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US unmanned aircraft kills nine, injures 3 in North Waziristan Agency Pakistan condemns attack as Panetta says drone attacks to continue PESHAWAR stAff RepoRt/Agencies
T least nine suspected militants were killed and three others injured when a US drone fired two missiles on a compound in Dray Nishtar area of Shawal tehsil of North Waziristan on Saturday, as US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said the US would continue to launch drone strikes against militant sanctuaries in Pakistan even if the nation’s government kept opposing them. The Pakistani government condemned in the strongest terms the US drone attack in North Waziristan on Saturday. The Foreign Office said Pakistan had consistently maintained that the illegal attacks were a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and were in contravention of international law. The Foreign Office said it was “our considered view that the strategic disadvantages of such attacks far outweigh their tactical advantages, and are therefore, totally counterproductive”. But Panetta – while declining to be more specific when asked about the unmanned vehicles because they “remain covert operations” – said in an interview to Bloomberg Television that “the United States was attacked on 9/11, and we know who attacked us. We know that al Qaeda was behind it”.
“And we are going to do everything we can, use whatever operations we have to, in order to make sure that we protect this country and make sure that that kind of attack never happens again.’’ He said the US was going to defend itself under any circumstances. Officials in Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan, confirmed the drone attack. They said militants had established a compound in an abandoned house in Dray Nishtar. So far the identity of those killed and injured could not be ascertained, but officials said they included some foreign militants. It was the second US drone attack in North Waziristan in less than a week. On April 30, two missiles hit a militant compound established in Miranshah. The controversial drone program, a key element in US counterterrorism efforts, is highly unpopular in the country where it is considered a violation of sovereignty which causes unacceptable civilian casualties. A Pakistani parliamentary committee recently demanded an end to drone strikes on Pakistani territory as part of its recommendations for how its relationship with the United States should change. The US has given no indication of intending to halt the campaign, and the US administration maintains that the use of the remotely piloted aircraft was legal under international law.
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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif on Saturday made a call to the masses for a long march to get rid of ‘Gilanis’ and ‘Zardaris’. The PML-N chief said President Asif Ali Zardari and PM Yousaf Raza Gilani were hell bent on destroying Pakistan. Nawaz said this while addressing a rally in Taxila that marked the beginning of his protest movement against the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government. A large number of PML-N workers thronged the venue of the rally chaired by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Nisar Ali Khan and others. Speaking on the occasion, Nawaz Sharif criticised President Asif Ali Zardari for what he said backing off from promises made with the PML-N. He said PM Gilani and Zardari should explain what they did for the people during their term. Nawaz said Pakistan’s security and sovereignty were in danger, adding that Zardari should tell the nation about $600 million lying in Swiss accounts. He said Zardrai would have to return $600 million and a letter must be written to Swiss authorities. Lashing out at PM Gilani, Nawaz said, “President Zardari has made you a puppet and pawn for his vested interests.” The PMLN chief said law and order in Lyari and Balochistan had become so uncertain
that people had been left helpless at the mercy of fate. “Innocent people are being targeted while the government is busy in securing its rule,” he said. With reference to Benazir Bhutto, Nawaz said he had signed an agreement with her pertaining to the restoration of democratic setup but after her tragic death, President Asif Ali Zardari came to the surface and misused the agreement. He said masses should stand by him for the survival of the country. “It is not a war of politics; neither is it a struggle for personal interests. I am out to secure the country,” he said. Nawaz also appealed to the nation that it should be ready to participate in the long march against the government. Addressing the rally, Nisar Ali Khan said people would follow Nawaz Sharif if he decided to stage a long march against the government. He criticised PTI chief Imran Khan, saying his comrades would leave him in trying times. PML-N MNA Saad Rafiq told participants that the party would hold a
protest rally in Karachi and Gujranwala today (Sunday), in Hyderabad, Sibbi and Mardan on May 7 and in Bahawalpur, Peshawar and Loralai on May 8. He said the meeting would be addressed by the central and provincial leadership of the party. Saad added that the schedule of protest meetings in other cities would be announced in the next few days. ‘SharifS’ interpretation unacceptable’ | page 03 ppp moveS reSolution in pa for new province | page 28
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PML-N workers clash with Punjab CM’s security guards FAISALABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) workers on Saturday clashed with the security guards of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif during his visit here. The clash broke out when police stopped local MNA Abid Sher Ali from boarding a newly opened CNG bus. Shahbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah were already present in the bus. Angry PML-N workers stood in front of the bus in protest against stopping Abid Sher Ali from riding the bus. However, as the situation became tense, the chief minister left the bus. Earlier, Shahbaz reached Faisalabad to open a new CNG bus service in the city. nni
Lawyer hurls shoe at Faisalabad sessions judge, judges stop work FAISALABAD: Judges of the courts in Faisalabad stopped working on Saturday when an infuriated lawyer hurled a shoe at a judge after he delivered the verdict in a case. According to details, Advocate Chaudhry Maqsood flung his shoe at Additional Sessions Judge Asad Ali who gave the verdict against his client. The judges of sessions and subordinate courts of Faisalabad reacting to the lawyer’s misbehaviour stopped their work in protest. The litigants turning up to the courts in hot weather had to suffer badly due to protest of judges. Taking notice of the issue, the Faisalabad Bar Association president suspended the membership of the lawyer who hurled shoe at the judge. inp
Court issued arrest warrant of SHO for not registering case against Gabol KARACHI: Court issued arrest warrant of SHO for not registering case against Nabeel Gabol and SSP Ch Aslam. Additional District and Sessions Judge (South) Abdul Razzaq ordered the station house officer (SHO) of the Chakiwara police station to register cases against Nabeel Gabol and Chaudhry Aslam after recording statement of the plaintiff over the killing of Saqib alias Sakhiullah. The application had been moved by Bilqees Bano, aunt of Saqib. inp
10 TTP men surrender to Kurram administration PESHAWAR: Ten militants of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan laid their arms before the Kurram Agency political administration on Saturday, Pakistan Today learnt reliably. Per details, the militants from banned TTP identified as Lal Marjan, Abid Khan, Arsal Khan, Usman Ghani, Abdul Khaliq, Abdul Qudos, Abdul Samad, Muhammad Rahim, Shah Wazir, and Muhammad Khanan surrendered to the political administration. All the militants belong to Kurram. Kurram Political Agent Shahab Ali Shah said action against militants was underway in areas comprising just five to eight percent of the entire agency, adding that the areas made safe from militants were rehabilitated and locals were being sent back to their homes. Meanwhile, two tribesmen belonging to Malik Islam group were killed and 10 houses were demolished by the peace lashkar on charges of violating tribal jirga rules. Sources said two rival groups in Central Kurram were at loggerheads since a long time. stAff RepoRt
Americans stopped near Peshawar PESHAWAR: Security officials on Saturday stopped two suspected vehicles with Americans on board on the Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway near Peshawar. Sources said a vehicle was sent back to Islamabad after interrogation while the other with three US citizens, claiming to be employees of the US Consulate, was taken to Chimkini police station. The sources said that police and secret service personnel were interrogating the Americans. Officials said the foreigners were traveling in vehicles having fake registration plates and they did not possess proper documents. Meanwhile, a vehicle carrying a large quantity of weapons and ammunition was seized by police at Armar area in Peshawar, officials said on Saturday. According to police, a suspicious vehicle was intercepted at Armar area of the city and a huge cache of arms was recovered. Authorities have confirmed that the suspects were transporting 22 shotguns, 40 pistols, rifles and hundreds rounds of ammunition. A police officer said driver of the vehicle was arrested and was shifted to undisclosed location for investigation. online
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13 dead, Russian tourists missing in nepal flood
lohan off the hook for hit and run charges
May calls for fixing amnesty
News 03 COMMeNT they strike again Terrorist have improvised their tactics.
Belling the cat
One will wait to see how the court bells the cat.
Humayun gauhar says: The worm does turn: Please increase the number of people administering the shoe beatings.
Arif Ansar says: US-Afghan strategic deal: Change brought upon by force is not likely to last either.
faisal Zaman says: Wrongful actions of states: Defining “sovereignty” has always troubled the experts.
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Memo commission for forensic evidence of Ijaz’s Blackberry set ISLAMABAD
H E judicial commission probing into the memo scandal on Saturday issued orders for conducting forensic tests on Mansoor Ijaz’s Blackberry phone in London. Secretary for the memo commission, Raja Jawad Abbas, has been directed to go to London in this regard. Earlier, Husain Haqqani’s counsel Zahid Bukhari summed up his arguments wherein he told the court that Ijaz was of dubious character and not been able to back up his statements with proof.
Mansoor Ijaz, through his counsel had said that he was ready to present his Blackberry handset and computer to the secretary of the commission for inspection, however, any inspection would take place in London. The commission then directed the secretary to proceed to London for forensic examination of Blackberry phone of Mansoor Ijaz allegedly used in the preparation of the memo. The Commission also rejected the application filed by Hussain Haqqani through his counsel Zahid Hussain Bokhari, seeking exhibit of the evidences and documents produced by Haqqani in the rebuttal to the evidences produced by Mansoor Ijaz. The commission, headed by
Sharifs’ interpretation in PM case not accepted: Kaira MURREE Agencies
Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira on Saturday said the PPP did not need the Sharif brothers’ interpretation of the decision of the Supreme Court in the prime minister contempt case. Talking to reporters after inaugurating 15th conference on Ophthalmology, he said, “We only accept the interpretation of public and the PPP was enjoying full support and mandate of public”. The information minister said all the political allies had expressed confidence in the prime minister. He advised the Sharif brothers to do politics on real issues being facing the country and demanded they hold local bodies election following the decision of the court. “The real representatives of public are in parliament and we have majority in parliament,” the minister added. “Those who are giving the lesson of decency should also adopt decent attitude and give answer to the public regarding the NRO,” said. To a question about the PML-N talks of long march, he said the Sharif brothers
wanted to “occupy parliament, the Prime Minister’s House and the federal capital, but they would fail in their endeavours”. He said holding political gatherings was the beauty of democracy. However, the PML-N’s gathering in Taxila might be a step to make preparations for local bodies elections which the SC had ordered the provinces to hold. Kaira said it seemed that the Sharif brothers again wanted to attack the judiciary after 15 years. He said some of those involved in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto had been arrested and were facing trial in court. The Punjab government was responsible for conducting investigation into the BB murder case because she was assassinated in Rawalpindi, he added. Kaira said good governance by the Punjab government could be judged from Rs 20 million laptops distribution ceremony on which Rs 30 million were spent. He said the PML-N was responsible for toppling of democratic governments in the past because of its politics of confrontation. “It not only got its own governments dismissed but those of the PPP as well,” he added.
Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa and comprising Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman and Sindh High Court Chief Justice Musheer Alam conducted its proceedings at the IHC. Chief Justice Faez Issa directed the secretary to seek extension in the time for completing the probe, as it did not “have any idea about the time limit required for forensic test of handsets”. The time duration for compiling the report was going to end on May 15. “The report of the forensic examination should be in simple terminology which could be understandable by the layman and should be signed by the expert along with his affidavit,” Justice
The PPP on Saturday tabled a resolution in the Punjab Assembly for the creation of South Punjab province. The resolution was moved by Opposition Leader Raja Riaz and other lawmakers of the party. Later, speaking to reporters, Riaz criticised Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, saying he was a convict and was involved in a plane-hijacking case. He said South Punjab province was essential for the Seraiki people who had been ignored since a long time. The National Assembly has already passed resolution for establishment of South Punjab province.
Procurement of 30 million lamps to cost exchequer additional rs 2 billion ISLAMABAD stAff RepoRt
The Transparency International Pakistan TI (P) on Saturday sent a letter to the Minister for Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Water and Power Minister Naveed Qamar, Pakistan Resident Mission Country Director Rune Stroem and others regarding allegations by Asian Development Bank (ADB) of procurement of energy saver bulbs at 100 percent higher rates. TIP Adviser Adil Gilani alleged that the procurement of 30 million lamps under National Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) Project would cost the exchequer an additional Rs 2 billion.
Referring to the PEPCO MD’s letter dated April 26, 2012 on the subject of procurement of 30 million CFLs under National CFL Project funded by the ADB, the TIP adviser mentioned that it had not raised objections on the tendering process of the subject procurement, but it had objected on the discriminatory specifications, which had caused the nation loss of Rs 2 billion. “TI-Pakistan is of the view that had PEPCO and Asian Development adopted conditions which the World Bank financed project in Bangladesh has used, the exchequer could have been saved from this loss of Rs 2 billion,” the letter said. Gilani referred to the Asian Develop-
KHAR: Tense situation was prevailing in Bajaur Agency where tribesmen on Saturday buried the victims of Friday’s deadly suicide attack at separate places as the death toll rose to 29. Offices and private markets were closed in Bajaur to mourn the deaths as local tribesmen held funerals in various parts of the tribal region, witnesses said. A teenage suicide bomber blew himself up on Friday in a bustling market in Khar. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack, threatening that whoever was found involved in anti-Taliban activities would face the same fate. Paramilitary troops and tribal police were seen patrolling the streets and bazaars on Saturday while roads and markets were deserted with educational institutions closed. “Five critically injured tribesmen succumbed to their injuries overnight in hospitals. The death toll has now risen to 29,” hospital sources said. inp
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Faez Isa directed. However, Sajid Tanooli, counsel for Hussain Haqqani, objected that forensic test of Ijaz’s handset at this stage should not be conducted because right of producing evidence was over. During the proceedings, Justice Qazi Hussain Isa also observed that neither the record of Hussain Haqqani phone bills was directly provided from the company nor the commission had been given the documentary record. Husain Haqqani’s lawyers later decided to boycott the proceedings of the commission saying forensic examination of Mansoor Ijaz’s Blackberry after the completion of arguments was against the law.
Death toll of Friday’s suicide bombing in Bajaur rises to 29
ment Bank to read the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s judgment in the Rental Power Plants case dated March 30, 2012, where it stated that: “It is important to note that all the executive authorities are bound to enter into contracts for supplies at the least expense to the public exchequer. Most significant consideration for every department of the Government must be the best economical mode of meeting the public needs.” In view of the Supreme Court’s judgment, TI-Pakistan advised the ADB and PEPCO to adopt the specifications of the energy saver bulbs, which were incorporated by the World Bank for Bangladesh in forthcoming procurements in Pakistan, which would save half the cost.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that the government could not hand over the president to Swiss authorities. In a meeting with representatives of south Punjab, the PM said President Asif Ali Zardari addressed the parliament a record five times. He further said he had not attempted to influence the judiciary. Gilani said, “I have worked some 22 years with Benazir Bhutto and working out her agenda of reconciliation.” He added that the Sharif brothers had fooled the nation, adding that their cases were in courts. In his view, only parliament could amend the constitution and if anyone wanted to handover the head of state, they would have to make amendments.
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Trouble brews in Orangi as Lyari op still on hold KARACHI AAMiR MAJeed/Agencies
After normalcy returned to Lyari with a temporary ceasefire in place, violence erupted in Orangi Town on Saturday as three people were gunned down in the area by unidentified assailants. A heavy contingent of police, Frontier Constabulary (FC) and Pakistan Rangers was called in the multi-ethnic town for maintaining the law and order from spiraling out of control. Armoured personnel carriers (APC) that remained engaged in Lyari during the past week were rushed to Orangi on Saturday. After the killings, the Pashtuns and Urdu-speaking population of Orangi Town came face to face, blaming each other for the incidents. The Kati Pahari area echoed with gunfire after the killing of two
Pashtuns in Qasba Colony and soon after, an Urdu-speaking community member was shot dead. Exchange of gunfire was reported from several other areas as tension prevailed over the entire town, resulting in the closure of shops and markets. Peerabad SHO Pervez Gujjar told Pakistan Today that two Pashtuns were gunned down by unidentified armed men in Qasba 2 ½, Orangi Town. He said Muzzammil, 26, and his cousin Imran were sitting at their poultry shop in the area when two unidentified attackers riding a motorcycle sprayed bullets on them. The victims suffered serious bullet injuries and were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where they succumbed to their wounds. Gujjar said unidentified armed miscreants took to the streets and forcibly closed down shops and markets after the killings.
Later, a 26-year-old man identified as Ghayyas was shot dead by unidentified assailants. The killing sparked further violence in the Urduspeaking dominated areas. SITE SP Malik Zafar Iqbal said the killing had caused panic in Orangi Town but the situation was under control and routine life had resumed in the area. He said the FC personnel deployed in Lyari last week were called to Orangi and they had taken control of pickets in the area. He said Rangers personnel had also started patrolling and snap-checking had begun to keep an eye on suspects. Iqbal said that none of the three victims had affiliations with any political or religious party. “An uncle of the two slain Pashtuns is said to be associated with the Pakistan People’s Party,” he added. Sindh Inspector General of Police
Mushtaq Shah later expressed satisfaction with police’s performance in Lyari operation and admitted that security forces had no clue that they would face serious resistance from the criminals. He said gangsters had been given two days to surrender and a new policy was being devised to make progress after the operation resumed after 48 hours. Shah said the operation had not been halted at anyone’s request and it would resume after 48 hours with fresh strategies in order to achieve the targets. Also, unidentified arsonists set on fire two offices of Sunni Tehreek in Lines Area. Meanwhile, Interior Minister Rehman Malik boosted the morale of Karachi police on Saturday, calling the force the number one police force of Pakistan.
Chaotic start to Guantanamo arraignment of 9/11 suspects GUANTANAMO BAY US NAVAL BASE Agencies
The arraignment of five Guantanamo prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 2001 attacks got off to a rocky start on Saturday when the defendants removed their earphones and refused to listen to a translation of the judge’s questions. Star defendant Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the confessed mastermind of the hijacked plane attacks, refused to respond to the judge’s questions about whether he was satisfied with his US military and civilian lawyers. “I believe Mr
Mohammed will decline to address the court. I believe he’s deeply concerned about the fairness of the proceeding,” said his civilian lawyer, David Nevin. Mohammed looked haggard and his full, scraggly beard had a reddish tinge. He wore a round white turban and white tunic. Defendant Ramzi Binalshibh stood up, then knelt on the courtroom floor and prayed as a row of burly guards in camouflage uniforms kept a close watch but did not interfere. Defendant Walid bin Attash was tightly strapped into a restraining chair after refusing to come to court voluntarily.
The judge freed him after he promised to behave inside the courtroom. When all the defendants refused to wear the earphones that allowed them to listen to the English-Arabic translations of the judge’s questions, the judge recessed the hearing briefly and then resumed it with an interpreter providing a translation that was audible to the whole court. Mohammed and his co-defendants, who could all be subjected to the death penalty, face seven charges stemming from the 2001 attacks that killed 2,976 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania and propelled the
United States into a deadly, costly and ongoing global war against al Qaeda and its supporters. The defendants last appeared in court in December 2008 when Mohammed tried to confess and plead guilty. They are accused of conspiring with al Qaeda, attacking civilians and civilian targets, murder in violation of the laws of war, destruction of property, hijacking and terrorism. Cheryl Borman, a civilian attorney for bin Attash, wore a black hijab and long black robe and told the court that the treatment of her client at Guantanamo had interfered with his ability to participate in the proceedings.
