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Rs 17.00 Vol III No 260 19 Pages Karachi — Peshawar Edition

Monday, 18 March, 2013 Jamadi ul Awwal 5, 1434

Zardari mulls out-of-box solution as caretaker stalemate deepens

PPP veteran Nabeel Gabol joins MQM Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) senior lawmaker Nabeel Gabol on Sunday joined the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). Gabol had been purportedly in contact with MQM chief Altaf Hussain and MQM Rabita Committee and Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad played a vital role in winning over the veteran PPP leader over. PAGE 02

With the stalemate over the name of caretaker prime minister and chief ministers of four provinces continuing, the Pakistan People's Party and its allies on Sunday put further pressure on the opposition by finalising the names for the parliamentary committee to choose the interim prime minister.

Afridi’s antics make ODI loss a little less bitter STORY ON PAGE 16

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Fazl rejects PML-N’s excuses for withdrawing Justice (r) Jan’s nomination Come again? Maulana is unimpressed by PML-N’s explanation.

Despite strong efforts from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, negotiations over the withdrawal of Justice (r) Shakirullah Jan’s name for caretaker PM failed to move ahead and an unhappy Maulana Fazalur Rehman left the consultative meeting after the first round of talks. STORY ON PAGE 03

Crisis as opposition gains majority in Balochistan Assembly The political crisis took a new turn in Balochistan as Opposition Leader Nawabzada Tariq Magsi claimed having won majority in the provincial assembly over Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani. Magsi has claimed the support of eight PPP and 16 PML-Q MPAs, but PPP’s Ali Madad Jattak said the government still had the support of 47 members. PAGE 03


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We will continue the fight against terrorism to save the world from this menace, — Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar

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PPP finalisEs 4 namEs for ParliamEntary CommittEE islamaBad: The Pakistan People’s Party has finalised four names for inclusion as members of the parliamentary committee that could be tasked with nominating the caretaker prime minister. The proposed members are Law Minister Farooq H Naik‚ Religious Affairs Minister Khurshid Shah‚ Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour and PMLQ chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain. The parliamentary committee, comprising four members from the government and opposition each, will resolve the issue after a failure of the prime minister and leader of the opposition to agree on a name. Political observers are of the opinion that even the parliamentary committee was not expected to resolve the matter, as both parties had equal representation and the issue was likely to eventually go to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), which was likely to decide the caretaker prime minister. INP

fEdEral CabinEt dissolvEd islamaBad: The Cabinet Division on Saturday night notified the dissolution of the federal cabinet of Pakistan. Cabinet Division Secretary Nargis Sethi undersigned the notification issued in this regard. According to the official notification, all federal ministers, state ministers, advisers to prime minister and special assistants stand de-notified and shall cease to function. The cabinet at the time of its dissolution had 34 ministers, 15 ministers of state, five advisers to prime minister, and eight special assistants to the prime minister. INP

lJ’s Qari abdul Hai nabbEd in KaraCHi karacHi: Sindh Rangers on Sunday claimed to have arrested Qari Abdul Hai alias Asadullah, former Ameer of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LJ) Sindh chapter, from Karachi. Rangers told reporters that Hai, who was also involved in American journalist Daniel Pearl’s murder, was arrested during a raid at University Road area of the city. The accused was also wanted in different incidents of terrorism since 1994. “The accused also planned to attack American troops at Karachi airport in December 2012 but postponed the attack after his associate Asif Ramzi was killed,” sources said. Moreover, Rangers said Hai was also involved in sending bomb parcels to Crime Investigation Department (CID) officials. ONLINE

Zardari mulls out-of-box solution as stalemate deepens New NaMes eMerge iN race for caretaker PriMe MiNister ISLAMABAD TAyyAB HuSSAIN

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ITH the stalemate over the name of caretaker prime minister and chief ministers of four provinces continuing, the Pakistan People’s Party and its allies on Sunday put further pressure on the opposition by finalising the names for the parliamentary committee to choose the interim prime minister. Well-placed sources told Pakistan Today that no major contact was made between Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and Opposition Leader nisar Ali Khan and both sides rather kept focus on mulling ways and means to end the impasse. “President Asif Ali Zardari gave final touches to his strategy to knock the PML-n out in the parliamentary committee where he hopes to gain majority. Moreover, two key close aides of the president, Makhdoom Amin

PML-N waNts to eNd the iMPasse through taLks Fahim and Dr Qayyum Soomro held a meeting with JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman to isolate the PML-n. Fazl is unhappy over the solo-flight of the PML-n for withdrawing the nomination of Justice (r) Shakirullah Jan as a caretaker PM nominee,” a source in the PPP said. New Names for caretaker Pm emerge: Another source in the PML-Q said the coalition was also discussing a proposal to go for an out-ofthe-box solution and bring forth new names for appointment of the caretaker PM if both sides could not evolve consensus over the previous nominees. “Raza Rabbani is once again being discussed for the slot of caretaker PM, as the man is respected well in the PPP and the PML-n. However, he may not be cleared by the establishment. Same is the matter with Mahmood Khan Achakzai, who may also win support from both the parties. But the president is in no mood to send a wrong message to the GHQ and hence there are little chances of this gentleman.

However, Afrasiab Khattak and Ishaq Dar may win support but they would be last options,” he added. ParliameNtary committee formatioN: According to the constitution, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and Opposition Leader Chaudhry nisar Ali Khan have three days (until Tuesday) to agree on the caretaker prime minister’s name. If they do not reach an agreement, the matter will go to an eight-member parliamentary committee consisting of the recently dissolved national Assembly. The committee, which would consist of four members from the government and four from opposition parties, would have to decide on the caretaker PM within three days, failing which the matter would go to the Election Commission of Pakistan. The election commission’s decision, to be taken within two days, would be considered final. The PPP source said his party and its allies also had finalised the names of the members of the parliamentary committee in case the PM and opposition leader could not decide the matter by tomorrow (Tuesday). “The coalition has agreed on four names for the members of the committee, including Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah and Farooq naik from the PPP, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour from the AnP

PPP lawmaker Nabeel Gabol joins MQM KARACHI/LONDON AFTAB CHANNA/AGENCIES

PAKISTAn People’s Party (PPP) lawmaker nabeel Gabol on Sunday joined the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). Gabol announced his decision during a press conference at the MQM headquarters nine Zero. Sources claimed that Gabol had been in contact with MQM chief Altaf Hussain and MQM Rabita Committee. Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad played a vital role in this regard. Upon his arrival, Gabol was greeted by MQM leaders and workers. Gabol said the PPP was no longer the party of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and he was leaving the party after 25 years. Speaking on the occasion, MQM Deputy Convener Farooq Sattar welcomed Gabol and said his inclusion would help further the vision of the MQM chief across Pakistan, especially in Sindh. Sources said Gabol had earlier contacted the Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz (PML-n), but the PML-n refused to take him onboard. President Asif Zardari had refused to award party ticket to Gabol to contest upcoming elections from Lyari. Reportedly, Gabol had approached the PML-n for political shelter, but PML-n head nawaz Sharif had turned down his request. Gabol then approached the MQM to continue his political career. He would be the first politician to join the MQM before the general elections.

“If the party awards ticket to a passerby to contest elections from Lyari, he would also win,” Sindh PPP Information Secretary Latif Mughal told Pakistan Today. “Lyari is amongst some strongholds of PPP and it is a history of party that it always wins elections from this constituency,” Mughal added. “President Asif Zardari has already informed Gabol that party would not award him ticket for coming elections some one and half year ago,” Mughal said, adding, “PPP MnA from Lyari then approached the PML-n, but nawaz Sharif has turned down his request of joining his party.” “Gabol was in contact with MQM after PML-n rejected him and he had several meetings with MQM MnA Waseem Akhtar and later he joined MQM,” he said. “nabeel Gabol although parted ways with PPP but it would not affect the party structure in Lyari, Mughal said, adding that since he has been elected PPP MnA from Lyari, he never visited his constituency to listen problems of people there.” “The only achievement of nabeel Gabol is never-ending gang war in Lyari, Mughal said, accusing that Gabol also nurtured criminal gangs in Lyari. MQM spokesman nasir Jamal said, “Right now, he has joined the party and the decision of awarding him ticket for contesting elections in Lyari would be decided later.” Although the reconciliatory politics launched by President Asif Zardari has succeeded in completing the government to complete its five years democratic tenure,

but only Gabol did not get the fruits of reconciliation. Why? Insiders disclosed to Pakistan Today that the PPP leadership had refused to award Gabol party ticket in the upcoming elections owing to opposition by the people of Lyari. As the PPP leadership was finalising the list of candidates who will expectedly contest the upcoming elections, it was decided that Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari would contest the elections for the national Assembly seat (nA-248) replacing the senior party leader nabeel Gabol who took 84,217 votes. Throughout, the tenure of the present government, nabeel Gabol had been at the target that included his sidelining from the party couples of times, heavy police raids on his residence that led him to go underground etc. Another reason for not selection is stated to be the complaints of people of the Lyari, which has always been the stronghold of the PPP. Gabol sensed the gravity of the situation and negotiated with the MQM with several terms and conditions. He told the MQM leadership that he would contest upcoming elections from Azizabad, instead of Lyari. Separately, MQM chief Altaf Hussain welcomed Gabol’s decision to join the party. In a statement, the MQM chief said Gabol’s decision would promote brotherhood and unity in Sindh as well as Pakistan.

and Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain from the PML-Q,” the source said, adding that in case Ashraf and nisar could not break the stalemate, the committee would decide the matter. Pml-N aims at avoidiNg committee: A PML-n leader said his party wanted to resolve the matter between the prime minister and leader of the opposition and a breakthrough may be possible by Monday evening. “We know that the committee and ECP are the last options. So we would like to resolve the impasse mutually. Yes, we know that the government might maneuver in its favour the situation in the committee or the ECP, but we have also trump card of dissolution of the Punjab Assembly earlier than its term which is April 9. So if the PPP has some cards to play, we have ours and we want to resolve the matter mutually through talks,” he added. Meanwhile, a last ditch effort to woo back the support of JUI-F chief by the PML-n failed on Sunday. JUI-F sources said Maulana Fazl was adamant and did not accept the explanation of the visitors for withdrawing the name of Justice (r) Shakirullah Jan, stating that the PML-n leadership should review its arrogant behaviour, as ignoring coalition partners was not a new phenomenon by nawaz Sharif and company.

ECP releases final electoral list of 85m voters ISLAMABAD INP

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Sunday released the final electoral rolls, revealing that over 85 million voters will exercise their right of franchise in the upcoming general elections. According to ECP voters list, 85,738,789 voters have been registered across the country. These include 48,416,413 male and 37,32,2376 female voters. In Punjab, the number of voters is 49,005,641‚ Sindh 18,713,573‚ Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 12,311,001‚ Balochistan 3,345,067‚ FATA 1,749,331 and Federal Area 614,176. Meanwhile, it has been learnt that the Election Commission of Pakistan is likely to allot election symbols to all political parties tomorrow (Tuesday). The ECP will hold a meeting on Tuesday in this regard and has urged all political parties to send their representatives at the ECP secretariat in Islamabad. The commission has asked all political parties to file new applications for symbols to be used in the coming polls. The ECP said any party that did not send its representative would then be allotted a symbol according to the preferences indicated by the party in its application.


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Dictators and corrupt politicians have taken the country to the verge of destruction, — Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan

shujaat hopes parliamentary body will resolve caretaker Pm’s issue LAHORE INP

Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Sunday hoped that the issue of caretaker prime minister would be resolved in the parliamentary committee. Talking to reporters during his visit to Joseph Colony, the PML-Q president said his party had proposed the name of Dr Ishrat Hussain for the caretaker PM, while Justice (r) Zahid Hussain Bokhari and Hafeez Akhtar Randhawa have been nominated for the Punjab CM slot. He said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was also being consulted in this regard. PML-Q GeneralSecretary Mushahid Hussain said the Punjab government’s failure had been proved in Joseph Colony tragedy. He slammed police and administration’s negligence in this regard.

Punjab govt survived with support from musharraf’s aides: Kaira ISLAMABAD ONLINE

Former federal information minister and PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira said the Punjab government survived because it had support from associates of former President Pervez Musharraf. During discussion on a private TV channel, he quoted opposition leader Chaudhry nisar Ali Khan’s statement that associates of former President Pervez Musharraf were also supporting PML-n. “Did this imply the Punjab government survived with Musharraf’s support?” he questioned. He also expressed strong reservations over impartiality of Justice (r) nasir Aslam Zahid, who had been nominated by PML-n for the post of caretaker prime minister; since the killing of nasir’s brother-in-law had been blamed on President Zardari. “While Palejo’s, another PML-n nominee for caretaker PM, son Ayaz Latif Palejo is PPP’s bitter rival in Sindh,” he said, rejecting Palejo’s nomination also.

terrorists bomb 4 Cd shops near Peshawar INP

Unidentified terrorists set on Sunday blew up four CD shops in the Mattani area in the outskirts of Peshawar near main Kohat road. However, no casualties were reported. A pamphlet was found at the explosion scene which warned of more attacks against those engaged in ‘un-Islamic’ businesses. A trader confirmed that they had received the pamphlet according to which all ‘immoral’ businesses would face the same fate. According to police sources, one kilogramme of explosive was used in the bombing, adding that no one was harmed in the attack.

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Pml-n fails to convince Jui-f on Justice (r) Jan’s withdrawal uNhaPPy fazLwaNts reiNcLusioN of shakiruLLah JaN’s NaMe iN List of caretaker PM caNdidates ISLAMABAD ANwER ABBAS

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ESPITE strong efforts from the Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz on Sunday, negotiations over the withdrawal of Justice (r) Shakirullah Jan’s name for caretaker PM failed to move ahead, with an unhappy Maulana Fazalur Rehman leaving the meeting after the first round of talks. The PML-n negotiating team reached Ministers Colony on Sunday to redress reservations of JUI-F chief Fazalur Rehman. Led by Senator Ishaq Dar and Raja Zafarul Haq, the PML-n team held talks with JUI-F chief, who was assisted by Senator Maualana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri and Maulana Amjad. During the talks, Fazl made it clear to the visiting PML-n delegates that he was having strong reservations over the issue of PML-n’s sudden and hasty withdrawal of name of Justice (r)

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Shakirullah Jan from the list that was prepared by Leader of the Opposition nisar Ali Khan and his party were not taken on board over the issue, terming the decision illogical and hasty. According to a source in the meeting, Fazl made it clear to PML-n leaders that he was concerned that he was bypassed without taking his party into confidence. “The JUI-F does not have to do anything with the confusion that was created because of the PML-n move and all responsibilities lies on the shoulders of the PML-n,” the source quoted Fazl as saying. “Due to the present situation, the JUI-F has decided to quit the consultations,” Fazl added. Source told Pakistan Today, that Fazal had maintained that the only way to make the negotiations successful was to again include the name of Justice (r) Shakirullah Jan in the list of names for caretaker prime minister. The PML-n delegation asked for time to consult the issue with PML-n

current political situation in the country. Fazlr informed Fahim about his reservations regarding PML-n’s decision of dropping the name of Justice (r) Shakirullah Jan as a candidate for the interim PM’s slot.

chief nawaz Sharif, but Fazlur Rehman left for Peshawar and the chances for holding the second round of talks in the evening collapsed. However, it was decided to continue the negotiations later to resolve the issue. Another source said that after the negotiations failed to break the ice between the two parties, Makhdoom Amin Fahim and Dr Qayoum Soomro from the PPP contacted the JUI-F chief over the issue. They told Fazl that they had worked as coalition partners and could sustain the past relations in the future as well. During his meeting with the JUI-F chief, Fahim discussed the names of possible candidates for the appointment of the caretaker prime minister and

Arshad Pappu among three killed in Lyari Pakistan awami tehreek rivaL gaNg kiLLed arshad PaPPu, his brother yasir arafat aNd aide shera PathaN KARACHI AGENCIES

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One of the key accused of the Lyari gang war, Arshad Pappu, was killed along with his with his brother and an associate in Lyari, police said on Sunday. Three people were killed in a shooting incident near Brohi Chowk in Lyari area. The victims were later identified as Arshad Pappu, his brother Yasir Arafat and an associate Shera Pathan. The bodies were shifted to Civil Hospital Karachi. They were wanted by the government, whereas Pappu was considered

four PeoPLe kiLLed, six iNJured iN various iNcideNts of vioLeNce across city one of the central characters of the gang war in the old city area. Pappu was wanted by police in more than 50 cases, including murder, attempted murder and kidnapping. A bounty of Rs 2 million was offered for the gangster’s arrest. Sources said Pappu’s opponent group had killed these notorious gangsters and threw their bodies in the area. Police said that the bullet-riddled bodies also bore marks of torture. Police and Rangers had conducted a number of operations against these gangs, but had not been able to achieve a break-

through. In most of the cases rival gangsters not the law enforcers killed other gangsters. Soon after the incident, a large number of people took out to the streets and blocked police access to the area for hours. Separately, another four people were killed and six were injured in various incidents of violence across the city. Two people were shot dead near Memon Masjid in Boulton Market. Another man was killed for putting up resistance during a robbery in Landhi’s Zafar Town area. Separately, a trader was killed near new Sabzimandi on Super Highway. A number of charged people took out a protest after the incident. They pelted stones at cars and blocked traffic on the Super Highway. Meanwhile, a father and son were injured for resisting a robbery in nazimabad. Three persons were injured in Sariya Galli in Kharadar. Another man was injured in the Moosa Lane area of Lyari.

will not contest elections: Qadri RAWALPINDI INP

Dr Tahirul Qadri has announced that the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) will not contest the upcoming general elections. Addressing a rally here at Liaquat Bagh on Sunday, Qadri said the PAT would hold sit-ins at polling stations across the country on the election day. Qadri said electoral reforms promised to him were not fulfilled and he was not willing to become part of the current corrupt political system. He said members of parliament should not be given development funds. He said the formation of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was not under Article 213 of the constitution, adding that the commission should be impartial and formed again, adding that he was ready to withdraw his claim that the ECP was unconstitutional if members of the commission took an oath that their posting was in line with the constitution. The PAT chief called for the election of the prime minister through popular vote instead of the national Assembly.

