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HE Supreme Court on Friday declared the Contempt of Court Law 2012 unconstitutional, void and non-est, and revived the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003 with effect from July 12, the day when the new law was enforced with all consequences. Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry read out a 21-page short order in the open court. Earlier, Attorney General for Pakistan Irfan Qadir concluded his arguments before the fivejudge bench in favor of the newly-enacted law. While reading out the order, the chief justice said all petitions were maintainable under Article 184(3) as questions of public importance with reference to enforcement of fundamental rights were involved. He said under Article 204 read with Entry 55 of the Fourth Schedule to the constitution, the high courts and the

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Striking a defiant note in wake of the Supreme Court’s verdict declaring the new Contempt of Court law null and void, the Pakistan People’s Party and its coalition partners on Friday night decided that the government would uphold at all costs the parliament’s right to legislate. A meeting of heads of the allied parties chaired by President Asif Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf at the Presidency reiterated that under the constitution, the power to legislate belongs only to the elected representatives and they would not compromise on this right. Senator Farhatullah Babar, the spokesman of President Asif Zardari, said in a statement that the meeting agreed that in the present situation there was even greater need to remain united and firm. The coalition partners resolved to remain united and firm and face the emerging challenges with unity, force and conviction, he said. The meeting was attended among others by Senator Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Senator Haji Muhammad Adeel, Senator Afrasiab Khattak, Dr Farooq Sattar, Senator Babar Khan Ghouri, Senator Abbas Khan Afridi, Munir Khan Orakzai and Hameedullah Jan Afridi. Babar said that Prime Minister Ashraf briefed the meeting participants on the current power situation in the country. The PM said that the energy situation was steadily improving and expressed the hope that the crisis will soon be overcome. The spokesperson said that President Zardari directed that the cabinet decision about zero duty on the import of solar panels should be implemented without delay to encourage the growth of solar power and reduce pressure on power sector. The meeting also decided that special measures would be taken to address the issues of traders and businessmen in Karachi and curb the menace of extortion with an iron hand regardless of the political affiliations of the suspects. Earlier in the day, Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry remarked while hearing petitions challenging the newly passed Contempt of Court that the immunity provided by the new law was contrary to the fundamentals of the constitution and Sections 6 and 8 of the new law were unconstitutional and were against the freedom of judiciary. Section 11, which says that a hearing will be suspended when an appeal is filed, was also declared against the freedom of the judiciary, with the chief justice stating that the new law was contradictory to Articles 4 and 9 of the Constitution. The five-member bench maintained that no government official could be given any immunity, and ordered that the 2003 Contempt of Court Ordinance will now come into effect.

Supreme Court revives Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003 from July 12 Supreme Court had powers to punish any person who was found guilty of contempt of court falling within the definition of contempt of court given in clause (2) of Article 204. “Section 3 of the COCA 2012 as a whole is void and contrary to the Articles 4, 9, 25 & 204(2) of the constitution for the reasons thatthe acts of contempt liable to be punished mentioned in Article 204(2)(b) and some actions of contempt of court falling under Article 204(2)(c) have been omitted from the definition of contempt of court given in Section 3 of COCA 2012,” said the order. The court said COCA 2012 had been promulgated under clause 3 of Article 204, which conferred power on the legislature to make law to regulate the exercise of power by the courts, and not to incorporate any substantive provision or defenses as it has been done in the proviso. “Powers of the courts have been reduced by incorporating expression ‘by scandalizing a Judge in relation to his office’ whereas in Article 204(2) the word `Court’ has been used. Similarly, the definition provided by Section 3 runs contrary to the provisions of Article 63(1)(g) of the constitution according to which, if a person has been convicted/sentenced for ridiculing the judiciary, he will be disqualified to hold a pubic office, and in Section 3 this expression has been omitted and instead of institution of judiciary, scandalisation of a judge

has been confined in relation to his office,” the order said. The court also declared subsection (4) of Section 4, Section 6(2), Section 6(3), Section 8, Section 10(b), Section 11(3) and various others unconstitutional. The CJ said the transfer of proceedings form one judge/bench to another judge/bench was the prerogative of the chief justice being administrative head of his court, which could not be controlled by the legislature, therefore, subsection (3) of Section 8 was in violation of the principle of independence of judiciary. “Under subsection (5) of Section 8, legislature cannot exercise power of transferring a case from the file of chief justice to next senior continued on page 04

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Imran fires 11-question salvo at nawaz ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Friday put forward 11 questions for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) chief Nawaz Sharif, challenging him to answer the questions live on TV. Addressing Nawaz, Imran challenged the PML-N chief to “come in front of the public and answer my questions like I am answering now”. In response to Opposition Leader Nisar Ali

Khan’s allegations that Imran had not paid any taxes, Imran put forward tax returns for the year 1981-82, saying he paid tax worth Rs 36,000 that year. “Yousuf Islam is my tax agent and all information about my taxes is available with him. Anyone can contact him for details,” Imran said. The PTI chief said he bought land worth £40 million after selling his London flat in 2003 for around £70 million. “All my assets have been

declared and they will also go up on my website. All of my properties are in my name, they are not in anyone else’s name.”He said he earned the remaining money during the World Cup in India. “In every World Cup, they invite me for commentary and match analysis and they pay me for it. I am presenting to you the contract of the game plan. The registered company will tell you how much I earned through it.” staff report

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raymond Baker, an international renowned author, wrote in his book that nawaz sharif did corruption worth $417 million. the book says that nawaz sharif took a commission of $160 million from daewoo for the motorway which was recently made. If Baker had made a false allegation, then why did you not initiate a case against him?

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You bought four apartments in mayfair worth more than rs 1 billion. now their value has gone up to rs 4.5 billion. where did you get the money from?

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In 1994, you stated your income as rs 150,000 and you gave a tax of rs 14,000. If this is your income, then how did you buy a property in mayfair?

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Your whole family has properties in London. You want to do government in Pakistan but your children’s properties are lying abroad. You hould own it like I owned it right now?

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Ishaq dar gave an affidavit saying that nawaz sharif did money laundering by opening a fictitious account by the name of qazi family in London. the BBc did a film on that too?

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You took a loan worth rs 6 billion from Pakistani banks and you defaulted. did you return the loan?

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You took a loan from Al taufiq Bank worth $30 million and then you defaulted. they took you to court and attached your property. from where did you get the money to pay back those $30 million?

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where did the people’s tax money go? how much of the tax money was put into raiwind?

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You have 1,700 acres of land in raiwind. where did you get the money from to buy that land?

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You planted a steel mill in Jeddah of $150m. Your tax return does not show that you have enough income to plant a mill.

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You froze your foreign accounts in 1998, but tell us, how much money did you transfer abroad the night before?


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Friends, foes equally involved in Balochistan Cabinet committee to meet Baloch leadership next week ISLAMABAD: The cabinet’s special committee on Balochistan on Friday decided to meet local Baloch leaders, politicians and people belonging to the social sector next week. The committee meeting, presided over by Defence Minister Naveed Qamar, was held at the Cabinet Division. It was decided in the meeting that the committee would go to Balochistan on Tuesday and would meet the Baloch leadership. The committee would also ask for recommendations from the local Baloch leaders for the recovery of the missing persons. The recommendations would then be submitted to the Cabinet meeting. INP

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doing with us. Let our enemies be put aside and let me give you astonishing facts about the friends.” In continuation of his Thursday’s speech delivered to wind up the discussion on Balochistan, Malik unveiled numerous evidences of linkages among the Baloch dissidents and neighbouring countries like Afghanistan and India. He, however, avoided naming the friendly countries and once again requested for an in-camera briefing.

He also showed proof of training camps in Afghanistan and number of official letters written by the Afghan State government to its departments regarding providing funds, visas, passports and arms and ammunition to Brahamdagh Bugti and his operators inside Balochistan. He also showed proof of training Pakistani insurgents within Afghanistan in Kandhar and other areas who were later sent to Pakistan for carrying out terrorist activities.

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Pakistani couple found guilty of murdering ‘westernised’ daughter LONDON: A British court found a Pakistani-born couple guilty on Friday of murdering their “westernised” teenage daughter in an apparent honor killing. Iftikhar Ahmed, 52, and his wife Farzana, 49, were both found guilty of murder at Chester Crown Court in Cheshire, north-west England, after suffocating their 17-yearold daughter Shafilea in 2003. In a high-profile case, Shafilea’s sister Alesha had told the jury her mother had said: “Just finish it here,” as they forced a plastic bag into Shafilea’s mouth in front of their other children. Iftikhar Ahmed stood impassively as the verdicts were given, while his wife wiped tears from her eyes with a tissue. They were due to be sentenced later on Friday. Three of their children also broke down in tears as they watched from the courtroom. Shafilea had disappeared from the family home in the town of Warrington, near Chester, in September 2003, and her body was found five months later on a riverbank in Cumbria, north-west England. Prosecutors said the couple murdered her because they felt her “western” habits, such as wearing make-up and talking to boys, had brought shame on the family. The court heard that Shafilea had run away from home and asked the local authority to provide her with emergency accommodation, just before she was drugged and taken to Pakistan in February 2003 to be forced into a marriage. In a letter to social services, she said she had suffered from regular domestic violence since she was 15. “One parent would hold me whilst the other hit me,” she wrote. “I was prevented from attending college and my part-time job.” Her main reason for running away was that her parents “were going to send me to Pakistan and get me married to someone,” she added. Iftikhar Ahmed, a taxi driver, denied the murder and said Shafilea ran away from home. His wife also denied the killing, but told the jury she saw her husband beating Shafilea and believed that he killed her. AFP

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The road to Shafilea’s family village runs through the flat fertile land of Punjab, past gun shops advertising AK-47s, dingy motorbike repair shops and butchers’ stalls, their darkening meat attracting swarms of flies. Water buffalo laze in shady copses by the roadside. There is not a woman in sight. When Shafilea made that journey in 2003 to the farming village of Uttam it must have been like arriving on a different planet, a world away from her teenage life in Warrington. Her relatives, who live side by side on the land where they grew up, are tightly intermarried. Honour killings claim the lives of hundreds of women here each year. And she would have found that her British passport made her a desirable bride in a place where village elders would decide her groom. That visit provided crucial evidence of Shafilea’s troubled home life, and it was in her uncle’s bathroom – a dark, dingy outhouse where the lavatory is a hole in the ground – that the prosecution said she deliberately harmed herself by drinking bleach after her mother joked that she wouldn’t be returning to Warrington. Imtiaz Ahmed, her uncle, insists it was an accident. “The power went out and she drank

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the bleach because she thought it was her mouthwash,” he said, sitting on a traditional charpoy bed in the spacious entrance hall of his new home. “If there were problems in the family then we did not know about them. They kept it to themselves.” But he admitted that Shafilea, then 16, had already been offered in marriage to a local man, Rafakat, who was keen to marry a woman with a British pass-

port. “His father was looking for an opportunity for him to come to the UK,” said Mr Ahmed. “But that issue had already been settled by the time she visited and he had been rejected.” As he talked, the power cut out - a frequent occurrence in this part of Pakistan bringing the overhead fan to a halt and intensifying the hot, sticky heat. One of his young sons brought a tray of sweet, milky tea. He described Shafilea as a

happy girl keen to learn about her Pakistani roots, who would follow him around the village meeting neighbours and relatives. Yet he made no secret of the fact that family wanted the British-born woman to marry a local, probably a relative. “In these villages we always want to marry inside the family,” he explained. “I’m not in favour of forcing people to marry if they don’t want to but for us in the family, our children have always respected our decisions. They are included in our deliberations, so they respect our decision.” Neighbours said Mr Ahmed was the brother of Shafilea’s father, Iftikhar, and the two had married sisters – their first cousins – also from the wheat farming village of Uttam. Imtiaz Ahmed insisted that neighbours were mistaken and had assumed they were brothers as they were so close. But DNA evidence presented in court also suggested that Ifitikhar Ahmed had lied about the identity of his father, wrongly claiming he was the son of a British citizen. Imtiaz, a wheat farmer who minds the family land while the rest of his family has emigrated to the UK, had spent the previous day attending the funeral of a distant relative, who had been murdered as he slept on the roof of his house, the victim of gang rivalries. The episode is a bitter reminder of the

high rate of killings Pakistan. Women, in particular, frequently suffer at the hands of husbands, brothers and fathers. Almost 1000 were murdered last year in “honour killings”, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, for apparently damaging their family’s name. Police officers rarely investigate, preferring to accept explanations of suicide at face value. Mr Ahmed reeled off details of dozens of cases in neighbouring towns and villages. “Everybody knows about it. It’s a regular thing,” he said. “When there are unlawful relations, that’s when they are killed.” He added that he was shocked to hear of Shafilea’s death and prayed that it would not break up the tightly knit family. Yet others in the village said they had long suspected the family hid a dark secret. Iftikhar, they said, had an explosive temper and had fallen out with his parents, not returning even when they were ill. “We never knew what happened to Shafilea in England but once a member of this family told me that she did not have a good character in the UK,” said a neighbor, on condition of anonymity. “He did not explain it further to me but they did not seem too upset about her murder and there were no prayers offered here on her death.”


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OLLOWING in the footsteps of his father Zulfiqar Khosa, former Punjab chief minister Dost Muhammad Khosa on Friday resigned from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Khosa sent his resignation to the PMLN Punjab office but will remain a member of the Punjab Assembly. According to sources, Dost Muhammad has excused himself from meeting the top leadership of the PML-N. Talking to a private TV channel, Dost Khosa was very critical of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and termed him the main reason for the Khosa family’s decision of leaving PML-N. “One man is holding on to several portfolios and refuses to listen even to his party

leaders. Is this how the government is run. It’s time Nawaz Sharif intervenes in the matter?” On Thursday, a PML-N meeting chaired by Nawaz Sharif in Murree discussed the resignation of Dost Muhammad’s father Zulfiqar Khosa from the party. It is expected that Nawaz Sharif will meet with Zulfiqar Khosa when he returns to Lahore. It merits mentioning here that Dost Muhammad Khosa had differences with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Khosa’s stature in the party was damaged badly after his alleged involvement in the Sapna case. Zulfiqar Khosa, father of Dost Muhammad Khosa, had also resigned from the party on Thursday owing to reservations over the party’s attitude. He complained that he and his son were left alone by the party in hard times. However, sources have reported there are possibilities of a meeting between

Nawaz Sharif and Zulfiqar Khosa in the coming days in which Nawaz will try to mend fences with the Khosa family. Meanwhile, INP reported that Khosa’s sons Dost Muhammad and Saifuddin had had meetings with important Pakistan People’s Party leaders, including Faryal Talpur. According to INP sources, the PPP had offered the Khosa family complete discretion about their choice of candidates for the constituencies in Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur. The sources further said that Zulfiqar Khosa would retain his independent status even if he permanently quits the PML-N. They said Saifuddin Khosa was inclined towards the PPP. However, the Khosa family would not join the PTI owing to its political rivalry with Legharis. The sources said Khosa brothers had asked their father not to meet any PML-N leaders until the outcome of their contacts with other political leaders.

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The Sharif family has received the summons issued by Rawalpindi Accountability Court in National Accountability Bureau (NAB) corruption references relating to Ittefaq Foundries and Raiwind assets. Iftikhar Ahmed, the security in-charge of Sharif family’s Raiwind palace, received the court’s summons. The court summoned Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Hamza Shahbaz, Hassan Nawaz and Mariam Nawaz to appear before the court on the next hearing of the reference.

Calling Contempt of Court act PTI hails SC 2012 void unconstitutional: aG verdict on new contempt law

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Attorney General Irfan Qadir on Friday said calling the Contempt of Court Act 2012 null and void was unconsti-

tutional. Commenting on the Supreme Court’s verdict on Friday‚ he said the decision had stunned him, adding that legislation was the job of parliament and in this way it was supreme. The attorney general said the judiciary should not interfere in the workings of the legislature. He also said the court had no power to restore Contempt of Court Ordinance, adding that the Contempt of Court Act 2012 was good law. Meanwhile‚ PPP leader and prominent lawyer Fawad Chaudhry said in Friday’s verdict‚ the Supreme Court bench had transgressed its authority. Commenting on the verdict in the contempt of court case‚ he said some observations were contemptuous towards the legislature.

Govt pays lip-service as 7 more peacocks fall prey to ranikhet KARACHI AGENcIES

Even after a month of being notified, the provincial government has still not succeeded in overcoming the “Ranikhet” disease in peacocks spread over various regions of Tharparkar, as seven more birds fall victim to the dreadful contagion, raising the overall death toll to 180. Following up on demands made by organizations, working to protect precious birds from extinction, the provincial government and livestock department made tall claims of taking solid steps, dispatching poultry expert teams, and carrying out vaccination, but no action was taken. According to wildlife department sources, despite the presence of teams comprising veterinary experts carrying

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The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Friday welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision that declared the new contempt of court law null and void. A PTI spokesman said the party welcomed with open arms the decision of the Pakistan Supreme Court striking the new contempt of court law which was in conflict with Article 63(1)(g) of the constitution. The spokesman said the PTI vehemently supported justice, humanity and self esteem and this decision was in line with all these values. “This law has upheld the supremacy of the law and has paved the way for a more egalitarian and transparent society,” he said.

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medicines to cure the disease, the problem has not been overcome. Residents of affected areas were terrified over the situation and repeatedly requested authorities to control the disease as soon as possible. Residents of Tharparkar have threatened to stage protests if more teams and medicines were not dispatched to the area to cure “Ranikhet”.

Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawar Hasan on Friday said the Supreme Court’s decision striking down the Contempt of Court Law 2012 was in line with the constitution of the country and the aspirations of the nation. The JI chief said the law had been cooked up to provide protection to the rulers and was in conflict with the Quran and the Sunnah as well as the constitution. “No such law can be framed or enforced in the country under the constitution.” He expressed hope that the Supreme Court’s decision would further strengthen the constitution and constitutional institutions.

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judge as it would be against the independent functioning of the court and legislative interference in this behalf is tantamount to undermining the authority of the chief justice and other judges as well. As such, this provision too is not sustainable,” he added. Earlier, during the hearing of the case, Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry remarked that the immunity provided by the new law was contrary to the fundamentals of the constitution and Sections 6 and 8 of the new law were unconstitutional and were against the freedom of judiciary. The Section 11, which says that a hearing will be suspended when an appeal is filed, was also declared against the freedom of the judiciary, with the chief justice stating that the new law was contradictory to the Article 4 and 9 of the Constitution. No government official can be given any immunity, the bench maintained, adding that the 2003 contempt of court ordinance will now come into effect. Earlier during the hearing, Attorney General Irfan Qadir completed his arguments and petitioners were ordered by the chief justice to give rejoinders as written statements due to lack of time. Qadir argued that the words of the constitution should be “given new meanings” in accordance with the law, leaving the bench in a shock. “You are the attorney general of Pakistan, how can you make such a statement?” remarked Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, with Justice Tassaduq Jilani warning, “You should know the consequences of such a statement.” Justice Khawaja remarked that such a statement was not possible.

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defectors and the delay has been made just to make sure that all the points raised in responses are included in the references,” he added. Those who have submitted their replies included Kashmala Tariq, Asim Nazir, Krishan Chand Perwani, Sumaira Malik, Dr Doniya Aziz and others. “Under Shujaat’s directions, SM Zafar would submit the references against the party’s eight defecting lawmakers under Article 63A to the NA speaker soon,” Malik said. Defending the party’s decision to put the references on hold, Malik said that since the references would be decided by the new chief election commissioner, Justice (r) Fakharuddin G Ebrahim, it was necessary for the party to cover all aspects raised by the Likeminded group’s lawyer Salman Akram Raja. All the eight MNAs were elected on PML-Q ticket in 2008 polls. During prime minister’s election on June 20, they refused to vote for Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.

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HE constitution, laws and policies in Myanmar (formerly Burma) restrict religious freedom and Rohingya Muslims face “severest” form of discrimination and restrictions, including access to education and health, a US report on the state of religious freedom said. Released this week, the annual International Religious Freedom Report 2011 noted that Muslims across Myanmar, as well as ethnic Chinese and Indians, were often required to obtain permission from township authorities to leave their hometowns. Authorities often denied Rohingya and other Muslims living in Rakhine State permission to travel for any purpose, the report says. However, it adds that the permission could sometimes be obtained through bribery. Muslims in other regions

were granted more freedom to travel, but still faced restrictions. For example, Rohingyas living in Rangoon needed permission from immigration authorities to travel into and out of Rakhine State. “Muslims in Rakhine State, particularly those of the Rohingya minority group, continued to experience the severest forms of legal, economic, educational, and social discrimination,” the State Department report said, documenting the plight of Rohingya Muslims during last year. There were reports that Buddhist physicians would not provide Muslims the endorsement required by the Ministry of Health that permits Muslims to travel outside Rakhine State to seek advanced medical treatment. The government denied citizenship status to Rohingyas, claiming that their ancestors did not reside in the country at the start of British colonial rule,

as the 1982 citizenship law required. The Rohingyas asserted that their presence in the area predates the British arrival by several centuries. In November 2008, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women urged the government to review its citizenship law. In February 2010, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar visited the country and noted discrimination against Muslims. Many of the approximately 28,500 Rohingya Muslims registered in two refugee camps in Bangladesh and the estimated 200,000 Rohingya Muslims living outside those camps, also in Bangladesh, refused to return to the country because they feared human rights abuses, including religious persecution. Essentially treated as illegal foreigners, Rohingyas were not issued Foreigner Registration Cards (FRCs). Since they also were

not generally eligible for NRCs, Rohingyas have been commonly referred to as ‘stateless’. In the run-up to national elections in November 2010, the government issued Temporary Registration Cards (TRCs) to residents in northern Rakhine State; the majority of them are Rohingyas. The issuance of TRCs was primarily done, it appears, to allow Rohingyas participation in the elections. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) worked with approximately 750,000 residents of Rakhine State who did not hold citizenship in the country. At the end of the reporting period, the UNHCR (quoting government estimates) indicated that 85 percent of eligible residents (637,500 stateless persons) over the age of 10 possessed TRCs. The UNHCR noted that according to information from individuals in northern Rakhine State, many individuals issued TRCs were actually only given a TRC number

and no document. The UNHCR also assisted Rohingyas with education, health, infrastructure, water and sanitation, and agriculture. Without citizenship status Rohingyas did not have access to secondary education in state-run schools. Those Muslim students from Rakhine State who completed high school were not permitted to travel outside the state to attend college or university. During the period covered by the 2011 report, the document also makes note of the government’s implementation of considerable political reforms, but says it did not demonstrate a trend toward either improvement or deterioration in respect for and protection of the right to religious freedom. The government maintained restrictions on certain religious activities and limited freedom of religion, although it generally permitted adherents of government-registered religious groups to worship as they chose.

Chitral admin cracks down on youths joining afghan army PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT

QUETTA: People look at NATO supply trucks that were set on fire by suspected militants near Mastung on Friday night. inp

na body criticizes load shedding during sehar and iftar ISLAMABAD AGENcIES

National Assembly Standing Committee on Water and Power has taken a serious note of unscheduled loadshedding and said that the commitment of exempting Sehar and Iftar timings from load-shedding has not been honored.

A committee meeting was held on Friday under the chairmanship of Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah and attended by members and senior officials from the Ministry of Water and Power. The committee censured the Ministry for removing the ex-chairman of HESCO Board of Directors unlawfully and said that the new Chair-

man had not been appointed on merit. The Secretary negated the views of the members and said that the proper procedure had been followed in the appointment of the new Chairman however the allegation will still be forwarded to SECP for further clarification. On the issue of not following scheduled load-shed-

ding timings, the Secretary of Water and Power said that disruption occurred because of a severe thunder storm in the Muzaffargarh area and caused a shutdown of Chashma I and 2, however 70% of the electricity had been restored and efforts would be made not to carryout unscheduled load-shedding during Ramadan.

In accordance with instructions from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, the administration in Chitral initiated action against those people locals who were recruited in the Afghanistan National Army or by in the Afghan Police. Through some highlyplaced official sources, Pakistan Today came to know on Friday that soon after getting receiving instructions from the Home and Tribal Affairs Department, the district administration arranged in an emergency meeting. Beside high- ranking civil officers, the meeting was also attended by senior officials of the Chitral Police, Levies and secret agencies. The meeting discussed in depth the issue, pertaining ed to the recruitments of Chitral Youths in the Afghanistan National Army and other law enforcement agencies. The official sources said the meeting decided to establish contacts with the community and families as well from where the youths had joined the Afghan National Army. In the first phase, such families would be requested to ask the youths to return otherwise all of their official perks and privileges could be withdrawn. Similarly, the government departments would be directed to stop social and utility services to such families and communi-

ties. The Chitral District Administration had earlier collected details of such Afghan youths a year ago. When contacted, the officials in Chitral said a yearand -a –half ago, the administration received reports regarding some of the youths being recruited in the Afghanistan National Army. The administration in this respect issued notices to those people. and Seven of them haved quit the services and returned to their villages . Bbut some of them are were still associated with the Afghan armed forces and other law enforcing agencies. In response to a question, the official said the number of locals people recruited in the Afghanistan National Army might be from 15 to 20. However, he said the administration was in contact with the elders and community leaders for their return. “The administration has already directed local civil administration and personnel of law enforcement and secret agencies for suspending all official privileges to these people and take action against them accordingly. The official, however, said now they were going to conduct another survey to confirm who was reports of who was recruited in the Afghan National aArmy. He said people living along the PakAfghan border in Chitral district were always getting benefits from both countries.

Case against Midas not political victimization: Punjab govt LAHORE INP

The Punjab government has strongly rejected the impression that it had gotten a case registered against Midas Advertising Agency for political victimization. In a letter to the president of the APNS on Friday, the Punjab Information Department also said a writ petition was filed by senior journalists Hamid Mir and Absar Alam in the Supreme Court seeking orders for the anti-corruption DG to complete the enquiry pending for the last three years. The letter drew the APNS president’s attention to an-

other writ petition filed by the Transparency International Pakistan in the apex court on the subject. It said the matter was sub-judice and progress in the case would be submitted to the court accordingly. The Punjab Information and Culture Department gave details of the background of the case. It said the Punjab government formed a committee, headed by Senator Pervaiz Rashid and comprising the secretaries of the IC&YA and Finance, the Punjab additional IG, APNS President Mujeebur Rehman Shami, Arif Nizami, Dr Jabbar Khatak, and Syed Sarmad Ali among others as members on the is-

sues of Midas. The committee had a meeting on August 5, 2009 and unanimously decided that in view of the lengthy process involved in the selection of audit firms, the accounts of DGPR Punjab be audited by the Auditor General Pakistan. A copy of the audit report was sent to the APNS on June 22, 2011. The letter drew the attention of the APNS to the fact that the Planning deputy secretary, through a letter dated February 17, 2011, requested the society to persuade the management of Midas (Pvt) Ltd to return Rs 63,25,90,464 to the government as pointed out by the audit but to no avail

The letter said the Anti-Corruption Establishment had lodged an FIR after holding a proper enquiry into the matter of bogus payment by the Punjab Development Fund Advertisements. It The said the enquiry was pending since the last three years in the Anti Corruption Establishment and Midas also joined the enquiry proceedings being conducted by the Anti Corruption Establishment. Moreover, a case had been registered against the officers of the DGPR and the Midas chief executive as well. Therefore, it was not justified to say that it was a unilateral action against the agency. The letter to the APNS stated

that the Midas chief executive might join the investigation as the officers of the DGPR were doing and could produce documentary evidence of the agency’s innocence, if any, before the investigation officer for its acquittal from the case. The letter stated that of the proposed recovery of Rs 63,25,90,464 pointed out by the team of the auditor general, an amount of Rs 9,43,86,075 related to the advertisements in the print media while the remaining recovery pertained to electronic media advertisement bills, which obviously did not come within the purview of the APNS.


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President Asif Ali Zardari Friday said that he looked forward to early constitution of the commission that would look into the issues of the creation of separate province and to initiate the process of amendments in the constitution. He added that creating a separate province was part of PPP’s nationbuilding process and it would further strengthen the federation. Talking to a delegation comprising notables and parliamentarians from Bahawalpur and Bahawalnagar here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the president said the new province would help address the issues of fair distri-

bution of resources. He said it would also create economic opportunities and address legislative and administrative empowerment and other issues of major concern to the people of South Punjab. The president said that the party took the first concrete step with the help of its allies, tabling and adopting a resolution in the lower house of the parliament. He called upon the parliamentarians and notables to go to the masses and put the issue of South Punjab in the correct perspective as the creation of a separate province was not aimed against anyone but was part of the nation building process of PPP. The president reiterated that the

PPP was an egalitarian party which believed in the nation-building process and not merely in the politics of sloganeering for getting votes. He said that the PPP was sincere with the people of South Punjab and that is why it promised separate province to them keeping in view their aspirations and legitimate demands. He said that the party will continue making all efforts to fulfill its promise during its current tenure. The participants also spoke on host of issues with special reference to the issues being faced by the people of Southern Punjab including the prevailing energy crisis. They also brought various developmental issues of their areas to the attention of the president.

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HE Supreme Court on Friday warned of action against Interior Secretary Khawaja Siddiq Akbar if he failed to appear before the bench on the next hearing in the ephedrine quota case. A three-member SC bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, was hearing the case. Earlier on Wednesday, the court had accepted a request filed by Muhammad Tanvir, a senior official of the government’s drug regulatory body, for becoming a party to the case. Tanvir had requested the court to save him from victimisation over his testimony in the

ephedrine quota case. During the hearing, the secretary for National Regulations and Services, Imtiaz Inayat Elahi, appeared in court but the interior secretary did not. The court expressed annoyance over the secretary’s absence and the chief justice warned that legal proceedings would be initiated against Abkar if he failed to appear before the bench in the next hearing. The bench later adjourned the hearing until August 6. On August 1, Tanvir had accused Akbar of threatening him to exonerate former health secretary Khushnood Akhtar Lashari from the ephedrine drug scam, or face consequences. The bench had subsequently issued a notice to the interior secretary. Tanvir had also alleged that

he was being harassed by Minister for National Regulation and Services Firdous Ashiq Awan and administration member Dr Abdul Rashid. Earlier on July 4, Tanvir had told the bench that he had been made an officer on special duty (OSD) and transferred to GilgitBaltistan despite the fact that there was no office, staff, budget or any other equipment to perform duty in the region. The applicant had claimed that he had been subjected to victimisation because of the statement he had recorded before the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) investigating the ephedrine scandal and for his constant opposition to the grant of unlawful and illegal drugs quotas of ephedrine on fake demand for manufacturing tablets.

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LHC suspends PML-N MPA’s membership LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday suspended Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmaker Rana Asif’s membership from Punjab Assembly (PA) in dual nationality case. A petition was submitted in the LHC against MPA Rana Asif, who holds Pakistani and Canadian nationalities. The petitioner said that according to the constitution, a dual nationality holder could not contest election. The court accepted the petition for hearing after suspending of Rana Asif’s membership. Rana Asif told the court that his Canadian nationality was temporary, and was not affected by the constitution. The court barred the PML-N politician from attending the Punjab Assembly sessions, while remarking that Rana Asif possesses a Canadian passport, which is issued only to citizens. After suspending Rana’s PA membership, the court said the dual nationality holders could not become members of the assembly. The LHC, adjourned the hearing until October 12, and asked Rana Asif to present his passport in the next hearing. STAFF REPORT

afghan ScavengerS in karachi croSShairS KARACHI AFP

Barkat Khan was shot dead as he slept, curled up in the muck in one of the roughest parts of Karachi. He was a dirt-poor 13-year-old Afghan who never went to school and never dared to dream of a better life. Friends say he was an innocent victim of an increasingly vicious cycle of ethnic violence in the country’s largest city, a battleground between economic migrants from the northwest and Afghanistan, and original settlers from India. Barkat was one of more than 20,000 children – the vast majority of them Afghans – who work for $2 a day, collecting rubbish dumped by the 18 million residents of Karachi. They toil from dawn to night, braving the punishing summer climate and health dangers posed by toxic waste. Without passports and legal status, they have little protection. And now they are caught up in one of Pakistan’s most under-reported wars: the violence that tears neighbourhoods of the country’s richest city to shreds, trampling underfoot the unknown and the defenceless. “Karachi has become too dangerous. People are being killed indiscriminately, among them, my friend,” said a mournful 12year-old Jamali, picking up a soggy piece of cardboard. He and Barkat came to Pakistan as babies when their parents fled the southern city of Kandahar when US-led troops invaded Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks. Like tens of thousands of Afghans, the family eventually moved to Karachi in search of work, abandoning their first port of call, Quetta, where Taliban and their families are said to have settled. “Barkat started collecting garbage right after arriving in Karachi, along with his father. Our families lived together for some time,” said Jamali. Five years later, Barkat was dead, shot in

May at point blank range as he slept outside a food stall that offers free dinners to Karachi’s poorest. His parents are devastated by the loss of their only child. “Barkat was a lovable boy, very hardworking, who wanted to earn a lot of money to see his parents happy, especially his mother who is shattered after his death,” said his cousin, Mohammad Mukhtar, 19, who also collects rubbish. “Relatives told me that she hasn’t yet recovered from the shock.” Police say Barkat was an unwitting victim of ethnic and political violence that has reached record levels in Karachi, the city which accounts for 42 percent of the GDP.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says more than 1,100 people have been killed so far this year – the vast majority without any political affiliation whatsoever. If the killings continue at the same pace, 2012 will top the 1,715 who perished last year, itself the worst death toll in 16 years. The troubles are blamed on Mohajirs, Urdu speakers who migrated from India after partition and who dominate the city, and an influx of Pashtuns from Afghanistan and the northwest. Migration and population growth have put enormous pressure on resources in the Arabian Sea port city, where the economy has

been under serious pressure since 9/11. According to official figures, there are 500,000 Afghans in the city, 80 percent registered as refugees and the rest undocumented or illegal economic migrants. The vast majority of them live in poverty, like Jamali who lives in Koochi, one of three ghettos reserved for Afghans in the city. His family lives near the neighbourhood where a UN doctor from Ghana was shot while working on a polio vaccination programme that had been condemned by the Taliban. But the rag-pickers live at around 400 compounds dotted around the city, divided

by bamboo into dozens of cubicles shaded from the sun by polythene sheets. Each cubicle is shared by two to three, who pile up plastic bags stuffed with waste to snatch a few hours’ sleep, before rising at dawn to start again. Karachi produces around 12,000 tonnes of waste a day and has no proper solid waste disposal system. Much of it goes into the drains or is dumped along roads or across the city. Part of it ends up at government designated landfill sites, which seldom handle waste disposal on any scientific basis. Contractors pay money to their parents every week, based on the weight of the rubbish they collect, and the children eat at restaurants and charities offering free meals, in order to save as much of their salaries as possible for their families. The refuse is sold onto middlemen, who sell it to recycling factories – paper, cardboard, copper, iron, animal bones and other discarded articles are all in high demand. Officials say rag-pickers do a valuable job, but that there are risks involved. Rana Asif Habib, head of Initiator, a charity working for underprivileged children, says they handle hospital waste without the necessary protection kits, leading to contractions of diseases such as hepatitis and scabies. “They also get infected by eating food from the garbage. They can’t afford to see a doctor. If they want to, no state-run hospitals treat them well.” Afghans are particularly vulnerable, he added. “They are often antagonised by police and their employers, but they can’t complain because they are not Pakistanis.” Despite the dangers, Jamali still thinks Karachi is better than Afghanistan. “Karachi is very dangerous. Nobody knows when a bullet will hit, yet we have a lot more opportunities here. We are not going anywhere now.”

