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31 killed in clashes in Khyber, orakzai agencies At least 31 militants were killed and several of their hideouts were destroyed in internal clashes and military action in Khyber Agency and Upper Orakzai. Officials said clashes between militants from rival groups, Lashkar-e-Islam and Ansarul Islam, erupted after more than three weeks in Khyber Agency’s Tirah Valley. The officials said eight militants from both sides were killed in the clashes. page 04
Us senate confirms Brennan as CIa director Ending weeks of delays over lack of clarity on drone policy, the US Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism adviser John Brennan with a 63-34 vote as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Coinciding with the development, a major American newspaper asked Washington to remove secrecy surrounding the drone programme and conform it to Congressional oversight. page 04
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sindh Ig, rangers Dg responsible for abbas town tragedy: CJp
pak tea House reborn
story on page 04 Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) chief Nawaz Sharif on Friday inaugurated the historic Pak Tea House with many eminent writers, journalists and members of the civil society showing up at the anticipated event. Among various scholars in attendance, Intezar Hussain’s presence caused a stir. He remains the oldest member of the original tea house, which had remained an attraction for the country’s intelligentsia for many decades since the partition. page 03
Venezuela prepares for Chavez’s funeral Leaders from Latin America and beyond have started arriving in Venezuela’s capital for the state funeral of late president Hugo Chavez. Hundreds of thousands of mourners are expected to attend Friday’s funeral, to be followed by the swearing-in of his handpicked successor Vice President Nicolas Maduro. Thousands of busses brought people from all over the country to the capital, Caracas. page 07
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If we want each and every girl to be educated, if we want peace all over the world, we all have to fight in unity. We should not wait for someone else to come and speak up for us. — Malala Yousafzai
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EPiCENtEr oF gLobAL ECoNoMy iS Now SHiFtiNg to ASiA: MANSHA LAHORE: Speaking at the Asia-Pacific CEO Forum organised by International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in New Delhi on Friday, the Chairman of Nishat Group and MCB Bank, Mian Mohammad Mansha stated that the epicenter of the global economy is now shifting to Asia, trends are clearly pointing to the shift of geopolitical, economic and financial power from the developed economies to the emerging markets of Asia. The Forum which was also addressed by Indian ministers including Anand Sharma (Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Textile) and Salman Khurshid (Minister of External Affairs), appreciated that this will have an increasing impact in the region as Asian economies contributed to nearly sixty percent of global growth in 2012 and the focus of the 21st century is shifting increasingly to Asia. In his address Mian Mansha further stressed that a sound and efficient financial architecture is needed to take advantage of the potential in the Asia-Pacific region. In this context, he also emphasized the need for greater connectivity among the countries of the region, particularly in South Asia. To improve connectivity and ease of doing business, Mr. Mansha suggested opening bank branches in Pakistan and India by interested banks which meet the laid down criteria. The ICC Asia Pacific CEO Forum’s objective was to bring together senior business leaders from the region, and beyond, to discuss how the Asia-Pacific region can help stimulate the global economy. The purpose of the forum was to provide an opportunity for high level networking and exploring business connectivity with participation of around 60 CEOs from Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and US. The Forum intended to develop a high level policy message on key issues affective economic growth in the region to G20 leaders in advance of the 2013 G20 Summit in Russia. STAFF RePORT
Show no mercy! President orders stern action against criminals, without any discrimination KARACHI
RESIDENT Asif Ali Zardari on Friday said criminal elements should be crushed without discrimination and reiterated that elections in the country would be held on time. He said militants and extremists will not be allowed to subvert the electoral process
by creating a law and order situation. The president chaired a meeting to review the law and order situation in Sindh, particularly Karachi, in the wake of recent bomb blasts in the metropolis. He urged the provincial government and relevant agencies to take stern actions to ensure the safety and protection of lives and property of citizens, which he said was the prime responsibility and top priority of the government. The president ordered Interior Minister Rehman Malik by telephone that security forces should be equipped with proper resources to crackdown criminal elements in society. Zardari made clear that no leniency should be expressed towards criminals, adding that police officials who were unable to give results be fired from the department. The meeting was attended among
India not sure on how it will receive Ashraf NEW DELHI
A deep divide has opened up within the Indian government over Prime Minister (PM) Raja Pervez Ashraf’s visit to Ajmer. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid is keen to receive the Pakistani PM at Ajmer but senior functionaries in the government have opposed the move saying a junior officer should be sent to receive Ashraf. The opposition to Khurshid’s Ajmer plan ties in with the UPA taking a moral high ground after the alleged killing of two Indian soldiers along the Line of Control (LoC) in January. There cannot be business as usual, and the foreign minister receiving a Pakistani dignitary will send out a wrong message, those opposed to the move say. “We have spelled out our reservations but the minister seems keen to go,” India Today quoted a source as saying. Not receiving Ashraf at Ajmer will also send out a message to Islamabad which has not done anything on the issue of probing the killing of Indian soldiers or on terrorism, they say. Khurshid may be seeking political gain in picture or diplomacy at Ajmer, but sources say that even a minister of the Rajasthan government could have been sent to fulfill protocol requirements. Sending a union minister when the visit is not even
On the eve of Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf’s visit, India on Friday said there could not be normalisation of ties with Islamabad unless the terror machine still active there was brought under control. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said India had made sincere efforts to normalise its relations with Pakistan and
had achieved some progress. “People-to-people contacts have gone up, trade relations have shown improvement,” Dr Singh said in the Rajya Sabha replying to a debate on Motion of Thanks to the President’s address. “But there cannot be normalisation of relations between our two countries unless and until the terror machine which is still active in Pakistan is brought under control,” he said. The PM said this had been his gov-
During the meeting, Zardari called upon all political forces and stakeholders to come forward and work hand in hand with law enforcing agencies in Karachi and play their roles to restore peace and stability to the metropolis. He said everyone had to work together and augment government efforts to restore peace in the economic hub of the country. Earlier, the governor and chief minister briefed the meeting on the latest situation in Sindh, particularly Karachi, and the various steps afoot to maintain law and order. Later, the president, during a separate meeting with Sindh Assembly Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza, condoled the death of her brother-in-law Akhtar Zaidi and other relatives who lost their lives in the recent Karachi blast.
LHC to decide on Zardari’s dual office on 18th LAHORE
pM reqUests CJp to forM JUDICIal CoMMIssIon on rpps sCaM ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has written a letter to the chief justice of Pakistan requesting him to form a judicial commission to probe into the rental power scam. In his letter, the prime minister offered himself for open accountability in the rental power case and requested setting up of a commission headed by Shoaib Suddle to inquire into the rental power case. Ashraf further said that, “This [case] is propaganda against me. I have put myself forward for investigations.” He said adverse propaganda had been done against him in this case which also brought a bad name to the state. The prime minister said his politics was for the welfare of the people and he had never tried to influence NAB. PM Ashraf was given the title of Raja Rental after he was accused of receiving kickbacks in the rental power projects. He was also accused of buying property in London from money earned through corruption in various scams. He has been defending himself in the Supreme Court. Online
deemed official will send out the wrong signal, and will provide an official tag to the visit scheduled due on March 9. Despite Khurshid’s positivity, the Indian government remains keen to ensure that Ashraf’s Ajmer visit does not become an official engagement, similar to President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to the same town that turned into a full scale summit, lunch included, last year. Meanwhile, a local priest on Friday expressed concern
No normal ties with Pakistan until it ends terror: Singh NEW DELHI
others by Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, provincial ministers Pir Mazharul Haq, Ayaz Soomro, Agha Siraj Khan Durrani, Syed Murad Ali Shah, Sharjeel Memon, Sindh Chief Secretary Raja Muhammad Abbas and heads of law enforcement agencies. Spokesperson to the president Senator Farhatullah Babar said the president at the outset of the meeting condemned the barbaric incident at Abbas Town and offered fateha for the departed souls. The president while expressing his sympathies with the bereaved families , gave directions for extending full support and assistance in rehabilitation to the victims of the blasts and providing best medical treatment on government expense to all those affected by the bomb blasts in Abbas Town.
ernment’s policy for the past nine years and would continue in the coming times. His remarks come ahead of his Pakistani counterpart’s visit to India on Saturday. Ashraf, during a daylong
over Ashraf’s visit to Ajmer. On the eve of Ashraf’s arrival, the Diwan of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti shrine in Ajmer, Zainul Abedin Ali Khan, opposed the visit in protest of the alleged beheading of two Indian soldiers along the LoC earlier this year. Abedin said being the head of the popular shrine he would boycott the Pakistani PM when he pays reverence to the shrine on his visit on Saturday. visit, is scheduled to offer prayers at the famous shrine of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chisti in Ajmer. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will host a lunch in his honour at Jaipur, but no “substantive talks” are expected to take place. Ashraf’s visit comes at a time when there is a chill in bilateral ties over the ceasefire violations along the Line of Control in Kashmir. An Indian soldier was allegedly beheaded by Pakistani troops while the mutilated body of another was found in January.
Lahore High Court (LHC) will rule on the Zardari dual-office case on March 18. A four-member bench headed by LHC Chief Justice Umer Ata Bandial heard the case on Friday. Government’s lawyer Wasim Sajjad did not appear before the court and additional attorney general presented a written request on behalf of the federation to defer the case. Bandial said the court has been hearing the case for the past eight months and the matter could not be delayed further. He ordered that the federation’s lawyer give final arguments in the next hearing. Lawyers of the petitioner told the bench that President Zardari is continuing with political activities despite clear court orders in this regard. Newspaper reports relevant to the case were also presented before the court.
PPP has maximum support in Pak: survey ISLAMABAD APP
No matter who wins Pakistan’s general elections scheduled for May, the next government will have to reckon with a strong opposition, said a new survey by a German institute. The survey by Heinrich Boll Stiftung gave lead to Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) with 29 percent of the respondents supporting Benazir Bhutto’s party. Nearly 25 percent said they would vote for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Another 20 percent supported cricketerturned-politician Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
PPP MPA Malik Fayyaz joins PML-N LAHORE STAFF RePORT
District Hafizabad Pakistan People’s Party President Malik Fayyaz Awan called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif at his Model Town residence on Friday. While expressing his complete confidence in the leadership of PML-N President Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif, MPA Awan announced to join the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
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Plebiscite is the only solution to Kashmir problem. — Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed
PAk tEA HoUSE rEborN P LAHORE
AKISTAN Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif on Friday inaugurated the historic Pak Tea House with many eminent writers, journalists and members of the civil society showing up at the anticipated event. Among various scholars in attendance, Intezar Hussain’s presence caused a stir. He remains the oldest member of the original tea house, which had remained an attraction for the country’s intelligentsia for many decades since the partition. The original establishment was opened in 1940 as the India Tea House by a Sikh family on the Mall, which was then at the heart of the cultural and political life of the city. After the partition, the café changed its name. Having been the metropolitan’s celebrated tea house, renowned in literary and political circles over many decades, it used to be the home of fiercely contested debates and discussions, as stars like Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Ibn-i-Insha, Ahmad Faraz, Saadat Hassan Manto, Munir Nayazi, Nasir Qazmi and many other important figures used to visit the tea house regularly. At the inaugural ceremony, all participants expressed joy that the establishment had been revived after 10 years. It had been converted into tyre shop upon its closure. Intezar Hussain who had been visiting the historic tea house since its peak days recalled his memories at the historic tea house and how it used to serve as the cultural hub for the city’s
literati. “It is such a great step the government has taken in reviving a symbol of Lahore’s culture,” he added. Professor Aziz Uddin Ahmed, a senior journalist who first visited the café in 1953, said the scene developed from a literary group, the Circle of the People of Taste, which met in a nearby YMCA building and then went to the café for tea. Before long, the group and its attendants simply started meeting in the café. The scene, as remembered by those who visited in its heyday, was one of fierce and sometimes arrogant debate on all
manner of subjects. It was also a place that attracted writers from elsewhere in South Asia and beyond. Chinese Lunch Home, Zelin Coffee House, Shezan Restaurant, Lords and Gardenia are among the prominent restaurants on the Mall, all of which have disappeared one-by-one. The re-launch of Pak Tea House on the Mall reflects a noble intention on the part of the government, but it is no longer a hub of the city’s cultural life which has expanded over the decades. Although the Mall enjoys a prominent place in the metropolitan due to its historic role, the appearance of new
Religious tension in Lahore after Christian is accused of blasphemy LAHORE RAnA HAiDeR
Some 150 families of Joseph Colony in Badami Bagh police precincts were forced to abandon their homes on Friday after a local Christian youth was charged with blasphemy by area residents. According to details, Sawan Masih was alleged of committing blasphemy by a local barber, Imran following which the police registered an FIR No 112/13 under Section 295-C against the Christian man. Police sources told Pakistan Today that Imran accused Sawan of disrespecting the Holy Prophet (PBUH),
provoking the local Muslims to attack houses of Christians. They said that Sawan managed to escape from the scene before the angry mob could harm him. Police reached the venue as soon as they were intimated about the situation and managed to calm the mob by taking into custody Sawan’s father Chandar Masih. At the police station, Chandar denied that his son had committed blasphemy saying they held the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in high esteem. He asked Imran to swear on the Holy Quran that his son had in fact said anything offensive against the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
Badami Bagh Station House Officer Hafiz Abdul Majid told Pakistan Today that preliminary investigations showed that Imran had falsely accused Sawan of blasphemy but they were forced to register a case against the Christian youth to placate the furious mob who were pelting stones at Christians’ houses. He said a heavy police contingent had been deployed in the area to prevent violence. “Some religious elements are trying to exploit the situation for their vested interests but we will try and ensure that no person is harmed by such elements who only want to foment religious strife,” he added.
Protection of women’s rights govt’s top priority: Kaira ISLAMABAD APP
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Friday said protection of women rights had been one of top priorities of the coalition government and the PPP remained committed to the wellbeing and empowerment of women. Speaking in the National Assembly in connection with International Women Day, the minister said although women were still considered to be less privileged component of the society but their role in nation building and national progress was appreciable. “Since, this parliament is completing i t s tenure, our party r e mains commit-
ted to empowerment of women and making their role more vibrant for progress and prosperity of the nation,” Kaira said. He said Pakistan was proud to have maximum number of women in its parliament. “This number even cannot be witnessed in parliaments of the countries who claim to champions of women rights.” “But, still we need to do lot. Our party always struggled for women rights. We had a woman party chairwoman and it is her legacy that she always struggled for women rights and democracy and laid down her life for this cause,” he added. “Benazir Bhutto was symbol of courage and commitment. She fought all odds for democracy and women rights. Now her daughters, following her footprints are waging struggle for women rights,” he added. Kaira said it was only Pakistan to have first woman prime minister of Muslim world and then the first female speaker. “But, still we have long way to go. Women in our rural areas are oppressed and neglected although they also play their role in nation building.”
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housing societies in the periphery have given rise to multiple centres, each catering to residents from a different part of the city, if not always a different strata. The administration of the café has been handed over to Gourmet Bakers, while it is going to be under the supervision of the City District Government of Lahore (CDGL). This arrangement was viewed by some old visitors as a breach from the old tradition when the tea house was free from restriction and was a centre of open discussions.
Uks announces winners of ‘first ever women in media awards’ LAHORE PReSS ReleASe
In the first initiative, Uks in collaboration with APNS announces the results of first ever ‘Women in Media’, awards exclusively for Pakistani women journalists. The awards will be presented on March 13, at a formal ceremony to be held in Karachi. The award winners for this year are: Print: 1st prize- Ms. Razeshta Sethna- Herald Runner up: Imrana Komal, Roznama Express Television: 1st prize Ms. Shamim Ara MarwatKhyber News Runner up: Maimona Saeed, GEO TV, Multan Radio: 1st prize- PBC, Bahawalpur Runner-up: Shamim Anjum, PBC-Islamabad On-line: Sadia Haider on Community.ejc.net Uks is proud to announce a Life-Time Achievement Award for Ms. Zubeida Mustafa rightly described as ‘the first woman who made and changed the news in Pakistan’s mainstream media’.
29 brigadiers promoted RAWALPINDI The army promotion board from brigadier to major general ranks was held on Friday at the General Headquarters. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Kayani presided over the meeting, read an ISPR statement. The statement also read, a total of 190 officers (brigadiers) were considered. Following officials were promoted to major general against vacancies being created due to retirement of lieutenant generals/major generals during year 2012/2013.
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No nation can achieve goals without women’s participation. — MQM chief Altaf Hussain
NEWS Saturday, 9 March, 2013
Sindh ig, rangers Dg responsible for Abbas town tragedy: CJP KARACHI STAFF RePORT
xPRESSING displeasure over the services rendered by the law enforcement agencies on Friday, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said the Sindh IG and the DG Rangers were solely responsible for the Abbas Town tragedy. Heading a five-member Supreme Court bench hearing a case on the Karachi tragedy, the chief justice ordered the government to compensate the people affected by the blast by Friday evening. At outset of the hearing, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Special Branch submitted their reports on the incident. The ISI, Military
wattoo stealing gas: iNP report ISLAMABAD inP
A textile mill and CNG station owned by Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and GilgitBaltistan Mian Manzoor Wattoo and his daughter MPA Robina Shaheen Wattoo are illegally consuming gas on load management days. According to sources, a team of Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) Sahiwal region found during checking that Resham Textile Mill and Tameere Watan CNG Station, owned by the minister and his daughter, were using gas during days of load management in sheer violation of law. Furthermore, the CNG station has been using gas without submitting bank security. The textile mill and CNG station also have arrears worth millions of rupees. The gas supply to the textile mill and CNG station was stopped following the revelation of theft but no further action has been taken against the culprits. The INP report could not be independently verified despite repeated attempts.
Intelligence (MI) and the provincial chief secretary did not file their reports which irked the court. The court also summoned former Sindh IG Fayyaz Leghari. The chief justice asked why the victims had not been compensated yet. The bench
ordered the Sindh government to compensate the injured by Friday evening and submit details to the court. The joint director of the IB stated that information pertaining to possible threats of blast was shared with the IG and the Rangers DG. To that, Justice Amir Hani said, “What step was taken in the light of this information?” Counsel for the Sindh government, Anwar Mansoor Khan claimed that over 130 terror attacks had been thwarted. Justice Hani said there were contradictions in the reports submitted by the Sindh government and the Sindh IG. He questioned why scanners had not been installed on entry and exit points of Karachi. “The helplessness of institution is evident.”
31 killed in clashes in Khyber, orakzai agencies PESHAWAR STAFF RePORT
At least 31 militants were killed and several of their hideouts were destroyed in internal clashes and military action in Khyber Agency and Upper Orakzai. Officials said clashes between militants from rival groups, Lashkar-eIslam and Ansarul Islam, erupted after more than three weeks in Khyber Agency’s Tirah Valley. The officials said eight militants from both sides were killed in the clashes. In military action in the valley, jet fighters bombed two dins of the militants and killed five of the occupants. A notorious militant commander was also killed in the assault.
