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rime minister raja Pervez Ashraf on Sunday night dissolved the provincial government of Nawab Aslam raisani and decided to impose Governor’s rule in Balochistan following strong protests by the
minority Shia community across the country, particularly in Quetta, where a large number of Hazara Shias have been protesting since Friday along with bodies of 85 victims of the twin bombings that struck the provincial capital’s Alamdar road. Per reports, the Governor’s rule has been imposed under Article 234 according to which the decision will remain in force
for two months, after which the federal government will have to get it ratified from both Houses of parliament. The announcement to this effect was made during a late night visit by Prime minister Ashraf to the sit-in organised by the Hazara Shias. According to reports, Chief minister Aslam raisani and his entire cabinet were opposed to the idea of imposition of Governor’s rule in the
province and had instead offered an inhouse change. However, muttahida Qaumi movement chief Altaf Hussain, Awami National Party chief Asfandyar Wali and Pakistan muslim League-Quaid leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain had urged the prime minister to impose governor’s rule in Balochistan. Addressing the Hazara Shia leaders, Prime minister Ashraf said the
government was concerned about the situation in Balochistan and was sorry for the human losses suffered by the minority community. He said the entire provincial cabinet had been sacked with immediate effect and Governor magsi had been directed to ensure law and order in the province at all costs. CoNtINuEd oN PAgE 04
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Magsi summons BA session tomorrow QUETTA: Balochistan Governor Sardar Zulfiqar Khan magsi has summoned a meeting of the Balochistan Assembly tomorrow (Tuesday). A spokesman for the Balochistan Assembly aid the session of the House had been summoned on the advise of Cm Nawab Aslam raisani to debate the recent carnage in Quetta that killed 116 Hazara Shias. The horrendous act had forced the victimised Hazara clan to announce a three-day mourning and the protesters have refused to bury the dead until their demands were met. The protesters demand an immediate dissolution of the provincial assembly and handing over of the city to the army. ONlINE
Snowfall, rain disrupt road links in northern areas MANSEHRA/SKARDU: Populations in upper parts of the country continue to suffer due to the intense cold weather and disruption of land and communication links caused by intermittent rains and snowfall in mountainous regions. According to details, upper parts of the country including malakand, malam Jabba, Kalam, Chitral, Skardu, Ghizer, Diamer and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) received scattered rain and snowfall during the past 24 hours. Thousands of people including students, tourists, patients and public servants remained stranded as avalanches and mudslides disconnected different far flung areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and AJK besides creating shortage of fuel, food items and medicines. The stranded population was also facing problems in service of various cellular companies. The profiteers and hoarders taking advantage of the situation, increased prices of LPG, firewood and food commodities, adding further to the hardships of the people. The stranded population demanded the concerned authorities to clear the roads so that they could travel to main towns to get edibles, fuel and medicines. Tourists, students and public servants stranded in various cut-off areas also appealed to the government to help them leave for their respective destinations. meanwhile, Pakistan meteorological Department (PmD) has predicted cold and dry weather in most parts of the country during the next few days. However, cloudy weather in GB and AJK besides light rain and snowfall in upper parts of the country would continue during the next 24 hours. During the past 24 hours, lowest temperature of -12°C was recorded in Skardu while minimum temperature recorded in Parachinar was -10°C, Astore, -8°C, Darosh, Quetta and Hunza -7°C, Qalat, Chitral, -6°C, Dalbandin, Dir and malam Jabba -5°C. INP
Quetta IED blast kills child QUETTA: A blast killed a child and injured another person on Brewery road on Saturday night, police said. Police Deputy inspector General (DiG) Wazir Khan Nasar said unknown persons planted an improvised explosive device (ieD) near an internet cafe on Brewery road. “The blast killed a pedestrian child and injured another person,” he said. Nasar said the blast caused damage to the internet cafe and other nearby shops. Brewery road is almost five km to the west of Alamdar road, where thousands of Shia Hazaras are currently staging a sit-in to protest deaths of their community members. This incident happened two days after a series of blasts that killed around 116 people in Quetta. INP
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joins Hazara sit-in, demands governor’s rule QUETTA STAFF REPORT
Pakistan Tehreek-e-insaf (PTi) Chairman imran Khan on Sunday said the government had failed to provide protection to its people and demanded governor rule in the troubled province of Balochistan. Khan who arrived in Quetta on Sunday morning, expressed solidarity with the Hazara Community, protesting at Alamdar road along with the dead bodies of their loved ones killed in Thursday’s devastating blasts. Khan met the victims at Alamdar road soon after arriving in the provincial capital and expressed his grief and sorrow over the deaths of dozens of people of the Shia community. While talking to the grieving families, Khan said the whole country was with them and demanded removal of Balochistan government and imposition of governor rule in the province. Khan said the government of Aslam raisani had failed to protect life and property of its citizens and should give up its right to rule. Later taking to media, the PTi chairman demanded governor rule in the province saying the government had failed to provide security to the people of the province. He said the PTi was with the oppressed people, adding that justice should be provided to victims. “The murderers do not deserve to be called muslims,” he said. Khan said the rulers were busy in minting money and had no concern with the country’s situation. Khan was accompanied by Javed Hashimi, Jahangir Tareen, Fauzia Kasuri and other PTi leaders in his visit to Quetta.
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Pakistan to strongly protest against killing of two soldiers by Indian Army NEW DELHI AGENCIES
Flag meeting between commanders of Pakistan Army and india forces in Poonch at 1pm today (monday) as tension prevailed between the two countries after violation of ceasefire on LoC by the indian Army. Pakistan will reportedly strongly protest against killing of its two soldiers by indian Army at flag meeting, according to reports. According to indian media reports, Pakistan has agreed to hold the flag meeting only after repeated requests from india and its army to de-escalate tension along the Line of Control (LoC). On Saturday night, indian and Pakistani troops traded heavy gunfire along the LoC in Poonch sector after the movement of a group of suspected infiltrators was detected, in fresh escalation of tension. earlier on Saturday, the indian government said it would not buckle to “wild calls for revenge and reaction” over the alleged killing and beheading of two indian soldiers by Pakistani troops. Border tensions between india and Pakistan have risen sharply since the
January 6 death of a Pakistani soldier in firing by indian forces along the LoC. Two days later, Pakistani soldiers allegedly killed and beheaded two indian soldiers in the mendhar sector in Poonch district. in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, the civil society appealed to the governments of india and Pakistan to restore peace and respect the 2003 ceasefire agreement.
SHO, militant killed in fire exchange SWABI INP
Two persons including a militant and a Station Housing Officer (SHO) were killed in an exchange of fire when unknown gunmen attacked a police van late Saturday night. According to details, unknown armed men sprayed bullets at a mobile van of Chotta Lahore police station while it was on a routine patrol in its jurisdiction. As a result of the attack, the SHO was injured while an attacker was killed in police’s retaliatory fire. Other accomplices of the deceased attacker managed to flee. The injured police official was shifted to a hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
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islAmABAd tuRned into foRtRess As long mARch stARts malik says Dr Qadri trying to derail democratic system warns Qadri not to test patience of government and nation g Security officials seal red Zone by placing containers, cement blocks g federal govt also worried about Shia protest camps in twin cities g g
QUETTA: The sit-in demonstration of Hazara Shias continued at Alamdar Road on Sunday, three days after twin bombings killed at least 116 Shias. ONLINE
At least 8 civilians killed in NATO-led operation in eastern Afghanistan MAIDAN SHAR/KABUL AGENCIES
At least eight civilians were killed in a blast following an operation carried out by Afghan forces and the NATO-led coalition troops in eastern Afghan province of Wardak overnight, said a provincial government spokesman on Sunday. “initial reports said eight civilians were killed in the blast inside a mosque in Hassankhael area of Syedabad district in the early hours of Sunday,” spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said, adding “The victims were recovering bodies of militants numbered three to four, who took shelter in the mosque and were killed by joint forces in an operation hours earlier”. He said the blast might have been caused by explosive materials attached to a suicide vest
used by the militants. “more details will be released to the media as appropriate,” he said. meanwhile, a police official who declined to be named said more than 13 civilians had been killed in the incident in the province, located 35 km to the west of Kabul. However, resident Abdul Ghaffar said the coalition troops conducted a raid on a mosque where worshippers were offering morning prayers. The foreign forces also fired at rescue workers who were retrieving dead bodies and injured persons from the debris, he said, claiming 15 civilians were killed. But the international Security Assistance Force (iSAF) insisted several armed insurgents were killed “after” they attacked Afghan and coalition security force in Syedabad.
He federal government has turned islamabad into a fortress as Tehreek-e-minhajul Quran leader Dr Tahirul Qadri has started his long march from Lahore on Sunday. interior minister rehman malik visited Blue Area and monitored security arrangements and containers installed on roads to block the marchers from reaching red Zone. Talking to reporters, malik said Dr Qadri was trying to delay the upcoming polls, adding that the long march was an effort to derail democratic system. Warning Qadri not to breach law, he said that rule of law would be maintained and no violators would be tolerated, adding that it was the government’s prime responsibility to protect the lives and property of the people in islamabad. referring to Dr Qadri’s charter of demand, malik said that the dissolution of election Commission of Pakistan means a delay of another six months in the general elections. “i request Qadri not to test the patience of the government as well as the nation,” malik said. The minister maintained that the democratic system would prevail in the country and Dr Qadri’s agenda for derailing the system would not be successful.
“if Qadri was conversant with the constitution spirit, he should not have talked in such a manner which is extra-constitutional. Qadri should not mislead the nation,” mailk added. He said that the long march participants would be asked to stage a sit-in at Faisal Avenue – between the Stock exchange and Saudi Pak towers – whereas they could park their cars in F-9 Park. “However they will not be permitted to cross the Saudi-Pak tower,” he said. To a question, he said that five terrorists have been arrested from Karachi who were planning to attack the marchers. The federal government has called in 10,000 security personnel from Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. As many as 5,000 rangers and army officials are on high alert. Stay and dine arrangements have made for the troops in the Sports Complex. CCTV cameras have been installed from Faizabad to red Zone. Sources told Pakistan Today that the government had directed the Pakistan Telecom Authority to suspend mobile services in the twin cities from monday (today) to prevent any untoward incident. Police and other law enforcers have sealed the red Zone by placing containers, cement blocks and barbed wire closing every road and street leading to the zone Presidency, the Prime minister’s Secretariat, the Supreme Court and the Diplomatic enclave.
Sources said that law enforcers have been provided with ammunition, rubber bullets and tear-gas shells. A source in the Finance ministry said the interior ministry had requested to provide rs 250 million to the islamabad chief commissioner, adding that rs 50 million worth ammunition has been provided to the law enforcers. roads adjacent to the Quaid-eAzam University have been closed. The Federal Directorate of education and private schools associations have issued directions to keep all educational institutions, colleges and universities closed on monday (today). The Quaid-e-Azam University will stay closed today (monday) where as international islamic University (iiU) has issued a notification cancelling all examinations scheduled to be held between Januray13 and January 15. On the other hand, hundreds of Tehreek minhajul Quran workers have already reached the twin cities. The federal government is also worried about Shia protest camps in rawalpindi and islamabad, as thousands of mourners took to streets to protest against Quetta killings. Around 4,000 protesters are present at Faizabad camp. A majority of them are workers of the majlis Wahdatul muslimeen – a Shia party which has already announced to support Dr Qadri’s long march.
Kargil strategy behind IAF chief’s tough talk: Indian media NEW DELHI INP
indian Air Force Chief NAK Browne’s assertion that india has a few strings in its bow could stem from confidence in tactics the air force developed in operations along the Line of Control (LoC) during the 1999 Kargil war. Use of air power had never before been attempted at heights of 14,000 to 18,000 feet and iAF’s attacks by destroying supply lines and dumps gave it a lot of encouragement. According to indian media reports, iAF’s rapid innovation after initial setbacks to refit top-end fighters with laser-guided bombs and evolve tactics to evade deadly shoulder fired surface-to-air missiles during the two-month war waged between late may and July 1999 is now a fully fleshed doctrine.
Forced to deal with small targets, including dugout clusters barely visible against an icy black and white background, due to strict instructions not to cross the LoC resulted in iAF working out strategies without the option of targeting bases in Azad Kashmir. iAF got around tough odds by placing GPS devices in cockpits, fitting mirage 2000 fighters with laser weapons, upgrading guidance systems bombs and taking recourse to steeper dives that tested the skills of pilots in mig 21, 23 and 27 aircraft. A voluminous Carnegie endowment paper published in September 2012 offers what seem like prophetic insights in the context of today’s threats and Browne’s robust response may indicate that the iAF has learnt its Kargil lessons well. After the Kargil war, indian experts at elite institutions like the Tactics and Air Combat De-
velopment establishment at Jamnagar planned for scenarios dealing with limited engagements requiring a rapid and inventive response to violations along the LoC. The reports said iAF is now prepared for a “high intensity, high stakes” conflict that can run on for months, the Carnegie paper suggests, adding that india’s overwhelming conventional force preponderance is a factor that Pakistan and its backer China need to keep in mind. The Kargil war saw india reassess implications of the nuclear deterrent possessed by both nations that did not - and may not in the future as well - make conventional war obsolete. This means proxy war is not the only scenario short of war. The reports revealed that use of air power to hit terror camps was discussed by the cabinet committee on security after the 26/11 strikes with then iAF chief Fali Homi major
favouring the option which, however, did not find favour with the political leadership. During the Kargil war, Pak Air Force fighters did not attempt to cross the LoC to the aid of troops under iAF attacks. Although some instances of aggressive manoeuvres, even “lockons”, were reported, no clash that could have expanded the war’s scope happened. The possibility of Pakistan adopting a higher risk calculus or a misjudgment of the other’s threshold can lead to a wider conflict and indian planners have kept in mind a scenario where iAF will have to battle for air dominance with its Pakistani counterpart. Not breaching the LoC in 1999 paid rich dividends but the iAF and army have both realised the need for closer meshing of tactics and strategy as they plan for conventional wars along the northern borders with Pakistan and China, the reports concluded.
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i KARACHI: People block Malir Railway crossing on Sunday as they protest the killing of Shias in Quetta on Thursday. PPI
Sri lanka’s first female chief justice sacked coLoMBo INP
Sri Lankan President mahinda rajapaksa on Sunday sacked the country’s first female Chief Justice Shirani Bandarnayake after ratifying her impeachment by parliament, which held her guilty of corruption, notwithstanding widespread protests by lawyers and others. Bandaranayake, 54, was served a notice ordering her to quit her post, two days after the parliament overwhelmingly voted to impeach her, deepening a standoff between the judiciary and the
government. The notice was served on the chief justice “informing her of the removal from the post”, officials were quoted as saying by local media. The impeachment of
Bandaranayake had earlier been ruled as unconstitutional by courts and a finding by the parliamentary committee that found her “guilty” had been quashed. The impeachment of the chief justice went ahead despite calls by rights groups, citizens, clergy and lawyers who asked the government not to do so. The parliamentary committee on December 8, 2012, had ruled that Bandaranayake was guilty of three of the 14 charges in the impeachment proceedings against her moved by the ruling UPFA coalition legislators. The
three charges were of financial impropriety based on non-declaration of assets and conflict of interest in a case involving a failed investment company. Bandaranayake denied all the charges against her. On December 6, she stormed out of the impeachment hearing in parliament, saying she would not be given a fair trial. She also claimed verbal abuse by the government members of the parliamentary committee. On Friday, the parliament voted 155 to 49 to dismiss Bandaranayake, whose recent rulings had gone against the government.
Second largest Tahirul Qadri’s Future US policy on Pakistan muslim congregation CoNtINuEd fRoM PAgE 24 should look at its security Strict security measures have been ends in Bangladesh adopted in Punjab. All the roads to considerations: Gen mcChrystal the capital have been blocked and DHAKA NNI
The first phase of the second largest annual muslim congregation, after Haj, ended in Bangladesh on Sunday afternoon with millions of devotees from home and abroad praying to Allah for global peace, prosperity and fraternal harmony in the ‘Akheri munajat’ or concluding prayer. The congregation venue and its adjoining areas reverberated with the word ‘’Amin” repeatedly uttered by devotees raising their hands together in the prayer. The grand prayer, led by renowned islamic scholar Zobayerul Hasan from india, at the congregation known as Biswa ijtema on the bank of the Turag river at Tongi, some 25 km north of Dhaka, also sought divine blessings and welfare of all mankind. The first phase of Bishwa ijtema began on Friday after morning prayers with religious sermons for the devotees, seeking world peace for the muslim ummah. A large number of pilgrims from over 100 countries including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Fiji, Finland, Germany, india, indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Kenya, the maldives, malaysia, russia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Sri Lanka, USA, UK and Yemen attended the first phase of the congregation.
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containers are placed. earlier, preparations continued through the night as TmQ activists placed banners and loudspeakers on trucks, buses and other vehicles. Punjab Police had made strict security arrangements for the participants across the province. Over 10,000 police officials have been deployed along the route of the long march. Senior police officers were present when the march left for islamabad. The departure, which was scheduled at 9am was delayed until Zohr prayers. Qadri blamed local authorities for the delay and said he had to make other arrangements after the vehicles were impounded by the Punjab government. A large number of people gathered outside minhajul Quran international central office to participate in the long march.
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Washington’s future policy towards Pakistan should take into account factors that motivate islamabad’s security considerations and actions and a stable Afghanistan is important to Pakistan’s own stability, said former commander of the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General Stanley mcChrystal, on Sunday. Appearing on an American TV talk show, mcChrystal, who led coalition forces in Afghanistan until 2010, also said the US policy towards the region should focus on long-term stability of
the region. Specifically asked about the US policy towards Pakistan, mcChrystal said, “i think that it is our long term strategy that we have to be talking about, what makes Pakistan act the way they do, their relationship with india, the issue over places like Kashmir, what motivates their thinking, what is the direction of Pakistani actions. Part of that is impacted by what we do in the future in Afghanistan. i believe a stable Afghanistan is important to Pakistan and i think it is important to the region.” He stressed that crafting a policy towards Afghanistan essentially is a question of regional stability.
