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sC holds police responsible for Lahore arson
social worker among 8 killed in Karachi
The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) on Wednesday issued its interim order in the Joseph Colony suo moto case, saying the Punjab inspector general of police failed to provide security to 220 homes of Christians in Badami Bagh area of Lahore. In its short order, the chief justice said how would culprits be apprehended if such a situation was prevailing. page 04
Eight people, including the director of Orangi Pilot Project, Parveen Rehman, were killed in various incidents of violence in Karachi on Wednesday. According to details, unidentified gunmen intercepted Parveen’s car near Banaras flyover and opened fire. The channel said police sources had confirmed the identity of the deceased, adding that her body was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities. page 02
Venezuela to probe Chavez cancer 'poisoning' story on page 07
tribesmen stone soldier to death over alleged love aﬀair
another 4 records take guinness World records count to 21
Tribesmen tied a soldier to the hood of a car and stoned him to death in the country’s restive northwest for allegedly having a romantic relationship with a local woman, government officials and a tribal elder said Wednesday. The grisly incident took place Tuesday in Parachinar, the capital of the Kurram tribal area. page 04
Another four Guinness World Records were registered under the banner of the Punjab Youth Festival organised by the Punjab Sports Board on Day 2 of the Guinness activity on Wednesday. With the four successful GWR attempts on Wednesday, Pakistan’s count of records has risen to 21. During the festival, 11 records were created while six were made on Tuesday. page 17
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Next govt to face less problems in handling electricity crisis. — Ahmed Mukhtar
Thursday, 14 March, 2013
SoCial worKEr aMong 8 KillEd in KaraChi KARACHI: Eight people, including the director of Orangi Pilot Project, Parveen Rehman, were killed in various incidents of violence in Karachi on Wednesday. According to details, unidentified gunmen intercepted Parveen’s car near Banaras flyover and opened fire. The channel said police sources had confirmed the identity of the deceased, adding that her body was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities. Parveen was also a renowned social worker. Taking notice of the incident, Sindh Governor Ishratul Ibad ordered that a special team be formed to probe into the murder while Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah sought a report from the Sindh IG. Meanwhile, a body in gunny bag was recovered in Soldier Bazar and two people were killed in Lyari and Awami Colony. Another two bodies were recovered from Kharadar and Nazimabad localities while a tortured body of a 12year-old boy was found in Hijrat Colony. Police constable Gulzar, who sustained injuries in a gun attack on a police vehicle outside the Annu Bhai Park in Nazimabad on Tuesday night, succumbed to his wounds. CID police claimed to have arrested three alleged militants of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) during a raid in Manghopir Colony. They said suicide vests and a large quantity of explosives were also recovered from their possession. STAFF REPORT
Ministers angered by judges’ ECP remarks AshrAf does not tAke cAbinet colleAgues into confidence over cAretAker setup ISLAMABAD
rime minister raja Pervez Ashraf did not take his cabinet colleagues into confidence over the government’s strategy on the nomination for the slot of caretaker prime minister or the government’s list of proposed names for the slot despite the fact that the federal cabinet held its last meeting on Wednesday. A source in the cabinet informed Pakistan Today that Prime minister raja Pervez Ashraf skipped the subject altogether. However, some cabinet ministers expressed their anger and dismay over the remarks of Chief Justice (CJ) iftikhar mohammad Chaudhry regarding the powers of the election commission of Pakistan. “it is quite surprising that the top judge of the apex court of the country has remarked that the election commission should not follow the constitution and rules and rather it can take whatever steps it may feel appropriate to hold elections. This is disastrous for the country and this (democratic) system,” a source quoted information minister Qamar Zaman Kaira as saying.
The source added that the minister went on to say that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leaders would keep criticising such remarks of the judges in public even if they were summoned on contempt charges by the court. The source said that the minister said that the judges were going overboard and provoking the eCP to ignore the president. Karira reportedly said that this attitude would harm the democratic process. The minister was well supported by his cabinet colleagues who also vented their anger against the superior judiciary and said that the PPP government was being targeted by the judiciary and the judges were provoking the bureaucracy against the government. Addressing the cabinet, Prime minister Ashraf said free, fair and transparent elections were essential for democracy, security and development of the country. “Only elected representatives can set the appropriate direction for the country that is economically sustainable, socially and politically acceptable,” he said, adding that the democratic government was nearing completion of its tenure and termed it an important milestone in the country’s history. He appreciated the role of provincial governments, civil servants, the armed forces and the security agencies who extended full cooperation in serving the country and its people in last five years. He mentioned the recent attacks in Peshawar and Karachi, which indicated that terrorists were making last ditch efforts to demoralise innocent people by their cow-
ardly acts. Ashraf said he was sad at the unfortunate incident of criminal attack at the Christian colony in Lahore. “Christians are equal citizens of the land and must be given complete protection,” he said, adding that the minorities were enjoying equal rights as per commitment of the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-iAzam muhammad Ali Jinnah and the teachings of islam. On energy situation, the prime minister said the government had been working on multiple fronts to achieve energy security for the country. He mentioned that the government therefore had formally kicked off the long awaited 7.5 billion dollar Pak-iran Gas Pipeline Project aimed at addressing the energy crisis in Pakistan. The cabinet approved the investment Policy 2013 and Foreign Direct investment Strategy 201317. The focus of investment Policy is to reduce the cost and processes of doing business to enhance Pakistan’s competitiveness. it proposes liberalisation of economy with emphasis on investors’ facilitation, investment protection, removing regulatory impediments, public-private partnership and coordination amongst stakeholders. The cabinet discussed and approved amendments in section 82 of the Pakistan Penal Code to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 7 to 12 years and approve the duly vetted bill The Criminal Law Amendment Bill, 2013 with this amendment for its introduction in the parliament. This excludes children involved in terrorist activities.
Khar is most glamorous woman politician in the world! NEW DELHI ONLINE
Pakistan’s Foreign minister Hina rabbani Khar topped a list of most gorgeous women politicians in the world, a survey conducted by india Today said on Wednesday. Khar is famous for wearing attractive and fashionable outfits. Her handbags and dresses remain the focus of the media during foreign trips. Another Pakistani lawmaker Kashmala Tariq is eighth on the list. Kashmala, who is a lawyer and a member of the Pakistan muslim League-Likeminded, is famous for her dressing and outspoken statements. Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton is at number 9 on the list of most gorgeous women politicians. Other women politicians which got a place in the top 10 gorgeous women politicians include Sonia Gandhi, the head of india’s Congress Party, Priyanka Gandhi, daughter of Sonia Gandhi, ruby Dhalla, a Canadian politician and Yulia Tymoshenko, former prime minister of Ukraine. Jordan’s Queen rania Al Abdullah and United States’ first lady, michelle Obama were placed 11th and 12th, respectively.
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Talks with Taliban Pakistan’s internal issue. — US Ambassador Richard Olson
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sC holds police responsible for Lahore arson ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) on Wednesday issued its interim order in the Joseph Colony suo moto case, saying the Punjab inspector general of police failed to provide security to 220 homes of Christians in Badami Bagh area of Lahore. in its short order, the chief justice said how would culprits be apprehended if such a situation was prevailing. The Supreme Court held the Punjab inspector general of police and the Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) responsible for the Joseph Colony arson. The court said the suspension of the SHO and DPO was not enough and no further negligence would be tolerated in the case. The three-member bench headed by Chief Justice iftikhar muhammad Chaudhry questioned what steps had
been taken to stop such attacks in the future and why residents were displaced and not provided security. informing the court about the investigation of the incident, the SSP investigation said during initial interrogation, the Christian suspect accused of blasphemy admitted to being intoxicated and did not remember what he had said. The SSP sought time to ascertain the facts. Justice iftikhar muhammad Chaudhry remarked that instead of asking witnesses, police were asking suspects. The CJP said the incident had taken place after Friday prayers and was the reason for people’s provocation being investigated. The Punjab advocate general presented the report on Gojra incident and said the judicial commission report had recommended an amendment in the police order. “This recommendation was sent to concerned officials but there
were differences between the Home Department and police over the amendment,” he said. He said the government accepted responsibility for the mob attack and was taking steps to prevent such incidents in the future. Justice Chaudhry asked if the government was so helpless that it could not implement the judicial commission’s report over some differences. The chief justice also asked why no concrete steps had been taken for the implementation of the report. The Punjab AG further informed the court that the trial of those accused in the Gojra incident had begun, but a compromise had been reached. The bench remarked that there was no room for compromise in cases of terrorism. Later, the hearing of the case was adjourned until march 18.
Bergoglio is first latin american pope VATICAN CITY AGENCIES
rGeNTiNA’S Jorge mario Bergoglio was elected Pope Francis i on Wednesday, becoming the church’s first Latin American pontiff after a conclave to elect a leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. The 76-year-old conservative emerged from the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica to the cry of “Habemus Papam!” (“We Have a Pope!”), as tens of thousands of pilgrims clambered over barriers and broke down in tears, overcome with emotion after suspenseful prayer vigils worldwide. White smoke earlier billowed from the Sistine Chapel and the bells of St Peter’s Basilica rang out, signalling the election had taken place after five rounds of voting in the Vatican, one more than when Benedict XVi was elected in 2005.
Tribesmen stone soldier to death over alleged love affair PESHAWAR AGENCIES
Tribesmen tied a soldier to the hood of a car and stoned him to death in the country’s restive northwest for allegedly having a romantic relationship with a local woman, government officials and a tribal elder said Wednesday. The grisly incident took place Tuesday in Parachinar, the capital of the Kurram tribal area. The soldier, Nooruddin Aalam, allegedly began his relationship with the woman during a previous posting in the area, said a local government official. He was transferred elsewhere three months ago but returned to see the woman in recent days, said the official. residents allegedly caught the couple dating, said a local tribal elder. Leaders of various tribes met monday and decided the soldier should be executed according to islamic law, said the elder. A second government official said locals took Aalam to a graveyard, tied him to the hood of a car and stoned him to death, then shot him. One resident also shot the soldier, said the tribal elder. The woman allegedly involved in the incident is with the family of a local tribal elder, and her fate will be decided later, he said. The government officials and tribal elder spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution from local tribesmen. A military official confirmed the death of the soldier but did not provide any additional details. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with official policy. it is quite rare for people to be stoned to death in Pakistan, but when it does occur, the victim is more often a woman than a man.
Bergoglio is the first Jesuit to become pope and is believed to have been the runner-up in 2005. The first wisps of smoke in the evening sky prompted cries of “Long live the pope!” from pilgrims clutching rosaries and waving flags in the square, where the image of the tiny copper chimney was projected onto four giant screens. Bergoglio, who is the 266th pope in the Catholic Church’s 2,000-year history, retired to a chamber known as the “room of Tears” immediately after the nomination to don his papal vestments and then prayed in the Pauline Chapel. Bells pealed in churches across italy to celebrate the announcement and residents of rome could be seen racing to the floodlit 17th-century Vatican plaza, running out of their homes and cafes to reach the square in time. Cardinals have been locked up behind the Vatican
walls and cut off from the outside world since Tuesday, meeting in a sublime renaissance chapel swept for recording devices and installed with scramblers to prevent any communication. The historic election after Benedict’s abrupt resignation last month was being followed around the world on live television as well as through social media and smartphone apps, this is the first ever tweeted conclave. “i didn’t think i would cry but i guess the adrenalin’s taking over!” said rebecca Hine, a student from Canada who had waited two days in the rain. “i’m overjoyed!” said a tearful Veronica, a nun from Botswana. “i’m so emotional i can hardly speak!”A breathless ruud, a 31-yearold Dutch tourist, said: “We were having dinner nearby and heard a roar, and raced here to see for ourselves.”
Fo denies pakistan behind srinagar attack 5 indiAn pArAmilitAry police, 2 militAnts killed in Ambush thAt indiAn home secretAry Alleges is pAkistAn’s hAndiwork ISLAMABAD/SRINAGAR/NEW DELHI ONLINE
The Foreign Office on Wednesday strongly dismissed the allegations levelled by indian Home Secretary rK Singh earlier in the day that Pakistan was behind the killing of five indian paramilitary police in Srinagar. Beside the five indian paramilitary police, two militants were killed in an ambush on the indian security forces in the main city of indian-held Kashmir (iHK). “Five indian CrPF (Central reserve Police Force) men were killed in the suicide attack on a group of about 25 men who were on duty,” confirmed a police officer, who asked not to be named because he was not authorised to talk to the media. FO spokesman muazzam Khan also rejected the statement made by indian Defence minister AK Antony in the rajya Sabha accusing the Special Services Group of the Pakistan Army of beheading two indian soldiers on the Line of Control on January 8. “We feel that this trend of making irresponsible statements and knee-jerk reactions by senior indian government functionaries have the potential of undermining the efforts made by both sides to normalize relation between the two countries,” Khan said. He said Pakistan, which was itself a victim of terrorism and had rendered immense sacrifices in its efforts against this menace, condemned such actions of terrorism in the strongest possible terms and called upon the government of india to carry out a thorough
investigation into such incidents before levelling such accusations which were counterproductive and served no purpose. The FO spokesman said Pakistan remained committed to discussing and resolving all outstanding issues with india through a meaningful dialogue. PAKIstAn’s HAndIwoRK: earlier, Singh had said the attack in Srinagar seemed to be the handiwork of militants, who came from across the border in Pakistan. Briefing reporters about the attack, Singh said, “The attack seems to be handiwork of militants who came from across the border in Pakistan.” “Prima facie evidence suggests that these militants were from across the border. They were probably from Pakistan,” Singh was quoted as saying by indian media “We had inputs of four militants having entered; now two are dead. All our units are alert,” he added. “The two militants who managed to escape after the attack are also said to be from Pakistan. The four are believed to from the LT. A probe into the matter has been ordered and the security forces have been asked to take all preventive measures,” he said. According to reports, militants sneaked inside a public school and opened indiscriminate firing on civilians, including school children who were playing cricket, and the security forces. Two militants were shot dead by the security forces in the ensuing firing. Some civilians also sustained severe injuries in the incident. LT militant Hillal maulavi is said to have carried out the brazen attack on the CrPF camp.
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All SHOs should be directed to take measures to combat use of drugs in and out of schools besides ensuring security to school staff and students across the metropolis – Sindh IGP Ghulam Shabbir Shaikh
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He proceedings of the Sindh Assembly’s session Wednesday were marred by an unexpected pandemonium created by the treasury lawmakers who were critical of the federal government for its failure to implement the Supreme Court’s verdict in Asghar Khan’s case. Led by imdad Patafi, a handful of PP lawmakers protested and finally walked out of the house for not implementing the court’s decree. “We want (interior minister) rehman malik and the federal government to implement the Supreme Court verdict in Asghar Khan Case,” declared Patafi setting a two-day deadline for his own government. Pitafi demanded of his own government in center to make Sharif Brothers accountable for conspiring
against the democracy in 1990s. He said it was unfortunate that the court’s decision had not been implemented and those who used national wealth against the democracy were still at large. He said the court convicted the PPP prime minister while the others were allowed to visit the court frequently. He led the walkout before surrounding the Speaker Nisar Khuhro’s rostrum along with lady lawmakers Shama mithani and Farheen mughal for lodging their protest against non-implementation of the court’s decision. Listening to their hue and cry, the speaker gave ruling asking the Sindh Law minister, Ayaz Soomro, to “write to Supreme Court that lawmakers are protesting against the nonimplementation of its decision”. Looking at the charged atmosphere, Ayaz Soomro said: “We will have to implement the court’s decision”. Senior minister Pir mazharul Haq said the funding was injected into anti-democratic move to topple the PPP government in 1990s.
