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DEFECTING MPS ENJOY PERKS AS ECP SLEEPS Around a dozen parliamentarians who have crossed the floor are still enjoying all perks and privileges, but the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) appears oblivious and is yet to take action on the violation of the defection clause. PAGE 03
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INTerNaTIoNaL ageNda shouLd sTay away froM afghaN Peace TaLks: fazL ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-IslamFazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman said on Friday that talks on peace in Afghanistan should be held in isolation from international agenda. He was talking to reporters in the parliament with reference to his meeting with the US ambassador to Pakistan. “On Afghanistan issue, the US ambassador told me that his country wanted to pull out from Afghanistan. The US wants to hand over Afghanistan to Afghan army,” Fazl said. Online
TaLIbaN weLcoMe JuI-f aPc decLaraTIoN for Peace TaLks PESHAWAR: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan have welcomed the five-point declaration of an All Parties Conference (APC) called by the Jamiat Ulema-eIslam – Fazl (JUI-F) for steps to restore peace in the restive tribal areas. Mainstream political and religious parties and civil society groups agreed at the moot on Thursday to negotiate peace with militant elements through a broadened tribal jirga earlier formed by JUI-F. “The political parties have sent a positive message by excluding the word terrorism from the joint declaration. The TTP shura gives it high regards,” Ehsanullah Ehsan, spokesmen for the banned militant outfit, told media outlets from an undisclosed location. The spokesman, however, said that Pakistani Taliban was still waiting for a “positive response” from the military on the offer of peace talks with the militants. Ehsan said that Taliban council also respected the gesture of all the political and non-political forces which have shown confidence in the members of the tribal jirga and have tasked them for holding peace talks. “We welcome and respect this decision,” he said. The Taliban spokesman said a serious sitting for peace would help assess the seriousness of the government, the army and other stakeholders in moving ahead with the peace process. He said that such a step would also help judge “the powers of the jirga for holding such talks independently.” Asked if the militants were willing to endorse a ceasefire and seize attacks on Pakistani security forces, the spokesman said: “It will only begin when we are on the table (for peace talks).” AgencieS
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is involved in 80 percent of terror incidents in Pakistan. — Interior Minister Rehman Malik
Musharraf to return ‘within a week of caretaker setup’ SayS ready to face courtS if hiS crime iS putting the country on road to progreSS DUBAI
O R M E R president General (r) Pervez Musharraf on Friday announced that he would return to Pakistan within a week of the installation of caretaker government. Addressing a press conference in Dubai, Musharraf said that he would either land in Karachi or Islamabad. In response to a question about threats to his life and the cases against him in Pakistan, Musharraf said his life was in God’s hands, adding that if he was being tried for promoting development and prosperity in Pakistan, he was ready to face the courts. “I want to be
put on trial for developing Pakistan, building dams, promoting agriculture and revolutionising telecom sector. I introduced a local body system, which developed the country at grassroots level. I opened 70 to 80 universities, broke the begging bowl of IMF,” he said, adding, “I am ready to accept the punishment if our courts want me to be tried on these reasons.” Pakistan is full of potential and resources, he said, adding that the country lacks leadership and governance. He said Pakistan was facing a “now or never situation”. What happened has happened; it is now time to move forward, he said. “I hope that the people of Pakistan have awakened. The people of Pakistan have realised what is right and what is wrong for them.” He unveiled a four-point roadmap, which includes internal stability, regional peace, international acceptability, and socio-economic development. Commenting over the general elections, he said the polls should be free and fair, adding that his party would fully participate in the elections. He said the polls would be transparent if the army super-
vises them. He said that his party was in favour of the implementation of Article 62 and 63 of the constitution. Speaking about the Hazara community of Quetta, Musharraf said they were patriotic, patient and educated Pakistanis. He said that religious extremism was damaging the country and Pakistan was being destroyed in the name of religion. “I am not going to Pakistan to create enemies. It’s time for reconciliation. For all those who love Pakistan, I would like to tell them that I am returning to Pakistan because I love Pakistan.” Musharraf, who heads the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), has been away from Pakistan since 2008 after the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) came to power with a coalition government. The former president faces two court warrants for his arrest in two cases
President Zardari’s Elahi calls for gift to the nation is third-party audit corruption: Shahbaz of Punjab’s funds LAHORE Online
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Friday said that the only ‘achievement’ of President Asif Ali Zardari, his government and allies during the last five years was “ruthless” corruption and massive price-hike. Speaking at his presidential address at the concluding session of the annual conference of Naziria-e-Pakistan Trust at Aiwan-e-Karkunane-Tehrik-e-Pakistan, the chief minister said that the masses were not likely to forget the gifts given to them by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government. Moreover, he alleged that the rulers of Islamabad had been shamelessly engaged in corruption, whereas the Punjab government had promoted a corruption-free culture in the province. Shahbaz said that the Punjab government had set a new record signing an agreement with Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) to judge the transparency of projects worth over Rs 36 billion. He said this agreement was not a legal obligation of the provincial government, but it had voluntarily agreed to the accountability check. He said that he had presented himself for accountability as the chief minister of the province and he was ready to face any punishment if corruption of even a single penny was proved against him. Furthermore, he said that even the “puppet organisation” of federal government, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had also failed to bring forward any evidence of corruption against him. He said the country was heading towards general elections and people should get rid of all corrupt rulers. He said in spite of all problems and challenges, the 180 million people of the country from Peshawar to Karachi would have to elect such a leadership that had set exemplary records of its performance.
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JI chief will convey PML-N’s caretaker PM nominees to PTI: Nisar ISLAMABAD Online
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) senior central leader and Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhry Parvaiz Elahi said corruption and embezzlements in flop schemes and “shaikh chilli” projects in Punjab during the past 5 years will be exposed by third-party audits. Addressing a large public gathering in Hafizabad on Friday, Elahi demanded that an independent audit of funds received through foreign investments during his tenure be compared with the present government’s report card, accusing the present PML-N government of misappropriation worth billions of rupees. He claimed Shahbaz Sharif’s tenure as the chief minister (CM) was marred by closure of four thousand schools of the poor, reduction in the school-going number of boys and girls and discontinuation of welfare projects initiated during PML-Q’s government. These facts, said Elahi, served as ample proof of the present government’s corruption. “We do not sing songs,” said Elahi, “but serve people on the ground, for a brighter Punjab and Pakistan.” Elahi said their mission was not a personal one against a particular individual or party and they did not want people to become victims of political vengeance. He said his party wanted to serve people at large without any discrimination because their intentions were good. He said Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif had served two terms each as the CM of Punjab but had allocated only Rs one billion for development of Hafizabad in all these years. In contrast, during his only tenure as CM, Elahi said he had provided development funds of Rs one billion for the people of Hafizabad, and a thousand kilometre long road. He challenged the “Khadam-e-A’ala” to compare his works with “my record development works”.
National Assembly Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Friday that he had earlier contacted the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on nominating names for the caretaker prime minister, but added that due to the “non-serious attitude of PTI Chairman Imran Khan, we will not contact him directly and instead send the proposed names through Jamaat-eIslami chief Munawar Hassan.” Talking to reporters outside the parliament, Nisar said that he had been consulting with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership after receiving the prime minister’s letter, adding that he would respond in two or three days with two names for the caretaker prime minister. He further said that if the prime minister and the opposition leader fail to reach consensus on the caretaker PM, then the matter would be referred to a parliamentary committee. However, only our proposed names would be forwarded to the committee, he added. In response to a question, Nisar said the PML-N does not consider the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) an opposition party, and would not consult it on the caretaker setup. He said that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), through a conspiracy, had put the MQM on opposition benches. But even this card of President Zardari was foiled by the PML-N.
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Decision of lifting Governor’s Rule in Balochistan will be taken soon. — Law Minister Farooq Naik
another journalist gunned down in 2 days QUETTA: A senior journalist and Mir Ahmad Yar Khan Press Club President Mahmood Khan Afridi was killed on Friday by unidentified gunmen in Kalat, some 160 kilometers southeast of Quetta. Balochistan Union of Journalists and Quetta Press Club condemned the murder and announced a three-day mourning in its wake. According to details, Mahmood Khan Afridi was on his way home when two armed men riding a motorcycle sprayed a volley of bullets at him with sophisticated weapons. As a result of the attack, he sustained multiple bullets wounds and succumbed to his injuries before reaching the hospital. Mahmood Afridi was shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital Kalat where doctors pronounced his death. Police said investigation into the murder was underway to unearth motive behind the murder. Afridi was a senior journalist from the Kalat district working for Daily Intaikhab and a TV Channel News One and was the president of Mir Ahmed Yar Khan Press Club Kalat. He left behind two sons Mohammad Ibrahim, 19 and Mohammad Idrees, 17 and a widow. STAFF RePORT
four Indian prisoners, seven fishermen handed over to India LAHORE: Ansar Burney Trust International Vice Chairman Fahad Burney on Friday that the released seven Indian fishermen and four prisoners were handed over to Indian authorities at Wagah border. Fahad Burney said the released Indian prisoners were Lakhoo Ram, Om Parkash, Ashok Kumar and Nazir Hussain and the seven fishermen were Khema, Shivdas, Manno, Bharat Dheeru, Govind Bamaniya, Mansigh Bhagwa and Lala Pnsa Bhika Belu. Burney appreciated Pakistan’s humanitarian attitude towards the fishermen and other foreign prisoners. He said that the seven Indian fishermen were released from Landhi Jail in Karachi and the four Indian prisoners were released from Punjab jails to be handed over to Indian authorities. Ansar Burney Trust International bore the expenses of the release and transfer. Online
ECP excludes PTI, MQM from eligible parties’ list ISLAMABAD nni
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday announced Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) were ineligible for contesting in the upcoming general elections. However, ECP approved 123 political parties for contesting.
According to details, PTI and MQM were excluded from the list of parties eligible for contesting in elections because, PTI had not completed intra-party elections and MQM had failed to submit details of assets from 2010. The parties who made the lucky list included Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-
N), Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), Pakistan Awami Tehreek, APML and others. All of these parties had completed their intra-party polls before. It is important to mention that PTI Sialkot intra-party elections had to be delayed because of the violence that broke out between PTI workers during the polls. In the recent intra-party of the PTI,
old party stalwarts bounced back with majority votes. Party leadership had said that it was a message to former party members who had left the party because of intra-party election rows. PTI had boasted that the return of old party members showed that there was a difference between “family parties” and parties which aimed to bring true democracy.
defecting MPs enjoy perks as election commission sleeps ISLAMABAD
H O U G H parliament’s term is going to end by March 16, around a dozen parliamentarians who have crossed the floor are still enjoying all perks and privileges as the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is yet to take action on their violation of the defection clause, Pakistan Today has learnt. Zafar Ali Shah, Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Amir Muqam, Sardar Ghous Baksh Khan Mehr, Riaz Fatiana, Awais Khan Leghari, Deewan Ashiq Bokhari, Pir Mohammad Aslam Bodla, Raja Asad, Raja Safdar, Saifuddin Khosa, Ayaz Shah Shirazi and many others have switched loyalties from their parent parties, but are still
Sm Zafar SayS mpS Switching loyaltieS Stand diSqualified drawing salaries from the national exchequer. “The parliamentarians who have switched parties have no right to draw salaries and avail perks and privileges, and they should resign immediately,” legal expert SM Zafar said while talking to Pakistan Today, adding, “It is a bad tradition which is injurious to the democratic process. All parties should close their doors on those who switch parties like this.”
Wagah: Indian prisoners kiss the ground after crossing over to India at the India-Pakistan border on Friday. AFP
Tauqir Sadiq’s extradition delayed after court appearance ABU DHABI Online
The extradition of former Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) chairman Tauqeer Sadiq from the United Arab Emirates has been delayed after his appearance in a court here. The former OGRA chief is allegedly involved in Rs 82 billion scam and is wanted in the case. He was presented before the Abu Dhabi court on Thursday where the court had to deliver Sadiq’s deportation orders, but the court ordered him to appear again on March 9. Two officers of the Federal Investiga-
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tion Agency (FIA) are currently in Dubai to bring the accused back, but now after the court’s order, the matter of Sadiq’s extradition from the UAE has apparently been delayed.
Sources told that only after the legal formalities are solved, Sadiq would be handed over to the Pakistani High Commission after which he would be brought back. Dubai Interpol team is likely to hand over Sadiq to Pakistani Interpol team. Following the court’s orders, the Pakistani High Commission will issue Tauqeer Sadiq’s “out-pass”, but due to weekly holidays of Friday and Saturday in UAE, it is likely that the High Commission will remain open to issue Tauqeer Sadiq’s out-pass. Sources had told earlier that the former OGRA chief was likely to be extradited to Pakistan in the next 24 to 36 hours.
a defecting mp SayS no one could diSqualify him aS hewaS elected by hiS people When asked why the ECP was not taking action against the turncoats, Zafar said the ECP had no power to take suo motu notice but the party concerned had to approach it to get them disqualified. “Elections are close so talking to the ECP right now would be an exercise in futility,” he said. Replying to another query that the PML-N had kept its doors open to welcome the turncoats, SM Zafar said that it was against the very principle of politics to welcome turn-
coats, hence all the parties should keep their door closed for them. He said that there was a difference between “politics of reconciliation” and “muk-muka”, adding that the former was based on principle while the latter was based on benefiting each other for a favour. He further said that the latter was not a good omen for the country’s future. When contacted, Riaz Hussain Pirzada, who has left the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) for the PML-N, said that he had been elected by the people of his area, therefore he could not be de-seated even if he had parted ways with his parent party. “My party had given me a ministry but I had resigned from my ministerial portfolio owing to my differences with party leadership on certain issues,” he asserted.
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The petrol bomb is another gift by the outgoing government to the people of Pakistan. – PTI’s Shafqat Mahmood
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‘govt took decisions in best national interest’ LALAMUSA APP
INISTER for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Friday said the Pakistan People’s Party-led government had always taken decisions in the best national interest and never compromised on the sovereignty of the country. Addressing participants of the function to inaugurate gas supply to Islama Pura, he said, “We are the follower of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who sacrificed his life for the cause of the country and peoples’ rights and democracy, but had never compromised on the interest of the country.” The information minister said the present government had inked agreement with Iran on gas pipeline project to fulfil the energy needs of the country despite international pressure. “We have not accepted the pressure of any country on the issue of Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline and inked the agreement with Iran as Pakistan is facing energy crisis and to fulfil our energy needs.” He added that Pakistan would also import electricity from Iran.
The minister regretted that in the past, several governments had talked about the Iran gas pipeline, but did not materialise the project due to international pressure. Kaira said the government had also handed over Gwadar sea port to China, as “China is our time-tested friend and always stood with Pakistan in difficult times. He hoped that Gwadar sea port would also play an important role in the socio economic development of Pakistan besides uplift of the people of Balochistan. He added that the port would not only help in developing Pakistan but also contribute to the development of Afghanistan and Iran. Highlighting some of the achievements of present democratic government, the minister said the government united the nation against terrorism and formulated a clear cut policy to counter the menace of extremism and militancy besides taking steps for the improvement of the national economy and welfare of the people. Kaira said the PPP-led government had dismantled the networks of the terrorists in the country, though a few dispersed terrorist groups still existed.
ecP, sc shouLd Take NoTIce of PML-N’s TIes wITh LJ: MaLIk ISLAMABAD Online
Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Friday said the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the Supreme Court (SC) should take action against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) over its ties with banned extremist outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LJ). Talking to media personnel in Islamabad, Malik said LJ is involved in terrorism throughout the country and is using Punjab as a hideout. He said all details regarding LJ including a list of 734 of its activists had been provided to the Punjab Government. Malik expressed hope that the provincial government would move against the banned outfit. Malik claimed LJ was responsible for eighty percent of terror plots across the country, adding that militants took refuge in Punjab after conducting terror attacks. Talking on the issue of dialogue with the Taliban, Malik said they must lay down their weapons if they are serious in holding talks with the government. He said the agreement between the Punjab Government and Transparency International was disappointing, adding that it appeared as if the provincial government did not trust its machinery. Malik said JUI’s All Parties Conference was a positive step for establishment of peace in the country.
