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PM says resumption of NATO supplies in accordance with national interests g Obama scaling up drone strikes to get political mileage LAHORE: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Sunday said he was willing to offer his son for a trial by the Supreme Court chief justice if the top judge was having difficulty in conducting a “fair trial” of his own son. The PM was talking to reporters at the State Guest House, Lahore. He abstained from commenting in detail on the Dr Arsalan Iftikhar case, only saying that “no political party can deny having friendly ties with real estate tycoon Malik Riaz and there must be something in him that all are his friends”.He further said his sons and family had been accused of corruption and had been facing investigations in agencies. “I have never demanded special treatment for my sons,” he added.Gilani also talked about national and international issues concerning the country, from NATO supply to load shedding. Commenting on Punjab CM’s act of setting up a camp office at Minar-e-Pakistan, he said, “I feel sorry for him,” adding that the Punjab government had contributed not even a single megawatt to the national power grid, while the PPP-led government had added 3,700MW.“The government is working on new power projects and work is underway on hydro, solar, wind and other alternative modes too,” he said.
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THERE MIGHT BE DEVIL IN THE DETAILS Malik Riaz begins journey back home to personally appear before SC tomorrow g
Will present documentary evidence of monetary favors, payments made to Dr Arsalan g
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Real Estate tycoon Malik Riaz, one of the main characters in the Arsalan Iftikhar case, will appear in Supreme Court tomorrow (Tuesday) to personally present evidence to the two-member bench and then share it with the media to establish his case that the CJ’s son pocketed large sums of money in exchange for helping settling Riaz’s cases pending with the apex court. Malik Riaz has purportedly boarded a Dubai-bound flight of Emirates Airlines and will arrive in Pakistan from
Dubai on Tuesday in his private jet. Riaz told sources that he would distribute “documentary evidence” among senior journalists once he reached Pakistan, claiming the documents would be nothing less than a “bomb”. A source told Pakistan Today that although Malik Riaz, who had gone to London for medical checkup, had shown the evidence to some senior TV anchorpersons; he had not provided them with the copies. These anchors and journalists vociferously touted in their talk shows that they had seen CoNtINued oN Page 04
HIEf of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani refused to meet US Assistant Secretary of Defence Peter Lavoy following Defence Secretary Leon Panetta’s accusations regarding Pakistan harboring insurgents and providing them safe havens. Panetta had said during his recent visit to Kabul that Washington was running out of patience with Islamabad over its reluctance to go after the Haqqani network in the Tribal Areas. Panetta did not stop just there, falling short of declaring a full scale war with Pakistan when he said on Saturday that the US was at “war in fATA”, adding that the US was willing to “do whatever we have to do to protect our forces”. Sources said Kayani refused to give a time slot to Lavoy for a
meeting despite repeated requests during his twoday visit. “The army chief conveyed to the Pentagon that due to his commitments, he could not meet the visiting US assistant secretary of defence,” an official said. However, Lavoy tried his best to have a meeting with Kayani. “During the last three days, Lavoy constantly remained in touch with the General Headquarters (GHQ) for a meeting with the army chief,” the source added. The official said the Pakistan Army was annoyed with the US drone policy for Pakistan and Panetta’s statement had only added fuel to fire in an already strained relationship. Lavoy is apparently a pro-Pakistan member of the US administration and he had strongly objected to a resolution moved by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher in february this year that demanded the right to self determination for the people of Balochistan. CoNtINued oN Page 04
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Sindh, Balochistan budgets to be presented today ISLAMABAD: The budgets for Sindh and Balochistan for the next financial year will be presented today (Monday). Sindh finance Minister Murad Ali Shah will present the budget in the provincial assembly in Karachi while Balochistan minister Asim Kurd Gelo will present the Balochistan budget in Quetta in the afternoon today (Monday). nni
Impoverished woman attempts suicide with kids GUJRANWALA: A woman tired of abject poverty jumped into River Chenab along with her three minor children on Sunday. Reportedly, 35-year-old Asia, wife of Hanif who runs a roadside hotel, jumped into River Chenab with her three children, Maria, 3, Ayesha, 2, and faria, 5. Locals of the area rushed in to save the women and her children and managed to rescue Asia and Maria, however Ayesha and faria drowned. The woman’s husband told Pakistan Today that minor quarrels over financial issues were a routine matter, but his wife had gotten stressed by the queries of debtors from whom she had borrowed Rs 3,000. Staff RepoRt
Man kills sister, paramour in Balochistan QUETTA: A woman and her alleged paramour were killed in the name of honour in Jaffarabad district on Sunday. According to police, Bashir Ahmad shot his sister, Gohar Zadi, and her alleged lover Ghulam Nabi in Goth Habibullah Kohar of Usta Mohammad tehsil after suspecting them of having illicit relations. The accused fled after committing the crime. Police moved the bodies to a nearby hospital for autopsy and later handed them over to the heirs. Police said the murders were committed in the name of honour and they were trying to arrest the accused. A case has been registered and further investigations are underway. SHaHZaDa ZUlfiQaR
US can be kicked out if Imran, Nawaz, Zardari lend support: DPC chief DASKA: Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) Chairman Sami-ul-Haq has said that if Irman Khan, Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari lend their backing to them, they would liberate Pakistan from the clutches of the United States. Addressing a press conference on Sunday, he said the DPC was launching a movement against the possible restoration of NATO supplies, and drone attacks. He said the parliament was being dishonoured with repeated drone attacks, as the rulers lacked the courage to stand against their US masters. “The country is being deprived of all its resources through massive corruption,” he said, adding that the US could be kicked out of Pakistan if its 18 million people take to the streets. In response to a question about Dr Arsalan Iftikhar’s case, Sami said the issue was before the court and the facts would be soon revealed. inp
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Rawalpindi: pMl-n activists demonstrate during a rally on Sunday. pMl-n organised a demonstration against unscheduled power outages and the price hikes after the budget announced by federal government. AFP
Terming media reports as “made up”, British journalist Christina Lamb denied having contacted anyone regarding the financial impropriety case against Dr Arsalan Iftikhar, the son of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. Earlier, media reports had claimed that the chief of Bahria Town, Malik Riaz, had approached Lamb — the Washington bureau chief of Sunday Times — to “break the news” about the scandal when the chief justice was scheduled to come to receive the International Jurists Award-2012. The reports further claimed that this move was planned to “bring a bad name” to the chief justice and might also force him to resign. However, in her tweet on Sunday, she said: “any purported quotes from me on CJ issue are made up, all I know is what I’ve read in the media and have spoken to no one!” following media reports that Dr Arsalan had received between Rs300 and Rs400 million from Malik Riaz to influence judicial proceedings, the chief justice took a suo moto notice and summoned his son and Bahria Town’s chief. Malik Riaz, however, did not appear before the court and a personal staff officer had informed the court that he was in the United Kingdom, undergoing medical treatment.
KP CNG Association calls off strike on ANP senator’s request PESHAWAR Staff RepoRt
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CNG Association, on the intervention of Awami National Party’s Senator Ilyas Ahmad Bilour, on Sunday announced an end to the strike, directing all members to resume supply to its customers. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CNG Association President Pervez Khattak announced calling off the strike in presence of Bilour. However, he said the strike was being called off conditionally and would resume within three days if the government did not accept their demands. Khattak thanked Bilour for intervening and was hopeful that he would
help them resolve the matter. To a question he said they were well aware of the hardships of the customers, therefore, they were honouring Bilour’s request. Senator Bilour thanked Khattak and his colleagues for calling off the strike. He said owners of CNG stations were valuable members of trade and business community and he was determined to protect their interests as well. After calling off the strike, the CNG stations were opened and gas supply to vehicles was resumed after a break of around six days. Meanwhile, the Oil Tankers Association also withdrew its strike from Monday to show solidarity with the CNG association.
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DG Khan rape: BMP officials deny charges DERA GHAZI KHAN
H E Border Levies Police (BMP) officials accused of raping five female tourists on Sunday denied the charges against them. Talking to reporters over telephone from an undisclosed location, the three cops claimed that they did not molest the girls and it was a “planned conspiracy” against them. The three personnel, identified as Zahid, Naveed and Muzaffar, were of the view that they were ready to present themselves before the investigation team if they were assured that the process would be transparent. “We respect women and did not commit the crime, in fact, the girls are lying.” Cops said the five girls, along with
two boys, were in a car when they stopped them at a checkpost in fort Munro, but the girls refused to get themselves searched. The girls’ refusal turned into an argument and fight between the cops and the boys, and according to the cops, they fled the scene without getting themselves checked. They said they themselves came to know through the media that they had “raped” the girls “They registered a fake case to avenge the fight,” the officials added. Dera Ghazi Khan DCO said there were contradictions in the statements of the girls. DCO Iftikhar Ali told reporters that complete security was being provided to the girls and their medical reports would be arriving from Lahore today (Monday). He said the girls had not yet disclosed their identities, adding that officials ac-
cused of rape would voluntarily surrender today (Monday). “The elders of tribes who have given refuge to the fugitives have assured us that they will be handed over to the authorities for investigations,” the DCO said. “Whether the allegations of rape are true or false, we can determine this only after an investigation.” Tariq Basra, Border Military Police commandant, said on Sunday that the women filed a complaint saying the accused were drunk when they raped them. “The women complained that they were also filmed when the policemen assaulted them,” he said. Meanwhile, the NA Standing Committee on Human Rights on Sunday took notice of the case and summoned Border Military Police commandant, Dera Ghazi Khan DCO and DPO on June 21 with all the relevant record.
Apology for Salala attack alone can normalise Pak-US relations: Mushahid ISLAMABAD online
Solider killed in militants’ attack on wana checkpost PESHAWAR: A soldier of the security forces was killed and three others injured when militants fired eight missiles at a checkpost in Wana, South Waziristan Agency, late on Saturday. In retaliation, the security forces launched action against the militants but there was no detail of losses caused to the attackers. However, tribesmen claimed that five civilians had been killed and seven injured in the clash between the security forces and militants. Per details, militants associated with Commander Malang attacked the Aman checkpost in Wana Bazaar. Commander Malang, his brother and several other commanders were killed in US drone attacks in the area recntly. The security forces confirmed that a soldier was killed and three others had been injured. Soon after attack, the officials directed locals to vacate the area, following which the forces embarked on a retaliatory action. Officials claimed inflicting heavy human and property losses on the militants, but independent reports were not available. A number of shops, tea stalls and other commercial buildings either owned by militants or by their relatives have also been demolished during the action. Staff RepoRt
PML-Q leader and Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed on Sunday said the US apology over Salala attack alone will normalise Pakistan’s relations with Washinton. In an interview with a private TV channel, he said Pakistan would not make any compromise over its sovereignty and national integrity. Therefore, he added bilateral relations were conditional to the US apology over Salala attack. Mushahid said if the US could apologise to Afghanistan three times, why could not apologise to Pakistan. Criticising the US president, he said President Barrack Obama in his four years tenure had failed to understand the situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan. “The US must understand that Pak-
istan has changed, it won’t say yes to the US and won’t follow its dictation,” Mushahid said, adding, “The US has badly failed in Afghanistan and Iraq and due its failed policy in Afghanistan, it is pressurising Pakistan.” He regretted the attitude of the opposition in the National Assembly during budget session. However, the PML-Q leader praised the attitude of PML-N leader Ishaq Dar and of the opposition leader in the Senate. Talking about the approval of budget for the fiscal year of 2012-13, he said budget would be approved easily while the issues regarding appointment of the chief election commissioner and caretaker government would be resolved in a befitting manner. To a question, he said the prime minister’s lawyer, Aitzaz Ahsan had skillfully defended Yousaf Raza Gilani in the contempt case.
General elections to be held on time: kaira LALAMUSA app
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Sunday said general elections would be held on time and those propagating against the popularity of Pakistan People’s Party should see the results of by-elections. Addressing a public rally after inauguration ceremony of a road between Kawaspur and Denga, the minister said those claiming popularity and demanding early elections should hold general elections to make clear the parties’ position. He said Nawaz and Shahbaz Shairf had harmed the federation by indulging into politics of provincialism. Kaira said why did the Sharifs not think about poor countrymen when the
entire Sharif family left the country after signing a deal with a dictator. The minister said the vilification campaign launched by the Punjab government against the federation was tantamount to rebellion He said that PPP leadership had never compromised on its principles and issues of national interests. The minister said the PPP drew its support from the people, which was why it was not afraid of calls of long march. He said the credit of landmark constitutional amendments, NfC Award and giving constitutional identity to Pashtuns, provincial autonomy to GilgitBaltistan and taking practical steps for giving rights to Balochistan went to the democratic PPP government. He said the government wanted to
To another query, Mushahid said people were not happy with the government due to price hike, load shedding, and energy crises. Therefore, he said, the people wanted change and PTI chief Imran Khan will cash the situation.
two more bodies unearthed at Gayari GAYARI online
resolve the issues of Balochistan through mutual understanding, as the country was not in a position to face po-
litical confrontation. Kaira said the government had nothing to do with the case of Arsalan Iftikhar.
Another two bodies of soldiers, buried under the monstrous avalanche at Siachin’s Gayari sector have been unearthed. According to the ISPR on Sunday, efforts were underway to establish the identity of the two martyred soldiers, by a team of NADRA experts already present at the site. The rescue operation launched two months ago has so far unearthed 13 bodies buried under Gayari’s glacier, of which only eight were identified. The body unearthed on June 8 has been established as that of Captain Haleemullah Jan.
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kayani turns CoNtINued fRoM Page 1 Meanwhile, a diplomatic source said the second round of Pak-US talks on the resumption of communication line for NATO had also failed. “Peter Lavoy will now leave the country late on Sunday or early Monday with empty hands,” the source said. However, an ISPR official denied the report that Kayani had refused to meet the US assistant secretary of defence, saying the meeting could not take place due to Sunday being a weekly holiday. “Saturday and Sunday are off in the army also,” he added. US embassy acting spokesmen Robert Raines said no meeting was on schedule between the army chief and Peter Lavoy. “The US assistant secretary of defence, however, had a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart,” said Raines.
try my son CoNtINued fRoM Page 1 He also called the resolution tabled in the Punjab Assembly to create Bahawalpur and South Punjab province a “conspiracy”, which he said would be foiled when a bill would be “unanimously passed” in the National Assembly to create South Punjab province. He also accused the PML-N of breaking the institutions, first the judiciary and then parliament, by presenting a “horse and cattle show” during the tabling of the budget in the NA. The PM demanded partybased local governments polls, saying expatriates who contribute $12 billion annually should be given the right to vote and contest election. “The ANP has also announced holding local government elections on party basis because they are political people and have political struggle while those who run from jails are not politicians,” he said. Commenting on the PPP-led government’s performance, he said a revolution was in the offing and “you will write positive things about us after once we go”. Addressing a press conference later, Gilani said the issue of resumption of NATO supplies would be taken in accordance with national interests. He rejected as conspiracies against government the planned long marches by the opposition, saying resumption of NATO supplies would be made in accordance with recommendations of parliamentary committee formed for the purpose. To a question, Gilani said US President Barack Obama was stressing on increased drone attacks just to garner political clout in the forthcoming US elections. Speaking in an interview afterwards, the prime minister said Pakistan desired to settle all outstanding issues with India through dialogue and peaceful means. He said Pakistan expected positive outcome of defence secretary-level talks between the two countries on the Siachen issue. Staff RepoRt/agenCieS
KabUl: french soldiers carry the coffins of four of their comrades who died a day before during an attack. the attack by a burqa-clad taliban suicide bomber was the first fatal strike against the french since francois Hollande took office as president last month. AFP/ChRISTIAN D'ARCANGUES/ ECPAD
Qaeda chief urges Tunisians to rise up for sharia DUBAI
L-QAEDA’S chief has urged Tunisians to rise up to demand the rule of Islamic law, slamming the ruling Ennahda Islamist party for “violating” sharia law, in a message posted online on Sunday. “O, honest and free Tunisians. The masks have dropped. Rise up to support
your sharia,” said Ayman alZawahiri in an audio message entitled “People of Tunisia, support your sharia,” posted on Islamist websites. “Call for a popular campaign advocating support for sharia and Islam and the rule of the Koran,” the Muslim holy book, he said. “Don’t settle for any alternative to sharia,” he added. Zawahiri criticised the ruling moderate Ennahda
Devil in details CoNtINued fRoM Page 1 the evidence, despite not having anything concrete in their possession, suggesting that whatever Malik Riaz showed them was irrefutable. This revelation jolted the Supreme Court and the chief justice immediately took a suo motu notice of the allegations that indirectly involved him as well. Two TV anchors who appeared in the court told the bench that they were shown documentary evidence of Malik Riaz having been paying a huge
amount to Dr Arsalan and sponsoring his visits abroad with his family. They claimed that Riaz, who was frustrated that despite paying hundreds of millions of rupees his cases still remained unsettled, had finally decided to spill the beans. The chief justice, who was heading the three-member bench, stepped down from the bench on friday after facing pressure that he should not be judging his own son, a main character in the case who pur-
party for not calling for Islamic rule in the North African nation where demonstrations led to the flight of its long-serving president Zine El-Abidine bin Ali in December 2010, triggering Arab Spring uprisings across the Arab world. “It is astonishing to find a leadership claiming to belong to Islam saying that it does not want to rule with it,” he said, denouncing what he called Ennahda’s
wish to have a “consensual constitution.” He accused the Ennahda of ignoring Islamic rules in order to appease the West and Gulf states. “They are inventing an Islam that pleases the US State Department, the EU, and the sheikhdoms of the Gulf. It is an Islam upon request, that permits gambling clubs, nudist beaches, usury and secular laws,” he said. The moderate Ennahda
party, legalised in March 2011, has refused to adopt fundamental sharia law, but some have voiced fears Islamist movements within the country, emboldened by the Ennahda victory, may try to restrict free expression and secular values. Zawahiri became AlQaeda’s chief after its founder Osama bin Laden, who was the world’s most wanted man, was killed in a US raid on a Pakistan hideout in May last year.
portedly pocketed the money on the CJ’s behalf. But the court also rejected an application filed by Malik Riaz’s counsel Zahid Bokhari for constitution of a larger bench. The two-member bench will resume hearing in the case today (Monday). Dr Arsalan submitted a statement with the apex court on Saturday challenging graft charges leveled against him. Arsalan denied having any association with Malik Riaz, his daughter or son-in-law and denied having ever met them “It is denied vehemently and in strongest terms any relationship, intimacy or ac-
quaintance of whatsoever nature with Malik Riaz Hussain, his daughter or son-in-law whose names are also not known to me. I have never met with anyone of them in relation to any business concerned or for any other purpose in Pakistan or outside Pakistan,” the statement said. Arsalan also termed the statements of TV anchors brought on court record “nothing but hearsay”. He challenged the claims of Kamran Khan, Shaheen Sehbai and Hamid Mir and said their claims of having seen evidence provided by Malik Riaz “suffer from serious contradictions”.
Arsalan also attempted distancing his conduct from his father, the top judge of the country, saying he was a 32year-old man and earned his bread and butter through his own business. He requested the court that his reply may not be considered final and conclusive because Malik Riaz, despite categorical directions of the court, had failed to appear and produce any material against him. Interestingly, Dr Arsalan, who was reportedly looking for a job a few years ago, has claimed having established a business worth Rs 900 million at present.
Punjab govt refuses to keep Dr afridi at adiyala PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said on Sunday that the Punjab government had refused to keep Dr Shakil Afridi in Adiyala Jail. Talking to reporters in the provincial capital, the minister said that the KP government had requested the federal government for shifting the high security risk Shakil Afridi from Peshawar Central Jail to another, more secure prison. He said there were proposals to put Dr Afridi in Adiyala Jail or in Rahimyar Khan. inp
Israel starts rounding up africans for deportation JERUSALEM: Israeli authorities on Sunday began a roundup of South Sudanese migrants ahead of their deportation, three days after a court ruled that their lives were no longer threatened in their homeland. “The deportation operation is getting under way. We are starting the job,” Interior Minister Eli Yishai told independent television station Channel Two. “We told the infiltrators from South Sudan to come voluntarily; whoever doesn’t, with the Lord’s help we shall get them all... they’ll be put on a plane,” he said. afp
once resourceful Qaeda now battles to ensure survival ISLAMABAD nni
When al Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi arrived in northwest Pakistan several years ago, he commanded so much respect that even some of the world’s most dangerous militants held him in awe. Already a legend in the shadowy world of jihad for breaking out of a high security US prison in neighbouring Afghanistan in 2005, he seemed to promise endless funds, training and inspiration for men who dreamed of unleashing carnage in New York
or London. By the time he was killed in a US drone strike last week, he was the latest victim of a series of the unmanned aerial attacks that has crushed al Qaeda’s network along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, Pakistani intelligence officials and commanders of militant groups said. Its finances have dried up, and those who once idolised the group wonder whether it can survive, a private television channel reported on Sunday. “Imagine. They used to travel in Land Cruisers and double-cabin pickup trucks a
few years ago,” said a commander from the Pakistani Taliban, which is close to al Qaeda. “Now, they are riding motorcycles due to lack of resources.” The downfall of the network in the border area started with the killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad in May last year, and the sustained campaign of drone attacks has further weakened the group. Only about eight hardcore al Qaeda leaders are still believed to be based in the lawless borderlands of Afghanistan and Pakistan, compared with dozens a few years ago. Current al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Za-
wahri is among those believed to be hiding in the area. Many al Qaeda loyalists have sold their weapons or sought donations to fund attempts to escape to their home countries, the Taliban commander added, speaking in a telephone interview. But the strike that killed Libyan cleric Libi in North Waziristan, and other similar attacks on militant hideouts, have not made the region any safer. Several other armed groups infest the area, and are not noticeably weaker. While the aerial campaign has weakened al Qaeda, its ally
the Pakistani Taliban remains a highly potent force despite a series of Pakistan army offensives against its strongholds in the northwest. Seen as the biggest security threat to the USbacked government, the Taliban is blamed for many of the suicide bombings across Pakistan, and a number of high profile attacks on military and police facilities. The Haqqani network, which is strongly allied to the Taliban in Afghanistan, also has bases in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region, according to US officials. The group and Pakistani officials however
deny they operate from there. for the United States, however, the leaders of al Qaeda, the group that was behind the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, appear to be the prime target. “We just took down another leader in al Qaeda the other day,” US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta told NATO forces during a visit to Kabul last week, referring to Libi, who was al Qaeda’s second in command and top strategist. “The worst job you can get these days is to be a deputy leader in al Qaeda, or for that matter, a leader,” he added, to laughter.