He appealed to the judiciary for getting its decision implemented. The speaker said the formation of iJi through public wealth was made for stolen election. He said there had been no progress on the court’s verdict. However, the legislators walked out of the house shortly and later joined the session. A slight harshness hit the house proceedings when Pir mazharul Haq was going to explain his views in reply to the mQm lawmaker, Dr Sagheer Ahmed’s question that he was misquoted by media on the Hyderabad University construction. He said he could even build the university at Paka Qila if the mQm can evacuate the inhabited part of the city as there is no other prime location to raise construction for the academic institution there. Dr Sagheer objected to his remarks saying it was not a tradition of the world to build universities by driving out the population. He said Pir mazhar’s remark was a disdain. He added the mQm had already identified location in Gulshan-eSarmast for the institute. Pir mazhar, however, retracted his remarks and said he did not mean what the mQm had perceived from his remarks. He said the PPP had supported the resolution in the house
We want (Interior Minister) Rehman Malik and the federal government to implement the Supreme Court verdict in Asghar Khan Case to build the university in Hyderabad and he still adhered to his pledge. The house also passed four government bills unanimously - The Sindh institute of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Bill 2013, The Sindh Coal Bill 2012, The Sindh Finance (Amendment) Bill 2013 and The Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Human resource research and Development Board Bill 2013. On the request of Ayaz Soomro, the house deferred consideration of The Sindh Tenancy (Amendment) Bill 2013 for Thursday.
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injurEd CoP diES during TrEaTMEnT KARACHI: A policeman injured in a firing incident died here on Wednesday morning during the treatment. Police constable Gulzar was injured when some unknown gunmen opened fire on a police mobile in front of the Annu Bhai Park in Nazimabad area. ASi Abid Hussain was killed in the incident. Separately, two bodies bearing torture marks were discovered from Kharadar and Nazimabad’s Chawla market. Both the deceased were shot dead after being abducted. NNI
16 held in targeted operation KARACHI: in a targeted operation in Urdu Chowk and adjoining areas of Orangi Town here on Wednesday, rangers personnel detained highprofile target killers among 16 suspects along with arms. The rangers launched targeted operations in Urdu Chowk, Faiz-eAam Society and adjoining areas in Orangi Town and closed all exit and entry points of the area, sources said. Over 500 rangers were involved in the operation. in the house-to-house search operation, the security men detained 16 persons and seized around 25 weapons from their possession. The arrested men included high-profile target killers, the rangers sources said. The accused have been transferred to an undisclosed location for interrogation, they added. NNI
HYDERABAD: Policemen cover the body of Sub Inspector Abid Hassan in a police flag during funeral ceremony at the Police Headquarters. ONLINE
156 policemen killed in over 14 months KARACHI PPI
Sindh inspector General of Police (iGP) Gulam Shabbir Shaikh, along Additional iG Traffic DiG Zafar Bukhari, DiG West Jawed Alam, SSP east imran Shaukat, SSP Centarl Amir Farooqi, SSP West Asif ejaz Shaikh, other police officers and neighbours attended the funeral prayer of slain
police constable Gulzar Husain at Garden Headquarters South here on Wednesday. He was martyred in an attack on police mobile in Nazimabad on Tuesday night. According to a report issued by Sindh police, 156 officials and cops of Karachi police were killed during encounters with criminals and terrorists’ from January 2012 to date. The victims included one SP, one DSP, four inspectors, 14
sub-inspectors, 21 assistant subinspectors, 24 head constables and 91 constables. The report said that 197 police officers and personnel were injured during the same period. The injured included four DSPs, five inspectors, 17 sub-inspectors, 26 assistant sub-inspectors, 28 head constables and 117 constables. The report also showed that 37
police officers and personnel were killed and 85 others injured in Hyderabad, mirpurkhas, Sukkur and Larkana during the same year. On the occasion, Sindh iGP directed police officers that approved compensation and other relief items should be provided to the real heirs of slain policemen, besides one person from the affected family should be provided a job in the police department.
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Under the constitution, the chief minister is supposed to consult opposition leader for appointing an interim chief minister – Pir Sibghatullah Shah Rashidi
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10 die, over 27 hurt in road mishaps KARACHI NNI
At least 10 persons were killed while 27 others were injured in separate road accidents here on Wednesday morning. According to reports, four passengers including three women were killed and 19 others were badly hurt when a speedy bus overturned on the Supper Highway in Karachi. Separately, three people of a same family were killed and eight others were injured when their van turned turtle near mian Channu. Two of the deceased were identified as Barkat Ali and muhammad Waqas. in another incident, three students were killed when a truck hit their motorcycle in Jhelum.
MnA’s guARds AssAult student: Political influence and misuse of power continues as member of National Assembly (mNA) from Jacobabad Aijaz Jakhrani’s guards assaulted and injured a student over a petty issue on Wednesday. According to sources, Jakhrani’s son got into a fight during a football match following which guards of the mNA assaulted the student. The assaulted student was taken to a local hospital to receive medical treatment. A case had been lodged at the Boat Basin Police Station against Jakhrani’s sons, namely rafay and Harris, along with five guards.
of BroKEn ProMiSES opposition leAder issues counter report of ppp’s five-yeAr performAnce, hunger, coffin And grAve not “roti, kAprA or mAkAn” given to mAsses, rAtio of crimes grew by 55 to 244 percent during 2007-2012, prices of dAily-use kitchen items skyrocketed by 42 to 268 percent KARACHI
He ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) during its five-year constitutional tenure, due to complete on 16th march, fulfilled just one of the 17 promises and only 20 of the 100 commitments it had made with the masses in its election manifesto titled “Towards Peace and Prosperity in Pakistan” in 2008. On monday the PPP-led Sindh government unveiling its five-year performance report at the Sindh Assembly to give what Sindh Chief minister Qaim Ali Shah termed a “broad overview” of his government’s past achievements. Wednesday witnessed the National People’s Party (NPP) opposition leader Arif mustafa Jatoi, a coalition partner yesterday but one of PPP’s biggest critiques in Sindh Assembly today, issuing a report titled “Broken Promises”. Seemingly well-researched, the report concluded that all the ruling PPP had provided it’s voters with was hunger, coffin and grave and not “roti, Kapra aur makan” as the party had pledged in its 2008’s election manifesto. According to the report, of the total 17 promises made in its manifesto, the
PPP had kept only one and that was the announcement it made regarding provincial autonomy. The 16 allegedly “broken promises”, the report cited, included ridding Pakistan of violence, bigotry and terror, employment for youth, lowering inflation, provision of quality education, healthcare and clean potable water, bringing progress to the doorstep of workers, farmers and small businesses, supporting the disadvantaged, making Pakistan business-friendly, women empowerment, sustainable high economic growth, sound macroeconomic policies, strong defence, elimination of energy shortage, environmental protection, world class irrigation system, citizen-centric governance and good governance. Furthermore, the report claimed that the rulers from the PPP had failed to respect the 100 commitments the party had made to the masses and had fulfilled only 20 of the same. Quoting data compiled by the Sindh police during 2007 and 2012 as “incredible”, Jatoi said that during the review period heinous crimes like murder, assault on police and gang-rapes have increased by 55, 124 and 32 percent respectively. meanwhile, incidents of murder, attack on police and gang-rapes grew to 3,540, 1,700 and 298 in 2012 compared to 2007’s 2,277, 759 and 22. in addition, some 127 people were kidnapped for ransom in 2012 against 64
KARACHI: A boy crosses a lake at Safari Park. ONLINE
ECP forms body on delimitation KARACHI: The election Commission of Pakistan (eCP) has constituted a committee charged with redrawing electoral constituencies in Karachi and Nosheroferoz district of Sindh. The eCP revealed this in its written reply submitted to the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday. it stated that Justice (r) roshan esani, a member of the eCP, was heading the committee, while adding that the body would submit its report within seven days after which a notification of new electoral constituencies would be issued. The provincial election commission submitted its reply in response to a constitutional petition pertaining to delimitation of constituencies for provincial and National Assembly seats in Nosheroferoz. INP
in 2007, while incidents of bank robberies, highway robberies and car theft surged from 20 to 30, 36 to 124 and 10,205 to 22,370 in 2012 respectively. “Figures (have been taken) from Sindh police website so credibility is questionable,” the opposition lawmaker said. “Some say Zardari alone has singlehandedly outweighed all, but (in fact) he has inflicted headache and the habit of begging upon the nation,” Jatoi said while comparing the price difference of essential kitchen items during the PPP’s government with past governments. The NPP leader said that inflationary pressures during the PPP rule had skyrocketed. The prices of daily-use items, he claimed, had become dearer to the poverty-stricken masses by increasing from 42 to 268 percent. Citing government figures, Jatoi said the prices of wheat flour (average quality), basmati rice (broken), moong pulse (dal), chicken, mutton, beef, eggs, potato, onions, tomatoes, sugar, milk, lawn, kerosene oil, diesel, petrol and cement, he said, had, respectively, shot up by 155, 268, 159, 82, 134, 73, 74, 42, 124, 86, 59, 177, 101, 76, 91, 79 and 77 percent during 2008-2012. “i was hoping for the ruling PPP to come out with a defence of its last manifesto that was published in 2008, however, no such effort seems to be under consideration by the ruling party,” Jatoi remarked in his report, the front page of which carried a photo depicting masses complaining “No roti, no Kapra, no makaan, whatever we had is also gone”. The report, the NPP leader said, was not a personal criticism of the current government but was “an attempt to inform the voters of what was promised” by the ruling party.
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If you try to please everybody, somebody's not going to like it. — Donald Rumsfeld
Thursday, 14 March, 2013
CaTholiC ConClaVE ConTinuES VoTE for nEw PoPE VATICAN CITY: Cardinals in secret conclave failed twice to elect a new pope this morning, as black smoke over the Sistine Chapel showed ballots on the first full day of voting were inconclusive. After an inconclusive first vote on Tuesday night, the 115 cardinal electors should hold another two ballots later on Wednesday after praying for inspiration from God for a choice that can lead the Roman Catholic Church out of crisis. Having spent the night closeted in a nearby guesthouse, the cardinals attended Mass in the Pauline Chapel in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace and returned to the Sistine Chapel to hold the two morning ballots. When a pope is elected, white smoke will emerge from the chapel and the bells of St Peter's will peal. Only one vote was held on Tuesday night with black smoke billowing from a chimney above the chapel to signal no pope had been elected. No modern conclave has reached a decision on the first day,so the lack of an outcome on Tuesday's single vote was no surprise. Before the doors of the chapel were shut, all the cardinals below the age of 80, when the papal seat was declared vacant on February 28, made an oath of secrecy in Latin before the voting started. AGENCIES
TuniSia VEndor diES afTEr SElf-iMMolaTion TUNIS: A Tunisian cigarette vendor who set himself ablaze in a busy street of the capital Tunis a day earlier has died under hospital care, a medical official has said. Twentyseven-year-old Adel Khadri died on Wednesday as a result of severe burns, Imed Toiuibi, the director of the Ben Arous Burns Centre, told the AFP news agency. "This is a young man who sells cigarettes because of unemployment," Khadri shouted before immolating himself on Habib Bourguiba avenue. Security forces and bystanders tried to extinguish the flames before the man was rushed to hospital, witnesses said. Officials said Khadri hails from an extremely poor family in Jendouba in northwestern Tunisia. Interior ministry spokesman Khaled Tarrouche attributed Khadri's desperate action to his economic situation. "He is unemployed and came to Tunis a few months ago. He was very fragile, psychologically broken, and that is why he set himself on fire." In December 2010, street vendor Bouazizi died of his injuries after setting himself alight on December 17, 2010 in the town of Sidi Bouzid after a policewoman confiscated his fruit cart. AGENCIES
uK hinTS aT ByPaSSing Syria arMS EMBargo LoNDoN: British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that it could break with a European Union arms embargo on Syria to allow the flow of weapons to anti-government rebels battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "I hope that we can persuade our European partners, if and when a further change becomes necessary, they will agree with us," Cameron told a parliamentary committee on Tuesday. "But if we can't, then it's not out of the question we might have to do things in our own way. It's possible," he added. The arms embargo is part of a package of EU sanctions on Syria that currently roll over every three months, with the last extension achieved with the agreement of all 27 EU members on March 1. Without unanimous agreement between all EU members to either renew or amend the ban in three months' time, the embargo becomes void. Britain pushed for and won an agreement to amend the embargo to allow the supply of non-lethal equipment such as body armour and armoured vehicles to rebels, but warned that in future it might act alone. Also on Tuesday, France hinted that it would push to get a European Union arms embargo on Syria lifted, saying the balance of power in the country had to change so President Bashar al-Assad understood he could not win by military force. AGENCIES
Rome: A pilgrim prays in St Peter's Square as cardinals attend mass before entering the conclave in Vatican City. AGENCIES
Saudi beheads seven men for armed robberies RIYADH
eVeN Saudi men convicted of theft, looting and armed robbery were beheaded on Wednesday, according to the country's official news agency, more than a week after their families and a rights group appealed to the king for clemency. The executions took place in Abha, a city in the southern region of Asir, the Saudi Press Agency said. The south has been marginalised and suffered discrimination by the powerful central region where the capital, riyadh, and the holy shrines of mecca and medina are located. The seven were arrested in 2006 and received death sentences in 2009, a Saudi newspaper reported at the time. The case was back in focus after Human rights Watch earlier this month called for the sentences to be cancelled because the men were juveniles at the time of their arrest. One of the men told The Associated Press news agency in early march that he was only 15 when he was arrested as part of a ring that stole jewelry in 2004 and 2005. Nasser al-Qahtani said he was tortured to confess and had no access to lawyers. Al-Qahtani said that during the years-long trial, he only faced the judge three times and when the men tried to complain to the judge about the torture or show torture marks on their bodies, they were ignored. He also said the judge never assigned him a lawyer. The original sentences called for death by firing squad and crucifixion. However, SPA said on Wednesday that the seven were beheaded. A security official, speaking on
SarS-liKE ViruS ClaiMS ViCTiM RIYADH: A SARS-like virus that has struck in Britain and the Middle East has claimed a new victim in Saudi Arabia, bringing the global toll from the mystery illness to nine, the World Health Organisation said. The UN agency said on Tuesday that the Saudi health ministry informed it that a 39-year-old man, who developed symptoms on February 24 and was hospitalised four days later, died on March 2. "Preliminary investigation indicated that the patient had no contact with previously reported cases," the WHO said in a statement. "Other potential exposures are under investigation." Novel coronavirus, or nCoV, was first detected in the middle of last year. Including the latest victim, a total of 15 cases have now been reported. AGENCIES
condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media, said three men with swords carried out the executions. The oil-rich kingdom follows a strict implementation of islamic law, or Shariah, under which people convicted of murder, rape or armed robbery can be executed, usually by sword. Saudi Arabia has executed 23 people so far this year, including the seven men on Wednesday. Last year it executed 76 people and in 2011, 79.