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Transfers and postings in HeSCo HYDERABAD APP

KARAcHI: Activists of Jamaat-e-Islami hold a demonstration against the Muslim killings in Myanmar, outside Binori Town Masjid. onLine

Pml-n should not politicize Shaukat Khanam: APml KARACHI ONlINE

All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Central Information Secretary Aasia Ishaq has said that leaders of PML-N were upset to see their expected defeat in the upcoming general elections and now they was leveling charges against Shaukat Khanam Memorial Hospital which was providing cancer treatment to the poor. According to an APML central information secretariat press release issued here on Friday, she said Shaukat Khanam Memorial Hospital was the only health centre of its kind in the country that was providing cancer treatment to the poor but the corrupt and ineligible leadership of PML-N was politicizing it for its vested interests. Aasia Ishaq said Shaukat Khanam was a trust, running with the donations but PML-N with its baseless allegations wanted to deprive it from donations so that the poor patients could not be able to get cancer treatment. Shaukat Khanam Memorial Hospital is an asset of Pakistan but PML-N leadership has become blind in the enmity against PTI chief Imran Khan and is using every unfair means to surpass him, she added. Punjab government has failed in every administrative area and even the doctors and paramedics are not satisfied with its health policy, then how it would deliver health services to the ailing community of the most populous province of the country, she asked.

Phd degree in Biochemistry approved KARACHI APP

Mosquito menace returns! Four more dengue cases confirmed Total number of patients rises to 134 since Jan 1 KARACHI

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S many as four more persons were declared dengue positive in the city here on Friday. According to the Provincial Dengue Surveillance Cell report, in the current week at least 17 more people were declared dengue patients, taking the number of dengue patients to 134 since January 1. It said two of the patients were still under treatment at Civil Hospital Karachi whereas one patient had been discharged from the hospital after recovery from the disease. As many as five platelets were also utilised for these dengue patients. All the dengue patients were from Karachi and no such case has been reported from the interior of Sindh so far, the cell further pointed out. The reports said that the government had finalised its prepa-

cover all food items and cover water pots to avoid the disease. Dengue fever is increasingly becoming an epidemic in the country. Due to high cost of treat-

ment, the disease spread more rapidly in 2011 than in previous years. It has attracted the attention of the government, especially the Punjab government since it spread in the Punjab province. In 2011, it killed over 300 people and over 14,000 were infected by this mosquitoborne disease. Majority of the people infected were from Lahore. For countering this fast spreading disease, the Punjab government is working to increase public awareness on the dengue outbreak. In an awareness drive, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif himself arrived at local universities to hand out pamphlets on dengue fever and prevention. A seminar was also held in Hyderabad by the local authorities. Various other awareness programs were also in colleges and schools and teachers were urged to educate students about this disease.

High level security meeting held KARACHI APP

A high-level meeting held at the headquarters of Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, here on Friday reviewed security arrangements especially on the forthcoming `Youm-e-Ali’ to ward off any untoward incident. The Director General Rangers, Sindh, Maj Gen Rizwan Akhtar, Additional IG Karachi, representative of Sindh Home Department, Joint DG IB, DIGs of three security zone in Karachi, DIG Traffic, Chief of CPLC and officers of rangers, KESC and City District Government Karachi attended the meeting. A statement said that the Rangers and the Police jointly finalised security arrangements for ensuring law and order situation with regard to `Youm-e-Ali’. It said that the Sindh Rangers and the Police have been put on high alert. Temporary pickets of Rangers and Police have been set up in the sensitive areas of the metropolis. Apart from a heavy police posse, 5,000 more personnel of Rangers would be deployed. The meeting appealed to the Ulema to preach the spirit of brotherhood and extend full assistance to the law enforcement agencies for the maintenance of law and order.

eiGht more perish… Bodies dumped in Lyari River KARACHI ONlINE

The Academic Council and the Syndicate of the University of Karachi has approved the conferment of PhD degree in Biochemistry to Ms Farhat Bano. This was announced by the Registrar of Karachi University on Friday. He said that the University’s Board of Advance Study and Research (BASR) had already recommended the conferment of the degree.

rations towards controlling the disease. The doctors have advised the people to get anti-mosquito spray, close windows from mosquitoes could enter home and

The management of Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO) Friday announced transfers and postings of the superintending engineers and executive engineers. Director Human Resources and Administration HESCO Ali Anwar Jokhio has informed that Superintending Engineer Operation Circle-II Umaid Ali Qureshi has been transferred and posted as Project Director Construction Hyderabad while Executive Engineer GC of GSC Division Hyderabad Abdul Haq Memon has been transferred and posted as Superintending Engineer Operation Circle-II Hyderabad. Additional Manager Meter Reading Cell Khalid Hussain Bhatti has been transferred and posted as Regional Manager M and T vice Imtiaz Ahmed Kalhoro has been transferred and posted as Manager Meter Reading Cell Hyderabad. The Deputy Manager Energy Cell Aziz Ali Khawaja has been transferred and posted as Deputy Manager Technical Operation Circle Nawabshah vice Javed Ishaq Abro who has been transferred and posted as Deputy Manager Material Management Hyderabad. Pervez Afzal has been transferred from the office of the General Manager Development (MC and C) and posted as Manager (Procurement) PMU Hyderabad while Additional Manager (NCPP) Hyderabad Abdul Majeed Khatri has been transferred and posted as Manager (O and M) T and G Hyderabad.

Violence has continued to grip the city even in the holy month of Ramadan, as another eight citizens were ruthlessly killed and dumped in Liyari River, media reports said on Friday. The relief workers scrambled through the night to take out the bod-

ies from different parts of Lyari River. At least four of the eight bodies have been hitherto recovered from the river. Two deceased have been identified as Ali Haider and Farhan. Both the youths were residents of the city’s Ranchhore Line. The bodies have been shifted to Civil Hospital. According to eyewitnesses, there are still four bodies in the river. The efforts are underway to retrieve the

bodies. Meanwhile, two bodies were recovered from Sohrab Goth and Dhobi Ghat areas of Karachi. The bodies have not been identified as yet. During the pre-dawn raids, Rangers also arrested 30 suspected persons from Kawari colony and Pakhtunabad and confiscated weapons from them. According to Rangers, the raids

were conducted on a tip off about the presence of members of banned outfits. All the entry and exit points were sealed during the operation. Rangers have arrested suspects during search operation in Kunwari Colony and Pakhtunabad. The Rangers sources informed that the operation was launched after reports that activists of a banned organisation were present in the area.


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Karachi 07 Pml-f nominates Akhter Sheikh as Sr. VC Sukkur KARACHI APP

Pakistan Muslim League Functional (PML-F) nominated Akhter Sheikh as senior vice president for Sukkur Division. Zahid Hussain Dahri has been nominated as general secretary for district Naushero Feroz, while Jalees Ahmed Hashmi was nominated for the same post in Mirpurkhas.

51st draw of prize bond on 15th HYDERABAD APP

The 51st draw of Rs 1500 prize bonds would be held on the August 15 in the premises of State Bank of Pakistan, Hyderabad. The announcement was made by Assistant Director (HQ), Regional Directorate of National Savings, Hyderabad.

mPA inspects Youme-Ali arrangements KARACHI

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Zahid Umar appointed chairman fPCCi committee on leather KARACHI APP

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CM concerned over reduction in Sindh votes

Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) President Haji Fazal Kadir Khan Sherani has appointed, Zahid Umar as the Chairman of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry standing committee on leather and leather products for this year.

KeSC replaces old lights of mazar-e-Quaid KARACHI INP

Citizens of Karachi have lauded Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) for installing modern technology decoration lights in the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. It should be mentioned that KESC has replaced the old lights installed inside the mausoleum of father of nation with modern LED lighting technology. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Karachi Electric Supply Company Tabish Gohar inaugurated the lead lights. Talking to media persons on the occasion, Tabish Gohar was of the view that KESC was sparing no efforts to make Karachi the city of lights again. He said that Karachi Electric Supply Company has replaced 256 green technology conventional lights in the dome of Karachi museum with LED lights which has further increased the beauty of the national asset. He said that old lights consumed 8.32MW while new lights would consume only 1.78MW power which would save 79 percent electricity with Rs4 lakh savings annually. Tabish said that new lights installed in the museum and inside Mazar-eQuaid area also environment friendly.

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INDH Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has expressed concern over the reduction of votes in the province according to the new voters list. Speaking to reporters at the Sukkur airport, Shah said he was astonished that the number of votes had decreased despite the inclusion of thousands of new voters. He added that he would request the Federal government and the Election Commission to investigate this matter. When asked about the general elections, Shah replied that they would be held on time and the PPP was preparing for them.

OMAR SANA FOuNDAtION DIStRIButES RAMzAN pACkAgES: Omar Sana Foundation distributed Ramadan packages among 100 families on Friday. The package includes enough rations to support a family of five. The program took place at the foundation’s central office in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, and benefitted families of thalassemia and Hemophilia patients. ‘ppp tO EMERgE vICtORIOuS IN tHE NExt gENERAL ELECtIONS’: Sindh education minister, Pir Mazhar ul Haq predicted hands down victory for PPP in the next general elections. He gave this statement while hosting some delegations in his camp office on Friday. He further stated that PPP believed in dialogues, and pursued policy of reconciliation. MONItORINg COMMIttEES SEtup FOR “SAStA AttA” pACkAgE: The Government of Sindh has constituted five monitoring committees for ‘sasta atta’ Ramadan package for all districts of Karachi on the order of Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah. The monitoring committees entrusted with the task would visit ‘sasta atta’ stalls setup by District Administration in collaboration with Food Department and Supply and Prices Department. Wheat would be sold at government prices at these stalls.

Sindh Assembly member, Nishat Muhammad Zia Qadri has directed authorities to make proper arrangements for Youm-e-Ali. The MPA issued the statement while inspecting arrangement work on procession routes in the Shah Faisal Zone. Youm-e-Ali, the martyrdom anniversary of Hazrat Ali (R.A), would be observed on 21st of Ramazan. MC DIRECtED tO OvERSEE MAINtENANCE CIvIC CENtER BuILDINg: Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Commissioner, Matanat Ali Khan has directed officers concerned to complete repair, coloring and renovation work at civic center on priority basis. He said that cleanliness of the building would give a positive message to the people who visit there on daily basis. Matanat expressed satisfaction on progress of the improvement work.

Chances of light rain KARACHI APP

The Met office has forecast a partly cloudy and windy weather with chances of light rain in the metropolis for the next 24 hours. The maximum temperature will fluctuate between 31 to 33 degrees Celsius.

KmC to setup 14 emergency Response Centers KARACHI APP

Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Administrator, Muhammad Hussain Syed said that emergency response centers were to be setup at 14 locations in the city to provide emergency help. According to a Karachi Metropolitan Corporation statement, five centers have already started round the clock work, and maintained contact with the fire brigade, ambulance services and city wardens. Hussain said that the centers were setup with the directions of Sindh Governor Ishrat ul Ibad. He further added that the contact numbers of these centers would be advertised in newspapers for the convenience of citizens.

HYDERABAD: A boy looking at the pictures exhibited during a demonstration rally against the Muslim killings in Myanmar (Burma) organized by Shabab-e-Milli at Koh-e-Noor chowk. onLine

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Let us collect zakat funds! Sindh to take up issue of zakat fund collection at Council of Common Interests KARACHI

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S the Center is reluctant to empower provinces under the 18th constitutional amendment, the Sindh government has decided to take up the issue of collecting zakat funds in a bid to enhance its share from Rs 800 million to around Rs 4 billion, Pakistan Today has learnt. Under the 18th constitutional amendment, Sindh was supposed to get rights of collecting zakat funds in the province and distribute it among the poor. In this regard, the Sindh government had also worked out a comprehensive plan for the funds. With the center’s continuous involvement in the provincial affairs, a highpowered meeting chaired by Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah in the federal capital on July 24. It was decided in the meeting that zakat funds’ collection rights would remain with the federal government till 2015, against the 18th amendment. Following the devolution of federal zakat and ushr ministry under the 18th amendment, the Sindh zakat administration was to be established by the Sindh government and the zakat and ushr department had a forwarded a summary to the law department for vetting of the proposed legislation required for setting up the authority, as well as the approval of chief minister, sources told Pakistan Today. Prior to the devolution of the zakat ministry at the provincial level, the Central Zakat Administration (CZA) - set up at the federal level - managed the country-wide collection and distribution of alms.

The CZA had power over the provincial Zakat Councils (PZC) of each province. A District Zakat Committee (DZC) was set up in each district, Tehsil Zakat Committees (TZC) in each tehsil (or sub-division), and Local Zakat Committee (LZC) was established to collect alms from each locality. Zakat money officially collected through banks and other agencies was deposited with the CZA, which released specified amounts from time to time to the PZCs. The major share of these funds was in turn passed on to LZCs through DZCs. In this way, the actual disbursement of zakat to the needy was carried out mainly by the LZCs, whereas payment to institutions such as hospitals, seminaries, welfare organisations and needy students was done by the PZCs. After the establishment of the Sindh Zakat Administration, the province would itself be responsible for zakat collection and distribution, the sources said, explaining that zakat is being charged only on 11 assets contained in the First Schedule of the Zakat and Ushr Ordinance 1980. These assets include saving bank accounts; notice deposit accounts and receipts; fixed deposit accounts and receipts, saving/deposit certificates accounts and receipts, National Investment Trust (NIT) units, Investment Corporation of Pakistan Mutual Funds Certificates, government securities on which the return is receivable by the holder periodically, securities including shares and debentures of companies and statutory corporations on which return is paid, annuities, life insurance policies and provident fund credit balances. Meanwhile, ushr is collected on compulsory basis at a rate of 5 percent of the produce from every land owner, grantee, allottee, lessee, lease-

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holder or land-holder (except the one excluded from the definition of sahib-e-nisab). An individual farmer is exempted from ushr if he is a “mustahiq” or if his produce is less than 948 kg of wheat or its equivalent in value. The farmers have also been given the opportunity to assess ushr on their own, but an LZC may also make their own assessment. An assessee has been allowed to reduce his ushr liability by one-third if land was irrigated by tubewells and by one-fourth if irrigated by other means, the sources explained. Furthermore, the sources said, the Sindh government would continue the programme on the pattern of federal policy - provision of stipends to poor students of schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions. Besides, the regular budget for the students of Deeni Madaris would also be allocated at a rate of Rs 150 for Hifzo Nazira, Rs 375 for Mouqoof Aleh and Rs 750 for Daura Hadith. The students of Model Deeni Madaris and those affiliated with Pakistan Madrasah Education Board (PMEB) would also be paid Zakat - Rs 500 for primary to matric, Rs 750 above matric and upto BA or equivalent and Rs 1,000 MA or equivalent and above. For health, ceilings for free medical treatment of deserving persons would be Rs 3,000, for indoor patients Rs 2,000 and for outdoor patients respectively. For weddings, Rs 10,000 zakat would be granted to a Mustahiq woman as a one time grant by the local zakat committee. Moreover, the sources said that Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah had chaired a high level meeting the other day to finalise the issues to be strongly taken before the upcoming meeting of the Council of Common Interest (CCI).

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fine ART PAKiSTAn gAlleRY Cordially invites you on the exhibition of sculptures by Akbar Khan, latif ghouri and m.K.Saleem on Tuesday, 17th 2012. Chief guest: Anjum Ayaz inaugurates the show.

internationally acclaimed artist Hamra Abbas, recipient of the Abraaj capital art prize and the Sharjah biennale jury prize, exhibits her culturally loaded, iconographic works at Canvas gallery on Tuesday June 19th 2012, from 5 pm - 8 pm. Hamra received her BfA and mA from the national College of Arts, lahore and a meisterschueler from Universitaet der Kuenste, Berlin. She lives and works between lahore, Pakistan and Boston, USA. The show remains open daily until July 19th 2012, from 11 am - 8 pm (excluding sundays)

Join us at T2f every wednesday for interactive sessions on mirza ghalib’s poetry, conducted by author and translator, musharraf Ali farooqi. ghalib made easy by @micromAfThe poetry of mirza ghalib (27 december 1797 – 15 february 1869) has been considered complex, abstract and difficult to comprehend. even for ghalib’s contemporaries, his language and imagery presented a challenge.


