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6 killed, 15 injured in bombing on ANP rally QUETTA sTAFF REpoRT
Six people were killed and 15 injured in a powerful bomb attack targeting a rally of the Awami National Party in the Kochlak area of Quetta on Friday. The bomb went off in Kochlak Bazaar, close to the venue of the ANP rally. ANP’s provincial vice president Malik Qasim and a young girl were among the dead. The president of the ANP Balochistan and his wife were also injured in the attack. Five vehicles were destroyed and as many electricity poles fell to the ground due to the explosion’s impact. Witnesses said the blast was followed by firing, but it could not be immediately ascertained who was responsible for the gunfire. Security forces rushed to the site and cordoned off the area, while rescue teams moved the injured to hospitals. An emergency was declared at Civil Hospital, Quetta. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast that occurred hours before Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf’s visit to the provincial capital. PM’s Adviser on Interior Rehman Malik ordered the Balochistan IGP to submit a report at the earliest. According to a DIG of police, seven to eight kilogrammes of explosives had been fitted to a cycle parked near rally venue and was detonated remotely.
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fC IG ordered to produce detained missing persons in 10 days Bench says rogue elements in forces must be exposed
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The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday gave the Frontier Corps Balochistan inspector general to produce the missing persons in the force’s custody within 10 days, saying there was clear evidence of the force’s involvement in abduction of several missing persons across the province. The order was passed by the three-member SC bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawad S Khawaja and Justice
Khilji Arif Hussain that was hearing the missing persons and law and order cases at the SC’s Quetta Registry. Addressing FC IG Major General Obaidullah Khattak, the chief justice ordered him to produce persons his force had picked up in eight different cases on the next hearing on July 24. “It is his (IG FC) duty to comply with court orders and ensure the recovery of missing persons and produce them in court,” the CJ said. Continued on page 04
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NaB gets the nod to reopen Sharifs’ cases ISLAMABAD sTAFF REpoRT On the recommendation of a special committee constituted by National Accountability Bureau Chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari under the supervision of NAB prosecutor general accountability (PGA) to scrutinise cases against politicians, the NAB chief has signed an application requesting the Accountability Court to reopen three references against the Sharif brothers to contest a quashment petition that was filed by the Sharifs in the La-
hore High Court in October 2011. These references include cases of Hudaibia Paper Mills, assets beyond known sources of income and Ittefaq foundry (wilful loan default). The proceedings on cases against Sharif brothers were adjourned sine-die by the Accountability Court in 2001 when they were in exile. After their return, NAB filed an application for reopening the cases in 2007, which was granted, but these cases were later adjourned sine-die in 2010 by the Accountability Court with the direction that the trial could be com-
menced if an application signed by the chairman was submitted before the court. The NAB chairman constituted a special committee to revisit all the cases pending against the politicians. The committee recommended filing an application under the signature of the NAB chairman for recommencement of these cases. The special committee is in the process of scrutinizing the remaining cases relating to the politicians and the findings/recommendations would be shared with the media accordingly.
HILe the government has signed into law the new contempt of court act only the other day, the SC took the matters to new heights by issuing notices to the federation and the Attorney General to file their response, while rejecting a plea for stay against the newly implemented Contempt of Court Act 2012, during a hearing on a petition filed against the newly legislated law. A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and comprising of Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain heard the petition filed by Baz Muhammad Kakar. The petitioners challenged the changes made to the Contempt of Court Act. The petitioners were being represented by prominent lawyers Athar Minallah and Hadi Shakeel advocate. The petitioner, during his arguments, said that the bill was in conflict with basic clauses of the constitution. “Article 2A guarantees freedom of the judiciary while according to Article 25, all citizens have equal rights,” he added. Athar Minallah in his arguments before the bench said that the purpose of law of contempt of court was to seek justice and it could only be possible through an independent judiciary. He said that the newly amended law was in contradiction with the constitution and was legislated to benefit few individuals. He said that the newly amended law was not only a hurdle in the way of dispensing justice but also against the independence of judiciary, praying for the law to be declared null and void. The chief justice remarked that the ‘people’ who were responsible to run the country must be able to protect its constitution also. Renowned legal expert, Athar Minallah, during his arguments, said that according to the Article 190 of the Constitution, the executive was bound to act under the constitution. The Chief Justice in his remarks said that if the people were not made answerable for not implementing the court orders, then the courts would pass their judgments in the morning while panelists would criticise the court in their TV talk shows for not getting their judgments implemented. The court said in its orders that since important questions have been raised in the petition regarding the independence of judiciary, it was necessary to review them. However, the court rejected the plea for granting a stay against the newly amended law and said that all the identical petitions should be put before the court for next hearing on July 23. PBC Challenges the ContemPt aCt: It is not just one or two persons who seems to have a bone to pick with the new law, there seems to an unending streak of petitioners who want the law to be nullified. The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) on Friday also rejected the changes in the Contempt of Court Act and announced its decision to challenge it in the Supreme Court. The PBC meeting, which was convened at the resolution of five members, termed the Contempt of Court Act 2012 as unconstitutional. It also adopted a resolution condemning the act. The resolution said that the PCB would challenge the new act in the apex court. The PBC also gave a call to observe Black Day on July 23 against the Act. The council has appealed the bar associations of the country to hoist black flags on their offices and observe complete strike on that day. The law has also been challenged in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Lahore Registry. Azhar Siddiq Advocate, the petitioner, bears the stance that the new law is a conspiracy against the judiciary and an act to damage NRO implementation case. He said that the government had tried to make amendment in the constitution by providing relaxation to the president, prime minister and other personalities. He also demanded the trial of all the members of the senate and the parliament who voted in favour of the new law under Article 6 of the Constitution. On Thursday, the legal fraternity across the country observed a strike on the appeal of their respective bar associations to protest the new contempt of court law passed by parliament. Lawyers expressed their solidarity with the chief justice and Supreme Court, many of whom completely boycotted court proceedings in district courts while a partial strike was observed at the Lahore High Court (LHC). It is vital to mention here that President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday signed into law a newly approved bill aimed at providing blanket immunity to all public office holders against contempt of court – a move that will have a direct bearing on the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case. Under the new Contempt of Court Act 2012, if an accused or convict of contempt of court files an appeal, the order will remain suspended till the final disposal of the matter. The law also states: “An accused person may also at any stage submit an apology and the court, if satisfied, may discharge him or remit his sentence.”
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Zardari approves Ebrahim’s appointment as CEC ISLAMABAD sTAFF REpoRT
lahoRe/FaIsalaBaD: Strong monsoon currents have started to make rounds in the upper parts of the country that may cause heavy falls and flash/urban flooding in isolated areas of Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and Lahore division. Strong winds coupled with stormy showers on Friday, proved disastrous as a woman was killed in Toba Tek Singh and several other people were injured, with myriad incidents of collapsed walls, rooftops and billboards reported in different areas of northern and central Punjab. The storm was so fierce that it uprooted trees and pylons, swept away sign boards and rooftops and damaged crops in several areas. AgEnciEs
Fraud inquiry against RPTW continuing: USAID IslamaBaD: As part ongoing efforts, in 2010, USAID awarded a cooperative agreement to Rafi Peer Theater Workshop (RPTW) to provide support for the program, Pakistan Children’s Television (PCTV), also known as ‘Sim Sim Hamara’. The goal of the program was to provide basic education to young children, through puppet-based television and radio programs and variety of outreach activities in Urdu and four major provincial languages, to be carried out throughout Pakistan. This effort was part of American commitment to help provide educational opportunities for children in Pakistan, through development cooperation with many Pakistani organizations. In October 2011, USAID received a series of allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse involving RPTW through its anti-fraud hotline. It took this notice very seriously and in December 2011, the USAID Office of the Inspector General (OIG) opened a formal investigation. USAID and RPTW reached a mutual agreement that U.S. monetary support for PCTV would end. The OIG investigation remains open and ongoing. pREss RElEAsE
Girl tortured to death by fake pir in Chichawatni ChIChaWatnI: A girl was tortured to death by a fake pir on the pretext of exorcism in Chichawatni on Friday. Police said the parents of the girl thought she needed exorcism and went to the pir for help. The police said the pir tortured the girl during the process, adding that the girl fell unconscious and later died. The pir fled the scene. Police have registered a case and investigations are underway. The people of the area demanded action against the fake pir and also sought action against the parents for handing over their daughter to him. inp
President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday assented to the appointment of Justice (r) Fakhruddin G ebrahim as the chief election commissioner (CeC) The Parliamentary Committee on Appointment of the CeC had agreed with consensus on the nomination of ebrahim as CeC. Accordingly, the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs requested the prime minister to advise the president to accord his assent to the said nomination. On Friday, the president assented to the appointment of Fakhruddin G ebrahim at a special ceremony held at the Presidency. The president felicitated the members of the Parliamentary Committee on Appointment of the CeC for reaching a consensus on the name of ebrahim by demonstrating political maturity and wisdom. He said the appointment of a consensus CeC would enhance confidence in the election and the electoral process, which was a critical element for political stability and orderly transfer of power. The president also felicitated the newly appointed CeC, saying his consensus based nomination by all political parties was a reflection of his standing and the confidence imposed in him. Fakhruddin G ebrahim is a retired judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and a senior advocate. He served as the Attorney General of Pakistan during the government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and remained his close legal adviser.
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Riaz Pirzada says deputy prime minister’s office unconstitutional ISLAMABAD onlinE
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid lawmaker Riaz Hussain Pirzada on Friday criticised the appointment of a deputy prime minister in the country, saying there was no mention of such an office in the constitution of 1973. Pirzada’s statement in the NA reveals the rifts within the PML-Q w h o s e major
demand of supporting the Pakistan People’s Party-led government was the appointment of its leader Chaudhry Pervez elahi as the deputy prime minister. Pirzada was among those PMLQ ministers who did not take oath in the new cabinet formed under Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf. On a point of order during Friday’s NA session, he questioned the law under which the president introduced the office of the deputy prime minister. He said according to Article 95, in absence of the prime minister, the most senior federal minister should be asked to perform duties in his place, but after the 18th Amendment, the office of senior minister had also been eliminated. Pirzada also criticized the presence of certain advisers to the prime minister in the National Assembly. He said advisers to the PM were not allowed to sit in the National Assembly with MNAs, as according to the constitution, they were not answerable to parliament. He noted that the violation of this principle was tantamount to challenging powers of the NA speaker. The PML-Q leader said how could an adviser to the PM sit in the House without taking oath. He said if the practice continued, even a15-year-old lad or a NATO general could also be made the
prime minister. He accused the government of “inventing certain offices”. Pirzada said almost everybody had got a flagged vehicle to travel. At this, Defence Minister Syed Naveed Qamar said the prime minister had the prerogative of hiring advisers for consultation and the government had not taken any unconstitutional step. The defence minister said the advisers could not exercise their vote during polling in the National Assembly. Pirzada then asked for the speaker’s ruling about presence of advisers in the Lower House, as it was a very sensitive matter. Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi ruled that it was a serious issue and would be discussed in the chamber of the NA speaker. Kundi said no strangers but federal ministers, guests accompanying MNAs and the concerned staff sat in the National Assembly lobbies. He said if the chief whips of all parliamentary parties took a decision in this regard, the advisers would be prohibited to sit in the lobbies. Pirzada said everybody was bound to respect the sanctity of the National Assembly in accordance with the rules and regulations. “No one should shout slogans in the House and should not speak loudly for recording his criticism,” he added.
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CNG stations to be phased out ISLAMABAD
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malik cheated Sc; petition filed in apex court
DVISOR to the Prime Minister on Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain told the Senate on Friday that the provincial government and the exploration company at Reko Diq project were in litigation and that the company had claimed $ 5 billion in damages. The Senate was also told that CNG stations would be phased out of the system in the next few years due to imminent shortage of gas. “The provincial government had been asked to resolve the matter or claim liability of payment of claimed money by the company,” said Dr Asim while replying to queries in the question hour. He added that the contract for exploration of natural resources at Reko Diq project was awarded long before the incumbent government took charge of affairs. “The issue could be taken up at the Council of Common Interests (CCI), Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) or any other platform for a cordial settlement of the dispute under the directions of the House,” he assured the Upper House of the Parliament. However, his assurance and explanation could not satisfy Senators across the isles including the Leader of the Opposition, who suggested the Advisor to take the issue at CCI, IPC or any other platform for peaceful settlement. Ishaq Dar also advocated that the government should not take the matter leniently and should hold responsible the relevant persons for awarding contract at cheaper rates and with not so good terms and conditions. Senator Robina Irfan also questioned the unworkable and irrational terms of engagement included in
the agreement, terming them against the national interests. However, the advisor maintained that after the devolution and the 18th amendment, exploration and ownership rights of mines and minerals had gone to provinces and federal government had no share in the provincially-run projects. “The provincial government of Balochistan has been asked to settle the issue amicably or claim liabilities claimed by the company as it has moved to international court of arbitration” he observed. “Presently, no proposal is under consideration of the government to grant permission for establishment of
more CNG stations due to ban on issuance of new licenses,” he said, adding that occurrences and showings of gold and silver had been reported from various parts of the country including Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. However the reserves of these occurrences and showings had not been confirmed except for the Saindak and Reko Diq deposits in Chagi district of Balochistan. He said that Saindak Copper-Gold Project was the only project in the country which was producing gold and silver as a by-product in a nominal quantity and added that Saindak and Reko Diq
deposits had 1339.25 tons of gold and 74,707 tons of silver. He observed that around 85 percent of the country’s demand of oil was being met through imports; therefore, the exdepot sale prices of petroleum product were linked with international (Arabian Gulf) market prices of petroleum products published in Platts Oilgram. “As such the prices of petroleum products are increased or decreased based on price trends in international market,” he informed the House saying that the government had deregulated the prices of Petroleum Products (Petrol, HOBC, LDO and Jet Fuels) and their prices were linked with actual import prices of PSO. To another question, Dr Asim said that the Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) was not issuing any term finance certificate (TFC) to raise funds to tackle circular debt. efforts to resolve the circular debt have been ongoing for quite some time. In this regard, water and power ministry submitted a summery to economic Coordination Committee (eCC) proposing partial resolution of power sector circular debt by issuance of TFC. He said that the OGDCL would subscribe to these TFC to be floated by PePCO or the Power Holding (Private) Limited with an amount worth Rs 82 billion. In response to another question, the advisor said that SNGP and SSGCL collected an amount of Rs 220.17 billion under the head of gas charges from July 1, 2011, to February 29, 2012. However, the advisor could not satisfy senators over their questions about imposition and lifting ban on setting up new CNG stations for a short time despite acute shortage of gas in the country. The advisor said that permission for new CNG stations could only be granted by Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority or PM; so, senators could write to PM for relaxation of rules for the permission of new CNG stations in their constituencies.
MoNITorING DESk A writ petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Friday challenging the resignation of Adviser on Interior Rehman Malik from his Senate seat without getting the SC’s permission, according to a private TV channel. The petition was filed by Mahmood Akhtar Naqvi. The petitioner submitted that the SC had already suspended Rehman Malik’s Senate membership in the dual nationality case while the case was still pending in the SC, but Malik resigned from his Senate seat without seeking permission from the SC, which was against the court orders and constitution. The petitioner pleaded the court to issue directives in this regard. Meanwhile, another petition was filed in the SC against Rehman Malik for cheating the court regarding his dual nationality. The petitioner submitted in his petition that Rehman Malik cheated the court by claiming to have renounced his British nationality. The petitioner said that Rehman Malik lied to the court, proving that he did not respect the judiciary and the court and he must be booked for fraud.
Contempt law to secure corrupt politicians only, says Imran ISLAMABAD onlinE
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Friday said the new contempt of court law was introduced just to protect corrupt politicians. “Violation of rule of law will prove dangerous for the survival of the country,” Khan said. Addressing the PTI cultural wing seminar, Khan said it was impossible for a country to follow different laws at the same time: one for special class while another for the
downtrodden and common man. He said the government was deploying these tactics in order secure the laundered six billion rupees of President Asif Ali Zardari, adding that some of the politicians were trying to create panic by using the name of army. “The reality is that they have nothing to do with democratic values; rather their job is only to conceal their looted money which they have collected in the name of so-called government of the people,” Khan said. He said the country was already in grip of challenging problems, so any unconstitutional step would be hazardous and treacherous. Commenting on Fakhruddin G ebrahim’s appointment as the chief election commissioner, Khan said candid and transparent polls were likely in the country.
6 bombs retrieved near Faisalabad Jai
Six bombs were recovered and defused near the Borstal Jail on Friday, averting a terror plot. According to police sources, six handmade toy bombs were packed in a shopper bag and kept in a farm near the roadside, hardly 100 yards away from the Borstal Jail. They were recovered on a tip off and defused by the Bomb Disposal Squad. Superintendent Madina Town Police said the six indigenous bombs contained six kilogrammes of explosives. He said that it could have been a terror plot, targeting the nearby Borstal Jail or Police Investigation Cell, which was foiled. An investigation regarding this was underway, he said.
