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Sunday, 17 March, 2013 Jamadi ul Awwal 4, 1434
Rs 25.00 Vol III No 259 19 Pages Lahore Edition
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24 soldiers dead as bus falls into ravine
Swiss tourist gang-raped in India
At least 24 security forces personnel were killed and five others injured on early Saturday morning when a bus fell into a deep ravine near the under-construction Basha Dam site in Kohistan district. Hazara Commissioner Khalid Khan Omarzai told Pakistan Today that the personnel were en route from GilgitBaltistan to Swat. The vehicle went out of control near Samar Nallah in jurisdiction of Sazeen Police Station. PAGE 04
At least seven men have raped a 39year-old Swiss woman camping with her husband in an Indian forest, police say, the latest victim of sexual violence against women in the South Asian nation. The Swiss woman and her husband were touring the state by bicycle and were camping overnight in the forest inimpoverished Madhya Pradeshstate, when at least seven men attacked the couple on Friday night. PAGE 07
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Lord Ahmed’s buffoonery hurts Muslims too STORY ON PAGE 11
US drone paradigm not working: Akbar Ahmad
ICC, boards helpless in bringing cricket to Pakistan
Notable scholar Akbar S Ahmad on Saturday said that the United States’ drone paradigm is not working as aerial operations in pursuit of elusive al-Qaeda are fuelling militancy and adding to the woes of marginalised tribal societies. Ahmed was speaking at the launch of his latest book The Thistle and the Drone at the Brookings Institution. PAGE 19
Pakistan cricket’s plight has the sympathy of the whole cricketing fraternity, but not all nations are willing to play there despite strong assurances of safety from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The PCB officials have been constantly knocking on the doors of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to urge the nations to play in their country. PAGE 21
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Balochistan situation will further aggravate under caretaker setup. — Mir Hasil Bizenjo
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NAB stops pQA from sigNiNg BAhriA deAl ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) under its ‘Prevention of Corruption Initiatives’ took notice of complaints regarding violations of several conditions relating to Request for Proposals (RFP) by Port Qasim Authority (PQA) while awarding a contract to Bahria Town for development of the Diamond Bar Island City (Bundal & Buddo Island) and ordered the port authority to not sign an agreement as yet. According to NAB spokesperson, the bureau advised PQA chairman not to sign any concession agreement in violation of RFP and government rules and regulations. NAB made mandatory, the vetting of the contract by a panel of experts and directed the PQA chairman to give a detailed presentation to NAB (Sindh) on compliance of all terms and conditions of the agreement by Bahria Town. OnLIne
We made history! PM ADMITS PPP GOVT COULDN’T DO MUCH BUT SAYS COMPLETING TERM IS A FEAT FOR DEMOCRACY ISLAMABAD sTAFF rePOrT
HILE admitting that the Pakistan People’s Party-led ruling coalition could not do enough during the last five years, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Saturday said the constitutional transfer of power by an elected government is a victory for democratic forces. In his farewell address to the nation a couple of hours before the dissolution of the National Assembly, he thanked all democratic forces and institutions that played their roles in strengthening democracy. The PM acknowledged that the government had not done exceptional work during his term but claimed that
it had improved on the situation it inherited and strengthened roots of democracy so that no one could ambush it in future. Ashraf said despite the fact that the current government remained a victim of negative propaganda and concocted allegations; completion of tenure is an extraordinary and historic feat. He said the democratic process went through various difficulties, challenges and trials in its journey. Ashraf said the government faced bitter criticism during the last five years but it upheld the freedom of media and cooperated with it so that it could play its role in the development of democratic traditions. Referring to the situation of the country in 2008, when the PPP-led government took over, he said the country was packed with crises and was isolated at the international level. “The economy was in a bad shape, there was an energy crisis, foreign exchange reserves had depleted to dangerous levels, the country was facing food shortages and its survival was threatened by terrorism,” said Ashraf. He said the government promoted na-
DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT REMAINED A VICTIM OF NEGATIVE PROPAGANDA AND CONCOCTED ALLEGATIONS; COMPLETION OF TENURE IS AN EXTRAORDINARY AND HISTORIC FEAT
of the government, he said by pursuing Benazir Bhutto’s vision of reconciliation, President Asif Ali Zardari initiated a policy of consensus and as a consequence the country’s first woman speaker was unanimously elected along with a unanimously elected prime minister. The 1973 constitution was restored in its original form through unanimous amendments while almost all legislation was done through consensus, he said.
tional harmony, improved performance of institutions, laid foundations of an independent foreign policy and carried out a successful operation in Swat after an insurgency by the Taliban. Recounting the achievements
Stand-oﬀ continues over interim PM ISLAMABAD sTAFF rePOrT
The ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Saturday rejected both names proposed by opposition parties through the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for the key post of caretaker prime minister. The names of Justice (r) Nasir Aslam Zahid and Awami Tehrik’s founder Rasul Bakhsh Palejo were forwarded by opposition parties for interim PM. Talking to reporters, Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said the names proposed by the opposition were a joke. “Both nominees proposed by Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan are antiPPP…we have concerns, if one of them is selected, he will not do justice with
KAIRA SAYS PML-N NOMINEES ARE ANTI-PPP PPP,” Kaira said. Kaira said Asif Ali Zardari was falsely implicated in Justice Nizam Ahmed murder case, who was brother-in-law of Justice (r) Nasir Aslam Zahid. Rejecting Palejo’s nomination, Karia said he was a PPP opponent and his son Latif Palejo was representing a party that had made an alliance against PPP in the upcoming elections. The information minister demanded the Election Commission of Pakistan to review the two nominees’ relationship with PPP before reaching a decision. In response to a question, Kaira said the name of Abdul Hafeez Shaikh is still in the race for the slot of caretaker PM,
Jamali likely to be Balochistan caretaker CM ISLAMABAD Anwer AbbAs
Former Senate deputy chairman Jan Muhammad Jamali is likely to become Balochistan’s caretaker chief minister. Sources privy to Baloch politicians informed Pakistan Today that two names – Jan Muhammad Jamali and Mehmood Khan Achakzai – were under consideration, but Achakzai politely refused the offer because he wants to contest the upcoming elections. Meanwhile, Baloch lawmakers have reached a consensus that Jamali should be appointed as the caretaker CM. Jamali is known for his wit, wisdom and politeness and is considered a power broker in the province. The former senator not only enjoys good terms with all political parties in the Centre and the province, but is also acceptable to the country’s establishment. Earlier, the Baloch MNAs and senators proposed Justice (r) Mir Hazar Khosa’s name for the caretaker CM slot, but his name was included in a list presented by the Centre for the caretaker PM slot. Talking to Pakistan Today, Senator Hasil Khan Bizenjo confirmed that the Baloch lawmakers had jointly agreed upon the name of Jan Jamali for the caretaker CM’s slot.
adding that new names could still be proposed. Meanwhile, Opposition leader Chaudhary Nisar had already rejected government’s reservation over the proposed names. According to the constitution, the leader of Opposition and the PM are bound to agree on one name for interim PM within three days following dissolution of the National Assembly, otherwise the proposed names- both from treasury and opposition- would be forwarded to a parliamentary committee for decision. PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE: Meanwhile, the federal government has nominated Khurshid Shah, Shujaat Hussain, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour and Farooq Naik to represent it in the parliamentary committee which would discuss the names for interim prime minister if the government and opposition failed to evolve consensus on the issue.
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People kept talking about revolution but PPP has already brought one. — Yousaf Raza Gilani
elections on same day but assemblies’ dissolution in limbo PM, ALL FOUR CMS AGREE ON HOLDING GENERAL ELECTIONS ON SAME DAY BUT SHAHBAZ IN BARGAINING MOOD OVER SIMULTANEOUS DISSOLUTION OF PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLIES ISLAMABAD
H O u G H Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and the four chief ministers agreed in principle on holding general elections on the same day across the country, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani attached strings to the federal government’s demand of dissolution of assemblies on the same day – March 19 – and said the PPP would have to yield to their demands for this support. “The focus has actually shifted from appointment of caretaker prime minister to caretaker chief ministers as both the PPP and PML-N want people of their choice to be appointed as chief ministers in Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan,” a source privy to details of the meeting told Pakistan Today. Per schedule, the Punjab Assembly’s term would complete on April 9, Balochistan Assembly’s term would expire on April 5 while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly’s term would end on March 27. However, the federal government wants to dissolve the four provincial assemblies and the National Assembly simultaneously on March 19. The source said Raisani also took a “u-turn” during the meeting with the PM and said all his demands should be implemented before dissolution of Balochistan Assembly. “Raisani wanted appointment of his henchman as Balochistan chief secretary and had other demands relating to the FC and other law enforcement agencies to get his close aides of the hook,” the source added.
RAISANI AGREES: However, in a late evening development, Raisani agreed to send advice to Governor Zulfiqar Magsi for dissolution of the provincial assembly on March 19. Raisani had backed down from his demand that the chief secretary be changed before the dissolution of the provincial assembly, sources said. This occurred after the transfer of the Balochistan Chief Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fatah Mohammad. Earlier on the chief minister had complained that the president has not fulfilled the promises that they had agreed upon and was adamant the chief secretary be changed. Sources said that the Balochistan governor would be asked to accept the resignations of JuI-F, BNP Awami, ANP along with other parties who want to sit on the opposition benches. Sources said that 17 members of the Balochistan Assembly have agreed to sit
RAISANI AGREESTO DISSOLVE BALOCHISTAN ASSEMBLY ON 19TH AFTER GOVT AGREESTO SOME OF HIS DEMANDS
on the opposition benches. These also include members of the PML-Q, PPP, PML-N and independent candidates. Nawabzada Tariq Magsi, who is the brother of the governor, will be the opposition leader, sources said. PM, CMs MEETING: Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif, Sindh CM Syed Qaim Ali Shah, KP CM Amir Haider Khan Hoti, Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi and CM Nawab Aslam Raisani met Ashraf at the PM’s House and discussed matters relating to the forthcoming general elections in the country. “As proposed by the prime minister, the chief ministers agreed in principle that elections of national and provincial assemblies will be held in the country on the same day for logistical, administrative, and financial reasons, which would also promote political harmony in the country,” said an official statement. However, a source privy to details of the meeting said Sharif asked
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Ashraf to review nominations made by the PML-N and its allies for the slots of caretaker prime minister and Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan chief ministers. “Shahbaz Sharif assured the PM that he would respond to his proposal in affirmative after consultation with PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif. He also asked the premier to consult President Asif Zardari on PML-N’s demands if they wanted dissolution of the Punjab Assembly before time,” the source added. The source further said the PPP leadership was ready to appoint PML-N’s nominee, Justice (r) Nasir Aslam Zahid, as caretaker premier despite its own aspirations. However, the source added that the PPP leadership wanted its own nominee to be appointed as caretaker CM in Punjab which was unacceptable to Shahbaz.The meeting expressed confidence that all matters relating to appointments of the caretaker setup at the federal and provincial levels would be resolved amicably. The PM said the gathering was a good omen for promoting democratic values in the country. The chief ministers congratulated the PM on completion of the government’s constitutional tenure. Ashraf reciprocated the gesture and commended them on completion of tenures of all provincial assemblies.
Not dissolving punjab Assembly on 19th: shahbaz
LAHORE sTAFF rePOrT
Contrary to statements by the federal government, Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif said on Saturday that he did not agree to dissolve the Punjab Assembly on March 19. Addressing a press conference here, he said, “Our party (PML-N) would like to hold elections in the entire country on the same day and for that there were a few requirements that I candidly conveyed to the prime minister”. Shahbaz criticised the government for planning, with backing from coalition partners in Sindh and Balochistan, to orchestrate a scenario where friendly caretaker set-ups can be brought in. “People who are honest and well-respected should be named for the interim prime minister,” Sharif said. The Punjab CM said when nominating people for caretaker prime minister, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and other parties should be consulted and a decision should be taken only after consensus is reached. “We have offered the PPP to come up with better names than our nominees, if they have any. If all stakeholders agree, we are ready to consider them,” Sharif said. “I advise the PPP government not to bring such people in the interim set-up which results in people distrusting the election”. The upcoming elections, he said, are not routine elections, “these polls will make or break Pakistan”. On Balochistan, Sharif said the PML-N and nationalist parties should be consulted before naming the interim government, otherwise the estranged nationalists will be pushed to the wall.
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This is the first time in the history of the country that a government is completing its constitutional period. – Qamar Zaman Kaira
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ECP lifts ban on diversion of funds for development projects
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has lifted ban on diversion of funds for development projects and allowed competent forums to carry out their functions of granting approval to development schemes. The ECP has relaxed its directive regarding ban on diversion of funds to extent that re-appropriation/adjustment of funds will be allowed in respect of schemes approved by competent forums for the fiscal year 2012-13. In a letter issued on March 7, the ECP directed and allowed competent forums formed for the ap-
proval of development schemes such as Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP), Departmental Development Working Party (DDWP), Central Development Working Party (CDWP) and Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) to carry on their functions of granting approval to development schemes in accordance with laid down procedure. This development came on the same day when Federal Finance Minister Salim Mandviwala had met Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim and assured the ECP that the funds would soon be provided to the ECP enabling it to hold the general elections smoothly. After the meeting, the CEC had said, “The meeting with Mandviwala was fruitful and he has assured that the funds will be released soon.” Sources said that the finance minister in the meeting had stressed the CEC over lifting ban on diversion of funds for development schemes. In January 2013, the ECP had banned diversion of funds allocated for development projects and stopped the spending of the diverted funds.
PTI moves ECP against Shahbaz’s misuse of public funds for publicity ISLAMABAD sTAFF rePOrT
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has moved the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) against misuse of public money by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PMLN) Punjab government for media advertisements in sheer violation of the ECP’s code of conduct. PTI leader Ishaq Khan Khakwani, in a
5 SOLDIERS INJURED IN NWA BOMBING
T least 24 security forces personnel were killed and five others injured on early Saturday morning when a bus fell into a deep ravine near the under-construction Basha Dam site in Kohistan district. Hazara Commissioner Khalid Khan Omarzai told Pakistan Today that the personnel were en route from Gilgit-Baltistan to Swat. The vehicle went out of control near Samar Nallah in jurisdiction of Sazeen Police Station. Kohat’s commissioner
MIRANSHAH: As many as five security personnel sustained injuries after they were attacked by a remote-controlled bomb in North Waziristan on Saturday. In Miranshah, security vehicles were on a routine patrolling when the bomb went off. As a result, the vehicles were fully destroyed and five soldiers were wounded. Police reached the bombing scene and shifted the injured to a hospital. OnLIne
KARACHI: A view of the fire which erupted at a godown in the Korangi Industrial Area. The blaze could not be controlled until late on Saturday. OnLIne
DEVELOPMENT COMES AFTER MEETING BETWEEN FINANCE MINISTER AND FAKHRUDDIN G EBRAHIM
letter sent to ECP Secretary Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan, on Saturday, pleaded that ECP’s directions were being blatantly violated by the Punjab government in the form of an advertisement that claims Shahbaz Sharif had saved resources of the Punjab government in a solid waste management project. Terming the advertisement a violation of the ECP code of conduct, Khakwani said it was a bid by the PML-N to get political mileage on the taxpayers’ money.
deedar shah likely to be sindh caretaker Cm
said so far 12 dead bodies had been airlifted from the site while the remaining were being shifted. The injured personnel had been admitted to a hospital, he said. The driver and conductor of the vehicle were also killed
in the incident. Officials said the accident took place in the early hours of Saturday and rescue activities took time. Police personnel with help from locals were retrieving dead bodies in the mountainous terrain.
Commission to probe NAB chairman’s allegations against SC ISLAMABAD sTAFF rePOrT
Less than an hour before it completes its fiveyear term, the government has formed a commission to probe allegations by Chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari that the Supreme Court is not allowing the anti-corruption body to
function freely. According to a notification issued late Saturday by the joint secretary of the Law Ministry, Sohail Qadir Siddiqui, a two-member commission comprising former Supreme Court judges Mukhtar Junejo and Nawaz Abbasi has been formed to look into the matter and submit a report in the next few weeks. The commission will start its probe from next week.
The PPP has finalised names of Justice (r) Hamid Mirza and Justice (r) Deedar Shah for the caretaker chief minister in Sindh. According to a private TV channel, the chances of appointment of Deedar Shah were very strong as political parties could reach a consensus on his name. Justice (r) Shah has served as NAB chairman. Earlier, the MQM proposed five names – Justice (r) Nasir Aslam Zahid, Justice Mehmood Alam Rizvi, Justice (r) Muneeb Ahmad Khan, Ghaus Muhammad and Barrister Habibur Rehman for the CM slot. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional, the National People’s Party and the Pakistan Muslim League Like-Minded also announced their proposed names for the caretaker CM slot.
