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pCNS links end to drone attacks with NaTO supplies ISLAMABAD STAff RePoRT
The Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) on Tuesday finalised the preliminary report on its recommendations for new terms of engagement with the United States, linking the resumption of NATO supply routes with a halt in drone attacks inside Pakistan. The report will be presented to the leadership of various political parties for a nod. The committee members are scheduled to again meet on Thursday for giving final touches to the report. Later, the report will be presented to the joint sitting of the parliament. Although US Ambassador Cameron Munter met with Jamiat Ulema-e-IslamFazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman to clarify his country’s position on reopening of NATO supply routes, the latter remained adamant on his boycott of PCNS meeting. A source while requesting anonymity told Pakistan Today that the PCNS, in its
3 ‘missing’ Balochs found
new draft, had recommended that the government should make a conditional offer to the US about reopening of NATO supply routes, only if drone attacks were halted forthwith. “We have also proposed to block transportation of weapons through NATO supply routes, while it was also recommended that no airbase would be handed over to any foreign force. The committee has also recommended that NATO supply routes may be opened with imposition of levy. No security contractor would be allowed to operate inside Pakistan in covert or overt operations, the PCNS further recommended. PCNS chief Senator Raza Rabbani told media that the JUI-F continued its protest and boycott of the meeting, while the PMLN had sought permission for getting the draft approved by its party leadership. Rabbani said the PCNS had made some new recommendations and members would now hold consultations with their respective parties. The PCNS will next meet on Thursday.
ali Musa Gilani jets off to South africa as SC issues summons in Rs 7b drug scam g aNf moves Interior Ministry to put ali Musa on ECL, a little too late g
US embassy all set for expansion
Following the Supreme Court’s strict orders, police recovered the three remaining missing persons on Tuesday – three days after recovering four of the seven people abducted from Sariab Road on March 1. The seven recovered persons are in the custody of the police, and they will be presented before the apex court on April 12. On April 5, Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had ordered police to recover the seven “missing persons” while hearing a case on poor law and order situation in Balochistan. The chief justice had warned the Balochistan inspector general of police (IGP) and other prominent police officers that they would be suspended if the court’s orders were not followed. Last Friday, police produced four of the seven “missing persons” before the Supreme Court’s registry in Quetta.
The federal government has allowed the US embassy to expand its lay out despite stiff resistance by intelligence agencies. The eight-storey building would expand over an area of several kilometers accommodating more than 6,000 personnel, the informed sources in Capital Development Authority told INP on Tuesday. The sources said that it would be like a cantonment. While the US embassy spokesman said in his statement that they were granted NoC from the CDA and no other institution in Islamabad had expressed reservation with the expansion work. The expansion plan by majority in Pakistan are seen as a threat to national interests at a time when anti-US sentiments are at the highest level after the May 2 episode and Salala checkpost aerial attack killing 24 Pakistan army soldiers. While the most extreme views of strategic experts are that the US may use its embassy as a base camp for its covert operations in South Asia and Middle East.
AMRITSAR: Indian Sikh Nihang (religious warriors) raise their swords after boarding a train along with devotees to Pakistan on Tuesday. Thousands of Indian Sikh pilgrims are expected in Pakistan for the Baisakh celebrations. afp
ISLAMABAD STAff RePoRT/MoNIToRINg DeSk
FTER failing to rein in the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) from proceeding against Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s son over the Rs 7 billion Ephedrine drug scam, the government has apparently let Ali Musa Gilani jet off to South Africa with his wife and children shortly after the Supreme Court issued his summons in a Rs 7 billion drug scam on Tuesday. Gilani, who was recently elected as a member of the National Assembly, left the country after the ANF moved the Interior Ministry to put his name on the Exit Control List (ECL). The PM’s son will stay in South Africa for three days before flying onwards to London, according to Express News. The Supreme Court on Tuesday resumed the hearing of the Ephedrine chemical import case, and issued notices to the prime minister’s son, along with some top bureaucrats, including PM’s Principal Secretary Khushnood Akhtar Lashari, to appear before the court. Rules were flouted in the allocation of Ephedrine chemical quota by companies that are said to be the favourites of Ali Musa Gilani. During the hearing, the court was informed that the federal government had recently issued transfer orders of ANF Regional Director Brigadier Fahim Ahmed Khan and Investigating Officer (IO) Deputy Director Abid Zulfiqar. A three-member SC bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry also rescinded the transfer orders, and asked the two officials to continue with the investigation of the case without the fear of anyone. The bench categorically announced that no order shall be passed by the authorities on the matter without the
court’s approval and until its decision on the case. The SC also issued notices to the acting secretary of the Ministry of Narcotics Control; former director general of the ANF Major General Shakil Hussain; Iftikhar Ahmed Khan Babar, chief executive of Berlex Labs International, Multan; and Ansar Farooq Chaudhry, chief executive of Danas Pharmaceuticals Private Limited, Islamabad (Lahooti Group); besides summoning the attorney general of Pakistan on the next hearing. At the onset of the hearing, Sheikh Akram, counsel for the ANF regional director, apprised the bench that his client had been summoned by Lashari for a one-on-one meeting. The PSPM expressed the prime minister’s serious concerns on the case, while asking him to drop charges against Ali Musa Gilani in “national interest”, he said. Akram told the bench that his client did not agree with the principal secretary therefore he had been transferred along with Deputy Director Abid Zulfiqar. During the hearing, Brigadier Fahim also submitted an affidavit on his meeting with Lashari and on the background of the case. He apprised the bench that an FIR No 40/2011 was registered in October 2011 with the ANF in Rawalpindi, and notices were issued to Lashari for recording his statement. Brigadier Fahim added that he and Zulfiqar went to Lashari’s office at the PM’s House on March 24, 2010, and held a separate meeting with Lashari on his request. “In response to the notices, I, along with Lt Col Syed Touqir Abbas Zaidi (Joint Director ANF) and IO Abid Zulfiqar (Deputy Director ANF), went to the office of Mr Khushnood Akhtar Lashari at PM’s House on 24th March, 2010, and on the desire of Mr Khushnood Akhtar Lashari and his assurance to bring real facts to light, I had a separate meeting with him in his office, where he discussed/conveyed the follow-
ing to me in a maligning and threatening manner, because he, being one of the prime abettor/associate/facilitator in the case, wanted to make full use of his present appointment/office to suppress/distort/misdirect investigation against himself and Ali Musa Gilani,” Brigadier Fahim wrote in his affidavit. “Khushnood Akhtar Lashari said that the father of Ali Musa Gillani was very upset and worried due to the summons issued to him. Lashari said that if ANF focuses only on two pharmaceutical companies, and spares the others, it will be fully supported; both companies will be ruined and the state machinery will be with you,” the ANF regional director submitted in his affidavit. “Lashari said, ‘You know, civil military relations have recently improved and all depends on you (Brigadier Fahim) as only you can save from chaos and upheavals,” he added in his statement. Fahim further said that Lashari had told him in a sarcastic manner that the ANF was being commanded and controlled by army officers. The ANF director added that Lashari had asked him to spare Ali Musa Gilani, while promising that his “islah” (correction) will be done. “This is a matter of national interest,” Fahim quoted Lashari has telling him. “In this regard, since then, many prejudiced, unfair and unwarranted actions have been taken by different state departments, which confirms the practical manifestation of the above mentioned threats and his heinous/malicious design to sabotage the investigation by one way or the other,” Brigadier Fahim added in his affidavit. The court said in its order that if Lashari, Ali Musa Gilani, or any one else wanted to appear before the court in the meantime to record his statement, he should be given a fair opportunity in accordance with the law. The bench adjourned the hearing of the case until April 20.
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Cop among seven killed in Karachi violence KARACHI: At least seven persons, including a policeman and a government employee, were killed and several others were injured, as violence continued unabated across the port city on Tuesday. Police said a man was shot dead near Lee Market, while a youth was gunned down in the Orangi area. Four other people received bullet wounds in shootings in Isa Nagri in the wee hours of Tuesday. In other acts of violence, a private school’s owner, Syed Mukhtar Hussain, was shot dead by unidentified persons in sector 9 of Baldia Town. The deceased was a worker of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). In another incident, some unidentified motorcyclists shot dead a PPP worker, Younas, on Abul Ispahani Road, besides injuring another passer by. In the Mangopir area, 15-year-old Tariq was shot dead by some unidentified miscreants, while a police official, Raj Muhammad, was shot dead on Maripur Road. In Gulistan-e-Jauhar, some unidentified persons killed the deputy director of a government department. The victim was identified as Abdullah. Police also recovered the body parts of a woman near Capri cinema at MA Jinnah Road. The body parts were shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities. Doctors said a sharp-edged dagger was used in cutting the body into pieces. INP
Political leadership attends dinner hosted for visiting Saudi prince ISLAMABAD: The main political leadership of the country was seen attending a dinner hosted in the honour of visiting Saudi Deputy Foreign Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah on Tuesday. The event was attended by PML-N President Nawaz Sharif, Jammat-e-Islami chief Munawar Hassan, JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman, Awami Muslim League leader Shiekh Rashid Ahmed, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Minister for Information Firdous Ashiq Awan. The event turned into a political gathering as the participants were seen hobnobbing and discussing national issues. The political leaders also discussed issues of mutual interest with the visiting prince and told him that Pakistan attached great importance to its relations with Saudi Arabia. During the discussion, Malik avoided Nawaz while other leaders were seen discussing issues. INP
kARACHI: People sit in an abandoned corridor at the city courts during a strike called by lawyers against targeted killings on Tuesday. ONLINE
Citizens suffer as transporters strike over pOL price hike KARACHI/LAHORE/PESHAWAR
ITIZENS had to face severe hardship due to a simultaneous strike by transporters in Karachi, Lahore and some cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa on Tuesday against the reent increase in prices of petroleum products and CNG. Expressing concern and resentment over the hike in oil prices and CNG rates, public transport operators and goods’ carriers went on a one-day wheel-jam strike in Karachi, Lahore and various
cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including provincial capital Peshawar, Charsadda, Mardan, Swabi and Nowshera. The strike crippled routine life and the people had to face difficulties in traveling due to the absence of public transport. Other means of traffic in these cities remained very thin as people feared burning of their vehicles. A large number of people, especially students of school and colleges, officegoers, factory workers and labourers, were seen waiting at bus stops and thin presence was noticed in educational institutions and offices. Many workers could not reach work
due to the strike. Commuters, mostly women at various bus stops, said this strike call by the transporters created immense problems for them. Meanwhile, the Karachi Board of Secondary Education postponed the English language paper for Matriculation students in the wake of the strike. Goods’ transporters also supported the strike, halting their goods and petrol supply to different cities of the country. The transport owners have called upon the government to withdraw the increase in petroleum prices and allow them to raise fares.
JSQM calls strike against ‘Qureshi’s murder’ KARACHI oNlINe
The Jiyay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) has announced a strike in Sindh on Tuesday against what it called the “killing” of its chief Bashir Khan Qureshi. JSQM Secretary Gen Asif Baladi said Qureshi didn’t die of heart attack, instead he was killed by state elements.
He called a strike to be observed across the province today (Wednesday). JSQM workers demanded an investigation into the death of Qureshi to ascertain whether the death was natural. They called for a transparent enquiry by any reputable institution of the country to ascertain the exact cause of the sudden death of their leader. They also urged the concerned
authorities to ensure that the enquiry report must be made public without any unnecessary delay and any culprits, if identified, be brought to book. According to sources, the family of Qureshi has separated itself from legal proceedings being carried out by the authorities into the death of JSQM chief. Qureshi, could not survive a cardiac arrest and died at the age of 54, on Friday night.
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Rescue workers concentrate avalanche search ISLAMABAD
E S C U E R S searching for 138 people buried under a huge avalanche at a Pakistani army camp are concentrating their efforts on five points at the site, the military said on Tuesday. A huge wall of snow crashed into the remote Siachen Glacier base high in the mountains in Kashmir early Saturday morning, smothering an area of one square kilometre (a third of a square mile). Experts say there is little chance of finding any survivors at the site, which is at an altitude of around 4,000 metres (13,000 feet). Despite harsh conditions, the military said efforts had intensified, with more than 450 people taking part — up from 286 late on Monday — aided by mechanical earth movers, bulldozers and excavators, and work is focusing on certain key areas.
“Five points have been identified on the site where rescue work is in progress,” the military said in a statement. “Two points are being dug with equipment while three points are being dug manually.” Photographs released by the military Tuesday showed diggers and rescuers at work on an almost featureless expanse of dirty grey snow and ice, with no trace visible of the camp that had been the 6th Northern Light Infantry headquarters. The total number believed missing in the disaster rose to 138 on Tuesday, as the military released an updated list naming 127 soldiers and 11 civilians. They include a lieutenant colonel, a major and a captain. Army chief General Ashfaq Kayani visited on Sunday and said an avalanche of this magnitude was unprecedented in the 20 years the battalion had been based at the site. Manzoor Hussain, the president of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, said the
camp had probably been hit by a chunk of glacier that split from the main mass. He said there was “no possibility” of anyone surviving and warned efforts to find those buried under the mass of snow using specialist equipment would become harder. “It is becoming difficult to locate people through thermal imagery camera and infra-red system because by now probably there would be no body temperature under the snow,” he told AFP. Retired Pakistani Colonel Sher Khan, a mountaineering expert, suggested the devastation may have been caused by a landslide rather than an avalanche. “For me it was a huge landslide provoked by a cloud burst, not an avalanche,” he told AFP. “In this case a huge flood of water is coming down from the sky and creates a lot of mud and loose earth on the mountain. Mostly boulders, mud and water ran down the mountain.” Khan said several days of freezing temperatures would have hardened the
mass of snow, mud and boulders, making digging more difficult. Specialist teams from the United States, Switzerland and Germany have
arrived in Pakistan to help with the search, though a senior Pakistani security official said the US team has not reached the site due to poor weather.
probe clears Narendra Modi over anti-Muslim riots NEW DELHI AfP
An investigation team appointed by India’s Supreme Court has found no evidence against Gujarat’s chief minister over deadly anti-Muslim riots in the state a decade ago, a court said Tuesday. Narendra Modi had been accused by rights groups of having turned a blind eye to the violence that swept the state in 2002 claiming as many as 2,000 lives, and of failing to bring to justice the perpetrators of the killings. “According to the Special Investigation Team, no offence has been es-
tablished against” Modi or any of the 57 others listed in the complaint, the magisterial court said, reported by the Press Trust of India. The announcement was a boost for Modi, a prominent member of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and seen as a potential candidate to be India’s prime minister in the 2014 general elections. The complaint had been filed by Zakia Jafri, widow of a former Congress Muslim lawmaker, Eshan Jafri, who was burnt to death along with 68 other people by a mob in a housing colony in Gujarat. Zakia Jafri had filed a complaint against Modi, his ministerial col-
leagues, top police officials and members of the BJP, accusing them of conspiracy in the riots and the Supreme Court ordered an inquiry into the allegations. Modi’s lawyer called the allegations against his client “absurd.” The decision by the Special Investigation Team came as Modi is set to run for a fourth term in office in elections in the western state, known as one of India’s most industrialised, due to be held later this year. The decision came after an Indian court convicted 23 people on Monday over the massacre of nearly two dozen Muslims during the riots in Gujarat state. Some 31 Muslims were found
guilty last year on murder and conspiracy charges for the train attack in which 59 Hindu devotees were killed that sparked the anti-Muslim riots. Hindu mobs seeking revenge rampaged through Muslim neighbourhoods in several cities across Gujarat during three days of bloodshed that witnessed some of India’s worst religious violence since independence from Britain in 1947. Modi got another boost last year when a US Congressional research paper hailed his governance track record and called him the “likely” prime ministerial candidate for the BJP in the 2014 national elections.
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04 News 19 killed in 3 afghan suicide hits HERAT AfP
At least 19 people including 10 policemen were killed and 39 wounded in three suicide attacks in Afghanistan Tuesday, officials said, as spring heralded the “fighting season”. Defence Ministry spokesman General Zahir Azimi said “as the season changes we will have more fighting than in winter”. He told a news conference that “attacks on Afghan forces are intensifying” as they take more responsibility for security from US-led NATO troops who are due to withdraw by the end of 2014. Twelve people died and 28 were wounded when two suicide attackers rammed a car bomb into a government compound near the western city of Herat, President Hamid Karzai’s office said in a statement condemning the attack. Women and children were among the victims, the statement said. Provincial police chief Sayed Agha Saqeb told reporters that the bombers were being pursued by police when they detonated the vehicle at the entrance to the Guzara district compound along the road from the airport to the city. “The car was under our surveillance. It was ordered twice to stop but they didn’t stop,” said the police chief. “There were two individuals in the car, one was wearing a burqa. One of the bombers is totally shattered and the other person’s body is still there with his (suicide) vest still unexploded.” The dead included three policemen, a provincial spokesman said. Just hours later, four policemen died and five were wounded when three suicide bombers stormed their compound in the southern province of Helmand, a local government spokesman said. Two of the bombers set off explosives strapped to their bodies and a third was shot dead by police guarding the Musa Qala police offices in the province, Daud Ahmadi, the spokesman for the provincial administration, told AFP. In the third attack “a suicide bomber on a motorbike targeted a group of local police who were on their way to help police forces attacked earlier in the district,” Ahmadi said.
‘no change at foreign ministry’ ISLAMABAD NNI
The Spokesman of the Prime Minister House has contradicted a news story carried by a section of media regarding the change of Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar. The Spokesman said that the media had insinuated it from the Prime Minister’s statement in the recent past in which while welcoming the President’s visit to India; he had said that a “new team” would give a new impetus to normalization of relations between India and Pakistan.
