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Injured Khan to address Islamabad rally today

Army chief focusing only on polls for now 32,000 ARMY PERSONNEL TO BE DEPLOYED IN PUNJAB, 22,000 IN KP AND FATA

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, who was injured after falling from a fork lifter at the party’s public meeting in Lahore on Tuesday, was shifted to a hospital room from Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Wednesday. A PTI spokesman said the party’s Islamabad public gathering would be held as scheduled with the active participation of Khan. Khan is likely to address the rally over video conferencing. Doctors at Shaukat Khanum Hospital said he was doing well, as few medical tests were conducted after breakfast. The doctors said Khan was given fruits and a cup of tea for breakfast and had been shifted to a room after his condition stabilised. Khan told reporters later in the day that the incident was a mere accident and there was no conspiracy involved. Khan’s relatives also visited him in the room, while PTI leaders including Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Asad Omar, Shireen Mazari also met their party chairman to decide the party’s future strategy. Talking to reporters, Qureshi said they would soon hold a press conference in which the PTI leadership would announce their next plan. Asad Omar said Khan’s health was their first priority, however, they would try to convey the PTI chairman’s message to every person of the country. In a video message, wounded Imran Khan said he was well and feeling better. doctor: Imran Khan’s doctor, Dr Faisal Sultan told reporters that Khan would fully recover in a few days and were amazed at his quick recovery. He said Khan’s third rib on the left side had been affected a bit. Dr Sultan clarified that Khan did not suffer a skull fracture as reported in the media. “There was a small scalp hematoma, which is just a collection of blood. There was the spinous process of C3, which was a minimally displaced fracture at the tip of C3 and a compression fracture of T6 (thoracic vertebrae). There is also a fracture of T5 vertebrae body and the spinous process. However, the most important and reassuring thing is that the spinal canal is intact and Khan is in full control of his limbs and body functions. There was no neurological compromise.” He said Khan could address public meetings by telephone, however he has to take permission from his doctors. The doctor also announced that daily updates regarding Khan’s health will be given at 2pm to the press. Dr Sultan said, “The exact duration of Khan’s recovery, bed rest or immobilisation will be decided as time goes on and we will keep you updated on it.” A team of army doctors also examined Khan on Wednesday. IMraN woN’t cast Vote oN MaY 11: Meanwhile, a TV channel reported Khan as saying that although he was feeling better, he would not be able to cast his vote in his hometown of Mianwali as he had previously planned.

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rOVIDING conducive and peaceful environment for the holding of general elections is the top priority of the Pakistan Army and other personnel at the moment, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani said on Wednesday. Addressing a meeting of the core commanders at the military headquarters, the COAS asked all stakeholders to focus on ensuring timely elections. He said their aim should be to hold peaceful elections throughout the country and for this all the stakeholders should give priority to mutual coordination. Later, apprising reporters about the meeting, ISPr DG Major Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa said 300,000 security forces personnel will be deputed in Punjab. “Of the 300,000, 268,000 will be police and rangers personnel and 32,000 will be army personnel,” he added.

The ISPr DG said army officials had also held meetings with stakeholders in Sindh and Balochistan. “No one should have any doubt about holding of the elections,” he added. KaYaNI reVIews fata, KP secUrItY: Gen Kayani also reviewed the overall security plan for elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) during a meeting in Peshawar. The meeting was attended, besides others, by Peshawar Corps Commander Lt Gen Khalid rabbani, Inspector General Frontier Corps (IGFC) Maj Gen Ghayoor Mehmood, ISPr Director General Maj Gen Asim Salim Bajwa, Khyber Pakthunkhwa Chief Secretary Ghulam Dastagir Akhtar, Fata Additional Chief Secretary Dr Muhammad Tasfeen Khan, Home and Tribal Affairs Secretary Muhammad Azam Khan, KP Inspector General of Police Ehsan Ghani, Peshawar CCPO Liaqat Khan, Peshawar Commissioner Shahibzada Muhammad Anis and other high ranking military and civil officers at the Corps Headquarters, Peshawar. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Maj Gen Bajwa said that the army chief stressed the need for a joint and result oriented efforts by all the stakeholders to make the security plan a success. Gen Asim said that the COAS

had also underlined the need for providing foolproof security to voters so that they could exercise their right of franchise in a peaceful atmosphere on the polling day. ISPr DG said that the main objective of the special visit of Chief of Army Staff to Peshawar was to personally review the overall security plan and its progress. He said that the COAS was briefed in detail about the salient features of the security plan for the elections in KP and Fata. Gen Bajwa said that he situation in KP was different from others provinces and all measures regarding the security plan came under discussion. As per the security plan, Gen Bajwa said that around 96,000 security forces' personnel, including 22,000 army troops and 52,000 policemen, have been deployed in KP and FATA for holding of elections in a peaceful atmosphere. He said that the army troops had been deployed to aid the civil administration as per the constitution. In addition to a quick response force, the Levy, FC, Police and Khasadar force will assist the civil administration in their duties during elections. Gen Bajwa said the important phase of transportation of ballot papers in KP has been completed, adding that a foolproof security would also be provided to voters living in IDPs camps.

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A white tiger used by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to demonstrate the party’s might in its election campaign died during a rally on Wednesday. The tiger was spotted in rallies led by Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Nawaz Sharif, in Lahore. According to details, the rare tiger was brought unconscious to the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Tuesday evening. The vets there tried to revive the ani-

mal but to no avail. The World Wide Fund (WWF) termed the use of white tiger in election campaign as violation of international laws. According to a report, white tigers are endangered animals and are extremely sensitive to heat and noise. With temperatures in Lahore soaring past 30 degrees Celsius and there being nothing but noise at the political rallies, the tiger could not survive. WWF also confirmed that famed actor and conservationist Faryal Gohar would file a petition with the Lahore High Court against the illegal

use of wildlife animals at rallies. PML-N doesN’t waNt shahbaz to faLL: In a bid to prevent an accident similar to Imran Khan’s fall from the stage, local Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leaders on Wednesday bulldozed a wall of a hockey ground to construct a brick staircase for a rally by former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif. According to a private TV channel the wall of the Friends Hockey Club was bulldozed from one side on the pretext that DSNGs from TV channels would not be able to cover the rally live as they could not enter the hockey ground. However, local leaders later admitted they wanted to prevent an incident similar to the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chief’s 10foot drop from a forklift on Tuesday by making a staircase for Shahbaz Sharif to climb up to the stage. No action was taken by the local administration on the bulldozing of the wall of the city’s main hockey ground. Shahbaz Sharif was holding rallies in Kamalia and Dera Ghazi Khan.

poll places nawaz ahead of imran MONITORING DESK Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif has the highest approval rating of any public figure in Pakistan, according to the latest survey from the Pew research Center released on Tuesday. At 66 percent, Sharif has gained four percentage points from the last Pew poll in 2012. “Sharif is particularly well liked in Punjab province (78 percent),” Pew noted in the report. Nawaz is followed by Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, who is the only real electoral threat to Sharif on May 11, when Pakistan’s 86.2 million registered voters get to elect representatives to the national and four provincial assemblies. Khan’s approval rating is 60 percent, down 10 points from last year. “Khan’s drop has been especially steep among 18- to 29-year-olds, his strongest supporters in 2012 (63 percent favorable in 2013 vs. 76 percent in 2012),” the report said. His fall and hospitalisation on May 7 could provide him a sympathy bump, the poll noted. The army chief General Ashfaq Kayani is in third place with an approval rating of 45 percent, nine points lower than last year. He is followed by Pakistan’s Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, who has shed eight points from last year, with an approval rating of 43 percent.

Anp withdraws sindh candidates in favour of ppp MONITORING DESK The Awami National Party (ANP) on Wednesday announced that it will be withdrawing its candidates in Sindh in favour of their former coalition partner the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), radio Pakistan reported. However, the ANP maintained that the exception to the withdrawal would be candidates who are contesting in Karachi and Hyderabad. ANP and the PPP were coalition partners in the provinces and in the center during the previous government. Late last week, unknown armed assailants shot dead the ANP’s candidate in NA-254 in Karachi’s Bilal Colony. Sadiq Zaman Khattak was contesting elections from the constituency of NA-254. He was attacked by unknown assailants when he exited the local mosque, rehmania Masjid, with his four-year-oldson Ahmed. Khattak died on the spot, while son was taken to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Elections for NA-254 were subsequently postponed.

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Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso on Wednesday discussed the arrangements made for the general elections scheduled to be held on May 11 with the chief ministers of Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. During his separate telephonic conversations with the chief ministers, the prime minister also discussed the maintenance of law and order situation in the country. While talking to Chief Minister Punjab Najam Sethi, the prime minister enquired about the progress in the health of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan. The prime minister expressed satisfaction over the report of his recovery. The prime minister assured the Punjab chief minister that the federal government was ready to provide all necessary assistance to the provincial governments to conduct free, fair and transparent elections in the country. He also discussed increasing the coordination among different departments at federal and provincial level for conducting the elections smoothly. Punjab Chief Minister Najam Sethi briefed the prime minister on the arrangements made by the provincial government, particularly those made for the election day. Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso also rang up Sindh Chief Minister Zahid Qurban Alvi. The chief minister apprised the prime minister about the measures being taken by the provincial government for maintaining a cordial and peaceful environment in the province. The prime minister observed that the law and order situation had shown a sign of improvement after effective measures were taken by the federal government in coordination with provincial authorities. He expressed confidence that the situation would further improve in the coming days. The prime minister assured the Sindh Chief Minister that the federal government would provide all possible assistance to the provincial government in this regard.


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nawaz to lead city-wide rally in lahore LAHORE NADEEM SYED

While the battle for Lahore gets underway on May 11 when the top leadership of PML-N and PTI lock their horns, PMLN, in a last ditch effort to boost their electoral fortunes, has decided to give Lahorites a chance to see former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in action on Thursday. Nawaz, who had cancelled his political engagements in the city on Wednesday to express solidarity with PTI workers and supporters, will visit the city for the first time on Thursday. He will visit NA-127 and NA-122 during the course of his visit and will conclude his campaign at Data Darbar. Nawaz will address public meetings at Sunday Bazar, Green Town, Dongi Ground Samnabad and GT road adjoining Data Darbbar. Interesting, he is not going to his own constituency, NA-120, showing the amount of confidence he has in himself. But party sources expect him to pay surprise visits to some other parts In his absence from Lahore, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and his wife Kulsom Nawaz were managing affairs. Maryam paid numerous visits to various parts of the constituency. On the other hand, Shahbaz Sharif also took a round of the city and held corner meetings at various points. It was quite enigmatic for the PML -N’s strategists after Imran Khan’s robust start.

Five dead, several injured in continued poll violence BANNU/HYDERABAD/PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT/AgENcIES

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LECTION candidates and offices continued being attacked across the country on Wednesday, leaving at least five people dead and several others injured. In Bannu, three people were killed and more than 20 injured when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into Domel Police Station. Local police said several houses were also damaged in the blast. They said two women and a policeman succumbed to injuries at a hospital, while 23 others were left injured. Several people were trapped under the debris after the explosion. rescue and relief teams rushed to the blast site and shifted the injured to DHQ Hospital and Khalifa Gulnawaz Medical Complex. In Karachi’s Mehmoodabad No 6, at least 18 people, including women and children, were injured in a car bombing. Police sources said that the condition of several of the injured was critical and casualties were expected. Meanwhile in Hyderabad, at least two activists of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) were killed and six others injured in an overnight attack on the party’s election office. According to details, six unidentified motorcyclists sprayed bullets at an election office of MQM established in Liberty Chowk of Hyderabad and fled. Azam Qureshi and Aslam alias Alam Dada were killed on the spot while six others, including two party workers Shoaib and Fayyaz were injured. In Balochistan, unidentified assailants targeted the election convoy of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Amir Aziz Kurd for NA-267 in Jhal Magsi. Kurd was travelling when the gunmen

TWO POLICEMEN, WOMAN KILLED IN PESHAWAR CLASH PESHAWAR: Two policemen and a woman were killed during exchange of fire between militants and law enforcers in Rasheed Garhi area of Peshawar on Wednesday. According to police, the operation was in progress amid strong resistance by militants who had taken refuge in a house, making the inmates their hostages. They said further details could not be revealed at the moment. Acting on a tip off, police conducted a search operation in Rasheed Garhi. During the search, outlaws and law enforcers came across each other starting a skirmish. Police said an explosion also took place at the house where the militants were hiding, injuring some of the inmates. APP

opened fire on his convoy near Gandawah, leaving four party workers severely injured. The wounded workers were shifted to a nearby hospital. Another independent candidate came under attack in Landikotal. Officials said the incident took place in Jamrud town of the agency where miscreants targeted the vehicle of independent candidate Shah Ji Gul with a roadside bomb. Gul is contesting elections from NA-45. The candidate and his companions remained unhurt in the blast. In Lahore, PML-N candidate rana Mashood Ahmad, contesting for the Punjab Assembly constituency PP-149, escaped an attack when unidentified men opened fire on his convoy late on Wednesday night. Police sources said that one suspect had been taken into custody. Also on Wednesday, law-enforcement agencies thwarted a bid to blow up election offices of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and PML-N in Peshawar.

Per reports, explosives had been planted near the offices of PTI and PML-N, but the Bomb Disposal Squad was informed, which defused the explosives in time. Another independent candidate survived an attack by unidentified armed motorcyclists in Gujranwala. Two armed motorcyclists opened fire on independent candidate for provincial assembly constituency PP-95 Fareed Awan near Aroop School Morr area of Gujranwala, while he was returning home. Awan and all passengers remained unhurt. In Balochistan, unidentified miscreants attacked a girls’ school by hurling a hand grenade in Noshki district, but fortunately no loss of life occurred. Police said culprits riding a motorbike hurled a hand grenade on a girls’ school and a proposed polling station near the main market area. The school building was partially damaged but no casualty was reported.

police gun down three wAnted tArget killers from kArAchi LAHORE RANA HAIDER

The Karachi Police in collaboration with the Lahore Police raided a house in Lahore’s Satukatla area on Wednesday to arrest three wanted killers from Karachi. According to reports, the police reached the house on a tip-off regarding the presence of the three wanted criminals there. When the criminals saw the police, they opened fire at them, in which three police constables, Irshad, Asadullah, and Azam were injured. Later, they fled. The injured constables were taken to Jinnah Hospital, where Irshad and Asad succumbed to their injuries. Meanwhile, the police chased and managed to catch them in Kahna. The criminals again opened fire at the policemen, who retaliated, killing the three target killers. SSP rana Abdul Jabar told Pakistan Today that two criminals were identified as Allamgir and Asif Baloch Niazi. However, he added that the third one could not be identified. He said the criminals were suspected in more then 50 cases of targeted killings in Karachi and were also involved in cases of kidnapping, robberies and murders. Jabar said the criminal’s bodies were taken to the morgue for the postmortem. Moreover, he added that the criminals were also wanted by the Lahore police in many cases.


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Attempt to kidnap retired intel officer foiled ISLAMABAD: The Motorway Police on Wednesday foiled a kidnapping attempt of Brigadier (r) Tariq Aizaz, a retired intelligence officer. The Motorway Police said the retired officer was on his way to Lahore from Islamabad when unidentified men attempted to abduct him. Upon receiving a tip-off, the Motorway Police reached the spot on time. The kidnapers fled leaving behind their vehicle after exchange of fire with the police. ONLINE

ecp treating ppp ‘unfairly’: Ashraf ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Rajaz Pervez Ashraf complained on Wednesday that the Election Commission of Pakistan was treating Pakistan Peoples Party unfairly. "One person is taking all the decisions in ECP and the PPP Parliamentarian has been the target of political victimisation," he said. "The PPP does not want any innocent worker to die," he said while responding his party’s avoidance from big election gatherings. PPP is not conducting big rallies and processions to get in rhythm for the upcoming elections due to fear of blasts and terrorists attacks. He was of the view that the PPP would compete on basis of its performance. PPP leader Raja Pervez Ashraf said that his government had provided financial assistance to 7 million people through Benazir Income Support Programme. Raja Pervez Ashraf said on Wednesday that the PPP will win the elections on the basis of its performance. NNI

pakistani peacekeeper killed in dr congo UNITED NATIONS: Attackers killed a Pakistani peacekeeper in an ambush in strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations announced. UN leader Ban Ki-moon was “appalled” by the latest attack on UN peacekeepers and an investigation has been started, said spokesman Martin Nesirky. The attack was staged in South Kivu province on a UN mission military convoy “by unidentified assailants”, Nesirky said. Various armed groups operate in South Kivu but it is not a stronghold of the M23 group, which launched an offensive against DR Congo government forces and UN peacekeepers in North Kivu province late last year. ONLINE

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UPrEME Court Justice Jawwad S Khawaja on Wednesday said the court had no intent to put Pervez Musharraf on trial, but no one could be allowed to abrogate the constitution. He passed the remarks while presiding over a three-member bench hearing the Musharraf treason case. Counsels for Musharraf declined to give further arguments until the constitution of full court. The counsels, including Ibrahim Satti and Ahmad raza Kasuri, said their client had called them and discussed the case in detail. “Our client has stopped us from giving more arguments and directed us that a new bench will hear further arguments and arguments be now given before a new bench.” Satti presented the summary of his arguments in the court, saying he him-

self was surprised why Musharraf had stopped them from giving arguments. “I am, however, bound to abide by the directives of my client,” he added. Justice Jawwad said, “Someone is talking of trial of 300 to 400 persons and one lawyer is saying Musharraf be not tried otherwise the system of the country would stand disrupted. It is beyond our comprehension who is the leading counsel of Musharraf despite the fact we were told that arguments would be completed by May 11. Now this new development has come before us.” Satti said he had not talked of trial of hundreds of people and he had been defending his client only. He further said it was not the domain of the court to decide the matter of abrogation of constitution. “It is up to the administration to decide if it was a case of abrogation of the constitution or otherwise. No one among petitioners can file petition as it does not, in any way, come in the

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National Database and registration Authority (NADrA) Chairman Tariq Malik on Wednesday said overseas Pakistanis have been granted the right to vote, following which 4.5 million registered overseas Pakistani voters would cast their votes in the upcoming election. All those overseas Pakistanis, Malik said, who hold a NICOP identity card and machine readable passports

would be casting their votes in elections. He further disclosed that 7.2 million voters across the country would fail to use their right to cast their ballot, as they had unregistered identity cards. During an unofficial briefing to foreign journalists at NADrA Headquarters, he said 2.4 million citizens from Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and 570,368 residents from Gilgit-Baltistan would also not be able to cast their votes because of a separate electoral system and structure.

