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Patience ending, outages not Violent protests rage across Punjab against up to 22 hours of load shedding in the province g Government raises power tariff by Rs 1.20 per unit from June g Child dies during demonstration in Multan g
T appears to be a summer worth not remembering. People across Punjab have been forced to take to the streets in simmering anger against record-breaking load shedding being conducted ever since the mercury shot up in the last few days. The power shortfall has reportedly soared to 7,000MW and the government is resorting to more than 20 hours of load shedding in rural, and more than 18 hours in urban areas of the province. To make matters even worse for the citizens, the federal government on Wednesday announced an increase of Rs 1.20 per unit in the power tariff in June. Only the other day, independent power producers (IPPs) invoked sovereign guarantees against the government after it repeatedly failed to clear their outstanding dues. They also warned of shutting down completely on May 10 if the money is not paid to them. Meanwhile, violent and desperate protests against prolonged outages were staged in several cities including Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Multan, Sheikhupura, Mianwali, Phalia and Mandi Bahauddin. A large number of industrial workers gathered in various localities of Faisalabad and shouted slogans against the government over its “anti-people policies”. They torched tyres on roads and staged FAISALABAD: Textile workers sit idle at a factory which has been closed due to excessive load shedding in the province. online several sit-ins. Enraged citizens also torched a motorcycle. Similarly, a large number of people gathered in Kumharanwala Chowk in Multan and held a demonstration against massive load shedding. Protesters complained that the scorching heat had made their lives miserable and the lack of water due to load shedding had added fuel to fire. “Unscheduled load shedding continues for two to three hours at a stretch…the government has made our lives miserable,” said a protester. US drone strikes on its territory, and LONDON Protests were also reported from Sialkot, AGenCIeS Gilani made the point again Tuesday. Wazirabad, Jhelum, Chakwal, Bhalwal and “We always take drones as counterproseveral other cities and towns. With his fate at home hanging in the ductive, and it’s not lawful,” Gilani said. Citizens said more than 18 hours of load balance, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Back at home, Gilani faces myriad shedding in cities and between 20 to 22 Gilani repudiated US claims that Paknational woes: a faltering economy, hours in the rural areas had made life istan was falling short on fighting the widespread poverty and corruption. miserable. They said electricity was war on terrorism and said instead that And now, his own future. supplied for a few minutes after every two his nation was operating on a trust But on a five-day visit to the United to three hours of breakdown and the deficit with Washington. Kingdom, Gilani remained confidant supply was cut again. “There’s a trust deficit between and defiant as ever about stepping “As a result, not only are we forced to bear both the countries, between both the down, saying that only parliament had the rising temperature, but water supply governments,” Gilani said in interacthe right to force him from office. has also been badly affected,” said Haji tions with the media. “That is the rea“If I’m disqualified, notified by the Mujtaba, an elderly protester. son we are wanting to work for new speaker, then yes I have to,” he said Businessmen said they too were suffering terms of engagement and cooperation about leaving his job. “Whatever I have extensively due to load shedding. with the United States.” done is according to the constitution,” The protesters said the PPP government Pakistan has been a key U.S. ally, he said. “It is not on any moral turpihad completely failed in overcoming the but relations between the two nations tude or financial corruption.” power crisis, rather the situation had gone have been strained in recent months, partnership with the United States. “If He said information about the from bad to worse and the circular debt especially after last year’s killing of there is any credible, actionable infor- most wanted terror suspects is shared had climbed to Rs 232 billion. Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil and mation, please share with us, because with Washington. In the case of bin They questioned where the revenue a NATO airstrike in November that are already working with you,” he said. Laden, Gillani said Pakistan was not generated from power consumption was “My ISI is working with the CIA. What aware of the al Qaeda mastermind’s killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. going, as the government was increasing Amid a lack of harmony, the else do you want?” residence in Abbottabad. “That was inthe tariff almost each month. How can relations between the two telligence failure of the whole world. It Obama administration has said it is not Hanif Mirza, a businessman, said the convinced Pakistan is pulling its nations, strained in recent months, im- was not just an intelligence failure of circular debt was on the up because of weight. At the end of an Asia tour Tues- prove? “One point,” Gilani said. “That Pakistan,” he said. Pakistanis, of all corruption in PEPCO and theft of day, US Secretary of State Hillary Clin- is mutual respect and mutual interest.” people, know the consequences of terelectricity in Sindh, Balochistan and FATA. ton said Pakistan ought to do more in A lack of trust is not the only stain mar- rorists on their soil, he said. fighting extremism. Gilani countered ring a critical relationship. Pakistan has said it wants an end to that his country was doing all it could in Continued on page 04 Continued on page 04
Pakistan, US operating on a trust deficit: Gilani
US bill prohibits aid to tame Pakistan on terror war WASHINGTON OnLIne
A Congressional Committee in its budgetary proposals for the year 2013 has prohibited economic and security assistance to Pakistan until it “cooperates” with the United States in the war on terror. “The legislation prohibits economic and security assistance unless the Government of Pakistan is cooperating with the US on counterterrorism efforts and other issues,” the House Appropriations Committee said in a statement as it released the 2013 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill. The bill totals $40.1 billion in regular discretionary funding, which is $2 billion or five per cent below last year’s level. The bill running into 208 pages will be considered by a Congressional sub-committee later today. Among other things, the bill includes $8.2 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terror funding, which will provide for continued US involvement in frontline countries and other war-related efforts. In total, including war funding, the bill is $5 billion – or nine per cent– below fiscal year 2012, the House Committee said in a statement. Continued on page 04
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Three children burnt alive as fire breaks out in house PESHAWAR: Three children were burnt alive as a fire broke out in a house in the Ghazana area, on the outskirts of Peshawar, on Wednesday. According to the police, the fire was so severe that the ill-fated minors succumbed to their burn injuries before the Rescue 1122 workers could manage to douse the blaze. The victims are identified as five-year old Fatima, daughter of Naseer, six-year old Mahaz, son of Tariq and fiveyear old Asim, son of Naseer. Among the three minors, two were siblings. A pall of grief enveloped the entire locality as the dead bodies of the minors reached their homes. The reason behind the fire has not been ascertained yet, but it is speculated to have been caused by short circuiting of electricity. APP
Reference for PM’s disqualification filed in ECP ISLAMABAD” A reference against Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani was submitted in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday, seeking his disqualification from premiership and the assembly. Chaudhry Mureed Hussain advocate and Aftab Ahmed Bajwa advocate moved the references in the ECP, saying that Gilani was convicted by the Supreme Court therefore according to constitution he was ineligible for holding any official post. The petitioners giving reference of a case of Mian Najeeb Owaisi and Malik Amir Yar Warren said that any citizen could send reference to ECP against a convicted member of assembly instead of only speaker of National Assembly. They urged the ECP to accept reference and order to disqualify Yousaf Raza Gilani’s as MNA. They also urged the ECP to order stopping work being done by the PM till finial decision of reference was not issued by ECP. OnLIne
Faisalabad judges continue strike, litigants in distress FAISALABAD: Judges in Faisalabad continued their strike in protest against the lawyer who hurled a shoe at a judge, causing difficulties for the clients whose cases were left pending in the courts. Sources said the tension between the lawyers and judges continued at the Faisalabad District Bar as 17 additional judges, 40 civil judges and eight special courts judges stopped working as a protest against the shoe-throwing incident in the local court. The clients are suffering the most due to the situation. 5,000 cases are heard at Faisalabad’s courts daily, besides the 2,000 cases heard at the special courts. The judges said they will not resume work till the registration of a case against the lawyer involved in the incident. On the other hand, the local lawyers have announced that they will defend their colleague at every cost. OnLIne
Cheaters torture college principal in Karachi KARACHI: The principal of the government-run National College Karachi (NCK) was tortured by students for not allowing the cheating mafia use unfair means during intermediate exams being held at the college. Reports said a few students backed by a political group wanted to cheat during the examination and quarreled with the principal when he prohibited them from doing so. “After attempting the exam, at least ten of them barged into my room, slapped and punched me, dragged me out and tore my cloths,” the principal told reporters. TV channels aired footages of principal’s office ransacked by the rowdy students. OnLIne
PeSHAWAR: A boy jumps into a canal as others take a bath to cool off during a hot day. The temperature soared to 38 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. ReuteRs
nawaz ropes in a Bhutto to thwart ‘threat to democracy’ RATO DERO
AKISTAN Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said democracy in Pakistan was at risk because a convicted prime minister was holding on to rule the country. The PML-N chief was addressing a rally organised here in connection with the merger of Sindh National Front (SNF) into the PMLN, after SNF Chairman Mumtaz Bhutto announced to join hands with Nawaz Sharif. Nawaz said that a convicted man could not serve as the prime minister of any country in the world. He said the Supreme Court had convicted Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani because he was adamant in implementing court orders, however Gilani was continuing to rule despite his conviction. He said that President Asif Ali Zardari had been unfaithful to the people of Sindh and brought the country to the brink of destruction.
Nawaz said the people suspected of Benazir Bhutto’s murder had gathered around Zardari, adding that the PPP had violated the Charter of Democracy signed by the deceased PPP leader. Nawaz said that the common man was suffering due to bad governance by the current government, yet the PPP leaders were enjoying the rule without showing any concern for the people of the country. He said the PPP and Zardari had cashed in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, and did
nothing to address the miseries of the people. The PML-N chief vowed that he would bring the killers of Benazir Bhutto to book. Addressing the rally, Mumtaz Bhutto said that Nawaz Sharif’s point of view was similar to his. “Now we are the members of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, and will continue our struggle from the new platform,” Bhutto said. Bhutto said that he had been falsely labelled as a Sindhi nationalist contrary to his strong support for the federation.
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News 03 CoMMEnT The full judgment The PM is guilty.
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Our economic woes.
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Caa goes extra vigilant after Bhoja air crash LAHORE IMRAn ADnAn
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Pakistan has become hyperactive after the recent Bhoja crash that caused around 127 causalities, but the efficiency of aviation watchdog is causing great inconvenience to passengers. Sources in the national flag carrier disclosed that the CAA on Wednesday stopped Pakistan International Airline (PIA) flight PK-709 at Lahore airport just six minutes before its departure to Manchester for a damaged seal, which was covered under Minimum Equipment List (MEL) inspection. Similarly, another flight of the national flag carrier PK-751 Lahore-Oslo was barred for the same reasons, when all passengers and cabin crew were on board. They pointed out that both flights were Boeing 777 long haul aircraft with more than 700 passengers were covered under Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) MEL limits. They claimed the MEL being a list of equipment, which by manufacturers was declared safe to fly and not safety violation if the airline waits for the aircraft to return to base and get it rectified. They further claimed that both flights were available for the inspection since 09:00 am in the morning, but the CAA inspectors deliberately annulled the flight on the pretext of inspection when all passengers were boarded and the plane was ready to fly. “It seems the CAA wants to prove its efficiency by causing inconvenience to passengers,” they said, adding the worst part of this total mismanagement was threats of cancellation of the PIA license by the CAAA general manager airworthiness.
Petition challenges govt’s complicity and inaction over drone attacks PESHAWAR STAFF RePORT
In a bid to force the US government to halt drone attacks in North Waziristan and provide compensation to the drone attack victims, two identical constitutional writ petitions were filed before the Peshawar High Court on Wednesday. Islamabad-based attorney and Foundation for Fundamental Rights Director Barrister Shahzad Akbar filed the writ petition on behalf of the droneattack victims, against the Pakistani government and the Foreign Affairs and Defence ministries. The petitioner cited the US drone attack on March 17, 2011 which resulted in the loss of 50 lives. Noor Khan was the petitioner cited for the second petition. He is the surviving son of Malik Daud Khan, a tribal elder from North Waziristan who was killed during the drone attack.
The petition states that over 3,000 people have been killed by CIA operated US drone strikes in over 320 strikes in FATA, most of them occurring in the North Waziristan Agency (NWA). The petition is challenging both the complicity and the inaction of the Pakistani government and stated that the government has failed in its duty to protect its citizens.
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Clinton’s Saeed statement prompted Munter to quit ISLAMABAD
MERICAN Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter suddenly decided to quit his job after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed responsible for the 26/11 Mumbai carnage and said the US was prepared to work with India to bring Hafiz Saeed to justice. Diplomatic sources told INP on Wednesday that after the announcement of $10 million bounty on Hafiz Saeed by the US government, some circles arranged a secret meeting between Hafiz Saeed and Cameron Munter. According to sources, Hafiz Saeed presented solid evidence to Munter to show that he had no link to the Mumbai carnage. The sources further claimed that Munter sent a detailed report to the State Department in this regard and informed it about the detailed viewpoint of Hafiz Saeed about the Mumbai attacks. However, the State Department made it clear upon Munter that it would not be responsible for any assurance given by him to the JuD chief. According to sources, Hafiz Saeed came out openly in the public only after the assurances given by Munter. The sources said Munter had made up his mind to quit his job soon after the State Department refused to be responsible for any promise made by him to Hafiz Saeed. However, the sources added Munter wasted no time and immediately informed the State Department about his decision to quit after Clinton said during her visit to India that the US was prepared to work with New Delhi to bring the JuD chief to justice. Clinton’s announcement was aimed to appease India to make it accept its demand to discard Iranian
Embassy denies Munter-Saeed meeting ISLAMABAD: The US Embassy has categorically rejected media reports that Ambassador Munter met with banned Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed. “Ambassador Munter has never met with Hafiz Saeed. No US official has made any promises to, or agreements with, Hafiz Saeed as quoted in a section of press,” a US embassy spokesperson said. “Hafiz Saeed is a wanted terrorist responsible for the deadly attack on Mumbai in November 2008 that killed 166, including six Americans. He is subject to UN Security Council Resolution 1267/1989 sanctions. There is an international responsibility to bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks to justice,” the spokesperson said. OnLIne oil imports. The US State administration, meanwhile, confirmed that Ambassador Munter had decided to leave his post. Addressing a briefing at the State Department , deputy spokesman Mark Toner confirmed that Munter had decided to leave his post this year prematurely. Toner said that Ambassador Munter had “made the personal decision to depart Pakistan this summer” and announced his decision in a staff meeting at the US Embassy in Islamabad on Monday. He, however, played down the significance
of Ambassador Munter s premature departure and called it a normal tenure for ambassadors in the country. “This is at the conclusion of his tenure at the end of two years, which is a perfectly normal period for an ambassador to Pakistan,” the deputy spokesman emphasised while hailing the contribution of Ambassador Munter in the job, considered by many as one of the toughest in recent years considering the tense nature of bilateral relationship between Pakistan and the US.
15 officials held responsible for Bannu jailbreak PESHAWAR SHAMIM SHAHID
At least 15 government officials, including high-ranking civil and police officers from both Bannu and adjoining Mirali sub division of North Waziristan Agency, have been held responsible for the jailbreak that resulted in the escape of 384 prisoners from Bannu Jail on April 14. The attack was meant to help Adnan Rashid, sentenced to capital punishment in unsuccessful attack on former president Pervez Musharaf along with other militants. After the incident, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister had constituted a three mem-
ber inquiry team of Dr Ataur Rehman, Mushtaq Jadoon and Inspector General of Prison Khalid Abbass. Through highly-placed sources, Pakistan Today learnt that the inquiry commission had compiled a 22-page report and dispatched it to the chief minister. The report is likely to be made public after its detail scrutiny in the cabinet meeting. According to official sources, the three parts of the report comprises 1) routes and roads along with procedure adopted by the Taliban while attacking the Bannu Jail, 2) inefficiency on the part of government employees and 3) recommendations for combating or discouraging similar attacks in the fu-
ture. The inquiry committee has recorded statements of more than 200 people, including more than 150 government employees. The committee members also recorded statements of jail inmates, including around 140 prisoners who escaped but later returned or were arrested. According to officials, the Bannu commissioner, DIG, DPO and DSP were held responsible for their inefficient performances and role. Similarly, the inquiry commission also leveled inefficiency allegations against the officials in political administration of both Mirali and Frontier Region Bannu for their inactive and inefficient role. There was no mentioning of the role of the Bannu district coor-
dination officer and Bannu Jail superintendent, both of who were on a leave on the night, while former. There is also nothing mentioned about the role of superintendents of Peshawar, Haripur and Adyala jails and the grounds they shifted dangerous prisoners to Bannu. The Bannu incident has reportedly encouraged militants in other jails of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Insiders said almost all Taliban militants and the chief of banned Tehreek Nifaze-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) were enjoying maximum facilities in prisons, while Niaz Mohammad, an accomplice of Adnan Rashid imprisoned in Haripur Jail, was respected like a pir (spiritual leader).
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“People in Punjab are paying their bills regularly and there is minimum theft of electricity, but they are being victimized by the PPP-led government,” he said. In Multan, a one-year-old child died due to extreme heat as the bus he was traveling in got stuck in a traffic jam caused by protest against load shedding. “Our Prime Minister is enjoying a pleasant trip to the UK, breathing easy and unworried in around 16 degrees of Celsius while we are reeling from the excesses of his government,” said Zohaib Malik, a motorist stuck in a demonstration in Shahdara, Lahore. On the other hand, the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) threatened the government with closing down businesses if it failed to control load shedding after paying up IPPs. LCCI President Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said the LCCI was being forced by all trade and industry associations to give a call for an indefinite strike as the energy shortage had crippled their businesses.
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Pakistanis involved in child sex ring jailed in UK LONDON
group of nine men of Pakistani and Afghan origin were sentenced to jail Thursday for grooming white British schoolgirls for sex, using drink and drugs. The men, aged between 22 and 59, were convicted Wednesday of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children under the age of 16, and other offences. Passing sentence at
Liverpool Crown Court in northwest England, Judge Gerald Clifton gave them prison terms ranging from four to 19 years. Some of the girls were as young as 13 at the time. “All of you treated them as though they were worthless and beyond any respect,” Clifton told the defendants. “One of the factors leading to that was the fact that they were not part of your community or religion. “Some of you, when arrested, said it was triggered by race.
“That is nonsense. What triggered this prosecution was your lust and greed.” The abuse took place in the market town of Rochdale outside Manchester in northwest England. Eight members of the gang were of Pakistani ethnic origin. They included taxi drivers, a takeaway worker and a religious studies teacher. Some were married fathers. The other gang member was a 22-year-old Afghan illegal immigrant who will be deported once he has served his four-year
sentence for conspiracy and trafficking. Clifton said the group had been “grooming and sexually exploiting” several young girls. “In some cases those girls were raped callously, viciously and violently,” the judge said. “They were going through a period in their lives full of difficulty and misery. “One had left her parents’ home, another had been in care for many years. “You attracted them to your company by flattery,
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France’s new president takes 30% salary cut PARIS AGenCIeS
The first thing France’s new President Francois Hollande will do when he takes office on May 16 will be to cut his own salary it seems. Hollande’s favourite word in this campaign was “justice” and justice will begin at home. France’s new President has been projecting himself as “Mr Normal” and has been saying the rich and the ultra rich will have to make sacrifices.
LOnDOn: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani photographed with Baroness Saeeda Warsi and other British MPs on Wednesday.
senate chairman continues with ‘illegal proceedings’
Peru says 5,000 birds, nearly 900 dolphins dead LIMA AFP
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Senate Chairman Nayyar Hussain Bukhari on Wednesday ignored the lack of quorum repeatedly pointed out by the irritated treasury Senator Zahid Khan and continued with the ‘illegal proceedings’ amid a heated debate on ‘government’s ill intentions’ towards the devolution process followed by a walkout even by the treasury parties and PPP Senator Raza Rabbani. During the question hour, the lawmakers entered into a heated debate on the ‘irritants’ affecting the devolution of powers to the provinces under the 18th Constitutional amendment and called for formation of a special committee to sort out the ‘lacunae’ and make suggestions to the federal government to address the issue. After walkout from the House over the government’s retaining of vertical programmes as national pro-
grammes on Malaria, TB and AIDS that were devolved to the provinces, Senator Zahid at least on four different occasions pointed out quorum but he could not get the attention of chairman. The senate rules clearly say: “If, at any time during a sitting of the Senate, the attention of the presiding officer is drawn to the fact that less than onefourth of the total membership of the Senate is present, he shall cause the bells to be rung for five minutes, but if no quorum is available even then the bells stop ringing, he shall adjourn the sitting for 30 minutes and if again there is no quorum, he shall adjourn the sitting for the next working day provided that a member pointing out quorum shall remain present in the chamber until a decision is made by the chairman on the pointation of quorum”. The quorum was visibly lacking, however, the chairman at one occasion adjourned the proceedings for 30 minutes and at rest of the occa-
sion the pointation of quorum went unnoticed with Senator Zahid Khan continued peeping from the door of the lobby in the House. During the question hour, Senator Zahid Khan raised the issue of provincial autonomy, stating that since the vertical programmes had been devolved, the same were being administered by the federal government in violation of the constitution. Nazar Mohammad Gondal, minister for CADD, stated that after devolution of ministry of health, the economic affairs division submitted a summary with the prime minister highlighting concerns shown by donors and international partners to place a federal mechanism to ensure continuity of approved grants and to ensure securing of grant funds in future from donors. He said the prime minister therefore had approved the said programmes in the interest of public health and to safeguard the support provided by donors.
