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Female suicide bomber carried out Saturday’s attack on students’ bus Quetta shuts down in bereavement UN condemns Quetta carnage, urges strict action STORY ON PAGE 03
NISAR URGES DIALOGUE WITH REBELS No peace talks anytime soon: TTP STORIES ON PAGE 02
Two polio vaccinators gunned down in Swabi Polio workers granted weapons permits
STORIES ON PAGE 04
KABUL RIVER FLOODS NOWSHERA
Army ready to thwart aggression: COAS General Ashfaq Kayani says the army is fully configured and prepared to thwart any military aggression against the country. STORY ON PAGE 04
Govt committed to peace in Balochistan PAGE 02
Wave of car bombs kills 28 in south Iraq A wave of car bombs in southern Iraq killed 28 people on Sunday as the country grapples with a spike in violence and prolonged political deadlock, sparking fears of all-out sectarian war. In all, seven vehicles rigged with explosives went off in five cities south of Baghdad during morning rush hour, leaving 56 people wounded in primarily Shia areas of Iraq. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Sunni militant groups linked to al Qaeda frequently target Shia, whom they regard as apostates, in coordinated attacks. PAGE 04
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No peace talks anytime soon: TTP MONITORING DESK The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has said it will not change its decision of withdrawing peace talks offer to the government for now, as “we are still mourning the killing of our deputy chief, Waliur Rehman Mehsud” in a US drone strike. The TTP withdrew its dialogue offer to the new government a day after TTP spokesperson ehsanullah ehsan confirmed on May 30th that Waliur Rehman Mehsud was killed in the US drone strike in north Waziristan tribal region, along with six other militants. According to a private TV channel, ehsan had alleged the government’s cooperation with the US in the drone attacks, an allegation he reiterated on Sunday when asked if the TTP was willing to talk to the PML-n government. When questioned on Sunday if the PMLn government directly or through any mediator contacted the Taliban for talks, ehsan said no one had contacted them since the new government had taken over. Interior Minister nisar Ali Khan on Sunday said the government was ready to pursue its commitment to talk to those militants who wanted to talk. However, he warned that the government would respond with force if the armed groups pursue ‘militancy and terrorism’. The Taliban say they still standby their previous decision not to talk to the government. “We are still in the state of shock at the martyrdom of our deputy chief and there is no change in decision of not to talk to the government,” the TTP spokesman told an english daily here. The TTP had previously offered conditional peace talks to the PPP-led ruling coalition for the first time in February this year, however, then the government wanted the Taliban to lay down arms first. The Taliban had attached conditions to their talks offer that included release of their senior negotiators and proposed PML-n President nawaz Sharif, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl leader Fazlur Rehman and Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawar Hasan as guarantors for the dialogue. none of the three leaders had agreed to play the mediator role, but had pressed the former PPP government to hold talks with the militants. Days after the PML-n emerged as the single largest party in the May 11 elections, nawaz had stated that he would take the Taliban dialogue offer very seriously. However, there has been no progress so far and the US drone attacks made the possibility complicated. “We had offered dialogue and wanted to talk to everyone, but the political government has no power and the powerful establishment has never shown seriousness to peace dialogue,” ehsan told the paper. To a question about the logic behind the Taliban decision to withdraw talks offer to the government in reaction to the US attack, he claimed that Taliban believe that “our state institutions are passing on 80 percent information to the Americans for drone attacks”. To another question, ehsan said the Taliban had appointed a new deputy chief but the name would not be disclosed for some time.
KARACHI: Media and security personnel seen at the main gate of PAF Base Faisal after a cracker attack late on Sunday. ONLINE
Nisar reiterates need for dialogue with rebels QUETTA
nTeRIoR Minister Chaudhry nisar Ali Khan on Sunday reiterated need of dialogue with militants but ruled out negotiations with elements who carried out attacks on women and hospitals. Talking to reporters in a joint news conference with Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch, nisar said that restoration of peace in Balochistan was the priority of the government. He asserted that Baloch and Pashtun values do not allow attacks on children and women even during wars. The minister said despite great threats, he and Pervaiz Rasheed reached Quetta to show solidarity with the people of Balochistan. nisar said the prime minister has called an important meeting on Balochistan issue on May 20 in Islamabad, adding that important decisions would be taken in the meeting. He said if provincial government approved and recommended, the federal government was ready to take responsibility of security in the province. nisar vowed to restore Quaid-eAzam Residency in minimum time period in its original shape. Dr Abdul Malik Baloch said the PM remained in constant contact with him during the five-hour long operation at
interior Minister says they reached Quetta to show solidarity with people despite threats
Bolan Medical Complex. Baloch said protection of people was his government’s priority. The CM stressed the need for waging a collective struggle for providing security to the people and development of Balochistan.
Balochistan cM says protection of people governMent’s top priority
earlier, nisar, Pervaiz Rashid, Senator Hasil Bizenjo and Jam Mir Kamal visited the Ziarat Residency and were briefed about the damages caused by the terrorists. nisar said a policy would be developed to protect all national heritage sites.
Govt committed to maintaining peace in Balochistan, says Rasheed ISLAMABAD APP
Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed on Sunday said the government was committed to maintaining peace and stability in Balochistan and rest of the country. He said that the nation was united to protect the lives and assets of the Baloch people and to eradicate the menace of terrorism. To a question, he said the prime minister nominated Abdul Malik Baloch as the Balochistan chief minister despite having majority there. Talking to a private TV channel, he said the government believed in democratic norms and “strongly condemns violence in Balochistan.” It was also determined to solve the issue of missing persons, he added. The government, he said, believed in solution of all issues according to the will and wishes of the Baloch and their political parties. The information minister said that the federal government would cooperate with the provincial government for maintaining peace. The prime minister had also phoned the Balochistan chief minister and assured his full cooperation in this regard. Rasheed strongly condemned terrorism in Quetta and expressed shock at the loss of innocent lives. Answering a question, he said the Akbar Bugti murder case was in the court and those involved in it, would be brought to justice.
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Balochistan in mourning, nation in shock feMale suicide BoMBer carried out attack on students’ Bus QUETTA SHAHZADA ZULFIQAR
complete shutter down strike was observed in Balochistan capital Quetta on Sunday against the deadly suicide bombings that killed 27 people and left several others critically injured. The provincial government had announced a day’s mourning against the brutal killing of 14 female students of Bahadur Khan Women University, the Quetta deputy commissioner, four nurses, four security personnel, one doctor and
Quetta shuts down in BereaveMent two passers-by. Banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi had claimed responsibility for the bomb blasts and said the first blast in the university bus was a suicide bombing carried out by a female attacker. An air of gloom hovered over the provincial capital a day after the barbaric attacks. Locals were questioning motive behind the attack, saying the students attacked were mostly Baloch, but were still targeted for sectarian reasons. The national flag flew at half-mast above all government and private buildings, as the Balochistan government announced an official mourning against the
un condeMns Quetta carnage, urges strict action bus and hospital attacks. The shutter-down call was given by Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party and Anjuman-e-Tajiran Balochistan and was supported by other political parities. All shopping centres, business centres and markets in the city remained shut throughout the day, while traffic plying on roads also remained thin. The Balochistan nursing Federation and doctors also announced a three-day mourning over the killing of nurses and a medical officer at Bolan Medical Complex Hospital. The Quetta deputy commissioner, Abdul Mansoor Kakar was also laid to rest in Kasi graveyard early on Sunday
morning while other victims, including eight female students, were buried in Quetta. Hundreds of people including family members, relatives and citizens attended the funeral prayers offered at native towns of the deceased. The case of the attack has been registered with Brewery police station under Anti-Terrorist Act. Initial investigation reports identified the female suicide bomber as Aisha Siddiqa. Police have also included the injured bus driver into investigation, saying that a captured terrorist was also under investigation. PkMAP parliamentary leader Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal strongly condemned the attacks in Quetta and sabotage on Quaide-Azam Residency in Ziarat. “no religion allows attacking women and patients under any circumstances,” he said, adding that there was no justification for such acts of terrorism and the el-
ements behind these could not be called human, Muslims or even Baloch or Pashtun. CoNdEMNATioN:Meanwhile, Un Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon strongly condemned the deadly attacks targeting a bus, a hospital and historic Ziarat residency. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ban Ki-Moon said no cause justified such violence, and noted with dismay that “violence against women and educators has increased in recent years, the aim being to keep girls away from attaining the basic right to education”. Ban called on the government “to do all possible to bring the perpetrators to justice” and expressed the Un’s solidarity “in the face of continued terrorist violence in Pakistan”. The secretary-general also sent his condolences to the victims, their families, and the government of Pakistan.
President calls Balochistan CM, gets updates on Saturday’s events KARACHI AGENCIES
President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday made a phone call to Balochistan Chief Minister (CM) Dr Abdul Malik Baloch and asked about the details pertaining to the events in the restive province over the past two days. The president assured Baloch of the federal government’s full support, saying the entire nation was in grief over the tragic events in Balochistan. Zardari also enquired after the people who were injured in the violent incidents.
3 injured in blast at PAF base in Karachi MONITORING DESK
QUETTA : Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan being briefed by Balochistan Chief Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad about incidents occurred in Ziarat and Quetta. INP
Three policemen killed in Qilla Saifullah QUETTA/MASTUNG: As many as three policemen were killed in an ambush in Qilla Saifullah District on Sunday. Police sources said that unidentified terrorists riding motorcycles attacked a police check post near Muslim Bagh area. The bodies were identified as that of Abdul Wali, Ali Shah and Bahauddin. Law enforcers cordoned off the area to arrest the suspects. Further investigation is underway. Separately, three people were kidnapped by unidentified armed men in Dasht area. According to Levies sources, the kidnapped people have been identified as Mehrullah Magsi, his driver and guard. Reports say Magsi, a relative of former Balochistan governor Zulfikar Magsi, was going from Jhal Magsi to Quetta to receive the body of his daughter who was killed in Saturday’s blast in Quetta. Levies and other law enforcers have cordoned off the area and started search operation. Magsi’s vehicle was found in Dasht area. Meanwhile, a man was killed and another sustained injuries in an armed clash between two groups in Sohbatpur area of Jaffarabad District. According to police, two groups used automatic weapons against each other. The body of Muhammad Ali and the injured were shifted to a nearby hospital. AGENCIES
Kabul River floods nowshera water levels at Mangla and tarBela daM rise significantly in past 24 hours NOWSHERA AGENCIES
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Flood Cell said River Kabul was in medium flood at nowshera district, discharging 126,000 cusecs of water. According to the flood cell report, Kabul River was in medium flood at Warsak too, with water flow there being measured at 74,600 cusecs. According to sources, floodwater has entered Sheikhabad, Hassan Khail, Masal Road, Muhalla Shah Hussaini, Shaheedabad, Shala Khel and Khaishgi areas near nowshera. Thousands of acres of agriculture land were inundated by floodwater while residents started to move to safer places. River Panjkora was also reported to be in medium flood at Dir where water discharge was 24,301 cusecs. Meanwhile, Water levels at Mangla
and Tarbela dams are steadily increasing, with the level in both dams rising to two feet and six feet respectively, within a 24hour time. Water inflow in Tarbela Dam was recorded at 2, 78,900 cusecs, with an outflow of 1, 40,000 cusecs; while water level in the dam is 1,487 feet, which is 53 feet less than the maximum level of 1,550, with currently usable reservoirs of 33, 35,000 acre feet. Mangla Dam water level stood at 1,166 feet, with an inflow recorded at 17,810 cusecs and an outflow of 15,000 cusecs, with usable water reservoirs of 26, 64,000 acre feet. Total usable water reservoir at both dams stands at 5,900,099 acre feet. owing to the situation, KP government released funds to deputy commissioners of flood-affected districts to meet urgent needs of the people. According to reports‚ district administrations of concerned areas have been put on high alert to assist and rehabilitate flood victims. If needed‚ they would be shifted to safer places. Monitoring committees headed by ministers will be constituted for rehabilitation of flood victims. Meanwhile‚ a provincial flood control room has been constituted which is in con-
stant contact with the provincial disaster management authority‚ district administrations and MeT office. KP Minister for Information and Health Shaukat Ali Yousafzai has directed the disaster management authority and district administrations to speed up the overall relief and recovery plan for the rehabilitation of victims in the flood-affected areas of the province. “A detailed survey should be carried out to assess damages to lives and property,” he added. Directives to this effect were issued on Sunday, Yousafzai said, adding that various teams had been engaged since Friday, when he visited the affected areas. Reports indicated that the affected areas are fast coming back to normalcy and the water level is fast coming down. Shaukat said, “We are not oblivious of our responsibilities and we would not rest until the affected are rehabilitated”. He said resources had been released to deputy commissioners for the relief and recovery plan. “It’s the people who mandated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) with a clear agenda for change and therefore, we would not leave the hapless alone and the resources of national exchequer would be spent on them”.
Three security personnel of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) were wounded in a low-intensity explosion that took place along the wall of PAF Faisal Base near Karsaz on Sharah-e-Faisal Sunday evening. extra contingents of law enforcers including Rangers and police cordoned off the site immediately after the explosion. PAF officials also inspected the blast site. Bomb disposal squad (BDS) was dispatched to the site, but the nature of the blast had not yet been determined. While quoting initial findings, BDS experts said the explosion was carried out with a locally manufactured cracker. According to the Sharah-e-Faisal SHo Arshad Janjua, initial investigations suggested that culprits on a motorcycle threw the cracker near the main gate of the base, injuring three PAF personnel who were on guard duty. After the PnS Mehran base attack in May 2011, this was the second attack on Faisal Base. on February 5, 2013, unidentified assailants hurled two crackers in front of the air base flyover, injuring a pedestrian. Meanwhile Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah took notice of hand grenade attacks in Karachi’s Landhi and Karsaz areas. A press release from the CM Secretariat said Shah sought an immediate report from the Inspector General of Police (IGP) on both incidents. Shah directed that police patrolling be enhanced in the city and police pickets be increased in sensitive areas. He further directed that protection of lives and property of the people be ensured and all possible steps be taken for maintenance of law and order.
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Two polio vaccinators gunned down in Swabi PESHAWAR
T least two volunteers of a polio vaccination team were shot dead by unknown militants in a Swabi village on Sunday. The killed persons included a teacher from the education department and an employee of the health department, performing duties at Basic Health Unit Jhandha, Swabi. District Police officer (DPo) Mian Mohammad Saeed told Pakistan Today that both Sheeraz Mohammad and Aziz Mohammad were killed on the spot when two armed militants opened indiscriminate fire towards them. He, however, said both volunteers had not informed local police that they were engaged in vaccinating children without security. Saeed said keeping in view threats of
Army ready to thwart aggression, says COAS ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Ashfaq Kayani has said the army is fully configured and prepared to thwart any military aggression against the country. Kayani and Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafiq Butt on Saturday attended the concluding session of the Army War Games (exercise AZM-e-nAU 4), which commenced at the national Defence University, Islamabad on June 3. The war game was attended by a large number of officers of Pakistan Army, navy and PAF. “During the war game, spanning over two weeks, strategic and operational plans were crystallised and validated for developing a comprehensive response,” read an ISPR statement on Sunday. operational plans of Pakistan Air Force were also finalised in close coordination with the army. This war game was the culmination of series of such exercises, which have cumulatively contributed towards operational preparedness to meet the evolving threat. While addressing the participants, General Kayani reiterated the Pakistan Army’s resolve to meet all future challenges squarely. “He stated that the Army in coordination with the navy and PAF is fully configured and prepared to thwart any military aggression against the country. He also added that the military success depended on being fully prepared, support of the people of Pakistan and other state institutions,” the statement read.
bless the departed souls and grant courage to the bereaved families to bear the loss with fortitude. Meanwhile, a police official was killed and four others injured in separate militant attacks in different localities of Peshawar in the wee hours of Sunday. According to details, armed miscreants stormed Mashu Gagar police post in Badaber area of the city, leaving three police officials injured. The attackers fled from the scene when police returned fire. Heavy contingents of police reached the scene and launched a search operation in the area after the incident. earlier, some unidentified miscreants opened fire on two police officials when they were on patrol in Gulbahar area. A police constable identified as Karamatullah died on the spot while Shahidullah was critically injured. Both were shifted to a hospital.
terrorism, the government had already directed police to provide security to vaccinators. In this respect, high-ups from health department and vaccinators are bound to inform the concerned police station, he added. Soon after the killings, Swabi police embarked on search operations in the area and apprehended four suspects. The DPo confirmed the arrests, saying “detainees are being interrogated so far.” on the other had, law enforcing agencies were asked to remain on high alert all over Swabi to counter further acts of terrorism and violence, the DPo added. Terming the attack cowardly and inhumane, Prime Minister nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the killing of the two volunteers. He paid tribute to the volunteers who lost their lives playing their roles for eradicating the menace of polio from the country. He prayed to the Almighty to
POLIO WORKERS GRANTED WEAPONS PERMITS Just hours after two volunteers on a polio team were killed in Topi, Swabi, polio workers in Swabi were granted permission to carry their own weapons for security purposes. Talking to a private TV channel, District Police Officer Mian Muhammad Saeed said vaccinators administering polio drops in Swabi district would be allowed to carry weapons to defend themselves. “This will be only for the vaccinators for the duration until the campaign lasts,” he said, adding that both male and female workers will have permits for weapons issued to them. Saeed added that around 20 suspects had been rounded up after the incident in Topi, as it was not the first time health workers had been targeted in the area. “We are trying to establish a link between the attacks, hopefully there will be breakthrough this time.” MONITORING DESK
Following the Quetta terror incidents on Saturday, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government directed law enforcement agencies to remain on high alert. Police said all sensitive places in the city are being heavily guarded. Surveil-
wave of car bombs kills 28 in south Iraq BAGHDAD AGENCIES
A wave of car bombs in southern Iraq killed 28 people on Sunday as the country grapples with a spike in violence and prolonged political deadlock, sparking fears of all-out sectarian war. In all, seven vehicles rigged with explosives went off in five cities south of Baghdad during morning rush hour, leaving 56 people wounded in primarily Shia areas of Iraq. no group immediately claimed responsibility for
the attacks, but Sunni militant groups linked to al Qaeda frequently target Shia, whom they regard as apostates, in coordinated attacks. Car bombs went off in Kut, Aziziyah, Mahmudiyah, nasiriyah and Basra, officials said. In Kut, provincial capital of Wasit and 160 kilometres south of Baghdad, a car bomb exploded outside a restaurant in an industrial area packed with vehicle repair garages, killing seven people and wounding 15. Another car bomb in nearby Aziziyah in the town's
KP budget today PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Finance Minister Sirajul Haq will be presenting budgetary proposals before the provincial assembly on Monday (today). Though exact volume of the budget for coming fiscal year could not be ascertained, but insiders told Pakistan Today that it might be ranging between Rs 305 billion and Rs 310 billion. In the wake of financial crises multiplied by slashing of receipts from the federal government during current fiscal year of 2012-2013, the KP budget for coming financial year seems to be deficit. For ensuring minimum debate on budgetary proposals and ensuring smooth business of the assembly, KP Speaker Asad Qaisar chaired a meeting on Saturday. The meeting was attended by parliamentary leaders of all political parties. The budgetary propos-
als for outgoing 2012-2013 financial year were projected to the tune of Rs 303 billion, which included Rs 241 billion, received from the federal government. However, the provincial government has received only Rs 241 billion, thus registering a decrease of huge Rs 37 billion. Beside slash in projected receipts from the federal government, WAPDA had also failed in paying hydro net profits to the KP government, unbalancing the province’s financial position. According to sources, KP’s liabilities against WAPDA reached to Rs 7.5 billion which included Rs 1.5 billion for the fiscal year of 2011 and Rs 6 billion for the financial year of 2012 and 2013. Finance Minister Sirajul Haq had not only shown resentment over failure of the Awami national Party government in getting the hydro net profit, but he also vowed for a reasonable increase in its volume.
main marketplace and near a Shia mosque killed five and wounded 10. Twin blasts in the southern port city of Basra, meanwhile, killed five people, including a bomb disposal expert looking to defuse one of the rigged vehicles. Three others were killed in bombings in nasiriyah and Mahmudiyah. The violence was the latest in a spike in attacks nationwide, with last month registering the highest death toll since 2008, sparking fears of a return to the all-out sectarian war that blighted Iraq in 2006 and 2007.
