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Power-starved masses ‘We are on continue rampaging slippery slope’ LAHORE/ISLAMABAD/FAISALABAD AGencIeS
With no respite in load shedding despite repeated assurances and appeasing announcements by the government, people across the country again donned their protesting costumes on Saturday to demonstrate against the authorities failure to ensure uninterrupted power supply. The power shortfall has gone up again to 6,150MW from 4,787MW a couple of days ago, resulting in unannounced load shedding and manic protests by citizens. People burnt tyres, blocked roads and hurled stones at vehicles and government installations to vent their burning angst. PEPCO source said power plants were experiencing a shortage of oil and gas supply while water reserves were also decreasing, worsening the power supply figures. Traders in Faisalabad, who had an-
nounced a three-day strike against massive power cuts, continued with the strike on Saturday. A complete shutter-down strike was observed across the city, while traders took to the roads to protest against power outages. Angry protesters chanted slogans against the government and burnt tyres while some protesters carrying sticks also forced nearby shop-owners to shut businesses. Protest demonstrations were also staged in Lahore, Jhang, Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, Gujranwala Sialkot, Peshawar and other areas. In Lahore, protests continued as Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif continued performing his duty at his Minar-e-Pakistan camp office for the second consecutive day. The CM said the masses did not want democracy, they wanted electricity, adding that an additional 4,000 megawatts of electricity could be generated within two days if the government ended its corrup-
tion. In Peshawar, Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) members led by Central Vice President Khwaja Muhammad Khan Hoti protested against prolonged and unscheduled power cuts, and marched to the Peshawar Press Club from FC Chowk. The demonstrators chanted slogans against the government and said the leaders had failed to provide relief to the masses. Urban areas of Peshawar are facing at least 13 hours of power outages, while 16-hour power cuts are being conducted in rural areas. Hoti said the government was not sincere in ending load shedding as it was busy making black money. He criticized the ruling ANP for ignoring the issue of load shedding, adding that corruption, unrest, unemployment and price hike were on their peak but the government was least interested in solving these problems. The PTI also held demonstrations in Swabi, Karak and Nowshera.
Finance Minister Shaikh dodges key questions in post-budget press briefing g Says financial situation ‘uncomfortable’ but ‘manageable’ g Touts load shedding protests as demand for affordable electricity g
ISLAMABAD AMeR SIAL
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani chairs a high-level meeting on Balochistan at Prime Minister’s House on Saturday.
PM orders new laws Naveed, Mukhtar swap offices to improve each other’s affairs for Balochistan ISLAMABAD
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Saturday chaired a high-level meeting on security situation in Balochistan, and ordered to devise special laws regarding missing persons. Among others, the meeting was attended by Balochistan Chief Minister Muhammad Aslam Raisani‚ federal ministers for interior‚ finance‚ law and justice‚ information‚ postal services‚ food security‚ and science and technology. The meeting decided that no law enforcement agency would give any preferential treatment to influential persons’ cars with tinted glasses, and such practice and “Rahdaris” would stand ceased forthwith. Besides‚ non-custom paid vehicles would not be allowed to ply on the roads, the officials decided. The meeting also agreed to immediately cancel the temporary permission granted to noncustom paid vehicles. The prime minister would start a two-day visit to Balochistan from Sunday to meet a various people. He ordered the interior minister and the Balochistan chief minister to hold regular meetings to review law and orders situation in Balochistan, especially in Quetta. Gilani also directed the law ministry to formulate necessary laws with respect to missing persons, and make necessary amendments in the anti-terrorism law.
Under pressure from countrywide protests against long hours of load shedding, President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday ordered the swapping of portfolios of water and power minister Naveed Qamar with defence minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar. An official at the Prime Minister’s House confirmed the swap and said the decision had been taken and a notification had also been issued. Recently, both Naveed Qamar and Ahmed Mukhtar had invited the ire of the president for their poor performance. Experts, however, were not optimistic about the change of portfolios and called the move an “artificial step” which might further deteriorate the power sector. “This looks like an artificial move as Ahmed Mukhtar has no experience of Water & Power Ministry. At least I have no knowledge about any such experience he enjoyed. One wonders what good he brings to power short-
age as his performance as defence minister and especially as chairman of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was pathetic,” said Dr Salman Shah, a former finance minister. He, however, said the decision should not be viewed in isolation and this move might have some other dimensions as well. “You know that the relations of the defence minister with the army chief were also not pleasant. I don’t know whether this change has taken place on request of the army. Also, when former air chief Rao Qamar Suleman was made PIA chief sometime back, Mukhtar was replaced as the PIA chairman,” he added. He wondered if the move was a punishment for Mukhtar by Zardari, as Mukhtar had to contest the polls from Punjab and the people of Punjab were already facing the brunt of massive load shedding. Dr Salman Shah said the move might be aimed at the revival of Kalabagh Dam by the PPP-led coalition Continued on page 04
ITHOUT revealing when Pakistan will be going again to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout package, Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh on Saturday conceded that the position was “uncomfortable” but still “manageable”. Addressing a post-budget news conference on Saturday, the minister said that the country had braved tough times without the IMF for the last two fiscal years. The assistance from the Fund stands suspended since May 2010. “We are in an uncomfortable but manageable position,” he said. Pakistan is expected to pay $3.5 billion to IMF during the next fiscal year. The import bill of POL products is expected to increase to $17 billion in the next fiscal year and both of these will create a major pressure on the country’s foreign exchange reserves of $16.5 billion. Experts point out that the government will be reverting back to IMF in the next few weeks. Perturbed by repeated questions relating to the IMF, Shaikh said there was no disgrace in going back to the IMF as it was created by the member countries for countering short-term liabilities. “We are continuously in touch with them and have made a prearranged repayment of $1.2 billion to IMF”. The government has exercised restraint in its expenditure even though it was claimed that it would be free fall in an election year, he said. However, the minister said he could not publicly comment on the relations with the Fund. He gave a similar reply when asked about the blockage of Coalition Support Fund (CSF) dues from the United States. The government this year expunged the section on losses related to war against terrorism from the Economic Survey. The minister was absolutely at loss on giving a convincing reply on when the
government would be able to contain the long power outages. His remarks that the people were not protesting against outages but for affordable power price shows disconnect between the government and the people. He said that the federal government will be picking up the inter-DISCO tariff differential subsidy. Earlier, the Centre was pushing the provinces to share the burden from their share in revenue pool. Asked that the budget for the next fiscal offers nothing to the people, he used the mantra of providing more development spending in the backward areas and Benazir Income Support Programme that is providing cash grant of Rs 1,000 per month to the poorest of the poor in the least developed areas. Disagreeing with a question that the government was using indirect measures to enhance revenue through gas infrastructure development surcharge, he said that it was a demand rationalization step to lessen the demand for natural gas which is the most affordable fuel. “It was needed to bring gas prices at par with the imported gas through pipeline and also for developing the required gas infrastructure.” Questions about inflation also nerved the minister, who said that the government elected by the people was aware of the issue and was taking steps to counter the situation. “An elected government is more worried than the other claimants of people,” he said.
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Indian spy caught stealing information for Pakistan NEW DELHI: A staffer associated with the Indian Military Intelligence unit has been caught in a joint operation by the Indian Army and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence officials for allegedly stealing and trying to pass on classified information to Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence. Acting on intelligence input, a trap was laid and the havaldar was held in Thiruvananthapuram in April this year and handed over to the army for further action, official sources were quoted by Times of India on Saturday. They said certain classified documents and pen drives, among other things, were seized from the possession of the staffer, identified as Sivadasan. “The DRI had got intelligence that a staffer working with Military Intelligence was trying to negotiate a deal for passing on classified information. The input was shared with army officials and a trap was laid. Following which the staffer was held in Thiruvananthapuram,” a senior DRI official, who did not wish to be identified said. He said the army officials were informed as the DRI did not have relevant powers to arrest a person in the matter. Army sources said the havaldar had been detained and a Court of Inquiry (CoI) had been ordered to look into the allegations against him. AGencIeS
Pakistan Rangers arrest Indian intruder JAISALMER: Pakistani rangers have arrested an Indian trespasser who jumped over the border fence and intruded into Pakistani territory on Monday. A report by Times of India said on Saturday that the Rangers arrested Prasanjeet Singh Sarkar, who is being stated as a labourer at a border construction site near Ganganagar. The newspaper said the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) had written a “strict protest note” to the Rangers demanding his return, besides holding a flag meeting with them over the issue. The newspaper cited its sources as saying that three to four such meetings had taken place to get Sarkar released. It said the Rangers had confirmed the intruder’s arrest, however gave no information on his whereabouts. The paper said the issue would be raised at higher-level bilateral talks if the person was not released in the next few days. OnLIne
Student commits suicide for fear of failure MARDAN: In a wave of tendency among students to take their lives, a 17year-old student committed suicide by shooting himself down in the Londkhur area of Mardan on Saturday, officials said. According to police, Wajid Ali, who had taken matriculation exams, was depressed due to fear of failure. He shot himself down in the fields near his house. Police registered a case on report by his brother Rehmat Ali. Almost half a dozen students have committed suicide in the recent days. OnLIne
Nisar denies using derogatory remarks against Sindh culture g
Says alliance will be reached with Sindh nationalists on the basis of principles ISLAMABAD
Country on verge of bankruptcy because of govt’s wrong policies: Nawaz LAHORE: PML-N President Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said the country was on the brink of bankruptcy due to the wrong policies of the PPP-led government. Talking to a delegation of businessmen and bankers, Nawaz said electricity load shedding and corruption of the incumbent rulers had destroyed the economy and gave birth to various other crises. He said had the government given only one percent of its attention to improving the economic sector of the country, the nation would not have been facing these problems. The PML-N chief told the delegation that traders and people should come out on the roads to get rid of the load shedding and eliminate the corrupt rulers. “The coming generations will be destroyed if the corrupt rulers re not removed,” Nawaz said, adding that the people should not expect any good from the government. AGencIeS
Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly and central leader of PML-N Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Saturday denied allegation that he used derogatory remarks against the Sindhi culture and cap, only strongly criticised President Asif Ali Zardari. Talking to a delegation of journalists from Sindh at the Punjab House on Saturday, Nisar said his statement did not breach the privilege of Sindh Assembly MPAs or the Sindhi people and as such there was no question of any breach of privilege. He said the privilege motion moved against him in the Sindh Assembly was in
violation of rules and law as the movers did not verify his statement. He pointed out that in his statement, he stated that when difficult times come to Sindh, “President Zardari goes to London and Paris and when he (Zardari) faces difficult time, he wears Sindhi Topi and Ajrak.” Nisar said the Sindhi culture was centuries old and Sindhi people had been presenting him the gifts of Sindhi cap and Ajrak, adding that the people of Punjab felt happy wearing them. He said propaganda had been launched against him by President Zardari and his supporters whereas he (Nisar) holds the Sindh culture in high esteem. He said late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was a national leader and the PPP became popular
in the four provinces because of his leadership qualities. However, what “President Zardari and his cahoots are doing must be disturbing the soul of ZA Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto”. Nisar said corruption was at its peak in Sindh and the PML-N along with nationalist parties would provide justice to the people of the province. He hoped that an alliance would be formed with Sindhi nationalist parties on the basis of principles. He said for a strong federation, it was essential to make provinces strong and autonomous. He said on coming to power the PML-N would protect the rights of Sindh and Balochistan. He said if Benazir had been alive, the Charter of Democracy would have been implemented.
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Humayun Gauhar says: Granny’s getting married: Oh yeah, the budget was passed too
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Saad Rasool says: Blind loyalty: Toeing the party line, no matter what
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FAISALABAD: A view of closed shops in a market on Saturday
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Over 30 training camps in Afghanistan fuelling Balochistan unrest: FC IG
after traders called a strike to protest against excessive electricity load shedding. ONLINE
30 militants killed in Khyber KHYBER AGENCY: More than 30 militants were killed in clashes with security forces in Khyber tribal region, official sources said on Saturday. The source said that the forces launched a massive crack down in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency. Five militants were also killed in the area in clashes with Peace Laskhar. Four hideouts and compounds of militants were also destroyed in security forces’ assault. Pakistan’s military has been battling a TTP-led insurgency in country’s northwestern tribal region since 2008. More than 35,000 people, including military personnel have lost during the war against terrorists in the country. OnLIne
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Two troops among three killed in Balochistan
HE Frontier Corps inspector general has claimed that millions of rupees were being spent to spread unrest in Balochistan, adding that over 30 militant training camps had been set up across the border in Afghanistan to launch terrorist and anti-state activities in Balochistan. Talking to reporters at FC Headquarters on Saturday, Major General Obaidullah Khan Khattak said around 121 insurgent training facilities were operating in various parts of the province. Teachers, doctors and many civilians have fallen prey to targeted killings, Khattak said, adding that over 100,000 people
QUETTA: Three people including two paramilitary soldiers were killed in separate incidents of violence in the restive province. Two paramilitary soldiers were killed when militants attacked a check-post in Awaran district of Balochistan, sources said on Saturday. The sources said that unknown armed opened firing at a check-post and managed to escape. The bodies were shifted to a nearby hospital for medico-legal formalities. In a separate incident, a passenger from Karachi was targeted by unidentified gunmen on Sariab road. According to police, the victim was traveling in a rickshaw when unidentified gunmen attacked him on Sariab road on Saturday morning. The passenger and rickshaw driver Haji Muhammad Zahir were severely injured and both were shifted to a nearby hospital, police said. Later, the unidentified passenger succumbed to his injuries. Police have started investigation of the incident. Balochistan has been witnessing a low-level insurgency by nationalists, demanding more provincial autonomy while some others fighting for freedom. The militants kill Punjabi and Pashtoons settlers in Baloch populated areas of the South Western province. OnLIne had migrated from the province due to worsening law and order. About 550 incidents of terrorism have taken place in the province so far this year, of which several groups have claimed responsibilities of 258 such incidents, he informed the media. “The future of the country is in
Balochistan,” Khattak said, alleging that foreign powers had their eyes set on the province for the same reason. Moreover, a wellplanned conspiracy had been hatched for a propaganda campaign against the FC and intelligence agencies, he added. On Tuesday, a high-level
meeting attended by the prime minister, army chief General Ashfaq Kayani, ISI chief Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam and Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani had decided to initiate dialogue with the Baloch leadership and discontented nationalist parties in the province.
ATC to hold hearing in BB atC acquits 4 murder case twice a week accused in times Square Makes statement of journalist Mark Siegel part of case attack case g
Anti-terrorism court No 1 Judge Shahid Rafiq on Saturday accepted two applications by the FIA, one asking to make a foreign journalist’s statement part of the Benazir Bhutto murder case and the second asking to hold the hearing twice a week. Chaudhry Azhar and FIA officers represented the prosecution while Malik Rafiq, Malik Jawad Khalid and Naseer Ahmad Tanoli, appeared on the behalf of the defendants. All the accused were present in the court. FIA prosecutors presented supplementary challans, requesting the court to make foreign journalist Mark Siegel’s statement part of the case. In his statement, Siegel had con-
firmed that Benazir had sent an email to him in which she expressed concerns over her security and threats given by General Pervez Musharraf. He said the blackberry and the mobile on which he received the e-mail were both secure. In the second supplementary challan, the prosecutors said under the amended ordinance issued by President Asif Ali Zardari, anti terrorism court can hear the cases of young children and requested that the Benazir murder case hearing be held twice a week. The court accepted both the requests and adjourned the hearing until June 5. FIA prosecutors said Mark Siegel has expressed his willingness to become a part of the case and would be ready to appear before the court as and when summoned.
An anti-terrorism court (ATC) has acquitted all four accused of the New York Times Square bombing plot, as no proper evidence could be presented against them. The accused Shoaib Arshad, Shahid Abbasi, Faisal Bashir Abbasi and Hambal Akhter were arrested two years ago for allegedly providing assistance to Faisal Shahzad, who was arrested by the US authorities on May 1, 2010, for carrying out failed car bombing. Shahzad was arrested approximately 53 hours after the attempt.
‘Nation wants electricity more than democracy’ LAHORE AGencIeS
Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has said in the present circumstances, the people were demanding basic amenities, including uninterrupted power supply instead of democracy. Talking to the media outside the protest camp at Minar-e-Pakistan on Saturday, Shahbaz Sharif said people have nothing to do with the so-called democracy and that they needed food, shelter and clothes for themselves and their families. Criticising the federal government over its incompetence to tackle the prevailing energy crisis he said the time had come to get rid of the inefficient and corrupt rulers to solve the problems being faced by the country. Sharif said it was the right of the people to protest against power outages, adding that he will not rest until ‘Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves’ were ousted.
He stated that the nation does not care whoever is in power or what the government’s processes were; instead what they really wanted was the resolution of the problems they faced. The CM said the people mandated the sitting leadership to represent them in the parliament and not to appraise them about the regional and global crises. The chief minister added that the sitting government had looted the national exchequer with ‘both hands’ during the last four and half years, as no projects were initiated while keeping the interest of the masses in mind. The development programmes launched by the political leaders were aimed at facilitating the people they favoured and for protecting their vote bank, he added. He said that the energy crisis had led to closure of many industries in Faisalabad and other cities while the people were struggling to make ends meet.
The CM also presided over a meeting to review the law and order situation in the province. Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan, National and Provincial Assembly members, chief secretary, Inspector General Police, Home Secretary, Additional IG Special Branch, Lahore CCPO and other officers also attended the meeting. IGP Haji Habib-ur-Rehman informed the meeting about the law and order situation in the province whereas Energy Secretary Jahanzeb Khan talked about the load shedding and the electricity short fall. Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz claimed that the resolution of the ongoing crises, including poverty, unemployment and inflation was not possible without getting rid of the corrupt government which was the root cause of all the problems confronting the national sovereignty and the interests of the people. While justifying the province-wide protests against the prolonged power out-
ages, he said he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the protestors to address their woes. He urged the people to unite for a joint effort to get their demands fulfilled instead of acting like silent spectators. He appealed to the masses to protest against load shedding but not to damage national and public property. He directed the IGP Home secretary to send special teams to Faisalabad, Multan, Sahiwal, Vehari, Kasur and other cities and take special measures for the protection of public properties. The chief minister said Punjab is being discriminated against over the electricity load shedding and that the protests will continue across the province until a uniform schedule of power outages is enforced throughout the country. Sharif said he can leave the government but cannot live with gas pilferers. The chief minister said his government was using all the resources available to re-
solve the water crisis that has hit the agriculture sector and to facilitate the farmers.
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Nine killed in Syria-linked clashes in Lebanon fears of increased spillover violence from Syria g Long-standing grievances between neighbourhoods fuel strife g
L A S H E S erupted between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar alAssad in neighbouring Lebanon’s northern port city of Tripoli on Saturday, killing nine people and wounding 42, residents and a doctor said. A Reuters journalist said the two sides fired machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades at each other and that the army moved into the area with armoured vehicles in an attempt to quell the violence but did not open fire. Gunmen from the Jabal Mohsen district, home to the minority Alawite sect - the
same offshoot of Shi’ite Islam to which Assad belongs - have fought on-off skirmishes over the past few weeks with the Sunni Muslim residents of the Bab alTabbaneh area. Saturday’s death toll is the highest in a single day in Tripoli, raising fears that Syria’s unrest could spill over into its smaller neighbour. Lebanon’s National News Agency said there was “shelling across both areas heard every five minutes, and snipers targeting civilians”. Residents said those killed included civilians caught in the crossfire and that a Lebanese soldier was among the wounded. The neighbourhoods have long-standing griev-
ances separate from the Syrian conflict but the Sunniled uprising has led to strife among Lebanon’s divided population, especially in majority Sunni Tripoli, 70 km (43 miles) north of Beirut. International peace envoy Kofi Annan said on Saturday that Syria was slipping into all-out war and that the entire region would suffer if the international community did not step up pressure on Assad. “Let me appeal to all of you to engage earnestly and seriously with all other stakeholders, mindful that if regional and international divisions play out in Syria, the Syrian people and the region - your region - will pay the price,” Annan told a meeting of Arab League member countries.