The Peruvian government said Wednesday that 5,000 birds, mostly pelicans, and nearly 900 dolphins have died off the country’s northern coast, possibly due to rising temperatures in Pacific waters. The country’s northern beaches were earlier this week declared off-limits as scientists scrambled to pin down what was causing such a massive toll, with nongovernment organizations blaming oil exploration work. But Peru’s deputy environment minister Gabriel Quijandria, disputed this and said warming waters, which disturbs species’ food supplies, was a possible cause. He said that although tests conducted on 877 dolphins found dead on the coast had not been completed, contamination from heavy metals or the presence of bacterial infections was not responsible. It is probable that the phenomenon “will extend to other coastal areas,” Quijandria said, noting that there could be a resulting increase in the numbers of birds and other sea life killed.
Six killed as violence continues unabated in Karachi KARACHI AAMIR MAjeeD
At least six people, including a worker of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), and two gangsters were gunned down in a fresh spree of targeted killing in the port city on Wednesday. As per reports, a PML-N activist was targeted and killed in Junejo Town, Baloch Colony. Baloch Colony Police Station chief AslamKhakharani said that 50-year-old Malik Shahbaz,
confirmed his fears,” his lawyer Simon Nichol said. Mohammed Sajid, a 35year-old who was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment, would ply victims with alcohol before having sex with them at his flat, where groups of men would gather and “pass around” the girls. He will be deported to Pakistan after serving his sentence. Adil Khan, a 42-year-old married father, made pregnant a 13-year-old victim who believed she was in love with him. Khan was jailed for eight years.
nAto supplies to feature in trilateral moot
Pakistan, US Clinton also touted the Rewards for Justice program, aimed at obtaining information that could help convict suspected terrorists. Rewards go as high as $25 million for information on alZawahiri and $10 million for information about Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, a Pakistani man wanted by Indian authorities in connection with the 2008 assault on Mumbai, India, that killed 166 people. Asked why Saeed remains a free man, Gilani said Pakistan was still “waiting for some concrete sort of information and evidence” that could be used against him in court.
free food, and alcohol. “Some of you acted to satiate your lust, some to make money out of them.” The man considered the ringleader, a 59-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, was jailed for a total of 19 years for conspiracy, two counts of rape, aiding and abetting a rape, sexual assault and a count of trafficking within Britain for sexual exploitation. “He has objected from the start for being tried by an all-white jury and subsequent events have
son of Malik Ehsan, was targeted near his house in Junejo Town by two armed motorcyclists. He said that Shahbaz sustained serious bullet wounds and died on the way to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC). He said that Shahbaz ran a private mineral water company, and was killed while returning home from work. He said that no case had been registered as yet. Separately, two gangsters were killed and
another was injured in an exchange of fire between two gangs in Malir. Malir City Police Station House Officer (SHO) Ismail Lashari said the rival gangs of Lyari, led by Uzair Jan Baloch and ArshadPappu, exchanged heavy fire in Malir. The SHO said the associates of Uzair Jan Baloch were sitting at the AllahMadad Hotel at BakraPiri Road inMalir, when they were targeted by the members of the ArshadPappu group,who
reached the hotel on motorcycles and started shooting. Police said that one member of the Uzair Jan Baloch group identified as Muhammad Hafiz, 22, son of Dur Muhammad,was killed, while another member, Rashid, 30, son of Ismail, sustained serious bullet wounds. Police said the members of Uzair Jan Baloch group retaliated, and killed one of the attackers. The SHO said that the identity of the killed member of ArshadPappu
group could not be ascertained so far. He said the attackers managed to flee under cover of heavy firing. Later, several members of the Uzair Jan Balochgroup came from Lyari to the area, and forcibly closed the shops and markets. He said the condition of the injured gangster was told to be precarious. In yet another incident, Pak Colony Police claimed to have found two dead bodies from the LyariNadi near PuranaGolimar.
The United States is determined to once again push Islamabad to restore NATO supplies during a meeting here between senior US military officials and their Pakistani and Afghan counterparts later this week for talks at the “tripartite commission”. “A trilateral meeting between military authorities of Pakistan, Afghanistan and ISAF, is scheduled to take place later this week, at Rawalpindi,” said an ISPR statement without giving the exact date of the meeting. “It is in continuation of the series of regular meetings, held under the Tri Partite Commission framework. Talks will focus on enhancing efficiency of border coordination measures along the Pak-Afghan border and to improve multilateral mechanisms at operational and tactical levels,” the statement said. The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) delegation will be led by ISAF Commander General John Allen, while General Sher Muhammad Karimi, who is the chief of general staff of Afghan National Army, will head the Afghan delegation. Pakistani Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani will head the Pakistani delegation participating in the meeting. However, a security official seeking anonymity said the US military officials were
expected to push Islamabad for reopening NATO supplies during the trilateral meeting, which was likely to take place in a day or two, adding that final date was being worked out. Pakistan blocked NATO supplies through its soil last year when the US/NATO aircraft attacked its border posts in Mohmand agency, killing 24 Pakistani soldiers. Pakistan also boycotted the Bonn Conference on Peace and Security in Afghanistan and also got the Shamsi airbase in Balochistan vacated, which was allegedly used by the CIA for drone strikes in the country’s tribal areas. The parliament passed a set of recommendations on future ties with the United States, including a complete halt in drone strikes, and seeking unconditional apology from the US for attacking Pakistani border posts. “The reopening of the NATO supplies still depends on the formal public apology on part of US/NATO and also the immediate release of well over a billion dollars by Washington to Islamabad under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF),” the official said. He said that apart from the tripartite meeting being held here, the US and Pakistan were also engaged in hectic “behind the scene consultations” to break the impasse over NATO supplies, but added that a breakthrough was yet to be made.
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“It is more important than ever that taxpayer dollars be used in the most efficient, frugal, and common-sense way to balance our international responsibilities with the very real economic and financial challenges we face here at home. This bill meets our commitment to providing essential security, diplomatic, and humanitarian assistance abroad, while reducing funding for lower-priority programs and providing a keen eye towards the oversight of every tax dollar,” Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said in a statement. The legislation also withholds operating funds until a transition plan is submitted, and withholds assistance until certifications that proper security is in place for civilian aid workers can be made.
According to the bill, none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act to Pakistan may be made available unless the Secretary of State certifies that Pakistan is cooperating with US on counterterrorism efforts against the Haqqani Network, the Taliban, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Jaish-eMohammed, Al-Qaeda and other terror groups, including taking steps to end support for such groups and prevent them from basing and operating in Pakistan and carrying out cross-border attacks into neighboring countries. Other conditions include Pakistan taking strong action against IEDs, which are said to be responsible for most American casualties in Afghanistan. The bill also seeks a set of benchmarks for Pakistan from the government and if these benchmarks are not met, the US aid to Pakistan will be suspended.
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‘PML-Q won’t stand by govt if PM’s appeal rejected’ LAHORE
AKISTAN Muslim LeagueQuaid (PML-Q) Secretary General Mushahid Hussain Syed on Wednesday advised Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to resign from office, saying if the PM’s appeal in the contempt of court case was rejected, the PML-Q would not stand by the government.
He said PM Gilani should resign from office keeping in view the moral code of conduct. Mushahid said the leadership should show wisdom and take necessary steps to avoid any clash between the institutions so that no one from military could take advantage of this disturbed situation. Addressing the launching ceremony of “Will and Skill” written by Mowahid Hussain Shah, Mushahid said decisions of the Supreme Court should be implemented in letter and spirit and respect
and honour to the apex court and its should be given more importance than the chair of rulers. He said if any one wanted to launch a long march it should be against price hike, terrorism and shortage of energy. Talking to newsmen later, Mushahid said mistakes of the past should not be repeated and the leaders of today should learn lessons from the past mistakes. He said the events of 1977, 1999 and 2009 should be remembered and the de-
cisions of the Supreme Court should be given due respect and honour. Mushahid said, his party demanded that there should be political ceasefire for two years and all the political parties should focus energies for education, energy and economy. He said long march was suddenly stopped on a phone call from Rawalpindi in March 2009, adding that April 30 warning should be given due consideration.
gilani attends Queen’s address to British parliament LONDON APP
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani Wednesday joined dignitaries at the State Opening of Parliament, marking the commencement of the new session of the British House of Commons. The State Opening was done by Queen Elizabeth, who is the Head of State of the UK and 15 other Commonwealth realms, and delivered a prepared speech, outlining her Government’s agenda for the coming year. The event, the most colourful of the British Parliamentary year has great significance as it brings together the three elements of the legislature - the House of Commons, the House of Lords and The Queen, and represents the Crown in Parliament. As Head of State, it is the duty of the Queen formally to open each new session of Parliament. Queen Elizabeth in her address announced a detailed policy of the British government mainly focusing on economic growth, justice and constitutional reform. She said her ministers’ first priority would be to reduce the deficit and restore economic stability. The Queen also touched upon the international affairs and said her government would work to support a secure and stable Afghanistan and to reduce the threat of nuclear proliferation, including in Iran. The Queen has opened Parliament on 58 occasions and has only missed two during her reign. As a tradition a detachment of The Queen’s Body Guard of the Yeomen searched the cellars of the Houses of Parliament, in addition to the search by the police, to ensure there is no threat to the Queen. Another interesting tradition is the ‘hostage’ MP, a Government whip who is held at Buckingham Palace to guarantee the safe return of the monarch. A history of the British parliament mentions that the custom dates back to centuries when the monarch and parliament were on less cordial terms. The Queen travelled from the Buckingham Palace in a State coach to the Palace of Westminster. The representatives of the House of Commons are also summoned by The Queen’s Messenger.
KHYBeR AGenCY: Local residents carry their belongings as they move to safer areas to avoid a military operation against militants on Wednesday. inP
Antony seeks hike in defence outlay to counter twin threats from Pakistan, China NEW DELHI InP
India is looking to crank up its defence budget to counter the deepening military nexus between China and Pakistan, which could even result in India confronted with a two-front war in worst-case scenario. Indian Defence Minister AK Antony on Tuesday told Rajya Sabha that he would seek a hike in the Rs 1,93,408 crore (around $39 billion) defence outlay in the 2012-13 budget due to “new ground realities and the changing security scenario”. “The growing proximity of China and Pakistan is a cause of worry. I know the gravity of the situation. We have to take a second look at the defence budget in light of the changing threat perceptions,’’ he said. The army’s new doctrine and “pro-active strategy” has also factored in the remote but plausible contingency of grappling with both China and Pakistan simultaneously in a two-front war. The armed forces had sought a defence outlay of Rs 2,39,123 crore this fiscal that would have amounted to 2.35% of the projected GDP for 2012-
13, but ultimately got only Rs 1,93,408 crore to notch up 1.9%. Now, after Gen VK Singh’s warning about “critical hollowness” in the army’s operational capabilities to deal with two “inimical neighbours”, the government is doing a serious rethink. “The defence budget has to be enhanced to deal with the new challenges,” Antony said. This came after opposition leader Arun Jaitley stressed the importance of shaping India’s strategic policy and defence preparedness as per “changing geo-strategic realities”. Though he was “almost sure” there would be no conflict, Jaitley said India had to be prepared for a “90-day full spectrum war”. “How do we defeat Pakistan and how do we hold China? All this has to be factored in,” he said. Antony acknowledged there was need to “speed up” several plans already underway to boost operational military capabilities as well as border infrastructure through strategic road and rail links. “If China can increase its military strength in Tibet, India can do the same in Arunachal, Sikkim and other areas,” he said.
Bin Laden docs hint at large al Qaeda presence in Pakistan WASHINGTON InP
Two of the 17 documents released by the US government from the large cache seized during the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound indicate that al Qaeda has a much larger footprint in Pakistan than US officials have claimed. One of the documents is a Dec. 3, 2010 letter to Hakeemullah Mehsud, the leader of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, which was written jointly by Atiyah Abd al Rahman, who at the time served as bin Laden’s chief of staff, and Abu Yahya al Libi, a top religious leader who is now Ayman al Zawahiri’s deputy. In the letter, the two al Qaeda leaders critique Hakeemullah’s leadership style and
comment further on a “draft” document that Hakeemullah had previously submitted to al Qaeda. In addition, the two al Qaeda leaders admonish Hakeemullah for attempting to give orders to an al Qaeda commander operating in Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled North Waziristan Agency. The al Qaeda commander was identified as Badr Mansoor, who was subsequently killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan in February of this year. Atiyah and Abu Yahya tell Hakeemulah to stop issuing orders to Mansoor and to quit attempting to recruit his men. “We make it clear to you that the brother Badr (Mansoor) is one of the soldiers of the Qaedat al-Jihad Organization who swore allegiance to
Sheikh Osama (bin Laden), is with us, under our command, the Emir of a company of ours,” they wrote. “Badr Mansoor and other members of our group are not to be approached to join another organization or to deploy to other locations. Good manners and group work mandate that such a request be presented to his Tanzim (al Qaeda) Emir and superiors,” Atiyah and Abu Yahya said. The statement is significant as it identified Badr Mansoor as a leader of but one “company” of al Qaeda forces operating in Pakistan. At the time of his death, Mansoor was described as al Qaeda’s leader in Pakistan who was closely linked to other Pakistani terror groups. Mansoor was able to funnel in recruits from Pakistani terror groups such as
the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, with which he was closely linked. Mansoor was known to have a large cadre of fighters at his disposal. According to Central Asia Online, Mansoor’s company had “more than 2,200 members with 350 hardcore fighters and more than 150 suicide bombers.” Mansoor’s group is believed to have participated in terror attacks in Pakistan’s major cities, including Lahore, Karachi, and Quetta, indicating that its network is not confined to Pakistan’s tribal areas. The US government has consistently estimated the number of al Qaeda leaders and operatives in Pakistan at between 300 and 400. This estimate has remained static since 2010, and does not appear to account for al Qaeda’s Pakistani companies.
President takes up SC verdict, FaTa reforms with anP ISLAMABAD AGenCIeS
President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday said the reforms process in FATA would continue in consultation with the people of the Tribal Areas and all stakeholders. He said meaningful political reforms in the Tribal Areas would be doable and durable only when they had the backing of the people of FATA. He was talking to senators belonging to the ANP at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. Those present included Haji Muhammad Adeel, Muhammad Azam Khan Hoti, Shahi Syed, Zahid Khan, Ilyas Ahmad Bilour, Afrasiab Khattak, Abdul Nabi Bangash, Advocate Muhammad Daud Khan Achakzai, Amar Jeet, Farah Aqil and Zahida Khan. Senate Chairman Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari, Leader of the House in Senate Muhammad Jehangir Badr, Farook Naik, Senator Islamuddin Shaikh, Senator Sardar Ali and spokesperson to the president Farhatullah Babar were also present. Babar said the meeting discussed the current political situation in the country with a special reference to the latest developments, FATA reforms and the coalition matters. The president also referred to the resolution passed by the provincial assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, urging the president to undertake series of reforms in FATA. Discussing current political situation, Zardari said the party would continue its forward march guided by the constitution of the country and the policies laid by its great leaders. He thanked the ANP for its unswerving support as a coalition partner to the government of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and for its contribution towards the political stability and upholding rule of law.
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hindus’ rights must be protected in Pakistan: Krishna NEW DELHI AGenCIeS
PeSHAWAR: A family protests against the alleged illegal occupation of their house in Gulbahar by an army officer on Wednesday. inP
wattoo rubbishes ghafoor’s remarks
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Reacting to a news report wherein Punjab Minister for Planning and Development Chaudhry. Abdul Ghafoor had demanded that Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo should declare his assets, the Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan has said that his assets are already declared and published at page no 367 of his auto biography “Jurm-e-Siyasat”. Wattoo said, “If Chaudhry Ghafoor is interested in my assets he may refer to my book”, and demanded, “If the PML-N leader has the courage he may publish his assets in a similar manner as I have done”.
Would-be al Qaeda bomber was cia informant
he would-be bomber in the airline plot was actually working as a US intelligence informant, but the CIA had al Qaeda fooled from the start. According to Fox News, a government source familiar with intelligence confirmed that an international sting operation infiltrated the al Qaeda cell. The informant was apparently one and the same as the bomber got the device out. Last month, US intelligence learned that Al Qaeda’s Yemen branch hoped to launch a spectacular attack using a new, nearly undetectable bomb aboard an airliner bound for America, officials say. But the man the terrorists were counting on to carry out the attack was actually working for the CIA and Saudi intelligence, U.S. and Yemeni officials were quoted as saying.
The dramatic sting operation thwarted the attack before it had a chance to succeed. It was the latest misfire for Al Qaeda, which has repeatedly come close to detonating a bomb aboard an airliner. For the United State, it was a victory that delivered the bomb intact to U.S. intelligence. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the operation. The cooperation of the would-be bomber was first reported Tuesday evening by The Los Angeles Times. The FBI is still analyzing the explosive, which was intended to be concealed in a passenger’s underwear. Officials said it was an upgrade over the bomb that failed to detonate on board an airplane over Detroit on Christmas 2009. This new bomb contained no metal and used a chemical — lead azide — that was to be a detonator in a nearly successful 2010 plot to attack cargo planes, officials said.
Officials believe that body scanners, for instance, probably would have detected this latest attempt by Al Qaeda to bring down a jetliner. Such scanners allow screeners to see objects hidden beneath a passenger’s clothes. But while scanners are in place in airports nationwide, their use is scattershot overseas. Even in security-conscious Europe, the European Union has not required full-body imaging machines for all airports, though a number of major airports in Paris, London, Frankfurt and elsewhere use them. All passengers on U.S.-bound flights are checked against terrorist watch lists and law enforcement databases. In some countries, U.S. officials are stationed in airports to offer advice on security matters. In some cases, though, the U.S. is limited to hoping that other countries follow the security advice from the Transportation Security Administration.
Voicing concern over problems faced by minority Hindus in Pakistan, India on Wednesday reminded Islamabad of its responsibility to discharge its constitutional obligations to wards its citizens. “It is the responsibility of the Government of Pakistan to discharge its constitutional obligations towards its citizens, including those from the minority community,” Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian parliament. He was responding to the issue of treatment of minorities in Pakistan raised by BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi last week. Krishna said India had taken up “appropriately” with the Pakistani authorities the issue of abduction, marriage and conversion to Islam of three Hindu girls in Sindh. “The Government of Pakistan stated that it was fully cognizant of the situation and looked after the welfare of all its citizens, particularly the minority community,” he said. Krishna also referred to press release issued by the Government of Pakistan stating that the president had taken serious note of the reports of kidnapping of a Hindu girl from Mirpur Mathelo in Sindh and allegedly being forced by some influential people of the area to convert. The release had said the President Zardari had called for a report from the provincial government. “The president also called for transparent and expeditious investigations in the matter and to take action in accordance with the law regardless of the influence and status of anyone involved in criminal activity,” Krishna said quoting the Pakistan government release.
