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Osama’s family handed 45-day prison sentence ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
A civil court on Monday indicted al Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden’s family members to a 45-day imprisonment for illegally staying in Pakistan. As three widows and their children had already passed one month in prison, they would be deported to their respective countries after 15 days. Senior Civil Judge Shahrukh Anjumad handed down a 45-day imprisonment sentence along with a fine of Rs 10,000 each, to Bin Laden’s three widows and two daughters under the Foreign Act. The proceedings of the case were carried at a house located in sector G/6 of the capital city where the al Qaeda chief’s family was kept and the house has also been declared a sub jail. Talking to reporters, Zakarya Ahmad Abd alFattah, brother of Osama’s Yemani wife said the court had announced a one and a half month imprisonment to all the five accused including Osama’s three widows, Amal Ahmad Abdul Fatheh, Silham Sharif, and Kharia Hussain Sabir, and two daughters, Maryam and Sumiya. He said the fine of Rs 10,000 on all the adult members had also been imposed, adding that the court had also directed the government to arrange necessary documents for the earliest repatriation of the Osama’s family members, so that they can go to their own country’s—Saudi Arabia and Yemen – after completing their imprisonment. Amal al Sadeh along with bin Laden’s two other wives from Saudi Arabia and an undisclosed number of children were among the 16 people detained by Pakistani authorities in the wake of the May 2 raid on the al Qaeda leader’s Abbottabad compound. FIA Assistant Director (Legal) Khalid Naeem said Amal was also charged under Section 419 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) for cheating and not providing her real identity. Muhammad Aamir, lawyer for the Bin Laden family told reporters that the period of detention of his widows and children started on March 3, when they were formally arrested on charges of illegal entry and residency in Pakistan and that they would continue to be held at their house in federal capital. He added that the directions had been given to the interior secretary for making all the arrangements of Bin Laden’s deportation and the said process may be completed in two weeks.
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Karachi violence finally gets president’s attention Zardari orders aerial patrolling, heavy-duty armoured personnel carriers to maintain peace
ARACHI is all set to have a garrison look as President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday took a strong exception to incidents of targeted killings, extortions and street crimes in the violencehit commercial hub of the country. Almost every day of the last week saw the city witnessing cold-blooded killings and socio-economic life coming to a grinding halt with over 50 people falling prey to politically-motivated targeted killings, dozens of vehicles being set on fire and trade and business incurring incalculable losses during the weeklong violence. Monday being no exception saw the targeted killing of a PPP office bearer in the gang-war-fame Lyari neighbourhood, one of the city’s most volatile localities. Chairing a high-level meeting of offi-
cials from the government and law enforcement agencies at Bilawal House, President Zardari ordered the security personnel to deal with the criminals with zero tolerance. The president said the city of 180 million had badly been plagued by the menace of extortion and other street crimes with the life and properties of common man paralysed the most. The president directed the concerned quarters to equip the police with aerial patrolling equipment as well as heavy-duty armoured personnel carriers (APCs). The law enforcers would also be doing the “geo fencing” of various city neighbourhoods infected the most. Among others, the meeting was attended by Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Home Minister Manzoor Wassan, Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Law Min-
ister Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Local Government Minister Agha Siraj Durrani, the Sindh IGP, Pakistan Rangers Sindh DG, IB DG and other senior federal and provincial government officials. Meanwhile, the interior minister, who arrived on Saturday, called upon the media not to sensationalize the news regarding violence. In a talk on Monday, the PPP’s major troubleshooter in Karachi, said the media should avoid spreading sensation by, what he termed it, the misreporting of facts regarding law and order in Karachi. He claimed that there was no incident of targeted killing on Sunday, but he saw some of the newspapers reporting the killing of six people in targeted killing. The interior minister claimed that those reported to have fallen prey to politically-motivated killings had died naturally or were shot dead out of personal enmities or accidents.
PPP leader among seven killed in fresh Karachi violence KARACHI AgEnciES
After two days of silence, the sequence of violence resurfaced in parts of Karachi again on Monday, claiming the life of at least seven people, including a PPP local leader. Police said that unidentified gunmen opened fire on the vehicle of PPP Lyari Vice President Hassan Soomro. The leader received a bullet to his head and was rushed to a hospital, however, he could not survive the injuries. Akhtar Gorchani, a senior police officer, said a woman was shot dead on Jinnah Road. In Sohrab Goth, a man was killed and another injured in cross-firing between two rival groups. President Asif Zardari, Faisal Raza Abdi and PPP Karachi President Nabeel Gabol condemned the killing of their party leader. Gabol said Lyari, which was considered the stronghold of the PPP, had become a battlefield under PPP’s own regime. “Our leaders have been killed. Now the tolerance of our workers is finished but there is still no Rangers official deputed in the area,” he said, demanding an immediate operation against terrorists.
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KARAcHi: Plainclothesmen engage in a gunfight with miscreants in Lyari after an operation was launched to curb violence. online
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Gilani calls for cooperation among regional countries for economic development g Seeks Chinese help to meet energy needs BOAO AgEnciES
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday said Pakistan had paid a heavy price for international politics, as the country had had to make challenging decisions. Addressing the Boao Forum, PM Gilani highlighted the role Pakistan had played in the war against terrorism. He regretted that Pakistan had to accommodate more than 3.5 million refugees due to Russia in the Afghan war. Highlighting the Pak-Sino ties, the prime minister affirmed that the relations between the two countries were strengthening by the day. Gilani reiter-
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ated that Pakistan was facing major challenges in restoring peace in the region. He said the world economic recession and increase in international oil prices had also left a bad impact on the economy of Pakistan. He called for more cooperation among the regional countries for economic development. Highlighting his achievements, Gilani said parliament had made landmark legislations and restored the 1973 constitution. He said there was an independent judiciary‚ free media and a vibrant civil society. Gilani hoped that Pakistan would achieve the targets of millennium development goal by 2015. He said Pakistan was working to im-
prove its relations it the world, including with India. Gilani said being a new democracy, Pakistan faced many challenges and due to the same reason, the government had to make critical decisions. He called for more cooperation among the regional countries for economic development. Gilani said Pakistan played the role of a frontline state in the war against terror and suffered a lot on its economic front. The prime minister urged the Asian countries to establish regional harmony and sustainable development through increased trade and economic growth. “If we do not establish regional harmony based on trade, investment and economic growth, we fear we will re-
main hostage to the past. We can break free of this past,” he said. He said by 2050, Asia was expected to account for more than half of the global economy, restoring the world’s largest continent to its former position of economic primacy. “In short, we may well witness the birth of a new world,” he said. The PM praised the role of China for the establishment of peace in the region. Earlier‚Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang inaugurated the opening session and said promoting internal growth drivers was the new trend in Asia’s open economic development. Continued on page 04
PESHAWAR/KURRAM AGENCY: Dozens of militants attacked a paramilitary checkpoint overnight, sparking clashes that left at least three soldiers and up to 14 militants dead, officials said on Monday. The attack in Mohmand Agency was beaten off when troops responded with artillery and heavy weapons, according to a spokesman for the Frontier Corps (FC). “Militants attacked a Frontier Corps checkpost in Baizai area of Mohmand Agency on Sunday night, which triggered a firefight, killing three troops and 14 rebels,” local official Siddiqullah said. Five troops were also injured and the militants had infiltrated Pakistan from Afghanistan’s northeastern Kunar province, he said. The identity of the militants was not clear, but Afghan and Pakistani Taliban sympathisers have strongholds on both sides of the porous border. The FC spokesman confirmed the incident and casualties and said the militants had attacked the post from three different directions. Meanwhile, a man was killed and another 13 injured in a blast in Kurram Agency on Monday, officials said. According to officials, a bomb exploded near a taxi stand, also damaging many vehicles. Security forces rushed to the scene to cordon off the area and conduct a search operation. The officials said it could be a remote-controlled bomb blast. No one has claimed the responsibility for the attack. Agencies
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Marvi holds govt responsible for Karachi violence THATTA: PML-N leader Marvi Memon on Monday said that the government and its coalition parties are responsible for the miserable, destructive and deteriorating law and order in Karachi. She was talking to journalists at Maklee Press Club. Marvi said that the rulers had pushed Sindh towards olden times even prior to Mohanjudoro. “The government has not done anything for welfare of the people except inflation, unemployment and strikes”, she said. The PML-N leader condemned torment of nurses in Karachi, violence against women and underprivileged behavior to women in Sindh games. She condoled with journalist Taza Gul Durrani and demanded apprehending of the accused involved. OnLinE
Brigadier Ali boycotts court martial proceedings RAWALPINDI: Court Martial proceedings against Brigadier Ali have ceased temporarily, according to his counsel Colonel (retired) Inamur Raheem. Speaking to Geo News, Advocate, Raheem, said his client boycotted court proceedings on Monday. Brigadier Ali informed the court in writing that military officials changed his lawyer from Colonel (retired) Raheem to Colonel Khizer which was not acceptable to him. Brigadier Ali is accused of having links with outlawed Hizb-ut-Tahrir (HuT). STAFF REPORT
Intelligence agencies warn of bloodshed in Karachi ahead of elections KARACHI: A report compiled by secret agencies over the current wave of target killings and arson in Karachi, point fingers at certain political parties leaders, besides establishing links of police officials in unrest. According to sources on Monday, the report leveled gross accusations against some provincial ministers of a big political party in Sindh. It has also been revealed in the report that the PPP ministers, SSP Malir Rao Anwar and other police officers were involved in encroachments. These personalities have allegedly constructed secret dens particularly in Malir, Dalmia and Pak Colony, the reporter added. It has also been revealed in the report that political parties monopolize their hold with acts of target-killings. The report further said that the coalition partners in Sindh government were also in possession of sophisticated and modern weapons; that was the main reason as to why police and Rangers were still unable to control the fast deteriorating situation. The sources, quoting figures in the report, said that about 900 people had been killed on mere linguistic basis from January 2010 up till now while 57 people had been splayed in sectarian riots. AgEnciES
Hazara women protest against targeted killings QUETTA: Around 100 activists of Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) Women Wing on Monday staged a protest in front of the Balochistan Assembly against the ongoing target killingd of their community on sectarian basis in the province, particularly in Quetta. The protesters made a unique protest by throwing hundreds of bangles on the gate of the assembly and hung a hundred more on the signboard of the assembly building with the help of a rope. Nazneen Zaman told journalists that the protesters presented bangles to MPAs to jolt their souls for being a lame duck in providing security to the Hazara community and bringing the culprits to book. The protesters were carrying party flags and placards inscribed with different demands such as “Down with sectarianism and incompetent Balochistan government”. The protesters said that the provincial government had completely failed to provide them security killings of Hazaras was going on since a decade, which had even forced women to come out on roads. STAFF REPORT
MULTAn: PML-n activists block a road by burning tyres at Kachehri chowk on Monday to protest against electricity load shedding and the recent increase in fuel prices. ONLINE
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All Pakistan CNG Association announces strike for indefinite period ISLAMABAD
FTER feeling the heat of increasing public resentment against the recent hike in fuel prices, the federal government has decided to bring them down by a small fraction, sources said on Monday. According to sources, upon the directive of President Asif Ali Zardari, the concerned authorities were mulling to bring the rates down and a notification in this respect would be issued shortly. The sources disclosed that a reduction of about Rs2 per litre was expected in the price of petrol, while a decrease in diesel prices by Rs 3 was also likely. Meanwhile, the All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) announced to go on strike for indefinite period, saying that it would not accept the meagre reduction in the prices. Addressing a news conference, APCNGA Chairman Ghayas Paracha condemned the government for the “unjust and illegitimate”
govt earns Rs 24.58 on each litre of petrol ISLAMABAD: The government could have given relief to the double-digit inflation pressed masses by cutting down on the petroleum levy and sales tax that it collects on petrol, diesel and kerosene oil. A private TV channel, citing the data of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), reported that the government was pocketing a total of Rs 24.58 in sales tax and petroleum levy on each litre of petrol. Had the government reduced its earnings to Rs 16.56 per litre, it could have avoided making petrol expensive by Rs 8.02, said a report by Geo News. On diesel, the government gets Rs 18.99 per litre in sales tax and petroleum levy. Similarly, if the government would have settled for Rs 14.29, the people could have been spared from an increase of Rs 4.70 per litre in the rate of diesel. Petroleum levy and sales tax on a litre of kerosene oil contribute Rs 18.85 to the national kitty. The poor people could have been safeguarded from the price hike of Rs 5.29 if the government had shrunk it to Rs13.56. MOniTORing DESK increase in fuel prices. On the other hand, commuters, transporters, traders and politicians rejected the government’s expected decision of meagre reduction in petrol prices. The All Pakistan Transport Owners Association (APTOA) has already warned that
fares would be raised if petroleum prices were not brought down. Traders set an ultimatum of 72 hours for the government to reverse its decision and warned of holding a countrywide campaign of civil disobedience in case the prices were not brought down.
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imran, Deepika win worst actors awards
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News 03 CoMMeNt Handed over to terrorists There still seems to be no respite to violence.
The dismal science Oil pricing cannot be explained easily.
Dr Faisal Bari says: Foundational cultural change: Cultural change is the challenge in education.
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Rabia Ahmed says: The lone cyclist: Pakistan has gone backwards.
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SC sets April 10 to frame contempt charge against Babar Awan ISLAMABAD
uE to the unavailability of Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq, the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday again adjourned the hearing of the contempt of court case against former law minister Babar Awan and fixed April 10 for framing contempt charges against him. The court was scheduled to frame contempt charges against Awan on March 20, however the unavailability of his counsel Ali Zafar delayed the proceedings. The court then set April 2 as the new date for framing charges against Awan for his media jibe at the judiciary. However the proceedings were delayed again after Deputy Attorney General Tariq Jahangiri informed the three-member SC bench headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali that the AG had gone to Quetta, where Chief Justice Iftikhar Muham-
mad Chaudhry was hearing a case on worsening law and order situation in Balochistan. During the hearing, Justice Jamali noted that the absence of AG did not matter, as the charges had to be framed by the court and the attorney general had nothing to do with it. However, Awan’s counsel referred to Rule 7 of the Supreme Court Rules and contended that at the time of framing charges, the attorney general’s presence was required. He said that if the court would prosecute his client without the AG’s presence, it would not leave a good impression. By doing so, Zafar argued, the court would be performing the role of a prosecutor. Meanwhile, the court adjourned the hearing until April 10. Babar Awan, along with some other federal ministers, had launched a tirade against the Supreme Court at a press conference held at the Press Information Department (PID) on December 1 last year soon after the
gilgit-Baltistan cM’s squad booked for firing ISLAMABAD KASHiF ABBASi
US should pay circular debt in return for NAto supply: Kashmala ISLAMABAD nni
Pakistan Muslim League Secretary Information and Member National Assembly Kashmala Tariq on Monday said on behalf of her party that the “government is in the mood to resume NATO supply”. She urged upon the rulers that if at last they had decided to resume NATO supply, they should get relief for the Pakistani nation in response. She said that keeping in view Pakistan’s major problems, the uS should be made to pay Pakistan’s circular debt, upgrade Railways, PIA and resolve electricity problems. She said the uS had given $33 billion to Turkey for only using its route during the Iraq war and gave gigantic facilities to Egypt and Syria. She urged that the uS should give the same facilities to Pakistan. Kashmala urged upon the rulers to decide in favour of national interest rather than giving priority to their individual and personal interests. She said that at the start of summer, load shedding was increasing with each passing day and these problems should be addressed on priority. “Our party will strongly oppose resolution in parliament for resuming NATO supply if these facilities were not demanded and confirmed by the rulers,” she said. She also brought on record that the rulers were giving rhetoric statements that they would take in confidence all political parties regarding NATO supply, but despite of representation of our five party members in national assembly, the government did not invite her party.
Two gunmen of GilgitBaltistan Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah have been booked for firing at lawyers, police said on Monday. According to details, two gunmen deployed with the CM fired at a group of lawyers over a roadside dispute. The gunmen were on their way in a police vehicle to escort Mehdi from his house but when they reached Faisal Avenue, the traffic was jammed as some lawyers were fighting with a car driver over a minor accident. On this, the commandos interfered into the matter and got the driver freed from the lawyers. The lawyers tried to scuffle with the gunmen on which they fired at them and left the area.
The lawyers registered a FIR against the commandos. In the application, they said that two guards of the GilgitBaltistan Police deployed with the CM fired at three lawyers, who survived the incident. Police registered a FIR under section 324/34 and 506 of PPC. “It was a direct attack as policemen fired four shots, which crossed just over my head,” Advocate Kazim Jamil said. Lawyers announced to observe a strike today (Tuesday) against the incident. Separately, a resident of Ghauri Town was gunned down by two unidentified motorcyclists. Police said that Fazal Waheed was on his way when two motorcyclists fired at him due to which he died on the spot. The Koral Police registered a FIR and started investigation.
court ordered an enquiry into the memo issue. On March 1, a bench comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Muhammad Ather Saeed had reserved its judgment whether to discharge contempt notice or to frame charges against Awan. “After going through the documentary record and video recording of the press conference prima facie, a case of contempt has been made out against Babar Awan, former law minister and PPP Vice-President, for addressing a press conference at the PID,” the court stated in its order. The court had decided to frame contempt charge and commencing proper contempt proceedings against Babar Awan on March 20. Talking to media on Monday, Ali Zafar said that his client had not given any remarks, which ridiculed the judiciary. He said the freedom of speech could not be barred in the name of the freedom of judiciary.
SC seeks Indian SC’s judgment on rivers’ interlinking ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Hearing a petition seeking direction to the federal government not to strike a deal with India for purchase of 5, 000MWs electricity, the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday directed the counsel for the petitioner to furnish the Indian SC’s judgment on rivers interlinking 2005. A three-member bench consisting of Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Athar Saeed, adjourned the hearing due to shortage of time until April 5. The Watan Party on Saturday filed a petition through Barrister Zafarullah Khan, saying that Pakistan had accepted India’s offer to get 5,000MWs electricity. He said it was a shameful act that Pakistan was going to purchase electricity which India produced from illegally-constructed dams on Pakistan’s rivers and their stolen water. Zafraullah said due to theft of water, Pakistan was facing scarcity of water for the Kharif crop. He said it was highly unfortunate that by buying Indian electricity, Pakistan would approve their theft and also accept violations of the Indus Water Treaty 1960.
People dying in Karachi of ‘natural’ causes: Malik KARACHI APP
There was no target killing Karachi on Sunday and the people killed in the city, who were shown killed in violent accidents by the media, died of natural causes, personal enmities and accidents, Interior Minister Senator Rehman Malik said on Monday. Talking to journalists, Malik said that the media should avoid spreading sensation by misreporting facts regarding law and order in Karachi. He said that the media had wrongly reported that six people had died in target killing in the port city. The minister requested the media to refrain from `misreporting’ and added
that a system had been set up where reporters can call up the authorities concerned to find out the cause of any
incident occurred in the city. Malik said that Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wassan and policemen were always available to confirm the cause of any incident and if they were not available, then there was a Crisis Management Cell, which was open 24 hours and had all information about crimes taking place across Pakistan. He said that airing of an incorrect report, like that of a target killing, can cause further tensions among people. The minister clarified that no operation was being carried out but targeted action against criminals without any discrimination was being conducted to maintain law and order in Karachi.
Zardari coming to Lahore tomorrow
LAHORE STAFF REPORT
President Asif Ali Zardari is likely to visit Punjab on Wednesday (tomorrow) and would address the Pakistan People’s Party Punjab parliamentary session. It is the first visit of President Zardari after Senate election in March, in which the PPP-backed candidate from Punjab Aslam Gill was defeated. Party sources said Zardari would address the members of provincial assembly at the Governor’s House. They said the president would also address the leaders in connection with Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’ death anniversary. He would also meet party leadership and workers and discuss a number of issues. A number of provincial level leaders would convey the problems of party workers and provincial members. The case of Aslam Gill’s defeat is also likely to be taken up.