However, his identity could not be ascertained. The volunteers of a tribal peace lashkar, with support of the security forces, attacked a compound of militants in Naray Baba of Tirah Valley. The clashes were going on until the filing of this report and officials claimed killing of 10 militants so far. Meanwhile, the security forces with help of jet fighters targeted militant dins in both Owt Mela and Nandar Mela areas of Orakzai Agency. According to another official, eight militants were killed and several hideouts were destroyed in the clashes. The security forces are said to be advancing towards the destroyed dins of the militants.
LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party workers protest outside Governor’s House on Friday against an employee of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani for allegedly taking bribe to resolve an issue. inP
HeC challenges eCp for decision on fake-degree holders ISLAMABAD nni
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) challenged the recent move of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to make way for fake degree holders to contest in the upcoming elections. According to a report from the HEC, the commission has reservations over an ECP decision to provide clearance to 27 fake degree holders. In a letter to the ECP, the HEC categorically said there were “dis-
crepancies” in the ECP press release in which it admitted it had cleared cases of 27 fake degree-holding parliamentarians. Four of these 27 were not present in the HEC’s list of fake degree-holders whereas according to this letter, concerned universities of only three out of the remaining 23 members confirmed to the HEC that their degrees were genuine. So 20 out of 23 MPs cleared by the ECP were given a clean chit wrongly, despite the fact that their degrees were found fake and bogus by the HEC as well as the
concerned universities. Though the ECP has cleared degrees in some cases but in many cases the ECP did not proceed against fake-degree holders on grounds such as the MP was re-elected, had resigned, or brought witnesses from universities to prove his/her degree as genuine. The press release from HEC also said the ECP decision in 90 percent of cases was “incorrect” and acknowledged that out of an HEC list of 56 fake degreeholders, only in three cases was the decision reversed.
Pakistan lost Rs 90b in electricity theft, line losses ISLAMABAD inP
The national exchequer lost Rs 90 billion in the last five years in electricity theft and line losses. Minister of State for Water and Power Tasnim Qureshi told the Senate that “a big mafia is behind the huge electricity theft”. The Senate session, chaired by Nayyar Hussain Bokhari, was told by the ministry in a written response that FESCO, GEPCO, LESCO, MEPCO, IESCO, SEPCO, HESCO, PEPCO, and KESCO lost Rs 600 million, Rs 360 million, Rs 2.35 billion, Rs 280 million, Rs 3.66 billion, Rs 7.47 billion, Rs 16.17 bil-
lion, Rs 59 billion and Rs 90 billion respectively on account of theft and line losses. Qureshi said the line losses were cut to Rs 20.5 billion by his efforts
while Petroleum Adviser Dr Asim Hussain said the number of CNG stations should be decreased in the county, especially in Punjab.
Us senate confirms Brennan as CIa director WASHINGTON SPeciAl cORReSPOnDenT
Ending weeks of delays over lack of clarity on drone policy, the US Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism adviser John Brennan with a 63-34 vote as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Coinciding with the development, a major American newspaper asked Washington to remove secrecy surrounding the drone programme and conform it to Congressional oversight. The Washington Post editorial appeared in the wake of nearly 13-hour filibustering speech by Republican Senator Rand Paul, who demanded the administration clarify its do-
mestic drone policy, particularly whether non-combatant Americans would be targeted with drones. The Senate confirmation vote for Brennan came after Attorney General Eric Holder assured Senator Paul in a letter that the president did not have the authority to do so. The Post noted that President Obama’s administration had chosen to carry out hundreds of drone strikes against al Qaeda targets in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, including one against a US citizen, without any public accounting. The White House, the paper noted, had devised a process for adding names to a target list for drone strikes but had never revealed even its outlines. Instead, it insisted on its righteousness and in-
vited Americans to trust that its decisions were justified. “That is not how a democracy should operate,” the editorial said, arguing there was no cause for most
kuwait introduces visa relaxation policy for Pakistanis
of the secrecy in which the drone operations were shrouded. “The political backlash against them, both at home and abroad, could be diminished if the administration were to conduct strikes with regular military forces, rather than the CIA, and report on them as it does all other military operations.” “A presidential speech would certainly be welcome. But only disclosure and congressional authorization will solve this problem,” the editorial concluded. Brennan, 57, has been the leading proponent of drone operations against suspected al Qaeda linked operatives on foreign soils and oversaw escalation of such strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia under President Obama’s first term.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has hailed the Senate approval of his pick for CIA director, saying with bipartisan confirmation the Senate has “recognised in John the qualities I value so much—his determination to keep America safe, his commitment to working with Congress, his ability to build relationships with foreign partners, and his fidelity to the values that define us as a nation”. “With John’s 25 years of experience at the agency, our extraordinary men and women of the CIA will be led by one of their own. I am especially appreciative to Michael Morell for being such an outstanding acting director and for agreeing to continue his service as deputy director,” Obama added.
The government of Kuwait has introduced a policy to relax visas for Pakistani nationals working in the public sector of the country. Under the policy, Pakistani workers in Kuwait can now bring their families to Kuwait without restriction. They can also issue dependent visas of male children up to the age of 15 and female children up to the age of 18 as long as both, the employee and his wife, have valid residences in Kuwait, said a press release issued here on Friday. Furthermore, Pakistanis can obtain a commercial visa to work in first-class companies having stateowned shares. The new measures announced by the government of Kuwait would ensure greater employment opportunities for Pakistanis in the long run in Kuwait. It would also help in relieving their hardships especially for the divided families of expatriate Pakistanis. Further relaxation is expected in due course. Earlier, the government of Kuwait had imposed a visa ban of all types for Pakistan nationals. The situation had created a critical problem for large number of overseas Pakistanis living in Kuwait.
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An indiscriminate targeted operation has been launched against terrorists in Karachi. – Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad
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Mr Nisar, is it just fear or something else? sPeaker, na secretary fail to make defiant chaudhry nisar aPPear before sindh’s Privilege body
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HE Sindh Assembly’s Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, in its report on nine privilege motions referred to it by the house during the past five years, criticised Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan who had “miserably failed” to appear before the committee to clarify a statement he had made to the displeasure of Sindh lawmakers. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) legislators Imran Zafar Leghari and Saleem Khursheed Khokhar had earlier moved a joint privilege motion in the Sindh Assembly against the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) leader due to his alleged “bitter attitude regarding criticising the cultural attire of the people of Sindh” in an interview he gave on the electronic media. “A number of notices were sent to him in person at his official address… but Chaudhry Nisar miserably failed to appear before the Privilege Com-
mittee,” the body observed in a brief summary of its five-year report made available to Pakistan Today. The committee said the notices were served upon Chaudhry Nisar even through the speaker and the secretary of the lower house, but to no avail. Chaired by PPP’s senior lawmaker Ghulam Mujadid Isran, the committee wanted the PML-N leader to appear before it for the purpose of clarification or for satisfaction of the constitutional forum. PPP Sindh leader Advocate Salim Zia had once appeared before the committee to represent Chaudhry Nisar in one of its meetings on the issue, but could not offer more than what the committee
termed a “vague” contention regarding the absence of Chaudhry Nisar. “The application (of Zia) was rejected by the Committee on legal as well as moral grounds,” the body said. Despite repeated attempts of this reporter, Zia was not available to comment on the issue. “We held 14 hearings on the issue but he (Nisar) could not gather the courage to uphold parliamentary norms by appearing before a parliamentary body,” Ghulam Mujadid Isran, chairman of the privilege committee, told Pakistan Today. He said the PML-N leader had waged an unprovoked attack on the culture of Sindh. Isran recalled that even Zia had not directly faced the committee and had initially handed an u n -
signed application to the Sindh Assembly secretary. “He twice came to the secretary’s office just to place an application that we rejected,” the committee chairman said. The PPP lawmaker said Zia’s appearance was illogical in a sense that the privilege motion was not directed at the party but at a person (Nisar). Isran said the ball now was in the court of Sindh Assembly to which the committee had presented its final report. “The Assembly now may like to take action against him,” he added. In its meeting held on 14th May last year, member of the privilege body namely Imran Zafar Leghari who was one of the motion’s movers, strongly condemned the attitude, derogatory words and views expressed by Chaudhry Nisar who was alleged to have bad-mouthed against cultural attire of the people of Sindh. Leghari, in the meeting, claimed to posses all details of the press conference held by the PML-N stalwart and other relevant documentary/CD evidences to prove his point. “The criticism on cultural attire of the people of Sindh will not be tolerated,” committee members Syed Khalid Ahmed and Moqueem Alam were quoted as saying during the meeting. The two MQM lawmakers in Sindh Assembly, where the MQM had recently parted ways with its four-year-and-11-month-old ally, the PPP, viewed Chaudhry Nisar’s statement as an “attempt to destabilise the Federation of Pakistan”.
Law against corporeal punishment? So what! teacher breaks student’s arm with iron rod and later the PrinciPal exPelled him from the school as well KARACHI AAMiR MAJeeD
In a city like Karachi, which is assumed to be one of the most civilised cities of the country, a teacher broke an arm of a student with an iron road without any reason at all. Not only this, the school administration had also rusticated the injured student one day before the final examination was to commence. On the day of the incident, a teacher of a private school had beaten a minor with an iron rod and broke one of his arms. The repulsive incident took place in Waqarul Islam Secondary School, a private educational institute, located in the posh locality Umar Frooque Town, Kalapul, Defense. During the course of investigations, it was disclosed that the private school building was constructed on an 80 square yard plot and it had only six rooms for Montessori to Matric classes. The school was using an illegal water and electricity connection and there was no toilet for students and teachers within the school premises. “I was recalling the test when my teacher kicked me from behind,” nine year old Hasnain Noor, son of Shafqat Mehmood and a student of class V in Waqarul Islam Secondary School told Pakistan Today. “I fell on the ground and when I stood up again, the teacher started beating me with an iron rod,” Noor said, adding that, “When I asked the teacher about my mistake, she said I am not afraid of anyone and threatened me to stop asking her for a reason. Later she started
beating me again.” “I fell unconscious and when I regained consciousness, I found myself at my home,” Noor said, adding that, “My father told me that my classmate had visited my house and informed my father that I had fell unconscious.” “My right arm has stopped working and I cannot move it properly,” Noor said, while adding that the school principal expelled him on Thursday (7th May, 2013) on the day of his
first paper, namely English language, of the final examination. “I sent my son for attending class today but the principal of the school told him that he was expelled,” Shafqat Mehmood said. “The mother of the original school owner, who herself is uneducated, is fulfilling the responsibility of principal, and she told me that my son is no more a student of Waqarul Islam Secondary School,” Shafqat said, adding that he had paid the fees for the entire academic year in advance and at the start of the final exam. He said that in spite of the fact that he had paid the fee, the school management was still saying that his son was no more a student of the school. “First they broke one arm of my child and secondly they expelled him, which is a great injustice,” Shafqat added. “The owner of the school, namely Mukhtar, when approached against the highhandedness of the school teacher, replied that he had not beaten my child and asked me to take action against the teacher on my own,” he said. On a visit to Waqarul Islam Secondary School, it was revealed that the private educational institute building was constructed on an 80 square yard plot and it was situated in such a narrow lane that a four-wheeler could enter into the school. When this scribe requested to visit the school, the younger brother of owner Mukhtar stopped him from advancing further. The parent of some students, who were standing outside the school, told this scribe that the school had only six room for Montessori to Matric level students and it worked in two shifts. They further said that the school was running on illegal connections of water and electricity and that there were no toilets available for the students and teaching staff.
When approached for comments, Mukhtar accepted that a female teacher of his school had beaten a student of class V with an iron rod. “We have directed the teacher not to attend the school, until the school management decided whether to pardon the mentioned teacher or terminate her services,” he added. “We did not expel the affected student and if my mother sent him back to the house then I have no idea about the whole incident,” the school owner said, adding that “The child should attend school and he should appear in the final examination.” The school has all the basic facilities and someone has misguided you,” the school owner said in his defence. When he was requested to provide a tour of the school, he turned down the request and disconnected the phone call by saying that he would call this scribe again. In the absence of Directorate of Private Educational Institutions Sindh (DPEIS) Director Prof Mansoob Ahmed Siddiqui, DPEIS Deputy Director Zehra Mohsin was contacted instead and she condemned this barbaric act. “We cannot allow physical punishment inflicted on students,” she added. “I will personally investigate this incident and the school management would be issued notices in this regard,” she vowed. “We will also direct the management of all private educational institutions working in Sindh not to appoint such teachers at their schools in the future,” she said. “The private schools have announced to keep educational institutes closed due to peaceful movement until arrest of the culprit involved in Abbas Town blast but when the schools would be reopened, the directorate would start investigation and take strict action against the people involved in this in this incident,” she asserted.
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KARACHI Saturday, 9 March, 2013
ghulam Shabbir given add charge of igP Sindh KARACHI Online
Additional IG Crime Investigation Department (CID) Ghulam Shabbir Shaikh on Friday has been given the additional charge of Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP). The Sindh government, complying with a Pakistani Supreme Court (SC) order, had removed former Sindh IGP Fayyaz Ahmed Leghari and Deputy IGP for East Karachi Aleem Jaffery from their posts on 6th March and their services were handed over to the federal government. Additional IG Police (CID) Ghulam Shabbir Shaikh had been given the additional charge of Sindh IGP while DIG Admin Imran Yaqoob had received additional charge of DIG East.
SA passes bill against domestic violence KARACHI PPi
Sindh Assembly here on Friday unanimously passed the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill 2013. The bill was passed for safeguarding women, children and any other vulnerable person from domestic violence and it had already come into force and would be extended to the whole province of Sindh. The bill was presented by Sindh law minister Muhammad Ayaz Soomro and supported by both the treasury and opposition members. According to the bill, domestic violence was included, but the bill was not limited to acts of gender based and other physical or psychological abuse committed by a respondent against women, children or other vulnerable persons, with whom the respondent was or had been in a domestic relationship. The house also adopted The Sindh Laws (2nd amendment) Bill 2012, while it introduced The Sindh Tenancy (Amendment) Bill 2013, whose consideration was deferred to Monday, March 11, 2013. The introduction of The Sindh Finance (Amendment) Bill 2013 and the consideration of The Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Human Resoruces Research and Development Board was also differed to Monday. The house also unanimously passed two resolutions on the occasion of International Women’s Day. A resolution moved by Heer Soho and other MPAs said: This assembly is proud to commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the International Women’s Day on March 8, 2013, and on this day, celebrated to honour the backbone of every society – its women – pays tribute to the dynamic women of Pakistan, who strive passionately for the betterment of the country, and its future, despite numerous substantial impediments, be they ethnic, cultural, social linguistic, and education and resolves to further the struggle to establish a just and equitable environment conductive for sustainable development of Pakistan.
being callous to our civilization! 90 Percent of mohenjo daro still remains a secret in earth KARACHI AFTAb cHAnnA
LL was left to the Sindh province blessed with centuries-old archaeological site – the Indus Valley Civilization – to discover the 90 percent buried secrets about civilization as the then British government did few excavations to unveil the true facts, culture and civilisation of the ancient people. But the concerned authorities in Sindh have been least bothered about this one of the oldest civilizations of the world. At around 2500 BC, when the Egyptians were building pyramids, people in the Indus Valley were laying the bricks for India’s first cities. They built strong levees or earthen walls to keep water out of their cities. When these were not enough, they constructed man-made islands to raise the cities above possible floodwaters. The archaeologists have found the ruins of more than 100 settlements along the Indus and its tributaries mostly in modern-day Pakistan. Amongst them, one of the most remarkable achievements of the Indus Valley people was their sophisticated city planning. The cities of the early Mesopotamians were a jumble of buildings connected by a maze of winding streets. And in contrast, the people of the Indus laid out their cities on a precise grid system. Cities featured a fortified area called a citadel, which contained the major buildings of the city. Buildings were constructed of oven-baked bricks cut in standard sizes unlike the simpler, irregular, sun-dried mud bricks of the Mesopotamians. The discovery of Indus Valley Civilization happened while manufacturing railways line to connect the cities of Karachi and Lahore. Two brothers, John and William Brunton, were constructing that project and they searched for the ancient town as they needed stones for the line quarry. They weren’t aware of being in front of a great discovery. And, when John Brunton visited the ruins, for the first time, he said that: “here is the grand quarry for the ballast I want. This had as a result of caring away the city walls for the needs of the railway constructions.” All that happened in 1856, however, the excavations started in 1920. And the most important discoveries were made in 1999. They discovered ceramics with the first samples of writing. That fact brought up the dispute of the theory that discovery of writing belonged to the Mesopotamians or the Egyptians. Interestingly, the phrase "early civilisations" usually conjures up the images of Egypt and Mesopotamia and its pyramids, mummies and golden tombs. But in the 1920s, a huge discovery in South Asia proved that Egypt and Mesopotamia were not the only "early civilisations." In the vast Indus River plains (located in what is today Pakistan and western India) archaeolo-
gists discovered the remains of a 4,600 year-old city. A thriving, urban civilisation had existed at the same time as Egyptian and Mesopotamian states - in an area twice each of their sizes. The people of this Indus Valley civilization did not build massive monuments like their contemporaries nor did they bury riches among their dead in golden tombs. There were no mummies, no emperors, and no violent wars or bloody battles in their territory. Remarkably, lack of all these things makes the Indus Valley civilisation exciting and unique. While others’ civilisations were devoting huge amount of time and resources to the rich, the supernatural, and the dead, Indus Valley inhabitants were taking a practical approach to support the common and secular living people. Sure, they believed in an afterlife and employed a system of social divisions. But they also believed resources were more valuable in circulation among the living than on display or buried underground. Although the importance of Indus Valley civilisation and the very important findings can not be denied, the historian are of the view that they could not know anything more about this civilization and they may never find out what the scripts are written about or any findings that have graphic elements. The reason is because this language does not exist anymore and it cannot be deciphered. Unfortunately, for the historians, the scholars and generally for all of us, this leads to acknowledgment of an important civilization which was the basis for several features of the current lifestyle. After independence in 1947, the major portion of ancient civilization came within the control of Sindh and the site’s maintenance, further archaeological works and research works went to the federal government. That remained completely ignored since the independence. However, a couple of years back, the Sindh government announced to initiate digging work at Mohenjo Daro to ascertain the remaining 90 percent of the historic assets buried under the earth. Such claims were time and again made when the federal government was controlling the site with allegedly no due attention. And, when the site was transferred to the Sindh government in the tenure of PPP-led government, the historic site received a step-motherly attitude and it remained ignored as was in the past since independence, the official in the culture department said, adding a modern carbon and scientific laboratory was also to be set up for carrying out research work on ancient artifacts and preserve its centuries-old history. Moreover, the provincial government will also seek expertise of foreign a r chae-
ologists to ascertain the facts of historic objects present there. It was believed that research work on the artifacts would open new chapters of history, as only 10 percent of the centuries-old history had so far been discovered, however, the discovery of the remaining 90 percent would now take place, the sources added. In the recent past, a team of archaeologists, working on a drain to flush out rainwater from the DK-G area of an explored part of Mohenjo Daro found some ancient artifacts and cultural objects. The team dug up just a meter down the level of surface of the old structures in the DKG area and found the material of cultural value. Prior to this digging, no object had been found at any site of the Indus Valley Civilization, they said. An amount of Rs 50 million had been released for the rehabilitation work at Mohenjo Daro and other ancient sites in the province which was not enough, the sources said, adding the ancient sites in Sindh province should be given due attention so that their importance could be maintained. Only 10 percent ancient objects have been explored yet and there is a dire need to ascertain the remaining 90 percent of the assets buried under the earth, they said. The last excavation of the site was done between 1927 and 1931 by EJH Mackay, special officer for excavation of the Archaeological Survey of India, they further commented, adding since then no excavation in this portion h a d been done.