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The condition of injured Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah ranjay is "extremely critical" and far worse than that on Tuesday night, Indian media reported on Wednesday. "His overall status is extremely critical, far worse than yesterday night," a medical bulletin issued by the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and research (PGIMEr) said. "Neurologically, he continues to be in deep coma," the bulletin issued by Pro-

He said young voters who acquired fresh Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) after January 15, 2013 in addition to almost 2.1 million deceased people have also been removed from the voter lists. He said 32 million voters have checked their registered votes and constituencies through SMS service initiated by NADrA which was a mega success and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was trying to get the feat registered as an international record in the Guinness book of world records.

‘N’-JI aLLIaNCe IN LahoRe oN The CaRds NADEEM SYED

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Jamaat-e-Islami leaders are holding talks to work out a last-minute seat adjustment in Lahore where the latter could play the role of a spoiler for the former. Sources disclosed on Wednesday that the agreement between the two parties could be reached today (Thursday) which is the last day of the 21-day election campaign. As part of this understanding, the PML-N is ready to withdraw its candidates from NA-126 in favour of Liaquat Baloch and Ahsanullah Waqas. In return, the PML-N is asking JI to remove Hafiz Salman Butt who is contesting against Nawaz Sharif in NA-120, Farid Piracha from NA-121 and

Ameer-ul-Azeem from PP-147 which falls under NA122 from where Imran Khan is contesting. Apart from Liaquat Baloch who is well-entrenched in his constituency, NA-126 includes the areas of Gulberg, Muslim Town, Wahdat Colony, Shah Jamal and Shadman. Both JI and PML-N have been natural allies in the past and have contested elections jointly, but this time PMLN refused to grant the seats demanded by JI. But now, the PML-N is ready to accommodate Liaquat Baloch in NA-126 by withdrawing the papers of Khawaja Hasaan. Despite the fact that JI is contesting from a number of national and provincial assembly constituencies, their chances of winning are dim. After being let down by the PML-N, JI candidates have been critical of the PML-N leadership in their corner meetings and rallies.

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one person being convicted.” Justice Jawwad remarked, “We have no intention to put Musharraf on trial. A three-member bench is not entitled to make any addition or subtraction with reference to judgment of 14-member bench. Decision rendered by 14-member bench is silent over the matter of abrogation of constitution. Article 6 is clear in itself that how proceedings will be initiated in this respect.” Justice Khilji said there was contradiction in the arguments of the counsels of Pervez Musharraf. Justice Jawwad added that not only “we but every member of the nation has resolved that no one will be allowed to abrogate the constitution. We want all avenues like this shut for ever.” The court adjourned the hearing until today (Thursday), seeking a reply from Musharraf about who his leading counsel was and whose arguments should be given importance by the court.

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso on Wednesday decided to impose a ban on the use of air conditioners in all government departments and offices from May 15 onwards. The ban shall continue till such time that there is substantial improvement in the energy situation in the country. The prime minister further directed introduction of a summer dress code for the federal government employees. NNI

ambit of their defence.” Satti said if the court pronounced a decision against Musharraf and it was written therein that abrogation of constitution was established, a trial would be conducted of what matter. “Musharraf will be convicted then and no chance of defence will remain.” “Had the petitioners made this request earlier the situation would have been different today. Decision was pronounced in 2005. No mention of martial law is made in the 17th Amendment and LFO. The petitioners have not filed appeal against the July 31 decision. No judge has written any note. But all have come here after filing of petition by Moulvi Iqbal Haider. Musharraf be not put to trial,” Satti added. Ahmad raza Kasuri said directives had been received at 2300 hrs that further arguments might be not given. “If Musharraf is to be convicted, all those who assisted and sided with him be also put to trial and convicted. Why is only

fessor S N Mathuriya, Head of Neurosurgery department and Professor Y K Batra of Anaesthesia, said. "The patient has become extremely critical. He has developed renal failure with no urine output since morning. Hence, he was put on peritoneal dialysis by Nephrologists," the Indian media said. It further said, "He had developed hypothermia (low temperature). He is in uncontrollable acidosis with arterial pH 7.06 and base deficit -19 (grossly deranged). His oxygen level is maintained at lower than the optimum level (80 percent oxygen flow). His blood pressure

has been maintained on a high dose of vasopressors (an agent that causes a rise in blood pressure)." A resident of Sialkot, 52-year-old Sanaullah ranjay is serving a life sentence after he was convicted under TADA provisions following his arrest in 1999. He was injured in a scuffle with another inmate in the high security Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu and rushed to the PGIMEr in an air ambulance on Friday. The assault came a day after the death of an Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh who was brutally attacked by fellow inmates in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail.

“In past three days, 6.5 million voters have checked their polling stations through this special service initiated by NADrA,” Malik added. He said internally displaced people (IDPs) have also been registered and will vote per their choice; either in their native areas or the place where they are temporarily staying. He further said 37 million voters have been eliminated from voter lists out of a total 81 million registered voters following the verification methodology used by NADrA.

ecp bars voters from bringing mobile phones to polling stations ISLAMABAD: It’s final now. No one will be allowed to carry his mobile phone along with his to polling stations. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday said the decision had been taken to block any possibility of poll rigging, violence at polling stations, manipulating poll results or selling votes. A spokesman of the ECP said voters in past had been alleged of taking bribes for casting votes in favour of a specific candidates and mobile phones had been used top take pictures of ballot papers as an evidence. The spokesman said to ensure smooth and transparent conduct of polls at the polling stations, the commission had decided to bar mobile phones inside the booths. He said it had been further decided that if a voter refused to hand over his mobile to the presiding officer, he might not be given the ballot paper. STAFF REPORT

warid donates Rs 1m to GCU Lahore endowment Fund Trust LAHORE PRESS RELEASE

Warid Telecom joined hands with the Government College University Lahore Endowment Fund Trust (GCU EFT) to support education and donated the trust rs 1,000,000. Warid Telecom Director Sales and Distribution Amer Aman Khan handed over the cheque to GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleequr-rahman at a graceful ceremony at the GCU Syndicate Committee room. GCU EFT Executive Committee Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt, Director Facilities Yousaf Bashir and Warid officials also attended the ceremony. Speaking on the occasion Director Sales and Distribution Amer Aman Khan said,” Warid

strongly supports education and higher education in Pakistan and our gift to the GCU is one part of this important program. Education is the foundation of a healthy society and Warid telecom believes that innovation in the telecom sector can make it easier and simpler to bring this essential service to Pakistanis of all ages and walks of life.” Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-rahman said, “The recent economic crunch has greatly affected the institutions of higher learning in Pakistan and there is a dire needed that noted companies like Warid should come forward and support quality education in Pakistan”. He further added, “GCU is the only public sector university in Pakistan which has an active endowment fund giving scholarships to deserving students”.


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shc issues notices to home depArtment KARACHI ONLINE

The Sindh High Court has issued notices to the provincial home department and others in a petition challenging the ban on pillion riding. A social welfare organisation had challenged the ban on pillion riding, saying it was a violation of basic human rights and was adversely affecting some two million bike riders. A 2-judge bench comprising SHC Chief Justice Justice Musheer Alam and Justice Nadeem Akhtar issued notices to the concerned authorities including the home department.

lAst dAy of electioneering! KARACHI ONLINE

Today (Thursday) is the last day for the election campaign of political parties across the province but following the incident of Imran Khan’s fall from a makeshift lift, the PTI will not be able to hold any big rally. Muslim League-Nawaz (ML-N) president Nawaz Sharif has also announced the suspension of his party’s election campaign in a good gesture to the rival PTI. However, the election-related activities of other parties would continue as usual. Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Quaid Altaf Hussain will telephonically address an election meeting in District Naseerabad of Balochistan. Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUIF)’s Chief Maulana Fazlur rahman will be addressing election rally at Tank in Khyber Pukhtunkhaw. Besides, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Qaim Ali Shah and Khurshid Shah would conduct election campaigns in Jacobabad.

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that there was dire need for introduction of strict law to contain the spread of this deadly disease, adding that a strong awareness campaign was the need of the hour. Separately, KMC Administrator Hashim Zaidi said that saving the lives of children suffering from thalassemia was a good deed in which rich, common people and especially blood banks could play a vital role, however; the storage of healthy blood for the treatment of thalassemia patients in hospitals and blood banks should ensured that pure blood was donated by the people to be later provided to needy patients. He further said that KMC was taking all possible measures in this connection for the treatment of thalassemia and hemophilia patients. He said this while addressing a meeting held on the occasion of World Thalassemia Day. The KMC administrator said that thalassemia was an inherent disease which was transferred to newborn child from the mother. Children suffering from thalassemia have to bear change of blood two to three times every month whereas children suffering from hemophilia required factor plasma, otherwise it would be impossible to save their lives. Furthermore, he said that blood diseases were increasing rapidly in Pakistan and seven percent people carrying germs of thalassemia and hemophilia were found here. If they were provided with right and timely treatment, they could lead a normal life which was their right.

The administrator also said it was matter of concern that the parents of such children usually have to face difficulty due to lack of blood whereas treatment was also very costly. Therefore it was necessary to ensure the availability of blood free of cost for children suffering from thalassemia and awareness for donating blood should be created so that the availability of blood in hospitals and blood banks would be ensured. He also said that cousin marriage was a main cause of thalassemia and hemophilia and it was very difficult to save the children suffering from thalassemia, blood cancer and other such diseases. Hemoglobin Electrophoresis Test was very necessary before marriage for being safe from this disease so that upcoming generations could also be

Bullets claim five lives KARACHI STAFF REPORT

At least five persons were killed in firing incidents on Wednesday that occurred in various areas of the city. According to police sources, a tortured dead body of a 20-yearold young man was found from Mauripur road near Crown Cinema. He was identified as Kashif Soomro. A tortured dead body of an unidentified 35-year-old woman was found from Machhko. Another tortured body of a young man was recovered from Yasinabad river. A man was shot dead in a firing incident that occurred in SITE Metrovel area. Yet another dead body, packed in a gunny sack, was found near Ghani Chowrangi. On the other hand, an accused, Nasir, was killed in police encounter in Pirabd area. Police also arrested his accomplices and recovered weapons from their possession.

MQM WORKER SHOT DEAD, 3 INJURED

HYDERABAD: A worker belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was gunned down by unknown persons while three workers sustained injuries on Wednesday. Unknown persons opened indiscriminate fire at the MQM workers when they were waiting for a bus at the Liberty Bus Station. The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition, however, one of them, succumbed to injuries in hospital. A large number of workers rushed to the hospital. All business activities were suspended after the incident. STAFF REPORT

PTI and MQM have tacit understanding: report KARACHI ONLINE

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) have reached a tacit understanding that is why the former party is not performing any political activity in Karachi and Hyderabad. Some observers said absence of any political activities showed that the PTI could not get any seat from Karachi but emotional campaign of Khan can affect MQM’s votes in the area. Sources said the PTI had fielded national and provincial assembly candidates from those areas in the port city where the MQM was expecting tough competition. Moreover, the sources added that the PTI

was not in a position to get any seat from Karachi, and the MQM would get benefit from the absence of PTI’s political activities. Sources in the PTI revealed that the party had allotted party ticket to Subhan Ali Sahil from NA-239 and 240 constituencies, and Naz Baloch from NA-240. Arif Alvi will contest elections on PTI ticket from NA-250 and rana Azhar from NA-251 while Ali Zaidi was the PTI candidate from NA252, the sources added. Ashraf Qureshi will contest elections from NA-253 and Zubair Khan from NA-256. The PTI has awarded ticket for NA-257 to Dr Farooq Bangash and Qurban Baror was contesting general elections from NA258 on PTI ticket, they further said.

guarded from this fatal disease. Moreover, the KMC was reviewing to start this test in its hospitals and medical clinics so that citizens could be provided with this facility, he informed. He said KMC was also taking measures to ensure the availability of blood for patients whereas Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Sobhraj Maternity Home and Sarfaraz rafiqui Shaheed Hospital were already operative. He further said that KMC was spending a huge amount on public health every month and was also busy in curbing infectious diseases all year round, along with providing blood to thousands of people. He concluded by saying that KMC also provided for medical treatment for children suffering from thalassemia, hemophilia and blood cancer.

terror bid foiled; 30 kg explosives recovered hYderabad: Police have foiled an attempt of terrorism by recovering heavy explosives from a house and arresting three suspected terrorists. Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, SSP Hyderabad Saqib Ismail said the police, on a tip off, raided a house in Zeal Pak colony on the outskirts of city and recovered explosive material weighing 30 kilograms which was concealed in a concrete block. Three suspects belonging to banned outfit Tehreek-eTalibanPakistan (TTP) were arrested in the raid whereas mobile phones and detonators were recovered from the house, the SSP said. He the police officer claimed the explosives were to be used on elections day for a widespread destruction. The SSP said the arrested suspects were allegedly involved in the killing of four MQM workers including the election candidate, Fakhrul Islam. He said the accused confessed that they used motorcycles in terrorism activities in different parts of the city. INP

1,278 polling stAtions declAred sensitive KarachI: A survey about the polling stations across the city has been completed after which more than one thousand polling stations have been marked as ‘most sensitive’ while another 2,225 polling stations have been declared as ‘sensitive’. The chief secretary chaired a meeting wherein it was decided that 930 cameras would be installed at 134 places in the city. Besides, six personnel from the special branch would be posted at every sensitive polling station who will work in close coordination with security agencies. ONLINE


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A - 2 5 0 , which observed tough competition amongst the political parties in every election, is likely to prove as a battleground in the upcoming elections. All parties have fielded their candidates in this constituency and it is difficult to predict about the result. Interestingly, this would be only constituency in the violencehit metropolis where all political parties are carrying their election campaign without any fear. The constituency covers City railways Colony, Gari Khata, Saddar, Civil Lines, Hijrat Colony, Clifton, Shah rasool Colony, Kehkashan, Doli Khata, Bizerta Lines, Cantt railway Colony, Dehli Colony, Defence Phase V, VI, VII and VIII, and Qayyumabad. Every party claimed that they are enjoying support of area residents and if free, fair and transparent polls would be held then they would be in position of

EVERY PARTY CLAIMS THEY ARE ENJOYING SUPPORT OF AREA RESIDENTS winning this seat. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) have fielded their heavyweights in this constituency. However, the MQM and JI candidates are in a strong position to win this seat. The MQM’s former MNA from this constituency Khush Bakht Shujaat and JI former City Nazim Karachi Naimatullah Khan are contesting from this cosntituency. In 2008 elections, MQM candidate Khush Bakht Shujaat secured 52,045 votes and PPP candidate Mirza Iftikhar Baig stood second by bagging 44,412 votes while PML-N’s Saleem Zia clinched 3,480 votes. In 2002, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) candidate Abdul Sattar Afghani won this seat with 21,462 votes and MQM’s Nasreen Jalil stood second with 19,414 votes. PPP’s Mirza Ikhtiar Baig got 12,105 votes, PML-N Mamnoon Hussain 5,565 votes, PML-Q MA Wajid Jawad 4,718 votes, Sunni Tehreek’s (ST) Syed Javed Umer 1,226 votes and PTI candidate

Kamal Shah got 3,176 votes. The MQM once again awarded ticket to Khush Bakht Shujaat, who won the seat in 2008 elections. Being the city’s biggest party, MQM candidate Khush Bakht Shujaat is enjoying support of the public. The MQM candidate held a great vote bank of women in this area. Khush Bakht Shujaat is holding rallies and corner meetings regularly to save her seat in coming elections. JI has fielded former city nazim Niamatullah Khan at NA-250. The former city mayor is election campaign in this constituency is in full swing. He is running an organised election campaign in this locality. Ex-city mayor is attracting voters on basis of development work in the city during his rule. Naimatullah Khan also attracting antiMQM voters in this constituency. Besides, JI candidate also enjoy support of 10-party alliance in Sindh led by PML-F leader Pir Pagara. PMl-N has withdrawn its candidate Saleem in favour of Naimatullah Khan. The PTI has given ticket of NA-250 to Dr Arif Alvi, who was ex-secretary general of PTI and a well-known dentist of Karachi. Engineer Najeeb Haroon was also in the race of PTI ticket for same constituency but party parliamentary board gave its decision in favour of Dr Alvi. Dr Alvi with provincial assembly candidate Samar Ali Khan has already started a decent campaign in this constituency. Dr Alvi is confident that youth

in particular will play a key role in election and he claims that majority of youth are in support of PTI’s change philosophy. PPP has given ticket to Mirza Ikhtiar Baig, who is a central leader of PPP and was runner up of 2008 elections from this constituency. Dr. Ikhtiar Baig would also

be a good candidate and will be among major players in 2013 election from here. Sister of Dr Afia Siddiqui, Dr Fouzia Siddiqui is also in the race of NA 250 Karachi. Her sole agenda is release of Dr Afia Siddiqui. She is representing Afia movement. Though she is not politically popular, she may get sympathy votes.