Venezuela to probe Chavez cancer 'poisoning' CARACAS AGENCIES
The Venezuelan government has said that it will set up a formal inquiry into suspicions that the late President Hugo Chavez's cancer was the result of poisoning by his enemies abroad. The decision to probe the circumstances surrounding the former president's death comes days after iranian president mahmoud Ahmadinejad, one of the foreign dignitaries at Chavez's funeral, alleged he died of a "suspect illness". Acting President Nicolas maduro, handpicked by Chavez to run the country as the president underwent surgery in Cuba, also said the socialist leader had been "poisoned". "We will seek the truth," maduro told regional TV network Telesur late on monday. "We have the intuition that our commander Chavez was poisoned by dark forces that wanted him out of the way." Foreign scientists will be invited to join a government commission to probe the accusation, the OPeC nation's acting leader said. But the the accusation has been derided by critics of the government, who view it as a typical Chavez-style conspiracy theory intended to feed fears of "imperialist" threats to Venezuela's socialist system and distract people from daily problems. maduro, a candidate in the April 14 snap election to choose Venezuela’s new president, is trying to keep voters' attention firmly focused on Chavez to benefit from the outpouring of grief among his millions of supporters, analysts said. The opposition is centering its campaign on portraying maduro, a former bus driver, as an incompetent who, they say, is morbidly exploiting Chavez's demise.
pKK frees turkish hostages in peace bid ISTANBUL AGENCIES
Kurdish rebels in Turkey have released eight hostages after their jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan called for a prisoner exchange. The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) freed the eight soldiers and civil servants on Wednesday as part of a peace process with the Turkish government that it hopes will lead to a ceasefire by August. The hostages were freed in iraq and they were back in Turkey on Wednesday afternoon. According to reports, Ocalan began secret talks with Turkey to end the 29-year conflict in October. Al Jazeera's Omar Al Saleh, reporting from Antakya in Turkey, said the deal to release of the hostages was
considered a gesture of goodwill in a proposal made by Ocalan. 'CeAsefIRe': "Now this takes us to the more important step we could see by next week, this is according to Ocalan, we could see calling for the PKK to announce a ceasefire," Al Saleh said. The hostages met their families in Zakho, northern iraq, and then entered Turkey from the border at Habur. Al Saleh said Ocalan's plan was for a ceasefire to begin in the next few months, up to the middle of August. "Then the PKK will call on its fighters to leave the Turkish territory and withdraw and then lay down their weapons," Al Saleh said. Turkey has yet to announce what it has offered in return, but there has been speculation that it will make some changes to the
Turkish constitution. These include recognition of the existence of the ethnic Kurds, which is one of the main demands by Kurds in Turkey. The hostages have been named as Zihni Koc, Abdullah Sopceler, Kemal ekinci, Nadir Ozgen, Kenan erenoglu, resat Cacan, ramazan Basaran, Hadi Gizli. The number of hostages held by the PKK have been disputed. Turkish media has reported numbers that vary from 10 to 20. delAyed ReleAse: They had been kidnapped in various dates in Diyarbakir, Van, mus, Bingol and Sirnak provinces in eastern and southeastern Turkey. The release was expected to take place on Tuesday but was delayed because of "technical reasons", according to the BDP. A spokesman for the pro-Kurdish Peace
and Democracy Party (BDP), Cemal Coskun, told the pro-Kurdish Firat news agency that the BDP-led delegation had travelled to the northern iraqi city of Arbil for the expected release. “We hope the powers longing for peace and democracy will see the gesture and speed up the steps for peace,” he told Firat. representatives from the interior ministry and two non-governmental groups were also in Arbil for the release, which both sides say should be interpreted as a confidence-building measure in new efforts to end the 29-year-old Kurdish insurgency. leAdeR's CAll: The promised release follows a call the Kurdish leader Ocalan made from in prison in Turkey last month. He said that both sides held prisoners and he hoped to see them "reach their fam-
ilies". Besir Atalay, Turkey's deputy prime minister, said the initiative should be regarded as a gesture of goodwill in the ongoing process. But he ruled out speculation that the government made secret concessions for the release. "There is big public support, expectation and hope," Atalay told the state-run Anatolia news agency. Peace talks resumed late last year between Ocalan and the Turkish state with the ultimate aim of ending the nearly three decades of violence that has claimed around 45,000 lives since the PKK took up arms against Ankara in 1984. Ocalan has been in prison for 14 years for treason. He is expected to call on his outlawed PKK to abide by a ceasefire due to start on march 21, the Kurdish New Year.
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Caretaker PM to come through consensus. — Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain
NEWS Thursday, 14 March, 2013
arBaB ghulaM rahiM MEETS ShahBaz To forgE allianCE lAHoRe: Former chief minister and the head of the Pakistan Muslim LeagueLikeminded (PML-L) Arbab Ghulam Rahim on Wednesday called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. During the meeting held in Model Town, both the leaders discussed key issues including the prevailing political situation in the country besides matters of electoral alliance. Shahbaz welcomed Arbab Ghulam Rahim back in Pakistan from UAE and expressed hope that he would play an active role in ongoing political proceedings. Hummayun Akhtar Khan, Hamid Nasir Chattha and other PMLLikeminded leaders also participated in the meeting. It should be mentioned that Arbab Ghulam Rahim was in selfexile in the UAE and landed at the Allama Iqbal International Airport to avoid arrest. Sources said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had already made arrangements to welcome Rahim at the airport. Talking to journalists at the airport, Rahim said he was back in Pakistan with his own free will. He listed meeting with PML-N leadership as his top priority during his stay in Punjab. INP
Qadri fEarS VoTE undEr old SySTEM May BrEaK PaKiSTan
PeSHAWAR: A roadside vendor sells eatables during rain on Wednesday. INP
SC sides with ECP, demands explanation from govt ISLAMABAD
lAHoRe: Tehreek-eMinhajul Quran International chief Dr Tahirul Qadri is back in Pakistan after a short stay in Canada and believes election per the old system could lead to the disintegration of Pakistan. Talking to reporters at Lahore airport, Qadri said as long as corrupt rulers remained at the helm of affairs, the scourge of terrorism would continue to thrive in Pakistan. “A major surgery is required to clear the resident malignance so that a change for the better may come about,” he said. To a question, Dr Qadri said he would announce his future line of action during a public rally at Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi, on March 17. He said planned arson of Christian homes in Lahore’s Joseph Colony was an atrocious act. ONLINE
H e Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday issued an interim order to the federal government to explain what reservations it had with regards to the monitoring of elections by the election Commission of Pakistan (eCP). According to details, the interim order outlined that the eCP had been authorised by the constitution to hold free and fair elections and to rid the system of corrupt politicians hoping to run for office. The apex court order in the electoral reforms case further stated that the government should not have any objections to stopping corruption and corrupt practices. A three-member bench of the SC, headed by the chief justice, said that government should have no objections over the monitoring of the election campaign. Furthermore, the SC said the government could not object to the elimination of corruption from the political process. The court adjourned the hearing till
ECP PrinTS 120,000 noMinaTion PaPErS IslAMABAd: In a bid for transparent elections, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday published 120,000 new nomination papers. According to details, a senior ECP official said, “Today, Pakistan Printing Corporation has completed publishing of 120,000 nomination papers and work is in progress of publishing 18 crore ballot papers” The officer, asking to remain anonymous, said that commission would stand by its decision and elections would be held on said nomination papers. He said that so far the published nomination papers were still at the printing press. “After checking printing quality, the printing corporation will hand the nomination papers over to us in next couple of days,” the officer said. Talking about the elections reform package, which was lying pending with Standing Committee for many weeks, the officer said that commission had decided that if the
today (Thursday). govt fAIled to gIve exPAtRIAte PAKIstAnIs votIng RIgHt: The government has failed to devise a solid strategy for giving overseas Pakistanis the right to vote, Chief Justice iftikhar muhammad Chaudhry said on Wednesday
parliament did not pass this reform package, the commission would get it passed from the interim government. He said that, on the advice of the caretaker prime minister, the president would be bound to promulgate the ordinance within 15 days of receiving the summary. Meanwhile, ECP asked political parties hoping to contest in the next general elections to submit a list of nominated candidates in order of priority for the seats reserved for women and non-Muslims in the National Assembly and the provincial assemblies on or before March 24, 2013. The ECP said the party lists may contain as many names of additional candidates as a political party may deem necessary for contesting in elections for the seats reserved for women and non-Muslims to provide for any disqualification of candidates during scrutiny of nomination papers or filling of any vacant seats during the term of the National Assembly and the provincial assemblies, as the case may be. STAFF REPORT
while hearing the case on expatriate Pakistanis’ right to vote. The CJP said they had been reiterating that the Pakistanis living abroad were playing a pivotal role for the country’s progress, which was why it would be injustice to deprive them of the right to vote.
The apex court was told that the allotment of right to vote to overseas Pakistanis was under process such that the relevant parties were negotiating in this regard, which would take some time. Hearing of the case was later adjourned until today (Thursday).
SHC issues notice to sugar mill for illegal fund transfer counsel sAys defendAnts hAve trAnsferred compAny’s funds to their personAl Accounts KARACHI STAFF REPORT
The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday issued notices to Al-Abbas Sugar mill, its chief executive officer (CeO) Shunaid
Qureshi and others on lawsuit regarding illegal transfer of funds and misappropriation of company’s bonus. The court also restrained the company from taking any decision regarding performance bonus of CeO Shunaid Qureshi and executive directors for years 2012 and 2013 in its board meeting scheduled to be held on march 14. A single bench, headed by Justice muhammad Tasnim, after preliminary hearing of the case issued the notice for march 19 and ordered that until next date defendants would not take any decision on the item regarding performance bonus in their board meeting or in any subsequent meeting.
Plaintiff Suleman Lalani submitted that he represented 20 percent shareholders of the company. He submitted that the company had issued 14 cheques amounting rs 17,750,000 to m/s rustum Traders which credited the amount in their account and later they issued cheques of same amount in favour of Shunaid. Lalani’s counsel Khalid Javed Khan submitted that similar transaction has also been effected by defendant Shunaid Qureshi, Haji Abdul Ghani, Hajiani Noor Jehan in the company’s business causing loss to the shareholders. The counsel submitted that the plaintiff protested and wrote to board of directors on February 6, which was not replied so
far. He said the CeO was elected in the board meeting and now another board meeting was going to be held on march 14 in which performance bonus of the CeO and executive director for year 2012 and 2013 has been placed on agenda of the meeting. He submitted that the defendants had transferred the funds of the company to their personal accounts and the CeO was not entitled for the performance bonus. The court issuing notices to Al-Abbas Sugar mills, its CeO, other directors and private banks, ordered that until next date the defendants would not take any decision on the item regarding performance bonus and adjourned the hearing until march 19.
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Govt’s proactive policies ensured peace in country. — Interior Minister Rehman Malik
Thursday, 14 March, 2013
Senate passes naCTa, electoral laws bills nActA Aims At estAblishing A body to unify And orchestrAte nAtionAl counter-terrorism And counterextremism meAsures ISLAMABAD
H e Upper House of parliament on Wednesday passed two important bills paving the way for setting up an anti-terror body for coordinating and interacting with law enforcement agencies to curb rising terrorism and another for removing the restriction on election candidates to appear in person before returning officer for submission of their nomination papers. “The National Counter Terrorism Authority Bill, 2013” was moved by minister for Law and Justice Farooq H Naik. Under the bill, NACTA will be an independent body directly answerable to the prime minister. earlier, the bill was delayed time and again due to a tussle between two cabinet ministers, as interior minister rehman malik wanted to head the NACTA, while then minister for inter-provincial coopera-
tion mian raza rabbani said it should be under the prime minister. The bill aims at establishing the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) to unify and orchestrate national counter-terrorism and counter-extremism measures and provide for their more effective and efficient enforcement. it would play a pivotal role by coordinating with all law enforcement agencies in taking effective actions against those, who carry out acts of terrorism and extremism, besides preparing comprehensive national counter-terrorism and counter-extremism strategies. According to the bill, the authority will have a board of governors to be headed by the prime minister. The members will include chief ministers of all provinces and Gilgit-Baltistan, the prime minister of AJK, minister for law and justice, one senator to be recommended by the Senate chairman, one mNA to be recommended by the NA speaker, ministry of interior secretary, inter-Services intelligence DG, intelligence Bureau DG, military intelligence DG, national coordinator, Federal investigation Agency DG and the inspectors general of police of all provinces, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan. The headquarters of the authority will be at islamabad and it may set up offices at other places across the country. The board may invite any person to the meeting on special invitation. The board will exercise all powers and functions of the authority and will provide strategic vision to approve policies and annual budget prepared by the authority.
The board will be assisted by an executive committee comprising the interior minister, secretaries for interior, law and justice,
generaL MusharraF aMended the representation oF the peopLe aCt 1976 to iMpede naWaz shariF and Benazir Bhutto to taKe part in 2002 eLeCtions as Both Were aBroad at that tiMe. senator ishaq dar finance, defence, foreign affairs, national coordinator, the FATA additional chief secretary and chief secretaries of all provinces, GilgitBaltistan and AJK, home secretaries in provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK as well as additional inspector general, in-charge of counter-terrorism departments of the provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK. All federal ministries and provincial departments including corporations, bodies, set ups, controlled or administered by or under the authority of federal or provin-
cial governments shall provide information and data required for carrying out the purposes of the law. Speaking on a point of order, raza rabbani said that before passing the bill, certain flaws must be removed. The authority of civilians had been compromised in the bill. “The NACTA must be headed by a professional and experienced person whereas the bill is silent about professional competence of the head of the body. The bill does not specify the term of the head of NACTA. There is no provision to induct any professional in the proposed board of governors,” he added. replying to the points, Naik said the establishment of NACTA was essential to exterminate the menace of terrorism from the country. “The (iSi) agency has been granted the role of clearance in the bill as the iB does not have required expertise in this regard. Flaws in the bill would be removed with the passage of time,” he added. The Senate also unanimously passed ‘The election Laws (Amendment) Bill 2013’, aiming to remove the restriction for election candidates to appear in person before returning officer for submission of their nomination papers. The Bill was moved by Leader of the
Gilani given 7 days to re-file review petition ISLAMABAD ONLINE
The Supreme Court (SC) has allowed seven days to former prime minister Yousaf raza Gilani to again file his review petition, saying a larger bench will be formed on this count. A three-member SC bench presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) iftikhar muhammad Chaudhry took up the case on Wednesday. Gilani appeared in the court in person. The CJP said two points in his petition required explanation. “First you have not challenged the verdict given by the seven-member bench, whereby you were declared disqualified. Secondly your petition is time barred and if you want to challenge the decision then we can form a new bench.” The CJP added that the Swiss authorities had sent a letter whereby they had informed the court that they could not reopen cases against the president. Gilani said, “Please for the bench and allow me time so that i can file the review petition again.” Later talking to reporters, Gilani said the court had given him seven days to file the review petition again, adding that a seven-member bench will be also be formed to hear the petition. “i have come to the court to seek revocation of my disqualification. i am not repentant over what i have done”, he added. “Later, the counsel for the sitting prime minister pursued the same stance what i had taken and that is that the president enjoys immunity in all cases. This immunity has been granted not only in his own country but also in other countries. The only difference is that my stance was not accepted while that of the incumbent prime minister has been accepted,” he said.