Court summons police, rangers chiefs KARACHI OnLinE
Hearing suo moto notice of the fresh unrest in Karachi, the Sindh High Court, on Monday, issued summons to Inspector General (IG) Sindh and Director General Rangers to appear before the court. Chief Justice SHC, Justice Mushir Alam heard the case, ordering the two key officials to appear before the jury on April 18 and submit a report on the frequent shutdowns and incidents of violence in Karachi that have left about 40 people dead since Monday. Over 50 vehicles have been set on fire during the days of ‘mourning’ announced by MQM and ANP. Earlier, violence prevailed in the metropolitan of Karachi as at least six people including a woman were shot dead overnight in different incidents across the city, sources said on Monday. Sources also stated that the violent incidents occurred in Sohrab Goth, Bin Qasim, Saddar, Sachal, North Nazimabad, Gulshan Iqbal and Boat Basin areas of the city resulting in the killing of five people while several others were injured. Sindh Government has ordered a thorough inquiry regarding the gun-fight.
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nATo denies PePco still duping public accelerating troop Shortfall has crossed 6,000Mw but PePCo insists it stands at only 3,800Mw withdrawal from Afghanistan g
ATO’s chief denied on Monday that the alliance was speeding up the withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan as he sought to clear up “confusion” over the pullout planned for the end of 2014. Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen insisted that NATO was sticking to the timeline agreed at the Lisbon summit in November 2010 after recent comments from Western and Afghan officials indicated that 2013 was a new target. “There is nothing new in all this but maybe it is necessary to clarify these timelines because sometimes they are mixed up in a way that creates some confusion,” Rasmussen told a news conference. “We will stick to the Lisbon roadmap and complete transition by the end of 2014,” he said. Rasmussen explained that to complete the transition of security responsibility to Afghan forces nationwide by the end of 2014, control of the last provinces must be handed over in the middle
or the second half of 2013. “That’s why the year 2013 has suddently been mentioned,” he said. “It’s not about accelerating the transition process, but it’s actually in order to stick to the Lisbon roadmap that we have to take 2013 into account,” he said. It takes 12 to 18 months to complete the transition of provinces to Afghan forces, he noted. Afghan security forces are in the lead in provinces representing half the country’s population, including the capital Kabul. Before meeting with NATO counterparts in February, uS Defence Secretary Leon Panetta had indicated that uS troops would switch to a training role in 2013, but later stressed that they would continue combat through 2014. Afghan President Hamid Karzai told Panetta last month that international forces should leave villages and that NATO should handover to Afghan forces in 2013. Karzai’s office later appeared to step back, saying the demand was nothing new. The way forward in Afghanistan, including the alliance’s role after 2014, will be discussed at a NATO summit in Chicago in May.
Afghan market bombs injure 24, mostly children KUNDUZ AFP
Twin bomb blasts tore through a market in northern Afghanistan’s Baghlan province on Monday wounding two dozen people, just over half of them school children, officials said.“Overall we have 24 admitted to the hospital, 17 civilians, 13 of them are school students,” said Abdul Qahar Qanit, a doctor in the local hospital. He said seven security personnel, including two senior district police officials, were also among the casualties. The explosions occurred one after another, with the second coming after security forces arrived to investigate the
first blast, local administration chief Amir Gul told AFP. “There was a blast in Sher Market in Baghlan-i-Markazi. The first blast occurred and wounded some civilians, the second one followed shortly after the first one,” he said. He earlier told AFP that 18 people, five of them members of the Afghan security forces, had been injured, adding that the explosions were from improvised explosive devices rather than suicide bombers. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the blasts were similar to attacks carried out by the Taliban as part of their insurgency against President Hamid Karzai’s government and his Western allies.
All cities continue to face power load shedding for 1016 hours while PEPCO keeps up with its old habit of hiding the facts about the shortfall, quoting wrong figures to reporters on Monday. Sources told Pakistan Today that PEPCO was fac-
ing a shortfall of more than 6,000MW these days but its media section said the current shortfall was only 3,800MW. Almost every large city of the country is facing at least 10 to 12 hours of load shedding while in rural areas this closure crosses 16 hours a day. Electricity supply even in Lahore is shut for
one hour after every hour and it has become impossible for the people to perform their routine works. Despite the fact that outages crossed 12 hours a day, everything in PEPCO’s books still remained good. The generation remains 10,214MW while demand is 14,014MW. According to PEPCO, hydel generation is
2,569MW, thermal is 1,862MW and IPPs are producing 5,783MW. However, sources in the Ministry of Power said the figures were forged and did not reflect the actual demand and supply gap. If we consider these figures, load shedding should not exceed six to eight
hours but in reality it has crossed 12-16 hours, said a senior ministry official, adding that generation is not more than 8,000MW these days while demand is touching 14,000MW. He said hydel generation is low these days and is around 2,500MW but thermal and IPPs jointly are not producing more than 6,000MW.
transporters protest against abduction of truck drivers
KOHAT: People try to extinguish fire which broke out in a local market and engulfed a large number of shops near Kohat city Police Station. online
PPP leader killed in Karachi Continued fRom page 1 Nine people, including two policemen, were also injured in the latest spree of violence. In another incident, a man committed suicide by shooting himself in Bin Qasim Town, claimed the police. Police also said that some unidentified gunmen injured a PPP worker by opening fire on him in Aziz Bhatti police precincts. “Some parts of the city are still tense where police and paramilitaries are on patrol,” Sharfuddin Memon, spokesman for the Sindh Home Department, told AFP. The official said arsonists had set more than 50 vehicles alight during the last week. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said 1,715 people were killed in sudden flare-ups of violence in the city last year.
2 killed, body recovered in Balochistan QUETTA STAFF REPORT
A bullet-riddled body was found and two people were killed in various incidents across Balochistan on Monday. According to details, the Mastung local administration recovered a dead body and moved it to a nearby
hospital where the victim was identified as Riaz Shahwani. The victim had been shot dead and his body bore marks of torture. His family said Riaz had gone missing about three months ago. Meanwhile, unidentified men stabbed a man, identified as Walid, at Golimar
Chowk. As a result, he sustained serious wounds and was being shifted to a hospital when he died. In another incident, unidentified armed men stormed into a house in Kharan town and opened indiscriminate fire on inmates, killing Muhammad Ismail on the spot.
Motorcyclists throw acid on woman LAHORE S TA F F R E PO RT
A 28-year-old woman received serious burn injuries when unidentified motorcyclists threw acid on her in Shahdara Town police precincts late on Monday night. The victim was identified as Robina Bibi, a res-
ident of the Machis Factory area. Police officials said that Robina was going to see her relatives with her brother when unidentified motorcyclists approached them from behind and threw acid on Robina. She was taken to Mayo Hospital for medical aid where doctors
said she was in critical condition. According to Shahdara Town Police, nobody, including Robina’s relatives, had so far lodged a complaint with the police. The cops said that Robina and her brother had not seen the attackers, so they could not tell anything about them.
QUETTA: Protesting the kidnapping of drivers, transporters blocked the National Highway near Sibi on Monday, causing great inconvenience for the motorists. A group of armed men had kidnapped four drivers, including Mustafa, Qadir, Gul Hassan and Khair Muhammad, from along the Quetta-Jacobabad Highway in Bolan area of Balochistan late on Sunday. However, Khair Muhammad managed to escape from the captivity of kidnappers, but the whereabouts of the rest are unknown. “There were nine kidnappers, armed with latest weapons who took away the drivers leaving behind the trucks,” truck cleaners told reporters. The transporters on Monday blocked the highway by putting barricades and raised slogans against law enforcement agencies as well as the provincial government for their failure to curb incidents of kidnappings along the highways. STAFF REPORT
Pakistan paying Continued fRom page 1 ENERGY: Talking to the chairman and chief executive officer of Suntech Power Holding, Shi Zhengrong, later, Prime Minister Gilani said Pakistan could benefit from Chinese technological breakthroughs in solar energy to help it meet its growing energy needs. He invited the CEO of Suntech to visit Pakistan to personally observe the potential of solar energy and the needs of the industrial and domestic users. Gilani also met EXIM Bank of China President Li Ruogu, seeking financing for the construction of small and medium dams to help the country to meet its agriculture needs.
security failures in Afghan shootings: nATo KABUL AFP
NATO’s uS-led mission in Afghanistan said on Monday there had been failures in Afghan security procedures meant to weed out potential killers of Western troops before they join Kabul’s forces. Since January 1, seventeen foreign troops, including seven Americans and five French trainers, have been shot dead by Afghan personnel in 10 separate attacks. The fatalities represent more than one in six of ISAF’s 96 fatalities. The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF),
which is training Afghans to take over responsibility for security for the whole country by the end of 2014, said the deaths had sapped spirits among its troops. “Although the incidents are small in number we are aware of the gravity they have as an effect on morale,” ISAF spokesman Brigadier General Carsten Jacobson said in Kabul. “Every single incident has an out-of-proportion effect on morale and that goes for coalition forces as it goes for Afghan national security forces.” Recruits to the Afghan forces undergo an eight-step
vetting process carried out by Afghan authorities, including identification verification, recommendations and criminal background checks. But Jacobson said investigations into the shootings had found lapses. “What we have found in individual cases is that there was a mistake done here, or there, or there,” he told reporters. “The identity papers weren’t checked properly, the papers that were coming from village elders were not sufficient, drug tests were not taken regularly or sufficiently or something like that. “Wherever we see that we
take that as measures to be taken and improved.” Asked if some of the incidents could have been prevented, he responded: “Afterwards you always know that you shouldn’t have had that car accident.” ISAF has around 130,000 soldiers fighting alongside 350,000 Afghan security personnel in a bid to help President Hamid Karzai’s government reverse a Taliban-led insurgency. Among the measures being taken, Afghanistan’s intelligence services are hiding agents among new recruits at the country’s army and police training schools
to try to spot potential gunmen, NATO said. ISAF has also taken several security measures in response to the shootings, including assigning “guardian angels”, soldiers who watch over their comrades as they sleep. The concept “makes sure that soldiers are not without protection at any stage”, said Jacobson. He dismissed repeated claims by the Taliban that they were behind the attacks. “The insurgency is claiming nearly every single incident for itself. Our findings are that in the vast majority... personal grievances are one of the major causes.”
Insurgent involvement had been proved in only a few cases, he said. Instead, there were a “number of other causes including stress syndromes on soldiers who are living in a country that has been 30 years at war”. An Afghan policeman poisoned and shot dead nine of his colleagues in the eastern province of Paktika last week. As a matter of leadership Afghan commanders need to keep a close eye on their soldiers to try to spot potential problems before they happen, Jacobson added. “A soldier that has seen considerable battle stress has
to be observed and a soldier who hasn’t been on leave for a long time has to be looked at whether it is time to give them a break,” he said. “Somebody who has been on leave with his family in a refugee camp in Pakistan has to be looked at when he comes back, soldiers who have problems at home, financial problems.” A spokesman for the Afghan defence ministry declined to comment. The relationship between Afghan and NATO forces is vital but tensions have also mounted this year due to a series of incidents at the hands of uS troops.
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Likeminded jump bandwagon of parties opposing NAto reopening alliance ISLAMABAD
ORMER Jamaat-e-Islami chief Qazi Hussain Ahmad has rejected the notion that the Taliban government in Afghanistan was an Islamic one. “The Taliban regime cannot be termed a model Islamic government, as little of what they did was Islamic,” Qazi Hussain Ahmad said. The Taliban, he said, should seek
guidance from religious scholars. “They are students and need guidance from scholars,” he told a news conference in Peshawar. He, however, praised the Taliban’s efforts to force the uS to pull out of Afghanistan. Qazi said the Taliban were a force to be reckoned with and a reality in geopolitics. “until Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar is included, peace talks between uS and the militant group will not be credible.”
He was sceptical of the uS withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying it would be leaving at a time when the situation in the region was still unclear. “It is not clear what will happen if the uS troops leave Afghanistan,” he said, adding, “The Taliban want their own government, while the Hizb-e-Islami and other Afghan parties want an elected government.” He said Afghanistan’s neighbours, including Pakistan, Iran and Turkey, should arrange a dialogue in the war-torn country before the uS
departs to save the region from further anarchy. Qazi also lauded the Arab Spring and the consequent victory of Islamists in Egypt and Tunisia and also the Turkish resurgence. However, he regretted that while the Islamic world was making giant strides towards progress, Pakistan was going the other way. He also stressed on the early completion of the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project to overcome the energy shortage in the country.
The Steering Committee of the Pakistan Muslim League likeminded on Monday decided, in principle, not to endorse any move to reopen NATO supply routes and rather urged the political leadership of the country to respect the public aspirations over the issue. PML Steering Committee, the highest decision-making body of the likeminded group, was chaired by former minister Salim Saifullah Khan and was attended by Hamid Nasir Chattha, Humayon Akhtar Khan, Humayon Saifullah Khan, Kashmala Tariq, Arbab Zakaullah, Kishan Chand Parwani, Ghulam Haider Samejo, Maj (r) Ghulam Abbas and other senior leaders of the party. PML President Arbab Ghulam Rahim also attended the meeting through video link from Dubai where he is living in selfexile. Current political situation, economic, election alliance with PML-N and other issues came under discussion. It was decided that the PML likeminded would strongly oppose the move in parliament regarding reopening of supply routes to NATO force stationed in Afghanistan. Salim Saifullah briefed the members that there was no impasse in the party’s dialogue for a seat-adjustment with the major opposition party – the PML-N - and said that since the general elections were far away, it would be premature to finalise any such deal with PML-N. He said the PML likeminded and the PML-N election alliance matters were moving in positive direction. He said an alliance with any other political party could not be ruled out either. Calling for an alliance of all PML factions prior to the general elections, Saifullah said the alliance of PML different sections was the need of the hour to pull out Pakistan from existing crisis.
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Parliamentary special committees fail to resolve public issues ISLAMABAD TAHiR niAZ
Parliamentary special committees formed to tackle issues such as law and order, petroleum prices and energy crisis have failed miserably in resolving them as law and order, particularly in Karachi is not under control, petroleum prices have jumped to a record high and people are on the roads against load shedding. In some cases, the special committees of parliament did not even meet for months, let alone discuss the issues and resolve them. National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza on August 28, 2011 formed a Special Committee on Law and Order situation in Karachi (Sindh) and Quetta (Balochistan).
The speaker had formed the special committee in pursuance of the motion moved in the National Assembly and unanimously adopted by the House on August 12, 2011. The special committee was mandated to look into the law and order in Karachi and Quetta and report to the House with recommendations within two months. However, except for some initial meetings, the committee never met and the issue got worst. The speaker formed a Special Committee to Review the Present Prices of Petroleum Products on February 15 to review the then prices of petroleum products. The committee was mandated to review the prices of petroleum products within one week. It was after the op-
position raised hue and cry over the increase in petroleum prices that the government announced to form the committee but no recommendations came after the passage of more than one month. The recent increase in the petroleum prices have put the prices to a record high leaving the general public and transporters to protests. A special 17-member NA panel was formed in October last year to suggest steps to overcome power crisis after the opposition parties went on weeklong protest in the National Assembly on prolonged power outages and called for setting up of a special committee of the National Assembly to look into the causes of energy crisis and suggest measures to overcome it.
The government accepted the proposal and the House adopted a motion to form a special committee for the purpose. The committee was supposed to submit its report before the next session of the National Assembly starting from November 14 but no progress in this regard has been witnessed so far. The NA speaker has so far formed around 11 special committees of the House on different subjects, these include Special Committee on Delay in All Flights including Haj Flights and Grounding of the Aircrafts of Pakistan International Airlines, Special Committee on Law and Order in Karachi (Sindh) and Quetta (Balochistan), Special Committee on Millennium Development Goals, Special Committee
on Petroleum Prices, Special Committee to Investigate the Issue of Threatening Messages Being Received by the Journalists and Media Personnel, Special Committee to Look into the Matter of Delay in Construction Work on Gandhi Dera Ismail Khan Road, Special Committee to Look into the Reasons Leading to the Current Power Crisis in the Country and Propose Steps to Alleviate the Power Shortage and Special Committee To Oversee the Implementation of Resolutions of All Parties Conference. Out of these committees hardly a few completed the task assigned to them and the remaining did not met since months leaving the question mark on the credibility of the parliament and the government itself.
A 13-year-old Pakistani scholarship boy has died after setting fire to himself because his mother was too poor to buy him a new school uniform, his family said Monday. Kamran Khan, who was top of his class four years running in the northwestern town of Shabqadar, doused himself in kerosene on March 24 after an argument with his mother over a new uniform. He suffered more than 50 percent burns and died five days later, having been moved to a military hospital for specialist treatment. His family had begged villagers for the money needed to pay the hospital, his brother told AFP. The case highlights the desperate poverty suffered by millions of people in Pakistan, where record price hikes are squeezing all but the very wealthiest minority. Khan was desperate to get a new shalwar khamis and do away with his tatty old white tunic and trousers, his brother said. “My brother became the victim of poverty. He asked our mother to get him a new uniform but she told him to wait, he got emotional and set fire to himself,” the 16year-old brother Saleem told AFP. Their father went to Saudi Arabia three months ago looking for a job but had so far been unable to find work and has not sent any money home. Zakir Hussein, head teacher at the private English-language Mohmand Educational Academy, 140 kilometres (90 miles) from the capital Islamabad, described Khan as a “brilliant” all-round scholarship student. “We thought he will earn a major distinction for the school one day. That is why he was being given free classes and books,” said Hussein.
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woman arrested for throwing acid on daughter-in-law SWAT STAFF REPORT
Police on Monday arrested a woman accused of throwing acid on her daughterin-law in the Mangar Kot area of Malam Jabba. The police also took her daughter under custody for being an accomplice in the heinous act. According to details, a police team led by Station House Officer (SHO) Iqbal Khan arrested Taj Bibi w/o Taza Khan and her daughter, Robina, after the victim Tahira w/o Saba Khan registered a case against her mother-inlaw and sister-in-law. Police said a domestic dispute triggered the incident. Police said they had registered a first information report and was investigating the matter.
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Ending load shedding, the ‘mitti pao’ way! LAHORE
ML-Q President Senator Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Monday presented a simple formula to end load shedding in the country. unfolding the formula while talking to journalists at his Gulberg residence, Shujaat said that the installed power generation capacity in the country was 23,000MWs against which 15,000MWs were being produced daily, adding that the remaining power plants were either closed or producing less electricity against their installed capacity for want to resources to meet oil and other requirements for power plants. The PML-Q president said that under the NFC Award, provinces were to get another total amount of Rs 50
billion during the remaining three months of the present financial year. He said if the federation deducts this amount for the remaining three months and allocate the same amount to power plants then there was no reason why load shedding was not fully eliminated in cities and its duration also reduced in rural areas considerably. Shujaat said if provincial governments cooperate with the federation then this problem can easily be solved in this manner. The senator said that success of this simple formula depends on the large heartedness and positive thinking of all chief ministers. He said as a result of this, mills would start working again, unemployment would be reduced to a great extent, protesting workers would restart working on their machines and national economy would start getting
better and growing. The PML-Q president said that a full-fledged campaign should be launched against incidents of power thefts and it should be enforced forcefully so that honest electricity consumers were not unnecessarily over-burdened and their bills reduced, adding that this would be a step in the right direction and go a long way in improving the national economy. He said that the PML-N’s protest was wrong and unjustified, adding that the PML-Q was the well-wisher of the people and ally of the government due to which it was giving a formula to end outages. Earlier, MNA Omar Sibghatuillah Rashdi, son of Pir Pagara Sibghatullah Rashdi along with Makhdoom Ali Akbar called on Shujaat and Senior Federal Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi at their residence.
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The Sindh government on Monday declared a public holiday in the province on April 4 in connection with the 33rd death anniversary of former PM and PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Around 6,000 policemen and 1,000 rangers, women police, traffic police along with bomb disposal squad and commandos reached Larkana, Naudero and Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto. Hundreds of thousands of followers of Bhutto, including PPP workers and leaders, were also reaching Larkana, Naudero and Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto to attend the anniversary ceremonies to pay tribute to Bhutto. President Asif Ali Zardari accompanied by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and the PM were expected to reach the venue today (Tuesday) and will attend a public gathering at President Camp House Naudero, where the PPP’s CEC meeting will be held. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim
Ali Shah reached Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto visited the mausoleum, offered fateha and oversaw arrangements of the anniversary. A mushaira will also be held at the mausoleum and a documentary, depicting the life and achievements of Bhutto will also be shown. Several reception camps have also been established at Larkana and different roots, corners towards Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto and Naudero to accommodate leaders and workers from all provinces.
