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Rs 17.00 Vol III No 247 19 Pages Karachi Edition
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Imran holds govt responsible for shia killing The PTI says the SunniShia conflict has an international dimension but the real cause of the problem is the government’s incompetence and support to terror outfits by major political parties.
Musharraf blaMes us polICIes for rIse In terrorIsM story on page 04
‘pakistan not fighting terrorism’ Afghan President Hamid Karzai has again lashed out at Pakistan, saying statement by a Pakistani cleric endorsing suicide bombings in Afghanistan showed the neighbouring country was not sincere in its efforts to fight terrorism.
orders not being implemented, says sC The Supreme Court on Monday expressed its anger over non compliance of its directives on illegal appointment and deportation of former Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority chairman Tauqir Sadiq, saying an attempt to hinder present proceedings had been made. page 02
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RS 54 billion embezzled in iSAF ContAineRS’ CASe, SC told ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court was informed on Monday that an amount of Rs 54.73 billion had been embezzled in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) containers’ case and the people involved in looting the money had attained stay orders from the high court. Rana Shamim, counsel for the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), told the three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Azmat Saeed, that there were hurdles in recovering the amount as almost all of the transporters involved in the case were Afghans working under ‘bonded career’. Justice Saeed said the FBR should have recovered the money, upon which the counsel stated that the said persons had taken stay orders from the high court. The FBR counsel further stated that so far 11,589 show cause notices had been issued against 32,460 containers. Justice Azmat said out of 11,589 show cause notices only 96 contained orders, which was a tiny fraction. The counsel, in response said the process of recoveries was ongoing during which the stay order had been granted. Justice Gulzar said even though the matter entailed high significance, it was handled in a casual manner. He inquired if the FBR had taken against anyone. Shamim replied that action had not been taken against anyone because the matter had been taken to court. The CJ said first orders on making recoveries had been sent to the FBR in 2011 and despite the passage of one-and-a-half year, the FBR had not complied with court orders. stAff rePort
The completion of the present democratic government’s tenure, has silenced all critics and detractors — PM Raja Pervez Ashraf
SC displeased with orders not being implemented NAB CHIEF ISSUED NOTICE, RESPONSE DEMANDED IN 10 DAYS isLAMABAD
HE Supreme Court on Monday observed that prima facie, its directive on illegal appointment and deportation of former Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) chairman Tauqir Sadiq had not been implemented and an attempt to hinder present proceedings had been made. A two-judge bench comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain took up submission of the progress report by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) over de-
portation of Tauqir Sadiq. Expressing dismay over the report submitted by NAB, the bench issued a notice to the NAB chairman asking him to explain why the court’s orders had not been implemented, demanding reasons for the unusual and culpable conduct, and giving the NAB chief 10 days to respond. The bench further observed that no explanation was given by authorities as to why a report had not been submitted in response to its order of February 26. NAB Additional Prosecutor General Rana Zahid Mahmood apprised the bench that the relevant file was taken away by the prosecutor general and the contents of the records were not in his knowledge as he was handed the file just before appearing in court. The bench in its order said NAB operated under the National Accountability Ordinance 1999 and under Section 6, the NAB chairman and his subordinates had been vested with vast responsibility. During the hearing, NAB Investi-
gation Officer Waqas Ahmed also submitted a report, saying that Sadiq could not be brought to Pakistan because a court in Dubai had to take up the issue on March 9. He apprised the bench that even today, irregular remittances were made from Pakistan in the name of Sadiq’s wife Saiqa Tauqir, through the illegal ‘Hawala’ system. He said he had sent a report to NAB Headquarters over the issue. The bench directed the NAB chief to submit an explanation in this regard along with his response. Syed Amir Hussain Malik, a witness in the case said he had also moved an application, and claimed he had been intimidated and pressurised by one Shahzad Bhatti, an alleged front man of Tauqir Sadiq, to withdraw the case. A similar application was filed by Malik Muhammad Nawaz upon which the bench directed NAB to submit a response demanding explanations. Further hearing has been adjourned till March 7.
Syed Hajan Shah succumbs to injuries MOniTOrinG DesK Gaddi nasheen (spiritual heir) of Dargah Ghulam Shah Ghazi Syed Hajan Shah, who was seriously injured in an attack on the shrine in the village of Maari near Shikarpur on February 25 this year, succumbed to his wounds on Monday, local media reported. Reports said business activity and other social activities came to a halt in the town after the news of his death became public. Sources said angry mobs came out on streets, protesting against the culprits
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz finalises Sindh nominees’ list KOT GHULAM MUHAMMAD PPI
The list of probable candidates for the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) for eight seats of the National Assembly and 17 of the Sindh Assembly from Tharparkar, Umerkot, Sanghar and Mirpur Khas districts has been sent to the party’s central secretariat in Lahore. PML-N Mirpur Khas Divisional General Secretary Mian Amjad Saeed Arain said Nawaz Sharif, in consultation with other party leaders, would finalise the names of candidates. He said the Sindh Assembly constituency PS-67 and National Assembly’s constituency NA-227 are strongholds of PML-N from where Pir Noor Muhammad Shah Jeelani, Muhammad Khan Junejo and Syed Inayat Ali Shah had defeated PPP candidates in the past. Amjad Arain said PML-N Sindh chief Syed Ghaus Ali Shah would soon start visiting all four districts and hold public meetings there.
behind the devastating attack that killed at least three and injured dozens. Syed Hajan Shah along with two of his children, and three women had received serious injuries in the blast. According to Larkana DIG Abdul Khaliq Shaikh, an unidentified man talking on a mobile phone had placed a bag in the shrine. There was a blast soon after he left the area, he said.
Eyewitnesses said the man had placed the bag in the hall where the gaddi nasheen and his followers were sitting. Earlier on February 20, the motorcade of spiritual leader Syed Ghulam Hussain Shah Buhkari was also attacked near Jacobabad. His grandson Syed Shafique Shah was killed and more than eight people were injured in the attack.
Karzai lashes out at Pakistan, accuses it of refusing to fight terrorism KABUL AgencIes
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has lashed out once again at his supposed ally, Pakistan, saying that a statement by a Pakistani cleric endorsing suicide bombings in Afghanistan shows that the neighbouring country is not sincere in its efforts to fight terrorism. “Afghanistan wants a real struggle against terrorism and wants the Pakistani government to realise that both our nations are burning in the same fire,” Karzai said while addressing a joint press conference with visiting NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. ”The Pakistani government has an essential and important role in putting out this fire,” Karzai added. The head of the Pakistani clerics’ council, Tahir Ashrafi, last week said suicide attacks in Afghanistan were lawful because NATO troops were invaders who had occupied the country. Karzai noted that Ashrafi was appointed to the delegation by the Pakistani government, implying that the government in Islamabad was backing his views. “We see that practical steps are not being taken to fight terrorism,” Karzai said, and added that a series of recent attacks in Pakistan show that the neighbouring country was falling into chaos. Neither Ashrafi nor Pakistani officials could be immediately reached for comment.
Gas pipeline not a threat to any country: Zardari LAHOre nnI
Highlighting Pakistan’s growing energy needs and defending its right to explore low-cost solutions on immediate basis, President Asif Ali Zardari has told the world that the gas pipeline agreement with Iran is not against any other country. While inaugurating three different energy projects from the Governor’s House on Monday, Zardari said the energy projects, as well as the gas pipeline with Iran, should be seen as measures to overcome the power shortfall prevailing in the country. The three projects inaugurated on Monday include the Prem Nagar Dry Port project of Pakistan Railways, the Allai Khwar hydropower project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Jinnah hydropower project in Punjab. The inaugural ceremony was at-
tended by Punjab Governor Ahmad Mahmood, Federal Minister for Water and Power Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar, Federal Minister for Railways Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, members of parliament and Punjab Assembly, chairman of the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), members of the civil society and high-ranking officials. GAS PIPELINE: Presidential Spokesman Senator Farhatullah Babar said that Zardari, while highlighting the country’s growing energy needs for accelerating national growth, said that Pakistan needed to exploit all available resources particularly the low-cost hydropower projects, in addition to exploring the ways and means to import power and energy from its neighbouring countries. The president said that Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project was one such endeavour, which would be formally
launched on March 11. The president said that Pakistan was a sovereign country and had every right to pursue projects in national interest, adding that it did not intend to offend anyone. He said that Pakistan was an active player in contributing to world peace and stability. He said that the IranPakistan gas pipeline should be viewed purely in the context of meeting national energy needs. He hoped that the critics of the project would consider Pakistan’s energy needs. HYDROPOWER PROJECTS: The president said that with the addition of the Allai Khwar hydropower project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Jinnah hydropower project in Punjab, the energy shortfall would be mitigated to some extent. He said the government had drawn up plans to not only meet the current electricity needs, but to cater for future needs as well, and was working on over two dozen hydropower
projects across the country in this regard. These include mega projects like Bhasha Dam, Neelum-Jhelum, Dasu and Tarbela 4th Extension Project, he said, adding that Gomal Zam Dam, Satpara Dam, Dubair Khwar and Jabban hydropower projects were nearing completion. Zardari said that after completion, these projects would provide 21,000 megawatts of additional electricity, and would store 13 million acre feet of water. “This will bring down the cost of manufacturing and make Pakistani products more competitive in the global market,” he said. DRY PORT: Inaugurating the dry port, Zardari said that it was a bold initiative of Pakistan Railways to enter vigorously into public-private partnership. The setting up of dry ports and provision of dedicated rolling stock to the private sector to operate freight trains is a bold initiative, he said.
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Rehman Malik afraid of PML-Ns’ rising popularity in Sindh and Balochistan — Rana Sanaullah
thousands turn out to bury Abbas town victims TWO MORE KILLED AS MOURNERS RETURNING FROM FUNERAL FIRED UPON
DEATH TOLL CLIMBS TO 52 AS KARACHI, MOST OF SINDH SHUTS DOWN IN MOURNING KArACHi
HE death toll in the deadly bombing that hit Karachi’s Abbas Town on Sunday climbed to 52 on Monday, as thousands of mourners laid the victims to rest amid haunting wails and protests and a complete shutdown in most parts of the province. Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry also took suo motu notice of the carnage in Karachi and set Wednesday as the day for hearing the case. As the government and security agencies scrambled to restore order and Rangers arrested 200 suspects in a swift search operation, protests against the killing were staged in several parts of the city which turned violent at some places, resulting in the deaths of two people.
The national flag flew at half-mast above the Sindh Assembly and other government buildings, as traffic across the city remained off roads and commercial activities also came to a grinding halt following the strike and mourning call given by the provincial government and political and religious parties. Police officials said 150 kilogrammes of explosives was used in the blast, which left a four-foot deep and 10-foot wide crater. President Asif Ali Zardari directed Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah to personally monitor the treatment of those injured in the Abbas Town tragedy. He also instructed the provincial government to ensure the best medical facilities to the injured and all possible assistance to the affected families. Chief Minister Shah also constituted a six-member committee headed by Additional IG Ghulam Shabir Shaikh that
CJP TAKES SUO MOTU NOTICE, SINDH CM FORMS PROBE COMMITTEE, ANNOUNCES RS 5M FOR INFORMATION ON PERPETRATORS would present its report to the CM in three days. The chief minister also announced Rs 5 million reward money for any information about the perpetrators of the blast. Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan said the Sindh government would bear all the reconstruction cost of damaged flats and shops in Abbas town. This was also seconded by Karachi Commissioner Syed Hashim Raza. Raza said the government would pay Rs 1.5 million to each bereaved families and Rs 1 million to every injured person. The funeral prayers for 16 victims of the bombing were said in Abbas Town, while that of another eight were said at Shahrahe-Pakistan. Earlier, funeral prayers for six victims were offered at Ancholi Imambargah, while the funeral for another four victims was said at Numaish. The deceased were laid to rest at the Wadi-e-Hussain graveyard.
CLASHES: At least two people were killed and several wounded when clashes broke out in Sohrab Goth area after unidentified armed men opened fired on mourners returning from the funeral procession. Participants of the funeral procession came under heavy fire near Al-Asif square in Sohrab Goth. Reports said four Rangers personnel were also wounded in the clashes. At least 30 vehicles, including cars, ambulances, cranes and motorcycles were set on fire by angry mourners. Some buses were also torched in the violence. Heavy contingents of Police and Rangers were called in several areas, as the Sindh government announced ban on pillion riding from the midnight on March 4. A complete shutter down was observed in Khairpur, Rohri, Kot Diji, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Kashmore and several other towns.
olson condemns Karachi bombing isLAMABAD
bHC oRdeRS eARly ReCoveRy oF miSSing bAloCHiStAn PRoSeCutoR geneRAl QUETTA: Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Qazi Faez Esa on Monday directed officials concerned to recover the missing prosecute general of Balochistan, Abdul Wasay Tareen. Tareen was kidnapped three days ago when he was his way to Islamabad from Quetta. Balochistan Inspector General Mushtaq Sukhaira appeared before the court and said police were utilising all available resources to ensure early and safe recovery of the missing prosecute general. APP
nAvy oFFiCeR SuCCumbS to injuRieS 5 dAyS AFteR AttACK Pakistan Navy spokesperson on Monday confirmed the death of senior navy officer Lieutenant Commander Azeem Haider who succumbed to his injuries from an attack by unknown assailants. According to details, Haider was critically injured after unidentified gunmen opened fire at his car near Karachi Port Trust (KPT) on February 27. Police sources said that Haider was shot five times and was admitted to PNS Shifa for treatment and care. He passed away while under treatment at the hospital. Security sources said it was a targeted attack on Haider and all navy officers had been informed of a possible attack earlier. Jackson Police has lodged a complaint of the incident. However no suspects have been arrested so far. MonItorIng Desk
4 Pml-Q membeRS Set to join PPP
The United States Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G Olson strongly condemned the March 3 bombing in a residential neighbourhood of Karachi. “Intolerance and indiscriminate violence against innocent civilians is an assault on the values of the people of Pakistan and a threat to a prosperous future for all citizens,” he said in a statement. “We offer our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families of those who perished and prayers for the swift recovery of those who were injured,” he said.
Pml-n to field strong candidates with good repute: nawaz
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Zardari and
PESHAWAR: JUI-S activists from Wana, South Waziristan chant slogans against the drone attacks during a protest demonstration outside the Peshawar Press Club on Monday. InP
former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani are going to give a huge blow to the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) led by Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain as former Punjab minister Hafiz Iqbal Khakwan, Faisal Mukhtar, Rana Qasim Noon and Rana Sohail Noon are set to join the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). A source privy to the development told Pakistan Today that former premier Yousaf Raza Gilani had engaged all these politicians and Khakwani had also held a meeting with President Zardari in this regard. “These leaders will meet President Zardari in Multan today and will announce to join the Pakistan People’s Party,” the source added. tAYYAB HUssAIn
PTI promises to revive economy, eradicate corruption, create 10m jobs isLAMABAD stAff rePort
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif announced on Monday that his party would field strong candidates with good repute in the upcoming general elections. Addressing a party meeting to discuss allocation of party tickets and establishing a scrutiny committee in this regard, Nawaz said that his party would favour only those candidates who are strong in their constituencies and who are sure to win the election. Sources said that Nawaz approved a five-day extension in the last date of submitting applications for party tickets. Later, various PML-Q leaders met Nawaz and announced to join the PML-N. Nawaz said that the recent additions would play an important role in the electoral success of the PML-N. These included the chairman of Suba Hazara Tehreek, Sardar Yusuf, and members of Punjab Assembly Ayesha Javed, Humaira Owais, Sakhi Tanoli and Wajihuzzamman.
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Announcing the Industrial Policy of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Chairman Imran Khan on Monday promised that if voted to power, his government would jumpstart country’s economy by reviving the industrial sector and restoring the confidence of investors, while giving new jobs to 10 million youth through skill development programmes. Addressing a ceremony on the occasion, Imran said the country would no longer need foreign aid if his party is voted to power. He said his government’s main focus would be on human development and eradication of corruption from the country. “Poverty has been increasing in the country due to rising corruption. The only solution to control inflation in the country is to eliminate corruption and to take action against those involved in corrupt practices. We will ensure the supremacy of law after coming into power and the PTI will not use the army against the public,” the PTI chief said, adding that poor law
and order situation had repelled the investors from doing business in Pakistan. “How can the investor come in a country where cricketers are not willing to play,” said the cricket legend-turned politician. He further said that his party would depoliticise the bureaucracy and eradicate the “corruption culture”, saying such problems had a direct link with inflation and poverty. “The country can be made richer by bringing back the public money which corrupt leaders have kept in off-shore accounts,” he said, adding that only the PTI could take such steps because “this can only be done by those who have all their assets in their own country”. He said that only 90 days were required to maintain rule of law in the country. “Those who are corrupt cannot remove corruption from the country,” he said, while making it clear that all the policies announced by the PTI were doable. He said that Pakistan had the talent but lacked the skills. “Our party’s main focus will be on skill development so that the Pakistani people can perform their best not only
for their own country but also in foreign countries,” he said. Imran further said that the PTI was committed to eliminating the shortages of electricity and gas within its first term in the office by resolving the circular debt, moving to low-cost power generation and reducing line losses. “We will ensure fast-track gas import and equitable rationing of resources until new gas supply arrives. Provinces will have to play their role in developing indigenous energy resources and making Pakistan secure in energy,” he added. Earlier, PTI leader Asad Umar unveiled the party’s nine-point Industrial Policy. Speaking on the occasion, he said: “The industry in Pakistan is in dire straits due to a crippling energy crisis and lack of access to finance and skill shortages. Hence the PTI Industrial Policy aims to build solid foundations for the revival of industry by creating 10 million new jobs for the youth over the next five years and to make the sector more viable and competitive in the international markets,” Umar said, while unveiling the Industrial Policy.