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US secretary of state visits Bangladesh, urges end to political turmoil NEW DELHI
big Iranian trade mission will arrive in India on Sunday to explore commercial opportunities on the same day as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton starts her official visit, officials said. The six-day Iranian trip comes as Washington has been pressuring India to reduce its oil purchases from Iran in a bid to coax the Islamic republic to abandon its disputed nuclear programme. “The timing of the visit with Mrs Clinton’s arrival is a coincidence,” Anand Seth, a spokesman for the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), a quasi-government body under the Indian trade ministry, said Saturday. “They’re returning our visit. We invited them when we were there (in Iran),” he told AFP. An 80-member Indian trade mission spent five days in Iran in March. The 56-member Iranian delegation is set to arrive in India on the same day Clinton lands to spend two days in the energy-hungry South Asian nation, which hopes to win a waiver from tough US sanctions on Iran. India and China, whose growing economies depend heavily on fuel imports, have publicly opposed US sanctions but at the same time have quietly been diversifying oil sources as a June deadline
looms for a US decision on sanctions on importers of the Islamic republic’s oil. India has pushed staterun refiners to diversify their imports from Iran to win a waiver from sanctions and is aiming to cut shipments from the Persian Gulf nation by 15 to 20 percent. “India has cut back on its oil imports from Iran, it has not been insensitive to American concerns (about Iran),” TP Sreenivasan, ex-Indian ambassador to the UN, told AFP. The United States say Iran’s nuclear drive is aimed at making an atomic bomb but Iran says it is for civilian energy. The Iranian delegation will also travel to financial hub Mumbai and meet with local trade bodies. BANGLADESH VISIT: Earlier on Saturday, Clinton urged Bangladesh to pull out of a spiral of political turmoil, saying the impoverished nation’s democratic credentials were at stake. “We urge all political actors in Bangladesh to work together for the good of the country,” Clinton told reporters following talks in Dhaka with Foreign Minister Dipu Moni. “In a strong democracy, everybody has to be rowing in the same direction because you’re all in the same boat,” she said. “We want to see Bangladesh succeed.” Clinton arrived in Bangladesh earlier Saturday for a brief visit shadowed by rallies and strikes over the disappearance of regional oppo-
sition figure Ilias Ali in April. Supporters say that he was seized by security forces. Four people have died in the unrest and rights groups say dozens more have “disappeared” — most of them politicians. Clinton raised the issue of the disappearances during her talks with Moni and stressed the need for political parties to settle their differences in parliament and not on the streets. She also called for an end to the recent spate of violent strikes saying they “exact a heavy toll, especially on Bangladesh’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens.” Clinton is the first US secretary of state to visit Bangladesh since Colin Powell in 2003. In unusually large crowds even for Clinton, thousands of Bangladeshis lined the streets for a glimpse of her motorcade. One well-wisher held a sign, “Heartiest welcome to Forgain (sic) Minister Clinton.” After the press conference, Clinton held talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and later signed a joint statement that stressed the two countries’ “shared values” and “respect for human rights and the rule of law.” Later, Clinton was scheduled to meet opposition leader Khaleda Zia. Clinton leaves Sunday for India where her visit will coincide with that of a large Iranian trade mission, seeking commercial opportunities to mitigate the impact of US economic sanctions.
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Shujaat cautions Nawaz against politics of destabilistion ISLAMABAD
HYdeRABAd: peasants stage a street theatre to raise awareness against corporate farming in sindh and the atrocities of landowners during a protest organised by green Rural development organisation and Hari Mazdoor tanzeem. INP
Pakistani students win int’l award with film on drone attacks KARACHI inp
A short film by two Pakistani students on US drone attacks in Pakistan and their impact on society has won an international film award, however they were refused US visa to receive the award in Washington. The film was awarded with the Best Audience Award at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth in Washington DC. Filmmakers Muhammad Danish, writer and director, and Atiqullah, producer of the short film, are students at Iqra University, a private management studies institute in Pakistan. The 20-minute short film revolves around the idea of assessing social, psy-
chological and economical affects on people from the tribal areas of Pakistan. The film identified problems that families face after becoming victims of drone missiles. Besides, it unearths line of action of terrorists groups who then use victim families for their vested interests. Despite being chosen for awards, both the students could not attend the award ceremony. They had applied for US visa twice, but were rejected by the US Embassy. “If we get visa then it would be quite easy and helpful to frame our point of view in front of selected youth film makers,” Danish said. “The film gained interest from audience across the globe, compelling festival administrators to give Audience Award to the film.”
‘ANP not consulted on Saraiki province’ PESHAWAR online
The Awami National Party (ANP) has started expressing concerns on a bill tabled earlier this week in the National Assembly, espousing creation of new province in Punjab. ANP leader Senator Haji Adeel has said that his party was not taken on board regarding the bill on South Punjab before being tabled in the lower house of the parliament. Talking to a private television channel on Saturday, Adeel said that the National Assembly could not issue instructions to the provincial assembly. He said that second paragraph of the resolution, which was tabled by the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), was against the provincial autonomy. The ANP leader was of the view that at least 100 articles of the constitution would have to be amended to carve out new provinces.
Bin Laden documents: al Qaeda wanted to assert authority over TTP WASHINGTON inp
A letter seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad that was written in late 2010 by two top al Qaeda leaders to the emir of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) sheds some light on the relationship between the two groups. While the letter reflects a bit of a struggle for the upper hand between al Qaeda and the TTP, al Qaeda was clearly asserting its authority over the Pakistani Taliban, The Long War Journal reported. The letter, which is dated December 3, 2010, was written by Atiyah Abd al Rahman, who at the time served as bin Laden’s chief of staff, and Abu Yahya al Libi, a top religious leader who is now Ayman al Zawahiri’s deputy. In the document, the two al Qaeda leaders are critiquing Hakeemullah Mehsud’s leadership style as well as responding further to a “draft” of a document that Hakeemullah had previously submitted to al Qaeda. And although the letter to the Taliban emir is contentious, and even ends with a threat from al Qaeda, there is no evidence that the letter caused a rift between the two terror groups. While the contents of Hakeemullah’s “draft” to al Qaeda are not found among the 17 documents from bin Laden’s compound that were released to the public this week, Hakeemullah appears to have submitted a proposal to al Qaeda that outlines his role as a
leader in Pakistan’s jihad. Al Qaeda’s response to Hakeemullah in the December 3 letter appears to be part of its efforts to organize the large Taliban groups in Pakistan’s tribal agencies of North and South Waziristan and refocus their energies on Afghanistan. That effort ultimately succeeded in late 2011, when four major Taliban groups, including the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, formed the Shurae-Murakeba. Abu Yahya al Libi, Sirajuddin Haqqani, Mullah Mansour, a senior Taliban leader who operates in eastern Afghanistan, and an al Qaeda leader known as Abdur Rehman Al Saudi were responsible for brokering the creation of the Shura-e-Murakeba. Atiyah and Abu Yahya’s letter is addressed “to the good brother Hakeemullah”. But the niceties stop there, as the al Qaeda leaders upbraided Hakeemullah for his “mistakes”. “We have several important comments that cover the concept, approach, and behavior of the TTP in Pakistan, which we believe are passive behavior and clear legal and religious mistakes which might result in a negative deviation from the set path of the Jihadi Movement in Pakistan, which also are contrary to the objectives of Jihad and to the efforts exerted by us,” the al Qaeda leaders said. They cited the killing of Muslims and using people as “shields” as part of these mistakes. The authors then said that Hakeemullah’s demand that other jihadis, presumably members of other Taliban groups and even al Qaeda in Pakistan’s
tribal areas, swear fealty to him, may spark fighting between jihadi groups. “Considering Hakeemullah as the sole emir for everyone to swear allegiance to, whoever oppose him and isn’t a member of the movement is an adulterer, the none differentiation between the Jihad Emirate and the Great Imam post, and neglecting the daily conditions of the Muslims; all of which according to the Sharia (Muslim laws) are a misconception of the real situation, and may cause an inter-Mujahidin fighting,” Atiyah and Abu Yahya wrote. Atiyah and Abu Yahya then turned to “the draft that was written by Hakeemullah Mehsud” and said it is “unacceptable and we don’t approve it because it contains political and Sharia mistakes”. The two al Qaeda leaders’ letter goes on to demonstrate that they have been in communication with Hakeemullah over the draft. “We already sent our comments on this draft,” they said. Atiyah and Abu Yahya then chastised Hakeemullah for calling al Qaeda “guests” in Pakistan. “We want to make it clear to you that we, the al Qaeda is an Islamist Jihadi organization that is not restricted to a country or race, and that we in Afghanistan swore allegiance to the Emir Mullah Muhammad (Omar) who allowed us to carry Jihad,” they said. “Those that call us as guests do that for political reasons and don’t base this attribute on the Sharia, and we ask you and all the Mujahidin not to use this attribute.”
M L - Q President Shujaat Hussain on Saturday urged PML-N President Nawaz Sharif to get rid of his confusion “on the politics of long march” and avoid destabilisation against the democratic process. Talking to reporters after a book-launching ceremony at a local hotel, Shujaat said, “Talking about the long march looks is Greek to politicians and the PML-N chief should wait for the detailed judgement against Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.” He said the PML-N leadership had already taken a U-turn on his long march statement. He advised the PML-N chief to end confusion and come out with a clear stance. He said the recent statement by Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani was a warning for all stakeholders and no one should adopt the path of confrontation. “We will also discuss our strategy once the detailed judgement by the SC is issued. In my view, the detailed judgement should be released soon to give an end to confusion,” he added. Asked whether his party would name any PML leader for the slot of the next prime minister, Shujaat said the PPP was the major political partner in the coalition government and it was its right to get the prime minister’s slot. Disapproving the call for snap polls, Shujaat said competent leadership could steer the country out of the crisis and an early election would serve no purpose. “All political parties should prepare for next elections and the people of Pakistan would decide their fate in the polls,” he added. He said elections would be held in March 2013 after the passage of the budget this year. He said his party had shared its concerns with the PPP leadership on creation of Hazara Province, adding that the PML-Q would soon table a resolution for the creation of Hazara Province. Earlier, while paying tributes to Mowahid Hussain for his book, Shujaat said
that the book had provided hope and optimism to the younger generations. Shujaat said the book would help teach the people of the country the vision and vigour to get through the challenges faced by the country. Turkish Ambassador Mustafa Babur Hizlan was chief guest while Ch Shujaat presided over the function. General (retd) Hameed Gul, Mrs Farrukh Khan, Haji Afzal, Begum Hameed Gul, Senator (retd) Nilofar Bakhtiar and others also addressed the attendees. PML-Q Secretary General Mushahid Hussain Sayed termed the book a battle of ideas which was the biggest challenge for the Muslim world. He said the book would help provide the Muslims a way forward by defeating the defeated mindset which is the biggest problem they are facing. Mowahid Hussain Shah termed the Turkish nation a role model for the Muslims and said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan was a beacon of light for the Muslim politicians as he had introduced visionary, honest and capable leadership skills and had helped Turkey excel through good governance.
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President signs ‘Delimitation of Constituencies (Amend) Bill, 2012’ ISLAMABAD inp
President Asif Ali Zardari, on the advice of the prime minister, has assented to the Delimitation of Constituencies (Amendment) Bill, 2012 and the Pakistan Trade Control of Wild Fauna and Flora Bill, 2012. The Delimitation of Constituencies (Amendment) Bill, 2012 seeks to bring the provisions of the Delimitation of Constituencies Act, 1974, in conformity with Articles 51, 106 and 218 of the Constitution as amended by the Constitution (Eighteenth Amendment) Act, 2010. The Bill was passed by the Senate on the November 3, 2011, and transmitted to the National Assembly. The National Assembly passed it on January 4, 2012, with amendment and returned to the Senate. The Senate passed it again on the March 8, 2012, with amendment. The said Bill has been passed by the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) under clause (3) of the Article 70 of the Constitution in joint sitting held on 30th March 2012.
Jamil Bugti wants referendum to decide Balochistan’s future QUETTA online
cHiniot: A quack attracts people with his snakes to sell medicines. INP
India, Pakistan must overcome mistrust despite hardliners SRINAGAR
HE International Crisis Group said the recent dialogue process between India and Pakistan “provides the best chance yet for bilateral peace and regional stability”, but both countries “must still overcome serious mistrust among hardliners in their security elites”. In its report titled: Pakistan’s Relations with India: Beyond Kashmir?, the think tank analyses how the deeper economic ties they are building could help repair the breach between the two nu-
clear-armed powers who have fought multiple wars with each other. For over six decades, bilateral relations have been overshadowed by the Kashmir dispute. “With political will on both sides to normalise relations, however, the dialogue process has resulted in some promising achievements. Broader economic ties would provide a more conducive environment to address longstanding disputes like Kashmir,” it said. “Pakistan and India need to build on what they have achieved to reach sustainable peace”, says Samina Ahmed, Crisis Group’s South Asia Project Director. “Deeper economic ties have been formed. But an effective integration of
12 injured in a brawl in Gujranwala sessions court premises GUJRANWALA inp
At least 12 people were injured in a fierce clash between two rival groups in the premises of sessions court in Gujranwala on Saturday. Police sources said members of the two rival groups who came out of the court after the hearing of a murder case initially started abusing each other and later started fighting. They freely used fists, slapped and kicked one another and also hurled stones which led to 12 people being injured, five among them critically. The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals. The Civil Lines Police reached the spot and arrested 15 men involved in the brawl and registered separate cases against them for creating a law and order situation.
the two economies requires measures that enable greater movement across the border”. Numerous challenges still threaten the chance for peace and stability. Pakistan’s fragile democratic transition, pivotal to the success of the dialogue, is endangered by a powerful military that is deeply hostile toward India and supports anti-India-oriented extremist groups. Another Mumbai-style attack by militants would make the dialogue untenable and could even spark a new war. “India’s concerns about jihadi groups are legitimate but should not define and encumber dialogue with Pakistan. Given its neighbour’s fragile
democratic transition, New Delhi should be more flexible and patient. Such an approach, if sustained, would enable the Pakistani civilian political leadership to take the initiative on security-related and territorial disputes, including Kashmir,” the report said. “Pakistan’s ability to broaden engagement with India depends on a sustained democratic transition, with elected leaders gaining control over foreign and security policy from the military”, says Robert Templer, Crisis Group’s Asia Program Director. “This would result in new prospects to move beyond a rigid, Kashmir-centric approach to India”.
Nawabzada Jamil Bugti, son of slain Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, has suggested that a referendum should be held in Balochistan so that the Baloch could decide whether they want to live with Pakistan. Addressing a press conference on Saturday, he demanded that Dera Ghazi Khan district of Punjab should be included in Balochistan and Pashtoon dominated areas should also be separated from the province after holding a referendum. He said that Pakistan was the only country in the world where everything continued as usual after the conviction of its prime minister. Bugti said that courts’ orders were not being implemented. He said that people who had been abducted should be released as part of efforts to improve the situation in Balochistan. To a question, he said that India would interfere in Balochistan for its interest not for the people of Balochistan.
Nawaz supporting Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, says Malik
Coalition partners in race for chairmanships of lucrative Senate committees ISLAMABAD online
The race for the chairmanship of lucrative and influential Senate standing committees is on among collation partners. All 33 standing and functional committees of the Upper House of the parliament are likely to be reconstituted next week. In the past, only those standing or functional committees were usually dissolved whose chairmen retired and chairmen of other standing committees remained intact with inclusion of new members in place of retired Senators. However, with the retirement of 50 senators and election of 54 new lawmakers, all committees have been dissolved. Chairmanships of committees are granted to coalition partners on the basis
of their proportionate strength in the House; however, per formula decided among the political parties at the time of coalition government took charge of the affairs of the state, eac h coalition partner was awarded with an extra chairmanship of standing committee than the due share. Currently, ANP, MQM, PML and JUI-F have 12, seven, four and eight senators in the Upper House of parliament. Per the decided formula among the political parties, the ANP, MQM, PML and JUI-F may get chairmanship of four, three, two and two committees, respectively. The ANP has demanded chairmanship of 10 committees for its members, while Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) (an invisible coalition partner) sought five committees for its lawmakers. Sources said that the
strongest stance was of ANP which claimed to be the second largest coalition partner with 12 senators in the House. “ANP seems inclined not compromise less than 10 committees,” sources said. “The ANP is also of the view that the PPP had reserved all important offices including presidency, premiership, chairman, deputy chairman, leader of the house and chief whip in Senate and speaker and deputy speaker in National Assembly,” the sources added. When contacted, MQM and the PML-Q turned down any demand for the committees, however, both the parties elaborated that formula for the provision of chairmanships of standing committee at the time of creation of this government was set at one committee against four members of Senate.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif’s sympathy for the banned Peoples Aman Committee had vindicated that the Punjab government was supporting the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. “I am surprised at Nawaz Sharif’s sympathy with the people of Lyari. He openly supports the banned group,” Malik said. He also welcomed the restoration of normal life in Lyari, where police battled with suspected gangsters for seven consecutive days. The police have been repositioned to facilitate public, he said, adding that the government could not put the people into trouble due to criminal’s activities.
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With Lyari op on-hold, trouble brews in Orangi ■ Two Pakhtuns, one Urdu-speaking community member gunned down as violence breaks out in town KARACHI
FTER normalcy returned to Lyari with an ‘operational’ ceasefire in place, violence erupted in the Orangi Town on Saturday as three people were gunned down in the area by unidentified assailants. A heavy contingent of police, Frontier Constabulary (FC) and Pakistan Rangers was called in the multi-ethnic town for maintaining the law and order situation from spiralling out of control. The armoured personnel carriers (APC) that remained engaged in the Lyari Town for the whole past week were rushed to the Orangi Town. After killing of the three men in the area, the Pakhtun and Urdu-speaking population of Orangi Town came face to face blaming each other for the incidents. The Kati Pahari area echoed with gunfire after the killing of two Pakhtuns in Qasba Colony and soon after,
an Urdu-speaking community member was shot dead. Exchange of gunfire was reported from several other areas as tension prevailed in the entire town, resulting in the closure of shops and markets. Peerabad SHO Pervez Gujjar told Pakistan Today that two Pakhtuns were gunned down by unidentified armed men in Qasba 2 ½, Orangi Town. He said Muzzammil, 26, and his cousin Imran were sitting at their poultry shop in the area when two unidentified attackers riding a motorcycle sprayed them with bullets. The victims suffered serious bullet injuries and were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH), where they succumbed to their wounds. Gujjar said unidentified armed miscreants took to the streets and forcibly closed down shops and markets. Meanwhile, a 26-year-old man identified as Ghayyaz, son of Ayaz, was shot dead by unidentified assailants. The killing then sparked violence in
the Urdu-speaking dominated areas. SITE Superintendent of Police Malik Zafar Iqbal told Pakistan Today that the killings had caused panic in Orangi Town but the situation is under control now and routine life resumed later in the night. He said that the FC personnel deployed in Lyari during the last week’s operation were called to Orangi Town and took control of their pickets in the area. The officer said that Rangers personnel have also started patrolling and snapchecking in the troubled town to keep an eye over any suspicious activity. “I am the town right now and there is no tension but law enforcers have been put on alert in case violence erupts,” he said. Iqbal said that none of the three victims had affiliations with any political or religious parties. The funeral prayers of the two cousins were held at the Kati Pahari and they were later buried in the Paracha Graveyard of Orangi Town.
