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Qadri’s high drama sit-in in Islamabad ends with face saving deal g Govt rules out military, judiciary role in caretaker setup, immediate resignation of government and dissolution of Election Commission g Gives Qadri concession of proposing two names for caretaker PM g

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he high political drama that had kept millions glued to their TV screens in their homes and several thousand camped near Parliament house in Islamabad for the last four days ended with a whimper on Thursday when the government successfully brokered a face saving deal with Tehreek Minhajul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri, leaving things mostly as they were. Despite concerns that the mass protest could derail the upcoming general elections, or even augur a military coup, the dramatic sit-in ended with an agreement that granted few of the demands originally made by the ‘revolution seeking cleric’, Qadri. A 10-member government delegation, including leaders of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party’s coalition partners, brokered the deal with Qadri at his bomb-proof container after nearly five hours of deliberations. But Qadri’s demands for the dissolution of parliament, the resignation of the government and the re-constitution of the election Commission were skilfully ignored in a signed agreement between the two sides that ruled out any major changes to the electoral process. The government told Qadri that his demand of reconstituting the election Commission could be discussed again on Jan 27 in Lahore, as the law did not permit dissolution of the commission and a new amendment in the constitution

was required to this effect. Nor was there any mention of Qadri’s demand that the army and judiciary – two institutions he has showered with praise – should play a role in selecting the caretaker administration that will run the country for up to three months after the government reaches the end of its five-year term on March 16. Instead, an Islamabad Long March Declaration signed by the two sides promised Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) a consultative role in choosing a caretaker prime minister. The PAT has been allowed to propose two names for caretaker prime minister but legal experts have ruled out any significance of this concession by the government. “TuQ (Tahirul Qadri) and the PM can agree on two names for caretaker PM. Then PM and the opposition leader can ignore those names and propose other names to the parliamentary committee,” Salman Akram Raja, an expert on constitutional matters, tweeted after the deal was announced.

ISLAMABAD DECLARATION Qadri apparently made the government agree on implementation of Article 62 and 63 in letter and spirit, one of his major demands throughout the sit-in. According to the declaration, the potential candidates would be filtered and required to get clearance under Articles 62, 63 and 218 (Section 3) and Representation of People Act 1976, as the election Commission would set one-month’s

time to scrutinise their eligibility. According to the declaration, the present National Assembly would be dissolved anytime before the completion of its tenure on March 16. The elections would take place within 90 days and scrutiny would be held 30 days before the election campaigns start.

QADRI ECSTATIC Reading the agreement signed by Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Qadri and other members of committee, the Minhajul Quran chief congratulated the nation and his supporters, calling it a great victory for democracy, the marchers and the nation. he also congratulated the ruling coalition for what he called the successful culmination of the long march. Following the successful talks, the crowd of over 50,000 followers of Dr Qadri turned festive and chanted slogans in favour of their leader and waved national flags. The mammoth gathering dispersed peacefully later after the government assured them transportation back home. An hour before the government announced the decision to form a committee comprising Shujaat hussain and Senator Mushaid hussain of the PMLQ, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, Senior Minister Syed Khurshid Shah and Law Minister Farooq h Naik of the PPP, Afrasiab Khattak of the ANP, and Babar Ghauri and Dr Farooq Sattar of the MQM to defuse the situation, Qadri had given a final deadline for his demands to be fulfilled. Continued on page 04

Can’t arrest PM, NAB tells SC ISLAMABAD TAyyAB HuSSAIN

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari on Thursday refused to abide by court orders to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in the Rental Power Projects (RPPs) case and retracted a NAB report over the issue by calling it “inaccurate” and that the bureau lacked evidence to arrest the PM. Despite the prolonged hearing of the case on Thursday, Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was left with no option but to adjourn the hearing of the case for January 23, as under NAB law, the chairman has full au-

thority to decide whether or not to file a reference against any accused that could lead to their arrest. A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Chaudhry, was hearing the RPPs case. In March 2012, the court had ordered legal proceedings against PM Ashraf, who at the time was a close aide of President Asif Ali Zardari and the water and power minister at the time the RPPs were set up. Continued on page 04

‘Singh to decide on Chaos as MQM MPA is talks with Pakistan’ shot dead by Taliban

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Talks between India and Pakistan have not been frozen, Indian external Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said on Thursday, adding that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would decide on Islamabad’s offer of foreign minister-level talks. “The differences have to be resolved and for that we need to proceed with wisdom, keeping in mind the interest and sentiments of the nation.

A member of the Sindh Assembly belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and his three guards were gunned down by unidentified militants on Thursday, sparking angry protests in the country’s financial hub. Police said unidentified motorcyclists opened indiscriminate fire on the vehicle of MPA Manzar Imam near Nishan-e-haider Chowk in Sector-12-L Orangi Town on Thursday.

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Govt, not democracy, failed: Nawaz Coalition govt to protect, stabilise democracy: Kaira LAHORE: PML-N President Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said the malfunctioning of the government could not be declared a failure of democracy. Addressing a gathering via telephone in Badin on the occasion of the 26th death anniversary of peasant leader Fazil Raho, Nawaz said only eight weeks remained in the current government’s term. Criticising Dr Tahirul Qadri, he said the Minhajul Quran leader was staying in a comfortable and bullet proof cabin while children and women were left out in the cold. The PML-N president said those having fear of the constitution, law and elections wanted to bring change through sit-ins.INP

‘No room for unconstitutional steps’ ISLAMABAD: The political leadership of the country stands together and there is no room left for any unconstitutional step to be taken, NAB Chairman Fasih Bokhari said on Thursday. Talking to reporters outside the SC, he said Pakistan had entered into a new era. he said the entire political leadership of the country together had given a message to the world that there was no scope for any unconstitutional step in the country and all of them wanted democracy to flourish in the country. ONLINe

4 militants killed in North Waziristan MIRANSHAH: As many as four suspected militants were killed and another four were injured in shelling by the Pakistan Army’s gunship helicopters in Mir Ali area of North Waziristan. According to media reports, the gunship helicopters targeted several suspected militant hideouts in different areas. NNI

‘Calls for dissolving EC unconstitutional’ ISLAMABAD: Chief election Commissioner Justice (r) Fakhruddin G ebrahim has said that there was space for improvement, but demands for dissolution of the election Commission were absolutely unconstitutional. Talking to a TV channel on Thursday, the chief election commissioner said the allegations levelled against the election Commission were baseless and unjustified and had nothing to do with reality.he said due to legal complications in the past, the election Commission could not take proper measures, but it was crystal clear that it was diametrically impartial, so it should not be dragged in politics. INP

ISLAMABAD : Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira on Thursday said the leadership of the ruling PPP as well as the coalition parties resolved to safeguard and stabilise the democracy and resist any unconstitutional move. “All parties have agreed to protect democracy and take all possible measures for its stability. They have also vowed to resist any unconstitutional move for sake of democracy,” Kaira said talking to media after a meeting of coalition partners chaired by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. he reiterated that the elections would be held on time and ruled out any delay in this regard. To resolve the situation arising out of Dr Tahirul Qadri’s long march, he said the government had formed a four-member committee headed by Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid Chaudhry Shujaat hussain. he said the committee would soon initiate dialogue with Dr Qadri and would strive to resolve all solvable issues as the protesters comprising children and women have been bearing sever cold weather. he said the democracy always listened to the people’s grievances and it has been manifested through formation of the committee. he said the committee had been mandated to hold talks with Dr Qadri that would listen to Qadri’s demands and also explain government’s position. To a question, he said Dr Qadri had also showed willingness for dialogue and ruled out a notion of any delay in this regard. he said it was not for the first time that someone had been permitted to stage demonstration at D-Chowk as earlier, Imran Khan and lawyers had also protested at the same venue. Kaira said democracy had been strengthening in the country and the politicians were confident to resolve any issue with collective efforts. APP

PeSHAWAr: A policeman hits a protester with his baton during a demonstration outside the Peshawar Press Club on Thursday. Police and protesters clashed after officials attempted to disperse the crowd on the second day of protest. INP

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N Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Thursday handed over Shahrukh Jatoi and three others accused in Shahzeb Khan murder case to police on a seven-day physical remand. Five people were nominated in Shahzeb’s murder, of which three had been arrested earlier while Sikandar Jatoi and his son Sharukh Jatoi were fugitives. Sikandar had appeared before the Supreme Court after acquiring a one-day protective bail from the Lahore high Court, however, he was also arrested from the apex court’s premises. Shahrukh, who is the prime suspect, was extradited to Pakistan early on Thursday morning from Dubai. he had surren-

dered to officials at the Pakistani consulate earlier. On Thursday, police brought Sharukh Jatoi, Siraj Talpur, Sajjad Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza Lashari in the ATC in an armoured personnel carrier with faces covered. Investigation officer, Muhammad Mobin presented them before ATC-III Judge Ghulam Mustafa Memon and requested the court for the second police custody remand of accused Siraj Talpur, Sajjad Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza Lashari, as the court before had remanded them until January 17. The investigation officer requested the court for remand of accused Shahrukh Jatoi. he submitted before the court that he would interrogate the accused, recover weapons and the vehicle used in the crime and would also arrest two other absconding accused. The IO requested the court that accused be given in remand as his

physical presence was needed for investigation. The court ordered that the ground advanced for police remand appeared to be justified, therefore, seven days in police custody were granted. The court also directed the investigation officer to produce the accused on the next date on time and IO was also tasked with submitting a final report within the stipulated time. The IO submitted that he had released Sikandar Jatoi exercising 497 (ii) CrPC, on which the court directed him to submit proper report of the release of Sinkandar Jatoi under the said section. Naeem Qureshi, counsel for Shahrukh Jatoi, moved an application for seeking a separate trial under the Juvenile Justice System Ordinance 2000, saying his client was less than 18 years of age at the time of his arrest. The court allowed his application and directed for his client’s medical examination.


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Police flog protesters, seize bodies Protesters demand govt announce special compensation package g Committee will meet at Governor’s House to address issue g

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OLICe on Thursday fired shells and baton charged thousands of protesters outside the Peshawar Press Club for raising their voice against the killing of 18 people, allegedly by security forces. On Wednesday, students and tribal people had demonstrated against the killing of their relatives. They had placed the bodies in front of the Governor’s house and staged a sit-in but the police dispersed them by resorting to baton charge. Later, the police had seized the bodies and also arrested several tribal elders. On Thursday, the protesting students, led by Khyber Agency Jamaat-e-Islami chief Shah Faisal Afridi, haroon Luqman, Musharraf Afridi, Sajjad Afridi held the sit-in against the government. The angry students also blocked Saddar Road for several hours. A police contingent rushed to the spot and threw tear gas shells and also baton charged the protestors. The enraged students also started hurling bricks and stones at the police and took refuge in the under-construction building of Rescue-1122. The political administration of Bara and Governor’s house called on the protestors to end up the sit-in as the government will be investigating the

HrCP demands justice for Bara victims LAHORE: The human Rights Commission of Pakistan (hRCP) has strongly condemned the killing of around 20 civilians in Khyber Agency and demanded that the claims made by the families that the deceased were killed by security forces personnel must be probed independently and to the families’ satisfaction. In a statement issued on Thursday, the commission said, “The hRCP condemns unreservedly the brutal killing of around 20 people in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency. The families of the deceased had brought their bodies to Peshawar, where they protested outside the Governor’s house and later the Peshawar Press Club, demanding action against the murderers of their dear ones, many of who they claimed were in military custody before their bodies were found. This is about the most serious charge that can be brought against any security force and needs to be investigated independently and in a manner that inspires confidence of the families. In fact, one would expect both the government and the security forces to be much keener than even the aggrieved families, to promptly and independently investigate the circumstances of the killings.” “The hRCP takes a lot of heart from the fact that the wronged in Pakistan have increasingly decided to come out to draw attention to violations of rights in a peaceful manner and to seek redress of excesses. It is difficult to imagine the desperation of those who believe that their only shot at getting justice is to not bury a dear one wrongfully robbed of life until they are publicly promised justice by someone in a position of sufficient authority. Those at the helm of affairs should try and imagine what possesses people to do that and how terribly things have gone awry if more and more people feel compelled to follow that path. Rather than using tear gas and batons to deal with the people, their demands should be heard with compassion, and the truth of the matter established in a manner that enjoys the confidence of the aggrieved. hRCP welcomes the fact that a judicial probe has been ordered into the killings and hopes that unlike similar probes in the past, the findings of this one will see the light of day.” NNI

killing. The government also said it would provide Rs 700,000 to each aggrieved family, adding that Rs 400,000 would be paid immediately. however, the protesters had refused to end up their sit-in until the withdrawal of the army and lifting of yearlong curfew from the agency. After the refusal, police thrashed them, fired in the air and seized the bodies. The protesters demanded that the government announce a special compensation package to those injured and aggrieved families. In the half-hour skirmish a cameraman of a private TV channel, Sadiq Bangash, was injured. he was shifted to Lady Reading hospital. A number of police personnel were also injured. In the meanwhile, police arrested more than 20 protesters. Rest of the protesters fled from the scene. According to the Khyber Agency political administration, a 27-member committee has been formed. The committee members, including tribal elders and socio-political figures, will be meeting on Friday (today) at the Governor’s house. The administration claimed that the protesters had called off the protest until the conclusion of the meeting.

Imran wants elections under neutral president

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has said elections should be held under a neutral president, pointing out that being co-chairman of the PPP, impartial elections were not possible under President Asif Ali Zardari. In an interview with a private TV channel on Thursday, Khan, however, made it clear that the PTI would contest elections come what may. he said those raising the slogan of ‘Go Zardari Go’ had reached an understanding with them. Khan said elections must be held on schedule. however, he warned that there would be a “tsunami march” in case their reservations were not addressed about the election commission. he said though no one doubted the intention and honesty of the chief election commissioner, the situation in the provincial election commissions was evident everyone. Referring to rigging during the by-elections and said no action was taken on their complaints by the election commission despite proofs provided by the PTI. he feared more rigging during the general elections and warned that TMQ chief Tahirul Qadri’s March to Islamabad would not be the last one. he said the PTI would organise a bigger march and warned that there would be bloodshed on roads if elections were not fair and nobody would be able to control the situation. Khan said despite pressure from the workers, the PTI did not participate in the long march fearing it could cause damage to democracy. The PTI chief advised Qadri to end the sit-in, saying it was Qadri’s victory as it was not just any protest but the beginning of ‘change’. Khan also said the PTI would not enter into an alliance with any party. INP

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Christians demand apology from malik for comparing senior priest with Qadri ISLAMABAD NNI

emmanuel Yousaf Mani, director of the National Commission for Justice and Peace and a senior priest of the Catholic Church in Pakistan has demanded withdrawal of statement by Interior Minister Rehman Malik drawing a parallel between the holy Father and Dr Tahirul Qadri. Mani called the remark unnecessary and provocative as there was no comparison or link between the two personalities. “While Pope (Benedict XVI) is an undisputed leader of the Catholic Church, the largest faith group in the world, the credentials of Dr Qadri are prerogative of Pakistanis and Muslims to ascertain. On the other hand, the Pope has neither a political role nor ambitions in the 21st century states.” “We, as the Pakistan’s Christian community, feel deeply angered by such statements maligning the office and the position of Papacy. We demand an apology from Rehman Malik, who is otherwise assigned a responsible task and request him to avoid any such remarks in the future. We also appeal to all leaders to keep the dissent and political battles within the limits of decency because uncanny remarks do not reflect the better part of democratic culture,” he said.


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Chaos as MQM MPA is shot dead in Karachi Continued FRom page 01

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the killing through a spokesman. MQM chief Altaf hussain expressed his profound grief and sorrow over Imam’s killing but urged his party workers and the people not to get provoked over the incident and urged them to understand and foil the conspiracies of the elements who wanted to worsen law and order in Karachi. The MPA and one of his guards died on the spot, while the two injured guards breathed their last at a hospital. The slain security guards were identified as Imran, Sajid and Murad. Their bodies were moved to

Abbasi Shaheed hospital. Police said four armed bikers resorted to indiscriminate firing at the vehicle, killing the MPA and three security guards. A large number of MQM leaders, workers and sympathisers reached Abbasi Shaheed hospital after the incident, as panic gripped the city after the incident. Markets in Orangi Town, Nazimabad, Saddar, Gulshane-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Johar, Korangi and other parts were closed after angry protesters resorted to aerial firing. however, massive jams were also witnessed on all important thoroughfares of the metropolis after the assassination of the MPA. earlier, MQM MPA Raza haider, also from Orangi

constituency, was shot dead in Nazimabad in August 2010. Manzar Imam was elected from Orangi Town after assassination of Raza haider. Separately, two seminary students of Jamia Arabia Ahsanul Uloom, 30year-old Muhammad harris and 25-year-old Akhter Zaib were gunned down by unidentified armed men near Moti Mahal, Gulshane-Iqbal area in the limits of Gulshan-e-Iqbal police station. The bodies were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed hospital for medico-legal formalities. As the news of the assassination spread, students of the seminary took to the streets and blocked Gulshan Chowrangi and adjoining areas.