Opposition gains majority in Balochistan Assembly coNfusioN PrevaiLs as tariq Magsi cLaiMs suPPort of 8 PPP, 16 PML-q MeMbers QUETTA SHAHZADA ZuLFIQAR/AGENCIES

The political crisis took a new turn in Balochistan as Opposition leader nawabzada Tariq Magsi gained majority in the provincial assembly over Chief Minister nawab Aslam Raisani. Per details, the resigned ministers of Balochistan have made a political alliance with the opposition. Eight MPAs of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and 16 of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) have also joined

PPP’s Jattak says goverNMeNt has suPPort of 47 MeMbers the opposition. The new alliance has refused to accept name of Jamiat Ulema-e-IslamFazl’s (JUI-F) Maulana Wasay as leader of the opposition. Sources said the political crisis in Balochistan had created difficulties for dissolution of the assembly. The cabinet meeting, which was scheduled to be held on Sunday evening, was also postponed after the development. On the other hand PPP Deputy Parliamentary Leader Ali Madad Jattak said the

Balochistan Assembly would be dissolved on March 19 and interim setup would take place with consensus of all parliamentary parties. Addressing a press conference on Sunday at Chief Minister’s Secretariat, Jattak assured all parliamentary groups that they would be taken on board on all affairs, including formation of interim setup. He said that we had also taken on board coalition partners, adding that no decision would be made without their consent and consensus interim set up would be in saddle. Referring to the cabinet meeting, the minister said the government had support of 47 members and the cabinet and Balochistan Assembly meetings would be called soon. He said the incumbent government had completed its tenure with coalition partners which would indeed provide an opportunity to democracy to further

strengthen in the country. Jattak added that on March 19, the Balochistan Assembly would be dissolved and interim set up would take place with the consult of both opposition and coalition partners. He said Chief Minister Aslam Raisani had met President Zardari in Islamabad and all his reservations had been removed. The PPP leader added that the party would take disciplinary action against those members, including provincial president, who had violated party discipline by sitting on opposition benches. “We would take up this issue with party leadership because still the PPP government is intact and the party provincial president and some other members joined opposition and harmed the party interest.” Jattak said those claiming support of 40 members had spent last five years in the treasury, enjoyed perks and privi-

leges, and had now suddenly announced to sit on opposition benches. He said that they would file an application against these members in Election Commission. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Aslam Raisani said his government was sacked because of his principled stance over Reko Diq Project. Talking to reporters, he said the provincial government had taken a principled stance over Reko Diq and Gwadar Port for five years, but his stand annoyed the rulers and under a pretext of law and order in Balochistan, they suspended his government. The chief minister said the federal government sacked “my government so that it could hand over Gwadar Port to China in accordance with their desire”. He added that he would send an advice to the governor regarding the dissolution of the provincial government on March 19.


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Votes of Bugti tribesmen not being registered: Talal QUETTA ONLINE

Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) head Talal Bugti on Sunday said 250,000 Bugti tribesmen are not being registered with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Addressing a press conference at the Bugti House in Quetta, he said the Balochistan chief secretary had been directed by the Supreme Court to

complete the rehabilitation and registration of Bugti refugees at earliest. “Yet the chief secretary was speedily removed from his post,” he complained. He also said that he had also written to the chief election commissioner for speedy rehabilitation of Bugti refugees, as identified, but instead baseless cases were being filed against them and they were also being ab-

ducted. He cited a case of Hydrabad’s Khudadad Town, from where four Bugtis were kidnapped. He also expressed his concerns over the un-acceptable caretaker setup in Balochistan, which was being forced against the will of the people. Condemning the March 17, 2005 killing of Akbar Bugti, he said that the JWP would mourn the occasion and keep the party flag at half-mast.

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T the invitation of President Asif Ali Zardari, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will be paying a state visit to Pakistan today (Monday). President Morsi is the first civilian, democratically- and freelyelected president of Egypt to visit Pakistan. The last bilateral visit was by late Gamal Abdel nasser in the 1960s. According to a Foreign Ministry statement, the Egyptian president will be leading a high-powered delegation. His engagements would include a one-on-one meeting with President Zardari, followed by delegation-level talks and luncheon hosted by the president. The two leaders are ex-

swiss woman gang-rape: indian police arrest accused

MALAMJABBA: Players hold the national flag while skiing during the concluding ceremony of Ski and Smile Festival on Sunday. ONLINE

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Army has no reservations over dialogue with Taliban: Gen Rabbani SWAT

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Police recovered dead bodies of two women from Jaffarabad, some 400 km southeast of Quetta on Sunday. Police officials said some pedestrians spotted the bodies in bushes at the Goth Fida Hussain area. Police rushed to the site and shifted the bodies to a hospital for medico-legal formalities. Police said the deceased were identified as Shahnaz and Sulma who were strangled to death by unidentified people. Police further said the deceased were mother and daughter. The motive behind the murders however, could not be ascertained. Police have registered a case and started investigation.

Peshawar Corps Commander Lt General Khalid Rabbani has said the army has no reservations or danger from dialogue with the Taliban and a decision in this connection has to be taken by the government. Talking to reporters in Malam Jabba on Sunday, the Corps commander said except for a few areas of Khyber Agency and north Waziristan, peace had been restored in FATA. To a question, General Rabbani said it was up to the government to decide about an operation or dialogue in north Waziristan. However, he clarified that so far there had been no military operation in the agency. He said peace had been restored in Swat due to the sacrifices of local people and the Pakistan Army. He said the army and the district administration had played their role and now it was for the people of the area to play

mQm Hyderabad office attacked, three dead MONITORINg DESK Three workers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) were killed while another sustained injuries as some unidentified armed men opened fire at the party’s sector office in Hyderabad on Sunday. MQM’s Zonal In charge Muhammad Shareef said those who wanted to spread anarchy in the country were involved in the incident.

their part in the restoration of normalcy and peace. He said the army was prepared to provide security during the general elections as provided in the constitution.

Indian Police finally made headway in the Swiss girl rape case by arresting three people on Sunday. According to Indian media reports, Vishnu Kanjar, Ram Kanjar and Gaza Kanjar were arrested in Datia district of central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh (MP). Earlier, police claimed to have detained 13 people for questioning in connection with the case. A Swiss woman was allegedly gang-raped by seven men in Datia. The woman was cycling along with her husband from Orchha in MP to Agra in Uttar Pradesh. The couple was camping near Jhadia village when seven men allegedly looted them and raped the woman. A case has been registered against seven unidentified people in Datia Civil Lines Police Station.

pected to hold extensive discussions on all areas of bilateral relations, including regional and international issues of mutual interest, the Foreign Ministry said. They would also be signing a number of agreements, it said. "President Morsi's visit to Islamabad is being seen as a watershed and a landmark in the traditional and friendly relations between the two large and important Muslim countries," the Foreign Ministry said. It added that President Morsi's decision to choose Pakistan as the first South Asian country for a bilateral visit manifests Egypt's desire to add a new chapter to its ties with Pakistan. The engagements of the Egyptian president would include one-on-one meeting with the President‚ followed

by delegation level talks and banquet hosted by the President. The two leaders are expected to hold extensive discussions on all areas of bilateral relations including regional and international issues of mutual interest. They would also be signing a number of agreements. President Morsi's visit is expected to impart dynamism to the bilateral ties and to expand‚ diversify and strengthen relations between the two countries in all spheres. On arrival at noor Khan Airbase‚ President Morsi would be welcomed by a 21 gun salute and a Guard of Honour at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. President Morsi was earlier scheduled to visit Pakistan to attend a summit in november last year but had to postpone the visit in view of escalations in Gaza.

Governor accepts resignation of 20 Balochistan ministers QUETTA AGENCIES

Political crisis in Balochistan took a new turn on Sunday when Balochistan Governor Zulfiqar Magsi accepted resignations of 20 provincial ministers belonging to the PPP and the PML-Q. “We support nawabzada Tariq as opposition leader in the Balochistan Assembly,” Sardar Aslam told reporters at the Governor’s House. He said all like minded members had decided in principle to block the way of any partial caretaker chief minister

in the province. Earlier in the day, a cabinet meeting, called by Chief Minister nawab Aslam Raisani, was postponed after losing the majority in the Balochistan cabinet. According to a source, Magsi had accepted resignations of ministers. Sadiq Umrani told reporters that Aslam Raisani had now lost majority in the House. However, opposition leader in assembly Tariq Magsi told a private TV channel that the governor must ask the chief minister to seek vote of confidence since the number of opposition was being increased.

3 of a family run over by bus FAISALABAD: Three people from the same family died in a road accident in Razaabad police limits on Sunday. Rescue 1122 said Sajid, 31, of Sultan Town along with his relative Tahir, 12, and sister Iqra, 19, were on a motorcycle when a speeding bus hit them on the Narwala Road. As a result, Tahir died on the spot while Sajid and Iqra were shifted to Allied Hospital where they succumbed to their injuries. Meanwhile, two bodies were found in a drain in Sadar police limits on Sunday. According to police, Muhammad Naseer of Khan Model Colony told police on Saturday that his wife Zafaria Bibi, 28, and daughter Ateeqa, 11, had gone missing and suspected his relative Abdur Rauf had abducted them. APP

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The completion by Pakistan's first democratic government of its full five-year term was prominently featured on Sunday in the US media, which gave credit to President Asif Zardari for the historic achievement. In a dispatch from Islamabad, The new York Times said, "A peaceful transfer of power to a new government would be a political victory of sorts for President Asif Zardari, who has confounded regular predictions of the demise of his government over the past five years. A good showing by

his party in the election may help him win re-election when his term expires next September." The Christian Science Monitor said President Zardari has shown "a remarkable ability to hold together a warring coalition government whose members threaten to quit every few months or so. He's also managed a balance between the need for US assistance amid a deteriorating relationship between the two countries and rising anti-American sentiment". noting that President Zardari's party was now in negotiations with the opposition to select a caretaker prime minister, The Wall Street Journal said,

"The precedent of a civilian government completing its term, and possibly peacefully handing over power to the opposition, should strengthen Pakistan's democracy ..." The new York Times described as a "crucial development" a statement by army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, he fully supports the elections. Still, a faltering economy and widespread militant violence have left many Pakistanis grumbling about the lack of tangible dividends from democracy, and the governing Pakistan People's Party, whose performance has been criticised, will face a challenge from the opposition leader,

the former prime minister nawaz Sharif. Christine Fair, a South Asia expert who is a professor at Georgetown University's Security Studies Programme, was quoted in the Monitor as saying, "The longer democracy institutionalizes, the more bold politicians can be in trying to wrest power away from the army. We're all vested in this election going off freely, fairly and maximizing voter turnout, so whatever government emerges is going to be maximally legitimate. And that's exactly the thing that the army fears." According to the Monitor dispatch, "Pakistan's government passed

a major milestone Saturday, with the parliament becoming the first democratically chosen body to finish its term in a country that has faced three military coups and persistent political turmoil." About the achievements of the outgoing government, the Monitor said, "One area where the PPP government has invested a lot of time and effort is the rural sector and helping the poor. Welfare programmes like the Benazir Income Support Programme have handed out small amounts of cash to the country's most impoverished people and given small loans to businesses.


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FTER quitting of Member national Assemly (MnA) nabeel Gabol from the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) as he was denied a party ticket to contest the general elections, another PPP senior leader from Sindh is likely to quit the same party as it is unlikely that he will be issued a party ticket, Pakistan Today has learnt. The PPP leadership was finalising

the list of candidates who would contest the upcoming general elections and interestingly the member of the PPP ticket committee was unlikely to get the ticket. neither the PPP leader nor his siblings would get the ticket due to multiple reasons, sources privy to the development told Pakistan Today. Sources said that Sindh Senior Minister for Education Pir Mazharul Haq was in war with the Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali, and several others from the PPP leadership that brought him bad reputation. However, recently the education

minister had developed serious difference with President Asif Zardari’s sister, namely MnA Faryal Talpur, over recruitment of teachers in the province, the sources added. The issue resurfaced when Pir Mazhar refused to give appointment orders of Sindhi Language Teachers (SLTs) to MnA Faryal as was earlier agreed upon. However, the education minister distributed the orders to his blue-eyed nominees and allegedly even received cash in return. The blind sale of jobs resulted in the recruitment of more than 6,000 ineligible people who were issued job letters against the actual vacancies of 1,300. Meanwhile, the education minister refused to listen to anything that MnA Faryal or the CM had to say, while the two had restricted and warned the minister many times not

to make such large-scale recruitments, the sources disclosed. The tug of war resulted in the appointment of President Asif’s brother-in-law Dr Fazaullah Pechuho as secretary education and on which the education minister approached President Asif to intervene and resolve the matter. However, the sidelined minister and secretary education initiated a high-level probe into the alleged fake recruitments of SLTs by the minister. It was expected that the inquiry report would be published by the education department in the caretaker period so as to expose the performance of Pir Mazhar in alleged fake recruitments of teachers. Pakistan Today tried to approach secretary education Dr Fazaullah to seek his comments but his cell phone remained unattended.

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sabzi mandi traders hold protest against murder of trader karacHi: The traders of Sabzi Mandi blocked the Super Highway and held a protest demonstration with the dead body of trader on Sunday after unknown gunmen opened fire and killed a driver of a vegetable laden vehicle. According to details, unidentified armed assailants shot at and killed Abdul Ghafoor who was the driver of the vegetable laden Suzuki van late on Saturday night. The murder triggered a strong protest from the traders, truck drivers and shopkeepers, who staged a sit-in by placing the body of the deceased driver Abdul Ghafoor on the Super Highway and blocked all traffic moving up and down between the city, thus forcing a long queue of loaded trucks, passenger buses and all sorts of vehicles to be formed in the area. INP

fire in warehouse guts down thousands of bales karacHi: Cotton worth millions of rupees was burnt to ashes when fire broke out in a warehouse here on Sunday morning. According to details, the fire erupted in a warehouse of cotton owned by Trading Corporation of Pakistan situated in the Korangi Industrial area which quickly engulfed thousand of cotton bales stored there. Fire brigade units from all over the city were called in and after a hectic effort they brought the blaze under control, but thousand of cotton bales could not be saved and were gutted down by the inferno. INP

KARACHI: Qaim Ali Shah presiding over a meeting of PPP Sindh Executive-Committee at the CM House on Sunday.

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Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah telephoned Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad and discussed the caretaker setup in the province with him. The two leaders discussed various issues including the formation of interim government and dissolution of the provincial assembly. The two leaders also exchanged thoughts on taking the opposition parties in confidence over the caretaker setup in the

province. The CM also apprised the governor of his meeting with Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. eBad for uNiNterruPted suPPly of electricity iN metroPolis: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan has stressed the need of provision of uninterrupted power supply in the metropolis. A Governor House statement issued here on Saturday said that he had issued directives to the officials concerned to undertake steps on priority basis in this regard.