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HELLS rained down on rebel positions in Aleppo on Friday ahead of a UN vote to deplore both the Syrian regime’s use of heavy arms and world powers for failing to agree on steps to end the conflict. The official SANA news agency said the army and police killed 17 “terrorists” in Aleppo, the commercial capital which the regime and rebels have been battling for control of since July 20. Six civilians were killed in Damascus as forces loyal to President Bashar alAssad moved on opposition enclaves, day after shelling killed 21 civilians at the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in the capital, a watchdog said. The Syrian Observatory for Human

Rights said another three civilians were killed in Houla, a central town where at least 108 people were massacred at the end of May, triggering international outrage. Despite the violence, new weekly anti-regime protests were held across Syria in solidarity with the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, which troops have also pounded for weeks. Activists were still counting the toll from Thursday, one of the bloodiest days in the uprising, when Kofi Annan quit as international envoy for Syria complaining his peace plan never received the backing it deserved. The Observatory said more than 179 people were killed — 110 civilians including 14 children, 43 soldiers and 26 rebels. Dozens more civilians and rebels were killed in Al-Arbaeen, a besieged

district of the central city of Hama, it said, adding it was hard to establish what had happened as communications were cut. “The number of martyrs and wounded is not known as bodies were left lying in the streets, regime forces preventing residents from helping the wounded and burying the dead,” said the opposition Syrian National Council. The bloodshed mounted ahead of a UN General Assembly vote on a Saudidrafted resolution that condemns Russia and China for blocking tougher action against Damascus at the UN Security Council. But Arab nations have dropped an explicit demand for Assad to quit in an attempt to secure as large a majority as possible. Explaining his decision to resign as UN and Arab League envoy, Annan

voiced regret at the “increasing militarisation” of the nearly 17-month conflict. The former UN secretary general also hit out at “continuous finger-pointing and name-calling” at the Security Council, which he said had stalled coordinated action to stop the violence. “I did not receive all the support that the cause deserved,” Annan said. “The increasing militarisation on the ground and the lack of unanimity in the Security Council fundamentally changed my role.” But Annan predicted Assad would go “sooner or later,” and did not rule out his successor having more luck or success, despite his warning there was “no Plan B.” On Friday, the Russian foreign ministry said “a worthy candidate” to succeed Annan should be urgently found because “in the developing situation,

keeping a UN presence in the country acquires special significance.” Meanwhile, protesters in Aleppo took to the streets on Friday to demand death for Syrian President Bashar alAssad even as violence raged between regime forces and rebels, an AFP journalist and rights watchdog said. Hundreds of protesters gathered in the al-Shaar neighbourhood of the country’s economic capital, chanting: “The people want the execution of Bashar!” and “The people want freedom and peace,” an AFP reporter saw. “We go down the street with a single objective: the liberation of the country,” said 20-year-old protester Abu Ahmed. “Today you can take to the streets. Before there were shabiha” pro-regime militiamen, he said, adding: “For 20 years we supported the military, but in fact this army is against us.”

attacks on egypt Christians on rise CAIRO AFP

A senior Egyptian Coptic bishop said on Friday attacks on Christians are on the rise and criticised the inclusion of only one Copt in Islamist President Mohamed Morsi’s government. “The general climate is turning against Christians,” said Bishop Morcos. “Assaults on Christians have increased. It’s not just a matter of having one ministry,” he told AFP. On Wednesday, Muslims attacked a church and Christian homes in a village outside Cairo, leading to clashes that injured 16 people after a Muslim man died of wounds from a fight with a Christian. A day later, President Morsi, who had pledged to include Coptic representatives in his government, swore in a new cabinet with only one Christian, the scientific research minister from the outgoing government. “There is a difference between promises and implementation,” said Morcos. “Perhaps there were obstacles in implementing the pledge, or the promise is one thing, and the actual implementation is another.” Dozens of Copts have died in sec-

tarian clashes since a popular uprising overthrew president Hosni Mubarak early last year. The United States warned on Monday that despite gestures by Egypt’s interim military leaders towards greater inclusiveness, sectarian tensions and violence had increased. Washington’s 2011 International Religious Freedom Report expressed concern over “both the Egyptian government’s failure to curb rising violence against Coptic Christians and its involvement in violent attacks.” The Copts, who make up roughly 10 percent of Egypt’s 82million-strong population, were also the target of sectarian attacks before Mubarak’s ouster. Muslim-majority Egypt has for decades been marked by deep sectarian tensions, with religious violence between Muslims and Christians often sparked by disputes over land or love affairs between members of the two communities. In January 2011, a suicide bomber killed more than 20 Christians outside a church in the country’s second city Alexandria, after Islamists accused the Coptic Church of detaining a woman who converted to Islam.

Sudan, South Sudan must strike ‘compromise’ deal: Clinton JUBA AFP

The two Sudans must strike an urgent compromise deal to end bitter disputes and resume oil production, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday, warning the newly separated nations that they “remain inextricably linked.” Sudan and South Sudan “will need to compromise to close the remaining gaps between them,” Clinton said, after meeting South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir. “It is urgent that both sides, north and south, follow through and reach timely agreements on all outstanding issues, including oil revenue sharing, security, citizenship and border demarcation,” she added. Clinton, the most senior US official to visit since South Sudan’s independence last year, highlighted Washington’s concern over the bitter dispute between Juba and Khartoum. South Sudan’s government has yet to agree on a raft of issues with Sudan, left unresolved after they split in July 2011, including border demarcation and contested areas

in oil-rich regions. Long running African Union-led talks in the Ethiopian capital have so far failed to produce a deal, with Khartoum rejecting Juba’s offers and demanding that border security must be ensured before any economic accord. The UN Security Council had given the two countries, which earlier this year came close to a return to all-out war, until Thursday to reach a deal or face sanctions. At independence, landlocked South Sudan took with it two-thirds of the region’s oil, but the pipelines and processing facilities remained in Sudan. In January, Juba cut off all oil production, even though oil provides some 98% of its revenue, crippling the economies of both countries, after accusing Khartoum of stealing its crude. “You have made your point, you have brought Sudan to the negotiating table,” Clinton said, standing alongside Foreign Minister Nhial Deng Nhial, stressing the importance of getting the oil to start “pumping again.” “An interim agreement with Sudan over oil production and transit can help address

KUAlA lUMPUR: Myanmar ethnic Rohingya Muslims living in Malaysia shout slogans during a protest against the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, outside the Myanmar embassy on Friday. afp

Thousands in Japan stage anti-nuclear rally tOkYO: Thousands of people staged a rally in front of the Japanese prime minister’s office Friday, maintaining anti-nuclear sentiment triggered by last year’s atomic crisis at Fukushima. It was the latest in a string of protests in Japan, which has seen a rising tide of anti-nuclear momentum since Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in June ordered the restart of two reactors. Noda defended the move citing looming power shortages after Japan switched off its 50 nuclear reactors — which provided the resource-poor country with a third of its energy — in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. Weekly demonstrations outside the prime minister’s residence have drawn thousands of people and a rally in west Tokyo last month saw a crowd that organisers claimed was about 170,000-strong. AFP the short-term needs of the people of South Sudan, while giving you the resources and the time to explore longer-term options.” Clinton warned that “significant challenges” face the world’s youngest nation, with “persistent poverty in a land rich with natural resources.” Those include “continued violence along the border with Sudan, unresolved ethnic tensions, gaps in infrastructure and the rule of law,” she told reporters. “Continued progress hinges on South Sudan’s ability to overcome these challenges,” Clinton added. “While South Sudan and Sudan have become separate states, their fortunes remain inextricably linked,” she said. “The promise of prosperity rests on the prospects for peace. And South Sudan’s ability to attract trade and investment depends on greater security on both sides of the border.” Clinton spent around three hours in the steamy heat of Juba — a rapidly growing city largely made up of simple tin-roof huts strung out alongside the White Nile river — before flying to Uganda. “There must always come a point where we look forward and recognise the need to stop fighting over past wrongs so we can build toward a new future,” she said. “It’s time ... to dig wells instead of graves,” she added, quoting a South Sudanese bishop. “Time to reach an agreement that allows both countries to prosper.”

France calls for Bangladesh U-turn on Rohingya refugees PARIS AFP

France said Friday it regretted a decision by Bangladesh to stop three non-governmental organisations from helping Rohingya refugees fleeing persecution in neighbouring Myanmar. “Until a lasting peace is established in (Myanmar’s) Rakhine state, we urge the authorities in Dhaka not to send back from the border people whose lives are under threat,” a French foreign ministry spokesman said. Two of the three charities affected by the Bangladesh government’s decision are French: Doctors Without Borders (Medecins sans Frontieres, MSF) and Action Against Hunger. Britain’s Muslim Aid UK has also been told to suspend its services in the Cox’s Bazaar district bordering Myanmar. The Bangladesh authorities maintain that the aid provided by the charities has encouraged the Rohingya — a Muslim minority in predominately Buddhist Myanmar — to cross the border. Aid workers say the Rohingya have little option but to flee in the face of sectarian attacks in Myanmar and fear the latest move could result in a humanitarian disaster. Bangladesh estimates that there are now some 300,000 Rohingya living on its territory after having fled Myanmar.

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hile the issue of a new body to investigate the case of Arsalan Iftikhar is yet to be decided, another serious allegation has been leveled against Arsalan in a report published on Friday in a national daily. It has been alleged that Arsalan had been using the official address of the Chief Justice House, Islamabad, for commercial purposes. If correct, this would give birth to a host of suspicions about the motives behind using the address for conducting business. When Malik Riaz publicly made allegations against Arsalan, he said things that were meant to cast aspersions on the CJ and the SC. The financial transactions and activities of Arsalan have therefore to be properly probed. There should be nothing that creates the perception of favor being extended to him. After allowing the lawyers to debate the various options available, the SC bench directed the AG “to set the machinery of the state in motion so that all those who may have committed any illegal acts, including Malik Riaz Hussain, Dr Arsalan, Salman Ali Khan etc are pursued and brought to book with the full force and rigor of the law.” The AG asked the NAB chief to form a joint investigation team(JIT) to probe the case. Arsalan, however, expressed reservations about two members of the JIT maintaining that they were under the influence of Malik Riaz. The NAB prosecutor general has now told the court that both the members of the JIT have been taken out of the team, leaving the remaining three members, all belonging to NAB, to investigate the matter. He said NAB could even disband the JIT and give the task to another investigating agency if the court so desired. It is now for the court to decide how to get the enquiry conducted. Referring to Malik Riaz’s statement that he did not get any relief whatsoever in his cases from the SC, the bench had last month maintained that this was sufficient to settle the question of public importance. It was also maintained that the court’s reputation cannot be considered to have been tarnished on account of the alleged misconduct of the relatives of judges, since such relatives are not officers of the state. The reports regarding Arsalan’s Rs 900 million worth of assets having been accumulated within less than five years and his allegedly using the address of the CJ House for conducting business transactions are matters that can rouse suspicions if not probed carefully. The cases of financial misdoings on the part of powerful politicians or their scions were probed by FIA, NAB and ANF. Arsalan’s case too could similarly be handed over to either the FIA or NAB.

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ear election time, the dirty tricks department of the PML-N has come into full swing. The knives are out for Imran khan, the new kid on the block. The Sharifs have unleashed their stalwarts, Khawaja Asif and Ch Nisar Ali Khan, on the PTI chief. The present spat started when Imran Khan accused Nawaz Sharif’s younger scion of conducting mega deals abroad with laundered money. Naturally, Nawaz Sharif could not take this affront lying down. Nisar has bitterly complained (with some justification) that Imran khan’s every press conference starts with criticism of Nawaz Sharif. “Why are Zardari, the PML-Q leadership and the MQM spared?” he laments. The answer is simple. Imran is knocking at the doors of the Sharif’s heartland, the jewel in the crown: the Punjab. Although the Khan believes that he already has the support of seven million voters in the four provinces of Pakistan, the Sharifs are amply aware that his main focus is their domain in Punjab. To be fair to Imran, as far he is concerned, there be a plague on both the houses. Nawaz is merely singled out as it his long-held constituency, ideological as well as electoral, which is being challenged. Ironically, there is a confluence of interests between Zardari and Imran. Both need time before the polls, albeit for different reasons. Imran wants to organize his party and galvanize the phenomenal number of young voters, which he believes to be his core constituency. The PPP wants as much time as possible before the elections to get a handle on electricity shortages and other governance

issues. And, of course, to simply remain in power for as long as possible. But the PML-N wants elections to be held at the earliest. The Sharifs used to perennially enjoying the perks and privileges of power have never been big crowd pullers. Although they think it is below their dignity to directly engage Imran, his popularity and appeal has certainly rattled them. Harebrained projects like the laptop scheme and concerted efforts by the Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif - who insists upon being addressed as “khadim-e-aala (the first servant)” - to woo the young and the uninitiated are a direct consequence of the PTI’s so-called tsunami. On the ideological front, Imran Khan is directly challenging the long held suzerainty of the Sharifs. Ch Nisar pronounces ad nauseam that Imran is the test tube baby of the establishment, more specifically of the former spy chief general Shuja Pasha. But so was Nawaz Sharif, and for donkey years, he did their bidding. It is only when Nawaz Sharif refused to play ball with the establishment that they adopted a credible alternative in the form of Imran Khan. Not so much to do their bidding but to protect the ideological frontiers as perceived by the deep state. Not unsurprisingly, both Imran and Nawaz have the same worldview. Both are right-of-center in their policies. They are reluctant to criticize the Taliban favoring negotiations with them. And both believe in private enterprise and supporting big business. But, despite confluence of views and ideology, they have become sworn enemies. The reason is simple; they appeal to similar constituencies. In spite of having a technocratic dream team gleaned from the private sector as well as defectors from different political parties, Imran Khan has a strong contingent of right wing jihadi elements amongst his core team. Digging dirt against political opponents is nothing new in the PML-N culture. The Sharifs are rather good at this game. In the nineties when Benazir Bhutto was their nemesis, they subjected her to a concerted smear campaign. Even forgeries were resorted to. A fake letter was leaked to the media ostensibly written by Benazir Bhutto as prime minister to her Washington-based friend and staffer on the US Senate foreign relations committee, Peter Galbraith. A personal smear campaign through false allegations

was also launched against her. During the same period when Imran Khan was emerging as a possible political threat, he was not spared either. Interviews and pictures of Sita White, Imran’s former girlfriend and mother of his child, suddenly started appearing in the pro-Sharif media. Imran after initial denials had to own up to the paternity of the girl. Nisar while accusing Imran of being a tax evader has hinted at revealing details about his person. The leader of the opposition in the National Assembly claiming to be a classmate of the PTI chief has threatened that he will go viral if Imran does not stop attacking the Sharifs. Meanwhile, Zardari and his cohorts are laughing all the way to the bank. In their view Imran is cutting into the vote bank of the Sharifs in Punjab and the PML-N is feeling the heat. The PML-N and the PTI going to town against each other suits the ruling party fine. The more they castigate each other, the more difficult it will be for them to form an alliance or an understanding after the elections. Imran firmly believes on the basis of his successful rallies and support of the youth that he will sweep the next elections. Hence, he feels that he does not need to go into a coalition with any of the mainstream parties, post elections. Judging by the ground realities, neither the PTI nor the PML-N seems to be in a position to sweep the next elections. Imran who claims to be an agent of change rather than merely being a third alternative has vowed to sit in the opposition if he is unable to eke out a majority. He is loath to form a coalition ‘with the corrupt elements.’ Nawaz Sharif realistically speaking cannot expect a repeat of the heavy mandate he got in the 1997 elections. Imran is not so sure either about his electoral appeal. If he were, why would he be pulling electables from other parties? The most likely scenario in the next general elections is a fragmented mandate with no party on its own being in a position to form a government. Hence if the future is a coalition government, why take things to a point-of-no-return? The Zardari-led PPP learnt this lesson post-2008 and have successfully played coalition politics to their advantage. The PTI and PML-N will learn this the hard way. The writer is Editor, Pakistan Today

the lengthening shadows With credibility dented, the arduous path ahead

candid corner By Raoof Hasan

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ith the elections nearing, the venomousness of accusations among political leaders is intensifying at an alarming pace. It remains a paradox that the only party that is likely to suffer as a consequence of this malicious campaign is the party that has a fair reservoir of credibility: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. All the other leaders have thick layers of muck pasted all over their faces as they go around unashamedly laying claim to national leadership. In spite of contentious decisions taken in the wake of the unprecedented success of the October 30 gathering in Lahore with regard to allowing a vast cross-section of leaders with a dubious past into the party, PTI remains clean in the context of not having been tried so far. Imran Khan can also lay claim to nationally- and internationally-acclaimed successes in the field of sports and social welfare. His work in building a cancer hospital that treats most of its patients without charge and Namal University that provides quality education in a number of domains to the economically- and socially-deprived segments of the national population are projects that accord him a distinctive place. His work in providing relief to the calamity-struck people has