India will soon send to Pakistan all documents related to 26/11 terror attacks case that were authenticated by four key witnesses during the visit of a Pakistani Judicial Commission last month. The nearly 700-page bulky file contain documents like the confessional statement of the lone surviving perpetrator Ajmal Kasab, post mortem reports of slain terrorists and 26/11 victims prepared by two doctors and the case diary of Mumbai attack case. The documents were authenticated by Magistrate RV Sawant Waghule, who had taken down the confession of Kasab, Senior Inspector
Ramesh Mahale, who had investigated the terror attacks case and by the two doctors, official sources said. The documents, sent to the Home Ministry by Mumbai Chief Metropolitan Magistrate SS Shinde, who executed the commission’s visit to the metropolis, will be sent to Pakistan through diplomatic channel in the next few days, they said. The documents are expected to help the Rawalpindi court which is hearing the 26/11 case in Pakistan. During the five-day visit of the 8-member Judicial Commission from Pakistan beginning March 15, Waghule told the panel that Kasab had given the confession voluntarily and told her that he and nine others had
Around 53 people, including two teachers, fell unconscious after eating poisonous food in a seminary on Monday. According to reports, the incident took place at Shahabpura Road when students and two teachers of the seminary ate food, which was left spared in a wedding. All the people who fell sick hailed from Multan. After eating the food, all students of the seminary and two teachers fell unconscious. All the affected children and two teachers were admitted to hospitals. According to hospital sources, blood samples of the affected people were forwarded to Chief Chemical Examination. Police started an inquiry into the case.
CNG outlets in Swat charge revised rates ahead of effective date SWAT STAFF REPORT
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been sent by Lashkar-eTaiba to unleash terror in Mumbai. Police Inspector Mahale, who had investigated the terror attacks case, told the commission that the role of Pakistan had surfaced during the investigations. He also contended that oral, technical and material evidence linked the case to Pakistan, according to sources close to the proceedings. The commission visited India to record the statements on behalf of a Pakistani anti-terror court which is currently hearing the 26/11 attack case against LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six others. The statements of the Indian witnesses would be used as evidence during the trial in Pakistan.
CNG pumps in Swat began looting the people before the notification of the revised gas prices was officially announced. They had started charging the consumers the revised yet un-notified prices. The government announced RS 11.58 increase in per kilo CNG. Many angry consumers were reported to have exchanged heated words with the staff at various CNG pumps. “The government should formulate a monitoring law which should be strictly implemented in order to prevent such illegal price hikes,” said an upset motorist. Considering the increase in CNG price as a financial death, the general public rejected the revised gas prices. They appealed to the government to revoke the increase.
APotoA threatens to block oil supplies PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
All Pakistan Oil Tankers Owners Association (APOTOA) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday threatened to block oil supply to province and Bacha Khan Airport if their demand of increase in oil tankers fares was not met within 48 hours. Holding a press conference at the Peshawar Press Club, APOTOA President Nasir Ali Khan said that wheel-jam strike would be held for a indefinite period, as repeated fuel price hikes had compelled tankers’ owners to demand an increase in fares. Nasir said that drivers were also demanding an increase in their stipends but owners could not fulfil this demand until tanker fares were raised. He said that they were demanding the increase since last month.
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It rains rockets, grenades, Molotovs in Lyari ■ Unidentified men target law enforcers as police face stiff resistance in search operations ■ Seven, including PPP leader, shot dead and over 30 hurt KARACHI
YARI into a battlefield on Monday as petrol bombs, hand grenades and rockets rained down on law enforcers when they tried to move into the town to control the worsening law and order situation. For the third consecutive day, the situation in Lyari remained volatile, as seven people, including a leader of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), were shot dead and more than 30 others suffered injuries in clashes between protesters and law enforcement agencies (LEAs). The clashes were in reaction to yesterday’s killing of a notorious activist of the banned People’s Amn Committee (PAC) by the Crime Investigation Department (CID) officials. Tension prevailed in other Baloch-dominated areas including Teen Hatti, Old Golimar, Ilyas Goth, Mawach Goth and Baloch Para, where miscreants restored to heavy aerial firing, suspending all commercial activities. Following search operations in Lyari, several protest assemblies have been witnessed in various parts of the town including Ath Chowk, Cheel Chowk, Lea Market, Salar Compound and Yadgar Chowk. The protesters, including PAC activists, burnt tyres and blocked all major arteries for vehicular traffic. They resorted to indiscriminate firing, suspending all routine
and commercial activities in the area. In Lea Market and Ath Chowk, when police resorted to aerial firing and teargas shelling to disperse the protesters, the law enforcers were attacked with gunfire and petrol bombs. As the LEAs moved armoured personnel carriers in Lyari to maintain the worsening law and order situation, the police were greeted by rockets, hand grenades and Molotov Cocktails. Three police officers were reported to have been seriously wounded in the attacks. Police said a local leader of PPP named Hasan Soomro, son of Ali Nawaz Soomro, was sprayed with bullets by unidentified armed men outside his residence in Noorani Mohalla, Bakra Peeri within the limits of Kalakot police station. Hasan was the PPP Lyari vice president. He was taken to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK), where doctors pronounced his death. After medico-legal formalities, the body was handed over to his brother. Police claimed that 30 bore and 9mm shells were found at the spot. No case was registered until the filing of this report. Another man, identified as Haq Nawaz, was fatally shot in the limits of Kalakot police station. Police said the victim sustained two bullets on his upper torso. Two people, identified as Ali, 25, and Muhammad Shoaib, 28, were also shot dead in the Lee
Market area. The bullet-riddled body of an unidentified youth was recovered in the Khadda Market within the jurisdictions of the Baghdadi police station. Two more men, named Zakir, 28, and Qasam, 30, lost their lives in separate incidents in Lyari.
Talking with Pakistan Today, Superintendent of Police Nasir Aftab said the law enforcers were attacked during clashes between protesters and the LEAs. Three policemen sustained serious bullet injuries when some unidentified men fired rockets at
them as they baton-charged and tear gassed the protesters. “Within a just short span of 20 minutes, the LEAs were attacked 19 times with rockets, petrol bombs and hand grenades. Four people were killed and 28 others injured in clashes between
the armed protesters and the police, he admitted. He said there could have been more casualties during the clashes. “The LEAs will carry on the targeted operations in the town until the criminal network collapses,” he added.
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Violence finally attracts Zardari’s attention! ■ City to have aerial patrolling and heavy-duty armoured police KARACHI STAFF REPORT
The metropolitan is all set to get a garrison makeover, as President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday took a strong exception to incidents of targeted killings, extortions and street crimes in this violence-hit commercial hub of the country. Almost every day of the past week saw coldblooded killings and socioeconomic life coming to a grinding halt, with over 50 people falling victim to politically-motivated killings, dozens of vehicles being set on fire and trade and business incurring incalculable losses during the weeklong violence.
Monday being no exception saw the targeted killing of a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) officebearer in the gang war-famed Lyari neighbourhood, one of the city’s most volatile localities. Chairing a high-level meeting of officials from the government and the law-enforcement agencies at the Bilawal House, Zardari ordered the security personnel to take action against criminals with zero tolerance. He said that the city of 180 million has been adversely plagued by the menace of extortion and other street crimes, with the lives and properties of the common man affected the most. He directed the quarters concerned to provide the police with
aerial patrolling equipment as well as heavy-duty armoured personnel carriers.
The law enforcers would also be geo-fencing various city neighbourhoods that have been affected
the most, he said. The meeting was attended by Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wasan, Sindh Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Sindh Law Minister Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Sindh Local Government Minister Agha Siraj Durrani, Sindh inspector general of police, Pakistan Rangers Sindh director general, Intelligence Bureau director general and other senior federal and provincial government officials. Meanwhile, the interior minister, who arrived in the metropolitan on Saturday, called upon the
media not to sensationalise news regarding violence. In a media talk on Monday, the PPP’s major trouble-shooter in Karachi’s politics said that the media should avoid spreading sensation by, what he termed, the misreporting of facts regarding law and order in the city. He claimed that no incident of targeted killing had taken place on Sunday, but he said that he saw some of the newspapers reporting the killing of six people in incidents of targeted killing. The interior minister said that those reportedly fallen victim to politically-motivated killings had died naturally or in accidents, or were shot dead out of personal enmity.
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â€˜Promote responsible ecotourism to save Keenjhar Lakeâ€™ KARACHI
HE Indus for All Programme of the World Wide Fund for NaturePakistan (WWF-P), in collaboration with the Keenjhar Conservation Network, organised a festival at the Keenjhar Lake. Speaking on the occasion, Thatta Deputy Commissioner Dr Abdul Hafeez Sial said that the Keenjhar Lake is a vital wetland having multiple functions, including economic and social well-being of the local people. He said that the lake is also famous for the folk story of Noori Jam Tamachi and is an integral part of the cultural heritage of Sindh. He expressed his concern on the mushroom growth of infrastructure around the lake and said that the beauty of the lake must be
preserved. The deputy commissioner stressed the need to promote suitable fishing practises to improve the livelihood of the fisherfolk. He said that tourists could also play a vital role in preserving the Keenjhar Lake. WWF-P Programme Coordinator Nasir Ali Panhwar said that the Keenjhar Lake is a Ramsar site and a wildlife sanctuary, but the lake is still facing multiple threats, as several stakeholders are working in isolation. He emphasised the need to adopt ingenerated approach to tackle the increasing environmental challenges. He said that responsible ecotourism needs to be promoted through engaging the local communities, as this would provide alternate source of livelihood to the community and also reduce the pressure on the natural resources.
the protesting employees of the National Commission for women Development staged a demonstration outside the Karachi Press Club on Monday. they were forced to disperse when personnel of the police department were apparently ordered to use high-pressure water cannons on them. Moreover, a large number of demonstrators were baton-charged and some of them arrested, because nothing the law enforcers did was enough for making the protesters stop voicing their grievances and demands. online
He also said that the Keenjhar Lake is a major source of water for Karachi, and, hence, it is imperative that the Karachi Water & Sewerage Board allocate at least one percent of its income for the rehabilitation of the lake. He highlighted the need to allocate freshwater for wetlands and downstream Kotri through implementing the 1991 water accord. WWF-P Site Manager Ghulam Rasool Khatri said that the communities of the Keenjhar Lake have been organised to undertake a number of natural resource management and livelihood improvement initiatives. He added that nature clubs have been established in schools to sensitise the students about the environmental problems. Hameed Palari and Adam Gandro demanded putting a stop to the disposal of untreated industrial effluent from Kotri and Nooriabad into the Keenjhar Lake.
They said that a drastic reduction in migratory birds has been reported as the lake is no more offering favourable habitat to them. Ashraf Shah of the Fisheries
Department, Bilquis Khatri and others also spoke on the occasion. Traditional matka race, exhibition stalls, theatre, poetry and speeches on the various aspects
of the Keenjhar Lake were significant features of the festival, whereas folk singer Allah Dino Khaskheli also performed on the occasion.
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KWSB not paying dues deliberately: KESC KARACHI
EJECTING the “false” claim of shortage of funds at the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) for not paying its electricity bills, the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) on Monday pointed out that the government has already provided a separate fund to the board for the purpose but the money is being misused on other pretexts. Referring to the recent “propaganda campaign” launched by the KWSB chief in the media, the power utility termed it a cover up for the board’s own errors and defaults, stating that the KWSB is a public service utility but it does not give it the right to extort money and exploit this important task for blackmailing purposes. The KESC claimed that last year, the KWSB was provided a huge amount of Rs 3.5 billion by the government to settle the electricity dues, but its management did not pay the bills but diverted
the money to other areas to benefit certain individuals. “This year too, the board has been extorting quite huge funds but has not been paying its power bills,” it was said. Every month, the water board extorts huge funds from the government on the pretext of paying power bills but then misuses the money. The recent propaganda campaign and threats of water scarcity by the KWSB managing director are part of another such attempt that would obviously end with the government releasing emergency funds for power dues but that could also go waste as it has so many times in the past if its transactions were not strictly monitored. Apart from the special emergency funds, it was a clear responsibility of the KWSB to recover its monthly bills from the general water consumers. Failure of doing so was not as simple as
the board chief would like the world to believe and the water board had never undertaken serious recovery efforts. It seems that the KWSB officials have been ignor-
ing bill recovery job under a “well thought and pre-planned policy” to extort emergency funds. The KESC further said that the water
board management needs to spare the already-pressed citizens from its dirty politics and extortion games with government funds and avoid using blackmailing tactics and negative media campaigns as well as start paying its power bills without delays on regular basis. “For a long time, the KESC has been exercising a lenient attitude towards the recurring bill defaults of the KWSB, but after the dues had crossed the Rs 17 billion mark, it has become impossible for the KESC in view of its own financial debts and drop in power generation that arose because of shortage of cash inflow as well as natural gas to continue such informal arrangements without end,” it was claimed in the statement. The KESC demanded that government take extra precautions while giving any funds to the KWSB and make sure that the money was used properly where it is intended. Pointing out the recent Supreme
Court judgment in the rental power projects case, the KESC spokesman pointed out that the apex court had directed all government functionaries to act in accordance with the law in an open and transparent manner and immediately take steps to reduce the circular debt burden on power utility companies. It was also pointed out that the KWSB had already knocked on the doors of the Sindh High Court and obtained an order dated February 27, 2012 to deposit Rs 1 Billion in cash with the Nazir of the Court as well as Rs 4 Billion bank securities. But the KWSB had intentionally defaulted with compliance of the same and was in breach of the said order. The case is still pending before the Sindh High Court, yet the KWSB had launched a vicious propaganda campaign against KESC and has even taken the step of writing to the federal government to contest any payments being made directly by the federal government to KESC in respect of KWSB dues, which was contrary to norms of good governance and transparency.
Nadeem Yousufzai new CAA DG
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Nadeem Khan Yousufzai has assumed charge as the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) director general. During his first address to the officers, the new director general advised them to work hard and move forward to glorify the name of Pakistan and CAA. He immediately attended the problems of Air Traffic Controllers and received a positive response from the ATCOs to call off their strike. Yousufzai has the distinction of serving as the CAA DG for the second time. He previously held the position in 2010.
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neD, indus motors join hands to ease traffic congestion KARACHI STAFF REPORT
Students from the NED university of Engineering and Technology’s urban and Infrastructure Engineering Department will conduct research to ascertain the level of traffic congestion in the city and quantification of its cost. The Toyota Research on Traffic Congestion (TRTC) project is the first of its kind on this critical issue, which is affecting the people belonging to all walks of life is being launched in collaboration with the Indus Motor Company. A formal ceremony to launch the project was held at the NED on Monday. The event was attended by government representatives. The chief guest, NED university Vice Chancellor Abul Kalam, said that under the current social and economic framework, there are no feasible policies that could reduce traffic congestion to zero, however, for appropriate analysis
it is required to have profound basis for congestion valuation. He said the research conducted by dedicated team and students of NED under the TRTC would be beneficial for industries to ascertain the role of traffic congestion in their overall costing/budgeting and effectiveness of congestion reduction strategies. IMC CEO Parvez Ghias said that traffic congestion has a number of negative effects including idle time for motorists and passengers; and delays that result in late arrival for students, employees, entrepreneurs resulting in lost business. In developed countries, the quoted annual cost of traffic congestion was $40 billion for the year, he added. urban and Infrastructure Department Chairman Mir Shabbar Ali said that under the project methodology, research would be completed in different stages including identification, data collec-
tion, data processing and analysis and congestion estimation and its valuation. He said that the data processing, analysis and other steps would involve various techniques like extraction of traffic volume from video clips, traffic congestion index, scenario based congestion
cost estimation and all relevant international standard research parameters. “We are embarking on a new research aiming to determine the economic costs of traffic congestion through specific stretch of national highway. The study will help identify the bottlenecks that ob-
struct the smooth flow of traffic besides assessing its impact in economic terms. The findings of the research project will be shared with all stakeholders,” the project coordinator, former Sindh IGP Niaz Siddiqui, said. All other stakeholders including Sindh Traffic Police National
Highway Authority, Sindh government; City District Government Karachi; Port Qasim Authority; Pakistan Steel Mills; Landhi Association of Trade and Industry; and Bin Qasim Association of Trade and Industry would be invited to actively participate and support the project.
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ONIAH Kamal was born in Karachi and raised in England and Saudi Arabia. She wrote a weekly satire column (2002-2004) for the national newspaper Daily Times in Pakistan and her essay on her father’s political imprisonment during the 1999 coup in Pakistan is included in the anthology ‘Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith and Sexuality’, published by Seal Press uS. Following are excerpts from a conversation with her. I see humour and satire in your writing. Is there any special reason for this? Women have always lived their lives through the prism of humour and satire and female writers are great chroniclers of this, be it Muriel Spark or Dorothy Parker or the wonderful Jane Austen. Closer home, the funniest novel yet is Bapsi Sidhwa’s ‘The Crow Eaters’. Of course, any author can decide to write humour and satire, but I think more often than not if an author views the world with humour and satire, then chances are their words reflect this. You criticise patriarchy in strong terms. What kind of a response have you received? I’ve always had a positive response, since the issues I write about affect both men and women. However, on occasion some man will ask if I “dislike men”. Not at all. What I dislike is the patriarchal mindset, which assumes that men know what is best for women, and really this is a mindset that many women subscribe to as well. Born in Pakistan, raised in England and Saudi Arabia, graduated from America, you have lived in different cultures. How has that shaped your perspective on gender? My perspective on life and living, it continues to change day by day, but, yes, in having to navigate these very different countries at a very early age I noticed that there was no one right way to live, and more interestingly, how each country, each culture tends to think they are better than the others. It will be interesting to see how such tendencies will play out in this era of increasing globalisation, which by nature demands an emphasis on universalities. Does globalisation lend a false sense of cohesiveness or is the world creeping towards becoming one big happy family? One thing’s for sure, people are increasingly rising against a sense of unfairness. Is it to overthrow dictatorial political systems or to protest against unfair economic policies? I think protest over complacency is always
healthy because nestled within protest is the hope that things can change for the better. What do you think of ‘God of Small Things’ and the activism of Arundhati Roy? I think she is a wonderful writer, and her activism and essays have turned her into a controversial figure, which means that she is always thought-provoking and really that is all one can hope from a writer or public figure: that they are able to make people think, debate, and rethink. Who inspires you? Who are your favourite women writers from Pakistan? To know about women writers in Pakistan I will recommend two short story anthologies. ‘And the World Changed’ edited by Muneeza Shamsie, and ‘Neither Night Nor Day’ edited by Rakhshanda Jalil. Both anthologies feature brilliant stories by emerging women writers. As for those who inspire me, there are just too many writers to mention! I am inspired by every writer
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who has the discipline to sit down and write a story as well as believe in the magic and importance of storytelling, despite the constant reports that supposedly no one reads anymore. You know, a long time ago I thought a Pakistani or Indian author trying to get published in the uS was like an American author trying to publish a Western novel in India. I mean how many novels on Cowboys or Belles would an Indian publishing house take on, and what would the readers’ expectations be? Instead of the mangos, monkeys, Taj Mahal and arranged marriages, would a South Asian reader expect mention of apple pie, Yankee Doodle, Disneyland and latchkey kids complete with a glossary? Little did I know then that there would come a day when the Indian publishing scene would take off the way it has and that authors from other countries would clamour to be published in our neck of the woods, that there would be amazing literary festivals in Jaipur and in Karachi, and prestigious literary prizes for South Asian authors judged by South Asian literati. I mean, despite all the doom and gloom of how no one is reading, it is still an exciting time
to be an author, because in some parts of the worlds the number of readers are growing and novels and stories are very much alive! What do you think of Obama? Would you elect him a second time? I was blown away by President Obama’s beautifully written memoir ‘Dreams of my Father’. His diverse background, his upbringing, his perspective was riveting: he was black, white, Christian, Muslim and, most thrilling of all, an American with an immigrant soul, or else an immigrant with an American soul. For these reasons he certainly deserved a first chance in the White House, and as for a second chance, what are the alternatives? Americans are in just as much of a conundrum about whom they want to see leading their country as Pakistanis are about Pakistan. While the uS has of course always practised democracy, Pakistan weaves in and out of democracy and dictatorship as if the two are equal systems, which they are not. I stand by my position that a bad democracy is better than any benevolent dictatorship.
