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Rs 17.00 Vol III No 253 19 Pages Karachi Edition

Monday, 11 March, 2013 Rabi us Sani 28, 1434

Ruined... STORY ON PAGE 03

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Be ready for super tsunami, says Imran STORY ON PAGE 03

Attack on Christians aimed at maligning Pakistan: Shahbaz

UN inquiry team on drone strikes to visit Pakistan

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said burning of Christian homes and shops in Lahore’s Badami Bagh was a nefarious attempt to tarnish the image of Pakistan. The Punjab chief minister said the Punjab government would bring elements responsible for the incident before the law and due punishment would be ensured as they deserved no leniency. PAGE 02

A UN inquiry team probing the US drone strikes in the Tribal Areas and some other countries like Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia, will arrive in Pakistan by the end of this month to hold talks with Pakistan’s civilian and military leaders and investigate the civilian casualties in these attacks. UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson, who is a British lawyer, will head the inquiry team to be sent to Islamabad by the United Nations. PAGE 04

Karzai says Taliban hand in glove with US STORY ON PAGE 19

Success in Indo-Pak talks not a one-day affair: Khurshid Calling "unofficial" Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf's visit to India, Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said that success in bilateral issues involving the two neighbours was a time-taking affair. The minister also said he would not be able to give a time frame as to when official talks between the two nations could take place. PAGE 18

Drone kills two militants in NWA

As many as two suspected militants were killed after a US unmanned drone fired two missiles on a village in North Waziristan Agency on Sunday. PAGE 04

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Christians feel insecure in Punjab as the provincial government has miserably failed in protecting the life, property and their rights as minorities — National Regulation and Services Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan


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CJP tAKeS NotICe of JoSePH ColoNy AttACK

Attack on Christians aimed at maligning Pakistan: Shahbaz LAHORE

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry has taken suo motu notice of the Joseph Colony attack, according to a private TV channel on Sunday. The CJP has summoned the Punjab inspector general (IG) and the Punjab advocate general. He also directed them to submit a comprehensive report in this regard. On March 9, a 3,000-strong mob set ablaze more than 150 Christian houses in the Joseph Colony over alleged blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by Sawan Masih, a 28-year-old Christian sanitation worker. Shahid Imran, complainant in the FIR registered against Masih, said Sawan used to say bad things against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). On March 7, Imran said, Sawan again passed such remarks, he told his friend Shafiq, who took out a knife and went straight to Sawan’s house, but to no avail. On March 8, he gathered more people after attending prayers led by Qari Saifullah. Imran said Saifullah told them that they would cut Sawan into pieces. aGENCiES



nnOunCInG compansation of Rs 500,000 for each affected Christian family, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday said the burning of Christian homes and shops in Lahore’s Badami Bagh was a nefarious attempt to tarnish the image of Pakistan. He was presiding over a meeting at Model Town to review the progress of relief and rehabilitation activities. Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, lawmakers Rana Sanaullah, Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, Hamza Shahbaz, Pervaiz Malik, Malik Riaz, Asad Ashraf, Chaudhry Shahbaz, Rana Muhammad Iqbal and officers concerned were present. He said the Punjab government would bring the elements responsible for

the incident before the law and due punishment would be ensured as they deserved no leniency. He said the Punjab government had sent a letter to the Lahore High Court registrar for judicial inquiry into the incident. The CM directed police to accelerate the process of apprehending the persons responsible by identifying them in the light of video footage. He said that challans against those who have been arrested should immediately be sent to the Anti-Terrorism Court. Shahbaz said his government would fulfill all responsibilities with regard to the tragic incident. He said that the process of provision of financial assistance to the affected families has been started while the repair work of the houses and shops of the victims was also being initiated. He ordered the authorities concerned to assess

the losses as soon as possible and a caseto-case review should be made. He said that the government was making efforts for compensating the Christian community. He said the Punjab government had announced financial assistance to the victims and the process of payment has also been started. The CM said that relief camp had been set up in the affected area which was working. Shahbaz said the affected families had started returning to their homes and provincial ministers, assembly members and district administration officials were supervising the process of their rehabilitation.

Jirga sells married woman after declaring her Kari DERA GHAZI KHAN: A local jirga on Sunday sold a woman after she was declared Kari. The woman, Zarina Mai, was a mother of three children. According to details, Zarina Mai was accused of having extra-marital relations by her brother-in-law, Imam Buksh Jandani. She was declared Kari and was sold out through a jirga decision. Her brother, Muhammad Ali, hailing from Chat Dagar area in the jurisdiction of Choti Police station, alleged that police were not arresting the accused despite the local court’s order. A large number of relatives of the woman and her three children staged a protest outside the RPO office and demanded recovery of the victim and suspension of policemen. iNP

Supreme Court to hear Memogate today ISLAMABAD: A nine-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC), headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, will hear the Memogate on Monday (today). Five benches of the SC have been constituted to hear cases during the week beginning on Monday. According to details the cases to be heard by the five benches include the Memogate, petition of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in the Rental Power Plants investigation and application of former premier Yousaf Raza Gilani against his disqualification from contesting elections. iNP

Reaction to Badami Bagh incident Will rebuild Joseph Colony homes for free

Nawaz directs strict action against attackers

Badami Bagh incident a conspiracy to delay polls

MQM slams Punjab govt over Joseph Colony fiasco

ISLAMABAD: Real estate tycoon Malik Raiz said on Sunday, if given permission by the Punjab government, he was ready to reconstruct homes which were ransacked and burnt by an angry mob in Joseph Colony of Badami Bagh. In a statement, Riaz asked the Punjab government to give necessary approvals and permission to rebuild the homes of the affected Christians. The homes, he said, will be rebuilt free of cost and the work can start within 24 hours while the reconstruction process will be completed within 45 days. iNP

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, taking serious notice of the attack on a Christian colony, on Sunday directed Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Mian Shahbaz Sharif to take urgent and strict action against all those responsible for the attack on the Christian colony. Sources said Nawaz issued these instructions to the chief minister on Sunday and expressed satisfaction over the steps taken so far in this regard. iNP

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid chief Shujat Hussain strongly condemned destruction of homes in Joseph Colony and said such incidents can be part of a conspiracy to sabotage elections. He said the most unfortunate aspect of the incident was that the police had been directed to stay away which enabled the mob to destroy the houses. If the provincial government wanted, the tragedy could have been avoided two days earlier, he said. He said the chief minister, ruling 65 percent of the country’s population, cannot be acquitted. ONliNE

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) held a protest demonstration against the Badami Bagh incident, demanding immediate resignation of Punjab CM on Sunday. A large number of Christians along with MQM workers participated in the demonstration held outside the Karachi press club. Speaking on the occasion, MQM leaders Dr Farooq Sattar and Raza Haroon severely criticised the Punjab government, especially Shahbaz Sharif, for what they said was his failure and negligence in thwarting the mob attack on the Christian neighbourhood. aGENCiES

Incident a conspiracy against Pakistan

Minorities respect Holy Prophet (PBUH), Holy Quran

A dark blemish on Pakistan

JI extends complete support to Christians

LAHORE: Pakistan Ulema Council Chairman Allama Tahir Ashrafi said the Badami Bagh incident is a conspiracy to defame Pakistan in the world. Addressing a press conference at the Lahore Press Club on Sunday, he said Islam did not allow any Muslim to damage property or harm any innocent nonMuslim. He demanded that the Punjab government make an all-out effort for rehabilitation of the Christian colony. He also demanded that the Chief Justice of Pakistan take notice of the incident and order a judicial inquiry. aPP

LAHORE: Minister of State for Minorities Affairs Akram Masih Gill on Sunday said Christians could not even think of blasphemy as they respected the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and the Holy Quran like they respected the Holy Bible and Hazrat Isa (AS). Addressing a protest rally of Christians outside the Punjab Assembly building, he said it was the need of the hour to stand united against the common enemy of Muslims and Christians. Citing incidents of Gojra and Silakot, the minister alleged the Punjab government had failed to protect minorities. aPP

KARACHI: All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Central Information Secretary Aasia Ishaque said on Sunday that the Badami Bagh incident was a dark blemish on Pakistan. She said that the incident was a flagrant failure of the Punjab Government led by Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz. While addressing a gathering of APML workers and office-bearers at the central secretariat in the city, she said the incident was against the ideology of Pakistan and teachings of Islam. ONliNE

LAHORE: Jamaat e Islami Secretary General Liaqat Baloch on Sunday visited the Christian residential area in Badami Bagh and expressed solidarity with the affected people and extended them an all-out support. Lahore Bishop J Salik was also present on the occasion. Liaqat Baloch visited the camps set up for the affected families and met women and children in therein. He was accompanied by other party leaders including Zikrullah Mujahid and former MPA Chaudhry Shaukat Ali. ONliNE

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The Punjab government is patronising terrorists for the sake of votes — The Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) chief Sahibzada Fazl Kareem

President orders Rs 500,000 for each Christian family


President Asif Zardari on Sunday ordered the government to provide Rs 500,000 compensation to each Christian family affected by arsonists and looters in Lahore’s Badami Bagh. He was talking to Governor Punjab Makhdoom Ahmed Mahmud who called on President Zardari at Bilawal House in Karachi and briefed him about the incident. Spokesman to the President, Farhatullah Babar said that the governor was especially called by the president to get information about the unfortunate incident where a mob vandalised the Christian houses in Lahore on Saturday. He said the governor apprised the president about the details of the incidents. Babar said that during meeting the president advised the prime minister to provide Rs 500,000 compensation each to the affected families. He advised the Governor to personally monitor the relief and rehabilitation of the affected people. The president also asked him to inform on regular basis about the progress into the investigations of the incident. The president also urged the religious leaders to give suggestions to prevent the misuse of the blasphemy law, the spokesman added.

MPA Pervaiz Rafiq resigns over Joseph Colony incident LAHORE iNP

In protest against the ransacking and burning of homes in Joseph Colony, the Punjab Assembly MPA Pervaiz Rafiq resigned on Sunday. The MPA from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) said the government had failed to provide security to minorities. He expressed sorrow over the repeated attacks against minorities in the country. Rafiq added that he would submit his resignation in the Punjab Assembly Secretariat soon.



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HRISTIAnS across the country took the streets on Sunday in high tempers to protest the ransacking and arson of over 200 houses in Joseph Colony of Lahore’s Badami Bagh area, ransacking several government installations and scuffling with law enforcement officials as they demanded justice for the victim families. On the other hand, the Sunni Ittehad Council also issued a fatwa to condemn the incident. A decree by 30 clerics of the SIC said a blasphemer was punishable by death but burning his or her home was un-Islamic. Deputy Inspector General (DIG-Operations Wing) Rai Tahir Hussain said police had arrested more than 150 suspects in connection with burning Christian homes and shops in the Badami Bagh. But the statement provided no consolation. One of the main protests on Sunday was staged in Lahore’s Youhana Abad, a teeming Christian residential colony along Ferozepur Road in Lahore. The protest started peacefully in the morning but soon turned violent when police resorted to baton charge and teargas

PROTESTS IN LAHORE, KARACHI TURN VIOLENT, DOZENS OF DEMONSTRATORS ARRESTED shelling to disperse the agitated protesters. The four-kilometre long residential area remained a battleground between police and Christian youth, who demanded end to injustice and discrimination and protection as enshrined in constitution. A resident, Simon, said they were protesting peacefully but a heavy contingent of police appeared in no time and started shelling the protesters, prompting agitation from the demonstrators. Sources said more than 500 teargas shells were fired on protesters, who included old men, women and children, as well as on nearby houses. The protest got further out of hand when a trade union head was arrested by the police while he was trying to negotiate with police officials. Simon added that the “state is squeezing our living space by the day and not even a single official tried to communicate with us”. Another protestor said, “Police slapped a protesting boy and arrested him for no reason, which was completely unfair. That made things get out of hand.” “Minorities in Pakistan are not protected. We always remain under pressure and are treated badly,” he said. A young protester shouted, “They have no right to manhandle us, police was harassing our protestors, they can do nothing except beat us like animals. What were the police doing in Badami Bagh?”

Pm ashraf telephones minorities’ representatives ISLAMABAD aPP

Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Sunday telephoned national Harmony Adviser Dr Paul Bhatti and Minister of State for national Harmony Akram Masih Gill and ordered them to contact the Christian victims of the Badami Bagh incident.

He categorically ordered them to remain in touch with the affected families. Furthermore, the prime minister said the federal government was ready to extend assistance to the families in their hour of need. The prime minister assured the victims that the government would take all steps in safeguarding the life

SUNNI ITTEHAD COUNCIL ISSUES FATWA DECLARING ATTACK ON CHRISTIAN HOMES UN-ISLAMIC Saeed Tarar, assistant superintendent of police (ASP), told Pakistan Today that police contingents were just there for protection and trying to appease the protestors. “But the protestors started destroying the Youhana Abad BRTS station and damaging barriers and other property. About 15 were people arrested who were throwing stones at us and fanning violence.” “Many policemen were injured badly and the protesters were asked to stop destroying the public properties. We resorted to teargas shelling when our request was disregarded.” Sources told Pakistan Today that more than 25 people had been arrested in Youhana Abad and 20 in protests in Kot Lakhpat. They said the Christian protesters also tried to attack the Lahore Railway Station but were thwarted. Meanwhile, protests in other parts of the country were no less intense. A protest against Saturday’s mob attack turned violent in Karachi, prompting police to resort to aerial firing and shelling at Fawwara Chowk and Zainab Market. Christian protesters attacked several shops and vehicles in the Saddar area around Zainab Market, forcing a closure of nearby markets. Rangers were called in to control the situation and disperse the crowd, while more than 20 people were arrested in this connection.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) also staged a protest to express solidarity with the victims. In Quetta, dozens of Christian families took out a rally and staged a demonstration outside the Quetta Press Club to condemn the Badami Bagh ransacking and burning of hundred of homes. The rally was organized by Christian League and Masiah. The participants also staged a sit-in at GPO Chowk that lasted for a couple of hours. Speakers including father Maqsood and Shahzad Kundan criticised the Punjab government for not taking timely action against the perpetrators. Christians of Waris Pura locality in Faisalabad also staged a protest demonstration against the Badami Bagh incident. They took out a rally that arrived outside Catholic Church on Railway Road after marching through various city roads. Protests were also staged in Multan, Hyderabad and London besides other cities. The Human Liberation Commission Pakistan (HLCP) and Masih Millat Party also protested against the arson at Joseph Colony. President Asif Ali Zardari held a meeting with Punjab Governor Makhdoom Ahmad Mahmood in Karachi and discussed the Lahore incident. He sought a report on the incident and directed him to provide all possible assistance to the affected people. Minister in-charge for national Harmony Dr Paul Bhatti called upon the Punjab government to carry out a transparent investigation into the Badami Bagh incident for determining the facts. Dr Paul said a certain mindset was creating such problems in the country, however, there was a strong need for collective efforts to counter such intentions.

and property of non-Muslim Pakistanis. The prime minister said all minorities had equal rights as other citizens. He said neither ethics nor Islam allowed violence against followers of other religions. The prime minister reiterated that Islam preached tolerance and peace for all. On March 9, more than 200 homes of the Christian community were ransacked and burnt by an angry mob after an individual was accused of blasphemy.

march 23 Lahore rally to sweep away corrupt forces: imran Khan PESHAWAR aGENCiES

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) March 23 rally in Lahore will not be a mere tsunami but a ‘tsunama’, which will sweep away all corrupt forces in the forthcoming elections, PTI Chairman Imran Khan said on Sunday. Addressing a charged crowed of thousands, Khan said, “Those claiming the tsunami has subsided should come and see for themselves. They should know that the tsunami is building momentum each passing day as polls approach,” the PTI chief said. He said those afraid of the PTI’s tsunami will suffer another shock on March 23 when they witness a flood of people in Lahore. Khan said the PTI would also unveil its new manifesto on the 23rd, which would address all issues being faced by the people of Pakistan. The PTI chairman also announced the launch of ‘Tabdeeli Razakar Programme’ comprising one million young volunteers during his address at a mammoth gathering in Peshawar. “under the programme, one million enthusiastic young people would go from door-to-door to convey the party’s manifesto of change to the masses and pave way for a positive change across the country,” said Khan, adding that the volunteers would also perform duty at polling stations across the country on election-day to thwart any bid of rigging during polling. Khan said those who claimed PTI’s popularity had declined ought to open their eyes and witness the massive

gathering, adding that PTI’s triumph in general polls was inevitable. “On the day of elections, the people of Pakistan would have to decide between politics of money, greed and interest on one hand and PTI’s vision, ideology and passion on the other,” said Khan. BADAMI BAGH INcIDENt: Khan lashed out at the Punjab government, saying had the PML-n not entered into an electoral alliance or seat adjustment with terrorist outfits, the gruesome incident at Badami Bagh would not have taken place. Those making false claims of good governance in Punjab should answer why police had allowed a mob to ransack and set ablaze around two hundred Christian homes, he said. Khan said his party workers were busy in intra-party polls while other parties were preparing for the forthcoming elections because the PTI firmly believed that revolution within the ranks of the party itself was a prerequisite for bringing a revolution in the country. “no other party can dream of taking such a step.” Khan claimed PTI’s intra-party polls had made life very difficult for leaders of “family-limited” political parties because now workers of those parties were raising questions and pressing them for holding intra-party elections on similar lines. “These parties did not give genuine leadership to the country. They make nominations instead of electing people. Today their parties have become family-owned outfits because their workers lacked the courage to question their leaders and there is absolutely no accountability system within their ranks,” said Khan. He said the PTI had

given its workers the chance to elect their leaders and closed the door for Imran Khan’s sons and relatives to inherit leadership positions. “Having a Sharif or a Bhutto surname is a prerequisite for anyone wishing to become a leader in the PML-n or the PPP. That is why Bilawal Zardari had to change his name and add Bhutto to become chairman of the party. This can never happen in the PTI,” Khan vowed. Khan said corruption and tax evasion were plagues that had brought the country on the verge of collapse, adding that the leadership of the two major parties were responsible for the instability in the country. “They transferred their wealth abroad after looting the national exchequer,” he said. They should bear in mind that a historic accountability awaited them when the PTI assumed power, said a fiery Khan. Flaying JuI-F leader Fazlur Rehman on holding an all parties conference (APC), Khan questioned the timing of the conference. “Why had he convened the APC when the tenure of the incumbent government was almost over?” He said PTI held solutions to the unrest in the Tribal Areas and the ongoing wave of terrorism. These issues would be resolved immediately through involvement of tribal people and police, if the PTI was voted to power, Khan said. “The ruling junta neither have the will nor the courage to deal with these issues,” the PTI chief said. PTI leaders Javed Hashmi, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Dr Arif Alvi, Jahangir Tareen, Asad umar, Asad Qaisar, Shaukat Yousafzai, Murad Saeed and Begum nasim Hayat also addressed the rally.