It said that he summoned the higher officials of the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) and the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) to the Governor House On Sunday evening and issued necessary instructions. Dr Ishrat directed the officials concerned that there should be no load-shedding in the metropolis without prior notice. He also instructed the officials of the KESC and SSGC to work in coordination to ensure the supply of uninterrupted electricity to the citizens.

suddle, saand elected to international Police association karacHi: Federal Tax Ombudsman and former IGP Dr Shoaib Suddle has been elected as President and Sindh Additional IG Special Branch Rasool Bakhsh Saand as Vice President of International Police Association (IPA) Pakistan Chapter. Mir Waiz was elected as secretary general and Abdul Khaliq Ansari as assistant secretary general. The IPA is an international organisation of police. Its network had been functioning in various countries throughout the world. APP


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KARACHI: Gardeners busy arranging flowers as they prepare for an exhibition organised by KMC Park and Horticulture Department at Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim. ONLINE

five children die of measles, malaria umerkot: At least five children died of measles and malaria near here on Sunday. Per details, 10-year-old Rajib Ali of village Khait Singh and 11-year-old Jola of village Janhro died of malaria, while four year old Hajira, two year old Lachmi, and 11-year-old Jetmal died of measles at village Veero Sharif. Both malaria and measles have been spreading fast in the region and citizens have requested the health department officials to take notice of the issue and send special teams of doctors and necessary medicines to the affected areas. PPI

KWsb severs illegal connection karacHi: On the directives of Sindh High Court (SHC), Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) raided an illegal hydrant in Chakra Goth and disconnected a four inch diameter illegal connection from the 33 inch main line. The KWSB team also lodged an FIR against the culprits. KWSB spokesperson here on Sunday said a team lead by Chief Engineer Anwar Saeed, Superintendent Engineer Asif Qadri and Executive Engineer Asif Habib and comprising of KWSB staff raided an illegal hydrant with the help of DSP Zaman Town Police Station Qasim Ali Ghauri and SHO Asif Tahir. The KWSB team was carrying out the directives of SHC and launched an FIR (no. 079/2013) against Shaukat Hussain. Due to the four inch illegal connection in the 33 inch main supply line for Qayum Abad, Akhtar Colony and Defence Housing Authority, the residents were suffering due to severe water shortage. PPI

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O official action is in sight against more than 200 illegal bus terminals operating in different residential areas of the metropolitan, causing frequent traffic jams and increasing air and noise pollution. Karachi could be termed as a unique mega urban city because it had no tangible infrastructure for public transport sector. The city was not only deprived of metro rail and bus services but it even lacked proper bus terminals. During the last days of the city government rule, three main bus terminals were planned to be constructed at Superhighway, national Highway and Yusuf Goth, RCD Road; however, except the Yusuf Goth terminal the other projects were still awaiting materialisation despite the passing of many years. The private transporters plying buses and coaches from the metropol-

itan to different upcountry destinations have illegally occupied roads and footpaths at Sohrab Goth, Cantt Station, Saddar, Liaquatabad, Lea Market, Landhi, Gulshah-e-Hadeed and dozens of other busy residential areas of the city. These illegal bus terminals were not only creating massive traffic jams in the city, but were also responsible for increased noise and smoke pollution in the residential areas. In many areas like Saddar and MA Jinnah Road, these illegal bus stands were situated near education institutes including girls’ schools and colleges, thus creating nuisance for female students and teachers. However, the police and administrative officers despite knowing the problems created by these illegal bus stands for area residents provided overt and covert support to these lawbreakers against payments of heavy bribes. Though the citizen rights groups, media and environmental protection organisations have been raising the issue of 200plus illegal bus terminals, but the administration was not ready to take

action to facilitate the citizens. During any hour of the day, hundreds of buses and coaches could be seen parked illegally on roads and footpaths in open violation of existing rules and laws, but no action was taken against them. This malpractice could be easily noticed at the illegal bus terminals of Sohrab Goth, Saddar, Lea Market, Landhi and other areas. It is important to mention here that if ordinary citizens illegally parked their cars on the road or pavement, the traffic police would swiftly toe it away to receive a fine or a bribe, but these traffic cops failed to take any action against illegal bus terminals where hundreds of vehicles were parked. The citizens have demanded of the city’s administration to take notice of this big civic nuisance and immediately remove all illegal intracity bus terminals from the limits of the residential areas. The lingering projects of setting up intra-city bus terminals at Superhighway and national Highway should also be started and completed on fast track basis, said citizens.

ECP, ifEs to hold training for election returning officers HyderaBad: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the International Foundation for Electoral System is organising a two day training session for the election returning officers of Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas divisions. According to a press release, the Sindh Member of the ECP Justice (r) Roshan Ali Eassni inaugurated the training programme at a hotel here on Sunday. The officers were being trained in the election code of conduct, receiving of the nomination papers, scrutiny of the nomination papers and compilation of the election results. The first day of the training session was attended by 16 returning officers from the nine districts of Hyderabad division and eight returning officers from the four districts of Mirpurkhas division. APP

KARACHI: Activists of People’s Minority Wing (Women wing) chanting slogans during a demonstration against Badami Bagh incident outside Karachi Press Club. ONLINE

karacHi: Karachi Administrator Hashim Raza Zaidi has said that Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) was taking every possible measure to control traffic accidents in Karachi and it has also established Road Safety Audit Task Force to point out risky locations in the city. Addressing a meeting on traffic accidents, he said that Transport and Communication Department should make efforts to curb the rising number of traffic accidents. It was decided in the meeting that “Road Safety Programme” would be introduced in schools. Children would be provided with practical training in terms of traffic risks and in this connection road safety parks would be built in Bagh-e-Ibn-e-Qasim, Safari Park and Karachi Zoo so that children could learn road safety rules while playing. It was also decided in the meeting that the programme of UnO titled “Decade of action for road safety 2010-20” would be implemented and “Road Safety Week” with the collaboration of Road Traffic Injury Research Centre would be celebrated in May this year in which various programmes for providing information about road safety and creating awareness among citizens would be held. Hashim Raza said that the Transport Department should maintain contact with traffic police to enable people to understand the benefits of following traffic rules. Furthermore, it was decided that streetlights would be installed on roads having blind spots. Moreover, the blind spots would be removed and the causes of traffic accidents at different locations, including Sharah-e-Faisal, Expressway, MA Jinnah Road, Rashid Minhas Road, Liaquatabad and Korangi Industrial Area would be removed. On the occasion, Road Traffic Injury Research and Prevention Centre presented their report about traffic accidents and informed about statistics of traffic accidents, the condition of traffic risks and the combined efforts of KMC and Traffic Injury Research Centre in this regard. Road Traffic Injury Research and Prevention Centre Principal Investigator Dr Rasheed Juma said that this centre was collecting statistics of traffic accidents from five big hospitals of the city and the efforts of Road Safety Audit Task Force for curbing traffic accidents in the city were worth admiring. Senior Director Muhammad Ather informed about the performance of Road Safety Audit Task Force and also provided the details of Road Safety Educational Programmes in schools. Deputy Commissioner Central Dr Saifur Rehman, former IG Traffic Police Asad Jahangir, Prof Dr Meer Shabbar Ali, HRM Senior Director Shoaib Waqar and officers from Traffic Police, Motorway Police and KMC attended the meeting. PPI

Pima demands immediate release of salaries to JPmC doctors karacHi: Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) Karachi President Dr Salman Ghouri has demanded immediate release of salaries to the doctors, HOs and GPs of Jinnah Hospital, as they have not been paid their salaries for the last five months. He said the doctors are working tirelessly for the sake of poor patients when their pays have been delayed. Dr Salman urged the government to take notice of shortage of medicines at the hospital which culminated in a stay order being taken by the Jinnah Hospital director. While chairing a meeting of PIMA, Dr Salman said that Jinnah Hospital was the main source of healthcare for poor patients who came here from across the country, therefore any disturbance including shortage of medicines and frozen salaries of the doctors would ultimately affect the treatment being provided to patients. He urged the government to take notice and resolve the issue of salaries on immediate basis so that relief could be provided to doctors as well as patients. He said doctors were also a part of the society and salary was their economic right, therefore any action to violate their right was not in the favor of patients visiting the hospital. He said the poor patients did not care whether the hospital was under the federal government or the provincial government, and instead what they needed was good healthcare facilities and treatment. He further said that the stay order taken by Dr Seemi Jamali against the devolution of this hospital from federal domain would not help. This matter should be resolved at the earliest and the authorities concerned along with the government should intervene so doctors could get their salaries and shortage of medicine could be controlled, he added. PPI


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HInA’S newly-installed President Xi Jinping said Sunday he would fight for a “great renaissance of the Chinese nation”, in his first speech as head of state of the world’s most populous country. Xi called for “arduous efforts for the continued realisation of the great renaissance of the Chinese nation and the Chinese dream”, in a speech to delegates at the national People’s Congress (nPC) parliament meeting in Beijing. Calls for such a revival in the world’s second-largest economy have been a motif of Xi’s speeches since he took the top post in China’s ruling Communist Party in november, but he has not given a detailed account of the phrase’s meaning. He has close ties to China’s expanding military — the navy took delivery of its first aircraft carrier last year — and called for the armed forces to strengthen their ability to “win battles”. Beijing is em-

broiled in a bitter territorial row with Japan over islands in the East China Sea, and with neighbouring nations over claims to the South China Sea. Xi’s 25-minute address stressed continuity with previous Chinese leaders, thanking outgoing president Hu Jintao, who stood and bowed as China completed the once-in-adecade transition of its top leaders. Xi also touched on corruption, which infuriates the public and he has called a threat to the party’s grip on power, and urged delegates to “oppose hedonism and flamboyant lifestyles”. The speech formally brought the almost two-week long nPC meeting in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People to a close, and was followed by China’s new premier, Li Keqiang, stepping into spotlight for a rare news conference. He took control of

PrEmiEr li rEJECts ‘groundlEss’ us HaCKing aCCusations BEIJING: China’s new premier Li Keqiang on Sunday rejected US accusations of hacking, saying that Beijing did not support cyber spying after President Barack Obama stepped up rhetoric on the issue. “China itself is a major victim of cyber attacks,” Li told a news conference after China’s parliament meeting. “China doesn’t support cyber attacks. Indeed we oppose such activities. “I think we should not make groundless accusations against each other and spend more time doing practical work that will contribute to cyber security,” he said. Last month, a report from US security firm Mandiant said a unit of China’s People’s Liberation Army had stolen hundreds of terabytes of data from at least 141 organisations, mostly based in the United States. The document provided the most detailed public account so far linking cyber attacks to China and provoked vehement denials from China. Obama weighed in on the issue last week, saying that cyber threats affecting US firms and infrastructure were increasing, and some were “state sponsored”. “We’ve made it very clear to China and some other state actors that, you know, we expect them to follow international norms and abide by international rules,” he said in an interview with ABC News. Li said that the China-US relationship, between the “biggest developing country and the biggest developed country”, was vital and they should work to ensure their mutual interests outweighed their differences. “Conflicts between big powers are not inevitable,” he said, adding that visiting Washington officials had “told me candidly in our talks that they came for the US interests. I told them I work for Chinese interests.” APP

the day to day running of the government on Friday, a day after Xi was handed the title of president. Li rejected US accusa-

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toll in mEXiCo firEWorKs EXPlosion risEs to 16 TLAXCALA: The number of people killed when a small truck loaded with fireworks exploded during a religious procession in a central Mexican village rose to 16 Sunday, authorities said. Scores more injured in Friday’s tragedy were still being treated in hospitals, said a statement released by the Tlaxcala state government. The document said a total of 154 people had been injured in the accident, of whom 72 remain hospitalized. One witness said he saw “bodies flying” as people ran for cover after a stray firework landed on the truck in Jesus Tepactepec in the middle of a march for the village’s patron saint. Mexicans often set off fireworks during celebrations, but accidents have happened in the past due to the mishandling of the pyrotechnics or a lack of safety measures. APP

PEntagon-baCKEd ‘bat dronE’ rEady for dEPloymEnt WELLINGTON: A new Pentagonbacked autonomous “bat drone”, that can use a long claw to pluck objects off of the ground, is ready for deployment. Earlier this week, California drone developer MLB Company announced that it had completed a project, funded by DARPA (Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency), to develop a specialised V-Bat unmanned aircraft. The drone, having high-resolution cameras and laser sensors, is designed to be used for everything from urban surveillance to wildlife monitoring. It can take off vertically and hover steadily, and it can also fly like a normal winged aircraft at heights of up to 15,000 feet for 10 hours at a time. The V-Bat is able to fly pre-programmed missions using GPS navigation and the DARPA version can search for objects on the ground, which it can pick up with a 6foot extending claw. Last year, DARPA said in a press release that the V-Bat technology paves the way for precise long-range delivery of small payloads into difficult-to-reach environments. But the V-Bat isn’t only intended for military applications. MLB is selling the drones for about 320,000 USD each and is marketing them for a host of purposes -like agricultural mapping and border patrol. INP

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Protests erupted at several places in Indian-held Kashmir against the arrests of youth during past some days for their alleged role in stone-pelting. Tension gripped Pulwama town when scores of youth protested and pelted stones on vehicles and on men in uniform, bringing normal life to a halt throughout the day, reports said. The protesters were demanding the release of some youth who were reportedly arrested by the police in nocturnal raids. Raising pro-freedom slogans, the protestors pelted stones on vehicles. After the protests broke out, traffic went off the roads and shops closed. However after some hours the traffic resumed but most shops remained shut throughout the day. Reports said that angry people complained that police have arrested around half a dozen youth from the town. “The youths are innocent and should be released immediately,” protesters demanded. Reports said that residents of the Arigam Pulwama Saturday morning blocked Shopian-Srinagar road. They were demanding action against the security persons who according to them broke

the window panes of several houses Friday evening. “The security forces broke the window panes without any provocation. We now demand that action should be taken against them,” the residents said. A senior police official in Pulwama denied any stone pelting by the people and breaking of window panes by the security personnel. “We have arrested only two youth from the town who were involved in stone pelting. However there was no stone pelting or protest today morning in the town,” he said. “The people had stopped the vehicular movement only for one hour and after that situation was normal again,” he said. “The Arigam people had some other issue which has been sorted out. However security forces had not broken any window panes there,” he added. Arrest of a local youth by police sparked protests in Shopian town this afternoon with agitated protesters demanding release of the youth. All business establishments were shut as protests erupted in the area. According to locals, police arrested a local youth Muhammad Qasim Mengnoo S/O Late Abdul Qayoom Mengnoo of Bonabazar Shopian from his shop at Batpora Shopian. As the news about his arrest spread, various youth assembled at Main Chowk Shopian and held protest demonstrations

against the arrest. “Shopkeepers downed their shutters and within minutes a civil curfew like situation was observed in the whole town,” eye witnesses said. Youth marched through the streets peacefully shouting anti-police and anti-government slogans. normal life was badly hit in Kupwara town Saturday due to shutdown against the detention of youth. As soon as shops opened in the town this morning, youth started pelting stones on shops, forcing a shutdown. They were demanding release of four youths detained by police Friday evening. They later fought pitched battles with CRPF and police near old chowk, bus stand and by-pass Kupwara. Schools children were also caught in the clashes near by-pass and panicked parents from nearby villages of Regipora and Dudwan rushed to the town to seek their whereabouts. Police fired tear gas shells to disperse the protesters and the pitched battles continued till evening. At least six youth and two cops were injured in the clashes. Window panes of some vehicles were also damaged in clashes. Additional contingents of police and CRPF were deployed in the town to bring the situation under control. The cops sealed all interior roads leading to bypass and main chowk Kupwara.

Pope Francis has said mercy could change the world in his first Sunday Angelus prayer as pontiff after earlier personally greeting worshipers who had attended mass in the Vatican. “A bit of mercy can make the world less cold and fairer,” Pope Francis said, speaking in Italian. “Have a good Sunday and a nice lunch,” Pope Francis, 76, said as he bid the crowd farewell. About 150,000 people gathered to see former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina lead the faithful in prayer from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Ansa news agency reported, citing Father Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman. More than 1 million people are expected to attend the new pope’s inauguration mass on March 19, Rome’s prefect Giuseppe Pecoraro told Ansa on March 15. World leaders from around the globe will attend, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US Vice President Joseph Biden and Argentine Prime Minister Cristina Fernandez. Pope Francis is the first South American to lead the Catholic Church and the first non-European pontiff in more than 1,200 years. His election on March 13 followed the unprecedented abdication of predecessor Benedict XVI. Known for his humility and simple lifestyle — he rides the metro at home in Buenos Aires and cooks for himself — Pope Francis this week turned down the use of a papal motorcade and chose to ride the Vatican minibus with other cardinals. He also rejected prepared texts in Latin, preferring to speak directly to his audiences in Italian. Today Pope Francis wore a simple white cassock as he greeted the crowd, eschewing the red ermine-lined cape often worn by his predecessors. Pope Francis inherits a church riven by intrigue and infighting within its bureaucracy and weakened by the fallout from sexual abuse scandals. With his built-in appeal to those in the developing world, he may help rejuvenate a faith that is in decline in Europe and barely expanding in the US.


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Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Sunday said the people in four provinces supported the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) because of its commitment to serve the poor. Talking to APP, he said no one could take any decision on the national Finance Commission Award and it was the credit of the PPP and its allies who announced the nFC Award to ensure rights of all provinces. He said the PPP government provided basic needs of life to the people across the board without any discrimination. To a question, he said Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was sentenced to death just because he gave respect, identity, right of vote and courage to the deprived segments of society. Gilani said the restoration of 1973 constitution to its original form, which was disfigured by the dictators, was the biggest achievement of the PPP. He added that the PPP considered people the source of strength in the democratic system.

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matured democratic state and main peace facilitator in the region. She said the international community recognised the economic losses incurred and the sacrifices given by Pakistan during the war on terror. “We will continue the fight against terrorism to save the world from this menace,” she added. To a question, Khar said friendly countries had supported Pakistan in fighting terrorism and extremism, which had affected the whole region. “The menace of terrorism and extremism has not only affected Pakistan’s social fabric but also its trade and economy by scaring away foreign investors,” she added. The foreign minister said Pakistan wanted a peaceful and stable Afghanistan

according to the wishes of its people. “Pakistan believes in peaceful co-existence with the neighbouring country for maintaining regional integration,” she added. To another question, Khar said the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project was in the national interest as it would help overcome the energy crisis in the country and “there was no chance of any country imposing sanctions on Pakistan in this regard”. Khar said drone attacks were counter-productive and illegal, and against international law.

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Former president Pervez Musharraf intends to hand himself in to the courts when he arrives in Karachi later this month, according to a senior official in his party. “Musharraf will fly to Pakistan on a commercial Emirates flight from Dubai on March 24,” said his press aide Khurram Harris on Sunday. “We will fly back along with about 250 other people including Pakistani and international media as well as party supporters from the US, the UK and Canada,” Harris said. “When he lands, he will voluntarily hand himself over to the court.” The former general has been warned he faces arrest if he returns on allegations he failed to provide enough protection for former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007. However, Harris said Musharraf had not committed a crime and his party did not expect him to be arrested when he arrived. “The charges against him are politically motivated,” he said. “The arrest warrant was issued because he did not initially appear in court but now there will be no reason for him to be arrested as he will present himself to court.” He said he expected the Pakistani government to provide security for Musharraf upon his arrival. Harris did not rule out Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) working with Imran Khan’s PTI.

