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MQM gives another divorce to PPP but is it for real? The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Saturday announced that it was parting ways with the ruling Pakistan People’s Party in Sindh and Center. The fresh split is believed to be part of the ruling coalition’s ‘clandestine plan’ to allot opposition seats to the MQM in the Sindh Assembly where a joint opposition has recently emerged under the umbrella of PML-F. PAGE 02
The school bag and a shoe of a young Hazara Shia are placed next to his body at a hospital.
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Mumbai-born writer Shobhaa De has also canceled her visit to the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF). The move comes a day after Indian poet Gulzar and film director Vishal Bhardwaj returned to India from Pakistan apparently over security fears. According to media reports, the KLF organisers tweeted from their account that Shobhaa De cancelled because she said her visa was issued too late.“She’d like to attend #KLF next year and we hope very much that she does,” they added. The Mumbai-born writer tweeted from her own account late on Wednesday that the delay in her visa was the main cause for her decision. PAGE 13
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PPP and PML-N have been playing a game of ‘musical chairs’ for over two decades. — PTI Chairman Imran Khan
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ANother PPP MPA joiNs PML-N LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) Rana Munawar Ghaus on Saturday joined the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. He announced this during a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Talking on the occasion, Rana Munawar Ghaus expressed confidence in the leadership of PMLN President Nawaz Sharif. He also praised the steps taken by the Punjab government for the progress and prosperity of the province. The Punjab chief minister warmly welcomed the lawmaker. On Friday, eight PPP lawmakers had announced to join the PML-N. STAFF REPORT
MQM gives another divorce to PPP, but is it for real? KARACHI
He Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Saturday finally announced to part ways with the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in Sindh and
the Centre. The fresh split is being speculated to be part of the ruling allies’ clandestine plan to allot opposition seats to the MQM in the Sindh Assembly where a joint opposition has recently emerged under the umbrella of Pakistan Muslim League-Functional to give, perceivably, a tough time to the PPP on the question of the interim setup. Addressing a press conference at party headquarters Nine-Zero, MQM parliamentary leader Dr Farooq Sattar declared that his party would sit on opposition benches in the Sindh and national assemblies. He said the decision was taken by a meeting of MQM Coordination Commit-
tee in protest against the PPP’s alleged withdrawal of criminal cases against Lyari’s gangsters from the outlawed People’s Amn Committee. There is a widely-held perception that to retain its traditional political stronghold, Lyari, in the upcoming elections, PPP would have to rejuvenate the leadership of the now defunct Amn Committee which was made target of a deadly police operation last year, killing several people including law enforcement officials. Several criminal cases were lodged against Amn Committee leaders including Uzair Jan Baloch, Habib Jan Baloch and others, all of whom were declared as proclaimed offenders. Saturday saw MQM leader Dr Sattar claiming that the PPP had withdrawn all cases against the criminals of Lyari who, he said, had paralysed the socio-economic life in the violence-hit metropolis. He, however, stopped short of showing any proof to substantiate his claim.
PML-N violated CoD by taking in PPP defectors LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira on Saturday said departure of nine Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) legislators to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) was a mere “drama”. In a statement issued from Lahore, the minister said the move was a clear violation of the Charter of Democracy (CoD). Kaira stated that those who had jumped ship to PML-N were the very culprits, who a year-and-ahalf ago, had attempted to manipulate Senate elections. He added that the major opposition party was not pleased with President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to Lahore, which is why “this drama” came to the forefront. The information minister said the PPP would respond to this undemocratic step in a democratic manner. Nine PPP MPAs announced on Friday that they were joining the PML-N after a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Four of them are from southern Punjab. They include Nishat Ahmed Daha, Syed Jamil Shah, Rana Babar Hussain and Abbas Zafar Hiraj from Khanewal district, Rana Munawwar Hussain and Sardar Kamil Gujjar from Sargodha, Javed Alauddin from Okara, Qaiser Sindhu from Gujranwala and Uzma Zahid Bukhari-an MPA elected on a seat reserved for women. Her husband Samiullah Khan, a former PPP MPA from Lahore, is also among those who joined the PML-N. Two PML-Q MNAs, Dewan Ashiq Bukhari from Multan, and Pir Aslam Bodla from Khanewal also joined the PML-N on Friday.
“The PPP’s continued and overt support to criminals has forced the MQM Rabita Committee to decide on parting ways with the People’s Party,” Dr Sattar told journalists. He claimed that despite an all out support from his side, the PPP never responded positively and had been hindering the work of MQM’s ministers. The MQM leader, however, let the room for a possible future re-alliance open by saying that the consultation process would continue. MQM DECISION ‘PERSONAL’: Commenting on the issue, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon said the decision was a “personal” one by the MQM leadership. “The MQM has been with us for the past four years and if they want to separate now it’s their personal decision. I, however, reject the allegations that have been levelled against the PPP,” Memon said. He said the MQM had also announced the break-up a month ago, but then decided otherwise.
even PML-N, the major opposition party in the National Assembly, dubbed the move as a pre-planned drama to pave the way for manipulating the formulation of the interim government in Sindh where political analysts believe the forthcoming election contest would be tougher than other provinces. Khwaja Muhammad Asif said the MQM was going to become a “fake” opposition as the party’s decision was aimed at grabbing opposition benches in Sindh Assembly to bring a favourable interim government in the province. “It’s a staged act. The PPP and MQM are doing this to bring a friendly interim setup in Sindh,” the PML-N leader claimed. TV anchor Kamran Khan said that no incident had occurred that had the potential to spark the MQM decision, which he called an extreme step. The move, he doubted, was politically-motivated. Per the 18th Constitutional Amendment, the government is bound to consult opposition members in the national and provincial legislatures in formulation of the caretaker government.
MQM’s jump aimed at depriving Pagara’s nominee of opposition leader slot ISLAMABAD TAYYAB HUSSAIN
The sudden jump by Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM), parting ways with the PPP-led coalition government in centre and Sindh, moving from treasury to opposition benches, is actually part of a plan hatched in the presidency to deprive PML-F of the slot of opposition leader in Sindh Assembly, Pakistan Today has learnt reliably. MQM’s parliamentary leader Dr Farooq Sattar announced his party’s exit from the PPP-led coalition government in centre and Sindh on Saturday owing to reservation over withdrawal of cases against Lyari gang war criminals. However, the actual objective behind this move is not as claimed by Sattar. A source in the government told Pakistan Today that the move is aimed at denying the appointment of the nominee of ten parties’ alliance, led by PML-F chief Pir Pagara, as leader of the opposition in Sindh Assembly. The PML-F nominee, Nusrat Sehr Abbasi, who has support of ten MPAs of the opposition, had to be appointed as leader of the opposition and an application had been moved since long but the slot has not as yet been notified to Abbasi by Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Khuhro. The MQM has strength of 50 MPAs in
the Sindh Assembly while the PPP has support of over 90 MPAs. “Under the plan, the MQM would win the nomination of opposition leader in Sindh Assembly-thus depriving the PML-F nominee of the slot. This would also enable both former alliesMQM and PPP-to unanimously name a caretaker chief minister and members of his cabinet,” said the source. The source said through this move, President Asif Zardari had once again proven his wisdom to all his friends and rivals and knocked out opposition parties, including Sharif’s PML-N and Pagara’s PML-F, even before the consultation process for installing caretakers had started. The source added the move would pave the way for appointment of people having no political background but who GOVERNMENT SOURCE would have complete blessings of the MQM and the PPP. “Thus the objective of winning elections would be achieved easily by the PPP and MQM and the opposition comprising of PML-F, PML-N and other nationalist parties, would be denied equal grounds,” the source added. Despite repeated attempts, no leader of MQM or PPP was available for comments over the information gathered by Pakistan Today.
President Asif Zardari has once again proven his wisdom to all his friends and rivals and knocked out opposition parties even before the start of consultation process for installing caretakers
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US and Pakistan should work together for promotion of a tolerant and prosperous Pakistan. — Cameron Munter
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No rest, more blood for hazara shias QUETTA
T least 69 people, including women and children, were killed and over 190 others were injured when a powerful bomb ripped through a busy Hazara Shia neighbourhood on Quetta’s Kirani Road on Saturday. The area is in close vicinity of Hazara Town, a locality inhabited by Hazara Shias who have been the target of various attacks across the restive provincial capital. The massive explosion, believed to be caused by explosives weighing around 800-1,000 kilogrammes, completely destroyed a two-storey building and plunged the entire locality into darkness due to power breakdown. The death toll was feared rising as many of the injured were critical and many others were buried under debris. The attack was claimed by Abu Bakar Siddique, a spokesman of the banned Sunni terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. He claimed that a LJ militant had detonated his explosives to trigger the bomb planted in an empty water tanker. Quetta CCPO Mir Zubair said unconfirmed reports suggested the blast was caused by around 800-1000 kilogrammes of explosive planted in a water tanker. The CCPO said a Rs 10 million-reward would be given to anyone who identified the attackers. Following the blast, heavy contingents of police and Frontier Corps (FC) rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area. enraged mourners took to the streets and protested against the killing, pelting vehicles with stones and blocking roads for hours. Some angry Hazara youth started shooting in the air and also burnt two police vehicles in attempts to stop the security personnel from entering the area. “It was a sectarian attack, the Shia community was the target,” said Wazir Khan Nasir, a senior police officer. Balochistan Governor Zulfiqar Magsi
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Pakistan, China to seal Gwadar Port deal on 18th ACCORD SIGNING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT PRESIDENCY ISLAMABAD ONLINE
The agreement for handing over the operations of deep sea Gwadar harbour to China Overseas Port Holding Authority (COPHA) will be ratified on February 18 (tomorrow). According to media reports, the accord signing ceremony will be held at the Presidency. Sources said that the transition of the control from the Port of Singapore Authority International (PSA) to COPHA would complete in a week after the pact was inked.
AT LEAST 69 HAZARA SHIAS KILLED, 190 WOUNDED AS LJ EXPLODES 1,000KG BOMB IN SHIA NEIGHBOURHOOD
MWM DEMANDS DEPLOYMENT OF MILITARY, ANNOUNCES THREE-DAY MOURNING while Tahafuz Azadari Council (TAC) said it would observe a weeklong mourning against the brutal act of terrorism. President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf condemned the blast in the strongest words. This was the second major attack on the minority Shia community in a month following last month’s brutal twin bombings in Quetta that killed over 116 Shia people. The Hazaras had then demonstrated with the bodies for three nights, forcing the government to sack the provincial government and impose Governor’s Rule in Balochistan.
On a side note it was also revealed that the terms and conditions of the deal remain unchanged. Gwadar Port is a warm-water, deep-sea port situated at Arabian Sea in Gwadar in Balochistan province of Pakistan. It is located at the apex of Arabian Sea and at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, approximately 460km west of Karachi, 75km east of Pakistan’s border with Iran and 380km northeast of the nearest point in Oman across Arabian Sea. It is situated at the eastern bay of a natural hammerheadshaped peninsula protruding into Arabian Sea from the coastline. The harbour is owned by the state-run Gwadar Port Authority and operated by PSA (2007-2012). Following the completion of Phase I, the government on February 1, 2007 signed a 40-year agreement with PSA for the development and operation of the tax-free port and duty-free trade zone. The PSA was the highest bidder for the Gwadar Port after DP World backed out of the bidding process.
Delhi to host Us-IndiaAfghanistan dialogue WASHINGTON INP
said the attack was a complete security failure. Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani confirmed the incident and said the dead included women and children. An emergency was imposed in all local hospitals. Maulana Nasir Abbas, secretary general of Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM), condemned the terrorist attack and demanded immediate deployment of army troops in Quetta. The MWM called for a shutter-down strike in Quetta on Sunday and announced a three-day mourning over the attack,
Desperate to have the role of a key player, India is hosting US-India-Afghanistan trilateral dialogue to focus on cooperation among the three nations after the planned drawndown of US forces from Afghanistan in 2014. Two senior US officials, Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake and Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Dan Feldman will lead the US delegation at the New Delhi meeting, the State Department announced on Friday. The New Delhi meeting follows the in-
augural trilateral consultations held at the Afghan mission in New York City on September 25. “The United States, India and Afghanistan all share a common vision for a strong, peaceful, and prosperous region and have pledged to work together on common challenges and opportunities including combating violent extremism, strengthening cultural exchanges and increasing regional trade and economic integration,” the State Department said. “The trilateral dialogue reflects our mutual commitments to transparency and coordination as Afghanistan continues with it ongoing security, economic and political transitions,” it added.
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I am preaching peace even today. But my position requires me to encourage the morale of those facing oppression. — MQM chief Altaf Hussain
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Nawaz, Zardari to be bowled out with a single ball: imran TOBA TEK SINGH ONLINE
RAWALPINDI: Police officials escort suspected Taliban militants to jail after producing them in a court on Saturday following their arrest from Taxila. ONLINE
‘Taliban unlikely to join Karzai govt’ WASHINGTON
change in the red line for talks with the Taliban. Brennan justified the Obama administration’s decision to kill US nationals who were members of Al Qaeda and considered a threat to the national security. “An operation using lethal force in a foreign country outside an area of active hostilities, targeted against a US citizen who is a senior operational leader of al Qaeda or associated forces, and who is actively engaged in planning to kill Americans, would be lawful,” he argued. The official added the US had acknowledged that it used
lethal force, when appropriate and consistent with applicable law, to prevent terrorist attacks and to save American lives. However, he rejected the suggestion the administration somehow preferred killing terrorists to capturing them. “Our unqualified preference is to capture an individual rather than use lethal force, in part because we recognise that one of the best sources of intelligence comes from the interrogation of captured terrorists. We only undertake lethal force when we determine that capture is not feasible,” he said.
The Taliban may not join the sitting government in Kabul that they have repeatedly branded as a puppet and illegitimate setup, US President Barack Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser told lawmakers on Friday. Giving a grim assessment of the ongoing reconciliation process, John Brennan said, “The Taliban are unlikely to participate in the current government because they do not accept the legitimacy of the
Karzai regime.” In written answers to questions from members of the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of his confirmation process for the post of CIA director, he said, “We have few indicators to date that the Taliban are sincere about reconciliation.” He said one of the key outcomes for reconciliation would entail credible Taliban commitments to abide by the Afghan constitution, including protections for the rights of all Afghan men, women and children, indicating that there had been no
sC returns NAB chief’s reply after raising objections
Palestinian president arrives in Islamabad
The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan on Saturday returned the reply of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari in the contempt of court case, raising objections on the content of the letter. According to the SC registrar, the contents of the NAB chief’s statement were not related to the contempt case. Raising objections on the reply, registrar of the court said derogatory words were used against judges. earlier, the NAB chairman’s lawyer Naveed Rasool Mirza submitted a three-page reply with the apex court in the contempt case, terming the bench hearing the case as “biased”. Bokhari further demanded that the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry quit the bench as his presence would raise questions on the proceedings of the court. The chairman said his case should be transferred to another bench.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in the capital on Saturday on a three-day visit. Abbas – who is visiting Pakistan on the invitation of President Asif Ali Zardari – was accorded a warm welcome at Noor Khan Airbase by federal minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin. This is the first ever visit of the Palestinian president to Pakistan after the recognition of
Palestine as a Non-member Observer State by the United Nations. Pakistan was co-sponsor in the United Nations General Assembly resolution that granted this status to Palestine on 29 November, 2012. President Abbas last visited Pakistan in February 2010. President Abbas will be received by President Asif Zardari at the Presidency on Sunday (today), where a formal welcome ceremony would be held in his honour. His engagements include delegation level talks followed by a luncheon hosted by President Zardari.
AKISTAN Tehreek-eInsaf Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday said he would bowl out Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz President Nawaz Sharif and President Asif Ali Zardari with a single ball. Addressing a gathering in Toba Tek Singh, Imran Khan said all corrupt politicians would fight the elections together because they had common interests. He said he had come to the city to start a mass contact campaign. The PTI chief said the rulers were getting richer while the public was becoming poorer. Criticising the performance of the PPP and PML-N, Imran said Bilawal House in Lahore was built with public money. He further accused the Punjab government of using
the entire province’s budget on a single project, referring to the metro service. Lamenting the deteriorating economic condition of the common man, Imran said a labourer in Punjab’s sugar mills was getting Rs 6,000 while the farmers were not getting their payments. He said the people of Pakistan should decide against
voting for parties whose leaders had money stashed in banks abroad. Telling the rally participants to prepare for the upcoming election, the PTI chief said “he knows well how to play this important match”. He questioned what did Pakistan achieve by getting 50,000 civilians and 5,000 army men killed in the war against terrorism.
Qadri to be consulted on caretaker PM, says Kaira
Us may extend Afghan deployments
AGREEMENT REACHED ON ASSEMBLIES’ DISSOLUTION DATE, SCRUTINY OF CANDIDATES LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira on Saturday said that an agreement has been reached on assemblies’ dissolution date and scrutiny period of the electoral candidates with Dr Tahirul Qadri who will also be consulted over nomination of the caretaker prime minister. Speaking to journalists after meeting with the Tehreeke-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief along with a high level government delegation, Kaira said consensus has been evolved on dissolution of assemblies on March 16 as well as on a 14day long scrutiny process for the electoral candidates. Law
Minister Farooq H. Naek, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Senator Syed Mushahid Hussain accompanied Kaira in the meeting, held to review progress on implementation of the “Islamabad Long March Declaration.” Qadri on Jan 17 had announced an end to a four-day anti-government protest of thousands of people after striking a deal with the government. Speaking on Supreme Court’s refusal to hear his petition on reconstitution of the election Commission, Qadri said some elements are wrongly accusing him on media for working on an agenda to delay the upcoming elections.
