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Govt has failed in Balochistan: SC
ending Siachen standoff: Pakistan should take first step
CJP orders police to produce three recovered persons in court, seeks details of sectarian killings g
HE Supreme Court on Tuesday said the federal and provincial governments were responsible for failing to maintain peace in Balochistan. “But the court will not rest until rule of law is restored to the province,” Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said while hearing a case about law and order situation in Balochistan. The three-member bench also includes Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Parvez. The Supreme Court was informed that another three missing persons – Naseer Ahmad, Akhtar Mohammad Lango and Abdul Hafeez – were recovered and had returned to their home in Quetta on Monday. The SC ordered that the three missing persons be presented in the SC Quetta Registry on April 30 and the Balochistan IGP should inform the court about the agency that had picked them up and under which law. The missing persons were recovered following the directives of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. They had gone missing from the Killi Ismail area of Quetta three weeks ago. The chief justice also enquired why there were so many targeted killings happening in Balochistan and who would control the situation. He said there was an international conspiracy to create a law and order crisis in Balochistan because the province was at the front line. “The government gave Rs 250 million to each MPA but they did nothing for the better-
ment of the people. The court had issued orders to the federal government about law and order in the province but it also did nothing,” he said, adding that the court was least bothered about speeches made against it, but the people must be given protection as they were being mercilessly killed. The bench ordered the attorney general and the advocate general to present a detailed report on the names of victims of religious organizations who were killed during the past two months. The next hearing of the case will be held at the SC’s Quetta Registry on April 30. Earlier during the hearing, the court pointed out that it (SC) was prima facie of the view that without identification by the police and Levies Force or any other such like source, it was impossible for any of the agencies, if at all, to pick up a person. The court noted in its order that on last date of hearing, seven persons were found missing from the area of Saryab (Quetta); however, they have also been recovered by the police and it is alleged that they were picked up by the agencies but to establish this assertion, no evidence/proof had been furnished nor anybody was willing to disclose the name of the agencies “because we (Court) have enquired from the police but they, as usual, express their inability in this regard. Be that as it may, the advocate general Balochistan is directed to produce these persons in Court on the next date of hearing at Quetta”. Continued on page 04
SHIGAR VALLEY: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday kisses the hand of a little girl whose father is among 135 Pakistan Army personnel buried under an avalanche in the Gayari Sector of Siachen. Online SKARDU AGENCIES
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) President Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday called on the governments of Pakistan and India to withdraw their forces from Siachen, saying the first step should be taken by Pakistan. Talking to reporters and members of the Gayari avalanche-affected families, Nawaz said Pakistan and India were spending billions of rupees on defence which could be diverted for the prosperity of the people. He highly praised the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, saying they were de-
fending the country while staying in snow-covered mountains. He said the jawans of Gilgit-Baltistan had played an important role in the Pakistan Army. Nawaz said the present government did not have the will and the capability to fight terrorism. “Immediate attention needs to be given to terrorism and its elimination,” he said, adding that acts of terrorism were proof of the failure of the government. The PML-N president also visited the residences of soldiers, expressed grief with their families, distributed cheques worth Rs 500,000 to each of the affected family and announced job for a member of each family in Punjab.
He also said the Punjab government would bear the education expenses of children of the people hit by the avalanche. Earlier, Nawaz arrived in Gayari by helicopter from Skardu. The PMLN president received a briefing on the rescue operation from Corp Commander Lt General Khalid Nawaz and Forces Commander Major General Akram ul Haq. Appreciating soldiers of army and their bravery, the PML-N chief said the entire nation was praying for them. He expressed his resolve to hold talks with India to resolve the Siachen dispute with Pakistan.