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Bashir is new envoy to india NEWS DESK Former foreign secretary Salman Bashir will be Pakistan’s new high commissioner to India. Bashir’s nomination, cleared by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, has formally been accepted by the government of India. Speaking exclusively to Hindustan Times over phone from Islamabad, Bashir said: “Working on ensuring Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s
visit to Pakistan will be a priority.” Bashir, who had famously labeled India’s dossier on 26/11 accused and Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed as “a piece of literature” in 2010, adopted a less dismissive stance on the issue. “We need to move on all tracks. We will do what is required to bring about a qualitative change,” he said, when asked specifically about India’s demand that Saeed and other 26/11 perpetrators
be brought to justice. “I look forward to being in Delhi and enhancing relations comprehensively and identifying opportunities,” he said. “The leaders of both countries have a shared vision not just for India and Pakistan but for the region,” he added. Bashir will succeed Shahid Malik, who has had a record five-and-a-halfyear stint as Pakistani envoy, and reach New Delhi within a month. Despite his hawkish reputation, strategic observers
said Bashir’s selection will allow for continuity in the Indo-Pakistani peace process initiated by Gilani and Singh. As Pakistan’s foreign secretary, Bashir has been part of the post-26/11 dialogue process from the thaw in Thimpu in early 2011 to the bilateral meeting between the two Prime Ministers in Maldives in November last year, when Singh described Gilani as “a man of peace”. Bashir, however, has his task cut out for him. Several
Sex-change women allowed to enter Miss Universe NEW YORK AfP
Donald Trump’s Miss Universe contest on Tuesday threw open its doors to transgender models, allowing men who have had a sex change the chance to be crowned the world’s most beautiful woman. The transgender contestants will be able to strut their stuff in the international beauty championships starting in 2013, while pioneering sex-change model Jenna Talackova will be allowed to take part this year, said gay and transgender rights organization GLAAD. “The Miss Universe Organization today follows institutions that have taken a stand against discrimination of transgender women including the Olympics,” said Herndon Graddick, a spokesman for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. “At a time when transgender people are still routinely denied equal opportunities in housing, employment and medical care,
today’s decision is in line with the growing levels of public support for transgender people across the country.” Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, said on GLAAD’s website: “We have a long history of supporting equality for all women, and this was something we took very seriously.” The reversal of longstanding policy followed a campaign by Talackova, a statuesque, blonde transgender model from Canada, who says she underwent surgery to become a woman because she was born in “the wrong body.” The Miss Universe organization, owned by flamboyant and controversial real estate magnate Trump, cited a rule that contestants, who appear before judges in a variety of gowns and skimpy clothing, must be “naturally born” women. Backed by GLAAD and celebrity feminist lawyer Gloria Allred, Talackova took on the system, arguing, as Allred said, that “she did not ask Mr Trump to prove that he is a naturally born man. Or to see the photos of his birth
SC to consider awan’s apology on 18th ISLAMABAD STAff RePoRT
The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned contempt of court proceedings against former law minister Babar Awan until April 18 after indicating that his unconditional apology would be considered in his presence. A two-member bench comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Ather Saeed resumed the hearing of a suo motu notice taken against Awan after he passed contemptuous remarks against the apex court while addressing a press conference at the Press Information Department on December 2, 2012. During the hearing, Awan’s counsel Ali Zafar told the court that his client had “great respect for the court”, and wanted to tender unconditional apology. The bench however noted that it would consider Awan’s apology in his presence on April 18, while turning down his request for an exemption from court appearance. Earlier on April 9, Awan’s counsel filed an application, seeking exemption from personal appearance before the apex court. Zafar had contended in the application that his
client intended to have medical examination during his recent visit to India until April 17, thus he might be exempted from personal appearance on medical grounds. On April 2, the SC had adjourned contempt proceedings against Awan due to the unavailability of Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq, who had gone to Quetta where the CJP was hearing a case on the deteriorated security situation in Balochistan. The court then fixed April 10 to frame contempt charge against Awan. Earlier, the court had to frame charges on March 20, when Awan’s counsel failed to show up before the court, delaying proceedings. The court had then fixed April 2 for framing contempt charge against Awan. Babar Awan, along with few other federal ministers, launched a tirade against the Supreme Court on December 1, 2011, soon after it had ordered an enquiry into the memo issue led by Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) former director general Tariq Khosa. Awan passed remarks against the family of a sitting judge of the apex court for being the brother of Tariq Khosa.
to view his anatomy to prove that he was male.” Talackova, 23, underwent her sex change operation when she was 19 and is identified on her Canadian passport as a woman. Miss Universe gave in last week, saying it would “allow Jenna Talackova to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions.” Tuesday’s announcement saw that
ruling expanded to include all transgender beauty hopefuls. Miss Universe is “close to finalizing” the wording of the new policy but it “includes transgender women in time for the start of this fall’s 2013 pageant season; a time when most of the competitions around the world begin to take place.” The entry of transgender contestants does not actually mean that any woman can vie for the crown. Not only must hopefuls be between 18 and 26 years old, one major taboo remains: motherhood. “No, contestants may not be married or pregnant,” the missuniverse.com/missusa website says. “They must not have ever been married, not had a marriage annulled nor given birth to, or parented, a child. The titleholders are also required to remain single throughout their reign.” The 2011 Miss Universe winner was 25-year-old Leila Lopes, Miss Angola, who told judges she was so beautiful she “wouldn’t change a thing,” but her best trait was her “inner beauty.”
important meetings are planned between the two countries. Apart from a meeting of the two home secretaries, talks are expected on the sensitive issues of Sir Creek and Siachen, apart from a meeting of the foreign ministers of both countries. The big ticket engagement will, of course, be that of Manmohan Singh’s visit to Pakistan. Singh has in principle accepted Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari’s invitation to visit that country.
Santorum quits White House race WASHINGTON AfP
Rick Santorum, who pulled out of the race for the White House Tuesday, emerged as an improbable leading contender for the Republican nomination, with a faith-andfamily message that caught fire with the party’s most conservative voters. Even as he quit the rollercoaster Republican presidential race, he remained the candidate who seemed to stir more emotions than most, with his radical views on religion, women and marriage. His dark horse presidential bid which turned into a surprisingly strong challenge to frontrunner Mitt Romney, long considered the frontrunner but who faced a succession of challengers — most recently and perhaps most persistently Santorum — nipping at his heels. “This presidential race is over for me,” the former US senator told a crowd at a hastily convened press conference in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Santorum now leaves a clear path to the nomination for the former Massachusetts governor, who is all but assured of locking up the Republican party’s nomi-
Coalition partners discuss pCNS recommendations ISLAMABAD STAff RePoRT
The ruling coalition on Tuesday night fine-tuned its strategy about the recommendations being finalised by the parliamentary committee on national security on the new terms of reengagement with US and NATO forces in war against terrorism. The meeting of heads of allied parties was held at the Presidency with President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in the chair. The meeting was attended by PML-Q chief Senator Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, ANP President Asfandyar Wali Khan, PML-Q SecretaryGeneral Mushahid Hussain Sayed, ANP leader Senator Afrasiab Khattak, MQM Parliamentary Leader in National Assembly Dr Farooq Sattar, Senator Babar Khan Ghauri, while Noorul Haq Qadri and Senator Abbas Khan Afridi represented the FATA parliamentarians. Hina Rabbani Khar, minister for foreign affairs, Rehman Malik, minister
for interior, Syed Khursheed Shah, minister for religious affairs, spokesperson to the president Senator Farhatullah Babar and Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s ambassador to the US were also present during the meeting. A source told Pakistan Today that Mushahid Hussain Sayed informed the meeting on the PCNS preliminary recommendations and told the meeting that all parties, except for the JUIF, had agreed to his proposal of linking the resumption of NATO supplies with halting of drone attacks. “The president asked Shujaat to contact Maulana Fazlur Rehman and convince him to return to the committee as he had agreed to initial draft of the PCNS. However, Shujaat said Fazl had informed him that he was objecting to the recommendations due to political compulsions,” the source said. The source said Sherry Rehman also informed the meeting about the frustration developing in the
US over the delays in opening of NATO supply routes and said it would be advisable for the parliament to take a decision soon. Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said the ongoing discussions in the joint sitting of the parliament on the report of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security about the contours of foreign policy also came under discussion. He said the president briefed the meeting on his visit to India and his luncheon meeting with Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on way to Ajmer Sharif. The coalition partners congratulated the president on his visit to India and termed it a good omen for peace in the region. The meeting expressed grave concerns over the Pakistani troops and civilians entrapped in glacier avalanche in Siachen and prayed for their safety. The meeting lauded the services and sacrifices of the soldiers and also previewed current political situation and other coalition matters.
nation to challenge President Barack Obama in November. Despite his staid knitted sweater vest and easy boyish smile, Santorum was given to passionate outbursts when he talked about God and country which endeared him to right-wing conservatives. But those same strong conservative views, born from his Catholic faith, are giving many pause as Republicans struggle to coalesce around one candidate to take on Democrat President Barack Obama in the November elections. The 53year-old former Pennsylvania senator was a virtual unknown when he first threw his hat into the ring in June last year to be the Republican Party’s nominee. Despite being written off early on, Santorum built his campaign state-by-state — a David and Goliath struggle against a Mitt Romney juggernaut powered by a huge war chest and a solid organizational machine. But he faced the ignominious prospect of possible defeat in his home state of Pennsylvania, which is due to hold its presidential primary on April 24, after openly declaring on several occasions that it was a “must-win” election contest for his foundering campaign.
islamabad gets a taste of load shedding ISLAMABAD oNlINe
The residents of the federal capital have rejected prolonged energy outages in the city following the announcement by the prime minister of conducting equal load shedding across the country. The residents of Islamabad have been seriously perturbed by 8 to 12 hours of load shedding, a surprising reaction considering that the entire province of Punjab had been up in flames over load shedding that had crossed 20 hours a day in recent weeks. Traders of Islamabad also rejected decisions taken in the second energy conference and threatened to launch a civil disobedience drive if the proposed steps were imposed. “The decisions are political, unilateral and contrary to the ground realities while stakeholders have not been taken into confidence,” said Malik Sohail, vice president of National Traders Alliance. Speaking at a hurriedly called meeting in Blue Area, he said traders would not accept the outcome of the controversial conference which amounted to economic murder of the reeling trading community.
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SC reprimands ECP for not monitoring campaign spending ISLAMABAD MASooD ReHMAN
EARING a petition seeking reduction and regulation of election expenses incurred by political parties during electioneering, the Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) did not exercise its constitutional powers to monitor the expenditure of election campaigns. This was observed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry while heading a three-member bench comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Parvez, which was hearing a petition filed by a noted lawyer Abid Hasan Minto on behalf of the Workers Party. Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq assured the court of submitting the government’s point of view over the matter during the course of the day (Tuesday). “We wish that there should be a culture of transparent elections in the country, in which there
should be no projection of money,” the chief justice said. Resuming his arguments, Abid Hasan Minto argued that heavy expenditures on elections were a main hurdle in flourishing of real democracy in the country. He said culture of investment in politics should be ended. Justice Parvez noted that the code of conduct for the judges had improved by bringing amendment into it. He said “our parliamentarians can reform the system of election expenditures”. Meanwhile, the court directed Minto to conclude his arguments by Wednesday (today). The court also directed Hamid Khan, a party in the case, to advance his arguments on Thursday. Khalid Ranjha, counsel for PML-Q, contended that there was no need of any legislation to curtail the election expenditures. He said if the ECP ensured implementation on the existing laws on elections, the problem will be solved automatically. Earlier on February 21, the Supreme Court had put on notice 26 political parties, including the PPP and the PML-N, to come up with replies on the petition
SC hints at daily hearing of Reko Diq case from May 8 ISLAMABAD: While hearing identical petitions against federal government’s leasing of gold and copper mines, including the world’s biggest goldmine of Reko Diq in Balochistan which is worth over $260 billion, to foreign companies in violation of laid down rules, the Supreme Court on Tuesday hinted to start dayto-day hearing of the case from May 8. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, counsel for the Balochistan government, informed a three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Parvez that senior lawyer Shahid Hamid had been appointed as arbitrator to represent their case at the International Chambers of Commerce (ICC) in Paris. Meanwhile, the court adjourned further hearing until May 8. Earlier on March 5, the court was informed that the Balochistan government had rejected the appeal of Tethyan Copper Company Pakistan (TCCP) Limited for acquiring a mining licence. STAff RePoRT against heavy expenditures on elections. According to the ECP, only 26 political parties are currently functioning in the country. The petition has also pleaded for barring political parties from holding huge
rallies and putting up banners. Instead, the petition suggested, parties should conduct door-to-door campaigning and be given equal slot on the Pakistan Television for presentation of their manifesto.
Convert girls cannot meet parents: SC ISLAMABAD STAff RePoRT
The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected pleas seeking meeting of two Hindu girls, who had allegedly been forced to convert to Islam, with their parents or husbands. The court observed that both girls should be allowed to make the decision regarding theie future with their own free will adding that the matter will be taken up on April 18. A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took the two applications, seeking permission for holding meetings with the Hindu girls in a shelter home in Karachi. Naveed Shah, the husband of Rinkle Kumari, moved an application through his counsel Mujeeb Peerzada, with a request to allow him to meet Rinkle. Likewise, Dr Ramesh, father of the other girl Dr Lata, also submitted plea through his counsel Nasir Mangle asking to meet his daughter at the shelter home in Karachi. During the hearing, Peerzada said the police were not allowing his client to meet his wife (Rinkle). He said his client was also not even permitted to give clothes to his wife. “You must be aware that she (Rinkle) wanted to go with her mother on the last date of hearing so let her think about her future until the next date of hearing,” the chief justice said. The court, however, asked the counsel to give the clothes to the Sindh advocate general to give to the girl. Mangle also requested to allow his client with her daughter but the court declined his plea as well.
old enmity claims three lives in Sialkot SIALKOT STAff RePoRT
PeSHAWAR: Transporters forcibly stop a passenger van as a countrywide strike was observed by various transport unions against the increase in petroleum and CNg prices on Tuesday. INp
munter calls on fazl ISLAMABAD: US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter called on Jamiat Ulema-e-IslamFazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman on Tuesday, said a statement issued by the US embassy. The statement noted that the ambassador and Fazl agreed on improving ties between Pakistan and the United States. It noted that Ambassador Munter told Fazl that Washington was ready to negotiate Pakistan’s new outlines on foreign policy. The statement said that they also agreed on working jointly for regional peace. INP
As many as three people, including two real brothers and their security guard, were killed in a clash between two rival groups over an old dispute over cable TV in village Bhoth in the outskirts of Sialkot. According to details, armed men of two rival groups residing in Sialkot’s cantonment police station limits exchanged hot words and traded fire later on. In cross firing which continued for more than 20 minutes, three persons belonging to both groups were killed, while another sustained wounds. The deceased included a former naib nazim, Dr Iftikhar. Police have registered a case and started investigation.
US-India ties hit rough patch over Iran WASHINGTON AfP
Less than a year ago, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited India and declared that the relationship between the world’s two largest democracies would shape the 21st century. India and the United States are now navigating some of the rockiest waters since they began to build closer ties in the late 1990s, with Washington weighing sanctions unless New Delhi significantly cuts oil imports from Iran. No one expects a return to strained ties of the sort seen during the Cold War, when India tilted toward the Soviet Union. But the mood
is palpably different from 2008 when the United States ended a threedecade ban on nuclear trade with India. “You can’t expect every few months or years that there’s going to be another giant announcement. This is the slog — this is the long-term commitment,” said Diane Farrell, executive vice president of the US-India Business Council. Trade between the two countries has soared over the past decade but also hit high-profile disputes. The nuclear deal, meant to symbolize the new partnership, has been at a standstill over an Indian law on disaster liability. India in December backtracked on
a plan pushed by the United States to allow foreign supermarkets such as Wal-Mart into the country after an uproar by the ubiquitous mom-andpop stores in the world’s second most populous nation. But few issues have caused as much friction as Iran. A new US law, seeking to pressure Iran to end a nuclear program seen by Israel as a major threat, will slap sanctions starting on June 28 on banks from countries that do not cut oil imports from the Islamic republic. In public, US officials have played down differences and echoed Clinton’s July 2011 speech in Chennai where she urged a greater global leadership role for India.
State Department number three Wendy Sherman, on a visit last week to New Delhi, said the United States will “never seek to undermine India’s energy security” but called for pressure on Iran “in whatever ways are appropriate for India.” India and China, whose emerging economies are heavily reliant on energy imports, have both opposed US sanctions on Iran. But China, and to some extent India, are both reported to be quietly diversifying their oil sources. The United States has already exempted European Union members and Japan from the sanctions after crediting their efforts to cut down imports.
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Saudis express solidarity with Pakistan over Siachen tragedy ISLAMABAD INP
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Deputy Foreign Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz met Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani at the Prime Minister’s House on Tuesday and discussed a range of bilateral relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The prime minister expressed satisfaction over the strong brotherly relations between the two countries and hoped that the deputy foreign minister’s visit to Pakistan would further bolster the existing relations. Both sides agreed to a settlement leading to peace and stability in Afghanistan as well as in the region. Gilani praised the relief assistance extended by Saudi Arabia during floods and earthquake. He particularly lauded the appeal launched by Khadim-e-Hariman-Sharifain to raise funds for the floods victims in Pakistan. The prime minister emphasised the importance of convening of a joint ministerial meeting to work out the mechanism to give impetus to trade compatible with the exemplary relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. He said he would send a delegation of Pakistani businessmen to Saudi Arabia to explore new vistas of enhancing trade relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
250 kg heroin recovered from textile exports to UK; 9 arrested FAISALABAD INP
The police on Tuesday recovered 250 kg heroin from textile products that were being dispatched to the United Kingdom (UK). The nine people involved in the smuggling were taken into custody. According to details, the custom’s officials were searching the textile exports when they recovered the heroin. The Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) responded immediately and arrested a textile mill owner Abdul Latif and eight other people. The detainees have admitted to smuggling drugs to foreign countries under the cover of textile exports. The ANF has widened the investigations to nab other culprits involved in the smuggling ring. It is worth mentioning here that the recovered heroin amounts to billions of rupees in international market.
ISlAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza gilani and Deputy foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz talk during a meeting at the prime minister's residence on Tuesday. REUTERS
PML-N sues Younis Habib for Rs 10b LAHORE
H E PML-N has sued former Mehran Bank president for Rs 10 billion for involving PML-N president Nawaz Sharif and Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif in the Mehran Bank scam. The lawyer of Nawaz Sharif and Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has sent legal notices for damages of Rs 10 billion each to former president of Mehran Bank for defamation. It has been stated in the notices that Younis Habib leveled fabricated and unsubstantiated allegations for damag-
Ex-Taliban ambassador Mullah Zaeef flees to UaE
Former Taliban Ambassador to Pakistan Abdul Salam Zaeef has fled Afghanistan to the United Arab Emirates, fearing for his life after US forces attempted to search his home. A source close to Zaeef told Al Jazeera that US forces had tried to search his home in Kabul twice over allegations of involvement in an international terror plot, but Zaeef’s government-provided bodyguards prevented them. “He found life in Kabul difficult, and he is currently in the United Arab Emirates. Twice they came to get him, who knows if they might kill him the third time,” the source said. An Afghan intelligence official confirmed to Al Jazeera that US forces tried to enter
Zaeef’s home this month, but were prevented. “The checkpost outside his home belongs to us, so we were contacted when the US forces arrived,” the official said. “We denied them entry, and we sent back-up security to the area.” Waheed Muzhda, an Afghan analyst and former official in the Taliban government, told Al Jazeera that Zaeef was summoned to the presidential palace by President Hamid Karzai last year and was questioned about hosting and aiding two Arabs who were allegedly plotting attacks in the US and Europe for the September 11 anniversary. “In front of Karzai, American officials had asked him about helping the two Arabs,” Muzhda claimed Zaeef told him. “They [the American officials] told Zaeef that if an attack happened, he would be the prime suspect.” Zaeef was the Taliban’s ambassador to Pakistan at the time of the September 11, 2011 attacks on the US. After the US invasion, he was captured in Pakistan and sent to the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay. He was released four years later, but has been under close watch ever since. He grew to be considered an important person in helping bring the Taliban into negotiation. Muzhda told Al Jazeera that Zaeef feared for his life after the attempted raids. Many of the Taliban prisoners freed from Guantanamo had been killed in night raids and that made Zaeef more nervous.
ing the political and social standing of Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif. In the notices served through famous legal firm Cornelius, Lane and Mufti Advocates and Solicitors, it has been stated that Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif were respectable and highly revered citizens of the country and the former had twice served as a prime minister of the country while the latter had twice been the chief minister of Punjab. “Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif during their tenures took steps for the supremacy of law in the country, ensuring sovereignty and strengthening of national economy as well as utilized all resources for the welfare of the masses. It has further been observed in the no-
tices that Younis Habib tried to conduct media trial of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif by leveling false and slanderous allegations for damaging their political and social status,” the notice said. It has been stated that Habib gave contradictory statements on media and changed his stance again and again, which was proof of him being a liar. After the receipt of notices Younis Habib should tender a formal apology in print and electronic media within 14 days of the receipt of the legal notice otherwise legal proceedings would be initiated against him seeking damages of a minimum of Rs 10 billion each, according to the notice.
pakistani couple detained for illegally entering India bailed NEW DELHI INP
A Delhi court on Monday granted bail to a Pakistani couple accused of illegally entering India to enable them to prove that they intend to permanently settle in this country. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav granted bail to Imran and his wife Soofia, arrested by the Delhi Police last year, on a personal bond of Rs 20,000 and an “Indian surety” of like amount — which was furnished by Imran’s parents who live in Ahmedabad — but directed them to appear in the court for every hearing. The next hearing is on April 23. The couple, however, would not be released from judicial custody until at least April 13, by when the authorities have been directed by the court to verify the residential address of Imran’s parents. In its order, the court noted that “initially, in the print media, both the accused persons were branded as terrorists who had come to India with a
jihadi mission. But on completion of probe, there was nothing in the charge sheet for any such activity”. Granting the couple’s plea that they be released on bail to enable them to pursue their case and seek permission to settle permanently in India, the judge pointed out that they did not want to plead guilty and be deported to Pakistan because they had submitted that “media there has given them wide publicity and they would be branded as Indian spies and apprehended”. The court had earlier given interim bail to Imran so he could prove, with relevant documents, that he was born in Gujarat and had gone to Pakistan in the 1980s. He has told court that he returned to India with the intention to settle permanently with his family after his business in Pakistan went under in the 2008 economic crisis. But in India, he was arrested on false charge that he and his wife Soofia were part of a terror plot to kill Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, he said.
india’s tank ammunition down to four days reserve NEW DELHI INP
Presenting a sobering account of longterm as well as immediate challenges, a senior IAF and Army brass told a parliamentary committee that while India’s window to catch up with China’s defence modernization thrust could close by 2017 or earlier, stocks of certain types of tank munitions are down to four days of reserves. Responding to queries posed by members of Parliament’s standing committee on defence, IAF Vice-chief Air Marshal Kishan Nohwar said the asymmetry between India and China is widening with Beijing’s aggressive war doctrine powering a rapid expansion of its military. While the IAF Vice-chief said India would need to be proactive if it is not to keep lagging China in terms of its preparedness, Army Vice-chief Lt Gen S K Singh told MPs that there was a shortfall with regard to certain tank ammunition due to an Israeli firm being blacklisted, but the situation is not too worrisome as sufficient stocks are available with regard to most weapon systems.