Kamran Faisal committed suicide, says new report ISLAMABAD ONLINE
A fresh medical report has declared that deceased NAB official Kamran Faisal’s death was suicide, the media reported on Saturday. According to the reports, the NAB investigation official had been visiting Poly Clinic Hospital for psychological treatment. The report said there were no signs of torture on the body and he had not taken any poison before hanging himself from the ceiling fan of his room in Federal Lodges. earlier, the medical report on Kamran Faisal’s death was finalised and handed over to Is-
lamabad Police investigators on Saturday. A medical board of Poly Clinic Hospital, Islamabad met with Dr IU Baig in the chair to review Punjab Forensic Science Agency’s report on Faisal’s death. After finalising the report, the board sealed it and handed it over to police investigators. The Islamabad police had directed the hospital administration to conclude the report soon so that it could be presented before the Supreme Court on February 19. On January 23, the Supreme Court of Pakistan had formed a two-member bench to hear Faisal’s death case. Changing the registrar’s
note on Faisal’s death into a petition during the hearing, the apex court decided to form a separate bench to hear the case regarding the death of the NAB official. The two-member bench, headed by Justice Jawad S Khawaja, will resume hearing in case from Thursday. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will resume hearing in the Rental Power Projects (RPPs) case on Wednesday. The apex court had declared that the NAB official’s family and friends had expressed dissatisfaction over NAB’s investigation in the case.
US soldiers deployed in Afghanistan may see their war tours extended next year because budget cuts will drastically limit training for brigades to replace them, the top US army general said on Friday. Gen Raymond Odierno, US army chief of staff, said the military will be able to fund training and operations for combat units in Afghanistan now and for those deploying in the summer and fall. But he added there would be delays in training for those deploying in 2014. “If those training delays can’t be made up”, Odierno said he would have to send forces to war that weren’t ready or extend deployments of units already there. A number of combat brigades would be deployed later this year and next year, even as the US winds down the war. “We will try to divert money so we do not have to extend people in Afghanistan,” Odierno told a conference at the Brookings Institution in Washington. “That’s a very big concern of mine.” He said right now the army was facing a shortfall of as much as $8 billion in operating funds for Afghanistan, and there could be an additional $5.4 billion in cuts if Congress could not resolve a budget standoff and automatic reductions – called sequester – go into effect. Rep Howard “Buck” McKeon, the Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, on Friday said he expected the sequestration to go into effect March 1, triggering $46 billion in automatic cuts to the overall Pentagon budget through September.
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Festivals like Karachi Literature Festival connect writers of the world and it is a very healthy and positive activity. – Intezar Hussain
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MQM calls emergency meeting today KARACHI ONLINE
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Rabita Committee called an important meeting on Sunday (today) to discuss different issues including the current situation of unrest in the metropolis. According to media reports, the MQM leadership was also expected to give thought to the issue of parting ways with the current government. According to sources, the MQM’s Rabita Committee would put forward its options in connection with the government’s measures to cope with the issues of increasing unrest, extortion mafia activities and assassination of traders in the city. The Rabita Committee would also have a debate during the meeting to mull over the option of quitting the coalition government in Sind.
excise Dept seizes huge quantity of arms, drugs
T least eight people including a bridegroom became the fatal victims of violent crimes across the metropolis. According to details, armed men opened fire on a wedding car near Raxer Bridge in Old Golimar area of the city. The bridegroom and one other person were killed in the attack, the report added. The attack also left many others wounded, who were later taken to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK). Police rushed to the area and cordoned off the area to investigate the crime scene. They said armed assailants opened fire on the vehicle and managed to flee. Meanwhile, the body of 25-yearold Nawaz Ali, son of Dilbar Khan and a resident of Khokhrapar, was found from Memon Goth within the limits of Memon Goth Police Station. The dead body was later moved to the JPMC for medico-legal formalities. Police said the victim was kidnapped from Khokhrapar area late during the night and his dead body was found from Ali Town, Memon Goth
early in the morning. The victim had a single bullet wound in his head. In another similar incident, 40-yearold Syed Ansar Jafferi, son of Syed Murtaza Jaffari and a resident of Qasba Colony, was killed when unidentified armed men opened fire at him near Baloch Hotel within the precincts of Orangi Town Police Station. In a separate incident, 35-year-old Muhammad Asghar, son of Shan, was gunned down by unidentified armed men near Korangi Darul Uloom, Sector No 28, within the limits of Awami Colony Police Station. The body was moved to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) to undergo medico-legal formalities. Police said Asghar was an employee of Al-Karam Textile Mills and lived with his brother. The police further said that the victim received two bullets in his upper torso. The victim hailed from Azad Kashmir, they added. Similarly, 45-year-old Muhammad Iqbal, son of Muhammad Asim and a resident of Musa Colony, was killed in a firing incident by unidentified armed men near Sharifabad Railway Crossing, Liaquatabad Town, within the precincts
of Sharifabad Police Station. The victim received a bullet in his head and was rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for treatment where he breathed his last. Police said the victim received a single bullet in his head and died at hospital during treatment. Meanwhile, 35-year-old Qadir Ghulam Sarwar, son of Allah Wasaya, was killed when unidentified armed men opened fire at him near Al-Noor Society, Azizabad within the precincts of Samanabad Police Station. The body was later taken to ASH to undergo postmortem. Police said the victim had received one bullet in his face and had died on the spot. They said Qadir used to teach Quran in a private school in mentioned area. In yet another incidence of violence, 25-year-old Muhammad Samiullah, son of Musa and a resident of Pathan Colony, was killed when unknown assailants opened fire at him near Valika Hospital within the jurisdiction of SITe-A Police Station. Police said the victim received two bullets and hailed from Swat. Separately, the body of a man, bearing torture marks was found from Abdullah Shah Ghazi Goth, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, within
Altaf concerned over law, order KARACHI STAFF REPORT
Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain, while talking to the MQM Co-ordination Committee, has expressed his concerns on the current situation of Karachi. He said that he had been struggling relentlessly for the past 35 years to serve the people of this city, adding that he would never give up his struggle. He said, “I have always preached peace and love and desired a life of dignity for the oppressed and poor people of Pakistan. I have never hesitated from offering any sacrifice for my mission, and this attitude was emerged from the experiences of my entire life,” according to a statement released to the media on Saturday He further said, “I appeal to the younger generation to step forwards into the practical field and carry the existing struggle forward,” while adding, “I want to make it clear that the people of Karachi can be forced to take extreme steps to protect themselves against conspiracies, bloodshed, and genocide. My appeals for peace and my message of love should not be misinter-
preted as our weakness.” Talking to members of the MQM Co-ordination Committee Altaf said, “The forces and groups that are killing the people of Karachi should know that in such circumstances the people would be forced to adopt a line of action themselves in order to safeg u a r d t h e m selves against these injustices.” “The Haq Parast people should sit and think about their coming generations. History is witness to the fact that we did not bow down our heads against oppression in the past, and we will never do so in the future as well,” he added. Furthermore, the MQM chief said, “I support democracy and I have spread my movement across the entire length and breadth of
the country through democratic means. But today tyranny is being given the name of democracy and question marks are being placed on the future of democracy by those who are employing undemocratic tactics.” Altaf said that hardened criminals belonging to land and drug mafia and were also involved in kidnappings for ransom were being projected as political leaders by holding meetings with them. “I am preaching peace even today, but it is my duty to give the people the courage to face oppression and tyranny. When forces responsible for protecting the people begin to harbour criminals and terrorists, the oppressed people will have to rise for self-protection and survival,” he concluded.
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KARACHI STAFF REPORT
The excise Department, Kashmore on Saturday claimed to have seized a huge quantity of weapons and hashish from three accused in a raid on a truck. According to an official statement, a team of excise officers led by eTI Aamir Khulwar spotted a suspected Bedford Truck, bearing registration number C3231 Bannu, and recovered at least eight Kalashnikovs, four TT pistols, an MP-5 gun, 31,500 bullets and at least 10 kilograms of hashish. The law enforcers also claimed to have arrested three suspects namely Naimat Ullah, Kalim Ullah and Muhammad Raza on the spot.
the jurisdiction of Sachal Police Station. The body was shifted to JPMC for autopsy. Police said the victim was stabbed to death by unidentified men. Meanwhile, the body of a drug addict man, aged around 35, was found from Paan Mandi within the jurisdiction of Risala Police Station. The body was moved to CHK for medico-legal formalities. Rescue sources said he might have died due to an overdose of drugs. The dead body was later moved to edhi Morgue for identification after completion of legal formalities. Furthermore, Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of traffic police Bagh Ali, son of Iqbal and a resident of Pirabad, was injured in a road mishap near Abdullah College, North Nazimabad within the limits of Shahrah-e-Noor Jahan Police Station. The injured was taken to ASH for treatment, where his condition was stated to be out of danger. Moreover, 30-year-old Shahzaib, son of Rasool Bux, was wounded in firing by unknown attackers near Bichho Bakery, Malir Town. The injured was rushed to JPMC for treatment and his condition was stated to be stable.
KARACHI: CM Qaim Ali offers fateha with ANP leader Shahi Syed on the demise of his sister at Mardan House. PPI
Sind Chief Minister (CM) Qaim Ali Shah visited Mardan House and offered his condolences to Awami National Party (ANP) Sind President Shahi Syed on the sad demise of his sister and offered fateha. He also offered condolences on the demise of ANP Leader Bashir Ahmed Bilour. He prayed to Almighty Allah to rest their souls in eternal peace and give courage to the bereaved family members to bear the irreparable loss.
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PML-N gets a new media manager – Pakistan Customs PAKISTAN CUSTOMS’ MEDIA DOING PROMOTION JOB OF PML-N IN SINDH KARACHI AFTAB CHANNA
Whereas the roots of the opposition party Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) are considered weak in Sindh, the Pakistan Customs’ Media, the official media department of the Customs, has been promoting PML-N’s cause in the province. The Customs department had been under the direct control of the Ministry of Defence and was presently being headed by Pakistan Peoples’ Party’s (PPP’s) Syed Naveed Qamar. However, the official of the Customs’ media department were promoting a political party which was in violation of the service rules and the Constitution of Pakistan, Pakistan Today had learnt. Per the Constitution of Pakistan, no government servant should take part in any kind of political activities during tenure of his/her service. However, he could take part in politics
OFFICIAL MAILING ADDRESS BEING USED FOR RELEASE OF PML-N EVENTS TO MEDIA
after a gap of two years after retirement from government service. According to details, Pakistan Customs Chief Media Liaison Officer Qamar Thalho had retired from his post after reaching the age of 60 in March last year. However, he used his influence to remain on the same position on contract basis which was putting serious hurdles in the way of junior officials who could have been promoted to senior posts, reliable sources told Pakistan Today. The sources said that the chief media liaison officer had retired last year, but he was not ready to leave the post and was still doing the job on the basis of a one year contract. This move had greatly disappointed the junior officials who had been waiting for promotions since long, they added. Sources alleged that the chief media liaison officer was using the official mailing address of Pakistan Customs’ for political purposes,
which was bringing a bad name to the otherwise esteemed institutions. On February 13th, a media release of the PML-N was widely circulated among the city’s media while bearing the official email address of the customs, i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org, with a request from the custom officer to consider the press release for publication. The email forwarded to the media was as follows: “Please find the press release attached. Regards, Qamar Thalho Chief Media Liaison Officer Customs.” Furthermore, the email also carried the press release of PML-N Sindhh’s information secretary Ali Akbar Gujjar who said that the rulers were not ready to leave their position, nor were they in any mood to hold general elections. Pakistan Today tried to contact Qamar Thalho to seek his version on the story, but his mobile phone remained unanswered.
Petition filed against 423 sindh police officers KARACHI INP
A petition was filed in the Supreme Court (SC) Karachi Registry against 423 Sindh police officers, allegedly involved in crimes of different nature. It was revealed in the member inspection team’s report submitted in the SC Karachi Registry during hearing of Karachi law and order case, that 423 Sindh police officers were involved in major crimes. The petitioner had made plea that since the criminal police officers were still working at different posts for which the Sindh chief secretary and IG were responsible, action should be taken against them, while the 423 police officers’ names should also be put on the exit Control List (eCL).
eU delegation meets CM KARACHI PPI
KARACHI: MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar unveiling the plaque to inaugurate Degree Law College at Landhi Town. onLIne
non-confirmation of sHC judges: notice issued to oﬃcials KARACHI PPI
Sindh High Court (SHC) on Saturday, clipping together as many as three identical petitions challenging the decision of a parliamentary committee for not confirming two judges of SHC, issued a notice to ministry of law and parliamentary affairs secretary and the parliamentary committee to file comments. Headed by Justice Maqbool Baqar, the division bench of SHC also directed attorney general of Pakistan to file comments. One petition against the decision of the parliamentary committee was filed by advocate Muneer A Malik and four others, another by Sindh High Court Bar Association Sukkur through advocate Rasheed A Rizvi and the third by Anwar Mansoor Khan. All of them cited ministry of law and parliamentary affairs secretary and the parliamentary committee in their petitions as respondents. In these petitions, it was submitted that Justice Nadeem Akhtar and Justice
Muhammad Shafi Siddqui were appointed as additional judges of SHC on 15th March, 2012, and took oath of their offices on March 20. The petitioners stated that throughout their tenure as additional judges, they worked honestly and competently. They said on 7th February, 2013, a meeting of the parliamentary committee was held to consider recommendations for appointing three judges, Nisar Muhammad Shaikh, Nadeem Akhtar and Muhammaed Shafi Siddiqui of SHC on a permanent basis. They submitted that following the meeting, the committee recommended only the name of Nisar Muhammad Shaikh as a permanent judge of SHC while the names of two judges were not recommended for confirmation. They said the parliamentary committee, without issuing any show-cause notice and giving any plausible or proper reasons, dropped their names and disagreed with the recommendations of the judicial commission. They stated that at the time of nomination of these two judges in March
2012, all material, including the tax returns, were examined by the parliamentary committee, whereof they agreed appointing these judges as additional judges of the SHC for one year. They said the factual position is that income tax returns had been filed by the two judges which were on the record of the parliamentary committee also. They added that the allegation of the committee is uncalled for and tantamount to undermining the independence of judiciary. They said at the time of nomination in March 2012, no such objections were raised by the parliamentary committee. The petitioners said it has been reported falsely in print and electronic media that the two judges are tax defaulters. They prayed the court to declare the committee’s decision as void and without any legal effect. They pleaded the court to declare the two judges as permanent judges of the SHC. The hearing of the case was adjourned till February 19.
Head of european Union (eU) delegation Ambassador Lars Gunner Wigemark on Saturday called on Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Qaim Ali Shah at the CM House. Principal Secretary to CM Muhammad Siddique Memon and Director General Protocol Dabeer were also present on the occasion. The CM welcomed the head of eU delegation and apprised him of the five-year performance, activities and achievements made in various sectors, particularly in the field of health, education, communication, agriculture, socio-economic betterment, employments, youth development and empowerment of women in various aspects. He said that the present government was completing its constitutional tenure and the general elections were being held on schedule and on time. earlier, Gunner thanked the CM for the warm welcome and highlighted the role of eU for the betterment of Pakistani people. He said that eU would support the Sindh government for promotion of education, and code of conduct for media, while economic reforms would also be assisted. Gunner assured that the eU would extend aid and trade, while the ban on fisheries would be positively considered. He also assured that the eU would fully support issues pertaining to alternate energy and technical education. Later, Qaim thanked the eU for extending support to various sectors, particularly education.
Iranian delegation meets KMC admin KARACHI APP
Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed met with Iranian delegation, headed by Deputy Consul General Muhammad Raza Bak Sehrai in his office and discussed matters of bilateral relations and mutual interest. The Hussain said that Pak-Iran had everlasting friendship and both the countries were neighbouring Islamic countries, said a statement issued here on Saturday. He said that Iran had always supported Pakistan and Pakistanis had a feeling of love and brotherhood for the people of Iran. The delegation also dis-
cussed with the KMC administrator the availability of healthy meat by automatic plant, export of cattle and solid waste management. The KMC administrator said the opportunities of availability of meat by automatic plant were available on a large scale in the metropolitan and could also cater to the needs of Iran. The Iranian delegation informed that the purpose of their visit was in connection with the implementation of the MoU signed with the Iran’s Mayor of Mashhad for investment in solid waste management and automatic plant for meat. Meanwhile, Hussain also informed delegation about the needs and resources of Karachi.