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Coal energy: the cheapest solution to energy crisis Electricity has become an essential part of our lives and its outage adversely affects the country’s economic growth and daily lives of common people. Since the past few decades, there has been an enormous increase in the demand of electricity and no appreciative steps have been taken to cope up this issue. Now the demand has exceeded supply and ‘loadshedding’ has become a common issue. Every day an outage of 3-4 hours has to be faced by the people and in summer season the outage length increases to an unbearable level which is making the lives miserable for everyone. What is the government doing to ensure a sustainable supply of energy resources for economic growth? What strategic steps are being taken to acquire energy resources in future? Is private sector willing to invest in Pakistan’s oil industry? What are the incentives being offered to the foreign players to continue working in the exploration sector? What hurdles are stopping other big players
around the world to enter Pakistan? What is the role of gas distribution companies so far? Are the citizens of Pakistan being robbed by energy giants with ever rising utility bills? What should be the real price of petroleum, kerosene and other oil products in Pakistan? When will the nation have “loadshedding free” electric supply? Have we been able to make long term contracts with the countries to provide uninterrupted supply of energy resources? Will the government be able to provide enough sources to the citizens for a sustainable economic growth? Have we lost the race for acquiring maximum energy resources for future survival? Pakistan has rich reserves of coal. Most of the power generation in many parts of the world is being done by using coal as an energy resource. Thar, Lakhra, Badin etc are some of the mammoth coal reserves in Pakistan. If we talk about Thar reserves only we get astonishing facts. Thar coal reserves of Sindh are
Poverty and child labour about 850 trillion cubic feet, which is more than oil reserves of Saudi Arabia and Iran put together. These reserves are estimated at 850 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of gas, about 300 times higher than Pakistan’s proven gas reserves of 28 TCF. Dr Murtaza Mughal, President of Pakistan Economy Watch, in a statement said that these reserves of coal worth uSD 25 trillion could not only cater to the electricity requirements of the country for the next 100 years but also save almost billions of dollars in staggering oil import bill. Just two percent usage of Thar coal can produce 20,000 MW of electricity for next 40 years, without any single second of loadshedding and if the whole reserves are utilised, then it can easily be imagined how much energy could be generated. The coal power generation would cost Pakistan PKR 5.67 per unit while power generated by Independent Power Projects cost PKR 9.27 It requires just 420 billion rupees initial investment
whereas Pakistan receives annually 1220 billion from tax only. Chinese and other countries’ companies have not only carried out surveys and feasibility of this project but also offered 100 percent investment in the last seven to eight years but the “petroleum gang” always discouraged them in a very systematic way. Petroleum lobby is very strong in Pakistan and they are against any other means of power generation except for the imported oil. This lobby is the major beneficiary of the increasing oil bill that is estimated to be above 15 billion dollar this year. Beyond the shadow of any doubt coal energy is the most viable solution to the energy crisis situation in Pakistan. The government should seriously think about it and put untiring efforts to cater to the energy crisis situation in Pakistan by utilising coal reserves. BUSHRA ASIM Karachi
Advice for Aitzaz Ahsan I have been watching the contempt proceedings against the Prime Minister and your able conduct of the case. I have some points, which may be of some assistance to you. 1. The judges in the bench, who were re-appointed through an executive order, their appointment can be challenged being against the Constitution of Pakistan. When this objection is raised those judges should immediately leave the bench as they cannot decide this issue because they cannot be the judge of their own cause. 2. The decision on NRO is perincurrium and therefore is not binding. The decision is per-incurrium because it was given in ignorance of Article (8) of the Constitution and Section (6)A of the General Clauses Act. It also failed to take notice of the fact that NRO was not an original law but an amended law. Different consequences flow if this distinction is kept in view in regard to a particular ordinance. 3. There is no contempt law in the field. The Contempt of Court Act of 1976 was repealed by the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 1998. It was again repealed by the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003. This later Ordinance stands repealed because it was never placed before the Parliament. Then another ordinance called Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2004 was promulgated, under which, for the third time The Contempt of Court Act, 1976 was repealed. This later Ordinance also expired as it was not placed before the Parliament. The 18th Amendment under which certain laws were validated has no application on Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003 and 2004. I can also draft a Letter for the Swiss Bank in compliance with the Supreme Court Order, but without causing any harm to anybody. SYED ABRAR HUSSAIN NAQVI Lahore
Another solution Many suggestions are being floated by the government and the public to curtail the use of electricity to meet the energy shortfall. The installed capacity of power generation in the country, if made to operate to its full capacity, will not only meet all our power requirements but may also produce somewhat surplus to our needs. Surprisingly, no one has come up with yet another suggestion that could help tremendously in this matter. According to the Pakistan Press Reference data, there are more than 3.5 million television sets in the country, each of them consuming about 200 watts per hour. The total power consumed by them is approximately 700 MW. I think that if cable transmissions are restricted from 6:00 pm to 9.30 pm, like in the good old 1960s, 700 MW of power would be available for industry and agriculture for most of the day and night. But who will do this? The mighty media mafia, minting millions by the second, will bury any such voice raised in this context. HAMZA KHAN Karachi
Pakistan is facing a lot of problems one of them is child labour. Instead of sending their children to schools, people force their children to work. Educating children in place of forcing them to work can yield enormous economic benefits for a developing nation High cost of living has affected everyone and because of this people are forced to have their children work. Though benefits of education are far more in number, they seem to be not enough to convince poverty struck families to stop sending children to work. Even if people want to educate their children, they face the problem of high fees of schools. People with low income cannot afford to send their children to schools for studies because private schools are expensive and everyone cannot afford them and the government schools are terrible. According to survey findings, the major factors responsible for child labour are large population with high population growth rate, almost threefourths of the total population living in rural areas, with subsistence agricultural activities, low productivity and prevalence of poverty, unpaid family helpers, especially in agricultural activities, discriminating social attitude towards girls and women and inadequate educational facilities. It is very important to think about this problem and take some proper steps to solve it. TAZEEN FATIMA Karachi
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President’s prayer President Asif Ali Zardari is scheduled to visit India coming weekend. It’s a private visit wherein he will be travelling to Ajmer to pay homage at the 13th century Sufi saint, Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti’ shrine. As per the expected official announcement, president will pray for stability and progress in his home country – Pakistan. Let’s disregard the official announcement for a moment and ponder what else he could be praying for? To complete the 5th year in government while expecting no adverse decisions from the Supreme Court on the ongoing cases – NRO, memo scandal, OBL probe etc or by somehow if the government is dismissed that shall increase the rating (sympathy votes) in the next elections, uS may find another route for the NATO supplies or they agree on a better compensation for supply routes and those killed in drone attacks, more rains to fill the dams basins to increase the hydro power generation or may be less rains to avoid floods in South Punjab and Sindh. Or Karachi’s law and order situation moves towards betterment or at least the extortion tactics used by
Judges’ tenure The latest judgement of the Supreme Court of Pakistan regarding rental power units is a landmark decision unmasking the shady dealings of our high and mighty rulers. The judgements of our superior courts are the shining beacon of light in the darkness of corruption all around us. This leads to the question of age of retirement of judges of High Courts and Supreme Court that stands at 62 and 65 years respectively at present. It would be in the fitness of things to raise the age of judges of Superior Courts to 65 in the case of High Courts and 70 years in the case of Supreme Court judges. The politicians must consider to extend the tenures of judges of Superior Courts by a constitutional amendment even if it is not to their liking. This is because we would never get a chance of ushering in a fully independent judiciary like the existing one. The Chief Justice of Supreme
Taliban shall set a bench mark for other groups in Karachi, a way to control ever increasing prices of oil, gas and water with eve r declining availability of the same or make the general public content to be ready to live in 19th century, how to avoid daily noise and chattering about newly discovered corruption cases either by shutting down the newspapers and private TV channels or just denial at government TV channel may be sufficient, how to keep the friends from the jail time, be happy and content with whatever they are making with the taxpayers’ money, how to keep State Bank to keep its mouth shut on ever increasing local and foreign debt/loans, how to keep opposition in their holes on the fear of khakis taking over if ever this government is dismissed, the list goes on. I don’t know why the president needs to travel to India; all these issues can be solved within the country; the thing we lack in Pakistan is a sincere, credible, respectable and honest leadership. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia
Court is a living example of defying an army general who held absolute power. The majesty of law can only be ensured if we extend the tenures of our superior court judges to make them fully independent of the vagaries of despotic rule. DR MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI Lahore
Ban one wheeling The other day, I was going at Canal road to drop a friend at Ferozepur Road, Lahore who was going back to Multan. On the way, we saw a young boy indulge in one wheeling while his friend was sitting on the back seat of the motorbike. All of a sudden their motorbike slipped and both of them fell on the road. I applied the brakes and stopped the car while a car coming just behind us hit our car fiercely who was hit by another vehicle. We were just evaluating the damage done to our vehicles when those two boys slipped from the scene who
caused this havoc to us. The car coming behind us was badly damaged because their both front and hind wind screens were broken into pieces. There are frequent accidents happening on the Canal Road of Lahore because people drive rash and overspeed and do not maintain a proper distance between two vehicles. This is unfortunate that we as a nation have little traffic sense and people feel pride in violating traffic rules. Just look at any traffic jam; everyone is in a hurry but wastes hours in these jams instead of driving according to traffic rules. Such a traffic mess is a common place thing on any rainy day. My suggestions is that there must be complete ban on one wheeling as it risks the lives of people and such miscreants be booked and fined heavily for public safety. Moreover, there should be speed cameras at Canal Road to maintain distance between vehicles. FAROOQ BASHIR BUTT Lahore
I’m a student at Karachi university. Of the six working days we have, four were declared to be holidays, this week alone. Speaking for myself, three of my five exams had to be rescheduled, my classes cancelled. My education is suffering at the hands of violent protesters, and brainless party workers. Primarily, do the ministers, the politicians, the government see the issue here, and understand the severity of the situation? If so, are they going to do something about it, before we, much like a lot of them, turn into under-qualified individuals handling posts beyond our scope? If not, it’s a pity they don’t realise the importance of educating us; this country’s youth, it’s next generation. What is going to happen of us, if three-quarter of each academic year is spent having to choose between sitting home, being safe and missing out on our education, or risking being scorched to death by insensitive fellow citizens, and still attending class? Do they even qualify to being called citizens, when they’re just destroying public property, dirtying the walls with their low-calibre graffiti, and ruining the future of their youth? Will the government take action before all rays of hope have diminished? TOOBA AKHTAR Karachi
Seeds of hope Seeds are being deposited in Artie Doomsday vault to protect food crops from being damaged by war and natural disaster. The seed is designed to withstand global warming, earthquake and nuclear strikes. It is all but over: under the circumstances, the world has to decide what possibly can be done now. For one, ‘Stop the war’ may end up like a slogan – but not collective attempts for removing the cause of wars. This may require strengthening the uN, enabling it to draft a foolproof mechanism, in consultation with the Security Council, so as it become like saying ‘we will keep the world peaceful and won’t allow wars in the world.’ This may look impossible, but then, how to describe the modern world we live in which is the outcome of hundreds of impossibles made possible in the past and world continue to flow in time to come. Eleanor Roosevelt, a Western genius once said, ‘It is not enough to talk about peace. One must believe it. And it is not enough to believe in it. One must work at it.’ ‘Be the change you want’: Socrates. Z A KAZMI Karachi
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12 comment Handed over to terrorists that city of lights, Karachi
t will go to the eternal discredit of the PPP, MQM and ANP, the three parties the people of Karachi had elected to rule, that they threw the city to the gangs of terrorists. While in the past Karachi faced numerous problems like any other mega city in the world, the incidence of target killings was never as high nor its eruptions so frequent. During the last eight days over 30 people have died, scores of others wounded and more than 50 vehicles set ablaze. There still seems to be no respite to violence. The current wave of violence started when the MQM issued a call for business centres’ shutdown after the killing of a party activist and his brother. The next day a local ANP leader was gunned down leading to another call for shutdown. As if vying with its coalition partner, the MQM issued a second call for strike. Both the parties know that protest calls of the sort are invariably preceded and followed by killings and acts of arson in Karachi. The closure of the markets and the wheel jam strikes disturb the common man’s life. What is more, it harms the national economy by bringing to halt the industrial and commercial activity in the country’s commercial and industrial heartland. The suspension of bus service stops students from pursuing their studies while hundreds of litigants desperately in need of justice and often coming from far off districts fail to reach the courts. The killers belong to well-known gangs patronised by political parties. Their identity is no secret. The SC was given a detailed briefing by the top security agencies on who’s who in the business of killing. The enquiry into the Nishtar Park killings was discontinued to avoid ruffling the alliance’s feathers. Those behind the gory incidents of May 12, April 9 and October 18 were not unmasked for a similar reason. The coalition government that rules the centre and Sindh has failed to provide security of life, the least expected from an administration. What stands in the way of stopping the killers are political exigencies wrapped up in the slogan of ‘political reconciliation’. unless the government abandons the policy of appeasement for short term gains, peace will continue to elude Karachi.
the dismal science Hard times
f the economy, global as well as international, wasn’t being relentless, the government also has a tough crowd on its hands. First, in the form of an angry public, then in the form of angry opposition and wily coalition partners. And last, in the form of international allies that won’t let their interests be overshadowed by our own economic ones. The uS, for instance, is adamant we do not enter into a gas pipeline agreement with Iran. To make matters worse, key diplomats have even been suggesting for Pakistan to develop alternative energy sources. Chutzpah, if there ever was one. The uS is a notoriously energy squandering country, which can wage wars for its addiction to oil and a refusal to conserve it. Barring the few upper-middle-class consumers in a state or two who drive hybrid vehicles, its electric power profile is overwhelmingly thermal. Yet it has issues with Pakistan eking out a deal with a friendly neighbouring country. Back at home, the PML(N) and MQM are up in arms against the petrol price hikes. The MQM’s attempts to present a better case need to be scrutinised with great care. The party’s seemingly reasonable line is that the progression in prices is not sustainable and the government should cut off tariffs on petroleum products. Where would the revenue lost thus come from? Correct ratio of direct taxes to indirect taxes, the party says. Easier said than done. For instance, when the government wanted to reform the GST, the MQM and the Muslim Leagues opposed it tooth-and-nail. The newer model would not have increased the revenue quantum of the GST but, because of the way it was designed, created a better database for the collection of direct taxes. To make things worse, the mass media is making having one’s cake and eating it too seem like the rational argument. Let us not pay taxes, have more governmentfunded programmes, have cheap oil regardless of what the stuff costs in the international markets, have cheap natural gas, have CNG stations operating throughout the week, have gas available to industrial units regardless of how little there is to ration out in the first place.
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Foundational cultural change Deep rooted problems of our education sector
By Dr Faisal Bari
n the one hand we are promising that we will get every child in Pakistan, between the ages of five and sixteen years, in school (Article 25A) and provide free and compulsory education to them. On the other, we have 15 million plus children of school-going age out of schools and a government education system that is in tatters: it offers poor quality and limited access, a lot of schools do not have basic facilities, many do not have teachers, in some places teachers do not show up, do not teach or do not teach how they should be teaching, in other places we still do not have primary schools, and middle and high schools number a lot less, and teaching pedagogy leaves a lot to be desired, as do our examination systems. Most children drop out of public schools instead of finishing matriculation. And, although it has been two years since the passing of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution and the inclusion of 25A in the Constitution, there has been little effort to address the above issues too. What should be clear from the above is that educating our children is not going to be simply a matter of more capital and human resources. Yes, they are needed and are important. But though they might be a necessary condition, they will not be sufficient. The real problem is the culture we have allowed our education system to settle into. Public schools are seen as providing services to only those who cannot afford private schools, teachers are seen as state employees who have permanent jobs and cannot be fired, but are ‘agents’ of the state who are to be used for other functions of the state: immunisation drives, conducting census, election duty, and so on. MPAs/MNAs see government teacher jobs as a way of obliging constituents and as giving favours to be returned at election time (patron-client networks). This explains why there is so much interest, on the part of MPAs/MNAs, on hiring of teachers and posting/transfer and never on issues of educational quality and/or access. Teacher unions are also entrenched bureaucracies that have set roles in terms of protecting teacher interests alone, in terms of benefits, salaries, and job tenure. Provincial bureaucracies, usually managed by civil servants coming from district management cadres, have little or no understanding of education issues. They are usually just there to manage the labour force. There are more than fifty thousand private schools in the country. Those who can afford to, and many who cannot really afford to but have no option, have shifted
their children to private schools. The exit of the richer, usually more connected and more politically active citizens, has further weakened the pressure for provision of better educational services through the public system. So, how is the promise of 25A going to come about? What is needed is a complete change of culture in the public education system of the country: a complete re-doing of the entire setup. But the problem is it is a huge system and changing basic culture, given such entrenched interests and positions of large lobbies and interest groups, is not easy. How is this to be accomplished? Many colleagues think that it cannot be done and we should be looking to privatise everything and the state should just move to funding education and not providing it. But this is not really an option. The educational network we need is so large and in so many places where markets are not developed that it is just not practical to leave things to the private sector alone. And, empirically too, there is no example of any country which has done that for primary and high school education. But if the state has to do it, we have to shake things up. And really shake them up. We have seen some examples of setting up of institutions that have defied the average low quality expectations that we have internalised about institutions in the country, private or public. From private sector we have examples like Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital and Aga Khan Hospital, Aga Khan university, and Lahore university of Management Sciences. And we have some examples from the public sector too. Motorway Police has a well-deserved reputation for efficiency, fairness, and efficacy. Some of our well-established medical and engineering schools used to draw students from a number of countries till a couple of decades ago. Quaid-i-Azam university started out very well too. But these are all examples of institutions that developed their reputations when they were established. For these we can see a pattern to how a good institutional culture can be created: a clear mission and an initial
group of mission-driven and dedicated people who are motivated with the mission can create the cultural ethos of a new institution that settles it into a certain pattern. It is not easy to continue with this pattern and many of our institutions have indeed lost their initial lustre, but still the way they are set up is clearer. But we do not have many examples of turnarounds of poorly performing institutions and sectors. State Bank of Pakistan might have been an example but I do not think it is been sustained after the initial changes. Still it does point out some important factors. If the entrenched culture is to be challenged: a) incentives have to be changed, b) dominant interests have to be challenged, c) entrenched power has to be uprooted, d) new methods have to be introduced and installed, and e) new interests have to be entrenched so that new ways can become standard operating procedures. In other words, old powers have to be challenged and uprooted if they do not change and new ones have to be put in place that can support the new culture and expectations. This, when we are talking of bureaucracies of hundreds of thousands, is not easy. Maybe the way forward would be to devolve education management to district level and try to deal with the issue at that smaller unit rather than at provincial level. Cultural change is the challenge in education. If that does not happen, things are not going to change and we will continue to limp forward. But cultural change, when institutions, organisations, and interest groups are entrenched, is not easy or costless. It can only happen by challenging the entrenched power structures. It will definitely not happen in an election year. But even post election, will any government have the incentive to do it? We will come back to the how of it in the next few weeks. The writer is an Associate Professor of Economics at LUMS (currently on leave) and a Senior Advisor at Open Society Foundation (OSF). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Unbridled Peshawar traffic Daily Khabroona
t does not matter what steps the provincial government is taking to rein in the growing traffic mess in the capital city Peshawar, they are not going to yield any success until an all encompassing approach is resorted to by coming up with systematic steps to address the impending issue on all routes simultaneously. With saddling into the post of SSP Traffic, Peshawar, the newly appointed officer started asserting tall claims to do something different from his predecessors in addressing the traffic issue, but he too proved to be a common lot in this regard. The issue lingers on just the same with troubled travelling for masses in any part of the capital city. According to reports there are about 45,000 rickshaws plying in Peshawar on different routes with merely 10,000
having any legal authority to ply; the rest are without permits but still roam about openly, probably with the support of personnel having big say in traffic affairs, including traffic officials. Both light and heavy vehicles are another composition of the traffic plying in Peshawar having their own ‘role’ in adding to the suffering of the masses. People believe that the traffic mess will go on deteriorating day by day provided the government fails to come up with overhauling of the system in the best interests of the common people. It is government’s responsibility that cannot be shouldered by any other sector to tighten up the officers concerned in addressing the traffic issue which more than often causes masses delays of hours on daily basis. – Translated from the original Pashto by Abdur Rauf Khattak.
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Bold and balanced?