NA passes bill to empower police, agencies govt hAs tAken meAsures for provision of sAfe drinking wAter to people ISLAMABAD ANWER ABBAS
With clock ticking, the National Assembly on Wednesday passed the Counterterrorism (Second Amendment) bill 2013 to empower police and law enforcement agencies against suspected terrorists and to make various evidences admissible in court. With only three days left for dissolution of assemblies and possibly only a day or two of its present 50th session, the house worked fast on the amendment that was pending for the last two years. The 18th day of the likely last session of the NA opened under the speakership of Dr Fehmida mirza. Due to absence of the petroleum minister from the House, questions regarding his ministry were deferred for sometime during the
khursheed shAh hushes nisAr up sAying pml-n’s Amendments Are being AccommodAted in bill question hour. However, responding to various questions, Defence minister Naveed Qamar told the members that presently Pakistan international Airlines had 38 planes with 24 of them flying, adding that 6 planes have been grounded due to maintenance reasons and eight were under maintenance. He said that a mid-term financial plan was under action to halt more decline of the airline and to maintain its working, however, it would not support the sustainability. The 747 aircraft, he said, were too old and were having issues in engine and cabin as well, but this issue would be resolved by insertion of new planes to the fleet. He also admitted that the Postal Services ministry was not running into profit. The National Assembly was also informed that the government had taken a number of measures for the provision of safe
drinking water to the people. Science and Technology minister Changez Khan Jamali said the ministry had established 24 Water Quality Testing Laboratories across the country. He said the work on a safe drinking water programme in collaboration with South Korea was underway and would be launched soon. Qamar introduced “The Futures Trading Bill 2013” that provides for the regulation of trading in futures contracts. Public Accounts Committee Chairman Nadeem Afzal Gondal laid before the House a report on “The Accounts of the Federal Government of Pakistan for the year 2004-05”. He also laid before the House a report on “review of implementation Status of PAC Directives on the Audit reports for the years 1996-97‚ 1999-2000‚ 2000-01‚ 2005-06 and 2008-09”. Special Committee on Foreign and Domestic Loans Chairwoman Shahnaz Wazir Ali presented before the House a report of the committee on “Foreign and Domestic Loans to examine and Scrutinize the Necessity and Utilisation of Foreign and Domestic Loans since 1985”. She also presented a report of the committee on “millennium Development Goals”. The National Assembly passed “The Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto medical University islamabad Bill 2013” as passed by the
Senate. The bill provides for the establishment of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto medical University‚ islamabad. The bill was moved by Capital Administration and Development minister Nazar muhammad Gondal. Law minister Farooq H Naek presented the Counterterrorism (Second Amendment) bill 2013 to empower police and law enforcement agencies against the suspected terrorists and to make various proves admissible in court. Zahid Hamid, Anusha rehman, Begum Attiya inayatullah and Zafar Ali Shah proposed various amendments in the bill, most of which went unopposed by the government standing part of the bill. Leader of the opposition Chaudhry Nisar grilled the government for tabling the controversial bills in last days of the session, declaring it an attempt to bulldose the legislation. However, when minister Khurshid Shah informed him the amendments being proposed by PmL-N were not being opposed and being accommodated in the bill, Nisar opted to remain silent. The bill was passed after clause to clause reading of the bill during which few clauses were omitted as well following demand by the Pakistan muslim league (Nawaz). The House was adjourned to meet again today (Thursday). This may be the farewell sitting of the House.
Opposition ishaq Dar. The bill cancels an earlier amendment in the representation of the People Act 1976 and omission of Article 8ee of the Conduct of General election Order 2002, under which all candidates were required to appear in person before the returning officer to file nomination papers. ishaq Dar said General musharraf amended the representation of the People Act 1976 to impede Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto to take part in 2002 elections as both were abroad at that time. Law minister Farooq Naik said, “musharraf did not want Benazir Bhutto to contest elections, therefore, he changed the laws. The bill carried greater importance in light of the uncertain security situation prevailing in the country due to which political leaders were receiving death threats. With this amendment, the rOPA 1976 will be restored to its pre 2002 position, enabling candidates to avoid coming before a returning officer if there is any threat or any other reason,” he added. fedeRAl ConstItutIonAl CouRt: Senator Farhatullah Babar called for constitutional amendment to provide for a Federal Constitutional Court to resolve constitutional issues, amendment to Article 184 to provide for appeals in suo motu cases and legislation under Article 191 to regulate the practice and procedure of the Supreme Court. Speaking in the Senate on the issue of dual national judges, he said some such measures were necessary to maintain the balance between state organs “so vital for democracy”.
Pir Pagara aPProVES ThrEE naMES for CarETaKEr Sindh CM KARACHI: The Pakistan Muslim LeagueFunctional (PML-F) chief Pir Sibghatullah Shah Rashidi on Wednesday approved three nominees for the post of caretaker chief minister of Sindh. The three names approved by the PMLF were Abdullah Hussain Haroon, Aslam Sanjrani and Khair Muhammad Junejo. Under the constitution, the chief minister is supposed to consult the opposition leader in appointing the interim chief minister. The term of the National Assembly of Pakistan is going to end on March 16 and provincial assembly of Punjab will be the last to complete its tenure on April 11. INP
jui-f, BnP-a To SiT on oPPoSiTion BEnChES IslAMABAd: The Jamiat Ulema-eIslam-Fazl and Balochistan National Party-Awami have decided to sit on opposition benches in Balochistan Assembly after expiry of governor’s rule in province. A consultative meeting of both parties was held at Parliament House in which BNP-A leader Israrullah Zehri and JUI-F cleric Abdul Ghafoor Haideri took part. Both advised former chief minister Aslam Raisani not to resign, adding that Raisani’s credibility would be affected if he quitted his seat. The two sides agreed that they would have no objection if the National Assembly and provincial assemblies would be dissolved at the same day. The governor’s rule would be abolished in Balochistan today (Thursday), which was imposed for improvement of law and order in the province. ONLINE
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Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time. –Paulo Coelho
COMMENT Thursday, 14 March, 2013
Threats to democracy diﬀerent motives, one objective
our homes were not burnt christian community must turn to politics to end ‘untouchability’
Ome are acting openly, others surreptitiously but there are elements working towards disrupting the elections for their peculiar motives. Some of them are outright opposed to the democratic system which they consider an obstacle accomplishing of their anti-people agenda. Foremost among these are the terrorist groups operating under the umbrella of brand name TTP. These groups have never made any secret of their antipathy for democracy which they consider to be an un-islamic system that has to be demolished. A peaceful transfer of power, they know, would strengthen the system. The more the people participate in the orderly process of electing a government of their choice, the weaker would be the extremists’ lure of an unrepresentative theocratic system. They have already announced that they would target the campaign of two political parties. A bomb blast next door to KP information minister’s home on Tuesday is a grim reminder of what they could do. That the BLA has taken the responsibility of the targeted killing of the election commissioner of Quetta indicates that the extremist nationalist organsations might try to sabotage the polls in Balochistan. They consider any genuine elections with the participation of the mainstream nationalist parties an anathema as it would foil their attempts to make the Baloch youth to take up arms against the state. There is a need on the part of the mainstream parties, the SC, the future caretaker setup and the army to jointly foil the activities of these elements. There are others who want to create hindrances in the elections for dubious motives. While opposing terrorism, paying lip service to democracy and pretending to respect the SC and the eCP, they are in fact planning to disrupt the elections at someone’s behest. The remarks by Tahir ul Qadri at the airport on his return from Canada are ominous. They indicate that despite the failure of his initial assault on democracy, he wants to put up another show to achieve his aims. Qadri has warned that the country would break if the elections were held under the old system. But where is the old system? For the first time in its history Pakistan has an independent election commission which is a statutory body with sufficient powers. Combined with all these destabilising forces is the ineptitude shown by the government in reaching a timely agreement on the caretaker setup at the center and the provinces. One has yet to see if the sudden arrival of Aslam raisani and Arbab Ghulam rahim from Dubai is going to help or deter the holding of the elections on time. One expects from the mainstream parties, the SC and eCP to avoid taking any decision that could postpone the elections or prolong the life of the caretaker setup.
a bill against corporal punishment provincial assemblies need to follow the national Assemblies lead
He state of education is always a cause for much negativity so the few times one gets positive news it is hard not to take notice. With a number of instances of teachers administering corporal punishment to students coming into the public limelight over the last few years, the passing of the Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill 2013 by the National Assembly (NA) is a positive step. The bill has declared any form of corporal punishment of children in academic institutions illegal. individuals found to be involved in the acts would be sentenced to one year in prison, rs 50,000 fine or both. As a final act of goodbye from the NA, the bill shall be much appreciated. But it must be recognised at the same time that the NA bill has strict geographical limits: with education now a provincial subject, the jurisdiction of the bill applies only to the federal capital territory and to those educational institutes that follow its given syllabus. The hope, of course, is that just as the NA was the first to pass a Free and Compulsory education Act in 2012 in line with the implementation of the new Article 25A, the right to free education, this shall be an example for provincial governments to follow. The Sindh Assembly and only yesterday, the Balochistan Assembly, followed up with legislation on the enforcement of the right to education. For now, it appears that one would have to wait until the new provincial assemblies to be formed before effective legislation on corporal punishment in schools comes about that covers the bulk of the education apparatus. The public education system of the country itself needs urgent action to improve it. The absence of basic amenities in public schools has been pointed out numerous times, and one media group has even hired a pop icon to showcase the dismal state of public schooling across the country. each province: Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan is facing its own set of problems, with the situation having gotten so bad that the Supreme Court has stepped in and ordered the lower judiciary to prepare reports on the state of schools. Why such a report was not ordered by an executive and assemblies which lasted five years shall remain an open question once again. That said, the passing of laws is not enough – unless there is a commitment to implementation. The Punjab government has long been running a campaign titled ‘Love, not beating’, but still hosts one of the highest rates of administering corporal punishment in the country. Nonetheless, the law is a positive step, and it is hoped that the new provincial assemblies shall adopt similar bills on priority post elections.
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Comradely Speaking HASHIm BIN RASHID
What choorhi and what is it about our caste, everyone runs from us, Underpaid, reduced to slavery, at the doorstep of the ruler, Only a share was given to us from the heap of left-over grains –Bullah Shah, Mein Choorhaetari Aan
WO hundred houses were looted and burnt – Bibles were burnt to ash and crosses put to flame – by a mob of over 2,000 muslims at Joseph Colony, Badami Bagh in Lahore. At the heart of it was a drunken exchange of abuses between two men: a muslim and a Christian. Somehow, after one day of silence, the exchange was reported to have involved certain allegedly ‘blasphemous’ remarks against the Prophet (PBUH). Sunni Tehreek activists entered the fray to act as ‘witnesses’ to the apparent quarrel in the Christian’s billiards shop. First: the accused’s father was arrested under mob pressure last Friday, then the accused turned himself in. However, the climate was reported to have been amplified by the entry of certain external actors and police officials asked the over 200 Christian families in Joseph Colony to leave. They did. The next morning, it was as if police had invited the mob to ransack, loot and burn Joseph Colony as they stood and watched. media got a full out view of the mob attack. And slowly but surely viewers began to react and condemn the incident – but while confined to drawing rooms. The homes that were burnt were not ours. We would call the violence: “outrageous”, “madness”, “shameful” but it would not force us to get out of our homes – or even question the everyday practices which cause such an event. Surely, the daily discrimination against Christians, labelling of them as ‘untouchables’ – let alone questioning the perimeters of the blasphemy law. “The violence was wrong but the accused must still be punished” was the view many presented on the day. The fact that a drunk man’s testimony – let alone accusation – has little weight in the due process of law. To the mob who burnt down Joseph Colony “the drunk muslim was upholding the honour of their Prophet”. The irony in the ground reality was lost on most muslim Pakistanis – but certainly not on the city’s 500,000 strong Christian community. Protests began the same day and lasted till Tuesday. But more reason for outrage should have been found. The same police force that stood by and watched 3,000 people loot and plunder Joseph Colony, fired over 500 tear gas canisters on Youhanabad, the largest Christian settlement in
the country, with over 4,000 households. Over a hundred Christians were arrested at a point when no one had been arrested for the Joseph Colony mob attack. Policemen in riot gear told a reporter in this newspaper: “These are choorhas.” The term evoking the severe castebased discrimination prevalent in the subcontinent muslims maintains that Christians/choorhas (used interchangeably) are ‘untouchables’. This was clearly the basis of the Asia Bibi case which came to light in late 2010 and by early 2011 had resulted in the murder of both the then Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer and minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti. Having spent two months back then trying to get to the bottom of the case, the only undisputed fact was that the cleric and two accusing ladies believed that “Christians could not shake hands with muslims, let alone eat with them”. The principle the public protests against the demand for her release defended was not the honour of the Prophet (PBUH) but the right to maintain the status of Christians as ‘untouchables’. The same is true of the police action in Youhanabad. On a day when the Christian community came out in large numbers to the Press Club and Punjab Assembly and blocked a number of major traffic routes, the use of heavy handed police tactics on them was designed to achieve nothing but ensure that the community is not able to exert its influence on the city’s politics. if this was not the Punjab government’s purpose then may we ask: where was the tear gas and riot police when Joseph Colony was being burnt down? most are already aware that the Badami Bagh incident was not in isolation – but took from similar mob attacks over alleged blasphemy in Shantinagar in 1997, Bahmniwala and Gojra in 2009. Those responsible for these earlier attacks are still running scot-free, with even the clerics who incited the muslim community against the Christian community, still manning their respective pulpits. These earlier incidents were put down to “rural unruly-ness”, without recognition of the dual spatial and social segregation that operates on Pakistani Christians. The Christian quarters in Punjab’s new colonial villages was always kept separate. The Christians – or choorhas – would provide the menial labour of the village. The fact that colonial segregation practices have been transplanted onto urban space is rarely given much thought. A recent publication, The Unconquered People, traces the ‘untouchables’ status we give to the Christian community to the caste system which originated with the arrival of the Arian people in the indus Valley Civilisation. A tribe known as the Chandhala tribe in the period is understood to be the mother tribe of modern day subcontinental Christians. The kaafi quoted at the start of the article by Bullah Shah refers to organised social movements amongst the choorha community in the 18th century against state and social oppression in the Punjab. The kaafi was erased from record due to its radical content since it involved a high caste muslim (Bullah Shah) claiming untouchability and making it subversive. it bred resistance and thus had to be neutered. it entered British colonialism and the roots of subcontinental Christianity spread amongst the lower castes, including the choorha caste. However, subcontinental Christianity, originating in the colonial project, was constructed as deeply loyal to the state and deeply subversive to resistance – much like the early Christianity in Latin America. Biblical traditions are being cited amongst
the Pakistani Christian community today to justify continued loyalty to a state which has both failed to provide them security of life and dignity – and repressed them when they have stood up for their rights. Unlike subcontinental Christianity, Latin American Christianity developed a strong tradition of resistance which became known as liberation theology – a project which saw human emancipation in the material world as the primary end that religion exhorted human beings to pursue. A more recent example is that the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, considered deeply pro-poor, claimed to be deeply religious and was known to call “Jesus Christ” his hero. Caste is not merely caste. it has a material basis. if the economic conditions of a community are the same, then claims that they have been raised to dignity are fake. As it stands, it is the pastoral community, with its political patrons in mainstream political parties, which is the greatest hurdle to an active politics emerging from within the Christian community calling for an end to discrimination against them. This is quite unlike the strong resistance movements around adhivasi or dalit that developed across the border in india. The fact that there is no elected Christian sitting in all five assemblies in Pakistan should be taken as an indicator. The so-called Christian political leadership has been developed by mainstream political parties, who dole out reserved seats to those most loyal to them. Nothing can be a greater farce than the fact that the Christians sitting in the assemblies and Senate are not accountable to their own community. There is a strong case for the old demand of a dual vote for Christians to be raised with more force after the Badami Bagh incident. Big names amongst the community such as Senator Karman michael and Akram Gill have done thing more than issue press releases. The situation is so bad that one of the recent bishops of Lahore declared that “Christians will need an armed militia” if such incidents continue. The remarks were reportedly blacked out by the media. incidents such as the Badami Bagh incident are not the worst we have done to the Christian community – these are merely the tip of the iceberg. it is the day to day treatment of Christians that must outrage us more. But more than the outrage we feel, it is the Christian community that must stand up and present a united political agenda. if imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri can fly in and bring over 100,000 people to a public rally in Lahore, why can the half a million strong Christian community in the city not organise a similar rally? it is the Christian community that must break out of their fear and claim their dignity if such incidents are not to be repeated. Dignity will not be bestowed by anyone from the outside. Perhaps Bullah’s conclusion to mein Choorhaetaree Aan can serve as inspiration:
We are neither Hindu nor Turk, of neither this class nor that Indifferent from halal and haram, we don’t respect either When the beloved face was unveiled, O Bullah, we were afraid of thrones no more The writer is the general secretary (Lahore) of the Awami Workers Party. He is a journalist and a researcher. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Me, I'm dishonest, and you can always trust a dishonest man to be dishonest. Honestly, it's the honest ones you have to watch out for. –Johnny Depp
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we have never been modern how dr hoodboy is wrong ASIm RAzA
hypocritical Eu must make a stand funding and denouncing israeli occupation RAmzY BAROUD
Ore bad news emerged from israel in recent weeks. indeed, good news is seldom associated with israel and its military occupation and institutionalised discrimination and mistreatment of Palestinians. But now even those international organisations that are often supportive of israel’s militancy seem to be joining the consensus that Tel Aviv is on an irrevocably perilous course. Few international law experts would defend israel’s fervent settlement-building on occupied Palestinian land. Yet the Western powers, led by the United States, have brought little pressure to bear on israel to cease its illegal activities. in fact, without US and european funding it would have been nearly impossible for israel to build settlements and transfer over half a million israelis over the years to live on stolen Palestinian land, in violation of numerous international laws including the Fourth Geneva Convention. Worse still, trade with european and other countries sustained these illegal settlements, allowing them to flourish at the expense of Palestinians who have suffered massive ethnic cleansing campaigns since 1967. But at last eU diplomats in east Jerusalem and the West Bank are speaking out in unequivocal terms. in a report released at the end of last month, the diplomats declared that “settlement construction remains the biggest single threat to the two-state solution. it is systematic, deliberate and provocative.” The report called on eU states “not to support… research, education and technological cooperation” with settlements and to “discourage” investing in israeli companies that operate in the occupied territories. expectedly, the report is non-binding. And even if such recommendations are considered, israel and its eU friends and lobbyists are likely to find loopholes that would deprive any eU action of substance and vigor. Without civil society action focused on turning up the heat on european governments, especially die-hard supporters of israel such as the British government, business with israel is most likely to carry on as usual. Not only is israel flouting international law but the supposed guardians of international law are the very ones that are empowering israel in carrying out its illegal acts, disempowering and bankrupting Palestinians. Last January, an Oxfam report said that the Palestinian economy, which is currently in utter disarray, could generate urgently needed income
– $1.5 billion to be exact – if israel eased its restrictions in the Jordan Valley alone. But without suitable access to their own land and to water sources, Palestinians in the valley continue to struggle while the settlers are thriving. Although the US government is well known to have done everything in its power to defend israel at any cost and ensure israel’s superiority and military edge over all of its neighbours, the eU has falsely acquired a more balanced reputation. Nothing could be further from the truth. in a recent report the Palestinian rights group al-Haq emphasised that trading in produce grown in settlements had “directly contributed to the growth and viability of settlements by providing an essential source of revenue that allows them to thrive”. The reported value of total eU trade with illegal israeli settlements amounts to approximately $300 million a year. This may appear small compared with the $39bn of total trade between the eU and israel reported in 2011, for example, but it does mean that “the eU has some room for leverage given it is israel’s largest trade partner, and it receives some 20 per cent of total israeli exports,” as pointed out by Dalia Hatuqa writing for al-monitor. The fact is that europe is ultimately taking part in the subjugation of the Palestinians by funding israel’s illegal occupation and its massively growing settler population. And no amount of diplomatic “recommendations” or newspeak can alter that fact. But settlement growth cannot be considered in a vacuum. it makes no sense to talk about boycotting settlements while supporting the main organs that ordered or sanctioned the illegal settlements in the first place. So differentiating between products made in israel or those made in the settlements is absurd at best. The settlers are not self-sustaining autonomous outposts. They are considered part and parcel of the so-called israel proper. in the eyes of the israeli
government there is little distinction between settlers from ma’ale Adumim or residents of Tel Aviv. Yigal Palmore of the israeli Foreign ministry responded to the eU report in withering terms. “A diplomat’s mission is to build bridges and bring people together, not to foster confrontation. The eU consuls have clearly failed in their mission,” he said. Nothing is random in israeli planning. As is already the case in various parts of the occupied territories, Palestinians are becoming an unwanted presence on their own land. Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s has decided to develop more settlements in an area known as e1, which is set to cut off east Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank. There is unlikely to be a turning back from the construction plans, which include the building of 3,000 settler homes in the land corridor near Jerusalem. israel is unrelenting and seems to have no regard for international law. it is emboldened in its actions by the weakness of its neighbors, the unhindered backing of its friends, and the gutlessness of its critics, who all too often are consumed in intellectual tussles over the boundaries of language and proper ways to frame the discourse. None of this wrangling is of any concern to israel, which is merely winning time to achieve its own harrowingly ugly version of apartheid. For those who still feel uneasy with this provocative term, consider the latest israeli transport ministry’s initiative. it has designated bus line No 210, which shuttles cheap Palestinian labourers to and from the West Bank, to be “Palestinians only”. Of course this is not an isolated policy but a continuation of a dreadful track record. Bad news from israel is likely to continue. Almost every day there is a new disturbing development in israeli practices against Palestinians. All too often this is merely met with feeble international criticism without any substantial action. Civil society organisations and groups must tell their governments that enough is enough. While israel should be held responsible for its own behavior, the eU and other countries should not finance the occupation while decrying the settlements. This hypocrisy can no longer be tolerated. The writer is editor of PalestineChronicle. He is the author of The Second Palestinian intifada: A Chronicle of a People’s Struggle and my Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story. This article was also carried by Counterpunch.
N his column of February 9, 2013, for the Express Tribune, Pervez Hoodboy quoted an assertion from preface of iqbal’s The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam, saying: “Classical Physics has learned to criticise its own foundations. As a result of this criticism the kind of materialism, which it originally necessitated, is rapidly disappearing.” According to Hoodboy, this was an “oversised assertion” by iqbal and in his understanding: “no real physicist can take this statement seriously”. He added: “even with the discovery of quantum physics — which superseded and improved upon classical physics — the description of observed physical phenomena requires nothing beyond material causes.” As Hoodboy preaches rational thinking keenly, the goal of today’s column is to show the reader that the materialistic conception of the universe, as attempted by Hoodboy, cannot be justified on the basis of the findings in post-Newtonian physics. e A Burt in The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Physical Sciences (1925) identifies key characteristics of the classical physics from Galileo to Newton and their philosophical implications. According to Burt, Galileo combined the geometrical representation of universe, based on Plato’s Timaeus, and the Democritus’s materialistic atomic theory of matter, for his work on bodies in motion. Before Galileo, why of motion was the subject of study in the qualitative terms yet he focused on the how of motion using quantitative methods of exact mathematics. moreover, Galileo re-introduced concepts like separation between the mathematical (primary) and physical world (secondary). mathematical world was declared to be primary because of being absolute, objective, and immutable, whereas the physical world happened to be relative, subjective, and illusion. Consequently, the mathematical study of the how of motion, introduced the concepts of homogenous space and time instead of the classical notions of substance and form. Descartes formulated his Cartesian model of reality, based on Galileo, putting mind on top. On the contrary, Bacon also took materialistic theory for his experimental works, yet he puts the observable experiment on top. Newton combined experimental and mathematical domains for his mechanical conception of universe. For Newton, there was force i.e., gravity instead of motion, however, force could be defined only in the terms of observable body’s mass. Similarly, he gave absolute status to mathematically defined time and space. And, for motion to exist, Newton talked about existence of ether as a medium of motion in space. Therefore, for Newton, motion became absolute because motion meant transfer of body from one part of absolute space to the other. Building on Newton’s scientific work, Kant declared the limit on knowledge saying that we could not know “noumena”. Similarly, Laplace, ‘Newton of France’, developed scientific determinism saying that: “the position and motion of the atoms at any moment could predict the whole course of future events.” Further, for Burt, this development of modern physical sciences based on materialism/mechanism/determinism puts questions to the existence of both God and man. According to Burt, it was Galileo, again, who quoted Tertullian’s dictum: “we know God first by nature, then by revelation”. Hence, one should interpret doubtful passages of scripture in the light of scientific discovery rather than the reverse. Boyle added, “As God played the mathematician in creating the world, mathematical principles, like the axioms of logic, must be ultimate truths superior to God himself, and independent of revelation; in fact revelation itself must be so interpreted as not to contradict those principles.” Newton contributed while saying, “After its first construction the world of nature has been quite independent of God for its continued existence and motion.” Laplace said, “i had no need of that hypothesis.” Considering if Burt is right in his analysis of the classical physics, then the classical physics has three leading characteristics i.e., materialism, universal objectivism, and determinism. And, atheism is an ultimate outcome of the classical physics based on the materialism/determinism. it seems obvious that iqbal refers to the implications of modern physics for “this kind of materialism” in his above assertion. A cursory glance of the science literature of last two centuries strengthens iqbal’s assertion. electromagnetic worldview came to the front. mathematicians blew the idea of absolute authority/truth in geometry through development of non-euclidean geometries in the nineteenth century. einstein’s theory of relativity (1905), based on non-euclidean geometry, put an end to Newtonian absolutism of motion, space and time. Special relativity unified space and time and declared the both inseparable. Therefore, universe happened to be context-bound because different observers see the world differently. Similarly, After michelson and morley’s “failed experiment”, unable to determine the existence of the elusive ether, the classical notion of ether was put to abandon for good. Whitehead declared reality to be a system of inter-connected events and put forward a relational image of reality rather than dual/binary image. Later, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle (1927) replaced scientific determinism with probabilistic understanding of universe saying that either one could measure the speed of motion or could measure position of an atom but not both. Here, it seems quite possible that one argues, like Hoodboy tried, in the favour of materialism/determinism based on quantum physics. However, quantum physicists like David Bohm will strongly disagree with Hoodboy. Bohm in Wholeness and Implicate Order (1980), critiques the Cartesian model of reality in the light of developments in quantum physics. He developed hidden variable theory/ontological theory against deterministic/mechanical presentation of reality based on quantum mechanics. Bohm views physical processes as determined by information based on causal interpretation of the quantum theory yet does not limit them to matter alone. more technically, Bohm thinks of electron as an “inseparable union of a particle and a field”. His formulation of a new theory of the relationship of mind and matter views thought and physical processes in an inseparable, non-dualistic and non-reductionist relationship. Finally, if above all is the case based on the findings in post-Newtonian physics including quantum physics, the reader is allowed to make his decisive choice. ironically, a nuclear physicist is urging to adopt the twenty five centuries old perspective that cannot be taken seriously after the findings of postNewtonian physics. Oops! For Hoodboy, “We have never been modern!” The writer is a PhD student at SSE, LUMS.
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Human feeling is like the mighty rivers that bless the earth: it does not wait for beauty — it flows with resistless force and brings beauty with it. — George Eliot in Adam Bede
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danny BoylE ConfirMS ‘TrainSPoTTing’ SEQuEl
iron Man 3 to release in india before the uS NEWS DESK Superhero film ‘iron man 3, starring robert Downey Jr as industrialist Tony Stark aka iron man, will hit indian screens on April 26, a week before it releases in the US. The third film in the series will see Stark embark on a journey of revenge as his world is reduced to rubble by a malevolent enemy. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man
Danny Boyle has said that he is hoping to start filming the sequel to his hit movie ‘Trainspotting’ in 2016. The 56year-old director said if scriptwriter John Hodge, who wrote ‘Trainspotting, could produce a decent script, he would be able to get the member of the original cast involved, including Ewan McGregor, Sky News reported. Boyle told cinema site The Playlist that the movie will be based on ‘Trainspotting’ author Irvine Welsh’s own sequel, ‘Porno.’ The original film follows a group of heroin addicts in an economically depressed area of Edinburgh in the late 1980s and their passage through life. In the film, McGregor played Mark “Rents” Renton, Ewen Bremner was Daniel “Spud” Murphy, Robert Carlyle appeared as Francis “ Franco” Begbie and Welsh also made an appearance, playing Mikey Forrester. NEWS DESk
make the suit or does the suit make the man? Starring Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, marvel’s “iron man 3” is directed by Shane Black. The screenplay is by Drew Pearce and Shane Black and is based on marvel’s iconic Super Hero iron man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense’ (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The invincible iron man” (#1) in may of 1968.
Brangelina to get matching wedding vow tattoos NEWS DESK Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have are set to ink their wedding vows on their bodies permanently, it has been revealed. The Hollywood couple got engaged last year and have kept fans guessing about the details of their big day. According to new reports, the ‘moneyball’ star has picked up a marriage licence, which stipulated the pair must wed within 90 days. Late last year it was claimed the pair wanted to get matching tattoos to mark their union, but couldn’t agree on the design. it’s now been suggested the plan is going ahead, with the couple thrilled with the pattern they have come up with, the Herald Sun reported. “Brad and Ange plan to have the tattoos done by a local French artist,” an insider told the British edition of Grazia magazine. They’ve designed a special motif that includes some of their vows and their children’s names entwined in leaves, which will be in their own handwriting, the source added. it’s believed that the pair will marry in Los Angeles but will hold a blessing at their home in France, which they will view as their real wedding.
Married people need to go to a psychiatrist:
KANGANA NEWS DESK HoW IS YoUR ReLATIoNSHIP WITH YoUR fATHeR? After my father saw Gangster, he did not talk to me as there was a kissing scene in the film. I would get messages from my grandfather asking me to drop my surname. But I love my father and if there was one thing that I could change going back in time, I would have accepted the money he wanted to give me so that he could feel a part of my success today. Do YoU See YoURSeLf geTTINg
mARRIeD? No, I don’t want to ever get married. I cannot even handle a full-time boyfriend. I have so much to do everyday and cannot
address the person’s needs of just wanting to be around them. People who get married need to go to a pychiatrist. Even if people are happily married, a legal contract for possessing someone’s body and soul is so needy. If someone does that to me I will lose interest in that person. WHY DID YoU CHooSe To DATe AN eNgLISHmAN AS AgAINST KNoWN INDIAN ACToRS? I like intelligent people and most actors don’t have knowledge of the world around them. I was dating a scientist, but it could have been a teacher or a doctor but it needs to be a person who is self-made and with whom I can have a conversation. My priority is not to date a known man. WHAT PHASe of YoUR LIfe ARe YoU CURReNTLY IN? I want to do more things with my life and want to be a director and a chef. I see a number of people around me whose lives are only about money and grabbing things, but are still empty and shallow. I feel sorry for them as they are chasing something every day of their lives and are still not happy. I have always done things I wanted to do and have never pleased anybody who I did not like. The fact that I have gifted my parents, my sister and my brother each a house and have nothing today gives me satisfaction. I have made mistakes and put myself below my intelligence in the past, but today I feel happy, complete and appreciated.