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JSQM’s turn for a shutter down
Oil terminal safe after boiler blast
■ nationalist party to observe peaceful strike across Sindh KARACHI
NNOYED by the government’s failure in resolving the case of mysterious death its deceased chairman, the separatist Sindhi nationalist Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) announced a province-wide shutter down strike for today (Wednesday). After the announcement, the educational boards of Hyderabad, Larkana and Sukkur postponed the annual matriculation examinations scheduled for Wednesday. Bashir Khan Qureshi had died
under mysterious circumstances in Sakrand, Benazirabad district on April 6. Initial medical reports suggested that the nationalist leader died of a heart attack. However, the party workers refused to accept the report and raised doubts that either their leader was poisoned or killed through some modern method in such a way that his death appeared natural. Afterwards, doctors at the Chandka Medical College, Larkana took six different samples from the deceased man’s body for pathological analysts. But the JSQM activists alleged that the samples were changed with some other
samples. They also expressed their dissatisfaction over the government’s apathy in handling the issue. On Tuesday, the party members along with a team of medical experts arrived at the Aga Khan University Hospital (AUKH) Karachi with some samples from the body of Qureshi, but the AKUH management refused to conduct any tests without an official permission. The hospital asked the JSQM activists to produce an official letter from the Sindh Health Secretary. When the team contacted health secretary Hashim Raza Zaidi for a letter, he instead of is-
suing the letter for AKUH, referred the case to a government chemical lab near the Civil Hospital. It is worth to mention that the portfolio of Sindh Health Department is under the control of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). The JSQM central leaders alleged that the samples would be changed at the lab as the health department will help those involved in the murder of their former chairman. JSQM General Secretary Asif Baladi said the strike on Wednesday would be peaceful. “The strike is against the “state agents” who are conspiring to create confusion in the case,” he added.
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The city escaped a major disaster on Tuesday after a boiler at a private oil company exploded near the strategically-important oil installations at Kemari. As soon as the blast was heard, several fire tenders and ambulances rushed to the spot to extinguish the blaze that could have resulted in colossal losses at the nearby oil terminal storing highly inflammable products. Law enforcement personnel of the police and Rangers also reached the spot. According to the Jackson po-
lice, the blast occurred at one of the several private chemical companies at Kemari, stretching from the Khamis Gate of Karachi port to Shireen Jinnah Colony. “The blast occurred when a boiler exploded,” the police said. The cause of the explosion was yet to be known. The huge explosion, which was heard in far off localities of Defence, Clifton and Saddar, resulted in a fire that, the eyewitnesses said, reduced the roof of the affected firm to ashes. With the police claiming that no casualties were reported, huge infrastructural losses are expected.
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KESC rebuffs govt plea to exempt schools KARACHI IMDAD SooMRo
with public transport off the roads against increase in Pol prices, pick up drivers had a field day on tuesday. ONLINE
The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has rejected the Sindh government’s request to exempt its 249 schools in different areas of the city from power load shedding during the annual examinations of class IX and X. On behalf of the Sindh chief minister, his secretary Aga Jan Akhtar had written a letter addressed to the KESC management, requesting that 249 government schools in Karachi division may be exempted from power load shedding from 8.00am to 1:00pm – the official
school hours. In reply, KESC deputy financial officer rejected the government’s request, stating that the schools are located in scattered areas and are mostly in the “highloss localities”, where according to the KESC, electricity theft is high and bill recovery low. In the letter, written by M. Shehzad Yousuf, it was made clear to the Sindh government that the total outstanding electricity bills against the public sector schools and the Sindh Education Department have reached Rs 115 million. The KESC officer also advised the government to immediately clear the arrears on its part.
Help us get some funds, varsity heads ask paC ■ Committee chairman irked by non-cooperation of public universities officials, calls off next meeting in protest KARACHI AfTAB CHANNA
After failing to get a positive response from the governor and chief minister, senior authorities at public sector universities have demanded the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to help provide them with financial grants to run their affairs in a proper way. The demand came from the heads of NED University of Engineering and Technology, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro and Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS),
Jamshoro during the Sindh Assembly’s PAC meeting on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Sardar Jam Tamachi Unnar. Vice chancellors of LUMHS and Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam repeatedly raised the issue of funding at universities and urged the Sindh government to provide additional funding to properly run the routine affairs. The varsity heads informed the PAC that there is no uniformity in policies regarding public sector universities of the Sindh province. The Punjab government is providing a PhD allowance of Rs 10,000, while Sindh pays only Rs 5,000.
Moreover, whenever the government raises the basic pays, the salaries of the university employees remain the same and the disparity must be removed. Earlier, the PAC reviewed the audited paras of public sector universities. The meeting was attended by Ghulam Mujadid Isran and Amir Moin Pirzada among others. The committee reviewed a total of 12 paras of three universities including six deferred paras of NED University of Engineering and Technology, four deferred paras of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology and two
deferred paras of LUMHS. Only three deferred paras out of the 12 could be settled while the remaining were once again deferred at which the PAC chairman and the members expressed anger over the lack of interest shown by authorities at educational institutions. In a move to lodge a protest against the non-cooperation of government universities, the PAC postponed the next scheduled meeting with the heads of some major universities over the noncooperation of the public universities, departments and officials. The public sector institutions included University of Sindh (SU)
Jamshoro, Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU) Khairpur, University of Karachi (KU) and Quaid-e-Awam University of Engineering and Technology Benazirabad. The meeting scheduled for Wednesday had to discuss audit paras detailing corruption worth millions of rupees at the universities. The PAC had only given one week to the officials of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro to settle their audit paras. Expressing anger over the lethargic attitude of university officials towards the committee, the
PAC chairman told the media he could not preside over the next meeting as the institutions’ major universities and departments are not even ready to attend the meeting despite being sent repeated reminders. “The universities have not even prepared the working paper for the meeting nor have informed the PAC; hence the meeting would not be held,” he added. Unnar ordered his staff to forward letters to Sindh governor, chief minister and chief secretary to take serious notice of the attitude and ensure active participation of the institutions.
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‘east dev projects to complete by the year end’ KARACHI STAff RePoRT
Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed has said that the ongoing development works in District East, including construction and maintenance of roads, will be completed by the end of the current financial year. He was presiding over the review meeting of KMC’s development projects in District East. The meeting was attended by Technical Services Director General Altaf G Memon, Transport and Communication Senior Director Ateeq Baig and District East Chief Engineer Mehmood Hussain Baloch among other officers. In the meeting, more than ten development works, construction of roads, quality and pace of work and timely provision of funds were reviewed in detail. The administrator said the construction of Mausamyat Road, Korangi Causeway and Shahrah-e-Quaideen were important projects as their timely completion would facilitate the traffic passing through the main thoroughfares. It was informed during the meeting that 80 percent work on Mausamyat Road was completed and the remaining work is underway. A four-anda-half-km long portion of phase-I of Mausamyat Road was completed with a cost of Rs 167 million while the construction of Korangi Causeway, Korangi Crossing and other roads in Landhi and Korangi are going on and the making of Korangi Causeway as a two-track road will complete next month with a cost of Rs 8.7 million. The road from Qayyumabad to Korangi has been made 16 feet wide and the carpeting work of 15,000 Road from 12,000 to 8,000 Road was completed and 60 percent of rehabilitation and repair work of Shahrah-e-Altaf and the adjoining storm water drain was also completed. The remaining 40 percent work on this road would be done with the other portion of this road that would provide major convenience to residents of Landhi, Korangi, Malir, Korangi Creek and other adjoining areas. The KMC administrator stressed the need of completion of development work at Shahrah-eQuaideen and the road side drain in time. He was informed that already 20 percent work on the project was completed. In the first phase, the road from Noorani Kabab Chowrangi to Khudad Colony was being constructed and the road further widened by covering the central drain. Reconstruction of this road would cost Rs 315 million. Syed said the construction and repair of roads under the MPA programme was also underway in the city. He, however, directed the engineers to speed up the work on these projects so that they could be completed in the current financial year.
with lawyers boycotting courts against targeted killings, people wait in vain at the City Courts on tuesday.
10,000Mw from thar Coal by 2020: shazia Marri KARACHI AfTAB CHANNA
T least 10,000 megawatts (MW) electricity would be generated from the vast coal reserves at Thar Coalfields and would be added to the national grid by 2020, said Sindh Information Minister Shazia Marri. Speaking at a media conference on Tuesday, she said the governments of Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have decided that vast reserves of
coal be explored and electricity be generated as early as possible to overcome the persisting energy crisis in the country. Marri thanked the Punjab government, particularly Shahbaz Sharif, for hosting the Energy Conference in Lahore, keeping in view the national interests. Though the younger Sharif brother is using unethical language against President Asif Ali Zardari, it was Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani who accepted his idea of holding the conference in Lahore, which was participated by chief
ministers of all the provinces, federal authorities among others stakeholders. The provincial information minister said there is no division in Pakistan and all issues can be resolved as is being done with the National Finance Commission Award, Kalabagh Dam, Sindh's right on collection of General Sales Tax. In the tenure of the present government, at least 3,500MW have been added to the national grid under the short-term plan, however there is still a shortfall of around
7,000MW. “It was the vision of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto who brought independent power producers (IPPs) with the total capacity of 5,800 MWs; however, her policies were abandoned and the country is now in darkness,” Marri said. “We have inherited the energy crisis from past government and trying hard to overcome the crisis.” Disclosing some of the decisions at the conference, she said it was resolved to give special focus to the Thar Coal project, hydro and renewable projects and
the stakeholders would be taken onboard to implement them. Besides, there is also an option to observe two-day weekly offs and the chief minister has in principle agreed to finalise the plan after meeting with the stakeholders. The closure of business centres was also discussed in the energy conference, office timings might be changed, street lights switched off, electricity to huge billboards stopped and they converted into Neon boards, Marri told the media.
CBC chief wants streetlights upgraded
Shia community members shout slogans during a demonstration held by majlis-e-wahdat-e-muslimeen at numaish Chowrangi. ONLINE
KARACHI: The Monthly Board meeting of Cantonment Board Clifton was held at CBC Office. Station Commander Karachi Brig. Anis Ahmed preside the meeting, agenda points were discussed, after detailed discussion, some points were approved while some other points were ordered to be put up in the next Board Meeting after rectification the point's details. On the occasion President Cantonment Board Clifton / Station Commander Brig. Anis Ahmed directed the department to up grade the Street light system in CBC and to make sure that traffic signals should be functional in all areas of CBC. PCB also said his mission is to solve all the problems of the residents of CBC, he further emphasized on transferring and directed the staff, in good faith. A work committee was constituted to look in to the works of DHA area. In the end Brig Anis Ahmed appreciate the efforts of Executive Officer Mr. Muhammad Hayat Mahr, and said that with his interest and hardworking CBC have achieved positive image. Cantonment Executive officer Mr. Muhammad Hayat Mahr and other officials were also present at the meeting. PR
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Want more electricity? First give KESC more deposit ■ Power utility to increase security deposits of consumers ■ ‘move in violation of nePra decision’ KARACHI gHUlAM ABBAS
ITH the power outages continuing unabated in the city, the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) is set to revise the amount of security deposit of over two million consumers of the company to generate more revenue, Pakistan Today has learnt. The power utility would demand more security deposits to adjust the sanctioned power and required electricity, after examining the consumption of electricity by consumers against the sanctioned load.
Well-placed sources told Pakistan Today that while doing nothing to improve the electricity supply system in the city the Abraajled KESC would be able to pocket billions of rupees. They claimed that the company decision is against clear instructions from National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) that security deposits of existing consumers would not be enhanced or adjusted. The decision was made by the regulatory authority in 2010 during a public hearing of a petition filed by KESC to increase the deposits. The power company would now issue a
survey form to its consumers, asking about their power consumption and the alreadysanctioned power load; whether they need to enhance the sanctioned load as per their present consumption. After evaluating the present consumption and allowed load, the utility would decide about the deposits needed to be paid by the consumer as per the new sanctioned load. “If the consumption is more than the sanctioned power, a consumer may be charged with an average of Rs 5000 addition to their already paid deposits to the KESC after the fresh move,” the sources said. According to KESC Shareholders Asso-
Protesters block a main road to demonstrate against removal of encroachments in akhtar Colony on tuesday.
‘Make the flood expenses public’ ■ flood survivors demand government to speed up rehabilitation efforts and disclose budgetary expenditures KARACHI STAff RePoRT
Expressing grave concern over the slow rehabilitation efforts by government postflood devastation, the floodaffected people in the Badin district have demanded that all budgetary expenditures spent on relief emergency work and rehabilitation should be shared with the public. The demand was made at a public hearing session of rain-hit people organised by the People’s Accountability Commission on Floods held at a hotel on Tuesday, where residents of the flood-hit district of Badin among representatives of non-government organisations, journalists, farmers and growers were also present. Badin Assistant Commissioner Hassan Harron Hot, Badin District Disaster Reduction Management Coordinator Wajid Shams Memon, Basic Integrated Rural Development Society (BIRDS)’s Dr Akash Ansari,
Prof Abdullah Mallah, growers leader Syed Zafar Ali Shah, journalist Mustafa Leghari, Abdul Razzaq Khati and Abbas Kaiser spoke at the public hearing. At the meeting, the participants adopted several resolutions expressing concern over relief work launched by the government after the rain devastation. It was claimed that despite the passage of seven months, the government had not even completed early relief emergency work or met the needs of the flood survivors in most rain-affected union councils of Badin. Still 30 percent areas in the district are under floodwater and the government has no plans to drain out the stagnant water. The breaches that occurred in canals, water courses and drainages have not been repaired by local administration. It was demanded that the government take into confidence the marooned rain-hit communities and civil society representatives,
while the local administration should start quality work on the Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD) breaches and complete the repair work before the upcoming monsoon season. The farmers in the rainaffected areas should be given special compensations of crops and also provided insurances packages for the Kharif crops. The local administration’s budget plan announced for the relief of flood survivors and budget spent on rehabilitation of canals, water canals and LBOD should be shared with the people of Badin. Fifty percent of the rainaffected union councils remained uncovered in terms of health, nutrition, food, health, shelter, education and water and in sanctioned sectors of local administration proper measures should be taken in the prioritised sectors. In a resolution, it was demanded that being a resource-rich district, Badin should get more budget and
the money spent on damaged infrastructure and human development projects. As Badin is the epicentre of natural calamities, the local administration in consultation with civil society representatives should implement an ‘early warning system’ in the district. BIRDS’ Ansari thought it was surprising that the government had stopped early recovery framework and also asked the international organisations to stop work. “Thousands of people in rain-hit areas have been deprived of food and shelter. Memon said that due to inadequate funds and poor planning of local administration, many rain-affected areas are still submerged and work on breaches of LBOD and other canals and drainage system has not been completed. He added that the local administration has decided to set up an early warning system with modern equipments in the district, which will start working soon.
ciation’s Chaudhry Mazhar, the move is illegal as the KESC should approach the NEPRA for any changes in the deposit money. “The company’s move to bring about changes in the rates is not only in violation of NEPRA rules but also another unjustified step against the crises-hit consumers,” he added. Through the increase in security deposits, the KESC will earn around Rs 8 billion revenue, he claimed. The power company has deposits of over Rs 4 billion while passes only five percent interest to the depositors. It is worth mentioning that through letter No DDRA&SP/ET040 dated January 5, 2010, the KESC had appealed to the NEPRA
to revisit its determination of the company’s tariff petition to increase the base tariff and modification of terms and conditions of electricity supply and security deposit rates. The KESC through the letter had also requested NEPRA to increase the rates of security deposit of the privately-run company as the same was revised for the distribution companies in the third quarter 2008 and were much higher than the approved rates of KESC. Responding to the KESC’s plea for increase in security deposits equal to two months of electricity bills, the NEPRA had allowed increase in deposits of only new subscribers of the company.