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Afghanistan wants Pakistani government to realise that both our nations are burning in the same fire — Afghan President Hamid Karzai
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musharraf blames uS policies for rise in terrorism FORMER PRESIDENT SAYS US ABANDONED AFGHANISTAN AND DISTANCED ITSELF FROM PAKISTAN AFTER DEFEAT OF SOVIET UNION WAsHinGTOn InP
ORMER president Pervez Musharraf on Monday said the United States (US) has blundered through South Asia over the past quarter-century, committing three major errors that have destabilised the region and led to the rise in international terrorism. The first mistake was back in 1989. Having defeated the Soviet Union with the help of Pakistan and the Afghan mujahideen, the Americans abandoned Afghanistan and distanced themselves from Pakistan. To add insult to injury, the US also developed strategic re-
lations with India, Pakistan’s longtime rival, said Musharraf in an article in a US Magazine published on Monday. Here are some excerpts from the article. The United States completely switched sides: while Pakistan was its strategic partner since 1948, now India was its primary regional ally. Pakistan, meanwhile, was slapped with sanctions. The second US blunder was its attempt to isolate the Taliban once they came to power. Pakistan was the only country that recognized the Taliban when they established a government in 1996. When US president Bill Clinton came to Pakistan in 2000, he was
almost reprimanding my country for dealing with the Taliban, and he urged Pakistan to sever diplomatic relations with them. I suggested a different strategy: the world and the US should recognise the Taliban and open diplomatic missions in Afghanistan. They should work with the Taliban to moderate their behaviour. Clinton didn’t agree, of course, and the US continued its policy of isolation. A US policy of engagement could have prevented all the destruction that would come later. Had US diplomats built ties to the Taliban at this point, maybe we could have also resolved the Osama bin Laden tangle, because we could have jointly put pressure on Taliban leader Mullah Omar and the Taliban government. Unfortunately, it was only Pakistan, and we were alone. I sent five delegations of all kinds of people, including religious leaders, to persuade Mullah Omar to aban-
But because the US had defeated the Taliban with the help of the Northern Alliance, which
don bin Laden. If there had also been diplomatic relations with the United States and other Western countries, we could have put even more pressure on him. And maybe the 9/11 attacks would not have taken place. It’s a big thing that I’m saying, but I believe it. Following the 9/11 attacks, the US and its allies attacked Afghanistan and defeated the Taliban. Then the US made its third blunder: it failed to convert its military victory in Afghanistan into a political victory. It forged a government in Kabul that could not win the support of the population, resulting in the resurgence of the Taliban in 2005 and 2006. We needed to install a government that was dominated by the Pashtun, because Pashtun are the largest Afghan community.
was primarily made up of ethnic minorities, it unfortunately felt compelled to install them in government. I was of the view that the United States first had to bring the Pashtun onboard and use them to defeat the Taliban. I coined a term at that time, all Taliban are Pashtun, but all Pashtun are not Taliban. But the United States didn’t listen. The Americans installed a government in Kabul with the Northern Alliance, and all the Pashtun who were initially not a part of the Taliban felt alienated. They gradually started to gravitate toward the Taliban, resulting in the group’s resurgence in 2005 and 2006. This was the United States’ biggest blunder, but it persisted on going down this path and continues doing so even now. This is a grave mistake, and unless it is corrected, we will not be able to make progress.
govt believes in taking democratic forces onboard: pM ashraf DIRECTS IT MINISTRY, PTA TO DEVISE MECHANISM OF SIM VERIFICATION isLAMABAD AgencIes
LAHORE: President Asif Ali Zardari and Federal Minister for Railways Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour inaugurating Prem Nagar Dry Port project of railways at the Governor’s House on Monday. onLIne
Pakistan has become a Jurassic park: Katju THirUVAnAnTHAPUrAM onLIne
Press Council of India (PCI) chief Markandey Katju on Monday likened Pakistan to Jurassic Park, saying violence and deaths were being reported everyday due to inherent faults in the country’s formation. Delivering the second Rajiv Gandhi memorial lecture organised by the Institute of Parliamentary Affairs, he said the commotion in Pakistan was the nat-
ural consequence of setting up a theocratic state. “You cannot create a state on the basis of religion in the sub-continent which is full of diversities,” he said. Speaking on the topic ‘What is India’, Katju, said Partition was a mistake and a combined nation comprising India and Pakistan that would not tolerate religious bigotry and Hindu and Muslim extremism, would become a reality some day in future. He said Partition had
sown the seeds of the destruction of Pakistan as a nation. Katju also said India was passing through a period of transition from feudal agricultural society to modern industrial society. “The transition is a very painful and agonising period in our history. It is the duty of all patriotic people to spread rational and scientific ideas in this period to combat caste-ism, communalism and superstitions,” he said.
Suicide jacket, hand grenade recovered BAnnU APP
Law enforcement agencies on Monday seized a suicide jacket and a hand grenade
during a search operation in Domail area. According to the police, a suicide jacket fitted with explosive materials and a hand grenade were
recovered from open fields during a search operation in the limits of Domail police station. Investigations are currently underway.
‘PPP introduced policy of reconciliation for democracy’ isLAMABAD APP
Federal Minister for Political Affairs Maula Bakhsh Chandio said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) introduced the policy of reconciliation in national politics for the sake of democracy. He said many alliances had been formed against the PPP in the past and formation of new alliance against the party is “not news for us”. “We are ready to hold talks with anyone including MQM,” he said. “PPP will repeat history in Sindh and we will work with our alliance partners,” he said. PPP is not afraid of nationalists and the matter will become clear with the passage of time, he added. In response to a question, he said ANP and MQM are still in support of PPP and ideological politics still exists in Pakistan. “It is mere propaganda that ideological politics has no room in Pakistan,” said the minister. He said voters still consider PPP as Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s party and ideology is PPP’s strength. He said the elections would be held on time in a free, fair and transparent manner under the banner of an independent election commission.
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Monday said the PPP-led coalition government believed in taking all political and democratic forces onboard for the progress, development and welfare of the people. He was talking to a delegation of BNPA led by National Food Security and Research Minister Israrullah Zehri who called on him at the PM House. Zehri discussed with the PM the current political situation in the country and expressed grief over the martyrdom of innocent civilians in the bomb blasts in Karachi. He said that the elements responsible for the barbaric acts should be dealt sternly in order to safeguard the lives of the citizens. Raja said that such acts could not deter the resolve of the government, which was committed to fighting terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Other members of the delegation included Senator Mir Muhammad Ali Rind and Senator Kulsoom Perveen. Separately, PM Raja urged the PPP workers to gird up their loins for the upcoming general elections. The government had put the democratic system back on track, he added. The PM expressed these views while talking to PPP lawmaker Wasim Afzal Chan, who along with his father called on the PM. Raja said the PPP had successfully demonstrated that given the sincerity of purpose, political stability is possible by pursuing coalition politics. He also said that with the completion of the government’s tenure, all the critics and detractors of democratic system had been proved wrong and the country is
GRANTS 20 PERCENT SPECIAL PAY TO FEDERAL SECRETARIAT EMPLOYEES heading towards the general elections, which is a milestone in Pakistan’s history. Meanwhile, Raja directed the Information Technology Ministry and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to devise a mechanism on verification of mobile phone SIMs (subscriber identity module), in consultation with cellular companies. The PM gave the instructions in a meeting with a delegation of private cellular operators at the PM’s House. During the meeting, the cellular operators informed the prime minister that the verification of SIMs was taking longer time and it would not be physically possible for them to verify the SIMs within the deadline. The cellular operators informed the PM that presently, the SIMs were only being issued by their business offices. Earlier, 80,000 outlets were selling SIMs in the country. After listening to the operators and representatives of the ministry, Raja directed the ministry to resolve the issue by March 7. Separately, on the special recommendations of Finance Minister Saleem H Mandviwala, the prime minister has approved 20 percent special pay for the federal secretariat employees. A press release issued by the Finance Ministry read the present democratic government was determined to facilitate the people in general and the federal government’s employees in particular. The secretariat employees praised the decision. However, those working outside the secretariat in government departments and autonomous bodies have questioned the one-sided decision. They demanded that all government servants should be extended the facility otherwise it would vitiate the atmosphere and create ill will against the PPP government.
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The people of Thar have got rid of dictatorship for the first time under the democratic regime of PPP. They have also taken a sigh of great relief – MNA Mahesh Kumar
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PrAYer tIMIngs KARACHI: Mourners stand along the bodies of people killed in Sunday’s bombing in Abbas Town before their burial. IMrAn gILAnI
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KeSC restores power supply to tragedy-hit Abbas town KARACHI: The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) teams worked through the night in the tragedy-hit Abbas Town and restored power supply to the area in the early hours of Monday morning after having successfully replaced three damaged PMT’s and other power distribution equipment. The KESC team started restoration work minutes after the blasts and arranged back-up lighting in the affected areas through its own standby generators for the help of its mainteams as well as the security of civic agencies. However, during the course of action, the KESC’s underground and overhead restoration work had to at times be put on hold for security clearance from the law enforcement agencies and to give way to cranes and shovels of civic authorities to remove the debris, a KESC statement released today said. The blasts near Abul Hasan Isphahani Road had caused the Teachers Society feeder from the Karachi Development Authority (KDA) sub-division to trip as well. Two PMTs near Iqra City Complex were completely damaged while another, DSP PMT, had developed severe faults. In addition several spans of supply cable were also burnt, broken and damaged. KESC teams mobilised all their resources while working throughout the night to ensure the restoration of power at the earliest. PPI
Seven moRe FAll PRey to violenCe KArACHi
Ix more people lost their lives in different acts of violence in the city on Monday. A 25-year-old man Sajid Khan, son of Shireen Khan, was gunned down by unidentified armed men in Machhar Colony within the jurisdiction of Docks Police Station. The body of the deceased was later moved to Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) to undergo medicolegal formalities. Police said the man was going home after performing his duty in Shinwari Hotel as a waiter when the incident took place. He received was hit by a single bullet and died on the spot. Police have registered FIR 53/2013 under section 302 against unidentified assailants. Separately, two dead bodies of men bearing bullet and torture marks were found dead in Old Hajji Camp within the jurisdiction of Napier Police Station. The victims were identified as 35-year-old Akbar, son of Umer, and 32-yearold Zahid, son Imamuddin. The dead bodies were later shifted to the CHK to undergo autopsy. Police said both men were the owners of a tailor shop in Usmanabad, Garden area and used to go to Lyari for the collection of cloths. They said that the men also went to Lyari on 3rd March for some work but did not return back. On late Monday night, their dead bodies were found from the Hajji Camp area. Similarly, the body of a man
no pIllIon rIdIng froM tuesday KARACHI: The Sindh government on Monday decided to ban pillion riding in the metropolitan from Tuesday. According to media reports, the decision was taken by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, who also kept the portfolio of Home Department, in consultation with Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad. He also decided to crack down on militant and extremist groups immeiately. The ban cames after twin blasts killed 48 people and left over 15 wounded at Abbas Town in Karachi on Sunday. OnLInE
bearing torture marks was found from Kagzi Bazaar, Kharadar, within the limits of Kharadar Police Station. The victim was identified as 55-year-old Muhammad Amin, son of Abdul Sattar. The body was shifted to CHK for postmortem. Police said the victim died after being severely tortured as no bullet wound was found on his body. Meanwhile, two men, aged around 20 to 25 years, were found dead in Jalbani Goth, Malir Town, within the limits of Khokharapar Police Station. The identity of both victims could not be ascertained until the filing of this report. The bodies were later moved to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) to undergo medico-legal formalities. In a separate incident, a 58-yearold man Younis Naqi, son of Mohammad Naqi, was torched to death by unidentified persons inside his house located at Naqi Manzil in Delhi Colony No 2 within the jurisdiction of the Frere Town Police Station. The body was moved to JPMC for autopsy. Meanwhile, the body of a drug addict, aged around 20 years, was found from Maripur within the
jurisdiction of Maripur Police Station. The identity of the deceased could not be ascertained until the filing of this report. The body was later shifted to CHK for autopsy. UNABATED fIRING, BURNT vEHICLES MARS METROPOLITAN’S fACE: Incidents of firing and violence in different parts of the metropolitan happened on Monday after the victims of Abbas Town blast were buried. Firing between two groups continued in Sohrab Goth where one person was killed while several others have been injured. Several vehicles were also set ablaze in the continuing violence. Surprisingly, no law enforcement agencies were present in the area to bring the situation under control. Several people have also been injured during firing in Abbas Town. Rescue teams deployed in the area have also been targeted by unknown persons. Meaanwhile, 22 people across the city, including Rangers and police personnel have been injured in firing incidents. Unabated firing also continued at Indus Plaza and Ancholi.
RAngeRS ARReSt 200 in QuiCK oPeRAtion KARACHI: Following a massive blast in Karachi’s Shia-dominated neighborhood of Abbas Town on Sunday, Rangers on Monday conducted a search operation in different parts of the city and claimed to have arrested more than 200 criminals of a banned outfit. Sources said the paramilitary troops cordoned off Gulshan-e-Memar, Baldia Town, Gulistan-e-Jauhar and Sikandar Goth areas on a tip-off that some suspects were hiding there. Rangers’ commandos carried out a house-tohouse search operation and recovered illegal arms, including machine guns and pistols, while rounding up more than a dozen suspected criminals. Meanwhile, postmortem was conducted on 44 bodies of the victims of the Abbas Town blast, Karachi Police Surgeon Dr Jalil Qadir Memon said, while adding that till Monday morning post mortem had been conducted on 32 bodies. He said that 10 bodies which were brought to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital have been handed over to their heirs. According to Edhi spokesman, 26 dead bodies were lying in their cold storage in Sohrab Goth out of which six have been handed over to their heirs. He said 20 bodies still remained behind, out of which nine were unidentified while seen were not claimed by anyone. onLIne
dry weather forecast KARACHI: Met Office has forecast dry weather on Tuesday with minimum temperature ranging between from 14 to 16 degrees centigrade. Dry weather with cool night was also forecasted for Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Larkana divisions. On Monday the highest maximum temperature of 37 degrees centigrade was recorded at Mithi and lowest minimum of 1 degree centigrade at Kalat and Quetta respectively. PPI
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mFF approves funding for coastal area development projects
KARACHI: A motorcyclist passes by burning vehicles after violence erupted at Sohrab Goth on Monday. InP
CAution: ‘big bRotHeR’ iS wAtCHing you! NADRA DEPLOYS IBMS AT PAKISTAN-IRAN BORDER TO CURB INFILTRATION AND RAMPANT SMUGGLING KArACHi stAff rePort
HE National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has successfully implemented Integrated Border Management System (IBMS) at the Gwadar International Airport and the new Pakistan-Iran land border in Gabadt. “Securing Pakistan begins with securing international borders. And this means all borders including international airports, land, rail routes and sea borders,” a NADRA spokesperson
quoted NADRA Chairman Tariq Malik as saying. The spokesperson said the system was designed and tailored specifically per immigration laws of Pakistan and would greatly help in preventing illegal entry of people, use of counterfeit documents, human smuggling and other travel related frauds. IBMS was now operational at the Pakistan-Iran border for the management of passengers at all entries/exists through these stations and all passengers would be processed through the system, she added. She further said that the NADRA was a partner for the implementation of IBMS for Federal Immigration Authority (FIA) to replace the existing PISCES system at all the entry and exist points in Pakistan including airports, railway stations and land routes. Moreover, it is pertinent to mention here that IBMS was already operational on all major international airports including Benazir International Airport Islamabad, Quaid-e-Azam International
targeted operation against banned outfits urged KARACHI : Shia Ulema Council (SUC) and other Shia organisations have voiced strong protest over Sunday’s terror incident at Abbas Town and demanded massive targeted operation against banned outfits and de-weaponisation of Karachi city. Addressing a press conference here on Monday, SUC leader Allama Nazir Abbas Taqvi called upon the government to conduct targeted operation against the banned outfits. “There is no issue of Shia-Sunni in city. There is only the issue of terrorism,” he stated. Regarding burial of the victims of terror incident, he said the final decision in this respect would be taken after consultation with the family members of the deceased persons. onLIne
Airport Karachi, Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore, and airports of Peshawar and Quetta. Earlier, NADRA had also implemented IBMS and land border between Pakistan-Afghan border at Torkham and on the rail route between Pakistan and India at Khorapar, Sindh. Highlighting IBMS features, the she said that the system had been designed to document and store the entire process starting from visa issuance till the point of departure and arrivals from the country, thus preventing illegal human trafficking as well as illegal immigrants to flee from the country. IBMS had been equipped with the latest technologies like advance fingerprint matching, digital facial recognition system and specialised handling for different categories of travelers, she added. Furthermore, the NADRA had converted huge amount of manual legacy data into digital information to crack down illegal immigration, the spokesperson said. “We have helped built the capacity
of FIA and helped them so that they can help themselves by making using of latest technology to do their core job – combating human trafficking and international terrorism,” said Tariq. Details of millions of international travelers were now part of IBMS, he added. NADRA was working on all remaining land and sea borders to deploy its homegrown technology. The system was indigenously developed by software engineers of NADRA. The integrated system used by the NADRA would also carry out the following tasks: Passport verification, exit control databases, airport surveillance feeds, visa information and other related databases to ensure unwanted persons should not enter Pakistan and to keep track of over staying people beyond their departure date on legal visas. The system was already functioning successfully on Quetta International Airport. Minister of Interior Rehman Malik was expected to formally inaugurate the system soon.
KMC employees without salary for two months KArACHi PPI
More than 54,000 employees and pensioners of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) are yet to receive their salary and pension of the last two months, despite the order of Sindh High Court (SHC) to clear their dues within 10 days, said KMC Karachi Sajjan Union (CBA) President Syed Zulfiqar Shah. He said neither the provincial government nor the KMC administration have shown interest to resolve the issue of outstanding salaries and pensions of KMC employees, resulting in
serious problems for thousands of families. He said that apart from withholding salaries and pensions, the KMC had also denied to provide fire risk allowance, retired employees fund, leave encashment, gratuity, group insurance and other dues of the employees had also not been paid. Furthemore, he said that since the year 1998 the government was not enhancing OZT grants, while pensions and salaries have been enhanced from 1998 until up to the current year by up to 300percent. He said the KMC needed additional funds of Rs30million every year just to give annual increments to its employees; however, the
provincial government was not paying heed to resolve its financial problems. Moreover, he said that due to nonpayment of salaries, KMC employees could not feed their families, their children were being thrown out of schools due to non-payment of fees and their gas and electricity connections were being cut for not paying utility bills. He added that if the government failed to pay outstanding salaries, pensions and dues to the employees on emergency basis they would have no choice but to take to the streets and the government would be responsible for the consequences that would follow.