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I think that peace will require two states, a Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish state. â€” Prime Minister Netanyahu
sunday, 17 February, 2013 RAmALLAh: Palestinians are covered with teargas during clashes with Israeli troops at a rally held in support of a prisoner on hunger strike in protest against his incarceration. AGENCIES
sri Lanka journalist in hospital after attack COLOMBO AGENCIES
Unidentified assailants have shot and seriously wounded a journalist for an independent newspaper near Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, his colleagues and police say. Faraz Shaukarally, a journalist of the Sunday Leader, was the latest victim of a string of attacks on journalists and media workers in this Indian ocean island. "Investigations are under way," police said in a statement but did not elaborate on the unidentified assailants or the motive for the shooting. Sakunthala Perera, the editor of the english-language newspaper, said Faraz was wounded on Friday night by three armed men who stormed into his home in Mt Lavinia on the outskirts of Colombo. She said Faraz suffered injuries to his neck and added that he was writing investigative stories for the paper and the "attack could be related to an article" written by him. The director of Colombo National Hospital, Dr Anil Jasinghe, said Faraz was in intensive care and would undergo an operation shortly. In January 2009, the editor of the Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickramatunga, was killed near his office. He was a staunch critic of the government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Attacks against journalists and news outlets have continued despite the end of the decades-long war between the military and Tamil Tiger separatist rebels that same year.
syria rebels claim northern airbase takeover DAMASCUS
YRIAN rebels have captured a military airbase in the north and geared up for a major battle against regime forces as the opposition says it refuses to accept President Bashar al-Assad in talks on the 23-month conflict. The rebels on Friday said they overran the base in the town of Sfeira, east of Aleppo international airport, and captured a large stockpile of ammunition. Activists reported intermittent clashes around the Aleppo airport itself as well as around Nayrab airbase and another military complex, as the two sides squared up for a major fight. "The army shelled the area around Aleppo international airport and Nayrab air base on Friday morning, while rebels used home-made rockets to shell Nayrab," Rami Abdel Rahman, the UKbased Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said. The Syrian army "is preparing a large-scale operation to take back control of Base 80", he said, referring to a military complex tasked with the security of both Nayrab and Aleppo airports. Rebels seized the base on Wednesday after a battle that left at least 150 dead from both sides, among them senior army officers, according to the Observa-
tory. On the political front, the opposition Syrian National Coalition said it refused to accept Assad in any talks, as part of an eight-point "framework" it has drawn up for solutions to the conflict. The group issued the framework after a meeting in Cairo to discuss a proposal by its chief, Mouaz al-Khatib, for peace talks with regime representatives, a move that ruffled feathers in the umbrella opposition group. "Bashar Assad and security leadership who are responsible for the current destruction of the country are outside the political process and must be held accountable for their crimes," it said in a statement issued in english. Meanwhile, Syrian government has written to the UN attacking Turkey's "destructive" role in the conflict, state media reported. "Turkey supports and publicly justifies terrorist, destructive acts" against Syria, the foreign ministry wrote in letters addressed to both the UN Security Council and Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general. "Turkey has turned its territory into camps used to house, train, finance and infiltrate armed terrorist groups, chief among them the al-Qaeda network and the al-Nusra Front." Also on Friday, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it had stepped up aid operations across the shifting front lines in Syria to bring
food and medical assistance to civilians in rebel-held areas. ICRC aid workers reached opposition-held Houla in Homs province for the second time in two weeks on Thursday, delivering medical supplies with government consent after being shut out for three months. "I've come back from Syria convinced that we must expand operations in coming weeks and months and that we can and must build on our increasing presence in the most delicate regions including those under opposition control," Pierre Kraehenbuehl, ICRC director of operations, announced in Geneva, Switzerland. He later told Reuters news agency: "Our priority areas are Idlib and Aleppo in the north, where it is very unstable and fluid. Also the circle around Homs and Hama." The ICRC has been aiding some 1.5 million Syrians, via the Syrian Arab Crescent, in a conflict that the UN says has left some 70,000 people dead. The UN has also said the number of Syrians who have fled the country could hit 1.1 million by June. Customs officers in Finland, meanwhile, said they had seized spare parts for tanks in a container en route from Russia to Syria on board a Finnish ship docked at Helsinki's Vuosaari port in January. The european Union has banned all sales, delivery, transfers and exports of weapons to Syria.
n Korea warned against 'provocative actions' PyONGyANG AGENCIES
The United States has called on North Korea not to take any further provocative actions after report of plans for more nuclear tests. Friday's statement came after the North conducted its third nuclear test on Tuesday, drawing global condemnation. Barack Obama, the US president, has pledged after this week's nuclear test "to lead the world in taking firm action in response to these threats" and diplomats at the UN Security Council have already started discussing potential new sanctions. Meanwhile, North Korea's leader has made his first public appearance since Tuesday's controversial nuclear test.
Kim Jong-un handed out awards in memory of his late father Kim Jong-il to mark what would have been his 71st birthday. Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett, reporting from Seoul, said: "Kim Jong-il's birthday has been celebrated in a number of ways in the days leading up to it. On Tuesday came the third nuclear test which was seen by many as timed to coincide with Kim's birthday. "On Thursday there was a mass rally in Pyongyang in celebration of that achievement, and on Friday it was the first appearance of Kim Jong-un's since the tests, where he was giving out awards to members of North Korea's elites, scientists and technicians." Further reports say that the North has told its key ally, China, that it is prepared
to stage one or even two more nuclear tests this year in an effort to force the US into diplomatic talks with Pyongyang, a source told Reuters news agency. The tests will be undertaken, the source said, unless the US holds talks and abandons its policy of what North Korea sees as attempts at government change. North Korea also reiterated its long-standing desire for the US to sign a final peace agreement with it and establish diplomatic relations, he said. North Korea's latest test, its third since 2006, prompted warnings from the US and others that more sanctions would be imposed on it. The UN Security Council has only just tightened sanctions on the North after it launched a long-range rocket in December. The country is banned under UN sanc-
tions from developing missile or nuclear technology after its 2006 and 2009 nuclear tests. North Korea worked to ready its nuclear test site, about 100km from its border with China, throughout last year, according to commerciall available satellite imagery. The images show that it may have already prepared for at least one more test, beyond Tuesday's subterranean explosion. Initial estimates of this week's test from South Korea's military put its yield at the equivalent of 6-7 kilotonnes, although a final assessment of yield and what material was used in the explosion may be weeks away. The North remains technically at war with both the US and South Korea after the Korean war ended in 1953 with a truce.
Arrests foLLow fresh BAhrAiN vioLeNCe mANAmA: Four people have been arrested in Bahrain after an overnight attack on security forces that wounded four policemen, including an officer, authorities say. The unrest began on Friday when protesters blocked a highway linking a number of of predominantly Shia villages with the capital, Manama, a day after clashes on the second anniversary of the uprising against the kingdom's Sunni rulers. The interior ministry said in a statement on Saturday that it had "arrested four terrorists possessing weapons with which they had fired on security forces in Karzakan", a village southwest of Manama. A police officer and three policemen were taken to hospital after being wounded "by buckshot fired by a terrorist group", Tarek al-Hassan, police chief, said in statement. The security forces "had to respond to the attack to defend themselves", Hassan added, without giving further details of the attack or the police response. The announcements came as thousands were expected to take to the streets of Manama for the funeral of a teenager the opposition said was killed in clashes between police and activists earlier this week. AGENCIES
sUiCiDe BLAst kiLLs irAQ iNteLLigeNCe offiCer BAghDAD: A suicide bomber in the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar has killed a senior Iraqi army intelligence officer, along with three of his bodyguards, police officials say. The bomber detonated his explosives at the officer's home in the town, located about 60km west of Mosul, police said. Police officials said that the Saturday morning attack occurred when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt near Brigadier General Ali Aouni's car as he was leaving his house in Tal Afar. Aouni was the head of the intelligence academy in the Iraqi defence ministry. "Guards killed one suicide bomber, but when the brigadier general and his bodyguards went out another bomber ran among them and blew himself up," a local official said. AGENCIES
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Promotion of education, PPP’s top priority. — Dr Nafisa Shah
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NAB to ProBe CorrUPtioN iN exPeNDitUre of BALoChistAN govt QUETTA: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to start investigation against corruption in official expenditures of the Balochistan government. According to a private TV channel, NAB officials said officers of the Balochistan govt, including officers in 19 to 21 grade, caused losses of Rs 3.75 billion to the national exchequer. The NAB official vowed to file reference against alleged officers after investigation. Total 30 officers would be probed, including one in grade 21, 10 officers in grade 20 and 19 in grade 19, for their alleged involvement in corruption. ONLINE
FAISALABAD: Lawyers protest outside the local courts on Saturday as their demonstrations for setting up of a high court bench in the city entered the sixth day. INP
imran’s dilemma: who gets NA 140? KASUR
TI Chairman Imran Khan failed to settle the dispute between two ex-foreign ministers in his party, both of whom want to contest elections from the same constituency. Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri hosted a big public gathering on 19 June, 2011 where he announced joining PTI. Six months later, Sardar Assef Ahmed Ali also made a phone call to the PTI chief on the eve of the Karachi procession and expressed his willingness to join his party. Both leaders had contested elections from NA 140 against each other. However, both ex-foreign ministers are now in the same political party and have the same constituency, NA 140, from
which they want to contest elections. Both leaders have solid reasons to contest elections from the said constituency and neither of them is willing to contest from the constituency NA 139. In a survey, supporters of Sardar Assef Ahmed and Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri expressed their stance on why their candidates should contest from NA 140. One Saleemullah Saqib said Sardar Assef Ahmed had resigned from his seat as MNA which is why PTI s h o u l d award him the ticket from the disputed constituency. On the other hand, political analyst Amjad Ali said Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri joined the party before Assef and so, PTI must award the ticket from t h e con-
stituency to Kasuri. A political observer Hafiz Ahmed said the NA 140 election would be very tough for both candidates because they will have to defeat PML-N MNA Malik Rasheed Ahmed Khan and Dr Azeemudin Lakhwi, which would not be an easy task. Both leaders, Kasuri and Assef, supported different candidates in by-polls despite being members of the same party. Sardar Assef supported Sardar Sarwar Dogar while Khursheed Kasuri supported Dr Azeemudin Lakhwi in the NA 140 by-elections. Due to these differences, Malik Rasheed Ahmed khan won the slot of MNA in 2012. A political observer Hafiz Ahmed said there was already tough competition in NA 139 among candidates like PPP’s Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed, PML-N’s Sheikh Waseem Akhter, Naveed Hasham Rizvi and independent candidate Syeda Neelofer. He believed this was a major reason neither of the ex-foreign ministers wanted to risk contesting elections from that constituency.
iNteriM govt to Be ANNoUNCeD withiN A week: shAh SUKKUR: Minister for Religious Affairs
Meanwhile Fouzia Kasuri, a senior PTI leader, said the existing dispute between the ex-foreign ministers to contest from NA 140 would be decided in a public meeting which would be addressed by PTI chief Imran Khan in which he would announce who would contest elections from the said constituency.
Khurshid Shah on Saturday underlined that caretaker set up would be finalised within a week and the caretaker prime minister would be in place by March 15. Talking to reporters‚ he said the PPP believed in politics of consensus and “we are consulting all parties inside and outside parliament including the PML-N in this regard”. He said it was for the first time in the history that democratic government would be completing its term, which was an encouraging sign. To a question, the PPP leader said withdrawal of cases against someone was not a rare incident. He said the alliance with the MQM was on the government level, every party was free to present its manifesto in elections. Shah said the government of Punjab had wasted national wealth on schemes such as laptops and sasti roti scheme. The minister said PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif had no agenda in politics and the PPP was not afraid of the grand opposition alliance against it. He said the PPP would continue to serve the people in accordance with the party’s manifesto. ONLINE
rAiN tUrNs weAther CoLD iN PUNjAB ISLAmABAD: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted widespread rain for most parts of the country during the next 48 hours with chances of heavy snowfall over the hills. Widespread snowfall, heavy at times, is expected over the hills of Malakand, Hazara, Murree, Galiyat, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir, a private news channel reported. Hailing is also expected at isolated places in the plains of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Punjab, including Islamabad during the period. Meanwhile, weather turned pleasant in Punjab after rain lashed most cities of the province. APP
Cultivating skills for sustainable livelihoods AALI BANGASH Human development is about enlarging people’s choices, expanding the opportunities and improving human capabilities to enable them to live a productive life. It is also essential to build capacities of the people to optimize the overall value of human capital in an economy. Therefore productivity is considered to be an integral factor and important prerequisite of human development. Productivity means full participation of people in the process of income generation and gainful employment. Skills development is one way to improve productive capacities of people to enable them to productively engage in livelihoods and to meet the changing demands of the economy and labour market. Poverty reduction is one of the long term results that sustainable human development efforts seek to achieve. However poverty is multidimensional and different aspects of poverty interact and reinforce
one another in many ways. The relationship between skills development and poverty reduction is neither simple nor automatic, but research shows that poor are typically trapped in the vicious circle of inadequate education, poor training, low productivity, poor quality jobs and concomitantly low wages. Women in poor strata typically face additional difficulties or discrimination in accessing good quality training and use it to secure better work. Therefore a targeted pro-poor skills development initiative can improve the employability and productivity of the working poor. It enhances competitiveness and provides technical knowledge and skills required for income-generating activities and thus broadens economic spectrum which can lead to reduction in the absolute poverty. A state that has a focus on social welfare and has commitment to achieving sustainable human development should have a component of pro-poor training and human capital development policy in its macroeco-
nomic orientation toward economic growth and poverty reduction. It is important to improve the social composition of national skills systems especially with a focus on reaching out to the poor to increase their productive capacities. Research shows that such public initiatives are not only time intensive but are very demanding in terms of commitment, methodology, curriculum and support structures and therefore it is difficult to scale such initiatives at larger levels. Benazir Income Support Programme’s Waseela-e-Rozgar initiative is a pertinent example of a pro-poor training initiative which has an objective of cultivating the skills among young unskilled labor pool from the poorest strata in Pakistan. The programme provides a wide range of technical and vocational trainings to BISP beneficiaries. These trainings are enabling the underprivileged potential workers to work in the formal and informal sectors and earn a livelihood which will elevate their socio economic status and will result in the re-
duction of the chronic poverty they are in. The programme has taken 66 renowned public and private institutions on board to carry out trainings and courses across Pakistan. The unparalleled niche of the pogramme is its selection and inclusion criteria. Research shows that informal trainings are often accessed using social and family connections, which automatically puts the poorest of the poor at a disadvantage. It is also evident that if left to the markets, skills systems will tend to favor the non-poor. While through Waseela-e-Rozgar beneficiaries are targeted on the basis of the poverty score of the family in the credible and acclaimed poverty scorecard survey. This way the programme is incorporating the disadvantaged labour force from the poorest segment of Pakistan which has always been left out from the socio-economic mainstream. The programme is imparting various vocational and technical trainings to BISP beneficiaries or their family mem-
bers between the age bracket of 18-45 years to maximize their potentials as an investment in human capital. Benazir Income Support Programme is the largest social safety net programme in South Asia with a strong social welfare dimension. Its Waseela-e-Rozgar initiative, with its large scale and unique targeting approach, is an appropriate model of moving from welfare to the market, from an inclusive pro-poor orientation to a more competitive environment. After such significant public initiative of inculcating the technical skills in the potential work force, it is of critical importance to create a conducive environment for work and employment. There is a need of building stronger linkage of these trainees with the formal sector, business associations and employers’ groups to ensure employment. The corporate sector should come forward to play its requisite role in effectively translating the skill development into skills utilization.
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Pakistan and India should exercise restraint and resolve their issues peacefully. — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
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PPP’s trouble-shooter in action to woo disenchanted MQM KARACHI
H e ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has finally moved its trouble-shooter, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, to mend ties with its major ally in Sindh and federal governments-Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). This week saw MQM agitated in the Sind Assembly against what party lawmakers claimed was withdrawal of criminal cases against leaders of People’s Amn Committee of Lyari, the PPP’s traditional political stronghold in the MQM-dominated city. The interior minister accompanied by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah met Governor Dr Ishratul ebad on Satur-
day at Governor House to discuss issues ranging from terrorism to the emergent split between the two coalition partners. While MQM leaders have been vocal in condemning the PPP’s alleged cover support to Lyari “gangsters”, PPP leaders have generally been in a reconciliatory mood on the eve of general election that are only weeks away. According to an official statement, Malik and ebad decided to take steps to make the atmosphere among the coalition partners in the province sustainable. In particular, they agreed that “misunderstandings” would be removed between the two major parties of Sind, PPP and MQM, through increased contacts. In the meeting, the interior minister assured the governor, who is affiliated with the MQM, of an early redressal of MQM’s reservations. Malik said the rul-
ing PPP would take no measure in Sindh without taking its coalition partners from MQM onboard. On the law and order front, the meeting decided to expand the area of “targeted operation” in the violence-hit city so that the action against terrorists could be made resultoriented. It was decided that besides intelligence agencies, law enforcers will also be granted special powers to ensure a coordinated action against terrorists. Rooting out terrorism from Karachi was said to be the
top priority of the government, and the interior minister said more concrete measures would be taken to deal with the menace effectively. The government, they agreed, would follow a policy of “zero tolerance” towards terrorism. The three leaders also urged the need for implementing the Supreme Court’s order on the law and order situation in Karachi in letter and spirit. They also expressed their resolve to cooperate with the election Commission of Pakistan for helping in holding of free and fair elections in the country.
PPP ALwAys PrioritiseD fAtA’s DeveLoPMeNt: PM ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that Pakistan People’s Party leadership has always accorded primacy to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in its policies and programmes. He expressed these views while talking to Minister for Communication Arbab Aalamgir and Minister for SAFRON Abbas Khan Afridi who called on the prime minister in Islamabad on Saturday. The prime minister said the extension of Political Parties Act to FATA was a practical manifestation of PPP leadership’s resolve to help it become the part of national mainstream. During the meeting‚ the prime minister applauded the sacrifices‚ courage and patriotism of the people of Tribal Areas in difficult times. He directed the minister for communication to initiate projects of infrastructure development for the economic uplift of FATA and also ensure the timely completion of those which were already in the pipeline. Dr Arbab informed the prime minister about implementation status of the ongoing projects undertaken by the National Highway Authority (NHA) in FATA. Ashraf directed both federal ministers to sensitise the public with the achievements of the democratic government and motivate the party workers as the general elections were around the corner. He reiterated the resolve of his government that the elections would be held on time in a fair‚ free and transparent manner. NNI
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FAISALABAD: Rescue workers make efforts to retrieve the bodies of five people killed after a canal breach on Saturday. ONLINE
five buried alive after canal breach in faisalabad FAISALABAD
UN chief lauds Pakistan’s role in world peace
Five people are feared dead after a breach in the Rakh Branch Canal, inundated the site of the Abdullahpur underpass project late Friday night. According to a spokesman for City District Government, an underpass was under construction at Abdullahpur Chowk where Rakh Branch canal burst its banks. The canal water inundated the project site. Workers at the site immediately made announcements in nearby mosques to warn people living in adjacent areas to avoid the site but a number of people reached the site and gathered on the sides of the dug underpass. Five people were buried alive when an earth heap collapsed into the accumulated water. DCO Muhammad Ameen Chaudhry said Muhammad Usman and Tahir Mehmood had been rescued and the operation was continuing to save others. The DCO said a three-member committee had been formed to probe the incident which will submit a report in three days. According to reports, the deceased included Akhtar Majeed, 30, Muhammad Atif, 22, Muhammad Qadeer, 18, Mehmood Ahmad, 30, and Muhammad Junaid, all of whom were residents of Tariqabad. On information, C&W Punjab Secretary Major (r) Azam Suleman Khan, Divisional Commissioner Faisalabad Syed Tahir Husian, DCO Muhammad Ameen Chaudhary, MNA Abid Sher Ali, MPA Khawaja Muhammad Islam, CPO Bilal Siddique Kamyana, SSP Operations Sadiq Ali Dogar, Faisalabad Development Authority (FDA) Director General (DG) Waheed Akhtar and other officers rushed to the spot and started a rescue operation.