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■ imran Khan is on a high. from being a fringe player in Pakistani politics for over a decade, he has suddenly become the most likely contender for the top position in the country NEWSDESK
HEN Pakistani cricketer-turnedpolitician Imran Khan called off his Delhi visit this Wednesday because he wasn’t willing to participate in a conference that included Salman Rushdie (incidentally, Imran was a member of the Rushdie fan club in the early 1980s), it didn’t come as a surprise to most. Imran, after all, is no longer the man he used to be during his playing days — his youthful vigour and singleminded determination may have lasted, but the liberal playboy in him has given way to a drab Islamist who believes the emergence of the Taliban in the mid-1990s was not a bad thing to have happened to Afghanistan. For Imran, the Taliban are not a threat, not at least to Pakistan. Instead, he finds problems with the liberals whom he disdainfully calls the “scum”. And, this seems to be working well for him and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the party he founded way back in 1996 and had many humbling moments — winning no seat in the 1997 elections and one in 2002. But as one says — “change is the only constant” — the PTI saw a change in its fortune after a decade of political wilderness. Suddenly, lakhs of people started joining the jalsas organised by the party. And, many lined up to get its membership, some of them were the ones who had held prominent positions in previous regimes. Why this sudden fascination for the former cricketer and his party? Caught for decades in a whirl of jihadi crossfire and dysfunctional government, Pakistanis seem to have discovered a politician in Imran, thanks to his clean image and his populist brand of political Islam. His hasty popularity also owes a lot to his obdurate antiAmericanism, especially after the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and November’s wayward NATO airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. Interestingly, Imran has not once questioned how the world’s most wanted terrorist could manage to hide himself for years in Abbottabad, a garrison town run by the Pakistani Army. Imran is livid only with those who support the American policy of drone attacks carried out relentlessly in the country’s tribal west. He believes that the religious zealots would instantly become peaceful citizens once the Americans withdraw from the region. “Withdrawal from Afghanistan is essential for defeating insurgency in Pakistan,” he says. Incidentally, while with the Taliban he seeks engagement and unilateral ceasefire, the former cricketer wants India to first sort out the Kashmir issue before Islamabad should even consider any trade-related deal! In his book, Pakistan: A Personal History, Imran says: “I find it strange that in Pakistan, people who stand up for Islamic values are called Rightists. Islamic values actually have more in common with Leftist ideologies in terms of social
equality and welfare.” One wonders why then were all the communists who had supported the Islamist takeover of Iran in 1979 massacred or thrown out of the country post-Islamic Revolution. Or, for that matter, what happened to the Left radicals in Pakistan who had provided legitimacy to the two-nation theory before Partition? Imran’s duplicity is further evident on his stand on the country’s blasphemy law, which has been used to persecute religious minorities. He believes that the law is “abused”, refusing to blame it per se. Similar is his stand on the Hudood Ordinance — a set of draconian laws enacted by Gen Zia-ul-Haq that enforce severe punishments for extramarital sex. His defence: “The Hudood Ordinance imposed strict punishments for crimes, including adultery, and abuse by a corrupt police and judicial system undermined the legal status of women, especially the lower strata of society.” So, again, the ordinance is good, only it is being misused by a corrupt police and judicial system in the country! It’s distressing to see such a desperate defence from the man who once made “little pretence of fidelity” even to his “special girls”. Christopher Sandford writes in his biography about how Imran’s “taste of women ignored all considerations of age and appearance, and also spanned the class structure”, how the overall impression of his London abode was of a “sixties art gallery crossed with a Sultan’s harem”, and how on his first visit to Karachi in the mid-1980s novelist Hanif Kureishi finds an 18-year-old boy strung out on heroin, dancing around and pointing to his quite prominent erection, which he referred to as his “Imran Khan”. And, also, how one religious leader complained that Imran’s practice of rubbing the ball on his trouser leg “had a sexually stimulating effect on the feminine populace”. Indeed, Imran has come a long way. But why does the man who enjoys the pleasures of the West by night go on a rampage by the day? Maybe Imran is in the process of transformation, being caught in the middle of the two worlds. Or, maybe he is a “different man at different times”, as observed by his former colleague Wasim Raja. “I knew at least three or four Imrans,” Raja once famously said. MINORITIES INTIMIDATED Pakistan has recently seen some of the worst atrocities committed against its minorities. Last month, at least 16 Shias were killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while returning from holy sites in Iran. Then, there was the abduction of Rinkle Kumari, a Hindu girl who was allegedly forced to convert to Islam by a gang that enjoyed the patronage of a wellknown legislator. Ahmadiyyas are no less threatened. The National Database and Registration Authority has introduced a new religious category, ‘Qadiani’, in online forms for national identity cards. This is designed to single out the Ahmadiyya community, which was previously identified as “non-Muslim”. Does it in any way remind us of Jews in Nazi
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Germany? At least the community feels so. And, if this is the situation now, what will happen if ‘Taliban Khan’ comes to power? The fear isn’t unjustified. Pakistani politics is at a crossroads. It is torn between two extremes — a proTaliban and an anti-Taliban politics (the latter is less anti-Taliban and more pro-America). The politics of the PTI and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have been pro-Taliban. In his recent interview to a television channel, Imran categorically said that he would not criticise the Taliban as it wouldn’t be good for his party and politics. Shahbaz Sharif (Nawaz Sharif’s brother) had also requested the Taliban not to attack his province, Punjab, as his party and the militia were on the same page. So, the ‘Talibanisation’ of Pakistani politics has gone beyond Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It has reached the Pakistani heartland of Punjab, where the two major pro-Taliban parties — PTI and PML-N — are competing with each other to grab the power centre. FOLLOWING THE PROPHET Taking cue from Prophet Mohammed, Imran promises to set up an Islamic welfare state. This isn’t a viable proposition. A welfare state is one that assures its citizens access to the basic amenities of life, usually by subsidising them, which mostly come from taxes levied on the rich. Here it needs to be mentioned that the welfare state in Islamic history could merely last for 40 years — 10 years of the Prophet’s rule and 29 years of the caliphate. During this period, all Muslims received a stipend from the state, supported from taxes paid by non-Muslims and booty captured in wars and plunders. But as the frontiers of the Muslim state stabilised and most of the non-Muslims in the conquered areas converted to Islam, these sources of income dried up and Muslims were told to work for a living. So, the question is: From where will Imran get the money to set up an Islamic welfare state? He doesn’t have a strong economy, and the minorities in Pakistan are already leading a wretched life; he can’t get more from them. Aping the Prophet in the 21st century wouldn’t be an easy task. Apart from the Islamic welfare delusion, Imran talks of no institutional changes. For him, the problem in Pakistani politics has more to do with the personal ethical short-
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comings of the political class, rather than any systemic failure. Maybe he knows correcting an institutional malaise will require tough actions — land reform, wealth redistribution, etc. And this may antagonise a lot of influential people. He, therefore, focuses on individual politicians. “Change Zardari and things will be improve... Imprison Sharif and all will be fine.” No wonder, he promises to uproot corruption in 19 days and terrorism in 90! ARMY’S FRONTMAN Maybe Imran has no option. He has to talk in the air — and as loud as possible. Because he doesn’t have any concrete programme in place, and even no grassroots organisation in sight. He exists on borrowed support, mostly from the Islamists and the Army. Until late last year, Imran’s biggest rallies were organised by Qazi Hussain Ahmad, a prominent sympathiser of the Taliban. The former cricketer inherited his anti-Western attitude from his political mentor, Gen Hamid Gul, a former head of the Inter-Services Intelligence. Gul was responsible for recruiting, training and providing funds to the mujahideen during the Afghan war, besides being a central player in the emergence of the Taliban. Also, Gul is said to have links with those who executed the 2008 Mumbai attacks. As for the Army, Imran always had good relations with the Generals. It was Gen Zia who called him out of retirement from cricket in 1987. Gen Gul encouraged him to enter politics. When Gen Pervez Musharraf took power in a coup, Imran provided him full support. And, when the US launched a raid to assassinate bin Laden, Imran blasted the civilian Government, rather than questioning the military on his presence in a garrison town? The defence establishment, too, likes Imran because he is seen to be untainted, something that suits the current mood in Pakistan. Imran also has strong ties with ISI, is hostile toward both the US and India, and supports the Pakistani military’s strategy in Afghanistan. More importantly, he is politically inexperienced. Perhaps, the Generals see him as a puppet that can be easily manipulated. So, the cricketer we admired so much in the field is an Army frontman, Taliban-backer and an Islamist who supports the blasphemy law. The world would be better off without him. Unfortunately, Pakistan doesn’t seem to think so.
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Dargah diplomacy All governments we have had have claimed, in their own way, one thing for sure that they want good relations with India. I do not understand this and wish if your readers can apprise me with their views. What good relation means? And why is it the desire of Pakistan to have good relations? Disputes between the two are unresolved and multiplying both in numbers and magnitude. Since lots of water has flown under the bridge since 1947, Kashmir dispute has remained outstanding and for all intents and purposes, it
on israel has been sent to cold-storage by our rulers for safe keeping. India has violated Indus Water Treaty of 1969 blocked our water in their own typical styles. Siachen is another dispute. Zia-ul-haque applied ‘cricket diplomacy’. Musharraf applied ‘Taj Mahal diplomacy’. Now Asif Ali Zardari applies ‘dargah diplomacy’. These diplomacies neither created any way in the past nor will they create any headway now. India remains hostile towards Pakistan when it comes to granting any margin. India gets away smartly
internationally. India has made progress economically in all these years and can now be called a ‘super power’. India thwarts China in consumer goods market. India blackmails US and gets civil nuclear programme. India has naughty Israel in its pocket. Indian small-industrial giant is ready to unleash into Pakistan having sick and sickening economy. MFN status to India is around the corner. India is all well planned and we are busy inventing diplomacy terms. Individuals like Rahat Fateh Ali,
Veena Malik, Wasim Akram, Ali Zafar, Aisam-ul-Haque etc are making full use of Indian dominance in their respective fields. And now I read Babar Awan, having been ditched by his god fathers, has gone to Dehli to try his luck there. Let us not keep harping on old and outdated public-rally rhetoric and dictums. Let us sit with India to resolve outstanding and serious issues on one to one basis. We need some wisdom. But the question is do we have some? AMJAD H MIRZA Lahore
indian prodding While a barrage of senior US officials started pouring Pakistan in an attempt to reduce the tension between the two countries, Washington is still entering into a fresh controversy by making new demands to prosecute the founder of banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed with announcing a $10 million reward for information on him. The political gurus interpret this new US move as a motivated campaign against Pakistan on the prodding of India. The US announcement of bounty on Hafiz Saeed also meant to pressurize the ongoing parliamentary review committee that is rewriting ‘terms of engagement’ (including suspension of the NATO supplies) for the future cooperation with NATO troops in the US-led war on terror. It is very interesting that instead of appreciating Pakistan’s efforts against Mumbai suspects, India has hinged everything on the prosecution of Hafiz Saeed. How can Pakistan take action against Hafiz Saeed on the basis of hearsay and conjectures? So much so, Indian interior minister has been continuously urging the US to intervene in the issue and press Pakistan to act against Hafiz Saeed. In the wake of on-going thorny USPakistan relations, the recent statement of US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner that it wanted the founder of banned Lashkar-e-Taiba to be prosecuted and jailed, is totally uncalled for development. Pakistanis want desperately for Americans to do good things in Pakistan. Pakistan has experienced huge losses fighting insurgents at its own borders, nearly 6,000 troops and between 30,000 to 40,000 civilians. It will be unbecoming of America to pressurise Pakistan’s nascent democracy at a critical stage where Pakistan is facing with plethora of serious challenges. Under these circumstances, the US must not react impulsively on the prodding of Indians hawks. NOOR-UL-HUDA Islamabad
lack of street lights There is a lack of street lights on the main road leading to Gulistan-e-Johar. I like to apprise that our area is inhabited by more than 2000 flats on both the sides of the road. The electricity board has installed poles on either side of the road to supply light to the residents, but these are just poles, not the electricity. There is apprehension of some major accident taking place because the traffic passes through this road mostly after 7 pm. The necessity of electrification requires no emphasis. In addition to accidents, cases of thefts and robbery can also not be denied. Darkness may lead to any kind of mishap. It may also be stated that many residents reach their homes even after late hours in the night. The residents pay house tax to the municipality regularly but the facility of street lights is denied to them. The matter has been taken to the authorities time and again, every time mere assurances were given but the problem persists as it is. The authorities concerned must wake up from slumber and solve the problem. FARYAL RASHEED Karachi
all-weather talks “Al-Qaeda plotting another 9/11 style attack from Afghanistan”, said US ambassador to Afghanistan. (April 1). One’s unknown tomorrows, the other’s unforgettable todays. Z A KAZMI Karachi
Balochistan: ready to explode There is no secret that Balochistan remained marred with violence repeatedly challenging the writ of the government. Notwithstanding the Baloch Sardar’s traditional lust for absolute power and money, the fact that the province was allowed to slip out of hands proves federation’s criminal neglect over all these years, especially the last four years that professes recon-
Silent trend-setters Once Karachi University comprised such clued-up and inspiring teachers in journalism as Professor Shariful Mujahid, Inam ur Rahman, Dr Sajid Zakaria and Mr Mohsin Ali, in the visiting faculty, who were not only assets for the university but were trend-setters of positive thinking and practice in journalism. Like teacher like student, Shahida Kazi, a KU student of journalism turned pioneer of a woman reporter with an illustrious background in media and a teacher and mentor of students in journalism, is still at work as a source of inspiration to media students and young professionals alike. Among KU’s cherished assets are such noble and humble men of letters as Abul Khair Kashfi, Asif Noorani, Aslam Farrukhi, Farman Fatehpuri, Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Ibn-e-Insha, Muhammad Ali Siddiqui, Imran Nazar Hosein, Jameel Jalibi, Jamiluddin Aali, Manzoor Ahmad, Moinuddin Aqeel and others. While Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, and Prof Dr Atta ur Rahman need no introduction as KU alumni being instrumental in Pakistan’s nuclear capability and higher education reforms respectively, Dr Khalida Ghous, Justice Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqi and Mr Muhammad Taqi Usmani are KU alumni of credibility in human rights, law and jurisprudence respectively. Remem-
ciliation. Now that the resolutions are being discussed in the global power centres, our state machinery has still not moved to retrieve the province from the brink of impending disaster. ENGINEER JAVED IQBAL Islamabad
bering late Dr Mrs Khursheed Haider, late Dr Abdul Qadeer and late Dr Mujtaba Rizvi as KU’s distinguished faculty in international relations, one recalls of the same department the legendary Professor Dr Ehsan Chaudhry and Professor Shamim Akhtar. KU’s faculty in economics range from the academic excellence and research acumen of late Dr Ehsan Rasheed to the national and international credibility of Dr Shahida Wizarat. Pakistan’s universities, whether it is Bahauddin Zakaria University, Multan; Islamia University Bahawalpur; Gomal University D I Khan; Punjab University, Balochistan University, Peshawar University, or for that matter, our medical and engineering colleges and others, quietly have such illustrious but humble alumni that need to be discovered as trend-setters for the youth. It is where discovering is the key to cherishing and benefiting from what may be called a reservoir of national strength. PARVEZ JAMIL Karachi
The latest episode of Indian Army Chief V K Singh having confrontation with the political establishment is not new. In 1959, the Indian army Chief K S Thimmayya also resigned when he had to face a similar situation on the issue of ap-
pointments and promotions of army personnel. Then in 1992, another army Chief S F Rodrigues declared that governance of the country was very bad under the then Prime Minister Narisima Rao’s govt. In 1999, the case of sacking of Indian Naval Chief Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat over criticism on interference in promotions caused ripples and hot debate in the media. The latest controversy started over the date of birth of Indian Army Chief V K Singh. He wanted extension in his service to complete his stipulated tenure. But the failure in doing so hurt his professional ego and the chief of the army projected himself as an egoist and selfcentred person. He made public that how previous director general of defence intelligence offered him bribe and the defence secretary remained quiet. The issue was still being debated when he came up with a letter written to the Indian govt over the issue of Indian army’s weaknesses. Such an attitude at the army chief level is going to affect the morale of his troops directly and the nation indirectly. The irony is that the next Indian army chief to take over charge is already having a tainted image on the allegation of fake killings in Indian Held Kashmir. His case is going to open a new Pandora’s Box if challenged in the court. ANWAR PARVEEN Islamabad
Nothing has been done to introduce any big change in our educational system. Firstly, our education system is not based on Islamic principles. With due respect, I would like to say that our education is too materialistic in its outlook. There is no harm in pursuing education from the West, but we should not forget that we are Muslims first and we have certain responsibilities. The present confusion and corruption in the society can only be cured if people are familiarised with the teaching of Islam at a very young age. Secondly, we should be aware of that fact that Pakistan is a developing country. We need doctors, engineers, agriculturist, specialist, expertise and more
skilled workers in every field of life. The government should provide all facilities to in order to make people work harder and selflessly for the betterment of our country. We should have more technical education and colleges. This will solve the problem of unemployment to a great extent. Moreover, we will be able to get rid of foreign experts, who harm more than help. Another major problem of our educational system is the use of old and obsolete curriculum. Most of the books are published by some foreign publisher. Some are published in Pakistan, but they are not up to date. They are not fulfilling the needs of present era and cannot compete with international standards. The
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Why do I say only now – That the nuclear power Israel endangers an Already fragile world? Because that must be said Which may already be too late to say tomorrow These are few verses from a poem by Guenter Grass, a German Nobel laureate. These fact were good enough to cause a widespread anger in both Germany and Israel. Israel has declared him a ‘personanon-grata’ and barred him from entering the country. He has been accused of being anti-Semitic, his Nazi era past (when he served Waffen SS during the WWII) was immediately blamed for his bad mouth against the state of Israel. In other words, whoever dares to criticize Israel, regardless how genuine is the criticism – whether its Israeli nuclear program, occupation of Arab territories, siege of Gaza, is liable to be labelled as anti-Semitic. It’s a bid to silence the criticism and make a scene for would-be-critiques. Are these not facts that Israel has been running an ambitious nuclear program, Israel has refused to return to pre-1967 war borders, has been behaving as an apartheid state for its Arab citizens and Palestinians in West Bank, despite all sort of pressure from human rights activists and organizations Israel has refused to lift the Gaza siege? We all accept that Israel has got some very influential and powerful friends, that’s why it is able to do whatever it wants in the name of security, however, it doesn’t mean that people are not even allowed to call a spade a spade. Tirelessly claiming as beacon of democracy in the region, Israel shall not behave like a dictatorship and apartheid regime. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyan described Grass’ work as ‘ignored and shameful declarations that any fair person in the world must condemn’. I don’t know in which world Bibi is living, that’ why he appears to be quite surprised by the criticism. Perhaps he believes in See No Evil, Hear No Evil but doesn’t believe in Do No Evil. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia
gender discrimination I invite the kind attention of the Honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan to the recent advertisement published in the newspaper, for regular commission in the Pakistan Army 130 PMA long courses. Under the eligibility conditions, the females are not allowed to apply and only males are eligible. This is discrimination when the constitutions of Pakistan guarantees equal rights to the citizens irrespective of their gender, when 50 percent of the citizens are female, and they have already proved that they are capable of flying fighter jets and can perform those jobs that have been the domain of males earlier. Why deprive the females from serving the country as an army soldier or an officer? Islamic history does have female commanders who fought wars. Are courage and bravery the domain of males only? Why should we not respect the right of women to have equal participation in the affairs of the state? S T HUSSAIN Lahore
focus on education Who is not familiar with the importance of education? Our Holy Prophet (PBUH) said that acquisition of education is necessary for both men and women. Education has great importance in Islam. With the passage of time the importance of education has grown to a great extent, especially in the last couple of years. In developed countries, education is considered as an investment. The pace with which technological changes are taking place all over the world have revolutionised every aspect of human life. In order to cope up with these changes, one needs to be well educated. Unfortunately, the educational field in our country has a lot of problems.
learned men and scholars in the country must devote themselves to writing new books according to our social and cultural requirements. IT education should be given a considerable share in syllabus. Our system is not a sure test of one’s ability. The system should discourage cram work and all possible steps should be taken to ensure originality of thoughts and an aptitude for research work. It’s time now that all of us should analyse ourselves and should realise our duties and responsibilities towards Pakistan. We should envision to stand with the advanced and developed nations of the world. AFFAN MATI Karachi
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ar, said Odysseus to Achilles, is young men dying and old men talking. The old men are talking these days. For the tragedy at Siachen has stirred up debate on wisdom of the war itself and the old men are frothing at the mouth. Row upon row of home-grown Sun Tzus are waxing strategic about why this glacier is the only thing that lies between our way of life and compulsory Sanskrit lessons for our kids. The Indians started Siachen. Does that mean we cannot end it? We can, but not without Indian concessions on the front as well. But the prospects of all that went bust with the Kargil adventure. One general, Zia-ul-Haq, let Siachen happen; another general, Musharraf, ensured it stays that way. Pakistan spends roughly one million dollars a day to maintain its presence on the glacier. India spends more. They both lose more soldiers to the elements than they do to enemy fire. The guns, after all, did fall silent in 2004. All subsequent casualties are because of the penetrating cold. To segue into subsequent tragedies, the forces of the status quo will want to use the ongoing tragedy, which is now putting at great risk even the lives of the rescuers, what to speak of the unfortunate soldiers under the avalanche, to brand as treasonous and ungrateful all those questioning the merits of this absurd theatre of war. In the dystopian future that Orwell painted in 1984, he imagined a troika of world powers fighting perpetually over marginal pieces of land. These conflicts were designed such that there actually never is a decisive outcome. Only for the war machine to keep running. It doesn’t take a raving conspiracy theorist to conjecture that there would be highaltitude warfare contractors content with the Siachen conflict. It would even make sense, considering economies of scale, to have the same profiteer serve both sides; keeping elements on both sides happy. The recent tragedy should serve as an impetus for us to thrash out an understanding with the Indians. There needs to be a calibrated withdrawal from the ice from both the armies. Modalities on what should happen in the likelihood of war could be worked on. The presence of both sides could be accepted as theoretical constructs. These brave young men, our hearts go out to them and their families, shouldn’t have been there in the first place.
on election expenses only for the very rich
perception is arising that with candidates spending in eight figures to win seats in the provincial and national assemblies and many times more in the case of the senate seats, the legislative assemblies are turning into exclusive millionaires’ clubs. The facts are so obvious that these are recognised also by political leaders and the courts. Last month, both Khurshid Shah and Ch Nisar Ali Khan publicly complained that large amounts of money had changed hands during the Senate polls. On Monday, hearing a petition seeking a curb on election expenses the CJ observed that various lobbies invested money in the elections to come in the government. Unless action is taken to bring election expenses under control, neither a middle class man nor a small party would be able to take part in elections. Not that there is a lack of laws to regulate election expenses. Under Representation of the People Act (RPA) 1976 presently a candidate cannot exceed the limit of Rs 1.5 million in case of an election to a National Assembly seat and Rs 1.00 million in case of a Provincial Assembly seat. Other Sections of RPA make it obligatory for a contesting candidate to submit the return of election expenses within 30 days of the publication of the name of returned candidate. Despite the presence of the legal requirements, these cannot be enforced because the lawmakers have failed to create an implementation machinery. While hearing arguments on the petition a learned judge asked the counsel not to “put the burden of 180 million (people) on the court” and asked him why he had not approached the parliament for curtailing expenditure in the general elections. It is encouraging that the courts are realising that they cannot resolve all the issues under the sun. In case the SC drops the hot potato, either the parliament or the Election Commission have to take up the challenge to make it possible for a middle class man and smaller parties to contest the elections.