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I have sworn to only live free. Even if I find bitter the taste of death, I don’t want to die humiliated or deceived. – Osama Bin Laden
Saturday, 9 March, 2013
VENEZUELA PrEPArES For CHAVEZ’S FUNErAL CARACAS AgencieS
EADERS from Latin America and beyond have started arriving in Venezuela’s capital for the state funeral of late president Hugo Chavez. Hundreds of thousands of mourners are expected to attend Friday’s funeral, to be followed by the swearing-in of his handpicked successor Vice President Nicolas Maduro. Thousands of busses brought people from all over the country to the capital, Caracas. Fifty-five world leaders were expected at the funeral, including Cuba’s Raul Castro, Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Belarussian strongman Alexander Lukashenko, shunned by the West but long courted by the anti-US Chavez. Ahmadinejad expressed his condolences as he arrived in Venezuela early on Friday, calling Chavez “a symbol for all those who seek justice, love and peace in the world”. Chavez, who died of cancer at the age of 58 on Tuesday, will be embalmed “like Ho Chi Minh, Lenin and Mao” and kept in a glass casket to be seen “for eternity,” Maduro said. Maduro said the body will be taken to the “Mountain Barracks” in the January 23 slum that was a bastion of Chavez support, a facility that is now being converted into a Museum of the Revolution. The National Assembly president, Diosdado Cabello, said Maduro would be formally sworn in as acting president after the funeral and that he would “call for elections”. The national electoral council is tasked with setting a date for elections, which must be called within 30 days under the constitution. Chavez was re-elected in October but never sworn in, as he travelled to Cuba for cancer surgery. The government said more than two million people had come to the military academy, where the late leader is laying in state, since Wednesday to get a glimpse of Chavez. His body lay in a half-open, glass-covered casket in the academy’s hall, wearing olive green military fatigues, a black tie and the iconic red beret that became a symbol of his 14year socialist rule. Some waited up 10 hours in the searing sun through the evening for a chance to file past his coffin and pay their respects. “He’s in there, but my comandante is immortal,” said Saul Mantano, a 49-year-old salesman with a hat emblazoned with Chavez’s name and the Venezuelan flag. “I didn’t want to see him dead, but it’s a reality now.”
CARACAS: a picture released by the Venezuelan presidential palace shows an aerial view of the funeral cortege of late Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez on its way to the Military Academy on Friday. AgencieS
Syrian rebels fail to release UN troops
The Philippine government says Syrian rebels have failed to release 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers and stuck to their demands for repositioning of Syrian government forces before any handover. A spokesman for the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said the rebels had been expected to free the troops early on Friday. “I don’t know exactly know what happened, why the expected release did not happen, but the demand is still there” for the Syrian forces to pull back, Raul Hernandez told reporters in Manila. The troops were seized on Wednesday near the Syrian village of Jamlah, just a kilometre from the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, where the UN force has patrolled a ceasefire line between Israel and Syria for
nearly four decades. Hernandez said that the Philippine government continues to “work with all stakeholders for the expeditious release of our Filipino UN peacekeepers”. Rebels said, however, that no talks were under way to free the men. “There are no negotiations between any parties,” said Abu Essam Taseel, from the media office of the group calling itself the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade. He said the captives would only be released once President Bashar al-Assad’s forces retreated from around Jamlah and halted bombing there. “Negotiations should be between [the United Nations] and the regime of Bashar alAssad to stop the bombing and lift the blockade of the area so it can be safe,” Taseel said. The Philippine military had earlier said that rebels wanted the Red Cross to escort the captives out of the area.
The peacekeepers said in videos posted online that they were being treated well. “We cannot go home because the government of Assad do not stop the bombing. To our family, we hope to see you soon and we are OK here,” they said. A second video showed six peacekeepers sitting in a room. An officer, who identified himself as a captain said that as their convoy came under shelling on Wednesday, “we stopped and civilian people helped us for our safety and distributed us in different places to keep us safe”.Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967. The captive troops are part of a 300strong Philippine contingent to a UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) that has been monitoring the separation of Israeli and Syrian troops since the 1974 armistice that followed the previous year’s Middle East war, in which Syria tried to retake Golan.
North korea to end peace pacts with South PyONGyANG AgencieS
North Korea has announced that it is cancelling a hotline and a nonaggression pact with South Korea while reiterated past threats in anger over a UN Security Council vote to impose more sanctions on the country for its third nuclear test. A statement the North issued on Friday said the country would retaliate with “crushing strikes” if enemies intruded into its territory. It also said that North Korea was voiding past inter-Korean nuclear disarmament statements. North Korea previously said it was cancelling a hotline with the US and the armistice that closed the Korean War in 1953. Thursday’s Security Council resolution will tighten financial restrictions on North Korea and crack down on its attempts to ship and receive banned cargo in breach of UN sanctions. The US-drafted statement, which was approved unanimously by the 15nation council, was the product of
three weeks of negotiations between the US and China after North Korea’s February 12 nuclear test. Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretarygeneral who is a former South Korean foreign minister, welcomed the council’s move, saying in a statement that the resolution “sent an unequivocal message to [North Korea] that the international community will not tolerate its pursuit of nuclear weapons”. The UN vote came just hours after North Korea threatened to use its right to a pre-emptive nuclear attack against its aggressors. North Korea has accused the US of using military drills in South Korea as a launch pad for a nuclear war and has scrapped the armistice with Washington that ended hostilities in the 1950-53 Korean War. “Now that the US is set to light a fuse for a nuclear war, revolutionary armed forces... will exercise the right to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors,” a foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
rACE tigHtENS iN kENyA gENErAL ELECtioNS NAIROBI AgencieS
Kenya’s presidential race has tightened as Uhuru Kenyatta’s lead narrowed over his main rival, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, raising the prospect of a second-round run-off. A final result was expected on Friday, but the close race and a troubled vote count are sparking fears of the kind of violence that ripped through the country after its last national election in 2007. With just over a quarter of constituencies still to report results, Kenyatta, the deputy prime minister, was
hovering around the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff. As of 0545 GMT, Kenyatta had won 5.0 million votes compared to his rival Odinga’s 4.4 million out of 9.7 million ballots cast. If no candidate achieves 50 percent in the first round, the top two go to a run-off tentatively set for April. But the Kenyatta and Odinga camps have both raised questions about the vote process, so legal battles could push that date back. Turnout was estimated by election officials at more than 70 percent of the 14.3 million eligible voters, who were undeterred by pockets of violence that killed at least 15 people.
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Govt committed to holding transparent elections. — Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf
NEWS Saturday, 9 March, 2013
india 6th most liked, Pakistan 3rd least liked nation for Americans WASHINGTON
N D I A is the sixth most favourable nation for Americans, while at least eight out of 10 do not like Pakistan, making it the third most unfavourable nation after Iran and Korea, according to a latest poll. According to Gallup Polls, nearly seven (68%) of every 10 persons interviewed for the poll favoured India, thus ranking it sixth after Canada (91%), Great Britain (88%), Germany (85%), Japan (81%) and France (73%). Israel, the traditional American ally
ranks seventh after India with 66%, while Mexico gets only 47% favourable votes. Opinion about Russia is equally divided among favourable and unfavourable rating while 52% of the Americans put China in the unfavourable category. Nine out of 10 Americans have an unfavourable view of Iran, making it the worst rated country out of 22 surveyed. Seven other countries - Libya (72%), Iraq (76%), Afghanistan (80%), the Palestinian Authority (77%), Syria (75%), Pakistan (81%) and North Korea (84%) also receive unfavourable ratings of 70% or more. “Eight countries with the most negative
ratings are currently or over the past decade were involved in wars, disputes, or turmoil in a number of instances, in ways that are hostile to the US,” Gallip said. It said the currently “hostile” category includes Iran and North Korea. Libya was hostile toward the US under the government of Muammar Gaddafi and more recently Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed there. “The US-Pakistani relationship is beset with rockiness despite the strained cooperation between the two on military matters. Americans also strongly favour Israel’s enduring conflict with Palestinian Authority,” the survey said.
UK visitors to pay cash bonds for entry LONDON MAJiD KHATTAK
Immigrants would have to put up a cash bond to enter Britain under radical reforms to be introduced by the government. Similarly, they will be required to pay the ‘entry fee’ as part of a guarantee that they will not be a burden on taxpayers and will leave when their visa expires. The cash will be repaid when visitors leave, but only if they demonstrate that they have not drawn on services, such as non-urgent NHS care or other elements of the welfare state. Home Secretary Thersa May, who has already cut the number of migrants coming to Britain to its lowest level for almost a decade, wanted ‘immigration bonds’ to be the next stage of reforms. Sources said she hoped to announce a pilot scheme, targeted at ‘high-risk’ individuals from ‘two or three’ countries, starting later this year. Migrants, or family members already in the UK, would be required to put up a sum running into thousands of pounds. The 1999 Immigration and Asylum Act gave the government the right to demand such a financial security from temporary migrants, which can be forfeited if they fail to leave after the expiry of their visa. However, May’s bonds would only apply to non-EU migrants; otherwise they would fall foul of European rights to free movement. The pro-
posals emerged amid Labour attempts to shift its position on immigration, with the party admitting that it should have been more ‘ready to talk about problems’ in the system, adding, “That needs to change.” Last week, official figures showed that the government’s squeeze on entrants from outside the EU has succeeded in pushing immigration into Britain to its lowest level in nearly a decade. The number coming to live in Britain fell by 74,000 in the 12 months to June last year as curbs on students and workers from outside Europe began to bite. “We have reviewed all migration routes to the UK and have put in place measures to reduce immigration,” a source close to the Home Secretary told British media. “The latest statistics are encouraging and show that net migration continues to fall. But our work is not complete.” The source said Secretary May was examining “financial bonds as a further deterrent to reduce non-compliance by high-risk nationalities.” “We are looking at a pilot at the end of the year,” they added. “If you’re allowed to come to the UK on, say, a family visit visa, you would have to put down a bond to guarantee that you won’t draw on certain services and to prove that you will leave the country. When you leave, as per the terms of your visa, you can have your money back. If you don’t, we will put the money into an enforcement pot.”
Govt ends tenure on an ‘anti-people’ note: Nawaz MARDAN AgencieS
MARDAN: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Nawaz Sharif addresses a public gathering on Friday. onLIne
The government, which boasts itself as the people’s government, left the people high and dry at the end of its five-year term, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif said on Friday. Addressing a large public gathering in Mardan, Nawaz said, “The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), at the helms of the federal as well as three provincial governments, failed in delivering even the sense of secu-
rity to the people of Pakistan, let alone food, shelter, and clothes.” He said Karachi was being given a bloodbath everyday, in the form of bombings, massacres and targeted killings. Nawaz vowed a prosperous as well as peaceful Pakistan, solution to the Kashmir issue, and warmer terms with Afghanistan if PML-N came into power. Decrying the PPP’s political victimization, Nawaz said President Asif Ali Zardari imposed governor’s rule in Punjab and had him and his brother, Shahbaz Sharif disqualified by “the Dogar courts”, which was highly condemnable.
Textbooks raise debate about ‘curriculum of hate’ NEWS DESK In a public school located just outside the capital, a classroom of ninth-graders follows quietly along in their history textbooks as their teacher reads out loud about what happened shortly after the creation of Pakistan in 1947:“Caravans that were on the way to Pakistan were attacked by Hindus and Sikhs. Not a single Muslim was left alive in trains coming to Pakistan.” As the magnitude of the sentence registers with the students, the phrase “No Muslim was left alive!” echoes around the classroom from whispered lips. Students are clearly engaged with the subject and clearly disturbed with what history they have just learned. The only problem? That description in the students’ books is highly misleading, according to a report in the Christian Science Monitor. Though the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 was indeed one of massive violence, Mubarak Ali, who has written several books on India-Pakistan history, says this is a one-sided account of events and an exaggerated version of the truth. In fact, it was the Pakistani side where the communal riots started, and in reaction, Indians responded, he says, adding: “But very few trains were attacked. And many more made it alive, which is not taught.” Dr. Ali says that such content should be expunged from school books, much as India has managed to do. “Instead of teaching Pakistani youth that Hindus from India are to be blamed for everything, textbooks should critically look
at this communal violence, which can actually be traced to the way both Muslims and Hindus responded to British imperialism before the independence. We should not glorify this division but rather criticize it, because Muslims and Hindus coexisted peacefully for centuries before,” he says. Across Pakistan, government-sanctioned school textbooks contain blatantly anti-religious-minority, anti-Western material. And many are worried the curriculum is fueling intolerance, especially among youths – leading to violent behavior and even sympathy for the Taliban. “Such textbooks try to create and define Pakistani nationalism in a very narrow sense. It tries to define it in term of an Islamic identity,” says Abdul Hameed Nayyar, a well-known historian, activist, and former physicist who is part of a Lahorebased campaign to encourage teachers around the country to raise awareness about this issue by calling it “the curriculum of hatred” and encouraging teachers to stop using the textbooks. After the teacher finishes reading, he asks another student to continue reading aloud from the next chapter, which focuses on why Pakistan came into existence: “Narrow-mindedness of the Hindus and the conspiracies of whites led to the call of this Islamic country, Pakistan.” When asked later about his opinion of Hindus and Christians, the student reiterates what his textbook said. “I think Hindus are against Pakistan, against Islam. Hindus are like that. And even the British and the non-Muslims – they still oppose Pakistan,” he adds.
That type of reaction is a problem, say activists, who note that school history texts are used by impressionable children and should be based in fact, not opinion, as students form their own ideas about the world. “These books try to show Pakistan and Muslims are victims of all kinds of conspiracy, from lots of people from many countries, which results in making people very paranoid,” says Mr. Nayyar. “And they become infused with narrowmindedness,” which can lead to extremism, he adds. ‘The subtle subversion’ Each province has its own textbook board, which reviews and approves textbooks for use in both public and private schools. The current curriculum came into use following the end of colonial rule and bitter break with India, which was considered an enemy. Later, during the rule of Gen. Zial ul-Haq, the curriculum was further radicalized, introducing the Soviet war in Afghanistan as “a new front for jihad.” Haq’s vision was to Islamize Pakistan, inspired by Saudi Arabia’s strict interpretation of Islam. Nayyar, who co-wrote a 2003 study called “The Subtle Subversion” that points out historical faults in textbooks and how the inaccuracies affect children, has been struggling for more than a decade to change them. The National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), a minority rights organization, estimates that nearly every school in Pakistan uses the textbooks. “During the early years of Musharraf [Pakistan’s last military dictator] rule, I was asked by the government to give in my rec-
ommendations to improve the curriculum, which were incorporated in the syllabus,” says Nayyar. One of the changes he suggested and that was made was to redefine the word “jihad” in textbooks. Though the textbooks have it as “waging a holy war against infidels,” the literal meaning of the word means “struggle,” or “striving,” a meaning, he says, that deserves a much broader definition. He proposed that textbooks should explain that the term should refer to “fighting evils inside oneself.” But his changes were short-lived. Pressured by religious parties from whom he was seeking political support, Musharraf restored the original curriculum a few months later. REjuvEnATEd EffORTs: But the NCJP approached Nayyar recently, knowing he had led the fight to modernize Pakistan’s textbooks for years. Now Nayyar and the NCJP have come up with an updated analysis of Pakistan’s curriculum in both public and private schools by detailing lessons from the books sentence by sentence, highlighting content that is biased against ethnic and religious minorities in Pakistan, as well as hypernationalism against India and the West. In many chapters outlined by NCJP, modern Hindus are referred to as “gangsters” and Christians are referred to as “violent crusaders.” According to the report, the hate content in textbooks has more than doubled since the last time they were revised. For example, some 30 Grade 5 to 10 textbooks published in Punjab, examined in 2009,
were found to have 12 instances of biased material that could be considered “hate content.” In 2012, the textbooks underwent a curriculum revision. After another review, the total number of quantifiable instances of questionable or factually incorrect material went up to 33, according to Peter Jacob, the study’s author. Curriculum authorities respond When Pakistan’s Federal Textbook Board – a government body that authorizes and reviews content published in schoolbooks – was contacted, at first they denied that there was such content. When a Monitor correspondent confronted them with the latest report by NCJP, Riaz Ahmad, head of the government curriculum committee, promised to look into it. “We try our best to check such content, but since our society belongs to religious people, it is tough to bring [such] changes,” Dr. Ahmad says, adding that the curriculum has to respect the society it is being taught in. In the meantime, some schools have begun to write their own textbooks. One such private school, Indus Valley School of Learning, based in Rawalpindi, has come up with its own curriculum. It has yet to find a publisher, which makes education here expensive, but appears to be promoting understanding among the youths studying here. Yasmeen Ashraf, the owner and principal of the school, says, “ The extremism that we have seen in Pakistan can be beaten through the school, through the education system by properly developing curriculum.”