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harbiyar Marri, Brahamdagh Bugti Indian spies: APML ISLAMABAD: All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Spokesman Barrister Saif on Sunday said that Harbiyar Marri and Brahamdagh Bugti were Indian spies, asking the government to take action against them. Talking to reporters, Saif claimed that an Indian spy agency, assisted by Baloch separatists, was working to undermine peace in Balochistan. He urged the government for purposeful operation against the miscreants involved in Balochistan violence, besides holding diplomatic talks with India over its role in Balochistan unrest. Saif said that mismanagement and uncontrolled corruption of the sitting political leadership had led the country to multifaceted crisis. He said the government had not chalked out a solid policy for power generation since it assumed charge, worsening the electricity crisis and increasing circular debt with each passing day. He blamed that the ruling political leaders had nothing to do with the country and its people and their all concentrations were at protecting personal and party interests. AGENCIES
‘Balochistan’s independence to spark civil war’
HaRipUR: a view of bab-e-Hazara which has been built on Karakoram Highway (KKH). the arch will be inaugurated on June 20. INP
‘Asking CJP to step down over son’s case not justified’ OKARA
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani on Sunday said that freedom of Balochistan would lead to a civil war in the province. Talking to a delegation, Raisani said: “We don’t have patience to run a union council then how come we would be able to run a state.” He said that the freedom of Balochistan would mean a civil war in the province, adding that the killers of innocent people were behind the current unrest. Raisani said that mega projects like Reko Diq and Gwadar Port were for the benefit of the future generation.
ENIOR Vice President of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday said there was no justification in demanding Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to step down from his position over his son’s case as there were no allegations against him personally. “The CJ has separated himself from the bench which will hear Dr Arsalan Iftikhar case and it is a unique example in the history of the country,” he added. He said the convicted prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani had again disrespected the Supreme Court’s decision by appointing Rehman Malik adviser on interior. In a telephonic chat with the Okara Press Club, Qureshi said all parliamentarians should have left their offices after the SC verdict on the dual nationality issue, but to tease the court the government has adjusted them which shows that the government was not bothered with the SC’s decisions. He said Dr Arsalan Iftikhar had appeared in the SC to
clarify his position regarding the allegations leveled against him and now it was Malik Riaz’s turn to prove those blames were true. Qureshi was of the view that all opposition parties should unite over the SC decision regarding expenses of the general elections. He said free and fair election was mandatory to protect the future of the country, therefore the army and eth fC should be deployed to
monitor the general election to ensure transparency. The PTI leader said some political forces were hatching conspiracies and were demanding his party to comment over Arsalan Iftikhar issue to create ambiguities but the party leadership was aware of all such tactics. Qureshi said the people were not deaf and dumb and they were closely observing what was going on in the country.
Indian, Pakistani foreign ministers to meet in July ISLAMABAD agenCieS
The foreign ministers of Pakistan and India will review the progress made under the resumed dialogue process when Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna travels to Islamabad next month to hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar. Krishna is expected to visit Pakistan on July 17-18 to hold talks with Khar which would be preceded by a meeting between the foreign secretaries of the two countries, Press Trust of India reported, citing official sources. Ahead of the ministerial-level parleys, Pakistan’s High Commissioner Shahid Malik termed the current atmosphere between the two countries as “satisfactory”, saying that “small dents” had also started appearing in the “trust-deficit”. He also stressed the need for both countries to seize this opportunity and take steps to make the peace process “irreversible”. The dialogue, which had stalled following the Mumbai terror attack in November 2008, resumed last year with both sides holding a series of meetings on eight components under the Composite Dialogue format, including terrorism, Siachen, Sir Creek, Trade and Kashmir.
honour overshadows ‘haggling’ over nATO supply routes: nYT WASHINGTON neWS DeSK
Early in the negotiations to reopen NATO supply routes through Pakistan, a senior American official suggested to his Pakistani counterparts that they should engage in “carpet haggling.” “I give you a figure, you give me a figure, and then we’ll sit down and have tea and agree on a figure,” was how one participant in the meeting remembered the suggestion. The remark annoyed some of the Pakistanis, who viewed it as a crude characterisation of a politically delicate process; others took it more phlegmatically. But as the talks between Pakistan and the United States drag into their seventh week, a haggle is what they have become over money, certainly, but also over roads, drone strikes and, the trickiest of all, intangible notions of honour and pride that play into electoral politics in both nations, New York Times in a report said Saturday.
Peter Lavoy, a senior Defence Department official, arrived in Islamabad on friday in a bid to inject momentum into the bargaining. But though the stakes are high, optimism that a deal may be struck is in short supply on both sides. Until November, about 5,000 NATO trucks trundled up the bumpy road from Karachi to the Afghan border each month, carrying fuel and other non-lethal supplies for American and coalition troops. But then an American air strike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in a disputed episode at the border; since then not a single truck has traversed the route. The dispute has slowed the flow of supplies to American troops, but what will soon matter more is its effect on traffic in the opposite direction. As the United States starts to withdraw troops from Afghanistan this fall, a huge quantity of military equipment will have to be extracted by road. On the face of things, money could settle the argument. Pakistani officials ini-
tially demanded $5,000 per truck on each trip; after talks between the American deputy secretary of state, Thomas R Nides, and the Pakistani finance minister, Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, said the figure has dropped to a “much more realistic level,” according to a senior American official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The precise figure remains secret, and the Pakistanis have not indicated whether they will accept it. The Americans are trying to close the deal with sweeteners, offering, for example, to repave the highways the trucks use from Karachi to the Afghan border, a distance of 1,000 miles on one of the routes used. That could be an elegant solution, allowing the Pakistanis to claim a major concession while the Americans write off the cost as a transportation expense. But in these complex talks, money and asphalt only go so far. Both President Obama and President Asif Ali Zardari face elections in the next nine months, and neither can afford to cede too much at the ne-
gotiating table. Officials from both sides say that this week, Zardari has been sticking doggedly to his demand that the United States apologise for the November air strike; without that, they say, his group, the Pakistan People’s Party, will be vulnerable to defeat in the elections scheduled for early next year. “There will be a crater the size of Jupiter in the PPP’s electoral prospects if they don’t sell this to the people of Pakistan,” a senior Pakistani official said. “And for that, they need an apology or something that looks like an apology, smells like an apology, tastes like an apology.” A senior American official said, “We’ve been several times very close, until ‘ghairat’ intervened,” using the Urdu word for honour. If the talks over the supply lines fail, the United States has a Plan B in place. On Monday, NATO concluded agreements with several Central Asian nations allowing tens of thousands of vehicles and other military equipment to traverse their terri-
tory by road, bypassing Pakistan as they carry matériel northward out of Afghanistan. But the political cost would be high: It would give a great deal of leverage to President Vladimir Putin of Russia, who wields influence over the countries, former Soviet republics, that the trucks would pass through. The Pakistanis think that the Plan B may be a bluff by the Americans, like a prospective carpet buyer threatening to walk out of the shop. “The northern route costs so much more, that if we don’t do a deal this week, the Americans will happily do it one month, or three months, from now,” a senior Pakistani official said. Both sides say that whatever the outcome, the tough bargaining may ultimately drive them further apart, with negative repercussion for a diplomatic relationship that is already strained. “The real danger is that this could become the new normal for an extended number of years,” the senior American official said. “And we have to get past that.”
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peSHaWaR: boys cool off by diving into nagoman river from the remaining column of an old bridge on Sunday. ONLINE
Ex-Indian soldier wanted for Kashmir murder kills family, self
former Indian army officer wanted in the killing of a human rights lawyer in the disputed Kashmir region shot and killed his own wife and two of their children in their California home before apparently committing suicide, Huffington Post reported on Sunday, citing authorities. A 17-year-old, believed to be the man’s son, also was “barely alive” after the attack Saturday morning, fresno County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Curtice said. The ex-officer, Avtar Singh, had been arrested in this central California city last year after his wife said he choked her, and the Indian government sought his extradition days after that in the 1996 death of Jalil Andrabi. But he remained free, for reasons that were not immediately clear. Andrabi’s brother and lawyer blamed New Delhi, saying Singh’s family would still be alive if the government had tried harder to bring him to justice. “These lives could have been saved if a trial of Maj Avtar Singh was conducted on time,” said Andrabi’s brother, Arshad. “We have lost that chance now. He was a known murderer and we are appalled that he was even shielded in the United
States. It’s a failure of justice at all levels.” Singh, who owned a trucking company in Selma, called police around 6:15 a.m. Saturday and told them that he had just killed four people, Curtice said. He added that a sheriff’s SWAT team was called in to assist because of Singh’s military background and the India charges against him. When the SWAT team entered the home they found the bodies of Singh, a woman believed to be his wife and two children, ages 3 and 15, Curtice said. All appeared to have died from gunshot wounds. The 17-year-old suffered severe head trauma and underwent surgery
at a hospital where he remained in intensive care Saturday evening, Curtice said. Singh, 47, was arrested by Selma police in february 2011 when his wife reported that he had choked her, Selma Police Chief Myron Dyck said shortly after that arrest. Police then discovered that he was being sought in India, but Dyck said at the time that he could not keep Singh in custody on the murder charge without a warrant from international authorities. Several days later, India requested that the United States arrest and extradite Singh. It wasn’t clear on Saturday why Singh had remained free since the request. A request for comment from the Consulate General of India in San francisco on Saturday was not immediately returned. Dyck didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment Saturday about the 2011 arrest, and Selma police referred questions about the apparent murder-suicide to fresno County sheriff’s officials. Jalil Andrabi was killed at the height of protests in Indian-controlled Kashmir, where nearly a dozen rebel groups have fought security forces for independence or merger with Pakistan since 1989. More than 68,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the uprising and subsequent Indian crackdown. Andrabi disappeared in March 1996 in Kashmir’s main city, Srina-
gar. His body was recovered 19 days later in a local river. He had been shot in the head and his eyes were gouged out. A police investigation said Andrabi had been picked up from his home by Indian troops and killed in their custody. The probe blamed Singh and his soldiers for that killing and also accused Singh of involvement in the killings of six other Kashmiri men. Singh had been charged in Kashmir only with Andrabi’s killing. Kashmir police had sought permission from the government of India for Singh’s prosecution in the six other killings. Under India’s armed forces special powers act, federal permission has to be obtained before police can prosecute any army or paramilitary soldier posted in Kashmir. No soldier has been punished for Andrabi’s killing, human rights lawyers say. Singh fled India after he was accused of killing Andrabi. Hafizullah Mir, a human rights lawyer, said he was tracked to California in 2009 with the help of the Canadian Center for International Justice, a human rights advocacy group, but that New Delhi did not pursue extradition until after his 2011 arrest. In Selma, Singh owned and operated Jay Truck Lines. Alli Adan, a driver for the company, said he had seen Singh the night before the killings, and that had appeared to be acting normally.
former federal minister Dr Sherafgan Niazi has alleged that Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf chief Imran Khan topped the list of beneficiaries who took monetary favours from the real estate tycoon Malik Riaz, while demanding a fair investigation. Talking to INP on Sunday, he said the rulers were not capable enough to offer any solution to the present day challenges as the government was experiencing internal fissures. He said that early elections would resolve all issues, adding that the problems of corruption and power load shedding had been increasing like a snow ball. Niazi warned that the situation had reached to such an extent that it could give rise to anarchy in the country.
No shortage of petroleum in country: minister ISLAMABAD app
Minister for Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain on Sunday said there was no shortage of petrol in the country. Talking to Pakistan Television, Hussain said and certain elements were creating artificial shortage in some parts of the country and that action would be taken against those petrol pump owners who were allegedly involved in the creation of artificial shortage. He said the supply of gas to CNG stations would be restored after a few days, adding that there was a shortage of gas in the country. He said the decision to stop supply to the CNG stations was made to ensure the facility to the domestic and industrial sector. He said some elements were trying to blackmail the government but they will not be successful in their designs. To a question regarding the closure of CNG stations, he said the people of the twin cities were facing problems in attaining gas from CNG stations due to a shortage of the product. He said all state-run petrol pumps were functioning well. To another question, he said the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority was not performing to its optimum, adding that there was a need to improve the system.
Divided families urge India, Pakistan to leave kashmir KERAN afp
Hundreds of Kashmiris on Sunday staged an emotional demonstration on the banks of a fastflowing river to urge India and Pakistan to withdraw troops from the disputed Himalayan region. On the Pakistani side, tearful relatives waved across the gushing Neelum — which separates the two countries — to their family on the Indian side, using loudspeakers to try to speak to them, an AfP photographer said. But the deafening roar of the river — about 200 feet (60 metres) wide at the village of Keran — was too loud for the cries to carry across to the Indian side. About 600 men and women gathered by the river in Keran, about 90 kilometres (55 miles) northeast of Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Many migrated to Muzaffarabad in 1990 to escape violence. The gathering, called by nationalists, was a rare occasion — the authorities do not normally allow such events on the river. for Ashraf Jan, who left her mother and father to come to Muzaffarabad with her aunt in 1947, it was almost too much. Overwhelmed with emotion, the 70-year-old had to be stopped by relatives from jumping in the furious river to try to reach her ageing parents on the Indian side. “Let me go. I just want to see my parents and after that if I die, I will be in peace,” she said. Indian police and military did not allow
Kashmiris on the other side to come near the river bank and they were left to wave from a distance. Kashmir was split in the aftermath of independence on the subcontinent when British rule ended in 1947. Both India and Pakistan claim the entire territory, which is divided by a heavily militarised Line of Control (LoC). The LoC is heavily guarded on both sides and strictly offlimits. Though Kashmiris can cross the border via a special bus service started in 2005, it requires lengthy clearance procedures at both sides, meaning few go. Arif Shahid, president of the pro-independence Jammu Kashmir National Liberation Conference, urged India and Pakistan to divert their military spending to help poor people in both countries. “India and Pakistan are wasting money on arms when millions of people have to sleep without any meal every night. They should withdraw troops from Kashmir and liberate us so that they are able to work for the welfare of their citizens,” Shahid said. There are nearly a dozen Kashmir militant groups fighting for the divided Muslim-majority region to become part of Pakistan and over 47,000 people have been killed since the outbreak of a separatist insurgency in 1989. But militant violence has dropped sharply in Kashmir since India and Pakistan started a peace process in 2004.
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Subzwari stresses healthy mindset amongst youth KARACHI online
KaRaCHi: Workers of municipal services using heavy machinery to clean a nullah near burns Road during cleaning during in different areas of the port city. ONLINE
LeaD appreciation, acknowledgement ceremony held KARACHI app
Sindh Youth Affairs Department and Habib University foundation (HUf) organised iLEAD appreciation and acknowledgement ceremony, an official of the Department said here on Sunday. The ceremony was for the participants of the iLEAD teachers’ training programme. iLEAD is the Inspiring Leadership, Empowerment and Development in Youth. Sindh Minister for Youth Affairs, was the chief guest of the event. In all, 21 participants from iLEAD partner schools and colleges were awarded certificates for their hard work and eagerness to learn innovative and effective pedagogies. iLEAD is a partnership project of Sindh Youth Affairs Department, and Habib University foundation with technical support extended by the British Council. It aims at facilitating leadership, personal development, and active citizenship in youth from Hyderabad and Karachi, through sports and community service. The iLEAD curriculum focuses on facilitating the youth to acquire knowledge and skills, and to build attitudes essential to live a healthy life, which is characterised by a healthy self-concept, harmonious relationships with people around, consciousness for following moral values, and emotional maturity to deal with the challenges and diversity of life, besides having good physical health and fitness. Subzwari in his speech appreciated the innovative work done by the iLEAD team and Habib University foundation by developing such curriculum and stressed on the importance of developing a healthy and positive mindset among the youth to pave way for a prosperous country. In the event, the participants of facilitating Young facilitators- a training programme organised by Youth Empowering Spaces (YES) and School of Leadership (SoL), were also awarded certificates by Youth Affairs Department.
Four killed in violence; police arrest 4 criminals KARACHI
N the unending wave of murders, at least four persons were killed and several others including women were injured in different localities of the city on Sunday. According to police, unknown gunmen shot dead an activist of a political party identified as Sohail, 30, in PIB Colony. Violence erupted in the area after killing and the enraged protestors torched three vehicles in reaction to express their outrage. In Golimar area armed men shot dead on person identified as Zubair, 24. |His body was shifted to hospital for postmortem. In yet another incident of firing at Maripur Road, one person whose identity has not been ascertained was killed. Muhammad Anwar, 25, who was injured in firing of unknown miscreants in Pakistan Chowk area, expired in hospital during treatment. Two including a woman were injured when unknown armed men opened fire at them in Qasba Colony. In Malir City, robbers shot at and injured 38-year old Sadaqat upon resistance during robbery attempt in a bakery. four persons including two women and a young girl were injured in separate firing incidents in Pirabad, Baldia Town, Murid Goth and Orangi areas Meanwhile, the police arrested four outlaws involved in street crimes, mobiles and purse snatching and other crimes during separate raids in Haidri and Taimuria areas.
The police claimed to have recovered four TT Pistols, snatched motorcycles, ladies purses, four mobile phones, credit cards and ATM cards from the possession of the detainees. SEVERAL VEHICLES SET ABLAZE, KESC OFFICES RANSACKED: Karachities staged violent protests against prolonged and unscheduled loadshedding, water shortages and lawlessness in the city on Sunday. It should be mentioned that several areas of Karachi city including Chakra Goth, Korangi and adjoining areas were facing worse power crisis and water shortage besides poor law and order situation for the past few days. Hundreds of citizens annoyed over unfavourable situation took to streets on Sunday to lodge their protest against the lack of basic facilities. The enraged protestors set ablaze several vehicles and pelted stones damaging various vehicles. The violent protestors also ransacked a KESC office. In Korangi area electricity supply remained suspended for the last one week. The residents took to streets and burnt a truck. Police fired in the air to disperse the protesters. In fC Area the protesters ransacked a KESC office, destroyed the office furniture and set two vehicles on fire. Protesting people in Liaqatabad burnt a truck and rickshaw and also clashed with police in the area. LAW, ORDER SITUATION TO BE MAINTAINED IN SINDH: MINISTER: Sindh Minister for Law and Prison Mohammed Ayaz Soomro assured that the law and order situa-
tion will be maintained to overcome the criminal activities in the province. Addressing a high-level meeting of police officers at Circuit House, Larkana, he said the Sindh government will provide all basic facilities to police and allocated budget to curb the criminal activities in Larkana and other parts. He said the police stations of Naduero and others will be repaired and 0.5 million have been fixed for the arms and ammunition repair present budget. He also told that APC, walky talky, arms and other necessary items will be provided to the Larkana and the vacancies of DSP will be filled soon. He also said the flag march should be ensure in the educational institutions and the offices, buildings will be developed as well five ambulances will also be provided to the Sindh police in Larkana district to make this district a model in Sindh. On the occasion, Law Minister directed the officials concerned among Deputy Commissioner, Law Officer, SSP, Jail Superintendent should coordinate and a committee constitute to meet the session Judges for proper resolutions of matters. Law Minister Mohammed Ayaz Soomro also attended the oath taking ceremony of Peoples Lawyers forum, where new office bearers administered oath and pledged to continue their struggle for the lawyers’ community. On the occasion, Law Minister said present government faith on Judiciary and confident that they all will resolve the issues along with new body members.
Provincial Minister for Youth Affairs Sindh, faisal Ali Subzwari has appreciated the innovative work done by ILEAD team and Habib University foundation and stressed on importance of developing healthy and positive mindset amongst youth. The ILEAD team under the leadership of faisal Ali Subzwari, organized iLEAD Appreciation and Acknowledgement Ceremony on Sunday for the participants of iLEAD Teachers’ Training Program on the curriculum Nurturing Healthy Minds and Bodies which was held during 2011-2012. The event recently held at Manzer Akbar Hall Arts Council. faisal Ali Subzwari was the chief guest of the event. A total of 21 participants from ILEAD partner schools and colleges were awarded certificates for their hard work and eagerness to learn innovative and effective pedagogies. ILEAD (Inspiring Leadership, Empowerment and Development) is a partnership project of Youth Affairs Department, Government of Sindh and Habib University foundation with technical support extended by the British Council. It aims at facilitating leadership, personal development, and active citizenship in youth from Hyderabad and Karachi, through sports and community service.
