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Rs 17.00 Vol III No 276 19 Pages Karachi — Peshawar Edition
Wednesday, 3 April, 2013 Jamadi ul Awwal 21, 1434
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14-member interim federal cabinet takes oath
Un approves first-ever global arms trade treaty
The 14-member caretaker federal cabinet took oath on Tuesday at the Presidency, with President Asif Ali Zardari administering the oath to the cabinet ministers. However, a last-minute intervention by the State Bank governor deprived Dr Mushtaq Khan of his ministerial slot. He had been earlier been named as the possible candidate for the federal cabinet, but was denied the chance as he has been serving in the state-owned organisation. page 04
The 193-nation UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday the first-ever treaty on global arms trade that seeks to regulate the $70 billion international business in conventional arms ranging from light weapons to battle tanks and warships. There were 154 votes in favour, 3 against and 23 abstentions. Iran, Syria and North Korea last week prevented a treaty-drafting conference at UN headquarters from reaching the required consensus to adopt the treaty. page 04
Contractual baboos in punjab shown the door ECP allows govt to reshuffle ‘biased’ bureaucracy page 03
eCp to judge the ‘faithful’ Courts spring into action against ex-MPs with fake degrees, dual nationalities page 03
Kse to lose $29.9m equity as Unilever opts for buyback The Karachi Stock Exchange is going to lose listed shares of over Rs 2.99 billion or $ 29.91 million as the Unilever Overseas Holdings, the parent company of Unilever Pakistan Limited, has agreed to buy back ordinary shares of the food giant at Rs 15,000 per share. According to market sources, the Unilever Overseas Holdings had a couple of months back decided to go for voluntary delisting from the KSE of the Unilever Pakistan. page 16
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Political chaos to escalate as elections draw closer. — Shujaat Hussain
wednesday, 3 April, 2013
pTi sTiLL To announce manifesTo LAHORE: The Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) is the only mainstream party that has still not announced its election manifesto. According to PTI spokesman ShafqatMehmood, the document was ready for printing and would be made public by the end of this week. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Awami National Party (ANP) have all unveiled their manifestos. The MuttahidaQaumi Movement also made a detailed presentation of its manifesto. Mehmood said the delay in the announcement of the manifesto was not a serious issue because the party had already released several issue-based policy papers. PTI announced that it would finalise the list of its candidates by April 8 and release the manifesto after completion of the scrutiny of nomination papers. A meeting of the PTI’s parliamentary board, presided over by the party Chairman Imran Khan, reviewed the applications of candidates for each national and provincial constituency in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The recommendations of the provincial parliamentary board as well as proposals by the provincial, regional and district presidents were also considered. STAFF REPORT
power Tariff goes up by 63 paisas per uniT LAHORE: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has approved a raise in power tariff by 63 paisas per unit. Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) had filed an application seeking increase in power tariff by 67 paisas per unit and its hearing took place under member tariff Naeem Khawaja on Tuesday. CPPA took the plea during the hearing that power was generated costing Rs 5.4 billion during March. Cost of fuel incurred in this regard stood at 43.38 billion. However, NEPRA had fixed Fuel Adjustment Surcharge (FAS) at Rs 7.64 per unit while a sum of Rs 8.31 was actually incurred on account of FAS in the production of electricity. NEPRA accorded approval to increase power tariff by paisas 63 per unit after the hearing of the plea. The increased tariff will, however, not apply to KESC and domestic users consuming electricity up to 50 units. ONlINE
The proDigaL son reTurns! P MONITORING DESK
A K I S TA N People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari returned to Karachi late Monday night, a week after he had gone to Dubai over “security concerns”. Bilawal Bhutto is likely to stay in Karachi for a few days before flying to Larkana to attend the 34th death anniversary of his grandfather, form e r
prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, to be held in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh on April 4. “The party has already denied reports of his [Bilawal’s] differences with his father President Asif Ali Zardari or any other party leader,” he said, adding that his return would quash all such rumours. “The schedule of his engagements has not been finalised, but he will definitively attend the death anniversary of Bhutto and later party meetings,” a PPP leader said. Bilawal had left for Dubai last Tuesday amid reports of differences with his father and aunt Faryal Talpur over the party’s stance on several important matters, including the award of PPP tickets to candidates for the upcoming e l e c tions.
ppp sCraps april 4 rally aMid seCUrity ConCerns
ISLAMABAD: In a strange move, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Tuesday called off its traditional April 4 public rally in Garhi Khuda Bux. The PPP had said last week it would kick-start its election campaign with a public rally in Garhi Khuda Bux on the anniversary of its founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s hanging on April 4, 1979. But on Tuesday, a party spokesperson in Naudero said the gathering would take place in a hall and would be closed to all but state media. PPP politicians would also hold separate events in other districts, he said. “We are not organising a big national-level rally this time. Meetings are being held at district level separately,” Ghulam Mustafa Leghari said. President Asif Ali Zardari will address Thursday’s meeting in Naudero, Leghari said, but he did not confirm whether party chairman Bilawal, who returned from Dubai early on Tuesday, would also attend. “Only official media will be allowed to cover this meeting. Other media can stand outside and take the feed from Pakistan Television,” Leghari added. Local party officials denied the rescheduling had anything to do with security concerns and senior spokespersons were not immediately reachable. “It (the change) is only a technical reason. Our candidates are busy with paperwork, scrutiny and the election campaign,” said Lateef Mughal, PPP information secretary in Karachi. Last week, main PPP spokesperson Qamar Zaman Kaira said that 24-year-old Bilawal, who is too young to contest a seat, would make few public appearances “due to security concerns”. The revised arrangements for Thursday stand in stark contrast to the major campaign rallies that the PPP’s main rivals have already held. On March 25, Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz leader Nawaz Sharif attracted tens of thousands in Mansehra. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan has also pulled in crowds of tens of thousands at major public events across the country. AGENCIES
Imran third most influential leader in the world ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan was declared on Tuesday as the third most influential leader across the globe for the year 2012 for his unwavering and bold stance against the on-going infamous drone attacks by the US forces inside the bordering areas of Pakistan. According to a report by Global Post, Imran Khan stood third in the popularity list among the nine top leaders who influenced the world the most during 2012 — for better. It is pertinent to mention here that Imran Khan was pulled off from his Toronto-New York flight in Canada and was questioned by US Customs and Bord e r Protection for
Merit only: no pti tiCKet for aleeM Khan LAHORE: As Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) gears up to announce the fate of its candidates from Lahore, bad news has emerged from the party’s parliamentary board for former provincial minister Aleem Khan, once the biggest financer for PTI, Pakistan Today has learnt. According to details, Aleem Khan had a heated argument with party chairman Imran Khan after he was denied party tickets for NA126 and two provincial seats. When contacted, Aleem Khan declined to comment. However, sources revealed that Aleem Khan had been embroiled in controversy when PTI leaders accused him of rigging the party’s intra-party elections. If Aleem Khan is not awarded the ticket, he may quit the party and contest as an independent candidate. So far, Sardar Assef Ahmad and Inamullah Niazi have quit the PTI over differences with the party leadership over election tickets. PTI chief Imran Khan has withdrawn his candidacy papers from NA-126. PTI senior leader Shafqat Mahmood now stands a stronger chance of getting ticket from this constituency. NADEEM SYED
about an hour for his stance on drones. However, Imran is believed to have told investigators categorically, “My stance is known. Drone attacks must stop.” “The PTI chief had refused to stand for the continued use of drones in Pakistan and led a high-profile march of over 1,000 people in October 2012,” said Global Post. “He continues to speak out against the violence, and his antidrone push is a central part of his campaign,” the report
said. The report said that Imran Khan had become the face of the anti-drone movement in Pakistan. “Though data on drone-related deaths is scarce, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that drones have caused between 474 to 884 civilian deaths, including 176 children, since 2004,” the report added. According to Global Post, Christine Lagarde topped the list, Barack Obama stood second, Imran Khan third, Hillary Clinton fourth, Kim Jong Un fifth, Aung San Suu Kyi sixth, Mohamed Morsi seventh, Hugo Chavez eighth and Bashar alAssad ninth.
Lower Dir sees record number of election nominations PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
A record number of candidates filed their nomination papers for one National Assembly and four provincial assembly seats in Lower Dir. A total of 110 candidates filed their papers, with 28 contesting for NA-34 and 82 hopeful for four provincial assembly seats, PK-95, PK96, PK-97 and PK-98. Candidates running for NA-34 include Jamate-Islami (JI) candidate Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub Khan, former Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) federal minister Malik Azmat Khan, Awami National Party’s (ANP) Azam Khan and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PMLN) Farid Khan. Main contenders for provincial assembly seats include former JI MPA Muzafar Said, former PPP MPA Nawabzada Muhammad Zaib, ANP’s Haji Muhammad Ayub Khan, Jamiat Ulema-eIslam-Fazl’s (JUI-F) Qazi Ayaz and PML-N’s Malik Farooq Iqbal. JI’s deputy chief SirajulHaq will be contesting against former ANP MPA Haji Hidayatullah for PK-95. Others, including PPP’s Malik RehmatUllah and JUI-F’s Abdur Rehman would be competing for the same constituency in addition to a number of independent candidates. Front runners for PK-96 include former JI MPA SayedGul, former PPP MPA Haji ZameenGul Khan, JUI-F’s Muhammad ShakirUllah Khan and ANP’s Naeem Jan. Battle lines for PK-97 in Lower Dir have been drawn between Saltanat Yar, JUI-F deputy chief Maulana GulNaseeb Khan, former PPP MPA DrZakirUllah Khan, Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) provincial secretary Bakht Baidar Khan and ANP’s Haji Bahadur Khan at loggerheads with each other.
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President Asif Zardari has played a neutral role in the selection of caretaker setup — Justice Umar Ata Bandial
seven killed in Peshawar grid station attack PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
As many as seven people were killed after scores of militants attacked WAPDA grid station in Sheikh Muhammadi area in the outskirts of Peshawar on Tuesday. Four employees of Peshawar Electricity Company (PESCO) are still missing. Among those killed were four employees of PESCO and three police officials. WAPDA employees went on a strike. The officials said scores of terrorists attacked the Grid station. First, they fired rockets and later entered the control room and other portions of the complex. They said that 13 explosions occurred inside the grid station. PESCO Public Relations Director Shaukat Afzal said that the militants had blown up 500KV transformers and also
set on fire the control room. He said the militants had shot dead two people for putting up resistance and abducted nine others. The official said five bodies have been recovered from nearby fields. As a result of attacks, electricity supply to Peshawar was disconnected. However, Afzal said that supply to some areas has been restored through alternate transmission lines. Meanwhile, on the call of Pakistan WAPDA Hydro Electric Union, the employees of PESCO went on a strike. The protesters shouted slogans against the government, security forces and militants. They urged the government to take steps for early recovery of missing employees. In past, militants have time and again attacked this electricity grid station, but they had failed in destroying it. Sheikh Muhammadi area is adjacent to Khyber Agency.
ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The Election Commission of Pakistan on Tuesday lifted a ban on transfer and posting in government departments and directed the interim governments to transfers all biased officials who could influence the election campaign. “Assess whether the chairperson or chief executive of all autonomous and semiautonomous and state owned bodies, IG police, CCPOs, city commissioners, DCOs, DPOs, SHOs, patwaris and EDOs are independent individuals and transfer those who do not meet the criteria,” an ECP notification said. The commission also directed the interim government to transfer federal and provincial secretaries. However, the ECP said if the government considered a federal or provincial secretary need not be transferred, it may refrain from doing so, but the same should be notified to the commission. Earlier, political parties expressed their reservations to the commission regarding favourable appointments made by the previous government. ECP COmPLEtEs sCRutiny Of 7600 CAndidAtEs Of nA, PAs: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday completed the scrutiny of the nomination papers of over 7,600 candidates including 2,765 aspirants for national assembly and 4,844 for provincial assemblies. The nomination papers of the candidates have been sent to the relevant returning officers. According to a spokesman of ECP, a total of 13,567 candidates had submitted their nomination papers for national and provincial assemblies. “The scrutiny cell scrutinised the papers round the clock and to complete the task by Sunday,” he said. Besides ECP, the scrutiny cell consists of the representatives of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The ECP has set April 10 as the deadline for filing of appeals against decisions of the returning officers.
N the most severe cut in higher bureaucracy in Punjab, caretaker Chief Minister Najam Sethi has reportedly ordered laying off highly-paid retired contractual employees in various departments, Pakistan Today has learnt. Sources in the Punjab Civil Secretariat confirmed that directions had been passed on to the chief secretary, while the Services Wing would issue the notification in this regard today (Wednesday). The sources said names of Law Department Secretary Syed Abulhassan Najmi, Law Director Mohsin Abbas, Punjab Police consultant Major (r) Mubashar Ullah, Lahore Walled City DG Kamran Lashari, Lahore Waste Management Company Board Chairman Ahmad Rafay Alam, Metro Bus Authority MD Sabtain Fazle Haleem, Provincial Ombudsman Javaid Mehmood, Rescue 1122 DG Dr Rizwan Naseer, the Punjab Forensic Science Agency DG and Punjab Education Foundation Chairman Raja Anwer were among those likely to be sent packing. They said most of these officers had been working under the MP-1 and MP-2 scales. These scales were introduced by the previous regime to take benefit of human resource from the private sector. “Far higher salaries were introduced against these scales to attract brains from the private sector who would otherwise not join the public sector on regular pay packages,” he said, adding that the decision makers had
As intense scrutiny of candidates hoping to contest in the upcoming elections continues, it is believed that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) may require adequate Islamic knowledge to be a part of the requirements for candidacy criteria. According to details, nominees may be asked to recite a Surah or a particular Quranic verse or answer questions about the number of Raka’ats in any of the daily prayers by the commission. Some analysts have deemed this to be an “astounding” addition to the process of scrutiny. However, ECP has said that this is in line with constitutional requirements. Sources said that a number of candidates appearing before returning officers had to answer different questions,
courts spring into action against ex-mps with fake degrees, dual nationalities INP
SENIOR RETIRED OFFICIALS REHIRED TO IMPORTANT POSITIONS ON LUCRATIVE PACKAGES LIKELY TO BE SENT HOME been using it to “accommodate” their blue-eyed retired officers. “Although many officers are actually contributing in the government sector, many are only enjoying hefty salaries,” he added. Interestingly, the salaries in the MP1 and MP-2 packages run in hundreds of thousands of rupees. “The Metro Bus Authority head for example is being paid Rs 300,000 per month while he has no previous experience of working on such a project,” a source added. The move has caused panic in the rank and file of the bureaucracy. While the news is yet to be notified, the Services Wing, however, terminated 12 contractual employees of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Tuesday. These employees included grade 16 and grade 17 officials such as Ataullah Tarar, PSO to CM and security coordinator Major (r) Muaz. Ahmad Rafay Alam, however, strongly dispelled the impression saying that he was elected by the board of directors of the LWMC after the former chairman resigned. “I’ve decided to dedicate my time and energy to the city I live in and like so much without getting even a single penny in return. Besides I was neither hired by the government, nor can I be fired, I was elected by the board and
hence I think the entire story is false,” he said, adding that the recently issued SECP directions for public sector companies required the chairmen of boards to be independent. Services Secretary Syed Mubashar Raza also maintained that no such move was in the offing. “Twelve contractual employees of the CM’s Secretariat have been removed but no such move for these officers has been deliberated, as all of whom have been hired by the book according to Contract Employment Policy 2004,” he added. Meanwhile a Punjab government spokesman contradicted the news item published in various newspapers regarding removal of heads of various companies and authorities. Terming the news item as completely baseless and contrary to facts, the spokesman clarified that this impression is totally wrong that heads of various companies and authorities, operating under the Punjab government, have been sacked from their jobs. The spokesman said that the Punjab chief minister has issued no order to remove the heads of various companies and authorities employed in the former era on contract basis. The spokesman further stated that under the austerity policy, the contracts of 12 officers working in various sections of Chief Minister’s Secretariat have been cancelled while officers working on deputation at CM Secretariat have been sent back to their parent departments. Similarly, under austerity campaign, offices at 1-Club Road and 3-Club Road have been closed. The spokesman said that the officers working on contract basis in all companies and authorities would continue to perform their duties as per routine.
eCP to judge the ‘faithful’ MONITORING DESK
news wednesday, 3 April, 2013
contractual baboos in punjab shown the door
ecp allows govt to reshuffle ‘biased’ bureaucracy
including those about religious injunc- about Islamic teaching was declared as tions. One such incident was recorded the reason behind the rejection, it would challenge the scrutiny by TV channels when Owais process. “Papers of one Muzaffar Tappi, Pakistan Owais of our candidates People’s Party (PPP) Muzaffar Tappi, from Matiari candidate for a Sindh were rejected Assembly seat was Pakistan People’s by the returnasked about the Party (PPP) candidate for ing officer,” number of prayers a Sindh Assembly seat was said MQM required to be oflegal aid fered in a day. It asked about the number of committee also took him a prayers required to be member adfew moments to offered in a day. It also took v o c a t e tell the number of Aslam PerRaka’ats in Fajr him a few moments to tell vez. “The reaprayers. In Hyderthe number of Raka’ats son is not yet abad region, nominain Fajr prayers mentioned but the tion papers of a candidate was asked Muttahida Qaumi Moveseveral questions about ment (MQM) candidate Islamic teachings and if it were rejected during scrutiny. The party then said that if lack of knowledge would be the cause of the rejection we
would definitely file an appeal.” He said returning officers had no authority to ask such questions, adding that a person’s faith could not be gauged through questions relating more to his memory than his knowledge about Islam and its teachings. However, a senior ECP official justified the questions and said that under article 62 (e) of the Constitution candidates were required to have adequate knowledge of Islamic teachings. “There is no harm in asking such questions if the returning officers want to satisfy themselves about an important element of the qualification clauses”, he said. However, political parties deemed it “inappropriate” to judge any candidate’s knowledge about Islamic teachings through a set of questions. They argue that memorising answers of certain questions could not determine anyone’s faith.