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The army should launch an operation against terrorists across the country, particularly Karachi. — Shia leader Allama Nasir Abbas
Saturday, 9 March, 2013
british Council staff refuses to conduct o-Level exam in Quetta QuETTA: Owing to law and order condition in Balochistan, the Cambridge Universitylinked staff of the British Council on Friday refused to visit Quetta for O-Level exam, leaving future of several hundred students at stake. According to media reports, over 300 students from several private schools in Quetta submitted examination fee, but the staff concerned has flatly refused to conduct exam in Quetta. The BC has shifted Quetta examination centre to Karachi and asked the candidates to come there for giving papers or refund their fee. The students and parents are deeply troubled by this new situation and unable to decide for either of the choice, as it is not easy for them to go with children to Karachi or refund fee. Balochistan local administration has assured the staff of complete security but they are not ready to visit Quetta. Online
Punjab MPA Mian Shafi resigns KHAnPuR: MPA Mian Muhammad Shafi resigned from his seat in the Punjab Assembly on Friday. According to details, Shafi submitted his resignation to the speaker of Punjab Assembly. He was elected as a member of the legislature in the 2008 general elections on a Pakistan Muslim League-Q ticket from Rahim Yar Khan. Shafi is the younger brother of MNA Mian Abdul Sattar who was elected on a PPP ticket in the 2008 general elections from Rahim Yar Khan. APP
PML-N MPA escapes attack in Multan MuLTAn: Punjab Religious Affairs Minister Ehsanuddin Qureshi survived an attack in Multan on Friday. Unidentified assailants opened fire on the minister’s car. Qureshi escaped unhurt while his car was damaged partially. Speaking to reporters, he said he would not be frightened. “I will not be scared by such cowardly attacks.” Qureshi reaffirmed his desire to contest the upcoming elections. Meanwhile, police told a private TV channel that someone had thrown stones at the MPA’s car which cracked the windshield. Qureshi served as Municipal Councilor during 1983-91 and as Punjab Assembly member during 1993-97 and 1997-99. He is a businessman, who was elected for a third term on a provincial seat in 2008 general elections. Online
CHAMAN: A rally organised by Pashtoonkhwa Students Organisation (PSO) on Friday to create awareness about sending children to school. inP
bin laden’s son-in-law to have New york trial WASHINGTON
E E K S after he was first arrested in Turkey, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden who once served as a spokesman for al Qaeda will appear in a New York courtroom to face terrorism charges that could result in life imprisonment. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who is married to one of Bin Laden’s daughters, Fatima, is to be charged with conspiracy to kill Americans, according to an indictment released on Thursday. Justice Department officials described him as a propagandist who they believe has not had an operational role in al Qaeda for years and did not participate in the attacks on September 11, 2001, or in any
plots against the United States. But one law enforcement official said that Abu Ghaith, 47, was the most senior Qaeda figure to face criminal trial in New York since America’s war against the terrorist network began. Abu Ghaith was a Muslim preacher and teacher in Kuwait who spoke out against Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990. In 2000, he traveled to Afghanistan, where he met Bin Laden and eventually married one of his daughters. He attracted wide attention in the days after the September 11 attacks by making statements defending the attacks. According to an indictment unsealed on Thursday, Abu Ghaith appeared with Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri, who was then Bin Laden’s deputy, and warned the United States and its allies that a “great army is gathering against you”. He called upon “the nation of
Want to travel with Pervez Musharraf to Pakistan? Pay $2,500 ISLAMABAD inP
Former president Pervez Musharraf’s party has come out with a rate card for those wanting to join his entourage for his planned homecoming from self-exile – just $2,500 or about Rs 250,000. On March 1, Musharraf announced that he intended to end his nearly four-year-long exilem, though a date was yet to be set for his return. However, his All Pakistan Muslim League party has already firmed up plans that will allow people to join his homecoming entourage. $2500 will get you a confirmed one-way seat on the plane carrying 69-year-old Musharraf from Dubai to Pakistan. And the price includes invitation to a photo opportunity, reception and dinner in Dubai the night before departure. If you don’t want to fly with him, $1,000 will allow you to attend dinner, reception and a photo opportunity in Dubai. $500 is for reception and photo opportunity while $250 will get you a hand-shake and photo opportunity with Musharraf in Dubai.
Journalists are required to pay a registration fee of $550 for travelling with Musharraf’s entourage. The event, billed as “A unique opportunity to travel with General Musharraf to Pakistan”, has been organised by the US chapter of the APML. Details have been posted on Eventbrite, a website that helps organise and sell tickets for such events. Another event on the website says one can get into the VIP enclosure at the airport in Pakistan, where he will land, to receive and meet General Musharraf. “Space is limited and admission is FREE. Available on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis”, the event details say. The APML has also firmed up plans to challenge arrest warrants issued for Musharraf by several courts in connection with a raft of cases.
Islam” to do battle against “the Jews, the Christians and the Americans”. He also urged people at a guesthouse in Kandahar, Afghanistan, to swear allegiance to Bin Laden, and on the night of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, Bin Laden summoned him and asked for his assistance, which he agreed to provide, according to the indictment. The arrest of Abu Ghaith was the rare occasion in which a Qaeda operative was detained overseas rather than killed. The Obama administration has expanded the use of targeted killing operations in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere, asserting that they are justified when there is no possibility of capture. But the plan to put Abu Ghaith on trial in New York City drew immediate criticism. Representative Mike Rogers, Republican of Michigan, the chairman of the
House Select Intelligence Committee, said in a statement that Qaeda leaders captured on the battlefield should not be brought to the United States to stand trial. “We should treat enemy combatants like the enemy — the US court system is not the appropriate venue. The president needs to send any captured al Qaeda members to Guantánamo,” he said. Julie Menin, the former chairwoman of Community Board 1 in Lower Manhattan, who opposed the earlier plan to try senior Qaeda operatives in New York, said she was in favor of a Manhattan trial for Abu Ghaith. “I think it is a very different situation,” said Menin, who is running for Manhattan borough president and said her opposition to the earlier trial was based on the intense disruption that security precautions would have brought to the neighbourhood.
Professor in Taliban’s captivity again appeals for release PESHAWAR inP
A professor of a university in Peshawar held captive by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has again appealed to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to accept the militants’ demands for his release. In a new video received on Thursday, Professor Ajmal Khan, vice-chancellor of the Islamia College University (ICU), called out to Awami National Party (ANP) chief Asfandyar Wali Khan, the Peshawar High Court, the governor and the chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to ensure his release from the Taliban’s captivity. Khan, who was abducted two years ago, said his health was deteriorating day by day. “It’s been more than two-and-a-half
years that I am in captivity but no concrete steps have been taken by the government for my release,” he said, speaking in Pashto in the-two-and-ahalf-minute video. The VC was kidnapped from Professors Colony on Peshawar’s University Road in September 2010. The TTP had demanded the release of four Taliban prisoners in exchange of his release but the government had refused the offer. Prof Khan is also a close relative of the ANP chief and had been a staunch supporter of the war against militancy. The TTP had threatened to kill the professor in case the government failed to accept their demands and an earlier deadline had been extended by militants after appeals by his family and religious scholars hailing from Khan’s native Charsadda district.
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One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman. –Simone de Beauvior
Carnage in karachi
no light at the end of the tunnel?
Saturday, 9 March, 2013
karachi bleeds, again security oﬃcial murders are tip of the iceberg
ARACHI is the city that bleeds every day. For three years now, each day has reaped more and more murders. The latest news, the discovery of the bodies of two intelligence agency officials kidnapped from Lyari poses more questions as to how deep the fissures within the city’s population are. What began as turf wars has spilled into sectarian conflict and even the targeting of state officials. And no one appears to have a solution to the violence despite the Supreme Court’s scrutiny after the recent bombing at Abbas Town. After three months of gruesome sectarian killings, including two massacres in Balochistan and one in Karachi, the army has conveyed its concerns to the government. General Kiyani met President Zardari and conveyed the concerns raised by the military’s top brass over the internal security situation in the recent corps commanders conference. The bombings in Quetta and Karachi came up, the existence of militant wings within certain political parties and so did the operation against the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi. As a response, Rangers has launched another operation in Lyari, but this is not the first such operation and shall certainly not be the last. The Awami National Party has said it feels that the way to get rid of this tokenism is to call in the army for action but with elections around the corner, the PPP-led government is reluctant to extend any major role in internal security affairs to the military. The trouble is that the spill over of the Balochistan is also being felt in Karachi. Karachi appears to be the new location of choice for secret agencies to deposit the bodies of ‘killedand-dumped’ missing Baloch. What else does the fact that the bodies of those missing from Balochistan have been turning up in the financial capital of the country signify, but a wilful attempt by the State to let the spoils of Balochistan spill into Karachi. And this is not even the tipping point of the fissures that divide the city. Two assailants recently fired at a religious leader in Landhi/ He escaped but people took the assailants and tortured them before handing them over to police. A police official was killed in Gulistan-eJauhar. Add to that the two Rangers officials kidnapped and disposed off in Lyari. Karachi is getting out of hand – and at the worst time possible for the current government. Elections are around the corner – the provincial and federal government is set to dissolve – and it looks like the caretaker government will have to do what the elected governments have been unable to: bring back peace to Karachi. The time for excuses has ended and urgent measures are needed to restore a semblance of law and order to the city. Elections are a priority – and no delay shall be tolerated – but the situation on the ground is fast getting out of hand. Does anyone have a solution to offer?
PML-N’s manifesto it has something for everyone, but is it doable?
HE PTI was the first to come up with its manifesto, albeit in installments. The PMLN has now followed suit. Days before Benazir Bhutto’s fifth death anniversary, the Sindh chief minister had said that PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto would unveil the PPP manifesto in his first-ever public address at Garhi Khuda Bux on Dec 27. This did not happen. And when shall the party make a formal announcement remains anybody’s guess. The lengthy PML-N manifesto has something for everyone. It would be nothing short of a Houdini’s act to reconcile the competing demands between butter and guns. Pakistan badly needs to enhance the meager allocations for education, presently on the fringes of two per cent of GDP – more so in view of the constitutional amendment ensuring the right of education to every child. The PML-N has promised to declare National Education Emergency to eradicate illiteracy on war footing, transforming the country’s educational sector into a world class system. In the health sector, the party wants to introduce a new national health insurance card scheme for the free treatment of children, senior citizens and low income group families. Leaving aside other ambitious schemes in housing and food for all, the expenditure on education and health alone will have to be raised many times over if the election vows are to be retrieved. How the government will reconcile this with the promise to the military that all its needs and requirements will be met under all circumstances and the highly unrealistic proposition to increase and improve the strategic assets to ensure strategic parity in the region? While trying to please all, the PML-N could end up displeasing everyone. The proposals in the manifesto regarding turning round the energy sector raise questions about their viability. While merging the ministries of water and power and petroleum and natural resources would pose no problem, investing $20 billion to generate 10,000MW of electricity in the next five years would. The party also wants to develop the Thar coalfields by setting up of at least 5,000MW of new coal-fired power plants under the IPP model and also developing alternative sources of energy. With the strong land-holding lobby adamantly opposing any tax on agricultural incomes and the business community unwilling as ever to pay taxes, where will all the investment needed for development of the energy sector come from? How will the party retrieve the vow to revive the economy, double the GDP growth to over six percent of GDP when simultaneously wishing to decrease the tax rates? The promise to celebrate a National Day for Minorities is likely to be seen by them as a lollipop. How is the PML-N) going to resolve the principle complaint of the minorities regarding the misuse of laws enacted by Zia which continue to be on the statute book? The manifesto has no word on how to deal with the expanding wave of extremism in the country, particularly attacks on the Shia community and the harassment of Ahmedis. Bringing FATA and PATA into the mainstream and providing the tribal agencies with facilities is not going to stop the terrorist attacks either.
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HE fast deteriorating law and order situation in the financial and business hub of the country is of concern to all. Perhaps with the exception of those at the helm of affairs? According to media reports, army chief General Ashfaq Kayani after visiting the perennially troubled metropolis conveyed the apprehensions of the military’s top brass to the President Asif Ali Zardari regarding the worsening state of affairs in Karachi. Even the Supreme Court has used very strong language to observe that Sindh government has failed to protect the lives of the citizens. Taking suo moto notice of the bomb blast in Karachi’s Shia neighborhood Abbas Town, it ordered the removal of IG Sindh and other police officers responsible. Ironically, the very day the Chief Justice of Pakistan and the Army Chief were in town, the MQM (Muttehda Quami Movement) gave a call for an indefinite strike till the perpetrators of the Abbas Town attack were arrested. The call was given by the ethnic outfit’s leader Raza Haroon but was withdrawn after a few hours. However, the damage was done. There was complete chaos in the city. One person - incidentally an ethnic Sindhi - was gunned down for refusing to shut down his business. Scores of buses were torched. There are different theories about why MQM aborted its call for an indefinite bandh. Did Raza Haroon, as some claimed, unilaterally give the call without consulting his colleagues and the boss? Which is why he had to abort it. This is highly unlikely in a party where only the supremo Altaf Hussain rules the roost.
The probable cause for the MQM’s quick about face is that it wanted to demonstrate its hold on Karachi, which it did quite successfully. Furthermore, for the first time, the business and finance community and the transporters reacted very strongly to a call for an indefinite strike. After all, Karachi is their bread and butter. And enough is enough. The MQM’s chimerical politics are an enigma. For over a decade now, its cardholder Ishratul Ibad has remained governor of the province. Many a time, he has ostensibly resigned only to continue on the express orders of Altaf Bhai. The very day the city was in a complete tail spin as a result of an indefinite strike call by MQM, the British High Commissioner Adam Thompson called on the governor. According to the caption of the photograph of the meeting carried by the Dawn front page in its Thursday edition, “issues of mutual interest, including the investment climate in Pakistan were discussed at the meeting held after the MQM's strike call.” Is it indeed not ironical that while Karachi literally on fire, on MQM’s call, its nominee ensconced in the governor house is discussing investment climate in the city with top British diplomats. A plausible explanation could be that the British being host to its supremo for many years now has some clout with the MQM, that was effectively used to thaw the situation. Whatever the explanation of MQM’ s welcome move to call off the strike, the fact remains that the political support to marauding mafias in Karachi is the nub of the problem. Political outfits, including the MQM, are part of the problem and also of the solution. According to the unofficial account of General Kayani’s meeting with President Zardari, the COAS expressed his dissatisfaction at the improper use of civilian law enforcing agencies (LEAs), including the Rangers. The apex court has expressed similar sentiments on more than one occasion. The Chief Justice is of the opinion that things could have been fixed by now if the Sindh government had been dismissed, according to the Court’s recommendation when the unrest in Karachi had just started. The military is reluctant to intervene on its own, as this would be tantamount to imposing martial law, no
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NNERVED by the poll after poll that predicts a PML(N) landslide in the next elections, some within the PPP have taken to taaweez and shrines. The Senate Chairman has gone to Ajmer Sharif to pray and the prime minister is also to follow. But if one were to combine the entire powers of Data Sahib, Sehwan Sharif, Pakpattan Sharif, Abdullah Shah Ghazi Shrine, Saidu Sharif, Pir Baba Buner etc, only then could the treasury members stand a shot. By the way, jiyalas, the other side can also pray.
HE revived Pak Tea House, which was inaugurated by Nawaz Sharif the other day, is going to appear like a frankensteinish monster kept artificially alive, but only just. This is just another example of the government’s collective imaginations not having kept up with the times. Given how property prices are in the area, and what fabulous economies of conglomeration the place offers for tyre shops, the place is going to be in perpetual need for resuscitation. And is that going to be worth it? The Mall certainly isn’t what it used to be. No contemporary writers are going to be seen hobnobbing at the one time haunt of the city’s literary greats. Urban sprawl has changed the city considerably. Who know where that tribe of gods lives and works in this changed city of 10 million. The only good thing that could come out of it would be if it is subsidised considerably so that the
matter how limited. The PPP-led coalition unsurprisingly is loath to summon the military in aid of civil power under Article 245 of the Constitution. After General Kayani called on him, the president rushed to Karachi. He has been briefed on the situation. However, his options are limited. With just over a week left for the government to complete its term, it will be problematic to call in the army. However, the question remains that if the TTP (Tehreek e Talban Pakistan) in cahoots with the Lashkar e Jhangvi (LEG) continue with their nefarious designs, elections would merely become a farce. The bhatta mafias and target killers backed by their respective political masters are adamant to guard their turf in Karachi come what may. Hence with violence in the air, the coming days could be bloodier. There is a growing lobby in the country that feels elections or no elections, the military should intervene to save the country from further imploding. Is the proverbial, “man on horseback”, ready once again to emerge as the saviour? Hazara Shias after the Quetta carnage had demanded that the army should intervene. They paralyzed the whole country as a result of their dharnas to force their demands. However, the military under General Kayani has shown no inclination to intervene. If the situation nevertheless keeps on sliding the civilians might have no recourse but to call in the army. In any case relatively peaceful elections without military’s logistical and intelligence support and protection will be difficult to hold. The president while in Karachi should spend quality time with his interlocutors. Unless rising above political expediencies decisive measures are taken without further delay things will continue to slide. One should rue the day if Gallup or other such surveys start claiming that majority of Pakistanis want military rule back. Thankfully the situation has not just come to such a pass as yet. However, the achievement of a civilian government completing its full term and holding elections on its watch might just be perceived as a pyrrhic victory if the country keeps on going down in a nose dive.
students of the nearby Government College, Lahore, National College of Arts, Punjab University and King Edward Medical College can afford to sit there and do what passes off as intellectual in students circles these days. “Ugh! Happiness is so bourgeois!” “Samosas are the most fascist Indian snack!” and other such gems should be the razor-like (sharp and narrow) zingers flying around the place.