Pagara for ousting Sindh election commissioner SayS fair electionS not poSSible in preSence of political governorS LAHORE inP
Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PMLF) chief Pir Pagara demanded replacement of the Sindh election commissioner and expressed fear of massive bloodshed during the upcoming elections. Addressing a press conference at the residence of his party’s provincial president Ghulam Mustafa Khar on Friday, Pagara said free and fair elections were not possible in the presence of political governors. He said politically affiliated governors would definitely support their parties, and called for appointment of non political governors before elections. He alleged that the Sindh election commissioner refuses to follow orders from the chief election commissioner, calling for his replacement. The PML-F chief once again appealed for the
Senate body recommends increase in maintenance allowance of ex-rulers ISLAMABAD Online
rs 450b PsdP volume to be proposed for fy2013-14
LPc shoots down launch of book on sarabjit singh
ISLaMaBaD: The proposed volume of the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the fiscal year (FY) 2013-14 will be Rs 450 billion, which is Rs 90 billion more than the previous year, according to Rana Asad Amin, adviser to the Ministry of Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs. Talking to Online on Friday in the Parliament House, Amin said that the budget strategic paper of new fiscal budget would be presented before the federal cabinet on March 6 and a three percent increase in the basic salaries of government employees had been proposed. Online
LahORE: Indian national Sarabjit Singh’s counsel Awais Sheikh on Friday was denied entry into the Lahore Press Club for a pre-planned launch of his book on Singh.Police personnel were deployed outside the venue to prevent the author from entering the building. According to the club administration, the decision was taken due to security concerns. Sheikh said he had booked the venue six weeks in advance, however, he was denied entry when his guests were about to arrive. Sarabjit had illegally crossed into Pakistan from Kasur on August 29, 1990. STAFF RePORT
unification of all factions of Muslim League and said if this had happened before 2008, the present prime minister would have been from the League. He said Chaudhry brothers of PML-Q had been supporting unification efforts when they were in government, adding that the PML-N, led by Nawaz Sharif, also wanted the merger. He said in case of unification, the League would be a big force to be reckoned with. Pagara said his party would contest elections from all parts of the country. He said he had predicted some time ago that the MQM would move to opposition benches before elections and his prediction had materialised. The PML-F chief said change was difficult to come by because a majority of those already in assemblies would return following elections and only 20 to 30 new faces would be seen in the new parliament. He further claimed that criminals were serving in police in Karachi and the rest of Sindh which was why no action was taken against target killers. On the occasion, Khar said the Muslim League under the leadership of Pir Pagara had come as an alternative to the PPP, and hoped for positive results. During the conference, Chaudhry Zaheer and others announced to join the party.
The Senate Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs has recommended an increase in the maintenance allowance of former rulers, their dependents and acceding states to Rs 0.2 million per month that would mean a 15 percent increase after the federal government’s approval. The committee has also approved “The Rulers of Acceding States (Abolition) of Privy Purses and Privileges) (Amendment) Order 1972”. The meeting, held on Friday with Senator Islamuddin Sheikh in the chair, expressed concern over the disparity in the amount paid to ex-rulers of merged/acceding states and their dependents
Polio drive to continue despite attacks on workers: who SYDNEY: World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Polio drive head Dr Bruce Aylward on Friday said it was crucial to push on with the fight to eradicate the disease despite the rising death toll among vaccination workers. A Pakistani policeman was shot dead earlier this week while protecting a polio team, police said, bringing the number of deaths in such attacks in Pakistan to 20 since December. Speaking in Australia, Aylward said the WHO was working to reduce risk factors for those involved in the work to tackle the crippling illness in countries such as Pakistan. “It’s a horrible tragedy. As you can imagine, it’s something very personal, the pain you feel for families that lose people in the course of a programme that you are actually in-charge of,” he said. “(But) every time it does happen... invariably the people come back and say to us that this makes finishing the job much more important,” he said. Online
and said that dependents of Kalat Dir and Makran were getting very meagre amounts while huge amounts were being paid to the Amir of Bahawalpur and the former Mir of Khairpur and others, which it said was unfair. Legislators said that the amount should be equal for all the rulers of acceded states and their dependents or it should be completely removed. Awami National Party (ANP) Senator Haji Adeel strongly opposed the move and said that the system had been abolished in India, and Pakistan should do away with it too. Ilyas Bilor also opposed the idea to pay amount to rulers of acceding states and said that if government wanted to give financial assistance to the rulers then there must be some fixed criteria and payment should not be on like or dislike basis.
Manning pleads guilty to misusing classified data MARYLAND: The US Army private accused of providing diplomatic cables and other secret documents to the WikiLeaks website pleaded guilty on Thursday to misusing classified material, but denied the most serious charge in the case, aiding the enemy. Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, entered the pleas prior to his court martial, which is set to begin on June 3, in a case that centers on the biggest leak of government secrets in U.S. history. “I believe that if the general public ... had access to the information ... this could spark a domestic debate as to the role of the military and foreign policy in general,” Manning, dressed in full military uniform, testified calmly. AgencieS
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Justice Maqbool takes oath as acting cJ KARACHI: Senior Judge of the SHC Justice Maqbool Baqar took oath as the acting chief justice of Sindh High Court here on Friday. Senior judge of the court‚ Mr Justice Faisal Arab‚ administered the oath. The SHC chief justice Mr Justice Musheer Alam is on leave. nni
ITH the reviv al of com missi oner ate system in the province once again, the Sindh government has frozen all the accounts being managed by the district governments and town municipal administrations (TMAs) including development and non-development funds. However, these authorities could only use the funds to pay salaries to their staff. The remaining funds will be released to commissioners after the new administration starts its proper functioning, Pakistan Today has learnt. It is recalled here the Sindh government has revived the commissionrate system in the province as the people of Sindh had showed their dissatisfaction over the introduction of Sindh Peoples Local Government Act 2012 that brought bad name to the ruling PPP. After the notification of commissiorate system was issued, the finance department has forwarded a letter restricting all the district governments and TMAs for making transactions. Moreover, the funds will be unfrozen as the new setup starts proper administration in the districts, sources told Pakistan Today. It is further said that all 23 district governments, 119
TMAs and 1,108 union councils could only utilise the funds for employees’ salaries while the development and non-development funds will remain frozen till the issuance of another notification by the finance department. However, the salaries of the district government employees are being released according to the old formula. The sources said the Sindh finance department had forwarded a letter to the officials of the National Bank of Pakistan to seize all funds of district governments and TMAs including the CDGK. The letter also said that funds allocated for salaries of the employees of the said institutions would not be seized and be issued according to routine. At least Rs 145 billion are available for the 23 district governments, TMAs and union councils under the head of non-development funds while only Rs 20 billion are available as development
budget, they added. Amongst the frozen funds, at least Rs 35.510 billion belonged to Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, Rs 12 billion for Hyderabad district, Rs
Three more killed in violence four aSSaSSinS arreSted in raidS KARACHI STAFF RePORT
Unabated violence continued to claim innocent lives in the provincial metropolis as three more people including a woman were shot dead and several others were injured in different areas of the city on Friday. According to police and rescue sources, some unknown armed motorcyclists shot a man dead near Nigar Cinema and ran away from the scene after committing the crime. In Baldia Town locality of the city, unknown gunmen killed a woman. Police said the shooting incident could be the outcome of personal enmity. A man identified as Mohsin, who was injured in a firing incident at Tariq Road, succumbed to injuries during treatment at hospital. Meanwhile, firing incidents were reported in Shah Faisal Colony, Mowachh Goth, Nazimabad, North Karachi, Sohrab Goth and other localities of the city during which 12 people were injured. The
wounded persons were shifted to various hospitals of concerned hospitals where according to hospital sources condition of some of the injured people was serious. Meanwhile, police arrested four target killers from different areas of the city as well. According to police, the killers were involved in more than 30 incidents of targeted killings in the city. They were arrested from Nazimabad, Gulbahar and Rizvia Society, DIG West Javed Alam Odho told the media. The killers were identified as Syed Naeem Haider, Syed Hussain Jafferi, Raees Jafferi and Azhar Hussain. The police told they were involved in sectarian targeted killings. Odho said the police have arrested 560 criminals during the last 10 days. TWO DROWN TO DEATH: As many as two people drowned in a well in Hub area of the city on Friday. The two men, 55-year-old Abdul Hameed and 33-year-old Qudoos, drowned in a well in Hub area within the remit of Hub Chowki police station. Rescue sources said both the men were working in the well when they drowned. The bodies were moved to Civil Hospital Karachi for medico-legal formalities.
6.90 billion for Sukkur district and Rs 6.5 billion for Larkana district, the sources said. It is mentioned here that 18 towns of Karachi comprise Baldia Town, Bin Qasim Town, Gadap Town, Gulberg Town, Gulshan Town, Jamshed Town, Keamari Town, Korangi Town, Landhi Town, Liaquatabad Town, Lyari Town, Malir Town, New Karachi Town, North Nazimabad Town, Orangi Town, Saddar Town, Shah Faisal Town and SITE Town, whereas there are 101 talukas in 23 other districts. Before Sindh Peoples Local Government Act 2012, the budgets of the district councils and town committees were limited and financial crises in these institutions were a regular issue. “The accountant general (AG) office has been instructed not to clear the bills of district governments except releasing the salaries until the commissioners start full-fledged working”, a senior official told Pakistan Today.
Leas hold mock exercise to tackle terror threats KARACHI: In the wake of security challenges posed by extremist elements, a joint counter-terrorism exercise was held under the aegis of corps headquarters here on Friday. An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release issued said the troops from Army and Rangers participated in the exercise and they were aided by Sindh police, Karachi metropolitan corporation fire brigade and ambulance service. It said the exercise was aimed at tackling the terror threat by incorporating joint response in an effective manner. Highly-trained Army troops of a light commando battalion showed exceptional agility and swift response to take on the simulated threat while troops from Rangers and police secured the area. In a mock up drill, the hostages were rescued and evacuated immediately through ambulance service. Fire tenders also assisted in containing the projected damage to the entrance area. The exercise was observed by senior military officials, the ISPR press release added. APP
shahzeb case: special prosecutor transferred KARACHI: The Sindh law ministry on Friday transferred Special Public Prosecutor Abdul Maroof in Shahzeb murder case and Mahmood Shahid working in room-I of the anti-terrorism court (ATC) replaced him as the new public prosecutor. Abdul Maroof recommended shifting the murder case of 20-year-old Shahzeb from ATC to some other court. inP
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KaRaChI: a petrol pump worker instals a new price tag after increase in the prices of petroleum products. Online
VarsITy cuM caTTLe farM Two months ago, a meeting took place under the auspices of VC who directed the registrar to issue notices to the officials concerned and remove cattle farms from the varsity PROF DR ABUZAR WAJIDI dean KARACHI
NIVERSITY of Karachi (KU), which is among the country’s top higher educational institutions, has turned into small cattle farms. Taking advantage of the huge area allotted to the university, some employees of the varsity have started raising sacrificial animals to be sold on the Muslim religious occasion of Eidul Azha. The varsity, which had a large stretches of seldom utilised land, had enough grass and bushes to provide nourishment to the sacrificial animals. Sources said that some varsity employees got contracts of sacrificial animals, including goats and bulls, from outside financers against huge amount of money and breed the cattle inside university premises all year round. Later, these animals were sold in cattle markets on the eve of Eidul Azha. As soon as Eidul Azha passed, the varsity employees would receive new animals after renewal of contract for another year. This practice had been going on inside the university since the last many years and now many small cattle farms had emerged in the province’s highly dependable public sector educational institutions. “Breeding of sacrificial animals in KU is low cost,” a lower grade employee, who wished not to be named, told Pakistan Today. “There is always grass and bushes in the varsity which is more than enough for raising sacrificial animals,” he added. “I have seven goats, which were given to me by different people residing outside the varsity, for breeding,” he said, while adding that they gave him Rs 1,500 per animal per month.” “They take away their sacrificial animals on the eve of Eidul Azha and afterwards they leave new animals at my house,” he said. “I have five children and I have assigned the respon-
sibility of looking after these animals to my eldest son, he said, adding that he had only seven animals but there were some varsity employees who were running proper cattle farms and supplied their cattle to some renowned farmers who would in turn book their stalls in Asia’s biggest cattle market on the eve Eidul Azha. What’s wrong if we have sacrificial animals at our houses,” said another employee of the varsity who was also involved in the business of cattle farming. “The varsity has allocated us houses and if we breed animals then the university management has nothing to do with us,” he added. “I have more than a dozen goats and they consume grass and bushes that grow up after monsoon rains, but they do not damage the varsity property,” he said, while adding that, “I sell these animals in the market on Eidul Azha to earn some money as my monthly salary is not enough to cater to the needs of my family for an entire year.” “I have three bulls too but I have shifted them outside the varsity a few days ago under pressure of varsity officials to take them out of the university for a few days,” he claimed. “Some varsity professors have concerns with our business but I want to let you know that some varsity teachers also leave their sacrificial animals at our houses,” he alleged. “Two months ago a meeting took place under the auspices of KU vice chancellor (VC) and the VC directed the registrar to issue notices to the officials concerned and remove cattle farms from the varsity,” said Faculty of Management and Administrative Sciences Dean Prof Dr Abuzar Wajidi. “The decision was taken in KU House Allotment Committee of which I am in-charge too and it was strictly ordered by the VC to remove cattle farms from the varsity premises immediately,” Dr Wajidi said, while adding that he had no idea whether the cattle farms have been removed or not. “One cattle farm was identified in the varsity and it was removed and now there is no cattle farm in KU,” claimed VC Advisor on Security Affairs Prof Dr Khalid Iraqi. “A driver of KU transport was running a cattle farm in his house which was removed on the VC’s directives,” he added. When he was asked about the rise in the number of goats and sheep inside the varsity premises, he said some individuals were raising sacrificial animals at their houses which although was in violation of the rules, but the varsity management could do nothing in this regard.
KARACHI: Konpal Child Abuse Prevention Society on Friday appreciated Sindh Assembly (SA) members for adopting of a resolution against “Corporal Punishment” in local educational institutions. A senior child specialist and Konpal coordinator Dr Ayesha Mehnaz said there was an urgent need to raise public awareness, particularly among parents and teachers about the implication of corporal punishment on physical and emotional growth of children. “The significance of this practice in influencing drop-out rate from local schools cannot be ignored,” she told APP. “Resolution to scrap a law, Section 89 of Pakistan Penal Code and used to justify corporal punishment, is definitely a positive development,” she said in reply to a question. Dr Ayesha said that Konpal had always been very proactive in raising voice for the rights of children and against all kinds of injustice meted out towards children. Konpal comprised of senior doctors, including child psychologists, pediatricians and medical experts from different fields of medicine who have been constantly struggling to pass a law that would ban corporal punishment in all schools and seminaries in the country. “It is appreciable that at least the issue has been raised and a resolution against the practice has been unanimously adopted by the members of the provincial assembly,” said Dr Ayesha. In reply to a question, she said protection of children against all forms of abuse must be the primary concern of not only the government but also of all members of the society. Konpal Child Abuse Prevention Society was established as an NGO working against all forms of child abuse in the society. It also comprised of child rights activists who shared a common vision for the society. It also worked against involvement of children in hazardous occupations, armed conflicts and violence. APP
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I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... so other people would be also free. – Rosa Parks
grounded us f-35 jets to resume flights WASHINGTON AgencieS
The Pentagon has said its entire fleet of F35 fighter jets could resume flying after being grounded last week following the discovery of a cracked engine. Late week, the Pentagon announced that it had suspended all 51 of its F35 warplanes after an inspection revealed a crack on a turbine blade in a test aircraft’s engine at the Edwards Air Force Base in California. “F-35 flight operations have been cleared to resume,” Pentagon spokeswoman Kyra Hawn said on Thursday, explaining that no additional cracks were found during inspections of the rest of the fleet or in any spare engines. The suspension marked the second engine-related grounding in two months of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme, the Pentagon’s largest weapons programme with an estimated cost of almost $400bn. The Marines Corps version of the plane was grounded for nearly a month starting in mid-January because of a faulty hose in the engine. The warplanes have stealth capabilities and a top speed of 1,930km/h. A US watchdog group, the Project on Government Oversight, said the programme’s performance is disappointing amid concerns from some Congress members about the high price. “The F-35 is a huge problem because of its growing, already unaffordable, cost and its gigantically disappointing performance,” the group’s Winslow Wheeler said. “That performance would be unacceptable even if the aircraft met its far-too-modest requirements, but it is not.”
china parades prisoners ahead of execution BEIjING
Saturday, 2 March, 2013
Papacy of benedict XVI officially ends VATICAN CITY
ENEDICT XVI’s reign as pope has come to an end amid the ringing of church bells in Vatican City. The Swiss Guards went off duty on Thursday at 19:00 GMT after closing the high doors to the papal palace. From his temporary quarters in Italy’s Castel Gandolfo, Benedict thanked the tens of thousands of people gathered there on Thursday for “surrounding him with warmth”. “I am simply a pilgrim who is ending his path on this earth,” he said. “Let’s go forward in prayer with Christ. “Thank you and good night.” And in a
final message from his own Twitter account, Benedict said: “Thank you for your love and support. May you always experience the joy that comes from putting Christ at the centre of your lives.” Benedict, who was elected as pope on April 19, 2005, earlier met cardinals from around the world in his final hours as leader of 1.1 billion Catholics, and promised “unconditional reverence and obedience’’ to his successor. He urged his cardinals to work in unity so that the College of Cardinals is “like an orchestra’’ where “agreement and harmony’’ can be reached - a clear message to the conclave that will pick the next pope. He said he would pray for the cardinals in coming days and weeks as
they choose his successor. Between Benedict’s resignation and the election of the next pope, the cardinal, referred to as the “Chamberlain”, Italy’s Tarcisio Bertone, will run the day-to-day affairs of the church. On Monday the Cardinals will meet and determine the date of the conclave that would choose the 266th pope. An estimated 100 cardinals were present at the private meeting, Al Jazeera’s Paul Brennan reported from Rome. The 85-year-old German-born pope is the first pontiff to resign since the Middle Ages. Benedict stunned the world when he announced his momentous decision in a surprise speech in Latin on February 11, saying he no longer had the “strength of mind and body” to carry on in a fast-
changing modern world. “I took this step in full awareness of its gravity and novelty but with profound serenity of spirit,” the pope told a cheering crowd of 150,000 pilgrims in St Peter’s Square in his final public farewell on Wednesday. The theologian pope - a shy academic whose papacy has been overshadowed by infighting within the Roman Catholic Church and a sexabuse scandal - said his eight-year pontificate had seen “sunny days” and “stormy waters” but added: “I never felt alone”. The Vatican has said that the moment the pope’s powers officially expire at 19:00 GMT, or at 8pm, the ex-pontiff will officially be known by the new title of Roman Pontiff Emeritus although he will still be addressed as Your Holiness.