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Changing dynamics of the ppp The party of the past is not the party of the present
olitical parties are integral to democracy. It is not possible to conceive of functional democracy in the absence of openly competing political parties that subscribe to constitutionalism and democracy. A political party can be instrumental to promoting political cohesion and building nationwide political architecture if it thinks and acts in terms of the whole nation or country rather than limiting itself near-exclusively to a particular ethnic, linguistic, regional or religio-cultural identity. A meaningful political presence and support in all four provinces implies that the activities of a political party must be consequential for the politics inside different provinces or regions rather than a party simply having some token offices and recruiting some members to claim an all-Pakistan standing. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has a tangible presence in all four provinces and Gilgit-Baltistan. Its members of the parliament get elected from all provinces and it is also present in all provincial assemblies. The PPP-led coalition governments at the federal level and in Sindh and Balochistan have been functioning since March 2008. However, these governments have not been successful in ensuring good and effective governance and addressing socio-economic problems of the people. The major predicament of the PPPled federal government is that it could not get over the survival question because it faced challenges from political adversaries and state institutions. The military top brass built pressures on it from time to time with referBy Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi ence to their professional and corporate interests. The Supreme Court has also kept strong pressure on the federal government in the cases filed by political adversaries of the PPP. The Supreme Court, and at times, the High Courts, took up matters relating to the federal government on their own, what is described as the suomotu action. The prime minister faces a contempt of court charge because of his refusal to the Supreme Court direction to revive criminal proceedings against President Asif Ali Zardari in Swiss Courts. The opposition parties also cause problems for the federal government either by street protest or by taking political matters to the Supreme Court for adjudication. This has turned political
survival into a higher priority over performance. The federal government did not collapse under these pressures mainly because the PPP leadership succeeded in building and sustaining partnership with other political parties. President Asif Ali Zardari has been instrumental to building political partnership and he also wonback the MQM when it decided twice to withdraw from the coalition. The coalition partners – PPP, ANP, MQM and PML(Q) – are expected to be accommodative towards each other in the next general elections. The political survival strategy is part of the changes that have taken place in the PPP over the years. These changes have helped the party to address the current challenges but caused complaints within and outside the party of compromising its ideology and pursuing politics that negated its political heritage. A number of PPP leaders that played key role in its politics in the earlier period are alienated from the present leadership. However, with a few exceptions these alienated leaders continue to subscribe to the PPP ideology and its political legacy while maintaining distance from the current top leadership. The present day PPP is different from the PPP of the first phase, 1967-1977, on four major counts. First, the leadership of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) owed its origin to popular struggle and mass mobilisation during 1967-71. It cultivated firm roots in the people. In the current context, the PPP leadership fell on the shoulders of Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto from above after the demise of Benazir Bhutto. Had Benazir Bhutto been alive, the composition of the top PPP leadership would have been different. Second, ZAB legitimised his leadership through his actions in favour of the people. He talked of the present agonies of the people and gave them a vision for the future that gave him legitimacy. The current PPP leadership seeks legitimacy from the past. They talk of ZAB and Be-
nazir Bhutto to seek support for them. Third, the ZAB era was marked by ideological clarity. He stood for socialism and state control of major sources of economic power. There were people during those days who opposed socialism. Both sides were clear about the future direction of the society. Currently, there is ideological confusion in the PPP and the outside. There is no definite vision for the future of Pakistan. There are high flying slogans that are supportive of modified capitalism. Fourth, political context has changed over time. ZAB came to power against the backdrop of socio-economic changes in the 1960s by industrialisation in the context of maximum freedom to private sector and free enterprise. ZAB mobilised newly emerging socio-economic classes and activated the hitherto non-active sections of the populace. Pakistan’s current politics is shaped mainly by the fallout of the political and military changes in and around Pakistan in the 1980s and the 1990s that increased religious orthodoxy, religious-cultural intolerance, militancy and terrorism. All this makes governance a more complex task than was the case in the past. As Pakistan approaches the general elections, the PPP leadership will have to adopt a host of measures to sustain its commanding position. It needs to put its house in order by strengthening interaction between the leadership and its dedicated workers. Party machines needs to be activated by the leadership at all level by seeking out the workers. The federal government can improve its image if it manages shortages of electricity and gas. It needs to inform the people how prices of oil products are determined, starting from oil’s prices international market to what a consumer pays at the petrol and gas stations. Electricity and gas shortages have adversely affected industry and increased unemployment and poverty. If the federal government cannot manage power and gas shortages, it will suffer from irreparable electoral losses. Corruption in the official circles may be exaggerated by the media but even the sympathisers of the PPP say that it has increase over the years. The government must be seen as working towards controlling it. Further, the leadership and their immediate families should avoid life of glamour and pursue a low profile life style. If the PPP leaders cannot address these issues, they will find it difficult to sustain their present position simply by invoking the past. They need to strengthen performance legitimacy. The writer is an independent political and defence analyst.
Switching to election mode Daily Khabroona
ith elections around the corner, most political parties are now gearing up for them. Not only are their leader snow making statements that are designed to lure the public’s vote, most political parties are now treating every public gathering like campaign rallies and trying to ensure that all of these have high turnouts. Many parties are still calling for ‘early’ elections even though the tenure of the incumbents is almost up. Currently, the biggest issues facing the masses of Pakistan are that of law and order, unemployment, gas and power loadshedding, hyper-inflation and so on. These have brought frustrated the masses as is manifest in the frequent protests and demonstrations taking place. This should make all the political parties do some introspection and question their own strategies. While they have already started to flex their muscle for the upcoming elections, have any of these parties started to come up with tangible solutions to any of these problems? The incumbent government has neither succeeded in fetching peace nor has it done something commendable to address
and ameliorate the poor condition of the citizens of the country. Back in 2008, people put their trust in the incumbent rulers as they were democratically elected and thus had the people’s mandate and were making all kinds of tall promises. But the government has only disappointed the people. There is little or rather no hope left that the hanging issues can be addressed by the incumbents in the one year that they have left (assuming no early elections). But having said this, the call for early election are not going to benefit anyone either. Firstly, the opposition parties would do well to understand that the government completing its tenure will strengthen democratic processes. Also, practically speaking, if any of the opposition parties are able to come in government after early elections on the back of the government dismal governance problem, they will only inherit the current government’s problem and not be able to control things like the price hike, loadshedding etc. So, they would do well to utilise the remaining time to come up with proper manifestoes and campaigns rather than wasting time calling for early elections. – Translated from the original Pashto by Abdur Rauf Khattak
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Speed, Service, Safety Pakistan Railways is dead; long live Pakistan Railways!
By Ali Aftab Saeed
n my article On Extentions, dated March 27, I wrote: “Saeed Akhtar has been given an extension as GM Railways. He has the reputation of someone who always keeps a briefcase by his side and apparently is on very good terms with Bilour.” On the 30th, an accountability court granted NAB a 15-day remand for the GM, for selling scrap on lower rates. Defence counsel Advocate Asad Butt maintains that his client has been wrongly accused, adding that the ministry handled the contract and that his client had nothing to do with it. The court has fixed April 14 as the next date of hearing. Kamran Khan has done a lot of reports on corruption in the buying of railway engines, but the whole issue had caught my attention when I got to know that Saeed Akhtar was given a straight third extension after his retirement! Railway scrap has said to have made industrialists in Pakistan – Nawaz Sharif has been allegedly accused of scrap stealing too. From dopers to GMs, scrap attracts everybody; in a country where railway lines and live high-voltage power lines are stolen, impossible is nothing. From booking clerks to operations, management, ticketing and Inspector of Works – which is a scale-16 job that requires lacs in bribes to get appointed – there is corruption in each and every department of PR. TV channels often use railway stations and engine sheds for shooting and if you are willing to part with around 5k, the staff is happy to let you use engines like a rented bicycle although an engine consumes more than Rs 3500
worth of diesel on ignition alone, not to mention direct stealing and selling of the fuel. Railway unions provide ample cover for all these activities – Peoples Labour Union and Jamaat-e-Islami’s PREM union are especially notorious. PR also has its own police. Originally this force wasn’t a deterrent for thieves and other anti-social elements because let alone facing up to dacoits, it was scared to the marrow of the local policemen. It’s true that a railway police official used to travel with every train, but he was regarded by all and sundry as a harmless individual, like the vice-captain of a cricket team. (I must acknowledge here that there are rare but notable exceptions. Case in point: our very own M. Hafeez, who despite having an average of 27 after hundred odd ODIs, can’t be messed with, on account of being the undisputed Professor.) Thankfully, the impotence of the Railway police is a thing of the past now; ever since there is an IG, DIG and DSP deputed for railway police, they aren’t afraid of anybody anymore; although some haters maintain that this has resulted in institutionalising of corruption. Well you can’t please everybody. It is a myth that the PR once used to earn out of passenger trains. Even at the best of times, it was considered great if it managed to break even, because it was more of a social service. The Railways’ real earning was transportation of goods to and from the Karachi port. Ten trains were dispatched every day; now it has dropped to two a month. The main reason behind it is said to be the lack of engines. Bilour saab ordered 69 engines, all turned out unfit to work; and instead of fixing them, he ordered 70 more! But there is another factor involved too: the Railways transport lost its credibility: the way things go missing from NATO containers, the cargo started getting stolen and appearing in markets. And then there is the NLC. It started getting a lot of busi-
ness that traditionally PR enjoyed. That is the difference between an organised and an unorganised institution. This can also be seen in Balochistan, where markets are being constructed and there is some infrastructure development as well, but people are wondering why all of it is being done by the FC? Where is the local government? People of disputed Kashmir also have similar issues with India. PR has a lot of land in Mayo Gardens and in Khanewal, Rorhi, Lodheran, Multan, Karachi etc, where it is ‘occupied’ by mostly serving and retired Railways officers, and which can presumably be put to great use with some will. We have all heard about the Royal Palm but that’s not all. A former DS Railways once wrote a letter to a Corps Commander stating that the army had a lot of railway land, and asking for suggestions on how to retrieve it. The CC reportedly advised him to give up the effort, graciously offering to name one road on each land ‘Railway Road’ instead. According to the PR report presented to the SC, 87 acres of land has had so far been retrieved from illegal possession, but that has been mainly by demolishing huts of the poor. According to the report, Pakistan Army is in possession of 1,059 acres, Pakistan Air Force 1.4 acres, Pakistan Rangers 496 acres, Janbaz Force 5 acres, Frontier Constabulary 2.5 acres, Frontier Corps 0.34 acres and FWO 2.3 acres. While I write all this, an English daily in its epaper reports ‘Railways & Army settle land dispute’, though it is not reported anywhere else, it most probably is true. The report states while some of the land has been retrieved, most of it has been regularised/leased on mutually agreed terms. The question arises if it is based on mutual understanding or it is a Hobson’s choice for PR? The writer is a member of the band Beygairat Brigade.
Clemency matters Religion and politics an unsuitable concoction?
Border Crossings By Kuldip Nayar
t the height of an Akali agitation in the eighties, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, then out of office, reached Delhi under the guise of a truck driver and burnt a copy of the Indian constitution. He personally did not agree with his Akali party’s fiat but went along with the decision as a disciplined soldier. Subsequently, he regretted his act of burning. I don’t know whether Badal has felt the same way after filing a mercy petition to the president on the clemency of Balwant Singh Rajoana who has been sentenced to death. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has adjudged him an accomplice in the murder of former chief minister Beant Singh. Mixing religion with politics has been the bane of Akalis. But I thought they had come out of their contradictory position. The manner in which the party and the government connived at the “unrest” in the state a few days ago indicates that the passion of religion still has the better of the community. Most unfortunate was the role of the Akal Thakt. It is a highly respected seat of Sikhs and many others in the country look up to it with prayers on their lips. Its hukamnama on the clemency of Rajoana meets the norms of religious assertion but mocks at the laws and the courts in the country. The decision was not politic but it conveyed the impression that the highest religious authority of the Sikhs could have a perspective that went against the ethos of democratic secular society. The twin principle of “miri piri” (polity and clergy) does not fit into the religious fervour. What happened in Punjab during the agitation over the
clemency of Rajaona reminds me of the lawless and brutal days which the state went through some years ago. Once again the message of the recent happening is that a few determined people, fired by religious fanaticism, could dictate an agenda which made Punjab an uncertain state. The nation heaved a sigh of relief when the fire of extremism was extinguished in Punjab and it began to live like a normal Indian state since three decades ago. A similar kind of indignation swept through Tamil Nadu when Nalini, a culprit in the Rajiv Gandhi murder case, had served her life sentence and was ready to be released. Even the state assembly passed a resolution for clemency. Sonia Gandhi’s family too did not oppose the clemency. But since the release went against the spirit of the judgment, she was kept in jail along with three others. Yet the state did not witness the stir which Punjab did, nor did any party make a political capital out of it as the Akali did. I personally think that hanging should be dropped from the statute book because it is medieval in practice, tit for tat, a tooth for a tooth in attitude. Some 125 countries in the world have done away with the death sentence. India too without banning the hanging was more or less following the practice till a few years ago, without specifically saying so. Even the Supreme Court endorsed it by underlining in a judgment that hanging should take place in the “rarest of rare” cases. But surely, the results say something else. The statistics show that the cases of death penalty were the highest in the five years following the SC’s advice. There is no go from a parliament act to stop the hanging. It is time that the political parties in the country paid serious attention to the proposal. The sentence should be for life, meaning thereby that the guilty should not be released till his death. Alternatively, we can adopt the practice followed in America where the court gives a sentence for 40, 50 or 80 years. In any case, the sentence of hanging is reprehensible and should stop.
Yet the existing law has to prevail till the abolition of hanging. What I saw in Punjab was not the protest against death sentence but defiance. True, the situation would have taken an ugly turn if Balwant Singh Rajoana’s execution had taken place. Yet what it conveys is that how weak the state has become over the years in fighting against some motivated elements who decide to mock at the law. The five-star facilities provided to Bibi Jagir Kaur, once a minister but now a convict, in jail takes the cake. Does the government realise what the messages it gives to the people? Is it the extension of the government’s double standards shown in the case of Rajoana? The point at issue is not whether Balwant Singh Rajoana should be given clemency but whether the pressure and the violence threats should be used to get a favourable decision. When the state government itself becomes partisan, it sends out a wrong signal. It was alarming to find a few officials at Gurdaspur not rising to the occasion and putting down a communal riot firmly. That the government suspended or transferred them shows that it woke up to its duties. But then the damage had been done. What hurts me more than anything else is the attitude of the Punjab chief minister. How could he file the clemency petition when Rajoana does not want clemency, as he has said in writing? How does the state government come into the picture when the step is legally, leave apart the fact of clemency, questionable? It is another matter that Rajoana should not be hanged because the death sentence is an outdated practice which the country should have abandoned long ago. The Badal government, I am afraid, has only proved that when the option is between religion and politics, it opts for the first. That the BJP is an integral part of the Punjab government does not surprise me because it too mixes religion with politics when it suits the party. The writer is a senior Indian journalist.
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Lopez's 'Dance Again'
KARACHI: Designers present their collections at Fashion Pakistan Week. PHOTOGRAPHS BY: IMRAN ALI
video slammed for being ‘too racy’ LOS ANGELES AgeNCIeS
ENNIFER Lopez's video for ‘Dance Again’ has riled up some critics. Writhing around in with your 25year-old lover may make for good TV, but not everyone is happy with Jennifer Lopez's new video for ‘Dance Again’. In a recent interview with Radar, a rep for the Culture and Media institute didn't mince words when going after Lopez. "Jennifer Lopez's skanky new video shows how desperate she is to retain her fame despite her fading relevance," Dan Gainor told the site. The video, which debuted on ‘American Idol’ last week, and has racked up nearly 10 million views on YouTube, is pretty typical pop fare, with Lopez dancing around and running her hands over herself and other dancers. Lopez's choreographer and boyfriend Casper Smart figures prominently in the video. "Nobody knows what I'm feeling inside," Lopez sings. The chorus of the track is simple enough: "I wanna dance and love and dance again." Pitbull is also featured on ‘Dance Again’. It's Lopez's second recent collaboration with the Cuban rapper, as the duo also put out ‘On the Floor’. Gainor said the big issue with the video is the fact that it premiered during a show watched by children. "Even the supposedly family-friendly TV shows like ‘American Idol’ are never safe in the hands of Hollywood," he said. "Such videos aren't appropriate for any children to watch, including Lopez's own twins." Despite the fact that it debuted on such a popular show, the song was neither on the Billboard singles chart nor the iTunes Top 10.
Saim Ali presents promotional video of latest collection NEWS DESK Pakistan’s well known fashion designer Saim Ali is working on his first ever fashion video to go with his collection to be showcased at the Bridal Couture Week 2012. After creating so many dazzling collections, Saim Ali has come up with the idea of a promotional video for his latest fashion collection. Fashion models, such as Sadia Faisal, Amna Babar, Kiran Butt, Ayesha Azhar, Asma Zernab, and Fia from FQ Productions will be seen in Saim Ali’s promotional video. Makeup artist Hussain has done the hair styling and makeup of the models. The video is directed by Qasim Ali, assisted by Habib Mushtaq. The event coordinator is Ali Khan from FQ Productions.
to form the
All Stars Football Club
MUMBAI: they are heirs to perhaps the two biggest families of the hindi cinema industry. and now they have joined hands for a completely different ball game - football. abhishek Bachchan and ranbir Kapoor will be a part of an all stars football club that'll play three matches every year. the exhibition match to flag off this unique collaboration will be held in Delhi this June. apart from Bachchan and Kapoor, several other actors will also be a part of the club. though they have been sworn to secrecy, ranveer Singh, arjun rampal, Dino morea, Zayed Khan, rahul Bose, Shabbir ahluwalia and harman Baweja are already on the list. tennis players leander Paes, mahesh Bhupathi, cricketers Sreesanth and mohammad Kaif, tv actor Karan wahi and models marc robinson and hrishant goswami will also join the club. according to the source, the all Stars football Club will play against business firms and ngos and also within themselves. "Bollywood stars, cricketers and sports personalities from other fields can be a heady mix. every game will be a professional game of 90 minutes," added the source. the proceeds from the matches will go for charity. the decision about will be taken by the team members themselves. AgeNCIeS
Saif replaces Salman in Sajid's next
MUMBAI: reportedly, Saif ali Khan has replaced Salman Khan in Sajid nadiadwala's 'Judwaa 2'. the romantic comedy will be directed by Sajid Khan. interestingly, this project brings Sajid Khan and Saif ali Khan together for the first time. very few know that Saif wanted to sign Sajid as a director to make films for his home production, illuminati films. But being very loyal to Sajid nadiadwala, Sajid politely declined the offer. apparently the duo was destined to work together. Sajid nadiadwala announced ‘Judwaa 2’ which will be a sequel to David Dhawan's directorial venture Judwaa that had Salman in the lead. to see Saif in a double role and in a comic caper will come as a welcome change after the kind of films he has been a part of the in the recent past. AgeNCIeS
MUMBAI: india's favourite film star amitabh Bachchan was preparing for a medical scan tuesday after suffering from "horrendous" pain less than two months after undergoing abdominal surgery. the 69-yearold Bollywood legend said on his blog that he had been struck down on Sunday night. "i rose from my desk to get to bed, but excruciating pain, stopped me in my tracks and i found it difficult to walk to stand to sit to lie down. quite horrendous!" he wrote. "this was not there post operation even ... so what really is the reason for it two months down the line? i have no answer. But tomorrow there should be one as i prepare for a Ct Scan." Bachchan, who still acts in several films every year, was discharged from a mumbai hospital late in february after undergoing surgery twice for an abdominal problem. the actor spent weeks in hospital in 2005 after bowel surgery, including one week in intensive care. he also nearly died following an accident on the set of the 1982 film ‘Coolie’ where he ruptured his spleen during a fight scene. AfP
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‘one big lie’ LOS ANGELES ReUTeRS
INDSAY LOHAN, on the comeback trail after being released from formal probation last month, strongly denied a claim that she had shoved a woman in a West Hollywood nightclub. Lohan's spokesman said the 25 year-old ‘Freaky Friday’ actress was never at the nightclub in question and called the allegations "malicious and unfounded." Police said they were investigating a
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battery report filed by a woman who claimed that Lohan had pushed and shoved her in an argument over a man at a nightclub at the Standard hotel. "Lindsay was never at the club and the whole thing is one big lie. Whomever started this will be held accountable for their malicious and unfounded accusations," said Lohan's spokesman Steve Honig. Lohan, who has made multiple trips to jail, rehab and court in recent years, was released in March from almost five years of formal probation stemming from a 2007 drunk driving and cocaine possession arrest.