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The most revolutionary thing one can do is always to proclaim loudly what is happening. –Rosa Luxemborg
Saturday, 9 March, 2013
Feeding the crocodiles the path of appeasing sectarian groups is a dangerous one Ali ARqAM
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power. On the face of it, it reflects the traditional tug-of-war between the privileged and the unprivileged of a society that is consistently retrogressing and degenerating. There is no respite and there is not likely to be any in the foreseeable future. The battle-lines have been clearly drawn and the forces are threateningly arrayed. On the one hand are the forces representing power and privilege and, on the other hand, are the forces of the weaklings and the stricken. In a straight-off, the latter are likely to be vanquished. Lacking in resources and trappings of power, they just do not have the wherewithal to win this battle. This is the basic contradiction that plagues the argument for change: how can you wage a war and win it playing in conditions that do not provide you a level-playing field? How can the forces of change succeed working within the parameters that have been perfected over decades to suit the traditional stakeholders? How can they bring change without breaking free of the constraints and confinements of the corrupt mafias? The only factor that can make change happen is through invoking the involvement of more people in the process of elections. They are the people who have never gone to the polling booths in the past, but they are concerned about the harrowing plunge that the country has taken in the last five years under the most inept and corrupt government in the history of Pakistan. This has to be a combined and concerted effort by all those who are spearheading the battle for change. It should aim at motivating and guiding the real stakeholders to the polling stations to use their right to re-shape the destiny of a stricken land. If that happens, the challenge thereafter will be even a bigger one: the challenge of changing the direction of this country and taking it away from the dungeons of darkness that it seems headed for. That would require the ultimate in commitment and resolve because the shadows that envelop the country today have a pernicious element about them. Casting them off will not be an easy task, but the country must regain its liberal and progressive moorings.
or the last two weeks, I have been trying to come out of a disconcerted state of mind, as I had wished to write but ended up every time with an incoherent draft. Now half a dozen incomplete drafts are waiting in the documents folder and I have started a new one, as the incomplete drafts have lost their relevance to the happenings around. Earlier, I had decided to write on the Karachi Literary Festival (KLF) organized by a publishing house. I wanted to have sessions with authors along with discussions on various aspects of the political scene. I also wanted to meet up with the neo-celebrities aka TV anchors and some known faces of the social media. While I penned a couple of paragraphs after attending the first day of the festival, the shocking second blast at Quetta happened, making everything else irrelevant. Georg Carlin says, “Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist”. Nothing was left to write, except for waves of cynical responses on social media. The incident had sparked a debate criticizing the whole security apparatus for its inability to thwart such attacks or conduct a massive action against these killing gangs. The criticism was responded with apologetic responses penning the details of army deployments and how being a Shia in Pakistan, “you are on your own”. After a few days, the debate took a familiar turn, which was the criticism of the political government. The focus was shifted to the Faustian pact between the PML-N and Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat (ASWJ) in the form of an electoral alliance for the previous elections as well as seat adjustment for the upcoming ones. Some of the op-ed writers have written on this unholy alliance, while declaring Punjab as the centre of gravity in the wave of anti-Shia violence across the country. The criticism has some merits, as no one should be allowed to hobnob with hardcore militant organizations by allying with their political offshoots. But it does not stop at the PML-N as the PPP leaders too have approved seeking the ASWJ’s help in electoral process, using the argument that these people too are Pakistanis. And now a delegation of the MQM led by Waseem Aftab has visited the ASWJ Karachi office to discuss matters with their Karachi leadership. Since the meeting was announced on social media accounts of the ASWJ, it has faced disapproval from the liberal circles as well as members of the disheartened Shia community, who vented their frustration with oft-repeated hash-tags and bylines highlighting the disheartenment over the developments around. The retrogressive politics in the city has divided suburbs of the city on ethnic lines. The residents of the city have been traumatized to a level that members of different ethnic groups fear each other and look at the other with suspicion and mistrust. Areas are ghettoized on the same lines. Everyday rickshaw drivers, motorcyclists and laborers are killed for violating these boundaries highlighted by the flags and graffiti of political parties. But, it does not worry political players as they derive powers from this divide and the insecurity this causes. One cannot avoid their utter disregard for the misery of the people, who have faced the financial repercussions of the ethnic militancy. Enter religious militancy, posing a serious challenge to the ethnocentric politics. Killing on the basis of faith and religious ideas has transcended the lines drawn here. The ANP has lost its district president, ex-UC Nazim, workers and student leaders in attacks by the Taliban, mostly ethnic Pashtuns from Swat and FATA. On the other hands, the MQM lost its parliamentarians, supporters and activists of the Shia faith by the hands of the LeJ. Political gimmickry had barred them from recognizing it, and now the realization has come too late. Now, at a point, when the MQM commemorated a three-day mourning on the death of Bashir Bilour, the ANP delegation joined them in the funeral of the MQM MPA Manzar Imam martyred by the same people who claimed responsibility for Bilour’s assassination. But, it has come too late, with the ANP overlooking the Taliban threat that has pushed them to the walls. Most Pashtun areas are virtually ruled by the Taliban, where their informal authority goes unchallenged. They conduct jirgas, collect extortion money from Pashtun traders and kill dissenters mercilessly. On the other hand, the MQM is unable to stop the LeJ from killing people in their stronghold, diluting the impression they have painstakingly created in the last three decades. When Raza Haider was killed, they didn’t realize that plying on the dead body of their Shia parliamentarian will provide a cover up to the killers and strengthen their ability to strike back. But for the residents of Karachi, the realization will bring little to their advantage, both the ANP and MQM have chosen the way of appeasement. Winston Churchill said, “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last."
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The writer is a journalist and researcher based in Karachi. He can be reached at email@example.com and interacted at @aliarqam on twitter
the trappings of power and the quest for change EACE is nowhere on the horizon. Given the apparently irreconcilable divisions along religious, ethnic and sectarian lines, it appears the country is destined to bleed itself to death. The unending spate of terrorist attacks in KPK, the ethnic cleansing in Balochistan, the sectarian killings in Sindh in an environment of fear at the hands of bandits, extortionists and murderers and the havens of militants in the heart of Punjab understandably enjoying the protection and patronage of the government of the province are all indications that we are determined to bring destruction upon ourselves. But, utterly unmindful of the tragedies that strike the country on a daily basis, the criminal political mafias across the divide are busy buying their future stakes in the government that will take charge after the national elections. Whether Nero played the fiddle or not while Rome burnt, the dictum truly apRAOOF HASAn plies to people who occupy the seats of power in Pakistan. The country has been bleeding bit-by-bit, but it has made scant impact on the rulers’ inexhaustible infatuation with power. Pakistan appears to be in the grip of an endless mayhem, but its rulers remain engrossed in discovering ever-new methods to skin the country of its resources. Even more frighteningly, they remain busy in manipulating the institutions of the state to run away with the next elections. Be it the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) or NADRA, all these institutions are being used as pawns by the manipulative rulers in the greater game of strengthening and prolonging their vice-like grip on the seat of power. In this evil pursuit, all the political mafias are together. They are together to block the advent of change – a change that may bring relief to the poor and
the downtrodden, the sick and the needy, the illiterate and the deprived, the underprivileged and the disenfranchised, the grief-stricken and the fear-afflicted, the exploited and the abused. They are together in keeping the people captive within the parameters of their evil machinations. Their heartlessness is reflected in the devious schemes they formulate and the demeaning methods that they intend to employ in buying the entire election protocol. Pakistan seems heading for the precipice. This is so because the traditional and the corrupt political mafias are not willing to loosen their grip on the citadels of power. In fact, they are determined to dig their tentacles deeper so as to stake a permanent claim on the right to rule this country. They are doing so through none of the internationally-established and recognised democratic principles. On the contrary, they are manipulating the executive of the state and the power-base that they have accumulated on account of being part of the incumbent governments to perpetuate their hold on institutions that would be entrusted with the task of inducting them back into the corridors of power. This seems to be a vitiating cycle that is impossible to break but for the showing of an unprecedented resolve on the part of the ultimate arbiters of national destiny – the people of Pakistan. Are they willing and equipped with the wherewithal to do so? Are they involved enough and concerned enough to do so? One will also have to concede that the move for an orderly change has been substantially diluted. This is owing to a visible loss of faith in the system that has been systematically perpetuated in the country. This system is solely interest-driven – the individual as well as collective interest-paradigm of the traditional political mafias who have maintained their stranglehold on the bases of power. This interest-paradigm works around the principal objective of keeping people away from becoming stakeholders in the task of ruling the country. This is being fraudulently accomplished by denying them their inherent right to education, economic empowerment, social enfranchisement and religious freedom. They have become convenient tools in the hands of the manipulators to further advance their stakes and hold on to the centres of
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Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences. — Sylvia Plath in The Bell Jar
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Indian designer JJ Valaya launched his collection of lawn on Friday at Pearl Continental Lahore
Kristen Stewart reportedly made a move on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son Patrick at a party in February. Stewart was in attendance at her close pal Taylor Lautner’s birthday in Los Angeles when the hunky 19-yearold caught her eye, News.com.au reported. A source told Star magazine that the 22-yearold actress was creeping on Patrick big time. The source said that people were saying they should get a room because the energy between them was so hot. Stewart has reportedly been on the prowl for a new man for some time as her reported on/off romance with boyfriend Robert Pattinson is fizzling out. neWS DeSK
Wine from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s vineyard has been put up on sale for the first time. Around 6,000 bottles of organic Miraval Rose 2012, will go online for 90-pound a case, the Daily Star reported. Brad, 49, and Ange, 37, who have been discrete about their new wine, own 40 hectares estate- worth 35 million dollars-in the Var region of France. The only reference on the labels is one line saying: “Bottled by Jolie-Pitt.” The wine’s production has been overseen by the Perrins, a French winemaking family who are friendly with the couple. neWS DeSK
you are a writer if... NEWS DESK The words “I bought a book” are as commonplace as “I brushed my teeth.” You’re in line at the grocery store and your thoughts are something along the lines of: “The dark-haired woman bent to inspect a pack of Dentyne gum, her beaky nose not seeming to diminish her confidence in the least.” You get high from the smell of fresh paper. Half your story is saved on your laptop, and the other half is written on the bottom of a Chinese takeout box. You would end your lengthy feud with your neighbor, but the ongoing strife is food for a brilliantly scathing memoir. Your life is in lists. You read dictionaries and thesauruses like New York Times bestsellers. You stay up all night to write an enlightening journal entry, even though you know no one will ever read a word of it. You are a master prioritizer; you shove everything else aside to make time to write. You have a habit of sniffing the pages of books before reading them. With a pen and paper, you are supernatural. You analyze the behavior of those you see on a daily basis for favorable character material. Writing is what you do best, and you’re terrible at it.
Your grocery lists are tangled with adjectives. “Blushing cherry tomatoes, stalwart zucchini, bread kneaded with passion ….” The voice in your head says two things: “You call that writing?!” and “You call that writing?!” You purposely toss paper and assorted junk about the room just so things look deliciously untidy. You think a TV remote is for making phone calls. You critique your childhood journals for consistency, plot flow, and rhythm. You pause in the middle of a heated fracas and gasp, “Hold on – what was that word again? Anthropomorphized?” You once used a leadless mechanical pencil to laboriously etch a new story idea into your trusty legal pad. You call glasses “spectacles” and red “crimson.” You believe writer’s block should be classified as a terminal illness. You laugh at random moments for no apparent reason. You’re never cold. You’re frigid. In a past life, you were probably a pencil. You reached new levels of insanity thanks to the car alarm going off down the street. You want your published work to be a smash-hit success, with oodles of popularity, but you also want it to retain its quiet aura of individuality. If you had it your way, the next ruler of
the universe would be Virginia Woolf or possibly Shakespeare. Your best work is what you leapt out of bed in the middle of the night to write. You actually get an itch whenever you spot a grammatical error or typo. You consider non-writers to be pitiful wastes of the human race. You don’t mind the dizzying process of writing on a toilet paper roll. You’ve done it four times. Your room resembles the belly of a paper monster. Every sad scene you write ends up morphing into last year’s Apocalyptic Breakup. You still can’t kick that addiction to semicolons. You occasionally speel words wrong just to give your readers a jolt. You know you should feel awful that your great-uncle died, but you can’t help thinking that his tumble down a flight of stairs is the perfect way for your antagonist to kick the bucket. When washing the dishes, you think, The iridescent bubbles trailed over the edge of the cracked bowl and floated on a tide of dishwater. You can’t resist writing a better ending to unsatisfactory books and movies. The last movie you saw was before the mass obsession with “Twilight.” You can’t pass by the written word. Must. Read. The original content of your books is completely obscured by your annotations
and notes. You turn your very worst moments into inspiration. You emerge from your covert writing lair for two things only: coffee and coffee. You return home from running errands with a bag containing duct tape, a slinky, a mallet, and a banana. In response to the strange looks you receive, you bellow, “For story research purposes only!” You know every synonym for the word mad – livid, irate, frustrated, fuming, wrathful. Walking past a bookstore without going inside is an agonizing test of will power. During particularly trying cases of writer’s block, you take up a ridiculous activity, like knitting a slipcover for your couch or carving your family’s heads in butter. Your classmates never let you live down your use of the word “deplorable.” You love reading schlocky novels. They remind you of how much stronger a writer you are. You narrate your life experiences in your head, often referring to yourself in the third person. Writing is what scares you. If someone told you you had to
give up writing or die, you’d cheerily reply, “See you at the execution block!” Broken pencil lead is like a broken bone. A blinking cursor at the top of a blank page is alternately thrilling and terrifying. You peruse the phone book for character names. You keep restaurant menus, ticket stubs, old sticky labels, and letters in a box for future reference. You would write with a stick in the mud if need be. When you write, you are yourself in all your glory. cOURTeSy HP
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There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after. — JRR Tolkien in The Hobbit
ARTS Saturday, 9 March, 2013
Stuttgart museum returns looted medieval masterpiece
Jewish art dealer who fled to Canada was forced to sell art during Nazi Era
HE Staatsgalerie Stuttgart has returned Virgin and Child, a 15th-century painting attributed to the Master of Flémalle (13751444), to the estate of Max Stern, a German-born Jewish dealer who fled the Nazis and later operated the Dominion Gallery in Montreal. The restitution ceremony took place in Berlin at the Canadian Embassy. The return of Virgin and Child marks the 100th anniversary of the
founding of Galerie Julius Stern in Düsseldorf and the tenth anniversary of the Max Stern Art Restitution Project at Concordia University in Montreal, which estimates that at least 400 works that once belonged to Stern are still unrecovered. In 1935, Stern (1904-87) was banned from working as an art dealer, the profession practiced by his family in Düsseldorf. After Stern closed the business, 228 works from the gallery were auctioned at Mathias Lempertz in Cologne in 1937. Works from his and his mother’s personal collections, left on consignment, were mostly seized. Virgin and Child was sold with other works after Stern had fled to London, to raise 25,000 Reichsmarks to buy a passport for his mother to leave Germany. Although no bill of that sale sur-
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MILEY CYRUS Singer Miley Cyrus is tired of all the gossip that is surrounding her relationship with fiance Liam Hemsworth and says she hasn’t cancelled her wedding plans. The couple got engaged last May. It was earlier reported that Hemsworth cheated on Cyrus with actress January Jones during the Oscar party. Later it was also said that he was angry at her for giving more time to her career than him and the couple has called off their marriage. Cyrus, 20, has blasted the news on Twitter, reports mirror.co.uk She tweeted: “I am so sick of LA. And sick of the lies that come with it. I didn’t call off my wedding. Taking a break from social media.” neWS DeSK
vives, the painting came into the hands of the Frankfurt art dealer Alexander Haas, who sold it to a Dr Scheufelen in 1939. Scheufelen sold eight paintings to the planned Führermuseum in Linz in 1943, at least one of which came from Haas. In 1948, 125 works from Scheufelen’s collection were exhibited at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart; 118 of those, including Virgin and Child, were willed to the museum. Tracing the picture’s provenance was complicated by the destruction of Stern’s business records when his London flat was bombed during the Blitz. Three universities are beneficiaries of Stern’s estate—Concordia, McGill University (Montreal), and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The Holocaust Claims Processing Office (HCPO) of the New York State
Department of Financial Services has supported the claim by researching the painting’s history and corresponding with the Staatsgalerie. Before it is shipped to Canada, the painting will be studied by experts; researchers do not rule out a reattribution. No plans for exhibition or sale have been announced. “We’re emphasising the fact that a very significant German museum is returning this to the Stern estate. We know that a few other paintings from Stern are in German museums,” said Willi Korte, a researcher who works with the Stern estate. Canada has just assumed the chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), which could result in increased funding and more staff for Nazi Era provenance research in Canadian museum collections.
goes on Twitter rant NEWS DESK Shia LaBeouf took to Twitter to hit back at Alec Baldwin, after he suggested that his former ‘Orphans’ co-star was not made for Broadway. LaBeouf tweeted an e-mail from director Dan Sullivan that implied Baldwin had not rehearsed for the play, the New York Post reported. In the e-mail, Sullivan wrote that LaBeouf should not be too surprised if Baldwin doesn’t look up from his script much for the first few days. Sullivan said that he suspected that Baldwin is not nearly as prepared as LaBeouf is, which is not at all unusual when actors have a good long rehearsal time like they have. He wrote that he didn’t want that to throw LaBeouf, as he did a reading of another play once with Baldwin and about 10 minutes in he thought that Baldwin will just read it. The ‘Transformer’ star also posted an e-mail exchange with Baldwin. After the actor complains that he feels tired, LaBeouf countered that as he is a hustler he doesn’t get tired, adding that he is 26. The war of words erupted late last month after LaBeouf abruptly dropped out of his Broadway debut.
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Kim rushed to doctor over fears of miscarriage NEWS DESK Kim Kardashian was reportedly rushed to a doctor in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, after the reality star feared that she was having a miscarriage, while she was returning from Paris fashion week. A source told the New York Post that the 32-year-old socialite started feeling ill on the plane from Paris, and called friends as soon as she landed and was taken to her doctor. Kardashian was sent home at 12:30 am after she was examined and given the all-clear but doctors told her that she is working and exercising too hard, and gave her a stern warning to rest. The source said that Kardashian is not respecting her pregnancy and has been running around, working out seven days a week with two different trainers to control her weight, including Tracy Anderson and a pregnancy trainer. The four-months-pregnant star had flown to Paris on Sunday to join her boyfriend Kanye West at a Givenchy show and dinner after, with guests including Frank Ocean and designer Riccardo Tisci.
NEWS DESK Jennifer Lawrence has revealed that she changed schools a lot in her elementary years because some girls were mean to her. However, she says they were less mean in middle school, because she was somehow spared by the bullies, except one girl who gave her invitations to hand out to her birthday party that she wasn’t invited to. She said that she threw them in the trash can. “Don’t worry about the bitches, that could be a good motto, because you come across people like that throughout your life,” the Sun quoted her as saying. The Oscar winning star said that she has found being a young girl in Hollywood challenging, but she protects herself as best she can by choosing her films very carefully.
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“In the past, people have looked at photos as a record of memory. The focus has been on the past tense. With Instagram, the focus is on the present tense.” — Kevin Systorm
InfotaInMent Saturday, 9 March, 2013
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Eons of data suggests record heat is ahead
Authorities said Thursday they believe a lion killed a 24-yearold volunteer at a Central California animal park after it escaped from a feeding cage and attacked her while she was cleaning its larger enclosure area. Fresno County Coroner David Hadden said Dianna Hanson died instantly when the 550-pound lion broke her neck, apparently with a swipe of a paw. Investigators believe the 5-year-old male African lion used a paw to lift a partially open door that was meant to keep him in a cage and out of the enclosure while Hanson cleaned, Hadden said. “The lion had been fed, the young woman was cleaning the large enclosure, and the lion was in the small cage. The gate of the cage was partially open, which allowed the lion called Cous Cous to lift it up with his paw,” Hadden said. “He ran at the young lady.” Hadden said Hanson was talking with a coworker on a cellphone in the moments before she was killed. The co-worker became
By the end of the century, humans will get unwanted bragging rights: They will be living in temperatures hotter than any endured by their ancestors, reports the Los Angeles Times. Such is the conclusion of a major new study from researchers at Oregon State and Harvard, who pored over data from 73 sites over the world going back 11,300 years. “By the year 2100, we will be beyond anything human society has ever experienced,” says project leader Shaun Marcott at Oregon State. The research covers the entire span of what’s known as the Holocene period, which began after the last ice age, reports the New York Times. After an initial spike in temperatures at the start of the Holocene made it warmer than it is today, average temperatures plateaued, then declined for thousands of years. That changed in the last century, with temperatures rising a startling 1.3 degrees over 100 years. Today’s temperatures are hotter than 75% of the entire Holocene era, and they will exceed the hottest temperatures in the coming decades, say the scientists.