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Says some politicians trying to make Rs 400b in lNG import deal ISLAMABAD nni
The Pakistan economy Watch (PeW) on Friday said that the government is planning to buy LNG on inflated rates in the guise of trying to resolve the energy crisis. All rules and regulations have been relaxed for the import of 500 million cubic feet of LNG per day under a longterm contract, it said. Pakistan will have to pay some five million dollars daily for fifteen years while politicians will get some Rs 400 billion in kickbacks if the deal to im-
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Several political parties condemned the blast and demanded immediate action against the perpetrators. ANP leadership, including Asfandyar Wali Khan, Afrasyab Khatak, Mian Iftikhar and others condemned the blast. The PkMAP, Hazara Democratic Party, TI Balochistan and other political and religious parties also condemned the attack. The CM condemned the perpetrators of the blast, saying anti-state elements involved in such heinous and inhuman incidents were targeting innocent people in the country. He said that no religion and civilized society allowed the killing of innocent people. Meanwhile, four people were killed and a body was found in Quetta on Friday, while a woman was injured in a landmine blast in Jaffarabad district. According to police, unidentified armed men opened fire and killed two men identified as Haji Wazir Khan and Haji Nek Muhammad Khilji at Samungli Road in the outskirts of Quetta. In another incident, unidentified people gunned down Noor Alam in Sariab Mill area and fled. Separately, unidentified men barged into a house in Bank Colony in Sariab area and shot dead Muhammad Tahir. The deceased belonged to Sargodha district of Punjab. Police also recovered an unidentified body in Quetta and shifted it to Civil Hospital for medical- legal formalities.
port LNG from Qatar on hefty rates is finalised, said Abdullah Tariq, SVP of PeW. Secretary Petroleum Mr. Muhammad ejaz Chaudhry has been fired for resisting the deal while efforts are underway to tame Oil Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) which has also opposed the deal, he added. Tariq said that the ministers who are uneasy about letters from Ogra against LNG import want the department dissolved or brought under the control of the petroleum ministry. Abdullah Tariq said that current price of LNG is hov-
ering around $ 12.5/per million British thermal units (MMbtu). A 15-year agreement should bring down the cost to $7/MMbtu. However, the government is planning to buy the same for around $15/MMbtu which will cost slightly over $ 18/MMbtu when transportation cost is included. He said that some friends of an influential politician want the deal finalised at $ 18/MMbtu which will make it available on Karachi port for $ 21/MMbtu. Gas will become more costly after degasification for addition in the SSGC system. Tariq
said that gas import from Iran will cost $11 per MMbtu, it will cost $13 per through TAPI but both options are not workable due to political considerations. Qatar seems to be the only option as a vessel from Doha takes 36 hours to reach Karachi, gas transportation from Malaysia take 14 days while it takes one month from to reach from Algeria. It may be mentioned that apart from Ogra, the power companies and private sector have also opposed the import of costly LNG and the government is yet to consider using the cheap alternative of Thar coal.
Sarabjit files fresh appeal for mercy to Zardari NEW DELHI AgEnciEs
Indian death row spy in Pakistan, Sarabjit Singh has filed a fresh appeal to the President seeking mercy, on the occasion of Pakistan’s Independence Day on August 14, his lawyer Awais Sheikh said on Friday. Sheikh, who met Sarabjit in Lahore jail, in an email to the prisoner’s daughter Swapandeep, said that her father had signed the letter addressed to Zardari requesting his mercy on the 65th Independence Day of Pakistan. Sheikh quoted Sarabjit as saying that he was very disappointed when the recent news about his release
turned out to be wrong. Sheikh’s email was forwarded to former Indian Supreme Court Chief Justice Markandey Katju, who had lobbied for the release of veteran Pakistani scientist Khalil Chishty from a prison in Rajasthan recently. Justice Katju wrote back, saying the conviction of Sarabjit was ‘flawed’ and demanded his immediate release. “I have carefully studied Sarabjit’s case and am convinced that he was not guilty of the charge against him in the Lahore bomb blast case; the main prosecution witness Shaukat Salim, had retracted his statement saying it was obtained under duress,” he said adding, “the other evidence was Sarabjit’s alleged ‘confession’
but we all know how such ‘confessions’ are obtained in our countries (by third degree methods).” He said it was unfortunate that “both our countries often regard each other’s citizens as devils, and I strongly believe that both Khalil Chishty and Sarabjit were victims of that mindset.’’ Justice Katju said that he had sent several letters to Zardari in this regard, but received no response. He also sent copies of his email to senators Babar and Iqbal Haider, as well as Asma Jehangir, president of the Supreme Court Bar Association and to Chaudhry Fawad Husain, the special assistant to the prime minister of Pakistan with a request to obtain justice for Sarabjit.
RIMe Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Friday offered an olive branch to the disgruntled Baloch leaders by inviting them to hold dialogue with the government for an amicable solution of the Balochistan issue. Addressing the provincial cabinet meeting here at the Chief Minister Secretariat, the PM said the use of force was not the right way to handle any problem. “Only dialogue and constructive talks can steer the province out of prevailing crisis,” he added. However, he categorically rejected to hold dialogue with those who talk against the country’s sovereignty. “We have to identify forces who are supporting the handful elements to create lawlessness in Balochistan,” he observed. The PM said that there were
some external and internal forces involved in creating unrest in the province and they could only be defeated with combined efforts and political wisdom. He said the government was giving utmost priority to Balochistan’s uplift and assured early completion of development projects in the province. He said early completion of the development projects was top priority of his government. The members of the provincial Cabinet members congratulated the Prime Minister on assuming his office and extended full support for democracy and improving the law and order. He also directed to make arrangements to supply water from Mirani Dam to Gwadar besides increasing capacity of Ankra Dam Gwadar. He said that the prevailing law and order situation was the result of unwise and anti-Baloch policies of dictators, bringing the province on the verge of destruction. “Balochistan is on the
priority list of the government,” he said while reiterating the government’s pledge to remove the decades-long grievances of the people of the largest province of the country. He directed that capable senior officials of law enforcement agencies having good reputation should be posted in Balochistan so that law and order situation could be improved. The provincial ministers pointed out that the projects of Reko Diq, Kacchi Canal, Gwadar-Rato Dero road and Zhob-Dera Ismail Khan transmission line needed to be completed on priority. The PM assured early completion of the development projects. He said Balochistan was enriched with natural resources and it was now constitutionally empowered to get benefit from its mines and minerals. “The local people should be the beneficiary of the Reko Diq, copper and other mineral projects launched in Balochistan,” he added.
israel killed Go get the missing five iranian scientists: book persons, SC NEWS DESk A new book penned by two Israeli journalists has alleged that Israel’s deadly Mossad intelligence agency carried out the assassinations of five Iranian nuclear scientists. The book ‘Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars’, has now become a rage among Iran’s top political echelon. It has set off a buzz among both government and opposition news media inside Iran for the assertion by its authors Yossi Melman, widely regarded as a leading Israeli military and intelligence journalist, and Dan Raviv, a CBS national political correspondent that five Iranian nuclear scientists killed in the past five years were all assassinated by operatives, most likely of Persian Jewish heritage, employed by Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, The New York Times said. Till date, Israel has neither confirmed nor denied it is responsible for the assassinations.
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The court rejected a statement by Khattak that no missing person was in the custody of his force, saying “The statement is unacceptable for the court in the wake of evidences against FC regarding missing persons.” Justice Khawaja argued with the IG, saying that contrary to the FIR report that the FC had lodged into an encounter with two miscreants, medical reports had clearly mentioned that both men were shot at close range. He said, “Such things cannot be ignored, as if there are some rogue elements in the force, they should be exposed.” The chief justice said, “The FC comes in aid of civil administration for restoration of law and order, but if its personnel cross the limits violating law and constitution, the onus is on you (IG)”. The chief justice questioned the IG, “Do you want your officers to appear in
court and face trial in the missing persons’ cases?” Khattak assured the court that the sample it [court] had drawn in a few missing persons’ cases was a starting point and he would fully cooperate. The chief justice warned Khattak, “Do not take us to the point of no return, when the law takes its due course, confrontation may start between institutions.” “The court has so far been demonstrating restraint over human rights violations in Balochistan and avoiding passing an order that may create complications for the institutions,” he remarked. The CJ said the court “will not spare those who crimes, they will have to be produced in court”. Justice Khilji said, “The court holds due regard for the forces as their personnel have been making sacrifices, but the violation of constitution and law is unacceptable.”
Kashmir not India’s internal problem: Omar abdullah SrINAGAr nni
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said that Kashmir is not an internal problem of India but a political issue between the country and neighbouring Pakistan. “It (Kashmir) is not an internal issue of India. It is a political issue between two countries (India and Pakistan) and unless they sit and talk to solve it politically, it will continue to remain there,” Omar said addressing party workers on the 12th death anniversary of his grandmother, Madr-eMeharban Begum Sheikh
Muhammad Abdullah, at her mausoleum at Hazratbal here. Omar said Jammu and Kashmir was not an issue of development and money. Kashmir, he said, was a political issue having both internal and external dimensions which needed to be addressed. About the ongoing talks between India and Pakistan, Omar said dialogue was the only way to solve issues between the two countries. “But time has come to make dialogue process result-oriented. If talks are held for the sake of talks then it is of no use,” Omar said. He said the beginning could be made by resolving “small issues.”
“We are aware that the bigger issues cannot be settled in just a few meetings but smaller issues can be addressed like strengthening of cross-LoC trade by converting its barter status into normal trading pattern, allowing hassle free travel across the LoC, construction of Tulbul navigation project and resolution of SirCreek,” Omar said. In reaction to the recent statement by Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani that “in the garb of rehabilitating Kashmir Pandits Government of India was planning to create Israeli type settlements in Kashmir by set-
tling outsiders,” Omar said: “There is not even an iota of truth in this.” Omar said Jammu and Kashmir enjoys special status and nobody would be allowed to dilute it. Omar dared Geelani to talk about “non-state subjects being settled” in other part of Kashmir across the LoC. “He (Geelani) is an elderly leader. Why did not he ask authorities from Pakistan at New Delhi during a meeting recently that where from are they settling people in that part of Kashmir? Non-Kashmiris are allowed to settle there. They gifted away its one part to China,” Omar said. Omar ac-
cused People Democratic Party of “double standards, and misleading people.” “Those who say I weakened the position of Chief Minister, I ask them why did not they talk about AFSPA revocation, withdrawal of troops, self rule, double currency and resolution of Kashmir when they were in power. They feared losing the chair but I am the Chief Minister who told the Prime Minister that Kashmir was not an issue about development and money,” Omar said. However, Omar was quick to thank the Government of India for ‘continuous financial support to J&K.’ “We
provided the real healing touch to people. We allowed the youth who were stuck across the LoC to return, not with guns, but with their families. During the PDP regime, the relatives and family members of the militants were denied travel documents. But we ensured they enjoy all rights.” He said his Government removed 40 bunkers from the city which were ‘set up by those belonging to ink and pot party.’ “They allowed beautification of bunkers. They set up five star bunkers. We will ensure that they are packed off from here without any star,” Omar said.
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H e Supreme Court on Friday served notices to the attorney general for indicting property tycoon Malik Riaz for contempt of court on July 16, the other central character in the graft scam, Arsalan Iftikhar has filed a review petition in the SC pleading the court to make the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman and Salman Ahmed parties to the case. A three-member bench of the apex court comprising Justice Shakirullah Jan, Justice ejaz Afzal and Justice Athar Saeed was hearing the show-cause notice and petitions pertaining to contempt of court against Riaz. Riaz had been issued a show-cause notice on June 13 for leveling allegations at Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry during his press conference on June 12. During Friday’s hearing, Riaz’s counsel Dr Abdul Basit requested the bench to allow his client to travel abroad for medical treatment and exempt him for regular court appearances. But the bench rejected the request and said it was a court, not a court martial, and unless the court ruled otherwise, Riaz had to come for hearing.
However, Justice Jan told the counsel to submit the application and said the bench would decide on it once Riaz has been indicted for contempt. In his remarks, Justice Jan said that as such, Riaz had committed contempt of court. The bench further said it would continue hearing the case and issued a notice to Attorney General Irfan Qadir for July 16 for indictment of Malik Riaz and appointed AG as prosecution, saying in absence of the attorney general, the deputy AG would be the prosecutor. Riaz had tendered an unconditional apology for his press conference in
which he had hurled serious, but contradictory charges against Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and his son, Dr Arsalan Iftikhar, on an issue that is sub judice, and in defiance of an apex court order to speak to the media. In his apology, he had said that his presser had given the court an impression that he was targeting the chief justice and his family. In another development, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s son Arsalan Iftikhar filed a review petition in the Supreme Court pleading the court to make the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman and Salman
Ahmed parties to the case. According to reports, in his review petition Arsalan said the members of a joint investigation team of NAB, formed to probe accusations levelled against him by Malik Riaz, had close links with the real estate tycoon, including the team head Quasar Iqbal and SP Faisal Memon. He said Iqbal had a house in the executive lodges of Bahria Town and in this perspective the joint investigation team had become controversial and it might influence the process of a fair investigation. elaborating the working the investigation team, Arsalan said some members of the team were “characterless”, as they had received perks from Malik Riaz. He said due to the wrong interpretation of the court orders by the attorney general, the case was transferred to NAB as the court did not direct the AG to forward the case to NAB, adding that the court orders were not implemented appropriately. The review petition has requested to make the federation, Malik Riaz, Ali Ahmed Riaz and Bahria Town party in the case. Another miscellaneous petition has also been filed requesting to make NAB chairman and Salman Ahmed parties to the case.
QUETTA: prime Minister Raja pervaiz Ashraf chairs a meeting of the Balochistan provincial cabinet on Friday.
Not unwilling to write letter but it’s unconstitutional, says kaira
Clashes at Hyderabad jail kill one, injure several
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Friday claimed he had never said the government would not write the letter to Swiss authorities, but the government’s stance was that writing the letter was unconstitutional. Speaking to reporters, Kaira said he was misquoted by a section of the media on his statement on the issue of writing a letter to the Swiss authorities. “I never said that the party’s stance was against writing the letter. I had said that the federal cabinet would decide on the issue,” he said. The information minister said his party respected all institutions of the country, including the judiciary. He further said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) did not have any conflict with the judiciary. “The PPP has given many sacrifices for democracy…all institutions will have to work together to strengthen it,” Kaira said. “The government cannot accept any undemocratic behaviour in the country and parliament will guard the system,” he said. The Supreme Court had on June 19 dismissed Yousaf Raza Gilani as prime minister after convicting him of contempt in April for refusing to reopen the multi-million-dollar cases against the president.
taliban polio ban puts 240,000 children at risk
A Taliban ban on polio vaccinations will put 240,000 children at risk in troubled northwest Pakistan if an inoculation campaign cannot start next week, officials warned on Friday. Local Taliban and Pakistani warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur, whose followers are fighting Western troops in Afghanistan, have banned polio vaccinations in of Waziristan to protest against US drone attacks. They have condemned the immunisation campaign, which is slated to begin on Monday, as a cover for espionage. “There is possibility that we may have to skip the polio campaign in North and South Waziristan because we are not getting clearance from the army nor is the situation conducive,” a government health official told AFP. “We have threats from the Taliban. Going to these areas for a polio campaign would be tantamount to putting the lives of our staff in jeopardy,” added the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. Fawad Khan, director of health services in the tribal belt, told AFP that at least 160,000 children in North Waziristan and 80,000 in South Waziristan would be affected if polio drops are not administered. Talks are ongoing between administrators and the Taliban, but health workers had “not yet received the green light” for going ahead in Waziristan, he added. But a senior security official said tribal elders would on Monday discuss how to launch the campaign. In South Waziristan, where the army fought local Taliban in 2009, the official said “it should not be difficult” to vaccinate children “at least in areas where displaced persons have returned”.
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An under-trial prisoner died while several prisoners and a few policemen were injured during clashes in Hyderabad’s Central Prison on Friday. The condition of one of the undertrial prisoners was stated to be critical. DIG Prisons Gulzar Channa said a large contingent of police personnel was deployed to control the situation which he described as mutinous. “They had partly damaged one of
the main entrances of our jail and we had to resort to aerial firing to deter them from entering the premises,” said Channa. He said upon his last visit to the prison he had met most of the prisoners but did not get any complaints from them. However, he added that the prisoners had been demanding facilities such as mobile phones which could not be made available to them. There were conflicting reports as to what exactly led to the trouble. The police staff claimed that several police-
men had also been taken hostage by the prisoners. “Police was violent with the prisoners for the past couple of days which made the prisoners retaliate,” a police official claimed. According to other police sources four prisoners and seven officers were wounded in the clash. Most of the prisoners were outside their barracks protesting against the prison administration. The barracks and adjoining areas were also damaged due to the demonstrations and the ensuing violence.