RAWALPINDI: Leader of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Dr Tahirul Qadri addressing a public gathering at Liaquat Bagh on Sunday. ONLINE

Elect right people or regret forever: Dr AQ Khan Ji aNNouNces to coNtest eLectioN with forMer NucLear scieNtist’s Party ISLAMABAD AGENCIES

Pakistani nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has warned the nation that its future would be bleak if they did not elect good people in the upcoming elections. In an interview to a local Urdu newspaper, Dr AQ Khan said he would not contest the coming election He said dictators and corrupt politicians had taken the country to the verge of destruction. Khan said the Pakistani nation must

give vote to those leaders who met the criteria given in the Articles 62 and 63 of the constitution of Pakistan. The scientist, who heads Tehreek-eTahaffuz Pakistan (TTP), said if given power, his party would resist the upcoming government from any wrongdoing. He said virtuous people with uncontroversial background should be inducted in the law enforcement agencies so that they could stop the illegal activities. He said his party would give tickets to its candidates from certain electoral constituencies and also support eligible candidates from other political parties. Commenting on the printing of new nomination papers by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) without president’s approval, he said candidates who had nothing to hide or who were not involved in any illegal activity should not worry about the new forms.

However, he questioned the logic of printing extra ballot papers, saying printing 200 million ballot papers for 80 million registered voters was unnecessary. He said that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had a soft corner for General (r) Pervez Musharraf despite the fact that the former dictator was accused of murdering Benazir Bhutto, Akbar Bugti and innocent people in the Lal Masjid operation. Dr Qadeer said the Muttahida Quami Movement should stop Musharraf from coming to Pakistan, as they did in the case of the chief justice on May 12, 2007. Khan said the Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project should have been initiated a year or two earlier. Meanwhile, Jamaate-Islami (JI) chief Syed Munawar Hassan has announced that his party would make alliance with Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan’s party to contest elections. Addressing a public gathering on Sun-

day in Gujrat, Hassan said the JI stood for peaceful revolution and considered elections an initiation of positive change. He said during the past five years of so-called democratic coalition government, the common man was totally neglected and only preferred people got benefits. The JI chief said whoever came to power, he took dictation from the US administration in governing the country instead of chalking own policies and giving priority to national interests.


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UNDISCLOSED PLACE: Turkish Ambassador M Babur Hizlan, Maj Gen Ares Mehmat, Chief of Operations, TuAF and Air Marshal Waseemud Din, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Operations) PAF along with the participants of International Air Exercise Indus Viper-II at a PAF Operational Base. INP

‘Consensus achieved on balochistan caretaker setup’ OKARA INP

JUI-F Secretary General Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri on Sunday said a consensus had been evolved for the caretaker setup in Balochistan and the chief minister would send a summary for the dissolution of provincial assembly to the governor on March 19. In a telephonic chat with journalists, the JUI-F leader said the assembly would be dissolved on Tuesday, March 19 and a caretaker set up would be in place the same day. He said it was unfortunate that the prime minister and the leader of the opposition had not agreed on a name of caretaker prime minister. Haideri emphasised that the issue must be settled by politicians themselves, even if in the parliamentary committee. He was of the view that if the caretaker prime minister was decided by the Election Commission, people would have negative impression of politicians that if they could not agree on the name of the caretaker prime minister, how could they resolve national crises. Haideri said talks were underway between the PMLn and JUI-F for electoral alliance in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh. He said there had been no significant movement on seat adjustment in Balochistan, but whenever a deadlocked occurred, Maulana Fazlur Rehman and nawaz Sharif would resolve it.

nasir mahmood promoted as rear admiral ISLAMABAD INP

Commodore nasir Mahmood has been promoted to the rank of rear admiral with immediate effect. Rear Admiral nasir Mahmood was commissioned in the Electrical Branch of Pakistan navy in June 1982 and graduated from Pakistan navy Engineering College in 1984. The flag officer has vast experience of command & staff appointments which include assistant chief of naval staff (projects) and assistant chief of the naval staff (C4 I). The flag officer has also commanded naval Precision Electronics Complex and PnS KARSAZ. His professional courses include Weapon Engineering Application Course from the UK, Consolidation Course from Pn Engineering College and Tartar System course from the US. The officer is a graduate of national Defence University (nDU), Islamabad and holds Masters Degree in Electronics Engineering from the UK.

us, afghanistan agree to move quickly on prison transfer WASHINgTON

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times, the jail transfer must happen in line with Afghanistan’s sovereignty, the statement said. Meanwhile, in Washington the Pentagon spokesman said the issue was discussed when the pair spoke by telephone about issues of shared concern. “They agreed to use the next week to conduct intensive work with a view to concluding an agreement that fully recognises Afghan sovereignty and our mutual interests in security of the Afghan people and our respective forces,” Pentagon spokesman George Little said in a brief statement. The transfer of the Bagram prison in northern Kabul was originally planned for 2009 but has been repeatedly delayed due to disagreements over control of the detainees. The US military had planned to hand over its control during Hagel’s three-

day visit last week, but put it off again. US commanders view some detainees as very dangerous while Karzai said he would set free all those detainees who have proven innocent once the prison facility is formally turned over. The Afghan president suggested on Tuesday that the government might act unilaterally to secure control of the prison. Karzai has conditioned the signing of a long-term agreement, which Washington is seeking for some US troops to remain in the South Asian nation after most of nATO and American combat troops withdraw by the end of 2014, on the prison’s transfer. Earlier, the Afghanistan Ulema Council also asked US forces to transfer the detention facility to Afghan control and leave the centralprovince of Maidan Wardak as soon as possible.

Another Indian soldier commits suicide in IHK SRINAgAR NNI

Another frustrated Indian soldier committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle at a camp in Gulmarg in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK). The trooper was identified as Yam Bahadur. A police official told reporters that the soldier fired two bullets in his head and died instantly. This raised the number of such deaths among Indian troops and police personnel in the occupied territory to 260 since January 2007. Earlier, Indian Defence Minister AK Antony had told parliament that a total of 310 army personnel had committed suicide between 2010 and 2012. Antony presented the figures relating to suicides in all the three Defence Services of India, with army emerging at the top with 310 suicides of 368 overall aggregate of army, navy and air force. In 2010, a total of 130 such incidents came to light in which 115 army personnel were involved. navy saw one of its personnel committing suicide. 129 suicides were recorded in the armed forces in 2011 in which 102 cases happened in army alone. In 2012, 109 incidents came

to light, of which 93 were from army. Also in november 2012, there were as many as 15 suicides among reserve component soldiers who were not on active duty. Of those, 12 were from the Army national Guard and three from the Army Reserve. In 2012, 126 soldiers from this population committed suicides: 84 from the guard and 42 from the reserve. In 2011, the total number of suicides among this population of soldiers was 118. Of those, 82 were from the guard and 36 from the reserve. In all, the Indian Army suffered as many as 303 suicides last year. The reports further reveal that with one Indian soldier committing suicide every third day , the Indian Army is losing more soldiers to suicides and fratricides than to militancy-related incidents and same is available in an India’s Ministry of Defense report. The 31st report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defense brought out the fact that 620 soldiers of the Indian army committed suicides in last 4 years. Findings of the suicide report were also stated in the Indian Parliament by the Defence Minister AK Antony where he informed the House that 1,018 sol-

diers had committed suicide since 2003, with the yearly toll maintaining an average of over one hundred soldiers taking the extreme step of taking their own lives. A study undertaken by the Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR), whereby humiliation and harassment at the hands of their superiors, over and above the occupational and family factors were stressing the soldiers to the point where they either killed themselves or opened fire at their fellow soldiers or officers. The consultants and analysts reached the conclusion that Indian soldiers deployed in the valley were committing suicides and killing colleagues out of acute frustration and depression. Medical and psychological consultants and analysts are of the view that since majority of the soldiers deployed in the valley are married and are away from their wives for very long time, they are gripped by sexual frustrations which ultimately transforms into mental frustrations. These consultants suggested that the soldiers posted in the Indian-held Kashmir should be sent [back to India] on leaves to be with their wives once a month.

The council supported President Hamid Karzai’s call for the US military to transfer the jail’s affairs to his administration, saying it had been a long-standing demand of the people of Afghanistan. It added the Afghans had long been urging the US and nATO forces to stop bombing homes of defenseless civilians, night raids and arrests on dubious charges. “Afghanistan is a sovereign Islamic nation with a long history of rendering sacrifices to defend its independence, protect its religion and resist attempts at its enslavement,” the council said. It called President Karzai’s demand for the handover the Bagram jail in central Parwan province north of Kabul to the Afghans and withdrawing from Wardak the voice of the nation.

abducted balochistan prosecutor general recovered

Quetta: Abducted Balochistan Prosecutor General Abdul Wasey Tareen was on Sunday recovered from the Dara Band area of DI Khan early morning, official sources said. He had gone missing on February 27 from somewhere between Zhob and DI Khan districts while travelling to Islamabad from Quetta in a private car. Tareen’s family sources confirmed about his safe release and said that he had not yet reached home as the place where he had been kept hostage was some 500 kilometres from the provincial capital. To a query, they said tribal contacts resulted in his safe release. APP


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O the prime minister gave a farewell address, sort of, to the nation the other day. There is nothing wrong with that. On the contrary, being a landmark in our political history, a democratic government completing its term that is, it was a good thing. He spoke at length on how his party’s government had done great for the country and how it had made the lives of a common man easier than before. While there may be only a few takers of the former claim, the latter might not even come close to having any voice in its favour. Yes, the country has a strong constitutional foothold than ever with legislation varying from women rights to corporal punishments in schools. Interestingly, that has always been the hallmark of every PPP government ever since it first came to power in the early ’70s. However, completing a term does not absolve the government of its responsibilities; it has to ensure that the democratic process is not hampered. It has to give the reins of power to the caretaker setup, and announce election schedule. now that the government has functionally ceased to exist, it would be a perfect time for the Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, who is holding the post till a caretaker PM is appointed, to take necessary measures to ensure peaceful elections and transfer of power. The major hurdle in the way, as some might suggest, is not the federal government itself. It is the provincial governments that seem to be focused on political score settling than burying the hatchet and finding a way to move forward. The Punjab CM, for example, denied that he gave any date to dissolve Punjab assembly along with or simultaneously with the other assemblies. Shahbaz Sharif, CM Punjab, has said that he won’t dissolve the provincial assembly unless the PM accepts his demands. Those demands include appointing a caretaker PM of the PML-n’s choice, and ironically stopping the PPP to appoint caretaker CMs in Sindh and Balochistan assemblies. The Balochistan assembly seems to be in even greater political crisis. The opposition there has got more members now, who have resigned from the PPP and the PML-Q, causing the balance to shift in favour of nawabzada Tariq Magsi against Aslam Raisani, a once booted out chief minister. If these problems are not tackled at once, the elections might get delayed, a concern expressed by Ishaq Dar of the PML-n as well. Instead of gloating over what they have done, or what they are doing, the PPP should take PML-n along with it to work out an agreement on a caretaker setup. The sooner the power is handed over to a caretaker setup, the better it would be for the democratic process in the country. PPP has shown its good intentions by dissolving the national assembly on time, it must now go a step further and prove its intentions in practice by handing over power to a caretaker setup. And so do the provincial governments, particularly the Punjab and Balochistan governments.

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CCLAIMED photographer, Faustin Elmer Chaudhry, colloquially known as Chacha, passed away on his 104th birthday on Friday, March 15th 2013. He met a silent and peaceful death, at the home of his eldest son, Cyril, just a few hours before he was set to meet his friends for birthday celebrations at the Cosmopolitan Club. Regarded as the pioneer of photo journalism in Pakistan, Mr Chaudhry began his career as a freelance photographer while teaching science at St Anthony’s School in Lahore. He wasn’t just a photographer; he was a historian, a pictorial historian if one could say. Before he photographed some of the most valued historical moments of the Pakistan Movement, he had already worked in such illustrated publishings as Civil and Military Gazette, Illustrated Weekly of India, Statesman, Bombay and others. His works inspired not just one generation of photographers, but a stream of generations that took to his pioneer skills, innovative ideas, and excellent shot capturing mastery. Along with his lasting impressions on the Pakistan Movement, he is also credited to have introduced innovative features to photojournalism. Many would proudly say that his unique style in sports photography, nature shots, including the flora and fauna of his homeland, his artistic captures of cultural scenes and many others have become a yardstick in Pakistan’s photojournalism of today. He documented important events such as the Muslim League Session in 1940 and Quaid-e-Azam’s visits to Lahore. After contributing to a few periodicals and newspapers and establishing that he was gifted, Mr Chaudhry was invited by Mian Iftikharuddin to join The Pakistan Times. Chaudhry’s photographs mapped the journey and growth of a nation through its highest and lowest points – the times of Jinnah, the political uprisings during Ayub’s military takeover, Bhutto before his execution. He received a number of coveted awards from the government, such as the Tamgha-i-Khidmat, Sitara-i-Imtiaz and Pride of Performance, in recognition for his contribution to Pakistan. As a devout Catholic, Mr Chaudhry upheld the finest principles of his faith – forbearance, a high regard for his community, tolerance and above all, the capacity to bear suffering. Last year, his son, Cecil Chaudhry, a much decorated former Pakistan Air Force officer, passed away. Watching Pakistan over the years, he was greatly dismayed by the rising violence, discrimination against minorities and the general lapse of society as it dismantled the very foundation of Pakistan – a country built for people to live in peace. One could only hope that his legacy is not only revered and honoured but followed as well. In these troubling times, men like him are the need of the time.

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monday musings KAmRAN REHmAT

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ITH election campaign gathering steam, crystal ball gazing is all the rage. Opinion polls are coming thick and fast — itself an indicator of how much is riding on the much trumpeted definitive exercise for the future of this wretched country. Even though those at the losing end of the arithmetic still play down the import — the usual grouse is sample size — for public consumption, there is now grudging acceptance of what these portend even if behind closed doors. An unbiased look would reveal a decent predictor of how the pendulum has swung in recent time. For example, findings from the houses of IRI and Gallup Pakistan over the past three months appear to reflect the situation on the ground. The PML-n is riding a crest of wave both in terms of popularity and electability. Its sweep is evident in the swarm of candidates from other parties who have converged at the House of Raiwind in the hope of winning the meal ticket. The IRI survey conducted in november 2012 put the voter inclination for PML-n at 32%; it has since shot to 41% in February 2013 in the Gallup poll with the mean score rounding to 37%. The PML-n has burnt the midnight oil to get here. Perhaps, it has, Imran Khan, its immediate popular rival in the Punjab province — which has the highest national Assembly

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seats (148) as well as provincial seats (371) on offer — to thank for. When Khan stunned all comers with a spectacular show of force on October 30, 2011 in Lahore — the date is likely to etch itself in Pakistan’s history as a game-changer either ways — the PML-n was forced to remove the mask of complacency and come out all guns blazing. The Sharifs set about getting the house in order with a massive campaign drive complemented by a slew of some very visible public schemes to regain lost ground. The party has since relaxed its policy of shunning turncoats and completely nixed the idea of going solo to reinforce its electoral prospects. In the last year or so, it has had the nearest thing to a windfall as Khan’s Pakistan’s Tehrik-i-Insaf gradually lost momentum. In fact, so lopsided has the one-way ticket ride in the direction of the PMLn been the last few months that it has shaken the Centre-ruling PPP out of its stupor. For a long time, President Asif Zardari was sitting smug on the fence hoping that the PTI would divide the PML-n vote bank and that it would redound to the PPP’s advantage. It can now happen only if a second wind propels the PTI back into the frame — not unlikely given how Khan’s party cadres fresh from intraparty polls are rearing to have a go — but it is a tall order in purely electability terms. There is often a wide gap between popularity and electability in the rough and tumble of Pakistan’s electoral science. The field is still determined by hard-nosed electoral peculiarities such as clan politics as well as financial and administrative muscle. This means the voters will be inclined to go for candidates more likely to deliver on the tried and tested formula rather than ring in the new merely on the back of promised change. This explains the dichotomy of Khan’s mass appeal and the apparent daylight in terms of translation. The IRI-Gallup survey also makes this obvious in the case of the PPP, whose graph has actually risen against the run of play. If popularity alone was

the barometer, the ruling party would stand little chance, thanks in no small part to the spectacular lack of governance over a full term. However, President Zardari’s ability to keep the varied flock in his Centre and provincial coalitions satiated means he may still pull a rabbit out of the hat and a likely resurgence in PTI’s ranks may, after all, still matter just about enough to break the shackles in Punjab for the PPP, which is only assured of a chunk in the southern belt. It merits attention that the PPP will still have their man in the Presidency when the elections are held and a few months after he invites a claimant to form the government as well as control of the Senate without which no law can be passed. Significantly, as the only party with a nationally representative presence, it is likely to sustain its appeal for the stakeholders. Both the PPP and the PTI are placed second with a national mean score of 16% in the latest findings — with the former gaining 3 percentage points and the latter losing 4 percentage points. This is only as far as popularity goes; electability is an entirely different ball game, of course. Once again this chasm is reflected in how even the now-apparently, redundant PML-Q whose candidates have flocked to the PML-n in droves — some of them en route PTI — has still managed to gain 2 percentage points over the initial dampener in november last year. This is down to either individual electability or the viability of seat adjustment. However, the Quislings are rapidly crumbling into insignificance. Even though both the PML-n and PPP are confident of staking a claim to form the government at the Centre, the ultimate kingmakers may well be candidates from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Independents. If the past is any guide, whoever coughs up more sops from amongst the claimants will determine who gets past the post. The writer is Editor Pique Magazine based in Islamabad. He can be reached at kaamyabi@gmail.com

