only letting these offenders go scot free but is also supporting them." He said their appeal to the Indian government was to ban these sites in India and severe all ties with Bangladesh, to 'teach them a lesson'. "We have no plan to resort to violence. We had and will protest peacefully. It was shocking to see the treatment that was meted out to us at the Bangladesh High Commission when we went to hand over a deputation on
February 21. Not only was the Bangladesh High Commissioner not there in spite of being informed about our arrival in advance, but we were not let into the office," he said. Next, he said there would be a signature collection campaign which they will send to the President of India. Member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board Dr Raisuddin said it was a clash between secular democracy and ethical democracy. "People can fight against Islam's policy but it should be done in a peaceful manner. Why do they have to resort to profanity in the first place, which caused all the
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trouble that followed?" he said. Prominent Muslim leaders of the city such as Syed Md Nurur Rahman Barkati, Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid, Maulana Syed Athar Abbas Rizvi, Imam of Cossipore Masjid, who were supposed to be present at the event could not attend due to health reasons. However, they spoke to The Indian Express over the phone and expressed their views."I could not be present there physically as I am indisposed but they have my full support. I strongly condemn the actions of Sheikh Hasina and the protests here are justified," Barkati said. Editor: Arif Nizami
and London and both the countries are trying through diplomatic channels to defuse the situation between Islamabad and Kabul and put them back on the path of cooperation,” a source said, seeking anonymity. He said that the US and UK were urging the authorities in Islamabad and Kabul to avoid public statements against each other and rather engage through diplomatic channels with for the end of their differences. A Pakistani diplomat said that Pakistan was willing to play its due role for bringing back peace and stability to Afghanistan, but at the same time it wanted Afghanistan to reciprocate positively to its peace overtures. “We have released around two dozen Taliban prisoners so far and the rest of them would also be set free in phases. All this is being done to facilitate the Afghanistan reconciliation process and hence no one shall have any doubts about Islamabad’s intensions,” he said while asking not to be named.