A Pakistani soldier, who had mistakenly crossed the Line of Control (LoC) and had entered into the Indian territory, was sent back to Pakistan via Chakkan da Bagh in Poonch district on Friday. “Pakistani soldier identified as Arif Ali, 19, resident of Quetta was apprehended by the army on Thursday when he crossed over to this side from Kerni Sector,” Indian media reported. They said Arif was posted in 25 Frontier Force in Pakistan and he was in civilian clothes, adding that he was unarmed while two SIM cards, an identity card and currency worth Rs 13,306 was recovered from him. After investigations it was found out that he had inadvertently crossed the LoC.
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official promoted from BPS-07 to 17 in kmc kArACHI BAKhAT Ali
Irregularities and corruption has become routine business in Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) as the KMC administration is favouring its blue-eyed officials by giving them out-of-way promotions. According to details, a meeting of Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC)-I was held on June wherein a decision was taken to promote Syed Zia-ul-Islam Naqvi, presently working as an Assistant Librarian (BPS-07) in Culture, Sports and Recreational Department, KMC, to the post of Librarian in BPS-17, Pakistan Today has reliably learnt. From 07 to 17 Grade promotion at once has raised many questions in the minds of many senior KMC officials who were deserving candidates and were waiting for their legal promotion for the last several years. Sources told Pakistan Today that only those officials were being facilitated with perks and promotions in KMC who are close to the administration. When contacted, KMC Senior Director Human Resources Management Najmuddin Sikander said the post of BPS 07 was not being upgraded as it was the post of BPS-12. According to the Council Resolution, Naqvi was promoted from BPS-12 to BPS-17. However, he failed to clarify the exceptional promotion of the assistant librarian.
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KARAchi: Activists of Jamiat Ulema-e-pakistan protest against nATo supply and drone attacks outside the press club. STaff pHOTO
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The Airport Security Force (ASF) on Friday recovered 50 grams of hashish from the possession of an air hostess of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). The air hostess, whose name was not revealed by the ASF, told the investigators that she was a hashish addict and was keeping the lower quantity for her own use. Sources said the air hostess was arrested from a Lahore-bound PK-302 flight.
traders protest govt’s failure to protect their businesses kArACHI nni
TROCITIeS against the traders have escalated at the extreme level but the government has failed to ensure traders’ protection. Henceforth, the traders had been left with no other choice except to convert nook and cranny of the city into Tahreer Square in condemnation against extortion, target killing and ever-escalating load shedding. Small Traders Organisation Karachi President Mehmood Hamid said this while addressing a protest sit-in at Nazimabad. Small Printing Press Association President Zahid Hussain, Zubair Ansari and Syed Jalil Ahmed also addressed. Hamid said at one hand the traders were left at the mercy of the target killers, kidnappers for ransom and extortionists while on the other hand, the KeSC had smashed their remaining trade and economic activities through prolonged load shedding. The traders warn the KeSC to stop
blackmailing the traders or else the traders would take to street in a way that the KeSC’s foreign owners would be surrounded and forced to leave the country. He said the load shedding in Nazimabad had reached 18 hours due to which the trade and economic activities had been completely ended. More than 100,000 workers of the printing press section of trade had been compelled to starve out as the owners of the printing presses had failed to earn enough to look after their workers’ needs. The pre-
vailing situation would lead to unprecedented rise in unemployment, he claimed. Zahid Hussain said that Karachi’s traders were deliberately targeted and their businesses were willfully destroyed but the traders would never allow the conspirators to succeed in their vested designs against the traders of the city. Jalil Ahmed said that the government and the KeSC should learn that the traders had now awakened and united against their plans for destroying the trade and economic activities in the city.
Woman among two killed KaRaChI: At least two people including a woman were killed in different incidents of violence in the city on Friday. Malir Cantonment police said a tortured body of a woman was found from bushes. The police said that she was kidnapped and then killed. In a separate incident, a man killed his younger brother and surrendered himself to police. According to the Boat Basin police, Munawar killed his brother Ishaq Masih by hitting him with an axe over domestic issues in Neelum Cony, Clifton. Ishaq was father of five. His body was taken to Jinnah Hospital. On the other hand, two people were injured in a firing incident near Khyber Chowk, Ittehad Town. nni
Negligent doctors cause woman’s death HYDErABAD onlinE
A 50-year-old woman died at Civil Hospital due to negligence of doctors and unavailability of oxygen on Friday. According to media reports, Jannat Bibi died due to the doctors’ negligence. Family members staged a protest against the doctors’ negligence. Son of the woman told media that his mother had a minor problem but the doctors showed no interest in giving her quick treatment. Hospital administration refused to give any statement regarding the issue. The grieved family demanded action against the hospital administration.
Advance collection of fingerprints SHC extends Jam Yousaf’s protective bail kArACHI App
The Sindh High Court has extended protective bail of former Balochistan chief minister Jam Muhammad Yousaf for 15 days who is accused of involvement in the murder of Akbar Bugti. According to media reports, a bench of the Sindh High Court presided over by Justice Farooq Friday held hearing of the Nawab Akbar Bugti’s murder case here on Friday. Former CM Balochistan, Jam Yousaf appeared before the court with his lawyers M Ilyas Khan and Muhammad Farooq. The court issued Jam Yousaf’s bail orders covering a span of 15 days or-
dering him to present himself before the relevant court. Jam Yousaf took the stance in the court that he wanted to appear before the concerned court in Balochistan but the provincial government of Balochistan has not permitted him to do so, as the banned militant organisation Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) announced that if Jam Yousaf presented himself before the court he will be killed. He requested the court to extend his protective bail to enable him to appear before the Balochistan High Court. It is pertinent to mention here that Jam Yousaf had obtained protective bail of Rs 5,00,000 after the Supreme Court issued his arrest warrants.
A short course was organised for the advance fingerprints collection, the spokesman of the Sindh police announced by here on Friday. He said as many as 27 police officers and jawans participated in the course and that these included two policewomen, Amina Khatoon and Shahnila Ikram, who also topped the three best trainees of the programme. At the conclusion of the short course, a simple ceremony was organized on Friday which was also attended by the Consul General of the United States in
Karachi, William Martin. The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Sindh, Fayyaz Ahmed Leghari, and senior police officials were also present on the occasion. It was informed that the women police officers and personnel were also being imparted training to perform their duties in the field as well. Speaking on the occasion, the IGP Sindh Fayyaz Leghari said that forensic investigation and collection of data helps in gathering evidence regarding crimes especially the heinous ones. He said that the resultant arrests of the accused help in improving the image of the police besides meeting the requirements of the criminal justice system. Leghari spokes of cooperation of the US Consulate in Karachi with the Sindh police in streamlining the Forensic Division on modern lines. William Martin said that with advanced training the Sindh police would be in a positive to serve in a better way. He said that the cooperation would help strengthen further the ties between the USA and Pakistan.
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Karachi 07 khaksar tehreek holds weekly protest LARKANA: Khaksar Tehreek Larkana Chapter observed weekly protest and token hunger-strike against price hike, inflation, load shedding, lawlessness, terrorism, increasing petroleum products and other issues in country on Friday. Khaksar activists observed hunger strike and chanted slogans against the ruling leaders of the government and demanded that fulfill the party manifesto and slogan as “Roti, Kapra aur Makan”. The protesting local leaders among Mukhtar Ansari, Niaz Baloch, Mohammed Yaseen, Ghulam Haider Umrani and others said the present democratic government failed to take the issues of common men. On the occasion, they said the people were dying due to starvation and hunger, but the claimer of democratic government not serious to resolve the issues of masses, so that stop inflation and provide the basic facilities to the common people they said. Meanwhile, disable and handicapped educated unemployed youth continued their protest and observed hunger strike for their rights and job quota here on Friday. onlinE
AkU-eB hSSc students perform better KARAchi: A worker busy in renovating his oil tanker at shireen Jinnah colony after the restoration of nATo supply. ONLINE
inclement weather disturbs PiA flights KaRaChI: Persistent bad weather in the northern region of Pakistan is continuing to affect PIA flight schedule at Islamabad and Lahore resulting in consequential delays which is beyond the control of the airline, PIA spokesman said here on Friday. On Friday 06 international flights and 03 domestic flights were affected due to weather. The international flights included PK 892 Islamabad-LahoreBangkok - Hong Kong, PK 763 Islamabad-Amsterdam-Frankfurt, PK 781 Islamabad-Toronto, PK 749 Islamabad-Milan, PK 701 IslamabadManchester and PK 794 Barcelona-IslamabadKarachi. Three domestic flights that were delayed due to weather included PK 301 Islamabad-Karachi, PK 329 Islamabad-Quetta and PK 651 Islamabad Lahore, while PK 451 & PK 452 Islamabad-Skardu-Islamabad were cancelled owing poor weather conditions. inp
cNG stations to remain shut for 24 hours KaRaChI: All Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations in Sindh will remain closed from 9am today (Saturday) for 24 hours. The CNG stations will be reopened on Sunday morning at 9am. The CNG filling stations have once again been shut down across the province for the next 24 hours to re-open at 9am tomorrow (Sunday) under a weekly schedule. inp
Less harassment in corporate culture kArACHI nni
PeCIAL Assistant to Sindh Chief Minister on Information Sharmila Faruqui has said that present democratic government has initiated different programmes to empower the women in society as it is serious to give due status to women. Benazir Income Support Programme, Waseela-e-Haq, Behan Benazir Basti, distribution of agriculture lands to landless women, women crisis centres in 16 districts and vocational centres have been initiated in this regard, she said while talking to a group of Reckitt Benckiser (RB) employees at their office here on Friday. She said the government had passed bills for the protection of women rights and anti-harassment bill at work place that was a milestone in Pakistan’s history. She said: “Institutions should work in their limits and democracy should continue in the country.” Sharmila Faruqui added that there was need to change mindset of the society regarding domestic violence and it was a fact that harassment culture was less in corporate culture as compared to other work places. She advised the women to work harder to achieve their goals. She said during the last four years government had done a lot for the masses. She expressed her hope that changes were taking place gradually and new generation of Pakistan would definitely bring about positive changes. She
kwSB using ‘tactics’ to extort Rs50m: keSc said more jobs must be given to the women in offices in order to enable them to support their families. On this occasion chief executive Tahir Malik, Director HR Faisal Usmani, Marketing Director Tauseef Faisal and other officers were also present.
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Thousands of women die each year due to complications of pregnancy and 10 times more women develop life-long pregnancy-related disability. Renowned Gynecologist Dr Hmeeda Jagrani talking to APP here on Friday said that rural women's health is generally poorest due to lack of health facilities and skilled health providers. She said that the health status of women is directly linked to women's low social status. She said in terms of health status, the figures are galling and added the untimely death or disability of a woman, a tragedy in itself, adversely affects the health of her children, household productivity and the national economy. Dr. Hameeda said about 25 percent of children are born with low birth weight due to maternal problems and ten percent of children do not reach their first birthday. She
said high fertility, with an average of six children per woman, has resulted in high population growth of three percent per annum. Consequently, improving women's reproductive health through the use of contraceptives and spacing of children will not only improve women's health but
KARACHI: The Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB) on Friday announced its annual Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) results. An official of the institution said that this year 21 per cent more candidates sat for the exam compared to last year. The overall pass rate for this year's HSSC I and II exams was 77.79 and 79.27 per cent respectively. Anum Zehra Raza of Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Karimabad, Karachi with 91 per cent marks secured first position; second position went to Hafsa Jawed of Habib Public High School (Girls), Karachi with 90.82 per cent marks while Adil Shah of Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Gahkuch, Gilgit-Baltistan with 90.18 per cent marks secured the third position. According to a recent survey conducted by AKU-EB, 76 per cent of its alumni were placed into renowned universities across Pakistan and internationally, a considerable increase from last year. In fact, international placements of AKU-EB alumni in 2011 saw a drastic increase of 183 per cent, almost three times the 2010 figure. The survey further revealed that 145 local institutions granted admission to AKU-EB alumni. `AKU-EB works to groom our personalities and does not force us to just learn the syllabus and be done with it. It has improved my self-confidence, understanding and the way I try to learn about anything in my environment. I am so thankful to the Board for opening up my mind and giving me an opportunity to explore the world from a new perspective. AKU-EB is just necessary', said Raaza Malja, currently enrolled at King Edward Medical College, Lahore a bright student and position holder from AKU-EB both in SSC and HSSC. Candidates may view this year's HSSC results online with a detailed breakdown on how they performed as compared to their peers at http://examinationboard.aku.edu/examinationservices, it was further stated by the official of AKU-EB. App
also reduce population growth and allow women more time to pursue economic activities. She said that malnutrition is a major public health problem that disproportionately affects women and girls", she said. She said that more girls than boys die between the age of 1 and 4 and the
female mortality rate here is 12 percent higher than for boys. Dr Hameeda said that this is a direct consequence of the lower social status accorded to women and girls, who as a result tend to eat less and face additional barriers when accessing health care. She said women, girls and infants most often die of common communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, diarrhea, pneumonia and tetanus, which could have been easily prevented and treated. She informed that the article 39 of the Constitution of Pakistan clearly maintained provision of health care to all the citizens without any discrimination is the responsibility of the state. She said the poor and particularly the poor women are the worst victim of inefficient health care system that continues leading to silent deaths. She further demands of the Government to enhance the budgetary allocation in the health sector in order to improve health facilities to the common people particularly women.
KARACHI: The Karachi Electric Supply Company has rejected the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board's ‘fabricated’ allegations that the power utility is conducting load-shedding at its pumping stations and vowed not to accept the KWSB authorities’ ‘extortion tactics’. Exposing the Board’s hidden plot by causing false media alarm, a KESC statement Friday said the actual intention behind was to extort total funding for replacement of its own faulty internal service cables at Gharo, Dhabeji and Pipri pumping stations which would cost a huge amount between Rs 40 to Rs 50 million. KESC categorically stated that there had been no load shedding from its end at any of its pumping stations despite KWSB's enormous billing default in excess of Rs 17 billion and the running default of over Rs 350 million current monthly bills. The load shedding exemption to KWSB, despite its defaulting attitude is only on humanitarian grounds, said KESC. Secondly, as a goodwill gesture the KESC had already offered to partly share the cost of KWSB's faulty and dilapidated service cables, which often cause tripping of KESC's feeders as well. This too had been done in the spirit of public service benefit although the KESC was not obliged to do so. Unfortunately, the company said, it seems the KWSB is not interested in working out a resolution rather it is keener to pursue its own nefarious interests. This can be seen from the fact that the water board is adamant not only on defaulting on as electricity bills but is also using the media to create a false propaganda, only for the purpose of extortion, trying to coerce KESC into picking up the cost to put KWSB's house in order. Recently, the water board management has written a number of letters to KESC, complaining about the fabricated and fictitious 'load shedding' but despite KESC's official reminders, the Board has not been able to provide any such proof. The KESC said it was highly unprofessional of the water board to resort to such senseless blackmailing tactics and it would not accept to replace the internal faulty cables and switch gear onside the water pumping stations, since it is the ownership and responsibility solely of the water board. The KESC said the Board needed to start paying its current bills, clear the huge backlog and replace as faulty internal service cables to perform its public interest responsibilities rather than engaging in underhand tactics. pREss RElEAsE
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O proper maintenance of criminal’s record, negligence in the inspection of police stations and outdated weaponry are the main causes of increase in crime as well as poor performance of the security personnel in Karachi, Pakistan Today has learnt from reliable sources. Police personnel, fighting against terrorism in the city, have no option but to use outdated weapons which could prove a death trap for them any time. Police stations in the largest city of the country have not been properly inspected since the last 10 years as authorities have not shown any interest in conducting inspection according to the rules. Inspection of police stations normally includes checking the maintenance of record, sanitary conditions of police stations, and a detailed inspection of arms and ammunition. It is also a main reason of an increase in crime in the city as there is no practice to maintain the data of criminals in police sta-
tions regularly. According to the rules, police stations have to maintain at least 25 registers on daily basis. “Almost 30 percent of weapons of Karachi police are outdated and cannot be used in any emergency,” said a high official in the police department and added that “the outdated arms could prove dangerous for the users”. “We have written thrice to the higher authorities for proper inspection of police stations, especially of the weapons, as well as for the replacement of the weapons but have not received any response yet.” Sources told Pakistan Today that the inspection of police stations in Karachi was conducted only in the papers for the satisfaction of superiors. The inspections are meant to allow senior officers to take stock of the situation at police stations, and to check on the state of their stores, particularly those for arms and ammunition. The inspections of police stations are necessary but the police department has not shown any interest since the separation of the operations and investigations wings of the police in 2002. The Police Rules 1934 state that
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inspection of police stations must take place at least twice a year. But things took a turn for the worse after the two wings of police – operations and investigation – were separated. Now both the wings try to put the responsibility for inspections on one another. “every police station and post in a district shall be thoroughly inspected by a gazetted officer twice a year; at least one inspection shall be carried out by the superintendent. At such inspections of police stations a return for each quarter’s working since the last inspection shall be made out and submitted with an inspection report to the deputy inspector-general, attached to the weekly diary of the superintendent,” the Police Rules 1934 say. The rules further say that the inspections should at least focus on two points: the inspecting officer should reach definite conclusions regarding the state of crime (either ‘satisfactory’ or ‘unsatisfactory’) and the chief causes of crime. The officer in charge of the police station should receive active assistance and suggestions from the inspecting officer in order to improve the state of crime in his area, the rules state. “Informal inspections of police stations and posts shall be made as frequently as the superintendent may consider necessary and desirable, having regard to the circumstances of each particular police station and post,” the rules say.