Bangladeshi team visits University of karachi KARACHI app
Pakistan and Bangladesh enjoy good bilateral relationships and that cooperation in academics and research will prove to be beneficial for both the countries because the two are struggling to achieve success in all walks of life. This was stated by the Vice Chancellor of Karachi University, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qaiser during his address to a Bangladeshi delegation that visited University of Karachi, says a spokesperson of the institution on Sunday. A twenty member delegation of Bangladesh consisting of 19 students and Prof. Dr. Abul Khair, Department of Botany, Jahangir Nagar University visited University of Karachi for academic exchange of views. The visit was arranged by the Higher Education Commission, Islamabad and consisted of students from University of Dhaka, University of Chittagong, University of Rajashahi and Jahangir Nagar University. After meeting the Vice Chancellor, the delegation later visited an art exhibition by Visual Studies Department, HEJ Research Institute, Area Study Centre for Europe and Pakistan Study Centre. Registrar Prof Dr Nasiruddin Khan and Students’ Advisor Prof Dr Ansar Rizwi also attended the event during which the Bangladeshi students asked questions of interest related to the University and Pakistan. During their visit to Area Study Centre for Europe, Prof Dr Moonis Ahmar, Director, Area Study Centre for Europe, welcomed the delegation and informed them about the activities carried out at the Centre. Prof Dr Abul Khair briefed about the activities in various universities of Bangladesh and socio economic development of his country. At the end of the programme Director, Area Study Centre for Europe presented a shield and a set of publications of the Centre to the Chief of visiting Bangladeshi delegation.
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HYDeRabaD: Students of Hayat girls High School present a tableau during a reception ceremony for adviser to Sindh CM imtiaz ahmed Sheikh. ONLINE
Journalists vow to play active role for quality education KARACHI
OURNALISTS of electronic and print media and civil society has agreed to play a vital role in highlighting the various issues which hinder to ensure access, quality and proper utilization of resources in Education system. Expressing their views, in a consultation workshop organized in Karachi by Pakistan Coalition for Education and initiative of Society for Access to Quality Education (SAQE) under the title “Role of media in Education for all”, representatives of electronic and print Media assured that they would play a role of bridge between civil society representatives, NGOs and educationists to ensure the free education for all. National Coordinator of PCE Zehra Arshad welcomed the participants and highlighted the aims and objectives of the consultation workshop. She told that, workshop is aimed at creating a strong liaison between media and civil society to bridge the gaps for the progression and enactment of article 25-A after the 18th constitutional amendment. Zubeda Mustafa, famous scholar and writer, highlighted various aspects which need to be taken under consideration to ensure Education for all. She shared that, there is a big issue of access to schools especially for girls, while different social and cultural taboos and worst law and order situation throughout the country are the main impediments. The quality of Education is not satisfactory and utilization of resources is not meaningful, she added. She said that, basic education should be in local language but there is no specific law and language policy regarding education in Pakistan. Through Public private Partnership, schools are being handed over to different private partners and, consequently, parents cannot afford heavy amount in name of fees. Therefore Government should focus on these issues, Zubeda Mustafa emphasized. Renowned researcher Zaigham Khan deliv-
ered his presentation and briefed about education reporting, issue and Challenges. He stressed media to create demand for education and point out where governments need to be guided because media informs, educate and link people with people. He said, Education is the only entity that informs us how to liberate our self and others. He further said, there are certain rights which are guaranteed under the constitution of Pakistan and article 25-A is one of them. Media is facing various challenges such as power politics, crime, lack of recognition, pressure of authorities and commercial interests. Participants, belonging to different newspapers, civil society, print and electronic media, agreed that they would publish education news on front page at least once in a week and news channels would telecast news in headlines and they would reserve time for education awareness programs. They assured that any news regarding ghost teachers, closure of schools, and embezzlements in school funds would be highlighted as crime. Concluding the workshop National Coordinator PCE Zahra Arshad stressed, that rules and regulations should be arranged in light of Article 25-A, a detailed implementation Plan should be chalked out and monitored by Media and Civil Society. He suggested that vote casting should be linked with education efforts for politicians. STUDENTS PROTEST AGAINST KU’S ADMISSION QUOTA POLICy: Indus Social forum (ISf) staged a protest rally against the University of Karachi’s admission quota policy here in front of the Press Club on Sunday. A large number of social and political workers, civil society representatives observed protest demonstration and chanted slogans against the KSP category system of the university, which is an unjustness with the students of Sindh as well a versus of the merit. Whereas the protesting activists had carried banners and play cards marked with slogans against the anti-Sindhi policies, such as “KSP category is slaughter of merit of students in Sindh”.
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The protestors claimed that they would not accept such so called policies, which deprive students from getting education. They demanded for immediate eradication of the quota system by reforming of the admission policy according to the admission policy of other universities of the country. Speaking on the occasion the student representatives claimed that there are 6000 seats in the University of Karachi where 5800 seats are allocated for the students of Karachi, while only 170 seats are left for the students from across Pakistan whereas just 30 seats are allocated for the twenty two districts of the Sindh Province, which is extreme discrimination and unjust with the student of the province, the asserted. The speakers said that the KSP category system has divided the ideas and has deprived the Sindhi students, adding the speakers said that “the ISf demands for fair and merit based admission policy in the University of Karachi, as is in other universities of the province. The students have also demanded form the PPP government to ensure a transparent and merit based admission system in the University of Karachi, and ordered for opening a campus of the university in Gharo to eradicate the grievances of the masses of the province. JSQM STAGE SIT-IN AGAINST VAGUE REPORT OVER QURESHI’S MURDER: Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) on Sunday staged a sit-in protest at Sakrand National Highway against a vague post-mortem report of their deceased party chairman Bashir Ahmed Qureshi. Thousands of the party workers along with their leader Niaz Kalani protested at the national highway, suspending traffic going to Punjab, Balochistan from Karachi. Kalani on the occasion said that the PPP government was responsible for Qureshi’s fake post-mortem report and threatened for province wide protests if the killers of JSQM leader were not exposed by the PPP government. The protesters demanded authentic post-mortem report. During the protest some protestors also threw stones on passenger buses, leaving five passengers injured.
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PGJDC international gems exhibition achieves targets
working mothers healthier than housewives KARACHI app
According to new research carried out in Britain, working mothers enjoy better health than full-time housewives. Despite the stress working mothers face by holding down a job, dealing with childcare, housework and striving to keep the family happy. It appears that working mothers, when compared to full-time housewives, are less likely to become overweight, have a better level of health and a healthier relationship, The Telegraph Reported. The study also found that single mothers experience the worse health than working mothers who have a partner and children. You can read about this study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Team leader, Dr Anne McMunn, University College London, said that women who combine work with children and marriage do seem to have better health than full-time housewives. Even though they may experience high levels of stress sometimes. It is not a question of chicken-andegg either. Dr McMunn said it is the experience of work plus having a family that brings on the better health, not the fact that only healthier mothers decide to carry on working. The researchers examined data on women born in 1946 from the Medical Research Council’s National Study of Health and Development. The data registers their health from 1946 until they are 54.
AKISTAN Gems and Jewellery Development Company’s four-day grand event of Pakistan International Gems and Jewellery Exhibition (PIGJE-2012) successfully ended here on Sunday. The four-day extravaganza was held from June 7 to 10 at a local hotel here; showcasing the best of Pakistan’s gems and jewellery products reflecting both traditional and contemporary class, said a press release here on Sunday. The event highlighted Pakistani gems and jewellery products in the most versatile manner where the international buyers were introduced to the potential Pakistani market. The gems and jewellery produced through latest technology and skills were exhibited there. Jewelers, gems dealers and manufacturers of sectoral machinery, tools, equipment and accessories are displaying their products at the Show. The intricately crafted jewellery and precious/semi-precious gemstones found in Pakistan will ultimately reveal an entire new market to foreign buyers. The PIGJE2012 international exhibition is focusing on providing a lucrative platform to the thriving gems and jewellery sector of the country. The enabling environment has been created both for local and international
traders to interact and promote business. Through the development of B2B linkages with the international buyers, the exhibition is poised to be one of the major contributors to increase export earnings of the country. The export target is dollars 1.5 billion by 2017. Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani had inaugurated the event on June 7, 2012 at a hotel here. He assured his full support for PGJDC and for this sector in general. Sindh Governor Dr. Ishrat-ulEbad Khan, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, federal Minister for Production Chaudhry Anwar Ali Cheema and federal Secretary for Production Gul Muhammad Rind were also present at the ceremony. The delegates from India, UAE, UK, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Germany and france were present in the event. The Exhibition also encompassed a seminar on June 9 where renowned speakers on Gems and Jewellery from International Coloured Gemstone Association “ICA” and Gems and Jewellery Consultants shared their highly technical information and as well as their experience with the audience. KMC EVALUATES INCREASE IN REVENUE GENERATION: The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed urged the officers to take effective measures for providing permanent sources of income to KMC.
He was chairing a review meeting in his office which was attended by Senior Director finance Aamir Khurshid, Director General Technical Services Altaf G. Memon, Senior Director Health Services Dr Shoukat Zaman, Director E&IP Shoaib Waqar and other high officials of KMC. A KMC statement on Sunday said that the Administrator KMC directed the officers to assess those measures minutely which could enhance revenue for the organisation and the journey of development in the city could be carried on without any break. Various matters pertaining to increase in KMC revenue came under discussion during the meeting including the construction of multi-storey buildings on existing KMC land on public- private partnership basis. A briefing was given on this occasion in which it was informed that KMC held land at some prime locations in Clifton, Saddar, Soldier Bazar, Sharifabad, Guru Mandir, I.I. Chundrigar Road and Nishter Road where constructions on commercial basis could provide a permanent source of income to KMC. Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed said it was the need of the hour to take all possible measures for increase in the KMC’s revenue. He said revenue resources could increase if prime locations in the city are used on commercial basis while fulfilling all the legal formalities and making proper advertisements.
People are more attracted to eating unhealthy food after not getting enough sleep, new research has suggested. Two new studies that scanned the brains of people who have been sleep deprived have revealed their brains react differently when presented with choices of healthy and unhealthy food compared to those who have had adequate sleep, The Telegraph reported. The research showed that key areas of the brain related to reward were activated while activity in regions that control behaviour were inhibited. The findings may help to explain the link between sleep deprivation and obesity. Dr Marie-Pierre St-Onge, from Columbia University in New York who led one of the studies, said: “The results suggest that, under restricted sleep, individuals will find unhealthy foods highly salient and rewarding, which may lead to greater consumption of those foods.” In her study 25 men and women of normal weight were asked to look at images of healthy and unhealthy food while in an fMRI scanner after five nights where their sleep was either restricted to just four hours or they were allowed to get up to nine hours. In those who had less sleep, the reward centres of the brain were more active when shown pictures of unhealthy food compared to those who had more sleep. When they were shown pictures of healthy food this area of the brain did not activate. Dr St-Onge, who is presenting the research at the annual conference of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society, added: “This may suggest greater propensity to succumb to unhealthy foods when one is sleep restricted. “Indeed, food intake data from this same study showed participants ate more overall and consumed more fat after a period of sleep restriction compared to regular sleep.” The second study, also being presented at the conference, looked at 23 healthy adults after a normal nights sleep and a night where their sleep had been restricted. After each night, the participants were asked to rate how much they wanted food items shown to them while inside a fMRI scanner. Stephanie Greer, who conducted the work at the sleep and neuroimaging laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, said sleep deprivation impaired the activity in the frontal lobe of the participants brains - an area critical for behaviour control and making choices. She said they failed to see any activity in areas of the brain associated with reward in this study. SALE OF UNHyGIENIC DRINKS GOES UNCHECKED: The sale of unhygienic beverages is flourishing in almost all commercial areas of Karachi city due to lack of action by the authorities concerned. Mango juice, Lemon drink and Shakarkola are available just for Rs 10 per glass and the citizens were of the view that drinking water facility was not available which should have been provided by the city district government. Nowadays, a large number of vendors have appeared on the city’s roads and are selling spurious beverages, posing serious health hazards to the general public.
Additional IGP convenes meeting on law and order situation KARACHI app
Sindh Additional Inspector General of Police Akhtar Gorchani on Sunday evening convened a meeting of senior police officers posted in Karachi to review the law and order situation here. While talking to APP here he said, “I have called in DIGs and other senior officers to discuss the current law and order situation at 1900 hours this evening.” He said that the police was doing its best to protect the life and property of the citizens and
ensure their security. More security steps would be taken in this regard. When his attention was drawn to today’s firing incident in Musharraf Colony, Hawkesbay here, the Additional IGP said that according to initial reports the incident was a result of gang-war between two groups. However, he said, the investigation was in progress. five persons were killed and one injured in the firing between two gangs. According to Edhi Centre, the bodies and the injured were shifted to Civil Hospital Karachi.
The deceased included Shahzad, Waseem, Kamal, Abdul Salam. CNG STATIONS TO OPEN TODAy: The CNG stations in entire Sindh province including Karachi would open today (Monday). Under the load management plan, CNG stations in Sindh were remained closed for 22 hours on Sunday morning at 9:00 am due to lack of pressure in different gas fields . The CNG stations in Sindh remained closed for 24 hours but this time two hours relaxation was given to the consumers in the province.
KaRaCHi: a woman at Civil Hospital cries over the death of her relative who lost his life in a clash between two groups in Hawks bay area. ONLINE
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Abuse of health funds intolerable: senator HYDERABAD
ENATOR Dr Karim Khwaja, who is also the President of Peoples Doctors forum (PDf), has said that the pilferage of medicines and embezzlement of funds allocated for health services was intolerable and the officers involved in this crime would be taken to task. Addressing a press conference here Sunday the Senator said that the government spends billions of rupees to procure medicines for free distribution among the patients at government hospitals. “The government provides funds to all the district health officers in the re-
gard without any let up and to the measure of their requirements,” he added. Khwaja said despite such efforts by the provincial and the federal government if pilferage and embezzlement was happening than an inquiry would be conducted. The Senator said the Pakistan Peoples Party government was very much concerned with the health of the people and in that regard it was constructing new hospitals in eight districts of Sindh. Each of those hospitals would be completed by end of June and would have 200 beds and would offer modern health facilities, he added. The Doctors forum leader informed that the remaining districts of Sindh would be covered in the next financial budgets
for the building of new hospitals. He further said the government was also building 400-bed hospitals in Mirpurkhas and Larkana districts. The Senator said that President Asif Ali Zardari has taken notice of the police raid during which famous neurosurgeon Dr. Aftab Ahmed Qureshi was killed while in captivity of the suspected kidnappers. He added that a high level investigation was already underway in the case. In reply to a question, the Senator said that Trauma Center in Hyderabad was built on an inappropriate location by the previous district government. “The provincial government had nothing to do with that project as it was constructed by the district government,” he added. However, he said to
activate the trauma center the ministry of Local Government has been approached so that the people of the city could avail its services. General Secretary of Peoples Doctors forum Dr. Abdul Razzaq Shaikh, the local leaders of PPP Aftab Khanzada, Dr Tehseen Shaikh and others were also present on the occasion. ‘PML-F HAS NO RESERVATIONS OVER ZULFIKARABAD PROJECT’: Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister Imtiaz Shaikh, who is also the General Secretary of Pakistan Muslim League (functional), has said the PML-f has no reservations over the Zulfikarabad project. “However, the government should still try to address the concerns of civil society and the Sindhi nationalist lead-
ers as it goes ahead with the project,” he said while talking to the media during a ceremony organised at a government school here Sunday evening. He said the project was aimed to develop a new city on the barren and swampy land on the seashores of Thatta district. Talking about the local government and general elections, he said the PML-f was prepared for the elections. “This is an election year and we are ready for the local government and the general elections,” he added. In reply to a question he said his party was in contact with the main ruling party, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) over the seat adjustment issue. He added that the party would also approach the other allies in that regard.
fat-free ‘Lassi’ a traditional drink of summer KARACHI app
Lassi is a popular and traditional yogurtbased drink of the subcontinent which is made by blending yogurt with water and spices. Traditional lassi (also known as salted lassi, or, simply lassi) is a savory drink sometimes flavored with ground roasted cumin while sweet lassi on the other hand is blended with sugar or fruits instead of spices. In Dharmic religions, yogurt sweetened with honey is used while performing religious rituals. Less common is lassi served with milk and topped with a thin layer of clotted cream. Lassis are enjoyed chilled as a hot-weather refreshment, mostly taken with lunch. With a little turmeric powder mixed in, it is also used as a folk remedy for gastroenteritis. Pakistani cuisine is as diverse as its people. Among the drinks or beverages consumed in Pakistan, lassi, is quite popular. It is a traditional Pakistani dairy beverage, originally from Punjab. On a hot sunny day it is only natural to quench one’s thirst with a tall glass of Lassi. In Punjab it is the most desired drink , Especially in Villages , still if guests come , the Host prefer to serve them with Chati Ki Lassi instead of Soda Drinks. In fairs or in get together men do challenge each other to intake a large amount or a big KUJJA of Lassi. Women are renowned for their perfection for making tasty Lassi having butter in it. In Punjab it is the duty of women to make Lassi in the start of the day and this practice is being followed in Punjabi Homes since centuries. Traditional lassi in Pakistan has two flavors in which one is Salty or Kachi lassi prepared by adding few table spoons of milk in a glass of water along with a pinch of slat in it. It has been famous to minimize the effect of warm weather. Usually used after meal or eating mangoes. Some people like to prepare it by yogurt, milk, salt and water also which is rich version. Sweet lassi is prepared by blending yogurt, milk, water and sugar until frothy. Chill it and enjoy in the summer season as it is the most refreshing drink. Sometimes served with blended sweet of Khoya called “paira”, or used with a huge ball of homemade butter in it. It is consumed by over one billion Asians throughout the world. With its smooth, cool and refreshing taste, it is the perfect accompaniment to the hot and spicy flavours that epitomize Pakistani cuisine. This traditional drink is economical and plentiful in Pakistan, where cows and buffalo provide an overflow of dairybased recipes. Lassi serves to cleanse the palate alongside spicier foods. It aids digestion and is a healthy addition to any balanced diet. Lassi is 100 per cent natural and is free from artificial colorings, preservatives and flavorings. Besides offering health benefits, lassi is also indulgent and can be enjoyed with or between meals. The modern version of lassi includes many fruits like mango lassi, strawberry lassi but they are like smoothies. They either don’t have the effects of lassi but enjoyable.
HYDeRabaD: a vendor arranges mangos to attract customers at his stall in fruit Market. INP
Adviser to Sindh CM visits Bhutto family graveyard
traffic pollution dangerous for heart patients KARACHI app
Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister Sardar Haji Khan Chachar visited the graves of the martyrs of Bhutto family in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh Bhutto near here on Sunday. He visited the grave of assassinated PPP chairperson Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, laid a floral wreath at the grave and offered “fateha”for the “Isal-i- Sawab”. The advisor also laid floral wreath at the grave of founder-chairman of PPP and former prime minister Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and offered `fateha’. He also visited the graves of former chairperson of PPP and former first lady Madar-e-Jamhooriat late Begum Nusrat Bhutto, late Shireen Amir Begum, the first wife of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto as well as the graves of Shaheed Mir Murtaza Bhutto and Shaheed Mir Shahnawaz Bhutto, laid floral wreaths and offered fateha. IGP TAKES NOTE OF FIRING, KILLING IN CITy: Sindh Inspec-
tor General of Police Syed Mushtaq Ahmed Shah has taken strong note of the people killed and injured in firing incidents in the city. The IGP on Sunday directed the police officers to ensure safety of the life and property of the people by making the best use of the available resources, said an official release here. He issued instructions that the police force in plain clothes be deployed in the city besides the uniformed force. He also ordered that the concerned SSP, DSP and SHO must be present at the site of any firing or other incident of violence in the city. The Inspector General of Police asked for ensuring the cooperation of forensic Division of Sindh Police in the investigation of killings in firing incidents. DC SOUTH VISITS LyARI DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS: Deputy Commissioner South and Project Director Lyari Development Package Mustafa Qazi, along with his team of officers, made a detailed visit to Lyari to review the progress
in the development projects under Lyari Development Package. The development projects he visited included water supply, sewerage, roads, renovation of old schools buildings, development of sports grounds, renovation and decoration of boxing clubs and the football House, said an official statement here on Sunday. It said that President Asif Ali Zardari has directed for earliest completion of the on-going development projects in Lyari. MIR BIJARANI CALLS ON CM : federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, MNA Mir Aijaz Khan Jakhrani and Sohrab Khan Sarki on Sunday called on Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah. They discussed the prevailing political situation in the country as well as matters of mutual interest. They also apprised the Chief Minister of various problems pertaining to development schemes in their respective constituencies. The Chief Minister assured them to address the problems on priority basis.