JeRuSALeM: Young Israelis chant slogans during a protest in demand for social justice on Saturday. Thousands of Israelis marched in different cities across the country in protest against the high costs of living in Israel. AFP
Brits obsessed with sex and divorce LONDON ReuTeRS
Naveed, Mukhtar swap offices to improve each other’s affairs Continued fRom page 1 government as a representative of the Council of Common Interest had informed the Lahore High Court bench that it had no reservation over Kalabagh Dam. On the other hand, Naveed Qamar was also facing severe criticism from within the ruling coalition and even Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari had expressed displeasure with his performance. Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh had claimed that the Water and Power Ministry had no mechanism in place to evaluate actual quantum of load shedding and the gap between scheduled and unscheduled load shedding. To the PM’s surprise, Qamar had not contradicted Shaikh’s claim.
Siachen withdrawal tops agenda for talks with Pakistan: India NEW DELHI OnLIne
India has agreed to discuss the sensitive Siachen issue at the June 11-12 secretary-level meeting with Pakistan, pushing the Sir Creek issue – another flashpoint – way down the agenda. Observers said the reason for resetting the priorities was that Siachen was a far more complex issue than Sir Creek and any leeway on that front may give Pakistan the domestic leverage necessary to push ahead with the peace process, according to The Hindustan Times. The Siachen glacier is known as the world’s highest battlefield where troops have been deployed at elevations of up to 22,000 feet. Sir Creek, a 96 km disputed strip of water in the Rann of Kutch, divides the Kutch region between Gujarat and Sindh province of Pakistan. Pakistan wants to know how far India will be flexible on the Siachen issue before reveal-
ing its cards on Sir Creek. It was at the insistence of Pakistan that the talks on Sir Creek scheduled in May had to be postponed and the new dates have not yet been decided, the paper said. It said New Delhi was deciphering the confusing signals from across the border, including that of the neighbour backing out of signing the new visa agreement at the last moment. The Siachen troop withdrawal issue gained prominence in Pakistan following a massive avalanche burying a Pakistan Army camp in Siachen on April 7, resulting in the death of 129 soldiers and 11 civilians. After the incident, President Asif Ali Zardari advocated for troop withdrawal from Siachen during his informal meeting with PM Manmohan Singh in April. The foreign secretary-level meeting is expected to prepare the ground for external affairs minister SM Krishna’s Pakistan tour probably in the third week of July to review the peace process.
An obsession with sex and divorce is running rampant through British society, the Bishop of London said on Saturday, urging Britons to use the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations as a chance to reflect and change their ways. Taking stock of the changes in Britain since Elizabeth came to the throne in 1952, Richard Chartres said rapid economic and progress had not come without its cost. “Promiscuity, separation and divorce have reached epidemic proportions in our society,” Chartres said in a pamphlet written to mark
this weekend’s festivities. “Britain is indeed a better place today materially than ever before, but that material progress has been at the expense of our relationships with one another, our communal life.” The senior Anglican churchman, a close friend of heir-the-throne Prince Charles who delivered the sermon at his son Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding last year, urged politicians to clamp down on the power of market forces and to give civic bodies the room to flourish and improve society. “Government needs to do less, and do more to enable all the various bodies within civil society to do
SC to hear petitions against NA speaker’s ruling on June 6 ISLAMABAD InP
The Supreme Court (SC) will hear on June 6 petitions filed against the ruling of National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza on the disqualification of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in the wake of his conviction in a contempt of court case. A three-member bench of the apex court will hear the petitions on June 6
(Wednesday). Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Khwaja Asif and Zafar Ali Shah submitted the petitions against the ruling of the NA speaker. The petitioners are of the view that the ruling was unwarranted after the court’s sentence to the PM, hence, the speaker’s ruling should be annulled.
what they do best,” he said. “But at the same time it is also necessary to rein in the market which has ruled supreme over the last 30 years.” The Church of England has turned up the volume during the economic downturn, urging the government to consider the social impact of its harsh austerity plans, particularly in cuts to youth services. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the spiritual leader for 80 million Anglicans around the world, used his Christmas Day address last year to warn Britain risked tearing itself apart. Williams also criticised the coalition government
for acting radically without the mandate to do so, backed the anti-capitalist protest movement and supported calls for a “Robin Hood” tax on banks. Chartres, seen as a potential successor to Williams who steps down at the end of this year, said the rate of youth unemployment was “appalling” more than one in five people between the age of 16 and 24 are out of work in Britain. “This is a crippling debt economy and it cannot go on. A jubilee reﬂection tells us that the new normal must see us living within our means and not borrowing from tomorrow in the way we have been doing in the past,” he said.
Gilani postpones UK visit ISLAMABAD OnLIne
Prime Minster Yousaf Raza Gilani has postponed his visit to the UK due to his engagements in the country. He was to attend the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Queen Elizabeth’s throne. According to the PM’s House, the visit has been cancelled due to Gilani’s engagements in the country and the Senate chairman will represent Pakistan at the ceremony instead of the PM.
Afghan mission will prompt NATO reform: Canada minister SINGAPORE ReuTeRS
The NATO alliance will emerge strengthened from its decade-long mission to crush Taliban militants in Afghanistan with a general will to reform the 28-nation bloc, Canada’s defence minister said on Saturday. Peter MacKay, in an interview with Reuters, said both Canada and NATO had learned tough lessons about counter-insurgency during their efforts to maintain stability after the removal of the
Taliban from power in 2001. He said the Afghan mission, and the NATO air campaign in Libya last year, would prompt the organisation to proceed with changes needed to tackle security issues worldwide. “We are big believers in NATO as the pre-eminent security establishment, security body. It has its shortcomings - what organisation doesn’t?” MacKay said on the sidelines of the Shanrgi-La Dialogue in Singapore, devoted to international security issues. “There appears to be a will-
ingness and desire to reform NATO and take on board some very serious lessons learned over the course of this mission. “I think it will modernise in a way that will increase its flexibility, its deployability and, dare I say it, its accountability.” At its Chicago summit last month, NATO sealed an agreement to hand control of Afghanistan to its own security forces by the middle of next year. NATO will then face questions over its future role in a post-Soviet world as governments cut defence
spending to reduce budget deficits, and the United States focuses on security issues in Asia. MacKay said NATO had played a major part in helping nations emerge from years of what appeared to be intractable conflict, some of which were now standing in line for membership. ASPIRANT COUNTRIES: “There are aspirant countries that want to be part of the NATO family. Consider Croatia, which was a recipient of NATO forces, is now a contributing nation,” he
said. “This is not to suggest that we are going to see Afghan forces participating in NATO missions anytime soon. But dare to dream. There is hope.” MacKay said the capacity of Afghanistan’s security forces “has grown exponentially” ahead of the 2014 NATO pullout. “Hopeful is the word I would use. I am not Polyanna-ish or overly naive about the extent of the challenge,” he said. “But I do have an abiding confidence in the will of the Afghan people to find a lasting peace. I
think there is tremendous fatigue on the part of the population having endured literally decades of conflict.” Canada’s force, which peaked at around 3,000 troops, was based in the southern region of Kandahar, the spiritual heartland of the Taliban and the target of numerous deadly attacks. The contingent’s losses stood last month at 158, the third highest after the United States and Britain, and proportionately one of the highest among NATO member states making up
the force. Many NATO countries, led by the United States, intend to keep advisers in Afghanistan beyond the end-2014 departure of most foreign combat troops, but MacKay said there were no plans to maintain any Canadian personnel. He said Canada’s feeling leaving Afghanistan was “one of introspection in what we take away from this mission for further counter-insurgency missions, which are very difficult to say the least ... It was a major, major undertaking for our country.”
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US lawmakers demand withholding of all US aid until Dr Afridi’s release WASHINGTON
T BAHAWALPuR: A girl lights candles to pay tribute to the Pakistan Army officers and soldiers who embraced martyrdom in Gayari Sector at Martyrs Monument. INP
‘when I saw my new nose I just wept and wept’ teenage Pakistani bride who had nose hacked off by angry husband undergoes corrective surgery - 32 years after brutal attack g
NEWS DESK A Pakistani woman has been given a new nose more than 32 years after she was attacked by her razor-wielding husband, Daily Mail reported. Allah Rakhi, 48, has spoken out after successfully undergoing an operation to replace her nose, which was sliced off when she was just 16. Forced into a brutal marriage while still a teenager, Allah Rakhi eventually fled the marital home - but her husband caught her and mutilated her in a fit of rage. The issue of female mutilation was highlighted last week when the plight of Afghan teenager Aesha Mohammadzai who also had her nose cut off - made international headlines. Allah Rakhi’s successful operation at a Pakistan hospital was carried out with the help of the Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF). ‘When I found out I had to live the rest of my life without a nose I wanted to die,’ Allah Rakhi said. ‘I couldn’t imagine it. But now I am so happy. When I saw my new nose I just wept and wept.’ Allah Rakhi was just a teenager when she married farmer Gulam Abbas, who was the same age, as part of an arranged marriage. ‘I knew of Gulam for many years as we’d grown up in the same area, but I had never spoken to him until after we were man and wife,’ Allah Rakhi said. She was a very simple, uneducated teenager who had only been taught to run a home and be a good wife. But married life was not what she had hoped for. ‘From the moment we started to live as man and wife I could tell he had no respect
for me or what we had married into,’ Allah Rakhi added. ‘We argued almost straight away and he always forced me in bed. I also knew he was doing immoral things with other unmarried women in my area.’ But when Allah Rakhi went on to have her children, son Azhar Abbas, and daughter Uzma Shahzadi, she wanted so desperately to make her marriage work. She refused to moan to her parents. And even though many people know of Gulam’s lifestyle it’s a part of their culture to put up with it and carry on. However, 32 years ago, Allah Rakhi remembers her husband spending the summer day hanging around the home feeling ill. ‘Even though he was moaning of a fever his brother made him go to work and plough the fields,’ she remembered. ‘So when he came home he wasn’t in a good mood. I stupidly asked him why he bothered going to work if was so ill and he just beat me.’ As soon as he left the house that evening, Allah Rakhi decided she’d had enough and tried to escape to her parent’s house. But as she was walking to the bus stand she saw Gulam sitting in a barber’s and he spotted her. Terrified, she ran. But Gulam caught up with her and cornered her in the forest. He pinned her down and suddenly flashed a razor blade – one she assumed he had picked up at the barber’s. Before Allah Rakhi could do anything, she remembers him slicing off her nose. She can recall him shouting: ‘I’m going to kill you and I’ll confess all to the police. Our children will live with someone else.’ But thankfully Allah Rakhi’s screams
drew attention and locals came running. Allah Rakhi remembers falling in and out of consciousness as tension grew around her. Neighbours tried to help her to hospital. But Gulam stopped them afraid of police tracing his crime. Eventually, Allah Rakhi was carried home, screaming in agony. Neighbours managed to call a doctor but he refused to treat her other than prescribe some sleeping pills for fear of the police and the severity of the crime. ‘That night is a complete blur,’ she said. ‘I can only remember patches. The pain was excruciating, I remember feeling numb to it in the end as I lay hour after hour with no help.’ Eventually, 24 hours later, word reached Allah Rakhi’s parents and they marched Allah Rakhi straight to the civil hospital, in Wazirabad. Allah Rakhi remained in the hospital for three months. ‘There were some very sad days. I found it hard to go on,’ she said. ‘But I had to find the strength to carry on for my children.’ Gulam Abbas, 50, was eventually arrested and jailed before he managed to beg for a pardon and was released a year later, under Pakistan law. Within months Allah Rakhi had a divorce granted and tried to carry on with her life. Six years later she happily married Javid Iqbal but he later died and Allah Rakhi found herself alone again. ‘It was hard to live with no nose,’ she added. ‘There were many things I couldn’t do, like smell, taste, breathe properly. But most of all I found it hard to go out, people were always staring and pointing.’ Many cases of violence against women in Pakistan go unpunished. Human rights groups report that Pakistani women suffer severe discrimination and widespread domestic violence. They’re constantly calling on the government to revive efforts to criminalise the act. After many years of suffering in silence, Allah Rakhi, with the help of her daughter, turned to the Acid Survivors Foundation. And on April 2, this year, Allah Rakhi went into surgery, surrounded by her friends and family, at Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Islamabad. Surgeon Professor Hamid Hussain, took flesh and bone from her rib cage and abdomen and created a new nose. ‘All I remember from that day is waking up and seeing everyone smiling down at me. It was a happy day,’ she said. Allah Rakhi now lives with her son and daughter-in-law. But with her new-found confidence thanks to her new nose she would like to get a job and buy her own place and regain some independence. ‘I just want to live the rest of my life in peace now. I never want to marry again, I just want happiness for myself and family,’ she said.
WO top American lawmakers have asked US President Barack Obama to withhold all aid to Pakistan until the country releases Dr Shakil Afridi who helped the CIA track Osama bin Laden. “Until Dr Afridi is released from prison, we urge you to withhold all unallocated foreign assistance money for Pakistan remaining for this fiscal year. We must send a message not only to Pakistan but to any other countries seeking to use American taxpayer dollars to subsidize their subversion of America’s global priorities,” Senator Rand Paul and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, said in a letter to Obama. A copy of the letter was released to the press on Saturday. “Through the use of a door-todoor vaccination drive, Afridi bravely assisted US intelligence services in identifying
the residents of the Abbottabad complex which was later confirmed to be the home of bin Laden,” the two Congressmen said. “For his work in supporting the successful search for Osama bin Laden, Dr Afridi deserves our appreciation. Unfortunately, the government of Pakistan has made it a point to punish Dr Afridi for helping to expose Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan hideout in the most severe manner possible,” they said. They said in response to this situation, they would be proposing legislation to withhold all foreign assistance money to the government of Pakistan until Dr Afridi is released. ‘VERY CONCERNED’: eanwhile, a State Department spokesman said the US was “very concerned” over Dr Afridi’s welfare. “We’re obviously very concerned about his welfare. It’s something that we’ve conveyed, obviously, from the highest levels of the State Department,” State Department spokesman Mark
Toner told reporters at his daily news conference. “The Secretary (of State) spoke about this. We also are raising it bilaterally through our Ambassador, Cameron Munter, who I believe met with the foreign minister just a day or so ago and raised this issue again. We’re being very clear that we’re concerned about his welfare,” he said. Toner said that the US has not yet received any response on the clarification it sought from Pakistan on the reason for Afridi being sentenced. “We’re still seeking clarity on what these new charges, where they came from and what, in fact, they mean. As far as I know, we’ve not received any response, but it hasn’t changed our basic position, which is that we think he’s being unfairly, unjustly held.” “And what he did was in Pakistan’s interest, as well as our own, which is to take down one of the biggest mass murderers of the 21st century,” Toner said.
kP government asks federal govt to shift afridi to another jail PESHAWAR: In the wake of threats to the life of Dr Shakil Afridi, who was sentenced to 33 years of rigorous imprisonment and accused of helping the CIA in confirmation of al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has approached the federal government asking that Afridi be shifted to another prison house. “We have informed the federal government of threats to Afridi’s life,” Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti remarked in a brief chat to reporters here on Saturday. Hoti said Afridi had become a high-profile prisoner in the province and there existed hard line militants in Peshawar and other jails of the province. On such grounds, he said the provincial government had established contacts with the federal government. “Dr Shakil Afridi is a prisoner of the federal government therefore, he may be shifted to another jail.” Hoti however claimed that “efforts are underway for making safe and secure all prison houses in the province”. He said the government was doing its best to avert a Bannu like incident in the future. STAFF RePORT
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tribal elders back sentence for Dr afridi PESHAWAR STAFF RePORT
Endorsing prosecution’s allegations against Dr Shakil Afridi, a number of elders from Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency alleged that Afridi was in contact with the banned Lashkar-e-Islam and was responsible for killing hundreds of innocent people and challenging the writ of the state. “Dr Shakil deserves capital punishment as he is involved in the killing of innocent people,” said Haji Masal Khan and Haji Mohammad Amin during a press conference on Saturday. Introducing themselves as members of banned Ansarul Islam, a rival to the LI, the tribal elders said Dr Shakil was not only involved in each and every criminal and terrorist act of the LI, but had even provided financial assistance to its chief Mangal Bagh. “During clashes between AI and LI, Dr Shakil had to declare emergency in civil hospital Dogra, Bara,” they remarked, adding that “leading commanders of LI were treated at the hospital”. They said Afridi refused treatment and admission of AI volunteers in the hospital. They also accused him of providing treatment and first aid facilities to LI militants in far flung Tirah valley in 2007-2008. The tribal elders said Afridi also contributed in strengthening of the LI through reconciliation between Mufti Muneer Shakir and Mangal Bagh. “Similarly, he had handed over medicines and other relief goods to LI during crises and clashes in Bara. To a question, all four tribal elders confirmed that they were not part of the official jirga consulted by Bara assistant political agent during the trial of Dr Afridi. However, they supported the jirga and its decision, which they said was in accordance with of tribal traditions.
govt employees with another job to be sacked, jailed ISLAMABAD InP
The government has decided to sack and imprison those employees who are working in another organisation while being government employees, a private TV channel reported on Saturday. As many as 400,000 people across the country have two jobs. In Sindh alone, about 40,000 people work in two organisations, one being government-owned. The government has demanded details of such employees from NADRA. Sources said such employees would be sacked from both jobs and would be jailed for six months.
DeRA GHAZI KHAn: Activists of Saraikistan Qaumi Movement hold a demonstration in support of their demands on Saturday. ONLINE
Daring raid frees aid workers in Afghanistan KABUL
A T O special forces rescued two foreign women and killed five kidnappers in a “breathtaking” predawn raid Saturday on a cave in Afghanistan’s remote and mountainous Badakhshan province. The women, who worked for Swissbased charity Medair, were named as Briton Helen Johnston, 28, and Kenyan Moragwe Oirere, 26. Two Afghan colleagues kidnapped with them on May 22 were also freed unharmed. All are well, Afghan officials told AFP. “The mission to rescue the hostages was launched in the early hours of today under cover of darkness with the assistance of helicopters,” a spokesman for NATO’S International Security Assistance Force said. “The hostages were being held in a cave in the mountains.” British forces took part in the operation, which was authorised by Prime Minister David Cameron, the British foreign office (FCO) said.
The prime minister said he gave the go-ahead on Friday afternoon, after becoming increasingly concerned about the safety of Johnston and her colleagues. “It was an extraordinarily brave, breathtaking even, operation that our troops had to carry out,” he said. “I pay tribute to their skill and dedication.” The victims were seized at gunpoint while travelling on horseback across rugged terrain to relief project sites in Badakhshan in northeastern Afghanistan. Cameron said the rescue should serve as a warning to terrorists across the world who take British citizens hostage. “They should know if they take British citizens as hostage we do not pay ransoms, we do not trade prisoners. They can expect a swift and brutal end.” Badakhshan provincial government spokesman Abdul Mahroof Rasikh told AFP “the kidnappers were a group of criminals with links to the Taliban”. He said they had demanded a cash ransom and the complete closure of all foreign aid agencies in Badakhshan. Rasikh, who said the information came from local elders who were medi-
ating with the kidnappers, did not know how much ransom was demanded, but some reports have put the figure at $4 million. The two women were now receiving support from British embassy staff in Kabul, while the two Afghan aid workers were returning to their families in Badakhshan, the foreign office said. “Staff from the FCO remain in close contact with Helen’s family who are understandably hugely relieved at this news. “We are also in touch with Moragwa’s family and with the Afghan and Kenyan governments, and Medair have been in close contact with the families of the Afghan aid workers.” ISAF commander General John R. Allen thanked the Afghan interior ministry for its “tremendous support throughout this crisis”. He said the mission “exemplifies our collective and unwavering commitment to defeat the Taliban”. “I’m extremely grateful to the Afghan authorities and proud of the ISAF forces that planned, rehearsed, and successfully conducted this operation.” Impoverished Badakhshan has been
mainly quiet but there have been pockets of Taliban-led insurgency against the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai. In August 2010, the Taliban claimed responsibility for killing a group of eight medical aid workers in Badakhshan, claiming they were “Christian missionaries”. The successful rescue must have come as an enormous relief to the British government and ISAF commanders, as hostages have died in botched rescue attempts in the past. In October 2010, British aid worker Linda Norgrove was killed by a grenade thrown by a US soldier during an attempt to rescue her from Taliban kidnappers. And in 2009, an Afghan interpreter working for the New York Times was killed in gunfire as his British reporter colleague was rescued. The kidnappers in the latest case were heavily armed, the ISAF spokesman said, but none of the rescuers was wounded. He could not say whether the militants had managed to fire a shot before being killed in the swift assault.