KARACHI: Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Programme have approved small-sized project funding, worth US$10,000 for NGOs and CBOs working for the development of the coastal communities in Sindh and Balochistan. MFF Coordinator Ghulam Qadir Shah, sharing details of the scheme, told APP Monday that the approved projects would be implemented within a span of six months to one year. To ensure adequate and meaningful implementation of the projects, aimed at sustainable development of the coastal communities, he said MFF had also held a two-day training workshop on the “Project Management” and “Proposal Writing”. The purpose of the workshop was to equip the Small Grants applicants of the MFF Small Grants Programme and the local NGOs and CBOs so that they could address the needs of the coastal communities in a better manner, said Ghulam Qadir. The training was conducted by a renowned biologist and agriculturist Dr Ranjith Mahindapala from Sri Lanka. 35 participants were selected from amongst the Small Grants applicants and the NGOs, CBOs that were actively working along the coasts of Sindh and Balochistan and the National Coordination Body members. Manager MFF programme hoped that the new skills learned by the participants and the knowledge they have gained would significantly contribute towards management of the development projects. During the session these representatives also shared their proposals that were fine-tuned according to the MFF guidelines under the guidance of Dr Mahindapala. In reply to a question, Shah said that there also existed an MFF Programme Sub-committee comprising National Coordinating Body Members that oversaw the selection process. This was headed by the representative of the Ministry of Climate Change. The National Coordination Body (NCB) included representatives of the federal government, provincial governments of Sindh and Balochistan, government departments, donors and NGOs including Sindh Forest and Wildlife Department, Sindh Coastal Development Authority, National Institute of Oceanography, Pakistan Navy, Balochistan Coastal Development Authority, Balochistan Fisheries Department, Shehri and IUCN Pakistan. IUCN Country Representative Mahmood Akhtar Cheema commended the contribution of the donors and MFF Programe for their investment in developing the skills of the communities and the stakeholders in the coastal areas. Knowledge was necessary to run the projects effectively and sustainably, he said. APP
no Shia-Sunni clash in Karachi: dr Farooq KARACHI: Deputy Convener of MQM Dr Farooq Sattar on Monday ruled out any clash between Shias and Sunnis in Karachi. Addressing a press conference in Karachi, the MQM leader had termed the Abbas Town incident as “national tragedy” in which more than 48 innocent were martyred and 150 injured. Dr Farooq expressed regret over the indifferent attitude of some political parties regarding terrorist activities in Karachi. He said there was no ethnic difference in Karachi but a conspiracy was being hatched to divide people on sectarian grounds. He said that banned organisations were involved in terrorist activities for targeting innocent people especially children, women and old people. They were giving an impression of ethnicity to achieve their malicious plans, he added. The MQM leader while criticising the government and law enforcing agencies, said that they have failed to maintain law and order situation in the country particularly in Karachi. He demanded of the government to facilitate the injured by providing best medical treatment and compensation amount for reconstruction of their houses and shops. He also asked the people to constitute Mohallah Committee and Chowkidari system for their own protection. onLIne
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Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. — Abraham Lincoln
Tuesday, 5 March, 2013
CARdinAlS meet to PRePARe eleCtion FoR PoPe VAtICAn CIty: Catholic cardinals from around the world are to begin talks in the Vatican in the run-up to a conclave to elect the next pope as the UK’s senior cleric admitted to sexual misconduct with priests. Monday’s “general congregations” will set the date and make preparations for the start of the conclave, called after Benedict XVI became only the second pope in 2,000 years to resign the office of his own free will. The meetings will help identify candidates to become leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, with the field for the next pope remaining wide open. Possible candidates come from around the world, both from progressive and traditional wings of the church. On Sunday, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who removed himself from the conclave process last month after sexual misconduct allegations dating back to the 1980s surfaced, admitted to sexual misconduct with priests. “My sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal,” the Scottish cardinal said, days after resigning from his post and retiring. LEAdInG CAndIdAtES: Among the leading candidates for the papacy are Italian cardinal Angelo Scola, a big promoter of inter-religious dialogue, and Austria’s Christoph Schoenborn, a former student of Benedict’s with strong progressive ideas. New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the US frontrunner, told the Reuters news agency that the growing phenomenon of people believing in God but rejecting organised churches, known among sociologists of religion as “believing without belonging,” was a major challenge for the church in future. Argentine Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, 69, said the next pope should not be chosen according to a geographic area but must be a “saintly man” who is “best qualified” to lead the church in a time of crisis. Sandri, who heads the Curia department for Eastern Catholic Churches, told Reuters the church must give women more leadership positions in the Vatican and beyond. AgencIes
PRoteSteRS demAnd detAilS on CHAvez’S HeAltH CARACAS: A crowd of proopposition students and other critics of Hugo Chavez’s government marched on Caracas’ supreme court on Sunday to demand proof that the cancer-stricken Venezuelan leader is still alive and fit to govern. Carrying banners that read “Give us the truth!” and “No to Cuban influence!”, protesters chained themselves outside the court as they rallied against Chavez and vice president Nicolas Maduro. “We want to know what is going with Chavez’s health, if he is alive or dead, and we want elections,” said Dario Alberici, 55, a public accountant at the protest. Underlining the political polarisation that has divided Venezuela during Chavez’s 14-year rule, pro-government students also held a rally in support of the president and his ministers. Supporters of the ailing socialist leader danced and sang his praises, hoping that Chavez will make a full recovery from cancer. “We are showing our love for the president,” said Anaida Nunez, 30, who works in a government food program and wore a green T-shirt with the words “We are millions of Chavez.” “We are rejecting this small group of young people who are sadly demanding that the president come out,” she said. AgencIes
CHinA deFendS gRowing militARy SPending bEIJInG: China has defended its booming military spending saying vast investments in the armed forces have contributed to global peace and stability, despite concerns among the US and Beijing’s Asian neighbours over sharpening territorial disputes. However, in a break with previous years, no figure for this year’s defence budget was presented on the eve of the annual legislative session which will see new leaders placed into top government positions after they were elevated at November’s Communist Party congress. Speaking at a news conference on Monday, Fu Ying, a spokeswoman for the National People’s Congress, said the figure would appear in the overall budget to be released Tuesday. On the same day, party leader Xi Jinping will take over from Hu Jintao as president, as well as head of the government’s Central Military Commission, as part of China’s once-a-decade power transition. In addition, the session approves top cabinet appointments such as the defence minister. China’s defence spending has grown substantially each year for more than two decades, last year rising 11.2 percent to $106.4bn, an increase of about $10.7bn. Only the US spends more on defence. AgencIes
PollS oPen in KenyA eleCtionS nAIRObI: Long lines of Kenyans queued from far before dawn as polls opened Monday for hard-fought elections, the first since bloody post-poll violence five years ago. Voters standing in line several hundreds of metres long -- and several people thick -- crowded outside polling stations including in the capital nairobi, the port city of Mombasa and the western town of Kisumu, according to AFP reporters. APP
nAIRObI: A Kenyan supporter of presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta’s national Alliance party rides a motorbike across a sea of hats and flags at Uhuru park on Monday. AgencIes
britain’s Hague calls Assad ‘delusional’ LOnDOn
RITISH Foreign Secretary William Hague has called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “delusional” and described him as a leader presiding over a “slaughter”. Hague on Sunday said that he would announce this week more assistance to the Syrian opposition in the form of non-lethal equipment and refused to rule out the possibility of arming them in the future. Britain has been pushing to lift a ban on the sale of arms to Syria’s rebels, but at a meeting last month European Union foreign ministers ruled that only “non-lethal” aid and “technical assistance” could be given to the opposition. In an interview with British newspaper The Sunday Times publicised on Saturday evening, Assad accused London of wanting to arm terrorists in Syria. “How can we expect them to make the violence less while they want to send military supplies to the terrorists and don’t try to ease the dialogue between the Syrians?” Assad said in a rare interview with Western media. The United Nations estimates 70,000 people have been killed in the 23-month conflict. Speaking to BBC television, Hague said of Assad: “This is a man presiding over this slaughter.” “We, Britain, are the people sending food and shelter and blankets to help people driven from their homes and families in his name.
“We are the people sending medical supplies to try to look after people injured and abused by the soldiers working for this man. “Assad thinks, and is told by his inner circle, that all of this is an international conspiracy, not the actual rebellion and revolt of his own people. “This [Assad’s interview with The Sunday Times] will go down as one of the most delusional interviews that any national leader has given in modern times.” ‘CONSOLATORY TONE’: In Saturday’s interview, Assad dismissed the suggestion that Britain could play a constructive role in resolving the conflict. “We don’t expect an arsonist to be a firefighter,” he said. Offering a message to “anyone who is talking about the Syrian people”, Assad said, “only Syrian people can tell the president to stay or leave, come or go, no one else”.
Lebanese-British reporter Hala Jaber, who also interviewed Assad in 2011, spoke this time to the president in Damascus. She said he drove himself to the location, “a relatively modest building”, and was told “that despite regular explosions, Assad insists on maintaining a normal lifestyle including — to his security chief’s dismay — driving to the office in the morning.” Jaber said Assad, who was softly spoken throughout the sit-down interview, adopted a conciliatory tone when discussing future negotiations. “We are ready to negotiate with anyone, including militants who surrender their arms,” he declared. “We are not going to deal with terrorists who are determined to carry weapons, to terrorise people, to kill civilians, to attack public places or private enterprise and to destroy the country.”
egypt’s army intervenes in port said clashes CAirO AgencIes
Egypt’s military has intervened in the coastal city of Port Said following violent clashes between thousands of protesters and police, which left at least one dead and hundreds injured. The interior ministry said five policeman were killed by gunfire, one soldier was shot and at least 10 members of the security forces were among those wounded during the clashes on Sunday. At least 586 protesters were also injured, most suffering from tear gas inhalation while others were wounded by bird shot, according to health official Helmy el-Afani. Around 5,000 protesters threw rocks and firebombs, prompting riot police to respond with tear gas and bird shot, the latest in a cycle of violence that continues to rock the country two years after Hosni Mubarak’s ouster. As the clashes escalated, the military intervened by forming a line between the two sides, with protest-
ers climbing the tanks chanting support for the country’s armed forces that, unlike the police, have not cracked down on rioters in the city. It was the first time the army intervened between police and protesters since the military was dispatched in Port Said in late January. Many residents of Port Said are demanding retribution for what they claim was excessive police force that led to the deaths of more than 40 civilians in late January. Most were killed during an attempt by some to storm a prison there. The latest street battles broke out when word emerged that 39 defendants in the case were transferred to prisons outside the city. A police official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to discuss the case, said the transfer was necessary to ensure calm before a March 9 court hearing that is expected to issue new verdicts for police officers and other Port Said defendants also charged in connection with the soccer incident.
11 CHildRen die in indiAn SCHool buS CRASH neW DeLHi APP
A school bus collided with a truck laden with bricks in rural northwestern India on Monday morning, killing at least eleven children, police said. Seven died at the scene of the accident in Jaheer village in the state of Punjab, with a further four succumbing to their injuries in hospital, the Press Trust of India news agency reported, citing a local official. Nearly 30 children were travelling in the bus, local senior police officer Rajinder Singh told the agency. About 110,000 people were killed in Indian road accidents in 2011 -- more than 300 every day -- according to the National Crime Records Bureau. Bad roads, speeding vehicles and poor driving were among the contributing factors.
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We are a sovereign country and have every right to pursue projects in national interest. — President Asif Ali Zardari
NewS Tuesday, 5 March, 2013
‘govt responsible for Shia killing’ PTI CHAIRMAN SAYS BOTH PPP AND PML-N ARE PROVIDING REFUGE TO TERRORISTS OF BANNED OUTFITS LAHOre
KARACHI: A view of deserted roads on account of strike and mourning called following Sunday’s bombing in Abbas town. IMrAn gILAnI
malala, Clinton cited as nobel peace candidates hit record OSLO: Pakistani schoolgirl-turned-icon of Taliban resistance Malala Yousafzai, former Eastern bloc activists and former US president Bill Clinton are in the running for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, as the Nobel Institute announced a record 259 nominations on Monday. This year’s list of candidates is made up of 209 individuals and 50 organisations, the Nobel Institute said, without disclosing any of the names in line with its rules. The list of nominees is kept secret for 50 years. But thousands of people are eligible to nominate candidates – including former laureates, members of parliament and government around the world, some university professors and members of certain international organisations – and they can reveal the names they have put forward. Fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who was seriously wounded when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman at point blank range on October 9 for promoting girls’ education in Pakistan, is known to be on the list and is seen by some experts as a favourite. AgencIes
Pm condoles death of PPP mnA ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister (PM) Raja Pervez Ashraf on Monday expressed sorrow over the death of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MNA Mehrunnisa Afridi. In a condolence message, Ashraf paid tributes to Afridi for her contribution to democracy. He prayed for eternal peace for her soul. Afridi died Sunday night in Peshawar after a brief illness. She was elected as member of the National Assembly on a reserved seat for women from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the 2008 elections. APP
naheed wants her party named PPP ISLAMABAD: Disgruntled Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Naheed Khan on Monday filed an application with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) seeking registration of her own party under the name of Pakistan People’s Party. Naheed said in the petition that her PPP was the real party of Zulfikar Bhutto’s workers. Accompanied by a large number of political workers, Naheed Khan made her way to the ECP office in Islamabad and applied for a separate party. onLIne
sC sets 30 days to deCIde rape Case ISLAMAbAd: While disposing of suo motu case of rape and murder of 11-year-old girl, the Supreme Court on Monday ordered the subordinate court to give the verdict within 30 days. A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, heard the suo-motu case. Islamabad IG Bin Yameen appeared before the court and said Abrar and Mehak were involved in the murder of 11-year-old Shehzadi. He said further the accused were serial killers and were involved in another four cases. He informed the court that sleeping pills were given to Shehzadi and was raped. The court asked the IG if he was sure that Abrar and Mehak were the killers of Shehzadi. To which, Bin Yameen said investigation implied that Mehak’s boyfriend was also involved in the rape. The challan of the accused has been presented in the subordinate court. Afterwards, the court disposed of the case, ordering the subordinate court to decide the case within thirty days. stAff rePort
A K I S TA N Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Monday said that the Sunni-Shia conflict had an international dimension but the real cause was the government’s in-
competence. “The support to terror outfits by major parties who are making seat adjustments with organisations like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has added to the menace of terrorism. Once in power, PTI will eradicate terrorism.” Imran Khan made these remarks while talking to reporters after visiting the bereaved family of former Shaukat Khanum Hospital consultant Dr Ali Haider who had recently been martyred by terrorists in Lahore. Imran Khan termed the killing a national tragedy, as due to his demise, the country has been deprived of internationally recognised eye specialist. Lashing out at the government, the PTI chairman said that the government did nothing for eradicating the militancy and extremism for the past five years from the country, adding that even the rulers miserably failed in launching any welfare project for the poverty-stricken and inflationridden masses. Imran Khan said that both the ruling parties – the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan
AG sees no hope for inclusion of oversees Pakistanis in elections isLAMABAD APP
Attorney General (AG) Irfan Qadir on Monday said that the inclusion of overseas Pakistanis to exercise their right to vote in the forthcoming elections was a very complex process. He expressed these views before a three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed during the hearing of Imran Khan’s petition regarding electoral reforms. During the course of proceeding, the AG apprised the bench regarding his meeting with the officials of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and other stakeholders. “Amendments in the rules were discussed during the meeting and it will surely be not an easy task before the upcoming elections,” he said. He further stated
that only in Saudi Arabia 1.5 million Pakistanis were residing, where 400 to 500 polling booths would be needed and at each polling booth at least four to five polling staff would be required. The chief justice asked whether the option of E-balloting was discussed during the meeting. Responding to the query, the AG said the option was not discussed as it could become very con-
fusing since people from constituency could demand to cast their votes from another constituency. Justice Saeed said it was the constitutional right of every overseas Pakistani to exercise the right to vote and it was the duty of ECP to make sure their names were in the electoral lists. The CJ said that the court was fully aware of the fact that it was not an easy task, yet ECP should take a practical approach and try its best to ensure all voters were taken on board. He also suggested to the AG that he could a hold meeting with the law minister and representatives of ECP in order to find out some easy way to solve the problem. Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry also stated that they might hold a debate in the parliament on the issue and there was a hope that some solution might come out of that debate. The meeting was adjourned till March 12.
KP govt tables press registration bill PesHAWAr stAff rePort
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Monday tabled The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Press, Newspapers, News Agencies and Books Registration Bill 2013 in the provincial assembly. Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Hussain Babak tabled the bill. In the proposed bill, various amendments were proposed in the already existing press laws like Press and Publication Ordinance 1962 and RPPO 1989.
It has been proposed that application for Declaration of Newspaper, Magazine, Printing Press, News Agencies and books should be directly submitted with the deputy commissioner. The deputy commissioner would be bound to complete the procedure within 90 days otherwise the applicant would have the right of commencing publications on expiry of 90 days. Similarly, in the proposed bill it was suggested that the declaration could be transferred only to blood relatives and no one would be allowed to indulge in sale and pur-
chase of the declaration. The declaration holders or owners would be bound to pay Rs 20,000 as renewal fee otherwise the declaration could be considered null and void on failure. Babak also introduced the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Statistics Bill 2013, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Industrial and Commercial Employment (Standing Orders) Bill 2013 and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minimum Wages for Labourers Bill 2013. The provincial education minister also introduced the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill 2013 in the House.
Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) – were providing refuge to the terrorists of banned outfits and both the parties were even making seat adjustments with these banned outfits just to attain power, while both the parties were little bothered about the people’s miseries. Imran Khan advised the people of Karachi that they should not vote for those who had armed wings. He also said political parties in Sindh supported terrorism. He said he would curb the menace of terrorism through police and would not call in army. He said regularisation of 100,000 contractual employees as well as Metro Bus System and distribution of laptops were part of pre-poll rigging. The PTI chief said the PML-N graph was going upward due to the PPP.
india makes first arrest in connection with Hyderabad bombings neW DeLHi AgencIes
Indian police on Monday said they had made their first arrest in connection with last month’s twin bombings which killed 16 people in the southern city of Hyderabad. An official from the National Investigating Agency (NIA), a federal police unit that probes terror offences, said the suspect was arrested in the eastern Indian city of Ranchi. “An NIA team arrested Manzar Imam in Ranchi in connection with the Hyderabad blasts,” the official said. He asked to remain unnamed and gave no further details. Senior Ranchi police officer, Vipul Shukla said the NIA had also been hunting for the man in connection with a string of bombings in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad which claimed 56 lives in 2008. “He would be taken to the southern state of Kerala for interrogation by the NIA and Intelligence Bureau,” Shukla said by telephone from Ranchi. Apart from the 16 deaths, some 117 were also injured when two bombs exploded on February 21 in a mainly Hindu district in Hyderabad, a hub of India’s computing industry in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. Newspapers have pointed the finger at the Indian Mujahideen, a shadowy militant group which has claimed responsibility for previous attacks but is seen by some experts as being simply a loose network of extremists.
bangladesh opp leader refuses to meet indian president DHAKA InP
Bangladesh Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia called off her meeting with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at the eleventh hour, as he landed in the Bangladeshi capital amid escalating violence. “We had fixed a time for Begum Khaleda Zia to call on our president well in advance and this had been in our programme for quite some time. The president was in fact looking forward to meeting Begum Khaleda Zia, the programme was accepted,” Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said. “The reason given in an email to the high commission in India was that there was a hartal [strike] between March 3 and 5 and experience shows that such hartals [strikes] often turn violent, thereby causing security and safety concerns for the movement of people.