cs, igp visit vArious AreAs of metropolis KARACHI: Sindh Chief Secretary (CS), Ajaz Choudhry and the Sindh IGP Shahid Nadeem Baloch, on Wednesday visited various areas of the metropolis. A police statement said that they were accompanied by Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, KMC Administrators Hashim Raza Zaidi and Karachi Additional IG Iqbal Mahmood. They reviewed the steps being taken for the implementation of the security plan for May 11 elections. It was pointed out that for the 57,344 polling stations in the province, more than 84,000 police officers and personnel would perform security duty, including over 11,000 officers and jawans of the Reserve Police. As many as 1,100 personnel would be deployed for the dispatch of polling related items from the Security Printing Press Karachi to various districts of Sindh. The number of polling buildings in the metropolis was 2,380 and of these 909 have been termed most sensitive. Meanwhile, 1,009 have been identified as sensitive whereas 462 were declared safe. APP

president, bAlochistAn cm discuss lAw And order KarachI: Balochistan Interim Chief Minister Nawab Ghaus Bakhsh Barozai called on President Zardari on Wednesday and reviewed the overall situation in Balochistan. According to media reports, both the leaders discussed law and order situation in the province before holding of polls. The said every attempt would be made to hold fair and free elections in the province. ONLINE

HYDERABAD: Army personnel stand guard as workers unload boxes of ballot papers at Sessions Court ahead of general elections ONLINE

hazarawals key to scoring high in Karachi KARACHI AAMIR MAJEED

The Hazarawal in Karachi are in a fix as they have received invitation card from every party to ride their boat in the upcoming election to strengthen their vote bank in multi-ethnic areas of the metropolis, but they are confused to identify the party which would help them to reach at their destination of a separate province. Hazarawal has divided the vote bank in multi-ethnic areas by entering in election race with their own separate party which is Tehreek Soba Hazara Pakistan (TSHP). Earlier, the vote of Hazarawal went to Awami national Party (ANP) and Punjabi Pakhtoon Ittehad (PPI) as they had presence in Pakhtoon and Punjabispeaking dominated areas. TSHP fielded its candidates for four National Assembly and nine provincial assembly seats in Karachi. The national assembly seats from where Hazarawal would contest elections are NA-239, NA-

241, NA-250 and NA-258. The provincial assembly of Sindh seats from where TSHP candidates would contest elections are PS-89, PS-90, PS- 92, PS-93, PS-103, PS-113, PS-114, PS-129 and PS-130. All parties, including the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F), Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) have invited the Hazarawal to vote, but they still seem confused. TSHP, a new political party, would contest the general elections for first time in the country’s history, and has called an emergency meeting and started looking for options. There were reports from PS-93 that TSHP candidate Ali Akhtar Tanoli withdrew in favor of MQM candidate but party leadership claimed that it has no idea about this development. “MQM, JI, PML-N and PTI leaders

held meetings with TSHP provincial leadership and invited us to withdraw candidates in favour of their candidates,” an insider in the party told Pakistan Today. “PTI former General Secretary Dr Arif Alvi held a meeting with TSHP and requested the party to withdraw its candidates in favour of PTI, but the party sought two-days time to think about their proposal,” he added. “The JI wished that TSHP withdraw its candidates in its favour, but the party would take decision after meeting the JI leadership on Thursday (today). Like this, the PML-N provincial assembly PS-114 candidate Irfanullah Marwat representing its

party had requested TSHP to withdraw its candidates in favour of the PML-N,” he maintained. “Earlier, the JUI-F and PMLF also sent invitations to TSHP to gather vote and support of Hazarawal in elections, but party would decide all on Thursday,” he added. Talking to Pakistan Today, TSHP Sindh President Sardar M Iqbal said the party would contest for some seats in Karachi, a stronghold of MQM, for the first time. “We will contest for nine provincial Sindh and four national seats from Karachi,” he said, adding that the party had divided Karachi in three zones and TSHP would contest and nominate can-

PTI former general secretary Dr Arif Alvi held a meeting with TSHP and requested the party to withdraw its candidates in favour of PTI, but the party sought two-days time to think about their proposal

didates for coming elections from all zones. “These zones are east, west and south,” he said, adding that “Baldia Town areas Abidabad, rasheedabad, Mterovill, Mominabad, Zia Colony, Faqir Colony, Hazra Colony, Jaddah Colony, Ittehad Town, Gulshan-e-Ghazi, Musharraf Colony, Frontier Colony, Shershah, Keamari, Hawksby, Hijrat Colony, Sultanabad and Maripur are placed in west-zone while Future Colony, Mansehra Colony, Muzzafarabad Colony, Sherpao Colony, Awami Colony, Qadafi Town, Zaffar Colony, Muhammad Nagar, Bhains Colony, Shah Latif Town, Gulzar Colony, Qayyaumabad, Bilal Colony and Allahwala Town were placed in east-zone.” “In the above mentioned east and west zones, TSHP has almost 90 percent of Hazarawaal population,” he said, adding that Akhtar Colony, Azam Basti, Kalapul, Manzoor Colony and Mehmoodabad were placed in south-zone. In south zone, they had 50 percent Hazarawal population, Iqbal added.


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HOUSANDS of Malaysians, dressed in mourning black, have gathered to denounce elections which they claim were stolen through fraud by the coalition that has ruled for 56 years. Malaysia's opposition leader is heading the demonstration against alleged electoral fraud in Sunday's election. Anwar Ibrahim, leader of the opposition Pakatan rakyat, or People's Pact, called for support from people after he lost the race to become prime minister. The gathering is being held in a stadium outside the capital Kuala Lumpur, with protesters spilling out of the stands and onto the football field. "We have picked a stadium to allow our supporters to gather so that Anwar can explain the irregularities in the election and how he plans to move forward," said Tian Chua, vice president of the Pakatan rakyat, adding that the assembly posed no security threat. Previous election reform protests have ended in wild scenes, with police using tear gas and water cannon. Police had earlier threatened to arrest participants in Wednesday night's rally. But with tension high over the country's closest-ever election result, police backed off and a festive atmosphere prevailed as rally-goers waved opposition party flags and blared vuvuzela horns. "I think they should redo the election," said university

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student Tan Han Hui. "I'm here to support democracy. I feel the election is so unfair and there are so many dirty tricks." eLectoraL fraUd aLLeGatIoNs Anwar has called for a "fierce" campaign for electoral reform and said the opposition would soon produce evidence backing its claims that Prime Minister Najib razak's government committed fraud. Najib, who was sworn in on Monday after his Barisan Nasional, or National Front, coalition, insisted the polls were totally free and fair. A joint report released on Wednesday by two independent election watchdogs disputed that claim, saying the elections were marred by bias and irregularities that added up to "serious flaws" in the electoral system. The report by the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) and the Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) cited continued questions over the integrity of the electoral roll. The election was "only partially free and not fair," it said. Lost chaNce The vote was touted as the first in the country's history in which the opposition had a chance to unseat the ruling coalition, which has held a tight grip on power since independence in 1957. Barisan retained a firm majority in parliament despite winning less than half of the popular vote, a factor partly blamed on self- serving gerrymandering and redistricting by Barisan over the years.

Anwar, who has battled the government ever since he was ousted from its top ranks in 1998 and jailed for six years on disputed sex charges, has said the election was stolen via "unprecedented

electoral fraud". Voters across the country complained over the ease with which the indelible ink was removed from their hands, while videos, pictures and firsthand accounts of purportedly foreign

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TEL AVIV: British cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking has announced his withdrawal from an Israeli conference in Jerusalem, prompting reports that he is supporting an academic boycott on the country. Hawking was due to appear at the conference, hosted by Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, but his name was recently dropped from the list of speakers. A statement on the website of the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine said: "We understand that Professor Stephen Hawking has declined his invitation to attend the Israeli Presidential Conference, Facing Tomorrow 2013, due to take place in Jerusalem on 1820 June. "This is his independent decision to respect the boycott, based upon his knowledge of Palestine, and on the unanimous advice of his own academic contacts there." Agencies reported that the University of Cambridge, where Hawking works, confirmed the statement had been approved by the professor. Israel Maimon, chairman of the Israeli Presidential Conference, said on Wednesday that Hawking's decision was "outrageous and wrong". "The use of an academic boycott against Israel is outrageous and improper, particularly for those to whom the spirit of liberty is the basis of the human and academic mission," he said. 'HEALTH REASONS': The University of Cambridge, where Hawking works, cited health reasons for the change of plans. "For health reasons, his doctors said he should not be flying at the moment so he's decided not to attend," university spokesman Tim Holt said. "He is 71 years old. He's fine, but he has to be sensible about what he can do." The presidential conference traditionally draws hundreds of leading world figures, including Tony Blair in 2011 and George W Bush in the inaugural conference in 2008. AgENcIES

A shooting and two car bombs in Iraq have left at least two people dead and wounded 26 in the western and northern parts of the country, officials have said. Police said one attack took place on Wednesday morning when gunmen sprayed a police checkpoint with bullets in the western city of Fallujah, killing three policemen. In a separate incident in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, police say a car bomb exploded near the offices of a Kurdish party, wounding 20 people. A suicide car bomber hit a checkpoint manned by Kurdish security forces, killing one Kurdish security member and wounding six others. Al Jazeera's Omar Al Saleh, reporting from Duhok in northern Iraq, said the attacks are "another sign of deteriorating security in Iraq". Hospital officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorised to speak to the media. Wednesday's attacks follow shootings and a bombing which killed seven people in Iraq on Tuesday.

waVe of UNrest Violence has ebbed in Iraq, but attacks are still frequent. Security forces moved against anti-government protesters in northern Iraq on April 23, sparking clashes in which 53 people were killed, while dozens more died in subsequent violence, including revenge attacks on security

"voters" being confronted by angry citizens also went viral. A Malaysian government spokesperson said that Wednesday's planned protest "is calculated to create unrest."

forces. The wave of unrest, which killed more than 200 people, raised fears of a return to sectarian conflict that plagued Iraq from 2006 to 2008. With the Tuesday attacks, at least 71 people have been killed in violence so far this month, more than a third of them police, according to AFP news agency figures based on security and medical sources.

The death toll following the collapse of a building last month in Bangladesh has crossed 800, becoming the country's worstever industrial disaster. rescuers are continuing to pull dozens of bodies from the rubble of the nine-storey building which collapsed outside the capital, Dhaka. Officials overseeing the disaster operation said on Wednesday that a total of 2,437 people were rescued from the ruins of the building, which housed a total of five garment factories in Savar, a suburb of the capital. "The death toll now stands at 803," with 790 bodies recovered from the wreckage and 13 victims who died in hospital, said Lieutenant Mir rabbi, an official in the army control room set up to coordinate disaster relief efforts. More than 3,000 garment workers were on shift when the rana Plaza complex collapsed as they were turning out clothing for Western retailers such as Britain's Primark and the Spanish label Mango. Cranes and bulldozers kept clearing debris as relief workers drawn from the army and fire service wore masks to ward off the smell of decomposing bodies. Brigadier General Siddiqul Alam Sikder told the AFP news agency the stench of bodies trapped in the lower floors and under beams indicated the death toll would rise.

US and Russia bid to revive Syria peace talks MOSCOW AgENcIES

The United States and russia have agreed to push both sides in Syria to find an end to the bloodshed, offering to hold an international conference in search of peace. UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi on Wednesday "warmly welcomed" the agreement, a statement from his office said. "This is the first hopeful news concerning that unhappy country in a very long time," it said. "The statements made in Moscow constitute a very significant first step forward. It is nevertheless only a first step." "There is every reason to expect" backing for the accord from the remaining UN Security Council permanent members, the statement said. "It is equally important that the entire region mobilises in the support of the process," it added. In talks which stretched late into the night, US Secretary of State John Kerry met first for more than two hours with President

Vladimir Putin on Tuesday and then for a further three with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. "We agreed that russia and the United States will encourage both the Syria government and opposition groups to find a political solution," Lavrov told reporters at a concluding news conference that ended after midnight. Hopefully by the end of May the two ministers working together could convene an international conference to build on the Geneva accord agreed by world powers last June for a peaceful solution in Syria, they said. Al Jazeera's James Bays, reporting from the UN headquarters in New York, said that the meeting between Kerry and Lavrov was significant because for the first time both countries were on the same page with regards to the political solution for Syria. But he said they have not yet resolved the fate of President Bashar al-Assad. GeNeVa aGreeMeNt One such solution is the Geneva communique. The

agreement, which was reached by world powers on June 30, set out a path towards a transitional government. The accord was never implemented because the temporary ceasefire for which it also called was never put in place. "We believe that the Geneva communique is the important track to end the bloodshed in Syria," Kerry said, describing the agreement as a roadmap to a "new Syria".


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NAYA PAKISTAN: BUILDING A PAKISTANI NATION IMRAN KHAN

Ay ta’ir-e-lahooti uss rizq say maut acchi, Jis rizq say aati ho parwaaz main kotaahi O heavenly bird, death is better than those means of livelihood, Which make you sluggish in your soaring flight. –Allama Iqbal

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VEr sixty five years after Pakistan came into being, we are a state with a fading sense of the nationhood that inspired the Muslims of the subcontinent to rally behind Jinnah in the struggle for Pakistan. Jinnah’s Pakistan, an exciting vision of a vibrant, modern, Islamic welfare state, got sluggish and lost its moorings because of the “make a quick buck” approach and puny outlook of the ruling elite that sold its soul to corruption and servitude to foreign diktat soon after the death of Jinnah and the murder of Liaquat Ali Khan. Our visionless and corrupt ruling elite plus military rule for most of our history denied our people a real chance to strengthen their sense of nationhood. Instead, state building with highly centralised structures and intolerance for the natural diversity of the people of this land further detracted from nation building. However the singular factor that led to the complete dissipation of any sense of nationhood was the denial of Insaf – justice – for the people. Our ruling elites built a system whereby they exploited the wealth of the nation for themselves while the people were burdened under this yoke of exploitation and increasing deprivation, with no access to justice. So a country as rich as ours, in terms not only of its people’s talent but also natural resources from abundant coal reserves to copper, gold and many other minerals to agricultural potential, was reduced to a country begging for aid when it could have built a prosperous nation where all had equitable share in the nation’s wealth. Even worse, the rulers adopted the British colonial policy of divide and rule whereby they accentuated the ethnic, linguistic, religious divides to keep the people of Pakistan subjugated to social and economic tyranny. The results led to the breakup of the country in 1971, with the Bengalis who were part of the vanguard for the creation of Pakistan broke away to create Bangladesh. This was not the failure of the Two Nation Theory (which would have led the Bengalis to merge with Indian Bengal) but of the policies of the state of Pakistan and its selfish and corrupt rulers – both civil and military. The breakup of Pakistan was a result of the denial of Insaf – justice – to the

people of what was East Pakistan. Having learnt no lessons from the 1971 crisis and the breakup of the country, the entrenched elite continued to ignore the plight of the people of Pakistan whose continuing sense of being denied socio-economic justice has resulted in polarisation of our polity and of struggles against the state especially in Balochistan. We now stand at a critical crossroad in our history with rampant violence, terror and fissiparous tendencies spreading across Pakistan. While these are certainly the worst of times for this country, decimated as it is by violence, corruption and polarization, it can also be seen as the most opportune of times to move towards a rebirth of Pakistan in the vision of its Quaid To re-establish Iqbal and Jinnah’s vision of Pakistan we have to break our chains of servitude and rid ourselves of the disease of corruption. We have to create a sense of nationhood amongst our diverse people, who can take ownership of their state of Pakistan and defeat the self-interested elite that have led us to this dismal state of affairs. It is not about building motorways or bus services but of giving our people a vision of nationhood again. That can only happen if we can give Insaf to our people, equal opportunity and access to the country’s resources so that they can build a better future for themselves where all are united with a sense of nationhood so they see the betterment of the national collectivity as betterment of each of them. We need a Naya Pakistan – one that is independent, sovereign and a modern Islamic welfare state. This is in the tradition of Iqbal’s concept of a spiritual democracy and a humane state; and Jinnah’s commitment to an Islamic welfare state. Our vision is of a welfare state where the state takes responsibility for providing all its citizens with equal access to health, education, justice, employment and security, regardless of caste, creed or religion. By definition it will be Islamic in terms of public morality and because we will ensure that no law is repugnant to Islam. This vision reflects Jinnah’s commitment to an Islamic welfare state. “We should have a state in which we could live and breathe as free men and which we could develop according to our own lights and culture and where principles of Islamic social justice could find free play.”—- Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Karachi, 11October 1947 The greatest example of equal treatment for all is from Islam’s Prophet (PBUH) himself when he set up the first welfare state in the history of mankind in Madina, as reflected in the Madina Charter which is seen as the first constitution incor-

porating religion and politics. While Madina was a city state, the principles of social justice and welfare remain as relevant for us as they were then. The Charter introduced the rule of law, devolution of powers and the principle of respecting local customary laws of all tribes and religions living in the society. It guaranteed human rights, social rights, rights of women and minorities and religious freedom. The Prophet PBUH, created a pluralistic community premised upon unity, respect and tolerance. The Prophet PBUH countered jahiliyya or ignorance (which causes hate and violence) through the creation of an Ummah based on respect, tolerance and pluralism. The first Clause, “they are a single community (ummah),” reflected the sense of oneness of the community and Clause 25 reflected the acceptance of “the other”: ‘The Jews ... are a community (ummah) along with the believers. To the Jews their religion (din) and to the Muslims their religion.” This reflects the verse from the Holy Quran “There shall be no coercion in matters of faith.” (2:256). The Prophet PBUH united all inhabitants of the city under one banner of ethical living and moral principles. Education was emphasized by the Prophet PBUH who made it obligatory upon every Muslim, whether male or female, to acquire education and knowledge. In Madina the Prophet PBUH ordered that a part of his mosque, which became known as alSuffah, be reserved for educational purposes. To provide free education to all of its citizens, male and female, became an important duty of the Islamic welfare state. The Prophet PBUH advised “acquire knowledge, because he who acquires it, in the way of the Lord, performs an act of piety; who speaks of it praises the Lord; who seeks it, adores God, who dispenses instruction in it, bestows alms; and who imparts it to its fitting objects, performs an act of devotion to God.” These were the principles laid down by our Prophet

PBUH for the state of Madina, first welfare state in history. These are the principles we believe in and would lay down for a Naya Pakistan –an Islamic welfare state based on rule of law, pluralism and social welfare. These are the principles our founder Quaidi-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah envisaged for the nation of Pakistan. It is on accepting our diversity and treating all our citizens as equal before the law – that is providing Insaf – that we will build a sense of nationhood. We want to give our people hope and faith in their future in their state of Pakistan, by giving all of them, regardless of their caste or creed, equality before the law, equal opportunity, equal access to education and protection under the law as laid out in our Constitution. We want to build a sense of ownership of Pakistan amongst all its people by building the nation of Pakistan. Ours is a vision for the future of the people; for this nation of Pakistan. I have tried for seventeen years to make this vision of Pakistani nationhood a reality by building a Naya Pakistan. It is now up to the people of Pakistan to make Naya Pakistan a reality – a Pakistan which embodies a strong sense of nationhood built on the guiding principle of Insaf – Justice. I have fulfilled my promise to my nation and the outpouring of support and prayers from across Pakistan has been so overpowering as to totally humble me into submission before Allah. I want to thank everyone for this support. Now it is up to each Pakistani to fulfill their responsibility to themselves and the future generations of our Pakistani nation.