Efforts on for meeting between President Zardari, Nawaz ISLAMABAD ONLINe

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eePING in view the country’s political situation, senior PPP and PML-N leaders are making an effort to materialise a meeting between President Asif Zardari and PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif. Sources said that in view of the recent political turmoil that emerged out of Tahirul Qadri’s march and the Supreme Court’s decision to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in the rental

power case, senior PPP leaders Khursheed Shah, Naveed Qamar and Farooq Naek and

PML-N leaders Ishaq Dar and Sardar Mehtab Abbasi are ironing out a way for their

leaders to meet. Sources said President Zardari is likely to visit Raiwind to condole with Nawaz over the death of his younger brother Abbas Sharif, who died last week due to cardiac arrest. During the meeting, the president would take into confidence the PML-N chief on caretaker government set up and general elections. Sources said further the president and Nawaz would also discuss future course of action to continue the political process and how to provide a safe passage to Dr Qadri for ending his long march.

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Nine RPP firms are accused of receiving more than Rs 22 billion as mobilisation advance from the Pakistani government to commission the projects, but most of them did not set up their plants and a few of them installed the plants but after inordinate delays. The apex court had held the RPP contracts non-transparent and had ordered that these be rescinded. The prime minister was accused of receiving kickbacks and commission as then minister for water and power. The court had ordered the arrest of the prime minister on Tuesday after reviewing the two investigation reports submitted by NAB. NO POOOF AGAINST PM: however, during the hearing on Thursday, the NAB chairman adopted a defiant posture against the

KArACHI: Women mourn the killing of mQm mPA manzar Imam on Thursday. IMraN GILaNI

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Text of Islamabad Long March Declaration

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OLLOWING decisions were unanimously arrived at; having been taken today, 17 January 2013, in the meeting which was participated by coalition parties delegation led by Chaudry Shujaat hussain including: 1) Makdoom Amin Fahim, PPP 2) Syed Khursheed Shah, PPPP 3) Qamar ur Zama Qaira, PPPP 4) Farooq h Naik, PPPP 5) Mushahid hussain, PML-Q 6) Dr Farooq Sattar, MQM 7) Babar Ghauri, MQM 8) Afrasiab Khattak, ANP 9) Senator Abbas Afridi, FATA With the founding leader of Minhajul-Quran International (MQI) and chairman Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), Dr Muhammad Tahir-ulQadri. The Decisions 1) The National Assembly shall be dissolved at any time before March 16, 2013, (due date), so that the elections may take place within the 90 days. One month will be given for scrutiny of nomination paper for the purpose of pre-clearance of the candidates under article 62 and 63 of the constitution so that the eligibility of the candidates is determined by the elections Commission of Pakistan. No candidate would be allowed to start the election campaign until pre-clearance

on his/her eligibility is given by the election Commission of Pakistan. 2) The treasury benches in complete consensus with Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) will propose names of two honest and impartial persons for appointment as Caretaker Prime Minister. 3) Issue of composition of the election Commission of Pakistan will be discussed at the next meeting on Sunday, January 27, 2013, 12 noon at the Minhaj-ul-Quran Secretariat. Subsequent meetings if any in this regard will also be held at the central secretariat of Minhaj-ul-Quran in Lahore. In pursuance to todays’ decision, the Law Minister will convene a meeting of the following lawyers: S. M. Zafar, Waseem Sajjad, Aitizaz Ahsan, Farough Naseem, Latif Afridi, Dr Khalid Ranja and hamayoun Ahsan, to discuss these issues. Prior to the meeting of January 27, the Law Minister, Mr Farooq h Naek, will report the results of this legal consultation to the January 27 meeting. 4) electoral Reforms: It was agreed upon that the focus will be on the enforcement of electoral reforms prior to the polls on: A. Article 62, 63 and 218 (3) of the constitution B. Section 77 to 82 of the Representation of Peoples’ Act 1976 and other

relevant provisions relating to conducting free, fair, just and honest elections guarded against all corrupt practices. C. The Supreme Court Judgement of June 8, 2012 on constitutional petition of 2011 must be implemented in Toto and in true letter and spirit. 5) With the end of the long march and sit-in, all cases registered against each other shall be withdrawn immediately and there will be no acts of victimisation and vendetta against either party or the participants of the march. This declaration has been entered into in a cordial atmosphere and reconciliatory spirit. Signatories of the declaration Prime Minister of Pakistan Chairman Pakistan Awami TehreekRaja Pervez Ashraf and Dr Muhammad Tahir-ulQadri Leader of the delegation and former Prime Minister Law Minister Chaudry Shujaat hussain Farooq h Naek Makdoom Amin Fahim, PPP Syed Khursheed Shah, PPPP Qamar ur Zama Qaira, PPPP Farooq h Naik, PPPP Mushahid hussain, PML-Q Dr Farooq Sattar, MQM Babar Ghauri, MQM Afrasiab Khattak, ANP Senator Abbas Afridi, FATA

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he warned the government that if his demands were not fulfilled within the set deadline, the government would lose the last chance of saving peace. “We have already given too many chances to law, to democracy and to peace,” he said. On Tuesday, Qadri’s supporters had gone into raptures when news broke that the Supreme Court had ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to arrest APrime Minister Ashraf in the rental Power Projects scandal. That announcement convinced Qadri’s supporters, and most observers, that there was an establishment conspiracy to bring down the government and scupper hopes that Pakistan, for the first time in its history, would see the transfer of power between two democratically elected governments.

court and claimed that the reports did not have complete record of the case. Bokhari also said that the investigation officers had worked in “haste” and did not provide proof in their reports. Bokhari told the bench that the investigations into the 2010 RPPs were not ready, saying it took time to find evidence to prosecute those allegedly involved. however, the chief justice dismissed the NAB’s report as unsatisfactory and ordered Bokhari to report 15 minutes later with the case files so that the court could itself point out evidence that could form the basis of prosecution. “Our mandate is to ensure the judgement is implemented. We have based the entire judgement on documentary evidence,” observed the CJ. “There may be a person who considers himself above the law. I want to tell

you no one is above the law. Why is your machinery not moving against the persons concerned, what is the hurdle?” he remarked. The chief justice said the court had issued the order for all those accused in the case, not just for the prime minister. he said the implementation of the court’s ruling in the case had been pending since March 2012 and Bokhari had also been issued a notice for contempt of court. he observed that NAB needed to justify why the court’s directives had not been implemented. The CJ also said that the ruling in the RPP case was based on NAB’s report, adding that the accused would have to be tried under the NAB laws. The bench subsequently adjourned the case until January 23, asking NAB to submit fresh progress reports on the investigation on the next hearing.

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We will await the prime minister’s direction in this regard,” Khurshid told CNN-IBN news channel. “having said that, it is certainly something that we noted and something that we would look very carefully and let us see what is acceptable. Talks have not frozen between India and Pakistan.” Pakistani Foreign Minister hina Rabbani Khar has called for talks with Khurshid, saying that continued tension along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir was not in the interest of South Asian peace. Khurshid said any problem between the two countries had to be solved by them only. “What we have always maintained that there is a problem and we have to resolve among ourselves and we

cannot be hoping and working towards finding somebody else to step in and resolve it.” Khurshid said India was hopeful that Pakistan had understood the “strong message” of the prime minister, who on Tuesday said it could not “be business as usual” following the alleged killing of two Indian soldiers near the LoC, and would respond positively. “An atmosphere is needed for the talks to go on. We are hopeful that Pakistan will understand the message sent by our prime minister,” he said. “Some signals are positive. What we heard from the military is welcoming. But we have to assess the overall situation,” he added. Ties between the two neighbours have been strained ever since the January 6 killing of a Pakistani soldier in firing by Indian troops.

Militants bomb govt school in Mardan MARDAN INP

Militants blasted a government-run school with explosives in the wee hours of Thursday. however, no loss

of life was reported. According to details, the unidentified men planted explosives in the school located in Shahdand area of Loundkhor in Mardan which went off, partially damaging the

building. No casualty was reported as the building was unoccupied at the time of the explosion. heavy contingents of police cordoned off the area after the blast and started investigations.


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Two bodies recovered KARACHI NNI

Bodies of at least two youths were recovered from different areas of the metropolis early on Thursday morning. According to police sources, body of a 30-year youth wrapped up in a gunnysack was found from Lyari River under Raxor Bridge in the limit of Pak Colony Police Station. The youth was abducted and then tortured and shot to death. Meantime, body of a 40-year Nawab Khan was recovered from Gulistan-e-Jauhar. Further investigations into the incident have been started.

CNG stations to remain closed KARACHI NNI

The Sui Southern Gas Company has announced the schedule for closure of CNG stations for the current week. According to the media release of SSGC, all the CNG stations in Sindh will remain closed from 08:00 am on Friday (today) till 08:00 am on Sunday for 48 hours. This step is being taken by the gas utility according to ‘gas load management’ programme, the spokes person of SSGC disclosed.

Governor calls on president KARACHI INP

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Bilawal house on Thursday. Current political and law and order situation particularly in Karachi was discussed during the meeting.

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ReSIDeNT Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned the assassination of Syed Manzar Imam, MQM Member Sindh Provincial Assembly from MQM. The president while expressing grief and sorrow over this unfortunate incident in Orangi town Karachi on Thursday that resulted into loss of precious lives including Syed Manzar Imam directed the concerned authorities to undertake every effort to bring the culprits to justice. he expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls. The president also prayed to Almighty to give courage to the bereaved families to bear this loss with equanimity and fortitude. MQM Chief Altaf hussain also condemned the assassination of Manzar Abbas and demanded of the government to arrest the culprits immediately. Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) spokesperson Faisal Vawda also condemned Manzar Imam’s assassination. he said: “Karachi is confronting violence. Besides Manzar Imam’s killing, the attack on the students of Madrasa ehsan-ul-Uloom is below par. PTI flays the blitz, wherein several students got injured at 13-D Gulshan-e-Iqbal. For the past few decades, the people of Karachi have been slaughtered on basis of sectarian and ethnic differences. This pathetic din within the metropolitan had imprisoned the natives of this city, earlier called the city of lights. The ignorant government never showed any concern regarding the same.” In a statement broadcasted by PTI central media cell Karachi, Faisal Vawda criticised federal and provincial governments for their response to the ongoing wave of dread all around the native land. he said: “Officials’ response to the protest, denouncing the carnage of innocent people in Peshawar is inexcusable.” he termed the consistently failed government as a disgrace to the essence of democracy.

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he Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Co-ordination Committee announced three days of mourning following the assassination of MPA Manzar Imam and his guards. The committee appealed to party workers and sympathisers to remain peaceful and wear black arm bands to mourn the death of martyrs. A statement issued on Thursday from the committee said the assassination of Manzar Imam was a great tragedy for the party. It said the MQM had lost a senior worker who was highly dedicated to his work and immensely popular amongst the people of his constituency. The statement said earlier MPA Raza haider was gunned down but his killers remain at large. Incidents of sectarian killing have been occurring continually in the city which has placed a big question mark on the performance of law-en-

forcing agencies, said the statement. It further said the MQM has been advising its workers to bear the loss with patience for the sake of peace in the city. The terrorist elements, said the statement, cannot diminish the courage and resolve of the MQM and the party would continue its struggle led by its leader-

ship. The committee demanded President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and others at the helm of affairs to take serious notice of the killing of MPA Manzar Imam and his guards and called for a high level inquiry into the incident so that the killers are brought to justice.


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Be peaceful, Altaf requests workers KARACHI APP

Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf hussain has expressed his profound grief and sorrow on the killing of MQM, MPA Manzar Imam along with his security guards. In a statement issued here on Thursday, he strongly condemned the killing of Manzar Imam and his guards and said the cowardly incident was a vicious attempt to destroy peace in the city. he asked the MQM workers and the people not to get provoked on this incident of terrorism and urged them to understand and foil the conspiracy of the elements who want to create a law and order situation in Karachi. Altaf hussain demanded of the federal and provincial governments and heads of the law-enforcement agencies to take immediate notice of the murder of MPA Manzar Imam and his guards. he said the killers must be brought to justice. he offered heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families and said that their grief was equally shared and felt by each worker of the MQM. he prayed Almighty Allah to shower his blessings on the departed soul and give courage and patience to the grieving family members

Cm directs action against Imam’s killers

KArACHI: Visitors enjoy pleasant weather at Sea View on Thursday. ONLINE

rs 50 million spent on grounds and roads construction KARACHI STAFF rePOrT

Sindh Minister for Coastal Development Zubair Ahmed said Rs 50 million had been spent in grassing of playing grounds and construction and repair of roads in hyderabad. Addressing a gathering of people from interior Sindh at his office on Thursday, Ahmed said Rs 25 million have been provided for Mehboob ground Latefabad No.5, Afzal Shah ground Latefabad No. 10, construction and repair of Latefabad roads and library of Latefabad Comprehensive high School No. 10 and special funds have also been provided from Sindh Governor Ishratul ebad for development purposes. he thanked Ishratul Ibad in particular, for his efforts to develop hyderabad. he said federal and provincial governments were taking a special interest in hyderabad’s devolpment, the second largest city of Pakistan.

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INDh Governor Ishratul ebad and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah approved construction of hoshang Tower in a Diplomat Board meeting on Thursday. Both leaders said on account of safety and parking of tower, the board would not give exceptions for fool proof security of tower. The meeting was attended by Provincial Minister for local government Agha Siraj Khan Durrani, Principal Secretary Noshad Sheikh, Administrator Karachi Muhammad hussain Syed, Sindh Buliding Control Authority Director General Manzoor Qadir

and other state officials. The briefing was given during the meeting on the 42-story-building which will consist of three basements and nine parking floors and the covered estimated area of the building will be 224,700 square yards, with an estimated cost of Rs 2 billion. Its estimated total length is one hundred and thirty meters. Both leaders emphasised ensuring the approved parking floors in the building. They said the building would be an asset for the city. They said important features such as fire safety and fire exits would be made for any possible mishap in the building. The building will have its own water supply system and construction would follow international best practices, they said.

DC orders massive coverage against polio HYDERABAD APP

hyderabad Deputy Commissioner Agha Shahnawaz Babar has asked the district health officers to prepare a comprehensive strategy for cent percent coverage of anti-polio vaccination to the children of under five years age during three days' polio eradication campaign from January 28 to 30. The health officers should also seek cooperation of the transporters through the representatives of the transporter association so that anti-polio drops could

also be administered to children in buses, wagons and vans during the campaign, he said. he issued these directives while presiding over a meeting of the district polio eradication committee which was held late Thursday evening here at old District Nazim's Secretariat. The deputy commissioner also asked the police officers of the district to extend their full cooperation to vaccination teams while administering anti-polio drops at the bus terminals as the children coming to hyderabad from other districts of the country could be a source of prevailing polio virus in hyderabad.

The district health officers should also pay full attention to the transit points of the districts, he added. The government would not tolerate any negligence in polio eradication campaign and strict action will be taken against those found guilty of negligence, he warned. he emphasised to prepare a strategy of motivating the parents to get their children vaccinated against polio. The meeting was informed that a total of 298,947 children of under five years age will be vaccinated against polio through 717 mobile vaccination teams as well as 90 fixed and 37 transit points of the district.

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Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has strongly condemned the assassination of the member of Sindh Assembly from Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Manzar Imam. A statement here on Thursday said he had directed the Inspector General Police (IGP), Sindh, to immediately arrest those involved in the killing. Qaim Ali Shah termed the assassination of the MPA as a big conspiracy aimed at marring the peace in the metropolis and harming the economy of the country. he also offered condolences to the chief of the MQM, Altaf hussain. The chief minister also directed the IGP Sindh and other police officers to keep a vigilant eye on criminals, militants and terrorists.