LAHORE: Chief guest Saadat Nawaz Cheema views photographs at an exhibition organised by the Photojournalists Association at Alhamra Arts Council. Iqbal Chaudhry is also with him. Pr
US expects timely, fair polls in Pakistan WASHINGTON sPecIAL cOrresPOndenT
As the Parliament completed its constitutionally mandated five-year term, the united States expected Pakistan to hold timely, free and fair polls for a historic democratic transition. “As you know, the Pakistani parliament is planning to complete its term (Saturday). We look forward to timely, free and fair elections that’ll result in the first civilian, democratic transition in Pakistan’s history,” State Department Spokesperson
Victoria Nuland said. The State Department comments came as the government and the opposition in Islamabad struggled to find a consensus candidate, who would oversee elections as interim prime minister. At the daily briefing, the spokesperson had no comment in response to an Indian journalist’s question that sought u.S. position on Pakistani parliament’s resolution this week denouncing New Delhi’s secret hanging of Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri man, in what has been widely seen as a political trial. The
spokesperson, however, reaffirmed Washington’s desire for the two South Asian nuclear neighbors to carry forward their direct dialogue to sort out outstanding disputes that continue to mar regional environment and also extend their negotiations to security issues. “I have to say, that I didn’t see what happened in the Pakistani parliament yesterday with regard to India,” she said. “I think you know how strongly we’ve been supporting, both on the Indian side and the Pakistani side, direct
dialogue between them and improvement in their relationship. They’ve already made some good strides on the economic side, on the visa side,” the spokesperson added. “We want that to continue. We want it to be expanded to some of these security concerns that they have with each other,” Nuland noted. Nuland’s remarks indicated support for Islamabad’s emphasis on resolution of security issues that impede any worthwhile progress towards detente in relations between two uneasy neighbors, who, despite having made some progress in a few areas, saw their tensions escalate with cross-LoC firing in the disputed Kashmir region.
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APML chief Pervez Musharraf will surely arrive at the port city from UAE with an agenda to liberate the oppressed masses from the chains of tyranny of the corrupt elite of dynastic politics. – Aasia Ishaque
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HOuGH the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) led federal and provincial governments have almost completed its tenure, a total of 101 police stations of the city remain without computerised system and the plan to make all the police station online remained incomplete during the five year tenure, it has been learnt. In some cases, the Station House Officers (SHOs) have been provided with branded Pentium-IV computers and printers, however the majority of stations remained either without computers or the computers have remained in a dysfunctional state for long. Sources told Pakistan Today that some 60 to 70 police stations have been provided with computers that were supposed to be connected with the centralized data centre, established at the Central Police Officer (CPO) of the metropolitan. Definitely, the pace on the project of computerisation of the police stations was very fast and the entire process would be completed within 60 days, an official privy to the development and requesting anonymity, told Pakistan Today. The project was kicked off in January 2008 with a total cost of Rs 941 million and it was to be completed within a time duration of five years, however the project was ignored completely by the higher authorities. The project included; connecting all police stations of Sindh with the central data centre at CPO, Sindh police portal and website emailing
system for Sindh police, police vehicle management system GIS-based monitoring, FM police radio channel, surveillance system with recording on traffic sections, e-Driving license system with violation management system (traffic management system), e-Ticketing/echallan, driving license issuance, interconnectivity of driving license branches, interconnectivity of traffic sections), prisoner registration, record and movement system, PRRMS video conferencing system between central prison and high court data centre and providing networking infrastructure, hardware and their connectivity at 500 locations all over the Sindh province, including all PS, DPO and RPO offices. The sources further said there were some 500 police stations in the province, and out of them 101fell in the Karachi region, 184 in Hyderabad and 215 in Sukkur region. The computerisation
work on the police stations of Hyderabad and Sukkur regions were also taking place on a very slow pace. Once completed, it would enhance performance of the police department specifically during registration of FIRs, probing of crime, addressing of public complaints and other such matters. Each SHO was supposed to receive a latest computer with a printer and an Internet connection and they were to receive computer training in the first phase, but the plan seemed to be going nowhere, the sources added. The years old manual work at the police stations was to be changed with the introduction of computers. In addition, complaints and FIRs lodged with various police stations would be uploaded to a databank that could be accessed by high ups like IGP, DIGs, RPOs and DPOs. Furthermore, sources said the manual system of issuing challan receipts to the violators of traffic rules and regulations would be replaced with computerized system. In this system, the traffic police were to be provided with the Personal Digital Assistance Machine (machinereadable license) and the officials would have been able to issue a computerised receipt. under the said plan, the originality of the licenses was to be checked and the citizens could check their driving license at the traffic sections of the metropolis. In addition to this, IP-based (Internet Protocol) surveillance cameras would also be installed at different traffic sections including Nipa Chowrangi, Hasan Square, Kharadar and other areas of the city for proper monitoring of traffic while keeping an eye on the performance of the cops.
Most of the sanitary workers are performing 2 to 3 hours duty and work at other places during the office hours. For that purpose, half of salaries of such workers go to the pockets of high-ups
MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION UNABLE TO OPERATE GARBAGE VANS AND PAY SALARIES TO SANITARY WORKERS DUE TO SHORTAGE OF FUNDS KARACHI sTAFF rePOrT
All major roads in the ‘city of lights’ are littered with heaps of garbage as the municipal administration has run out of funds even for paying salaries to sanitary workers and running the garbage vans inside the city. Heaps of garbage are seen everywhere not only at the dumping sites but also at other places where the
people devoid of civic sense have started throwing the filth. In 11 union councils of Saddar town alone, there are 100 garbage dumping sites but as the filth has not been removed over the past many weeks, the nearby roads and streets have covered with it making difficult for the vehicles to pass. At some places, especially behind the Sindh secretariat, the entire road remains covered with mounds of garbage blocking it for the last two
weeks. The heaps of garbage have caused infectious skin ailments and other diseases among the resident of these areas. The heaps of litter could be seen at the main gate of Government Women College (Shahrah Liaquat), Pakistan Chowk, Haqani Chwok, New Preedy Street, Shahrah-e-Kamal Ataturk, Sindh Secretariat parking area, Regal Chowk and other important roads. At some points, the residents have started burning the garbage which
is causing massive environmental pollution besides various ailments among the inhabitants. An official at Saddar Town said due to lack of funds, the administration was unable to lift the garbage from these areas. He said: “We have no oil to run garbage vans. The owners of fuel stations have refused to provide fuel till payment of arrears.” He said the town administration had not even paid salaries to employees for the last four months and families of
workers were suffering from starvations. “How can you expect a worker to clean the streets if his children will be hungry?” The official said around 3,000 sanitary workers were enough for an estimated 1.2 million population of Saddar Town but shortage of funds had had badly affected their performance. He said the revenue from collection of trade license fee was Rs10 million while the Sindh government releases 25 to 30 million under Zila Octroy Tax with 30 percent deductions at source for electricity bills. “But this amount is not enough even for employees’ salaries then how can we run the vehicles to remove the garbage”, he questioned. The official reluctantly told that the Sindh government was not releasing funds estimated to be 200 million collected under the head of sale and purchase of property tax from July 2012 which, if released, would definitely help release the salaries and sanitation situation in the town. He also disclosed that most of the sanitary workers were performing 2 to 3 hours duty and work at other places during the office hours. For that purpose, half of salaries of such workers go to the pockets of high-ups, he added.
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shC serves notices on chief secretary, others over islands sale KARACHI InP
The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday served notices on Sindh chief secretary, secretary and Port and Shipping director general over an application moved by the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) against the sale of two islands. The application moved through MB Khatian Advocate noted that Dingi and Bhandar Islands were the property of the Sindh government while Port Qasim Authority sold the same land to a private party. It also maintained that an agreement was signed with a foreign company without the consent of the Sindh government (reference to Mou signed between Bahria Town and a uS investor), which was also illegal.
Joint services mock anti-terror exercise held KARACHI nnI
KARACHI: PASBAN workers stage a demonstration outside the press club against returning of former president Pervez Musharraf to Pakistan. staFF photo
shahzeb murder case adjourned over reservations on new prosecutor KARACHI InP
The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Saturday adjourned hearing of Shahzeb Khan’s murder case till Monday, due to reservations of the plaintiff DSP Orangzaib regarding the prosecutor in the case. Earlier, the government had replaced the special public prosecutor with a man who belonged to the native town of the main accused namely Sikander Jatoi. Special Public Prosecutor Shahid Arain was asked to leave the charge immediately. Shahid had been directed to hand over all files and records to the newly appointed prosecutor Muzaffar Solangi who belonged to Jatoi’s village. Shahzeb’s father Aurangzeb Khan and Investigation Officer Mobeen have expressed serious concerns over the decision. They said that the new prosecutor’s link to the accused and his access to sensitive record could undermine the trial.
pml-N takes out salvation day rally MITHI PPI
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Tharparkar took out a salvation day rally here on Saturday against Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government over the end of its five-year tenure. The rally marched through various roads of the city amid sloganeering against the PPP government. Speaking on the occasion, local PML-N leader Irshad Kumbhar said that the fiveyear-tenure of the PPP government was a great trouble for the people. "The people are celebrating the salvation day today," he added. He said that the PPP gave hunger and poverty to the people but did not do any significant work for the benefits of the common man. PML-N members Mansoor Chandio and Iqbal Kumbhar also spoke on the occasion.
2 women among 5 killed KARACHI
T least five persons were killed and several others injured in a road accident and some other violent incidents in various areas of the metropolis on Saturday. According to police, unknown armed motorcyclists gunned a man down in Saeedabad area of Baldia Town and fled the scene. The body was shifted to a hospital for post-mortem. Another man was shot at
and killed on the spot near Garden Zoo by some unknown miscreants. In another incident, three people were killed and three others injured in a collision between a truck and a jeep in Shershah on Hub River Road. According to rescue sources, the bodies of the deceased and the injured were shifted to a civil hospital. The hospital sources said the injured include three children who were in critical condition. In yet another incident, three people including two women died and four children injured in col-
lision between a double cabin jeep and a truck in Shershah area. The deceased and the injured belonged to a same family. Meanwhile, firing incidents were reported from different areas of Karachi wherein eight persons were injured who were later shifted to various hospitals of concerned areas. During targeted search operation in different areas of the mega city, the police and Rangers nabbed 60 accused and recovered arms, explosives and drugs from their possession.
In continuation of the joint counter-terrorism exercises, another joint mock anti-terror exercise was held at Shahra-e-Faisal on Saturday. According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), troops from army, navy, Pakistan air force and Rangers participated which were aided by Sindh police, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Fire Brigade and ambulance service. These exercises are aimed at checking the readiness and joint coordination mechanism devised to thwart any threat posed by the terrorists. Highly trained army troops of Army Light Commando Battalion, Navy Marines and PAF security personnel showed exceptional agility and swift response to take on the simulated threat while troops from Rangers and Police secured the area. Helicopters were also used to airlift the causalities and hostages in this mock up drill. Fire tenders also assisted in containing the simulated damage. The exercise was observed by senior military officials.
land mafia killed parveen, say Ji leaders KARACHI APP
Central women leadership of Jamaat-e-Islami Dr Rukhsana Jabeen and Ayesha Munawaar have attributed killing of activist Parveen Rehman an outcome of her resistance against highly active "land mafia" in the metropolis. A statement issued on Saturday said that Parveen was respected by all quarters for her contribution towards community development and sincerity of purpose. "Her murder cannot be allowed to be just an addition to the numbers of those killed in the city," said Dr. Rukhsana Jabeen. Ayesha said Parveen was a prominent apolitical figure known for her struggle for the cause of marginalised segments and her killing was a warning to all those keen to restore sanity in the system. Chief of JI Sindh women wing, Afshan Navaid, Chief of JI women wing Karachi, Rana Fazal, President, Women and Family Commission (Sindh), Aaalia Nigar said the assassinated activist was owned by all Karachiites, who loved her, respected her and will always remember her. Expressing their deep sorrow and concern about the murder they said it was time that serious efforts were made to do away with mafias active in the metropolis. "We also demand that serious and sincere effort is made to put an end to rampant exploitation of Karachi, its resources and that of its residents," said the JI women leaders.
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Since the time of Homer every European, in what he could say about the Orient, was a racist, an imperialist, and almost totally ethnocentric. â€” Edward Said
Sunday, 17 March, 2013
odiNgA ChAlleNges defeAt At KeNyA CoUrt NAIROBI: Kenya's defeated presidential contender Raila Odinga has filed a challenge to his election defeat, as police fired teargas to disperse his supporters who had gathered in front of the Supreme Court where the decision will be made. Lawyers for Odinga, who is Kenya's prime minister, called their petition before the Supreme Court on Saturday a "legitimate legal process" that ensures the will of the people is respected. Odinga refuses to accept the slim first-round win by his opponent Uhuru Kenyatta, alleging collusion between the president-elect and the electoral commission. Al Jazeeraâ€™s Nazanine Moshiri, reporting from Nairobi, said that the Supreme Court had two weeks to decide to uphold the decision of Kenyatta as president or to have a run-off. "Odinga regrets that five years ago, when he felt the election was stolen from him, there was no process for him to identify those responsible for election crimes." Our correspondent said. At least one person was wounded on Saturday as police quickly cleared the crowd from the front of the court building. Some of the supporters wore T-shirts marked with slogans "I support the petition" and "Democracy on trial", an echo of Odinga's statement that his petition would be a test of democracy in Kenya. AgencIes
syriAN regime ACCUsed of ClUster BomB Use DAMASCUS: The forces of Bashar alAssad, the Syrian president, are expanding their use of widely banned cluster bombs, causing "mounting civilian casualties," an international human rights group said. Saturday's report by Human Rights Watch comes just after the conflict reached the two-year mark earlier this week. The New York-based group said Syrian government forces have dropped at least 156 cluster bombs in 119 locations across the country in the past six months, causing mounting civilian casualties. "Syria is expanding its relentless use of cluster munitions, a banned weapon, and civilians are paying the price with their lives and limbs," said Steve Goose, HRW director of the arms division. "The initial toll is only the beginning because cluster munitions often leave unexploded bomblets that kill and maim long afterward," Goose said. "All nations that have joined the treaty banning cluster bombs have a legal obligation to speak out and condemn Syria's ever-expanding use of these indiscriminate weapons, yet too few are doing so," he added. AgencIes
FINAL RESPECTS: Thousands turn out to watch as the hearse with the coffin containing the remains of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez is driven to the military museum in Carcas on Saturday. AgencIes
swiss tourist gang-raped in india NEW DELHI
T least seven men have raped a 39-year-old Swiss woman camping with her husband in an Indian forest, police say, the latest victim of sexual violence against women in the South Asian nation. The Swiss woman and her husband were touring the state by bicycle and were camping overnight in the forest inimpoverished Madhya Pradeshstate, when at least seven men attacked the couple on Friday night, sexually assaulting the woman and robbing the pair. The attackers "tied up the man and raped the woman in his presence", local police official SM Afzal said, adding that they stole 10,000 rupees ($185) and a mobile phone from the woman. The couple were on their way to the tourist destination of Agra, home to the iconic Taj Mahal monument, in northern India when they stopped to camp for the night near a village. "The victims, who belong to Switzerland, put up a tent to stay overnight," when the attack occurred, Afzal said. Indian media reports said the men were wielding sticks when they attacked the couple. After the attack, the victim was admitted to hospital
in Gwalior city, local police official MS Dhodee said. She was conscious on Saturday and speaking to authorities. No other details of her condition were known. Dhodee said that police were still investigating the case but added that a "rape case has been registered against seven unidentified people". Local police superintendent CS Solanki said police were questioning 13 men in connection with the attack. RECORD RAPE CASES: The attack on Friday night comes three months after a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was gang-raped and beaten in a moving bus and thrown bleeding on to the street in a case that sparked outrage in the country. She died later in hospital in Singapore. After the student was raped and beaten in Delhi last December, millions of Indians took to the streets demanding the death penalty for her attackers and official action to reduce the number of assaults on women. Four men and a juvenile are on trial for that attack. A sixth defendant, who police say was the ringleader, was found dead in his cell on Monday. One woman is raped every 20 minutes in India, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. But police estimate only four out of 10 rapes are reported, largely due to victims' fear of being shamed by their families and communities.