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He said the Frontier Corps had been empowered to carry out operations against terrorists and the federal government would not allow further bloodletting in the violence stricken province. Ashraf also promised monetary compensation to the affected Hazara families before January 31 and employment to the family members of those killed in violent incidents. The Hazara leaders present during the meeting repeated their demand of army deployment in Quetta, to which the prime minister said Governor magsi was now empowered to summon assistance from any agency he deemed appropriate. Chief of the Hazara tribe, Sardar Saadat Ali Hazara
expressed confidence in the prime minister’s announcement regarding Governor’s rule, but said the protesting Hazaras would bury their dead when the government notifies Governor magsi’s appointment as chief executive of the province in the morning. earlier in the day, having explored all available options, the top leadership of the country mulled various options including an inhouse change in Balochistan Assembly because the political dispensation did not want to impose Governor’s rule in Balochistan due to crucial legal implications that could delay elections in the province by six months, while the military leadership was also unwilling to deploy forces in the terrorism-hit city of Quetta, Pakistan Today learnt
N a case similar to the gang-rape of a medical student in New Delhi, a 29year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped by seven persons in Gurdaspur, Punjab. The victim was on her way to her village in Ghuklawhich falls under Kahnuwan police station-in a bus when the driver and conductor kidnapped her and took her to an undisclosed location where they, along with five accomplices, gang-raped her on Saturday night, Gurdaspur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) raj Jeet Singh told reporters. He said five of the seven
Blasts kill two; injure several in kurram, khyber agencies KURRAM AGENcY/pARAcHINAR
The driver dumped the victim at a place near her village in the morning, he said. The woman first went to her house and then came to the police station to file her complaint, he added. A case of rape under section 376 of the indian Penal Code was registered against the seven accused, Singh said. The five arrested have been identified as Daler Singh, ravi, Jaswinder Singh, Jagpreet Singh and Satwant Singh, he said. Teams have been have been formed to nab the absconding men, the SSP said. The woman would be sent for medical examination, the police said, adding the accused had confessed to their crime during preliminary interrogation.
‘high time afghans take over security’ WASHINGToN
A tribesman, Ali Nabbi, was killed and eight others injured in a bomb blast targeting a passenger vehicle in Lower Kurram Agency on Sunday. According to political administration, the miscreants detonated the bomb with the help of remote controlled device, targeting a bus when it reached Khuwarkille. The injured were rushed to the hospital. The coach was en route to Peshawr from Parachinar. The Khasadar Force rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area. meanwhile in another terror activity, a man was killed and several others wounded in a blast at Bazar Zakah Khel of Khyber Agency. Officials said the bomb was planted at a roadside; however the target of the blast was unknown.
through reliable sources. An informed source in the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) told Pakistan Today that the law experts of the government had warned against the legal implications of imposition of Governor’s rule in Balochistan which might cause an imminent delay in holding of elections in the province for at least six months. The source added that the army leadership had also expressed its reluctance to deploy troops in Quetta, as this move may have negative implications for the army leadership. “The army deployment would provide the Baloch nationalists and separatist groups an opportunity to propagate against the army. if attacked by the terrorists, the army would call in air cover to take action against the militants. Any support from Pakistan Air Force (PAF) may lead to media criticism against army and the hawkish media and Baloch nationalists would be able to draw a false picture that an army
accused had been arrested while two others, who are yet to be identified, were still absconding. Based on the interrogation of the five accused, efforts were underway to arrest the remaining persons, he added. The victim, in her complaint, said she was coming back from her parent’s village in Jagatpur in a bus when the driver, Daler Singh, did not stop the vehicle at the bus stand in Ghukla. Her request to the conductor, ravi, to ask the driver to stop the bus went unnoticed, she said. They took her to a place near Gurdaspur, where five of the duo’s friends joined them and gang-raped the woman in a house, the police official said.
With the war in Afghanistan winding down after 11 years, US President Barack Obama has said that the time is right for US forces to let Afghans maintain security in the country. in a radio and internet address, Obama said he would announce the next phase of drawdown in the coming months. Afghan president Hamid Karzai was in Washington the past four days for extensive discussions with top American officials. Their talks, which focused on a transition in security and economy, presidential elections in Afghanistan and reconciliation with the Taliban, appeared to have narrowed differences between the two countries. Obama announced “a support role” for American and NATO forces in Afghanistan starting this
action was being conducted in the province,” said the source. PPP, PML-Q LAwMAKERS foR iN-HoUSE cHANgE: Some of the vocal lawmakers of the PPP and PmL-Q had also urged President Asif Zardari to send raisani, the Balochistan Police inspector-general (iG) and the Frontier Constabulary Balochistan iG packing, a source in the PPP said. “in a joint letter addressed to President Asif Ali Zardari, Public Accounts Committee Chairman Nadeem Afzal Gondal, Adviser to Prime minister mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, Adviser to Prime minister Fawwad Chaudhry, Special Assistant to Prime minister Ahmed Yar Heraj and minister for Professional and Technical Training Shaikh Waqas Akram expressed grave concern over the situation in Balochistan with a particular focus on Quetta and called for adopting a democratic solution to the problem”.
spring instead of this summer, setting himself on track to wind down faster a costly and unpopular war. He also won a pledge of help from his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai in pushing for legal immunity for expected American residual forces in Afghanistan after 2014 when most coalition troops exit.
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mQm oBServeS day oF moUrnInG over QUeTTa CarnaGe
You have no right to rule, Farooq tells govt KARAcHI
UTTAHiDA Quami movement (mQm) observed a nationwide ‘day of mourning’ Sunday over the martyrdom of more than 100 innocent people in Swat/Quetta bombings. in a statement, mQm Chief Altaf Hussain appealed to the masses to make the day a success. He also urged the traders to keep their businesses closed. “i urge all the people to keep calm and remain peaceful. That should refrain from all violent agitations”, he said. He said all the legitimate demands of the mourners including handing over the city to army should be accepted without further delay. The main gathering was held in Lal Qila Ground in Azizababd for payers for the martyred in blasts. Thousands of participants attended the gathering. Deputy conveners of the co-ordination committee Anis Ahmed Qaimkhani, Dr Farooq Sattar, Dr Nusrat Shoukat, other members of the committee, senators, mNAs, mPAs, office-bearers of different wings of the mQm, workers or units and sectors, and a large number of mQm sympathisers were present. Talking to the media persons, Dr Sattar said the Hazara community living in the vicinity of Alamdar road was being targeted constantly. He said the community was suffering because of continual terrorist attacks, but no one was taking notice of their plight. Dr Sattar said it seemed there was no government in Balochistan and he criticised the Balochistan chief minister’s cal-
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Up and down train service suspended
Black Coats to boycott court proceedings
KARAcHi: Thousands of passengers suffered agony as train services remained suspended for several hours due to protest in malir area of Karachi on Sunday evening against the killings of Shia Hazara community members in Quetta. According to details, several up and down trains remained stranded at Landhi and Drig colony railway stations as the protestors were not prepared to leave the railways track. The trains that were stopped at Landhi and Drig colony railways stations or those that could not depart from the Cantt stations included Tezgam, Allama iqbal express, Farid express and millat express. The passengers, particularly elderly people, women and children suffered the most due to the forced stoppage of the trains. INP
KARAcHi: The Sindh Bar Council (SBC) announced on Sunday that it will boycott courts in monday (today) across Sindh to show solidarity with the families of Quetta carnage victims. SBC Vice Chairman Ghulam Abbasi made the announcement of the strike call. “Keeping in view the government’s apathy, we have decided to boycott courts’ proceeding on monday to express complete solidarity with the victims of Quetta carnage,” he announced. He said that Sindh Bar Council would fully respond to the call of Pakistan Bar Council (PBC). On the other hand, the Karachi Bar Association (KBA) President Naeem Qureshi said that there would be a complete strike in the city court as well. INP
lous attitude towards mourners holding a sit-in with the dead bodies of their lovedones. He said Balochistan had fallen in the grip of a handful of terrorists and nothing was being done to restore the confidence of the people in the government. Dr Sattar said the Balochistan government had lost the right to rule. He said the president and prime minister must take serious notice of the Balochistan situation and bring peace to the af-
highway blocked for hours NAUSHEHRo fERozE: The National Highway has been blocked here from the last night to protest against the Quetta carnage and thousands of vehicles are stranded on both sides of the road creating immense problems for passengers, specially women, children and patients. On the call of Wahdatul muslimeen and other organisations protestors blocked the main highway last night and continued their blockade till filing this report. The protest is the part of nation-wise protests against the Quetta carnage. Sadly, this prolonged protest has created immense troubles for passengers including women and children. many patients are also struck up in the road blockade. Hundreds of families traveling in buses and coaches have nothing to eat and drink. At night time there is a big security problem for these stranded passengers. it has been reported that last night bandits looted some vehicles that tried to travel on side link roads in the village areas. PPI
Protesters demand tangible action KARAcHi: A sit-in was held outside Bilawal House in Karachi on Sunday to protest the targeted killings of Shias in the country, particularly the blasts in Quetta on Thursday which left over 100 people dead. The protesters demanded the president and prime minister to take concrete steps to stop ongoing sectarian violence in Balochistan. They maintained that the Balochistan provincial government should be sacked for being incapable of controlling the law and order situation. A large number of children were also seen holding placards and shouting slogans during the protest. The police brought in water cannons and asked the protesters to disperse within 10 minutes, however, the protesters refused saying they will leave only after their demands are met. The police also blocked routes leading to Bilawal house. INP
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KARACHI: An official of the bomb disposal squad checks boxes during Azad Pakistan Janisaran-e-Mustafa Conference organised by Sunni Tehreek at Nishtar Park. ONLINE
‘Junior officers posted on senior revenue dept posts’ RAToDERo PPI
Only one mukhtiarkar has been posted in Bakrani taluka as per his seniority out of 10 talukas of Larkana and KambarShahdadkot districts, while junior assistant mukhtiarkars have been posted against prevailing service rules on the basis of OPS basis as mukhtiarkars. Sources said that Assistant mukhtiarkar (Am) Ghous Bux Jatoi was working as mukhtiarkar Larkana taluka and m Niaz Siyal was posted as mukhtiarkar ratodero, who was also junior officer. Likewise, Abdul Haq Chawro and Abdul Ghani Pitafi were working as mukhtiarkars in Bakrani and Dokri talukas of Larkana district respectively. Chawro was the only revenue officer who had been confirmed as mukhtiarkar by the Board of revenue (Bor), The sources said that in Kambar-Shahdadkot district Assistant mukhtiarkars namely Ghulam Hyder Samejo, Hameedullah rind (junior officer also holding dual charge of Qubo Saeed Khan taluka), Abdul Waheed Jokhio (junior officer), Gohar Zaman Chandio, Perwaiz Bhutto and Usman Soomro were posted as mukhtiarkars in Kambar, Shahdadkot, Sijawal Junejo, miro Khan, Naseerabad and Warah talukas respectively. Some of these officials had been posted since long . Sources further said that many senior revenue officers had been sidelined in the process. One senior mukhtiarkar requesting anonymity told PPi that the Sindh High Court had already banned signing of revenue record by assistant mukhtiarkars, and only mukhtiarkars were empowered to do so, but the government had posted junior officials on senior posts.
Dry weather likely KARAcHI APP
Dry weather with cool night is likely in the city during the next 24 hours. According to the met office report issued here on Sunday, the minimum temperature is expected to remain in the range of 12 to 14 degrees centigrade. The met office said mainly cool/cold and dry weather is likely to prevail elsewhere in the region. However, very cold and frosty weather is expected in Kalat and Quetta divisions of Balochistan.
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Education more vital than politics: SMIU VC KARAcHI
iNDH madressatul islam University (SmiU) Vice Chancellor Dr mohammad Ali Shaikh has said that the students who have succeeded in getting admission at SmiU have a distinction being called the fellows of Quaid-e-Azam muhammad Ali Jinnah, who had studied at SmiU for about five years. Addressing the orientation day ceremony of the first batch of the newly established Smi University on Saturday vice chancellor Dr mohammad Ali said SmiU students were the true heirs of the Quaid, who had bequeathed one third of his residuary property to his alma mater through his last will. He said Jinnah had three great qualities, which were competency; honesty and love for his people. He said that the Quaid gave only one hundred rupees per month to
each of his two brothers namely Ahmed Ali and Bandeh Ali, and just two thousand rupees per month to his younger sister Fatima Jinnah through his last will, but gave 10.8 million rupees to each educational institution including Aligarh College, islamia College Peshawar and Sindh madressatul islam, Karachi. Dr mohammad Ali said although the Quaid belonged to a poor family, but he had earned money through hard working as he was one of the most popular lawyers of the indoPak subcontinent. But it was his uniqueness and greatness that instead of distributing all his property among his family members, he preferred to give it to the educational institutions, he added. This was why Quaid-e-Azam mohammad Ali Jinnah was in favour of education for muslim youth, and never wanted the students to involve in the students politics, he stated. Dr mohammad Ali, giving reference of the Quaid, said that once the students from Ali-
IG directs strict security for 12th Rabiul Awwal KARAcHI APP
Sindh inspector General of Police Fayyaz Ahmed Leghari has called for pursuing a comprehensive strategy to take effective security measures during the holy month of rabi-ul-Awwal, especially, on the eve of 12th rabi-ul-Awwal. He also directed to make all out efforts to ensure security at different programs which will be organised to observe the birth anniversary of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) on 12th rabi-ul-Awwal, said a statement issued on Sunday. The iGP directed for monitoring of the main public gathering and procession of the 12th rabi-ul-Awwal from watch towers and also to deploy the security personnel at roof-tops on the
route of the main procession. The Sindh police chief also directed for advance technical sweeping on the route of main procession by the bomb disposal squad. The statement said there were around 3,028 mosques, 1,007 madarsas and 305 imambargahs in the metropolis. He directed the police stations to ensure intelligence information collections, immediate action, vigilance and deployment of plainclothes police personnel in connection with the security arrangements. The iGP further directed the police stations to submit detailed reports about the strength of the staff, available arms and other equipment so as to take steps for up-gradation of the police stations.
garh met with him and expressed their wish to participate in politics, but the Quaid categorically said that they should first acquire education and only then enter the political arena. emphasizing on the newly enrolled students, the SmiU vice chancellor said that they had to follow the legacy of Quaid-e-Azam mohammad Ali Jinnah in terms of competence, honesty, hardwork and selflessness. He also said that there would be zero tolerance if the students were found involved in any immoral and non academic activities. “The discipline of the Smi has a unique history,” the vice chancellor said, adding that once mohammad Ali Jinnah had remained absent for a month from Smi and his admission was cancelled. Dr mohammad Ali said the SmiU had made all necessary arrangements to start classes for the first batch of SmiU from January 14 (today).
Violence claims five more lives Karachi: Violence continued to take innocent lives in the financial hub of the country as five more people were shot dead overnight, officials said on Sunday. According to local police, a man named Fahim was shot dead in Gulistan-e-Johar while another man was killed in a firing incident at a shop. meanwhile a dead body was found from the ranchore Line area while a man was shot dead in Kharadar area and had not been identified until the filing of this report. On the other hand, an accused was arrested while seven others managed to flee from the scene after a police raid followed by an encounter. According to police, the accused were allegedly involved in illegal supply of weapons in the city. Police recovered three Kalashnikovs, two rifles, one repeater, two hand grenades, a snatched car and a motorcycle from the possession of the accused. The nabbed accused was involved in illegal arms supply since 2009, the police source added. ONlINE
Lions Clubs international will continue its efforts for the cure of reversible blindness by organising eye camps, cataract surgeries, cornea grafting, and diabetes screening camps. These thoughts were shared by mCC Lion raza Ali at the mJF honouring ceremony to commemorate the birth anniversary of the founder of Lions Clubs international melvin Jones, held on January 13 in Karachi. The ceremony was organised to honour the lion members who had significantly contributed towards the cause of humanitarian service and had achieved the status of melvin Jones Fellow. event Chairman, Lion Noman Arshad said that Lions Clubs had maintained its tradition of recognising members who had generously contributed towards the cause of serving humanity. At the event, Lions Club District Governors Samina Sikandar, Lion Ayesha malik, and Lion Tasneem Ahmed also emphasized the importance of humanitarian assistance for social development of the nation. The main ceremony was followed by a cake cutting ceremony and a sumptuous breakfast comprising of dishes from all provinces of Pakistan. The event was attended by lion dignitaries in large numbers including past council chairmen, past district governors, club members and social elites.
Pakistan allocates only 2.3 percent of budget for education KARAcHI NNI
Pakistan has allocated only 2.3 per cent of the budget for education which is 0.3 per cent less than in 1999. Nine per cent of government spending is on education, placing Pakistan 113th amongst 120 countries on the education development index. ismail Bawany - Trustee of Aisha Bawany Academy quoted said: “According to a global monitoring society, Pakistan spends seven folds more on its military than on primary education and has the second highest number of out-of-school children in the world. education could eliminate the consequences of the economic crisis, reducing the long-term impact of the crisis on growth and help achieve a more robust long-term growth.” On the other hand, countries like india spends 4.1 percent of GDP, Bangladesh and Srilanka spend even more on education. According to one recent report Pakistan lags behind Nepal when it comes to female education. if reforms are not made to correct the education system, Pakistan can face a very serious situation in the coming years. Bangladesh attained independence after Pakistan but still it is doing great in education sector. As its literacy rate has gone up, the overall situation of the country has improved as well”, he further added.
conferment of PhD degree KARAcHI APP
The Nadirshaw eduljee Dinshaw University of engineering and Technology (NeD University) has declared Arjumand masood successful after she completed her PhD in Civil engineering. An official of the institution said here on Sunday that the title of her thesis was “Quantification of Flow resistance for Unlined Canals in Alluvial Soil”.