TuRKey violeNCe FlAReS AFTeR PoliCe SToRM PRoTeST PARK ISTANBUL: Police sealed off a flashpoint Istanbul park on Sunday after firing tear gas and water cannon to dislodge thousands of protesters in a night of violence that sent tensions soaring in Turkey following more than two weeks of anti-government unrest. Riot police were still clashing with pockets of protesters in streets near Gezi Park as tens of thousands of supporters of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan began gathering for a rally 10 kilometres (six miles) away. The operation to clear Gezi Park late Saturday came just two hours after Erdogan issued an ultimatum to demonstrators to end their occupation of the site, the symbolic heart of nationwide protests against the government. AGENCIES
lance in FATA and bordering areas of Peshawar was also beefed up. The strength of the security force was increased at entry and exit checkpoints of the city, while search operations were underway following the Badaber attack.
JiNNAh ReSideNCy liKely To Be ReBuilT wiThiN ThRee MoNThS MONITORING DESK The government has announced that Quaide-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s residency in Ziarat would be rebuilt possibly within three months. Jinnah Residency in Ziarat, where the Quaid spent last days of his life in 1948 came under terrorist attack on Saturday. Mir Hasil Bizenjo, Information Minister Pervez Rashid and Interior Minister Chaudhry nisar Ali Khan announced reconstruction of the monument during a visit to Ziarat. Bizenjo said majority of Quaid’s belongings, including the founding father’s bed, chair, pillow and stick had been completely destroyed. He said it was unfortunate that only one police man was deployed at the site during daytime. “Militants are now destroying heritage sites of national importance in Balochistan. It’s a cowardly act,” Bizenjo observed. Both the federal and provincial government would be providing security to national heritage sites across the country Balochistan, the ministers said. officials said the national Heritage Division would rebuild the residency within three to four months and reconstruction would keep tourism in mind. “The surrounding areas would also be developed,” they added. The information minister had directed Awan-e-Quaid-e-Azam officials to assess the damage and the cost of reconstruction.
SiNdh To PReSeNT TAx-FRee BudGeT TodAy KARACHI AFTAB CHANNA
senatoRs conceRned oveR teRRoRIsM In BalochIstan ISLAMABAD ANWER ABBAS
Senators on Sunday expressed strong concerns over incidents of terrorism in Quetta, and passed a unanimous resolution condemning terrorist attacks in the province on Saturday. The Senate resumed debate, headed by Senate chief nayyar Hussain Bokhari, on the federal budget as well as expressing concerns over the recent tragic incidents in Quetta that resulted in loss of many innocent lives. Participating in the debate‚ Senator Farhatullah Babar said terrorist strikes on a female students’ bus, Bolan Medical College and Quaide Azam’s residency was in fact an attack on the past and future of the nation. He said long-term reforms in the province of Balochistan were required
and condemned the missing persons issue and recovery of mutilated dead bodies, adding that some forces were not in favour of a political settlement. Babar was of the view that Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz (PML-n) needed to give a conceptual framework for strengthening the economy, adding that without curbing militancy and terrorism, economic growth and investment was impossible. Talking on the energy crisis‚ he said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) would cooperate with the government to address the issue. Babar said that no relief was given to the poor people. "It is the prime responsibility of the political leadership to take steps and devise frameworks to generate more and more revenue," he said. He said around 125 percent increase in salaries of government employees was
made during the five-year tenure of PPP despite financial constraints. The country's remittances witnessed significant increase from $ 7 billion to $ 14 billion owing to incentives given to overseas Pakistanis, he added. He said growth in investment was directly linked with maintenance of peace and tranquility in the country. "The finance minister's speech failed to address the law and order situation in KP, Balochistan and Karachi," he said. Urging establishing a balance between the civil society and military forces, Babar stressed the PML-n to establish a constitutional court, which he said was an important point in the Charter of Democracy. Babar praised the government for its resolve to end circular debt within 60 days and allocation of Rs 225 billion to cope with energy crisis. However, he said cir-
cular debt would emerge again as there was a difference between generation and sale price of electricity per unit. Raza Rabbani, PPP’s parliamentary leader in Senate, termed terrorist strikes in Balochistan as a conspiracy against the provincial government of Balochistan. He said whenever talks emerged to redress the Balochistan issue through peaceful dialogue; such incidents appeared in an attempt to destroy any progress. on a point of order by Raza Rabbani‚ Raja Zafarul Haq said Interior Minister Chaudhary nisar Ali Khan was in Balochistan to get first-hand information on the attacks. elaborating, he said, on his return‚ the interior minister will take the House into confidence on government's measures to restore peace in Balochistan.
no new tax is likely to be introduced in the Sindh budget for the fiscal year 2013-14 on Monday (today). However, the budget deficit has been estimated over Rs 45 billion, Pakistan Today has learnt. Moreover, the salaries of Sindh government employees would be increased by 10 percent. While it is also expected that the Sindh government will announce, in the budget, at least 23,500 jobs that include 7,500 in police while the rest in other departments. The rates of some non-tax levies such as water tax on agriculture, licence fee and tender fee would be rationalised to improve resource mobilisation. Some of these charges would be clubbed together instead of increasing their rates to yield better revenue, sources said. They also said the Annual Development Programme (ADP) in the budget was likely to be over Rs 192 billion with Rs 20 billion for the defunct district governments. Besides, more than Rs 45 billion have been allocated for the foreign-funded projects.
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Altaf Hussain has condemned the target killing of Karachi Mazafati Organising Committee’s member Amjad Ali and Baldia Town Unit 112 Incharge Azeem Baig
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H e Fine Art Pakistan Gallery has organised a two-person exhibition titled ‘nature and Mortar’ by Abdul Hayee and Sarfraz Musawir featured on Sufism and natural beauty on the earth. Around 48
paintings are on display on the gallery walls. Musawir’s paintings revolve around two themes, Sufism and cityscapes. In one of Musawir’s paintings, a Sufi plays a horn. Loosely attired in typical Sufi clothes, wearing rings and beads hanging from the horn, it is a vibrant and colourful piece. Musawir captured the scene, which we often witness while visiting ‘Dargahs’. The traditional pompoms, ribbons and beads give the painting the necessary depth one feels while having a spiritual experience. Similarly, another painting is also about a Sufi wearing lose light green dress with a traditional greenSufi-turban, symbolic of the faqeers who live on different ‘mazars’ in Sindh and Punjab. The Sufi also carries a staff, and has a white beard, another sign of wisdom and spirituality. Abdul Hayee did his diploma in Fine Arts from KSA in 1971. He is one of the few water colour artists, who paint in late afternoon, enjoying the deepening shadows. He was a source of encouragement to groups of younger artists and art students who assembled on holidays to paint from nature. Malir, West Wharf, Karachi and its environs were painted with a loving eye to detail. A largely self-taught artist, Hayee paints for his own
satisfaction, rather than for display. Though his work is popular, held by local galleries and seen frequently in group displays, his obsessions is with the vagaries of nature. A desire to capture the light and shadow he finds in fields, on water and sun dappled paths. The show will continue till 22nd June.
explosives planted near rail track defused
PAKTuRK SChool SySTeM’S STudeNT BRiNGS lAuRelS BACK hoMe KARACHI NNI
All-out arrangements have been finalised for the national immunisation campaign for polio to be conducted from today (Monday) to Wednesday. More than 3,16,850 children of Larkana district up to five years of age would be administered oral polio vaccine (oPV) during the three-day national polio campaign. executive District officer (Health Services) Larkana Dr Khalilullah Shaikh said this on Sunday. He said the children up to five years of age would be administered oral polio vaccine (oPV) during the three days campaign. He said 710 mobile teams had been constituted which would visit all the areas including the remote, far-flung areas of the district to accomplish the task. eDo Health Services Dr Khalilullah Shaikh said the district had been declared as a “polio free district” and to maintain this status an estimated number of 3,16,850 children, aged 5 years, must be covered by immunisation. He further said that children up to two years would be immunised of various diseases including polio and pregnant women will also be immunised of various diseases during the three day polio campaign. Dr Khalilullah Shaikh exhorted the parents to be cooperative with the visiting mobile polio teams to make the national anti-polio campaign a complete success. He also urged the religious scholars, elected representatives, nGos and the local community to make this campaign successful.
An IeD was found by the local people who immediately reported to the police on Sunday, Makki Shah Police SHo Javed Shaikh said. The police and the bomb disposal squad (BDS) immediately reached the
spot and defused the device which was connected to a battery and wires. BDS incharge Saleem Vistro told that the explosive material weighed around 3 kg. The police have registered an FIR against unknown miscreants for planting a 3 kg improvised explosive device (IeD) near the railway track in Makrani Parah here. The situation caused a disruption in
the railway traffic as Karachi-bound Zakaria express was stopped at the Hyderabad railway station while some other trains were stopped at the Kotri railway station for some two hours. The SHo said the police conducted raids in the Makrani Parah and other surrounding areas but no suspect was arrested.
3 more peacocks dead, toll mounts to 49 THARPARKAR
e A D LY Ranikhet in continuously spreading its devastation and claimed three more peacocks died taking the death toll to 49. It should be mentioned that during the last one and a half week, 49 peacocks have died of contagious disease in various areas of the district. Three more peacocks died at village Sajai and Dabri area of Tehsil Deplo. Local people blamed the wildlife
department for its inaction despite the epidemic viral disease ‘Ranikhet’ taking heavy toll of the unprotected peacocks. Dozens of other peacocks are also suffering the same disease and it is feared that toll may rise further, if no immediate steps are taken to overcome the problem. It should be mentioned that last year, newcastle disease virus (nDV) killed more than 300 peacocks in different parts of Tharparkar. More than 40,000 wild peacocks are present in Tharparkar but their number is declining because of hot weather and lack of effective conservation.
PakTurk International Schools and Colleges, Clifton boys campus, Manzar Abbas, has achieved a grand winner award and a gold medal in the recent 7th International Young Inventors Project olympiad (IYIPo) which was held between 25 to 27 April 2013 in Tbilisi Georgia. Manzar Abbas of Class Fsc I, developed a project with a title ‘A new Approach to Purify Seawater’ which was awarded with a gold medal and grand winner position in Georgia in the 7th International Young Inventors Project olympiad (IYIPo) where 28 countries with 120 projects competed amongst each other. Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul ebad Khan awarded PakTurk Star to Manzar Abbas. Manzar Abbas along with Ali Karan, Regional Director PakTurk International Schools, Salih Unverdi, Principal PakTurk International Schools and Colleges, and Abdullah Jan, Vice Principal PakTurk International Schools and Colleges, was awarded with a cash prize of Rs 50,000 by the governor. The governor also appreciated his efforts in acclaiming the reward and school’s contribution for his development. At this occasion, Dr noshad Shaikh, Principal Secretary to Governor, Salih Pazarci, Chief executive Istikbal Business Association, Huseyin Cepni, Manager Turkish Airlines were present in the meeting.
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Cowardly and inhuman acts of militants and extremists can not deter the strong resolve of the government to eradicate polio from the country — President Asif Ali Zardari
( FIRE AT KESC GRID DARKENS PARTS OF CITY
KARAChiiTeS Sizzle iN ‘hell’ IS-
oPP CoNdeMNS PoweR ouTAGeS
clifton, gizri, keaMari, shireen colony reMained without power for two days, Mysterious Blaze daMaged 27 feeders at ziauddin hospital grid
KARACHi: The opposition leaders in the Sindh Assembly on Sunday strongly condemned the continued load shedding in the city by the KeSC which they said had made life of the citizens miserable. The PML-F and PML-n leaders said this during a parliamentary committee meeting held at the house of PML-F Secretary General Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh. The leaders demanded of the government to end load shedding in Karachi due to which there was an acute water shortage all over the city. The leaders said people were forced to take to the streets due to continued load shedding and water shortage. The meeting also expressed continued load shedding in interior Sindh for more than 14 hours and this has also caused water shortage under the sizzling heat. The meeting was presided over by Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh. The leaders said citizens under the sizzling heat were suffering from immense agony and pain. The leaders also discussed the law and order situation of Karachi and said the government had miserably failed to control target killings in Karachi and daily 10 to 11 persons were being killed including the personnel of law enforcement agencies. The leaders comprising of PML-n and PMLF also decided the strategy over the Sindh Budget 2013-14 to be presented in the Sindh Assembly today (Monday). The leaders also decided that in the morning they would meet the Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani and demand that opposition seats be allotted to the opposition members. Imtiaz apprised the meeting that the opposition had decided to play an effective role of opposition in the assembly. STAFF REPORT
I F e remained miserable in parts of the metropolis during the last couple of days, Saturday and Sunday, where the residents ‘braved a helllike situation’. At around 8:00 am Saturday morning, a mysteriously-erupted fire at Ziauddin Hospital (Clifton) grid of the KeSC disrupted power supply to parts of Clifton, Gizri, Keamari, Shireen Jinnah Colony, Gulshan-iSikandarabad and adjoining areas. With scorching mercury already testing the nerves of people, the said areas remained without power for at least 37 hours as the power was fully restored at around 9:00 pm on Sunday. According to the Met office, mercury in the city ranged between 31 and 39 Degree Celsius during the last 24 hours. A KeSC spokesman told Pakistan Today that the blaze, the cause of which was yet to be ascertained, affected 27 feeders in total that plunged the said areas in darkness. The almost two-day electricity supply disruption compelled the area people to take to the streets as dozens of enraged protesters were seen Sunday afternoon blocking the road near Clifton campus of Ziauddin Hospital until MPA Humayun Muhammad
KARACHI: Citizens throng ice shops. STAFF PHOTO
Khan assured them of the restoration of power by the evening. “All I can do is to access the KeSC authorities and ask for acceleration of repair work,” Khan, a PML-n leader who won May 11 polls from PS-89, told Pakistan Today on Saturday, first day of the disconnection of power. The protests, however, continued intermittently with effectees in some cases attacking and pelting the KeSC complaint offices with stones or holding the company’s vehicles hostage. Worst affected was the impoverished neighborhood of Keamari where some touching scenes were observed with heatridden area residents, including males, females and children, sleeping outside their houses in open. What exacerbated the plight of the people was the hot weather with no or little wind blowing, especially at Saturday night, to relieve them. Most of the mobile phones
remained off for the want of battery charge. With home appliances like fridge and freezers unable to make ice, the area were witnessed thronging shops of the ice-sellers who too went out of the available stock. While the philanthropist bodies like “SeLF HeLP” arranged and provided the much-in-demand ice to the heat-stricken masses at cessionary rates, some profitconscious opportunists opened makeshift ice shops to make money. even a fish vendor was seen fleecing the buyers by pricing ice at a rate much higher than normal. The two-day crisis was a real test for the power generating equipment like generators and UPS which in most of the cases had either developed some fault or stopped working at all. “My UPS eventually went off after running nonstop for at least 12 hours,” said Gul Akbar Khan, who lives at Tara Chund Road of Keamari and works in a government department.