Tuesday was a very tough day for former lawmakers having fake degrees and holding dual nationalities, as three of them were imprisoned on the orders of the Supreme Court. According to details, the first decision came against former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa MPA Khalifa Abdul Qayyum in a fake degree case in the court of a Dera Ismail Khan additional district and sessions judge. The judge sentenced Qayyum to three years in prison and imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on him. Qayyum had turned out successful in the 2008 election as an independent candidate. Following the announcement of the judgement, Qayyum was taken into custody and sent to jail. Former federal minister Humayun Aziz Kurd was sentenced to one year in prison and fined Rs 5,000 for holding a fake degree. Kurd, who won the 2008 elections from NA-267, was arrested following the sentence. Meanwhile, the arrest warrants of former parliamentarians Nasir Shah and Maulvi Rozuddin were also issued. Former MPA Mir Badshah Qaisarani was also indicted. Meanwhile, the Foreign Office submitted a report relating to the dual nationality of former PPP MNA Rai Ghulam Mujtaba Kharal in the Supreme Court on Tuesday. According to the report, the fact that Kharal had given up his Canadian nationality could not be confirmed. Later, the SC adjourned the hearing into the case until April 8. On Monday, former parliamentarians Jamshed Dasti and Amir Yar Waran had been charged for having fake degrees. During the hearing of Dasti’s case on Tuesday, his lawyer sought more time. The hearing was adjourned until today (Wednesday). The degree of former JUI-F MNA Maulvi Agha Muhammad was declared fake by the Election Commission of Pakistan and the case was sent to the sessions judge.
ecp confirms 54 parliamentarians as fake degree holders ISLAMABAD ONlINE
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has declared fake the degrees of 52 former and two current parliamentarians and has uploaded the list on its official website. According to news reports, 14 of the fake degree-holders were former MNAs, 35 were MPAs, three were former senators and two were still members of the Senate. Fourteen of the fake degrees were issued by madrassas, nine by the Punjab and Sindh University each and three fake degrees were issued by the Peshawar University. List of the fake degree-holders includes names of Humayun Aziz Kurd, Sardar Umar Gorgage, Akhunzada Chattan, Hayatullah Khan Tareen, Ghulam Dastageer Rajar, Dewaan Ashiq Hussain Bukhari, Mazhar Hayat, Malik Amir Yar Warn, Javed Hussain Shah, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, Nasir Ali Shah and Moulvi Haji Rozdeen. According to the ECP, 35 provincial assemblies’ members also held fake degrees and therefore had breached articles 62, 63. They were former KP minister Aqil Shah, Shumaila Rana, Kishore Kumar, Bashir Ahmed Khan Leghari, Khalifa Abdul Qayyum Khan and Wasim Afzal Gondal. Five senators, of whom three were former and two current, all from Balochistan, were listed by the ECP as fake degree-holders. Three of them had completed their tenures while Mir Israr Ullah Zehri and Nawabzada Akbar were still senators. The ECP neither declared them ineligible nor suspended their memberships.
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World community to watch Pakistan’s May polls with interest. — UNGA chief Vuk Jeremic
news wednesday, 3 April, 2013
interim federal cabinet takes oath NIZAMI SAYS WILL BE THE LAST MAN TO SUPPORT MEDIA CURBS ISLAMABAD TAYYAb HUSSAIN
QUETTA: Journalists and fellow party workers stop PML-N woman leader Sakina Mengal from attempting selfimmolation after she was denied a party ticket on Tuesday.
Un approves first-ever global arms trade treaty AGENCIES
The 193-nation UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday the firstever treaty on global arms trade that seeks to regulate the $70 billion international business in conventional arms ranging from light weapons to battle tanks and warships. There were 154 votes in favour, 3 against and 23 abstentions. Iran, Syria and North Korea last week prevented a treaty-drafting conference at UN headquarters from reaching the required consensus to
pmL-n woman leader ‘attempts suicide’ QUETTA INP
A Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) worker on Tuesday tried to set herself on fire to protest against non-provision of party ticket for the upcoming general election. According to media reports, dejected Sakina Mengal sprinkled kerosene oil over her body and tried to set herself on fire outside Quetta Press Club. However, the other workers and journalists present on the scene intervened and saved her.
badam Zareen’s nomination accepted KHAR INP
After scrutiny, the returning officer on Tuesday accepted the nomination papers of Badam Zareen, the first tribal woman to contest general elections. Zareen is the first woman in the tribal history to contest for a seat of the National Assembly. She submitted nomination papers for NA-44 Bajaur Agency and completed the first phase successfully.
adopt the treaty. That left delegations that support it no choice but to turn to a General Assembly vote to adopt it.The treaty will be open for signature June 3 and will enter into force 90 days after the 50th signatory ratifies it. Major arms producers China and Russia joined Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua and other countries in abstaining. A number of countries complained that the treaty favours exporting over importing states. The United States, the world’s No. 1 arms exporter, said last week it would vote in favour of the treaty despite opposition from
the National Rifle Association, a powerful US pro-gun lobbying group. The NRA opposes the treaty and has vowed to fight to prevent its ratification by the US Senate when it reaches Washington. The NRA says the treaty would undermine domestic gunownership rights, a view the US government rejects. Syrian UN Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari repeated that his government opposes the arms trade treaty because it does not ban the sale of weapons to non-state actors and “terrorists” like the ones active in Syria, where a two-year-old civil war has claimed at least 70,000 lives, according to UN estimates.
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how did letter get to media if it was secret, sC questions ISLAMABAD ONlINE
The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday questioned how did the letter written by National Accountability Bureau Chairman Fasih Bokhari get leaked to the media if it was meant to be secret in the first place. A five-member larger SC bench led by Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali resumed hearing in the intra-court appeal filed by the NAB chairman in the letter to the president case. Bokhari’s counsel Latif Khosa took the plea that his client was not responsible if his letter had reached the media. “Aitzaz Ahsan had admitted before media on February 17 that Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had expressed his desire to include Raja Amir Abbasi in legal branch of NAB. NAB is answerable to the president with respect to its annual performance, therefore, the NAB chairman had written the letter to the president. The letter was secret. We don’t know how it reached the media,” Khosa said. He further argued that the contempt of court law did not exist at all and had ceased to exist from 2004. “All are initiating proceedings under 2003 laws. Legislation is needed on this
count.” Justice Ejaz Afzal remarked that the reply in this respect had been given in Yousaf Raza Gilani contempt case. Khosa argued the bench that had rendered the decision could not hear the appeal. He argued that according to the law, the chief justice should have detached himself from the hearing of the case against NAB chairman and no court could interfere in the investigation of NAB. “The NAB chairman wrote a secret letter to the president of Pakistan on January 27 over the performance of NAB and the difficulties being faced by it,” Khosa said. Justice Anwar Zahir remarked if the letter was secret, it should have remained between the senior officers. “How did it find its way to the media.” Khosa said his client had not given the letter to the media and should not be indicted. Justice Ejaz remarked that if no evidence came against the NAB chairman, he would be acquitted. Khosa said Arsalan Iftikhar and Malik Riaz had expressed lack of trust in NAB, therefore, investigation was withdrawn from NAB. Dr Arsalan had written a letter to the NAB chairman on June 21, 2012 that the chairman had relations with Malik Riaz and his daughter was working as an employee in Bahria Town for several years.
Tauqir sadiq’s residence raided ISLAMABAD ONlINE
The residence of former Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) chief Tauqir Sadiq was raided and his property was sealed by government officials on Tuesday. Former Ogra chief Tauqir Sadiq is suspected of embezzling a total of Rs 83 billion. According to a private TV channel, the residence is now in the custody of the court, along with three other properties. The Supreme Court of Pakistan has failed to arrest Sadiq, the prime suspect in a corruption, despite several efforts. Sadiq was given deadlines to appear in the court and a team was also dispatched to Dubai to bring him back to Pakistan, however nothing materialised. Sadiq was accused of embezzling a total of Rs 83 billion during his tenure as Ogra chief. Sadiq has taken refuge in the United Arab Emirates after his senior appointment at the regulatory body was declared illegal by the apex court.
HE 14-member caretaker federal cabinet took oath on Tuesday at the Presidency, with President Asif Ali Zardari administering the oath to the cabinet ministers. However, a last-minute intervention by the State Bank governor deprived Dr Mushtaq Khan of his ministerial slot. He had been earlier been named as the possible candidate for the federal cabinet, but was denied the chance as he has been serving in the state-owned organisation. The cabinet includes a single female minister. Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso and National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza were among several prominent personalities present at the ceremony. Those sworn in as minister included Arif Nizami, Sohail Wajahat H Siddique, Shahzada Ahsan Ashraf Sheikh, Malik Habib,
Ahmer Bilal Soofi, Dr Musaddiq Malik, Maqbool HH Rahmatoola, Abdul Malik Kasi, Asadullah Mandokhel, Mir Hassan Domki, Dr Sania Nishtar, Feroze Jamal Shah Kakakhel, Dr Younis Soomro and Shahzada Jamal. Most of the ministers expressed their ignorance about portfolios to be assigned to them. Talking to reporters later, Arif Nizami, likely to be assigned the affairs of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, said the top priority of the caretaker government should be holding free, fair and peaceful elections, as it was the sole mandate of the interim government. He said the governance issue was a major challenge for caretakers and they would have to shift their focus on maintenance of law and order to ensure peaceful elections to set an example for the upcoming governments. Asked whether he was being tasked to look after the affairs of Information Ministry, Nizami said he had been working in the media industry throughout his life. “Hopefully I would not be asked to run the Agriculture Ministry,” he said on a lighter note. The minister said it was a welcome sign that the Election Commission of Pakistan
(ECP) was independent and it was sharing the responsibility of the government. He said besides looking after law and order of the country on priority, economy and energy sectors also needed attention by the government. Asked whether the elections would be held on time, Nizami said by the grace of God, the election process had started despite the fact that several efforts had been made to sabotage it. “The democratic forces have succeeded in holding elections on time.” Asked whether as a minister for information he would implement the code of conduct for the media as suggested by the ECP, Nizami said he was against any curbs on media. “I would be the last person to support media curbs. I think the media, besides working independently, should itself observe responsibility. I would work to evolve consensus between the state institutions in this regard,” he maintained. Though the officials were informed that the portfolios for the ministers would be assigned by 8pm, no notification had been made until the filing of this report.
peaceful polls unlikely without army: Musharraf ISLAMABAD ONlINE
Former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf has said fair and transparent elections were not possible without involving the army. Talking to reporters after arriving at his residence in Chak Shehzad, he voiced the resolve to continue political activities in the country despite threats to life. He said he wanted to raise a third political force in the country by activating his party. Musharraf said
he would himself supervise the nomination process of party candidates and demanded holding elections under the supervision of the army. The APML chief said he would appear before the courts where cases had been registered against him. The former president denied any deal, adding he did not impose martial law in the country. Musharraf expressed satisfaction over the security provided to him by the government, saying, “I am being afforded complete security.”
process of scrutiny business as usual for candidates LAHORE NADEEM SYED
Candidates going through the muchhyped scrutiny by the Election Commission of Pakistan find the process not as scary as being depicted by the media. It seems business as usual exercise to most aspirants, as close to 14,000 candidates wait in the wings to go through the mill. As such, chances of disqualifications on a larger level are not as evident as being feared by some circles. Interestingly, the new-comers or those hoping to enter parliament for the first time have nothing to worry at all. And they would have no problem in getting through to the next phase. The reason is simple: As a first timer, they start a journey with a clean slate with nothing against them with NAB, revenue authority or the government to make grounds for disqualification.
Their real accountability will start after entering parliament or when they contest elections the next time. Before that, it is not possible to know if they have withheld any vital information from the ECP. Stories already coming out of the ECP and being shared by the candidates with their colleagues and contenders after scrutiny are adding to the comfort of other aspirants. Political leaders say the process is same as before, witnessed by them several times. Mostly, the Retuning Officers are judicial officers with no magic wand to ascertain whether a candidate is misleading the ECP or not. In most cases, it is the rival candidates that provide information or evidence that show a candidate not eligible to contest election under given rules. But if the rival candidates do not speak up or have nothing to share with the ECP, the aspirants are almost through
the process, no matter how rigorous it is. Political leaders told Pakistan Today that even this time around, real challenge to a candidate would come from his rivals in the constituency. They said the media had the candidates worried, as it could expose if an aspirant was covering up something. As such, candidates are more frightened by the SC instead of the ECP. The SC has already taken suo moto notice against fake degree-holders after it found ECP not taking a firm stand on the issue. The fate of 189 parliamentarians is at stake with time ticking against them. One high-profile case is that of former opposition leader Nisar Ali Khan. The HEC has some problems with his Senior Cambridge and the equivalence certificate he produced before it. Similarly, several women candidates from major parties are also in the danger zone after the SC notice.
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UHAJIR Qaumi Movement has moved the Supreme Court Tuesday for the elimination of no-go areas in the city. Muhajir Qaumi Movement filed an application in the Karachi Registry of Supreme Court on Tuesday and told the court that candidates of Muhajir Qaumi Movement were being prevented from going to no-go areas for election campaign. The application said the government was conducting a useless and fake operation in Karachi to hoodwink the people only. “The administration is presenting fake reports to the chief justice. Free and fair elections are not possible in the presence of sitting governor”, the applicant added. The applicant requested the CJP that after reviewing the whole situation, no-go areas should be abolished and a real operation should be conducted in the city. dELimitAtiOn: sHC AdjOuRns PROCEEdings: The Sindh High Court has adjourned the hearing of an appeal
sindh govt forMs 5 Bodies for iMpartial eleCtions KARACHI: The Sindh’s caretaker government has constituted five committees for ensuring transparent and free general elections. The committees will include representatives of police, Rangers, intelligence agencies and armed forces. According to the notification, the provincial election coordination committee, provincial security and peace-keeping committee, divisional election coordination committee, district election committee and district election coordination committee have been established. The additional chief secretary interior will be chairman of the provincial election coordination committee. The committee on security and peacekeeping will comprise IG Sindh, federal security and intelligence agencies, representatives of the election commission, and those of armed forces and Rangers. The divisional election coordination committee will comprise divisional commissioner as its chief, regional election commissioner, DIG police, deputy commissioner, and representatives of special branch in addition to personnel of security and intelligence agencies. The district election committees have also been established in which deputy commissioner, respective SSP, and district election commissioner will be the members. The deputy commissioner will be the head of the respective district election coordination committees. OnLInE
moved by MQM against delimitation in Karachi till today (Wednesday). A two-member bench led by Justice Maqbool Baqir resumed the hearing on Tuesday. MQM’s counsel Barrister Faroogh Nasim said in his
arguments that electoral process was started in the country on March 17 whereas the notification regarding delimitation was issued on March 25 which was illegal. He asked the court to declare delimitation in Karachi null and void.
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police arrest nine suspects in fresh operations KARACHI
In its bid to overcome power generation crisis, promote innovative energy solutions and empower the Youth Affairs Department, the Government of Sindh and National Forum for Environment & Health (NFEH) in collaboration with Renewable and Alternative Energy Association of Pakistan (REAP) and Solarization Welfare Organization (SWO), have planned to recognise those brilliant engineers who have been working on projects that can make a difference in society. The event would take place at the prestigious forum of its 6th Power Generation Conference scheduled to take place at Marriott on 9th April. The Management of University Industry Partnership (UIP) had urged young engineers (students and professionals) to actively participate in UIP exhibition on “Innovative Power Solutions, Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency”. The UIP exhibition aimed to facilitate university students and faculty through R&D based liaisons with industries, so as to provide the industries in particular and the country in general, with efficient and innovative energy solutions. Furthermore, the participants would also be provided with opportunities to meet decision makers and leaders in the energy sector, and also to accumulate funds for their projects at the forum. Their projects would be analysed by a panel of scientists and engineers to determine the recipients of the Young Energy Leaders Award (YELA ’13). Top three best projects would be awarded in a grand award distribution ceremony, where Youth Affairs Department Secretary Naila Wajid would be the chief guest on the occasion.
couple adopts abandoned baby girl
The city police arrested nine suspected people, including a wounded miscreant, during an overnight operation undertaken in Soldier Bazaar and other localities around Patel Para area. The operation was conducted to track down the saboteurs involved in an attack on a police check post in the mentioned area. It is pertinent to mention here that some saboteurs on Monday attacked a police check post near Patel Para, killing two police personnel and injuring two others. Police launched the overnight search operation to hunt down the terrorists involved in the terror attack in Patel Para. Police personnel from different police stations of east zone undertook two operations in Patel Para and Soldier Bazaar areas. The first targeted operation was conducted in Patel Para’s Darban Bazaar, where police faced resistance but managed to arrest a miscreant in an injured state after the exchange of fire. Later, the police carried out a house-to-house search operation and arrested seven suspects. The second targeted operation was conducted in Soldier Bazaar from where a single suspect was arrested. Police claimed to have recovered eight weapons from the possession of the arrested miscreants.
energy solutions exhibition, young energy leaders awards on 9th
KARACHI: Rangers remove a barrier during a targeted operation in Kati Pahari and Qasba Colony. ONlINE
TTP terrorist among several held KARACHI STAFF REPORT
Sindh Rangers’ and intelligence agencies have arrested an alleged terrorist associated with the banned militant group Tehrik-eTaliban Pakistan (TTP) during a raid in the metropolitan. According to a private television channel report, the security agencies conducted a raid in the Super Highway area of the city. “The arrested accused has also revealed the TTP’s plan of targeting high profile figures, including security officials, during the general elections.” “The terrorist was working for the TTP’s armed wing,” the report, while quoting sources, said.
Rangers have also arrested some 25 suspected terrorists from Qasba and Noorani Colony areas and claimed to have recovered different weapons from the possession of the nabbed accused. Furthermore, the rangers’ launched a targeted operation at 4am on Monday after receiving a tipoff about the presence of miscreants and members of banned outfits in Katti Pahari area. 600 rangers’ officials, including female troops and antiterrorist squads, participated in the operation while sniffer dogs were also used during the raids. All entry and exit points of the area were closed down and 36 heavy and light weapons were
recovered during door-to-door search, while 12 suspected persons were also arrested from the same area. Moreover, the rangers’ also launched a targeted operation against outlaws in Korangi Dhai area where several suspected persons were arrested and more than 12 weapons were recovered from the possession of the apprehended persons. Meanwhile, targeted killings have also continued unabated in the metropolis. Per details, a person was killed in Kemari and a dead body was found from Landhi area of the city. Earlier on Monday, rangers’ had found a torture cell during a raid undertaken in Khamosh Colony.