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CM begs, YDA says No
Lashkari Raisani resigns from PPP, Senate
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Girls caught taking BA English exam at home LAHORE: A vigilance committee in Lahore has caught two girls taking their BA English exam in the comfort of their homes. According to a spokesperson of Punjab University, a committee was formed headed by Controller Examination Dr Liaquat Ali after a student named Shanzay Sadiq was earlier caught attempting her exam at home. Shanzay used to take the answer sheet home a night before the exam and take the question paper half an hour before the paper started. She would fill her answer sheet for three hours at home and would return the paper to her centre. The committee received a tipoff about two girls in Lahore involved in a similar activity. The committee raided their exam centre before the girls arrived to submit their papers to the staff. According to initial reports, the superintendent and additional superintendent both were allegedly involved in this case. The records of the college have been seized by concerned authorities to investigate the matter further. oNLINE
6 militants killed, three hideouts destroyed in Kurram Agency KURRAM AGENCY: Pakistani security forces Tuesday killed six militants during the ongoing operation in the Kurram Agency tribal region bordering Afghanistan, officials said. Security officials said Pakistan army fighter jets pounded the militant hideouts in mountainous area of the agency, killing six militants and destroying three mountaintop hideouts. The sources added that after the air strikes, the security forces took control of the mountaintop. The security forces have been battling militants in the region since 2008. oNLINE
Top economic team reaches US to restore Kerry-Lugar Bill, CSF fund ISLAMABAD: In an apparent attempt to restore the aid provided to Pakistan through the Kerry-Lugar Bill and the Coalition Support Fund (CSF), a top economic team from Pakistan has reached Washington, said an official on request of anonymity. Federal Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, the State Bank of Pakistan governor and the Finance secretary have reached Washington. The economic team reached the USA last Monday and will hold talks with the US and World Bank authorities about the restoration of aid to the country. “The federal minister is also expected to discuss financial assistance for the Bhasha Dam and Tarbela Dam,” said the official, adding that the minister will also attend the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the WB. The Kerry-LugarBergman Act was passed by the US Congress in 2009 to enhance USA’s partnership with Pakistan. The bill authorised the release of $ 1.5 billion per year to Pakistan as non-military aid from 2010 to 2014. It was proposed by Senators John Kerry and Richard Lugar. Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez, in his very recent meetings with the US officials, reiterated Pakistan’s demand for the payment of the US grant under the CSF to Pakistan. He informed them that Pakistan had placed the grant it expected to receive from the CSF in its budget for the current financial year and that if it does not receive the grant; the economic troubles of the country are likely to worsen. Pakistan had projected that it would receive $ 800 million as part of the CSF, but it had yet to receive any funds as of December 2010. oNLINE
No evidence yet that Afghan attacks were planned in Pakistan: Dempsey WASHINGTON INP
US Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey on Monday said the US did not have any intelligence yet on whether the deadly weekend attack was planned in Pakistan. Addressing reporters at the Pentagon during a press conference with Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta, General Dempsey revealed that the 36 attackers who terrorised Kabul were linked to the infamous Haqqani network, but he declined to comment on whether the attack was planned in Pakistan. To a question Panetta said there was no question that the Haqqanis were based in Pakistan. “They have also moved across the border and operate in enclaves in Afghanistan. There is a concern that they continue to find safe haven in Pakistan. We have made clear to the Pakistanis that this is not tolerable,” the US secretary of defence said without committing to whether Haqqanis planned the Kabul attack while on Pakistani soil. Panetta said they had intelligence that indicated that the Haqqani network was behind the attacks that took place in Kabul over the weekend. “We had received a great deal of intelligence that the Haqqanis were planning these kinds of attacks,” he said. He said the attacks reflect Taliban were resilient, and this was the beginning of their spring offensive. However, he added that they believed that with the Afghan Army, the US would be able to combat these attacks.