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KARACHI: A vendor sells fish at a bazaar in Nazimabad area . ONLINE
Women’s take on Economy
long march, change of govt will not promise revival KARAcHI NNI
SLAmABAD Women's Chamber of Commerce and industry (iWCCi) on Sunday said the long march or the attempts made for change of government will not guarantee economic revival, instead, positive and unpopular decisions will prove more beneficial to the country. iWCCi President Farida rashid while speaking to businesswomen said the government and opposition were not concerned with economic revival, as they were only pushing forward their own agendas which were leading the country towards a debt repayment default. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) led government had not done anything to prevent the economic meltdown and instead their activities have bled the economy white, she said. Other political parties have yet to suggest a concrete framework of policies to improve the overall growth rate and to ensure that all regions and segments of society reaped the benefits of a booming economy, she added. She said that the incumbent government had utilised all their energies to promote the country’s elite which had yet again disappointed the masses, frustrated the business community and had left the economy in a state where it was gasping for breath. rulers intentionally avoided economic reforms despite
insistence of friendly countries and the country’s business community, while it had developed a habit of relying on false figures, tall claims and flowery statements which amounted to nothing in the end, she added. She further said that the present crises emerged out of mismanagement and had snatched jobs from millions of people, while it also compromised the ability of tens of millions of wage earners to provide sustenance to their families. Farida said that the government had missed no opportunity to promote the interests of the rural and urban elites at the expense of the poor that had resulted in an internally weak country living off a fractured social fabric. She also said that the welfare of feudal nobility remained the main focus of the government dominated by politicians belonging to the feudal class which had resultantly given rise to many problems, adding that prices of land had also increased100 percent in the villages alone. Prosperity of the urban population and business community remained confined to the statements given by government functionaries
that had frustrated the business community to an extent that they were shifting their businesses overseas, she added. rejecting the claim that the ruling party was too busy defending democracy to focus on putting the economy back on track, she said that it was not possible that the rulers had failed in all unenthusiastic attempts to provide relief to the masses but were successful in all their initiatives that supported the mighty and wealthy class. Furthermore, the iWCCi president said that employment chances in the job market remained bleak while all experienced people were acting like political gimmicks on the part of the federal or provincial governments, adding that such a situation in turn triggered street crimes, terrorism and also multiplied the number of children on streets. All we saw was increased food and energy insecurity, lack of shelter and sanitation, diseases, and desperation which gave rise to serious crimes like violence, lawlessness, theft, robberies, and fraud in the country, she observed. Lack of electricity and gas, and the reign of lawlessness have forced
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many industries to either shut down or operate below capacity, she said. exports were stagnating while imports were rising, exchange rate and reserves were depreciating and the balance of payments situation could invite external debt default at any time, she added. moreover, Farida said that all public sector enterprises were being looted, inter-agency debt was on the rise, the rate of investment and savings had touched the lowest level while reckless borrowings by the government continued unchecked. The State Bank of Pakistan was busy in printing currency notes to finance the government’s wasteful expenditures which amounted to providing support for efforts which were meant to drive the country towards bankruptcy and destruction, she noted. She said that in the absence of any land reforms, absentee landowners continued to take away large share of untaxed income to be spent on fulfilling the requirements of a lavish lifestyle, while leaving the poor farmers high and dry. Terming all the official statistics as window-dressing and an effort to hide the government’s mismanagement, corruption and exploitation, Farida said that the economy had been brought to the brink of bankruptcy, while the government and opposition were yet to seriously consider the issue of economic revival, knowing that the economy was very sick and would die if ignored any further.
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´In, At and Around´ an exhibition of urban landscapes by Pakistani Artist, Soraya Sikander on 10 till 17 January 2013 at unicorn Gallery, karachi, creates awareness about eco-diversity, deforstation and rapid urbanisation. the exhibition features seventeen exclusive paintings created on-site around areas in london and karachi. the artist traveled around london and trill during her time at Slade School of fine Art, where she produced these sensitive works as a response to a changing world.
“Abstract art is only painting. And what’s so dramatic about that? there is no abstract art. one must always begin with something. Afterwards one can remove all semblance of reality; there is no longer any danger as the idea of the object has left an indelible imprint. It is the object which aroused the artist, stimulated his ideas and set of his emotions. Boisgeloup, winter 1934, Quoted in letters of the great artists – from Blake to Pollock -, richard friedenthal, thames and hudson, london, 1963, pp. 256-257 (translation Daphne woodward)
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08 News FRANCE CONTINUES BOMBING MALI REBELS, SENDS MORE TROOPS BAMAKo
reNCH fighter jets continued bombing islamist rebels in mali for a third day on Sunday as Paris sent more troops into the capital Bamako, awaiting the arrival of a West African force to dislodge al Qaedalinked insurgents from the country’s north. French Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France’s dramatic intervention on Friday to bomb a convoy of heavily armed islamist fighters sweeping southwards had stopped them from seizing mali’s capital Bamako within days. Western countries fear islamists could use mali as a base for attacks on the West,
forming a link with al Qaeda militants in Yemen, Somalia and North Africa. Le Drian said former colonial power France was carrying out continuous bombing raids against the alliance of rebel groups, which seized the country’s vast desert north in April. “There are raids going on now: there were some last night, and there will be more tomorrow,” Le Drian told French television. “The president is totally determined that we must eradicate these terrorists who threaten the security of mali, our own country and europe.” residents said French aircraft bombed the northern town of Gao, and a malian rebel spokesman said they bombed targets in the towns of Lere and Douentza. Le Drian said France was deploying a further contingent of 80 soldiers to mali on
Sunday, bring the total to 550 soldiers , split between Bamako and the town of mopti, some 500 km (300 miles) north. State-ofthe-art rafale fighter jets would be dispatched to reinforce the operation on Sunday, he said. Bamako itself was calm on Sunday, with the sun streaking through the dust enveloping the city as the seasonal Harmattan wind blew from the Sahara. Some cars drove around with French flags draped from the windows to celebrate Paris’s intervention. Hours after opening one front against al Qaeda-linked islamists, France mounted a commando raid to free a French hostage in Somalia held by al Shabaab militants allied to al Qaeda, but failed to stop him being killed along with a French commando.
Russia calls for ‘transition process’ in Syria MoScow: russia has called for the launch of a political transition process in Syria, a day after peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi met with diplomats from moscow and Washington in a bid to resolve the nearly two-year-old conflict. But moscow also reiterated its long-held position that only Syrians themselves could decide their fate without outside interference. “in our opinion, the priority task is to immediately stop any violence and bloodshed as well as provide Syrians including internally displaced persons and refugees with humanitarian aid,” the russian Foreign ministry said in a statement. APP
Fuel pipeline catches fire, explodes in Nigeria LAgoS: A pipeline in south western Nigeria has caught fire and exploded in an incident believed to be caused by thieves seeking to steal petrol, but the number of casualties was unclear, officials said Saturday. The fire began late Friday on a pipeline operated by state oil firm NNPC which transports petrol in Ogun state, said ibrahim Farinloye of the National emergency management Agency. Authorities have since shut down the pipeline, but rescuers have not yet been able to access the site to determine if there were casualties, he said. “NemA and NNPC wish to confirm that there was an explosion from the pipeline in the area,” Farinloye said. “When the report reached us, we immediately shut down the flow to suffocate supplies to the fire to enable us to put out the fire easily.” APP
more than 2,000 people - mostly muslims - have fled myanmar’s northern rakhine state on boats run by smugglers putting their lives at risk, the UN refugee agency has said, warning that the situation of those displaced by the violence in rakhine grows more desperate every day. At a news briefing in Geneva, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for refugees (UNHCr), Adrian edwards, noted that the final destination of the boats is uncertain, although they are believed to be heading to other countries in Southeast Asia, according to a news release issued at UN Headquarters in New York. “it is unclear how many actually make it to their final destinations, where they often risk arrest, detention and possible refoulement through deportation to myanmar,” edwards said, referring to the international customary law principle of non-refoulement, which guards against the return of people to countries where, for example, they might be subjected to torture.
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with French military backing in 2011 after a brief civil war triggered by former president Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to step aside after losing a late 2010 election. “The troops will start arriving in Bamako today and tomorrow,” Ali Coulibaly, ivory Coast’s African integration minister, said. “They will be convoyed to the front at Sevare.” Hollande’s intervention in mali could endanger eight French nationals being held by islamists in the Sahara. A spokesman for one of mali’s rebel groups, Ansar Dine, said on Saturday there would be repercussions. “There are consequences, not only for French hostages, but also for all French citizens, wherever they find themselves in the muslim world,” Sanda Ould Boumama said. “The hostages are facing death.”
WEST BAnk: Palestinians alongwith Israeli and foreign activists wave Palestinian flags shouting slogans during a gathering at an outpost named Bab al-Shams (‘Gate of the Sun’). ONLINE
orders dismantling of Palestinian activists’ tents JERUSALEM NNI
israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered security forces to evacuate immediately the Palestinians who have gathered in the controversial area near Jerusalem, according to a statement issued from Prime minister’s Bureau. The statement said Netanyahu would ask High Court to withdraw the injunction which is delaying the evacuation. Until the High Court responds to the eviction, the prime minister ordered to close roads to this area in order to prevent gatherings. Under this circumstance, the area has been declared by the israeli side as a closed military zone. On Friday, some Palestinian activists installed dozens of tents between maale Adumim and Jerusalem, challenging a six-week-old israeli decision to build thousands of houses for Jewish settlers. NNI
Over 2,000 people flee Myanmar following latest bout of violence: UN UNITED NATIoNS
A French pilot was killed on Friday when rebels in mali shot down his helicopter. President Francois Hollande has made it clear that France’s aim in mali is to support the deployment of a West African mission to retake the north, endorsed by the United Nations, the european Union and the United States. The 15-nation West African bloc eCOWAS convened a summit for Saturday in ivory Coast to discuss the military campaign. With Paris pressing West African nations to deploy troops quickly, ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, who holds the rotating eCOWAS chairmanship, has kick-started the operation to deploy some 3,300 African soldiers. Ouattara was himself installed in power
“UNHCr continues to seek access to individuals arriving by boat who are arrested and detained by government authorities,” edwards added. Several waves of clashes between ethnic rakhine Buddhists and rohingya muslims - the first of which occurred in June last year - have left 115,000 people displaced, as well as more than 100 dead, according to UN estimates. UNHCr fears that more people will undertake the dangerous journey from the Bay of Bengal if there is no imminent end to the violence. The number of those displaced this month adds to an estimated 13,000 people who left from the Bay of Bengal on smugglers’ boats in 2012. At least 485 people are believed to have died or remain missing in four reported boat accidents last year. However, edwards highlighted that the real death toll could be much higher. many of the people fleeing are muslims from rakhine state and refugees who have been living in Bangladesh. While most appear to be men travelling alone, edwards said there are increasing numbers of women and
children among smuggled passengers, signalling growing desperation and lack of prospects. The spokesperson said the UN refugee agency has asked for access to newly-arrived people from myanmar in Thailand and malaysia, where it seeks to secure their release if they have been detained. in Bangladesh, some 30,000 refugees are being hosted in two camps, but many more are living in makeshift sites and among the local communities. UNHCr is also calling on countries in the region to maintain open borders and ensure humane treatment of people seeking asylum from myanmar or elsewhere, and reiterated its readiness to support States in assisting refugees. in addition, the UN agency is appealing to shipmasters to rescue boats in distress. “We applaud recent government actions to allow for the disembarkation of people rescued by commercial vessels in the Bay of Bengal and call upon all States in the region to act in a spirit of generosity and flexibility should similar situations arise in the future,” edwards said.
Fire threatens top Australian telescope site SYDNEY APP
A top Australian research observatory home to several global telescopes was under threat from wildfires Sunday as hot weather and lightning storms stoked scores of new blazes. The rural Fire Service (rFS) of New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, issued an emergency warning for an out-of-control fire raging towards the Siding Spring Observatory, a remote global research facility. “About a dozen isolated properties at mt Woorut, including Siding Spring Observatory, may come under threat,” the rFS said. “Police are evacuating the area. Firefighters and waterbombing aircraft are on scene.”
chAvez not in coma, responding well to treatment cARAcAS: The brother of Hugo Chavez has denied that the ailing Venezuelan president is in coma, saying the Venezuelan leader is responding well to cancer treatment in Cuba and making progress on a daily basis. “reports that the president is in a coma and that the family is discussing ending life support, are totally false,” Adan Chavez, governor of the state of Barinas, said in a statement Saturday. He “continues to respond well to his medical care and to make daily progress in his recovery.” Chavez, whose OPeC-member nation controls the world’s largest proven oil
Siding Spring, a mountain-top site in the Warrumbungle ranges about 500 kilometres (310 miles) north-west of Sydney, houses 10 operating telescopes run by Australian, Polish, British, Korean and American researchers. Administered by the Australian National University’s research school of astronomy and astrophysics, Siding Spring is the nation’s top optical and infrared observatory and one of the top facilities of its kind in the world. Large parts of Australia have sweltered under extreme heat in the past week, sparking hundreds of wildfires that have destroyed more than 100 homes. The rFS said lightning storms started about 40 new fires overnight, fanned by strong winds, though most were in remote areas and not a threat to properties. reserves, has been out of the public eye since undergoing surgery in Havana on December 11. it is the fourth such operation in the 18 months since his condition was made public. APP
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News 09 Immigration is British society’s biggest problem LoNDoN MAJID KHATTAK
QUETTA: PTI Chairman Imran Khan addresses protesters at Alamdar Road on Sunday. INP
ECP registers 216 political parties for upcoming polls ISLAMABAD
S many as 216 political parties have been registered with the election Commission of Pakistan (eCP) to contest upcoming general elections against 342 seats in the National Assembly, Pakistan Today has learnt. Commenting on the registration of the parties, eCP Secretary ishtiak Ahmad Khan said that on an average 15 new political parties sought registration every month. Although forming an association is a fundamental right some standards would have to be set to check mushroom growth of parties, he said As a result of a big increase in the number of political parties, the commission has fallen short of election symbols as the registered parties have outnumbered the available symbols. in 2008 elections, 147 symbols were used, with another 34 symbols approved by the Presidency and deletion of eight, as proposed by the eCP, the number of sym-
bols has risen to 173. Decades after when the Communist Party of Pakistan was banned in July 1954 on charges of plotting to overthrow then government and crackdown against its leadership throughout the country, now once again the eCP has registered the party, led by its Central Chairman engineer Jameel Ahmad malik. The party is registered under the Article 17 of the constitution. As per eCP, 114 of 216 registered political parties are likely to miss coming polls, as they failed to hold the intraparty elections. The eCP had already said that political parties failing to submit certificates of intra-party elections and statements of accounts would not be allowed to contest upcoming general elections. The recently issued list by the commission says that the country’s major political parties like the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the Pakistan Tehreek-e-insaf (PTi), Pakistan muslim League-Quaid-i-Azam (PmL-Q), the Pakistan muslim League-Functional (PmL-F), the Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) and the muttahida majlis-e-Amal
Offensive capabilities against China? NEW DELHI INP
The indian Army has come up with a fresh proposal for the new mountain strike corps, apart from two “independent” infantry and armoured brigades each, to plug operational gaps along the LAC (line of actual control) as well as to acquire “some offensive capabilities” against China. The raising of the new formations will cost around rs 81,000 crore, spread primarily over the 12th plan period (2012-17), with a little spillover into the 13th Plan if necessary, say sources. “The approved 12th Army Plan, as part of the LTiPP (longterm integrated perspective plan), already caters rs 62,000 crore for the corps. The army is now asking for another rs 19,000 crore,” said a source. With additional armoured regiments and infantry units based in Ladakh, Sikkim and Uttarakhand, the new mountain corps (around 40,000 soldiers) will for the first time give india the capability to also launch a counteroffensive into TAr (Tibet Autonomous region) in the event of a Chinese attack, say sources. As with the development of the over 5,000-km Agni-V and 3,500-km Agni-iV ballistic missiles coupled with the ongoing progressive deployment of Sukhoi-30mKi fighters, spy drones, helicopters and missile squadrons in the northeast, the overall aim is to have “strategic deterrence” in place to dissuade China from embarking on any “misadventure”.
(mmA) are among the leading parties that have yet to hold intra-party elections and submit the relevant documents to the eCP. As per its rules, the ruling PPP is bound to hold intra-party elections after every two years, however, it failed to hold intra-party elections since 2006. in December last year, the eCP said that election symbols would not be allotted to the parties which failed to furnish the details of their accounts and proof of intra-party elections and thus those parties would be barred from taking part in the polls. The media reports say that the PmL-Q held intra-party elections in 2009, the muttahida Qaumi movement (mQm) and Jamaat-e-islami held intraparty elections in 2012 and the PmL-N did so last year, while the PTi is scheduled to hold the intra-party elections in Punjab by January 19 as it has announced to complete the exercise prior to the general elections. Article 14 of the Political Parties Order 2002 says, “A political party shall be eligible to obtain an election symbol
to contest the elections on submission of certificates and statements under Articles 12 and 13, which call for submission of related documents.” According to the order, when any political party or a combination of political parties collectively contravenes the provisions of Articles 12 and 13, it shall not be entitled to obtain a symbol for election. The ruling PPP with Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as its chairman does not exist in the eyes of law as it is not registered with the eCP and cannot contest the 2013 elections and may contest the election with the nomenclature of the PPP-Parliamentarians (PPPP) led by makhdoom Amin Fahim, as it did in 2002 and 2008. The party had got registered with the eCP as PPP-P prior to the 2002 election because the PPP then headed by Benazir Bhutto was ineligible to qualify for registration due to its chairperson’s absence from Pakistan. The government of Pervez musharraf had made it mandatory that the chief of a party seeking registration with the eCP to qualify for contesting election should be present in Pakistan.
immigration is viewed by people as the biggest issue facing British society, a new survey taking stock of the country’s state reveals. According to the latest survey by UK-based think tank British Future, One in three people believes tension between immigrants and people born in the UK is the major cause of division, while well over half regard it as one of the top three causes. Over the past two decades, both immigration and emigration have increased to historically high levels, with those entering the country exceeding those leaving by more than 100,000 in every year since 1998. The survey report, State of the Nation: Where is Bittersweet Britain Heading, also suggests the country is, at heart, tolerant of those who come to its shores. respect for the law, for the freedom of speech of others, and an ability to speak english were seen as the three most essential traits of a Briton, according to the survey of 2,515 people aged between 16 and 75. These were the top criteria across all ages and social classes. While one in four thinks being born in UK is important to being British, two-thirds of people believe the welfare state should be open to those born abroad who have contributed to society and play by the rules. Sunder Katwala, director of British Future, said the survey highlighted a national anxiety about immigration to which national politicians needed to respond. However, he also noted that the results suggested that when people thought about their local areas, there was less concern. While 30 percent placed immigration first when thinking about tensions facing British society as a whole, only 19 percent chose it as the most divisive issue in their own area. There was also very little correlation between the geographical distribution of immigrants and the levels of concern. immigration was regarded as the most divisive issue for 19 percent of people in north-east england and 20% in Wales – where the 2011 census shows one in 20 people were born abroad – and for 20 percent of Londoners, where immigrants make up one in three of the population. Katwala said, “People are obviously very anxious about immigration. But i was struck by how much higher it was as a national rather than a local tension. That to me suggests that managing local tensions is obviously very important, but it is probably not the answer entirely because people have this national-level concern.” in further findings, the National Health Service (NHS) emerged as the institution that made nearly half (45 percent) of people feel most proud to be British, ahead of the armed forces, Great Britain’s Olympic team and the royal family. Nearly three in four (72 percent) said the NHS was a symbol of “what is great about Britain and we must do everything we can to maintain it”. British Future’s report notes, “The NHS played a key part in the Olympics opening ceremony that – to many people’s surprise – left them feeling here was a Britain that could confidently combine the best aspects of its traditional and modern culture.”