A local couple has adopted an infant baby girl who was dumped at a garbage site in Quid-e-Abad area. According to reports, an infant baby girl was abandoned in garbage dump on Thursday and a charity organisation’s volunteers saved her life. The baby got new life after getting medical assistance in a private hospital and today (Tuesday) a childless couple, Nadim and his wife, adopted her. Nadim and his wife had no baby even after 10 years of their marriage, so they adopted the baby girl happily.
public holiday on bhutto’s death anniversary KARACHi: The government of Sindh has declared April 4 (Thursday) as a public holiday throughout the province on the occasion of 34th death anniversary of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. A notification issued by the provincial government said all the government offices, autonomous, semi-autonomous bodies, corporations and local councils under the administrative control of the Sindh government would remain closed tomorrow. STAFF REPORT
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Rs165m to be spent on archives preservation KARACHI STAFF REPORT
Sindh Information and Archives Secretary Noor Muhammad Leghari has said that the record of archives should be kept at three or four different locations to preserve the record and terms of references for achieves department should also be updated. He said that besides this, records from all over the province should be preserved before the rainy season. He gave this state-
ment while presiding over the first advisory meeting of working papers here at the office of Archives Clifton on Tuesday. He directed the officers concerned to complete the ongoing schemes, including the expansion of conservation laboratory, emergency preparedness, improvement of district record rooms, establishment of photo archives, establishment of oral archives and establishment of digital archives. He also said that the five schemes, costing Rs165 million, would be initiated in the financial year 2013-2014.
Information Secretary Noor Muhammad advised the officers to establish coordination with other archives institutions, private, semi-private, government institutions and national archives department to ensure smooth working environment and enhancing the status, credibility and working of Sindh Archives. He told the meeting that the drafted bill, namely Sindh Archives Act 2012, was under scrutiny/consideration the Government of Sindh Law Department and after the passing of this act by the
provincial assembly, it would enhance the working of the department. He said it was the need of the hour to revise the structure of the advisory board members to be included in the advisory board that could also collect rare record regarding Sindh from private collectors. He said that officers should be sent to Maharashtra Archeology Department to get training and to update the record of Sindh, the authorities at the British Library and British museum shoud also be contacted. He said that the objective of Sindh Archeology Depart-
ment was to preserve the history of the province and the function of this department was quite different from other departments. In the meeting Sindh Archives Department Director Roshan Kanasro briefed the participants about the achievements of the above mentioned department. Former federal secretary Nazar Muhammad Shaikh, Endowment Fund Trust Secretary Abdul Hameed Akhund and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Sindh Jamshoro Dr Rafia Ahmed Shaikh also attended the meeting.
Kmc sends employees to Ku for diploma programme KARACHI STAFF REPORT
KARACHI: Activists of PPP minorities wing hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside the press club. ONlINE
shehLa raZa, ex-mpa on TaLibans’ hiT LisT
N investigation into the arrests made by the law enforcement agencies from outskirts of the city has revealed that Taliban want to kill prominent politicians to sabotage political atmosphere in the province ahead of general elections. The main targets of the arrested Taliban are Sindh Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza, minority MPA Saleem
Khurshid Khokhar, few leaders of Shia community and some media personnel, sources in the agencies disclosed to Pakistan Today. The spy agencies, on a tip-off, apprehended a Taliban leader from the Superhighway and shifted him to unknown location for investigations. During the investigation, reliable sources in the agencies informed, the Taliban leader disclosed they wanted to kill PPP leader Shehla Raza, former Sindh MPA Saleem Khursheed Khokhar, leaders of the Shia community and some prominent journalists. They aimed at sabotaging the forthcoming general elections and create law and order situation in the city by fanning sectarian violence, the sources added. It is recalled here that minority leader Saleem Khurshid Khokhar had been receiving life threats from Taliban for the last couple of months and the leader had lodged an FIR with the police. However, not a single arrest was made to ensure safety and security to the minority leader. Saleem Khurshid had time and again raised his voice against the misuse of blasphemy law through resolutions at the Floor of the House. The Sindh government, after the assembly was dissolved, has withdrawn the security from the minority leader who, in protest, has decided not to take part in the upcoming elections. The leader from the minority has been shifted to an unknown location to ensure safety and security to his life, the sources disclosed. However, security of Shehla Raza is still intact with more than 20 police personnel. When contacted, Saleem Khurshid Khokhar told Pakistan Today that authorities had withdrawn his security and shifted it to the security of former influential ministers. “I have hidden myself and left the house to
Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Administrator Hashim Raza Zaidi has announced to give a gold medal to the student who will secure first position in the postgraduate diploma in Local Government and Administration held in the Karachi University (KU) Political Science Department. He also assured all possible support and cooperation to KU, including the provision of two new buses for the facility of day scholars. This was stated by the chief guest DMC Deputy Commissioner (DC) and Administrator Central Dr Syed Saifur Rehman while addressing the inaugural ceremony of postgraduate diploma in the above mentioned subject in the newly opened conference hall of KU’s Political Science Department. Earlier the KU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Dr Muhammad Qaisar formally opened the conference hall named after renowned political scientist and formal KU VC Dr Manzoorud Din Ahmed. Those present on the occasion included KU Evening Programme Director Dr Abuzar Wajidi, Faculty of Arts Dean Prof Malahat Karim, Political Science Department Chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Ahmed Qadri, KMC Media Management Director Ali Hasan Sajid, KMC Public Housing Director Sabahul Islam, syndicate and faculty members of KU and a large number of students. In his address, DC Central said that social scientists worked in coordination in the developed world while formulating public policies, therefore awareness about the Local Government system and administration helped greatly in running the affairs of the state at grass root level. He said today was a historical day for KU as an important diploma programme was being resumed here after a gap of 12 years, while stressing that the youth should fully focus on the academic courses that they have chosen for themselves, rather than indulging in activities that would lead towards wastage of time. Speaking on this occasion, KU VC Dr Qaisar said that the postgraduate diploma in the course titled Local Government and Administration would provide skilled and qualified manpower to both the provincial and local government organisations. He however said that the induction of young graduates in government organisations was a dire necessity. He said that he had supported the idea of further extending this programme to MS level in the above mentioned course. Afterwards, the programme would be upgraded to PhD level if it meets success, he added.
impediments in way of construction of Lyari expressway removed KARACHI APP
save my life however no serious efforts have been taken to arrest those hurling life threats at me”, he added. Due to security reasons, “I also could not file nomination papers to contest the elections”, he said. He demanded of President Asif Zardari and the chief justice to ensure him security so that he could live a peaceful life along with his family. Pakistan Today repeatedly tried to contact Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza to seek her views about the security arrangements however her cell phone remained unattended.
The impediments in the way of construction of the Lyari Expressway have been removed amicably with the mutual consent of the locals of the area who have to be relocated to another location. This was stated by the Karachi Commissioner Hashim Raza Zaidi here on Tuesday. He was speaking on the occasion of distribution of compensation cheques to the affected population of the area in the office of the District Commissioner South. Cheques worth Rs 450 million were distributed on the occasion, said a Commissioner Office statement. Hashim Zaidi said that the amount would also be disbursed promptly among the affected people.
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Nations whose nationalism is destroyed are subject to ruin. â€“Moammar Gadhafi
wednesday, 3 April, 2013
13 children killed in myanmar school fire YANGON
HIRTEEN children have been killed after a fire, apparently caused by an electrical fault, engulfed an Islamic school dormitory in Myanmar's largest city. The dead in Tuesday's fire in Yangon, all boys, died of suffocation in the early morning, witnesses and officials said. Police officer Thet Lwin said the fire was triggered by an overheated inverter
"and not due to any criminal activity". The building housed a mosque and a religious school where children were staying while taking a summer class. Local residents said the victims were believed to be orphans. Riot police were deployed nearby as some Muslims gathering outside the charred building feared the fire was linked to sectarian violence that has shaken the nation. Neighbours and witnesses said it appeared the crowded dormitory locked its doors due to heightened security concerns.
"It seemed the boys didn't get a chance to get away because the doors were locked because of the unstable situation," a resident said. invEstigAtiOn PROmisEd: The blaze comes against a backdrop of heightened Buddhist-Muslim tensions in Myanmar. Forty-three people have been killed in sectarian violence since March 20. Police called for calm and promised to establish a committee - including Muslim leaders - to look into the cause of the fire. Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay, reporting from Bangkok in nearby Thailand, said that
there already have been differences in opinion of the incident, within the small community around the school "Some Muslim people who live in the area, who we spoke to on Tuesday morning, say that they believe that it was attack. On the other side of the coin, Buddhist people living in the area are saying that this was a tragic accident," said Hay. He added that the authorities were concerned that this incident could spark further unrest between the Muslim and Buddhist communities in the country. A police officer said the 13 dead in
Tuesday's blaze were among more than 70 people sleeping at the school when the fire broke out. "The rest of the children were rescued," he said. The Myanmar Police Force reported on its official Facebook page that the victims died from burns or smoke inhalation. "According to the investigation by township police officers, the fire was caused by excessively high [electric] voltage," it added. According to official records, electrical faults and overheating are major causes of fires in Myanmar's largest city.
cyprus finance minisTer resigns nICOSIA: Cypriot Finance Minister Michalis Sarris has resigned citing his role as chairman of Laiki Bank, whose failure was a major contributor to the island's near financial meltdown, as one of the reasons behind his decision. His resignation on Tuesday was accepted by President Nicos Anastasiades, presidential spokesman Christos Stylianides said. Earlier on Tuesday, the government launched a judicial probe into how the island was pushed to the verge of bankruptcy before having to agree a crippling eurozone bailout. The Phileleftheros newspaper reported that he had quit and was to be replaced by Labour Minister Haris Georgiades. Georgiades's former job is to be taken by commerce ministry civil servant Zeta Emilianidou, the report added. AGENCIES
aDvisor To Libya pm abDucTeD DIRAz: A Bahrain riot police officer avoids petrol bombs thrown by anti-government protesters on Tuesday. AGENCIES
arrests made in brazil over tourist gang rape RIO DE JANEIRO AGENCIES
Three men have been arrested for allegedly raping and robbing a foreign tourist on a minibus in Rio de Janeiro, according to police. The woman was raped repeatedly over a six hour period in the minibus on Saturday morning, while her boyfriend was handcuffed and badly beaten. "We got information about some of the places [the suspects] had been, based on bank receipts and transactions that they made," police deputy Alexandre Braga said of the arrests. "They would alternate driving the vehicle, two would commit rape in the back of the van and the violence against the boyfriend of the victim," Brand said on Monday. According to a police statement, the two victims were attacked as they rode public transportation in a seaside neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro. The statement said assailants forced other passengers out of a shared van and then sexually assaulted the foreign woman inside the vehicle before driving her and her male companion to the poor suburban neighbourhood of Sao Goncalo. The victims' nationalities have not been released, but local media reports have said the woman is American. 'it wAsn't mE': One of the suspects was the driver of the mini bus and two of the men deny the charges. "It wasn't me. I didn't do it. It was someone else, you know," said Wallace Aparecido de Souza Silva, one of the arrested men.
North Korea to restart nuclear facilities PYONGYANG AGENCIES
North Korea will restart all nuclear facilities at its main Yongbyon complex, in the latest move which is likely to escalate tensions further with South Korea and the United States. Plans have been announced to rebuild and restart nuclear facilities including its uranium enrichment facility and the 5 MW Yongbyon reactor which it closed in 2007, the state news agency KCNA said, quoting a spokesman at North Korea's atomic energy agency. The report said the "readjusting and restarting" of nuclear facilities would be used for electricity shortages and military development. The move was being made in line with a policy of "bolstering the nuclear armed force both in quality and quantity" as well as solving "acute" electricity shortages, the spokesman said. South Korea reacted immediately on Tuesday, with foreign ministry spokesman Cho Taeyoung calling the report, if true, "regrettable." He said: "North Korea should
keep their promise and agreements and they should keep to denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. Our government will closely monitor the situation." UN Chief Ban Ki-moon said: "The current crisis has already gone too far," at a press conference in Andorra. "Things must begin to calm down, there is no need for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to be on a collision course with the international community. Nuclear threats are not a game." China and other countries also waded in, some offering regret at the news and urging restraint. "We have noticed the remarks of the DPRK and express our regret," Beijing's foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a regular briefing, using the North's official name. "We call on relevant parties to keep calm and exercise restraint." The reactor, closed as part of an international nuclear disarmament deal, was the sole source of plutonium for the North's nuclear weapons programme. The country's remaining plutonium stockpile is believed to be enough for four to eight bombs. The announcement follows
weeks of warlike rhetoric from North Korea, including threats to launch nuclear strikes against the US. The country has also declared that making nuclear arms and a stronger economy are the nation's top priorities. Meanwhile, on Monday evening, the US stationed a warship off the Korean penninsula coast to defend against a possible missile strike, signalling the latest in a series of publicised US deployments to counter North Korean threats. The USS Fitzgerald, a 154metre long Navy-guided missile destroyer, was moved to the southwestern coast on after taking part in annual military exercises, instead of returning to its home port in Japan, a US defence official told AFP Monday on condition of anonymity. The deployment came hours after a gathering of North Korea's rubber-stamp parliament adopted a law formalising the country's status as a nuclear weapons state. Since North Korea launched a long-range rocket in December and followed it with a nuclear test in February, tensions have risen.
TRIPOLI: The Libyan prime minister's chief of staff has disappeared and may have been abducted amid a series of confrontations between the government and fighters in the capital Tripoli, officials said. The prime minister's office said in a statement on Monday that it had lost contact with Mohamed Ali Ghatous, who works for Prime Minister Ali Zidan, and was searching for him. Officials said he went missing late on Sunday and his car was found on the side of the road on the outskirts of Tripoli the next day. The officials say he may have been abducted, speaking anonymously in line with regulations. Two years after the country's civil war, Libya is struggling to build a unified army and police force and reign in militias, which include many rebels who fought to oust the country's longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The government often depends on the militias to fill the security vacuum. Recently, groups of fighters have taken offence at statements by ministers criticising the near impunity they enjoy in many parts of the country and suggesting they needed to be brought under control. Ghatous' disappearance comes less than a week after Zidan was besieged in his office by fighters who demanded his ouster over remarks he made threatening to summon outside help to confront the armed groups. AGENCIES
anTi-governmenT sTriKe hiTs bangLaDesh DHAKA: Opposition activists have detonated small homemade bombs and set fire to several vehicles in the latest anti-government protest to hit Bangladesh's capital, according to police. Bangladesh's main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its 17 allies staged the protest to enforce a nationwide strike on Tuesday to press for the release of more than 150 opposition members arrested during earlier antigovernment protests. Police officials say at least 30 people were injured in the violence. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they are not authorised to make public comments. Calling a general strike is a common opposition tactic in Bangladesh to highlight demands, and the country has been hit by a series of strikes and street protests recently that have left at least 70 people dead. AGENCIES
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Awami National Party believes in principles based politics and we will not make electoral alliance with the Pakistan People’s Party — Ilyas Bilour
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faZL pashTun version of cia, naTo: musarraT shaheen
Zardari pursued brave foreign policy: uK paper
dERA ismAiL KHAn: Famous Pashto actress of the past and leader of Tehreek-e-Musawat, Musarrat Shaheen, on Tuesday took on her political rival JUIF chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, saying he was a Pashtun version of the American CIA and NATO. Addressing a rally, Musarrat said those who opposed the creation of Pakistan could not be sincere with the country. She hoped Imran Khan’s PTI would help her win the elections against Fazlur Rehman. Musarrat has announced contesting elections against Maulana Fazlur Rehman. She has run against Fazl in elections earlier as well. INP
HE Guardian newspaper said in a commentary that President Asif Ali Zardari has taken a string of bold initiatives to boost his stock, including the Iranian-Pakistan gas pipeline scheme aimed at “not only to loosen Washington’s suffocating embrace but also keep India, Pakistan’s major regional rival and sometime foe, at bay”. The paper said that the pipeline project, that will funnel natural gas from Iran’s South Pars field in the Gulf to energy-starved Pakistan, will produce hard currency for Iran’s hard-pressed economy and the pipeline will help break the sanctions stranglehold on Iran’s energy sector imposed by the US and western allies. It said that Zardari was sending a strong message to the US by smiling with the Iranian president at the launch ceremony a few weeks ago. “The revival of the much-delayed proj-
ect, and the timing of the high-profile joint ceremony attended by diplomats from Arab states, appears, in part at least, to be the product of canny calculations by Zardari ahead of Pakistan’s national elections on May 11,” said the paper, adding that Zardari wants to be seen doing something about chronic energy shortages. “Zardari’s move was seen as a deliberate attempt to emphasise Islamabad’s growing freedom of action as the American regional presence declines with next year’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.” Anthony Skinner, of the British-based Maplecroft risks consultancy, said: “The Pakistani government wants to show it is willing to take foreign policy decisions that defy the US. The pipeline not only caters to Pakistan’s energy needs but also lodged brownie points with the many critics of the US among the electorate.” The paper said that recent trilateral summit between David Cameron, Hamid Karzai, and President Zardari showed that Pakistan has been able to exclude India from
the Afghan negotiations. “Ignoring US and Indian concerns, Zardari has also held out his hand to China, recently transferring management of the highly strategic port of Gwadar from a Singapore company to a Chinese one. China’s presence in the Gwadar Port at the mouth of the Arabian Sea will deter India from carrying out any action planned against Pakistan,” Chinese state media dutifully noted,” said the paperThe paper said that these initiatives as well as Zardari’s success in holding government together, against all the odds, for five years opens the way for a possible bid for a second term. “For someone who was not trained as a politician, Zardari has seen everybody off,” a senior Pakistani official told the paper. “He’s got the better of all of them.” The Obama administration, meanwhile, said the paper, looks on “balefully, struggling unsuccessfully to conceal its displeasure and resist the temptation to hit back with sanctions”.
five miLiTanTs KiLLeD in swa miRAnsHAH: As many as five militants were killed in a military offensive in the Baron area of South Waziristan Agency (SWA) on Tuesday, a security official said. Gunship helicopters destroyed dozens of militant hideouts and compounds. As many as five militants were killed and several others were injured in the offensive. South Waziristan political administration had earlier asked residents to vacate the area. Security forces are combating Taliban terrorists in the region. ONlINE
PESHAWAR: Relatives of the missing persons hold a protest for the recovery of their dear ones on Tuesday. INP
Taliban spread terror in Karachi as the new gang in town NEWS DESK This seaside metropolis is no stranger to gangland violence, driven for years by a motley collection of armed groups who battle over money, turf and votes. But there is a new gang in town. Hundreds of miles from their homeland in the mountainous northwest, Taliban fighters have started to flex their muscles more forcefully in parts of this vast city, and they are openly taking ground. Taliban gunmen have mounted guerrilla assaults on police stations, killing scores of officers. They have stepped up extortion rackets that target rich businessmen and traders, and shot dead public health workers engaged in polio vaccination efforts. In some neighborhoods, Taliban clerics have started to mediate disputes through a parallel judicial system. The grab for influence and power in Karachi shows that the Taliban have been able to extend their reach across Pakistan, even here in the country’s most populous city, with about 20 million inhabitants. No longer can they be written off as endemic only to the country’s frontier regions. In joining Karachi’s street wars, the Taliban are upending a longestablished network of competing criminal, ethnic and political armed groups in this combustible city. The difference is that the Taliban’s agenda is more expansive — it seeks to overthrow the Pakistani state — and their operations are run by remote control from the tribal belt along the Afghan border. Already, the militants have reshaped the city’s political balance by squeezing one of the most prominent political machines, the Pashtun-dominated Awami National Party, off its home turf. They have scared Awami operatives out of town and destroyed offices, gravely undercutting the party’s chances in national elections scheduled for May.