As law enforcers withdrew from Lyari, normalcy returned to the Cheel Chowk on Saturday after 8 days of siege. ASIM RehMANI
Real ‘press’ freedom in media owners’ hands ■ US Consulate organises conference on media laws to mark the world Press Freedom Day
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The Pakistani media enjoys freedom of press, but the real freedom is being enjoyed by the media owners. This was observed during a vibrant discussion about media laws on Saturday at the US Consulate in Karachi to mark the World Press Freedom Day. Over 70 Karachi-based journalists, media laws experts, bloggers and journalism students attended the dialogue. The Express Tribune’s Kamal Siddiqui, Supreme Court advocate Zahid Ebrahim, an expert on media laws, and blogger Faisal Kapadia joined Jang Group’s Ghazi Salahuddin lead the discussions for different sessions. In the consulate hall, portraits of journalists killed in Pakistan, including Saleem Shahzad, Wali Khan Babar and Denial Pearl, were displayed to pay tribute The speakers said that media in Pakistan fully enjoys the freedom of press and even in some cases, it telecasts or prints something that is more than freedom, for which the media needs to implement code of conducts, while reporting different issues. Most of the participants asked different questions about the safety, security and working environment of the journalists, impacts of citizen journalism on the society
and on traditional media and also about the non-payment of salaries to employees by different newspapers and television channels. Answering queries by the participants, the panellists said that though Pakistan is supposedly one of the most dangerous countries for journalists, most of the newspapers and television channels’ owners are not ensuring proper safety training or even giving their journalists proper equipments or insurance. “A camera or the media vehicles are insured whereas the journalists are not, in such conditions working journalists feel insecure,” said a panellist. In his concluding remarks, US Consul General in Karachi William Martin thanked the journalists. He said: “I have become a big fan of the Pakistani media. As I meet journalists from all over Pakistan, I am struck by the talent, the imagination and the commitment I see here.” In addition to sharing their views about media laws, the speakers also commented on the Urdu translation of the newly-published book Media Laws by Jane Kirtley, a professor of media ethics and law at the University of Minnesota. The book was distributed among the participants to share the scholarly research on the historical evolution of media laws in western societies.
Youth want a piece of society too ■ representatives from non-governmental organisations demand a viable space to play role in country’s development KARACHI stAff RepoRt
Youth representatives from various groups and non-governmental organisations have demanded that youngsters be allotted a viable space in the society to play an effective role in the development of the country. The representatives were speaking at a youth camp with the title “Youth: Present and Future, Exploring Spaces for Participation, Action and Change,” organised by the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) at Jinnah Medical and Dental College Auditorium on Saturday. The event was part of PILER’s thirty years celebrations in solidarity with labour. The youth took up various issues concerning education, art, politics, media and social entrepreneurship and emphasised the need for increased role of the youth in every sphere of the society. Students from various educational institutions, including University of Karachi (KU), Visual
Study Centre, University of Sindh (SU), Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU) and Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST), participated in the discussions. Students in their presentations spoke on various issues and showed their career aspirations. The programme moderator, KU Pakistan Study Centre Director Dr Jaffar Ahmed, said that youth face challenges such as where to explore the ways of achieving their targets. “It is difficult to create space in the society and choose the future line of action,” he said. “For this, the youth have to have a clear vision.” “I have been in the teaching profession for the past 26 years and have had interactions with the youth on many occasions. Having social science perspective, I usually listen to people accusing the youth of disobedience and not following in the footprints of their elders. But I say today’s youth is better than the past and they should be understood in a proper
perspective.” “We have the energy in terms of youth coming up with new ideas. They want to stage dramas but they do not have a place for that. There is no space for youth to do politics and play their effective role,” he said adding that it is the responsibility of the society, government, academia and parents to provide them space so they may dream and play a constructive role. Andeel Ali talked about the youth for social entrepreneurship and said how he formed a youth group, which he registered with the Youth Parliament. He asked the participants to identify their vision what they want to do in the future. He advised them to take the burning issues facing the society is facing. He asked them to work to address the same. “Making institutions is not difficult if the vision is clearer. Get inspirations from the work done by some legendary people of the world and take a start from that. If the vision is clearer we can develop social venture. Keep national cause in the mind to continue
work,” he added. SU’s Warsia Thebo talked about the status of female education in the rural areas of Sindh. Belonging to the Umerkot district in Thar Desert, she shared her experiences on how the girls face difficulties in dreaming for getting higher education. “The entire society is male-dominant and hostile towards women,” she opined. “The dowry system in the rural society has pushed young girls to think how to save their own future and break these traditional barriers. Girls are being considered nothing but brainless dolls,” Thebo said. She expressed concern over the deteriorating education environment in the universities, saying when girls dare to break the barriers of the society and reach a university, they face hostile attitudes and an unfavourable atmosphere. “As a result they have to leave their education halfway,” she said. “I saw how many of my colleagues left their education incomplete because of these hurdles. So these might be seen at government lev-
els and given a space to these poor girls to brighten their future on their own.” Abdullah Qamar, a Fine Arts student, shared his experiences he got during his education career. He advised the youth to choose the directions to give something to the society. Artists are struggling to make money instead of playing their role to change the society through their ideas and colours. Negating sophistication, he said that the youth should be simple while talking to common people because if they behave sophisticatedly, they will not allow you to enter in their circles. “It is quite difficult to learn from the experiences of vendors, shopkeepers, and auto-mechanics,” he added. SZABIST’s Bilal Badi said youth can create a space through education. He gave examples how genius people got space to engage themselves. He asked the youth instead of aspiration to become right they should engage themselves politically to play role for the social change. Mass Communication student
Shahzadi Kunwal while giving her presentation on youth and media criticised the Pakistani media persons, who sometimes run unconfirmed news, misguiding the society but are reluctant to encourage the work being done by youth. She appealed to the politicians, government and academia to change attitude towards the youth and give them due respect. “Because of ignorance, the youth, the builders of the society, may take a wrong turn tomorrow,” she said. “Due to denial of rights the youth may become subversive elements of different political parties instead of playing a constructive role.” Earlier, PILER’s Zeenia Shaukat spelled out the Youth Camp objectives. She said the youth today has emerged as a powerful voice in education, research, media, theatre and other fields. Youth has access to communication, and are playing inspiring role. They should come forward with clear understanding what they want to do and achieve this by themselves.
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Fisherfolk forum celebrates foundation day KARACHI
AKISTAN’S marine and inland fishermen celebrated the 14th foundation day of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) on Saturday in different district headquarters in the province. The major event was held at Karachi’s Ibrahim Hyderi locality, where a large number of community women and men hailing from nearby villages participated. PFF leaders Mohammed Ali Shah, Saeed Baloch, Majeed Motani, Tahira Ali, Yousuf Kadani, Sami Memon, Ayoub Shan, Mustafa Gurgaiz, Latif Dhorai, Kausar Baloch and others cut a cake and exchanged greetings with the fisherfolk. The PFF theatre and music groups performed tableau and songs to motivate the community on staying alive on the issues fishermen are confronted with in
different areas. Shah said the 14 years of the community struggle have inspired the world to learn lessons from the achievements of the PFF. He paid homage to the sacrifice of PFF’s two leaders who were killed last year on the same day just after the celebrations. “The community people will not forget the sacrifice of the activists and the way of taking revenge is strengthening unity among the oppressed people,” Shah said the mangroves are being cut along the city coast by land mafia, putting citizens at risk of natural disasters. “It is not only the responsibility of fishermen, the citizens themselves are stakeholders and should come forward to challenge the land mafia and preserve the mangroves.” “We are still struggling for the rights of fishermen, deriving their livelihoods
from 300 water bodies, who are being deprived of their rights by influential landlords,” the PFF chairman said. “Lakes, wetlands and canals are under the control of certain people and fishermen are being pushed into poverty and joblessness.” Despite tall claims, the government is doing nothing for the well-being of the community. Harmful nets are being used at the mouths of creeks. Landlords and investors are destroying fish reserves, which will put fishermen vulnerable to hunger and poverty in the time to come. Shah said despite hostile attitude of ruling elites and landlords fishermen are being made united to educate their children and come together for their common goal. Nobody can divide fishermen for their interests. He said they are celebrating the whole year to save water resources, demanding government for the restoration
of the Indus River. The struggle is for getting water share to protect Indus Delta and natural resources at tail end areas of the province. Communities residing in the entire country waters are being motivated to understand the conspiracies being hatched against their unity on ethnic and religious grounds. Fishermen from all the areas are from the same community and their rights are the same. He said after phase-wise struggle the community will start a caravan from Jamshoro on March 1 next year and Islamabad on March 14 to celebrate the ‘International Day of Action for the Rivers.’ Saeed Baloch said the industrialists have polluted the marine waters and now the urban and industrial waste is being streamed into Keenjhar and other lakes and canals. He said the canals passing through major cities are getting urban waste. Civic agencies are playing havoc with
the lives of the tail-end people, who use the canal water. Mustafa Meerani from Manchhar Lake said now the major freshwater lake has become a dumping site, receiving pollution from drains. At Badin hundreds of fishermen gathered to mark the foundation day, where Tahira Ali, Omar Mallah, Makal Shah, Mithan Mallah and others led the rally, which also attracted civil society activists and academia to express solidarity with the fishermen. At Hyderabad, community elders from Jamshoro, Matiyari and Nawabshah attended. Similar gatherings were held at Manchhar Lake, Sanghar, Umerkot, Thatta, Sukkur, Kashmor, Guwadar of Balochistan and other waters, where community people staged rallies for their rights. Jubilant activists performed dance and songs to highlight their demands.
North Korea’s brinkmanship want facts on literature, music? Meet the new Goethe chief threatens South Korea Cheon Soengwhun (KinU senioR ReseARcH fellow)
North Korea’s criticism and threats against South Korea have gone to extremes. The communist country’s scathing denunciation of the South Korean leadership has long been commonplace. The North has made every conceivable kind of verbal threat against the South; it seems that words no longer matter and only actions are left. On April 23, the supreme command of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) levelled the most specific threat against South Korea through the socalled ‘special operations task force.’ It represents the ultimate consummation of serious offensives against South Korea recently perpetrated by North Korea. The special operations task force said, “To annihilate reckless challenges from rebellious elements, we will launch special actions based on revolutionary force soon.” It went on to say that within three to four minutes from commencement of its actions, “we will raze all sources of provocation to the ground with unprecedented special means and our own methods.” North Korea’s ceaseless threats of this nature conjure up the image of a poisonous snake. The North has ratcheted up its offensive since Kim Jong-il’s death late last year and began lambasting the South Korean government for selectively allowing its people to make condolence calls for Kim Jong-il and putting its entire military on alert for a possible contingency. The communist country argued that South Korea committed lesemajesty rather than expressing its regrets in the face of ‘national mourning.’ From the so-called Day of the Sun marking the centennial of Kim Ilsung’s birthday on April 15, North Korea began to dramatically step up its vilification of South Korea. The South Korean public heavily criticised North Korea for pouring about $2 billion, equivalent to thirty percent of its
annual budget, into celebrations of its late leader’s birthday while its populace starves and the country remains impoverished. Major media outlets in South Korea made an issue out of this situation, and university students and civic groups made a performance mocking the Day of the Sun in Gwanghwamun Square. The North Korean authorities flared up in anger in response. On April 18, North Korea’s Committee for Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland threatened that South Korea would fully pay the price for its massive provocation by mocking the Day of the Sun. On the same day, the supreme command of the KPA threatened to take special actions to blow up the centre of Seoul as it is the epicentre of slander against North Korea’s highest dignity, i.e. ‘the Kims.’ On April 19, North Korea’s government, political parties and organisations issued a joint statement that the country would wage a holy war of revenge if South Korea fails to offer an apology for having mocked the Day of the Sun. On April 23, the North Korean foreign ministry spokesperson contended that the South Korean government would be wholly liable for any contingency on the Korean peninsula. He also threatened that any of its allies interfering in the internal affairs of the Korean people would be subject to “the spear head of rage by our military and people.” In the international community of the 21st century, North Korea is the only country hurling such raw criticism and curses. It has made remarks lacking basic common sense and of course has failed to comply with rules of the international community. With matters failing to turn out as it intended, North Korea is making coarse threats and even resorting to blackmail by threatening use of force in the worse case, which is no better than ‘rambunctious behaviour’ of organised gangsters. North Korea also shows the attributes of gangsters who are weak to the strong and strong to the weak. While
ignoring the South, the North strives to be on good terms with the US. On April 13, North Korea argued upon its launch of a ballistic missile that the peaceful use of space constitutes a right of a sovereign nation, protesting that the international community is provoking a quarrel, particularly with regard to the launch of an artificial satellite by the North. The reason is simple: North Korea is behaving like gangsters spiralling out of control. Amidst serious concerns that North Korea may perpetrate a provocation by taking advantage of political instability in South Korea ahead of its presidential election in December, North Korea has intimidated South Korea to make matters worse. China and the US worry that North Korea’s verbal threats may flare into actions. The more reckless the remarks and provocations North Korea makes, the stronger the conviction the international community will have that the only way to resolve all the problems caused by North Korea is reunification led by South Korea. North Korea is driving a nail into its own coffin. The South Korean government is calmly and resolutely responding to North Korea’s threats. The Ministry of Unification urged North Korea to exercise self-restraint while the Ministry of National Defence clarified its position that it would adamantly punish North Korea in the case of its provocation. The sinking of the Cheonan, a South Korean naval corvette, by a North Korean torpedo and North Korea’s shelling of Yeonpyeongdo Island heightened the South Korean people’s concerns over national security. According to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Public Administration and Security in 2011, most of the South Korean population (84.0% of adults and 76.8% of teenagers) responded that South Korea should militarily respond to any further armed provocation by North Korea. Hopefully, the North Korean leadership will soon realize that any further provocations on its part will yield no gains.
Avari Group executive Director Dinshaw B Avari, etihad Airways Country Manager Pak- German Consul General Dr Tilo Klinner addresses the members of istan Amer Khan and Avari Group Chairman Behram D Avari announced a partnership Pakistan-German Business Forum including its President Saifuddin programme between the Avari Hotels and etihad Airways, offering guests staying at any Zoomkawala and Vice President razzak Bengali. STAFF PhOTO Avari hotel worldwide one etihad Guest Mile for every dollar spent. STAFF PhOTO
The culture of different regions blending together helps bring harmony in the world and Pakistan definitely has a very fascinating culture, said German Consul General Dr Tilo Klinner at a reception hosted by him and his wife at their residence for artists, educationists, intellectuals and the media. The event was to bid farewell to the leaving Consul and Deputy Head of Mission Rolf Traut and to welcome the new incumbent Hans-Juergen Paschke and introduce the newly-appointed director of GoetheInstitute, Dr Manuel G Negwer Negwer has done his thesis in literature and has vast knowledge on the literature and music of regions as different as Latin America, the Iberian peninsula
German Consul General Dr Tilo Klinner and his wife Luna Klinner hosted a dinner at their residence to bid farewell to Consul and Deputy Head of Mission rolf Traut; welcome the new incumbent Hans-Juergen Paschke; and introduce the new Goethe-Institute Director Dr Manuel G Negwer. STAFF PHOTO and Japan. He has more than 25 years of experience and served at the Goethe-Institute in Munich, Bolivia, Brazil and Japan, before being posted to Pakistan. Negwer can speak fluent Spanish and Portuguese besides English, Italian and Japanese. Speaking informally to the media, the Goethe Insti-
tute director said he would strive to bring the culture of other parts to Pakistan and show the good, positive side of the land of the Indus to the world. He added that he was learning and discovering amazing new things about Pakistan almost daily and looked forward to his stay here.
Qatar Airways stand a big hit in Dubai trade fair KARACHI stAff RepoRt
The Qatar Airways is enjoying a successful week at the Middle East’s leading travel trade show in Dubai showcasing its new exhibition stand and Boeing 787 seats – both taking centre stage at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM). The four-day exhibition kicked off with an official inauguration by United Arab Emirates Prime Minister and Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid AlMaktoum. During a tour to each of the exhibition area, Al-Maktoum visited the Qatar Airways exhibition stand where the airline’s Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al-Baker showcased the carrier’s Boeing 787 Business Class seats. Qatar Airways is the Middle East launch customer of the 787 Dreamliner with the first of 60 of the aircraft-type on order due to be delivered to the Doha-based airline this summer. ATM was a four-day event attracted the crème de la crème of the travel industry from the Gulf, across the
The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin rashid Al-Maktoum, being shown the Qatar Airways’ new Boeing 787 Business Class seat by the airline’s CeO Akbar Al-Baker on display at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. Middle East and around the world. The visitors from around the world visited Qatar Airways’ stand to sample the airline’s renowned hospitality and its latest seat product offerings. The airline company is gearing up to launch a range of new destinations, including Zagreb in Croatia on May 9; Perth in Australia from July 3; Kilimanjaro on July 25; Mombasa on August 15, Erbil and Baghdad in May and June respectively, and Myanmar in October. Among other new routes due to join the airline’s network with dates yet to be announced are Belgrade in Serbia, Helsinki in Finland and Zanzibar in Tanzania.
Qatar Airways is one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, operating a modern fleet of 109 aircraft to 113 diverse business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America from its Doha hub. The airline has orders worth over $50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 Family of aircraft. The rapid expansion of Qatar Airways prompted the State of Qatar to embark on one of its biggest projects – the construction of a brand new international airport in Doha, which is scheduled to open in 2012.
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UFIS in prayer at the tomb of Misri Shah in Karachi. The photographer Yasir Kazmi said, â€˜Most people are confused about lots of things in different religions. Sufism gives you the power to find a proper direction to find yourself and God. Sufism is a branch of religion, but religion is not a part of Sufism. Anyone can join the system.â€™ CNN
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ARACHI, as we know it, appeared in a blink. Nineteenth-century maps show a dot labelled Karachi, or “Kurrachee”. But this place was a tiny fraction of the city that exists today. At the end of World War II, Karachi’s population was around 400,000. Today, it’s at least 13 million, one of the larger cities in the world. Once, I saw this giant metropolis from the roof of the old city hall. The building is an arch-windowed, rambling pile of reddish stone, which dates to the era when the British controlled Karachi as part of their Indian empire. Its design blends the cultures of rulers and ruled. The businesslike lower floors could be facing some European square, but on the roof, I was standing amid a series of South Asian onion-shaped domes. A flock of birds settled on the dome to my right, clustering up near the point. A city employee beckoned me to a door. It led us into the clock tower. We barely had room to step inside, because the floor was covered with thousands of municipal documents – building designs, memos on land use, and maps from the previous century. Past administrations had filed the old papers by dumping them in a pile so enormous that it interfered with the dangling weights that drove the clock. Stepping over dusty pages at the edge of the pile, we climbed the stairs that circled the clockworks and emerged on a balcony below a clock face. Karachi lay below us like an unfolded map. Motorcycles whined on the street below. One of the office buildings to my right was covered in checkerboard squares of yellow and black. To my left, busy streets stretched away until they vanished
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in the haze. The low buildings that lined those streets were shades of khaki and gray, their colours washed out by pollution and the sun. Eight miles away, I knew, the broad streets cut through North Karachi, which was built in the 1960s as a distant suburb. The expanding city promptly filled the intervening space. Then it continued beyond. Today, many people live in New Karachi, a sprawling area to the north of North Karachi. Others live miles farther north, in areas even newer than New Karachi. What spread out before me was an instant city – a metropolis that has grown so rapidly that a returning visitor from a few decades ago would scarcely recognise it. The instant city retains some of its original character and architecture, like Karachi’s city hall, but has expanded so much that the new overshadows the old. For most of history, the overwhelming majority of the world’s people lived in the countryside. The global population remained heavily rural even after American and European cities industrialised and grew in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Now the balance has shifted within the span of a single life. Since the aftermath of World War II, the urban population has grown by close to 3 billion people. Urban dwellers became a majority of the global population around 2008, and many urban areas are still growing. This trend has produced the instant city, which I define as a metropolitan area that’s grown since 1945 at a substantially higher rate than the population of the country to which it belongs. In the United States, the population has doubled, but Los Angeles and its suburbs more than tripled. Houston has expanded more than six fold, and its exuberant growth is
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modest compared with the developing world. Istanbul is about 10 times its previous size. Ürümqi, a business hub for western China, is about 23 times more populous than the estimate for 1950. And then there’s Karachi. Conservative estimates suggest that it’s at least 30 times larger than in 1945 – meaning that there are at least 30 residents today for everyone at the war’s end. This kind of growth reflects more than natural increase in the number of births over deaths. It’s true that the global population ballooned in recent decades, an epic trend that contributes massively to the expansion of cities like Karachi. But that’s not the whole story. The city has grown too quickly for that. Modern cities also add population by sprawling into rural areas, which is part of what I was seeing from the clock tower. Karachi swallowed hundreds of villages that used to be miles out in the countryside. But even this cannot fully explain the instant city. Something more is happening. The city is attracting migrants. People arrive from rural areas or from other countries. They work in new industries and build new homes. They bring diverse customs, languages, or religious practices, and they make the older inhabitants tense. Lifelong residents and newcomers alike jostle for power and resources in a swiftly evolving landscape that disorients them all. In recent decades, the most significant movements to cities have come in Africa and Asia. Karachi has been a destination for some of the most dramatic migrations of all. No one metropolis could capture the full variety of the world’s growing cities, but Karachi is representative in several ways. It’s on the Asian coastline, where massive urban growth is
under way. Its modern foundations were laid during the age of European colonialism. Its great expansion coincided with the post-war collapse of empire, when industrialisation attracted people to the city – as did the desperation of people seeking shelter from political or economic catastrophes. And it’s surprising to learn how often Karachi’s course has been influenced by trends, ideas, or investment from other cities. It’s a listening post where we can take in a global conversation. Within this one metropolis, we find a range of possible options for the future of the instant city. Travelling across the landscape visible from the city hall balcony, we can encounter anything from shining glass towers to chaotic violence. Lately, Karachi has seen a little more glass, and a lot more violence. Migrants have come from all over Pakistan, concentrating the energies and sorrows of an entire troubled nation in one place under the sun. What follows is the story of a single day in Karachi’s life. It was a date that almost everyone in Karachi remembered. Many vividly recalled where they were and what they were doing. I set out to learn the events of that day, the history that led up to it, and the aftershocks and consequences that followed. It’s a slice of the urban world we’ve all been building. From the clock tower, I saw the place where the story begins. It’s just down the street from the old city hall. A white marker, next to the faded paint of a crosswalk. The marker was recently made. It’s a memorial stone. Extracted from the book ‘Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi’ authored by Steve Inskeep.