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised Pakistan’s contribution to international peace and security through its over 50 years of participation in UN peacekeeping operations across the world. Speaking at a largely-attended reception hosted in his honour by Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Masood Khan at his residence, the secretary-general said almost 9,000 Pakistani uniformed personnel were serving in six missions. “The United Nations is grateful for their contributions.” The UN secretarygeneral also lauded as “outstanding” Pakistan’s presidency of the Security Council in January, noting with appreciation the holding of debates on critical themes – counter-terrorism and peacekeeping. He said he had very useful talks with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, who presided over the counter-terrorism debate and Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani, who chaired the session on peacekeeping. At the start of the reception, it was announced that President Asif Zardari had decided to confer Hilal-e-Imtiaz on Ambassador Khan for his dedicated services to the nation. The secretary-general congratulated the ambassador on the recognition he had received from the Government of Pakistan, saying the
UN CHIEF URGES INDIA, PAKISTAN TO EXERCISE RESTRAINT UNITED NATIONS: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and resolve issues peacefully after a Pakistani soldier who intruded into the Indian territory was killed by the Indian Army along the Line of Control in Indian-held Kashmir. Ban’s spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters that the UN chief was aware of the latest incident on February 14 at the LoC in which the Pakistani soldier, after intruding into Indian territory in a fresh incident of ceasefire violation, was killed by the Indian troops. “The secretary general has repeatedly called on all concerned to exercise restraint and solve issues peacefully,” Nesirky said when asked if Ban had a comment on the fresh incident along the Indian-Pakistan border. The incident comes over a month after tensions erupted between the two nuclear-armed neighbours after Pakistani troops entered Indian territory and killed two Indian soldiers, beheading one of them. In the latest ceasefire violation, the Pakistani soldier opened indiscriminate fire and injured two jawans after he was challenged by a patrol party. In the ensuing encounter, the soldier was killed and one AK-56 rifle and some ammunition were recovered from him. Indian authorities have handed over the body of the Pakistani soldier to its army with military honours. ONLINE
award was well-deserved. He called Masood Khan a “good communicator” and a “great leader of the diplomatic community here”. earlier, Masood Khan paid tributes to Ban Ki-moon’s leadership, saying he symbolised multilateral diplomacy. He especially thanked him for visiting Pakistan in 2010 when the country was hit by devastating floods. He also praised Ban’s gesture of writing a per-
sonal note to Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani education activist who was shot by a Taliban militant and is now receiving treatment in england. The reception was to be held last week but had to be postponed because of a major snow storm. Heads of diplomatic missions accredited to the United Nations, senior UN officials and members of the UN corp of correspondents attended the event.
line with the directives of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has ordered that intra-party elections be held at the federal and provincial levels before February 28. PML-Q Information Secretary Senator Kamil Ali Agha has been nominated chief election commissioner and elections to the post of party president, secretary general and other central offices would be held by February 28. Sources said Shujaat and Mushahid Hussain Sayed are the only candidates for the post of president and secretary general and will certainly be elected for the offices respectively. A meeting of the Central General Council of the PML-Q will be convened in Islamabad for the election of central office bearers. Before that elections will be held in Punjab, Sind, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. The sources said Pervez Elahi will be re-elected party president in Punjab and Chaudhry Zaheeruddin secretary general. After the death of Jam Mohammad Yusuf and Ghaus Bakhsh Mehr’s joining the PML-Functional, the party is looking for new provincial candidates in Balochistan and Sind while Syed Qasim Shah is expected to be made party president in KP. The ECP has made it clear that only those parties would be allowed to contest elections which have held intra-party elections. INP
six ttP terrorists ArresteD iN tAxiLA WAH CANTT: Police, with the help of a lawenforcement agency, foiled a major terror plot in the garrison city of Taxila on Saturday. According to details, police arrested six terrorists belonging to banned outfit Tehreeke-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) recovered six kilogramme of explosives, 110 detonators, 150 meters detonator wire, one hand grenade, three pistols and a large number of bullets. The accused were identified as Rehmat Gul, Alam Khan, Gul Ghani, Gul Muhammad, Naseeb Shah and Fateh Gul. They are all residents of Mohmand Agency. Police have registered a case and started interrogation. APP
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Nations have their ego, just like individuals. –James Joyce
Changes that we need
It is the election system that needs to be changed
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Defections from PPP Only PPP is to blame
eFeCTIONS are not uncommon in Pakistani politics but recently their incidence has become more frequent. Numerous erstwhile Musharraf loyalists have joined the PPP, PML-N or PTI, leaving the PML-Q only a shadow of its past. Interestingly, unlike the Musharraf era when agencies and NAB played a major role in engineering defections, this time legislators are changing parties on their own. This is not done on account of differences over party programme as practically all major parties promise to follow similar economic and social policies. Some leave their parties on account of intra-party rivalries, others on account of a fear that they may not get the party ticket in the forthcoming elections. But a major factor that leads a legislator to join another party is its perceived rating or better chances of winning the elections. With old divisions between the right and left having become redundant, it is natural for the worldly wise politicians to bet on what is widely considered to be the favourite horse. The announcement by 11 legislators belonging to the ruling coalition, nine from the PPP and two from PML-Q, is bound to boost Mian Nawaz Sharif’s morale. Three in the list of the PPP MPAs had in fact made it known three months back that they were joining the PML-N. It was decided to delay the official announcement till an appropriate moment to create a dramatic impact. After Zardari had spent a number of days in Punjab to give final touches to the election plans for the province, this was considered the right time to make the announcement. Manzoor Wattoo, the recently appointed Punjab PPP chief, had taken up the mission to deliver the much coveted province to the Zardari. What one sees happening is altogether different. The former PPP MPA and general secretary of its Punjab chapter till last year has announced joining the PML-N along with his MPA wife. One of the defecting MPAs belongs to Wattoo’s own district. This should provide no solace to PML-Q which was already complaining against Wattoo for causing defection in its ranks because the party has also lost two from its fast dwindling group of 50 MNAs to PML-N. The PPP had been led to believe by former Prime Minister Gilani that by raising the issue of Seraiki province it could turn the tables on the PML-N in South Punjab. That out of the 11 legislators announcing to join PML-N, six are from South Punjab might lead the PPP to rethink the strategy.
our gas woes SNGPL blames OGRA, OGRA blames SNGPL
AKISTAN’S energy problem isn’t a cosmetic one; it runs deeper, much deeper, at system wide issues. Unlike lean and efficient organisations, ours are large and cumbersome one, specifically so when they fail to perform at optimal level. With a rapidly growing urbanisation, the country is facing gas shortage even though it has vast resources of gas and has a neighbour that is willing to provide the same. Considering the government’s propensity to turn a blind eye towards an issue, even as endemic as energy crisis, the statement by Advisor to Prime Minister on Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain to the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources that the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) was on the verge of financial default and hadn’t even have enough money to pay salaries to its employees, shouldn’t really surprise anyone. However, what is surprising is who the minister has blamed for this situation: the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA). He also said that the PM had been requested to provide subsidy to continue the functions of the organisation. Laying the blame on a regulatory body is not going to cut it, that much Dr Asim should know at least. The regulator is not responsible for how the SNGPL operates. It is the gas companies themselves who are to be blamed for this sorry state of affairs. Despite repeated warnings by the regulatory body, they have not been able to stop gas theft, system wide leakages and corruption in the department. Against all the rules of propriety, OGRA allowed SNGPL to recover gas theft and distribution losses from the registered consumers, OGRA Chairman Saeed Khan said. The step, prima facie, seems helping the public entity but in fact it is a dangerous trend as it would make it lethargic enough to lose any interest in plugging the leakages, and dependent on subsidy and government funding. Public entities seem to play tag when something goes wrong. Nobody accepts the blame and just holds the other one responsible. This has to stop, someone has to take responsibility and work out a way to come out of the situation. Unless they do so, not even big projects like the Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline would help. The gas pipeline, construction work on which would be completed in 15 months, will provide the missing pulse in our energy lifeline. However, unless we put our house in order, we are only bound to fail in maximising benefits out of a project like this one.
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eeDLeSS to emphasise that change in the political system is inevitable and almost all the segments of the society except the predatory and anti-democracy elements, are unanimous on the point that the country needs continuation of an uninterrupted democracy to achieve the objectives of its creation and winning a respectable place in the comity of nations. elections are barely three months away – if everything goes well – and all the parties have already launched their election campaigns. New alliances are being stitched and as usual the barbs are being thrown at each other. The focus regrettably is on non-issues instead of the real challenges confronting the country, the strategy to mitigate their debilitating impact on the polity and the way the political culture of the country will be transformed from a catalyst of politics of graft and entitlement into a people friendly democratic polity. There are no two opinions about the fact that the feudal character of our political system is the root cause of all the ills that this country is afflicted with and requires to be replaced by a system that is truly democratic in nature and responsive to the needs of the society. It is interesting to note that out of the 342 seats of the National assembly, nearly 250 constituencies are in the rural and tribal areas and most of the traditional political families and their allies completely dominate these electoral entities. Their assured position of being electable from these constituencies in a system based on single constituency puts them in an unassailable position and every political party has perforce to rely on them to win
required numbers to form the government. They have a well-entrenched vested interest in the continuation of the present system and therefore they use their clout to blackmail the governments and prevent any change inimical to their interests. The culture of corruption and horse trading are the hallmarks of this brand of politics. Majority of these politicians are illiterate or semi-literate and never participate in the deliberations of the parliament. The record reveals that more than half of them have never uttered a single word in the assembly. Politics for them is an industry and they invest to multiply their fortunes through corruption and power that comes with being member of the parliament. In a culture mired in corruption, these members also have reproachable credentials and integrity as has been revealed in the fake degrees scam of the parliamentarians. How can one expect such people to act honestly and axe their own feet by bringing changes in the system. The political parties must learn from history and feel the pulse of the masses. If they fail to cleanse the mess and effect necessary changes, they will become irrelevant to any future arrangement of governance in this country. The PPP, which arguably is the biggest political force in the country with established credentials as party of the masses and a protector of whatever democracy exists in this country, owes it more to the people to take the initiative of changing the feudal character of our politics and reform the process of elections. The best way to break the hold of the feudal lords on the political power in this country is to adopt the system of proportional representation for electing our parliamentarians. Under this system people vote for the parties rather than the individual candidates in a single constituency and the parties get representation in the parliament on the basis of the percentage of votes that they poll. The advantage of this system is that it reflects the real support for the political parties among the masses and also ensures the presence of smaller and regional parties in the parliament making the legislature a truly representative body. The party leaders are spared of the blackmail of the electables and they can nominate really competent and educated people from different walks of national life to represent the party in the parliament. This system also eliminates the possi-
bility of horse trading and floor-crossing for personal gains. To make this system really workable voting will also have to be made compulsory so that every registered voter can exercise his right of franchise. The possibilities of unnecessary wrangling between the political parties on matters like the date of elections and the formation of caretaker setup, must also be removed permanently. Like in US the parties must agree on one date on which the election will be held after every five years and the matter should no more be the prerogative of the sitting government to decide. Similarly, the formation of the caretaker setup should also be decided once and for all so that the parties can focus more on their programmes rather than wasting their energies on non-substantive issues. Judiciary is the most respectable and trusted institution of the country and it would be advisable for the parties to agree on the point that the last retired and living judge of the Supreme Court would head the caretaker setup and he would be free to choose his team to hold free and fair elections and also run the affairs of the government till the new elected government assumes charge. As regards the elimination of corruption in the bureaucracy and at higher echelons of the government, the discretionary powers at all levels should be abolished. That will help to a great extent in tackling the menace of corruption. All these changes should be effected through amendments in the constitution as it would be in the interest of all the parties themselves as well as in the larger interest of the country. The parties have already shown commitment to the national causes by unanimously carrying out eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth amendment in the constitution and also giving their blessings to the adoption of the 7th NFC Award. They must show the same zeal and dedication in changing the system on the foregoing lines to put the country on the course envisioned by the Quaid. It might not be possible to carry out these amendments in a short span of time before the elections as it would require an exhaustive process of deliberations. Therefore, the parties can take up these issues after the lections and have the changes effected within six months and then go to the polls again under the reformed system. The writer is an academic.
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Property in London A London-based Pakistani journalist has informed his readers in his column published in a respectable Urdu daily with largest circulation, that Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Prime Minister of Pakistan, owns property in the most expensive locality of London. If this information is correct, Raja sahib should explain the sources of this investment. Raja Pervaiz Ashraf is never tired of telling the people that he is an ordinary worker of the PPP. Most of the workers of the Party don’t own a house in Pakistan. How come he has managed to purchase expensive property in London? ASGHAR MAHMOOD Islamabad
focus on Lahore The CM of Punjab deserves thousand praises and congratulations for successful completion and inauguration of the Metro Bus Service on a 27km road, albeit, some ugly scenes of beating, manhandling, and thrashing of young doctors by the Punjab Police. The doctors were on a hunger strike for non-acceptance of their demands for service structure. Otherwise, the ceremony was graceful and a wonderful present for people of Lahore, while it is enviable for residents of other cities, especially the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. I feel jealous of the people of Lahore who enjoy a free luxury ride in the new buses. The reason for resentment being that in Lahore the construction of under passes, flyovers, and overheads bridges are carried out within the specified time, with exception of the 6th road flyover, most of the projects for Rawalpindi announced by stalwarts of PMLN have gone ignored. For instance, the mega project of ring road for the city of Rawalpindi from Rawat to Motorway promised by leader of the opposition in the National Assembly and the construction of high rise expressway from GPO to Faizabad announced by Mr Hanif Abbasi and countenanced by the CM have been forsaken. Similarly, another development scheme launched by Gen-
eral Musharraf in 2007 – Leh expressway starting from Amir Chowk to IJ Principal Road, Islamabad– has been shelved. Moreover, the expansion of the railway bridge at Marir Chowk could not be implemented due to the lack of necessary funds by the Punjab government (The News). The commuters and pedestrians suffer a great deal of hardship for this incomplete project as this is the only main intersection linking Rawalpindi city to cantonment. This being the story of Rawalpindi, one of the major cities of the province, one wonders how neglected and deprived would the inhabitants of other cities in the province, especially the South. The CM ought to solve this mystery with his administration, how the projects in the city of Lahore have been completed so swiftly, but projects in other cities of the province have either been shelved or are moving at a snail’s pace. Otherwise, it would reinforce the general perception that main focus of Khadim-e-Ala is on Lahore and vicinity. RAJA SHAFAATULLAH Islamabad
Money makes the mare go After a discomforting refusal of his appeal for the dissolution of eCP, there could be a few options left for Dr Qadri. He is not going to appeal for sure. The other options could be that he either tries for a long march without the approval of the ruling party or goes for elections. As far as elections are concerned, he is not likely to get more than a few seats, or may be just his own which he had in 2002. But, he will have to forego his Canadian nationality. Would he? The most likely option is that he returns to Canada and waits for another “safari”, if so acceptable by those who matter. It all depends on the future strategy of some outside powers, who have miserably failed to get the elections postponed for now. After all, as the history goes, we accepted an ineligible person like Mr Moin Qureshi as our caretaker PM. In a cashstrapped country like ours, money makes the mare go. RASHID MAQSOOD Lahore
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Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. –George Bernard Shaw
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it may take time, but… N
…avoid pessimism in watching Arab change
Al-Huda – an institute that disapproves of photography, festivals, birthday celebrations and other local customs – with urban middle-class women is difficult to explain. Founded by a Scotland-educated woman in the mid-1990s in Islamabad, the school has expanded to 70 locations in urban centres in Pakistan, developed a presence among the Pakistani diaspora in europe and North America, and produced some 15,000 graduates. Sadaf Ahmed, an assistant professor at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, has conducted research on Al-Huda and describes its graduates as “very intolerant and judgmental toward people who were different from them”. Still, the institute helps women define their role and identity in a strict Islamic society and in doing so attracts a growing crowd. Radicals go further in their goal of quashing the trends of globalisation. Attributing all social ills on rampant Westernisation, they’re willing to incite violence to establish a Taliban-style rule for Pakistan. “Western culture, not abuse, is why women seek divorces,” Taliban spokesman ehsanullah ehsan recently told Reuters in response to a question about rising divorce rates in Pakistan. But radicals do not stop at denouncing the Western culture with hate-ridden rhetoric that helps recruit young men into their ranks. They’re urged to destroy property: “Burn a KFC!” “Burn a cinema!” “erase billboards!” All foreign influences are fair game in their pursuit of an ideal Islamic state. Despite the spread of both liberal and conservative values in sections of society, a large majority of Pakistanis continue to be moderate in views and behaviour. Their culture stems from an amalgamation of Islamic values and sub-continental traditions that evolved over centuries in a multi-ethnic India under the Mughal and British rules. Whereas educating women is a natural choice, letting them marry without parental consent is unacceptable to many. Watching Indian cinema is acceptable, but many support censorship of any show of skin or sexuality. easily aroused by religious sentiments, the majority are like conservatives in denouncing un-Islamic practices but act more like liberals in day-to-day activities. A comfortable majority, these moderates so far shrink in silence. The state of Pakistan and majority of its population has been in search of a cultural identity since separation from India in 1947. Since 9/11, both liberals and conservatives have expanded their circles and intensified efforts to win over the silent, moderate majority. If either side succeeds, Pakistan may become a stable society, without internal cultural conflict, mirroring either Turkey or Saudi Arabia.