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PPP is the party of the poor and will not allow anyone to play with their destiny – Public Accounts Committee Chairman Nadeem Afzal Chan

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n a significant development, a un inquiry team probing the uS drone strikes in the Tribal Areas and some other countries like Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia, will arrive here by the end of this month to hold talks with Pakistan’s civilian and military leaders and investigate the civilian casualties in these attacks. un Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson, who is a British lawyer, will head the inquiry team to be sent to Islamabad by the united nations. Currently, Pakistan and the un are working on the exact dates for this important visit but according to diplomatic sources, the trip to Islamabad would take place by the end of March. The visit of un inquiry team to Pakistan was earlier expected to take place in February this year but later it was put off and now the trip has been rescheduled for the end of March, the sources said. The united nations recently announced launching an inquiry into the uS drone attacks and it was the result of requests by several states including Pakistan, a source said seeking anonymity. “The inquiry team with study two to three dozen drone attacks in Pakistan and other countries to determine the level of civilian killings and also the identity of militants. Moreover, the drone strikes’ legality would also be looked into by the un inquiry team,”

he said. He said apart from Pakistan, the un team would also visit other countries where drone strikes were taking place and it would submit its report to the un General Assembly later this year in new York. He said the inquiry would be coordinated through the rapporteur’s un office in Geneva. A Pakistani diplomat in Washington confirmed the visit of un inquiry team on drone attacks to Pakistan later this month. He said the visit to Islamabad by the un team was very significant as it was in South and north Waziristan, two Pakistan tribal regions, where most of the drone attacks had taken place after the commencement of uS led war on terror back in 2001. According to a research done by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, between June 2004 and September 2012, the drone strikes killed between 2,562 and 3,325 people in Pakistan, of whom between 474 and 881 were civilians, including 176 children. In 2012 alone, 46 drone strikes took place in the country, according to Washington thinktank, the new America Foundation. According to un Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson 51 states possess the technology to use drones but the uS is responsible for the vast majority of the world's drone strikes and the practice of targeted killing has become a central component of the Obama administration's efforts to combat al Qaeda. The Pakistani diplomat said during its visit to Islamabad, the un inquiry team could also meet the relatives and families of civilians killed and injured in the drone strikes. He said the Pakistani government would provide all possible assistance to the un inquiry team in its probe and would fully facilitate its working in Islamabad and other regions that it wanted to visit.

‘Pses pushing country to bankruptcy’ ISLAMABAD NNi

The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Sunday said mounting losses in politically-managed public sector enterprises (PSEs) were pushing the country towards bankruptcy. “Living on hefty bailout packages, not a single PSE has contributed anything but sheer disappointments over the decades,” it said. It said the companies being run by non-professional and politically-motivated managers had become hubs of

favouritism and corruption and had little hope for revival PEW President Dr Murtaza Mughal said the governments used PSEs as a job-creation tool to seek political mileage, but it in turn added to the losses in form of massive loans to pay salaries to an army of incompetent employees. He said Pakistan International Airlines, marred with bad governance and misadministration, recently received Rs 100 billion as bailout package, while it had wasted around Rs 200 billion in the

last five years. “Estimates suggest that PSEs are wasting around 15 percent of the total government’s revenue which should be tackled immediately as collections have been sliding down since years.” Dr. Murtaza Mughal said PSEs, including PR, PSM, nHA, PEPCO, PASSCO, TCP, uSC, receive over Rs 300 billion as bailout packages annually with no improvement and continued wastage of fiscal resources that could have been used for bettering public services.

LAHORE: A protester avoids a teargas shell during a clash with police on Ferozepur Road on Sunday. Murtaza ali

Drone kills 2 militants in NWA PESHAWAR

Ajmer clerics refused donation by PM Ashraf MONItORINg DESK

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As many as two suspect militants were killed after a uS unmanned drone fired two missiles in village Deegaan in north Waziristan (nWA) on Sunday. The tribal sources in Miranshah, headquarters of north Waziristan, said that the two suspect militants were on horseback near Pak-Afghan border In Data Khel Tehsil when the drone targeted them. Both the men died on the spot. The bodies were beyond recognition. However, tribal sources believed that they were foreigners, who had taken shelter in the area. Soon after the missile attacks, unrest erupted among local and foreign militants, scattered in the area. Sunday’s drone attack occurred after a lapse of one month in north Waziristan. The uS authorities consider drone missiles strikes more effective in ongoing war on terror. On the other hand, Pakistani leadership considered it harmful to the country’s sovereignty and solidarity.

Clerics at the shrine of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti in India refused a donation from Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf when he visited the 800-year-old Sufi shrine in Ajmer. "The prime minister wanted to offer 'nazrana' (donation) at the dargah. But we told the Pakistan High Commission that any nazrana by the dignitary will not be accepted," Wahid Mian Chishti said. The secretary of the Anjuman Khadims said on telephone from Ajmer that the refusal had nothing to do with the boycott of Ashraf's visit by

the Diwan of the dargah, Zainul Abedin Ali Khan. Chishti said all religious heads and priests, barring Zainul Abedin, were at the dargah when the Pakistani leader came with his delegation on Saturday. The priests offered headgear to Ashraf before entering the dargah. Ashraf offered a velvet 'chadar' and floral tributes at the mausoleum. He remained at the dargah for about 20 minutes along with his wife nusrat and some 20 members of his team. Ashraf is said to have prayed for global peace and prosperity, especially for Pak-

‘Balochistan’s rights should be acknowledged’

KABUL The head of the nATO-led force in Afghanistan has vowed that the long-delayed transfer of detainees from uS to Afghan control will not take place if they pose a threat to international troops. The transfer of a final group of detainees at Bagram jail has been a cause of friction between President Hamid Karzai and the coalition, and a handover ceremony was abruptly cancelled on Saturday. “There’s probably a difference of opinion. We certainly don’t have anyone in

the detention facility that we think doesn’t deserve to be there,” General Joseph Dunford, commander of nATO forces, said. “If there’s a threat to the force, we will not conduct the transfer,” he said in a pool interview late Saturday. “If there are people that need to be detained, we will make sure they are detained.” Dunford’s stance is likely to anger Karzai, who on Saturday insisted that the controversial Bagram jail, 50 kilometres north of Kabul, was put in Afghan control within days. “President Karzai stressed that all efforts must be made to make sure the handover

happens this week and that Afghanistan’s sovereignty comes into full exercise,” a statement from his office said. Last September, the united States passed the Afghan authorities control of more than 3,000 detainees at Bagram. But the Americans continued to guard 50 foreigners not covered by the agreement and hundreds of Afghans arrested since the transfer deal was signed in March 2012. Kabul made control of the prison a condition for signing a long-term agreement and a possible legal immunity deal that would allow some uS troops to remain in the coun-

try after foreign combat forces withdraw next year. uS officials suggest that some released detainees have returned to the battlefield, and there are fears that the government is freeing suspected militants to help kick-start peace talks with the Taliban. Karzai said this week that after the transfer he would order the release of all innocent detainees, even though he expected to face criticism for his actions. Saturday’s ceremony was cancelled on the same day that a suicide bomber killed nine people in Kabul during a visit by new uS Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel.

India may put on hold group visa for Pakistani nationals NEW DELHI ONliNE

NATO general takes hard line on Afghan detainee dispute aGENCiES

istan. Chishti said a lot of controversy was generated when President Asif Zardari offered $1 million at the dargah last year. It took several months to get the amount. Most importantly, there was a dispute among various factions at the dargah on sharing the donation. The matter was later settled. He said the priests did not want to give the impression that money matters to them. "Our job is to propagate the teachings of Khawja Moinuddin Chisti and render all possible help to pilgrims visiting the shrine," he said.


Baloch leader and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Chairman Mahmood Khan Achakzai said Balochistan’s rights on all its natural resources should be acknowledged as a step towards restoring peace in the province. In a meeting with an Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) delegation, led by the chamber’s president Zafar Bakhtawari, Achakzai expressed deep concern over recent bomb blasts in Quetta and said people involved in

terrorism in Balochistan did not want a prosperous Pakistan. He strongly condemned sectarian killings and urged all political leaders to join hands to rid the country of this plague and make Pakistan a dignified, independent and prosperous country. Bakhtawari said Balochistan is laden with natural resources and urged the government to take all possible steps to ensure peace and stability in the province. He said political stability is a pre-requisite for economic growth and development of the country.

After suspending visa on arrival for Pakistani senior citizens, India may put on hold the proposed group visa facility to the nationals of that country in the wake of the unease in bilateral ties following alleged killing of two Indian soldiers along the LoC, Indian media reported on Sunday. The visa on arrival facility for senior citizens — part of the new relaxed India-Pakistan visa agreement — was put on hold by India hours before its operationalisation on January 15 following heightened tension along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir.

Govt indecisive on talks with taliban: fazl PESHAWAR iNP

JuI-F chief Fazlur Rehman on Sunday said the Taliban were ready for peace talks but the government was not clear on its stance on the matter.

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There is dire need to promote interfaith harmony in the society and a special committee at district level should be established to redress misunderstandings between various communities — Sindh IGP Ghulam Shabbir



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n a move to give vent to their emotions against the Joseph Colony incident in Lahore, the protesters, who were aimed to stage a peaceful demonstration at the press club, went violent at the city’s major commercial streets with ransacking, looting and beating the bystanders. It is mentioned here that over an alleged blasphemy case, a large number of angry protesters on Saturday set ablaze more than 178 houses/shops belonging to the Christians over a blasphemy row in Joseph Colony at Badami Bagh, Lahore. Initially, the protesters gathered at numaish Chowrangi to participate in the announced protest demonstration by the Muttehida Qaumi Movement outside the KPC, however, the protesters turned violent at Fawara Chowk and other parts of the Saddar area. The protesters carrying clubs and sticks in their hands made forced closure of the markets, particularly the Mobile Market and the busiest Zainab Market, resulting into fear among the traders and the passersby. The protesters severally beat up the bike-riders and also damaged the passing and parked vehicles. The major loss to property, ransacking and looting was witnessed within the jurisdictions of Preedy and Artillery Maiden police stations. The whole episode also compelled the law enforcement agencies to use force to ensure safety and security of the traders and citizens that resulted into baton-charging of the protesters. All the 50 to 60 motorcycles parked in the parking slots were damaged, a branch of private bank at Zainab Market was ransacked, windowpanes of the State


Peaceful protest is a fundamental right of every citizen, however, no one will be allowed to take the law into his own hand SHAHID HAYAT SOUTH DIG Life Building also smashed, two DSnGs of a private news television were damaged and pushcart vendors and stall holders lost their items at the hands of protesters. South Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Shahid Hayat told Pakistan Today that peaceful protests is fundamental right of every citizen, however, no one will be

allowed to take the law into his own hand. “The Joseph Colony incident was unfortunate and it should be condemned however the damage to one’s property under the cover of protest is intolerable”, the police official added. Preedy Station House Officer Aga Asadullah told Pakistan Today at least 15 motorcycles were badly damaged by the protesters in his jurisdiction at Saddar area. Besides, many shops and pushcart vendors were looted by the miscreants during the protest, he added. Artillery Maiden SHO Ali Raza said the protesters had a fight with the police deputed at Fawara Chowk and they started ransacking public property and looted the traders. At least 40 to 50 parked motorcycles were damaged, some 13 cars were badly damaged and the tape recorders and other valuables were taken away and two DSnGs of a private news channel were also damaged, he informed. Moreover, the protesters also smashed the windowpanes of the State Life Building and branch of a private bank, and also took away the looted stuff, he said, adding the police baton charged the protesters besides using water cannons.

KARAcHI: A joint wedding ceremony of 22 couples belonging to minority community was organised here on Sunday. According to details, the Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC) arranged joint marriage ceremony of 22 couples of the Hindu community in Jinnah Ground of Karachi. The wedding ceremony was attended by families and relatives besides renowned social worker and head of Edhi Foundation, Abdus Sattar Edhi. Speaking on the occasion, Abdus Sattar Edhi lauded the PHC for organising simple but dignified joint wedding of the lower middle class minority community members. iNP

KARACHI: Shopkeepers of a local market scuffle with protesters during riots which broke out after protest by the Christians against the Badami Bagh incident. ONliNE

MUSHAHID vISItS ABBAS toWN KARAcHI: PML-Q leader Mushahid Hussain Syed on Sunday visited Abbas Town in Karachi and expressed sympathies with the victims of a massive bombing last week. Mushahid Hussain said Pakistan was being punished for pursuing an independent foreign policy. He said the government‚ army and judiciary would have to work together to root out the menace of terrorism. NNi


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3 killed, several miscreants nabbed in operation

To fulfil its commitment of roti, kapra and makan, the Sindh government on the directives of President Asif Ali Zardari has launched Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Sasti Basti Schemes programme to resettle 0.5 million people across the province, but the project could not materialise and allocated land for the schemes was occupied by land mafia. Per reports, the provincial government started 201 schemes in all 23 districts of Sindh to resettle 0.5 million families living in unauthorised katchi abadis before 1985. The project was assigned to the Sindh Katchi Abadis Authority (SKAA) and was directed to launch a survey across the province to point out unutilised government lands in Sindh. The authority completed the survey and reported that land was available for 201 schemes. On the basis of the mentioned survey, the provincial government had

announced to launch 201 schemes, but after the passage of four years, the schemes at many districts could not be completed and the land allocated for these schemes was occupied by land mafia. The project launched by the SKAA was launched to resettle 0.5 million families but has instead provided golden opportunities to land grabbers to occupy the government land. The Sindh government had started the scheme in 23 districts of the province and included providing 80 square yards plots to the relocated families, but the government at many places have left the project midway to clear the path for politically motivated land encroachers to exploit the national assets. Sources said the authority had started 100 schemes in the provincial capital Karachi, 30 in Hyderabad, five in Jamshoro, five in Tando Muhammad Khan, one in Matiari, one in Tando Allahyar, five in Badin, five in Thatta, five in Dadu, 10 in Mirpurkhas, five in Sanghar, one in

A man was killed and several others were arrested in various violent incidents in different localities of the city here on Sunday. At least 15 suspects were nabbed during targeted operation by the law enforcement agencies in different areas of the metropolis. According to details, unidentified miscreants shot a man dead near Gate-2 of Mehmoodabad. The deceased has been identified as rickshaw driver Mushtaq Shah. Police sources said two bodies were recovered from Sakkan nadi area of Gaddap Town. “Both were tortured before they were killed.” The deceased were identified as Babu Iftikhar Baloch and Maqbool Baloch hailing from Balochistan and they were kidnapped from Raees Goth of Baldia Town. Meanwhile, firing incidents continued in the city during which more than 10 persons were reported injured. The wounded persons were shifted to various hospitals of concerned areas. The Rangers and other security agencies conducted overnight operation in north Karachi and Landhi’s Sherpao Colony. In different blocs of north Karachi’s Sector-5C, at least 11 suspected people were rounded up. The Rangers launched a simultaneous targeted crackdown against the miscreants in Sherpao Colony and apprehended four saboteurs from the area. Arms and explosives were also recovered from the possession of detainees. The arrested people were shifted to some undisclosed location for interrogations. The Rangers’ spokesman said they had also held hundreds of suspects and recovered arms from their possession in a targeted operation in different localities of the city including Pakhtoonabad area of Mangopir. “Some 13 rifles and 50 pistols were recovered during the operation,” the spokesman said. Rescue sources said that eight people including four women and three children were injured in an explosion caused by gas leakage in Sherpao colony, Landhi. The injured were rushed to the civil hospital.

umerkot, one in Tharparkar, five in Sukkur, two in Ghotki, four in Khairpur, five in nawabshah, five in naushero Feroze, three in Larkana, one in Kamber Shahdadkot, one in Jacobabad, one in Kashmore and two schemes in Shikarpur respectively. They said the purpose of the project was to stop further expansion of existing katchi abadis, growth of new katchi abadis and resettlement of non-regularised katchi abadis. “The provincial government has started pilot projects in various district headquarters, but left these ongoing projects in midway,” they added. The sources further said that the authority had been deputed to surveyors for the proposed piece of land to prepare a map for the construction of low cost housing schemes for crises-hit masses, but after completing the initial arrangements the government could not launch the project. Taking the advantage of the situation, the land mafia acted quickly and started occupying the government lands, the sources maintained.

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MQM stages demo against lahore tragedy KARACHI PPi

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) here on Sunday staged a big protest demo in front of Karachi Press Club (KPC) to condemn the Lahore Badami Bagh tragedy. MQM central leader Dr Farooq Sattar termed the incident a bid to defame Pakistan. He said these shameful activities were being conducted just to weaken Pakistan. He said his party had always supported the rights of minorities and would continue to do so. He appealed to the chief justice of Pakistan to take suo moto notice of the incident. Meanwhile, MQM leader Raza Haroon and others also spoke on the occasion while a large number of people participated in the demonstration.

Crime on the rise NAUDERO PPi

The incidents of motorcycle snatching have increased manifold in the limits of naundero Police Station, while police are not taking any steps to check the rising crime graph in the area. According to details, three motorcycles have been snatched in the past one week by a gang of three criminals who used a motorcycle to rob citizens. Farhan Pahore, a student of Dokri Agricultural College, Ghulam Muhammad Mirani, SSGC employee and nawaz Memon, a shopkeeper, were intercepted by three armed men near Achan Shah bus spot on naunderoLarkana road in the limits of naudero Police Station and deprived of their motorcycles and other valuables. They told PPI that there were three criminals, among whom two were holding pistols and the third had a knife. They said these bandits mostly operated in the morning, when people had to go to Larkana for work or in the evening when they were returning home. They said that despite the increase in such incidents, no action by the police was witnessed and the naunderoLarkana road was becoming a no-go road for motorcyclists. These people further said that they informed the SSP’s control room about the incidents but to no avail. When the naudero Police Station SHO Sadoro Lashari was contacted he said that he was unaware of these incidents as nobody had lodged any FIR in this regard. He further said that police could not do anything until it received a formal complaint. In a separate incident, the house of a policeman was robbed at village Hassan Wahan on Saturday night in the jurisdiction of naudero Police Station.

KARACHI: Rangers personnel enter Manghopir area to launch a targeted search operation on Sunday. ONliNE

SU syndicate okays 300 acres for employees housing society HYDERABAD



HE syndicate of the university of Sindh (Su), Jamshoro, has approved 300 acres of land for establishment of Sindh university employees housing society phase-III. The syndicate accorded this approval in its 184th meeting which concluded late Saturday evening under the chair of Vice Chancellor Dr nazir A Mughal. The syndicate also approved the names of the management committee of the housing society and the sizes of plots to be given under A, B and C categories to the employees of the university.