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tax mobile phone sales Pakistan’s FBR is looking for new ways to collect tax on luxury items. One suggestion would be to control tax collection at the source for mobile phones sold in Pakistan. Mobile phones are extensively used and therefore have a very healthy demand in Pakistan. Many shady businessmen in Pakistan import and sell mobile phones in Pakistan without paying any taxes on them, using the “grey trade route” of Dubai. The FBR can collect taxes on all these phones from the importers by simply checking the IMEI number listed on any mobile phone, with its respective brand company. The company should be able to tell the FBR, who bought the mobile phone and when. It would also show them any other mobile phones bought by the same person on the same day. If the purchase was for a larger number of phones, that would indicate that the purchaser is selling the phones and the transaction details would also carry the nIC or Passport number of the said person, making it easier for the FBR to track tax dodgers. Most of the mobile phone brands already have registered offices in Pakistan, with a few exceptions, for example, in 2010 Sony Ericsson mobile phone company closed their office when they were sold to Sony. After which now all new mobile phones carry the brand “Sony Mobile” only. And although Sony has a registered company in Pakistan, with local offices, Sony does not sell its mobile phones in Pakistan. Instead all the Sony mobile phones are being imported from Dubai via illegal smugglers and than sold in Pakistan through local shops, without paying any taxes on them. Sony can be asked to declare their customers, for any mobile phone found in Pakistan, and they can be asked to sell their mobile phones through the proper channels in Pakistan or pay a fine. By using regulatory institutes like PTA to enforce laws or systems that can stop illegal or non-duty paid

mobile phones from working on Pakistani telecom systems, the FBR would be able to create a regular stream of revenue for the country. Shahryar Khan Baseer PESHaWar, PaKISTan

Curse of land mafia politics Politics in Pakistan has been scandalized by land mafia dominance, who share common bonds of greed with few in civil cum khaki bureaucracy and politicians for whom tyrants like Machiavelli are source of inspiration, instead of men like Quaid-e-Azam, Allama Iqbal, Lincoln or nelson Mandela. The intensity of this insatiable curse should be gauged from the fact that Supreme Court of Pakistan had to intervene, to stop transfer and sale of state lands in Sind. When laws become slave to criminals, who hold power and influence in choice of appointments to important state institutions, than a country would become victim to anarchy and more money will be collected through extortion, than by state tax collectors such as FBR. During the last few weeks of this government, important financial regulatory institutions such as State Bank, national Bank etc and their Board Of Directors are surprisingly dominated by men who hold dual nationalities, and have never remitted a single rupee to this country and instead have facilitated huge transfers of foreign exchange from Pakistan through loopholes created by design to do so. It is time that people of this country stand up to uphold rule of law in Pakistan and ensure that fate and destiny of this country is decided by those for whom Pakistan is the only motherland, where they live with their families and a place where all their assets are located. MaLIK TarIQ Lahore


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spring sans wine a curious case of Pukhtu identity theft KHAN BABRAK yOuSAFZAI

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AST year, a book titled “Poetry of the Taliban” was published by Columbia University Press, USA, and received mixed reactions from the international community. While some quarters refused to conceal their anger and disgust over the content of the book, others couldn’t help but secretly admire the bravery and courage of their staunch enemies. Almost one year after its publication, the book found a new audience in Pakistan and gained importance at the recently concluded Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) where the publication was introduced as the expression of contemporary Pukhtun nationalism and resistance against foreign occupation. There could not have been a better season other than spring to talk romantically about topics of love and war, and specifically about a people who have unjustly been demonised and their identity repeatedly threatened. Poetry holds great importance for the Pukhtun nation and some of their most fiercely guarded treasures include poetic compilations of 17th century poet Khushal Khan Khattak and his predecessor Rahman Baba from among many others. Therefore, it would not be wrong to say that poetry is the only wine that Pukhtuns would readily drink without showing the slightest signs of remorse. The eminent Pukhtu poet, scholar and painter Ghani Khan Baba in his book titled “The Pathans” justifies this characteristic in the following words, “His violent nature, strong body and tender heart make a very unstable combination for living, but an ideal one for poetry and colour.” As mentioned earlier, the KLF brought together locals and foreigners within a single sphere for three days while it was also attended by representatives of different countries. The mentioned book was brought into discussion in a political session titled “Deadline Afghanistan” and the session was moderated by Mr najam Sethi, along with former diplomat Mr Ilyas Muhammad Khan, Mr Zahid Hussain and The new York Times correspondent in Pakistan Mr Declan Walsh. On the occasion, University of Peshawar (PU) Department of International Relations Chairman Dr Ijaz Khan said, “The author had tried to portray the Taliban as leaders of the Pukhtuns but in reality they are not.” Dr Ijaz further said, “If any outsider read this book then he/she would assume the Taliban as operatives of Pukhtuns which is a great injustice.” This is what he had to say about the involvement of senior journalist Mr najam, “no doubt najam Sethi has deep eyes on Afghan issues but how is it possible that a non-Pukhtun can thoroughly discuss Pukhtu literature?” A Pukhtun journalist Ali Arqum, who attended all three days of the KLF, said to a journalist of an English daily, “Can Declan Walsh, a foreigner who does not speak Pukhtu language, interpret Pukhtun culture?” The sentiments of these two gentlemen are owned and shared by a majority of Pukhtuns living on either side of the Durand Line as the feel that the Talib Jan (Dear Talib) is losing ground to the Taliban. The concept of Talib Jan, different from the talibs of the Taliban, developed as an important subject associated with the intensities of love and longing in Pukhtu literature emerged from a tale of love between a Talib Jan and a maiden

named Gulbashara. Later, in a very different time, poetry composed by high-ranking members of the Afghan Taliban regime burned the midnight oil to disown the persona of Talib Jan, the restless romantic. It seems that the military intelligence establishment of Pakistan is currently doing the same and the great scheme of yet another identity theft was set into motion during the KLF, and the target this time is to rob the cellar of an entire nation. In the poetry book, Taliban make many references towards the important figures and events from Pukhtun history, and have thus conveniently started the process of identity theft, and that theft is being projected by the Pakistani security establishment as the impetus of contemporary Pukhtun nationalism. Instead, a brief anthology of Pukhtu poetry owned by the Pukhtuns would be a more interesting and engaging topic. The poetry of Rahman Baba, Khushal Khan Khattak, Ghani Khan, Hamza Shinwari, Qalanadar Momand, Mir Mehdi Shah, Aasi Hashtnagharay, Muhammad Azam “Azam”, and progressive poets Sher Ali Bacha and Sanubar Hussain Kaka Jee reflect the struggle of Pukhtuns against aggressors for the rights of the oppressed. The writings of these men retain substance and stance while talking about topics as personal as nationalism and as vast as internationalism and humanism. In order to clear a few misconceptions, the Pukhtuns do not want to go to heaven with a suicide jacket and a rocket launcher. Instead, Hamza Baba sums it all up as follows: The enemy says it is the language of hell, But to heaven I will go with Pukhtu. A contemporary Pukhtun progressive poet namely Khial Yousafzai, drew inspiration from his three-year-old daughter to write what every concerned father would have written in the 1980s: Once more the region has been engulfed by hunger, fear and countless wars, One side has fallen to tyranny’s cold embrace, The other is littered with cold bodies disgraced. On one side of Europe’s highest peaks, Death in itself is being starved to death. and pointing at dark times of mourning; is asia’s still and silent face Today, my child, I looked at you and sunk my

heart in worry deep at last the war has travelled back home with a deadly and silent pace. now the world has become entrenched due to imperialism’s treacherous schemes Henceforth my child your ‘tomorrow’ is at stake, and my life could also soon make haste, While the enemy is multiplying and branching out around us, Once more everything would be put to waste. These poetic examples have the capacity to engage the outside world in a productive and civilised way, unlike the Taliban poetry that shows little understanding of the modern world and live more or less in oblivion of changing times. Therefore, it might seem like a convenient idea for some to impose an alternate literature of rogues and criminals on the Pukhtun nation, but the idea would certainly have serious repercussions as have happened in the past. But there is something important that the mentioned book achieved and that has been summed up by Dr James Caron of the University of Pennsylvania and a researcher on Afghanistan and its ethnicities, as follows: “These poems expose something of the full, textured, deeply conflicted humanity of those who actively consume and recirculate them, those who may be insurgents at the same time they are humans. In providing such a picture, the ‘insurgent’ is restored a sense of humanity, and agency, and thus even (as the editors note) an accountability for violence that would be impossible to expect from a mere avatar.” While our world crumbles around us, at least we should be able to freely sway to the rhythms of our finest wine. The passageway between reality and escapism should not be closed down on anyone because sometimes it is the only way to ensure that a person remains sane. Therefore, while the spring is still young, we might as well drink to that. roses, wine – a friend to share! Spring sans wine I will not bear, abstinence I do abhor, Cup on cup, my Saqi, pour. (Translation of Khushal Khan Khattak’s poem by Olaf Caroe and Evelyn Howell) The writer is a staff member.

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HEn fisherfolk heard that private developers had announced an island landgrab, they couldn’t understand why it was happening again, that too under a government they voted for. In 2006, former PM Shaukat Aziz tried to unilaterally bulldoze through a decree for the benefit of Emaar, a Gulf firm, in which he had a vested interest. But massive protests led to the Sindh government having the project stopped. For the last 12 years, the Port Qasim Authority (PQA), flexing its unwarranted federal-stature muscle, made unending efforts to claim ownership of the island for development for the privileged. The Sindh government has repeatedly clarified that PQA and KPT are federal institutions, and lands leased to PQA were strictly for port-related operations that never included the islands. The islands belong to the Sindh government, specifically the 300,000 strong fisherfolk community. Why then is history repeating itself with merely new players? Seemingly, unimaginative investors think only of conspicuous consumerism for people with money to blow. Also because predatory foreign investment is scouring a destabilised world, snapping up real-estate for quick returns from concrete. This is confirmed by a very revealing recent report by naseer Memon and Zubeida Birwani on behalf of Pakistan Mahigeer Tehreek and the Trust for Conservation of Coastal Resources. In 2001, a private company sought to acquire the island for a Theme Park. Fisherfolk needed drinking water, clinics, and such; not frivolous activity. The Sindh government took exception. The EDO (Revenue) then reiterated that ownership of the islands vested with the provincial government. In 2002, the city district government, four entrepreneurs and a Thailand company offered an MoU for establishing the “Karachi Technology Island City” on 300 acres opposite the Karachi creek. The Army Welfare Trust and Pakistan Software Houses Association were partners. But the Sindh government wouldn’t budge. PQA has been aggressively eyeing the island for long. It formed a consortium with leading Japanese and Korean companies to set up a terminal for Liquid natural Gas (LnG). The Sindh government did not appreciate this either and the unwanted potential investors were dispatched with. Thereafter the stubborn PQA allotted 2,700 acres of land to the Pakistan navy without any authorisation whatsoever. Although Pakistan navy shifted its plans and facilities elsewhere, it is nevertheless trying to hang on to the islands; so is the Defence Housing Authority. The brazen advertisements of Riaz Malik and Thomas Kramer boasts wild unproven claims of the Island City project creating 2.5 million job opportunities, housing for one million in 125,000 units, the world’s biggest mall and tallest building, associating its standards with Miami Beach USA and Germany, 55 industries including of cement, brick, iron and glass. Even if half the claims were true, who are the beneficiaries? Certainly not the poor and marginalised fisherfolk whose share of national resources is consistently being stolen. What kind of jobs are they going to create? Most of them would be low-paid and temporary doing back-breaking digging work, which fisherfolk may be forced to take up because the fish were being killed off. The skilled and highly-qualified professionals would be those who already had jobs or can get jobs elsewhere with ease. The ecological cost would be crippling. Once the ultra-wealthy move in, their ostentatious lifestyles separated from the middle-class by multiple bridges, accessed by plush cars and four-wheel drives, the fisherfolk community will have to move out, their fishing grounds and nurseries destroyed by toxic urbanization. 5,000 to 7,000 fishing craft would lose direct access to the open seas, while destroying the lives and livelihoods of over 300,000 fisherfolk. In 1971, there were over 650,000 acres of mangroves along the coast. Today these have dwindled to some 45,000, that too with the replanting efforts of various nGOs. It is simply not enough. More mangroves, not imitation Miamis’ or decadent Dubais’ are needed. Riaz Malik was as contemptuous as he was confident in his press briefing; a similar project had not been allowed before, he said, but do it, we will. not even honest or elected government could stop it, was the unspoken message. Declaration that the global land-grabbers have already won? Because it’s not just coastal, but agricultural and urban land up for grabs as well. “Pakistan is signatory of the Ramsar Convention which places the entire wetlands of the Indus Delta under it as a protected area,” says Zubeida Birwani, adding, “The fisherfolk possess historical rights, yet they’ve never been consulted. The Sindh government has not issued any nOC to the developers. Violations are being committed instead. The coastal mangroves should be under the forest department, not Port Qasim and KPT. Decisions should be coming from the provincial government as under the 18th amendment. This illegal project has to be stopped.” It had better, otherwise both votes and fisheries will disappear.

Once the ultra-wealthy move in, their ostentatious lifestyles separated from the middle-class by multiple bridges, the fisherfolk community will have to move out, their fishing grounds and nurseries destroyed by toxic urbanization.


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rEmaKEs of siX PaKistani ClassiC films to bE rElEasEd soon The remakes of six Pakistani classic films have been completed and would be released as tele-films. The remakes were done as a joint venture between Geo Films and Tarang Foods under the ‘Tarang Housefull’ project. The music from these remakes will be released on March 20 in Karachi. The films which have been remade as tele-films include Aina, Deewar Bhabbi, Arman, Abhi tu Mein Jawan Houn, Anjuman and Dil Mera Dharkan Teri. The films will be broadcasted on Geo TV. mONITORING DESK

i nEarly diEd aftEr suffEring misCarriagE: gWynEtH PaltroW Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed that she nearly died when she suffered a miscarriage and lost her third child. The 40-year-old actress, who is married to ‘Coldplay’ rocker Chris Martin, told a British magazine that her young son and daughter often ask her for another sibling, the Mirror reported. Paltrow said that she is looking forward to have another baby as she misses her third one. The ‘Iron Man’ star also revealed that seeing her friend Beyonce with her baby Blue Ivy made her “very broody.” Paltrow praised her husband for being a good dad, saying that she has chosen the nest father for her kids. NEwS DESK

Suffering is inevitable, but the courage to fight it renders life worth living. — Daniel Barenboim

shiv sena activists disrupt sanam marvi’s performance in delhi NEWS DESK

Over half-a-dozen Shiv Sina members disrupted the Sindhi Sufi Music Festival at the Indira Gandhi national Centre for the Arts in new Delhi on Saturday, protesting against the participation of Pakistani singers in the wake of the recent terror attack at a CRPF camp in Srinagar. Pakistani folk and Sufi singer Sanam Marvi was performing on the open lawns at Mati Ghar around 8 30 pm when the Sena workers barged into the premises despite police presence. “The protesters got on to the stage and even before the audience and the artists could realise what was happening, they took hold of the mike and started raising slogans against Pakistan. The protesters announced that no Pakistani singer would be allowed to perform at the festival. The commotion lasted a few minutes before the organisers managed to push the protesters away from the stage and handed them over to the police,” said an eyewitness. Protesters detaiNed: Over two dozen Sainiks, including women, had earlier staged a protest outside the venue around 5.30 p.m., raising slogans. The protesters were, however, detained by the police and taken away in a Delhi Transport Corporation bus. “As the festival is being held on the open lawns and entry is without invita-

KatiE HolmEs goEs toPlEss on bEaCH for nEW advErt Katie Holmes, who is the face of a Han Stern’s new jewellery collection, recently posed topless for a hot new advertisement for the brand. The 34-year-old actress, who will be promoting the jewellery designer’s ‘Iris’ in the US, posed in all seductive ways with heavy black smokey eyes and a fitted black-corset with different jewellery pieces from the collection, the Mirror reported. Meanwhile a friend of Tom Cruise, Adam Shankman, who directed ‘Rock of Ages’ has claimed that the ‘Abandon’ star and Cruise, who have a 6-year-old daughter Suri together, are incredibly happy after their split. NEwS DESK

tion, it is easy for anyone to walk inside posing as audience and disrupt the show. Still, we had deployed police personnel in adequate numbers. Those who took part in the earlier protest were detained and later let off,” said Deputy Commissioner

of Police (new Delhi) S.B.S. Tyagi. In a press statement, the Sena secretary said Pakistan was stabbing the country in the back, but the Indian government was reaching out to them with proposals of love and peace. He said no Pakistani

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singer or player would be allowed on Indian soil until Pakistan stopped abetting terrorism. The two-day festival hosts Sufi singers from India and Pakistan displaying their shared heritage of Sindhi Sufism.