Principles of women empowerment launched
Business, academia and civil society support empowering of women to participate fully in economic life in all sector and levels of economic activity as an essential initiative for establishing a stable and just society in Pakistan as the seven principles of women empowerment under the theme ‘equality Means Business’ were launched by Global Compact Pakistan and employers Federation of Pakistan in an impressive ceremony at the north nazimabad campus of the newport Institute. Sohail Ahmed ,Vice Chairman, House of Habibs, in his key note speech on the eve of the launching of the principles of women empowerment emphasised that instead of putting women in womanly jobs, business should be more family-friendly for creating an environment in which women can
freely think ,operate and contribute to business growth and sustainability . Mr Ahsanullah Khan, President of the Steering Committee, in his inaugural address said that launching of seven principles of women empowerment in Pakistan was aimed to help the private sector to focuses on key elements integral to promoting gender equality at the work place, market place and community Dr Shahida Saleem, Advisor Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the apex body of employers in Pakistan) said that empowerment is the sum total of means plus skills plus accountability and business in order to empower women must provide all the three to optimize from their potential to contribute to its meaningful growth. She assured full support of the FPCCI in helping private sector to play its pivotal role in embracing the
principles of women empowerment. Dr Shahida Sajjad, representing the employers Federation of Pakistan quoted global instances of how business were benefiting themselves by empowering women. Companies have been able to achieve more than 30 percent profit due to women who genetically work with partnership, she said. Shaukat Ali, President All Pakistan Trade Union Congress, urged for more induction of women in executive bodies of trade unions and more women representation at the enterprise level institutions which will create more viable opportunities for women empowerment. earlier, Fasihul Karim Siddiqi, Secretary of the Local network, introduced the seven principles of women empowerment as a partnership initiative by the Un Women and the Un Global Compact. These principles, he elaborated, in fact provide a seven step guideline for how a vibrant business environment can be created for deriving maximum benefit from equitable gender empowerment as a guarantee for sustainable growth. Siddiqi called upon private and public sector business, government, workers and employer bodies, academia, media, judiciary, professional organisations and civil society to join hands in promoting these principles to strengthen our initiative to build a just, stable and socially responsive society in a better Pakistan.
Imtiaz Jadoon, a cable operator, was finding it hard to keep his house and office illuminated using, turn by turn, a couple of his generators. “We have not seen the hell, but felt it during the past two days that were full of troubles,” said Ismail Swati, a resident of Charnal Road. “no power but sizzling heat. even our cell phones were out of power,” he exclaimed. Faisal Soomro, a PML-n supporter, was critical of the KeSC repairing team that, he wondered, took two long days in fixing a fault up. With the KeSC spokesman denying it, the sources claimed that while the fire kept reducing the company’s valuable equipment to ashes for over an hour time, there was no one to extinguish it. When contacted, a KeSC spokesman rejected the claim saying the staff was there to supervise and had reacted promptly to the incident.
About the fault, he said it was not of a minor character. “The fire had damaged 27 feeders that caused such a prolonged power shortage in the affected areas,” said Ahmed Faraz. At 6:00 pm Sunday, he told Pakistan Today that of the 27 feeders 17 had been fixed up. The remaining 10, he said, would be made to function by 9:00 pm. “Four of the (10) feeders are to cater commercial areas like Dolmen Mall that we have subsided as we are prioritizing the residential customers,” said Faraz. According to area residents, electricity in Keamari was not restored till the filing of this report at 8:20pm. Unable to reason what actually caused the inferno, the spokesman viewed that current demand for power in the city was highest 2,750 MW. Sometime overload, it also leads to the eruption of fire at the grid, he added.
3 picnickers drown at hawks Bay KARACHI NNI
As many as three people drowned while picnicking at Hawks Bay in Karachi on Sunday. According to emergency Response Center (eRC), three people entered the sea for a bath at
the beach. They were pulled into the deep water by the strong currents. Their bodies were traced later by the divers. The deceased were identified as Fayyaz ul Hasan, 40, Faisal Zaidi, 20 and 22-yearold Sheeral. Mairaj Khan, Incharge eRC, warned of strong currents in the sea.
KARACHI: Grand-daughter of Quaid-e-Azam, Khursheed Begum, and her husband Muhammad Ali stand in front of Mazar-e-Quaid during a demonstration against attack on the last residence of Quaid-e-Azam in Ziarat on Sunday. ONLINE
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Bangladesh opposition clean sweeps key city elections
A series of bombings in Shia-majority areas of Iraq killed at least 30 people on Sunday. A blast in Najaf struck a produce market. Agencies
DHAKA: Bangladesh's Islamist-backed main opposition on Sunday swept mayoral elections in four cities in a major setback for the ruling party ahead of general polls. The centreright Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) won by big margins in the major cities of Khulna, Sylhet, Rajshahi and Barisal, Election Commission spokesman S.M. Asaduzzaman said. In the third largest city of Khulna, home to about one million people, BNP candidate Moniruzzaman Moni beat the incumbent Abdul Khaleque by a margin of 60,671 votes. Analysts said the results reflected a nationwide erosion of support for the ruling Awami League party six months ahead of general elections, while the growing influence of Islamists who backed the BNP after their traditional parties did not contest contributed to the huge margins of victory. AGENCIES
NelSoN MANdelA 'CoNTiNueS To GeT BeTTeR': zuMA
iNdiA'S MAiN oPPoSiTioN AlliANCe SPliTS AheAd oF eleCTioN NEW DELHI: A powerful Indian regional party pulled out of the main opposition alliance on Sunday, a split that could hobble the rise of a controversial Hindu nationalist leader who hopes to oust the ruling Congress party in elections due by May 2014. The Janata Dal (United) party, based in the eastern state of Bihar, announced it would end a 17-year-old alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after the BJP promoted firebrand leader Narendra Modi to lead its election campaign. The exit could hamper the chances of the Hindu nationalist BJP finding enough allies to mount a convincing challenge to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's administration, whose second term has been plagued by scandals and a worsening economy. It could also encourage a rag-tag of regional parties with fickle leaders and diverse local agendas - to form their own so-called third front coalition, which, if they were successful, could present a risk for Asia's thirdlargest economy. AGENCIES
CRewS GAiNiNG GRouNd oN deAdly ColoRAdo wildFiRe DENVER: Crews battling a deadly wildfire that is the most destructive on record in Colorado have contained almost half of the 15,000-acre (6,070-hectare) blaze that has incinerated nearly 500 homes outside Colorado Springs, authorities said on Saturday. Cooler temperatures, calmer winds and a rainstorm that moved over the burn area on Friday allowed fire managers to increase the containment of the fire to 45 percent from 30 percent the day before. "Last night, there was no growth and no more structures lost," incident commander Rich Harvey of the U.S. Forest Service told a news conference. But the number of homes confirmed destroyed by the socalled Black Forest Fire jumped to 473 overnight as assessment crews combed through areas that have cooled, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said. AGENCIES
Kuwait court orders dissolution of parliament, new elections KUWAIT CITY AGENCIES
UWAIT'S top court ordered the dissolution of parliament on Sunday and called for fresh elections, a ruling likely to herald fresh political volatility in the US-allied Gulf Arab state. The Constitutional Court made its ruling after throwing out opposition challenges to changes to the electoral system decreed by the emir, hereditary ruler of the oil-exporting country, head judge Youssef al-Mutawa told reporters. Political stability in Kuwait, owner of more than six percent of global oil reserves, has traditionally depended on cooperation between the government and parliament, the oldest and most powerful legislature in the Gulf Arab states. The development is a blow to opposition politicians who boycotted a parliamentary election in December in protest at the electoral rules. The election was the fifth since 2006 and political up-
heaval has held up economic development and reforms. “This verdict today is the worst decision,” former opposition MP Waleed Tabtabie wrote on Twitter. The new voting rules, decreed six weeks before the poll, triggered mass protests. Police packed the court complex on Sunday after opposition figures said they would demonstrate if the emir's decree was upheld. The opposition case challenged the constitutionality of the move by the emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, to reduce the number of votes allowed per citizen in parliamentary elections to one from four. Political parties are banned in Kuwait so candidates campaign on an independent basis. Under the old system, voters could place four votes of equal weight for a candidate in their constituency. In December elections they could pick only one. Protesters said the new rules aimed to weaken the opposition, which was able to form effective parliamentary alliances under the old four-vote system in the ab-
sence of parties. The government said the new voting system brought Kuwait in line with other countries. The court ruling may divide the opposition, most of whose politicians have said they would not contest elections under the one-vote rule, though some may decide to re-enter the political system now the change has been approved by the top court. PRoTESTS: Kuwait, which sits in a strategic position between Saudi Arabia and Iraq and across the Gulf from Iran, has the most democratic political system in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. Its parliament has legislative powers and can hold government ministers to account. However the emir has the final say in state matters and chooses the prime minister who in turn picks a cabinet, with members of the ruling Al-Sabah family occupying the top posts. “The court's decision today enhances the durability of the democratic system,” Information Minister Sheikh Salman al-Humoud al-Sabah said in a statement.
JOHANNESBURG: Nelson Mandela "continues to get better" after more than a week in hospital battling a lung infection although his condition remains serious, South African President Jacob Zuma said Sunday. "As you are aware, president Nelson Mandela is still in hospital in Pretoria. We are grateful that he continues to get better," Zuma said at a public rally. "Over the last two days, although he remains serious, his doctors have stated that his improvement has been sustained. He continues to engage with family." The 94-year-old antiapartheid hero and South Africa's first black president was admitted to a private Pretoria clinic in the early hours of June 8, his fourth hospitalisation since December. Several family members, including his wife Graca Machel and ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela have paid visits to his bedside. AGENCIES
obama looks to harness JFK magic on Berlin visit BERLIN: Barack Obama will walk in John F. Kennedy's footsteps this week on his first visit to Berlin as US president, but encounter a more powerful and sceptical Germany in talks on trade and secret surveillance practices. Observers say Obama has cultivated an effective if "workmanlike" relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Europe's most influential leader, mirroring a sobering of transatlantic ties since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Obama, who dazzled a crowd of 200,000 people with an open-air speech in 2008 in the centre of the capital while still a candidate, will face more modest expectations this time round on his arrival late Tuesday for a 24-hour stay. AGENCIES
NoRTh KoReA PRoPoSeS hiGh-level TAlKS wiTh uS SEOUL AGENCIES
north Korea on Sunday proposed highlevel talks with the US on denuclearisation and easing tensions on the Korean peninsula, just days after it abruptly cancelled a rare meeting with the South. Tension has been high on the peninsula since the north's third nuclear test in February that triggered new Un sanctions which ignited an angry response from Pyongyang, including threats of nuclear at-
tacks on Seoul and Washington. A rare high-level meeting between two Koreas scheduled for June 12 and 13, which would have been the first between the two sides for six years, was cancelled on Tuesday due to spats over protocol. The latest proposal came as the north came under increasing pressure to abandon its atomic arsenal and its belligerent behaviour, not only from the US and its ally the South, but also Pyongyang's sole major ally, China. "We propose senior-level talks be-
tween... the (north) and the US to defuse tensions on the Korean Peninsula and ensure peace and security in the region," the north's powerful national Defense Commission said in a statement carried by state media. The north is willing to have "broad and in-depth discussions" on issues such as the building of "a world without nuclear weapons" being promoted by US President Barack obama, it said, inviting the US to set the time and venue for the meeting.
"If the US has true intent on defusing tensions on the Korean Peninsula and ensuring peace and security in the US mainland and the region, it should not raise preconditions for dialogue and contact," it said. Analysts said Washington is unlikely to accept the latest proposal without any concrete action from Pyongyang to move towards denuclearisation -- a pre-condition for any talks long demanded by the US. "The US has repeatedly made it clear that it was not interested in a dialogue for the sake of dialogue,"
said Yang Moo-Jin, a professor at the University north Korean Studies in Seoul. "So I'm not sure if Washington will respond to the talks offer, especially if it was made without any behind-the-curtain negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington in advance," he said. The nuclear-armed communist state said in Sunday's statement that it was committed to denuclearisation of the peninsula but defended its atomic arsenal as "selfdefence" against what it called military and nuclear threats from the US.
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KARACHI: A truck burns at Sohrab Goth after an armed clash between two rival groups. INP
Sheikh Rasheed sees foreign hand in Balochistan attacks
Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Sunday claimed that foreign hand was involved in Ziarat and Quetta attacks. Talking to reporters outside the Parliament House, he said the government should take strict action against terrorists and protect the lives of people of Balochistan. He urged all political parties to sit together for devising a joint strategy to restore peace in Balochistan. It was time to give a loud and clear message to the foreign forces, which were supporting the terrorists that the nation was united against them, he added.
18,000 GovT hAJ APPliCANTS liKely To MiSS RiTuAl saudi governMent has slashed the haj Quota of all countries due to expansion of Masjidul harraM ISLAMABAD
total of 18,000 successful government Hajj applicants are likely to miss their visit to sacred places due to 20 percent cut in Hajj quota announced by the Saudi government due to expansion of Masjidul
Harram. The expansion of the mosque has squeezed the place for tawaf (circumambulating Ka’aba seven times). The Saudi government has slashed the Hajj quota of all countries, including Pakistan by 20 percent which is 36,000 for Pakistan. The cut would be equally distributed among the pilgrims of the government and private scheme. The successful pilgrims who are likely to miss will go to perform Hajj next
iSRAel SeeKS CoNTiNued woRld PReSSuRe oN iRAN AFTeR eleCTioN JERUSALEM ONLINE
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin netanyahu on Sunday sought continuity in international pressure on Iran to restrain it from gaining nuclear capability after the elections of a new president. “The international community must not give in to wishful thinking or temptation and loosen the pressure on Iran for it to stop its nuclear programme,” netanyahu told his cabinet. According to media reports, netanyahu said it was Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khomeini, and not the newlyelected president, Hassan Rohani, who set nuclear policy. “Iran will be judged by its actions,” netanyahu said. “If it continues to insist on developing its nuclear programme, the answer must be clear - to stop it by any means’, he added. netanyahu reminded that Iranian nuclear programme is the greatest threat to the world peace and only continually pressurizing Iran can stop it from acquiring the nuclear capability, reports added.
years in same money without any application. Showing undue haste, the PPP-led government had completed the booking process of 180,000 intending pilgrims in March this year. The Religious Affairs Ministry had completed the booking process of 85,000 pilgrims under the government scheme. The buildings for 85,000 successful applicants had already been hired. The ministry had also issued 85,000 booking forms to Hajj Group organisers (HGos). An official of the ministry said the ministry had directed the HGos to submit their booking details by Tuesday so that the exact number of booked pilgrims
could be ascertained. In the light of HGos reply, the formula to slash the number of intending pilgrims would be minimised from current 180,000 to 144,000. The 36,000 missed intending pilgrims are likely to go to Hajj next year. He said the government has decided to contact Saudi officials for reviewing the quota cut. The Pakistani envoy and DG Hajj have been directed to take up the matter with Saudi officials. The final decision will be made next week. The last date for submitting passports has been extended from June 15 to 20.
IRAN ELECTION: PRESIDENT-ELECT HASSAN ROUHANI HAILS WIN
newly-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday hailed his election as Iran’s president as a “victory of moderation over extremism”. The reformist-backed cleric won just over 50 percent of the vote and so avoided the need for a run-off. Thousands of Iranians took to the streets of Tehran when the result was announced, shouting pro-reform slogans.
The US expressed concern at a “lack of transparency” and “censorship” but praised the Iranian people and said it was ready to work with Tehran. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin netanyahu urged continued international pressure on Iran to curb its nuclear programme. “The international community must not give in to wishful thinking or temptation and loosen the pressure on Iran for it to stop its nuclear programme,” netanyahu told his cabinet, according to a statement released by his office. Some 72.2% of the 50 million eligible voters cast ballots on Friday to choose the successor to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Rouhani issued a statement saying that “a new opportunity has been created for those who truly respect democracy, interaction and free dialogue”. The 64-year-old cleric said: “I thank God that once again rationality and moderation has shone on Iran... This victory is a victory for wisdom, moderation and maturity... over extremism.” But he also said: “The nations who tout democracy and open dialogue should speak to the Iranian people with respect and recognise the rights of the Islamic republic.” Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei congratulated Rouhani on his victory, saying: “I urge everyone to help the president-elect and his colleagues in the government, as he is the president of the whole nation.” Khamenei will ratify the vote on August 3 and the new president will then take oath in parliament.
Roadside bomb kills 6 civilians in Afghanistan TIRINKOT INP
Six civilians were killed and four others sustained injuries when a roadside bomb ripped through their vehicle in Afghanistan’s central province of Uruzgan on Sunday. The early morning blast took place in the Chura district, a statement from the governor’s house media centre said. The injured who belonged to the Gizab district were taken to the Gardez Civil Hospital with two them in critical condition, the statement said. It accused the Taliban of planting the bomb that inflicted casualties on civilians. The private vehicle was traveling from Gizab to Tirinkot when it struck the invisible device in Kotal area of Chura district, the district administrative head, najibullah, said. He confirmed six people in the vehicle were killed and four others were wounded.
KP government bans forest cutting PESHAWAR ONLINE
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) environment Minister Ibrar Hussain on Sunday said the provincial government has decided to impose a ban on all sorts of forest cutting. The minister vowed that they would provide force to control the cutting and smuggling of wood. Hussain said all steps would be taken to protect the forests in the province. environment Secretary Adil Khan and Qaumi Watan Party Divisional President Ibrar Saeed were also present. Similarly, ban has also been imposed on the issuance of the Transport Permit (TP). “I have taken this department as a challenge and will personally accompany the officials of department in the checking of TP,” he said. The minister directed the forests secretary to prepare a report for induction of 500 to 600 unemployed educated people in the department. He also desired that the department should come up with a viable plan to establish Forests College Tanawal area in Mansehra District.
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embassies rejecting Pakistani passports sans lamination
omer Ayub to be given role in federal govt ISLAMABAD KASHIF ABBASI
Foreign embassies in Islamabad have been rejecting Pakistani passports without lamination saying that stamped passports will not be considered for visa. The former interior minister had extended the expiry date of old passports by issuing stamps instead of using lamination papers, a method now being rejected by foreign embassies. The decision has left affected people with no choice but to apply for a new passport, once again. The delay in the renewal and issuance of passports because of shortage of lamination papers has created problems for people looking to travel to other countries. The decision to issue old passports with stamps, instead of having them laminated, is being attributed to former interior minister Rehman Malik. Meanwile, Federal Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid on Sunday informed the national Assembly (nA) that the backlog of passports would be cleared within two weeks. Responding to a calling attention notice, he said, “We have issued around 850,000 passports while around 150,000 will be issued within two weeks.” He informed the House that around 20,000 passports were being issued daily to clear the backlog. He said backlog of around 450,000 urgent passport applications had also been cleared. He further said over 85,000 passports of Haj applicants had also been printed and dispatched. He said the directorate had also been able to get ordinary and urgent passports of overseas Pakistanis printed and these were dispatched to concerned foreign missions. Hamid said from now on, any applicant who applies for an urgent passport would get it in a week’s time.