US to shift most of naval fleet to Pacific by 2020 SINGAPORE AFP
The United States will shift the bulk of its naval fleet to the Pacific by 2020 as part of a new strategic focus on Asia, Pentagon chief Leon Panetta told a summit in Singapore on Saturday. The decision to deploy more ships to the Pacific Ocean, along with expanding a network of military partnerships, was part of a “steady, deliberate” effort to bolster the US role in an area deemed vital to America’s future, he said. And he insisted the switch in strategy was not a challenge to China, saying both countries had a common interest in promoting security and trade in the region. Panetta said “by 2020, the Navy will re-posture its forces from today’s roughly 50/50 percent split between the Pacific and the Atlantic to about a 60/40 split between those oceans.
“That will include six aircraft carriers in this region, a majority of our cruisers, destroyers, littoral combat ships, and submarines.” The US Navy currently has a fleet of 285 ships, with about half of those vessels deployed or assigned to the Pacific. Although the total size of the overall fleet may decline in coming years depending on budget pressures, Pentagon officials said the number of naval ships in the Pacific would rise in absolute terms. The United States also planned to expand military exercises in the Pacific and to conduct more port visits over a wider area extending to the Indian Ocean. Panetta was speaking to mainly Asian defence officials and officers from 27 countries at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual summit organised by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. Unlike previous summits, China
chose not to send a high-level delegation to the event, prompting speculation as to what lay behind the move. Since President Barack Obama unveiled plans in January to shift towards Asia, the Pentagon has offered up few details about how it intends to achieve its goal. Saturday’s announcement on the future of the US fleet provided the clearest evidence yet of a shift to Asia, and the speech appeared designed to reassure allies that Washington will back its muchpublicised “pivot” to Asia with tangible action. But US Senator John McCain, attending the summit in Singapore, said he was concerned the US Navy lacked the resources to carry out Obama’s vision. “I think the commitment is excellent but the reality is the defence cuts that this administration is contemplating will make it very difficult to maintain that kind of commitment,” McCain told re-
porters. In his speech, Panetta said budget woes in Washington would not affect the plan to tilt towards Asia, which he said would take years to fully realise. The United States planned new investments in capabilities needed “to project power and operate in the AsiaPacific,” including radar-evading fighter jets, a new long-distance bomber, electronic warfare and missile defences, he said. “But make no mistake — in a steady, deliberate, and sustainable way — the United States military is rebalancing and is bringing an enhanced capability and development to this vital region,” he added. Amid a growing US-China rivalry, American officials privately acknowledge the push for a larger military footprint is meant to reinforce US diplomacy when confronting Beijing’s assertive stance in the South China Sea.
But Panetta insisted that Washington wanted dialogue with Beijing and not conflict. “Some view the increased emphasis by the United States on the AsiaPacific region as some kind of challenge to China. I reject that view entirely,” he said. “Our effort to renew and intensify our involvement in Asia is fully compatible... with the development and growth of China. Indeed, increased US involvement in this region will benefit China as it advances our shared security and prosperity for the future.” In laying out core US principles in the region, Panetta made clear Washington opposed any attempt by Beijing to make unilateral moves in its push for territorial rights in the South China Sea, where a number of countries have overlapping claims. Disputes had to be resolved through agreed-upon rules among all countries and based on international law, he said.
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CNG association to go on strike from 6th
KARAcHI: Activists of cnG Dealers Association shout slogans during a demonstration rally in support of their demands on Saturday. ONLINE KARACHI
Media, intellectuals urged to play role in foiling conspiracies
NG Association and Transporters held a protest against imposition of new taxes on CNG at YMCA here on Saturday. A large number of transporters along with CNG Association’s spokespersons gathered in front of the Governor House and held a protest demonstration. Police used water canon in order to disperse demonstrators. CNG Association chairman Ghias Pracha said that if CNG tax is not withdrawn, all the CNG stations would be closed from June 6 for unlimited period. While appreciating role of Altaf Hussain, Pracha said that MQM leader should play his role as he has been doing in this regard. Later, protestors shouted slogans against imposition of heavy taxes but heavy contingents of police reached there and used water canon in order to disperse the protestors.
KARACHI STAFF RePORT
KARAcHI: Policemen arresting the activists of cnG Dealers Association during a demonstration rally from Karachi Press club toward Governor House. STAFF PhOTO
Administrator inspects drains KARACHI STAFF RePORT
KMC Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed said despite having troubles in cleaning city’s drains owing to existence of encroachments at their edges, the KMC staff was making all efforts to clean them to save the people from any problem during the next monsoon season. He expressed these views while talking to media representatives after reviewing the cleaning work at Glass Tower and P.I.D,C Nullah(Hijrat Colony) on Saturday. Senior Director Health Services Dr. Shoukat Zaman, Municipal Commissioner DMC South Nauman Arshad and other high officials accompanied him on this occasion. Administrator Karachi said that the water level in these drains had increased due to
dumping of garbage by the surrounding localities, hence these drains must be covered fully for which required a hefty amount. Therefore this work will be done on a gradual basis. Senior Director Municipal Services Dr. Shoukat Zaman on this occasion gave a briefing to Administrator Muhammad Hussain
Syed about the cleaning of city drains by KMC and District Municipal Corporations. He said that a tatal of 13 major drains and about 345 small drains of city being cleaned in the present campaign with the help of a good number of manpower and heavy machinery. He said this work had been carried out speedily so that it could be finished before the start of rains in the city. Channelization of Glass Tower Nullah was completed whereas the cleaning of Gujjar, Kalri, Pitcher and Manzoor Colony Nullah underway speedily and already 80 percent of work was completed. The cleaning of Urdu Bazar Nullah was also done by cutting the road. The shopkeepers of Urdu Bazar had lot of troubles due to staying of rain water in monsoon at this junction and they have assured full cooperation to KMC in this work. The shopkeepers have also expressed satisfaction over the cleaning of nullah by KMC.
The local media and intellectuals should play their role in foiling international conspiracies by spreading awareness among masses about the importance of the geographically-important Pakistan and the conspiracies against it. This was stated by Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistan Dr Farooq Sattar while addressing as a chief guest at the inaugural session of “All Pakistan in-house Presentation Competition” held here on Saturday. The event was organized by the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan. The federal minister said Pakistan was situated at a very important geopolitical location in this part of the world and every major power had an eye on it. Chief Guest of the concluding session, renowned Journalist Mahmood Shaam appreciated the initiative taken by the ICMAP by organizing Presentation competition. In his welcome address, Abdul Wasey Khan, honorary secretary of ICMAP, said the event was aimed at providing students an opportunity to practically demonstrate their gained knowledge. The participating students gave presentations on Branding by Abdullah Shahmeer, Leadership by Ishrat-ul-Ain Shahid, Flight of Capital from Pakistan by Humam Malik, Product Life Cycle by Seema Kamwani, Microfinance by Wardah Nasir Mirza, Role of Business in Economic Development by Muhammad Abbas Naqvi, Marketing by Ayesha Amar, Impact of Multinational Companies by Bilal Ali Khan, Management by Rida Anis, 99% Vs 1% by Muhammad Ali Topiwala, Pakistan’s Economy and Burning Issues by Aatif Raza, Sales Return by Hasnan Hayder and Unemployment by Talha Bin Afzal.
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KARAcHI: Medical students hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside the Karachi Press club on Saturday. STAFF PhOTO
Archival collections contribute to nation’s collective memory KARACHI
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this valuable legacy and to provide for democratic accountability, archivists and records managers (including public records officers) from diverse organizations must work together to administer the records that they hold in trust for future generations,” he said while speaking as a Chief Guest at a Conference on “History through Archival and Scientific Sources” organized by the State Bank’s Museum and Art Gallery Department at SBP Learning Resource Centre (LRC) Auditorium here on Saturday. He said archives are vital to our society for many reasons and added that archival records serve as instruments of accountability as well as building blocks of collective memory. Appreciating the paper of the Italian expert at the Conference, SBP Governor said that Prof. Mario Piacentini’s presentation enlightened us on how technical investigations not only assist in writing history, but also solves the riddles of history in an accurate and precise way. ‘The presentation also highlights how rapidly the relationship between history and science is developing and complementing each other at the same time’, he added. Lauding the paper of another Italian expert, Prof. Valeria Fiorani Piacentini, SBP Governor said: ‘In Listening to the paper of Prof. Valeria, I found the subject of archives extremely interesting; the talk evidences the importance of archives not only for writing history but also how Archives are silent witnesses of our past. Imagine if we did not have archives; we would have no witness
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to our history. Archives provide a key link with which to examine our past and present events’. Mr Anwar said that SBP Museum is marching forward on the path we charted out for it at the outset and has in a short time left its mark by its publication program, outstanding exhibits, special education program for school children & physically challenged people, arranging events on international days, showing solidarity with international bodies, and also bringing future leaders to the museum. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ishrat Husain, Dean and Director Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, described the State Bank Museum as one of the most outstanding museums of the country. He said both the SBP Governor and Director Museum and Art Gallery deserve appreciation and congratulations for maintaining this beautiful museum. He said not only the State Bank but also other central banks of the world have numismatic museums. He also appreciated Prof Mario Piacentini and Dr Prof Valeria Fiorani Piacentini for their excellent researched presentations. Earlier, Dr. Prof. Valeria Fiorani Piacentini, Faculty of Political Science, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan Italy, Director of the Athaeneum Centre for Research on Southern System and Wider Mediterranean presented a paper on ‘Silks and precious Merchandise in the 13th Century: Genoa’s Thrust to the Orient. Sindh: Sources in Arabic & Persian, Records from Italian Archives’ while Prof. Dr. Mario Piacentini, Professor of Physics, Engineering Faculty, Laboratory of Non Destructive Analysis and Archaeometry, Department of Fundamental and Applied Sciences for Engineering Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy presented a paper on ‘Archaeometry in help to Archaeology/History’. Mr. Roberto Franceschinis, Consul of Italy also spoke on the occasion. The Director Museum and Art Gallery, State Bank of Pakistan, Dr. Asma Ibrahim presented the address of welcome and conducted the proceedings of the Conference.
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Two killed in firing incidents KARACHI AGencIeS
At least two persons were killed and three others sustained injuries in firing incidents in various parts of the provincial metropolis on Saturday. According to police sources, unidentified gunmen killed one man at Ahmed Shah Bukhari road in Kalri area of Lyari while the other was shot dead in Sohrab Goth. A woman was injured in firing in Pahar Ganj area while two other men were wounded at Bin Qasim roundabout and Qasba Colony respectively. Meanwhile Rangers personnel conducted raids overnight, taking at least three suspected target killers into custody from Korangi area of Karachi. According to sources, Rangers raided different areas of Gulshan-eIqbal Block 4 including Quaid-e-Azam Colony and other adjoining areas after getting information about the presence of criminals in the area. Three suspected target killers identified as Faisal, Faheem and Arshad alias Asad were arrested during raids. Arms and ammunition were also recovered from the suspects. Sources revealed that the suspects who belong to a political organisation are involved in high-profile killings in the city. They have been shifted to unknown location for further investigation.
father of Senator Mian Raza Rabbani passes away KARACHI OnLIne
Father of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) senior leader, Senator Mian Raza Rabbani passed away here on Saturday after protracted illness. According to details, 90-year old Atta Rabbani was suffering from various diseases for the last few years and was under treatment. He breathed his last on Saturday morning in Karachi. Funeral prayers of the deceased would be held at Masjid Sultan, Defence area of Karachi on Sunday (today) and he would be laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard. Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, leaders of the PPP, PML-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, MQM Quaid Altaf Hussain, ANP leader Asfandyar Wali and leaders of the political parties have expressed profound grief over the sad demise of father of Raza Rabbani. They prayed for the departed soul to rest in eternal peace and grant fortitude to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.
HYDeRABAD: Activists of Megh Samaji Forum hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside the Hyderabad Press club on Saturday. ONLINE
Sindh govt, Chinese firm to sign MoU for establishment of new port city Job quota for women has also been enhanced from five to 25 percent KARACHI
S the Sindh Cabinet formally approves the establishment of Zulfikarabad city near district Thatta, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the mega project will soon be signed with a Chinese firm, stated Sindh Information Minister Shazia Marri. Briefing the newsmen after the cabinet meeting held at Sindh Secretariat on Saturday that was chaired by Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, the minister said President Asif Zardari and Managing Director Zulfikarabad city will shortly visit China where a MoU will be signed with the Chinese firm however she refused to disclose the name and hinted at SEZ. She said the cabinet meeting discussed in detail the mega Zulfikarabad project and it was informed that a MoU
in this regard would be signed with a Chinese company soon during the coming visit to China of President Asif Ali Zardari. On the queries of media about the Chinese company she only said that it was called SEZ. She said the Chinese company, which wanted to keep it in low profile, would be responsible for adversary, consultancy, investment and facilitation aspect of the project, owned by the Sindh government and executed through Zulfikarabad Development Authority (ZDA). To a question about the boycott of Sindh culture minister Sassui Palejo of the cabinet meeting, she insisted that the meeting had fully listened to the proposal of Sassui Palejo regarding Zulfikarabad Development Authority. She said the cabinet meeting also decided in principle to raise the quota of women in government jobs at all levels to 25 percent against the previous five percent. She said this would be big
Sindh cabinet approves Zulfiqar Abad city KARACHI: The Sindh cabinet on Saturday gave approval for establishment of Zulfiqar Abad city near Thatta. Sindh Minister for Culture and Tourism Sasui Palijo protested against the project and boycotted the meeting. The meeting was chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah at the CM House. Palijo said that the elected PPP leaders from Thatta were not taken into confidence over the project that is why she protested. “I was stopped from raising voice and express my stance over the project,” she added. STAFF RePORT step ahead for empowerment of women in Sindh. Marri said that cabinet meeting also approved in principle amendments in the Registration Act; however, further modalities in this regard would be finalized with consultation of ruling coalition partners. While talking to newsmen after the cabinet meeting, Sindh Minister for Cul-
ture Sasui Palijo said she had boycotted the meeting to lodge a protest against the mega city project of Zulfikarabad Palijo said that the elected PPP leaders from Thatta were not taken into confidence over the project that was why she protested. ‘I was stopped to raise voice and express my stance over the project’, she added.
ICAP post-budget seminar on 6th KARACHI nnI
HYDeRABAD: Students passing through sewerage water accumulated on the road at Liaqat colony on Saturday. INP
The Southern Regional Committee of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) is organizing Post Budget Seminar 2012 – 2013 to be held on Wednesday at 4:00 pm at Convention Center, Defence Authority Country & Golf Club here. Mr. Shahid Hussain Asad, Member, Inland Revenue Service, Federal Board of Revenue will be the chief guest and Shaikh Saqib Masood, FCA, Partner, KPMG Taseer Hadi & Co., Mr. Asad Umar, Former President, Engro Corporation Ltd, Syed Masoud Ali Naqvi, FCA, Senior Partner, KPMG Taseer Hadi & Co, Mr. Ebrahim Yacoob Sidat, FCA, Country Managing Partner, Ernst & Young Ford Rhodes Sidat Hyder, S.M. Shabbar Zaidi, FCA, Partner, Tax Services, A.F. Ferguson
& Co, Mr. Farrukh V. Junaidy, FCA, Senior Partner, Muniff Ziauddin Junaidy & Co, Syed Najmul Hussain, FCA, Convener CPD, Southern Regional Committee, ICAP and Mr. Adnan Mufti, FCA, Chairman, Southern Regional Committee, ICAP will be the speakers at the seminar. The Federal Budget 2012-2013, expected to be presented on the 1st June 2012 before the National Assembly has specific significance attached to it in view of general elections which are scheduled to be held in early 2013. Being the last budget of the current political government, it would be interesting to observe how the policy makers at Islamabad would attempt to address the focal issues engulfing the country at this crucial juncture of Pakistan’s history, while at the same time, balancing the expectations of the masses.
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Sunday, 3 June, 2012
PML-N fears from Imran khan’s fame, says khursheed KARACHI OnLIne
Federal Minster for Religious Affairs, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah Saturday termed the opposition’s protest on the floor of the house as shameful act, adding that the protest exposed the unconstitutional attitude of the opposition. Talking to media person at Karachi Airport , Federal Minster said that fear of Imran Khan Popularity in Punjab has became source of frustration for the PML-N while the Khan’s fame is not a threat to the PPP. Replying to a question, he said that the PML-N demand of holding of Local Body election on non political basis proves that it is the remains of a dictator, Zia ul Haq. He said that loadshedding timing would be reduced from July 01 as government is working hard to overcome power crisis, he added. Federal Minster said that the 2012 budget would bring relief to lay man as the government has prepared public friendly budget.
Body of four-year-old girl found KARACHI nnI
The body of a four-year-old girl found from Sachal locality of Karachi on Saturday was identified as Erum, police say. Erum’s dead body was found from a deserted house in the limit of Sachal Police Station. She was kidnapped from Mubina Town on 1st May. Her family registered an FIR about her kidnap on May 9. Earlier, six-year-old Fatima was abducted from Mubina Town. Her dead body was found in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
Seminar on environment on 5th KARACHI nnI
The Environmental Protection Society of COMMECS Institute of Business and Emerging Sciences (CIBES) is organizing an event on ‘The World Environment Day Seminar’ & ‘Environmental Walk’ on June 05, 2012 at CIBES Sharah e faisal campus Karachi. Speakers of the seminar are; Mr. Umer Naeem CEO - Eco Bags, will speak on ‘Benefits of environment friendly bags and its contribution in making a healthy environment’; Ms. Gulbahao Nargis Latif of Gulbahao.org (Research on waste management) on ‘Environment and economy’ and Ms. Maryam Aurangzeb Marketing Manager - World Wide Fund Pakistan on ‘Environmental issues in Pakistan and conservations’. Beside the seminar COMMECS also organizing an Environmental Walk’ on Shahra-e-Faisal, carrying various banners and play-cards describing the messages to promote the cause. The objective of this program is to create awareness on environmental issues among the students and the invited guests.
26th death anniversary of Comedian Nanna observed KARACHI InP
One of the premier comedians of Pakistan, Nanna was remembered on his death anniversary on Saturday. His real name was Rafi Khawar but he was commonly known as Nanna and was a renowned comedy actor of Pakistani films and Television. His first Urdu film was Watan ka Sipahi, released in 1966. He went on to work in over 350 films in Urdu and Punjabi. He was regarded as an exceptional comedy talent and for many years was the star of the hit TV show “Alif Noon” that ran successfully during the 70s and 80s. Nanna committed suicide on June 2, 1986.
HYDeRABAD: Residents of Kanch Mail set tyres on fire to block nayapul Road during protest against police extortion on Saturday. ONLINE
WHO reports 27 measles deaths in Sindh this year KARACHI
S the reports surfaced indicating 27 deaths this year so far under 5-yearold children due to measles, Health Minister Sindh Dr. Sagheer Ahmed denied having any such information and said he would personally inquire into the matter. Prof. Iqbal Memon, President elect of Pakistan Pediatrics Association (PPA) Centre disclosed that a representative of Disease Early Warning System, WHO Sindh presented a report to the Sindh Health Department officials in a meeting held at Inspection and Import Depot (IID) office some days back that 27 children under 5-year of age had died of measles from January to May 2012. Talking to PPI, he said two meetings had already been held between concerned health department officials and
foreign agencies to prevent the further spread of measles. When contacted, Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed said he had no knowledge about deaths occurred due to measles, adding he would collect information from the health department officials. He informed that Peoples Primary HealthCare Initiative (PPHI) and all EDOs had already been directed to control measles and prepare report about its cases, even though PPHI does not fall under the health department authority. However, Memon said the disease can spread quickly when people are crowded together. Children living in congested conditions have to be immunized immediately to protect them from this dangerous illness. He said all districts health offices must spread awareness about this disease and doctors should collect proper data and inform their officials.
Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has already formed a Technical Committee to control measles in Sindh. Focal Person of the Technical Committee on Polio and Measles Ahmed Sheikh talking to PPI said the agencies involved in the committee include Expended Program on Immunization (EPI), World Health Organization (WHO), Unicef, Pakistan Pediatrics Association (PPA) and Disease Early Warning System Sindh. He said an anti-measles campaign would be started through media from Monday. Provincial Coordinator of Disease Early Warning System (DEWS), World Health Organization (WHO), Sindh chapter Dr. Soomar Khoso said we have already collected data on measles in Sindh and provided it to EPI Sindh. He said measles is a killer diseases and highly contagious. It also causes diarrhea, pneumonia, eye infection and many other serious ailments to children.
Mango Festival 2012 from 4th, all arrangements completed MIRPURKHAS APP
All arrangements to celebrate three- day National Mangoes and Summer Fruit Festival were completed by the district administration and Mango Festival Committee here on Saturday. The participants’ registration process will end on June 3. About 400 growers from all over Sindh are expected to participate in the Festival. A Meena Bazar for women along with an entertainment fair for them as part of the Mango Festival, was inaugurated by MPA Shamim Ara Phanwar here on Saturday. About 200 mango varieties including famous varieties and king of fruit Sindhri, Langra, Chonsa, Desri, Nelam, Anwer Ratol, Saleh Bahi, Began Pali, Gulab Khasa and others were displayed in the stalls of Mohtrama Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Mango Exhibition Hall. According to event schedule cash prizes, shields and certificates would also be distributed among successful
growers of different categories to promote mango production in Sindh. Commissioner Mirpurkhas Haji Ghulam Hussain Memon, President of the Mangoes and Summer Fruit Festival 2012 told APP here on Saturday that the Festival will be held from June 4 to 6 with all arrangements to make it colourful and more charming for the citizens of Mirpurkhas and other participants from across Sindh as well as upcountry. He further said that more than 50 stalls of different NGOs, government departments and private companies were also being installed in the exhibition hall. He said that besides recreation and sports competitions, on June 5 a knowledgeable seminar on higher mango production will also be held at the State Life Insurance Building’s Hall Mirpurkhas in which agriculture experts would read their papers. The Commissioner said that the central air conditioning system of mango exhibition hall is also being repaired and Agriculture Department Mirpurkhas was using all its resources
to make the event more successful than the previous one. He further said that district Mirpurkhas was the worst affected district of Sindh due to last year’s flood. As a result more than 50 percent of mango orchards had been badly damaged in the district while many owners of the mango orchards were compelled to cut their destroyed mango trees. However despite this damage, many growers have expressed their willingness to participate in mango competition and we are providing facilities to the interested growers. The mango growers taking part in competition include Faisal Kachehlo, Anwer Gondal Farm, Nawazabad Farm, Umer Bughio Farm, Nusratabad Farm, Arif Bhurgari Farm, Rais Ahmed Khan Farm, Sindh Horticulture Research Institute Mirpurkhas, Mirpurkhas Gymkhana Club Farm, Khair Mohammad Bhurgari Farm, Najma Lashari Farm, Haji Mir Zafarullah Talpur Farm, Seth Ajay Kumar Farm, Gabool Farm, Seth Khobchand Farm, Allah Bachayo Rajar Farm, Nabi Bux Leghari Farm etc.
Measles can be protected by vaccination, while children should get at least 2 doses of measles vaccine. The children should get their 1st dose at completion of one month age irrespective of their previous illness. They should get 2nd dose at the age of 15 months, or any time during the second year of life provided one month has passed since the first dose is given. He informed that measles vaccine is not being given door-to-door like polio vaccination. He requested parents to take their babies to the nearest healthcare facility for measles and other routine EPI vaccines. Incharge Expended Program on Immunization (EPI) Dr Mazhar Khamisani said hundred of patients are reported with suspected measles. He said we have collected their samples and sent them to Islamabad for test, and it would be premature to comment on the issue before getting final reports from Islamabad.
working, middle classes appreciate federal budget NAWABSHAH APP
The salaried and middle class appreciated the lowering of tax, raising tax ceiling and reduction in the prices of items of common use. Majority of women expressed pleasure over the reduction in prices announced in budget. In view of high sales of generators and UPS, the shopkeepers and traders also expressed positive remarks on reduction of taxes on these items. Parents of school going children said that government took a positive step towards reducing the prices of books and stationery and added that it would reduce the burden of expenses on these items. They said that “more than four students from a single family have taken sigh of relief and they feel comfortable in making the house budget.” They said that the budget has made the books and stationery items affordable for middle class families. The low income traders and small business owners said that raise in tax free ceiling would relieve them from tension.
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Editor’s mail 11
I sympathise with Dr Shakil afridi I sympathise with Dr Shakil Afridi. I do that because despite acting as CIA agent and working for them for making some personal fortune for himself and his family he is now stuck in a Peshawar jail just because his client (CIA) had a poor exit plan. Having achieved what he did, he should have been an honoured guest of state department/CIA/Pentagon in USA and delivering lectures in state universities on how human dignity, justice and impartiality forced him to cooperate with USA to hunt down OBL. In fact, CIA would have helped him explain to the world how ‘betraying your country’ is a lesser crime when the beneficiary of such a betrayal is a peace seeking world. There they would have further utilized him by projecting him as a participator, a facilitator and an extremely important source that made getting OBL possible for USA. Without the poor man knowing it, he would have become an instant hero and a darling of millions of all those ag-
grieved hearts who longed for and sought justice after 9/11 tragedy and ultimately found their ‘William Tell’ who lead them to it. Without his help confirming the presence of family of OBL in the compound in Abbottabad, the May 2 operation may not have been undertaken ; at least not in a manner it was that caused huge embarrassment to the armed forces and this country. Considering this, is the stance of the state of Pakistan correct in case of arrest and punishment of Dr Afridi? Frankly, we actually don’t have a clear stance that our state has taken so far. What we have is what our state has done in the past itself to receive American assistance and rewards for its cooperation with it. Doesn’t this set an agenda for individual greed and gluttony? When State follows no morals how can it expect it’s subject to do so? We had an Afghan policy that took a u turn after 9/11. The state benefited
for the sake of system! from US rewards such as; President Musharaff’s visit to Washington in Feb 2002 and again in 2003 to Camp David where $3 billion economic and military aid package was announced by President Bush for Pakistan. We were declared as major non NATO ally in 2004. In 2005 resale of F16’s was promised. By 2007 Pakistan had received $10 billion aid from US since its “Afghan Policy U Turn” which was more than all aid provided by USA to Pakistan between 1948 and 2001. These were rewards to the state for ‘pulling the plug’ on the critical life line leading to Taliban through Pakistan. USA believed in our actions that resulted in the capture of many Al-Qaida operators. We were being rewarded until we 'were doubted'. Blamed that we knew more then we told Americans', gradually US started taking matters in its own hands. The influx of CIA operators in Pakistan and the unilateral drone attacks
were the demonstration of US distrust on Pakistan. It is in this context that we should view the choice that both USA and Mr Shakil Afridi made. The doctor did not trust his own state as much as the American's didn't. He towed American line of thinking of 'not sharing vital and credible information with Pakistan for the fear of loss and compromise'. Why did the management of our Afghan Policy force the USA and the world to distrust us so much? Was Dr Shakil Afridi also not prepared to trust the State more than the USA, if so why? To find the answers to these questions and to give a fair opportunity to the individual to seek justice the State must arrange for his trial in the regular courts. Though, we may never know the actual truth but seeking it is the right of every Pakistani. MUHAMMAD ALI EHSAN Karachi
Reports published in the media suggest appointment on contract of a retired bureaucrat as head of NEPRA, under whose tenure as Chairman FBR the highest tax evasion in Pakistan was recorded. The man also had an alleged role in halting investigations into the 70,000 missing containers scam. As if this was not enough, the ministry for water and power is being handed over to the minister for defence, under whose watch, PIA’s losses escalated by over 200 percent, CAA came under the scrutiny of EU, PIA was grossly over-staffed and jobs were sold to the highest bidder and who has just concluded the signing of a controversial deal for induction of 5 more B777s in violation of PPRA rules, while the airlines Trans-Atlantic and European operations have been slashed. IRFAN BUTT Karachi
Dr Shakil afridi economic chaos? Let me congratulate PM Gilani, his cabinet, especially his brilliant finance team for giving to the world a perfect blue print of what can be called Controlled Flight Into Economic Collapse or CFIEC (much like something similar in aviation: CFIT-Controlled Flight Into Terrain). This is likely to develop from a theory into a law, provided there is no timely intervention to reverse this project by elements bitten with the loyalty cum integrity and ethics bug. The main feature of this economic theory are: (1)Primary environmental requirements are poor governance to cripple the state industry, trade, health and education by denying them cheap electrical power (2) Put unqualified cronies to head state enterprises so that they can bleed them effectively. (3) Ensure that only those who have split loyalties and hold dual nationality or residential status are at helm of affairs especially in FBR, State Bank, NB, NEPRA etc (4) Ensure rapid depreciation of local currency and double domestic and foreign debt in four years so that the country is on verge of default. (5) Create ethnic polarisation so that no effort can be made on a united federal front to create impediments in the scheme of things. (6) Ensure that imports escalate, while exports are drastically reduced by destroying local industry. (7) Allow law and order to deteriorate in major financial hubs like Karachi, Faisalabad, Lahore, Hyderabad, Peshawar and Quetta so that there is no cohesive attempt for economic revival. (8) Destroy all state-run health, education, public transport, roads and alternate power generation development projects by subversive bureaucratic measures and divisive political intrigues such as new provinces. (9) Make sure that flight of capital exceeds the quantum of foreign exchange repatriated by expatriates having already created a wide gap between exports and imports. (10) Destroy and annihilate all accountability systems in place and make all efforts to defy judiciary if it intervenes to create hurdles in attaining the objective of CFIEC. MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore
Ministries’ reshuffle Reports published in the media suggest appointment on contract of a retired bureaucrat as head of NEPRA, who as chairman FBR recorded the highest tax evasion in Pakistan under his tenure and his role in covering up investigations into missing 70,000 containers scam. As if this was not enough, the ministry for Water and Power is being handed over to Minister for Defence, under whose watch PIA losses escalated by over 200 percent, CAA came under scrutiny of EU, overstaffed PIA was stuffed with surplus staff on jobs that were sold to highest bidder and who has just concluded the signing of a controversial deal for induction of 5 more B777s in violation of PPRA rules, while the national airline's Trans-Atlantic and European operations have been slashed. This is a man who made Hajj and Umra an ordeal for pilgrims. RAHEEM LALA BUTT Karachi
The budget festival Thanks Allah that the budget session is over. Three days of celebrations finished with post budget press conference. Special transmissions are over and we are back to normal. Heartiest congratulations to Yousaf Raza Gilani and his mentor Asif Ali Zardari for setting a milestone in the history of Pakistan for presenting 5th budget. This will go down in the history of Pakistan as an impossible deed come true. The budget was crap. Revision and reduction of duties and taxes on component of medicines and few other things will hardly matter to the common man. Power outages, sky rocketing prices of basic eatables, mismanagement in almost all public utilities, corruption and lawlessness are there as they were, if not enhanced in these days. This budget festival was well guarded by Mehreen Raja at the NA, when she stood besides Hafiz Sheikh replacing Raja Pervaiz Ashraf. Mehreen looks like a judo player anyway whereas Per-
vaiz has recently dyed his hair and was wearing a new necktie after some 16 months of hibernation. Increase and decrease of duties and taxes, exemptions and increase is salaries can only bring illegitimate support of the players in the government in forthcoming national elections. It will not bring even an iota of benefit to the suffering poor. Budget was a festival; it was a formality and something for PPP candidates to speak on in public rallies, else it was nothing but a piece of crap. Yes, 70 billion more in Benazir Income Support to make the ailing nation beggars even in 5th year. Well done the lovers of democracy and constitution. Poor Fozia is critically ill and cannot appear on TV to give you all a pat on the back. Wait till she returns. Meantime, take the services of Mehreen, Sharmila and Shazia after all they are not bad looking. AMJAD H MIRZA Lahore
In the common interest? kudos for MQM It is very encouraging that the CCI has told the Lahore High Court that it has no objection to the Kalabagh dam. It is encouraging that the CCI has said this because Bhasha dam is no substitute for the Kalabagh dam (not because of its altitude which is high enough) because no irrigation canals can be taken out from it because of the hilly terrain. No canals can be taken out from any dam on the Indus except from Kalabagh dam. This is what makes Kalabagh dam so important if North Punjab is to receive any water from any dam on the Indus, be it Tarbela, Bhasha, Akhori, Bunji, Dassu, Skardu or Katzara. As for the opposition to the Kalabagh dam, the PPP and ANP are hostage to the anti-dam sentiments that have been aroused in the public mind by unscrupulous leaders with self-serving and baseless statements (e.g. Sindh will become a desert, Nowshera will drown etc). Unless efforts are made to educate the public about the issue, nothing can be achieved. Investigative reporting by the press is the need of the day. KHURSHID ANWER Lahore
It is welcome news that MQM has now seen the need to building of Kalabagh dam which would give Sindh 37 percent share of its stored 6.1 MAF of water while it has only 15 percent irrigated area at present of Pakistan. Previously, it had not supported Kalabagh dam for unknown reasons which was suicidal for Sindh as it would have deprived Sindh of irrigating a million acres of virgin land. It is better late than never. It has dawned on MQM in national interest the dire need of Pakistan for water and energy being the third largest party of Pakistan comprising intelligent educated people. They are to be congratulated on their new stand and are expected to follow it through in the teeth of opposition of ANP and other nationalistic parties that have vested political interests at the behest of India that does not want us to store our own share of Indus waters while it build scores of dams on western rivers to deprive Pakistan of its sweet river waters and energy potential that is badly needed
for its economic survival. Dr MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI Lahore
terminal problem I would like to describe one of the most important problems of Karachi university. There is only one bus terminal for use by the students of the varsity. A majority of students use the bus service. Thus, those students whose department is nearer to the terminal reach very easily but it is very difficult for those students whose departments are not close to the terminal. There must be 4 or 5 terminals made operational so that the students can reach easily to the respective terminal that is closest to their department. Moreover, the current terminal has no adequate waiting facility for students. The current and proposed terminals should be outfitted with proper sheltered waiting facilities and a canteen so that the students don’t have to brave the elements unnecessarily. I hope the authority will look in to this matter as soon as possible. SUMERA ANDLIB Karachi
This is with reference to news that “Pakistani diplomats abroad find it hard to explain government’s stance on (Dr Shakil) Afridi” (02 Jun). A controversy is going on account of punishment awarded to Dr Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani doctor, who allegedly ran a fake vaccine programme being on the pay roll of CIA in tracking Osama bin Laden, still to be proved whether these DNA tests at all were helpful or not. He was arrested after the raid on Osama bil Laden, tried under FCR and sentenced to 33 years of imprisonment. Abbottabad does not fall in the jurisdiction of any agency. The government must explain as to why he was allowed to be tried under FCR. He was tried on act of treason that is not understandable at all. Gen Musharraf in the line of fire has admitted that he handed over people as per the demand of USA and received handsome money in return. Was his act lawful and did not attract provisions of treason? Dr Shakil Afridi was paid for doing something for the same country, then why this distinction? In fact, Dr Shakil should have been awarded the highest award for helping CIA in getting closer to track Osama bil Laden, who was declared the greatest terrorist and US waged a war against him in Afghanistan to track and kill him but failed and killed thousands of people. Not only this, the war entered in our homeland killing thousands of innocent people and equal number of soldiers. We are still paying the price. Dr Afridi did what our ISI failed to deliver. He was operating in the close proximity of Pakistan Military Academy with huge troop’s concentration. He can be asked as to why he did not take in to confidence our own agency. The answer is very simple. If he had done that he would have been taught lesson of his life; secondly, being part of CIA he could not dare perform role of double agent. The US along with allies is rightly perturbed on the sentence awarded to Dr Afridi and they believe this was a harsh punishment. This issue has further aggravated the situation and relations between Pakistan and US shall further deteriorate. The government’s stance that he was tried for his links with militant organization and not for CIA is a unique logic. If it was known to militant organization, he could have been easily eliminated by them because militants have the ability to strike any target anywhere at any time suiting to their convenience. Pakistan is running short of time. We must hurry up and take proper line of direction before it gets too late. Closure of NATO supply route has not resulted in starving NATO troops in Afghanistan; they are being fed as usual except the cost has increased. Who is the loser? Not the US but Pakistan. State decisions are not taken on emotions but on ground realities. Sooner or later, Dr Afridi, like Raymond Davis, shall be flown to USA. Won’t it be better we take the credit to undo the wrong? Dr Afridi should be regarded as a hero as he helped Pakistan and its intelligence agencies in catching Osama bil Laden. MUKHTAR AHMED Karachi
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hile politicians in Pakistan never tire of expressing their commitment to democracy, they have yet a long way to go before they imbibe a democratic culture. The rumpus created in the National Assembly on Friday violated the basic democratic norms of tolerance and patience. The situation that led to fisticuffs was created consciously by the PML(N) which had meticulously prepared its war plan ahead of the budget session. Whatever happened underlined the fact that those who planned the show had learnt little from the past. The PML(N) would have been well within its right if it exposed the flaws in the budget once the debate on the document, which its members tore into pieces, started. To create uproar so that nobody could hear the finance minister indicated the undemocratic mindset that does not allow the expression of a different point of view. To disrupt the session in disregard of the Speaker’ ruling and to advance threateningly towards the prime minister which led to scuffles with the ruling party members was no service to democracy. The brawl will only gladden the forces opposed to democracy. What is highly unfortunate is the way the Leader of the Opposition has justified the unjustifiable. He has described the sloganeering during the session as “the voice of the people.” What is even more disturbing is his warning that his party would continue to put up similar shows during future sittings of the budget session. That this remained a one party show- as none from the other opposition groups joined - indicates the PML(N)’s isolation. This should make the party leadership review its negative strategy. With elections due within months, the opposition parties need to sit with the government to take crucial decisions regarding the appointment of a permanent head of the Election Commission and a neutral caretaker set up. They should also approach their constituencies with their policy documents rather than merely with negative slogans. Ch Nisar needs to realize that the example he has set does not bode well for democracy. It opens the way for any noisy party however small to stop the functioning of the NA by the use of vocal cords and muscle power.
friendly advice Let’s be practical, please
ountries maintain relations with other states not because they feel any emotional compulsion but to protect their interests. It would only be irrational to consider that any state generally, and powerful states particularly, would just be friends with you because you have something in common, like a border or language. Rather it makes sense to look at states and their relations through the prism of their interests (which are mostly clouded by carefully crafted diplospeak). To be fair to foreign policy mandarins, it is the right thing to do. Amid all the cheering for our longstanding international friendship with China and its vocal support for Pakistan’s efforts in the war on terror, we seem to forget that China also has a stake in seeing the war end and it will not go easy on Pakistan if the fallout starts affecting it in an adverse manner. In this context, the Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jeichi’s message that has asked the Pakistani military and political leadership to take it easy against the Americans makes sense. The message was supposed to be a secret one but some media outlet got a hold of it somehow. The fact that this message contains sentiments antithetical to China’s public posturing doesn’t come as a surprise to the diplomatic community as they know that most of the deals are finalised behind closed doors while public statements are meant only for public’s consumption. It is not like China has given us a cold shoulder; it has in fact taken a prudent approach to give us practical advice on an issue that affects China, US and Pakistan in more than one way. Beijing’s exports to the USA and its vast foreign exchange reserves have intertwined it to the US which is feeling the heat because of Pakistan’s resistance in reopening the Nato supply routes. Pakistan, on its part, is facing a severe budgetary crisis because of the US’ blockade of its civil and military aid. This message is a fine example of a piece of friendly advice one state can offer to the other. Realistically, can we actually afford to take such a strong position against the US? If the answer to the question were an unequivocal yes, only then we could’ve continued on this collision course; but since it is not, Islamabad needs to start sorting out this mess and wear a conciliatory hat.