POETRY ON MAY 9 AT 7:00 PM VENUE: T2F 2.0
ART EXHIBITION UNTIL MAY 12 VENUE: ARTCHOWK
THEATRE PLAY UNTIL MAY 13 VENUE: ARTS COUNCIL
‘Ghalib Made Easy: Interactive Sessions with Musharraf Ali Farooqi’ at The 2nd Floor. Call 35389033 for more information.
Aliya Yousuf’s art exhibition titled ‘Augmentation’ is running until May 12 at ArtChowk-the Gallery. Call 35300481 for more information.
NAPA Repertory Theatre presents Yasmina Reza’s comedy play ‘ART’ until May 13 at the Karachi Arts Council. Call 32633105 for more information.
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PML(N) and PPP This is with reference to various news that appeared in your paper on 5th May about PML(N)'s strategy against Prime Minister after the Supreme Court's short judgment that Prime Minister has been found guilty of the contempt and accordingly sentenced till rising of the court, that lasted for 3 seconds. Since then PML(N) has adopted a hostile attitude against the government and specially against Yousaf Raza Gilani, PML(N) is still not clear about their own strategy except one old time slogan that they will resort to long march. PML(N) at the same time is trying to muster up support for the coming elections. Joining of Mumtaz Bhutto and Marvi Memon who even failed to get their own seats should not be taken as a matter of pride. On Friday, they asked the banned People's Aman Committee’s chief Uzair Baloch to
After a year join the party knowing well that Lyari vote bank remains divided. Leader of the opposition says Gilani won't be allowed to retain office. PM's office is outcome of the parliament and it will be the parliament to decide the future of the Prime Minister. Unfortunately, we have no patience and are not ready to tolerate anybody in the game of power. Democracy is game of numbers and not rhetoric. PML(N)'s wrong policies are taking them away from their goals. What is the hurry, why can't they wait for the detailed judgement? How ignorant they are about the current situation? PM Gilani will continue holding office till such time his appeal is decided. The Supreme Court’s Judicial Committee is meeting on 7th May to induct five more judges to complete-nine member
bench to hear the appeal by Gilani, if filed. Lastly, the PML(N) should not forget the statement made by Gen Kayani on Yuom-e-Shoda at GHQ, which called upon all organs of the state to perform their duties while remaining within the limits of the constitution. COAS asked different institutions to resolve issues within the constitutional limits in a manner that increases respect and dignity. He said that law was equal for all and country’s stability hinged on the continuity of democratic system. He gave a loud and clear message to be understood by all, including conspirators. There is no doubt that country is in mess as the government is still not on the same page as the judiciary. It is true that Gen Kayani has no ambitions to derail democracy but one thing must be understood that Pak-
istan army as an institution, under no circumstances, will ever tolerate disintegration of the country and cannot sit as silent spectator. Leaders must wake up because this time their act will be justified and ratified by the Supreme Court. The question is whether PML(N) is following the constitution or not. They should not forget their past is polluted more than the present rulers. Memories are still fresh in the minds of the people when Supreme Court was attacked by his party loyalists. Receiving money from ISI and the recent scandal of billions of rupees unearthed by Rehman Malik against Sharif brothers should be taken as a warning signal. They should bring an end to negativity and remain within constitutional limits. LT COL (R) MUKHTAR AHMED BUTT Karachi
Morning shows Lacking in aim, direction and content, most of the morning shows are driving the nation, specially our womenfolk, to a superstitious and gullible mindset. Most of these programmes are saturated with invitees supposedly mastering witchcraft. The dark horrifying ambiance created is intended to take the drama to ghastly heights. The presumably ‘ghost experts’ reveal their dark powers by calling some phantom/supernatural and try to prove its presence by creating chaos in the studio room. The purpose of airing such acts is inconceivable. In our society, especially in rural areas, where the literacy rate is alarmingly low, such fictitious and bizarre content can make problems of people more perplexed. Swinging thoughts and seeking refuge for their problems in such practices can wreak havoc on people already shrouded with miscellaneous problems, ranging from family issues to sheer poverty. The authorities and the editorial boards of these channels should put a stop to such unscrupulous and decadent programme themes which can neither fall in entertainment nor educational category. Do look at the flip side of the coin. IBAD AHMED Karachi
The city of lights! This letters is to gain the attention of both the people and the authorities that are responsible for the electricity supply to the whole city. I live in Karachi and the city that was once called a city of lights is now in total darkness everyday due to load shedding. Karachi is one of the most populated and active cities regarding business and trade but due to illegal use of electricity of people and the shortage to coupe up with the loss of electricity the government and the people both are facing some serious issues regarding electricity. People should try to minimise the use of excess electricity and government should try to find new ways of providing electricity. A better solution is to make use of the sunlight and use solar energy because the location where Karachi is located most of the year is sunny season and sunlight is one of the best source so far that is an alternate to any other means to produce electricity. I urge the people to please stop this illegal use of electricity and make life convenient for themselves and others. MANEEL KHAN Karachi
reading habit Reading is a process to be associated with the ancient and recent world since it combines humanism and realism, which are the signs of a civilised society. Moreover, besides having a good effect on the new generation, it also connects the people in several places like libraries, schools, colleges and areas where reading is commonplace. Today’s world is far from reading books and much more influenced by the internet. To reconnect our children to books, each area should have a public library so that our new generation is civilised and intellectual. MUZNA ANWER Karachi
lyari operation From the past few days, an operation is going on in Lyari against the criminals. The operation is intended to seize the criminals residing in that area, but during this operation and cross firing from both sides, a number of innocent people are killed each day. Due to this operation and severe tension, the residents of Lyari have been deprived of facilities to get to their respective work and to buy goods of daily use, and specially the people who work on daily wages have nothing to eat since the operation has lasted for more than a week. Many people have started to switch their houses to different areas in order to have a safe living. Condition is becoming worse day by day but the police has not yet succeeded in this
The Lyari imbroglio It has been about two weeks now that we are watching Lyari of Karachi as a battle ground between the law enforcement agencies and militants present there without any outcome. The situation is being handled mostly unprofessionally where we see the Karachi police firing thousands of rounds daily aiming no where but in the air and in the cross fire innocent residents getting killed. The number of people killed so far as officially reported is about 40 besides many wounded. Lyari is not an enemy territory that we are groping in the dark. The locality has sectors, streets, wards etc and local government has full record of it. The police does not have to either capture Lyari or destroy it. The local government knows each person living there and can find out any outsider through its sources if they have the will to work in that area. It is purely an intelligence operation where informers can be best employed. Alternatively, an insider can be cultivated and planted to find out the trouble makers. Having some experience in the intelligence set up, it is the mischief of about a dozen master minds being sponsored by some political big wigs to create unrest in Karachi or destabilize the government. If the government is serious and is willing to resolve the Lyari imbroglio, it can do it. Let the army take over the operations who should show no complacency to any one involved; may it be a well connected person or some political party. Then the situation can be con-
operation to catch the criminals and innocent people are suffering a lot. I was very happy to hear that the police force has called off and the operation is over now, but the Home Minister Mr Rehman Malik has stated his desire of having another operation involving the Rangers by adopting a new strategy to catch the criminals who have made the lives of people of Lyari terrible. I believe that another operation in Lyari will be a waste of time. It doesn’t seem that it will bear any fruit. So it’s my humble request to Mr Rehman Malik not to start another operation in Lyari. MUHAMMAD SOHAIL Karachi
trolled within one week. The culprits irrespective of their political affiliations or connections should be tried summarily and hanged publicly. A few such exemplary punishments will ensure complete peace in Lyari particularly and in Karachi generally. But unfortunately there is no will on the part of the government to solve the problem; perhaps for their ulterior motives and nefarious designs. It is high time that we as rulers keep the national interest supreme and show no mercy to people who are bent upon harming the country. MUHAMMAD AZHAR KHWAJA Lahore
Smuggled SUV business Pakistan state is being deprived of billions of rupees in custom duty by allowing thousands of stolen expensive SUV and luxury limousines into Pakistan via Balochistan without paying any custom duty. These vehicles in use of influential have registration documents which are fake and fabricated. Most of these vehicles are used in Balochistan, KP, Sindh and South Punjab while the police and other law enforcement agencies look other way. It is only when such a vehicle is stolen, that the owner has a problem lodging an FIR. In case the stolen vehicle is recovered, which does happen in case of such vehicles, a hefty amount and influence peddling facilitates the owner to get it back. Pakistan customs, police and border police are all involved in this illegal business. One such vehicle is in use by the father of a leading female televi-
sion anchor, hailing from Multan. This is the same anchor which gave an opportunity to late acid attack victim Fakhra's former husband to present his case without an opportunity to the victim's son, who till to date is in Italy, unable to come here for fear of being killed. The lady has launched a campaign against corruption, but strangely has never aired a programme on this lucrative business which has always been the monopoly of those who hold power. RAHAT SIDDIQI Karachi
examination system Educational system is so corrupted that it has crossed all the boundaries. It is a common fear of the students that before taking the exam the paper would have been leaked. Paper leaking has become very common in the Karachi board. Schools and colleges, especially the government ones, do not even strictly invigilate. Bribing has become extremely common and for cheaters is essential. There are even situations when politicians are involved. Such personalities can easily scare a person or invigilator. As far as results are concerned we can't even imagine how far we have gone. There is no fair marking. Students with great yearly performance get unexpected grades. I hope with this letter the board may realise and pickup the path of honesty as it is all about the future of students. SYED AMMAD HASSAN Karachi
Mr Arif Nizami in his recent article has drawn a very clear picture of the prevalent state of affairs of the country covering period of one year after the raid. He has rightly raised very valid questions to all stakeholders that should open their eyes in the wake of persistent turmoil and failure of their policies. The writer has covered all the major events starting from raid by US in Abbottabad, President Obama's surprise visit to Afghanistan to mark the first anniversary, role of ISI, trust deficit between Pakistan and US before and after the raid, US unprovoked attack on Salala check post killing 24 soldiers, Gen Pasha's over all role and failure of intelligence apparatus and the memo gate scandal. There is no denying the fact that US needs Pakistan's cooperation and assistance to fight the menace of terrorism in Afghanistan and FATA area. Unfortunately, events in the recent past including Osams’s killing by US Marines in Abbottabad, Mehran base attack and attack on Salala check post and uninterrupted drone attacks coupled with closure of Nato supply route has widened the trust deficit and continues unabated. It is also true that the US is not at all happy with Pakistan being ignorant about Osama bin Laden living in Abbottabad. Pasha's clandestine meetings with Mansoor Ijaz in London without the knowledge of the government clearly speaks that even today army and civilian leadership are not on the same page. The issue has been unnecessarily dragged and heading towards dead end due to refusal of Haqqani to come back to Pakistan. Reconciliation efforts have brought no tangible result. How can Pakistan force superpower to tender apology, it is now a by-gone affair. Politically, we have erred as we failed to strike a balanced solution of the crisis. Barack Obama's clear message that drone attacks will continue should be an eye opener for Pakistan to make quick decisions to repair the damaged situations. Closure of Nato supply route has not starved the Nato troops and our further closure should not make any difference to the US as they can afford to spend few billion dollars more. As rightly pointed out by the writer the judicial commission is heading nowhere and the government will stay as it is except that the intervention by the army should not be ruled out. They can tolerate anything except disintegration of country. Neither Pakistan army is in mood to derail the democratic process nor the judiciary wants it as is obvious due to continuous restrain shown by them. MUKHTAR AHMED Karachi
youth’s dilemma Sindhi youth faces numerous problems. They face several threats to their health and overall growth and development. The Sindhi youth is growing up in a time of heightened peril and in villages devoid of proper education and health infrastructure, communication, information and transportation facilities. The vicious cycle of poverty, inadequate education, lack of work opportunities, fear and frustration, lawlessness and wickedness of feudal lords and mercantile elite, stunt the development and growth of millions of young people in Sindh. It is a known fact that the unemployment predicament can be tackled by promoting agro-rural economy which can generate more and better jobs for them, which could contribute to an acceleration of sustainable development. I appeal to the political leadership and humanity caring organisations to set up “Youth Development Centres” in Sindh, especially in Shikarpur and Jacobabad which have become major breeding grounds for criminals and tribal clashes, so as to train the youth in various skills, in particular progressive farming, livestock and dairy development skills and also in marketing so they may explore the market of their products around the globe. HASHIM ABRO Islamabad
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12 comment They strike again And our lack of security
iving in an area infested with terrorists is not an easy job. But most of those living in relatively peaceful areas are perhaps less aware of the day to day fear that the people in the frequently terror-hit areas have to face. It is not in the lack of safety of life that this fear becomes a monster, it is in not being able to know the impending doom that hangs like Damocles’ sword over their heads. A recent suicide attack by a teenager in Bajaur has left 29 dead and many injured after a relative calm of almost two months. Apparently, the terrorists were after the chief of a local security force, who died along with his deputy. Tribal areas for the want of a properly functioning government machinery have to face such incidents, mostly without any payback. The government, besides being the victim of these terror attacks, has also come under severe criticism by the people in handling the security situation. The government on its part is not only strained in terms of the resources it has on its hand and the number of such attacks it has to face, but also because terrorist have improvised their tactics. Moreover the government is spread thin in terms of security apparatus and security personnel. Finances are another issue that needs to be dealt with forthright. Better equipment, modern training, capacity building, a mandate to tackle the terrorists on their own and government’s backing of the LEAs through proper legislation is what we need on the security front. While the security apparatus can work only as well as it has been trained, the menace of terrorism cannot be ended with security measures alone. Unless the mindset that breeds these militants is changed, we have no chance of pulling this country out of the direction it is currently taking. This is something the political, academic and religious cadres of the country can work towards together.
Belling the cat tough but has to be done
he way the administration responded to the summons of the Supreme Court bench hearing the missing persons’ cases in Quetta is symptomatic of the malaise characterising governance in this country. Clutching at the SC as the last straw, old and helpless men and women whose children had gone missing had waited for the apex court to undo the gross injustice. Earlier, police had recovered three missing persons but remained tight lipped regarding the identity of those who had handed them over to it. Enough evidence was available to show that the security agencies were behind the disappearances. This led the Court to summon the DG FC and the sector chief of ISI. The first excused himself for being busy in meetings, the second was reported to be out of the capital. The Court subsequently summoned the Chief Minister and Home Minister, neither of whom turned up. Those appearing in compliance with the summons were only civil bureaucrats including the Chief Secretary and the IG. The provincial authorities however failed to meet the deadline to produce the 12 missing persons demanded by the court. Bodies of two persons dumped in Lasbela were reported to have been found while their relatives were waiting for their recovery at the SC hearing. It is the constitutional duty of every government to provide protection to life and property to its citizens. In the case of Balochistan, however, neither the federal nor provincial government has tried to fulfil the responsibility. It is ironical that while the apex court was in Quetta hearing the cases of the missing persons, the CM along with cabinet member was in Islamabad to show solidarity with the PM. The disregard for the court’s orders by the security agencies was another disturbing matter. As things stand the government’s policy seems to be not to interfere in their activities irrespective of their tragic consequences. The way the issue of the missing persons continues to linger on in the presence of an independent judiciary has saddened many. The SC has reiterated its resolve “to go to any extent” for their recovery. Brave words, but those affected want concrete results. Unless the agencies are made to act strictly in accordance with law, things will remain unchanged. One will wait to see how the court bells the cat.
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Sunday, 6 May, 2012
The worm does turn dependence on the Us is our greatest malaise
By Humayun Gauhar
hen people ask me whether we will arrive at a more equitable relationship with America wherein we agree to reopen NATO supplies routes and let them continue drone strikes and on what terms, I tell them the following stories. Once upon a time there was a king. His courtiers always told him, “All is well – sub theek hai – the people love you, Sire.” One day the king came out of his comfort zone and decided to put his people’s love for him to the test. He ordered that every morning when they enter the city gates they should be hit two times on their bare common bottoms with wet leather shoes. He would see if this would make his people turn or not. After a month his courtiers told him that the people still loved him. “Okay,” said the king. “Beat them twice again as they leave at the end of the day. Then we’ll see.” And so it came to pass. After another month the courtiers informed the king that his people still loved him. Frustrated, he ordered that the number of shoe strikes be increased to ten each, morning and evening, like some medicine to arouse selfesteem. After some time the king’s courtiers informed him that a delegation of citizens desired an audience with him. “The worm has finally turned,” thought the king, overjoyed. “My people can grow a spine after all.” Much to the king’s disgust and dismay the delegation had a simple request: “Please increase the number of people administering the shoe beatings because ten strikes take too much time and we are late for work and late back home.” Angry, the king asked them in high dudgeon: “Don’t you have any self-respect that you are happy to be beaten on your bare bottoms every day?” Came the worm’s obsequious response: “What were bottoms made for, Sire? Beat us if it pleases you, but please also take our convenience into consideration.” The king gave up. Dejected, he said out loud: “The worm will never turn. My people are hopeless.” The king stopped the shoe beatings as an utter waste of time. We have nearly always had much the same sort of relationship with our rulers, native or foreign, overt or covert, and those waiting in the wings to take the helm yet again. We had the same relationship with
our British masters not so long ago. After ‘independence’ that relationship transferred to the new cock of the walk, the United States of America. Nothing new: we have kowtowed to all conquerors and selfserving princelings, potentates and satraps. The few who don’t kowtow and fail to enrich themselves are regarded as stupid by the supine. The question then arises: Are submission and slavery in our genes? Is it in ourselves that we are underlings? It gets worse. When I was a little boy last century I had a Pathan aaya named Rahima. She was the second concurrent wife of a man named Haibat Khan, a name that means ‘Fearsome Khan’. Rahima would proudly tell my mother that her husband beat her more than his first wife “because he loves me more. Since I’m young and beautiful he fears that I might get up to some hanky-panky. He doesn’t care for that old hag of a first wife of his.” It’s the same with us. We fool ourselves into believing that America is being so rough with Pakistan because we are very important to it, “our critical geostrategic position, you see.” We are happy to suffer. If America ignored us we would be unhappy, because that would mean that we are not important. Such is the mindset of the enslaved who don’t even know their rights, their faith, are bereft of ideology, concerned only with personal well being at the expense of others without giving two hoots for the greater good. Our ruling gang, in government or opposition, is akin to the black slave foreman who would whip other slaves on behalf of his master if they picked cotton slowly. The slaves called the foreman ‘boss’. Most third world countries like ours are America’s foremen, as indeed they were foremen for the British not so long ago. Where do you think our landlords, judges, bureaucrats, military officials and the entire class conceived by Lord Macaulay comes from – ‘Englishmen in every respect except for the colour of their skins.” What is the most important aspect of “every respect”? It is the mindset. They learn to think like the master and adopt his value system. Why? To be good foremen and slave drivers they must pre-guessing what exactly it is that the master wants, that’s why, to do their dirty work for them without having to be told – like Jeeves, always striving to please. Our ruling gang is Jeeves for our current master to whom we were sold some six and a half decade ago. I hope you have noticed that I have said ‘ruling gang’ rather than ‘ruling class’. I hate such labels, for they generalise. Ruling class should broadly mean all those who are in what one calls the upper middle class, the rich, the powerful and influential. The majority of the ruling gang comes from this class, particularly of the feudal variety, except for some honourable few. Not all members of the ruling class – or to use the much-misused word ‘elite’ – belong to the ruling gang and think like slaves or slave drivers. Which is why there is hope yet.