RAWALPINDI: A child busy studying during power load shedding. INP
4, including policeman, stabbed in UK mosque LONDON MAJID KHATTAK
HRee men and a police officer were stabbed at a mosque in Birmingham on Saturday night. The police constable was responding to a call that three men had been stabbed inside the Madrasah Qasimul Uloom mosque, located at the Washwood Heath area of the city. Reports suggest an argument may have broken out between members inside the building prior to the attack.
The three people and the officer were taken to a hospital where all are reported to be stable. A 32-year-old man, believed to be of Somali origin, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently in custody. A man who was praying at the time told media that the suspect, who regularly attended the mosque, was involved in a heated argument moments before the attack. The eye-witness, who asked not to be named, said, “The man, who is from Somalia, had been at the mosque for the last prayer of the day before men started arguing. It turned violent quite
quickly. Some people tried to get the man to calm down and asked him to leave. But the next moment he had stabbed the three men and everybody just panicked - it was an extremely scary thing to witness. This is a place of worship and respect, not a battlefield.” A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said, “Police were called at 11pm on Saturday night to a mosque in Washwood Heath Road, Ward end, to reports of three men with stab wounds. officers arrived at the incident and whilst the man was being detained, one police officer also suffered a stab wound.”
Former state minister for finance omar Ayub Khan, who could not win his seat in the May 11 elections, is likely to be given an important role in the federal government, Pakistan Today has learnt. Sources in Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz (PML-n) said the party leadership wants to adjust omar Ayub, who lost to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Raja Aamer Zaman with a narrow margin, adding that there are chances nawaz Sharif would appoint him as his adviser. Sources said Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who prepared the federal budget in a short period of time, is still lobbying for the position of foreign minister. However, the party leadership has confidence in his expertise in finance-related matters and is reluctant to appoint him as foreign minister. Sources said in case Ishaq Dar, after approal of the budget, leaves his office to take control of the Foreign Ministry, omar Ayub would be made adviser to PM on finance. If that does not happen, Ayub would be adjusted at the federal level, added sources. omar Ayub served in the cabinet of Shaukat Aziz as minister of state for finance and is known for his expertise in economics. After parting ways with Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), he joined the PML-n. However, on May 11, after a close contest, he had to taste defeat at the hands of PTI’s Aamer Zaman from nA-19 Haripur. Ayub received 114,807 votes against Zaman’s 116,979 votes. Sources said PML-n chief nawaz Sharif was content over the number of votes he bagged in elections and wanted to adjust him in an important role.
PoweR shoRtage, coUntRy’s BIggest thReat MONITORING DESK A woman named Rehana Yasmin struggles to keep her sick two-year-old granddaughter cool in a sweltering hospital where working air conditioners are rare and electric fans are idle for much of the day. elsewhere, households can’t rely on their refrigerators, and at textile factories, factory workers say they can’t operate their machines for enough hours to earn their daily bread. All are victims of the country’s biggest problem, one that recently brought down a government – not the US drone war in its backyard, not its permanent confrontation with India, but its inability to generate enough electricity. Pakistan, nuclear-armed, can’t deliver a reliable power supply to its 180 million citizens. “Power, power, power is the problem. It’s power at home, in the workplace, on the streets,” said Rizwana Kauser, head nurse at the hospital in the city of Gujar Khan, about 40 miles from Islamabad. Power can be out for up to 20 hours a day in the summer. TV coverage may be lost in the middle of a cliffhanger cricket match. office meetings are scheduled around anticipated power cuts. Without electric fans, mosquitoes proliferate. People get stuck in elevators. Meat rots in refrigerators. The shortfalls that became the top issue in the recent election are estimated at 3,500 to 6,000 megawatts – up to a third of total demand. The problems result in part from bad bill-collecting, which leaves utility companies short of funds to pay for the oil that powers much of the production, which in turn means the state oil company can’t buy enough oil on international markets. Power theft is rampant, often consisting of simply slinging a hook over a conveniently placed electricity wire. The infrastructure of the state-controlled utility companies around the country is outdated, the companies are inefficient, and power
plants are heavily dependent on oil despite Pakistan’s abundant coal resources, experts say. Fixing the problems is likely to take years, leaving nawaz Sharif, the new prime minister, with a gargantuan task. But with Pakistanis impatient for action, the government has announced plans to pay off about $5 billion owed to companies throughout the supply chain within 60 days. It’s not a longterm solution but it would at least offer the government some breathing room. And that’s just to keep the electricity flowing. Pakistan also has a problem with delivering natural gas to households and companies, and that too will need solving if the new government hopes to last. For Rehana Yasmin, relief can’t come too soon. She has been at the public hospital in Gujar Khan for a week, tending to her granddaughter who has dysentery. She brings her own water because there’s no electricity to run the pump of the hospital well. She buys homemade straw fans hawked in the hospital’s hallways. For the past week, Yasmin said, “during the night we hardly have two hours of electricity and during the day, it’s minimal. This lack of electricity is making children sick and making the elders sick as well.” Public hospitals like the one in Gujar Khan, which care for the majority who can’t afford private hospitals, generally draw power from two grids, but nowadays, especially in the hot months, there’s sometimes no electricity coming from either grid. The hospital uses a generator during operations, but sometimes has to resort to ice to keep medicines cool. It is a struggle simply to maintain basic sanitation, said Kauser, the head nurse. Wounds take longer to heal. And “when there is no water, there is no cleaning”, she said. “How can you wash the sheets?” In the past, power cuts (“load shedding” in Pakistani bureaucratese) used to be much
Power can be out for up to 20 hours a day in the summer. TV coverage may be lost in the middle of a cliffhanger cricket match. Office meetings are scheduled around anticipated power cuts. Without electric fans, mosquitoes proliferate. People get stuck in elevators. Meat rots in refrigerators.
shorter and followed patterns that allowed people to plan such routine activities as scheduling an office meeting or taking a shower. But it was the newer phenomenon of “unscheduled load-shedding” and the much longer outages that raised tempers to the level of an election issue. Dr Ashraf nizami of the Pakistan Medical Association said doctors are seeing more psychological effects of load shedding, such as stress and depression. “It is a torture for the medical community and the patients,” he said. It’s also bad for business. The looms in one of Waheed Raamay’s workshops are silent and soon to be sold as
scrap metal. This workshop, a graveyard as Raamay calls it, is a sign of how the electricity crisis hurts Pakistan’s economy. “This is not just the story of this single factory. There are dozens of factories in this particular area, and there are hundreds of factories in this city that have closed down due to this power crisis,” said Raamay. Faisalabad, the country’s third-largest city with a population of about 2.6 million inhabitants, is known for its textiles. But from the low-end workshops that produce for the domestic market to the warehouse-sized factories that export sheets and pillowcases to international chains, that industry is hurting – badly – as a result of the electricity crisis, say workers and factory owners. Analysts and government officials estimate that Pakistan loses about two percent of its GDP every year due to the electricity crisis. The Pakistan Textile exporters Association estimates about 150,000 jobs lost in Faisalabad and surrounding Punjab over the last five years. In the part of the city where fabric is made for local consumption, the clicking and clacking of the machines rises and falls with the load shedding. Workers show up hoping for a day’s work, knowing they are hostages to power cuts. A show of hands indicates all the workers are deeply in debt to their grocery stores or the factory owners. Angry job-seekers have taken to the streets in protest. “We don’t have money to bury our dead,” said Mohammed Haneef, who was missing part of one finger from a loom accident. “My mother died and I had no money so I had to borrow money from the owners. A year later my father died, and I had to borrow money. The situation is bad.” Kurram Mukhtar, head of Sadaqat Limited, one of the country’s leading textile manufacturers, said from 2006 to 2010 many companies in the city and surrounding areas were bankrupted by the power crisis. owners who survived decided they
needed energy independence. now, at Mukhtar’s factory, piles of coal sit next to a massive generator that keeps the workers stitching, cutting and dying fabrics through the load shedding. But Mukhtar said the cost has cut deeply into his profits, leaving no money to invest in new technologies. He doesn’t have the option chosen by Aurangzeb Khan in the northwestern town of Mathra when his power was cut off last year over unpaid bills: Khan resorted to the tactic Pakistanis call “kunda”, the hook slung over a convenient electricity pole. He said he did it because it pained him to see his kids suffering through the August heat. “I am not stealing electricity just for fun or pleasure but I don’t have any other option,” he said. Such non-payment is rampant. even government agencies are known to default on bills. And customers can always go to court to obtain a “stay-order” that forces the power company to keep supplying electricity. “There is no concept of paying the bill,” said Ashfaque Khan, the dean of the business school at the Islamabad-based national University of Sciences and Technology. A report in March commissioned by the Planning Commission of Pakistan estimated that the delinquencies added up to about Rs 86 billion (about $870 million) in lost revenues. The Peshawar electric Supply Company, whose coverage area includes Khan’s home, was said to be one of the worst at bill-collecting, though it suffers the added problem of being a target for violence. In April, militants attacked a grid station outside of Peshawar, killing eight policemen and electric company officials. The new government says it wants to increase bill collection but has given few specifics about how they’ll go about it. People like Aurangzeb Khan say they want to see improved service before they pay up. “I know stealing is not good,” he said, “but if we get uninterrupted supply of electricity at a reasonable price we shall pay the bills.”
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I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale. –Thomas Jefferson
is there a prosthetic for Balochistan, Mr prime Minister?
Monday, 17 June, 2013
Flags down in Balochistan the ziarat and Quetta attacks need to be treated separately
LAGS were at half-mast in Balochistan on all government buildings yesterday, but against what? While the attack on the former residency of Quaid-e-Azam at Ziarat was claimed by the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), and government officials had no qualms sending warning the way of nationalists, no warnings were issued to the claimant of the bus attack followed by a hostage situation which left 25 dead at the Bolan Medical Complex in Quetta, the Laskhkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ). The attack on Jinnah’s former residency in Ziarat may have been a senseless bombing of a national symbol, the attack on female students was far more serious and involved a female suicide bomber on board the bus and was followed up by a militant holdout at the hospital complex. The situation in Balochistan has been considered out of control for a while but the silence of both the Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz (PML-n) and national Party (nP) leadership, now laying claim to the federal and provincial thrones respectively, against the LeJ borders upon criminal. With at least 25 killed in the deadly assault on a Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University bus, located close to the Shiite Hazara neighborhood in Quetta with many Hazara students, the attack was a continuation of the spate of killings which led to the imposition of governor rule in Balochistan in January 2013. An LeJ spokesman, Abubakar Siddiq, called newspaper offices in Quetta late Saturday to claim the killings. Siddiq said, “The suicide attack on the bus was carried out by one of our sisters. She boarded the student bus and blew herself up. Then we carried out a second suicide attack at the hospital and our fighters killed several people. We did this because security forces killed our fighters and their wives in Kharotabad.” The raid by security forces on June 6 on a militant hideout in Kharotabad, in which at least three militants and two women were killed, went unnoticed on the national media and for a long time fingers kept pointing towards the nationalists for conducting both attacks. However, despite the situation clearing up and it becoming clear that these were two different transgressors, Interior Minister Chaudhry nisar did not put the responsibility on any organisation or group while Information Minister Pervez Rashid “warned Baloch youth against taking up arms” and pointed to “local elements”, which could mean anything. With one of the BMC attackers reportedly arrested some key details may come forth but it is high time that the PML-n government paid heed to Baloch sentiments. Why is it feigning ignorance of the threat posed by the LeJ, thought to be close to the security establishment? And why did the PML-n leaders Sanaullah Zehri and Pervez Rashid remind Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik again that “despite having a majority, we, the PML-n, invited the nationalists to form the government”? Dr Malik himself is struggling for credibility from Baloch nationalists, and if the federal government continues to undermine him, the situation may only get worse.
in quagmire again pakistan cricket needs to regenerate itself
ITH three matches lost on the trot, the debacle, the rout and the humiliation was only too obvious. The annihilation was indeed complete. Pakistan tried to make a fist of it in the opening game of this last Champions Trophy – an event that it has never won – against the West Indies, but only because the bowling came to the fore in trying to defend an un-defendable total. In the other two games, the batting continued to be way, way below par – indeed a shame for a frontline cricketing nation. And the bowlers simply were left with no nerve for a fight. Three sub-200 totals – 170, 167 and 165 the sorry figures they could muster – reflect the measure of batting failure. The top order getting out in a jiffy in all three games, with only nasir Jamshed playing somewhat to his potential in the first two and the middle order sans skipper Misbah-ul-Haq not doing much to redeem itself either, it was really an ordeal to watch the green shirts in the middle. Coach Dav Whatmore tried to put some gloss over the signal failure: “It is almost the same team that beat India in India... one series doesn’t make the team a bad team. It’s a trend [the batting failure] in this series only.” Whatmore though is being economical with truth. Pakistan has been bowled out in eight of their last 13 games, and has lost the oDI rubbers against england, Sri Lanka, Australia and South Africa before this most recent dismal show, with only the last-ball win against Bangladesh that landed it the Asia Cup in between the only remarkable performance. These performances make now obvious that Pakistan cricket has to revamp. In its year and three quarters, the Zaka Ashraf dispensation seemed to have come to grips with the management of a Board renowned for its mismanagement. But after the disastrous three Ijaz Butt years, anybody would have looked good by comparison. Still the relative period of calm is now definitely over. The rumblings had commenced well before the change in government, but things have started to unravel since the PML-n’s takeover. Despite having neatly choreographed his appointment for a four-year term through a new, custom-made constitution that also found approval with the ICC only some days ago, Zaka Ashraf’s reign as chairman is effectively over. The problem though is not the chairman’s person, but the manner in which he is appointed and also the total power invested in him. This is an issue that needs to be resolved by the Pakistan government, the ICC (which has laid down the law: no government interference) and other stakeholders. Pakistan’s recent performances clearly show that Pakistan cricket needs to regenerate itself. But the good thing is, in appropriate hands, it has the potential to bounce back quickly. The key question is, whether it shall be fortunate enough to get the right hands at the helm?
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Monday Musings KAMRAN REHMAT
ne of my favourite flicks is the 1992 Al Pacino starrer Scent of a Woman in which he plays the role of an irascible, blind, medically-retired army officer. In a particularly poignant scene, while defending a preparatory school student, who is unfairly threatened with expulsion before a disciplinary committee, he says: “There was a time I could see! And I have seen – boys like these, younger than these, their arms torn out, their legs ripped off. But there is nothin’ like the sight of an amputated spirit. There is... no prosthetic for that.” That’s how one felt after going over what happened in Quetta on an intensely black Saturday. The amputated spirit of this nation was before the entire world to see. It is difficult to recall a more devastating singleday slide into the depths of misery, anger, hurt, betrayal. The day began with the literal, if incredulously symbolic, destruction of the famous Ziarat Residency – the last resting place of the founder of this wretched nation. even Gulzaar, that great master of symbolism, would struggle to come up with a more potent metaphor for Pakistan having lost its soul. My mind harked back to 2003 when the US forces in Baghdad were alleged to have deliberately allowed the loot and destruction of Iraq’s national Museum housing artifacts dating back centuries, including archaeological riches of Mesopotamia 5,000 years old, and other collections with few parallels in history. The emotional attachment that an average Pakistani has for Ziarat Residency – one of the four landmarks each of which remind us of the country’s four provinces – is now gone as we knew it. Try reconciling losing a potent 65-year-old memory not to Alzheimer’s or a state of dementia but the abject failure to protect it from insurgents, with misplaced anger. The Balochistan Liberation Army militants even managed to remove the national flag and replace it with their
own after the rocket-propelled grenades hit the national heritage site. one had yet to recover from the shock of this heart-wrenching loss when news broke of the death of more than a dozen female students aboard a bus, which was bombed in the Sardar Bahadur Khan University parking lot in Quetta through a remote-controlled device. This was followed by the siege of Bolan Medical Complex by a group of terrorists as victims were being shifted for treatment there. Just then, another blast occurred, leading to the death of the brave deputy commissioner and four Frontier Constabulary personnel. even though the security personnel were finally able to end the siege and kill four terrorists, it left behind serious questions surrounding the ability of the newly-elected provincial government to hold fort, in the shortterm, and the very solidarity and integrity of Pakistan, in the long-term. The single-day remains were a grim reminder of how perilous the situation still is in Balochistan. The reentry of nationalists into the mainstream courtesy the May 11 general elections may have contributed in some way to crossing the Rubicon, but the Saturday blues have reinforced the fragility of the process, which was by no means wholly fair. elected members of the Balochistan national Party of Akhtar Mengal have already refused to take oath either in the Provincial or national Assembly under protest against rigging, they alleged, was designed to prevent them from gaining a major stake in power. The issue has still not been resolved even though Prime Minister nawaz Sharif wisely eschewed the desire to have his own chief minister despite having the majority. Tensions are still simmering in the country’s largest province amid apprehensions that forces inimical to returning the province to its own are still ranged against the administration. Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch of the national Party appeared to draw the ire of the powers-that-be when his pledge to redress the issue of missing persons and mutilated corpses was met by the discovery of five such bodies on the day he assumed office! Prime Minister nawaz Sharif has long proposed a national debate with a view to solving the Balochistan imbroglio.