The 4m votes no one wants NEWS DESK S the election campaign enters its dying days no town has escaped the attention of politicians as they crisscross the country, plastering every spare billboard, lamp post and shopfront with posters bearing their heavily airbrushed faces. Except rabwah, a sleepy riverside settlement in the critical battleground province of Punjab. It is home to 40,000 potential voters that could safely be relied upon to vote whichever way the town's elders recommend – a particularly large and reliable example of what politicians call "vote banks", says a report in the Guardian. And yet in a constituency where the result could go either way not a single party banner flutters anywhere in the town. No one has tried to hold a rally on the wide, tree-lined avenues or make the promises heard everywhere else in Punjab of more development, less corruption and an end to electricity shortages. All of the candidates have given the town a wide berth because the vast majority of its 60,000 inhabitants are Ahmadis, a religious minority vilified by extremists who regard them as heretics and shunned even by mainstream politicians like Imran Khan. Last week, Khan, the leader of the Pak-

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istan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI), vigorously denied he had ever asked members of the roughly four million-strong Ahmadiyya community to vote for him. In an impassioned video statement, Khan promised to protect anti-Ahmadi laws and articles of constitution that human rights groups have long criticised as deeply discriminatory. The laws ban Ahmadis from "posing as a Muslim", meaning almost any public act of devotion is a criminal offence, potentially punishable by death under the country's notorious blasphemy laws. In a party statement, Khan said the "PTI totally subscribes to the articles of the constitution concerning Qadianis", using a term most Ahmadis find deeply offensive. For some liberal-minded young Pakistanis who have been energised by Khan's promise to sweep away an established political order widely regarded as corrupt and ineffective, his support for discriminatory law has soured the campaign. The former cricketer has been criticised in the past for appeasing extremists, earning the nickname "Taliban Khan" for his policies, including a promise to abandon the army's campaign against militants in the troubled territory bordering Afghanistan. Ahmadis have long-occupied a position of particular hatred among Pakistan's religious extremists because of their claim that

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the man who founded the movement in British India in 1889, was a messiah and prophet. The theological dispute has led to intense persecution of Pakistan's Ahmadis. More than 400 have been formally charged under blasphemy laws since 2000. Their crimes range from distributing religious literature, referring to their places of worship mosques and practising the Muslim call to prayer. The laws have also helped foster a climate of violence with authorities often unwilling to stop fundamentalists publicly calling for the murder of Ahmadis. In 2010, a bomb flattened an Ahmadi worship place in Lahore, killing almost 100 people. "I have read the Quran very closely and I know that those who do not recognise Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as last prophet is not a Muslim," Khan said in his video statement last week. In rabwah, the headquarters of the community in Pakistan, Ahmadis reacted with shock, but little surprise. "What he said was so unbecoming of a modern progressive man," said Shameem Khalid, a retired naval officer. "He should have said that Ahmadis are equal citizens and they should be able to exercise their rights as equal citizens." Khan, who appears to be surging ahead

as the county moves towards polling on Saturday, is unlikely to lose many votes by distancing himself from the Ahmadis. The community is boycotting an election where any votes they cast for their local candidate are also added to a secondary ballot for members of the National Assembly that represent non-Muslim religious minorities. They say participating would amount to an admission that they are not Muslims. A related problem prevents them from taking part in local council elections in rabwah, a town the community founded in 1948 after land was bought specifically to provide homes for Ahmadis who moved from India after the creation of Pakistan. If they did participate in their town's local election, they would only be eligible for the handful of seats reserved for minorities, despite making up more than 90% of the population. Khan's supporters say he had no choice but to neutralise damaging attacks from rival politician Fazlur rehman, who has publicised a video showing a PTI activist who during a meeting in March asked Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the community's Londonbased spiritual leader, whether he would support the party in the elections. rehman's wing of the Jamiat Ulema-eIslam party, which is in stiff competition with the PTI in the tribal belt, said the video

proved Khan was an Ahmadi stooge. In recent days, rehman has even claimed senior clerics have issued a fatwa declaring a vote for Khan as un-Islamic. Khan has disowned the party worker in the widely distributed video, which bizarrely the party claims is a "fake and based on total lies". Ahmad, the spiritual leader, claims Khan did once ask for the community's assistance in the 1990s, soon after the PTI was established. But he said their past experience of backing politicians had made the community deeply reluctant to support untested candidates. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of the Pakistan Peoples party (PPP), benefited from enthusiastic Ahmadi support. But during his prime ministership in 1974 he passed the first ordinance denying Ahmadis their Muslim identity. "We will definitely vote for the PTI next time when the party does justice with us after coming into power," Ahmad said. But few in rabwah believe Khan will help their community, even if he does pull off the still unlikely feat of coming to power this weekend. "In the western press he has reputation for being a secular, former playboy politician," said Usman Ahmad, a rabwah resident who moved from the UK nine years ago. "This shows him in a truer light."


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LAHORE: Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri has alleged that several corrupt and incapable candidates were in the race for assemblies due to non-implementation of Article 63 of the constitution. Speaking at a press conference at TMQ secretariat on Wednesday, he said his demands had not been followed in the election process. He alleged that returning officers had not asked any question about Article 63 from candidates, adding that corrupt people had been allowed to contest elections. He alleged that several chiefs of political parties were defaulters of billions of rupees. Qadri expressed his apprehension that the worst horse-trading was expected after the elections so his party would record its protest through sit-ins on May 11. APP

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HE absence of Benazir Bhutto's heir angered members of his Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) who say they are leaderless and condemned to defeat, according to a report in the Telegraph. “We know there are threats to his life and no-one wants to lose another Bhutto but his mother wouldn’t have run away like this,” said an official in Karachi, where the party has been singled out by the Taliban. Bilawal inherited the post of party chairman when his mother was killed in 2007. At the age of 24, the Oxford graduate is still too young to stand in elections. But with his father Asif Ali Zardari barred from campaigning because of his position as president, this campaign was expected to bring the next generation of Pakistan’s most famous political dynasty to the fore. It got off to a shaky start. The family cancelled their annual rally to remember Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, which was supposed to herald the start of campaign. Instead, citing security threats, his grandson addressed a small gathering behind closed doors. At the time, party officials said the young leader would appear at 20 rallies before polling day on Saturday. So far he has appeared at none, leaving party members wondering where he is. This week, a police officer charged with security at Bilawal House in

PPP TO MAKE COUNTRY STRONGER, PROSPEROUS, SAYS BILAWAL KARACHI: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said if returned to power, his party will adopt a comprehensive strategy to make Pakistan stronger and more prosperous. Talking to party leaders on telephone on Wednesday, Bilawal expressed confidence that May 11 will be the day of victory for progressive and liberal political forces. He said negative propaganda by some political parties could not diminish the love of Benazir Bhutto from the hearts of the people. “It is only the PPP which worked for the promotion of democracy and served the masses whenever it was given a chance to serve the country.” He appealed to the people to come out on May 11 and cast their votes to strengthen democracy. ONLINE

Karachi – the family’s main residence and political nerve centre – said he was not staying there. Taj Haider, the party’s general secretary in Sindh, admitted that he did not know where he was either. “He keeps coming and going to Dubai because his sisters are studying there,” he said, in his office close to the heavily fortified Bilawal House. “But we were unanimous that two chairmen have been killed and we won’t lose a third. We aren’t taking any chances.” The party is not leaderless, he added, pointing over his shoulder at a portrait of Benazir Bhutto. “That’s our leader.” Her widower, President Zardari has held power for the past five years, winning plaudits for

holding together a fractious coalition in a country struggling with terrorism, inflation and hours of power cuts every day. His personal ratings are dismal, however. Analysts believe the party will still pick up seats in its rural heartlands. Agriculture has performed well and the PPP can rely on millions of votes delivered by loyal feudal landlords. Even so, cracks have appeared in its Sindh fortress. A handful of Benazir loyalists have broken away angry at the way Zardari has forgotten the party’s socialist roots, threatening to split the vote in the Bhutto family’s backyard of Larkana. With arch rival Nawaz Sharif leading the field and Imran Khan picking up mo-

mentum – despite being injured in a fall from a forklift truck on Tuesday and unable to campaign – the PPP looks destined for defeat. As columnist Zahid Hussain wrote in Dawn this week: “Leaderless and rudderless sums up the current state of the PPP, as it struggles to stay in the critical race. “There are no big election rallies nor is there any central leader to galvanise the electorate. For the first time, the party has gone into the election campaign without a Bhutto to lead it.” For now, that means the party is left to rely on the memory and inspiration of Benazir Bhutto, whose striking looks remain the main image on banners and posters.

nine militants killed, three hideouts destroyed in orakzai KALAYA: At least nine militants were killed on Wednesday and their three hideouts destroyed in an operation. According to details, security forces targeted suspected militants in Mamozai and surrounding areas of Orakzai Agency and exchanged heavy fire. In a bombing conducted by security forces three hideouts were destroyed resulting in death of nine militants and leaving several others injured. Sources said that death toll may rise further as many extremists were reportedly buried under the rubble of destroyed hideouts. Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) militants have threatened to sabotage the general election and security forces have accelerated operations against them as May 11 draws nearer. INP

17 balochistan districts plunge into darkness QUETTA: As many as 17 districts of Balochistan plunged into darkness on Tuesday night after unidentified people blew up two high-transmission pylons in Nasirabad District. Sources in QESCO said power supply to the provincial capital has been restored from private power plant of Habibullah Coastal Power Plant, adding that the power supply to remaining affected districts would be restored after the completion of repair work that would be started after security clearance. ONLINE

PESHAWAR: Workers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf recite the Holy Quran during prayers for the quick recovery of party chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday. INP

Khoso directs prompt clearing of passports backlog DG SAYS PENDING APPLICATIONS WHICH STOOD AT 800,000 IN APRIL HAVE BEEN REDUCED TO 500,000 ISLAMABAD APP

Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (r) Hazar Khan Khoso on Wednesday directed the Immigration and Passports directorate general (DG) to provide passports to people promptly by making efforts to clear pending applications. Khoso issued these directions while reviewing the present position of pendency of

passports during a presentation made by the Interior Ministry at the PM’s House. The acting PM was briefed that pending applications which stood at 800,000 in the first week of April have been reduced to 500,000. Khoso was told that the pendency had accumulated due to lack of availability of lamination paper, rampant corruption and collusion of agent mafia with officials of the Immigration and Passports DG. It was told that the DG had succeeded in procurement of lamination sheets which was likely to accelerate the process of issuance of passports to applicants. The caretaker PM was told that apart from taking action against officials involved in corruption, guidelines have been displayed for the public, besides surprised visits to improve efficiency. The DG informed Khoso that the department was working

even on weekends to comply with his instructions to clear the pendency and bring it to zero. "Only last Saturday and Sunday, 42,000 passports were printed," the DG said. Khoso was told that all arrangements have been made to ensure issuance of passports to intending hajjis so that they can perform their religious duty. He was informed that a toll-free helpline is now functioning which could be contacted to know about the progress of applications. The meeting was convened to review the progress made on Khoso’s instructions issued during an earlier meeting held in first week of April on clearing of pendency of applications of passports. The meeting was attended by Interior Minister Malik Habib Khan, senior official of the PM's Secretariat and the Immigration and Passports DG.


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AWAZ Sharif’s views on some of the vital domestic and foreign policy issues were aired during his interview with Indian journalist and presenter Karan Thapar. The PML-N chief took an unreservedly straightforward stand on civil-military relations, Pak-India ties, Kashmir, militancy and extremism. While this has led the extremist fringe to launch a fanatical campaign against him on the social media, there is no shortage of people who would in the main agree with his ideas. While the PML-N chief’s views on civil-military relations are fully in consonance with the constitution, they still remain to be followed in letter and spirit. As in the Musharraf era, military continued to dictate crucial decisions to the PPP-led elected government. Nawaz maintains that the Army is a department of the federal government and therefore the Chief of Army Staff has to implement the policies formulated by the civil administration. Nawaz has politely ruled out any chance of another extension in Kayani’s tenure. He promises to go by the book and promote the next senior most general. Unlike those who advocate yielding to the TTP demands, Nawaz is for a combination of both dialogue and armed intervention to resolve the issue of militancy. The unceasing attacks by the TTP on the civilians and the army have swayed the public opinion against the militants as the Pew Survey conducted in March also indicated. Despite concerns about the drone attacks, the Survey shows 49 per cent describing the Taliban as a “very serious threat” to Pakistan. regarding antiIndia harangues by Hafiz Saeed, Nawaz agrees that none should be allowed to deliver speeches of the type. As the results of the agreement brokered with Mullah Fazlullah in Swat show, engagement with the Pakistani Taliban has little prospects of success. Nawaz wants relations with India back to the February 1999 trajectory marked by the then India prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’ historic visit. Without going into the semantics of the Kashmir issue he thinks the dispute needs to be resolved peacefully to the satisfaction of not only Pakistan and India but also of the Kashmiri people. Following the enactment of the 18th and 20th amendments, parliamentary democracy stands restored in its true spirit, there is an independent and powerful election commission and a consensus caretaker setup in place for holding the elections. The peaceful transfer of power from one civilian set up to another would be yet another sign of the strengthening of democracy. What is needed now is to make the army subservient to the elected civilian government. Though it was always takes two to tango, the relations with India and Afghanistan also have to be improved. While Nawaz Sharif is yet to be elected to power, the views he has expressed would be hailed by the enlightened sections of the society and strongly opposed by those out of sync with the times. A final judgment will have to wait till one has seen the PMLN’s giving these ideas a concrete shape.

down, but definitely not out A note of sympathy for Imran Khan

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have done what I could for Pakistan, now it is up to you to continue this revolution,” was the message that the popular Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman delivered from the Intensive Care Unit. It takes a brave man with great commitment to deliver this inspiring message after a freak accident involving a 14 foot plunge from the stage at an election meeting in Lahore. A combined consequence of carelessness in preparing a safe stage with proper ladders and overcrowding of security staff in a tight space around him had the hearts of all Pakistanis, even those who were not supporters, leaping in their mouths. The incident happened as Khan was on his hectic campaign trail, with six corner meetings scheduled later for the evening. Whatever views one may have about Imran Khan’s political savvy and his party agenda, there is much to respect in a man no one took seriously until a few months back. The way Imran captured the hearts and minds of millions while building a strong and highly energized party geared for the May 11 elections is an unprecedented personal success. And it has created hope among those disillusioned by the lacklustre performance of the mainstream parties. Imran seems to have politically matured from the man who launched a ‘one-man party’ in 1997, then hitched his bandwagon with the dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf and then chose not to contest the 2008 polls. =ince the April 21 launch of the PTI’s election campaign, Imran has addressed 78 separate political gatherings and the toll that the campaign took showed on his 61-year old visage. An undisputed global icon of international cricket, Imran made a name for himself as a standout philanthropist when he launched the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital at Lahore. As an educationist, he built the Namal University in his hometown of Mianwali, and commands respect as the Chancellor of the UK’s University of Bradford. Indeed, the PTI chairman is a national hero who has won international recognition, something of a rarity for Pakistanis. From his already cemented status as a World Cup 1992 winning captain to becoming the harbinger of change for many, and a threat to the PML-N in its Punjab fiefdom, Imran now poses a real and present danger to the political establishment. The early indications are good, as doctors at Shaukat Khanum hospital have predicted a full recovery from the minor fracture on the skull and a spinal cord injury, and equally reassuring is his unwavering commitment. His sister told the media that Imran’s first words in hospital were: “Let Allah protect Pakistan.” The next words were: “How soon can you get me back on my feet?” Sooner, rather than later, is our hope.