They are the true elite, a word that means the best, cream of the cream. A not very well off poet or writer who wields great influence is amongst the elite of his society. Allama Iqbal, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Habib Jalib spring to mind. They were the elite amongst poets and thinkers of not only their time but for all times to come and influenced people a lot. They can never be equated with slave drivers for it was the slave drivers that they were out to obliterate. We will certainly ‘reset’ our relationship with America. In any case, it is stupid to have no relationship or an adversarial relationship with still the most powerful country in history. It may be less inequitable than before, but it will still be inequitable nevertheless. In any case, bankrupt countries whose economies are aid-driven and dependent on handouts like slaves’ finances always are can hardly have a strong negotiating position much less take the high road. Our bondage was well underlined last week when, with negotiations still underway, America didn’t even give our government the fig leaf of informing us before striking us again with their drone, as they had done in Abbottabad and Salala earlier. For all our big talk, what have we done about it? Nothing. Zero. Zilch. Not even the same threatening noises as before. It’s a crass display of impotence. The worm does turn. It is only a question of how much more oppression and time it takes. Look at Iran, Kashmir, Muslim North Africa and the Middle East recently. Forget that. Remember how our forefathers and mothers ‘turned’ to wrest a new country out of India? They ‘turned’ because at that time our leadership was not a self-obsessed gang. So let me end with my last story. Once upon a time there was a man who was tall, slim and smart. He had a long, wizened face that the English so love. He spoke English better than his native tongues. He had great leadership and communications skills. He was educated in England and became a famous politician, though he saw many failures at the beginning of his political career. He was admired at home and abroad. He was a private man and frugal, to put it politely. He loved dogs. His financial honesty was beyond reproach. He was naturally bold and took risks. He played to win, not to avoid losing. He had tunnel vision and never said die. He had an unsuccessful marriage to a non-Muslim, divorced and the wife took the offspring to England. People called him all sorts of names. I’m sure you’re thinking I’m talking of Imran Khan. No, I’m talking of a man whom his adoring people called ‘Great Leader’ because he helped them turn. Yes, the worm does turn when it gets the leadership. The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at email@example.com
Meeting fish deficit The Bengladesh Today
ice and fish are common and popular food items of the people of Bangladesh, but fish is becoming scarce day by day much to the disappointment of all. The country's fish deficit at present stands at 1.37 lakh tons with the production being 25.63 lakh tons as against the demand for 27 lakh tons annually. Moreover, at a time when fish continues to be dearer with every passing day, press reports said, at least 57 indigenous species of sweet water fish, particularly small ones, in the southern region are disappearing fast. These varieties may be extinct within next ten years. Frequent and indiscriminate use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers on agricultural lands, farming hybrid and carp varieties of fish are responsible for destroying the fish resources. Excessive fishing due to growing population, environmental crises like silting up of rivers, canals, ponds, enclosures, sharp declining of spawning, breeding areas, pollution of water bodies by industrial wastes, chemical fertilisers and pesticides, and lack of fish sanctuaries have led to such a situation. Climate change, deforestation and desertification are
some of the major global problems nowadays. Unfortunately, as a nation we are affected by all these and our country is witnessing frequent floods and other natural calamities while the forest areas are shrinking and rivers, canals, ponds etc are drying up. As a result, the country is running short of adequate water bodies and water resulting in serious shortfall in fish production. There exists a real threat that sweet water fish would be extinct from the country if the government fails to take effective steps to protect the canals, water bodies, haors and rivers and ensure the proper atmosphere for spawning of fishes. If we want to preserve our fish used as delicious food items we will have to protect our canals, water bodies, haors and rivers. Otherwise, we will not see sweet water fish in future. Simultaneously, we will have to identify the causes behind the destruction of water bodies and canals. Besides, we have to go for protecting bio-diversity and controlling water pollution caused by dumping chemical, fuel wastages and using chemical fertilisers on ground to save indigenous species of sweet water fish and increase fish production. To this end, excavation, dredging, preservation of sweet water sources, creating fish-sanctuaries, cultivation of local varieties of fish and creating awareness and controlling use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides are urgently needed.
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US-Afghan strategic deal
Wrongful actions of states
And other stakeholders
what is sovereignty?
politact By Arif Ansar
f anyone doubted that US and Afghanistan would not be able to reach a strategic deal, that notion was dispelled this week. President Obama arrived in Kabul on Tuesday for a nighttime mission to sign a strategic pact with his Afghan counterpart, President Karzai. The agreement defines the American role in Afghanistan beyond 2014, when its forces are expected to withdraw. What’s astounding is how little is known about the composition of the agreement. For the most part, the critical aspects such as the level of economic assistance and the strength of troops will be defined later. In other words, the deal is vague in details, and it is hard to ascertain what facts and assumptions became the basis for it. This is not obviously accidental; most of this is to cover US strategic intent and posture. If one starts to follow the headlines and what is known about the ground reality, it presents a bleak picture for the coalition forces and the present Afghan government. Taliban have recently been able to carry out such brazen attacks in Kabul that even an optimist would be forced to convert. After a decade of warfare, things are not getting any better even in the capital. So where does this leave any rational western policymaker? There is a realisation that they cannot kill their way to victory. If it were so, Vietnam would not have turned out the way it did. This does not mean that deadly force does not work; the case of Japan presents a different example. However, in the present environment, both these options are not viable. If it were not due to economic compulsions and lessons of history, NATO would have probably carried on indefinitely in Afghanistan. These stark realities have forced the mission more towards smart technologies (drones) and the use of
Special Forces. Yes, it is important to eliminate the enemy foot soldiers, but more significant, in the new premise, is to go after and neutralise the head honchos, wherever they reside. As it appears now, the political reconciliation will only come after. No wonder the negotiations with the Taliban are in such disarray. Things get quite murky when we talk of the mission. What was the US objective in Afghanistan and what would signify its accomplishment? US came to Afghanistan after 9/11 to eliminate Al-Qaeda and prevent Afghanistan from ever becoming a safe haven for extremists. However, overtime, not only Afghanistan and FATA have persisted as the safe havens, but many new ones are emerging in northern Africa and Middle East. Thus, the scope of the mission and its reach is increasing by the day while the economic resources needed to back such a tremendous undertaking are dwindling. According to the strategy that came out of Obama’s review of Afghan policy, any group that parts with Al-Qaeda will be included in the reconciliation process. In reality, Quetta Shura and Haqqani network have remained on the US hit list while Kashmiri jihadists, such Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT), have also made it on the list. There is no evidence to suggest the crosspollination between these groups has decreased. PoliTact had noted in earlier assessment that extending the mission beyond Al-Qaeda to other affiliate groups is going to complicate the mission. This goal is certainly not achievable by the 2014 deadline. Furthermore, this approach is reinforcing the perception that US presence in the region has less to do with Afghanistan and is more about Iran and Pakistan. During a talk at the Woodrow Wilson Center back in November, a former White House senior aide Vali Nasr had predicted that the future US presence in the region is going to be more about Pakistan and Iran. The evolution has also raised questions in the American policy circles that Afghanistan should not be consuming a major chunk of resources, especially as the war against terror is now not limited to any one country. Furthermore, the focus of the fight against extremists and non-state actors should not distract US and NATO from preparing against the emerging state actors in
the Asia Pacific. Ultimately, both these influences are impacting global power politics. Middle East, where many of the new safe haves are popping up, is a major energy source for the established and the emerging powers. The political wrangling over Iran’s nuclear ambition, and how the US sanctions on its oil exports are playing out, provide an interesting case study. Soon after the agreement was signed, US emphasised that it does not want a long-term military bases in Afghanistan. These clarifications were directed more at Pakistan and Iran. The motives of China and Russia are more complex. On the one hand, China and Russia will like to see US remain entangled in Afghanistan and thus avoid its full concentration. On the other hand, both countries are concerned about loosing their allies. At some level, both nations also sympathise with the US; China has problems with Muslim extremists in Xinjiang province while Russia continues to have disturbances in Dagestan and Chechnya. The US-Afghan strategic agreement needs to be understood in this global context. Nonetheless, a primarily military approach to the Afghan conflict has not worked up to this point and there is minimal chance it will in the future. While the status quo cannot prevail, change brought upon by force is not likely to last either. The best way to bring about transformation is to convince those impacted by it, on how they will benefit from the change. In this respect, quick results on the Afghanistan-Pakistan-India economic and trade cooperation, also known as the New Silk Road initiative, provides the best hope. For it to work though, Iran would also have to be on board. Additionally, the reasons behind the trust deficit amongst different players will have to be genuinely addressed. In a recent meeting of the AfghanIndia Council in New Delhi, it was decided that India would soon host an investment meeting on Afghanistan. Thirteen countries are to be invited to this forum, including Iran, Pakistan, Russian and China. It is this kind of transparent diplomacy that presents the best chance of renovating the region. The writer is the chief analyst for PoliTact (www.PoliTact.com and http:twitter.com/politact) and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Faisal Zaman
n November 26, 2011, Nato helicopters invaded the air space of Pakistan and in an unprovoked deadly assault lasting more than two hours, claimed lives of 24 soldiers. That attack has violated the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of state of Pakistan. Regrettably this attack is not an isolated incident but is the latest in the series of such attacks. In this back drop, it is necessary to examine the international law and see what options are available for a nation mourning the loss of its soldiers and repeated breach of its territorial sovereignty. This time the nation is aggressively persuading its government “to do more”. Sovereignty is an inalienable and undisputable component of any state recognised under the international laws. Our founder leaders were fully aware of this basic component which outlined the very existence of the state of Pakistan. It is useful to refer to Article 3 of Paragraph 4 of the United Nations Charter which states that “all Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered”. Article 2 of Paragraph 4 of the United Nations Charter prescribes that “all Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations”. These provisions of the UN Charter place dual responsibility on member
states. Firstly that disputes should be settled through peaceful means and secondly sister nations must respect each other’s territorial sovereignty. It is highly debatable whether these provisions of the UN Charter are followed, in letter and spirit, by all the nations all the time. This now brings us to the concept of sovereignty in international law. For decades the concept of sovereignty has captured the attention of experts in political science as well as international law. Diplomats and scholars have locked horns on the interpretation of this concept. International law primarily deals with states only. Under international law sovereignty, defined territory, people and an independent government are the essential attributes of a state. Sovereignty, as an essential attribute of a state, implies complete, unrestricted and absolute control and jurisdiction over a territory. A free independent state enjoys complete sovereignty over its territory, air and sea. In modern times, intellectual sovereignty, cultural sovereignty, sovereignty in decision making, sovereignty in governance/rule and sovereignty in international relations are also being debated as part of state sovereignty. Defining “sovereignty” has always troubled the experts. It is for this reason that there is no uniform definition for this word. There are, in my view, some attributes that add up and make a state sovereign. In his famous work on international law, Oppheim dealt with the concept of sovereignty in the following words “sovereignty is supreme authority, an authority which is independent of any earthly authority. Sovereignty in the strict and narrowest sense of the term implies, independence all round, within and without the borders of the country”. Lately, a debate has started around the concept of absolute territorial sovereignty. It is argued that modern concept of sovereignty is
subject to how a state behaves in the comity of nations. The common law principle such as sic utere tuo ut alienum non laedas (you should use your property in such a way as not to cause injury to your neighbor’s) is gaining rapid appreciation. The principle of state responsibility for actions causing trans-boundary damage and response of the aggrieved state are being closely examined by international pundits. It is argued by the proponents of the “good neighborly behavior” principle that a rogue state cannot take refuge behind the veil of its sovereignty if its actions, even if committed within the confines of its own sovereign territory, violate the sovereignty or well-being of another state. This principle can be illustrated by an action of a sovereign state, committed within its own territory that is detrimental to environment and thus affects other neighboring states. Another example, taken from the present era, could be where the territory of a state is used for training terrorists who then proceed to achieve their nefarious and inhuman ends in other countries. Pakistan has been labeled more often than it likes, as a state that harbors, trains and provides refuge to terrorists, a claim vehemently and repeatedly denied by it. The big question that has affianced international law experts is what options can be exercised by a state aggrieved by actions of another state. Can aggression be met with aggression thereby exposing regional peace? Is there an internationally recognised forum where states are obligated to bring their disputes for resolution? Are the super powers really inclined to promote peace on equality basis or are such powers inclined to maintain peace on their own terms? The writer is a lawyer based in Islamabad. He can be contacted at email@example.com
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LOS ANGELES Agencies
indsay Lohan won’t be facing any prosecution over a nightclub manager’s claims that the actress struck him with her sports car due to lack of evidence and doubts about his credibility. Police had asked the
Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to review whether Lohan should be charged with leaving the scene of an accident, but the office determined there was insufficient evidence to pursue a case. Police interviewed the manager, reviewed surveillance footage and looked at Lohan’s Porsche and found
no evidence that an accident had occurred. Thaer Kamal, manager of the Hookah Lounge in Hollywood, accused Lohan of striking him with her Porsche early on March 14, just two weeks before the actress’ supervised probation ended. A charge evaluation worksheet noted that although Kamal called 911, he refused medical treatment at the scene and told police he had been grazed by Lohan’s car along his right leg. He refused to cooperate on follow-up interviews until roughly two weeks later, when he gave detectives a photo of a bruised left knee and appeared for the interview with his left knee bandaged, according to the prosecutor’s summary. “There is no direct evidence to show Lindsay Lohan or anyone else struck victim Kamal,” CBS News quoted Deputy District Attorney John Gilligan as writing. “Victim Kamal’s changed story and lack of cooperation with law enforcement make him a non-credible witness,” Gilligan added.
LAHORE: Samia and Azmay Shahzada launch new flagship store. PHOTOS BY DRAGONFLY TEAM
Azmay and Samia Shahzada
Samia and Azmay Shahzada with a model
NEWS DESK Entrepreneurs and pioneers in the Pakistani designer footwear industry, Samia and Azmay opened their brand new store at Kingson Boulevard Mall. Their sixth standalone store stocks all Samia and Azmay Shahzada designs including their latest spring/summer range of flat shoes along with their signature collection of Swarovski encrusted designs. This range included use of premium fabrics such as silk, satin and jamavar on genuine leather to create elegant and chic footwear and clutches, for all seasons and occasions. The designer duo showcased their new spring summer and bridal collection for shoes and accessories through a fashion presentation at the launch event which was choreographed by Asim Yar Tiwana with wardrobe by Sublime by Sara Shahid and
makeup and styling by Ather Shahzad. The event was managed and coordinated by QYT with event photography by team at Dragonfly and PR by Lotus. The opening and fashion showcase was attended by leading media personalities. Samia and Azmay offer major retail presence across Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad through six stand alone stores. With both signature and seasonal lines, the brand is currently available across four outlets in Karachi including their flagship and newly decorated outlet in Zamzama, at the Forum Mall, at Park Towers and at Dolmen Mall Tariq Road; in Lahore with their brand new store at the Kingston Mall and in Islamabad at the recently launched store in Beverly Centre. The brand looks forward to continue making fashionable shoes and clutches exclusively designed with materials sourced for exceptional quality and aesthetic appeal.
MUMBAi: He is known to shun all award ceremonies, so when the news of Aamir Khan agreeing to attend the Dadasaheb Phalke Awards came in, everyone was surprised. But in spite of confirming, Aamir backed out at the last moment and Amitabh Bachchan bailed the organisers out at the last moment. Aamir had agreed to unveil the wax statue of Dadasaheb Phalke and stay at the event only for half an hour. But on the day of the event, those attending found Aamir conspicuous by his absence. Instead of Aamir Khan, Mr Bachchan unveiled the statue. A source said, “Aamir was supposed to arrive at the event, but at the last moment he chose to cancel it. It put the organisers in a big fix. They then had to approach Amitabh at the last moment, and he was gracious enough to agree and do the unveiling.” The organisers confirmed the news and said, “yes, Aamir was supposed to come, but he backed out at the last moment. we have his mails confirming his attendance at the event. But at the last minute he informed that he won’t be able to make it. He told us that he has some last minute dubbing to do because of which he could not come.” Meanwhile, a spokesperson at Aamir’s office said, “No Aamir did not confirm his presence at the event. So there’s no question of him skipping the event.” Agencies
Natasha, Samia and Azmay Shahzada
Tough times for
Samia Azmay Shahzada with the models, QYT and AYT
MUMBAi: The much-awaited political thriller by Dibakar Banerjee, ‘Shanghai’, is already creating high waves in the country. what with Kalki Koechlin’s smooch with a double-herage Prosenjit, or the gripping trailers, ‘Shanghai’ sure looks an intriguing film. And the latest in the fray are threats from a group called Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena. The lyrics of the song ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ from the film have irked the group, and they have openly
threatened Banerjee and his film. A tweet from Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena reads: “we are giving open warning to Shanghai Directer to remove Bharat Mata Ki Jai song from the movie. Otherwise movie will be banned.” ‘Shanghai’ revolves around the greed and corruption of politicians, and boasts of an ensemble cast consisting of Kalki Koechlin, Abhay Deol, emraan Hashmi and Bengali actor Prosenjit Chatterjee. Agencies
MUMBAi: About a year and a half back, the liquor baron’s son fell for the leggy beauty of Bollywood. what followed is a year of whirlwind romance and mushy, sweet nothings. Then came The Gift. Siddharth Mallya apparently bestowed upon his girl Deepika Padukone the gift of a 16 crore flat in Mumbai. ever since, the sprawling flat near the Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai have caused many girls sleepless nights and have turned many men green with envy. And now, after the two have supposedly called their relationship off, Deepika is looking out for someone who can buy her flat. Is Deepika trying to erase the memories that she and Sid shared in that apartment? Or is it a simple case of monetary business for Deepika? Agencies
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ven with an army of Little Monsters, Lady Gaga feels alone sometimes. Gaga may be loved and cherished by millions around the world, but the pop music superstar reveals a dark past which she says still follows her into her adulthood. In an incredibly candid interview for the web series ‘The Conversation’, the 26year-old singer discusses her “lonely” teen years and how they've sculpted her into the person she is today. “I was very depressed when I was 19,” Gaga reveals of the year she dropped out of New York University to pursue music full time. “I dropped out of school and I told my parents I didn't want any money from them. I got three jobs and hit the ground running,” she said. “I would go back to my apartment every day and I would just sit there. It was quiet and it was lonely. It was still. It was just my piano and myself. I had a television and I would leave it on all the time just to feel like somebody was hanging out with me.” It was around this time that the
music icon says she picked up cocaine, a habit she tells she would only indulge in alone. "It was like the drug was my friend. I never did it with other people. It's such a terrible way to fill that void, because it just adds to that void, because it's not real." While Gaga has since kicked "the white devil," as she calls it, the loneliness that accompanied the drug use in her late teens and early 20s still follows the singer. Now and again she's says feels a bit lonely, but GaGa has learned to "cherish" her time alone. Recently, rumours have been swirling that she and Vampire Diaries' boyfriend Taylor Kinney have called it quits. When pressed about her relationships, past and present, the music icon would only say that she is a work in progress, especially when it comes to men and relationships. Us Weekly reports that Gaga and Kinney, 30, are "on a break" since she's "touring non-stop until next year and has found she can't have a relationship at the same time." A source says Kinney "was never that attentive to her," and although Gaga "loved that she got the guy who everyone thought was hot, it was never going to last."