However, as his government is just beginning to discover, it is easier said than done. not only will it have to first find the magic potion that reconciles rival parties and groups in the complex power structure in place right now, but also help Malik re-establish the provincial government’s writ in an area in virtual control of the security forces. Balochistan is going to be a major challenge for Sharif given its chequered history, made more complex by nearly half a dozen military operations over time. As if there isn’t enough trouble already, the third-time prime minister is still to find his feet on the sensitive Bugti-Musharraf issue, which is why he has gone silent on how to deal with his nemesis despite the preceding years of vocal avowal to bring the retired general to book. It is instructive to note that Balochistan hasn’t come to this pass all of a sudden. Years of neglect and isolation from the mainstream have inculcated a strong sense of discrimination; hence, the rebellion in disturbing hues. Unfortunately, the powers-that-be have done precious little to allay the sense of deprivation. In fact, the poor substitution of power in the form of the last regime headed by nawab Raisani of the “degree-is-a-degree-whether-genuineor-fake” fame did much to nearly destroy the last vestiges of hope the province had of genuine representation. S a t u r d a y ’s dark developments should serve as a wakeup call – that is, if there is still a desire to lock heads and come up with a holistic solution. The prognosis has to be dilated upon with an open mind. There is, after all, a reason why the province has become an experiment lab for foreign powers – years of deprivation and discrimination is what has led to the debilitating insurgency and grounds for exploitation by the enemies of the state. Prime Minister nawaz Sharif has the kind of mandate to draw a framework for consensus before putting his foot down on what would constitute a national policy based on civilian control. one hopes he will not be found wanting however difficult that choice is, politically.
The issue has still not been resolved even though Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wisely eschewed the desire to have his own chief minister despite having the majority.
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how many more to die? Power crises Monday morning brought the dismal news of the targeted killing of a school principal of a government high school in Peshawar by dozens of heavily armed militants. Tuesday morning one reads the news of the murder of a newly elected MPA of Hangu, who initially an independent candidate, had joined the PTI. These instances of targeted killings are just a few of the ongoing examples of brutality and lawlessness rampant in our country. We have a huge and well trained military, but it seems that the populist, obscurantist and even naive rhetoric has made it difficult for our forces to act decisively, forcefully, and in a focused and conclusive manner. If in the past ,our governments, whether military or civilian, have worked together with the US, made expedient choices for power and money, it is high time that all stakeholders work together decisively against the menace of militancy. A Concerned Citizen Lahore
The basic necessity of this century is scarce in a country engulfed in a war zone due its strategic location. The story behind this power crisis has a long history. The reason behind the plight is deeply rooted in our socio-political structure. The society wants the complete end to this problem. The outcomes of load shedding are too immense to conceive as this crisis is leading in the form of an economic toll of 4% of country’s GDP and riots across the country. Most Pakistani’s don’t prefer to give their bills. 20% of country’s produced electricity is lost in the form line losses. This country will continue to be in the grip of power crisis since the demand is exceeding 17500MW with supply lingering on 10500MW. Whether the Sharif government has that much political strength backbone to overcome this crisis as it too has some bill defaulters. SHAHZAIB Lahore
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Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair. –George Burns
Monday, 17 June, 2013
Syria crosses a red line or is it the us?
‘Bhangi’ Pandey the saga of the so-called first indian ‘patriot’
Eye on history BASHARAT HUSSAIN QIZILBASH
He month of May provided an opportunity to reflect on the ‘Indian War of Independence’ against the east India Company. Starting on 10 May 1857, after affecting one-tenth of the populace and one-sixth of the Indian territory, it ended in the British victory on 8 July 1858. Among the many causes for the rebel sepoys to take up arms was the perception that the British were defiling their religions and converting them to Christianity. This perception was both true and false. It was true to the extent that the missionaries were allowed to infiltrate the native sepoys and at the same time the emphasis of their preaching was more against Islam and Hinduism and less on Christianity. Moreover, some British officers proved more zealous than the priests: the Commanding officer of the sensitive 34th Infantry at Barackpore being one such officer whose “aim and end” in life was not soldiering but to convert sepoys to Christianity. The perception was untrue to the degree that out of the 277,746 native soldiers, a substantial number were the Hindus belonging to the upper caste Brahmins. These ‘collaborators’ were deliberately recruited in the army to provide legitimacy to the foreign rule. The British were quite mindful of the native sensitivities in the sense that not only had they allowed the holding of Hindu festivals in the military barracks by the General order of the Commander-in-Chief since March 1793 but had also ensured as a rule that the Hindu sepoys were made available only those prostitutes that were of Brahmin and Rajput descent. This sheds some light on the calculated British approach towards the sepoys but one fatal miscalculation was their insistence that the soldiers use the cartridges which were perceived to be greased with the fat of cow and pig. And these controversial cartridges provided the spark to the revolt. This explanation of the mutiny was rubbished by the British statesman Benjamin Disraeli in the House of Commons when he stated that “The decline and fall of empires are not affairs of greased cartridges. Such results are occasioned by adequate causes,
and by an accumulation of adequate causes.” Quite true! However, perceptions are often stronger than realities. What actually happened as a result of these cartridges in that fateful summer was aptly summed up in a couplet that is attributed to the Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar: Na Iran ne kiya, na Shah Russ ne Angrez ko tabah kiya kartoos ne [What Iran (i.e. the Crimean and the Persian wars) and the Tsar of Russia could not do to the British, was achieved by the cartridge] How true were the allegations of the sepoys about the grease of the cartridges? Most of the historians have failed to reach a definitive answer in this regard except at least two. one is Bernard Porter who confirms in ‘Lion’s share – a short history of British imperialism’ that the grease was a mixture of pork and beef fat. The other is Rudrangshu Mukherjee, whose reading and research about the revolt extending over a quarter of a century establishes the allegation to be true. The author argues that despite complaint from the sepoys, the military authorities did not bother to clarify as to what type of tallow was being used in the grease. About two months before the outbreak of the revolt, Governor General Lord Canning wrote in a letter that the apprehension about the grease had ‘turned out to be well-founded.’ The Inspector General of ordnance, Colonel Augustus Abbot also admitted that the grease used could “have contained the fat of cows or other animals.” So, the sepoys had strong suspicions about the grease but out of the 277,746 native soldiers, the one who showed the courage to first rebel on this issue was Mangal Pandey – sepoy no 1446 of the 5th Company of the 34th Regiment of the native infantry. on the afternoon of 29 March 1857, in an agitated state of mind, he came out of his barrack and addressed the fellow sepoys in these words: “Come out, you (expletive), the europeans are here! Why aren’t you getting ready? It’s for our religion! From biting these cartridges we shall become infidels. Get ready! Turn out all of you! You have incited me to do this and now you (expletive), you will not follow me!” His comrades did not respond to his call, so after a brief skirmish with two British officers in the parade ground, he was arrested and subsequently hanged on April 8. In spite of the failure to incite mutiny, he is credited for starting it? Why? R Mukherjee’s book ‘Mangal Pandey – brave martyr or accidental hero’ which is based on the proceedings of the trial of Mangal Pandey demystify the myths that have been woven around that rebel character. Histories are often written long after the events have actually taken place. In the subcontinental context, history often blurs into hagiography. The ‘nationalist-minded’ Indian historians wanted to cobble together a ‘nationalist’ discourse to explain the mutinous happenings of 1857. This required the creation of a native figure that could
be shown to have valiantly stood up to the alien British masters. Mangal Pandey perfectly fitted the bill. And the seal of authenticity to Mangal Pandey as ‘the first Indian nationalist’ was affixed by none other than the top Hindu radical nationalist leader, V.D Savarkar, who hailed him as ‘shaheed’ and as ‘the first rebel of 1857 who lit the spark’ in his monumental work ‘The Indian War of Independence, 1857’. Facts however speak otherwise. Mukherjee correctly points out that the spark that spread the rebellion in northern India was neither provided by the instigation nor the hanging of Mangal Pandey rather it was the mutiny of sepoys at Meerut and their successful capture of Delhi that lit the flame of independence. one should also not ignore the fact that the rebellion which took the form of a larger war, actually started at Meerut, which is far away from Barackpore and not immediately but one month after the hanging of Mangal Pandey. In addition, after overthrowing the British authority at Meerut, the rebel sepoys looked towards the octogenarian Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar for leadership and inspiration and not towards Mangal Pandey. Throughout the year-long rebellion, its fate remained tied with the fate of Delhi and not Barackpore. There was not even a single voice among the rebels that cried to be fighting in the name of Mangal Pandey or to what had happened at Barackpore. If this is the case then how can one understand Mangal Pandey’s act of defiance? Most probably, like other sepoys, he too, must have been upset by the issue of the greased cartridges. Importantly, on the day when he showed ‘courage’ to speak up against the British injustices, he was not in his self but under the intoxicating effect of ‘bhang’ and ‘opium’. During his trial, ‘Bhangi’ Pandey admitted this fact before the court and added, “I was not aware at the time of what I was doing.” In their desire to portray him as a ‘great patriot’, the ‘nationalist’ historians completely ignore the fact that if he loved his country so dearly and hated the British colonists so much then why did he become a ‘British sepoy’ in the first place, in the service of the ‘despicable British masters?’ on the contrary, his service record shows that this upper caste Hindu Pandey of twenty-six years age was in the service of the east India Company for almost seven years and throughout this period his conduct had been very good. Thus, a legend was constructed about Mangal Pandey as a symbol of national pride and honour notwithstanding the fact that he served his foreign masters for so many years without an iota of remorse and when he finally rose against them, it was not in response to a ‘pricking conscience’ but under the influence of ‘bhang’. Such is the saga of the so-called first Indian ‘patriot’. The writer is an academic and a journalist. He can be reached at email@example.com
o time finally comes for America to partake in yet another (mis)adventure in Arabia. And rather than Assad using chemical weapons, the red line was crossed when his forces started making meaningful strategic advances, in particular retaking Qusayr and shutting rebel SHAHAB JAFRy smuggling routes out of Lebanon. Hezbollah’s participation, of course, implying more power to Iran, only added to the urgency. Yet in finally choosing to ‘lead from behind’, which these days means providing advanced weapons and installing no-fly zones, obama too has crossed a red line, and runs the risk of rebels in turn crossing yet more dangerous red lines. While exact modalities of this particular indulgence are yet to be made clear, there is that haunting feeling that we’ve been here before. Washington’s paralysis so far, so disliked by the Syrian opposition and eU capitals, owed to concern that high potency weapons might end up with Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-nusra, whose throat-cutting, head-grilling, heart-eating (literally) mercenaries have made by far the most impressive advances on the field. How the CIA will maintain deployment integrity, with little or no boots on the ground, has never been explained. And considering the overlapping state of dozens of insurgent outfits, there is practically no way of keeping a checklist. Sooner rather than later some, if not most, of these weapons will be bought or just taken by radicals simply because of their overriding strength within the opposition. That will not only end any designs of establishing a people-friendly democratic system after Assad, but also endanger Israel. Then there is the Saudi-GCC equation. Riyadh has been waiting patiently for just such an opportunity. Those familiar with the fabled Soviet jihad will remember how Saudi intelligence matched the CIA dollar-for-dollar for the first few years, before doubling their aid to the mujahideen. America’s participation means their weapon warehouses on the Turkish border will begin supplying rebels inside Syria, preferably before fighting renews around Aleppo. And despite popular concern about arming radicals, the international media has never really questioned just how al-nusra and friends have been so well armed so far, and if there is a link between their presence in Syria and the Saudi madrassah system that portrays Iranian Shia, Syrian Alawis and Israeli Jews as apostates that merit only cleansing. If there is indeed a contingency arrangement to check arms finding their way to extremists, the Americans should make it clear, especially if their Gulf friends are seen facilitating the transfer. There’s also another parallel with the recent past, not so vague, something the Russians have pointed out quite forcefully. Moscow is not impressed with the red line justification, and concerned this is a throwback to Saddam’s WMD smokescreen that preceded the march into Baghdad. How that continues to erode American credibility is, of course, no secret; just last month about 1,500 Iraqis were killed in predominantly Al-Qaeda violence. And as regards Hezbollah, and how its involvement must be answered, the Americans have never really acknowledged thousands of jihadists from almost 40 countries whose presence effectively forced Hezbollah’s entry into the war. now more American/GCC/eU involvement will invite Russian/Iranian/Hezbollah escalation, and the region will cross the dreaded red line into open sectarian conflict. America has had more failures than successes in the Arab world and its lessons from Lebanon’s civil war, the Iran-Iraq war and the ill-fated 2003 Iraqi invasion have not been learned too well. Syria portends far graver danger, unlocking sectarian hatred that has at best remained uncomfortably contained in a region teeming with discontent. There is one red line between arming rebels and keeping weapons from AlQaeda, another between al-nusra and Israel, and yet another between Syria’s war and igniting a sectarian death rattle across the Levant and beyond. It’s as if America has pushed Syria itself across a red line. The writer is Middle East Correspondent, Pakistan Today, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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I have never taken myself that seriously as an actor. –Owen Wilson
Monday, 17 June, 2013
HONEYMOON ‘PoliCeGiRi’ TeAM GeTS FANS To PeN MeSSAGeS FoR SANJAy At the music launch of Sanjay Duttstarrer 'Policegiri', producer Rahul Aggarwal unveiled a vinyl board on which fans can post their messages for the actor, who is currently in jail. The message board will travel to different cities during the film's promotion. "We will unveil a vinyl (board) on which everyone here will write a message, and we will carry it (the board) to all the cities we are travelling to. There also, people will write a message to Sanjay Dutt, and we will make sure (the board) gets to him," Aggarwal said here Friday. Sanjay is serving his 42month prison sentence at the Yerawada Central Jail in Pune, in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blast case. He plays the lead role of a policeman in Policegiri, the Hindi remake of Tamil blockbuster Saamy. The film's lead actress, Prachi Desai, said it is the responsibility of the film's team to give their best in promoting the project in Sanjay's absence. "It is a huge responsibility because all the people who love him expect him to be around. I am sure if he was here, people would have been looking forward to seeing him a lot more," the 24-year-old said here. Nevertheless, the team's spirits are high. "Since he (Sanjay) is not here, we all are doing our best and keeping our spirits high. That is something we learned from him. He was holding his strength so hard and he shot with us till the last day (before he went to prison). We are doing everything we can for him," she said. Directed by debutant KS Ravikumar, Policegiri, releasing on July 5, also stars Prakash Raj. NEWS DESK
duKe ANd duCheSS oF CAMBRidGe iN NAMe dileMMA The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will need to decide how many names they should give the royal baby. Naming a child can be challenging for any couple, but it will be a particularly daunting task for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Their first task is to decide how many names they should give the baby. The Duke has four Christian names, William Arthur Philip Louis, as does his brother, Prince Harry, Henry Charles Albert David. Their father, the Prince of Wales, and his three sibilings also have four each. The Duchess has two: Catherine Elizabeth. If William seeks a compromise, he could point to his cousins, Peter and Zara Phillips, who have three, as do Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. NEWS DESK
A LOS ANGELES: Alyson Hannigan, The How I Met Your Mother star, out for some shopping with her family.
SHTon Kutcher and Mila Kunis, who will be getting married this fall, are planning to take a trip to the moon after their marriage. The couple is all set to join the 68-mile high club and go on one of Richard Branson's flights into space for the honeymoon, the Sun reported. A
friend of the former 'That 70's show' co-stars, said that the pair decided together that they want their big day in September, probably on one of St Tropez's beaches. The source asserted that the 'Two and a half men' actor is already going into space on Branson's Virgin Galactic flight and he has admitted that Kunis will definitely be at his side as his honeymoon gift.
sunny to play a ‘simple, girl’
Kim and Kanye welcome baby girl!