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SLAM’S encounter with the European culture, or as some would say European domination of Islam’s culture, in the form of the umbrella word ‘modernity’, has been of monumental value for the historical development of the religion and its people. Usually, according to various historical narrations of this interactive phenomenon, the whole process can be loosely categorized under three different responses of the Muslims to the Europeans; namely resistance, reform and revolution. However, with the ushering in of the new post-colonial era and as these independent Muslim polities dabble with the democratic, industrial, progressive experiments; an even more critical response in the form of fundamentalism has emerged. This novel response is radically different from the triad of resistance, reform and revolution as it seeks a continuation of the colonial political structures yet makes them instrumental in ushering in a new Islamic polity. This new synthesis of sorts becomes even more critical in the Indian subcontinent as the reliogio-political fundamentalism becomes a valid form of expression in opposition to the liberalist and socialist platforms. The rise of European dominance and eventually direct subjugation in the form of colonialism in the 19th century signalled significant historical changes for Muslims around the world. Firstly, it led to a reversal of trade in favour of the Europeans in opposition to the Muslim dominance over such areas of human activities. With the discovery of the Cape of Good Hope in 1488 and that of the New World in 1492, the trade routes under Muslim domination became largely obsolete as the nexus of the movement of money (read: silver) changed with the discovery of the Americas. Secondly, apart from the economic defeat, the Muslims encountered a significant political defeat at the hand of the European colonisers as well. Not only were they advanced militarily in the form of better weapon technology, they had proven themselves to be better, politically and administratively as well. The repercussion of this defeat resounded the largest in the Indian subcontinent that had been ruled over by the Muslims. Starting by the conquests by the Umayyad dynasty in 710 CE in the person of Muhammad bin Qasim, and intermittent domination by rulers like Mahmud of Ghazni in the 10th, 11th centuries CE, the culmination of the Muslims rule in the Indian subcontinent was in the form of the Mughal dynasty which lasted from 1526 to 1757 CE. The Muslims were therefore a ruling minority at the helm of power

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in the Indian subcontinent. However, complete subjugation by the British after the war of 1857 signified two things; firstly, the Muslims had lost their ruling clout in the region which they had dominated over for such a long time. Secondly, the British, believing that it was the Muslims who had instigated the revolt, started trusting the Hindus more in matters of governance. Therefore, this added to shame to the whole process of defeat as the people who Muslims of the subcontinent had been ruling over got more affluent in the British corridors of power. Along with the political defeats, with the ushering in of British rule, India and more significantly, life as the Muslims had known to be, changed drastically. Modernisation was at India's doorstep now. There was the laying down of railway tracks, changes in the Indian legal institutions, the advent of science and in accompaniment with it notions like that of Darwinism. The sanctity of an Islamic culture was being blemished by the British onslaught. The aforementioned historical reasons were therefore critical in shaping the Muslim response to the British. The first response was therefore that of resistance and was more oriented towards political yoke that the Muslims of the region felt they were undergoing. This mode of interaction is perhaps epitomised by Syed Ahmad of rae Bareli. He launched an attack against the domination of the Sikhs of Punjab in search for Islamic purity and the imposition of Shar'iah. For this purpose, he sought help of the Muslim warlords from the region of the Frontier but unfortunately could not gather much of the needed support as his cause was wasted. More importantly, Muslims saw resistance against the cultural onslaught brought about by the British as well. Perhaps the forerunner of all such reactions was the Deobandi Movement in the Indian subcontinent launched by Shah Waliullah in the 19th century. It was essentially a reactionary and revivalist movement in response to the European cultural domination that had dominated the Muslim polity in the form of law, education and collectively in the cultural sphere. The movement therefore aimed at preserving various legal, social, political and cultural tenets of Sunni orthodoxy. The cultural resistance is perhaps substantiated most concretely in the realm of education. Fearful of the new western curriculum being introduced by the British in the subcontinent, the Deobandi Movement established various madrassas across the subcontinent in order to offer Muslims an alternate and truly Islamic form of education which was aimed at dictating their cultural outlook on life as well. It is interesting to note the Deobandi Movement has perhaps been one of the most influential ones in the subcontinent with offshoots such as the Tableeghi Jamaat and Sipah-e-Sahaba. Another type of response to the British domination was that of reformism led by people like Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan. This interactionary dynamic sprang from a few Muslim in-

tellectuals who were greatly inspired by the material and intellectual progress that the West had achieved. They believed that for better or worse the Muslims of the subcontinent had to adopt the British way of life. This should not result in the complete eradication of the Islamic basis of the Muslim society. rather, it would firstly broaden the religious outlook of the Muslims by inculcating things such as Western scientific knowledge. Secondly, such interaction with the British would be desirable in order to achieve a position of relative consequence, such as those achieved by the Hindus in the British raj. This mindset led to the development of various institutions with both a Western and Islamic curriculum such as the Aligarh Muslim University and the Scientific Society. This therefore was a phase of Islamic modernism and acquiescence to the West. Under such a modus operandi confidence was sought to be restored in the new generation of Muslims that had undergone Western education as it was endeavoured to prove that things such as the fact that the Quran as a work also fit the rational apparatus that was the hallmark of the Western civilisation. This movement also had various offshoots such as the apologetics like Sayyid Amir Ali and to some extent, as some would argue even the poet-philosopher Muhammad Iqbal. This leads to the third phase of Muslim reaction in the form of a renewed political vigour. This phase did not preach retreat into the shadows of tradition nor intellectual subservience to the British. rather, as the colonial yoke of the British was being overthrown in the 1940s, this approach was the most assertive one in opposition to the voice of the Muslim League. Essentially, fundamentalist in its aims and religio-political in its methodology, it is represented by political parties such as the Jamaat-i-Islami in Pakistan who believe that religion should not merely be a pressure point like the debate over economic policies. rather, as written in the prolific works of thinkers such as Maududi, they believe that religion permeated every sphere of life and they therefore imagine a polity of Islamic nationalism. Furthermore, posing confidence in the political structures gifted by the colonisers in the form of the nation state, they propagate a theo-democracy. However, religion should not be a peripheral concern in the political process. It should rather capture the complete political process itself. Furthermore, this reaction to modernism does not simply subsist simply in the intellectual sphere. rather, as again substantiated by the Jama’at, this reaction spills out in the form of organisations which at their core are religious but with regards to their aims are political. So such movement do not manifest themselves as a temporary spark and then subside. The longevity of their life is reflected in the bureaucratic structures and the complicated chain of command that dot the organisational structure of such movements. The writer is an undergraduate student at LUMS.

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target killings on the eve of elections I would like to draw the attention of the authorities concerned towards to current issue of rampant target killing in the city of Karachi. General Elections 2013 are just one day away

and this social evil seems too difficult to be controlled as several innocents have lost their lives through this abomination. I request to all law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders to take immediate measures to control target killings and provide safe environment to the people of Karachi. MUHAMMAD NOMAN SHAFI Lahore


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OLITICS has changed in Toba Tek Singh,” said rana Hussain, aged above 70, sitting next to me on the bus to what in the 1970s was the heart of Punjab’s peasant movement. “Only a few days ago, when the former Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) MNA Junaid Chaudhry visited the Jammani village to ask for votes, an elderly man asked, ‘I have seen you somewhere.’ Junaid responded, ‘Yes, I came to ask for a vote five years ago.’ The elderly man responded, ‘If you did not come back since then, there is no need for you to come now.’” “We know our rights and protect them,” said Hussain, who got off with me at the main bus stand in Toba, and walked away on crutches. Amidst rickshaws adorning various election stickers, a black corolla with the red-and-yellow Awami Workers Party (AWP) flag was standing to take me to the campaign office of the AWP’s PP-86 candidate Farooq Tariq, whom I was told was giving mainstream parties a chase for their money on a shoestring budget. Born and raised in Toba Tek Singh, Farooq Tariq is the general secretary of the AWP. One of the rickshaw drivers on the bus stand had told that a new candidate with the Bulb symbol had been making waves and winning hearts. Known for his oratory skills, 58-year-old Farooq has been an activist for the last 40 years. About 30 campaign volunteers are seated in the 10-marla campaign office in the “upper class” Islampura area in the Toba Tek Singh area. Upon arrival I was told to gear up for a corner meeting at the Jammani village. This is the last village in the Toba Tek Singh PP-86 constituency and thus the most ignored and impoverished. The route is adorned by barren farmland. There is a water shortage in the village in the Toba area, I am told. Farmers have been protesting for years but to no avail. Located in the Lower Bari Doab, one of the last areas to fall under the canal colonisation of the Punjab during the colonial period, it is not for want of canals that the regions crop production and farmers are suffering. rather it is for want of water. And thus water is the first issue that is taken up during the campaign speeches. “I promise that if elected I shall ensure water supply is ample in the Jhang Branch canal,” Tariq

said at the public meeting attended by over 200, but with a clarification. “Even if I am not elected, I shall join you in the movement to ensure there is ample water supply. Nothing is achieved in assemblies, it is out here that we change things.” It is this bluntness to step outside the assembly and bring change from the ground that has won Farooq Tariq favour as the crowd cheers: “Bulb te mohra, thaka thak.” (Stamp on the Bulb). Children ask for election stickers in droves as we leave. running a low-budget campaign we have none to offer as we move to the next jalsa in the town of, before another jalsa at the periurban village of Gobinpura. In urban areas, the discourse is all about the water supply (or lack of) in Toba Tek Singh. “Over ninety percent of the water supply in the Toba city is contaminated with sewerage supplies. This is response for the spread of Hepatitis throughout the city. My father died from the disease recently,” a local school administrator tells us and invites us to share our agenda with her 50strong staff. Many of the teachers have already heard of Farooq’s growing popularity. The principal promises, “I was a silent supporter of you earlier. Now I shall be an open supporter.” For a campaign that kicked off in late April has now covered 35 of the 64 villages in the constituency, including the village of the former MNA Junaid, and over 32 corner meetings and jalsas in urban Toba Tek Singh. The campaign has attracted mainstream singers, including Jawad Ahmed and the Laal Band, at two separate performances, bringing some relief for an otherwise entertainment starved city. The total campaign spending till now lies under rs 600,000, with no food on offer and no votes being purchased. People have begun to take note. And there is no better indication of it than when mainstream candidates begin to spread false propaganda against one. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate, Amjad Javed, has been telling crowds, “Aye kee rola pae gaya, bulb wala bae gaya” (Hear the news in town, the Bulb candidate has stepped down.” Javed is accused by locals of being the head of a group of land mafia. Only recently some land reserved for a graveyard was accused to have been taken over by “Javed’s goons” but retrieved after resistance led by old left wing activists in the Toba area. People speak of more lands grabbed by him, including land for a madrassah and government lands in the Chungi area. The PTI candidate, Syed Akbar, is the owner of a pharmaceutical company, who has been elected as Nazim twice, without resolving the water issue in Toba Tek Singh. The Pakistan Peoples Party candidate, Amir Jabbar, the husband of former MPA Neelum Jabbar, has been known to be telling disgruntled former voters, “We are not responsible for the load shedding and overpricing, it is Zardari.” Another candidate, Haji Abbas, reputed to run an umrah scam service, is contesting the MNA seat on the PPP ticket, but running as an independent candidate on the MPA seat. His message at his rallies is that the “Bulb-walla has lost his mind.” While the weak credentials of other candidates have opened up space in the constituency, the turn of traditional parties to negative politics

is not merely limited to verbal attacks. PTI activists tried disrupting the Gobindpura rally by using hooters on motorcycles, the PPP candidate Amir Jabbar led a car rally in front of an AWP corner meeting at a chowk in a katchi abadi in the main city and one of his gunmen loaded a bullet towards one of the AWP volunteers; both taking out a rally and pointing a gun being violations of the code of ethics issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan. Nonetheless, no one left the two said rallies and Farooq Tariq held the crowd during hour-long speeches detailing the concrete pro-people manifesto he stood for. With only rs 950 million required to re-lay Toba Tek Singh city’s water supply, a project approved then abandoned by the last PML-N government, likely in favour of the rs30 billion 27 kilometre road built for the Metro Bus Service in Lahore, the metro is the first thing I criticise during my speeches for eating up the budgets of the 34 other districts of Punjab. Surely, there are questions to be asked about spending on roads, when a 158,000 voter constituency only three hours from Lahore is suffering a water crisis and a yet undocumented health crisis. Farooq Tariq knows well not to resort to the traditional methods of buying votes, providing transport and meals to voters, and setting up election day camps. The current AWP president filed the election reforms petition that brought the new code of conduct for the elections. He also makes it a point to remind people at each public gathering that no money, no transport will be allowed and that these must be reported immediately. This is perhaps the limits to the change that can be brought through the ballot box. But Farooq also knows well to remind people that change is not only brought through the ballot. “Whether I win the election or not, I shall join you in leading protests regarding the water supply one week after election day,” Farooq tells crowds. The slogan that has caught on most is Farooq saying, “I am not here to win the election, I am here to take out the metal in the heads of traditional politicians.” People are reminded that there is a difference between businessmen running for election every five years to secure their business interests, and those committed to politics as a full-time job. The legacy of Toba Tek Singh’s renowned activists, including the enduring 90-year-old Chaudhry Fateh Muhammad, who spoke with the same vigour at one of the rallies, and the late Ghiasuddin Jaanbaaz is evoked by those we speak to. This morning, it is the AWP President Abid Hasan Minto, who is due to address a jalsa at the Tali village. When some of the youth were told Minto was coming, one said, “I know Manto. He used to write plays. He wrote one on Toba Tek Singh.” While the Minto in question may not be the playwright who wrote ‘Toba Tek Singh’, his party may be in the process of writing a new script in the politics of Toba Tek Singh – and not necessarily by winning the election. The writer is the general secretary (Lahore) of the Awami Workers Party. He is a journalist and a researcher. Contact: hashimbrashid@gmail.com

HE advent of 2013 elections propelled various political parties to present their manifestos by including a significant portion to address women issues, which comprises of around 50 percent of Pakistan’s population. A study of their particular sections enables us to understand the perceptions of certain political entities on women status and their placement in the Pakistani society. This analysis reveals that though every political party has certain view when it comes to women issues, but their emphases and attitudes as well as their seriousness remained variant. There is some consolation that all major political parties including Pakistan Peoples Party-Parliamentarian (PPP-P), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Muttahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, Awami National Party (ANP) and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) have dealt with the unresolved issues of female population of Pakistan, according to their own interpretations and ideologies. In these manifestos, some promises are made to improve the condition of women by providing them quality education and employment facilities. We should keep in view that a number of these parties were in government four to five times, not to mention the extended tenure of five years for the outgoing federal and provincial governments. Their performances during their respective tenures must be taken into account in this particular sector. Here are the highlights of the women related commitments and promises made in their respective manifestos: PPP-P: It makes a commitment that women quota for jobs will be increased to 20 percent and the female representation will see an additional 10 pecent quota for them in the legislative bodies. The manifesto also makes a vague claim and rhetoric that the women will not be discriminated. There is no mention of measures taken to improve the conditions of women when PPP-P was in government, both at the federal and provincial levels, four to five times. Surprisingly, promise of women health facilities is missing, although availability of more contraceptives is promised. PPP-P knows better that all kinds of health facilities, especially in rural areas, are highly inadequate and being in government for an extensive tenure, it should have provided a detailed and clear agenda for the betterment of women. PTI: The PTI concentrates on the involvement and grooming of the youth where girls occupy an equally important part. It further makes a firm commitment that the girls of all ages will be encouraged to educate themselves and in this regard, uniforms, textbooks, scholarship, transportation and sibling daycare facilities will be provided so that the female literacy rate could be drastically improved. PTI, exceptionally, is able to hit the nail on the head when it promises to remove gender biases in the textbooks. It is an established truth that unless a peculiar mindset of the society where girls are seen as inferior to boys is removed, there can be no improvement in the condition of women. The socio-cultural setup of the society has to be rebuilt and this is exactly what the PTI intent to do. PML-N: Nawaz League talks about establishing women Protection Centres for destitute, old and aged women in all major cities. Though they have mentioned health issues of women but without any framework for their resolution. The manifesto does not mention the policies or any concrete steps that this party took to address the problems of the women when they were in various government, four to five times. ANP: There is more emphasis on the representation of women in the legislative bodies, which according to the menesfesto should be 33 percent, and the existing 10 percent quota is to be maintained. ANP promises to prohibit deals that bar women from voting and to remove the need for a male guardian for adult women when applying for NIC. Some non-specified steps are also mentioned to empower women. ANP promises to discourage child marriage, swara, ghag, vani etc and provide inheritance rights to women. It also intends to improve the implementation of these laws. ANP has been in government, both at federal and provincial levels for the last five years but does not mention their performance in this aspect. MQM: The MQM proposes an ambitious plan to gradually increase the women representation to 50 percent in all walks of life, particularly in the parliament and provincial assemblies and in the government and semi-government offices. MQM promises protection for those couples who marry at freewill, particularly in rural areas. JI: With no specifications, the JI promises to grant rights to the women, as accoring to the principles of Islam. It talks about the right of inheretance for women and to discourage divorce given in haste. The menifesto says that for primary education, women teachers will be preferred and pragnent women will be given half pay for six months after the delivery of the child and their jobs will be secured. It will also make efforts to do away with such evil practices like watta satta, vani, marriage with Quran and honour killings. It is a recognisable fact that no political party affords to ignore women issues due to their significant number but the actual test of their seriousness will come when these desires and agendas will be implemented, in letter and spirit. Although, there will be a sizeable number of women representation in the national and provincial legislation, along with those elected on general seats, but their real performance would be judged when they will put efforts to implement the existing legislation and would bring a mechanism in place in the shape of a monitoring cell or a permanent committee, where the inclinations towards female inequality is closely observed and analysed. Apart from that, future governments will also be required to create a conducive socio-cultural setup so that women could contribute towards the society with the best of their abilities. It is only possible if people with vision, imagination, conviction and sincerity are elected. Dr Syed Farooq Hasnat is a professor while Zamurrad Awan is a lecturer at the Department of Political Science, FC College University, Lahore.