Sharks put scare into spring break beaches Thousands of visitors are swarming to beaches in South Florida, but not the kind welcomed by the chamber of commerce: sharks. Their annual migration up the East Coast is taking place later than usual this year, coinciding with the start of spring break season, reports ABC News. Several beaches had to close earlier this week, reports the Palm Beach Post, though all were back open as of today. Researchers at Florida Atlantic University have counted 15,000 sharks so far, most within 200 yards of shore. The most common are blacktip and spinner sharks, about 4 to 5 feet long. But it’s not all gloom and doom: “The sharks are drawing attention for their natural showmanship, as well,” writes Patrik Jonsson at the Christian Science Monitor. “They’re often seen making spinning jumps out of the water.
concerned when the conversation ended abruptly and Hanson failed to call back, the coroner said. The coworker then called authorities when she went to check on Hanson. Sheriff’s deputies shot Cous Cous after he couldn’t be coaxed away from Hanson’s body. Hadden said the investigation into Hanson’s death continues. Hanson had been working for two months as an intern at Cat Haven, a 100-acre private zoo east of Fresno. Her father, Paul Hanson, described his daughter as a “fearless” lover of big cats and said her goal was to work with the animals at an accredited zoo. She died doing what she loves, he said. That love was apparent on her Facebook page, which is plastered with photos of her petting tigers and other big cats. She told her father she was frustrated that Cat Haven did not allow direct contact with animals. “She was disappointed because she said they wouldn’t let her into the
cages with the lion and tiger there,” said Paul Hanson, a Seattle-area attorney. The owner of the zoo said Thursday that safety protocols were in place but he would not discuss them because they are a part of the law enforcement investigation. Dale Anderson said he’s the only person allowed in the enclosure when lions are present. “We want to assure the community that we have followed all safety protocols,” Anderson said. “We have been incident-free since 1998 when we opened.” Friends of Dianna Hanson recalled her passion for cat conservation. “She was lovely, energetic, athletic. She did everything she could to help our conservation efforts,” said Kat Combes of the Soysambu Conservancy in Kenya, where Hanson recently had volunteered to work in the Cheetah Research Center. The reddish-haired young woman sustained numerous bites and scratches in Wednesday’s attack, and the autopsy revealed they were inflicted after she died.
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DNA evidence has revealed that the oldest known common male ancestor is 340,000 years old, more than twice as old as previous estimates. New Scientist reports that the sample comes from a recently deceased man named Albert Perry. After the African-American South Carolina man died, one of his relatives submitted a sample of his DNA to a company called Family Tree DNA for analysis. The findings were published in the The American Journal of Human Genetics and may require researchers to adjust the known timeline of humankind’s evolution. And the historical mark came at something of a bargain— the company does historical DNA analysis on individuals for about $150. All previously compared
DNA samples pointed to a common Y chromosome traced back to man who lived between 60,000 and 140,000 years ago. But Perry’s DNA sample broke the trend, not matching up with this common ancestor. “It’s a cool discovery,” Jon Wilkins of the Ronin Institute in Montclair, N.J., told New Scientist. “We geneticists have been looking at Y chromosomes about as long as we’ve been looking at anything. Changing where the root of the Y-chromosome tree is at this point is extremely surprising.” After the initial tests on Perry’s DNA, geneticists at the University of Arizona conducted further tests to confirm the anomaly. The Y chromosome in Perry’s test matched up with those of 11
men who all lived in one village in Cameroon. University of Arizona researcher Michael Hammer says Perry’s DNA suggests
there may have been an earlier species of humans that went extinct—but not before interbreeding with the more modern version of man.
Nokia appeals for instagram windows Phone 8 app launch Nokia has launched an appeal for Instagram to bring its much loved photo enhancing and sharing application to the Windows Phone 8 platform, releasing its own app in a bid to encourage the developer to act. Entitled #2InstaWithLove, the Nokia made imaging application mimics one on Instagram’s most loved features, allowing users to take photos and add an aged polaroid style filter to the image before sharing it with friends. All snaps captured with the new app are emblazoned with the slogan #2InstaWithLove. “Many of you have asked when Instagram will be coming to Windows Phone,” an official Nokia spokesperson stated. “The #2InstaWithLove app was
created as a way for you to have your voice heard.” A somewhat desperate plea to try secure the backing of a single, albeit globally popular application, Nokia has claimed that “it is all about showing Instagram just how passionate the Windows Phone community is.” Whilst Instagram has yet to express any plans to launch its own official Instagram Windows Phone 8 app, it has been rumoured that Microsoft, creator of the Windows Phone platform has been making its own rendition of the in-demand application. Although said to be in development, Microsoft would require official permission from Instagram to launch such an application.
With an Instagram Windows Phone 8 app still up in the air, the photo tweaking specialist recently confirmed it is working on an Instagram BlackBerry 10 app with the service set to land later this month.“Instagram will definitely be coming to BlackBerry 10,” sources stated recently. The insiders added: “While no formal announcement was made this week about Instagram coming to BlackBerry, we did get word that BlackBerry is engaged in the process with Instagram right now.” Although Instagram does not feature on the platform’s app roster, Nokia, speaking at MWC 2013, recently confirmed that there are now 130,000 Windows Phone 8 apps
available through the Windows Phone Marketplace. “Today we are proud to announce that we have achieved the level of
130,000 Windows Phone 8 applications,” Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said. “That’s 130,000 applications tailor made for the Windows Phone experience.” Are you a Windows Phone 8 handset owner? Is Instagram the app you would most like to see hit the platform or is there something else atop your wish list? Let us know via the TrustedReviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comment boxes below. neWS DeSK
Francesca Williams was bitten on her face and arm by the vicious rodent which had crawled between her sheets while she dozed at home in Symonds Yat, Hertfordshire. Her mum Wendy, 35, was woken by her daughter’s screams in the early hours of the morning before finding her daughter drenched in blood. She said: “Francesca woke up after feeling something crawling on her leg and when she moved it bit her. “You just never think a rat would come into your home, let alone bite your child - it’s unbelievable.” Wendy said Francesca was left traumatised and has only just plucked up the courage to sleep in her own room again following the incident last week. The family’s pet dog Hattie sniffed out the pest which was lurking under the bed after the attack and killed it. Thankfully Francesca has now been given the all-clear by medics. Wendy said: “You hear about rats carrying diseases and so we worried Francesca may have caught an infection but she’s been to the doctors and has been given some antibiotics and luckily everything is okay. “It could have been so much worse. What if it had bitten her near her eye or if the rat had bitten a baby? It’s frightening.”
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time for experimentation is over as SA faces Pakistan
CAPE TOWN AgencieS
A "new-look" South African one-day international team lost 2-1 to lowly ranked New Zealand earlier this year and narrowly avoided a humiliating and unprecedented whitewash with a last-ball victory in the final game. It was an unusual-looking xI with plenty of experimentation and rotation taking place. "Rotation can be unsettling, no doubt," admitted national selection convenor Andrew Hudson, "but we had a good opportunity to see the pipeline of fringe players coming through the system and there's no doubt we have plenty of work to do." A consummate 95-run thrashing by Pakistan in the second T20 last Sunday was a chastening experience and a reminder that Proteas supporters will not be sustained by the glories of the Test team alone. "The time for experimentation is now over. My discussions with [coach] Gary [Kirsten] have all pointed towards winning the five-match series against Pakistan with a view to winning the International Cricket Council's Champions Trophy in England in June," said Hudson. "We are under no illusions; the one-day team is some way adrift of the Test team. All our best combinations will be used against Pakistan. We will try to play our first-choice batting line-up too. "We are playing to win, nothing else, against Pakistan," Hudson said.
I’m never one to back down on a fight so I said yes. I’m pumped for the fight! Eddie said he wants to fight so I said, “Let’s do it!”. – Arnaud Lepont
South Africa look ahead to Champions trophy CAPE TOWN AgenceiS
F South Africa are feeling on top of the world in the test arena, there is much concern over their one day international form ahead of the Champions Trophy to be played in England and Wales in June. The Proteas enter into a five-match home series against Pakistan in Bloemfontein on Sunday searching for a winning formula in the shorter format of the game. Bar a one-off fixture in the Netherlands in late May, this will be the final preparation for the side ahead of the Champions Trophy. "This is an important period for the ODI team; I think what is important for us is that we know that we can create some momentum in this team," coach Gary Kirsten told reporters this week. South Africa lost a three-match home ODI series against New Zealand 2-1 last month, their third home series defeat in their last six encounters against visiting teams. They did rest key players through the three matches, but worryingly, those who were elevated in their place failed to shine.It is form that has seen them drop to fourth in the ICC ODI Championship behind India, England and Australia. But Kirsten believes his team have shown enough, even in defeat, to suggest that they can climb that table again. "We know that with the players that we have got we are able to win games in difficult situations and that is what it ultimately boils down to." No other test-playing nation has played in fewer matches than South Africa's 21 in the 50 over format over
the last three years. The likes of India, Australia and Sri Lanka have played almost double that amount. It is in this format of the game where the 'chocker' tag hangs heaviest around their necks, and despite Kirsten's assertion, closing out matches has been their biggest failing. The series against New Zealand provided the perfect example, with the side putting themselves into strong winning positions in all three matches, only to come up short in two of those, once with the ball and the other with the bat. It has been acknowledged by all in the Proteas camp that their ODI form is well short of where they would like it to be. For a side that sets such high standards in the test arena, continual failure in the 50over format is all the more frustrating. Bar the rested Jacques Kallis, who South Africa are hoping to persuade to give up the shorter formats of the game to prolong his test career, and the injured JP Duminy, South Africa will enter the series with Pakistan with what they consider their best ODI current selection. "I think that the players that are here are the best players in the country, that is why they are selected," Kirsten said. "People often say we are experimenting. We are not experimenting, we are playing the best players. "You have to have a squad, you can't just have 11, you have to be able to move with the squad. We did that with the test squad where we had a lot of change-ups. We are looking at the best 18 players knowing that we need to be able to shift and move around." It is therefore a series that will tell much about their potential and their path forward under the leadership of AB de Villiers, who takes over from test skipper Graeme Smith in the shorter
Butt, Asif to know fate in April LAuSANNE AgencieS
Disgraced former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif should learn in April whether the Court of Arbitration for Sport has overturned their bans for spot-fixing. A spokesman for the Swiss-based court told AFP on Thursday that the results of the two explayers' hearings, held at the start of February, were scheduled to be issued in a month's time. Butt, Asif and fellow paceman Mohammad Amir were banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2011 after being found guilty of corruption for deliberately contriving no balls to order in the infamous Lord's Test against England in 2010. In November 2011, the trio were also jailed by a British court over the scandal, which was linked to an illegal betting ring. All three were released last year after completing half of their sentences. The case was among cricket's biggest scandals of recent years. Butt, now 28, was banned from the game for 10 years, with the possibility of five suspended. He maintains that
the suspension was a career-ending punishment and has insisted he should be given another opportunity to play for Pakistan. Asif, now 30, was banned for seven years, with two suspended, and the then teenager Aamer for five years. Amir, now 20, decided not to pursue his appeal at the CAS, after pleading guilty to the charges in Britain. Asif played 23 Tests and 38 one-day internationals and was regarded as one of the best new-ball bowlers in the world. Butt was made Test captain on the tour of England while Amir was regarded as the fastest emerging bowler in the world.
version of the game. "We have 20 games on the trot before we play another Test match so we are able to have a good focus on our one-day team," Kirsten added.
Former Pakistan cricketer Haseeb Ahsan dies LAHORE STAFF RePORT
Former Pakistan off-spinner and selector Haseeb Ahsan, credited with picking legend Wasim Akram in 1984, died Friday after prolonged illness, a family friend said. He was 73. Ahsan was regarded as one of the most straight-forward cricket administrators, and headed Pakistan's World Cup 1987 organising committee and served as a national team manager. Karachi City Cricket Association president Sirajul Islam Bukhari confirmed Ahsan died early Friday in the city. "Ahsan fought illness with courage," who was on dialysis for the last two years, said Bukhari. Ahsan "He served the game well and was particularly supportive of cricket in Karachi." Ahsan played 12 Tests between 1958-62 and was a member of the Pakistan team on its first tour to the West Indies in 1858. He made his debut at Bridgetown where his old friend Hanif Mohammad scored 337 -- still Pakistan's highest Test score. Former Pakistan captain and legendary paceman Wasim Akram said it was Ahsan who selected him for the first time in 1984. "As the chief selector, Ahsan convinced everyone of my talent and selected me against New Zealand," Wasim told AFP. "He was very close to me and as a powerful selector he spotted young talent and threw them in the bigger battles. "I have lost a very close supporter and it's a great loss for Pakistan cricket," said Wasim. Ahsan scored 61 runs and picked 27 wickets in his brief career, hit by bowling action controversy.
Waqar to join Sunrisers Hyderabad as bowling consultant LAHORE STAFF RePORT
Waqar Younis, the former Pakistan fast bowler, captain and coach, will be joining Sunrisers Hyderabad as a bowling consultant for the 2013 IPL season. According to cricinfo, Waqar will be the second Pakistani bowling coach in the IPL, following the footsteps of his former new-ball partner Wasim Akram, who has performed the same role with defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders since 2010. Akram, though, has taken a break this season. Former Australia allrounder Tom Moody, who is the Sunrisers' head coach, was active in hiring Waqar, who is based in Sydney. "Tom is a fine buddy since our playing days and he asked me if I could come and help and I accepted the offer," Waqar told ESPNcricinfo. "I want to go and have a feel about it and how it works." After he stepped down as Pakistan's
head coach in September 2011, Waqar coached Ruhuna Royals in the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League last year. During his stint as Pakistan coach, Waqar was instrumental in leading Pakistan to the semi-finals of the 2010 World Twenty20 in the West Indies where they were silenced by Michael Hussey's heroics late in the match. Waqar said the IPL job would be a good challenge. "I am going to go the way I go about things. It will be a good experience for me also to interact with a lot of fast bowlers." And he has already set himself a goal: working closely with the Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma. "I am really excited to work with Ishant Sharma. He can be a better bowler than he is." Dale Steyn, Clint McKay, Sudeep Tyagi are some of the other quick bowlers in the Sunrisers squad, who are bound to benefit from Waqar's vast experience. "We hope Waqar's experience and Steyn's expertise will help our bowlers
restrict the opposition batsmen's charge and reduce the pressure on our batsmen," a Sunrisers' official said on Waqar's appointment. Last October, the Sunrisers replaced Deccan Chargers in the IPL after the BCCI had terminated the contract with Deccan Chronicles Holdings Ltd (owners of the Chargers), due to a prolonged financial crisis. Sun TV network successfully bid for the franchise rights for 85.05 crores per year (approx $15.9m) for a five-year deal. Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad: Akshath Reddy, Amit Mishra, Anand Rajan, Ankit Sharma, Ashish Reddy, Biplab Samantray, Cameron White, Chris Lynn, Clint McKay, Dale Steyn, Darren Sammy, Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Hanuma Vihari, Ishant Sharma, JP Duminy (currently injured), Karan Sharma, Kumar Sangakkara, Nathan McCullum, Parthiv Patel, Quinton de Kock, Sachin Rana, Shikhar Dhawan, Sudeep Tyagi, Thalaivan Sargunam, Thisara Perera, Veer Pratap Singh.
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top Pakistani cricketers face probe for tax evasion LAHORE
Pakistan's Test and one-day captain Misbah-ul-Haq, along with some other leading cricketers like Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali and Taufeeq Umar and national Twenty20 captain Mohammed Hafeez, are being investigated by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for filing incomplete tax returns. Pakistani authorities are investigating complaints of non-payment of taxes by the country's top cricketers including national team captain Misbah-ul-Haq. A spokesman of the FBR said on Friday that there were complaints of nonpayment of full taxes on total income
earned by the players. "The investigations will be carried out to confirm whether the complaints of non payment of taxes is correct," he said. Pakistani Test players Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali and Taufeeq Umar and national
Twenty20 captain Mohammed Hafeez will also be investigated. The FBR had earlier invited these cricketers to lodge their tax returns. Complying with the FBR directives, the six players lodged their returns after obtaining their group income certificates from the Pakistan Cricket Board. However the FBR has ascertained that the incomes and expenses were more than what was mentioned in the received financial documents. According to details in the financial years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, Misbah had to pay a total tax of Rs 4.9 million, based on his declared income, however his total tax payment for the two years stood at Rs 2.96 million.
A source in the board said the Federal Department of Income Tax had also talked about having tribunal hearings on the issue of non-payments of taxes by Misbah and other players. The source also said that Umar Akmal's bank account had been frozen by the FBR citing non-payments of taxes worth Rs 7.8 million. During the same financial years, opening batsman Imran Farhat paid a total tax worth Rs 1.03 million, Hafeez paid Rs 2.7 million, Azhar Ali Rs 0.62 million and Umar paid Rs 1.195 million. The PCB has also been at loggerheads with the FBR over tax payment and exemption issues and the FBR lodged a case against them in court.
Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2013: Pakistan to check Australian challenge LAHORE STAFF RePORT
The oldest and most prestigious invitational hockey tournament in world, the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup will be held in Ipoh, Perak from the 9th to the 17th of March. The A-Grade tournament is sanctioned by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and will feature the six teams in a round robin format. Australia (World Rank: 2): Squad: Tim Bates, Chris Bausor, George Bazeley, Daniel Beale, Craig Boyne, Nick Budgeon, Joel Carroll, Andrew Charter, Tim Deavin, Matt Gohdes, Rob Hammond, Josh Miller, Daniel Mirecki, Trent Mitton, Glenn Simpson, Jacob Whetton, Tristan White, Aran Zalewski.
Known as the Kookaburras, Australia are the highest ranked team in this edition with the most titles in the tournament's history, six, the last of which came in 2011. The men from Down Under are a formidable force in hockey. They have won five successive Champions Trophy titles as well as every Oceania Cup since the tournament's inception in 1999. Lately though, the Kookaburras have not been involved in a lot of competitive hockey, and that is cause for worry for Australian hockey Hall of Famer and head coach Richard Charlesworth. He said: "My concern is we haven't had a match for six months so maybe we'll be a bit rusty early on. It's sort of like the first game of the season in the AFL I suppose." Having led the team to World Cup, Champions Trophy (twice) and Commonwealth Games triumphs, the 61-year-old will be eager to add to this collection with the Azlan Shah trophy this time around. However, along with rustiness, Australia will also have to overcome the absence of key players, including star striker Jamie Dwyer. The onus will be on debutants like Jacob Whetton and Andrew Carter to fill in the gaps left by their more experienced predecessors and help their side break the duck. Pakistan (World Rank: 5): Squad: Imran Butt (GK), Imran Shah (GK), Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Imran (c), Muhammad Atiq, Rizwan Junior, Farid Ahmed, Amir Shehzad, Mohammad Tauseeq, Tasawar Abbas, Waqas Sharif, Shafqat Rasool, Haseem Khan, Mohammad Imran Junior, Ali Shah, Mohammad Suleman, Kashif Ali, Irfan Junior, Khalid Butt, Kashif Shah, Sabtain Raza, Muzammil Bhatti, Mohammad Suleman, Arslan, Dilbar.