Jimmy Savile spent ‘every waking minute’ thinking about abusing boys and girls MoNIToRING DESK Commander Peter Spindler, the head of inquiry for the Jimmy Savile case, has said that Savile had spent “every waking minute” of his life thinking about abusing children and had even used the final edition of the BBC’s Top of the Pops to commit sex offences. He said that Savile had “groomed a nation” and preyed on 450 victims, aged between eight and 47, over a 54-year period. Almost a fifth of his victims were boys. A metropolitan Police report giving the findings of Operation Yewtree, the investigation into Savile’s offending launched after an iTV documentary exposed his paedophilia last year, said that 450 people had made complaints to the police. To date 214 offences have been identified across 28 police force areas. They include 126 indecent acts and 34 rapes. Savile was “hiding in plain sight” during his offending, which began in
1955, says the 37-page Giving Victims a Voice report. The report says there is no evidence that Savile was part of a pedophile ring, though he could have been part of an “informal network”. Detective Superintendent David Gray, the leading investigator, said, “He spent every minute of every day thinking about it. He is programmed to think and act in that way. He only picked the most vulnerable, the ones least likely to speak out against him.” Savile preyed on 450 victims, aged between eight and 47, over a 54-year period. Almost a fifth of his victims were boys. One of the most striking figures in the report relates to the number of children under 10 who were abused by Savile. A total of 18 girls and 10 boys under the age of 10 were abused by Savile, with 23 girls and 15 boys aged 10 to 13. Savile’s earliest reported offence was in manchester in 1955. He went on to sexually abuse children at the BBC from 1965 to 2006 at Leeds General infirmary,
where he volunteered as a porter, from 1965 to 1995; at Stoke mandeville Hospital, where he was also a porter, from 1965 to 1988, and at Duncroft School between 1970 and 1978. Other offences were committed at Broadmoor secure hospital, where he had his own room, at his holiday cottage at Glencoe in the Highlands and in his mobile home. Savile was investigated by police five times while he was still alive - by the met in the 1980s and in 2003, by Surrey Police from 2007 to 2009, by Sussex Police in 2008 and by Jersey Police in 2008, but none of them resulted in charges. The Crown Prosecution Service has today released a separate report into its reasons for deciding not to press charges. The report suggests that part of the reason Savile was never caught was because at the time he was most active, “police investigation of such crimes was more basic and lacked the specialist skills, knowledge and the collaborative approach of later years”.
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10 Comment Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami
Howzat? Apparently, the romance is on the rocks again
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Stooping to new lows Apathy and indifference among us
hat the country is going through right now can, in no way, be termed as workable, much less an ideal situation for power transition. it’s not that terrorism is the only scourge that has ever struck us. Sectarianism, violent sectarianism on that, ruled the roost way before the advent of Taliban and Al-Qaeda phenomenon. And with the withdrawal of US forces from the neighbouring Afghanistan drawing close, sectarianism, a problem that had slid behind the much larger issue of international terrorism, will surely stick its ugly head up again, as we are witnessing right now. Politically, the bloodbath of a particular sect won’t help in maintaining democratic credentials that we crave so much. With 86 innocent Shias killed and their families refusing to bury them, the government not taking any action in addressing their grievances shows the apathetic character that the government and law enforcement agencies have become synonymous to. Prime minister raja Pervaiz Ashraf, even though he took his time in reaching Quetta, has refused to see any representative of the protestors, rejecting their demands. The demands that the protesters have put forth pose a dilemma for the government and the army alike. The provincial government, lacking credibility and trust of both the politicians and the public, has proven to be toothless against the terrorists, militants and nationalists. The federal government is reluctant in accepting their demands as it would be tantamount to inviting the military in political affairs, which the government and most of the politicians in the opposition have been vocal against in the past five years. The military sees this situation as a chance to prove how incompetent politicians are, to which ironically the politicians are actually helping a great deal. The military won’t interfere in the mess created by the civilian setup, unless it absolutely has to. Publically, the incident has moved thousands of people who have gathered for sit-ins in different cities in a display of solidarity with the Quetta incident victims. Social media is abuzz, print and electronic media seem hyperactive, still there appears to be no attempt at pacifying the protesters, as no credible step has been taken to bring the culprits to justice of this barbarous act. instead what they seem to be more interested in is how to stop a religious cleric from reaching islamabad. Understandably, Tahirul Qadri’s million march does pose a security threat; he has a following, a huge one. Add to this his misleading ideology and one can imagine how easily this powder-keg of a situation can blow up to huge proportions. mass murders cannot be ignored because they happen to a community that we don’t belong to. Appeasing the victims’ families with hollow promises is not going to help; only concrete steps can abate their pain. The short-term solution requires a crackdown on sectarian militant organisations, intelligence data on whom can be accessed from the security and intelligence agencies; while the long-term solution requires a change in mindset and more inclusive education, particularly religious education, which promotes harmony, peace and trust.
Monday Musings By Kamran Rehmat
n this space last week, Waqqas mir narrated an interesting account of his sojourn to New Delhi for the last of three ODis that concluded recently. As a sometime Delhi resident, i can vouch for the spectator fare and it aint pretty for a Pakistani visitor. But first to the series. At the outset, let me say that nothing could be more welcome than the revival of bilaterals. in an ideal world, nothing would interrupt, much less stop, the absorbing spectacle that an average indo-Pak encounter brings but then we don’t live in an ideal world. To start with, it took an arduously long time for india to separate cricket from the usual bickering that the two neighbours get locked into from time to time. To be sure, india had good reason to be miffed over the mumbai episode, but what was inexplicable was its contradictory approach to sporting contact with Pakistan. While refusing to engage in bilaterals, india continued to contest against Pakistan in international cricket tournaments — ostensibly, because bunking an iCC tie in a multi-nation setting would entail punitive action. The inconsistency was also evident in how india continued to compete against its old neighbour in other sporting disciplines even as it resorted to select engagement in cricket. There was little question of an iCC intervention given how toothless the governing body is — a reality that becomes even more pronounced before india’s financial muscle. india relented only after the pitch redounded completely to its advantage. Contrary to its posturing, the Pakistan Cricket Board was ready to accept any deal it got from its counterpart for a re-engagement. This is why the Board of Control for Cricket in india slotted in a puny series and that, too, during a Christmas break for the visiting english team! Furthermore, the BCCi refused to share a penny with the PCB even though this was not exactly a home series and Pak-
istan Cricket has suffered immeasurably for lack of international cricket at home. Conveniently, forsaken in the bargain was how india had already twice made short work of the iCC Future Tour Programme by not touring Pakistan. But that is the nature of the beast. As in international geopolitics, might is pretty much right in cricket as well. Therefore, blaming india for our ills would serve little purpose; realistically speaking, we invited it on ourselves by sleeping on the job when the Sri Lankan team defied the odds to tour Pakistan in 2009. But there’s only so much a friendly neighbour could do — the Lankans braved pressure from their mighty neighbours to be here. They even gave Pakistan a critical lead in the terrorist attack case but then excused themselves from taking the probe any further in the interest of keeping its fragile peace. But i digress. it is against this backdrop that the indo-Pak series took place. my information is that the Pakistani players were under strict instructions to stay cool no matter what happened on the field. The ishant Sharma-Kamran Akmal incident in the first T20 was a heat-of-themoment action where the Pakistan keeper was, in fact, provoked. However, the keeper was spoken to sternly, resulting in a swift kiss-and-make up with the lanky pacer. Small wonder that Younus Khan also took an atrocious lbw verdict in one of the ODis on the chin. in the last ODi, Nasir Jamshed and Shoaib malik were also done in but again, in keeping with the script, didn’t react at all. regardless, the Pakistani players proved themselves great ambassadors even as they defied the form book to register an emphatic victory in the ODi series besides standing on par in the T20s. Few had given them a chance of competing
against the indian batting powerhouse in its back alley even as an equal. While the visitors returned with their reputations enhanced, the hosts were left with a lot to reflect upon, not in the least, the future of a string of key players. it all started with the rather surprising decision by Sachin Tendulkar to retire from ODis on the eve of a challenging series. it betrayed a certain lack of confidence, a result perhaps, of a lean run by his standards. The move contradicted the norm about players wanting to go out with a farewell sheen before home fans. The overriding failure of the indian batsmen, save for m S Dhoni, perhaps, explains why Sachin’s “premature” decision may, in fact, have been calculated. if the Pakistanis had not imploded in the last ODi, Dhoni may have lost his captaincy and some of the others their places. However, the series ended on a sour note when the indian media reported the BCCi had mixed the drinks to have Dhoni declared man of the match twice — against the run of play — in a bid to save his captaincy. Having said that it is still a fragile ship. The same holds for indo-Pak relationship as well. The recent skirmishes across the LoC have led to a war of words with some particularly nasty exchanges on the indian electronic media. in one instance, Arnab Goswami, the fiery editor-in-chief and presenter of Times Now TV channel, crossed all limits to tell a Pakistani panelist he should not forget “the lesson we taught to Pakistan in 1971”. TrPs yes, but is it the only game in town? Fortunately, the two foreign ministers have exercised restraint. Hope they can stop the cricket bilaterals going on ice again. The writer is Editor, Pique magazine. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Of genuine change and fake noise Our fault tolerance confounds me
By Mariam Shafqat Goraya
e have epitomised the notion of ‘charity begins at home’. We are winning over the world with peace and secret islamic formula and obviously, we start with killing Shias and Ahmadis first. The way we’ve managed to refuse to budge even an inch in the midst of extreme violence and killings, makes us the most tolerant nation of all. it takes a great deal of ‘tol-
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erance’ to simply change the channel and move on to discuss how lecherous that new indian song is, or better drool at Turkish soaps and later on fret over degrading moral standards. For every serious matter being discussed we always have more pertinent issues, ‘more-serious-issues-thatshould-have-been-discussed-first’ logic ready at our disposal. Just when the Hazara massacre protest escalated into its second day and the bodies started to decompose, i came across a status update calling for ‘real jazba to bring about genuine change as social media outrage won’t work’. The real ‘jazba’, i suppose, will only set in when the grieved Hazaras will finally decide to bury their loved ones because the rest of us were too busy sharing pictures of ourselves with the same pose for the umpteenth time. We will manage to churn out real jazba only when non-serious and loudmouthed circus orchestrators suddenly decide to bestow their imported political guidance from Canada, without any agenda that makes sense to the rest of us – the earthquakes-tsunami-drone
deprived lot. The real fun and genuine patriotism will only come out loud if tension on LoC escalates and Pakistan army announces how it has been busy teaching lessons to Hindu lunatics at one hand and trotting nuclear arsenals on the other hand. Only then, our ‘actual change’ seeking patriots will care to speak out through status updates and trumpeting hollow jingoism. Or here is an even better deal. Patiently wait for next Gaza-israel war because ‘genuine’ mouth foaming and swearing is only meant for israel and its ‘jooish’ lobby. Till then, keep on shamelessly ignoring the fact that some 87 Hazaras ( errr…hazara kon?) have been killed in one blow. Till then how about laughing off at memes from groups like ‘shugal mella’? Amongst those who have refused to budge is our very own dent less military. Asking for army to step in is similar to asking TTP, the overseer of smaller terrorist organisations, to take charge. The comparison may sound over the top but let us not forget how the army, in 1988, under Gen Zia-ul-
Haq’s leadership, had let a laskhar headed by their very own Osama bin Ladin pass through checkpoints which led to killings of around 700 Shias in Gilgit. The usual response pattern is to dismiss Shia-Sunni rifts as work of irani intelligence agencies, which in turn exempts misery and death of innocent civilians on political grounds. Therefore, army taking over charge will mean nothing more than change in the posting patterns of the military. The very military that is asked to protect the civilians can’t afford to wage a crackdown on hardcore Sunni terrorist outfits and lose its secret allies (terrorist organisations) in the midst of popular demands for negotiations. ever increasing support for negotiations itself is a manifestation of the fact that now the establishment’s allies in Balochistan are influential enough to trade power and violence on their terms. Perhaps the success of this policy shift can be evaluated by TTP’s latest announcement that they will not attack Pakistan Army, for now. Talking of army’s role, how can we forget that it’s the same establishment
that still chose to keep the status of an entire province merely as a buffer area with Balochis as guinea pigs? it has been repeatedly criticised for disappearing citizens just like that and perpetuating human rights violations without being answerable to anyone. Not to mention the role of ever flourishing apologentia and televengalists which, at the end of the day serves as a buffer for anti-extremist sentiments by explaining how these killings should not be taken as humanitarian crisis but merely a political rift created by various intelligence agencies across the border. As hopeless as it sounds, if military and civilian establishment are serious about tackling the issue, they should start with a major policy shift with regards to Balochistan instead of appeasing the Taliban. Unfortunately, at the moment, the proposition sounds as farfetched as those measly commendations given by the authorities. The writer is a political satirist. She can be reached at email@example.com
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Threat within and without why is Pakistan igniting now?