ROME: Nuns wait for Pope Benedict XVI to greet the crowd from the window of the pope’s summer residence of Castel gandolfo on Friday. AgencieS
S Africa suspends police over custodial death CAPE TOWN
Chinese television has broadcast live footage showing four foreigners being led to their executions for murdering 13 Chinese sailors. State broadcaster CCTV showed live pictures of a Myanmar drug smuggler and three members of his gang being led from their cells at a jail in southwestern Yunnan province’s capital of Kunming on Friday afternoon. State broadcaster showed the four being led in shackles and handcuffs from their cells at a jail in Kunming prior to their execution by lethal injection. Their deaths were announced two hours later by the Yunnan provincial police department. Accused ringleader Naw Kham and accomplices Hsang Kham, Yi Lai, and Zha Xiha were found guilty of the murder of 13 Chinese sailors in an October 5, 2011, attack on the Mekong River.
South African authorities have suspended eight officers accused of dragging a man from the back of a pick-up vehicle, an incident caught on video, and led to further anger after he died in custody. Riah Phiyega, the police commissioner, condemned on Friday the “alleged brutal treatment” by officers, and ordered a murder probe. “The [police] management regrets the incident that led to the death of Mido Macia,” Phiyega said. “We would like to assure the country and the world, that what was in the video is not how [police] in South Africa goes about its work.” The officers involved were also ordered disarmed, and the station commander removed, while the investigation is ongoing, she said. The 27-yearold Mozambican taxi driver Macia, was found dead in detention with signs of head injuries and internal bleeding, according to an initial post-mortem report released by the country’s police watchdog. The incident, videotaped on Tuesday and broadcast nationwide on Thursday, was condemned by President Jacob Zuma and opposition politicians.
“The visuals of the incident are horrific, disturbing and unacceptable. No human being should be treated in that manner,” Zuma said in a statement that described the incident as “the tragic death of a man in the hands of the police”. Police told media they detained Macia after he parked illegally, creating a traffic jam and then resisted arrest. The video clearly showed the man scuffling with police, who subdued him. He was then bound to the back of the pick-up by his arms before the vehicle drove off in front of scores of witnesses in the east Johannesburg area of Daveyton. The latest fatal incident is drawing a storm of protest against the South African police force accused of routine brutality. Lucy Holborn, of the South African Institute of Race Relations, told Al Jazeera that South Africa’s police force had a long history of using “brutality and violence” going back to the Apartheid era. “I think that has permeated into the police force in the democratic era,” Holborn said. “There’s a huge amount of pressure for the police to be tough on crime,” she said in the wake of allegations of corruption and incompetence in the police force. The country is also struggling with the fallout from the Marikana mine shootings.
uN accused of zimbabwe cholera cover-up HARARE AgencieS
A United Nations investigation has reached a damning verdict on its own humanitarian operation, accusing it of “managerial ineptitude, high handed conduct and bad faith.” The findings refer to its operations during a Cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe that started in 2008 and claimed more than 4,000 lives. The UN dispute tribunal in Nairobi, Kenya, in effect found that UN bosses did not want to upset the government of Robert Mugabe, and did not act on warnings by a senior member of its staff. One hundred thousand people caught the disease. Months before the outbreak of the cholera epidemic in 2008, which coincided with a time of heightened political tensions in Zimbabwe, Georges Tadonki, the then head of the UN humanitarian office in Zimbabwe, warned his superiors of the severe risks, but no action was taken. Tadonki claims that he was fired in January 2009, partly because he sounded the alarm about the cholera crisis. “Mr Tadonke pressed the issue, and this tribunal has heard that he was hounded out of his job, and his lawyers said he suffered a nervous breakdown as a result.” Al Jazeera’s Diplomatic Editor James Bays said. “What the UN also said is that there should be disciplinary action against four very senior UN officials, including the former humanitarian chief of the UN, John Holmes.” Al Jazeera’s Bays added.
Hugo CHAvEZ ‘fIgHTIng foR HIS lIfE’ CARACAS AgencieS Venezuela’s vice president has said that President Hugo Chavez is fighting for his life while he continues to undergo treatment more than two months after his latest cancer surgery. Vice President Nicolas Maduro said on television on Thursday that
Chavez “is battling there for his health, for his life, and we’re accompanying him.” The vice president has used similar phrasing in the past, saying on December 20 that Chavez “is fighting a great battle ... for his life, for his health.” Chavez has not spoken publicly since before his latest cancer operation in Cuba on December 11. He returned to Venezuela on February 18, and the government says he has been
undergoing more treatment at a military hospital in Caracas. Maduro also called for Venezuelans to keep praying for Chavez and to remain loyal to the president. “Do you know why Comandante Chavez neglected his health and has been battling (cancer) for nearly two years?” he said. “Because he completely surrendered body and soul and forgot all his obligations to himself in order to give himself
to the homeland.” Chavez, 58, himself has previously acknowledged that he was neglecting his health in recent years, often staying up late and consuming cup after cup of coffee to remain alert. The president has undergone surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments since June 2011, when he first announced his cancer diagnosis. He has not specified the type of cancer or the exact location in his pelvic
region where his tumors have been removed. On February 15, the government released four photographs of Chavez lying in a bed in Cuba with his two daughters by his side. They were the only images of him published since early December. Re-elected in October, Chavez was scheduled to have been sworn in on January 10. But the Supreme Court said the swearing-in could be delayed.
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The government wants to save the future generations from the menace of terrorism and extremism. — Nazar Gondal
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rePorTers wIThouT borders coNdeMNs kILLINg of seNIor JourNaLIsT PESHAWAR: France-based the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Friday condemned the killing of Malik Mumtaz Khan, a senior journalist based in Miranshah. “We offer our condolences to Khan’s family and friends and we urge the Pakistani authorities to quickly take stock of the dangers that journalists incur just by doing their job in the Tribal Areas,” RSF said in a statement. “The authorities must deploy effective resources in order not only to bring those responsible for this appalling murder to justice, but also to prevent any recurrence of this kind of violence,” RSF added. A journalist for the last 15 years, Khan had worked for the television news channel Geo News and the Jang newspaper group. STAFF RePORT
LahORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Nawaz Sharif in a meeting with Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik on Friday. inP
sherry says Pakistan taking counter-Ied steps WASHINGTON SPeciAl cORReSPOnDenT
A K I S TA N ’ S ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman told a key US senator that Islamabad is taking comprehensive steps to curb the flow of improvised explosive devices, saying the IEDs pose threat to both countries. Ambassador Rehman held a meeting with Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. a Democrat from Pennsylvania, and a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, to discuss cooperative relations between the two countries. According to the Pakistani embassy, Ambassador Rehman briefed Senator Casey on the recent developments in Pakistan-US bilateral track, particularly in the context of addressing the improvised explosive device challenges that pose a common threat to Pakistan and the United States. Ambassador shared with Senator the
comprehensive steps taken by Pakistan to check the inflow of IED precursors into Afghanistan. Senator Casey took note of the con-
sistent efforts by Pakistani authorities to curtail the IED threats and assured the continued US assistance in enhancing Pakistan’s capability to deal with the
common menace of IEDs. “Matters of mutual interest including situation in Afghanistan and reconciliation process were also discussed.” Earlier, the State Department said for it working to save the lives of US forces in Afghanistan by addressing the threats of IEDs has been and continues to be a critical priority in discussions with Pakistan. “We’ve been clear that Pakistan, both the government and industry, must do more to prevent the flow of calcium ammonium nitrate into Afghanistan,” Acting Deputy spokesman Patrick Ventrell said. “We agree with some of our DOD colleagues that there’s been some recent progress with Fatima and greater cooperation between that company and the government – and greater cooperation between us and the Government of Pakistan in this regard. But it’s something that we’ve been working on for some time. We’d like to see some further concrete action.”
LJ’s MaTIur rehMaN MosT waNTed TerrorIsT LAHORE: The Punjab Government issued a list of 109 wanted terrorists on Lahore police’s website, in which Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LJ) leader Matiur Rehman has been placed at the top with a head money of Rs 10 million. Per media reports, the details published on the website include pictures and cases pending against the wanted terrorists. The list includes terrorists from the outlawed LJ, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Sipah-e-Sahaba, Tehreek-e-Taliban Qari Ubaidullah Group and others. Matiur Rehman is accused for the Sheraton bombing in Karachi and the attack on former premier Shaukhat Aziz. The head money on several others including Mansoor and Qari Ahsan has been placed at Rs 5 million. Mansoor and Ahsan have been accused for staging an attack on former president Pervez Musharraf. Online
MILITaNTs bLow uP schooL IN LakkI MarwaT LAKKI MARWAT: Militants on Friday blew up another school in the northwestern region of the country. According to police sources, the militants blew up a primary school in Aba Khel area of Lakki Marwat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, adding that two rooms of the school were damaged in the incident. On Thursday, four schools were blown up in Mohmand Agency of the country’s tribal region. Around 117 schools have been destroyed in the agency by the militants. Online
Stanley McChrystal terms drones as covert fix for complex problem WASHINGTON SPeciAl cORReSPOnDenT
Retired US general Stanley McChrystal has termed drone operations a “covert fix for a complex problem,” and warned against over-dependence on the use of technology in the fight against militants on foreign soils. He also told Foreign Affairs magazine in an extensive interview that as 2014 NATO drawdown approaches, Pakistan is rolling up the welcome mat for Afghan militants, who fuelled insurgency in Afghanistan. McChrystal, who resigned after a Rolling Stone article in 2010 and served as top commander of US and ISAF forces in Afghanistan, said al-Qaeda militant organization “is very much weakened, although clearly not gone.” “The greatest al Qaeda threat, arguably, may not be from western Pakistan in the next few years, as it has been, but it might be from places such as Mali and elsewhere that are struggling to maintain control of their terrain.” Asked how US could fight al-Qaeda in places like Mali and Yemen, McChrystal
called drone strikes as problematic since their use is not a strategy in itself but a short-term tactic. “Well, you can’t solve all of them. You certainly don’t want to put Western forces in all of these countries. The initial reaction that says, “We will simply operate by drone strikes” is also problematic, because the inhabitants of that area and the world have significant problems watching Western forces, particularly Americans, conduct drone strikes inside the terrain of another country. So that’s got to be done very carefully, on occasion. It’s not a strategy in itself; it’s a short-term tactic.” He opposed application of small-scale warfare universally and said a successful counterinsurgency campaign needed a comprehensive approach. While use of drone strikes may not carry much risk for the U.S., at the receiving end such operations feel like war. “I question its universal validity. If you go back to the British tactics on the NorthWest Frontier, the “butcher and bolt” tactics, where they would burn an area and punish the people and say, “Don’t do that anymore,” and simultaneously offer a
stipend to the leader while saying, “If you will remain friendly for a period of time, we’ll pay you” — that approach worked for a fair amount of time. It managed problems on their periphery. But it certainly didn’t solve the problems. “The tactics that we developed do work, but they don’t produce decisive effects absent other, complementary activities. We did an awful lot of capturing and killing in Iraq for several years before it started to have a real effect, and that came only when we were partnered with an effective counterinsurgency approach. “Just the strike part of it can never do more than keep an enemy at bay. And although to the United States, a drone strike seems to have very little risk and very little pain, at the receiving end, it feels like war. Americans have got to understand that. If we were to use our technological capabilities carelessly — I don’t think we do, but there’s always the danger that you will — then we should not be upset when someone responds with their equivalent, which is a suicide bomb in Central Park, because that’s what they can respond with.” When suggested that the success of his
efforts in Iraq led to an overemphasis on the use of direct action by Special Forces, raids and drone attacks and targeted killings, rather than indirect action, such as training and building local capacity, McChrystal argued using such actions in all situations is dangerous. He compared use of such operations in all situations like a golfer’s dependence on a particular driver club throughout the golf course. “That’s the danger of special operating forces. You get this sense that it is satisfying, it’s clean, it’s low risk, it’s the cure for most ills. That’s why many new presidents are initially enamored with the Central Intelligence Agency, because they are offered a covert fix for a complex problem. But if you go back in history, I can’t find a covert fix that solved a problem long term. There were some necessary covert actions, but there’s no “easy button” for some of these problems. That’s the danger of interpreting what we did in Iraq as being the panacea for future war. It’s not.”
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Participation of youth in politics is imperative to promote democratic process. — Faisal Karim Kundi
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PM, Qatari prince discuss bilateral relations ISLAMABAD
OYAL Prince of Qatar Sheikh Ali Bin Abdullah Al Thani on Friday called on Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and discussed matters of bilateral interests. The prince said that Qatar and Pakistan enjoyed brotherly relations, adding that Qatar’s government had recently constructed a model village in Rahim Yar Khan district comprising 200 houses of two rooms each‚ two schools‚ a play ground‚ mosques and a shopping area. He said the village was constructed to rehabilitate people displaced by recent floods. Sheikh Ali Bin Abdullah Al Thani said that the government of Qatar planned to construct more of such model villages in Pakistan. Appreciating the interest taken by the royal family of Qatar‚ the Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said that this showed the love and affection of the royal family and people of Qatar for the people of Pakistan. Moreover, he said that Qatar had always stood by Pakistan in times of need. Sheikh Ali Bin Abdullah Al Thani informed the prime minister that Qatar had made investments in Pakistan and was exploring new opportunities to invest more in the country.