10 militants killed in Tirah shelling PESHAWAR APP
Helicopter gunships on Wednesday heavily pounded militants’ positions near the Afghan border in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency, killing at least 10 extremists. Official sources said that the helicopters targeted hideouts of militants associated with the banned Lashkar-e-Islam led by Mangal Bagh. Scores of militants were injured in the shelling.
American experts warn against defining US-Pakistan ties through war prism WASHINGTON SPeCIAL CORReSPOnDenT
Cautioning against the tendency to view U.S.-Pakistan relationship through the prism of Afghan war, two American experts have said the recent Parliamentary guidelines offer an opportunity to fix the strained relationship between the two countries. Toby Dalton and George Perkovich, who are associated with think tank Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, argued that the recommendations formulated by the Pakistani parliament represent an important step towards greater civilian role in setting foreign policy priorities for the key South Asian country. “Building a more realistic U.S.-Pakistan relationship must start with the truth that there are fundamental tensions that cannot be papered over and eased through more aid,” the two experts wrote in an analysis carried by The Hill, a publication on the Capitol Hill. In this respect, the experts point out that “drone strikes have become emblematic “and cite an unnamed Pakistani army
officer’s conclusion in a private discussion that “the drone strikes are now just a recruitment poster for the Taliban and do more harm than good.” The experts opine that the “affront to sovereignty could be mitigated if ways could be found to give Pakistan more authority in deciding when and where to strike. But this would require a change in the CIA’s mindset and a willingness from Pakistani officials to educate the public on why drones are the least-damaging means of targeting shared adversaries.” “In any case, as long as the U.S.-Pakistan relationship is defined through war, the United States will be seen more as an adversary than a friend of Pakistan and the democratic aspirations reflected in the parliament’s recent exertions. The new guidelines therefore should be seen more as an opportunity than an obstacle to better relations.” they wrote. Dalton and Perkovich are respectively deputy director of the Nuclear Policy Program at Carnegie and vice president for studies. Their analysis appeared as Washington and Islamabad struggled to find a
way forward in the bilateral relationship, troubled by sharp differences over a spate of issues related to lingering war on terror that began in Afghanistan in the aftermath of September the 11th terrorist attacks. The U.S. use of drone strike in Pakistani tribal areas in pursuit of militants has become a source of tension. Weighing in on implications of the parliamentary recommendations, the experts say “while the new constraints will handicap international counterterrorism efforts in the short term, they signal an important beneficial shift in Pakistani civil-military relations over the long run.” To reinforce their argument, the experts remind skeptics of the recognition among the American officials that Pakistan’s future depends on a genuine transition to civilian-led government in which the military is subordinated to the rule of law and laws are made through open political processes. As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared in January of this year: “It has been our position to stand strongly in
favor of a democratically elected civilian government, which we continue to do, and we expect Pakistan to resolve any of these internal issues in a just and transparent manner that upholds the Pakistani laws and constitution.” This transition is necessary to lead Pakistan away from cycles of military dominance that have weakened its political and economic institutions and eroded domestic stability. “In this context, the new guidelines represent a welcome step forward, even if they complicate U.S. policy and action in Pakistan and Afghanistan.” The parliament, and by extension the civilian government, is now asserting for the first time a structured role in national security policy, which has been controlled either directly or indirectly by the Pakistani army since the country’s independence in 1947. Its frequent interventions in politics — the military has ruled Pakistan for roughly half of its existence — have dramatically weakened rule of law as well as the domestic and economic institutions Pakistan desperately needs for its development.
“The new guidelines express an aspiration by Pakistan’s legislators for fundamental change in Islamabad’s foreign-policy orientation to benefit the Pakistani people by creating a peaceful region, a healthy relationship with India and economic development and social progress.” The analysts particularly note the Parliament’s pledges that Pakistan combat terrorism and extremism “in pursuance of its national interest” and ensure Pakistani territory will not be used as a launching pad for attacks on other countries. “But as much as the guidelines express aspirations for Pakistan, there is no mention of partnership with the United States. Profound mistrust of American intentions, exacerbated by the American tilt toward India in recent years, renders a strategic partnership beyond imagination. Events in 2011 — the shooting of two Pakistanis in Lahore by a CIA contractor, the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and finally the NATO attack on the Salala checkpost that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers — sundered whatever trust might have been left.”
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Sindh Professors & Lecturers Association ends boycott ■ after receiving assurances from Sindh chief minister and Karachi commissioner, teachers decide to invigilate board examinations as per schedule KARACHI AAMIR MAjeeD
HE Sindh Professors & Lecturers Association (SPLA) ended their boycott of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) examinations after assurance of the board administration of foolproof security outside exam centres. The SPLA had announced boycotting the BIEK exams from Thursday following an attack on the principal and teachers of the Government National College Bahadurabad by activists of two student organisations when the centre administration refused to allow the students to use unfair means to take their exams. As per reports, dozens of activists of the two student organisations barged into the premises of the Government National College Bahadurabad and beat up the principal and teachers of the college for stopping the students from using unfair means to take their exams. The principal, Prof Waseem Adil, and Prof Muhammad Asim Hussain of the college were brutally beaten up and the principal’s office was also wrecked. Prof Adil said that the activists of the two student organisations had been giving him death threats since the start of the BIEK exams on Monday. “They had been demanding to allow some of the students to use unfair means to take their exams. Today (on Wednesday), some activists of the student organisations attacked me and my teams after the morning shift exam,” he added. They were threatening Adil when the paper of Urdu part-I of the pre-medical, pre-engineering, home economics and medical technology groups started, but they could not succeed in their aim in the presence of police and Rangers, he said, adding that when the law enforcers returned after the morning shift exam, he and his team were attacked. Later, the teachers in the Government National College Bahadurabad refused to invigilate the commercial geography part-II exam of the commerce group. BIEK Controller of Examinations Muhammad Imran Khan Chishti arrived at the college and tried to normalise the situation, but the teachers refused to listen to him. The students who were at the college to take their commercial geography part-II exam staged a protest against the college administration for refusing to invigilate their exam. The controller tried assuring the candidates that they would be shifted to the nearest exam centre through BIEK’s transport for taking their exam, but the students refused his offer. Chishti then postponed
MQM condemns violence against teachers Karachi: The Rabita Committee of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has condemned in strong words the incidents of violence against teachers and acts of vandalism by miscreants of a students’ organisation in different educational institutions of the city. Members of the committee said that the elements involved in such incidents are enemies of peace and education. They said that the use of unfair means in taking examination is highly unfortunate and the miscreants of the students’ organisation supporting it want to deprive the stuthe commercial geography part-II exam at the Government National College Bahadurabad only. The SPLA then announced boycotting the BIEK examinations from Thursday to protest the arrogance of the students while dealing with teachers at the Government National College Bahadurabad. They demanded the BIEK administration and
dents of a real education. They demanded Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah to look into the cases of widespread copy-culture and use of violence against teachers at the Adamjee Government Science College, the Government College for Men Nazimabad and the Government National College by a certain students’ organisation. The elements involved in such incidents must be brought to book and action should be taken to stop the use of unfair means for passing in examinations, they added. stAFF RePoRteR
the government to provide security to teachers at the exam centres and announced that the teachers would boycott the exams until the board ensures security at the centres. On Wednesday night, representatives of the SPLA, the Karachi commissioner and the BIEK administration held a meeting. Karachi Commissioner Roshan Ali Sheikh said that
as per the directives of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, the government would provide foolproof security outside the exam centres during BIEK examinations. On assurance of the chief
Students gather outside national College after clash between two student groups during annual intermediate exams in Karachi. online minister and commissioner, the SPLA ended their boycott
and announced that the teachers would invigilate the
board examinations as per schedule.
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Lessons on Sales Tax on Services and the Way Forward KARACHI
HE Sindh Revenue Board (SRB) held a conference on Wednesday for sharing the lessons learnt and the way forward regarding the Sindh Sales Tax on Services in Karachi. The conference comprised two sessions – the first on lessons learnt and the second on the way forward – chaired by Dr Ishrat Hussain and Dr Kaiser Bengali respectively. The event was largely attended by all stakeholders including sales tax payers, chartered accountants, sales tax practitioners and SRB officers and staff. Papers on lessons learnt were presented by SRB member Mumtaz Shaikh (Legal and Coordination); Saqib Masood, Senior Partner, KPMG Taseer Hadi & Co and Adnan Mufti, Managing Partner, Adnan Mufti & Co. Shaikh spoke in detail about the constitutional position on the collection of sales tax on services in light of the 18th Amendment and the 7th NFC Award and subsequent establishment of the SRB by the Sindh government. He elaborated upon the details of the eligible services on which sales tax is payable and spoke of registration trends of taxpaying firms along with the sales tax services collection trends for different services while comparing their collection against the amount collected in 2010-11. Masood commended the performance of SRB in its first year of operation and informed the conference participants that SRB had collected Rs 21 billion until April 2012 and was expected to surpass the target of Rs 25 billion by the end of the current fiscal year. He suggested that sales tax rate of 16% appeared to be high particularly for the small segments of service industry and not conducive for investments and the Sindh government should consider lowering the tax rate to a single digit number to attract domestic and foreign investment in Sindh. Mufti lauded that there was no case of corruption, harassment or nepotism witnessed during the first year of SRB operation; access was
available to all with no bureaucratic red tape involved. The SRB had made excellent use of automation, information technology and websites besides having an excellent liaison and relationship with all the trade associations, PRAL and FBR database. He particularly praised the effective enforcement and administration vis a vis recordkeeping; return filing, voluntary registration and collection of arrears by SRB. The second session on the “Way Forward” had papers from Shabbar Zaidi, Partner A.F. Ferguson & Co; Munawwar H. Shaikh, President Karachi Tax Bar Association and Syed Mushtaque Kazimi, Member (Tax Policy) SRB. Zaidi dealt with the historical perspective and ground realities of collection of sales tax on services and suggested the decomposition of the provincial revenue structure under a single organisation that is the SRB. Shaikh gave recommendations regarding adjustment of input tax, determination of tax liability, refund and immunity. Kazimi said that the there were three major areas where SRB’s performance has been more than satisfactory: revenue collection, taxpayer facilitation and automation. SRB had done well to match the targets assigned and was well-positioned to achieve the target assigned to it. Taxpayer facilitation had been appreciable and the taxpayer queries had been addressed with remarkable swiftness. Efforts at automation of SRB have matched with those of its only peer FBR, despite it being at the stage of infancy. He further said that while entering into second year of operations, SRB is determined to develop its traditions keeping the best international practices as its model. Towards that end it is guided by its vision, which is to develop as a modern, credible, efficient, effective and transparent tax administration. He informed the conference participants that the first ingredient of being a modern organization is to have in place a proper IT framework. Presently, SRB had enabled its taxpay-
ers to obtain registration electronically, e-file returns and various periodical statements. But the objective was to move much beyond and provide a frictionless interface between SRB and taxpayers. All taxpayers issues including their queries, various permissions and correspondence including notices, observations and audit reports, and deregistration would in the future be processed electronically. Not only the external interface would be electronic, but the internal working would also be fully automated. This would enable tax officers to keep a proper and transparent log of their activities and also to attend to their work in time because of system-based reminders of pending activities. This level of automation had been a long cherished dream of various public dealing departments in Pakistan but is still far from realization particularly in respect of domestic taxes. The concluding session was chaired by the Chief Guest, Qaim Ali Shah, Chief Minister Sindh. Nazar Mahar, Chairman SRB welcoming the chief guest, informed the audience that the SRB was well poised to achieve its targets. He said that after the decisions taken in the 18th Amendment and the 7th NFC, Sindh had taken a strong stand for collection of Sales Tax on Services under the leadership of the chief minister and once the provinces were empowered to collect it, the Sindh government decided to establish the SRB in June 2010 to develop as a modern, credible, efficient, effective and transparent tax administration organisation for collection of sales tax through adoption of modern techniques, knowledge and information systems to promote a tax culture based on justice, equity, fairness and mutually respectful interaction with the taxpayers and other besides assisting the tax organizations in Sindh to create a common provincial tax data base through a web-based Sindh Tax and Revenue System to bring transparency in tax collection system to generate more resources for people, so that basic and infrastructure needs of the people for development are met and quality of basic services and human resource is improved. He informed that to achieve its vision
and mission SRB undertook the task of automation which was its most important assignment because the importance of use of cutting edge automation and information technology had been recognized from the inception of SRB. It was obvious to all stakeholders that the success of the new systems and procedures would rest upon making full use of the available potential in the fields of automation both in terms of technology as well as technically proficient human resource. Before July’11, the provinces did not have the capacity to collect the Sales Tax on Services but since SRB came into existence it had made progress in achieving revenue target and the SRB has also made tremendous progress to enhance its capacity in information technology and the SRB could help the province collect all provincial taxes from one online platform as its automated had resulted in transparency in tax collection because the inter face between tax authorities and taxpayers had almost been eliminated on account of online application and procedures. The SRB will also facilitate and support other provinces such as Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which had decided to start collecting Sales Tax on Services from next year in setting up similar systems as that of SRB. Bengali lauded the efforts of SRB which it had made during its first year of operation and specially mentioned that throughout the conference all the speakers had specifically praised SRB for non-corruption and non-litigation. Its setting up had only been possible because of the vision, efforts and ownership by the Sindh chief minister and it was necessary that political support to SRB also continues in the future. Shah was appreciative of the work done by the SRB staff and said that it was commendable to see that an organisation manned by such a small number of dedicated and committed staff had managed to achieve outstanding revenue generation. He assured the SRB of his continued support and ownership and hoped that the collection trends would continue to grow and help the Sindh government in further generating revenue which could be utilised for the development of both urban and rural Sindh.
Pfizer launches anti-diabetes drug KARACHI PReSS ReLeASe
Pfizer Pakistan unveiled its Parke-Davis portfolio with a first-time entry into the anti-diabetes market with the launch of ‘Gliride’. The foundation of Pfizer ParkeDavis is built on its promise to give the common Pakistani access to affordable treatments and therapies, with the highest quality standards that are a hallmark of Pfizer around the world. Parke-Davis portfolio comprises of products offering treatments in cardiology, respiratory to antibiotics and others whilst plans are in place to address the most critical and prevalent ailments in Pakistan through this portfolio. Mr Abdul Majeed, Country Manager for
Pfizer Pakistan, Mr Abdul Majeed, Country Manager for Pfizer Pakistan, stated “Pakistan has a growing population with most of the people living in poor conditions. It is our shared responsibility to alleviate some of their health burden by providing high quality yet affordable treatment options. It is for this very reason that Pfizer Parke-Davis is offering a range of products in various therapeutic areas to take Pfizer’s mission of serving patients forward as we will continue to introduce more products under this portfolio.” Gliride, which is an anti-diabetes drug, was launched amidst attendance by a large number of professionals and industry representatives. Prof. Dr. Zaman Shaikh (Head of Department, Endocrinology Department, Dow Uni-
Cantonment Board Clifton President Station Commander Brigadier anees ahmed presides over the board's monthly meeting. Executive officer Muhammad hayat Maher is also present.
versity of Health Sciences) addressed the participants on the occasion with his presentation on ‘prevalence of diabetes’. Working in Pakistan for the last 50 years, Pfizer Pakistan has earned the reputation for marketing efficacious and
reliable medicines. Its new Parke-Davis division offers high-quality and affordable medicines, within the reach of common man, for a wide range of areas, from cardiovascular and respiratory to anti-infective spheres.
Red Crescent UaE Management Board Chairman and President ahmed humad al-Mazroi, national assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza, UaE ambassador to Pakistan Esa abdullah al-Basha al-noaami, Mohamed Musabbeh al-Shamsi, MPa hassnain Mirza, Dr Zulfiqar Mirza at the distribution ceremony of buffaloes in Badin. stAFF PHoto
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Bahrain ambassador calls on Qaim
KARACHI: Kingdom of Bahrain Ambassador Adel Abdul Rehman Muhammad Taqi called on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah
at the Chief Ministerâ€™s House on Wednesday. Taqi discussed matters of mutual interest with Shah and assured full support for socio-
economic schemes in the province. The chief minister warmly welcomed the ambassador and said that there are cordial relations between
the two countries. Shah apprised Taqi about the fouryear performance of the provincial government. The chief minister also informed
the ambassador about the provincial governmentâ€™s achievements with regard to major projects initiated and completed. Shah thanked
the people and government of Bahrain for their assistance and cooperation for the flood survivors in Sindh. STAFF RePORT
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■ oscar winner Sharmeen obaid-Chinoy launches ‘ho Yaqeen’ – first of a series of six documentaries being produced for inspirational Pakistanis ■ The documentaries to be telecast on multiple television channels starting May 20 MUTTAHIR AHMED KHAN
LTHOUGH the city is presently undergoing a tense state with regard to the law and order situation and the resultant operation cleanup, the softer side of Karachi is still in full swing with a storm of literary, commercial, social, fashion and showbiz activities and ceremonies. One such vibrant function, in connection with the premiere of the documentary film titled ‘Ho Yaqeen’, produced by the Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, was recently held at a local club in Karachi. The event was attended by a cross-section of society that included corporate executives, professionals, students, people from the arts and entertainment industry, and members of the Pakistani media. The film is based on the power of belief or conviction that is the major force of positive change and success in the human world. It is the first episode of a series of six films that Sharmeen, in collaboration with a leading beverage company, has planned to produce for inspirational Pakistanis. This campaign projects the many reasons to believe in Pakistan, despite all the negativity that presently exists in the society. Each of the six documentaries portrays a positive story relating to one individual from a different region of the country. The first documentary is based on the story of Sabina Khatri, a woman of great courage who is
working in the troubled, low-income area of Lyari. Sabina has made it her life’s mission to impart education to the underprivileged children in her community, fighting against huge odds to do so. It is really very encouraging as well as effective to screen such a film that revolves around the story a woman of Lyari when the area is being subjected to so many controversial and negative news, with regard to the police operation that was highly criticised as well as appreciated by different segments of the society. Sharmeen said, “‘Ho Yaqeen’ brings forth astounding and remarkable stories from Kashmir to
Karachi. Our characters are ordinary citizens who have achieved extraordinary feats through determined will and a desire to change their country.” She hoped that their successes and struggles would resonate and inspire audiences, and would motivate people all over the country to follow their example. The documentaries have been entirely developed by Sharmeen and her team, employing the creative genius that won her an Oscar for her documentary titled ‘Saving Face’ earlier this year. Sharmeen firmly believes that when the message is clearly positive, people are encouraged to overcome their personal challenges and strive
to spread positivity among others. By highlighting inspirational people who are the uncelebrated heroes of our society, the message is clear that change is possible when people come together and strive to better their country. Starting May 20, the documentaries would be telecast on multiple television channels. As the present era is, no doubt, an age of media, communication and information, I am hopeful that such media and entertainment vehicles for positive messages would definitely leave lasting imprints on the minds of everyone, and the dream of socio-political as well as economic reforms would be realised soon.
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Editor’s mail 11
Still buried under ice!