Exam to be held soon in Su JAMSHORO NNI

Sindh University (SU) Semester examinations Controller Muhammad Ali Roshan has announced that the semester examination of ADe (2 years programme) Part-I & II (2nd semester) 2012-13 batches & Bed (PITe) 1st 2012-13 batch semester will be held very soon in all public affiliated colleges. According to the SU sources, he also suggested the administration concerned to charge Rs 5,000 as late fees to receive the forms from February 1 to 6, 2013. On the other hand, SU Director Sport (Boys) Muhammad Akram Ansari told that trials of cricket team to participate in inter-university championship 2013 would be held on January 22 at the university cricket ground.

Ten more days for verification process EC confident to bring forth error-free electoral rolls KARACHI APP

Since 10 more days remaining to culmination of voters' verification process in Karachi, the election commission expects smooth sailing for finalising error-free electoral rolls for the port city. According to the election commission sources, till now the process was going well and it was hoped that it culminated within the stipulated period of 18 days to bring forth error-

free electoral rolls. The process was started on January 10 and an 18-day period was specified by the commission for door-to-door verification of voters by the verification officer along with the armed forces personnel. "Since now there is no hurdle in the verification process. We hope, it completes smoothly to the satisfaction of the commission and the voters," an official at eCP said. "There has been only a complaint that some people were taking away CNICs of certain voters which was

stopped by the commission," he added. Around 10,000 verifying officer are going door-to-door to verify each and every registered voter according to the voters' lists prepared by National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) and earlier verified and displayed by the commission at its display centers for further correction. "Once this process is completed, the updated lists will be sent to Nadra for inclusion in the overall data," the

official said. "After updated by the Nadra, the same lists will once again be displayed at display centers for voters' information while the voters will also be asked to re-confirm their particulars in the lists by person or by sending SMS to designated line number 8,300." he said any change further required by the voters in these lists in the post-display period, may be done at the district election offices where these lists will also be displayed after inclusion in the overall data.

"Now it is responsibility of the voters to fully participate in the verification process so the errors from the lists are removed and way is paved for free, free and transparent elections," the official remarked. When asked about any cooperation required by eCP from other stakeholders, the official said, in this process only the cooperation of the registered voters is required who should check their own particulars as well as identify anomalies in the electoral rolls.


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HyderABAd: People purchase fish from a market as the demand for fish has increased due to cold weather in the city. ONLINE

Need stressed to promote science and technology KARACHI PPI

AKISTAN Science Foundation Chairman Dr Manzoor h Soomro inaugurated a two-day workshop on here Thursday at University of Karachi. The workshop was organised to increase the research proposal writing skills of scientists working in different public sector universities and R&D organisations in Karachi. Proceedings of the inaugural session started with recitation of the holy Quran. Addressing the occasion, Vice-Chancellor University of Karachi Dr Muhammad Qaiser

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urged participants to take full advantage of workshop and learn valuable techniques of formulating the quality project proposals. Prof Dr Manzoor h. Soomro, Chairman, PSF explained the role of PSF and emphasized the participants to take guidance from the PSF experts and speakers to formulate the fund winning quality proposals. he added that quality of research needs to be at par with the international standards and it can only be possible if researchers concentrate on the problem solving approach. earlier, Dr Mirza habib Ali, Principal Scientific Officer, Natural Sciences Linkages Programme (NSLP) explained the role of PSF

for the promotion of S&T in the country and main objectives of the workshop. he added that the workshop is aimed to train the researchers in good proposal writing, create awareness about PSF-NSLP funding process and procedures and encourage the scientists to prepare need based research proposal within the NSLP priority areas. The workshop will prove to be a great success as it is being attended by the researchers hailing from different universities and research institutes from Karachi. Scientists are being trained on different aspects or writing a good quality research

proposal by renowned researchers namely Dr Kazi Suleman Memon, coordinator projects and programme, Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam and Dr. Muhammad Afzal, Director General (Retired), PASTIC, Islamabad. Training will be useful in terms of raising the skills of researchers about formulating research proposals before submitting to PSF. This workshop will over all help in elevating standards of research in the country. PSF also aims to hold a series of workshops on project formulation across the country in coming months.

Inter-collegiate declamation contest

NCSmEs urged to revisit SmE definition

KARAcHI: Inter Collegiate Bilingual Declamation Contest 2013 was held at Defence Degree College on Thursday. Students of more than fifteen leading educational institutions of the city took part in the contest. Former Sindh secretary education Mehtab Akbar Rashidi was the chief guest on the occasion. Rashidi said although the present national scenario was depressing, the new generation constituted a ray of hope and optimism for a bright future of the country. She added that students had immense potential and the ability to move forward with determination, vigour and vision to change the destiny of the nation. The chief guest said oratory is a great art and weapon whose effective use could change the destiny of nations and bring a vivid transformation in the lives of people. She said declamation contests play an important role in development of personality, confidence and versatility in a person. She added that such literary events inculcate a spirit of competition in students and equip them with tools to deal with intricate problems of life effectively. PPI

KARAcHI: The Small and Medium enterprises (SMes) stakeholders, especially banks and development finance institutions, requested the National Committee for SMes (NCSMes) to revisit the SMe definition under the SMe Policy and broaden its scope and redefine micro, small and medium separately for the maximum benefit of each sector. The leasing companies also desire that the SMe definition be amended in view of the depreciation of the rupee and the re-evaluation of goods and services due to increasing cost of goods and services. In addition, almost all stakeholders desire separate definitions for micro, small and medium enterprises and are insisting for the amendment to the uniform definition. Zulfikar Thaver, chairman definition committee of NCSMes, ministry of industries, said the committee after deliberations with stakeholders had arrived at a uniform definition based on parameters of employment strength, asset worth and turnover. he said to accommodate all small to medium sized entrepreneurs, including schools and hospital owners, the employment strength was taken up to 250 persons, asset worth up to Rs 100 million and those having a turnover of Rs 300 million would come within the definition of SMes. PPI

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YRIA’S government has authorised the UN World Food Programme to extend its reach in the country where 2.5 million people are suffering from hunger, according to officials. ertharin Cousin, the WFP head, said on Wednesday that Syria had allowed the organisation to work with local aid groups to reach more of those in need. Until now most of the agency’s food aid was delivered through the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, which was overstretched and only able to provide help to some 1.5 million Syrians a month.

To boost the number of people receiving emergency assistance, the Syrian government last week drew up a list of 110 local non-governmental organisations that were allowed to participate in the aid effort, “We have assessed the operational capacity of that 110 and we have identified 44 NGOs on that list that will give us the ability to scale up to another 1 million persons,” Cousin said. The WFP aims to reach both government and opposition-controlled areas in all of Syria’s 14 provinces, but Cousin stressed that the aid delivery depended ultimately on the fighting on the ground. She said one challenge was attacks on supply vehicles by the opposition. “We can usually talk to them and get

our food back, but it makes it more difficult to go into these areas,” she said. Fuel shortages The WFP is distributing wheat flour to rural families to help them bake bread. It is also planning to distribute much-needed fuel to bakeries as part of its operation, Cousin said. Shortages of fuel and flour have made bread production erratic across the country and people often wait hours to buy bread. The UN says that more than 60,000 people have died since the uprising in Syria began 22 months ago and gradually turned into an armed conflict. In the latest reports of violence, state media and opposition activists said suicide bombers driving vehicles packed

with explosives blew themselves up near security targets in the northern Idlib province on Wednesday, killing at least 22 people. Rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad control much of the countryside in the province, while the regime remains in charge of Idlib city. The state-run SANA news agency said two suicide bombers hit a pair of roundabouts in the city, killing 22 people and wounding 30. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for human Rights reported triple car bombings, and said they targeted security vehicles near the local security headquarters and a checkpoint. At least 24 people were killed, most of them regime forces, it said.

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uS grounds dreamliner fleet for safety checks WASHINGTON: The United States has grounded its fleet of Boeing Dreamliners, as have aviation regulators in europe, India and Japan, after an apparent battery problem forced one of All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) jets to make an emergency landing on Wednesday. The plane landed safely in Takamatsu, and all 137 passengers and crew were evacuated using the emergency slides, according to the airline. Several people were slightly injured during the evacuations. “During the flight, [the pilots] had an error message saying ‘battery problem’,” said an ANA spokesman. “We are still investigating what exactly happened.” Local media said the pilots noticed smoke in the cockpit, but ANA would not comment on those reports. A passenger told Japan’s NhK broadcaster that he “smelled something strange” as the plane was taking off. But ANA and its rival Japan Airlines, both of them among Boeing’s biggest customers for the jet, said they would ground their fleets pending safety checks. ANA has 17 Dreamliners in service, and Japan Airlines has seven. Later on Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration grounded all US-registered Dreamliners to conduct a safety review. AGeNCIeS

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Al-Shebab, the Somalian armed Islamist group, say they have executed a French intelligence agent who they had held captive since 2009. The al-Qaeda linked group said they killed Denis Allex on Wednesday. French officials dispute the claim, saying they believe Allex was killed soon after a failed rescue attempt on Saturday. A senior al-Shebab official told the AFP news agency on Thursday that “audio and video [of the execution] are available and will be released any time we decide”. he added that the hostage was killed in Bulomarer, a rebel-controlled town south of the Somalian capital, Mogadishu. Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, the spokesman for military operation for alShebab, said: “Let Muslims enjoy his execution and the French cry.” French troops launched an unsuccessful raid on the town to free Allex on Saturday, which French officials say left two French soldiers and 17 rebel fighters dead. Al-Shebab had sentenced the hostage to death earlier on Wednesday, saying in a statement it had “reached a unanimous decision to execute the French intelligence officer”. The group also cited “France’s increasing persecution of Muslims around the world, its opressive anti-Islam policies at home, French military operations in ... Afghanistan and, most recently in Mali.” The French army accused al-Shebab of “manipulating the media” on Wednesday. A video showing Allex appealing to the French president Francois hollande was released by the group in July. “Mr President, I am still alive, but for how long? That depends upon you, for if you do not reach an agreement for my release, then I am afraid this will be the last message you receive from me,” said Allex reading from a sheet of paper. “My life depends on you.” Allex, believed to be a psuedonym for the agent, was kidnapped in Mogadishu in July 2009 along with another French intelligence officer, Marc Aubriere from the Directorate-General for external Security. Aubriere escaped captivity a month later.

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Seasonal rains have triggered massive flooding in Indonesia’s capital, triggering the evacuation of at least 20,000 people and bringing misery to many more. Floods regularly hit parts of Jakarta in the rainy season, but Thurs-

day’s inundation following an intense rain storm appeared especially widespread. Authorities said four people had been killed by the waters, which washed into homes, offices, schools and roads across the city of 14 million people. Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen, reporting from Jakarta, said the entire city is currently flooded.

“People cannot get to their offices. They are walking or attempting to use bikes to get to work,” she said. “In all the years of flooding, and the city receives floods every year, it has never been this bad, and it is a lot more serious.” Vaessen, who reported that water levels are up to four metres higher than

the day before, said that it was also an economic disaster for the city. Monsoon rains, deforestation in the hills to the south of the city, chaotic planning and hundreds of rivers and waterways combine to cause floods, which expose the country’s poor infrastructure even as it posts impressive economic growth.

Dozens of hostages killed in algeria ALgIERS AGeNCIeS

Thirty-five hostages and 15 kidnappers have been killed in southern Algeria, according to the group holding the hostages. Thursday’s reported deaths came a day after dozens of foreigners and Algerians were taken hostage by heavily armed fighters near the In Amenas gas field. The fighters said they seized the hostages in retaliation for Algeria letting France use its airspace to launch operations against rebels in northern Mali.

The spokesman for the Masked Brigade, which had claimed responsibility for the abductions on Wednesday, told Mauritanian ANI news agency that the deaths were a result of an Algerian government helicopter attack on a convoy holding kidnappers and hostages. A local source confirmed to Reuters news agency that six foreign hostages and eight fighters were killed. The source said some hostages were still being held, and 180 Algerian citizens had escaped. REFuSAL TO NEGOTIATE: The Masked Brigade spokesman said Abou

el-Baraa, the leader of the kidnappers, was among those killed in the helicopter attack. he said the fighters would kill the rest of their captives if the army approached. Algeria has refused to negotiate with what it says is a band of about 20 fighters. Algerian authorities confirmed to Britain there was an “ongoing operation” on Thursday at the Algerian gas plant, the Foreign Office said. A Briton was among two people killed on Wednesday, after fighters launched an ambush of a bus carrying employees from the gas plant to the

nearby airport. Norwegians, Americans, Japanese and French citizens were among the hostages. The In Amenas gas field is jointly operated by British oil giant BP, Norway’s Statoil and Algeria’s Sonatrach. France launched a major offensive against the rebel group Ansar al-Dine in Mali on January 11 to prevent them from advancing on the capital, Bamako. Algeria had long warned against military intervention against the rebels, fearing the violence could spill over the border.


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OReIGN Minister hina Rabbani Khar issued a biting critique of President Obama’s plan to accelerate the handover of military command in Afghanistan to Afghan forces, declaring that the border with Pakistan had become “less well managed” and that the US was leaving “without determining whether you have accomplished your objectives”. In a wide-ranging interview at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, she argued that the US was being driven more by its determination to leave Afghanistan quickly than by a set of minimal objectives. “‘Afghan good enough’ was the right strategy,” she said, referring to the informal name for a White house committee, set up in 2010, that

reduced, then reduced again, the American objectives in Afghanistan. But she expressed doubts that the Afghan forces would be able to step up to the job of operating independently across the country, and said that the number of refugees from Afghanistan coming into Pakistan had increased considerably. Khar also defended Pakistan’s prosecution of Shakil Afridi, the physician who ran a vaccination programme in Abbottabad that was started by the Central Intelligence Agency and intended to extract DNA from the occupants of the house where Osama bin Laden was believed to be hiding. he was arrested after Bin Laden was killed by an American SeAL team, and the United States government has repeatedly tried, and failed, to get him freed. “To me he is a villain, not a hero,” said Khar, arguing that he had “contracted himself to terror groups”. he was sentenced to 33 years in prison — ostensibly not for his role in the Bin Laden hunt, but for his ties to an Islamic extremist, Pakistani officials

say. She argued that his action, and the CIA programme, had now made it all but impossible to conduct vaccination programmes. Several Pakistani workers trying to give polio vaccines have been killed by Islamic extremists, who have argued the vaccines are part of an American plot. Khar also defended the safety of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, at a time American officials are increasingly concerned about new, mobile tactical nuclear weapons — which Pakistan can roll out to the Indian border. The weapons are considered easier to steal than larger weapons kept on Pakistani bases. “We are very confident” that Pakistan can protect its entire arsenal, she said, without referring directly to the new generation of weapons. She repeated her insistence that the US should end all drone strikes on Pakistani territory, which has been a long time Pakistani demand. But she argued that for the first time, “I sense that here in America” there is also a sense that “the strikes are counterproductive in the long term”.

Magsi vows to implement ban on pillion riding, arms display

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday admitted for regular hearing a petition filed against Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman over allegations of committing blasphemy. A two-member SC bench comprising Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Justice ejaz Afzal Khan directed Multan City Police Officer (CPO) Amir Zulfiqar to take action in accordance with the law. The petition against Sherry was filed by Faheem Akhtar Gill, a citizen of Multan. The petitioner requested the court to order registration of a case against her for allegedly committing blasphemy. The petitioner contended that she had committed blasphemy while speaking on a news channel two years ago. In November 2010, Sherry had submitted a bill in the National Assembly’s Secretariat seeking an end to the death penalty under the existing blasphemy laws. Later in February 2011, then prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, had categorically stated that the government had no intention to amend the blasphemy law. According to the petition, after Gilani’s rejection of amending blasphemy law, Sherry had told a foreign news agency that she had no option but to abide by the decision after the prime minister had ruled out any discussion. PPI

Rain spell grips parts of Punjab, Sindh

QuETTA: Balochistan Governor Zulfiqar Ali Magsi said on Thursday ban on pillion riding and displaying of arms would be implemented at all costs and no one would be spared in this regard. he was talking at a high-level meeting. The meeting decided to provide Rs 10,000 per month to militants who would lay down arms and give themselves in custody of security personnel. The provincial government had already extended financial support to former rebels in Dera Bugti who put down arms after reconciliation with security forces. Magsi directed the officials to ensure provision of pledged aid to the bereaved families of Quetta tragedy until January 31, as per government policy. INP

BANNU: Jani Khel tribal elder Malik Moiz Khan addresses a jirga on missing persons of the tribe.