“We are the Taliban’s first enemy,” said Shahi Syed, the party’s provincial head, at his newly fortified office. “They burn my offices, they tear down my flags and they kill our people.” The Taliban drift into Karachi actually began years ago, though much more quietly. Many fled here after a concerted Pakistani military operation in the Swat Valley in 2009. The influx has gradually continued, officials here say, with Taliban fighters able to easily melt into the city’s population of fellow ethnic Pashtuns, estimated to number at least five million people. Until recently, the militants saw Karachi as a kind of rear base, using the city to lie low or seek medical treatment, and limiting their armed activities to criminal fund-raising, like kidnapping and bank robberies. But for at least six months now, there have been signs that their timidity is disappearing. The Taliban have become a force on the street, aggressively exerting their influence in the ethnic Pashtun quarters of the city. Taliban tactics are most evident in Manghopir, an impoverished neighborhood of rough, cinder-block houses clustered around marble quarries on the northern edge of the city, where illegal housing settlements spill into the surrounding desert. In recent months, Taliban militants have attacked the Manghopir police station three times, killing eight officers, said Muhammad Aadil Khan, a local member of Parliament. In interviews, residents describe Taliban militants who roam on motorbikes or in jeeps with tinted windows, delivering extortion demands in the shape of two bullets wrapped in a piece of paper. A factory owner in Manghopir, speaking on the condition of anonymity out of fear for his safety, said that several Pashtun businessmen had received demands for $10,000 to $50,000. The figure was negotiable, he said,
but payment was not: resistance could result in an assault on the victim’s house or, in the worst case, a bullet to the head. Mr. Khan said he had not dared to visit his constituency in months. “There is a personal threat against me,” he said, speaking at the headquarters of his party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, which represents ethnic Mohajirs, in the city center. The militant drive has even distressed Manghopir’s most revered residents: the dozens of crocodiles who inhabit a pool near a Sufi shrine here. The Muslim pilgrims who come here to pay homage to the shrine’s saint have long also brought scraps of meat for his reptile charges. But lately, as visitor numbers have dwindled from hundreds per day to barely a few dozen, the roughly 120 crocodiles here have grown hungry, according to the animals’ elderly caretaker. Police officials, militant sources and Pashtun residents say that three major Taliban factions operate in Karachi — the most powerful one, which is rooted in South Waziristan and dominated by the Mehsud tribe, and two others from the Swat and Mohmand areas. A senior city police officer, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that militant commanders with those factions send operational orders to Karachi from the tribal belt; while some captured militants have tried to justify their activities by citing the authorization of religious clerics in the northwest. In cases, he added, regular criminal groups have posed as Taliban fighters in a bid to increase their power of intimidation. Just why the Taliban are adopting such an aggressive profile in Karachi right now is unclear. Some cite the greater number of militants fleeing Pakistani military operations in the northwest; others say it may be the product of dwindling funds, as jihadi donors in the Persian Gulf states turn to the Middle East.
The Taliban drift into Karachi actually began years ago, though much more quietly. Many fled here after a concerted Pakistani military operation in the Swat Valley in 2009. The influx has gradually continued, officials here say, with Taliban fighters able to easily melt into the city’s population of fellow ethnic Pashtuns, estimated to number at least five million people.
In any event, it has shaken the city’s bloody ethnic politics. Since the 1980s, armed supporters of the Mohajir-dominated Muttahida Qaumi Movement have engaged in tit-for-tat violence with those of the Pashtun-dominated Awami National Party. In the worst periods, dozens of people have died in a day. Now, faced with a common enemy, figures in both parties say
they have declared an uneasy, unofficial truce. As well as the attack on the Awami party — which have seen it close 44 of its district offices across the city — the Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for two attacks on the Muttahida Qaumi Movement — first, a bombing that killed four people, then the assassination of a party parliamentarian. In a recent interview with The New York Times in North Waziristan, the Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said the group was targeting both parties — as well as President Asif Ali Zardari’s Pakistan Peoples Party — for their “liberal” policies. The security forces, shaken out of complacency, have begun a number of major antiTaliban operations. The latest of those occurred on March 23 when hundreds of paramilitary Rangers raided a residential area in Manghopir, near the crocodile shrine, confiscating a cache of more than 50 weapons and rounding up 200 people, 16 of whom were later identified as militants and detained. “I don’t think the Taliban would like to set Karachi aflame, because they fear the reaction against them,” said Ikram Seghal, a security consultant in Karachi. “The police and intelligence agencies have very good information about them.” Other factors limit the Pakistani Taliban’s ingress into Karachi. One of the more provocative ones is that allied militants — particularly the Afghan Taliban — might not like the added publicity. The Afghan wing has long used the city as place to rest and resupply. There are longstanding rumors that the movement’s leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar, is taking shelter here, and that his leadership council, known as the Quetta Shura, has met in Karachi. In such a vast and turbulent city, the Taliban may become just another turf-driven gang. But without a determined response from the security forces, experts say, they could also seek to become much more.
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Caretaker govt to set an example of good governance — Arif Nizami
wednesday 3 April, 2013
sc to take up projects approved by two former pms ISLAMABAD INP
The Supreme Court is to hear the case regarding several mega projects approve during the tenure of two former prime ministers, Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf. Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry took notice on newspapers reports, saying that the record of mega projects approved during the tenure of the two former PMs is being tampered due to an apprehension that it might be summoned by the court. He also said that for this reason efforts are being made by the bureaucracy to conceal the dubious summaries. Furthermore, despite ban, Gilani granted 450 illegal licences to CNG stations in collusion with Tauqir Sadiq, brother-in-law of Jahangir Badr, and corruption of billion of rupees was involved in the matter. Raja had also approved illegal licences to 200 CNG stations despite ban, but OGRA instead of implementing the policy formed a technical committee for its scrutiny and sought clarification from the Petroleum Ministry. Thus OGRA has not issued licences to these 200 CNG stations so far. After going through the contents of the note based on the report, the CJP on Monday ordered fixation of this matter in court on Wednesday (today).
india waiting for report on prisoner’s death: Khurshid NEW DELHI INP
Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said that India was waiting for a detailed report on the circumstances of Indian prisoner Chamel Singh’s death in a Pakistani jail. Khurshid, asked if he accepted Pakistan’s explanation of the death, said, “I don’t have to take Pakistan’s explanation... We are awaiting the autopsy, and when a full report is given to us and detailed investigation report given, we will be able to reflect on it.” Asked when India would be given the report, he said, “We have been told that it will be given to us.” A senior official of Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore, where Singh died in January, had termed the reports “malicious Indian propaganda” that Singh died after allegedly being tortured in the jail and said a stroke was the reason. Singh, said to be in his 60s and serving a five-year-term for spying, had died in Jinnah Hospital on January 15. Rafiq Chaudhry, senior superintendent of Kot Lakhpat Jail, said Singh, a native of Kashmir, had suffered a stroke while working in the compound of Barrack No 4 with other Indians and died on his way to the nearby hospital.
CHITRAL: A view of a tug of war match between senior citizens and youths at Singor on Tuesday. The elderly citizens won the bout. INP
us must avoid impression of backing any one pakistani party: crocker WASHINGTON
HILE the United States has very high stakes in Pakistan, Washington should avoid giving an impression that it is backing any particular candidate in the May 11 election, former US ambassador to Islamabad Ryan Crocker said on Monday. The upcoming election was as much about Pakistan’s institutional future as it was of new parliaments and a new government, the former diplomat noted in a conference call. “Given our history in Pakistan, we have got to be incredibly careful not to do anything that could even create the impression that we are favouring any candidate over any other candidate,” he said in the call arranged with reporters by the Council on Foreign Relations. In this context, he said, Secretary of State John Kerry on his recent visit to the region deliberately did not visit Pakistan. “And the reason, as I understand it,
FORMER US ENVOY SAYS PAKISTAN IS IN STATE OF INSTITUTIONAL FAILURE i s so that there could be no suggestion that he was in Pakistan to somehow affect the outcome of the elections. This all has to be about strengthening the institutions of the state and most particularly those who — those which are involved in the conduct of the elections. I think we do have a role to play in that.” Crocker hoped to see a significant and distinguished group of international observers from around the world, including the US, present for the elections, again, in the best of all possible roles to put the seal of good housekeeping on the outcome. “We just have to avoid any vulnerability that we are backing a particular candidate. And there will be enormous pressures and – to do so from the candidates themselves, I wouldn’t doubt, as
well as assertions that we are – that we are or we aren’t.” Emphasising US stakes in Pakistan, Crocker said it was a country of 180-plus million people and possesses nuclear weapons. Crocker who was the US ambassador to Pakistan from 2004 to 2007 said Pakistan was facing a growing extremism challenge amid press reports of the ascendancy of the Taliban in Karachi. “So a stable Pakistan is crucial to a stable region, and that takes us back to the importance of these elections.” He said at the same time the good news was that the government completed its term, made no effort to extend that extra-legally. “There is a credible election commission in place and a caretaker government to oversee all of this, because it comes down to one word: institutions.” Pakistan, he claimed, was in a state of institutional failure. “It’s not a failed state, but you could argue it is a failing state.” “So these elections need to be, wellrun and credible in their outcome. I think
Pakistan calls for new consensus on nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation UNITED NATIONS APP
Pakistan has called for achieving the goals of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation in a balanced and non-discriminatory manner to promote peace and security in the world. “What we need is a political will, especially by the major powers” to accomplish the objectives, Pakistan’s UN ambassador, Masood Khan, told the UN Disarmament Commission, which opened its annual three-week session on Monday. He said for years Pakistan had called for evolving a new consensus on disarmament and non-proliferation, starting from a basic premise: the recognition of the right to equal security for all states, in the nonconventional and conventional fields, as
well as at regional and global levels. Khan said the states’ motives for acquiring weapons must also be addressed, including perceived threats from superior conventional or non-conventional forces. Nuclear-weapon states must recommit to achieving disarmament within a reasonable timeframe, while non-nuclear-armed states should have assurances they would not be threatened with the use of nuclear or even conventional weapons. A universal and non-discriminatory agreement for addressing the proliferation of anti-ballistic missile systems must evolve, while an agreed approach was also needed for promoting the peaceful uses of nuclear energy under appropriate international safeguards, the Pakistani envoy said. “Any new inspection regime must be applied equitably.”
Khan underlined the need to address the “excessive” production and sale of conventional weapons, as well as their reduction. A balanced reduction of armed forces and conventional armaments was needed. Pakistan was pursuing a ‘strategic restraint’ regime in South Asia, comprising nuclear restraint, conventional balance and conflict resolution, with a focus on confidencebuilding measures, he told delegates from around the world. It also was promoting conventional stability and restraint, and would continue advocating for reductions in conventional forces at the United Nations. Khan urged the international community to give Pakistan access to nuclear technology for peaceful uses on a non-discriminatory basis to help meet the country’s growing energy needs. “Disarmament and non-proliferation
are mutually reinforcing processes”, he said. “A single-minded focus on the Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty (FMCT) was not a panacea.” A lop-sided pursuit of FMCT from the non-proliferation prism while ignoring its disarmament imperatives, such as existing stocks, and shelving the equally, if not more, important issues, such as nuclear disarmament, negative security assurances and prevention of arms race in outer space, had not worked before, he said, adding, “Neither will it work in the future”. He called for the adoption of a balanced approach to disarmament and non-proliferation at the commission. Nothing was wrong with its rules of procedure or its working methods. “What we need is due diligence for consensus,” he said.
we as the United States and more broadly as the international community need to do whatever may be helpful to the success of these elections, and that means efforts on institutions, not, repeat, not on individuals.” “From the point of view of US interests, I don’t think it matters that much who emerges in first place and who forms the next government as long as the process of getting them there is broadly seen as legitimate.” The other piece of good news, he said, there was no appetite in the Pakistani military to get itself involved in the electoral process, certainly not under the current management. “So as long as there is not widespread disorder, I would be reasonably confident that the military will keep its distance.” Thirdly, he said, there had been massive political rallies throughout the country by the various contenders without much trouble. “Given the number of people who were out and the threats by the Taliban and others to disrupt the process, that so many rallies were held without incident is an encouraging beginning.”
17 districts of balochistan face 22 hours of power outages QUETTA NNI
Balochistan’s 17 districts continue to face 22 hours of power outages on the third consecutive day on Tuesday. Electricity supply to several districts, including Quetta, was suspended on March 31 after unidentified men blew up four 220kv towers in Bakhtiyarabad and Chatar areas. Yesterday, two of the electricity towers in Bakhtiyarabad were restored. However, repair work in Chatar was underway. According to sources, electricity demand in 17 districts stands at 1,250 megawatt, whereas, only 320MW of power was being supplied.
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election Diary – one Where the parties stand on the eve of their election campaigns
CommenT wednesday, 3 April, 2013
return of the chairman More authoritative than before
ILAWAL Bhutto Zardari has finally proved that he is his own man. He returns as a more powerful and effective PPP leader. So far he had been treated as a green youth who needed regular tutoring by party elders. While he faces real threats to his life, his handlers used it as an excuse to put restraints on him which he resented and on one occasion sent alarm bells ringing in government circles as he flouted them. It was maintained by those acting as his guardians that he was wet behind the years, knew little about wheeling and dealing and politics of alliances. While some of these objections may have been true, Bilawal could maintain that it were these very practices that had landed the PPP in the dire straits where it finds itself today. Whatever little Bilawal was allowed to say indicated that he had liberal views, was inspired by idealism and possessed the courage of conviction. A person of the sort would normally shun the type of realpolitik that currently characterises the political leadership. While the rest of the PPP leaders minced words over Salman Taseer’s killing and on protecting the minorities, a defiant Bilawal told a gathering in January 2011 that the assassination was a message from the terrorists, yet “in the tradition of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, we refuse to bow down”. He then assured the minorities that “those who wish to harm you for a crime you did not commit will have to go through me first.” Bilawal is returning as a stronger and more authoritative person than before. Within less than a week he has proved that his seniors need him much more than he needs them. Further that it is he who will have the final word in party decisions. To those who remember what Benazir did to some of her patronizing uncles and aunts the message should be clear. Bilawal has challenges ahead. Benazir too had jumped into the political fray at a young age. Through her courage, perseverance and understanding of politics she proved that she alone deserved to inherit Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s mantle. While a liberal outlook and idealism may be assets, they are by no means enough for a leader who is keen to make his mark on national politics. In Bilawal’s absence the PPP was like an army fighting without a commanding officer. His arrival would provide the PPP a Bhutto figure as leader. Realistically speaking this may not overnight change the fortunes of the party. The credit or discredit for whatever performance it puts up in the forthcoming elections will go to those who were taking decisions in Bilwal’s name. The real challenge for him would come after the elections when he will be required to make PPP a popular party.
what the “next generation” wants Youth more pessimistic, conservative and has lower morale
HE British Council has compiled a report highlighting the political perspectives of the Pakistani youth and how they shape the dynamics of the upcoming general elections. Formulated over a period of time, “The Next Generation Goes to the Ballot Box” effectively conveys the chaotic state of affairs Pakistan is currently facing as inflation, terrorism, unemployment are on the rise and basic infrastructure, security and job opportunities continue to plummet. According to the report, “In 2007, 50 percent of the youth thought the country was heading in the wrong direction, today that figure is 94 percent.” Such statistics would tend to indicate that young people in Pakistan, who form the backbone of our society, are desperate for change and are actively seeking to vote. However, having witnessed their country, weathered by one political storm after another, from corrupt democracies to military dictatorships, “only 40 percent out of the 25 million registered youth voters are certain to vote, while 21 percent are undecided.” Perhaps one of the most significant findings of the report is that Pakistani youth is facing an ideological divide. It would take an essentialist to claim that a single political party can appeal to the younger generation at large. Factors such as urbanisation, class divide, gender inequality and differences in education, shape individual voter’s political views. While the urbanised middle class would rally for democracy, the growing conservative elements favour an Islamic Sharia and individuals belonging to politically unstable zones prefer military rule. According to the statistics cited in the report “29 percent choose democracy, with men slightly less enthusiastic than women”, “32 percent choose military rule and 38 percent choose Islamic Shariah”, clearly indicating the lack of an overbearing majority preference. Although such a divide can ignite a debate about the political future of Pakistan, in the short term it indicates that any new form of government will be met with heavy criticism and disapproval. In addition to people who actively refrain from voting, the report indicates that certain groups are alienated from the electoral process due to a lack of awareness. According to statistical data, underprivileged housewives, referred to as “char-diwari housewives” make up a substantial “third of the next generation”. Yet, being mostly uneducated, “disconnected from the outside world” and stifled by discriminatory gender norms, these women remain “politically disengaged” and have little or no intention of voting. For them, the energy crisis and mounting inflation are of paramount importance and broader issues such as corruption and nepotism take a back seat. In other words, any government that can provide them with the basic necessities of life will be favoured above all others. But first they need to be convinced to vote. In its conclusion, the report suggests that political parties can determine their fate at the ballot box by mobilising a number of ambivalent, young, potential voters. However, politicians must “set out a transformative agenda, while connecting on an emotional level and speaking to people who have lived lives of deep insecurity”. As Pakistan stands on the brink of a demographic disaster—now is the time to deliver.