She made her Bollywood debut playing a porn star in Jism 2 (2012), post which she did an item song in Shootout At Wadala. But now, Canadian import Sunny Leone will be seen in a role very different from her image. Sunny, who has signed a three-film deal with producer Parag Sanghvi, will be seen in his actionadventure thriller titled Tina And Lolo. Director Devang Dholakia confirms the news, “I met Sunny when she had just finished shooting Jism 2. She loved the story about two girls on the run and also the action element in it. And as she had already signed a three-film contract, it was easier for me to get her on board. The makers also wanted to start a film with her soon and things fell into place.” Sunny will be seen in a demure role in the film. NEWS DESK
Kim Kardashian gave birth to a baby girl at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles Saturday, E! News has confirmed. A source tells E! News Kanye was right by Kim's side during the delivery. This is the first child for the 32-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star and her boyfriend Kanye West, who announced just a couple of weeks ago that they were expecting a baby girl. After canoodling around the globe, the couple confirmed just months later on Dec. 30 that they were expecting their first child together, after Kanye spilled the news on stage during his concert in Atlantic City. On the season premiere of Keeping Up With the Kardashians June 2 (the same day as Kim's baby shower), Kim revealed their baby's gender. NEWS DESK
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When you become successful in any type of life, there are people who are not contributing to the motion. –Tom Cruise
aRts Monday, 17 June, 2013
ELIZABETH HURLEY CONDEMNS MUSICAL ON SHANE WARNE RyAN PhilliPPe doeSN’T wANT hiS KidS To ACT Actor Ryan Phillippe says he wants his children to do something "more meaningful" than acting. The 38-yearold has daughter Ava, 13, and son Deacon, 9, from his relationship with ex-wife Reese Witherspoon. He also has a two-year-old daughter Kai with former girlfriend Alexis Knapp. "I think there's good and bad people in each and every occupation. If they're tough enough to handle all that would go along with it, then you know," contactmusic.com quoted Phillippe as saying. "And I've often said and I don't mean to dismiss or demean our industry but I'd like to see them do something a little more meaningful or important. If I had the education and what they have offered to them as kids, I may have gone a different way," he further added. NEWS DESK
CTReSS elizabeth Hurley is fuming over an updated version of stage musical based on the life of her fiance Shane Warne. She is certain that the musical will be a painful experience for his children. The former Australian cricketer is the focus of comedy stage show "Shane Warne The Musical", which initially premiered in 2008. It has now been rewritten. The updated version includes Warne's retirement from cricket and his relationship with Hurley, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Warne has three children - Brooke, Summer and Jackson with his ex-wife Simone Callahan. "Bedazzled" actress Hurley expressed her anger on Twitter, posting: "Mystified how supposedly decent actors can make a 'fun' musical about (Shane Warne) with subject matters guaranteed to make his three kids cry."
woN’T Be woRKiNG wiTh ABhAy iF i hAd PRoBleM: SoNAM Actress Sonam Kapoor has clarified that she shares a "good" friendship with her 'Aisha' co-star Abhay Deol, and says if the case was otherwise and she had problems with him, she wouldn't have worked with him in the forthcoming 'Raanjhanaa'. Post the 2010 film, Abhay had commented how he felt too much attention was paid to the styling in the movie. That triggered Sonam's father, actor Anil Kapoor to react, leading to a sort of war of words. However, Sonam says all's well between her and the actor. "Abhay and I have been really good friends. We love working with each other, and we are very good friends," Sonam said. "I know what's going on in his life and he knows what's going on in my life - we are friends to that extent! I wouldn't be working with Abhay if I had any problem with him," she said, adding: "If I don't like somebody I am very clear about it." Raanjhanaa, directed by Anand L. Rai, also features southern actor Dhanush in a key role. It releases on June 21. NEWS DESK
Elton John, Billy Joel reconcile at Songwriters India’s most popular father Hall of Fame ceremony OLLYWOOD superstar Shah Rukh Khan, a doting dad of Aryan and Suhana, has been voted as India's most popular father in a Father's Day poll conducted by a website. He got more votes than megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has a daughter and a son. The results of the poll, conducted among over 11,000 Indian women, by a matrimonial site, were announced a day ahead of Father's Day on Sunday. Shah Rukh received 34.83 percent votes while Amitabh was chosen by 31.58 percent of the women surveyed. Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar took the third spot with 18.61 percent. The poll also posed other questions to the respondents. In the survey for the country's most popular father-daughter relationship, Big B took the top spot along with his daughter Shweta, who is married to businessman Nikhil Nanda. Veteran actor Jeetendra and her film producer daughter Ekta Kapoor got 35.06 percent votes followed by father-daughter duo Anil Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor (22.42 percent). Also, 44.85 percent Indian women voted for Shah Rukh and his son Aryan as India's most popular fatherson duo. NEWS DESK
B dANiel CRAiG wAS BeST FoR BoNd: heNRy Actor Henry Cavill, the new on screen 'Superman', had auditioned to play secret agent 007, but says Daniel Craig was a far better choice. The "Man of Steel" actor was upset at missing out on the part after getting down to the final audition, but admits 45-year-old Craig, who has portrayed the iconic charter in "Casino Royale", " Quantum of Solace" and "Skyfall", has been "fantastic" in the role. "When I wasn't selected for Bond, I was very disappointed," contactmusic quoted Cavill as saying. "I'd turned down a leading role in '300' because it was down to Daniel Craig and me, and auditioning for Bond took all my focus. The choice was between a younger Bond and one closer to his 40s, which is to say, Daniel Craig. "But I've seen what Daniel did and I think the Bond producers made the right choice. He's fantastic," he added. NEWS DESK
Two of pop music's most legendary piano men -Elton John and Billy Joel -- reconciled Thursday night at the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York City, putting an end to whatever lingering awkwardness was between them in the years after John gave a blunt interview calling his former touring partner lazy and an alcoholic. "I didn't see you tonight, Mr. Joel, but I want to see you," said John at the 44th annual event, where he and longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin received the Johnny Mercer Award, the night's top honor. Joel, on hand to introduce a performance from Songwriters Hall inductees Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner, later joked onstage: "Is Elton still here, by the way? Anyway, we're OK. Call me. It's the same phone number." Two years ago, John -- not one to shy away from brutal honesty
-- told Rolling Stone that he worried Joel wasn't taking his sobriety efforts seriously enough. "He's going to hate me for this, but every time he goes to rehab, they've been light," said John. "When I went to rehab, I had to clean the floors. He goes to rehab where they have TVs. I love you, Billy, and this is tough love." The "Rocket Man" icon also opined: "At the end of the day, he's coasting. I always say, 'Billy, can't you write another song?' It's either fear or laziness. It upsets me." Joel responded in a candid Q&A with The New York Times Magazine published in May, saying: "That's his opinion. I don't [write new songs] because I don't wanna. He tends to shoot off his mouth -- he shoots from the hip. I think his heart is in the right place. Maybe he's trying to motivate me, to get me mad or something. He's kind of like a mom." NEWS DESK
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INFOTAINMENT Monday, 17 June, 2013
Stopped as attribute of a person, sex inequality takes the form of gender; moving as a relation between people, it takes the form of sexuality. Gender emerges as the congealed form of the sexualisation of inequality between men and women. –Catherine MacKinnon
vAleNTiNA TeReShKovA: FiRST woMAN iN SPACe
A dAy wiTh The oldeST
woMAN To eveR live Luo Meizhen, who Chinese officials claimed was the oldest living person ever at 127 years old, died this past weekend. The retired farmer passed away after recently developing a string of health problems. While it was not unexpected, I was still saddened by the news. I'd been fortunate enough to spend a few hours with Luo in her home this past February. She was a bit cranky the day we met, initially refusing to let me take any photographs. We talked for a while, but even that wasn't easy. Luo was a member of the Yao nationality and spoke very little Mandarin. The conversation went from me, to my wife Lilly, to a greatgrandson, to a daughter-in-law, to Ms. Luo ... and then back. Asking each question, in this manner, took nearly an hour. She was easily distracted and would lose interest from time to time, but mentally she seemed to be right there with us. She was still feisty too, taking my hand at one point and then quickly throwing it aside, exclaiming to everyone that the foreigner was very fat! Luo warmed up after a while and in the end consented to having her photo taken. I learned later that during the Chinese New Year holiday she'd had many visitors and was tiring of the attention. So many visitors says a lot about her appeal, since seeing her required a two-hour journey over rutted muddy roads to get to Longhong and then on to tiny Bamai Village, where she lived. Luo Meizhen lived on the outskirts of nowhere, but in an area that had been designated a "Longevity Paradise." More than 80 people in Bama County are over the age of 100. Ms. Luo claimed to have been born in September of 1885, but the claim was not without skeptics. Birth certificates didn't become commonplace in this part of China until sometime after 1949, when the Communist Party took power in the country. A faded copy of her state issued identity card was the only evidence that Luo was in fact 127, which, if true, would mean she was not only the world's oldest living person -- she was the oldest person to have ever lived. The previous (and still official) record-holder, Jeanne Calment of France, died in 1997 at the age of 122. COURTESy THE ATLANTIC
n the afternoon of Sunday, June 16, 1963, Valeriy Bykovsky was in earth orbit. He’d been up a little under a day, safely inside his Vostok 5 capsule, when he gained a companion: Valentina Tereshkova in Vostok 6. The two cosmonauts’ joint mission was similar to the joint Vostok 3/4 mission that had flown the previous August, but this mission had a twist. Tereshkova was the first woman in space. on Sunday, she’ll be celebrating the 50 year anniversary of this historic feat. Towards the end of 1961, Sergei Korolev, the Soviet space program’s Chief Designer and mastermind behind the nation’s earliest space triumphs, was looking for a new first in space. Having already launched Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov into orbit, he needed something new to maintain the Soviets’ lead over America in space. one idea he had was to launch a woman. A female cosmonaut would send the message that the Soviet Union valued its citizens equally and give little girls throughout the nation the belief that they, too, could go into space some day. The Central Committee of the Communist Party Korolev’s idea, and on February 16, 1962, five experienced parachutists became the first all female cosmonaut training group. Among them was Valentina Tereshkova, a textile factory worker and avid skydiver. But more importantly, she was an outspoken supporter of the communist party who had worked throughout her life – she began helping her widowed mother support their family at the age of 10 – within the Communist system to achieve great things. She was, like Yuri Gagarin before her, the picture of success in the Soviet Union. Tereshkova spent three days in space aboard Vostok 6, strapped to her ejection
seat inside the seven-and-a-half foot wide pressurized cabin. She was wearing an SK2 space suit similar to the SK-1 suit Gagarin wore on his mission. It was, for a spacesuit, a comfortable design, designed to be pressurized only in an emergency situation where the cabin pressure was lost. The joint mission between Vostoks 5 and 6 was similar to that between Vostoks 3 and 4. neither spacecraft could change its orbit or properly manoeuvre in space, but they were launched such that they came within 3 miles of one another in orbit.
Tereshkova swears that she could actually see Bykovsky in Vostok 5 during their brief close pass; as the mission wore on the spacecraft drifted further apart in their orbits. The bulk of their remaining time in space saw Tereshkova and Bykovsky run a series of biomedical experiments while learning to live and work in microgravity. Tereshkova’s mission ended after 48 she’d completed orbits in a little under 70 hours. She used manual controls to hold Vostok steady while firing the rocket engine to slow her capsule and
begin the fall back through the atmosphere. After re-entry, Tereshkova tapped into her parachutist past and ejected from the falling spacecraft to land by her own parachute on June 19. While Tereshkova has been lauded since her flight as a trailblazer for women in space – and indeed, she’s been an advocate of both women’s rights and space exploration in her post-cosmonaut career – it’s worth remembering that her flight was based in politics. Then again, so was the decision to launch men into orbit.
Prehistoric-looking horses roaming China's plains again NEWS DESK In the harsh desert steppe of far northwestern China five prehistoric-looking Przewalski's horses, once classed as extinct in the wild, emerge from the endless plains. The horses -- named after a Russian officer and explorer who spotted them around 1880 -- bear a striking resemblance to those depicted in european cave paintings, with short necks, spiky manes and a yellow hue. They graze calmly on a few strands of straw as the wind whips across the vast, open landscape. "These ones here, they can be approached. The others will run away as soon as you get within 300 yards of them," says Sun Zhicheng, an official at the 1.6-million-acre West Lake national nature reserve. According to the International Union for Conservation of nature, Przewalski's horses once roamed as far as Western europe. But as the centuries passed, climatic change reduced their habitat and the remainder were so widely hunted, mainly for food, that they were classified as extinct in the wild in 1960 -- although a living specimen was later found in Mongolia. But a few survived in european zoos, and now efforts are under way to reintroduce them to the wild. The Chinese project near Xihu in Gansu province faces daunting challenges -- freezing winters, sweltering summers and limited supplies of food and water. According to Chinese legend, Sun says, the animals were discovered two millennia ago by an exiled criminal around the oasis of Dunhuang, a crossroads on the Silk Road. "A man had been convicted and banished from Dunhuang. While he was walk-
ing near a lake he saw one of these horses. "He made a mannequin and put it on a path the horse would follow. one day he took the place of the mannequin, and he was able to catch the horse to offer it to the emperor. "The man then lied to the emperor Han Wudi, saying the horse had sprung out of a spring. And he called it a heavenly horse. The emperor loved the horse so much that he wrote a poem about it." In 1986 China purchased 18 of the horses from the United States, Britain and Germany and has since bred them in captivity, with their numbers growing to more than 70. Starting in 2010, carefully selected batches have been released into the reserve. "now there are 27, 16 females and 11 males," says Sun. "We even registered the birth of a foal in July 2011, a new success in our reintroduction process." But very few animals can endure an environment as hard and dry as Gansu's desert steppe. Przewalski's horses require daily access to water that is within a 30-kilometre (20-mile) range and does not freeze in winter. They also need 22 pounds of dry food
per day, relatively close to the water. In a region that receives less than 1.5 inches of rain per year, many of these conditions could become problems, says Sun. The reserve is taking back-up measures to improve the horses' chances. "We have increased the water supply by expanding 10 wells. At a later point we are thinking of bringing water from the river. "In winter we have to break the ice so that the horses can drink." The horses eat grasses and certain plant species, says reserve employee Lu Shengrong, but when vegetation becomes sparse in winter-time, they will be fed dry alfalfa, straw, black beans and corn. of the 2,000 or so Przewalski's horses that now exist worldwide, about a quarter are part of efforts to reintroduce them to the wild, says Claudia Feh, a biologist doing similar work in Mongolia, where several hundred have been released. The worst threat they face, she says, are ordinary horses, which can infect them with disease or crossbreed with them, diluting the g e n e pool.
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I found a way to win, it wasn’t my best day, I didn’t play my best tennis but at the end of the day I won the match and I can try to improve my game. — Sixteen-year-old Donna Vekic
sPoRts Monday, 17 June, 2013
PAKiSTAN doeS NoT hAve Role ModelS iN BATTiNG: zAheeR WASIM AKRAM
MOHSIN HASSAN KHAN
Rebuild Pakistan team: wasim, Rameez LAHORE
LAHoRE: Former captain Zaheer Abbas has lamented the shortage of quality batsmen in Pakistan and said the absence of role models has led to the side’s woes in batting department. “The way I see it our poor batting performances in recent years can be put down to the fact that we are not producing role models for the new players,” Zaheer said. “Tell me today who is the role model for young batsman in the team. In the past we had a line of top batsmen from generation to generation. When I came in I looked up to Hanif Mohammad and others when younger players came in they looked up to us,” he said. He pointed out that for years Pakistan had produced quality pace bowlers because new players had idols to follow. “We need to think about how to revamp the system to produce quality players. I don’t think any coaching will help until we get players of the highest caliber.” Zaheer referred to neighbouring India as the perfect example of how young players followed in the footsteps of quality role models. “Today India has a wealth of quality batsmen why because they have maintained a culture of producing top line batsmen. STAFF REPORT
ADDeneD by Pakistan’s pathetic show at the Champions Trophy, former captains Wasim Akram and Rameez Raja on Sunday lashed out at side’s “spineless” batting and said the time has come for rebuilding the team. Pakistan lost all the three Group matches to crash out of the tournament. “What has really concerned me is that we could not play out our full quota of overs in even one match. The batting generally has been spineless and shameful. This is not the way to play in a top tournament. I think it is time changes were made in the team and youngsters were given proper chances to establish themselves,” Akram said. “For too long we have been relying on the same players who have failed us again and again,” the bowling great added. except skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, all others came in the firing line of Akram and Rameez. Misbah scored two half-centuries in Pakistan’s defeats to West Indies and South Africa when the team fell for under 200 runs. “I don’t see any threat to his future. He was your only batsman to play the way other
players should have played. I can say if Misbah had not scored runs on the tour this team the way it batted could have even been bowled out for totals of 30 or more,” Akram said. The former great also lashed out at allrounder Muhammad Hafeez who is being touted by a strong lobby as a possible replacement as captain for Misbah. “I don’t think Misbah should be changed as captain. Hafeez is just not mature enough or ready for this job. They call him professor and all that but first he must prove himself by being a match winner for Pakistan in the big matches, then consider him as future captain,” Akram said bluntly. Raja also called for hard decisions. “I was appalled and sad by the way our batsmen performed. For too long our bowlers have put their hands up and supported the batsmen. Unfortunately there is no balance between the two in our team and that is the major problem,” he said. “We must learn from India. For the first time in my life I was sure this Indian team will beat us. I am sad by the indifferent and irresponsible attitude of some of the players. The time has come for changes and a new team to be rebuilt.” Rameez also said that Pakistan’s entire
cricket structure needed to be revamped with special focus on domestic cricket competitions. “The unfortunate part is that we have focused only on quantity not quality in our domestic cricket and the result is no one takes it seriously neither is it producing the quality players we had in the past,” he said. He said honest administrators were also required to revamp Pakistan cricket’s structure with hard and honest decisions in line. Former coach Moshin Khan said Pakistan needed better planning to overcome their now long-standing batting problems. “our batting has been hurting us badly and if we don’t address it quickly our team will go down further at the international level,” Khan said. “It is time we take strong measures to address this problem.” only captain Misbah-ul Haq, with 173 runs in three matches, batted with any authority, while top-order stars Mohammad Hafeez (38 in three), Shoaib Malik (25) and Kamran Akmal (23) were below standard. Pakistan were bowled out for 170 in their opening Group B match against the West Indies before slumping to 167 against South Africa and 165 against India in a rain-
AKhTAR wANTS Moody To Be APPoiNTed PAKiSTAN CoACh
iMRAN dAMAGed PAKiSTAN CRiCKeT: AAMiR SohAil
LAHoRE: Pakistan’s controversial former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar wants the PCB to appoint Australia’s Tom Moody as the coach of the national team, which has faced a torrid time in the ICC Champions Trophy, failing to win a single match in three appearances. Shoaib said that having worked with Moody he could say for certain the former Australian all-rounder was capable of turning around the fortunes of Pakistan cricket. “our problem is we are just not producing or grooming enough quality players. We need to learn to respect our senior players and use their experience accordingly,” he said today. “In other countries the boards try to utilise the services of top players to build up new players but in Pakistan cricket it is vice versa. Dropping Younis Khan or Shahid Afridi for the Champions Trophy was a big mistake. “We need someone like Tom Moody to build a new team. I know how he works and I can say for certain he is the one who can not only create a winning culture in the dressing room and groom players but also act as a father figure to them. That is how players are developed and made into world class performers under pressure,” he said. Moody, a respected international coach, worked with Akhtar when he played in english county cricket. Asked if he felt that Australian Dav Whatmore had failed to deliver as head coach of the national team, Akhtar said, “ The results speak for themselves and it is time to think about changes and bring in new ideas and a will to change the dressing room culture. You need to have senior players like Younis in the dressing room to serve as inspirations for younger players.” STAFF REPORT
LAHoRE: In the aftermath of the crushing defeat to India, former skipper Aamir Sohail has launched a scathing attack on one of Pakistan’s greatest cricketers, Imran Khan, saying the World Cup-winning captain is responsible for the current state of sport in the country. “I want to say clearly here and for once we must face the truth that Imran is responsible for the state of affairs in our cricket,” Sohail was quoted by PTI as saying. With his statement that is clearly a fallout of Pakistan’s disastrous campaign in the Champions Trophy in england, where they lost all their three group matches, Sohail left the other two guest on the show — Zaheer Abbas and Younus Khan — surprised. “Imran damaged Pakistan cricket by encouraging our bowlers to tamper with the ball. This has led to a culture where we can’t produce good new ball bowlers or quality openers,” the 46-year-old former opener told a news channel. Sohail was retorting to the views expressed by former pacer Shoaib Akhtar, who felt Pakistan “need a dressing room culture where a winning mentality is promoted” and someone like Imran to guide and produce quality players. The storm was already brewing and Saturday’s eight-wicket defeat to arch-rivals India only added to the wounds. A proven player with 47 Tests and 156 oDIs under his belt, Sohail has worked as a chief selector in the past and was a member of the 1992 World Cup winning squad led by Imran. STAFF REPORT
shortened match. Khan, said the team appeared to have no strategy to tackle the batting slump. “It’s no comment if you ask me about coach’s contribution,” said Khan, who was replaced as coach by former Australian batsman Dav Whatmore in March last year. “Just think of it, there was no planning, no strategy and no permanent batting slots.” Khan said Misbah fought a lone battle at the crease while bowlers were outstanding. “our batsmen failed to support Misbah who did very well while our bowling was outstanding but we lost all matches because of poor batting,” said Khan, a stylish opener in his days. Former captain Rashid Latif was harsh on Whatmore. “Whatmore should be sent back because he and other support staff has failed,” said Latif. “new people should come and take over this team which has talent but need better planning.” He also said the Pakistan’s administrative set-up should be streamlined. “We always make players accountable but don’t hold the cricket board responsible,” said Latif. “We must streamline the board with some new and wise people and then build this team with better planning.”