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the NRt presents kamla directed by meesam Nazar and written by Vijay tendulkar. An intriguing look at the morals in Journalism and the sale and purchase of women. Based on a true story. date: 12-15 July 2012, 8pm ticket price: Rs. 600/-ticket Price for students: Rs.300/(please show your school/college/university id card)
internationally acclaimed artist hamra Abbas, recipient of the Abraaj capital art prize and the Sharjah biennale jury prize, exhibits her culturally loaded, iconographic works at canvas Gallery on tuesday June 19th 2012, from 5 pm - 8 pm. hamra received her BfA and mA from the National college of Arts, lahore and a meisterschueler from Universitaet der kuenste, Berlin. She lives and works between lahore, Pakistan and Boston, USA. the show remains open daily until July 19th 2012, from 11 am - 8 pm (excluding sundays)
Join us at t2f every wednesday for interactive sessions on mirza Ghalib’s poetry, conducted by author and translator, musharraf Ali farooqi. Ghalib made easy by @micromAfthe poetry of mirza Ghalib (27 december 1797 – 15 february 1869) has been considered complex, abstract and difficult to comprehend. even for Ghalib’s contemporaries, his language and imagery presented a challenge.
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CAIRO: Egyptian demonstrators show their support for President Mohamed Morsi during a protest in Tahrir Square on Friday. AFP
Syrian opposition, regime trade blame over mass killings DAMASCUS
YRIA’S regime and opposition on Friday accused each other of killing more than 150 people in Treimsa village, with the latest carnage in the 16-month uprising triggering calls for tougher UN action. France joined the opposition Syrian National Council in urging the UN Security Council to pass a binding resolution against Damascus, which pointed the finger at the “bloodthirsty media” and “terrorists” seeking intervention. Security Council envoys had earlier failed to make any headway in talks on rival Russian and Western draft resolutions on Syria, as Moscow spurned calls for sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime troops with tanks and helicopter gunships were backed by militias armed with guns and knives as more than 150 people were slain in Treimsa on Thursday. Rebel leader Abu Mohamad, chief of a group based north of Treimsa, said more than 200 people were slaughtered. “Several dozen rebel fighters were among those killed,” said the Observatory, adding only around 40 of the dead had been identified, while 30 were burned and 18 were “summarily executed.” “Some are estimating higher numbers, but even at around 150, especially considering how small the town is, this might be the biggest massacre committed in Syria since the start of the revolution,” the Observatory’s Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
Indian village bans ‘love marriages’ NEW DELHI: Police in northern India are investigating a village council after it banned “love marriages” and barred women under 40 from shopping alone or using mobile phones in public, reports said Friday. In a slew of restrictive measures on women’s behaviour, the council, or “panchayat,” in the predominantly Muslim village Asara in Uttar Pradesh state also insisted women cover their heads in public, said the Press Trust of India. Home Minister P. Chidambaram condemned the orders, saying they had “no place” in a democratic society. “Police must act against anyone issuing such diktats. If anyone takes action against any young man or woman based on illegal village courts, then they must be arrested,” Chidambaram said at a press conference. Local police superintendent V.K. Shekhar told PTI that an inquiry had been ordered into the content and legality of the council restrictions. Panchayats often comprise an unelected group of elders, who are seen as the social and moral arbiters of village life. Although their rulings carry no legal weight, they can be highly influential and have been blamed for numerous abuses, such as sanctioning “honour killings” of women whose actions are deemed to have brought shame on their family. The measures were swiftly condemned by women’s rights groups. “This notion that women up to the age of 40 need protection and need to be controlled is extremely chauvinistic and undermines all basic norms,” said Sudha Sunder Raman, general secretary of the All India Democratic Women’s Association. The head of the National Commission for Women, Mamta Sharma, said the council rulings were “laughable” and unenforceable. “Panchayats do not enjoy constitutional powers. And if there are no powers, there is no need to follow the orders,” Sharma said. Council representatives interviewed by the Mail Today newspaper said the rules were intended to safeguard women from “bad elements” in society. Council member Sattar Ahmed said “love marriages” as opposed to parentally arranged marriages, were damaging and a “shame on society.” “It is very painful for the parents, specially the girl’s family, because such marriages dent their respectability,” Ahmed said. The villagers themselves were reportedly satisfied with the panchayat rulings, saying they would help prevent young women being misled and forming unsuitable relationships. “Mobile phones are a curse, especially for girls. I would have been more happy if the panchayat had completely banned girls from using mobile phones,” villager Tarun Chaudhary told the Mail Today. AFp
“The army must have got the green light to commit a massacre of this scale, and I bear President Bashar al-Assad responsible for the killing.” An activist at the anti-regime Sham News Network said most of the dead were rebels and that the bloodbath happened when pro-regime forces retaliated following a Free Syrian Army attack on an army convoy. “At this stage, though we do not yet have the final count, the number of civilians killed by shelling is not more than seven,” the activist who identified himself as Jaafar told AFP. “The rest were members of the (rebel) Free Syrian Army.” “An army convoy was on its way to the region of Hama when it was attacked by the FSA,” he said. “The army staged a counter-attack with the support of (pro-regime) reinforcements from (nearby) Alawite villages. The FSA resis-
ted for an hour before it was defeated.” If confirmed, the killing at Treimsa in the central province of Hama would rival the massacre at Houla on May 25, when a pro-Assad militia and government forces were accused of killing at least 108 people. The Syrian National Council urged the Security Council to pass a binding resolution against Assad’s regime. “To stop this bloody madness which threatens the entity of Syria, as well as peace and the security in the region and in the world, requires an urgent and sharp resolution of the Security Council under Chapter VII (of the UN Charter) which protects the Syrian people,” it said. Chapter VII allows for punitive measures against regimes considered a threat to the peace, including economic sanctions and military intervention.
Russia lawmakers pass ‘foreign agents’ law MoSCoW AFp
Russia’s lower house of parliament on Friday approved a controversial bill that brands NGOs receiving funding from abroad as “foreign agents”, a law activists fear the Kremlin will use to target critics. The legislation, condemned by both the european Union and Washington, was passed by the State Duma with 374 votes in favour, three against and one abstention in the third and final reading — just minutes after the second reading also sailed through. A breach of the law by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) would be punishable by hefty fines or jail time. The deputies also passed another controversial law making libel or slander a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to 5 million rubles ($152,000), voting 238 in favour to 91 against. Both bills are almost certain to be approved by the upper house before being signed into law by President Vladimir Putin, who last year accused the US State Department of funding protests against him. The bills are seen by many analysts as setting up a legal infrastructure for a crackdown on the opposition. Critics have argued that the term “foreign agent” implies spying for a for-
eign government and would harm the image of many human rights and environmental groups working in Russia. The final two readings of the hugely contentious NGO bill were rushed through the largely pro-Putin chamber on the final day of its spring-summer session, despite protests from both Russian and Western rights groups. Opposition deputy Ilya Ponomarev of the Just Russia party ridiculed the bill, saying it had made him a foreign agent because of his efforts to help the victims of last weekend’s devastating floods in southern Russia. “I have for sure become a foreign agent as I gathered donations for Krymsk and 1,000 people sent money from abroad,” he told the Duma. “The law is one step towards the degradation of civil society and aimed at setting citizens against each other,” he added. Adopting this law is not right, it is aimed at creating a schism in society.” Putin on Tuesday voiced support for both bills, promising more money to the NGOs from the state budget and saying that libel should not incur jail time, as the lawmakers had initially proposed. Opposition deputies say that the libel bill, which was introduced just days ago, effectively “outlaws dissent” in the country. It especially singles out libel against judges, prosecutors and investigators.
Turkey, Jordan aid Syria-bound ‘terrorists:’ Iran TEHrAN AFp
Iran’s armed forces chief accused Turkey and Jordan of allowing rebel fighters into Syria and urged them to seal off their borders, ISNA news agency reported on Friday. “It is the duty of Syria’s Muslim neighbours to refrain from backing the terrorists,” armed forces chief of staff General Hassan Firouzabadi was quoted as saying. “Turkey and Jordan should close their borders to terrorists,” he said, using the same term for rebel fighters as Iran’s ally Syria. Western countries and the Syrian opposition accuse Iran of providing military support to the regime in Syria, where more than 17,000 people have reportedly been killed in an uprising since March 2011. Tehran denies the charge. Hossein Amir Abdolahian, an Iranian deputy foreign minister, said UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan had been warned during a visit to Tehran earlier this week over the smuggling of arms into Syria. “Terrorist groups operate in Syria in coordination with certain foreign countries,” Amir Abdolahian said.
Iraq attacks kill two, wound 16 BAGHDAD AFp
Two people were killed and 16 others wounded in five separate attacks in Iraq on Friday, security and medical officials said. In Baghdad, a police major’s mother was killed and his father was wounded when a bomb detonated inside their house in the western neighbourhood of Ghazaliyah. “A bomb detonated inside the house of police Major Amjad Hameed, killing his mother and wounding his father,” said a police official. A medical official in Kadhimiyah hospital confirmed receiving the body of the mother. In Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad, a bomb wounded five people, a security official and a doctor at Kadhimiyah hospital said. In Tuz Khurmatu, also north of Baghdad, gunmen murdered a civilian and stole his car, a police official said. Doctor Hussein Abdullah from the town’s hospital confirmed the death. Ten other civilians, including two children, a woman and a man from one family were wounded in three separate attacks in Kirkuk province, northern Iraq, security and medical officials said. The latest violence comes amid a spike in attacks, with Iraq suffering a wave of unrest in June. At least 282 people were killed, according to an AFP tally, though government figures said 131 Iraqis died.
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“We also hang our pMs”
Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami
And find inventive ways to do so…
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Playing with fire Reckless policies and feckless administration
wo explanations are given for the emergence of so many killer groups in Balochistan which are currently having a field day. First, sheer incompetence on the part of the provincial government, particularly Chief Minister Raisani. Second, the establishment’s peculiar policies in Balochistan which led to the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti and the unending kidnappings and killings of Baloch political activists. The acts have continued despite notice taken by the Supreme Court which has held the Frontier Corps responsible for several cases of abduction and killings. Violation of law by state actors has led to the emergence of Baloch resistance groups who continue killing settlers and immigrant labourers indiscriminately. The patronage provided to certain jihadi groups willing to act as pawns in Afghanistan after the departure of Nato troops, has led them to freely indulge in the ethnic cleansing of the Hazara Shias in Quetta. On Friday, six ANP activists were killed in a bomb explosion at the party’s rally in Kuchlak near Quetta. There is a perception that the attack was planned by the TTP which moves freely in Balochistan and has targeted the party rallies several times in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. On Thursday, bullet-riddled bodies of a kidnapped doctor and six coal miners were found in Degari area. All the miners were poor labourers hailing from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who had come to Balochistan to eke out a living. The BLA has claimed responsibility for the kidnappings. The tragic incident led hundreds of PkMAP workers and miners to take the dead bodies to Balochistan High Court where the CJ was hearing the case of forced disappearances. The bloodthirsty and thoroughly non-political Baloch secessionists are the creation of the establishment’s ill-conceived policies in the province. Their actions could provoke a highly dangerous confrontation between the Baloch and the Pashtun in the province. The establishment of the rule of law is the most effective way to deal with elements like the BLA. This requires reining in the intelligence agencies and law enforcement bodies in Balochistan. Pakistan has suffered a lot on account of the unrealistic strategies devised by offstage players. Neither the army nor the judiciary has the vision or the expertise to run the country. Politicians alone can do this if given a free hand which has so far failed to happen in Pakistan. The country could meet irretrievable setbacks if crucial policy decisions continue to be taken by pip- dreaming offstage players in the name of the political administration.