Middle-aged and older adults who live near high traffic roads may have a heightened risk of dying from heart disease but the odds seem to go down if they move to a less-traveled neighborhood, a new study finds. The findings do not prove that traffic pollution is the reason for the excess heart disease deaths, researchers say. But they do add to evidence tying vehicle-produced pollutants to the risk of dying from heart problems, Medical Today Reported. In May, the American Heart Association (AHA) released a report stating that recent studies have “substantially strengthened” the evidence that air pollution from traffic, industry and power generation is a risk factor for heart attack, stroke and deaths from cardiovascular causes. The evidence most strongly points to particles known as fine particulate matter, which is produced from burning gasoline and other fossil fuels. The AHA recommends that people with established heart disease and other at-risk individuals including the elderly and people with risk factors for heart disease, like diabetes and high blood pressure try to limit their exposure to congested roadways and spend less time outside on days when air quality is poorer.
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Marginalising Pakistan Leon Panetta, despite continuous demands made by the Pakistani side, asserts that the US will continue to launch drone strikes in North Waziristan. The recent statements issued by him in Kabul and Delhi are indicative of the emerging regional trends. The US is clearly bypassing Pakistan, something that happened when India became the proud recipient of the nuclear deal with the US that the Pakistanis had been waiting for. Whatever excuses the Americans gave for not considering Pakistan for a similar deal does very little to hide the Superpowers motives
Child labour in the region. It is clearly evident that Pakistan is being marginalized both globally and regionally with various tags of ignominy adorned around its neck. Surely the American policy both in Afghanistan and Pakistan is being termed as doomed to definite failure as it fails to achieve the objectives due to a lack of clarity and transparency. further, the continuous unilateral attacks and operations such as the OBL raid in Abbottabad last year and the Salala tragedy exemplify the US regional designs. According to a study carried out by the Jinnah Institute in Pakistan, the
Pakistani policy elite perceive America’s Afghanistan strategy to date to be largely inconsistent with Pakistan’s interests. Pakistan has always insisted on an immediate, yet patient effort at inclusive reconciliation involving all major Afghan stakeholders, including the main Afghan Taliban factions. The American initiative of embarking upon the reconciliation process without including either Afghanistan or Pakistan goes only to create mistrust between all stakeholders, thus proving counterproductive for the reinstatement of peace in the region.
Despite the fact that Pakistan has provided significant counterterrorism and strategic support to the U.S. which has proven costly in terms of Pakistan’s militant backlash, there is a strong feeling in Pakistan that they will once again be left bearing the burden of this war as a Taliban takeover is being predicted. further, the growing Indian footprint in Afghanistan backed by the US would certainly manipulate the endgame that further alters the regional politics thus adding to the instability of South Asia. PROFESSOR KABIL KHAN Peshawar
Veena Malik Here goes Veena again. This time she supports homosexuality (news in your daily of 9th June) and doles out her views on human choice. Veena and Meera are like two stooges who divert the minds of the people of Pakistan when there is gloom and darkness all over. In circus two or three stooges appear with funny acts to relax the minds of the audience after they had watched hairraising trapeze act. Both these girls know how to be in press? Veena is exhausted with her hidden ‘treasure’ and so is Meera with her marriages and breaking of marriage before they or after they happen. We are in the middle of conspiracies hatched overseas. We are in the middle of collapsing institutions and now Supreme Court under attack. We have poverty and deprivation engulfing more than 80 percent of the nation and we have Riaz Malik whose wealth is flowing like River Nile. We are rated lowest on the comity of world nations. We have crime rate and the nature of crime beating Arthur Conan Doyle’s imagination and all world records. In short, we are in our worst stage of existence. Veena comes up with such a genius idea. Meera has already been bestowed Pride of Performance by Zardari Sahib this year. Veena should also be awarded Hilal-e-Pakistan, if we have run out Nishan-e-Pakistan. These girls should be ashamed of themselves and keep their mouths shut and if not asking too much keep their bodies little covered. frankly their bodies and talks do not go along with the despicable situation we are in. AMJAD H MIRZA Lahore
attitude of fMDC staff Pakistan is a country where nothing good and positive can be hoped. In this country it is futile to expect positivism which is present in Europeans and Americans. I am being a doctor wish to immigrate to any of the above stated countries because my potential and talent is being belittled here. If I get entrance, I am sure I will be rewarded very much irrespective of caste, creed and colour. Every day I plan something positive but in the end I got messed up due to unnecessary issues which have become regular chaos for all Pakistani. Couple of days ago, I appeared in a test for the post of demonstrator at federal Medical and dental College, Islamabad. first part of test was written, I qualified in flying colours. Later, we waited for more than four hours for interview. Anyhow, we were interviewed and I did well in that interview as well. But result has not yet been announced. I am perplexed to see that the concerned department of the college takes no responsibility to reply on phone or in black and white to the candidates who call them to confirm the selected candidates. They used to give other telephone numbers for confirmation of the selected candidates. Those numbers are every now and then incorrect. Indeed, this callus attitude has made me extremely annoyed. How unfortunate we are that we are debased every day in hands of clerics and least educated persons which are in fact uneducated, their acts prove this grave reality. I request Principal fMDC, PM and President to guide their subordinates to be in good manners as other developed nations do. DR IRFAN ALMANI Rawalpindi
indo-pak water dispute In a discussion on Indo-Pak water relations on a TV channel, the Pakistan representative called for an independent commission to adjudicate disputes arising out of difference in interpretation of the various clauses of the Indus Water Treaty. The Indian representative, while agreeing that there can be differences in interpretation by the two sides, insisted that in the presence of the Treaty there was no need for an independent commission. India has
adopted this unreasonable attitude ever since Indira Ghandi prevailed upon Z A Bhutto to treat Kashmir as a bilateral issue without involvement of a third party. The Simla Agreement has not only harmed Pakistan’s historical stand on Kashmir but has also made a resolution of the water dispute very difficult. ENGR KHURSHID ANWER Lahore
who runs PIa?
This is with reference to the recently held talks between Gen John Allen of the United States and Gen Ashfaq Kayani of Pakistan aimed at improving border coordination. As a back reference, it is to mention that these talks came almost six months after the US air strikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers along the frontier border and resultantly Islamabad closed its border crossings to supplies meant for NATO troops in Afghanistan. The meeting, however, is a welcoming step because divorce is not an option in Pak-US relations and therefore such meetings are important to achieve continued progress toward restoration of peace and stability in the region. In the back drop of existing realties, it would be wrong to cast an eye on each and every step government or army takes to break the impasse in relations between Pakistan and the US. There is no denying the fact that US keeps on brewing conspiracy theories against Pakistan yet her coming back to Islamabad again and again on one pretext or other is a clear message that Pakistan is indispensable for the US to achieve its goal in this region. On the other hand, we must adhere to the fact that for some reasons Pakistan too needs Washington. So, whatever the circumstances are it needs to be understood that ties between Islamabad and Washington are not based on common bonds or friendship but common interests. And where both these states’ interests converge, they must repair their relationship so that they will both be able to at least work together. AAYAN HUSSAIN Rawalpindi
On the face of it, PIA has a new MD, who recently retired from PAf as its commander in chief, replacing two cronies who had destroyed this airline. In just under four years the national airline losses have risen astronomically from Rs 42 Billion in March 2008 to over Rs212 Billion by January 2012, while its schedules have been devastated and its reliability at its lowest. More than half the fleet, including both its aged fleet of B747, B737, A310 and new aircrafts such as ATR and B777 are grounded for lack of spares or shortage of funds. Pilferage of revenues and a defective cum controversial parts procurement policy have dented this airline both financially and operationally. Mediocrity continues to dominate the senior executive corridors with more than five executive directors not even holding a bare minimum graduation degree. During past few years PIA has conducted its worst Umrah and Hajj operations. Inspite of all these negative results, the new MD does not have the powers to appoint, promote and post middle management officers above Group 9. These powers vest with Chairman and cronies who have been running this organization like a fiefdom. What purpose does this change serve if the MD cannot bring about changes in a team that has failed miserably? The next Hajj and Umrah operations are due and it seems that our pilgrim’s fate is sealed to suffer endlessly, inspite of hike in fares. IRFAN BUTT Karachi
Internet is an enormous source of information, fascinated communication and entertainment. However, the rapid increase in the use of the internet in recent years has led to misuse of internet especially among youngsters. This technological advancement is now an integral part of our lives but if not used for constructive purposes, this useful technology can also a huge problem and waste of precious time. Now it is the responsibility of parents, teachers and the government to make it safe for new generation. The role of parents is very important in this regard. first they should educate themselves about internet usage and then guide children. Tell children about the importance of time and ask them to make the most of it. Teach them the difference of right and wrong. Share their feelings and their interests. Help them discover websites that can help them with their homework and hobbies. Also warn them to be careful of online frauds. Other social activities should be encouraged. Make sure that the computer is in a common area of the home where you can monitor online activities. Some filtering softwares are also available in market to prevent the use of unsuitable information available on net. To guide the new generation is our first and foremost responsibility. A little effort will contribute a lot for a bright future. FATIMA QURESHI Karachi
Child labour is an intricate issue especially for developing countries like Pakistan where there is no protection for people’s rights, leave alone children’s rights. Child labour today represents the largest single cause of child abuse across the globe. It is a sort of deluge that is draining away our precious talent to be utilized in right place. Most of it takes place in economically less developed countries, and much is hidden. Of the total number of child labourers in Pakistan, majority of them are employed in agricultural occupations. In urban settings, children are employed in more diversified occupations such as loading and unloading of goods, hotels and restaurants, fishing, auto workshops, rag picking, shoe-shining, begging, etc. These little angels endure miserable and difficult lives. They earn little and struggle to make enough to feed themselves and their families. They do not go to school; more than half of them are unable to learn the barest skills of literacy. The unrelenting poverty forces the parents to push their young children in all forms of hazardous occupations as it is a source of income to them. In Pakistan you can easily find out little children who are wandering here and there, picking garbage, walking through each and every door to find out their better destiny. It pushes them into a bad company and immoral activities such as use of drugs, crime. for killing all of their grief, they are drinking their own tears. They are not willing to live this miserable life, absolutely they want to change it for good, they want to change their destiny, but unfortunately they are waiting for a change. Of course, a better morning, a bright start. Is it possible? There is strict need to stop child Labour in this country. Awareness must be raised and the attention of parents ought to be diverted to the education of their children. Child Labour Laws should be put into practice strictly. In addition, the educational system of the country-must be reshaped and restructured according to national development goals. If we succeed to act upon these principles, our country can easily get rid of this problem i.e. child Labour. Child labour is an international evil. It requires cumulative efforts to wipe it out. Toiling long hours for a pittance, these little breadwinners accept exploitation as a way of life. Nothing can eradicate child labour unless there is awareness among parents and children, which will go a long way in saving the future of millions of working children in Pakistan. Lastly, instead of blaming the “supply side”, we must focus on the “demand side”. FARWA LIAQUAT Karachi
Propaganda through SMS Nowadays there is a trend to send messages through SMS. On the one hand it is a good facility when utilized for a good purpose. But those elements who propagate negative feelings about the country, its government, political leadership, armed forces and other reputable institutions also take advantage, misuse the facility and send derogatory messages. The objective is to influence the mind to confuse, divide the opinion and demoralize the audience. It is a form of communication where the person is not obvious so you are not sure whether the message is reliable or not as responsible citizens it is our duty as well to develop an awareness regarding such messages. If such a message is received and the sender is unknown immediately delete the message. Do not respond. If the sender is familiar, he may be requested not to forward such messages. There is also a facility of blocking any undesirable number. The telephone company can be approached and a complaint launched helps to stop such propaganda. With the growing advanced technology day by day, the companies can also have a check and block such messages. Above all it is the awareness to a common man and specially the younger generation to understand the purpose of such messages, discourage and stop them by all fair means. Let us secure our today for the better tomorrow of our future generations. ANWAR PARVEEN Islamabad
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Delusions of grandeur
The CJ, the doc and the suo motu
only a realistic approach will work
s analogies go, the one that calls the Pak-US relationship a bad marriage is a pretty good one. There’s the tether that prevents either side from unilaterally cutting things clean. Then there is the knowledge of the other side’s weaknesses that has come from years of familiarity; knowledge of raw nerves and how to twist the knife when you’re out to do some damage. The US is the world’s sole superpower. Apart from the sheer military prowess, it is also a large giver of aid to Pakistan. Pakistan’s leverage stems from its unique geographical position and the fact that the Pakistani deep state’s relationship with power players in the chaotic Afghan buzkashi, nurtured over years of engagement (or interference, take your pick.) But the mistake that Pakistani defence analysts and their handlers make is thinking the aforementioned set of leverages are an equation. They are not. It is an inequality. Even if Pakistan, when it comes to its influence, puts the pedal to the metal, it cannot quite do what it wants. The maximum that can be achieved would be the continuation of the status quo. However, if as a result of this attitude by the Pakistani state, the Americans were to merely turn up the heat by several notches, the results would be quite disastrous for Pakistan. The Obama administration has reportedly approved the expansion of the drone programme in Pakistan. Who knows whether this expansion is going to work its way up to hot aerial pursuit or maybe even American feet on the ground. By what stretch of the imagination would the Pakistani state be able to reply to these incursions into the tribal areas or, God forbid, deeper within Pakistan? Those hopeless romantics within the country who nurse hopes of a David vs Goliath, or, perhaps, a Karbala-inspired noble defeat, would do well to realise that the world over, Pakistan is being viewed, not as the righteous underdog but as an errant entity that does not play according to the rules of the game. That says one thing and does another. It’s a lose-lose. We’ll lose any confrontation in physical terms and our claim to the moral high ground makes sense only to us. The Pakistani defence establishment’s need to reorient itself has never been more stark. The visiting high-ranking US defence department official has been reportedly given a cold shoulder. We’re up the creek without a paddle. And we’re insisting we can afford further reckless behaviour.
a modest proposal Can we afford cheap Cng?
he next suggestion might be considered a little unconventional. To the demographic that reads English newspapers (that’s you, dear reader) it might be unpalatable. Sit down before reading this. The petroleum and natural resources minister is in talks with the CNG dealers’ association to convince them to end their strike, which will enter its sixth day by the time you read this. Our modest proposition: he shouldn’t. The government should give the CNG stations enough rope to hang themselves. See, at the moment, the ministry is trying to drill sense into the association and saying they shouldn’t undertake such drastic steps in protest of what is only a proposed cess, not an actual one. Though that is all well and good, he should let an underling do this while trying to make sure the association doesn’t tag the oil tankers along in their strike. A country like Pakistan, given its energy profile and, within it, the profile of its thermal fuel mix, cannot afford to splurge natural gas on CNG stations. Using CNG for personal transport is an issue for the elite and urban middle-classes. The rest use public transport and two-wheelers. The latter don’t use CNG and those from the former that do, could be provided CNG by the government at a subsidised rate. This step isn’t possible for petrolbased public transport on account of pilferage. Till date, however, there is no scalable, mass-based method to siphon off and pilfer CNG. It is a shame that the ongoing strike did not take place in the winters. There would have been lesser gas load-shedding then. Even in the summers, a large number of industrial units are being rendered inactive, causing scores of people to lose their livelihoods. The demand – given the fact that our natural gas resources are limited – to be provided gas to heat our cooking stoves at homes, to power our factories and to provide CNG stations is unreasonable. One of them has to go. The responsible approach would be to let the transport option go, other than for public transport. Our hearts go out to those entrepreneurs who were incentivised to go into this business. But this nonsense should end.
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By Waqqas Mir
ne can accuse Pakistan of being many things—but you would be hard pressed to credibly allege that it is a place that is uneventful. This, of course, may not always be a good thing. One is reminded of the Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times”. following a YouTube video and what many have referred to as a “whispering campaign”, we have seen developments that have caused dances on the Richter scale. After Mr Mansoor Ejaz’s “Nasty Nancy” wrestling video, Mr Sehbai’s interview has had telling effects on Constitution Avenue and beyond. When first rumors of the allegations against CJ’s son circulated it should have been clear to most folks that this would result in a suo motu action by the Honorable Supreme Court. I commented, to friends and on social media, that though the CJ will eventually recuse himself, commentators will draw analogies with days of the Islamic Caliphate and examples from the days of Hazrat Umar will be thrown around. The fact that such outcomes are predictable can be depressing—the saving grace is that they are based on a realistic view of how our society approaches issues. Even if there had been no Code of Conduct for judges, mere convention of appearance of impartiality dictated that the CJ should not be on a judicial bench hearing a case involving his son. faith in ability and integrity has little place in such matters. People who commented that the CJ should continue to hear the case because “we have full faith in him” were inviting disaster. Such logic would mean that any clear conflict of interest, be it involving a legislator or even a government servant, should become irrelevant if “enough” people say they don’t have an issue with it. Of course a sizeable but lesser number who would express doubts then lose out and so do the requirements of a system. The act of recusal, therefore, should not just be welcomed but must be reiterated as a necessary one. The fact that suo motu action was taken has been celebrated by many. Perhaps justifiably so. But a realistic, and some might say cynical, world view suggests another answer: it had to be done. There was no way out. Institutions, and personalities, often become victims of their own success and policies. The suo
motu action is an extraordinary step but it has been used frequently by the present Supreme Court/CJ. Once this no longer remained an infrequent action and a case like this hit the town, the CJ simply had to take suo motu to keep intact the reputation of his own person as well as the Supreme Court. Context is everything: a Lawyers’ Movement, a populist Supreme Court in the aftermath trying to assert itself as non-corrupt compared to a political government and there you have it. Therefore, a realist might argue this: forget “Insaaf” and “justice”, this is about maintaining a reputation (even appearances), this involves politics and ambition of remaining relevant. A populist politician pushing a policy, while battling a complex past, would be forced into at least appearing to apply his policy even if it affects his personal interests. If he doesn’t, he becomes irrelevant. As long as the appearance remains, whether of justice or anything else (depending on the context), so does the relevance. This matter of appearance will be telling in the coming days as this saga unfolds. The CJ is no longer on the bench but the Honorable Court has, reportedly, raised a number of issues concerning Mr Malik Riaz. It would be deeply unfortunate if instead of exploring the real issues, the Court adopts a stance that seeks to discredit Mr Riaz (based on his past, tax return record et al). The Court must not act as an entity prosecuting Mr Riaz for his past. That is not the issue here. Unfortunately, there will be no shortage of people who will celebrate Mr Riaz’s trial—a trial of everything he has allegedly done. No lawyer or rational citizen can or should find that acceptable. Anchors calling for it deserve to be made irrelevant in this discourse. Is this a PPP conspiracy? We will find out in due time but I am willing to suggest that close to the elections a ruling party would gain little by hatching such a conspiracy. Now there are even reports that Mr. Riaz has denied the whole thing. A number of institutions, including the powerful spy agencies, are clearly irked at the
Supreme Court too. Could this be a signal from them that the balance of power needs to be restored? The democratically elected Executive in Pakistan has almost never been in a position to meaningfully dictate things to our apex court. That has happened in other instances involving the men in khaki. Is there a “switch in time” that the powers that be are hinting at? I use that phrase, of course, by borrowing it from fD Roosevelt’s battles with the US Supreme Court. Dr Arsalan Iftikhar has been in the news earlier too—for the wrong reasons. Thanks to Mush’s horrible actions, we never heard whether or not the allegations regarding him and those close to him had any credence. Those questions could haunt him and his father—as well as the institution that his father has done so much to raise in the public eye. Let’s not get too excited and hold our horses. Let’s resist the temptation to throw allegations around where our only aid is speculation. This drama of high politics, back room deals, power and ambition should be seen through a realistic lens rather than a moralistic one. Those who are expecting impartial proceedings would legitimately scrutinise the words used by the Honorable Court in this case. The order reads that the Registrar of the Honorable Court took notice of “a campaign against the Chief Justice of the country and his family and the judiciary”. One hopes and trusts that this is not a guiding presumption in this case. Ambition and power are inevitably cloaked in the garb of legitimacy. Legitimacy relies on appearances till deeper truths are established. The aim here should be seeking deeper truths rather than focusing on mere appearances. There is no shortage of naïve folks who celebrate appearances but hopefully enough of us will refuse to join in such dances. The writer is a Barrister and an Advocate of the High Courts. He is currently pursuing his LL.M in the US and can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @wordoflaw
tax on mobile usage Daily Star – Dhaka
he proposed ‘tax at source’ for both prepaid and postpaid users @2% has created some consternation among end-users and policymakers alike. This new tax envisages a deduction of Tk2.00 on every recharge of Tk100.00 for prepaid users and an additional 2% levy on top of the VATcharged@15% for post-paid users. Moving beyond the legalities involved in whether at all this new levy can be termed ‘tax at source’ since it is in effect taxation on expenditure rather than income; today the cell phone can hardly be called a ‘luxury’ item. On the contrary, consumers utilise mobile phones for a variety of economic activities and availing essential services that have far reaching socio-economic impact on the rural economy. The rural populace use mobile services to gather information on market price of various inputs and outputs. Such information help farmers get right price for their agro-commodities and reduce risk of getting swindled by middlemen; the rural youth do not necessarily have access to
the major national newspapers, but can get access to information about job opportunities using mobile value added services. All these constitute direct and indirect monetary benefits that come from availing mobile services offered by the telecom industry. Looking beyond economic benefits, mobile phone users benefit socially, i.e. access to information on health issues are available and with millions of expatriate Bangladeshi workers living in far off lands, the mobile phone plays an essential role in maintaining communication. The proliferation of mobile phones in a relatively low Teledensity country like Bangladesh has made it possible for people of lower-income brackets to bring about significant changes in their lives. for farmers it has meant fetching better prices of agro-products, for others, the cell phone has helped reduce costs associated with communication and health treatment. The question being asked today is whether such levy will encourage the 90 million users to use their phones more sparingly, which in effect would threaten the government’s existing significant earnings from the hefty VAT charges that have been in effect for some years now.