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HE process for the 2013 general elections has entered the second stage of scrutiny of nomination papers while the political parties are awarding party tickets. As the nomination papers have sought a lot more information about the candidates than was the case in the past, scrutiny has become a cumbersome task. However, there will not be mass disqualifications of candidates because any disqualification under article 62 and 63, inserted in the constitution by General Zia-ul-Haq, with negative intentions, requires court conviction except when a person is a defaulter of loans or government and utility dues. These matters can be resolved by making payments of utilities bills or government dues. Imran Khan launched the campaign for Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) with a massive public meeting in Lahore on March 23. It showed the organisational and mobilisation capacity of the party. Imran Khan’s speech was cut short by windstorm and rain. The PTI public meeting manifested ideological confusion. Imran Khan opened his speech with a strong religious discourse that exceeded the use of religion in public speeches by the top leadership of the Jamaat-i-Islami. If we put Imran Khan’s use of religious idiom with his sympathetic disposition towards the Taliban, he becomes a strong DR HASAN ASkARI RIzvI contender for right-wing conservative and Islamist votes. However, his top advisers and members of manifesto team appear to be more pragmatic and realistic in addressing Pakistan’s problems; some of them were known for moderate and balanced disposition before joining the PTI. The public meeting also had suff i c i e n t arrangements for music, songs and dancing for youth and others who view party rallies as a festival. This ideological confusion is likely to add to the party’s internal management
problems caused by internal party elections and distribution of party tickets for the elections. Nawaz Sharif launched the PMLN election campaign with no less impressive public meeting in Mansehra on March 25. He talked of his favourite themes of building roads, motorways and bullet trains and ending energy crisis for changing the fortune of the people. His other popular theme is the highlighting of what he describes as the achievements of his rule in 1997-1999 and that if he had been given ten years to rule he would have changed Pakistan altogether for the better. Referring to the nuclear explosion in 1998, he promised to do an “economic explosion” if got another chance to rule at the federal level. The PML-N appears to be in the lead in Punjab but Nawaz Sharif will have to overcome the trauma of loss of power in October 1999 and focus on how his party would fulfill the promises made in the manifesto or speeches in view of Pakistan’s troubled economy and the onslaught of religious extremism and terrorism. The PML-N rule in 1997-99 was controversial because of Nawaz Sharif’s unrestrained bid to concentrate all power in his hands at the expense of state institutions. He humbled the chief justice, the president and party members, stripped the president of the power to dissolve the National Assembly and secured the resignation of one army chief. He moved the 15th constitutional amendment to acquire unlimited power in the name of implementing Islam. This amendment could not get through the legislative process. His overconfidence made him to pursue an ill-conceived plan to replace the Army Chief General Pervez Musharraf with his favourite by announcing General Musharraf’s removal while he was in the aircraft flying back from Sri Lanka to Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif’s civilian coup against General Musharraf failed, enabling Musharraf and his top generals to strike back and knock him out of power. The PPP plans to start its election campaign on the death anniversary of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on April 4. In addition to the constraints of incumbency, the PPP faces leadership crisis. President Asif Ali Zardari has pulled himself out of visible active politics and left the office of co-chairman of the PPP on March 22 under pressure from the Lahore High Court. This was coupled with the change of the PPP’s secretary general and information secretary. The party faced an embarrassing situation in the Election Commission hearing on the assignment of election symbols when Jehangir Badar and Latif Khosa made
simultaneous claims on the post of secretary general. Later, Badar accepted the party decision of his replacement but this accentuated the party’s difficulties in the Punjab where the party failed to find a credible and inspiring provincial leader. Different leaders function autonomously. The news of estrangement of Bilawal Bhutto from the top power brokers of the PPP is another negative development. Even if this information is not fully correct, there is a lot of unease in the party about the personalised management of the party affairs from the top, especially by Faryal Talpur who seemed to acquire more pivotal role in party affairs after Asif Ali Zardari decided to stay on the sidelines. The PPP-Parliamentarian and the PPP, interchangeable names for practical purposes, faced challenges to its identity as the genuine PPP from two sources: the PPP-Shaheed Bhutto of Ghinwa Bhutto and the Naheed Khan-Dr Abbas faction. These are too weak to cause any serious problem. The PPP-Patriots, established in 2002, fizzled out over time. Another faction, PPP-Sherpao, dropped out and turned into a Pakhtun nationalist party under a different name. It seems the PPP-P or the PPP does not face any credible challenge to its claim to inherit the legacy of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto. Its problems are inside the party. General Pervez Musharraf returned to Pakistan on March 24 with a misplaced hope of carving out a significant role in Pakistani politics. He will be faced by court cases relating to various policy measures during his rule rather than playing any significant role in Pakistani politics. The return of Akhtar Mengal of the BNP (Mengal) on March 25 is a welcome development. It is encouraging that the well-known parties from Balochistan that stayed away from the 2008 elections will now take part in the elections. The political leaders from Balochistan have made a positive gesture towards the electoral process. It is the responsibility of the provincial government, the federal government and the army and other security agencies to provide maximum security to election campaign and voting in Balochistan because there are extremist and terrorist groups that want to subvert the process. A relatively orderly and acceptable election in Balochistan will go a long way to establish the credibility of the electoral process and democracy in Pakistan. The writer is an independent political and defence analyst.
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a threat to democracy
The coming elections
Can anyone deny that democracy in Pakistan has always been dysfunctional? One only wishes one could. It is true down the core that unfortunately democracy in this country, for whatever period and in whatever shape it existed, has been a non-performing democracy. Who should be held responsible for this - the politicians, the bureaucracy or the people? If this vital issue is put to vote, the spontaneous response would naturally be the politicians. Undoubtedly, the politicians must be held ultimately responsible for the failure of democracy to deliver. Can we, however, acknowledge the fact that there are other players too who are equally responsible for the failure of democracy deliver. The bureaucracy of Pakistan is equally responsible for the poor or non-performance of democracy in this country. Like the politicians the bureaucracy of this country by not performing well has always invited the undemocratic forces to dislodge successive elected governments. People themselves are also partly responsible for the deep mess this country is in today. In a democratic dispensation it is the people who elect and place their representatives at the helm to govern the country. M FAZAL ELAHI Islamabad
We should be grateful to the outside world who is wishing an undisrupted elections coming May. However, this is not what’s going to happen. Pakistani Taliban (TTP) have clearly advised the general public which parties they shall not vote for or attend their rallies. They have threatened to attack rallies of liberal parties —-Pakistan Peoples Party, Awami National Party and Muttahida Quami Movement, while have put their weight in favor of right-wing religious political parties. In the recent past, North KP province has witnessed repeated attacks on ANP related political rallies. One would fear an exponential increase in such acts of violence against liberal parties. Same time, right-wing religious political parties are able to hold huge rallies in Peshawar, Swat, Lahore, Quetta and Karachi wherein Imran Khan, Nawaz Sharif, Fazal Rahman and Munawar Hassan have addressed their supporters. As Pakistan moves towards elections in May, it is unfortunate that right-wing religious/sectarian political parties will get undue benefit from the covet support from Taliban. This may not give level playing field to liberal parties; resulting in an outcome which may leave bitter memories for the years to come. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia
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Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. –Dwight D Eisenhower
wednesday, 3 April, 2013
morality and public leaders We need a change in system
The eu as last-ditch escape artist Europe must stop patching up crises – and commit to union and reform
UROPE’S progress towards greater unity over the past half century has always been a messy business, marked by recurrent warnings of collapse followed by compromises that fully satisfy nobody but keep the show on the road. So why is the 40month old eurozone crisis any different? With the embarrassing case of Cyprus handled, won’t this all end with yet another patched-together solution? The answer is probably, no, and the ramifications of what is happening reach far beyond the kind of late-night settlements which European leaders have been so adept at cobbling together in the past. The crisis that started with Greece’s 2009 disclosure of a black hole in its budget is broader in scope and more interconnected from what went on before. The eurocrisis involves fundamental issues which European leaders skirted as the Common Market trading block of the 1950s evolved into today’s highly complex machine based on Brussels with a common currency that remains a work in progress. Cyprus was dealt with, for the moment at least, by the kind of draconian measures which powerful members can impose on a small, weak member of their club. Without the last-minute settlement reached in the early hours of 25 March, the island would have been bust, abandoned not only by its European partners but also by the Russians who had taken advantage of the lax banking regulations to put their money in its banks. So the country must now pay the price with austerity, the closing of one big bank and the restructuring of another plus levies on bank savings that will destroy dreams of a would-be thriving off-shore financial center and leave those with the largest deposits much worse off. So far, governments have taken the hit for bailing out countries in trouble, starting with Greece. But the penalty applied in the case of Cyprus at the behest of Brussels and Europe’s prime economic power, Germany, has opened a new avenue of pain as private investors found themselves contributing, whether they wished to or not, as part of the rescue package while the imposition of capital controls made nonsense of free circulation of cash within the currency zone.
Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch head of the Eurogroup, a formal intergovernment organization of the zone’s finance ministers, then upped the stakes by saying that this would set a model for the future. Shareholders in insolvent banks in countries needing rescue would be hit first followed by bondholders and uninsured depositors. Though Dijsselbloem swiftly withdrew that statement, the future seems plain as other smaller eurozone members come under scrutiny and investors face the prospect of finding their capital expropriated as the result of decisions by politicians desperate to prevent the common currency from unraveling. Riding the tide of cheap money flowing from quantitative easing, markets have taken this calmly, but, if similar medicine was applied to a bigger country, the rush for the door could turn into a stampede. The make-it-up-as-yougo-along style applied through the crisis, and most evident in the shambolic handling of Cyprus, is all the more dangerous because of the context surrounding the common currency. Spain’s central bank last week forecast a 1.5 percent contraction of the economy this year with unemployment set to hit 27 percent. Italy’s economy shrank by 0.9 percent in the last quarter of 2012 and the ratings agency Fitch has downgraded the country to two notches above junk status. Data issued last week showed that France’s GDP fell by 0.3 percent in the last quarter and the Socialist administration of François Hollande, which took office 10 months ago on the promise of creating growth, has failed either to reduce the deficit, which will exceed the 3 percent target agreed with the European Commission for the end of this year, or to cut public debt which rose to a record 90.2 percent of GDP in 2012. Britain, outside the eurozone but in the European Union, is fighting to avoid recession with growth down 0.3 percent in the last three months of last year. At last, the German economy is forecast to continue to put in a strong performance this year with the OECD last week predicting growth of between 2.3 and 2.6 percent for the year, but there was a tremor even in Europe’s economic powerhouse when growth contracted in the last quarter of 2012. Given the commitment to austerity to get the continent out of its troubles, as adopted by its leaders, it’s hard to see a significant overall pickup in economic expansion; even President Hollande, the great growth advocate, is promising spending cuts. That will increase the already high level of
unemployment in many of the zone’s larger members as the public sector is slimmed down and companies hold back from investment or remodel their businesses to become more competitive with fewer staff. The need for structural reform, including labor markets, has been evident for decades, but the easy early years of the eurozone lulled governments and citizens into complacency. Now the price is being paid and the battle lines are drawn between the austerity-minded north European states, generally in good shape, and their southern partners, which are not. Political factors now come into play in some of the continent’s biggest nations. Italy is in the grips of a governmental crisis after inconclusive elections. Hollande is at a record low in the polls and failed to deliver a convincing message in a major television interview last week. Spain’s ruling party is accused of involvement in a funding scandal. With federal elections later this year, the continent’s strong woman, Angela Merkel, cannot afford to offer concessions that German voters would see as pandering to countries which, in their view, have already been allowed to get away with fecklessness for far too long. Extremist parties and movements that denounce the political establishment have made ground in Italy and Greece while a quarter of the electorate opted for anti-European candidates in the first round of last year’s French presidential election. Behind such immediate problems lurks the fundamental question of whether the construction of the eurozone can be completed by the fiscal union it requires to operate as a true common currency. That would involve a surrender of sovereignty, which would stick in the throat of some states, starting with France. The balance of power means that advancing the process that began with the Treaty of Rome in 1957 would inevitably be done on terms set by Germany and its economically strong allies in northern Europe. That would be difficult to resolve by the kind of muddling through we have seen in the current crisis. So far, politicians may congratulate themselves on having engineered a series of last-ditch escapes, but the longer this goes on, the more difficult it will be to keep up the act.
Hollande is at a record low in the polls and failed to deliver a convincing message in a major television interview last week. Spain’s ruling party is accused of involvement in a funding scandal.
The writer is a London-based commentator and author of The General: Charles de Gaulle and the France He Saved and is currently working on a history of modern France.
LL over the world the public representatives, especially the parliamentarians, ministers, chief executives and presidents are expected to set and have high standards of morality and honesty because for the leaders to be able to discharge their public duties and carry forward the mantle of public trust, it is essential that they have an MAlIk MUHAMMAD ASHRAF untainted past and an irreproachable integrity. Unfortunately these crucial human traits has been lacking among our parliamentarians and public leaders who – barring a few exceptions – have acted as carpet baggers dedicated to exponentially enhancing their fortunes through fair and unfair means rather than promoting the well being of the masses. Politics, for them is an industry and becoming a member of the parliament is a license to expand their profits. This materialistic bent of mind is a contributory factor to their attempts to circumvent the laws through corrupt practices to become a member of the parliament that confers on them the political power and the fortune that comes with it. The fake degrees scam is a shameful example of their dirty machinations and a ranting proof of their immorality that portrays them as the worst kind of scoundrels and cheaters. Nevertheless it is heartening to note that finally their day of reckoning has come for some of them and they would find it difficult to escape the dragnet cast by the SC and ECP. The SC has rightly taken a very strong position on the issue and fifty four former parliamentarians whose degrees have already been found fake are surely going to miss the bus besides facing legal action for their acts of forgery. Another 189 who have not presented their degrees and educational certificates for verification have been advised to get their documents verified within three days. To help the process to be completed, reportedly, the offices of ECP, HEC and controllers of examinations of all universities will remain open till mid night of 5th of April. Who knows how many more will join the list of cheaters as a result of this scrutiny. Thanks also to the media which unearthed this scandal, kept it alive and built public pressure for punitive action against these unscrupulous elements and the so-called public representatives. The sordid aspect of this disgraceful conduct is that the leadership of the political parties has knowingly looked the other way and even attempts have been made to protect the wrongdoers. In a system of numbers game their primary concern has been to have as many winning horses as possible to clinch political power. Though the efforts of the SC, ECP and the media, to ensure that only people with unblemished character and reputation get into the assemblies, are very encouraging but they are not going to bring any substantive change in our political culture unless a change is effected in the way we elect our public representatives. The feudal character of our political system that promotes politics of graft and entitlement is the real culprit and needs to be changed. It is pertinent to note that majority of the 342 constituencies for electing federal parliament is in the rural areas, a bastion of power for the feudal lords. They have a vested interest in the perpetuation of the colonial system of governance and electing public representatives. The culture of corruption and horse trading are the hallmarks of this brand of politics. Democracy is the only option for this country. The political parties deserve appreciation for ensuring the continuation of the democratic process. However, the democratic dispensation has to be responsive to the ground realities and geared to promoting the national interest and the well being of the people rather than serving the interests of the elite. The system in vogue has brought untold miseries on the hapless masses and done nothing, except for creating islands of affluence among the oceans of poverty. There is a general consensus that we need a change in the political system. The political parties must learn from history and feel the pulse of the masses. If they fail to cleanse the mess and affect necessary changes, they will become irrelevant to any future arrangement of governance in this country. The best way to break the hold of the feudal lords on the political power in this country is to adopt the system of proportional representation. Under this system people vote for the parties rather than the individual candidates in a single constituency system and the parties get representation in the parliament on the basis of the percentage of votes that they poll. The advantage of this system is that it reflects the real support for the political parties among the masses and also ensures the presence of smaller and regional parties in the parliament making the legislature a truly representative body. The party leaders are spared of the blackmail of the winning horses and they can nominate really competent and educated people from different walks of national life to represent the party in the parliament. The system also eliminates the possibility of horse trading and floor-crossing for personal gains. The biggest advantage of this system is that it eliminates systemic corruption. To make this system really workable voting will also have to be made compulsory so that every registered voter can exercise his right of franchise. To effect these changes, amendments in the constitution will have to be made and it will be in the interest of all the political parties and Pakistan that these reforms are given top priority. Now that the parliament stands dissolved there is no possibility of carrying out these reforms before elections. However, after the elections, the parties winning the public franchise must get together and bring the required systemic reforms within six months and hold fresh elections under the new system. One can genuinely hope that through the combined efforts of the SC, ECP and non-partisan caretaker setups committed to holding free and fair elections, we will have good stuff coming to the parliament. The political parties have already shown commitment to the national causes by unanimously carrying out 18th, 19th and 20th amendments in the constitution and also by adopting the 7th NFC Award with consensus. They must show the same zeal and dedication in changing the system on the foregoing lines to put the country on the course envisioned by the founding father. He must be turning in his grave to see what we have done to his and our Pakistan. The writer is an academic.
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Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better — André Gide
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Jessica Alba has revealed that her oldest daughter gets confused when she sees her mother on screen and thinks of her Hollywood career as a game of dressingup. The 31-year-old actress said that her 4-year-old daughter, Honor, had seen only one of her films and that was weird for her, the Daily Express reported. Alba asserted that when she played a mum in ‘Spy Kids’, her daughter asked if her onscreen child was her real baby. “I was a mum in Spy Kids and she asked, ‘Is that your real baby?’ So I said, ‘Do you really think that?’ And she replied, ‘Were you playing dress-up again?’” Alba said. Explaining the innocence of her child, the actress further added that when she voiced a character in an animated film ‘Escape From Planet Earth’, Honor asked if the mask was hot when it was put on. NEwS DESk
Lindsay Lohan’s lawyer has rubbished reports that the actress agreed to go to rehab only if the facility allowed her to take Adderall. According to TMZ.com, the ‘Mean Girls’ star takes the psychostimulant for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder on a daily basis and was prepared to go ahead with a trial in her recent lying-to-cops case unless her ongoing Adderall use was attached to her plea deal, the New York Daily News reported. The deal, approved by a California judge two weeks ago, includes 90 days of residential rehab, 18 months of psychological counseling and 30 days of community service. Lohan’s lawyer Mark Heller said the no-jail plea agreement did not include an Adderall rider. “That was never a part of any discussion with the prosecutors or the court. That was never an issue we addressed,” Heller said on Monday. One of Lohan’s 2010 probation reports said the scandal magnet had been taking the amphetamine-based prescription drug “for as long as she can remember.” The troubled star has until May 2 to enroll in rehab or risk immediate jail. The report listed her other prescriptions as the antidepressants Zoloft and trazadone and the powerful opiate Dilaudid. Heller said that he was “considering a number of different facilities” that meet Lohan’s court-ordered needs.