Fearing backlash, Pakistan stay put in england LAHoRE: Fearing hostile reception after their disastrous campaign at the Champions Trophy in england, some members of the Pakistan cricket team have decided to take their time in returning home. Sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board said that until now only Abdul Rehman, Kamran Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Irfan were scheduled to return home tonight from London. “The remaining players will come later on while head coach, Dav Whatmore will be stopping over in Dubai while the rest of the coaching staff will also come later,” one source said. The source said some players might even stay back to play some league cricket in england. But generally the feeling is the players will prefer to return in small groups unannounced to avoid any hostile reception. In the past whenever, Pakistan has done badly they have come back to strong reactions from the media and public. All indications are that in next few days some of the players and even the management might find themselves out in the cold in the first reaction to Pakistan’s poor show in england, where they lost all their three matches against South Africa, West Indies and arch-rivals India. “Certainly Kamran Akmal, Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik and perhaps even Mohammad Hafeez might have to face the axe before Pakistan’s next series which is against West Indies from July 7,” one source said. PCB chief Zaka Ashraf has also been suspended by the Islamabad High Court from performing his duties due to a constitutional writ petition filed against his election in May this year. Under this circumstances, sources say Pakistan head coach Dav Whatmore might also be asked to leave midway through his two year contract with the board since he has also been criticized strongly for his failure to do anything notable with the team since taking over in March, 2012.
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It was a brutal weekend for the team. To be lapped by the top cars, that is probably the most important thing for us to concentrate on. We are still developing the car and it is responding. — Sporting director Sam Michael
Monday, 17 June, 2013
england beat New zealand in Champions Trophy CARDIFF
n G L A n D beat new Zealand by 10 runs in their final Champions Trophy Group A match in Cardiff on Sunday to qualify for the semi-finals. The match was reduced to 24 overs a side because of rain. england 169 all out off 23.3 overs with A.Cook making 64 to be the main batsman while new Zealand could get 159 for eight off 24 overs. K.Williamson with 67 kept the game alive but later engaldn struck on proper occasions to get the win in the final pool match. The Black Caps’ hopes of making the Champions Trophy semi-finals faded after their battle to avoid defeat was lost. The Black Caps are 110 for five in the 20th over, needing 170 to win, with rain shortening the innings to 24 overs.
Kane Williamson is leading the Kiwi innings, unbeaten on 49 from 46 balls. A loss would mean the Black Caps need Australia to beat Sri Lanka by a narrow margin tonight in order to progress out of pool play. earlier, england captain Alastair Cook survived three dropped catches by nathan McCullum to score 64 out of his team’s 169 all out off 23.3 overs Cook was dropped on 14 and 36 by McCullum, both the chances coming on the leg side from the bowling of left-arm medium-pacer James Franklin. The third, when the batsman was on 45, was a simple chance to point off Kane Williamson’s off-spin. McCullum finally held a catch from Cook off his own bowling when the england skipper hit the ball straight back to him. The new Zealand all-rounder did manage to grasp three other catches and england fell away after reaching 141 for three in a match reduced to 24 overs a side.
MiSBAh diSAPPoiNTed wiTh PeRFoRMANCe BiRMiNGHAM: Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq on Saturday said he was disappointed with his team’s performance after losing to India, their third consecutive loss in the ICC Champions Trophy on Saturday. India beat arch-rivals Pakistan by eight wickets in a match marred by rain at edgbaston to finish fourth and last in Group B. “Disappointing performance again with the bat, the weather also played a part as it was difficult to get in and out so many times. In this sort of format, it is too short for the teams because you have one bad day at the start of the tournament; you are almost out of it,” said Misbah at the presentation ceremony. “I think the bowling did okay for us, the way they (bowlers) are establishing themselves, really a plus for Pakistan.” AGENCIES
SCOREBOARD England innings 64 AN Cook c & b McCullum 10 IR Bell c McCullum b McClenaghan IJL Trott c McCullum b Mills 8 38 JE Root c Ronchi b McClenaghan 15 EJG Morgan lbw b Vettori 14 JC Buttler c McCullum b Mills RS Bopara c Williamson b McClenaghan 9 4 TT Bresnan run out (Franklin) 0 SCJ Broad c McCullum b Mills JC Tredwell c McClenaghan b Mills 0 JM Anderson not out 0 7 Extras (lb 2, w 4, nb 1) 169 Total (all out; 23.3 overs; 116 mins) Fall of wickets 1-16 (Bell, 2.1 ov), 2-25 (Trott, 3.2 ov), 3-100 (Root, 14.2 ov), 4-141 (Cook, 18.4 ov), 5-143 (Morgan, 19.4 ov), 6-159 (Buttler, 21.3 ov), 7-166 (Bopara, 22.4 ov), 8-169 (Bresnan, 22.6 ov), 9-169 (Broad, 23.2 ov), 10-169 (Tredwell, 23.3 ov) Bowling: MJ McClenaghan 5-0-36-3, KD Mills 4.3-0-30-4, Corey J Anderson 1-0-4-0, DL Vettori 5-0-27-1, JEC Franklin 2-0-20-0, NL McCullum 4-0-30-1, KS Williamson 2-0-20-0 New Zealand
MJ Guptill b Anderson 9 2 L Ronchi c Trott b Anderson 67 KS Williamson c Anderson b Broad 3 LRPL Taylor lbw b Bresnan BB McCullum c Root b Bopara 8 6 JEC Franklin c Morgan b Bopara Corey J Anderson c Anderson b Bresnan 30 13 NL McCullum c Buttler b Anderson KD Mills not out 5 16 Extras (lb 8, w 8) 159 Total (8 wickets; 24 overs; 127 mins) Did not bat DL Vettori, MJ McClenaghan Fall of wickets 1-14 (Ronchi, 3.4 ov), 2-14 (Guptill, 3.6 ov), 327 (Taylor, 6.6 ov), 4-48 (BB McCullum, 11.4 ov), 5-62 (Franklin, 13.5 ov), 6-135 (Williamson, 21.2 ov), 7-140 (Anderson, 22.2 ov), 8-159 (NL McCullum, 23.6 ov) Bowling: SCJ Broad 5-0-25-1, JM Anderson 5-0-32-3, TT Bresnan 5-0-41-2, RS Bopara 5-0-26-2, JC Tredwell 4-0-270 Toss New Zealand, who chose to field Points England 2, New Zealand 0 ODI debut Corey J Anderson (New Zealand) Umpires BNJ Oxenford (Australia) and RJ Tucker (Australia) TV umpire SJ Davis (Australia) Match referee AJ Pycroft (Zimbabwe) Reserve umpire HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)
dhoNi wARNS iNdiA BiRMiNGHAM: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has told his matchwinning young team to remain focused as it approached the business end of the Champions Trophy. The reigning World Cup champions have enjoyed a remarkable campaign in the eight-nation tournament so far, becoming the only team to enter the semifinals with an all-win record. But Dhoni knowns all the good work will mean nothing if his team slips up in Thursday’s second semi-final in Cardiff against a still unknown opponent from the wideopen group A. “There are, hopefully, still two more matches to go and we must play with the same intensity that we have shown so far,” the Indian captain said. It has been a formidable display by the tournament’s youngest team in which Dhoni is the oldest member of the side at 31 and reserve spinner Amit Mishra is the only other player aged 30. Former Test batsman Sandeep Patil’s selection panel has been so ruthless in axing non-performers that the current squad has only three players, Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli, who played in the World Cup final two years ago. AGENCIES
ClARKe hoPeS To Be FiT FoR Sl GAMe
today’s Match AUSTRALIA AND SRI LANKA GO HEAD TO HEAD AT THE OVAL LONDON AGENCIES
will Proteas exorcise ghost of edgbaston? LONDON AGENCIES
As the Champions Trophy reaches its decisive week, it is amazing to think that the once mighty Aussies have been making headlines for their appalling activities off the field, and not their dazzling displays on it. The childish antics of David Warner would not have been tolerated under the regime of Steve Waugh, or even Ricky Ponting, but the current lot have seen fit to keep the slugger in their ranks. It really is that desperate at the top of their order right now. The english, predictably, are licking their chops at the prospect of back-to-back Ashes series. Seemingly, there has never been a better time to play the Aussies on a regular basis. The intimidating forces, the Waughs, the Warnes and McGraths of the past, are no longer there. The opposition, after years of suffering at their hands, finally smell a chance of getting their own back, and they are queuing up to take shot at Mickey Arthur’s mob. Rumour has it that, much like his batting, Warner swung and actually failed to make proper contact with Joe Root when he confronted him at a nightclub. Away from the handbags, the Champions
Trophy is hotting up rather nicely. It’s as wide open as any major tournament has been in recent years. India have looked the best equipped side so far, but they have yet to feel the heat when their top-order fails. england and Sri Lanka have had flashes of potency, but have also looked pretty ordinary at times. Significantly, the Proteas have kept themselves in the hunt, despite a slow start. AB de Villiers’ men have given the naysayers, including this scribe, plenty to chew on since their loss to India, and the impressive showing of their new batch of stars has been most encouraging.
Chris Morris has looked like he belongs in the big time right away. The glares he shot at the Windies suggested he will add plenty of mongrel in a scrap. Colin Ingram is not everyone’s cup of tea, but his defiant knock under pressure against Sunil narine was the precise tonic in a shortened match. Another southpaw, David Miller, has justified being picked ahead of Farhaan Behardien, clubbing crucial big blows deep in the innings. But, most importantly, the Proteas have got their talisman back. Much was made of Dale Steyn’s return, and the Phalaborwa express lived up to the hype by whistling
in at full pelt against the Windies. He didn’t quite blow them away on Friday, but when the likes of Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard are more intent on seeing him off instead of taking him on – with a mounting run-rate – it says much for the respect that his pace commands. After years of falling on the wrong side of the Duckworth/Lewis coin, the Proteas had their belated slice of fortune in the fading light of Cardiff, when Pollard took one too many liberties, and cost his side the match. Fate is a funny thing in sport. When it’s against you, nothing goes your way. Catches just evade fielders, 50/50 decisions go against you. And yet, when Lady Luck smiles on you, hope springs eternal. The Proteas dropped chances against the Windies, but still emerged on the other side. Had the final rain delay come a minute earlier, they would be at oR Tambo International this morning, lamenting another doomed campaign. But now, they are one match away from a return to the scene of their greatest heartbreak. The 1999 World Cup semifinal against Australia was at edgbaston, which will host the final of the last ever Champions Trophy on Sunday. Maybe Lady Luck has a sense of humour, after all. — Sunday Independent
Australia captain Michael Clarke hopes to be fit to return for Monday’s final Champions Trophy Group A game against Sri Lanka after missing the first two matches with a back injury. “I’m hopeful, no doubt about that, but I really have to wait to see how I pull up tomorrow morning after training again today,” he told a news conference on Sunday. “My back is certainly improving, which is a positive.” Australia lost their opener to england before their clash with new Zealand was rained off, meaning they sit bottom of the group with one point knowing defeat at the oval on Monday will knock them out of the tournament. Clarke’s recurring back trouble has led to speculation he could be a doubt for some of the five-test Ashes series in england which starts at Trent Bridge on July 10. “Yes I’m confident (of playing in all of the Ashes), but I was confident I’d play every game in this series so you are asking the wrong guy,” he said. england have their own injury worries for the Ashes with their most dangerous attacking batsman Kevin Pietersen missing the Champions Trophy because of a knee problem. Pietersen told a fan on Twitter on Sunday that he would return to county four-day action for Surrey against Yorkshire on Friday. Australia will be without batsman David Warner against Sri Lanka after he was banned until the first Ashes test for punching england player Joe Root in a bar. Clarke said the squad had now moved on. “The feeling in the camp has obviously been a little bit different...because of a little bit of disappointment in one of our players,” he said. “We left it there as a team and we look forward.”
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I and my new coach are only working together for a week so we still have a lot to work on. For the moment it is temporary but we will see how it goes. — Laura Robson
sPoRts Monday, 17 June, 2013
eNGliSh duo luRKiNG AS MiCKelSoN leAdS MERioN: Luke Donald and Justin Rose will aim to claim their first major titles and end a 43-year wait for an english winner of the US open on Sunday. However, doing so could make them the most unpopular men in America. The Ryder Cup team-mates go into the final round at Merion just two shots off the lead, but it is a lead held by five-time tournament runner-up Phil Mickelson, who celebrates his 43rd birthday and Father’s Day on Sunday. Mickelson started the week by flying home to California on Monday as torrential rain closed the practice facilities at Merion, and then attended his daughter’s eighth-grade graduation on Wednesday evening before flying back to Philadelphia overnight in his private jet in time for a 7:11am start on Thursday. Remarkably he shot an opening 67 and followed that up with rounds of 72 and 70 to finish one under par, the only man in red figures as Merion’s east Course - feared to be too short by modern standards at 6,996 yards and staging the US open for the first time since 1981 - more than held its own. Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and American duo Hunter Mahan and Steve Stricker were Mickelson’s closest challengers on level par, with Rose, Donald and Billy Horschel another stroke back on one over. Tony Jacklin was the last englishman to win the US open back in 1970, with nick Faldo the last to win any of the four major titles when he triumphed in the 1996 Masters. AGENCIES
SAGAN wiNS TouR oF SwiTzeRlANd STAGe BAd RAGAZ: Slovakian rider Peter Sagan, of the Cannondale team, won a sprint finish to take the eighth stage of the Tour of Switzerland on Saturday with home star Mathias Frank keeping the yellow jersey. Sagan, who had also won Monday’s third stage, was the strongest over the last few metres of the 180.5km run from Zernez and Bad Ragaz. He finished ahead of Italy’s Daniele Bennati and Philippe Gilbert of Belgium. Frank has a 13-second lead over Portugal’s Rui Costa ahead of Sunday’s concluding time trial in the village of Flumserberg. AGENCIES
woods sees uS open hopes disappear MERION
IGeR Woods cut a frustrated figure after his chances of a 15th major title disappeared in the third round of the US open at Merion. Woods began the day just four shots off the lead and instantly reduced the deficit with a birdie at the first, but failed to make another and eventually carded a 76 which equalled his highest round in the tournament as a professional. “It is certainly frustrating because I certainly was feeling like I was playing well this week and I just didn’t make the putts I needed to make,” said the world number one, whose last major win came five years ago at Torrey Pines. “on the first two days I had like
three three-putts and I was four shots off the lead, and I missed a boatload of putts within 10 feet. So I really wasn’t that far off. If I clean up the round and don’t three-putt, I’m one shot back starting out today [Saturday].” Woods, who finished fourth in the US Masters in April, added: “At Augusta I was pretty close and I had the lead at one point and I hit that flag (on the 15th in the second round) and ended up in the water. “I’m playing well enough to do it and unfortunately just haven’t gotten it done.” Woods was playing alongside world number two Rory McIlroy for the third day in succession, but the illustrious duo were outscored by the third member of their group. McIlroy birdied the first but then hit his tee shot on the second out of bounds on his way to a 75, while Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano carded a 72 to finish
Junior golf tour of Pakistan tees of today LAHORE
badly,” McIlroy said. “I missed a few shots here and there and I was trying on every shot out there and I was trying to get myself back into it, but it’s tough.
hopkins defence called oﬀ HAMBURG
The first match of the PGF Junior Golf Tour 2013 will be held at Royal Palm Golf and Country Club Golf Course on 17thand 18th June 2013. This was announced by Khawaja Pervaiz Saeed, Director Media of the championship, in a press conference held at the Royal Palm Club. Also present on the occasion were omer Ghias, national Golf Coach and Shahid Javed Khan a leading golf professional. It was spelt out that the PGF Junior Golf Tour has been introduced to spot talent amongst the young ones. Through this Junior Golf Tour, the juniors will have a map of regular tournaments charted out for them, and enable them to evaluate their own performance as they go along and also be a part of the order of merit, based on which national junior team selection will be done for overseas tours. In this first match, boys and girls eligible to participate have to be in the age range 11 to 21, which is further categorised into age brackets 18-21, 15-17, 13-14, and 11-14. A total of 25 young competitors, eagerly seeking honors in national golf will tee off on Monday 17th June at 6am, for the first match of the seven match
five over par. “If you’re not on your game a hundred percent, you get on the wrong side of the greens and it’s just frightening because I didn’t feel like I played too
LAHORE: Khawaja Pervaiz Saeed, Director Media addresses the press conference in connection with Junior Golf Tour 2013 at Royal Palm. Also present were Omer Ghias, National Golf Coach, and Shahid Javed Khan, Golf Professional.
series. While the first one will contested at the prime par 72, Royal Palm Golf Course, other six will be held during 2013 in Karachi(two matches), Rawalpindi(two), Islamabad(one) and Peshawar(one). omer Ghias the national golf coach stated that he will be watching the youngsters very closely and he will training them on modern lines. He further
said that latest research suggests that those seeking golfing honors have to start by first focusing on their atheletic ability and then move onto the finer aspects of the game. The Royal Palm Golf Course is in fine shape and for the juniors participating in this event, it will be a great and rewarding experience to play here.