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PPP is not afraid of nationalists — Minister for Political Affairs Maula Bakhsh Chandio
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britain to exit eCHR to win over white voters UK SUPREME COURT WILL BE FINAL APPELLATE COURT AFTER EXIT
MOVE IS SEEN IN RESPONSE TO SURGE IN SUPPORT FOR FAR-RIGHT PARTIES DURING RECENT BY-POLLS
O win over the white English voters, the Conservative party government is all set to pull out of European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) which allows immigrants and refugees to stay in the UK under the Human rights act. The move is seen as a response to a surge in support for far- right parties at the
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recent by-elections and accusations by Tory MPs that Cameron has failed to get a grip on immigration and stop the abuses of justice carried out in the name of human rights. According to Mail on Sunday, the historic move, to be announced soon by Home Secretary Theresa May, would mean foreign courts could no longer meddle in British justice. May’s bold proposals to include the move in the next Tory Election manifesto reflect the party’s growing hostility towards Europe. If enacted, her policy would leave British
india hopes for ‘correct’ Pakistani response neW DeLHi onLIne
India hopes to get a “correct response” from Pakistan on the issue of death of Captain Saurabh Kalia, who was allegedly tortured and killed by the Pakistan Army during the Kargil war in 1999. “This has been a very sad and condemnable incident that has taken place, which the Indian government has condemned. And it is something that we hope that we will get a correct response to what we have asked from Pakistan. That is all I can say at the moment,” Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur was quoted as saying. She was asked about British lawyer of Indian origin Jas Uppal planning to raise the issue of the captain’s death before the Committee of Human Rights of British Parliament. Uppal has launched an international campaign to highlight the case. Indian has claimed that in May 1999, Captain Kalia had gone out for patrol duty in Kaksar area of Kargil along with five other soldiers ~ Sepoys Arjunram Baswana, Mula Ram Bidiasar, Naresh Singh Sinsinwar, Bhanwar Lal Bagaria and Bhika Ram Mudh.
judges free to interpret the law without interference from the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Secretary May wants to withdraw from the convention before the next Election in 2015, but Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, a keen proEuropean, has made it clear he will veto the initiative. As a result, it is set to be a manifesto promise to be put into action if David Cameron wins an overall majority. The ECHR was set up after the World War-II to prevent torture and human rights abuses. The court was established in 1959, giving complainants direct access to justice at a European level. But critics say the court has grown out of all proportion, and its judges do not even need to have any judicial experience in their homeland. The ECHR has been a bone of contention recently as Home Secretary
Theresa May accused the British judges of allowing dangerous criminals and terrorists to remain in the country under the ECHR Act. While the critics said that the government decisions about the removal of various asylum seekers and war victims were in the violation of human right conventions and subsequently they were allowed by the UK judges to stay in the country. Similarly, under the current rules, the decisions of British courts can be challenged in the European court of Human Rights in Strasburg and in this regards recently the famous Muslim preacher Abu Qatada was allowed to stay in the UK by the EU court under the human rights act. However, with the exit of British from the ECHR, the British court will decide the cases according to the English case and the UK Supreme Court will be the final appellate court.
Haqqani stresses pluralist vision for Pakistan MOniTOrinG DesK Voicing optimism about the country’s future, former Pakistani ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani on Monday said Pakistan must be envisioned as a pluralist state instead of being construed as a monolithic ideological nation. In an interview with Editor-in-Chief of Indian Express Shekhar Gupta, Haqqani said that there was consensus in the country over democracy and almost everyone wanted the democratic process to continue. Haqqani, who is now a professor of International Relations at Boston University, was in India for a conference. Haqqani said, “We have had five years of democratic rule and this is the first civilian government that will complete its term and have another election and hand over power hopefully to another civilian government. But the key thing is that this is the first civilian government in history that has not arrested its opponents, that has not filed cases against them, which has not persecuted or prosecuted people. In fact the people who have been prosecuted have been people from within the government.”
turkish navy commander arrives on official tour
He defended Pakistan when an accusation was leveled that Pakistan was an extremist state. “Pakistan is not a jihadi state,” he said, adding that Pakistan had a problem of jihadis who could only use force since they could not win in an election. He said that the state apparatus had used extremism as an instrument of policy because of a sense of insecurity. Haqqani said, “The whole idea of Pakistan was that Muslims should have some sense of security. If Muslims cannot pray in a mosque because of the sect they belong to then we have defeated the purpose of the creation of Pakistan and we need to review all that.” Commenting on the Memogate scandal where Haqqani was directly accused of being involved in sending a controver-
ISLAMABAD: Commander of Turkish Naval Forces Admiral Emin Murat BILGEL and his accompanying staff have arrived in Pakistan on an official visit. Upon arrival at Naval Headquarters, the commander Turkish Naval Forces was received by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila. A contingent of Pakistan Navy presented him the Guard of Honour. Later, Admiral Emin Murat BILGEL, called on Chief of the Naval Staff in his office, where he held detailed discussion on professional matters with his counterpart. A comprehensive brief on PN Role in Regional Maritime Security Situation and Operational developments was also given to the visiting dignitary. During the visit, the admiral will also call on President of Pakistan, the CJCSC and Naval Admin Authorities in Lahore and Karachi. Pr
sial memo to the United States government, he said, “Well I have had a difficult time but let me just say the good news is that I have not been charged with anything, I have not been convicted of anything, no trial has taken place, nothing, just judicial smoke and mirrors.” “Treason is always a matter of what people see. I think I am a better patriot than the people who have accused me of treason because I offer a better alternative vision for Pakistan. I say that Pakistan needs to go beyond its old paradigms, instead of being an ideological state it needs to be a state that is responsible for its people. It’s a state that needs to be at peace with its neighbors rather than trying to win wars that it has never been able to win,” he said.
NATO, Afghan oﬃcials claim killing senior Taliban commander, again KABUL NATO and Afghan officials on Monday claimed killing Sheikh Dost Mohammed, the mostwanted Taliban commander in Nuristan and Kunar provinces, along with three other militants in a US drone strike. Sheikh Dost Mohammed has served as the top Taliban leader and shadow governor in Nuristan province for several years, and his insurgent network maintains deep ties with regional Salafist movements and al Qaeda, media reports say. He has been reported killed numerous times since 2009. The alleged drone strike
took place early Saturday morning in the unstable Ghaziabad district in Kunar province. Among others said to be killed in the strike were Taliban operatives Akhtar Mohammad and one of Dost Mohammed’s relatives, Nematullah Haidar. The International Security Assistant Force (ISAF) issued a brief statement confirming that Afghan and coalition forces killed three insurgents and wounded another during an operation in Ghaziabad district, Kunar province, on March 2. The ISAF statement further added: “The security force positively identified the militants engaging in insurgent activity in an isolated area away from
civilians. After ensuring no civilians were in the vicinity, the security force engaged the armed insurgents, killing three and wounding one.” Since abandoning several outposts in the remote border districts of Nuristan province in October 2009, Afghan and NATO forces have continued operations against an entrenched Taliban network spanning Kunar and Nuristan provinces. Last May, a coalition operation killed Sheikh Jamilur Rahman, the Taliban’s deputy shadow governor for Nuristan province, as he and associate Abdul Hakim were travelling through Nuristan’s Waygal district.
Anti-polio vaccination campaign launched in FAtA PESHAWAR: A three-day anti-polio vaccination campaign was launched in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on Monday where at least 741,788 children under five years of age would be vaccinated. According to details, a polio inauguration ceremony was conducted at FATA Secretariat chaired by Secretary Social Sectors Dr Aftab Akbar Durrani and Director Health Services Dr Fawad Khan and attended by health staff and members of World Health Organisation. At least 2,317 mobile, 605 area incharge, 76 transit and 232 fixed site teams had been deputed to vaccinate 741,788 children under five years of age. The campaign will continue till March 6. APP
nurse injured as fire erupts in ward of lady Reading Hospital PESHAWAR: A nurse was injured on Monday when a gas cylinder exploded in the gynecological ward of Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar on Monday. The administration of the hospital said the blast, resulting in the fire, took place due to leakage from the gas cylinder. A nurse sustained burn injuries while no casualties were reported. nnI
Radio can play vital role in voters training: CeC ISLAMABAD: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (r) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim on Monday directed radio broadcasters to play a pivotal role during upcoming elections. Talking to Radio Pakistan Director General Murtaza Solangi, the CEC highlighted the need of voters’ education before elections and urged the radio stations to provide detailed information to voters about the candidates and what they stand for. He said he would call a meeting in Islamabad to discuss the strategy to make good use of the public and private radio stations in this regard. Solangi assured the CEC that as a public broadcaster with the largest network of the country, Radio Pakistan would play a leading role to give equal opportunity to all contestants in the upcoming elections. APP
businessman gunned down in Kalat QUEttA/KHUZdAR: Unidentified gunmen on Monday killed a businessman in the Hospital Road area of Kalat, police officials said. The victim, identified as Abdul Khaliq, was in his chicken shop when the armed men opened fire on him and fled from the scene. The body was handed over to the heirs after completion of legal formalities. The reason behind the killing could not be ascertained. Police were investigating the matter. Separately, a man was electrocuted in Tehsil Grisha of Khuzdar District. Levies officials said Muhammad Ashraf was fixing lives wires when he suffered electric shocks and died on the spot. His body was handed over to the heirs after legal formalities. Police have registered a case. Meanwhile, police arrested seven suspects and seized arms from them on National Highway near Jhal Magsi District. Police said they were apprehended from Gandawa-bound vehicle during checking. APP
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The art of statesmanship is to foresee the inevitable and to expedite its occurrence. –Charles Maurice de Talleyrand
COMMeNT Tuesday, 5 March, 2013
Sitting passively as Karachi burns What are those agencies for?
ROSS intelligence failure continues to cause one human tragedy after another. Everyone knows that the Shia community is high on the list of the terrorists. The LeJ has declared that it would continue to target the community all over the country. To turn the attention away from the real source of communal terror, all blame is put on foreign agencies despite everybody knowing that the entire leadership of the anti-Shia terrorist network comprises Pakistanis. They are treated as holy cows and allowed to escape from high security prisons if arrested by mistake. The activities of the sectarians have gone on for decades now. It was a gross failure on the part of the security agencies not to have been able to break the network despite the latest electronic gadgetry at their disposal as well as ground intelligence provided by thousands of sleuths in the field. The nation spends billions of rupees to maintain the IB, ISI and MI. They need to be held accountable for the serious lapse. A community whose forefathers played a leading role in the creation of Pakistan is under existential threat as the agencies look the other way. Concessions by the federal and Sindh governments to coalition allies have stood in the way of a thorough operation in Karachi. It is unfortunate that during the last five years when action against terrorists was urgently needed, the provincial home department made political appointments in police force, promoted officers facing cases in courts and ordered the release of parole of numerous criminals sentenced for committing heinous crimes. Those in the opposition who made electoral alliances with the banned sectarian networks operating under different names are equally to blame. The Shia Ulema Council (SUC) has now joined those who have been demanding the deweaponisation of Karachi. Last year the Senate passed an ANP sponsored resolution supporting the measure only to be vetoed in the NA at the MQM’s goading. It was replaced with the ill-conceived and unworkable demand for deweaponising the whole country. Interestingly, the PPP supported both the resolutions so as not to risk annoying any of the two rival coalition partners with only four months left for government’s five-year term to run out. The SUC has also called on the government to launch a targeted operation against the banned outfits which is a sensible demand. There are other measure too that need to be undertaken to save Karachi and Pakistan. An anti-sectarianism cell concentrating on sectarian issues needs to be created in all intelligence agencies. The information and analyses should be used by a central agency with the best available technical equipment. The CID, FC, and Elite Force should be placed at their disposal for conducting operations.
SC versus the eCP The tussle over demarcating constituencies in Karachi poses threat to transparent elections
ITH elections being the catchphrase, and a general election expected in the next three months, there are a great many questions outstanding about how the elections themselves will pan out. Voters’ lists verification and the delimitation of constituencies in Karachi are the two big questions that stand out with the Supreme Court (SC) and the Election Commission (ECP) in an apparent standoff over the later. The SC has clearly rejected the ECP’s plea to “defer” the re-drawing of constituencies in the ethnically polarised financial capital of the country. The SC issued orders to the ECP in October last year to redraw constituencies in Karachi by creating ethnically diverse zones. However, the ECP has continued to delay the matter. Its earlier contestation was that political parties had suggested the opposite: to create single ethnicity constituencies. The court had asked the ECP to “apply its own mind” on the matter while maintaining constituencies had to be on a “non-ethnic basis”. The matter has continued to be delayed, dangerously it must be noted, as the ECP has taken the plea that “it cannot constitute new constituency limits in absence of a new census”. The SC has pointed to the powers that the ECP possesses under the Delimitation of Constituencies Act, 1974, which does not make a new census compulsory to undertake the endeavour. A written order by the SC states in clear words: “The ECP plea is not in accordance with the law as it does not seem interested in implementing the SC’s orders.” Whatever the merits of the reasons the ECP is presenting, may be the ECP should have completed the task by now. The Chief Election Commissioner Fakharuddin G Ebrahim’s stance – on the one side promising “to take all decisions in accordance with the SC verdict”, and on the other side questioning “how the delimitation in Karachi could be done without a census” – is not reassuring. With the ECP on the other side celebrating the first anniversary of the ‘world’s largest voters SMS service’, there are questions over whether the service has been worth the effort. Only about 15 million people have used the service to verify their votes against 70 million who have not. Has the service added to election transparency – or would a more thorough on the ground check have served better? With ECP officials claiming that the verification of the 6.8 million voters in Karachi that started in January has been completed, the question is: why can the voters’ lists not be used to demarcate new constituency limits? With the ECP set to meet again to discuss the issue, it is hoped that better sense will prevail and the ECP will avoid an unnecessary standoff with the SC that could mar the next general elections.
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Police and its politicisation A federal police may provide the answer
OME to think of it, it was a small matter about the distribution of medals in 1980 to the police officers who had excelled themselves in their tasks. Yet the function blew out of proportion when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who had just returned to power, stopped the ceremony and walked out. She was annoyed because the officers had been recognised for their “courageous work” to punish those who had committed atrocities during the emergency. Medal ceremonies were only a routine job. The real casualty was the National Police Commission’s report which was presented to her at the function. The commission, appointed after the emergency, had worked hard for three years to suggest ways and means to depoliticise the police. She considered anything done when out of power a criticism of the emergency when she ruled like a satrap. It was a good report but she threw the baby with the bath tub. Thirty three years have gone by, but the report has got lost in the objections raised by the states and the centre’s lack of determination. Even the Supreme Court’s intervention to get the report implemented has produced no result. The court has advised the implementation of the recommendations. What comes in the way of the report is that the law and order is constitutionally a state subject. The centre cannot interfere in it because of the states’ autonomy. This has assumed importance today in the midst of bomb blasts at Hyderabad and threats of terrorism elsewhere. The
state blames the centre which, in turn, claims that it has warned Andhra Pradesh two days before the bomb blasts. Apparently, the lack of coordination has led the bureaucracy to renew the proposal of National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) for an overall control. Even in the diluted form it is a welcome step. The performance of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), set up despite protests from some states, has not been effective. Established after the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai, the NIA has taken up 11 cases with only two of them having made some headway. One case challenging the NIA’s jurisdiction is pending in the Bombay High Court and the other stuck elsewhere. Once again the question of demarcation of authority between the centre and the states has arisen. Ordinarily, such a question should not have posed an intractable situation. The reason why no satisfactory solution emerged answer is the politicisation of institutions. The government of different colours in the states fears that the centre has done little to efface the stigma of interference. The Sarkaria Commission report on Centre-State relations has found very few states implementing it. Once again, the fear is that the state would lose its identity. The Congress is the most to blame for politicisation. It has left no institution where it has not introduced its bias. The party was the first to pick up anybody it liked and reward them by appointing to the gubernatorial post. For example, it introduced the dictum of consulting the states but not seeking their concurrence for appointing governors. This violated the spirit of the constitution. New Delhi has repeatedly argued that the constitution wanted it to consult the states concerned but not seek the concurrence. Gradually, even the sham of consultation has been dropped and the centre has started appointing governors directly. Politics has taken over norms. Naturally, the institutions have become effete. The politicisation of police takes the cake. The force is at the mercy of a chief minister of the state and he or she uses it like a private force. A recent example is that of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s who removed the Director General of Police Ranjit Kumar Pachnanda then and there. The centre, not always for altruistic reasons, wants to
oversee the police work in the states so that it keeps the finger in the pie. Were the centre and the state to combine and pool their resources, they can really curb terrorism within the country or from across the border. At present, they seem to be working at cross purposes and not following the stray, useful information from some ordinary intelligence department. The post-analysis of so many bomb blasts have shown that if the stray intelligence had also been taken seriously, the bomb blast incidents probably could have been stalled. In America, the coordinated command after the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington has kept the country free of terrorist acts. That is because a new central institution was constituted and given all powers to collect intelligence, decipher it and take necessary action without bringing in any politician in it. India can follow the example provided the states do not mistrust the centre and does not mix politics with the police. Yet the experience tells that the states are not bothered about the centre or the country’s overall advantage so long as they can keep their house clean. recall that once in Kerala New Delhi had to use the IPS officers from the All India Service under the supervision of the centre to save the federal property like post offices from state-sponsored strike. No amount of plea on the point of federalism worked with Thiruvananthapuram. The IPS officers, however, did respond to the Centre’s request which was otherwise constitutionally wanting. In fact, the country needs a federal police, on the pattern of America, so that crimes which transcend borders can be dealt with effectively. This would particularly help in the instances of discrimination and denial to the lower castes, including the Other Backward Classes (OBCs). The states for political reasons or the vote bank considerations do not act or act cursorily when it comes to central offences. The federal police should be autonomous, answerable to parliament, so that the ruling party at the centre does not lessen or exaggerate the crime for political considerations. In the light of increasing parochialism within the country, a federal police may provide the answer. The writer is a senior Indian journalist.