Last month witnessed one of the biggest national tragedies of the country but it seems everybody has forgot it as it was a routine matter. Surprisingly, was the fate of 139 soldiers of Pakistan Army’s 6 Northern Light Infantry Battalion not enough? They were buried alive under a massive avalanche that smashed into the army camp at the Gayari sector near the Siachen Glacier on April 7, 2012. The magnitude of this calamity was so big that the restless rescue efforts which took off immediately after the incident continue to date by the army, the air force and the disaster management authority with apparently no hope of survivors. Down under the icy ‘graves’ of Gayari are the real heroes of our nation trapped between layers and layers of snow as the journalists visited the area, along with the Chief of Army Staff, Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, and witnessed the speed of work as well as the dangers and
difficulties the rescue teams are facing. Far from the heights of calamity, down in the breadth of country was launched a campaign that focused on the folly of having engaged in a useless war, but the Chief of Army Staff rightly insisted that “we should focus on the tragedy instead" and responded to questions saying the high cost and environmental impact were good reasons why the area should not be demilitarized. “Peaceful coexistence between the two neighbours," he averred, "is very important so that everybody can concentrate on the well-being of the people.” Yes, the Gayari incident has brought the futility of the conflict back into focus and there is a renewed realization that it is a senseless conflict which must come to an end. True, the solution is linked to the genesis of the conflict that Siachen is located in the disputed Kashmir region and the Line of Control demarcating their respec-
tive positions did not cover the glacier. So taking advantage of the situation, the Indian forces moved in to occupy the Saltoro ridge. “Pakistan's forces went to the area in response to India's occupation of the Siachen Glacier in 1984”, said the COAS. Pakistan did only respond securing some of the lower but vital peaks, controlling access to the K-2 mountain and a pass overlooking the approach to Leh district in Kashmir as well as two rivers that join the Indus further downstream. It is therefore important for it to stay there unless and until the other side pulls back too, restoring status quo ante. For several years now the two sides have been trying to negotiate a resolution, and in 1989 they came close to a settlement, even so it was willing to withdraw to the pre-1984 positions, but then India backed out. Some in Pakistan, including the PML-N leader and some intellectuals too, have suggested unilateral
withdrawal by Pakistan but the assumption is that Indian side is not willing to do that because it wants to retain the gains it made through invasion, insisting that any agreement must be based on Actual Ground Positions i.e, present positions, which means this would amount to according legitimacy to an act of aggression. Hopefully, better sense must prevail and India, without taking advantage of Pakistan being the recent sufferer, it must find out a way of respecting Pakistan's claim in the spirit of the Simla Agreement, and agree to demilitarize the glacier. As a matter of fact India has lost more than 6,000 of its troops so far against Pakistan’s near 2,000. If the sense prevails, the wild roses that give the glacier its name can blossom again to celebrate renewed peace and harmony in this region. F Z KHAN Islamabad
american apology? The American military claimed responsibility and expressed regret for an airstrike that mistakenly killed six members of a family in southwestern Afghanistan. The attack, which took place last Friday night, was first revealed by the governor of Helmand province, Gulab Mangal, whose spokesman, Dawoud Ahmadi, said that after an investigation they had determined that a family home in the Sangin district had been attacked by mistake in the American airstrike, which was called in to respond to a Taliban attack. The American military did not regret the killing of two Pakistani citizens by the CIA sleuth Raymond Davis in the Lahore market. The American military did not even bother to regret over its daring unilateral action of violating the sovereignty of Pakistan on May 2 when its Navy SEALS attacked bin Laden’s compound and killed him. The Ambassador, Munter, who has reportedly been a bit milder and softer towards Pakistan, given his idea of dealing with the country not through gun and instead considering its great sacrifices of over 37,000 soldiers and citizens, has to resign because (a) the Obama administration has not accepted to his advice of tendering apology over Salala and (b) not announcing $10m bounty over the head of Hafiz Saeed. Are we a colony for America? Or is it not treating us as an independent sovereign country? What has reduced us so low that the American military feels it its right to kill us without a sense of remorse or regret? What has gone wrong with our 37,000 corpses that have shed their blood for the safety of our friends sitting across the 52 states of America? Should we wait for a formal apology from America over Salala, or go and defend and prevent such incidents to happen in future? ALYA ALVI Rawalpindi
Warning to the rulers As a result of Feb 2008 elections, Pakistan got a democratic government led by PPP, being the majority party. There was a great sigh of relief to have people's government after a long dictatorial regime of Gen Musharraf. It is generally said that the worst democracy is better than the best Dictatorship. But during the last over 4 years of democratic rule of the PPP, it has proved the other way. People have started remembering the better living conditions prevalent during the previous dictator's regime. The present government has pushed the common man to the wall and it has become very difficult for him to survive where he has sky rocketing prices of daily commodities besides not get security and justice. The rulers are enjoying a royal life with every thing free to them. There is a new scandal every second day where the rulers or their appointees have wangled or defrauded the public money in billions of rupees. The people have become sick of hearing the so called achievements of the present government like NFC Award, 18th and 19th Amendments to the 1973 Constitution, BISP, Waseelai-Haq, Aghaz-i-Haqooq-i- Baluchistan etc etc. The government's spokes persons keep uttering these parroted sentences and recounting the shahadats (martyrdoms ) of their leaders on
every talk show on the various channels of TV. But how these achievements and shahadats have affected the common man? I warn the rulers not to wait for the onslaught of the people and should stop looting and plundering the national wealth. They should follow their oath by keeping the national interest supreme over their personal interest. They should feel the pulse of the masses which are fed up of these rulers who are neck deep in corruption. They ridicule the judiciary by not implementing their orders, their ministers are liars specially the most powerful minister Rehman Malik who has destroyed the peace of the country in general and Karachi in particular. He should have resigned long time back for inefficiency and incompetency. All known corrupt people are being given key posts and all key posts have a price which is paid to the appointing authority, may it be a minister or a Governor or the President. Every thing is in the knowledge of general public and the media hawks who have started talking openly. The rulers should either mend their ways or quit before the disgruntled public wrath comes to get hold of them. MUHAMMAD AZHAR KHWAJA Lahore
Al-Jazeera TV Channel was forced by the Chinese authorities to close its China news operations. Its correspondent, Melissa Chan, an American, was expelled from Beijing after the government refused requests to renew her press credentials or to allow another correspondent to replace her. The decision came out after the channel reportedly run a documentary showing the Chinese labour camps being used to punish dissidents and other troublemakers. The documentary called the camps a form of slavery in which millions of prisoners produce goods sold worldwide by major companies. China denies using slave labor in its prisons. The Melissa Chan expulsion from China reveals a number of things; one, that probably rival countries use media persons for spying purposes; two, the foreign correspondents, TV channels or newspapers have to adhere to the media policy of their host countries; and three, the most important of all is that there is no free-for-all run in any other country, except perhaps Pakistan, where media certainly is supposed to adhere to the norms, ethics and laws. PEMRA has advertised to give suggestions over a law-draft which has a number of things missing. Earlier the media itself has been trying to formulate codes of ethics with the APNS and CPNE help to implement on its own under a self-accountability mechanism, but it hit the snags due to internal differences. Now, referring to various articles by Hajirah Mumtaz, Nazir Naji, Ayesha Haroon, Sana Bucha, Amina Jeelani, Shafqat Mehmood and Ayaz Amir etc, all are agreed upon one thing that there should be a law that ensures discipline to the media codes of ethics, like every country, including China and even America is very much conscious over the reporting where even the top journalist Christina Amanpur had to face legal questions on certain reporting. Whatever the political dimension of the Chan episode are, the fact remains that there are certain limits of reporting which needs to be adhered to. Why not Pakistan government has been able to shut down the BBC network in Pakistan and expel its correspondents from here, like the Chinese government did, puts on us the question mark. It is because of weakness on our part, but also lack of sufficient legal bindings, checks and balances on the media. MARYA MUFTY Lahore Send your letters to: Letters to Editor, Pakistan Today, 4-Shaarey Fatima Jinnah, Lahore, Pakistan Fax: +92-42-36298302 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Letters may be edited for length and clarity. It would be appreciated if letters were addressed to Pakistan Today exclusively.
Medical malpractice in Pakistan By Muhammad Shafiq Dogar
edical malpractice occurs when a physician turns away from the accepted standard of care for the medical community and caused physical injury or caused or increased a mental illness to the sufferer. Clinical negligence, also known as medical negligence may take place from delay or failure to identify a disease, delay or failure to give the correct treatment to a certain condition, a treatment that goes completely wrong, provided wrong treatment, or failure to obtain consent. A patient must establish all four factors of the tort of negligence for a successful medical malpractice claim, that is, firstly a duty was owed, a legal duty exists whenever a hospital or health care provider undertakes care or treatment of a patient; secondly a duty was breached, the provider failed to conform to the relevant standard care; thirdly the breach caused an injury, the breach of duty was a proximate cause of the
injury; and fourthly, the doctor caused the damage due to failure to live up the required standard. Medical wrongs are done to citizens by the health care professionals (these include physicians, surgeons, dentists, therapists, and nurses etc). Medical errors or to be more appropriate medical malpractices also happen in Pakistan, most common of which are the clinical negligence like, birth injuries to babies, birth injuries to mothers, improper use of forceps, caesarian, complications, incorrect medication, incorrect/failure to diagnose, negligent surgical treatment, anesthetic overdose, poor hygiene, misuse of instruments, etc. These claims may be against doctors or hospitals. Giving the wrong drug or (wrong patient, wrong chemical, wrong dose, wrong time, wrong route), giving two or more drugs that interact unfavorably or cause poisonous metabolic by products, transplanting organs of the wrong blood type, incorrect record-keeping, duty of care of receptionist at general practice, failure to advise
of risk of HIV (duty to patient's sexual partner), failure to warn of material risks of various medical procedures, etc are all examples of medical malpractices. Apparently, it is the responsibility of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) to initiate disciplinary action against doctors as and when a complaint is received for professional negligence or misconduct. The radical reforms in the health care systems in the United Kingdom after the highly publicized scandal of case of “Harlod Shipman” are an example to learn lessons in the last few years. This case refers to a single doctor’s malpractice and killing of few patients which has resulted in various reforms in the healthcare proviso of the country. Under the reforms, which builds on “good doctors, safer patients”, doctors will have their skills and competence checked every five years. Doctors who fail the revalidation process will be accepted to take further training. In Pakistan, the PDMC needs to update its policies in the light of
recent significant changes all around the world. The concepts like “good medical practice” and “good doctor, safer practice” of General Medical Council of UK should be considered to be adopted and modified according to local needs. The definition of a specialist needs redefining and the recognised experience of the health care professionals should be incorporated in this equation. Competence, education, and training of doctors are necessary elements to polish the doctors in true meanings. Medical errors happen worldwide. In Pakistan, at present, a doctor with a postgraduate qualification is considered as a specialist by the PDMC. But in the past decade, it has become very clear that a postgraduate qualification on its own right does not make a doctor a specialist. Proper recognised training is essential to call a doctor a specialist in developed countries like USA, UK and Ireland. Achieving a complete training and a certificate of completion of training (CCT) or certificate of complication specialist training
(CCST) is not considered sufficient now. However, PMDC has got no means or policy to revalidate a doctor’s fitness to work in Pakistan. When due to the fatal negligence committed by the doctor the deceased had lost life due to wrongful acts, gross negligence and carelessness committed by defendants/ doctors in their professional duties. Defendants were liable to pay damages in sum of Rs 10 million each and pay Rs one lac each to legal heirs of deceased and lady doctor also liable to pay Rs 3,65,000 as medical expenses to deceased husband. (PLD 2011 Kar 117) master Abdul Basit and another vs Dr Sadeeda Anwar and another (P 124, 128 to 132) B to K, M, O, R, S & U. The information regarding doctors should be made public to earn their confidence. If required, the matter should be taken to the national parliament for an open discussion and wider public involvement, to which the council is accountable. Pakistan needs a system which
should be compatible with the modern delivery of a safe health care where patients and public can have confidence on the professionals and also on their regulations. A safe and high-quality medical care is a basic human right. The health professionals should be accountable for its delivery within the available resources. Courts always insisted in the case of alleged criminal offence against doctor causing death of his patient during treatment that the act complained against him must show negligence or rashness of such a higher degree as to indicate a mental state which can be described as totally apathetic towards the patient. Such gross negligence alone is punishable. (PLD 2010 Kar 134) (P 142). There is no liability in negligence unless there is a duty to take care. This establishes the necessary link between the claimant and the defendant. Such duties are widely recognised. In cases of doubt the modern test is whether there was forcibility and proximity and it was fair just and reasonable to impose the duty.
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12 comment The full judgment Same ol’, same ol’
ittle has changed as a result of the Supreme Court full judgment. Those who had hoped that it would clarify the issue of the prime minister’s status are bound to be disappointed. More so the politicians who had planned long marches if the PM refused to abide by the verdict. Gilani remains cool claiming that he cannot be removed till he has exhausted all the legal avenues available to him. The PM’s counsel maintains that there are more mistakes in the detailed verdict than in the short order and is confident of winning the case in appeal. Those arguing that Gilani has lost the moral right to remain in office forget that the law does not recognise morality as a binding force. The detailed judgement only elucidates some of the points in the short order, particularly that the prime minister is guilty of contempt. The SC bench has neither categorically referred his case to the Speaker with directions to initiate proceedings for his disqualification nor has it said anything which could lead to his immediate removal from the office. The short order had left even the Election Commission mystified, leading the then DG EC to write a letter to the SC seeking clarification on what it had been directed to do. The detailed judgment also leaves the question unanswered. Would the issue have to be resolved by the Speaker of the NA in accordance with her wisdom? Can she maintain that no action is needed or is she bound to send the case to the EC? Whatever the answer to these questions, the resulting litigation is likely to consumes months rather than weeks. What disturbs one is that the judgment keeps the political polarisation intact. The government and its allies maintain that from the legal point of view there is no change in the status of the Prime Minister after the detailed judgment. The PML(N) asserts that he stands disqualified. While maintaining that Gilani has lost the moral right to be the Chief Executive of the country Imran Khan concedes he still has the right to appeal. There is a need on the part the government and the opposition to bring down the political temperature and wait f or the final outcome of the litigation.
a new low not good for our word
he government of Pakistan has defaulted on a sovereign guarantee for the first time in its history. The consequences are going to be dire. For starters, this is definitely going to take a toll on the government’s credit ratings. It is going to become expensive to borrow money now. The writing on the wall was around since much before the proverbial hit the fan. Our circular debt had been ratcheting higher and higher. There was bound to be a time when, far from not being able to pay up on time or completely, they are going to default. As an aside: there is actually a school of thought, serious mavericks, who have been crying themselves hoarse trying to convince the government to default by design on our debt programmes with the IMF and other international financial institutions. Not the right thing to do when it comes to commercial enterprises like the IPPs, of course, but in the marketplace for ideas, everything should be heard. What to do now? First of all, the government should sell the family silver if it must but it should throw money at this problem. On the larger picture of the circular debt issue, simply throwing money at it would be throwing good money after bad but here, where we are sullying our good name, there should be some last-resort measures. What should the government do in the longer run? Even though the odds are stacked against it as far as raising rates are concerned, with both the media and opposition baying for blood, raising rates to a sustainable level and getting rid of the subsidies is something that cannot be done without. Were the government to prioritise commercial and industrial electricity and hike up the rates otherwise, it won’t feel as much of a pinch politically as compared to, say, a possible League government. This isn’t its vote bank, especially if the really lower tariff slabs are left untouched. Moving on, before simply shifting the fiscal space generated from above, first spend it on maintenance and restructuring to cut down transmission losses. Third, continue to build non-controversial, or at least manageably controversial, hydel power projects.
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When past and present converge… There’s always a moral in the lesson of history
By Khawaja Manzar Amin
few days ago on April 28, Sardar Latif Khan Khosa, the Governor of the Punjab, while addressing the Lahore Press Club, likened the fallen presidential favourite ex-Law Minister Babar Awan and the former Law Secretary Masood Chishti to a Mir Sadiq and a Mir Jafar (Quisling to the ‘English medium’). In both India and Pakistan, these two names from eighteenth century Indian history remain synonymous with greed, duplicity, betrayal and treachery even today and will continue to do so till eternity. One sold out the ‘Tiger of Mysore’ Tipu Sultan to the English, the other his master Siraj-ud-Daula, Nawab of the rich province of Bengal, to the same co-conspirators. The deceit doesn’t say much for Lord Cornwallis and Lord Clive (who made two million rupees out of the Bengal deal) or for the clichéd British motto of fair play and ‘playing the game’. Now Babar Awan is a formidable personality, never a laggard in entering a fray for his party leader in the past, and blessed with a skin as thick as that of a rhinoceros, but he must have been deeply wounded by the withering taunt. For even at first glance, it is obviously a case of a false analogy. After all, both the traitors were rewarded with the positions they hungered for, Mir Jafar becoming Nawab of Bengal, and Mir Sadiq the Sultan of Mysore. Incidentally (or more likely, not!) one of the descendants of the former was appointed as the first president of Pakistan with the blessings of the inheritor of the British Empire, its former colony, the US. On the contrary, Babar Awan has been stripped of all his party and governmental posts, except his Senate seat, his impressive law books library and the few remaining strands of thin hair carefully combed down over his head. The Nazim (as provincial governors were called in Mughal times) went further, calling the Punjab chief minister, nemesis Shahbaz Sharif, a ‘mini Mughal emperor’. One cannot say for sure what prompted the governor’s time-travel for a suitable contrast in all these instances, but he undoubtedly seems to have acquired some sort of a fixation with period Indian history. Perhaps living in a grand old historic house spurred the impulse to pass such lofty judgments… But one feels that this is
not the end of the verbal duel, and Babar Awan too would be biding his time and waiting for the opportune moment to strike back with his trademark smirking sarcasm. However in one respect the governor hit the bulls-eye in making this comparison. The reference to the Mughals and their times was inevitable because almost all our rulers have tried their utmost to replicate these Central Asian profligates in the extravagance, decadence, conquest and intrigue arts. ‘I am dying as I have lived – beyond my means’, wrote the Victorian wit and playwright, Oscar Wilde from his French exile and these lines are an exact portrayal of almost all of our leaders, past, present and in all pessimistic probability, the future. Witness the sorry state of our economy, with bankruptcy and doom staring us in the face if only someone of goodwill were to throw spanners in all the printing machines that are daily churning out currency notes by the trillions, and then consider the ‘question mark’ prime ministers’ entourage of reportedly seventy-plus, on a week long fling to London (leave the best for the last?), no doubt to inspect the work undertaken so far in the 2012 Olympic Games and to proffer much-needed advice to the befuddled organisers on how best to carry out the job—particularly in the realm of security! Mir Jafar and Mir Sadiq both belonged to the eighteenth century, a period as intense and turbulent as our own times. Treachery, jealousy, ruthlessness and intrigues for personal gain were its keywords, the highest bidder its moving spirit. Every man had his price, and brigands, spies and mercenaries, local as well as foreign, roamed freely over the land, looting and plundering at will. The Mughal Empire was falling apart (although the powerless puppets and nerveless entities that now passed for emperors were still regarded as the ultimate ‘repository of legitimate status for all subordinate rulers of India’) and deeply divided among the Hindustani, Irani and Turani (Central Asian or Turkic) factions, all conspiring against each other for maximum power and influence in the court and in their personal fiefdoms. They could not unite even in the face of a Nadir Shah or an Ahmed Shah Abdali. Among the emerging forces rushing in to fill the Timurid void or exploiting the arising opportunity were the Marathas (‘the southern robbers’), the Sikhs, the Rajputs, the Jats, the English, the French, the Persian bala (calamity) Nadir Shah and ‘the northern robber’, the Afghan Ahmed Shah Abdali. With such a terrifying cast of characters, or ‘political actors’ in the modern terminology, all hungry for power and driven by boundless greed and ambition, a fine free-for-all ensued, but the final outcome of all this frenzy was that an entire nation was brought to slavery and hardship and condemned to poverty for the next two centuries, as it was the British who eventually climbed to the top of the greasy
pole. One incident alone depicts the cynical and ruthless tenor of the times. On the fateful afternoon of February 24(?), 1739 in a fortified camp in Karnal near Panipat, a Mughal nobleman sat on his war elephant casually drinking coffee and watching the centre and right wings of the Mughal army being cut to pieces a couple of miles away by the forces of the Persian invader Nadir Shah. When pressed by his Emperor Mohammad Shah to go to their rescue, his force constituting the left wing of the army, he was vague and evasive. His name: Mir Qamar-ud-din Khan, among his many his titles of honour Chin Qilich Khan (by Aurangzeb in 1690-91), Nizamul Mulk (by Emperor Farrukhsiyar in 1713) and Asaf Jah (by Mohammad Shah in 1725), the former Prime Minister of the Mughal Empire and ruler of the Deccan. He was unmoved by the massacre unfolding before his eyes because at the receiving end of Nadir Shah’s musketeers was Khan Dauran, commander-in- chief of the Mughal army, who also held the lucrative position of Mir Bakshi (Paymaster-inchief), a post much coveted by the Nizamul Mulk. Khan Dauran was defeated (a condition not unfamiliar to all those who dared to tangle with the ferocious Persian military genius) and died later of his wounds. With a little gentle but insistent persuasion, the plum posting soon fell into the lap of Mir Qamaruddin Khan. As for the governance style of the later Mughals, it is best described by the contemporary historian Warid in the strange case of the thirteenth Mughal emperor, Nasir ud-din Mohammad Shah (reigned, but did not rule 1719-1748) and his Grand Vizier, the selfsame Qamar-ud-din Khan, mentioned before ‘who held the destiny of nearly 200 million people in their feeble hands’: ‘For some years past, it has been the practice of the imperial court that whenever the officers of the Deccan or Gujarat and Malwa reported any Maratha incursion to the Emperor, His Majesty, in order to sooth his heart afflicted by such bad news either visited the gardens – to look at the newly planted and leafless trees – or rode out to hunt in the plains, while the Grand Vizier Qamar-ud-din Khan went to assuage his feelings by gazing at lotuses in some pools situated four leagues from Delhi, where he would spend a month or more in tents, enjoying pleasure or catching fish in the rivers and hunting deer in the plains. At such times, Emperor and Vizier alike lived in total forgetfulness of the business of administration, the collection of the revenue, and the needs of the army. No chief, no man, thinks of guarding the realm and protecting the people, while these disturbances daily grow greater.’ If ever there was a moral in this rambling piece, it is best left to the reader to discover it. And, of course, any resemblance to current events and present personalities is also purely coincidental. The writer is a freelance columnist.