PPP’s intra-party polls challenged in ecP ISLAMABAD: The intra-party elections of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) have been challenged in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The applicants – Senator Safdar Abbasi and Nasir Ali Shah – have made Law Minister Farooq H Naek, who performed the duty of election commissioner in the intra-party polls, as respondent in their application. The challengers pleaded that the PPP had held intra-party election only to complete the formality, adding that the elections were based on sheer mala fide intent and “the doctrine of give and take”. They further stated that nothing had been informed about voters’ list or about the election schedule ahead of the intra-party polls. They requested the ECP to declare the elections null and void, besides ordering for fresh intra-party elections. PPP MPA RESIgNS: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) member of the Punjab provincial assembly Malik Fiaz Awan on Friday formally resigned from his seat in the legislature amid rifts with the party leadership. According to details, Awan submitted his resignation letter to the speaker, which had not as yet been accepted. Awan was elected from constituency 107 in Hafizabad. According to reports, he has not shown an interest in joining any party as yet. Online
Pakistan’s answer to Boris Johnson? gaffe-prone interior miniSter iS either a national embarraSSment or a treaSure, depending on whom you aSk NEWS DESK In a country where 2,050 people were killed last year in more than 1,500 bombings and terror attacks, few people would dare describe Pakistan’s struggle against a dizzying array of militant groups, separatist insurgents and powerful crime syndicates as a roaring success. Yet its colourful interior minister, a man described by one commentator as Pakistan’s answer to Boris Johnson – a hugely famous politician who not everyone takes seriously – does just that, according to a Guardian report. “We have given a good beating to the terrorist,” Rehman Malik, 61, told the Guardian last December. “We have been able to break their back, we are in a position now to fight, to fight and fight.” It is the sort of statement his detractors say blithely ignores reality but that has a l s o
helped turn the career bureaucrat into one of the country’s best known politicians. Whether or not the public believes domestic security has improved will be a key issue as the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) prepares to go to the polls. The PPP-led coalition’s tumultuous five-year term ends on 16 March and elections are due in May. Critics say the government’s poor record on basic competence issues is epitomised by Malik, who many feel owes his position more to his usefulness as a master of political dealing rather than any great ability to administer internal security in a populous and deeply troubled nucleararmed state. For many Pakistanis the interior minister, with his designer ties and purple-hued hair, is the face of the government: he is the only senior member of Pakistan’s bloated cabinet to have remained in post for the entire time the PPP has been in power, eclipsing even the prime minister. He has found fame through his almost daily television appearances, usually made at the scene of the sort of catastrophic attacks that would end the career of a home secretary. Everyone has a favourite Malik moment. For some it was when he said a spate of sectarian murders in Karachi was the handiwork of angry wives and girlfriends. Or there was the press conference in 2011 when he revealed to a country still reeling from a brazen Taliban attack on an important naval base in Karachi that the militant assault squad were “wearing black clothes like in Star Wars movies”. An important trip to India in December produced a crop of gaffes that prompted fury in the Indian media. “The best thing would be to put Scotch Tape on his mouth to stop him talking,” said one former diplomat, who claims to be a longstanding friend of the min-
ister. “Malik has his own irrepressible style of expressing himself, which may not be one of the most sophisticated in the world, but I think serious, sober Indians understood that.” Malik’s status at home – somewhere between national embarrassment and national treasure – seems secure, however. “People love him,” said Murtaza Chaudhry, producer and host of the news comedy show Banana News Network (BNN) in which an actor playing Malik regularly lampoons the minister. “He is by far the most favourite character with the viewers.” Recently his character was shown proudly presenting a flimsy construction of cupboard boxes that he boasted was of his own design, cost “only $60,000” and could protect the public from explosions. Malik, who seems to relish the limelight, says he enjoys watching the comedy shows. He says there is no point complaining, or challenging reports of his many famous statements, which he says are always “twisted” by the media. However, Chaudhry said that BNN had received a 10-page letter from Malik’s lawyer objecting to the mockery. Critics find the buffoonery far from amusing. “He makes these statements which never make any sense, so no one can take him seriously,” said Aftab Sherpao, a former interior minister who was once a leading PPP figure. “When he gets up in parliament people just mock him – they laugh and jeer him.” One Pakistani analyst suggests the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is the nearest equivalent politician in the west because he is “kind of goofy, kind of silly but people like him”. Malik thinks he is more of a Mandelson, a Churchill or a Miliband (“the one who was secretary of state, not the present one”). “But I would not want to be compared to any of these people,” he said after reeling off more names, including a US president. “I consider myself a worker, a party worker – that is all.” Despite his protestations of humbleness, the elected senator has achieved a remarkable, and to many perplexing, level of power in government. Neither a lifelong politician nor a member of the landed gentry that is still powerful in Pakistani politics, he rose from within the bureaucracy despite being what one commentator called a “lower-middle class outsider”. His break came in the 1990s when he was spotted by Benazir Bhutto. At the time she was PPP leader and in her second term as prime minister and he was an official at the national crime investigation agency. He made himself an indispensable po-
litical fixer, particularly when Bhutto was living in exile in London in the late 1990s (until recently Malik was a British citizen and still has family and major business interests in the UK). His influence over Asif Ali Zardari, Bhutto’s widower and the current president of Pakistan, is less clear. Some believe Malik has potentially damaging information about the business activities of a couple who have faced a number of overseas legal cases and investigations into major corruption allegations. Cynics say his job is not to grapple with crime and terrorism, or reform the country’s dysfunctional interior ministry, but to help Zardari do whatever it takes to hold together his fragile governing coalition. Malik is regularly dispatched to Karachi, the coastal megacity controlled by the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), the PPP’s most troublesome partner, to smooth things over whenever the former flexes its muscles. On 2 January he even shuttled to London for a last-minute meeting with Altaf Hussain, the MQM leader who lives in selfimposed exile in the UK, after Hussain announced his party would participate in this month’s anti-corruption protests in Islamabad orchestrated by the cleric Tahirul Qadri. “As far as Altaf Hussain is concerned, Malik is just an errand boy,” said Altaf Sherpao. Nonetheless, it will be on domestic security – as well as the dire state of Pakistan’s economy – on which the public are likely to make their judgment in the coming months. According to the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies, the level of violence has dropped since the government came to power in 2008. But the past few weeks have seen an attack on a major airport, the assassination of leading politicians, and the kidnapping by the Taliban of 23 tribal policemen – 21 of whom were lined up on a cricket pitch and killed. Although sectarian attacks remain a huge problem, claiming 537 lives last year and injuring many more, Malik takes credit for “creating harmony between Sunnis and Shias”. “In my five years there is hardly killing, mass killing, of Sunnis and Shias,” he said, weeks before two dreadful mass-casualty attacks on the embattled Shia community in Quetta this year that claimed almost 200 lives. He says his strategy of “psy-war” – making sure the security forces have “a good backing and personal patting” – is paying off. “It is important because your people are demoralised in war, you have to give them hope,” he said. “Wherever there is someone killed you must have seen I’m going to the
CURRICULUM VITAE Born 12 December 1951 Age 61 Career: Senior bureaucrat in Federal Investigation Agency turned immensely influential cabinet minister. high point: Becoming the most trusted aide of Benazir Bhutto in the 1990s. Low point: Change of government in 1997 led to brief arrest and the loss of his job, and forced him to flee to the UK. What he says: “Seventy per cent [of target killings in Karachi] were by those people who wanted to be rid of their wives and girlfriends, or girlfriends who wanted to be rid of their boyfriends.” What they say: “If he is having an apple when you call him, he will say he is eating a banana,” Zulfiqar Mirza, PPP politician.
field, in minutes I am there on the scene, supervising the whole situation.” He has upset people with his enthusiasm for shutting mobile phone networks in major cities at short notice in an attempt to thwart terror plots – although the tactic seems to work. In September he pushed for a national “Love of the Holy Prophet” day in response to public anger over a crude YouTube video that mocked Islam. What was meant to be a peaceful day of protest was taken as a state-sponsored opportunity for deadly rioting by religious extremists. One diplomat, who was on “lockdown” as teargas drifted across the embassy walls from pitched battles between demonstrators and police outside Islamabad’s embassy quarter, recalls being phoned by a delighted Malik reporting how well he thought it was all going. “I let them protest, but from a certain point I will not let them go further,” Malik said. “I ordered the [teargas] shelling. Had I not been there they had full programme to barge in [to the diplomatic enclave].” BNN is working on a special series dedicated just to Malik, who will appear as a caped superhero. In Chaudhry’s favourite scene, Malik will be seen rushing into a burning building – but only to rescue a dog. In the background people throw themselves from windows to escape the inferno as Malik delivers his catchphrase to the waiting TV crews: “Everything is under control.”
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Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings. –Jane Austen
CoMMEnT Saturday, 2 March, 2013
Lunch with kayani army wants democracy to flourish, or that’s what it says
a not so united stand in the backdrop of intimidation
HE APC on talks with the TTP was held in the backdrop of fear and intimidation. The gathering of all significant political parties with the exception of PTI was reminded at the start that a squad of 150 suicide bombers who had recently completed training was waiting for the word ‘go’ to launch attacks during the elections. The participants were further reminded that the tribal elders had come to the political leadership for the last time and if they returned disappointed the national leaders would have no control over them. The participants criticised the government and the army more than they did the terrorists. JI categorised the response of the government to the talks offer as less than positive while Nawaz Sharif wanted the government to respond favourably to the offer. Sherpao who has twice been targeted by suicide bombers wanted talks without any preconditions. One of the leaders belonging to Balochistan blamed the state for promoting terrorism. Another called upon the gathering to go together to the army, ISI and MI to tell them enough is enough and plead with them to stop it. Consequently the resolution adopted at the meeting omitted the word “terrorism”, replacing it with the innocuous “lawlessness” obviously to placate the TTP. The gathering was told that the tribal jirga had initiated talks on peace about a year back and had held sessions in all tribal agencies. This makes it clear that the TTP issued the unexpected call for talks under pressure from the tribal areas. The tribal population supports peace for obvious reasons. While the APC was being held came the news that militants had bombed four more schools in the Mohmand Agency where they have already destroyed over a hundred educational facilities. There was also a report about the military jets pounding the militant hideouts in Orakzai Agency. The spurt in the drone attacks during the last five years has also added to casualties in the tribal areas. Bomb blasts and suicide attacks also continue to take place all over the country, most of all in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. There is a need to learn from the past experiments in peace making, particularly from the attempt made in Swat where an agreement brokered in haste did not require the local Taliban to abide by the constitution and law and accept the writ of the state. The peace thus bought turned out to be a bubble. The subsequent attempt for the re-establishment of the writ of the state turned out to be a highly costly exercise in human terms. There is a need, therefore, to get an assurance from the TTP that it would abide by the constitution, law and the writ of the state.
Nepotism at the sbP? filling up empty seats with questionable appointments
HE recent announcement of five new non-executive directors for the State Bank of Pakistan’s Board of Governors has raised eyebrows – as has been the norm under this government. Out of seven vacant seats, five have been filled while two still await nominations. The nominees themselves – Mehmood Mandviwalla, Shahid Ahmed Khan, Nawaz Tiwana, Iskander Khan and Iqbal Hasan – are all known names, but some would say, known for the wrong reasons. While Mandviwalla is an accomplished lawyer, his status as a sibling to the current Federal Finance Minister Saleem Mandviwalla should have detracted the government from appointing him at a point when another ex-family appointee, Tauqir Sadiq, is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Shahid Ahmed Khan may have had a distinguished career in the United States as in the Pakistani American community and with the Democrats; but the Pakistani public has learnt to be cautious of the agenda that ‘imported’ technocrats bring – the former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz’s ability to create a financial bubble that eventually burst is the first thought that comes to mind. Can Iskander Khan, who was Pakistan Sugar Mills Association chairman when a Supreme Court intervention stopped sugar prices from skyrocketing, be tasked with the SBP’s objective of keeping inflation and the economy in check? Tiwana, a former Pakistan International Airlines office bearer and a jail-mate of the current President of Pakistan, too remains a tainted appointment. Running the financial coffers of the State, taking decisions on interest-rates and managing the structure that sustains the economy of the country is a serious task – which has been undertaken without a full quorum in the SBP BoG for a number of years. Having lost members with significant business experience, such as former Engro CEO Asad Umar, there is a need to appoint individuals with the experience of having managed financial and business institutions – and having managed them well. While the promise by the federal finance minister to, finally, fill the still vacant seats in the SBP BoG “within a week” is encouraging – the current appointments have not inspired much confidence amongst those observing the country’s most important financial regulator. How can the most important state institutions be left without a full BoG’s for so long? And why is it that appointments to it, when finally made, smell of the doling out of one or another type of patronage? It appears the government is refusing to learn from Tauqir Sadiq’s unmerited appointment as Oil and Gas Regulatory Association (OGRA) chairman. Is it too much to demand that the principles of transparency and merit be followed when appointing people to the SBP BoG? It is hoped that the government has the interests of the people, not their near and dear ones, in mind when such critical decisions are made.
INALLY General Kayani has come out clean. In the fivehour-lunch inclusive-briefing for columnists and television anchors, the COAS tried his best to remove any doubts about the military’s intentions. At the outset, Director General ISPR Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa declared the interaction, held in the conference room of the GHQ, as strictly for deep background. Translated in layman’s language this meant that the briefing could not be attributed even indirectly to the Army Chief. Such niceties have never deterred our professional brethren from spilling the beans in the name of the people’s right to know. The gist of what General Kayani said has already appeared in the print media and analysed by anchors present (and some not even present) in their respective talk shows. As by the Chief’s own admission such an interaction was taking place for the first time since May 2011 – after a gap of a few months less than two years. That is why perhaps after General Kayani spoke for over an hour, everyone was given an opportunity to ask questions to their heart’s content. The obvious question that comes to mind is that why did General Kayani go an extra mile to clarify issues at this juncture? His briefing came at a time when the country in the countdown to elections is gripped by a severe bout of uncertainty. For all practical purposes Tahirul Qadri’s hot air balloon has been punctured at the altar of a free press and an independent judiciary. The maverick cleric licking his wounds has gone back to Canada travelling on his Canadian passport ostensibly for a medical check up. The worst form of terrorism is threatening the very existence of the Pakistan envisaged by Iqbal and the Quaid. The
economy is in shambles. In this backdrop, despite protestations to the contrary, few believe elections will be held at all. The military spokesman earlier, and buttressed by General Kayani himself in the briefing, has reassured that the army is for fair, free and transparent elections. It has no favourites. Whoever wins will be welcome to govern. Despite such commitments, skepticism about holding of elections prevails. Kayani was declared as the most powerful man in Pakistan and 28th in the world by the respected Forbes magazine only last December. But apparently his reassurances have come too late and too little. The general assured his guests that it was tantamount to insulting his intelligence even to assume that Qadri had the backing of the army. Contrary to PML-N’s oft-repeated mantra, he denied that the military had anything to do with Imran’s re-launch. He asked a rhetorical question: Did the ISI send all those people to his rallies? There will not be many takers of the claim that the military’s internal war games were completely bereft of any agenda. True that it has refused to be roped in by the likes of Qadri, who had declared at the outset that the military and the judiciary were stakeholders in the formation of a future caretaker setup. He wanted these institutions to clean up the Augean stables before holding of general elections. Those who have been egging on the military to do away with the present democratic dispensation in the name of accountability are also sorely disappointed in Kayani. Contrary to past practice, he has refused to be drawn in matters strictly political and as such not falling in the military’s domain. According to conspiracy theorists – aplenty amongst the commentrati –, General Kayani chose to speak to the media after all mechanisations to scuttle the democratic process failed. According to this line of argument, intrigues to delay elections did not succeed simply owing to the resilience and determination of the political spectrum and the media. It must be acknowledged that the army and the higher judiciary refused to lend a helping hand when push came to shove. General Kayani has been a firm believer that the Bangladesh model that envisages a caretaker government comprising of nonelected technocrats failed in Bangladesh and hence will not fly here. Nonetheless tinkering with the system by ‘non state’ actors cannot be entirely ruled out. General Kayani after completing his three-year extension is due to retire in No-
The writer is Editor, Pakistan Today
HE Lahore Literature Festival concluded in Lahore recently, with much fanfare. Though there were many literati and glitterati in attendance, much attention was given Tehmina Durrani, Ahlia-e-Aala, whose book still sells by the truckloads.
vember. Making it a point to empathically state that he was not angling for another extension to his tenure, he claimed that he would be out of uniform by 2014. But ‘no’ in this case could mean ‘maybe’. Kayani spoke at length on the internal situation including Balochistan; categorically stating the army would only intervene if asked to under the constitution. He was visibly upset by suggestions from a journalist that the military was in cahoots with the jihadists in N Waziristan, clarifying that his troops were deployed there and have also lost more than 3,000 men fighting terrorism. Interestingly, there was hardly any mention of the ‘U word’ during the fourhour plus exercise. The United States was almost absent from the rhetoric. This obviously means that the relations between the military have reset to normal after a hiatus of more than a year. Mainstream political parties (sans PTI) and members of the civil society have backed jirga talks with the Taliban militants to restore peace. Ostensibly the JUI-F moot did not have the backing of the military. Nonetheless, General Kayani supports talks with the Taliban within the ambit of the constitution. The laying down of arms has not been spelt out as a pre-condition by the second All Parties Conference within a few weeks on the same subject. However, if talks do take place, there has to be a suspension of militant activities. A journalist at the moot made the fantastic claim that 150 suicide militants were ready to sabotage the elections. Whatever the source of his specific information, it would mean that elections couldn’t be held without the blessings of the Taliban. And that the army and the law enforcement agencies will be silent spectators while the people of Pakistan are sitting ducks at the hands of the terrorists. Obviously, in the end analysis, without the military – a major stakeholder – no agreement will fly. General Kayani would want the civilian government in the driving seat giving lead to the military. A watered down declaration like the one produced by the APC could be problematic for any future government as well as the army. Talks should not mean capitulation. General Kayani throughout the briefing did not seem his usual self. He was not relaxed and at ease like he used to be. He looked worried. Any man in his place should be.
The first (or is it the fifth?) lady of the province was accompanied by quite an entourage. When one star-struck fan attempted to break the security cordon and speak to her, his literary desires were nipped in the bud by a slap on the face. Ouch.
RGANISING the event was the company of an energy sector baron who was close to Musharraf. A man of all seasons, this magnate and his family were literally the gatekeepers at the function, deciding who gets to be on the list and who doesn’t. Money used to court power simply by giving some. Now, there are more bells and whistles to be handled as well.
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A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it. –George W Bush
Saturday, 2 March, 2013
of rape apologists, whatever that is…
tures as specified in the constitution, will also be ineligible to become members or office-holders of political parties. That would add another dimension to the range of falsehood that our elected representatives indulge in as a matter of habit. So far, they have been a loan-defaulting, taxevading, fake-degreeholder bunch of transgressors. With this injunction, they will have a new feature added to their not-so-elevating repertoire. Our irrepressible interior minister was caught lying about his British nationality. He escaped the SC ire only when he apologised and placed himself at the mercy of the apex court. But, that has also become a norm that these errant legislators indulge in so often: lie and then apologise. There is no dignity, no self-respect in their conduct. So, what kind of colourful concoction do we have coming to rule us for the next five years? The trick seems to be to get the traditional claimants to the constituency politics back in the saddle for another ride. The only factor that can disturb the applecart is the exhaustion that people in general suffer from at the hands of these corrupt political mafias that have drenched this country of all its riches and virtues. Each day brings them added misery either in terms of throwing up more existential challenges or exposing them and their families to untold security risks that they and their innocent ones may not be able to survive through. The tyranny of this rule cannot be described in words: while the coffers of the rulers become fatter, the afflictions of the poor are stretched beyond reckoning. The prospect of the swing vote precipitating a change is a propitious thought, but there is considerable ambiguity as to its scope and the formulation of a viable mechanism to make it happen. With the PPP and all partners of the traditional combine determined to ‘buy’ the next elections, the challenge for change seems an uphill one.