According to decisions 500 yards have been approved under category-A, 300 yards under category-B and 150 yards of plots have been approved under category-C. The meeting also approved the proposal of enhancement of MPhil allowance from Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000 which was demanded by the Sindh university Teachers Association in its charter of demands. The meeting also decided to promote those lecturers to the posts of assistant professors who secured PhD degrees. It also approved the proposal of granting perks and privileges to the teachers of information technology and computer science in accordance with set

standard of the Higher Education Commission (HEC). The meeting also approved the proposals of appointing Dr naghma Mangrio as the Chairperson of the Department of International Relations, Prof Sanaullah Bhutto as the Chairman Department of Comparative Religions and Islamic Culture, Associate Professor Dr nisar Ahmed Subhepo to as the Chairman of the Department of Library and Information Science and Archives Studies and Prof Dr Ghulam Haider Talpur as the Chairman Department of Statistics. The meeting also approved the minutes of the meeting of higher training scholarship committee held on June 28, 2012. The syndicate also approved the proposal of Dr nazir A

Mughal of granting leave encashment on 62 days leave credit instead of 90 days to the officers of Grade-17 and above. On demand of the Sindh university Teachers Association, the syndicate also withdrew the condition of experience after PhD for the appointment of professors and associate professors. The meeting was attended among others by Registrar Muhammad nawaz narejo, Jhamat Jethanand Advocate, Dr Imdad Ali Ismaili, Dr Sarfraz Hussain Solangi, Dr Anwer Ali Shah G Syed, Justice Hamid Mirza, Dr nilofar Shaikh, Dr Asad Larak, Dr Mumtaz Bhutto, MPA Farheen Mughal, Abdul Wahab Ansari, Badaruddin Soomro, Dr Ghulam Murtaza Mastoi and Imran Halepoto.

healthcare institutions Free polls must for Karachi peace should set norms of ethical conduct KARACHI PPi


Healthcare institutions, pertaining to both public and private sectors in the country need to set common norms and standards of ethical conduct instead of focusing on only the most visible ethical concerns. The norms and standards of ethical conduct, in each institution, must necessarily be communicated and enforced in every function of healthcare organisations and institutions so as to help employees handle ethical issues effectively. Traditional ethics committees constituted in health care organisations for the past few years were registered to be reactive while addressing only the visible clinical ethics, and that too was done half heartedly. Dr Murad Khan, a senior psychiatrist and a strong proponent of ethics, found these ethical committees to be unable to highlight deeper organisational factors that influenced how a healthcare organisation functioned, instead of focusing on issues related primarily to clinical ethics. Additionally, ethics committees were

not well connected with other functions of the organisation which resulted in employees being unable to handle these issues. “These issues often fall beyond the scope of conventional ethics committees because they may not pertain to clinical service, research or academics, but to the way the organization functions,” said Dr Robyna Khan. Dr Murad Khan supplemented her and mentioned that as part of an organisational approach to ethics, committees should address matters such as conflict of interest issues, resource allocation, appointments and promotions. He reiterated that these committees must also support other ethical activities in their institutions. Dr Melissa M. Bottrell of the national Center for Ethics in Health Care, united States, who had been in the country to attend an AKu symposium, recommended “Integrated Ethics” model as a paradigm shift that would remedy most of these defects. She said that, “By envisioning new ways of looking at ethical concern in health care, ‘Integrated Ethics’ empowers organisations to do the right thing because it is the right thing to do.”

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Sindh chapter chief Dr Merajul Huda Siddiqui has said that free and fair polls are a must for bringing sustainable peace in Karachi, as growing lawlessness in the city is gravely harming the national economy. Addressing a meeting of his party committee at the Quba Auditorium, he said the rulers during their five-year tenure have just given a bloodbath to the metropolitan. He said not only traders but citizens have also started migrating to other cities and towns due to perpetual lawlessness. He said every day innocent people were being killed in the metropolitan. He said only free and fair polls could save the city, as people could elect an honest and capable leadership which could once again convert the financial hub of Pakistan into a city of lights. Huda said the peace of the city should be the first priority as without purging this city of extortionists and killers, the dream to make Pakistan an Islamic democratic and welfare state could not be materialised. He regretted that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was being held hostage by the

ruling political parties. He said an independent and autonomous ECP was the prerequisite of free and fair elections. He said the flawed voters lists were not being corrected under the supervision of army, which he termed the first step in the rigging process. He said the opposition parties have staged a train march from Karachi to Rawalpindi to demand correction of voter lists, but the vested interests sabotaged this drive by intitiating terror acts in Abbas Town, so that those who had held hostage the people of Karachi could not be unveiled. He further said the nation should know who were actually behind the Abbas Town bomb blast. He also demanded arrest of the cul-

prits and demanded exemplary punishment to be given to them. On the occasion the political and party affairs of Sindh province were also discussed and many important decisions were also taken. T h e meeting condemned the Lahore Badami Bagh tragedy and also passed resolutions on Bangladesh situation.

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A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. – Nelson Mandela

Rebels stage surprise attack on Homs district DAMASCUS



EBELS in Syria have staged a surprise attack against the key district of Baba Amr in the city of Homs, a year after regime forces retook it after a deadly month-long siege, activists have said. The assault came as rebels in the oilproducing east of the war-ravaged country said they had established local religious committees to administer the area, including policing, the judiciary and emergency services. "At dawn, the rebels launched a surprise attack on Baba Amr, which they have entered," Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman, who was in contact with the rebels, told the AFP news agency on Sunday. The assault on a key hub of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's government also comes two years after the outbreak of peaceful protests against his rule descended into armed conflict, when the regime re-

BAN SAyS SyRIAN RIvAlS MUSt ReSPeCt UN 'fReeDoM of MoveMeNt' UNITED NATIONS: UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Saturday welcomed the release of 21 Filipino peacekeepers held by Syrian rebels but said all sides in the conflict must respect the UN's "freedom of movement." Ban "appreciates the efforts of all concerned to secure their safe release," said a statement released by his press office after the 21 crossed from Syria into Jordan. aPP

sponded with a brutal crackdown. Government forces pounded Baba Amr relentlessly for more than a month in 2012, seeking to oust rebels holed up in Homs. Assad's troops eventually retook the district on March 1 last year after a bloody campaign. The president himself last toured the battered neighbourhood on March 27, assuring residents who had stayed that it would be rebuilt and that normal life would resume. In the east of the country, where large swaths of territory are now under rebel

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control, groups including the al-nusra Front have set up a religious council to administer affairs, the observatory said on Sunday. "God commanded the Islamic battalions to form a religious council in the east to administer the affairs of the people and fill a security gap," the groups said in a statement distributed by the Britain-based watchdog. The council will include several offices charged with functions including justice, policing and emergency services, it said. Video footage showed a convoy draped with black flags bearing Islamic in-

scriptions in the Deir Ezzor area and rebels attaching a banner to a building in Mayadeen, on which is written "Religious Committee of the Eastern Region." Rebels in Deir Ezzor and other eastern provinces such as Hassaka and Raqa have made significant military gains as they battle Assad's forces. Free Syrian Army fighters, composed mainly of army deserters, have told AFP that despite being fewer in number, the al-nusra fighters, who were unknown before the rebellion, have better logistic and economic backing and receive financing "from abroad." The group, which would like to see Syria become an Islamist state, has focused on strategic targets in the east, such as oil wells, and also recruits and pays local fighters. Damascus accuses countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar of financing the rebel groups battling the regime. It labels all armed opposition groups as "terrorists," in a conflict which the un says has left more than 70,000 people dead since it erupted in March 2011.

SABANETA: A poster with an image of Venezuela's late president Hugo Chávez hangs over the handlebars of a bicycle at the main square of Chávez's hometown on Sunday. aGENCiES



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Aung San Suu Kyi has been unanimously re-elected as leader at a landmark congress of the opposition national League for Democracy (nLD) in Yangon. Hundreds of opposition members gathered on Sunday for the party's first national conference in a meeting that stopped short of making sweeping changes in its ageing top ranks ahead of key elections in 2015. The gathering was a display of political strength that would have been unthinkable under the military government that ruled the country for decades. The meeting highlighted the myriad challenges facing the opposition, including its lack of experience as well as internal divisions which saw four members banned from attending, accused of trying to influence the voting. The nLD had faced calls to inject new blood into its top ranks, dominated by senior members including some in their 80s and 90s, as it eyes key elections due to be held in two years. But the party held back from a substantial revamp of its leadership, instead selecting older veteran party members to a core executive of 15 and unanimously reappointing Suu Kyi as chairwoman.




Eight people, most of them civilians, lost their lives to a fresh wave of violence in different parts of Afghanistan’s western Farah province over the past 24 hours, officials said on Sunday. Two civilians and one policeman were killed when a civilian vehicle struck a roadside bomb on Saturday night in Farah City, the provincial capital, the governor’s spokesman, Abdur Rahman Zhwandai, said. In a similar incident, two civilians were killed and four others were wounded in Pushtrod district, he added. Separately, a notorious rebel commander Syed Azeem was killed along with two of his accomplices during a drone strike in the Pasao area of Khak-i-Safed district, the town's administrative chief, Abdulkhaliq noorzai, said. Azeem maintained close ties with Al Qaida and had been involved in insurgent activities, the district intelligence director, Abdul Samad, said. But a Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi said the slain individual was a prayer leader in the area and that he had no connection with the movement.

nelson Mandela has been admitted to a hospital for a scheduled medical check-up, South Africa's presidency says. A spokesman for President Jacob Zuma said there was "no need for panic" and that doctors were treating Mandela for a preexisting condition consistent with his age. Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement that 94-year-old Mandela went to a hospital in Pretoria, the capital, on Saturday afternoon, without revealing any more details about the condition of the 94year-old anti-apartheid leader. It is Mandela's second period of hospital treatment in less than three months. He was hospitalised for nearly three weeks in December before going home on Decemeber 26. At that time, he was treated for a lung infection and had a surgical procedure to remove gallstones. The nobel Peace Prize laureate has a history of lung problems dating back to when he contracted tuberculosis as a political prisoner. He spent 27 years in prison, including 18 years on the windswept Robben Island off Cape Town.

Venezuela sets presidential poll for April 14 CARACAS aGENCiES

The council's announcement on Saturday came a day after nicolas Maduro, Chavez's handpicked successor, was sworn in as acting president in a ceremony largely boycotted by the opposition, which slammed it as unconstitutional. Shortly after the date was set, the main opposition coalition announced it had chosen Henrique Capriles, who lost to Chavez in the October election, as its unity candidate again, this time to face Maduro. Capriles wrote on Twitter that he was "grateful" for the offer and would announce soon whether he will accept the nomination. The Miranda state governor was picked by the Democratic unity Roundtable last year in an unprecedented primary. Al Jazeera's Lucia newman, reporting from Caracas, said Maduro has a political advantage, as he rides on a wave of huge public sentiment following the death of Chavez. "State television continues to broadcast non-stop the images of Venezuelans coming from all over the country, fil-

ing past the casket of Hugo Chavez, and wiping their tears away," she said. "These images are still fresh in the minds of Venezuelans." The electoral commission announced that the campaigning period will be begin on April 2 and ending on April 11. "The period is extremely short. It will probably be the most intense political campaign in the history of Venezuela," newman said. Political hostilities had already begun just hours after Venezuela and more than 30 foreign leaders gave Chavez a rousing state funeral, with Maduro railing against the opposition and capitalism following his inauguration. Capriles, meanwhile, denounced the inauguration of Maduro as a "constitutional fraud" and abuse of power by the government. "nicolas, nobody elected you president. The people didn't vote for you, kid," Capriles said. He argued that the caretaker president cannot run for office under the constitution. Chavez, 58, died on Tuesday after a two-year battle with cancer, ending his 14-year rule over the country. In last year's presidential elections, Chavez beat Capriles by 11 points. But the

veNezUelA, CHINA voW DeePeR tIeS AfteR CHAvez DeAtH CARACAS: Venezuela's new acting president, Nicolas Maduro, held talks with a Chinese delegation on Saturday and the two sides vowed to deepen strategic relations in honor of late leader Hugo Chavez. Maduro, who was sworn in late Friday, met with the chairman of China's National Development and Reform Commission, Zhang Ping, who represented President Hu Jintao at Chavez's funeral. "The best tribute that we could give to our comandante Chavez is to deepen our strategic relationship with our beloved China," said Maduro, who served as foreign minister for six years before becoming vice president last year. Maduro, whose inauguration was rejected by the opposition as unconstitutional, thanked China for providing scientific and medical support for Chavez's cancer treatment. Chavez lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday at age 58. Zhang recalled that Chavez travelled to China six times during his 14-year presidency, forging a "great friendship" with the Chinese leadership. "We must join efforts to continue developing and deepening relations between China and Venezuela. It's the only way to comfort the soul of president Hugo Chavez," he told Maduro in the televised meeting. The Venezuelan government read a letter of condolences it received from Hu, saying that Chavez's death caused "great pain" to the people of China. China is Venezuela's second biggest trade partner, with Caracas delivering 600,000 barrels of oil per day to Beijing with plans to increase it to one million in 2015, according to the Venezuelan government. aPP

40-year-old governor gave the opposition its best result ever against the late president, garnering 44 percent, or 6.5 million, of ballots. A recent survey by pollsters Hinterlaces gave Maduro a 14-point advantage over Capriles, though the opposition leader has questioned the firm's reliability in the past. "The next president will have huge challenges: Earning the respect of the im-

poverished population, who blindly believe in Chavez, in a divided country," professor Agustin Blanco of the Central university of Venezuela said. Venezuela has given Chavez an extended farewell, with hundreds of thousands of people swarming the streets of Caracas on Wednesday, cheering and crying as his coffin was slowly taken to a military academy.

Chavez has been lying in state at the academy since then and throngs have filed past his half-open casket nonstop. The government plans to embalm and preserve Chavez "like Lenin" to rest in a glass casket "for eternity", a move decried by some Venezuelans, who claimed that it went against the president's wish to be buried.

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Sunday said the Election Commission of Pakistan should have completed administrative authority so that no one could point finger at its credibility. In a statement, the former prime minister said terming the Election Commission autonomous would be meaningless without vesting it with administrative authority. Shujaat added that there was no mechanism at present to implement the orders of chief election commissioner. NNi

IRANIAN MPS CoNDeMN MASSACRe of PAKIStANI SHIAS tEHRAN: In a statement issued on Sunday, 234 of the 290 members of the Iranian parliament condemned the killing of a group of Pakistani Shias. The parliamentarians referred to the massacre as a plot hatched by enemies of Islam. The statement was read out by Ali Reza Moradi, a member of presiding board of the legislative body. “Undoubtedly, such organised crimes are committed by main Islam’s enemies such as the US and the UK and their regional allies,” the statement said. The world public opinion expects Pakistani parliament, government and intelligence agencies to react to this anti-human plot. The statement said such a conspiracy had targeted Pakistan’s national security, stressing that these brutal crimes should be halted. The statement then criticised silence of the international society and the so-called advocates of human rights towards brutality in Pakistan. It reiterated that “today, the issue of human rights has turned into a political tool for big powers”. iNP

THAR: Farmers take their camel herds towards fields for grazing on Sunday. iNP

Success in Indo-Pak talks not a one-day affair: Khurshid gHAZIABAD



A L L I n G “unofficial” Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf’s visit to India, Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday said success in bilateral issues involving the two neighbours was a time taking affair. The minister said that he would not be able to give a time frame as to when official talks between the two nations could take place in the future. “Success (in issues related to India and Pakistan) is not achieved in a day or a moment. First the foundation is made and then we subsequently go ahead to create an edifice,” Khurshid, who officiated as the chief guest at the Raising Day celebrations of paramilitary CISF, said. He was asked if there was any progress in bilateral issues after he met the Pakistani prime minister in Jaipur on Saturday. Khurshid maintained that the visit of

the Pakistani prime minister was “not an official” trip and it was a courtesy extended by the Indian government when Ashraf desired to visit the Sufi shrine in Ajmer along with his family. “It is courtesy that one is allowed to go to his place of prayer for the peace of the soul and mind...Similarly when people from India want to visit a gurudwara for pilgrimage in Pakistan that is a courtesy,” he said. Khurshid, who flew in an IAF helicopter to the CISF base in Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram for the event, said he would not be able to give a time frame as to when official talks between the two nations could take place in the future.

IP project to be inaugurated today


President Asif Ali Zardari is leaving for Iran today (Monday) on a daylong visit to formally inaugurate the Pak-Iran Gas Pipeline Project along with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It is his second visit to Teheran in the last two weeks. In his previous visit‚ President Zardari met Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the February 27. The president‚ despite global pressure‚ had categorically said the gas pipeline project was very important to meet Pakistan’s energy requirements and the PPP government would never compromise on projects that were in the best national interest. He said if the international community had allowed such projects with other nations‚ why was pressure being mounted on Pakistan for initiating such projects.

susan Rice is obama’s top pick for influential national security adviser post WASHINgtON SPECial COrrESPONDENt

Susan E Rice, the uS ambassador to the united nations, is likely to get the powerful position of national security adviser in the White House later this year. Citing an administration official familiar with the president’s thinking, The Washington Post reported on Sunday that Rice has “emerged as far and away the front-runner” to succeed incumbent Thomas E Donilon as President Barack Obama’s national security adviser. The uS president has complete authority in appointing national security adviser and his choice does not need to undergo Senate confirmation.

Rice, had, earlier this year, withdrawn from the race for nomination as secretary of state in the face of scathing Republican opposition to her on account of her flawed characterization of September 11, 2012 attack on American diplomats in Benghazi, Libya. As Obama’s national security adviser, Rice will wield tremendous clout in policymaking. “The job would place her at the nexus of foreign-policy decision making and allow her to rival the influence of Secretary of State John F Kerry in shaping the president’s foreign policy,” the Post story remarked. Rice, 48, has largely fallen below the media’s radar, but her standing within the Obama administration remains secure, ac-

cording to White House officials and Democratic lawmakers. According to the Post, Rice’s un colleagues are betting she will ultimately serve as Obama’s national security adviser, probably sometime after the united States assumes the rotating presidency of the un Security Council in July. “I think that Susan always maintains close relations with the president and his national security team, and that continues to be the case,” said Ben J Rhodes, the spokesman for the national Security Council. “If anything, the way she handled the Benghazi situation — and then the withdrawal — only enhanced her relations here, because she did so with grace and good humor.” Democratic lawmakers said they be-

lieve the controversy over Benghazi has largely subsided. At the united nations, Rice — who is set to become the longest-serving uS ambassador to the united nations since Henry Cabot Lodge Jr, who served from 1953 to 1960 — has continued to plow ahead, overseeing uS efforts to negotiate two sanctions resolutions on north Korea. According to the newspaper report, one council diplomat, describing Rice’s recent scrapes with other diplomats, said she remains “combative.” Rice herself is all too aware of such characterizations. “People have called me brusque, aggressive, abrasive,” she joked at the u.n. correspondents’ ball. “Of course, they don’t say that to my face, because they know I’d kick their butts,” the Post quoted her.