Jennifer Aniston has reportedly put all her wedding guests on standby and asked them to act quickly once they get to know about the whereabouts of the extremely private celebration because they will only be given a short notice. A source told radar Online that the 44-year old actress, who is set to marry Justin Theroux, has indicated that the nuptials will be a small and private affair with just a select few invited, including her mother Nancy Dow, Contactmusic reported. The source revealed that those who are invited have been told to drop everything they are doing and head to the location whenever they are informed about the wedding details. The source added that the guests have heard rumours about the wedding being held in Hawaii or even Greece, but many expect it to take place in California. Some expected guests are Aniston’s close pals Courtney Cox, reese Witherspoon, Drew Barrymore, Chelsea Handler and Christine Taylor. NEWS DESk
notaBLe tWeets Mehr tarar Suna hai daer-o-heram main tou voh nahin milta... Soa ab key uss ko sar-e-daar chal key dekhte hain.... #AhmedFaraz
Mohsin haMid “The best writing we’ve seen since hieroglyphics” — T. A. Amun, The Cairo Review
MusharraF a. Farooqi The only thing lacking in Hong Kong is chapli kabab.
adeeL hashMi No I’m not going to ‘follow’ the anchor who was speaking to a national hero and addressing him as ‘tum’ instead of ‘aap’. #RetardsOnTV
MohaMMad aLi taLpur “Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” ~ Spencer Johnson
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The function of literature is precisely that it does incite humanity to continue living: that it eases the mind of strain, and feeds it. I mean definitely as nutrition of impulse. — Ezra Pound
She commands the allegiance of a legion of tweenage “Twi-hards.” Her “Twilight” books with their stories of vampire romance have sold millions of copies. The movie adaptations of her books have earned almost $3 billion. And yet, there is a hardcore group of disdainers out there, Stephen King being one of them: “[J.K.] Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.” Smosh.com also posted seven hints that Robert Pattinson hates “Twilight”. Take a look if you don’t believe me.
Another female writer who burst onto the scene as a cultural phenomenon, E.L. James has achieved remarkable popular success. To date, her “50 Shades of Grey” books – which feature a romance that includes elements of sadomasochism and practices like bondage – have earned around a half a billion dollars, and that’s before the release of the movies. But for some in the literary community, the success of the erotic trilogy is nothing short of galling.
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ORSON SCOTT CARD
Famous for writing the classic sci-fi novel “Ender’s Game,” in recent years Scott Card has embroiled himself in the LGBT debates, making public statements about how homosexuality destroys the institution of marriage. Current controversy surrounds his authorship of a new Superman comic for DC, with many fans calling for him to be kicked off the project. DC has stated that they support his right to free speech, though his views do not necessarily reflect the views of the company. The “Ender’s Game” movie is due out this year.
9 MOST CONTROVERSIAL AUTHORS
In the depths of the Internet, secret groups of mega-fans cluster around story franchises and write about them. Their work, containing the same characters and often setting of the original work, is known as fan-fiction. Once upon a time, Cassandra Clare was a “Harry Potter” fan-fiction author. Clare, like E.L. James (another former fan-fiction author) has risen from the insular ranks of the Internet mega-fans with her bestselling “Mortal Instruments” series.
Her works may not be recent, but the controversy surrounding Ayn Rand never seems to fade away. Rand was the proponent of an ideology called “objectivism,” which argues that there is such a thing as an objective reality and that the pursuit of self interest (i.e. lassez faire capitalism) is the only moral form of governance. (Rand was an atheist who disdained Judeo-Christian morality). Her ideas have been hotly debated for years and became an issue again in the 2012 presidential campaign when it came to light that Republican vice-
JAMES FREY The author of “A Million Little Pieces” took some serious media flak for fabricating entire events in his bestselling “memoir.” He appeared on “Oprah” twice: first for being selected for Oprah’s book club, and second for a surprise hard-nosed interview asking about the lies in his book. (His publisher arrived thinking that they were to be a part of a discussion about “Truth in America” only to discover that the topic had been changed to “The James Frey Controversy”). Frey was eventually asked to write a disclaimer to be entered into the book acknowledging the embellishments.
Though Brown had written about Catholic politics before in “Angels and Demons,” “The DaVinci Code” rattled some cages with its inaccuracies, even though it was billed as a work of fiction. Brown’s novels tend to meld fiction with reality in a way that seems to convince uninitiated readers (those who may not know the intricacies of the history of the Catholic church or how difficult it is to generate dark matter) of his fiction’s veracity, which then forces experts to explain.
Her “Internet Girls” series, written entirely in text-message speak, takes a frank look at the development of a group of teenage girls as they discover and experiment with sex and drugs. She’s been called “this generation’s Judy Blume,” and “Satan” in almost equal measure. (And to some, those are equivalent terms). To add confusion to controversy, Myracle’s 2011 novel “Shine,” about a hate crime in South Carolina, was mistakenly nominated for the National Book Award.
You may remember Joe McGinniss as the reporter who moved in next door to Sarah Palin in 2008 to write an exposé about her. But if you look further back, you will be reminded that McGinniss is also the author of “Fatal Vision” (1983), a non-fiction account of the story of former Green Beret Jeffrey MacDonald, who is currently serving three life sentences for the murders of his wife and children. NEWS DESk
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A forum this week is bringing together global leaders to tackle education solutions for the approximately 139 million children who are missing out on schooling worldwide. During the inaugural Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai March 14-17, world leaders including Bill Clinton and Tony Blair will be discussing private-public partnerships to improve education equity. Former President Clinton will deliver the keynote address and will answer questions from Twitter in partnership with Varkey GEMS Foundation, a nonprofit that empowers underserved children worldwide, for which he serves as honorary chairman. Clinton, who tackles global education issues through his Clinton Global Initiative and Clinton Foundation, has long stressed the need for providing greater education opportunities. The global forum will cover topics including new technologies, technical and vocational education and solutions to pressing issues such as empowering girls. Attending world leaders have stressed the power of educationrelated public-private partnerships as a means to stability. The Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova said in a release: “Global companies have their global interests. But there is something new coming about, and that’s the common understanding that it’s in the private sector’s interest that people are well educated. NEWS DESk
STudEnT BringS $20, 000 To SChool
A 12-year-old student's high-rolling ways may be making her popular with classmates, but less so with the police. They're just trying to get to the bottom of how she ended up at school Monday with a backpack loaded with cash -- a circumstance that Taylor's Chief of Police Mary Sclabassi told WDIV-TV was "extremely unusual." ABC News Radio reports that the young girl brought $20,000 to Sixth Grade Academy in Taylor, Mich. that day and was handing some of the bills out to her fellow classmates. After learning about the situation, the school's principal notified police. WXYZ reports that the child said she had received the money from a neighborhood girl. Although her decision to share the money is encouraging, perhaps she could take a lesson from Devon Gluck, a University of Delaware student who returned $1,800 in cash that was accidently dispensed by a campus ATM machine, according to the Christian Science Monitor. NEWS DESk
It is easy to love nature in its peaceful and consoling moments, but one must love it in its furies too, in its despairs and wildness, especially when the damage is caused by us. —Anaïs Nin
harvard apologises for secret email probe
HiS story is presented in partnership with The Harvard Crimson. Update: Harvard University apologized for a subject-line search of administrators' emails on monday, according to CNN. An email sent from Deans michael D. Smith and evelynn m. Hammonds explained that the search was necessary to catch who had leaked a confidential email related to Harvard's cheating scandal. The deans said the search was successful, limited to administrators' email accounts and was limited to messages' subject lines, meaning no emails were opened or read. The details are unclear, and so are faculty members. Just days after news broke that Harvard administrators had secretly searched the email accounts of 16 resident deans, professors said the University may have overstepped its bound, calling its own policies into question. “i teach at Harvard—[i thought] something like this was never going to happen. And i must say that this story came as a real shock to me,” said mathematics professor Wilfried Schmid. Like other professors interviewed Sunday, Schmid said that news reports in the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and The Crimson were the first he had heard of the searches. Several other professors declined to comment on the record, fearing retaliation by University officials for criticizing them. requesting anonymity,
they explained that the news of the search has already had a chilling effect on the faculty. At issue is whether resident deans, who are also lecturers, are regulated by the University’s email policy for faculty or for staff. if the deans are considered faculty, then they must be notified before or immediately after a search. Given present information, the policy that pertains to staff is unclear. While faculty members are protected from unannounced searches like the ones carried out on the deans’ accounts, they said that the incident still sets a dangerous
precedent. Former Dean of the College Harry r. Lewis ’68, who has been one of the strongest critics of the administration’s handling of the cheating scandal, wrote that his trust in the administration has only diminished in light of the email searches. “my assumption about the relative risks has now flipped. if something as innocuous as the leakage of the August 16 email justifies reading the email of a dozen faculty members, it is hard to know how low the threshold might be for invasion of our in- and out-boxes,” Lewis wrote in a blog post Sunday. NEWS DESk
Higher education equals longer marriage... sometimes The value of a college degree may not be what it used to be, from a monetary point of view, but experts have long been touting educational benefits of a different kind -- keeping divorce rates low. A study recently published in the journal Family relations found that the theory still holds true -- with overall divorce rates leveling off since the 1980s after more than a century-long rise -- but the rate has increasingly diverged by race and socioeconomic class, when educational attainment is factored in. in short: married couples who have attained higher levels of education are less likely to divorce than less-educated couples, but "African-American women don't seem to enjoy the same degree of protection that education confers on marriage," said Jeounghee Kim, assistant professor at rutgers University, where the study was conducted. For white Americans, the divorce rate has remained steady since 1980 and this protective effect of education on marriage increased consistently among the recent generations, Kim explained in a release highlighting her work. But for African-American women, college education does not translate into the higher earnings that would help protect
TreasureHunting woman gets lost in cold forest
marriage, she went on to say. Kim studied white and African-American women in fiveyear marriage cohorts starting from 1975 to 1979 and ending in 1995 to 1999. She took into account demographic characteristics including age, motherhood status and post-secondary education (associate degree at minimum) when married, and participants' geographic region. Kim also factored in marital dissolution (within nine years of first marriage) rather than by legal divorce, which many African-American women eschew in favor of a permanent separation. Last year, a study by researchers at NYU noted that college degree attainment made it much more likely for black women to get hitched in the first place. While “black women have lower odds of ever marrying than white women … getting a college education raises ultimate marriage rates by the 30s and 40s much more substantially for blacks than whites," the study authors wrote. But Kim says that educational attainment may be insufficient in addressing the high levels of economic inequality that even well-educated African Americans experience, and could be one of the reasons those marriages don't last.NEWS DESk
Police rescued a treasure-hunting Texas woman this weekend who was lost in the mountains of New mexico in below-freezing temperatures, ABC News reports. Chanon Thompson, 33, had come in search of treasure that an author says he buried in the Santa Fe National Forest. Thompson's boyfriend reported her missing Friday when he didn't hear from her, and rescue teams found her the next morning. Thompson is now home resting and wasn't seriously hurt. She was just one of the many seeking "emeralds, diamonds and rubies and sapphires" that 82-year-old author Forrest Fenn claims to have buried. in his book The Thrill of the Chase, he wrote a cryptic poem with lines like: "Begin it where warm waters halt …
and take it in the canyon down … not far, but too far to walk … put in below the home of brown." Fenn says he's sold almost 3,000 copies of the book, which he wrote to leave a legacy after being diagnosed with cancer. "i guarantee you, when someone finds that chest, they’re gonna be shocked," he said. NEWS DESk
aMBiTiouS MarriagE ProPoSal EndS in arrESTS
Four men—including the would-be groom—have been arrested for a marriage proposal stunt in which hundreds of motorcycles blocked a Southern California freeway, authorities said today. The prospective groom and three of his friends were all booked for investigation of misdemeanor public nuisance and participating in an unlawful assembly. The 24-year-old future groom, Hector Martinez of Covina, also was booked for investigation of exhibition of speed. As many as 250 motorcycles stopped on the eastbound Interstate 10 in West Covina on Jan. 27 so that Martinez could propose to his girlfriend. At one point, a bike sent up a cloud of pink smoke. The stunt, which lasted about two minutes, was captured on video and went viral on the Internet (and, oops, investigators were able to find the men through social media). "They made a spectacle of it," said Sgt. Kurt Stormes of the California Highway Patrol. "It's a slap in the face of law enforcement, in general." Martinez's bride-to-be accepted the proposal. She is not facing any charges. NEWS DESk
norway TEaChEr firEd afTEr ChildrEn TaSTE hEr Blood
A kindergarten teacher in Oslo, Norway, has been fired after encouraging her students to taste her blood. Another instructor at Dravhaug kindergarten, Inger Lise Soemme Anderson, told Reuters that the teacher -- whose name has not been released -- brought in a sample of her own blood, then put it on a plate for the children to look at. Soemme Anderson said the kids asked if they could touch the blood, and the teacher said yes. When the children asked how to get it off their fingers, the teacher put her finger in her mouth so the students could follow her example. One of the students told another school employee about the incident, which took place on Tuesday, and the teacher admitted that she did it, according to Aftenposten. She told school authorities that at least one of the students tasted the blood, but said she couldn't remember if any of the 11 other students had done so. The teacher is being tested for HIV/AIDs and other blood-borne pathogens. NEWS DESk
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ashraful returns to odi squad SPORTS DESK injuries to several players have forced the Bangladesh selectors to make four changes to the ODi squad for the tour of Sri Lanka. mohammad Ashraful, Nazmul Hossain, Abul Hasan and mosharraf Hossain have been drafted in to replace the injured trio of mashrafe mortaza, Shafiul islam and Naeem islam, while elias Sunny has been dropped. mortaza and Naeem had not recovered sufficiently from injuries suffered during the Bangladesh Premier League, while Shafiul suffered a side-strain during the pre-tour camp earlier this month. mortaza took a blow to his heel in the BPL final, sustaining a contusion injury that hampers his landing during delivery stride. Naeem was injured in the second week of February after he stepped on a ball during fielding, but he aggravated the injury by playing a few matches immediately afterwards, according to the Chittagong Kings physio. Shafiul picked up his injury while playing a league match in his hometown in Bogra. Abul and Nazmul were straight swaps for mortaza and Shafiul. Nazmul has been in and out of the side for the last two years, having last played ODi cricket in the 2012 Asia Cup. He is the more senior of the two returning players; Abul has played just two ODis. rubel Hossain is the other pace bowling option in the squad. mosharraf, a left-arm spinner, has been recalled after five years. His domestic form was impressive in the last two seasons, and he was the Player of the match in the BPL final. Bangladesh no longer has List-A cricket, so his last performance in one-day format was good too. mosharraf took 28 wickets for Victoria Sporting Club in the Dhaka Premier League and was the second highest wicket-taker behind Shakib Al Hasan, who is still recuperating from an operation on his leg to reduce the strain on his shin. Bangladesh play the first two ODis in Hambantota on march 23 and 25 before playing the final game of the series in Pallekele on march 28. ODi squad: mushfiqur rahim (captain), Tamim iqbal, Anamul Haque, Jaharul islam, mohammad Ashraful, mominul Haque, mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Abdur razzak, rubel Hossain, Nazmul Hossain, mosharraf Hossain, Abul Hasan, Ziaur rahman.