AV I G ATING this p e r i o d marking the two-year anniversary of the uprisings and revolutions that started to change the face of the Arab world, we are witnessing a dizzying array of conditions across the Arab countries: street demonstrations, clashes between groups of young RAmI G kHOURI activists and police, outright warfare, slow-motion constitutional transformations, the occasional assassination or bombing, elections and referendums, and recurring government crises. It is easy for the observer surveying this slightly chaotic regional picture to give in to pessimism and either to declare the Arab uprisings a messy failure or, at the extreme, to long for the old days of stability and quiet under President Hosni Mubarak and his fellow Arab autocrats. That would be an unfortunate and inaccurate conclusion, because beneath the surface reality of turbulence that occasional turns into violence or stalemate is a much more complex, time-consuming and hopeful trend. The single most important common denominator across the entire Arab world these days is the grinding attempt by citizens to do two things simultaneously that they have always been denied: to write their own constitutions that define the exercise and limits of power for the state and the citizen; and the much more difficult task of agreeing on the nature of the nation-state, which can adequately respond to the identities and interests of different ethnic, religious and regional groupings of citizens who, for the first time ever, are now defining their state and their own citizenship. These two massive challenges and goals – legitimate citizenship and coherent statehood – require complex negotiations among many different domestic players. This process is finally under way, but it is taking place in the midst of severe economic stress and lingering bitterness and distortions emanating from the excesses, thefts and crimes of previous regimes in most Arab countries, and often without stable transitional political institutions or agreed rules of the game. So in Libya, Tunisia, egypt and Yemen the overriding political dynamic is a cacophonous and messy drive to find a workable balance of power among very different groups of citizens that define themselves by their ideological, religious, tribal, geographic or ethnic identities, not to mention the over-arching class tensions between poor and wealthy citizens. In egypt, we see many Christians and secular citizens who are deeply worried about the apparent attempt by the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government to shape the state, and its values and institutions. In Yemen, various groups like the tribal-ethnic Houthis in the north and many independence-minded southerners battle the central government to affirm their rights and interests. In Bahrain, many Shiites and other citizens challenge the state’s tight grip on power that they claim discriminates against them. Many Kuwaitis have spoken out and challenged the state’s manipulation of the election laws to ensure regime-friendly rubber-stamp parliaments. They are demanding a more equitable representation of all trends in the country and greater accountability of government spending. Many other examples across the region reflect this need to agree over the common definition of the values and policies of the state, the relative powers of the central government and of groups of citizens in provincial areas, and the rights of all citizens. One of the most important but under-reported situations reflecting this valiant attempt at state configuration is in Libya. On-going discussions to shape the permanent political system have focused on the drafting of a new Constitution, under the aegis of the constitutional declaration and the transitional government that includes the elected General National Congress, the provisional legislature. Many citizens in the eastern part of Libya around Benghazi agitated politically to change the formation of the constitutional drafting committee from an appointed body to a nationally elected one. These “federalists,” who fear the centralisation of power in Tripoli, have advocated for a major devolution of central government powers to the regions. So the movement toward full parliamentary elections and a permanent constitution in Libya has taken place slowly, because of the time-consuming requirements of achieving consensus among the main political actors at every stage of the process. Libya is a worthy case to study more closely, for like all other Arabs engaged in similar challenges, the citizens of Libya are defining their own country for the first time, without any previous experience in genuine political contestation, statebuilding, constitutionalism or pluralistic politics. So let us be clear about what we are witnessing these days, as we move into the third year of this historic era of Arab self-determination. In Tunisia, egypt, Yemen and Libya, we are seeing the most visible progress in and also severe stresses of indigenous state-building. Bahrain and Syria remain locked in a stage of battling against autocratic legacies. Other states such as Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco and Oman are on the first rung of low-key political agitation by citizens demanding meaningful reform rather than regime change.
Hassan Siddiq studied Grand Strategy at Yale College and is a former investment banker. This article also appeared on YaleGlobal.
The writer Director, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut. He tweets at: @RamiKhouri. This article also appeared in The Daily Star, Lebanon.
Pakistan’s two worlds A majority of Pakistanis are moderate, but the world media seems to focus on extremists HASSAN SIDDIQ
O witness two realities in one country, one needs go no further than a suburban coffee shop in this cultural capital of Pakistan. Among the fashionably dressed men and women sitting there, the news that some radical Muslim has shot a young girl named Malala Yousafzai for the sin of attending school sounds incomprehensible, as if from another world. The dissonance between the two Pakistans is even more dramatic as the globalised world reports more on Malala than media does in the stable, educated part of the country. Since the 9/11 attacks on the United States, Pakistan has evolved to become one country with two disparate cultures. Former President Pervez Musharraf deregulated state control over media, and ever since scores of local and international channels have opened up in the country, exposing Pakistanis to a plethora of issues, new cultures and hip urban lifestyles of global cities. Urban middle class youth are quick to adapt their lifestyles to those of peers in Western cities. Yet the Islamic revivalism wave has not left Pakistan untouched, and various traditional and religious organisations have taken it upon themselves to resist influence of foreign cultures in the country, often in unfortunate and violent ways that get plenty of coverage in international media. The young urban middle class of Pakistan, mostly neglected in international media, are well wired into the world of internet and satellite channels. Managers at multinational corporations, software engineers or customer relation officers by profession, a good number ultimately work for clients and bosses sitting in London, New York and other global hubs. An even larger number of Pakistani professionals maintain active profiles on international freelancing websites, offering services ranging from content writing to iPhone applications development. As a result, Pakistan has been consistently ranked among the top Asian contractors on oDesk, a freelancing website that pays hired workers by the hour. Thousands of young adults who have studied or worked abroad in the Middle east and the United Kingdom returned home to join companies here. Financially independent, the young Pakistani professionals aspire to a modern lifestyle seen on television or experienced abroad. Until a few years ago, the workday’s end would mean changing into baggy shalwar kameez, traditional dress for men and women, catching an hour-long episode of a family-centric sitcom like Alpha Bravo Charlie on national television and eating a roti dinner before heading to bed. Nowadays a night out could entail going out, dressed in fa-
mous Spanish Mango styles, catching Salman Khan in a Bollywood action thriller at the cinema and eating a hamburger at Hardee’s followed by a frozen yogurt at Tutti Frutti. The impact of foreign channels has altered the very fabric of traditional society, challenging the norm of gender segregation and the institution of marriage. “Having watched Bollywood love stories, everyone wants to date and find their own soul-mate,” says Mobeen Khan, a native of Lahore a supply-chain manager at a grocery chain in Saudi Arabia. Most young professionals have studied in coeducational institutions where they inevitably end up dating and subsequently marrying classmates. Dating, long considered immoral, has become the norm among the urban middle class, and liberal parents accept it. “Most of my friends in college were dating each other, and are now happily married with their parental consent,” observed a student of Lahore School of economics, a top coeducation university. Changing values of a younger generation, in turn, make it feasible for the media to display themes that wouldn’t have been discussed in general public a few years ago. For instance, Turkish soap operas, with Western lifestyles and dating norms, have found immense traction in the country. “I doubt there’s anyone in Lahore who has not watched at least one episode of the Turkish drama,” commented a freelance photographer named Mahrukh, referring to Ishq-e-Mamnoo, or Forbidden Love, dubbed in Urdu. explaining the popularity of the show, she continued, “the fact that an Islamic culture was depicted full of adultery and ample eye-candy for both genders gave quite a shock to the viewers who do not have exposure to such mediums.” Although many Pakistanis were shocked by the sitcom’s themes, it sparked a debate in the population about whether Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, envisioned a Turkey-like country at the onset. “If Pakistan were to adopt a culture as depicted in the drama, it would inevitably also have to adopt the values of tolerance and openness in line with the ideals of ‘secularism’ and ‘tolerance’ held by its founding father,” Mahrukh concluded. Of course, not all sections of the society are pleased by cultural transformation in Pakistan’s cities. Conservatives, both purists and radicals, are opposed to foreign influences for a range of reasons and resist change. Purists expect strict Islamic values, along the lines of Saudi Arabian society, and would prefer an end to cultural accretions. Whether madrassas or high-end schools like Al-Huda, conservative education programs attract diverse students ranging from labourers to upper class women. Pakistani observers attribute some of the success of madrassas to the absence of regular schools for Pakistan’s poor. But success of
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OST authors support public libraries - but not Terry Deary, author of the children’s series Horrible Histories. He told The Guardian that “the concept behind libraries... is no longer relevant.” He went on to say, “Because it’s been 150 years, we’ve got this idea that we’ve got an entitlement to read books for free, at the expense of authors, publishers and council tax payers. This is not the Victorian age, when we wanted to allow the impoverished access to literature. We pay for compulsory schooling to do that. ...“Books aren’t public property, and writers aren’t Enid Blyton, middle-class women indulging in a pleasant little hobby. They’ve got to make a living. Authors, booksellers and publishers need to eat. We don’t expect to go to a food library to be fed.” The newspaper points out that Deary, who was the seventh most-borrowed children’s writer from UK libraries last year, will have been paid through the UK’s Public Lending Right scheme, “which gives authors 6.2p every time one of their books is borrowed, up to a cap of £6,600 (approx $10,250).” However, Deary said, “If I sold the book I’d get 30p per book. I get six [thousand], and I should be getting £180,000... Why are all the authors coming out in support of libraries when libraries are cutting their throats and slashing their purses?” Unsurprisingly, some prominent authors have taken to Twitter to express a different sentiment. NEWS DESk
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. — Franz Kafka
ALi shows his resPeCt to soNU
LI Zafar started his career as a singer, and after having a successful run in he managed to make his mark as an actor in Bollywood. he sang for his film ‘mere brother ki dulhan’ besides composing, writing and singing for London, Paris, New York. he also released his latest sufi album “Jhoom” through YRF records. Lately, Ali made an exception for his film Chashme Baddoor. As the story goes, the title track for Chasme baddoor was recorded in Sonu Nigam’s voice before the film started and was initially meant for opening credits. But later David Dhawan decided to use that song entirely on Ali’s character “Sid”, in the film that too in a romantic angle. When Ali heard the track, he suggested to maintain Sonu’s voice rather than dubbing it for himself as he admired and respected the singer a lot and would feel honored to have him sing for him in the film and instead would render a reprise version in his voice for the album, besides other songs in the film. This would be interesting to see. This reminds of the time when mohammad Rafi did play back singing for Kishore Kumar for a song in the latter’s film. NEWS DESk
Films influence society
Tom Cruise sells oﬀ NYC condo for $3m
FARHAn AKHtAR NEWS DESK Filmmaker and actor Farhan Akhtar admits films influence the general public, but says more than the sleazy item songs, what impacts is the way the hero romances his on-screen love interest.“I do believe that films do have an influence. More than the item songs phenomenon, it is in the way our heroes romance our women. I think that’s a very crucial thing and it has changed over the years,” the 39-year-old said during One Billion Rising, a global campaign to raise awareness about gender-based violence across 200 countries. Love on screen has become more open and bold, and this is something that worries Akhtar. “You know there was a time when it was hidden. Then it became very sincere and romantic, and now it has gone into a (different) phase,” he said. He feels introspection is necessary. “everyone needs to be introspective and realise when it is a female celebrating her sexuality, sensuality, her independence or when does the male gaze take over - I think that’s very crucial!”
top rankers for Times Celebex in December A Salman Khan scores almost twice second ranker Akshay Kumar, while Kareena Kapoor overtakes Katrina Kaif to regain the top slot in Times Celebex, India’s first, most definitive and scientific ranking system for Bollywood actors in the month of December Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan edged their way back to the top of Times Celebex powered by zoOm! in the month of December. Launched in September, the Times Celebex is a monthly rating index based on several measurable parameters, including the stars’ Box-Office performance, their ability to stay in the news across print, TV and online, their brand endorsement, and their popularity among fans on the internet and social media. These are taken cumulatively to assign the actors a final rank called the ‘T Score’. While SRK had the highest T Score in November, he slipped to the number 3 slot in December. Salman, with 89 points gained the top spot, and was just one point short of Akshay and SRK combined for the month of December. Times Celebex is a scientific and robust ranking system based on data collected from 200+ publications and 250+ TV channels, making it the first ever ranking system for Bollywood. We have put together the stars’ ranking for the month of December. The rating for January will be announced on March 1. NEWS DESk
TIMES CELEBEx RANKERS( FEMALE) S.No Actor T Score T Rank 1 Kareena Kapoor 54.5 1 2 Katrina Kaif 44 2 3 Sonakshi Sinha 35 3 4 Priyanka Chopra 31 4 5 Deepika Padukone 23 5 6 Anushka Sharma 21 6 7 Madhuri Dixit 20 7 8 Vidya Balan 19.8 8 9 Aishwarya Rai 19.5 9 10 Rani Mukherji 18.5 10 TIMES CELEBEx RANKERS( MALE) S.No Actor T Score T Rank 1 Salman Khan 89 1 2 Akshay Kumar 48 2 3 Shah Rukh Khan 42 3 4 Aamir Khan 39 4 5 Saif Ali Khan 28.5 5 6 Amitabh Bachchan 26 6 7 Hrithik Roshan 18 7 8 Ranbir Kapoor 15.5 8 9 Ajay Devgn 15 9 10 John Abraham 13.8 10
Tom Cruise has quietly sold his condo in New York City’s east Village neighborhood earlier this month for a reported 3 million dollars. The apartment, housed in the star-studded American Felt building, was one of the actor’s first homes, according to real-estate site Zillow. It measured a modest (by celebrity standards) 2,200 square feet, with two bedrooms, two baths, and a third room that Cruise converted into a gym. He previously shared the unit with ex-wives Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes, with whom he has a 6-year-old daughter, Suri. “He just doesn’t really need it anymore,” a source told Us magazine. “He’s barely in the city...The only reason to keep it was when he had Suri and Katie and needed a real home in the city for them,” the source added. Another possible factor in the actor’s decision to sell, according to the source is that he’s got memories attached to it. Zillow reports that Cruise is looking for another property in Manhattan, but an insider said that he may also seek something outside the city. NEWS DESk
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He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals. — Immanuel Kant
Is Ashton Kutcher cheating on Mila Kunis?
gets a secret admirer on Valentine’s Day
e C R e T admirer gifted a dozen tender coconuts to the actress while she was shooting for an ad in Goa. Sounds like someone we know... Deepika Padukone does seem to be cupid’s favourite child this season. The actress not only shares warm vibes with her former boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor, she has found love again in Ranveer Singh, who follows her from Dongri to Dubai with admirable devotion. To top it all, on February 14, the actress was at the happy receiving end of a rather ingenuous gift from a ‘secret admirer’. Deepika was shooting for an ad in Goa, when the incident happened. An eyewitness from the unit told TOI: “Deepika was shooting in South Goa for an ad. It was a small team which had a meeting with Deepika and began filming soonafter.” The shoot went on for a while, and Deepika would return to her vanity van between her takes. After one such take, a member from the unit approached her with a tender coconut saying someone had just dropped by and requested to hand it over to her. It was no ordinary coconut, but came with little hearts, ribbons and flowers. “Deepika glanced at it and asked the unit member to put it aside. She then got busy with her shoot,” said the eye witness. But the tender gifts would not stop. every 60 minutes or so, a mysterious stranger would drop a piece of tender coconut for her and disappear. The shoot went on for the whole day. It was only in the evening, when Deepika was about to return to the vanity, that she noticed - there were at least a dozen tender coconuts waiting for her. The dimpled actress burst out laughing. She picked one up and went inside and discovered there was a note attached to it that said: “Here is some tender love and care to the only girl and I am mad about.” Deepika happily shared the note and the tender coconuts with the rest of crew. When TOI got in touch with her, she said she was “extremely touched” by her fan’s gesture and his “unique idea.” The crew is still clueless about the identity of Deepika’s secret admirer. But we hear, the actress spent the rest of the evening with a Mona Lisa smile on her face. Perhaps she knows more than we will ever know...
Happy to play my age in ‘Policegiri’: Prachi Desai NEWS DESK On screen, Bollywood actress Prachi Desai has often played characters much older than her 24 years. But she is glad that she plays her age in Sanjay Dutt-starrer “ Policegiri”. “Sanjay plays a cop in the film and I play a software engineer, and I am happy that I got to play my age,” Prachi told IANS. Talking about her character in the film, Desai said it is a very colourful one. “She is a livewire and brings in energy all the time. even when everything is pretty serious, the character is someone who comes in and changes the scene,” she said. Her experience of working with Sanjay Dutt was “amazing”. “He is such a great actor and it was amazing to work with him. When I work with such experienced actors, I keep watching and admiring the way they work,” said the actress, who began her career in showbiz with TV show “Kasamh Se” and made her Bollywood debut with “Rock On!!”. “Policegiri” is the Hindi remake of Tamil film “Saamy”.
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NEWS DESK Ashton Kutcher is allegedly already cheating on Mila Kunis with, weirdly enough, an acquaintance of Sara Leal - the woman he alleged bedded which lead to his split with Demi Moore. A co-worker of Leal’s revealed a photo of the 35-year-old actor in his pajamas - a photo her friend sent her. She showed Leal the photo and claimed that her friend was dating him. Leal cared enough to send Kunis a warning. “It could just be an innocent picture, but I think it’s also possible he’s not dating Mila exclusively. Not
just because of that photo, but because he’s cheated before. That would definitely be a red flag for me, if I were dating someone who’d cheated on their wife. I would hate for Mila to have the same experience as Demi. I wouldn’t wish that situation on anyone,” she said. Leal advised the ‘Black Swan’ star not to trust Kutcher. “Once a cheater, always a cheater. If I were Mila I’d be careful, he doesn’t have the best track record. But she’s obviously willing to take that risk, the Sun quoted her as saying. She said that if she was dating a guy that had cheated on his wife, she would be a little suspicious. It would probably make her extra crazy and extra insecure, she said. She would definitely keep an eye out.
Shobhaa De cancels visit to Karachi Literature Festival NEWS DESK Mumbai-born writer Shobhaa De has also canceled her visit to the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF). The move comes a day after Indian poet Gulzar and film director Vishal Bhardwaj returned to India from Pakistan apparently over security fears. According to the express Tribune, the KLF organisers tweeted from their account that Shobhaa De cancelled because she said her visa was issued too late.“She’d like to attend #KLF next year and we hope very much that she does,” they added. The Mumbaiborn writer tweeted from her own account late on Wednesday that the delay in her visa was the main cause for her decision. Though, she gave into some conspiracy talk speculating whether the visa was deliberately delayed, the report said.