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In royal style
heroics and the law
May we borrow the Queen?
and the difference between them
third eye By M J Akbar
he British royal family may not be much of a family—Queen Elizabeth II is happily married, most of her children are happily divorced—but by golly, is it royal! The diamond jubilee of her reign was the ultimate costume drama. It slipped from one century to another with sangfroid born out of majestic indifference to common style, which is as it should be. If royalty were deflated by common sense it wouldn’t look very exalted, would it? Who on earth could wear trousers with yellow strips running along the side, as in the worst Hollywood parodies, and live to tell the tale, except the princes of the House of Windsor? It was real only in the sense that it was occurring at a particular time and place. Its magnet was set in the ethereal. Even nature knew when it had met its equal. London’s rain is, of course, quintessentially British, so the four-day pageant began in dark, gloomy, threatening and wet weather. But while English rain has every right to make ordinary citizens miserable, it dared not tousle the hair of Her Majesty. It paused just long enough for her to enter the comfort zone of the royal barge, a goldplated float that looked like it had once been owned by the original river queen, Cleopatra. When a courtier, trying to be familiar in front of the cameras, thought that the weather was safe enough a topic for his Queen, she turned in that uniquely arch-motherly way and asked, “Were you sur-
prised?” Breathless BBC, which mutes sound to protect the royals from any surprise, raised the volume on this remark and all Britain sighed in joy and adoration. Another decade had been purchased from history. A prosaic analysis of Queen Elizabeth the Second’s reign, written perhaps by a nasty frenchman, would indicate that while her father lost India, all she did in six decades was to lose every bit of the rest of an empire that had arguably begun its ascent four centuries ago when Elizabeth the first shooed off the Spanish Armada. But only the dyspeptic recall unnecessary facts. Our contemporary Elizabeth is both traditionalist and realist. She took the departure of nations in her stride. Emotion is a liberty that is not permitted to an empress. The one thing that grieved her during six decades on the throne was the loss of her personal yacht, Britannia, commissioned by a royalist Winston Churchill in 1954 and decommissioned by that deceptively oily Tony Blair in 1997. It was famously the only occasion on which the Queen wept, or, to put it more accurately, allowed her eyes to moisten. It is well known that the only time the Queen smiles is at the races. On 3 June she beamed. Britain’s House of Windsor has survived with grace and wisdom because it understood something that its equivalents across Europe never could comprehend: That influence is a better bargain than power. Through the turmoil of the 20th century they never claimed victory so could not be blamed for defeat. European autocracy was fatally wounded in the first World War, which ended in 1918. The Romanovs of All the Russias collapsed midway. The Hapsburgs of Austro-Hungary could not survive defeat. The Kaisers did not survive surrender. The Ottomans of Turkey refused to depart ceremoniously and so were kicked out unceremoniously.
The Windsors left the foreground to politicians, who were dispensable and dominated the background, where they became indispensable to their people. When it comes to a bond with their subject, this buck stops at Buckingham. No politician was permitted onstage during the jubilee celebrations, least of all the Prime Minister of Britain, who is merely elected. Democracy was sent off on a muchneeded holiday. So when the fireworks relapsed into smoke, the band stopped playing and litter was cleared on the morning after, what did it all mean? More than words can easily communicate. The British people were uplifted; the symbol of their state had raised their spirits and restored their sagging self-belief. Depression is not an exclusive British phenomenon. It would take a very optimistic, or indeed a very foolish, Indian to look jolly today amid the corruption of Delhi and disarray across the country. But when Indians seek comfort from their symbol of state, who do they get? Pratibha Patil. That is descent to existential angst. I have a solution. Why shouldn’t India borrow the Queen of England for a bit? We would keep her only for the winter months, when the weather in any case is foul in Britain. The Queen is still happy to display the India connect. Her top jewellery comes from the subcontinent: The Lahore diamond, which she flashed during the jubilee, and the Kohinoor. Her residence in Delhi, Rashtrapati Bhavan, was built by an Englishman so she should be able to live in the style to which she is accustomed. And a coronation in Delhi would give her a third reason to smile. The columnist is editor of The Sunday Guardian, published from Delhi, India on Sunday, published from London and Editorial Director, India Today and Headlines Today.
he President of the Youth Wing of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, Mr Abral-ul-Haq, was addressing a news conference in Lahore recently when some PTI youth wing office bearers arrived, and things became a trifle disharmonious. Calling the office bearers ‘troublemakers’, Mr Haq threw them out of the hall with the help of security officials. Those office bearers of the Youth Wing of the PTI have since been removed, and replacements appointed ‘for the interim period’. The situation is undeniably attractive; there are people on the public scene today one would love to throw out of the hall, so to speak, preferably by the seat of their pants in a horizontal position, but the pleasure is generally denied. Therefore, we shall not grudge Mr Haq the opportunity, nor condemn his actions as being unfair, except that the PTI does portray itself as a ‘tsunami,’ a term that conveys the graphic image of a wiping clean and orderly rebuilding of the old chaotic landscape. It is hoped therefore that due procedure has and will be applied. By Rabia Ahmed The PTI has a constitution that prescribes notice prior to removal of office bearers, and appointments by majority vote. Given our history of sweeping aside such trifling matters and in the absence of more information, however, one may be excused some doubt, my apologies to the PTI if I am wrong. More certainly, one wishes that the erstwhile office holders had exercised restraint on their prepubescent emotions and behaved as office holders of a political party must: with sense. But there is a dearth of both restraint and sense everywhere in this emotionally unstable country, not least among its political parties. How can a youth wing be expected to behave otherwise? It is rather a trend here to allow good judgment to be overridden by waves of emotion (the tidal imagery appears to be catching). It does not matter what the constitution or the law prescribe, it is what the heart and the liver dictate (an overly literal translation but it does expose the absurdity of allowing organs to master the man) that generally counts. Some days earlier, a rally
protesting power loadshedding was held along the Mall in Lahore. Once a peaceful and dignified main artery of the city, the Mall is now the scene of frequent rallies against the various issues rapidly making this country an unlivable place. Businesses along the thoroughfare, already incurring loss due to power loadshedding and now suffering additionally as a result of frequent rallies, had petitioned the courts to ban processions along the Mall. A ban was therefore in force when this rally took place in contravention of Section 144. Accordingly, it is reported, the police (very properly) registered an fIR against the participants of the rally, some 600 persons belonging to the PTI, including several of its senior leaders. Another procession taken out for the same reason along the same route by the PML(N) however held no repercussions for the PML(N) leaders, even though a similar petition was filed against them. That fIR was simply not accepted by the police, which should have had no choice in the matter. Later, in a grandiloquent gesture, the Chief Minister of the Punjab, Mr Shahbaz Sharif, asked the police to ‘quash the fIR’ against the PTI. Such magnificent gestures appeal to a public ever thirsty for emotional fodder with which the politicians of Pakistan are ever ready to feed it. few will question the validity of such ‘generosity’ against a rival, or the ‘chivalry’ of a chief minister who requests the police to disregard a valid report, something he has no authority to do, or the preferential treatment meted out to the CM and his party. We have no news yet as to whether the IG Police deferred to the chief minister as he should not have done, but they generally do. There is confusion in people’s minds – a critical and dangerous overlap between heroics and the law, between a subjective personal preference and what is right. Comments following news reports explain this well: ‘I really don’t like this person Abrarul-Haq. He doesn’t deserve to be the president of PTI Youth Wing,’ growls one reader following that report about the PTI’s youth wing. And now with the news of the case against the Chief Justice’s son a reader enthuses: ‘Judiciary has proved that there is no one above the law, not even the nears and dears of the judges. Those who have chosen the path of mudslinging on judges will be vanished in the dust of history while only truth will prevail. We fully support our Honourable CJ and his great companions’ (sic). Gawrsh!
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IIFA 2012 AwARds
wins over audiences with 3rd episode
1 SingapoRe: Parineeti Chopra, winner of the Best female Debut celebrates with the trophy during the IIfa awards. 2 SingapoRe: Dia Mirza , winner of the of the Green award shows her trophy during the IIfa awards. 3 SingapoRe: ranbir kapoor holds an umbrella during the IIfa awards. 4 SingapoRe: Priyanka Chopra walks the red carpet at the IIfa awards. 5 SingapoRe: kalki koechlin poses during IIfa awards. 6 SingapoRe: Vidya Balan wins the best actress trophy at the IIfa awards. 7 SingapoRe: Gauhar khan gestures as she walks the red carpet at the IIfa awards.
NEWS DESK S ‘Coke Studio’ continues churning out one amazing song after another, we present an overview of songs seen and heard on Episode 3 of ‘Coke Studio’s Season 5’.
‘NERAy AAH’ was originally featured in the soundtrack for the 1998 Punjabi film ‘Choorian’, directed by Syed Noor and sung by Saira Naseem. Overload released a cover version as a single in 2011. As the first film song to be done on Coke Studio by Overload and Rachel Viccaji ‘Neray Aah’ reflects on the desires and torments of worldly love and how in its extreme it can drive a person to their insanity. ‘Coke Studio’s interpretation of this song uses a popular dhol groove played with Zeppelin style drums to create the basis of the fusion. ‘NINDIyA KE PAAR’ was written between 2009 and 2010 by Uzair Jaswal Jaswal’s older brother, Yasir Jaswal. The two brothers worked out the song structure and main component parts together at a friend’s studio. The song title suggests a sense of escaping and going to the place beyond one's dreams where one is alone in his/her world. A number of different elements in a time of confusion inspired Jaswal to write this song. ‘TAARAy’ reflects a change in Bilal Khan’s life and an increased sense of confidence driven by his success as a musician so far. ‘Taaray’ is a song for the young who have ambitions and feel they can achieve anything they set out for. Khan brings out his philosophy and writes about keeping the promises one made to one’s self, working with patience and dedication to fulfill a dream. ‘RUNG’ is a Kalaam written by Amir Khusro in his early years. The performance stays true to the original structure of Qawali but has the house-band playing progressive music on top of it. This results in a unique track. Hadiqa Kiani diversifies her skill and sings this song in a manner different than her usual style. ‘SCHOOL DI KITAAB’: Bohemia was inspired to write this song by his own personal experiences. He had performed in Lahore and was approached by a number of people who said their children were huge fans. They
told him that their children don’t pay any attention to their studies and work but remember all of his songs. Bohemia wanted to send a message out to kids encouraging them to finish school. He says he is a slow reader himself because he paid no attention in school and feels there is a lot more he could have done if he had.
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IIFA AwArdS 2012: 'Zindagi Na..', 'Rockstar' steal the show SingapoRe: Zoya akhtar`s ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ and Imtiaz ali`s ‘rockstar’ triumphed at the 13th International Indian film academy (IIfa) awards, with each winning four trophies. ‘Zindagi Na..’ won the awards for best film, best story, best actor in supporting role for farhan akhtar and best director for Zoya. ‘rockstar’ won the best actor in the leading role for ranbir, best music direction for a.r. rahman, best lyrics for the song and best playback singer male for Mohit Chauhan for ‘Nadaan Parindey’. ranbir, who played the role of an aspiring singer who aims to make it big, beat actors like amitabh Bachchan, Salman khan, Shah rukh khan and hrithik roshan, to walk away with the trophy. on the other hand, actress Vidya Balan continued her winning streak by picking up the award for best actress in a leading role for ‘the Dirty Picture’. She emerged victorious among Priyanka Chopra, kareena kapoor, Mahie Gill and kangna ranaut. the award for best playback singer female went to Shreya Ghoshal for her song ‘teri Meri’ from the film ‘Bodyguard’. actor Vidyut Jamwal walked away with an award for best debut male for his performance in ‘force’. Veteran actor Prakash raj won the IIfa award for best performance in a negative role for ‘Singham’. he was nominated alongside Naseeruddin Shah for ‘the Dirty Picture’, Irrfan khan for ‘7 khoon Maaf’, Boman Irani for ‘Don 2’ and Vidyut Jamwal for ‘force’. the award for best performance in comic role went to riteish Deshmukh for the film ‘Double Dhamaal’. while, hosts Shahid kapoor and farhan akhtar kept audience in splits with their wit and humour, the show saw star-studded performances by Sonakshi Sinha, Bipasha Basu, Prabhu Deva, Priyanka Chopra, Shahid, rishi and ranbir kapoor. filmmaker ramesh Sippy was honoured at the gala for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema, while veteran actress Zohra Segal received a special award for her contribution to 100 years of Indian cinema, though she couldn`t make it to the event. yesteryear`s actress rekha was honoured for her outstanding achievement in Indian cinema, while Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann was given an award for her contribution to international cinema. though this year`s IIfa awards had its own appeal, the actors who were missed by all included hrithik roshan, Shah rukh khan, Salman khan, John abraham, Saif ali khan, anil kapoor, kareena kapoor, katrina kaif, and Sonam kapoor. agenCieS
KAty Perry tipped to play Freddie Mercury's girlfriend in new flick
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15 extraterrestrials encouraged to visit county fair SAN DIEGO
real American flag is hoisted up next to a fake flying saucer at the San Diego County fair, which is focused around a UfO theme this year. The fair runs through July 4. Most fairs and carnivals try to attract a wide demographic: families, singles, foodies, aspiring prize-winners, but the organisers at the San Diego Country fair are casting their net even wider and hope to get some extraterrestrials. The fair opens June 8 is themed ‘Out Of This World’, and will include exhibits dedicated to space travel done by humans and alleged trips to Earth by alien visitors. fair spokeswoman Linda Zweig says the fair is America's sixth largest, but hopes to get bigger by attracting visitors from beyond the southern California -- like Alpha Centauri. "It would be so cool if some aliens decide to come," she said. "I don't know if their craft would fit in the parking lot, but if they show up, we'll make room. There's plenty of room in the infield." The infield area just happens to be where most of the alienating exhibits are located in a section called "Area fifty
Worried about the financial crisis? Don't look at the Scottish Flag NEWS DESK
1 loS angeleS: Singer katy Perry is hoping to land the role of freddie Mercury's girlfriend Mary austin in a new film about the late Queen singer's life. Sacha Baron Cohen will be playing the role of Mercury in the movie. the 27-year-old singer, who wants to make the switch from music to big screen, hopes that the biopic of her rock idol will be her big break. Perry is such a big fan that she dressed as Mercury at her own birthday party. filming is due to start next year and Cohen is already working with remaining Queen members Brian May and roger taylor on the movie, which is being tipped as a boxoffice hit. the producers have secured rights to many of Queen's biggest hits, including 'we will rock you',' Bohemian rhapsody' and 'we are the Champions.' It will focus on late singer's rise to fame from the band's formation in 1971 to their monumental performance at 'Live aid' in 1985. Mercury began dating austin in the early 1970s before he became famous, and the couple enjoyed a six-year relationship as Queen hit the big time. Mercury later admitted to austin that he was bisexual and they went their separate ways. the singer always remained close to the woman he called his "common-law" wife. She was one of the first people he -told when he was diagnosed as hIV-positive, and she comforted him -during Mercury's final days before he died of aids-related pneumonia in 1991 at the age of just 45. agenCieS
fun," that will have displays of alleged alien encounters such as Roswell and ancient Egypt, and a mock UfO crash. Although mixing extraterrestrials with cotton candy, Tilt-A-Whirls and livestock competitions could be conceivably alienating, UfO researcher Mel Podell of the San Diego chapter of the Mutual UfO Network believes it's an out-of-this-world opportunity to raise the profile of Ufology. "This may be the first UfO-themed fair ever," Podell told The Huffington Post. "Hopefully, it will bring in more members to MUfON." Podell says San Diego is already hotbed for UfO activity, thanks, in part, to the many military bases, and because the trademark sunny skies make it easier to spot strange aircraft. Another researcher, Ed McBride said: "The fact that they're doing this is amazing, partially because of there's so much institutional denial about UfOs, and also because they're focusing on the science aspect.” The most famous example of that may be the 1997 mass suicide by the members of the Heaven's Gate cult that took place in Rancho Santa fe, a short saucer ride away from the fairgrounds. That event, which led to 39 deaths, is not mentioned in any of the UfO exhibits according to sources.
The University of Strathclyde found that people in England and Scotland become more anxious about the state of the economy when presented with an image of their national flag, the St George’s cross or Saltire. However, the subconscious effect was more pronounced north of the Border and the Saltire provoked stronger negative feelings about the current economic situation in Scotland. In contrast, exposure to the Union Jack led to positive feedback among more than 10,000 people who responded to the survey. Although the authors of the research em-
phasised the sample was not representative of the population as a whole, they speculated that increased negativity about the Saltire was linked with unconscious fears about “going it alone” as the referendum approaches. Professor Laura Cram, who led the research, said: “What was really interesting was when you are triggering national identity, which is traditionally associated with your gut instinct, it was also affecting how you looked at the economy.” A summary of the findings suggested that the respondents felt “less in control” and “more anxious” about the economy when they thought of themselves as English or Scottish rather than British.
Jolie's spiritual help for
weddINg dAte loS angeleS: actress angelina Jolie, who is set to marry fiancé brad pitt this summer, has picked her wedding date with the help of a buddhist monk. "angie (angelina Jolie) has used buddhist astrology in the past to help her pick the best or most auspicious days for important moments in her life," contactmusic.com quoted a source as saying. "that's when angie was completely converted to buddhist astrology and she's not taking that chance with brad. angie is convinced the date of their union will guarantee their future happiness," the source added. pitt and Jolie raise six children together. agenCieS
turtle Divorce: Giant turtles divorce after 115 years together NEWS DESK You can't say they didn't try. After an impressive 115 years together, two giant turtles at an Austrian zoo are refusing to share their cage anymore, the Austrian Times reported. "We get the feeling they can't stand the sight of each other anymore," said Helga Happ, director of the Klagenfurt-based zoo, where the turtles -- Bibi, the female and Poldi, the male -- have lived for the last 36 years. Before that, they called Basel Zoo in Switzerland home. According to the paper, zoo staff realized something was amiss when Bibi bit off a chunk of her partner's shell. When the attacks continued, Poldi was moved to another cage. Animal experts even attempted couples' counseling -feeding the turtles aphrodisiacs and encouraging them to play games together. But so far, efforts have failed to bring the shelled lovers back together. Turtles aren't the only members of the animal kingdom known to "divorce" their partners. Studies have shown that some birds who mated successfully with a partner one year have "divorced" and moved on with another partner in successive years.
thief steals 400k toothpicks ATHENS agenCieS
Who says toothpicks are not valuable? Police in Georgia are trying to figure out who stole about 400,000 toothpicks worth nearly $3,000 from a manufacturer in Athens. Each case contains 288 packages of 100 toothpicks. Police say there were no signs of forced entry. The owner believes a current or former employee might be responsible. Two employees told the owner they saw a man selling containers of Armond's toothpicks at a flea market last weekend.
HAPPy BIrtHdAy, Johnny depp! Ageless star turns 49 loS angeleS: Johnny Depp didn't need to play a vampire to look as if he'd been blessed with eternal youth. the perennial heartthrob celebrates his 49th birthday today, if you can believe it, and though he's starting to collect lifetime achievement and icon awards, the father of two shows no signs of settling quietly into middle age. tim Burton's favorite actor has, however, been re-embracing his musical roots, turning up as Marilyn Manson's guest guitarist in april and jamming with the Black keys at last weekend's MtV Movie awards. happily for his fans, who love Depp just as much as the camera does, the oscar-nominated and Golden Globewinning thesp isn't making any Brad Pitt-like, "gonna quit acting" declarations as he nears the half-century mark. Up next, he puts a new spin on tonto in ‘the Lone ranger’, and then there's talk of another turn as Jack Sparrow in a fifth ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie. agenCieS
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16 Foreign News Iraq PM’s rivals lack votes to oust him: president BAGHDAD
Monday, 11 June, 2012
Syria violence kills 29 as revolt toll tops 14,100
Iraqi premier Nuri al-Maliki called for a national dialogue Sunday after President Jalal Talabani said his rivals lacked the votes to oust him, but a protracted political row looked set to drag on. Opponents of the prime minister have for months accused him of monopolising decision-making, with a political crisis that began in December worsening in recent weeks with open calls from multiple political parties to withdraw confidence from Maliki’s national unity government. But late Saturday, Talabani said groups opposed to the premier lacked the 163 parliamentary votes required to sack him, with Maliki pushing on Sunday for the country’s leaders to unite to rebuild the conflict-racked country. “I take this opportunity to renew a call for all political partners to sit at the table for negotiations, and to be open to discuss all disagreements,” the prime minister said in a statement issued by his office. “I am sure we will be able to overcome all challenges and difficulties that are in our way,” he added, while also thanking Talabani for his “constructive” role. On Saturday, Talabani’s office issued a statement, saying there was insufficient backing to pass a vote of no confidence against Maliki. “Due to a lack of (support), the letter of his excellency the president of the republic, although its text was prepared, was not given to the parliament,” the statement said.