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Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is behind proposing Rasool Bakhsh Palejo and Ataullah Mengal as caretaker PM — JUI-F leader Abdul Ghafoor Haideri


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Karzai alleges US, taliban colluding KABUL



FGHAn President Hamid Karzai has accused the Taliban and the uS of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave as planned by the end of next year. Karzai said two suicide bombings that killed 19 people on Saturday – one outside the Afghan Defence Ministry and the other near a police checkpoint in eastern Khost province – show the insurgent group is conducting attacks to help show that international forces will still be needed to keep the peace after their current combat mission ends in 2014. “The explosions in Kabul and Khost yesterday showed that they are at the service of America and at the service of this

phrase: 2014. They are trying to frighten us into thinking that if the foreigners are not in Afghanistan, we would be facing these sorts of incidents,” he said during a nationally televised speech about the state of Afghan women on Sunday. There was no immediate response from the uS-led military coalition, which is gradually handing over responsibility for securing the country to Afghan forces. Karzai is known for making incendiary comments in his public speeches, a move that is often attributed to him trying to appeal to those who sympathise with the Taliban or as a way to gain leverage when he feels his international allies are ignoring his country’s sovereignty. In previous speeches he has threatened to join the Taliban and called his nATO allies occupiers who want to plunder Afghanistan’s resources. His latest remarks come as his gov-

ernment is negotiating a pact with the uS for the long-term presence of American forces in Afghanistan and just days after an agreement to transfer the uS prison outside of Kabul to Afghan authority fell through. His comments also came while uS Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel is making his first visit to Afghanistan since becoming the Pentagon chief. Karzai said in his speech said that any foreign powers that want to keep troops in Afghanistan need to do so under conditions set forward by Afghanistan. “We will tell them where we need them, and under which conditions. They must respect our laws. They must respect the national sovereignty of our country and must respect all our customs,” Karzai said. Karzai offered no proof of co-ordination, but said the Taliban and the united States were in “daily negotia-

tions” in various foreign countries and noted that the united States has said that it no longer considers the insurgent group its enemy. Karzai said he did not believe the Taliban’s claim that they launched Saturday’s attacks to show they are still a potent force fighting the united States. “Yesterday’s explosions, which the Taliban claimed, show that in reality they are saying they want the presence of foreigners in Afghanistan,” Karzai said.

Sherpao feels govt’s intentions to delay elections PESHAWAR ONliNE

Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao has said it seems the government wants to postpone the elections on the pretext of poor law and order in the country. Addressing a public gathering in Swabi on Sunday, he said, “We want timely elections because it is the only way to steer the country out of the prevailing crises and put it on the way to progress,” he said. Several activists and supporters of Awami national Party, Jamaat-e-Islami and Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz, including former nazim Mohammad Ismail, former councilor Shoaib Khan, Inamullah, Sher Ali Khan, former head AnP Swabi Sher Ali Khan and others, announced joining the QWP. He said the government had failed on all fronts and the people would hold the rulers accountable in the coming elections and the polls would prove a referendum against the incumbent government. He said the government had done nothing to provide relief to the disadvantaged segments of the society and the have-nots were running from pillar to post to make ends meet.

‘Promotion of quality education in fAtA KP govt’s top priority’ PESHAWAR aPP

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engineer Shaukatullah on Sunday said that peace, normalcy and promotion of quality education in FATA would remain a priority in his efforts for sustainable development in the region. Furthermore, he requested the people of the region to join hands with him in ensuring the completion of educational institutions and the provision of education to all children of the area. Addressing delegations of tribal elders and youth belonging to various areas of Peshawar, Khyber, Mohmand, Bajaur agencies at Governor’s House, he stressed upon the elders the need for quality education in the area. Responding to queries by tribal elders, the governor said that he would contact the authorities of TESCO to apprise him about ground work done to address their grievances. He added that special measures were underway to enhance the infrastructure especially in education and health sector. As far as the deficiency of staff in educational and health institutions, re-construction of buildings and link road were concerned, the governor also assured to contact the appropriate authorities.

QUETTA: Christians protest against Saturday’s ransacking in Joseph Colony in Lahore’s Badami Bagh area outside the Quetta Press Club on Sunday. iNP


uS Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel visited the uS Army’s 101 Airborne Division’s “Bastogne” 1st Brigade Combat Team and listened to questions from soldiers in Jalalabad. Hagel travelled to Afghanistan on his first trip as the 24th defence secretary to visit uS troops, nATO leaders and Afghan counterparts. The secretary spent time with troops at Forward Operating Base Fenty, located near the airfield, and pinned two Bastogne soldiers with Purple Hearts: Sgt Jeremyah Williams and Pfc Harry Hikes IV. Each suffered a traumatic brain injury during a December 2 predawn attack on the base. Following the award ceremony, Hagel told more than 100 of the brigade’s troops he would “always do my best for you, for your families [and] our country. I will always put our men and women in uniform first”. The secretary acknowledged that now is not an easy time to serve in the uS military. But those now in uniform,

he added, have “a rare opportunity to participate in something that doesn’t come along every day”. The world is in transition, as Afghanistan itself is, he said. “That presents great possibilities for all of us,” he said, along with the dangers, uncertainty and complicated challenges. The military mindset is to “see through challenges to find the opportunity to help make a better world”, the secretary said. “And if there’s one thing that defines your service, your sacrifices, it is to help make a better world.” Hagel said he is “very proud to be part of your team”. He then asked the soldiers if they had questions or ad-

vice for him. Hagel responded to several questions regarding the sequester and the $500 million in across-theboard spending cuts it could mean for the uS Defence Department over the next 10 years. The soldiers asked if it would affect change-of-station moves, retirement benefits or transition programs for service members leaving the military? The secretary said he and the Congress were committed to keeping the promises they have made to service members. “I will do everything I possibly can to assure those commitments are fulfilled at every level, in every program,” he said.

PPP to clean sweep general elections in Punjab: Wattoo RENALA KHURD: Punjab chapter Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) President Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo on Sunday said the PPP would sweep the upcoming general elections in Punjab. Talking to reporters, Wattoo said that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had visited his constituency to influence his voters. He said that the government would give subsidy to the farmers regarding electricity bills to bring a revolution in the agriculture sector. He said all resources would be utilised to rehabilitate and protect the Christian community. It was the need of the hour to promote religious harmony in the country, he added. He also lauded President Asif Zardari for signing Pakistan-Iran Gas Pipeline agreement and handing over Gwadar Port to a Chinese company, which would uplift the economy of country. aPP

Child killed in Khyber Agency bomb explosion PESHAWAR: A child was killed in a bomb blast on Sunday in Kohga Khail area of Landi Kotal tehsil of Khyber Agency. According to Khyber Agency police administration, explosive material planted at the entrance of a local mosque went off suddenly, killing one child nearby. no one was injured in the incident. However, a house near the mosque was also partially damaged in the explosion. Soon after the blast, paramilitary troops and political administration officers rushed to scene and cordoned off the area. aPP

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I am living for my community, and for suffering people, and I will die to defend their rights. –Shahbaz Bhatti


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No place to be a minority Where was the teargas when Joseph Colony was burnt down?

Marlboro man cometh? The military’s role would be critical to Musharraf’s fate


nOTHER harrowing attack on a religious minority has taken place. 200 houses, 80 shops torched, 200 families in hiding. It was reminiscent of the Gojra mob violence in 2009. But what has chilled the citizens of the country is that the mob attack took place in Punjab’s provincial capital – the home of the Chief Minister – and under watchful gaze of the Lahore police force. Trouble was brewing in Joseph Colony, Badami Bagh since Wednesday night. Two men, one Muslim, one Christian, got into a verbal scuffle at a shop. no one knows what was – or was not – said. But after a quiet Thursday, a mob turned up on Friday, ready to ‘kill the blaspheming’ Christian. The Christian’s father was arrested in his absence to ‘force his surrender’ and so the alleged blasphemer did indeed turn himself in. Despite this, police told the Christian families to ‘evacuate’ due to a security threat, which was duly done. On Saturday, the ‘expected’ happened. Between 2,000 and 3,000 Muslims descended onto the community, broke locked homes, ransacked them and set them on fire. The photographs of the incident sent a chill down one’s spill. Amongst these was a glaring image that made it onto the front page of an English daily showing a protestor burning a cross. Ominous was the silence of the Punjab government, police force and mainstream political parties as the incident was in the pipeline. The chief minister’s tokenism after the incident was to promise “reconstructed houses and Rs 200,000 per family”, as if this was enough, while the former minorities minister Kamran Michael and others remained absent from the public gaze. The fact that the incident had occurred in the ruling party’s stronghold suggests it was guilty by implication. The Christian community brought hope by not taking the government’s inaction on the chin and took to the streets: the Punjab Assembly, press club and Youhanabad in particular were host to mass protests. Police, for some reason yet to be known, chose to clamp down on the Youhanabad protest, on which it used 500 teargas shells. The police clampdown was not on the Muslim mob that ransacked and burnt 200 houses in Badami Bagh – but on the Christian protestors at Youhanabad, the city’s largest Christian settlement, for protesting against the incident and allegedly “damaging the CM’s pet project, the Metro Bus System (MBS)”. Who are we lying to when we claim “religious minorities have equal protection” under the constitution of our Islamic Republic of Pakistan? Organised mob attacks on the Christian community have continued under the ‘safety’ provided to rioters by the much criticised – and much valourised – Blasphemy Laws. Are religious minorities not equal citizens? Moreover, why do we even call anyone a ‘religious minority’? Most importantly, where was the teargas when Joseph Colony was burnt down? This question will ring long in the memory of religious minorities and those who wish for a more progressive Pakistan.

eCP’s resolve Undeterred from its objective


LECTIOnS in Pakistan are a rare and unique commodity, one that given a chance could have an impact on the country’s political landscape in a positive way, but as with many other things this democratic tradition has been pushed down to give space to machinations of highest order. However, now that the situation is not that drastic anymore, with a democratic government gearing up to hand over the setup to another government of the sort, things are looking up and there is a real chance the elections might deliver what they were supposed to in the first place: a peaceful political change in the government. The Election Commission of Pakistan seems to be on a steady pace with its efforts in making this election a success. It has just announced the polling scheme which details how many polling stations, polling booths, and staff would be used this time around. Looking at the numbers alone, the effort seems to be gigantic with polling stations alone running above 70,000 in number and the staff being in hundreds of thousands. Two things that this announcement makes clear are the intentions of the ECP to go ahead with the elections come what may, and that it is confident it can execute its plan into practice. Whatever the rumour mill is churning out, the ECP appears to be in no mood for any monkey business. It has set itself a target and seems determined to make it. But that would just be the one side of the story; another one involves the politicians who are all set to go to the public to ask them to depose their trust in them again, for better or for worse. Their eagerness to return to the power corridors, however, would be checked by the ECP and the electorate. One of the thorns in their side is the implementation of the articles 62 and 63, which though being controversial could be used in a much better sense to weed out the ones not worthy of holding any public office, let alone becoming representatives of the public. The implementation of the said articles could, however, be a challenging task. The ECP would be better if it does so in a way that doesn’t give any personal affront to the politicians while the end objective is achieved amicably. Being the ruling party in the federal government, the PPP needs to announce election schedule as soon as possible for one particular purpose: it would quell any rumours of a delay in elections by making sure that the government is eager to walk the talk it has so often been making about transferring power to the next government.

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AKISTAn has no short supply of wannabe saviours even if they come with a $2500 tag for hangers-on in whatever hue on his comeback flight. Following the red hot revolution drama recently enacted by Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, the ‘original’ saviour — Retired General Pervez Musharraf — is apparently landing next week. If he manages to make good on his second promise for a second coming, it would be one spectator sport we wouldn’t want to miss for its excitement quotient alone. The former strongman reneged on a declaration to return in January last year, citing security concerns but purportedly because he did not get guarantees from his parent institution for a safe passage. Last week, he emphasized the situation had come to a “now or never” pass, and he would leave his security in the hands of the Almighty. It is unclear who will want to wager their spare change, despite tiring of the general lack of governance in Pakistan — even British envoy in Islamabad recently dared to air a dollop of disappointment rather publicly. With little political stock and extremely doubtful ability to create any meaningful space, the security establishment would be loathe to back the wrong horse. That is, if the horse will be able to bolt. Musharraf, whose hand was forced after the political parties of two former prime ministers he had vowed never to allow back in politics, threatened to impeach him after winning the polls in early 2008, is no stranger to controversy, of course. More significantly, the retired General has no dearth of enemies in the political fray, judiciary and the

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media, which combined, makes for a lethal cocktail. All of them have a genuine grouse or two and would be waiting on him if he lands. As if the brew was not rich enough to unsettle Musharraf, the military whose leadership he bequeathed grudgingly to General Ashfaq Kayani in the winter of 2007, is itself wary of seeing the ex-head honcho come home Marlboro-style. The security establishment’s role would be critical to Musharraf’s adventure. Last year, the-then ISI chief flew into the uAE to convince Musharraf to drop his plans for a comeback. The military’s role in the context of his return assumes added significance for two reasons; one, under General Kayani, the institution studiously moved away from his predecessor’s intrusive role in politics, and; two, paradoxically, it may yet be sensitive to any humiliation its former boss would cop. Significantly, Kayani openly declared his backing for the democratic process, calibrating the intent with a commitment for his “dream of a transparent, free and fair election.” If Musharraf comes calling that commitment will be tested. Consider: the former strongman has a slew of cases awaiting him. He may have been given a guard of honour — a farewell that still rankles the democrats — following his forced resignation in 2008 under peculiar circumstances but for the political forces there is no such obligation to swallow pride now. To begin with, Musharraf faces charges of involvement in the killing of Baloch nationalist nawab Akbar Bugti in 2006. Last year, an anti-terrorist court in Bugti’s restive province issued arrest warrants for the retired General and his aides. There is a national consensus on how that killing sent the province spiraling into lawlessness from which neither the province nor state has recovered. The former strongman is also facing arrest warrants for his alleged role in the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. He was, in fact, declared an absconder in the case last year. Musharraf, of course, denies the charges and his legal team comprising of that wily old fox Sharifuddin Pirzada are hopeful of obtaining bail before arrival. He also ordered the military operation at the Lal Masjid in 2007 to evict militants — with hundreds of seminary students, including females, holed up inside the compound — despite an apparent last-minute agreement between the cleric and the

government’s mediating team. Musharraf has so far refused to appear before the court in the said case. But the decision that will really come back to haunt him is the abrogation of the constitution with a sweeping Emergency in 2007 when he sacked the superior judiciary (detaining the judges and their families) before it could announce a verdict on the legality of his re-election as president in uniform. Musharraf could do no worse when, in a decidedly cavalier move, his regime took the private electronic media off air as well. The subsequent crackdown on lawyers, who had by then, galvanized the nation into launching a popular movement against the dictator, as well as political and social activists loosened his grip on power and ultimately, catalyzed his descent into irrelevance. It would probably be an exaggeration to suggest he will be tried under Article 6 and eventually pay with his life; history makes that inconceivable for obvious reasons even though the current judiciary is not shy of stamping its feet on the line in some interesting ways. Having said that, some red lines do exist even at the worst of times, howsoever invisible. Perhaps, this is what Musharraf is banking on to make his “now or never” advance. Realistically speaking, Musharraf has been away from Pakistan for a very long time and is most likely only overestimating his ambition make the cut. For one, Pakistan has undergone tremendous transformation in its journey towards sustainable democracy. If Musharraf can see the irony of his predicament, it is that even the powerful military is sensitive to being even remotely conjectured as a conspirator against Project Democracy. Just recently, the DG ISPR and then the chief khaki himself categorically affirmed their backing of a democratic transition with the latter even suggesting it was inevitable and the only ticket in town. With Musharraf’s nemesis nawaz Sharif riding a crest of popularity and electability wave, there is going to be no shortage of excitement. More than five years ago the ex-Commando packed off Sharif back to the Holy Land before he could properly inhale the air outside the airport lounge. now, he himself would do well to even overcome cabin fear! Fasten your seatbelts. The writer is Editor Pique Magazine based in Islamabad. He can be reached at

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Protecting non-Muslims Dozens of angry protestors in a mob on Saturday set ablaze more than 100 houses and shops belonging to Christians. This incident is yet another sad event in the long list of sufferings of non-Muslims in the country. The failure of the present system to provide security and protection to its citizens in general, and nonMuslims in particular is evident without an iota of doubt. non-Muslims have faced such incidents both under dictatorships and democracies. Each time there is condemnation, compensation and words of consolation. However, the fact that these incidents continue shows that the present rulers and the secular democratic system lacks the capacity (and perhaps even intention) to safeguard the rights of non-Muslims. The Islamic Law, is crystal clear with regards to protection of non-Muslims. In one ahadith, Prophet (PBuH) said: “He who hurts a dhimmi (non-Muslims) hurts me, and he who hurts me annoys Allah.” In a true Islamic State (khilafah), it is the responsibility of the state to implement Islamic law that provides justice and safeguards the rights of its citizens.