336 million Chinese abortions in 40 years BEIjING AgencIes
Chinese doctors have performed more than 330 million abortions since the government implemented a controversial one-child policy 40 years ago, according to official data from the health ministry. Data posted on the health ministry website shows that since 1971 - shortly before China started encouraging people to have fewer children - doctors have performed 336 million abortions. The Chinese government has previously estimated that without the family planning policy restrictions, the country's 1.3 billion population would be 30 percent larger. Official statistics showed that in addition to the abortions, Chinese doctors have sterilised 196 million men and women since 1971. The incoming Chinese leadership has already moved to dismantle the Family Planning Commission. "After the reform, China will adhere to and improve the family planning policy," Ma Kai, secretary-general of the State Council, China's cabinet, said when the move was announced, according to the official Xinhua news agency on Saturday. The move was included in a report on governmental restructuring submitted to the National People's Congress, the country's legislature, which ends
Chavez laid to rest after final Caracas tour CARACAS AgencIes
Late president Hugo Chavez was laid to rest at the headquarters of his failed 1992 coup attempt, a month before snap elections to pick his successor. Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans thronged the streets of Caracas on Friday to bid a final farewell to the man who ruled the oil-rich South American country for 14 years. "I pledge allegiance in this life and what we are bringing to this command post is a Christian leader and the commander in chief of the Venezuelan armed forces," Chavez's handpicked heir acting President Nicolas Maduro exclaimed. Friends and family joined high-ranking government and army officials in surrounding the coffin draped with a Venezuelan flag as Chavez was entombed. Official television coverage, streaming the processions throughout the day, cut the footage just as Chavez was set to be laid to rest. The army barracks-turned-museum will open to the public from Saturday and the government expects the mausoleum to become a "place of pilgrimage for the world's revolutionaries." Earlier, a black hearse loaded with the casket made its entrance through the gates of the barracks, and several senior military commanders carried the coffin down a red carpet. Chavez succumbed to cancer on March 5 at age 58, plunging a deeply polarised Venezuela into mourning amid growing uncertainty over its future. The funeral procession had started two hours earlier, after a mass and a solemn ceremony in the courtyard of the military academy, which for nine days and nights saw throngs of Venezuelans come pay their last respects. The "comandante' was laid out in an olive green uniform and wore his trademark red beret. His daughter Maria Gabriela, donning dark glasses, broke through the applause to thank her father for "giving us the homeland back" and promised to defend his legacy, as Chavez's mother wept incessantly. After a mass, the casket was loaded into a black hearse for the 12km procession by foot, motorcycle, car, jeep and on horseback to the barracks. Huge crowds of hundreds of thousands of supporters, many sporting red shirts bearing Chavez's likeness, watched as the hearse, flanked by riders in ceremonial red military uniforms on horseback, made its way slowly down the Paseo de los Proceres, a boulevard honoring the country's founders.
Afghans protest Us forces in restive province its annual session on Sunday. China has announced structural changes to its family planning system which oversees the controversial one-child policy during the ongoing annual meeting of the national legislature in Beijing. The People's Republic says that its one-child policy introduced in 1978 and enacted in 1979, has prevented overpopulation and boosted economic development. The policy, which limits urban families to one child, exempts some rural families, ethnic minorities and couples who are both only children. Those who contravene the rules must pay a fine.
Calls have increased, however, for the restriction to be phased out as the country's labour force shrinks and the ranks of the elderly swell. Human rights groups have criticised what they say are "harsh enforcement methods". Last Sunday, the government announced the merger of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, which oversees the policy, with the health ministry in a move state media said was meant to improve, not abandon the one-child policy. China's latest census in 2010 showed that the population could have been 400 million larger if the one-child policy had not been implemented, according to Xinhua.
KABUL: Hundreds of residents of Maidan Wardak Province have come to Kabul and staged a protest in front of the parliament, demanding the uS forces to adhere to Afghan president's order for uS Special Forces to pull out of the eastern province. Saturday's protest also saw between two and three hundred people from Wardak demand the release of nine locals, whom they believe are under the custody of uS forces, the chief of Kabul police's Criminal Investigations Department said. "The demonstration was peaceful, but the protesters shouted anti-uS slogans," General Mohammed Zahir said. The Special Forces were ordered by President Hamid Karzai to leave the Wardak a week ago amid mounting allegations of abuse by the uS forces and the 'irregular' Afghan groups working alongside them. AgencIes
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Democracy meant for masses, not favourite people only. — Jamshed Dasti
newS Sunday, 17 March, 2013
fiA again seeks indian permission to examine mumbai witnesses RAWALPINDI
H E Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has sent the third letter to Indian authorities seeking response to requests of allowing the cross examination of four witnesses involved in the Mumbai attacks probe, Pakistan Today has learnt. Sources said the FIA wrote a letter to Pakistani High Commission in India, asking officials to take up the matter with Indian authorities, as the trial of case in Pakistani court had been slowed down due to the delay in visit of judicial commission to India. Pakistan had asked the Indian side to allow the cross examination of four witnesses, resend the earlier
notification disallowing the questioning by the Pakistani lawyers and copies of statements of witnesses. Earlier, the lawyers representing accused Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Hammad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Younas Anjum, Jamil Ahmed, Mazhar Iqbal and Abdul Majid, had raised objections over the request of the prosecution to form a new judicial commission to revisit Mumbai for cross examining the witnesses there. Advocate Khawaja Haris Ahmed objected to the request for forming new commission, saying the Indian government should first cancel earlier orders disallowing the cross examination of Mumbai Investigation Officer Ramash Mahale, Rama Vijay Sawanth, the magistrate who recorded the confessional statement of Ajmal Kasab, Dr Shaliesh Mohiti and Dr
mumbai attacks trial adjourned until 30th RAWALPINDI: The trial of seven Mumbai attack suspects, including Lashkar-eTayyaba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, on Saturday was adjourned for two weeks as the judge was away to attend a training course. The trial was adjourned until March 30 as anti-terrorism court judge Chaudhry Habibur Rehman was expected to return on Monday, sources said. There were no proceedings on Saturday. OnLIne
Ganash Dhondiraj who conducted postmortem of the 166 dead people. Talking to Pakistan Today, Advocate Riaz Akram Cheema, who represents the Pakistani accused, said Indian authorities claimed they were serious about the high profile case of Mumbai attacks, but did not
even bother to respond to a letter of FIA regarding permission for cross examination of their witnesses. “The trial of the case in Pakistan has been stuck due to delaying tactics of India, and the delay shows that they might destroy the evidence of the case,” Cheema said.
PESHAWAR: Artists perform on stage during a cultural gala at Nishtar Hall on Saturday. InP
ApNs expresses grief over fe Chaudhry’s demise KARACHI Press reLeAse
Sarmad Ali, president on behalf of the office-bearers and members of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society, has expressed his profound grief on the sad demise of renowned press photographer FE Chaudhry who was fondly known as Chacha amongst his colleagues. The APNS acknowledges the services and contribution of the veteran photographer for the newspaper industry and notes with sorrow that with him a golden chapter of dedicated professional press photography has ended. The vacuum caused by his death would not be filled by the press in Pakistan, stated the APNS President. The APNS condoles with the family of Late FE Chaudhry and prays that God may rest his soul in peace and give courage to bereaved friends and family to bear the great loss.
Kashmir is a gaping wound, says Dalrymple DUBAI OnLIne
Acclaimed writer and narrative historian, William Dalrymple has called the Kashmir issue a ‘gaping wound’ in the South Asian region. Acknowledging that Kashmir is one of the most problematic issues of our times, Dalrymple, who was a star speaker at the recently-concluded Emirates Literary Festival in Dubai, noted that the resolution of Kashmir remained the key to a peaceful South Asia. The author said unless Pakistan and India were ready to resolve the dispute, instability would continue to haunt the region. Dalyrmple, who was shot at while covering Kashmir previously for intern a t i o n a l publications, said the Kashmir problem could be likened to a lesion that has been left
festering for a long time. “We are currently in a situation where the people of Kashmir feel that they are under a military occupation and frankly the recent reports coming out of the Valley make for a very grim reading,” Dalrymple said. The author, whose recent book Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan has won rave reviews globally added that there is great similarity, culturally and otherwise, between Delhi and Lahore than there is between Delhi and Bombay (now Mumbai). However, the lingering Kashmir problem has complicated the relationship between the two south Asian powers, he quipped. Dalrymple found himself in a precarious situation on a recent trip to Afghanistan where he had gone on a personal invite from the Afghan President Hamid Karzai to discuss his latest book.
BAhrAiN deports 180 pAKistANis serviNg iN Bdf ISLAMABAD/MANAMA: The Government of Bahrain has deported 180 Pakistanis serving in Bahrain Defence Forces (BDF) on disciplinary grounds. Officials of both countries in Islamabad told reporters that the Pakistanis were sacked and deported to Pakistan for violating the disciplinary norms. A Pakistani official said this was not a political matter but rather an administrative matter. This incident was first of its nature that Pakistanis in such large number were deported from Bahrain. The BDF comprises of army, navy and air force and royal guard units. The Public Security Forces (PSF) and coast guards are not part of it. Apart from it, the national guards – consisting of 1,200 personnel – are also functioning. Pakistanis in large number are performing duties in the police and other law-enforcement agencies of Bahrain but the precise number of Pakistanis serving in security forces of Bahrain is not known. Dozens of people have been killed so far and injured in the antigovernment riots erupted in February 2011 in Bahrain. In the meantime, several hundred Pakistanis were recruited in the National Guards of Bahrain through Fauji Foundation Pakistan. The demonstrators in reprisal to the action taken by Bahrain police and security forces against the antigovernment demonstrations targeted Pakistanis living therein. Several Pakistanis were killed and injured in these attacks. Bahrain has overcome the situation to large extent but the anti-government rallies are still continuing there. As per population census-2012, total population of Bahrain comes to 1,200,000 and the expatriates constitute more than half of the population of the country. Most of them are Asian countries. Authorities said over 50,000 Pakistanis are settled in Bahrain and most of them are living there for the last several years. Bahrain is the only Arab country which grants citizenship rights to citizens of some Muslim countries, including Pakistan. OnLIne
UproAr iN KAshmir AssemBly over pAKistAN resolUtioN JAMMU: There was uproar in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Saturday over calls to denounce Pakistan National Assembly’s (NA) support to Afzal Guru. The demand to pass a resolution against Pakistan was made by members of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP). Speaker Mubarak Gul, however, did not entertain the plea, saying the matter had already been discussed and debated by the Indian Parliament, and the state assembly need not pass such a resolution. Agitated members of the BJP and JKNPP staged a walk out in protest. JKNPP party leader in the assembly Harsh Dev Singh criticised the government’s attitude on the issue. He said Omar Abdullah’s government was adopting “double standards” because the government had discussed Afzal Guru’s hanging but denied permission to pass a resolution against Pakistan in national interest. OnLIne
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Backbone of terrorists broken in country. — Interior Minister Rehman Malik
Sunday, 17 March, 2013
hackers post ‘private data’ of michelle obama, fBi head WASHINGTON AgencIes
uS authorities are investigating after hackers posted personal financial data belonging to First Lady Michelle Obama, the head of the FBI and several A-list celebrities online. Hackers using a Russian web address published the credit reports and social security numbers for Obama, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller, uS Attorney General Eric Holder, and Los Angeles Police Chief Charles Beck. They also posted social security numbers and other personal information relating to Vice President Joe Biden and former first lady and secretary of state Hillary Clinton. Entertainment stars Beyonce and husband Jay-Z, Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears also saw details leaked, as did tycoon Donald Trump, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and bodybuilderturned-actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. uS President Barack Obama was asked about the alleged incident during an interview with ABC News, and while not confirming the details, said that hacking was a growing problem. “We should not be surprised that if we’ve got hackers that want to dig in and have a lot of resources, that they can access this information,” he said.
egyptian president to visit pakistan on 18th ISLAMABAD APP
Egyptian President Dr Muhammad Morsi is visiting Pakistan on March 18, as the head of a high-powered delegation at the invitation of President Asif Zardari. President Morsi is the first civilian, democratically and freely-elected Egyptian president to visit Pakistan. The last bilateral visit was by late Gamal Abdel Nasser in the 1960s. Morsi’s visit to Islamabad is being seen as a watershed and a landmark in the traditional and friendly relations between the two large and important Muslim countries. The Egyptian president’s decision to choose Pakistan as the first South Asian country for a bilateral visit manifests Egypt’s desire to add a new chapter to its bilateral ties with Pakistan. His engagements would include one-onone meeting with President Zardari, followed by delegation level talks and banquet/luncheon hosted by the president.
KANDAHAR: Afghan spectators look on as two fighting dogs attack each other during weekly dog fight matches. Dog fighting is held in vacant lots and though betting is done, matches are stopped as soon as one dog shows absolute domination. Dog fighting was banned during the Taliban regime. AgencIes
Us drone paradigm not working: Akbar Ahmad WASHINGTON
O TA B L E scholar Akbar S Ahmad on Saturday said that the united States’ drone paradigm is not working as aerial operations in pursuit of elusive alQaeda are fuelling militancy and adding to the woes of marginalised tribal societies. Ahmed was speaking at the launch of his latest book The Thistle and the Drone at the Brookings Institution, where Pakistani writer Mowahid Hussain Shah and Editor-in-Chief of Washington Post Sally Quinn participated in a colloquium. Khalid Aziz, a Pakistani official, formerly in charge of Waziristan, offered recorded remarks via video. In the book, Akbar Ahmed, who is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American university in Washington, draws on 40 case studies representing the global span of Islam to demonstrate how the uS had become involved directly or
indirectly in each of these societies. “The united States has not been able to understand the tribal societies that in return do not understand the uS,” he said. “The drones have become symbol of America’s war on terror but the Obama paradigm is not working,” said Ahmed, a former Pakistani high commissioner to the uK. He disputed the claims that drone strikes were precise and did not kill many civilians and pointed out that the world was not paying attention to the sufferings of tribal people who were caught in chaos on the periphery. In the book – which is the third volume of Ahmed’s trilogy examining relations between America and the Muslim world - the author argues that if there is a clash it is not between civilizations based on religion. “The war on terror has been conceptualised as a triangle formed by three points—the united States, the modern state within which the tribes live, and al Qaeda,” he said. Mowahid Shah, who is a uS Supreme Court attorney and Middle East
Democrat asks Obama to be transparent on drone policy WASHINGTON sPecIAL cOrresPOndenT
John Podesta, an influential Democratic Party leader and former White House Chief of the Staff, on Thursday asked the Obama administration to reveal its legal rationale for drone operations that kill terrorism suspects including Americans in foreign countries. In one of the most emphatic calls for transparency on the controversial drone program, Podesta argued the administration is “wrong to withhold these documents from Congress and the American people.” “I say this as a former White House chief of staff who understands the instinct to keep sensitive information secret and out of public view,” he wrote in an opinion piece in The Washington Post. Podesta is currently chairman of the Center for American Progress and a visiting professor of law at Georgetown university. While, it is beyond dispute that some information must be closely held to protect national security and to engage in effective
diplomacy, he argued, protecting technical means, human sources, operational details and intelligence methods “cannot be an excuse for creating secret law to guide our institutions.” Podesta’s writing appears in the backdrop of growing calls for oversight of the drone program including a 13-hour speech in the Senate by Republican legislator Rand Paul in which he sought assurance from the Obama administration that it would not use drone strikes against non-combatant Americans on uS soil. Paul was able to extract the assurance from Attorney General Eric Holder as a result of the filibustering speech. He also made to delay confirmation of Obama’s pick for CIA Director, John Brennan, who has been described in the American media as a lead architect of the uS drone policy. In the recent past, the Obama administration has defended its secret targeted killing program on foreign soils beyond traditional war theatres including Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, claiming drones have
been an effective tool in taking out against al-Qaeda militants. However, in his argument Podesta, who served as White House chief of staff in the Bill Clinton era, wrote that “by refusing to release to Congress the rules and justifications governing a program that has conducted nearly 400 unmanned drone strikes and killed at least three Americans in the past four years, President Obama is ignoring the system of checks and balances that has governed our country from its earliest days.” More significantly, he noted that in keeping this information from the American people, Obama is “undermining the nation’s ability to be a leader on the world stage and is acting in opposition to the democratic principles we hold most important.” Meanwhile, according to uS media reports, President Barack Obama has defended his stance in response to some Democratic lawmakers’ demand for greater transparency on drone strikes, arguing in a private meeting that the executive branch has the right to keep such information secret.
expert, said by relying solely on the employment of force, the united States had lost the war on terror. “Instead of fighting endless wars, Washington and other world powers need to address Kashmir and Palestinian disputes since they are at the heart of conflicts and turmoil besetting the world,” he said. The two Pakistani scholars also reflected on the looming 2014 drawdown and future American engagement in the region. “The uS cannot pack up and leave from Afghanistan,” Akbar Ahmed stressed, while explaining such an exit would hand over victory to the Taliban. “We need to rebuild structures that can contain violence,” Akbar added, while underscoring the need to approach the unrest with a political solution. He informed the gathering that the terrorists had killed 400 leaders in Pakistan’s tribal areas.