By Arif Ansar
ith the carnage of Quetta and Swat in perspective, a question that pops up is: at a time when the US is withdrawing from Afghanistan, why is Pakistan setting off? At a juncture, when elections are just around the corner, why has Tahirul Qadri decided to launch a long march? most importantly, what has caused Pakistan’s military to change its threat perception after more than a decade fighting the war on terror? There always were two main interpretations on what will happen once US withdraws from Afghanistan. One of these schools proclaimed that once NATO forces pull out, the motivation for Afghan Taliban will wither away, and things will move back to normal. The same holds true for the Pakistani and Punjabi Taliban residing in FATA and other parts of Pakistan. This has been a key position of nationalists and conservative elements (Salafi and Deobandi) in Pakistan. Political parties such as the Pakistan’s Tehreeke-insaf (PTi) has consistently favoured a political solution to the Afghan quagmire that has spilled over in to the country. This approach and conceptualisation to Pakistan’s present political, economic and security challenges also holds that the threat Pakistan faces is primarily external that desires to trigger a civil war within the country. The other school believes that once NATO troops depart from Afghanistan, islamist forces will get stronger, and this will reinforce similar elements on the Pakistani side of the border. These groups include TTP and other loosely affiliated sectarian militants, including indian focused jihadists. This stance is popular among the liberal elements
and ethnic minorities of Pakistan that have repeatedly felt the brunt of deadly and brutal extremist’s onslaught. Just like US, india and Afghanistan, this construct stipulates the threat Pakistan is facing mostly internal not external. While Afghanistan reconciliation is in the works, NATO efforts are also underway to counter the risk posed by Pakistan-based extremists to the region and beyond. For these efforts to work, however, it has required the acquiescence of Pakistan’s military. in this regard, the US has carried out a long campaign convincing the nation the danger it faces is not from outside, but from elements within the country that are also targeting NATO forces in Afghanistan. The unrelenting lobbying has now produced results, with Pakistan assured of its role in the Afghan reconciliation, and Pakistan-india ties normalising, its military announced a change in its threat perception. Barely a week later, however, Pakistan-india tensions are on the rise due to incidents on the LoC. Coincidentally, shift in Pakistan’s threat perception is accompanied by an increase in drone strikes in FATA against both good and bad Taliban. Another evidence of the policy shift was the elimination of mullah Nazir for which, other than the customary, there was no strong reaction from the Pakistan’s side. During his meeting with Karzai in Washington, President Obama stated that there was growing recognition of the risk posed by the extremists to Pakistan. Obviously, the extremists sense this transformation and will attempt to preempt it. The upsurge of deadly attacks across Pakistan, especially in Peshawar, Swat and Quetta, appear to be a part of this. Far from public awareness and media attention, a dangerous stage in Pakistan’s history may have commenced. With the war on terror transitioning to a smarter and economical phase, President Obama also declared recently the Afghan dilemma could not be resolved without Pakistan’s cooperation. 2013 could prove to be a pivotal year for the nation with the elections to be held soon. At the time of the writing of this piece, Tahirul Qadri’s long march was still on. There is a big question mark about the timing of this rally with elections around the corner. moreover, one cannot overlook the link between the next phase in Afghanistan and who comes to power in Pakistan. The design of the long march may
be to circumvent the nationalists from significantly impacting the politics of Pakistan after the elections. in PoliTact’s assessment, a coalition of nationalist and conservative islamic elements, otherwise, is highly probable in the coming elections. These forces are strongly opposed to Pakistan’s involvement in the war against terror and drone strikes. Qadri’s long march could change this scenario and move the election results towards an alliance of liberal and moderate islamists (Sufi-Barelvi) as the country takes on the groups posing the internal threat. The thrust of this maneuver may have been to prevent an egypt like scenario playing out in nuclear-armed Pakistan. it’s feared in egypt that the extremist islamists will eventually outmaneuver the moderate islamists to take a hold at the helms of power, the ultimate nightmare for the security perception of israel. The lesson from egypt is once such elements get a hold of power, it is extremely difficult to dislodge them. The Gulf states are also weary of muslim Brotherhood’s attempt to export Arab Spring to their countries. The risks of such a scenario playing out in Pakistan are too high to be ignored. The leaders of Jamaat-e-islami (Ji) in Pakistan travelled to egypt in June 2011 for a four-day visit at the invitation of the chief of ikhwannul muslimoon, Dr muhammad Badei. According to media reports, both sides agreed to closer cooperation between islamic movements in different parts of the world. Such linkages and contacts are probably being closely watched. For long-time, Western policies have been driven by the threat of islamists taking over Pakistan’s nuclear weapons. moreover, if Pakistan was to distance itself from the war on terror, NATO’s emerging strategy would be endangered at a delicate stage – when the alliance is eager to exit Afghanistan. in a nutshell, as NATO withdraws, it wants Pakistan to take on the fight against extremist and militant elements within the country. Without political and public consensus, however, this scenario can lead to increased polarisation and towards a dreadful and deadly prospect of a civil war. The writer is chief analyst at PoliTact, a Washington based futurist advisory firm (www.PoliTact.com and http:twitter.com/politact) and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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‘the Pakistan that I see’ i would like to add to the opinion by Zarminay Haq in her letter of 3 January and Amjad H mirza in his contribution ‘The Pakistan that I see’ on same pages on 5 January. Question is, why was Pakistan created? Why thousands of muslims scarified their lives to have a separate homeland of their own? They wanted a piece of land where they could live according to the principles of islam and enjoy all the rights which they deserved as human beings, because they were deprived of these opportunities under the British and the Hindus. When they achieved their goal, they thought they would get basic facilities and their necessities would be fulfilled without any questions. Justice would rule the country. The evils like bribery, corruption, favouritism, usury and prejudices would find no place in the country. But alas, all the expectations and hopes were washed away by the leaders that came after our founding fathers. The dictators disguised themselves under the cover of democrats and the democrats played the role of dictators. excluding few, majority had their own axe to grind. Their arrival had been for a short period of time but the taste to rule intoxicated them to such an extent that even a decade was not enough to satiate their appetite. Some of them were killed, exiled for years, put behind the bars, but the desire to rule did not diminish as now their offspring came forward to fill their into their shoes. Why is it so? it is because the people of this country are unique. These people have many qualities, including too little retention of memory and no endurance. They are so simple that if someone robs them and then gives them back a little, they raise slogans in favour of such persons. it is lot easier to make them happy. They are so innocent that they can neither recognise the true faces behind the masks nor they have the ability to read between the lines. These characteristics urge everyone so extensively that the men living in foreign palaces with all the facilities
become restless and return to rule over us again. When would we get rid of these qualities is an even bitter question? But my advice is to get rid of these qualities as soon as possible for the sake of this country. MUHAMMAD MASOOD ALAM Khushab
Pak-India relations The recent cease fire violations on the indo-Pak LoC, where the indians are making unnecessary hue and cry due to our army’s tit for tat action, is understood. They have a habit of creating an alarming situation, even if they are at a fault. What is not understood is our passive and very appeasing attitude towards india. Are we under any misunderstanding as to the indian malafide intentions? Time and again they have exhibited scorn and hostility when it comes to living in peace. They have planned to dry up the indus and other rivers. They are creating trouble in Balochistan by a proxy war. They want to use us as their market thus depleting our meagre foreign exchange and cripple our industries. Still, we take them as our would-be friends. This is height of naivety on our part. if we forego our passive attitude, the indians will come down to their knees. Few things can be done straightaway to give them an immediate dose. These could be: No more mFN status to india; only trade with them on equal/bilateral basis; stop importing all indian movies; stop the appearance/hiring of indian models/actresses in our ads forthwith; and other actions can also be considered /debated in the parliament. RASHID MAQSOOD Lahore
corruption encore my nephew in Karachi had to get a power of attorney registered at Clifton registry. He was asked to pay a bribe of rs 60,000. On refusal, he was told that his documents had errors. He asked all present in that room and everyone confirmed that they had to pay amounts between rs 20,000-100,000 to get their lawful jobs done. Alternately, the registration is refused on one pretext or another. What i state is a common practice in registrar offices at Clifton and DHA. Further, the amount is shared right to the minister’s level. So if this is how you treat a citizen, why must people not go for the suggestions made by Dr Qadri? remove the existing leadership before creating a new one. DR SOHAIL KIRMANI Ontario, Canada
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12 Indian cinema integrates people, says amitabh megastar Amitabh Bachchan is upset how indian cinema is being "accused of various faults". Defending the same, he says it is the lone entity in the world that integrates people under one roof. "many people have criticised indian cinema and accused it of various faults and frailties that we have, but i do believe that when we sit inside a cinema hall to watch a film, we never ask the caste, the creed and the colour or the religion of the person who is sitting next to me (us)," said Amitabh. He spoke at the valedictory function of a conference on international Commerce and management at University of mumbai, which has bestowed upon a special honour on him for his contribution to cinema. The veteran says films are a rare medium which binds people from all over. "We enjoy the same jokes, we enjoy the same music, we cry at the same emotions and i do feel that there are very few institutions left in this world that can say or claim of this kind of integration that exists inside the cinema hall. "Therefore, i feel that the cinema today is one entity that is left in this world, which under one roof integrates people, rather than divides them, as we can see happening so often and almost everyday," he added.
i'm giving up the diet: gwyneth pAltRow
BRAdley coopeR to tAke mom As dAte to oscARs
dAughteR's hAnd scRiBBle lucky chARm
Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed that instead of going on a detox, she will be eating pasta and cheese this January. The 40-year-old actress, who is known for her macrobiotic diet and healthy living, has decided to avoid diet this month, the Telegraph reported.The Oscarwinning star, who is married to singer Chris martin, admitted that she can't stay on diet for now and would like to continue with her pasta and cheese, but perhaps be more mindful of ingredients. The 'Sliding Doors' actor declined to reveal why she is spurning her usual January programme, but said that she may start up with it sometime later in the year. NEws DEsk
Bradley Cooper, who has been linked to renee Zellweger, Olivia Wilde and Jennifer Lopez in the past, has revealed that his plus-one to the Academy Awards is none other than mother Gloria. The 38-year-old actor told e!News that when he started the profession, his mom told him that if he ever gets nominated she would be his date, Us Weekly reported. Cooper received a coveted nod for Best Actor during Oscar nominations announcement for his turn as former teacher Pat in 'Silver Linings Playbook'.The 38-year-old actor told e!News that when he started the profession, his mom told him that if he ever gets nominated she would be his date.NEws DEsk
Ben Affleck, who unexpectedly missed out on an Oscar nomination for Best Director on Thursday, has found a lucky charm in his daughter's hand scribble. The 40-year-old director stunned Hollywood insiders, critics, peers and fans after he failed to make it to the nomination in the category for his movie 'Argo'. A few hours later, the 'Good Will Hunting' star was again left shocked when he was named Best Director at the Critics' Choice Awards in Santa monica, California and he credited his daughters hand scribble as his lucky charm, the Daily express reported. Affleck believed he has found a good luck charm courtesy of his daughter, who scribbled 'Ben' on the back of her dad's hand as he left home to attend the awards show. NEws DEsk
sunny & kAngAnA's film BAsed on stAndARdisAtion i Love New Year brings the unique pairing of Sunny Deol and Kangana ranaut on the silver screen for the first time. Sunny fans will get to see their favourite actor in a romantic film after a hiatus. (Deol was last seen in Yamla Pagla Deewana). Director duo radhika rao and Vinay Sapru who only had Sunny Deol and Kangana ranaut in mind for this film, share their thoughts. "The film required a 42 year old man who is not settled in life and how his world changes when he meets someone who is his opposite. The film is set against the backdrop of New York on New Year's eve and the story is about how this man (Sunny Deol) falls in love with Kangana and events unfold. The story is about standardization and how due to it things unfold. For us, New York was the epitome of standardization. it's the generation of mc Donalds, malls, gadgets and multiplexes. You see this in every part of the world now. So Sunny sir was the perfect choice. He's tech savvy, very up to date on what's happening around and a gadget freak! He has all the latest applications on his phone. During shoot, he would show us and we would be amazed. He's tuned in with today's generation", say the two. Adding, "We've known Kangana for a long time. She's a homely, soft spoken and a romantic girl. We always kept her in mind while writing the script". NEws DEsk
IKE all other celebs who've come to Bhopal, Amrita Rao too can't stop gushing about the city's beauty. She might be here for the first time, but the petite actress says she's already fallen in love with Bhopal. "It was love at first sight for me. I instantly fell in love with this beautiful city of lakes. There is something about Bhopal that draws your attention to it. The rustic feel and serenity of the place has bowled me over. I would love to visit Bharat Bhavan sometime. The rich culture of the city is fascinating. I keep asking about all the places we drive past to my driver while going to the set. If time permits, I would love to explore Bhopal further," Amrita says. TcOURTESy TOI
As An ActRess, you hAve to Be veRy diplomAtic
mriTA will be seen playing a journalist in Singh Sahab - The Great. About her experience, she says, "i did a lot of research and watched many news channels to pick up a reporter's mannerisms, language and dressing style." And what is her opinion about the profession now after having played the character onscreen, we ask? "i like the power that comes along with this profession, which is fascinating. As an actress, you don't have that. You have to watch your words and be diplomatic all the time. But being a mediaperson, one can be more upfront. After getting to know about this profession closely, i'm in awe of journalists," Amrita says, adding, "if i weren't an actress, i would have ventured into the field of advertising or marketing. my father owns an advertising agency. it is a part of my personality. i am good at marketing and promoting products."
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FTer hearing about the Delhi gang rape case, the actress says she is scared to travel alone. "i don't think any city in this country is safe for women. The government hasn't made any adequate plans and are not taking any measures to safeguard women. Of course, i don't travel by local trains or cabs, but my friends do, which is scary. Seeing the plight of women these days, i'm scared to travel alone. After the Delhi incident, i also read about a russian dancer being attacked and molested by a few men in mumbai. it is a national shame that women can't walk around freely in this country," Amrita says.
i Am A destiny's child
mriTA, who got noticed after featuring in a coffee ad, says she had always wanted to be an actress. "i wanted to act in films since i was a little girl. i did not share it with my parents, nor did i formally train myself in the field of acting and dancing. in my early teens, i happened to audition for a TV commercial and there on featured in several ads, which eventually led me into films. i am a destiny's child. i would watch Sridevi and madhubala onscreen and try to emulate them," Amrita shares, adding, "But i lead a very simple life and i'm constantly in touch with my friends and family. This helps me stay grounded."
looking foR mR peRfect
He pretty actress hasn't been linked with any of her co-stars lately and is not heard to be dating anyone. What are the qualities she looks for in her mr right? "For me, an ideal man would be one who knows how to make a woman laugh. He has to have a good sense of humour. Also, i get attracted to a person's eyes. it is truly said that eyes lead to the soul. Actors like Dev Anand and raj Kapoor used to romance women with their eyes,"Also, i get attracted to a person's eyes. Amrita says.
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on the ‘giRl who got Bin lAden’ jessica chastain had a remarkable year in 2011 — bursting onto the scene with an oscarnominated role in the help — and didn’t slow down in 2012. she tops oﬀ a busy year with a oscarnominated turn in zero dark thirty, in wide release jan. 11. she plays maya, a ciA operative based on a real person, dedicated to following the lead that would eventually guide agents to osama bin laden. maya is professionally unemotional, but that doesn’t mean chastain didn’t bring strong feelings to the part. the actress spoke to time about what she learned along the way.
the mAking of zeRo dARk thiRty wAs top secRet. wAs theRe Anything in pARticulAR thAt wAs ReAlly hARd to keep secRet BefoRe the movie wAs scReened? it’s hard not to talk about the part i was playing. i wanted to scream it from the rooftops that there was a woman that really should be acknowledged and celebrated. The wonderful thing about making this movie is, because she’s an undercover CiA agent who can’t get credit for the wonderful work she did, in a way it’s like thanking her and giving her credit anonymously. do you hope she sees the movie? Yeah. Absolutely. how did you feel ABout the fAct thAt she’s RefeRRed to As A “giRl” despite whAt she’s doing? That line at the very end of the movie, where you’ve seen her for close to a decade, the sacrifices she’s made, the servitude of this mission, and she identifies the body and the guy says “100%” — and, for me, i was like, Yes, finally, someone is 100% [sure] like maya — and then he says “the girl confirmed it.” right in the moment where you think she’s going to get credit, he doesn’t even use her name. even at the end of the film after everything she’s accomplished, she’s still referred to as the girl. i don’t think that’s a mistake in the writing, but also i don’t think that’s a mistake in his research. i imagine that when [mark Boal] was learning about her, she was probably referred to as “the girl.” it’s so inteResting thAt theRe’s so little of mAyA’s peRsonAl life in the movie. weRe youR ideAs ABout heR BAckgRound just the pRoduct of youR imAginAtion, oR did you discuss it with kAthRyn Bigelow And mARk BoAl? There’s little about her personal life because the real woman did not have a personal life. However, i had to create where i came from, and you see little clues in the movie of a personal life, of a shadow of who m aya was before this. You see a screen saver, you see in islamabad there’s a
drawing made by a child hanging in her room, so there are little bits of the personal that have been added that come from my imagination that went along the lines of “this kind of makes sense with who this woman could have been.” i had to know as an actor where am i coming from and where am i going. You can’t end the movie and not know where you started. how did you BAlAnce, in coming up with thAt BAckstoRy, Being “the giRl” And Also Being A “killeR”? i love that scene, because they’re talking about “isn’t she young?” and he says that in D.C. she’s known as the killer. if you take each scene, there are so many clues about who this woman is. She’s known in D.C. She’s recruited right out of high school. All that says she’s never been in an environment like this before, but also it means she’s really good at what she does back home. is she going to find her way here? it also says she’s younger than they’ve ever really gone before, so why did they send her out? What does she have that makes her a rock star in the field? every scene in the movie had little clues like that. i heARd you BRought pRop pictuRes of teRRoRists home with you to get in chARActeR. weRe theRe otheR wAys in which you BRought mAyA home duRing the filming? i guess the idea of being cut off from friends and family. i didn’t go all method and tell my family, “i’m not going to talk to you guys for six months.” i think that’s a bit extreme for me to do; i don’t imagine ever doing that. But it was a very lonely existence. i’m someone that has a very close relationship with my friends and family, so to be so far away from everyone and to be in that part of the world where if i would go to a restaurant with three actors from the film in a very nice hotel in Amman, Jordan, which is supposed to be pretty liberal, they wouldn’t give me a menu — all of that kind of thing really fed the fire of what maya was living in. i know when i left, it was like, back in America, what is going on, what do i do now? whAt wAs the Biggest souRce of cultuRe shock when you cAme BAck? What i found is how clean everything is. You know that scene where you first see maya go into her office and there’s that dust? That was something we just discovered. We were in an area — Chandigarh in india, about three hours from Pakistan by driving — and everything is dusty, no matter what you do. i kept trying to clean the area, and it would get another layer of dust. You can see in the film that we didn’t make this movie in the United States. even the dust, it changes the lighting. hAve you felt As suRe ABout something As mAyA does ABout heR leAd? i was sure i was going to be an actor when i was a kid. At 8 years old i was like, “i’m an actor,” and people go, “O.K., yeah, i used to want to be a ballerina.” it’s like, You’re not listening to me, but i’m right. i did feel that about acting. And i was right! you’ve sAid thAt you spent A long time ReAding ABout the wAR on teRRoR As ReseARch. which Book would you Recommend most? The Looming Tower. That book is incredible. it’s not just about Osama bin Laden. everything that led to 9/11. And then what i found to be the most helpful book was michael Scheuer’s book on Osama bin Laden. There was so much about him that i had no idea of. Anything pARticulARly suRpRising? i was shocked by how generous bin Laden was financially with people. Whenever they needed money, he would give it to them. in the book it talked about him as a child. He would be in a taxi and the driver would be listening to music that he found to be inappropriate for his sister, so he would demand they turn the music off. This is all information maya would have known about him.
Actress Anne hathaway and her husband Adam shulman celebrated her oscar nomination by screaming and crying. the 30-year-old received a Best supporting Actress nomination for playing fantine in " les miserables". "i was just in bed and i was watching tv and they said my name. he was screaming louder than me! i think we might have scared the dog. i cried a lot and he hugged me and we kissed. it was really sweet," eonline.com quoted hathaway as saying. NEWS DESK
hoBBit fAlls victim to video piRAcy The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which cost an estimated 663 million dollars to make and has been dubbed the most expensive movie ever produced, was put up for free and illegal, download by a website. The website offered 230 versions of Peter Jacksons movie on the net on Saturday, Stuff.co.nz reported. One user uploaded two versions of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and by Saturday, downloads of the film from the persons account had topped 180,000. The uploader wrote that they had spent time trying to rid the supplied clip of a series of watermarks, which were added to preview copies in a bid to reduce the risk of piracy. Some of the watermarks were numbers, but others included code which appeared randomly on screen in 20 spots, which were difficult to spot if not looking for. NEws DEsk
kAtie pRice engAged to stRippeR News Desk Katie Price, who called of her engagement to Argentine model Leandro Penna just 11 weeks ago, has revealed that she is now betrothed to stripper Kieran Hayler. The 34-year-old model told the Sun on Sunday that she had secretly accepted the 25year-old's proposal over dinner on Christmas following a whirlwind romance, the Daily mail reported. The former wife of cage fighter Alex reid's engagement comes just a month after the couple went public with their romance. The duo had confirmed that they were dating by posting photos of them kissing on their respective Twitter pages.
Kylie quits singing to concentrate on acting kylie Minogue, who recently ended her relationship with Terry Blamey - who launched her into showbusiness has called a halt to her music career just days after the end of celebrations of her 25th year as a singer. The 44year-old singer shocked her friends by splitting from her long-term manager Terry Blamey, who helped launch her into showbusiness when she was 19. It is claimed that the Aussie was upset over tensions between Terry and her dad, the Mirror reported. She has now decided to concentrate on acting for the foreseeable future and take a break from music. According to a source close to her, kylie's decision to stop recording for the time being and part company with Terry has come as a massive shock. Ever since the singer broke into the charts in the 80s, Terry has been the man behind the scenes. But now kylie wants to pull back from the pressures that come with a music career, the source added. NEWS DESK
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federal advisory panel has delivered its assessment on climate change, and it’s not pretty. expect hotter temperatures and more “extreme weather events” across the US in coming decades, says the panel of 240 scientists and other experts, reports the Hill. “These changes are part of the pattern of global climate change, which is primarily driven by human activity,” says the draft report of the National Climate Assessment. Some highlights of the report include:
It’s a problem now “Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,” says the report. “Americans are noticing changes all around them. Summers are longer and hotter, and periods of extreme heat last longer than any living American has ever experienced. Winters are generally shorter and warmer.”