ISCUSSING rape and rapists has become a favourite pastime of “neo-liberals” God has recently blessed our society with. Rape and all such criminal offences should be condemned in the strongest possible terms, rather action. A rapist should be brought out to a public crossing, deprived of his manhood muHAmmAD AzAm buTT there and then and fed him the very instrument to set a slight example, so to speak. That is my take on the act, no ifs and buts added, please. But what astonishes me is these “neo-liberals”. Dressed in the latest seven-inch high heels that some designer with a weird name they can’t even pronounce properly got made in China through an underage worker, these protectors of human rights and liberators of bonded-labourers think that they hold the definitive opinion on everything. Especially when a certain few months in a foreign country made them forget what this nation’s mother language reads like. It’s is easy to quote the West on any situation that emerges in our country. Be it democracy, corruption, integrity or social behaviours, Pakistan and Pakistanis are always compared to Western societies. Lest we forget, this accounts for rape too. Does somebody think women, even men, in the US have never heard of the word rape? Think again. Official statistics available on the internet, which I wish the reader to check for him or herself, could be an eye opener for the “neo-liberals”, who are quick to draw that “west mein to aisa nai hota, Sir”. This does not mean that our Pakistani brethren endeavour to match that record, but only that rapist cannot be categorised as products of a supposedly dysfunctional society as ours or a creation of the western world. The point is that a rapist is a person suffering some mental sickness to resort to such a heinous act merrily; and that person can be found anywhere. No one has his agenda written on his forehead and tragedy can strike anyone, even men these days, if care is not administered. Back to the “neo-liberals”, they feel that society as a whole is to blame for one man’s crime and nothing short of seconding their rant of how gruesome the rape incident was would do. Any other explanation or reasoning would render you a rape apologist, whatever that is. The case of the arrest of a serial rapist, Ibrar, in Islamabad is one such example. Besides him admitting to raping and killing an 11-year-old girl that cannot be digested anyhow, the serial rapist admitted raping and killing an SP’s daughter earlier. The details of his earlier crime make one question where this society is headed. His accomplice, Mehak, befriended the SP’s daughter and started visiting her home. The SP’s daughter was a Master’s student, not an 11-year-old impressionable child. Good enough. After a few visits, Mehak stayed over at her friend’s place for a night. Up until here in the story it is presumable that someone in the victim’s family had known of Mehak staying over. Later, late in the night, Mehak called her accomplice, Ibrar, over to her friend’s house. And as the situation in Pakistan is, a high-ranking police official’s residence is seldom seen without official guards. It is unknown where all the people in the house were at the time Ibrar arrived or why did they allow a stranger to walk straight into the bedroom of the girl. Why no one noticed, no one knows, or cares. Maybe it was a case of privacy these “neo-liberals” demand. Anyways the two criminals then poisoned the girl’s food and Ibrar proceeded to rape and then kill her. They presumably left too without anyone asking. Probably a case of “it’s my life and they are my friends, so you don’t need to meddle, mom” these neo-liberals so propose. Huh. What these “neo-liberals” fail to understand is that telling somebody to avoid getting into dangerous situations does not make them an apologist. I tell you to stop playing with fire, does not mean I am barring you from using it to cook food. The difficulty with rapists is just like militaries face with guerilla warfare, you cannot pinpoint the enemy. Either you nuke the entire population considering them terrorists or take all precautions and be well prepared to defend yourself. But the liberals say no, it’s the responsibility of the rapists to not rape, why should women be careful. They don’t get it that these criminals have mental deformities, they derive pleasure in things strange or immoral to a normal law-abiding citizen, that they are just not normal, period. They can be anywhere; can be anyone, even the friends you tell your mom not to question. It’s two-faced when these very liberals demand acceptance of homosexuals. Many believe that there behaviour is also not normal according to norms accepted since centuries. Neo-liberals’ reason? It’s an individual’s will to choose his leanings. Well, is it then a rapist’s right to opt to rape if society were to accept anything individuals deemed right to indulge in? I think not. We as a people must consider that some precaution needs to be taken by us as well – parents, teachers, friends, colleagues and individuals themselves need to be on the lookout. The young should understand that “privacy” and “my own choice” have ramifications. If still someone thinks they should be allowed to do whatever they deem fit, the responsibility of the consequences must fall solely on that very person. If a man or a woman is getting pissed drunk in the company of some people he or she just met and wakes up in the morning all bruised and in pain, who else is to blame besides the rapists? Rape apologists, I guess. They say better safe than sorry. Must have been some sagacity in it.
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bursting of the ecP bubble T much hope, little promise
HE Supreme Court (SC) has thrown the delimitation in Karachi ball back in the domain of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Rejecting its petition seeking deferment of the issue till after the general elections, the apex court has ordered the ECP to comply with its judgement on a fresh delimitation of constituencies in Karachi on a non-ethnic basis. The about-turn that the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) took on the issue within a few days of having vowed to follow the SC judgement had sent a wave of disappointment among people who were looking forward to a genuinely transparent election process under Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim. With this new injunction, the CEC is back in the spotlight. I am afraid he is going to fail the SC again just like he did the last time. It is sad because so much hope was reposed in his person and so much was being expected of a so-called independent ECP in the cause of gauging the will of the people in a free and fair manner. What are the factors that RAOOF HASAn compelled the ECP to back off from its earlier stance? These can be traced to the composition of the ECP, the inherent weaknesses of the CEC’s person and the fear of operating in an environment which is ruled by the goons of the MQM. While, apparently, the ECP may be an independent institution, in actual effect it is controlled by four political appointees, each representing a province. The clearly laiddown procedure in the constitution for their appointment was also not followed as a consequence of an understanding reached among the major political stakeholders in the country sitting in the government and in the opposition. Their interests were best served by injecting their trusted representatives in the ECP who would protect their criminal stakes by thwarting the prospect of a transparent election in the country. While one may want to trust the CEC to the extent that he may still want to conduct a transparent exercise, there is no denying the fact that he neither has the power nor the neces-
sary wherewithal to make it possible. But for the mode of appointment of the CEC, the institution remains firmly in the grip of the corrupt and the traditional political mafias. The institution also lacks the capacity and empowerment to conduct even a reasonably fair and clean exercise in evaluating the will of the people. In another disturbing development, the ECP is reported to have cleared many legislators holding fake degrees. This has been done giving grotesque reasons ranging from their ‘clearance’ by the staff of various educational institutions through personal appearance, time-bar and resignation of the legislators from their seats in the assemblies. In none of these cases were the degrees cleared by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) which is the sole statutory body to verify them by following a clearly set-out procedure. As the national elections near, the illicit political pressure is bound to increase. On the basis of its below-par performance so far, will ECP be able to sustain the pressure and go through with holding a reasonably transparent election exercise? The stakes seem heavily loaded against the prospect. In fact, its future performance may not even measure up to the little that it may have achieved in the past. This is so because the magnitude of political pressure from now on is going to far outweigh any thing it may have experienced so far. The stakes are really high as the prospects of some leading political stalwarts staying out of jail depend on their winning the elections. For them, it is a do-or-die situation. If they win the elections, they manage to stay out. But, if they lose, the only way they can escape jail is by running away. That reflects another humiliating dimension of the political culture in Pakistan: you come, you rule and decamp with billions of ill-gotten state funds. The ECP is under the spotlight for yet another issue that it has itself highlighted. In a singular move, it has ruled that dual-nationals, in addition to losing their right to be elected to the legisla-
As the national elections near, the illicit political pressure is bound to increase. On the basis of its below-par performance so far, will ECP be able to sustain the pressure and go through with holding a reasonably transparent election exercise?
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Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold. — Zelda Fitzgerald in Save Me The Waltz
MIcheLLe obaMa has become the First Lady of Fun!
Saturday, 2 March, 2013
ONSERVATIVES are grumbling about Michelle, from the White House, announcing the Best Picture award for Argo, possibly because it gives them a chance to slam the Obamas, Ben Affleck and Hollywood in a single paragraph. “It is not enough that President Obama pops up at every sporting event in the nation,” writes Jennifer Rubin, the Washington Post’s conservative blogger. “Now the first lady feels entitled, with military personnel as props, to intrude on other forms of entertaining (this time for the benefit of the Hollywood glitterati who so lavishly paid for her husband’s election)…It makes both the president and the first lady seem small and grasping.” That’s a little harsh. For most viewers -at least those who stayed up that late-it was fun and novel to see Michelle Obama beam in by satellite (though I could have done without using the servicemen as props). The spectacle, arranged by movie mogul and White House pal Harvey Weinstein, was orchestrated with all the secrecy of the CIA hostage rescue mission in Argo. It’s not just folks on the right who are disgruntled. Donny Deutsch, the advertising executive and NBC contributor, said on Today: “You are putting politics, like it or not, in a space that people are not necessarily invited into their home for.” It’s true that the first lady has been just this side of inescapable. She’s done mom dancing with Jimmy Fallon, cut a pair of videos with Big Bird and just sat down with Robin Roberts to talk about her anti-obesity campaign. And she’s doing fitness-related events this week with Rachael Ray and Serena Williams. It does seem these days that some of her appearances are less tied to any political agenda, which may be the secret to her popularity. And Obama runs the risk of overexposure. The first lady’s critics may be motivated by a distaste for her husband (just as liberals might have found it grating had Laura Bush popped up on program after program). They should resume regular breathing. But the first lady may also want to think about picking her spots. newS DeSk
krIsTeN’s sTuTTerINg JourNey: froM swaN To cuLLeN
Utho Meri Duniya Kay ghareebo Ko Jaga Do BY ALLAMA IQBAL
It took more than a pair of colored contacts to transform Kristen Stewart’s “Twilight” character, Bella Swan, into the vampire Bella Cullen. As the 22-year-old actress explains that she had to ditch the quirks that came naturally to her in order to portray an assured, superstrong and speedy vamp. “I’ve yet to play somebody who was a huge departure for me. I mean, to be completely still and controlled, and to know that your mind works faster,” Stewart said of the character transition. “Being a clumsy person, it’s not the easiest thing to do. The way I usually learn my lines is I learn the idea, which is why I stutter a lot in ‘Twilight.’” For Twilight Fans: “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, digital download and video on demand March 2. newS DeSk
Utho meri dunya kay garibon ko jaga do khaak-e-umra k dar-o-diwar hila do [khaak-e-umra = palace of rich people] garmao gulamon ka lahu soz-e-yaqin se kunjishk-e-firomaya ko shaheen se lara do [soz-e-yaqin = warmth (passion) of belief/faith] [kunjishk-e-firomaya = sparrow; shaheen = falcon] Sultani-e-jamhoor ka ata hai zamana jo naqsh-e-kuhan tum ko nazar aye mita do [sultani-e-jamhoor = rule of the people] [naqsh-e-kuhan = old structures (ways/traditions)] Jis khet se dahqan ko mayassar nahin rozi us khet k har khosha-e-gandum ko jala do [dahqan = farmer; mayassar = available] [khosha-e-gundam = ear of wheat] Kyon khaliq-o-makhluq mein hayal rahen parde peeran-e-kalisa ko kalisa se hata do [khaliq = creator; makhaluuq = creation] [peeraan-e-kalisa = church officials] Main nakhush-o-bezar hun marmar k silon se mere liye mitti ka haram aur bana do [marmar = marble] Tehzeeb-e-nawin kargah-e-shishagaran hai adab-e-junoon shayr-e-mashriq ko sikha do [tehzeeb-e-nawin = new culture; kagah-e-shishagaran = factory of glass makers] [shayr-e-mashriq = poets of the east]
departs ‘Munnabhai’ franchise Rajkumar Hirani will not direct ‘Munnabhai’ part three, titled ‘Munnabhai Chale Delhi’. Producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra has confirmed the development. Apparently, it was Hirani’s everexpanding schedule for P.K that led to the decision. He will be replaced by Subhash Kapoor, whose Jolly LLB is up for release on March 15. Says Vidhu, “I have seen Subhash’s work and after discussing with Hirani, Abhijat Joshi (screenwriter, Lage Raho Munnabhai) I realised that Subhash has the sensibility and the approach required to take the Munnabhai franchise ahead.” The much-awaited third installment of ‘Munnabhai’ has been going through considerable chop and change. There were speculations that Hirani may not be a part of the film, though he scotched the rumours in an interview to TOI in August last year. “I was not happy with the second half of the script. I was suffering a writer’s block, you may say. newS DeSk
Mohsin Hamid: You rise from Ritz to Rubble MONITORING DESK Mohsin Hamid’s 2007 novel, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” was an artful tour de force, a lapidary monologue delivered by a young Princeton-educated Pakistani that opened out to become a puzzlelike exploration of identity, and a suspenseful, post-9/11 meditation on the nervous, mutually suspicious dynamic between America and the Muslim world. Mr. Hamid’s new novel, “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia,” tells a compelling story that works on two levels — in this case as a deeply moving and highly specific tale of love and ambition, and as a larger, metaphorical look at the mind-boggling social and economic changes sweeping “rising Asia”. Set in an unnamed country that resembles Pakistan the novel chronicles the 70-odd-year-long life of an unnamed hero who journeys from an impoverished village to a sprawling city and who makes — and loses — a fortune in the water (“bottled hydration”) business. The story is couched as a kind of selfhelp book and told in the second person, with a protagonist referred to only as ‘you’. What might initially seem like a clumsy narrative technique is actually a
device that allows Mr. Hamid to zoom in and out from his hero’s life, as though he were using a telephoto lens, moving in to give us up-close-and-personal glimpses of ‘you’s’ enduring relationship with a woman he meets when they are teenagers (she is always referred to as “the pretty girl”) then moving back to show us the ways in which his entrepreneurial career mirrors that of millions of others as they become part of a new urbanized demographic that is changing the shape of the world. Of the decision of “you’s” father to move his immediate family from their small village (where “you” grew up surrounded by dozens of relatives) and their arrival in the metropolis, Mr. Hamid writes: “As you and your parents and siblings dismount, you embody one of the great changes of your time. Where once your clan was innumerable, not infinite but of a large number not readily known, now there are five of you. Five. The fingers on one hand, the toes on one foot, a minuscule aggregation when compared with shoals of fish or flocks of birds or indeed tribes of humans.” He adds that the change in family dynamics was in itself “an explosive transformation,” the “supportive, stifling, stabilizing bonds of extended relationships weakening and
giving way, leaving in their wake insecurity, anxiety, productivity and potential.” In the big city ‘you’ gets himself an education — another step on the ladder of getting filthy rich — and a job delivering DVDs for a video retailer, which brings him into contact with the pretty girl, a movie buff, who works at a beauty salon and is plotting her escape from her dysfunctional family. He falls in love with the pretty girl and installs her as the ideal woman in his heart, where she will remain ever after. The pretty girl, who seems way more liberated than the hero, has sex with him but does so the night before running away with a man who says he recognizes “her potential to be a model” ‘You’ goes to a university and falls in with some sort of political organization that in exchange for membership offers him “a monthly cash stipend, food and clothing, and a bed.” He grows a beard and notices that wealthier students and corrupt administrators now regard him with something like fear. After his mother dies a horribly painful death from cancer, he begins to drift away from the organization: its clinic tells him there was nothing to be done to alleviate his mother’s condition except prayer, and its
members exhort him to recognize his comrades as his one “true family”. Business becomes his new religion. He realizes that if he is to become as successful as the pretty girl — who has become a well-known model who “earns as much as a retail banker her age” — he must become an entrepreneur. From a job as “a non-expired-labeled expiredgoods salesman” (which means exactly what it sounds like, selling old items that
have been relabeled with new expiration dates) he sets himself up as a bottledwater tycoon. What starts out as a small-time scam — pouring boiled tap water into mineral-water bottles recovered from restaurants — gradually evolves into a thriving big-time business, enabling ‘you’ to ascend into the firmament of the wealthy with a big house, a driver and lots of security to protect him from the envious rabble.
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Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real. — Jules Verne in Around the World in Eighty Days
ARTS Saturday, 2 March, 2013
salman to vacate bo for akshay, srk and sunny this eid?