Vaneeza’s Vlawn launches Martin Scorsese setting V Limited Edition and V Luxury Prints
sights on Sinatra biopic LOS ANGELES AgeNCIeS
NEWS DESK Designing lawn since 2006, Vaneeza Ahmad Ali introduces a new designer lawn collection for her pioneering brand Vaneeza Vlawn Prints this April. Further, Vaneeza innovates within her lawn repertoire to introduce two brand new lines: Vluxury Prints Collection and the Limited Edition Collection. This year Vaneeza’s Lawn is an essence of a multi ethnic celebration of colour and design. Rich patterns of Jamavar and bold representations of psychedelic truck unique to Pakistan have been brilliantly incorporated as the latest statement of Pakistani fashion. The Topkapi and Shang-
Amitabh Bachchan to undergo
hai bring colourful images from the glorious Ottoman and Orient eras. Inclusion of other ethnic impressions, crochet and lace introduce the current international ramp trends of summer 2012. This season’s aesthetic is bold and innovative, retaining the design philosophy and ethos of creating prints which are trendy and have a modern, contemporary feel to them. The V Luxury Prints, Limited Edition and V Lawn Prints collections will be launched in a series of exhibitions to be held in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad from the 21st of April 2012 and will be available at retail outlets and select stockists across Pakistan.
Salman Khan to play
a conjoined twin MUMBAI: ‘Chillar Party’, director vikas Bahl is all set to tackle another sensitive subject- conjoined twins, except that the treatment will be of an out-and-out masala flick. the film, being scripted by Sanjay Chel and vikas, will star Salman Khan in the lead, if all goes as per plan. vikas Bahl confirmed the news, saying, "i am writing a film on conjoined twins. i am in the process of finishing the script and wanted Sanjay Chel on the project. So, both of us are finishing it." asked whether Salman would play the lead, Bahl chose to be non-committal, "i don't know. i know one thing for a fact that i will definitely get an audience with him if i have a good script. and i want to cast someone like him in the film. however, i haven't spoken to him about it." meanwhile, a source in the know of the project revealed, "vikas Bahl made an extremely sensitive film like ‘Chillar Party’ and after watching the film, Salman Khan loved it so much that he agreed to lend his name as producer of the film, going all out to promote it. now vikas is busy setting up his project and wants Salman to play the lead as he is extremely close to him." AgeNCIeS
Director Martin Scorsese is planning to make a biopic about American singer and actor Frank Sinatra. The 'Goodfellas' filmmaker has revealed that he has already met with writers to develop the project. Sinatra died of a heart attack in 1998, aged 82. Scorsese is hoping to bring the Rat Pack star's life story to the big screen but he says he's struggling to come up with a focused script, although he hasn't ruled out developing a Sinatra TV miniseries. "I'm talking to one or two writers now. Where do you start? I met this writer who I think could do a lot with it, but (we) have to get a hold of the story," he told ETOnline.com. “I love the idea of a miniseries because, as long as you stay reasonably on budget, you have freedom, which is very difficult to find in the cinematic marketplace," he added. And while his long-time pal Leonardo DiCaprio, who Scorsese directed in both 'The Departed' and 'Shutter Island', has expressed an interest in taking on the
lead role, the Oscar-winning director is keeping his options open. "Leo's always talked about doing it, but what if the story takes you in a completely different way? We could go for an unknown. Maybe the person who plays him isn't important. Maybe it's distracting to have a star in that role," he said. But it is clear that Scorsese's choice for Sinatra won't be singing in the project as he said, "You can't have someone else sing! It's got to be Sinatra's voice. It's tricky."
MUMBAI: Kunal Kohli's ‘teri meri Kahani’ starring Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra is on the brink of release. the film spans over three time period right from 1912 to 1960 to 2012. while Chopra related to her 2012 character, Shahid connected to his character based on 1912. Said Shahid: "i related to the Javed of 1912. there was so much of me in it. whether he was coming up shayari or playing a lover to the hilt, he was just the way i am. there is so much of magic in him. and there is so much of me in him. Javed is the man every woman would love to meet. also, he is shown belonging to an era of 1912 that is what makes it special." Priyanka enjoyed playing the 2012 role. "She is the girl of today so obviously i related to her. like me, she is very contemporary in her outlook and believes in living her life to the fullest. i enjoyed playing that character," Priyanka said. AgeNCIeS
NEW YORK: Ronnie Wood says the Rolling Stones will meet in a recording studio later this month "to just throw some ideas around." The guitarist for the legendary rock group said he and the band just want "to get the feel again." He also added that the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary is like training for something big. Wood made the comments in an interview following a press conference for his exhibition, ‘Faces, Time and Places,’ which features his own paintings, including pieces of him and his band mates, as well as Muhammad Ali and Al Pacino. Wood's week will get busier when he is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Faces, along with Rod Stewart. The Rolling Stones were inducted in 1989. He also talked about possibly recording another solo album. "Lots of people don't know I've made seven, ‘cause most of my albums escape; they're not released," he said, laughing. "Keith (Richards) says they all skyrocket to oblivion." AgeNCIeS
Singer-actress Miley Cyrus hates being called anorexic LOS ANGELES: Miley Cyrus can’t stand people that call her anorexic. The 19-year-old, daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus has taken to her Twitter account to slam her accusers and explain the real reason why she’s avoiding certain food, reported Aceshowbiz. "For everyone calling me anorexic I have a gluten and lactose allergy. It’s not about weight it’s about health. Gluten is crapppp anyway!" Cyrus posted on her Twitter page. When a fan responded to her tweet by saying, "Gluten free food is sooo good & healthy!", she urged her fans to try "no gluten for a week" and pointed out its benefit, "The change in your skin, phyisical (sic) and mental health is amazing! U won’t go back!" AgeNCIeS
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A powerful booby trap bomb killed one Philippine soldier and wounded 27 others as they patrolled a former stronghold of Al-Qaeda-linked militants on Tuesday, the military said. The soldiers were patrolling the outskirts of a remote camp captured last month from Abu Sayyaf extremists when the device went off, local army commander Colonel Ricardo Visaya told AFP. The Abu Sayyaf had formerly used the camp on the southern island of Basilan, to hide many of their kidnap victims until a large military assault dislodged the rebels in March, Visaya said. "The camp had a lot of improvised explosive devices planted around it... to strengthen (the extremists') defensive position. They are very difficult to detect," he told AFP. He described the device as an old booby trap left behind by the Abu Sayyaf before they abandoned the camp. It was set off when soldiers tripped on it. Helicopters were deployed to airlift the wounded to a military hospital but one soldier died before he could be treated while six others remained in critical condition, Visaya said. The heavily-forested island of Basilan is a known stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, a group founded with seed money from late Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in the 1990s. The group has been blamed for the worst terror attacks in Philippine history and has frequently resorted to kidnapping to raise funds, often targeting foreigners. Seven foreigners -- a Dutchman, a Swiss national, an Australian, two Malaysian traders, an Indian and a Japanese man -- are believed to still be held by the Abu Sayyaf and other outlawed groups in the south.
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ORWEGIAN Anders Behring Breivik was sane when he killed 77 people last summer in attacks he saw as punishing pro-immigration "traitors", a psychiatric team said on Tuesday, contradicting a prior report that found him psychotic. Breivik has insisted he is mentally stable and demanded that his attacks - the most violent in Norway since World War Two be judged as political rather than the work of a deranged mind. His trial on terror and murder charges is scheduled to start in Oslo next week and last 10 weeks. The new report could give judges grounds to sentence Breivik to prison.
Breivik, 33, has admitted detonating a bomb that killed eight people at government headquarters in Oslo on July 22, then massacring 69 people with gunfire at a Labour Party summer camp. Most of the summer camp victims were teenagers. "We're talking about psychosis, and we have found no evidence of it," psychiatrist Asgar Aspaas told reporters after submitting the 310-page report based on weeks of round-the-clock observation. Aspaas was one of two experts appointed to provide a second opinion after a previous team using different methods found Breivik to be a psychotic who also suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. The initial finding caused a public uproar. "It's a completely open question
now," said Jo Martin Stigen, a University of Oslo law professor. "I don't think we can rule out that he will be considered legally sane in the end." The dueling psychiatric teams are expected to defend their diagnoses in court, an unusual event in Norway. The final ruling will be made by a five-judge panel as part of its verdict at the end of the trial. Breivik's attorney, Geir Lippestad, has said he would call political experts and historians to testify that Breivik's world view is shared by others. He would also call a radical Islamist cleric who holds a similar view that European and Islamic culture are irreconcilable. If he is found guilty and the judges side with the latest psychiatric report, Breivik could face 21 years in prison with the potential for unlimited exten-
sions to prevent him from repeating his crimes. If Breivik is ruled psychotic he could face an indefinite period of psychiatric care in a locked facility. District Judge Ina Stroemstad, who is not on the case, said the trial judges would now have to sort a tangle of evidence about Brevik's mental state, including his behaviour in court. At a preliminary hearing Breivik denied criminal guilt and suggested his actions were part of a war to save European culture. "I am a military commander in the Norwegian resistance movement and Knights Templar Norway," Breivik said, echoing a written manifesto in which he called himself "a hero of Europe, a saviour of our people and of European Christendom."
iran arrests â€˜major terrorist groupâ€™ linked to israel DUBAI ReUTeRS
Iran said on Tuesday it had identified a "major terrorist group" it said was affiliated to its arch-foe Israel and had arrested some of its members, the official IRNA news agency reported, citing a report by the country's Intelligence Ministry. "Iran's Intelligence Ministry announced it has identified a major terrorist group from the Zionist regime (of Israel) and has arrested some of its protected operational members inside the country," IRNA reported without making clear when the arrests had taken place. The semi-official Fars news agency said the suspects were arrested "while preparing to carry out terrorist acts", adding that a considerable number of bombs, machine guns, military and communication equipments were seized. Tehran has in the past accused Israel of being behind the killings of its nuclear scientists. The Islamic state blamed Israel in January when a nuclear scientist was killed by a bomb placed on his car by a motorcyclist in Tehran. Iran denies Western suspicions that its nuclear programme has military goals, saying it is for purely peaceful purposes. Fars cited the Intelligence Ministry's statement as saying that further information would be announced later.
ColoMBo: Sri lankan Army soldiers participate in a traditional game during a Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebration on Tuesday. afp
palestinians seek UN condemnation of settlements RAMALLAH AfP
The Palestinians have sent a letter to the UN Security Council seeking condemnation of Israeli settlement activity, the foreign minister said on Tuesday. Riyad al-Malki said Palestinian envoy to the United Nations Riyad Mansour submitted letters on Monday to the council and to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, ahead of a meeting of the peacemaking Quartet in Washington on Wednesday. "The letters called on the international community, and particularly the Security Council, to condemn settlement activity -which is illegal -- and other illegal Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territory," Malki told AFP. The message also called for "urgent measures to put pressure on the occupying power, which is Israel, to compel it to stop
these actions and policies immediately," he said. The text of the letter warns that Israel's "illegal and destructive plans not only inflames tensions but further underscores the dubious nature of the occupying power's claims of readiness to negotiate a peace settlement." It said settlement activity was part of a campaign "being deliberately waged in an attempt to seize more Palestinian land and entrench (Israel's) control over the Palestinian territory." Malki said the delivery of the message was carefully timed. "The goal of these messages at this time in particular is to keep the issue of settlements at the top of the priorities of the Security Council and General Assembly," Maliki added. "These messages anticipate the Quartet meeting being held tomorrow, which will discuss the stalled peace process in the region," he said.
al Qaeda kills nine Yemen soldiers SANAA AfP
Al-Qaeda militants killed nine Yemeni soldiers Tuesday in an attack on a makeshift military post on a desert road in the country's mostly lawless eastern provinces, a security official said. "Al-Qaeda militants attacked a military position on the road between Hadramawt and Marib province (in the east)," the official said requesting anonymity, adding that "nine soldiers were killed" in the assault.
He said at least eight other soldiers were wounded. Al-Qaeda gunmen attacked the soldiers just after dawn with "automatic weapons," the official added. The attack is the latest in a deadly week of battles between Yemeni security forces and Al-Qaeda linked militants that have strengthened their presence in the country's south and east in the wake of the year-long uprising that eventually toppled former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
A local official in the Abyan province town of Loder said Tuesday that AlQaeda militants have surrounded the area in preparation for the complete takeover of the town. "Al Qaeda has distributed statements throughout the town saying that it is determined to take control of Loder," said the official who requested anonymity. At least 78 people were killed on Monday when Al-Qaeda militants raided barracks in Loder, 58 of them Qaeda militants.
At least 14 soldiers were killed in the raid, including an officer, while six other armed civilians loyal to the Yemeni army were also killed. Two other armed civilians were killed Tuesday in Loder and six others wounded in sporadic clashes between Qaeda militants and the army, the local official said, adding that the Yemeni air force also "destroyed two tanks that were seized by alQaeda." In total, 80 people have been killed in Loder since Monday.
11 'qaeda' members arrested in iraq: police BASRA AfP
Iraqi forces have arrested 11 alleged Al-Qaeda members said to be responsible for attacks in the southern province of Basra that killed dozens of people, a top police officer said on Tuesday. "Eleven criminals from Al-Qaeda have been arrested, including a Pakistani man who was born in Kuwait, who are responsible for recent explosions in Basra," Major General Faisal al-Ebadi, police chief of Basra, told a news conference. A video played during the news conference showed alleged confessions of the detainees, in which they said they were responsible for attacks, including one on January 14 against Shiite pilgrims that left 53 people dead. Ebadi said that the arrests were carried out in coordination with intelligence agents and others security forces. One of the detainees is a policeman named Issam Abdelal Yassin who gave "information about the locations of police officers to facilitate assassinating them," Ebadi said.
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Foreign News 17 thousands rally in restive Kyrgyzstan's south JALALABAD AfP
Around 5,000 supporters of the Kyrgyz nationalist opposition Tuesday held their third rally in two months in the restive south of the country demanding the government's ouster. The series of peaceful demonstrations in the ethnically-mixed and deeply impoverished region of the mountainous Central Asian state represents a nagging concern for the recently elected government of President Almazbek Atambayev. The protests began on March 1 in the flashpoint city of Osh from where the ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev -- an ethnic Kyrgyz representing a hate figure for the large Uzbek minority -- draws his support. The ethnic Kyrgyz who gathered in Jalalabad on Tuesday were members of the main nationalist Ata Zhurt party as well as a group called Butun Kyrgyzstan. "I am being accused of plotting to stage a third revolution and to seize power," Ata Zhurt's parliament group leader Kamchybek Tashiyev told the rally. "But I have no such plans. If I did, I would have done it a long time ago," the private K-News network quoted Tashiyev as saying.
kABUl: A young Afghan girl plays on swings near the kart-e-sakhi shrine on Tuesday. afp
Syria violence kills 37, most in Homs no clear sign of army withdrawals, activists say g Districts in homs, hama bombarded, over 30 killed g Six soldiers killed in remote eastern ambushes
YRIAN troops killed at least 31 people and insurgents killed six soldiers on Tuesday, opposition activists said, on the day President Bashar al-Assad was to withdraw his forces 48 hours ahead of the first ceasefire of the 13-month-old conflict. Activists said 26 people, mostly civilians, were killed in the city of Homs in Syrian army bombardment of the Bayada and Khalidiya districts of the city of Homs. "They are attacking Bayada with mortars from three different locations. People have taken refuge in some
Bulgarian toddler survives eight-storey fall SOFIA
schools and now some of the schools were hit," said an activist calling himself Abu Yasser. "We have at least 20 martyrs and 70 wounded, most of them women and children," he told Reuters by telephone. An earlier report from activists said six people were killed by army shelling in the Homs district of Khalidiya. Four were identified by residents in a field hospital, but two were disfigured beyond recognition by wounds. The activist Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said six soldiers were killed in attacks on two checkpoints on the desert highway running through the eastern town of Marqada, south of the Turkish border.
A seventh civilian was killed in Bab Tadmor, another Homs neighbourhood that activists say has been shelled. Four people were killed in a military operation in Kafar Zeita north of Hama city, SOHR chief Rami Abdelrahman said. "Late last night there was heavy fighting between the rebels and the Syrian forces. Helicopters were used by the army. Today, the army conducted a military operation and there are ongoing clashes between both sides," Abdelrahman said. There was no report of clashes or attacks from the official Syrian news agency, SANA. In the days leading up to Tuesday's deadline, violence intensified and daily
death tolls were often over 100. Syria says it has already pulled back some of its troops from the cities in keeping with its undertaking to United Nations and Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan. His peace plan calls for rebel forces to stop shooting as the army withdraws so that all forms of violence cease at dawn on Thursday. NO PULLOUT SEEN: The Observatory, a British-based information clearing house that has collated reports on the violence in Syria for the past year, said there was no clear sign on Tuesday of the troop withdrawals that Annan's plan calls for. Activists said the Homs bombardment began at breakfast time.
Bahrain arrests 4 after 'terrorist attack' on policemen DUBAI AfP
Bahraini authorities arrested four people Tuesday in a dawn raid on a Shiite village, the opposition said, after seven policemen were wounded there in what officials claimed was a "terrorist attack." Al-Wefaq, the main opposition bloc, said that security forces arrested four people in the village of Akr, south of Manama, and "brutally" beat up relatives of those wanted by authorities in a crackdown which also left several wounded. The arrests came hours after state news agency BNA quoted public security chief, General Tareq al-Hassan, as saying that an improvised bomb exploded late Monday near a police checkpoint at the entrance to Akr "wounding seven policemen, three of them critically." Hassan added that the initial investigation "revealed that the explosion was caused by a pipe bomb attached to a container full of gasoline."
Egypt judiciary suspends Islamist-led constitution panel CAIRO
A three-year-old girl survived an eight-storey fall from an apartment building in Bulgaria without major injuries, hospital officials said Tuesday. The Roma girl, named in the press as Poli Filipova, was chasing a ball when she fell from the eighth-floor terrace in the southern town of Pazardzhik on Friday. "It is a miracle. The toddler tumbled down from balcony to balcony to finally end on soft soil. She only had a scratch on the head," local hospital chief nurse Elena Sluncheva told AFP. The girl was held in hospital for surveillance and would return to her family later Tuesday, the official said. Only last week a 20-year-old woman sustained serious spinal injuries when she tripped while washing windows and fell from the third floor of the same building, Sluncheva said.