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Sunday, 3 June, 2012
Granny’s getting married Oh yeah, the budget was passed too
By Humayun Gauhar
’ve good news and bad news. Depends on how rosy or jaundiced your lens is. I’m not in a good mood. In fact, I’m in a very bad mood, not least because I got the much-advertised injection in my lens, my left eyeball. The good news is that it’s working because my sight is beginning to improve. Suddenly, I can read somewhat for God’s sake, albeit out of focus, but that is still something. It didn’t hurt much, not after the amount of local anesthesia they put in it. More to the point, Dr. Zeba is a very good doctor. “Don’t move your eyeball,” she said. “Just look at me.” That’s easy, I thought, for she’s pretty, but I still moved my eyeball when I started seeing multi-coloured bubbles, like a kaleidoscope. So I got red eye, most impressive, but frightening. ‘Suo motoed’ Atiqa Odho went with me to the hospital and created something of a stir, especially after the success of her last play, ‘Humsafar’. I didn’t see it but I’m told that half the army did. They even put up big screens. She should make another one called ‘Kutchery’ based on her alleged bottles. It too would be a hit. Just like I did Imran the future prime minister, I have given her a puppy too, which she has named ‘CJ’. No, it doesn’t stand for what you think; it stands for ‘chal jhoota’. It has only one testicle. But you don’t know the sort of stir she is going to create coming Friday. “I have to tell you that I’m a big fan,” said Dr. Zeba. “Hers or mine,” I asked honestly. “Hers,” she said firmly. That hurt more than the injection. I should cook my famous ‘aloo gosht’ for this girl one day. I got into a bad mood because after waiting for hours I could hardly hear the budget speech, the fifth and probably the last by this government, though you never know. If they extend their term as the constitution permits then to they might do another one yet. The National Assembly was akin to a wrestling pit. Punches flew, as did kicks, abuse and invective. I was waiting for someone to pull a luxuriant wig off. That would have been something. Opposition’s fat ladies held up huge anti-government placards. Treasury’s fat ladies tore them up. How were they able to get the placards in, I wonder? On whose side is parliament’s security? Our pretty Benazir lookalike Speaker should try and find out. Just because such bad behavior happens in other parliaments is
no license. Why don’t we copy some of their good things also? The good news is that under the circumstances Hafeez Shaikh gave us a good budget. ‘Good’ is relative. If you’re in opposition the budget is bad for starters, mindlessly, simply because they are in opposition. That’s the ‘beauty’ of democracy. Comes their turn and their budgets are no better, usually worse. When this government started, the opposition was its partner and gave it the finance minister. It was he who bequeathed us the horrible foreign exchange reserve position that Hafeez Shaikh lamented. In a clumsy effort to get his own back for bequeathing him an economy in the grave, the gentleman announced that the Musharraf government’s figures were fudged. Capital took flight, some $5 billion of it in a week. That’s how the foreign exchange got bad. Thank God the gentleman lasted only a few weeks else we wouldn’t have survived a longer bout of what the World Bank calls ‘Darnomics’. He takes it as a compliment, by the way. Do you need any further proof that I’m in a bad mood, lampooning poor Ishaq Dar like this? Our central bank governor did no better when he put the skids on the Rupee by telling The Wall Street Journal two days before the budget that we would not be able to service the IMF’s loans. Next day, he took refuge in remittances that are the straw that saves us from drowning. With clowns like this shooting their mouths off any finance minister would be hardpushed to run an economy. The budget was good because it wasn’t bad. What the hell does that mean? It means that it could have been worse. Under this vote-attracting system, it could have been no better. This being election year, toughness was out of the question. Austerity is difficult in a democracy whose staple is votes. Why else did they have to remove Greece and Italy’s democratically elected governments and replace them with unelected ‘technocrats’, whatever that animal is? Because elected governments cannot take tough measures. The best part is that Hafeez Shaikh could make a budget at all, what with fighting multiple wars, little fiscal space, loans drying up and America stealing our money. Thank God, I say, for this should force us to live within our means. It would be tough for the charmed few but life as usual for the deprived many. ‘Ai tair-e-lahooti, uss rizq say maut achchi; jis rizq say aati ho, parwaz mein kotahi’. Those who know Urdu – and I mean know – will understand what Iqbal is saying. People think that a budget is some kind of magic potion that will put everything right. They look for ‘tax free’, whatever that means. No new taxes? They look for ‘relief’, whatever that means. More handouts? Not paying the full price for what you consume? They look for decrease in prices, forgetting that our inflation is largely imported, caused by international oil prices. Yes, some prices can come down if they remove obscene indirect taxes on them, but how can you when few pay taxes, especially agricultur-
ists who contribute some 23 percent to our GDP? They look for job creation, forgetting that without direct investment few jobs will be created and in our unfriendly, unstable environment there will be little direct investment. We need annual GDP growth of 7 percent to create jobs for new entrants into the job market. Ours is about half that. If you want magic potent I will give it to you later, maybe next week if my eyes hold up and my mood improves. It would be futile though knowing that we don’t have it in us to do it, not before we are mentally decolonised, we whose Ka’aba is in Washington, not Mecca. Funny news is the cute announcement that the prime minister has decided to turn the PM’s sprawling bad Spanishclone of a mansion into a place of learning. Wouldn’t it have been better if he had done so when his term started, not when it’s ending? Is this a parting kick to the next prime minister? What if his holiness the Mukhdoom becomes prime minister again in a country where anything can happen? But wait for the parting kick to us. I’m told that they are going to make a new prime minister’s house in place of our one and only National Library. What a joke, if true. ‘Tu Shaheen Hai basaira kar paharon key chitanon mein’. Forget it. Very good news is that the president has decided to donate his organs – after he’s dead, obviously, not now. If true, I want his brain. It’s an incredible brain that has given multiple haircuts to all and sundry, especially to all the Queen’s horses and all the Queen’s men. It’s unbelievable. Science would learn a lot by analysing our president’s brain, like they did Einstein’s. It was heavier than normal. The best news is that next Friday the APML’s Atiqa Odho is getting married to the PTI’s Samar Ali Khan, better known as ‘Sammy’. I call him Sammy Davis Jr. He’s an architect. My puppy to Imran started speculation that he and Musharraf were cooking something, just because the puppy’s revered mother lives on the general’s farm. Now Atiqa’s puppy could start the notion that her wedding could be a ‘marriage merger’ of the two parties. No such thing, so speculators better cool it, though in this country anything could happen. My wife and I are going to Karachi for the nuptials, not least because I am slated to be her ‘vakil’ since I had a small part to play in this her third enterprise, his second. He is about to become a grandfather; Atiqa is already a grandmother. We must have a photograph of the blushing bride (I wouldn’t bet on it, the blushing part that is) with her grandson on her lap. I will put it on my Facebook page. We have a saying in Punjabi: ‘Nani nain viya keeta, burra keeta. Kar kay chud ditta, hor burra keeta’ – ‘Granny got married, she did bad; she left him, she did worse’. One hopes and prays that this time they will live happily ever after. Ameen. The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Legalising black money The Daily Star - Bangladesh
he debate over allowing or disallowing of whitening of undisclosed sums of money is a strong one. The proposed provision for legalising moneys that is off the books envisages a payment of a flat penalty @10 percent. This facility of making black money white is likely to take effect in the next fiscal despite strong reservations of the various bodies representing the business community. The reasons for such opposition are obvious. On the one hand the government is pressing ahead with widening the tax net and encouraging people and commercial entities to pay what is due to deepen the State's coffers; simultaneously it is extending the scope for legalising income generated illegally. The latest move is bound to send mixed signals to those who remain outside the tax brackets for it smells of double standards. Furthermore, how exactly does the government intend to legalise ill-gotten money when it is signatory to international anti-money laundering statutes re-
mains to be seen. The fact that such undisclosed sums are commonly associated with corruption, crime or other illegal activities is not lost on anyone. More importantly, granting of such facility year after year encourages, even the otherwise honest tax payer to reconsider paying taxes. When one may 'whiten' one's money at a flat rate of 10 percent as opposed to the multi-layered tax slabs that exist under the tax laws, does it not make more sense to go with the latter? Despite the government's plea that black-money-turnedwhite could potentially help rebound the subdued stock market, the fact remains is that untaxed money is simply impossible to control. So long as we don't find an antidote to the temptation to retain black money, we won't be able to control its black money. The lure of it stems from the fact that it can be used in various ways including in politics and influence peddling to obtain 'favours'. It is possible that vested and powerful lobbies are pressurising to allow for such facility to be given, but taking into consideration the ills that far outweigh the benefits, it is imperative to take stock of such a move.
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horse whisperers of Raisina Beware the unlikely one
Third eye By M J Akbar
hen does a horse in a race turn dark? It has nothing to do with colour, obviously. This occurs when a horse becomes both visible and invisible; not because it is out of sight, but because it is out of mind. Why would Mrs Sonia Gandhi consider a dark horse option in the race for President of India when the field is full of those who claim a fairer pedigree, and at least one of them, Pranab Mukherjee, would probably make it a one-horse race? Because every contender in the many shades of white – pale, dawn-grey, ashen or saintly bright – carries the handicap of consequences. Now that paper-white Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has, in his prim, half-uttered, half-implied manner, finally admitted that Rashtrapati Bhavan could be his finest retirement benefit plan, let us do a cost-benefit analysis from the perspective of Mrs Gandhi, who will take all the decisions, from initial to final. She certainly realises that this tired, rudderless UPA 2 has crossed its sell-by date as far as the voter, tortured by inflation and incensed at corruption, is concerned. This would be an honourable exit for Dr Singh, creating the opportunity to attempt a desperately needed new beginning. Moreover, despite the fact that his ministers constitute the most unwholesome bunch to have ever shared a Cabinet table, Dr Singh is still broadly acceptable in a non-executive office. Now for the bad news.
Who can step into the chair to be vacated by Dr Singh? Dr Singh looks depressed now, except when he is abroad, but in 2009 he came as close to laughing in public as he ever has or will. Even at the height of his acclaim, there was never any debate over the heir, although there was uncertainty over when. At his first press conference, Dr Singh offered his chair to Rahul Gandhi at a moment’s notice. Rahul Gandhi should read Shakespeare: There is a tide in the affairs of men which when taken at the flood leads on to fortune. More prosaically, time and tide wait for no man. After the Uttar Pradesh elections, the river went dry. Since hierarchy is non-negotiable in Congress, an interim Prime Minister can only be replaced by another interim Prime Minister. This is not a problem for aspirants, most of whom would be perfectly content even if they could become Prime Minister for a day. The problem is that there are too many of them. Pranab Mukherjee is a natural successor; but Mrs Gandhi will hardly make him Prime Minister when she cannot trust him as president. A K Antony is closer to her comfort levels, but is hardly the inspirational orator who can command the winds to bend to his will. P Chidambaram could get the temporary job, but his reputation is swirling in the nether regions; not quite the right signal to send to a country in a punishing mood. If Mrs Gandhi leaves the Cabinet alone, do her chances of victory in the presidential election improve? This, in practical terms, narrows her options down to chairs of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, Vice-President Hamid Ansari and Speaker Meira Kumar. Both have their merits, but a different sort of handicap. Would they be acceptable to all sides of the one-issue coalition that Congress needs to elect a president? The present UPA has about 4,60,000 votes in an
electorate of about 11,50,000. It needs to ensure the support of a semi-ally or two; Mulayam Singh Yadav is the swing factor who could be decisive. Mulayam Singh has hinted that he has a different Muslim candidate in mind, in which case Mrs Gandhi would have to accept his nominee as the price for his support. Meira Kumar would not be acceptable to Mayawati. Each variable has problems. It was all so simple five years ago. An unknown Pratibha Patil sailed through because while Congress had fewer MPs, it had greater confidence thanks to better leadership and popular support. A battered Congress in 2012 might find that when all the preening is over, Mrs Patil would be the least controversial runner. Mrs Patil’s reputation is frayed, but that is hardly hanging offence in a culture where politicians put a spell in jail on their cvs. Her most important qualification remains an unshakeable loyalty to Mrs Gandhi. Mrs Patil brings a formidable political advantage: Her candidature protects the status quo. Every other choice shifts some hinge in a structure whose foundations have eroded. Mrs Gandhi could even reach out to Opposition with her name; Shiv Sena supported Mrs Patil in 2007 for regional reasons. She could tempt BJP with a quid pro quo offer for the vice-president’s post. Suddenly Mrs Gandhi has a dark horse which could trip early favourites, with a feint here and a dodge there. Mrs Patil has faded from public view, but she could be perched where it matters: In Mrs Sonia Gandhi’s thoughts. As they say, it’s the thought which counts. The columnist is editor of The Sunday Guardian, published from Delhi, India on Sunday, published from London and Editorial Director, India Today and Headlines Today.
Blind loyalty Toeing the party line, no matter what
By Saad Rasool
he National Assembly session, announcing the coming year’s budget, added another blotch onto the already blemished fabric of our democracy. And by this, I do not mean the staggeringly impotent budget itself, but the mob-fight that broke out on the floor of the house between the opposition and government members, under the garb of ‘protest’. Let’s get one clear fact out of the way first: the requirement of a ‘BA Degree’ has done nothing much to change our political culture. This episode shows that it takes more than a piece of paper to be ‘educated’. Coming more to the point, it is becoming painfully clear that in Pakistan, the idea of showing solidarity and support to one’s cadre, party or leadership, trumps all constraints of law and civility. And this culture, of proving that one is ‘more loyal than the king’, cuts across all political parties and (sadly) institutions. Examples? This episode of rowdiness is nothing new for members of PML(N), who in the past have shown support to their leadership by ransacking the Supreme Court and threatening judges with physical harm. Similarly, the prime minister’s adamant refusal to write a letter to the Swiss authorities (as ordered by the Supreme Court), and risking his premiership in the process, is a demonstration of exactly the same culture that measures loyalty to the party leader above all other responsibilities. In addition to political parties, this idea perseveres just as strongly across other (more es-
teemed) institutions. Personnel in the Pakistan army, for example, in fidelity to the doctrine of ‘unity of command’, will follow and defend the army chief, even if that entails violating the law and the constitution (apparent from over 30 years of military rule in Pakistan). And perhaps most disappointingly, a resurgent Supreme Court that prides itself on its independence, also seems to have fallen prey to the same ideology of demonstrating institutional solidarity – apparent from the fact that over the past three years (since restoration of the honorable judges) there has been no voice of dissent from any judge, on any bench, in any case (with the exception of a partial dissent from Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk in the Mukhtara Mai’s case). Institutional solidarity and consensus, it seems, trumps all other factors. While it is bad enough that such a ‘culture’ persists in our democracy, the problem (to the extent of the legislature and political parties) got institutionalised through the 18th Constitutional Amendment, without so much as a murmur of protest from any quarter of the society. Through this Amendment, Article 63A was included in the Constitution which expressly declares that any member of the Parliament who “votes or abstains from voting in the House contrary to any direction issued by the Parliamentary Party to which he belongs” (in relation to the election of prime/chief minister, vote of confidence, money bill or constitutional amendment) shall “cease to be a member of the House” upon the recommendation of the “Party Head” (through the laid-down procedure). In other words, no member of the parliament can exercise his or her own mind to independently support or oppose a prime ministerial candidate, a money bill (most importantly the budget), or any change to the constitution of Pakistan. Such decisions, on behalf of all members of the parliament, are made by the party
(or party head), and no opportunity for debate or deliberation need be extended in this regard. Putting this in context of the current parliament, four individuals – Asif Ali Zardari, Nawaz Sharif, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Altaf Hussain (none of whom are members of the National Assembly!) – could sit in a room together and pick a prime minister, make a budget and transform the entire constitution, and no member of the parliament will be able to question or vote against their decisions! Is there any reason, anymore, to believe that we live in a democratic system where each person’s opinion is counted as equal to every other person? But despite the abhorrence of this proposition, Article 63A was unanimously accepted and endorsed by members of all political parties in the Parliament at the time of passing of the 18th Amendment. And perhaps more disturbingly, when a challenge was made to the 18th Amendment before the Supreme Court, no one (the lawyers or the judges) suggested that inclusion of Article 63A affected the ‘basic structure’ of our constitution or democracy in any way. For, after all, what concern do parliamentary workings and democratic process have with our “basic structure”… which is better protected by defending the age-old process of appointment of the superior court judges! This is symptomatic of a larger culture of institutional and political loyalty trumping all concerns of law, reason or ethics. What happened on the floor of the parliament between members of PML(N) and PPP is, at most, a two-day story in our country. And on the third day, there will be some laptop scheme that will overshadow this rot in our democratic fabric. The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: email@example.com
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OS ANGELES: Films will be front and centre when the MTV Movie Awards broadcast live from Los Angeles tonight (Sunday). Hosted by comedian/actor Russell Brand, the ceremony will honour some of the biggest names in Hollywood. ‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘The Hunger Games’ are the top contenders for the golden popcorn trophies, earning eight nominations each. There will be six new categories, including best on-screen dirtbag and best gut-wrenching performance. And this year, there will be plenty of star power. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ stars Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman, along with director Christopher Nolan, will be on hand to preview exclusive footage from the upcoming Batman film. Actress Emma Stone will receive the firstever MTV Trailblazer Award, while actor Johnny Depp will be honoured with the MTV Generation Award for his contributions to the film industry. The Black Keys will perform a special rendition of their hit single ‘Gold on the Ceiling’ in Depp’s honour. Presenters include Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum, Adam Sandler, Emma Watson, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, Andrew Garfield, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg. French DJ Martin Solveig will serve as the show’s house DJ, remixing themes from iconic movies like ‘Jaws’, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’. cBS
PaRIS: kanye west and Jay-Z perform during their tour ‘watch the throne’. AFP
LoS aNgeLeS: Van halen, Dave Lee Roth and eddie Van halen perform as part of their 2012 North american tour. AFP
BoStoN: Chris Rock sits courtside as he watches the Boston Celtics host the Miami heat in game three of the NBa Playoffs. AFP
BeIJINg: Jessica alba arrives at the launch ceremony of Montblanc’s new Princesse grace de Monaco jewellery collection. REUTERS
Ali Zafar’s ‘Chashme Buddoor’
eyes monsoon release The much-talked about ‘Chashme Buddoor’ remake, directed by David Dhawan, will release August 31. The original came out in 1981. Directed by Sai Paranjape, the light-hearted drama starred Farooque Sheikh, Deepti Naval, Rakesh Bedi and Ravi Baswani who gave stellar performances in the film, which entertains movie buffs even today. Dhawan has roped Pakistani actor Ali Zafar, Siddharth of Rang De Basanti fame and Divyendu Sharma, who was seen in ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ and southern beauty Tapasee in the remake. The music for the film has been composed by Sajid Wajid. neWS DeSK
Anne Hathaway felt humiliated as Catwoman
BeIJINg: Nicolas Cage arrives at the launch ceremony of Montblanc’s new Princesse grace de Monaco jewellery collection. REUTERS
LOS AnGeLeS: anne hathaway has revealed that she was left humiliated after she repeatedly kept tripping over Batman's cape while filming 'the Dark knight Rises'. the 29year-old actress, who plays Catwoman in the much awaited film, had been looking forward to sparring with Christian Bale's Batman on the set, but had to hide her blushes after losing her balance during crucial scenes. "I'm just trying to think if there were any stumbling moments," the Daily express quoted the actress as telling empire magazine. "you know, they have a few Batman capes for different camera lenses and there was one cape Christian was wearing that was so long, I kept tripping on it!" she said. AGencIeS
PaRIS: Justin Bieber listens to fans from a balcony of his record label after singing a musical set. REUTERS
‘Rowdy Rathore’ rises to be a blockbuster
Shah Rukh Khan
to give IIFA
MuMBAI: Clearly, unadulterated masala is the talk of the day, and akshay ‘Rowdy’ kumar has no reason to be ‘angry’. his re-emergence as an action hero (read: superhero) is writ large all over the Box office. after ‘agneepath’ and ‘Bodyguard’, ‘Rowdy Rathore’ has nestled itself comfortably in the third position in the list of the highest openers ever. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film has been instrumental in proving beyond doubt that as far as the audience is concerned-as long as there is masala-nothing else matters. the film resulted in an avalanche of good wishes and congratulatory
messages for akshay kumar from all across the country and abroad. here’s a look at a few tweets from Bollywood: karan Johar: “huge congratulations to shabina khan, SLB,team UtV,@sonakshisinha,@akshaykumar!!!! for roaring RowDy RathoRe!!!! More PoweR to all of u!!!!” Riteish Deshmukh: “Just saw #RowDyRathoRe- Blockbuster written all over it. Its funny-Romantic & has aCtIoN that will blow u away-@akshaykumar is in full form... #RowDyRathoRe @sonakshisinha hs super chemistry with akki- Prabhudeva will keep u at d edge of d seat-congrats Shabina khan - big hug.” AGencIeS
MuMBAI: Shah Rukh Khan will not be attending the IIFA awards that is being held in Singapore in the second week of June. The actor leaves for London on Sunday to shoot for Yash chopra's untitled film. The actor said, “IIFA always comes during the summer vacations of my kids. So this time will have to miss. I will be shooting in London and then my kids will join me for vacation there.'' Shah Rukh has been nominated in the best actor category for ‘Don 2’. His film ‘Ra One’ has nomination for best music for the song chammak challo. AGencIeS
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15 Rihanna racks up comedy role in apocalypse-themed film LOS ANGELES AGencIeS
IHANNA has racked up another film role after making her debut in ‘Battleship’-she’s starring in Seth Rogen’s new comedy ‘The End of The World’. The pop singer first put her acting talents to the test playing a tough cadet in the naval blockbuster and now she’s trying her comedy skills for Rogen’s movie. Apparently, she’s building up her Hollywood resume with a comedy
role. Rihanna was spotted shooting scenes with ‘Harry Potter’ star Emma Watson on Rogen’s latest project, alongside co-star Jonah Hill. The ‘Umbrella’ hitmaker also took to Twitter.com to drop hints about the project, telling fans, “Movie time in N.O, all my fav comedians in 1 room! Pure laughs non stop.” After her scenes wrapped, she added, “Just leaving set! This has to be one of my favourite moments in life (shooting) end of the world. Kevin Hart clearly has childhood issues! Lolololol!” A host of stars in-
cluding James Franco, Jason Segel, Danny McBride and Mindy Kaling have signed up to play themselves in the apocalypse-themed film, which is set for release next year. The movie follows a group of celebrities who get stuck in actor James Franco’s apartment when the apocalypse hits. RiRi held hands with Michael Cera while running through the grass in a seethrough top and denim shorts. She made some new friends with Jonah Hill, Kevin Hart, and Emma Watson, and joked around with her BFF Melissa.