The lone cyclist
in the pursuit of ‘justice’ one is compelled to hear out even the most despicable ones
Why don’t women ride bikes in Pakistan?
Mighty Obvious By Syed Hassan Belal Zaidi
he line between ‘outspoken’ and ‘insensitive’ is quite fine. I should know, because I tread it every other week. Being an armchair analyst is hard work and I’m sure most newspaper columnists will agree that the key to a good piece is knowing your audience. Which is probably why most respectable journalists and columnists – who write for both the English and the urdu press – engineer their columns in such as way that they do not antagonise their respective audiences. Therefore, a Talat Hussain column in the urdu press will not be as Leftleaning as his English pieces may be. Mind you, the man is an established journalist who is, at this time, working for a channel no one watches. Therefore, he may be said to be flying ‘under the radar’. The esteemed Javed Chaudhry, on the other hand, is not under the radar. His primetime show on the second-highest rated news channel in the country is widely watched and people from all socio-economic backgrounds await his columns with a sense of longing. And why shouldn’t they? Mr Chaudhry provides his readers with something that others do not: he tells them a story. His monologues at the beginning of each show are legendary for their wit and the invaluable history lesson contained within. As far as the rest of his show is concerned, I cannot vouch for the veracity of content that flies out at random from the mouth of a political mouthpiece. What I do know is that Mr Chaudhry is somewhat respected figure in the world of TV news and has some credibility when it comes to mainstream journalism.
So imagine my surprise when, one fine day, I wake up to find that said journalist has written an ‘outrageous’ article in the vernacular press; one that tries to sympathise with acid-attackers as well as their victims. Now, while one may find the very thought of doing so vile and disgusting, think about it from Javed Chaudhry’s perspective. In his mind, he has written something that hitherto no one, not even the most testicularly fortified of columnists has written. He has, in fact, tried to empathise with the attacker to try to get into the mind of a sick, twisted and deranged individual. Only, he did so from the comfort of his highly syndicated newspaper column, which is a far cry from the mental institutions where such empathy is usually employed. But the dilemma this incident poses is quite a maelstrom: on one hand, you have the moral imperative of siding with the victim; while on the other hand you have the journalistic duty to report both sides of the story, no matter how gruesome. There is difference between trying to tell a story and trying to become the story. In this case, no matter how noble his intentions, Mr Chaudhry seems to have fallen into the latter trap. And this is where it all went wrong. For those of you who are old enough to remember, even the most vicious and vile of individuals have had their day in court. The Nuremberg Nazis, Milosevic, Karadic, Saddam, Timothy McVeigh and even our very own Javed Iqbal, were all accorded trials (whether fair or not is a question that I do not wish to answer). What matters here is that the due process of the law was carried out and justice took its course. That there was insufficient evidence to try these individuals was never a stumbling block: each trial had a foregone conclusion. While there is something to be said about the swift and summary style of justice practiced in certain countries and certain parts of the world, the fact of the matter is that what makes us ‘civilised’ is the presence of a process for redressal of grievances, be they civil or criminal. In the pursuit of ‘justice’, the
state is compelled to hear out even the most despicable of criminals. Saddam got his spiel, as did all the others. Similarly, as journalists, we are required to present at least two sides of each story to avoid the impression of prejudice. However, when you apply the same principle to a case which has sparked widespread moral outrage and an outpouring of grief previously unheard of, something strange happens. Rather than being acknowledged as a thorough reporter, one is sticked and stoned into submission by the very people who would otherwise champion the cause of a free press. This applies across the board to all persons: be they activists, political workers or your average Jamil the Plumber. I cannot offer a defence for Javed Chaudhry, because I too question deeply his approach to the balanced reporting that I talk about above. What I do wish to communicate, in black and white, is that our society has a very bad habit of sweeping things under the rug. We always aim for retributive justice rather than rehabilitative systems. It is this preoccupation with ‘revenge’ that has brought our society to this point where vigilante justice is the norm and moral outrage equals a media trial which then leads to summary executions and that the people will not accept anything less. I say we must hear out even the most psychotic ones. We must do this because we need to understand what goes on in the mind of the man (or woman) who abandons all notions of civilised behaviour and pursues a homicidal agenda. Our society obviously offers a fertile breeding ground for all types of deviant behaviour. Rather than simply relying on death and defamation as a deterrent, it’s time we learn to face our demons. Cliched as it is, I do sincerely believe that it is better to know the demon that haunts you than to continue to live in the fear of the unknown. I just hope you can understand that too. Follow @mightyobvious on Twitter for more incoherence in 160 characters or less
he sailed past my car as the light turned amber, a woman on a bicycle, and no, she was not a passenger, she was at the wheel. We were all, she, I, and the men staring bug eyed at her (I have to admit I was bug eyed myself) in DHA, just opposite Masjid Chowk in Lahore that bastion of Punjabi ghairat. Wonder, worry, excitement, all rattled around in my head like a box of liquorice allsorts. Who was she, and why was she doing this? Was she aware of the looks, laughter and lewd comments that rained about her? How wonderful that someone had the courage to do this! I prayed she was a harbinger of some huge change. She was clearly not a bike rally contestant in training. Wearing a pink shalwar kameez, yellow dupatta and beat-up chappals, she rode an inexpensive bicycle, what used to be Rustum or Sohrab, black and scratched with a paranda hanging off the handlebars. I judged her to be a cleaning lady on her way to work. I drove alongside her, trying to catch her expression, and you know what, she looked neither By Rabia Ahmed worried nor scared. Whipcord tough she was cycling quite effortlessly. To someone who has cycled, albeit not in the land of the censorious, and was aware that even a flat stretch of road develops Himalayan slopes and grand canyons for cyclists, this indicated one thing and one thing alone: she was used to this particular exercise. I had a wild urge to follow her, to shield her with my car from the jeers and more that would surely come her way, to congratulate her when we both stopped, to caution her, offer her a job on the spot, anything, but then she turned away from my route and I was left writing this. You’d think that in a country like Pakistan where women work in spite of purda and other constraints they’d be riding bicycles and motorcycles not because they wanted to but because they must, but they don’t. And when they do use ei-
ther of these modes of transport, as passengers, they sit side saddle. Have you ever tried sitting side saddle on a bike of any sort? I have, behind my husband when he offered to show me around his farm and surrounding land on a motorbike. In the five short minutes while I was seated behind him and before I fell off, my respect for Pakistani women went up a hundred fold, mingled with anger. I thought of all those women dressed in trailing fussy clothes and gold sandals seated side saddle behind their lord and master, children in front, behind and in between, infants on laps, the whole family going to visit the jumma bazaar or some other dazzling place of entertainment…and don’t shoot me, I know there’s little choice. Can the Pakistani male not even handle the sight of a woman seated astride a cycle? And this, the home of Fatima Jinnah, Nigar Ahmed, Bilquis Edhi, Mukhtaran Mai and Asma Jahangir! Indian men are clearly stronger. I asked an Indian friend if women cycled in India, and she said she used to cycle herself some years ago ‘when I went to school, college etc, in a small town and got heckled, followed and once, even fondled. Thankfully the same is no longer true. Women in the cities use scooters. They ride pillion, side saddle as well as astride. Schoolgirls and boys use cycles to go to and from school and they are mostly unchallenged and unbothered. Of course I'm talking about Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and cities where I've lived/visited. In Punjab it’s a bit more conservative.’ In which case (as in many other instances), Pakistan has gone backwards. I know that my aunts biked many miles to university and medical school about fifty years ago in Lahore, as did other cousins for a decade more. And then what happened? The Pakistani male needs to understand that expressing his manhood is not about being able to spit long and accurately right in someone’s path just before they pass, and it is definitely not about keeping his woman in a cage, especially not those in the Punjab, who could do with the exercise. My friend also wrote, ‘Our aunties told us to stop riding bicycles because we would get muscular legs, and then who would marry a girl with fat thighs?’ And that does not apply to the Punjab either.
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Sandler's ‘Jack and Jill’ goes
downhill at Razzies LOS ANGELES REUTERS
T'S an awards show sweep for Adam Sandler and friends at the Razzies as his film ‘Jack and Jill’ won a record-breaking 10 awards for the worst film and performances of 2011. The Golden Raspberry Foundation said the cross-dressing comedy, in which Sandler played both the male and female lead parts, was the first film in the 32-year his-
tory of the Razzies to sweep all 10 dishonourable categories. Sandler, 45, was voted worst actor and worst actress, and shared the award for worst screen ensemble. ‘Jack and Jill’, which he also helped to write, was voted worst picture, worst re-make, worst director and worst screenplay. "He didn't play triplets, but he couldn't have won more awards if he had," said Razzies founder John Wilson. But the Razzies did not overlook Sandler's other starring role from last year. Sandler's worst-actor prize came for both ‘Jack and Jill’ and his earlier comedy ‘Just Go With It’. Dennis Dugan, the filmmaker behind both comedies, was named worst director for both flicks. This year, the awards were handed out on April Fool's Day in a change of tradition that for years saw the Razzies announced on the eve of the Oscars. Al Pacino, who played himself in a cameo appearance in ‘Jack and
Jill’, was named worst supporting actor, and he also received a mention in the worst screen couple category along with co-star Katie Holmes. The winners were determined by some 650 members of the Golden Raspberry Foundation, and more than 35,000 ballots on movie review website Rotten Tomatoes. Organisers said the cast of ‘Jack and Jill’ was only just ahead of box-office hit ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1’ in the voting.
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BERLin: Liam Neeson promotes his movie 'Battleship' and 'the Grey'. ReuTeRs
MUMBAi: Amol Palekar (r) and Shabana Azmi, cast members of film 'Khamosh', attend producer-director vidhu vinod Chopra’s 'A film festival'. AFP
MUMBAi: Salman Khan poses at a press conference announcing him as the brand ambassador for the online travel portal Yatra.com. AFP
LAS VEgAS: Blake Shelton and Lionel richie (r) perform ‘You Are’ at the Academy of Country Music Awards. ReuTeRs SAnTiAgO: foo figthers performs in the Lollapalooza festival. ReuTeRs TOKYO: rihanna arrives for a news conference to promote the film ‘Battleship’. ReuTeRs MUMBAi: Shah rukh Khan attends the unveiling of the brand campaign 'Nokia Channel Me' for the Nokia Kolkata Knight riders (KKr), IPL Season 5. AFP
Kristen Stewart ‘almost finished’
working on debut novel 5
Kristen Stewart is set to take on the literary world with new reports emerging that she is about to finish her first novel. The 21year-old actress has apparently taken up writing and has been busy working on her debut book while on the set of her latest movie ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’. The ‘Twilight’ star has enlisted the help of her screenwriter mother Jules Stewart to help her find a publisher. “Kristen began by writing short stories. She has been working on her novel while filming and has almost finished it. She’s desperate to be a published writer in her own right,” a website has quoted a source as telling a leading daily.
Imran, Deepika win worst
MUMBAi: Imran Khan was named the worst actor and Deepika Padukone the worst actress at the fourth annual Golden Kela Awards, a spin-off of Hollywood's razzies awards, which recognises the worst in cinema. while Imran won the award for ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’, Deepika was given the award for her performance in Prakash Jha's ‘Aarakshan’. Shah rukh Khan's sci-fi film ‘rA.one’ walked away with two trophies for worst film and worst director for Anubhav Sinha. the award for the most atrocious lyrics went to Amitabh Bhattacharyya for ‘Pyar do pyar lo’ (‘thank You’), ‘Jigar ka tukda’ (‘Ladies vs ricky Bahl’), and ‘Mutton’ song (‘Luv Ka the end’). ‘teri meri’ from ‘Bodyguard’ was named most irritating song. Prateik was given the award for worst supporting actor award for ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ and ‘Aarakshan’. Actor Pankaj Kapoor's maiden directorial venture ‘Mausam’ got the Bawra Ho Gaya Ke Award, while esha Deol won the award for the worst attempt at a comeback for ‘tell Me o Kkhuda’. the Lajja award for worst treatment of a serious issue went to ‘Aarakshan’ and Pritam was awarded the Bas Kijiye Bohut Ho Gaya award. However, there was a special category of 'Anti-Kela' awards for the films that were the saving graces of 2011. the recipients were ‘Yeh Saali Zindagi’, ‘Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster’, ‘Shaitan’ and ‘Shor in the City’. AgEnciES
Priyanka responsible for Shah Rukh-Arjun rift? MUMBAi: the alleged affair between Shah rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra is an issue that just doesn’t seem to rest. for every other day, there is some new colour being splashed on it. the latest in this criterion is that actor Arjun
rampal, who was once seen beside Shah rukh through thick and thin, has laid their friendship off over the scandal that rocked the entire industry a while back. Shah rukh’s impeccable image has perhaps been tarnished beyond repair, and owing to the fiasco involving Priyanka Chopra, looks like the actor has a lot to do in order to redeem his image in the eyes of his once-close friends. the actor’s friendship with a lot of people is currently facing a crisis, rampal being the latest in the lot. when the initial speculations of the Shah rukhPriyanka affair were being reported by the media, Arjun was among the few people who tried to offer some wellwishers’ advice to the actor. And given the resentment shown by SrK over people talking about his personal matters, Shah rukh’s relationship with Arjun has received the last nail in the coffin, apparently. Shah rukh and family even went ahead and skipped rampal’s anniversary celebrations. AgEnciES
MUMBAi: Abhishek Bachchan has injured himself yet again. the actor has now suffered a back muscle tear, but says this won’t affect the shooting schedule of ‘Bol Bachchan’. "thank you all for the get well soon wishes. Yes, have a muscle tear in my lower back. Got injured training in the gym," Abhishek tweeted. "will be back on my feet soon. And No, the schedule of BoL BACHCHAN has Not been affected at all as wrongly reported. we shoot next end April," he clarified. Abhishek had earlier received six stitches above his right eye after an accident on the sets of director rohit Shetty’s ‘Bol Bachchan’. following that, he injured his finger while returning to his hotel room after shooting for the comedy. AgEnciES
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15 Lopez Taylor, Shelton big winners Jennifer launches new single at country awards ‘Dance Again’ LAS VEGAS: It was a night for married couples at the Academy of Country Music Awards as husband and wife Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert won several honours. The show spanned the years of country music with 22-year-old sensation Taylor Swift winning the top honour, entertainer of the year. "I am so amazed that the fans keep doing such incredibly nice things for me. I just want to hug them all the time and thank them for everything - it really blows my mind," Swift told reporters. But Shelton and Lambert, who married last year, were the big winners, taking home three trophies between them including best male vocalist for him and two trophies for her, female vocalist and album of the year for ‘Four the Record.’ Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson also walked off with two awards, single record of the year and vocal event of the year for their duet ‘Don't You Wanna Stay.’ Lady Antebellum, fresh off their smash hit ‘Need You Now,’ was named best vocal group - the fourth time it had won the award in recent years. The Eli Young Band took song of the year honours with ‘Crazy Girl.’ Former ‘American Idol’ contestant Scotty McCreery, 19, who recorded the hit single ‘Water Tower Town,’ was named best new artist. Among honors announced backstage, video of the year went to Toby Keith for his popular party song, ‘Red Solo Cup.’ The show featured numerous performances. Carrie Underwood started off the programme with her rocking song ‘Good Girl.’ Not to be outdone, Keith Urban put on an electric guitar show with ‘For You,’ and in keeping with tradition, the Academy of Country Music invited stars from other musical genres to appear, including U2 singer Bono and the members of KISS. REUTERS
LOS ANGELES AgEnciES
International pop star Jennifer Lopez has once again teamed up with rapper Pitbull to launch her new single ‘Dance Again’. The new track’s video will be released on April 5 on ‘American Idol’, where Lopez is on the judges’ panel. JLo fans helped unlock her new single artwork for ‘Dance Again’ via sharing and liking on Facebook. The 42-year-old singer-actress also revealed the artwork and released the following statement, "Always remember, you will live. You will love. You will dance again", a release said. Last year, Lopez and Pitbull delivered the smash hit ‘On The Floor’, which was the most watched video of 2011.
Ashton Kutcher to portray
Steve Jobs in movie
by failure of clothing range
7 LOS ANGELES
Ashton Kutcher will play Steve Jobs in a movie about the late Apple co-founder from his early days as a "wayward hippie" up through to his technology ventures, according to show business publication Variety. The independent film ‘Jobs’ is based on a script by Matt Whiteley and will be directed by Joshua Michael Stern (‘Swing Vote’). Kutcher, who replaced Charlie Sheen on the longrunning television sitcom ‘Two and a Half Men,’ is scheduled to shoot the movie during that TV series' production hiatus. Kutcher's big-screen credits include ‘Valentine's Day,’ ‘What Happens in Vegas’ and ‘The Butterfly Effect.’
Abhishek injured, says ‘Bol Bachchan’
Emma Watson has put her dreams of building a career as a fashion designer on hold after her clothing line for the ethical label People Tree failed to sell. The 21-year-old 'Harry Potter' star, who has also collaborated with Italian designer Alberta Ferretti in the past, is now concentrating on her studies at Oxford university instead. "Emma was so disappointed," the Daily Mail quoted a source as saying. "But even at knockdown prices, the clothes were still sitting on the shelves. She's also stalled on plans to do more with Ferretti because she doesn't have time," the source added.
Action King Ajay Devgn
turns a year older MUMBAi: the lanky young boy, who made a big splash in Bollywood with his daredevil stunt performance in his debut film ‘Phool Aur Kaante’ in 1991, has turned 43. ‘Son of Sardar’ aka Ajay Devgn sought divine intervention ahead of his special day as he visited the Kali temple at quila Mubarak in Punjab. A source said, “Ajay is usually not too excited about celebrating his birthday, but visiting Patiala’s 250-year-old quila Mubarak has really made it special for him this time around.” Ajay is not known for socialising and is hardly seen at Bollywood’s happening dos. His birthday plans are pretty simple as he intends to spend the day with his family post shoot. “Yes, we will be shooting early in the day, but I’m looking forward to spending the day with my family, as soon as we wrap up the day’s shoot,” said Ajay, who has been shooting for ‘Son of Sardar’ for quite some time now. the actor took to twitter to thank his fans who surprised him with a birthday cake on the sets of SoS. Ajay wrote, “thank u for the lovely Birthday wishes!:)
and thanks to the fans that surprised me with a huge cake on #SoS sets, the whole unit enjoyed it!(sic).” AgEnciES
MUMBAi: remember the story of actors John Abraham and Akshay Kumar getting into a nasty fight yesterday? well, turns out that was the actors’ idea to fool their fans on April fool’s Day! And well, we have no qualms in accepting the fact that we fell for their prank – hook, line, and sinker. Kudos to the two actors for staging such a fight. they have proved, yet again, that they are brilliant actors – both on screen, and off screen – as and when the situation demands. Akshay and John had reportedly got into a fight during a special screening of their upcoming movie, ‘Housefull 2’. Post the screening, the two performed their act – and were successful in creating absolute fools of their fans. Here’s wishing John and Akshay all the best for their ‘Housefull 2’ – and hope you’re listening guys – both of you were equally responsible for the success of ‘Desi Boyz’, no doubts there. AgEnciES
Akshay and John’s
reunion: What an act!