Dialogue is imperative The Daily Star - Bangladesh
angladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Moudud Ahmed has claimed that US foreign secretary Hillary Clinton and Indian finance minister had echoed his party's stand by advocating caretaker government for holding the next general election. He reportedly insisted on the government's amending the Constitution before the talks could be held. We are lost on why he is putting a condition for talks when the dialogue would have to be all about a neutral non-partisan government for holding the next general election. There is a general feeling among all right thinking people that to conduct a credible election for the 10th parliament, a non-party interim government is the option to take. The opposition should not make the dialogue conditional. This is also true of the government. That is because both the BNP and the AL have serious stakes in the getting over the present impasse. The prime minister has been counselling the opposition to
join parliament and table its formula for a neutral, non-partisan government. True, it is parliament through which an interim arrangement has to be worked out now that the original provision of the caretaker government has been struck off the statute book. Given the stiff public posturing of both the parties on the subject, however the talks could be initiated both at the informal and the formal levels to break the ice and arrive at a common ground to move ahead. We believe no party should set a pre-condition to start the dialogue. For that is the mechanism to put all contentious issues on the table and thrash out a solution to the satisfaction of all the parties. While we urge the opposition to join parliament as part of their constitutional obligation, the onus is on the ruling party to give the opposition the space they need to be engaged it in a meaningful dialogue. In the meanwhile, both sides should refrain from confrontational posturing, either in words or in deeds. The nation looks forward to creating a conducive environment for the talks to begin in earnest.
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tax reform or bust
Paradise lost? The underdevelopment of Swat-Kohistan
By Zubair Torwali
wat-Kohistan is in the extreme north of the Swat Valley extending to Khanida valley in the district of Indus Kohistan, Chitral and Ghizer district of GilgitBaltistan. Though the area is blessed with natural beauty, it is cursed in equal measure by acute poverty, illiteracy, a shambolic infrastructure and natural disasters. Poverty in the area is above 85 percent while education is virtually non-existent. In males, the literacy rate is barely 12 percent whereas in females, it is below 2 percent. The area, however, has great potential. If properly exploited, not only could it develop itself but could contribute to the development of rest of the country as well. It has two main resources: water and forests. Both are being wasted or misused. Three decades ago, an initiative had been taken in order to conserve the natural resources and foster socio-economic development of the people of the area. This was the Swiss-funded project Kalam Integrated Development Project (KIDP). It was launched in 1981 and functioned till 1998. Initially, the project was confined to Kalam and its adjacent areas but later it was extended to other areas such as Bahrain and Madyan for a couple of years. Along with the main objectives of conservation of forests and development of agriculture, a significant component of the intervention was its Village Development Program. KIDP was abruptly stopped in 1998 and nothing was put in place to replace it and take up the work that its was undertaking. At the eleventh hour, a few of the village organisations were capacitated formally with much haste. Owing to the lack of
human resource development, the project could not yield impacts comparable to the huge amount of funds funnelled into it as most of the funds had to be spent on administration and the topmost management had to be hired from abroad. Now as this Switzerland of Pakistan is threatened by poverty, migration (owing to the lack of livelihood), waste of resources, neglect and lack of education and infrastructure, the need is to reinvent it through government intervention. This way, we can reclaim the paradise we have lost. The first thing that needs immediate attention is the infrastructure. For instance, the main road along with the side routes into the sub-valleys to high pastures and lakes should be fixed post-haste as this could impact many other development projects. Along with repairing the infrastructure, steps need to be taken to protect the environment as well. Many development projects often ignore the negative environmental impact that they will have; thus, being a detriment rather than a benefit to the region and its people. Development of the area must not come at the cost of its natural wealth and ecological balance. Tourism is another area just waiting to be explored. For instance, promotion of winter sports could prove to be a big attraction in the sub-valleys. This is but one example. The area is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to development possibilities for tourism. Another area that must be paid attention to is the potential for generating cheap hydel electricity in the area. While leaving the sub-streams from the subvalleys for the use of the people, the main river i.e. the Swat River can be utilised for mega projects. The feasibility studies for at least four mega projects on the River Swat have been conducted and they posit potential power generation of about 700 megawatts collectively. These are Kalam-Asrit Power Project (197 megawatts), AsritKedam (215 megawatts), Kedam-Madyan (197 megawatts) and Mitiltan (84 megawatts). All these projects
lie on the River Swat and do not have many adverse effects. If such projects do take off, a 10 percent royalty from the income of these projects must be reserved for the area as a developmental fund. As to how to utilise this money, a constitutional board based on public private partnership should be formed exclusively for the area called Swat-Kohistan Development Board (SKDB). This writer has come to know that proposal for such development programmes have been pursued by certain officials in the province. It is essential that the local community be kept in the loop so as to avoid any conflict of interest. Otherwise, such moves by bureaucrats would be dismissed as mere tactics to secure jobs after retirement. The impoverished and exploited people are often sceptical of such programmes. Thus, the process must be kept transparent and participatory to ensure that people’s rights are protected or the people will view the measures as another in a long-line of state deception. A representative SKDB will be a step towards mitigating that. An immediate source of funds for the proposed board could be 10 percent of the forest development fund. As of now, millions from this fund are missing. Nobody knows what has happened to the money and where it has been spent. So, a better use for the money would be to channel it towards this purpose. A great chunk of forest revenue is from this area; thus, it is only fair that it be re-appropriated for the region. Some kind of rules must be formulated which set out a framework for spending the funds on the area from where they were generated. Further discussion is needed on the structure, jurisdiction and constitution of the proposed board but it must be first and foremost recognised that the most important thing is the participation of the most significant stakeholder: the community. The writer is a researcher and civil society activist based in Bahrain Swat where he heads IBT, a local organization. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The unholy trinity won’t let up
ested interests, a high sense of entitlement, poor management of expectations and willing collaborators have plagued Pakistan’s progress for more than an eternity. The lack of political and any other will to take the bull by the horns has taken its toll. The country is like a personal fiefdom of many vested lords who rule the roost while the nation continues in its agony. Today we read that sovereign guarantees issued to the controversial IPPs have or are in the process of being called. A default has happened or is imminent. It’s important to understand where the country’s revenue stream is and how its payments are balanced. Without adequate revenue, there will be defaults and there will be restricted growth. And development will be obstructed. With the NFC award, the federal government has transferred 60% of the total resources to the provinces restricting its own ability to fund. The revenue resource that is available to it is primarily the federal taxes et al collected by the FBR. The FBR is an enigma. The name change from CBR being nothing more than just that. The much trumpeted reform programmes over decades have yielded precious little. There is no real will. This presents a fait accompli. If those entrusted with tax collection are simply not willing to extend their services and self above all is their motto, then nothing can be done. And they know it. Pakistan has a history of inadequate revenue collection; its tax to GDP ratio of 9.3% is probably amongst the lowest in the region. Sri Lanka’s is By Imran Husain 14% and Turkey’s, the new economy, a whopping 29.3%. Add to this the element of the unholy trinity. Businessmen, accountants and the revenue collection agency combine to ensure that vested interest is served at all the important levels. Talk to a businessman, his interest revolves purely around those benefits that serve him well. Accountants cannot be independent; their clients are big businesses and they need them to survive. Therefore they do all that is needed to serve them well. And in this process, they have developed another role: that of the middleman. They have made themselves invaluable to those assessing, collecting and paying. The government has been consulting these elements for decades without positive results. Its revenues have grown with the growth of the economy
but not due to innovative reforms. So where does the interest of Pakistan stand, in all of this? Certainly not in ridiculous suggestions to save the skins of some at the cost of others. How can an individual be taxed at the same rate as a business? It is a preposterous thought. Business expenses out everything; can an individual do that? The unholy trinity at its best. The department is satisfied with showing an increase in collection percentages. If the figures are correct, it is assessed that the increase over the corresponding ten months is 26%, which is certainly commendable. The question arises as to what percentage of potential increase does this represent? What is important is the number of new taxpayers added. Taxing the already taxed is now an antiquated folly, but obviously an easy way out. The finance minister has repeatedly said that he does not believe in this and he has stood by this going by the last two budgets. The change of culture can only be by drastic reforms. Today these are thwarted by vested interests. Simple remedies are ignored. Why doesn’t the FBR decide to impose sales tax on every shop on the basis of square footage at a nominal rate? This brings the business onto the radar. With that, more than half the job is done. But such new ideas are never implemented; old hands are repeating the ‘same ole’ under the garb of expertise. No sectoral analysis has been done despite much lip service. Why not? Because it will highlight the gross anomalies existing within important sectors. The vested interest will not allow it. You will discover units of the same age operating on different scales, with dubious bottom lines and even more contentious tax rebates. Comparative review will reveal plenty to investigate; notwithstanding the opinion of conflicted gurus. FBR had an independent intelligence wing. In April 2011, the DG I&I had discovered a mega scam of PKR24.79 billion. Cases were registered and 2.18 billion was recovered by 30th June 2011. Then the powers were withdrawn and a new organization for IR setup. Two months later, after much water had flowed under the bridge, the powers were restored but restricted. A further 1.27 billion recovered. The new organization has not reported cases of any magnitude. Today’s requirement is independent investigation incorporating forensics that will follow cash and evasion. Create a basic fear of discovery and penalty while encouraging registration. Despite attempts to draw its focus to forensic accounting, the FBR remains indifferent. They need to realise this is the only real answer; the moot point is merely the will. The finance minister is on record as being committed to reform. A tax reforms council is in place. The onus is on it to introduce essential reforms without let or hindrance. With an election year budget in the offing, the FM’s only recourse is to revenue collection and a vastly increased resource base. Of which the trinity knows there is plenty. The writer may be contacted via e-mail at email@example.com
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LAHORe: The Revolution Media Agency organised a fashion show at the Sukh Chain Club. PHOTOS BY MURTAZA ALI.
eNgAgemeNT rUmoUrS LONDON AGenCIeS
HE British chanteuse, who turned 24 on Saturday, has been sporting a nearly 11carat diamond ring since the Brit Awards in February. And rumor has it that the bauble was actually an engagement ring, and now she and beau Simon Konecki are gearing up to tie the knot. But is Adele, whose previous “rubbish relationship” inspired the Grammy-winning tunes of 21, really ready to take the plunge? Should we be expecting a lovey-dovey record from the break-up queen any day now? The answer would be no! The ‘Someone Like You’ singer took to Twitter, telling her followers she was not set to walk down the aisle anytime soon. “Had
a lovely birthday, thanks for all the messages. I got a blossom tree! I didn’t get a cake from Rih Rih and I’m not engaged, blah blah x,” the Daily Mail quoted her as tweeting. Adele’s reference to Rihanna came in the wake of reports that she had received a cake in the shape of a naked lady from the singer. Despite her denial, Adele and Rihanna have long been fans of each other’s work, with Rihanna saying at the BRITs in February: ‘Really I came to the BRITs to stalk Adele. ‘It was nothing about the awards or the performance, for me it was just to see Adele again. In the more factual realm, Adele leads all comers heading into the 2012 Billboard Music Awards-which tallies album and single sales-as a finalist in 18 categories, including Top Artist, Top Female Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist.
JOHNNY CREDITS TIM BURTON FOR SAVING FILM CAREER LONDON AGenCIeS
Johnny Depp, who is known for his blockbuster films and famous lead roles, has credited director Tim Burton for saving his movie career. The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star enjoyed early success in 1980s TV series ‘21 Jump Street’ but became frustrated with his big screen career after small roles in ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ and ‘Platoon’. Depp’s hopes of becoming a Hollywood star were given a boost when Burton cast him in the lead role in 1990’s ‘Edward Scissorhands’ - and they later sealed their working relationship by teaming up for seven more projects, including ‘Ed Wood’ and ‘Sleepy Hollow’. “Tim’s a great friend and a brilliant director. If it hadn’t been for Tim, I would probably be a
Shahid confirmed as IIFA host neW DeLHI: Shahid Kapoor has been roped in to host the 13th edition of international indian Film academy (iiFa) awards in Singapore June 7-9, the organisers confirmed. Superstar Shah Rukh Khan and hrithik Roshan are also likely to host certain segments of the ceremony. interestingly, both the actors also compete with each other in the best actor category for ‘Don 2: The King is Back’ and ‘Zindagi na Milegi Dobara’, respectively. Filmmaker Dibaker Banerjee’s ‘Shanghai’, featuring Kalki, Emraan hashmi and abhay Deol will have it`s world premiere at the glittering ceremony, organised by wizcraft international Entertainment. The three-day cine event will feature fashion shows and a musical extravaganza, with all celebrations culminating into a glittering awards presentation ceremony. AGenCIeS
loS angElES: amir Khan attends a basketball game between the Denver nuggets and the los angeles lakers. aFP
minor actor working in horror B movies,” the Daily Express quoted him as telling the Sun. “Tim had to fight to give me the lead role in Edward Scissorhands in 1990 when I was still unknown, and he’s always stood by me even when things weren’t going well later in my career. I owe him so much because he believed in me from the beginning. I would play any role in any film that he asked me to do purely out of gratitude. I love him like a brother.” Depp also revealed the inspiration behind his infamous Willy Wonka character. “For Willy Wonka, I imagined what George Bush would be like-incredibly stoned,” he said. As for his knack for comedy? Depp replied, “Anywhere that you can find a moment of irreverence or absurdity, I’ll stick it right in there-sometimes to the dismay of the director and certainly, the studio.”
When Ash refused to act opposite Brad Pitt MUMBAI: Even though she has now become the butt of all jokes because of her weight, we should not forget her contribution in augmenting the image of Bollywood internationally. ash has been a part of many international projects in the past, but she has also rejected a few films. and the most epic amongst them was 2004’s period drama ‘Troy’, opposite Brad Pitt. aishwarya was apparently offered the role of Briseis, which she turned down. ‘Troy’ director wolfgang Petersen was keen on casting aishwarya Rai in the role of Briseis, but sadly that didn’t happen. But if sources are to be believed, aishwarya turned down the offer politely, and the role went to actress Rose Byrne. ‘Troy’ had Pitt playing the lead character of achilles, and the movie was a major grosser at the box-office. we still ponder over what could have been the reason behind ash rejecting the offer, and what wonders the movie could have done to her career. however, what concerns us the most right now is her ever-increasing weight. The actress recently dropped her plans to attend the Cannes this year, leaving all to speculate if she is really worried about her current shape. AGenCIeS
‘Satyamev Jayate’: Rakhi Sawant accuses Aamir Khan of stealing concept MUMBAI: in what looks like a “serious joke” of sorts, Rakhi Sawant has accused aamir Khan of stealing the concept of ‘Satyamev Jayate’, which according to the item girl is her concept. The motor mouth, who hosted a show titled ‘Rakhi Ka insaaf’, is of the opinion that her show was indeed the original one that dealt with bringing about core social issues to the forefront. Rakhi said, “The show is a complete copy of ‘Rakhi Ka insaaf’. They (aamir Khan’s production company) have stolen our concept. The format of my show was similar.” The item girl, who is also called the ultimate drama queen, went on to say that ‘Rakhi Ka insaaf’ had emotionally drained her and she had to be hospitalised. “There was a point when i was so disturbed after meeting the various people who came on the show with their problems that i had to be hospitalised, since i was suffering from depression. My show was shifted to a late night slot because of its mature content, but it still registered good TRPs. on the other hand, just because ‘Satyamev Jayate’ has aamir Khan, the show is being aired in the morning slot and people are talking about it,” Rakhi said. however, Rakhi maintains that she has great regards for aamir. apparently Rakhi wants to come up with a sequel to her show. having said all she wanted to say, Rakhi clarified that she does not intend to garner publicity. “Rakhi is not liked by a lot of people as i always speak the truth. But i am not afraid of anyone, because at the end of the day, truth finally comes out,” Rakhi said. we really wonder if you will ever stop making unnecessary noise Rakhi. grow up! agEnCiES
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GAGA MEETS MORE PROTESTS AS
‘BorN ThIS WAy BALL’ coNTINUeS JAKARTA AFP
ADY Gaga was warned by an Islamic group that it would not let her set foot in Indonesia, challenging an army of fans awaiting a concert. The group also vowed to mobilise 30,000 demonstrators to protest the US artist’s June 3 performance in Jakarta and to intercept her at the airport. The group called her ‘dangerous’ and her style ‘vulgar’. The US pop diva, famed for her outrageous outfits and provocative performances, has sparked opposition in other Asian countries with her ‘Born This Way Ball’ global tour, which kicked off in Seoul last month amid protests. Some 40,000 fans plan to attend the soldout show in Indonesia. Little Monstersas Lady Gaga fans are called-tweeted their deter-
mination to see the pop idol perform in Indonesia. One page on Facebook, which is wildly popular in Indonesia, was seeking dancers for a Lady Gaga flashmob, which sees people perform a choreographed dance in a public place. The flashmob is “to show our appreciation to Lady Gaga for planning to visit and to tell others who don’t approve of her that there’s nothing wrong with being her fans,” said Anggiat Sihombing, an 18-year-old university stu-
dent who set up the LadyGagaIndo account. “We like her because she is a famous musician who makes use of her popularity to do good deeds, like establishing a foundation to protect kids who have been bullied.” The Lady Gaga Indonesia Facebook page has more than 42,000 “likes”. Despite the opposition to her tour, the “Poker Face” singer has not toned down her performances-at the Seoul show on April 27 she rode onto the stage on horseback, wearing a black bodysuit and an enormous black metal headpiece.
Shakira to sign $60m deal with Sony?
NEW YORK Pop star Shakira and concert promoter Live Nation are reportedly close to signing a new record deal with Sony worth up to USD 60 million. The 35-year-old Colombian beauty is one of a handful of superstars, including Madonna and Jay-Z, who have ditched their record labels in recent years to sign huge contracts with Live Nation, reported New York Post. The ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ hit-maker will continue to be one of the biggest earning stars in the music industry if she and concert promoter Live Nation sign the three-album deal with Sony. The Latino previously left Sony to sign a 10-year deal with Live Nation.
help! London theatre seeks Beatles look-alikes
‘Avengers’ to return to rihanna booted oﬀ Vogue’s A-list big screen in sequel NEW YORK
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MUMBAI: esha Gupta and emraan Hashmi pose during the promotion event of ‘jannat 2’. aFP
The runaway success of ‘The Avengers’ movie landed the crime-fighting Marvel superhero team a return date to theatres. Hot off the movie’s record-setting debut, Walt Disney Co said on Tuesday an ‘Avengers’ sequel is in the works, though no release date is set. The movie debuted with a staggering $207.4 million from US and Canadian theatres, the biggest debut in film history. Globally, the film has pulled in $702.2 million. The film unites Marvel superheroes including Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor and The Hulk in a battle against a villain out to destroy the Earth. Stars include Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. The second ‘Avengers’ movie will follow a previously announced ‘Thor’ and ‘Iron Man’ sequels coming in 2013 and a new ‘Captain America’ movie in 2014, Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger told industry analysts. “Eventually, (on) a date to be determined, you’ll see a sequel to ‘Avengers,’” Iger said. ‘The Avengers’ releases on 11th May in Pakistan.