Sharmeen Obaid talks ‘Ho Yaqeen’ and life post-Oscar
New yoRk: Chris hemsworth appears on NBC’s today show. REUTERS
Clinton casts Clooney in his biopic
After winning the maiden Academy Award for Pakistan, filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid is all poised to scale new heights. She says, "A lot has happened since the Academy Awards in February in LA. I have begun work on a new series of documentary films, which are being aired for the first time on TV Channels across Pakistan. In a unique partnership with Coca-Cola, my production company SOC Films has launched a 6 part documentary series titled 'Ho Yaqeen' featuring Pakistanis doing extraordinary things and transforming their communities." There's more that is making Sharmeen happy these days. "I was very fortunate to have been named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most Influential people in the world. This positive reinforcement helps us get the message of our Academy Award winning film ‘Saving Face’ out. I am also involved in two more exciting documentary ventures outside of Pakistan, which I shall share with my friends and fans later in the summer," she said. The first episode of the series ‘Ho Yaqeen’ was launched two weeks ago. neWS DeSK
LOS ANGELES: Bill Clinton has said that he would pick George Clooney over Brad Pitt to play him in his biopic. The former president has said that Pitt is "too good-looking," during an appearance on 'Piers Morgan Tonight.' Clinton gushed to guest host Harvey Weinstein about Clooney's performance in the Oscar-winning flick, 'The Descendants'. "He was so good in it, so real," the New York Daily News quoted Clinton as saying. But he added that some prosthetics might be in order to make Clooney look more like himself. "You could put bulbous things on his nose," Clinton said, referring to his own infamous schnoz. And for the actress to play his wife and current Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, he replied saying "Meryl Streep." Clooney is no stranger to playing politicians on the big screen he played a presidential candidate in the 2011 film, 'The Ides of March,' starring alongside Ryan Gosling. AGencIeS
Shahid-Priyanka’s ‘Kahaani’, on board a Jaguar
MuMBAI: for a while now, ex-flames Shahid kapoor and Priyanka Chopra have constantly been venturing into and shifting out of the limelight. and once again, rumour mills are burning themselves out speculating as to whether the once alleged lovers are back on the relationship territory or not. Shahid and Priyanka have their movie ‘teri Meri kahaani’ slated for release soon, and the duo is not leaving any stone unturned in making sure that their film is promoted well. therefore while we have a pretty Priyanka proclaiming her love for the kolkata knight Riders IPL team, a suave Shahid softly supports Chennai Super kings
before the finals of IPL 2012. then we have them all over the place. the ex-flames are inseparable, through and through. Priyanka and Shahid were spotted together in the latter’s smoking hot red Jaguar, and as per reports, the two had been that way since 8am in the morning, reason: promotion of ‘teri Meri kahaani’. whether or not Cupid has struck an arrow or two in the hearts of the ex-lovers is yet to be seen. amidst promotions and spending immense amount of time together, the two might end up rekindling their romance-and the country is all ears for the newest prem kahaani in the tinsel town. AGencIeS
neW DeLHI: after juggling with a variety of roles in her career till date, katrina is all set to test waters with the action genre. Bollywood’s very own Chikni Chameli has been working round the clock to give her best shot in the forthcoming flicks ‘ek tha tiger’ and ‘Dhoom 3’. known for her hardworking nature, katrina trains for hardcore action scenes for ‘ekt’ during day time and gets back for a hands-on-training session for ‘Dhoom 3’ at dusk. the reports say that aditya Chopra has sent three trainers to where katrina is currently shooting for ‘ek tha…’ so that her body can get warmed up for the hand-tohand combat session which is going to be one of the major highlights of ‘Dhoom 3’. for all that diligence, this girl really deserves a pat on her back. AGencIeS
Saudi princess tries to leave luxury hotel
without paying PARIS AFP
A Saudi princess was caught trying to leave the Shangri-La hotel in Paris without settling a six million euro ($7.4 million) bill for her rooms, police said Saturday, confirming a report in the daily Le Parisien. Maha al-Sudani, the former wife of Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Nayef ben Abdel Aziz, tried to walk out on Thursday without paying for her suite and those of her 60-strong entourage, prompting staff to call in police, Le Parisien reported. The Saudi Arabian ambassador was also contacted during the incident, added Le Parisien, which noted that Sudani enjoys diplomatic immunity. When contacted by AFP, the luxury hotel's director Alain Borgers said that that are "no problems" with its clients and "no unpaid bills" at the moment. The princess has already had previous run-ins over unpaid bills. In 2009, fashion chain Key Largo went to court to obtain 89,000 euros owed by the princess.
‘Cleaning fairy’ breaks into house, tidies up WESTLAKE AGencIeS
Sherry Bush, a mother in Westlake, Ohio, said she came home to find her house a little cleaner after an uninvited guest had tidied up while she was away. Local news agencies reported that Susan Warren, the so-called ‘Cleaning Fairy’, is accused of breaking into Sherry Bush's home, doing some light cleaning, and leaving a bill for her services on a napkin, along with her contact information. "She wrote a note on a napkin and left it on the table, saying, '$75 I was here to clean,' and left her name and number," Bush said. Thinking that Warren had come to the wrong house, Bush called her up to straighten things out. "I think our jaws just dropped to the ground," Bush said. "I said, 'What happened, did you get the wrong house?' She said, 'No, I do this all the time.' I said, 'What do you mean?' She said, 'I just stop and clean your house.'" Bush said Warren later admitted she had broken in because she needed cash, though nothing was stolen from the house. "She said she was driving down the street and randomly picked our house and cleaned it cause she was desperate for money," Bush said. Westlake police have charged Warren with felony burglary.
Katrina gears up to pack a punch in ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ and ‘Dhoom 3’
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Sunday, 3 June, 2012
US, Japan, South korea vow solidarity against North korea SINGAPORE AFP
The United States and key Asian allies Japan and South Korea on Saturday agreed to bolster efforts to counter any threat from nuclear-armed North Korea, officials said. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta met with his South Korean counterpart Kim Kwan Jin, and Japan Parliamentary Senior Vice Minister of Defence Shu Watanabe on the sidelines of a regional security conference in Singapore. “The ministers reaffirmed that North Korea’s provocative behaviour threatens all three countries and will be met with solidarity from all three countries,” the three said in a joint statement after their meeting. “They agreed to continue to reinforce trilateral policy coordination in order to deter North Korean provocations.” Pyongyang’s sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan, its shelling of South Korea’s Yeonpyeong island in 2010 and a missile launch in April “pose a serious threat to the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula, Northeast Asia, and the world,” the statement said.
China warns US against ‘making waves’ in disputed sea BEIJING AFP
China’s official news agency warned Saturday it was no time to “make waves” in the disputed South China Sea after the US said it would shift the bulk of its naval fleet to the Pacific Ocean by 2020. “It is advisable for some to refrain from muddying the waters and fishing therein,” said Xinhua, referring to the sea, which is part of the Pacific and the subject of overlapping territorial claims. China claims the sea in full, and it is also claimed in whole or part by Taiwan, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines. “As regards the South China Sea tensions, it is some other claimants, whether emboldened by the United States’ new posture or not, that sparked the fire and have been stoking the flames,” said the agency. It was Beijing’s “genuine wish” to turn the South China Sea “into a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation,” added Xinhua, in the commentary entitled “Not to make waves in South China Sea.”
four Qaeda fighters, soldier killed in yemen ADEN AFP
Four Al-Qaeda fighters and a soldier were killed in overnight fighting outside Zinjibar, capital of the southern Yemeni province of Abyan, a military official said on Saturday. The insurgents had fired three rockets at the headquarters of the 25th Mechanised Brigade, killing the soldier and wounding six others. Separately, three Al-Qaeda militants were killed and five wounded on Friday when a bomb they were making accidentally exploded in Al-Mahfad, a town in northern Abyan, a local official said. Yemeni forces launched an all-out offensive on May 12 aimed at reclaiming Zinjibar and other localities in Abyan lost to Al-Qaeda during the past year. Since the offensive began, at least 376 people have been killed, according to an AFP tally compiled from official statements.
cAIRO: egyptian protesters call for the execution of ousted president Hosni Mubarak who was sentenced to life in prison following the pronouncement of the verdict on Saturday. AFP
Rage as Hosni Mubarak sentenced, aides acquitted CAIRO
ILENCE fell over the court room, and outside where families of the victims had gathered, to hear the verdict in the murder trial of Egypt’s fallen dictator Hosni Mubarak. But rage overtook the families of Mubarak’s victims, and the lawyer’s representing them, as the court sentenced Mubarak and his interior minister to life but acquitted their six security commanders on the same charges. They had been charged with the murder of some of the 850 people killed during the 18-day uprising that ousted Mubarak in February 2011. Outside the Police Academy, Mohammed Abdel Fattah, the father of 11-year-old Hassan, shot dead during the uprising, held up the bloodied shirt and jacket of his son, both punctured in the back with what he said was a bullet hole. “It’s void, it’s void,” he screamed of the sentence. The chief judge, Ahmed Refaat, had started with a speech scolding Mubarak and his top security officials, who were crammed in a caged dock in the courtroom. Mubarak’s rule was “30 years of black, black, black darkness; the darkness of bitter winter,” he said. The uprising that toppled Mubarak brought “a new dawn to Egypt.” Gasps could be heard inside the courtroom, packed with police who
HOSnI MuBARAK lined up in front of the defendant’s cage, when he sentenced Mubarak and his interior minister Habib alAdly to life. Outside, families of the victims launched firecrackers. The defendants were mostly obscured by police who stood in front of the black metal cage. But the relief turned to rage as the judge exonerated Mubarak’s six police commanders, and his two sons on corruption charges. “The people demand the purification of the judiciary,” lawyers representing the victims chanted, before a brief scuffle broke out in the academy lecture hall the serves the courtroom. “The sentencing will give them innocence in an appeal,” said Ahmed Hassan, one of the lawyers representing the victims’ families. Critics of the trial had been
scathing of the prosecution’s choice of witnesses from start. In the sentencing, Refaat conceded that they were unreliable. “He should be executed as he executed our sons,” said Mustafa Mursi, whose 18-year-old son was also shot dead outside a police station, referring to Mubarak. “This sentencing paves the way for a pardon when Shafiq comes to power,” he added, referring to Mubarak’s last prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, who faces the Islamist Mohammed Mursi in a presidential election runoff on June 16-17. Riot police advanced as some of the enraged protesters threw empty soda cans at them, beating them back with truncheons. And they quickly moved in to separate the protesters when they began fighting with proMubarak demonstrators.
top Chinese official accused of being US spy WASHINGTON AFP
China has detained a top security official for passing sensitive information to the United States in the highest-level spy case involving the two countries since the 1980s, reports said. Citing an unnamed “person with knowledge of the case,” The New York Times said the official, who was arrested earlier this year, was believed to be an employee in the Ministry of State Security, China’s main intelligence agency. Hong Kong’s New Way magazine said the detained official was a secretary to a vice minister at the ministry. The vice minister, who was not named, has also been suspended from duty, the New Way report said. “What is unbelievable is that the person involved in this spy case is a secretary to a vice minister who is handling China’s top secrets, which means all the confidential documents sent to the vice minister pass through the secretary first,” the magazine said. “The incident has caused the concerns and worries of Chinese top leadership, and (President) Hu Jintao has ordered an investigation to get to the bottom of the matter,” the magazine said, adding that Hu was “shocked and angry.” The magazine said the official was recruited by the CIA when he studied in the United States. New Way described it as the highest-level spy case involving China and the United States since China’s Yu Qiangsheng defected in 1985. The United States and Chinese governments have not given any hint publicly of the discovery of the spying suspect. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, visiting Oslo on Friday, declined to comment on the reports.
Iraq crisis escalates with calls for PM to go BAGHDAD AFP
A series of intertwined political crises that began with accusations that Iraq’s prime minister was consolidating power have escalated into calls to unseat him, and paralysed the country’s government. The protracted drama has seen Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s deputy revert to decrying him as a “dictator” and the leader of the autonomous Kurdish region call for him to go on
one side, while the premier insists he has sufficient backing to stay on the other. “The political crisis has reached its highest level since its beginning, but it is still running within the framework of the democratic game,” Iraqi political analyst Ihsan al-Shammari said. “The country is paralysed on all levels; there is a clear political paralysis paralleled by governmental negligence and a failure of the legislative authority, while the people are disappointed and afraid of the security consequences,” Shammari said. The trouble began in earnest in midDecember, when the secular Sunnibacked Iraqiya bloc began a boycott of parliament and the cabinet over what it
said was Maliki’s centralisation of power. For his part, Maliki sought to sack Sunni Deputy Prime Minister Saleh alMutlak, an Iraqiya member who had labelled the premier “worse than Saddam Hussein.” That month, an arrest warrant was issued for Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, also of Iraqiya, for allegedly running a death squad. Hashemi fled to the autonomous Kurdistan region in north Iraq, which declined to hand him over to Baghdad and then permitted him to leave on a regional tour that took him to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. He is now being tried in absentia in Iraq. Kurdistan further entered the fray when its chief, Massud Barzani, launched
a series of attacks against Maliki. In April, the region stopped oil exports, claiming Baghdad has allegedly withheld more than $1.5 billion (1.2 billion euros) that Kurdish officials say is owed to foreign oil companies working in the region. And powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose parliamentary bloc is part of the national unity government along with Iraqiya and the Kurdish alliance, referred to the premier as a “dictator” hungry for acclaim, and accused him of wanting to postpone or cancel elections. But Maliki opponents have now moved from merely criticising the premier to talk of actually removing him from office.
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Foreign News 17 Cardinals split as Vatican internal rift widens ROME AFP
eLASHA BIYAHA: Somalian troops run through a doorway during an operation to flush out suspected al-Shebab elements on Saturday. AFP
Cheering crowds greet Queen Elizabeth at start of jubilee LONDON
rapturous flag-waving crowd of more than 100,000 cheered Queen Elizabeth II at Epsom racecourse in Britain on Saturday as she arrived to kick off four days of celebrations for her diamond jubilee. Shortly after gun salutes across the country marked the exact anniversary of her coronation, the horse-loving 86year-old monarch was driven across the racecourse in an open-topped vehicle, dressed in royal blue. Paratroopers descended to the racecourse trailing huge Union Jack flags and red smoke ahead of the the arrival of the queen and her 90-year-old husband Prince Philip to watch the Epsom Derby, Britain’s richest horse race. In a surge of enthusiasm for the monarchy across Britain, thousands of people meanwhile paraded through the Scottish city of Perth for the jubilee, and many more held community parties. “It’s not every morning you wake up
on a day that will be written about in the history books,” declared the Sun, Britain’s best-selling newspaper. “Make the most of this once-in-alifetime occasion. It may be centuries before another comes along.” Crowds even turned out to watch military bands rehearse in London ahead of the main celebrations for the queen’s 60 years on the throne. Cloudy weather and forecasts of rain appeared unlikely to deter the public from partying amid the highest support for the royals in decades. A recent poll showed about 80 percent of Britons want the country to stay a monarchy. People were already camping in tents beside the Thames river ahead of a pageant of about 1,000 boats that will sail through London on Sunday with the 86-year-old queen in a royal barge decked with 10,000 flowers. “There is huge excitement. The queen has done a terrific job in the past 60 years,” said Andrew Phasey, whose canal narrowboat will be part of the pageant. “We feel hugely privileged to be taking part. It will be a terrific day.” Britons have planned more than
Britain’s Big Ben to be renamed Elizabeth Tower LONDON: Britain’s famed parliament clock tower Big Ben is set to be renamed the Elizabeth Tower in honour of the queen’s diamond jubilee, a report said Friday. Prime Minister David Cameron is among 331 lawmakers who have signed up to a campaign to bestow the tribute to Queen Elizabeth to mark her 60th year on the throne, the Daily Mail reported. It mirrors an honour bestowed on queen Victoria — the first British monarch to celebrate a diamond jubilee, back in 1897 — after whom the square tower at the other end of the Houses of Parliament was renamed. “It is great news that so many MPs from across the House are backing what would be a fitting tribute to the queen. I hope it will now move ahead,” the Mail quoted Cameron as saying. The 96metre (316-foot) tower is formally known as the clock tower but is commonly known as Big Ben after the huge bell that it holds, whose distinctive “bongs” sound out the hours in central London. Lawmakers accepted that the iconic tower which looms over the 19century Gothic revival parliament would continue to be known colloquially as Big Ben, but said that its formal name should honour Queen Elizabeth. The House of Commons Commission, the governing body of the British parliament, will meet by the end of June and is expected to agree on the renaming of Big Ben, the Daily Mail said. AFP 9,500 street parties for Sunday, although there are concerns about forecasts of heavy rain.On Monday, some 4,000 beacons will be lit across the Commonwealth following a huge picnic and star-studded
concert at Buckingham Palace. Tuesday — like Monday a public holiday — is devoted to ceremonial events including a thanksgiving service and carriage procession.