HIS Eid might be one of those rare instances of a big Salman Khan-starrer not releasing during the auspicious festive period. Trade sources insist that he just might push the film ahead if it isn’t ready in time. Now, recent reports suggest that Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Chennai Express’, Akshay Kumar’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2’ and Sunny Deol’s ‘Singh Saheb The Great’ will release at that time. Shah Rukh’s films generally release during Diwali, but this year Hrithik Roshan’s Krrish 3 is scheduled to release then. That has lent credence to the buzz about the Eid release. But, says a source, “There is a slight hitch. They want about 15 days of Deepika’s dates, which they need to borrow from another producer so that they can complete the film. Only then, will they be able to release on Eid.” There is no official confirmation from both UTV
and SRK’s office. Milan Luthria, director of OUATIM 2, is not worried about his film’s release clashing with other films. He says, “We had announced our release way back, but it’s a free marketplace, and this sort of thing is bound to happen from time to time.” Trade veteran Amod Mehra feels multiple releases affect business in a big way. He says, “Gone are the days when two films released on the same day and there was healthy competition. They used to have their own chain of release, but today, multiplexes have changed the business. If there are more than two releases, each film will lose at least 25% of business as shows get divided. As of now, OUATIM2’s release is the only official announcement that has come. If Salman does not release his film on Eid, SRK will definitely take that place. OUATIM2 is a good Eid release, but if one of the Khans come on that day, it will be an
advantage for them.” About coming with his movie on Eid, Sunny says, “My film is based on a common man’s life and Eid is one of those holidays when the aamaadmi is in a much happier space. Since the significance of this festival is also interpreted as a good time to bring people together in harmony and gratitude, we are aiming for an Eid release. The cinema business has changed. Since there are so many cinema halls, two big films can release at the same time. I am sure no one wants to take over anyone’s business.” newS DeSk
JohNNy dePP To sTar IN Two New MoVIes The 49-year-old actor is looking beyond this summer’s action release, ‘The Lone Ranger’, and has signed on for two new projects: ‘Transcendence’ and ‘Black Mass’. You’ve probably heard that Depp was attached to the films, but the news wasn’t made official until Wednesday. The first up for Depp is ‘Transcendence’, which is expected to begin filming in April, according to the Hollywood Reporter. New name Jack Paglen penned the script, which is rumored to be about a scientist whose brain is uploaded into a supercomputer he created, although official plot details are being kept quiet. Following that, Depp stars in ‘Black Mass’ as Whitey Bulger. Directed by Barry Levinson, the biopic is inspired by the book, ‘Black MassThe True Story of the Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob.’ Depp’s ‘Lone Ranger’, which costars Armie Hammer, will open July 3. newS DeSk
a Very TwITTer goodbye To PoPe! For the first time in nearly 600 years, a reigning pope has resigned. And in what might also be a landmark event, Twitter was not flooded with jokes or parody accounts when the announcement was made two weeks ago. On February 11 @davewiner tweeted, “Perfect storm for Pope jokes. Since he’s not dead no one can complain ‘You’re being insensitive.’”
‘THE HoBBIT’ trilogy to conclude in December 2014 The final installment of ‘The Hobbit’ film trilogy will be released on December 17, 2014, five months later than planned, Warner Bros. said on Thursday. ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ had been set to debut in July 2014. It will follow ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ which came out in December 2012, and ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,’ which reached theaters in December 2013. “We’re excited to complete the trilogy the same way we started it, as a holiday treat for
moviegoers everywhere,” said Dan Fellman, president of distribution for Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc. ‘The Hobbit’ series is a prequel to J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy ‘The Lord of the Rings’, which director Peter Jackson made into three Oscar-winning films about a decade ago. The first ‘Hobbit’ film was a blockbuster with global sales of $981 million, according to the Box Office Mojo website. The trilogy is financed by Warner Bros. New Line Cinema and MGM. newS DeSk
30STM to release ‘up in the Air’ in outer Space! From the band’s name to the single’s title, Thirty Seconds to Mars’ mission to send a song into space makes perfect sense. The group, fronted by Jared Leto, is sending along the first copy of their new single ‘Up in the Air’ with a SpaceX rocket. The launch is scheduled to happen at 10:10 a.m. ET on Friday, with the rocket traveling from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to dock at the International Space Station. ‘Up in the Air’, the first single from Thirty Seconds to Mars’ upcoming album, will be nestled in a Dragon cargo capsule that’ll include more than 1,200 pounds of scientific experiments and equipment. Fans can watch the launch on NASA’s website. Thirty Seconds to Mars will then head down to NASA mission control in Houston to host a live Q&A on their own website with astronaut Tom Marshburn, who’s aboard the International Space Station. The band will play ‘Up in the Air’ for those listening during the March 18 talk, and will release it via digital retailers the following day. newS DeSk
But in the days that followed, not much surfaced. It was so odd that tweets like this were more common: “Did I miss the memo about no Pope jokes?” tweeted @NouveauBroke. Although a parody account, @RetiredPopeXVI, did appear, it only has 577 followers and sent out a paltry five tweets. That all changed on Thursday when Pope Benedict XVI slipped off his red loafers and officially became pope emeritus. Curiously, the Vatican also deleted all 39 of his tweets from the official @pontifex Twitter account. And slowly, the jokes began to surface. Here are a handful we found humorous.
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INFOTAINMENT Saturday, 2 March, 2013
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all. –Noam Chomsky
blocked heart arteries may presage stroke E
sugar, not obesity, is the smoking gun Sugar is “toxic,” and is hands-down the biggest problem with the American diet, declares Mark Bittman in the New York Times. He cites a new study that finds increased sugar consumption is linked to increased diabetes rates, regardless of obesity rates. “In other words, according to this study, obesity doesn’t cause diabetes: sugar does,” Bittman writes. And there’s no arguing with the study; it “controlled for everything controllable,” and is just about as conclusive as it gets. (Bittman compares it to the 1960s study that linked cigarettes to lung cancer.) Basically, “for every 12 ounces of sugar-sweetened beverage introduced per person per day into a country’s food system, the rate of diabetes goes up 1%,” Bittman writes. If you were waiting for a smoking gun, this is it. It’s time for the FDA to re-evaluate the safety of sugar, come up with a maximum daily value, and remove fructose and added sugars from its list of foods generally recognized as safe. Only then will the “pushers of sugar” no longer have “license to contaminate our food supply.” newS DeSk
100-foot-wide sinkhole swallows florida man, home A 100-foot-wide sinkhole opened up last night under a man’s bedroom in Brandon, Florida, swallowing the 34year-old, who is believed to be dead, reports CNN. The man’s brother tried to rescue him from being swallowed by the hole, but was unable to and was pulled away by rescuers himself. Those crews have placed cameras and microphones in the hole, but have been unable to find any traces of the disappeared man, reports the AP. Engineering officials will return later this morning with more sophisticated monitoring equipment to determine the depth of the sinkhole, which they believe could measure 50 feet. Though the man’s bedroom is apparently at its center, CNN explains that much of the ground covering the sinkhole is still in place, but is in danger of collapse. As such, neighbors have been evacuated. newS DeSk
VEN if you are considered to be at low risk for stroke, having blocked heart arteries can mean you are more likely to have one, says new research published online this week in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association. The researchers suggest blocked arteries should be taken into account to the same extent as other known risk factors such as atrial fibrillation when assessing patients’ stroke risk. Lead author Dirk M. Hermann is professor of vascular neurology and dementia at the University Hospital Essen in Germany. He says in a press statement their findings reveal “that stroke risk is tightly aligned with coronary atherosclerosis, showing the closely related nature of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease”. He calls for more collaboration across different disciplines to better prevent and manage these diseases. For their study, Hermann and colleagues used a variation of the conventional CT scan to look at heart arteries in 4,180 male and female patients. The patients were aged from 45 to 75, were randomly selected from three German in-
dustrial cities, and had no history of stroke or heart attack. With non-invasive electron beam-computed tomography, the researchers could see how much plaque had built up in the patients’ heart artery walls. They then followed the patients for around 8 years, during which time 92 strokes occurred in the group. 82 of the strokes were ischemic (due to blood clot
in brain), and 10 were hemorrhagic (due to bleeding in brain). Strokes tended to occur in patients around 65 years of age, who had diabetes, higher body mass index, and higher levels of blood pressure and cholesterol. However, comparing the stroke incidences with the scans taken earlier, the researchers also found the patients whose heart artery blockages were due to coro-
facebook, google and Amazon join fight against cancer NEWS DESK The project will allow smartphone users to play to investigate vital scientific data at the same time as playing a mobile game. The first step is for 40 computer programmers, gamers, graphic designers and other specialists to take part in a weekend “GameJam” to turn the charity’s raw genetic data into a game format for future so-called “citizen scientists”. “We’re making great progress in understanding the genetic reasons cancer develops. But the clues to why some drugs will work and some won’t are held in data which need to be analysed by the human eye - and this could take years,” said Carlos Caldas at Cancer Research UK’s Cambridge Institute. “By harnessing the collective power of citizen scientists we’ll accelerate the discovery of new ways to diagnose and treat cancer much more precisely.” After the GameJam, which runs in London from March 1-3, an agency will build the game concept into reality and the team plans to launch it in mid 2013. CRUK’s scientists are working hard to identify the genetic faults that drive cancer to try to find new ways of diagnosing and treating patients in a more targeted way based on their genetic profile and that of their
tumours. In a major international study on breast cancer genetics published last year, CRUK researchers said they are now able to classify the disease into 10 subtypes - a finding that could lead to more accurate and tailored treatment in future. That study also found several completely new genes that drive breast cancer, offering potential targets for new types of drugs. Yet this type of research generates colossal amounts of data that need to be analysed, CRUK said as it announced the gaming project. And while advances in technology mean scientists can process data faster than ever, much of it still needs to be analysed by people rather than machines. “The human eye can detect subtle changes that machines are not programmed to look for - leading to serendipitous discoveries providing clues to the causes and drivers of the disease,” the charity said. “With the collective power of hundreds of thousands of people across the globe helping our scientists to analyse this data we could drastically speed up research.” Philip Su, engineering site director of Facebook London said his company believes the best way to solve a problem “is to bring smart people together to ‘hack’ a solution.” “That approach is just as valid in the field of life sciences as it is in software engineering,” he said.
‘Invisibility cloak’ unveiled at TED conference NEWS DESK The invisibility cloak has long been a staple of science fiction, with Harry Potter famously using one in his wizard adventures. But to gasps from the audience, a scientist from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore demonstrated an experiment that appears to make it more than the stuff of fantasy.
A small box made of calcite optical crystal was used to bend light around an object, making anything placed behind the box appear invisible to people watching the demonstration at the TED conference. Professor Baile Zhang said he was inspired to create the invisibility device “just for fun”. “I just think the idea is cool,” he said. “Plus, I hope this work will demonstrate that simple tools can sometimes fulfil important functions that previously required complicated methods.” Professor Zhang admitted that his research was in its early stages, and said that his team was still working out how to make larger and more useful prototypes of the invisibility cloak, according to The Times. “There are still many limitations here and I don’t have the answers for how to solve them,” he said. “At this stage, this is already the best we can do. There will be quite a long way to go before it can be applied on a practical level. But all researchers in this field, including myself, are making progress, albeit slowly.” He said that his work with calcite might have more uses than hiding objects, as the substance could also help to improve optical fibres, such as that cables used for broadband internet, or create better “imaging” products such as digital cameras.
nary artery calcification (CAC) were far more likely to be among the stroke casualties than those without CAC. A CAC level higher than 400 Hounsfield units (HU, a measure of the density of tissue and other matter seen on a CT scan) was tied to a threefold higher risk for stroke than levels under 399 HU. The authors note that CAC measures were particularly strong at predicting stroke in the younger participants (under 65) and in those whose risk assessed using conventional risk factors put them at low risk for cardiovascular disease. Plus, CAC measures accurately predicted stroke in both male and female patients, regardless of whether they had a form of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, which is often tied to higher risk for stroke. Hermann says the study shows in assessing patients’ risk for stroke, doctors should take into account CAC levels as well as other known factors such as atrial fibrillation. In a recent study, scientists from the University of Oxford in the UK describe discovering how the brain protects itself from stroke damage. Harnessing this inbuilt biological mechanism could lead to new treatments for stroke, and ways to prevent neurodegenerative diseases in the future, they suggest.
shefacebook, a social network for women? With the ever-increasing popularity of Facebook among Pakistani women, especially teenage girls, and the growing conservative concerns of Pakistani parents, a Pakistan born 17-year-old student in California has launched SheFacebook, a new Facebook for women. Thousands of women around the world have become members of this innovative idea, where men can only become guest members. Moreover, the social network administration keeps a watch on these guest members. STAFF RePORT
Monster black hole’s spin revealed for first time Astronomers have made the first reliable measurement of a supermassive black hole’s spin, showcasing a technique that could help unravel the mysteries of these monsters’ growth and evolution. The enormous black hole at the center of the spiral galaxy NGC 1365 is spinning about 84 percent as fast as Einstein’s general theory of relativity allows it to, researchers determined. The find demonstrates that at least some supermassive black holes are rotating rapidly — a claim previous studies had hinted at but failed to confirm. “It’s the first time that we can really say that black holes are spinning,” study co-author Fiona Harrison, of Caltech in Pasadena, told SPACE.com. “The promise that this holds for being able to understand how black holes grow is, I think, the major implication.” newS DeSk
bumblebees scarce in Midwest It is not just honeybees that are in trouble. The fuzzy American bumblebee seems to be disappearing in the Midwest. Two new studies in today’s journal Scienceconclude that wild bees, including the American bumblebee, are increasingly important in pollinating flowers and crops that provide us with food. And, at least in the Midwest, they seem to be dwindling in an alarming manner, possibly from disease and parasites. Researchers at Montana State University could find only half the species of wild bees that had been catalogued a century ago, 54 of 109 types. “That’s a significant decline,” says one of the researchers. “It’s a scary decline.” And what’s most noticeable is the near absence of one particular species, the yellow-and-black American bumblebee, which has previously been the most common bee in the Midwest. In 447 hours of searching, the MSU researchers found only one. newS DeSk
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whatmore needs to learn more: hanif
AgenciesFormer Pakistan captain Hanif Mohammad believes the team's Australian coach Dav Whatmore needs to learn Urdu if he is to succeed with the players. Whatmore has come under fire after Pakistan suffered a 3-0 whitewash in the test series in South Africa, failing to take any of the matches into the fifth day. "I don't want to lay entire blame on him but he needs to learn our common language Urdu if he wants to communicate properly with the players," Hanif said. "It is important that a coach is able to convey his sentiments, feelings, advice, commands properly to the players. They must be able to understand and feel what their coach is saying," added the 78-year-old. "I don't think this is happening in the team because how many of our players can communicate or speak English fluently?" Hanif, who played 55 tests, felt a coach would never be able to convey his feelings or advice to a player through an interpreter or in a language not common to both. "People don't realise how important a part of the coach's job is communicating properly with his players, who are then responsible for adapting and executing what they are told," he added. South Africa was Pakistan's second straight test series defeat since Whatmore took over as coach in March last year. They were also beaten in Sri Lanka.
The cricket in South Africa is very competitive.There are some good teams here and there is a lot of talent. There is a lot of local talent here and the cricket is very good in the Ram Slam. – Sohail Tanvir
australia look to follow england’s example in India HYDERBABD
century, and he's been waiting over two years for another Test ton, but it was a start. Virat Kohli was also impressive after a poor run of form, and will look to add to the century he scored in Chennai. For India, it will be tough to call on anyone other than Ravichandran Ashwin to be the key player. There is no-one more potent on home soil, and his 12-wicket haul will have given him extra impetus to be the series' top wicket taker. The Aussies will once again look to skipper Michael Clarke to do the damage with the bat. His 130 in Chennai was in vain, but it would have been even more of a humiliation without it, and Australia will need another gritty knock from him.
USTRALIA will be looking to follow England's example when they run out for the second Test against India in Hyderabad on Friday, looking to come back from a game down to take the series in emphatic fashion. Just like against England, India won the first Test convincingly, with spinner Ravi Ashwin doing the bulk of the damage. England then went on to take the series 2-1, and the Aussies will be hoping Hyderabad's quicker deck will help them do the same. The Chennai pitch was a nightmare for the visitors as it deteriorated rapidly, with Ashwin taking full advantage. He will likely do some damage this time too, and it remains to be seen who his partner will be. Will the selectors stick with sentimental favourite Harbhajan Singh, or get premier tweaker Pragyan Ojha back in the side? Or will they give all three a go? It's unlikely they'll drop a fast bowler though, given the reputedly quicker wicket. The Aussies are rumoured to be sticking with the same side that lost the first game, and Nathan Lyon in particular will be relieved by that. He was poor in
Chennai, going for over 200 runs in one innings, and certainly made Ashwin's spin look even better than it was. Moises Henriques will be eager to show his debut Test wasn't a fluke, as he scored twin half centuries and was the sole reason his side avoided an innings
defeat. He and Michael Clarke were the only batsmen who seemed to get a handle on the Indian conditions. Home fans were thrilled to see two of their favourite batsmen find some form, with Sachin Tendulkar rediscovering some magic of old with an 81. It wasn't a
Teams India (probable): Virender Sehwag, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (capt and wk), R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh/Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar Australia (probable): David Warner, Ed Cowan, Phillip Hughes, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (captain), Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Moises Henriques, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus Third umpire:S Ravi Match referee: Chris Broad.