We have given lots of latitude and flexibility with a young and inexperienced squad – Mickey Arthur
former greats propose akmal to play up the order SPORTS DESK
UDASSAr Nazar and mohsin Khan, the former Pakistan opening pair, has urged the team to settle on the opening three positions in the side, in order to bring about stability to the batting line-up. They support the idea of Kamran Akmal being used either as opener or at No. 3 in limited-over matches, in order to get the best out of the wicketkeeper batsman. During the ongoing South Africa tour, both captain misbah-ul-Haq and vicecaptain mohammad Hafeez were reportedly at loggerheads over playing Kamran Akmal in the opening slot. Hafeez was asked to bat at No. 3, but this apparently did not sit well with him. Akmal has played 62 of 144 ODis as an opener, scoring 1617 runs (55.15 %) of his career runs. He has been asked to compromise in the past by batting in the late middle-order. in the middle order slot, he has scored 669 (22.82 %) of his runs, with only one hundred. His other four hundreds were scored as an opener. Hafeez, in his last ten ODi innings, has scored 233 runs at an average of 23.30, including three ducks. He has consistently played as opener since Salman Butt’s exit in 2010. During the recent Test series against South Africa, Hafeez averaged 7.16 in six innings as an
opener. As a result, Hafeez was demoted in the batting order. “i don’t know what is going on, but demoting yourself down the order is difficult and tough only when you are insecure,” mohsin said, who started his
career as a No. 3 batsman, opened on the request of his captain imran Khan. “it’s all for the sake of the team, and if you continue to be stubborn it will eventually cost the team and become a liability.” The key reason for Kamran’s
WI, Zimbabwe get ICC funding under new agreement
SPORTS DESK The WiCB and Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) have been given a financial boost by signing an agreement with the iCC under the Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (TAPP), which is aimed at developing more competitive teams in international cricket. Under this programme, the
WiCB will be awarded US$3 million and Zimbabwe Cricket $1.5 million over the next three years. The funding will aim to provide enhanced support to the current elite West indian players and future generations. “We are delighted to be signing a TAPP agreement with the iCC, and are grateful for this enhanced support to help WiCB achieve our high
performance objectives,” Julian Hunte, the WiCB President, said. “We have started to make progress on the field over the past year and this support will allow us to build on that by investing more resources than ever in the development of emerging talent in the West indies.” For Zimbabwe, on the other hand, the amount would be used to support an expansive schedule of their ‘A’ team and identify and support future international players. Wilfred mukondiwa, the ZC managing director, said the funding would help them become more competitive at international level. “Zimbabwe Cricket is grateful for this support and looking forward to being able to strengthen our high performance pathway with this investment,” he said. “We believe the TAPP award will help us become more competitive in the international arena and facilitate the continued growth of the game in our country.”
selection is because of his skills with the bat, although there are other wicketkeepers on the domestic circuit who can replace him. mohsin, who was a former chief selector, believed Kamran is there for a reason, and should be utilised accordingly. “Using Kamran in the middle order is ineffective,” mohsin said. “Despite being a talented batsman, he is being misused. if your top five batsmen aren’t performing, then it’s unfair to expect something big from the number six.” After the Nazar/mohsin pair, and the departure of Aamir Sohail and Saeed Anwar, Pakistan have been experimenting with several players in the hope of finding a reliable opening duo. The last enduring opening pair in limited-overs was that of Salman Butt and Kamran, between 2005 and 2010. Both added 1000 ODi runs in 29 matches. in the last ten years, several combinations have been tried, but a stable pair is yet to be found. “Pakistan have not backed their opening combinations since early 2000s, and this is the main reason we have not achieved stability yet,” Nazar said. “We can stick to Hafeez and Nasir at the opening slot, but the scoring rate by Younis and misbah is very slow and that is damaging. We need to reshuffle the batting order in order to make it steady. The No. 3 batsman is very important and at the moment i see Kamran as the best man [for the position]. Playing him at No. 6 or 7 is wasting him.”
ralph waters new wC 2015 chairman SPORTS DESK ralph Waters has been named new chairman of the local organising committee for the 2015 World Cup hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Waters was previously the deputy chairman of the committee and succeeds James Strong, the previous chairman, who died in Sydney last week. Waters, a prominent businessman from New Zealand, said he would work closely with the home boards organising the World Cup and carry out a successful tournament. “Like myself, James [Strong] had lived and worked in Australia and New Zealand and was determined to put on a truly world class tournament in 2015,” Waters said. “i share his vision and will work closely with the iCC, Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket to deliver a successful tournament for cricket fans around the world.” iCC President Alan isaac said Strong would be missed, but a successful World Cup would be delivered nevertheless.
Cook ‘as good as anyone, barring Bradman’: McCullum WELLINGTON AGENCIES
Brendon mcCullum, the New Zealand captain, has heaped the ultimate praise on his opposite number Alastair Cook saying, on current form, he is as good as anyone who has played after Donald Bradman. Cook, who scored his 24th Test hundred in Dunedin, laughed off the shock comparison. The century at University Oval was Cook’s fourth hundred in five overseas Tests during the 2012-13 season, following a monumental series against india. But while his feats have rightly been acknowledged as putting him on the path to being labelled a great, it is rare to be uttered in the same sentence as Bradman who ended his career with the immortal average of 99.94. The next best on the list is Graeme Pollock (60.97), then George Headley (60.83). The highest average for a
current player is Kumar Sangakkara’s at 56.54. mcCullum, though, did not hold back his praise after being asked a question about how New Zealand planned to quell Cook’s run-scoring feats. “He’s obviously a genius batsman, his record is testament to that,” mcCullum said. “Where he is at in his career at the moment, he’s as good as anyone who has played the game, probably barring Bradman.” Cook’s response, after being taken aback by the comparison, was: “it’s very nice of him to say that. i’m not quite sure where he’s got that from.” There was also plenty of mutual respect as Cook acknowledged mcCullum’s recent form. The New Zealand captain has scored five half-centuries in seven innings across all formats against england, including 74 off 59 balls in Dunedin. “You could talk about his genius batting. The way he hits the ball sometimes,” Cook said.
Cook’s current Test average of 49.60 places him 40th on the averages list, currently sat between inzamam-ul-Haq and Denis Compton. Current contemporaries above him include AB de Villiers, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Younis Khan, michael Clarke, Jacques Kallis and Sachin Tendulkar. Purely as a comparison, if you take the point from after last year’s World Twenty20 when Test cricket resumed, Cook’s average of 76.44 places him third, behind Cheteshwar Pujara and Clarke among batsmen who have played at least five innings. Cook, though, remains modest about his achievements. “You never quite feel on top of the game,” he said. “What was pleasing for me was, after a few starts in the one-dayers here and in india, but [with] no match-winning score, i managed to get that bigger one in the first Test. i seemed to hit the ball okay.” A modest oulook from a man compared to the immortal Bradman.
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He just pushed the wrong line and missed it. He had wanted me to bowl to him in a practice game, I told him I didn’t want to bowl – Marlon Samuels
rumours of rift a disgrace: hafeez YASIR HASHMI extremely disappointed at the rumours of his rift with the Test and One Day international (ODi) captain, misbah-ulHaq, the all-rounder, mohammad Hafeez said “There is no rift whatsoever between me and misbah. All the rumours of a rift are fake and a disgrace for our country,” Hafeez mentioned. “misbah is just like my elder brother and both of us enjoy a very good working relationship. i am ready to bat at any number.” After a disastrous performance in the three-match Test series against South Africa, multiple private television channels in Pakistan claimed that misbah and Hafeez are having massive differences, which are adversely affecting the team’s performance. Some of the sports journalists reported that the captain wants Hafeez to bat at number three; whereas, the right-hander is not willing to vacate the opening slot. While speaking to a private television channel, the all-rounder out-rightly rejected the news and expressed that he shares extra-ordinary relations with misbah. The T20 skipper also made it clear that he is ready to bat at any number for the interest of the country. “There is no rift whatsoever between me and misbah. All the rumours of a rift are fake and a disgrace for our country,” Hafeez mentioned. “misbah is just like my elder brother and both of us enjoy a very good working relationship. i am ready to bat at any number.” Having comprehensively won the only T20 played on the tour, Pakistan failed to make an impression in the first ODi of the five-match series at Bloemfontein, with the second match scheduled to be played at Centurion on Friday. The cricketer from Sargodha further added that he is a complete team man and a proof of that is his demotion in the batting order in the T20 format, allowing two budding youngsters to flourish. Hafeez believes that irresponsible reporting creates confusion among the general public and the families of the players. “i sacrificed/gave up on my opening slot for Ahmed and Nasir, which goes to show my loyalty. i urge the reporters not to reports on assumptions, but to run breaking news on receiving proofs. We play abroad and stay far away from our families. They get worried and hurt by all these rumours and try to contact us,” Pakistan’s T20 skipper added.
Barring their superior performance in the second Twenty20 of the tour, Pakistan have not given South Africa many lessons to learn. it is a Pakistani fast bowler, though, that South Africa bowling coach Allan Donald is holding up as an example to his charges, because he wants them to emulate his exemplary ability to endanger toes. “it’s Wasim Akram,” Donald said in Centurion, where the team regrouped ahead of the second ODi on Friday. “We watched some footage of him the other day for the bowling group to understand what bowling yorkers is actually about. “We want to become the best deathbowling unit in the world and we want to close games out while being under enormous pressure. With Wasim Akram you always knew when you faced him at the death that there was no hope. He moved the ball both ways and that’s what we want to be: unpredictable, not just one dimensional.” Death bowling was identified as perhaps the only weakness of the South African attack after their series against New Zealand earlier this summer. They set New Zealand only 209 to win the first match, so an examination of their bowling there is probably unfair, but in the next two games South Africa’s attack gave away 53 and 46 runs in the last five overs. To prevent that happening again, Donald introduced a new goal in the Pakistan series. “Nailing yorkers is our No.1 priority,” he said. “Not being able to
bowl them often enough is what has let us down in the past, particularly when we are defending.” instead of regular net sessions where bowlers send down a specific number of overs, Donald has set training up to concentrate on fuller lengths. He uses both newer and older balls to get bowlers to bowl deliveries that swing and reserveswing, and he also recreates match situations. “We want to practice the specifics under pressure and so we are moving more into game scenarios and executing those then. We also video these sessions so the guys can have visual feedback.” Since rusty Theron’s brief appearance and subsequent injury, death bowling has not been assigned to anyone in particular and some have seen that as a fault. role definition has proven to be essential to South Africa’s success - think of the failure of the floating batting line-up as an example - and it would seem prudent to task one or two bowlers with that job. Donald is not doing that, though, because he wants the whole attack to become competent at death bowling. “We want a collective group of guys who get thrown the ball and who have the confidence to execute yorkers at will at any stage,” he said. “We could have a situation where Dale Steyn is the death bowler and his number may come up and he gets hit all around the park, and so we might have to ask someone else to do that. We want a collective improvement in bowling yorkers.” Lonwabo Tsotsobe, rory Kleinveldt
and ryan mcLaren have all shown ability to find the base of the stumps but none of them do it consistently. What they are more comfortable with is sending down streams of short balls and mcLaren, in particular, used it effectively in the first ODi. Donald said the move to more yorkers will not stop them from bouncing batsmen. “We’ve talked about using the short ball in Bloemfontein because of the very big field there and it worked,” he
England, New Zealand emerge scrapping from troubled waters
lAHoRe : Karachi the hub of premier snooker activities will host the 38 thedition of Jubilee insurance National snooker championship from march 17 at Karachi Gymkhana. “Top forty players of the country belonging to four provinces will display their talent in the event which aims at further promoting snooker “,said a spokesman of Pakistan Billiard and Snooker Association here on Wednesday. The final will be played on march 25. STAFF REPORT
lAHoRe: Shah Faisal women cricket club beat universal women cricket club by seven wickets in a qualifying round match of Lahore Senior inter District Women Cricket League here on Wednesday at Punjab Women Cricket Academy model Town. Scores: Universal Women Cricket Club batted first reached 97/5 in 20 overs. mariyam 21, Arooj 20, Ayesha Saeed 16 & Bushra 14 runs. Shah Faisal Cricket Club bowling razia Sharif 2/19, razia malik 1/15 & Nimra ijaz 1/18 wickets. in reply Shah Faisal Cricket Club answered with 98/3 in 14.2 overs. Farzana Shafi top scored with 42 followed by rashda Parveen 21& razia malik 13 runs. Universal Club bowling Saba Bhatti 1/18, Ayesha Saeed 1/20 & mariyam 1/32 wickets. Furqan Butt and , rai Waheed were the umpires and Ali Naveed was the scorer. STAFF REPORT
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Publicly, at least, players from both england and New Zealand are playing a straight-bat to what is happening with Australia. Privately, you suspect, they are all desperate for the gossip. “it’s very hard for me to comment on something i’m not part of,” Alastair Cook said. “i’m a long way away from it. You do have an interest in it - of course you do, because you’re interested in cricket - but the main focus for us is the start of tomorrow’s game.” Brendon mcCullum’s tone was very similar. each of these teams has recent experience of what internal strife can do. Kevin Pietersen’s ‘reintegration’ dominated the latter part of last year for england while New Zealand had to deal with the scrappy transition of leadership from ross Taylor to mcCullum. There was a short-term hit with both: england
lost their Top test ranking to South Africa (although Pietersen’s presence in the final Test may not have saved it) and could not defend their World Twenty20 crown. New Zealand went to South Africa, minus Taylor, and were hammered in both Tests. However, there was soon light at the end of the tunnel. england secured an historic series win in india, during which Pietersen played a defining role with a breathtaking 186 in mumbai, and New Zealand gained a galvanising one-day series victory in South Africa and their mini-revival continued in the first Test in Dunedin. Although both these situations are not entirely comparable to Australia’s predicament (despite mickey Arthur referring to the Pietersen situation) it shows that, however rocky the current status appears, sport often shows a great ability to move on quicker than imagined. That is not to say that england and New Zealand are without any issues -
sporting teams are rarely without a problem or two - but the sides that will go head-to-head in Wellington over the next five days have pulled together on the field. That, in the end, is what the supporters want to see. in comparison to events in mohali, the build-up in Wellington could not have been more mundane. most interest centred on Pietersen’s knee but both Cook and Andy Flower have tried to dampen the issue. Pietersen took a full part in training in both warm-up days although he continues to have his knee heavily strapped. mcCullum confirmed that New Zealand will be unchanged and it is expected that england will follow the same route. The home side has gone to great lengths to ensure the pace bowlers are recovered from their high workloads in Dunedin and they have barely bowled in preparation for this match. Perhaps it was mind games, emphasising that his bowlers are fresh, but mcCullum made it very clear that he would bowl first again. Of course, that doesn’t mean he has to when the coins goes up on Thursday morning. Who holds the advantage? it is a familiar question when a Test ends in the manner of Dunedin with one side being on top throughout the match, but the other producing an impressive rearguard to hold out for a draw. On a couple of occasions under Andrew Strauss, england used the belief gained from saving a game to win the following fixture. Against Australia, in Cardiff, in 2009 they survived nine down then won the Lord’s Test handsomely and on the 2009-10 tour of South Africa another last-wicket survival, at Centurion, was converted into an innings victory in Durban. On a different note, england’s eventual success in india stemmed from the fighting second innings in Ahmedabad, which was again led by Cook.
said. “We will still use the short ball, it is a massive weapon in one-day cricket.” But an intimidating arsenal needs more than just one dangerous weapon and Donald wants to equip his bowlers with what he believes is the best. “Whether it’s wide, swinging into the pads, or winging away from a large angle, we need to bowl the yorker. Anyone can hit back of a length, anyone has a back of a hand bouncer but you need a wicket, the ball that really does it is a gun yorker.”