Indian preliminary hearing for Italian marines THIRUVANTHAPURAM AFP
Two Italian marines accused of murdering two Indian fishermen appeared in court Saturday for a preliminary hearing in a case that has caused a diplomatic row. Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, who shot dead the fishermen off India’s southwestern coast on February 15, appeared in the lower court in Kollam in the southern state of Kerala. The two marines deny murder, saying they mistook the fishermen for pirates. The court fixed June 18 for the next hearing and directed the state government to provide a list of interpreters “for the benefit of the accused”, the semi-official Press Trust of India news agency reported. It also asked the prosecution to provide copies of the charges to the two marines as requested by their lawyers.
ePSOM: Britain’s Queen elizabeth II is escorted to the parade ring before the Diamond Jubilee coronation cup on Derby Day, the second day of the epsom Derby horse racing festival, on Saturday, the first official day of Queen elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. AFP
Cardinals tasked with deciding the fate of the Vatican bank president amid financial scandals and a struggle for power in the Holy See are struggling to come to an agreement, media reports said Saturday. The commission of cardinals must decide whether or not to uphold the board’s decision to oust Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, who was fired for failing to clean up the institution’s image amid accusations of corruption and money-laundering. But the cardinals are reportedly split, with two of the four siding with Gotti Tedeschi, widening the bitter rift between the financial ethics expert and Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican number two. It was Bertone who reportedly pushed the bank’s board to fire their president as internal divisions over financial transparency came to a head. “The cardinals are split. Two have refused to vote the measure backed by Bertone,” the Corriere della Sera said. According to the Repubblica daily, “the split within the organisation” is also linked to the “Vatileaks” scandal, which has seen whistle blowers leak documents to the press, apparently in an attempt to bring Bertone down. Gotti Tedeschi’s mission was to get the Vatican on to the “white list” of financially virtuous countries, but tensions grew after Bertone resisted reform and pushed for a new transparency law to be watered down.
arabs urge UN action as Syria death toll soars DAMASCUS AFP
Arab leaders called for UN action on Saturday as at least 27 people were killed in Syria amid growing global concern that Kofi Annan’s peace plan is failing and the country descending into civil war. The Arab League’s ministerial committee on Syria, meanwhile, called on UN-Arab League envoy Annan to set a time frame for his mission. “We request Mr Annan to set a time frame for his mission because it is unacceptable that massacres and bloodshed continue while the mission is ongoing indefinitely,” Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim AlThani told a meeting of the committee in Doha, attended by Annan. “We demand the UN Security Council refer the six-point (Annan plan) to Chapter VII so that the international community could assume responsibilities,” he added, without elaborating. Chapter VII outlines action the Security Council might take, including military force, in response to threats to international peace, breaches of the peace and acts of aggression. Earlier, Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said he had asked the Security Council to take strong action to protect civilians in Syria but did not raise the question of intervention. “I sent a letter to the UN Security Council asking it to undertake all necessary measures to protect the Syrian people,” Arabi told AFP shortly before the opening of the Doha meeting. But asked if he had called for armed action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Arabi said: “I have not referred to military intervention.” On the ground, Syrian troops conducted raids in search of antiregime militants and clashed with rebels in several regions, with at least 27 people killed, including 15 soldiers, 11 civilians and one rebel, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Tensions spilled over into neighbouring Lebanon, as clashes between pro- and anti-Damascus gunmen killed two people and wounded 20 others in the northern city of Tripoli, a security source told AFP.
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Malaysia to host 2013 asia Cup hockey
Pakistan lose to England too Azlan Shah Hockey: NZ, Argentina in final
The Asian Hockey Federation's council allotted Malaysia the 2013 Asia Cup hockey, the tournament that will offer qualification berth for the 2014 World Cup. According to reports, this will be the second successive time that Malaysia will host the continental championship to be organised by the Malaysian Hockey Confederation. Ipoh has been chosen as the venue, having already emerged as the most favoured hockey destination in Asia. Sultan Azlan Shah, president of the Asian Hockey Federation, chaired the meeting of the AHF Council that took the decision today. Ipoh's hockey stadium has laid a new blue turf for the current Azlan Shah Cup. Malaysia hosted the last Asia Cup at Kuantan in 2009. Singapore was earlier tipped to host the Asia Cup as the AHF was keen to take the event to new venues but the Singapore team's low ranking went against it. The schedule is yet to be confirmed and the AHF will do so after taking the international calendar and the annual Sultan Azlan Shah Cup into consideration. A decision was also taken to name the AHF-MHC Academy, situated inside the Ipoh stadium complex, as the Raja Dato' Seri Ashaman Academy, in honour of the second son of Sultan Azlan Shah who passed away in March.
IGURING out the match line up for the final day proved a fascinating exercise in Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Cup on Saturday. Each of the three ties played had some bearing on the placement in the points table heightening the tension for the viewers and players. Three-time champions Pakistan faced their worst defeat in the Azlan Shah Cup after losing to Great Britain 2–1. Pakistan finished last for the first time in the history of the Cup. Abdul Haseem Khan provided Pakistan the much needed lead in the 15th minute, which lasted till halftime. The Green shirts then wilted and conceded an equalizer in the 47th minute when Barry Middleton scored for Great Britain. It seemed that the match would end in a draw but with four minutes remaining, Ashley Jackson scored the winning goal for Great Britain. Earlier, after a dismal run in the ongoing Azlan Shah Cup, including the 2-1 defeat against India, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) chief selector Hanif Khan had declared that the team was unprepared for the Olympics which are less than two months away. Meanwhile, a clear picture emerged only after the last match when Argentina beat Malaysia by a solitary goal. What eventually surfaced however did not conform totally to the configurations worked out for India after the win over Pakistan. The fight for the glittering Azlan Shah Cup on Sunday will be between New Zealand and Argentina. This is the first title fight for the Kiwis. India, which was confronted various possibilities had to reconcile itself for a bronze medal contest against Britain after the latter collected full points against Pakistan. India lost 2-3 to Britain in the league stage. Korea will lock horns with Malaysia for the fifth and sixth places. Pakistan
Compton ton just a day too late for record bid LONDON AFP
Somerset's Nick Compton completed 1,000 first-class runs on Friday -- just a day after rain denied him the chance to become the first player to do so before the end of May in 24 years. No batsman had reached the coveted landmark since Graeme Hick in 1988 and it was widely thought the subsequent reduction in first-class, and especially County Championship fixtures, would make it tough for anyone to equal his feat. But Compton, the grandson of England batting great Denis Compton, got desperately close. He was nine not out when rain stopped play Thursday in Somerset's First Division County Championship clash away to Worcestershire at New Road. But the 28-year-old, who was at Middlesex, the only county Denis ever represented, put any lingering frustration to one side to make 108 -- his fourth first class hundred of the season - on Friday. Born in South Africa to a father who also played first-class cricket, as did his uncle and great-uncle, Nick Compton arrived in England as a teenager, where he attended the elite Harrow School -- whose former pupils include Winston Churchill.
IPoh: Barry Middleton (L) of Britain scores a goal past Pakistan goalkeeper Imran during their match at the Sultan azlan Shah Cup tournament. AFP went out of the reckoning and finished at the seventh slot. Great Britain staged a splendid comeback in the second half after being subdued by Pakistan in the first half. In fact, the Pakistanis were dominant this period. They moved in tandem using the wingers and shot into the lead from a lovely goal from a back hander by Haseem Khan who made the most of a pass from Waqas. Notwithstanding the continues feeding from Barry Middleton and Ben Hawes, Britain’s front line failed to generate that measure of velocity to overcome the well organized Pakistani defence. Midway after the break, Britain brought parity to the score-line thanks to the opportunism exhibited by Barry Middleton The vision of a draw ap-
peared on the horizon with Britain struggling to improve and Pakistan slowly failing to combat with the escalating pressure to develop. Pakistan succumbed four minutes before the hooter. Ashley Jackon slotted the match winner from a move initiated by Iain Lewers and developed by Richard Smith. That goal put Pakistan out of the reckoning for placement matches. It finished at the bottom of the table. A last minute goal from a penalty corner by Jang Jong Hyun enabled Korea overcome New Zealand. Assured of the Sunday’s final, the Kiwis did not stretch themselves much unlike the Koreans for whom the win came as a morale booster. SUNIL REPRIMANDED: Sarinder Dhillon, Tournament Director, has reprimanded India’s winger S. V. Sunil consequent to an apology tendered by the
Australia in strike threat SYDNEY AFP
Australia's cricketers may go on strike ahead of next month's one-day tour of England over performance-related pay issues, reports said on Saturday. Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) head Paul Marsh said there were contingency plans should a resolution not be agreed with Cricket Australia before July 1. The Australian newspaper said players have examined a boycott of next month's one-day tour of England or the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka in SeptemberOctober. "Relationships between players and management are heated and threatening to become as ugly as the stand-off surrounding the first player contract ne-
gotiations during Mark Taylor's captaincy (1994-1999)," the newspaper said. "Cricket Australia is playing hardball in negotiations and has frozen all state and Big Bash (domestic T20) contract talks under the threat of a Aus$50,000 ($48,400) fine until the new agreement is in place." The newspaper said players and state administrators have both raised the possibility of a boycott of next month's tour to England. Marsh told the newspaper his members were preparing for the possibility of an industrial standoff if there was no contract in place before the current one ends. "There's only 29 days of negotiations left to run, so of course we are preparing for the eventuality of not having a deal in place before the end of July," Marsh told
The Australian. "We are looking at all of our different options." The players and Cricket Australia were progressing towards an agreement on a controversial shift to performance-based pay when CA tabled a demand to change the definition of cricket revenue, it said. "The association considers that a Aus$30 million cash grab and there is frustration that the bid was tabled late in negotiations," The Australian said. "The players argue they are not asking for more money, but want to ensure they do not receive less at a time when the game is in reasonable financial health." The main sticking point in the negotiations has been the move to adjust the players' revenue share according to performance, it said.
England ponder Anderson omission LONDON AFP
England are considering leaving spearhead fast bowler James Anderson out of their team for next week's third Test against the West Indies at Edgbaston in order to give the Lancashire seamer a rest. The hosts, 20 up in the three-match series, are due to name their squad on Sunday. Reports in the British press on Saturday indicated Anderson could be omitted for the 'dead' match, with England facing another crowded home international programme. Test cricket, despite the growing global ap-
peal of Twenty20, has remained the priority for English administrators, fans and players alike. According to a report in the Guardian, Anderson, named England's player of the year last month, is fully fit following a minor thigh problem. The 29year-old has missed just one of England's previous 25 Tests and, having spent much of his early international career as a squad player, is keen to add to his tally of 267 wick-
ets which places him fifth on his country's all-time list of most successful Test bowlers. He took six wickets in England's nine-wicket win at Trent Bridge, where he and Stuart Broad, with Tim Bresnan as third seamer, continued to torment the tourists' fragile top order. England are due to play three Tests against South Africa, challenging them as the world's number one ranked side in the five-day game,
later in the season and have a host of oneday games with both the West Indies and the Proteas as well. In between the two main tours, they are also set for a one-day series with arch-rivals Australia. However, that campaign was called into question Saturday after reports in the Australian press warned of a possible strike by Australia players in protest over revised performance-related pay rules. While an abandoned series would clearly have financial implications for the ECB, it could prove a boon for Broad, a mainstay in all three major formats and England's Twenty20 captain.
player for his indecent gesture to the Pakistani supporters after the IndiaPakistan match. Sunil however will play on Sunday. THE RESULTS: Korea 1 (Jong Jang Hyun) beat New Zealand 0. HT 0-0. Great Britain 2 (Barry Middleton, Ashley Jackson) beat Pakistan 1 (Muhammad Waqas) HT 0-1. Argentina1 (Pedro Ibarra) beat Malaysia 0; HT 0-0 Table of Points: New Zealand: Played 6, Won 4, Lost 2, Drawn 0, Goals for 18, Goals against 18, Points 12; Argentina 64-0-2-15-16-12; Great Britain 6-3-2-1-1310-11; India 6-3-0-3-12-15-9; Korea 6-2-2-2-11-8-8; Malaysia 6-1-2-3-10-145; Pakistan 6-1-0-5-9-16-3 Sunday’s matches: 5-6: Malaysia v Korea; (1-05 p.m. IST); India v Great Britain (3-35 p.m.); Final: New Zealand v Argentina (6-05 p.m.)
PCB security wall again demolished LAHORE STAFF RePORT
The officials of the Gulberg Town Municipal Administration on Saturday defied court stay order and demolished the outer security wall of the Pakistan Cricket Board headquarters. Faisal Khan, TMO, came in the evening of Saturday at the PCB with a team of people to bring down the wall constructed by the PCB to improve its security. But he went back when Javed Manj, PCB official, showed him the court stay orders barring the TMA of taking any action of demolishing the wall. TMO said it was built on the greenbelt. However, after around half an hour the TMO again came back with his team and erased to ground the wall constructed by the PCB. This is the second instance of the demolition of the security wall by the TMA. The TMA took the same step last month despite assurance and several meetings between the two parties and now again the TMA defied the court directives. On Saturday, the TMA people went a step ahead not only demolishing the wall but also got physical with the PCB officials who tried to show them the court directives. During the whole process temper flared but in the end TMA completed its work. An official of the TMA said that they cannot any kind of illegal constructions and no one is above the law and they would be taking legal course if required.
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Zaka rounds off successful visit to India Pawar to push for Pakistan, India series revival LAHORE
UHAMMAD Zaka Ashraf, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), rounded off his "very successful" visit to India with a one-to-one meeting with ICC president Sharad Pawar. Ashraf, who was in India on BCCI's invitation to watch the IPL final in Chennai last month, said he requested Pawar, also the Union Agriculture Minister, to assist in resuming the India-Pakistan bilateral series. Ashraf, on his maiden visit to India, met IPL governing council chairman and Parliamentary affairs minister Rajeev Shukla to get some clarifications on the modalities of Sialkot Stallions' participation in the Champions League T20 in October. The CLT20 governing council has invited Pakistan's national T20 champions Stallions in a path breaking move. "My visit to India has been very fruitful and very successful. I wish the relations of our countries are further strengthened and
Pak series at home would be the best thing to have: Dhoni GURGAON AGencIeS
India's cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said Team India was open to play against arch-rivals Pakistan if the two boards agree to have a bilateral series in India. Chairman PCB Zaka Ashraf, who was invited to watch the IPL final between the Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders, had fruitful talks with BCCI officials to revive cricket ties between the two countries. An elated Dhoni said India-Pakistan series at home would be the best thing to have. India have suspended bilateral sporting ties with pakistan since the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai by Pakistani nationals. "Pakistan if they come here and play us, nothing better than that. We are open for it. But according to schedule, I don't know where it will fit," said Dhoni, on the sidelines of the inauguration of his chain of gyms, Sportsfit.
they lead to the revival of the cricketing ties," Ashraf was quoted by Mail Today. 'I'm carrying fond memories of my visit. All the people I met were very courteous and gave me a lot of respect. All of us were very positive and very friendly,' he pointed out. 'I could not see the Taj Mahal because of the Bharat Bandh. Anyway, when I come the next time, I'll try to visit both Agra and Ajmer sharif.' Ashraf said he requested Pawar during his meeting to use his good offices, both at the ICC and in the government, to help in restarting the bilateral series that was last held four-and-a-half years ago. 'He said that the Indian government too feels the bilateral series should be revived. And the Prime Ministers of the two countries have said that their the governments support the resumption of bilateral series,' he emphasised. 'I asked Mr Pawar to support the two Boards and he said that the government always wants the cricketing relations should be revived. He asked me to let him know whatever we - BCCI president Mr N Srini-
vasan and me - decide,' he said. Ashraf, who was accompanied by PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed on his Chennai leg, had two 'satisfactory' oneto-one meetings with Srinivasan there, and said that both chiefs made 'many pledges' to take the issue forward. The PCB chairman said that a short series comprising a few ODIs and T20 Internationals could break the ice this year before the Test series is played. He said the 'breaking news' could come in a month or two. 'We (the two Boards) have got support on both fronts: we have a good understanding at the Board level, and the governments too have supported us on the revival of the bilateral series,' Ashraf said. Ashraf also met Shukla on Friday and sought a few clarifications on the compositions of the teams that would compete in the CLT20 from October 8- 28. The PCB chairman was apparently under the impression that only domestic players would comprise the teams. 'I raised this point with Mr Shukla, that how players could play for his national teams and
hamza Mawaz – a rising polo star LAHORE STAFF RePORT
The morning of Sunday, March 11, 2012 had a different meaning for Hamza Mawaz Khan, a day that would make the bravest of men nervous with the pressures he coped later in the day at the tender age of sixteen. The highlight of the polo season in Pakistan – the Quad-e-Azam Gold Cup for the National Championship – was to be played at 4:30 pm at the historical Aibak Ground at the Lahore Polo Club between Nestle and Colony Sugar that day. Hamza, handicapped at 2, was playing forward along with three of his other teammates, two of whom were former captains of the Pakistan team and the third, the highest handicapped player – entered the field to face a highly-enthusiastic crowd. Although the odds were in favour of Nestle but maybe the gods at that day weren’t. Hamza lost, but history was made. He became the first player in Pakistan’s polo history to have played the National Championship final at the age of 16. As if the
pressure of the final was not enough, lying in his subconscious was another fact: four generations of his family had already won the National Championships in their prime. His great grandfather late Brig Gul Mawaz Khan, rated at 4 handicap, had won the National many a time. His grandfather, Major Javed Mawaz Khan, also a 4 handicapper, had won the it six times. His father, Taimur Mawaz Khan, a 3 handicap, had won it three times. His grandfather’s brother Saqib Mawaz Khan, a 5
Pakistan need to show maturity to square series LAHORE ASHeR BuTT
The Pakistan T20 team would desperately be looking to square the series against Sri Lanka after losing the opening match of the two-match order to hosts at Suriyawewa. But for that they need to demonstrate a sense of responsibility and maturity. The side will be meeting in their second T20 encounter on June 3
then represent their franchisees too. I felt it's not true representation, unless all players in the CLT20 are locals. I feel all players should be locals,' he said. 'He (Shukla) said that's the way the CLT20 has been structured. I also appreciate that it's too late to change that.' Sialkot,
(today) at Hambantota and new T20 captain Mohammad Hafeez and his charges that came up with the same old spineless display particularly from the seniors like Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik and the floundering openers, have the ability to bounce back. Hafeez, who just missed an opportunity to start off his captaincy career on a high note, would surely be looking to square the series. All Hafeez needs is to take some crucial decisions at the right time, like
haMBaNtota: Pakistan cricketer Sohail tanveer delivers a ball during a practice session. AFP
taking the powerplay and avoiding to much dotballs. There were also some selection woes which also need to be addressed with courage without coming under political or regional influence in picking up the specialists of the game. Pakistan have Hammad Azam in the bowling line-up, who could be useful while Umar Akmal would be the one in the middle to carry on the strike provided the openers give him proper start because a total of 132 runs was not that big an ask to be achieved for a team which is used to play the 20 overs matches on a routine basis in their domestic set-up. Hafeez himself admitted the total was not big enough to have achieved. "A score of 132 was still chaseable but if your main batsmen fail then it's very difficult to win such games," said Hafeez. Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez, however, blamed the batsmen for the loss in the first T20I. "I have enjoyed a fair amount of success as an opener in Twenty20, but my presence at the top depends on the team combination," he added. All Pakistan need is to come up with a proper combination and its seniors who have specialized in this format to show maturity and a sense of responsibility in their batting. If they all feel the responsibility and start to deliver, things would automatically start to fall at its proper place.
handicap, had won it thrice. Hamza has taken polo as a professional sport and his commitment is visible from the fact that he has sacrificed school for his passion. Hamza has represented Pakistan on many occasions: he played for Young Pakistan in Iran in 2010, played in Thailand in 2010, played the prestigious President’s Cup at Gantoot Club for Sheikh Habtoor’s team in 2012, won the best 0-2 category award in the season ending April 2011, also awarded as the 2012’s most valuable player and currently he is playing his second season in the United Kingdom for the Dubai team and has the opportunity to play alongside the world’s best, Adolfo Cambiaso, 10 handicap from Argentina and the main player for the Dubai polo team. Hamza started his polo career at the age of 9 and has had his share of troubles also. During training in 2009 in Argentina, he fell from his horse and broke his leg, bringing to a halt his steady career. It is hoped that Hamza plays safe and represents Pakistan internationally in the world of polo and make his country proud.
the first team from Pakistan to play in CLT20 since the launch of the tournament in 2009, will have to go through the qualifying round. 'We discussed amongst other things the modalities of Sialkot's participation in CLT20 as that's an important aspect,' the paper quoted Shukla.
eZ whites hold initiative against NZ Blues LAHORE STAFF RePORT
East Zone Whites 244/5 while North Zone Blues 103/4 in the Seniors Regional Inter district Cricket Tournament being played here at Iteefaq Hospital ground. East Zone Whites has made 244/5 in the ist innings while North Zone blues scored 103/4 at the end of the day. ScOReS: east Zone whites 244/5 in 70 overs. Sheraz Butt 104, Muntazar Mehdi 34, Inayat Saeed 43, yasir ali 38(no). hafiz M Salam 3/61, waqas aslam 2/112. North Zone Blues 103/4 in 36 overs. ateeq ahmed 42(no), tauqeer tanveer 31, M faisal 1/42, khuram humayon 1/19, Sameer akram 1/19. west Zone Blues 259/6 while east Zone Blues 83/1. west Zone Blues has made 259/6 in the ist innings of Sr Reigional Inter district Cricket event played on forst day at Model town greens ground on Saturday.while east Zone Blues has scored 83/1 at the end of the day. west Zone Blues 259/6 in 70 overs. abdul wahab Dar 89, ahmed Dar 50, M Sohail 31, Umer Siddiq 70(No). asif IShfaq 3/45, waqas ali 2/80, Usman 1/78. east Zone Blues 83/1. abid ali 39(no), Rana adnan 35.