The much-awaited political thriller by Dibakar Banerjee, ‘Shanghai’, is already creating high waves in the country. What with Kalki Koechlin’s smooch with a double-her-age Prosenjit, or the gripping trailers, ‘Shanghai’ sure looks an intriguing film. And the latest in the fray are threats from a group called Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena. The lyrics of the song ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ from the film have irked the group, and they have openly threatened Banerjee and his film. A tweet from Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena reads: “We are giving open warning to Shanghai Directer to remove Bharat Mata Ki Jai song from the movie. Otherwise movie will be banned.” ‘Shanghai’ revolves around the greed and corruption of politicians, and boasts of an ensemble cast consisting of Kalki Koechlin, Abhay Deol, Emraan Hashmi and Bengali actor Prosenjit Chatterjee.
Did not end engagement
Adam Yauch dies
of cancer, aged 47
Naveed LOS ANGELES Agencies
‘The Avengers’ is the superhero world's new box-office king. The mega-Marvel movie grossed $18.7 million during midnight shows, according to its studio, a new high for the genre. To recap: ‘The Dark Knight’ just got beat. ‘The Avengers’ take is Hollywood's eighth-biggest ever for a midnight debut. The night-owl gross helped push the film, teaming Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man with a half-dozen other Marvel heroes, past the $300 million mark worldwide. The midnight opening is a boxoffice category that's very nearly been the exclusive domain of films based on young-adult
best-sellers, from ‘Harry Potter’ to ‘Twilight’ to ‘The Hunger Games’, which narrowly retains its edge as the year's biggest 12 am movie. The previous best for a superhero movie was ‘The Dark Knight’s then-record $18.5 million. The best midnight debut belongs to ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2’, the final movie in that series that conjured up $43.5 million in its midnight debut last year. With the midnight superhero record in its pocket, ‘The Avengers’ will next set its sights on the Batman epic's openingweekend mark of $158.4 million, the second-biggest of all time. ‘The Hunger Games’ is right there in third place with a $152.5 million debut.
Kareena Kapoor to replace
Rani Mukerji? MUMBAi: Tigmanshu Dhulia struck gold with his 2012 release ‘Paan Singh Tomar’. The Irrfan Khan starrer not only got the filmmaker critical acclaim but also set the cash registers ringing. And now, Dhulia has decided to move on to his next project-a period film based on the life of Begum Joanna Nobilis Sombre aka Begum Samru. And though it was reported that rani Mukerji was all set to play the protagonist in the venture, rumours are that Kareena Kapoor may replace her. Begam Samru was a nautch girl of 18th century India. She later became an influential figure on the political canvas of 18th and 19th century India. A strong and powerful woman, Begum Samru married a european and became the ruler of a principality near Meerut. According to a source close to Kareena, rani was taking her own sweet time to get back on Dhulia's offer. And thus, the filmmaker chose to move on to Kareena. Dhulia has even made a few changes for the character to suit Kareena. The source revealed, "Tigmanshu met Kareena. She was quite excited about being a part of this film." The modalities are fast being worked out. The film is expected to go on floors by September or October this year. Agencies
NEWS DESK Actress Meera’s fiancé, Captain Naveed, has said that he has arrived in Pakistan to end the ‘baseless propaganda’ against the actress and to confirm that their engagement is indeed intact. While addressing a press conference at his residence in Lahore, he said he was not deterred by the propaganda against Meera. He said the date and time of their marriage would be fixed by the two families. He also said that the man who had appeared on the
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media and issued statements after claiming to be his father was an impostor and he had no relation with him. Naveed added the allegation levelled against Meera by his fake father about snatching $ 400,000 through fraud was absolutely wrong. In response to another query about Attiq’s case against Meera, he said it did not make any difference to him and hoped she would be cleared by the court. Naveed also mentioned that his family was very happy on Meera’s receiving the Pride of Performance award.
Adam Yauch, a founding member of pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys who captivated fans with their brash style in early hits like ‘Fight for Your Right (To Party)’, died on Friday after a battle with cancer. He was 47. Yauch, Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz formed the band that gained fame in the 1980s and stood out not just for their music, but for their ethnicity. The Beastie Boys sold some 40 million records worldwide over more than 20 years. In July 2009, Yauch disclosed he had been diagnosed with a tumour in his left salivary gland and lymph node, and he later had surgery. Yauch was born in Brooklyn on August 5, 1964, and taught himself to play bass guitar, forming a band on his 17th birthday that would later become the Beastie Boys. He went by stage name MCA. Yauch is survived by his wife, Dechen, and his daughter, Tenzin Losel, as well as his parents, Frances and Noel Yauch.
MUMBAi: wajid, of the composer duo Sajid-wajid, confesses that a part of the music in their ‘rowdy rathore’ score is borrowed from the original Telugu film ‘Vikramarkudu’. Directed by Prabhu Deva, ‘rowdy rathore’, that has Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead roles, is set for a June 1 release. "There is a signature tune in ‘Vikramarkudu’, which we couldn’t avoid. It was an integral part of the theme. Our producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who is very music-minded, our director Prabhu Deva and my brother Sajid decided that we needed to incorporate that refrain in the Hindi remake, so we did," said wajid and adds tongue-in-cheek that there is nothing underhand about the appropriation. "we’ve changed the original tune completely. But we still want to draw attention to the borrowed bits before others jump in gleefully and accuse us of plagiarism," he added. wajid says that the right to use the original music has been officially bought. There’s an added reason why Sajid-wajid decided to take the derivative root for ‘rowdy rathore’. “The ‘Vikramarkudu’ score is by M.M. Kreem. we’re big fans of Kreem Saab. And we agreed to borrow his tune only because it’s an honour to associate with him," said wajid. Agencies
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16 Foreign News 23 bodies found dumped near US border in Mexico drug war
Sunday, 6 May, 2012
13 dead, Russian tourists missing in Nepal flood
MEXICO CITY ReUteRs
The bodies of 23 people were found hanging from a bridge or dismembered in ice boxes and garbage bags in northeastern Mexico on Friday, in an escalation of brutal violence involving rival drug gangs on the US border. In a first incident, the bodies of five men and four women were found hanging from a bridge in Nuevo Laredo, in Tamaulipas state just across the border from the Texas city of Laredo. Police could not confirm who was responsible for the murders but a message seen with the bodies indicated it may have been an attack by the Zetas cartel against the rival Gulf cartel. Hours later, police found the dismembered corpses of 14 people in garbage bags and ice boxes dumped near the police station of Nuevo Laredo, police investigators said. They said the second massacre could have been an act of revenge for the earlier killings, police said. More than 50,000 people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown on traffickers after taking office in late 2006 and deployed tens of thousands of federal police and soldiers across Mexico. The Zeta cartel was founded by deserters from the Mexican special forces who became Gulf cartel enforcers and later split from their employers. The two gangs are now fighting for control of local drug trafficking routes. Last month the dismembered remains of 14 men were found stuffed inside a minivan left near Nuevo Laredo’s town hall. Days later a car exploded outside police headquarters and police said the explosion was caused by a grenade. Discontent over the bloody attacks is helping fuel support for the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, ahead of Mexico’s July 1 presidential election. Opinion polls make the PRI the favourite to regain the presidency they held for most of the past century. The Zetas have also been engaged in hostilities with the powerful Sinaloa cartel, named after the state in northwestern Mexico where violence has surged over the past week. At least 20 suspected drug gang members, one police officer and a soldier have been killed in six confrontations in Sinaloa since April 28, a spokesman for local state prosecutors said.
Snowstorm in Japan’s Alps kills eight climbers: police
river near one of Nepal’s most popular Himalayan resorts killed 13 people and left 17 missing — including
three Russian tourists — when it burst its banks and swept away a village Saturday. Most of the dead appeared to be locals, said conservationist Bishnu Paudel, who described how terrified people had fled to the hills to escape the sudden deluge.
missing, including three Russian tourists. The missing include two young students who were in a group of 16 on an outing,” said Ramindra Chhetri, a spokesman for the Nepalese Army. “Two army helicopters and a private airliner have been deployed to the area. We have
POKHArA: Villagers gather by the Seti river in central Nepal after it burst its banks near Pokhara on Saturday. AFP
Four police wounded in Bahrain blast: ministry DUBAI Afp
Four Bahraini policemen were wounded in a “terrorist” attack in a Shiite village, one of them critically, the kingdom’s interior ministry said on Saturday. “Four policemen injured including one critically in a terror blast in Bani Jamra” west of the capital Manama, the ministry said on Twitter, without elaborating. “The explosion was from a homemade bomb,” an official at the ministry’s press centre told AFP by phone, adding that the device detonated as members of the security forces passed by. They had arrived in Bani Jamra
before dawn to disperse dozens of protesters, who were blocking roads in the village, the official said. “An officer, who was seriously wounded in the arm and the abdomen, was hospitalised and has been operated on... and three policemen suffered burns,” he said, adding that an inquiry was under way to find those behind the attack. The Bahraini authorities have denounced similar incidents in recent weeks, including on April 10, when seven policemen were wounded by a home-made bomb in Akr, south of Manama. A fortnight later they said four policemen suffered injuries from a “terrorist explosion” in the village of Diraz. Tensions are running high in
TOKYO Eight elderly mountaineers who went missing in Japan’s Northern Alps following a snowstorm were confirmed dead on Saturday after some of them were evacuated by helicopter, police said. A group of six climbers in their 60s and 70s were spotted early Saturday after they collapsed near Mount Korenge in central Nagano prefecture, a police spokesman said. The climbers, who went missing Friday on their way to the 2,932-metre (9,676-foot) Shiroumadake Peak, were transported by helicopter to a nearby village but were later confirmed dead, he said. The spokesman also confirmed the death of a 62-year-old woman who was found unconscious near Jiigatake Peak, south of Mount Korenge. Another 71-year-old man died of hypothermia after he made an emergency call for rescue after being stuck in bad weather near Karasawa Peak, south of Jiigatake Peak. Climbers are rushing to the Northern Alps during the nation’s “Golden Week” spring holidays in late April and early May as a climbing season in the region just begins.
Fast-flowing floodwaters from the swollen Seti River smashed into two buildings and a number of shacks in Kharapani village, in the shadow of Mount Annapurna, one of Nepal’s most popular tourist destinations. “There are 13 dead and 17
rOMe: Tourists walk pass one of the new flower gardens at Palitine Hill on Saturday. Italian archaeologists inaugurated new flower gardens in the ruins of ancient roman palaces on the Palatine Hill in a colourful reconstruction of what the area may have looked like 2,000 years ago. AFP
Bahrain where a month-long Shiiteled uprising was crushed in March 2011. Demonstrations have, however, intensified lately as protesters sporadically clash with the police. The Gulf state’s Shiite majority, which claims marginalisation and disenfranchisement by the Sunni regime, wants political and social reforms. Thousands of Bahrainis took to the streets on Friday to protest against constitutional reforms, ratified earlier in the week by King Hamad and aimed at defusing tensions, which the demonstrators said were insufficient. Amnesty International says around 60 people have been killed since the antiregime protests first erupted in February last year.
army rescue teams scouring five villages for survivors.” Paudel, of Annapurna Conservation Area Project, who reached the devastated site a few hours after the flood hit, said: “Most of the victims were shopkeepers in Kharapani, on the banks of the Seti River. “Another village, Machhapuchre, was also affected. “Two buildings were swept away. Tourists flock to this area because there is a hot-water spring. There hasn’t been any rain recently, so we were surprised when the flood occurred at 9:30 am. “The water has risen so high that it was up to a bridge. I found two truck drivers who had survived by fleeing to a hill nearby.” Three injured people have been taken to hospital in Pokhara, a tourist hub about 200 kilometres (125 miles) west of the capital Kathmandu, police said. “Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has ordered the authorities to conduct the rescue operation without any delay,” the premier’s spokesman Bishwadeep Pandey said. “Bhattarai is monitoring the incident and is in touch with the authorities in Pokhara. An army helicopter with experts has also been despatched as per his request.”
russia names brother and sister as suicide bombers MOSCOW Afp
A brother and sister are believed to have carried out dual suicide bombings in Russia’s Dagestan that killed at least 13 people and injured more than a hundred, the regional president said Saturday. “The names of the suicide bombers have been preliminarily established. They are the brother and sister Rizvan and Muslimat Aliyev,” Magomedsalam Magomedov told the parliament, according to ITAR-TASS news agency, confirming reports. “The special services who are investigating this case will give detailed information on the terrorists and their accomplices shortly,” Magomedov was also quoted as saying by his press service. Investigators were still in the process of identifying human remains at the scene of the two blasts as the region held a day of mourning for the victims on Saturday. The Tvoi Den tabloid daily reported Thursday, ahead of the bombing, that Rizvan, 23, and his sister Muslimat, 19, had gone missing from their home in the regional capital of Makhachkala in March. Citing sources in the security forces, it said that Islamist militants were suspected to be training the Aliyevs as suicide bombers to carry out attacks in central Russia over public holidays in May. It published blackand-white photographs of Rizvan and Muslimat, a dark-haired woman with her hair pulled back in a pony tail, not wearing an Islamic headscarf. A regional health official told AFP earlier that the authorities found one severed female foot and two male feet at the scene of the two blasts, suggesting that two suicide bombers were involved. The first blast went off Thursday evening on the outskirts of Makhachkala when a car laden with explosives was detonated near a traffic police checkpoint at 10:10 pm (1810 GMT), causing no fatalities. A second car bomb went off 15 minutes later, hitting policemen, rescue workers and passers-by who had gathered at the scene. A representative of the regional health ministry said that 13 people died on the spot and another died later in hospital, while Magomedov’s press service on Saturday gave the total as 13 victims and 101 injured.
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Syrian troops tear-gas Damascus mourners DAMASCUS Afp
EGIME troops used tear gas on Saturday to try to disperse a mass funeral attended by thousands of people who took to the streets of the Syrian capital to mourn slain protesters, a rights group said. “Syrian regime forces used tear gas to disperse people attending the funerals of the Kfar Sousa martyrs and calling for the fall of the regime,” the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The protests were staged after blasts rocked Damascus and the country’s second city Aleppo earlier on Saturday, killing several people, the Observatory said. The latest violence came just two days before a scheduled parliamentary election in Syria, where the regime of President Bashar al-Assad has been trying to crush an uprising since March last year. One explosion hit a car wash as a bus was passing in a suburb of Aleppo, the country’s commercial hub in the north, said Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory. At least five people were killed in the blast, he told AFP in Beirut. Aleppo has been the scene of escalat-
265 political prisoners freed: SANA DAMASCUS: Syria has freed 265 detainees “involved” in the popular uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, “but who do not have blood on their hands,” the state news agency SANA reported on Saturday. Releasing detainees is a requisite of the six-point
peace plan brokered by UNArab League envoy Kofi Annan last month, as is the ceasefire agreement that came into effect on April 12 but has suffered violations ever since. At least 4,000 prisoners have been freed since November, according to SANA. The Annan peace plan also
ing violence in recent days, including a regime raid on the university, according to the Observatory. Two blasts also hit Damascus on Saturday, Abdel Rahman said. “One explosion occurred inside the city, and the other hit the periphery” where three soldiers were wounded, he added. Television footage showed a mangled car destroyed by one of the explosions that tore through a city street. Abdel Rahman accused the regime of launching the attacks to stop funerals a day after the security forces killed 30
calls for the withdrawal of heavy weapons from urban areas, a daily humanitarian ceasefire, media access, an inclusive political process, and the right to demonstrate. The state news agency also on Saturday said border guards had foiled an attempt by “an armed terrorist
anti-regime protesters, including nine in the Kfar Sousa and Tadamon districts of Damascus. The Observatory says more than 600 people have been killed nationwide during a tenuous truce that went into effect April 12. Also in Damascus, troops opened fire in the central neighbourhood of Barzeh, as they carried out multiple raids and made arbitrary arrests, the watchdog said. Despite the violence, mourners took to the streets of Kfar Sousa, just under a kilometre (less than a mile) from the prime minister’s office, as
group” to infiltrate the border from Turkey. An unspecified number of people were killed on both sides in the fighting that broke out near Al-Allani village, in Idlib province, between the border guards and the “terrorists,” SANA reported, a term it uses to refer to the rebels. Afp
shown in an amateur broadcast posted online by activists. Opposition bloc the Syrian National Council had called on the small force of United Nations observers already in the country to visit Kfar Sousa and Tadamon. “The funerals will show the regime that Damascus is not a neutral city as they pretend,” it said in a statement. Internet footage showed one mass funeral-turned-protest in Kfar Sousa after Friday’s killings there. “Syria wants freedom!” and “God is great!” chanted protesters. “We salute the
(rebel) Free Syrian Army,” read one slogan painted on a wall in Kfar Sousa. Holding up pictures of some of the nine people the security forces killed in Damascus on Friday, mourners also denounced sectarianism, chanting that “the Syrian people are one.” Hundreds of people also took to the streets to honour the dead in the Tadamon area, video footage posted online by activists showed. It was not immediately possible to verify the authenticity of such footage posted online. Elsewhere in Syria, the Observatory reported that unidentified gunmen assassinated an official of the ruling Baath party in the northwestern province of Idlib. Part of a six-point blueprint for peace, the shaky ceasefire deal was brokered by UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, whose office said on Friday that his plan was still “on track.” Under the plan, the Assad government agreed to withdraw its troops and heavy weapons from urban areas and allow peaceful demonstrations. “The Annan plan is on track and a crisis that has been going on for over a year is not going to be resolved in a day or a week,” Annan’s spokesperson in Geneva, Ahmad Fawzi, told journalists.