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also won him countless admirers. In a country where such initiatives are scarce, where extensive and intensive corruption is the hallmark of all public sector projects and where every leader worth a mention has benefited from the state largesse in despicable manners, there was much hope associated with the emergence of Imran Khan as a potential leader. His integrity was unchallenged, his achievements were irrefutably ground-breaking and his leadership qualities were broadly acknowledged. Then, why is it that, in spite of these integral ingredients, there are not only serious question marks about his prospects to succeed in the coming elections, but also on the conduct of his professional and social projects? One point-of-view is that since he is the only leader who has emerged as a threat to the forces of the status-quo, there is an unseen collusion among his opponents to sow seeds of doubt about his party and his person. But there are others who say that the promise of change has long since been submerged by the influx of battalions of turn-coats and self-promoting constituency politicians who have literally taken over the party and are influencing its decision-making. In spite of serious preparations for holding the intra-party elections, discretionary

appointments continue to be made at senior positions in the party, thus diluting the prospect of PTI emerging as the only genuinely democratic party in the country. Paradoxically, instead of exploiting the high of October 30 on the platform of ‘change’, PTI has allowed the tentacles of the status-quo to dig deep into its echelons. Imran Khan may still be untarnished, but surrounded by scores of leaders who have served every corrupt dictator and ‘democrat’ alike, there is little freedom and maneuverability that he would be able to exercise to bring his cherished political dream to fruition. It is this decision alone which has also created the space for the fence-sitters – even some diehard supporters – to start doubting the seriousness of intentions and the potential for delivery of the party. The rationale that the intraparty elections would serve the purpose of bringing forth clean and credible leadership at all tiers that would be acceptable across the party spectrum also appears to be faulty. In spite of the efforts to hold genuinely transparent elections within the party, the results would be broadly contested which may lead to internal strife over a period of time. The curve that is generally accepted for bringing order back to a political party may

stretch anywhere from three to six months, but may leave behind scars that may never be healed. Moving into the general elections with a party that is not fully united may be taking a mammoth risk. But the one thing that PTI cannot allow to happen is a question mark about the integrity of its leadership or the transparency of its past and ongoing ventures. The matter cannot and should not be brushed aside by an emotional outburst or a campaign on the social media. It requires serious debating and strategizing. The core problem with the party is the penchant to consign such issues to the dustbin because of the very character of the people who have thronged the party. They are distinctly insensitive to these accusations because they themselves are the product of such undertakings. That unfurls the conflict that is now emerging for the party to address: should PTI stick to its popular claim of being a party committed to ‘change’, or should it forsake this and concentrate on constituency politics alone vide these battalions of status-quo leaders? It also brings forth the problem of the missing orientation of the party. Fighting against corruption can be an important ingredient of this orientation, but it alone cannot constitute or sustain the drive to-

wards ‘change’. There has to be deeper thinking that must go into evolving a credible ideology backed by a sustainable program and implementation mechanism. Breaking the votes of the right-of-centre parties will not be enough to bring PTI into power. The party has to create its own distinctive vote bank that is independent of influence from either the right or the left. The intra-party elections may establish a structure in the party, but a liberal orientation is the only way for it to move forward. The credibility that PTI could claim on October 30 has been vastly dented on account of unwise, hasty and unsustainable decisions taken in the context of the party’s abiding political positioning for bringing ‘change’. Leaders guide their lieutenants to become leaders. They don’t ‘import’ leaders to move forward. It is time to understand this cardinal principle and begin the effort to undo the damage and reclaim a leadership position for the party – a position that should rest in the hearts of the people, not the over-emphasized ability of the constituency politicians. The writer is a political analyst and a member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. He can be reached at raoofhasan@hotmail.com


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After the agreement Pakistan agreed to re-open land routes for NATO goods on July 3, 2012 after they were blocked for almost seven months due to a US airstrike on Salala that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. Pakistan on June 31, 2012 signed a deal with the United States with regards to NATO convoys traveling to Afghanistan. It is the only post-9/11 written agreement between Pakistan and the US. Officials at the ceremony gave no details of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and only vague details have been released to the media. Guidelines laid out by the Pakistani parliament earlier this year insisted that in future no weapons and ammunition be transported through the country. But a very confusing clause has been included in the MoU in this regard: it states that no weapon or ammunition can go through Pakistan to Afghanistan for the NATO Forces; but if there would be any need of capacity building of the Afghan Forces, then weaponry could pass through Pakistan. Custom Officers would receive 250 $ per container. The question is this: what is the guarantee that the weapons which are being transported through Pakistan for the Afghan Forces would not be used by the NATO Forces against Pakistan? It was also mentioned in the agreement that the American weapons would not be included in the non-lethal cargo, but at the same time they defined nonlethal cargo as US military equipment vehicles and other military property and it is clearly against the Parliament’s resolution. This clause is also a question mark. It was clearly written in the resolution passed by the Parliament earlier this year that there should be a clear written agreement with the US before the supply routes are reopened but NATO supply routes had been opened two weeks before of this agreement. This agreement was not presented in the Parliament or press before being signed, nor did they discuss it. I think that the weapons which are going through Pakistan to Afghanistan will be used against Pakistan. I hope the our policy makers – both civilian and khaki – were mindful of such clauses when they signed this agreement and that these clauses do not come back to bite Pakistan in the near future. MUHAMMAD HASSAAN Islamabad

imran Khan in focus PML-N leader Khwaja Asif accused Imran Khan of committing money laundering, gambling and using Zakat funds collected for charity for personal gains and investment in speculative real estate business in Dubai and Muscat which resulted in major losses. Asif alleged that despite opposition from the Board of Directors of the SKMCH, Imran Khan invested US $4.5 million from the collections of sadqaat, fitraana and zakat given by the general public. In British Virgin Islands, Shell company was first registered that transferred money to HRG in Dubai which then bought shares of Sugarland company worth $3 million facing losses of 64% during 2009-2010 when Dubai’s property boom bubble burst. Imtiaz Haideri who is one of the members of the board of trustees at SKMCH is also the Chief Executive of HRG and Shell

company in British Virgin Islands. Although the majority of people do not doubt the honesty and integrity of Imran Khan yet there are several questions that need clarification. Firstly, why was Imtiaz Haideri being a member of the board of trustees provided with funds to invest? Why was his company’s guarantee accepted despite losses and over the bank’s guarantee? Why was the record of the meeting of the board of governance and trustees not made available on a public domain? Why is Imran Khan not making the amounts of funds he is receiving for PTI and SKMCH open to the public? What are the sources of income available to Imran Khan for his personal expenses such as traveling abroad and political campaigns? How many funds does PTI have in its account and who is handling the bank accounts? Who are the board members of endowment funds that decide

free and fair elections On July 29, an assurance has been given to the nation by President Asif Ali Zardari while addressing a meeting of PPP workers at the residence of Manzoor Ahmed Wasan in the Khairpur DG Kot area that the polls would be held on time and that these would be fair, free and impartial and this statement is highly appreciated. But this will only be possible if the Election Commission, under the aegis of Chief Election Commissioner Honorable Justice (Retd) Fakharuddin G Ibrahim, keeps a strict check on the activities of the political parties and make sure that they do not cross any boundaries while campaigning and do not use ill-gotten gains to splurge on illegal activities. It is pertinent to note that, in the past, activists of all political parties used to visit door-to-door in urban areas as well as in the rural areas and used various intimidation tactics to persuade them to vote for their party. While there is nothing wrong with conducting door-to-door publicity campaigns, this practice of intimidation must be curtailed. To curb this wrong practice, it is suggested that there should be a direct hotline phone number of the Election Commissioner on which information regarding use of intimidation tactics by any political party can be reported. If such reports are verified and found to be correct, the concerned political party should be notified and the candidate should be disqualified for participating in the general elections. Similarly, the print and electronic media should also report such practices and should also name the political party whose activists are harassing people in a certain area. The government should also monitor the political parties’ advertising campaigns and make sure that no party is being extravagant and using any unfair means to publicize itself. The worth of every political party including the

how to use the money collected from foreign donations? What justification does Imran Khan have for attacking the Sharif brothers for being involved in money laundering and having Rs 50 billion worth of assets in foreign countries if he himself is involved in money laundering and keeping 700,000 pounds in UK bank accounts? What will happen to SKMCH fund raising when Imran Khan will no more be collecting funds? What long term planning and strategy has been made by the board of trustees? Which funds are being used by Imran Khan for building universities? The people of Pakistan want to trust Imran Khan but he needs to earn and uphold that trust. To do that, he needs to ensure that his financial teams use the public’s money transparently. S T HUSSAIN Lahore

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he Chaudhrys of Gujarat are known for many things, a flexible political morality being the highest on the list. Figuring somewhat lower on the list is the famous dastarkhwaan. They take it seriously. The former interior minister’s line about the whole roti shoti business isn’t to be laughed at. Seen recently at a lunch was a different looking dish, served only to the man himself, that too in a small portion. Upon inquiry, it turned out to be rice. But not “industrial” rice, mind you. Not even rice grown organically in a paddy. This was, for lack of a better word, wild rice, collected only from naturally occurring plants. Since these plants are scattered randomly in wild vegetation, collecting a full kilogram can take a painstaking year. Which gives it a price tag of a whopping Rs 100,000/ kg. Not just food, this rice. It is said to be a “rejuvenator” as well. At a hundred Ks a KG, it had better be.

ruling party is now very well known to our nation so let the people decide independently which political party they want to vote and wish to rule their country. If this is done then only the forthcoming general elections can be ‘fair, free and impartial’. SQN LDR (RETD) S. AUSAF HUSAIN Karachi

Just the 3 medals As the London Olympics progress, I was searching for Pakistan’s record at the Olympics. It was very disappointing to see that a country of 180 million people has only won 10 medals till now three gold medals and silver medals each whereas four bronze medals. All three of the gold medals, and 8 of the 10 total medals, were won by the field hockey team. Pakistan has also won a bronze medal in wrestling (1960) and boxing (1988). There are 326 individuals athletes who have won three or more than three gold medals in the Olympics but Pakistan, as a nation, has only won three gold medals in 16 Olympics. The record shows that concerned authorities in Pakistan need to pay attention to this area. MUBASHIR MAHMOOD Karachi

interdependence day ‘Islamabad: Spy chiefs of US, Pakistan to meet on August 1-3 for intelligence sharing’. The meeting, being held after a lull of a couple of month, may go through the speculation running high and expectations going wild. All we desire is that the outcome of the meeting helps to normalise Pakistan by taking care of our land and life. Z A KAZMI Karachi

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een flitting in and out of the apex court’s press gallery: reporters, a lot of them. One thought the tribe of scribes were banned from going into the courtroom. But the TV channel tickers always relay the sort of play-by-play coverage that would put sports reporters to shame. What gives? For feedback, comments, suggestions and, most importantly, tips, contact us at whitelies@pakistantoday.com.pk

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Korea's fighter broke down after being defeated by Italy's giulia quintavalle during a judo match

emotions got the best of this Brazilian gymnast after her performance on the balance beam for the women's qualification event

mIssY frAnKLIn the us swimmer wipes away her tears while receiving the gold medal for the women's 100meter Backstroke event

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queen elizabeth II's granddaughter was astonished after realizing she won the silver medal in the equestrian team event

Lithuania's star swimmer is overjoyed after earning the gold medal in the women's 100-meter Breaststroke event

WANTS TO STAR IN 50 SHADES OF GREY? Hollywood star Angelina Jolie reportedly wants to play Anastasia Steele in the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. The 37year-old actress has apparently been reading the novel after being introduced to it while shooting her new film in the United Kingdom, reported Contactmusic. "Angelina kept hearing about the book while she was in the UK. All the girls on set were talking about it and how it's being made into a film. "Angelina went out and bought herself a copy, thinking she'd love a part in the hot topic on everyone's lips at the moment. She knows the film is bound to be a huge hit," a source said. The fictional story by E L James tells the tale of college girl slowly consumed by the charms of a man named Christian Grey. neWs Desk

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heroine’s trailer angers Dubai residents The teaser of upcoming Bollywood movie Heroine has infuriated Dubai residents with a dialogue that degrades Bollywood actresses who visit the city. A press conference scene from the trailer that came out last week showed actress Kareena Kapoor rebuking journalists. “You people should be writing scripts. If a heroine buys a car, it’s gifted to her by a businessman, if she goes to LA, she’s getting plastic surgery done and, God forbid, if she goes to Dubai, you people make a rate card for her,” Gulf News quoted her as saying in the movie. Residents said that the suggestion that Bollywood actresses who visit Dubai end up as call girls with price tags was sickening. “This is terrible. Bollywood has once again tarnished the image of Dubai by typecasting it as the hub of illegal and immoral activities,” popular radio jockey Kritika Rawat said. “Let’s not forget that Dubai is home to a number of Bollywood stars. Dubai stands for progress and development and has made a huge imprint on the world map. “To use its name in such a callous manner shows the ignorance of the filmmaker and is just not acceptable,” she said. Dubai-based TV personality Uma Ghosh Deshpande said that she couldn’t understand why Indian filmmakers were still obsessed with typecasts. “This is 2012; gone are the days when Indians came to Dubai on a ferry to take odd jobs. Over the last two decades, the Indian community has worked up the ranks and earned a reputation across various sectors, making their motherland proud,” she said. “It’s high time Indian films stop associating Dubai with the underworld and prostitution. Their lopsided perception has to change. Dubai is an important market for Bollywood which is why Indian films are routinely premiered here. “Bollywood movies are loved by not just Indians but other communities including Emiratis too. Women are

given utmost respect in Dubai. It’s an extremely safe place for them. I wish the filmmaker had done some research about the city,” she said. Ironically, Heroine has been directed and co-written by director Madhur Bhandarkar, who in 2010, was honoured in Dubai for his contribution to Indian cinema. Indian techie and film buff Sameer Haider said when fading actress Mahi Arora (played by Kareena Kapoor) addressed journalists in the film, she was not stating the views of the protagonist; instead she was lashing out at them for cooking up bogus stories — hence the sarcasm in her dialogue. neWs Desk


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13 JordYn wIeBer the us gymnast and medal hopeful breaks down after failing to qualify for the women's Individual All-Around finals

Katy Perry hires shrink for her cats John orozco the us gymnast is disappointed by his low score because of a mistake during his pommel horse routine for the Individual All-Around final

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the Korean fencer weeps after being escorted offstage when a faulty clock ended her match against Britta heidemann of germany in the women's epee Individual fencing semifinals

MILEY DRIVING FIANCÉ LIAM ‘CRAZY’ Liam Hemsworth is said to be growing impatient with fiancee Miley Cyrus as she is proving a distraction, while he works on his new film. A recent report claimed that the 22-year-old Australian hunk wants the 19-year-old to return back to Los Angeles because she is proving to be ‘too much of a distraction’ on the sets of his new movie Paranoia in Philadelphia. A source on the set claims that all Liam wants to do is work, then rehearse his lines... but that Miley, 19, is hellbent on enjoying their time together. “Miley is driving Liam crazy at the moment,” a source told Radar Online. “While he’s on set in Philadelphia shooting his new film Paranoia, she gallivants around town shopping, getting pampered in nail salons and just can’t sit still. “Then, when she sees Liam after he’s finished filming, she chews his ear off about her adventures and can’t wait to tell him what she did that day. “With the early starts and late finishes, all Liam wants to do is rest, go through his script so he’s ready for his role and order a takeout or go for a quiet dinner. “But Miley wants to go to the local gay bars and hit up fancy restaurants, which Liam just isn’t in the mood for. “And it doesn’t help that Miley brought along their bulldog, Ziggy for the trip. Liam can’t get a good night’s sleep with Ziggy snoring next to him. “So, Liam’s told Miley that he’s in Philadelphia to work and can’t focus with her buzzing around him. “He even suggested perhaps it was time for her to go back home,” the source added. neWs Desk

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INGER Katy Perry, who is having major issues with her felines, has hired a cat shrink to work on their abnormal behaviour. “Katy is getting really worried about her cats and the way they have been behaving lately. In the last few months, they’ve been disappearing for hours and are not responding to her like they normally do,” an insider was quoted as telling Daily Star. “She thought it may be a reaction to all the building works and the renovation going on in her home in Hollywood, which is getting a huge makeover. So when she heard about cat behaviour professionals through a friend, she decided to give it a go. The cat whisperer is now working with her cats to communicate with them and calm them down,’’ the source added. For the singer, Kitty Purry and Krusty the Cat are not merely her pets. “Katy sees her cats as her friends, so she didn’t think twice about hiring the cat whisperer. She often talks to Kitty and Krusty when she’s feeling down, and they manage to cheer her up,” said the source. Perry has even named her two fragrances Meow and Purr, and devoted a character to Kitty Purry in her successful California Dreams tour. neWs Desk

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ACAULAY Culkin has hit out at a magazine's claims that he is addicted to heroin. A publicist for the 'Home Alone' star said the National Enquirer's claim that the actor had a 6000 pounds-a-month drug habit was "ridiculously fictitious" and "insulting." The tabloid alleged that Culkin was hooked on heroin and painkillers. "Macaulay Culkin is hooked on drugs and it's killing him. He's been hooked for a year and a half, and his drug of choice is either heroin or oxycodone," News.com.au quoted a source as telling the gossip magazine. "Mac is surrounding himself with junkies and lowlifes. It's a real tragedy," the source said. The source also claimed that Culkin had nearly died from an overdose. "Mac suffered a near overdose, and needed help. Fortunately he didn't need to call 911 and the near-OD was kept quiet among his pals. But Mac got very sick," the source said. neWs Desk

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ACHEL Weisz has revealed that she is not bothered by Daniel Craig kissing his female co-stars. The 42-year-old actress revealed that it does not bother her when Craig — one of the leading Hollywood heart-throbs — gets steamy on screen. “It’s just make-believe. It’s a strange job in that way for sure,” the Sun quoted her as telling Claire magazine. “We don’t sit around talking about acting but you both understand you’ve got to be flexible. “Every few months you start a new job,” she said. neWs Desk

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The Zero Gravity Studio N a huge industrial cylinder, brightly dressed people are floating towards the ceiling, feet first. Others spin around, float on carpets, and, off screen, vomit. This is Star City, a workplace where philosophers, cosmonauts, doctors, scientists and artists experience zero gravity. Star City isn’t some antigravity chamber from science-fiction - instead, in the same way astronauts are trained at NASA, the alternating G forces causing them to float in the air are created by flight.