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Salvaging PiA Apropos to letters on PIA by Mukhtar Ahmad and Mumtaz Khan, the record financial losses, disruption of schedules and staggering additional Rs 100 billion losses during past four years is an indictment, if any is required, on the mediocrity, incompetence and lack of integrity and professional ethics of top executives appointed by this government, without regard to merit, experience, professional ethics or qualification. Commercial aviation is a specialised field, which requires services of best qualified team of professionals to cope challenges offered by a highly competitive market which offers choice of competitive fares, consumer friendly schedules and minimal pilferage by transparency in procurement. What could have been worse than the fact that even Umra and Hajj passengers were fleeced by a nexus of few marketing executives and few travel agents who created a cartel of sorts. There should be no doubt that responsibility for PIA’s failures rests with none than its top executives who were at the helm when the losses occurred. Inspite of an assured loyal ethnic expatriate traffic, the national airline lost its market share by collective failure of its executives and a government which went on a loot sale of traffic rights to foreign airline without bilateral benefits to national airline. The highly controversial deal with THY was nothing but selling most expensive sole asset of PIA, which were its routes for peanuts. Almost half of PIA’s fleet was grounded because of lack of technical spares, a consequence of controversial selection of vendors for supply of spares. While PIA losses mounted and frequency of flights were slashed, the national airline against all commercial ethics further added to its already surplus employee strength by hiring more employees in violation of merit or transparency. It is only this year that
Hajj operation has been conducted far better than in past four years, when it was a nightmare for pilgrims who paid the highest fare per kilometre on PIA’s international network. This offers some hope that PIA may rebound back. For this to occur it is essential that those responsible for its rot should have no role in the new management. There is neither shortage of educated, skilled manpower and qualified men or women in Pakistan, nor any compulsion to hand PIA over to lesser qualified men whose sole experience was irrelevant such as confined to their skills in clearing/forwarding industry. PIA is in a nose dive and requires expertise, integrity and competence to guide it out of a mess of its own making. ALI MALIK Ilinois, USA
Stopping drone attacks Four more years for Obama. What it means to us is four more years of drone attacks and killings of innocent people on the western border of Pakistan. Obama claims that his policies are worth another four years, so the one momentary chance of drone attacks being stopped has also diminished. A few changes he’s willing to make are in his country’s fiscal fixes, taxation and immigration. Keeping that in view, if Obama administration does not changes its policy towards Pakistan, why not Pakistan changes its policy towards America? It’s a give and take relationship after all. The least our government can do is to stop these drone attacks that are creating a continuous unrest in the country. And for this, we Pakistanis, don’t need to wait for elections, it’s now or never. HUDA NASIR Islamabad
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Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. –T. S. Eliot
Tuesday, 5 March, 2013
All about love! That ethereal, surreal but true emotion
Que sera sera Whatever will be, will be
F a site plan exists for connections from the main gas pipe to houses, the men from Sui Northern didn’t have it. Seeing them searching for this connection, Lala, the chawkidar next door, suggested they dug at a certain spot. By the end of the day and after trying everywhere else, it was as if an amnesic dog had been looking for a misplaced bone: enormous mounds of dirt and large open pits dotted the verge, punctuated by dusty men. When they finally took their spades to the chawkidar’s spot, they found what they were looking for. It’s where gas connections usually are, shrugged Lala next door. Perhaps Sui Northern should consider employing Lala in a bid to improve efficiency. The six men demolished the green strip and part of the road outside our house, and here’s how the two who actually worked eventually fixed the pipe to the mains: they positioned the new pipe, then welded the pipe to the mains, with a blowtorch. When asked why the blowtorch had been used without switching off the gas at the mains first, the leader of the team said “Hum to aisay hi kartay hain, ji”, followed by the ubiquitous, “Allah malik hai”. Just to make sure you get the full import of what was done: they did not turn off the gas before exposing it to the flame. So a human stood at this end of a potential inferno and wasn’t blown up, because... well, if God gave people what they deserved every time, there would be few persons left alive in this country. In the Punjab, where this incident took place, safety measures are conspicuous by their absence, and it is macho to be indifferent to security. Punjab is not alone. There is a callous indifference to loss of life and the security of the living throughout the country. Language has a considerable impact on actions. The cliché ridden language the Pakistani public is fed and has become used to, has taught
them to accept lies, shoddy work, laziness, and actions that are at variance with the spoken word, all under a pious umbrella. Such a conclusion from an inefficient team of workmen may seem extreme, but it is not. The Sui Northern case is just one small example that reflects the whole. At the garment factory in Baldia Town in Karachi, the scene of Pakistan’s biggest and most tragic industrial disasters, almost 300 people died. There were no safety procedures, nor any emergency exits in the factory. This January, reporters visited the factory again. No lessons had been learnt from the event. Other factories in the vicinity still had grills on the windows, because of which workers were earlier unable to leave the premises. According to workers in these other factories, no safety measures had been taken, still. Only one man said the factory he worked in had fire escapes and workers had been trained in evacuation procedures. Possibly the owner of this factory had a dim inkling of the extent to which God is willing to be pushed. After the fire, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf announced a financial compensation for the victims’ families. His rhetoric on the occasion is easy to imagine. And then just a few months later on the PM’s own orders, murder charges
against the owners of the factory were dropped with no explanation. There were objections, and Dr Ishratul Ebad asked President Zardari to reconsider the decision. He was assured by the president in the usual grandiloquent manner that the families would not be dealt with unjustly. And the case is set to join others in that well populated place in Pakistan called Oblivion. Several other fires have taken place since, and many took place earlier. Many people died, and many were injured. Short circuits and other factors have been cited as the cause but it brought memories of the one occasion when a man, entrusted with some wiring twisted the blue wires to the red ones despite explicit directions on keeping the same colours together. His response when questioned was “ji sona lagda ay” (they look pretty this way), and of course the earnest reassurance that “Allah malik hai”. Who knows when the next factory will go up in flames, but inshallah it will never happen again, and security measures will never be put into place, and if they are, will never be followed. Because whatever will be, will be – que sera sera. Allah malik hai ji. Ameen. The writer is a freelance columnist. Read more by her at http://rabia-ahmed.blogspot.com/
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EYOND the realms of reason, rationality and Karl Popper’s influential scholarships on logic, there exists a world of defiance and passion that in effect makes this world a safer and beautiful place. It attempts to turn the ideal of co-existence into reality and makes our visit to this planet absolutely worth it despite catastrophes, calamities and carnages. The phenomenon could simply be termed as the law of love. This is almost true because so many Holy Scriptures and good story books of children also tell us that once upon a time there were Adam and Eve in a Neverland. They did not agree to what was ordained to them and instead blinded by strong sentiments for each other did what both of them wanted. That too against the will of Almighty! And like what most Almighties would obviously do when enraged, the Adam and Eve were sort of exiled from the Kingdom and wholly separated. The punishment of this love was their suffering and lifelong servitude. We are all known to be their progenies. There is a recorded role of Satan as an instigator as well. However by all rational contexts if this were actually a feud between Satan and the only One, why Adam and Eve were to suffer at all? But then this is not from the world of complicated choices, epistemology or scientific falsification. It is also not about the sort of love for abstract notions and obsession with exclusive manmade ideologies. It is not even about the patriotism of real estates that could sometimes be confused as dying for nation states or all the more, strong feelings toward some of the homely relations that obviously have to be taken for granted. This is plainly about a straightforward conventional love – between a man and a woman, irrespective of their age, clan, faith or place. So the first story of affection between Adam and Eve would in actuality go way beyond them. The basic instinct would almost be imbedded and well entrenched into the DNA of zillions of generations to come. The lives of the legendary couple would be lived again and again, and again, almost repetitively, in a powerful way, in all corners of the world and in an unstoppable fashion. So much so that in following them many individuals would become great epics and essential part of fascinating folklores. Many others in love produced magnum opuses; some wrote finest literary materials; several compiled great sonnets; numerous composed majestic poetries; and so many made grand musical notes. The best one turned into a bard; the rich emperor would construct a white temple of love that became a wonder of the world; the tales of poor ones turned into bedtime stories that are told and retold every night to the kids; and even the very ordinary ones wrote mundane books like the one that would state that the love is as if a sentiment between individuals from two different planets, wherein one creation is from unexplored Mars and the other is from hot Venus. Another myth that got so strengthened was that whenever a boy or a girl appears in this world, a newer and more refined love is born as well. This has all the necessary credence to it because such is the power of this emotion that every time someone would fall in for the other one, it will offer a momentous and fierce energy to struggle for something beyond them. Those in love at bare minimum try to be very strong in face of adversaries. They would conceive ideas to make all impossible possible. They are also supposed to craft strategies and think through the sort of resolves to live happy and joyous lives with their beloved companions for the rest of the times. They are also eager to take on all odds of the world and even challenge forces as powerful as state and society that mostly comes between the amorous souls to oppose them in a violent way. The noble virtues of human kind would also stem from this disposition: to be compassionate and to live selflessly, if not forever then at least for many moments for the sake of others. And so this love, for ages, continues to be the juggernaut against expressions of those who are against it and remain a strong symbol of peace. This emotion is recurring and could sustain forever, possibly happen over and over again, and in many cases take place more than once in life. Even in instances when the endearment is not effectively materialised the experience itself is enough to produce the necessary ripples that makes the surroundings a better place. To make this a nicer world, it is perhaps a good impulse for most to at least try to be really in love and fail rather than not trying at all and become easy prey to those who are against it. But who could possibly be against it? Because no one should at least be adverse to the idea of pleasure and bliss. Logically, the only possibilities are that those who have never been in love or those suffering from poverty of love could potentially be afraid of its power. So then many from amongst the heirs of Adam and Eve were also destined to be the haters. They would take the veil of custom to outcast those in love and forcefully make them either wear alphabets or take refuge in faith and create images like rebranding the home of legendary Heer into a petrified town of hate. In the end, the real fight in this world, in many ways, is between those who believe in love and those who do not. The human tendencies are guided by the primary impulses. If anyone were found to be in true love he/she would cherish it and necessarily try to produce its results around in society and amongst peers through conduct, candour and civility. The tranquility and peace is merely a state of mind that haters can never accomplish. It is pity not to have experienced this sentiment properly. At my end, the bird in town is probably still so frowned. The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore and can be reached at email@example.com, Twitter: @LegalSubtleties
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tHe gReAt gAtSby to Hit tHeAtReS in mAy Megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s debut international project, The Great Gatsby, is in its post-production stage and the actor says it will be out by May this year. Bachchan, 70, who is currently shooting for Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha in Bhopal, received a call from filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, who gave him an update on the film’s release. “Baz Luhrmann calls to update on Great Gatsby... Final settings being done... Should be out May... Hope to see a print in April,” Bachchan posted on Twitter. Bachchan plays Meyer Wolfsheim, a man with a dark past, who helps the film’s lead Leonardo DiCaprio’s character make money when he first comes to New York after the First World War. The much-anticipated film is an adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel and also stars Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire. news Desk
It is not enough to be told that a poem is good, one must feel it is good without influence. — Anaïs Nin in The Diary of Anais Nin
Plot oF SeCRet I George Clooney Movie Revealed?
t looks like damon Lindelof was telling the truth when he wrote on twitter that his new movie wasn’t about aliens. despite many lengthy conspiracy theories to the contrary, a new report from HitFix has revealed that the plot for “tomorrowland,” Lindelof’s upcoming collaboration with director brad bird and star George Clooney, is much more complicated than mere UFOs. According to drew McWeeny, who got his hands on a casting breakdown, the plot for “tomorrowland” is as follows: “A teenage girl, a genius middle-aged man (who was kicked out of tomorrowland) and a pre-pubescent girl robot attempt to get to and unravel what happened to tomorrowland, which exists in an alternative dimension, in order to save Earth.” that’s a big change from what many had expected, especially after disney expert Jim Hill, who also blogs for the Huffington Post, speculated that the top secret plot of “tomorrowland” could have something to do with alien contact and Walt disney’s involvement. Wrote Hill in early February: “during the mid-1950s, the U.S. government supposedly approached Walt disney and then asked for his help in producing a tV show that would eventually be used to break the news to the American public that UFOS are real.” Lindelof, however, had previously discounted the idea of aliens being involved in “tomorrowland,” writing in January: “We won’t tell you what it’s about (yet),
but we will tell you what it’s nOt about. And that would be ALIEnS.” If the circulated logline is accurate — and not further misdirection, which McWeeny stresses is possible — that would set “tomorrowland” up as some mix of “A.I.” “Super 8” and the tV series “Fringe.” Clooney would play the “middle-aged man,” with the young roles yet to be cast. Hugh Laurie has been set as the film’s antagonist. For more on Laurie’s role, as well as what to expect from “tomorrowland,” head over to HitFix. “tomorrowland” is out in theaters on dec. 19, 2014. news Desk
Charlie Sheen Admits He’s lindsay lohan’s ‘mentor’
‘Busy’ Mila Kunis longs for home
Mila Kunis has said that she now wants to limit the amount of her film roles, as she can’t leave her house as freely as she used to. The Ukrainian-born actress is one of the most in-demand Hollywood actors but told the Daily Express that although she has worked hard to get there being away from home is difficult. Kunis, who is dating Ashton Kutcher, thinks that she cannot do threemovies-a-year thing as there comes a point in a person’s life where they just want to be home. She added that she wants to explore other parts of the industry to see what she can get herself into so that she can work out of home such as producing then she can have a life in one location. news Desk
NISAR MAIN TeRI GALIyON Ke BY fAIz AHMeD fAIz Nisar Main teri galiyon ke aey watan ke jahan chali hai rasm keh koi na sar utha kay chalay. jo koi chahnay wala tawaf ko niklay
nazar chura kay chalay, jism-o-jaan bacha kay chalay.
My salutations to thy sacred streets, O beloved nation! Where a tradition has been invented- that none shall walk with his head held high If at all one takes a walk, a pilgrimage One must walk, eyes lowered, the body crouched in fear
hai ahl-e-dil kay liye ab yeh nazm-e-bast-o-kushaad ke sang-e-wakhast muqayyad hain aur sag azaad.. Bohot hai zulm kay dast-e-bahana joo kay liye jo chand ahl-e-junoon tera naam lewa hain banein hain ehl-e-hawas, mudda’ii bhi, munsif bhi kisay wakeel karein, kis se munsafi chahein. magar guzaarne walon kay din guzartay hain teray firaaq mein yun subh-o-shaam kartay hain bujha jo rozan-e-zindaan tu dil yeh samjha hai keh teri maang sitaaron se bhar gayi hogi chamak uthay hain salasil tu hum nay jana hai ke ab sahar tere rukh per bikhar gayi hogi gharz-e-tasawwar-e-shaam-o-sahar mein jeetay hain girift-e-saaya-e-deewar-o-dar mein jeetay hain yunhi hamesha ulajhti rahi hai zulm se khalq na in ki rasm nayi, na apni reet nayi yunhi hamesha khilaye hain hum nay aag mein phool na un ki haar nayi hai na apni jeet nayi isi sabab say falak ka gila nahin kartay tere firaaq mein hum dil bura nahin kartay gar aaj tujh se juda hain tu kal bhem hongay yeh raat bhar ki judaayi tu koi baat nahin gar aaj auj pe hai taali’-e-raqqeb tu kia yeh chaar din ki khudaayi tu koi baat nahin jo tujh se ehd-e-wafa ustawaar rakhtay hain ilaaj-e-gardish-e-lail-o-nahar rakhtay hain
The heart in a tumultuous wrench at the sight Of stones and bricks locked away and mongrels breathing free In this tyranny that has many an excuse to perpetuate itself Those crazy few that have nothing but thy name on their lips Facing those power crazed that both prosecute and judge, wonder To whom does one turn for defence, from whom does one expect justice? But those whose fate it is to live through these times Spend their days in thy mournful memories When hope begins to dim, my heart has often conjured Your forehead sprinkled with stars And when my chains have glittered I have imagined that dawn must have burst upon thy face Thus one lives in the memories of thy dawns and dusks Imprisoned in the shadows of the high prison walls Thus always has the world grappled with tyranny Neither their rituals nor our rebellion is new Thus have we always grown flowers in fire Neither their defeat, nor our final victory, is new! Thus we do not blame the heavens Nor let bitterness seed in our hearts We are separated today, but one day shall be re- united This separation that will not last beyond tonight, bears lightly on us Today the power of our exalted rivals may touch the zenith But these four days of omniscience too shall pass Those that love thee keep, beside them The cure of the pains of a million heart- breaks
Charlie Sheen is speaking out about his close relationship with Lindsay Lohan, saying there’s nothing romantic going on between the two — he’s just trying to help her. In an exclusive statement to TMZ, Sheen admits his past experiences make him the perfect mentor for Lohan, who has candidly battled legal problems, jail time and substance abuse over the last few years. “I have a kinship with somebody [Lohan] who clearly needs a mentor, whether she wants one or not,” the 47-year-old actor tells TMZ. “She can continue to hang out with her dress shredding club buddies, or turn to me for some advice from a guy who’s been down the road as well as every other side trail on the journey.” “If she listens, she’ll win,” he adds, “If she doesn’t, that’s on her.” Sheen has already tried to help the troubled 26year-old, lending her $100,000 to pay off her tax debt after they bonded on the set of “Scary Movie 5.” Lohan is even appearing in an upcoming episode of “Anger Management.” But is there something else going on here? Sheen says absolutely not. “I love her, I respect her, and I’ve never laid a finger on her that wasn’t on film,” he tells TMZ. “How ya like me now, America?”
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Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule. — Charles Dickens in Great Expectations
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mARiA.b lAwn 2013 — Bigger and more luxurious!!!! neWs DesK
HILE the last few years have seen lawn brands, and designer lawns come and go Maria B has stayed focused on what its customers love. Trendy designs and quality fabrics have ensured that they haven’t meandered along the one-hit wonder path. In 2013 its aim was to bring the ‘Style back into Lawn’ – after a year when lawn had been turned into “shaadi ka jora” by most other
brands. MARIA.B is a retail powerhouse with a dominance in Pret that is unmatched by any designer brand in the country, and this year it is set to get much bigger with multiple launches of Lawn, Linen and Silk Collections. MARIA.B. began as a retail brand with a vision of bringing high quality, trendy clothes to the modern woman and has been churning out 20-collections per year for the past 12 years. As it continues to grow, it is likely to bring the best, year after year. So buckle up for MARIA.B Lawn 2013!!!