Leann rimes finDs snaKe in bacKyarD Hollywood actress LeAnn Rimes was horrified to find a snake in her backyard, but her husband Eddie Cibrian and stepsons loved it. The “Can’t Fight The Moonlight” actress discovered the reptile at her Los Angeles home and although it was harmless, she was left shaken by the incident while her husband Cibrian and stepsons - Mason, nine, and Jake, five - thought it was cool. “Oh my god! I just found a snake in our backyard. It was a harmless snake, but I can’t stand them. Of course, all the boys in the house found it cool,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted Rimes as saying. While she may not approve of Jake and Mason’s love of snakes, LeAnn previously revealed she loves having them in her life. NEwS DESk
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saved son Henry from drowning NEWS DESK Heidi Klum has revealed that she saved her son Henry and two nannies from being swept away by a large riptide, during their Easter vacation in Oahu, Hawaii. The 39year-old actress told Entertainment Tonight that her family got pulled into the ocean by a big wave and
she as a mother was very scared for her 7-year-old child and everyone else in the water. Klum said that Henry is a strong swimmer and was able to swim back to land. Klum added that she and her boyfriend Martin Kirsten, who also sprang to action, were able to save everyone. In photos posted on the ET Web site, the supermodel can be seen tugging her son and a nanny to shore as large waves crash down. Kirsten is also seen on his hands and knees, catching his breath after surfacing from the water.
MARTIN SCORSESE APPEALS FOR ‘VISUAL LITERACY’ NEWS DESK Film director Martin Scorsese urged Americans on Monday to pay greater heed to “visual literacy” and to embrace their rich cinema heritage before it literally fades away. Scorsese appealed for a greater national commitment to film restoration and preservation when he delivered the annual Jefferson humanities lecture at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Like never before, people today are buffeted by images, said the 70-yearold Oscar-winning director of such acclaimed motion pictures as “The Departed,” “ Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas,” “Taxi Driver” and, most recently, “Hugo.” “That’s why I believe we need to stress visual literacy in schools,” said Scorsese, the first filmmaker ever to deliver the Jefferson address since it was
launched in 1972 by the federally funded National Endowment for the Humanities. “Young people need to understand that not all images are out there to be consumed like, you know, fast food and then forgotten,” he said. “We need to educate them to understand the difference between moving images that engage their humanity and their intelligence, and moving images that are just selling them something.” Speaking in a slightly musty wood-panelled auditorium within the gargantuan Kennedy arts complex, the fasttalking and bespectacled native New Yorker welcomed the innovations that digital technology has brought to his craft. Thanks in part to digitization, the Film Foundation — a non-profit he founded in 1990 — has helped to save more than 500 fragile old films that otherwise would have been lost to decomposition. “Today we have some
really wonderful tools,” said Scorsese, who last week announced plans with Hollywood studio Miramax to make a television version of his Oscarnominated 2002 film “Gangs of New York.” But to fully comprehend the language of moving images, it is essential to “preserve everything” from blockbusters to home movies by way of films that may not look like works of art on first showing, he said. To prove his point, Scorsese screened a clip from “Vertigo” — hailed today as a work of genius, but at the time of its release in 1958 regarded as just another in a string of crowd-pleasing Alfred Hitchcock psycho thrillers. “It came very very close to being lost to us,” he said, adding that over time, viewers can identify and appreciate elements in a film that might not be evident upon its initial release. Scorsese also unspooled portions of painstakingly restored 1958 British
ballet film “The Red Shoes” — a seven-year effort in which he was closely involved — and a longforgotten black-and-white Thomas Edison movie from 1894 of two boxing cats that foretold today’s cult obsession with YouTube cat videos. “Just as we learned to take pride in our poets and writers, and in jazz and blues, we need to take pride in our cinema, a great American art form,” he told his well-heeled Washingtonian audience. “It’s a big responsibility, and we need to say to ourselves that the time has come” to look beyond weekend box office numbers and start caring for films as if they were “the oldest book in the Library of Congress,” he said.
Hollywood actor Chace Crawford has reportedly said that he is not in a serious relationship with Canadian model Rachelle Goulding, but they enjoy spending time with each other. Although the “ Gossip Girl” actor has been dating the brunette model for three months, friends insists their relationship is casual. “They’ve been hanging out for about three months, but it’s nothing serious right now,” femalefirst.o.uk quoted a source as saying. “They met last summer through mutual high society friends. Then she moved to New York and reached out to Crawford,” the source added. Before he started dating the 26-year-old, Crawford admitted his fame made it difficult for him to find love. He was previously linked to Carrie Underwood and Ashley Greene. NEwS DESk
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Nothing is easier and more stultifying than to make rules which exist out of touch with facts, in a vacuum — Virginia Woolf
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harry styles wants beach home NEWS DESK
MOSCOW, Russia: Models prepare backstage at a Moscow Art-Industrial Institute show during Russia Fashion Week.
LiZ’s hug To inDian ex ‘upseTs’ shane warne Elizabeth Hurley, who recently embraced her former husband Arun Nayar and gave him a lingering clinch at a friend’s 50th birthday bash in London last week, has reportedly upset her fiance Shane Warne with her gesture. Hurley’s friend told the Daily Express that the legendary cricketer has got really upset. The pal said that Warne just didn’t understand why Hurley had to remain so “close” to her exes. The friend added that Hurley speaks to Indian textile heir Nayar a lot on the phone and is still very cozy with Hugh Grant. NEwS DESk
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The Baloch Who is Not Missing.... Panel discussion with Zohra Yusuf, Qadeer Baloch. Karachi Arts Council. April 3. 1730. Pls join us
opening for piTbuLL He was in school when he would save up his paltry pocket money to buy albums released by a certain Armando Perez. Little did DJ Girish know that someday he would be opening for the musician who later became famous the world over as Pitbull. Happy to have been signed up as the official DJ for Team Kolkata second time on the trot, Girish is looking forward to the inaugural gala on April 2 at Salt Lake Stadium. “It would be a mix of Bollywood and international tracks. If authorities permit, I might do a remix of the team anthem, Korbo, lorbo, jeetbo re,” he says. But being on the field is different from playing within the cool confines of a nightclub, the DJ tells us. “Last year, Team Kolkata was playing at Eden Gardens when the game was stopped for 40 minutes because of the wind. Keeping the audience glued to their seats in such times is tough. Also, when your team is losing, you have to do your best to pep up the mood of the masses.” About opening for Pitbull, Girish says, “I’m a huge fan from my school days. I love his track Give me everything. His is perhaps the biggest international act that Kolkata will see in a decade.” NEwS DESk
Don’t you let your demons bring you down; Coz you can have it all....
Mehreen Zahra-MaliK Literature Festival comes to Islamabad on April 30
ayesha siddiqa What absolute nonsense is this? Poll scrutiny turns into Islamic studies test
adeel hashMi Political jokers: My favourite leader Altaf at 1:25 followed by Jahangir Badr’s poetry recitation
One Direction singer Harry Styles reportedly wants to have a beach home. The singer was in Los Angeles for a finance meeting with his father in this connection. Styles’s father Des is helping him manage his funds by channelling cash into property, land and art. While he’s been in the US, he’s also been eyeing a new home in Malibu. “Styles loves Los Angeles, he bought an apartment last year. Des spent the week viewing other properties and land around the Los Feliz neighbourhood,” thesun.co.uk quoted a source as saying.“Styles has his heart set on a Malibu house on the beach, like one the Beckhams rented from Steven Spielberg a few years ago. “Styles’s dad is in charge of sourcing the best investments to safeguard his son’s future. Des keeps drumming into him that everything he earns should go into property,” the source added.
Drinking felt naughty: Vanessa Hudgens Actress Vanessa Hudgens has admitted she felt “naughty” when she drank in her youth. The 24year-old explained she couldn’t really relate to her role in 2012 movie “Spring Breakers”, which follows a group of college girls on their spring vacation who get caught up with a drug dealer, because she and her friends are “very tame”. “I don’t really relate. Being young, I can relate to it a little, perhaps, but not to the extreme of the spring break reality itself,” contactmusic.com quoted Hudgens as saying. “I remember experimenting with drinking and feeling like it was so naughty. But that’s just self-exploration. My friends are honestly very tame and creative and spiritual so the whole wild thing isn’t really relevant to our lives,” she added. NEwS DESk
Coldplay album named ‘favourite of all time’ NEWS DESK British band Coldplay’s second album ‘A Rush Of Blood To The Head’ has been voted as the ‘favourite record of all time’ by BBC radio listeners. The album has beaten the likes of Pink Floyd and The Beatles to top the Radio 2 poll, the BBC reported. The poll was held to tie in with the recent BBC season, The Golden Age of the Album. The winning album, which includes hits such as Clocks and The Scientist, topped the charts in 2002- when it was released- and sold more than 2.8 million copies in the UK. Meanwhile, Keane’s 2004 record ‘Hopes And Fears’ took away the second place in the list, while Duran Duran’s ‘Rio’ came third in a list that featured just two albums from the last decade.
Top 10 albums voted by Radio 2 listeners are as follows: 1. Coldplay - Rush Of Blood To The Head (2002) 2. Keane - Hopes and Fears (2004) 3. Duran Duran - Rio (1982) 4. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973) 5. Dido - No Angel (1999) 6. The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers (1971) 7. The Pet Shop Boys - Actually (1987) 8. The Beatles - Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) 9. U2 - The Joshua Tree (1987) 10. Queen - A Night At The Opera (1975)
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billionaire building robotic Jurassic park
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer has stepped up his efforts to create a real life Jurassic Park by purchasing 117 animatronic dinosaurs. The robot dinosaurs will join Jeff (an animatronic Tyrannosaurus rex) and Bones (an omeisaurus) at the Palmer Coolum Resort north of Brisbane. A 20-metre-long Deinosuchus (an early relative of the crocodile) is one of the new consignment of exhibits and is expected to arrive at the park from manufacturers in China by the end of April. "If you've seen Jeff and Bones, well you haven't seen anything yet," Palmer said in a statement to the press. The park will open to the public with an expected 165 dinobots. NEwS DESk
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Think 100 times before you take a decision, but once that decision is taken, stand by it as one man. –Muhammad Ali Jinnah
nasa's audacious plan to catch an asteroid in a giant draw-string bag and drag it back to earth
ROJECTED to cost $2.65billion in total and last ten years, the project is said to have found favour with President Obama's administration, which has already announced a goal of sending astronauts to a near-Earth asteroid by 2025. Researchers from CalTech's Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) detailed the plan in a paper published last spring, but rumours of Nasa's decision to ask for funding for the project were reported by Aviation Week last week. 'The idea of exploiting the natural resources of asteroids dates back over a hundred years, but only now has the technology become available to make this idea a reality,' the report says. The KISS feasibility study suggests that bringing a 500-ton asteroid closer to Earth would give astronaut crews a 'unique, meaningful and affordable' destination for the next decade. It adds: 'Placing an NEA [Near Earth Asteroid] in lunar orbit would provide a new capability for human exploration not seen since Apollo. Such an achievement has the potential to inspire a nation. 'It would be mankind’s first attempt at modifying the heavens to enable the permanent settlement of humans in space.' The report outlines an entirely robotic mission to locate and capture a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA), with a diameter of about seven metres and a mass of around
500,000kg. It is hoped such a modestly sized space rock may contain up to 100 tons of water, 100 tons of carbon rich compounds, 90 tons of metals and 200 tons of silicates. An 18-ton probe would be launched on an Atlas V rocket and use the Moon's gravity to slingshot itself towards its target in interplanetary space.
Once there, the spacecraft would deploy a massive inflatable bag to envelop the asteroid - manoeuvring to stabilise against any tumble or rotation - then 'multiple "draw strings" would cinch-close the opening of the bag and also cinch-tight against the bulk material,' the report says. It adds: 'Due to the residual velocity
Archeologists find the mythical 'Gates of Hell' in Turkey NEWS DESK It sounds like the plot for a new Indiana Jones film. Archaeologists say they have discovered the 'Gates of Hell', the mythical portal to the underworld in Greek and Roman legend. The site, in the ancient Phrygian city of Hierapolis, now Pamukkale in southwestern Turkey, is said to closely match historical descriptions of what was known as Ploutonion in Greek and Pluutonium in Latin. In its heyday, a small temple with traditional Greco-Roman pillars was said to have stood next to wall with steps leading down to a cave
doorway filled with foul and noxious gasses. Describing the site, the Greek geographer Strabo (64/63 BC -about 24 A.D.) said: 'This space is full of a vapor so misty and dense that one can scarcely see the ground. 'Any animal that passes inside meets instant death. I threw in sparrows and they immediately breathed their last and fell.' But now a team led by Italian Archaeologist Francesco D'Andria, professor of classic archaeology at the University of Salento, has discovered what they believe to be the ruins of the site. Announcing the discovery at a conference on Italian archaeology in
The continued freezing weather is threatening ever greater numbers of wild animals, birds and insects in the Dales, experts have warned. While animals can deal with harsh weather, experts are fearful that if the unprecedented cold snap continues, it could have a drastic effect on many species. Examples include the hedgehog, which can run out of fat reserves during a long hibernation, and birds such as barn owls, who rely on hearing their prey – mainly voles, shrews and mice – as they scuttle across the floor, but cannot do so when the ground is frozen. NEwS DESk
Istanbul, Mr D'Andria said he and his team had managed to pinpoint the location by reconstructing the route of a thermal springs. Archaeologists now believe that a large statue found at the site, previously believed to depict Apollo, is actually of Hades, Greek god of the underworld Among the ruins the archaeologists found a cave with Ionic semi columns upon which were inscriptions with dedications to the gods of the underworld -- Pluto and Kore. Mr D'Andria said: 'We could see the cave's lethal properties during the excavation. 'Several birds died as they tried to get close to the warm opening, instantly killed by the carbon dioxide fumes.' The archealogist, who famously claimed to have found the tomb of Saint Philip, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ, in Hierapolis, in 2011. The ancient city was founded around 190BC by Eumenes II, King of Pergamum. It was taken over by the Romans in 133 B.C.. Under Roman rule the city flourished. There were temples, a theater and people flocked to bathe in the hot springs which were believed to have healing properties. Today Pamukkale is well known for the stunning white travertine terraces which are the result of the hot springs. NEwS DESk
social media plays April fools jokes NEWS DESK Twitter did away with vowels, Google unveiled a button to add smells and the cast of the 1990s sitcom Wings launched a Kickstarter campaign. The digital world celebrated April Fools' Day with the rollout of mock innovations and parody makeovers. Many of the top online destinations spent Monday mocking themselves and, in Google's case, playfully trying to lure users into pressing their noses against their computer screens. Google, having already debuted its wearable Google Glass, on Monday showcased Google Nose to add scents to its search results. It urged visitors to lean in close and take a deep whiff for search results such as 'unattended litter box'. 'In the fast-paced world that we live in, we don't always have time to stop and smell the roses,' product manager Jon Wooly said in a video. 'Now with Google Nose Beta, the roses are just a click
away.' YouTube, despite 72 hours of video uploaded every minute, said it was shutting down. The Googleowned video site joked that its eight-year rise was merely a lengthy talent search. At the end of the day, nominees were to no longer be accepted so judges could, for the next 10 years, sift through the billions of videos and declare a winner. Google has always
been one of the most enthusiastic April Fools' Day observers, and on Monday it trotted out an extensive lineup of satire. It also added a 'treasure map mode' to Google Maps, complete with 'underwater street view,' and trumpeted Gmail Blue, in which the revolutionary upgrade is the simple addition of the colour blue. The comedy site Funny or Die parodied the recent Kickstarter campaign for a Veronica Mars movie with a number of crowd funding campaigns for other 1990s TV shows, including Wings and Family Matters. Instead of linking to a way to donate money, the mock campaigns led users to charities. Twitter, not content with the brevity of 140 characters, said it was 'annncng' Twttr, a service that would limit messages to just consonants. In an apparent dig at the splitting in half of Netflix memberships between DVD and streaming, Twitter said users would now have to pay $5 a month for the premium use of vowels.
between the asteroid and the spacecraft, there would be some “impact” as the asteroid is captured. 'Although, since the asteroid would be much more massive than the spacecraft, it is perhaps better to think of this as the asteroid capturing the spacecraft. 'Nevertheless, once the spacecraft and asteroid are tightly secured together, the spacecraft could then de-tumble the combination.' Moving such a huge object using conventional rockets would need an enormous amount of fuel to be carried along with the probe. So rather than using chemical rockets it would be equipped with a solar powered electric propulsion system. Such 'ion thrusters', as they are known, work by using electricity generated by solar panels to accelerate charged particles away from the space craft, ars technica explains. Using these, the spacecraft could begin its long track back to the Moon, estimated to take between two and six years. The revelation that Nasa wants money to begin planning a mission to capture an asteroid from interplanetary space comes three months after MajorGeneral James Bolden made a cryptic suggestion to a National Research Council committee on human space flight. 'When the President announced that an asteroid would be the next destination for Nasa's human spaceflight programme, he did not say Nasa had to fly all the way to an asteroid,' he said. 'What matters is the ability to put humans on an asteroid.'
was 'the biggest cyberattack in history' all just a pr stunt?