The importance of regulation of affairs of society through an Islamic State, can be understood from a saying of Ibn Tahmiyyah: “It should be noted that to regulate the affairs of people is one of the most important requirements (wajibat) of the religion (al-din). Really speaking, al-din cannot be established without it. The wellbeing of the sons of Adam cannot be accomplished except through a well-organized society (ijtima) because they are in need of one another; and for such a society a ruler is indispensable.” Islamic history, is testimony to the fact that nonMuslims citizens were properly looked after and protected. The Ottoman Caliphate helped the Jews, who were fleeing persecution. Coptic Christians were safe and flourished under the caliphate in Egypt. In the subcontinent under the rule of Islam, for centuries the Hindus lived without any fear of oppression. Today, as we witness the failure of the present state systems, it is imperative that we revert to the system of Islam which provided the much needed protection and prosperity that people are yearning for. SHARIquE NAEEM Lahore

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If you examine the cases of the hundreds tried under the [Blasphemy] Law, how many of them are well-to-do? How come over 50 percent of them are Christians when they form less than two percent of the country’s population? –Salmaan Taseer




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Damning and disgraceful Badami Bagh mob attack signals need to take religious fanaticism seriously


Pakistan Navy testing the waters AMAN-13 naval exercise could help reduce regional mistrust

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AKISTAn conducted an international naval exercise AMAn-13 in the north Arabian Sea from March 4 to 8. It was the fourth drill in this series that began in 2007. Reportedly, 24 countries attended the opening ceremony. The American destroyer uSS William P. Lawrence was amongst the ships taking part along with vessels from Australia, China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Turkey, uAE, Britain and Italy. On the other hand, countries participating as observers were: Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Maldives, Myanmar, nigeria, north Sudan, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, and ukraine. Speaking at the opening ceremony of this multinational exercise, Pakistan Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Hasham bin Siddique stated: “AMAn-13 will be instrumental in enhancing tactical and operational readiness amongst its participating navies.” AMAn-13 was projected to be a routine exercise focused on combating piracy, terrorism, and the protection of shipping-lanes and trade flows. However, a deeper look reveals a newfound assertiveness, momentum, and significance behind these drills. AMAn-13 and similar exercises being conducted by other states are reflective of the broader tensions around Iran’s nuclear program, situation of Syria, and island disputes in the South China Sea. underneath the island disputes of the South China Sea are the tussles for the balance of naval power in the Pacific Ocean. While the defense budgets of European nations and uS are decreasing, that of China is only increasing. Furthermore, the naval forces of states like India and Japan are rapidly growing.

Pakistan’s neighbor Iran regularly conducts naval drills to showcase its preparedness and to counter any plans to attack its nuclear installations. Moreover, the country has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz if there is such a strike. In December 2012, alarm was raised when Israeli media reported on the presence of a Pakistan’s nuclear-armed naval ship Shamsheer at Port Sudan. According to news, the vessel was to rendezvous with two Iranian vessels and conduct maneuvers on the Red Sea. However, the joint operation was reportedly averted under pressure from uS, Saudi Arabia and Israel. Iranian and Pakistani ships had showed up in Sudan after the October, 2012 attack on an arms depot in Port Khartoum. The strike was allegedly carried out by Israel, claiming the depot was being used to store Iranian arms that were being shipped onwards to Gaza via Sinai in Egypt. Soon afterwards, in January 2013 naval Special Forces from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia participated in a tenth joint naval exercise under naseem Al Bahr. Earlier, in november 2012, Pakistan navy Ship Shamsheer and P-3C Orion aircraft participated in a Turkish exercise Mavi Baline-12. While Pakistan was busy with AMAn-13, Pakistan’s neighbor to the east, India concluded its largest naval exercise TROPEX 13 on March 1. In the recent past, India has carried out a number of such drills with the naval forces of other states that included uS, Japan and Australia. One does not have to be much creative to imagine some of the scenarios being practiced, especially in the post Mumbai incident environment. The recent controversy in Pakistan over the setting up of uS ‘Tactical Command and Operations Center’ at the Jinnah International Airport Karachi may be linked to this lingering risk. As PakistanIndia ties improve, the extremist groups may attempt to pull-off another Mumbai style event. A uS based website has claimed the tactical command center is meant to monitor Karachi and the entire coastal belt to control smuggling. Iran may be equally worried about this development. The downing of RQ-170 Sentinel drone in December 2011 demonstrated the multiple purposes such assets can play. The drone reportedly flew out of Pakistan or Afghanistan to conduct surveillance over Iran. The Sentinel was also used in the operation to go after Osama bin Laden. The increasing assertiveness of Pakistan navy

has ironically been matched by growing targeting of its assets that deal with surveillance and maritime security. This lends further proof to the fact that the agenda of TTP is more sophisticated than a rag-tag group of mercenaries can intellectually come up with or financially back. For example, in the 2011 assault on Mehran naval aviation base in Karachi, 2 P-3C Orion anti submarine and maritime surveillance aircrafts were destroyed. However, it should be noted that after the incident, uS had offered to replace the destroyed planes. In the August 2012 strike at the Minhas airbase in Kamra, TTP targeted one of the key components of Pakistan’s airborne early warning system, Saab 2000. The advanced plane is capable of detecting high and low flying objects over a long range of about 450 kilometers, to include on the surface of the sea. On the other hand, Pakistan’s coastal line stretches about 960 kilometers. While the schedules for such drills are decided much in advance, the timing of AMAn-13 was peculiar. It took place when Pakistan just handed over the Gwadar port to a Chinese government owned firm. The country has also decided to move ahead with the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, while Iran announced its plans to develop an oil refinery at the Gwadar port. These developments are deeply worrisome moves for India and uS. The presence of China, uS and other pacific nations in the exercise, serve to calm the waters of mistrust between these countries. Through these naval maneuvers, Pakistan is playing an instrumental role in reducing tensions between China and other nations of the Orient. At the same time, such drills reduce apprehensions regarding Pakistan-China cooperation. Moreover, it signals that while India regularly conducts naval exercises with Japan, uS and Australia, it does not necessarily mean Pakistan is isolated. Pakistan’s navy has its role to play in the region because of its strategic location. However, as it relates to economic and security cooperation with Iran, Pakistan will continue to confront pressure from the West as well as the Arab nations.

The presence of China, US and other pacific nations in the exercise, serve to calm the waters of mistrust between these countries. Through these naval maneuvers, Pakistan is playing an instrumental role in reducing tensions between China and other nations of the Orient

The writer is chief analyst at PoliTact, a Washington based futurist advisory firm ( and and can be reached at

OTHInG can be more damning and disgraceful for a country called the Islamic Republic of Pakistan - than the mob attack on the Christian neighbourhood in Lahore this Saturday over an alleged blasphemy issue. There is no way this incident can be explained and justified to the outside world as it is not an isolated occurMaliK MuHaMMaD aSHraF rence. It has almost become a recurring phenomenon. As if the Gojra carnage was not enough as an indelible stigma on the face of the state and the negation of the Islamic teachings, we now have the Badami Bagh episode where the enraged mob took it upon itself to punish the entire population of the locality for an alleged act of blasphemy by an individual. The incident has come as a rude shock to the people of Pakistan, who believe in the lofty principles and teaching of Islam and social harmony. no words would be enough to condemn this dastardly act seemingly a sequel to a dispute between two former friends, a Muslim and a Christian, who even used to drink together. The shopkeepers of the market where the conflicting parties were running businesses reported that the two had a long standing dispute. On the face of it, the accuser found it convenient to exploit the religious sentiments of the people and the Blasphemy Law in vogue to take revenge from the accused, who belongs to the Christian community. The incident has not only further damaged the image of Islam but has also dented reputation of Pakistan as a progressive Islamic state where minorities enjoy protection of life and property as equal citizens in the light of Islamic teachings. The bestiality enacted at Gojra against the Christian community would put to shame even Adolf Hitler, the architect of the Holocaust. The most sordid aspect of that gory incident was that those who were lynched and whose houses were subjected to arson, were not involved in any alleged desecration. The carnage, ostensibly carried out to uphold the sanctity of the Holy Quran, against the very teachings of the Holy Book itself, is yet another manifestation of the religious bigotry, intolerance and hatred against minorities, afflicting our social fabric. In Surah al-Maidah, the Quran enjoins Muslims to do justice and shun hatred against other communities in these words: “Oh Ye who believe, be steadfast witness for Allah in equity and let not hatred of any people seduce you that ye deal not justly, that is nearer to your duty.” According to the details of the circumstances leading to the pogrom and the barbarity let loose on the Gojra attack victims, the imam of the mosque in village Korian was the architect of the senseless blood-letting. He was the one who incited people to avenge the desecration of Holy Quran by “the Christian community,” without bothering to ascertain the circumstances or the exact nature of the incident. Lashkare Jhangvi also got involved to take advantage of the situation. It is now an established fact that no adult member of the Christian community had committed any act of blasphemy. Rather some Christian children had cut out some pages of Islamiat textbook and used them as confetti at a wedding ceremony in the village, unaware of the consequences of such an act. The Rimsha Maseeh incident in Islamabad last year also stemmed from the wrong use of the religious pulpit by a religious fanatic. What is noteworthy about these incidents is that most of them have happened in Punjab over the years which indicates unchecked rise of religious extremism in the province. Granted that the desecration of the Holy Quran and making offensive comments about the Holy Prophet is an emotional issue for Muslims and constitutes blasphemy, if committed deliberately by an individual or an organization with an explicit purpose to offend the Muslim community. Even then there is no justification whatsoever to the people to take the law in their own hands and perpetrate mob justice on offenders. There are laws in the country to deal with such matters and it is the responsibility of the state to initiate action against the accused person or persons and the accused has the right to be given a chance to defend themselves. That is how the Islamic system of justice and the law of the land envisages the dispensing of justice. It is however satisfying to note that the President, Prime Minister have taken a serious notice of the incident and directed for a through probe and stern action against the perpetrators of the crime. The Punjab Chief Minister has also announced compensation for affected families and requested for the formation of a judicial commission to hold a probe into the incident. This sounds encouraging. However, the time has come for taking concrete and decisive measures to ensure that such incidents do not recur in the future. Moreover, the Punjab government must show spine to enforce a policy of zero tolerance against the exploitation of the Blasphemy Law and check the spread of religious fanaticism in the province. We have had enough of it. We need to stop the merchants of death in their tracks right now and forestall their efforts to propagate and spread their fissiparous ideologies. The government and the civil society has to stand up and refuse to be hostages to the bizarre brand of Islam bandied around by the religious fanatics and militant outfits. A loud and clear message should go out to them that there will be zero tolerance against their creed of hate and violence. As a first step the government should ensure to make an example out of those who are found guilty of inciting the people to such despicable actions. There is also a need to revisit the Blasphemy Law to make sure that no body is able to exploit it to settle personal enmities. We, as a nation, also need to fight the menace on the ideological front. The ulema and media have a significant role to play in erasing the influence of the ideologies preached by religious extremists and creating awareness among people about the true spirit of Islam and its emphasis on building a harmonious society, boasting peace and tranquility as its hallmarks. The writer is an academic.

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Emma Watson joins a gang of teenage thieves in a one-minute teaser for The Bling Ring. Sofia Coppola’s latest film following Somewhere, which won a Golden Lion at the Venice film festival, The Bling Ring is based on the true story of a series of burglaries at celebrity homes. Set to Sleigh Bells’ Crown on the Ground, the teaser focuses on Emma Watson, whose character finds herself wrapped up with a well-off group of teenagers who steal from the homes of Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox and Paris Hilton. The Bling Ring is due out worldwide in June, with a premiere possible at the upcoming Cannes film festival. NEWS DESK

No IDeA ABoUt ANIStoN’S WeDDING, SAyS BeSt fRIeND Comedian Chelsea Handler says she has no details about her close friend actress Jennifer Aniston’s wedding. Aniston is engaged to marry Justin Theroux but details of her wedding are being kept under wraps. “I know she’s engaged but that’s all I know. I’m sure I’ll find out about it when it’s about to happen... for privacy issues... I honestly don’t know anything about it. She doesn’t consult me on her plans,” Handler said on a US chat show. There were speculations that the couple, who got engaged in August last year, will tie the knot in Hawaii in the coming weeks. However, her representative later denied the rumours. NEWS DESK

MoDellING tIMe foR BAlDWIN’S DAUGHteR Actor Alec Baldwin 17-year-old daughter Ireland has signed a deal with IMG Models. Ireland, who lives here with actress mother Kim Basinger, shared her excitement on Twitter, reports “Officially working for Two Management and IMG models! I am blessed, happy, and ready to work,” she tweeted. Baldwin, 54, who married 28year-old yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas in June last year, confirmed the news of their first child in February. Thomas recently confirmed they are expecting a baby girl. Ireland gets along with and Thomas. “She is like a big sister to me, but I feel like I have not spent enough time with her yet. We have a lot more to learn about each other and we have a lot more experiences to have together. We joke around and I call her mom. But I respect her,” Ireland earlier said. NEWS DESK


O u ’ V E probably read a few. They’re common on Amazon and other consumer book review sites. You’ll sometimes read them in respected print publications, too. They pick at elements of plot, character, setting, and pacing with razor-sharp talons. They shred themes and pummel prose. They may even be right in their assessment of some novels, yet it’s their scathing presentation that gives them away. I’ve often wondered if these reviews aren’t written by struggling novelists so poisoned by envy that they lash out against those who receive the coveted book deals and critical acclaim. A March 3, 2013 piece by journalist Alexander nazaryan in Salon admits that his jealousy influenced his reviews of books. He says, “Consequently, the reviews I wrote came to bear a stench of bitterness, none more so than one I wrote for the Village Voice in 2008 in which I took on two debut novelists, Keith

Gessen and nathaniel Rich.” I selected nazaryan’s piece for yesterday’s #litchat MediaMonday, hoping to scratch some difficult areas and stimulate insightful conversation. I’m not proud of it, but I’ve been envious of some writers who got book deals for novels I found banal, hackneyed, and precious. After reading such books, I’ve often gone to Amazon and Goodreads to see what others have said about the book, just to see if I’m the only one with such convictions. Often I’m not. That’s when I see the reviews dripping with green ink. And that’s when I feel compassion for the author. no matter how much one doesn’t like a book, it doesn’t deserve the vicious lashing of an unsuccessful novelist. Behind every book is a person who put his or her time and talent onto each page. Just after my former agent shopped my novel to the big houses without success, I began to examine why it bothered me so much when other authors received publishing deals for books I deemed inferior to mine and to those of many of my writer friends whose books

were also being passed. While there is an element of competition involved—after all, there are only so many coveted slots a publisher provides each year—it’s more than that. I want to earn a living writing books. I’m not so naive as to think my first book will bring in seven figures. I realize that a career novelist must write several books and keep them in print in order to earn enough money to quit the day job. While I am not envious of bestselling authors personally, I covet their success. To be a bestselling novelist I must first be published. My envy also stems from a sense that because my book didn’t sell, it wasn’t as good as those which did. Yet, based on very positive beta readings from other writers whose opinions are highly respected, this is simply not true. Then I realized a deeper truth. I am something of a book snob. I simply don’t enjoy most popular fiction. While I am not a wine snob, I admit to enjoying fine wines. Trending right now are sweet wines, which I call starter wines. I am not a fan of these sweet

SeleNA GoMez helped dad pick up Hooters waitresses NEWS DESK Selena Gomez was once a favorite at Hooters. The 20-year-old Texas beauty covers the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar and reveals inside that when she was a little girl she used to help her father, Ricardo, pick up waitresses at Hooters after her dad split from her mom. “When I was seven, my dad would go to Hooters to watch [San Antonio] Spurs games, but he started noticing that when I would come, with my little pigtails, all the waitresses would be like, ‘Hey!’” Gomez tells Bazaar about her Hooters trips, according to the new York Post. “So he ended up spending time with me but with all those cute girls coming over. And that became our thing.” The “Spring Breakers”

star previously opened up about her parents’ divorce to E! news. Her mom and dad broke up when Gomez was just 5 years old. “I blame my mom a lot, because I wanted a family so bad,” she said. “I wanted to have my dad and my mom together. So, it was really hard. I remember just being really angry with my mom. And I still feel really bad for that.” Although adorable little Selena was once a Hooters hit for her dad, the single starlet has had trouble finding dates herself these days. “(I don’t get) asked out a lot,” Gomez told Bazaar about dating post-Justin Bieber. “When I actually look presentable, I’m at an awards show. It’s not like I’ve wanted to go out and look for someone. I’m not really good at that.” But she still believes in love. “I believe in love — yes, I’m one of those girls,” she said. Still, Gomez says she is happy and “having a lot of fun” with her friends these days. “I’ve been telling people I’m definitely a little bit more sassy now,” she told E! news. “I’m a little bit more mouthy.”

drinking wines, although I love a good port or dessert wine following a meal. Despite my preferences, there is a growing population of people who prefer these sweet wines. Does their popularity and trendiness make them bad wines? Just because I don’t like them, does that mean that they shouldn’t be made? Popular fiction is a huge market. Romance novels consistently outsell other genres. 50 Shades of Grey is credited for keeping Random House in the black. Like the sweet red wines, there will always be a taste for popular fiction. Which leads me to the deepest truth. I want my books to be read. I write primarily because I enjoy discovering a story and mining it from the earth of imagination. But when that story is complete, it’s like I want to stand on the street corner and yell, “Hey, I wrote this story. Want to read it?” Many people will read most anything if it’s free. Yet I strongly believe there is value in literature. That’s when it circles back to wanting to do this crazy thing called storytelling for a living.

olyMPUS HAS fAlleN ACtIoN All tHe WAy: BUtleR After his performance in epic saga “300”, actor Gerard Butler is back in action mode for his upcoming thriller, “ Olympus Has Fallen”. He says it promises classic action. The Antoine Fuquadirectorial will see Butler as a secret service agent, running around with guns and doing some deadly action while protecting the President during a terrorist attack on the White House, reads a statement. Talking about his love for the action genre, the 43-year-old said: “The story is really fun. north Korean terrorists come down the Mall in a bloody cargo plane and also attack the White House from the inside.” “It’s insane, but you buy it, you go with it. It’s action-packed all the way through - a traditional, classic, unapologetic, big action movie. It’s Die Hard in the White House,” he added. “Olympus Has Fallen” also features Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett, Rick Yune, Dylan McDermott, Ashley Judd, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser and Robert Forster. The film will hit screens in India March 22. NEWS DESK

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If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. — Sun Tzu

aRts monday, 11 march, 2013

Hollywood liberals hail Chavez, in defiant tradition

California Jennifer Garner arrives at Soul Cycle for an early morning workout on Sunday in Santa Monica.