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This is a studio inside a giant cargo plane which flies in a parabola - first steeply upwards for around 30,000 feet, then freefalling the same distance - producing zero gravity for around 30 seconds. A Star City flight can last up to 45 seconds. The organisation responsible, The Arts Catalyst, sent three groups of people into zero gravity through parabolic flights between the late 90s and early 00s. It is at their screening event, Kosmica, that assorted journalist gather to hear those who took part share their experiences.

A short film introducing the speakers, Gravitation Off! shows the range of responses Star City’s passengers felt in zero gravity. For some it’s “physically, mentally, sensually high”, for others, it’s a heightened awareness of their body and organs. The studies and projects which cause people to enter Star City are wide-ranging. Kevin Fong, an astrophysicist and doctor, was interested in the effect of gravity on the human body - something he experienced first hand by vomiting repeatedly. Artist Kay Wilson was participat-

ing in a project which saw her “immobilised with packing tape” during zero gravity. Others went ‘into space’ to make music, research future exhibitions or further academic study. The irony of these intentions is that zero gravity makes it quite difficult to do very much at all. Even Fong, an aspiring astronaut and expert in the field, describes Star City as a “completely alien experience”, in which “attempting to look cool for the TV” becomes pointless. Wilson says that her desire to take an ultrasound machine onboard and see the impact of gravity on the body remains a project which may happen in the future. However, her interviews with her fellow passengers cited transcendent and religious experiences, a quick blend of “fancy thinking and Homer Simpson state”. Zero gravity, we hear, allows passengers to existing beyond the “boundary of the untranslatable space of the language of musicians.” It sounds intangible, but then human beings are meant to exist with two feet on the ground. It’s true that few canvases are painted in space (although there are a couple in our gallery below), but records of the zero gravity experience are inspiring in themselves. Arts Catalyst’s involvement in Star City is now over; having made the first steps to putting artists, scientists and big thinkers into zero gravity, they’ve now left people to ‘go solo’ into the G forces. But who knows what kind of future space art will have? We may see an ultrasound machine float in thin air yet. NEWS DESK

fake accounts on facebook the size of egypt’s population

‘NO BALLS’ insult now illegal, Italian courts rule Off to Italy for your holidays? A word to the wise: do try to refrain from accusing any new male acquaintances of having “no balls”, as it’s now a crime punishable with a fine, following a ruling by the country’s highest court. The case, as reported by The Huffington Post, was brought to the supreme court by a lawyer named only as Vittorio against his cousin Alberto, a justice of the peace. Apparently, naughty Alberto uttered the insult in question at Vittorio during a heated courtroom exchange in the city of Potenza. Having weighed up the case, judge Maurizio Fumo sided firmly with Vittorio, explaining: “Apart from the vulgarity of the term used, the expression definitely has an injurious quality. “It refers not only to the target’s lack of virility, but also to his weakness of character, lack of determination, competence and coherence virtues that, rightly or wrongly, are still identified as pertaining to the male gender.” But that’s not all! Because the phrase was uttered in the workplace with others present, the court ruled it could also be regarded as damaging to Vittorio’s reputation. The latest? Another judge is now making equally good use of his time by ruling on the fine Alberto should have to pay for his misdemeanour. NEWS DESK

The number of fake accounts on Facebook is roughly the size of Egypt’s population and larger than most of the world’s countries, reports Mashable: 83.09 million. The astonishing figure makes up 8.7% of all Facebook’s 995 million active viewers, says the Daily Mail. According to the London daily, Facebook classified the fake accounts in three groups: -4.8% were duplicate accounts, such as accounts set up by people to keep their activities hidden from their partner or their parents. -2.4% were “user-misclassified”

accounts, where “users have created personal profiles for a business, organization or non-human entity such as a pet” according to Facebook. -1.5% were “undesirable” accounts were profiles were deemed to be in breach of Facebook’s terms of service; accounts set up to send out spam emails. Facebook, reports BBC News, whose business model relies on targeted advertising, is coming under increased scrutiny over the worth of its advertising model which promotes the gathering of likes from users. NEws DEsk

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man faces a possible ban on talking after he called a Magnum “a choc ice”. Gio Fernando made the remark while discussing ice cream with one of his three million friends. “Magnum! A choc ice! Classic! Hahahahahahahaha!!” he said. But his bosses, Unilever, failed to see the funny side. “A Magnum isn’t a choc ice,” said a spokesman for the company. “It’s a silky, vanilla bean ice cream, covered in a thick layer of Belgian milk chocolate (available in a three-bar pack and in singles). “To call it a ‘choc ice’ is offensive and an insult to all those who created the first widely available handheld indulgence ice cream in the UK.” Fernando says that his remark was never meant to cause offence, insisting: “It’s just a slang term for Magnum”. This is the latest controversy to dog the company, after another of its workers, John Merry, called Fernando’s brother “a screwball”. He later insisted that this wasn’t an insult, but in fact meant “a plastic cone of vanilla ice cream with a bubblegum ball at the bottom”. The case continues, as long as the sun’s still out. NEWS DESK

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RISONERS are to be offered “militarystyle” classes in English and Maths after being released to improve their chances of finding a job. A pilot scheme will be held in six prisons in north west England, based on how new recruits in the armed forces are trained, such as 35 hours of lessons in a one-week block. Ministers said the aim was to show offenders how important basic skills are when they try to find work. Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “Crime blights lives, both for the offender and the victim. That is why we are piloting this programme in prisons, so we can give prisoners the basic skills they need to get their lives on track and bring down re-offending rates. “This shorter but more intensive approach means that it is less likely that their studies will be disrupted and by linking lessons to other vocational courses, prisoners are more likely to attain the skills that are needed to get a job and progress in life.” NEWS DESK

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HINKING of jumping on a UK bus or train with your pet cow, goat or sheep in tow? Stop right there! A long-standing rule states that livestock aren’t allowed on public transport, as one mystery man found out when he tried to board a train in Wimbledon with his sheep on Monday, reports Metro. (Honestly - can ewe believe it?) Having been reminded of the rule by a railway employee, the man and his pet somehow took the four-mile journey to New Malden by other means, where they were later seen attempting to board a bus to Kingston-uponThames. It was also here that eagle-eyed local Ollie Milroy spotted the pair and posted this picture of them on Twitter. NEWS DESK

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much anticipated weekend beckons. After a sensational and controversy-laden, with mostly China at the receiving end of the latter, the London Olympic Games 2012 enters its second week Saturday. Some events like women’s heptathlon already commenced Friday but dubbed as the ‘Super Saturday’, Aug. 4, the big-ticket, high-interest athletics events get underway in real earnest. As many as 21 gold medals are up for grabs on just one day! And with marathon and triathlon on the programme, the streets of an already much overcrowded London – with its surface and underground systems already inundated to the point of choking and the main Stratford area already the stomping ground of a cosmopolitan multitude – are likely to draw an even greater multitude. In one of the few truly multi-sport nations, the public interest in the Games and its ownership already knows no fathom. Great Britain may no longer be as great as it once was, yet the nationalistic pride at the Games knows no bounds. There is all-pervasive obsession with the Games and it is quite overwhelming whenever, wherever one steps on to the London streets – nowhere more so than

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British police have made four arrests so far across the London 2012 Olympics venues, a spokeswoman said Friday. The Games, centred on the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, are surrounded by Britain's biggest peacetime security operation. Florian Flesche, 25, from Le Revest-les-Eaux in southern France, was arrested on Sunday at the shooting at the Royal Artillery Barracks. He has been charged with common assault and is due to appear in a London court later this month. A 45-year-old man accepted a police caution for actual bodily harm after being arrested at Earls Court exhibition centre, the volleyball venue, on Sunday. A 50-year-old man who was arrested Tuesday at Lord's cricket ground, the archery venue, accepted a police caution for theft. Petras Lescinskas, 36, from Roehampton in southwest London, appeared at Stratford Magistrates' Court on Friday charged with a racially aggravated public order offence. Police gave no further details. A security force of more than 40,000 military and civilian personnel, backed by a huge intelligence operation, is being deployed to protect venues, athletes and millions of visitors.

Stratford, the now transformed East End part of the great city. The BBC, the television channel with exclusive broadcasting rights, is wearing

its national colours on its sleeves, with its commentators going berserk at the slightest hint of glory. And the Brits are lapping up its overly lopsided coverage of everything involving Team GB and its quest to improve on its 47 medals and fourth position at Beijing. To the extent, the signal achievement of that great swimming phenomenon and Olympic legend, Michael Phelps of eclipsing the previous record for most medals at best got perfunctory treatment.

Yet midway through the first week and still languishing around 20 on the sweepstakes with China soaring and the USA playing catch up, hurt deep. But a slew of golds, as many as four of them in a mere 24 hours sent Team GB soaring to fourth on the medals table, soothing the anxiety of a frenzied nation. And always the ones to know when to bask in reflected glory, the politicians were head over heels in rejoicing the triumph of its rowers and cyclists. The enthusiasm for GB hogging more medals and more glory is not going to wane around these parts, but on Saturday the focus shall inevitably shift to the track and field. And no event in athletics is bigger than the 100 metre sprint – its winner winning the sobriquet of the Fastest Man on Earth.

Quite predictably, under the spotlight now are the inimitable Jamaican Usain Bolt, his compatriot Yohan Blake and the pretender USA’s Tyson Gay – the 29year old making a comeback from injuries, but one who is already clocked

behind Bolt the second fastest time, the sub 9.7 second run. Bolt was all panache at Beijing – winning at a canter in world record time, glancing back to see his competition back in the ‘distance’, waving to the crowd and thumping his chest. He set three astounding world records at Beijing, and what is all the more remarkable broke them within a year’s time at the World Championships. At 26, Bolt this season is nowhere close to such formidable form. Injuries, the greatest bane of an athlete, to back and hamstring that he downplays have taken their toll. Blake beat him in both the 100 and 200 metres at the Jamaican trials, and he absented himself from a preparatory event immediately before the Olympics. That said, the Olympics are likely to ignite a fire in Bolt’s belly. And if he touches his prime, the big stage performer that he is, he might shave a second or two from 9.58 second world record. Lamine Diack, the IAAF president only earlier this week told reporters here: “With Bolt anything is possible… If he is in shape possibly we will see 9.40-something in the 100m." From the looks of it, the likelihood of this Bolt striking here again in spectacular fashion is so very high. Try stopping one from getting a vantage point to watch this one, from heats to the medal run.

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Here are potted profiles of the main medal contenders for the men's 100m at the London Olympics, heats and round one for which are scheduled for Saturday, with the semi-finals and final on Sunday:

USAIN BOlT (JAM) The 25-year-old Jamaican is bidding to replicate the form he showed in Beijing in 2008 where he won treble gold including the 100 and 200m in then world record times. Bolt, who set the current world record of 9.58 seconds in the 2009 Berlin worlds, arrived in London with many questioning his form after he was edged into second in the 100m of the Jamaican Olympic trials by Yohan Blake. But Bolt has been there and done it, and it would take a brave person to write him off.

YOHAN BlAKE (JAM) Blake, nicknamed the "Beast" for his appetite for work under the keen eye of coach Glen Mills, has emerged as genuine pretender to the sprinting crowns of training partner Bolt. The 22-year-old

trumped Bolt in both the 100 and 200m at the Jamaican Olympic trials and the cricket-loving Blake is in confident form, having already set the world's lead time this season.

ASAFA POWEll (JAM) The London Olympics undoubtedly offer Powell a final chance of erasing the disappointment of the last two Games. The 29-year-old, who held the 100m record for almost three years from June 2005 to May 2008, has seen his status as the fastest man in the world eclipsed by his younger rival and close friend Bolt. Powell, whose one individual title at the 2006 Commonwealth Games is a poor reward for his obvious talent, must hope to safely negotiate the three races to the final, where, if injury-free, he could be a real title contender.

TYSON GAY (USA) Gay saw his Beijing Games dream shattered by a hamstring injury and has said that winning what would be a first Olympic medal is the missing piece of his heart. Gay, who will turn 30 four days after the 100m final on Sunday, has proved his sprinting worth with victory in the 2007 Osaka worlds and remains the second fastest man in the world after Bolt, having clocked 9.69sec

in 2009. After needing nearly a year to recover from right hip surgery, Gay must manage himself carefully through the heats and channel the enormous pressure he feels into a performance that will challenge the Jamaican trio.

JUSTIN GATlIN (USA) Gatlin claimed the 100m gold in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, but missed the 2008 Games while serving a fouryear doping ban. The 30-year-old, who won the world sprint double in 2005 but tested positive for doping and was banned from 2006-2010, will race in London with hopes of legitimising his tarnished legacy. Gatlin ran the fastest 100m of his career, 9.80sec, to win the US Olympic trials final and will be looking to repeat that kind of form on Sunday.

KIM cOllINS (SKN) The dark horse from St Kitts and Nevis, the 36-year-old veteran former world champion Collins has predicted all eight 100m finalists could dip under 10sec for the first time. Given his personal best is only 9.98sec, Collins seems out of his depth compared to his younger, faster rivals, but that did not stop him claiming a shock bronze at last year's worlds in Daegu, South Korea.

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Sergei Martynov of Belarus clinched gold in the men's shooting 50m rifle prone on Friday after scoring an Olympic record maximum 600 points en route to the final. The 44-year-old veteran, competing in his sixth Olympic Games after making his first appearance way back in 1988, secured the first gold medal of his long career ahead of Germany's Lionel Cox and Rajmond Debevec of Slovenia.

Hockey world champs Australia in surprise draw

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World champions Australia surrendered a two-goal lead as Argentina battled back for a 2-2 draw in men's Olympic hockey on Friday. Meanwhile the Netherlands coasted to a third straight win of the tournament with a 5-1 victory over New Zealand. Australia continue to lead Pool A with seven points from three matches, while New Zealand have just three from as many games. The Dutch are on top in Pool B with a maximum nine points in three outings, followed by defending Olympic champions Germany on six points from two games. Germany play India later on Friday. Argentina captain Matias Vila's field goal on a counter attack in the 37th minute and Gonzalo Peillat's penalty corner conversion in the 68th minuted brought the South Americans level with Australia, for whom Edward Ockenden opened the scoring by seizing on a penalty corner rebound in the 11th minute. Jamie Dwyer added the second goal right on half-time, making him Australia's highest ever scorer with 180 goals. Australia had several chances to add to their lead but could not find another way past Argentine goalkeeper Juan Vivaldi. "We've got to improve all the way through the tournament. I don't think we finished well," said Australia coach Ric Charlesworth. New Zealand took an early lead with a field goal from Simon Child in the fifth minute, but the Dutch bounced back firing to be 3-1 up t half-time after two penalty stroke conversions by Roderick Weusthof nd Mink van der Weerden were followed by Billy Bakker's open play strike. Bakker scored another field goal in the 56th minute before Robbert (attn eds: correct) Kemperman rounded off the scoring three minutes from the end. "We never had a feeling that we would lose despite conceding an early goal," said Kemperman. "Before the game we thought we could score five goals. "What we did well was that we passed the ball into the midfield, which we had not done much in the past two games."


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HE Olympics glamour sport of track and field made an electrifying start Friday as Michael Phelps prepared to chase down his third gold medal of the Games. The opening day of the athletics competition saw an unprecedented sell-out crowd of 80,000 pack the Olympic Stadium for the morning session, with British golden girl Jessica Ennis making her muchanticipated entrance in heptathlon. With a vociferous home support roaring her on, Ennis did not disappoint, clocking the best time ever recorded in the 100m hurdles discipline of her opening seven-event heptathlon. The 26-year-old flew over her hurdles flawlessly in a superb 12.54sec, shaving 0.25sec off her previous best and equalling the winning time of American Dawn Harper in the indivudal event at the 2008 Olympics. Ennis's quest for gold will see her participate in three events on Friday before the heptathlon is completed on Saturday. Two medals will be decided in track and field on Friday, the women's 10,000m and the men's shot put. A total of 22 medals will be up for grabs across the Games, with hosts Britain adding to Thursday's three-gold haul early on with a victory in the women's double sculls rowing. A slice of history was made in the judo competition where Wojdan Shaherkani became the first Saudi Arabian woman to compete at an Olympics. Shaherkani, 16, lasted a mere 82 seconds on her Olympic debut after a build-up which had been dominated by a row concerning her hijab. The Saudi teenager broke down in tears after her defeat in the heavyweight competition against Melissa Mojica of Puerto Rico, admitting she had been overwhelmed by the occasion. "I was disturbed and afraid at the beginning, it was my first time in a big competition and there was a lot of pressure because of the hijab issue," she said. "I was not comfortable because I didn't have any experience of big events. It took its toll on me." At the Aquatics Centre, Phelps will aim to consolidate his position as the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time in the 100m butterfly. Phelps roared back to form on Thursday with an imperious victory in the 200m individual medley, consolidating his newly-acquired status as the most successful athlete in Olympic history with a record 20th medal.