IOLENCE in Syria killed at least 29 people on Sunday, bringing the death toll since the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to more than 14,100, a monitoring group said. Those killed since March last year comprised 9,862 civilians, 3,470 soldiers and 783 army deserters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Britain-based watchdog counts rebel fighters who are not military deserters as civilians. The violence has intensified despite the presence in Syria of 300 United Nations observers charged with monitoring a truce that was supposed to take effect from April 12. On Saturday, at least 111 people — 83 civilians and 28 soldiers — were killed, according to revised figures from the Observatory, in one of the heaviest
single-day death tolls since the nominal start of the ceasefire. By late on Sunday afternoon violence across Syria had killed at least 29 civilians, including 11 soldiers, the Observatory reported. The troops were killed in clashes with armed rebels in the southern province of Daraa, in the central Homs province and in an attack on a military convoy in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, it said. four civilians and an activist were killed in shelling of the town of Qusayr on the border with Lebanon, where rebels blew up a building housing government offices, the Observatory said. Troops also shelled the Khalidiyeh neighbourhood of Homs city and other neighbourhoods, killing three other civilians, as surveillance aircraft flew overhead, it added. Another three civilians were killed in a similar bombardment of the town of Talbisseh, 10 kilometres (six miles) from the border, the Observatory said. Another civilian was killed in the Homs province rebel town of Rastan, it added. There was
also bloodshed in the Deir al-Assafir region near Damascus, where a civilian was shot dead by security forces during search operations. In the northwestern province of Idlib an elderly man was killed by regime forces while two other civilians died when helicopter gunships opened fire on the Hayyan region of the northern province of Aleppo, the NGO added. Hundreds of rebels meanwhile remained holed up in Latakia province, a loyalist stronghold on the Mediterranean coast. The army sent troop reinforcements to the mainly Alawite province where rebels have grouped in a Sunni Muslim enclave around the town of AlHeffa, the Observatory said. Loyalist forces bombarded the town and surrounding villages for a sixth straight day, it said. Nearly 60 soldiers have died since June 5 in battles with opposition fighters in the enclave, which lies some 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the Turkish border. At least 46 civilians and rebels have also been killed.
hundreds march in hong Kong over dissident's death HONG KONG afp
At least 1,000 people marched through Hong Kong on Sunday over the death of Chinese dissident Li Wangyang, who was jailed for more than 22 years after the 1989 Tiananmen democracy protests. The demonstrators shouted slogans calling for justice for Li and condemning the "butcher regime" in Beijing, after the 62-year-old dissident died at a hospital in central China. The protesters marched from central Hong Kong to the Chinese government's liaison office, where they laid flowers and made insulting gestures. According to the New York-based Human Rights in China, two of Li's relatives found him on Wednesday morning strung up to a ward windowsill by a bandage wrapped around his neck, with his feet on the ground. Li was under round-the-clock police surveillance in the hospital at the time, the group said. He had been sentenced to 13 years in prison for "counter-revolutionary" crimes for organising workers in Shaoyang into an autonomous union during the 1989 Tiananmen protests, HRIC said.
2 stabbed to death in busy Japan street: report TOKYO afp
A man killed two people in a frenzied stabbing attack in the Japanese city of Osaka in broad daylight Sunday, a report said, in a country where violent crime is rare. Police arrested Kyozo Isohi, 36, over the stabbings in the busy Higashi Shinsaibashi shopping district, Jiji Press said, adding he told officers he did not know the victims. The suspect first attacked a 42-year-old man, then a 60year-old woman before turning back to the male victim, the report said. Both were stabbed several times. In 2008, a man killed seven people in an attack in Tokyo, running over three with a truck and stabbing four to death. In December 2010, an unemployed man armed with a kitchen knife went on a rampage near the capital on two packed buses leaving 14 people wounded, mostly teenage schoolchildren, before passengers overpowered him.
Myanmar imposes curfews after riots YANGON afp
Myanmar on Sunday imposed curfews in major towns across western Rakhine state, official media reported, amid fears of further unrest following an eruption of deadly sectarian violence. Television and radio reports said the situation was calm after police and the army stepped in to control rioting on friday and Saturday that saw hundreds of Buddhist villagers’ homes set ablaze and left seven dead in the state, which borders Bangladesh. The unrest threatens to undermine the reforms of Myanmar’s new government, which took power last year following decades of outright military rule. “Some people are trying to harm public safety and rule of law. We believe there could be some clashes,” state media said announcing the curfew, which covers the state capital Sittwe and three other towns, and runs for 12 hours from 6:00pm (1130 GMT). Groups of more than five people are banned, as are “giving speeches, marching and inciting unrest or any clashes”, the reports said.
St peteRSbURg: teenagers fight with pillows during their flash mob at Marsovo pole square in central St petersburg on Sunday. AFP
spanish PM hails euro lifeline as victory MADRID afp
Spain’s leader Sunday hailed a eurozone lifeline of up to 100 billion euros ($125 billion) to save its stricken banks as a victory for his nation and for Europe. Despite flatly denying any need for a rescue just 13 days earlier, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy insisted Madrid had not caved in; instead he had been pressuring for the aid. After an emergency video conference on Saturday, the 17 eurozone finance ministers said in a statement they they were “willing to respond favourably” to a Spanish plea for help. “I am very satisfied, I think we have taken a very decisive step,” Rajoy, who had been criticised in the media for failing to appear earlier, told a news conference. “Yesterday, the credibility of the euro won, its future, and the European Union,” the prime minister argued. “It was not easy,” he conceded. “Nobody pressured me and I
don’t know if I should say this, but it was I who pressured for a line of credit,” said Rajoy. The rescue loan for Spain — hailed by Germany, france, Japan and the United States as well as the IMf — marked a dramatic, public U-turn for Spain, which had hotly denied any need for outside aid. But Rajoy sought to paint it as a sign of European confidence in his government’s reforms and austerity measures. “If we had not done what we have done in the past five months, the proposal yesterday would have been a bailout of the kingdom of Spain,” he declared. Now the deal was done, the prime minister said, he would be attending the Spain-Italy football match in Poland at the start of their Euro 2012 campaign later in the day. “If this situation had not be resolved, I would not be going,” he assured reporters. The eurozone debt crisis has now snared the bloc’s fourth-biggest economy — Spain’s is twice the combined size of those of Greece, Ireland and Portugal, the
countries bailed out so far. Spain finally sought aid as its borrowing costs on the open markets soared and the price for fixing the banks’ balance sheets, heavily exposed to a property bubble that burst in 2008, spiralled. Recently nationalised Bankia, which has the largest exposure to real estate, needs an extra 19 billion euros to repair its books in addition to 4.5 billion euros already injected by the state. Economy Minister Luis de Guindos told a news conference on Saturday that the loan of up to 100 billion euros did not amount to a rescue but Rajoy declined to be dragged into a semantic debate Sunday. A source close to the talks told El Pais it would cost three percent a year, about half the latest open market rate Spain has had to pay for fresh funds. The government highlighted the fact that the deal imposed no new austerity measures or restrictions on the broader economy. Nevertheless, eurozone ministers said they were confident Spain would honour
commitments to cut the deficit and restructure the economy. “Progress in these areas will be closely and regularly reviewed,” they said in the statement. Most of the Spanish newspapers’ front pages headlined with the word “Rescue,” although some sought so soften the blow. “Rescue without humiliation,” insisted the conservative daily El Mundo. Spain may yet be forced into seeking a full sovereign rescue when it has to face the question of financing its debt-laden regions, warned Edward Hugh, independent analyst based in Barcelona. “This could start from the autumn,” Hugh added. “This would officially be the bailout; they would find they could not manage it with a credit line so they would have to go for a bailout.” The eurozone hopes the rescue will satisfy financial markets and put Spain in a safe harbour ahead of the Greek elections on June 17, when there is a risk voters could turn against their bailout terms and force Athens into a destabilising exit from the eurozone
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eU diplomats worried over turkey’s pro-Islam steps ISTANBUL afp
European Union diplomats are expressing growing concern at what they see as the increasingly “militant stance” taken by Turkey’s ruling government. They accuse Ankara of using probes into alleged plots against the government as a tool to jail and silence opponents and compromise the country’s secular credentials by introducing Quran studies in public schools. Other measures include lowering the age at which parents can send their children to Islamic religious schools, increasing pressure on those criticising Islam and restricting abortion. Turkish authorities accuse the so-called Ergenekon network of being behind several plots to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Dozens of retired or serving senior military figures, intellectuals, lawyers and journalists been put behind bars. On Thursday Stefan fuele, European commissioner for enlargement, cited this and other obstacles in the way of Turkey’s membership bid while in Istanbul for talks. “I have used this meeting to convey our concerns about the increasing detention of lawmakers, academics and students and the freedom of press and journalists,” he said.
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23 killed in two days of south Libya clashes TRIPOLI
EMBERS of Libya’s Toubou minority and government forces fought for a second consecutive day on Sunday, with the death toll rising to 23, tribal sources and a local military commander said. Doctor Taher Wehli said 20 members of his Toubou community, including women and children, were killed since fighting erupted in Kufra on Saturday, with more than 50 other people wounded.
Wissam Ben Hmid, commander of the Libya Shield Brigade which is stationed in the southern oasis city, said he had lost three of his men in fighting sparked by a Toubou attack on one of their checkpoints. He said twelve others members of the brigade — former rebels under government control which were sent to quell previous ethnic fighting — were wounded during clashes. But tribal chief Issa Abdelmajid gave a higher toll saying 28 people were killed in two days of fighting that erupted on Saturday when the Toubou quarter of the town of Kufra came under shelling by the Libya Shield Brigade. “Twenty-eight dead since yester-
day,” Abdelmajid told AfP. The controversial tribal chief accused the government brigade of trying “to exterminate” the Toubou minority and urged the United Nations to pressure the ruling National Transitional Council to “break the siege against the Toubous.” Another tribal leader in the southern oasis city confirmed that more than 20 people had been killed in Toubou areas. “The situation in Kufra is critical,” said Hussein Sake. He noted that there were no major hospitals in the area and that medics at a basic clinic were struggling to treat the wounded because there was no blood for transfusions. He also accused
naiROBi: Kenyan policemen secure the scene of a police helicopter crash on Sunday in the ngong hills outside nairobi. Kenya's internal Security Minister George Saitoti was killed in the crash, along with five others. Saitoti, 66, was a candidate in next year's presidential election and a key figure driving his country's fight against al Qaeda-affiliated Shebab insurgents in neighbouring Somalia. He was killed along with Joshua Orwa Ojonde, the assistant minister for internal security, the two pilots -- including a woman -- and two bodyguards when the Eurocopter came down in the Kibuku forest shortly after taking off from nairobi's wilson airport. AFP
Saudis behead national over drug trafficking RIYADH afp
A Saudi man was beheaded by the sword on Sunday after being convicted of drug trafficking, the interior ministry said. Ahmed bin Ali Hamdi had been arrested after taking delivery of a “large quantity of hashish,” the ministry said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency. His beheading in the southwestern city of Jizan brings to 32 the number of people executed in Saudi Arabia this year, according to an AfP tally based on official reports. Under the AfP count, at least 76 people were beheaded in 2011, while rights group Amnesty International put the number of executions last year at 79. The death penalty in Saudi Arabia applies to a wide range of offences including rape, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking, as well as murder, as stipulated by Islamic sharia law.
25 arrested in Canada’s student unrest MONTREAL afp
At least 25 people were arrested late Saturday after hundreds took to Montreal’s streets, protesting against plans to raise tuition fees and Canada’s hosting of the formula One Grand Prix. The march began peacefully, with some of the 500 protesters banging pots and pans and some wearing carnival masks.But when the marchers neared Crescent Street and its formula One stands, they were blocked by police who used tear gas to disperse the crowd. Pepper spray was also used as the crowd, jeered, booed and cursed. Three police cars with broken windows and covered with graffiti were seen. Montreal police said more arrests could follow. An AfP correspondent saw a young man dressed in black handcuffed by police and subjected to a body search. for four months, students in Quebec, along with anticapitalist and feminist groups have held protests against government plans to increase tuition fees by 75 percent. Students see Sunday’s Grand Prix race as an “elitist event.”
the Libya Shield Brigade of pounding Toubou areas. “The attack isn’t over yet,” he said. Ben Hmid also confirmed that fighting continued on Sunday. In february, clashes pitting the Toubou against the rival Zwei ethnic group in Kufra cost more than 100 lives and displaced half the population, according to UN figures. Libya’s nascent army intervened by sending the brigade from the eastern city of Benghazi to uphold a hard-won ceasefire. Kufra, a town of about 40,000, is located in a triangle where the borders of Egypt, Chad and Sudan meet. In April, fighting between the Toubou and the brigade killed 12 people.
Church attacks kill Assad regime on ‘last at least 3 in Nigeria legs’: new opposition chief DAMASCUS afp
The Syrian opposition’s new leader said on Sunday that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime was on its “last legs,” even as Russia warned it would block any move at the UN to use force against its ally. Britain declined to rule out military intervention, despite the strong opposition of China and Russia, as the death toll from the more than 15month uprising topped 14,100, according to a human rights watchdog. “We are entering a sensitive phase. The regime is on its last legs,” Kurdish activist Abdel Basset Sayda told AfP shortly after he was named as the new leader of the opposition Syrian National Council. “The multiplying massacres and shellings show that it is struggling,” he added in allusion to a spate of mass killings of civilians, the most recent of which saw 20 people, most of them women and children, killed in the bombardment of a residential area of the southern city of Daraa on Saturday. Sayda was elected as the SNC’s new leader at a conference in Istanbul, replacing the opposition’s first leader, Paris-based academic Burhan Ghalioun, who stepped down last month in the face of mounting splits that were undermining the group’s credibility. Sayda, who has lived in
Syria resembles 1990s Bosnia: London LONDON: The situation in Syria resembles that of Bosnia in the 1990s, British foreign Secretary William Hague said Sunday. He said Syria seemed on the edge of collapse into sectarian civil war, as he refused to rule out the option of military intervention. “We don’t know how things are going to develop. Syria is on the edge of a collapse or of a sectarian civil war, and so I don’t think we can rule anything out,” Hague told Sky News television. “But it is not so much like Libya last year, where we had, of course, a successful intervention to save lives. “It is looking more like Bosnia in the 1990s, of being on the edge of a sectarian conflict in which neighbouring villages are attacking and killing each other,” Hague said. AFP exile in Sweden for two decades, is seen as a consensus candidate capable of reconciling the rival factions within the SNC and of broadening its appeal among Syria’s myriad of ethnic and confessional groups.
JOS: A suicide bomber drove his car at a church in central Nigeria while gunmen opened fire on another church in the northeast Sunday, killing at least three and wounding dozens, officials said. The assaults were the latest in a series targeting churches in Africa’s most populous nation and largest oil producer, with many of the previous attacks claimed by Islamist group Boko Haram. Witnesses and a rescue official said a suicide bomber drove his car towards a church in the central Nigerian city of Jos. Although he did not manage to get inside the church, the force of the blast caused the building to collapse, police said. “fortyone wounded, the bomber and two others died ... The wounded were receiving treatment at Evangel Hospital, Jos,” local government spokesman Pam Ayuba told AfP. “The suicide bomber did not drive into the church before the explosion. He was in front of it,” police spokesman Abuh Emmanuel said. “The church building collapsed entirely due to the intensity of the bombing.” The second attack killed at least one person and wounded several when gunmen opened fire during a service in the northeastern town of Biu, Samson Bukar, the local Christian Association of Nigeria chairman told AfP. “One female worshipper was killed while several others were wounded, two of them critically. The gunmen escaped after the attack.” Boko Haram’s insurgency has killed more than 1,000 people since mid-2009, especially in Nigeria’s Muslim-dominated north. Jos lies on the fault line between the Muslim-majority north and the Christiandominated south and has also seen waves of clashes between Christian and Muslim ethnic groups. AFP
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richards relaxed over ramdin jibe BIRMINGHAM afp
Vivian Richards told Denesh Ramdin to make runs for a winning West Indies after the wicketkeeper celebrated his hundred against England in the third Test here at Edgbaston on Sunday by turning on the all-time great. Ramdin was criticised by Richards after West Indies' nine-wicket second Test defeat by England at Trent Bridge that gave the hosts an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series. Having reached three figures on the fourth day here Sunday -- only his second Test hundred -- the 27-year-old Trinidad wicketkeeper/batsman produced a piece of paper from his pocket on which the words "YEAH VIV TALK NAH" were written. Ramdin, recalled for this series after two years out of the side, had made just six as West Indies collapsed to 61 for six at Trent Bridge. That prompted Richards, one of cricket's greatest batsmen and now working as a commentator for BBC Radio's Test Match Special, to say: "Ramdin just looks out of sorts. When he first came into the game, I felt he was a huge prospect. "for some reason, he has deteriorated in such a big way. Just the way he is walking back, he looks like a totally lost guy." Richards reacted to Ramdin's protest Sunday by saying: "I'm not sure what Ramdin meant but he's played well and if you're given enough chances you're going to get it done." West Indies have won just two of their last 32 Tests and Richards, a member of their all-conquering sides of the 1970s and 1980s, said: "Let's not forget this is in a losing cause -- the team's not winning. "He should be happy and humble," the former West Indies captain added. "I think I remember saying he'd lost his confidence, but I'm on the other side of the fence now and I'm here to do a job -there's no sentiment in it. I'm glad that he got the motivation from it." Ramdin eventually made 107 not out as he top-scored in West Indies' first innings 426 that owed much to Tino Best's 95 -- the highest-ever individual score by a number 11 in a Test match. Their partnership of 143 was a West Indies' record for the 10th wicket in Tests, overtaking the 106 shared by Carl Hooper and Courtney Walsh against Pakistan at St John's in 1993, and afterwards Richards said: "This is a sterling performance from both individuals."
Zaka sees UAE or Malaysia as potential Australia series venue LAHORE
AKISTAN Cricket Board Chief Zaka Ashraf mentioned recently that they are considering United Arab Emirates or Kuala Lumpur as a venue for series against Australia. “We have two options now that we are considering, one being the United Arab Emirates which has been a regular venue that we have used and the second being Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Intikhab Alam has been to both venues. Intikhab will provide us with a report on both venues and we will more than likely make a decision on Monday with regards to where the series will be held.” He also said there are good chances of India and Pakistan resuming their cricketing ties, after his visit to India. “I’m awaiting confirmation from Srinivasan regarding this matter. He was due to hold meetings with his BCCI colleagues and they will make a decision regarding the fixture. Srinivasan and I plan to have a meeting in Kuala Lumpur at the next Asian Cricket Council meeting and hopefully we can come to an agreement there and finalise details of the match. Once the BCCI have discussed the matters in hand, then from the PCB side we will discuss the issues and I’m very hopeful
that the resumption of cricket between India and Pakistan is not too far away.” “I went to India after being invited by the BCCI and I believe there are good chances of India and Pakistan resuming cricketing ties in the near future. I think relations have improved and the meetings and discussions with BCCI chief N Srinivasan were very fruitful and useful. Mr Srinivasan’s hospitality was very good when I was in India and the way they gave me respect was very much appreciated,” Ashraf said. “When I came back to Pakistan
from India I sent a letter of thanks to Srinivasan for their very nice reception and hospitality,” Ashraf was quoted as saying by boxscorenews.com. Ashraf said he didn’t talk about Pakistani players taking part in the IPL. “No I did not bring up the matter of Pakistani cricketers taking part in future IPL tournaments, as I believe that is part of the issue of bilateral cricketing relations. My focus was mainly on the revival of IndoPak cricketing relations as once they are restored then the IPL participation and such things will follow.” “The understanding from both cricket Boards is much improved and the BCCI were very co-operative and were very happy with our recent meetings and the issues that were discussed. It was all very positive and very constructive and a very good and worthwhile trip,” Ashraf emphasized. Ashraf was in India recently to watch the Indian Premier League (IPL) final between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). “It was a good match. It was interesting and at the same time it was fun. The cricket was fierce and it was my first opportunity to see the Indian Premier League which I found interesting.” On talking about the latest news on the Pakistan Premier League, Ashraf said, “Our plans were to start the league in the month
Pakistan, Sri Lanka likely to sign bilateral deal for Premier League LAHORE Staff RepoRt
Pakistan Cricket Board chief Zaka Ashraf has said they have committed to a contract with Sri Lanka cricket, and both parties have agreed upon a bilateral agreement. "I've had a telephone meeting with the President of the Sri Lankan Cricket Board and we have agreed upon a bilateral agreement that when the Sri Lankan Premier League occurs, Pakistani cricketers will take part and vice versa when the Pakistani League occurs. The documents relating to this agreement will be signed very soon," Pakpassion quoted Ashraf, as saying. "Likewise our players have taken part in the Bangladesh Premier League and we will also be looking to sign an agreement with the Bangladesh Cricket Board for their players to take part in our competition. The agreement has to be bilateral rather than uni-
lateral," he added. "I'm hopeful that once the Pakistani League commences we will be able to attract players from all over the world to the tournament," Ashraf further said. He further informed that the Pakistan Premier League is likely to start by October this Year. Ashraf further said they planned to start the league this october but due to Pakistan Twenty20 champions Sialkot Stallions participation in the Champions League, the schedule will be adjusted by a few days. "Our plans were to start the league in the month of October this year. However this may have to be adjusted due to the Sialkot Stallions team taking part in the Champions League at that time," Ashraf said. Ashraf said it is mandatory for Sialkot players to participate in the Twenty20 league. "It is imperative that the players of Sialkot take part in the Pakistani Twenty over tournament and for that reason we will adjust the dates by a few days here and there. I'm hopeful that the tournament can still take place this year," he added.