Severe weather “Certain types of weather events
have become more frequent and/or intense, including heat waves, heavy downpours, and, in some regions, floods and droughts. Sea level is rising, oceans are becoming more acidic, and glaciers and arctic sea ice are melting.”
How much hotter? most of the US will be 2 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit hotter over the coming decades, says the report. Under current emissions, temperatures could rise a
staggering 5 to 10 degrees by 2100. The report does not make recommendations on how to fix things, notes the LA Times, but environmentalists and their legislative backers hope the forecast will prompt the White House to move. “The findings in the report are a three-alarm fire,” says Democratic congressman Henry Waxman. The last assessment came out in 2009, and “evidence for a changing climate has strengthened considerably” since then, say the authors, reports NPr. NEwS DESK
Family quarrels add intrigue to lottery winner’s death
man mauled by Bronx zoo tiger pleads not guilty
man who jumped into a tiger den at the Bronx Zoo and was mauled by a 400-pound animal told police, “everyone makes choices,” a court complaint says. David Villalobos, 25, of mahopac, was arraigned Friday in a Bronx courthouse and pleaded not guilty to trespassing charges. On September 21, Villalobos jumped from a monorail train that tours the zoo’s Wild Asia exhibit. He cleared a 16-foothigh fence and was attacked and dragged by a Siberian tiger named Bashuta. Villalobos suffered bites on his arms, legs, shoulders and back. He also had a broken right shoulder, right rib, right ankle and pelvis and a collapsed lung. in the complaint, police Sgt. Peter monopoli says that when Villalobos was asked why he jumped, he said, “everyone makes choices and we have our reasons in life why we do things.” He told another investigator, “i was testing my natural fear, you would not understand,” the complaint says. “it is a spiritual thing, i wanted to be at one with the tiger.” Villalobos was alone with the tiger for about 10 minutes before he was rescued by workers who used a fire extinguisher to chase the animal away. Zoo director Jim Breheny said at the time, “The tiger did nothing wrong. ... somebody was deliberately trying to endanger themselves.” Breheny would not comment Friday on whether the tiger was still at the zoo or whether any safety procedures had been changed since the attack. Villalobos’ attorney, Corey Sokoler, would not comment directly on the case but described his client as “a very intelligent young man.” “He knows and i know this is a very interesting human interest story and people have a lot of questions,” Sokoler said. Villalobos returns to court march 12. NEwS DESK
in the week since news surfaced that a Chicago man was poisoned to death with cyanide just before he was to collect a lottery payout, surprising details about his convoluted family saga have trickled out daily. Urooj Khan's widow and siblings fought for months over the businessman's estate, including the lottery check. His father-in-law owed tens of thousands of dollars in taxes. His 17-year-old daughter from a previous marriage had moved out of her stepmom's home and into his sister's after his death. Then his ex-wife came forward, announcing in anguish that she hadn't seen her daughter in more than a decade and hadn't even known she was still in the U.S. The slowly emerging family backstory and ever-expanding cast of characters have added layers of intrigue to a baffling case in which authorities have revealed little and everyone is wondering: Who did it? The victim's relatives hint at family
squabbles. And Khan's wife, Shabana Ansari, has endured clutches of reporters outside the family home and business, asking even whether it was a lamb or beef curry dinner she made for Khan on the night he died. Khan seemed to be living the American dream. He had come to the U.S. from his home in Hyderabad, india, in 1989, setting up several dry-cleaning businesses and buying into some real-estate investments. Despite having foresworn gambling after a pilgrimage to mecca in 2010, Khan bought a ticket in June. He jumped "two feet in the air" and shouted, "i hit a million," he recalled at a lottery ceremony later that month. He said winning the lottery meant everything to him and that he planned to use his winnings to pay off mortgages, expand his business and donate to St. Jude's Children's research Hospital. He was just days from receiving his winnings when he died before dawn on July 20. NEwS DESK
N American convicted of fighting alongside the Taliban must be allowed to pray daily in a group with other muslim inmates at his high-security prison in indiana, a federal judge ruled yesterday. Barring John Walker Lindh and his fellow muslims from engaging in daily group ritual prayer violates a 1993 law that bans the government from curtailing religious speech without showing a compelling interest, wrote US District Judge Jane magnus-Stinson. The judge blocked the prison from enforcing its ban on daily group prayer, but she noted that her ruling does not prohibit the prison from taking less restrictive security measures. Group prayers had been allowed once a week and on high holy days such as ramadan or Christmas in the prison unit where Lindh was housed, the Communications management Unit in Terre Haute. But at other times, inmates had to pray alone in their cells. Lindh said that didn’t meet the Koran’s requirements, and that the Hanbali school of islam to which he adheres requires him to pray daily with other muslims. The prison, which maintains the group prayers are a security risk, might appeal. NEwS DESK
nearly half of planet’s food ends up in the trash
new report out outlines the “staggering” amount of food wasted around the globe each year: as much as 50% of what’s produced. The UK’s institution of mechanical engineers estimates that between 1.3 billion and 2.2 billion tons of the 4.4 billion tons produced each year “never reaches a human stomach.” it lays the blame on a range of factors, from perfectly edible crops rejected by supermarkets because they fail to meet cosmetic appearance standards to overly strict sell-by dates, reports the Guardian. America’s love of couponing probably doesn’t help, either: The report also targets sales that encourage consumers to buy multiples of a given product; the perishable ones often meet a trash-can fate. in the case of third-world and developing countries, inefficient harvesting and storage contribute to the figure. And waste begets waste: As much as 550 billion cubic meters of water is used on crops that end up in the trash. NEwS DESK
Aaron swartz suicide: Reddit co-founder dead at 26
eDDiT co-founder and internet activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide in New York on Friday, miT’s The Tech reports. Swartz’s death was confirmed to the newspaper by his uncle, michael Wolf, and attorney, elliot r. Peters. Swartz co-founded Demand Progress, which played a key role in the fight against SOPA. He was also a co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. Swartz was charged in July 2011 with felony hacking, accused of stealing millions of documents from online research outlet JSTOr. Swartz pled not guilty in September 2012, but was still facing a possible prison sentence, ZDNet reports. Demand Progress’s executive director wrote in 2011, “it’s like trying to put someone in jail for allegedly checking too many books out of the library.” NEwS DESK
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Thirimanne guides Sri Lanka to resounding win ADELAIDE
ri Lanka’s coach Graham Ford expected far better from his men after an abject display in the first ODi, and in Adelaide they duly delivered. A highly disciplined bowling ensemble laid bare Australian frailty against the seaming ball before Lahiru Thirimanne anchored a comfortable chase on a tacky pitch in the second match of the series at Adelaide Oval. The visitors lost Upul Tharanga in the first over of their chase but were largely untroubled thereafter, as the surface eased after earlier offering helpful seam movement for Sri Lanka’s bowlers. Thirimanne reached a deserved century by cutting Xavier Doherty backward of point for the winning runs with eight wickets and 59 balls to spare, having been accompanied for much of the pursuit by an uncharacteristically reserved Tillakaratne Dilshan. Particular praise was also due to Nuwan Kulasekara and Angelo mathews, who took the new balls and set Australia on the defensive by moving the ball just enough through the air and off the seam, while keeping the runs down. Lasith malinga and Thisara Perera then followed up with wickets of their own. Named in place of the injured Dinesh Chandimal, the debut gloveman Kushal Perera kept wicket neatly and held four catches. Besides their problems with seam friendly conditions reminiscent of england, Australia were discomforted further by Brad Haddin’s struggles with an apparent hamstring strain, which began to affect him during the latter stages of a rearguard innings of 50 and then forced a regular dialogue with the team physio Alex Kountouris in the early overs of the evening session. eventually Haddin surrendered to the injury, leaving Phillip Hughes to take up duties as Australia’s makeshift gloveman for the second time this summer. The hosts can expect their team to be significantly reinforced when the national selector John inverarity names the squad for the next two
former India allrounder Surti dies at 76 SpoRTS DESK Former india allrounder rusi Surti, 76, died this morning in mumbai. The Queensland, Australia-based Surti had been put on life support in hospital after scans revealed he had suffered a massive stroke. Surti, often called the “poor man’s Garry Sobers”, played 26 Tests for india from 1960 to 1969 before settling in Australia. He represented Queensland 35 times in the Sheffield Shield and also played for Gujarat and rajasthan in the ranji Trophy. A sound left-hand batsman, a left-arm bowler who could bowl either medium-pace or spin and an outstanding fielder, Surti rendered valuable service to indian cricket almost throughout the 1960s. He scored 1263 Test runs at an average of 28.70 and a highest score of 99 while also taking 42 wickets at 46.71. Having debuted against Pakistan in mumbai, Surti peaked on the tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1967-68. in the eight Tests he was the most successful run-getter with 688 runs at 45.50 and also picked up 22 wickets. in the fourth and final Test against New Zealand at Auckland, he was out for 99 which remained his highest Test score. Back home, Surti played two more Tests against New Zealand and one against Australia in 1969-70.
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matches of the series, having started well in melbourne but fallen away badly in Adelaide. After Tharanga’s early departure to a Clint mcKay delivery angled across him, Dilshan and Thirimanne played with good sense and shot selection. Dilshan had one LBW appeal by Doherty referred to the third umpire, but the television evidence proved too marginal for an overturned verdict. SMART STATS: Sri lanka’s win is their 15th against Australia in ODIs played in Australia. Seven of their 15 wins have come in matches played since November 2010. g The eight-wicket win is level with Sri lanka’s best performance against Australia in ODI chases. Three of their four eight-wicket wins have come in ODIs in Australia. g The number of balls remaining after the win (59) is the second-highest for Sri lanka in ODIs against Australia played in Australia. The highest is 101 in Sydney in 2012. lahiru Thirimanne’s century is only the fifth by a Sri lankan batsman in a chase against Australia (second in Adelaide). Aravinda de Silva has scored two centuries in chases. g The 137-run stand between Thirimanne and Tillakaratne Dilshan is the second-highest secondwicket partnership for Sri lanka against Australia. The highest is 163 between Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara in Sydney in 2006. They were not to be separated until only a further 34 runs were required. By that point Australia had lost Haddin and also the bowling of the debutant Kane richardson, who followed up a first ball duck with the bat by suffering the ignominy of being drummed out of the bowling attack for repeatedly running on the pitch in his follow through. it is a problem that will require some technical work to correct. The first indication that Australia were not at their sharpest came in the opening over when Aaron Finch clipped the ball straight to square leg and set off for a single - Phillip Hughes would have been out by yards had the ball found stumps or wicketkeeper. Fortunate there, Finch was to be out for his second low score in as many matches and again fell to a tentative stroke, pushing mathews to short cover after he had nudged Ajantha mendis into the wicketkeeper’s gloves at the mCG.
SCOREBOARD AUSTRAlIA 4 AJ Finch c BMAJ Mendis b Mathews 3 PJ Hughes lbw b Kulasekara 26 GJ Bailey* c Thirimanne b Malinga 29 DJ Hussey run out (Dilshan) 8 SPD Smith c †MDKJ Perera b NlTC Perera 8 GJ Maxwell c †MDKJ Perera b Mathews BJ Haddin† c Thirimanne b BAw Mendis 50 BCJ Cutting c †MDKJ Perera b Malinga 27 Kw Richardson lbw b Malinga 0 4 CJ McKay c †MDKJ Perera b NlTC Perera 5 XJ Doherty not out 6 EXTRAS (b 1, lb 1, w 4) 170 TOTAl FAll OF wICKETS 1-7 (Finch, 3.3 ov), 2-12 (Hughes, 6.6 ov), 351 (Bailey, 16.4 ov), 4-60 (Smith, 19.1 ov), 5-82 (Hussey, 23.5 ov), 6-83 (Maxwell, 24.1 ov), 7-140 (Cutting, 39.2 ov), 8-140 (Richardson, 39.3 ov), 9-146 (McKay, 41.5 ov), 10-170 (Haddin, 46.5 ov) BOwlING KMDN Kulasekara 9-0-24-1, AD Mathews 10-1-24-2, NlTC Perera 9-0-40-2, Sl Malinga 9-0-32-3, BAw Mendis 7.50-41-1, BMAJ Mendis 2-0-7-0 SRI lANKA 0 wU Tharanga c †Haddin b McKay 51 TM Dilshan c Maxwell b Cutting 102 HDRl Thirimanne not out 14 MDKJ Perera† not out 5 EXTRAS (lb 3, w 2) 172 TOTAl DID NOT BAT DPMD Jayawardene*, AD Mathews, BMAJ Mendis, NlTC Perera, KMDN Kulasekara, Sl Malinga, BAw Mendis FAll OF wICKETS 1-0 (Tharanga, 0.3 ov), 2-137 (Dilshan, 33.4 ov) BOwlING CJ McKay 10-0-43-1, Kw Richardson 6-3-15-0, BCJ Cutting 100-42-1, XJ Doherty 7-0-34-0, SPD Smith 4-0-16-0, GJ Maxwell 3.1-0-19-0 Match details Toss Sri lanka, who chose to field Series 5-match series level 1-1 ODI debuts BCJ Cutting and Kw Richardson (Australia); MDKJ Perera (Sri lanka) Player of the match HDRl Thirimanne (Sri lanka) Umpires M Erasmus (South Africa) and SD Fry TV umpire RA Kettleborough (England) Match referee J Srinath (India) Reserve umpire PR Reiffel
Hughes struggled to find the fluency he had managed while making a century on debut, and was pinned in front of the stumps by Kulasekara, wasting Australia’s only review on a ball that pitched in line and would have taken middle and off. David Hussey and George Bailey briefly steadied the innings in a stand of 39, but the stand-in captain’s fortunate stay, punctuated by numerous edges, was ended when he pulled malinga to midwicket where Thirimanne held a decent catch. Steve Smith, brought in for Usman Khawaja, hinted at fluency during his brief stay but drove loosely at a Perera de-
livery that seamed back into him and was taken behind. To this point Hussey had looked the most composed of the batsmen, but his run out in another mix-up and a neat mathews leg cutter to remove Glenn maxwell, put Australia in deep trouble. Cutting and Haddin resisted for 15 overs and 57 runs, the former showing glimpses of the batting skill he had demonstrated for Queensland over the past two summers. eventually malinga’s pace and unique angle drew an edge from Cutting, and next ball his fellow debutant richardson was flummoxed by a dipping
witness says he told fixing inquiry ‘different story’ SpoRTS DESK Henry Williams, the former South Africa bowler who was involved in the Hansie Cronje match-fixing case, has admitted he was never offered a specific amount of money to fix games but had told a different story to the King Commission in 2000. Williams was banned for six months after the investigation but did not play for South Africa again. At the inquiry, Williams testified that he had been offered US$ 15,000 from his captain Cronje to concede more than 50 runs in his 10 overs in the fifth ODi between South Africa and india in Nagpur. The same amount of money had been offered to Herschelle Gibbs to score less than 20 runs. However, while speaking to eSPNcricinfo during the practice match between the South African invitation Xi and the New Zealanders in Paarl two weeks ago, Williams claimed that no such details were discussed. instead Cronje had joked with Gibbs and him, according to Williams, who said they were later convinced to pad up their stories for the King Commission. in the match in question, Williams injured his shoulder and only bowled 11 balls while Gibbs scored 74, and neither received any money. Williams admitted to being afraid of what might have happened to him and that he thinks there was a lot of pressure to produce a more detailed story to prove Cronje’s guilt. “it
was serious then, and after that i thought, alright, life must go on: it can’t stop,” he said. “But at that particular moment there was fear. “When we testified to our lawyers what the story really was, they came up with a threat that we could be prosecuted for doing something like this. So it means we actually lied to our lawyers, who had to tell another story to get to somebody. i believe that was to get to Cronje and whoever was involved in this. “i had never been in a court before.
We gave our Senior Counsel the story. We had to come back and testify to the King commission - a different story. i don’t know if we were forced to lie to get to somebody else. i’m still confused today. “When people ask me i will tell them the truth. i’ll say, ‘That’s what i said to my lawyers; what really happened’. Then, to the King commission, a different story. i don’t know why, because we were forced by the prosecution. i didn’t know what the hell was happening, what can happen to me. So i came up with a different story.” The version of the story Williams said is true was never heard by the King Commission, but he did expand on the details of what happened, almost 13 years later. “By the time i was in the shower [the morning of the Nagpur match], i heard Cronje in the room speaking to Herschelle but i don’t know what they are talking about. “When i put my shirt over my head, he [Cronje] said, ‘Hey, let’s throw this game’. i said, ‘Ja, let’s throw this game’. Because now he’s smiling with me and i’m smiling with him - if you’re going to bullshit me i’m going to bullshit you, so fine. There was nothing involved. “At lunchtime, he [Cronje] came to me and said, ‘We scored too many runs’. i looked at him and said, ‘What do you mean?’ He said, ‘Guys, the deal is off’. i said, ‘So what?’ He never spoke to us about money - you’re going to get this and you must go for that.”
slower ball and pinned LBW. Clint mcKay averted the hat-trick but then fell victim to a decision overturned for reasons known only to the third umpire richard Kettleborough, for replays showed no solid evidence of an edge behind from Perera’s bowling, and HotSpot was no more revealing. The last man Doherty’s arrival moved Haddin to swing a mighty six into the members Stand. He picked out midwicket when trying to repeat the shot from mendis, leaving the hosts with a sorry total that would quickly prove to be inadequate.
former Sri lanka wicketkeeper de Alwis dies at 52 SpoRTS DESK Former Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Guy de Alwis, 52, died on Saturday night after a battle with cancer. De Alwis is the fourth* Test cricketer from Sri Lanka to pass away after Sritharan Jeganathan, Anura ranasinghe and roshan Guneratne. He represented Sri Lanka in 11 Tests and 31 ODis from 1983 to 1988. De Alwis topped his country’s batting averages in the 1983 World Cup with 167 runs at 55.66, including unbeaten half-centuries against Pakistan and england. “When Guy felt pain in his stomach in the first week of November (2012) he underwent a biopsy test. it was then revealed that he had cancer in his pancreas,” said Ken, de Alwis’ brother. “The doctors said it was too late to do anything. Arjuna (ranatunga) came to his help and through him we managed to seek ayurvedic treatment. He was under treatment till his death.” De Alwis, who like ranatunga, played for the Sinhalese Sports Club, served in Sri Lanka Cricket’s interim committee headed by the former captain in 2008. He was also a former chairman of selectors and secretary. “Guy was not only a committed cricketer but a person who fought for justice,” ranatunga said. “As a selector he was not afraid to pick players on merit. As an administrator he was strongly against corruption and went to a great extent to try and eliminate it. He was one of the best wicketkeepers produced by Sri Lanka.”