Known as the Green Shirts, coach Akhtar Rasool's team will do battle in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup after winning the Asian Champions Trophy in December. Pakistan are traditional hockey powerhouses who will be as concerned with beating neighbours India as with winning the tournament itself.
Rasool though is hoping for longerterm gains. "It will help in forming more balanced and stronger squads for the important tournaments scheduled after this event," said Rasool of the invitational. "It's not going to be an easy challenge," he added. "All the teams will be tough; we'll especially have to keep an eye out for Australia, India and Korea." Team captain Mohammad Imran revealed to The Express Tribune that the title was not his team's prime target. He said: "Our main aim in the event is to discover new talent. "If we manage to find two to four potential youngsters for our pool for the World Cup, it will be a successful tournament for us, irrespective of the results." New Zealand (World Rank: 6): Squad: Cory Bennett, Marcus Child, James Coughlan, Dean Couzins (c), Andy Hayward, Blair Hilton, Hugo Inglis, Stephen Jenness, Devon Manchester, Hamish McGregor, Shay Neal, Arun Panchia, Kane Russell, Alex Shaw, Blair Tarrant, Nick Ross, Jacob Smith, Isaac Staples.
Chandi, Keshav Dutt (GK), Sandeep Singh, Pardeep Mor, Surendar Kumar, Malak Singh, Imran Khan, Amon Mirash Tirkey, Siddarth Shanker.
Muhamad Azammi Adabi, Muhammad Marhan Mohd Jalil, Nabil Fiqri Mohd Noor, Roslan Jamaluddin, Tengku Ahmad Tajudin Abdul Jalil.
India finished second behind arch-rivals Pakistan in the recently concluded Asian Hockey Champions Trophy in Qatar, losing 5-4 in a thrilling final. The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup gives them the chance to exact swift revenge. However, coach Michael Nobbs has played down expectations by stating that his team are aiming to build a strong reserve pool in preparation for the Junior World Cup on home soil later this year. "We had some objectives in mind when we selected the team for the Azlan Shah Cup. Our main aim is to build a strong team for the Junior World Cup, and we can achieve that only by giving as much international exposure as possible to the junior players," Nobbs told the Press Trust of India before leaving for Malaysia.
It might sound odd that the host nation has never won its own tournament. However, Malaysia's best finish of second in 2007 and 1985 is viewed only as a minor disappointment. The country has instead focused on developing players and climbing up the world ranking, by playing against the best in the sport. That may well change with the appointment of Paul Revington, one of the best and youngest in the coaching business. Revington revolutionized South African hockey by leading them to the 2004 Olympics and 2006 World Cup - taking the side from 14th to 10th in the world rankings along the way. The South African masterminded a successful defence of Malaysia's bronze medal at the Asian Champions Trophy and finished fourth in the Champions Challenge in November last year. Now, Revington has set his sights on qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. "Malaysia always had the speed in its play. It's just a matter of using the speed correctly," Revington told FOx SPORTS. "Malaysia does not have a massive pool but the players that are available are strong and their level is high - it's a constant reminder of how privileged I am to be in charge of this project."
weIgHIng tHe HoCKey HeaVyweIgHts paKIstan, InDIa, Korea, aUstralIa anD MalaysIa, wHo wIll CoMpete agaInst HolDers new ZealanD In tHe 22nD eDItIon of tHe sUltan aZlan sHaH CUp
The Black Sticks are the reigning Sultan Azlan Shah Cup champions and coach Colin Batch will be hoping for a repeat of last year's performance with his young team. Half of his players have fewer than 10 caps and only three are aged over 23. Midfielder Marcus Child, captain Dean Couzins and Andy Hayward, who scored the winning goal against Argentina in the final last year, will be expected to play lead roles in the title defence. The Kiwis are taking this tournament seriously, having arrived in Malaysia early and already played two tests against the home side to acclimatize themselves with the local conditions. Although the tests were split between the two sides, the performances of debutants Nick Ross and Cory Bennett would have encouraged Batch. "This tournament is a chance to develop some of the younger players and give those training hard the opportunity for international competition," the former Kookaburra said. India (World Rank: 11): Squad: P.R Sreejesh, Sushant Trikey, Rupinderpal Singh, Harbir Singh, Gurjinder Singh, Amit Rohidas, Gurmail Singh, Manpreet Singh, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, M.B.Aiyappa, Danish Mujtaba (c), Nithin Thimmaiah, Satbir Singh, Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Dharamvir Singh, Gurvinder Singh
Korea (World Rank: 8): Squad: Lee Myung-Ho, Jang Jong-Hyun,Oh DaeKeun, Lee NamYong, Seo Jong-Ho, Lee Seung-Il, Yoon Sung-Hoon, You Hyo-Sik, Yeo WoonKon, Kang MoonKweon, Hyun HyeSung, Cha Jong-Bok, Hong Eun-Seong, Kim Young-Jin, Kang Moon-Kyu, Nam Hyun-Woo.
Korea scraped through to the main group stage of the 2012 London Olympics at the expense of Ireland and have been making steady progress ever since. The wealth of experience and the caliber of their players for this edition's tournament belie their world ranking. Lee Nam-Yong has continued to shine since his goal broke Irish hearts in the Olmypic qualifiers and his intelligent movement coupled with Nam Hyun-Woo's overlapping runs should ease the pressure from Cho Sung-Jun's shaky backline. The inclusion of Seo Jong-Ho, an All Star inductee from 2007 to 2010, is also a clear sign of Korean ambition. The Koreans' high work-rate will pressurize opponents but their lack of creativity also means that it is relatively easy to tactically outmaneuver them. On paper at least. Malaysia (World Rank: 13): Squad: Mohd Shahrun Nabil Abdullah (Captain), Muhammad Razie Abdul Rahim (Vice Captain), Azlan Misron,Chua Boon Huat, Faizal Saari, Faiz Helmi Jali, Jivan Mohan, Kumar Subramaniam, Mohamad Sukri Abdul Mutalib, Mohammad Izad Hakimi Jamaluddin, Mohd Fitri Saari,
Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2013 Schedule 9th March 2013 (Saturday) Match 1: 4.05pm - New Zealand vs. Pakistan Match 2: 6.05pm - Australia vs. India Match 3: 8.05pm - Malaysia vs. Korea 10th March 2013 (Sunday) Match 4: 4.05pm - Australia vs. Pakistan Match 5: 6.05pm - Korea vs. India Match 6: 8.05pm - Malaysia vs. New Zealand 12th March 2013 (Tuesday) Match 7: 4.05pm - Korea vs. New Zealand Match 8: 6.05pm - India vs. Pakistan Match 9: 8.05pm - Malaysia vs. Australia 14th March 2013 (Thursday) Match 10: 4.05pm - Australia vs. Korea Match 11: 6.05pm - New Zealand vs. India Match 12: 8.05pm - Malaysia vs. Pakistan 16th March 2013 (Saturday) Match 13: 4.05pm - Korea vs. Pakistan Match 14: 6.05pm - Australia vs. New Zealand Match 15: 8.05pm - Malaysia vs. India 17th March 2013 (Sunday) Classification Matches Match 16: 3.35pm - 5th Placing vs. 6th Placing Match 17: 6.05pm - 3rd Placing vs. 4th Placing Match 18: 8.35pm - 1st Placing vs. 2nd Placing
Saturday, 9 March, 2013
No rift between Hafeez and Misbah: team manager
LAHORE STAFF RePORT
Pakistan cricket team manager, Naveed Akram Cheema has denied any rift between Pakistan T-20 Captain Muhammd Hafeez and one day and test captain, Mishab ul Haq . “It is a part of negative propaganda against the team and its members which aims at demoralizing its confidence ahead of the one-day series after its success in T20 match,” he said on Friday from South Africa. Pakistan will open its five ODI match series on March 10 with rest of the matches on March 15, 17, 21 and 24. He said it was unfortunate that some vested interests are propagating against the team by involving its players in a rift to stir Controversies prior to its one-day series. “The team is fully united and there is no rift between Hafeez or Misbah or any other player and all the players are looking to one-day series with renewed zeal,” he said. He said giving air to unfounded rifts, incidents or controversies would serve no purpose as the players are focusing on the one-day games which are challenging and there is no time to concentrate on issues which are far from reality. The team official said the team management is endeavouring to motivate the team for producing a better show to outshine South African opponents in the one day matches. “It has become a common practice to launch a propaganda campagin against the team by targeting players ahead of an important event but the team management is fully aware of the situation and is determined to defy all such moves in the larger interest of Pak team and cricket,” he said adding “Our aim is to take Pak cricket high with our team playing quality cricket and producing productive results.”
Pakistani women hail breakthrough tournament LAHORE STAFF RePORT
For Sana Mir, the captain of the Pakistan women's cricket team, the successful and peaceful completion of a national Twenty20 event this week was a giant step forward for women's rights in the conservative and troubled country. The six-team tournament, named after former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, was held at the Pakistan Cricket Board headquarters at the Gaddafi stadium under a heavy security blanket and concluded on Thursday night in a colourful finale. In a first for conservative Pakistan, men were allowed inside the stadium to watch the matches which have been out of bounds for them in the past - except for those who came with families. Pakistan's conservative society, which has been divided by a continuing war against militants, has left women's sports battling to be taken seriously or even properly funded. In 2005 a marathon race in Lahore that included women was attacked by extremists and had to be called off. But there were no such problems this week. "The girls who came from all over the country really enjoyed themselves," Mir told reporters.
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That's good news. I think tennis has done a good job of trying everything to be as clean as possible but we are entering a new era. Everything is becoming more professional with more money involved. – Roger Federer
SPORTS Saturday, 9 March, 2013
Hewitt sets up isner clash at indian wells
imperious Sangakkara makes bangladesh toil COLOMBO
INDIAN WELLS AgencieS
Lleyton Hewitt set up a second round meeting with John Isner after defeating Lukas Rosol in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Hewitt, twice a winner of the tournament, was a 6-4 3-6 6-1 winner against Rosol. Two breaks of serve were enough for Australian number one Bernard Tomic to ease into the second round with a straight sets win over Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci. Tomic won 6-4 6-3 with a break of serve in each set in a match which lasted 68 minutes. Indian Wells debutant David Goffin, of Belgium, was a 4-6 6-3 6-4 winner over Serbia's Viktor Troicki in just under two hours. Former world number three David Nalbandian saved seven of eight break points on the way to beating Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-4 6-2 to continue his return from a six-month injury lay-off. South Africa's Kevin Anderson, returning from elbow surgery, defeated Victor Hanescu 7-6 (8/6) 6-3. France's Benoit Paire took three sets to beat Poland's Lukasz Kubot 5-7 7-5 6-2 and Cyprus' Marcos Baghdatis suffered a shock 6-0 7-6 (7/3) defeat to German qualifier Daniel Brands. There were also wins for Argentina's Lorenzo Mayer, Finland's Jarkko Nieminen, Italy's Paolo Lorenzi, Germany's Mischa Zverev and America's Wayne Odesnik. Ivan Dodig also won through to the second round along with Denis Istomin, Ernests Gulbis and Ryan Harrison. In the women's event, American 16-yearold Taylor Townsend claimed her first WTA Tour win with a 3-6 7-6 (7/1) 6-3 defeat of world number 57 Lucie Hradecka. Wild card Townsend took two hours 11 minutes to defeat her Czech opponent to set up a meeting with Serbia's Ana Ivanovic. There was disappointment for British players Laura Robson and Heather Watson.
UMAR Sangakkara struck his 31st test century to equal the Sri Lanka record held by Mahela Jayawardene as the hosts reached 361 for three on the first day of the first test against Bangladesh on Friday. Sangakkara, playing his first competitive match since December after recovering from a finger injury, smashed the hapless Bangladesh attack to all parts before he departed for 142 after he was caught by Jahurul Islam in the covers off Sohag Gazi. He was dropped on 111 when Mohammad Ashraful put down a head high chance at mid on off Gazi who took the other two wickets to fall. On a flat track, Bangladesh took the second new ball in the 81st over but
SRi lAnKA FiRST inningS 41 D. Karunaratne lbw b gazi 54 T. Dilshan c Mominul b gazi 142 K. Sangakkara c Jaharul b gazi l. Thirimanne not out 74 25 A Mathews not out 25 extras: (b-4, lb-13, nb-5, w-3) 361 Total: (three wickets, 85.3 overs) Fall of wickets: 1-114, 2-181, 3-305 To bat: D. chandimal, A. Mathews, K. Vithanage, n. Kulasekara, R. Herath, S. eranga, A. Mendis. bowling: Shahadat 13-1-60-0 (nb1), Abul 14.3-1-66-0 (w3, nb4), gazi 31-3-101-3, Sunny 14-0-60-0, Ashraful 4-0-23-0, Mahmudullah 9-1-34-0. bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Mahmudullah, Abul Hasan, Anamul Haque, elias Sunny, Jahurul islam, Mohammad Ashraful, Mominul Haque, nasir Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Sohag gazi.
bowled only four more before rain brought an early end to the day. With Lahiru Thirimanne, who scored his third test half-century, Sangakkara put on 124
for the third wicket. Thirimanne was unbeaten on 74 at stumps with skipper Angelo Mathews on 25 not out. Bangladesh's only success in the afternoon session was the wicket of Dimuth Karunaratne, who was trapped leg before on the back foot by Gazi for 41. Karunaratne had earlier left the field when on 15 after he tried to pull a delivery from Shahadat Hossain and took a blow on his left elbow. "Dimuth suffered from dizziness and double vision and was forced to retire," Sri Lanka manager Michael de Zoysa told reporters. Karunaratne's opening partner Tillakaratne Dilshan had Sri Lanka off to a fast start after Mathews had won the toss for the home side on his test debut as captain. Dilshan hit 54 before he came down the track to Gazi and offered a low catch to Mominul Haque at mid-off.
PYF 66 KM cycle race today, Reds win veterans cricket match LAHORE STAFF RePORT
The Sports Board Punjab has fully prepared itself to organize one of the major concluding events, the 66 kilometres professional cycle race here at the Ring Road on March 9, (Saturday). Apart from the professional race, there will be two 22 kilometres cycle races open for male and female cyclists and around 5000 cyclists are likely to be part of the three races. However, the females’ race will be held separately under police cordon. All the security and safety arrangements have been finalized while water points, medical teams put on the routes. All the three races will start from Old Ravi Bridge with a gap of time. The male and female 22 kilometre race will take a U-turn from GT Road Interchanges and take a final breather at Ravi Interchange. Thus the routes for the male and female race are the same and there will be gap of 15 to 30 minutes in between the races. The main 66 kilometres race that is also staring form Old Bridge would go all the way to DHA Interchange and
Diamond Paints top National Polo table paddle back to Ravi Interchange. Meanwhile, in the second cricket match of the veterans played at Bagh-i-Jinnah’s Lahore Gymkhana Ground, Lahore Reds won the match by four wickets. Reds winning the toss put Lahore Greens in to bat which compiled 171 runs in 30 overs losing eight wickets. It was Javed Hafeez who with 55 runs, Arif Malik with 26 and Maqsood Ahad 21 lifted the score to fight for. It were Rehan Rauf who took two wickets for 28 runs while Shahid Ali and Jamshed
Ahmed sharing one wickets each for 16 and 23 runs contained the Greens batsmen. In reply, Lahore Reds archived the score losing six wickets in 28.5 overs. Saifur Rehman hammered 35 runs to lay the foundation of win while Ashraf Ali and Dastigar score 31 each to ensure the win for their team. Romail took two wickets for 26, Nasir grabbed two for 31 while Javed had one for 26. The third and final math of the best of three series will be played on March 12 at the same venue.
LAHORE: Diamond Paints hammered Hataff/Newage with 11 goals to move top of the leaderboard in the Zong-sponsored National Polo Championship for The Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup 2013. In the loss Hataff/Newage could manage 5. Marcus Hancock and James Harper supervised the match while Hissam Ali Hyder was referee. In another match uard Group beat Master Paints 5-3 and Colony Sugar defeated Army/Coca Cola 9-5. With Hancock, James Harper and Shah Qubilai Alam were the umpires and referee was Santiago Mendivil. STAFF RePORT
Rutherford piles on agony for England WELLINGTON AgencieS
Record-breaking debutant centurion Hamish Rutherford piled on the agony for England on day three of the first Test at the University Oval. New Zealand raced past England's paltry first-innings 167 all out on the way to 402 for seven before more bad weather wiped out most of the final session in this rain-shortened match. James Anderson (four for 108) moved ever closer to the 300 club among his country's all-time leading Test wicket-takers, as the tourists tried to limit a lead which had nonetheless long put New Zealand in control. It barely amounted to even the hint of a significant fightback, however, and did not change the fact England will have to bat for almost all the last two days here to stay level in the series after the first Test of three. Rutherford (171) notably outdid his father Ken, who made a pair on debut and three more ducks among nine single-figure scores in his first 10 innings at the highest level. By contrast, the son of a famous father began his Test career by breaking a record which had endured throughout international cricket history. Australian Charles Bannerman was the holder of
the previous highest ever score, of 165, in a debut innings against England - in the very first Test match of all, at Melbourne in 1877. Rutherford on Friday reached three-figures in memorable style on his home ground with a crunching coverdrive off Steven Finn for his 15th four. For good measure, the left-handed opener greeted Anderson's second spell of another chastening day for the tourists with a sequence of 4-4-2-4 from the first four balls. Far from satisfied yet, he then passed 150 by
hitting Monty Panesar for the first of two towering sixes high over long-off in the same over. England had twice dropped Rutherford on Thursday, on 52 and 64; but otherwise, he barely put a foot wrong in an innings full of powerful strokes through the off-side especially and down the ground. Shortly before he went to his century, England narrowly avoided the ignominy of seeing their total surpassed without managing to take a single wicket in reply. Peter Fulton (55), batting at an anchor tempo while Rutherford
continued to dominate, posted just his second Test 50 from 153 balls. The opening stand was finally broken, though, on 158 as Fulton appeared to be undone more than anything by a lack of pace when he got an inside-edge for a low catch behind by Matt Prior off Anderson. Rutherford was unperturbed and kept the boundaries coming in a partnership of 91 with Kane Williamson until the number four was bowled, trying to cut a Panesar arm ball. It was not until Anderson took the second new ball in early afternoon that he immediately ended Rutherford's innings, caught at midwicket by substitute fielder Chris Woakes after appearing to play too early. By then the New Zealander was seventh in the all-time list of highest runscorers on Test debut. His departure was followed by three more for the addition of only 16 runs, birthday boy Ross Taylor caught at second slip off Anderson and Dean Brownlie edging him on in defence before BJ Watling left alone his first ball from Stuart Broad and was bowled off-stump. As the weather began to close in again, though, Brendon McCullum and Tim Southee went on the attack in a stand of 44 in six overs to take their team more than 200 runs in front.