‘Argo’ director Aﬄeck to present at Oscars NEWS DESK Ben Affleck will join the presenting cast for next week’s Oscars, organizers said Thursday, despite the perceived snub that saw him miss the best director nominees’ shortlist. “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence, nominated for best actress for romcom “Silver Linings Playbook,” and Jessica Chastain, frontrunner for her role in Osama bin Laden manhunt film “Zero Dark Thirty,” will also present awards. Affleck’s Iran hostage crisis drama “Argo” is nominated for best picture Oscar — and could cause an upset for veteran Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” after sweeping up top prizes during Hollywood’s awards season so far. But the actor-filmmaker was seen as having been snubbed when he failed to make the director nominees’ list, announced in January. “Zero Dark Thirty” director Kathryn Bigelow was also left off, raising some eyebrows. Nevertheless, being asked to present at the Academy Awards is hardly an invitation to refuse, especially with a film in the running for the top prize at the 85th Academy Awards, on February 24. Affleck, Lawrence and Chastain join an already stellar cast of presenters, including Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Mark Wahlberg and his foul-mouthed cuddly companion, Ted. “ The Avengers” cast members
Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo will also present, as will 2011 Oscar winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep. On Monday, the Oscar show’s producers announced that the stars of “Chicago” — Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones — will reunite on the 10th anniversary of the film’s best picture Oscar win. Former Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe will also present, as well as Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The Oscars, the climax of Hollywood’s annual awards season, have a musical theme this year, with highlights set to include Britain’s Adele singing Oscar-nominated 007 theme tune “Skyfall.” Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand also will perform. It will be Streisand’s first Academy Awards performance since 1977, when she sang the winning song f r o m “A Star Is Born.”
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Two thousand years ago, we lived in a world of Gods and Goddesses. Today, we live in a world solely of Gods. Women in most cultures have been stripped of their spiritual power. –Dan Brown
Boy declared pregnant, sues kazakh medics
INFOTAINMENT Sunday, 17 February, 2013
Now other people can promote your facebook posts Ever promoted one of your Facebook posts? Yeah, neither have we. But Facebook is apparently hoping we'll be more excited about promoting other people's thoughts, announcements, and cat photos. Yesterday it began rolling out a new feature that allows you to pay to promote your friend's posts, TechCrunch reports. And it doesn't give you any say in whether someone else can promote your post. While the promoted post will respect privacy settings, it "could still make you look like a self-important prick," Josh Constine observes for TechCrunch. The feature is being rolled out slowly, and will initially only be available to people with fewer than 5,000 friends and subscribers. In its announcement, Facebook envisioned worthy uses for the feature, like publicizing a friend's marathon for charity. But as Constine notes, "A friend could jokingly promote an embarrassing photo of me, or my status about something bad happening to me." Despite the stigma attached to paying for post visibility, there is a decent reason to do it; Facebook only shows your average, non-promoted Facebook post to just 16% of your friends. NEWS DESk
scientists eye sArs-like virus, confirm 11th case British officials say a mysterious virus related to SARS may have spread between humans, as they confirmed the 11th case worldwide of the new coronavirus in a patient who probably caught it from a family member. The new virus was first identified last year in the Middle East, and the 10 people who have previously been infected had all travelled to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, or Pakistan. The latest patient is a UK resident with no recent travel to any of those countries but who had close personal contact with an earlier case. The patient is in intensive care at a Birmingham hospital. Of the 11 cases to date, five people have died. Health experts still aren't sure how humans are being infected. The new coronavirus is most closely related to a bat virus, and scientists are considering whether bats or other animals like goats or camels are a possible source of infection. The new coronavirus is part of a family of viruses that cause ailments including the common cold and SARS. In 2003, a global outbreak of SARS killed about 800 people worldwide. NEWS DESk
sleep texting is on the rise, experts suggest
eeNS are known for being dependent on their cell phones -exchanging as many as 60 text messages a day -- but are they so attached to their devices that they'll respond to texts while they're sleeping? Yes, say some experts -- and the behaviour is becoming more common. earlier this week, a CBS affiliate in Philadelphia spoke with Dr. elizabeth Dowdell, a professor of nursing at Villanova University, who believes that more and more teens may be texting in their sleep. "It's something new. We're just starting to get a handle on it," Dowdell told The Huffington Post. "I think that we will start to see more of this as cell phones become much more accessible at all ages." With sleep texting, the beep of a cell phone lightly awakens a person, so he or she will reach over and respond to a message (sometimes with jibberish). However, the person has no memory of having done so in the morning. Dowdell explained that while she has not conducted research on this particular phenomenon, she's
seen enough anecdotal evidence to suspect that it is on the rise. The professor initially heard about the practice from one of her students who mentioned that she had been texting people while she was sleeping. When Dowdell went on to bring the subject up in one her classes, many students admitted having done the same. People said they learned about their behaviour either from friends who were perplexed by their messages, or by reviewing their texting history themselves. Dowdell currently studies teens and online behaviour and noted that many of the parents she encounters in her research say that their kids are too tied to technology and aren't getting enough sleep. She believes the beeping of their cell phones late at night could be contributing to the problem. Dr Michael Breus, a clinical psychologist and sleep specialist, confirmed to The Huffington Post that based on what he's heard from his patients, he, too, believes that sleep texting may be increasing -- and among adults, no less. "With the advent of texting, I would absolutely say there's a significant uptick in this type of thing," Breus said. Because teens often sleep with their phones next to their
beds, they might be more susceptible to sleep texting. (Research has shown that four out of five teens sleeps with their phone nearby.) But Breus said that any person who receives texts at night and keeps his or her phone close -- with the ringer on -- could be vulnerable to replying back. Still, communicating during sleep isn't a new activity; texting is just the newest way in which people do so. Breus noted that people have long answered phone calls in the middle of the night with little recollection the next day. Such behaviour has, for years, been referred to as the "on call effect," because doctors who get woken up by pages and respond sometimes don't recall the conversations later. "It's basically what we call an arousal disorder. Somebody gets woken up [by an outside stimulus] but is not completely awake from the process of sleeping," said Breus. "People will reach over, and not even half awake, will start answering their texts." While there still are no scientific studies on sleep texting to give an indication of how widespread the practice is (or isn't), reports of doctors noticing the trend started to surface as early as 2011.
Mexican 'Ape woman' buried after 150 years NEWS DESK An indigenous Mexican woman put on display in Victorian-era europe because of a rare genetic condition that covered her face in thick hair was buried in her home state on Tuesday in a ceremony that ends one of the best-known episodes from an era when human bodies were treated as collectible specimens. With her hairy face and body, jutting jaw and other deformities, Julia Pastrana became known as the "ape woman" after she left the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa in 1854, when she was 20, and was taken around the United States by showman Theodore Lent, according to a Nor-
wegian commission that studied her case. She sang and danced for paying audiences, becoming a sensation who also toured europe and Russia. She and Lent married and had a son, but she developed a fever related to complications from childbirth, and died along with her baby in 1860 in Moscow. Her remains ended up at the University of Oslo, Norway. After government and private requests to return her body, the university shipped her remains to the state of Sinaloa, where they were laid to rest. "Julia Pastrana has come home," said Saul Rubio Ayala, mayor of her hometown of Sinaloa de Leyva. "Julia has been reborn among us. Let us never see another woman be turned into an object of commerce." After a Roman Catholic Mass in a local church, Pastrana's coffin was carried to the town cemetery and buried as a band played traditional music. "The story is so important," said visual artist Laura Anderson Barbata, who campaigned for Pastrana's return to Sinaloa. "Bringing her back here is a way of recovering it." Pastrana's repatriation is part of a broader movement among museums and academic institutions to send human remains gathered during the european colonization of Latin America, Africa and Asia back to their countries and tribal lands. Hundreds of thousands of remains have left cultural institutions in the U.S., europe and Australia since the repatriation movement began in the late 1980s, when a new generation of anthropologists, archaeologists curators began grappling with the colonial legacies of their disciplines, said Tiffany Jenkins, author of "Contesting Human Remains in Museum Collections: the crisis of cultural authority." "They've been symbolic, in a way, of making an apology," Jenkins said.
mOSCOW: A male pregnancy is definitely a medical sensation grabbing headlines worldwide. A 15-year-old Kazakh boy was recently declared pregnant, given a handful of erroneous medical prescriptions and a bill for 50,000 tenge ($330). Of course, Baizhan Aldashev was never really pregnant. But the boy was pronounced "with child" at a hospital in Aktobe city, where he was treated for kidney problems. The teenager was discharged with a medical prescription that listed pregnancy among his health issues. The prescription was a mistake by an overworked doctor, not a medical discovery of the millennium, the hospital's director explained. But the confused teenager still took the prescribed medication for a while, which, his family claimed, gave him a severe allergy while doing nothing to alleviate kidney problems. The Aldashevs sued the hospital for 10 million tenge ($66,000), but the court slashed the sum upon reviewing the case. "We will appeal, most likely. Fifty thousand - that's ridiculous, you know," a family representative said. INP
swiss Mona Lisa 'is the original' New tests on a painting billed as the original version of the Mona Lisa have produced fresh proof that it is the work of Leonardo, a Swiss-based art foundation has said. The tests on his 15th century portrait were carried out by a specialist in "sacred geometry" and by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in the wake of the Geneva unveiling of the painting, the Isleworth Mona Lisa, last September. "When we add these new findings to the wealth of scientific and physical studies we already have, I believe anyone will find the evidence of a Leonardo attribution overwhelming," said David Feldman, vice-president of the foundation. The Mona Lisa in the Louvre for over three centuries has long been regarded as the only one painted by Leonardo, although there have been copies, and claims for the Swiss-held one were dismissed by some experts last year. But it also won support in the art world, encouraging the Zurich-based Mona Lisa Foundation – an international group that says it has no financial interest in the work – to pursue efforts to demonstrate its authenticity. Feldman, an Irish-born international art and stamp dealer, said he was contacted after the public unveiling of the portrait – which shows a much younger woman than in the Louvre – by the Italian geometrist Alfonso Rubino. "He has made extended studies of the geometry of Leonardo's Vitruvian Man [a sketch of a youth with arms and legs extended] and offered to look at our painting to see if it conformed," said Feldman. The conclusion by the Padua-based Rubino was that the Isleworth portrait – named after the London suburb where it was kept by the British art connoisseur Hugh Blaker 80-90 years ago – matched Leonardo's geometry and must be his. NEWS DESk
Daily drink hikes risk of cancer death You may not consider yourself a heavy drinker, but even a relatively small amount of alcohol seems to raise the risk of death from cancer, a study finds. Researchers found that having a drink and a half or less per day was associated with 7,000 of the 19,500 annual booze-linked cancer deaths, NBC News reports. The US sees some 577,000 cancer deaths each year, which means 3.5% of those are related to alcohol, the study notes. To put the figure in perspective, 14,000 people died from ovarian cancer in 2009; 9,000 died from melanoma that same year. But the alcohol connection isn't a widely publicized one; indeed, this study is the first major review of the subject in three decades. Some 15% of breast cancer deaths were tied to alcohol; among men, mouth, throat and esophageal cancers were commonly tied to booze, CBC reports. In short, 'there is no safe threshold for alcohol and cancer risk," the researchers say. It's still not clear how alcohol boosts cancer, but previous studies have found it ups women's estrogen and helps tobacco chemicals enter the digestive tract, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. NEWS DESk
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oDi fielding restrictions big test for bowlers: Mills
I look back at the match against West Indies (in the Super Six stage) now and I know we did not perform to our best. We have to play well to beat them in the Women World Cup final today. â€“ Australian captain Fields
sAeeD AjMALâ€™s thirD Best BowLiNg iN tests S
The changes made to the 50-overs game's fielding-restrictions rules could be the biggest challenge for the bowlers going into the New Zealand-england ODIs, fast bowler Kyle Mills believes. As per the new rules that took effect from October 30, 2012, only four fielders can be placed beyond the 30-yards circle even outside of the Powerplay overs. This, Mills said, made things particularly difficult for the fielding team at the compact New Zealand grounds. "That [four fielders outside the circle] is pretty hard to bowl to," Mills told the New Zealand Herald. "And I imagine even more so on New Zealand grounds. Having only four out at eden Park [Auckland], Hamilton and even Napier is going to be a real test of bowlers' skills. It's going to be a huge challenge for all the bowlers in the series." New Zealand are coming off a 2-1 defeat to england in the Twenty20 series, but Mills said that will not have a negative impact on the hosts. He pointed to New Zealand's one-day series victory in South Africa last month, which followed a thrashing in the Tests, as evidence that previous results hold no sway over the team's mindset. "I guess we didn't have the battle scars from what happened in the Tests. The nature of international cricket now is, when you're chopping from series to series, and different formats, you can often put things that happened previously to bed quite quickly." Captain Brendon McCullum also said he expected his team to recover quickly from the loss. "We expected to win the T20 series coming in to it. So to lose it, we are obviously disappointed about that," he said.
AeeD Ajmal recorded best bowling against South Africa in Tests by taking six for 96 in 42 overs on the third day of the second Test match at Newlands, Cape Town on Saturday (February 16). It was also his third best overall after seven for 55 against england at Dubai in 2011-12 and six for 42 against West Indies at Providence in 201011. In two previous Tests against them he had taken four wickets at 84.75. Robin Pieterson recorded his highest individual score in Test cricket by making 84 in 152 minutes off 106 balls with 15 fours. His previous highest was 61 in 166 minutes off 109 balls with eight fours against Bangladesh at Dhaka in 2002-03. Robin Peterson and Vernon Philander set up a new record for the eighth wicket against Pakistan in South Africa by adding 67 runs. It was South Africa's third best eighth wicket stand against Pakistan after 124run stand between Gary Kirsten and Pat Symcox at Faisalabad in 1997-98 and 88 runs partnership between Mark Boucher and Paul Harris at Lahore in 2007-08. Nicky Boje and Mark Boucher's 58-run stand at Durban in 2002-03 was the previous best eighth wicket stand for South Africa against Pakistan in South Africa. Pakistan took a lead of 12 runs after dismissing South
Africa for 326 in 102.1 overs. Pakistan made 328 in 116.2 overs. It was only second time in 11 Test matches when Pakistan took first innings lead over South Africa in South Africa. Pakistan took a first innings lead for the first time at Durban in 1997-98. After making 259 in 73.2 overs, Pakistan bowled out South Africa for 231 in 90 overs.
FOR THE RECORD FIGURES 7-55 6-42 6-96 5-68 5-69
OPPONENT england West Indies south africa sri Lanka West Indies
VENUE dubai Providence Cape town dubai Providence
SEASON 2011-12 2010-11 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11
BEST EIGHTH WICkET STAND FOR SA AGAINST PAkISTAN: RUNS BATSmEN 124 Gary Kirsten and Pat symcox 88 Mark Boucher and Paul harris 67 robin Peterson and Vernon Philander 59 abraham de Villiers and dale steyn 58 nicky Boje and Mark Boucher
VENUE SEASON Faisalabad 1997-98 Lahore 2007-08 Cape town 2012-13 abu dhabi 2010-11 durban 2002-03
ICC admits error in Kallis dismissal CAPE TOWN AGENCIES
The ICC has admitted its Playing Control Team (PCT) made "an honest error" while applying the DRS to the Jacques Kallis review on the second day of the Newlands Test and that the batsman was erroneously given out. Kallis was given out after an appeal that Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore confirmed was for a bat-pad catch off Saeed Ajmal's bowling. Umpire Steve Davis upheld the appeal but the batsman immediately asked for a review. Hot Spot replays indicated there was no bat involved, so it couldn't be out caught, but the ball had both pitched and hit Kallis' pad well in line with the stumps and the ball-tracking indicated that it would have clipped leg stump, which was shown to be an umpire's call. As a result, Kallis was instead given out lbw, after input from the third umpire, Billy Bowden. The playing conditions allow for the method of dismissal to be changed during a review but have specific terms under which that can be done. Point 3.3 (f) in the playing conditions states: "The third
umpire shall not withhold any factual information which may help in the decision making process, even if the information is not directly prompted by the on-field um-
pire's questions. In particular, in reviewing a dismissal, if the third umpire believes that the batsman may instead be out by any other mode of dismissal, he shall ad-
vise the on-field umpire accordingly. The process of consultation described in this paragraph in respect of such other mode of dismissal shall then be conducted as if the batsman has been given not out." So when it was evident Kallis could not be out caught, because he had not hit the ball, the evidence for an lbw decision should have been considered from the point of view that the on-field umpire had ruled it not out. The projected path of the ball clipping leg stump - was then an umpire's call, according to the DRS, and Kallis would have been not out. "The PCT made an honest error in this extremely rare situation," the ICC said in a release. "The umpires followed usual umpiring principles in giving Kallis out lbw on umpire's call the review was for the batsman out caught. This is because the normal principle is that an appeal covers all forms of dismissal. "However, the playing conditions state that when the third umpire observes that the batsman could be out by another mode of dismissal, the decision being reviewed using DRS should be as if the batsman had been originally given not out.