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Siberian plane crash kills 31 in oil town MOSCOW
HIRTY-ONE people died Monday when a Russian jet crashed and burst into flames moments after taking off from an oil-rich Siberian region, where another jumbo jet aborted its flight a few hours later. The emergencies ministry said the French-Italian made ATR-72 was carrying 39 passengers and four crew when it came down 45 kilometres (28 miles) from the western Siberian city of Tyumen after taking off for the oil town of Surgut. “Twelve people are in critical condition... Thirty-one have been killed,” the Tyumen emergencies ministry said in an updated statement after initially putting the death toll at 32. The twin-engine turboprop was operated by uTair — a private Russian airline that conducts most of its
flights in the energy-rich regions of Western Siberia and the ural Mountains. The airline said in a statement that the plane came down “while conducting a forced landing 1.5 kilometres (about one mile)” outside Roshchino airport. An airport security officer told Interfax news agency the plane had only managed to climb to about 100 metres before it lost all communication with air traffic controllers. One person on the ground said he noticed a problem as soon as the plane left the runway. “There was a small flash of light followed by smoke,” the witness identified only as Alexei told RIA Novosti news agency. “The plane started turning, the smoke kept pouring out, and then the plane went into the field,” he said. unnamed investigators at the site told Interfax that both of the plane’s engines were working until the final moment it crashed into a snowy field. One
source also speculated that the plane may not have been de-iced properly prior to takeoff. uTair itself gave no immediate reason for the crash. But it reported that pilots of a much larger Boeing 747 jumbo had to put on their emergency breaks and abort an attempt to take-off from the same airport just a few hours later after discovering a serious problem with the jet. “The Boeing 747 commander had to slow on the runway after reporting that the plane was not set to its standard configuration,” Interfax quoted the local Investigative Committee as saying. Passengers on the Boeing were later put on another uTair flight. There was no immediate explanation of what kind of fault the plane had. Emergency and rescue workers who rushed to the crash site found the ATR72 ablaze and the jet itself broken up into multiple charred pieces that bore few
signs of life. State television footage showed the tail lying in a snow-covered field some distance from other debris under a clear blue sky. The city of Tyumen lies 1,700 kilometres (1,000 miles) east of Moscow and is the capital of one of Russia’s biggest oil producing regions of the same name. The plane was flying to Surgut — the heart of the Surgutneftegaz energy company and one of Russia’s largest oil and natural gas producers. Interfax said one of the company’s board members and several of its employees were on board the flight. Investigators were still identifying the survivors. Russia’s once-proud aviation industry remains blighted by repeated accidents involving its ageing and poorly lookedafter fleet. President-elect Vladimir Putin has already ordered Russia’s older planes to be taken out of service by the end of the year
and for pilots and smaller air carriers to be subject to strict tests and regulations. The crash marks the first disaster Putin will have to deal with following his March 4 re-election and underscores the difficulties Russia has faced in updating its Soviet-era infrastructure. Officials have identified poor pilot training and lax safety rules as one of the most immediate problems affecting Russian aviation. But plans to eliminate smaller carriers that employ just a handful of planes as a safety precaution have run up against the reality that Russia lacks the fleet needed to span the country’s vast distances. Officials promised to recall the licences of 30 smaller airlines in response to a September 2011 plane crash that claimed the lives of 44 people — most of them members of the championship-winning ice hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
nATo opposes arming syrian rebels BRUSSELS AFP
NATO’s chief on Monday said the alliance was opposed to providing arms to the Syrian opposition seeking to counter a regime crackdown, warning that it would fuel a proliferation of weapons in the region. Anders Fogh Rasmussen called for a diplomatic solution and reiterated that NATO, which led the Libya air war that contributed to Moamer Kadhafi’s downfall last year, had “no intention whatsoever to intervene in Syria.” The Syrian opposition has appealed for weapons to fight the yearlong bloody crackdown on dissent, but Arab League members, the united States, France and Germany steered clear of those calls at the “Friends of Syria” meeting in Turkey on Sunday. “I don’t think the right way forward would be to provide any group with weapons,” Rasmussen told a news conference, voicing support for the diplomatic efforts led by uN special envoy Kofi Annan.
MUMBAi: Police try to control a gathering of jewellery industry workers during an anti-government protest on Monday. nearly 1,000 jewellery industry workers took part in a protest to urge the government to roll back a spate of taxes introduced on jewellery products including higher excise duties. AFP
senegal’s Macky sall sworn in as president DAKAR AFP
Tibet’s exiled premier says Myanmar icon offers hope TOKYO
‘Friends of syria’ hit brakes to avoid conflict: analysts
Exiled Tibetan leader Lobsang Sangay on Monday said Aung San Suu Kyi’s byelection victory in weekend polls gave him hope that his troubled homeland would see an end to Chinese repression. Sangay, a 43year-old Harvard scholar, was elected to the new post of prime minister of Tibet’s government-in-exile last August as exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama eases out of the political arena. “No one thought Aung San Suu Kyi will be released (from house arrest). Things happen. So we are absolutely certain our day will come,” Sangay told the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. “It might look, some say, impossible and unrealistic... The success of every struggle is believing in oneself and believing in your movement,” he added. Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate released from years of house arrest in November 2010, was elected to Myanmar’s parliament in a historic victory on Sunday, following a host of reforms by the country’s nominally civilian government But Sangay repeated warnings that a spate of Tibetan self-immolations would continue unless China backed off its hardline policies in the vast region.
Sunday’s “Friends of Syria” conference sidestepped solid measures against the Damascus regime for fear of getting sucked into a conflict that could defy control, analysts and experts said. Although most countries are committed to a political transition that puts President Bashar al-Assad out of power, they are concerned with the military venture they might have to risk for that, observers suggested. “Europeans do not have the means and willingness to get involved in a new conflict after what happened in Libya,” said Agnes Levallois, a Middle East expert based in Paris. “Everybody is afraid of getting stuck in the conflict.” Sunday’s conference boasted dramatic words and open challenges from top world officials against Damascus, but the results were limited with “not much” coming out of the final statement, Levallois commented. Representatives from around 83 countries gathered in Istanbul Sunday to try to
thrash out a new way to make Damascus halt its repression of dissent that has claimed close to 10,000 lives in Syria, according to estimates. But the statement that emerged from the meeting did not go as far as supplying arms to rebels, or recognising the Syrian National Council — also represented at the conference — as the only voice of the Syrian opposition. The text lent strong backing to international envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan for an immediate ceasefire and called for a timeline to be set for its implementation, but failed to suggest a deadline. The lack of enthusiasm for giving arms to the opposition despite its strong demand reflects the absence of faith in the SNC’s capacity to represent everybody, an analyst from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy told AFP. “There are still a lot of divisions within the SNC and everybody wants arms,” Andrew Tabler said of the main opposition group, which won recognition as “a legitimate representative” from Sunday’s conference. “Countries are cautious as they realise
that giving arms (to rebels) could end up inflaming the situation,” he warned. Syria has all the the sectarian and religious variety of the volatile Middle East, and unity under one umbrella proves elusive. Similarly, the countries of the so-called Friends group have their own agendas to worry about, and rivalries in the same region to watch out for, another expert suggested. “Some want to help bring democracy to Syria, others who are part of the cold war between Iran and the alliance of Saudi Arabia and Qatar want to prevail in regional conflicts,” Oraib al-Rantawi of the Amman-based Al Quds Center for Political Studies noted. “What happened yesterday was a compromise between the two,” he said of the conference that gave leverage and funds to the Syrian opposition, but stopped short of calling on Assad to step down. Meanwhile in Damascus, the meeting was deemed a failure for the “Enemies of Syria,” as Al-Baath newspaper, considered Assad’s mouthpiece, said the group produced only meagre results.
Senegal’s new president Macky Sall, 50, was sworn in on Monday after a crushing poll victory over outgoing leader Abdoulaye Wade and a transfer of power hailed as an example of democracy in Africa. “I swear to faithfully fulfil the office of president ... to observe and enforce the constitution, to devote all my efforts to defending constitutional institutions, territorial integrity and national independence,” Sall said as he took the oath, his right hand raised. Some 2,000 people attended the ceremony in the gardens of a large hotel in the seaside capital, including 11 African heads of state from countries such as Liberia, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Sall takes over as the west African nation’s fourth president since independence from France in 1960 after winning 65.8 percent of the votes in a run-off presidential election against Wade on March 26. He was expected to make his way to the presidential palace downtown where hundreds of cheering people lined the road awaiting the new leader. Sall’s victory was greeted with euphoria in the country after he triumphed over Wade, whose efforts to stay in office for a third term led to deadly riots and threatened to tarnish the country’s democratic credentials. Wade surprised the world by conceding defeat just hours after polls closed and calling his former protege to congratulate him, a move that won him plaudits from around the globe.
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Red cross sends emergency diesel to gaza GAZA CITY AFP
The International Committee of the Red Cross on Monday began transferring emergency fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip where an electricity crisis has hit medical services hard. “This morning we began distributing 150,000 litres of diesel to Gaza’s hospitals and we will have completed the distribution by the end of the day,” ICRC Gaza spokesman Ayman alShehabi told AFP. The Red Cross said last week it would distribute the emergency supplies to help local hospitals deal with a dire shortage of fuel as Gaza suffers through what residents say is its worst electricity crisis ever. The 150,000 litres of diesel will “help 13 public hospitals maintain essential health services for the next 10 days,” the ICRC said in announcing the move last week. The head of Gaza’s Hamas government, Ismail Haniya, on Monday attended the funerals for three children killed on Sunday night by a fire apparently started by a candle being used for light in their home. “These martyrs are the martyrs of the Palestinian people, the siege and the conspiracy against the Palestinian people,” Haniya told a crowd of several thousand mourners. In a statement issued on Monday, Haniya said his foreign minister Mohammed Awad was in Cairo for “intensive consultations” with Egyptians and Palestinian Authority officials on the issue of the power crisis. Gaza has long suffered power outages, but the current crisis has proved worse and lasted longer than any before it. The territory’s sole power plant has stopped operations multiple times in the past four months, as supplies of fuel from Egypt — much of it smuggled through tunnels into Gaza — have dried up.
israel army orders settlers out of Hebron house JERUSALEM AFP
The Israeli military on Monday ordered a group of settlers to evacuate a contested house in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, less than a week after they moved into the property. “After examining all the evidence that was handed over and after considering all the circumstances of the incident, it was decided to return to the situation which existed before,” said the military order, which was sent to the lawyer representing the settlers. “In other words: the state that existed before the settlers entered the house.” The order, which gives the settlers until 1200 GMT on Tuesday to evacuate the building, said the decision was based on “considerations of public order.” Last week, dozens of Israeli settlers moved into the second floor of a building, which they dubbed Beit Machpelah in an overnight operation on March 28. They said the property had been legally purchased, but relatives of the Palestinian owners, who live on the first floor, dispute the claim. Guy Inbar, spokesman for the Israeli Civil Administration which administers the West Bank, said all such purchases need official approval — which they did not obtain. “The purchase of a building by an Israeli from a Palestinian needs to be approved by the Civil Administration,” he told AFP. “Beit Machpelah did not request such permits, which is illegal, and for this reason they were asked to vacate the premises by tomorrow afternoon.” A closed military zone was put in place around the house, which is near the contested religious site known as the Cave of the Patriarchs to Jews and the Ibrahimi Mosque to Muslims. David Wilder, spokesman for the Israeli settler community in Hebron, slammed the evacuation order as a “political decision. “The only reason written on the order is ‘breach of public order’ although we have documents (proving) that the house is ours,” he told AFP. “There are people who do not want Jews in Hebron. We intend to do everything to bring about the cancellation of the order.”
PHnOM PEnH: ASEAn foreign ministers pose after signing documents during a ceremony on the sidelines of the 20th Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAn) summit on Monday. Asian foreign ministers welcomed Myanmar’s “orderly” elections as they met ahead of a regional summit that will also be dominated by north Korea’s planned rocket launch and maritime disputes. AFP
Suu Kyi declares Myanmar on cusp of new era YANGON
RO-DEMOCRACY leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday hailed a “new era” for Myanmar and called for political unity after her party swept to victory in elections seen as a test of budding reforms. The Nobel laureate won her first-ever seat in parliament, state media confirmed. It said her party had secured 40 of the 44 seats it contested, according to partial official results. The dramatic political changes were accompanied by the quasi-civilian government’s most radical economic reform yet — an overhaul of the country’s complex currency regime. Suu Kyi supporters celebrated into the night after her National League for Democracy
(NLD) party declared that she had secured a seat in parliament for the first time in Sunday’s by-elections. The veteran activist’s election to political office marks the latest sweeping change in the country formerly known as Burma after decades of outright military rule ended last year. “This is not so much our triumph as a triumph for people who have decided that they must be involved in the political process in this country,” Suu Kyi said in a victory speech at her party headquarters in Yangon. “We hope this will be the beginning of a new era,” said the 66-year-old known fondly as “The Lady”, who was locked up by the former junta for most of the past 22 years. Suu Kyi struck a conciliatory tone towards the other political parties as she prepares to take her place in a parliament that will remain dominated by the mili-
tary and its political allies. “We hope that all parties that took part in the elections will be in a position to cooperate with us in order to create a genuinely democratic atmosphere in our nation,” she said. The NLD said that its own tally showed it had taken at least 43 seats. In total, 45 seats were available. As a lawmaker and opposition leader in parliament, Suu Kyi will have an unprecedented voice in the legislative process, and her party is also already looking ahead to the next general election, in 2015. “Obviously they want to win the next election comprehensively and be able to set up a government in their own right,” said Trevor Wilson, a Myanmar expert at the Australian National university. Observers say the government that took power a year ago needs Suu Kyi to take a place in parlia-
Pro-Putin party suffers new setback in polls
ment to bolster the legitimacy of its political system and spur an easing of Western sanctions. A European union spokeswoman in Brussels said the bloc was expected to send a “positive signal” to Myanmar when it reviews sanctions this month. As part of moves to modernise an economy left in disarray by decades of military rule and encourage more foreign investment, Myanmar on Monday moved to revamp its dysfunctional exchange-rate system. The central bank set a reference rate of 818 kyat to the dollar under its new managed floating exchange rate system, bringing the official rate roughly in line with its value on the black market, where it is widely traded. Previously the official government rate — which was widely ignored — was pegged at around just six kyat to the dollar.
Russia rejects deadline for Annan’s syrian peace plan YEREVAN AFP
President-elect Vladimir Putin suffered a tough political blow Monday after seeing his party’s candidate trounced in a mayoral race that became the focus of Russia’s nascent protest movement. Official results from the central city of Yaroslavl showed ruling united Russia party candidate Yakov Yakushev picking up just 27.8 percent of the vote in a runoff Sunday against local independent rival Yevgeny urlashov. urlashov claimed 68.7 percent of the vote after seeing both the Communist Party and the liberal opposition rally around his candidacy in a sign of the frustration in poorer regions with Moscow-backed politicians. “I am glad that the voters showed their courage and reason. They are tired and they want change,” the winner told Moscow Echo radio. The defeat for the party that converged around Putin during his first two terms as president in 20002008 was especially painful because Yakushev had won the endorsements of both the local governor and the outgoing mayor. urlashov complained of a dirty campaign being waged against him by united Russia that included a raid on his campaign headquarters by the authorities only
two days ahead of the vote. The protest movement responded by sending more than 1,000 of its monitors to Yaroslavl after flooding Moscow polling stations with observers at the March 4 presidential elections. The anti-Putin movement claimed Moscow as its biggest success when the capital became the only region of Russia in which the ex-KGB spy failed to pick up 50 percent of the vote. Putin still secured a crushing win with nearly 64 percent of the national vote — a sign that voter anger at the corruption and political mismanagement of the ruling elite has left Putin himself largely untouched. The scale of his victory also took away much of the momentum from the record protests that emerged in response to fraud-tainted December parliamentary polls narrowly won by united Russia. But the street movement’s leaders said Putin would have fared much worse had his election been watched as closely across the nation as it had been in Moscow. They have since vowed to changed their tactics and make election monitoring one of their focal points as they seek to reverse more than a decade of the Kremlin’s stifling domination over politics. “urlashov’s victory is our victory,” the unregistered Solidarity movement of former cabinet
minister Boris Nemtsov and retired chess king Garry Kasparov wrote on Twitter. The respected election monitor Golos — a private group that has been forced out of its Moscow offices since reporting thousands of violations in December — said the Yarovlavl vote “was conducted in accordance with the law.” The protest movement still intends to stage one last grand event on the eve of Putin’s May 7 inauguration as president for a newly extended sixyear term that will involve a switch — current President Dmitry Medvedev will take up his post of prime minster. This continuity has particularly enraged opposition leaders who are pressing the Kremlin for new political rules. Authorities have promised to make party registration easier for future elections. Medvedev also intends to meet some opposition leaders for a second time on Tuesday to discuss other reforms. But Putin himself has refused to meet protest leaders. Some analysts called the weekend vote an important boost to the opposition’s morale. “This is an especially important result considering the downbeat mood the opposition was in after the elections,” said Carnegie Moscow Centre analyst Nikolai Petrov.
Russia on Monday rejected Arab and Western calls for a deadline to be set for the Syrian regime’s implementation of a peace plan put forward by international mediator Kofi Annan. “ultimatums and artificial deadlines rarely help matters,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said while on a visit to the former Soviet nation of Armenia. Lavrov added that only the uN Security Council on which Russia wields veto power could put any time restrictions on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s compliance with the six-point initiative. “Annan has a Security Council mandate and it is up to the uN Security Council to decide who is complying with this plan and how,” he said. The so-called “Friends of Syria” meeting of Arab and Western nations in Istanbul agreed this weekend to ask the united Nations to give Assad a deadline to cooperate with Annan’s solution to the year-long conflict. The plan itself demands that Assad pull out his forces from major flashpoint cities and introduce a daily two-hour ceasefire that could let aid workers deliver supplies and treat the thousands of injured civilians. But it puts forward no time frame in which Assad has to comply. Lavrov said the peace plan would not work unless rebel forces also agreed to halt fire. “The demands should be put to all sides of the barricades,” Lavrov said. “We intend to be friends with both sides in Syria,” he added in reference to Russia’s past support for Assad.
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T20 event shows Pak ready for int’ls RAWALPINDI
LAHore: Director International Intikhab Alam and captain British Universities Kamal Alam team talking to media before their training session at the Gaddafi Stadium. sTAFF PHoTo LAHORE ASHER BUTT
A 14-member British university cricket team has reached the city on a weak long tour to play a couple of matches against the Pakistan under-19 and some local teams. The arrival of the British youngsters has also dispelled the impression in the west that the Pakistan is not a safe country to visit and that has also agreed by the captain of the British university team. Intikhan Alam, director NCA, said thanked the visiting team and underlined the PCB keenness to host an international team. “The PCB is doing great efforts to bring cricket back to Pakistan. PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf is very keen to see international teams playing in Pakistan against and everyone is trying its best in this regard,” said Pakistan’s former captain. Kamal, one of the members of the team who assembled players from different universities including MCC and army, said: “When you the picture from outside in the media it is distorted in many ways until you come to the country and see for yourself what is going on and then realize there is nothing to worry about and its only the hype and propaganda.” “Secondly we are here as a charity. We raise money for charity and also as a good will gesture between Britain and Pakistan. We raise money for education in countries like Afghanistan. “The main reason is not just cricket but an angle to show that Pakistan really needs cricket which is the most impor-
tant thing in the country. (By depriving Pakistan of cricket) it is like taking oxygen out of the country. “The best thing I could do to gather cricketers from different organizations, the MCC, the Army, the charity to come to Pakistan and see for themselves that things are good here in Pakistan,” he added. Rob Galamore, who is from the British Army, said that his perception about Pakistan was clear and positive. “We have seen nothing since we are here. I feel more safe here than in London. James, vice captain of the visiting team, said that they are under no illusion that they are going to be facing a very tough opposition. “The Pakistan team would be at the end of their season so their skills would be better horned and we would have just half a day to acclimatise so we are under no illusion. We have good talented players in our team and feel its going to be tough and we would try to give our best. The visiting team will be playing two matches against the PCB under-19 on April 4 and 6 and on April 3 (today) they will open up their tour with a 25overs match against Aitchison College cricket team. The British universities Cricket Team arrived here on Monday to play two one-day games against PCB u-19 Team and both the matches are day games and will be played at Gaddafi Stadium. “We have also arranged several other tours for the team so that they could interact with the people and know for themselves that Pakistan is a save country to visit and play cricket,” said Intikhab.