‘jack the giant Slayer’ tops box office
BAd NewS fOR HOBBIT fANS neWs DesK Fans of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” will have to wait a little while longer to see how things turn out — and not because Jackson added a fourth film to his three-part franchise. New Line and MGM announced on Thursday that “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” the final installment in “The Hobbit” trilogy, will arrive in theaters on Dec. 17, 2014, some five months after its original July 18, 2014 release date.No reason was given for the move, but perhaps consistency was motivation: Jackson’s three “Lord of the Rings” films (“The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King”) all opened between Dec. 17-19, while “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” hit theaters on Dec. 13, 2012. The new trilogy’s second film, “The Hobbit:
The Desolation of Smaug,” is set to debut on Dec. 14 of this year. Events in “The Hobbit,” J.R.R Tolkien’s brief and beloved novel, take place before “The Lord of the Rings.” Jackson had originally intended to make two “Hobbit” films, but decided last summer that three blockbusters would be necessary to bring the story to life. “It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made,” Jackson wrote on Facebook last July. “Recently Fran [Walsh], Philippa [Boyens] and I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie — and a large chunk of the second. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life. All of
notable tweets barKha dutt
A soft spoken, but firm Irom Sharmila to me: “I envy those with a normal life. But my life now devoted to my cause. I am a simple person”
I don’t understand why a private dinner for an engagement had to be held on state property, using state’s security. We need some answers.
Ok! So the blast was my fault & the unfortunate casualties were bcoz Cliton Police was around Mohatta..If it soothes the haters keep abusing
Maha Khan phIllIps The land of the pure has turned into the land of purification. ...was it ever pure? Stop the madness.
Yeh jalte hue ghar kiske hain / Yeh kat-te hue tan kiske hain Lut-te hue gulshan kiske hain / badbakht fizayen kiski hain / #KarachiBlast
which gave rise to a simple question: Do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the
has topped $980 million worldwide, making it the second biggest Tolkien adaptation ever, behind only “The Return of the King.”
filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.’” So far, so good for Jackson and the franchise: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Miriam Makeba’s 81st birthday celebrated by Google doodle Miriam Makeba is the subject of Monday’s Google doodle. Born Zenzile Miriam Makeba on 4 March 1932, Makeba was a singer and actress, probably most well-known for the song “Pata Pata”. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Miriam spent the first six months of her life in jail after her mother was sent to prison for selling illegal beer when she was just eighteen days old. Her father died when Miriam was six years old. Miriam started singing while she was very young, and was part of the choir of her primary school. Her professional career began in the 1950s when she was featured in the South African jazz group the Manhattan Brothers. She left the Manhattan Brothers to record with her all-woman group, The Skylarks, singing a mix of jazz and traditional melodies of South Africa. In 1956, she released the single “Pata Pata”, which was played on all the radio stations and made her known all over. The song is considered by many to be Makeba’s signature hit and the song has since been covered by many artists. Originally written and sung in the xhosa language, the song’s
title means “touch touch” in English. In the late 50s, Miriam Makeba travelled to Europe and US, and gained some popularity. However, when she tried to return to South Africa in 1960 for her mother’s funeral, she discovered that her South African passport had been cancelled. This forced her to kickstart her US career, releasing a couple of albums along way, Miriam Makeba and The World of Miriam Makeba. In 1963, she testified against apartheid in South Africa before the United Nations. Her country responded by revoking her South African citizenship and right to return to the country.Guinea, Belgium and Ghana came to her support issued her international passports, and she became, in effect, a citizen of the world. In her life, she held nine passports, and was granted honorary citizenship in ten countries. In 1966, Makeba received the Grammy Award for Best Folk Recording together with Harry Belafonte for An Evening with Belafonte/ Makeba. She moved to Guinea in 1968 after her marriage to Stokely Carmichael caused controversy in the US. She lived there for the next 15 years. coUrtesY nDtV
‘Jack the Giant Slayer,’ based on the Jack and the Beanstalk legend, had a weak debut and made just 28 million this weekend but managed to top the box office, according to Sunday studio estimates. The Warner Bros. 3-D action extravaganza, directed by Bryan Singer, has a reported budget of just under 200 million dollars, the New York Post reported. Jason BatemanMelissa McCarthy comedy ‘Identity Thief’ was placed at 2nd place and became the first film to cross the 100million dollar mark this year. Now in its fourth week in theaters, the Universal movie has made 107.4 million dollars. Among other new releases, the college romp ‘21 and Over’ from Relativity Media made only 9 million dollars this weekend to open in third place and the horror sequel ‘The Last Exorcism Part II’ from CBS Films debuted in fourth place with just over 8 million dollars. THE BOx OFFICE EARNINGS OF THE FILMS: 1. ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ - 28 million dollars 2. ‘Identity Thief’ - 9.7 million dollars 3. ‘21 and Over’ - 9 million dollars 4. ‘The Last Exorcism Part II’ - 8 million dollars 5. ‘Snitch’ $7.7 million 6. ‘Escape From Planet Earth’ - 6.7 million dollars 7. ‘Safe Haven’ - 6.3 million dollars 8. ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ - 5.9 million dollars 9. ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ - 4.5 million dollars 10. ‘Dark Skies’ - 3.6 million dollars
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Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. –Mother Teresa
international consortium builds ‘google map’ of human metabolism
Could a comet hit mars in 2014? A recently discovered comet will make an uncomfortably-close planetary flyby next year — but this time it’s not Earth that’s in the cosmic crosshairs. According to preliminary orbital prediction models, comet C/2013 A1 will buzz Mars on Oct. 19, 2014. the icy interloper is thought to originate from the Oort Cloud — a hypothetical region surrounding the solar system containing countless billions of cometary nuclei that were outcast from the primordial solar system billions of years ago. We know that the planets have been hit by comets before (re: the massive Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 that crashed into Jupiter in 1994) and Mars, in particular, will have been hit by comets in the past. It’s believed Earth’s oceans were created, in part, by water delivered by comets — cometary impacts are an inevitable part of living in this cosmic ecosystem. news Desk
UILDING on earlier pioneering work by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, an international consortium of university researchers has produced the most comprehensive virtual reconstruction of human metabolism to date. Scientists could use the model, known as Recon 2, to identify causes of and new treatments for diseases like cancer, diabetes and even psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. Each person’s metabolism, which represents the conversion of food sources into energy and the assembly of molecules, is determined by genetics, environment and nutrition. The researchers presented Recon 2 in a paper published online March 3 in the journal Nature Biotechnology. Doctors have long recognized the importance of metabolic imbalances as an underlying cause of disease, but scientists have been ramping up their research on the connection as a result of compelling evidence enabled by the Human Genome Project and advances in systems biology, which leverages the power of high-powered computing to build vast interactive databases of biological information. “Recon 2 allows biomedical researchers to study the human metabolic network with more precision than was ever previously possible. This is essential to understanding where and how specific metabolic pathways go off track to create disease,” said Bernhard Palsson, Galletti Professor of Bioengineering at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. “It’s like having the coordinates of all the cars in town, but no street map. Without this tool, we don’t know why people are moving the way they are,” said Palsson. He likened Recon 2 to Google mapping for its ability to merge complex details into a single, interactive map. For example, researchers looking at how metabolism sets the stage for cancerous tumor
growth could zoom in on the “map” for finely detailed images of individual metabolic reactions or zoom out to look at patterns and relationships among pathways or different sectors of metabolism. This is not unlike how you can get a street view of a single house or zoom out to see how the house fits into the whole neighborhood, city, state, country and globe. And just as Google maps brings together a broad set of data – such as images, addresses, streets and traffic flow – into an easily navigated tool, Recon 2 pulls together a vast compendium of data from published literature and existing models of metabolic processes. As a multi-scale representation of the human metabolic network, Recon 2 provides essential context for data being reviewed by researchers. Palsson and other scientists in the field have already successfully demonstrated the utility of such models in simple organisms such as yeast and E.coli. As a result, they have been able to engineer these organisms in the lab to improve the efficiency of ethanol production and predict drug resistance in bacteria. One of the most promising applications for the network reconstruction is the ability to identify specific gene expres-
sions and their metabolic pathways for targeted drug delivery. Large gene expression databases are available for human cells that have been treated with molecules extracted from existing drugs as well as drugs that are in development. Recon 2 allows researchers to use this existing gene expression data and knowledge of the entire metabolic network to figure how certain drugs would affect specific metabolic pathways found to create the conditions for cancerous cell growth, for example. They could then conduct virtual experiments to see whether the drug can fix the metabolic imbalance causing the disease. Palsson’s Systems Biology Research Group at UC San Diego built the first virtual reconstruction of the human metabolism network, known as Recon 1, in 2007 with a six-person team. It featured more than 3,300 known biochemical reactions documented in over 50 years of metabolic research. Recon 2, which contains more than 7,400 reactions, was built by bringing together researchers from dozens of institutions around the globe in a series of “jamboree” meetings to refine and consolidate the data used in the reconstruction. Palsson said this jamboree approach
Kids’ AdHd may continue into adulthood neWs DesK
doctors shocked by Hiv cure in newborn Doctors have all but cured an HIV baby after giving her a heavy drug cocktail immediately after she was born, NBC News reports. Announced today at a gathering of AIDS researchers, the case could inspire new treatments for a virus that has already infected some 34 million people and killed 25 million more. “What we have identified is what we think is the first well-documented case of a functional cure in a neonatal child,” said Dr. Deborah Persaud, who led the study. Born to an HIV-infected mother in Mississippi, the baby quickly received a three-drug cocktail at a higher dosage than usual. The virus plunged to undetectable levels, rendering it harmless, but amazingly the baby was still unaffected by HIV after missing several months of treatments. Now the challenge is to replicate this outcome: “Our next step is to find out if this is a highly unusual response ... or something we can actually replicate in other high-risk newborns,” said Persaud. news Desk
Childhood attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may carry over into adulthood in 29 percent of cases, with a higher risk of other psychiatric disorders, a populationbased study showed. Almost 60 percent of kids diagnosed with ADHD in the study had at least one other psychiatric disorder at around age 30, which was nearly three times the odds seen among other children followed (P<0.01), according to a report in the April issue of Pediatrics. Suicide by that age was substantially more common with childhood ADHD as well, although overall mortality wasn’t, wrote William Barbaresi, MD, of Boston Children’s Hospital, and colleagues. “It is concerning that only a minority of children with ADHD reaches adulthood without suffering
serious adverse outcomes, suggesting that the care of childhood ADHD is far from optimal,” they wrote. “Our results also indicate that clinicians, insurers, and healthcare systems must be prepared to provide appropriate care for adults with ADHD.” The key message is that ADHD shouldn’t be ignored in childhood or adulthood, Rachel Fargason, MD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, commented in an interview with MedPage Today. “There has always been the question of whether childhood ADHD persists into adulthood,” she noted. Previous studies from the 1980s suggested it did, but by looking at the worst cases — people who presented in psychiatric clinics — rather than the typical child in the general population, Fargason explained. The study included 5,718 individuals from the same birth cohort
in the area around Rochester, Minn., where the Mayo Clinic is based. They were followed to an average age of 27 to 29 years using school and medical records to look for ADHD and other outcomes. The prospective portion of the study included 367 adults who had childhood ADHD and could have their vital status confirmed. Seven (1.9 percent) had died by the time of follow-up, yielding a standardized mortality ratio 1.88-fold higher than seen in the rest of the cohort that didn’t have childhood ADHD. Although that overall survival impact didn’t reach statistical significance, the difference in suicide did. The standardized mortality ratio was 3.83 for suicide among childhood ADHD cases versus others (P=0.032). Notably, five of the seven deaths in the childhood ADHD group occurred in the setting of comorbid substance use and psychiatric disorders. “This finding suggests the psychiatric comorbidities associated with ADHD may place patients at risk for early death, although the relatively small number of cases precludes a statistical analysis,” the researchers noted. Childhood ADHD was associated with a 57 percent rate of one or more other psychiatric disorders at follow-up compared with 35 percent among controls, for an odds ratio of 2.6 (95 percent CI 1.8 to 3.8). The rate was higher for those whose ADHD persisted into adulthood, with an OR 4.8-fold higher than in those whose ADHD didn’t persist (81 percent versus 47 percent).
helped the group establish common standards to build a consensus reconstruction, simplify its usability for biomedical researchers, and increase its transparency. Recon 2 will facilitate many future biomedical studies and is freely available at http://humanmetabolism.org. Recon 2 is already proving its utility, according to Ines Thiele, a professor at the University of Iceland and UC San Diego alumna, who led the Recon 2 effort. Thiele earned her Ph.D. in bioinformatics as a student of Palsson’s and was part of the original Recon 1 team. Several other UC San Diego alumni, and former Palsson students, participated in the consortium from their new institutions, including Neema Jamshidi (Ph.D., 2008, M.D., 2009), who is now interning at UCLA; Jason Papin (Ph.D., 2004), a professor at the University of Virginia; and Nathan Price (Ph.D., 2005), who is a professor at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, Wash. Thiele said Recon 2 has successfully predicted alterations in metabolism that are currently used to diagnose certain inherited metabolic diseases. “The use of this foundational resource will undoubtedly lead to a myriad of exciting predictions that will accelerate the translation of basic experimental results into clinical applications,” said Thiele. “Ultimately, I envision it being used to personalize diagnosis and treatment to meet the needs of individual patients. In the future, this capability could enable doctors to develop virtual models of their patients’ individual metabolic networks and identify the most efficacious treatment for various diseases including diabetes, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.” As much as Recon 2 marks a significant improvement over Recon 1, there is still much work to be done, according to the research team. Thiele said Recon 2 accounts for almost 1,800 genes of an estimated 20,000 protein-coding genes in the human genome. “Clearly, further community effort will be required to capture chemical interactions with and between the rest of the genome,” she said.
bigdog robot learns to throw It’s usually the human that throws, and the dog that fetches. But Boston Dynamics’ BigDog robot has now been demonstrated hurling cinder blocks across a room. The four-legged robot lacks a head, but now has a robotic arm just where you’d expect the head to be. In the video (see below), it uses this arm to pick up a large cinder block and hurl it over its shoulder, smashing it on the ground. “The goal is to use the strength of the legs and torso to help power motions of the arm,” says Boston Dynamics. “This sort of dynamic, wholebody approach is routinely used by human athletes and animals, and will enhance the performance of advanced robots.” Boston Dynamics describes BigDog as the ‘alpha male’ of its range. The three-foot-long robot weighs 240 pounds and contains sensors for joint position, joint force, ground contact, ground load, a gyroscope, LIDAR and a stereo vision system. It can run at four miles per hour, climb slopes up to 35 degrees, walk across rubble, climb a muddy hiking trail and walk in snow and water - all while carrying a 340 lb load. BigDog’s set a world’s record for legged vehicles by traveling 12.8 miles without stopping or refueling. Adding the robotic arm gives BigDog a whole new range of capabilities. It could help soldiers pick up and carry heavy loads, such as supplies and equipment. It could also be used in search and rescue missions, to clear debris or even rescue people - although seeing that thing coming for you might easily cause a heart attack rather than reassurance. news Desk
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SPORTS Tuesday, 5 March, 2013
NLESS it is the World Twenty20 final, winning a match in the shortest format is seldom the cause for massive celebration. Today, it was. For Mohammed Hafeez, Pakistan’s thumping of South Africa was as much an individual triumph as it was a team one. It showed that he has not lost his touch even after the Test series brought that up for debate. It showed that the team is not incapable of competing with and beating an opposition that continues to be talked up as better than them. And it showed those who have called for heads to roll, their words came too early. Hafeez animatedly defended everyone in the Pakistan setup, specifically the coach Dav Whatmore, with even more gusto than he celebrated their victory. He thought it proved the criticism they have copped from home was unreasonable and this would put an end to some of that. “It was unfair. If the results of one format do not come in your favour, it does not mean the boys are not working hard or the coach is not good enough. Those are all premature statements from people sitting I don’t know where,” he said. “And it does not mean that if we win the coach is working harder. He was working the same way with us throughout. We are all behind him and we’ve all been working hard.” Although it was not specifically mentioned, Hafeez’s comments were an obvious rebuttal to former captain Moin Khan’s call for Whatmore to be sacked. Moin called Whatmore “overrated” and said he was “fighting for survival.” Hafeez scoffed at all of that. Instead, he said his team had simply
Sri lanka pay row ends, players available for bangla series
wHAtmoRe: HAFeez It was unfaIr. If the results of one forMat do not CoMe In your favour, It does not Mean the boys are not worKIng hard or the CoaCh Is not good enough shown what he always knew they were capable of. He also asked for people to remain patient with them because of the difficulties of their circumstances, which includes not playing at home “for the last four years but still doing good things for Pakistan cricket.” A trophy from South Africa is one of those achievements. Even though it came from a format that is brushed aside as a small boys’ game and a contest in which one match was washed out, it means something. “We really wanted to do something good in this format because of the ODIs coming up. We knew the importance of this game,” Hafeez said. “Tests require a different discipline but here everyone just played without fear.” Hafeez led by example in that regard. His 86 was a fluent innings, punctuated with classy strokes and calculated risktaking. After a lean Test series, it will go a long way to boost his confidence. “I knew that I was playing very well in the nets, it’s just that I was getting good balls in the Test series and that was disappointing,” he said. “But I stayed positive, the coaches kept me positive and worked hard with me.” The move to No. 3 also seems to have worked and Hafeez will likely stay there.
doing well domestically and we wanted to give him a chance. I will do whatever I have to for the team.” For the first time on this tour, the team Hafeez so passionately talks about have a reason to smile. It is largely because of him and Umar Gul, who Hafeez said was “outstanding,” and is
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COLOMBO: A pay dispute between Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and its 23 centrally contracted players ended on Monday with the cricketers signing new contracts and making themselves available for the two-test series against Bangladesh starting on Friday. The SLC and Sri Lankan sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage had threatened to drop the 23 senior players if did not sign the new contracts by Monday. “Twenty two out of 23 players have signed the contracts which makes them available for the selection for Bangladesh test series,” SLC chief executive officer Ajith Jayasekera told Reuters. Former captain Mahela Jayawardene, who is abroad, was the only player who did not sign his contract. “The selection committee met (on Monday) and the team is in the process of approval,” Jayasekera added. The contracts expired at the end of February but the players refused to sign a new contract by Saturday’s deadline. The SLC extended the deadline to Monday. SLC officials and Aluthgamage have said the players were demanding a pay of 75 percent of the board’s total earnings, while a senior cricketer said they were merely opposing SLC’s move to cut their terms. A similar pay dispute threatened to derail last year’s Sri Lanka Premier League after the players said they would pull out of the tournament. AgencIes
With the youngsters Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad upfront, he was required to drop down to provide experience and although it is not his first choice, he can see the benefit in doing it. “I always prefer to come as an opener but this is the requirement of the team. We are looking to the future and Ahmed Shehzad has been
On the fourth anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore, the PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf has called on the world to stand with Pakistan and help revive international cricket in the country. “It was the tragic episode in the history of Pakistan cricket,” Ashraf, who is also a member of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party’s central executive committee, was quoted by Cricinfo. “We have suffered a lot in fighting against terrorism - a war that is the entire world’s and Pakistan is fighting as a front-line state. The whole world should stand with us in helping revive international cricket.” On March 3, 2009, the Sri Lanka team was on its way to the Gaddafi Stadium for the third day of the second Test against Pakistan, when gunmen opened fire and threw grenades at the bus, killing eight people at Liberty roundabout, one-and-a-half kilometres away from the stadium. The match was abandoned, Sri Lanka left the country the same day, Pakistan was stripped of its right to host the 2011 World Cup and there has been no international cricket in the country since. For the last four years, Pakistan have been playing their ‘home’ series mostly in the UAE.