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ISLAMABAD: Rain spell has set in various parts of Punjab and Sindh amid reports of acceleration in the pace of cold waves in the upper parts of the country. Rain coupled with cold winds lashed Islamabad while weather is cloudy in different areas of Punjab. hailing followed torrential rains in Lahore and a spate of drizzling rendered the weather cold in Nankana Sahib and harrapa. Reports of a light rain have been received in Shikarpur and Pir eiden in Sindh. As per Met Office, the rain spell will grip soon Sahiwal division, Lahore and Gujranwala and it will continue until Friday. Murree, Malakand, hazara, Gilgit-Baltistan and hilly areas of Kashmir will receive snowfall and light rain is expected in the coastal areas of Sindh. Skardu was hit by immense snowfall while temperature therein was recorded minus 10 degree. ONLINe

All CBMs taken by India, Pakistan gone to waste: Mirwaiz Hurriyat (M) chief says only way to de-escalate tension at LoC is that New Delhi announces immediate demilitarisation of Kashmir

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hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday said all confidence building measures (CBMs) taken by India and Pakistan had gone to waste and the only way to de-escalate the tension at the Line of Control (LoC) was that New Delhi should announce immediate demilitarisation of Kashmir. Addressing a gathering on the Urs of Khwaja Naqshband Sahib (RA) at Khawaja Bazar, the hurriyat (M) chairman said Kashmiris had never supported war between India and Pakistan. “The current situation at the LoC is grave. Both nuclear powers are in a confrontation mode which is not good. War will only bring destruction,” Mirwaiz said. “We believe CBMs taken by India and Pakistan over the past eight years have gone to waste. The situation has once again gone back to square one.” he said India and Pakistan should change their mindset. “hurriyat will never support war between the two nations. We believe the only way to douse

the flames at the LoC is that New Delhi should announce immediate demilitarization of Kashmir. Once that happens, guns will automatically fall silent at LoC,” the Mirwaiz said. Mirwaiz appealed to the United Nations and the international community to persuade India for troop withdrawal from Kashmir so that peace could prevail between India and Pakistan. “Once troops go back to the barracks, atmosphere would become conducive for talks. And once dialogue begins, Kashmir will move towards resolution,” he said. “The solution has to be acceptable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir who are the real stakeholders.” The hurriyat (M) chief said if war took place between India and Pakistan, no power on earth could stop the destruction. “Imagine nuclear powers fighting a war. everything including Kashmir would turn into rubble. We hope better sense prevails between the two countries,” he said. he said the LoC firing was not because of Siachen, trade or China angle. “The Kashmir issue is the root cause of the problem,” the Mirwaiz said. he said

the problem of Kashmir was serious in nature. “The entire India cried over the killing of two soldiers and its media hyped it up in every way possible. Indian media played a jingoistic role. I want to ask New Delhi, couldn’t they see 150,000 killings in Kashmir since 1990,” the hurriyat (M) chairman questioned. Mirwaiz said when Kashmiris got killed by forces, New Delhi maintained silence. “It was surprising to see even civil society members and intellectuals making venomous comments over the killing of two Indian soldiers. We want to ask them why they prefer to remain silent when Kashmiris are butchered.” he advised New Delhi to “catch the bull by its horns” and to work towards settlement of the Kashmir issue instead of entering into confrontation with Pakistan. On the occasion, Mirwaiz prayed for an early resolution of the dispute.


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Friday, 18 January, 2013

Smell of conspiracy The script seems to be too familiar

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Peace at stake

A senseless confrontation

By Aziz-ud-Din Ahmad

fter nearly two weeks of tension and skirmishes tempers seem to be cooling down on both sides. During this latest bout of tensions, the Pakistan-India peace process, initiated in 2001, was brought to a grinding halt. The killings of three Pakistani and two Indian soldiers suddenly soured relations between the two countries. The incidents were followed by the routine summoning of each other’s high Commissioner to their respective Foreign Offices. Whenever armies of two countries with a long history of hostilities conduct aggressive border patrolling, sporadic incidents of the sort are likely to happen. Keeping in view the sensitivity of the situation, care should have been taken by commanders on both sides to avoid any ugly situation. Subsequent events show that this was not done. The killing of two Indian soldiers, with one allegedly beheaded and his head taken away, led in India to a rise of chauvinist sentiment which was fanned by right wing politicians like Sushma Swaraj. This was by no means unusual for this is precisely what would have happened on this side of the border if the soldier had been a Pakistani. It was unusual, however, for the Indian army chief to yield to the chauvinistic sentiment by expressing resolve to fight fire with fire along the Line of Control and directing all Indian battalion commanders to retaliate with all their might if the Pakistani army provokes them by violating the ceasefire or pushing militants into the occupied Kashmir. There is a need to stop any further deterioration of relations. Pakistan needs to seriously look into Indian complaints and address them adequately if found to be genuine. The peace process needs to be pursued as it is of vital importance for not only the stakeholders but also the region. It is particularly important for Kashmiris with divided families living on either side of the LoC, for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan and India and for peace in South Asia. Any attempt to endanger it would have grave consequences for all the three. Pakistan has done well to agree to hold talks directly with India. What stands in the way is the statement from Manmohan Singh, who too has chosen to play to the gallery. his statement that it “cannot be business as usual with Pakistan” is a throwback to the Mumbai attack. The statement was followed by India sending back Pakistan hockey team and by putting the easing of visa reforms on hold. The talks by the DGMOs of the two countries seem to have made some progress. Sanity requires that Pakistan’s offer of talks at the foreign secretary level is accepted by India so that the issue could be resolved at the earliest. Both countries would be losers if the leaders, both civilian and military, allowed the senseless confrontation to continue.

uestions were raised when Tahirul Qadri burst upon the political centre stage as if out of the blue. Why should a man who had been living in Canada for the last seven years and had been totally unconcerned about Pakistan’s problems suddenly decide to change the system of a country he had abandoned long ago? The timing of the arrival gave birth to further suspicions. Months before the elections were scheduled to be held the man insisted on revolutionalising the system first, even if it led to the postponement of the elections. Why should he insist on the role of army and judiciary in nominating the election Commission and caretaker setup when the constitution did not envisage this? It was a surprise to many when the Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the PM thus jeopardising whatever prospects there were of a resolution of the situation created by Qadri through talks. With the fate of the Chief executive uncertain, the key decision making figure has been removed from the scene. The untimely decision left the government rudderless. There is none in Islamabad to deal with the situation created by Qadri’s march. Coming as it did in the midst of Qadri’s ultimatum to scrap the government and the assemblies, the decision gave birth to questions about its timing as well as legality. The order was passed on the basis of a preliminary investigation report presented by NAB before the SC which carried a rider that the recommendations of the report were subject to legal advice. Why didn’t the court wait for the advice? The order was therefore described by some as flawed on the benchmark of an incomplete investigation. The order added to the prevailing uncertainty leading the Karachi stock market to crash by 525 points. It immediately evoked widespread protests in Sindh. The SC’s decision was challenged by important lawyers Then there were other portents.

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A senior military officer told things to a national english that were disturbing. Distancing the military from the political upheaval triggered by Dr Qadri’s long march, he said that the armed forces were prepared for any contingency if the ongoing situation deteriorates. Reuters also quoted a senior military officer as saying that the stand-off could be resolved if the army played a role in the formation of a caretaker government as a “moderator”. This strengthened the suspicion that Qadri’s agenda had been vetted by the backstage players. The senior military officer further said, “We should try as far as possible to abide by the constitution and law in looking for change. The army chief has made this clear,” but hastily added, “But things seem to be moving beyond control.” At that time there was nothing to show that the things were out of control. Those who hatched the conspiracy, however, may not succeed this time because the political parties are somewhat more mature and the civil society more vigilant and active. Both did not take long to react. On Tuesday, the hRCP warned that threats to democratic dispensation had been aggravated after the Supreme Court’s order to arrest the prime minister. The Commission reminded the apex court that attempts to regulate politics through judicial hustling had never been fruitful anywhere in the world. Further that any derailment of the democratic system at this juncture would imperil integrity of the country and undermine the prospects of future generations. The secretary of the SCBA denounced Dr Tahirul Qadri’s long march and said the demands made by him were unconstitutional. he rightly pointed out that the term of parliament and the methods to dissolve it had been determined by the constitution. human rights activist and former President SCBA Asma Jahangir has questioned the haste shown in the judgment to arrest the PM. “My question to the chief justice is: what are the reasons for taking such a hard decision in a haphazard manner? Was the premier fleeing from the country or something else? It is just a political conspiracy by the establishment,” she concluded. The ever feuding parties have put aside their vendettas to save the system. Meeting at Nawaz Sharif’s Raiwind residence, about half a dozen parties, including religious outfits and nationalists, reposed full confidence in the election commission. They also affirmed that the change could only come through free and fair elections and unanimously demanded urgent announcement of the date for general elections and caretaker setup. Imran Khan had been weighing the situ-

ation to find if it opened a window of opportunity for him to enter the corridors of power. he was enamoured of Qadri’s style of politics and had supported his unconstitutional demand for the appointment of a new eC. his joining the march would have bolstered Qadri’ confidence. Rejecting the TMQ leader’s appeal to join the march at the last moment, Imran too decided to throw in his lot with the rest of the opposition. Meanwhile in Lahore, the civil society put up what was perhaps the largest show of solidarity on their part for any cause. Thousands reached the Assembly hall to oppose the conspiracy against democracy. The commitment to change only through the power of the ballot, reiterated by all the parties across the political spectrum, has upset the plans of those who wanted to derail the system. They have no option but to drop the support for Tahirul Qadri they have used as a pawn. This would reduce the cleric to his size. The system might be saved this time. There are, however, powers who are opposed to democracy. What is more, there are millions of people who have been abandoned by the mainstream parties which remain engrossed in wheeling and dealing and minting money. The parties are not moved by the common man’s problems like power and gas shortages, unemployment, lawlessness, inflation, and the rising gulf between the richest and the poorest. Democracy is thus fast losing its glamour. The politicians have to realise that the constitution can neither be eaten nor worn nor used to defend oneself from the tyranny of the terrorists or state operatives. Asking people, turned desperate by hardships, to bring the change in accordance with the law or constitution may not work for long. In days to come, another self-appointed messiah, duly supported by the powerful anti-democracy lobby, may burst upon the political stage. he too would tell the suffering people he has come to lead them to the promised land flowing with milk and honey. They would follow him in their millions as they did for Qadri only to discover belatedly that what the impostor had promised was no more than an illusion. But in the process, the democratic system would have been wrapped up and replaced by another decadelong dictatorial rule. Before this happens, the major parties would do well to work out a realistic and concrete plan with clear cut goal posts for resolving the harrowing problems that millions continue to face. The writer is a former academic and a political analyst.

revolution or a damp squib No compromise on democracy

By Malik Muhammad Ashraf

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he entry of Tahirul Qadri into the political arena like a paratrooper has created quite a stir that has all the trappings of a night raid rather than the revolution he is contemplating to bring in the political landscape of the country. he is a religious scholar and holds a law degree but I wonder if he really knows what a revolution is. A revolution is not organising an assembly of fifty thousand plus of your followers in a country of 180 million. Revolutions denote spontaneous uprising throughout the length and breadth of the country against the prevalent system. Notwithstanding the repeated boastings by Dr Qadri about the crowd being in millions, the independent sources including the media outlets are unanimous in their

estimates -- though very generous -- that the gathering at any given time was not beyond one hundred thousand. Another feature of a revolution is that it is brought about and triggered by a revolt of the proletariat. As we see both these elements are missing from the Qadri show, which instead of a revolution looks more like a damp squib that has crashed to the earth with a hissing sound before even being airborne. If that is what he calls a revolution, then it can be safely inferred that he and those for whom he is serving as an errand boy do not seem to have studied the French, Bolshevik and the Iranian revolutions. ever since his arrival and public rally on 23 December in Lahore, he has adopted a vacillating stance as to what he actually wants to achieve. he is saying so many contradictory things at the same time. In his address to the gathering on Wednesday, while issuing warning to the government to fulfill his demands or face the consequences, he reiterated that he did not want the elections to be postponed or harm the democratic process. It is so glaringly selfcontradictory. In a democracy, the change can only be brought by winning the public franchise for it through ballot. his actions are contrary to the recognized democratic norms. The other very pertinent point is that the changes that he is demanding require constitutional amendments which only the

parliament has the prerogative to effect. The government alone cannot do it and as such is not in a position to enter into a dialogue with a person who does not even have a representative status. By his actions he is trying to introduce a culture of mob rule rather than strengthening the democratic polity. he considers the parliament as fake which is an affront to the genius and political acumen of the people of Pakistan. Nobody can take an issue with Qadri’s right to enlist his protest against the system and desiring for change but there are internationally recognised norms of behaviour in a democratic polity which above everything demand respect for the constitution. he has been given a freehand to register his viewpoint and the government deserves unqualified accolades for showing so much restraint and tolerance against his very hostile and sometimes hitting below the belt tactics and derogatory language that he has been using. he even has vented his anger on the media for not endorsing his claims about presence of millions in his march. It is, however, very reassuring that all the political forces in the country, including the ruling party have expressed their unflinching resolve in defending the democracy and not to allow the adventurers like Qadri and his mentors to make the nation hostage to their disruptive antics. The way Qadri expressed his jubilation by eulogising the judiciary over its orders for

arrest of the accused in the rental power projects case -- including the prime minister -- and his remark that half the work was done and half would be done tomorrow, did raise many eyebrows as to some kind of nexus or understanding between him and the judiciary. It remained a hot topic of speculative discussion in the media for about 24 hours. But thank God that the impression has been completely erased by the observations of the CJ during the hearing of a petition on electoral reform filed by the Workers Party. he said, “There is no place for any other system in the country except democracy and for that matter they have to strengthen it and its institutions.” It is a ranting disapproval of the antics adopted by Qadri and an unequivocal support and faith in the democratic dispensation by the judiciary. It is also an implied warning to the forces inimical to democracy that the times have changed and no unconstitutional step by them will be validated. I am of the view that during the last five years, things have certainly changed for the better. We have a pro-active judiciary and an independent media in the country which is playing its watchdog role exceptionally well, notwithstanding sporadic indiscretions and transgressions. There is an irrefutable unanimity regarding the continuation of the democratic process and reforms in the political system. Qadri must see the writing on the wall and adopt a democratic way to

have the system changed. he is better advised to go around the country to convince the public about his agenda and then contest elections to confirm his mandate. he should understand that no matter how noble the cause may be, one has to adopt legitimate means to realise it. The legitimate means in our situation are the elections. The elections must go on without any disruption and it is the responsibility of the democratic forces to maintain solidarity among themselves to thwart the designs of the night raiders. I think the decision by the religious parties to organise rallies to show their strength designed to counter Qadri’s machinations is a welcome move. The major political parties must also immediately organise rallies in all the cities of the country to show Qadri where he stands in regards to the support of the masses to his unconstitutional moves. It is also incumbent upon the government to establish its writ. enough is enough. Qadri has created enough trouble and paralysed life in Islamabad for almost four days now. he and his followers must be told to vacate the city and normalcy restored in the capital. Any slackness on his part will send a very wrong message to the antidemocracy entities to flout the mandate of the majority and blackmail the sitting governments through their unconstitutional and even violent tactics. Democracy is not free for all and no compromises should be made in nurturing it.


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Tahirul Qadri’s 14 points What the TuQ?

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

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he Canadian bagpiper, aka Dr Tahirul Qadri – the Bam Bam Bigelow of the current Pakistani political scene – is world renowned for meeting illustrious figures from the history in his daily hallucination routine. And as his followers continue their resilient sit-in outside the Parliament house in Islamabad, Mr Qadri’s latest daydream is all set to conjure a national and political convulsion. With most of the demands that he has spurted in the blitzkrieg speeches from his bullet-proof container failing to strike the desired target, Mr Qadri needed a delusional rendezvous with Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Woodrow Wilson for him to pull out his trump card. Following the example of the two legendary figures, Dr Tahirul Qadri has issued his own 14 points that are a nailed-on solution for everything that is wrong in the country. Mr Qadri’s points are the coming together of the 14 points of Wilson, Jinnah and Fascism. This makes him the Captain Planet of 14-point agendas. Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to exclusively present Tahirul Qadri’s 14 points. 1. No one shall address Dr Qadri as TuQ Not only does ‘TuQ’ rhyme with the most famous vulgar expletive in the world, much to Dr Qadri’s disgust, it is also a homophone of a local biscuit brand that he’s not too fond of (Dr Qadri prefers his biscuits to be cream-filled). TuQ also borders on Tuk Tuk, and being a quintessential Pakistani cricket aficionado, Dr Qadri is not a fan of Misbah-ul-haq, who according to him is, “too sensible to be a Pakistani cricketer”. 2. 50,000 should be the new million Normally 1,000,000 is considered to be equivalent to a million, but Dr Qadri has called for “whoever it may concern” to lower that to around 50,000, to validate his claim of leading a “million-man” march. 3. Two tennis balls should be delivered to General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani’s place every morning till the elections No idea what this is supposed to mean.