AKISTAN is ready to host international cricket matches once again after a three-year break, authorities said Monday after the successful staging of a domestic Twenty20 event. International cricket has been suspended in Pakistan since gunmen opened fire on the Sri Lanka team bus on its way to the Lahore Test in March 2009, leaving eight people dead and several players and officials injured. Tens of thousands of cricket-starved fans thronged the Rawalpindi Stadium during the week-long Super Eight Twenty20 tournament, which ended on Sunday and was marked by tight security. Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik said fans were desperate to see foreign teams come and play -- and the country was ready for it. "The discipline shown by the fans prove that we deserve international cricket and the successful event with immaculate security
proves that we can host international cricket," said Malik, whose Sialkot team won the final on Sunday. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has invited Bangladesh for a limited-overs series later this month, but is still waiting for an answer. Javed Miandad, Pakistan's all-time leading Test run-scorer and a PCB board member, said the success of the Super Eight showed the appetite for international cricket was enormous. "This event sends a big message to the world," he said. "We don't have to say anything, 22,000 people on Sunday night demanded the return of international cricket in Pakistan and we can host that in near future." Since the Lahore attack Pakistan have had to play all their "home" matches on foreign soil, mostly in the united Arab Emirates, and their share of 2011 World Cup games was moved out of the country for security reasons. Pakistan also played "home" matches in New Zealand and England in 2009 and 2010. The PCB and police put stringent security arrangements in place for last week's
Twenty20 tournament, hoping they would serve as a model for matches against visiting foreign teams. "We deployed 1,300 policemen and each and every fan entering the stadium was thoroughly body-searched, and the successful event proves that we can also stage international cricket," senior police officer Malik Matloob said. Shoaib Malik said that Pakistan badly needed international cricket. "We have been playing on foreign venues, which not only deprives the fans but also young players who want to improve their skills in the game, they can't do that when they don't see their stars play before them," he said. The PCB said it was also looking at the option of staging a Pakistan Premier League (PPL) along the lines of the lucrative Indian Twenty20 league, with foreign players involved. "We are doing our best to bring international cricket back to Pakistan," said PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf. "We are quite positive about that and are also planning to host the PPL so that we can take the first step."
rAwALPINDI: Sialkot Stallions celebrate after winning the faysal Bank Super 8 t20 title. sTAFF PHoTo
Misbah wants to iron out weak areas in break LAHORE
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has said that he intends to utilise the eight-week break before the next international series to plug the weaknesses of the team. Pakistan's next tour is of Sri Lanka from late May, and since no player from Pakistan is participating in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL), most of them will get a hard-earned break. "This period is very valuable to us as we can utilise it to work on our weaknesses, physical fitness and other issues," Misbah was quoted by PTI as saying. "We have already identified the areas where we need to work on and improve. But due to our hectic schedule we never got a chance to work on them. Now this eightweek period is ideal for us to hold a camp and get down to work," he said. The Pakistan captain was unable to lead his hometown side, Faisalabad Wolves, in the National Super Eights Twenty20 championship due to a viral infection. Misbah said he would soon be talking to the officials in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and new coach Dave Whatmore to plan out a training camp. "The Super Eights event has also thrown
up some new talent and I think we can also look at them in this free period," Misbah said. He pointed out that Pakistan needed to plan ahead because of the demands of a hectic international calendar. Misbah declined to comment on the issue of Pakistan's players not being part of the IPL. "It is their [India's] domestic event and we should just focus on improving our cricket or having our own Premier League," he said. 5TH IPL LOOKS TO PUT TROUBLES BEHIND IT: The Indian Premier League faces a test of its popularity as the fifth edition of the money-spinning Twenty20 event gets under way this week amid concern about cricket fatigue among viewers. The IPL, which began in 2008 as a high-octane mix of glamour, entertainment, rich purses for players and the excitement of slambang cricket, has had a difficult ride over the past four years. It has been hit by infighting, problems with
teams, criminal investigations and corruption allegations. Fresh doubts have been raised after a fall in viewership figures last year and a reported decline in sponsor interest, with the tournament coming soon after the Asia Cup in Bangladesh and India's tour of Australia. "By the time this one ends, all doubts will be put to rest," IPL chief Rajiv Shukla told AFP. "The excitement is building up nicely. We in the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) are not worried at all." The IPL, which features world stars playing for rich franchise owners, is being investigated by government agencies for alleged fraud and foreign exchange violations. Its founder Lalit Modi, who was suspended from the league in 2010, is holed up in London as he faces Indian government and BCCI charges of misap-
propriation of funds. Among the 10 IPL teams, Kochi have been thrown out for non-payment of fees, while the Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab face arbitration in cases filed by the BCCI. The owners too are feeling the pinch. Pune, owned by the Sahara group, want their franchise fees of a whopping $370 million reduced. The Rajasthan Royals are in talks to sell a majority stake. As viewership declined last year, when the event started just after India won the World Cup at home, some sponsors chose to turn their back on what was once considered a safe bet for advertisers. Business newspapers have reported that at least three regular advertisers -Parle, LG Electronics and Godrej -- have backed out from the IPL this year. "Advertisers are starting to look at other options," said Alok Bharadwaj of Japanese electronics group Canon, which has decided to cut down its advertising spend in the tournament by 80 percent. "Each year the rates have gone up by 15-20 percent and the returns are not directly proportionate," Bharadwaj told the Times of India. The
Champions League Twenty20, an offshoot of the IPL that involves leading domestic teams from around the world, lost its title sponsors, AirTel, after just one year due to lack of interest among fans. Former first-class cricketer Shishir Hattangadi, who once worked on the team management of Sachin Tendulkar-led Mumbai Indians, said the IPL was suffering from a poor long-term development plan. "It was inevitable," he said. "Team compositions change every year which has confused the loyal fan. There is also the fatigue factor of watching too much cricket." The 76-match tournament from April 4 to May 27 has the nine teams playing each other on a home and away basis before a four-game play-off. The International Cricket Council has refused to carve out a window for the IPL in its calendar, so bilateral tours will restrict the top world stars from playing in the entire tournament. England's Kevin Pietersen will not be available for more than a month, and leading Australians will be available only after their tour of the West Indies ends on April 27. Pakistani players, who are usually a major draw in India, have been kept out of the tournament since the second edition, reportedly due to security fears.
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CoLoMBo: Sri Lanka cricketer Kumar Sangakkara (L) chats with coach Graham ford during a training session ahead of the second test match against england. AFP are positive," skipper Mahela JayawarCOLOMBO AFP
RI Lanka will settle for nothing less than a 2-0 series whitewash in the second and final Test against England in Colombo from Tuesday, as the buoyant hosts celebrate 30 years of Test cricket. Sri Lanka won the first Test in Galle by 75 runs, meaning a draw would be enough at the P. Sara Oval in the Sri Lankan capital for a first series Test victory since 2009, when they beat New Zealand 2-0 at home. "We will go for 2-0 because we play our best cricket when we
Marathon champ Balciunaite loses doping ban fight
dene said on Monday. Andrew Strauss's spin-wary England will slip to number two in the world rankings behind South Africa if they lose or draw the second Test, but Jayawardene said his team was not going to show the tourists any mercy. "When you play a team like England, you have to be aggressive and look to get in front of them from the first ball. They are a strong side and will come hard at us," he said. "But we are prepared for that and ready to play good cricket. We played well in Galle and must now look to improve on that." It was at the same venue that Sri
Lithuania's disgraced European women's marathon champion, Zivile Balciunaite, has lost a legal challenge to her two-year ban for doping that has sidelined her for the London Olympics. The Lithuanian Athletics Federation said on Monday that the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport had dismissed Balciunaite's appeal against its ban. "The Lithuanian Athletics Federation's decision of April 5, 2011 has been confirmed," it said in a statement. It said the ban would be in force until September 6, less than a month after the Olympics are over. That expiry date is linked to the federation's provisional suspension of Balciunaite, announced in October 2010, which was later transformed into a two-year, backdated ban, and confirmed in April 2011. Balciunaite's defence team declined to comment on the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision pending details of the ruling. "It is clear that the decision is negative, but we still need to analyse the justification before making a comment," her lawyer, Aivaras Zilvinskas, told AFP on Monday. The federation imposed a ban after Balciunaite's urine sample -- taken after her European title win in Barcelona in July 2010 -- revealed abnormal levels in the ratio between the male sex hormone testosterone and epitestosterone. Both testosterone and epitestosterone occur naturally in women but an increased level of testosterone can indicate it has been administered artificially. Balciunaite, who turns 33 on Tuesday, denied the doping allegations and claimed the results could be explained by her use of Duphaston, a drug prescribed by her gynaecologist.
Under-fire Strauss shrugs off captaincy talk COLOMBO: England's Andrew Strauss insisted on Monday that he would fight on as captain and battle through his batting slump as the team look for a series-levelling win in the final Test against Sri Lanka. Strauss's world number one side face a must-win situation at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo on Tuesday after losing the opening game of the two-match series in Galle by 75 runs. It was England's fourth consecutive defeat in Asia this year following the 3-0 rout by Pakistan in the united Arab Emirates. They must win in Colombo to avoid falling to second spot in the world rankings behind South Africa. "We desperately want to win this Test match and make amends for what happened in Galle," said Strauss, who is himself struggling to score runs at the top of a fragile batting order. "I am very sure we have the ability to do it, and that is what we will challenge ourselves to do in the next five days. "We have not been as consistent as we would like to be, and now we have this final chance and salvage something out of the winter and go into the summer with some momentum. "I retain absolute faith in our players. You are not going to win every game you play. But if you retain faith, you will turn it around, especially when you have players of quality in your side, which I know we have." Strauss has gone 23 innings without adding to his 19 Test centuries, and managed just one three-figure knock in his past 48 innings. But the left-handed opener, who has averaged a poor 28.52 since his last century, denied he was thinking of resigning as captain to concentrate on his batting. "I have not considered quitting the captaincy, and going into this game, it is not something that is on my mind," Strauss said. "Obviously I want to score some runs, there is no doubt about that. But I am confident we have the material to do well in this Test. Everyone is motivated to show that we can play better than what we have done so far. "I am not distracted at all about my form. The challenge of leadership is that it is easy when everything is going well. But when it gets tough, it is important to show the right direction. I like that sort of challenge." AFP
EngLAnD-SRi LAnKA SqUADS FOR SEcOnD TEST EngLAnD (FROM): Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Jonathan trott, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, ravi Bopara, Samit Patel, Matt Prior, James Anderson, tim Bresnan, Steven finn, Monty Panesar, Graeme Swann. SRi LAnKA: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru thirimanne, Kumar Sangakkara, thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Prasanna Jayawardene, Suranga Lakmal, Suraj randiv, rangana Herath, Dhammika Prasad. Umpires: Asad rauf (PAK) and Bruce oxenford (AUS) tv umpire: rod tucker (AUS) Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)
CoLoMBo: england cricketers warm up during a training session ahead of their second test match against Sri Lanka. AFP
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Lanka played their inaugural Test in February 1982 against an England side led by Keith Fletcher, which won by seven wickets inside four days. "It is going to be somewhat emotional," Jayawardene said of the landmark Test. "Everyone who plays the match will become part of our rich history. We are humble and proud to be part of such an important game." The Galle win was only Sri Lanka's second, and the first at home, in 18 Tests since world bowling record holder Muttiah Muralitharan retired in 2010 with a record 800 Test and 534 one-day wickets. The other win came in December, when they thumped South Africa by 208 runs in Durban, but went on to lose the series 2-1. Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who claimed nine wickets against South Africa, destroyed England in Galle with six wickets in each innings to earn the man of the match award. Jayawardene said the P. Sara Oval wicket will provide exciting cricket over the next five days. "It is usually a very good Test-match wicket," he said. "There will be something in it for the quicks. The spinners will also come into play, batsmen will get value for their shots and the outfield is quick. "We like playing at venues like this which favour us. That's what home advantage is." The success of sixth-ranked Sri Lanka over the world's number one team in Galle did not surprise Jayawardene, who hit a match-winning 180 in the game. "There are five to six teams in world cricket who can beat each other, given the conditions," he said. "That is a good balance to have." Sri Lanka make two changes from the side that won in Galle, bringing in fit-again Angelo Mathews and seamer Dhammika Prasad for batsman Dinesh Chandimal and injured paceman Chanaka Welegedara.
LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The 34th National Boxing Championship will be held here at the Punjab College of Commerce Muslim Town Hall from April 23 to 27. Talking to this scribe, secretary Punjab Boxing Association Mohammad Yousaf Butt said that boxers from all the four provinces â€“ Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Kyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, Fata, Railways, Wapda, Army, Navy, Air Force, HEC, KESC and Police will compete in the championship. Pakistan Boxing Federation presi-
dent Duda Khan Bhutto has allotted the championship to Punjab and he will also be among the guests. He said that around 200 boxers and technical officials will be taking part in the event and the competitions will be held in 10 body weight categories. Yousaf said that the championship will be inaugurated by Pakistan Olympics Association President Lt Gen Arif Hasan and the chief guest of the closing ceremony will be Sardar Mohammad Latif Khosa and will also distribute the prizes.
GCU NGSA forms cricket team LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The first cricket team of Government College university Lahore Non-Gazetted Staff Association (GCu NGSA) was formed on Monday. THE TEAM: Mohsin Hayat is selected as the first captain of the team, which includes vice captain Muhammad Javed, Hafiz Muhammad Bilal rasheed, Mirza faraz, Hassan Maqbool, Abid rasool, Usman Javed, Kashif Masih, Muhammad Anwar, waseem Shahzad, Sammar Abbas, Muhammad faisal, raja Awais, Aurang Zaib, Mihammad Shahzad, Yousaf Khan and Saqib Hussain. GCU NGSA President Khailq Hussain thanked vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq ur rehman for providing exemplary working conditions to the employees of GCU.
Ali Wyne named best player of KIPS LAHORE STAFF REPORT
KIPS Annual Sports was held at the Wapda Sports Complex here the other day. Sports Promotion Society and KIPS Director Physical Education, Prof. Faisal Fayyaz (International Gymnast and Project Manager of PuCIT) was chief organizer of the event. Mian umer Misbah-ur-Rehman(MPAPPP), was chief guest of the inauguration ceremony. Almost 800 students participated in the event contested were 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m, 4000m, shot-put, discuss throw, javelin throw, long jump, high jump, triple jump and gymkhana events like sack race, chatti race, three leg race, wheel barrow, slow race, soft ball throw, musical chair while gymnastics and karate display were also part of the sports day. Ms. Yasmin Rehman (MNA-
PPP) and Abdul Qadir (former Cricketer of Pakistan) later distributed the prizes among the winners. Mohammad Ali Wyne was declared the best athlete of KIPS Annual Sports 2012 and special souvenir was given to Syed Taimoor-ur-Rahim, captain of KIPS Football Team who got 3rd position in Lahore Board Games. The following were also among the guest who attended the closing ceremony: Dr. MA Pasha (Director, Imperial College of Business Studies), Prof. Sadia Faisal, Dr. Mubashra , Dr. Shaheen Pasha, Dr. Sadia Niazi, Prof. Aasia Niazi, Prof. Painda A. Malik, Prof. Qamar Zaman, Arshia Faizan, Col Adeel(Principal DPS Kasoor), Ayesha Ahsan, Ambreen Tariq, Iram Ramzan, Ayesha Mujahid, Prof. Khadim Ali Khan, Prof. Shafqat Rasool, Prof. Azmat Ali, Prof. Qamar Waheed, Prof. Mujahid Khetrani, Prof. Tariq Rustam, Ahsan Javed, Ali
Fayyaz, Ramzan Ikram, Javed Munir, Tariq Ikram, umer Javaid, Mujahid Pasha, Asifa Javaid, Faizan ul Haq, Ahsan Rabbi, M. Ali Mughal, Haroon Mughal, usman Rabi, Mubashar Abbas. Best Athlete was Mohammad Ali Wyne and second best athletes were Talha Zahid & Salman Shoiab. RESULTS: 100 meter race: Hafiz talha Zahid, Mujahid Bhatti, Mubashir 200 meter race: Noor ul Hassan, M. Ilyas , M. taimoor 400 meter race: Behram Zulfiqar, Hamad, Zohair, 800 meter race: M. Ahmad, Saad Siddique, Usama Ishfaq 4 x 100 relay race: Ibrar, Salman, Umar, Mohyudin; Zeeshan, Shamsur rehman, Hubab Saif, Hamad Afzal; Salman, Hafiz talha, Jehangir, wajahat 4 x 400 relay race: Suhair Khan, Syed Ghazaal, Hamza qaiser, Hashir Ali Shamim; Hasnain Ilyas Muhgal, M. Umer, Syed taimoor ur rahim, talha Zahid; Umer Saeed, Shan Ali Shafqat, Abdul rehman, Abdul Salam 800 meter race: Zeeshan Akhter, Hamza Azmat, Zeeshan Alam Khan
Shotput: M. Ali wyne, Haider Latif, Masood ul Hassan Javelin: tayyab Asghar, M. Ali wyne, Umair Hashmt Discuss: wajahat Abbas Kazmi, M. Ali wyne, Yahya Haider Hammer: M. Ali wyne, Shehzada Salman, Uzair Khan Long jump: M. Ali wyne, Naseeb Ali, Saad Khalid High jump: Umer Mazher, Danyal Mirza Baig, fahad Khan triple jump: Abdul Moiz, Yasir Minhas, Ahmed Junaid wheel barrow: Atif Afridi & Ch. Umar Arshad; Zahid Ali & Arham ranjha; Sarfraz Khan & Asad faisal Needle race: Hassan Irshad & Inshal Khalid; Hassan Saqib & Ibrahim Ijaz; Inam ul Haq & M. Salman Shoiab three leged race: Irfan Ullah & Jahangir Khan; M. Ali wyne & M. Nauman Nasir; Salman Shoiab & taimoor ur rahim one leg race: waseem Iqbal, Ali Asmer,M. faizan Khawer Slow cycling: wajahat Abbas Kazmi, M. Ali wyne, Yahya Haider Sack race: Hafiz talha Zahid, Mujahid Bhatti, Mubashir Potato piling: Sajid Siraj , Abdul Moiz , Ahmed Junaid fruit eating: M. Ali wyne, Shehzada Salman, Uzair Khan Softball throw: Zeeshan Akhter, Hamza Azmat, Zeeshan Alam Khan.
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KEy BIsCaynE: maria Kirilenko and nadia Petrova of russia pose for photographers after defeating sara Errani roberta Vinci of Italy after the doubles final of the sony Ericsson open at the Crandon Park tennis. AFP
SPM Stags beat Vehari Veteran by 102 runs and qualified for the regional quarter-final of the 14th National Veteran Senior Cricket Cup. SPM Stags made 278/4 after 30 overs. Test Cricketer Zahoor Ilahi batting well 104 runs not out, Imtiaz Tarar 32, Shakeel Malik 38, Kamran Khan 23, Shahid Anwar 15 & Fayyaz Haidar 57 runs not out. Zahid Alam 2/46, Zaheer Hussain 1/44 & Zia-ul-Hassan 1/44 wickets. In reply Vehari Veteran 176 all out after 29.3 overs. Munawar Khan 28, Nadeem Sheikh 24, Zia-ul-Hassan 29 & Qaisar Khan 20 runs. Aizad Hussain Syed 1/14, Iftkhar Ahmad 2/46, Shahid Anwar 1/17, Sajjad Akbar 1/24 & Fayyaz Haidar 1/22 wickets. Javeed Ashraf, Qaisar Waheed, Mian Pervez Akhter Match Referee & Abdul Hameed was the scorer. End of the match Chief Guest Mian Pervez Akhtar give away man of the match award to Zahoor Ilahi.
Yoo wins Kraft Nabisco after Kim heartbreaker
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Tiger confident upon arrival at Augusta AUGUSTA
Sun Young Yoo birdied the first playoff hole to win the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship on Sunday after I.K. Kim missed a one-foot putt for the win on the final hole of regulation. Yoo was steady down the stretch in the first women's major championship of 2012, but it was only Kim's heartbreaking miss that made her playoff triumph possible. "She's a great putter," Yoo said of Kim. "She usually doesn't miss that kind of putt, but ... in sports, you never know what's going to happen." Both South Koreans carded final-round 69s to finish 72 holes tied on nine-under 279. Kim could have sealed a victory at 10-under with her tap-in for par at the par-five 18th, but it circled the rim of the cup then popped out. It was her only bogey in a round that included three birdies and drew a gasp from the gallery. She put her hands to her face in dismay, then walked eyes down to the scorers' tent.