i’m not letting daniel go, says barbara broccoli

at wedding? Lady Gaga will reportedly wear a Donatella Versace dress on her wedding to “Vampire Diaries” star Taylor Kinney. The wedding is rumoured to take place this summer. Gaga, known for her bizarre fashion statements, wants her D-day attire to be different from the traditional white.The pop star, who has been with Kinney since September 2011, is reportedly keen on a design by the Italian designer, and wants her to create a black and gold silk gown with diamonds in the bodice.“Gaga’s spending millions on her wedding to Taylor Kinney and Donatella Versace’s designing a typically over-the-top dress which on its own will cost thousands,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted a source as saying. “She thinks white is cheesy and wants black and gold silk with all these crazy removable bits,” the source added. The extra bits include a removable skirt and train, which would then be converted into a separate gown for the ceremony. The 26year-old star and Kinney have had trouble finding time for the wedding because of the singer’s tight schedule. But a likely break from recording and touring should allow a date to be set for the summer. NEwS DESK

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I bribe my kids to apply sunscreen: Jennifer Garner Jennifer Garner admits that she bribes her children into applying sunscreen. Making sure to apply sunscreen daily on your children isn’t easy for any mum, but it sure is important, mother-of-three Jennifer Garner, who has been working with neutrogena’s Choose Skin Health initiative for six years said. “Of course it’s a struggle! The kids do not like getting sunscreen put on, especially at at a certain age, at least not mine. If you have kids out there who like sunscreen, hallelujah!” she told People magazine on Wednesday at the neutrogena Sun Summit. Garner, who admits she luckily missed out on the “major baking-in-the-sun years” by mostly staying inside when she was younger, wants to ensure that her children with husband Ben Affleck - Violet, 7, Seraphina, 4, and Samuel, 1 - also

avoid future skin damage by educating them about the dangers. “We talk about skin health, and they know why they have to wear sunscreen,” she said. “If someone forgets, they’ll say ‘Hey, did you forget to put sunscreen on me?’” She also praises neutrogena’s kid-friendly SPF application options for making things a little easier at home. She gives them a stick that they can rub on their faces, or they can do a spray if they want it fast. The actress admits that she’s not above rewarding her kids for remembering their sunscreen. “I know it’s horrible - and I’m admitting to bribery - but I’ve given them an M and M [for putting] sunscreen on before,” she said. “I’ve [also] done a sticker chart. I’ll do whatever it takes - it has to be a non-negotiable part of life,” she added. NEwS DESK

Daniel Craig’s ‘Quantum of Solace’ producer Barbara Broccoli will reportedly be increasing the incentives for the star to keep him in the iconic film role of ‘James bond’. The 52-year-old producer’s has claimed that the next installment of the ‘007’ series, whose director Sam Mendes has quit, will be the hardest to make, the Daily Express reported. The daughter of the late Bond producer Albert R “Cubby” Broccoli said in an interview with Day and night news that she’s determined to keep Craig in his tuxedo for the next few years. She has clearly said that she will not let the 45-year-old actor go anywhere and expressed sadness over Mendes’ departure from the franchise following the award-winning ‘Skyfall’. Broccoli, who co-produces the films with her half-brother Michael G. Wilson, explained that they do not want to disappoint the fans, that have kept them going all these years and they always try to make films that will please them so the pressure is on even more so than ever. She further added that she was thrilled that the famous spy was an integral part of the Olympics last year, when Craig appeared in the opening ceremony alongside Her Majesty the Queen.


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Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. — Ludwig van Beethoven

Why doesn’t aamir Khan attend popular award functions?

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Super star Aamir khan is definitely one of the Bollywood’s actors with exceptional charisma in terms of spinning the money at the boxoffice. But never to forget he is also an outstanding actor who always encourages versatile & art movies which give a lot of scope to true acting. He won lot of awards and accolades but Aamir Khan never attends any award function whatsoever and he states that popular film awards like Filmfare, IIFA, etc are not credible and genuine because they always give away awards based on the popularity but not on talent. He trusts and believes only national Film Awards which he feels are the Indian Oscars. But why do you think Aamir Khan feels that popular film awards not genuine? Well, Bollywood Celebden is now going to take you through some of the notable incidents which changed Aamir Khan’s perspective towards the popular film awards. .Aamir Khan’s first bitter experience came during 44th Film Fare awards when he lost the best actor award to Jackie Shroff in ‘Parinda’. Aamir Khan was nominated for the best actor for his outstanding performance in ‘Raakh’ which also earned him a national Film Award

of Special Jury and he was also praised by lot of renown critics but lost Film Fare to Jackie Shroff because ‘Parinda’ was a huge hit that year but ‘Raakh’ did not do that well. Till date Aamir Khan’s performance as a police officer in Sarfarosh is known as one of the most influential characters and lot of critics feel Aamir Khan has shown new dimension of action movies in India by imbibing the realistic feature and intense acting performances. But he never won an award for his performance in ‘Sarfarosh’ which made him feel even more skeptical about the popular film awards. Another disappointment came for him in 2006 where he received lot of acclaims for his character in ‘Rang De Basanti‘ but did not even receive single award for it, which shows how immature the juries of these awards are. The most famous incident happened in 2009 when Aamir Khan did not win any award whatsoever for his terrific performance in ‘Ghajini’ and that time Akshay Kumar who won Screen Award best actor for Singh is King had refused to accept the award and instead virtually presented it to Aamir Khan because he felt Aamir deserved the award for his performance in ‘Ghajni’. As an actor Aamir Khan in his career overall won 46 awards and was nominated 83 times.

VERONICA MARS FILM COMING NEXT SUMMER LOS ANgLES ONLINE

Over 30,000 people donated an average of $64 during a several hour period yesterday, and thus we will be

mumbai court frames charges against actor govinda mumBai: A Magistrate’s court at Borivali in Mumbai framed charges of assault and criminal intimidation against Bollywood actor Govinda. The complaint has been filed by Santosh Rai who was watching the shooting for Govinda’s film Money Hai to Honey Hai at Filmistan Studio in Goregaon on January 18, 2008. If convicted, the actor might have to serve four years in prison. The lower court in Borivali charged him under several provisions of the Indian Penal Code for voluntarily causing criminal intimidation (Sec 506). In 2012, Govinda was also granted bail by another lower court. In his defence, the actor had then claimed that he had slapped Rai for misbehaving with women artistes during the shoot and for kicking a chair the actor was sitting on. What could land the actor in trouble is that while he has pleaded not guilty before the court, there are videos that show Govinda slapping Rai. INP

getting a Veronica Mars movie sometime next summer. Creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell used Kickstarter to basically prove to Warner Bros. that there is indeed an interest in a

continuation of the cult detective drama that ran for three low-rated seasons on the CW back in 20042007. The deal was basically to raise $2 million in a month and Warner Bros. would agree to distribute and market the film, giving it a limited theatrical release and the various homeviewing options. They hit their target at 5:55 pm this evening. I made a bitchy joke earlier in the day about raising money to find domestic ‘food insecurity’ among American children by calling such an initiative ‘Save Firefly!’ or something to that effect. My first instincts were ones of priorities and what this said about our ‘entitlement culture’. Upon reflection (I purposely didn’t write anything immediately), I’m still not sure how I feel about this. This is indeed very interesting, it may even be *news*. But is it good news overall.

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Those disrupting #SanamMarvi’s concert have nothing do with Sufism Music Art or even India. They brim with hate & seek self aggrandizement.

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Shiv Sena last night attacked Pakistani Sufi Singer Sanam Marvi’s live concert in New Delhi. Condemn Pak terror links, why target artists?

HAAMID PEERZADA Hey Shiv Sainiks, what did do u achieve by stopping Sanam Marvi’s performance in India ? Or Ur so called collective conscience was satisfied

UZAIR Meera Jee Vs A Grammar Nazi. #WrestlingMatchesWeNeed

sonaKsHi learns the iconic ‘Moonwalk’! MUMBAI ONLINE

If Sonakshi Sinha matched Prabhudheva’s flexible moves in “Go go Govinda” from the film “OMG: Oh My God!”, for her special song in “Himmatwala”, she learnt Michael Jackson’s popular ‘Moonwalk’ step from filmmaker Sajid Khan. For the movie, Sonakshi features in a disco song “Thank God It’s Friday”, and she sports a jazzy look. One hears that Sajid, brother of choreographer Farah Khan, himself got on the dance floor to teach Sonakshi the ‘Moonwalk’. Confirming the same, a source said: “Actually Sajid himself is a great dancer and during his college days, he performed this Moonwalk in lots of dance competitions.” “When he saw that Sonakshi was doing the Moonwalk a little different than how it originally is, he decided to go and have some fun on the dance floor and also teach Sonakshi,” added the source. “Himmatwala” stars Ajay Devgn and Tammannaah. Co-presented by UTV Motion Pictures and Pooja Entertainment, the film, releasing March 29, is co-produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Vashu Bhagnani.

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The BBC version of pride and prejudice with mr. firth has thus far been a disappointment. no chemistry btw the leads, mrs. b a bad actor.

for alba, children’s diet of utmost importance NEWS DESK Actress Jessica Alba is very careful about what food her children eat. The 31-year-old is mother of two daughters — Honor, four, and 19-month-old Haven — and feels keeping everything balanced is a good option “I try to give my kids whole foods and grains as much as humanly possible. They’re little spazzes when they have too much refined sugar. But everything in moderation,” People magazine quoted Alba as saying. However, Alba, who is married to Cash Warren, feels too much precaution also does not make sense. “I have friends who won’t give their kids plastic toys, I’m like, ‘You know what? I’m ok with Honor having Barbies’,” she said.


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The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. –Bertrand Russell

boeing aims to wrap up 787 testing in 2 weeks

google killing google reader Some eight years after the service launched, Google is shutting down its Reader, Marketing Landreports. The news-reading service was “an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites,” Google said in a blog post. “While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader.” Google Reader’s own blog noted sadness over the closure, adding that “as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products.” At the Atlantic Wire, Adam Clark Estes notes widespread frustration— but says we shouldn’t be surprised. “Google Reader’s been staring death in the face at least since the fall of 2011, when the company shut down the product’s social features,” he writes. Still, users took to Twitter— probably a major factor in Reader’s downfall—to lament. “Google puts the kittens in the blender, prepares to push the button,” tweeted one. Some consolation: Someone will probably make a new Reader alternative soon, Estes predicts. NEwS DESK

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OEING unveiled its fix for its troublesome 787 battery on Friday and is aiming to wrap up testing within two weeks. The company hopes to get quick approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, and bring an end to the grounding of the plane that began on Jan. 16. Company executives said the plane could be flying again within weeks, although aviation authorities in the U.S., Japan, and elsewhere will ultimately decide the timing. Boeing still doesn’t

know the root cause of the fire on a parked 787 Dreamliner in Boston on Jan. 7, or of the smoldering battery that forced an emergency landing on another 787 nine days later. Boeing executives said they may never know. Instead, they’re building a battery they hope cannot burn. The battery’s eight cells will each be wrapped in an orange tape that won’t conduct electricity. A glass laminate sheet protects the cells from the aluminum case. The wires on top are getting extra heat-resisting insulation. And the whole works now

goes inside a new sealed steel tub that looks like a kitchen trash can tipped on its side. If a cell overheats, a titanium hose will carry the gases to the outside of the plane through a new inch-and-a-half hole in the fuselage. The changes make it “very unlikely” that another battery event will happen, said Ron Hinderberger, Boeing’s vice president for 787-8 engineering. Boeing hopes the new steel box won’t just contain a battery fire, but will prevent one from starting at all by choking off the flow of oxygen and venting the battery

‘Superhero’ quits after thugs beat him up facebook looks to use the hashtag It’s done so well at Twitter, the hashtag may soon have a job at Facebook, too. The social network is looking into using the symbol to organize conversations on the site, the Wall Street Journal reports. As with Twitter, Facebook users could potentially click on a hashtag to see what people are saying on a given topic. That could keep users on the site for longer, meaning more ad views, the Journal notes. (At Slate, Will Oremus says the Facebook move is “rather ingenious when you consider it from a business perspective.”) It’s not certain when Facebook would launch the feature. It’s all part of the increasing overlap between the two services, the Journal adds. Facebook has also added “subscriber” lists and in-post tags with the “@” sign, both moves reminiscent of its smaller rival. Facebook is now looking to be a “personalized newspaper” for users, echoing one of Twitter’s goals. For Twitter’s part, it has been making its service more conducive to advertising. “Historically, Facebook has come first for advertisers and Twitter has been a nice add-on,” says a marketing analyst. But lately, “Twitter has been more aggressive.” NEwS DESK

NEWS DESK Roger Hayhurst, who also goes by the name Knight Warrior, hit the headlines in 2011 after it emerged he patrolled streets near his home in Swinton, Greater Manchester, breaking up fights and tackling antisocial behaviour. Hayhurst vowed “to get crime off the streets” and even hoped to become the first elected mayor of Salford before a lack of funding scuppered his political ambitions. Hayhurst, 20, who used a custom-made £200 blue-and-black

lycra costume which his mother helped him buy from a US firm, was later joined by Rebecca, his 18-yearold fiance who met him after hearing of his bravery. She would go by the name Knight Maiden. But Hayhurst, a gardener, has now scaled back his crime-fighting after being attacked while on patrol. He told the Manchester Evening news, “We were recognised when we were walking thorough Clifton and some lads started punching me. “My face was all swollen. After that I still dress up and occasionally patrol, but I mainly dress up for

charity appearances.” “Rebecca has got rid of her costume now.” His mother, Jennifer, 61, admitted last year that she sometimes worried when he was out on the streets but the “police keep an eye on him”. She added, “His absolute genuineness is his best defence. He is one of the kindest young men I know.” The couple host a local radio show. Hayhurst hopes to emulate his hero ‘Superman’ by becoming a journalist.

gases and air inside the box outside of the plane. The new design was tested before Boeing proposed it to the FAA. It will be retested so it can be certified for use on the plane, Hinderberger said. That should be done within a week or two. After that, approval will be up to the FAA. He said it would be inappropriate to speculate on how long that would take. Boeing shares rose $1.81, or 2.1 percent, to close at $86.43. They’ve been rising in recent weeks as investors have been anticipating a fix for the battery problems. NEwS DESK

3 astronauts return to Earth from space station

A Soyuz space capsule carrying an American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts landed Saturday morning on the steppes of Kazakhstan, safely returning the three men to Earth after a 144-day mission to the International Space Station. NASA’s Kevin Ford and Russians Oleg Novitsky and Yevgeny Tarelkin had been scheduled to return on Friday, but the landing was postponed by a day because of bad weather. Live footage on NASA TV showed all three men smiling as they were helped out of the capsule and into reclining chairs to begin their acclimatisation to Earth’s gravity. A NASA TV commentator said only two of 12 search and rescue helicopters were allowed to land at the touchdown site because of heavy clouds and fog. So instead of being placed in an inflatable medical tent for checks, the astronauts were taken fairly quickly to one of the helicopters. The temperature at the time was well below freezing. Space officials said the crew would be flown back to the staging site in Kazakhstan, a two-hour helicopter ride. From there, Ford would board a plane for Houston, Texas, and the Russians would be flown to Moscow. Their four-hour return voyage began earlier Saturday when the Russianmade capsule undocked from the space station and began its slow drift away. The craft made a “flawless entry” back into the Earth’s atmosphere and performed a perfect upright landing at around 9:10 a.m. local time, the NASA commentator said. Three other astronauts remain at the space station. The next three-man crew is scheduled to launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome at the end of the month. NEwS DESK


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HEn Bangladesh folded for 240 on the first day in Colombo, it seemed an insufficient total. Only three times have Bangladesh managed to bowl out serious Test opposition below that score. Coming into this Test, their bowlers had only 22 Test caps between them, and their bowlers’ averages made for alarming reading - only offspinner Sohag Gazi manages below 75. There had also been worries that Bangladesh had gone in with three fast bowlers and no left-arm spinners, an almost unheard-of strategy for a team that has usually relied heavily on spin. But they put those dreadful numbers behind them in the morning session with a spirited display that left Sri Lanka at 69 for 4, before they were thwarted by a familiar bogeyman. The last time Bangladesh toured Sri Lanka, Kumar Sangakkara racked up 200* and 222*, and this time he opened with twin tons in Galle. With Mahela Jayawardene out with an injury, Thilan Samaraweera retired and Tillakaratne Dilshan dismissed on the first day, there was plenty of responsibility left with Sangakkara to guide an inexperienced line-up. He duly delivered,

Clarke unable to bat due to back injury

moHali: Australia’s miserable tour of India could become even worse with the captain Michael Clarke battling a back injury that may affect his ability to bat on the final day in Mohali. Clarke has had ongoing problems with his back for many years and after hurting it during the warmup on the fourth morning, he went on and off the field a number of times during India’s batting, leaving Brad Haddin in charge during his absence. Clarke was unable to take his new no. 3 position when Australia batted later in the afternoon and he also did not come out at no. 4 or no. 5, with Phillip Hughes, Steven Smith and the nightwatchman nathan Lyon all sent in ahead of him. After stumps it remained unclear where Clarke would bat, but given that he is Australia’s leading run scorer during the series it was a major blow as they aimed to stave off defeat. “Michael injured his back in the warm-up this morning,” the team physio Alex Kountouris said. “He’ll undergo further treatment overnight. We’ll assess that and see how it settles in the morning to determine when he’s able to bat.” Clarke’s forced move back down the order allowed Hughes to shift back up to first drop and he made his innings count, reaching 53 not out at stumps, easily his best score of what has otherwise been a horror tour for him. The fast bowler Peter Siddle said he was confident Clarke would bat on the final day but he conceded the captain had been really struggling on Sunday. “I think he’ll definitely bat,” Siddle said. “It was very sore throughout the day. Everyone knows he’s had a bit of trouble with his back. He got some treatment after we came off the field and everything seems to be going along fine. AGENCIES