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New Zealand fight to prolong S Africa test poRT ELIZABETH
ATLiNG and Brownlie have battled well in the last session of the day and they will only wish there wasn’t so much time left in this Test before pressing it for a draw. But things could have gone worse after those two wickets in successive balls off Kleinveldt. Only munro to come after this so these two will have to extend their concentration and hard work on monday. NZ still behind by 247 at the close ofplay on Sunday. earlier, New Zealand battled to 64 for two in their follow-on innings, still 340 runs behind South Africa, at tea on the third day of the second test at St. George’s Park on Sunday. The tourists showed far more determination with the bat than they had in their first innings when they subsided to 121 all out in reply to the top-ranked hosts’s 525-8 declared. martin Guptill held the second innings together with 40 not out off 101 balls while Dean Brownlie had yet to score when the tea break arrived. Left-arm spinner robin Peterson captured the two wickets to fall during the session when he trapped Brendon mcCullum (11) leg-before to leave New Zealand on 40 for one before he bowled
PAf-rising Sun lift Garrison Polo cup LAHoRE
Kane Williamson (11) just before the break with a delivery that kept low. Peterson’s figures of two for 12 off eight overs made him the pick of the vastly talented Proteas attack. The morning session had belonged to speedster Dale Steyn, the world’s topranked bowler, who claimed five for 17 off 13 overs to bundle New Zealand out 30 minutes before lunch, at that stage trailing South Africa by 404 runs. BJ Watling provided the one shining light for the tourists in their first dig as his battling 63 off 87 balls with 13 fours added some gloss to the innings. New Zealand began the day on a parlous 47 for six and the pair of Watling and Doug Bracewell (7) added 14 runs to the overnight total before the right-handed Bracewell prodded at a Steyn delivery to send an outside edge through to keeper De Villiers. Steyn struck again one run later when he trapped the left-handed Neil Wagner (0) leg-before with an in-swinging delivery. The 29-year-old Steyn was not done yet and in his next over he bowled Jeetan Patel (0) after the batsman backed away from a good length delivery. Steyn enjoyed a wonderful morning as he claimed his 19th five-wicket haul in tests as he sent down a spell that produced figures of 5-3-3-3.
Watling and Trent Boult (17 not out) then provided some late resistance with a last-wicket stand that produced 59 runs, a New Zealand record 10th-wicket partnership against South Africa beating the 57 scored by Simon Doull and richard de
Matloob clinches Quaid Open Golf title LAHoRE STAFF REPORT
The combined team of PAF and rising Sun clinched the Lahore Garrison Polo Cup2013 here at the Fortress Stadium on sunny Sunday evening. For the title the rising Sun quartet with 6-5 win defeated one of the strong opponents Newage comprising seasoned Shah Shamyl Alam who was supported by Haye brothers - Bilal and Usman. But if Shamyl was the bane of the losing side, the Sun rose due to the guile of Tiwanas with Ahmed Ali being the top scorer having scored three goals and Atif Yar Tiwana getting two while the last and the winning goal came from Sqn Ldr Fahad Bin Hadeed. Adnan Jalil Azam and Bilal Haye shared one goals each while Usman Haye scored two and Shamyl although managed one but was the man behind the remaining four for Newage. Umpires of the final were Lt Col ( r) Asif Zahoor and Lt Col Nauman Wasif Ali. in the subsidiary final, ravi Autos left Guards Group totally off guard with 4-3 margin win. raja Samiullah scored two goals, Kamran Noorud Din and Umair Shah shared one each, while for Guard Group, Lt Col (r ) Asif Zahoor scored all the three goals.
Groen scored in Johannesburg during the 1994/95 season. The aggressive Watling was the last man out, caught at first slip off the bowling of paceman morne morkel. South Africa hold a 1-0 series lead.
in the Shezan international-backed 2nd Quaid-e-Azam Open Golf Championship contested at the Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course over 54 holes, matloob Ahmed of Garrison Golf Club emerged as the title winner after successfully curbing the charge of champions like m. munir (U Fone) and Shabbir iqbal (islamabad) . Throughout the final round matloob Ahmed remained a champion in command and it was only for a few moments in the final go that munir looked like taking over from the ultimate winner but steady and consistently classy play won the day and the occasion for matloob. He ended the championship with an aggregate score of 205, eleven under par as against a score of 208 by m. munir. matloob looked like a champion delighted with his own performance and when he putted the final 18th hole, and stated: “i consider myself a very fortunate man today as i have won the Quaid Title”. He further said that the Gymkhana Golf Course was in great shape and the perfect roll on the greens certainly went to my advantage. The Top Position holders were matloon Ahmed (U Fone) 66+68+71=205;
mohammed munir (islamabad) 66+70+72=208; Shabbir iqbal (islamabad) 73+68+70=211; Kamran Shafiq (Gymkhana) 73+68+72=213; imdad Hussian (Garrison) 70+70+76=216; m. Safdar Khan (Gujranwala) 69+73+75=217. in the amateur section the gross winner was Salman Jehangir while Asma Afzal Shami emerged as the top lady, stunning Ghazala Yasmin and playing steadily to appear as a mature golfer of substance. Other results; Ladies Section; Shahzadi Gulfam, 1st Net; Sameea Javed Ali, 2nd Net; Tehmina rashid, 3rd Net; mrs. Asma Afzal Shami, 1st Gross; Ghazala Yasmee, 2nd Gross;
Nushmiya Sukhera, 3rd Gross. results; Vetrans Section; Javed A. Zia, 1st Net; raja m. Nazir, 2nd Net; Javed Hameed, 3rd Net; Col. Abdul Ghaffar, 1st Gross; Brig (r) Farooq A. Khan, 2nd Gross; maj (r) U. D. Najmi, 3rd Gross. results; Seniors Section; Asad Niaz, 1st Net; m Shafique Bhatti, 2nd Net; ishfaq Khalid, 3rd Net; Lt. Col Asif mehdi, 1st Gross; Javed A Khan, 2nd Gross; Abdul Qayyum rashid, 3rd Gross. results; Amateurs Section; Usman Saleem Cheema, 1st Net; Dr. Arshad mehmood, 2nd Net; Hamza mansoor, 3rd Net; Salman Jehangir, 1st Gross; rabin Bagh, 2nd Gross; muhammad rahman, 3rd Gross. Amongs the Senior Professionals, Shoukat Ali acheived the first position followed by Ghulam Nabi, manzoor Ahmed and Asghar Ali, all at the second position. At the conclusion of the championship the prizes were awarded by muneer Nawaz, Chairman Shezan internaitonal, in a grand prize distribution ceremony attended by m. S. Jaujua, Waseem A. mehmood, mian misbah-ur-rehman, Amer mehmood, Agha Pervez, mian Pervez Bhandara . parlimentarian Arifa Parvez and a large number of participating golfers.
South Africa first innings 525 for eight declared (F. Du Plessis 137, H. Amla 110, D. Elgar 103 not out) New Zealand innings M. Guptill c Petersen b Steyn 1 B. McCullum c Kallis b Peterson 13 K. williamson c Smith b Steyn 4 10 D. Brownlie c De Villiers b Kleinveldt 0 D. Flynn lbw b Kleinveldt 63 BJ watling c Smith b Morkel 0 C. Munro c Elgar b Peterson D. Bracewell c De Villiers b Steyn 7 N. wagner lbw b Steyn 0 J. Patel b Steyn 0 17 T. Boult not out 6 Extras (lb 5, w 1) 121 Total (all out; 44.4 overs ) Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-8, 3-27, 4-27, 5-39, 6-39, 7-61, 8-62, 9-62, 10-121 Bowling: Steyn 13-5-17-5 (1w), Morkel 12.4-6-26-1, Kleinveldt 113-53-2, Peterson 7-2-20-2, Kallis 1-1-0-0. New Zealand second innings 48 M. Guptill b Kleinveldt 11 B. McCullum lbw b Peterson 11 K. williamson b Peterson D. Brownlie not out 0 DR Flynn c de Villiers b Kleinveldt 0 BJ watling not out 41 2 Extras(lb 1, w 1) 157 Total (4 wickets; 67 overs) To bat DAJ Bracewell, C Munro, JS Patel, TA Boult, N wagner Fall of wickets 1-40 (McCullum, 20.2 ov), 2-64 (williamson, 30.4 ov), 3-84 (Guptill, 39.3 ov), 4-84 (Flynn, 39.4 ov) Bowling: Dw Steyn13-1-41-0, M Morkel 13-4-32-0, RK Kleinveldt 12-8-31-2, RJ Peterson 20-11-29-2, JH Kallis 5-3-8-0, GC Smith 1-0-10-0, AN Petersen 3-05-0 Toss South Africa, who chose to bat Test debut C Munro (New Zealand) Player of the match tba Umpires HDPK Dharmasena (Sri lanka) and IJ Gould (England) TV umpire RJ Tucker (Australia) Match referee DC Boon (Australia) Reserve umpire JD Cloete
lDfA announces players transfer date LAHoRE STAFF REPORT
The Lahore Football Association has intimated all the football clubs to get the registration by January 31 and transfer of players by June 30. At one time registration fee of rs 1500 will be paid at 500 each to DFA, PFA/rFA and PFF by all the new clubs at the time of registration while the transfer of players registration form is to be completed by the Football Clubs for registering. each year a transfer window for all players will be opened for Clubs to another Club with transfer fee Club to Clubs rs 100, foreign player for club rs. 500/Clubs are requested to meet the dead line and send the filled in registration Forms of the Football Clubs and the transfer of players for registration.
Ajmal wins special Prize for Best Bowler of the Year LAHoRE STAFF REPORT
One of the world’s leading spinners Saeed Ajmal on Saturday night was given a special prize for being the Best Bowler of the Year at the PCB First Annual Awards held at a local hotel. Ajmal accepted his Trophy from Zaka Ashraf and iCC CeO David richardson. Ajmal said: “Around the cricketing world, Pakistan over the years has been known for its bowling attack. To be named the best for the year from such a special group… for me this is an out of this world. it took me 16 years to reach at
this point in my life. i donate all the prize money to my newly inaugurated academy in Faisalabad.” Ajmal was among the 18 players and officials who were awarded trophies and cash prizes for their outstanding performance in the first-even awards conducted by the PCB. Ajaml was not only given the special award but was also declared the best bowler of T20, ODis and Tests. each winner was given gets rs 200,000 cash prize with the trophy while Ajmal as gets the Special Prize for the Best Bowler of the year with cash award of rs 1,500,000.
list of all PCB First Annual Awards Curator of the Year: Haji Mohammad Bashir Umpire of the Year: Ahsan Raza Deaf Cricketer of the Year: Mohammad Shakeel Blind Cricketer of the Year: Mohammad Jamil woman Cricketer of the Year: Sana Mir Most Valuable Domestic Bowler: Zulfiqar Babar Most Valuable Domestic Batsman: Haris Sohail Emerging Player of the Year: Junaid Khan T 20 (Int) Bowler of the Year: Saeed Ajmal
T 20 (Int) Batsman of the Year: Nasir Jamshed ODI Bowler of the Year: Saeed Ajmal ODI Batsman of the Year: Nasir Jamshed Test Bowler of the Year: Saeed Ajmal Test Batsman of the Year: Azhar Ali Player of the Year: Mohammad Hafeez life Time Achievement Award: Hanif Mohammad life Time Achievement Award: Imtiaz Ahmed Special Prize for Best Bowler of the Year: Saeed Ajmal
lAhore: Saeed Ajmal, who won Special Prize for the Best Bowler of the year, gets his trophy from Zaka Ashraf and David richardson. sTAFF PHOTO
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17 Sports nene to leave PSG for Qatari side al-Gharafa
StAmforD BrIDGe: Players try to gain possession of the ball in match between chelsea and Stoke city. chelsea won the match 4-0.
Forward Nene is set to leave French club Paris St Germain for Qatari club al-Gharafa, the Brazilian said on Sunday. The 31-year-old, who was the league’s joint top-scorer last season with 21 goals and helped PSG finish second, has been at odds with coach Carlo Ancelotti for weeks and has not played competitively for more than a month. “i found an agreement with alGharafa,” Nene told French channel TF1. “it has been difficult because i was still dreaming to play for Brazil and meet up with my family,” added Nene, who was close to signing for Brazilian side Santos last week. According to media reports Nene will sign an 11 million euro ($14.68 million) 18-month deal. “Things like that only happen once in a lifetime. i don’t know if people will understand ... i just thought about my future and secured it for my family,” he said. Nene has played 79 league games and scored 36 goals for PSG but only featured in nine league matches this season. Ancelotti dropped him out of the squad after the player struck the roof of the dugout with his hand and argued with coaching staff during the Champions League home win against Porto last month.
Guardiola to take manchester city job LoNDoN AGENCIES
Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will replace roberto mancini as manager of english champions manchester City in the summer, the Sun on Sunday claimed. Guardiola, 41, said last monday he was ready to return to coaching after stepping down from the Barcelona job at the end of last season having guided them to 14 trophies in his four years in charge, including two Champions League titles. The Sun on Sunday claims Guardiola will opt for City over Chelsea because he sees the Abu Dhabi-owned side as being the more likely to challenge for european honours despite the London side having won the Champions League last season. mancini, who has won an FA Cup and the Premier League titles in his time at the club, is set to pay for his failure to guide the expensively-assembled side into the Champions League knockout stages on two occasions. “it is 100 per cent certain that Guardiola is going to City this summer,” a high level source in Spanish football told the paper.
lambert won’t panic over Villa crisis SpoRTS DESK Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says he will not press the panic button - but statistics would suggest he has every right to after his side slipped into the Barclays Premier League bottom three. Villa can rightly point to a controversial penalty - converted by rickie Lambert - leading to their downfall in the 1-0 home reversal against fellow strugglers Southampton but their malaise goes much deeper than referee mark Halsey awarding a spot-kick against Villa defender enda Stevens for a challenge on Jay rodriguez when no contact was made. Lambert said: “You can’t panic. There’s a long, long way to go. There will be loads of twists and turns in this whole thing.”
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Jamieson leads in durban DURBAN AGENCIES
VOlVO GOlF CHAMPIONS lEADERBOARD (54 HOlES): -15: S Jamieson (Sco) -10: T Jaidee (Tha), J Quesne (Fra), l Oosthuizen -8: P Harrington (Ire), F Molinari (Ita) -7: D willett (Eng), P lawrie (Sco), S lowry (Ire) Selected others: -4 M Hoey (NI), -4 P Casey (Eng), -4 R Ramsey (Sco), -2 D Clarke (NI), -2 R Rock (Eng) Scott Jamieson will take a five-stroke lead into the final round of the Volvo Golf Champions event in Durban. The Scot carded a four-under-par third round of 68 for a total of 15 under, five clear of Louis Oosthuizen, Thongchai Jaidee and Julien Quesne. Oosthuizen held a one-shot overnight lead, but went to the turn in 40 and needed three birdies in the next four holes to reignite his hopes. Lorry Lowry ireland’s Shane Lowry almost won himself a lorry on the final green. That is the prize for a hole-in-one on the par four. His drive kicked off the bank of a bunker and was rolling towards the hole, but pulled up four feet short in the wet conditions Padraig Harrington and Francesco molinari sit two back on eight under. But 29-year-old Jamieson, who came into the tournament as a member of the world’s top 100 for the first time - at 100th, is the firm favourite for victory at the european Tour’s opening event of 2013. The Glaswegian is part of the winners-only 33-man field thanks to his victory at December’s Nelson mandela Championship, also staged in Durban. His main threats are 2010 Open champion Oosthuizen, Thailand’s Jaidee and Quesne of France after they went round in 67, 73 and 74 respectively. Oosthuizen’s poor front nine saw his lead eroded and Jaidee was the first to take advantage, going three clear with birdies at the second and third. But the Thai took six at the long eighth whereas Jamieson hit a brilliant second shot to five feet and made it for eagle.
That three-shot swing brought him level and he moved three in front by chipping in from 25 yards at the 11th, making a 12-foot putt on the next and then leaving himself a tap-in at the 339-yard 13th. The gap became four when Jaidee missed a short putt on the 16th as heavy rain returned and he also bogeyed the 273-yard 18th. Jamieson dropped a shot on the 17th after missing the green, but chipped close at the last to pick up a further stroke. Joint fifth are ireland’s Harrington (67) and italian ryder Cup player Francesco molinari (68), but Open champion ernie els is 10 adrift after a 71.
Gardiner becomes first Aboriginal player on PGA tour SpoRTS DESK in a tournament where other PGA Tour rookies have been stealing the headlines through the first two rounds, it may be easy for Scott Gardiner to become lost in the shuffle. But Gardiner, who begins the third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii tied for ninth, is making history with every shot at Waialae as the first player of Aboriginal descent to ever have full status on the PGA Tour. Born to an Aboriginal mother and a Scottish father, the 36-year-old toiled for several years on the Web.com Tour with multiple close calls - 30th on the season-long money list in 2007 and 2009, 26th in 2010 - before cracking the top 25 for the first time in 2012, finishing 14th. As he embarks on his first season on the PGA Tour, Gardiner is eager to embrace the status of role model for his fans back home in Australia. “Golf has become more popular the last 10-15 years with Tiger Woods bringing attention to the game and in turn more Aboriginal people are aware of it,” Gardiner told Australian Golf Digest before the 2013 season began. “Hopefully i can help inspire a few others to go for a career in golf and i hope i can be a role model.” Like tournament leaders russell Henley and Scott Langley, Gardiner is getting his maiden season off to a hot start in Honolulu. After opening with a 2-under 68 Thursday, he made only one par across his final 10 holes Friday, a stretch that included seven birdies and an eagle, en route to a 6-under 64. entering the weekend at 8-under 132, Gardiner finds himself six shots off the pace and in position to earn a solid payday in his first event. even before the season began, he was aware that a hot start would be vital to his success during a shortened 2013 campaign. “i have to make sure i get into the season early and do what i know i am capable of doing,” .