The headlines have been apocalyptic: "Global internet slows after biggest attack in history"; "Biggest ever cyberattack slows internet for millions"; "The attack that nearly broke the internet"; "Cyber attack jams crucial infrastructure around the world". So how was it for you? According to a company called CloudFlare, which specialises in helping websites minimise the impact of online junk data attacks by effectively creating more targets and thus spreading the burden between them, this particular assault – by a Dutch hosting company, Cyberbunker, on a not-for-profit anti-spam organisation called Spamhaus – eventually escalated to cause "congestion across several major [top-level, backbone internet networks], primarily in Europe, that would have affected hundreds of millions of people ... " Hence, presumably, the armageddon headlines. Except, as the tech website Gizmodo points out, not many people seem to have noticed: few have complained that the internet was more than usually sluggish; movie-streaming services such as Netflix did not go down; mega net-enterprises such as Amazon reported nothing unusual; organisations that monitor the health of the web "showed zero evidence of this Dutch conflict spilling over into our online backyards". Specialists contacted by the site reported that the attack, major as it was, had "a severe impact" on the websites it was directed at, but it certainly did not shake the internet to its core. Gizmodo concludes the whole story was essentially a cynical bid by CloudFlare to drum up more business. James Blessing of the UK Internet Service Providers Association council won't go quite that far, saying the attack "did have an impact. Some sites will be affected." But while the global internet, or parts of it, may potentially be vulnerable to a truly massive attack using the kind of DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) techniques Cyberbunker has allegedly deployed, this one is probably not it. Yet. If you really want to slow down the internet, the best way may still be the simplest: cut a cable. NEwS DESk
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shakib al hasan joins for fL T20
LOnDOn: Leicestershire have signed Shakib Al Hasan as their second overseas player for this summer's FL t20 competition. The Bangladesh star, who bats left-handed and bowls left-arm spin, is currently the world's top-ranked all-rounder in one-day internationals. The 26-year-old will join Australia A batsman Joe Burns at Grace Road. "Shakib's record is exceptional and I am looking forward to him helping us to achieve success this year," said head coach Phil Whitticase. Shakib, who was recently a team-mate of Leicestershire's Josh Cobb in the Bangladesh Premier League, has scored a combined total of more than 4,000 runs and taken over 100 wickets for his country in international one-day and T20 matches. He also has previous county experience with Worcestershire. Chief executive Mike Siddall, who had been interested in signing West Indies star Chris Gayle, added: "We are delighted to sign a player of Shakib's experience and calibre. "He has an excellent T20 record and I am looking forward to seeing him team up with Joe Burns." AGENCIES
matsuyama to debut as pro at nagoya this month nAGOYO: Top Japanese amateur Hideki Matsuyama will make his professional debut at this month's Token Homemate Cup, the 21year-old golfer said on Tuesday. "I had many top-10 finishes last year in professional competitions, and this gave me the confidence that I can make it," the 2010 and 2011 Asian amateur champion said in a statement. "I want to become a player who can win around the world," added the golfer, whose 2011 Taiheiyo Masters triumph made him only the third amateur to win on the Japan Golf Tour. The 130,000,000 yen ($1.39 million) Token Homemate Cup gets underway at Nagoya's Token Tado Country Club on April 18. AGENCIES
At the end of the day everybody is going to look down at the results and see how you do, so while you have to ensure you can get through the run plan and you have to save the tyres, you can't be out for a Sunday drive because that will hurt you in another way. – Alexander Rossi
pcb noT To panic: ZaKa LAHORE
HE Pakistan Cricket Board will not press the panic button after the team's test series whitewash in South Africa and has no plans to sack captain Misbah-ul-Haq or coach Dav Whatmore, PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf said on Monday. Ashraf said he wanted to bring consistency and continuity to Pakistan cricket and one way of doing this was to not react harshly after one or two bad series. "I don't see any threat to Misbah's captaincy or Whatmore's tenure. They have done well with the team in the last one year and we must keep that in mind while assessing the performances in South Africa," Ashraf said. Pakistan were whitewashed in the three-test series but won the T20
international and narrowly lost the five match one-day rubber 3-2. Critics and former players have
called for changes and Misbah and Australian Whatmore have come under fire for failing to motivate the team in South Africa. Misbah, in particular, has been criticized for his slow batting and captaincy. Ashraf said losing the test series was disappointing but he wanted to give continuity and confidence to the team. "Whatmore has a two-year contract with us we will assess his performance at the right time. Similarly Misbah rallied the team in the ODI series and led by example," Ashraf said. He pointed out that in the past the problem in Pakistan cricket had been to panic early. "Nowadays cricket is like a science and we need to give confidence to the players and management. We will try to provide them with the best environment and facilities. We then expect them to perform accordingly."
The PCB chief said the board realised the urgency of having a fulltime batting coach attached to the team. "We are looking into this issue and we have invited applications from interested candidates from abroad and in Pakistan. Hopefully before our next tour we will have made a decision," he added. He also made it clear that as long as Misbah is 100 percent fit and committed and was performing himself the board expected him to deliver good results. "Since he took over as captain he has handled things well and also performed himself. He has again hit good form and his performance in the national T20 super eights cup has been very impressive." Misbah, 39, took over as test captain after the spot-fixing scandal hit Pakistan cricket in 2010 and was appointed the limited-overs captain in 2011 after the World Cup.
Jesse Ryder can’t recall attack WELLINGTON AGENCIES
New Zealand cricket star Jesse Ryder told police on Tuesday he has no memory of the vicious attack that left him critically injured in hospital last week. The 28-year-old suffered serious head and lung injuries following the beating that prompted warnings for New Zealand's sports elite to be on their guard when out in public. Ryder was punched and kicked as he left a bar in the South Island city of Christchurch early on Thursday morning after a night out drinking with his Wellington team-mates. Although his condition has improved sufficiently for him to be moved out of the hospital intensive care unit, the last thing he remembers is being dismissed in a cricket match on Wednesday. “Unfortunately Mr Ryder has no recollection of what took place or the events leading up to the incident,” detective senior sergeant Brian Archer said after interviewing the player. “Should Mr
Ryder gain sufficient recollection as his recovery continues, then we may look to speak to him again,
however there are no immediate plans to reinterview him at this time.” Psychologist Karen Nimmo, who has worked with Ryder for five years, said high-profile sports stars have to be able to engage with the public for a sense of normality but there were risks with that. “Once you are going out you need to be with a mate, a buddy system, making sure you stay in the group and look after each other... otherwise there is potential for things to happen,” she told Fairfax Media. Former All Blacks coach Graham Henry said other teams may have to follow the rugby example and have security personnel accompany their players to bars. “They just keep an eye on things from a distance and make sure things are happening that should be happening and just look after them,” he told Radio Sport. “So there's no opportunity for these sort of things to happen.” Two men aged 20 and 37, who are related to each other, are to appear in court on Thursday charged in connection with the attack on Ryder.
Clarke struck down with gastroenteritis SYDNEY AGENCIES
Australia captain Michael Clarke was hospitalised on Sunday, suffering with gastroenteritis. Clarke, who returned home early from Australia's tour to India with a back injury, was discharged on Monday. The 31-year-old is expected to take up to 10 weeks to recover from his injury but should be fit for this summer's Ashes
series in England. Clarke will miss the Indian Premier League and is doubtful for June's Champions Trophy, also in England. The middle-order batsman, who was replaced as captain by Shane Watson for the fourth Test in India, has been in brilliant form of late, averaging 106.33 in Tests in 2012. His absence in Australia's final game against India meant he missed a Test because of injury for the first time in his 92-Test career.
england to welcome pakistan women LOnDOn: England's women have added two one-day internationals and two Twenty20s against Pakistan to their summer schedule. Charlotte Edwards's side will meet the tourists in 50-over contests at Louth, Lincolnshire and Loughborough on 1 and 3 July respectively. Back-to-back T20s will follow on 5 July at Loughborough. The Pakistan tour will precede the visit of Australia, when England will attempt to regain the Ashes. England also play three ODIs and three T20s against the Southern Stars, who are world champions in both limited-overs formats. AGENCIES
England name Chris Tremlett in performance squad LONDON AGENCIES
England have named their Performance Squad for the summer, with Surrey paceman Chris Tremlett the only player not to have featured in an England squad in the past 12 months. There are few surprises in the EPS, which comprises centrally contracted players and other potential selections. The 30 players will provide the basis of the teams picked by England in 2013. England entertain New Zealand and Australia this summer, and will also host the ICC Champions Trophy. Tremlett, who last featured for England in January 2012, missed most of last year after having back and knee surgery. The EPS includes two limited-overs specialists who are currently out of favour - allrounder Ravi Bopara, who was dropped
following the ICC World Twenty20 last October, and wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter, who lost his place during January's one-day series in India. Pace bowler James Harris, called into the limited-overs squad during the winter, is the only player in the 30 who is uncapped in all three formats. Also included are seamer Tim Bresnan and first-choice spinner Graeme Swann who are both recovering from elbow surgery. England's summer schedule 16 May-5 June: v New Zealand (two Tests, three ODIs) 6-23 June: ICC Champions Trophy 25-27 June: v New Zealand (two T20s) 10 July-16 September: v Australia (five Tests, two T20s, five ODIs) 3 September: v Ireland (one ODI) England Performance Squad 2013: Alastair
Cook (Essex, Test & one-day captain), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire, Twenty20 captain), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Jos Buttler (Somerset), Nick Compton (Somerset), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), James Harris (Middlesex), Craig Kieswetter (Somerset), Michael Lumb (Nottinghamshire), Stuart Meaker (Surrey), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Graham Onions (Durham), Monty Panesar (Sussex), Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire), Kevin Pietersen (Surrey), Matt Prior (Sussex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), James Tredwell (Kent), Chris Tremlett (Surrey), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Luke Wright (Sussex).
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PCB is extending all out support to LCCA for promoting cricket at early level and Chairman, PCB, Chaudhary Zaka Ashraf is taking measures to encourage cricket at grass root level. – Khawaja Nadeem
rival Tours put asian golfers in avoidable dilemma SInGAPORE: The Asian and OneAsia Tours went head-to-head with tournaments once again last week, with the rivals squabbling on social media websites while some of the players prioritised other circuits. As Australian Scott Hend overcame a six-shot deficit to win the Asian Tour's inaugural Chiangmai Golf Classic in Thailand on Sunday, South Korean Choi Ho-sung scored a two-shot win at the Indonesia PGA Championship on the OneAsia circuit. The Asian Tour's $750,000 event offered more world rankings points while OneAsia's co-sanctioned event with the Japan Golf Tour countered that with a greater prize pool of $1 million. AGENCIES
Kabaddi team to play in sharjah premier league LAHORE: The Pakistan kabaddi team will take part in the inaugural Kabaddi Premier League being held from April 11 at Sharjah. “The venue of the league is the famous Sharjah cricket stadium and we expect big crowds during the matches of the premier league of Kabaddi which is a new concept in the game,” said Muhammad Sarwar, Secretary, Pakistan Kabaddi Federation here on Tuesday. He said the league features India, Iran, United Arab Emirates and Pakistan and the presence of these teams in the event will become thrilling and competitive and a high brand of kabaddi will be produced. PKF official said the premier league will go a long way in promoting kabaddi in Asia which is gaining fast popularity in the region. “Pak-India contest is always special for gaining the attraction of big gathering as such a match has its own significance because of being the match of nerves,” he asserted. STAFF REPORT
younus noT DiscarDeD, says chief seLecTor y LAHORE
OUNUS Khan’s poor run of form has not only cost him a place in the Pakistan squad for the upcoming Champions Trophy but also put his ODI career in jeopardy. Some former cricketers have advised him to hang his boots however the chief selector, Iqbal Qasim feels that this important call had to be made by the veteran batsman himself. “Putting an end to somebody’s career is not the mandate of the selection committee. Whoever performs is considered for selection and Younus Khan is no exception”, said Iqbal Qasim in a television interview. “In view of the current form, Younus was not picked, but it doesn’t mean that he was sidelined forever”, added the chief selector. The Pakistan Cricket Board’s selection committee on Sunday announced the preliminary 30-men squad for the Champions Trophy scheduled in England later this year, where Pakistan will face the West Indies in their opening match on June 7. Younus, 35, only managed 116 runs in the recently concluded series against South Africa, while this year, he scored 132 in seven ODI innings. Since his debut in 2000, Younus Khan has played 253 ODIs as yet with 7014 runs to his credit. In Test Cricket he is amongst Pakistan’s top batsmen of all times with 6749 runs in 82 matches. The former skipper gave up the Twenty20 format following Pakistan’s World Twenty20 triumph under his captaincy in 2009. While terming the initial squad a balanced one, the chief selector said that the upcoming domestic One-day tournament would help them in choosing the final squad for the Champions trophy. “The domestic Oneday tournament is a great opportunity for the players included in the initial list. It will make our [selection committee] job
a little easier as well”, concludes Iqbal Qasim. The departmental One-Day tournament is scheduled to begin later
this week, in which stars like Younus Khan and Shahid Afridi etc will represent their respective departments.
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Lcca forms Lions defeat probe body LAHORE: President, Lahore City cricket Association, Khawaja Nadeem Ahmad said on Monday an inquiry committee has been established to probe into Lahore Lions 2run loss against Faisalabad Wolves in the T20 Super Eight Cup. “The aim of looking into the matter is to determine the reasons responsible for Lions narrow defeat at the hands of Faisalabad as Lahore did fairy good in the initial stages of the match and then fell suddenly,” he said while talking to mediamen at a T20 match between SWAP and SJAL here at LCCA ground. Treasurer, LCCA, Sarfraz Ahmed and senior vice president Imran Bucha were also present. LCCA Chief said Lions under the captaincy of Mohammad Hafeez performed outstandingly in the tournament and tasted an unexpected defeat in the semi finals which was quite shocking. “ At one stage we were 7 for 1 in 10 overs and then things changed dramatically and the whole side fell at 123,” he added. He said he will head the three member committee which will thoroughly look into the matter taking every matter into consideration before finalizing its recommendations. LCCA President said he will be re-contesting the elections for the President ship of the body as he needs more time to ensure the continuation of his policies for the revival of cricket at grass root level. “ During my past three years regime a rare guard action was made to lift the game out of gloom and a considerable rise has been seen in the overall development of the game at all level “,he asserted. Khawaja Nadeem said he enjoys the support and confidence of all the three affiliated zone which have assured him their full support to continue his endeavor for the cause of cricket in Lahore. “The performance of our teams in national senior and junior level national tournament is evident from the results produced in recent years and it is a matter of great satisfaction for us that we are making positive efforts for the development of the game in right direction,” he added. LCCA President said LCCA teams are being selected on merit and that is why they are demonstrating desired results. To a question he said if re-elected, he will introduce more reforms to set new bench marks as far as promotion of cricket was concerned in Lahore. STAFF REPORT
McCullum, Pattinson to miss season opener for KKR KKR WILL WANT BRENDON MCCULLUM'S SERVICES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BEFORE HE LEAVES FOR ENGLAND MUMBAI AGENCIES
Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will miss the services of New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum and Australian fast bowler James Pattinson for the tournament opener against Delhi Daredevils on Wednesday. Both players are yet to join the squad, with McCullum recovering from a hamstring niggle in New Zealand while Pattinson is going through the rest period advised by Cricket Australia after the Test tour of India last month, reported Cricinfo. "Brendon is still at home as he is nursing a slight hamstring niggle. His reports are expected in the next 48 to 72 hours. There will be a further update on him once the
reports are examined," the franchise stated in a release. Knight Riders play their second game on April 8. Knight Riders would be more concerned about McCullum's fitness considering he is one of their key overseas batsmen. Last season, McCullum played 12 matches, scoring 289 runs including one half-century. But he bounced back by finishing among the top five batsmen at the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka last year. His fortunes swelled further after he was appointed New Zealand captain,
replacing Ross Taylor in all forms. In the three-match T20 series, he was the secondhighest runmaker behind team-mate Martin Guptill; he then finished on top of the run charts in the three-match ODI series. McCullum's most influential performance came during the drawn three-Test series. Coming in at No.6, McCullum played aggressive knocks, including three halfcenturies, to finish fourth in terms of runs. Being in such dominant form, McCullum's presence would have boosted Knight
Riders' confidence immensely especially since their captain Gautam Gambhir has been struggling for form while another senior batsman, the South African allrounder Jacques Kallis, is coming out of an injury. The franchise would like McCullum to be available for selection as soon as possible, considering his stint this season is a short one, since he is scheduled to depart after the first week of May to lead New Zealand on their tour of England. England batsman Eoin Morgan, who
was bought by the franchise in the 2011 auction for $350,000, was positive about his chances in case the team management wants him to fill in for McCullum. "There's enough depth and quality in our side if we have a look at just the list of overseas players. There's Kallis, Lee, McCullum, Sunil Narine… So it's really difficult if you are to make a way for yourself in the team. Yet, I need to keep looking forward and fight for a place in the final XI," Morgan said at the team's media conference on Monday.
Kolkata Knight Riders look for repeat YUSUF PATHAN HAD A SEASON TO FORGET IN 2012 AND KNIGHT RIDERS NEED A BETTER 2013 FROM HIM MUMBAI: "We can do a CSK" is the line coming out of the Kolkata Knight Riders' camp. However, in contrast to the consistent performances from more than one player that took Chennai Super Kings to consecutive titles in 2010 and 2011, Knight Riders have their shortcomings, evident during their dismal run during last year's Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa, where they earned a solitary (and irrelevant) victory before making an exit, reported Cricinfo. Annoyingly for Knight Riders, the difficult questions continue to persist. Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis, the top two run-makers for Knight Riders, are fighting their individual battles to stay fit and find form. Gambhir, who is also the Knight Riders' captain, remains unsettled after a prolonged drought of runs that forced the Indian selectors to drop him for the home Test series against Australia last month. This tournament will be a litmus test for a cricketer well-known for his determination and
character. The IPL would be the first time Kallis plays active cricket since pulling a hamstring before the final match of the home Test series against Pakistan in February. Kallis who has had several niggles in the past year, failed to excel even in home conditions during the Champions League, compiling just 18 runs. He then failed during the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, managing 24 runs in three innings across five matches. The concerns only heighten with Brendon McCullum yet to join the squad as he is recovering from a hamstring injury. In any case McCullum's stint this season is a short one, since he is scheduled to depart after first week of May to lead New Zealand on their tour of England. Also missing till May 12 would be the Bangladesh allrounder, Shakib Al Hasan, who is set to tour Zimbabwe. One big reason Knight Riders finished second to the Delhi Daredevils on the points table at the end of the league phase last year was due to their skewed winloss records home and away. Though they had a fantastic away record with just one defeat in eight matches, they lost four times in seven completed home matches.So, do Knight Riders reinvent themselves or follow the same path that led them to their maiden crown last season? Finding stability and a balanced team, two main attributes of Super Kings, will be the key for Knight Riders. AGENCIES
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The rankings obviously reflect that. I will try to keep working hard during the clay events, and hopefully now I can go even higher. – Andy Murray
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faisalabad win punjab munir Dar Karate LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Showing all round skills and superior technique, martial art players from Faisalabad won the 20th Punjab Munir Ahmad Dar Karate championship at Sahiwal on Tuesday. Punjab Karate Association organised the championship, both for men and women, in the memory of former hockey Olympian,late Munir Ahmad Dar who rendered meritorious services for the cause of the game in the role of President, Pakistan Karate Federation. Faisalabad assembled 100 points to remain a visible force in the two day meet in in which Sheikhupura took the second place with 70 points followed by Lahore which grabbed 50 points. Khaniwal girls surprised most fancied rivals by winning the women part of the championship having won 25 points as Lahore finished at second place with 20 and Sialkot contended with third place taking 15 points.