Afghanistan still the biggest poppy producer, smuggles via India, Pakistan KABUL nnI
According to a report by the uS State Department revealed on Thursday, Afghanistan once again topped the list of world’s biggest narcotics producers with drug smugglers using a route through India more than the previous years. The annual report on global trends in illegal narcotics trade confirmed that Afghanistan retained its position as the world’s top opiate producer. It also said that the drugs smuggled in 2012 through India from Afghanistan were increasing via Pakistan. Afghan Counter-Narcotics Deputy Minister Mohammad Ibrahim Azhar said the smugglers were finding new
ways of transferring the drugs out of Afghanistan. “Because of some threats by Iran and Turkey in the border regions, the smugglers have changed their way of transferring drugs. Now they smuggle via Pakistan to other countries,” he said. According to the ministry, poppy cultivation in Afghanistan increased 18 percent from 2011 to 2012, but drug production dropped by 40 percent mainly because of the government’s poppy eradication drive whereby government and security forces physically destroy farmers’ poppy crops. Most of Afghanistan’s poppy cultivation happened in the south and west areas of Afghanistan, both for its suitable climate and in areas where security is less tight.
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Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot. –Charlie Chaplin
stop digging The ill-bred system
Sunday, 17 March, 2013
the balance sheet Outstanding achievements, colossal failures
HE five-year long democratic era is marked by outstanding achievements and colossal failures. The former include the historic 18th and 20th amendments. The 18th amendment restored parliamentary democracy, widened the sphere of provincial autonomy and introduced a better system of appointing the higher judiciary. The 20th amendment brought into existence an independent Election Commission and made the selection of the caretaker setup more consensual. Another major achievement was the 7th NFC award which untangled a knot that had defied consensus for 19 years, with arbitrary Awards intervening since 1990. While the PPP played a leading role in piloting the constitutional amendments, the achievements were the result of a combined effort by all parliamentary parties. The gains were indicative of the inherent strength of the democratic system and its ability to reconcile conflicting interests. Lack of responsiveness to the common man’s problems was one of the glaring failures of the PPP-led coalition. Thus the gulf between the richest and the poorest continued to widen during the last five years. Power and gas shortages could have been reduced if the government had concentrated on the matter from day one. The setting up of an extra large federal cabinet was the first step towards bad governance which was to characterize the period. Incompetent cronies were appointed to lucrative positions leading to several financial scams that landed the high-ups and their scions in courts. Karachi and Quetta suffered the most under the present government. The former was virtually handed over to land and extortion mafias, some of them enjoying the support of the parties ruling in Sindh. In Balochistan, the provincial government turned out to be so thoroughly incompetent and prone to corruption. The province was virtually handed over to security agencies. Forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings combined with negligence added to the alienation already prevailing in the province. The Punjab ruled by the PML-N too suffered from bad governance as the chief minister insisted on micromanaging the province and the government wasted tens of millions of rupees on unsustainable projects to gain popularity. The PPP being a minority party had to enter into alliances. It decided to rely on parties some of which had murky agendas and undemocratic thinking. What is more they demanded a free and with survival the prime object, the PPP obliged. A five year long uninterrupted democratic rule leading to preparations for a peaceful transition is something worth celebrating. This indicates a modicum of maturity in the political parties. One can only hope that those who come to power after the elections will build on the basis that has been laid to create a responsive democracy that brings down the poverty graph, strengthens the federal system and strives for peace in the country.
drone strikes are illegal UN’s Special Rapporteur considers them so too
RONE strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas have caused huge losses, both of life and property. With the issue being as complex as it is, particularly due to differing point of views of the uS and Pakistan, its legality as per the international law is not clear, or at least it wasn’t, before the uN’s Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson weighed in on the issue with his opinion, declaring the strikes a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty, a position Pakistan had officially taken all along since the strikes started. Pakistan’s stance stands to reason, mainly because it is Pakistan that has to lose in either case: if it approves these strikes, which, as WikiLeaks puts, political and military leadership of the country does behind closed doors, or if it doesn’t and stands up to the uS, which it is in no position to do so, it could invite the uS’ and international community’s wrath. However, over the years, what Islamabad has done is to protest against these attacks openly, a stance that has now been given support by the uN itself. But the politics behind these strikes is not that simple. The issue at the heart of the discord on drone strikes is not about their legality or the damage they cause, it is more about why they are needed in the first place. True they cause huge collateral damage and are counter-productive, it is the why, not the how, these strikes are deemed necessary. If the drones are a violation of sovereignty of the state, so are the terrorist cells that are using Pakistan’s tribal areas and other conflict zones, and in some cases even peaceful areas, as sanctuaries to conduct their heinous acts of terrorism against not only the local population but also against other countries. These terrorist cells pose a threat to other countries, and if Islamabad is unable to, or unwilling to, take action against them, those countries might not give an ear to our protests and could take action to defend themselves through various means, including drone strikes. A recent report says that three British Muslims including a convert pleaded guilty in court on Friday to travelling to Pakistan for terror training. With Pakistan being associated with such news ever so often in the international media, our case against the drones would lose credibility. It is time that Pakistan took up courage and decided to launch an operation in N Waziristan to establish the writ of the state by eliminating terrorist camps and thus removed the variable from the equation that has so far been against its interests.
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couldn’t care less who the next caretaker prime minister is, but with friends in the fray and so much mistrust and contention in the air, I am concerned that none is likely to emerge unscathed. Of the names being bandied around, none is Punjabi (so much for the ‘oppressive’ province) but trust the wily Zardari to pull a surprise out of a hat. Almas Bobby, perhaps – what say you? He/she/it is Punjabi and beats gender inequality. That would be fun. What to write? Can we be certain that elections won’t be delayed? When I don’t even know what might happen by the time I finish writing this and you by the time you stop reading it, how does one answer the question? Doubt and uncertainty stalk the land. The Grim Reaper is about. They have become permanent in our lives, akin to festering pus-oozing sores. Pain is here to stay for what remains of my generation. Serves us right for being so selfish and stupid. Should one stick to the spiritual; to history? Not in the mood. Best to make it short and sweet – though it may not be so sweet for some – and intersperse it liberally with telling quotes. I don’t envy the caretakers. They are on a hiding to nothing. It could soil their CVs instead of illuminating them. If elections take place on schedule their task will be less difficult: to hold them in a manner acceptable to the majority in times fraught with cageyness, skepticism, suspicion and violence – a tall order indeed. If they are delayed the task becomes onerous. From playing with fire they will be playing with hellfire. “Someone has to do it,” say the impatient. Sure, but there’s no point of a long caretaker unless they focus on fundamental structural changes in the political system to make it more democratic and representative, bring violence under control and pull the economy out of the hole into which it has fallen yet again and also know how to do it, for the old standard operating procedure of running to the lending agencies may not necessarily work again. Not easy. Today we are in a deep hole yet we go on digging. Stop digging. I don’t know about the human female, but as a dog breeder I can tell you that if an animal has too many abortions the danger is that she will finally have abnormal or mentally challenged progeny. It should be the same with horses: Hina Rabbani Khar will tell you, as should Her Majesty the Queen of England and Sheikh Mohammad of Dubai. Worse, inbreeding makes progeny wonky. That is what we have done with our political system that passes for democracy. It was aborted at inception when no fresh elections were held for our Constituent As-
sembly that had been elected in India a year before Pakistan was born. Then Governor General Ghulam Mohammad who led the first bureaucrat’s coup meddled with that assembly, as did his successor. Next came General Ayub Khan’s first military coup in 1958 followed in 1969 by the second by General Yahya Khan, the “fat and flabby” general whom ‘The Economist’ called ‘Tweedle Khan’. Our first national elections were held in 1970 but the Bhutto-Yahya Combine aborted them too for, horror of horrors, the short-dark Bengalis would rule the roost. By denying them their democratic rights we opened the door to Indian meddling. Result: a lost war and disintegration of the country. Result: an abnormal constituent assembly in a now deformed country. Bhutto rigged the 1977 elections. Result: a countrywide agitation. To save his government Bhutto banned the bottle and let the mullah genie out of another bottle in which Allama Iqbal had bottled it. Today it has grown to enormous proportions. Result: came General Zia, not on horseback but on the crest of the political mullah genie’s wave to make true Muslims of us. He aborted the Bhutto-Yahya creature produced in a test tube and used its carcass to create a party-less, parentless creature of his own in an unholy test tube. He held elections in 1985, only to abort them in 1988. Result: Zia signed his death warrant. Came the Nineties came sham democracy: three elected governments were aborted ‘constitutionally’ while the last miscarried in 1999. From 2002 to 2008 we have had two elected parliaments that produced abnormal litters. Meantime, we have had three abnormal constitutions, the last getting increasingly abnormal with each passing government. So far so good because as we produce generation-after-generation the progeny should become better provided we breed scientifically and new bloodlines keep coming into the gene pool. But if we abort elections again they had better know what they are doing because from playing with fire they will start playing with hellfire in a country where people are much more aware and where violence, death and destruction wrought by terrorists and Mafiosi of mindboggling hues stalk the land. Best to hold elections and let them abort themselves or abort the forces that are destroying our country. Get on with it, don’t worry so much about the litter and let the bloodlines improve gradually. Another unfortunate practice is incest and inbreeding – cousin marriages in humans. The danger is deformity, abnormal or poor progeny with low IQs getting lower with more inbreeding. Cousin marriages amongst Muslims are 70 percent. Is that why collectively Muslims have become arguably the stupidest people in the world, unarguably the most backward, illiterate and underdeveloped? Our abnormal political system has had multiple abortions and much inbreeding too: thus it is riven with dynasticism. One politician goes and a relative replaces him. Nothing changes. Permanent change only comes naturally, even if there is blood on the street. We hankered after this system, now we have to lump it and live with it. Take a relaxant. Talking of the Muslim condition, especially in our subcontinent and why it is so pathetic, the far-sighted Maulana Abul Kalam Azad said in an interview to La-
hore’s ‘Chattan’ magazine in April 1946: “Muslims must realise that they are bearers of a universal message. They are not a racial or regional grouping in whose territory others cannot enter. Strictly speaking, Muslims in India are not one community; they are divided among many well-entrenched sects. You can unite them by arousing their antiHindu sentiment but you cannot unite them in the name of Islam. To them Islam means undiluted loyalty to their own sect. “Apart from Wahhabi, Sunni and Shia, there are innumerable groups who owe allegiance to different saints and divines. Small issues like raising hands during the prayer and saying amen loudly have created disputes that defy solution. The ulema [religious scholars] have used the instrument of takfeer [fatwas declaring someone as infidel] liberally. Earlier, they used to take Islam to the disbelievers; now they take away Islam from the believers. Islamic history is full of instances of how good and pious Muslims were branded kafirs. Prophets alone had the capability to cope with these mindboggling situations. Even they had to pass through times of afflictions and trials. The fact is that when reason and intelligence are abandoned and attitudes become fossilised then the job of the reformer becomes very difficult. “But today the situation is worse than ever. Muslims have become firm in their communalism; they prefer politics to religion and follow their worldly ambitions as commands of religion. History bears testimony to the fact that in every age we ridiculed those who pursued the good with consistency, snuffed out the brilliant examples of sacrifice and tore the flags of selfless service. Who are we, the ordinary mortals; even high ranking prophets were not spared by these custodians of traditions and customs.” Now take the greatest Indian-Pakistani Muslim leader of them all, Mohammad Ali Jinnah and his educated, cultivated, international, modern, moderate and enlightened mindset that he spelled out so clearly in his seminal speech of August 11, 1947, to Pakistan’s Constituent Assembly. That speech is our social contract, our touchstone. It should be the preamble of our constitution. Our constitution should have been based on it, not on the ‘Objectives Resolution’ that they created two years after Pakistan’s birth. How can a birth certificate take so long to emerge unless there is malfeasance intended – change the father’s name? We have done this for all intents and purposes for this is not Jinnah’s Pakistan. Remember young Jinnah wanted to be a Shakespearean stage actor. The old Jinnah wrote this letter on January 6, 1945, to Mohammad Masud who sought his opinion on the role of Indian Muslims in the sub-continent’s film industry. “I am in receipt of your letter of December 30th, 1944, and I wish more Musalman’s would enter into this realm of film industry, and I shall always be glad to do all I can to help it. I have noted that Mr Mahboob is producing a historical picture ‘Humayun’, and if I have an opportunity of seeing it I might be able to express my opinion about it, but generally I do wish that more Musalmans would enter this line, as there is plenty of scope for them in the film industry.” The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at email@example.com
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free for all for entire life Will it make any difference if one asks the Sindh assembly about the magic tricks it played on the very last day of its tenure? MPAs’ salaries and allowances have been increased by 60 percent from the back date (June 2011). They would also claim for additional perks such as mobile phone allowance, travelling vouchers and ‘recreational’ allowance etc. Salaries and allowances of outgoing ministers have also been increased by 40 percent. The chief minister, speaker and deputy speaker will be entitled for official security and a grade-17 personal assistant throughout their life. This is in addition to the increase in salaries, allowances and perks. Earlier, the federal government decided to provide free medical care for all the outgoing national
assembly members and their families for their entire life. I am just speechless, unable to make any comment on this lawlessness on the part of lawmakers. Look at what’s going on in the country – security, economy, education, investor confidence, religious/sectarian harmony, all have gone the drain. Hundreds of thousands of people are still displaced due to army action in tribal areas or have been victims of the last two devastating floods. And our lawmakers are busy in getting away whatever is left in the treasury. But nothing to worry about, the interim government is going to negotiate a bailout package worth billions of dollars with the IMF. We will soon have enough money to meet all the bills coming from the parliamentarians who are now a part of history. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia
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level playing field Why the court must pursue the petition on land reforms
tional power plant. This should considerably reduce power outages, and bridge the energy deficit in the country. A truly worthy religious scholar and an expert on non-Muslims, was extremely pleased after hearing my plan. He was of the opinion that if his definition of a non-Muslim is used in this energy generation process, the sample mass would prodigiously increase, giving us up to three years worth of power. Another well-reputed personality revealed his master-plan to unveil the Ahmadis, apostates, atheists and agnostics, since these are the hardest to detect. I am fully aware of the fact that some scrupulous people might want to censure this thesis on energy generation and tout is as slightly bordering on cruelty (although unjustly so), but they aren’t aware of the multi-pronged prosperity that the project would bring to Pakistan. First of all the plan would reduce the population of Pakistan by at least 13 percent, and maybe more, depending on which non-Muslim classification is used. This would ensure that the resources available per person would increase. Secondly, load shedding would be curtailed. Thirdly, with the energy input increasing, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) would become favourable in the long run and inflation would decrease from the current 11 percent to around 4.5 percent. Fourthly, depending on fuel utility the rates of CNG, petrol and dollar would plummet from around Rs 90, 105 and 97 to Rs 15, 19 and 18 respectively. Fifthly, the whole talk of Kalabagh Dam and increasing work on other dams would be shelved. Sixthly, you would have religious harmony in the country since every single deviant would be flowing from the national grid in the shape of electrons. Seventhly, all forms of terrorism would be curbed since the project’s supervision requires the expertise of the likes of the Taliban who would then have to be an integral part of the government. Many other advantages can also be enumerated, for example the project would once and for all bury the oxymoron that “secular Pakistan” is. The tiring debate on what exactly is Jinnah’s Pakistan would also be laid to rest, and of course the increase in energy sector investment would boost the economy. I can really think of not one objection that can be raised against the scheme, unless it is raised by those that are against the well-being of this country. Everyone wants a Pakistan that is self-sufficient in its energy needs, and everyone wants a Pakistan without religious fundamentalism. Two birds, one stone and all that…
HE promise of democracy is larger than the simple idea of ‘one man one vote’. The true spirit of democracy embodies the right of equal participation in all facets of the governance structure. It entails not only the right to have an opinion, but also to have the opinion to be counted; not just the right to speak, but also to be heard; not only the right sAAd rAsOOL to vote, but the right to be counted; and, perhaps most importantly, not only the right to elect, but also (an equal) right to have a chance of being elected. And at the end of the current parliamentary term, as we turn the reigns over to an interim setup in order to graduate to the electoral process, this debate – of having an equal opportunity of being elected – must take centre stage. An appropriate place to start will be by asking the following questions: should the opportunity to contest for public office be the birthright of only the very affluent and privileged? Or should the contours of democracy be extended to incorporate in its fold, those whose voices have been muted under the weight of their unfortunate circumstances? What prohibits, or serves as an impediment for, the common (nonaffluent) individual to contest for and get elected to public office? Regardless of what side of the partisan divide one belongs to, most, if not all, people would agree that the doors of the electoral process must be opened to invite a larger fraction of the populous. And almost everyone would also concur that the greatest impediment in this regard are the forces of status quo. The next question then becomes: what are the forces of status quo, and how can we counter them? The answer, to this relatively straightforward question, is tricky. And frequently, it is couched in slogans of ‘real democracy’ being possible only after the ‘education of masses’ and ‘economic empowerment of the middle-class’. All that is true. But the pertinent issue for now is: where do we start from? What is the first step in challenging the status quo? Answer: Land reforms, and a breaking of the landed-junta’s hegemony in our politics. In a country still reeling from its history of colonial rule (through a system of land revenues), hereditary power centres, and primarily an agro-based economy, the gates of democracy shall stay shut to the people at large so long as a few select families and individuals continue to own and control majority of the land. An attempt to break this hegemony was made through Land Reform Regulation, 1972, and the Land Reforms Act, 1977, which introduced maximum caps on individual and family land-holdings. These reforms were challenged before the Federal Shariat Court (FSC) on the touchstone of being unIslamic (in the case of Hafiz Muhammad Ameen case, PLD 1981 FSC 23), but the court dismissed the petition, holding that 1) the land reforms were not unIslamic, and 2) the FSC did not have jurisdiction to examine the validity of the land reforms, the same being protected under Article 24 (Protection of Property Rights) and 253 (Maximum Limits as to Property) of the Constitution. This judgment of the FSC was appealed before the Shariat Appellate Bench of the Supreme Court in the (in)famous Qazalbash Waqf case (PLD 1990 SC 99), in which a bench comprising three Supreme Court judges and two ulema accepted the appeals, declaring the land reforms to be unIslamic (despite the fact that the same, in effect, nullified otherwise substantial provisions of the constitution). And that is how the law currently stands. Recently, however, as part of the larger electoral reforms challenge in the Workers Party Pakistan case, the great Abid Hassan Minto, assisted by Bilal Minto, has challenged the decision of the Qazalbash Waqf case, and asked for reinstitution of land reforms, as an imperative precondition to the holding of free and fair elections. The petition argues, inter alia, that that land reforms must be introduced (and upheld as constitutional), not only as part of the constitutional mandate of article 253 and 24 of the constitution, but also as a necessary part of a democratic dispensation that requires a ‘level playing field’ in the electoral process. Away from the technical challenges concerning jurisdiction of the Shariat Appellat Bench, and the issue of impliedly striking down article 24 and 253 of the constitution, the petition emphasises how the existing feudal landholdings act as an instrument of subjugation, and affect the right to life (or the right to a ‘better life’) of a large proportion of our population. The petition correctly points out that those subjugated by large landowners, depend on such landowners for their livelihood and (frequently) for their security. In such circumstances, these citizens cannot participate in the political process, as voters or candidates, in accordance with their own free will (per the spirit of article 17 of the constitution). For now, in the mix of sensationalised political cases, the honourable Supreme Court has not pursued this petition with much zest. Though notice has been issued to the Attorney General, no urgency seems to be prevailing in hearing and disposing of this matter in accordance with the constitutional mandate. Any other time, the idea that urgent sometimes crowd out the important, could be employed to justify the cavalier timing of the honourable court. However, this is not just any time. The elections are upon us. And, assuming continuity in the democratic process, what happens in the next 60 days will determine the course of our nation for at least five years to follow. This, here and now, is the time to take up the issue of reviewing the court’s decision in regards to land reforms. Not only because land reforms are important in themselves, as mandated explicitly by the constitution, but also because the issue rests at the heart of our electoral process and democratic paradigm.