New Zealand focus switches to England ODIs WILLINGTON AGENCIES
New Zealand's ability to "bounce back", as captain Brendon McCullum described it, will be seriously put to the test in the first match of their one-day international series against england in Hamilton on Sunday. "We expected to win the T20 series coming into it and we're disappointed to lose it," McCullum told reporters in Wellington on Friday after being beaten in the final Twenty20 game by 10 wickets to go down 2-1 in that series. "I thought we bounced back strongly in the second game," he added in reference to New Zealand's victory by 55 runs in Hamilton. "But I expect us to bounce back strongly in the first of the one-dayers. "That's a characteristic of this team at the moment. Our ability to bounce back and we are going to have to do so because england will be very confident." The three-match one-day series against Alastair Cook's team brings added significance to McCullum's side as they look towards the
2015 World Cup that New Zealand will cohost with Australia. Director of cricket John Buchanan has said the focus for the team over the next two years will be on the one-day game. Coach Mike Hesson has also explained his selections will reduce over the next few months for their tour of england and the Champions Trophy tournament in June as he forms a squad he expects to take the Kiwis through to 2015. New Zealand are playing their best cricket in the 50-over format, having beaten South Africa 2-1 in a series last month. "It's less frenetic. You can play okay in parts of the game but you're not necessarily out of it," McCullum said when asked if the 50over game was more suited to his team's style. "In one-day cricket, because it lasts a fraction longer, you are able to fight your way back into the game and I think we have a reasonable game plan especially with our batting and obviously we welcome back Kyle Mills who's an experienced bowler for us in that form of the game." Mills's accuracy with the ball will be
welcomed by New Zealand after they struggled against england in two of the Twenty20s, bowling too straight and full, unlike england's pace attack who banged the ball in hard just back of a length. england's Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad, who now hands over to one-day and test skipper Cook, said he felt the quick turnaround would not be a problem for the team, given the arrival of world-class players like Cook and off-spinner Graeme Swann. "We have not met up as a one-day group yet," Broad said. "The guys who have had a month or three weeks off will obviously be finding their way back into cricket and it's not easy to do in international cricket. "It's a pretty tight schedule and it will be important we pick up where we left off (on Friday). "I think the one-day series is over in six days or a week so there's no time for any slipups and we will have to hit the ground running." The second match is on Wednesday in Napier with the final game in Auckland on Feb. 23.
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This tournament has been real rollercoaster for us. There have been lots of ups and downs. But I guess that’s where the true spirit lies. – West Indies captain Merissa Aguilleira
PAkistAN, soUth AfriCA MAtCh hANgs iN BALANCe CAPE TOWN
india begin training camp in Bangalore SPORTS DESK: India's conditioning camp in preparation for the four-Test series began on Saturday in Bangalore. This is a three-day camp after which the team will move to Chennai for the first Test, which begins on February 22. Over two sessions that lasted about three-anda-half hours each, all the batsmen got a decent hit out in the middle as opposed to just nets sessions, and the bowlers got long spells. In between, there was enough time for the team trainer, Ramji Srinivasan, to put the players through their paces. The new mask that some of the Indian players have been using for training was on display too. It simulates high-altitude training by reducing the oxygen supply, which helps condition the lungs and builds endurance. The surprise of the day was when Virender Sehwag emerged wearing prescription glasses. However, he didn't bat wearing them, which means they can't be high-power glasses. He has had these new glasses for about a week. The highlight of the day was a temporary cloth sight screen that caught fire. As it happens at stadiums, there was some renovation work on, which involved welding, and the sparks caused the fire. No incident occurred, a new sight screen was erected, and all it resulted in was a five-minute break and a bit of smoke. There were no injury concerns to report. Ishant Sharma, whose quick and sudden trip to Australia had caused a few doubts over his fitness, bowled at full pelt. Irfan Pathan and L Balaji, who have been rehabilitating at the National Cricket Academy, which is housed in the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, also had a bowl.
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Discussions on for floodlights for sabina Park
AKISTAN were 100 for three in their second innings at the close of play on the third day of the second test against South Africa at Newlands on Saturday. With the lead now 112, the match is on knife’s edge. Pakistan made 338 in the first innings and then in the second innings are playing at 100 for three wickets with Azhar Ali 45 not out while South Africa was bowled out for 326. earlier, South Africa's opening bowlers struck early again on the third day of the second test against Pakistan on Saturday by dismissing both opening batsmen without scoring in the visitors' second innings. At tea Pakistan were 25 for two, an overall lead of 37, after dismissing South Africa for 326 in their first innings. Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed both succumbed lbw to Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander respectively, leaving Azhar Ali on 19 and Younus Khan on five the task of rebuilding the innings in the face of some top-quality swing bowling. earlier, Robin Peterson had powered South Africa to within 12 of Pakistan's first innings total with his highest test score of 84 from 106 balls that included 15 fours. His only previous test halfcentury came against Bangladesh a decade ago. The left-arm spinner has not had a great game with the ball, but showed his value as an all-rounder at number eight as he completely changed the momentum of
PAkISTAN FIRST INNINGS 338 (YOUNUS kHAN 111, ASAD SHAFIQ 111; V.PHILANDER 5/59) South Africa first innings (139 for five overnight) G. Smith lbw Ajmal 19 A. Petersen c Azhar Ali b Ajmal 17 25 H. Amla lbw b Ajmal 28 F. du Plessis c Younus khan b Ajmal 2 J. kallis lbw b Ajmal AB de Villiers c Gul b Irfan 61 D. Elgar c Younus khan b Ajmal 23 84 R. Peterson c Gul b Hafeez 22 V. Philander c Jamshed b Irfan 10 D. Steyn c Sarfraz b Irfan m. morkel not out 8 Extras (b-12 lb-8 nb-7) 27 326 Total (all out, 102.1 overs) Fall of wickets: 1-36 2-50 3-84 4-102 5-109, 6-164, 7-210, 8-277, 9-303, 10-326. Bowling: Umar Gul 20-5-74-0, Tanvir Ahmed 10-4-26-0 (2nb), mohammad Irfan 21-1-86-3 (5nb), Saeed Ajmal 42-9-96-6, mohammad Hafeez 9.1-1-24-1. PAkISTAN SECOND INNINGS 0 mohammad Hafeez lbw Steyn Nasir Jamshed lbw Philander 0 45 Azhar Ali not out 14 Younus khan b Steyn misbah-ul-Haq not out 36 5 Extras (lb-2 w-3) Total (for three wickets, 44 overs) 100 Fall of wickets: 1-0 2-7 3-45. Bowling: Steyn 9-2-24-2, Philander 11-4-26-1, morkel 3.1-0-80, Peterson 15-5-32-0, kallis 5.5-2-8-0. South Africa won the toss and elected to field.
the innings. It was tough again early on for the batsman. AB de Villiers and Dean elgar added 25 runs to South Africa's overnight 139 for five before the latter became Saeed Ajmal's sixth victim of the innings. Left-hander elgar (23) flashed at a tossed-up delivery that gripped on the surface and caught the edge, flying to Younus Khan at slip. Peterson joined de Villiers at the crease and the pair stepped up the scoring
rate, adding 46 for the seventh wicket in 11 overs with the former reaching his 32nd half-century before he became the first test wicket for Mohammad Irfan. De Villiers (61) tried to place a legside delivery through mid-wicket, but was too early into the shot and spooned the ball to Umar Gul at mid-on. Philander (22) batted for an hour with Peterson as they put on 67 in 14 overs before he received a well-directed bouncer from Irfan that reared up, caught a leading
edge and looped to Nasir Jamshed at point. Steyn (10) showed intent in his brief knock that came to an end when he was caught behind by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed. Peterson was the last to go attempting to launch a six off part-time off-spinner Hafeez, but succeeding only in picking out Gul on the long-on boundary. Ajmal finished with figures of six for 96 from 42 overs, while Irfan collected three for 86 in 21 overs in his debut test.
SPORTS DESK The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) are working on setting up floodlights in Kingston's Sabina Park, in preparation for the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) that begins on July 29. Jamaica was among the six Caribbean countries named at the league's launch earlier this week, which are in line to house a franchise and host matches in the tournament. Of the six proposed hosts, Sabina Park is the only ground without floodlights, reportedly a criterion for holding CPL games. "At this moment the JCA have been in discussion with the ministries of tourism and sports, and a number of agencies that support those ministries," WICB vice-president Whycliffe Cameron told the Jamaica Observer. "It [getting the lights in time for the CPL] can be done and in another week or two there should be an announcement." It would take around 22 weeks to install the lights, Cameron said, and if there was any delay in the procedure, a stopgap solution could be employed to have the ground ready for the CPL. "One of the quotes suggested 22 weeks from confirmation to installation of lights. There is also a temporary solution: you could ship in the lights and have them on trucks and when the tournament is over the lights can be put up permanently."
Gambhir leads India A with hundred GAUTAM GAMBHIR AND ROHIT SHARMA STRUCK FORM ON THE OPENING DAY AGAINST THE AUSTRALIANS CHENNAI AGENCIES
Australia's bowlers were made to toil for wickets on the opening day of their second warm-up match against India A in Chennai. After deciding to bat, India A were led by their captain Gautam Gambhir, who struck a hundred only days after being dropped for the first two Tests against Australia. It was his first first-class hundred since his 116
against Bangladesh in January 2010. He was accompanied by Jiwanjot Singh in an opening partnership of 67 before Jiwanjot edged Xavier Doherty to Shane Watson at first slip. Gambhir was going strong and brought up his halfcentury with two consecutive sixes off left-arm spinner Ashton Agar. His innings also ended with a catch to Watson, giving Moises Henriques his only wicket for the day. Rohit Sharma, also eyeing a place in the Test squad, struck form with a halfcentury that included eight fours and three sixes. Rohit and Abhishek Nayar were dismissed in consecutive overs from Doherty, the only Australian bowler to show any signs of success against the
Indian batsmen. India A were 272 for 4 and Manoj Tiwary and CM Gautam put on 66 and batted until stumps. Tiwary was unbeaten on 77 and Gautam on 34. Tiwary's innings was competition to Rohit's half-century as the two are on the fringes of the India Test squad. Opening bowlers Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle bowled 30 overs together, including nine maidens, but failed to pick any wickets. Spinners Nathan Lyon and Agar were expensive in their spells, Lyon conceding 97 in his 20 overs and Agar conceding 78 runs at six runs per over. SCORE: India A 338 for 4 (Gambhir 112, Rohit 77, Tiwary 77*, Doherty 3-69) v Australians.
IoC, oCA put its weight behind Arif Hasan’s PoA LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) put their weight behind Gen Arif Hasan’s Pakistan Olympics Association and directed to end any controversy in the Olympics family through dialogue. The IOC and the OCA met in Lausanne yesterday with IOC member Syed Shahid Ali and the President of the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA), Lt Gen. (Retired) Syed Arif Hasan. During this meeting, all aspects of the situation currently prevailing within the Olympic Movement in Pakistan were carefully reviewed and it was noted and determined that: The POA had conducted its regular quadrennial elections on 4 February 2012 in a fair, transparent and democratic manner, in the presence of IOC and OCA observers, IOC member Syed Shahid Ali and all members of the POA General Assembly. The procedure, outcomes and results of the POA elective General Assembly of 4 February 2012 had been fully accepted by all can-
didates and by all members of the POA General Assembly, and have therefore been duly recognised by the IOC and OCA. As a consequence, the IOC and OCA reiterate their full support to the legitimate POA - headed by Lt Gen. (Retired) Syed Arif Hasan - which is the sole and unique body recognised by the IOC and which has exclusive jurisdiction to deal with any Olympicrelated matters in Pakistan, including but not limited to constituting, organising and
leading its delegation at the Olympic Games and at the regional, continental or world multi-sports competitions patronised by the IOC (including all IOC events and OCA events), as mentioned in the Olympic Charter. No body other than the IOCrecognised POA can claim to exercise any Olympic-related activities in Pakistan and/or designate itself as an “Olympic” body and/or use the Olympic rings or any of the properties which
belong to the IOC or the POA. Any potential disputes affecting the Olympic Movement in Pakistan should be dealt with through dialogue and mutual understanding within the competent bodies and legitimate structure of the POA, which will be facilitated by IOC member Syed Shahid Ali. The Government of Pakistan was invited to attend this meeting but, unfortunately, did not reply to the invitation extended by the IOC. In spite of this, it was agreed that the POA would make another effort and continue doing its best to establish fruitful dialogue with the Government of Pakistan and find good solutions for the future which are fully compatible with the principles and rules which govern the Olympic Movement and, in particular, the principle of autonomy of the Olympic Movement. IOC member Syed Shahid Ali and POA President Lt Gen. (Retired) Syed Arif Hasan will work in close collaboration to ensure that the above-noted resolutions of this meeting are respected and implemented by all entities and individuals who desire to be part of the Olympic Movement in Pakistan.
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I don't know what I should say about this. We started our project three years ago. We won the Premier League because it is four or five years for a team like City to do this. – Manchester City's Roberto Mancini
sPoRts sunday, 17 February, 2013
National Cycling opening day washed out LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The opening day of the 60TH National Cycling Championship was completely washed out due to the heavy rain that lashed the city on Saturday. The teams will be shifted to Kasur now to start the Road Race events scheduled to be held today (Sunday) and on Monday KasurGandasinghwala Border road race. After the completion of road events the teams will reach Lahore to take part in the track events. The closing ceremony of the championship will be held on February 19 at 3.00 pm the Cycling Velodrome and Shaukat Javed, Former Inspector General Police Punjab and President Pakistan Federation Baseball will be the chief guest and give away the prizes to the winners.
inter-Dist women Cricket LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The 7th Regional Inter-District Women Cricket Tournament 2012-13 (seniors) is going to be held in March. Any female Cricket Club, School, College interested to take part can register their teams to Ms Nooshin Haneef, Director Sports Kinnaird College for Women, Representative Lahore Region PCB Women Wing at the latest Monday 25th February 2013 before 2:00pm.
Lahore Club beat Al-Bilal LAHORE
SAN JOSE: John Isner returns the ball in the semi-final at the SAP Open.
Serena reclaims number one spot DOHA
Lahore Club beat Al-Bilal Cricket Club by 5 wickets and qualified for League Round (Division-II) of the 6th Nazar Muhammad Memorial Cricket Tournament the other day. Scores: Al-Bilal Club scored 143 runs (all out) in 35.4 overs. Ashfaq Ahmed 40, Zahid 30. Rauf Wain took 4 for 23, Khuram ellahi 3 for 26 and Aqeel Arshad 1 wicket for 20 runs. Lahore Club achieved the target in 26 runs for loss of 5 wickets. Waheed Ahmed 45, Usman Liaquat 30 and Aqeel Arhshad 20*. Ashfaq Ahmed and Zahid from Al-Bilal Cricket Club took one wicket each. Rauf Wain was declared Man of the Match. The match was supervised by Saifullah and Ansar Mahmood (Umpires), whereas Khalid Waheed was the Scorer.
Serena Williams on Friday became the oldest women's world tennis number one as she reached the top spot for a fourth time and said: "I'm so happy I'm back." A threeset win over Czech Petra Kvitova in the quarter-finals of the Qatar Open in Doha means Williams will overtake Victoria Azarenka when the rankings are published on Monday morning. The 31-year-old American will eclipse the previous record set by Chris evert, who was 30 years and 11 months when she was number one in November 1985. It marks Williams' return to the top spot after a gap of almost two and a half years, having been usurped by Caroline Wozniacki in October 2010, and her fourth reign at the top in total. The feat also caps a remarkable comeback from Williams, who missed almost an entire year
on tour due to injury and illness in 2011, and briefly slipped as low as 175th in the world. She cut her foot badly on glass in July 2010, and survived emergency surgery in Los Angeles in March 2011 - a haematoma and a pulmonary embolism having put her life in the balance - as she
admitted at Wimbledon last year. "There were times I never thought I'd even play again," Williams said on Friday. "Then I thought I'd never be able to win tournaments or grand slams again. "Number one was so far off. I mean, it was always a dream - I was number one when tragedy struck, and it was just an awful thing to happen. I'm so happy I'm back." Williams scotched retirement rumours by storming back in 2012 to win Wimbledon, US Open and Olympic titles. On Friday, she fought back from going a set behind and triumphed 3-6 6-3 7-5 against Kvitova in just over two hours, despite also having twice fallen a break behind in the final set. Williams said of her spirited victory: "I don't know how I did it - I really don't know. I just hung in there and she was playing so well. every time I looked around she was hitting a winner. I just tried to stay in there."
one horse race? MUHAMMAD BUTT Around April last year, experts-armchair or otherwise-were in agreement that with six games to go and United eight points clear, the Premiership would be heading to the red part of Manchester. There seemed no other conclusion. But there was. United uncharacteristically fell apart allowing City to take their first Premiership crown in dramatic style with pretty much the last kick of the season. United currently have a twelve point lead and with as many games left one would think that City could still overhaul the Red Devils considering what happened last season but-and I realise this could come back to bite me-they will not and here is why. To call a United side that has amassed more points at this stage of the season than in any of their previous seasons not talented would be slightly unfair but it is safe to say that this current team is bloody effective. They almost always have been and last season was an exception, not the
rule. If you don’t happen to be a United fan, chances are you will not be too fond of Sir Alex but one thing that everyone agrees on is that he is a winner. It is indeed a testament of his managerial ability that a side that has an aging defence and a
midfield housing two 70 year olds has seemingly wrapped up the title in mid February. As much as United gifted their throne, the ‘noisy neighbours’ need to be given some credit. City did play some superlative football especially in the early part of last season and were there to pounce on the mistakes made by United in the latter half. This year has been a complete turnaround; one struggles to recall a string of games where City have been particularly impressive and by that extension it is unlikely that they will make good any chances United may have to offer(if at all). There are a number of reasons why City has failed to replicate the performances and results of last season. Players like Hart, Yaya Toure and Silva who were the cornerstones around which much of the success was built have been surprisingly off-colour. Whether it is down to lack of motivation or being unable to deal with the pressure that invariably comes with the tag of being the champions or some other factor is something that can
never be conclusively proved but as with such things there is probably a bit of all three. While the players can and should be blamed, the buck invariably stops with the manager and thus Mancini must shoulder some blame if not all. As stated earlier, the City players have looked somewhat disinterested and as much as it is down to players themselves, it is the job of the manager to keep them hungry and motivated. The lack of recruitment or at least quality recruitment in the summer has not helped nor his fixation with the seemingly uncalled for 3-5-2 formation early in the season. So a season which began with the hope of an exciting three way tryst-four if you want to include Arsenal-has in February no less, whittled down to whether United will blow it again or not? It is indeed a bit of a shame really and as a neutral one does hope that something unexpected happens so new life can be breathed into the Barclays Premier League for weekends can be a tad boring if there is no exciting football to look forward to.
shad Bagh College lift women Powerlifting title LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Shad Bagh Women College Lahore won Saif Sports Aga Open Women Powerlifting Championship with 39 points here on Saturday. National Weightlifting Club Coaching Centre was places second in the first ever women championship with 37 points and Lahore Gymkhana secured third position trophy with 12 points at Greens Banquet Hall. The Open Men And Women Powerlifting Championship’s male competitions were continue at the time of filing this report. The opening ceremony was performed by Ghulam Muhud Din Dewan, Advisor to PM AJK, with Mian Asif Waheed, CEO Waheed Sons. Saif ul Azam Khan, chairman Saif Sports Saga disrtributed cash prizes among the women powerlifters. Organizing secretary Aqeel Javed Butt informed that in 47kgs Sobia Ameen won the gold medal with a total weight lift of 135 kgs, silver went to Hira Zaheer 125kg and bronze was grabbed by Amber Saeed. In 52kg class, Sahrish Asghar, Misbah Younas and Nadia khalil were the winners of first three positions. In 63kg class, Nighat Qaiser, Saira Muneer and Saima Sindhu took three positions. In 72 kg, the winners were Ushna Suhail, Pakistan’s international tennis player, and Aliya Shafi and Nida Arshad. Sohail Zia Butt, ex MPA distributed prizes among the winners. Mrs Aazra Parveen, Ali Asif Waheed, Chairman organizing Committee, Kh. Samiud Din, Jaan Muhammad, Naveed Malik, Akbar Ali Ghakhar, Prof. Khizar Hayat, Ustaad Ghafoor, Ahsan Iqbal, Muhammad Tariq Butt, M. Idrees Butt, Kh. Fasih ud Din, M Hafeez Bhatti, Malik Waqar Hussain,Divisional Sport Officer Waqas Akbar, Ch.Amin, Ustad Shakoor, Azam Mian,Prof. M. Azhar, Akbar Murad, Sohail Javed Butt, M. Awais Akbar, Arshad Ali Mehar, M Hanif, Azmat Ullah ch. Azeem shaheed, Ahmad Salman Javaid Sarmad Nadeem, Zubair Yousaf Butt, Imran Butt, Jamil Awan, M.Asghar Malik Aamir Raza Anwar ul Haq Butt, Ustad Ghafoor, Ustad Shakoor were also pre3sent on the occasion. Nighat Kausar of Lahore college was declared the Best women lifter with a total lift of 230 kgs, Nidha Arshad of Shadbad College was second best with a total lift of 215, Misbah Younas National Club Total Weight Lifted 192, Hafiza Iqra Arif National Club Total Wt Lifted 178 kg.