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No Japanese man will win a gold medal in judo for the first time ever at an Olympic Games after Daiki Kamikawa lost in the heavyweight division in London on Friday. Kamikawa's second round defeat by Ihar Makaru of Belarus also condemned Japan, the home of judo, to their worst Olympic performance in the sport since 1988 in Seoul -- the last time they failed to top the judo medals' table. Only eight years ago, in Athens, Japan won eight out of the 14 judo gold medals on offer. But in London they've won just one so far through women's under-57kg world champion Kaori Matsumoto.

stats corner S. PERvEZ QAISER Michael Phelps became the first male swimmer to win the same event at three successive Olympics when he clinched the men’s 200 metres individual medley gold medal at the London Games on Thursday (August 2). The American may no longer be the unstoppable force he was in Beijing four years ago but he still provided an everlasting reminder of his incredible talent and determination by winning the gruelling multi-discipline event. Michael Phelps led all the way and got his giant hands on the wall first in a time of one minute, 54.27 seconds, relegating compatriot and world champion Ryan Lochte to silver and Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh to bronze. At 2004 Olympic Games at Athens, Michael Phelps finished first with a time of 1:57.14, an Olympic record. He won the gold medal in this event with a world record time of 1:54.23 at Beijing four years ago. Only two swimmers had ever won the same individual event at three successive Olympics, Australia’s Dawn Fraser, in 100 m freestyle in 1956, 1960 and 1964, and Hungary’s Krisztina Egerszegi in 200 m backstroke in 1988, 1992 and 1996. It is a feat that had eluded generations of the best male swimmers but not Michael Phelps, who now has a staggering total of 20 Olympic medals, including 16 gold, and the chance to win two more before his retirement at the end of the Games. 3 SUccESSIVE GOlD MEDAlS IN A SINGlE EVENT IN SWIMMING: DAWN FRASER (AUSTRAlIA): YEAR VENUE EVENT TIME 1956 melbourne 100 m freestyle 1:02.0 (wR) 1960 Rome 100 m freestyle 1:01.2 (oR) 1964 Tokyo 100 m freestyle 59.5 (oR) KRISZRINA EGERSZEGI (HUNGARY): YEAR VENUE EVENT 1988 Seoul 200 m backstroke 1992 Barcelona 200 m backstroke 1999 Atlanta 200 m backstroke

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MIcHAEl PHElPS (UNITED STATES) YEAR VENUE EVENT 2004 Athens 200 m individual medley 2008 Beijing 200 m individual medley 2012 london 200 m individual medley

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American Angelo Taylor said he was confident he could achieve something beyond even legendary compatriot and two-time champion Ed Moses and win a third Olympic gold medal in the 400m hurdles. The 33-year-old -- Olympic champion in 2000 and 2008 -- won his heat on Friday but came into the Games as an outside bet for the title behind world leader Javier Culson of Puerto Rico and British world champion Dai Greene. However, Taylor said the form book meant little at an Olympics and he was in shape to realise his dream. "Most definitely I can win a third gold medal," said Taylor, who also won Olympic 4x400m relay gold in 2008. "That's why I'm here. I started planning for this as soon as I crossed the line in Beijing. "There is something very special about the Olympics

and it always seems to bring the best out of me," added Taylor, who has never shone at the world championships, reaching the 400m hurdles' final just once in four attempts. Taylor admitted he hadn't been feeling too sharp when he was preparing to enter the London Olympic Stadium for his heat, but that had soon changed. "I was feeling a tad lethargic, but once I heard the roar of the crowd and saw how packed the stadium was, I got goosebumps and I sure woke up. "I'm not used to normally running in front of so many people that early in the morning, even at other championships, so it was a pleasant surprise." Moses won the Olympic 400m hurdles at both the 1976 and 1984 Olympics, as well as a bronze medal in 1988, but missed out in 1980 because of the US boycott of the Moscow Games. Meanwhile Culson, bidding to give Puerto Rico their first ever gold medal since their Games debut in 1948 and

first of any colour outside of the six they've won in boxing, ran the fastest time of the heats in 48.33sec. Taylor's team-mate Kerron Clement finished second behind Culsom, posting the second quickest time of 48.48sec, and the Trinidad-born naturalised American said he was determined to turn the Olympic silver of four years ago into gold this time round. Clement added he had used the huge roars from the crowd for the British runner in the heat, Rhys Williams, to his advantage. "I just pretended they were cheering for me!" said the 26-year-old, a two-time world champion. Greene, like Taylor and Culsom, won his heat and said that, as British athletics team captain, it had been important for him to post a victory. "As captain, I wanted to set the tempo on the first morning and win my heat straight out," said the Welshman, bidding to complete a full set of major titles to add to his world, European and Commonwealth crowns.

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Faisalabad farmer to pull five vehicles with mustache LAHORE STAFF REPORT

lAHoRe: Sadi Ahmed demonstrates his skills before journalists by pulling a Pagero. Sadi will create guinness world Record during the upcoming Punjab Youth festival 2012.

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lAHoRe: Punjab Sports Board director general Usman Anwar and Sadi Ahmed during a media briefing at the national Hockey Stadium. staf photos

Mohammad Sadi Ahmed of Faisalabad will be pulling five vehicles with his mustache during the upcoming Punjab Youth Festival 2012 to write the country’s name in Guinness Book of World Records. Sadi on Friday registered his documents with the Sports Board Punjab official pledging to create three world records and also demonstrated in front of media his skills by pulling a Pajero for about 50 feet with his mustache. Sadi was all praise of the Punjab Government and Director General Sports Board Punjab Usman Anwar for providing him an opportunity to display his world record attempt before the officials of the Guinness World officials. Speaking on the occasion, Usman Anwar said that they are providing the people of the country an opportunity to show the world their talent. “It’s a great omen that apart from sports records, people are also coming up to show their physical

strength and the recognition of their talent at the world level with the efforts of Punjab Government is in itself is a big incentive,” he added. The Sports Board Punjab as part of the Punjab Youth Festival is formally registering serious contenders who will create world record or improve the previous best and get the country’s name written in the Guinness Book of World Records. Sadi, who has been pulling vehicles for over the last 28 years, said that in his three world record attempts, he will be pulling five vehicles, lift 40 kgs weight and pull and twist a 15 years old kid, with his mustache. Sadi, a 45 years old farmer of Faisalabad, said that he uses oil, egg and yogurt for the growth and to provide strength to his mustache. He further said that he has performed his world record mark at 50 different occasions and now during the Punjab Youth Festival he will display his talent before the world. He thanked the Punjab government for having faith in him and giving him a platform to show his skills.


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female runner makes history for Brunei

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Teenage 400m runner Maziah Mahusin spoke of her pride Friday at becoming the first woman from Brunei to represent her country at an Olympic Games after racing to a new national record in London. Mahusin, who carried the flag for the small Asian nation in last week's opening ceremony in London, was the last to finish in heat six of the women's 400m, more than eight seconds behind the winner. But the smiling 19-year-old, who said she was nervous in front of the packed and vocal crowd of 80,000 in the Olympic Stadium, said she was thrilled to run a personal best and new national record of 59.28sec. "I'm really proud, even though I didn't win anything, even though I didn't get into the semi-final or whatever," she said. When asked to compare the experience with carrying out the flag of the small oilrich monarchy, she said: "It's different. I feel really happy, really excited. I was really nervous but I managed to do well."

RIDE mixed with disappointment met the efforts of war-torn Afghanistan's only female athlete at the London Olympics when she ran but came last in her heat for the 100m Friday. Despite failing to qualify, Tahmina Kohistani, who competes in long black trousers, long sleeves and a head scarf, posted a personal best time of 14.42. "Even though Tahmina missed the qualifications still the nation is proud of her -- sure difficult to run in hijab," said one post on Twitter. Another Afghan tweeter, who made it clear he was less than impressed, responded to criticism by saying: "Well, I think we should not think small and cheap. We are there and we have to try not to be at the end (last) at least." But most comments were positive, with one on Facebook summing up the feelings

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of many in this conservative Muslim country where government television does not even show women's events: "She was running for freedom and equality and she won." "In my society there is no sport for females," Kohistani said in London ahead of the race. "My people do not accept sport for women; they think sport is not good for them. "Being a Muslim female athlete is most important for me. I represent a country where every day there are suicide bomb blasts. It is important that a girl from such a country can be here." Many who watched the race on private cable TV in Kabul shared her opinion. "Let's not focus on the fact that she did not qualify, let's remember that we are living in a society in which until 10 years ago girls were banned from going to school," said Naweed Farzan. "Tahmina is a brave girl, she sets a good example to other Afghan women that they should be brave. The country should be proud of her," he said.

london: Afghanistan's Tahmina Kohistani reacts after competing in the women's 100m heats at the athletics event during the london 2012 olympic games. afp

Federer into final in record three-setter LONDON AFP

Roger Federer fought through the longest three-set singles match in the Open era Friday when he beat Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 19-17 to reach the Olympic final. Wimbledon champion Federer was on the brink of a shock defeat on Centre Court after dropping the first set, but the world number one finally subdued del Potro after a marathon four hours and 26 minutes. The match, 23 minutes longer than Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic's

Madrid semi-final in 2009, comes after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga took 66 games to beat Milos Raonic in the second round -- the most ever seen in an Olympic three-setter. The great escape means Federer, 30, is guaranteed at least a silver medal. In Sunday's final, he will face world number two Novak Djokovic or Britain's Andy Murray, who was beaten by Federer in last month's Wimbledon final. "I don't think I've ever played as long a set in a best of three match," Federer said. "The whole match was nearly fourand-a-half hours, so it was very physical at the end and so mental.

Sharapova reaches final LONDON: Maria Sharapova admitted reaching her first Olympic final was a dream come true as the Russian world number three defeated compatriot Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 6-3 in the semi-finals on Friday. The 25-year-old will play Wimbledon champion Serena Williams or world number one Victoria Azarenka in Saturday's final as she tries to complete the Golden Slam of titles in all four majors and the Olympic singles. AFP

LONDON: The head of world athletics Lamine Diack said it was "wonderful" to see an 80,000 sellout crowd at Friday's opening athletics session at London's Olympic Stadium. Diack, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), said he could not recall a similar turnout for the morning athletics sessions in past Olympics. "It was wonderful to arrive at the Olympic Games this morning and see a totally packed stadium for the first session of athletics," the IAAF president said. "I do not remember the last time this happened and it shows the great affection Britain has for our sport. AFP

iPf suspends indian federation LAHORE: The International Powerlifting Federation suspended the Indian Powerlifting Federation for positive drugs test. An official of the IPF said: “The IPF is committed to assisting member nations and their individual lifters in their compliance to the World Anti-Doping Agency regulations. Please be aware of your nation's: Whereabouts Program; Therapeutic Use Exemption Information; Prohibited Substance List.” In order for the IPF to ensure that they can protect all athletes’ fundamental right to participate in a doping-free sport and thus promote health, fairness and equality for athletes worldwide, there must be clear and strict consequences for individuals and nations that do not comply with the WADA regulations. It is on this note that the IPF Executive informs all member nations that a suspension has been issued to the Indian Powerlifting Federation due to their doping positive rates in the last 12-months period. Beginning the 1st of August, 2012 the Indian Powerlifting Federation are put on a probation until 31st December 2012 and is suspended from the 1st of January 2013 until 31st December 2013. If any of their athletes fails a doping test in-competition or out-of-competition in 2012 the suspension period begins at the moment, when the judgment is pronounced. While efforts to clean the sport of doping and to keep it clean are acknowledged by the national federations concerned, they are required to further intensify their efforts. To that end, a precise step by step program has been issued by the IPF Executive to help them comply with current anti-doping regulations. SPORTS DESK

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greenshirts hopes of a top-four finish in tatters LONDON AGHA AKBAR

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FTER an all-too-brief a glimmer of hope, Pakistan went down to Great Britain 4-1 in what was a tame capitulation. The heavy defeat does not quite end their dream of a top-four finish, but with too many ifs and butts coming into play, the scenario for them is not really heartening. Pakistan’s remaining games are against South Africa and Australia, in that order. To stay in contention, it is mandatory for Pakistan to win that encounter, if possible with a decent margin to make up on one-minus in goal aggregate and then spread its prayer mat for others to do even worse to bring the permutations in their favour. As for beating Australia, it is not really impossible: to the great surprise of everybody here Argentina held them to a 2-2 draw. But then the Aussies are by far the most formidable of all squads with a serious claim to top-of-thepodium. They are wont to self-destruct now and then. The misstep against Argentina though would definitely wake them up, the Greenshirts thus shall ex-

no india-Pakistan matches in mumbai LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Pakistan's proposed tour of India later this year will comprise three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and two Twenty20s from December 24 to January 5, according to the scheduled sent to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) by its Indian counterparts. The tour will start with the two Twenty20s followed by the ODIs. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has proposed matches in New Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Chennai with Mumbai not chosen as venue with fear of a backlash because of the 2008 attacks. According to the PCB officials, the board, after consultation with Misbahul Haq and Mohammad Hafeez, will send a reply to the BCCI shortly.

Candyland stun nBP LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Sami Afridi of Candyland surprised defending champions NBP in the Advance Telecom 2nd Corporate T20 Cup 2012 at the DHA Sport Club – Moin Khan Academy on Thursday. Iqbal Qasim, Chief Selector PCB was the chief guest on the occasion and gave the Man-of-the-Match award to Sami Afridi. Rehan Shaikh, Head of Marketing Advance Telecom presented a Memento and Nokia handset to the chief guest. ScORES: Candyland beat nBP by 41 runs. Candyland 140-8 in 20 overs (fawad 26, Sami Afridi 22; fawad Alam 4-12, Uzair 1-21) nBP 99-10 in 17.4 overs (Amin 29; Sami 3-9, noman Alvi 3-21).

pect no favours. In group B’s two morning and afternoon games, the form sides the Netherlands and Germany gave their opponents a sound thrashing, New Zealand going down to the former 5-1 and India to the latter 5-2. It was rather strange that after two pretty decent games, Pakistan were found quite mournfully inadequate when actually they should’ve had their tails up. After being conspicuous by their absence against Spain, and perhaps buoyed by their good show then, their throaty supporters too had filed into the stands in good numbers – not as many to out-yell the loud Brits but enough to make their presence felt. As usual, Pakistan was off to a rather pensive and sluggish first few minutes – they had gotten away with this routine of taking their time to find their bearings on the field against Spain and Argentina. Great Britain, with a much more strong craving for a win, was not to allow them that luxury. They came hard in the first few minutes, made a sally deep into our area and a goal was a very near miss in the very first minute. Only two minutes lat-

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ter another opportunity, a goalmouth pass and James Tindall unerringly sounded the board. A couple of minutes further, one Irfan infringement got England the short corner that was shoved out of the harm’s way by ‘keeper Imran Shah’s stick. The attacks coming thick and fast now gave Pakistan’s defence and midfield a bout of jitters, and two green cards at the same time to Muhammad Waqas and skipper Sohail Abbas reduced it to nine men on the field. At this critical stretch some imaginative long balls and a bit of a counterattack saved Pakistan from getting dented further. Pakistan by now were pushing up and asking some questions off a robust and physical GB defence but their approaches were too feeble, to the extent that there wasn’t a single serious attempt at the England goal. England meanwhile got another opportunity for a field goal on a counterattack, and ‘keeper Imran Shah finding himself too lonely with no defender in sight, rushed out but failed to tackle the onrushing attacker from the right, and when the ball came to Jonty Clarke he had the whole of Pakistan goal in front.

Even if he were blind with a broken arm, he still would have banged it in. Two goals down, the Pakistanis trudged off into the break in a thoughtful, somber mood. But they came out with purpose, winning a short corner the very first minute that resulted in another two on the go, yet the goal remained elusive. They kept pushing, but somehow even the more respectable of their endeavours at best fizzled out before raising a real challenge. Meanwhile, Ashley Jackson converted another short corner to make it 3-0 in the 50th and Pakistan had all been outplayed comprehensively when Jackson again compounded the misery on another short corner to make it 4-0. With the hooter about to go, on a short corner Sohail Abbas finally scored but it was not quite enough to console his sorry men. Pakistan have been beaten well and truly. But the event is not over yet. They must pick themselves up, regroup and come back to fight another day – against South Africa Sunday. This caving in that has so unsettlingly become the norm for the Greenshirts needs to be shed. The time is now.

australia bowlers ensure commanding win GOLD COAST cRIcINFO

Australia Under-19s came back from mediocre performances in the initial two one-dayers to register a commanding eight-wicket win, and salvage some pride, against Pakistan Under-19s in the final match at Gold Coast. Australia's bowlers ripped through Pakistan's top-order, reducing them to 8 for 3, and then kept a stranglehold on the innings before Cameron Bancroft and Kurtis Patterson guided the chase with half-centuries. Pakistan, who had chosen to bowl in the other matches, batted this time but fell into a hole early on with Harry Convay and Joel Paris among the wickets. Imam-ul-Haq, 77, and

Umar Waheed, 52, struck a 128-run partnership for the fourth wicket but the rest of the batting was shaky and the last five wickets fell for 20 runs, thanks to off-spinner Ashton Turner's three wickets and two runouts. Seamer Mark Stekeete supported Turner well, conceding 14 runs in his 7.5 overs and claiming a wicket. Cameron Bancroft, with a solid 76, increased his runs tally to 143 for the series and was named man of the series. Kurtis Patterson, who struck 83 in the opening one-dayer, remained unbeaten on 52. Speaking after the win Stuart Law, Australia's coach, suggested bowling first helped. "I think today's result is probably indicative of the other two games and we fought back

today to gain some respect and put some pride back into our performance. I think winning the toss and bowling first was a major asset for those first two games and we had to come out today and bowl well, and we did." "The first two losses made us sit up and work out a plan against this kind of attack - most teams are going to have this sort of attack, and our boys went about rectifying their earlier mistakes." Australia travel to Brisbane on Saturday to play warm-up matches against West Indies on August 7 and Scotland on August 8. The Under-19 World Cup starts on August 11. ScORES: Australia Under-19s 180 for 2 (Bankroft 76, Patterson 52) beat Pakistan Under-19s 179 (imam-ul-Haq 77, Turner 3 for 38) by eight wickets.