Tiger Woods arrived at the Masters confident and fit on Sunday, playing a practice round over Augusta National's front nine in advance of Thursday's start to the first major of the year. Woods, a four-time Masters champion and 14-time major winner, snapped a uS PGA win drought of 2 1/2 years one week ago with a victory at Bay Hill. Now he hopes to end a major title drought dating to the 2008 uS Open. "Physically Iâ€™m fine," Woods told the Masters website. "I feel great, no aches and pains." Woods, who also played Augusta National's front nine the week before winning at Bay Hill, has won at least once in a season before each of his prior Masters' triumphs. But Woods has not won a Masters title since 2005. "The whole idea is to get your game together and have it going
the way you want at the time you want," Woods said. "There are four times a year you want to be playing your best and this is one of them." Woods, chasing the alltime record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus, has shared fourth each of the past two years at the Masters, coming back in 2010 after a layoff over his infamous sex scandal. Alongside caddie Joe LaCava, Woods played on Sunday with pal Mark O'Meara and Vern Cooley, a surgeon who had operated on Woods' leg, in a relaxed morning round under sunny skies amid towering pine trees. Woods, 36, practiced putting at locations where he expects pins to be placed
during the tournament and worked on chipping from areas just off the green, seeing how he could make the ball spin and stop on the famed undulating greens at Augusta. Oddsmakers liked what they saw from Woods at Bay Hill, edging Woods into a favored role just ahead of reigning uS Open champion Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, the prodigy who led after each of the first three rounds last year and with nine holes to play before soaring to an 80. McIlroy, 22, set aside the Masters heartbreak and won his first major title in his next chance two months later at Congressional. "It was just nice to see that not really ever build into something bigger for him mentally, just to put it to bed," England's Justin Rose said.
Murdochâ€™s Star wins India broadcast deal NEW DELHI AFP
Star TV has won the right to broadcast cricket matches played in India for six years after the Rupert Murdoch-owned group bid more than $750 million, Indian cricket chiefs said Monday. Star TV will hold telecast rights for all Test and one-day cricket played in India until March 2018, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced after its marketing committee met in the southern city of Chennai. "The BCCI is very happy with the deal," board president N. Srinivasan told reporters. The 38.51-billion-rupee ($751-million) deal also includes Internet and mobile phone rights. The BCCI issued a tender for the lucrative deal after it terminated its contract with Nimbus in December, claiming it had defaulted on its payments. According to the deal, each India match will be worth $7.8 million, which is $1.5 million more than Nimbus was paying, Srinivasan said. The secondhighest bidder was Multi Screen Media, owned by Sony Television, which offered $722 million for the rights, Srinivasan said.
Mahan wins Houston Open by one stroke HOUSTON AFP
LAHore: owner Shaheen Butt holds Great Adla after the horse registered an upset win during the Lahore race Club's Sunday races. sTAFF PHoTo
Hunter Mahan fired a final-round 71 on Sunday to win the uS PGA Tour's $6 million Houston Open by one stroke over Sweden's Carl Pettersson. Mahan, who won the elite World Golf Championships Match Play Championship in February, became the first two-time winner on the uS tour this year. The victory will boost the 29year-old to fourth in the world rankings, sending him into the Masters, the first major tournament of the season that starts Thursday at Augusta National, as
the highest-ranked American. "It feels great," Mahan said. "I'm playing good. I'm glad I'm going to Augusta, it's really a special place and I'm looking forward to going there." Mahan's one-under 71 at Redstone gave him a four-round total of 16-under 272. Pettersson also posted a 71 for 273. South African Louis Oosthuizen, who led by two strokes after the third round, had two double-bogeys in a three-over 75 that left him in third place on 274. Pettersson, who closed his round with eight straight pars, notched his second runner-up finish of the year, but couldn't get the victory he needed to secure a berth in the Masters. Three-
time major champion Ernie Els also needed a victory to earn an automatic invitation to Augusta. Instead he was poised to miss the Masters for the first time since 1993 after finishing on 10-under. "It's not going to change my life, either way," Els said. "I've played many out there. It's one of those things." While the Masters could still offer Els a special invitation, he said he wouldn't accept a last-minute invitation. "To go through all of this, and then get an invite, I wouldn't take it," he said. Mahan's two birdies on the day came back-to-back at nine and 10. At the par-three ninth he drained a five-foot birdie putt.
HUMBLe: Hunter Mahan holds the winners trophy of the Shell Houston open at redstone Golf Club. AFP
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Djokovic beats Murray for Miami Masters title MIAMI AFP
NBP open National ranking tennis begins KARACHI: The qualifying rounds of the NBP Open National Ranking Tennis Championship started on Monday at the Karachi Club Tennis Courts. Around 90 entries were recived for the week long national event with Adil Kohari Nafil Kaleem (Islamabad) and Talha Zubair (Navy) Fahad Khan being the top junior to be taking part. RESULT: Under 14 boys quallifing round 1: Saad M Ali beat M Amir 6-0,6-1; Ajay Kumar beat Amin Shafi 6-2, 6-3; Ahmed jaffer beat M. essa admani 6-4, 6-4; Dawood Admani beat Ibrahim khan 6-0,6-0; Under-12 Boys qualifying round: Mustafa Admani beat Abde ali 8-0. STAFF REPORT
ORLD number one Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray 61, 7-6 (7/4) on Sunday to win his second straight ATP Miami Masters title and third overall. Djokovic, who won here for the first time in 2007, became just the third man to win the title three or more times, along with Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras. For his third straight match, Djokovic cruised through the first set before finding himself in a tense tussle in the second. However, even though the second set went with serve until the tiebreaker, it was Murray who was under pressure most, fighting off break points in three of his service games. "I thought I played a great match from start to end," said Djokovic, who didn't drop a set in the tournament. "There was a couple of service games I had a chance to break him in the second set. He's such a quality player, you never know. "That's why he's right at the top -- he always comes back, even if you feel you have control of the match," Djokovic said. "I'm really happy to close it out in straight sets." Djokovic, 24, captured his 30th ATP title, and his second this year after his triumph at the Australian Open. It marked his 11th victory in the ATP's elite Masters 1000 series. Murray had beaten Djokovic in the semi-finals at Dubai in February, and the Serb was then upset by American John Isner in the semi-finals of the Indian Wells Masters last week. Djokovic said that made this win, which made him the first man since Roger Federer in 2006 to successfully defend the Miami crown, all the sweeter. "I had a great tournament after that tough loss in the semi-finals at Indian Wells," said Djokovic, adding he recalled his 2007 triumph in Miami as a springboard to his current success. Murray, who beat Djokovic in the 2009 Miami final, was playing his first match since Wednesday, when he downed Janko Tipsarevic in the quarter-finals. He advanced to the title match on a walkover when world number two Rafael Nadal withdrew before their semi-final with a left knee injury. Oddly, that was Murray's second walkover of the tournament, after Canadian Milos Raonic pulled out of their scheduled third-round clash with an ankle injury. Whether it was the layoff or not, Murray wasn't at his sharpest, his 39 unforced errors making things easier for Djokovic. His only break chance in the entire two hour, seven minute encounter came in the fifth game of the first set, but he was unable to convert it and stem Djokovic's momentum.
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PCB Level-II Coaching Course at Karachi LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The PCB Level II Coaching Course will be held in the last week of April 2012 at National Stadium, Karachi. In all 25 applicants from Karachi, Hyderabad, Quetta and Multan Regions based on their PCB Level-I accreditation or candidates having equivalent qualification from abroad will be selected to participate in this course. The course will be of self-financed basis and a fee amounting to Rs 20,000 will be charged from each participant. The participants will be imparted advanced skills of bowling, batting, fielding, wicketkeeping, athlete preparation, physical fitness, video analysis, game sense training, sports nutrition, biomechanics in cricket and sports psychology during this endeavor. Candidates wanted to take the course can submit their applications along with the course fee draft in favor of Pakistan Cricket Board to Zaigham Abbas, Assistant Manager Operations, National Cricket Academy, Lahore (03034441317) not later than April 9.
KeY BISCAYNe: Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds the winner's trophy after beating Andy Murray of Great Britain in the men's singles final. AFP
Miami win buoys Djokovic for claycourt campaign MIAMI: Novak Djokovic's third Miami Masters title on Sunday had the world number one looking back fondly on his Florida triumphs, but more importantly looking ahead -- to the clay court season and beyond. "Any title is big, and it means a lot," Djokovic said after beating Andy Murray 6-1, 7-6 (7/4) in the final at Key Biscayne. "Such a big tournament that is considered one of the biggest in our sport. "I won three times here. I think that says enough about how I feel playing in Miami." Djokovic, who won his first Miami title in 2007 and beat Rafael Nadal in the final last year, said the successful title defence was a boost heading into the Monte Carlo Masters. He didn't drop a set in Miami, closing out his quarter-final, semi-final and final opponents with second-set tiebreakers to preserve that record. "This is going to be very encouraging for me prior to the clay court season," said Djokovic. If he can claim clay's biggest prize, the French Open, he would hold all for major titles at once. First, however, he'll tackle the Monte Carlo Masters. "I didn't play it last year," said Djokovic, who won Masters titles on clay at Madrid and Rome last year but fell in the semi-finals at Roland Garros. "I look forward to it. I want to start well. I want to start strong. "Clay demands the most physical effort out of all surfaces. You have to be physically very fit. Your endurance has to be on a very high level, because all the long rallies that you play on hard courts, it's double that on clay." While Djokovic hasn't matched the astonishing 43-match winning run he put together in the first half of 2011, he has earned one Grand Slam title this year at the Australian Open. AFP
faisalabad veteran beat textile tigers LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Faisalabad Veteran beat Textile Tigers by 34 runs in the 14th National Veteran Senior Cricket Cup here at the at Ali Garh Cricket Ground. Faisalabad made 329/4 after 30 overs. Muhammad Shakeeb batting well 163 runs not out, Ejaz Ahmad Junior 75, Ejaz Mehmood 63 & Muhammad Atif 22 runs not out. Maqsood Ali 2/52, Hafiz Saeed 1/55 & Khalid Habib 1/77 wickets. In reply Textile Tigers 295/7 after 30 overs. Ali Amjad 48, Romail Bashir 47, Khalid Habib 52, Maqsood Ali 31, Qadeer Khan 19 Muhammad Riaz 16 & Test Cricketer Ashraf Ali 72 runs not out. Ejaz Ahmad Junior 2/52, Maqbool Ahmad 3/60, Nadeem Afzal 1/42 & Asif Islam 1/44 wickets. Javeed Ashraf, Muhammad Kaleem umpire & Zahoor Alam was the scorer. Muhammad Shakeeb Declared man of the match.
Poland in raptures over Radwanska's Miami title WARSAW AFP
Polish media piled on the praise on Monday for Agnieszka Radwanska's maiden Miami title, where she dismantled Maria Sharapova and staked her claim on a Grand Slam this season. The Pole's 7-5, 6-4 defeat of the world number two, which denied Sharapova her first victory in four finals appearances, was a "tri-
umph of finesse in an era of force", wrote Przeglad Sportowy. Radwanska had won earlier this year in Dubai but Saturday's victory over Sharapova marked a new high as she competed in the prestigious Miami tournament boasting a personal record ranking of fourth in the world. She became just the second multiple title winner on the WTA Tour this season, behind world number one Victoria Azarenka, as she clinched the
Miami crown without dropping a set in six matches. "Here in Poland we've known for ages that Agnieszka has massive talent," her trainer Tomasz Wiktorowski was quoted as saying by the daily Metro. "What was missing was this kind of win," he added. Metro headlined simply "Agnieszka Radwanska Superstar", hailing Polish tennis's greatest success to date and tipping her to become world number one.
Radwanska withdraws from Charleston WTA MIAMI: Agnieszka Radwanska has withdrawn from the WTA clay court tournament in Charleston with a back injury, just a day after capturing the prestigious Miami title with a victory over Maria Sharapova. "We're as disappointed as our fans to lose our top seed, and we wish Agnieszka a quick recovery," said Bob Moran, Family Circle Cup Tournament Director. A revised draw reflecting the change left fifth-ranked Samantha Stosur, the second seed, as the highest-ranked player in the field of the $740,000 event that starts on Monday in Charleston, South Carolina. According to WTA rules, third-seeded Marion Bartoli of France, who in Miami became the first woman this year to beat world number one Victoria Azarenka, was inserted in the top slot of the draw, with fifth-seeded American Serena Williams being put into the slot originally occupied by Bartoli. AFP
MIAMI: Pakistan's ace tennis player Aisam-ul-Haq qureshi presents his book â€˜Lessons Learnt from the tennis tourâ€™ to tennis legend roger federer last week at AtP Master Championship in Miami, USA, who highly appreciated this book.
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RPPs’ MegA CORRUPTIOn CASe
NAB PuTS 19 ToP MeN oN eCL Former ministers Raja Parvez Ashraf and liaquat Jatoi, former secretaries Qureshi, Mahmood and siddique included in the list
Power), Ishfaq Mahmood (Water and Power) and Salman Siddique (Finance), former NEPRA chairmen Khalid Saeed and Saeed Zafar, GENCO CEO Yousaf Ali, PPIB MD Khalid Irfan Rehman, PEPCO CEOs Saleem Arif and Fazal Ahmad Khan besides Chaudhry Muhammad Anwar and Munawar Baseer Ahmad. The 12 RPPs, which face action are: Techno E-Power (Faisalabad and Sialkot), Young Generation, Pakistan Power Resource, Kashmore, Piran Ghaib, Reshma Power, Walter Power International, Naudero I and II, M/S Alstove, Bhiki and General electric. Declaring all RPPs’ contracts illegal and non-transparent, the Supreme Court had directed NAB on Friday to proceed against all those involved in corruption. The court had also directed NAB to submit fortnightly progress reports pertaining to actions against the persons involved in corruption in the case to the Registrar Office for the judges’ perusal.
N the Supreme Court’s direction given in the rental power plants (RPPs) mega corruption case, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday put the names of 19 top men, including former federal ministers, federal secretaries and other key officials, on the exit-control list (ECL). NAB also cautioned 12 RPPs against transferring their properties and directed all district coordination officers (DCOs) and deputy commissioners (DCs) to take appropriate action against transfer of such properties. Those whose names have been put on the ECL are: former federal ministers Raja Pervez Ashraf (Water and Power), Liaquat Jatoi (Water and Power) and Shaukat Tareen (Finance), former federal secretaries Shahid Rafi (Water and Power), Ismail Qureshi (Water and
A two-member Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain had announced the verdict holding that the RPPs mode of electricity generation proved a total failure and was incapable of filling the electricity demand and supply gap on a short-term basis. The judgement said during the award of RPPs’ contracts, PPRA Rules were violated and principle of transparency and open competition was not followed. The court ordered that the contracts of RPPs be rescinded forthwith and all those responsible for it were liable to be dealt with for civil and criminal action in accordance with the law. The court had reserved its judgement on December 14, 2011 on the petitions of federal Minister for Housing Faisal Saleh Hayat and PML-N leader Khawaja Asif in the RPP case. During adjudication of the case, in pursuance of the court orders from time to time, a sum of Rs 8.689 billion was
paid back to the government by different RPPs. This amount was paid to them as mobilisation advance, however, proceeding for recovery of interest amounting to Rs 445.496 million from two RPPs Young Gen and Reshma were still pending. While issuing directives to NAB, the chief justice had said all government functionaries, including the ministers for water and power holding charge in 2006 and onward and from 2008 onward, during whose tenure the RPPs were approved and the finance secretary holding the charge when mobilization advance rate was increased from 7 to 14 percent, were liable to be dealt with under NAB Ordinance 1999. It was categorically said in the judegment that despite down payment of billions of rupees to the RPPs, Karkey was generating 48.33MW against a capacity of 231MW and Naudero-I was generating 9.16MW against a capacity of 51MW; whereas, Gulf was generating 50.08MW
against a capacity of 62 MW. It added that Pakistan Power Resources (Piranghaib, Multan) did not generate electricity at all, although down payment of $14.58 million was made to it, which had not been returned. The judgment said though RPP Reshma has returned the down payment, it is still functioning and generating 15MW only against capacity of 201.3 MW. The verdict disclosed that per unit cost of electricity produced by the RPPs was on a very high side, as Karkey was ranging from Rs 35 to Rs 50, Gulf Rs 18 to Rs 19, NauderoI Rs 12 to Rs 19, adding that such rates were a blunt violation of ECC decision of September 10, 2008 which emphasized on making efforts for lower tariff through RPPs than IPPs on the similar technology for the first ten years. All the RPPs are collectively generating just 120MW of electricity. Prior to the introduction of RPPs, the system of generation of electricity under the control and management of Ministry of Water & Power, WAPDA, PEPCO, GENCOs had sufficient potential to produce more electricity, but instead of taking curative steps for its improvement, including clearance of circular debt of the IPPs or resorting to other means of generation of electricity, billions of rupees were spent on Bhikki and Sharqpur RPPs, which proved a complete failure because the object could not be achieved as the shortage of electricity persistently continued, and yet more RPPs were installed.
Pcns stalemate continues as PMl-n boycotts proceedings ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
RAWALPinDi: Army chief general Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Lt general Jagath Jayasuriya, commander of the Sri Lankan Army, present salute at the general Headquarters (gHq) after laying a floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada inP
US puts $10m bounty on Hafiz Saeed
Pakistan considers India a ‘threat’ but US differs: Panetta WASHINGTON inP
NEWS DESK The united States has placed a bounty of $10 million on Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Muhammed Saeed, and $3 million on his brother-in-law Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki, while placing them on the mostwanted terrorist list. According to an Indian newspaper, the reward on Hafiz Saeed is at par with Afghan Taliban founder Mullah Omar. According to Times of India, the move was disclosed to Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai by visiting uS undersecretary of Political Affairs Wendy Sherman on Monday. Saeed has been on India’s most-wanted list since 26/11 attacks that killed 173 people, including six Americans. Makki, also known as “Professor”, is allegedly the fund collector for Saeed’s organisation.
Pakistan considers India a “threat”, uS Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said, underlining Washington’s differences with Islamabad on the common threats facing them. “It is a complex relationship. It always has been and I suspect it always will be,” Panetta told CBC TV in an interview on Monday. “In some ways we share a common concern and a common threat. Terrorism is as much a threat to Pakistan and the people of Pakistan as it is to us and to the people of Afghanistan,” he said. At the same time, Panetta noted that the two countries differed on the threat perception. He said while they “have common cause, the problem is that Pakistan views its position “threatened by India”. “As a result of that, sometimes we get very mixed messages from Pakistan as to just exactly where they’re going to be,” he said. On the issue of keeping the raid on Osama bin Laden’s safe house in Abbottabad a secret, the Pentagon chief said he did not provide information to Pakistan because he feared this could be
The Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) on Monday could not make any headway on the proposal of conditional reopening of NATO supply routes due to a boycott by PML-N members. Both PML-N members Senator Ishaq Dar and Mehtab Khan Abbasi did not attend the PCNS meeting on Monday in protest against petroleum price hike. On Saturday, the PCNS members had entered into a deadlock on a proposal for conditional reopening of NATO supply routes with JuI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman sticking to his demand that NATO supplies should not be opened. Though the PCNS remained in session for about an hour on Monday, no headway could be made as the government coalition wanted to take along the members of the main opposition party and thus no decision was made despite some technical discussion made on the proposals submitted by the PCNS members. A member of the PCNS told Pakistan
Today that technically, the PCNS did not deliberate as it was decided by the ruling coalition that formal debate would be conducted once the PML-N members returned to the committee, most likely on Tuesday morning. In the previous PCNS meeting, both factions of the PML – Q and N – were supportive to the proposal tabled by Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed to linking reopening of NATO supply routes with halting drone attacks inside Pakistani territory, but the JuI-F vetoed the proposal, compelling the committee to adjourn its proceedings until Monday. However, PML-Q Secretary General Mushahid Hussain Sayed claimed that the committee had evolved consensus on conditional reopening of NATO supply routes. The committee also agreed to delete its two clauses from the draft. The new clause says that no foreign security contractor or intelligence official would be allowed to conduct covert operations on Pakistani soil while in future the government should also not give its airbases to any foreign country, the source added.
leaked by them and would not be able to accomplish their mission. “The concern we had is that… we had provided intelligence to them with regards to other areas and unfortunately, one way or another, it got leaked to the individuals we were trying to go after,” Panetta said. “So as a result of that we were concerned that if we were going to perform a sensitive mission like this, we had to do it on our own,” he underlined. Reiterating that he had not come across anything so far which reflected a direct link between the top Pakistani leadership and the safe hideout of bin Laden, Panetta expressed concern over how a compound like this would not be known to them (Pakistani establishment), adding however that he had not found a direct link or “evidence that involved a direct connection to the Pakistanis”. “These situations sometimes, you know, the leadership within Pakistan (sic) is obviously not aware of certain things and yet people lower down in the military establishment find it very well, they’ve been aware of it. But bottom line is that we have not had evidence that provides that direct link,” he noted.
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