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A modest proposal For preventing the religious minorities in Pakistan from being a burden to their country
KUnwAr KHULdUne sHAHId
T is a melancholy object to those, who are the champions of humanity, when they see the state of the minorities in this country. They see misery, discrimination and intolerance as non-Muslims continue to suffer at the hands of their religious identity. Mothers, instead of praying for the sustenance of their family, beg the deity to ensure their children return home alive. These children are nurtured in religious revulsion, and as they grow up, they either acquiesce to the bigotry and accept their status as second-class citizens or leave their dear native country to fight for their right to be recognised as human beings. I think it is unanimously agreed by all sane parties that the plight of religious minorities, that has seen them being reduced to unproductive citizens, is indeed one of the greatest grievances of the country. And so anyone, who can come up with an inexpensive method of making the minorities useful and sound members of Pakistan, would deserve a statue to be erected in their name. However, my intention is not merely limited to enhancing the utility of non-Muslims in Pakistan. The idea can eventually be extrapolated to include non-Muslims all over the globe. On my part, I have gone through every concerned scripture – divine or otherwise –throughout the past many years that I’ve mulled the issue. Many connoisseurs have come forward with their theories to answer the minority question, but every one of them, in my humble opinion, has fallen short of coming up with a well-rounded scheme to ensure that minorities become fruitful state members and in turn see their social status climb up the pecking order. The pros and cons; the rationalities and absurdities; the economics, mathematics, geography, religion and ethics; everything has been factored into this plan that would benefit both the country as a whole and the condition of the minorities. The scheme would help Pakistan overcome many of the predicaments that it faces – namely religious extremism, energy crisis, fiscal deficit, corruption, population growth, air pollution, etc – and give the religious minorities the opportunity to finally get the acknowledgement of the Muslims. There is likewise another great advantage in my scheme: it will prevent the suicide bombings and that horrid practice of targeted killings, which is, alas, too frequent in this country. The religious divisions and animosities would also be sorted out, which would convert this shambolic country into a hub of tranquility.
The number of souls in this Islamic republic being usually reckoned 190 million, of these I calculate around 35 million Shias, 2.1 million Christians, 1.1 million Hindus, 300,000 Ahmadis, 100,000 Baha’is and 20,000 Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis each. Furthermore there are many atheists, agnostics and apostates in the country whose count is unknown. I calculate the total population of the minorities to be around 40 million – which is over 21 percent of the total population – from which I subtract 10 million, who can be manipulated or coerced into converting to the right kind of Islam. Of the remaining 30 million I further subtract 5 million that can be compelled to hide their religious identity and to pretend to be the right kind of Muslims. Of the 25 million that would remain, around two million can be driven out of the country for good. There should only remain around 23 million people who would be classified as religious minority. The question therefore is: how this number can be involved in doing something constructive for the country that also results in national peace, which under the current state of affairs is absolutely impossible by every single scheme hitherto proposed? For, they can neither be employed in the clergy nor as religious teachers. They cannot be relied upon as doctors or engineers. They cannot be assigned a role in the media, politics, education, bureaucracy, law enforcing authorities, or in any other sector where they would have any sort of power or any inkling of influence over the public opinion. Taking the average weight of a Pakistani to be around 50kg, which when multiplied by 23 million, gives us 1.150 billion kilograms (1.150 million tonnes) of human resource. Taking estimation errors into account, we should have at least 1 million tonnes of mass available. I shall now humbly put forward my own plan, which I hope would not be liable to the least objection. I have been assured by a very knowing Saudi physicist that a non-Muslim corpse after undergoing chemical conversion, is an invaluable source of energy. It has an energy content of around 35 megajoules (MJ)/kg, which puts it in the middle of coal (25 to 30 MJ/kg) and crude oil (42 MJ/kg) on the energy scale. And hence from 1 million tonnes of the aforementioned human resource, we can extract 35 billion MJ of energy. An average power plant produces 1,000 megawatts or 1,000 MJ per second. 35 billion MJ of energy would give an average power plant 35,000,000 seconds (405 days) worth of power. This number is derived from merely those nonMuslims that are alive, when one factors in the graveyards, this number jumps to around 700 days (around two years) worth of power from a na-
I can really think of not one objection that can be raised against the scheme, unless it is raised by those that are against the well-being of this country. Everyone wants a Pakistan that is self-sufficient in its energy needs, and everyone wants a Pakistan without religious fundamentalism.
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ANistoN seeKiNg AdoptioN AdviCe from ChArlize theroN Jennifer Aniston, whose wedding date is fast approaching, has reportedly been taking adoption advice from Charlize Theron - a close pal of her best friend Chelsea Handler. A source told Radar Online that the 44-year-old actress has been quizzing Theron about the adoption process. The source said that the ‘Friends’ star is seriously considering adoption as an option, given her age and the fact that Theron says it’s the most rewarding thing she’s ever done. The insider added that Aniston has not decided entirely, with surrogacy another possibility for her, as she definitely wants to have kids. news desK
Bujha jo rozan-e-zindaan tu dil yeh samjha hai; keh teri maang sitaaron se bhar gayi hogi — Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Us retakes top spot in art sales from China
N Friday, 15 March, the art economist Clare McAndrew is due to present the findings of her annual art market report at a panel discussion held during Tefaf in Maastricht. Focusing on the emerging market of China and Brazil, the report reveals a shuffle in countries leading the market, with the uS regaining the top position, above China. It takes the temperature of the international art economy, which McAndrew finds to be resilient but closely tied to wider financial events. In advance of the published report, we asked McAndrew to summarise her findings. While art has shown relative resilience to the recent global financial crises compared to other asset markets, its fate as a whole is increasingly tied to wider economic events, in particular the expansion and distribution of global wealth. Poor and
variable economic growth along with political uncertainties encouraged investors to retreat to the safest and most low-risk areas of many asset markets over the past year, such as bonds and blue-chip stocks. In the art market, this was exemplified by cautious buying and selling in many areas leading to a strong polarisation of the market, with the best performance seen at the top end of the best quality works and the most well known artists. Last year was fraught with economic worries in many parts of the world, and this filtered down to parts of the art market. In 2012, global sales of fine and decorative art and antiques contracted by 7% in value, reaching €43bn. This contraction eliminated the gains recovered over 2011, but this was still a less dramatic change than the previous boom and bust years. This is due to the fact that many sectors have been recovering at different rates. unlike the boom years from 2005 to 2007, when nearly everything did well, or
the two that followed, when virtually nothing did, the past two years have seen mixed fortunes for different countries, sectors and individual businesses, leading
First reviews of classic books TO ThE LIGhThOUSE 4 JuNE 1927 Virginia Woolf Hogarth Press, 7s.6d Reviewed by Naomi Royde-Smith Mrs Woolf is illuminated, analytic and radiant with a personal quality that increases in beauty and power with every book she writes and has in To the Lighthouse reached a pitch unsounded by any English writer of her school. Her story is meagre enough. Little James Ramsay, aged six, longs above all things to be rowed out to the lighthouse on the island that faces the Hebridean port near which the Ramsays have their summer holiday house. Mr Ramsay doesn’t want to go, and when the weather threatens, he takes an oppressive pleasure in declaring the trip planned for the morrow to be out of the question. Ten years later Mrs Ramsay is dead, the War has devastated the original party, and James himself steers the boat that takes his father and his elder sister to the lighthouse while Lily Briscoe, the painter, sets up her canvas on the lawn of the Ramsays’ house and tries, once more, to set down the picture she could not paint on the day when Mrs Ramsay was reading aloud to little James, when his hopes were shattered and his mother, to console him, “turned the pages of the Stores list in the hope that she might come upon something like a rake, or a mowing-machine which, with its prongs and its handles, would need the greatest skill and care in cutting out”. But into this slender frame Mrs Woolf has fitted a picture so rich and poignant that, watching it, we do not seem to be reading a novel so much as living a part of our own lives. Mrs Woolf’s art is, after a difficult apprenticeship, at last entirely her own servant. She has herself described her own impulsions, her own way with the life she touches so surely. Lily Briscoe, loving Mrs Ramsay, asks herself: “What art was there known to love or cunning by which one pressed through to those secret chambers? . . . How
then did one know one thing or another thing about people, sealed as they were? Only like a bee, drawn by some sweetness or sharpness in the air intangible to touch or taste, one haunted the dome-shaped hive, ranged the wastes of the air over the countries of the world alone, and then haunted the hives with their murmurs and their stirrings; the hives which were people.” And it is the very honey of souls, sweet yet sharp, mysterious and delectable, heavy with the garnered plunder of the years that is distilled for us in this beautiful novel.
Bad boy footballer to be ‘immortalised’ in bronze Fears that Mario Balotelli’s departure from Manchester City would leave football fans leading an altogether duller existence have been allayed by the news that the madcap striker is preparing to expand his collection of contemporary art (reportedly kept in his attic) by commissioning a life-sized statue. Of himself. The AC Milan player—whose antics in England included a physical fight with his manager, giving £1,000 in casino winnings to a homeless person and setting fire to his bathroom during an impromptu indoor firework display—has dictated the statue’s pose. The artist, Livio Scarpella, told Il Giornale di Brescia that Mario “wanted to be immortalised in a pose that shows him having scored a goal, highlighting his muscles and with an expression of defiance. I have imagined him as an athlete from ancient times and the statue will be a mix of Classical and Pop style, in platinum and coloured bronze with the eyes made of stones.” All of which goes to show that money can’t buy you class. news desK
Bizarre request made by George HW Bush COURTESy HP An updated edition of George HW Bush’s letters has just been published, and it contains some unexpected revelations. The latest release of All The Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings ($35, Scribner) contains letters sent over the past 15 years about various topics, including his son’s defeat of John Kerry (in a letter to his friend Hugh Sidey, which he ended with the line “Victory. How sweet it is.”) It also reveals the depth to which he became good friends with the man who defeated him in the 1992 election, President Clinton - at one point he says of an overseas trip with Clinton, “I confess I encouraged him to make the trip as I thought it would be fun to have him along. It was.” He also writes of disgraced Italian President Silvio Berlusconi, “I like Berlusconi a lot. More important the President [George W. Bush] likes him a lot.” However, two particular letters especially caught our eye. First, a bizarre
request sent to the chairman of the board and CEO of American insurance company AFLAC: November 12th, 2002 Dear Dan This will be the most unusual request you have ever received from any President of the United States of America. The truth is, I need two more of those tiny, furry AFLAC ducks. Why, might you ask? Well, the answer is Sadie, our beloved dog who sleeps in our bed and dominates our lives, loves the AFLAC duck you gave me at that marvelous AFLAC meeting in Las Vegas. It’s quiet around our house now because the AFLAC duck is missing. Frankly, I kind of like the quiet but Barbara and Sadie both miss hearing that duck go, “AFLAC! AFLAC!” So, if you have a couple of those ducks lying around, would you mind sending them to me. I would be willing to pay for the ducks and even pay shipping and handling. I don’t want that great company of yours to go in the red because of this. Most sincerely, George Bush The other letter was sent to Bill Clinton,
in reference to a speech made on MLK Day, in which Clinton appears to fall asleep, then wake up several times, apparently nodding in agreement. January 23, 2008 DEAR BILL My heart went out to you when I saw you trying to keep your eyes open during an MLK Day sermon. I could indeed “feel your pain.” I have been there myself, more than once, I might add, and it physically hurt as I tried to keep my eyes open. I don’t remember if I ever told you about the prestigious Scowcroft Award, given during my White House days to the person that fell most soundly asleep during a meeting. Points were added for “recovery”: A standard recovery gambit was to awake from a sound sleep, and start by nodding one’s head in agreement to something just said in the meeting, something you had not heard at all. Writing something on a pad, anything at all, scored points. Good recoveries were awarded lots of points in determining the Scowcroft winner. I remember when [Dick] Cheney won the
to more stability in overall sales figures. This has protected the market’s downside risk, reducing the possibility of more extreme and protracted booms or busts.
award one time. We presented it to him at a nice dinner in the Rose Garden. Modest fellow that he is, he proclaimed himself unworthy, though his solid sleep in the Cabinet meeting had been witnessed by all assembled. Scowcroft [Brent Scowcroft, National Security Advisor to George H.W. Bush], of course, was hopeless. He could sleep in any meeting at any time of day. Always pleasant when he woke up, he was a leader without peers in both the sleep itself and the recovery field. Such was his leadership that the award was named for him. He never fully appreciated that. Anyway having been a Scowcroft Award recipient myself I send you now my total understanding and my warmest personal regards. As I heard that minister droning on I made a challenge for the trophy myself. Your friend, George
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“Is there an inch of ground in any Muslim country today where one can stand up and speak a word of truth without fear? If there is, then I am an applicant for that piece of land, because that is where I would like to be buried in silence.” — Altaf Gauhar
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ARtS Sunday, 17 March, 2013
mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher reunite in london NEWS DESK Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher were recently spotted together at the Gemsfield Jewelry event in London, after being apart for almost a week. The duo later went for a fancy seafood dinner date at Scott’s Restaurant in the British capital after attending the event on Thursday, us magazine reported.
Kunis has been on the international promotional circuit touting Oz the Great and Powerful, while Kutcher stayed behind in the States, with a recent appearance at the SXSW festival in Austin, Tex. Meanwhile, back on the u.S. West Coast, Kutcher’s estranged wife Demi Moore made a more low-key appearance of her own on the same day as she looked healthy and happy, wearing
a blue, polka-dot tank-top style shirt with jeans. She also sported a several beaded
Oprah responds to Terrence Howard’s comment
necklace and wore her brunette hair in a long braid as she stopped by a nail salon with a friend.
NOTABLE TWEETS SYED JALAL HUSSAIN
En route London, eavesdropping on an intense conversation between ‘Bunny’ Gilani and Moonis Elahi.
Chamak uuthay hain salaasil toe hum nay jaana hai; Kay ab sehr teray ruukh pay bikhar gayee hogee...