D E V L O V E A I R LONGO E T A R E P S E D ‘ WITH S’ E V I W E S U O H CHARACTER LOS AnGeLeS: Eva longoria says her experience as gabrielle Solis in ‘Desperate housewives’ has given her hope in real life. longoria, who has been working in the show for the past eight years, believes if she can change, anyone can change. “gabby has taught me that everybody evolves. She started off as a selfish bratty woman, self-centred, didn’t want kids, and was a horrible wife. now she has evolved into this loving mother, domestic, supportive wife,” showbizspy.com quoted longoria as saying. “i never would’ve thought that is where the journey would’ve gone. it really shows that you just don’t know where life is going to take you,” added the actress who has featured in all the eight seasons of the show. The final episode of ‘Desperate housewives’ will air May 30. AGenCIeS
Rihanna faced the wrath of Vogue boss Anna Wintour after keeping her waiting for 40 minutes at the annual AAA-list studded Met Ball while her nails were painted. The 24-year-old spent two hours in her Manhattan hotel suite having her two-inch talons buffed and preened as guests, including Beyonce, Kanye West, Kristen Stewart and Gwyneth Paltrow walked the red carpet. Wintour, 62, made her grand entrance and, assuming everyone had arrived, had flunkies close the red carpet, so festivities could formally begin. It was then that she was informed that the pop star was a no-show. “Rihanna planned to walk the carpet with everyone else but, sadly, her nails and manicurist took far longer than expected,” the Mirror quoted an insider as saying. “Her chauffeur was told to drive around the block several times, as she made last-minute changes, but her ‘people’ didn’t warn organisers she’d be late. “She missed her slot on the red carpet and left Anna in a frenzy. The pair had a heated conversation during the champagne reception. Rihanna will not be invited to any of her future events any time soon,” the insider added.
More than a hundred mop-topped musicians have flocked to a London theatre in the hope of being cast as Paul, John, George or Ringo in a new Beatles-inspired musical. A spokesman for the producers of ‘Let It Be’, due to hit London’s West End theatre district in September, said around a dozen hopefuls were through to a second round after Tuesday’s open auditions in London. “We’re still whittling it down, but we hope to have the final cast announced in June,” he told AFP. The producers said in a statement: “Potential Beatles must be talented musicians capable of performing Beatles hits as part of a live band. A physical resemblance is also desirable.” The show will feature more than 20 of the Beatles’ hits, including ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’, and will use video footage to recreate the meteoric rise of the best-selling band in history. The show has been produced to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the band’s first single, ‘Love Me Do’.
‘SAVINg FAce’ AT NEW YORK INDIAN FILM FEST NEWS DESK The 12th edition of the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF), an international film extravaganza, will be held in Lower Manhattan May 23-27. Pakistani journalist and filmmaker Obaid Chinoy’s Oscar-winning documentary ‘Saving Face’ will be screened at the event which will also pay tribute to late evergreen star Dev Anand. Actress Kareena Kapoor and filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar are among the celebrities expected to walk the red carpet. Others expected to attend are Anurag Kashyap, Rituparno Ghosh, Salman Rushdie and Mira Nair. A tribute will be paid to Dev Anand with the screening of his film ‘Hum Dono Rangeen’, a coloured version of his black-and-white classic ‘Hum Dono’. NYIFF will also host US premiere of both parts of Kashyap’s ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, which are also lined up to be screened at the 65th Cannes International Film Festival. Kashmiri film ‘Inshallah, Football’, Shyam Benegal’s ‘Zubeida’, ‘Mammo’ and ‘Sardari Begum’ will also be screened. Other award-winning films from South Africa, Australia, and Sri Lanka along with India’s regional language films will also be showcased.
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16 Foreign News British PM ‘texted support to Murdoch aide’ LONDON AFP
Prime Minister David Cameron sent a supportive text message to Rebekah Brooks days before she quit as chief executive of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper group, a new book claimed Wednesday. The claim, said to illustrate the closeness of the friendship between Cameron and a woman who was a key lieutenant of Murdoch, is made in an updated biography of the prime minister which was serialised in Murdoch’s The Times. Brooks is due to give long-awaited evidence on Friday to an inquiry into the ethics of the British press which was set up after the extent of phone hacking at Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World newspaper emerged. The tabloid was shut down in July last year following a public uproar after it was alleged it had hacked into the voicemail of Milly Dowler, a teenage girl who was later found murdered. The book said Cameron texted Brooks to urge her to keep her “head up” days before she resigned as chief executive of the News of the World’s owners News International in July 2011. The book, “Cameron: Practically A Conservative”, also says the prime minister and Brooks would often visit one another’s houses in the countryside of south Oxfordshire. But it said the contact ended suddenly after Brooks — who is married to Cameron’s long-time friend Charlie Brooks — quit her job in the wake of the closure of the News of the World. “The wider public might have liked to know too of the text message that Charlie Brooks told friends Cameron sent to Brooks at the beginning of the week in which she resigned, telling her to keep her head up and she’d get through her difficulties,” authors Francis Elliott, of The Times, and James Hannin, of the Independent on Sunday, say.
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Queen’s Speech sets out British govt fightback LONDON
UEEN Elizabeth II gave her “Queen’s Speech” to Britain’s parliament Wednesday, setting out government policy for the coming year as the ruling coalition sought to fight back after a dismal month. The year’s new laws would focus on “economic growth, justice and constitutional reform”, the queen said, while “the first priority will be to reduce the deficit and restore economic stability”. The two-year-old government’s pursuit of deep spending cuts to reduce the deficit was one of the reasons for the drubbing that the Conservatives and their Lib Dem coalition partners received in
local elections last week. The government will also reform parliament’s non-elected House of Lords and force banks to separate their retail and investment divisions, the queen said, as it seeks to win back voters’ approval. Amid the traditional pageantry, the monarch announced from a throne in the House of Lords that the upper chamber itself would be reformed to become a senate with 80 percent elected members, from the current largely appointed body. “A bill will be brought forward to reform composition of the House of Lords,” the queen said — but without specifying a timeframe, in an apparent concession to assuage critics of the plan. The coalition has backed Lords reform under pressure from junior partners the Liberal Democrats, despite opposi-
tion from some majority Conservative lawmakers who have labelled it a distraction from pressing economic problems. The queen said legislation on the agreed European Union bailout fund deal would be put to a parliamentary vote. The introduction of the new European Stability Mechanism will remove Britain’s liability for future bailouts for countries in the eurozone, of which Britain is not a member. British finance minister George Osborne has also resisted calls for Britain to contribute to EU bailouts through the International Monetary Fund. Both coalition partners took heavy losses in the local elections, with the opposition Labour party taking control of 32 councils and winning more than 800 seats from the ruling parties. Punishment at the polls followed news of Britain’s re-
turn to recession, a budget criticised over tax cuts for the rich, and questions over leaders’ closeness to Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers amid an inquiry into phone hacking. Wednesday’s speech pledged pro-business moves including slashing red tape, reforming competition law and limiting state inspections. State and private pensions will be overhauled in a move likely to spark clashes with unions. But after the financial crash, banks will be forced to ringfence separate retail and investment functions to protect ordinary people from a future crisis, while the “framework” for executive pay will be reformed. A National Crime Agency — said to be modelled on the US’ FBI — will be created to fight organised crime and boost border security.
turkey refuses to extradite iraqi vice-president ANKARA AFP
Turkey will not extradite Iraq’s Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, who is being tried in absentia in Baghdad accused of running a death squad, a senior official was quoted as saying on Wednesday. “We will not extradite someone whom we have supported since the very beginning,” deputy prime minister Bekir Bozdag was quoted as saying by the Anatolia news agency. His comments came a day after Interpol issued an international Red Notice for the arrest of Hashemi, one of Iraq’s top Sunni Arab officials, on suspicion of “guiding and financing terrorist attacks”. “(Hashemi) is currently in Turkey for health reasons,” Bozdag said. Hashemi, who has been staying in Istanbul since April 9, insisted in a statement posted on his website Tuesday that he was not above the law and was ready to appear in court if his security and a fair trial could be guaranteed. Last week, Hashemi’s trial was delayed to May 10 after his lawyers called for the case to be heard in a special court. Hashemi and his bodyguards face around 150 charges, including the killing of six judges and other senior officials, according to an Iraqi judicial spokesman. He has challenged the legitimacy of the trial and said his life is at risk in Baghdad. Interpol said the red notice, its highest possible alert, was issued following an Iraqi warrant made “as part of an investigation in which security forces seized bombing materials and arrested individuals”. “It is of course important that Hashemi is named among those wanted by Interpol but we also have demands of the Iraqi government,” said Bozdag. “The terrorist organisation and its supporters are there... We also want them but so far we have been unable to get a positive response from the Iraqi government,” he said, referring to leaders of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) holed up in northern Iraq.
DAH MARD: Afghan men try to rescue people in a mosque destroyed by flood waters in Dah Mard village of Sangcharak district in Sar-e Pul province on Wednesday. At least 26 people were killed and more than 100 missing after flash floods hit a wedding party and three villages in northern Afghanistan. AFP
Qaeda militants kill 2 Yemeni soldiers in southern town ADEN AFP
Al-Qaeda fighters killed two Yemeni soldiers Wednesday when they shelled their camp with two mortars in the southern town of Loader which the militant group has been trying to take over, an army officer said. Another soldier was wounded in the assault to which the army responded by shelling Al-Qaeda hideouts on the outskirts of Loder, the officer added. Loder residents told AFP that the militants also shelled the town and burned down a mosque and a house. “The (Al-Qaeda) network is trying to forcefully enter Loder,” a tribal source said. Loder and Mudia are the only towns in Abyan province which are still out of the control of the extremists who overran the
provincial capital Zinjibar in May. Fierce battles between the army and residents on one side and the extremists on the other for the control of both towns left more than 200 people dead early in April. Residents of these towns have formed anti-Qaeda militias — known as Popular Resistance Committees — which fight alongside the army to keep out the jihadists who have renamed themselves as Partisans of Sharia (Islamic law). On Monday, Al-Qaeda gunmen launched spectacular attacks on two army posts outside of Zinjibar, killing at least 22 soldiers, to avenge the death of a top militant in an air raid. The attacks came after Yemeni Al-Qaeda leader Fahd al-Quso, who was wanted in connection with the deadly 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, was killed in
an air strike in eastern Yemen on Sunday. US media reported on Tuesday that Quso’s killing came after information provided by a man who was a double agent. The man had infiltrated the militant group and was ordered by AlQaeda’s branch in Yemen to blow up a US-bound airliner. American officials leaked out details of the extraordinary intelligence coup two days after the White House announced a plot by AlQaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) had been successfully thwarted. The double agent managed to spend weeks with AQAP before handing over information that allowed the United States to launch a drone strike on Sunday that killed Quso, the New York Times and other media reported, citing unnamed US officials.
stopped at customs, German claims 49 lizards were for lunch MUNICH: A German man stopped at customs with 49 live exotic lizards in his bag claimed they were destined for the cooking pot and even offered to bite one’s head off to prove it, officials said Wednesday. Customs officials halted the 28-year-old at Munich airport on his way back from Oman and were staggered to find in his luggage a menagerie including 31 spiny-tailed lizards and 18 other reptiles, including geckos and wall lizards. The man had gone through the green channel at customs, believing his cargo to be “foodstuffs” rather than live animals, he explained. “The traveller even wanted to bite the head off one of the spiny-tailed lizards in front of the customs official,” said Thomas Meister, a spokesman for German customs. Fortunately for the lizard, the official declined the invitation, and the reptiles were impounded and therefore spared from the pan. “The man will probably get a fine of at least 1,000 euros ($1,300),” the customs said in a statement. “The animals are now being housed in the proper conditions and are in the rudest of health,” officials added. AFP
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‘Breivik shouted with joy during utoeya massacre’ OSLO AFP
Anders Behring Breivik shouted with joy as he fired off round after round on Utoeya island, a survivor of the massacre in Norway last July that left 69 people dead told an Oslo court Wednesday. Speaking in a clear and decisive voice, Tonje Brenna told the Oslo district court how she had heard the killer’s ecstatic shouts as bodies rained around her hiding place in the crack of a cliff. “I am absolutely sure that I heard cries of joy,” said the 24-year-old head of the ruling Labour Party’s youth wing, AUF, who was the first of the Utoeya survivors to take the stand. “If I had to spell it out, it would be WOO-HOO. Obviously cries for joy,” she said. Seated at a table just a few metres from her, Breivik, who has showed virtually no emotion since his trial began on April 16, sat shaking his head in disapproval as Brenna recounted the events of July 22. The 33-year-old rightwing extremist, who is eager for the court to find him of sound mind so his anti-Islam ideology will not be written off as the ravings of a lunatic, has insisted that he never laughed or smiled during the massacre. “Why would I have laughed when I was there? That is not true. It was horrible. I did not smile,” he told the court on April 20. Breivik has been charged with committing terrorist acts when he first bombed a government building in Oslo, killing eight people, before heading out to Utoeya to massacre 69 mostly teenage participants at an AUF summer camp. He has confessed to the acts but has refused to plead guilty, insisting the twin attacks were “cruel but necessary” to stop the Labour Party’s “multicultural experiment” and the “Muslim invasion” of Norway and Europe. Although he is certain to be found guilty, his 10-week trial should determine the question of his sanity. If the court finds him sane, Breivik will face Norway’s maximum 21-year prison sentence, but that term can be extended for as long as he is considered a threat to society.
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Blast hits UN observer convoy in Syria A DARAA AFP
roadside blast hit troops escorting UN observers in Syria’s south on Wednesday, a day after envoy Kofi Annan warned that his peace plan could be the last chance to avoid civil war. The explosive device, apparently planted underground, wounded six Syrian soldiers escorting the convoy as it entered the city of Daraa, cradle of a 14-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Major General Robert Mood, the head of the 70-strong UN mission, was in the four-vehicle convoy but escaped unharmed along with 11 other observers and his spokesman, Neeraj Singh, said an AFP photographer travelling with them. The Norwegian general said the attack was “a graphic example of violence that the Syrian people” were suffering on a daily basis. “It is imperative that violence in all its forms must stop,” Mood was quoted as saying by Singh, who added: “We remain
focused on our task.” The opposition Syrian National Council accused the regime of being behind the blast, the latest breach of a month-old ceasefire agreement brokered by UN-Arab League envoy Annan. “We believe the regime is using these tactics to try to push the observers out amid popular demands to increase their numbers,” SNC executive committee member Samir Nashar told AFP. “(Anti-regime) demonstrators want the observers, because they provide a safety guarantee. In their presence, people can express themselves through peaceful protests,” said Nashar. “We are used to the regime’s tactics of claims that there is terrorism and fundamentalism in Syria, which is not the case.” France strongly condemned the bombing. “We hold the Damascus regime responsible for the observers’ security,” said foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero. In other violence, troops pounded rebels hiding out in Douma near Damascus, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. In the village of Manshiya, near Daraa, several soldiers were killed and wounded when an explosion targeted
their vehicle. Clashes between regime forces and rebel groups killed one soldier in the village of Marata, northwestern Idlib province, said the watchdog. Two security forces members were killed in eastern Deir Ezzor, the scene of heavy shooting and explosions, and a pro-regime gunman was killed in Aleppo, Syria’s second city in the north. One civilian was killed and three wounded in heavy machinegun fire by regime forces in Tell Ain al-Hamra, northwestern Idlib province, it said, adding a woman died in the central city of Hama from injuries suffered two days. Security forces carried out arrest raids in Harasta, outside Damascus, and the villages of Al-Safira and AlHisan in Deir Ezzor province, the watchdog added. In neighbouring Lebanon, crossborder gunfire from Syrian forces killed an elderly woman and wounded her daughter on Tuesday, an official said, a month after a Lebanese TV cameraman was killed in a similar shooting. On Tuesday, Annan told the UN Security Council the priority in Syria was “to stop the killing,” and expressed concern that
torture, mass arrests and other human rights violations were intensifying. Regime forces “continue to press against the population,” despite a putative truce that started on April 12, but attacks are more discreet because of the presence of the UN military observers, diplomats quoted him as saying. “The biggest priority, first of all we need to stop the killing,” Annan told reporters in Geneva. Annan briefed the council on his efforts to get Assad to implement the plan, which he said was possibly “the last chance to avoid civil war.” He stressed, however, that the peace bid was not an “open-ended” opportunity for Assad, diplomats who attended the briefing said. Annan plans to visit Damascus for a second time in the coming weeks, his spokesman said, though this depended on events on the ground. US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said Washington’s goal was still the removal of Assad. “The United States remains focused on increasing the pressure on the Assad regime and on Assad himself to step down,” Rice said.
Deadline looms for sudan, south to pull back forces KHARTOUM AFP
Sudan and South Sudan faced a United Nations deadline on Wednesday to pull troops back from their disputed frontier, but Khartoum said it could not comply until there is a border agreement. The Wednesday deadline loomed as the South alleged violation of a ceasefire in effect since May 4 along the border. The UN’s call for a pullout from the disputed frontier by Wednesday is in line with agreements for a monitored demilitarised zone made by Sudan and South Sudan around the time of the South’s separation last year. They have failed to implement those agreements, under which they were supposed to pull back 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) from the north-south border that was in place on January 1, 1956, when Sudan became independent. Under a May 2 UN Security Council resolution which seeks to address “a serious threat to international peace and security”, both sides are to establish a “Safe Demilitarised Border Zone” and jointly begin monitoring the frontier. The demilitarised zone would be monitored by observers from both sides, with security and other support provided by the UN’s Interim Security Force for Abyei, or UNISFA, which is based in the contested region of Abyei. But a foreign diplomat has said the two sides “refused to let UNISFA deploy along the border”. The May 2 UN resolution says the call for a demilitarised zone and border monitoring “in no way prejudices” negotiations over disputed areas, and border demarcation. But Sudan’s foreign ministry said it already notified the UN and the African Union that it has reservations about the demand for a demilitarised zone. “First the two states have to agree where the border is and sign an agreement. Then after that we can do the 10-kilometre withdrawal,” said the ministry’s spokesman Al-Obeid Meruh.
jAKARTA: Relatives of passengers on the ill-fated Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 check the plane manifest at the arrival area of Halim airport on Wednesday. AFP
russian jet missing in indonesia, more than 40 aboard JAKARTA AFP
A Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 with more than 40 people on board went missing in a mountainous area south of the Indonesian capital Jakarta during a demonstration flight Wednesday, officials said. “The plane disappeared from the radar around the Bogor area. We are still looking for it and we are uncertain whether it crashed,” said Gagah Prakoso, spokesman for the national search and rescue agency. Around 200 police, military and rescue workers were headed in vehicles and on foot towards Salak mountain where the plane went missing, he said. “A helicopter was sent earlier, but it returned because it was getting dark and raining. We will continue searching by air
again first thing tomorrow,” he added. The Superjet 100 is a new passenger aircraft built by legendary Russian planemaker Sukhoi in an attempt to lift the country’s civil aviation industry from a post-Soviet crisis. The Superjet only made its first commercial flight last year and if a major accident is confirmed it would be the first disaster to involve the aircraft. The plane took off at 2:00 pm (0700 GMT) from east Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma airport, which is used for some commercial and military flights. “At 2:50 pm it dropped from 10,000 feet (3,048 metres) to 6,000 feet,” the rescue agency said in a text message to AFP. A national park in the region encompasses a peak that is 1,929 metres (6,329 feet) high. Reports of the exact number on board varied slightly, with Prakoso say-
ing it was carrying 46 people. Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency reported 36 non-Russians on board and eight Russians, four of them crew and the others Sukhoi company representatives. It named the captain as Alexander Yablontsev, 57, a veteran pilot. Herry Bakti, head of Indonesia’ transport ministry’s aviation division, said Superjet was on the second of two demonstration flights, and those on board were invited guests. “It was just going to briefly circle the area and land back at Halim airport,” he said. A list of 36 passenger names posted at Halim airport showed that most of them were Indonesian airline and aviation officials, plus five journalists and a representative of French aircraft engine maker SNECMA with a Vietnamese name.
tymoshenko halts hunger strike after hospital move KHARKIV AFP
Ukraine’s jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko on Wednesday halted a 20day hunger strike after she was moved to a hospital to defuse a crisis overshadowing the Euro 2012 football . Ukraine’s prison authorities in the early morning transferred Tymoshenko from her jail in the eastern city of Kharkiv to the hospital where she will receive treatment from a German doctor for severe back pain. The doctor confirmed that the former prime minister had ended the hunger strike she began in April in protest at allegedly being roughly handled by prison guards. “She has halted her hunger strike. We are now building up towards a normal nutrition regime,” Lutz Harms of the Berlin Charite clinic told reporters. “This process will take several days.”