By Arif Nizami
he no-holds-barred confrontation between the executive and the higher judiciary has finally taken its toll on the polity. The clash of institutions is now head-on. Despite dissensions amongst its ranks, the ruling coalition has finally amended the contempt of court law in unholy haste. Clearly anticipating what was in the offing, the Chief justice of Pakistan has already given his verdict. According to him, since the constitution of the country is superior to the legislature, the parliament is not supreme. The CJP while addressing lawyers the other day has reiterated the right of the Supreme Court to strike down any law it considers ultra vires of the constitution. Justice Iftikhar in the same speech at the Sindh High Court has expounded a novel theory according to which Pakistani laws were not a continuum of the British system and the arguments made by lawyers (in Pakistani courts) have become the ideology of the future. It is obvious that the fragile democratic system has entered a dangerous phase. A majority of the seventeen judges of the Supreme Court are developing an ideological halo. Their judgments - spiced with poetry and anecdotes - have assumed the mantle of being the final arbiters of matters legal and political. In our chequered history, usurpers like General Zia-ul-Haq and General Musharraf during their long rules had developed a messiah complex. Inventing hybrid models like ‘Islamic democracy’ followed much later by ‘true democracy’, these dictators took refuge behind selfstyled ideological frameworks to perpetu-
ate their interests. Of course, the higher judiciary of the time readily legitimised their shenanigans. Till now, the PPP-led coalition had shown remarkable restraint in the face of a highly proactive and at times restrictive judiciary. However, it seems the sacking of Prime Minister Gilani and now the sword of Damocles hanging over his successor has proved to be the last straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back. Aitzaz Ahsan, the lawyer of former prime minister Gilani in the contempt case, has expressed his reservations about the new contempt law. Declaring it discriminatory and in clash with fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution, he has rightly predicted that it will be struck down by the apex court. Aitzaz, interestingly enough, has previously made the argument that Gilani was charged for contempt under one clause and wrongly convicted under another. Implying real or perceived bias on the part of the judges, Aitzaz was of the view that his client had not committed contempt of court by refusing to write the elusive letter against Zardari to the Swiss authorities. Whether the new contempt law will save the incumbent Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf from being axed by the apex court is a moot point. Nevertheless, the higher judiciary should not be in the business of sacking prime ministers. Nor the executive should put it in a position where it is forced to do so. elected prime ministers should be voted out by the electorate or, in the case of real or perceived misconduct, under the procedure laid out in the constitution. Previously, presidents in cahoots with meddlesome army chiefs sacked both Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto twice over. Also, most legal and political circles consider Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s conviction by the higher judiciary at the behest of a military strongman a ‘judicial murder’. In the present scenario, all the parties would do well to understand that discretion is the better part of valour. The apex court needs to temper its hyper-activism with a judicious use of judicial restraint. On the other hand, the executive should curb its newfound enthusiasm to curb the judiciary. No matter which way one looks at it, ultimately in this clash of institutions, the democratic system will be the obvious casualty. Senator Mushahid Hussain, the gen-
eral secretary of PML (Q) - a major coalition partner in the ruling alliance, has also opposed the passage of the new law. He thinks that tinkering with the media and the judiciary is a recipe for disaster. The worthy senator should know better. After all, he was the information minister when Nawaz Sharif as prime minister, heady with his ‘heavy mandate’, took on both the media and the judiciary - albeit with mixed results. As they say, hindsight is always 20/20; Shah sahib now firmly believes that this led to the premature demise of the Nawaz regime. He is spot on. The PPP legal eagles have probably calculated that by steamrolling a faulty and controversial law through the parliament, they have bought time for the new prime minister. Perhaps a better strategy and a sure shot way of salvaging the system would have been to go for relatively early elections. The PPP should try to evolve a consensus on this single point rather than parroting the mantra of completing its term, come what may. Going by the law of averages, the present government has done better than its predecessors by surviving political landmines for more than four years. With a little more than six months left of its remaining term, it has already entered the twilight zone. Hence to initiate consultations for an appropriate and practical timetable for holding of general elections and the formation of a caretaker setup for the purpose is the easiest way out. In the meanwhile, the higher judiciary - instead of trying to reinvent the wheel and, in the process, taking the risk of throwing the baby out with the bath water -should exercise restraint. If the PPP is not willing to write to the Swiss authorities, let it face the music at the hustings. The party meeting its fate at the hands of electorate would be better than the apex court being opened to the serious charge of engaging in a witch-hunt. Back in April 1979, when Zia hanged Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the London Economist ran a cover story titled “We also hang our prime ministers”, with the dictator’s picture on the title. elected prime ministers being sacked by coupsters was passé in our hapless republic. But sacking elected prime ministers and scuttling democracy in the process is a distinction the independent judiciary could do without. The writer is Editor, Pakistan Today
Increasing divisiveness With palpable mala fide moves, the gulf widens even further candid corner By raoof Hasan
ith untold embarrassment and setback suffered by botching the entire NATO supply route affair and the patently mala fide intent behind introducing the contempt and the dual nationality bills (the former having been signed into law already), the government seems bent on pushing the country towards further divisiveness. If interpreted in conjunction with the Supreme Court order for the prime minister to submit a compliance report by July 25 in the NRO Implementation Case, things seem headed towards an irreversible intensification of the on-going conflict between the executive and the judiciary. I have always failed to understand the rationale behind either the closure of the supply route in the wake of the US attack on Salala check-post, or the subsequent involvement of the parliament in devising a 16-point comprehensive charter of terms of engagement with the US/NATO, or the humiliating surrender in the face of the mounting pressure from friends and foes alike. It is as bad as any policy formulation process can be. There was absolutely no reason for having taken the step of closing the NATO supply route in a knee-jerk reaction to the dastardly attack. The inept
rulers should have known that such extreme posturing was ill-advised and could not be sustained given Pakistan’s inherent weaknesses and policy contradictions. It has done an irretrievable damage: in one myopic stroke, the government has exposed the hollowness of Pakistan’s policy formulation process and the irrelevance of the principal legislative organ of the state. As far as the government’s stunted moves to protect the dualnationality-legislators from being suspended and saving the prime minister from possible contempt, their mala fide intent is enough reason for them to be shot down at the first hearing in any court of law. One understands that petitions to the effect have already been moved before the SC. The persons holding the US nationality have to renounce their allegiance to any other state in no uncertain terms as a pre-condition to being granted the American citizenship: “I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state of sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen…”. In the case of the UK citizens, they also have to commit allegiance to the queen and her
heirs and successors: “I swear by Almighty God that, on becoming a British citizen, I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to law…”. This does not leave even a shred of margin for any commitment to any other country that an individual may remain a citizen of. What, then, would be the basis of his or her sitting in the legislative assembly contributing to the formulation of laws of that country or becoming part of its executive to manage its policies? The very idea is ludicrous and against all credible moral and constitutional values. Have we run out of competent and credible people in Pakistan that we have to import them from outside? Keeping in mind the brazen manner in which such dual-nationals looted the country in the past and literally ran away never to come back, what is the manner and level of accountability that such people would be subjected to? So far as the move to defang the judiciary in the context of contempt of court is concerned, it is an effort by the government to save the sitting prime minister from indictment in the short run and continue with its non-constitutional undertakings including affronting the judicial injunctions in the long run. This is
bound to fall for its inherent mala fide intent. For any legislation to hold before the scanning eye of judicial review, it must measure up to the inherent yardstick of transparency. Saving an individual, even the sitting prime minister or a bunch of corrupt governmental cronies cannot, by any stretch of imagination, constitute the basis for any legislation which, after going through due process, would be thrown out. But, in the process, it would cause irreparable damage to the credibility of the legislature which inevitably has been reduced to the status of a stamp-affixer to the evil intentions of the president and his cohorts. But there is no describing the irretrievable divisiveness that the proposed legislations would cause in the country by pitting one institution against another. The CJ has already warned that no extra-constitutional act will be acceptable and there will only be the supremacy of law and the constitution in the country: “Nothing but rule of law is the solution for Pakistan’s problems”. The government, on the other hand, believes in subjugating the rule of law to its immoral, illegal and unconstitutional pursuits. There is, thus, this vast void that divides the judicial and the governmental perceptions which, apparently, cannot be
bridged given the inherent obduracy and failings of the executive. But there is another aspect that concerns the judiciary more than the government. The inordinate delay to-date in deciding various petitions is contributing to further accentuating this divisiveness together with instilling an enhanced level of frustration with the credibility and the working of various institutions in the country cultivating a perception whether the system allows for any remedial measures at all? This perception, if allowed to fuel any further as existing and ensuing circumstances are likely to contribute to, can cause deep-set disaffection, thus paving the way to a speedier dismantling of the system through a combination of internal and external factors and interventions. I believe that this process is already well underway and may be irreversible as neither a change of intentions on the part of the ruling conglomerate nor any desirable urgency on the part of the institutions that are vested with the authority to undertake such remedial measures are visible. The writer is a political analyst and a member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. He can be reached at email@example.com
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New appointment On Wednesday, TV channels flashed the news of the appointment of Mr Wajid Durrani as Director General NAB Sindh. Mr Durrani is a retired police officer who has served in Sindh/Karachi for a long time. At the fag end of his career, Mr Durrani was appointed Inspector General ICT Police and NH& MP in Islamabad. He was lucky to get Grade 22, a few days before his retirement. He is again lucky to get a berth in NAB, an institution that was militarised during the regime of General Pervez Musharraf. With the appointment of professionals in NAB, its image will improve in the eyes of the public. NAB should be completely demilitarised and depoliticised as a national institution. ASGHAR MAHMOOD Islamabad
weighty issues It is very good to see that the Punjab Govt has directed all the policemen to reduce their waist to 38 inches. 250 policemen in Punjab were suspended on failure to reduce their weight and waist. Most of the policemen in Pakistan are overweight and also not friendly. Common people are afraid of policemen. All policemen should also attend workshops once in a month so that they can be trained on how to deal with the public in a congenial but firm manner. This will help people in communicating with the police and will also increase the respect for the police amongst common people. MUBASHIR MAHMOOD Karachi
lynching justice In a harrowing incident of mob ‘justice’, hundreds of people accused a ‘deranged’ man of sacrilege, mercilessly beat him and burnt him alive in southern Punjab. The incident took place in Chanighot area of Bahawalpur. Such incidents reflect badly on us as a nation. This unfortunate incident shows how far law and order has deteriorated and how our collective mindset has become hostage to obscurantism. It is ironic that this mob lynched the poor, mentally unstable man in the name of ‘protecting Islam’. No one is allowed to take the law into their own hands. even if someone commits a hate crime, they must be dealt with through the law and through due process. Such atrocities can never be condoned. SULTAN SHAHNAWAZ Karachi
let the people decide CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry speaking at the dinner hosted by the Balochistan High Court Bar Association said that the SC stood for supremacy of the constitution and the law would not accept at any extra-constitutional measure in the country. He assured the lawyers and other people on behalf of other judges of the SC and HC that the judiciary will continue to play a role in implementing the constitution and the law. every law abiding Pakistani wants the rule of law in the country in addition to speedy justice but unfortunately the implementation of court orders is the responsibility of the executive. When the government considers an order impossible to implement because it contradicts with the constitution and the PM implements it, he will be charged for contempt of court. This is the position held by both the judiciary and federal government led by the PPP. Due to the existing tussle between the judiciary and the govt, the country and people are suffering. I wonder of the time, as an ordinary citizen, when both the judiciary and people’s elected government’s prime responsibilities would be the welfare of the people. Why are both state organs not able to find a solution where the court order is also implemented
and the govt is also not pushed to the wall because of it? Why is the court not ordering the Attorney General to write a letter to the Swiss Court instead of ordering the PM to write the letter? It should be remembered that the previous letter was also written by the Attorney General to close the Swiss case. Why was this case not taken up and decided upon by the Swiss courts during Musharraf’s regime? Why is the superior court not prepared to wait for the new elections and the new government when the immunity to the current president would not be available? Why is the judiciary only interested in pursuing the NRO case? What about the eight thousand other cases? Why does the judiciary have to be politically active in the state’s affairs? Both the judiciary and the politically elected government support democracy however the people’s will barely has a place in the running of the country. Both the judiciary and government are interested in proving which institution more adequately represents the will of the people. Let the people decide what treatment their representatives deserve in the next elections. S T HUSSAIN Lahore
economic zones needed
can’t even hold an exam?
economically speaking, the upper and lower districts in my home province Sindh have a wide variety of dynamic sectors, various opportunities for private and joint businesses, private-public partnerships, numerous multi-sectoral development projects, as well as a talented and hard-working labour force. These districts in the province also stand out in the country for the countless investment opportunities that they have to offer but unfortunately due to lack of political will and integrity, private sector dynamism and integrity and also due to lack of civil service efficiency (as these are key forces that enable the economy to attain accelerated development), such initiatives have not materialised. The present coalition government conceived a few such projects in the beginning of their days in the government, but no progress was made and the situation is still dismal. The northern districts in Sindh province appear to hold great potential for the establishment of the economic zones. The Sindh Government should establish at least two large special economic zones as a “matter of priority” for both export-oriented and domestic consumption-oriented industries. These multi-facility zones may be set up in Larkano, Khairpur Mirs, Jacobabad, Naushehro Feroz etc. because labour and raw material costs are very low there. Also, the province is the “powerhouse” of Pakistan because it produces more than 71% percent of the total oil and gas of the country. Thus, the northern districts in the province are ideal for being declared as zones for the production of energy sources. This initiative will create much-needed jobs and seriously dent mass unemployment and provide jobs for millions of poorly skilled and inexperienced young people in these areas. The president is appealed to direct the provincial government to take the right steps and to set up economic zones in the said districts of the province at the earliest. The sooner, the better as these districts have a wealth of untapped resources. HASHIM ABRO Islamabad
The PPSC has invited a barrage of censure for its ineptitude in conducting tests for various jobs. Both for incompetence and absence of transparency, this institution has earned significant mistrust and abhorrence. It still hadn’t shaken off the effects of the allegations of mismanagement and embezzlement in conducting the test for Assistant Director Land Record that the PPSC has yet again made headlines due to the inept execution of the exam of the Provincial Management Services (PMS). The PMS 2011 would be remembered for number of unfortunate things. Having finally seen the day of the light after being delayed of more then a year due to the dilly-dallying of the PPSC, the exam has been conducted in the month of July when mercury shoots up and the atmosphere is in no way is conducive to the conduct of such an exam of high profile. Besides this, a significant number of aspirants have been denied the opportunity of taking this celebrated exam as they had their LLB and other university exams which take place in this month annually. The centres for the exam have been made in only three cities and the aspirants had to travel to these cities and had to bear the expenditure of residence for almost ten days. In addition to the shabby condition of the centres with few electric fans, frequent electricity outages and lack of the facility of drinking water exacerbated the situation and added to the agony of the aspirants. This wasn’t the end of it. There was more to this saga of inefficiency. The postponement of the paper of Punjabi due to mismanagement of PPSC has raised the curtain from the incompetence of the PPSC. These flaws have raised serious questions regarding the working capacity of the PPSC. By disappointing the aspirants, this mismanagement has played havoc with the trust of the aspirants in the institution. This grave situation calls for an immediate and effective overhauling of the working machinery of the PPSC which may ensure efficiency and transparency. TASSAWUR BOSAL Mandi Bahauddin
whiteliEs A By ess Aich
t a recent photo-op that featured several extremely powerful women from around the world, one in particular stood out as the representative of a rich country. No, it wasn’t the American secretary of state. No, it wasn’t Germany’s indomitable Angela Merkel. It was our very own foreign minister. even after the brouhaha in India, Ms Khar hasn’t learnt to put that opulent Birkin bag aside. Give it to an aide before photo-ops and TV interviews, please.
t appears that the SC’s edicts are making people sick. Literally. The PeMRA chief, who was trotted out like an errant schoolboy in the aftermath of Anchorgate, has unfortunately suffered a heart attack. Meanwhile, the top bureaucrat with former premier Yousaf Raza Gillani has also taken ill and has taken medical leave in the UK. Sickening. For feedback, comments, suggestions and, most importantly, tips, contact us at email@example.com
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Katrine Kaif says only Salman can decide when he should get married
CTRESS Katrina Kaif, who was once girlfriend of Salman Khan, says the actor (Salman) himself should decide about the age of his marriage. “I think no one else except Salman should decide at what age he wants to get married,” Katrina said at a promotional event of Ek Tha Tiger, when she was asked about 46-year-old Salman’s marriage. In the promos of their upcoming film Ek Tha Tiger, Katrina is shown telling ‘Dabangg’ Khan that it is high time he gets married. Even Aamir Khan had yesterday said he has been telling Salman to get married soon but he does not listen to anybody. To this Salman said, “Aamir is after me for this. I don’t understand why everyone is after my marriage. Is there any benefit in me getting married?” When film’s director Kabir Khan was asked if this was deliberate attempt to have the dialogue in Ek Tha Tiger, he said, “No, we have not done this deliberately.” “Since I have Katrina and Salman in the movie I couldn’t resist but have this..,” he said, on a lighter note. nEWs dEsK
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Lindsay Lohan to star in Scary Movie 5
EAN Girls star Lindsay Lohan is reportedly in talks to join horror-film spoof Scary Movie 5. The 26-year-old troubled actor will star opposite Ashley Tisdale in the fifth installment of the franchise, reported Ace Showbiz. Details of the character that Lohan will play are still unclear. Representatives for the production are yet to confirm her casting. The film will also stars Anthony Anderson, Regina Hall, Craig Bierko and Erica Ash. Production is planned to kick off this September with director duo Malcolm Lee and David Zucker, who also wrote the script for Scary Movie 3 and Scary Movie 4. Scary Movie 5 is set to hit theaters across the US on April 19, 2013. Lohan’s upcoming big screen stint is The Canyons, in which she will star opposite porn star James Deen. She will play Deen’s girlfriend who is addicted to a materialist lifestyle. The thriller will be helmed by Paul Schrader with Bret Easton Ellis penning the script. nEWs dEsK
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Intimate photos of William-Kate spark palace outrage
Saif to play Russian mafioso guy in Go Goa Gone