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stats corner Sri Lanka recorded their maiden victory over Pakistan in Twenty-20 cricket by winnings the first match of the twomatch series by 37 runs at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota on Friday night (June 1). Sri Lanka's first win against Pakistan at home came in the second match. They lost the first match by 52 runs at Colombo on August 12.2009. Pakistan recorded their lowest total against Sri Lanka in Twenty-20 cricket by making 95 in 17.4 overs. Their previous lowest was 131 for nine in 20 overs at Lord's on June 12,2009. It was also Pakistan's second lowest total in Twenty-20 cricket after 89 in 18.4 overs against England at Cardiff on September 7,2010. Umar Gul, the second highest wickettaker in Twenty-20 cricket after Shahid Afridi, conceded 43 runs in Sri Lankan inning. It was third time when Umar Gul gave 43 or more runs in an innings in a Twenty-20 match. Lasith Malings equalled Ajantha Mendis' Sri Lankan record of most wickets in Twenty-20 cricket by taking two wickets in this match. He took 40 wickets at 19.67 in 32 matches while Ajantha Mendis claimed the same number of wickets in 21 matchest at 11.12. Mohammed Hafeez became the sixth player after Shahid Afridi (19 matches), Shoaib Malik (17 matches), Misbah-ulHaq (eight matches), Younis Khan (eight matches) and Inzamam-ul-Haq (one match) to lead Pakistan in Twenty20 cricket. The right hand batsman and off brak bowler led first time after playing 29 Twenty-20 matches. Thisara Perera received his maiden man of the match award in 11 Twenty-20 matches. MOST WIcKeTS In TWenTY-20 cRIcKeT: M 49 40 38 21 30 32 34
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PARIS: Li Na of China returns the ball to Christina McHale of the US during the French Open. REUTERS
Li Na into French Open last 16
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PARIS: Defending champion Li Na of China shook off a tentative start to reach the French Open last 16 on Saturday with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over America's Christina McHale. Seventh-seeded Li will face Kazakh qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova for a place in the quarter-finals. The 30-year-old Li had to draw upon her 10-year age gap to prevail over the 36th-ranked American, who had fallen in the first round at Roland Garros in 2010 and 2011. Li, struggling with her serve and backhand, was broken twice in the first set as McHale put up a robust defence. Li found her form in the second set, breaking McHale in the fourth game with a well-timed drop shot that the American returned wide and earning another break in the eighth game by forcing McHale into errors. The third set was all Li, who broke the now exhausted McHale twice and finished the match with a clean forehand winner. Age was in Li's favour the longer the match lasted, giving the Chinese a chance to use a variety of shots to find gaps in McHale's game in bright sunshine at Suzanne Lenglen court. AFP
IOC summons Pakistan officials over ‘interference’ KARACHI AFP
The International Olympic Committee has summoned Pakistani sports officials to resolve a row over alleged government interference that could jeopardise the country's attendance at the London Games. Pakistan Olympic Association president Syed Arif Hasan said Saturday his country might face a ban if a stand-off with the Pakistan Sports Board is not resolved. Under Pakistani sports policy, no national sports federation head can have more than two tenures and the Pakistan Sports Board wants the Pak-
istan Olympic Association (POA) to follow suit. But Hasan insisted the POA was a autonomous body that would only follow IOC rules. "The IOC has summoned both the parties on Monday to make clear that any government interference is unacceptable in Olympic association matters, but things can go wrong," said Hasan. "Under the IOC charter, political and government interference is not acceptable and it can lead to the cancellation of IOC membership and in turn an Olympic ban," Hasan, who won a third term as POA head in February this year told AFP. "It is a very dangerous scenario." The two sides
have been summoned to appear before the IOC in Switzerland on Monday. In its letter to the POA, the IOC said government interference was "unacceptable." "As the London Games are fast approaching, your National Olympic Committee and the Olympic movement in your country must be in a position to work in a serene and peaceful atmosphere in order to prepare your athletes and your delegation to the London Games in the best possible manner," the letter said. "Any attempt from any government body to implement provisions which are not compatible with the basic principles which govern
the Olympic movement would be considered as government interference and would result in protective measures," said the letter. The IOC also said the POA's February election was "fair and "as per the IOC rules." Pakistan's only chance to win a medal at the London Olympics lies in field hockey in which they have qualified as Asian champions. They have also received two wildcard entries each in athletics, swimming and shooting and may also get one in boxing -- but do not stand a real chance of winning a medal in those fields.
Euro co-hosts Ukraine beaten by Austria in Innsbruck INNSBRUCK ReuTeRS
INNSBRUCk: Ukraine's national team player yevgen khacheridi eyes the ball during the international friendly match against austria at the tivoli Neu stadium. AFP
Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine were beaten 3-2 by Austria in Innsbruck on Friday in their penultimate warm-up friendly ahead of the tournament. The visitors were caught cold after three minutes when Zlatko Junuzovic curled an excellent free kick beyond the goalkeeper. Ukraine levelled after 56 minutes, Oleh Gusyev tapping the ball in from close range following a through ball from Andriy Yarmolenko. Marko Arnautovic restored Austria's lead six minutes later with a powerful effort low into the corner. Gusyev, though, struck again in the 65th minute with a long-range thunderbolt of a shot into the top corner. Arnautovic then grabbed the winner with two minutes left to play. Ukraine, drawn with France, England and Sweden in Group D, take on Turkey in a final warm-up in Ingolstadt on Tuesday. Their first match in the Euros is against Sweden in Kiev on June 11. Poland are also co-hosts. EGYPT GET FIRST WIN OF AFRICAN WC QUALIFIERS: Egypt recorded the first win of the group phase of Africa's qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup by beating Mozambique 2-0 behind closed doors in
Alexandria on Friday. Mahmoud Fathallah opened the scoring with a far-post header after 56 minutes and Mohamed Zidan set up the second goal nine minutes later in the Group G encounter. Zidan, who came on as a second-half substitute to pep up an ineffective home attack in an eerie atmosphere at the empty Borj Al Arab Stadium, thumped a shot against the crossbar and the ball bounced into the net off the back of goalkeeper Kampagno. The Egyptian government ordered the match to be played behind closed doors due to security concerns. There has been no football in the country, apart from games in the pan-African club competition, since February's attack at the Port Said Stadium where 74 fans were killed. Friday's match marked the competitive debut for Egypt's American coach Bob Bradley. Both countries play another qualifier next week when Egypt travel to Guinea and Mozambique host Zimbabwe. ITALY THRASHED 3-0 BY RUSSIA IN EURO WARM-UP: Italy's troubles mounted as they produced some slapstick defending in a 3-0 defeat by fellow Euro 2012 finalists Russia on Friday in their only warm-up match for the tournament. The game at the Letzigrund in Zurich was played against the backdrop of a match-
fixing scandal back home that prompted Italy coach Cesare Prandelli to say he would not mind his side pulling out of the European Championship if it was the right move. Friday's performance was a defensive nightmare for Italy, who conceded only twice in 10 games during qualifying, with Russia's second and third goals coming from defensive mix-ups involving substitute goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis. Italy had created more chances in the opening hour but their rearguard always looked shaky and they fell to pieces when Russia, who could have scored three times ahead of the break, went ahead through Alexander Kerzhakov just before the hour. Roman Shirokov then added two late goals. It was Italy's third successive match without scoring following 1-0 defeats by Uruguay in November and the United States in February and their heaviest loss since Prandelli took charge following the 2010 World Cup. Italy have been drawn in a tough Group C at Euro 2012 with world and European champions Spain, Croatia and Ireland. Mario Balotelli drew a blank for the Italians, disappearing from the action in the last half hour after a bright opening.
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Schiavone crumbles, Kvitova struggles
wAtch It LIvE TEN SPORTS Second T20: Pakistan v Sri Lanka 06:30PM
Birthday boy Nadal determined to party
RANCESCA Schiavone, the 2010 French Open champion, tumbled out of Roland Garros and the world top 20 on Saturday in a marathon three-hour, three-set loss to unseeded American Varvara Lepchenko. Italian 14th seed Schiavone, who was also runner-up to Li Na last year and the oldest woman left in the tourament, lost 3-6, 6-3, 8-6 to Lepchenko, the world number 63 who has now reached the last 16 of a Grand Slam for the first time. The Uzbekistan-born left-hander also provided another timely boost for American women's tennis which was sent reeling by the shock first loss of Serena Williams and the more predictable second round exit of Venus Williams.
Rafa Nadal, gunning to become the first man to win seven French Open titles, will make sure he will celebrate his birthday in Paris if he beats Argentine Eduardo Schwank in a third-round tie at Roland Garros on Saturday. The second-seeded Spaniard, who will turn 26 on Sunday, is expected to roll over the world number 192 on Court Philippe Chatrier. Russian secondseed Maria Sharapova, chasing the only grandslam title missing from her collection, will be back in action for the second day running when she faces Chinese 28th seed Peng Shuai.
PaRIS: Czech Republic's Petra kvitova hits a return to Russia's Nina Bratchikova during their women's singles match of the french open. AFP
Bolt promises to ‘wow’ London 2012 LONDON AFP
eight-team youth School football begins LAHORE STAFF RePORT
The Faisalabad and Sargodha Youth Football School Championship-2012” was launched on Friday (June, 1, 2012) with a match between PAF Public School Sargodha and Fazaia Inter College at Company Bagh Football Ground Sargodha under the banner of Pakistan Football Federation (PFF). The event is a part of the Youth Football Development Project in Pakistan being funded by the Australian Sports Commission of Australian Government through its Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP). This is noticeable that this is second consecutive edition of such development projects which is presented by the PFF and endorsed by the Australian Government through the Australian High Commission, Islamabad. Eight Schools’ teams of Sargodha and Faisalabad region are participating in the event which are divided into two pools with group A having Govt High School #2 Sargodha, Govt High School Khushab, PAF Public School Sargodha, Fazaia Model Inter College Sargodha while Group B comprisesJunior Laboratory High School Faisalabad, Government High School Chabba Faisalabad, Government High School Gatti Faisalabad, Crescent Model High School Faisalabad. The opening match of the championship ended in favour of PAF Public School Sargodha 3-0 against Fazaia Model Inter College Sargodha. The teams of each group will play on single league and out of the four teams, two top teams will move to the next knock out stage. Top teams of both groups will clash for the title in final match while runner-up teams of both groups will collide for the 3rd and 4th position.
Usain Bolt has promised to "wow" the world with his performances at the 2012 London Olympic Games. The Jamaica sprinter is the reigning Olympic 100 metres and 200 metres champion after some dazzling displays in Beijing four years ago, where he also helped the Caribbean island in the 4x100m relay gold medal. World record holder in both individual sprint disciplines, Bolt endured a relatively modest start to the European track season but was back into top form when winning the Rome Diamond League 100m in 9.76 seconds on Thursday. "I know I can go faster because this is the start of the season. I have a long way to go," Bolt said in London on Friday, where he was launching Jamaica's Bob Marleyinspired kit. "I'm really looking forward to competing here. I haven't competed in London for a while so I'm really looking forward to it." Bolt said he would seek inspiration from London's Jamaican community, adding: "I know all the Jamaicans living here are looking forward to it also so I'm just preparing to put on a great show. "At the end of the day I just want to
wow people after this Olympics so I'm looking forward to it." Asked whether he will need to improve on 9.76secs to win gold, and whether he can go faster, Bolt said: "That's what I do. "The season is still early. Everybody is running 9.8 so that's good competition. 9.7 is also good for me. "I'm happy with the way it is and just want to continue working hard and run faster so I'm looking forward to it. I'm ready to go." Bolt 'only' managed a 10.04sec run in winning the 100m in Ostrava last week, but he said: "I never doubt my ability, never. People forget, and I keep explaining to people, that athletes have bad days. "Every athlete can - cricket, football, any sport - you have bad days and that was just one of mine and I got past it and now I'm just moving forward." Bolt's triple Olympic triumph in Beijing was powered on a diet of chicken nuggets -- but there will be no repeat of that in London. "The good thing about the fact we are in London is there will be a lot of Jamaican food - the only thing I have to worry about is putting on weight," he said. "There will be no chicken nuggets this year." The Jamaican kit was designed by Cedella Marley, who drew inspiration from her father and his music.
LoNDoN: Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt poses for photographs during the official presentation of the Jamaican clothing for the 2012 olympic games. AFP
FRENCh OPEN 2012
All men’s seeds untroubled sports this Week ALI AKBAR It may be too early to say whether there is a pattern to John Isner’s matches against French players, but certainly his performance against Paul Henri Mathieu in the French Open second round brought back memories of his endless encounter against Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010. Isner is extremely tall and as such, gets a lot of angle on his serve, making it very difficult to break. But his erratic ground game makes it equally hard for him to break even a serve such as Mathieu’s, because Mathieu would invariably best him in the ground stroke exchanges. Isner would now be looking fondly towards Wimbledon’s grass courts later this month. The French Open has moved smoothly into the third round stage with almost all the men’s seeds relatively untroubled as they made their way into the second and third rounds. Favourite Novak Djokovic had a couple of nervous moments as he defeated Kavic of Slovakia. Kavic was a break up in the second set after being swept in the first, and matched the top seed shot for shot. It was a relived Djokovic who took advantage of errors from his opponent to win in straight sets. Rafael Nadal was untroubled as he moved into the third round and looks in prime form to defend his title and win a record seventh straight French Open. On current form he looks the man to beat as he has been ever since he burst upon the international scene at the age of seventeen. Roger Federer is looking as good as ever but he will find the going difficult against Djokovic in the semis, should he get there. Djokovic has one of the best ever service returns and his defence is rock solid. Should Federer get through his quarter which includes Del Potro, he would be the underdog against Novak. Federer’s prospects on French Clay depend considerably on the climatic conditions during the fortnight. If the weather stays dry, the courts will be powdery and fast. If the courts get soaked by rain and the atmosphere becomes heavy, the balls will absorb the red clay and get heavy. They will move through the air slowly and will favour the baseline counter attacker. This could tilt the delicate balance and make Federer vulnerable to players other than the top two. But should the air and the courts stay dry, Federer would fancy his chances against anyone. The balls being used at the French Open are also different and it remains to be seen as to what type of game they favour. Andy Roddick lost in the first round as did James Blake, two Americans whose best is probably behind them. Roddick is never at his best on the slow clay that negates his serving
power. With Mardy Fish also out of action, John Isner had been hoping to carry the American challenge until he ran into Mathieu. Serena Williams had been one of the favourites to win here, but she had an attack of nerves when two points away from winning against 112 ranked Virginie Razzano. Razzano came back in the second set tie break and then raced to a 5-0 lead in the decider. Back came Serena to 3-5 and there followed one of the most nerve wracking games with Serena saving nine match points and holding several break points before succumbing to the local favourite. Venus Williams also lost early, to the Polish girl Radwanska. Top seed Victoria Azarenka almost followed suit, being down a set and 4-0 to Italian Brianti, before Brianti herself choked on the verge of victory. She moved into the third round and should be favourite here along with Petra Kvitova and reigning champion Li Na. Sam Stosur of Australia is also in with a chance with her booming kick serve particularly effective on the clay. Pakistan’s Aisam Qureshi and partner Julian Roger easily won their first round against a young French pairing. They are in a good part of the draw with Adel Shamasdeen and Bjorn Phau next and 5th seed Horia Tecau and Robert Lindstedt awaiting them in the round of sixteen. This is a match they should fancy winning. In the semis, should they get there, are the Bryans, the second seeds. Aisam and Roger have beaten them recently, so there is hope for some good results. Aisam and his Czech partner Andrea Hlavackova lost in the opening round to the same pairing that had defeated them at the Australian Open, Bracciali and Voskoboeva. But this time Aisam and partner were not in the reckoning, losing in straight sets. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, a nationally ranked tournament is being held at the Islamabad Club. There were some oddities in the draw, with 18 players taken into the main draw. There were eight qualifiers and that left six empty spaces which should have been filled. Interestingly, a former Pakistan number three who had been performing well internationally, but because of overseas commitments, had lost his ranking, was made to qualify. This despite the fact that he was a finalist in the previous week’s tournament. Shahida Chishti of Greener Pakistan, the sponsors, made the astonishing statement that if the player wished to get in the main draw, he should have made a written request. Of course the man behind all this is a former Treasurer of the PTF who has been doing these subterfuges all his life and despite the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Sports Policy, continues to be an office bearer of the PTF. PSB should take serious notice.
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Hosni Mubarak gets life sentence
cAIRO: A supporter of egypt's ousted president Hosni Mubarak reacts after hearing the verdict outside the heavily-guarded courthouse on Saturday. AFP
Scuffles erupt soon after verdicts are delivered forcing police to use stun grenades to control crowds
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judge sentenced former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to life in prison on Saturday after convicting him of involvement in the murder of protesters during the uprising that ousted him last year. A senior lawyer for Mubarak’s defence team told AFP the strongman, who was taken to a Cairo prison after the hearing, will appeal the sentence. Also given a life term for the killings was the 84-year-old former strongman’s interior minister Habib alAdly, but six ex-police commanders were acquitted. Corruption charges against Mubarak’s sons, Alaa and
Gamal, were dropped due to the expiry of a statute of limitations, and the former president was acquitted in one of the graft cases. Scuffles erupted soon after the verdicts were delivered and chants of “Void, void” and “The people want the judiciary purged” could be heard, as furious lawyers told AFP they feared Mubarak would be found innocent on appeal. “We will appeal. The ruling is full of legal flaws from every angle,” Yasser Bahr, a senior member of Mubarak’s defence team, told AFP. Asked if Mubarak was likely to win the appeal, Bahr said, “We will win, one million percent.” Mubarak, who wore dark sunglasses and a beige track-suit, had his arms folded and showed no emotion inside his caged dock, as Chief Judge Ahmed Refaat read out the verdict. His two sons, Alaa and Gamal, looking tired with dark circles under their eyes, appeared close to tears on hearing the verdict. “It’s vindicating to Egyptians to see Mubarak and his interior minister sentenced to life, but the verdict raises more questions than answers,” said Hossam Bahgat, the director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, who was outside the court with members of the victims’ families. “The court appears to have found no evidence that the killings were committed by policemen. It seems the court convicted Mubarak and Adly for failing to prevent the killings,” Bahgat told AFP. “It’s 100 percent certain that this will go to appeal and the court is very likely to order a retrial,” said Bahgat, a respected activist and lawyer. In delivering the ruling, Judge Refaat painted a grim picture of life under Mubarak, listing hardship after hardship suffered during his three decade rule. He said some “went hungry” and spoke of conditions in the “rotting slums”. Refaat said the protesters who had participated in the 2011 uprising in Cairo’s Tahrir Square were “peaceful” and only wanted “justice, freedom and democracy”.
US drone kills 4 people in SWA PESHAWAR STAFF RePORT
At least four people were killed on Saturday morning when missiles fired by a US drone hit a vehicle parked in a compound near Wana town of South Waziristan Agency. An official in Wana, while confirming the drone strike, said the unmanned aircraft fired four missiles at the vehicle in the Ghawakhwa Sheen
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Warsak area near Wana. The vehicle smashed into pieces and the compound was damaged, he said. The official said that four people had been killed in the attack. The exact identity of the victims could not be determined, but the official suspected that they included foreign militants, including a brother of Commander Malang – a confidential aide of Mullah Nazir, who is alleged to have links
with militant organisations including al Qaeda. The attack has ended an almost month-long break in drone strikes in South Waziristan. In previous May, about five drone strikes targeted hideouts and vehicles of the militants, killing over 30 people, including foreigners. The tribal sources believe that due to frequent drone attacks in North Waziristan, several militants slipped into South Waziristan.