France are unbeaten against England in Euro Cup stats corner S.PERvEZ QAISER
RANCE will open their campaign in the 14th Euro Cup football tournament against England at the Donbass Arena, Donetsk, Ukraine on Monday (June 11). This group D match will start at 21.30 hours (IST). This will be the 29th international match between the two teams and third in European Cup finals. England have won 16, lost eight and draw four in 28 previous international matches against france. They scored 66 and conceded 35 goals in these matches. Though france have a poor record against England in international matches, but they are unbeaten against England in the European Championship. They knocked England out of the 1964 tournament in the qualifying rounds, drew 0-0 in a group game at the 1992 finals and beat their old rivals 2-1 in 2004 in Portugal. The french are also unbeaten against England in their last five meetings, winning the last three games. Their last defeat was a 1-0 reverse in Montpellier in 1997 at the Tournoi de
france. Since a disastrous World Cup in 2010 and two defeats immediately afterwards, france have embarked on a run of 21 matches without defeat, including 15 victories. Though England have a poor record against france in the European Cup , they have fared well at World Cup finals, beating the french at the 1966 and 1982 finals. Since losing to france at Wembley in a friendly in November 2010, England have lost just one of 12 matches, a 3-2 home defeat by Netherlands in february this year. England’s record at European finals is hardly outstanding. In four of their last six European Championship, they have gone out at the group stage. They have won just six of 21 matches at those finals. The second match of the day will be played between Ukraine and Sweden at Olympic Stadium, Kiev in Ukraine. This group D match will start at 00.15 hours (IST). This will be the fourth international match between the two teams and first in European Cup finals. Sweden have won one, lost one and
draw one in three previous matches against Ukraine. They scored two and conceded two gaols in these matches. Ukraine are playing in a European Cup finals for the first time and, as joint hosts, did not have to qualify. Ukraine’s only other major tournament experience was at the 2006 World Cup in Germany where they reached the quarter-finals before losing 3-0 to Italy. Ukraine do not have an exceptional home record. Though unbeaten in the last three matches they have hosted, they have lost four of the last eight and lost 1-0 to Greece in their last competitive match, a World Cup qualifier in Donetsk in November 2009. Sweden have won their last four friendlies and qualified after winning eight out of 10 matches in their group. Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrives on great form, scoring in each of their last three matches. He was top scorer in Serie A this season, netting 28 goals for AC Milan. Apart from reaching the semi-finals when playing at home in the 1992 tournament, Sweden have not fared well at Euro finals. Since 1992 they have appeared at three finals and won just two of 10 matches.
eURopean CUp football: ENGLAND V FRANCE: HEAD TO HEAD:
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of October this year. However this may have to be adjusted due to the Sialkot Stallions team taking part in the Champions League at that time.” “It is imperative that the players of Sialkot take part in the Pakistani Twenty over tournament and for that reason we will adjust the dates by a few days here and there. I’m hopeful that the tournament can still take place this year.” On asking whether foreign players will come to Pakistan to participate in the T20 league that Ashraf intend to set up, he said, “We have committed to contracts with Sri Lanka cricket. I’ve had a telephone meeting with the President of the Sri Lankan Cricket Board and we have agreed upon a bilateral agreement that when the Sri Lankan Premier League occurs, Pakistani cricketers will take part and vice versa when the Pakistani League occurs. The documents relating to this agreement will be signed very soon.” “Likewise our players have taken part in the Bangladesh Premier League and we will also be looking to sign an agreement with the Bangladesh Cricket Board for their players to take part in our competition. The agreement has to be bilateral rather than unilateral.” “I’m hopeful that once the Pakistani League commences we will be able to attract players from all over the world to the tournament,” Ashraf concluded.
highest test scores by No 11 batsmen BIRMINGHAM afp
West Indies' Tino Best set a new record for the highest Test score by a No 11 batsman in Test history when he made 95 against England at Edgbaston here on Sunday. In the process, he surpassed India paceman Zaheer Khan's previous record of 75 against Bangladesh at Dhaka in 2004. beloW aRe tHe HigHeSt 10 SCoReS bY a no 11 batSMan in teSt HiStoRY (plaYeR, SCoRe, CoUntRY, opponentS, venUe, Date): tino Best 95 wIS v eNG, Birmingham, Jun 07, 2012, Zaheer khan 75 IND v BaN, Dhaka, Dec 10, 2004, richard Collinge 68 no NZL v Pak, auckland, feb 16, 1973, albert Vogler 62 no rSa v eNG, Cape town, Mar 30, 1906, Glenn McGrath 61 aUS v NZL, Brisbane, Nov 18, 2004, wasim Bari 60 no Pak v wIS, Bridgetown, feb 18, 1977, John Snow 59 no eNG v wIS, the oval, aug 18, 1966, Mushtaq ahmed 59 Pak v rSa, rawalpindi, oct 06, 1997, Pat Symcox 54 rSa v aUS, adelaide, Jan 30, 1998, rodney hogg 52 aUS v wIS, Georgetown, Mar 02, 1984.
hussey out of australia’s oDI tour SYDNEY afp
Senior batsman Mike Hussey has withdrawn from Australia's one-day tour of England and Ireland for family reasons and will be replaced by Peter forrest, Cricket Australia said on Sunday. The 37-year-old Hussey, who has made 181 ODI appearances, requested permission to stay home with his family following the premature birth of his fourth child. "Due to our baby being born three months early, it is important for the family for me to be here at this time," he said in a CA statement. "It is always difficult to miss any tour for Australia and I thank CA for their understanding of our family's situation." forrest played in Australia's recent tour of the West Indies and made a half-century in the fifth ODI. The Australians leave on Thursday for Ireland, where they play one ODI on June 23, before going on to face England in five one-day matches, starting at Lord's on June 29.
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Rain halts French Open final until today PARIS
AfAEL Nadal and Novak Djokovic were locked in a tight french Open final duel Sunday when rain caused a suspension until Monday, only the second time in history that the tournament has not finished on time. Nadal, chasing a record seventh Roland Garros title, was leading 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 1-2 when play was halted for a second and final time at 6:50 pm local time (1650GMT) with conditions on Philippe Chatrier Court becoming increasingly treacherous. The final will resume on Monday at 1:00 pm local time (1100GMT). The last time a french Open men's final failed to be completed on a Sunday was 1973 when it was played on the following Tuesday with Ilie Nastase beating Niki Pilic. World number one Djokovic, bidding to become only the third man, and first in 43 years, to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time had looked down and out at one stage. After slipping two sets down, he was also a break down at 0-2 in the third before he reeled
off eight games in succession to take the third set and lead 2-0 in the fourth. Nadal had stopped the rot for 2-1 before play was suspended. The Spanish world number two, playing in his 16th Grand Slam final and seeking an 11th major, went into Sunday's final with a staggering record of 51 wins against just one loss at Roland Garros. Djokovic, the Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open champion, was looking to emulate Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969) by holding four majors at the same time. In a record fourth successive Grand Slam final between the two, and following their almost six-hour epic in Australia, Nadal swept into a two-set lead with Djokovic undone by 30 unforced errors. But Djokovic, who had been two sets to love down to Andreas Seppi in the fourth round, and saved four match points in his quarter-final victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, refused to buckle. from 2-0 down in the third, he reeled off eight games in succession to take the third set and lead 2-0 in the fourth. Nadal held to love to get on the board before play was halted.
ParIS: a worker protects the court from rain during a final between Novak Djokovic vs rafael Nadal at the french open. AFP
England 221-5 against Windies at stumps SCoReboaRD
WeSt inDieS 1St inningS 41 ab barath lbw b onions 24 Koa powell c Swann b bresnan ab fudadin c bell b bresnan 28 DM bravo c & b finn 6 76 Mn Samuels lbw b bresnan 7 n Deonarine c Strauss b onions D Ramdin not out 107 DJg Sammy c Strauss b finn 16 11 Sp narine b onions 2 R Rampaul c prior b finn tl best c Strauss b onions 95 extras (b 4, lb 8, w 1) 13 total (all out; 129.3 overs) 426 fall of wickets 1-49 (powell, 17.3 ov), 2-90 (barath, 31.6 ov), 3-99 (bravo, 38.5 ov), 4-128 (fudadin, 52.3 ov), 5-152 (Deonarine, 62.4 ov), 6-208 (Samuels, 79.1 ov), 7-241 (Sammy, 88.4 ov), 8-267 (narine, 94.1 ov), 9-283 (Rampaul, 98.3 ov), 10-426 (best, 129.3 ov) bowling: g onions 29.3-7-88-4, tt bresnan 34-9-111-3, St finn 32-6-109-3, gp Swann 26-5-85-0, iJl trott 8-1-21-0 england 1st innings aJ Strauss c bravo b best 17 an Cook lbw b Rampaul 4 17 iJl trott b Sammy Kp pietersen c Sammy b Samuels 78 iR bell not out 76 JM bairstow b best 18 0 St finn not out extras (b 1, lb 7, nb 3) 11 total (5 wickets; 58 overs) 221 to bat MJ prior†, tt bresnan, gp Swann, g onions fall of wickets 1-13 (Cook, 3.6 ov), 2-40 (trott, 10.2 ov), 3-49 (Strauss, 14.2 ov), 4-186 (pietersen, 44.2 ov), 5-215 (bairstow, 53.2 ov) bowling: tl best 12-2-37-2, R Rampaul 14-1-55-1, DJg Sammy 8-1-22-1, Sp narine 15-1-70-0, Mn Samuels 9-0-29-1 toss: england, who chose to field test debuts: ab fudadin and Sp narine (West indies) Umpires: HDpK Dharmasena (Sri lanka) and al Hill (new Zealand) tv umpire: aleem Dar (pakistan) Match referee: RS Mahanama (Sri lanka) Reserve umpire: DJ Millns
England were 221 for five in reply to West Indies' first innings 426, a deficit of 205 runs and needing a further 56 to avoid the follow-on, at the close of the fourth day of the third Test at Edgbaston here on Sunday. Ian Bell was 76 not out and nightwatchman Steven finn nought not out. Earlier, West Indies backed-up a stunning last-wicket stand featuring Tino Best's record 95 with early wickets before Eng-
land recovered to 111 for three at tea. That left England 315 runs behind West Indies' first innings 426 and still needing a further 166 to avoid the follow-on after Best had made the highest-ever score by a Test match No 11 during an extraordinary 10th wicket partnership of 143 with wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, who posted an unbeaten 107. As the first two days of this match were washed out, England had to get within 150 runs, rather than 200, and reach 277 to avoid the follow-on. But when Ravi Rampaul had Alastair Cook lbw, they
were 13 for one. Jonathan Trott then played on to West Indies captain Darren Sammy before Best's first Test in nearly three years got even better. The fast bowler had England captain Andrew Strauss, trying to cut a ball that was too close to him, brilliantly caught by Darren Bravo at first slip. England were now 49 for three. But Kevin Pietersen (45 not out) and Ian Bell (20 not out) repaired the damage with an unbroken stand of 62, although Bell survived a sharp chance to short leg Adrian Barath off debutant spinner Sunil Narine.
20 wickets down on opening day
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BIrMINGhaM: west Indies tino Best reacts after getting out for 95 runs during the fourth day of the third test match at edgbaston. AFP
PaLLekeLe: Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga (L), Sri Lankan cricket captain Mahela Jayawardeneat (2L), ICC Chief executive haroon Lorgat (3L), Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chairman Upali Dharmadasa (3r) ,Pakistan twenty20 cricket captain Mohammad hafeez (2r), and Sri Lanka t20 women’s team captain Shashikala Siriwardena (r) pose during the ceremony of the Celebrate the 100 day countdown to the ICC world twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. AFP
Pakistan footballers leave for Bahrain today
Multan Pilot become National Inter-school Baseball Champion
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The Pakistan U-22 football team is leaving for Bahrain on Monday from Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore to take part in three-match friendly series against Bahrain to start their final preparatory phase ahead of the AfC Under-22 Asian Championship-2013 Qualifiers Group B to be held in Saudi Arabia from June 23 to July 3. Pakistan will open their mission with the match magainst Bahrain on June 13, second math on June 15 and last match on June 18. Makhdoom Syed faisal Saleh Hayat, President Pff wished national team the best. He hoped they shall play in an outstanding manner as the peoples of Pakistan are looking for a victory by their young players. He expressed his satisfaction on their training and the ability to play well. tHe Detail of paKiStan U-22 football teaM ContingentS aRe aS folloW: kaleem Ullah (Captain, Mf), faisal Iqbal (Vice Captain, Mf), Saddam hussain (Vice Captain Df), Saquib hanif (Gk), Muzamil hussain (Gk), tanveer Mumtaz (Gk), Naveed ahmed (Df), ahsan Ullah (Df), Manzoor ahmed (Df), Mohsin ali (Df), Noor Muhammad (Df), aamir Sidiqui (Df), rashid ali (Df), Mehmood khan (Mf), Muhammad adil (Mf), Shair Muhammad (Mf), Bilawal-ur-rehman (Mf), Junaid Qadir (Mf), abdul rehman (Mf), Imran ali khan (Mf), Muhammad (fw), Zakir Lashari (fw) and riaz ahmed (fw). the officials of the Pakistan U-22 team are Zavisha Milosavljevich (head Coach/Manager), Syed Nasir Ismail (assistant Coach), M aslam khan (Goal keeper Coach) and kamran Mehdi (Physio/assistant Manager). Pakistan has been placed in Group B of afC Under-22 asian Championship-2013 Qualifiers with the kyrgyzstan, Palestine, Saudi arabia, Sri Lanka and Syria. all the matches of the group will be conducted at the king fahad International Stadium and Prince faisal Bin fahd Stadium riyadh. Pakistan will open their mission on June 23 with the match against Saudi arabia, followed by their games against Sril Lanka on June 25, kyrgyzstan on Lahore: the Pakistan under-22 football team at the end of their camp June 28, Syria on June 30 and training set up to prepare for the afC Under-22 asian Championship. against Palestine on July 03.
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Multan Pilot become Champion of first-ever National Inter School Baseball Championship 2012 while Vertex School Gujranwala took silver medal and Science Base Gujranwala got bronze medal. Out of a total nine schools Pilot Multan beat Vertex School Gujranwala 8-0 in the final played at the Punjab Stadium. Main scorers of Multan Pilot School were Zeshan Amed and Sadam Hussain made two run each, and Saif Ullah, Asad, Shah Rukh and Numan one each. Pitcher of Pilot School Multan not allowed to Vertex School Gujranwala made any score. Khawar Shah Secretary General Pakistan federation distributed medals and Trophy to the Champion Pilot School Multan.
During Championship 25 Players were selected for National training Cap .National training cap will be supervised by the foreign coach. Pakistan Youth (U-15) baseball team will participate in 7th Asian Baseball Championship in Nov, 2012 in India. Earlier, Science Vetex School, Gujranwala and Multan Pilot School entered the final. While Vetex chalked up 6-2 win against Science Base School, Gujranwala, Multan school outclassed Grammar School , faisalabad 14-4. for Vetex, Mehran was the main scorer with two runs, while Usama, Aamir Hamza, Sarmad, Wasi Ahmad added one run each. for the losing side Hashim and Hafiz Zohaib added one run each. The final will be played on Sunday in the evening, while in the morning the third position match will also be held.
East Zone Blues has take lead 105 runs in the 1st innings against North Zone Whites in the Sr Reigional Inter district Cricket Event 1st day match played at LCCA ground on Sunday. 20 wickets has down in the 1st day of the match. Earliest North Zone Whites has all out on 86 runs in 26.4 overs due to dashing bowling by Ali Zahid 7/22 in 11 overs which were 4 maidens. while in reply East Zone Blues all out 191 runs in 52 overs in 1st innings. At the end of the day North Zone Whites has made 23 runs without loss in 7 overs. SCoReS: North Zone whites 86 all out in 26.4 overs 1st innings. Mujahid ali 30(No), waseem Malik 16, arslan Butt 13. ali Zahid 7/22, asif Ishfaq 2/38, hashim khan 1/15. east Zone Blues 191 all out in 52 overs in 1st Innings. Shoaib akram 41, kamran khalil 15, abid ali 15, tanzeel altaf 34, ali Zahid 35(no). adil Sardar 5/46, arslan Butt 2/54, rooni Gill 2/32, waseem Malik 1/40. North Zone whites 23/0 in 7 overs in 2nd innings. Sajawal 15(no), awais 4(No). EAST ZONE WHITES IN STRONG POSITION: East Zone Whites has strong position in the Sr Reigional Inter district Cricket Event 1st day match against West Zone Blues played at Model Town greens ground on Sunday. East Zone Whites had made 343 runs in 1st innings while at the end of the day West Zone Blues has made 111/2 runs. fine century by Salman Ali and equally good bowling by Mustafa Iqbal were the main feature of the match SCoReS: east Zone whites 343 all out in 69.5 overs 1st innings. Salamn ali 102(no) including 3*6 10*4, Sheraz Butt 86, Shahid khan 38, hassan Nasir 10, khuram humayon 18, Zeeshan Bashir 21, fahad karim 42. Mustafa Iqbal 5/77, asim Butt 3/64, wasim Zahoor 1/17, Zain ul abdin 1/52. west Zone Blues 111/2 in 24 overs. Umer Siddiq 15, ahmed Dar 66(no), rameez ud Din 23(no). hassan Nasir 1/10, fahad karim 1/22.
tauseef Club beat Dehli Gym by 17 runs LAHORE Staff RepoRt
Tauseef Club has defeated Dehli Gym by 17 runs in a friendly match played at Wahdat Colony ground on Sunday. fine bowling by Sheraz Baig was the match’s main feature . SCoReS: tauseef club 243. waqas khan 43, Ibrar Baig 46, Zeeshan Butt 38, M ahmed 32, Junaid Mudassar 22, Mohsin agha 28, Ismail Mudassar 11(no). Muhauddin 3/33, Naveed ahmed Zia 2/28, talha khan 2/42, 3 batsmen run out. Dehli Gym 226. Irfan ali Qadar 68, ali raza 48, waqar ali 39, rizwan ahmed 33. Sheraz Baig 5/38, Zeeshan Butt 3/22, ali raza 2/19.
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Gomez header hands Germany win over Portugal
EaST RUTHERFORd: argentinian soccer player lionel Messi is tackled by Brazil's danilo (R) as Juan (C) and Casemiro look on during a friendly match at Metlife Stadium. AfP
L'VIV: Mario Gomez (2ndr) scores against goalkeeper rui Patricio (L) as Portuguese defender Joao Pereira and Portuguese defender Pepe (r) look on during the euro 2012. AFP Loew's Germans an early advantage in the LvIv afp
second-half header from striker Mario Gomez was enough to give Germany a 1-0 win over Portugal on Saturday in their opening Euro 2012 match. After victories both in the quarterfinals of Euro 2008 and the third-place play-off at the 2006 World Cup, this was the German's third straight win over Portugal in major tournaments to give Germany a winning start in Group B. "It was a really close game, but it has given us a good start," said Germany coach Joachim Loew, whose team now face Holland on Wednesday in Kharkiv. "We did well in defence, we worked hard which wasn't always the case in our warm-up game. "We have work to do up front with the tempo, it was there in phases, but we have to be more consistent." for all that was written about the potent attacking threat posed by Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid star had a subdued night by his own lofty standards and he rarely got the better of his marker Jerome Boateng. After Denmark's shock 1-0 win over Holland earlier, victory give Joachim
pool, which has been dubbed 'the group of death'. "I am sad about the result, I felt we controlled the game and defended well," said Portugal coach Paulo Bento. "We had bad luck when the ball hit the bar, while they had good luck with Gomez's goal. "We have to do everything to get the players fit for Denmark." Loew sprang a surprise before kickoff by leaving out experienced centre-back Per Mertesacker for the match at the Lviv Arena, the smallest of the eight Euro 2012 venues, in front of 32,990 fans. Bayern Munich's Holger Badstuber partnered Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels in the centre of defence with captain Philipp Lahm at left-back and Bayern's Boateng on the right. Veteran forward Miroslav Klose, who turned 34 on Saturday, was left on the bench with goal-scorer Gomez starting as the lone striker. Portugal coach Paulo Bento opted for a 4-3-3 formation with Ronaldo leading the attack. Germany had the better of the opening exchanges with Gomez's header forcing Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio into a diving save and Arsenal-bound forward Lukas Podolski firing in a shot which the Benfica star struggled to collect.