Dr Qadri has probably been watching the Australian Open action following the Fajr prayers in the morning. 4. In the central Legislature the representation of armchair revolutionaries, Muslim apologists and dual nationals shall not be less than one-third each he might need a lesson or two in fourth-grade mathematics, but he has covered all of his bases on this point. It would give social media jihadis, delusional Muslims and half-Pakistanis the hope of taking over the country. 5. Bilawal Bhutto should never be allowed to address more than three people at a time Dr Qadri unoriginally dubbed PPP’s chairman the ‘Katrina Kaif’ of Pakistan, and claimed that a lot of people would be spared acoustical torture if this was put into practice. he also touted this clause as being one that would benefit the current ruling party as well. 6. Dr Qadri’s contradictory statement regarding blasphemy should be ignored The claim that the law does not apply to non-Muslims was stated in english. The assertion that it applies to everyone was in Urdu. Dr Tahirul Qadri is perplexed that no one is extolling his global political correctness. 7. MQM should not be allowed to throw weight behind any movement Not only is the act of supporting a movement when it is starting off and pulling out midway pretty wretched, MQM chief shifting his weight around can result in ‘natural’ disasters, Dr Qadri opined. When Altaf hussain threw his weight behind the long march, it dented Dr Qadri’s metal container, destroyed the generators and orchestrated a tsunami in the washroom. As a result a new container had to be built for the long march. 8. One of Veena Malik, Amir Liaquat, Sahir Lodhi or Shahid Afridi should be the caretaker prime minister No wonder there is a conspiracy theory in circulation that suggests that Dr Qadri is double bluffing, and is actually a PPP stooge. After denting the PML-N and PTI vote bank, he has now given the names of quite possibly the only potential candidates that might make PPP’s tenure seem ‘not-that-bad-after-all’ to the masses. 9. Sindh should be separated from Bombay even though we reminded Qadri sahib that it is 2013 and not 1929, he was adamant that he had nostalgic affiliation with the clause. Apparently, this point helped him avoid flunking Pakistan Studies examinations from high school till his graduation. 10. Dr Qadri’s long march would be the last undemocratic way to establish democracy After the opposition parties “chickened out” of joining the long march and joined hands ostensibly all in the name of democ-

racy, Dr Qadri’s own undemocratic approach came into the spotlight. Not without its fair share of predecessors, Dr Qadri wants his “boo-boo” to be the last of its kind. 11. The Qadri hat should be earmarked as the symbol of change in Pakistan Some claim it seems as if someone has birled a fruit bowl on Dr Qadri’s head, others call it a quasi-Sir Syed hat, while Rehman Malik had pretty derogatory remarks of his own to say to the media regarding the hat. Meanwhile, mathematicians are intrigued by the geometry of Qadri’s headwear, which according to scientists might tell us a lot more about the origin of the universe. Being so unorthodox and atypical, and with so much noise being generated apropos the Qadri hat, it is only fitting that it’s declared the symbol of change. 12. Fatwa should be declared against load shedding and inflation Mr Qadri argued that since there was no load-shedding in the 7th century AD, it is actually haram and that a blasphemy case should be launched against the government that summons power outages. Similarly, inflation wasn’t found anywhere in the Islamic scriptures as well and it should face the same treatment, he said. Maybe Dr Qadri would do the honours himself and write a 600 pager akin to the one he wrote against terrorism. 13. corruption should be declared the new national sport If the general indifference towards the current national sport is anything to go by, this might solve the national predicament once and for all. Although if the sport is a part of the 2016 Olympics games in Rio de Janeiro, we’re a shoo-in for the Gold, as things stand. 14. Supreme court should tackle someone its own size even though the SC’s call for the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf was a massive coup for the long march, Dr Qadri is sick and tired of SC harassing the PMs alone. It’s open for interpretation whether “someone its own size” connotes the military, the president, Mohammed Irfan or a dinosaur. The 14 points might not be everyone’s cup of tea or glass of lassi but there’s no denying the impact that they would have on the current political picture that is hanging on the proverbial knife’s edge. And while many a politician, columnist and satirist is castigating Dr Qadri, the man himself had a very emphatic rebuttal for every single one of his detractors that was given an exclamation mark courtesy an exaggerated tongue-out, “Jo kehta hai who khud hi hota hai!” The writer is a financial journalist and politico-social satirist. Email: khulduneshahid@gmail.com; Twitter: @khuldune.

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Social phobia or social anxiety disorder Social phobia is a strong fear of being judged by others and of being embarrassed. This fear can be so strong that it gets in the way of going to work or school or doing other everyday chores. everyone has felt anxious or embarrassed at one time or another. For example, meeting new people or giving a public speech can make anyone nervous. But people with social phobia worry about these and other things for weeks before they happen. People with social phobia are afraid of doing common things in front of other people. For example, they might be afraid to sign a check in front of a cashier at the grocery store, or they might be afraid to eat or drink in front of other people, or use a public restroom. Most people who have social phobia know that they shouldn't be as afraid as they are, but they can't control their fear. Sometimes, they end up staying away from places or events where they think they might have to do something that will embarrass them. For some people, social phobia is a problem only in certain situations while others have symptoms in almost any social situation. Social phobia usually starts during youth. A doctor can tell that a person has social phobia if the person has had symptoms for at least six months. Without treatment, social phobia can last for years or a lifetime. Signs and symptoms: People with social phobia tend to: • Be very anxious about being with other people and have a hard time talking to them, even though they wish they could. • Be very self-conscious in front of other people and feel embarrassed. • Be very afraid that other people will judge them. • Worry for days or weeks before an event where other people will be present. • Stay away from places where there are other people. • have a hard time making friends and keeping friends. • Blush, sweat, or tremble around other people. • Feel nauseous or sick to their stomach when with other people. What causes social phobia? Social phobia sometimes runs in families, but no one knows for sure why some people have it and others don't. Researchers have found that several parts of the brain are involved in fear and anxiety. By learning more about fear and anxiety in the brain, scientists may be able to create better treatments. Researchers are also looking for

ways in which stress and environmental factors may play a role. how is social phobia treated? First, talk to your doctor about your symptoms. Your doctor should do an exam to make sure that another physical problem isn't causing the symptoms. The doctor may refer you to a mental health specialist. Social phobia is generally treated with psychotherapy, medication, or both. Psychotherapy. A type of psychotherapy called cognitive behaviour therapy is especially useful for treating social phobia. It teaches a person different ways of thinking, behaving, and reacting to situations that help him or her feel less anxious and fearful. It can also help people learn and practice social skills. Medication. Doctors may also prescribe medication to help treat social phobia. The most commonly prescribed medications for social phobia are anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants. Anti-anxiety medications are powerful and there are different types. Many types begin working right away, but they generally should not be taken for long periods. Antidepressants are used to treat depression, but they are also helpful for social phobia. They are probably more commonly prescribed for social phobia than anti-anxiety medications. Antidepressants may take several weeks to start working. Some may cause side effects such as headache, nausea, or difficulty sleeping. These side effects are usually not a problem for most people, especially if the dose starts off low and is increased slowly over time. Talk to your doctor about any side effects you may have. A type of antidepressant called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) are especially effective in treating social phobia. however, they are rarely used as a first line of treatment because when MAOIs are combined with certain foods or other medicines, dangerous side effects can occur. It's important to know that although antidepressants can be safe and effective for many people, they may be risky for some, especially children, teens, and young adults. A "black box" — the most serious type of warning that a prescription drug can have — has been added to the labels of antidepressant medications. These labels warn people that antidepressants may cause some people to have suicidal thoughts or make suicide attempts. Anyone taking antidepressants should be monitored closely, especially when they first start treatment with medications. Another type of medication called betablockers can help control some of the physical symptoms of social phobia such as excessive sweating, shaking, or a racing heart. They are most commonly prescribed when the symptoms of social phobia occur in specific situations, such as "stage fright". Some people do better with cognitive behavior therapy, while others do better with medication. Still others do best with a combination of the two. Talk with your doctor about the best treatment for you. PERVEEN ISMAT Lahore School of Nursing, University of Lahore


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sAlMAn KhAn LiLo is not a hooker, says dad Michael

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InDSAy Lohan's father Michael has dismissed rumours that he accused his daughter of being "paid to date rich men." According to the reports, these dates last for many days and the men shower her with lavish gifts like jewellery. one alleged client is the third in line for the throne of Brunei, who allegedly paid Lindsay 100,000 dollars to celebrate new year's with him in London. However, the 52-year-old, who is notorious for seeking press attention, insists the comments were fabricated. "By absolutely no means did I ever make such a statement ... ever!" he told TMZ. He explained that Lindsay, like other celebs, makes personal appearances in birthday parties and other occasions, and gets paid for it. NeWS deSK

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CTOR Salman Khan speaks about reason for launching his NGO Being human foundation. Was it an emotional decision? "Many charity works that I got involved didn't leave a very good feeling. It felt like we were being conned in the name of help. So, I decided to channelise it through Being human. If money can save a life and improve quality of life, we are ready to help, but don't expect miracles. I certainly don't believe in mere bachche ki shaadi hain paise se madat karo. All marriages in our family have been done in a small way. My father got married in just Rs 80. Arbaaz's marriage happened in our building lawn," he states. But is it true that most of the monies spent through Being human are from the actor's personal earnings? "Yes," admits Salman. "Not much of donation comes in, but I don't feel the pinch at all. An average of Rs 6.5 lakh is spent everyday by Being human. I really want to make the trust self sufficient. The only request I have to make to people is to buy products sold at our shops, so that profits come to the trust," he adds. The star is quite happy with the response to Being human clothes. "Our clothing line is doing well. I don't let any of the clothes come into the market unless I wear it, and I'm happy with it. We will soon be starting a restaurant. The funds from the live concerts that we will do during the promotion of our films will be directed to Being human. As long as my stardom is there, I will take advantage of it to push my trust. And when stardom fades away, I will try something else," says the pragmatic star.

Indian actress and former VJ Sophiya Haque passes away Katie Price weds Kieran Hayler?

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NEWS DESK Multi-talented British Asian actress, singer and host Sophiya haque has reportedly passed away, according to a report in TOI. Social networking sites were seen over flooding with this sad news. Sophia was known for her roles in West end productions like ‘Bombay Dreams’, ‘The Far Pavilions’, ‘Wah Wah Girls’. She also starred in ‘Coronation Street’ as ‘Poppy’ in 2008. Prior to the soap, she ap-

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SUDHIR MISHRA NEWS DESK peared with Denise Van Outen in the BBC’s ‘Fairy Tales’ series. Many known people from the TV and film fraternity twitted and posted their views on the demise of a beautiful VJ. haque also performed a dance sequence in the film ‘Khoobsurat’ (1999) and has hosted shows for MTV India and Channel V. Though the cause behind haque’s death is currently unknown, it is assumed that the death occurred as the VJ was ailing from Cancer but still no confirm reason has been reported.

Madhuri Dixit teams up with Saroj Khan again

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or Kim Kardashian, a perfect world would be one in which she is divorced from basketball player Kris Humphries. Making an appearance with sister Kourtney on 'Sway' in the Morning radio show, she said that her marriage is going on its second year, which is really tough as she wants to move on with her life, People magazine reported. Admitting that Humphries was someone whom she loved a lot, she defended her claims that she did not marry him for publicity. "Who would ever do that? It's just not who I am. All those fake and fraud rumours got started because of that, and we have to deal with that and handle that," she said. She said that staying married for the sake of the public opinion is what really would have been fraudulent. NeWS deSK

NEWS DESK The song that first propelled Madhuri Dixit into the limelight - 'ek Do Teen' - was choreographed by Saroj Khan. A decade after Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Devdas' (2002), the choreographer and her muse have come together once again, for a song titled 'Dheemi Dheemi' for Anubhav Sinha's 'Gulaab Gang', billed as Madhuri's comeback. ecstatic about her three-night shoot, Madhuri told TOI, "I was so excited to see

Sarojji. She has always given me unforgettable dance numbers, and this too is a song to watch out for!" So will we get to see the Madhuri of Tezaab or Beta once again? " Gulaab Gang is a different genre of film so the song treatment is different," said she. Attributing a large part of her success to Sarojji, she said, "My relationship withSarojji is one of the most special relationships of my career. Dancing is my passion. She has given me a number of signature steps that have translated into super hits."

At a time gender issues are dominating headlines, filmmaker Sudhir Mishra's latest offering " Inkaar" is bound to evoke more than ususal interest. Starring Arjun Rampal and Chitrangada Singh in the lead roles, the film explores the theme of sexual harassment at the workplace. But Mishra, a director known for his bold and offbeat themes, contends that it is not a problem that really afflicts Bollywood, despite all the tall stories about casting couches. Relationships in the industry are mostly "consensual", or "at worst a barter", said Mishra, best known for his 2005 film "hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi" about three impressionable youngsters in the years of the Indian emergency. "Bollywood is the least problematic place. It is the most maligned place because it is an easy target. But in Bollywood what happens is consensual, often. Or may be you can call it at the worst, a barter," said Mishra. "You can walk away in Bollywood. She doesn't like a person, she walks away and makes a film with somebody else. But that said, I am not making excuses for everything that happens in Bollywood." Mishra has made critically appreciated films like the 2007 movie "Khoya Khoya Chand" and 2011's "Yeh Saali Zindagi". Both "hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi" and "Yeh Saali Zindagi" featured Chitrangada.


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Akshay Kumar takes his singing to a new level

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KShAY Kumar rapped with Snoop Dogg for his film 'Singh is Kinng' (2008). And now, in Neeraj Pandey's 'Special 26', he's taken his passion for singing to the next level. The Bollywood superstar, who calls himself a 'bathroom singer' with a keen ear for music, has rendered the romantic song 'Mujhme Tu' with an honesty that is rare. The music of the film, which also stars Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergill and Kajal Aggarwal, was launched yesterday. On his playback debut, Akki says, "In Singh is Kinng, I just did a few lines with Snoop Dogg. But this is technically my singing debut. Frankly, you have to credit my director Neeraj and music composer MM Kreem for this song. Kreem sahab made me sit at the harmonium for six to seven hours and urged me to give it a try. he said, 'Akshay do not bother about the sur and taal. You just sing with sincerity. I will do the rest.' I blindly followed his advice and I would like to dedicate this song as a Valentine Day's gift to all lovers." Says Kreem, "Mujhme Tu is a very energetic song and though Akshay's version is not yet in the album, we plan to include it soon. When we were working on the softer, orchestrated version of the song, I thought it would be good to get him to sing. I spoke to Neeraj, who was excited, but asked me to first check if Akshay's pitch was good. he rehearsed the song for 15 days and we recorded it in less than an hour's time. he has a rich voice and I am happy with the outcome." Adds Neeraj, "Akshay took an instant liking to the song. We decided to shoot a video with him and wanted him to lend his voice to the track. he isn't a trained singer but he was so well-versed that by the time we recorded the song, it was very easy." NeWS deSK

dIBAKAr BAnerjee NEWS DESK Known for his hard-hitting films, Dibakar Banerjee defends his decision to collaborate with a big banner Over the past few years, he has been touted as the face of intelligent cinema. however, maintains that art and commerce do need to get married — sooner or later — for the former’s sake! This philosophy probably explains his decision to sign a three-film deal with a big media house like YRF. he’ll be directing two of those projects. In a freewheeling chat, Dibakar shares his thoughts on filmmaking…

Tell us what motivates you to make films? I know nothing else. I’m overcoming my loneliness as well as the audience’s. For instance, when I made Shanghai, somebody just randomly called me up at 11 in the night and spoke for 45 minutes about the film! The connection your film makes is very surreal. I want to die making films.