PCA urges players to seek help on drugs LONDON AgencieS
The Professional Cricketers’ Association is to encourage county players who may be taking recreational drugs to seek help for their addiction before more rigorous testing is introduced. Out-of-competition testing for recreational drugs and hair sampling are likely to be introduced into English cricket after it was revealed at the inquest into the death of Tom Maynard this week that the Surrey and England Lions batsman was a habitual user of cocaine and ecstasy. The players’ union is working with the ECB on a new drugs testing
programme but would prefer players who are taking recreational drugs to come forward before they are caught. PCA chief executive Angus Porter said: “After this week I would expect that we are going to get into a more extensive recreational drug testing programme. One of the things that we will be saying to players in our preseason visits is: if you have got an issue now is a good time to talk about before we get into any kind of testing regime. “What we are saying is: sort yourselves out. If you need help to sort yourselves out then we are here to help. “We are all agreed that what is critical is that any testing regime triggers support, counselling and treatment rather than punishment unless
we get into second or third offence. By the time we get into second or third times it is an offence, the first time it’s a finding.” Porter was at Edgbaston yesterday where he attended the third PCA rookie camp which offered personal and career advice to first-year professionals and which was sponsored for the first time by the Tom Maynard Trust. “It’s important to have senior figures in the dressing room setting the right standard. If one of these rookies walks into a dressing room they will have an arm around their shoulder and that arm around their shoulder will be helping them to live their lives in the right way as well as becoming better cricketers,” Porter said.
England stretch lead, top order woe remains QUEENSTOWN AgencieS
England's top order blew a second chance to spend some quality time in the middle but the tourists still went on to cement their lead on the penultimate day of their four-day match against New Zealand XI in Queenstown on Friday. Opener Nick Compton (one) and Kevin Pietersen (eight) once again failed with the bat, while Jonathan Trott (20) was berating himself on his way back to the pavilion after failing to convert the start into something substantial. Captain Alastair Cook (24), who hit 60 in the first innings, was run out, leaving it to Matt Prior (68) and Graeme Swann (41 not out) down the order to power the visitors to 256 for nine for an overall lead of 333 runs by third day's play. For New Zealand XI, Mark Gillespie claimed four for 87. England's bowling did not look too convincing either when New Zealand XI captain Tom Latham made an aggressive pre-lunch declaration at 349 for seven. Graham Onions struggled for rhythm, sending down five of his six
no-balls while bleeding 131 runs for the only wicket of Canterbury all-rounder Corey Anderson, who hit an entertaining 62-ball 67 batting at number eight. Stuart Broad conceded 27 runs in his five overs without adding to his previous day's success. New Zealand test wicketkeeper BJ Watling was unbeaten on 66 and returned after the declaration to take four catches behind the stumps. The four-day match is the only warm-up England will have before their threematch series against New Zealand begins at Dunedin's University Oval on Wednesday. Earlier, Hamish Rutherford put himself firmly in contention to make his test debut next week against England after he scored 90 for the New Zealand XI on the second day of their four day match. The 23-year-old Rutherford was named in New Zealand's test squad on Sunday and was strongly tipped to make his debut by opening the innings with Peter Fulton on his home ground at University Oval in Dunedin from March 6. New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said, however, that while Rutherford was the likely option both he and Tom Latham would be closely watched in
the game at Queenstown Events Centre. Latham, who is also in the test squad, was trapped leg before wicket by offspinner Graeme Swann for 16. Both Latham and Rutherford have played limited overs internationals for New Zealand but are yet to make their test debut. Test batsman Dean Brownlie also received some valuable time in the middle against the England attack, scoring 63 as the hosts made 224 for six in reply to England's first innings of 426. BJ Watling was 26 not out at the close of play. Ian Bell, who scored a century on the first day, was the last man out for the visitors in the morning session when he was caught by substitute fielder Michael Rae off test hopeful Neil Wagner for 158. Left armer Wagner and fellow quick Mark Gillespie are also contesting for the final place in the 13man squad for the first test, with the South African-born Wagner taking four for 98 from 26.2 overs. Otago all-rounder Jimmy Neesham had the best figures for the New Zealand XI with four for 73, including capturing the first three wickets to fall in Wednesday's first session.
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I always say the same thing, every kid or young player growing up dreams of playing here at Liverpool, and today, here I am, highly privileged doing just that. – Luis Suarez
Saturday, 2 March, 2013
sbP lines up several more sports, gwr events LAHORE
HE Sports Board Punjab in the final phase of the Punjab Youth Festival is conducting a number of sports and Guinness World Record events and to add splendor to the already started spring festivity around prizes of Rs 50 million will also be distributed among the winners of the different levels of the festival in a closing ceremony. Addressing a press conference here on Friday at the Conference Hall of the SBP, chief organizer and deputy speaker Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan along with Director General SBP Usman Anwar gave the details of the coming events. “As we are holding the press conference, the process of awarding the winners of the festival of other districts has started. To keep all the accounts of the PYF clear, the SBP will also be signing an agreement with Transparency International to prove that the funds were spent in a transparent manner on this sports extravaganza. “We are maintaining transparency in every matter as far as the organization and conclusion of the festival are concerned.” It is going to a be a grand function (closing ceremony) which will set
alfalah Insurance, Master Paints in polo final
giggs signs new one-year deal with Manchester united LONDON AgencieS
Ryan Giggs has signed a one-year contract extension, Manchester United announced on Friday. The deal, which will take Giggs beyond his 40th birthday, has been agreed after an outstanding series of performances from the veteran and will stop speculation that he would retire at the end of the season. The midfielder is already the most
decorated player in British football history and will be winning his 13th league championship should United press home their 12-point advantage over Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League. His next appearance will be his 1,000th senior appearance, which includes games for Wales and Team GB at the London Olympics. Sir Alex Ferguson said: "What can I say about Ryan that hasn't already been
Alfalah Insurance have move into the final of the Enterprise Punjab Cup Polo Tournament 2013 where they will face Master Paints on Sunday here at the LPC ground. In their league encounter with Diamond Paints, Alfalah Insurance edged the rivals aside by 9-8 difference. It were Hamza Mawaz Khan and Matias Vial Perez who made the win possible for Alfalah Insurance against fighting painters. Hamza hit five goals while Perez got three to his credit. From the losing side, James Harper and Raja Samiullah fought valorously scoring four and three goals respectively. Marcus Hankock and Hissam Ali Hyder supervised the match with Gaston Moore being the referee. . In the second match of the day, Master Paints defeated Army/Coca Cola 6-5 to ensure a place in the final. Gaston Moore who led the Masters charge banged in five of the six goals with the sixth coming of the mace of Sufi Mohammad Haris while Manuel Crespo and Maj Gen Isfandiyar Pataudi led the scoring from the losing side with two goals each. Saqib Khan Khakwani umpired the match along with Hankock while referee for the match was Santiago Mendivil.
yaseen Memoroial cricket event LAHORE STAFF RePORT
Ludhiyana Gym has won the match of 28th M Yaseen Akhter Memoroial Cricket Event when they beat Faran Gym by 2 wickets played at Ali Garh Model Town Ground on Friday morning. Fine Dashing Bowling by Kashif Siddiq 6/9 was the main feature of the match. SCORES: Faran Gym 109 all out in 19.4 overs. Noman Qasim 48, Arman Qasim 24, Ali Imran 16. Kashif Siddiq 6/9. Ludihana Gym 111/8 in 20 overs. Waseem Zahoor 37, Rizwan Ahmed 20, Adnan Butt 10(no). Nasir Iqbal 2/13, Khalid Watto 2/18, Ali Shair, Arman Qasim, Zeeshan took one wicket each.
new benchmarks making it one of its most memorable closing ceremony in Pakistan,” said Rana Mashood. In the 2013 Festival, the Sports Board has lined up several events for journalists, Bar Association, veteran cricketers and Balochistan cricket team. In the lead up to the hectic activity, SBP conducted last year, apart from the cricket, table tennis and badminton competitions, a road cycle race, marathon GWR events and the closing ceremony will be organized in the Punjab Youth Festival 2013, beginning from March 3. “While all the preparation for the 10-day activity has been finalized and the youth are again given a platform to show their talent. We will start the Festival with Street Art that is to be held at different venues around the Nashtar Park and other parts of the city,” he said. Rana Mashhood further said that journalists and members of the Bar Association will compete among themselves in cricket, badminton, hockey and table tennis while Balochistan and veterans cricket teams will play a match most probably at the Gaddafi Stadium followed by a match of parliamentarians and film stars. “In between all the sports activity, we will be attempting several more Guinness World Records to show the world
said? He is a marvellous player and an exceptional human being. Ryan is an example to us all, the way in which he has, and continues to, look after himself. "He has fantastic energy for the game and it is wonderful to see. Ryan seems to reach a new milestone every week and to think that he now has 23 unbroken years of league goals behind him is truly amazing in the modern-day game. "His form this year shows his ability and his enjoyment of the game are as strong as ever and I am absolutely delighted that he has signed a new contract." Giggs told Manchester United's official website: "I am feeling good, enjoying my football more than ever and, most importantly, I feel I am making a contribution to the team. This is an exciting team to be part of, with great team spirit, and we are again pushing for trophies as we head towards the business end of the season. "I am delighted to have signed a new contract. I would like to thank Sir Alex and the coaching staff and I would also like to thank David Gill who has been a tremendous support over my many years here." Ferguson confirmed Giggs would make his 1,000th appearance at some point this week, either against Norwich on Saturday or Real Madrid on Tuesday.
that Pakistan is a country of talent,” he added. He said that the activity will continue till March 13 during this period of time road cycle race will be held at Ring Road while 17 kilometres marathon is to be conducted at the canal. “A three kilometres family fun race is also likely to be part of the marathon,” he added. He said that the positive activity in the shape of Punjab Sports Festival 2011-12 and Punjab Youth Festival 2012 conducted by the Punjab government has started to show its impression. “It was the passion ignited by the Festival that the Pakistan hockey team won two back to back medals and the game of snooker also brought world title to the country in which Mohammad Asif of Punjab was the key performer,” he added. “We not only focused the grass root level but also lifted the standard to such a level that Pakistan now holds several Guinness World Records,” he said. Speaking on the occasion, DG Sports and Youth Affairs, Usman Anwar informed that after the holding of the street art, cricket matches, cycle race and marathon, the closing ceremony of the Punjab Youth Festival 2012 will also be held where prizes and certificates will be given to the winners of the different levels of the festival.
Pakistan, south africa 1st T20 abandoned
The first T20 international between South Africa and Pakistan in Durban was abandoned without a ball being bowled. It had been raining in Durban more than five hours prior to the start of play, and the changes of a game going ahead were slim with puddles around the outfield and the shower not relenting. Even around half-an-hour after the scheduled time for the toss, the umpires said it would take at least two hours to get the ground in playable condition once the rain stopped. That didn't happen and the umpires called off the game at 6.30pm, two hours and eight minutes before the cut-off time for a five-over fixture. The second T20 international will take place at Centurion on March 3.
Legends golfers in Dubai LAHORE STAFF RePORT
Pakistan’s Legends Golf Tour teams from Lahore and Karachi landed in Dubai yesterday for participation in an international golf competition which will be contested over three days on Ryder Cup format basis. The golf competition involving Lahore, Karachi and Dubai teams comprising of 24 golfers in each team will be played on Earth and Fire golf courses at Jumeirah Golf Estates, with the final round to be concluded on 3rd March. Primarily an amateur golf league, the Tour is aimed at creating a deep sense of camaraderie among Pakistani players, who share the same passion by providing them with a platform which has an international touch and a golf course that is comparable with the best in the world. The three-day event, known as the Greenshield Cup, will see teams from Lahore, Karachi and Dubai contest for honours based on the Ryder Cup format of foursomes and singles over three days. Endorsed by Greenshield Insurance and Habib Bank Limited, the triangular
tournament would also help create a window of opportunity for generating funds for talented Pakistan professional golf players who can perform admirably on international circuit, but for want of finances,they can hardly move out of their own country. Already the top Pakistani professionals demonstrated a glimpse of their abundance of talent on the MENA Golf Tour last year and got noticed by the international golfing community. Muhammed Munir the number two ranked professional of Pakistan made an impact and so did young Shafiq Masih by winning one event each on the tour’s schedule which included top-class players from all the over the world. With the Legends Tour expanding its network internationally, it will provide participants a chance to international exposure and excellent playing conditions. Imran Habib, Adil Haji & Haroon Arshad are the spirit behind this effort and stated that they are commited to ensuring huge opportunities to golfers and their development as players of significance. Lahore Team: Azfar Hassan, Asad Amin, Faisal Sayid, Shahid Abbas, Sharjeel Awan, Sheikh
Nasir, Taimoor Shabbir, Humayun Mian, Haroon Arshed, Asad Agha, Ramzan Sheikh, Haq Nawaz Tiwana, Tariq Mushtaq, General (r) M. Tariq, Farid Malik, Imran Mairaj, Fareed Bajwa, Rizwan Shafi, Ahmed Rafi, Syed M.Umair, Abid Farooq, Abdul Basit, Ali Irfan, Ata Mohayuddin. Karachi Team: Ali Haji, Aly Rana, Mansoor Teli, Rizwan Feroz, Sohail Rana, Imran Habib, Omer Faruque, Adil Haji, Sibtain Haji, Ahmed Siddique, Zahid Ibrahim, Adnan Sohail, Ahsan Siddiqi, Asad Shirazi, Mikaeel Habib, Rashid
Malik, Ahmed Ismail, Qasim Habib, Qumail Habib, Bilal Habib, Ali Naqi Taqi, Hussain Kasim, Salman Qureshi and Shehryar Shah. Dubai Team: Rashid Ali, Omer Khan, Jehanzeb Awan, Rishad Molobhoy, Mir Farooq, Saad Qureshi, Ayaz Afridi, Nadir Mir, Kevin Roy, Arif Usmani, Zain Qureshi, Maajid Mushtaq, Naveed Kamal, Aamer Zaidi, Bilal Ali Bhai, Kunal Seth, Imran Zaidi, Faraz Haider, Nadeem Masud, Adnan Malik, Zahid Noorani, Aziz Rehman, Anwar Ali Khan, Aun Habib.
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If they invite me into politics, I'll go into politics.I'm not sure, of course, because politics is not exactly straightforward. You need to move in the right direction, where to go, what to do. – Nikolay Davydenko
SPoRTS Saturday, 2 March, 2013
gulbis ousts seed Querrey at delray beach
Ronaldo will shine at old Traﬀord: Beckham LONDON AgencieS
DELRAY BEACH AgencieS
Ernests Gulbis created a shock as he produced a remarkable third-set comeback to dump third seed Sam Querrey out of Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. With the entire second round held back a day because of rain, the American could not match the top two seeds, compatriot John Isner and Tommy Haas, in advancing to the quarter-finals. Latvian Gulbis, who was champion in Delray Beach in 2010 but had to qualify this year, was typically erratic on his way to a 6-4 4-6 7-6 (7/4) victory. After winning the first set, Gulbis appeared to be on his way out when he lost the second then fell 4-0 down in the third. But, despite a point penalty for swearing, he roared back, helped by a string of errors from Querrey, to claim a notable victory. There was no such drama for top seed Isner, who was typically dominant on serve to beat Japan's Go Soeda 7-6 (7/2) 6-2, or number two Haas of Germany, a 6-4 6-1 winner over Uzbek Denis Istomin.
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David Beckham believes Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo will be inspired at Old Trafford and put in a masterclass performance against Manchester United next week. The Portuguese star scored against the Red Devils when they visited the Santiago Bernabeu for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with the match ending in a 1-1 draw. He will be expected to score again when his side make the trip to Old Trafford for the second leg on Tuesday night. The game would also mark Ronaldo's return to the same stadium where he excelled for six long years before moving to Madrid for a world record transfer fee in 2009. Beckham backs Ronaldo to come up with the goods on the
night in order to delight the same fans who turned up to watch him in action in the Premier League in the not-so distant past. The Paris Saint-Germain player also understands the significance of the moment for the player - Ronaldo has not played at Old Trafford since 2009 - as he himself had to wait seven years before returning to the Theatre of Dreams with AC Milan.
PaLM BEaCh: Rory McIlroy has a slow start to the new season.