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Canada team likely to visit Pakistan in Sept LAHORE
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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has asked Sindh Sports Minister Dr Muhammad Ali Shah to postpone the visit of World XI to Pakistan later this month due to lack of coordination, planning and security arrangements. “We have received a letter from Sports Minister of Sindh Dr. Muhammad Ali Shah informing PCB of a visit of World XI to Pakistan and a request herewith for making the national team available for the matches to be played on May 25-26, 2012,” it said in a statement issued on Wednesday. Responding to the request, PCB spokesman said, “Hosting an international team is a meticulous job and requires a huge amount of planning and groundwork on security and other aspects of the visit to organize it in a befitting manner,” it said. “In this case, we have not been involved from the outset. Moreover, the national team is busy in preparations for the Sri Lanka tour. “Keeping in view the prevailing circumstances PCB has suggested to postpone the match for a mutually agreed date in future,” the statement concluded. The World XI team, headed by West Indian Alvin Kallicharan, was expected to land in Karachi on the May 24. Reports said that the World XI team would be comprising 6 South-Africans, 4 West Indians and 1 Sri Lankan player. With respect to Australian players, the source stated that negotiation with 2 Australian players was also underway. Earlier, Bangladesh had shown clear intent of touring Pakistan but they pulled out of the tour at the last moment. This Cricket event would revive the sport within the Pakistani region since 2009 when the Sri Lankan team received heavy gun fire on their bus which resulted in injuries to Sri Lankan player Thilan Samaraweera.
HE Canadian cricket board has shown interest to visit in May, at a time when Pakistan team would be playing against Sri Lanka in Colombo and with the busy schedule of the team the tour would possibly take place in September. The Canadian cricket team, in reply to Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) offer to tour the country. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board has thanked Cricket Canada for their interest in sending their cricket team to Pakistan. “The PCB believes in strengthening the relationship further between the two boards in a manner beneficial for both the boards,” said a board official. The PCB is working on modalities of the proposition and tentatively we are aiming the tour to get materialized after September 2012. The PCB has said that Pakistan cannot play any home matches before September due to their busy schedule. Pakistan is heading to Colombo on May 19 to play against Sri Lanka. The Canadian cricket board has also re-
Misbah, afridi head-to-head in a T20
quested the PCB to allow Pakistani cricketers to play in the Toronto Twenty 20 tournament, as PCB had earlier refused to provide No Objection Certificate (NOC) to six players. Following the postponement of the Bangladesh tour last month, the PCB had planned to host a tri-series featuring Afghanistan and Canada in an effort to revive international cricket in the country. It would be the first foreign team to travel to Pakistan, more than three years after international matches were halted in the troubled country. The PCB said the visit would help reestablish the country as a safe venue
for sport. A deadly militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus during the Lahore Test in March 2009 made Pakistan a no-go zone for international teams, but the PCB has been trying to entice sides back to the cricket-mad but unstable country. Canada is an associate member of the International Cricket Council, not a full Test-playing nation, but took part in the 2011 World Cup and lost to Pakistan in the group stage. Former PCB chairmen had advised the board to work on associate members rather than bigger teams in their efforts to revive international cricket.
All-rounder Shahid Afridi will captain Chairman PCB XI while skipper Misbah-ul-Haq's will lead Chairman CDA XI's team in a Twenty-20 cricket match scheduled to be played here at Diamond Club Ground on Friday. "This match is being organised by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in collaboration with Islamabad Cricket Association (ICA) to celebrate raising a state-of-art International Cricket Stadium in the Federal Capital," an ICA official told APP on Wednesday. He said that Chairman PCB Ch. Zaka Ashraf had agreed to arrange this match on request of Chairman CDA Farkhand Iqbal. "The ICA has formed different committees comprising President RCA, PCB, CDA and ICA officials to organize the match in a befitting manner," the official said. The official further said that PCB, CDA Chairmen and top officials of the two organisations, cricket administrators, players and many government functionaries will be coming to witness the match. "The match will be supervised by Nadeem Ghouri and Asif Yaqoob. Khatib Rizwan will be the match referee and Ahmed Shahab will be the TV umpire. Adnan Farooq and Shakeel Ahmed will be the official scorers," the official concluded.
starc deported as Yorkshire stint put on hold LONDON AFP
Australia left-arm quick Mitchell Starc has been deported from Britain, with visa problems preventing him from making his debut for English county Yorkshire on Wednesday. Yorkshire, coached by former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie, are blaming Cricket Australia officials for problems with Starc's paperwork. The 22-year-old Starc, who arrived at Heathrow Airport last weekend and was initially cleared to remain, will not now make his Yorkshire debut in their County Championship Second Division match against Gloucestershire at Bristol on Wednesday. But the bowler himself was confident of being able to return to England in time for next week's match against Yorkshire.
australia denies any part in Starc ‘fiasco’ SYDNEY: Cricket Australia Wednesday denied having anything to do with Mitchell Starc being thrown out of Britain, as the fast bowler attempted to play down the visa problems that saw him deported. The left-armer was due to leave London Tuesday evening with his English side Yorkshire, coached by former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie, blaming either Cricket Australia or Starc's agent for problems with his paperwork. The 22-year-old arrived at Heathrow Airport at the weekend and was initially cleared to remain, but will not now make his Yorkshire debut against Gloucestershire on Wednesday. Cricket Australia said the issue had nothing to do with them. "Mitchell is on annual leave and decided to organise a short-term contract with Yorkshire. It has absolutely nothing to do with us," a spokesman told AFP. "We have sent plenty of people to England and know all the requirements. Saying that, we have made it clear that if Mitchell needs our help, we are happy to do that." While Cricket Australia have been blamed by some, Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves has also fingered Starc's agent for the "fiasco", according to the Guardian newspaper. Starc was keen to play down the embarrassment as he prepared to fly out of Britain. "Well round the world here we go... Off to aus now," he tweeted, apparently from Heathrow. AFP
Mickelson, Woods illustrate two sides of golfing coin PONTE VEDRA BEACH ReUTeRS
Rarely has the contrast between golf as an enjoyable game and torturous frustration been as evident in two players as in the appearances of Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods at the Players Championship on Tuesday. Mickelson, a four-time major winner fresh from his induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, sat casually with reporters ahead of Thursday's opening round and chatted about how much he loves the game. But Woods, who missed a cut for only the eighth time in a PGA Tour event last week, looked far from happy discussing the seemingly endless "process" of working on the fourth swing change of his professional career. After a series of dry explanations and testy rebuttals, the former world number one was asked whether there was any joy in the toil of trying to rediscover his winning touch. Judging from his response, the notion was totally alien to him. "A joy? No, I don't enjoy missing cuts," Woods said before shifting the focus back to his swing, reiterating an argument that this is simply a phase he went through even during the years when he assembled 14 majors. "You're not going to play well every week. There are times when I have felt awful over a golf ball and I've still somehow won a golf tournament. It doesn't mean I feel comfortable but just somehow figured out a way," he said. For Woods, the
man who once made the game look ridiculously easy, discomfort is now the goal as he tries to perfect the lessons of swing coach Sean Foley. "When I get into what Sean wants me to do with my old setup where I'm comfortable, then I can hit an array of shots, because obviously my grip has changed, my posture and how I move through the golf ball is completely different. So that's where I get into the problems. "Now, if I get completely uncomfortable and put myself in a position where it feels just awful, I
hit it pure. So there's where I'm developing in the swing. "It was the same way at Bay Hill where I was just committed to just feeling awful over the ball, and I hit it great. But that's the movement pattern. That's what's different. "I've been through it with Butch (Harmon), I've been through it with Hank (Haney), and you get through stages like this, go through periods like this. We've all done it. It's just I'm in it right now." It is hard to imagine Mickelson enduring a
similar process and when asked what he loved about the game, it was not hard for the left-hander to find the sources of pleasure. "It's everything about the game," said Mickelson. "Whether it's just the challenge of making contact and hitting the ball or the challenge of being creative and hitting shots around the greens." Mickelson's recollections of his early days playing the game were the kind that many could relate too. "I loved going out there on a rainy day practicing under the palm tree when nobody was around hitting balls out onto the par three course where I grew up. "I love going down to the club and just hanging out, hanging out and spending time with the guys before and after a round. I just love everything about the game. "It's been such a big part of my life, that I'm very appreciative that I get to do what I do. I'd like to see other people enjoy it the way I do." There are many who would love to see Woods enjoy it that way too and maybe, if the wins come back, he will be able to. For now though, it is all about the struggle. "It's a process, and I've said this numerous times, is that you keep building. There are certain times when you make great strides forward, and there's other times where you're going to take a stride or two backwards. It's a process. "As we all know, golf is a work in progress, and you've just got to continue working, keep trying to get better."
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5th nBP T20 inter-club Cricket rolls into action LAHORE STAFF RePORT
Muslim, Prince, Universal, Model Town Whites, City Gymkhana, Gen Akhter Abdul Rehman won their first round matches of the 5th NBP T20 Inter Club Cricket Tournament-2012. In opening match Muslim Gymkhana beat Young Mozang Link by 7 wickets. Young Mozang Link made 153/10 in 20 overs. Kashif Hassan 27. Taufeeq Umer 3/29, Waqas Aslam 2/24, Muslim Gymkhana chased the target in 16.4 overs. Syed Kashif 35. Taufeeq umer 76, Junaid jan 56 not out, Asim Iqbal 2/37 Universal Club beat Ravi Gymkhana by 8 Runs. Universal made 192 in 20 overs. Asad Aziz 59. Irfan Haider 30 Roni Gill 30. M. Kashif 2/24, M. Waqas 2/21. Ravi Gynkhana made 184/10 in 19.2 overs. M. Waqas 72 Imran Malik 34 Roni Gill 5/30 Model Town Whites beat Imperial by 37 Runs. Model Town Whites made 200/6 in 20 overs. Junaid Zia 102 Abdul Muqeet 44. Zubair Idrees 3/12. Imperial were bowled out at163/10 in 18.4 overs. Rana Zafar 49 Zulkifal 40. Umer Zahoor 5/26, Akhter Shafique 2/14. Gen Akhter Abdul Rehman Beat Al-Hilal by 47 Runs. Akhter made 213/6 in 20 overs. Hamza Mubeen 47, Irfan Sial 35 & Noman Shaukat 33, Mubashir Hussain 2/28, Hafiz Umair 2/36. Al-Hilal were bowled out at166/10 in 19.4 overs. Ashraf Ali 61, Ameer Ali 36. Ashfaq Ahmad 3/34, Imran Butt 3/35. Prince beat Victorious by 6 wickets. Victorious made 89/10 in 16 overs. Farhan Khan 30, Fahad-ul-Haq 3/36, Sadam-ul-Haq 3/8. Prince chased the target in 15.5 overs. Siddiq Khan 61, Farhan Khan 2/19. City beat Baghbanpura Eaglets by 6 wickets. Baghbanpura Eaglets made 154/5 in 20 overs. Dastageer Butt 39, Aamir Khan 44 Jahangir Mirza 2/24. City chased the target in 20 overs. Jahangir Mirza 75, Mawaz Taimia 37, Bilawal Nazir 5/16.
Deccan succumb to Mandeep, Hussey HYDERABAD CRICInFO
ECCAN Chargers dropped only one sitter today. Their fielding did not come apart as it has earlier this season. Mandeep Singh did cart their bowling around in a dominating innings. But then, in the middle of their chase, they lost Cameron White and Daniel Harris in the space of four balls. To David Hussey. Four deliveries later, they lost Kumar Sangakkara. Game over. The result, and Rajasthan Royals' win over Pune Warriors earlier today, opened up a five-way race for two playoff spots, with Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils appearing set to take the first two spots. Chargers had kept pace with the asking-rate for eight overs. Parvinder Awana and Azhar Mahmood then got in a tight over each. With the spinners having been taken for runs, and the fast bowlers pulling things back, few would have expected Hussey to come on with his part-time quick offbreaks in the 11th over. He did, and Harris, on 30, drove his first delivery off a thick edge straight to point. As if one pleasant surprise wasn't enough, a bigger gift was in store for Kings XI. Hussey gave rare flight to his fourth ball, White went after it, and Shaun Marsh accepted the steepler at deep midwicket. Double whammy turned into triple tragedy for Chargers when Sangakkara edged a peach of an away-moving Praveen Kumar delivery for the wicketkeeper Nitin Saini to take a reflex onehanded catch wide to his left. A competitive 70 for 2 had sunk to 74 for 5, and Chargers had as much hope left of winning the game as they have of making the playoffs. Mandeep, Kings XI's highest rungetter this season, had earlier continued his good form, adding powerful strokes to his solidity to take his side well over the 150-160 mark which San-
hYDERaBaD: Kings Xi Punjab captain David hussey (R) celebrates with his team-mates after winning the match during the iPl Twenty20. AFP gakkara said was a par score. Mandeep, with a career Twenty20 strikerate of barely 120, batted a couple of gears higher today, his 75 coming off 48 deliveries. David Miller provided the late boost, hammering an unbeaten 28 off 18. Mandeep, who had been consistent this season without dominating, never looked back after taking Veer Pratap Singh for 18 in the second over. He pulled, cut and lofted over extra cover without any desperation. Though he lacked enough support, Mandeep never allowed the innings to flag. Ashish Reddy could have had Man-
deep, on 30 then, off the first ball he bowled, but could not get to a tough chance which just eluded his outstretched left hand. Mandeep deposited the last ball of that Reddy over, the seventh, over long-on. Veer Pratap, who was to go for 45 in four overs, managed to get Hussey mishitting to long-off in the 12th over. Mandeep responded by pulling Amit Mishra for consecutive fours in the next over. Reddy finally bowled Mandeep in the 16th over as the batsman missed a slog. He then ran-out the dangerous Azhar Mahmood for 14 with sharp
fielding at point, but became too predictable with his slower deliveries, allowing Miller to take 13 off the final over. Almost predictably, Chargers' woeful catching made another appearance, though late, when White put down Miller at long-off last ball of the 19th over. But for once, Chargers had neither their fielding nor their catching to blame for their 16th loss in 17 games at their home ground in Hyderabad. SCORES: Kings XI Punjab 170 for 5 (Mandeep 75) beat Deccan Chargers 145 for 8 (Hussey 2-2, Praveen 2-15, Awana 2-27) by 25 runs.
An Olympic love story that sparked a fashion empire SUMIRAGO ReUTeRS
Mention the name Missoni, and most think of a fashion empire that revolutionised textile patterns, spawned the nobra look on the catwalks, and is now a global brand that designs everything from sweaters to sheets to hotels. But none of it would have happened had it not been for the 1948 London Olympics, where one kind of flame sparked another between Rosita Jelmini and Ottavio Missoni. She was 16, going on 17, a shy Italian girl in London to improve her English. He was 27, a tall, strappingly handsome member of the Italian 400 metres hurdles team at the Games where the world was trying to put the devastation of war behind it. "Our student seats were right near the changing rooms at Wembley Stadium. I saw him. He looked like he was 21 but I later found out that he was 27. He had an extraordinary running style," Rosita, now 81, recalled in their home as Ottavio, now 91, sat next to her on an iconic Missoni zebra-patterned couch. As a boy, Ottavio was a running wunderkind. In 1937, at the tender age of 16, he was the youngest member of Italy's national team. That year in the 400 metres at a Milan event, he beat American Elroy Robinson, then the world record holder for the 880 yards. Missoni ran in the 1938 European Championships, and won the 1939 Italian Championships and World Student Games. Then the guns of war got in the way. Both the 1940 and 1944 games were cancelled. Ottavio, fighting on the Italian side in the Battle of El Alamein, was captured by the British and held as a prisoner of war for four years in Egypt. "It wasn't exactly a Club Med type of environment ideal for training," he said, laughing as he leaned back on a Missoni pillow. "I was ..." And, like most couples who have been together for a lifetime, Rosita finishes her husband's thought: "He likes to poke fun (at the English), saying that he was a guest of His Majesty the King of Britain". Indeed, if it were not for the luxurious surroundings, the cov-
SUMiRago: ottavio Missoni, 91, sits with his wife Rosita, 81, during an interview. ReuteRs ers of fashion magazines and signed photographs on the walls, and the hovering Bangladeshi butler in his crisp, white jacket, Ottavio and Rosita could be mistaken for any elderly couple sharing a park bench. "I started running again with the little that was left in me because naturally, after four years as a prisoner of war I was not in top physical form, but I must have had something left in me and I won the Italian (4 X 400) title and was chosen to go to the Olympics," he said. In 1948, much of Italy was still recovering from the war's devastation; the Marshall Plan to rebuild the country was in its teething phase and for many, the London Olympics offered a badly needed chance to cheer national athletes. Few people had televisions in their
homes. Most watched the Games in bars and shop windows or on newsreels in cinemas. "Those were beautiful Olympic Games because everything was natural and spontaneous, not like now, when everything is inflated, blown out of proportion," said Ottavio, who is known by everyone by his diminutive "Tai". After she first saw him run at Wembley, Rosita and her school mates were invited to lunch with the Italian athletes in Brighton. "During the lunch I realised he was so funny. He was handsome but not only. He was clever and intelligent and with a great sense of humour, which has been very helpful in all our life," Rosita said. They married in 1953 and set up a small workshop making track suits in Gallarate, near Rosita's home village, and later moved on to knitwear, presenting
their first collection in Milan in 1958 at the dawn of what was to become known as Italy's economic miracle. "We started making a profit after 10 years of activity and that day I felt like the richest man in the world," Ottavio said. Their early work was spotted and supported by Anna Piaggi, an influential editor of the Italian fashion magazine Arianna; and another big break came in 1965 when they made a knitwear collection together with designer Emmanuelle Kahn. "We tried to break the rules ... we lived in very favourable times because it was the beginning of what then came to be called Pret-a-Porter," Rosita said. "High fashion was declining and there was this new thing, Ready-to-Wear, that was kicking off and we found ourselves in this situation in the early 1960s.
With our 10 years of experience, we knew what we wanted to do and tried to find our own way," she said. Then, in 1967, the battle of the bras really put them on the fashion map. Missoni were invited to show at the Pitti Palace in Florence but before the models went out on the runways Rosita noticed that their bras were showing through their tops, ruining the intended colour and pattern effect. In the dressing room, she told the models to remove them but under the runway lighting their outfits became totally transparent and the incident caused a sensation. "I didn't think we were doing anything scandalous but they accused us of turning the Pitti Palace into the Crazy Horse," she said, referring to the famous burlesque palace in Paris. They were not invited to return the next year but the Florence bra incident became a cause celebre and soon afterwards Missoni was on the covers of big name fashion magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Women's Wear Daily and Bazaar. Today, the mamma and papa company Ottavio and Rosita founded on a shoestring has become a fashion dynasty run by their children Luca, Angela and Vittorio and some grandchildren. Based in the northern Italian village of Sumirago and within sight of Monte Rosa, or pink mountain, on the SwissItalian border, it employs about 250 people and in 2011 had revenues of more than 150 million euros. Rosita, who sports a small pigtail flowing down the back of her neck, is still active in the company, running the Missoni Home collection and travelling around the world for Missoni Hotel, a lifestyle hotel chain in collaboration with the Rezidor Hotel Group. Missoni hotels have already opened in Edinburgh and Kuwait, and new ones are planned for Oman and Brazil. Ottavio is still active. He participated in competitions for veteran athletes until he was 90 and last September he was due to be the oldest athlete at the European Masters Games in Italy, competing in the javelin, discus and shot put but he withdrew after he developed back pain.