Fire kills 14 in Peru drug rehab centre: firefighters LIMA Afp
A fire killed 14 people trapped in a locked down drug rehabilitation centre east of Lima with no means of escape, the city’s fire department said Saturday. “They have found 14 bodies and one person survived,” said spokeswoman Elena Cabello of the fire in Chosica, 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of the capital. The fire broke in the early morning hours at the Sacred Heart of Jesus rehabilitation centre, which was housed in a two-story building, said Fernando Campos, the head of the firefighting unit on the scene. “The doors were locked and the windows on the second floor had bars on them. It wasn’t possible for people to get out,” said Campos. He said 13 bodies were found on the second floor of the building and one on the first floor. The cause of the fire was unknown. The sole survivor was identified as Luis Zeballos. The blaze comes just three months after 29 people were killed in a fire at another Peruvian drug rehabilitation centre.
egypt army says 300 held over deadly clashes
PrAGUe: Hundreds of Czech youth shout slogans as they take part in a march calling for the legalisation of marijuana on Saturday. AFP
France readies for poll, Sarkozy closes on hollande PARIS ReUteRs
Campaigning ended on Saturday in France for a decisive second-round presidential vote expected to crown Francois Hollande the country’s first Socialist leader in two decades despite polls showing President Nicolas Sarkozy clawing back some ground. Sunday’s election, which coincides with parliamentary polls in Greece, may prove decisive for the direction of Europe as Hollande has promised he will try to temper a German-led austerity drive across Europe and reorientate the recession-struck euro zone towards growth. Sarkozy, who became the first sitting president of modern times to finish second in a presidential first round vote,
must overcome high disapproval rates because of his abrasive style. If he did win, it would be a political sensation after a whirlwind campaign by the man many voters blame for stubbornly high unemployment, running at a 12-year high of nearly 10 percent, and France’s stagnant economy. Sarkozy was due to spend Saturday at home in Paris with his wife, former supermodel Carla Bruni, while Hollande visited a market in Tulle, the town in central France where he was mayor for seven years. “I am nervous, anxious for victory,” Hollande told a Reuters television reporter, as he shook hands with stall holders and kissed female wellwishers. “The inhabitants of Tulle won’t miss me ... They
will be reassured to have me as president.” Sarkozy made an impassioned final plea to France’s 46 million voters on Friday, saying the election’s outcome was balanced on a “razor’s edge”. He warned that a Socialist victory could send the euro zone’s second largest economy spiraling into rising deficits and debt, like Greece. Final polls before a mandatory media blackout on campaigning from midnight on Friday showed the 57-year-old conservative leader, an aggressive campaigner, cutting Hollande’s lead to just four points from around 10 a few weeks ago. “On Sunday, anything is possible” wrote left-leaning Liberation on its front page, noting that while Hollande remained the clear favorite, Sarkozy was catching up fast.
The election campaign was knocked sideways by a shock performance by National Front candidate Marine Le Pen, who came third in the April 22 first round with 18 percent of votes, prompting Sarkozy to shift his campaign rhetoric to the right. The president received a double setback this week when Le Pen refused to endorse him, saying she preferred to cast a blank vote, and centrist candidate Francois Bayrou, who came fifth in the first round with 9 percent, said he would vote for Hollande. In a scathing personal attack, Bayrou accused Sarkozy of betraying the principles of the Republic by courting the far right with anti-European and anti-immigrant rhetoric. On the quiet streets of Paris, passersby on Saturday
said the vote was likely to be much closer than many had expected. “Unfortunately, Sarkozy still has a chance of winning,” said Amandine, a young woman shopping in central Paris. “There are a lot of people who are still undecided. They haven’t made up their minds, so it could be him.” NOT A BEAUTY CONTEST: Right-wing Le Figaro newspaper contrasted Sarkozy’s steady reduction of France’s deficit in recent years with what it said were Hollande’s plans to raise taxes and spending. “The election of the president of the Republic is not a beauty contest to find the nicest candidate,” it said in an editorial. “You choose a president for his ability to wield power, not his conviviality.”
Egypt’s military on Saturday ordered 300 people detained over deadly clashes between troops and anti-military protesters in Cairo and imposed a new overnight curfew, a military source told AFP. Military prosecutors said the 300, including nine journalists, “will be held for 15 days pending investigation” into clashes in the Abbassiya district on Friday that left two people including a soldier dead and at least 300 injured. A security official confirmed the number and said more arrests could be made on Saturday. The military also imposed an overnight curfew in the defence ministry district for a second successive night, which will go into effect from 2100 GMT on Saturday until 0400 GMT on Sunday, the source said. After hours of questioning overnight, those held were accused of assaulting army officers and soldiers, assembling in a military zone and preventing members of the armed forces from carrying out their work, the source said. They all denied the charges. Friday saw fierce clashes between antimilitary protesters and troops near the defence ministry.
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May calls for fixing amnesty
LAHORE stAff RepoRt
HE head of the Federation of International Cricketers Association believes that all cricket countries should offer an amnesty for information on match-fixing. Although FICA chief executive Tim May
7 players asked to appear before PHF committee LAHORE stAff RepoRt
The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) on Friday summoned seven hockey players who participated in recently concluded controversial World Hockey Series in India to record their statements. The PHF last week issued show cause notices to those hockey players who played in the Indian held World Hockey Sereis, which was declared illegal by the International Hockey FFederation. The players include Rehan Butt, Waseem Ahmad, Tariq Aziz, Zeeshan Ashraf, Adnan Maqsood, Shakeel Abbasi and Imran Warsi. “They have violated the constitution of the PHF by taking part in the event which was declared ‘unsanctioned’ by the game’s ruling body, the International Hockey Federation (FIH),” said PHF secretary general Mohammad Asif Bajwa. “They have been asked to appear before the PHF disciplinary committee on May 7 to explain their point of view,” Bajwa said.
concedes that the England and Wales Cricket Board's decision to offer a threemonth amnesty has not led many players to take advantage of it, he sees it as a worthwhile exercise as the game tries to rid itself of the match-fixing scourge. The ECB were prompted to offer the amnesty in the wake of former Essex bowler Mervyn Westfield's con-
viction for spot-fixing. "My understanding is that they didn't really gather a great deal out of that exercise. But I think it is a worthwhile exercise for other countries to do," said former Australia international May. "Just because the England players didn't have much to report doesn't mean that Australian, New Zealand, Pakistan,
Indian, Sri Lankan players haven't got much to provide either. "I think there are players out there that are holding a great deal of information from the past or even the current that would assist the people who are put in charge of reducing, minimising or eradicating corruption from our game." Convicted spot-fixer Mohammad Asif was on Thursday released from prison after serving half of a 12-month sentence. Asif was one of three Pakistan players who were sent to jail after they were found guilty of agreeing to bowl noballs during a tour of England. They were also banned from cricket by the ICC for a minimum of five years, but while that was expected to act as a deterrent to other players considering fixing, May acknowledges that it is unlikely to have eradicated the problem. "I'd like to think that cricket was clean at the moment, but I think I'd be naive to think that," May told pakpassion.net. "I think it's important that if we really want to attack these issues that we know what is going on. "I think there is some information out there and we should make it as easy as possible for players to come forward with it."
yousuf in trouble with BD intelligence DHAKA
Pakistan's former captain Mohammad Yousuf is in trouble as he is being investigated by the Bangladesh intelligence agencies for allegedly submitting a fake clearance letter to play in the Dhaka league. The Bangladesh Cricket Board has handed over the matter to the intelligence agencies after participating clubs in the Dhaka Premier League which remains suspended refused to resume playing in the event until the Yousuf matter was resolved. The BCB had to step in after Yousuf appeared for the Victoria sporting club in the league against Abhani club on March 28. The same day Abhani refused to complete the match insisting that since Yousuf had played for the Mohammadan club the previous year he was not eligible to play for Victoria. Abhani also claimed that the NOC letter submitted by Yousuf on behalf of Mohammadan club was fake and fraud. Yousuf when contacted in Lahore insisted that he had no role to play in the whole issue. "I don't understand what is the fuss is about. The NOC letter was given to me by the Victoria club which obtained it after signing me on to play for them in the Dhaka league.
Now whether it is a fake or genuine how should I know," he said. Yousuf, who has not played for Pakistan since November, 2010, also made it clear that he was approached by Victoria to play for them and he agreed after being under the impression that he could play for a different club in the Dhaka league after obtaining clearance from his previous employers. "That was my impression as that is the international cricket law. I went to Dhaka after being given a copy of the NOC and clearance by Victoria. They obtained the NOC from Moham-
madan it had nothing to do with me," he insisted. Yousuf also said that he would neither approach the Pakistan Cricket Board for assistance or hire any legal help as it was a internal mater of the Bangladesh Cricket Board. "It is for them to sort out things. But I am disappointed with all this controversy," he added. Under BCB rules, a player can only represent another club in the Dhaka league after one year and if he obtains NOC from his previous employers. Abhani claims that Mohammadan have not given any NOC to Yousuf.
woods misses Quail hollow cut, watney leads
A frustrated Tiger Woods missed a cut for only the eighth time in a PGA Tour event while Nick Watney stormed into a one-shot lead in Friday's second round of the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina. Former world number one Woods battled to a one-over-par 73 at Quail Hollow Club, struggling with his putter, failing to birdie any of the four par-five holes and finishing one stroke outside the cutline. The greatest player of his generation and arguably the best of all time, Woods has now missed four cuts in his last 36 PGA Tour appearances after missed the same number in his previous 231 starts. "The entire week I didn't play the parfives well," Woods told reporters after parring his last nine holes for an evenpar total of 144, a distant 12 strokes behind fellow American Watney who fired an eight-under 64. "You just can't do that, especially when all of them are reachable with irons. I didn't take care of the par-fives, missed a couple of other little short ones for birdie and consequently got no momentum during the round." Asked to explain why he had struggled, Woods replied: "It all has to do with my setup. If I get over the golf ball and I feel uncomfortable, I hit it great. "It's just that I get out there and I want to get comfortable, and I follow my old stuff, and I hit it awful." The 14times major champion, playing his first PGA Tour event since tying for 40th last month's Masters, then reiterated what has become a mantra for him as he strives to regain the form that once saw him dominate the game. "I know what I need to do, it's just I need more (repetitions) doing it," said Woods, who has been grooving a new swing with coach Sean Foley over the last two years. "Obviously we've changed a bunch of different things, and every now and again I fall into the same stuff, old stuff. It takes time to get rid of old patterns."
Malik rejects county offer to get back in to national side LAHORE stAff RepoRt
Following in the footsteps of West Indian Chris Gayle, Pakistan's former captain and allrounder, Shoaib Malik has also snubbed English county offers to try to win a spot in the national team for the coming tour to Sri Lanka. "I had been approached by some of the counties to play this season but I have decided to focus on my return to the national side," Malik said today. Sources said country sides Hampshire and Essex had made offers but Malik after consulting his wife Sania Mirza and family decided he could get a ticket for the Sri Lanka tour. The national selection committee is due to announce the touring squad around May 10 after which coach Dav Whatmore will set up a conditioning camp in Lahore for the selected players and reserves. Pakistan play three Tests, five ODIs
and two T20 matches in Sri Lanka from June 1. They also take on Australia in five ODIs and three T20 matches in August before taking part in the ICC World T20 Championship in Sri Lanka in September/October. Malik said his main focus remained on getting back his international career on track as playing for the national team was the biggest honor for any player. Malik, 30, said he was made offers through his agent in England but turned them down because the Sri Lanka tour and Australia series clashed with the English season. "This time they are strict clauses in the contracts for the overseas players. The county teams wanted assurance that I will play for them once I sign the contract even if I am selected for Pakistan and I couldn't accept that," Malik added. "I had no option but to turn down the offers as I know the coming series
are important for my career as a Pakistan player," he said. Malik said he had been training hard and was in good touch and was hopeful that the selectors would give him a chance to establish himself again in the team. "I have played domestic cricket and done well and I think I have a very good chance of wearing the Pakistan cap again," Malik said. Other Pakistani players have also got offers from counties including offspinner Saeed Ajmal but have turned them down because of the series against Sri Lanka and Australia. Malik said his main focus remained on getting back his international career on track as playing for the national team was the biggest honor for any player. Malik, 30, said he was made offers through his agent in England but turned them down because the Sri Lanka tour and Australia series clashed with the English season.
"This time they are strict clauses in the contracts for the overseas players. The county teams wanted assurance that I will play for them once I sign the contract even if I am selected for Pakistan and I couldn't accept that," Malik added. "I had no option but to turn down the offers as I know the coming series are important for my career as a Pakistan player," he said. Malik said he had been training hard and was in good touch and was hopeful that the selectors would give him a chance to establish himself again in the team. "I have played domestic cricket and done well and I think I have a very good chance of wearing the Pakistan cap again," Malik said. Other Pakistani players have also got offers from counties including offspinner Saeed Ajmal but have turned them down because of the series against Sri Lanka and Australia.
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Amar Cables into National Veterans final
KKR clinch tight win KOLKATA cRicinfo
LAHOre: Chief guest Chairman Lahore Gymkhana Zia-ur-rehman presents the winnerâ€™s trophy and cash award to Amar Cables Captain Ameer Akbar. Ashiq Qureshi, Umair wirk and Amer Ilyas Butt are also seen in the picture. LAHORE stAff RepoRt
Amer Ilyas Butt led Amar Cables to the National Veterans Cricket Final after his team made history by winning all the Veterans cricket match till the regional final. In its debut stint of the 14th National Veteran Senior Cricket Cup it first won the district level title and now clinched the regional final to be the first team to be playing the National final on debut. In the Regional Final, Amar Cables edged aside Lahore Whites by four runs for a place in the national final. Playing at the Bag-e-Jinnah Cricket Ground, Amar Cables batting first gathered 179 all out after 29.5 overs. Shahid Mansoor 58, Muhammad Arif 42, Tariq Rasheed 21, Rouf Wain 19 and Amir Manzoor 15 were the main runs scorers. Saleem Malik had two wickets for Lahore giving away 27 runs, Shahid Aslam also had two for 39 while Mohtasham Rasheed got one for 21, Tariq Siddiqui one for 22 and Shahid Meer one 31. In reply Lahore White reached 175 for all out after 29.2 overs. Mohtasham Rasheed 57, Ghaffar Kazmi 24 and Saleem Malik batted well and remained unbeaten at 55. But Amar Cables bowling
led by Tariq Rasheed three for 19, Munir Shah three for 29, Rouf Wain three for 30, Jahangir Khan one for 41 and Tariq Hussain one 33 kept a tight line to keep Lahore in check throughout the proceeding. Ahsan Raza, Shozab Raza were the field umpire, Muhammad Asif was reserve umpire, Aziz-ur-rehman match referee, Javeed Ashraf coordinator, Masood Ahmad and Qasim Shafiq was the scorer. Later, chief guest Chairman Lahore Gymkhana Zia-ur-Rehman gave away the winnerâ€™s trophy and cash award of Rs 100,000 to Captain of Amar Cables Ameer Akbar while the runner-up trophy and Rs 50,000 was received by to Lahore White Captain Saleem Malik. The man of the match award and Rs 5000 went to Tariq Rasheed of Amar Cables, Ghaffar Kazmi was the best batsman and got Rs 7500, Zaheer Ahmad for his best wicketkeeping got Rs 7500, Asim Sheikh was the best bowler and received Rs 7500 and also best courage award to Manzoor Ali Arif. PVCA Chief Executive Nawab Ashiq Hussain Qureshi, Umair Wirk, Rizwan Nisar, Nadeem Asif, Amer Ilyas Butt, Saleem Salamat, Col Rafi Naseem, Tariq Saeed, Raja Asad, Khalid Butt and sports organizers were also present sportsman on the occasion.
HE pre-match hype was all about Sourav Ganguly taking on his former team at his nursery Eden Gardens. Ganguly played a part in giving his struggling Pune Warriors a chance to upstage the hosts, but in a bitter twist, his own dismissal was the turning point, allowing Knight Riders to clinch a seven-run win. In a match that ebbed a flowed, Angelo Mathews halted Knight Riders' charge with a flurry of sixes, but with support diminishing at the other end, he failed to muscle Warriors to victory. It was an innings of two halves by Kolkata Knight Riders. An opening stand of 113 between Gautam Gambhir and Brendon McCullum gave them the foundation to entertain thoughts of 200 and beyond, but the other batsmen batted as if on a different wicket and managed only 37 runs in the last 7.3 overs. Given Pune Warriors' previous game, where they failed to chase 120, the hosts could still fancy their chances. The Warriors bowlers struggled initially on a slow pitch, often dropping too short or drifting on the pads, giving Knight Riders plenty of boundary opportunities. Gambhir began his innings by pulling a long hop off the left-arm spinner Murali Kartik in the first over, before clubbing Ashok Dinda for six. The openers used their feet against the seamers, as illustrated by two sixes in the opening stand. McCullum welcomed Wayne Parnell by walking across his stumps and launching him over long-on, before Gambhir walked down the track and slogged a slower delivery from Dinda over deep midwicket. The pair ransacked 46 runs off three overs to end the Powerplay on an imposing 68 for no loss. It was also the third fifty-plus stand between the pair in the IPL Sensing that the spinners would play a crucial role in containing the run-rate on this sluggish pitch, Ganguly brought on Clarke. The Australian was unlucky not to have McCullum on 28, when Dinda dropped a sitter at short fine-leg off a top edge. It was
2nd PHF FIFA frets over pace of Brazil Under-21 World Cup building work Girls Hockey final today OTTAWA
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The final of the 2nd PHF Under-21 Girls Hockey Championship will be played today between Wapda and Railways. The championship which is in progress her at the National Hockey Stadium, say two matches played with Punjab taking third position while Pakistan Boards got fifth place in the championship. Ms. Nina Maria Fite, Consul General of the United States of America was the chief guest and watched Punjab (C) girla win over their sister team Punjab W. The final of the championship will be played on May 6 at 1500 hrs. Dr. Sabia Mansoor, Vice Chancellor Lahore College for Women University will be Guest-of-Honour on the final match. RESULTS: 5th & 6th Position: PakBoard beat Sindh 3-1 (Full Time), 1-1 (Half Time) Pak-Board: Gulnaz Parveen 27th minute (FG), Shamsa Jawed 54th minute (FG) & Shamshad Barkat 58th minute (FG). Sindh: Iqra Marium 16th minute (FG). 3rd & 4th Position: Punjab (C) beat Punjab (W) 2-1 (Full Time) 0-0 (Half Time) Punjab (C): Shaneel Babar 60th minute (FG) & Kulsoom Munir 65th minute (FG). Punjab (W): Rabia Anwar 37th minute (FG).
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has expressed concern about the slow pace of preparations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and said he wanted the delays to be made up as soon as possible. But Blatter - who is meeting top Brazilian officials next week to discuss progress - was also confident Brazil would be ready to host the 32-team tournament despite the challenges. Brazil is struggling to build the infrastructure needed for the World Cup and the eight-team 2013 Confederations Cup curtain raiser. In March, FIFA's general secretary said Brazil needed a "kick up the backside" to speed up the work. Blatter apologised for the remarks by Jerome Valcke but still has some concerns about the pace of construction. "Somewhere there are some delays and what we are doing now is to make sure that what has not been (done) in the past will be done as soon as possible and not later," Blatter told reporters, speaking in English. "For the time being we are a little bit concerned about some constructions. But you know, constructions, if you push them and to put a lot of energy behind, then you can be ready on time," he said after an Ottawa event to mark the 2015 women's soccer World Cup, which Canada is hosting. Next week Blatter will hold two days of meetings in Zurich w i t h Brazili a n
Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo and the local organizing committee. The FIFA chief noted that South Africa had successfully held the 2010 World Cup despite widespread doubts ahead of time that it would be ready. "We are confident, because Brazil is not only a footballing nation but Brazil is also a very important economic power ... So I'm sure that they will do it," he said. GOAL-LINE TECHNOLOGY: Blatter also reiterated that he wanted goalline technology to be used at the Confederations Cup and the World Cup. FIFA is currently testing two systems designed to determine whether a ball has fully crossed the line or not. World soccer's governing body was embarrassed during the 2010 World Cup when a shot by England's Frank Lampard against Germany crossed the line but no goal was given. "I can tell you FIFA in the World Cup 2014, and therefore already in our Confederations Cup in 2013, we will use this system. We cannot repeat the ... same situation we have witnessed in the match between England and Germany," Blatter said. But he ruled out using any other kind of technology in the game. Some are calling for video replays to be used in a bid to eradicate officiating errors. "Otherwise the game will lose its human face and there will be no more discussion if everything is perfect. Our game is not perfect and that's why it is ... so popular," h e said.