VEN as he is busy with his next big release Cocktail, Saif Ali Khan is prepping for the shoot of his forthcoming home production Go Goa Gone. The film, a zombie-comedy, is directed by the talented duo of Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK and stars Saif along with Kunal Khemu, Vir Das and However, what is interesting is the fact that Saif will be sporting a completely new look for this film. Saif plays a Russian mafia guy who is a zombie hunter and to add authenticity to his character, the actor will be dyeing his hair platinum blonde. The actor will be shooting for Go Goa Gone towards the end of July in Mauritius. nEWs dEsK
NTIMATe pictures of Prince William and Kate Middleton on their honeymoon have been made public by an Australian magazine, causing an outrage in the British royal family. When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge jetted off on their 10-day romantic break to the Seychelles last year, there was an unofficial agreement among news organisations that they wouldn’t print or publish photos of them on their holiday. But now, more than a year later, Australian magazine Woman’s Day has decided to splash an unauthorised photo across its July 16 front cover showing the royal couple walking hand-in-hand along a beach, the Daily Mail reported. Inside there are another 15 pictures, some showing the couple in the water, as they relaxed on North Island in the Indian
Ocean. The headline on the front ‘Our island paradise’ wrongly appears to suggest the couple approved the publication. In the main photo Kate’s bronzed, taut stomach is clearly on display in a tiny black halter-neck bikini with gold detail, while search-andrescue pilot William is seen in a bright pair of board shorts. The unknown photographer, who appears to have used a long lens, seems to have escaped the eagle eye of the coastguard who reportedly patrolled the beach to protect the couple’s privacy. Prince William, 30, and Kate Middleton, 30, married on April 29 last year. The Duke and Duchess are said to be ‘upset’, while royal sources have expressed their ‘surprise’ about the decision to publish the photographs. They stressed that the Duke and Duchess’s feelings were as strong today as they had been last year.”They feel it is a
significant invasion of a very private, special time,” they said. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge considered their honeymoon to be a very private event after their hugely public wedding. For this reason they asked the media to respect their privacy. That is something they continue to do so,” a St James’s Palace spokesman said. The publication of the honeymoon photos is likely to rile the Duke of Cambridge especially, as he has been trying to protect his new wife from press intrusion following the death of his mother Diana in a Paris car crash in 1997. It’s not the first time an Australian magazine has got into trouble with the Royals. In 2008 there was a ‘media blackout’ and the British media officially agreed with St James’s Palace not to publish the fact Prince Harry was serving in Afghanistan. nEWs dEsK
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13 Daniel Radcliffe’s new movie ‘too scary’
No ban onEk Tha Tiger He Pakistan electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PeMRA) has denied media reports that the authority had placed a ban on the screening of trailers of Indian film ek Tha Tiger in Pakistan. This announcement came after reports said that PeMRA has issued a letter to all cable operators to not show any promotions of ek Tha Tiger. “No, it is not true. I haven’t seen the story or heard such news. There is no such letter issued by PeMRA. As per my knowledge, we have not issued any letter to any cable operator regarding this movie. We issue letters to cable operators through broader instruction. It is in our law that no drama/cartoon movies can be aired against the sovereignty of the country. I’m surprised that you have a copy of the letter and I’m sitting in the PeMRA office and have no clue about the letter,” the PeMRA spokesman said. Rumors were that Ashfaq Ahmed Jumani, regional general manager, Pakistan electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PeMRA), Sindh Province, sent a letter to all Pakistani satellite TV channels and cable networks on July 6,saying, ek Tha Tiger is reportedly based on the activities of ISI and RAW.Besides, the basic theme of the story revolves
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around ISI with the objective to tarnish the image of Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency. Keeping in view, all satellite TV channels and distribution networks (Cables TV/MMDS/IPTV) are directed to refrain from airing the promos/reviews of subject movie, till the time it is issued NOC from Central Board of Film Censors. The matter should be given utmost preference and due care be ensured to uphold the country’s image and any unintentional lapse in this regard be avoided. However, when Nadeem H Mandviwalla, owner of Atrium Cinemas in Karachi, said that the news had been misinterpreted. “We have uploaded the letter that has been issued by PeMRA. Its just an assumption, because the trailer of ek Tha Tiger mentions organisations like ISI and RAW. That is why the government is assuming that till the time the Censor Board allows it, the promotion of the film shouldn’t be done. It has not been banned, neither has the government said anything about banning it. It is a reservation and that will be cleared when the film comes out.” He added, the PeMRA letter says the same thing. The rumours online that the movie has been banned are completely wrong. It is basically something that the state
has to decide. every state has its own policy. If the government decides on some policy, then you will abide by your government and we shall abide by ours. Such things keep happening like in the past, the movie Agent Vinod was banned in Pakistan. So it’s not a big deal. The government has its own reasons and only the government can comment on it. It is very inappropriate if I comment on it. KaBIR Khan tWeets: I will say it once more... #ekThaTiger is NOT anti Pakistan... This is the price we have to pay because unfortunately our industry has made insensitive and jingoistic films in the past... I am absolutely sure that once the censor board of Pakistan sees #ek-... will be more than happy to show the film in Pakistan I can assure the millions of fans of Salman in Pakistan that #ekThaTiger will release in theatres in their country. I’m still a newcomer in the industry but see the vast filmography of Yash Chopra & Salman Khan... and you will realize what Im saying. Trust me.#ekThaTiger has no jingoism,no rhetoric.And it is NOT AN ANTI-PAKISTAN FILM! In this day and age... its stupid to make films that are insensitive or derogatory to any country or community. coURTEsy Toi
ANIEL Radcliffe’s first film since the Harry Potter series has received more complaints than any other movie this year, after parents complained that it was “too scary” for their children. Children more used to seeing Radcliffe at Hogwarts instead found themselves watching The Woman In Black, a 12A-rated horror film in which a ghost manipulates children into killing themselves. The horror film has already been reported to the British Board of Film Classification 120 times, triple the number of reports for last-years’ most complainedabout film. A spokeswoman for the BBFC said viewers had “certain expectations” about films starring Daniel Radcliffe, who starred as Harry Potter in the children’s films, and found it “too scary”. The Woman In Black is rated a 12A, the same classification as the final instalment of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows. It is believed many of the viewers did not realise how frightening the film would be, after failing to read the Susan Hill novel or the BBFC classification details. The majority of complaints have been filed by worried parents, or adults without children concerned the film was not suitable for youngsters. nEWs dEsK
Humaima Malick bags Best Actress award at LSA
UMAIMA Malick was honoured for the first time at the 11th Lux Style Awards 2012 as Best Actress for her stunning performance in Shoaib Mansoor’s ‘Bol’. This was a special award for Humaima as there were no other nominees in the category and she was handpicked by the jury for this award. Back stage she commented, “It’s wonderful to be recognized like this. I have been a part of LSA for quite a while now, but I’m very happy to have been given this award.” The Lux Style Awards is the only awards ceremony of its kind in Pakistan that presents to the Pakistan’s best in Fashion, Music, Film and Television. It also provided a much needed entertainment away from all that is happening in the country at the moment. One of the most prominent feature of this year’s awards was the increase in the award categories to 26 this year. nEWs dEsK
The Rolling Stones celebrate 50th anniversary
IFTY years ago, The Rolling Stones played their first gig at London’s Marquee Jazz Club. On that night, the newly minted Rolling Stones featured Mick Jagger on vocals, guitarists Brian Jones and Keith Richards, pianist Ian Stewart and bassist Dick Taylor. The identity of the drummer who joined them that fateful night is still infamously up for debate, but as best as Richards can recall, it was friend Mick Avory. The young R&B band borrowed money from Jagger’s dad to rent equipment for the gig. “My parents were extremely disapproving of it all,” Jagger told Rolling Stone decades later. “Because it was just not done. It was for very low-class people, remember. Rock ‘n’ roll singers weren’t educated people.” In Life, Richards recalled playing a few of the songs: “Dust My Broom,” “Got My Mojo Working” and “Confessin’ the Blues” were all on The Stones’ first set. “You’re sitting with some guys, and you’re playing and you go, ‘Ooh yeah!’ That feeling is worth more than anything,” he wrote. Perhaps it’s a feeling that the band would like to recapture. The Rolling Stones — Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts — celebrated Thursday by attending a photo exhibition chronicling their career at London’s Somerset House. There, Richards confirmed that they have met up for a number of rehearsals. “There’s things in the works, there’s so nothing final that I can say,” Richards told BBC News of the prospect of a live return. “We’re playing around with the idea and had a couple of rehearsals -
Imtiaz Ali splits with wife
we’ve got together lately and it feels so good. I think, soon! I think it’s definitely happening. But when? I can’t say yet.” He later added: “There might be life in the old dog yet — we’ll die gracefully, elegantly wasted.” Official plans to commemorate The Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary have not yet been set. It was earlier reported that The Stones will not tour to mark their an-
niversary this year. Instead, the anniversary tour has reportedly been pushed back to 2013. Despite earlier reports of reuniting in the studio, Jagger has denied such claims. The Rolling Stones’ last tour together, 2005’s “A Bigger Bang,” was, at the time, the highestgrossing tour of all time before being topped by U2’s 2009-2011 tour, 360. nEWs dEsK
F reports are to be believed, the Jab We Met director has separated from his wife Preety. He has reportedly become close to Pakistani model Iman Ali, says a daily. “Iman was introduced to the director by mutual friends in B-Town last year. Since then, they’ve became very close. In fact, just a day before the release of Rockstar, Imtiaz and Iman visited the Nizamuddin dargah in Delhi last year as well as in April this year,” a source told the daily. The problems between the couple have been cropping for over a year, according to the daily “Imtiaz and Iman’s courtship has also been kept under wraps, and only a few people in the industry know about it. Preety has worked as an executive producer on several films and is looking at a full-fledged career as a director now. Apparently, a production house has already signed her on,” the source added. nEWs dEsK
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1000-year-old gold coins from crusades era found
In one generation, the XJ went from a slice of Ye Olde Englande to one of the most modern cars on the road. The sleek treatment of the rear quarter, with the blacked out C-pillars and short rear deck is especially attractive. And don't get me started on Jag's new headlamps. It looks like nothing else on the road in a very good way. But when viewed in profile, the XJL appears slab sided and almost clunky. All of Callum's tricks to make the front and rear appear sleek and stylish go away when you are presented with the massive vehicle that the XJL is. There's just no way of hiding that size elegantly.
1,000-year-old hoard of gold coins has been unearthed at a famous Crusader battleground where Christian and Muslim forces once fought for control of the Holy Land, Israeli archaeologists said on Wednesday. The treasure was dug up from the ruins of a castle in Arsuf, a strategic stronghold during the religious conflict waged in the 12th and 13th centuries. The 108 coins - one of the biggest collections of ancient coins discovered in Israel - were found hidden in a ceramic jug beneath a tile floor at the cliff-top coastal ruins, 15 km (9 miles) from Tel Aviv. "It is a rare find. We don't have a lot of gold that had been circulated by the Crusaders," said Oren Tal, a professor at Tel Aviv University who leads the dig. Arsuf, which overlooks the Mediterranean sea, was the site of a famous 12th century victory for England's King Richard I - known as Lionheart - over Muslim leader Saladin. About 80 years later, in 1265, the Muslim army returned under a different general, and lay siege to the city for 40 days. nEWs dEsK
French president mocked over his height
RENCH President Francois Hollande is making his first official visit to the United Kingdom this week, and while his British counterpart, Prime Minister David Cameron, said he and Hollande found "much common ground," the two leaders clearly did not see eye-to-eye for one simple reason: Francois Hollande is short. Hollande's stature came to the attention of British and French press when he appeared next to the Guard of Honor from the 1st Battalion of the Coldstream Guards. Commenters mocked the 5-foot-7-inch Hollande, saying, "Dwarfs rule the world," among other remarks about the president's height. nEWs dEsK
In class, the XJL sure does come oﬀ as a bargain. Its long-wheelbase competitors from Germany start at $84,000 for an Audi A8L and go all the way up to the mid$90s for a Mercedes S550. The XJL starts at a reasonable $80,700. Our test car, with just a few options, came in at $82,450. Of course, the Hyundai Equus and Lexus LS460 come in lower, but neither of them look quite like the Jaaaaaag. Does it shed its reputation as a car for an old fashioned, older gentleman? Definitely. However, every time I saw another XJ on the road, it was driven by men that were at least in their very late 40s to early 60s. This is because the modern outward appearance stands in contrast to lacking some tech features as well as the inability to customize each screen exactly as you want. Once Jag makes the tech options as modern as the design, they should have a formidable competitor on their hands.
At 4,100 pounds, the aluminum bodied XJL is actually pretty sprightly for its class. And with 385 horsepower out of the 5.0 liter V8, it accelerates quite quickly and very gentlemanly. It doesn't beg for more power or wheeze, you just plant your foot and it surges forward with a nice whoosh. Could it be faster? Absolutely. But in a car like this, I just don't see the need for 500 horsepower and rampant acceleration.
This is where the XJ comes into its own. This is one of the most comfortable cars I've ever taken a decent trip in. Instead of the notoriously rigid ride quality of something tuned on the Nurburgring, the XJ's shocks absorb bumps in a way that makes the ride supremely comfortable yet the steering isn't numb and you can still feel the road. If you're doing 85 on a highway, road and wind noise are nearly nonexistent. The relaxing nature of the ride quality coupled with a dash of sporting pretension is exactly what you want and expect in a Jag.
The Jag's interior is really a great place to be. I've never been a fan of wood in an interior, and especially on a steering wheel, but for some reason I think it works here, especially the way that the wood surrounds the cockpit. The heated, cooled, and massaging seats are comfortable places to spend a ton of time. And the gear selector for the automatic that rises out of the center console is just magical to behold. Overall, it's like driving while sitting in a modern living room out of Architecture Digest instead of an old humidor like XJs past.
In a world of night vision cameras and adaptive cruise control, the XJ is surprisingly bereft of some now de rigeur luxury toys. It does have heated/cooled/massaging seats, which are fantastic. The instruments are also housed in one large TFT display, which looks great at first and should leave plenty of room for customization. But after going through the menus, I was disappointed to find I couldn't permanently have a satellite navigation screen on the display or change the gauges. The screen is a great idea, but some more options would really let the driver take advantage.
Man vows to lick every cathedral in UK
AWRENCE Edmonds made a cheeky bet 13 months ago that almost has him licked literally. Edmonds, 26, an English Heritage worker from London, has vowed to lick every single Anglican cathedral in the United Kingdom before December 16. If he fails, he must run naked around the York Minster, according to Oddity Central. If he succeeds, his roommate, Adam Drury, will have to streak. “We’ve no idea why the bet was centred on licking cathedrals -- it just was," he said. "I’ve tasted a lot of new places.” Edmonds has documented each cathedral he has licked on his blog and admits some were more to his liking than others. For instance, he said the Lichfield Cathedral was "quite tasty," while the cathedral in Worcester was "exceedingly gritty and salty" and the one at Durham was "disappointingly bland." But the worst was the "foul, sickly sweet" one at Wakefield. “Now I’ve tasted some pretty revolting things in my life, from rotten shark meat to a sheep’s eyeball, but Wakefield Cathedral defeats them all,” Edmonds noted on his blog. Most of the actual licking has been uneventful - if you can call a guy licking a church in public "uneventful" - but he told the York Press that he had a problem at Southwell Minster in Nottinghamshire, when an attendant called for security, forcing Edmonds and his tongue to flee the scene. nEWs dEsK
HEALTHY FOODS THAT COuLD MAKE YOu FAT Those low-fat, low-taste alternatives passed off as ‘health foods’ could, in fact, be costing you your health. It’s easy to be misled with labels such as ‘high fiber’, and ‘natural’. In reality, many so called ‘healthy’ foods contain high levels of fat, sugar and salt. Reading the ingredient list and nutrition facts column could help you choose the right items. Here’s a round up of the things you consider good that may actually be bad. honey: You think honey is healthier and more natural than sugar? You are wrong. Both contain similarly high levels of glucose.
Because honey is denser, one tablespoon actually contains more calories than the same sized spoonful of granulated sugar. eat too much honey and you’ll gain just as much weight as you will gorging on other sweet stuff. loW-Fat salaD DRessIng: Scientists at Iowa State University, US, have found that low-fat dressing cancels out the goodness in salad. Conversely, using olive oil, or a little butter, boosted vitamin intake because fat helps your body absorb nutrients from vegetables more efficiently.
BReaKFast CeReals: Studies show that people who eat cereal for breakfast tend to be slimmer than those who don’t — but only if they’re opting for a healthy brand. Choose the wrong box and you may as well start your day with a slice of cake, as some cereals are high in sugar and fat. The main ones to watch out for are your flavoured, chocolate and sugar-coated or frosted kids’ ones. So always read the label. Not that you need to skip the cereal aisle altogether — experts agree that tucking into a bowl of porridge or any other wholegrain cereal is actually healthy. Naturally low in calories and
high in fibre, these will help keep you fuller for longer and ward off midmorning snacking. sKImmeD mIlK: Although guzzling whole milk has been demonised as a health no-no in recent years, research shows that it could be a better choice than its skimmed counterpart. Whole milk only contains around 4 per cent fat per 100ml as opposed to the 20 per cent plus deemed to be in the ‘high fat’ category. Skimmed milk contains 0.1 per cent fat. So switching from whole to skimmed milk won’t make a huge difference. coURTEsy Toi
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Australian pace bowler quits international cricket SYDNEY AFp
USTRALIAN pace bowler Brett Lee on Friday announced his retirement from international cricket after a 13-year career, saying his body and mind were no longer up to the stresses of touring. The 35-year-old said a calf muscle strain that forced him home from Australia's recent one-day tour to Britain was the final straw after a string of setbacks caused by injuries. "I woke up this morning and just felt like I was ready," Lee said, adding his original plan had been to play at September's World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka as his international swansong. "I think personally in a team environment you have to have 100 percent commitment -- mentally and physically," he told a press conference at the Sydney Cricket Ground. "And I guess looking at the next few months I just didn't have
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Pakistan great Mushtaq Mohammad paid tribute to a "thorough gentleman" in Alimuddin after the former Test opener died aged 81 in London on Thursday. The youngest cricketer ever to make a firstclass debut, Alimuddin was aged just 12 years and 73 days when he played for Rajasthan in the pre-partition Ranji Trophy. He top-scored in his first innings, albeit with 13, and then was second top score in the second innings with 27. Alimuddin made his Test debut at Lord's in 1954 during Pakistan's first tour of england. He went on to play 25 Tests for Pakistan, scoring 1,091 runs at an average of just over 25 with two hundreds, including a best of 109 against england at Karachi in 1961/62. He also faced the first ball bowled in an international match in Pakistan. "I was very close to him," Mohammad told AFP in a telephone call on Thursday. "When I was a kid he would take me to nets and watch matches with me. I owe him quite a lot. "When I came to england (to play for Northamptonshire) he was still very close to me. I lived in Birmingham and he lived in Harrow, so whenever I came to London I would see him. "He was a thorough gentleman as well as a great cricketer for Pakistan." Alimuddin, after retiring as a player, moved to London and worked at Heathrow Airport for Pakistan International Airlines. Two of his brothers, Azimuddin and Salimuddin, also played first-class cricket.
condolence LAHorE sTAFF REpoRT
Chairman PCB Ch Zaka Ashraf, Chairperson PCB Women Wing Mrs. Bushra Aitazaz, and PCB COO Mr. Subhan Ahmed have condoled the sad demise of former Pakistan Test Cricketer Mr.Alimuddin who died today in england. He was 81 years old. Mr Alimuddin was a member of the touring side led by Abdul Hafeez Kardar on the historic tour to england in 1954. He had Played 25 Test for Pakistan. The Pakistani Cricketing Fraternity shares the grief with Mr.Alimuddin's family at this difficult time. PCB management is deeply saddened by the loss of Mr. Alimuddin and their thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time of sorrow. May Allah give his family and loved ones the strength to bear this irreparable loss.