NEWS DESK Actress Gwyneth Paltrow says she has more girlfriends than ever before because she is “less threatening” at the age of 40. Paltrow believes her early success, including winning an Academy Award in 1998, made people wary of her, reports contactmusic. “I feel a sisterhood emerging around me. I’m less threatening now that I’m 40 and not 26-with-an-Oscar. They know I’ve been through a lot of pain and suffering - some public, some private - and I keep going. Or maybe it’s just that I was the first one who could afford therapy,” she told Self magazine.
Oprah Winfrey, whose breasts were mentioned in a comment by Terrence Howard, has hit back at the actor. Last week, the 44-year-old actor made headlines over his “tig ol’ bitties” comments stemming from his much-talked about love scene with Oprah Winfrey in the Lee Daniels film, ‘The Butler.’ During a special taping of ‘The Steve Harvey Show’ this week in Chicago, the 59-year-old media mogul responded to her co-star’s remarks about their salacious scene together. She said that it was supposed to be this little scene and because Howard misbehaved it turned into a bigger scene, and now has turned into a real big scene, the Huffington Post reported. The chat show host said that Howard is a misbehaving kind of boy and was on Twitter the other day talking about her “breasteses.” “Some people called me saying that they all were offended and I go, ‘Well, I do have big breasteses’,” she added.
It’s wrong to see secularism as faithless, immoral or antiIslam. It may be the best protector of religious freedom
MEHR TARAR O meray masruf Khuda... Apni duniya dekh zara... Itni khulat key hotay... Sheheron main hai sanata...
Pakistan has no business passing resolution against India in their Parliament. Big blow for people to people ties between us
I have learnt that music in India is too spiritual: Kesha
International singer Kesha speaks to TOI on music, collaborating with Justin Bieber and what her fans mean to her
Your music has already reached Indian shores, do you have any plans to visit or tour the country any time soon? I’d love to come here soon when the time is right. Let’s plan something. I know my fans here are waiting for me. Your albums have always been very flamboyant and out of the box, what’s the formula to be Kesha the artiste? I am my own hero. I do whatever I’m pleased with. I don’t give a damn about what others think of me. Over years, my music has made me learnt a lot. My brother has also been my inspiration for my music. To be Kesha, you have to have that animal in you. That animal makes me adventurous and wild. I owe a lot to my mom from whom I learnt the art of punk music. I was born at a party so everything around me should be totally peppy. Songwriting or composing a melody
—what happens first? Or do they come to you at the same time, when you decide to work on an album? It just happens to me. I just go with the flow. I write when I know I have something to express. I just write for the heck of it. Unlike others, I have nothing to fake about with my songs. I write and then sing what I feel is correct. A lot of artistes would not incorporate the same wordings as I do but I don’t cheat with my music. In fact, I work very hard to get the job completed.
How would you define the music you create for your albums? My recent album is about the music I love. It is inspired by my memories, experiences, the moments I witnessed while I was on tour. I’ve tried to revive the old rock-n-roll genre with it. It is also influenced by eletro pop and dance pop. It is like an evolution to me. It expresses some parts of my life right from parties, love, sex and not to forget my erotic encounter with a male supernatural spirit. Any performances your fans should look forward to in the coming
months? Yes, there is a lot in the pipeline. I’m going on a tour soon.
Anything about Indian music you would like to include in your songs, if given the opportunity? Have learnt that music here is too spiritual. Collaborations bring two artistes, different styles together. Any artistes you would like to collaborate with on your future projects? I’ve already collaborated with the living legend, Iggy Pops. Nothing can be better than this in my life. I would love to collaborate with Justin Bieber and Keith Richards. Any message for your fans in India? Keep the animal alive in you. Discover those wild moments
and make sure you turn your life adventurous and move out of the boring monotonous life. Try to figure out which animal you were in the past, as I think I was a lion (laughs).
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INFOTAINMENT Sunday, 17 March, 2013
14 more people with hiv 'all but cured' More good news on HIV: French researchers say another 14 people have been "functionally cured" of the virus, NPR reports. Unlike the groundbreaking case of a US baby, these patients still have HIV in their bloodstreams—but at very low levels that are hard to detect. Like the US baby, they were treated with antiviral drugs soon after being infected with HIV. The conclusion: Early treatment can stop HIV from setting up "reservoirs" of infected cells in a patient's body. In the French group— comprised of four women and 10 men—each patient took antiretroviraldrug combinations for a period spanning one to nearly eight years. And they haven't been taking the drugs for four to 10 years—either by choice or because they participated in a study that interrupted HIV treatment. Poring over decidedly scant data, French researchers estimate that about 15% of patients with HIV can be "functionally cured" if they get early treatment. news desK
green tea, coffee reduce stroke risk Good news for caffeine addicts: Green tea and coffee both apparently help reduce the risk of suffering a stroke, reports NPR. A new study of more than 82,000 adults in Japan found that for coffee drinkers, just one cup a day lowers the chances of a stroke 20%. And for green tea, more is better, with four cups a day lowering the risk by 20%. Five or more cups of green tea a day was found to reduce death from cardiovascular disease by 26% and overall mortality by 15%, notes the Atlantic. Green tea contains compounds that help regulate blood pressure, improve blood flow, and have an anti-inflammatory effect; coffee is thought to also contain different helpful compounds. Back in the 1980s, doctors often advised against caffeine altogether. But it turns out those studies did not check for one very important variable—smoking. Back then, coffee drinkers were also heavy smokers. "So it made coffee look bad in terms of health outcomes," explains one researcher.’ news desK
Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. –Albert Einstein
Which twitter tribe are you?
WITTER users are spontaneously forming tribe-like communities of like-minded people who even share their own distinct languages, new research has found. Scientists from Royal Holloway, university of London, and Princeton university in New Jersey found they could use the language in Tweets to group users into communities with a common character, occupation or interest. They suggest that the use of a common language could allow members of such 'Twitter tribes' to quickly identify like-minded users, and that further investigation could yield insights into how sub-cultures evolve online. 'By looking at the language someone uses, it is possible to predict which community he or she is likely to belong to, with up to 80 per cent accuracy,' said Royal Holloway's Dr John Bryden. 'We searched for unusual words that are used a lot by one community, but relatively infrequently by the others. 'For example, one community often mentioned Justin Bieber, while another talked about President Obama.' The team produced a map of the communities showing how they have vocations, politics, ethnicities and hobbies in common. In order to do this, they focused on publicly available messages sent via Twitter, which meant that they could record conversations between two or many participants. The study, recently published in the open-acess journal EPJ Data Science, describes how the researchers analyzed 75million tweets sent by 189,000 users.
To group these users into communities, they turned to cutting-edge algorithms from physics and network science. The algorithms worked by looking for individuals that tend to send messages to other members of the same community. Dr Bryden then suggested analysing the language
use of these discovered communities. Dr Sebastian Funk from Princeton university said: 'When we started to apply John's ideas, surprising groups started to emerge that we weren't expecting. 'One 'anipals' group was interested in hosting parties to raise funds for animal welfare, while an-
Human liver can be kept alive NEWS DESK Human livers have been kept ‘alive’ outside the body using a device designed by British scientists. At the moment, transplant organs are put on ice and are mostly used within 14 hours of being removed. But a new procedure allows livers to be kept fresh for up to three days if they are stored at body temperature and supplied with red blood cells, oxygen and nutrients. The inventors of the machine hope it will increase the number of livers available for transplant in the uK from 650 to well over 1,000. So far two patients at King’s College Hospital, London, have had livers kept alive in this way and both are making excellent recoveries. Iain Christie, 62, from Torbay, Devon, was the first man in the world to receive a liver from the shopping trolley-sized machine.
Christie said: “I feel better than I’ve felt for ten to 15 years, even allowing for the pain and the wound that’s got to heal. “I’m getting better and better day by day. I just feel so alive!” The machine was invented by Professor Constantin Coussios of Oxford university’s Department of Engineering Science, and Professor
Peter Friend, director of the Oxford Transplant Centre, who are founders of OrganOx. Once the donor liver is hooked up to the machine, the doctor simply presses two buttons, ‘play’ or ‘stop’. Professor Coussios said: “It was astounding to see an initially cold grey liver flushing with colour within 30 seconds once hooked up to our machine and performing as it would within the body. It even produces bile. “What was even more amazing was to see the same liver transplanted into a patient who is now walking.” Professor Friend, who has been working on the device for 15 years, said a European ‘kitemark’ of quality could be granted next year enabling it to be used in NHS hospitals. The Oxford team believes the new technology could be adapted to suit other transplant organs, including the pancreas, kidney, small bowel and lungs.
9-year-old boy saves baby’s life by teaching mother how to perform CPR NEWS DESK When a Georgia mother's 2-month-old baby suddenly stopped breathing, there was only one thing she could think to do: Scream at the top of her lungs. "I had him in my arms and still screaming over and over," recalled Susanna Rohm of Marietta. "Then I ran outside. I saw two boys playing across the street and I yelled, 'go ask your parents to call 911.'" Ethan Wilson, 10, and Rocky Hurt, 9, called 911 themselves, and then Rocky did Rohm one better: He taught her how to perform CPR. Noticing that Rohm was attempting to revive her child incorrectly, he immediately stepped in and guided her through the procedure. "I told her to push on the baby's chest five to 10 times with only two fingers, tilt back the baby's head, plug the baby's nose and breathe into the baby's mouth," Rocky instructed Rohm. "He said it so confidently that I just listened to him right away," Rohm told 11Alive. Seconds later, baby Isaiah began screaming. "I told her that's a good sign because the baby's breathing," Rocky said. Paramedics soon arrive and rushed the infant to a nearby hospital where he was diagnosed with sleep apnea. Asked where they learned CPR, Rocky and Ethan said they memorized the steps illustrated on a cafeteria poster at their elementary school. "We just wanted to know just in case it happened," Ethan told NBC News, "but we never knew that we'd have to do that."
other was a fascinating growing community interested in the concept of gratitude.' In the paper, the researchers write: 'Online social networks offer us an unprecedented opportunity to systematically study the largescale structure of human interactions. 'Our approach suggests that groups with distinctive cultural characteristics or common interests can be discovered by identifying communities in interaction networks purely on the basis of topological structure. 'This approach has several benefits when compared to surveying groups identified on a smaller scale: it is systematic, and groups are identified and classified in an unbiased way; when applied to online social networks it is non-intrusive; and it easily makes use a large volume of rich data.' They added: 'Any process that structures people into groups could play a strong role in cultural evolution, as well as in the spread of information or pathogens. 'If people with a negative attitude towards vaccination are preferentially in contact with those of the same opinion, this could lead to clusters of susceptibles and increased risk of outbreaks. 'There is clearly scope for further study of the role such structuring plays in the evolution of cooperation in humans.' Royal Holloway has now filed a patent application to secure the intellectual rights to many of the techniques used in the research, which staff hope could have commercial applications. 'There are numerous applications of our method, including social group identification, customising online experience, targeted marketing, and crowdsourced characterisation,' the paper adds.
dropbox acquires email app mailbox
While thousands of people still wait for their personal invitation to the new iPhone email application Mailbox, Dropbox simply cut in line. Actually, Dropbox took over the line, and the app, announcing today that it has acquired Mailbox. "Like many of you, when we discovered Mailbox we fell in love," Dropbox co-founders Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi wrote in a blog post. "It was simple, delightful, and beautifully engineered. Many have promised to help us with our overflowing inboxes, but the Mailbox team actually delivered." The Gmail-compatible iPhone app launched last month to great fanfare, and is now delivering more than 60 million emails a day. This acquisition doesn't mean that Mailbox will be slowing down. In fact, Dropbox will help push the company forward, allowing it to add more email providers and mobile devices, as well as other new features, including enhanced email attachments, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Mailbox app was released by Orchestra in February, with high hopes for revamping the process of reviewing, writing, and responding to modern email. Functioning as a sort of to-do list for your electronic messages, users can swipe across a message to archive or delete, read an entire conversation in one swoop with a chat-like layout, or snooze emails until later. Access to the app became available on a firstcome, first-served reservation basis, which had hundreds of thousands of people constantly checking their place in the digital line, which topped 300,000 by the end of its first day in the Apple App Store. The team has been focused this month on ramping up its service and scaling its new infrastructure. But rather than grow the app on its own, the company said, "we've decided to join forces with Dropbox and build it together." All 14 Mailbox employees will stay put, promised Mailbox. Dropbox said both companies pride themselves on making life easier, be it through file storage or email organization. news desK
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It was a very disappointing performance, Pakistan took the initiative early on and bowled very well. â€“ AB de Villiers
misbah steers pakistan to series-levelling win
SPORtS Sunday, 17 March, 2013
poor outfield cost us: mominul
ISBAH-uL-HAQ played a captain's innings with an unbeaten 57 as he steered Pakistan to a six-wicket victory over South Africa in the rainaffected second one-day international at Centurion on Friday. (Partly reported yesterday) Pakistan speedster Mohammad Irfan tore through the top order and South Africa were restricted to a modest 191 which the tourists passed with more than four overs to spare in a game that had been reduced to 44 per side by a rain delay. Misbah shared a match-winning unbeaten fifth-wicket stand of 77 with Shoaib Malik (35 not out) as the pair showed patience initially and then blasted their way to victory. Younus Khan (32) and Mohammed Hafeez (31) also made valuable contributions in a lowscoring game, but the win was set up by an attacking display with the ball. Irfan posted career best figures of four for 33 as he took full advantage of the pace and variable bounce in the
Bangladesh believed they fell 60 runs short due to the slow outfield at the R Premadasa Stadium. The visitors were bowled out for 240 on a wicket that did not hold its reputation as seamer-friendly, as was predicted ahead of the second Test. "The outfield is not good, we couldn't get around 60 runs," Mominul Haque said at the press conference. "If the outfield was good, our score could have been 300-320. The outfield is not in our control. It was hard work to run a lot in the heat.
wicket. He helped reduce South Africa to 62 for five before a fighting maiden one-day international halfcentury from Farhaan Berhardien (58) and a career-best 44 from Robin Peterson gave the hosts a glimmer of hope. "The way we started, four wickets in the first 10 overs, that set up the game for us," Misbah said in a television interview. "It is satisfying for us because we really needed this win. It was an attacking move to bring in Mohammad Irfan and it paid off for us." Pakistan paced their chase expertly and South Africa's frustration led to a wayward bowling performance. They offered Pakistan far too many opportunities to score and battled to create any pressure. "It was a very disappointing performance, Pakistan took the initiative early on and bowled very well," captain AB de Villiers said. "There are no excuses, we just didn't play well today. They controlled the game and did it easily in the end." The teams head into Sunday's third one-day international with the series level at 1-1 after South Africa had breezed to a 125-run victory in the first match in Bloemfontein last weekend.
Momentum key in quick turnaround HASHIM AMLA HAS TEASED WITH STARTS IN BOTH MATCHES SO FAR jOHANNESBURG AgencIes
If one-day series have to be this drawn out - this five-match one will take 15 days to complete - at least they should reach their mid-point with all to play for. Pakistan's comeback in Centurion has ensured that is the case and set the contest up for an exciting second half. With just over 34 hours separating the end of the second match on Friday night and the start of the third one on Sunday morning, this is the only time in the series where momentum may matter because there is such little time to reflect. For Pakistan, that's good news. They did almost everything right at SuperSport Park, although there are a few things they will want to improve on. After having South Africa 62 for 5, they probably
conceded more than they would have liked to. They also made heavy weather of the small chase upfront and will want one of the top three batsmen to go on to post a big score. Those things involve fine-tuning but South Africa have to look at the broader problems. Again, they found themselves in a pressure situation and again, they could not emerge from it. Farhaan Behardien's determination served as an indication that the middle order is firming up but now they need a collective effort. Their only fault in the field was a lack of control as AB de Villiers edged dangerously close to being behind the over-rate. Mini-conferences between deliveries and constant changes of fields indicated how hard he was trying to create something but that needs to be tempered with some urgency. Hashim Amla has teased with starts in both matches so far but a nasty habit of inside-edging is blighting his game. usually known for his cool head, Amla has looked hasty in his approach. In his reign as the No.1 ranked ODI batsman in the
world, Amla has struck that balance so far but with Graeme Smith struggling and an inexperienced middle order, he is not getting it quite right in this series yet. With Mohammed Irfan in doubt with a hamstring injury, it will fall to umar Gul to lead the Pakistan attack once again. Gul has only had one impressive performance on tour, his explosive 5 for 6 in the Twenty20, but he has not taken a single wicket in the ODIs. Moreover, he has been expensive and although he succeeded in troubling Smith in the first match, he was ineffective in the second. If Pakistan hope for a repeat of their Centurion showing, Gul will have to up his game significantly. Of the players in this series, Graeme Smith has the most runs at the Wanderers with 452 at an average of 41.09. Pakistan have never won a bilateral ODI series against South Africa. "We've had two one-sided games so far because one of the teams hasn't turned up. We didn't turn up today and Pakistan didn't in Bloemfontein. If both teams pitch up at the Wanderers, hopefully it will be a very exciting game on Sunday.