We know that a draw doesn’t help us at all, but we’ll do everything we can to see where we can get – Peter Siddle

sangakkara and Chandimal put sri lanka ahead completing a third Test century in 10 days, as he methodically negotiated the challenges posed by a testing track and Bangladesh’s attack. Dinesh Chandimal, for whom Test cricket continued to be easy, assisted Sangakkara with his second hundred of the series. The pair’s 195-run stand shifted the balance of the match towards Sri Lanka. An already feeble Bangladesh attack was further hampered by the unavailability of Robiul Islam, one of their four specialist bowlers, who had to leave the field just before tea due to cramps. This was not a track that encouraged flamboyance, and was more about waiting for the bad ball and patiently keeping out the good ones. Sangakkara did just that, cutting out the risks, and capitalised when the Bangladesh bowlers dropped short or bowled on the pads. Chandimal was a bit more enterprising, using his feet to Gazi, who bowled a marathon 18-over spell, to loft the ball as he made an energetic century. Both batsmen scored plenty of runs with dabs and tucks square of the wicket. As the partnership flourished, the batsmen brought out the big shots more often, and the pace of scoring picked up after tea. Sangakkara had a couple of close calls, with a bottom-edge on 81 evading both the stumps and the wicketkeeper, and a punch landing just out of reach of short cover, but other than that Bangladesh’s bowlers didn’t

SCOREBOARD BANGLADESH1st innings 240 SRI LANKA 1st innings 17 FDm Karunaratne c †mushfiqur Rahim b Abul Hasan 0 Tm Dilshan c †mushfiqur Rahim b Robiul Islam KC Sangakkara not out 127 HDRL Thirimanne c †mushfiqur Rahim b Robiul Islam 0 16 AD mathews* mahmudullah b Sohag Gazi 102 LD Chandimal† b Rubel Hossain KDK Vithanage c mominul Haque b Rubel Hossain 12 2 KmDN Kulasekara not out EXTRAS (b 2, w 6, nb 10) 18 TOTAL 294 TO BAT RmS Eranga, HmRKB Herath, RAS Lakmal FALL OF wICKETS 1-7 (Dilshan, 0.3 ov), 2-39 (Karunaratne, 9.1 ov), 3-43 (Thirimanne, 12.3 ov), 4-69 (mathews, 22.5 ov), 5-264 (Chandimal, 82.1 ov), 6-280 (Vithanage, 86.4 ov) BOwLING Robiul Islam 15-1-52-2, Sohag Gazi 30-4-84-1, Abul Hasan 18 -4-62-1, Rubel Hossain 14-3-41-2, mahmudullah 10-1-36-0, mominul Haque 2-0-6-0, mohammad Ashraful 2-0-9-0, Nasir Hossain 2-0-2-0 match details Toss Sri Lanka, who chose to field Player of the match tba umpires RK Illingworth (England) and Nj Llong (England) TV umpire RSA Palliyaguruge match referee DC Boon (Australia) Reserve umpire RR wimalasiri

pose too much of a problem. He was the first to a hundred, and didn’t mark the occasion with any exuberant celebration, befitting someone who scores them often. Chandimal was more pumped up on reaching his second Test century, the additional duties of wicketkeeper and vice-captain seem to be resting easy on his shoulders so far.

Bhuvneshwar’s blows put India ahead

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Whatever Australia’s gains on day four in Mohali, they still ended it staring a third consecutive defeat squarely in the face. Further anxiety was created by the impression that the captain Michael Clarke’s degenerative back condition had finally caught up with him in a Test match. India’s 10 wickets were rounded up for a mere 210, but a pesky first innings deficit of 91 was made to look defining by the tourists’ all too predictable slide to 75 for 3 by the close. Beginning the day at a commanding 283 for 0, India lost Shikhar Dhawan for 187 from the 11th ball of the morning. Aside from M Vijay’s studious advance to 153 and Virat Kohli’s measured unbeaten 67, none of the rest held Australia up for a protracted period. All the bowlers played their part, but Peter Siddle deserved the greatest plaudits for an admirably sustained and welldirected effort that reaped 5 for 71 at the ground on which he made his Test debut

in 2008. The most disquieting element of Australia’s day in the field was Clarke’s visible struggle with his back, which he was stretching almost as soon as he walked to the middle in the morning. Clarke spent numerous passages of the day receiving treatment, and he was ginger whenever he did appear. notably absent when the tourists batted, the lack of Clarke’s reassuring presence no doubt having an effect on what followed. It is not yet known when Clarke will bat. David Warner, Ed Cowan and Steven Smith all fell by the wayside in the 21 overs bowled before the close, their tormentor not a spinner but the clever seam and swing merchant Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who moved the ball in a manner that emulated the success of Siddle and Mitchell Starc earlier in the day. Australia’s sole source of batting comfort was provided most surprisingly by Phillip Hughes, who was able to get his feet moving against a couple of overs of pace before the slow bowlers

came on. This was a matter of circumstances, Warner’s early dismissal and Clarke’s bad back thrusting Hughes into the middle earlier than he has appeared for most of the series. He was the beneficiary of plenty of fortune, several edges landing safely and other deliveries snaking past his groping bat, but the sight of Hughes scoring any runs at all will be the source of some relief to the visitors. They had to find someone to do a job after Warner swished unwisely in the first over, Cowan played around a straight ball and Smith was undone by a devilish delivery that shaped as though an inswinger but held its line to pluck off stump. Clarke’s team had clearly resolved to tighten up their bowling considerably after allowing Dhawan and the match to gallop away from them on the third afternoon, and there was to be an almost immediate reward for the greater purpose with which they went about the fourth morning. Clarke posted a silly point for nathan Lyon to Dhawan, and a hint of extra bounce had the ball deflecting gently from splice of the bat into Cowan’s hands.

SCOREBOARD AuSTRALIA 1st innings 408 INDIA 1st innings 499 AuSTRALIA 2nd innings DA warner c †Dhoni b Kumar 2 Ejm Cowan lbw b Kumar 8 Pj Hughes not out 53 SPD Smith b Kumar 5 Nm Lyon not out 4 EXTRAS (lb 2, nb 1) 3 TOTAL 75 TO BAT mj Clarke*, Bj Haddin†, mC Henriques, Xj Doherty, mA Starc, Pm Siddle FALL OF wICKETS 1-2 (warner, 0.3 ov), 2-35 (Cowan, 7.5 ov), 3-55 (Smith, 13.5 ov) BOwLING B Kumar 8-1-25-3, I Sharma 2-0 11-0, R Ashwin 7-2-25-0, RA jadeja 2-1-11-0, PP Ojha 2-1-1-0 match details Toss Australia, who chose to bat Test debut S Dhawan (India) Player of the match tba umpires Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and RA Kettleborough (England) TV umpire S Asnani match referee RS madugalle (Sri Lanka) Reserve umpire Rm Deshpande

England bowlers feel the strain

welliNgtoN: If England’s pace bowlers came to new Zealand hoping for pitches with a bit of life and nice carry for the Tests, they will have been disappointed. By accident or design, the slow surfaces have made for some attritional cricket and, coupled with weather that has deteriorated faster than the pitches, it has meant some long stretches in the field. A week ago, it was new Zealand feeling the strain after a 170-over stint in Dunedin and now it is England’s turn. The pace bowlers lacked vigour on the fourth day in Wellington with the overs racking up against each of their names. The main concern has surrounded James Anderson, who has spent the last two days regularly stretching his back, but it is being put down to the aches and pains of the day job rather than anything more serious. “Injury-wise, he’s fine,” David Saker, the England bowling coach, said. “I think he’s just struggling for a little bit of rhythm. The high standards he sets, he’d probably say he’s below his best at the moment. Test cricket’s a hard game, and it takes its toll on fast bowlers. He knows how hard it is, and I think he’ll be fine. “Some days you just have to go out there and get on with the job, and not complain about it. We’re not complaining about it. Some days you’re going to be sore, but that’s the job.” This Wellington pitch is far from the springy, seaming surface where James Anderson made his comeback in 2008. In new Zealand, there has been a trend towards slower, lower Test pitches which are certainly in contrast to the surfaces on show for the Twenty20s and ODIs earlier this tour which often flew through to make for compelling action. AGENCIES


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We’re delighted to welcome a player of Dan’s caliber and experience back into the side as we approach the Ford Trophy Preliminary Finals – Daniel Vettori

lala’s blitz couldn’t keep men in pink from winning

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packed Wanderers’ crowd, dressed predominantly in pink to raise awareness of breast cancer, were treated to a batting masterclass by players on both sides in the third One-Day International between Pakistan and South Africa. AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla hit fluent centuries, adding a world-record 238 for the thirdwicket, to lead South Africa to 343 for three five after they had been asked to bat. Shahid Afridi then resuscitated the Pakistan run chase with a brutal 88 which took only 48 balls, while Wahab Riaz ensured that the match stayed relatively competitive until near the end. Pakistan had begun their pursuit of their mammoth target of 344 in the worst possible fashion by losing nasir Jamshed in the fourth over to Lonwabo Tsotsobe. Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez then added 82 in good time for the secondwicket, but Akmal edged a slow bouncer from Ryan McLaren to ‘keeper de Villiers when on 30 and steady trickle of wickets

followed. Hafeez fell three overs later, ending his sprightly innings at 57 off 49 balls, while Younus Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq and Shoaib Malik were unable to provide anything like the major contribution that was needed. When Malik drove Tsotsobe straight to mid-off, Pakistan were in danger of imploding. However, Afridi rolled back the years and reminded all who needed it just why he is a folk hero in Pakistan. He dominated a sixth-wicket stand of 71 with Misbah. Over the course of 44 balls, he hit seven towering sixes, including one that bounced off the stand at the golf course end and must have made any golfers enjoying a Sunday afternoon round wonder what had hit them. Ryan McLaren endured a range of contrasting emotions in the space of around 10 minutes. He was hit for six, bowled Afridi off a no-ball, was hit for another six, before clinging onto the chance at mid-off off the bowling of Tsotsobe which ended Afridi’s innings. Wahab Riaz then made sure that the crowd got their money’s worth by hitting 45 off 52 balls and taking Pakistan to 309 before being last man out. South Africa had earlier struggled initially after being inserted by Misbah and

lost Graeme Smith early. Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan again bowled good spells with the new ball, but all of the other Pakistan bowlers were given the full treatment by de Villiers, Amla and company. Wahab Riaz returned the most expensive figures ever by a Pakistani in

ODIs - conceding 93 runs off his 10 overs - while Afridi, Ajmal and Hafeez all went at more than an run a ball. De Villiers and Amla’s partnership was finally brought to an end at 238, but Faf du Plessis ensured that the innings finished with a flourish, hitting 45 off only 19 balls.

SCOREBOARD SOuTH AFRICA 3 GC Smith b mohammad Irfan Hm Amla c misbah-ul-Haq b wahab Riaz 122 CA Ingram c †Kamran Akmal b mohammad Irfan 17 AB de Villiers*† c Shoaib malik b Saeed Ajmal 128 45 F du Plessis c younis Khan b wahab Riaz 6 F Behardien not out R mcLaren not out 0 EXTRAS (lb 8, w 13, nb 1) 22 TOTAL 343 DID NOT BAT Rj Peterson, RK Kleinveldt, Dw Steyn, LL Tsotsobe FALL OF wICKETS 1-4 (Smith, 2.6 ov), 2-42 (Ingram, 13.5 ov), 3-280 (Amla, 44.1 ov), 4-301 (de Villiers, 46.3 ov), 5-342 (du Plessis, 49.5 ov) BOwLING mohammad Irfan 7-1-34-2, junaid Khan 10-2-42-0, wahab Riaz 10-0-93-2, Shahid Afridi 7-0-55-0, mohammad Hafeez 6-0-49-0, Saeed Ajmal 10-0-62-1 PAKISTAN Nasir jamshed c Amla b Tsotsobe 10 mohammad Hafeez c Steyn b Peterson 57 Kamran Akmal† c †de Villiers b mcLaren 30 younis Khan b Peterson 19 misbah-ul-Haq* c †de Villiers b mcLaren 28 Shoaib malik c Kleinveldt b Tsotsobe 4

Shahid Afridi c mcLaren b Tsotsobe 88 45 wahab Riaz b Kleinveldt Saeed Ajmal c Kleinveldt b mcLaren 8 junaid Khan c & b Steyn 9 0 mohammad Irfan not out 11 EXTRAS (lb 3, w 7, nb 1) 309 TOTAL FALL OF wICKETS 1-15 (Nasir jamshed, 3.6 ov), 2-97 (Kamran Akmal, 16.4 ov), 3-111 (mohammad Hafeez, 19.4 ov), 4-123 (younis Khan, 21.1 ov), 5-132 (Shoaib malik, 24.3 ov), 6-203 (misbah-ul-Haq, 32.3 ov), 7-244 (Shahid Afridi, 35.3 ov), 8-282 (Saeed Ajmal, 43.1 ov), 9-304 (junaid Khan, 46.5 ov), 10-309 (wahab Riaz, 48.1 ov) BOwLING Dw Steyn 10-1-48-1, LL Tsotsobe 10-0-74-3, RK Kleinveldt 9.1-1-77-1, Rj Peterson 10-0-51-2, R mcLaren 9-0-56-3, match details Toss Pakistan, who chose to field Series South Africa led the 5-match series 2-1 Players of the match Hm Amla (South Africa) and AB de Villiers (South Africa) umpires BF Bowden (New Zealand) and S George TV umpire HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) match referee Aj Pycroft (Zimbabwe) Reserve umpire AT Holdstock

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Controversy may have given England advantage: buchanan SPORTS DESK Former Australia coach John Buchanan believes the axing of four Australian players for failing to complete a task during the tour of India has handed England an advantage ahead of this year’s Ashes. Buchanan was known for using unconventional methods during his time at the helm of a highly successful Australia team and he said the drastic action taken by the team management in India could prove a masterstroke, or it could lead to the end of coach Mickey Arthur’s tenure. Arthur, the captain Michael Clarke and team manager Gavin Dovey collectively decided to leave Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson out for the Mohali Test after they neglected to complete a task set by Arthur. Following the innings defeat in Hyderabad, Arthur asked all of Australia’s players to think about their performance and come up with three ideas on how they and the team could improve. Arthur and Clarke called the decision to ban the four players a “line-in-the-sand” moment and they said it was the result of a build-up of minor infractions from the wider playing group, including being late to meetings, giving backchat and wearing the wrong uniforms. Arthur and Clarke want to build a strong culture within the team but Buchanan said the problem was that, with only three months before the Test squad assembles in England, it would be hard for such changes to take effect by then. “At this point it could be a masterstroke or it could be the reverse and I don’t think it will be anywhere in between,” Buchanan told the Telegraph. “There is a very clear message there. Whether that is the right message or whether it has been delivered or arrived at correctly will show in terms of whether it brings about a change in the way this Australian group gel together or signify an end to what has been going on before. It will continue to ferment and there is only one loser if it goes wrong and it will be the coach. “I definitely think it has provided some advantage to England but time will tell. There is a lot going on aside from this one issue. You have a new coach, new selectors, people leaving and arriving and a range of players coming in and out of different teams. What happened [in India] is a product of all that. “I don’t think there will be sufficient time for them to bed down before they get to England but it could be a masterstroke. This is about more than 10 [Ashes] Tests. This is about establishing a new team culture and fabric, a new way of being part of an Australia team that will be there for as long as Clarke and those he hands over to last.

Williamson and Taylor lift New Zealand on rainy day

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England’s chances of forcing victory in the second Test were all but eliminated when Cyclone Sandra wiped out the bulk of the last two sessions at Basin Reserve. Sandra, now she has arrived, is not expected to depart quickly with persistent rain forecast for the final day. The likelihood is that

England and new Zealand will head to Auckland with the series still locked at nilall. Even before the rain made its longheralded arrival over lunch, the going was tough for England as new Zealand batted resiliently on a surface showing little sign of deterioration to whittle down a firstinnings deficit of 211 to 58. Six overs late in the day to appease the diehards shaved off a few more. Chief wielder of the whittling stick was Kane Williamson, a circumspect halfcentury secured shortly before lunch when he pulled Joe Root securely through square leg. He had 55 from 174 balls when play was abandoned. If Williamson was a boy scout, his whittling would be of such a high standard it would be enough to make him patrol leader, although not necessarily make him the chief attraction at the village show. He played diligently and with sound technique, particularly against the quick bowlers, and if he was unsettled at times by Monty Panesar’s left-arm spin, Panesar never managed to get on top of him for long. He looks mature beyond his 22 years and looks set to serve new Zealand with distinction for many years. Williamson’s third-wicket stand with Ross Taylor was worth 72 by lunch, with

Taylor displaying flashes of attacking intent. It was clear for England that there would be no easy pickings against a side which has played with resolve throughout the series. At times Panesar seemed at odds with himself, or the field he had to bowl to, or the weather. Dr Panesar, as he jokes he wishes to be known these days since taking some business exams earlier in the tour, needed a spot of self-diagnosis. England’s only wicket was that of Peter Fulton, whose obdurate innings ended with a push away from his body against James Anderson and a straightforward slip catch for Alastair Cook. It was touch and go whether Anderson had overstepped, but after several replays the third umpire, Paul Reiffel, ruled in the bowler’s favour. Anderson had stayed behind the line by little more than a bit of stray ankle strapping. Anderson was variously troubled by an ankle battered by footholds that were not entirely to his taste and a back made stiff by the Wellington breeze. If he came back to Basin Reserve on a really windy day, he would get an insight about what it would feel like to be 90 years of age. nobody would have predicted with certainty that he would get through the day unscathed but he reached lunch in reasonable order.