that desire any more. "It wouldn't be fair on me, or my team if I went with that attitude... you get to the point in life where you say enough is enough." Lee said he would continue to play the less demanding Twenty20 cricket in the Indian Premier League and the Australian Big Bash
League. Lee's calf injury was the latest in a long line of injuries that punctuated his playing career, of 310 Test wickets at 30.81 from 76 matches and 380 one-day international wickets at 23.36 from 221 matches. He also endured side strains, a broken toe, ankle issues, stress fractures to his back, persistent elbow problems and appendicitis. Lee was not offered a national contract in Cricket Australia's latest round of agreements, and decided not to take up a deal with his state side, New South Wales, for this coming summer. Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland paid tribute to Lee's contribution to Australian cricket and as an inspiration to youngsters to take up the game. "His record as a wicket-taker and leader of the attack is fantastic and speaks for itself but his resilience and ability to bounce back after numerous injuries has also been impressive," Sutherland said. "On top of this, and this is a significant part of his legacy, Brett in-
spired young Australians to play cricket and bowl fast." Lee also became extremely popular in cricket-mad India where he wrote and recorded the song "You're the One For Me", which reached number two on the Indian charts and led to a role in his first Bollywood movie "Victory". Lee said while he had enjoyed his cricket career, he was tired of being away from home for long periods and was looking forward to a different phase of his life. "It's been a fantastic career and I've loved every minute of it, but it's stage two of my life now," he said. "My holiday will be at home -- I'm sick of being away. That was on my mind as well -- time away from home. "I just want to maybe do some fishing and just chill out for a few months." Lee retired from Tests in February 2010 as Australia's fourth-highest Test wickettaker but played on in one-day and Twenty20 cricket up until Friday's announcement.
pakistan’s legendary Test opener alimuddin dies LAHorE sTAFF REpoRT
Pakistan's legendary opening batsman Alimuddin died in London on Thursday after protracted illness, according to an SMS received here from former Pakistan Test captain Mushtaq Muhammad. He was 81-year-old. Born in Ajmer (British India) on December 15, 1930, played 25 Tests for Pakistan from 1954 to 1962, scoring 1091 runs and scored 7275 runs in 140 first class games. He was the leading batsman during the 1954-55 series with India and scored 103 at Karachi. During the disastrous 1962 tour to england, Alimuddin top-scored in both innings with 50 and 60 at the Leeds Test. In the early years, he formed a stable opening pair with little master Hanif Muhammad. In the Karachi Test of 1962 he hit a stroke-filled 109 against england. He was known for his solid technique and was a member of the team which defeated england at The Oval in 1954. According to a foreign news agency Reuters, he was the youngest person to have played first-class cricket, appearing for Rajasthan in
the Ranji Trophy at the age of just 12 years 73 days. "Alimuddin was my senior partner and I learnt a great deal from him," former Pakistan captain, Hanif Muhammad, a close friend of Alim said on hearing the sad news. "Its sad day for cricket because he served Pakistan with great deal of honor and dignity," he recalled. "We met last year at Lords, London during the Test match and I enjoyed his company," Little Master Hanif Muhammad recalled. He said with elder brothers Raees Muhammad and Wazir Muhammad they used to go to Junagadh to watch Alimddin in action during Ranji Trophies matches. "He (Alim) remained
well-dressed throughout his life and was a dedicated cricketer and modest person," he said. Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad paid glowing tributes Alimuddin for his services to cricket for his kindness to junior crick. "Because he was in PIA in London, he always helped and patronized the cricketers," he said. "Alim remained in cricketing circles throughout his life and used to arrange cricket matches," Miandad said. First class cricketer Asif Ahmed, who played under Alimuddin recalled "Alimuddin Sahab always supported youngsters which helped them to excel." "Because of his leadership and youngsters performance, Karachi Blues won the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in 1962," Asif Ahmed, said. Another former first class cricketer Masroor Mirza, who with Alimuddin and Mushtaq Muhammad watched the england-West Indies Test match at Lords few weeks ago, said Alimuddin was a great human being and coach. "Alim always gave us tips about the game besides coaching," he said.
lee on level terms with mcGrath stats corner S.PErvEz QAISEr Veteran Australian paceman Brett Lee has announced his retirement from international cricket on Friday (July 13). The 35-year old fast bowler from Wollongong, New South Wales, had originally planned to retire after the Twenty-20 World Cup in September, but after flying home early from the one-day internationals series in england due to a calf injury, he decided the time was right to make way for Australia’s young fast bowlers. Lee will depart the game as the equal leading wicket-taker for Australia in one-day internationals, having moved level with Glenn McGrath on 380 victims, although Glenn McGrath also took one wicket for the World XI, taking his career tally to 381. Lee who last played a Test match against South Africa at Melbourne in December 2008, but continued to play international limited overs matches for Australia and in India’s lucrative Twenty-20 competition. He retired from Tests in Febraury 2010. Lee made his debut for Australia in the Boxing Day Test against India at Melbourne in December 1999 and he will retire as international cricket’s 10th leading wicket taker of all time, with 718 victims across all three formats. He has been involved in a World Cup triumph in 2003 and three successful Ashes campaigns, and although he will leave on the low of a 4-0 one-day loss to england. He missed the 2007 World Cup due to a serious ankle injury. Lee's final appearance for Australia came in Durham last week, when he hurt his calf while bowling the third over of his 221st one-day international. In his prime Lee was one of the fastest and most aggressive bowlers in the world but has suffered from a long list of injuries that blighted his career, including stress fractures, ankle injuries, side strains and more recently a broken foot. Brett Lee took 310 wickets at 30.81 in 76 Tests, 380 wickets at 23.36 in 221 OneDay Internationals and 28 wickets at 25.50 in 25 Twenty-20 matches. Brett Lee in international cricket
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Amir vows to make Garcia pay in a big way LAS vEGAS AFp
Britain's Amir Khan and undefeated American Danny Garcia meet in a light-welterweight title unification showdown on Saturday with each fighter seeking a victory to launch him to another level. Khan, 26-2 with 18 knockouts, will defend the World Boxing Association title he was given earlier this week while Garcia, 23-0 with 14 knockouts, defends his World Boxing Council crown. Khan lost the WBA and International Boxing Federation titles last December in a controversial split decision to Lamont Peterson in the American's hometown of Washington, but protested the outcome over several issues. A rematch was booked but Peterson came back positive in random doping tests and the fight was called off, with Garcia entering the picture and Khan coming into the fight after 16 weeks of training and with his WBA title returned.
"It's thrilling," Khan said. "Having two world titles makes the fight even bigger. "We're more than ready for this fight. That (extra training time) maybe is going
to give us more experience and in a way help me a little bit more because I've spent more time in the gym." For Garcia, Khan would be the biggest victim on his
unblemished record and could signal a jump into the welterweight division and such stars as unbeaten Floyd Mayweather and Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao. "A win would be big," Garcia said. "It would put me in a new category, superstar category, and I'm pretty sure that we're going to get the job done. "It makes me train harder, keeps me focused, keeps me motivated, but I don't feel like it's too soon. If you're the world champion who are you supposed to fight? Are you supposed to fight bums and pad your record? "If you're the world champion you're supposed to fight the best people in their prime and that's what I want to do. I want to build my legacy." Khan is cautious about talk of future plans, having lost more time than he might have expected at light-welterweight, but a rise to welterweight and a potential date against Mayweather, could be in his future with a victory.
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MUGELLO: Colombian rider Yonny Hernandez of Avintia Blusens team falls from his bike during the second training session of the Moto GP at the Mugello Circuit. AFP
Pak beat Afghans in opener IslamaBaD: Pakistan Handicap Team defeated Afghanistan team by 8 wickets in first of three matches T20 cricket series played at Shalimar Cricket Ground here. Afghanistan won toss and decided to bat first, Afghanistan team was all out at 67 runs in 15 overs. Ashraf made 20 runs and Jehanzeb 12 runs. Pakistani players Kashif got three wickets while Fayyaz and Shujaat two wickets each. In response of Pakistan Team achieved the desired score in seven over at 2 wickets. From Pakistan side, Junaid made 13 runs, Adeel 32, while Altaf and Saqib 8 and 7 runs respectively. Mr. Atique declared as Top scorer while Kashif man of the match. At the end of the match, Austrialian High Commissioner, Paul Malley, Test Cricketer Tanveer Suhail, Col. ehsan Paracha distributed the prizes. Former President of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce, Munawar Mughal inaugurated the match. Chairman, Pakistan Handicap Cricket Association, Abbas Hashmi, Chief Organizer, Nasir Mehmood Chaudhry, Tariq Sadiq were also present on the occasion. sTAFF REpoRT
England’s Terry cleared of racial abuse charge LoNDoN
British air force ready to use ‘lethal force’ during Games LoNDoN
Former england captain John Terry was found not guilty Friday of racially abusing rival footballer Anton Ferdinand. Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle cleared the 31-year-old Chelsea skipper at the end of a fiveday trial at Westminster Magistrates Court in London. Terry, wearing a white shirt with a grey suit and tie, left court without speaking to media or supporters waiting outside. He was accused of branding Queens Park Rangers player Anton Ferdinand during a match between Chelsea and QPR on October 23 last year. Terry denied committing a racially aggravated public order offence. He told the court that he was sarcastically repeating words he thought Ferdinand had said to him. The charge was brought by the Crown Prosecution Service, the state prosecutors in england and Wales. Alison Saunders, the chief crown prosecutor for London, said in a statement: "The very serious allegation at the heart of this case was one of racial abuse.
"It was our view that this was not 'banter' on the football pitch and that the allegation should be judged by a court. "The chief magistrate agreed that Mr Terry had a case to answer, but having heard all of the evidence he acquitted Mr Terry of a racially aggravated offence. "That is justice being done and we respect the chief magistrate's decision." Had Terry been found guilty, he could have been fined up to £2,500 ($3,850, 3,150 euros).
Britain's Royal Air Force said Friday it was ready to use "lethal force" against aircraft which flout flying restrictions being put in place for the London Olympics. A series of airspace restrictions around London and the wider southeast england region will come into force from midnight (2301 GMT) Friday, designed to protect the capital during the Games which begin on July 27, the RAF said. Typhoon jets and Puma helicopters with snipers will be patrolling the restricted zone and intercepting any aircraft which should not be inside it. "As a last resort, we will have lethal force as an option," said Air Vice-Marshal Stuart Atha, the Olympics air security commander, at a briefing at the RAF Northolt base in west London. He said such any decision would be made at "the highest level of government" and would be the "worst-case scenario". The restricted area includes a small inner zone covering central London and the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, and a large zone covering part of southeast england.
Formanites Futsal tourney kicks off LAHorE sTAFF REpoRT
harry kewell has been voted Australia's greatest ever footballer.
Formanites’ Futsal Tournament kicked off yesterday here at Forman Christian College ground. Unlike the regular football rules where a team comprises of eleven players, the number of players in futsal is reduced to five-aside. The playing field gets shorter while the red and yellow card system remains the same and rolling substitution is allowed throughout the match.
A total of eight teams have registered for the tournament. The opening match was played between Looney Tones FC and Silver Balls FC which remained as a one-sided encounter as the former won by scoring eight goals to two. Aizaz Izzat remained the top scorer of the match with four goals while Sachel Ghani scored twice and one goal each was scored by Shamsher Niazi and Ammar Shah. The duration of the match was 40 minutes. The tournament would end after one week.
lAhoRe: the players of the winning team of the opening match of the formanites futsal tournament. STaff pHOTO
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Bartoli finds winning touch against Burdette STANForD AFp
Secretaries get briefing for smooth conduct of festival LAHorE sTAFF REpoRT
The secretaries of various departments of Punjab were on Friday assigned different tasks for the smooth conduct sports and various events of the Punjab Youth Festival 2012. Chairing the meeting of the government officials, Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan urged them to develop a close coordination with the participants of the festival and liaison with the Sports Board Punjab in the holding of various sports and other events of the festival. Apart from Secretary Sports Punjab, Haroon Ahmed Khan and Director General, Sports Board Punjab Usman Anwar, also present on the occasion were Secretary Agriculture Dr Anjum Ali, Additional Secretary Planning and development Sheikh Farooq, Deputy Director Protocol Mian Habib Khalid, Director General Information Technology Fazalur Rehman, Principal Secretary to CM Nadeem Hassan, Information Technical Board official Ms Saima Sheikh and Kashif Farooq, Secretary Schools Aslam Kambo, Deputy Secretary Social Welfare Malik Mohammad Aslam, Zonal Manager Tevta Asif Shahzad, Manager Operations Haroon Naseer, DSA1 Tariq Saed, Managing Director Tourism Habib Gillani, Director General Archeology Dr Asmat Tahir and Director Masood Ahmed, DPI Colleges Khalid Pervaiz, Deputy Secretary SI Mr Jamil and Secretary Auqaf Tariq Basha. After assigning the officials different duties and assignments, they were briefed about the different levels of the festival and the budget allocation.
eCOND-SeeDeD Marion Bartoli won the last 11 games to surge past unranked US university player Mallory Burdette 7-5, 6-0 Thursday in the second round of the WTA hard-court tournament here. France's Bartoli lost only seven points on her serve in the second set as she recovered from 4-1 down in the opening frame against the player who attends Stanford University, where the tournament is held. Burdette had two chances to take the first set, but couldn't covert either one and Bartoli seized the chance to turn the tide. "She was playing well at the start," said Bartoli, who won the title in 2009 and was runner-up last year to Serena Williams. Bartoli was also runner-up here in 2008. "She was hitting the lines and the corners. It was not easy to come back. I had to wait for the storm to calm," Bartoli said. "I needed to take the momentum away from her. I stepped up and played harder. I tried to get more first serves in. "I had the momentum going into the second set. But I knew it would not be easy until the last point, I didn't want it to slip away." Bartoli converted five of her 13 break chances against her inexperienced opponent, firing 26 winners with 17 unforced errors. "My experience paid off and helped me a lot," said the world number 10. "I have good memories here. I was not worried, I knew I could come back." Bartoli next faces fifth-seeded Belgian Yanina Wickmayer in Friday's quarter-finals, when top-seeded Williams, fresh from her triumph at Wimbledon, will take on sixthseeded Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa. Third seed Dominika Cibulkova beat Japanese qualifier erika Sema 6-1, 63 while unseeded Urszula Radwanska, sister of Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska, survived a second-set wobble to defeat eighth-seeded New Zealander Marina erakovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Poland's Radwanska was up a set and a break but said she lost focus as erakovic battled back to knot the match at one set apiece. BaRtolI thRIlleD to hIt WIth IDol samPRas: Star-struck Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli confessed on Thursday that her brief warm-up with Pete Sampras a day ear-
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StANfoRd: marion Bartoli of france celebrates breaking mallory Burdette during the Bank of the west classic at Stanford University taube family tennis Stadium. afp lier at the WTA's Stanford tournament had fulfilled a long-held dream. Bartoli, the second seed and a 2007 Wimbledon finalist, got the chance to hit with Sampras, a 14-time Grand Slam winner, prior to his exhibition with Michael Chang. Bartoli, 27, said that as a lifelong fan of the 41-year-old American who retired a decade ago with seven
Wimbledon titles, she was nervous at the start. "I had an extra pleasure and honour," said the world number 10. "But I was so stressed at the start, I could barely hold my racquet. I hope he enjoyed playing with me. "I was so sad that he hurt himself later," she added of the calf injury that forced Sampras to cut the exhibition short.
Bolt to battle to retain fastest man tag PArIS
Usain Bolt arrived at the last Olympics in Beijing with athletics at a low ebb, but he and the sport were transformed after the Jamaican left with then-world records in both the 100 and 200m. The ebullient Bolt captured the public's attention and went on to replicate his sprinting prowess at the 2009 World Championships, winning double gold, amazingly in new world records of 9.58 and 19.19 seconds respectively. The world's fastest man became, and remains, athletics' hottest property, commanding huge appearance fees on the european circuit and earning enough that competing in London is prohibitively expensive thanks to the British taxman. But in the runin to the July 27-August 12 Olympic Games, a chink has appeared in Bolt's armour, a shadow of doubt that has not been seen in almost four years. It comes in the shape of training partner Yohan
Blake, who stunned the world (but not all athletics pundits) by beating Bolt not just once, but twice, in the Jamaican Olympic trials. The glass ceiling was well and truly broken. Bolt the unbeatable has become beatable, albeit for sprinters who regularly clock sub-9.90sec times. "Bolt might be a little off at the moment, but I'm sure when the time of delivery comes around, he'll be on top of his game," coach Glen Mills said of the 25-year-old after seeing Blake beat him in the 200m. It was Bolt's first defeat in his favourite event in more than four years. He clocked 19.83sec to Blake's world leading 19.80, and immediately vowed to fight back. "It is not like I was blown away," Bolt said, pinpointing his "sad" bend as the race's weak point. "I've been working more on the 100 metres," he said. "I can't blame it on that, though. Just have to get my things together and get it done.