MCILROY STUMBLES BACK IN CROWDED PGA FIGHT MEMPHIS: Reigning US Open champion Rory McIlroy struggled to a twoover par 72 on Saturday to fall from the lead entering the final round of the $5.6 million PGA Tour's St. Jude Classic. The Northern Ireland star, ranked second in the world, led by a stroke when the day began after an impressive 65 on friday but made six bogeys against four birdies in round three at TPC Southwind to share second on a tight leaderboard. "It was a very testing day with the conditions," he said. "I definitely didn't feel as comfortable with my game as I did yesterday. "So, you know, it was a good experience for me just to try and do what I've been working on in my swing and under real competitive pressure. "for the most part, I held up pretty well. few missed shots out there. I'm only one off the lead and still in a good position." afp
South Koreaâ€™s Ji leads LPGA Championship PITTSFORD afp
South Korea's Eun-Hee Ji shot a three-under 69 to grab a one-stroke lead over Aussie Karrie Webb after the third round of the LPGA Câ€™ship, the second major of the 2012 season. "Today my iron shots helped with my play. I keep it on the fairway, and I'm hitting really close to the hole and I made the easier putts," Ji said. On a day when a rain delay halted play for more than two hours, Ji moved to fourunder-par 212 at the Locust Hill Country Club course. Ji won the 2009 US Women's Open, so the 26-year-old is gunning for her second major championship. Webb had a four-under 68 Saturday, matching Ji for the best round of the tournament. "Whether I win tomorrow or not, just the feelings that I will have tomorrow with a chance to win is what I work hard for," Webb said. "And I probably want it more now than I ever have in my career just because I don't feel it as often as I would like."
koBe: amateur golfer kim hyo Joo of South korea celebrates as she wins the Suntory Ladies open Golf tournament at the rokko kokusai Golf Club. the 16-year-old kim became the youngest ever title winner on the Japan LPGa tour with a 17 under par final score. AFP
Jamaicans Blake, Fraser-Pryce win in NY NEW YORK afp
New york: yohan Blake of Jamaica (L) wins the men's 100m a group next to Michael rodgers of the USa (C) and keston Bledman of trinidad at the 2012 adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium. AFP
Reigning world champion Yohan Blake and 2008 Olympic champion Shelly-Ann fraserPryce, both of Jamaica, won 100-meter titles on Saturday at the Diamond League athletics meet in New York. The day also saw the triumphant return of Tyson Gay in a B-level 100 race, a romp by 800m world champion David Rudisha and another failure to reach an Olympic time standard for South African Oscar Pistorius. Blake battled back to edge Trinidad and Tobago's Keston Bledman at the line in 9.90 seconds, winning by .03, with American Michael Rodgers third in 9.99 and 2008 Olympic runner-up Richard Thompson fourth in 10.09. "I just wanted to keep a clean sheet going into the Olympics," Blake said. "I feel a little disapointed. I wanted to do something better. Just one of those days." Last year in South Korea, Blake became the youngest world 100m champion by winning the final after world record-holder and reigning Olympic champion Usain Bolt was
disqualified for a false start. Blake, aided by a 0.7m/sec tailwind, will best tested by training partner Bolt, Asafa Powell and a host of rivals at the Jamaican Olympic trials in late June and says a Jamaican 100m Olympic podium sweep is "more than possible". "I'm excited," Blake said. "We get to push each other in training. "It's going to be a cracker in Jamaica in a few weeks. Being undefeated is important going into the trials You feel invincible. "I'm prepared for trials. That's the key. Qualifying for the Olympics is what matters." Asked if his "clean sheet" would include the Jamaican Olympic trials, Blake said, "of course it will include the trials." Dutchman Churandy Martina edged Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade in a photo-finish for the 200m title in 19.94, both .03 off Blake's 2012 worldbest 200m time, and former world champion Sanya Richards-Ross won the women's 200 in 22.09. former world champion Gay, running into a headwind of 1.5m/sec, prevailed in 10.00secs with Jamaican duo Kemar Bailey Cole and Jason Young second and third in 10.30sec in a photo-finish.
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Messi’s hat trick lifts Argentina over Brazil EAST RUTHERFORD afp
this could be my last wimbledon, says roddick
IONEL Messi recorded his second international hat trick, scoring three times as Argentina edged Brazil 4-3 in an international exhibition game Saturday. Messi finished the season with a club and country record 82 goals, scoring all three times off sizzling dashes through the Brazil defense. Romulo opened the scoring in the 23rd minute for five-time world champions Brazil, which went with a young roster Saturday in front of a crowd of 81,994 at MetLife Stadium. Messi gave Argentina a 2-1 lead with goals in the 31st and 34th minute on superb runs. Brazil's Oscar tied the score in the 56th minute and Hulk converted a corner kick dropped by goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the 72nd. Argentina rallied three minutes later when federico fernandez scored off a corner kick by Sergio Aguero. In the 84th, Messi picked up the ball at midfield, charged ahead and blasted a left-footed shot from 21 yards that went in just below the crossbar. In 60 games for Barcelona this year, Messi scored 73 goals, breaking the European club record of 67 goals set by Bayern Munich's Gerd Mueller in 1972-73. Messi also had nine goals in nine games for Argentina. His first hat trick for Argentina was on february 29. POLAND BRACED FOR HIGH-OCTANE RUSSIAN CLASH: Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland are bracing for what looks the most politically-charged match of the tournament on Tuesday here when they face Russia who are on a high after thrashing the Czech Republic 4-1. With Poland coach franciszek Smuda tipping Russia as Group A favourites, his squad know they have to prove their staying power after throwing away a lead and drawing 1-1 with Greece in a tense tournament opener in
former world number one Andy Roddick admits this year's Wimbledon could be his last appearance at the All England Club as he struggles to cope with the wear and tear of so many years on the ATP Tour. Roddick is well established as one of the best grass-court players of his generation after reaching the Wimbledon final three times, losing on each occasion to Roger federer, and also winning four titles at Queen's Club. But as the 29year-old American prepares to launch another grass-court campaign at Queen's next week, he is aware time is beginning to take its toll on his body. A series of injuries over the last 18 months have sent Roddick slipping down the rankings and he is currently 27th in the world after a dispiriting year reached a new low with a first round exit from the french Open against Nicolas Mahut. In an ideal world, Roddick, who won his only grand slam title at the US Open in 2003, hopes to play on for a few more years, but he knows his time at the top could run out sooner than expected. "I'm just trying to play in the moment. I'm just here trying to win some matches. But do I think this could be my last Wimbledon? Possibly - but that's so much of an unknown," Roddick told the Mail on Sunday. "Of the guys I started with, it's only Roger (federer) left now. We were in the top 10 for so long, and everyone else's body has been banged up. "I can't do what Rafa (Nadal) does with his racket, I can't do what Roger does with his racket. "I guess I have to believe my coach, Larry Stefanki, when he says I can't run through walls any more. We're trying to find the fine line and work against nature a little bit."
ciej Rybus, who signed for Russian club Terek Grozny from Legia Warsaw this year. "They don't defend like the Greeks. But we'll have got more used to the championship feel." Smuda and Advocaat will look to their young gun strikers - both rumoured to be being courted by English Premier League clubs - to make their mark again on Tuesday. Poland's man is 23-year-old Robert Lewandowski, fresh from a stellar season with German double winners Borussia Dortmund, who sent home fans wild when he scored on friday. Russia know they can rely on CSKA Moscow's 21year-old Alan Dzagoev, their two-goal hero in Wroclaw, who had been a doubt for the tournament due to a broken toe but is set to play a starring role.
spain kick off their euro campaign WARSAW: Spain on Sunday begin their quest to become the first team to win back-to-back European titles, as they take on crisis-hit Italy in their Euro 2012 opener. Vicente del Bosque's side won the crown four years ago in Austria and Switzerland, going on to win the World Cup two years later and putting an end to their reputation as perennial under-achievers in international football. La Roja are without defensive talisman Carles Puyol and David Villa, who both failed to recover from injury to make the trip to Poland and Ukraine, while Italy are seeking respite from fresh match-fixing revelations. Cesare Prandelli's Azzurri had the worst possible build-up, when police raided their pre-tournament training camp near florence as part of a nationwide probe into illegal betting. The team later had to cancel a warm-up match against Luxembourg in Parma after an earthquake rocked northern Italy. They were then thumped 4-0 by Russia in a friendly in Zurich. Spain -- as a nation -- has problems of its own, as Madrid has had to go cap in hand to eurozone countries for a potential 100-billion-euro ($125-billion) bail-out of its banks. But under-pressure Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he would still attend the match, "because the Spanish team are world champions and I think it is good that the head of government be at this inaugural game". Spain's Group C match with Italy kicks off at 1600 GMT in the Baltic port city of Gdansk, northern Poland. The Republic of Ireland then take on Croatia at 1845 GMT in the western city of Poznan. The game is being seen as a clash of the generations between Ireland's Giovanni Trapattoni, who at 73 is one of the most respected coaches in the game, and Croatia's 43-year-old Slaven Bilic, who is seen as one for the future. Trapattoni said the match -- Ireland's first in the European championship finals for 24 years -- was a chance to repay the faith that Ireland's football federation and fans had placed in him. afp
STAR CRICKET 3rd Test: England v West Indies 03:00PM
Murray looks for solace at Queen’s PARIS afp
Andy Murray has passed a late fitness test and will lead the field at the pre-Wimbledon Queen's club grass event starting on Monday. The world number four, who owns two titles from the last three edition at the classy west London venue, had been declared doubtful after carrying a back injury through the french Open where he lost in the quarter-finals to David ferrer. But Murray on Saturday confirmed that he will start his only official warmup for Wimbledon, which begins June 25. Serb Janko Tipsarevic is seeded third ahead of frenchman Gilles Simon with Spain's feliciano Lopez on fifth.
SeeDS: Andy Murray (GBR x1) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (fRA x2) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB x3) Gilles Simon (fRA x4) feliciano Lopez (ESP x5) Marin Cilic (CRO x6) Andy Roddick (USA x7) Julien Benneteau (fRA x8) Kevin Anderson (RSA x9) David Nalbandian (ARG x10) Marcos Baghdatis (CYP x11) Denis Istomin (UZB x12) Alex Bogomolov (RUS x13) Gilles Muller (LUX x14) Go Soeda (JPN x15) Ivo Karlovic (CRO x16)
French Open win beats Wimbledon: Sharapova PARIS
Warsaw's National Stadium on friday. "We need to be very focussed, very concentrated, in order not to lose the game," said Smuda. Dutchman Dick Advocaat's Russia, whose base-camp is in the Polish capital Warsaw, returned there victorious after taking the Czechs to pieces on friday in the southwestern city of Wroclaw. "It's going to be another interesting game for both teams," said Advocaat, who has less need to bang the drum. Like cohosts Ukraine, Poland did not have to qualify for Euro 2012 and were left only with friendlies to fine-tune their tactics - and know they have their work cut out on Tuesday. "The match with Russia is going to be something completely different," said 22-year-old midfielder Ma-
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Maria Sharapova said her french Open triumph was a greater achievement than her teenage 2004 Wimbledon breakthrough which launched her on the road to international fame and fortune. The Russian, one of the few genuine stars in the women's game, completed a career Grand Slam by beating Italy's Sara Errani 63, 6-2 on Saturday. It was the 25-year-old's first Roland Garros title and fourth major of her career, but first since she recovered from a potentially careerending shoulder injury. "It's the most unique, surreal moment. I never thought I would have it. When I won Wimbledon at 17, I thought that would be the most cherished moment of my career," she said. "But when I fell to me knees today on the court I realised that winning here was extremely special, even more so." Sharapova added the 2006 US Open and 2008 Australian Open titles to her 2004 win at Wimbledon before the shoulder injury sidelined her for 10 months, sending her ranking spiralling to 126 in the world. She has endured numerous false starts since that time and losses in the 2011 Wimbledon final to Petra Kvitova and this year's Australian Open title match at the hands of Victoria Azarenka led many to ponder whether she had been overtaken by a new generation of big-hitters. But titles on clay in Stuttgart and Rome in the run-up to Paris transformed her into one of the favourites for the Paris title which she achieved with a 6-3, 6-2 win over the outgunned Errani in just 90 minutes. With the Williams sisters on the wane, Kim Clijsters about to retire
and the likes of Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki struggling for consistent levels of success, Sharapova believes there are many more majors coming her way. "It's been a long journey, I started from such a young age, but I'm not done yet, far from it," she said. "I have a lot more to achieve, I always believed in my game and that I could get better on grass, clay, cement." Sharapova said she was increasingly motivated by the people who wrote her off, never doubting her own powers or the influence of those around her. "No matter how tough it was or if people didn't believe in me, I never listened. I only listened to my own voice which told me that I would succeed again and I did.
russia proud of ‘legendary’ exile Maria MOSCOW: Russia on Sunday lavished praised on its "legendary" tennis star Maria Sharapova after her french Open victory, the highpoint of a career that took flight when she left her homeland aged seven. President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev sent congratulatory telegrams to the florida-based star while the country's tennis chiefs hoped she would now bring gold for Russia at the London Olympics. Sharapova cruised past Italy's Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2 to win the french Open final on Saturday and seal a rare career Grand Slam of winning the four biggest tournaments in the sport during her career. afp
ParIS: russian tennis player Maria Sharapova poses with her trophy after winning the women's singles final tennis match of the french open. AFP
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India’s refusal to drop demand for authentication of current troop positions remains major bottleneck ISLAMABAD
O breakthrough is expected on the Siachen issue as top defense officials from Islamabad and New Delhi begin their two-day talks on the demilitarization of the world highest battlefield today (Monday), mainly owing to India’s refusal to drop its demand for the authentication of current troops’ positions on the glacier. Indian Defense Secretary Shashikant Sharma will hold talks on Siachen, one of
the eight issues on Pakistan-India composite dialogue agenda, along with Kashmir and some other conflicting matters with Pakistani Defense Secretary Nargis Sethi. In the aftermath of the Gayari incident in which 139 Pakistani soldiers were killed after being hit by a massive avalanche in April, Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani had asked for early settlement of the Siachen issue and it was expected that some progress would be made by the two states when their defense secretaries met to discuss the thorny issue. However, diplomatic circles see no change in Indian stance that before the de-
militarization of the battlefield, the present troops’ positions must be authenticated, something that was unacceptable to Pakistan and hence there appears little chance of a breakthrough in the two-day talks. Pakistani and Indian troops have been deployed in Siachen since 1984 when the Indian Army advanced and occupied most of the heights around the glacier. The two sides have been observing a ceasefire since 2003, but despite holding several rounds of talks on the issue, Pakistan and India could not resolve the vital matter with reason being the same, New Delhi’s insistence on the authentication of
current troops’ positions. “Pakistan is unwilling to accept the Indian demand for the authentication of current positions of the troops but in the past it has offered to India that these positions could be indicated in an annexure but that was unacceptable to New Delhi,” said a diplomatic source. He said the dialogue on Siachen would continue in the coming months as well because in the current round of talks, no tangible outcome was expected. Pakistan and India will also hold talks on June 18-19 in New Delhi on another important issue on their agenda, Sir Creek, to
resolve the row over maritime boundary. In the previous rounds, Islamabad and New Delhi had held talks on Siachen and Sir Creek together but now it had been decided to have separate meetings on these two important issues. A Pakistani official said the talks on Sir Creek would be followed by an important meeting between the two foreign secretaries scheduled to be held in New Delhi on June 29. The two foreign secretaries would prepare ground for conclusive talks between the foreign ministers who would meet in Islamabad in mid-July to review the progress made in the Indo-Pak dialogue.
New UK immigration rules likely to cut immigration by 25,000 a year British citizens married to foreigners will have to earn £20,000 a year if they want to set up their family home in Uk
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french Socialists take lead in parliamentary vote: exit poll PARIS afp
french President francois Hollande’s Socialists and allies were headed for an absolute majority to push through tax-and-spend reforms after a first round of parliamentary elections on Sunday, exit polls said. The election also saw a surge in support for Marine Le Pen’s National front, which wants to ditch the euro and battles against what it believes the “Islamisation” of france. It won almost 14 percent of votes, according to the exit polls. The Socialist Party and its Green allies were set to win a total of around 40 percent of votes, according to the CSA polling institute, versus 35 percent for former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s UMP party. The Communist-backed Left front headed by firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon was on course to win seven percent of votes, CSA said, with turnout nationwide at around 60 percent. TNS Sofres, Ipsos and OpinonWay pollsters all agreed that the political left, including the Left front, would win at least 289 seats in the 577-seat Assembly and possibly as many as 368 seats.
Baroness Warsi faces fresh probe over her business partner warsi’s purported business partner admits having attended meetings run by hizbut tahrir g
MONITORING DESK Baroness Sayeeda Warsi is under investigation over her undeclared links to Abid Hussain, a relative by marriage with whom she is involved in a catering business, The Sunday Telegraph said in a report. However, there were calls last week for the inquiry, ordered by Prime Minister David Cameron, to be widened after Hussain admitted that he had been involved with Hizbut Tahrir, a radical Islamist party that the Conservatives had pledged to ban. In his first public statement, Hussain said he had attended its meetings, although he said he had never been a “member”, and had not told Lady Warsi about his involvement. She earlier said she was unaware of his activities. There were also questions over one of the trips to Pakistan by Lady Warsi on which she was accompanied by Hussain. In february last year, she traveled to the country on government business and in the course of the trip opened the “Office for Overseas Pakistanis and British Nationals”, which she said “works with police forces across the UK and British consular services on issues such as forced marriage and kidnapping”. However, The Sunday Telegraph said it had established that the office was operated from the premises of an opposition party, whose British arm organised a protest against US policy when President Barack Obama visited Britain. Last night, Michael Dugher, Labour’s shadow cabinet office minister, said Lady Warsi appeared to be mixing party and government business. The latest investigation into Lady Warsi is being carried out by Sir Alex Allan, the
prime minister’s adviser on ministerial code, into the disclosure that company documents showed she was the majority shareholder in Rupert’s Recipes, a spice company whose other shareholder was Hussain. She had not registered the holding with the House of Lords, whose rules say peers should declare any majority shareholdings. “These further revelations about the conduct of Baroness Warsi are extremely worrying,” Dugher said. “Yet again, there seems to be a blurring of the lines between what constitutes proper official business and what is, in fact, party political activity with private associates. Labour will be asking urgent questions next week in Parliament, including of the foreign Office. What the baroness was doing with someone who has admitted his involvement with the extremist group Hizbut Tahrir also calls into question her judgment,” he said. Hizbut Tahrir has been accused of promoting racism and anti-Semitism, praising suicide bombers and urging Muslims to kill Jews. Before coming to power, Cameron pledged to ban it but the plan was shelved after a Coalition review. The nature of Hussain’s involvement in the radical party has already prompted questions over the extent of security vetting. Sources say Hussain joined Hizbut Tahrir in the early 1990s and was nicknamed “Strapper” by other students because of his bulky frame. He lived for a time in one of its London houses, studying the radical form of Islam taught by its then leader Omar Bakri Mohammed, who is now banned from Britain.
British citizens who marry foreigners will have to earn at least £20,000 a year if they want to set up their family home in the UK under the new immigration rules by the Conservative government. Under the proposed changes, lower-paid Britons would be forced to emigrate if they wanted to live with a loved one from overseas. Similarly, if the foreign-born spouse had children, their British partner would have to earn £30,000 or more, depending on how many children they had. They will also have to pass a strict new “combined attachment test” to prove they share a genuine loyalty to Britain, not another country, and they will remain on probation for five years instead of the current two. The rules of Home Secretary Theresa May are expected to cut immigration, currently standing at 250,000 a year, by 25,000. They are designed primarily to combat claims that some foreigners are marrying Britons to take advantage of the UK’s generous welfare system, Home office sources told Pakistan Today on Sunday. Government MPs welcomed the move, but Labour spokesman Chris Bryant said, “These new measures have more to do with Theresa May’s abject failure to live up to her promise to cut immigration than fairness.” May is also expected to confirm stringent English-speaking test for husbands, wives or partners of UK citizens applying to come to live in Britain on a fam-
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ily visa. The new guidelines will not apply to partners from within the European Union, as they will continue to have the right to settle here. According to government officials the welfare system “has been abused for years under Labour by people who marry Britons and within a short period are living off benefits”. May said it was obvious that British citizens and those settled here should be able to marry or enter into a civil partnership with whomever they choose. But she added, “If they want to establish their family life in the UK rather than overseas, then their spouse or partner must have a genuine attachment to the UK, be able to speak English, and integrate into our society, and must not be a burden on the taxpayer. families should be able to manage their own lives. If a British citizen or a person settled here cannot support their foreign spouse or partner, they cannot expect the taxpayer to do it for them.” She also plans to make it easier to deport illegal migrants or convicted foreign nationals. At present they can use the European Convention on Human Rights to avoid being thrown out, claiming they have a “right to a family life” here. But in future, if they want to continue their family life they will have to take their British-based partner overseas. The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants says an extension of the probationary period for foreign spouses could trap more women in violent marriages because of the fear of being deported if they complain.