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Your three-film deal came as a surprise… I’ve always maintained that I want to do commercial films within the realm of popular cinema. A studio’s backing makes business viable and there are several distribution channels to tap on. If you ignore business, art won’t survive. Besides, my last two films were coproductions too.

lands Warhol TV comedy role NEWS DESK Kylie Minogue is set to hit TV screens in March after landing a role in an Andy Warhol-themed programme. Kylie Minogue is starring in a TV comedy drama playing a character based on Andy Warhol's muse edie Sedgwick. Minogue, who is said to be devoting more time to the acting side of her career, is appearing in an edition of Playhouse Presents on the Sky Arts channel. Comic Peter Serafinowicz will play artist Warhol in the programme hey Diddly Dee, which is directed by hustle actor Marc Warren. It revolves around a group of actors putting on a production about the US art guru, with Minogue playing a Sedgwick-style figure called Bibbi. It is due to be screened on March 14. Minogue, 44, said: "When the script was sent to me, I read it and knew instinctively I wanted to be part of this project. "In hey Diddly Dee, Marc has created a beautiful and quirky story." The Australian has appeared in a number of movies including the recent holy Motors, as well as taking TV roles such as a part in the Doctor Who Christmas special. edie Sedgwick was an art student who joined Warhol at The Factory, the pop artist's studio and the hangout of a group of eccentrics, some of them drug addicts. her status as a Warhol superstar and success as a fashion model gained her popularity and international attention. Sienna Miller played Sedgwick in the 2006 film Factory Girl. Meanwhile, Doctor Who star Matt Smith will be making his directorial debut in the Sky Arts Series with a film called Cargese. Idris elba, best known for his performances in Luther and The Wire, has written and will direct another of the Playhouse Presents programmes, which will star Reggie Yates. Turner Prizewinning potter and artist Grayson Perry is credited with cocreating another of the films, about a young transvestite.

And when exactly did you agree to this deal? Adi (Chopra) made it very clear that we’re looking forward to a director-driven co-production. Like me, he too wants to work with different people with same professional standards. To be frank, I wasn’t expecting him to have such a clear vision. As filmmakers, our movies are very different but our ambition for cinema is quite similar.

Victor Garber confirms he is gay NEWS DESK Canadian actor Victor Garber, best known for his work in films 'Alias' and 'Titanic', has publicly confirmed that he is gay. Asked about a Wikipedia entry on Garber's page that said he lives with partner Rainer Andreesen in New York, he confirmed his relationship, reports digitalspy.co.uk. "I don't really talk about it but everybody

knows. Andreesen is going to be out here with me for the Screen Actors Guild Awards," Garber said. The 63-year-old, who stars in the Golden Globe-winning drama Argo, is not the only celebrity to recently come out to the public. Actress Jodie Foster, who received the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille trophy at the 70th Golden Globe award ceremony, used the platform to speak about her sexuality.

Terminator star Furlong charged over assault NEWS DESK The 35-year-old actor, who has had a string of run-ins with the law, has pleaded not guilty to attacking an ex-girlfriend. Terminator 2 star edward Furlong has been charged with assaulting an ex-girlfriend during an altercation. The actor was arrested in West hollywood on suspicion of battery following the alleged attack on Sunday morning. The 35-year-old was also held for an outstanding misdemeanour warrant on another domestic violence battery case involving the same woman. Furlong's lawyer, Brian Michaels, said he was still gathering information about the arrest. Furlong has already pleaded not guilty in relation to Sunday's incident, and is due to appear in court again on January 25. he has also been involved in a custody dispute with his ex-wife and faces a probation violation hearing on February 15 for contempt of court stemming from a case in Los Angeles.

Furlong was charged in the domestic violence case in December, but failed to appear at a court hearing. his best known role was John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a 10-yearold version of the resistance leader who leads the war between humans and Skynet, a self-aware computer network that sees mankind as a threat. his other major role was Daniel Vinyard in American history X alongside edward Norton, who played his older brother

Derek, a white supremacist. Nick Stahl, who played an older version of John Connor in Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines, has also had problems in his personal life. he was reportedly not asked to reprise his role in the fourth film, Terminator Salvation, due to a substance abuse problem. More recently, Stahl has had episodes of going missing, then turning up safe. he is believed to have taken part in drug rehab.

What are you working on nowadays? I’m currently busy with a short film to commemorate 100 years of Indian cinema. It’s a based on a story by Satyajit Ray.

Who are the actors you’d like to work with? To name a few, Irrfan, Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. I’m fortunate to be working with Nawazuddin (Siddiqui). Naseer saab is my personal favourite and I’d love to cast him in any of my films. Tabu, Rani Mukerji and Anukshka (Sharma) are some of the actresses I’d like to direct.


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HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE? You might be missing key cells IF you have high blood pressure, you’ve probably always blamed it on those few extra pounds or all that bacon you indulge in—but a new study finds that hypertension may not be completely under your control. Scientists in Sweden discovered a group of nerve cells in the brains of mice that affect blood pressure as well as other cardiovascular activity—and can cause problems if they’re missing, LiveScience reports. Of course, the extra weight and the bacon are still factors, but if the same cell cluster exists in humans, researchers think it could lead to a new way of treating high blood pressure and other heart problems. Basically, the cells reside in part of the brain that helps regulate involuntary functions including blood pressure, and mice with thyroid hormone problems are missing the cells, which leads to high blood pressure and other problems. The next step: Scientists need to find out whether humans have the same cells. NeWS deSK

Most caloric restaurant dishes ‘honored’

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he average person should ingest around 2,000 calories per day ... which is what makes it so incredible that the Cheesecake Factory’s Bistro Shrimp Pasta contains 3,120 calories. It’s the top “winner” of this year’s Xtreme eating Awards, which highlight the highest-calorie meals you can order while eating out. All of the entrees on the list clock in between 1,700 and the aforementioned 3,120 calories, USA Today reports. A few highlights, plus comments from nutritionists: Crispy Chicken Costoletta with mashed potatoes and asparagus, Cheesecake Factory: 2,610 calories. “It’s like eating an entire KFC 12-piece Original Recipe bucket, except the KFC chicken has less saturated fat.” Country Fried Steak and eggs combo with gravy, potatoes, and pancakes, IhOP: 1,760 calories. “Think of it as five McDonald’s egg McMuffins sprinkled with 10 packets of sugar.” Baby Back Ribs, full rack with BBQ sauce, Chili’s: 2,330 calories, plus a “stunning four-day supply” of sodium. Chocolate Zuccotto Cake, Maggiano’s Little Italy: Weighing in at just about one pound, are you really surprised one slice has 1,820 calories? NeWS deSK

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S a teenager growing up in Las Vegas, Tanya Angus strutted along fashion runways. She was 5 feet 8 inches tall. But at the time of her death Monday, the 34-yearold Angus stood 7 feet 2 inches and weighed about 400 pounds. She was a victim of a rare disorder called acromegaly that wouldn’t let her stop growing. her condition was the result of the release of too much growth hormone caused by a non-cancerous tumor on her pituitary gland, and the disorder affected just about everything for Angus. She couldn’t pull even the largest of shirts over her head, because she couldn’t fit through the collar. She needed specially made shoes, and jewelers stretched her rings to size 20. her mother said some people judged Angus, believing she used a wheelchair because she lacked the discipline to keep her weight down. What they didn’t know is that she ate one meal a day, and her medications caused her face to swell. Angus eventually became an advocate for those with the disease. It appears she died after catching a cold and developing a tear in her heart. NeWS deSK

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new DNA test lets researchers in on the eye and hair colors of people who have been dead for decades—or centuries. Scientists have learned, for instance, that a woman buried among monks in a medieval tomb had brown eyes and brownish hair. They’ve also deduced the eye and hair colors of 12 people killed by the Nazis whose identities have never been known; their skulls were displayed in a museum as belonging to “sub-humans.” “This system can be used to solve historical controversies where color photographs or other records are missing,” a scientist says. Known as hIrisPlex, the DNA test can be applied to bones and teeth. The first test was on a tooth belonging to Poland’s World War II general Wladyslaw Sikorski, who died in 1943. It showed that Sikorski—of whom no color photos exist—was 99% likely to have had blue eyes and 85% likely to have had blond hair. That matches descriptions of him, AFP reports. NeWS deSK

Historic cathedral can be saved with ...olive oil? Nothing like a little salad dressing to rescue an 800-year-old cathedral. British scientists and archaeologists tasked with saving York Minister, a stunning cathedral in northern england, say olive oil may do the trick, NPR reports. The oil’s main ingredient—oleic acid—could protect the building’s stones from acid rain while allowing nasty pollutants to seep out into the air. The problem: Pollution dating back to the Industrial Revolution is causing York Minister’s limestone to slowly come apart. “The salts actually build up in the microstructure of the stone and eventually crack it, and large features will start to fall off the building,” says one expert. Others have also tried to protect the medieval structure, which took 250 years to build and has already withstood lightning, fires, pillaging, and looting. An earlier experiment with linseed oil actually damaged and darkened the stone, but inspired the oliveoil idea. experts plan to give it a go after testing is completed on sample stones. NeWS deSK

Six great words the English language lacks You’re stuffed, but you just can’t stop eating because the meal is so delicious. What’s the word for that again? Right, there is none, at least in english. But Georgians sum it up as “shemomedjamo.” It’s one of 14 interesting foreign words rounded up by the Week (via Mental Floss) that have no equivalent in America. Also: KOI NO YOKAN (JAPANESE): The feeling that you and the person you just met are going to fall in love. TARTLE (ScOTS): The panic you feel when you’re about to introduce somebody but have forgotten the name. ZEG (GEORGIAN): The day after tomorrow. RHWE (TSONGA, SOuTH AFRIcA): “To sleep on a floor without a mat, while drunk and naked.” GRENG-JAI (THAI): The feeling when you don’t want someone to do you a favor because it would be a big hassle for that person. KAELLING (DANISH): A woman who stands at her door or in any public place cursing at her kids. NeWS deSK

Lawmaker pushes ‘Aaron’s Law’ after suicide

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Silicon Valley congresswoman wants to tone down the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to prevent what she sees as overzealous prosecution, reports the Guardian. Democrat Zoe Lofgren says “Aaron’s Law” is in tribute to Aaron Swartz, the free-information Internet activist who killed himself last week. Swartz faced 35 years in prison and millions in fines on charges that he illegally accessed online academic documents at MIT. “his family’s statement about this speaks volumes about the inappropriate efforts undertaken by the US government,” Lofgren wrote on Reddit, a site that Swartz helped build. The way prosecutors interpreted the law “could criminalize many everyday activities and allow for outlandishly severe penalties,” she wrote, reports the Los Angeles Times. harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig, a friend of Swartz’s, praised the legislation as “critically important.” NeWS deSK

Florida python challenge not going so well

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LORIDA’S “Python Challenge” kicked off on Saturday, drawing 800 python hunters with big-snake and big-money dreams to southern Florida. But as the Daily Beast reports, the event hasn’t exactly spelled doom for the creatures. By Monday, hunters had killed or captured 11—of the 1,500 believed to be out there. “It’s not like they’re hanging off of every tree,” says one experienced hunter, who describes the pursuit as involving a lot of walking and looking at the ground. “For most people it gets pretty boring.” Consider his experience so far: “One day we went out for 12 hours and found nothing. The next day we went out again for 12 hours and the only thing we found was a desiccated python carcass. We covered over 30 miles in three days and 50 miles by boat.” What’s the allure? Love of the hunt, perhaps, and money: $1,000 to the hunter who kills the longest snake, and $1,500 to the person who snuffs out the most. NeWS deSK


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Women’s cricket World cup may be postponed

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MID simmering tension on the Indo-Pak border, the Pakistan women cricket team's participation in the upcoming World Cup continued to remain uncertain with security concerns and possible political protests prompting the BCCI to suggest alternative venues. The BCCI has already apprised the International Cricket Council of the situation prevailing in India following the killing of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistani Army and the game's governing body is expected to take a final decision soon. With Mumbai Cricket Association making it clear that it would be difficult to host the matches involving Pakistani team in the city, the ICC may have to announce a new venue for the matches. A day after all the nine Pakistani hockey players, taking part in the hockey India League, were asked to return home, the fate of Pakistan's women cricket team continued to remain under a cloud with Mumbai and Ahmedabad refusing to host the matches. Fearing that the matches could be disrupted, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf had suggested to the ICC that the entire World Cup tournament should be shifted to South Africa. "Women's World Cup is an ICC event and if the security is not good enough in India then the world governing body should consider shifting it to a neutral venue like South Africa or somewhere," he said.

NEW DELHI: As fallout of escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, the International Cricket Council (ICC) may postpone the women's cricket World Cup, scheduled to be held in India from January 31, sources were quoted by n Indian news channel. After the killings and mutilation of two Indian jawans near the LoC on January 8 and repeated ceasefire violations, sources had said yesterday that the Pakistan women's team may not be called to India for the World Cup due to security reasons. Nine Pakistani players, who were taking part in the ongoing hockey India League, were sent back yesterday. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has requested the ICC to take the tournament out of India so that the Pakistani women's team can participate. Postponing the event will give the ICC more time to shift the tournament out of India. Also, the women's World Cup is not part of the future tours programme and hence, postponing it may not require too much deliberation on the part of the ICC. If the tournament is shifted out of India, it will not be the first time the ICC would have had to change the host country of one of its major events. The 2009 Champions Trophy was shifted out of Pakistan due to security concerns and was held in South Africa instead. AGeNCIeS "I would want to leave it ICC to decide. The entire tournament has to go to a neutral venue and a few matches cannot be shifted to another country and rest play somewhere. If it happens in India then there should be proper security arrangement, otherwise it could be shifted to another venue," Ashraf said. The MCA and local police authorities here suggested to the ICC that it would be better if matches involving Pakistan in the Women's Cricket World Cup are shifted out of the city. According to MCA sources, this was done at a meeting held in the association's premises on Wednesday involving an ICC representative, tournament director Suru Nayak, who is employed with the BCCI, a

few top police officials and some MCA office bearers. "It was told (to ICC representative) that adequate security could be provided to the women cricketers. But the public feeling on the issue was also conveyed and it was mentioned in the current scenario that it would be difficult to stop political parties (from protesting against Pakistan women's team) if the matches are held here," an MCA official said. "Nayak said that the ICC would be apprised of what took part in the meeting and they would take a call on the matter within 24 hours," he added. Another MCA official said that there is specific threat of disruption of the matches from the Shiv Sena. On Tuesday, the matter was discussed at the

Board's all-powerful Working Committee meeting here and it was decided to convey to the ICC the situation prevailing in the country. BCCI president N Srinivasan said the issue was now for the ICC to decide. "We have informed the ICC about it. They will have to examine and take a view," he said after the meeting. The Gujarat Cricket Association also refused to host the matches after it was approached by the BCCI. "The BCCI had approached us asking whether Ahmedabad would be in a position to host the ICC Women's World Cup 2013. But we have refused to host the matches here following rising tension at the border," GCA secretary Rajesh Patel said. "Whether to go ahead with the matches at the same venue or shift it to an alternate place will now be decided by the International Cricket Council and the Board of Control for Cricket in India," he added. The BCCI had approached GCA with a "verbal" proposal whether it could host the Women's World Cup in Ahmedabad. The eight-team Women's World Cup is scheduled to be held in Mumbai between January 31 and February 17 but there are concerns that there might be protests, leading to trouble. The Wankhede Stadium, Cricket Club of India's Brabourne Stadium, the Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) Bandra-Kurla Complex ground and the MIG Club in Bandra are the venues for the Women's World Cup matches. As per the schedule, Pakistan team is set to arrive in Mumbai on January 26 and will play their league games at the MCA ground.