Antonio Banderas to star in Chilean mine film Antonio Banderas is set to star in a flick about the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for two months. The Hollywood heartthrob has joined the cast of ‘Los 33’ which reveals how the men survived their incredible ordeal while the world watched with bated breath, the Daily Star reported. Film director Patricia Riggen confirmed that the Spanish actor will star in the movie. “Antonio Banderas will be part of our team of actors. We’re very happy to have him in the cast. But he’s just the first one confirmed. There will be many more,” she said. The story revolves around miners, who were imprisoned 2,300ft below ground after a cave-in at the San Jose mine in the Atacama Desert, 500 miles north of the capital Santiago, in August 2010. They spent 17 days eating just two spoons of tuna, a few sips of milk and half a biscuit a day before they were located in an underground refuge. NEWS DESK

Sean Penn sat grim-faced at Hugo Chavez’s funeral Friday — one of a clutch of Hollywood stars who lionized the late Venezuelan leader, in defiance of America’s fierce antipathy to his regime. Following a long tradition of Hollywood liberals, Penn was joined by Oliver Stone, Danny Glover and documentary maker Michael Moore in lauding the charismatic Venezuelan president after his death this week. Only Penn appears to have made the trip to Caracas for the lavish funeral of Chavez — who died aged 58 on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer — but the others made their feelings quite clear. JFK and Natural Born Killers director Stone, interviewed Chavez for a 2009 documentary South of the Border, called him a great hero to the majority of his people and those who struggle throughout the world. “Hated by the entrenched classes, Hugo Chavez will live forever in history,” he added in a statement released after his death, adding: “My friend, rest finally in a peace long earned.” Glover, a long-time Afro-American activist and star of the Lethal Weapons films, praised Hugo Chavez as a social champion, in a full-page statement issued by his publicist. “I join with millions of Venezuelans, Latin Americans, Caribbeans (and) freedom-loving people around the world who embraced (him) as a social champion of people-centered democracy,” he said. Penn, wearing a black suit and tie, did not comment publicly at Friday’s funeral, where he sat among the crowd of foreign dignitaries paying tribute to the leftist firebrand leader. But in a statement after Chavez’s death he said: “The people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion. I lost a friend I was blessed to have.” Their support for Chavez fits into a tradition of actors-turned-activists stretching back to Charlie Chaplin accused of communist sympathies, Jane Fonda in Vietnam, and up to George Clooney, arrested over Sudan last year. Fonda was dubbed Hanoi Jane when she visited north Vietnam during the war there and accused of being anti-American. Such outspoken political activism is not without its career or commercial risks for the actors or filmmakers involved — especially when it runs counter to US interests. Americans in general want their stars to speak out praising what is right with America,” said Steven Ross, a University of Southern California professor and expert on Hollywood’s links with politics. NEWS DESK

KeRI RUSSell to star in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Brooke Shields in talks to join the view

Bieber’s UK meltdown was over Selena Gomez split

NEWS DESK Justin Bieber’s British meltdown was triggered by his split from Selena Gomez, it has been revealed. According to friends, the end of his two-year relationship with the 20-year-old actress left him devastated and he hurtled off the rails, the Mirror reported. “He was crazily in love with her. She kept him grounded. She’s been a tower of strength through all the hysteria of being one of the world’s most famous pop stars. To lose her was like losing an anchor,” one pal said. The ‘Baby’ hitmaker’s troubles burst into the open last week. He was two hours late for his show on Monday at the O2 arena in London. He collapsed on stage with breathing difficulties at the same venue on Thursday, and the following day he tried to fight with a photographer. A source close to the teen popstar said that he simply hasn’t been the same since he split from Gomez. “It really broke him. They were together for such a long time for two people so young. He hasn’t quite known what to do without her. He is lonely,” the source added.

NOTABLE TWEETS JILL ZARIN “The ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them.” - Jim Rohn

NEWS DESK Variety has revealed that Keri Russell has landed the female lead role in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Russell joins Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Kodi-Smit McPhee, who have already been confirmed for the follow-up to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. For now, there is no indication as to which part Russell will play. She will, however, be on familiar ground since she will be directed by Matt Reeves, who co-created Felicity, the series in which she shot to fame at the end of the 1990s. Filming on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which will again be loosely based on Pierre Boulle’s novel, will start in spring. Andy Serkis will reprise his role as Cesar, the chimpanzee leading the violent revolt of the apes against mankind. Gary Oldman will play the leader of the human resistance in a story set fifteen years after the first movie. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set for release on May 23, 2014 in north American cinemas. It will be released worldwide shortly thereafter.

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RONNIE THE LIMO DRIVER NEWS DESK Brooke Shields has reportedly been approached by ABC to join uS morning chat show ‘The View’ after current host Joy Behar recently announced she is leaving the popular series after 16 seasons and amid rumours Elizabeth Hasselbeck’s contract has not been renewed. According to gossip website, Barbara Walters, who is at the helm of the series, thinks that the 47-year-old ‘Blue Lagoon’ actress would be a great addition and is eager for her to take over one of the vacant spots, Contactmusic reported. Sources revealed that Barbara wants Shields to join the show because the actress has two children, is a Princeton graduate, ‘’very articulate’’ and also has great connections in Hollywood. It is said that the actress, who previously acted as a guest host, is in final negotiations to join the show next season alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, and Barbara. Elisabeth was axed from the series on as she was deemed to be ‘’too extreme and right wing’’ in a recent audience poll, according to us Weekly. But a spokesperson for the series said she has a ‘’long term contract.’’

Just what I need 1hr less sleep! 3:15am isn’t early enough! Who’s brain storm idea was this!

RUSSELL SIMMONS When you’re faced with fear and anxiety, don’t medicate, meditate instead.

BRYAN ADAMS Driving down the autobahn at 220 km per hour to Bremen. What’s the rush? No rush, that’s normal German driving.

PHILLIP SCHOFIELD Happy Mothers Day to all the lovely mums ... especially mine :)

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INFOTAINMENT Monday, 11 March, 2013

The cure for crime is not the electric chair, but the high chair. –J Edgar Hoover

Have scientists discovered reversible evolution? NEWS DESK


How women helped nuke Japan without knowing it Many young women helped build the A-bomb at a secret atomic research facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn.—but didn't know what they were making, the Daily Beast reports. Denise Kiernan's new book, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II describes the weirdness of daily life at so-called "Site X." One 18-year-old, for example, was told only to monitor and adjust gauge needles: "The idea was to get as much R as possible," writes Kiernan, "so that when the men came to empty the 'E' boxes of the 'D' units there would be a nice amount in there." What did it all stand for? "Smart girls didn't bother asking." But "Site X" had a darker side. Women had letters boldly censored, romantic outings monitored, were fired for discussing work, and laboured under Orwellian billboards—like one of a huge eye with a "swastika-embedded pupil" that read, "THE ENEMY IS LOOKING FOR INFORMATION GUARD YOUR TALK." Meanwhile, black workers were treated poorly, banned from the swimming pool and any family cohabitation (white couples were allowed to live together). In the end, the plant's workers were shocked to see the fruit of their labour dropped on Japan. Their curiosity, writes Kiernan, was replaced by "pride and guilt and joy and relief and shame." NEWS DESK

teacher gets fired for letting kids taste blood A Norwegian school teacher put a new twist on show and tell by bringing a blood sample to class and letting students taste it, Gawker reports. The unnamed teacher brought a vial of her blood from a doctor's visit, and poured it on a plate for students to touch during "sharing time." The kids "asked if they could touch it and she allowed them," the school's director told Reuters. "Then they asked 'How do we get it off?' so she put her finger in her mouth and the children followed suit." The kindergarten in the Norwegian town of Sola has sent the blood in for HIV/AIDS and other testing, knowing that up to 12 children may have tasted the teacher's blood. The teacher said sorry for the odd presentation, but the school fired her anyway. NEWS DESK

HERE is new evidence suggesting that evolution does not proceed inexorably forward in a more or less straight line as many have long believed. Researchers have discovered that the common house dust mite has undergone “reverse” evolution, changing from a parasitic life form to a free-living one, presenting scientists with a new piece of the evolution puzzle. The theory of an organism reverting to the characteristics of its ancestors is known as “Dollo’s law.” The hypothesis, posed by Belgian paleonologist Louis Dollo, states that “an organism is unable to return, even partially, to a previous stage already realized in the ranks of its ancestors.” Al-

though evolutionary biologists have disagreed about how the rule is applied in nature, they have been in general agreement on the general principle that the evolutionary process is irreversible. now biologists from the university of Michigan, relying on a large-scale genetic study of the house dust mite, seem to have discovered an example of reversible evolution, calling into question Dollo’s law. The study shows that the familiar house dust mite evolved over millions of years from free-living organisms into parasites before t h e n evolving

back into free-living organisms. “All our analyses conclusively demonstrated that house dust mites have abandoned a parasitic lifestyle, secondarily becoming free-living, and then speciated in several habitats, including human habitations,” according to Pavel Klimov and Barry O’Connor of the university of Michigan Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Mites are members of the arachnid (spider) family. Known for causing al-

lergic symptoms in humans, they are poorly understood from an evolutionary standpoint. According to Klimov and O’Connor, there are 62 different published hypotheses arguing about whether today’s free-living dust mites originated from a free-living ancestor or from a parasite. In an effort to paint a more comprehensive picture of the mites evolution, Klimov and O’Connor evaluated all 62 hypotheses. using DnA

stop giving your children antibiotics NEWS DESK Protecting your child's long-term health may mean not getting a prescription for antibiotics—even in cases of ear and sinus infections, write Jessica and Tim Lahey at The Atlantic. The authors were surprised that their "smart, highly educated" friends turn easily to antibiotics for their children. Only problem: Human bacteria is becoming so antibiotics-resistant that a prescription may well be useless in a few years, and "people [will] die from what are currently nuisance illnesses easily cured with a pill." So the Taheys offer a few tips to avoid the "antibiotic apocalypse": Antibiotics destroy bacteria, not viruses, so antibiotics do bupkis for colds and bronchitis. Green phlegm and sinus discharge don't necessarily require antibiotics. Many studies have concluded that green sputum well be viral rather than bacterial. Even ear and sinus infections

may not need antibiotics, provided there are no "red flag symptoms." Consult with your doctor to make sure. Always get a chest X-ray to make sure your child has bronchitis rather than pneumonia. The physical examination and symptoms can be the same, but bronchitis is often viral while pneumonia is bacterial.

google glass app identifies you by your fashion sense NEWS DESK Can’t find a face in the crowd? not to worry, a human recognition system can spot people for you – even when their faces aren't visible. Designed for Google's forthcoming Glass headset, it recognises people by the clothes they are wearing. Their name is then overlaid on the headset's video. The system, called InSight, is part-funded by Google and was unveiled at the HotMobile technology conference in Jekyll Island, Georgia, last week. It aims to help users find their friends and be spotted themselves in busy places like shopping centres, sports stadia and airports. Face recognition

systems cannot be used for this, says InSight developer Srihari nelakuditi at the university of South Carolina in Columbia, because it is unlikely someone in a crowd will be looking straight at a headset's camera. So nelakuditi joined forces with Romit Roy Choudhury and colleagues at

Duke university in Durham, north Carolina, to develop a recognition system based on a "fashion fingerprint" of a person's outfit, from their clothes to their jewellery, badges and glasses. This fingerprint is constructed by a smartphone app which snaps a series of photos of the user as they read web pages, emails or tweets. It then creates a file – called a spatiogram – that captures the spatial distribution of colours, textures and patterns (vertical or horizontal stripes, say) of the clothes they are wearing. This combination of colour, texture and pattern analysis makes someone easier to identify at odd viewing angles or over long distances.

sequencing, detailed evolutionary trees called phylogenies, and statistical analyses to test their hypotheses, the pair of researcher eventually recreated the evolutionary history of house dust mites. House dust mites appear within a lineage of parasitic mites, called Psoroptidia, which never leave the bodies of their hosts — mainly mammals and birds. The analysis shows that the immediate paras i t i c ancestors of house d u s t mites include s k i n mites, such as the mange mites of livestock and the dog and cat e a r mite.

Bee venom destroys HIv and spares surrounding cells Nanoparticles containing bee venom toxin melittin can destroy human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while at the same time leaving surrounding cells unharmed, scientists from Washington University School of Medicine reported in the March 2013 issue of Antiviral Therapy. The researchers said that their finding is a major step toward creating a vaginal gel that can prevent HIV spread. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. Melittin is a powerful toxin found in bee venom. It can poke holes in the protective viral envelope that surrounds the human immunodeficiency virus, as well as other viruses. Free melittin in large-enough quantities can cause considerable damage. Senior author, Samuel A. Wickline, MD, the J. Russell Hornsby Professor of Biomedical Sciences, has demonstrated that nanoparticles loaded with melittin have anti-cancer properties and have the capacity to kill tumour cells. Linking bee venom with anticancer therapies is not new, in 2004 Croatian scientists reported in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture that honey-bee products, including venom, could well have applications in cancer treatment and prevention. Normal cells remain intact - the scientists showed that nanoparticles loaded with melittin do not harm normal, healthy cells. Protective bumpers were added to the nanoparticles surface, so that when they come into contact with normal cells (which tend to be much larger), the nanoparticles bounce off rather than attach themselves. HIV is much smaller than the nanoparticles and fits in between the bumpers. When HIV comes across a nanoparticle it goes in between the bumpers and comes into direct contact with its surface, which is coated with the bee toxin, which destroys it. NEWS DESK

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S sPoRts monday, 11 march, 2013

Australia hope for pace in Punjab

SPORtS DESK Reasons for hope have been few and far between for the Australians during this tour of India. But the third Test in Mohali was always going to provide a glimmer. Last time a Test was played at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium was in 2010, when India beat Australia by one wicket. Mitchell Johnson took a five-for. So did Zaheer Khan. Ben Hilfenhaus and Doug Bollinger were in the wickets. All up, 25 batsmen fell to pace over the course of the Test, and only 12 to spin. Of course, a lot can change in two and a half years. Just ask Simon Katich, who was opening with Shane Watson during that Test. Or the first-choice spinner nathan Hauritz. In fact, Clarke, Watson and Johnson are the only three men from that XI who are part of this squad. But after India's spinners claimed 20 wickets in Chennai and 14 in Hyderabad, any suggestion of a more pace-friendly surface will be welcomed by the Australians.

I am happy the way I am leaving cricket although I have so many sad memories also. I was dropped three-four times in my career. – Thilan Samaraweera

Nightwatchman finn ushers england to draw UNIVERSItY OVAL




IGHTWATCHMAn Steven Finn was the unlikely cornerstone of England's resistance as they closed out a nervy stalemate in the first Test against new Zealand. Finn went 49 balls without a single scoring shot at one stage of his near fivehour 56, but England could nonetheless be grateful that he made the move up from number nine to three so seamless with his maiden half-century in any professional cricket at the university Oval. After Saturday's epic opening stand of 231 between centurions Alastair Cook (116) and nick Compton (117), England began a sunny final day with strong prospects of ensuring a draw at the start of this threematch series. But they might reasonably have expected their main contributor to be any one of seven other contenders with substantially better batting pedigrees than fast bowler Finn, with his previous highest first-class score of 32. He could muster only five fours from 203 balls, having batted throughout two sessions on Sunday before finally falling when he missed a sweep at slow left-armer Bruce Martin to be lbw immediately after tea. Finn's departure induced one final wobble, Joe Root run out for a duck an over later when Tim Southee's dive and direct hit from cover was too quick for the young Yorkshireman as he answered Ian Bell's call for a single. But in Bell and Matt Prior, England still had two frontline batsmen in reserve - and their unbroken stand of 31 against the third new ball took their team to the safety of 421 for six before new Zealand agreed to call time 128 in arrears. Compton's was the only departure of a sunny morning, to neil Wagner (three for 141). But Jonathan Trott (52) and Kevin Pietersen also went to the left-arm seamer as England made 53 for two from 28 overs in the middle session and the onus fell increasingly on Finn to keep the Kiwis at bay. Compton augmented his maiden hundred by just 15 runs before falling lbw; Trott shared a third-wicket stand of 90 with Finn but went caught-and-bowled, and then

ENGlaND FirSt iNNiNGS 167 all Out NEW zEalaND FirSt iNNiNGS 460-9 DEC. ENGlaND SECOND iNNiNGS (OVErNiGHt 234-1) a. Cook c Watling b boult 116 117 N. Compton lbw b Wagner S. Finn lbw b Martin 56 J. trott c & b Wagner 52 12 K. Pietersen c Watling b Wagner 26 i. bell not out J. root run out 0 `23 M. Prior not out 19 Extras (b-6, lb-11, nb-1, w-1) 421 total (for six wickets, 170 overs) Fall of wickets: 1-231 2-265 3-355 4-367 5-386 6-390 bowling: t. Southee 36-8-94-0 (nb-1), t. boult 35-12-49-1, N. Wagner 43-9-141-3 (w-1), b. Martin 44-13-90-1, K. Williamson 12-3-30-0 result: Match drawn remaining fixtures March 14-18 - second test, Wellington March 22-26 - third test, auckland

Wagner got Pietersen for the second time in the match following his first-innings golden duck. Finn, meanwhile, not only improved his Test-best twice in the same match but dug in for a cussed central role. Compton reopened his account in the fifth over of the day with a trademark extra-cover drive for four off Southee, but was to be the only casualty before lunch - falling over slightly

in defence as Wagner found just a hint of inswing. His 310-ball vigil was over after almost seven hours at the crease, mostly in company with Cook. Thanks to them, England's remaining batsmen could be encouraged that survival ought to be routinely viable on a pitch showing no signs of deterioration. That impression was underlined by

Finn, who batted with increasing assurance - having come to the crease last night and accompanied Compton to his hundred once Cook went. He needed just one minor moment of fortune this morning when he edged Kane Williamson's off-spin low and just out of the clutches of second slip to move into the 40s, in familiar surroundings following his stint with Otago in late 2011. Trott was fluent on his way to a 78-ball 50, which he completed with his eighth four - in his favourite direction past straight midwicket off Southee. But the return of Wagner undid him, extra bounce inducing a return catch in startled back-foot defence, and Pietersen never looked comfortable in his short stay before he got a faint inside-edge behind. Finn's stoic presence verged on the strokeless after he reached his 50, as he came to terms with his new responsibilities, especially once Trott was gone. His durability, though, in the secondlongest innings by any English nightwatchman down the years was nonetheless the main reason the tourists managed to steer clear of further anxiety. They can therefore head to Wellington on Monday, for next week's second Test, relieved that their hapless first-innings collapse to 167 all out did not cost them as dearly as it might in this rain-shortened match.

ashraful, mushfiqur in tremendous partnership gALLE aGENCiES

Galle has traditionally been a stronghold for Sri Lanka, with their spinners known for running through sides and wrapping up Tests well inside five days. Mohammad Ashraful and Mushfiqur Rahim, however, batted like they were unfazed by that intimidating record, digging in for big centuries and breaking country records over a single day. Their unbeaten partnership of 261 was the highest in Bangladesh's 13-year history as a Test nation and Ashraful went past his own record for the highest individual score by a Bangladesh batsman. A common criticism of Bangladesh has been the inability of their batsmen to occupy the crease long enough and thus post totals in excess of 400 consistently. It had affected their ability to stretch Tests into the fifth day. On this occasion, Ashraful played the longest innings by a Bangladesh batsman in terms of balls faced (381) and the team passed the 400 mark with only four wickets down, well on track to beat their highest of 556 against West Indies last november. They lost only two wickets on the third day - both in the first hour - before Ashraful and Mushfiqur remained un-separated till stumps. Two wicketless sessions marked a forgettable day for Sri Lanka's bowlers. The seamers got no swing, and Rangana Herath failed to get enough turn and bounce. Ajantha Mendis was ineffective in his comeback Test, failing to pitch on the desired length and dishing out the odd full toss. Part-timers were called upon but all

SCOrEbOarD Sri laNKa 1st innings 570/4d baNGlaDESH 1st innings Mohammad ashraful not out 189 Mominul Haque c Mathews b Kulasekara 55 Mahmudullah st †Chandimal b Herath 0 Mushfiqur rahim*† not out 152 EXtraS (b 2, lb 1, nb 6) 9 tOtal 438 tO bat Nasir Hossain, abul Hasan, Sohag Gazi, Elias Sunny, Shahadat Hossain Fall OF WiCKEtS 1-23 (Jahurul islam, 7.5 ov), 2-65 (anamul Haque, 23.6 ov), 3-170 (Mominul Haque, 52.3 ov), 4-177 (Mahmudullah, 53.6 ov) bOWliNG KMDN Kulasekara 21-3-76-1, rMS Eranga 22-3-80-1, HMrKb Herath 42-9-103-1, baW Mendis 23-2-92-1, aD Mathews 6-116-0, tM Dilshan 20-3-55-0, HDrl thirimanne 2-0-13-0 Match details toss Sri lanka, who chose to bat test debuts anamul Haque and Mominul Haque (bangladesh); KDK Vithanage (Sri lanka) Player of the match tba umpires rK illingworth (England) and NJ llong (England) tV umpire tH Wijewardene Match referee DC boon (australia) reserve umpire MSK Nandiweera

changes were in vain. The pitch was a batsman's dream but that wasn't taking any credit away from Bangladesh. The absence of two mainstays in the line-up was talked about as Bangladesh's biggest challenge ahead of this game, but Ashraful allayed fears of a meltdown with a mature innings. Ashraful has fancied the Sri Lankan bowling since his debut, with five of his six Test centuries coming against them. His presence provided stability after Sri Lanka had struck in the first hour - Mominul Haque edging to slip for 55, and Mahmudullah waltzing down the track to Herath before getting off the mark.