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Sports 18 Chelsea are playing better football under me: Benitez SpoRTS DESK
AFAeL Benitez believes Chelsea have improved under his stewardship after watching his side hammer Stoke 4-0 at the Britannia Stadium. The Spaniard was feeling the heat from fans again after back-to-back home defeats - in the Premier League against bottom side QPr and in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against Swansea on Wednesday. Benitez is still not accepted by many of the Chelsea fans following the unpopular sacking of roberto Di matteo in November, but he insists the side is in rude health. “The team is doing well, the players are happy,” said the interim manager. “The players are training really well and you can see that they’re trying to perform. All the staff are doing a great job so the atmosphere in the side is really good. “When we play the games we cannot control what’s going on outside the pitch but we’ll try to do our best on the pitch and hopefully it will be easier. “We cannot every week be thinking crisis, not crisis. We’re scoring more goals than in the past, we’re conceding half of the goals that the team has conceded in the past. “That means we have more balance and that is the way to sustain the per-
Don’t write us off: mcDermott SpoRTS DESK reading manager Brian mcDermott warned the rest of the Barclays Premier League not to write his side off after their dramatic comeback victory over West Brom. The Baggies had been in cruise control after Belgian international striker romelu Lukaku had put them 2-0 up. reading appeared down and out but they conjured a remarkable finish to the game with three goals in the last nine minutes from Jimmy Kebe, Adam Le Fondre and Pavel Pogrebnyak. The result leaves reading three points off safety and mcDermott believes the teams directly above them - including next weekend’s opponents Newcastle will be nervously looking over their shoulders. “i think so. We are one game, or three points, from the team above us,” mcDermott said. “People automatically wrote QPr and reading off. We have been written off for ages, since we won promotion. it is nothing new to me. Since i got the job we have always been written off. “But we got that first goal and you saw a side that showed real belief and character. That is a game that will go down in lot of peoples’ memories.” After a run of seven successive defeats, reading have pieced together two wins and a draw from their last four games in the league. And it has come about with a change of approach from mcDermott. “i have learned a lot about this division in the last four months,” he said. “it is an incredible division. Sometimes you can’t be gung-ho, you can’t go for it like a boxer because you will get knocked out. “That is what happened to us early on in the season. “You set the team up the best way you possibly can, you stay in the game and if you can win it late on, you win it late on. “You have to (contain teams). it’s a case of staying in the game. We can’t give away goals in the first half.”
formance of the team at this level.” Stoke more than matched Chelsea during the first half and it looked like they would reach half-time all square until Jonathan Walters powered a header into his own net in injury time. it was the striker’s 100th Premier League appearance but it was emphatically not his day. in the 62nd minute he repeated the trick with another header past Asmir Begovic, and Chelsea made it three goals in 11 minutes through a penalty from Frank Lampard - who is now within eight goals of Bobby Tambling’s club record - and a long-range strike from eden Hazard. To cap off Walters’ nightmare day he missed a penalty in injury time after being felled by John Terry, who made his first appearance since suffering a knee injury two months ago as a 79thminute substitute. The result marked the end of Stoke’s long unbeaten Premier League run at the Britannia Stadium, which stretched back to February, and Benitez praised the way his players handled the occasion. He said: “i thought it was a difficult game, especially in the first half. We knew it would be tough, Tony Pulis is doing a great job so we knew it could be physical and intense, and we were ready for that. “The (first) goal changed things a little bit because they had to go for-
ward, they left more space. my players showed great character and quality at the same time. “We tried to explain to some of the players who didn’t know what they could find here. We analysed what we had to do and their response was really good.” Benitez again stuck with one up front, but this time opted for Demba Ba over Fernando Torres, with the Spaniard having to make do with 20 minutes as a substitute. “i think it’s important to have these two good players available,” said Benitez. “We’re doing well with one up front but we can use both if it’s necessary.” Stoke manager Pulis felt the scoreline was harsh on his side and was unhappy with referee Andre marriner’s decision to award a penalty to Chelsea after robert Huth was deemed to have fouled Juan mata. it was Stoke’s worst home defeat since their promotion to the Premier League in 2008, and Pulis said: “We’re disappointed. Obviously the second goal kills us. “The goals that we conceded were poor. i’m really disappointed with the penalty as well. i know robert’s got his hand on his shoulder but mata’s legs just collapse and i think it’s soft. “i don’t think that was a 4-0. it’s very hard to take because i don’t think the lads deserve to be on the back of a 4-0 defeat for that performance.”
Breaking grand slam duck drives Murray’s confidence SpoRTS DESK ANDY murray believes his US Open triumph has enabled him to focus on his targets for 2013 with a new inner calm. murray finally made his grand slam breakthrough at Flushing meadows in September with a five-set final victory over world number one Novak Djokovic to silence those who questioned whether he possessed the ability and mental strength to land one of the game’s biggest prizes. And the Scot admits his success Stateside means he can now approach the new season, starting at the Australian Open, with renewed vigour. He said: “i always felt like i was having to prove something every time i went on the court because i hadn’t won a slam. “even when i won a masters Series, people still asked me always about the slams. “So it’s nice not to have to worry about that anymore. “i think it will help me throughout the rest of the year on tour because i won’t be worrying and thinking about the slams all the time. i can focus
on all the events that i’m entered in.” murray has reached the final in melbourne twice and last year was ousted by Djokovic at the last-four stage in another five-set thriller. it was a match which the 25-year-old claims he took a lot from as he sets out on another grand slam campaign Down Under.
“i want to try to take the extra step in all the grand slams if i can,” he added. “i learnt a lot from last year’s semifinal. it was a very important match for me in the context of my year. “i got over that loss a lot quicker than i had some of my previous slam losses. i felt like i played well and there was something i could really take away from it.” Those two clashes with Djokovic in 2012 added weight to the theory that the pair are setting out on what could turn into an epic rivalry. With roger Federer the wrong side of 30 and rafael Nadal’s continuing injury problems - the Spaniard is not present here - it seems to pave the way for murray and Djokovic to fight it out over the next few years. The two men go back a long way and murray admits he has great respect for the Serbian. “We get on well,” he said. “Never in any matches have i had any problems with him, or in practice. We’ve never had any issues with each other the whole time we’ve been on the tour.
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SpoRTS DESK ryan Giggs will decide whether to sign another one-year contract with manchester United at the end of the season, potentially extending his topflight career into his 40s. The 39year-old, the most decorated player in Premier League history, has made 16 appearances for United this season in all competitions as Sir Alex Ferguson carefully manages the veteran playmaker. But he demonstrated he still has the ability to change the course of matches with the long looping pass that set up robin van Persie’s dramatic late equaliser at West Ham in the 2-2 FA Cup third round draw last week. Giggs, 12 times a Premier League winner, has signed a succession of oneyear deals with United since moving into his mid-30s, and told the Sunday People he will consider signing on again this summer. “i will see how i feel and see how i am contributing, and then i will sit down and talk to the manager,” Giggs said. “i am cool with that. i am enjoying my football at the moment, but the end of the season is a few months away and you never know what will happen. “i have to contribute as well as enjoying both training and playing.” Giggs credited Ferguson with managing his fitness to allow him to play on. “in a way i suppose i get an easier ride than some of the younger lads, and that’s because the manager recognises i have different needs at this point,” he said. “But don’t get me wrong, my fitness has to be spot on, otherwise i just couldn’t compete with the rest of the guys either in training or during matches.”
Arthur attacks critics of rotation ADELAIDE AGENCIES
Australia’s coach mickey Arthur has rounded on critics of the national team’s management of fast bowlers, taking particularly sharp aim at the contention that the selection panel is letting sports science make its decisions regarding who to choose. in a prolonged rebuttal of public and media views that there is confusion if not chaos around Australian team selection, Arthur revealed that a major factor behind mitchell Starc’s withdrawal from the Boxing Day Test team was to avoid the flaring of a long-term ankle problem that will eventually require surgery and an extended lay-off from the game. He also confirmed that michael Clarke, matthew Wade and David Warner would return to the ODi team
for the second phase of matches in Brisbane and Sydney on Friday and Sunday, and clarified that Usman Khawaja was dropped for Steve Smith under a pre-defined plan to give each batsman one game. Australia have been widely criticised by former players and sections of the public for fielding a “Bteam” in the first two matches of the series, but Arthur went to considerable lengths to explain the intricacies of selection.
“We’re very clear on who the best team is and who the best attack is,” Arthur said following Australia’s defeat in the second ODi in Adelaide. “i’ve been really annoyed and frustrated by some of the articles that have been going around. For me it’s common sense. Common sense prevails when we pick teams. We certainly don’t pick teams not to win any cricket games for Australia. every time we pick a team we’re giving guys opportunities and picking what we
think is the best side possible to go out and do the job and win. “it’s either very naive or just a little bit stubborn that people don’t understand what we’re doing. The example i’ve used is Black Caviar. When he runs a horse race, if they don’t feel he’s 100% right they don’t release him. We’ve done that with our bowlers, and over the year we’ve had three examples of quick bowlers basically rested, and that is all. “ryan Harris in the West indies, mitchell Starc on Boxing Day and Peter Siddle at Perth. That’s the only time we have rested quick bowlers, and we’ve done that simply because we think they’re at risk. We want to play our guys all the time. With the amount of cricket we play these day’s it is impossible to keep the guys on the park in every single game. So we would not have a quick bowler at risk.”
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lAHORE: Religious leader Tahirul Qadri flashes victory after talks with reporters before the start of long march. INP
Tahirul Qadri’s ‘democracy march’ begins LAHoRE AGENCIES
The long march, described by Dr Tahirul Qadri as the ‘democracy march’, began from Lahore on Sunday. “it is a march for democracy, it is a march against looters and plunderers ruling in islamabad and Lahore, it is a march against the evil forces, it is a march against those exploiting poor people, it is a march against the oppressors, the corrupts and the persecutors of the weak and poor, who would insha Allah be wiped out forever,” said Dr Qadri prior to departing for the march. He said the protest would continue until the removal of “Yazeedi forces” even if it takes 100 days. Dr Qadri said that the march was aimed at establishing genuine democracy and rule of law. in his diatribe, Dr Qadri accused the Punjab government of harassing TmQ workers and impounding vehicles rented for the march. He said that his security vehicles were also snatched by the provincial government and all the cities were blocked. “it is a march to topple Yazeedi empire, i declare the march as a democracy march, it is a march for the people sobbing in Quetta with over hundred bodies,” Qadri said. He demanded that the federal government dissolve the Balochistan government, adding that he wanted to listen the news of dissolution before reaching islamabad for its failure to protect lives of people. He asked the defenders of the country to take serious notice of the incidents of terrorism in the country. A special bomb proof truck was prepared to transport the TmQ chief which was equipped with all basic facilities. Prior to this the TmQ leader said the government in an effort to stop the march had placed tankers filed with acid in the federal capital and had dug ditches filled with explosives. He also claimed that the government had seized their vehicles and arrested workers. The TmQ chief said that the administration had impounded a large number of vehicles rented by his party for the marchers. He said 25,000 buses were hired for the participants, 20 for the media, and 10 for his own security, but they all have been impounded. He vowed to reach islamabad at any cost and bring a revolution for changing the destiny of the country and rule of law and constitution. He was confident that world’s historic march would return after the achievement of its objective. earlier a large number of people, including women, gathered at TmQ markaz in Lahore as they prepared for long-march on islamabad. He demanded dissolution of Balochistan Assembly over it’s failure to live up to it’s responsibilities of protecting rights of the masses. CoNtINuEd oN PAgE 04
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S many as 18 security personnel were killed and another 21 were injured after militants attacked two convoys with improvised explosive devices in razmak and Charsadda areas on Sunday. An official at miranshah headquarters said that condition of several injured soldiers was stated to be in danger. He said the convoy was on its way from miranshah to razmak. When the convoy reached at Ga-
reeyom area of Tehsil Dosali it was hit by the ieD. Two vehicles were completely destroyed in the explosion. The official so far confirmed 14 deaths and 21 injuries. The injured and bodies were airlifted to miranshah and Bannu’s Combined military Hospital. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. On every Sunday, contingents of security forces are shifted from one to another place via North Waziristan. The administration imposes curfew in this regard. On January 13, pamphlets were distributed in miranshah and other parts of North
Waziristan. The pamphlets carried info about a peace agreement between the government and militants. meanwhile, as many as four security personnel were injured when a convoy came under ieD attack in Charsadda. The injured included three army officials and one police official. Separately, seven people were injured when a passenger bus was blown up with an ieD near Sadda Town in Kurram Agency. The Peshawar-bound vehicle was carrying 20 passengers, including women and children. The injured were later shifted to a nearby hospital.
Federal minister for interior rehman malik on Sunday said Tehreek minhajul Quran (TmQ) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri had become the biggest liar in the country and had acquired the title of Sheikhul islam by speaking lies and taking advantage of people for fulfilling his dreams. He said the lies of the TmQ chief will soon be exposed in the shape of a White Paper. malik said the purpose of Qadri’s long march was to derail the democratic system and an effort to postpone the upcoming general elections. He said there is complete democracy in the country‚ which will continue to flourish despite attempts by certain elements to derail the democratic process. While talking to media personnel after reviewing security arrangements for the long march, the minister said the democratic system would prevail in the country and Qadri’s agenda for derailing the system would not be successful. referring to Qadri’s charter of demand, malik said the dissolution of election commission meant a delay of another six months in holding of elections. “if Qadri is well versed with the constitution’s spirit, he should not have talked in such an extra-constitutional manner,” said malik adding that Qadri should not mislead the nation. responding to a query, he said five terrorists were arrested from Karachi who had planned to attack Qadri’s long march. He said the security of islamabad residents would be ensured during the long march, adding that no one could be allowed to violate the law. He said an area has been fixed for the participants of the march and strict action will be taken if the participants swelled out of that area. malik said his statement regarding terrorist attacks on the long march was based on intelligence reports; therefore‚ Qadri should not put the lives of innocent people at risk. The federal minister asked Dr Qadri to stop negative propaganda against the federal and Punjab governments. He termed Qadri’s allegations, in which he alleged that trenches had been dug in islamabad, contrary to the truth. “Dr Tahirul Qadri should prove his allegations otherwise he should go back to Canada where his foreign leaders are keen to listen to his achievements,” he said. malik alleged that Dr Qadri came to Pakistan to become an unconstitutional prime minister. He said the nation had seen Dr Qadri’s real face. He said it would be better for Dr Qadri to get a medical checkup which had become necessary for him. The interior minister announced a reward of rs 5 million for anyone who produces concrete information to proving that Qadri had received foreign funding for the march.
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A complete shutter-down strike was observed in Quetta on Sunday against Quetta bombings, as protesters took to streets in other cities, including Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore, multan, islamabad, interior Sindh, Gilgit and Skardu to mourn the killing of 115 Shias. The Shia Ulema Council also announced a countrywide protest on monday (today). The Pakhtunkhwa milli Awami Party (PkmAP) had given the strike call to condemn the bombings at Bacha Khan Chowk and Alamdar road, Quetta. The strike was also supported by other political and religious parties. Shopping plazas, business centres, markets and shops on Jinnah road, Shahra-e-iqbal, Liaqat Bazaar, Prince road, Abdul Sattar road, Brewery road, Double road, Sirki road and other areas remained closed throughout the day. Traffic flow remained thin on the roads while police and FC patrolled the city to
avert any untoward incident. However, no untoward incident was reported from any part of the city. Hazara community members are protesting for the past 43 hours against twin bombings that killed over 100 people on Alamdar road. Families of victims of the blasts refused to bury the dead and continued protest along with coffins for the third consecutive day. Separately, leaders of different political parties visited the Hazara Democratic Party’s (HDP) strike camp in Quetta and expressed their solidarity with the party leaders. HDP President Abdul Khaliq Hazara scolded the Balochistan government and law enforcers for what he termed their incompetency to arrest terrorists involved in Shia killing. He said that 900 Hazara community members had been killed and thousands were wounded in sectarian attacks in the city over the past four years. He said that the government and lawenforcement agencies were not serious in arresting terrorists. The HDP chief regretted that attacks on
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Hazara community were being committed everyday but none of culprits had been arrested so far. Separately, National Party (NP) President Dr Abdul malik Baloch visited the strike camps of the majlis Wahdate-muslimeen and the HDP and expressed solidarity with the Hazara community. Dr Baloch expressed his sympathies with the aggrieved families and strongly condemned the Shia killing. earlier, Pakistan-Tehreek-e-insaf (PTi) Chairman imran Khan along with party’s senior leaders Javed Hashmi and Jahangir Tareen reached Quetta’s Alamdar road to express solidarity with the protesters. A day of mourning was observed in Karachi on a call given by the muttahida Qaumi movement (mQm). All markets and businesses were closed in several areas of the city and traffic remained sparse on the roads. The majlis Wahdatul muslimeen (mWm) had also taken rallies in various parts of the city. Pakistan People`s Party-Shaheed Bhutto Chairwoman Ghinwa Bhutto Editor: Arif Nizami
also joined the protests in Karachi’s Numaish area. Protests were also held outside Bilawal House in Clifton. The Shia Ulema Council held protests in Karachi’s malir, Drigh road and Star Gate areas near the railway tracks causing the suspension of railway traffic to and from the city. The Pakistan Bar Council announced a nation-wide strike for monday in solidarity with the protesters and said that lawyers would not appear in the courts. Shops and markets in Badin, Tando Bago, matli, Golarchi, Talhar and other towns were closed on the joint call of different political and religious parties. EjEcTED: in Lahore, PmL-N leaders Sardar Zulfikar Khosa, Saad rafique and Zaeem Qadri were forced out of the sitin by protesters when they arrived outside the Punjab Governor’s House to join the protests. The PmL-N leaders were forced into their cars and ejected out of the sit in area.
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