Warne faces melbourne Stars Big Bash ban MELBOuRNE AGeNCIeS

Shane Warne faces a ban for not naming himself captain for Melbourne Stars' Big Bash League defeat in Perth. James Faulkner was listed as skipper for Tuesday's semi-final in a move aimed at ensuring Warne did not receive a suspension for slow over rates. Warne, 43, was returning from a one-game ban for his altercation with Marlon Samuels. A statement read: "Shane Warne has been reported for breaching Cricket Australia's code of behaviour." Warne had already been warned about his side bowling their overs too slowly in an earlier game. A repeat would have incurred a one match ban, ruling the spinner out of the final if Melbourne had been victorious over the Perth Scorchers. Cricket Australia's statement said: "Warne is alleged to have breached Rule 5: Laws of Cricket and Spirit of the Game. "On 5 December 2012, KFC T20 Big Bash League teams were sent a memo by Cricket Australia. "Under the heading 'Over Rates', the memo stated that 'If a team's official captain is selected but not named as captain, this will be considered against the spirit of cricket and may attract a code of behaviour charge'. "For tonight's match, James Faulkner was listed on the Melbourne Stars team sheet as captain and took part in the coin toss with Perth Scorchers captain Simon Katich. "Warne had previously been issued with one strike for a slow over rate violation, with a second strike this season resulting in an automatic one-match suspension." The legendary bowler returned to competitive cricket in Australia for the first time when the newly-franchised Big Bash League was launched last year.

lAHOrE: The Pakistan team coach dav Whatmore and fielding coach Julian fountain giving lectures during training camp of the Pakistan women team preparing for ICC Women World Cup. dav Whatmore also visited the ongoing training camp in miridke. maqbool Babry Sports Psychologist also gave lecture to the team. STaff PhOTO

PSL hopes to attract top players Hooper denies LAHORE STAFF rePOrT

Cricketers from leading test teams South Africa, Australia and england have shown interest in playing in the new Pakistan Super League in March, manager director Salman Sarwar Butt said on Thursday. National teams have avoided visiting Pakistan since the deadly attack on the Sri Lanka team convoy in Lahore in 2009, but individuals made up an international all-star team which met Pakistan in two successfully organised Twenty20s in Karachi in October. "We are thrilled by the number of players and agents from several ICC member countries showing interest to play in the PSL," Butt said. "Players from South Africa, Australia, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, england and Ireland have expressed their interest in the event." The Pakistan Cricket Board is scheduled to launch the Twenty20 league in late March with at least 30 foreign players

divided in five city-based teams yet to be named. haroon Lorgat, the former chief executive of the International Cricket Council, is an adviser to the PSL. The PCB sees the league as a steppingstone to reviving the confidence of foreign players that, for at least sports, it's safe to play in Pakistan. "The best way

for us to allay fears of the players is to provide top-level security for the event," Butt said. "The PSL will have a comprehensive security plan ... which would meet ICC standards. We are also planning to engage independent security experts to further augment our preparations and delivery." Karachi and Lahore are the top contenders to host PSL. Lahore also hosted a sports festival in which athletes from 26 countries competed. "We are confident that sports events and the PSL in particular, can be safely held in Pakistan," Butt said. Butt said the PSL will also target big-name coaches for the league. "I am not at liberty to divulge names but there are coaches and other support personnel from around the globe who have shown keen interest to participate in the PSL," he said. "We are keen to have them working alongside our local coaching staff so that we can learn and benchmark our own coaching skills and team management."

interest in B’desh coaching job BARBADOS: Carl hooper has denied any interest in coaching Bangladesh. earlier this week the BCB had spoken of the former West Indies captain as one of the early candidates. "I was asked if I was interested, said I wasn't and that was the last I heard of it," hooper told The Advertiser. "I was hoping Bangladesh would retract what they have apparently said that I was 'interested in the job'. I have not applied and I am not interested. I am happy at Woodville." On Monday, BCB media committee chairman Jalal Yunus had said hooper was one of those interested in taking up the offer after the board had advertised for the position that had been vacated by Richard Pybus in October last year. eSPNcricinfo understands that hooper's agent had contacted the BCB. however, hooper said he would rather be interested in other options, especially because he would always put his family first in these matters. "I know there are a few things that might come up in South Australia or the Caribbean. My kids are settled here so I want to stay here if I can. AGeNCIeS


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Pak team to take part in azlan Shah cup in March: akhtar LAHORE STAFF rePOrT

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AKISTAN hockey team manager and chief coach, Olympian Chaudhary Akhtar Rasool said Pak team will get much needed practice and training at the blue turf for its participation in the Azlan Shah Cup in March in Ipoh, Malaysia. “We will be starting training at the newly laid blue plastic surface later this month and we are confident that our team will be fully prepared in all aspects prior to its participation in Azlan Shah Cup," he said here on Thursday. The former Pakistan captain, said the year 2013 is very important for Pakistan hockey as the team will be preparing for next year’s world cup to be held in June in holland. “ We will be playing a lot of international hockey during the ongoing year and it will be beneficial for our training programme for the build up of the team for the Cup “,he said adding

Suarez admits to diving against Stoke

“ After playing in Azlan Shah our team will be taking part in the World League in holland in June “. he said worlds top teams will take part in Azlan Shah and World League and participation in these two event will enhance the experience of the players. Akhtar Rasool said Pakistan team ended its campaign during the last

year on a confident note by winning the Asian Champions Trophy and now the stage has come to maintain the flow of success by putting in more hard work and efforts. “ As chief manager and coach I am under heavy load of responsibility as we are not only preparing the team but also selecting our teams which have made the task tough and challenging “,he asserted. The team official said with the laying of blue turf at Lahore famous national stadium Pakistan hockey will further grow as most the elite hockey events around the world are being played on this surface. “ We are thankful to Punjab Government ,specially the Chief Minister, Moahmmad Shahbaz Sharif for extending help to install blue turf and patronizing hockey by announcing cash incentives for Pak team for its recent achievements and we strongly believe that it will give a big boost to the ongoing efforts of Pakistan hockey federation for the revival of the game “,said the for-

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has admitted deliberately going to ground in a bid to win a penalty against Stoke earlier this season. however, he insisted the criticism he received for his controversial recent goal against Mansfield was unjust, and also accused the press of using his name to sell newspapers. Not for the first time during his stint in england, Suarez came under fire after going down theatrically in the penalty area during October's goalless Barclays Premier League draw at home to Stoke. Although no spot-kick was given, Potters boss Tony Pulis called the Uruguay forward "an embarrassment" after the match. Jim Boyce, Britain's representative on FIFA, later described Suarez's dive as "nothing less than cheating", adding that simulation was a "cancer" in the game. Suarez has now admitted "falling" in an attempt to win a penalty, telling Fox Sports Argentina: "Football is like that. Sometimes you do things on the field that later you think 'why the hell did I do that?' "I was accused of falling inside the box in a match, and it's true I did it that time, because we were drawing against Stoke at home and we needed anything to win it. "But after that everybody jumped out to talk - the Stoke coach, and the everton coach... I understood that the name Suarez sells (papers)." Suarez was back in the spotlight recently following his handball in the buildup to his winning goal against Mansfield in the FA Cup third round. There were questions as to whether the 25-year-old handled the ball deliberately or if it was accidental. he said: "The other day a ball hit my hand with no intention at all, and everybody criticised me because I kissed my wrist. Suarez sells. "That's why they also talk about Suarez having a chat in secret with (Sebastian) Coates in front of (Steven) Gerrard. They make up anything. everybody should do what they have to do, to talk about football and not anything else." Suarez also believes foreign players are treated differently in england. he said: "It's tough. As Carlitos (Carlos Tevez) and Kun (Sergio Aguero) said, the foreigners, and even more the South Americans, receive different treatment than the local ones.

mer Olympian. he said Pakistan team is developing a culture of success and it is hoped that it will maintain it by showing productive results in the coming events. “ We have almost 16 to 17 months for our participation in the World Cup and PhF has chalked out a comprehensive plan for the training of the team “,he said. To a question ,he said, politics should not be mixed with sports and efforts should be made to maintain true spirit of game. “ The protest of hindu activists party Shiv Sinha was unfortunate and it spoiled the participation of Pak players in hockey India League “,he said. he urged the hockey India authorities to take drastic measures to stop the happening of such incidents in future otherwise it will bring negative impact on hockey ties between Pak-India. “ Pak-India bilateral hockey series are beneficial for the hockey of both the countries and it is in the larger interest of the game that politics should not be mixed in these events“,he said.

Jack Wilshere's late strike gave Arsenal a 1-0 FA Cup third-round replay win over Swansea City and Wayne Rooney's first goal in over a month earned Manchester United a 1-0 victory over West ham United on Wednesday. Arsenal wasted a hatful of good chances before sealing the win over Swansea thanks to midfielder Wilshere's sublime left-foot strike past Michel Vorm four minutes from time following relentless pressure from the home side. Rooney's routine finish after nine minutes proved good enough for 11-times winners United to move into the fourth round but the england striker also missed a late penalty to make the Premier League leaders sweat in the closing stages. Arsenal, 10-times Cup winners, will travel to Championship (second division) Brighton and hove Albion in the fourth round on the weekend of January 26-27 and United host Premier League rivals Fulham. Wilshere, after scoring his first goal for Arsenal since November, said he was delighted with the connection he made

with the ball following Olivier Giroud's superb layoff. "I don't think I'll ever hit another one like that in my life. It was a great set up by Olivier. It's lucky I was there, we couldn't put it in," he told eSPN. The London club's strikers Theo Walcott and Giroud both had shots blocked on the line as the home team mounted relentless attacks in a one-sided second half and Walcott's glancing header hit the post with time running

out. Swansea, who scored a late equaliser to force a replay, had the game's first good chance when former Arsenal player Kyle Bartley's header from an inswinging Wayne Routledge cross hit the bar in the 25th minute. Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen forced Vorm into a smart save in the last action of the first half before the home team came out all guns blazing in the second period, to little avail until Wilshere came to the rescue.

24 clubs to take part in memorial Event LAHORE: The 24 clubs of the city will participate in the 10th Mohammad Sadique Memorial Cricket event. The administration of the event has also announced the names of clubs. Administration are advised to provide 20 name of players with 2 photographs till january 25. Model Town club has won the event 5 times while shinning club has won 2 times. event will be played on knock out system.All nominated clubs have advised to provide 20 names of the players with 2 photographs till janurary 25. The clubs includes Tauseef, Lucky Star, Servis, Wahdat eaglets, Shining, Ludhyana GymKhana, Fayyaz Memorial, Muslim GymKhana, Akhatar Abdul Rrhman, Prince, Moghalpura Whites, Aligarh, Golden Star, GhariShau, P&T Gymkhana, Faran Sports, Model Town, Mehboob Park, Crown, Ghulam Qadir Memorial, Model Town Whites, Punjab, Mughalpura whites and Township Whites Meanwhile prominent 16 clubs of the city have announced for the 16th Tauseef Trophy cricket. The initial round will be played on knockout system while final round will be played on league basis. top points holder club will be the champion of the event. Model town club & Ludhyana Gymkhana has won the event 4 times each. All nominated clubs have advised to provide 20 names of the players with 2 photographs till January 25. The clubs are Tauseef club ,Wahdat eaglets club, Ludhyana gymkhana, shinning club, luckystar club, model town club, muslim gymkhana, servis club, gharishahu gymkhana, prince club, Muslimabad gymkhana, mughalpura whites, P&T gymkhana , Punjab club, Akhtar abdul rehman club and Fiaz memorial club. STAFF rePOrT

Hampshire announce Cricket Australia link-up LONDON: hampshire and Cricket Australia (CA) have announced a partnership which will see six of the Baggy Greens' most talented young players spend each summer at the Ageas Bowl academy. Under the programme, the Australian players will turn out for six local club teams during the season. "It's a fantastic achievement," hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove told BBC Radio Solent. "And says a great deal about the facilities and the staff here." The players will also make full use of the facilities at hampshire's International Cricket Academy. "For some time we've been looking at ways to maximise the fantastic facilities we have here. Cricket Australia are the first to sign up to it and there will be others," added Bransgrove. "This gives the southern hemisphere countries an opportunity to send their most promising young players abroad during their off season so they have the consistency of year-round development." AGeNCIeS

Australia’s A-team back in action BRISBANE AGeNCIeS

The A-team is back. There's Michael "hannibal" Clarke, who loves it when a plan comes together. There's David "B.A" Warner, the muscles of the operation. There's Matthew "howling Mad" Wade, who had every right to be after Ian healy's stinging criticism last week. The only one still missing is Shane "Faceman" Watson. Perhaps he's off with that intrepid reporter who was always hanging around the group. What was her name? Amy Allen? Or was it Lee Furlong? Whatever the case, John Inverarity and his selection panel had a problem. No one else could help. So he found them and hired them for the next two games, and no more are Australia relying on the B-team. George Bailey's side was excellent in the first match in Melbourne but extremely disappointing in Adelaide on Sunday. Australia enter this third ODI with the series level at 1-1 and Clarke back at first drop; their leading run scorer over the past year, Warner, at the top of the order again; and Wade back behind the stumps. It brings the Australian outfit much closer to what would be their first-choice side if all players were fit and available, that mythical

"best XI" that Inverarity says the selectors know, yet Australian fans are unlikely to see anytime soon. In Watson's absence, the selectors decided a seam-bowling allrounder was required at the Gabba and Moises henriques was called up for his first ODI since late 2009 but after being struck on the hand at training twice over the past two days, he was sent for scans and could be forced to sit out. "he's certainly got his fingers crossed and hoping the scan comes back clear, as we all are, because I know he's looking forward to his opportunity," Clarke said of henriques. "he got hit yesterday when bowling. I actually straight-drove one back and he got his finger on it so it was a little bit sore but fine. Then while batting in the nets today he got hit again." Sri Lanka's challenge is to ensure the Adelaide game was not a one-off. Their seamers moved the ball around at Adelaide Oval and while the Gabba has a reputation for providing assistance as well, it is also a venue at which big totals are regularly accumulated in one-day cricket. Sri Lanka have never beaten Australia in a one-day international at the Gabba, and going 2-1 down in a fivematch contest would be far from ideal. Matthew Wade is back after being

rested from the first two matches and during his time off, his wicketkeeping was severely criticised by Ian healy during a radio interview. The fact that Brad haddin made runs and kept sharply, including one especially stunning catch, during the first two ODIs will only intensify the attention on Wade's glovework during his return. It was at the Gabba last summer that Lahiru Thirimanne was at the centre of controversy when he was mankaded by R Ashwin in a one-day international, only to be recalled by India's acting captain Virender Sehwag. Fortunately for Thirimanne, he has attracted attention on the current tour of Australia only for his run-making, which included 91 in the Sydney Test and a maiden ODI century in Adelaide on Sunday. Thirimanne is a fine stroke-maker and with Kumar Sangakkara unavailable due to injury, he is quickly becoming one of the most prized wickets for Australia's bowlers on this tour. If henriques is ruled out it will mean Ben Cutting and Glenn Maxwell will vie for his place. The fact that the selectors specifically wanted an extra seamer, though, suggests they would likely choose Cutting, who was originally not part of the squad for this game, but may yet get the chance to play an interna-

tional at his home ground. Australia (possible) 1 Phillip hughes, 2 David Warner, 3 Michael Clarke (capt), 4 George Bailey, 5 David hussey, 6 Matthew Wade (wk), 7 Moises henriques / Ben Cutting, 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Xavier Doherty. Dinesh Chandimal remains in some doubt after missing Sunday's match due to a hamstring problem. If he is declared fit, the selectors could bring him back in a straight swap for the wicketkeeper Kushal Perera, although another option would be to drop the out-of-form opener Upul Tharanga. Sri Lanka (possible) 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 4 Lahiru Thirimanne, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Dinesh Chandimal / Kushal Perera (wk), 7 Jeevan Mendis, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Ajantha Mendis. "The break has been great for my body. It has given me every chance to have a lot of rehab in regards to my hamstring. It has given me a week off mentally as well, to refresh," said Michael Clarke. "We have to look forward to winning all three games. We have clicked at the right point so it's a good positive for the whole team," feels Angelo Mathews.


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Serena Williams' suspect right ankle was hardly tested as she eased to a 6-2 6-0 win over Spanish teenager Garbine Muguruza in the second round of the Australian Open. Williams went over on her ankle during her firstround whitewash of Romanian edina Gallovits-hall, but if there were any lingering effects of that scary moment, 19-year-old Muguruza could not exploit them. She was at least able to get on the board in a first set in which she demonstrated her considerable potential with some big hits, but when Williams broke to open the second her resistance all but ended and the American could rest easy knowing her ankle had held up. "It feels better," she said. "I was doing everything you can do from icing to massage. I woke up this morning [Thursday] and I was like, 'oh my god, it's pretty good'. I'll keep playing and see what happens."

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murray, tsonga cruise into third round MELBOuRNE: Andy Murray and JoWilfried Tsonga both enjoyed energyconserving straight-set wins at the Australian Open. With temperatures exceeding 100F in Melbourne, getting the job done quickly was the order of the day and Murray and Tsonga were clinical in dispatching Joao Sousa and Go Soeda, respectively. World number three Murray was rarely troubled by the Portuguese, winning 6-2 6-2 6-4 in one hour and 41 minutes, while Tsonga spent 22 minutes more in seeing off Japanese Soeda 6-3 7-6 (7/1) 6-3 as both progressed through to the third round. uS Open champion Murray said: "It doesn't matter how much training you do, it's tough in these conditions. "It's extremely hot, especially when the sun comes through the clouds. It's good to get it done in three sets. "The longer the rallies go the tougher it becomes on the legs. "You need to get in control of the points and dictate them because otherwise you will get very tired very quickly." The match itself was a no-contest, the outcome never in doubt with Sousa's game simply not big enough to cause Murray any significant problems. Next up for the Scot is a meeting with resurgent Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis, who beat 25th seed Florian Mayer for the loss of just six games. "I have practised with Berankis a lot," said Murray. AGeNCIeS

armstrong confession set to air BARLIN AGeNCIeS

mElBOurNE: Bernard Tomic celebrates after defeating daniel Brands in their second round match at the Australian Open.