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NEWS DESK Kareena Kapoor recently got injured while shooting with Imran Khan for Punit Malhotra's forthcoming flick Gori Tere Pyar Mein. Reportedly, though Kareena had the option of opting for a body double, she insisted on performing the stunts. The stunt involved her and Imran to walk on a tight rope without support. To not lose balance, she walked on the rope a tad too tightly. She ended up getting bruised by the thick jute rope. Kareena shot for the scene without ado and completed it without much delay.

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UPErSTArS Shah rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Hrithik roshan and others came together on stage to shake a leg with veteran actor Dharmendra and his sons Sunny and Bobby Deol. Bollywood heavyweights including Shah rukh, Aamir, Hrithik, Juhi Chawla, rakesh roshan, ramesh Sippy, Subhash Ghai, Kunal Kohli, Anil Sharma turned up at the music launch of upcoming film 'Yamla Pagla Deewana 2'. Among others who attended the event were ritiesh Deshmukh with wife Genelia, Jackky Bhagnani, Chunky Pandey and Sasha Agha. While launching the music of the film, SrK, Hrithik and Aamir danced with Dharmendra. They were later joined by Sunny and Bobby while others cheered. The event also saw SrK and Sunny standing besides each another. The two actors have been reportedly sharing cold vibes since their film 'Darr' to-

gether. Even SrK and Juhi were seen standing besides each other. It was reported that Juhi was upset with SrK as

her brother was replaced from SrK's company. Last year, mega star Amitabh Bachchan had come for the music

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CADEMy Award-winning actor Michael Caine says his father thought he was gay when he told him that he wants to be an actor. He said: "My dad was a Billingsgate fish market porter. When I told him that I was going to be an actor, he never said a word but I saw his face and thought, he thinks I'm gay. The theatre in those days was very gay. But I wasn't." Caine won supporting actor Oscar in 1986 for "Hannah and Her Sisters" and later in 1999 for "The Cider House Rules". The 80-year-old actor also admitted that he was very shy as a kid and avoided talking to anyone. "I was the shyest child. If strangers came into the house, I'd hide behind the curtains and wouldn't come out until they'd gone," contactmusic.com quoted the actor as saying. The "Inception" star has since gained a tremendous amount of selfbelief and credits his upbringing for helping him turn into the successful actor he is today. He said: "My three great achievements with which I had absolutely nothing to do are that I was born an Englishman, a Londoner and a Cockney." NEwS DESK

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How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid COURTESY RTE

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OHSIN Hamid has designed his much-acclaimed new novel as though it were a self-help book, with punchy, pithy exhortations as chapter headings. So chapter one is Move To The City, two is Get an Education, three Don't Fall in Love. Chapter eight, is, interestingly, Befriend a Bureacrat, and so on. Given some of our own Celtic Tiger shenanigans, you will find yourself nodding in recognition at certain features of the Get-rich-Quick mentality that is not so much satirised here, as depicted with a po-faced, sometimes rueful sense of humour. The narrator addresses throughout a notional "you" character and basically everything that happens in the novel, happens to this ambitious "you" fellow. Or if doesn't happen to him directly, it will impinge to a greater or lesser degree on his rickety trajectory towards the pinnacle of success. For it is a personal story sewn into the fabric of a contemporary context. Thus, what appear to be the economic for-

tunes of a country like India, or Hamid's native Pakistan, are bound up with the fortunes of his wily protagonist. The "you" character pulls himself up by the boot-straps from a disease ridden, clay-floored hovel , before making that all-important 'move to the city.' Told in a different tone of voice, the early chapters might have made a touching document. But Hamid siphons essence of pathos out of the first chapters of his saga of one man's progress in fast and furious Asia. The pathos comes later. "You" starts off his working life delivering pirated DVDS by pushbike in the unamed city to which he moves. However, the protagonist ignores the self-help headings and does in fact fall in love with an unnamed girl who is known throughout as 'the pretty girl.' The pretty girl leaves the city and soon enough he sees her face on a giant billboard, as she makes her way in modelling in a more sophisticated environment. Conversely, as the rising tide begins to lift boats, our protagonist gets into the primitive bottled water business - boiled water masquerading as mineral water - and becomes a titan of the industry in time. When he is around 40, he mar-

ries a woman half his years. While she does provide him with a son, the marriage eventually ends, and she finds herself a man more her own age. Parents and family members die, the protagonist himself ages and becomes frailer, but he never forgets the pretty girl who remains unmarried. Their paths cross every so often, as their lives progress, and they lose their youthful potential, he his chutzpah and vigour, she her physical attractiveness. Wordsworth's phrase "the still, sad music of humanity" comes to mind when attempting to describe Hamid's remarkable sensitivity in the depiction of his two lovers. How To Get Filthy rich in rising Asia is a refreshingly different take on love and poverty. from a writer with a winning, humane approach. readers may be familiar with his previous, 2007 novel, The reluctant Fundamentalist which was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. It has also become a movie, directed by Mira Nair (Midnight's Children) and starring Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber and Kiefer Sutherland. This new novel will hopefully make the Man Booker long- list in July. It more than deserves it.

NEWS DESK Born in 1920 in Los Angeles, Ray Harryhausen, the visual effects animator who made a career of injecting the fantasy into fantasy films, has died in London. Harryhausen brought monstors and mythological beasts to life, sculpting then shooting clay models frame by frame, movement by movement. It took three months of painstaking special effects to complete a short scene in the 1963 film, "Jason and the Argonauts". The movie features some of the earliest and most noted examples of stop-motion animation, which was pioneered by Harryhausen.

spider-mAn stAr for scorsese's silence NEWS DESK Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield has been cast in Martin Scorsese's latest film Silence. The actor will take a role in the director's adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel, which he has been trying to bring to the big screen for decades. Variety reports that Scorsese has finally received the necessary financing from Emmett/Furla Films. The story centres on two 17th-century Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to investigate claims of religious persecution. Garfield will play the part of the Portuguese Jesuit priest Father Rodrigues, a role which formerly had been attached to Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio Del Toro, and Gael Garcia Bernal in former plans for the project.


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KUTCHER, KUNIS TAKING DANCE LESSONS NEWS DESK The famous dance contest sequence in "Silver Linings Playbook" has inspired Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis so much that they have hired a private instructor to give them light ballroom lessons. "Ashton and Mila both loved the climactic dance number in the movie," showbizspy.com quoted a source as saying. "It

inspired them to learn fun and easy ballroom dancing. They practice at least four times a week, and they're having a whale of a time. He's even asked their instructor to save it for the end of their session. It's definitely improved things for him and Mila in the bedroom," the source added. Directed by David O'russell, "Silver Linings Playbook" featured robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper.

Enrique Iglesias to wed next week: report NEWS DESK Singer Enrique Iglesias is set to walk down the aisle with his long-term girlfriend Anna Kournikova next week, according to reports. Iglesias, who turns 38 tomorrow, is rumoured to be tying the knot with retired professional tennis player Kournikova (31) in a lavish Miami ceremony. Speaking to The Sun newspaper, a source said: ''Anna's been gagging to get married for years but Enrique's resisted, openly talking about how he doesn't want to settle. ''They're finally going to do it next week and have invited stars including Nicole Scherzinger, Lewis Hamilton, Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria and David and Victoria Beckham.''

LI Zafar recently shortened his US tour and delayed his trip to the Cannes film festival, to come back to Pakistan and cast his vote and inspire and motivate others in doing the same. He's being seen overly active on social media at playing his role as a youth icon to motivate people to come out on the 11th to cast their vote. One of his tweets was "No matter who you vote for, you must go out and vote on the 11th of May". In times where we have seen many artists leaving Pakistan after achieving popularity and success in India or other countries, it is delightful to see someone like him keeping his roots intact and giving back his due to the country that gave him his.

i wAsn’t pretty enough to Act: winonA ryder NEWS DESK Winona Ryder has revealed that she was once told to give up on acting because she wasn't attractive enough. The 41-year-old told Interview magazine that in the middle of auditioning and midsentence, the casting director said, 'Listen kid, you shouldn't be an actress,' the Daily Express reported. The director, according to the 'Black Swan' star, said that she was not pretty enough and told her to go back to wherever she came from, and go to school. "I honestly think she thought she was doing me a favour," Ryder insisted. The actress admitted that if it were not for landing roles in 1988 films, Beetlejuice and Heathers, she would have given it up. She added that she had an unusual look and wasn't really considered a beauty.

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CCLAIMED US-based Indian filmmaker Mira Nair said the audience shouldn't confuse "The reluctant Fundamentalist" with a 9/11 story as the event is only a gamechanger in her movie. "I don't want to confuse the movie with a 9/11 story, it's more of a love story and a thriller - 9/11 is a game changer in the movie. The story is about a man who tries to find himself," she said. Nair was in the capital for a press conference to promote "The reluctant...", which is coming out here May 17. "I have made all kinds of films with the subcontinent in my heart, but 'The reluctant...' is my first human thriller, a coming of age story that bridges our world with America," she said. The film stars Britain-based Pakistani origin actor riz Ahmed in the lead along with Hollywood biggies Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber and Bollywood veterans Shabana Azmi and Om Puri. "It is a film like no other - an Indian director making a Pakistani film across several continents, uniting A-list of Hollywood tal-

ents with legends from the Hindi film industry, creating a modern sound that crosses borders with its Sufi qawallis, rap music, Faiz poems, and techno groove," said the director who took five years to come out with "The reluctant..." Her last film was "The Namesake". Based on Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid's novel of the same name, "The reluctant..." is about a young man chasing corporate success on Wall Street and struggling between his American dream, a hostage crisis and the enduring call of his family's homeland. The 55-year-old filmmaker is also thrilled about PVr Pictures bringing her film to the continent. Sanjeev Bijli, Joint MD, PVr Ltd., said: "PVr is committed to bring to India an eclectic mix of powerful as well as interesting movies." He added: "It's an honour to be distributing 'The reluctant Fundamentalist' in India and we are thankful to Mira for trusting us with her film. We are very excited about the films prospects in India and are keenly looking forward to its theatrical release."


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VEr been forced to defend a particular position and ended up believing it? You’ve succumbed to one of the most famous theories in social psychology. If at first you don't succeed, lower your standards. And if you find yourself acting out of line with your beliefs, change them. This sounds like motivational advice from one of the more cynical self-help books, or perhaps a Groucho Marx line (“Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others… ”), but in fact it is a caricature of one of the most famous theories in social psychology. Leon Festinger's Dissonance Theory is an account of how our beliefs rub up against each other, an attempt at a sort of ecology of mind. Dissonance Theory offers an explanation of topics as diverse as why oil company executives might not believe in climate change, why army units have brutal initiation ceremonies, and why famous books might actually be boring. The classic study on dissonance theory was published by Festinger and James Carlsmith in 1959. You can find a copy thanks to the Classics in the History of Psychology archive. I really recommend reading the full thing. Not only is it short, but it is full of enjoyable asides. Back in the day psychology research was a lot more fun to write up. Festinger and Carlsmith were interested in testing what happened when people acted out of line with their beliefs. To do this, they made their participants spend an hour doing two excruciatingly boring tasks. The first task was filling a tray with spools, emptying it, then filling it again (and so on). The second was turning 48 small pegs a quarter-turn clockwise; and then once that was finished, going back to the beginning and doing another quarter-turn for each peg (and so on). Only after this tedium, and at the point which the participants believed the experiment was over, did the real study get going. The experimenter said that they needed someone to fill in at the last minute and explain the tasks to

the next subject. Would they mind? And also, could they make the points that "It was very enjoyable”, “I had a lot of fun”, “I enjoyed myself”, “It was very interesting”, “It was intriguing”, and “It was exciting"? Of course the “experiment” was none of these things. But, being good people, with some pleading if necessary, they all agreed to explain the experiment to the next participant and make these points. The next participant was, of course, a confederate of the experimenter. We're not told much about her, except that she was an undergraduate specifically hired for the role. The fact that all 71 participants in the experiment were male, and, that one of the 71 had to be excluded from the final analysis because he demanded her phone number so he could explain things further, suggests that Festinger and Carlsmith weren't above ensuring that there were some extra motivational factors in the mix.

MoNeY traP For their trouble, the participants were paid $1, $20, or nothing. After explaining the task the original participants answered some questions about how they really felt about the experiment. At the time, many psychologists would have predicted that the group paid the most would be affected the most – if our feelings are shaped by rewards, the people paid $20 should be the ones who said they enjoyed it the most. In fact, people paid $20 tended to feel the same about the experiment as the people paid nothing. But something strange happened with the people paid $1. These participants were more likely to say they really did find the experiment enjoyable. They judged the experiment as more important scientifically, and had the highest desire to participate in future similar experiments. Which is weird, since nobody should really want to spend another hour doing mundane, repetitive tasks. Festinger's Dissonance theory explains the result. The “Dissonance” is between the

actions of the participants and their beliefs about themselves. Here they are, nice guys, lying to an innocent woman. Admittedly there are lots of other social forces at work – obligation, authority, even attraction. Festinger's interpretation is that these things may play a role in how the participants act, but they can't be explicitly relied upon as reasons for acting. So there is a tension between their belief that they are a nice person and the knowledge of how they acted. This is where the cash payment comes in. People paid $20 have an easy rationalisation to hand. "Sure, I lied", they can say to themselves, "but I did it for $20". The men who got paid the smaller amount, $1, can't do this. Giving the money as a reason would make them look cheap, as well as mean. Instead, the story goes, they adjust their beliefs to be in line with how they acted. "Sure, the experiment was kind of interesting, just like I told that girl", "It was fun, I wouldn't mind

being in her position" and so on. So this is cognitive dissonance at work. Normally it should be a totally healthy process – after all, who could object to people being motivated to reduce contradictions in their beliefs (philosophers even make a profession of out this), but in circumstances where some of our actions or our beliefs exist for reasons which are too complex, too shameful, or too nebulous to articulate, it can lead to us changing perfectly valid beliefs, such as how boring and pointless a task was. Fans of cognitive dissonance will tell you that this is why people forced to defend a particular position – say because it is their job – are likely to end up believing it. It can also suggest a reason for why military services, high school sports teams and college societies have bizarre and punishing initiation rituals. If you've been through the ritual, dissonance theory predicts, you're much more likely to believe the group is a

Thatcher to Brando: The unexpected inventors MARK CHAMPKINS There is a saying, ‘everyone has a book in them’ but I have a similar theory that everyone also has an invention in them, or at the very least, an idea for an improvement to an existing product. With this in mind, I began to wonder if my theory might apply to people in the public eye. Are there inventions and patents being quietly filed by people we are all familiar with, and if so, what might their patents tell us about these people when they are out of the spotlight? Using Google’s Patent Search engine, I decided to investigate, and to my delight, I have discovered dozens of bizarre ‘celebrity Inventions’.

thatcher’s softer sIde Most remarkable of all, was my discovery that Margaret Thatcher invented Soft Scoop Ice Cream. Before entering the world of Politics, Margaret graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Chemistry, and went to work for J.r. Lyons, who, amongst other things, made

Ice Cream. As part of a team of three she was given the responsibility to formulate an ice cream that could be pumped through tubes so that it could be dispensed more quickly. She figured out a way to aerate the ice cream, to reduce its density and viscosity, giving rise to the Soft Scoop, Mr Whippy style ice cream we all know and love. So it seems the Iron Lady did have a softer side. The irony is that she ended up removing 30% of the ice cream (replacing it with air), and was able to charge more for it, since it could be dispensed and sold quicker.Inspired, she then went into politics. I discovered that Hollywood crazy, Charlie Sheen, has invented a whole range of products, launched his own children’s fashion label (called “Sheen Kidz”), tried to copyright the expressions, “Violent Torpedoes of Truth”, “Tiger Plasma”, and “I am not Bi-Polar, I am Bi-Winning”. He also created one practical and uncharacteristically sensible invention, a ‘Chapstick Dispenser’ that allows users to apply Chapstick lip balm whilst in cold conditions, without removing their gloves.

braNdo’s drUM tUNer It turns out that Marlon Brando had a penchant for Bongo drums and invented an innovative drum tuner, which, had he lived longer, would have made him a lot of money. Abraham Lincoln patented an inflatable skirt for ships that, in the event that they ran aground, could be inflated to release them from underwater obstacles. He recognised the advantage of being able to remove as much of a ships hull from the water as possible, and pre-dated the invention of the Hovercraft and Hydrofoil by over 50 years. A model of his inventions can be found in the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington DC. remarkably, Michael Jackson patented shoes that enabled him (and his dancers) to fix himself temporarily to the stage and perform the 45º lean in the Smooth Criminal video. The patent document has an amazing illustration of Michael, complete with ankle-swinger trousers, one white glove and Fedora hat, leaning at 45º.