Youth development in Pakistan cricket is on hold as no team, even at the youth level, is ready to tour. The PCB has suffered a budget deficit for years, stadiums are getting rusty, fans have been deprived. Around two dozen players made their international debut
board is now waiting for a change in the political landscape in the country, hoping it will lead to greater stability. The PCB had tried to win back the confidence of players by organising the lucrative Twenty20 league, offering top players from around the world a chance to earn over $100,000 tax-free in 10 days. But the plan was hit by logistical arrangements and the board had to postpone it indefinitely. The PCB also tried hard to negotiate with the Bangladesh Cricket Board to commit to a tour of Pakistan but the series never happened, with Bangladesh withdrawing after committing twice. West Indies, in recent times, have refused to send their A team to Pakistan, proposing instead to play in the UAE. The PCB, in the meantime, is focusing on building cricket infrastructure in Pakistan, a chaotic process in a time of isolation. A new stadium, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto International Cricket Stadium at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh in Naudero, Sindh, was completed last year; another one has been sanctioned in the capital Islamabad with a lodging facility. Domestic cricket has been revamped, with the introduction of an additional Twenty20 national championship between eight top teams around the country to keep the stadiums active.
IT’S BEEN FOUR YEARS SINCE THAT TRAGIC DAY IN LAHORE WHERE SRI LANKA CRICKET TEAM WAS ATTACKED LEAVING SEVERAL KILLED AND INJURED, STALLING CRICKET IN PAKISTAN for Pakistan in this period, but are yet to play an international game in their own country. The PCB is still haunted by the impact of the incident and doesn’t like to be reminded of what happened. The
“always good in this format.” They also have a reason to be hopeful ahead of their five-match ODI series in South Africa and Hafeez hopes they continue in this vein. “We’ve got a great feeling in the dressing room now. It’s a feeling that has been missing for 42 days and it’s great to have it now.”
new zealand must find answers to england’s pace WELLINGTON: England’s pace bowlers James Anderson and Steven Finn are likely to be crucial determinants in the test series against New Zealand when the first of three matches begins at University Oval in Dunedin on Wednesday. Both Anderson and Finn were rested in the four-day match against the New Zealand xI, which the hosts won by three wickets with less than two overs remaining, but proved more than destructive in the limited overs series prior to the tests. Apart from the opening one-day match which New Zealand won, Anderson and Finn provided a masterclass in hostile fast bowling, giving the New Zealand batsmen little to hit on the small grounds while creating pressure and taking wickets. Anderson’s control of the seam position and the swing he extracted created doubt for New Zealand’s batsmen, while the tall Finn bowled back of a length and was menacingly accurate at top pace. As such, the duo, to be supported by Stuart Broad and possibly one of Graham Onions or Chris Woakes, should prove a headache for New Zealand’s batsmen, whose frailties against elite fast bowling were ruthlessly exposed by the South African attack earlier this year. Brendon McCullum’s side slumped to innings defeats in both tests on their tour of South Africa, and were skittled for 45 in Cape Town with Proteas paceman Vernon Philander taking five wickets for seven runs. South Africa seamer Dale Steyn did the damage in the second test in Port Elizabeth, taking eight for 65. New Zealand’s batsmen have also had trouble occupying the crease for long periods to tire out opposing attacks, while giving their own bowlers a rest. Even century-making batsmen have scored their runs in a hurry and not lingered to post truly big scores to anchor their team’s innings.AgencIes
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I am right on schedule and right on schedule means at the end of March, I won’t be playing this week. – Indonesia Warriors point-guard Stanley Pringle
PAKiStAn teAm to viSit indiA in APRil LAHOre
HE Pakistan hockey team will visit India from April 5 as a part of a bilateral hockey series which has been revived after seven years. This was stated by Secretary, Pakistan Hockey Federation at a news conference here on Monday after his return from Malaysia to attend a meeting of Asian Hockey Federation. He said the series which was last played in year 2006 has been revived to serve the cause of hockey in the region. In the frist leg we will be travelling to India then the Indian team will visit Pakistan from April 23 for a similar visit ,he said. Bajwa said five matches will be played in India and similar matches in Pakistan. Pak team wil play matches in Ranchi,
Pak junior squash team gets cash awards LAHORE: Senior Vice President, Pakistan Squash Federation, Air Vice Marshal, Syed Razi Nawab said Pak junior team ended India’s four year long supremacy In the recently concluded Asian Junior squash championship and proved that Pak players are once again emerging as force to reckon with at international level. He was speaking at a reception here on Monday to award cash prizes to the members of the Pak junior team which won the Aisna jr championship. Also present was President, Punjab Squash Association, Malik Amjad Ali Noon. Members of the Pak junior team, Ali Bokhari (captain), Ammad Farid, Tayyab Aslam and Bilal Zakir. Edon Housing Limited announced a cash prize of Rs 100,000 for each and PSA announced a cash prize of Rs 50000. “ it is a positive sign that our players performed to a higher level in the Asian Jr championship and beat the Indian players to end their superiority at the Asian Jr level and we believe that success will inspire our players to do better in coming international squash events “,said PSF official. He said PSF was striving for the revival of squash in the country and it was taking every measure to regain lost glory. AVM Razi Nawab pointed out that due to lack of sponsorship Pak players are getting less opportunities of participation in international squash events abroad. “ We are ensuring the participation of our players in international events to help them in getting much needed experience and exposure “,he said. He praised the performance of Punjab Squash Association for the revival and development of squash by organizing regular championships both at senior and junior level. President, PSA, Amjad Ali Noon said it was very encouraging that out of four member team, three are from Punjab which speak volume of efforts of PSA for putting it at the road of progress. “ We have a become a role model body which is working hard for producing talented players besides serving as a pipe line to produce future players “,he said adding “ Despite all the constraints we are getting the cooperation of business houses to sponsor our players for their participation in the international events “.stAff rePort
Lakh now, New Delhi, Mohali, Jalandhar while the venues of matches in Pakistan are Faisalabad, Karachi, Sialkot and Lahore which will hosting two matches at night. PHF official said all the details of the series were finalized at meeting with the Indian officials of Hockey India on the side lines of the AHF meeting. “It is a very positive break through and we believe with the resumption of this series we will be able to explore more avenues to play two on regular basis in near future “,he said. Bajwa said PHF is very delighted that the series has finally been revived and the Indian Government has granted permission to its team to travel to Pakistan. “ We will announcing the final dates of the matches in a few days time after consulting our media partners in both the countries “,he said. He said they will hosting two matches at Lahore under lights for the
entertainment of fans to watch the game in their leisure time. Bajwa sounded confident when asked about the success of this series. “ It is going to be a very interesting hockey event which has been long awaited in both the countries and with such a series we will be able to further add to our good hockey relations with India.” ,he maintained. He said the AHF meeting made various amendments in its constitution in line with the constitution of international hockey federation. It is proposed in the amendments that no individual above the age of 70 years can contest for any post in AFH and there is restriction of contesting for a office for a third successive term. He said Pakistan’s youthful player Mohammad Rizwan has been declared the best youth player of the AHF which has praised the hockey structure in Pakistan based on its academies. “ It is a role model concept for the hockey developing nations “,said Bajwa.
Mohammed Hafeez became the first Pakistani and eighth batsman overall to score 1000 runs in Twenty-20 cricket. The right hand opening batsman from Sargodha, achieved this feat during his 86-run knock in the second Twenty20 match against South Africa at Super Sport Park, Centurion on Sunday (March 3). The Pakistani skipper batted 41 innings of 43 Twenty-20 matches to reach this milestone. Hafeez who made his debut against England at Bristol on August 28,2006, took six years and 187 days to score 1000 runs He never played a Twenty-20 match at home and scored all 1013 runs at an average of 24.60 and a strike117.38 with five fifties in 41 innings of 43
matches outside Pakistan. Hafeez’s strike rate of 168.62 during his 86 is the highest for a Pakistan batsman against South Africa and the sixth highest overall for Pakistan (fiftyplus scores). He is also on top with a strike rate of 211.53 during his 55 against India. His 86 was the highest individual score for Pakistan in away
matches and second highest ever after Misbah-ul-Haq’s unbeaten 87 off 53 balls with three fours and five sixes against Bangladesh at Karachi on April 20, 2008. Salman Butt’s 74 off 56 balls with six fours and three sixes against Canada at King City on October 10,2008 was the previous highest by a Pakistani batsman on foreign soil.
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Australia suffer against india CHENNAI: Australia’s difficult tour of India continues after finishing the third day 74 for 2, still 192 runs behind in their second innings. With India starting the day on 311 for 1, Australia will be pleased they managed to bowl them out for 503, with Cheteshwar Pujara completing his second double-hundred in six Tests. But Ravi Ashwin removed David Warner (26) and Phil Hughes (0) to leave Australia facing a 2-0 series deficit. You can follow every ball of tomorrow’s play at Test Match Sofa. New Zealand fast bowler Doug Bracewell is a doubt for the first Test against England after injuring his foot, apparently during or after a party. The New Zealand board are investigating the circumstances of the injury and whether any alcohol was involved. It is believed Bracewell cut his foot but no stitches were required. AgencIes
PCF announces team for Asian Cycling
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LAHORE: Pakistan Cycling Federation (PCF) on Monday announced a 12member National Cycling team that will compete in the upcoming 33rd Asian Cycling Championship being held in New Delhi, India from March 7-17. Addressing a news conference here the President, Pakistan Cycling Federation, Munawar Baseer Ahmad briefed the media on Pakistan’s first time participation with a full team in the Asian Cycling Championship. He informed that the team selection has been carried out by the Selection Committee under the Chairmanship of Ijaz Ali Sheikh. The Selection Committee members include Tariq Alvi, National Cyclist, Shafiq Cheema, former National Champion and National Cycling Color Holder, Nusrat Khan, former International Cyclist and former Champion Tour de Pakistan and Ishtiaq Mubeen, President Technical Association. Secretary to the Selection Committee is Sardar Nazakat Ali, National Cycling Color Holder. Following is the team,( Men Elite track Team) Noor Alam (SSGC) National Track Champion,Habibullah (SSGC),Naemat Ali (SSGC),Haroon Rasheed (WAPDA),Sabir (WAPDA) and Ghulam Abbas (Army). Men Cycling Team (Under-23) Waqas Mehboob (Punjab), Sultan Aftab (Sindh),Abid (Sindh),Sajid Ali (Army) National Road Champion. Girl Elite Cycling Team ,Sabiha Zahid (KPK). Girl Cycling Team (Under17),Anam Mahmood (Punjab) It was further informed that the team has been selected on merit based on overall performance of the cyclists over the past 12 months, during the recently concluded 60thNational Cycling Championship, performance in the training camp and in the final trials. The Training Camp was held under the supervision of Camp Commandant, Sardar Nazakat Ali, former Pakistan color holder and Pakistan’s top ranked cyclist. stAff rePort
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The teams of Press Clubs, Bar Associations, Departments and Corporate sector began the activity of cricket, table tennis and badminton on the opening day of the Punjab Youth Festival final phase. As many as 32 teams of cricket got involved in four different venues with each venue having four matches. On the opening day the four matches of Press clubs at Ittefaq Ground saw Faisalabad got walk over against Gera Ghazi Khan. Sahiwal which was put into bat made 69 and won the match by five runs when Sargodha was bowled out for 64. At the Bar Association cricket matches will be played at New Ittefaq Ground, Lahore was awarded walk over after the failure of Saihwal Bar in making the venue. Meanwhile, there was no match between Faisalabad and Dera Ghazi Khan when both the teams did not appear in the
ground. In the Departments cricket at Mehran Club Ground Mehran Block, Iqbal Town, Multan Region team failed to appear and thus Rawalpindi got walkover and with that it qualified for the quarter-finals. Sports Board Punjab too got walk over against Faisalabad and made the last eight. In the Corporate sector matches at Shah Faisal Ground Faisal Town, Irfan Sports beat City Club Lahore by 46 runs. Put into bat Irfan Sports 102. Ikram 34 was the main scorer. In reply City was bowled out for 56. In badminton at Gymnasium of Iqbal Park Sports Complex, draws were held and some interesting matches were seen played. The most-tight match was played between Motorway Police and AG Office which was won by the former team 2-1 to qualify for the next round. In table tennis draws were held at the Shah Jahan (Table Tennis Hall near Mian Plaza Johar Town, and regular matches will now be held on Tuesday.
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One game at a time. We have to go to Bucharest before we can concentrate on this (the United) game. – Rafael Benitez,
SPORTS Tuesday, 5 March, 2013
Stags beat tigers in Senior veteran Cricket Cup LAHORE: SPM Tigers scored impressive 123 runs victory over Lahore Tigers in a match of the 15thNational Senior Veteran Cricket Cup here on Monday at Stags cricket ground. Summarized scores, SPM Stags batted first reached 251/7 in 30 overs. Zahoor Ilahi 51, Kamran Khan 41, Nadeem Farooqi 41, Asad Iqbal 35, Shakeel Malik 31 & Shahzad Butt 18 runs not out. Lahore Tigers bowling Muhammad Anees 2/38, Saifullah 2/42, Muhammad Yaqoob 1/32, Muhammad Fayyaz 1/45 & Imran Amanwel 1/49 wickets. Lahore Tigers were dismissed at 128 in 28.5 overs. Muhammad Munir 25, Shahid Bashir 20 & Saif ur Rehman 15 & Muhammad Anees 16 runs not out. SPM Stags bowling Rehan Rauf 3/30, Zia ud din 2/23, Asad Iqbal 2/14, Shahzad Butt 1/23 & Imtiaz Tarar 1/22 wickets. Saifullah and Pervaiz Shah were the umpires and Zahoor Alam was the scorer. stAff rePort
ztbl, Punjab win bhutto Cricket openers LAHORE: Two matches were decided on the opening day of the of 2nd Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Women Cricket Challenge Trophy – 2013. In the first match ZTBL won by nine wickets while Punjab ladies took the win march by 24 runs. Playing in Group B ZTBL ladies beat Federal Capital Women. Federal Capital Women made just 53; ZTBL Women got the score of 54 losing one wicket. In the Group A match, Punjab Women defeated Sindh Women. Punjab Women got 126 for 2 while Sind could achieve 102 for five in the given quota of overs. Revised Schedule: (Date, Teams, Venue, Umpires, TV Umpire, Referee, Scorer, Press Scorer, Time) 05-Mar, Sindh Vs Baluchistan, Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, Nasar Khan-Afia Amin, Tahir Shah, Ameeruddin, Azhar Hussain, Abdul Hameed, 1200 Noon, ZTBL Vs Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, Javed Ashraf-Samera Aftab, Tahir Shah, Ameeruddin, Najamus Saeed, Abdul Hameed, 1600 PM 06-Mar, Punjab Vs Baluchistan, Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, Muhammad Asif-Riffat Mustafa, Javed Ashraf, Shahid Butt, Azhar Hussain, Najamus Saeed, 1200 Noon, Federal Capital Vs Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, Sohail Jaffar-Kausar Shah, Muhammad Asif, Shahid Butt, Azhar Hussain, Najamus Saeed, 1600 PM 07-Mar, FINAL, Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, Sohail Jaffar-Shakeela Rafiq, Muhammad Asif, Zaigham Burki, Azhar Hussain, Najamus Saeed, 1600 PM. stAff rePort
Rugby world Cup venue list untrue STRATfORD: Organisers for the 2015 Rugby World Cup have said reports claiming to list the 12 finalised venues for the tournament were “not at all true”. Reports on Sunday morning suggested the venues for rugby’s showpiece had already been agreed upon and that only three of them would be traditional rugby stadiums. Organisers have, however, described the reported list as inaccurate with a final decision not due to be announced until later this month. “That list is not at all true. It is entirely speculation,” a spokesman for the 2015 Rugby World Cup said. “It is not the final list.” A long list of 17 venues was announced in October last year with five due to be cut when this month’s final announcement is made. The only rugby stadiums in that long list were the three named in this morning’s reports Twickenham, the Millennium Stadium and Gloucester’s Kingsholm ground. The remaining venues, apart from the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, are football grounds. “The long-list has been in the public domain for a long time,” the spokesman said. “The use of football stadiums was a part of the bid which was well documented.” AgencIes
MOntMELO, SPAIn: nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP drives during day two of Formula One winter testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.
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gulbis in repeat delray beach title
AFAEL Nadal’s fistpumping comeback reached a new high with his victory at the Mexican Open on Sunday, giving tennis fans hope the 11-times grand slam champion can return to the top of the game. In an unexpectedly one-sided match, Nadal blew away three-times defending champion David Ferrer 6-0 62 in little over an hour. But the relatively minor claycourt event in the picturesque Pacific resort city of Acapulco took on far greater significance as the sport’s attention focused like a laser on Nadal’s left knee and the injury that had forced him to take a seven-month hiatus from the tour. Few top players have taken that much time off and been able to reclaim their former glory, but Nadal was not focusing on the history books following his latest win. “I don’t know if it’s happened before, but what I do know is this has been the most emotional week of my career after such a difficult time,” the world number five said in an interview with Reuters. While there were moments during the week when Nadal visibly limped, he said his knee fared much better than during his earlier comeback events at the VTR Open in Chile and the Brazil Open, both last month. “There were days in Brazil when it was really bad, and in Chile, during one match as well. But here, it didn’t hurt. It just bothered me some,” he said. “This was the first week where I could run with complete freedom and no limitations.” Nadal, 26, suffers from chronic knee tendinitis and last September discovered
DELRAY BEACH: Ernests Gulbis stormed to his second Delray Beach International Tennis Championships title with a straight-sets win over finalist Edouard Roger-Vasselin. The Latvian, who was champion here in 2010 but had to qualify this time, saw off his French opponent 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 in an hour and 36 minutes. Gulbis, who at 109 was ranked four places below his opponent, was a break up then a break down in the first and saved a set point before taking it on a tie-break. The second was a different story as he dominated, breaking twice on his way to his third career ATP Tour title and maintaining his 100 per cent record in finals. AgencIes
he had a partially torn left patella tendon. He had been absent from tournament tennis since his upset loss in the second round of Wimbledon last year to littleknown Czech Lukas Rosol. Former American tennis pro Brad Gilbert noted that Nadal’s latest victory came on the heels of wins over some of the sport’s top competitors, including world number four Ferrer. “Ferrer is playing arguably the best tennis of his career,” said Gilbert. “I mean, the guy has been on fire.” Gilbert is perhaps best known for coaching top players Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, and Andre Agassi. He
adds that dealing with injuries can be very tricky. “Andre used to tell me that if you are nursing something that’s sore, and you try to play through it, that’s the easiest way to hurt something else,” he said. Fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo, who also was forced to take seven months off the tour following a thigh injury last year, emphasises the physical strain of top flight tennis. “You have to push your limits every week, every match, for so many weeks back to back,” said Robredo, a former top-five player who lost in the Acapulco second round.