4 matches decided in lahore district football lAHoRe: PAF, Bata F.C, Chief College F.C & Universal Baba Corgo F.C notched up victories in the District Football Championship here at model Town Football & Faisal Town Football Grounds here on Wednesday . PAF beat ideal F.C with Zahid scoring the lone goal of the match in 2ndminutes. Bata F.C beat Publican F.C 5-2 Zahid Niaz, Umair Akhtar, Shaoib riaz, Fahed Niaz & Umer mukhtar were scorer in 36 minutes, 38 minutes, 45 minutes, 55 minutes and 58 minutes respectively. Chief College F.C defeated mujahid F.C 1-0 at mFTA ground. rizwan islam single goal produced in 18 minute. The same venue saw, Universal Baba Cargo F.C thrilling won over Pency F.C 2-0 raiset Ali& Amir were the scorers in 60 minutes & 68 minutes. matches for Thursday, Young Union F.C Vs Saleem Khan F.C (4.00pm) at raiders Football Club ground ,raiders F.C Vs mughalpura Heros F.C (7:45pm) at mFTA,United F.C Vs real Lahore (9:00pm) at mFTA ground. STAFF REPORT
alS annual Sports 2013 lAHoRe: ALS Annual Sports 2013 will be held in the stadium of American Lycetuff Schools & Colleges, raiwind road, Lahore on Friday, 15th march 2013. by Sports Promotion Society, mr. Tariq Aziz & Prof. Faisal Fayyaz(international Gymnast, Project manager of PUCiT, Promotional manager of ALS) will be Organizer of this event who managed & controlled this overall event. This event will be organized with the collaboration of Sports Promotion Society(SPS), Pakistan Sports Promoters(PSP), Punjab Aids Consortium(PAC), Pakistan Lions Youth Council(PLYC), sports & Human Antinarcotics drugs society(HANDS int’l). inauguration ceremony will be held at 9:00 Am while this moment madam Zeeshan Ndeem, Col(r) Haroon, Col® Talat Zia, Nadeem Afzal & Zahra Nadeem will be expected chief guest. At this moment, a fabulous colorful march past & aerobics demonstration will be presented & almost 800 students participated. STAFF REPORT
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I’m looking forward to doing a few different things and one of them will be racing my car – Jason Kenny
SPORTS Thursday, 14 March, 2013
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another 4 records take guinness world records count to 21 LAHORE
NOTHer four Guinness World records were registered under the banner of Punjab Youth Festival organized by the Sports Board Punjab on day two Guinness activity on Wednesday. With the four successful GWr attempts on Wednesday Pakistan’s count of records in the Punjab Youth Festival has risen to 21 World records. During the Festival 11 records were created while six were made on Tuesday and the young people of the country added another four. Speaking on the occasion of thumb wrestling chain, Deputy Speaker and chief organizer sports Punjab rana mashhood Ahmed Khan said that the vision of shining Punjab given by the government has been
successfully achieved. “The Guinness World records made during the PYF in not only the success of Punjab but it is one of the greatest achievements of the country. All the promises we (Punjab government) have made were all fulfilled and if the people of the country gave us another chance we would spread our mission throughout the country for a glorious Pakistan,” he added. Usman Anwar, Director General Sports and Youth Affairs was also present on the occasion. it was mohammad rashid again who after breaking two world records on Tuesday, created another GWr. He first broke 68 one-inch thick pine boards in one minute with his elbow and later if time permitted would attempt another record to break maximum pine boards in 30 seconds with his head. Kevin Shelley (USA) held the previous most pine boards broken records in one minute was 43 at Disney’s Wide World of Sports, in Orlando, Florida, USA, on 13 November 2008. While the most pine
boards broken with forehead in 30 seconds was 32 and it was also held by Kevin Shelley (USA) which was set at el Show Olímpico, in mexico City, mexico, on 30 July 2008. During the course, Largest Paint Swatch created by Sports Board Punjab was also declared another GWr. it measured 84.31 square feet while the previous Swatch was measured 6.31 square metres (68 square feet), and was created by PPG Pittsburgh Paints (USA) at market Square in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, on 1 April 2011. Pakistan test bowler rana Navedul Hasan went for the fourth record of the when he faced 45 balls in a minute, moving past Andrew Flintoff’s record of 19 deliveries he faces in a minute. in another mass participation record in which most of the youth of Punjab took part created another Guinness record of most people arm wrestling simultaneously. in all 1450 young people took part in the triumphant attempt of
arm wrestling at a time breaking the previous most people arm wrestling simultaneously record of 1,018 people
that was achieved by the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School (UK) in elstree, Hertfordshire, UK, on 23 march 2012.
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“If there are mistakes, that’s how it is. I need to learn from them and not do it again – Valtteri Bottas
MaToSEViC loSES, SToSur Through INDIAN WELLS AGENCIES
USTrALiA’S marinko matosevic missed out on a clash with world No.1 Novak Djokovic but Samantha Stosur continued to roll on at the indian Wells masters on Tuesday. matosevic lost the first set in a tiebreak to Sam Querrey before fighting back to win a second set tiebreak. But it was not enough as Querrey triumphed over the 27-year-old 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (7-9) 7-5 to set up a fourth-round showdown with Djokovic. Stosur meanwhile belied her poor record when having lost a first set to claim a win over Germany’s mona Barthel 4-6 6-2 6-3. Things only get tougher though for the world No.9 when she takes on Angelique Kerber, the fourth seed, in the quarter-finals. Kerber defeated Spanish qualifier Garbine muguruza 6-4 7-5 in her fourth round match. All of the top 10 women’s seeds were among the 16 players fighting for quarter-final berths, led by top seed and defending champion Victoria Azarenka and second-seeded russian maria Sharapova. Sharapova started slow but came on strong in a 7-5 6-0 victory over 87thranked Spaniard Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino. She’ll play Sara errani who advanced with a 6-3 6-2 victory over ninth-seeded marion Bartoli. Sharapova, who beat errani at last year’s French Open decider, said she expected a close tussle. “i think one of her biggest keys is her consistency and her ability to make her opponent play,’’ Sharapova said of errani. “She doesn’t make many mistakes. You’ve really got to win the match out there.’’ Top-seeded Azarenka also advanced, despite a sore ankle, beating Urszula radwanska 6-3 6-1. in the men’s Djokovic trailed 4-1 in the opening set but he survived his rocky start to beat Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (7-4) 6-
Thongchai hoping to qualify for Masters SPORTS DESK Thai golfer Thongchai Jaidee is hoping to qualify for the masters by improving his ranking with a victory at the Avantha masters this week. Thongchai, an Asian Tour Order of merit winner three times, is ranked 59th after three top-10 finishes in five starts this season. A top-50 ranking by the end of the month would qualify him for Augusta National. He became the first Thai in 35 years to appear at the masters in 2006 thanks to a special invitation, and he missed the cut. He qualified with a top-50 ranking in 2010 but withdrew with an elbow injury after a first-round 74. “it’s an important week for me as i want to break into the top 50 and get into the masters,” Thongchai said Wednesday. “i’m very comfortable with my swing and if i can putt well, i believe i stand a good chance.” Among those in the field at Jaypee Greens are six european ryder Cup players: Colin montgomerie, edoardo molinari, ignacio Garrido, David Howell, Thomas Levet and Philip Price. montgomerie, a record eight-time european Tour Order of merit winner, said his interest in india stretched beyond playing golf.
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wAtCh It LIve STAR SPORTS India Vs Australia Test Series 2013 - Test 3, Day 1
dereck Chisora regains boxing licence a year on from Munich press conference brawl
1 to reach the fourth round. A welter of errors from Djokovic’s 21-year-old Bulgarian opponent was the only opportunity the Serbian star needed and he battled back to win in 67 minutes. Djokovic improved his win-loss record to 15-0 in 2013 and 20-0 since October 31 — when he lost to Querrey in the Paris masters. eighth-seeded Frenchman JoWilfried Tsonga and 17th-seeded Canadian milos raonic set up a rematch of their record-breaking London Olympics clash, when Tsonga out-lasted raonic 6-3 3-6 25-23 in the second round. The 48-game final set was the longest single set in Olympic history, a record that takes into account all men’s
and women’s matches in both singles and doubles. Tsonga held off American mardy Fish 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-0) while raonic rallied for a 3-6 6-4 6-3 victory over Croatian marin Cilic. in all, 12 men’s seeds were in thirdround action on Tuesday, including world No.3 Andy murray. murray, playing his first tournament since losing to Djokovic in the Australian Open final in January, was due to take on Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun. Lu stunned murray in the first round at the 2008 Beijing Olympics — a disappointment murray made up for with his gold medal performance before adoring British fans at the London Games last year.
DereCK CHiSOrA has regained his British Boxing Board of Control licence a year after it was withdrawn following his behaviour in Germany last February. The Finchley heavyweight found himself in hot water over a number of misdemeanours in munich, not least a press conference brawl with London rival David Haye. The Board withdrew his licence to box after a hearing on march 14 last year and the Zimbabwe-born fighter had to fight using a Luxembourg licence when he and Haye settled their feud in the ring last summer. However, Chisora has now been reissued with a licence ahead of his April 20 comeback fight, according to promoter Frank Warren. Chisora, 29, was roundly condemned for his behaviour when he unsuccessfully challenged Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight title in early 2012. Having already slapped Klitschko at their weigh-in and spat water in the face of his opponent’s brother, Wladimir, Chisora became embroiled in a distasteful brawl with Haye in the postfight press conference. The two men met in the ring at Upton Park in July last year to settle their argument but controversially had to use Luxembourg licenses, due to Chisora’s being withdrawn and Haye not holding one having technically retired.
SHARAPOVA, AZARENKA STEP IT UP INDIAN WELLS AGENCIES
maria Sharapova stepped it up when she had to on Tuesday to set up an indian Wells quarterfinal clash with Sara errani, a rematch of last year’s French Open final. russia’s Sharapova defeated errani in straight sets in the championship match at roland Garros to complete a career Grand Slam. The russian star, who won indian Wells in 2006 and finished runner-up last year to Victoria Azarenka, started slowly against Spain’s Lara ArruabarrenaVecino but turned up the heat to win 7-5, 6-0. Sharapova dropped her first service game to hand the Spaniard a 2-0 lead. She then broke Arruabarrena-Vecino twice, but was broken again before winning the last three games of the opening set. From there she never looked back. “i just didn’t get a good rhythm on her game from the beginning,”
Sharapova said. “i think maybe i was going for the lines a little bit more than i had to, especially in the first few games when you don’t know too much about your opponent or haven’t played her. “i thought towards the end of the first and beginning of the second set i really stepped it up, was being more aggressive and really gave myself a better margin than i did throughout the first set.” Sharapova delivered a stellar serving display in the second set, firing four of her five aces and never facing a break point. errani, who won the women’s claycourt title in Acapulco in the build-up to indian Wells, advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over ninth-seeded marion Bartoli of France. “i think one of her biggest keys is her consistency and her ability to make her opponent play,” Sharapova said of errani. “She doesn’t make many mistakes. You’ve really got to win the match out there.” Top-seeded Azarenka also advanced, shrugging off a sore ankle to beat Urszula radwanska 6-3, 6-1. Azarenka remained unbeaten in a 2013 season that has included an Australian Open triumph and a WTA title
at Doha. But the win over radwanska, ranked 37th in the world, was tougher than the scoreline might suggest. “i think it was pretty obvious that i wasn’t feeling that well,” said Azarenka, who had three double faults in dropping her serve in the fourth game of the opening set. “my ankle was bothering me. it has been bothering me for a while, so it hasn’t been really getting better. “But on the bright side, i won the match,” added Azarenka, who next faces eighth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. Wozniacki, the 2011 indian Wells winner, beat russian Nadia Petrova 7-6 (7/3), 6-3. russian maria Kirilenko upset third seed Agnieszka radwanska 61, 4-6, 7-5. Kirilenko, seeking a second title of 2013 after her triumph in Pattaya City, will play former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, the fifth seed, who beat Klara Zakapalova 6-2, 6-3. Fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany and Aussie Samantha Stosur complete the quarter-final line-up. Kerber defeated Spanish qualifier Garbine muguruza 6-4, 7-5 and Stosur downed Germany’s mona Barthel 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
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Tension persists but ties with Pakistan essential: donilon WASHINGTON SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
u QUeTTA: Police present the boys suspected of involvement in terrorism in Balochistan before the media on Wednesday.
group of children allegedly involved in blasts arrested in quetta QUETTA STAFF REPORT
A group of children believed to be involved in bombings in Quetta were arrested during a targeted operation here on Wednesday. Addressing a press conference, Quetta CCPO Zubair mehmood said the children were between the ages of 10 and 16 and were used to place bombs and explosives at crowded sites of Quetta. The CCPO revealed that the children were employed by banned outfits and were paid rs 2,000 to rs 5,000 per job. “Police arrested 11 children after an encounter in the suburbs of Quetta last night”, mehmood said, adding all
teenagers belonged to extremely poor and downtrodden families. He said eight militants, belonging to a Baloch separatists group, managed to escape during the operation. “Arrested teenagers have confessed to involvement in more than one dozen bomb explosions”, mehmood said. He said the children had admitted to their involvement in mezan Chowk blast, which left more than a dozen people including three frontier corps personnel dead. mehmood said police seized anti personnel mines, explosives and other arms and ammunitions from children’s possessions. eleven members of banned organisations were also arrested during the operation in the city.
Shujaat offers himself as caretaker PM
Pakistan muslim League-Quaid (PmL-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Wednesday offered himself for the caretaker prime minister’s slot. Following a reception in honour of Pakistan’s Kabaddi team at muslim League House, Hussain told reporters that a vigorous consultation was in progress for the selection of a consensus caretaker prime minister. When asked about the suitable name for the caretaker Pm, he said, “You could take my name for the caretaker Pm.” evading a question as to whether he would receive the former president Pervez musharraf at the airport on his return home, he told the questioner, “You better represent me at the airport.”
S National Security Adviser Tom Donilon has said ties with Pakistan in ongoing circumstances had become difficult, but they remained essential as well. Delivering a public speech on the US policy towards Asia at the Asia Society, Donilon said crisis no longer loomed over US relationship with Pakistan, as over the past year, both countries had worked hard to overcome the period of strain in their ties. “We have had, as you might imagine, as has been clear, some difficult issues, but i do think we are at a point here where we don’t have a crisis hanging over the relationship. We continue to work intensively with the Pakistanis on the kinds of issues, and we’ll continue to do so,”
head added. The US national security adviser said they had had with Pakistan a very important partnership in the counter-terrorism area. “And indeed the Pakistanis have suffered thousands of casualties in the battle against extremism.” He said Pakistan had been an important partner of the US in its efforts against the most extreme elements. “We have had difficult issues between the US and Pakistan. And indeed we had a long period of time when it felt like our relationship always had a crisis. We obviously had a difficult time after we executed successfully the Abbottabad raid against Osama bin Laden in may 2011 and there was a reaction.” He also referred to islamabad closing the crucial ground lines of communications to Afghanistan after the “terrible” cross border incident in November 2011 in which two
dozen Pakistani soldiers were killed. “We have worked through these issues. i think, actually are now at a point where we’re having broader conversations without the overlay of some crisis, and talking about kind of more fundamental strategic interests that we have in common,” he said. The national security adviser said the US and Pakistan had in common a stable Afghanistan at the end of this process, and the two countries were working together on that. “We both have in common the fight against extremist elements, and we continue to work on that,” he said. referring to the upcoming general elections in Pakistan, Donilon termed it as a milestone towards strengthening of democracy in the country, and said the US would be “watching that”.
two Czech women abducted from Chaghi QUETTA SHAHzADA zULFIQAR
Two Czech republic women have been kidnapped from District Chaghi iN Balochistan on Wednesday. Confirming the abduction, Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani said that both women were abducted by armed men in a land cruiser. He said raiding parties were sent to recover both the abductees. Quetta Commissioner Qamber Dashti said both tourists, Hana Humpala and Antonie, had entered into Pakistan from iran via Taftan border. He said that an armed levy guard was es-
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corting both women in a passenger bus when near Naukuni railway crossing the bus was stopped by armed men. They pulled down both foreigners and the sepoy and shifted them to their vehicle and drove towards an unknown location, he said. However, he said, later levy guard was thrown out of the vehicle and his weapon was taken away. The commissioner said that several Levies parties and police teams were sent to arrest the culprits and recover the women. No group has claimed responsibility so far. A French tourist was kidnapped two years ago from the same area and was released after a month probably after paying ransom.
Published on Mar 14, 2013