Stuart Broad's six for 51 put England on course to push for victory, weather permitting, over New Zealand after day three of the second Test. Brendon McCullum (69) threatened to delay England significantly in this middle match of three, with a forecast for increasingly heavy rain a major complication for the remainder of the contest. But Broad led an admirable performance from the tourists' pace attack to bowl the Kiwis out for a teatime 254 in reply to 465 all out at the Basin Reserve. Then after enforcing the follow-on, in 33 more overs England had to settle for just Hamish Rutherford's wicket as Peter Fulton and Kane Williamson guided the hosts to 77 for one at stumps. Broad, wicketless before succumbing to injury during a historic series victory in India before Christmas, trebled his winter Test tally here. He was in no way flattered either by his figures after a fine
display of swing and seam bowling on a pitch still offering him and others minimal assistance. Broad and James Anderson took two wickets in four balls in the first halfhour this morning - and then after McCullum dominated a century stand with BJ Watling (60), Steven Finn finally saw off the New Zealand captain and Tim Southee in successive overs with the old ball.
McCullum's limited-overs runs kept the Twenty20 and one-day international series competitive, before England twice prevailed 2-1 on this tour. He was at it again too in last week's drawn first Test in Dunedin, with a typically belligerent 74, and here took his halfcentury count to five in succession and six in his last seven innings. England's initial breakthrough today was a bonus, achieved in unlikely circumstances. Williamson drove a full-length ball back at the perfect height for Broad to hold a sharp return chance just to his left in his follow-through. It was a mode of dismissal which could hardly have been part of the plan. But as the previous night, when Broad took two in two, England again cashed in quickly - thanks to Anderson this time, who got one in the right place to Dean Brownlie and hit him deep in the crease with a delivery which nipped back. The height of impact gave him hope on DRS, but simulation narrowly vindicated Asad Rauf's lbw decision.
sOUTH AFrIcA wOn THe TOss And eLecTed TO bAT sOUTH AFrIcA InnIngs H.Amla c Kamran Akmal b mohammad Irfan 17 10 g.smith c Kamran Akmal b Junaid Khan 0 c.Ingram c Kamran Akmal b mohammad Irfan Ab.de Villiers c Younus Khan b mohammad Irfan 4 F.du Plessis c & b mohammad Irfan 17 58 F.behardien c shoaib malik b mohammad Hafeez 17 r.mcLaren lbw b mohammad Hafeez r.Peterson c nasir Jamshed b saeed Ajmal 44 5 K.Abbott c shahid Afridi b saeed Ajmal 0 d.steyn b Junaid Khan 0 L.Tsotsobe not out extras (lb-10, w-9) 19 Total (all out; 43.2 overs) 191 Fall of wickets 1-26 2-26 3-35 4-43 5-62 6-106 7-173 8-179 9191 10-191 bowling: mohammad Irfan 7-0-33-4 (1w), Junaid Khan 6-029-2 (1w), saeed Ajmal 8.2-0-23-2 (2w), Umar gul 5-0-37-0 (1w), shahid Afridi 8-0-24-0, mohammad Hafeez 9-0-35-2 (4w) PAKIsTAn InnIngs 10 nasir Jamshed c smith b mcLaren mohammad Hafeez c Abbott b steyn 31 18 Kamran Akmal b Peterson Younus Khan c Amla b Peterson 32 57 misbah-ul-Haq not out shoaib malik not out 35 9 extras (lb-3, w-6) Total (for four wickets; 39.2 overs) 192 Fall of wickets 1-29 2-63 3-69 4-115 did not bat: shahid Afridi, Umar gul, saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, mohammad Irfan bowling: d. steyn 9-1-29-1, L. Tsotsobe 6-1-37-0, K. Abbott 8.2-0-31-0 (1w), r. mcLaren 8-0-40-1 (2w), r. Peterson 8-052-2 result - Pakistan won by six wickets.
dawan leads india response against Aussies MOHALI AgencIes
Broad leads England to verge of victory WELLINGTON
scOrebOArd new ZeALAnd wOn THe TOss And cHOse TO FIeLd engLAnd FIrsT InnIngs (465) new ZeALAnd FIrsT InnIngs (OVernIgHT 66-3) P. Fulton c cook b Anderson 1 H. rutherford c cook b broad 23 K. williamson c & b broad 42 r. Taylor b broad 0 d. brownlie lbw b Anderson 18 b. mccullum c Trott b Finn 69 bJ watling c Prior b broad 60 T. southee c broad b Finn 3 b. martin not out 21 n. wagner c Prior b broad 0 T. boult c Prior b broad 2 extras (nb-3, lb-10, w-2) 15 Total: (all out, 89.2 overs) 254 Fall of wickets: 1-6 2-48 3-48 4-85 5-89 6-189 7-197 8-239 9-252 bowling: Anderson 25-6-68-2 (w-1, nb-1), Finn 20-2-72-2 (nb1), broad 17.2-2-51-6 (w-1, nb-1), Panesar 26-11-47-0, root 1-0-6-0 new Zealand second innings (following on) P. Fulton not out 41 H. rutherford c bell b Panesar 15 K. williamson not out 16 extras (w-5) 5 Total: (for one wicket, 33 overs) 77 Fall of wickets: 1-25 bowling: Anderson 5-1-15-0, broad 7-2-14-0 (w-1), Finn 7-1-300, Panesar 12-8-13-1, Trott 2-0-5-0
Records tumbled in Mohali as opener Shikhar Dhawan led India's superb response to Australia's first innings of 408 in the third Test. The left-hander's boundary-laden onslaught captured the crowd's attention even more than his distinctive handlebar moustache as he took just 85 balls to reach three figures. It was the fastest recorded century on Test debut, beating the 93-ball mark set by the West Indies' Dwayne Smith against South Africa in 2004. By the time Dhawan closed on 185 he had made the highest ever score by an Indian debutant, beating Gundappa Viswanath's 137 back in 1969, while he and Murali Vijay, whose unbeaten 83 went almost unheralded, set a record opening partnership on this ground. A stumps score of 283 without loss served to overshadow the morning heroics of Australia's Mitchell Starc, who was dismissed one run short of a deserved hundred, and Steve Smith (92). The pair put on 97 before Smith, who had looked comfortable throughout, was tempted out of his crease by Pragyan Ojha and stumped by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. That just encouraged Starc to attack more, though, claiming boundaries almost at will off Ojha and punching a short ball from Ravichandran Ashwin for four. But, needing one for his century, he played and missed twice outside off stump at Ishant Sharma, then made contact the third time and Dhoni snaffled the catch. He could manage a wry smile as he trudged off the pitch with his highest firstclass score - sportingly congratulated by Sharma - and the rest of the players followed soon after as last man Xavier Doherty was lbw to Ashwin. Dhawan made a blistering start in the Indian reply and took an early liking to the medium pace of Moises Henriques, with two boundaries off his third over and two more in his next. That took him to 40 from 39 balls, 36 of them in fours, and he moved past 50 at better than a run a ball with three more boundaries off spinners Doherty and Nathan Lyon.
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I'm just three shots back and I'm confident that the gap can be closed. The key is to stay patient. Anything can happen in golf and I only need to believe that I can do it. – Liang Wen-chong
iCC, boards helpless in bringing cricket to pakistan LAHORE
AKISTAN cricket’s plight has the sympathy of the whole cricketing fraternity, but not all nations are willing to play there despite strong assurances of safety from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The PCB officials have been constantly knocking on the doors of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to urge the nations to play in their country. In almost every ICC meeting, they have raised the issue of the resumption of international cricket in Pakistan, but it remains an unresolved matter, said a report in the Gulf News. David Richardson, the Chief Executive of the ICC, even recently visited Pakistan, but stated that ICC’s role
‘lots of fun’ getting to 99: starc
Mitchell Starc has described his innings of 99 as "lots of fun", despite the agony of falling one run short of a Test century. Starc came within touching distance of becoming the first Australian in more than 65 years to score a Test hundred batting from No.9 or below, but instead he edged behind off Ishant Sharma. Starc smiled to himself as he walked off the field, disappointed at the missed opportunity but pleased at the fact that he was able to contribute so much to Australia's batting effort. Starc said he was nervous once triple-figures came within sight and hoped it wouldn't be his only chance to register a Test century. "I was just enjoying it up until I got out," Starc said. "At the start of the day I was just hanging around for hopefully Steve Smith to get a ton. unfortunately he didn't get there and that was just a lot of fun to play the way I liked to (after Smith's dismissal) and play my shots. To fall one short is disappointing and hopefully I can get another chance one day. I felt a bit nervous and it probably felt a bit harder ... when you get to 99. It's something I can learn from and I'm still happy I got that far" After the departure of Smith for 92, Starc became the architect of Australia's lower-order run scoring and added 51 in a ninthwicket partnership with Nathan Lyon. He was helped by the defensive captaincy of MS Dhoni, who at times pushed as many as six men back onto the boundary to gift Starc singles - although sometimes he pinched twos - and get Lyon on strike. Lyon, who had batted for 85 minutes in the second innings in Chennai, was untroubled by the plan and it was only when Starc reached 99 that Dhoni put pressure on him by bringing the field in. That led to a series of plays and misses against Ishant as Starc tried to force the ball through the infield and in the end he edged low to the left of Dhoni. "It doesn't happen too often," Starc said of the field being back for a lower-order batsman like himself. "The way he [Dhoni] captains is probably pretty reactive so if I play my shots he's going to push them back. I just enjoyed the moment being out there with the bat."
was limited when it came to bilateral tours and it was up to the PCB to rebuild the confidence in their ability to stage safe matches for players. “Security is not something that is
taken lightly by anybody, and making a decision as to whether it’s safe or not involves a serious assessment of the risk. It’s up to the member countries to decide.” The PCB had expected support from
Asian countries to play there. Despite arch rivals India hosting Pakistan for a one-day series recently, they say they are not ready to play in Pakistan. When Asian Cricket Council chief executive Ashraful Haq was asked whether his organisation would be able to help Pakistan in reviving international there, he said: “The ACC can’t do anything to revive international cricket in Pakistan; this has to be done by the ICC.” Though the ICC is exploring ways to help Pakistan, Richardson is unable to give an exact timescale in which top cricket could return to Pakistan. “Pakistan is going through difficult times through no fault of the PCB. It is our role to support Pakistan in its efforts to make sure international cricket returns to Pakistan. It is difficult to say exactly when that can happen.”
Irfan’s best bowling in one-dayers S PERvEz QAISER Pakistan's 6-wicket win with 28 balls remaining in the second match of the fivematch series at Super Sport Park, Centurion on Friday (March 15) was their seventh victory in 23 matches against South Africa in South Africa. It was Pakistan's 19th win in 59 one day internationals against South Africa. South Africa have won 39 and one match was abandoned. Mohammed Irfan recorded his best bowling performance in one day internationals by taking four for 33 in seven overs. It was joint fourth best bowling performance by a Pakistani bowler against South Africa and
joint third best for Pakistan against South Africa in South Africa. Mohammed Irfan's previous best bowling in one day internationals was two for 28 against India at Delhi on January 6,2013. Misbah-ul-Haq recorded his maiden half century in the ninth innings of as many matches by making an unbeaten 57 in 112 minutes off 75 balls with three fours and same number of sixes. It was his 21st half century in 100th innings of 111 one day internationals. Pakistani skipper's previous highest against South Africa was 38 in 55 minutes off 44 balls with four fours and a six in the first match of the series at Bloemfontein on March 10,2013. Mohammed Irfan received his maiden man of the match award in six one day internationals. BEST BOWLINg FOR PAKISTAN AgAINST SOUTH AFRICA FIgURES BOWLER VENUE DATE 5-16 Wasim Akram East London 15-02-1993 5-25 Waqar Younis Durban 09-02-1993 5-38 Waqar Younis Tangier 12-08-2002 4-33 Wasim Akram Lahore 02-11-1997 4-33 Mohammad Irfan Centurion 15-03-2013
Boycott all Indian sports: PbOA LAhORE: The Punjab Olympics Association has urged the sports fraternity to boycott playing with India in all the sports fields. “The series of hockey match was to be played in India with the mutual understanding and consent of respective hockey federations of both countries. Now the India has cancelled this programme which is great insult of Pakistan. It seems that Government of India is joking with Pakistan sports,” said an official of the Punjab
Olympics. Idris Haider Khawaja, Secretary General PbOA requested the Pakistan Government and all other sports federations to boycott with India in the field of sports. “The sports organizations of India should not be invited in any international competition to be held in Pakistan and the sports organizations of Pakistan should also not send their teams to India for participation in any international competition held in India,” he urged.
Sunday, 17 March, 2013
slC elections may be postponed after inquiry on candidate SPORTS DESK Sri Lanka Cricket's elections may be postponed by as many as 17 days, the sports ministry said, after a complication with one of the nominees' applications resulted in a government inquiry to assess whether he can lawfully contest the election. Member of Parliament Thilanga Sumathipala's possible links to the betting industry and a newspaper business are being investigated, after complaints that his nomination contravened Sri Lanka's sports law. The law states that sports administrators contesting an election cannot be involved in either betting, media, or sports goods industries. Sumathipala has denied that his application is unlawful, while speaking to the local press and on TV channels. He was the joint managing director of a business conglomerate named the Sumathi Group, which owns local newspapers and has links to a betting business named Sporting Star. He has said, however, that the specific businesses, which could be potentially problematic to his application, are among several that are managed entirely by other family members, without his involvement. "As we don't yet have the results of the inquiry on Mr. Sumathipala, the sports minister has decided to extend the deadline for the election until April 16," the sports ministry's media secretary said. "If the report comes through from the attorney general this week, as we expect, the elections may be held sooner than that, but the April 16 is the final date on which they might happen." The SLC annual general meeting, at which the winners of the election will be announced, was originally scheduled to take place on March 30. However, SLC members must have at least two weeks in which to select a nominee and would thus need to wait and find out if Sumathipala is a legitimate candidate, before the voting process begins. The parliament inquiry forwarded its findings to the attorney general on Thursday and the attorney general's report will determine Sumathipala's legitimacy as a candidate. Last year's SLC elections were the first board elections after seven years, before which a series of interim committees administered cricket in the country.
Sri Lanka’s Herath puts Bangladesh in a spin COLOMBO
Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath completed a five-wicket haul as Sri Lanka dismissed Bangladesh for 240 runs in their first innings on the opening day of the second and final test on Saturday. Herath took full advantage of the visitors' inability to score on the sluggish outfield to finish with 5-68, his 15th five-wicket haul in tests, while paceman Nuwan Kulasekara grabbed 3-54 as Mominul Haque top-scored with 64. Sri Lanka reached the close at 18-1 following the dismissal of opener Tillakaratne Dilshan after they were forced to see out four overs before stumps. Pace bowler Robiul Islam, playing his first test match since 2011, took the wicket off the third ball of the innings. Middle-order batsman Mominul gave Bangladesh some hope with his second fifty in as many matches before Herath ended his resistance with his first ball into the third session. Herath then broke a dogged 59-run partnership between Nasir Hossain (48) and Sohag Gazi (32) before he completed his five-wicket haul to wrap up the innings by trapping Nasir lbw. Bangladesh lost their top half in the first two sessions after Sri Lanka, seeking
the series win after the first test was drawn, won the toss and sent the visitors in. Opener Tamim Iqbal, returning into the side after missing out on the first test, was the first to go when he was trapped leg before by Kulasekara for 10. Mohammad Ashraful (16), who scored a career best 190 in the previous test afte a 15-month absence, was slow to react to a call for a quick single and was run out by a direct hit. Paceman Shaminda Eranga ended Jahurul Islam's resistance on 33 before Herath removed Mahmudullah when
Angelo Mathews took a diving catch at gully after the edge hit wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal's pad and lobbed up. Herath then produced a superb delivery to bowl Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim, man of the match in the drawn first test at Galle with a double century. The visitors, who earned their first ever draw against Sri Lanka in the highscoring opening test in Galle, made three changes to their side. Opener Tamim returned from injury while Bangladesh also included pacemen Rubel Hossain and Robiul Islam. Anamul Haque,
srI LAnKA wOn THe TOss And cHOse TO FIeLd bAngLAdesH FIrsT InnIngs Tamim Iqbal lbw b Kulasekara 10 Jahurul Islam c chandimal b eranga 33 mohammad Ashraful run out 16 mominul Haque c chandimal b Herath 64 mahmudullah c mathews b Herath 8 mushfiqur rahim b Herath 7 nasir Hossain lbw b Herath 48 sohag gazi st chandimal b Herath 32 Abul Hasan c Karunaratne b Kulasekara 4 rubel Hossain c Herath b Kulasekara 0 robiul Islam not out 1 extras (lb-8, w-7, nb-2) 17 Total (all out; 83.3 overs) 240 Fall of wickets: 1-16 2-51 3-100 4-128 5-152 6-163 7-222 8-232 9-232 10-240 bowling: Kulasekara 18-3-54-3 (nb-1), Lakmal 16-4-44-0(w-2), mathews 3-1-7-0, eranga 14-2-40-1 (w-1 nb-1), Herath 28.3-668-5, dilshan 4-0-19-0 srI LAnKA FIrsT InnIngs d. Karunaratne not out 12 T. dilshan c rahim b robiul 0 K. sangakkara not out 3 extras (nb-3) 3 Total (one wicket; four overs) 18 To bat: L. Thirimanne, d. chandimal, A. mathews, K. Vithanage, n. Kulasekara, s. eranga, r. Herath, s. Lakmal Fall of wickets: 1-7 bowling (to date): robiul 2-0-12-1(nb-3), sohag gazi 2-1-6-0 series: 0-0 (First test drawn)
Shahadat Hossain and Elias Sunny were dropped from the team that played the first match. In the only change to the Sri Lankan squad, paceman Suranga Lakmal replaced spinner Ajantha Mendis.