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Sun god reigns over torch-lighting rehearsal
anCiEnT olYMPia: greek actress ino Menegaki (R), playing the role of high Priestess, lights the olympic flame during a dress rehearsal for the torch lighting ceremony of the london 2012 olympic games at the site of ancient olympia. The official lighting ceremony for the london games will take place on May 10. ReuteRs ered at the ruins of the Doric temple to stead of limiting the choreography to the ANCIENT OLYMPIA
RIESTESSES in pleated robes swayed under a scorching sun at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics on Wednesday in the final rehearsal to light the flame that will burn at the London Games. Far from the political drama embroiling debt-stricken Greece, locals and foreign tourists gath-
goddess Hera to watch as Greek actress Ino Menegaki solemnly stooped to light the torch with a concave mirror. The flame will serve as a backup if overcast skies loom over Thursday's official ceremony, but weather forecasts predict the event will be similarly blessed by abundant sunshine. For the first time, male priests danced to the sound of a drum amid the temple's ancient ruins in-
adjacent stadium, organisers said. With her arms raised towards the sky, Menegaki - playing the role of high priestess then invoked the sun God Apollo in prayer before kneeling to light the torch in just a few seconds as the sun's rays focused on the parabolic mirror. On the slopes of the adjacent stadium where Greeks competed during the ancient games, priestesses swirled in a
dance inspired by the mythological nymphs - nubile, young maidens in the retinue of a god or goddess - while the male priests performed a version of an ancient war dance, minus the weapons. For many Greeks watching, the ceremony was an emotional moment, offering a reminder of the glorious past of a nation now mired in a deep political and economic crisis that threatens to push it to bankruptcy and out of the euro zone. "As I was watching the ceremony I was thinking that Greece was once a big power and has since gone through a lot of hard times but as a country has always managed to stay afloat," said Vangelis Vanezis, a 35year-old Greek who lives in London. "And so it made me think that perhaps this crisis is something that will come and go and we'll get through it." The rehearsal ended with the high priestess handing the flame and a fresh olive branch to the first torchbearer Spyros Gianniotis, a Liverpool-born Greek swimmer who won the gold medal in the 10 km open water event at the 2011 world championships. On Thursday, Gianniotis, who has a Greek father and a British mother, will run with the flame to the monument where the heart of modern Olympics founder Pierre de Coubertin is buried before continuing and handing the flame over to Alexander Loukos, a Briton of Greek origin. The flame then covers 2900 km across over 40 towns in Greece, including remote ones near the Turkish border and tiny islands in the hands of 490 torchbearers. It will also pass through five archaeological sites during its eight-day journey across Greece before it is flown to the United Kingdom for a tour before the Olympic Games start on July 27.
lRCa U-16 Sayid Paper Cricket league
lahoRE: President lRCa Khawaja nadeem ahmad and other officials during a press conference. stAFF PHoto LAHORE STAFF RePORT
The Lahore Region Cricket Association will organise the first LRCA U16 Sayid Paper Cricket League by the end of the current month to re-launch its efforts for strengthening the base of the game by identifying new talent. This was stated by President LRCA Khawaja Nadeem Ahmad at a news conference here on Wednesday along with sponsors of the tournament, Aizad Hussain Syed, Chief Executive SPM. Also present were Vice President LRCA Imran Bucha and treasurer Sarfraz Ahmad. Kh Nadeem said it will be the first U16 tournament which LRCA is being organized to address the cause of early level of cricket which was badly neglected in the past. He praised the contribution of the sponsors and termed their joining of LRCA a step forward to revive cricket at grass root level. "Aizad Ssyed is a well-known cricket organizer and a patron and his services for the cause of cricket in Lahore are known to every one," said the LRCA Chief. Aizad Syed while unfolding the details of the tournament said six teams, two each from with affiliated zone of LRCA, will compete in the event which will continue for three weeks. "Each Zone will select its two teams through a transparent way by selecting deserving players and we are optimistic that through this event we will be able to unearth a pool of talented players for their grooming for future needs," he said. Aizad Syed assured his all out support for the revival of cricket and said he is delighted to be a part of LRCA which is striving to put cricket at the right path.
KaBUl: afghan men strike a pose during a national bodybuilding competition. hundreds of competitors entered the annual competition, organised by afghanistan's national olympic organization, to vie for the title of Mr. afghanistan. ReuteRs
Britainâ€™s williamson on target for sixth olympics LONDON AFP
Alison Williamson is set to compete in a national record-equalling sixth Olympic Games after her place in Britain's archery team for London 2012 was confirmed Wednesday. The 40-year-old, who won a bronze medal at the 2004 Games in Athens, missed out on an automatic spot at the final selection shoot at Lilleshall in central England, last month. But she has since been handed the last discretionary spot and her place in the team was made public Wednesday at Lord's, which will take a break from its usual role as the 'home of cricket' to stage the Olympic archery tournament from July 27 to August 3. "I'm so thrilled and proud to have made it to my sixth Olympics," Williamson said. "It makes all the sacrifices, and all the hard work, over many years, worthwhile. "Now I can start to look forward to the enormous honour of representing my country at a home Olympic Games. It just doesn't get any better." Williamson is only the third Briton after Tessa Sanderson, the javelin gold medallist at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, and fencer Bill Hoskyns to be selected for six Olympics.
north Korea to join first Paralympics LONDON ReUTeRS
North Korea will make their first appearance at the Paralympic Games in London this year, pro-North media said on Wednesday. The secretive communist nation sent Paralympic athletes to Beijing for training last week, according to the Tokyo-based Chosun Sinbo newspaper. The paper, viewed as a mouthpiece for the Pyongyang government, said the athletes will compete in table tennis, swimming and athletics among other sports in London. The Paralympics take place from August 29 to September 9 after the Olympic Games. North Korea won provisional membership of the International Paralympic Committee in March, the Korea Sports Association (KSA), in South Korea said. "This is the first time North Korea has won the right to participate," a KSA official told South Korea's Yonhap news agency. A country's previous participation in international competition helps its case in qualifying for the Paralympics, according to the Chosun Sinbo. "(North Korean) athletes will gain that qualification through this trip to China," it said. North Korea frequently competes in both Summer and Winter Olympic Games. The country has so far competed in eight Summer Games and won 10 gold among a total of 41 medals. The North will also take part at London Olympics from July 27 to August 12, in women's football, weightlifting, the marathon, wrestling, table tennis, archery and shooting.
Torch relay pioneered at Nazi Games LONDON ReUTeRS
Mist clears to reveal white marble images from classical Greece culminating in Myron's celebrated statue of an athlete poised to launch a discus in the prologue to Leni Riefenstahl's remarkable documentary film "Olympia". The statue rotates and melts into an identical image of a contemporary discus thrower. It is succeeded by further paeans to the sculptured Greek ideal of physical beauty with pictures of a shot putter, a javelin thrower and rhythmic gymnasts. Finally, flame floods the screen followed by a bare-chested runner embarking on the first torch relay of the modern Olympics. Like the remainder of Riefenstahl's lengthy masterwork, the relay footage is both haunting and disturbing. The torch travels from Olympia in Greece
through Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria and Czechoslovakia to Berlin and the 1936 Nazi Games. It is a journey the German army was destined to retrace. A mighty roar and a sea of fascist salutes greets the final torchbearer Fritz Schilgen as he runs into the Berlin stadium to light the cauldron. Greece lead the 51 nations parading at the opening ceremony, under the gaze of German Chancellor Adolf Hitler. The flame, the five rings, the Olympic oath, the hymn and the anthems were products of the fanatical nationalism poisoning Europe during the inter-war years. At the suggestion of Berlin Games organizer Carl Diem the torch relay was added, with more than 3,000 runners bearing the torch over 3,187 kms. The classical origins of the Olympic flame stem from the theft of fire from the Olympian god Zeus by Prometheus and gifted to mankind. At Olympia, site of the ancient Games, a flame burned at the altar
of Hestia, goddess and guardian of fire. It was introduced to the modern Games in Amsterdam in 1928 and burned again in Los Angeles four years later. Boosted by enthusiastic radio coverage, the Berlin torch relay was a huge success and after World War Two it became firmly established as an essential and popular preGames ritual. The first runner in the 1948 London Games relay took off his military uniform before carrying the flame to commemorate the sacred peace truce observed in the ancient Games. A boat ferried the flame across the channel to England. In 1968, the relay retraced the steps of Christopher Columbus to the new world and the Mexico Games and the torch, but not the flame, has twice been carried into space by astronauts. Camels bore the flame across the Australian desert before the 2000 Sydney Games. The final torchbearer has increasingly been a celebrated athlete
since nine-times Olympic distance running champion Paavo Nurmi delighted a packed Finnish crowd when he lit the cauldron at the Helsinki Games. A statue of Nurmi, who was denied the opportunity to set an unmatched record of track and field gold medals when he was declared a professional, stands outside the stadium. At the 1996 Atlanta Games Muhammad Ali, who as Cassius Clay won the lightheavyweight boxing title in the 1960 Rome Olympics, lit the flame through sheer strength of will although his hands were visibly shaking with the effects of Parkinson's syndrome, the cruel legacy of his professional career. Four years later, Australian aboriginal Cathy Freeman apparently walked on water to ignite the cauldron at the Sydney Games. Unlike Nurmi and Ali, Freeman had yet to win an Olympic title, an omission she rectified in spectacular fashion in the 400 meters final.
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Djokovic fuming after debacle on blue clay MADRID
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MaDRiD: novak Djokovic celebrates winning a point against Daniel gimeno-Traver. ReuteRs
MaDRiD: german angelique Kerber returns a ball against Chinese na li during their match of the Madrid Masters. AFP
home hero Rafael Nadal. "It's much more slippery. "The material of blue clay and red clay are different. When you slide on red clay you can feel when you stop. Here you are always slipping. "Most players I've spoken to share the opinion that the court is slippery." Djokovic said that even days of training made little difference. "Centre court is
different from others I trained on. If it affects me next week in Rome, we will see. "I don't know how it will turn out in my next match. But I'm here to win. This is my work and I take things about this situation very seriously." Djokovic said the players were overlooked in the decision to trial the controversial material. "Player opinions have to
Azarenka advances to Madrid third round
The two leading women both reached the third round of the Madrid Masters on Tuesday, with top seed Victoria Azarenka made to struggle by Czech Andrea Hlavackova before emerging 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) winner. The Belarus player was serving for a quick straight-set result but was broken as her opponent pulled level at 5-5 in the second set. The seed had to save a set point in the 12th game to bring on a tiebreaker, which fi-
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Novak Djokovic scraped and slid to an opening victory at the Madrid Masters on Tuesday, then let loose with a blistering appraisal of the event's controversial blue clay courts. "That was not tennis, either I need football shoes or some advice on how to play on this court," said the Serb top seed after beating Spain's number 137 Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. "I cannot find the words to describe this court. It's really tough to play like this on a centre court. "We cannot change anything this year, but my first impressions are not good. I don't want to be the one complaining, but I say honestly what I feel. "We need serious discussion about the future of this blue clay." The blue-clay plan was put into action by the tournament's billionaire impresario Ion Tiriac, the man who brought catwalk models onto court as ball-girls in another experiment that has paid public relations dividends for the ATP-WTA Masters 1000. But Djokovic says the differences with the red clay surface to which players are more accustomed are stark. "This has no similarities with red clay, it's totally different," said Djokovic, winner of the 2011 edition over
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nally saw her through with 32 winners in one and three-quarter hours. "The surface is a bit slippery, but it's the same for all of us," she said of the blue clay court surface. "I don't like to complain - it is what it is and it won't change now." Second seed Maria Sharapova defeated another Czech in Klara Zakopalova 6-4, 6-3, firing 18 winners and breaking five times. The Russian, whose match was started before 11:00 am (0900 GMT) due to the demands of television, said that a few days of training on the controversial blue clay surface last week paid dividends. "It's not so much about the colour. It does look good on television. But it plays a bit different. It's about the amount of clay on the court and the way it bounces," she said. "You have to get used to it but I came here after winning Stuttgart and got in four or five days on it. I got settled in so it's just a matter of adjusting. It's also the same for everyone." On the men's side, veteran Czech Radek Stepanek ended the run of Australian Bernard Tomic in the first round, with the Queensland youngster exiting 6-2, 7-5. The 31st ranked Tomic, who reached a career-best first clay quarter-final last weekend in Munich, lost in less than 90 minutes.
MaDRiD: Rusian anastasia Pavlyuchenkova returns a ball to US Serena williams (inset) during their match of the Madrid Masters. ReuteRs/AFP
be heard and considered to understand what is going on in our tennis world. This event and the decision to change to blue is an example of players not being considered and heard. "Their opinions are ignored. I hope this will change in the future. "I've not found any woman or man who is enthusiastic about this surface. I haven't heard any one say they like it."
KARACHI: The finals of the 9th Pizza Hut Open Super Series Ranking Tennis Championship being held here at the Karachi Club will be played today (Thursday). Maj. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar, DG. Rangers Sindh shall be the chief guest. The championship is being sponsored by Pizza Hut, an international fast food chain. ReSULTS: Boys & girls Under 15 final: Muhammed Raza sawani beat ibrahim iltifat 2-6, 6-3, 10-4. Boys & girls Under 13 final: Muhammed Raza Sawani beat Shabbir Muhammed 6-2, 6-0. Boys & girls Under 11 final: Muhammed dada beat abdullah khan 8-0. Men s Singles Quarter: nomi Qamer w/o Farhan altaf. Men s Singles semi Final: aqeel Khan 9 top seed) beat Talha zubair(4th seed0 6-0, 6-0, nomi Qamer (3rd seed0 beat syed Zuhair raza (2nd seed) 6-4, 61. Mens doubles Semi finals: aqeel Khan 7 ali hasan Bhagat beat adnan Khan & Khalid ali nazar 4-6, 6-3, 10-1, nomi qamer & asad ali Bhagat beat ali Mansoor & Saad noor Sumar 6-4, 6-2. STAFF RePORT
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Punjab PA adopts resolutions for Bahawalpur, south Punjab provinces
Beg points finger at Durrani for polls manipulation Former army chief denies being part of President Ghulam ishaq Khan’s ‘plan’
ORMER chief of army staff (COAS) General (r) Mirza Aslam Beg on Wednesday said in the Supreme Court that he was not involved in the alleged disbursement of millions of rupees among anti-Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) politicians to manipulate the 1990 general elections. Submitting his reply in compliance with the court’s order of April 25 in Asghar Khan case, the former army chief said he had already elaborately submitted in his concise statement that the amount was not placed in the army’s account, rather it was placed in the account of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)
LAHORe: Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz legislators celebrate the unanimous approval of the resolutions in support of reinstating the Bahawalpur province and formation of a new province in southern Punjab on Wednesday. stAFF PHoto LAHORE AGenCIeS
The Punjab Assembly on Wednesday unanimously approved resolutions in favour of reinstating the Bahawalpur province and the formation of a separate province in southern Punjab. Both resolutions were tabled by Pakistan Muslim League–Nawaz (PML-N) leader and Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah during Wednesday’s session of the provincial assembly. The Punjab As-
sembly has asked the federal government to set up a National Commission immediately to examine all aspects including constitutional‚ administrative‚ legal and financial matters and distribution of resources regarding creation of the new provinces. The House through these resolutions said the proposed Election Commission should submit its recommendation at the earliest. Leaders of Opposition Raja Riaz Ahmed, Chaudhry Zaheerud Din of the PML-Q, Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood
of PML-Functional and MMA’s Ali Haider Noor Niazi in their separate speeches endorsed the resolutions, saying the creation of new provinces was imminent to remove the sense of deprivation among the people of neglected areas of the country. Raja Riaz said they were backing the resolution as they wanted to sacrifice everything for the sake of the masses. Status of Bahawalpur, he opined, must be restored. He demanded the other provinces also contribute towards this end.
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india’s hoax ‘terror alert’ falls flat on face NEWS DESK The deception of Indian intelligence agencies was exposed on Wednesday after Indian media reported that five susp e c t e d Lashkar-e-Tayyaba militants had sneaked into Mumbai through a sea route and were planning to target vital installations in the country’s commercial hub. The Indian media also released photographs of the suspected militants only to be embarrassed by the fact that three of those being portrayed as terrorists turned out to be innocent Pakistani nationals who are very much present in Lahore and had come to know about the Indian claims through friends who saw their pictures being flashed on Indian TV channels and websites. The three men, Mehtab Butt, who owns a shop No. 26LG in Lahore’s Hafeez Centre; Atif Butt, who runs a mobile accessories shop in the same plaza; and Babar, a security guard at the plaza, rushed to the Liberty Police Station after hearing the news.
After the beheading of 13 soldiers by Taliban militants in Miranshah, Pakistan Army has decided to launch a targeted offensive in North Waziristan. The United States has repeatedly demanded that Pakistan launch an offensive in North Waziristan, especially against the so-called Haqqani network. Pakistan has promised to address the US concerns on Haqqani network, but has shown reluctance to launch a full-fledged operation in the restive tribal agency. After the latest killing of Pakistani soldiers by the Taliban, military sources told Online that the army had decided to launch a targeted operation in the North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in the next few days. They said the NWA offensive would be completely different from the operation carried out in Swat. Sources said that Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani had consulted President Asif Ali Zardari in this regard and took him into confidence. Sources confirmed that there were currently three brigades of Pakistan Army fighting
expecting ‘dramatic’ result from talks with Pakistan in June AGenCIeS
against militants in NWA. Sources said the operation could be launched any time during the next few days, and very likely ahead of the NATO heads meeting in Chicago, which is to be attended by Zardari. After the military offensive in South Waziristan, nearly 3,000 militants went into hiding in the NWA. Sources said that as the weather was becoming warmer, the militants were coming down from the mountains and attacking army soldiers.
and the relevant person having the knowledge of the accounts would be Lt General (r) Asad Durrani being the director general at that time or any other person, who he (Asad Durrani) might have directed. “In fact the accounts were maintained by the ISI and I only instructed ISI DG Lt Gen Asad Durrani to maintain accounts,” Beg said in his reply. He said no misappropriation was ever reported or came to his knowledge, adding that the ISI was not under his command. The former army chief contended that he had absolutely no involvement in the disbursement of donations ordered by former president Ghulam Ishaq Khan and that he merely possessed knowledge being the commander of armed forces.
Indian Defence Minister AK Antony on Wednesday said that New Delhi would insist on proper authentication by Pakistan of troop positions in Siachen before any disengagement was undertaken, and cautioned against expecting any “dramatic” result from the next round of talks in June on the vexed issue. Antony said in the Rajya Sabha, Upper House of parliament, that India stood by its stand on authentication and had neither hardened nor softened its position. “Some people have said we are hardening our position on Siachen, some say we have softened the position. We have neither hardened nor softened our position. We are standing where we were,” he said, replying to a debate on the functioning of the Defence Ministry. While informing the House that the 13th round of defence secretary-level talks on Siachen would take place in the second week of next month, Antony said during the last round, Pakistan had refused to authenticate the troop positions of the two countries but India insisted on it. “Don’t expect dramatic results from the next round of talks. It is a complicated issue,” he said. Making clear that India was keen on authentication and had “not changed the position”, he said, “it is the national position, not the government’s position. We took the position after considering the decision.”
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They told police that the Indian media was maliciously labeling them as terrorists, and sought a first information report against Indian authorities. The traders union of Hafeez Centre and citizens also announced to hold a protest against the incident. Only a day ago, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had called on Pakistan to “do more” against alleged militant safe havens in the country and against Lashkar-e-Tayyaba founder Hafiz Saeed. She made the statement during a three-day visit to India. This statement may have encouraged the Indian intelligence to prepare a ‘False-Flag’ attack similar to 26/11 to further their nefarious designs against Pakistan.