Pune warriors fielder Steve Smith attempts a catch at the boundary line during the IPL match. AFP doubly embarrassing for Dinda as it happened in front of his 'home' crowd. Gambhir milked the singles by dabbing the seamers to third man. There were no pressure tactics applied by Warriors till the tenth over, when the wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa stood up to the stumps to prevent the batsmen from using their feet. Gambhir continued coming down the track but he failed to launch Kartik over long-off, where he was caught by Mithun Manhas. SCORES: Kolkata Knight Riders 150 for 5 (Gambhir 56, McCullum 42, Mathews 2-17) beat Pune Warriors 143 for 8 (Mathews 35, Ganguly 36, de lange 3-34) by seven runs CHENNAI GO FOURTH WITH TOUGH WIN: Their batsmen did not set Chepauk alight, nor did their bowlers destroy the opposition, but Chennai Super Kings fought hard on a demanding pitch to earn a victory that helped them claw back into the league's top half. Their top-order made nugget-sized but swift contributions that ensured Super Kings reached a competitive target despite an end-over slowdown, after which their bowlers prevented Cameron White's soli-
tary straining at the reins from saving the night for Deccan Chargers. It was a gritty, unspectacular win, but one that ensured they did not drop points against the IPL's bottom-placed team. The turnaround for Super Kings, however, came via a stroke of luck. White and Shikhar Dhawan had kept Chargers on course by reaching 77 for 1 in the 11th over, when White drove the ball hard at Dwayne Bravo, the bowler. The ball thudded into Bravo's hand and deflected a long way on to the stumps, catching Dhawan backing-up much too far. There was no luck involved in Kumar Sangakkara's dismissal, though, when Suresh Raina lunged to his right to grab a firm drive with the fingertips of his outstretched hand. Daniel Christian took time to settle in and Chargers scored only 26 between overs 11 and 15 for the loss of two wickets. They needed 59 off the final five and run scoring was significantly harder as the ball got older. SCORES: Chennai Super Kings 160 for 6 (du Plessis 42) beat Deccan Chargers 150 for 5 (White 77) by 10 runs.
Polish opposition wants euro 2012 final moved to Warsaw WARSAW ReUteRs
The leader of Poland's main opposition party called on Saturday for the final of Euro 2012 to be moved from Kiev to Warsaw in protest against the Ukrainian authorities' alleged mistreatment of jailed ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Poland and Ukraine are co-hosts of the month-long soccer tournament whose opening games will be played on June 8. The final will be played in Kiev on July 1. "At the very least, UEFA should transfer the final match of Euro 2012 from Kiev to Warsaw. Any other reaction will amount to silent acquiescence to the further undemocratic activities of the Ukrainian government," Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party wrote in his blog. "Flagrant human rights violations in Ukraine, as symbolised by the situation of jailed Yulia Tymoshenko, is the effect of disadvantageous political changes we are observing in Ukraine and proof of Ukraine's growing dependence on Russia." Tymoshenko, main rival of President Viktor Yanukovich, was sentenced to seven years in prison last October for abuse of office after a trial that the West says was politically motivated. She is now in a prison in the city of Kharkiv, one of the tournament venues. She has been on a hunger strike since April 20 in protest at what she said was an assault by prison guards, an allegation denied by the prison administration. Several European politicians have said they intend to stay away from the former Soviet republic in protest. Kaczynski seems to be a mostly lone voice in Poland with his call for a switch of venue. While Polish authorities have voiced their disapproval of how Tymoshenko's case
is being handled, they have criticised calls for a boycott. "The West should not boycott Ukraine during the European soccer championship in June as that would hamper its European ambitions and force the ex-Soviet country back into the arms of Russia," President Bronislaw Komorowski said this week. Most Polish politicians have traditionally viewed a pro-Western Ukraine as an effective counterweight to Russian domination over Eastern Europe and have sought to draw it closer to the European Union. (This story is corrected in second paragraph to show tournament starts on June 8 not June 9, fixed garble in first paragraph) CANADIAN HOST CITIES FOR WOMEN'S WORLD CUP UNVEILED: The six Canadian host cities for the 2015 women's World Cup were unveiled on Friday as the country prepares to host the 24 teams who will participate in the biggest event in women's sports. Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Montreal, Ottawa and Moncton were named as host cities for the event which will expand from 16 to 24 countries and from 32 to 52 matches. "Women's football is continuing to mature, and I am really pleased that football fans in cities across the country, from east to west, will have the opportunity to take part," FIFA president Sepp Blatter said during a news conference in the Canadian capital of Ottawa. "The host cities play a crucial role in delivering a FIFA competition and I am sure that seeing world-class footballers across Canada will inspire a whole new generation of girls and women to get involved in the game." Toronto, Canada's largest city, did not apply to be a host city as it is preparing for its role as host of the 2015 Pan American Games.
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Time to move on SpORtS thIS WEEk ALI AKBAR
HE other day Mohammad Asif was released from prison in England after serving his jail term. Mohammad Amir had been released earlier. When these two look back on their abbreviated careers, they will doubtless have more than a few regrets about what transpired and how two of the most promising talents in the sport were so cruelly cut short. Certainly Mohammad Asif at his best was nothing less than a magician with the ball, with impeccable control over line and length and movement in the air and off the seam. Amir had everything, the pace, the movement and a maturity beyond his years. He was already being talked of as the next Wasim Akram. Perhaps, with time, he could actually have been better. Both the boys were from small towns with very humble backgrounds and as a result, were suckers for the glitz and glamour at cricket’s higher level. They were also not used to the amount of money that they were earning and more importantly, were not fully aware where the line of impropriety should be drawn and the consequences should they be caught. Asif had had issues in the past, prior to the ‘no-ball affair’, but for Amir, this was the first known time. When they were told by the captain, the venal Salman Butt, of the easy money available for just a few no balls bowled on cue, they jumped at it, especially when they knew that it was their captain who was protecting them and encouraging them to do it. What Salman Butt and his boys had
not reckoned for was the penchant of media like The News of The World towards sting operations and entrapment and they and their manager Mazhar Majeed fell for what was in cricketing terms, a sting operation that would make Robert Redford’s Sting movie pale in comparison. In spite of all their excuses and explanations, the writing was on the wall and all four were justly convicted of match-fixing. It is only fair that the two junior perpetrators have been released first and the master minds, the captain and the manager are still serving time. The greatest blame for all this undoubtedly falls on Salman Butt, an educated, well spoken man who had been groomed for the job from age-group events, but let his team and country down in a manner he will have a hard time to come to terms with. Salman Butt’s career is over. He was
always a journeyman cricketer and his best was probably behind him. But what of Asif and Amir, two stars who dazzled the cricket world with bowling that was out of this world? Is there a chance for them to make a comeback after having served their lengthy bans, following which they would have suffered irreversible deterioration of their skills? It is unlikely, because no bowler can survive on just bowling for five years in the nets. Firstly, there is a lack of motivation and secondly, there is no way to anneal and temper his technique outside the cauldron of competitive cricket at the highest level. In other words, their international careers are effectively over. Unless: The ICC relents and shortens their bans by half or more. They would be reluctant to do so in the case of Asif, who has had a few brushes with impropriety in the past. Amir could have a chance, with no less a cricketer as Mike Atherton going in to bat for him. Eighteen is an impressionable age and the ICC could cut him a bit of slack. But the big question is as to what role the PCB should play in this affair. Should they actively work towards getting the sentences reduced or should they let things take their course. Undoubtedly, the latter is the better option. If the PCB campaigned to get the sentences reduced, it would send an entirely wrong message to all Pakistani cricketers that if they do get caught doing something wrong, the PCB will support them. The PCB should stay completely out of this issue. If the ICC should see fit to reduce or waive the sentences, then, after due process, the PCB should allow the players to be consid-
ered for selection. Nothing else. Unfortunately, what happened in England was without a doubt only the tip of the iceberg. Rumours of entire Test matches being sold down the drain abound. The Test in Australia where our wicketkeeper missed a clutch of catches and purposely missed a run-out is still a nightmare in our memories. The Danish Kaneria episode is under way. So the million dollar question is not who was doing spot-fixing or match-fixing, but who if any, was not. It is said that it takes six or seven players to fix a match. That leaves very few players who would be out of the loop. And probably, they would also be looking to get in! This is how things had regressed when the noball affair occurred. We should therefore look at the positive side of this whole sordid affair and realize that this was not entirely a bad thing. Despite the loss of two world class players, the lessons learned and the fear of the ICC Anti-Corruption Unite will go a long way towards cleansing our cricket. The present Pakistan team is a pleasure to watch and to support. It is impeccably led by Misbah and the body language on the field and the commitment level has visibly improved. Let us leave Salman Butt and his cohorts in the past and continue to move on. Should things change with time and the two fast bowlers are able to make themselves available, with good domestic performances, they should be considered for selection just like any other cricketer. In the meantime, they have to do their time. Because, if they are finding this to be hard, they should not have committed the crime in the first place!
Cilic sees off Haas to book place in final MUNICH Afp
Croatian third-seed Marin Cilic booked his place in the final of Munich's ATP tournament here with a straight sets win over wildcard Tommy Haas in Saturday's semifinal. Cilic needed just 75 minutes to secure a 6-3, 6-4 win over former world number two Haas, who defeated Marcos Baghdatis in Friday's quarter-finals and also saw off top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga earlier in the competition. In Sunday's final, the 23-yearold Cilic will now face either Spain's Feliciano Lopez, the second seed, or Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber who meet later on Saturday in the other semi-final.
Murray pulls out with back injury MADRID ReUteRs
World number four Andy Murray pulled out of next week's Madrid Masters with a back injury, the Briton said on Friday. "It is with regret that on doctors advice I have to withdraw from the Madrid (event) with an injury," Murray was quoted as saying on the tournament's official website (www.madridopen.com). "I always love coming to Madrid so it is a big disappointment. I look forward to returning next year and wish everyone a great week of tennis."
The Spanish connection “Hegemonies are being challenged as Spain takes centre stage”
ROW Z DIARIES KUNWAR KHULDUNE SHAHID
HE recent past has seen Spanish athletes proving themselves to be the vanguard of a wide array of sports. The national football side is the current World and European champions, after having done half of the square root of naught for most part of their existence, and would be the team to beat this summer in the Euro 2012 as well. La Liga has once again rose to prominence as the best league in the world, and even though the Big Two of Spain fell agonisingly close to formulating an allSpanish finale in the UEFA Champions League, there’d be hardly anyone who
would doubt La Liga’s credentials as the best of the lot – especially after Athelic Bilbao made a mockery of the English Champions in Europe’s second-tier competition. Similarly in tennis there is one Rafael Nadal who has been on a record-breaking spree ever since his rise to prominence. But it’s not merely Rafa who has carried Spanish tennis on his shoulders, the depth of Spanish talent has meant that they’ve been winning Davis Cup trophies left, right and centre recently and have had more top 10 players of late than any other nation. And then we have the likes of Fernando Alonso, Sergio Garcia, Jorge Lorenzo and Pao Gasol, who have taken their respective sports from the scruff of its neck at one level or the other. Spain has been the hub of Sporting
drama in the recent weeks, owing mostly to the rise and fall of La Liga’s Big Two – one of whom has now been crowned the domestic champion – Rafael Nadal cementing his authority on clay in Monte Carlo and Fernando Alonso trying to retrace his apogee in F1. And Spain would be the locus of a lot more sporting extravaganza in the coming days, with the Madrid Masters – which kicks off today – and the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday has ended Barcelona’s three-year hegemony over the domestic title. This is Madrid’s 32nd league title, which is 11 more than second placed Barcelona (21), and two more than both second and third placed Barca and Atletico
Madrid (9) combined. Real Madrid do have another piece of history beckoning with a chance of being the only team to muster 100 points in a single season – they’d need to win both of their remaining games to reach the 100-point mark. Like Madrid ended Barca’s dominance, tennis has witnessed that of late as well. While Novak Djokovic ended the duopoly of Nadal and Roger Federer last year, what was more intriguing was he that gave Nadal’s clay court sweeping ritual a jolt in Madrid and Rome last year as well. No-Djo would be defending his Madrid crown on “blue clay”- a move which has divided opinion like a knife through butter. Changing the colour of the clay actually makes no sporting sense, even though the organisers tout the move as beneficial for the “visible aid” of the viewers, who’d now be able to see the ball more clearly. Madrid Masters has come at an interesting time. If Nadal wins the title, that’d herald the return of the “no one can beat him on clay” clamour; whereas if Djokovic defends the trophy, that would lift the Serb’s chances of conjuring up a career grand slam in Paris this year. And then there is Roger Federer – the only other man to win this tournament on clay, outside the top two – who’d be gearing up to prepare himself for a real strong go at the French Open. Adding to his major tally is all what the Swiss is playing for nowadays, and winning the Olympics singles gold – something he’d settle for even if he never wins a major again. He would also want to challenge Nadal at the top of the pile as far as the number of ATP titles is concerned, but Nadal’s clay court dominance might render that futile – especially since age is very much on the Spaniard’s side. The clay court season tends to bring out
the best in the Spanish tennis players – obviously because it’s their favourite surface; one they’ve grown up on. Hence, while clay might be the Rafa show year after year, the likes of David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro – who can beat anyone on his day on clay –, Fernando Verdasco and even Feliciano Lopez would be eying to leave an imprint on Spanish and European clay. With the tail-end of the Madrid Masters, we have the Spanish Grand Prix in the circuit of Catalunya next weekend. All eyes would be on the Drivers’ and Constructors’ champions Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull. Vettel is well acquainted with Barcelona since Red Bull have been doing a lot of testing over there recently, and even Mark Webber – who won the grand prix in 2010 – would be optimistic about his and his teams chances. Fernando Alonso – the two-time World Champion – meanwhile, has been busy talking up his team and defending his team mates in the buildup to the Spanish Grand Prix. Alonso believes that Ferrari are now “an almost perfect team” – and this despite their failure to produce a car that enables the team to compete for races regularly. Alonso’s team-mate Felipe Massa has been hauled over coals since 2009 for his driving, so much so that he was even warned by his president Luca di Montezemolo. And the criticism has then been blown out of proportions since Ferrari’s 2012 car is proving itself to a bit of a Greek tragedy with the Brazilian scoring only two points thus far. Alonso believes that most of the criticism is unfair and that all it takes is one race to change the opinion. He and his team would be hoping that particular moment comes up next weekend in Barcelona.
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Olympic gold the pinnacle of the sport: Nadal MADRID ReUteRs
INNING a gold medal for your country at the Olympic Games is the greatest achievement in tennis, world number two Rafa Nadal said on Friday, while also leaving the door open to a possible return to Spain's Davis Cup team in September. After his triumph in Beijing four years ago, Nadal will be chasing a second Olympic singles gold in London, when the event in July and August will be staged on the grass courts of Wimbledon's All England Club. In an interview with Reuters, the 25year-old said that for him personally the Olympics ranked above the four grand slams in prestige. "The Olympic Games is very special for many reasons and in my opinion the biggest one because you are representing your country," Nadal said as he prepares for the Madrid Masters event starting next week. "You have the feeling that you are with all the Spanish sportsmen representing our country," added the Mallorcan, who beat Chile's Fernando Gonzalez to win the gold in 2008. Nadal's pride in representing the Iberian nation was evident as he helped them to
MADrID: Spain's rafael Nadal returns the ball during a training session at the Madrid Open. ReUTeRS a fifth Davis Cup triumph in last year's final against Argentina but he said afterwards he would not play in the competition in 2012 due to the congested calendar. However, he is now not ruling out returning to the team for September's World Group semi-final at home to United States, when the holders will continue their bid for a fourth title in five years. "There remain a lot of months, a lot of
important events, so I cannot think about it when I am here in Madrid preparing for an important tournament like this one," Nadal said. "So let's see how the season goes and I will wait until that date(before deciding)."
PERFECT KNEE Nadal's season was disrupted in March when he was forced to pull out of
London stadium ready to welcome the world
LONDON: Fans leave the BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium. ReUTeRS down from May 12 as organisers put the final LONDON ReUteRs
The London Olympic stadium, all set to become the beating heart of the Games when the world comes to town in 83 days' time, opens formally on Saturday. One lucky youngster will be chosen to do the honours in front of a 40,000-strong crowd at a special test event celebrating 2,012 hours to go until the Games begin. Paralympic gold medal-winning archer Danielle Brown will shoot arrows at a series of spinning targets to select the stadium opener from 100 pre-selected eight to 14-year-olds. The stadium has already witnessed its first races and winners, with the event coming at the end of the British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) outdoor championships which started on a damp and cold Friday evening. In what may not be the best omen for Team GB, seeking to trigger a gold rush when the Games start on July 27, the first athlete to win a race on the gleaming new track was an Irish hurdler. "I feel like I've just won a major championships or something," declared Justine Kinney, a 24-year-old psychology masters student at Loughborough University - alma mater of London 2012 chairman Seb Coe. "It feels amazing to know that all these world class athletes are going to be running down this track in just a few months," she told reporters after winning her 400m heat on Friday. "The track feels amazing, it feels like you could fly down it," she added. Some of those world-class athletes will also be in attendance on Saturday, with retired five-times rowing gold medallist Steve Redgrave and swimmer Mark Foster among celebrities involved in the proceedings. British Olympic track hopeful Perri Shakes-Drayton and pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale will be competing. "This crowd will not only be starting their Olympic journey just weeks ahead of the Games, they will also play a vital role in helping us test the venue and earn our licence to operate the Stadium," said Coe. The 500 million pound ($807.92 million) stadium, at the centre of the Olympic Park in a formerly rundown part of east London, will go into lock-
touches to the facility. ($1 = 0.6189 British pounds) (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing FLOATING FORTRESS TO PROTECT OLYMPICS: Britian's military -- including a large warship -- are getting ready for what's called the biggest Olympics security operation in the history of the games. It's not something you see everyday... a massive warship sailing up the River Thames in London. Its all in the name of Olympic security... the UK'S HMS Ocean - attack helicopter ship - will be stationed near Olympic Park and will oversea maritime manoeuvres, air security, and be home to the some 500 troops on standby 24/7. In the weeks leading up to the start of the games on July 27th, the miltary will conduct a number of security exercises. "This is all about an Olympic Games which is about games, sport and fun and we've got to be really careful that our behaviours don't in any way impact on this. So we need to do this exercise well in advance of the Olympics, so that we test all our systems and then we can fade into the back ground ready to react in the unlikely event of the situation occurring when we have to." Officials say besides physical threats, measures are being put into place to combat cyber attacks as well, something Beijing reported an increase of during the 2008 games. The UK has budgeted some one point five billion dollars for games security. DAMP DEBUT FOR NEW LONDON STADIUM: London's Olympic stadium hosted its first competitive events on Friday with British student athletes enjoying their outing under the floodlights despite damp, cold and gusty conditions. If the crowd was tiny, some 1,500 spectators lost in a vast expanse of empty black and white seats in the 80,000 capacity arena, those present knew they were witnessing a milestone of sorts. "At the moment, I'm the track record holder," grinned Chris Wakeford, competing for the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff, after winning his 400m hurdles heat in a night's best of 52.83 seconds.
MADrID: Marion Bartoli returns the ball to Sorana Cirstea during a tennis match. ReUTeRS his Sony Ericsson Open semi-final against Andy Murray in Miami due to a recurrent knee problem. He returned to fitness in time to claim a record eighth straight Monte Carlo Masters on his favored clay last month and went on to become the first player to win two events seven times at last week's Barcelona Open. "I am okay," he said when quizzed about
the injury. "I've played two weeks back to back in Monte Carlo and Barcelona with no problems," he added. "That's very important for me, a lot of confidence for my mind. And the answer: the knee is now perfect." Nadal, a 10-times grand slam singles champion, is due to begin the defense of his French Open title in Paris at the end of this month.
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