Australia name Ali de winter as bowling coach SYDNEY AFP

Former Tasmania paceman Ali de Winter was Friday named as Australia's new bowling coach, replacing Craig McDermott who quit in May citing the conflicting demands of constant touring with family life. Cricket Australia team performance general manager Pat Howard said de Winter beat a wide field of international candidates, including Pakistan pace great Waqar Younis. "We feel Ali has skills that will complement those of Mickey Arthur, Justin Langer and Steve Rixon and is well equipped to pick up on Craig McDermott's previous good

work," Howard said, referring to the Australian coaching staff. Currently head coach of the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League side and assistant coach of Tasmania, de Winter said he intended to keep things simple with Australia's fast bowlers. "I don't think it is too complicated -- it's about having a strong work ethic, building good relationships and doing things like attacking the top of off-stump in Test cricket," he said. "I am particularly excited to get this chance, particularly now as Australia has such a deep pool of fast bowling talent with 10-12 young bowlers featuring at the moment."

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England made a solid start to their reply after South Africa stretched their first innings to 419 on the second day of the second Test at Headingley on Friday. England were 48 for no wicket when bad light ended play with 22 overs still due to be bowled. England captain Andrew Strauss and his opening partner Alastair Cook batted confidently, aided by some wayward bowling by the South Africans. South Africa's innings lasted until shortly before the tea break. Alviro Petersen made a career best 182 as South Africa ground out an imposing total, casting doubt on England's decision to pick an all-seam attack and send them in.

ScOREBOARD SOUTH AFRIcA, first innings (overnight 262-5) A. Petersen c Prior b Broad 182 G. Smith c Bell b Bresnan 52 9 H. Amla run out (Bresnan) 19 J. Kallis c cook b Anderson 47 A. de Villiers b Broad 0 D. Steyn b Finn 19 J. Rudolph st Prior b Pietersen 48 J. Duminy not out 13 V. Philander c Bresnan b Finn 19 M. Morkel c cook b Broad Imran Tahir c cook b Anderson 0 Extras (b5, lb6) 11 419 Total (139.2 overs) Fall of wickets: 1-120 (Smith), 2-132 (Amla), 3-157 (Kallis), 4-254 (De Villiers), 5-259 (Steyn), 6-318 (Rudolph), 7-353 (Petersen), 8-375 (Philander), 9-414 (Morkel) Bowling: Anderson 33.2-10-61-2, Broad 35-10-96-3, Finn 32-3118-2, Bresnan 27-4-98-1, Trott 5-1-9-0, Pietersen 7-0-26-1. ENGlAND, first innings A. Strauss not out 19 20 A. cook not out 9 Extras (lb4, nb2, w3) Total (0 wkts, 18 overs) 48 Bowling: Morkel 5-2-7-0 (1nb, 2w), Philander 6-0-21-0 (1nb, 1w), Steyn 4-0-15-0, Kallis 3-2-1-0 To bat: J. Trott, K. Pietersen, I. Bell, J. Taylor, M. Prior, T. Bresnan, S. Broad, J. Anderson, S. Finn Toss: England Match situation: England trail by 371 runs with ten wickets standing in the first innings Umpires: Steve Davis, Rod Tucker (both AUS) TV umpire: Asad Rauf (PAK) Match referee: Jeff crowe (NZl)

golden eagle defeat Shah Jamal LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Golden Eagle defeated Shah Jamal and won Ehsan Cup Flood Light Double Wicket Cricket Tournament trophy at Newly Built Smart Cricket Ground at Khaya-Ban-eAmeen. Sajid Anwar was the organizer and 32 top teams participated. Obaid Ullah and Abu Bakar of Golden Eagle Qualified for the final and after thrilling match defeated Jamshaid. Ismail of Shah Jamal Green, won the trophy. Cricket promoters and captain Gold Eagle Cricket Club was the Chief Guest and gave away winner trophy, Cash Award.

id Celebrations at KC LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Kinnaird College Sports Department is celebrating Pakistan Independence Day by organizing the following games on 7th August 2012 at Kinnaird College. It will hold Basketball, Cricket, Hockey and Table Tennis matches among all desirous female players. They can register with Sports office Kinnaird College by Monday 6thAug 2012 at 10:00am.

Roach, Best make it west indies’ day ANTIGUA cRIcINFO

West Indies achieved what was expected of them after winning the toss and opting to bowl, that was to bowl the opposition out. Kemar Roach justified his captain's decision with a four-wicket haul, backed by Tino Best, to restrict the struggling New Zealand side to 260 on a Sabina Park pitch which offered something more to the seamers on the opening day than the surface at Antigua. New Zealand, though, brought it on themselves with a series of poor shots and as a result they could never keep West Indies under pressure for sustained periods. The captain Ross Taylor said after the first Test that his team needed more centuries if they are to mount any pressure on the opposition. But once again, they turned

in an underwhelming performance with the bat, with two batsmen, including Taylor himself, making half-centuries but failing to convert them. New Zealand had made decent progress till tea, but lost their last seven wickets for 99 runs to give West Indies the upper hand. The overnight rain had left some moisture on the pitch and that prompted Darren Sammy to give his bowlers first use of the conditions. His seamers induced mistakes from the top order with an incisive opening spell. Best, in for the injured Ravi Rampaul, made an impact straightaway, beating the batsmen with pace and extra lift from a good length. There was no swing on offer but movement off the pitch, which kept the openers guessing. A couple of outside edges fell short of the packed slip cordon, Guptill took one on the chest, and it looked like a

ScOREBOARD NEW ZEAlAND 1st innings BJ Watling c Gayle b Roach 2 MJ Guptill run out (Best) 71 BB Mccullum c Ramdin b Best 0 lRPl Taylor c Ramdin b Best 60 KS Williamson c Sammy b Deonarine 22 DG Brownlie c Ramdin b Roach 0 cFK van Wyk b Deonarine 16 DAJ Bracewell b Narine 14 N Wagner c Best b Roach 23 TG Southee c Sammy b Roach 18 TA Boult not out 14 EXTRAS (b 6, lb 2, w 1, nb 11) 20 TOTAl (all out; 82.5 overs; 350 mins) 260 Fall of wickets 1-10 (Watling, 4.5 ov), 2-11 (Mccullum, 5.3 ov), 3114 (Taylor, 37.1 ov), 4-161 (Williamson, 56.3 ov), 5-162 (Brownlie, 57.4 ov), 6-170 (Guptill, 59.6 ov), 7-202 (Bracewell, 73.3 ov), 8202 (van Wyk, 74.3 ov), 9-225 (Southee, 78.1 ov), 10-260 (Wagner, 82.5 ov)

wicket was around the corner. Kemar Roach's four-wicket haul is his second of the series (five-for in the first Test) and

BOWlING: KAJ Roach 17.5-2-70-4, Tl Best 16-1-40-2, DJG Sammy 10-1-31-0, SP Narine 26-7-66-1, MN Samuels 1-0-2-0, N Deonarine 12-3-43-2 WEST INDIES 1st innings: cH Gayle c Watling b Wagner 8 KOA Powell c Brownlie b Boult 10 AB Fudadin lbw b Boult 5 MN Samuels not out 30 S chanderpaul not out8 EXTRAS (w 1) 1 TOTAl (3 wickets; 30 overs) 62 To bat N Deonarine, D Ramdin†, DJG Sammy*, SP Narine, KAJ Roach, Tl Best Fall of wickets 1-11 (Powell, 8.3 ov), 2-17 (Fudadin, 10.4 ov), 3-53 (Gayle, 22.4 ov) BOWlING: TA Boult 10-2-25-2, DAJ Bracewell 7-3-8-0, TG Southee 7-2-19-0, N Wagner 5-1-9-1, KS Williamson-1-0-1-0 Toss: West Indies, who chose to field Umpires: M Erasmus (South Africa) and PR Reiffel (Australia) TV umpire: RA Kettleborough (England) Match referee: RS Madugalle (Sri lanka) Reserve umpire: GO Brathwaite

the sixth haul of four or more wickets in his Tests. Since 2009, Roach's tally of 81 wickets is comfortably the best among

West Indian bowlers. Martin Guptill continued his good form with his third consecutive half-century of the series. In five previous innings, Guptill has scored four half-centuries and averages 62.4. Ross Taylor's 60 is his 16th half-century and first against West Indies. In six innings against West Indies, Taylor has scored 191 runs at 31.83. The 103-run stand between Guptill and Taylor is the fifth-highest thirdwicket stand for New Zealand against West Indies. The four other century stands for the third wicket have come in Tests played in New Zealand. Brendon McCullum's tally of ducks (10) is the fourth-highest among New Zealand toporder (1-7) batsmen (only includes innings played between No.1 and No.7). Stephen Fleming and Ken Rutherford top the list with 16 ducks each.

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ISlAMABAD: President Asif Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf jointly chair a meeting of heads of allied parties at the Presidency on Friday.

Pakistani, US spy chiefs’ talks ‘substantive, productive’ WASHINGTON SPEcIAl cORRESPONDENT

The first meeting between the head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Lt Gen Zaheer Ul Islam and his Central Intelligence Agency counterpart David Petraeus has been described as “substantive, professional and productive” by a senior US official. The visiting ISI chief held a meeting with the CIA chief at the American agency’s headquarters in suburban Washington, in an effort to bring the contentious relationship back on track. According to a CNN report, the senior US official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the discussions, would not comment on the specifics of the meeting, but said the discussions between Islam and Petraeus “provided an opportunity to discuss a number of proposals for how we can enhance our joint efforts against terrorism”. The American official added, “Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to work together to counter the terrorist presence in the region that threatens both US and Pakistani national security.” The meeting between the two spymasters coincided with discussions between Pakistan’s army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Gen John Allen, the top American commander in Afghanistan, which noted significant progress in Pakistan-US relations, after

the ties had been severely strained by a spate of incidents last year. Pakistani and American officials here have not commented publicly on the meeting between heads of two intelligence organizations, which previously worked closely, in the years since 9/11 attacks, to take many alQaeda operatives off the battlefield. The Pakistani spy chief is also meeting with other senior American officials during the three-day visit, his first since assuming charge of the powerful intelligence outfit. The Pakistani-US relationship has improved somewhat since Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apologized last month for the airstrike that killed the 24 Pakistani

soldiers in November 2011. Pakistan responded by reopening the supply routes to Afghanistan that they had closed down in retaliation for the deaths, making the US and NATO allies to rely on a much more expensive and long northern supply route into landlocked Afghanistan. In the intervening seven-month period between November 2011 and July 2012, Islamabad reassessed its relationship with Washington, which were prompted by a series of American unilateral actions, particularly the US raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, of which the Pakistanis had no prior knowledge, and the deaths of Pakistani soldiers operating

Pakistan gets $280m uS aid for energy projects KARACHI STAFF REPORT

The US Congress has released $280 million in new aid to support Pakistan’s energy sector, a statement issued by the US embassy said on Friday. The funds, it said, would support improvements to Mangla Dam and infrastructure support and due diligence work on the Kurram Tangi Dam project. This is the latest example of the United States’ long-term and enduring support for Pakistan’s energy sector and for the people of Pakistan. “Relieving Pakistan’s energy crisis is a top priority for our civilian assistance program. The US approach consists of high-impact projects aimed at increasing Pakistan’s energy resources and helping power sector institutions more effectively meet the country’s energy needs,” the statement said. The US funds large-scale infrastructure efforts that, by 2013, are expected to add 900MW to the national power grid, enough energy to power two million households and businesses. “Our institutional support ranges from improving the governance of the power sector to strengthening the performance of Pakistan’s

power distribution companies. We are helping develop new policies to rationalize pricing, reduce subsidies, increase revenues, and improve the distribution of energy resources. We also work with private sector entities and civil society organizations to enhance their role in decisionmaking and advocacy,” it said. Ongoing projects supported by the US: The Gomal Zam Dam, which will generate 17.4MW of hydroelectric power – enough to supply electricity to 30,000 households – and irrigate almost 200,000 acres of land worked by 30,000 farmers. The Satpara Dam, which will provide 17.7MW of power to the local grid – enough to supply electricity to 30,000 households – and mitigate flooding, provide water for irrigation and serve as a significant source of drinking water. The Muzzafargarh Power Station, which will increase the generation capacity of the power station by 475MW, enough power to supply electricity to about 680,000 households. The Jamshoro Power Station project, which will enable the station to restore at least 150MW of power generation capacity, enough power to supply electricity to about 215,000 households. The Tarbela Dam modernization project, which will add 128MW in power generation capacity.

along the Afghanistan border by US airstrikes in November. The missile strikes by CIA-operated drones against suspected terrorists in the tribal areas have also irked Pakistani officials who publicly say such actions violate country’s sovereignty and incite militancy. In its report, the Cable News Network also cited a senior unnamed Pakistani intelligence official as saying that the ISI chief Islam was expected to urge the US to end its drone strikes and provide the Pakistanis with target information so that their forces can hit suspected terrorists. Last week, a US official told the channel the United States “supports the Pakistanis taking more responsibility for ridding the tribal areas of al Qaeda and its militant allies.” Without getting into specifics, the official had said there were actions Pakistan could take to get rid of al Qaeda and the Haqqani network, an Afghan militant group, allegedly based in the Pakistani tribal border region that launches strikes against US and coalition forces in Afghanistan. Recently, cross-border incursions into Pakistani territory by anti-Pakistan militants based in Afghan provinces of Kunar and Nooristan have also angered Islamabad. According to a report in the New York Times, the ISI chief was expected to seek American help in halting the militant attacks, which have killed more than 100 Pakistani civilians and security officials.

ISLAMABAD: A military court has convicted five senior officers, including Brigadier Ali Khan, who was arrested after the killing of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2 last year, for having links with Hizbut Tehrir, a banned organization. Brigadier Ali was handed a five-year prison sentence. The four others convicted by the army court are Major Sohail Akbar, who received a three-year sentence, Major Jawad Baseer, who got two years and Major Inayat Aziz and Major Iftikhar, who received oneand-a-half year sentences, according to an ISPR statement issued here on Friday. The statement did not name the banned organization but it has been identified in the past by Pakistani officials as Hizb-ut-Tahrir, a Britain-based political party, which has been outlawed in Pakistan. “Field General Court Marshal (FGCM) proceedings against Brigadier Ali Khan, Major Inayat Aziz, Major Iftikhar, Major Sohail Akbar and Major Jawad Baseer have been completed. All four accused have been convicted besides other, of the charges for having links with a proscribed organization,” said the ISPR statement. “Convicts have the right to an appeal against conviction before the Army court of appeals as provided in the Pakistan Army Act,” it said. Brigadier Ail was initially charged with conspiring to overthrow the civilian government but some charges were dropped later, according to an official here who sought anonymity. According to some media reports, which appeared after his arrest, Brigadier Ali had been highly critical of the Pakistani army command over its relationship with the US. According to a BBC report, in his statement before the court, Brigadier Khan said that he was being victimized for speaking out against officers who he said had let the al-Qaeda leader alive in Pakistan for five years and then allowed US forces to kill him. “During the court-martial proceedings witnesses - mostly army officers - told the court that Brig Khan wanted to bring about an “Islamic revolution”, the report said. The army officers said he was working with Hizbut Tahrir to establish a caliphate in Pakistan, according to the report. staff report

gas reserves in Sui will end in 2022: dr asim ISLAMABAD: Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain has said that gas reserves in Sui will end in 2022. During a briefing to parliamentary committee on Friday, he said the gas

reserves in Sui, Balochistan would be consumed by the year 2022. He said that gas production from Sui Gas Field was decreasing by 5 percent annually. Dr Asim Hussain said that 12 percent gas royalty was

given to Balochistan and the chief minister should be asked as to whether it had been spent. It is pertinent to mention here that gas reserves were discovered in Sui, Balochistan, in 1952. inp

Prominent figures come to likeminded MPs’ aid against PMl-Q references ISLAMABAD TAYYAB HUSSAIN

The matter of references against eight PML-Q lawmakers for violating party discipline took a new turn on Friday, as top lawyers and politicians jumped into action to save the estranged MPs who were issued show-cause notices. A source in the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PMLQ) told Pakistan Today that eminent lawyer Salman Akram Raja had drafted the

rejoinders for the Likeminded group MNAs. On the other hand, Sardar Maqsood Ahmed Khan Leghari, an uncle of Sardar Awais Leghari, and some influential politicians from Faisalabad and Sindh had contacted PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, and requested him to stop disciplinary action against Sardar Awai Khan Leghari, Asim Nazir, and others. However, the source said that Shujaat was undeterred by the move and

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was determined to move on with the references. However, PML-Q Deputy Information Secretary Ghulam Mustafa Malik said: “After requests from different corners, Chaudhry Shujaat has deferred the matter of filing references against the party’s eight lawmakers, and decided to do the same after going through the replies submitted by some of the MNAs who had violated party discipline during the election of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.”

Malik said that Shujaat had decided to forward the responses submitted by some Likeminded MPs to his lawyer, who would review the responses and prepare the references in light of the points raised by the estranged lawmakers. The references would then be sent to the National Assembly speaker. “It is a decision in principle by the party leadership that the references would be sent against the party’s continued on page 04

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