Ashraful eased the pressure by remaining positive, punishing the fuller deliveries outside off for fours and forcing the Sri Lankan captain to push cover back. Mushfiqur's calm presence helped Ashraful as he neared his first Test century in more than four years. He found his timing with a couple of sweetly timed punches past cover in one over from nuwan Kulasekara. Ashraful entered the 90s with a forceful drive past cover point, but his nerves were apparent. He spent a fidgety 35 deliveries in the 90s before driving Mendis past cover to bring up his century. The relief was palpable as he roared and stretched his arms towards the dressing room, temporarily putting to rest the criticism he is so accustomed to. Sri Lanka took the new ball after lunch but it didn't change their fortunes. Mushfiqur whipped Kulasekara off the pads in the first over before Ashraful thrashed Angelo Mathews past cover for consecutive boundaries. A Mushfiqur cover drive brought up the century stand, the second of the innings. The stand was highlighted by several such confident drives through the off side, and Mushfiqur also used his feet to Herath regularly, chipping down the track and smashing over the off side. Mendis wasn't used as much as the senior Herath, but he too couldn't maintain control, bowling a full toss to Mushfiqur that was clubbed over midwicket. Mushfiqur also entered the 90s with a boundary to third man just before tea. After playing out a full session the batsmen shook hands, acknowledging a job well done.

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There has been a bit of concern about his right knee in this Test match but he should be fit to play in Wellington. – Alastair Cook






OuTH Africa began their journey to the Champions Trophy with a leap - not just a step - as they overcame Pakistan with a polished all-round effort that was set up by their batsmen and finished off in the field. Importantly for them, the contributions came from quarters that have been areas of concern in the past. The middle order, and Colin Ingram in particular, played a meaningful part and a bowling attack without Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel functioned effectively. South Africa's batsmen dealt with Pakistan's quartet of spinners with ease while their seamers, led by Ryan McLaren and Rory Kleinveldt, shut the opposition out of the match. By contrast, Pakistan suffered because they fielded only two seamers and did not use Saeed Ajmal well enough, taking him off after he had made a breakthrough. The fifth and sixth bowlers, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik, conceded 81 runs in 11 overs runs on a surface that did not aid turn, and against batsmen who were intent on proving their captain's belief that they were capable of

SOutH aFriCa 30 GC Smith c †Kamran akmal b Saeed ajmal HM amla c Shoaib Malik b Mohammad Hafeez 43 ab de Villiers*† c younis Khan b Saeed ajmal 65 105 Ca ingram not out F du Plessis c umar Gul b Junaid Khan 26 34 F behardien not out 12 EXtraS (b 1, lb 5, w 6) 315 tOtal DiD NOt bat r Mclaren, rJ Peterson, rK Kleinveldt, KJ abbott, ll tsotsobe Fall OF WiCKEtS 1-72 (Smith, 13.5 ov), 2-83 (amla, 16.1 ov), 3-203 (de Villiers, 36.1 ov), 4-265 (du Plessis, 46.1 ov) bOWliNG: Junaid Khan 9-0-59-1, umar Gul 10-1-68-0, Mohammad Hafeez 10-0-48-1, Saeed ajmal 10-0-53-2, Shahid afridi 8-0-60-0, Shoaib Malik 3-0-21-0 PaKiStaN Mohammad Hafeez run out (Kleinveldt) 25 25 Nasir Jamshed c Smith b Kleinveldt 30 younis Khan c †de Villiers b abbott asad Shafiq c abbott b Mclaren 5 Misbah-ul-Haq* c †de Villiers b Mclaren 38 19 Shoaib Malik c Mclaren b tsotsobe 2 Kamran akmal† c Smith b Mclaren 34 Shahid afridi c behardien b Kleinveldt umar Gul c & b Kleinveldt 2 0 Saeed ajmal lbw b Kleinveldt 0 Junaid Khan not out 10 EXtraS (lb 6, w 4) tOtal 190 Fall OF WiCKEtS 1-42 (Nasir Jamshed, 7.1 ov), 2-52 (Mohammad Hafeez, 11.2 ov), 3-65 (asad Shafiq, 15.6 ov), 4114 (younis Khan, 25.4 ov), 5-135 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 28.5 ov), 6-148 (Kamran akmal, 31.5 ov), 7-165 (Shoaib Malik, 33.5 ov), 8-178 (umar Gul, 34.4 ov), 9-178 (Saeed ajmal, 34.5 ov), 10190 (Shahid afridi, 36.2 ov) bOWliNG: ll tsotsobe 9-0-52-1, KJ abbott 6-0-35-1, rK Kleinveldt 5.2-2-22-4, rJ Peterson 8-0-47-0, r Mclaren 7-019-3, F behardien 1-0-9-0

smothering the spin threat. The Pakistan quicks had started well as both Junaid Khan and umar Gul found early seam movement. Gul repeatedly beat Graeme Smith's bat with deliveries that moved away. Even Hashim Amla, who opened the boundary count with a gorgeous coax through the covers, did not find the going easy. He inside-edged Junaid for four early on and went on to do it twice more in a somewhat charmed stint, which also included him being dropped on 15. The openers chose to take the Powerplay as soon as it become available. Pakistan used it to introduce spin, which they continued with for 21 overs, but it only restricted South Africa for a while. They scored 29 runs in the Powerplay for the loss of Smith. AB de Villiers promoted himself to no. 3 and was joined by Colin Ingram after Amla had one too many dalliances with chance and was

caught on the deep square-leg boundary. De Villiers and Ingram shared in the most important stand of the innings, with Ingram's knock of greater importance as he tries to cement a spot in the starting XI. Ingram swept well and for the most part they accumulated runs quietly but quickly. De Villiers hit his first boundary after he had scored 37 runs but his search for singles was ceaseless. When he did find the rope, he did it a second time for good measure. He made room against Ajmal and lofted over extra cover for four to bring up his half-century and then pulled the next ball to bring up the century stand off 103 balls. It had swelled to 120 when Ajmal had the last laugh as de Villiers lobbed to short cover. Ingram took over and played his part in ending Afridi's participation with the ball. His eighth and last over cost 21 runs; Ingram hit two out of five boundaries. Faf du Plessis was responsible for the other three. He put on 62 with Ingram before scooping to short fine leg. Although Farhaan Berhardien is not known as a hitter, he was sent in with four overs to go and hit the two sixes of the innings off consecutive balls. He sent Junaid Khan over long-on and midwicket and ensured Ingram, on 96, had strike in the last over. He needed only one delivery to stroke the ball through the covers and bring up a second century in Bloemfontein and a second against Pakistan. He also took South Africa to their third highest total at the ground, giving Pakistan a tough chase. Pakistan's openers were challenged by Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who found swing and induced an edge from Mohammed Hafeez that fell short of slip. He could have had Hafeez a second time when he got a leading edge to du Plessis, which popped out of his hands at gully. Kyle Abbott offered some relief by inviting the drive. Jamshed, however, was just getting into a higher gear when he chased a wide ball off Kleinveldt's second over and was caught at first slip. Kleinveldt also got the timely breakthrough when he ran Hafeez out at the non-strikers' end. Younis Khan had driven back at the bowler, who deflected the ball with the slightest touch of his ring finger.



Ingram, Kleinveldt star in huge Proteas’ win

australia beat Pakistan in azlan shah cup

SPORtS DESK Australia brightened their chances of making the final of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup after crushing Pakistan 6-0 for their second consecutive win in the tournament in Ipoh on Sunday. Australia proved too hot for Pakistan to handle as the world champions scored through Daniel Mirecki (8th minute), Matt Gohdes (9th minute), Jacob Whetton (19th, 34th minute) in the first half. In the second half, two penalty corner conversions by Daniel Beale and nicholas Budgeon in the 45th and 60th minutes respectively sealed the fate of the Asian giants. With wins over India and Pakistan, the Hockeyroos are well on course to seal a place in the final on March 17. In the match, Australia began on an aggressive note, scoring twice in the space of two minutes and went up 4-0 by half time. In a fast-paced game, Australia drew the first blood in the 8th minute after an aborted penalty corner scoring a field goal through Mirecki, who made good use of the opportunity arising out of a defence lapse. Pakistan goalkeeper Imran Butt, who did well to block the penalty corner a minute before,

Shahid Afridi eighth man to play 350 One Dayers S PERVEZ QAISER


HAHID Afridi became the third Pakistan after Inzamam-ul-Haq and Wasim Akram and eighth player overall to appear in 350 or more one day international matches.The first match of the five-match series between Pakistan and South Africa at Chevrolet Park, Bloemfontein on Sunday (March 10) was 350th match in one day international cricket for this all rounder. Shahid Afridi who made his international debut against Kenya on October 2,1996 took 16 years and 160 days to achieve this feat. The hard hitting right hand batsman and leg break googly bowler, played 57 one day international matches at home while he appeared in 293 one day internationals outside Pakistan. Sachin Tendulkar (India-463 matches), Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka445 matches), Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka-391 matches), Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan-378 matches), Ricky Ponting (Australia- 375 matches), Wasim Akram (Pakistan-356 matches) and Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka-350 matches) were the other players to appear in 350 or more one day international matches before Shahid Afridi who also led Pakistan in 34 matches. ** Colin Ingram and Abraham de Villiers set up a new record for the third

wicket position for South Africa against Pakistan at home by adding 120 runs. It was South Africa's third best third wicket stand against Pakistan after 137-run stand

between Abraham de Villiers and Herschelle Gibbs at Lahore on October 18,2007 and 121-run partnership between Abraham de Villiers and Jacques Kallis at


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Dubai on november 8,2010. ** Colin Ingram's unbeaten 105 in 137 minutes off 104 balls with 10 fours was his second hundred in six innings of as many matches against Pakistan. His first hundred against Pakistan was 100 in 143 minutes off 119 balls with 10 fours and a six at Abu Dhabi on October 31,2010. It was Colin Ingram's third hundred in 17 innings of 19 one day internationals. MOSt MAtcHES IN ONE DAY INtERNAtIONAL cRIcKEt: Player M Runs AVG H.S Wkts AVG Best Ct/St Sachin Tendulkar (India) 463 18426 44.83 200* 154 44.48 5-32 140 Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) 445 13430 32.36 189 323 36.75 6-29 123 Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) 391 10892 33.20 144 7 79.71 2-56 195 Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan) 378 11739 39.52 137* 3 21.33 1-0 113 Ricky Ponting (Australia) 375 13704 42.03 164 3 34.66 1-12 160 Wasim Akram (Pakistam) 356 3717 16.52 86 502 23.52 5-15 88 Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka) 350 674 6.80 33* 534 23.08 7-20 130 Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) 350 7075 23.34 124 348 33.87 6-38 112 Rahul Dravid (India) 344 10889 39.16 153 4 42.50 2-43 196/ 14 Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 337 10915 38.56 138* - - - 330/ 81.

was reduced to mute spectator this time. In the very next minute, Gohdes made it 2-0 for Australia after being put in possession by a short pass from Robet Hammond. Jolted by the double reverse, Pakistan slowed down the game and in the 15th minute, a solo attack from the middle saw Muhammad Wagas on a fast run and he took a shot as soon as he entered the circle but the Aussie goalie was up to the mark thwarting with ease. However, Australia pumped one more in the 19th minute following a quick counter-attack where Whetton made no mistake after the initial spadework was done by Aran Zalewski. He went on to increase the margin to 4-0 a minute before half-time, deflecting a long cross into the goal from near the spot. Australia continued to dominate the game in the second half and in the process earned five penalty corners to add to the one before the cross-over. In the 45th minute, a push by Ghodes was perfectly set up by Tristan White and nicholas Budgeon's flick was deflected into the goal by Beale. After wasting two more short corners, nicholas sent a sizzling flick into the net in the 60th minute to brook no answer from the rival golie.

Razzak added to Bangladesh test squad

SPORtS DESK Abdur Razzak, the left-arm spinner, has been added to the Bangladesh squad for the Test series in Sri Lanka. Razzak, 30, is among the most experienced players for Bangladesh in the limited-overs formats but has not been a regular in the Test side. His last Test came in August 2011, when Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh in Harare. "We received a request from the Bangladesh team management in Sri Lanka and according to their requirement Razzak has been included in the side," Akram Khan, Bangladesh's chief selector, said. Razzak will join the squad on Monday, in Galle where the first of two Tests is currently taking place. Meanwhile, another senior bowler, Mashrafe Mortaza said he was worried about the slow recovery from an ankle injury, though he didn't rule out playing the ODI series that begins on March 23.

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Before the Test match, I thought people would say, 'Look he already made a hundred in the practice match, there's no way he will make one more in the Test – Mohammad Ashraful

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Ayaz wins gross and faisal Sayid wins net in 7th Infotech Golf LAHORE StaFF rEPOrt

In the 7th Infotech Golf Championship held the Royal Palm Golf Course yesterday,the high achievers turned out to be Ayaz Saleem,a five handicapper and Faisal Sayid a nine handicapper of the host club.Their in-depth knowledge of the golf course, especially the greens supplemented by admirable application of golfing techniques facilitated Ayaz and Faisal to gather the top prizes in the gross and net categories.Ayaz Saleem won the best gross and Faisal Sayid picked up the best net trophy to outshine the other 118 competitors. Conditions were challenging at the golf course and even some forceful golfers like Azfar Hassan, Shoaib Shams,Sardar Murad,Mir Maaz,Amir Mehmood,Saleem Raza and Shahid Abbas ended up with a disappointing outing with strokes losses just too many and their overall score no where near the mark of excellence. As for the gross winner,Ayaz Saleem,his score of gross 74 reflected good,steady play with hole wise score composition being three birdies,ten pars and five bogies."I really enjoyed my hitting" said Ayaz and "my strategy was to go for regulation pars".The other man of excellence for the day was Faisal Sayid and his score in the net category was net 67 backed by extremely accurate hitting and nerves free putting on the greens.In the handicap category 13 to 18 the conquering invader in gross category was Imran Miraj,thanks to some fanciful hitting, while Tashbeeb Gulzar was the runner up.In the same handicap range, the winner net turned out to be Arif Shuja and runner up was Waqar Butt. In the other events umer Azeem won the prize for nearest to the pin,Asif Shuja hit the longest drive and Ayaz Saleem picked up the maximum birdies shield. The other winners were Rashid Akber,runner up net in handicap category 0-12 and Taimoor Shabbir,runner up gross. naseer Akhter the CEO of Infotech awarded some grand looking trophies accompanied by golf equipment prizes to the winners.

Nadal, federer win Indian Wells openers INDIAN WELLS aGENCiES


AFAEL nadal won his first match on a hard court for a year as he defeated Ryan Harrison in his opener at the BnP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The Spanish fifth seed cruised to a straight sets win as he continued his return from a knee injury. nadal took the opening set 7-6 (7/3) and then wrapped up victory by taking the next 6-2 to make it into the third round. A two-time champion at Indian Wells, nadal has not won a hardcourt title since 2010 but since coming back from his knee problem has won twice on clay, most recently in Acapulco. World number two Roger Federer opened his title defence with a 6-2 6-3 victory over uzbekistan's Denis Istomin. Bidding for his fifth title at Indian Wells, Federer needed just 58 minutes to beat Istomin for the fourth time in as many meetings. Federer broke Istomin's serve four times and won 32 of 36 of his service points. In the third round Federer will face Croat Ivan Dodig after he

beat Frenchman Julien Benneteau 6-4 6-2. Fourth seed David Ferrer suffered a surprise early exit at the hands of Kevin Anderson. All had looked to be going to plan for the world number four from Spain when he won the first set, but the unseeded South African

easy win for Azarenka

responded superbly to win the second-round encounter 3-6 6-4 6-3. Anderson will face Jarkko nieminen in round three after the Finn enjoyed a comprehensive victory against another more-fancied Spaniard, trouncing 29th seed Fernando Verdasco 6-1 6-0.