Two matches decided in ace T20 LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Two matches were decided in the 2nd (ACE) Academy of Cricket Excellence T20 Tournament 2013 In the first match, ACE White beat Cresentarious by nine wicket played at DHA (EMI) ground. Score: Cresentarious 105 all out in 19.3 over. Moshin 31, Afzal and Kamram took 2 wickets. ACE Whites 108 for 1 wicket in 8.2 over, Ghulam Fareed 43 (23 balls 4x4 and 1x6). Man of the match Fareed (ACE ) In the second match, MCB beat Nestsole by 20 runs. Score: MCB 168 for 7 wkts in 20 overs. Moshin 43, Usman 33, Murtaza 4-3 Nestsole 148-7 in 20 overs. Wasy 45, Waqas 43 and Imran 2-20.
Lahore to Kasur cycle race
serena set to defend charleston crown w CHARLESTON AGENCIES
ORLD No. 1 Serena Williams, fresh from winning a record sixth Miami Masters title will seek her third trophy of the season at the WTA Family Circle Cup claycourt event. Defending champion and top seed Williams, who like the other top-eight seeds received a firstround bye, will open her defence of the title against Italy's Camila Giorgi, who eliminated Mandy Minella 6-4, 6-4 on Monday. Williams, a 15-time Grand Slam singles champion, also won at Charleston in 2008. The 31-year-old American also won this year at Brisbane as well as Miami, where she downed World No. 2 Maria Sharapova of Russia in the final. Danish second seed Caroline Wozniacki has won four clay titles in her career, including at Charleston in 2011. Australia's third-seeded Samantha Stosur, the 2010 Charleston champion, is also in the mix, playing her first event since pulling out of Indian Wells with a calf injury. Other seeds in the field of 56 include Americans Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams, Czech Lucie Safarova, Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro and
Germany's Mona Barthel. Puerto Rico's Monica Puig beat Czech Andrea Hlavackova 6-4, 6-0 on Monday to book a second-round date with Venus Williams. i finALLy HAvE sOmE RECORd: sEREnA: After winning a record sixth title in Miami, 15-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams says she is pleased to established an alltime mark, as it’s been difficult to catch
the legends. Williams is sixth on the list of major singles titles winners behind Margaret Court (24), Steffi Graf (22), Helen Wills (19), Martina Navratilova, and Chris Evert (18). “I finally have some record,” she told reporters. “Like it's really cool. I can't seem to catch up with Margaret Court or Steffi or anything. I'm really happy to have something going right now, so it's exciting.”
Red Bull say row is settled, says webber and Vettel BEHRAIN AGENCIES
Red Bull boss Helmut Marko says the row between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel has been "settled". Marko said the two drivers shook hands after a post-race discussion following the
Malaysian Grand Prix. Triple world champion Vettel upset Red Bull team-mate Webber by ignoring team orders and passing the Australian to win Sunday's race at Sepang. Marko said Vettel had been "distressed" by the situation, adding: "I don't think he will do that again." Marko continued: "In the
LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Lahore to Kasur Cycle Race will be held on April 7 with all the noted riders of Lahore Kasur taking part. The Punjab Cycling Association in collaboration with District Sports Committee Kasur is organizing the event which will flag off from Lahore from Punjab Stadium here. Handsome cash prizes will be given to first six position holders. District Coordination Officer (DCO) Kasur will be the Chief Guest who welcome Race at Kasur and will also give away the prizes to the winners.
debrief afterwards, there was the relevant discussions about the race and then there was a handshake between the two drivers. "For us, now, the issue is settled. "They don't have to be completely on the same page but it must be a solid working partnership." Marko, who is the right-hand man of Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz and a champion of Vettel within the team, said he believed the German had learned an important lesson. "Sebastian apologised in the press conference," said Marko. "That's the first correct step to take. "He doesn't have to change as a whole, but I think Sebastian was distressed. He was surprised by his radical way of tackling it and I don't think he will do that again." Marko also insisted the team had been helpless to intervene during the race to stop Vettel disobeying the order to stay behind Webber. "We told Sebastian to hold his position because we didn't know what the tyre situation was and both drivers need to bring home a good finish for the team," Marko said.
SWAP XI prevail over SJAL in T20 match LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The Sports Writers Association of Punjab XI scored a thumping 9-wicket win over Sports Journalists Association of Lahore (SJAL) in a T20 match here on Tuesday at LCCA ground. SJAL reached 113 for 3 as the 20 overs match was reduced to 12 overs due to overcast conditions. After SJAL captain Afzal Ahmad won the toss and elected to bat, Ibrahim top-scored for them making 34 followed by Taqveen Shah 15 and Imran 13. Ghalib Bajwa who opened the innings fell at 1. Imran Sohail and Ahmad Raza took two wickets each for 22 and 25 runs respectively from SWAP. Sarfraz Ahmad was the manager of SJAL and Syed Ali Hashmi was the
HEMBURG: Barcelona striker David Villa celebrates scoring a goal with teammates.
coach. Chasing a modest target, SWAP raced through the victory putting up 114 for 1 in 10 overs, owing to a breezy unbeaten 60 by man of the match Faraz
Haider who batted with authority and command. Musa Warriach 15 and AbdulQayum 10 were the other scorers. Sohail Ali was the manager of SWAP
and Amir Raza was the coach. Muhammad Kaleem and Mahmood Ahmed were the umpires and Abdul Hameed was the scorer.
Trott fourth on road debut with wiggle honda pro cycling
Double Olympic champion Laura Trott finished fourth on her debut with the Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling team at the GP Dottignies in Belgium. Trott, 20, won two golds in the velodrome at London 2012, and made a bold start with her new team on the road as part of a 13-rider breakaway. She was narrowly beaten to third place by Dutch rider Sanne van Paassen. Dani King, Trott's team-mate in Britain's gold-medal winning Olympic pursuit team, finished 12th. The race took place over four 28.4km laps, with Vera Koedooder of Sengers Ladies taking first place ahead of Dutch compatriot Iris Slappendel of RabobankLiv/Giant. Trott said on Twitter: "Not going to lie, found that pretty hard and didn't expect to be in a break all day, just wanted to do a good job for the team! Fourth isn't too bad." The new Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling team is backed by Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, and receives funding from Wiggins's Wiggo Foundation.
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It's going to be a typical Champions League quarter-final. â€“ Jupp Heynckes
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villa wants barcelona to learn from mistakes HEMBURG AGENCIES
Tour of flanders: fabian cancellara powers to solo victory
Cunningham out to silence Fury NEW YORK AGENCIES
Steve Cunningham admits that Tyson Fury's taunts have given him extra motivation to pull off a convincing win at New York's Madison Square Garden on April 20. Fury has questioned whether Cunningham is big enough to be considered a true heavyweight and vowed to send the 36-yearold into retirement at a press conference. Cunningham was angered by his opponent's lack of respect, but the former cruiserweight world champion is confident that Fury will regret this tirade when they step into the ring. "It felt disrespectful," Cunningham told fightnews.com. "It was disrespectful. Tyson did get a little under my skin. "He talked and he woke up a little anger in me that probably wasn't there before. "Now camp is more intense because I want to beat this dude right.
Fabian Cancellara powered to victory as he claimed his second Tour of Flanders title ahead of main rival Peter Sagan. The Swiss rider burst clear of the field on the final climb of the day to win by one minute and 26 seconds ahead of Slovak Sagan and Jurgen Roelandts. Britain's Geraint Thomas crashed with around 36km remaining, although the Team Sky rider continued and came 41st. Defending champion Tom Boonen also crashed out in what is the second of the season's monument races. The 256km (159 miles) race, which was celebrating its 100th anniversary and is one of the most prestigious one-day races of the season, started on the outskirts of Bruges before heading towards Oudenaarde, featuring 17 short climbs and 17 cobbled sections. There was drama early on when Belgian Boonen's race was brought to a premature conclusion after 19km. The three-time champion, who rides for Omega Pharma Quick-Step, was transported to hospital with a hip injury as well as wounds to his left elbow and right knee, although X-rays revealed no broken bones. However, his team manager Patrick Lefevere told Belgian sports channel Sporza: "His spring season is over."
I want to do it properly. He sparked a little fire in me that's helping my drive. It's helping me get up and run and do what I'm supposed to do. He woke up another dragon that's in me."
Barcelona striker David Villa hopes his side will have learnt from their losses when they take on Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. The Blaugrana have been largely dominant in both the La Liga and the Champions League this season; nonetheless, the Catalan giants have slipped up on several occassions, with their 2-0 loss in the first-leg of their last16 Champions League tie to AC Milan at San Siro in particular exposing the chinks in Barcelona's seemingly impenetrable armour. With Barcelona set to take on free-spending PSG in the quarter- finals, Villa knows the Blaugrana cannot afford to make the same mistakes they did against Milan and urged his side to 'learn' from their experience at the San Siro. "You learn from losses as well as wins," Villa was quoted as saying by the official Champions League website. "In Milan, we suffered a lot, but we managed to bounce back at home. Tomorrow [Tuesday] will be another difficult match and we will have to be focused to avoid making the same errors as in Milan. "Against them [Milan], we were reminded how important it is to score in the first leg. "We hope to manage that tomorrow [Tuesday], even though we'll host the return leg again. It's important to be at 100% for 180 minutes." Manager Tito Vilanova is expected to return to the Barcelona dugout for their clash with PSG after having recovered from a throat operation, and Villa believes the team will be boosted by the 44-yearold's presence on the touchline. "Of course we are very happy about Tito Vilanova's return," Villa added. "It's always good to have the boss with you. We're also very happy with Ă‰ric Abidal's comeback: he's an example for us, the way he handled what he has gone through." Villa also played down suggestions that Barcelona were favourites to win the Champions League this season. "We're said to be the favourites, but it's very hard in this competition to know who really is the favourite," Villa mused. "I think we'll only learn that after the match. Tomorrow [Tuesday] will be a great contest, between two great teams: let's enjoy this occasion."
Bolt begins season with 150m Rio beachfront win RIO DE JANERIO AGENCIES
Usain Bolt fell just short of his 150m world record as he opened his season with victory on Copacabana beach. The six-time Jamaican Olympic champion crossed the line in 14.42 seconds on a four-lane track in Rio de Janeiro. He was 0.07 seconds shy of the record he set on Manchester's streets in 2009, with Brazil's Bruno Lins second. "It was my first sprint race, definitely a good start for the season," Bolt said. "I'm looking forward to the Olympics here in 2016." Local hopeful Lins finished in a time of 14.91 seconds, with Ecuador's Alex Quinones and Daniel Bailey of Antigua and Barbuda finishing third and fourth respectively. Bolt's agent Ricky Simms recently revealed the sprint star could appear at the London 2012 Anniversary Games in July after "positive negotiations"
had taken place. Other than the Olympics, Bolt has not raced in Britain
since 2009 because of tax rules which would force him to give up a share of
any appearance or prize money and a cut of any endorsements.
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pakistan dismisses Kabul’s assertions on border construction FO SPOKESMAN SAYS RENOVATION OF BORDER POST MEANT TO STOP TERRORISTS AND CRIMINALS’ INFILTRATION ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
SLAMABAD on Tuesday dismissed the Afghan government’s assertions on border construction, as Afghanistan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin recently claimed that the Pakistani military had started unilateral construction and was engaged in physical reinforcement activities along the border in Nangarhar. The relations between both neigh-
SAYS PAKISTAN REMAINS COMMITTED TO EXTENDING ALL POSSIBLE SUPPORT, FACILITATION FOR PEACE, RECONCILIATION AND STABILITY IN AFGHANISTAN bourly countries were on the decline in last few months and allegation followed by counter allegations from both sides Islamabad and Kabul, once again driving the region towards regional instability. Responding to the assertions by the Afghan deputy foreign minister, Foreign Office Spokesman Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry rejected the recent accusations by Kabul and claimed that Pakistan had an old post called Gursal well inside Pakistani territory bordering Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, which was
under routine renovation. He said both sides were supposed to inform any new construction closer to border areas under the recently-signed Tripartite Border SOP. “Despite being renovation work, Pakistan, as a gesture of goodwill, shared this information with the Afghan side. The same was also shared with the Afghan delegation visiting Mohmand Agency on January 24,” the spokesman said. He said the renovation of the post was primarily meant to interdict terrorists and criminals as well as better management of the border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan. “Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin’s recent concerns about construction and physical reinforcement along the Afghan border are therefore not in keeping with the spirit of the understanding on good border management
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and the recently signed Tripartite Border SOP”, Chaudhry said. He noted that better management of the border through strengthening border posts located in each other’s territory were in the interest of the two countries to keep an effective check over terrorists and criminals. “Pakistan suggests to the Afghan government to take similar measures on their side of the border posts,” he said, adding that the Afghan deputy foreign minister’s concern about rocket and artillery attacks against different areas of Kunar province had also not been found correct as no rocket or artillery shells had been fired by the Pakistan Army in the recent days. He said Pakistan remained committed to extending all possible support and facilitation for peace, reconciliation and stability in Afghanistan.
pakistan returns strayed indian girl with new dress, candies
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday said that Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar can run for president in the elections next year. In an interview with a German newspaper at the Kabul presidential palace, Karzai said Mullah Omar could become a presidential candidate, giving Afghans the opportunity to “vote for or against him.” “The Afghan constitution is valid for all Afghans and the Taliban should also benefit from it,” Karzai said in the interview. Karzai had visited Qatar on Sunday to discuss regional peace. The Afghan government recently allowed the Taliban to open an office in Qatar on the condition that the outfit breaks association with al-Qaeda and abandon terrorism. The Afghan president further added that the real problem in the fight against terrorism lay in Pakistan and had not been addressed as yet. Talking about the polls in Afghanistan, Karzai said that 2014 represented a turning point for Afghanistan, a year in which the US would pull its combat troops from Afghanistan.
sc bans payment of govt ads ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The Supreme Court on Tuesday banned the payment of government advertisements issued to media since March. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked that if the summary of the payments has not been issued and approved no one would face difficulty otherwise anyone who issued and approved the summary could face difficulties. The media commission submitted the first part of its report over the code of conduct for issuance of advertisements to the media. The report recommended the formation of an advertisement cell for the election campaign of candidates at the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) through which candidates could issue advertisement to the media. This, the report said, could help the ECP to have the record of expenses incurred on an election campaign. The EC could get the technical support from the PID for this, the report said.
A seven-year-old girl, Pooja Meghwal, who strayed into Pakistani territory while grazing cattle was handed back by the Pakistani authorities to BSF officials on Monday evening. The girl is hale and hearty and returned with new dress, footwear and candies offered by Pakistani Rangers, Indian officials said. Soon after getting the custody of Pooja, the BSF authorities took her to a hospital at an Indian post in Bikaner. The doctors found her in good health. “We have also intimated her family members and will try to hand over her today,” said a senior officer of BSF. BSF authorities were in touch with Pakistani Rangers since Friday and had several rounds of flag meetings to get her back. BSF officials said they were waiting for the flag meeting since morning. “The meeting started in the evening when a commandant from their side and a commandant from our side participated in the meeting. They handed over the girl to us at 7:30 pm and we have given her custody to the local police,” said a BSF officer. “The girl was smiling and was seen in a new dress given to her by Pakistani Rangers,” a BSF officer said. The girl told Indian officials that she was offered timely meal, candies, new footwear and a new dress by Pakistani Rangers. A woman officer was also deputed by them to take care of her,” Bishnoi added. Pooja had crossed the international border and entered Pakistan through a damaged fencing in Bikaner on Friday.
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Zardari administers oath to the 14-member caretaker federal cabinet on Tuesday. STORY ON PAGE 04
Britain demands reform in pakistan in return for aid money LONDON ONlINE
Britain is calling on Pakistani politicians to submit tax returns and to push through tough economic reforms after The Daily Telegraph revealed £300 million of UK aid was going towards controversial programmes in the country. Pakistan is on course to become the biggest recipient of British aid, worth £1.4 billion over five years, but only if it meets a series of key demands, according to officials quoted by The Telegraph. The donations include giving hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money to the Benazir Income Support Programme, which has angered opposition politicians who say it is Pub-
being used to bankroll the re-election campaign of Bhutto’s former party. Critics such as Imran Khan say British aid means Pakistan’s political leaders have no incentive to reform a system where only about 1 percent of the population pay income tax. Defending the use of British cash, a spokesman for the Department for International Development initially defended the programme, saying it was impartial and had the support across Pakistan’s political spectrum. The ministry later issued a stronger statement calling for reform once elections have been held on May 11. “We keep our programme in Pakistan under constant review, and will continue to do so after the elections,” it said. “Economic reform in Pakistan,
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including on tax, will be critical postelection, whoever wins. It will be important for elected politicians to show leadership to the Pakistan electorate and a commitment to reform by submitting tax returns and paying tax due.” An aid review conducted by Andrew Mitchell decided to more than double aid to Pakistan. Ministers have consistently said repeatedly said the cash will not be delivered if Pakistan failed to make reforms. Last year, an investigation revealed that two-thirds of Pakistan’s MPs paid no income tax at all. President Asif Ali Zardari, Benazir Bhutto’s widower, and Rehman Malik, the interior minister, were among those who did not file returns in 2011. Pakistan is considering a tax amnesty, Editor: Arif Nizami
allowing evaders to wipe the slate clean with a one-off payment of 40,000 rupees (about £270). At the same time Britain is helping fund cash handouts which many development experts believe are one of the best ways of helping live millions of the poorest families out of poverty. In evidence to a parliamentary inquiry, Ehtisham Ahmad, a development economist, said the programme’s name meant the money would be associated with Benazir Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party, led by her husband and son. “This is the re-election campaign of Zardari, which is funded by DfID,” he said. The Select Committee on International Development will publish its Pakistan report on Thursday.