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I missed a few, as we all do, but the majority have gone in from inside 10ft and that makes the big difference from the scoring point of view. – Thomas Aiken
SPORtS Sunday, 17 March, 2013
Bashir leaves for singapore today to take part in one fC LAHORE: Pakistan’s mixed martial arts expert Bashir Ahmed will be the only Pakistani representing the country in the upcoming One Fighting Championship to be held in Singapore. Addressing a press conference here at the Lounge by Depilex Men, Defence, Bashir said that the top fighters of different countries of the world are taking part in the championship, which is schedule to start in Singapore on April 5. Bashir is the only Pakistan player having the knowledge of mixed martial arts [MMA] and is full of hope to return triumphant. “I have worked very hard and have been practicing for the last one year or so to prepare for the One Fighting Championship [ONE FC]. Bashir Ahmad, is a professional Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts Fighter and ONE FC is Asia’s largest MMA organization. He is taking part in the event with the patronage of The Lounge by Depilex Men. During the briefing he also showed his skills through an open workout, revealing his fighting style through this workout. also present on the occasion were fashion designer Omar Farooq, hairstylist Shammal Qureshi, musician DJ Shahrukh, and musician Mehmood Rehman. He further said that he will be leaving for Singapore today (Sunday) and will practice there till the start of the event to acclimatize. sTAFF rePOrT
lahore College Club win in inter-dist Women Cricket LAHORE: Lahore College Cricket Club won by 7 wickets defeated CLC Club in the 7th Regional Inter-District Women Cricket Championship (seniors) 2013 at Punjab Women Cricket Academy. Batting first CLC Club made 66 runs in 22.2 overs (23 overs match ). Kainat Hafeez 24, Mahnoor 21. Zeba took three wickets while Sabahat had two. Lahore College achieved the score losing three wickets in 10.1 overs. Sidra Nawaz 26 not out, Mahlaqa 19, Zeba 10 not out. Kainaat Hafeez and Zara Iqbal shared one wicket each. sTAFF rePOrT
wozniacki to meet Sharapova in Indian wells final
INDIAN WELLS AgencIes
Former champion Caroline Wozniacki battled through a marathon encounter to upset fourth-seeded German Angelique Kerber 2-6 6-4 7-5 on Friday and reach her third BNP Paribas Open final in four years. The eighth-seeded Dane, winner at Indian Wells in 2011 after being a losing finalist the previous year, held off a late fightback by Kerber to scrape through in a wildly fluctuating contest lasting twoand-a-half hours. In a match littered with 14 service breaks, Wozniacki led 4-1 and then 5-3 in the third set but the German clawed her way back to 5-6 before being broken for a seventh and final time when she netted a forehand. Wozniacki will next face 2006 champion Maria Sharapova, who overcome fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko 6-4 6-3 in the second semi-final at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Sharapova, like Wozniacki a former world number
seventh game. At 3-3, Wozniacki survived nine deuces and five break points before holding serve and going on to level the match when she broke Kerber in the 11th game after the German netted a forehand. "We had some really good points in that game, and that was definitely very important in the match," Wozniacki said of that marathon game in the second set. "I managed to turn it around." Kerber, who had not dropped a set in her three previous matches before gaining a walkover into the semi-finals when seventh-seeded Australian Samantha Stosur withdrew due to a calf injury, applauded Wozniacki's play. "She was moving better and hit the ball a little bit higher," the German left-hander said. "It's not easy to lose a match like this, but well done to her. It was a tough match from the beginning. "I started very well, but she found her game in the second set. And it was not easy for me, but I think it was a close and good match. At the end she won important points."
one, will also be appearing in her third final here, having been demolished by Belarusian Victoria Azarenka in the title match last year. "I led 4-1 in the third and should have finished it off there but she's a great fighter," a jubilant Wozniacki said courtside after ending a run of three consecutive losses to the German. "I played a bit short and she was all over it. "It is very special," the 22-year-old Dane said of reaching her third final at Indian Wells. "I really enjoy this tournament. I think it shows. I have done great results here in the past, and this is another very good one." Kerber who won her first WTA singles title in Paris last year, raced into a 4-1 lead before taking the opening set in 38 minutes after Wozniacki hit a backhand service return long. The 25-year-old German appeared to be in cruise control when she broke her opponent's serve for a fourth time at the start of the second set, then holding to 2-0 up but the match effectively turned in the
Azarenka, Stosur withdraw from Indian Wells INDIAN WELLS AgencIes
Caroline Wozniacki will face Angelique Kerber in the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals after both received walkover victories on Thursday. Wozniacki progressed after defending champion Victoria Azarenka withdrew with an ankle injury, while Kerber's opponent Sam Stosur pulled out with a calf problem. Both Stosur and Azarenka withdrew after testing their injuries in warm-up sessions, leaving Kerber and Wozniacki with free routes through to the last four. "On my warm-up today [Thursday] I tested it out as much as possible," top seed
Azarenka said. "I tried absolutely everything I could to do, but I have been advised by the doctor, by my own team,
that it's just a very, very high risk already. I mean, it's already really painful, but it's very high risk to make it much worse."
Stosur suffered her calf problem in the last game of a three-set win against Mona Barthel on Tuesday and iced her leg instead of taking part in practice on Wednesday. "I don't know if you can get any more unlucky than that," Stosur said in a statement. "I think we only played another four points in that match. I felt something go in my calf and it was hurting a fair bit. "Yesterday (Wednesday) I took the day off practice and only did treatment, probably iced it about 10 times. This morning I thought I would give it a shot and tried to go out and warm up. "After about five minutes, I knew that there was no chance I could play unfortunately. I think this is only the second time I've ever pulled out of a match in my career."
INDIAN WELLS: Novak Djokovic leans to return the ball Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
district football pre-quarters today LAHORE sTAFF rePOrT
The District Football Championship 2013 is in progress and has been entered into pre quarter final. Mian Rizwan Ali, President DFA informed that the pre-quarter final will be started on Sunday at Model Town Football Club Academy Ground Model Town & Raider Football Club Ground Faisal Town while the final match will be held on 27th March Wednesday at 4:00pm at Model Town Football Club / Academy Ground Model. Raider F.C F.C Vs Mughalpura Heros F.C (4.00pm) at Raiders Football Club ground Faisal Town Lahore united F.C Vs Real Lahore F.C (8:00pm) at Model Town Football club / Academy ground Model Town
Stefani shines as Donald stumbles TAMPA BAy AgencIes
PGA Tour rookie Shawn Stefani fired a six-under-par 65 to lead by two shots at the end of day one of the Tampa Bay Championship. Starting at the 10th, the 31year-old birdied his first two holes, then picked up another four shots along the way in a blemish-free round to lead by two from fellow American Brian Harman. One shot back on three under was another trio of Americans, Tag Ridings, Brendan Steele and Harris English. Despite having such a good day, Stefani still was not entirely satisfied with his performance. "I kind of fought through a couple of
bad shots coming in - or not-sogreat shots - and managed to get balls up-and-down and make a few putts," he told www.pgatour.com. "So all in all, today was a great day and I'm looking forward to getting out there tomorrow." England's Luke Donald, the defending champion, was the leading European, in a share of 14 at one under par, but it could have been better. Donald had three bogeys in his closing four holes in a hugely frustrating end to his opening round. Donald began on the back nine and was building a platform from which to make a serious tilt for another victory until the round unravelled. From a position where he led on four under par, England's
former world number one slumped back to one under and into the pack. Fives at the par-four sixth and ninth, and a four at the short eighth, did the damage. On his final hole, Donald found rough off the tee, planted his second shot into a bunker, and even then could not find the green. He at least put the ball within five feet from his fourth shot, and made the bogey putt. Donald's compatriots Brian Davis and David Skinns were level par with Greg Owen one stroke further back, whuile Ross Fisher had a day to forget with a sevenover 78 which included three double-bogeys. Scotland's Martin Laird was two over.
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I truly feel I'm ready to conquer the heavyweight division. – British star Tyson Fury
djoko destroys tsonga, faces del potro next INDIAN WELLS AgencIes
OVAK Djokovic booked his place in the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-3 6-1 demolition of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Indian Wells. The world No 1 extended his unbeaten run to 22 matches with a ruthless display against an error-prone Tsonga, needing just 54 minutes to clinch victory. Djokovic recorded two breaks in each set and did not drop a single point on his own serve in the second. He clinched victory in style, hammering down two aces to get 40-0 ahead before his French opponent pushed a backhand long. "I definitely feel very happy about this performance today [Friday]," the top seed - who has now not been beaten since last October - said afterwards. "I thought Jo didn't play his best. He made a lot of unforced errors and his serve wasn't going well and that made my life a lot easier on the court." Djokovic will face Juan Martin Del Potro in the last four of the tournament. Tsonga admitted he had been well below par as he suffered an eighth successive defeat against the Serbian. "I did a lot of mistakes," he said. "It was tough for me to keep the ball in the court, not because he put me under a lot
Wenger wants gunners to step up
Rain obliterates Australian GP MELBOURNE AgencIes
Torrential rain in Melbourne has forced the second and third qualifying sessions for the 2013 Australian Grand Prix to be postponed until Sunday. Heavy rain initially delayed the opening 20-minute Q1 session, which began 30 minutes late but was ultimately completed only for conditions to worsen again almost as soon as it finished. Race control at
Albert Park announced delay after delay before deciding Q2 and Q3 will now take place on Sunday at 11am local time. Twice in recent years qualifying has had to be postponed on Saturday and held on Sunday morning, on both occasions in Japan. In 2004 Typhoon Ma struck the Suzuka circuit, whilst three years ago conditions similar to today resulted in a continual stream of delays until the call was made to wait until race day to hold
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has challenged each of his players to show they deserve a place in the starting XI over the final 10 games of the league. Both captain Thomas Vermaelen and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny were left out against Bayern Munich in midweek, but could return for Saturday's trip to Swansea. In their absence - with Vermaelen an unused substitute while Szczesny did not even travel to Germany - the Gunners battled to a memorable 2-0 victory at the Allianz Arena, which was in the end not enough to progress through to the quarterfinals as they went out on the away goals rule. Wenger will now regroup his squad for a match crucial to hopes of forcing their way back into the top four and with it securing another crack at the Champions League. To do that, the Gunners boss maintains all the players need to focus on delivering their own A-game every time, or risk being replaced. "All the players are in the same position. Nobody's guaranteed places in the team," said Wenger, whose only confirmed team news this morning was full-back Kieran Gibbs would be rested after completing his first 90 minutes since recovery from a thigh problem so Nacho Monreal is set to come in at left-back having been cup-tied in Europe. "Every position is up for grabs. You have to face it like that, the last game decides the next one.
of pressure. "I don't know how to explain that, but it was a day for me without sensation. Everything I tried to do, I missed it." Seventh seed Juan Matin Del Potro took advantage of a below-par Andy Murray to book a semifinal against world number one Novak Djokovic with a 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 6-1 win at the BNP Paribas Open. British number one Murray produced some thunderous groundstrokes to take the first set on a tie-breaker, but he fell apart at the start of the second to hand the initiative to his Argentinian opponent. Although he finally created his first break points of the match in the third set, Murray could not convert and a raft of unforced errors - he made 49 overall - meant Del Potro won at a canter in the end, in two hours and 31 minutes. This was the first time Murray had faced the Argentinian since beating him in 2009, but he survived a scare in the very first game in Indian Wells. Del Potro had break points on the Murray serve, but the Scot fought back to deuce before serving out for a 1-0 lead. Punishing baseline rallies were becoming the order of the day as the first set started to turn into a physical battle and Del Potro was forced to serve to stay in the set at 4-5 and 5-6 which he did so with a little help from an errant Murray volley.
qualifying. On this occasion the circumstances are somewhat unusual as Q1 found a window in which it could be completed, but with the remainder to now take place on Sunday. Appreciably the opening 20-minute session was chaotic and ended with the track strewn with carbon fibre given the number of incidents. One of the issues given the circuit is not a permanent one - it is effectively a street track housed in the middle of a park - was the lack of drainage. Just as the first session was scheduled to start a number of marshals were out and about using brooms and squeegees to try and sweep away the standing water, albeit to no avail. When it finally did begin the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Giedo van der Garde, Charles Pic and Esteban Gutierrez all suffered accidents. For Hamilton in particular, for a few heartstopping moments it appeared as if his debut qualifying session with Mercedes would end with him floundering like a fish out of water. On the approach to turn two Hamilton struck a patch of water, forcing him to lock his brakes and slide backwards across the track where he ended up striking a barrier with his rear wing.
SPORtS Sunday, 17 March, 2013
wAtCh It LIve STAR SPORTS Barclays League: Sunderland v Norwich City
STAR CRICKET 3rd Test: India v Australia
pakistan rugby won plate final for dubai 7s
LAHORE sTAFF rePOrT
Pakistan Rugby team won the Plate final of Dubai International Sevens Tournament in Dubai when it upset the host uAE by 36-14 while Lebanon won the main final to defeat Egypt by 12-7. On the last day of two days extravaganza event held in Dubai, Pakistan lost pool match against uAE by 21-12, after that Pakistani boys played some sensational rugby and beat Saudi Arabia by 47-0. In last pool match Lebanon upset Pakistan by 26-14 and qualified for the final the 2nd main finalist was Eygpt who beat uAE. Pakistan and uAE qualified for the Plate Final. Pakistani boys played plate final with good sprite and did not allow big boys to upset. Pakistan also revenged of pool match and won this match by 36-14. So 6 national positions are Lebanon first, Eygpt 2nd, Pakistan 3rd and uAE got 4th position.
samir reach 103 rank ALBUQUERQUE AgencIes
Pakistan future tennis hope Samir Iftikhar has reached 103 rank of NCAA national singles and proved asset for his university of New Mexico lobos winning crucial matches at Number 1 Position. The hectic NCAA Inter varsity Tennis season is in full swing and uNM lobos are playing BYu in Salt Lake city. uNM Lobos edged out university of Arizona 4/3 where at 3 matches each, Samir won a 3 set decider marathon 6-4 5 7 6 4 to give university of New Mexico Lobos (4-3) victory over Ask Fredrick of university of Arizona at their home grounds at Tuscon Arizona. His coach and former Davis Cupper Tayyab Iftikhar said ”I am very pleased on Samr’s achievement for breaking into top 103# NCAA ranking which he achieved by beating much higher NCAA ranked players in Inter varsity. I hope it will catch eye of PTF and they will try to get sponsorship from for him. He further said that in the upcoming Davis Cup tie against New Zealand, Pakistan has 50 50 chances but I strongly believe that since the tie is being played on grass courts, Pakistan can surprise the New Zealanders.
PSG set for Barcelona litmus test PARIS AgencIes
Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has described Barcelona as one of the greatest sides of all time. Barcelona have won the uEFA Champions League three times in their last seven attempts with their most recent triumph coming in the 2010/11 season where they defeated English giants Manchester united 3-1 at Wembley. No wonder Leonardo was so full of praise for the Catalans when his PSG side were drawn against Barca in the last-eight of this season's Champions League on Friday in Nyon. "It is the most difficult draw against the best team in the competition," he was quoted on Champions League website as saying. "It won't be easy, but we are looking forward to it because Paris deserves to be part of what will be a celebration
of football. "We can measure ourselves against one of the greatest sides of all time. Barcelona are red-hot favourites, but anything can happen". PSG are a team on the rise in European football - backed by the deep pockets of Arab billionaires. Among the players the Ligue 1 side can count on to produce moments of game changing brilliance include Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Javier Pastore, Ezequiel Lavezzi while former European champion Carlo Ancelotti is the club's manager. Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta expects a tight quarter-final tie which kicks off in early April. "PSG have very good players with a lot of talent," he said. "With their experience and knowledge of playing these types of games I am sure they will be challenging right until the end. They are very competitive and we'll be up against several players we know well."
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