An Egyptian court suspended on Tuesday the Islamist-dominated commission tasked with drafting a new constitution amid a boycott by liberals, moderate Muslims and the Coptic church. The administrative court in Cairo said it was "suspending the constituent assembly" without explaining the reasons,but lawyers and liberal political parties had filed a complaint accusing the Islamist-majority parliament, which formed the panel, of having abused its powers. The decision comes amid a tense standoff between Islamist and secular forces just six weeks ahead of the country's first post-revolution presidential elections. Mohammed Nur Farhat, a lawyer and official of the liberal Social Democratic Party said the "constitutional commission has been made null and void by this judicial decision and may not continue its work. "Parliament must meet to re-form the constitutional commission, and we invite it to begin setting out the criteria that will guarantee an equitable representation of social and political forces, so that it is not dominated by a single political current," he added. The 100-member panel, which is evenly
divided between parliamentarians and public figures, was elected by the parliament, which also voted for a number of reserve candidates who could could replace the panelists. But most of its members are from the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist fundamentalists who hold the majority in both houses of parliament. The secular parties have already withdrawn from the commission, believing that their presence was only used as a smoke screen allowing the Islamists to draft a basic law that reflects their political-religious ideologies. The prestigious Sunni Islamic institution, Al-Azhar, and the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt have also decided to boycott the panel. Islamists believe the commission should reflect the composition of a parliament, where the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) holds nearly half the seats and the Salafists Al-Nur party almost one quarter. The secularists want a more balanced commission, fearing that the Islamist grip would lead to the strengthening of a demand for Islamic sharia law to be the point of reference for legislation. On Tuesday, around 150 people demonstrated outside the offices of the State Council, which has the power to rule on administrative disputes, to protest against Islamist control of the constitutional project.
MAYfADUN: lebanese women mourn during the funeral of cameraman Ali Shaaban on Tueday. lebanonâ€™s Al-Jadeed satellite television accused the Syrian army of shooting dead Shaaban, saying it opened fire at its team which was on lebanonâ€™s side of the border. afp
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pakistan eyes T20 league
Deprived of hosting international matches since a deadly attack on the Sri Lankan team bus three years ago, Pakistan hopes a high-profile new Twenty20 league can lure back overseas players. No international team has played in Pakistan since the March 2009 attack in Lahore, which left eight people dead and several visiting players wounded, and the national team has had to play its "home" matches abroad, mostly in the United Arab Emirates. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is still waiting for Bangladesh's response to an invitation to play a limitedovers series later this month. If Bangladesh are reluctant to come, it is inevitable that bigger-name teams like Australia, India, England and South Africa will continue to stay away while any doubts linger over players' safety. Passion for cricket in Pakistan remains undiminished, however, and corporate interest has reignited the PCB's efforts to start a Pakistan Premier League (PPL), modelled on the megabucks Indian Premier League. Nine teams are competing in this year's IPL, the fifth edition of the tournament, with defending champions Chen-
nai Super Kings led by Indian captain M.S. Dhoni again emerging as one of the sides to beat. But Pakistani players, who are usually a major draw in India, have been kept out of the tournament since the second edition, reportedly due to security fears. Four companies, including one from India, are expected to give a presentation to the PCB this week on how to stage the PPL, with a UAE-based bank and two telecoms companies interested in taking up team franchises. "It's exciting to have a very good initial response from corporate companies on the PPL," PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed told AFP. "We are looking at the viability of a Twenty20 event involving some foreign players, and it would be great if it comes about," he said. A British Universities team played two limited-overs games in Lahore last week -- at the Gaddafi Stadium that hosted the fateful Sri Lanka Test in 2009 -- and Ahmed said the visit should encourage other foreign sides to follow. "The security situation has improved and is improving. That is why the British Universities team toured Pakistan, and we have stringent security plans for the safety of the foreign players." But convincing foreign players to come to a country still battling Islamist militancy will be no easy task -- particularly with the IPL on the doorstep offering huge salaries and reliable safety. Ehsan Mani, a Pakistani who was International Cricket Council (ICC) president from 2003 to 2006, admits there is a lot of work to do and warns it will take time to persuade overseas players it is safe to come to Pakistan. "The PCB should have a strong security plan and engage the ICC, ask them on what benchmarks of security they will send their officials," he said. "They should start a league in which very few overseas players come initially, and confidence should be built gradually."
PCB to reconsider cricket relations with Bangladesh LAHORE
HE Pakistan Cricket Board will reconsider its support to the Bangladesh Cricket Board in the International Cricket Council if their team did not visit Pakistan as promised by its President Mustafa Kamal. Talking to journalists here at the end of the AGM, PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf said that he was hopeful of the Bangladesh tour to Pakistan but in case it did send out a warning in case the tour did not take place. “The board will review it’s relation with Bangladesh is they refuse to tour Pakistan” Ashraf said. Earlier an official from the Bangladesh Cricket Board had tweeted that the team will not be visiting Pakistan for any upcoming series. ”We will have to reconsider our cricketing relations if they don’t come” to play either two one-day internationals and a
Twenty20 match or three ODIs later this month or in early May. The Bangladesh Cricket Board is yet to receive clearance from its government after submitting a security report on Pakistan. Afghanistan played three ODIs in Pakistan year, becoming the first country to tour since gunmen killed several police officers and a bus driver in their attack on a Sri Lanka team bus during a test in Lahore three years ago. Ashraf also spoke of cricketing ties with India and that the recent trip of President Zardari would have a positive impact on reviving them. The PCB Chairman said the Pakistan Premier League would be organised soon. Pakistan's cricket chief said on Tuesday he was "positive" about reviving stalled cricket ties with India, following President Asif Ali Zardari's weekend trip to New Delhi. The arch-rivals met in the Asia Cup one-day tournament last month and the World Cup semi-final in India last year, but regular tours have been frozen since
the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, blamed on Pakistan-based militants. India postponed a tour to Pakistan scheduled for January 2009 in the wake of the Mumbai carnage, which left 166 people dead, before suspending all sporting links. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had lunch with Zardari on Sunday and said he would consider reviving what is one of the most hotly-contested rivalries in cricket. "We are quite positive about the revival of cricketing ties with India after our president took the initiative," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf told reporters after a PCB meeting. "It was a good move to invite the Indian premier to Pakistan and I am sure that it will help in moving forward." Pakistan and India are slated to play in 2012 in the International Cricket Council's Future Tours Programme, but India's already hectic schedule makes this difficult even if there is a thaw in relations.
lahore: Chairman PCB Zaka ashraf addresses the annual general council meeting. STaff pHOTO
Former PCB chairmen appreciate team’s consistency, support board’s efforts LAHORE STAff RePoRT
Former chairmen of the Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday appreciated the consistency shown by the Pakistan cricket team in its recent approach and supported the efforts of the PCB for bringing international cricket back to the country. An official of the board said: “The former chairmen who attended the annual general meeting of the board appreciated and acknowledged the most noticeable upsurge and consistency in the team’s performance in recent months, all five were all support on the Board’s endeavour to bring back international cricket to Pakistan and also on the way the PCB’s policies and management.” The PCB Annual General Body meeting was held under the chair of PCB Chairman Ch. Muhammad Zaka Ashraf and was attended by around 112 members including presidents of District Cricket Associations, Regional Presidents, Representatives of Departments, Chairperson Women Wing, Pakistan Blind and Deaf Cricket Associations. Members coming from all parts of the country, from cosmopolitan to the remotest of the remote of districts, were in attendance at the meeting. Five former chairmen also most graciously attended the meeting in their capacity as honorary members. The agenda of the second AGM under the current constitution consisted of four points. These were: approval of the minutes of last AGM (held in 2011), to consider the Annual Report 2011 and Future Programmes as devised by the Governing Board; to consider the Audited Accounts and Budget Estimates and to make appropriate recommendations to the Governing
Board for the promotion of cricket in Pakistan. All items were discussed threadbare in a candid and informed manner by the members and the requisite approvals were granted after detailed deliberations on each point. Each of the five former chairmen present – Khalid Mahmood, Zafar Altaf, Lt. Gen. (Retd) Tauqir Zia, Sheharyar M. Khan and Ijaz Butt – gave a most decent input. Though the words differed, the views of all five were unanimous on three counts. All five individually appreciated and acknowledged the most noticeable upsurge and consistency in the team’s performance in recent months, all five were all support on the Board’s endeavour to bring back international cricket to Pakistan and also on the way the PCB’s policies and management. Mr Khalid Mahmood suggested that apart from full members, the PCB should also try to invite the associate members. Mr Zafar Altaf suggested that Pakistan cricket be marketed more aggressively so that it remains financially viable. Gen. Tauqir Zia promising support to the present chairman and the management, reiterated the need to invite the ICC’s associate members for short series. Mr Sheharyar Khan also had a word of praise for the Pakistan women’s team, which also has gone places in recent times. He also appreciated the fact that the agenda of the meeting had been circulated well in advance, helping members to come prepared. Mr Ijaz Butt, other than the Board’s efforts acknowledged its chief patron Mr Asif Ali Zardari’s raising the issue of recommencing bilateral ties between the two leading sub-continental nations at the highest level, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in India on his recent visit. Members coming from all parts of the
country took this opportunity to discuss the initiatives they are taking in their respective areas and the problems they are facing in their quest to promote cricket. Chairman PCB, Ch. Muhammad Zaka Ashraf assured the delegates that PCB will do everything in its capacity to help and promote the sport. In his address the PCB Chairman, who had earlier especially welcomed members from Balochistan, noted that all Pakistanis should contribute towards bringing international cricket to Pakistan. All such efforts are welcome by the Board. Excerpts from PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf’s address to the AGM: “I believe we have performed excellently on the cricket front, as is evident from the consistently appreciable results, especially in the Test series against England, the world’s top-ranked side, and the recent Asia Cup triumph after 12 years. These achievements have induced self-confidence in the team and morale quite understandably is upbeat and positive. “But I believe we need to keep things in perspective, some self-analysis of the situation in the not-too- distant past is in order. We have had spells of success before, but never the consistency that is the hallmark of great teams. When we are winning, we allow smugness and complacency to take over, and that is when the degeneration sets in. “This time round we have to be on our guard against it. “Not just that, my vision actually is perpetual improvement all round. That means, not just by our national representative cricket teams – Senior, Women’s, ’A’ and the age-group squads – but also the way our cricket in all spheres is managed and run. “The mantra is: nothing short of excellence is acceptable. “And here is how we’re going to achieve it.
“We are determined to bring international cricket back to Pakistan, by guaranteeing the teams that visit us with watertight security. Afghanistan has already been here. And I myself and my management team have striven very hard to convince the Bangladesh Board to visit us by reassuring them that Pakistan is a safe destination for cricket. “While bringing back international cricket remains the foremost priority, there are equally important other issues that have to be addressed. “To ensure enduring excellence, throughout my time in-charge, I have emphasised three prerequisites: i) strict adherence to merit; ii) no compromise on discipline; iii) zero tolerance for corrupt practices. “The current dispensation at the PCB remains committed to continuously purge and cleanse, to instill discipline and make Pakistan cricket a meritocracy comparable with the best in the world. It is a must if we need to win not matches and tournaments but also the respect and admiration of the cricketing fraternity and ensure that the embarrassing incidents of 2010 in England are never again repeated. “The Board will provide the best and the most seasoned coaches, support staff and other facilities to the Pakistan team. The appointment of Dav Whatmore, who has proven credentials spread over two decades and more, as Pakistan’s national coach is a first step towards realisation of that objective. “Whatmore’s presence is definitely likely to make the outlook of our team a whole lot more professionally oriented. He would also be provided with world standard backup to ensure quality in coaching. [That his appointment was made after the Committee made for the purpose thoroughly vetted and advised his hiring, reflects a
pronounced desire to follow transparent procedures]. “The aim of the current PCB management is that Pakistan’s first class cricket should be just that: first class, and in every sense of the word. Steps are afoot to achieve that. And this involves not just lots of endeavour but a great deal of expense too. While a committee comprising former cricketers has already been formed and tasked to give its recommendations for the revamp of our domestic cricket, to implement these PCB plans by considerably enhancing the marketing yield by aggressively pursuing for more from the existing revenue streams and creating new ones as well. “From the razzmatazz in the final of our Faysal Bank Super8 Twenty20 event that concluded on April 1, 2012, it should be obvious that we want to get best mileage from our local events by enhancing their value as a spectacle. “Our auxiliary aims are to provide more opportunities to our women cricketers who are also winning laurels for the country. The PCB has already taken a lead in maximum exposure of the physically impaired cricketers by inviting foreign teams to Pakistan. It is my heartfelt desire that all our efforts in any sphere should eventually lead to enhancing our country’s and our cricket’s image. “And last but not the least, we are actively engaged in launching Pakistan Premier League, on the line of such events elsewhere. The PCB is working on it, and I shall soon be able to share something concrete with the General Body on this. “Let’s all strive to make Pakistan the No 1 team across all three formats. We have the potential to return with honours from wherever cricket is played. It is about time we realised that potential.”
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Harris fights with half century BRIDGETOWN
YAN Harris produced a fighting half-century, his first in Test cricket, as the chances of a West Indies victory slipped on the fourth day at Kensington Oval by lunch. Fidel Edwards and Kemar Roach made a fine start to the day by picking up two wickets in the first five overs but a string of handy partnerships from the tail-enders saw Australia through to lunch at 366 for 9, with Harris unbeaten on 60 and Nathan Lyon on 16. Earlier, West Indies held the upper hand at the end of the third day of the first Test here on Monday as they reduced Australia to 248 for 5, still trailing by 201 runs. Only a solid 73 by captain Michael Clarke and a typically stubborn unbeaten 47 by veteran Mike Hussey all but ensured that the Aussies would avoid the follow-on. Clarke was disappointed with his team's performance in the match so far. "We have no excuses for not bowling and fielding as well as we would have liked day one, day two and certainly no excuses for being five down on that wicket today," he said. However, he was still cofident the Australians could win the match. "I think we're going to have to bowl better than what we did in the first innings and we're going to have to try to make as many runs as we can in this first innings to see how close we are to them. "I certainly think we can still win the Test match from here."\ His West Indian counterpart Darren Sammy was by contrast delighted with his team. "The team played well. The bowlers supported each other," he said. "We're quite happy with the way the day went." Sammy snapped up the first wicket to fall as having added only one run to his overnight score of 13, Ed Cowan was drawn into a shot to a ball just outside
P&t gym march to quarters LAHORE
BarBaDoS: west indies bowler fidel edwards (C) celebrates with teammates after dismissing australian batsman matthew wade during the fourth day of the first-of-three test matches. afp off stump and edged through to the keeper. Shane Watson, batting for the first time in a Test at number three, was fortunate to survive twice when he had scored five. Sammy's persevering line just outside off stump worked again when David Warner, having scored 42 off 55 balls, played at a ball without much foot movement and Darren Bravo took the catch at second slip. After the early scares Watson had settled but when he turned a Fidel Edwards delivery to fine leg he was looking for a second run which would have been tight. After running the first Ricky Ponting hadn't moved as Kraigg Brathwaite pounced on the ball and threw in one movement. There was so much confusion between the two batsmen that Ponting was given out without a referral being
necessary. Devendra Bishoo's leg breaks were causing few problems but in the 36th over one stayed low and Clarke, on 21, cut at the ball prompting the West Indies to appeal for a catch behind. Umpire Tony Hill gave it out but Clarke immediately called for the DRS. There was quite a bit of surprise when TV Umpire Marais Erasmus overturned the on-field decision as there didn't appear to be conclusive evidence in favour of Clarke. The second ball after lunch, Watson played a loose drive at a Roach delivery outside off stump and got a thick edge through to Carlton Baugh. The dismissal put the West Indies firmly in charge with Australia 133-4. The West Indies knew how important Clarke's wicket would be and when Kemar Roach struck his pad when he'd scored 31 they were quick to use the review system.
Punjab Club in to quarters
It was a poor move as the ball was clearly missing the stumps and the home side had used both of their reviews. Hussey was playing the perfect support role for Clarke. By the time tea came Clarke and Hussey had batted through virtually the whole session and their unbeaten 67 run partnership for the fifth wicket was pulling Australia clear of a precarious situation. West Indies mainly used the spin of Devendra Bishoo and Narsingh Deonarine and they combined to take the all important wicket of the Australian captain. Clarke suddenly came down the wicket to Bishoo and he continued to go through with a shot in the air to long on despite not quite getting to the pitch of the ball - Deonarine came in off the boundary and caught the ball against his chest.
Imad beat Naseeb in a marathon match LAHORE STAff RePoRT
P&T Gym has qualified for quarterfinal stage of 27th Mohammad Yaseen Akhter Memorial Event after beating Cantonment Gym by 5 wickets played at Model Town ground on Tuesday. Fine bowling by Asif was the main feature of the match. Servis Club and Lucky star club have marched into Semifinal, While Model Town club, Wahdat Eaglets and Ludhiyana Gym have moved to quarters. Scores: Cantonment Gym 137 all out in 19,2 overs. M NAeem 41, M Asad 37, Ahmed Akram 15, Rizwan Faisal 13, Rizwan 11, Zubair butt 10. Asif 4/15, KAramat Ali 2/21, Ali Manzoor 2/26, Asim 1/24. P&T Gym 139/5 in 19.2 overs. Husain Talat 45, Manan 21, Tayab 21, Asim 21(no),Ali Manzoor 13(no). Waqas 1/14, Ahmed 1/23, Zubair Butt 1/17.
West Indies 1st innings 449 for 9 declared (S. Chanderpaul 103 not out, k. edwards 61; D. Warner 2-45, R. Harris 2-83) Australia 1st innings eJM Cowan c Baugh b Sammy 14 42 DA Warner c Bravo b Sammy SR Watson c Baugh b Roach 39 RT Ponting run out (Brathwaite/Baugh) 4 73 MJ Clarke c Deonarine b Bishoo Mek Hussey c Baugh b Roach 48 28 MS Wade c Bravo b fH edwards PM Siddle c kA edwards b fH edwards 0 60 RJ Harris not out 24 BW Hilfenhaus b Roach NM lyon not out 16 18 extras (lb 13, nb 5) Total (9 wickets; 132 overs) 366 fall of wickets 1-50 (Cowan, 12.3 ov), 2-65 (Warner, 20.2 ov), 3-84 (Ponting, 23.6 ov), 4-133 (Watson, 42.2 ov), 5-215 (Clarke, 78.1 ov), 6-249 (Hussey, 98.2 ov), 7-250 (Siddle, 99.4 ov), 8285 (Wade, 108.5 ov), 9-329 (Hilfenhaus, 119.2 ov) Bowling: fH edwards 28-3-84-2, kAJ Roach 29-8-72-3, D Bishoo 3910-111-1, DJg Sammy 17-5-50-2, N Deonarine 19-5-36-0 Toss: West Indies Umpires: Ian gould (eNg), Tony Hill (NZl) Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZl) Third umpire: Marais erasmus (RSA)
Matches in two categories were played on Tuesday in the 3rd Atlas Honda Cup Tennis Championship here at Model Town Sports Club, Lahore. Match of the day was between Imad Qamir and Shah Naseeb in boys singles under 18 years category which took 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach the final stage. Both the promising upcoming players of Govt College, Lahore showed excellent game skills and long rallies through out the match. This match was recorded the most longish match of todayâ€™s schedule and attracted large number of audience around the court. Both players were stuck at the base line and were playing with defensive strategy which was the reason in producing some very long rallies. At love-30, Shah Naseeb once again came-up with strong first serve
and managed to get two points. However, Imad who looked more determined broke the service game by taking rest of two points followed by holding his own service game. He won the first set 7-5. 2nd set was started in different fashion and Imad started making unforced errors providing his opponent a lead of 3love. At this stage Shah Naseeb could not held his Service game and same was done by Imad . Both the players once again started to stick with first set strategy and started playing defensively . Shah Naseeb who looked more determined in 2nd set , won this set by six games to three. The 3rd and final set was not much different from the first one however the only difference was that both players were seemed extremely tired and pace of the game was not as fast as in the first set . Imad won the match with score line 7-5,3-6,7-5. Results Menâ€™s Singles .