INIDAN WELLS: World number one Victoria Azarenka opened her defence of BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells with a 6-4 6-1 defeat of two-time former winner Daniela Hantuchova. Azarenka, who had lost two of her previous three meetings with the Slovakian, recovered from 4-1 down to take the opening set. The top seed broke Hantuchova six times to win in one hour and 32 minutes. The Belarusian remained undefeated in 2013, improving her record for the year to 15 wins. There was smooth progress for former US Open champion Samantha Stosur, the seventhseeded Australian overcoming American Madison Keys 6-3 6-4. aGENCiES

Cook relieved to have salvaged draw DUNEDIN aGENCiES

Relief was the overriding emotion for Alastair Cook after England salvaged a draw in Dunedin despite one the worst

starts they have made to a Test in recent times and he admitted to being no nearer to an answer on why the team starts so poorly overseas. Led by Steven Finn's unexpected resistance as nightwatchman - he batted 203 balls in nearly five hours - England

negotiated the final day with only a few uncertain moments, largely after tea when Finn and Joe Root fell in quick succession with the lead below 100. It was the second Test in a row where England have batted out nearly two days to save a game following their seriesclinching performance against India in nagpur before Christmas. Although a difference scenario - on that occasion the first-innings scores were almost level so it was always about building a lead - it acted as inspiration for a batting line-up still embarrassed by their demise for 167 on the second day. "We've been lucky in one sense to escape with a draw certainly," Cook said. "That's a huge reminder that if you don't perform, you don't deserve to win anything. When you get bowled out for 160-odd in the first innings on a good wicket you are always going to be struggling and facing an uphill battle just to save the game. After they were 130 for none, it was pretty much damage limitation from there on. "It was about stopping them scoring

which we didn't do as well as we could have done and we knew when we batted again we had to bat 170 overs. It was very similar to the nagpur situation. That was very evident to see and we reminded the lads that they done it before and there's no reason, if we applied the same mindset, we couldn't do that. The character to dig ourselves out of a hole is very pleasing." While England's fight bailed them out of a tough situation - as it did at Brisbane in 2010-11 - it would be far more preferable if they did not find themselves in such positions. Excluding Bangladesh, they have not won the opening Test of an away series since beating South Africa at Port Elizabeth in 2004-05. Cook did not have an answer. "We don't know. That's the bottom line," he said. "It's a thing we talked about before the series, something that we recognise we have started overseas series poorly for a while now. It's something we wanted to address, but unfortunately our actions didn't back up our words and it's very hard to come back from the situation we found ourselves in."

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I thought even up until the last couple of overs we were a red hot crack, if we could get into those bowlers with the ball still new – Brendon McCullum




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Usmania fC thrash Demolition fC 5-0 LAHORE StaFF rEPOrt

Punjab Youth Festival marathon: army athletes take top honours LAHORE : The athletes of army took the honour of winning the 17 kilometres Marathon’s main three positions here on Sunday with Director General Sports and Youth Affairs usman Anwar, other officials of the SBP along with scores of people welcomed the winners cross the finish line at the Punjab Stadium. Army’s Adnan Khan took about just one hour and one minute to

Diamond, Colony Sugar, Army-Coca Cola win in National Polo

complete the 17 kilometres race that started from the LCCA ground which was organsied in connection with the Punjab Youth Festival. Adnan’s teammates Mohammad Zahid and Abid Hussain maintained the Army’s supremecy in the long distance races in the country by taking the second and third positions respectively. Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan along with DG usman

Anwar flagged off the participants of the Marathon. He not only encouraged the participants of the marathon but also gave the vision of the Punjab government. There was a slight change in the route of the Marathon to complete the 17 km distance. It started from the front of the LCCA ground at around 10.00 am with more than 15000 registration but there were thousands of those who

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Diamond Paints, Colony Sugar and ArmyCoca Cola grabbed victories in the Zong Sponsored national. Polo Championship For The Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup 2013 here at the Lahore POlo Club ground on sunny Sunday. These three teams are holding the first three positions on the points table in order nowe. Diamond Paints hammered master Paints with 10 goals while let them get seven. james Harper, Mir Shoaib Ahmed, Raja Samiullah and Omar Asjad Malhi combined together to score the goals for the winners while Gaston Moorer was the mahot contributor for the losing side with little support coming from Shah Shamyl ALam in the second match, Colony Sugar was stretched to full length by Guard Group for 10-9 win. Matias. Vial Perez and Saqib Khan Khakwani foght all ends for the win while n Shaikh also added his share in the victory. On the other hand, Taimur Ali Malik, Santiago Mendivil, Ahmed Ali Tiwana scored for the losing side and some on field support from Bilal. Haye gave the rivals a caution to think of their abilities in the game. The third match saw, Army-Coca Cola win over Hataffnewage 9-7. Raja Tamur nadeem and Hissam. Ali Hyder got whatever they could to give tough time to the rivaklls which have Manuel Crespo as the main contender doing the damage from the winning side.

entered late into the race. They ran to the Liberty roundabout and while passing through the newly-built Kamla Chowk underpass went towards Barket Market and from Campus took the Canal road to Dharampura. From there they took the u-turn and returned to the FC College underpass to turn to Zahoor Elahi Road and then towards the back road of Hafeez Centre and then to the Punjab Stadium. StaFF rEPOrt

MUHAMMAD BUtt An undefeated league campaign, a win percentage of 88 and the youngest manager ever to win a European trophy are just some of the honours that Andre Villas Boas achieved during his brief spell at Porto. He then committed career suicide and joined Chelsea. The departures of Mourinho and Ancelotti are usually singled out as defining points but there is a possibility that twenty years from now, the harsh treatment meted out to Andre Villas Boas may prove to be the most costly. AVB’s penchant for making slightly left field career choices did not quite end there. A couple of months later he became the manager of Tottenham Hotspurs. In theory, this was the perfect move and perhaps the sort that he

should have made before joining Chelsea but the catch was that he was replacing Harry Redknapp, the darling of English football and especially media. In about a year’s time, AVB had dared to ask John ‘the warrior’ Terry to play a higher defensive line and then had the temerity to replace England’s finest managers. Who did he think he was, The Special One? He may not be The Special One but his choices reveal much about his mental toughness and determination to succeed. A less ambitious manager may have taken the easy route and gone back to Portugal. What it also reinforces is that he was always a good manager contrary to what he was made out to be during his spell at Chelsea. Granted, much of his success came in the

Portuguese League, which may not be as tough as the Premier League but nonetheless his record was quite astonishing (in a good way) and one does not become a bad manager overnight. Spurs started slowly and soon enough, the knives were out but with Spurs sitting pretty in third place 2 points ahead of Chelsea and 7 ahead of bitter rivals Arsenal, nobody is complaining now. That being said, this is usually the time when Spurs go into self-destruct mode. A tricky tie at Anfield awaits them this Sunday and fixtures against Everton, Chelsea and Manchester City, one after the other, soon follow and they may ultimately decide where Spurs finish this season. The team under Villas Boas does appear to be mentally tougher and able to grind out victories this season and they will require these qualities if they are to succeed. Roman Abramovich is directly responsible for a lot of good things that have happened at Stamford Bridge in his tenure. This should not and does not provide him immunity for the blunders he has made. One can quite safely assert that had the Russian not behaved like a kid in a candy shop when it came to hiring and subsequently firing managers, Chelsea would have become a much bigger beast than it is at the moment. Chelsea fans may live to regret the day Villas Boas was dismissed and there would indeed be an element of poetic justice if his Spurs side were to usurp the Chelsea outfit in the league.

Ankle injury puts Wade in doubt for third Test PUNJAB aGENCiES

Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade is in doubt for the third Test after hurting his ankle while playing basketball in Chandigarh on Saturday. Brad Haddin has been placed on standby for Wade and is a strong chance to fly to India, pending the result of scans on Sunday morning, four days before the start of the Test. "Matt Wade sprained his right ankle playing basketball yesterday afternoon," Australia physio Alex Kountouris said. "His ankle is subsequently swollen and painful so will have a scan this morning to help determine the extent of the injury and how we manage it.

He will not take part in today's training session." This is the second consecutive Test in which there has been doubt surrounding Wade's fitness, after he suffered a minor fracture to his cheek while facing throwdowns in the nets on the eve of the second Test in Hyderabad. Wade played that match and scored 62 in the first innings batting at no.6, which has been his position since the final Test of the home summer. There was no backup wicketkeeper in the group in the leadup to the second Test and Phillip Hughes, who has occasionally stood in at state and international level, was in line to take the gloves had Wade been ruled out. But the longer break ahead of the third Test means there

will be plenty of time to fly Haddin to India if required. Haddin has played four Tests in India, all during the 2008 tour, and scored 163 at an average of 27.16. However, he has been in strong Sheffield Shield form this summer and has made 468 runs at 52 including two centuries. Haddin has not played a Test since the end of the home series against India in January 2012; Wade became the preferred gloveman in all formats on the West Indies tour later that year. Both Wade and Haddin are likely to be part of the squad for the Ashes tour but if Haddin was to play in India and succeed with the bat and gloves it could raise questions over the first-choice man for the start of the Ashes.

usmania F.C and Raider F.C earned victories against their respective rivals in the District Football Championship matches here on Saturday at Model Town Football Ground and Faisal Town Football Ground. usmania F.C thrash Demolition F.C 5-0 at Model Town Football Club / Academy ground. Hassan Waleed struck three in 5 minutes, 10 minutes and 16 minutes while Ahmed, Adnan shared one goal each. Raider Football Club defeated Model Town united F.C 6-0. Ijaz produced three goals in 11 minutes, 18 minutes and 68 minutes while Anwar Khan, nadaul Haq & Shahbaz scored in 25 minutes, 26 minutes and 49 minutes. MONDAy FIxTURE: Raider F.C Vs Fame F.C (4.00pm) at Raiders Football Club ground Faisal Town Nadeem F.C Vs Real Lahore F.C (5:00pm) at Model Town Football club / Academy ground Model Town Sabzazar F.C Vs Nasir Shaheed F.C (6:30pm) at Model Town Football club / Academy ground Model Town Usmania F.C Vs Jabbar Friends F.C (8:00pm) at Model Town Football club / Academy ground Model Town

thousands take part in family, fun run LAHORE StaFF rEPOrt

The thousands of people of all walks of life took part on the Family and Funs races of three kilometres that started from Sadiq Trade Centre and terminated at Liberty Roundabout. Ali Mohammad and Rabia Ashiq won their respective races with flying colours amidst hot conditions. Though both the races were given a go ahead by Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan along with usman Anwar, these races were given a gap of about half an hour to start. During the course of the race, Deputy Speaker also expressed solidarity with the victims of the Saturday’s fire at Badami Bagh. He also walked with the children and other members of the families whose houses were burnt to express Punjab government’s support. He also termed it an act of terrorism and said that those people who took heinous step ate the real threat to the solidarity of the country. The Marathon and the Fun Races were the events of the months long Punjab Youth Festival the rolled into action in August last year. Although there were no winners or losers to be counted in the fun races in which ladies outscored the male folks, the participation was quite healthy. The ladies were in greater number than males in the races. Their races were held separately but despite hot and brightness of the sun, the enthusiasm was immense. In the fun race, Ali Mohammad of Sargodha took the fun race while Abdul Samad and Farhan won the second and third position in the category. Meanwhile, Lahore’s Rabia Ashiq, who is also an Olympian, left all the participants of the ladies and family race of three km behind to claim the first position. She saw Samabia also of Lahore take the second place while Farat Batool and Kiran Rana got the third and fourth positions.

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Pak-Iran gas pipeline project must to meet energy requirements: Kaira ISLAMABAD aPP

Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project is a great development to meet the energy requirements of the country, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira said on Sunday. Talking to Pakistan Television (PTV), he said the project had great importance in view of the energy demand that was why the government had started the mega project. Kaira said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) always stressed on global relations which was the need of the hour. To a question, he said the Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project was not against or in favour of any country except Pakistan. He said the uS did not show its reservation to

the government of Pakistan regarding the project at any forum, adding that if Washington officially contacted the government in this regard, then it was ready to negotiate. He said the heads of the state of both countries were showing great interest in inaugurating the project because it had great importance for regional cooperation. The information minister said Pakistan was a responsible country and expressed hope that the uS would not impose any sanctions on it due to the project. To another question about Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) project, Kaira said the project was too difficult to begin because it was linked with peace in Afghanistan. He said regional stability was not possible without maintaining peace in Afghanistan.


unidentified miscreants shot dead a man, injured another and kidnapped two others in Washaq area of Balochistan on Sunday. According to details, the assailants opened fire at a vehicle in Washaq area, 20 kilometres away from Baseema Town in Quetta. As a result, a man identified as Dost Muhammad was killed on the spot while another Hazoor Baksh sustained wounds. The attackers also kidnapped two people on board the vehicle and fled.


Nizami condemns attack on Christians MONItORINg DESK

KARACHI: President Asif Ali Zardari exchanges views with Punjab Governor Makhdoom Syed Ahmed Mehmood during meeting at Bilawal House on Sunday. PPi

obama in Jerusalem on mar 20: israel aPP

uS President Barack Obama's three-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories will begin on March 20, Israel said on Sunday, in the first official announcement of the much-anticipated visit. A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin netanyahu's bureau said Obama was due to arrive Wednesday, March 20, at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv and then head to Jerusalem for talks with President Shimon Peres and a dinner meeting with netanyahu.

The general elections will be conducted by May 9 and its schedule will be announced over the next three to four days, Minister for Religious Affairs Khurshid Shah said on Sunday. He was talking to reporters at the residence of former PML-Q provincial minister Maqbool Shaikh. To a question, Shah said the political scenario never remained stagnant and “in politics no one can be called a permanent friend or a foe”. He said the PPP-led government had completed its five-year tenure and now it was up to the people to elect their next rulers in the upcoming polls.





one killed, two kidnapped in Balochistan

Presidential system need of the hour, says Salim Saifullah Pakistan Muslim League Likeminded leader Salim Saifullah on Sunday said the presidential system of government was the need of the hour, as the parliamentarian system had failed in Pakistan. Addressing a public gathering here, he said poverty, terrorism or other problems faced by Pakistan could not be removed by chanting hollow slogans of democracy. Saifullah said Kurram Tangi Dam was a matter of life and death for southern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and “the people will try to make the project possible in near future”. He criticised former KP chief minister Akram Khan Durrani for deliberately ignoring Lakki Marwat district during his tenure.

General elections to be held by May 9: Khurshid Shah

The White House has not announced specific dates for the Obama visit, his first to Israel and the West Bank as president. Israeli media reports and a Palestinian official have said that it will run from March 20-22 and take in talks with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Jerusalem and Ramallah. According to the official Israeli programme released by netanyahu's office, Obama is due to visit on Thursday the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and then travel to Ramallah in the West Bank to meet Palestinian Authority officials. Later on Thursday he is scheduled to

deliver a speech at the International Convention Centre in Jerusalem and in the evening attend a dinner reception at the official residence of Peres. On Friday the American president is to attend a ceremony at Mount Herzl, where he will lay a wreath on the grave of assassinated former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin before heading to the Yad Vashem Holocaust institute. Obama will also be taken to see a uSfunded Iron Dome missile defence battery on Wednesday or Friday, the statement said, before taking off for the next leg of his trip in Jordan.

Obama noted there would be no big Middle East peace initiative on the table during the trip which he said would be "an opportunity to consult with the Israeli government about a broad range of issues -including Iran, Syria, the situation in the region, and the peace process," a uS official said last week. Palestinian-Israeli peace talks have been deadlocked for more than two years.netanyahu has said his talks with Obama would focus on three issues: Iran's nuclear programme, the conflict in Syria and the diplomatic process with the Palestinians.

While condemning Saturday’s attack on Christians in Lahore Badami Bagh area, Pakistan Today Editor Arif nizami said it was a shameful incident. nizami was talking to Zaeem Qadri (PML-n), Khawaja Izharul Hasan (MQM), nabil Ahmed Gabol (PPP), ulema Council Chairman Tahir Ashrafi and Federal Minister for national Harmony Akram Masih in a fresh episode of Zer-e-Bahas on Samaa news. nizami said after vacating the Christian colony the homes and shops were set ablaze. He asked, “Are our political parties and politicians protecting minorities? Is there any symbolic importance of white color in our national flag?” The PML-n-led Punjab government had a soft corner for such elements, he deplored. The Christians were shifted to a safer place after the situation worsened, but the families were not given protection from the mob, nizami added. He said the Punjab CM praised police for shifting the families to a safer place, but it seems that the government a free hand to arsonists and looters. “Five days are left for the dissolution of the government, but a caretaker setup has not been announced so far,” he also said.

muslim women face islamophobia in Britain LONDON MaJiD KHattaK

The British Muslim women face physical assaults, harassment or intimidation because of their faith, according to the first results from the uK's official helpline for victims of Islamophobia. The attacks, collated by the helpline, Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks), show that Muslim women were targeted in 58 percent of all incidents. More than 630 incidents were logged during the first 12 months of the helpline, launched in February 2012 in an attempt to quantify the scale and nature of anti-Muslim violence in Britain. Some of the most egregious attacks recorded include a family being

forced from their nottinghamshire home, a five-year-old girl knocked over by a hit-andrun driver and a Somali lady who had dog faeces placed on her head by a white man while shopping in south London. The majority of physical assaults committed in the street were on women wearing Islamic clothing, with most victims describing the nature of the attacks seemingly "random". High-profile female targets have included first uK’s women Muslim minister Sayeeda Warsi who was threatened online by an English Defence League (EDL) member and Jemima Khan, whose 14-year-old son received anti-Muslim comments on Twitter. The majority offenders were subsequently found to have had links to recognised

far-right groups such as the British national Party (BnP) or the English Defence League (EDL). So far, information provided to the helpline has led to the arrests of 21 far-right EDL supporters, with more than 40 incidents reported against EDL leader Tommy Robinson alone. Members of the BnP or EDL were involved in 54% of all incidents, of which three-quarters were committed by men. The average ages of perpetrators were between 21 and 30. According to the Guardian, the results follow a report by the British think-tank Chatham House which identified a considerable Islamophobic sentiment in the uK, detecting a "wide reservoir of public sympathy for claims that Islam and the growth of settled, Muslim communities pose a

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fundamental threat to the native group and nation." The majority of incidents received by the helpline related to what it described as "abusive behaviour" with 74% of recorded incidents occurring online. However, experts agree that even non-violent incidents have a profound adverse impact on peoples' lives. Fayaz Mughal, coordinator of Tell MAMA and director of non-profit group Faith Matters, told media that he was "shocked" by the amount of racial hatred they had detected in their first year of monitoring, particularly online. Mughal, a former adviser to Deputy Prime Minister nick Clegg, added, "We are calling on police and politicians to do more to tackle this shameful wave of fear and Editor: Arif Nizami

prejudice. From the internet, to the workplace, the street and even houses of worship, too often Muslim women and men are becoming the target of vicious, sometimes violent, abuse.” He is now calling on police forces to drastically improve their recording of Islamophobic crimes. At the moment just two forces, the Metropolitan police and City of London police, currently record anti-Muslim crimes separately. Mughal also wants the Home Office to take over monitoring of online hate and far-right groups from the Department for Communities and Local Government. Other areas that the Muslims believe could be improved include more prosecutions against online-based hatred.

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