Asian stars set for open Championship debuts THAILAND AgencieS
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Hideki Matsuyama, Daisuke Maruyama and Wu Ashun earned debuts at the Open Championship after the International Final Qualifying - Asia. Thai rising star Kiradech topped the two-day qualifying with a flawless nine-under-par 63 while Japanese amateur Matsuyama, a two-time Asia Pacific Amateur Championship winner, finished four shots back following a 69 at the Amata Spring Country Club. Another Japanese Maruyama and China's Wu closed with a 65 and 68 respectively for tied third to clinch the final tickets to the Open Championship. Overnight leader Siddikur agonisingly
missed out on the top-four spots after sending his tee shot into the water on the par three 17 for a double bogey. Kiradech, nicknamed 'Asia's John Daly' for his grip-it and rip-it style of play, turned in an impressive 30 and added three further birdies to join countrymen Thaworn Wiratchant and Thongchai Jaidee at Muirfield from July 18 to 21. "I'm glad I achieved my first dream in golf which is to play in a Major championship. I want to do my best at The Open. It will be the biggest challenge and event in my life," said the 23year-old, who totalled 13-under-par 131. "I've definitely improved a lot while playing on the Asian Tour. I've gained a lot of experience through the years and earning an appearance in a Major show just how far my career has gone," added Kiradech.
In-form chawalit leads cast at saIL-sbI open
ThaILaND: Thai star Chawalit Plaphol will lead a cosmopolitan cast of Asian Tour champions when the region's premier Tour heads to the US$300,000 SAIL-SBI Open next week. Sweet-swinging Chawalit claimed his career fourth title at the Zaykabar Myanmar Open last Sunday to emerge as one of the early favourites for the SAIL-SBI Open, which celebrates its sixth edition this year. Over 25 other Tour champions have signed up for the second leg the 2013 Schedule, which marks the Asian Tour's milestone 10th season since it was launched as a players' organisation in 2004. AgencieS
Stacy Lewis heads into the weekend as the player to beat after the American fired a six-under 66 to take control of the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore. She was in a similar position last week in Thailand but faltered and finished joint third. With the season barely three weeks old, it was an important lesson, said the 28-year-old, who is on 11-under 133 and holds a two stroke lead over six players tied on 135.
Fury says Price fight is ‘dead’ LONDON AgencieS
Tyson Fury says a fight with David Price is 'dead in the water' after the Liverpudlian's shock defeat at the weekend. A clash between the two British heavyweights was highly sought but Fury never appeared that keen to take on the previously unbeaten Price. However, he now admits a summer clash was on the agenda and he is gutted that Price's defeat means it will not now take place. "I've got no interest in fighting David Price," he told the Manchester Evening News. "It's dead in the water. "What's the point in fighting someone who was knocked out in two rounds? If I don't do the same to him then people will say I couldn't even do as good a job as a 41-yearold. "I had the opportunity to make big money out of fighting David Price. I was hoping to get him after Tony Thompson. "Now a super fight in the summer has been
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messed up but maybe I'll get a big fight in America with Thompson. "I was hoping Price would win. I didn't want him to lose because it is taking bread out of my mouth." Fury is currently preparing for his US debut when he fights former cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham on April 20. ALvAREz-TROUT fIgHT CONfIRMED: Saul Alvarez will take on Austin Trout in a light-middleweight unification fight in San Antonio on April 20, it has been confirmed. 'Canelo' will put his WBC title on the line in his toughest assignment to date against the WBA champion, with the duo's unbeaten records also in jeopardy. The fight had been scheduled to be on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather's clash with Robert Guerrero on May 4, with the winner set to take on Mayweather in September should he stay undefeated. However, in the end Mayweather did not want to commit and therefore Alvarez was unhappy to cede his status as headline act.
Top seed Venus Williams eased into the semi-finals of the Brasil Tennis Cup on a day when competitive matches were thin on the ground. Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova threatened to give the American a tough game but in the end Williams overwhelmed her opponent to claim a 6-4 6-0 win. In the next round she will face Russia's Olga Puchkova, whose own quarter-final win was even more comprehensive, 6-1 6-1 over another Slovakian, Jana Cepelova. The other semifinal will be between French seventh seed Kristina Mladenovic and Monica Niculescu of Romania, who both beat Hungarian opponents in straight sets. Mladenovic saw off Melinda Czink 6-4 6-3, while Niculescu was a 6-3 6-2 winner over Timea Babos.
golden eagles beat Qarshi in Veteran cricket LAHORE STAFF RePORT
Golden Eagles outplayed Aftab Qarshi by 20 runs in a match of 15th National Veteran Senior Cricket Cup here on Friday at cricket centre ground model town. SCORES: Golden Eagles batted first 173/4 in 25 overs. Saifullah played well 64, Javeed Hafeez 41, Ali Rafi 25 & Jamshaid Ali 28 runs not out. Aftab Qarshi bowling Jameel Bhatti 3/32 & Nazeer Hussain 1/31 wickets. In reply Aftab Qarshi could manage 153/8 in 25 overs. Tahir Saeed 60, Hamad Maqbool 24, Sagheer Zaidi 13 & Muhammad Amir 14 runs not out. Golden Eagles bowling Ali Rafi bowling well 6/28 in 5 overs & Romail Bashir 1/23 wickets. Muhammad Asif, Muhammad Kaleem umpire & Waqar Ahmad was the scorer. End of the match Chief Guest Mohsin Aftab gave away joint man of match award to Ali Rafi & Saifullah jointly.
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My relationship with the owner is really good. Every time I talk to Abramovich about football, I enjoy (it). I know that he wants to win. I'm here because he wants to win and I will try to do my best until the last day. â€“ Rafael Benitez
Nadal, ferrer reach acapulco semi-finals MEXICO
Novak Djokovic remains on course for a fourth ATP Dubai Tennis Championships title after winning the quarter-final and will now meet Juan Martin Del Potro. The top-seeded Serb swept aside Andreas Seppi on Thursday, extending his winning run to 15 matches with an emphatic 6-0 6-3 triumph over the Italian, booking a last-four showdown with in-form Del Potro in the
process. Djokovic, a winner at the hardcourt event in 2009, 2010 and 2011, is looking to regain the title he relinquished to Roger Federer 12 months ago. He took a 9-0 head-to-head record into his latest meeting with world No.20 Seppi, however the gulf in class looked much wider when the Serb powered through the opening set without dropping a game. The Italian at least got on the board early in the second, however Djokovic broke once more to pave the way for another speedy victory.
Hsieh reaches quarter-finals in Malaysia KUALA LUMPUR AgencieS
Second seed Hsieh Su-wei notched up two victories on Thursday to move into the quarter-finals of the BMW Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. The tournament has been blighted by rain and Hsieh was in the first set of her first-round match against Japan's
Kurumi Nara on Wednesday night when they were forced off. They had little rest before resuming on Thursday, with Hsieh coming from a set down to defeat Nara 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 6-4. She then returned to the court later for her secondround match against China's Zhang Shuai, which she won 6-2 6-2. In the last eight Hsieh will meet American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who was a comfortable 6-1 6-4 winner over another Chinese player, Duan Ying-Ying. Australia's Ashleigh Barty, 16, had never won a match on the WTA Tour until her firstround win over Chanel Simmonds, and she followed that up with a second on Thursday, beating Zarina Diyas 7-6 (7/3) 6-4. She next meets third seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova after her 6-3 6-3 victory over Akgul Amanmuradova while fourth seed Ayumi Morita saw off Nudnida Luangnam 63 6-1. There was success for another Thai qualifier, though, as Luksika Kumkhum beat seventh seed Eleni Daniilidou 6-2 6-4. Fifth seed Misaki Doi also fell, beaten 64 7-6 (9/7) by Karolina Pliskova, but Chinese qualifier Wang Qiang could not follow up her stunning win over top seed Caroline Wozniacki on Wednesday and lost 6-3 6-2 to Patricia Mayr-Achleitner.
Saturday, 2 March, 2013
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Djokovic sets up Del Potro semi in Dubai
PANIARD Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer remained on course to meet in the final of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel as both men breezed through their quarterfinals. Top seed and three-time defending champion Ferrer raced past Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 6-3 6-1, before Nadal followed suit by overcoming Argentina's Leonardo Mayer 6-1 7-5. Ferrer was actually a break down early on in his match, but that was as good as it got for Lorenzi. The world number four was particularly dominant in the second set, holding 100% of first-serve points and breaking his opponent three times. Nadal will face face another Spaniard in the next round, Nicolas Almagro. The third seed, himself a former two-time champion here, beat Argentina's Horacio Zeballos 6-3 6-4.
10th M siddiq Memorial cricket event
The only man breaking the Spanish dominance was Italy's Fabio Fognini, who beat Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 7-5 6-4 and will face Ferrer in the last four. In the women's draw, third seed Alize Cornet was pushed all the way by Spain's Lourdes Lino
before booking her place in the last four. The Frenchwoman needed two tie-breaks to come from a set down and beat seventh seed Dominguez Lino 3-6 7-6 (12/10) 7-6 (7/2) in a match which took three hours and 33 minutes and featured 18 breaks of serve.
LahORE: Ali Garh Club entered into the 2nd round of 10th M Siddiq Memorial cricket event when they beat Tauseef Club by 5 wickets played at Aligarh Model Town Ground on Friday afternoon. Fine batting by Umer Javaid was the main feature of the match. Tauseef Club 97 all out in 19.1 overs. Waqas Khan 23, MhsinAgha 19, Israr Baig 13. Rehan 4/12, Irfan 3/13, Shakeel MAlik 2/16. Aligarh Club 100/5 in 16.5 overs. Shakeel 11, Umer Fayaz 15, Umer Javaid 46(no), Rehan 14(no). Mohsin Agha 3/27, Waqas 1/19, Israr Baig 1/10. STAFF RePORT
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inister for Water and Power Tasneem Qureshi on Friday held the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) responsible for the overall electricity crisis, adding that the NEPRA chairman was creating hurdles in the way of alternate energy projects despite clear directives from the prime minister to complete them. Starting with a delay of 40 minutes,
the 10th sitting of the National Assembly’s ongoing 50th session opened with Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza in the chair and only 57 legislators. The speaker chaired the sitting for 27 minutes, whereas the rest of the proceeding was supervised by a panel of chairpersons led by Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor. Most of the agenda items in Friday’s session, which lasted an hour and six minutes, remained unaddressed including a bill, a motion under Rule 259, a standing committee report and a calling attention notice. During the Question Hour, Minister for Water and Power Tasneem Qureshi said that the energy crisis would soon be dealt with. He said that the recent countrywide power blackout was caused due to overload on HUBCO power plant that tripped all other projects. He added that the issue was resolved within eight hours.
“A committee was formulated and it is looking into the matter,” Qureshi said, adding that solar panels were being assembled locally and would be installed all over the country soon. He said a recommendation had been made to replace diesel generators with solar panels and that no duty charges had been imposed on the import of solar panels from abroad. “About 225,000 energy savers have been distributed by various power distribution companies in the country,” Qureshi said, adding that during the last tenure the focus was on domestic load shedding, however, at present the goal was to limit outages in industries. He made a complaint before the legislators against the NEPRA chairman, saying that he was creating issues in finalising the tariff of alternate energy and was posing hurdles in this connection despite clear directions
from the prime minister to maintain the power supply at every cost. Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor told the minister that NEPRA fell under his ministry so he should be the one taking action against the chairman. Meanwhile, lawmakers belonging to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) staged a protest against increase in petrol prices. Criticising the government, PMLN’s Pervaiz Malik said the recent increase in petroleum prices was a great injustice towards general masses, following which the PML-N staged a protest walkout. Asif Husnain from the MQM was of the view that the recent price hike in the petroleum products was out of the recommendations made by the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), and was anti-public.
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Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Friday announced to confirm the services of contractual employees working in various departments. More than 100,000 government workers from Grade 1 to 16 are going to benefit from the decision. The chief minister made the announcement while speaking at a ceremony at the Aiwan-e-Karkunan Pakistan.He announced that all the employees hired by the previous provincial governments had also been made permanent. He said that he wanted to implement more development projects in the province but needed permission from the chief election commissioner. “All these people were employed by the previous government by taking bribes. But we are still confirming their jobs,” he said, while appealing to the people to vote for the PML-N in the next elections. The chief minister pledged that projects similar to the Metro Bus would be built in Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar if his party was voted to power. He also criticised the federal government for the recent hike in petroleum prices.
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Dawood Shah was on Friday appointed the new director general of the Intelligence Bureau. According to reports, former director general of the Intelligence Bureau Akhtar Gorchani had been transferred, while Dawood Shah was appointed as his replacement. The new director general Dawood Shah was earlier posted as joint director on the Intelligence Bureau, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. The appointment was made on the orders of the prime minister.
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Lawyers on Friday boycotted court proceedings across the province against the sudden disappearance of the Balochistan Prosecutor General Wasay Tareen. According to details, the top prosecutor of the province went missing in the Zhob district while traveling by road to Islamabad from Quetta. Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Qazi Faez Essa on Thursday took suo motu notice of the disappearance of prosecutor general.
Death toll in Bangladesh war crimes clashes rises to 53 DHAKA AgencieS
The number of people killed in clashes in Bangladesh over the conviction of Islamist leaders for war crimes rose to 53 on Friday, as fresh outbursts of violence erupted. Two people were killed after hundreds of pro-government supporters and followers of the rival Jamaat-e-Islami party fought with sticks in two northern districts of Gaibandha and Chapainawabganj, police chiefs told sources. Police also fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse Jamaat protesters in the capital Dhaka, after they tried to launch marches following weekly prayers, leaving several people injured, police said. On Thursday, violence flared across the country after Jamaat’s vice president was sentenced to death for murder, religious persecution and rape during the 1971 independence war.
Firebrand preacher Delwar Hossain Sayedee, 73, was the third person to be convicted by a war crimes tribunal whose verdicts have been met by outrage from Islamists who say the process is more about settling scores than delivering justice. At least 35 people were killed in Thursday’s unrest, according to an sources toll compiled after talking to police in 15 districts where protests have turned deadly.Twenty-three of those killed on Thursday were shot dead after police opened fire on thousands of rampaging Jamaat supporters who attacked law-enforcers with sticks and stones. According to Sultana Kamal, head of rights group Ain O Salish Kendra, it was the deadliest political day of violence since independence was won from Pakistan in 1971.Friday’s killings brought the total number killed since the tribunal delivered its first verdict on January 21 to 53, police said. Jamaat, which has rejected the court’s verdicts as politically
motivated, put the death toll from Thursday’s violence at 50, saying its “innocent” supporters were shot dead by police who “hunted them like birds”. Security was tightened around thousands of mosques across the Muslim-majority nation ahead of weekly prayers on Friday, with border guards posted in major cities. “We’ve deployed police intelligence inside mosques and plain-clothed police outside,” Mehedi Hasan, deputy Dhaka police commissioner, said. Police have banned a number of planned demonstrations at several trouble spots while the country’s biggest mosque, Baitul Mokarram, locked some of its gates to limit numbers. Security was stepped up in Hindu villages and temples after homes and places of worships were torched and vandalised by Islamists in the southern Noakhali and Chittagong districts, killing one Hindu man, police said.
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While hearing petitions questioning the legal status of a parliamentary commission on creation of new provinces, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday remarked that the parliament must stay within its constitutional provisions. During the course of proceedings, Malik Munsif Awan, the leading counsel for the petitioners, argued that neither the constitution nor the rules of business allowed the commission to form new provinces, adding that the formation of a parliamentary body was unconstitutional. The counsel said that people in Mianwali had been observing strikes to record protest against the recommendations of the “illegal” parliamentary commission. He said that the situation might get worse if the recommendations of the commission were not suspended. Meanwhile, the additional attorney general informed the court that a resolution for the formation of commission had been unanimously passed in the National Assembly. In response, LHC Justice Khalid Mahmoud Khan said that the parliament had the right to legislate, but that does not imply that it hands over the entire country to India. The court summoned the summary of the resolution from the federal government until March 5 and adjourned the hearing.
chINese Trader accused of busTINg IraN MIssILe eMbargo WASHINGTON AgencieS
A Chinese businessman indicted in the United States over sales of missile parts to Iran is still making millions of dollars from the trade, say security officials who monitor compliance with Western and UN sanctions. These officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the businessman, Li Fangwei, has earned at least $10 million from illegal sales to Iran since his indictment by the New York County District Attorney in 2009. Trade sanctions are at the heart of international efforts to curb Iran’s nuclear program for fear it is for military ends a suspicion Iran rejects. Li’s alleged activities may point to Iran’s resourcefulness in circumventing those sanctions and turn a spotlight on China’s ability to police its own export restrictions. It is hard to quantify the contribution of foreign firms and individuals to Iran’s nuclear and missile programs, but analysts believe some vital components are all but impossible for Tehran to produce at home. Contacted by Reuters on Feb 4, Li said he continued to get commercial inquiries from Iran but only for legitimate merchandise, such as steel products. Li said his company, LIMMT, had stopped selling to Iran once the United States began sanctioning it several years ago.“Sure, we did business with Iran, but we did not export the goods they said we did, missiles or whatever,” Li said. “We still get inquiries from Iranian clients, but we don’t respond to them.”