roaLd dahL’s PUMP Perhaps the most touching and inspiring of the inventions I dug up was the WDT Valve, co-invented by roald Dahl. In 1960, roald’s son Theo suffered a brain injury after being struck by a car. His injuries required regular draining of fluid from his brain using a tiny mechanical pump; however, the pump’s valve regularly blocked up, causing Theo pain, blindness and the risk of permanent brain damage. Witnessing his son’s distress, roald enlisted the help of a friend who supervised a factory producing precision hydraulic pumps and teamed up with Theo’s neurosurgeon to develop a new valve mechanism to improve the pump. Though Theo recovered before it was finished, in 1962 the valve was launched and went on to benefit thousands of patients around the world. — cOuRTESY HuMANS INvENT

valuable one to be a part of (the initiation hurt, and you're not a fool, so it must have been worth it right?). For me, I think dissonance theory explains why some really long books have such good reputations, despite the fact that they may be as repetitive and pointless as Festinger's peg task. Get to the end of a three-volume, several thousand page, conceptual novel and you're faced with a choice: either you wasted your time and money, and you feel a bit of a fool; or the novel is brilliant and you are an insightful consumer of literature. Dissonance theory pushes you towards the latter interpretation, and so swells the crowd of people praising a novel that would be panned if it was 150 pages long. Changing your beliefs to be in line with how you acted may not be the most principled approach. But it is certainly easier than changing how you acted. — cOuRTESY BBc FuTuRE

These 23 words have survived 15k years

Plants and animals aren't the only things that go extinct: Most words are replaced every few thousand years, with a maximum survival of roughly 9,000 years, say linguists. But in a new study published yesterday, four British researchers say they have found 23 words that have persisted for a staggering 15,000 years. These "ultraconserved words" include some that you might expect (you, me, mother, man), others you might not (spit, worm, bark), and at least one somewhat heartwarming entry (give). Over the centuries, the words have retained the same meaning and almost the same sound, theWashington Post reports. The team claims that's because they all come from an ancient "mother tongue" that was used toward the end of the last ice age, the Guardian reports. They assert that the ancient language eventually formed seven language families, which in turn formed the 700 modern languages used by more than half of the planet today. To find the ultraconserved words, linguists looked for cognates—words that have similar meanings and sounds in different languages, like "father" (padre, pere, pater, pitar)— shared by all seven of the aforementioned language families. They then translated the cognates into what they believed the cognates' ancestral words (known as proto-words) would be, then compared those. They ultimately found 23 that were shared by at least four of the language families, including one (thou) that was shared by all seven. NEwS DESK


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pcb constitution gives ZAkA four-yeAr term

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf on Wednesday became the country’s first elected head of the sport, winning a four-year term under a new constitution approved earlier this year. The International Cricket Council (ICC) directed all its members to run their boards democratically and without government interference, threatening sanctions for any board that did not meet its requirements by June 2013. Ashraf, 60, has been PCB chairman since October 2011, when he was appointed by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari under the old system. But the PCB’s governing board elected him back into the job under the new regulations, having presented the International Cricket Council (ICC) with a new constitution last month. “Zaka Ashraf has taken over as the first elected chairman of the PCB who will serve his tenure of four years from today as prescribed in the PCB constitution,” the board said in a statement. Alan Isaac, the ICC president, last month commended the PCB’s effort to reform. Despite Ashraf’s election, the PCB is reportedly facing opposition from various associations and former PCB chiefs on the voting process. STAFF REPORT

bAsit urges pcb to form think tAnk LAHORE: At the time when the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is trying to put it’s house in order with the introduction of a newly-amended constitution, former test cricketer Basit Ali urged the PCB chairman to constitute a think tank for the betterment of Cricket in the country. “The PCB should form a think tank consist of Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Rashid Latif and Intikhab Alam. I guarantee that country’s Cricket would get better with their valuable contributions”, said Basit Ali. STAFF REPORT

The performances of Paul confirm just how much he has matured as a driver — Vijay Mallya

misbah believes team is mentally stronger LAHORE

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A K I S TA N captain Misbah-ul-Haq believes his team is mentally stronger after defeats in South Africa and ready for next month’s Champions Trophy in England. South Africa swept Pakistan 3-0 in the test series but Misbah’s team proved tougher opposition in the one-day series before losing it 3-2. Pakistan’s cricketers focused primarily on fitness and batting skills during the six-day training camp in Abbottabad, which concluded on Wednesday, ahead of the Champions Trophy in England. The players returned to their hometowns and will reassemble on Monday in Lahore before departing for Scotland. The weather in Abbottabad, at an altitude of 1260m, remained pleasant throughout the camp and the players took part in some practice matches. Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said the players had ample time to gel. “The purpose of coming here was that the team should train without any distractions,” Misbah said. “It’s a bit cooler here and the pitches had offered some movement for the batsmen to cope with.” “Our players benefited from playing tough cricket in tough South African conditions and that helps you to get mentally more focused for difficult conditions,” Misbah said Wednesday. The team’s six-day training camp ended Wednesday in the northern town of Abbottabad, and included team talks from former captains Wasim Akram and Javed Miandad. Pakistan will play two ODIs each

against Scotland and Ireland later this month before taking on West Indies, South Africa and India in its Champions Trophy Group B matches. The Group A comprises defending champion Australia, England, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. The Pakistan Cricket Board planned a short camp in the cool weather of Abbottabad to prepare for similar conditions in England during the eightteam competition, starting June 7. “It’s (Abbottabad) at some height and a bit cooler too which helped us to get used to the conditions we might get in England,” he said. Pakistan batsmen failed against the

likes of South African fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander in test matches and Misbah said his batsmen should focus more on improving their skills in test matches. “When you play lots of short versions of cricket you don’t get much stronger technically,” he said. “We are all professionals ... when you prove yourself in test cricket and technically your basics are strong, you have more chances to succeed in one-day cricket and T20 cricket.” The selectors have dropped experienced batsman Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi for the Champions Trophy

due to poor form and Misbah said such tough decisions had to be taken. “It’s difficult when you play without your senior players but sometimes you have to take such decisions,” he said. “We still have lot of matchwinners in the team, the way they have been performing recently.” Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore said it was difficult to predict its chances in the Champions Trophy. “If we play to our potential we can put pressure on any team so that’s our goal, our goal is obviously to win it ... our goal is to do the best that we possibly can in every game that we play.”

Learn, practice daily: Miandad to Pakistan cricketers LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Emphasising the importance of hard work, former captain Javed Miandad told the Pakistani players to look up to Sachin Tendulkar, who he says is an embodiment of commitment to the game of cricket. “The team need to practice daily and be committed because every day gives new lesson,” he maintained. Miandad while talking to Pakistan players, preparing for the Champions Trophy in Abbottabad, said there was no replacement for hard work. “It has been a good experience working with these players and I have told them that no matter how much coaching or advice

you are given nothing can replace the individual hard work you put into your game everyday. I gave them the example of Sachin Tendulkar who is still playing Test cricket only because of his commitment and the individual hard work he puts into his game,” Miandad said. “I think he is an ideal role model for the present generation because of his achievements and if they want to be successful batsmen and players,” Miandad added. He pointed out that cricket was a sport in which everything depends on the individual. “Batting is something you learn about everyday and it is absolutely necessary to keep on practicing and working hard

everyday. No matter how talent you are everyday and every match is a new challenge,” Miandad, who is a DirectorGeneral in the PCB, said. “I used to practice every day even when we had no team commitments. Whatever best I can advise and give tips I have given to these players but the rest is up to them how they utilize them,” the former captain said. He asserted that one could never say he had achieved perfection in batting because in every new match there was a different pitch and conditions. “Tendulkar has been successful because he has followed this policy and worked hard to maintain his game and fitness,” he said.

Cricket fraternity unites over Imran fall LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Top Pakistani cricketers Shahid Afridi and Inzamam-ul-Haq visited Imran Khan in hospital on Wednesday and several sympathised as the cricketer turned politician and former test captain badly fall on his back at an election rally. Imran, who played 88 tests for Pakistan and led them to their sole World Cup triumph, suffered head and back injuries when he fell from a riser lifting him to a platform for a campaign speech in the eastern city of Lahore. Messages of support from the cricket world poured in for Imran, who doctors said was making “steady progress” at the city’s Shaukat Khanum hospital and was expected to make a full recovery. Wasim Akram, groomed under Imran and whose deadly bowling was a decisive factor

in the 1992 final, also voiced concern. “It was shocking to hear the news,” Wasim said. “I was really concerned so I called and checked about his welfare and it was a big relief when I knew that he was okay.” PCB Chairman Ch. Zaka Ashraf, Entire Board Management and the National Team expressed its concern over Pakistan’s former captain’s injury and wished Imran a most speedy recovery. Big-hitting allrounder Afridi said his boyhood hero was in good spirits when he visited him. “As I was in Lahore I thought it’s my duty to visit him,” Afridi told AFP. “He showed no signs of pessimism and seemed like the same Khan he was during his playing days. “I am sure that he will recover soon and I think the Almighty has saved him from a bigger disaster.” Inzamam, who was part of the young side Imran inspired to an unlikely victory in the

1992 World Cup, said he was shocked by the accident on Tuesday, which was repeated endlessly on television news channels. “The news disturbed me a lot and I couldn’t get through anyone who could tell me about his welfare so I visited to the hospital myself and found him okay,” said Inzamam. Pakistan’s current squad offered special prayers for their former captain at a training camp in Abbottabad where they are preparing for next month’s Champions Trophy in England. Another teammate Javed Miandad, said he prayed for Khan’s health. “Khan was a great teammate, and is an amazing friend. I am praying for his recovery, I know he will fight back,” Miandad, who is currently working as director general at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), said. Former West Indian batting master Brian Lara also offered sympathy for Imran on Twitter.


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ANCHESTEr United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed he will be stepping down from his post at the end of the season after more than 26 years in charge. United confirmed the news on their website on Wednesday morning. “The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly,” said Ferguson. “It is the right time.” Ferguson’s last game in charge will be at West Brom on May 19 and he will join the club’s football board. “It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so,” he said. “The quality of this league winning squad, and the balance of ages within it, bodes well for continued success at the highest level whilst the structure of the youth set-up will ensure that the long-term future of the club remains a bright one.” Ferguson has had a career the like of which will never be seen again.

He won his 49th trophy in United’s 20th league championship and seemed set to extend his career into next season, confirming as much in his programme notes ahead of Sunday’s encounter with Chelsea. Instead, with a hip operation booked in for August, this weekend’s Old Trafford encounter with Swansea, that will be followed by a trophy presentation, will be his last home game in charge. He leaves behind a club in good shape. “Our training facilities are amongst the finest in global sport and our home Old Trafford is rightfully regarded as one of the leading venues in the world,” said Ferguson. “Going forward, I am delighted to take on the roles of both Director and Ambassador for the club. With these activities, along with my many other interests, I am looking forward to the future. “I must pay tribute to my family, their love and support has been essential. “My wife Cathy has been the key figure throughout my career, providing a bedrock of both stability and encouragement. Words are not enough to express what this has meant to me. “As for my players and staff, past and present, I would like to thank them all for a staggering level of professional conduct and

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century propels Zimbabwe to series win

dedication that has helped to deliver so many memorable triumphs. Without their contribution the history of this great club would not be as rich.” Although there have been times - in 1989 when it seemed he was going to be sacked, and 2002, when he was about to retire and instead performed a last-minute U-turn - when it was felt Ferguson was ready to leave, this time it is permanent. The speculation intensified on Tuesday and United’s failure to respond to questioning about the matter further fuelled the rumours overnight. Now, Ferguson is left to look back on the power-shift in English football that he has instigated. “In my early years, the backing of the board, and Sir Bobby Charlton in particular, gave me the confidence and time to build a football club, rather than just a football team,” said Ferguson. “Over the past decade, the Glazer family have provided me with the platform to manage Manchester United to the best of my ability and I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with a talented and trustworthy chief executive in David Gill. “I am truly grateful to all of them. “To the fans, thank you. The support you

Lights out for KKR as Mumbai romp home

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A sparkling century from opener Vusi Sibanda propelled Zimbabwe to a sevenwicket win and a series victory over Bangladesh after the third and final oneday international in Bulawayo on Wednesday. Set 248 to win, Zimbabwe never looked in trouble with Sibanda leading from the front. He hit the winning runs to go to his second one-day international century off 135 balls with nine fours and two sixes as he finished unbeaten on 103. Sibanda was given excellent support by Sean Williams, who went to his second half-century in as many matches and finished on 55 not out. “To lose so convincingly in the first game and come back and put together two important wins shows a lot of character and that we are moving in the right direction,” said Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor. “We have always rated Vusi Sibanda very highly, I think it has been seven years since his last hundred so we are pleased for him. I am sure he will kickon now.” Asked to bat first, Bangladesh were reeling at 110 for five wickets before Nasir Hossain (63) steadied the innings in partnership with Mahmudullah who hit an unbeaten 75. Their efforts took Bangladesh to a respectable 247 for nine but it was a target that Zimbabwe always looked likely to chase down. Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza (41) put on 79 for the first wicket as Bangladesh battled to get the early

wickets they needed on a flattening pitch. “We didn’t bat well again and they made early inroads into our top five. I thought we bowled quite well, but we were 20 or 30 runs short. The wicket got flatter in the second innings and it is never easy to beat them at home,” Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur rahim said. The teams now play a two-match T20 series on Saturday and Sunday, with both games in Bulawayo.

ScOREBOARD Bangladesh innings Tamim Iqbal c Taylor b chatara 32 Mohammad Ashraful c Sibanda b vitori 5 Jahurul Islam b vitori 0 Mushfiqur Rahim c chatara b utseya 32 Shakib Al Hasan c Sibanda b williams 18 Nasir Hossain c Taylor b Jarvis 63 Mahmudullah not out 75 Ziaur Rahman c H Masakadza b chatara 5 Abdur Razzak c Taylor b Jarvis 4 Shafiul Islam run out 1 Extras (lb-1, w-9, nb-2) 12 Total (for nine wickets, 50 overs) 247 Fall of wickets: 1-15 2-15 3-77 4-84 5-110 6-189 7-194 8-211 9247. Did not bat: Robiul Islam. Bowling: K. Jarvis 10-0-63-2 (w1), B. vitori 9-0-43-2 (nb1, w5), E. chigumbura 0.5-0-2-0, H. Masakadza 5.1-0-16-1, P. utseya 9-1-34-1 (w1), T. chatara 10-0-59-2 (nb1, w2), S. williams 6-029-1. Zimbabwe innings v. Sibanda not out 103 H. Masakadza c Mushfiq b Robiul 41 Sikandar Raza c Nasir b Ziaur 37 B. Taylor c Mushfiq b Mahmudullah 2 S. williams not out 55 Extras (lb-7, w-5, nb-1) 13 Total (for three wickets, 47.1 overs) 251 Fall of wickets: 1-79, 2-135, 3-142. Did not bat: M. waller, E. chigumbura, P. utseya, K. Jarvis, B. vitori, T. chatara. Bowling: Shafiul Islam 10-0-58-0, Abdur Razzak 10-1-44-0, Robiul Islam 7.1-0-45-1, Ziaur Rahman 5-0-25-1, Shakib Al Hasan 9-1-43-0, Mahmudullah 6-0-29-1. Zimbabwe, who won the toss and elected to field, win the series 2-1.

have provided over the years has been truly humbling. “It has been an honour and an enormous privilege to have had the opportunity to lead your club and I have treasured my time as manager of Manchester United.” Now, for the first time in over a quarter of a century, United are on the hunt for a new manager.

The Kolkata Knight riders were effectively knocked out of IPL 2013 on Tuesday when they lost by 65 runs to a rampant Mumbai Indians team at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Not even a brief disruption due to a floodlight failure in the Mumbai innings could break their speed, as Man of the Match Sachin Tendulkar and Dwayne Smith laid the foundation for a total of 170-6, more than adequately defended by some super bowling from Mitchell Johnson and Harbhajan Singh. Facing a testing target of 171, Kolkata got

FICa claim ICC vote was fixed DUBAI AgENcIES

The Federation of International Cricketers Associations has called on the International Cricket Council to investigate what it describes as “alleged fixing” FICA chief executive Tim May, a forthright and combative voice among the game’s administrators, was replaced on the ICC Cricket Committee panel by former India international Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, currently employed as a television commentator. There are two slots on the committee for “current player representatives”, with Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara holding the other place. Both are voted in by a vote of the 10 current Test captains. Sangakkara, an active international player of significant repute, was certain to be named, but FICA has claimed that the battle between May and Sivaramakrishnan was not conducted fairly. It believes some international boards exerted undue pressure on their captains to vote for the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s preferred candidate Sivaramakrishnan and has called on the ICC to investigate. In a statement, FICA’s international legal advisor Ian Smith said: “In light of media reports that five ICC full member boards applied direct pressure on their captains to amend their votes in the recent elections, FICA’s official stance is that these allegations must warrant careful and independent scrutiny; especially because we understand ICC specifically instructed the boards not to interfere in the voting process. “The actions...are a timely and stark reminder of the very serious shortcomings in governance at ICC highlighted more than a year ago by the Woolf report and about which ICC has done nothing in the intervening period.