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the 1936 Berlin Games saw the introduction of the torch relay based on an idea by dr carl diem - lighted torch was carried from olympia to the site of the Games through seven countriesGreece, Bulgaria, yugoslavia, hungary, czechoslovakia, Austria and Germany. A total journey of more than 3,000 km. these Games were also the first to be broadcast on television. twenty-five big television screens were set up in theatres throughout the city, allowing the locals to follow the Games free of charge. Jesse owens (United States) became a sporting hero after winning four gold medals (100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump), which did much to undermine hitler’s myth of Aryan superiority. he was one of the first athletes in the United States to see his popularity cross racial boundaries. Jack Beresford (Great Britain) set a record by winning his fifth olympic medal. After winning gold medals in the single sculls (1924) and coxless fours (1932), silver in the single sculls (1920) and the eights (1928), he added another gold in double sculls. At a Games permeated by politics, korean keechung Sohn won the marathon. As his country was occupied by Japan, he was obliged to run for the oppressors under the name of kitei Son. thirteen-year-old American majorie Gestring won the springboard diving gold, making her the youngest female champion to date.
Sports Board Punjab website officially launched LAHorE sTAFF REpoRT
The influx of visits to Sports Board Punjab website is gaining momentum as over a hundred thousand people of different age groups have accessed for information regarding participation in the Punjab Youth and Sports Festival 2012 to be held here after eid. This was stated by Deputy Speaker Punjab Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan while talking to media after officially launching the website, www.sportsportal.punjab.gov.pk here on Friday. He said it was heartening sign that people are showing great interest in getting information to get themselves involved in the festival. Secretary Sports Pun-
jab, Haroon Ahmed Khan and Director General, Sports Board Punjab Usman Anwar were also present on the occasion. He said that registration for participation in the Punjab Youth Festival as volunteer is open now and at the time of its launch there were around 40,000 entries from people for assistance while the suggestion box was filled in by 60,000 submissions. Rana Mashhood, who is also chairman organizing committee sports Punjab, further informed that the Portal is user friendly and two way interactive interface with a search engine. “It is the vision of Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif to give direction and bring happiness on the face of people at a time when there is dejection and gloom all
around due to corruption, terrorism and load-shedding,” said Mashhood. “It was his vision that Punjab took lead in formulating and launching the Youth Policy and it was his idea that Sports Board Punjab under Usman Anwar, Director General Sports, organized a successful Punjab Sports Festival,” he added. “Now we are focus of world attention’s for holding the Punjab Youth Festival. Other countries are following our path and are pointing out they will beat Punjab in our record smashing festival,” he maintained. Apart from all the details of the Festival and in archives the previously held Punjab Sports Festival, the Sports Portal also have links to social media sites like facebook, youtube, twitter, Wikipedia and G+. “The
website is active 24 hours a day and a team of professionals are working round the clock to respond to the people’s queries. And on social page of SBP on Facebook there are around 10,000 likes out of which 60 percent came from the young generation with a ratio 48 percent age group of 18 to 24 years while 12 percent are 13-17 years. The like don’t stop here but people from different countries and languages have also liked the vision we have portrayed on the Sports Portal,” he added. He said 14,180,00 have visited the Facebook page and there were 250 twits since last night. Rana Mashhood also informed about the endowment fund for the brilliant and talented youngsters. “We want to portray the true colour of Punjab,” he added.
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cowan hits century on county debut
Slow BCCI response upsets PCB LAHorE sTAFF REpoRT
ed Cowan sent a message to Australia's selectors as the opener marked his County Championship debut for Gloucestershire with a century on the second day against essex at Cheltenham on Thursday. With Australian batsmen enduring a torrid time during their recent 4-0 thrashing in the one-day international series against england, there could be places up for grabs when Michael Clarke's team return for the Ashes next year and Cowan underlined his credentials with an innings of 103 to help Gloucestershire reach 284 for four in this Second Division clash. Cowan was denied a central contract when Australian selectors announced their 17-man list last month, but he looks determined to prove them wrong and the 30-year-old Tasmania left-hander will have another chance to impress when he leads the A team against the england Lions next month. Cowan batted for five-and-a-half hours on a tricky pitch, facing 268 balls including a six and 12 fours, and shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 104 with New Zealand's Hamish Marshall.
Stricken Boucher inspires de Villiers LoNDoN AFp
AB de Villiers reckons Mark Boucher can still play a key role in South Africa's upcoming Test series in england despite a freak injury that forced him into retirement. De Villiers is preparing to keep wicket in Boucher's place during next week's first Test at The Oval after the Proteas great suffered a severe eye injury after being struck by a flying bail in the tour opener against Somerset at Taunton earlier this week. That injury prompted the 35-yearold Boucher, whose tally of 555 dismissals in 147 Tests is a world record, to announce his international retirement and so rule him out of a three-match series where any sort of win for South Africa will see them replace england as the world number one in the five-day format. But de Villiers, who will try to get is glovework going during a three-day game against Kent in Canterbury, south-east of London, starting Friday, said Boucher, with the cricket world wishing him well in his battle to save the sight in his left eye, would prove a powerful source of inspiration.
LTHOUGH there are three proposal of playing cricket series against India, but the slow response of the Board of Control for Cricket in India is irritating the Pakistan Cricket Board, which is struggling to resume cricketing ties with India. Reports coming from across the border say that it is the Indian government which is responsible for the cold response to Pakistan’s call of the resumption of sporting ties at all levels.
even though the PCB and BCCI have agreed to begin cricket at the under-19 and women level series but there have not been any progress at this stage set aside at the national level. The PCB has also floated an idea of playing the series at a neutral venue. PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf said that his government has been very positive and supportive to play with India and has no objection to Pakistan touring India. However, the BCCI has so far not replied to different suggestions made by the PCB despite the icebreaking
meeting between the two board chiefs at Chennai during IPL finals and later on the sidelines of the ICC meeting at Kuala Lumpur. PCB chief Ashraf further said that Srinivasan, BCCI chief refrained from giving a straight answer to his query on the matter at Kuala Lumpur. He has strongly urged the Indian government to give a No objection in writing to the BCCI so that play can be resumed at the earliest. This would help in making the relations between the two countries more cordial. Positive developments such as the invitation to Pakistan’s T20 winners
failure to grab chances is the reason of defeat: former players kArACHI AFp
Former players Friday blamed Pakistan's failure to make the most of their chances for their 1-0 defeat to Sri Lanka, which ended the side's two-year unbeaten run in Test series. The third and final Test ended in a draw on Thursday, handing Sri Lanka their first series win in three years after their 209-run victory in the first game in Galle. It is Pakistan's first Test series defeat since the notorious england tour in 2010, which they lost 3-1 and was marred by the spot-fixing scandal at Lord's. The result also ends Misbah-ul Haq's unbeaten run in seven series as captain, a spell that included a 30 whitewash of world number one
Test team england in the United Arab emirates earlier this year. Former captain Aamer Sohail said missed opportunities cost Pakistan dearly. "Pakistan had opportunities in all three Tests but they let them slip away and that cost them the series," Sohail told AFP. "Pakistan didn't read the pitches correctly in all three Tests of this series and that's why they didn't select the right combination of 11 players." Former chair of selectors Sohail said Misbah was short of ideas for how to use his bowlers in Sri Lankan conditions. Former batsman Basit Ali blamed off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, who was the tourists' top wickettaker in the series with 15, for being ineffective.
"In my opinion Ajmal did not do as much as he should have done," said Ali. "Ajmal didn't bowl as well as he could have in the final Test. "That's why I believe (coach Dav) Whatmore needs a bowling coach for his assistance. Pakistan didn't give new ball to Mohammad Sami in the final Test which was surprising for me because Sami is very fast and could have done well." Ali praised Asad Shafiq, who scored his second Test ton in the last match, as an outstanding batsman for the future. Former paceman Jalaluddin praised left-arm fast bowler Junaid Khan as the find of the series. "Junaid really impressed in this series," he said of the paceman, who finished with 14 wickets in three Tests. "He showed a lot of progress and can go places in the future."
Dhaka court hearing postponed LAHorE sTAFF REpoRT
Pakistan will have to wait for another day before the fate of Bangladesh's proposed tour of Pakistan is confirmed after a hearing in Dhaka court was postponed due to a change in the bench. According to a Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) official, a decision on the team's tour to Pakistan has now been postponed indefinitely. The BCB confirmed a tour comprising two matches in April but the plan had to be called off late after a ruling by the Dhaka High Court, following a petition by two locals citing security apprehensions about Pakistan. The petition was granted and a four-week stay was extended until the hearing on July 12. However, according to
the BCB spokesperson, the hearing was postponed for an indefinite period, putting further doubt on the scheduling of the tour. “There was a change in the bench which was hearing the case,” BCB spokesperson Rabeed Imam was quoted as saying. “The case could not be discussed as a new judge will now examine it. The hearing has been extended and we are yet to know the new schedule. Hopefully we will get it in a couple of days.” BCB Chairman Mustafa Kamal last month renewed hopes of the tour during a meeting with PCB chief Zaka Ashraf on the sidelines of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) annual conference, expressing interest in sending the team. According to a report, the BCB also changed its lawyer and hired high profile counsel to fight the case.
Sialkot Stallions by the Champions League T20 governing council for October 2012 will immeasurably aid in ensuring early resumption of the series. Ashraf said that Pakistan is ready to play its home-series in India to ensure a start of the bilateral series, and even there was a proposal to use India as a neutral venue for Pakistan’s home series with other countries, which was raised during the recent Joint Secretary level talks. The ball is in Mr Srinivasan’s, the BCCI and the government of India’s hands to reciprocate.
muralitharan signs for Australian Big Bash team SYDNEY AFp
Leading Test wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan has signed for the Melbourne Renegades for next season's Australian Twenty20 Big Bash League, the team said on Friday. The 40year-old Sri Lankan spin maestro, who retired from international cricket after Sri Lanka lost the World Cup final to India last year, will be playing in the domestic Big Bash tournament for the first time. "I wanted to play one season in Australia and the opportunity from the Melbourne Renegades was there so I took it with both hands," Muralitharan said in a team statement.
Pathan replaces kumar for Sl odis NEW DELHI AFp
Fast bowler Irfan Pathan has replaced injured Vinay Kumar in India's squad for the upcoming series of limited-overs matches in Sri Lanka, the country's cricket board announced on Friday. "Vinay Kumar suffered a Grade I right hamstring injury while training. He will hence not be available for the forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka," the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement.
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indian Pm gets contempt notice too! KolKata: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday received a shock as the Calcutta High Court issued a contempt notice against him and other officials over an incident in which a 10-year-old student of internationally famous Visva Bharati University-affiliated school was made to lick urine as punishment for bed-wetting. Manmohan Singh is the chancellor of the university. A division bench headed by the chief judge of the court heard a public interest litigation which pointed out Visva Bharati, founded by Asia’s first Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, has violated the court’s earlier directive by inflicting corporal punishment on the child and issued the contempt notice. The incident occurred on July 7 at the university-affiliated school located at Bolpur in Birbhum district in eastern India’s state of West Bengal 160 km from the state capital here. The traumatised young girl since then has been refusing to attend school and there has been outrage throughout India. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has condemned the incident, labelling it “barbaric”. NNI
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QUETTA: A religious activist kicks a banner bearing the portraits of Us democrats during a protest against the reopening of the nATo supply route to Afghanistan on Friday. afp
allies, opposition walk out from Senate over terror incidents g
Mian Raza Rabbani also joins protesters g Senators decry absence of writ of state across the country ISLAMABAD
He government’s major coalition partners, the Awami National Party (ANP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), as well as opposition parties Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl and members from FATA on Friday walked out of the Senate to protest the killings in Kochlak (Quetta), killing of police cadets in Lahore and cross-border attacks in Bajaur. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader
Mian Raza Rabbani also joined the protesters. During the Senate session on Friday, ANP’s Daud Khan Achakzai, on a point of order, demanded a thorough inquiry into Friday’s attack on an ANP rally in Kochlak, Balochistan, in which seven people were killed He and fellow party member Zahid Khan demanded the inquiry be completed within two days. Senators belonging to the ANP, JUI-F, MQM and PML-N condemned the Kochlak, Lahore attack on National Jail Authority trainees and cross-border attacks in Bajaur. Leader of Opposition Ishaq Dar said the National Jail Authority was a federal
institution and its head had written a letter to the federal government for more security, but no positive response was received. He said it was not the responsibility of the Punjab government to provide security to the trainees. Leader of the House Jahangir Badr opposed Dar and said managing law and order was the responsibility of the provincial government. Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri of the JUI-F said recent incidents might be in reaction to the reopening of NATO supplies. He criticised the government and said the writ of the government was not to be seen anywhere in the country. PML-Q’s
Mushahid Hussain Syed said law and order was worsening by the day. He expressed solidarity with those affected by the Kochlak, Bajaur and Lahore incidents. He stressed on the need for an effective counterterrorism strategy to face these incidents. When the Senate session started, only State Minister for Water and Power Tasneem Ahmed Quresh was present in the House. Raza Rabbani demanded the chairman to pass instruction against absent ministers. Farhatullah Babar of the PPP also supported Rabbani and said important questions were on the agenda. He also demanded action against absent ministers.
Consular official recalled from Canada over sex assault charges LAHorE sTAFF REpoRT
An official with the Consulate General of Pakistan in Toronto has been recalled following an inquiry into a sexual assault allegation. According to a report in the Toronto Star, the married father of two allegedly assaulted a female passport applicant inside the North York consulate in February. Toronto Police were not called to investigate the matter. Consular officials conducted their own investigation which wrapped up late last month. After collecting statements from both sides, the investigative committee declared the man was “totally unfit” for government service. The committee “held the accused guilty of trying to use his position to coax the victim into a locked room with malicious intentions of molesting/physically assaulting her,” said a consular report obtained by the Toronto Sun. The June 23 report shows that the allegation was reported on Feb. 12 by a “respected com-
munity member.” The consular official allegedly took the victim “into an isolated locked room.” The victim is identified as a Pakistani-Canadian woman from Thorncliffe. The report states that the employee was in charge of MRP (machine-readable passport) processing. The only people aware of the allegation were the accused, the victim, and committee members. “Inquiry officers were told to type notes themselves to keep the inquiry confined within the four walls of the office,” reads the report, signed by acting consul general Imran Ali. The document also states that the woman “did not go to Toronto law enforcement authorities on our assurances that we would hold an impartial inquiry and the culprit would be brought to justice.” Sources confirmed no attempt was made to stop the woman from going to Toronto Police when the allegation first came to light. The report also states that the RCMP was informed about the inquiry “to preempt embarrassment” if the victim later
contacted the authorities. It later acknowledged the possible “negative consequences” if the victim contacted Canadian law enforcement or media. When asked about the incident, acting consul general Imran Ali issued a statement this week, saying, “We endeavour to run a consulate which works for the welfare of the Pakistani-Canadian community and have personnel rules reinforcing the above principle.” The report also detailed parts of the man’s defence, noting he accused the woman of “being a liberal and a model” — accusations that the inquiry found “obnoxious and filthy.” He also allegedly “tried to malign” two junior colleagues during his defence. Dismissed on June 25, the man is no longer inside the consulate. His visa expires in July. The report added, “He must be proceeded against by his department for removal of service on grounds of moral turpitude” once in Pakistan. Attempts to reach the man and the complainant were unsuccessful.
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Libyan voters in the capital opted overwhelmingly in favour of a liberal coalition led by wartime premier Mahmud Jibril which also trounced other parties in the east, partial tallies showed on Thursday. In the central Tripoli electoral district, the National Forces Alliance (NFA) had a nearly ten-fold advantage over the Muslim Brotherhood’s Justice and Construction Party (JCP) in voting for seats reserved for parties in the national congress. The NFA scored 46,225 votes compared with the JCP’s modest 4,774. The remainder of the eight constituencies in Tripoli voted along similar lines with the exception of Hay Al-Andalus, where the NFA did not field candidates. Thursday’s electoral commission figures, combined with earlier results from the eastern city of Benghazi, cradle of the revolt that ousted Moamer Kadhafi last year, give Jibril’s coalition a massive lead among the seats reserved for parties. “This is a first ever election so everything is a surprise,” said Sami Zaptia, editor of english-language news website Libya Herald. Securing the support of the majority of voters in the east and west’s largest cities does not automatically translate into the power to dominate the next congress, in which independents hold the majority of seats.