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Very consistent. I'm so happy. I've been very consistent. I'm happy with myself with three 68s. I've been trying to get more regulation play and it's been working – Bangladeshi Siddikur COLOMBO: Kumar Sangakkara plays a shot on his way to his century.
Mcilroy struggles, woods impresses in Miami MIAMI
ORY McIlroy kept his promise to "grind it out" when the going got tough to post a first round of 73 in the £5.8million WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami. McIlroy was three over par with three holes of the Blue Monster course at Doral to play, but birdied two of them to finish seven shots behind playing partner Tiger Woods, who shared the lead with Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell, US Masters champion Bubba Watson and Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson. World number one McIlroy is now an approximate 18 over par for 98 completed holes in 2013, but it could have been worse but for a superb eagle at the par-five first hole, his 10th, with the swing problem he worked so hard on over the weekend clearly still an issue. In contrast, Woods carded nine birdies in his 66 as the 65-strong field took advantage of calm conditions, with Peter Hanson and Phil Mickelson among those one off the lead and the likes of Ian Poulter and defending champion Justin Rose a stroke further back on four under. McIlroy, making his first appearance since his controversial withdrawal from the Honda Classic last week, told Sky Sports 3: "It was a bit of a struggle to be honest. "I hit some good shots, I hit some not-so good shots. As I have been saying all week this is a work in progress, I am staying patient and I have another three rounds to work on it more and shoot a few good scores. "I just had to play each hole as it came and shoot the best score possi-
ble. It was nice to sneak in a couple of birdies in the last three holes and make it look somewhat respectable, even though everyone seems to be going pretty low out there; it was a day where it was perfect scoring conditions. "I wasn't putting as much pressure on myself and that's why I didn't get as frustrated. If I had played like that last week I would have been not so happy but I understand it's a work in progress and hopefully it will come together soon." Woods, who revealed he had been working on his putting under the guidance of Ryder Cup team-mate Steve Stricker who shot 67 - added: "I don't think we're going to get all four days in this wind, it's gotta switch sometime and come from the east and if it does then the course plays more difficult. But today was as easy as it gets round this place." McIlroy has dominated the golfing headlines this year, firstly for signing a multi-million pound deal with Nike and
then missing the cut in his first event with his new equipment in Abu Dhabi. He then lost to Shane Lowry in the first round of the WGC Accenture Match Play, before things went from bad to worse as he quit the defence of his Honda Classic title last week after completing just eight holes of his second round. McIlroy issued a full apology for his withdrawal yesterday, admitting the pain from a wisdom tooth and being in a "bad place mentally" was no excuse for walking off the course after playing those eight holes in seven over par. The 23-year-old spent all weekend working with coach Michael Bannon to iron out a flaw in his backswing, but admitted getting the club in the right position still felt "very alien" to him. Starting on the back nine today, McIlroy twice found sand on the 551-yard parfive 10th, but saved par and repeated the trick on the 11th and 12th before a wayward tee-shot on the par-three 13th resulted in a bogey. Another bogey followed on the 14th before a first birdie of the day from nine feet on the 15th, but another dropped shot on the 18th took the Northern Irishman to the turn in 38. Having promised to "grind it out" better when the going gets tough, McIlroy looked to have got his reward when he responded to another missed fairway on the par-five first by hitting a superb iron shot through the trees to the back edge of the green and holing from 18ft for an eagle three. However, that was instantly followed by a hat-trick of bogeys - two of them down to three-putting - and it took birdies on the seventh and eighth to rescue a respectable total.
Watson, Robson crash out of Indian Wells INDIAN WELLS AgencieS
British duo Heather Watson and Laura Robson both crashed out of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells at the first hurdle. Watson, Britain's number one, suffered a straight-sets defeat to Romania's IrinaCamelia Begu while Watson went down in three sets to Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson. Watson recently rose to a career-high 39th in the world but had no answer against a player 14 places lower in the WTA rankings as she slipped to a 6-2 6-4 loss in one hour 43 minutes. The 20-year-old from Guernsey proved a match for Begu throughout but failed to get the job done on the big
points. Watson forced six break points in the match but failed to convert any, while from the same number of opportunities Begu broke twice in the first set and once in the second to secure the win. Meanwhile Robson, the world number 43, appeared poised to make up for the earlier exit of Watson after taking the first set with ease before racing into a 4-1 lead in the second. But with the winning line in sight Robson's form deserted her, eventually losing the second set on a tie-breaker and capitulating entirely in the third as world number 49 Arvidsson ran out a 2-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-1 winner in two hours and four minutes.
Pakistan Cycling squad has been granted visas by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad and it will be leaving for India via Wagha Border tomorrow, Saturday. This was stated by President, Pakistan Cycling Federation, Munawar Baseer at a news conference on Friday. Also present were Tariq Alvi, Vice President, PCF and other officials of the PCF. Munawar said the 33rd Asian Cycling Championship has already started on Thursday 7 at New Delhi. “It would be first ever full fledged participation of Pak team in any Asian championship and we will be taking part in all the events including women events of the premier activity,” he said. Out of 12 member team, seven have been granted visas and visas of three riders are not yet issued.
Those who have been granted visas include, Noor Alam (captain), Niamat Ali, Habib ullah, Sultan Aftab, Waqas Mehmood, Abid Tariq and female rider, Anam Mahmmod. Visas of cyclists Mohammad Sabir, Sajid Mahmood and Ghulam Abbas and coach Sardar Nazakat are pending. PCF Chief it was unfortunate that delay in granting visas has deprived female rider Anam to participate in female events and senior cyclists also lost appearance in two main team events. “The event is not yet over and we will be participating in rest of the events and we hope to fetch encouraging results as our riders are fully prepared for the
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Lahore Club beat Stags LAHORE STAFF RePORT
Lahore Club beat Stags Club by 4 wickets in the 6th Nazar Muhammad Memorial Cricket League 2012-13 (Division II). Playing at Stags Cricket Ground Model Town, Lahore Club winning the toss put the Stags Cricket Club to bat first. Stags Club batting first scored 177 runs for 8 wickets in the allotted 30 overs. Main scorers were Junad Ali 35, Mujahid Ali 26 and Zain-ul-Abadeen 21. Aqeel Arshad took 2 for 29, Khurram Ellahi 2 for 41 and Ahmed Shahab, Akhtar Shafiq and Rauf Wain took on wicket each. In reply Lahore Club achieved target in 28.4 overs for loss of 6 wickets. Main batsmen were Usman Liaquat 95 (4 x 7, 6 x 2), Yasin Abid 34, and Waheed Ahmed 26 runs. From Stags Cricket Club Faisal took 2 for 51 and Shahzad Butt & Kamran Afzal took 1 wicket each. Usman Liaquat was declared Man of the Match. The match was supervised by Saghir Ahmed and Ansar Mehmood Umpires and Sajad-ul-Hasan was the scorer. President of the club Haji Muhammad Rafiq and Abdul Qadoos Khan Manager of the Team appreciated the performance of the players of the Lahore Cricket Club.
2 matches decided in Lahore District Football LAHORE STAFF RePORT
Lahore United F.C and Nadeem F.C earned victories against their respective rivals in the District Football Championship here on Friday at Model Town Football Ground and Faisal Town Football Ground. Lahore United F.C defeated Black pole F.C 2-0. Rashid and Naser Dar scored in 3th and 46th minutes. In the second match Nadeem F.C beat Walton F.C 2-1. Eid Muhammad & Afaaq Ahmad scored in 45thand 46th minutes from Nadeem F.C before Walton struck their only goal of the early in the first half in the 10th minute through Asad. Matches for tomorrow, Friday, Mughalpura Heros F.C vs Fatima Memorial F.C (4:00PM) at ootball Ground Faisal Town, Lucky Sports F.C vs Sabzazar F.C (8:30PM) at Model Town Football Ground Model Town.
Pak team get Indian visas for Asian Cycling LAHORE
Asian championship which will end of March 17,” he asserted. He said PCF’s continuous follow-up with the Indian High Commission in Islamabad and urgent reminders sent to Cycling Federation of India (CFI) by games ruling body, international cycling federation the visas were finally issued to Pak team. A four member delegation comprising President, PCF, Secretary, PCF, Syed Azhar Ali Shah, Lady Vice President, PCF, Dr Fouzia and Vp,PCF,
Tariq Alvi will attend the meetings of Asian Cycling Federation to be held during the side lines of the event. Munawar Baseer Ahmad highly appreciated Parminder Singh, President CFI who was being supportive of Pakistan’s position and stated that the CFI had even approached the Indian Home Minister in this matter. He said the participation of Pak riders in the Asian championship would go a long way in improving their performance and to inspire them to put in more hard for attaining fine results in similar meets in future as well. He condemned the move of a bogus cycling federation headed by Idris Haider Khawaja for writing to Indian High commission declaring Pakistan’s team a “ fake team “. “ We will be taking up with matter with Pakistan Sports Board besides we will initiate legal action against them for defaming PCF “he added.
Condolence LAHORE STAFF RePORT
Chairman , Pakistan Cricket Board Ch. Zaka Ashraf, Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmad, Director General Javed Miandad and Chairperson Women’s Wing Ms. Bushra Aitizaz have condoled the death of Haseeb Ahsan. Haseeb breathed his last in Karachi early on Friday (March 8) after protracted illness for the last few years, at the age of 73 years and 236 days. "Haseeb was not only a superb Test cricketer but also was a good administrator who intimately knew the game. His death is a loss to the cricketing fraternity”,said Ch. Zaka Ashraf while condoling on his death. A Test cricketer of the late 1950 and early 1960 bowled right-arm off-spin, Haseeb gained prominence as a selector and chief selector and also as manager of the Pakistan squads in the1980s. The most notable of these was his assignment as manager on the 1987 tour of England when Pakistan for the first time triumphed in a Test rubber in the mother country.
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Law Ministry objects to ECP amendments in nomination papers ecP asks law ministry to get ProPosed nomination PaPers aPProved from President by march 11 ISLAMABAD KASHiF AbbASi
N a big jolt to Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) ‘efforts’ to conduct free, fair and transparent elections under articles 62 and 63 of the constitution, the Law Ministry on Friday objected to amendments recently proposed
ecP secretary visits ghQ to discuss issues related to Provision of security during elections in nomination papers. In order to ensure fairness, impartiality and credibility of the elections to guard against corrupt practices, the ECP had proposed several amendments to ensure that only taxpayers and people having financial integrity were allowed to enter the electoral race. But, the Law Ministry thought otherwise. In the proposed nomination paper, can-
tions of the Supreme Court, it would not reconsider amendments at all cast. After detailed deliberations, the ECP asked the Law Ministry to get the proposed nomination papers approved from the president by March 11. Otherwise, the ECP would send old nomination papers for printing. The commission on Friday wrote a letter to the Law Ministry secretary conveying that they would not withdraw proposals. In the letter, the ECP directed the ministry to get the nomination form approved from the president by Monday. The Law Ministry told the ECP that the tax returns record of the last three years should not be sought from the candidates but from the Federal Board of Revenue
didates are required to furnish details about the payment of income and agriculture taxes, history of criminal offence, education, details of foreign trips made during last three years and list of dependents and number of children studying abroad. But, the Law Ministry thinks these clauses are ‘irrelevant’ and most of them are already part of the law. On the other hand, the ECP after reviewing the ministry’s objections, decided in principle not to backtrack from the proposed nomination paper. On Friday, the ECP in an internal meeting decided that since it proposed the amendments in the nomination papers In line with the spirit of Article 218(3) of the constitution as well as following the direc-
(FBR). The ministry also said there is no need to seek details of foreign passport in nomination paper. It also said that if criminal case against any candidate was pending then he couldn’t be declared ineligible for contesting elections. Meanwhile, the ECP secretary visited Military Operations Directorate, General Headquarters on Friday and discussed issues related to provision of security during upcoming elections. The army authorities assured all possible support to ECP to ensure peaceful environment for the elections. More details of sensitive areas/polling stations will be worked out by the ECP and shared in next meeting scheduled after announcement of election dates.
PPP, PML-N paving way for tax-evaders, defaulters: Imran ISLAMABAD STAFF RePORT
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf prays after inaugurating Centaurus, a multi-purpose complex, on Friday. inP
na passes anti-terrorism bill, lauds role of females in society Parliament aPProves amendments to clauses 3,5,6,8,9,10 and 11 of the bill before Passage ISLAMABAD AnWeR AbbAS
Despite low attendance, the National Assembly on Friday approved the National Counter Terrorism Authority Bill 2013 unanimously. The session started with tunes of the national anthem to mark the International Women’s Day, as the House unanimously adopted a resolution to pay tribute to women for their contribution in various sectors of life. The 15th sitting of National Assembly’s 50th session that lasted for an hour and eight minutes, opened under the leadership of Dr Fehmida Mirza after a delay of 47 minutes. There were only 64 members present in the House. Federal Law Minister Farooq H Naek tabled The National Counter Terrorism Authority Bill 2013 in the House, which was taken up clause by clause. Tariq Shabir of the Pakistan People’s Party and Shereen Arshad of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz presented amendments in clauses 3,5,6,8,9,10 and 11 of the bill that were accepted and stood part of the bill after Naik did not oppose them. However, the amendment suggested for clause 7 of the bill presented by PML-N member Shereen Ar-
shad was rejected due to opposition by the Law Minister. Dr Azra Fazal Peecho, chairperson of the NA standing body on defence presented a report on the Surveying and Mapping Bill 2013. According to the National Counter Terrorism Authority Bill 2013, an antiterrorism department would be formed that would be headed by the prime minister and a national policy against terrorism would be formulated. The bill has already been approved by the Senate on March 5. According to the bill, suspects accused of terrorism will be interrogated by an inspector level officer, while audio video recordings, phone recordings and emails could be used as evidence. The bill also allows government authorities to take action against financiers of terrorism along with confiscation of assets. However, the National Assembly will be dissolved on March 16, which raises questions regarding who would formulate the anti-terrorism policy. Marking the International Women’s Day, the House unanimously adopted a resolution to pay tribute to women for their contribution to various sectors of life. The Question Hour was suspended as 10 legislators spoke for 30 minutes on the International Women’s Day. Law Minister Farooq H Naik said the female population of the country was around 90 million and about 65 percent were uneducated, adding that “following the International Women’s Day, legislation was direly needed to end physical violence against women”.
The NA speaker felicitated women across the globe, saying the portion of society had played a significant role despite worst conditions and violence against it. “The current ahas passed 24 bills on women and children in the five years of the House and the main role in this connection was played by parliamentarians who are also mothers in their houses.” Fehmida stressed a joint struggle for women rights in the country. Dr Azhra Fazal Peecho highlighted the important initiatives introduced by the PPP-led government, including the Benazir Income Support Programme and passage of the bill against violence against women. Shereen Arshad of the PML-N paid rich tribute to the speaker NA for running the House smoothly being the custodian of the House. PML-Q MNA Bushra Rehman thanked the NA speaker for playing national anthem in the House, adding that issues and problems being faced by women in far-flung areas should be highlighted and resolved. MQM MP Kishwar Zahra noted that women were also on the hit list of terrorists and Abbas Town blast, Quetta bombings and attack on Malala Yousufzai in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were recent examples. Nafeesa Shah from the PPP presented a motion on behalf of all political parties in the House, adding that female parliamentarians would keep on working on issues of women and would not let their rights be crushed.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said all ruling parties have once again demonstrated their agenda of “muka muka” and joined hands to restrict the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) from implementing articles 62 and 63 of the constitution by blocking the election reforms bill aimed at holding free and fair elections. “Asif Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have once again united to block the election reforms bill because it will directly hit their interests and block entry of corrupt politicians in the electoral process,” said Khan while talking to a delegation from Dera Ghazi Khan, headed by Khawaja Mudassir Mehmood. Khan said the ECP had forwarded an election reforms bill to the government to ensure free and fair elections, seeking 30 days for strict scrutiny of nomination papers of candidates but Law Minister Farooq H Naek refused to get the bill passed from the Parliament. “If the PPP and PML-N had reservations over articles 62 and 63, they should have removed them from the constitution in the 18th or 19th amendments,” he said. “However, since these articles are very much a part of the constitution, why are Sharif and Zaradri reluctant to get them implemented by the ECP,” he questioned. “Though there’s nothing wrong with these reforms, the ruling parties have made an alliance
explicitly to stop the ECP from blocking corrupt politicians,” he said. The PTI chief said reluctance of ruling parties to pass the bill has proved that they are a cartel of tax evaders and public and utility banks’ defaulters. “They think that these reforms will block the nomination of their top leadership for their decades-long tax evasion. If the PPP and PML-N do not implement articles 62 and 63, they must be ready to face the consequences. If they have paid their taxes, they shouldn’t be worried about these reforms,” said Khan. He said these corrupt ruling parties had also united for protecting bogus degree holding MPs after the judiciary had disqualified them. “But their game is over now. Their match-fixing politics will be thrown out by the people of Pakistan in the upcoming elections. The nation is going to choose between parties of fake degree holders, tax evaders and the real representatives of people,” he said.
Don’t invite sanctions over Ip project, warns Us WASHINGTON inP
The US has once again expressed reservations over the Pak-Iran gas pipeline project, hoping that Pakistan would not go in a direction that caused sanctions to kick in. Addressing a press conference on Thursday, spokeswoman for the State Department Victoria Nuland said the US was making efforts to help resolve energy crisis in Pakistan and to advance Mangla and Jamshoro power plants. She said gas pipeline accord with Iran was against UN sanctions. “Just to be absolutely clear again, if this deal is finalised for a proposed Iran-Pakistan pipeline, it would raise serious concerns under our Iran Sanctions Act. We’ve made
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that absolutely clear to our Pakistani counterparts. And just to say again that Iran has proven again and again that it is not a reliable partner,” she emphasised. The spokeswoman admitted that Pakistan had a lot of energy requirements and the US was working with them in close partnership on other better ways to meet those needs, through the TAPI pipeline, by supporting large-scale energy projects like the 900megawatt power grid by 2013, or by renovating power plants in Tarbela, Mangla Dams, modernising the thermal power plants in Guddu and Muzafaragarh. She said the US was also assisting in building new dams at Satpara and Gomal Zam. She was of the opinion that this was the right direction for Pakistan and the international community was prepared to be supportive for these projects.