The aches and strains of a fast bowler’s lot was enough to put him in one of his complex moods, revealed by a put-upon smile that forever seems likely to be his last. He was never more put upon than when Kevin Pietersen misfielded badly at mid-on to allow Taylor, who was on a pair, to get a single off the mark, the pressure released in an instant. An unbroken morning session had seemed unlikely before play began. Rain was forecast, imminent rain, and the groundstaff were not overly enthusiastic about taking the covers off. But Cyclone Sandra was a playful adversary and, although rumoured to be in the vicinity, delivered nothing more than a sprinkle or two in the first few overs before taking her sport elsewhere until more extensive rain arrived at the interval. Wellington, with little more than a fortnight’s water left after one of its driest summers on record, will be grateful for that. new Zealand began 134 runs in arrears with eight wickets remaining. The pitch was still sound, the weather unsettled. England needed the ball to turn for Panesar - and not merely out of the rough. He came into the attack after seven overs and his first two deliveries did just that, bringing hope that Panesar could progress from a good

SCOREBOARD ENGLAND 1st innings 465 NEw ZEALAND 1st innings 254 NEw ZEALAND 2nd innings (following on) PG Fulton c Cook b Anderson 45 HD Rutherford c Bell b Panesar 15 KS williamson not out 55 LRPL Taylor not out 41 EXTRAS (lb 1, w 5) 6 TOTAl 162 TO BAT DG Brownlie, BB mcCullum*, Bj watling†, TG Southee, BP martin, N wagner, TA Boult FALL OF wICKETS 1-25 (Rutherford, 10.3 ov), 2-81 (Fulton, 36.6 ov) BOwLING jm Anderson 12-4-27-1, SCj Broad 14-6-32-0, ST Finn 11-2-360, mS Panesar 26-12-44-1, IjL Trott 3-0-10-0, jE Root 2-0-12-0 match details Toss New Zealand, who chose to field Player of the match tba umpires Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and Rj Tucker (Australia) TV umpire PR Reiffel (Australia) match referee RS mahanama (Sri Lanka) Reserve umpire GAV Baxter

containing job to potential matchwinner. He threatened sporadically all morning, but no wickets were forthcoming. He looked a little sorry for himself, but it could have been worse. While he went unrewarded, his spin partner, Graeme Swann, recuperating from an elbow operation in the United States, tweeted that he was sick of jam and peanut butter. There is always someone worse off than you.


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We just weren’t in the optimum window with the tyres today, for whatever reason. For the conditions and so on we were a bit out – Red Bull team principal Christian Horner

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lahore Whites beat gulberg gymkhana laHore: Lahore Whites beat Gulberg Gymkhana in the 15th national Senior Veteran Cricket Cup match at Race Course Park Cricket Ground. Gulberg Gymkhana batting first 135 all out after 23.2 overs. Rana Shahid 50, Muhammad Saleem 27 & Faisal Pirzada 16 runs. Lahore Whites bowling Saeed Khan bowling well 3/18, Tariq Siddiqui 2/9, Asim Sheikh 2/27 & Asif Kurmani 1/39 wickets. In reply Lahore Whites 136/6 after 19.3 overs. Mohtasham Rasheed 47, Javeed Hayat 33 & Tariq Siddiqui 25 runs not out. Gulberg Gymkhana bowling Shahzad Bhatti 3/31, Afzal Munir 1/25 & Rashid Majeed 1/24 wickets. Javeed Ashraf, Muhammad Asif umpire & Syed najam ul saeed was the scorer. STAFF REPORT

ravi Club beat shah faisal in women cricket laHore: Ravi Cricket Club beat Shah Faisal Clubs by eight wickets in the 7th Regional Inter-District Women Cricket Championship (seniors) 2013 here at the Punjab Women Cricket Academy. Scores: Shah Faisal Club scored 83 runs all out in 34.5 overs. nazia 30, Kanwal 17. Hina and Faryal took three wickets each while Hafza took two. Ravi Club reached the score losing two wickets in 16 overs. Hafza 35, Ayesha 15. Kanwal took one wicket. STAFF REPORT

berdych’s poor run continues Sometimes a person’s life can be dramatically changed by one moment. A chance meeting in the street may lead to a new job opportunity, you could forget your keys and delay your drive to work avoiding a 17-car pile-up on the roads, someone you literally bump into could end up being the love of your life. For Tomas Berdych, his Sliding Doors moment came at break point down at the end of the first set. A desperate looping shot from nadal at full stretch gave Berdych the easiest of smash opportunities – he could have even let it bounce and kept an eye on nadal before tucking it away – but he chose to slash at it as it dropped, and from a central position right over the net, Berdych mistimed the shot by a fraction of a second, and the ball bounced off the rim and curled away from the court. nadal had the break, and soon the set. Psychologically, that must’ve ruined Berdych. His record against nadal was awful as it stood anyway, three wins from fifteen matches, and eleven losses on the trot. Once that smash had been shanked out of the court, there was only going to be one winner – and with a resurgent nadal in such scintillating form since his return from injury, perhaps there was only ever going to be one winner here. nadal’s win put him into the fourth final out of four tournaments since his comeback in Vina del Mar in February. SPORTS DESK

Colony sugar bEComE national Polo CHamPions LAHORE STAFF REPORT

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OLOnY Sugar left Diamond Paints off colour in the final of the Zong national Polo Championship For The Quaid-eAzam Gold Cup 2013 to lift the trophy here on sunny Sunday while Army/Coca Cola edged aside Guard Group for a third place. Colony Sugar banged in 11 goals while Diamond Paints scored seven. The match rolled into action with slow pace with Colony Sugar taking an edge through the efforts of Saqib Khan Khakwani while Raja Samiullah brought in one goal for Daimond Paints.

James Harper gave an upper hand to Diamond Paints in the second chukker with three goals and even the effort of Hamza Mawaz Khan off the pass of Saqib Khan Khakwani could not bring Sugar-men on level terms of Diamonds. However, the coordinated moves of Hamza and Saqib in the third chukker brought Sugar back in the game. And by the start of the fourth chukker, Sugar was all over the Diamond. In this same chukker n Shaikh also contributed for Colony Sugar and it was Hamza who made Shaikh Sahib work for the goal. Raja Samiullah with his solo efforts hit the board twice. But Hamza kept the score ticking for Colony Sugar and did not let the rivals take lead. His (Hamza’s) two back to back goals in the fifth and final chukker

totally stumped the Diamond Paint quartet. But Raja Samiullah did not give up struggle and just before the final hooter scored his team’s seventh goal in which James Harper played a vital role. Umpires for the match were Marcus Hancock and Manuel Crespo while Santiago Mendivil was the referee. Hamza Mawaz Khan for his controlled game earned the player for the match title and was awarded by chief guest Feng Tuixian, Chief Financial Officer, Zong, under whose name the championship was being played. In the earlier match, Army/Coca Cola defeated Guard Group by one goal margin. Though Guard Group took the lead through Taimur Ali Malik but Raja Temur nadeem of Army/Coca Cola

along with Isfandiyar Pataudi remained on their toes to ensure their team came out winners. Ahmed Ali Tiwana of the pass of Santiago Mendivil leveled the score in the second chukker but Manuel Crespo equalized the score through a 30 yards penalty hit. However, Guard Group was lucky to take a one goal lead with the hit of Ahmed Ali Tiwana. He extended the lead again and Santiago Mendivil with his solo efforts made his presence felt to take Guards two goals up. Isfandiyar, Raja Temur and Manuel Crespo then combined to make sure their team did not leave as losers even though Ahmed Ali leveled the score in the final chukker but luck was in Manuel Crespo and Army/Coca Cola side.

Arms wrestling competition held LAHORE STAFF REPORT

A zestfull arms wrestling competition was held on Sunday here at Hall no 2 of Al Hamran. It was the second edition of the championship participated by a large number of young boys and girls and the competitions were quite intense. According to Qaiser Khan, secretary and founding member of the Pakistan Arm Wreslting Federation, it is one of the step forward to promote the sport at the grass root and among the youngsters. “We are hopeful that the response we have received would spread the sport all over the country in the days to come,” he added,


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alonso happy with ferrari but lotus a concern SPORTS DESK Fernando Alonso sounded upbeat about Ferrari’s Formula One title chances on Sunday despite being outpaced by Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus in a thrilling Australian season-opener. The sport’s most successful team made a far more promising start than last year, when they had a troubled car, with Alonso’s Brazilian team mate Felipe Massa finishing fourth in the new F138. Along with champions Red Bull, Ferrari were emphatically upstaged by the winning team, however, as Raikkonen stormed to victory with one less pit-stop and on only his second change of tyres. “Obviously it was fantastic race, with fighting all through the race,” two times world champion Alonso told reporters. “I personally enjoyed it. At the end it was a little bit sad not to be able to win the race, but Kimi was fantastic today, the Lotus car as well. “We had a very difficult start to the season two years ago and last year as well and this year is very different. We feel much more optimistic. The car is responding well, we are competitive so we have a very interesting season ahead of us.” Alonso, who had to pit three times, finished more than 12 seconds adrift of 2007 world champion and Ferrari predecessor Raikkonen, prompting questions about the team’s three-stop strategy. “It is a worry, yes,” Alonso responded, when asked about Lotus’s success with only two stops. “Kimi was driving fantastically all through the race and he managed two stops, so we need to analyse what we can do for the next race. “We have only four days to work on the car to prepare for the next race and I think he will again be a tough opponent.” Ferrari head into the next stop at Malaysia top of the constructors championship, a year after limping to Sepang with worrying mechanical problems on the back of a fifth place finish to Alonso and a retirement to Massa at Albert Park.

HILE Rafa nadal continued his impressive comeback to reach the BnP Paribas Open final, novak Djokovic made a shock exit in Saturday’s (Sunday, PHL time) semifinals as his winning streak of 22 matches came to an end. The top-seeded Serb squandered a 30 lead in the final set before losing concentration and the match, 4-6 6-4 64 to Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro, on a sweltering afternoon at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Djokovic, a two-time champion here, was broken twice in that third set as Del Potro booked his place in Sunday’s (Monday, PHL time) final against world number five nadal, who overcame Czech Tomas Berdych 6-4 75 in a semifinal of high quality. “It happens,” a gracious Djokovic told reporters after losing for the first time since his defeat last October to bigserving American Sam Querrey in the second round of the ATP Masters 1000 event in Paris. “All the credit to my opponent today. He deserved to win because he was more composed in the important moments and he played the right shots. “I didn’t deserve to win today. You know, whenever I had chances, in the second or third sets, I throw them away with some unforced errors. My movement was poor, and I congratulate to my opponent.” Seventh seed Del Potro, who won his first and only grand slam title at the 2009 U.S. Open before being sidelined for eight months the following year after having wrist surgery, beat Djokovic for only the third time in 11 meetings. “I was so close to lose because he got the chance to beat me but I got lucky in very important moments, very important points when I made fantastic winners on my forehands,” said the 24year-old from Tandil. “It was my best match in this tournament, for sure,” added Del Potro, who upset third-seeded Scotsman Andy Murray 6-7 6-3 6-1 in the quarterfinals. The towering

Argentine with the big serve and booming forehand lost a closely contested first set in just under an hour after being broken in the 10th game. Though he lost serve twice more in the second set, he broke the Serb three times to level the match and then twice more in the third as he played steadier tennis from the baseline, his running forehand often making a telling difference. Earlier, two-time champion nadal made light of his seven months out last year due to a knee injury as he outplayed the sixth-seeded Czech. Career-best start The Spanish left-hander, who returned to the ATP circuit only last month, broke his opponent once to take the opening set, then won a tense second set to improve his record this year to a career-best 16-1. “For me this is totally unexpected to be in the final,” smiled nadal after winning the last four games to come from 3-5 down in that second set. “But here we are today, and I’m very happy about all what happened the last month, especially the last three weeks. “not easy coming back after an important injury after seven months without playing a tournament and be

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back and winning against three top 10s like David Ferrer, like today against Berdych, the other day against Roger (Federer).” nadal swept aside Spanish world number four Ferrer 6-0 6-2 in the final of the Mexican Open two weeks ago and crushed long-time rival Federer 6-4 6-2 in the Indian Wells quarter-finals on Thursday. “So coming back is certainly something amazing for me,” the Spaniard said. “I feel very comfortable in this tournament. I feel very happy when I am here.” Twice Indian Wells champion nadal, who has beaten Del Potro seven times in their 10 career meetings, including the last three matches, played down any suggestion he would be a firm favorite in Sunday’s (Monday, PHL time) final. “Del Potro is coming in fantastically well, winning in Rotterdam, playing a very good tournament in Dubai, and now being in final here,” said nadal. “So it’s going to be a very difficult final for me. But I don’t have nothing to lose after seven months. I did much more than what I dreamed. Any result will be a fantastic week for me, a fantastic tournament.”

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sutil stunned by his comeback form SPORTS DESK Adrian Sutil said he was amazed he could stay in the lead of the Australian Grand Prix, his first race since spending 2012 on the sidelines. The German, back with Force India after not racing last year, benefited from being one of the few drivers who started the race on the medium tyre compound to move into the lead after the frontrunners had pitted. Although he came under pressure from Sebastian Vettel, Sutil managed to stay ahead before he made his first pitstop. The Force India driver then went on to finish in seventh position. “I wasn’t expecting that but I came back to do better and it was a great feeling to be straight up there,” said Sutil. “So I just tried to keep concentrated and use my chance. I was amazed we could be competitive at the front. “I gained first place back after the first pitstop so the pace was really there. Vettel was probably too close running behind [me and] maybe destroyed his tyres, but the pace was there and that was great to see. “I knew we were going to lose a few places [in the final stint] because I was on an opposite strategy but nevertheless seventh in first race, to lead quite a lot, it showed what was possible. It’s a sign you should never give up and always believe, anything’s possible.” Sutil said he had to keep his emotions in check when he realised he was leading the race, but he insisted he was ready for it thanks to his new mindset in his second Formula 1 spell. “It was nice to see P1 on my board, no question,” he added. “But it’s very important to keep your emotions under control in the sport. Emotions are not the best to have, when you want to race you want to be successful. “I think I’m quite good at it now. I saw that as a big day, it was nice, but it’s not that I wasn’t feeling good in this position. “When I came back into the sport I thought I’m just coming back if I can do better. I programmed my mind for this kind of position. I know it’s just maybe only today, but maybe it will come again and I want to go to the front.” The German said he is now hungry for more. “We show we are absolutely strong enough to score points and I’m always aiming for my first podium,” he said, “for a long time I’ve wanted to do that. “Whenever it comes I want to be ready that’s a good target for this year, maybe it happens maybe it not but I will push for that.”

Murad picks up 2nd ICAP Trophy LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Thehip conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan and supported by Bank Alfalah, lured golf loving chartered accountants, business giants, lawyers, bankers and entrepreneurs of significance to the Royal Palm Golf arena and 132 of them enjoyed a hugely competitive golf outing sprinkled by some touching ICAP hospitality. After the completion of the 18 holes competition contested on stroke play basis, the triumphant one turned out to be Sardar Murad, a four handicapper who carded the best gross score of the day, a four over par 76 and thereby picked up the glittering winners trophy. During this prestigious corporate event, Murad’s closest challengers were Shoaib Bokhari, Hussain Hamid and Abbas ali Khan, who ended the 18 holes contest with fighting scores which reflected steady play but good enough only to fetch them prizes other than the first.

In the Chartered Accountants category, the top performers were Shahzad Hussain (1st gross), Imran Farooq Mian (2nd gross) , and Waheed Aslam (3rd gross) . Performers of net category were Anjum Ata Sheikh (1st net) , Ali Raza Jafri (2nd net) and Rashid Ibrahim (3rd net). Prize winners in the handicap category 13 to 18 were Khalid Mehmood Chaudry (1st gross), Shahid Karim (2nd gross) and Lt Gen (r) M. Tariq (3rd gross) and positions in net section were attained by Adnan Gilani (1st net) , Faisal Raja (2nd

net) and Amir Iftikhar (3rd net) . net section acheivers in handicap category 1 to 12 were Hamid Sharif, Shahid Abbas and Jehanzeb Baig. Overall winner in net category was Mohtisham Aftab. As for the other prize winners the nearest to the pin prizes went to Taimoor Shabbir and Sameer Iftikhar. The longest drive of 300 yards was hit by Farid Malik on hole no 3 and Shoaib Shams hit the ball to a massive distance of 327 yards on hole number 12. On the occasion of the prize giving

ceremony, a lucky draw was held for the caddies also and 15 lucky ones were given bicycles by Ahmed Saeed, President of Institute Of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan. Haji Yousaf of ICAP stated that this golf tournament was an initiative on the part of ICAP to promote corporate golf. Also present at the concluding ceremony were Ramzan Sheikh, Lt Gen (r) Muhammed Tariq, naeem Sheikh, Pervez Qureshi, Iftikhar Taj Mian, Badia Raza and a large number of participating golfers.


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