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We have a stronger squad now. Keane and Scholes were suspended but Henning Berg was the only injury. Now Jonathan Greening is in the first-team. – Alex Ferguson
PistoriUs DeNies MUrDer iN ‘stroNgest terMs’ PRETORIA AGENCIES
isner, Querrey to meet in sAP open semis
ROSeCUTORS will argue that star sprinter Oscar Pistorius murdered his girlfriend in a premeditated act, a Pretoria court was told on Friday. The 26-year-old, who won two gold medals and a silver at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London having become the first double amputee to compete at the Olympics earlier in the summer, was taken into custody on Thursday morning after his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead at his luxury home on the Silver Lakes Golf estate. His family and management company released a joint statement on Friday saying that Pistorius disputed the allegation that he had murdered Ms Steenkamp in the "strongest terms" and adding that "firstly, and most importantly, all our thoughts today must be with the family and friends of Reeva Steenkamp". Pistorius sat with his head bowed when he was brought before magistrates on Friday and began to sob, covering his face with his hands, as the charge against him was read out. The death of Ms Steenkamp was described in the statement from Pistorius' family and management as a "terrible, terrible tragedy". The statement read: "Oscar Pistorius has appeared in court here in Pretoria this morning formally charged with the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. The alleged murder is disputed in the strongest terms. "These are now live and active legal proceedings which must be allowed to take their course through the process of proper investigation by the police, evidence-gathering and through the local South African judicial system. "In a short hearing lawyers representing the athlete asked for a postponement for a bail application until Tuesday next week to allow time for their own investigation into the circumstances of the tragedy, which was agreed by the
magistrate, who also agreed that Pistorius would be held in custody at a local police station. "Oscar Pistorius has made history as an Olympic and Paralympic sportsman and has been an inspiration to others the world over. "He has made it very clear that he would like to send his deepest sympathies to the family of Reeva. He would also like to express his thanks through us for all the messages of support he has received - but as stated our thoughts and prayers today should be for Reeva and her family regardless of the circumstances of this terrible, terrible tragedy." The 26-year-old Pistorius, who won two gold medals and a silver at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London having become the first double amputee to compete at the Olympics earlier in the summer, was taken into custody after Ms Steenkamp was shot dead at his luxury home on the Silver Lakes Golf estate. The gold-medal winner, who earned his 'Blade Runner' nickname because of his prosthetic racing legs, was met by a media frenzy as he arrived at the packed court house dressed in a sober grey suit and blue tie. earlier, he attempted to
obscure his identity, covering his face with a jacket and a note pad as he was driven into the precincts. The track superstar was supported by his father Henke, brother Carl and sister Aimee in court. The hearing came after a two-hour delay while the athlete's lawyers objected to the scrum of local and international reporters who turned out to witness his appearance. His arrest triggered shock across the globe and prompted rumours that he may have mistaken his girlfriend for an intruder in what could have been a Valentine's Day surprise gone wrong. But police swiftly distanced themselves from that suggestion and said there had been previous incidents of a "domestic nature" at Pistorius' property. Ms Steenkamp's body was discovered at around 3am, after neighbours reported hearing screams and gunshots coming from the sprinter's home. According to the Beeld newspaper, the model was blasted four times through a bathroom door. Officers said she was shot in the head and upper body. They recovered a 9mm pistol from the scene. Pistorius made history with his appearance at the London 2012 Olympics, running in the 400 metres and the 4x400m relay. The star was born without fibulas and underwent below-theknee amputations at 11 months old. He had to win a legal battle over the use of his blades with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in 2008 for the right to compete in able-bodied competition. Pistorius' father said his son was "sad" following the shooting. Mr Pistorius told SABC radio news: "I don't know the facts. If anyone makes a statement, it will have to be Oscar. He's sad at the moment." South Africa's M-Net cable TV channel pulled adverts featuring the star off air immediately after his arrest. Sports apparel group Nike, along with most of his sponsors, said it would not make any decisions until the police investigation was completed.
SAN JOSE AGENCIES
John Isner and Sam Querrey set up an allAmerican semi-final at the SAP Open in San Jose as the top four seeds all progressed. Second seed Isner saw off eight-seeded Belgian Xavier Malisse 7-6 (10/8) 6-2, while number three Querrey was a 6-3 4-6 7-5 winner against Colombia's Alejandro Falla. Isner's first serve was nigh-on inpregnable he won 37 of 41 he got in play and did not face a single break point - and once he had adged out Malisse in the first-set tie-break, it was plain sailing from there. Asked what his tactics were, he said: "Just go out and throw a fastball. I'm not going to try to kick a serve. I'm going to go for it and try to end the point off my serve. I did that in this match, and I've done it a lot in my career." Querrey found life more difficult against Falla but eventually prevailed in three sets. The other semi-final will be between top seed Milos Raonic and fourth-seeded German Tommy Haas. Canadian Raonic whitewashed Denis IStomin in a first-set tie-break on his way to a 7-6 (7/0) 6-3 win, while Haas needed just an hour and five minutes to see off American wildcard Steve Johnson 6-4 6-2.
Korean Bae and Jacobson set Riviera pace PACIFIC PALISADES AGENCIES
South Korean Bae Sang-moon upstaged some of the game's biggest names by charging into a tie for the lead with Swede Fredrik Jacobson in the second round of the Northern Trust Open on Friday. Taking advantage of ideal scoring conditions on another glorious morning of sunshine at Riviera Country Club, the 26-year-old Korean birdied his first four holes on the way to a six-under-par 65 and a nine-under total of 133. Bae, a rookie on the PGA Tour last year, was joined at the top late in the day by Jacobson, who fired a matching 65 after piling up four birdies in five holes around the turn. The highlight of the Swede's round was a 55-foot birdie putt from just off the green at the par-four ninth. "That putt was pretty spectacular," Jacobson, whose only PGA Tour victory came at the 2011 Travelers Championship, told reporters. "There were a lot of slopes and bumps along the way to get it there but I managed to trickle it over the edge, so that was a bonus." Americans John Merrick (66) and John Rollins (65) were tied for third at eight under but several former major winners and heavyweight players were in hot pursuit. British world number three Luke Donald was just two shots off the pace after a 66, with 2011 Masters winner Charl
Schwartzel (67), U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson (66) and former world number one Lee Westwood (68) a further stroke back. Twice winner Phil Mickelson (67), Spaniard Sergio Garcia (73), Australian Adam Scott (67) and British Open champion ernie els of South Africa (68) were among eight players at four-under 138. "I played very well today," Bae said after mixing nine birdies with three bogeys on a challenging Riviera layout where there is little margin for error with approach shots into the teasingly small greens.
Donald makes his move in California CALIFORNIA AGENCIES
Luke Donald put himself firmly in contention as Bae Sang-moon and Fredrik Jacobson shared the lead at the halfway stage of the Northern Trust Open in California. england's Donald, playing his first tournament since November, produced a five-under 66 to sit seven under overall, two off the leading pair of South Korea's Bae and Sweden's Jacobson on nine under. Donald, 18th overnight, carded seven birdies against two bogeys to end day two fifth - and he could have been in a share of
third alongside Americans John Merrick and John Rollins but for a dropped shot on his penultimate hole, the par-four eighth. Donald told www.pgatour.com: "Happy with my score, obviously coming off a pretty good break, you never know with how you're going to deal with being back in competition again but certainly a big improvement today [Friday], ball striking wise and my short game has been very sharp. "I've been excited about that. It's been a big key to my score so far, and, yeah, excited to be in the mix again." On the top of the pile though were Jacobson and Bae, both of whom were six under for the day to climb from sixth to
joint first. For Jacobson it was a continuation of the form which saw him finish seventh at Pebble Beach last week. "Obviously I take a lot out of that, just being in contention again," Jacobson said. "I've had some good practice sessions before, but to bring it on the course and play under pressure, that's what it's about." There was no room to relax, though, with a number of notable names on the heels of the top five. World number eight Lee Westwood headed up a group of three players on six under, which also included major winners Charl Schwartzel and Webb Simpson.
Overnight leader Matt Kuchar was among the players on five under having carded a two-over 73, as was defending champion Bill Haas, while Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, ernie els and Phil Mickelson were all four under. Among the remainder of the British contingent, Brian Davis (three under), Greg Owen (two under), David Lynn (one under) and Ross Fisher (one over) all made the cut, but Martin Laird and Graeme McDowell missed out. Other big names to miss the cut included Dustin Johnson, Padraig Harrington, Mike Weir, Zach Johnson, Geoff Ogilvy, Bubba Watson and Lucas Glover.
sunday, 17 February, 2013
wAtCh It LIve PTV SPORTS 2ND TEST: Pakistan v South Africa 01:30PM
STAR CRICKET WOMEN WC FINAL: Australia v West Indies 02:00PM
‘Davis Cup tie should be held in Pakistan’ LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Rao Akbar Latif, advisor to Pakistan Tennis Federation has urged the International Tennis Federation not to move the Davis Cup against New Zealand from Pakistan. He also congratulated the Pakistan Davis Cup squad for winning the tie 3-2 against Sri Lanka. “Though it was not a very convincingly win but all is well which ends well,” he added. Aqeel Khan with great tennis survival instinct rescued Pakistan against Sri Lanka and bailed out the team to fix the forthcoming tie against New Zealand. “The PTF should approach the ITF and build-up certain pressure insisting the ITF for the holding the Davis Cup tie in Pakistan,” he added. Rao Akbar suggested that forthcoming Davis Cup tie which will be held in the first week of April should be held at Lahore and the playing surface should be grass as the previous Davis Cup record on grass is much better than other surfaces.
risjA Meets ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The annual general council of Rawalpindi Islamabad Sports Journalists Association (RISJA) met here at Sharif Ferozepuri Media Office, Pakistan Sports Complex on Saturday. The House unanimously elected its new office bearers for term of next two years. Masoor Rabbani has been nominated head of the event Management Committee. Names of office bearers are as under: Chairman: Abdul Jabbar Faisal (Nai Baat), Vice Chairman: Asgher Ali Mubarik (Daily Mail), President: Nasir Abbas Naqvi (Daily Ausaf), Senior Vice President: Namood Muslim (PTV), Vice President I: Shahbaz Bhutta (Free Lance), Vice President II: Raja Zubair Manzoor (APP), Vice President III: Faisal Shahzad Sahi (ATV), Secretary: Zahid Farooq Malik (Metro Watch), Senior Associate Secretary: Arif Mehmood (INP), Associate Secretary I: Azam Khan (express Tribune), Associate Secretary II: Rizwan Khan (Capital TV), Finance Secretary: Aqeel Anjum (Daily Azkar), Information Secretary: Abdul Mohammad Malik (ANN). Other participants of the meeting: Kurram Shahzad, David Vincent (Daily Dunya), Naeem Unsari (Jehane-Pakistan), Mohammad Shafiq (Pakistan Observer), Sardar Ishan (Nai Baat), Naveed Khokhar (Daily Jinnah), Kashif Abbasi (Pakistan Today), Faisal Raja (Daily Times), Adnan Ahmed (Abtak TV), Zafar Ali Sipra (Metro Watch), Nasir Abbasi (Voice of Pakistan), Ghaffar Khan (Daily Jammu Kashmir), Kabir Ali Khan (The Post), Zeeshan Qayyum (PTV), Obaid Kayani (News Mart), Mohammad Farooq (Urdu Mail), Shakil Awan (Jung)
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Nisar consults all but Pti for caretaker PM NASIR ASLAM ZAHID LEADS THE RACE AS JI, JUI-F WANT AJMAL MIAN’S NAME TO BE INCLUDED IN LIST ISLAMABAD TAYYAB HUSSAIN
ITH the preparations for the elections gearing up, the opposition parties have accelerated their contacts with each other for consultation on short listing names for a caretaker prime minister. Under a well-conceived plan, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) has successfully isolated the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) as the Imran Khanled party is the only outfit that has not been consulted on the issue by any opposition party. This may be because almost all polls have indicated that the PTI poses a serious threat to the PML-N in winning the upcoming polls. For the same reason, party chief Nawaz Sharif has welcomed all cronies of former president General Pervez Musharraf and Shujaat Hussain into the party’s folds even though he has accused the PTI of doing the same on numerous occasions. Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Nisar Ali Khan has con-
tacted Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Munawar Hasan, PPP-Sherpao’s Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, Salim Saifullah of the PML-Likeminded, and National Party’s Hasil Khan Bizenjo for consultations over the caretaker government. He has even contacted the leaders of nationalist parties from Balochistan and Sindh but keeping in mind the PML-N’s enmity with the PTI, Nisar looks in no mood to contact Imran Khan. Despite the fact that the opposition leader told reporters on Friday that the PTI would be consulted through the JI on the matter, no such contact has been made. PTI DENIES: Talking to Pakistan Today, PTI Information Secretary Shafqat Mahmood confirmed that neither the PML-N nor the JI had contacted them. “We have not yet been consulted by the PML-N or the JI,” he said. Meanwhile, JI deputy chief Liaqat
Baloch said his party had suggested the names of Justice (r) Shakirullah Jan and Justice (r) Nasir Aslam Zahid for caretaker prime minister. Asked whether his party will oblige if asked by the PML-N to take the PTI on board on the issue, Baloch said the JI would definitely help establish contact between the PTI and PML-N on the issue. “We will play our role so that consensus can be reached on the matter,” he added. JI senior leader Fareed Paracha said Nisar had contacted Baloch and had shared the names of Justice (r) Jan and Justice (r) Zahid. “We have informed Nisar that the JI has agreed to the nomination of Justice Jan but he cannot be appointed before a two-year mandatory period after his retirement,” he said, adding that the JI had proposed the name of Justice (r) Ajmal Mian and Nisar had promised to consult other opposition parties on the proposal. The opposition leader had also proposed the names of Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Ataullah Mengal and Asma Jahangir for the slot but they were out of the race. Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) senior leader Abdul Ghafoor Hyderi said his party had also been consulted by Nisar. He said the JUI-F had proposed the names of Fazal Agha and Justice (r) Ajmal Mian. “The names of Justice (r) Nasir Aslam Zahid and Justice (r) Shakirullah Jan are almost no more on the list due to various reasons,” the JUI-F leader added.
CJP urges security for witnesses, prosecutors
ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Chief Justice (CJ) Iftikhar Chaudhry has emphasised the need for providing adequate protection to witnesses, prosecution and the anti-terrorism court (ATC) judges who deal with cases of hardened criminals. Speaking at a meeting convened to discuss the status of implementation of the AntiTerrorism Act, 1997 on Saturday, the CJ said if the witnesses are fully protected they would be coming forward in order to depose against the accused. He said the cases in ATCs are related to hardened criminals who are involved in heinous offences and therefore witnesses in such cases need special care and protection. Similarly, he said, adequate protection must also be provided to the personal investigator, prosecuting against the accused and the judges. He said the backlog in the disposal of cases is partly due to delay in appointment of judges. Justice Chaudhry said the Anti-terrorism Act is a special law designed to tackle the issue of terrorism, and contains fairly strin-
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gent provisions to combat the menace of terrorism but there has been no improvement in combating the acts of terrorism, stopping sectarian violence and the commission of heinous and sensational offences. “We need to examine the situation, find out the issues and problems faced by the courts in expeditiously deciding cases, by prosecutors in securing convictions and the investigators in collecting and presenting before the court sufficient material and evidence to punish the culprits,” he said. The CJ referred to a report of the Punjab Prosecution Department that examined the judgments of ATCs and pointed out a high rate of acquittal. The report also highlighted the basic reasons and factors responsible for such a high rate of acquittals. The CJ said with defective investigation and weak prosecution, it is highly unlikely to secure convictions which results in criticism over the performance of ATCs. It also demoralises the personnel of the prosecution and investigating agencies, which in turn demoralises the society implying that nothing could be done to control and combat the acts of terrorism and commission of heinous crimes, the CJ said.
Published on Feb 17, 2013