Shehzad khan beat Irfan-Ullah Khan 6-2,6-2, Malik Abdul Rehman beat Sana Ullah Khan 6-3,6-1, Saad mubarik beat Hassan riaz 6-4,6-3, Imran Shoukat beat Faizan Khuram 6-4,6-4, Heera Ashiq beat Ahmed Ch 6-2,6-2. Rashid Malik beat Zohair Raza 6-2,6-2, Jabran Ul Haq beat Adeel saif 6-2,4-6,6-4. Results Boys Singles Under 18 Imad amer beat Shah Naseeb 75,3-6,7-5, M. Mudassir beat Abdul wahab 6-0.60, Shayan tarik beat Hafiz Arbab 6-1,6-6, Raja Shahid beat Ali haider 6-1,6-3, Bilal ahmed beat Hassan shoukat 6-4,6-4, M.Adnan beat Shoib Khan W.O, M.Muzam,il beat Jalal Gilani 6-2,6-2, Hasnain Manzoor beat Hassan khursheed 6-1,61,M.Ahmed beat hasher farook 6-2,60, Hashim Khan Ayaz Khan 6-1,6-1, Syed Nofil kaleem beat Ubaid Khan 60,6-3, Faisal Iqbal Rauf Iqbal 6-2,6-3, Hafiz Shiraz M.sardar 6-2,6-1, Ahmad Babar beat Ali Talib WO.
Bangladesh set for first-ever test in india: BD chief DHAKA AfP
Bangladesh may play their maiden Test series in India later this year, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said on Tuesday. India have not hosted Bangladesh for a Test match since the Tigers gained full status in 2000. Bangladesh's only visits to India have been for one-day internationals. India have played seven Tests in Bangladesh, including the inaugural match in Dhaka in November 2000, but remain the only Test-playing nation yet to welcome the Bangladeshis at home. Bangladesh cricket chief Mustafa Kamal informed his colleagues in the BCB that he had been assured by his Indian counterpart Narayanaswamy Srinivasan that India will host Bangladesh this year. Kamal met Srinivasan on the sidelines of the Indian Premier League tournament and he had "received assurance that India will host Bangladesh for a full tour later this year", a BCB statement said. There was no immediate comment from the Board Of Control For Cricket In India, and it remained unclear how India will accommodate Bangladesh in their crowded schedule. India are due to host New Zealand in August-September for three Tests, take part in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September-October, and then host England for four Tests in November-December. Bangladesh have lost 63 of their 73 Tests so far, winning only three, but opener Tamim Iqbal hopes his country will get to play five-day matches on a regular basis. "If we want to really improve in Test match cricket, we need to play the format a lot more," Tamim, who is in India for the IPL, was quoted as saying by the Cricinfo website.
Broad ruled out of all cricket for three weeks LONDON AfP
England bowler Stuart Broad has been ruled out of all cricket for three weeks as he attempts to recover from a calf strain, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Tuesday. Broad missed England's second Test victory over Sri Lanka in Colombo last week and had been due to take part in the Indian Premier League for Kings XI Punjab before flying home from the tour. "Stuart Broad has been ruled out of all cricket for three further weeks, including the current Indian Premier League, in order to continue his rehabilitation from a right calf strain sustained during England's recent tour of Sri Lanka," an ECB statement said. "Broad will be assessed regularly over the coming weeks with a view to returning to cricket with Nottinghamshire in early May."
former Olympic gold medallist Lenzi dies
Punjab club has moved into the quarter final of 9th M Siddique Memorial cricket event when they down strong Apallo sports by 31 runs played at Allama Iqbal institute ground . Fine batting by Sheraz Butt and equally good bowling by Faisal were the main feature of the match. Scores: Punjab club 191/9 in 20 overs. Sheraz Butt 75, Zeeshan Ali 39, Afzal 10, Nazir 14, Yousuf 10. Baber Safder 3/25, Mubeen 3/38, Shahid 2/47, Arif 1/16, Mohsin 1/47. Apallo sports 160 all out in 19.2 overs. Abrar 98 (no), Afzal Shah 24, Mohsin 14. Faisal 5/16, Adeel 2/30, Awais 2/40, Shoaib 1/23.
Mark Lenzi, who won Olympic diving gold for the United States in 1992, has died at the age of 43. "USA Diving is truly saddened by the passing of Olympic champion Mark Lenzi," USA Diving chairman Bob Rydze said in a statement posted on the federation's website. "As an Olympic gold and bronze medalist, Mark was one of our country's greatest divers, and he will be missed tremendously." Lenzi won the gold medal in the 3meter springboard at the 1992 Games in Barcelona and earned bronze in the same event at the 1996 Olympics in At-
lanta. He was the first diver to score more than 100 points on a single dive. Indiana University, which Lenzi had attended, first announced his death on Monday, saying he died in Greenville, North Carolina. The cause of his death was not immediately known, but the Free LanceStar in Fredricksburg, Virginia, Lenzi's hometown, reported he had been in hospital in Greenville after experiencing fainting spells. USA Diving's website offered friends and fans a place to post messages of condolences for Lenzi's family. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, his mother, two brothers and one sister. American diving great Greg Louga-
nis was quick to offer his sympathy. "Mark and I spoke just a few weeks ago, my heart goes out to you," Louganis
wrote on the USA Diving site. "There are no words to express how heartfelt a loss this is. Healing hugs, Greg."
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afC football festival starts today ISLAMABAD STAff RePoRT
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-14 Boys’ Football Festival will kick off from Wednesday (today) here at Jinnah Stadium, Pakistan Sports Complex. The arrangements have been given final touches to stage the 4-team international fixture under the banner of AFC. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Pakistan A will show their game skill during the 5-day juniors’ soccer gala. The opening ceremony will be taken place today at same venue, as the chairman, Capital Development Authority (CDA) Farkhand Iqbal will the chief guest on this eve. Also top officials of Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) and Islamabad Football Association (IFA) will be present in the ceremony. Meanwhile, chairman Organizing Committee Dr. Fazal-ur-Rehman said that the participating teams arrived in Islamabad to take part in the event. “Initially, seven teams including one from Pakistan had to compete in the AFC Football Fixture. However, four teams regretted to visit Pakistan including Iran, Turkmenistan, Kyrgazistan and Kazakhstan, “he maintained. “Now, four teams will be in action during the five days international event. Two teams from Pakistan and each one from Tajikistan and Afghanistan are in the tournament to show their mettle. How ever, we have assured fully security to all team during the tournament and will also provide international standard facilities to players and officials as well, “he said. Fazal further said that the other arrangements for holding the international fixture in the benefiting manners had been finalized and the different committees also constituted, which were performing their duties actively. “AFC has already awarded next AFC Football Festival to Pakistan that will be held at same venue next year, “he added. He said that the closing ceremony would be held on April 15, 2012 and all visiting teams would fly back their respective hometown on April 16. “We will provide all the facilities to foreign team during the AFC Under-14 Football Festival according to international demands. We are working under the guideline of Pakistan Football Federation (PFF), “he concluded.
Bank alfalah beat lotto Carpets in Summer Polo LAHORE STAff RePoRT
Bank Alfalah cut Lotto Carpets into half on the opening day of the Summer Cup Polo here at the LPC ground on Tuesday. In the pinching heat, Bank Alfalah scored six goals ad allowed Lotto Carpets three goals and the star of the win was Shah Shamyl Alam who converted all the six goals of the winners. Imran Abid Mir, Abdul Rehman Monnoo and Hamza Mawaz Khan scored one goal each for the losing side.
viSaKhaPatnam: mumbai indians team members congratulate rohit Sharma(2r) after scoring a winning shot during the iPl twenty20 match. afp
Chakvetadze enters into main draw COPENHAGEN
USSIAN starlet, Anna Chakvetadze, bounced back to stun the qualifying top seed, Lesia Tsurenko, in a three set mouth-watering match at the qualifying competition of eBoks Open 2012. She jolted down a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 success against the 22-year-old to secure a place in the main draw of this indoor hard court tournament held in Farum, Denmark north of Copenhagen. Chakvetadze made a shaky start at this WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) International event eventually lost the opening set. However, she made an epic comeback to not only claim this two hours and three minute hard-fought battle but also book a spot in the opening round. The 22-year-old stormed into the Farum Arena and drew the first blood in the opening game to eventually go 2-0 up. Tsurenko then held her remaining serves until she lost her serve to love in
the 10th game and squared the scores at 5-5. However, she maintained her intensity and broke her rival’s serve in the very next game, consequently clinching the opener with a 7-5 score line. Ranked 398th in the WTA Premier Rankings, Chakvetadze carried her losing ways in the following set and after suffering the first blow in the third game, she went 13 down. However, the Russian made a fitting reply and stroke out the last four games in a row, consequently sealing the equaliser by winning six games to four. The Russian kept her spark lit in the final set and after breaking Tsurenko’s serve twice early in the set, she jumped to a 5-1 lead. Despite squandering her chance to serve out the decider with a breadstick, Chakvetadze capitalised on another break chance in the eighth game and pocket the set with a 6-2 win. Chakvetadze will square off against France’s Pauline Parmentier in the opening round. The qualifying second seed, Melinda Czink, faced a better fate later that day. She hit back from a set down to outfox
the Swiss competitor, Amra Sadikovic, in a three set nail-biter to progress. The Hungarian starlet dusted away 10 out of
14 breakpoints she faced and capitalised on four out of 10 break chances to formulate a 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-3 victory.
all is not well at Lahore Race Club LAHORE STAff RePoRT
The Lahore Race Club which is one of the biggest horse racing arena of the country is on a verge of closure and the day is not far away that it would collapse with no owner left there to make the sport competitive that it used to be and that all due to a handful of people’s self-centred and moneymincing approach. A couple of years back there were around 1600 horses in the stables of LRC with around 50-plus owners but now there are only 450 horses and just 15 owners left, who too are fed up of the policies adopted by the stewards of the LRC. A group of certain people including Sh Waheed Akhtar, who is believed to be a steward-broker, Arif Qureshi, president
book-makers, Shahzad Akhtar, secretary club, and Haji Aslam, caretaker plantation, have developed a monopoly at the race club with a couple of more people who are not only pocketing money from the book-makers but also not giving proper stake money to the winners of UK races. A person like book-maker Saeed Daniyal who a couple of year ago came to the club with nothing in pocket has now made enough money with these people’s support that he visit UK twice a week and play race there. There are around 22 book-makers in the club and all of pay at least Rs 100,000 each on the race day but there is no development work seen in the entire facility. Only 15 to 20 sand trolleys are brought to spread on the track when there is a requirement of at least 100 trolleys.
As of the stake money for UK horse races, it has been fixed at Rs 20,000 for first six races when in Karachi it starts from Rs 35,000 and increases gradually to Rs 80,000 till the six races of the category. Then comes the gate money which is Rs 300 per person but there is no proper account where the money is being spent. When it comes to races, they raise the bet money on the horses of others which drops the stake for the owner of the horse who is at the ultimate loss. They even change the rider at the last moment without the consent of the owner and when anybody objects to their wrongdoings they ban that person’s entry into the club and similarly sideline the owner or create problems for him in different manners. On the other hand some of the customs department employees despite being gov-
ernment officers are occupying sound position in the club. The club has also a fixed deposit of around Rs 160 million for which around Rs 1.5 million profit is coming to the club but where it goes no one is clear about it while there is no account of the tax being paid to the Punjab government. There are around 80 riders registered in the club and if they agree to these people like Waheed and Arif they are given benefits otherwise they too are not allowed to take part in big races. They have also made their relatives members of the club and when the elections time comes they get through easily as they have pushed the big guns like Syeda Abida Hussain and Fakhr Imam away from the LRC. When the LRC was contacted on these numbers 0423 5114040, 5112864,
5115002, the person picking the phone did not give answer to the queries. They ask to hold the phone for a while or keep the phone engaged or place it on the side. Even fodder which comes under Haji Sb’s control, is grown at the club premises for all stake-holders but it is kept free for the persons monopolising the club while the owners who are backbone of the club have to buy it. In these circumstances when there is no check and balance and a couple of people are drawing money while making races on the behest of others, it seems the stewards are not serious to keep the club running while the owners are facing great difficulties. With no benefit in sight several owners have already left the LRC and the remaining would also follow suit if all of them at the club were not given their proper share of benefits.
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Balaji bowled Kolkata Knight Riders to their first victory in IPL 2012 against a strong Royal Challengers Bangalore batting line-up. He formed part of a destructive, threepronged Knight Riders' pace attack that saw Brett Lee create pressure and Jacques Kallis get the early breakthroughs. Their consistent line outside the off stump and slightly shorter length had the Royal Challengers' batsmen tied down. The required run-rate eventually soared out of control, leaving the home side playing catch-up throughout. One of Kallis' two early strikes removed the biggest threat in the Royal Challengers line-up, Chris Gayle, before he could do any damage. After having Cheteshwar Pujara caught at slip with a ball that angled into him and bounced a little more than usual, Kallis simply presented Gayle with a short ball. With only a single added to the total after Pujara was dismissed, Gayle's shot was a response to pressure and he topedged a pull to midwicket. Responsibility then fell on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers' shoulders and neither was able to get the job done as Balaji brought a second wave of attack. Kohli was beaten twice by Balaji before getting a leading edge to point. De Villiers followed in the next over, bowled by a beautiful delivery which angled in from a good length and straightened to hit the off stump. Balaji continued to trouble the batsmen with his line. He had further reward when Mayank Agarwal spooned a catch to extra cover and then bowled Daniel Vettori with a slower ball to complete his quadruple haul. He should have had a fifth when
rohit dazzles as mumbai win thriller VISAKHAPATNAM CRICINfo
The fifth edition of the IPL, which began in tepid fashion, finally had a nail-biter as Rohit Sharma hit the last ball of the match for six to seal a thrilling finish for Mumbai Indians against Deccan Chargers, who fought tooth and nail while defending 139. Daniel Christian, not the wisest choice for the final over, as very recent history tells us, dished out two full tosses to Rohit. One of them was off the final ball, which was dispatched over long-on to spark wild celebrations. The Chargers were still favourites with 18 to defend off the last over. Kumar Sangakkara had bowled out his best bowler, Dale Steyn, leaving the final task with Christian. The first ball was smashed by James Franklin past long-off for four; the second down the same region; the batsmen sneaked a bye off the third; the fourth was a high full toss slammed by Rohit Sharma over deep backward point. With five needed off two, the penultimate ball was forced to long-off and Rohit Sharma timed his dive just in time to survive a run-out appeal. Christian couldn't come up with anything special, gifting Rohit Sharma the most hittable delivery of the over, breaking the hearts of the home fans who saw their side slip to a second straight defeat. Fortunes kept oscillating in the final overs, but for most periods in the chase, the Chargers were in control. Scores: Mumbai Indians 142 for 5 (Rohit 73*, Steyn 3-12) beat Deccan Chargers 138 for 9 (Dhawan 41, Christian 39, Munaf 4-20) by five wickets.
Sports Festival may get entry into Guinness World Record LAHORE STAff RePoRT
The Sports Board Punjab with an attempt to get Punjab Sports Festival 2012 entry into the Guinness Book of World Record will also attempt another record of singing of national anthem with 20,000 people when the previous record is of 15,000 people. Deputy Speaker Rana Mashood has on Tuesday announced to apply the Punjab Sports Festival 2012 for entry into the Guinness Book of World Record. “We will go for another record of singing national anthem when the officials of Guinness Book of World Record visit the National Hockey Stadium in the coming days. The historical festival gained popularity as around 1.25 million athletes took part in the event which he believes was the biggest ever participation in the world. “There are countries with a population of more than one billion and even some countries have 300 million population but none of those have organize such a big participation sports event,” he maintained.
He appreciated the efforts of the Sports Board Punjab's employees and the co-operation of media. “In order to acknowledge their efforts in conducting such a successful event, DG Sports Punjab Usman Anwar has decided to award honorarium to all the employees from grade 1 to 18 amounting Rs 2.28 million. "Sports Board Punjab has also decided to establish the media center in order to prompt news execution," he said. "We will also conduct a mega sports event in the upcoming September or October among all provinces," he added. Director General Usman Anwar further said that the expenditure of Sports Festival 2012 was carried out by the sponsorship. He further said: "We are working on introducing more projects in the upcoming months." He further said that in the coming National Games Punjab will showcase its talented players to other provinces. “While in summer holidays we would hold competitions in all the affiliated sports of the department to involve all the students of the in different sports and spread the colours of Punjab in the country,” he maintained.
lahore: rana mashood, deputy speaker Punjab assembly, and Usman anwar, director general Spots Board Punjab address a press conference. STaff pHOTO
Saurabh Tiwary swung violently and presented Shakib Al Hasan with a simple catch at deep square-leg that was fluffed. By the time Balaji had finished his quota, Royal Challengers were 61 for 6 after 12 overs. Tiwary was the only recognised batsmen at the crease and the required run rate was over 13. It ballooned to over 30 as the innings neared an end, ensuring the Knight Riders were able to comfortably defend a total that, at the halfway mark, appeared a few short. Despite 165 being the highest total Knight Riders have posted this season, they would have wanted more after establishing a platform from which a score in excess of 200 seemed possible. Captain Gautam Gambhir opened the batting and combined with Kallis and Manvinder Bisla in two aggressive partnerships to take his team to 125 for 1 in the 14th over. Bisla was preferred over big-hitters like Yusuf Pathan and Ryan ten Doeschate despite Knight Riders' start and he repaid the faith shown in him. He hit the ball with immense power, complementing Gambhir, who showed the deftest of touches with his dab to third man off Muttiah Muralitharan. The Knight Riders' captain brought up the fastest half-century of the tournament so far, off 28 balls, with a lofted shot over cover but could not press on as much as he should have. Bisla was stumped three balls later, in the first boundary-free over of the innings and the Knight Riders slid steadily from there. Royal Challengers effected a collapse which saw Knight Riders lose seven wickets for 26 runs. R Vinay Kumar was the chief strangler and used wily changes of pace to dry up the runs. Scores: Kolkata Knight riders 165 for 8 (gambhir 64, r vinay Kumar 2-18) beat royal Challengers Bangalore 123 for 9 (vinay Kumar 25, Balaji 4-18) by 42 runs
IPL-5: Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals 07:30PM
Ushna reaches doubles quarters in Uae LAHORE STAff RePoRT
Ushna Suhail is currently participating in international women's tennis tournament being held in Fujairah UAE, an ITF professional circuit event. She played doubles prequarters, her partner being an Indian, Sharon Sanchana Paul won the match and moved to the quarter-finals. Their opponents were a Swiss, Tyra Kotuwattegedera and a Serbian, Sofia Sabjarevic. Ushna and Sharon won in straight sets 6-2, 7-6 (7-4). In the first set, the Pak-Indian player demonstrated superb coordination with many aces, baseline and net vollies resulting in 2-0 lead. Their opponents made it two all but could not sustain the aggressive strokes of Ushna and Sharon who easily won the first set by 6-2. In the second set, the Indo-Pak pair maintained their pace and kept the lead 5-2. But then the Swiss- Serbian pair gave them a tough time by playing a superb coordinated games levelling it to 5 all. The Swiss-Serbian pair held their serve at 5-5 to take a 6-5 lead. In the next game, the Indo-Pak team also held serve to make it 6-6. In the tie break Ushna and Sharon played aggressively and kept the lead finally winning the set and match with a scoreline of 6-2 and 76(7-3). In the quarters, they are going to face tomorrow the top seeds, Fatma Alnabhani of Oman and Kyra Shroff from India.
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