Pliskova wins first wtA title in malaysia KUALA LUMPUR: Karolina Pliskova won her first WTA Tour title after a threeset win over Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the Malaysian Open. The world number 127 was playing in her first final, but showed few nerves and beat her American opponent in one hour and 46 minutes. Mattek-Sands looked set to win her first tour title after easing to a 6-1 first set victory, but the Czech fought back winning the next two 7-5 6-3. Pliskova powered down 10 aces during the encounter, with her first serve a vital weapon in the final two sets. AgencIes
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It was a special night. It meant a lot to have them with me. Hugging Cristian and Chanel was everything for me. That is something I’ll always remember. – Roma legend Francesco Totti
‘ARSenAl ARe on A downwARd SPiRAl’ LOnDOn
OTTENHAM Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas feels his side’s 2-1 win over Arsenal will send their arch rivals into a “negative spiral”. First-half goals in the space of two minutes from Gareth Bale his 20th of an outstanding campaign and Aaron Lennon just before the break proved enough to hold off the Gunners, who had started the game well and rallied after Per Mertesacker’s header on 51 minutes, but failed to find an equaliser. Spurs moved back above Chelsea up into third place in the Barclays Premier League, and crucially opened up a seven-point gap on Arsenal - who now look in real danger of failing to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition for the first time in 16 seasons. While not getting carried away with Sunday’s win, Villas-Boas believes it will have a huge psychological impact
on Arsene Wenger’s team. “Obviously it doesn’t mean nothing because last year when Arsenal won to shorten the gap to seven points it felt that everything was too possible for Tottenham’s qualification and it shifted very, very quickly, so it is not a big margin yet for us to be completely safe,” the former Chelsea manager said. “What we think is it can have a direct effect on their motivation - on ours too, obviously. But particularly on them because the difference from last year is we are on an upward spiral in terms of confidence and they are in a negative spiral in terms of results - and to be out of that negative spiral is extremely difficult.” Tottenham are now within striking distance of second-placed Manchester City, ahead of their game against strugglers Aston Villa on Monday night. Villas-Boas, however, is determined to hold a sense of perspective. “At the moment we keep our feet on ground. We still have some difficult games to play against big teams - Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City plus Everton - teams who have
same objectives as ours, so it hasn’t finished yet. Everything is still possible and we just have to gather the most amount of points that we can. “There is a great focus on trying to make this year the year we qualify for the Champions League once again. Everybody is bonding together regarding our objective. “The players are our main reference as they have been absolutely outstanding. They make it public - they want to be in it. Their desire has been tremendous in these recent games.” Villas-Boas added: “Everybody’s ambition to be there. The club could be propelled into a big club in England in the future.” After soaking up plenty of Arsenal pressure, the home side capitalised on some poor defensive lapses by the visitors as first Bale and then Lennon cut through a static back line. “It’s part of players’ talent and ability to recognise where spaces are. Obviously we prepared our game, looked for those gaps in behind. The players have feeling for what they are doing - they are able to put the ball through and able to score.”
Burns-Vazquez bout postponed LOnDOn AgencIes
on-field performances matter for Suarez LIvERPOOL: Liverpool winger Stewart Downing believes Luis Suarez should be judged on his footballing quality when it comes to deciding the Player of the Year. The Uruguay international’s hat-trick in the 4-0 demolition of Wigan took his league tally to 21 in 27 games, edging him two ahead of main rival Robin van Persie of Manchester United and six in front of Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, the other major contender. However, while the 26-year-old is a player loved by his own team-mates and fans the feelings towards him outside of that circle differ immensely. He is still struggling to shake off an unwanted diving tag while last year’s eight-match ban after being found guilty of racially abusing United’s Patrice Evra cannot be forgotten. But Downing stressed the footballer of the year should be decided purely on what has happened this season on the pitch and there is little argument Suarez has been phenomenal so far. “I wouldn’t like to say who will get it. They’re all great players, they’ve all had great seasons,” said the England international. “Bale is Tottenham’s main man, Luis is ours with his goals and Van Persie is great. They’re all top players and it’s a hard choice. “It could go any way, that’s how close it will be. It may end up with whoever gets the most goals this season, so Luis is in with a hell of a chance. “It should only be judged on his performance on the field - and you can’t fault him for that. “Obviously he’s had things which have happened in the past but he’s got on with his football and does his job at the end of the day. “It should be judged on how he plays and, for me, that’s all it boils down to. Nothing else should matter - I think he’s got a hell of a chance.”Suarez achieved something former Kop hero Michael Owen never did by going past 20 Premier League goals for the campaign - the former Reds striker’s best was only 19. It put him in a category alongside Robbie Fowler (25) and Fernando Torres (24) as the only Liverpool players to score 20 or more but with 10 matches to go it seems inconceivable he will not surpass their best efforts.AgencIes
WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns’ unification title fight with IBF belt-holder Miguel Vazquez has been delayed due to the Mexican suffering from a severe viral infection. The pair were set to meet for their respective crowns on March 16 at Wembley Arena, but Vazquez’s illness has forced Burns’ promoter Frank Warren to postpone the event which was also set to feature WBO lightheavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly. The British pair will now headline the show at the same venue on Saturday, April 20. Warren said on his official website: “It’s very unfortunate that Vazquez has had to withdraw so close to the fight, but it is on medical grounds, which is beyond my control, due to his viral infection, and we have his doctor’s certificate confirming this. “Therefore I have had to postpone the fight, not cancelled as stated in some media reports, to Saturday 20th April at Wembley Arena. “Everybody is disappointed by this postponement, but we have worked hard to ensure that Ricky’s unification fight still goes
ahead.” This is not the first time the Scot, who impressively stopped Kevin Mitchell inside four rounds in his last fight, has endured frustration ahead of a scheduled bout. He was due to face Liam Walsh in London in December but his opponent pulled out after a car accident. His replacement, Jose Ocampo, then withdrew just days before fight night. The two-weight world champion (35-2, 10KO wins) has been left distinctly unimpressed with the latest
turn of events. After rumours of the fight being cancelled were spread, Burns’ manager Alex Morrison told the Scottish Sun on Sunday: “While there is talk of it being rescheduled within 30 days, Ricky and I are very unhappy.” There was the option of finding a replacement opponent but it is understood Burns craved the unification fight in order to head into a possible bout with WBC champion Adrien Broner in a strong position.
Tuesday, 5 March, 2013
wAtCh It LIve STAR CRICKET Varsity Cricket: Western Wizards vs. Northern Stallions 08:30 PM
TEN SPORTS UEFA League: B. Dortmund v S. Donetsk 11:25 PM
ESPN Sports Centre 07:30 PM
Fit Hissam to feature in Quaid Cup Polo
LAHORE : Hissam Hyder, Pakistan’s leading polo player, will be participating in the Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup being held at the Lahore Polo Club from March 4 to 17. The 10-14 goal tournament is the highlight of the Pakistani polo circuit and features 6 teams with a mixed balance of local and international polo talent. Hissam, the highest handicapped Pakistani player in the tournament, will be playing for Team Hataff/Newage alongside Shah Shamyl Alam (4 handicap), Hassan Ali Farrukh (2 handicap) and Adnan Jalil Azam (1 handicap). Apart from playing in the tournament, Hissam will also be assuming the role of referee for several matches. The tournament employs a league based format with a duration of 5 chukkers per match. Speaking about his team’s prospects at the Gold Cup, Hissam said: “Playing on home turf with Pakistani support in the stands has always given me an additional boost on the polo field. The Gold Cup has always been a fiercely competitive tournament and it’s no different this year. With 7 handicap players such as Manuel Crespo and Gaston Moore playing for opposing teams, we know we have our work cut out for us, but I am positive we will be tough competition.” Hissam has been named as the most valuable player in Pakistan on 6 different occasions and has represented the Pakistani Polo team officially in 3 different World Cups. Internationally he has participated in top, high goal tournaments such as the 2012 Dubai Trophy in England, the 2012 Cope Presidente and the 2011 Duke of Cornwall Trophy among many others. stAff rePort
HBL Asset Management win MUfAP’s T20 Cricket LAHOre stAff rePort
Mutual Funds Association of Pakistan (MUFAP), the trade body for Pakistan’s multi billion rupees asset management industry had arranged a series of T-20 cricket matches from December 2012 till February 2013. HBL Asset Management Ltd. had successfully reached the finals against NAFA, which was held in National Stadium on February 23, 2013. Captain of the team, Mr. Rehan Shaikh after having lost the toss, led his team for the fielding with indomitable confidence. Although NAFA managed to attain a decent score of 144 runs in 20 overs, however that proved to be insufficient before formidable batting line up of HBL Asset. HBL Asset sailed through the required target in 15th over with the loss of one wicket only. Openers of the team, Mr. Amir Khan and Mr.Emmad Hashmi with their remarkable batting, and show of stroke play formed a promising partnership and led the cumulative score to more than
100. NAFA could only manage to take one HBL wicket when Mr. Amir Khan was caught in the deep at the time when the victory celebrations had already started in HBL camp. Mr. Rehan Shaikh, captain of HBL team was declared ‘Best All Rounder of the Series” having scored 220 runs with an impressive batting average of 73.33 throughout the series. Mr. Emmad Hashmi who scored brilliant match winning 92 runs was declared “Man of the Match”. Mr. Emmad made 228 runs with an impressive batting average of 45.60 runs during the tournament. Mr. Nadir Akbar of HBL Asset was declared the “Best Wicket Keeper of the series”. Other players making notable contributions for HBL towards winning the first edition of MUFAP T20 included Mr. Maqbool Ahmed who scored 201 runs at an average of 50.25, Mr. Adil Nawaz who took 9 wickets and Mr. Abdul Rehman who scored 155 runs during the tournament. Renowned personalities from corporate and cricketing world graced the occasion. The prizes were distributed by Mr. Wazir
Ali Khoja, Chairman National Investment Trust and Mr. Hanif Jakhura, CEO Central Depository Company. Large numbers of spectators were also there in the ground to boost the morale of both teams.
Undoubtedly, this tournament has been a big success in the industry with the participation of all asset management companies who will be continuing the trend of such events.
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leAs grilled for late response to Abbas town attack MQM, ANP LEGISLATORS STAGE WALKOUT OVER SHIA KILLING
PML-N SENATOR ISHAQ DAR CRITICISES INTERIOR MINISTER REHMAN MALIK FOR ISSUING MERE STATEMENTS
isLAMABAD Anwer ABBAs
ENATORS on Monday grilled the delayed response by the police, rangers, fire brigade and other lawenforcement agencies to the Abbas Town bombing. They demanded that the government make decisions to curb terrorism and sectarianism. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Awami National Party (ANP) legislators staged a walkout from the Senate sitting. The session opened under the chairmanship of PML-N Senator Zafar Ali Shah.
He said the government had completely failed in maintaining law and order. He also said the bombing in Abbas Town was not a new incident, as many such incidents had occurred in which Shias were targeted. He added that the government was unable to curb terrorism and extremism. The bombing, Shah said, had not only reflected the helplessness of the government but also portrayed its complete failure. The senators also prayed for the bombing victims. The prayers were led by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl Senator Abdul Ghafoor Haideri. Haideri said that the innocent people were being targeted across the country. MQM Senator Tahir Hussain
Mashhadi said the country’s economic hub was on the target, adding that the government was doing nothing to eliminate the terrorists. The MQM staged a walkout over the issue. JUI-F Senator Abdul Ghafoor Haideri also staged a walkout on Shia killing and imposition of the governor’s rule in Balochistan. ANP Senator Abdul Nabi Bangash condemned the Karachi bombing. The ANP senators also staged a walkout from the session over the Karachi incident and non-supply of gas to Hangu and Tall districts. PML-N Senator Mushahidullah Khan said issuing statements, delivering strong speeches and staging walkouts after such incidents had become business of the House whereas the House was unable to do something solid. Senator Suraiya Amiruddin questioned the delayed response by the police, rangers, bomb disposal squad and other law- enforcement agencies. PML-N Senator Ishaq Dar criticised In-
terior Minister Rehman Malik for issuing merely statements. He also demanded the joint briefing to the House over these incidents. Mohsin Leghari and Muhammad Hamza pointed out that a majority of members were now presenting their issues on point of orders as their adjournment motions were not taken seriously. Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo disclosed that every community in Karachi had set up own courts as the government had failed in provide security and justice. He condemned the Karachi incident and questioned the delayed response by the law-enforcement agencies. MQM Senator Farogh Naseem suggested introducing the local policing to control the incidents of terrorism, adding that a majority of countries were following this concept. Senator Muzafar Ali Shah demanded the formation of a committee to probe the delayed response by the police and law-en-
forcement agencies. He said that such incidents would affect the coming polls. The Senate chairman summoned a report on the delayed response. Earlier, reporters also staged a walkout from the press gallery on nonpayment of salaries and other dues to journalists working for APP, the state-run news agency. PPP Senator Raza Rabbani said Karachi, KP and Quetta incidents were part of an international conspiracy against Pakistan as the country was trying to make its foreign policy independent. He termed the incidents in line with the Gwadar Port and Iran-Pak gas pipeline projects, saying that the institutions should also avoid dual policies and should counter such incidents. Urging the government to implement the joint parliamentary resolution, Rabbani stressed the country’s political leadership to be on same page against terrorists. The session was adjourned until today (Tuesday) morning.
malik finds ‘Punjabi taliban’ behind Karachi bombing
KARACHI: A man moves a bicycle from among the debris of his apartment destroyed in Sunday’s bombing in Abbas Town. onLIne
sanaullah urges fIa to put Malik’s name on eCl FAisALABAD AgencIes
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Monday urged the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to put Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s name on the Exit Control List (ECL), claiming Malik will flee the country after March 16. Speaking to reporters after inaugurating an x-ray department at General Hospital, Sanaullah said Malik had been doing politics on the blood of innocent people for the past five years and knew in advance about all acts of terrorism that happened in the country. He said Malik was intimidated by the increasing popularity of PML-N in Sindh and Balochistan, and was giving absurd statements. He said the minister was a liar and no one trusted his words.
Referring to Malik’s accusation regarding existence of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi headquarters in Punjab, Sanaullah said why had Malik not shared such information with the provincial government. Such remarks, he said, won’t conceal the performance of the Interior Ministry. He predicted that Malik would escape from Pakistan after March 16. He urged the need to demonstrate national harmony against ongoing acts of terrorism in the country. The Punjab law minister claimed more members of the PPP and Q-League were going to join the PML-N soon. He said the PPP leadership had utilised all energies in looting the national exchequer during the past five years. Commenting on the statement of Manzoor Wattoo, the minister said that the government of PPP did not take serious steps to eradicate terrorism.
42 Syrian soldiers killed in Iraq FALLUJAH AgencIes
Unidentified armed men killed 42 Syrians and seven Iraqis on Monday as they ambushed a convoy carrying Syrian soldiers to the border through Anbar province in western Iraq, army officers said. The ambush, a day after a key Syrian opposition group accused Iraq of interference in Syria, threatens to entangle Iraq in its neighbour’s bloody, prolonged civil war, something Baghdad has sought to avoid. The Syrian soldiers crossed into Iraq from the Yaarubiyeh border crossing, scene of fighting on Saturday between rebels and troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Khalaf alDulaimi said. The soldiers were first transported by Iraqi authorities
to Baghdad from the northern Nineveh province, bordering Yaarubiyeh, and they were on their way to be handed over to Syrian authorities on the border with Anbar province when the attack took place, he said. Armed men attacked the convoy from two sides with mortar rounds, automatic weapons and mines, killing 42 Syrian soldiers and seven Iraqis guarding the convoy. Eight Syrians and four Iraqis were wounded, and three vehicles in the convoy destroyed, he said. Major Ali Juwair al-Dulaimi from Iraq’s Anbar Operations Command confirmed the toll. The ambush was “a clear message to all Iraqis that what is happening in Syria today effectively moved to Iraq,” political analyst Hamid Fadhel said. Anbar province’s Sunni residents have close tribal,
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family and trade ties with eastern Syria, with which the province shares a long border. And Anbar, once home to key Sunni militant strongholds, shares religious ties with Syrian rebels, who are also mainly Sunni Muslim. Iraq’s “western and northern areas close to the border with Syria have a Sunni majority and in one way or another are supportive of the armed groups fighting the Assad regime”, Fadhel said. Monday’s attack comes after Defence Ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Askari said an Iraqi soldier was killed and three people including a soldier wounded by fire from Syria during clashes between Syrian rebel and regime forces at the Yaarubiyeh crossing. He also said four wounded Syrian soldiers were treated at an Iraqi hospital during Saturday’s fighting.
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Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Monday that the Punjabi Taliban were behind the bombing in Karachi’s Abbas Town, just as they had carried out attacks in Quetta. Talking to reporters at a private hospital after meeting with the victims of the tragic blast in Karachi, the minister said that the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) had its headquarters in Punjab. He claimed that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had entered into an electoral alliance with the banned organisation. “This is an open question for the Punjab government: How many of them [LeJ members] did you arrest? How many of their offices were closed in Jhang and Multan? What happened to their madrassa in Rahim Yar Khan?” He said that terrorism in the country would be eliminated “only if action is taken against terrorists in Punjab”. He said the terrorists wanted to delay the upcoming general elections. He further claimed that the backbone of the terrorists had been broken, adding that 30 activists of the LeJ had been arrested in Karachi alone. He said that he had provided intelligence about a possible terrorist attack in Karachi’s Shia-dominated areas. He asked why the Sindh police chief and home secretary had not raised security despite getting information. “Security was only kept strict only for four days,” he added. He also vowed to arrest those involved in the Abbas Town incident within next 48 hours. He said he was proceeding to the Chief Minister’s House to preside over a meeting along with Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah to review the progress of investigation into the incident. The LeJ had previously claimed responsibility of two attacks in Quetta’s Alamdar Road and Kirani Road.