David Moyes, out of contract at Everton, and Jose Mourinho, who is expected to leave real Madrid at the end of the season, are the obvious favourites, although Borussia Dortmund’s highly-regarded coach Jürgen Klopp and Bayern Munich’s 67-year-old outgoing boss Jupp Heynckes will also come into contention. off to the worst start as Gautam Gambhir departed in the first over, overestimating Johnson’s swing and playing on to the fourth ball of the innings. Jacques Kallis, Yusuf Pathan and Debabrata Das all made starts, but Kallis’s 24 was the highest score in a disappointing effort. Johnson was in charge from the start, taking 1-12 in his opening spell of three overs, and a wicket at the death gave him a superb analysis of 2-13. Harbhajan Singh also kept it tight and was rewarded with 3-27. Earlier Mumbai batted solidly after winning the toss. A floodlight failure interrupted the innings at the first strategic time-out with the home batsmen on 63-0 after nine overs. Play resumed without any loss of overs. Tendulkar finished with 48 off 28 balls and Smith a more pedestrian 47, but the only other batsman to make a mark was Dinesh Karthik with an unbeaten 34 off just 18 balls. Lakshmipathy Balaji made an excellent start, going for just seven in his opening burst of three overs, but did not get to complete his spell. ryan McLaren had a horrid night as he finished with 2-60. Despite troubling Tendulkar, he went for five successive boundaries in his second over. He came back with two quick wickets, but was punished for 25 in the final over of the innings. It might have been a bit different, as Karthik was dropped early on in that over, but McLaren could blame no-one else for bowling five wides with what should have been the final ball, and the last ball was a full toss spanked into the crowd by Johnson.

lesco win 44th wApdA Annual inter unit sports LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) won the 44th WAPDA Annual Inter Unit Sports Competitions, while Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO) and Gujranwala Electric Power Company (GEPCO) bagged second and third positions in the competitions respectively. WAPDA Chairman Syed raghib Abbas Shah was the chief guest of the prize distribution ceremony organised by WAPDA Sports Board (WSB) here at WAPDA Sports Complex. Apart from giving away prizes to the winners, the Chairman also distributed enrolment letters among the third batch comprising 42 young players aged between 12 to 14 years, selected from all over Pakistan under WAPDA Endowment Fund for Sports (WEFS). Pakistan Olympic Association President Lt. Gen (r) Syed Arif Hassan, WAPDA Managing Director and WSB President Naveed Akram Cheema, office bearers of various national sports federations, WAPDA high-ups and Chief Executive Officers of LESCO, FESCO and GEPCO were also present on the occasion. Earlier, WSB President and WAPDA MD (Admin) highlighted the achievements of WAPDA in sports. referring to the historic win of WAPDA in 32nd National Games with 190 gold medals, he said that presently WAPDA is the winner of 24 sporting events, runners up in 16 games and third position holder in four games at national level.


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khan even more eager after mayweather show

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MIr Khan has set his sights on a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr, whose latest performance he described as “a work of art”. The 26-year-old hopes to have put himself back in the frame for title fights following his points victory over Mexican Julio Diaz, with Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, the men who dealt him back-to-back defeats, possible opponents for a likely December bout. In the long run,

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though, the target is 36-year-old Mayweather, whose own points victory over robert Guerrero this weekend to retain his WBC welterweight crown was considerably more convincing that Khan’s latest effort. “Obviously I would love to fight him,” Khan told The Guardian. “I am full of admiration for him and I can’t understand people booing him at the end because he didn’t knock Guerrero out. It was a terrific performance, a work of art. “He is the best boxer in the world, without question. If someone is going to have a chance against him, it is someone with speed, and that is my best asset. So I do have a chance with my speed and explosiveness. I would trouble him.”

Battaglin wins stage, Paolini in pink SERRA SAN BRUNO AgENcIES

Enrico Battaglin claimed his maiden Giro d’Italia stage on Tuesday with fellow Italian Luca Paolini retaining the leader’s pink jersey and race favourite Bradley Wiggins losing time to rivals after an epic 246km of racing from Policastro to Serra San Bruno. Battaglin, who rides for the Bardiani team, surged out of a small group of survivors from the day’s second and last climb to sprint to a well-earned victory after nearly 6hr 15min of racing to the southernmost point of the Giro’s 96th edition. Minutes earlier, Danilo Di Luca, the Giro winner in 2007, belied his 37 years to launch an audacious attack on the final kilometres of the second and last climb and race into the lead with young Colombian

LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Lahore City Cricket Association has wished speed recovery and health to former Pakistan captain Imran Khan who fell off of a lifter during his election campaign here. ‘It is sad to know to that he sustained injuries in an unfortunate incident and we wish him speedy recovery and health’, said President, LCCA, Khawaja Nadim Ahmad, Secretary,Mian Javed Ali,treasurer Safraz Ahmad and Vice President, Imran Bichain a joint statement here on Wednesday. They said Imran rendered meritorious services for the cause of cricket in Pakistan and he was also the pride of our national cricket. They said Imran was a role model for new cricket generation due to his achievements in the field of the game by inspiring the team to title victory in the World Cup in early 90’s. They prayed to Allah Almighty to grant him full recovery in coming days.

imrAn is An Asset: shAfQAt LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Former test cricketer and manager of Pakistan team, Shafqat rana said on Wednesday that he was deeply saddened to know that former captain Imran Khan sustained injuries during an incident in connection with election campaign. ‘Imran is an asset of our national cricket and he is a international cricket figure known for his leadership qualities as the captain of the team and a fighting skipper‘, he said here. ‘What has happened with him is quite unfortunate and sad and I wish him health and fast recovery‘, he said adding ‘ I know he is a man with high level of energy, zeal and self confidence and all these qualities will help him to gain good health in shorter span of time’. He appealed to former test cricketers and those who are associated with the game to pray for his health.

robinson Chalapud. The pair came over the summit with barely 20secs on the main peloton but, despite Di Luca’s efforts on the rain-hit finale, the pair were agonisingly caught inside the final kilometre. Katusha veteran Paolini, who took the race lead with victory on stage three on Monday, was just behind and crossed the finish line in the company of overall victory hopefuls Vincenzo Nibali, Cadel Evans and ryder Hesjedal. Main race favourite, Team Sky leader Bradley Wiggins, however, lost time in the final kilometres to three key rivals. Tour de France champion Wiggins was held up by a crash involving Italian Cristian Salerno on the approach to the final kilometre. race rules normally dictate that riders caught up in such incidents in the final three kilometres are not penalised.

Montgomerie inducted into Golf hall of Fame fLORIDA AgENcIES

Colin Montgomerie reflected on his major championship near-misses as he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in Florida on Monday night. The Scot is the most successful British golfer in European Tour history, winning the Order of Merit eight times, including seven in a row between 1993 and 1999, and winning 31 events on tour. Montgomerie also played on eight European ryder Cup teams, holing the winning putt in 2004 and captaining the team to victory at Celtic Manor in 2010. The 49-year-old has no majors on his CV, however, finishing second five times, and many have given him the unwanted tag of being the greatest player never to win one. But despite his failures on the biggest stage, Montgomerie insists he has no regrets from his career. He told a press conference: “I’ve enjoyed thoroughly my exploits in major championships. “I just haven’t been fortunate or whatever it takes, I’ve never, ever stood up and made a winner’s speech and said I was

unlucky. Never. I never will. “There’s always a time where a bit of fortune comes your way, whether it be for you or against your opponent at the time, and it just so happens with five runner-ups and two thirds that I just haven’t been so-called fortunate to walk through the door. “The door has been ajar many a time, I just haven’t been able to walk through it. “So at the same time, if you’re talking about regrets of any part of my golfing career, I have none. Absolutely none. “I’ve done exactly what I’ve tried to do. I’ve tried 100 per cent on every shot, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. “We all know ourselves as golfers, my word, sometimes it’s not the easiest game, and we all understand that. “So it’s just so happens that I haven’t managed to win one. “I look forward to the Seniors Tour and trying to win them there. Gary Player counts them as majors, doesn’t he?” Montgomerie announced himself across the Atlantic with a third-placed finish in the 1992 US Open, a tournament in which he would finish second on three occasions, including a play-off loss in 1994.

The Scot also finished second at the Open Championship in 2005 and the US PGA Championship in 1995 after another play-off, but he admits the 2006 US Open at Winged Foot was the most crushing of his near-misses. Montgomerie double-bogeyed the 18th, allowing Geoff Ogilvy to claim the title, and he said: “The one that does get away, forget the play-offs, is the 2006 Winged Foot. “I know Phil Mickelson, a fellow

inductee now, can say the same. He doublebogeyed the last hole, and so did I just minutes before him, and we threw that one away. “That’s the one that hurts. The four others or five others really, somebody happened to beat me. The 2006 Winged Foot I beat myself, and that’s where it hurts most. So that has taken the most to recover from.” Also inducted into the Hall of Fame on Monday night were Fred Couples, Ken Schofield, Willie Park Jr and Ken Venturi.


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nAtionAl gym mArch to semis LAHORE: National Gym has marched into the semifinal of 28th M yaseen Akhter Memorial cricket Event when they beat Tauseef Club by 16 runs in the 1st quarterfinal played at Mehrn Block on Wednesday. Scores: National Gym 249/8 in 20 overs. Imran 35, Shahrukh 80, Mohsin 10, Waqas Ahmed 29, Ihsan Ali 31(no), Ali Haider 22. Israr Baig 2/38, Mohsin Agha 2/47, Sher Baz Khan 3/40, M Ali Rana 1/58. Tauseef Club 233 all out in 19.4 overs. Ibrar Baig 56, Waqas Khan 43, Sher BAz Khan 27, Mohsin Agha 60, Awais Manzoor 20. Fahad 2/18, Waqas 2/53, Asim 1/41, Musadaq 1/27, Shahrukh 1/14, Mohsin 1/7.

SHININg CLUB CRUSH MODEL TOWN CLUB: Shining Club has entered into the next round of 28th M yaseen Akhter Memorial cricket Event when they beat strong Champion Model Town Club by 54 runs played at Model Town ground on wednesday. Scores: Shining ABBOTTABAD: Chief coach Dave Whatmore gives lacture to the members of the Pakistan cricket team on the final day of the camp training.

federer eAses into mAdrid open third round

djokovic stunned by dimitrov in Madrid MADRID

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roger Federer eased into the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open on Tuesday with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Czech veteran radek Stepanek. Playing his first tour match for eight weeks, second seed Federer had too much for his world number 48-ranked opponent, breaking four times as he wrapped up his win in one hour and 21 minutes. In the women’s second round, top seed and world number one Serena Williams needed four minutes longer to defeat Spanish wild-card Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-2 7-5. Also in the women’s second round there were wins for 14th seed Marion Bartoli over Spanish qualifier Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, and Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova.

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OVAK Djokovic was dumped out of the Madrid Open in the second round on Tuesday when he went over on his ankle and incurred the wrath of the locals on the way to a shock 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 reverse to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. The world number one, who had a bye in the opening round, was already a break down to the 21-year-old in the second set when he twisted the same ankle he hurt playing for Serbia in the Davis Cup last month. After a lengthy medical timeout, he broke back and saved a match point on the way to taking the tiebreak 10-8 to force a deciding set. He immediately lost his serve for a third time, however, and world number 28 Dimitrov battled through cramp to seal by far the biggest win of his career, ending Djokovic’s bid for a fourth title of 2013. Djokovic said his preparation for the claycourt event had not been ideal as he had not touched a racket for 12 days following his victory against rafael Nadal in the final of last month’s Monte Carlo Masters.

MADRID Serena Williams has insisted she is still a big fan of American prodigy Sloane Stephens despite being criticised by her compatriot in a recent interview. Stephens sprung a huge upset when she beat 15-time Grand Slam champion Williams in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open earlier this year. However, she claimed that Williams hasn’t spoken to her since that match and had even gone to the lengths of unfollowing her on Twitter. “She’s not said one word to me, not spoken to me, not said hi, not looked my way, not been in the same room with me since I played her in Australia,” Stephens told the ESPN magazine. “And that should

tell everyone something, how she went from saying all these nice things about me to unfollowing me on Twitter. “People should know. They think she’s so friendly and she’s so this and she’s so that - no, that’s not reality!” Williams, though, refused to react to Stephens’s outburst and instead said she is still a huge fan of the 20-year-old. “I’m a big Sloane Stephens fan and always have been,” Williams said at a press conference after progressing to the third round of the Madrid Open with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Lourdes Dominguez on Tuesday. “I’ve always said that I think she can be the best in the world. I’ll always continue to think that and always be rooting for her. “I really just always wish her and anyone, really, especially from America the best. We don’t have that many

MT gYM DOWN MUSLIM gYM: Model Town Gym has entered into the 3rd round of 28th M yaseen Akhter Memorial cricket Event when they beat Muslim Gym by 6 wickets played at Model Town ground on Wednesday. Scores: Muslim Gym 137 all out. Mohsin Pervaiz 20, M Mateen 31, Salman Ghafoor 28, Kamil Ali 12, Adil Sardar 10. Sadaullah Khan 3/18, Awais 1/26, Mehfooz 3/24, M Fayyaz 1/12, 2 batsmen runout. Model Town Gym 138/4. Sadullah Khan 36, Mehroz Hanif 27, Jamil Khan 32(no), Ali Raza 24(no), M Waqas 11. M Ali Rafih 1/20, M Bilal 1/35, Mohsin pervaiz 1/30, M Waqas 1/10.

CANTT gYM OUTPLAY CROWN CLUB: Cantonment Gym has moved into the 2nd round of 28th M yaseen Akhter Memorial cricket Event when they beat Crown Club by 5 wickets played at Mehran Block ground on Wednesday. Scores: Crown Club 168/8.

“Up until Saturday I didn’t know whether I would come or not because of the ankle,” Djokovic said. “But I am not trying to find an excuse, he was the better player and I congratulate him,” added the 25-year-old, who beat Dimitrov in their previous two meetings. “Nothing really happened when I twisted my ankle because I had good protection so that’s the only positive from this. That I didn’t injure my ankle worse before rome and Paris.” Dimitrov, who looked close to tears as he embraced his coaching team at the side of the court, afterwards seemed

underwhelmed by the victory, noting that it was “just the second round”. “It’s a great win for me. Good day at the office. I know it’s a big thing, of course,” he told reporters. “But you got to stay on the ground. Hopefully you’re going to face these guys for years. It’s just a match. You never know how it’s going to be next time.” He said he had not been expecting the crowd to get behind him so completely Djokovic annoyed the locals by questioning several line calls - and the atmosphere had reminded him of a raucous Davis Cup tie.

serena not put off by sloane’s comments AgENcIES

Club 156/6 in 20 overs. Rana Adnan 82, M Naeem 12, Humayon Farhat 11, Asif NAz 30. Waqas Afzal 2/19, Rashid Riaz 2/19, 2 runout. Model Town Club 102 all out in 19.5 overs. Rashid Riaz 16, Shahid Ali 30, Mudasar 15. M Aftab 2/24, Humayon Farhat 1/7, Asif Khan 1/8, M Irfan 1/12, M Ahmed 1/23, Usman Malik 3/5.

American players, so it’s always exciting to see so many young players doing so well.” Stephens’s comments have been the talk of

the tour since they were released on Sunday with World No.2 Maria Sharapova even praising here for her honesty.

Shoaib 66, Faraz 12, Irfan Khan 17, Zaheer 10, Gohar Hafeez 30. Mohtisham 1/21, Salman Ali 2/42, Ghulam Abbas 3/20, Ahmed 2/21. Cantonment Gym 172/5. Salman 35, Asad 38, Ahmed 41, Zahid 11, Jamil 26(no). Noor 2/40, M Shoaib 2/30, Waseem 1/33.

AITCHISON ALL STARS CLINCH LAHORE LEAgUE: Aitchison (All Star) beat Ayeshyana Boyz (FS) by one wicket in the Final of Lahore Sports Cricket League, 2013 and lifted the trophy. The final was played here at Ali Ghar Cricket Ground, Model Town, Lahore. Ayeshyana Boyz winning the toss elected to bat first and scored 297/6. Main batsmen are Aamir Riaz 108, Naik Muhammad 83, and Hammad Haider 47*. From Aitchison Maqsood Ali took 3 wickets for 33, Irfan Zafar 2 for 5, and Muhammad Ahmed 1 for 56 runs. In reply Aitchison achieved the target of 298 runs for loss of 9 wickets in the last over. Irfan Zafar 94, Salman Khan 64 and Asim Nawaz scored 39 runs. From Ayesshyana Boyz (FS) Shan Shahid took 4 for 51, Shahid Aslam 2 for 47 runs and Nazir Hssain and Kashif Mehmood took one wicket each. Salman Khan was declared Man of the Match of Final who 64 runs on 20 balls with 2 fours and 8 sixes. He also scored the fastest 50 of tournament on 16 balls and also took a catch. Final was supervised by the Qaisar Waheed and Jawaid Ashraf (Field Umpire), Ahmed Shahab (TV Umpire), Muhammad Kaleem (Coordinator) and Azhar Hussain was Scorer. Ashiq Hussain Quarishi (President Veteran Cricket Club), Mr. Salman Khan (Director Golden Ghee Mill), Col Tahir Kardar (Model Town Society), Rai Zulfiqar Ahmed (President Itehad Group) and Farooq Ahmed (Director Hamza Floor Mill) were honourable guests on the prize distribution ceremony.


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