Bernard Hopkins’ fight against Karo Murat next month has been called off after the German was denied a US visa. American veteran Hopkins was due to defend his IBF light-heavyweight crown against mandatory challenger Murat in Brooklyn on July 13, but the entire card has now been cancelled after the US State Department declared Murat ineligible to receive a US entry visa. Hopkins, 48, became the oldest boxer to win a major world title with a victory over Tavoris Cloud last March - breaking his own record by nearly two years - and this was to have been his first defence. Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer said: “This is an extremely disappointing development as we were anticipating Bernard making history once again. “Since the administrative process that would have to be undertaken in order for Murat’s visa petition to be reconsidered takes longer than six months, we’re exploring several options with respect to Bernard’s next fight.” Hopkins said: “I’m extremely disappointed about the fight being cancelled. “I was already in the gym, sparring and
preparing for the fight. But things happen. I stay in shape so being ready is never a problem and I look forward to whatever fight is made for me in the near future.” Murat, a 29-year-old of Armenian heritage, said: “obviously I’m very disappointed as I have been in training for almost three months now, but I understand that my promoter’s representative, Chris Meyer, is in talks with Richard Schaefer to discuss possible alternatives.”
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What does that say about my game that I can make a 10? Forget about the rest. — Sergio Garcia
PedRoSA To START oN Pole iN CATAluNyA CATALUNYA: Dani Pedrosa will start Sunday’s MotoGP race in Catalunya on pole position after breaking the lap record in qualifying. The Spaniard, who is racing in his 200th Grand Prix weekend at the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya, put his Repsol Honda on pole with a lap of one minute 40.893 seconds. The championship leader was joined on the front row by Cal Crutchlow, who finished 0.608secs behind on his Tech 3 Yamaha and fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo, who was 0.673s back on the factory Yamaha. Pedrosa lowered the record previously been held by Casey Stoner when he went round in 1:41.186 in 2008. Lorenzo, who trails Pedrosa by 12 points in the championship, had to abandon his first run due to a clutch problem and eventually had to change bikes, but he still briefly managed to snatch second place from Crutchlow before the Briton stole the position back just seconds later. Spaniard Alvaro Bautista was fourth fastest on his Gresini Honda followed by the Ducati of nicky Hayden and another home favourite in Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda). Seven-time champion Valentino Rossi had to settle for seventh on his Yamaha after topping the timesheets on Saturday and was joined on the third row by Andrea Iannone (Pramac Ducati) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati). Stefan Bradl rounded out the top 10 on his LCR Honda with Briton Bradley Smith qualifying in 12th on the other Tech 3 Yamaha and Michael Laverty back in 20th. AGENCIES
heads into aegon final a happy man
LONDON Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is said to be monitoring the managerial vacancy at Real Madrid closely as he weighs up a bigmoney move for Gonzalo Higuain. Higuain, who has been with Los Blancos since 2007 but is still only 25, has spent the past season struggling to retain his first-team spot and is said to be no longer deemed as an invaluable asset at the club, given they now have the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema to rely on for firepower up front. Although his credentials have seen him linked with a number of top clubs across europe, Arsenal have regularly been named as the frontrunners for his services and according to the Guardian, the Barclays Premier League outfit could make a concrete offer once the Argentine’s future becomes more certain in the coming weeks. Since the departure of Jose Mourinho, Real have been without a coach but are said to be keen on appointing current Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti, who has already made clear of his desire to move to the Spanish capital.
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o P seed Andy Murray will face defending champion Marin Cilic in the AeGon Championships final at Queen’s on Sunday pleased with how his game has progressed. Both players came through tough semi-finals on a rainy day in south-west London with Murray seeing off fourth seed Jo-Wifried Tsonga and Cilic edging past four-time winner Lleyton Hewitt. Murray made the tough decision to sit out of Roland Garros earlier in the month and has slowly been playing his way back into form throughout the week. Constant rain meant a delay to procedings but Murray’s semi-final eventually started on centre court at just after 6:00pm, with the world number two sealing a 4-6 6-3 6-2 victory. The Scot was slow out of the blocks and a double-fault gifted Tsonga a break of serve, with the French open semi-finalist taking full advantage and finishing off the opening set with an ace. Murray, who had not dropped a set previously throughout the week, responded well and broke in the second before levelling at one set apiece. The third set was a more routine affair for Murray, he snaffled up his seventh break point to take a 2-1 lead and broke to love on Tsonga’s next service game. He held his next two serves to progress into the final and a tilt at a third Queen’s title and he is becoming more and more pleased with his performance with each passing game. “I’m much happier,” he said. “You don’t
always come into this tournament with high expectations because you haven’t had that long to prepare and it’s always a tough draw here. “I lost in the first round last year and had my best run at Wimbledon, but I think really because I missed the French open it’s really, really important for me to get matches in this week. “If I had lost my first match to Mahut and going into Wimbledon and having played one match in six or seven weeks, you know, that’s tough if you want to win the event. So it was really important for me to get some matches.” The reigning US open champion admitted earlier in the week he was still searching for overall consistency in his game and conceded he had to fight back after a poor start against Tsonga. “I turned it around well in the second set,” he said. “I put it back in on my serve to get broken at four-all on the first, but he had some chances beginning of the second, and I came up with a couple of good shots. once I got the break, I played much better.” Murray holds a great record against Croatian Cilic, winning eight of their nine previous meetings - including a straight-sets win en route to the Wimbledon final last summer. But the 26-year-old is expecting a challenging encounter with the world number 12. “It will be a very tough match,” he added. “He plays well here. He’s won nine matches in a row, and he’s beaten some very tough, top grass court players this week. “I’ll try to play a good match tomorrow [Sunday] and regardless of what happens for me, it’s a good step in the right direction, another tough match against one of the top 10 grass court players in the world I would say.”
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Heavyweight hopefuls and has-beens failed to capture the imagination in several fights at the weekend. However, a few of the big men did make headway by winning convincingly. one of them is Bryant Jennings, who is rated no 3 by the IBF and remained undefeated when he stopped Andrey Fedosov in the sixth round in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Jennings, who improved his record to 17-0, won inside this distance for the ninth time in his career and probably enhanced his prospects. Fedosov dropped to 24-3, with 19 knockouts. In Hessen, Germany, Manuel Charr moved to 23-1; 13 when he knocked out oleksiy Mazikin (14-8-2; 4) in the third round of a bout for the WBC Baltic and Mediterranean heavyweight titles. And in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Artur Szpilka also came away undefeated from a match against veteran Brian Minto. Szpilka won on points over ten rounds – 98-93, 98-92 and 100-90 – and moved his record to 15-0, with 11 knockouts. Minto now stands at 37-6; 24. on the same bill, cruiserweight Pawel Kolodziej looked in good shape as he moved to 32-0, including 17 knockouts, by beating Cesar Crenz (20-7; 13) on points over eight rounds. In norwich, england, Hughie Fury improved to 6-0; 4 when he won on points over six rounds against Tomas Mrazek, a heavyweight with a record of seven wins, 41 defeats and six draws.
Ronaldo urges Balotelli to focus on football
Brazilian legend Ronaldo has urged Mario Balotelli not to throw his career away. Since his move from Manchester City to AC Milan in January, Balotelli has managed to work himself back into goal-scoring form and earned a place in the Italian squad
competing at the Confederations Cup in Brazil. Speaking to La Gazetta dello Sport, Ronaldo, a player who has also donned both the colours of Inter Milan and the Rossoneri, advised Balotelli to learn from what became of former nerazzuri striker and Brazilian international Adriano. “We have all done some stupid things at
some point in our lifes, but it’s important to realise when it’s time to quit. I remember the example of Adriano, although that is not necessarily related to Balotelli’s situation, because it’s a bit different,” he related. “Adriano had crazy skills and a fantastic physique. He could do whatever he wanted on the pitch. However, at some point he simply couldn’t do it anymore. So the only advice I can give Balotelli is to focus on his football and not to throw away his talent.” The 36-year old urged Balotelli to focus his efforts on winning silverware, in order to ensure he would have something to remember his career by at the end of the day. “Balotelli has a certain talent, the way he strikes the ball and scores goals. He’s not there yet, though. He can still improve and has plenty of time to do just that. But his age must not become an excuse,” Ronaldo said. “Balotelli has everything to become a great, but he must win titles first. The difference between becoming a champion or just a good player is whether you win important trophies.”
Monday, 17 June, 2013
i’M NoT heRe To RePlACe SuARez, SAyS ASPAS ANFiELd: Liverpool’s new signing Iago Aspas does not consider himself to be a replacement for want-away Luis Suarez. Despite finishing last season as top scorer for Liverpool, Suarez has demanded a move away from Anfield, having grown tired of what he considered to be unfair treatment from the english media. The Reds have reiterated their intentions of hanging on to the Uruguayan, but many observers believe the recently completed deal for Aspas will pave the way for Suarez to leave for Real Madrid. nevertheless, Aspas told the Daily Mirror that Suarez’s future at Liverpool was not the motivating factor behind his decision to leave Celta Vigo. “Liverpool are one of the biggest clubs in the world and I am going there to take an important step in my career, not to be a replacement for anyone,” he stated. AGENCIES
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JI demands aPc on terrorism strategy LAHORE ONLINE
Jamaate Islami (JI) chief Munawar Hasan on Sunday stressed the federal government to immediately convene an All Parties Conference (APC) with cooperation of governments of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to devise a strategy against the menace of terrorism. Talking to media personnel after addressing JI office bearers from Lahore, he said the federal government would have to take up the issue of terrorist attack at Quaid’s residency in Ziarat, attacks in Quetta and Karachi, and frame a policy to deal with the problem, giving high priority to dialogue with Taliban. Hasan said the attack at Ziarat residency, a historic building associated with the Quaid, and the girls’ bus in Quetta, were highly serious matters which had brought a bad name to the country, adding that involvement of Indian intelligence RAW could not be ruled out. He said JI had since long been advising rulers to conduct talks with Taliban for restoration of peace in the country. It was ironical, he said, that while the US itself was holding talks with the Taliban, Islamabad was prevented from adopting the same course, and whenever there was some headway in that direction, Washington sabotaged the process. If the new government did not take a quick decision in this regard, the masses would be justified to form an opinion that it was unable to take any bold step that could hurt US interests. He said the new strategy should also ensure an end to military operations, drone attacks and the missing persons’ problem. He said if the rulers’ attitude did not change, the masses would be disappointed. Hasan said the JI had accepted election results only to save the country from chaos, otherwise the whole nation knew about the transparency of elections held in Karachi, Hyderabad and FATA, where JI’s mandate was stolen. He said the nation had hoped that elections this time would be fair and free and the role of agencies would finally end. However, history had been repeated again, he said, and pointed out that the Supreme Court had already exposed agencies for involvement in different issues. The JI chief said Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) was keen to join the Sindh government in order to hide its crimes and to escape from the clutches of law since it could not afford to remain out of power. In the previous government, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had provided the MQM an opportunity to carry on with its crimes. With the MQM joining the Sindh government again, Hasan said target killings, extortion and recovery of dead bodies from bags would begin once again.
QUETTA: A man makes his way through a closed down market during the shutter-down strike called to mourn Saturday’s killings in the provincial capital. INP
PPP invites MQM to join Sindh government MQM leader says they would take this offer to workers and people KARACHI STAFF REPORT
three-member PPP delegation, led by Rehman Malik, reached at Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) headquarters nine Zero. In a meeting followed by a press conference Malik officially invited the MQM to join the PPP government in Sindh. The meeting was attended by the members of coordination committee Kanwar naveed Jameel, Ashfaq Mangi, Khalid Sultan, Adil Khan, Mian Atique, Dr Farooq Sattar, Faisal Sabzwari and Sardar Ahmed. While the PPP delegation included Rehman Malik, Mazharul Haq and Khaleequz Zaman. The parties discussed joining of the Sindh government, law and order situation in Karachi and Balochistan, local body government system and economic condition of the country. In a press conference followed by the meeting, MQM Coordination Committee Deputy Convener Dr
Malik says altaf hussain is Brave and a visionary Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said the PPP has invited them to formally join the Sindh government. He said they would take this offer to workers and people and would take the decision accordingly. He said that the channels for consultation always remain open in politics and MQM will abide by its promise to strengthen democracy. Siddiqui said that they have also discussed the tragic events of Ziarat and Quetta and have also sent message to the provincial government about the abduction and extra-judicial killings of MQM workers. He said they have also pledged the Sindh government and President Asif Zardari to take concrete steps for the immediate recovery of eight missing workers and save lives of the workers and supporters. He said that regardless of MQM position in legislative assemblies, their role would always be in the highest interest of Pakistan and that the MQM has never compromised on its principled stance. Rehman Malik said that the friendly relations of Asif Zardari and Altaf Hussain that started from nine
Zero had strengthened democracy. He denied rumours that the MQM was already joining the Sindh government. He said, “We have extended our invitation today and now we will wait for MQM’s response.” He further said that Karachi has been victimised by mafias and the Sindh government was preparing comprehensive policy to combat these issues and also mentioned that the PPP has no relation with the People’s Aman Committee (PAC). He said the Sindh government would take due action against these mafias and the PAC. He showed his concerns and said the recent tense situation both in Karachi and Balochistan was not good for the country and nation would have to show unity to discourage the forces that were engaged in disintegrating the country. He said the PPP had assured the federal government of support to curb terrorism. He said that both the PPP and MQM had suffered badly because of terrorism. Malik said Altaf Hussain was a brave and visionary leader and had a very important role in the country’s politics. Speaking to reporters, PPP leaders Mazharul Haq and Jameeluz Zaman said both parties had given sacrifices and unity was the need of the hour. They said that they were democratic people and believed in the politics of reconciliation.
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Saudi Arabia plans to block Internet-based communication tool WhatsApp within weeks if the US-based firm fails to comply with requirements set by the kingdom’s telecom regulator, local newspapers reported this week. This month the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) banned Viber, another such tool, which like WhatsApp is hard for the state to monitor and deprives telecom companies of revenue from international calls and texts. The kingdom appears to be making a greater push for more control over cyberspace as Internet and smart phone usage soars, in part due to strict laws that limit opportunities for people to mix in person. “We have been communicating with WhatsApp and other similar communication platforms to get them to cooperate and comply with the Saudi telecom providers, however nothing has come of this communication yet,” Abdullah Al-Darrab, governor of the CITC, told Arab news. Al-Darrab said Viber was blocked last week for non-compliance, and that WhatsApp and Skype may be next on the list. Asked when WhatsApp services would be blocked, the CITC chief said it was highly likely to be before the holy month of Ramadan which is expected to start on July 9.The regulator issued a directive in March saying tools such as Viber, WhatsApp and Skype broke local laws, without specifying how. Local media reported at the time that Saudi Arabia’s three main operators Saudi Telecom Co, etihad etisalat (Mobily) and Zain Saudi had been asked to tell CITC if they were able to monitor or block such applications.
NA passes resolution condemning Quetta attacks ISLAMABAD ANWER ABBAS
national Assembly (nA) on Sunday unanimously passed a resolution condemning the inhumane and cowardly acts of terrorism in Balochistan, a day before. The session opened with speaker Ayaz Sadiq moderating the debate on budgetary proposals for the next financial year. Federal Minister for Law Zahid Hamid of Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz (PML-n) presented a resolution saying the august house condemned the terrorist strikes on a Women University bus and Bolan Medical College, expressing grief and unity with families of those martyred. The resolution stated that the whole nation was shocked over the attack on
the residence of Quaide Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The resolution prayed for the departed souls and early recovery of the injured. The nA also condemned the kidnapping of five doctors in Loralai on Friday. Participating in the debate‚ Muhammad Khan Sherani from Jamiate Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) said budget proposals for the next fiscal year 2013-14 proved unfriendly towards the people of Pakistan. He said the increase in tax net and rate will directly affect consumers. “The rise in the GST would raise inflation in the coming days which would directly affect the price hike situation,” Sherani added, asking the government to bring some amendments in budgetary proposals. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Raja Aamer Zaman welcomed the government's
initiative of launching schemes for youth and said the base of these schemes must be broadened. Zaman said 10 percent increase in salaries of government employees is praiseworthy but he proposed that the increase should be fifteen to twenty percent. Former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) chief minister and JUI-F member Akram Khan Durrani welcomed abolition of secret funds by the government. He said secret funds of political agents in tribal areas must also be abolished. He also proposed that salaries of government employees be further increased by five to ten percent. PML-n leader and Federal Minister for Defense Productions Rana Tanveer Hussain said the government had taken some diffi-
cult steps to improve the country’s economy. He said the previous government used Rs 47 billion in discretionary funds which this budget abolished. He said the amount saved owing to this move would be utilised for different development purposes. He further said the government had launched housing schemes for low income segments besides training programs for postgraduates. Shahabudin from FATA, during his speech, said every new technology being discovered by the world was being tested on the tribal belt of Pakistan which was a great injustice. He said people from FATA were losing their lives while drones strikes continued. Shahabudin warned if these strikes continued, the people of FATA
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would turn towards Islamabad and cordon off the parliament. Amir Haider Khan Hoti of Awami national Party (AnP) appreciated steps taken by the federal government including formation of government in Balochistan and KP. He said the decision to end circular debt in 60 days was also worth admiration. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) described the budget as anti-poor. He said tax had been imposed on all essential commodities in the budget which will create great problems for the masses. Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari of PMLn said the government had introduced a number of austerity measures to strengthen the economy.