The world awaits Lance Armstrong's public admission of cheating in the next 24 hours. Talk-show host Oprah Winfrey has already revealed Armstrong came clean over his sordid past, which saw him stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life, when the interview was recorded on Monday in his home city of Austin, Texas. If Armstrong does make a full confession in the interview, which will be shown on the 'Oprah' show at 2100 local time tomorrow (0200 GMT on Friday), with the second part to follow 24 hours later, there are likely to be many repercussions. The 41-year-old was banned for life after the United States Anti-Doping Agency found he had been at the heart of "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping

programme that sport has ever seen". The World Anti-Doping Agency and the UCI, cycling's world governing body, has urged Armstrong to reveal all to the authorities if he is to have any hope of lifting his life ban. The International Olympic Committee, meanwhile, is among those waiting for the interview to be broadcast before considering whether to demand that Armstrong returns the bronze medal he won in the road time-trial at the 2000 Games in Sydney. In December, the IOC postponed a decision on whether to strip Armstrong of the medal because it had to wait until the UCI had declared all his results ineligible. The two-and-ahalf-hour interview, brokered between Armstrong and Winfrey over lunch in hawaii, where both have homes, during the festive season, is to be broadcast over two nights this week. The motives for an admission revealed by Winfrey - are unclear, but the Texan, who retired from cycling for a second time in 2010, was competing in triathlons until he was banned last year.

Corporative T20 final LAHORE STAFF rePOrT

The final of Corporative T/20 Cricket Tournament 2012-13 will be played between Allied Bank Limited and Lahore Gymkhana Clots on January 19 at Baghe-Jinnah Lahore. Suleman Khan, Director Golden Ghee Mill, Nadeem hassan Asif, (Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Punjab) and Mr. Tahir Saeed Chief editor FAQ Magazine will be the honourable Guests of the closing ceremony. Shozab Raza, Jawaid Ashraf (Field Umpires), Professor Nasir hussain (TV Umpire), Muhammad Kaleem (Reserved Umpire) and Mr. Abdul hameed (Scorer) will supervise the Final of the Corporative T/20 Cricket Tournament, 2012-13.

Ferrari confirm car launch date MARANELLO AGeNCIeS

Ferrari have confirmed that they will unveil their 2013 Challenger on Friday February 1 at their Maranello headquarters. The Italian outfit are the fifth team to announce their launch date, following the lead of Force India, who will also unveil their new car on February 1st, as well as McLaren, Red Bull and Sauber. The F2013's unveiling will take place the week before the first test of the winter at Jerez, at which the new car can be expected to debut. Team Principal Stefano Domenicali is hopeful the Scuderia can hit the ground running with their latest challenger, having struggled with its predecessor 12 months ago. Development of Ferrari's F2012 was hindered by correlation problems between the team's wind tunnel in Maranello and its performance on track. As a result, they have shut down their own facility and developed this year's car using Toyota's wind tunnel in Germany. "Our aim is clear, to win and the priority is still that of giving our drivers a car that will be competitive right from the very start," Domenicali said on Wednesday at the Wrooom media event, held by Ferrari and Ducati in the Italian Dolomites. "The development of the 2013 car began in the Cologne

wind tunnel and is on-going. I certainly expect to see greater efficiency than last year because we will no longer need to carry out comparisons of data and correlation with the Maranello wind tunnel, which is currently being rebuilt and is due to be operational again after the summer break." Although 2013 brings little in the way of new rules, Domenicali also acknowledged that Ferrari must keep one eye on the season to follow, when major changes governing engines will be introduced. "The 2013 season will be a complex one from many points of view," said Domenicali. "We face a few changes on the technical front which will have a significant impact on all areas of the company, not just in terms of design, but also when it comes to the investment and infrastructure required to develop the new engine. "Within the limits imposed by the regulations, we need to put every effort into reaching our objectives, while making the best use of the timescale in preparing for 2014." Meanwhile, in a separate announcement, Ferrari have also announced that Pedro de la Rosa, who drove for the now-defunct hRT team in 2012, is to join the team in a development role. Prior to joining the Spanish backmarker at the start of last season, the veteran spent the best part of a decade in a test and devel-

opment role at McLaren to high acclaim. "We decided to add De La Rosa to our group of drivers mainly to strengthen one area, namely work in the simulator, which with the current regulations regarding testing, is becoming ever more important," Domenicali said. "Pedro therefore joins a group of drivers that already includes Davide Rigon, Marc Gene, Andrea Bertolini and Jules

Bianchi."

CONFIrmed 2013 CAr LAuNCHeS McLaren - January 31, venue to be confirmed. Force India - February 1, Silverstone. Ferrari - February 1, Maranello. Sauber - February 2, hinwil. Red Bull - February 3, Milton Keynes

LOEB DOMINANT AS WRc BEGINS: Sebastien Loeb began the new World Rally Championship campaign in typically dominant fashion, taking victories on three of the opening day's four stages. he has now secured a commanding early lead at a snowy Monte Carlo Rally on Wednesday. The reigning nine-time champion will not defend his title in 2013 after committing to just four rallies this year, but he has vowed to go all out for wins in those races he does contest and was as good as his word as he built up an 80second lead at the end of the first day. The standings were shrouded in uncertainty for several hours this afternoon after the WRC's new timing system was struck by technical gremlins during stage three. Most teams estimated that Loeb was leading by over a minute from the chasing pack, and so it proved when the rally organisers were finally able to verify the timings. With an allocation of just 30 winter tyres, Loeb was among the drivers who elected not to run with studded tyres on all four corners of his Citroen on the relatively dry third stage, instead running a combination of two regular tyres and two winter.


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Friday, 18 January, 2013 MELBOURNE: Andy Murray plays a shot against Joao Sousa.

Federer in the pink after reaching third round MELBOuRNE AGeNCIeS

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OGeR Federer triumphed in a battle of old sparring partners, swatting aside Russian veteran Nikolay Davydenko 6-3 6-4 6-4 to cruise into the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday. Resplendent in a pair of pink and black twotoned sneakers, Federer captured a break early in each set, while his 40th-ranked opponent never had a look at his serve and surrendered their 20th tour clash in just under two hours. The blue-collar Davydenko offered stiffer resistance than Swiss maestro's first-round opponent Benoit Paire, but Federer stayed cool on a balmy evening at Rod Laver Arena and belted an ace to close out the match. Federer will continue his bid for an 18th grand slam title and fifth at Melbourne Park against Australia's Bernard Tomic. 'DIVA' RAONIc HAS APPETITE FOR GRAND SLAM SuccESS: Milos Raonic is as fastidious about his food as his attitude to training and hopes his 'diva-like' attention to detail might help him gate-crash the exclusive club guarded jealously by the 'Big Four' of men's tennis. The towering 22-year-old continued his steady rise in 2012, winning two titles and finishing the season as the youngest player in the top 20, but believes greater success could be on the menu in 2013. Raonic's appetite for the game is matched only, perhaps, by his love of a good filet mignon, and the Montenegro-born Canadian has been getting his fix at the swanky 'Rockpool' restaurant in Melbourne's Crown Casino. Steak is the last thing on Raonic's mind on a 40-degree Celsius day at the Australian Open on Thursday, however, and after beating Czech second-round opponent Lukas Rosol in the searing heat, ice-baths and sushi are the order of the day. "I'm a diva when it comes to food, I know what I want and I'm pretty divaesque if I don't get it," Raonic, seeded 13th at Melbourne Park, told Reuters after set-

ting up a third round match with 17thseeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber. Practice is the same: "If stuff's not going well and I'm not happy and I don't believe I'm working on the right thing I'll get pretty upset." Raonic leaps on questions and answers directly in a mono-tone voice, but it's hard to imagine the still baby-faced player losing his temper. After his match, he deals with three television interviews outdoors on a stifling afternoon, cracking jokes and ribbing his manager. It's a very different Raonic to the hotheaded 20-year-old who made an exhilarating run to the fourth round at Melbourne Park in 2011 after needing to qualify for the main draw. Renowned for his bazooka serves and even explosive tantrums, the 6ft-5in Raonic made a big impression. he remembers the tournament as a blur of hard-fought tennis matches and hasty media appearances as Canada's new sensation. "It was fun, it was so much fun for my parents I could tell every time on the phone with them because I'm from this educated family that going pro, and not going to university, is not really a decision that comes over easily," he said. "It sort of took a lot of weight off my shoulders because I know how much they care for me and my brother and sister

and they were really proud." Raonic, who entered the tournament ranked 152, was dumped by eventual semi-finalist David Ferrer, but charged into the top 50 and reached a maximum ranking of 13 last year. Long touted as the next big thing, Raonic has failed to surpass the brilliant run in his Australian Open debut at the grand slams, but matched it with an appearance in the last 16 at the U.S. Open last year before running into eventual champion Andy Murray. The conspicuous lack of success at the majors has delayed Raonic's rise into the top 10, and his match against Rosol on far-flung court 13 reinforces the work ahead of him. "I enjoy (the big courts), you watch these tournaments as a kid," he said. "They show centre court. You don't see much of court 13 on TV compared to how much you see Rod Laver Arena. "That's where you want to be. You want to be on these big courts. It means you're doing something right, it means you're getting there. "It's hard to say I'm proud of what I've achieved so far, but I am not satisfied. Since the U.S. Open I've been (ranked) around 16, then got up to 13, I don't know. It's hard to say, but 13, 14, 15 feels a little mediocre." Taking the next step inevitably means taking out one or two of Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal at a grand slam and Raonic could well meet the Swiss maestro in the fourth round. Although he notched a big win over Murray in Tokyo last year, Raonic has lost all three hardfought encounters against Federer last year. "With the (top) four guys, I don't know. With Murray I've found my way through ... with Roger I've been so close three times," said Raonic, who has set himself a goal of qualifying in the top eight players for the season-ending ATP Tour Finals. "When those opportunities keep coming in front of you, you sort of see that door. Right now, I feel like a few times I've just sort of knocked on it and haven't got a reply. I've just got to kick it down."

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Lahore Cricket Club defeated Ali Garh Cricket Club by three wickets in a friendly match here on Thursday at Ali Garh Cricket Ground Model Town. SummArSIed SCOreS: Ali Garh Cricket Club ,batted first scored 209/9 in 35 overs.mubashir Ijaz 77,romal Bahir 36,Ahsan 22 and Gohar Hafeez 20 runs were the main runs getters of Ali Garh Club.Emmer Abdullah 24/2 ,Javeed malik 28/2, Saif rasool 40/2 and Aqeel Arshad 22/1 dominated lCC bowling. lahore Cricket club achieved the target by answering 210/7 in 34.5 overs.Aqeel Arshad 50,Saif rasool 35,mehroz Hanif 33 muneeb Shahid 26,Haider Ali 38 not out and muhammed Kaleem 20 not out led their side to success. romal Bahir 36/2, Azmat Puri 37/2 and rehan rauf 35/1.Aqeel Arshad was declared man of the match.

Pakistan golfer to take part in Dubai Classic LAHORE

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Pakistan’s leading golfer Muhamamd Munir , based on his performance in six events of the MeNA (Middle east and North Africa) Golf Tour in 2012 has earned the honour of participating in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic Golf Championship to be held at the emirates Golf Club Majlis Golf Course from January 30 to February 2. This is a huge honour for Pakistan and a lifetime oppurtunity for Munir, as he is the first Pakistani to be competing in this world level event and gets a chance to rub shoulders with world class golfers like Rory Mclroy, World number one and Tiger Woods. The news about his confirmation as a participant in the Omega Desert Classic brought forth cheers from

leading personalities of the golf scene like Taimur hassan,Secretary Pakistan Golf Federation,Brig(r)Akram,Secretary Punjab Golf Association,Asad I.A.Khan,President Sind Golf Association and Col(r)Jameel Khalid,Director Golf of Royal Palm Golf Club. Taimur hassan said here on Thursday ,"I hope he avails this opportunity and comes up some extra spark and shows extra hunger in performing like a champion amongst world champions". Asad I.A.Khan stated that,"Munir has ample skills and ability and he just has to hit the right notes at this world event,and he has our blessings and good wishes". Munir said: "I thank the Allah Almighty for giving me this opportunity,I am excited and look forward to competing and performing well in the Dubai Desert Classic".

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Azarenka breezes into round three

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Top seed Victoria Azarenka took 55 minutes to book her place in the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday with a 6-1 6-0 win over eleni Daniilidou. The defending champion was too strong for Daniilidou on Rod Laver Arena, wrapping up a one-sided win in double-quick time. Getting off court so swiftly will be a relief for Azarenka with temperatures in Melbourne pushing 100F by midday. having struggled to put away her firstround opponent Monica Niculescu on Tuesday, Azarenka was in no mood to offer any freebies to Greek Daniilidou, who won their only previous meeting in 2008. Azarenka has developed into one of the major forces in the women's game since then and the gulf in class was evident from the outset. Daniilidou did not get on the board until the sixth game and the broad grin and raised finger suggested she was already accepting of her fate. Azarenka won the first set in 24 minutes and although the second was marginally more competitive, despite the scoreline, there was only ever going to be one winner as the Belarusian advanced to a clash with either Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum or American Jamie hampton. "Today [Thursday] was much better," said the world number one. "I am back in competitive mode, 100%, and was really focused. That was the best part of the game for me."

Kaymer eclipses McIlroy and Woods in marquee match ABu DHABI AGeNCIeS

Triple former winner Martin Kaymer eclipsed playing partners Rory McIlroy and former world number one Tiger Woods in their marquee three-ball in the first round of the $2.7 million Abu Dhabi Championship on Thursday. German Kaymer, who lifted the spectacular Falcon Trophy in 2008, 2010 and 2011, carded a one-under 71 in difficult winds gusting up to 20mph (30kph) while an out-of-sorts McIlroy ballooned to a 75 and Woods had to settle for a 72. All three trailed early clubhouse leader Jamie Donaldson of Britain who plotted his way to a five-under 67. McIlroy, Woods and Kaymer started on the 10th hole at 0740 local time and were introduced to an excited gallery by european Tour chief executive George O'Grady. The trio all found sand on their par-five first hole, McIlroy somehow managing to putt his way into a greenside bunker, but each saved par. The world num-

ber one's game began to unravel when he took a double-bogey five at the 15th. he hit back with a birdie at the long second before producing an errant tee shot at the third and slumping to his second double-bogey in seven holes. Northern Irishman McIlroy looked on as Woods made a strong move by birdying the 15th, 17th and 18th but the world number two dropped back into the pack with successive bogeys at the first and second. A birdie at the eighth cheered up the 14-times major winner before he made a mess of the ninth and final hole, threeputting from 30 feet. Woods, however, was not displeased with his performance. "I'm right there," the 37-year-old American told reporters. "If I had two-putted the last I'd have been 12th or 13th, something like that. "There are not a lot of guys going low out there. You seem like you're banking up against the wind pretty much all day. "It's tough - these fairways are tiny to begin with and there were a lot of crosswinds today," added Woods. "I don't

think it's supposed to blow as hard tomorrow, at least that's the forecast. "The rough is deep enough where it's tough to get to the

green. It's imperative to get the ball in the fairway." Woods completely duffed his drive at the first hole, his 10th, when he struck the

ground behind the tee peg and the ball only squirted out 120 yards. ROSE HAPPY TO STAND ASIDE FOR McILROY: Justin Rose accepts he will probably never be as big a celebrity as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, but as long as his golf looks good alongside theirs he will be happy. The trio, first, second and fifth in the world, are all kicking off their 2013 seasons at the Abu Dhabi hSBC Championship on Thursday, with top two McIlroy and Woods immediately thrust into a head-to-head clash. Rose, paired later in the day with ernie els and defending champion Robert Rock, said as he looked ahead to his debut in the event: "I think status is in the eye of everybody else. "I think from a golf point of view I feel very comfortable where my game is. "I know what I need to improve, I know how I'm going to do it and I back myself. "I feel comfortable standing up in that situation now and believing that I have the tools and the skills to compete."


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