KARACHI: Protesters run after police fired in the air to disperse a demonstration against non-availability of water and electricity in the Qayyumabad area of Korangi on Tuesday. ONLINE
intelligence says it warned of Bannu jail attack ISLAMABAD AfP
Intelligence services warned the government three months ago about a possible attack on a prison in the restive northwest that was raided at the weekend, officials said Tuesday. On Sunday nearly 400 prisoners, including militants, escaped from a jail outside the town of Bannu after an attack by insurgents armed with guns, grenades and rockets. The intelligence information was conveyed to the government through a letter dated January 5, 2012, a copy of which was seen by AFP. The letter identified Bannu jail as a target, along with the Pakistan Air Force base in the northwestern garrison town of Kohat, the Kohat cantonment and a police station. “The intelligence information about the possible attacks was shared with the government in January 2012,” a senior intelligence official told
AFP on condition of anonymity. More than 150 heavily-armed Islamists stormed the prison near the lawless tribal region where Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants have carved out their stronghold. Ehsanullah Ehsan, spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, which he said was launched to free some of their top members. A former member of the air force sentenced to death for an attempt to assassinate former president Pervez Musharraf was among the escaped militants, he said. Adnan Rasheed was convicted after a bomb planted under a bridge in Rawalpindi near Islamabad in December 2003 exploded moments after Musharraf’s motorcade passed. His appeal is pending before the Supreme Court. The intelligence official said Rasheed was the only high-profile militant in the jail and the attackers were heard shouting his name after breaking in. He said the
government had also been warned of future attacks which would not be confined to the troubled northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Another intelligence official said: “Intelligence agencies had intercepted that an attack on Bannu jail to free inmates was being planned. But the date and time of the attack was not known.” He also said Kohat air base, cantonment and Bannu jail had been identified as targets and that law enforcement agencies had been informed. Provincial authorities on Monday removed four senior officials over the jail break, which Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain blamed on “a total failure of intelligence agencies”. Pakistan’s tribal belt on the Afghan border is rife with homegrown insurgents, Al-Qaeda operatives and Taliban, who are understood to use rear bases in Pakistan to plot attacks in neighbouring Afghanistan.
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ArTS & ENTErTAiNmENT
US space shuttle Discovery flies a final time
PfDC Sunsilk fashion Week ends on a high note
Misbah ecstatic about int’l cricket return
News 03 CommENT The militant onslaught Another stop for the travelling circus
The president has a complaint or two when it comes to the media.
Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi says: Normalising ties with the US: The DPC parties have no alternative.
Ali Aftab Saeed says: Electoral dynamics: Qureshi’s and Hashmi’s own seats are in danger.
Kuldip Nayar says: Meet India’s communists: BJP and the Congress are the two sides of the same coin.
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PM assures minorities of govt’s full support LAHORE
RIME Minister Yosuf Raza Gilani said on Tuesday that the Pakistan People’s Party-led government wishes to develop good relations between the Muslim and Sikh communities, as well as other minorities in Pakistan. Talking to a delegation of Sikh pilgrims on Tuesday at the Punjab governor’s house, the PM said the government has set up a ministry for inter-faith harmony in order to bring the various communities in the country closer together. PM Gilani said the minorities and women are his constituency and that special attention is being paid to make the Sikh pilgrims feel comfortable when they visit gurdawaras across Pakistan. Gilani stated that Sikh-Muslim harmony was exemplary, adding that cordial relations between the two communities were admired all over the world. The premier also felicitated the Sikh community across the world on the ad-
vent of the Baisakhi festival, saying the Pakistani people and the government share their joy on this festive occasion. He said the government has always facilitated the Sikh pilgrims when they visit their holy places in Pakistan, adding that the Sikh pilgrims could visit Pakistan four times during a calendar year. PM Gilani highlighted the initiatives of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) and the Pakistan Sikh Gurdawara Parbahandac Committee (PSGPC) to facilitate the Sikh pilgrims. Talking about some of their initiatives, he said the facilities available at the gurdawaras across Pakistan were enhanced; special dispensaries were set up that provide free medicine to pilgrims, while security systems, including CCTV cameras, luggage scanners, metal detectors, walk-through and security gates were installed to ensure foolproof security. On the question of the establishment of the Baba Guru Nanak University by the Pakistani Sikh community, Gilani welcomed the idea, saying that
he would personally take up the matter with the quarters concerned to ensure that the project could be initiated in the shortest possible time. Earlier, the Sikh delegation expressed their gratitude to Prime Minister Gilani on the provision of facilities to the Sikh community during their visit to Pakistan as well as for ensuring stringent security measures at the gurdawaras. The Sikh pilgrims eulogised the services of Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Syed Asif Hashmi’s services rendered for the Sikh community and the maintenance of the gurdawars in the country. The delegation said the initiatives introduced by Hashmi match the reforms initiated by Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjeet Singh in Punjab, adding that the Sikh community was indebted to the services of the ETPB chairman. ETPB Chairman Syed Asif Hashmi, Punjab Acting Governor Rana Muhammad Iqbal and State Inter-Faith Harmony Minister Akram Masih Gill were also present during the meeting.
Kashmir is Pakistan’s lifeline: Shahbaz LAHORE
Pakistan will be pressed to ‘squeeze’ haqqani network: Clinton WASHINGTON: The United States has said that it will continue to press Islamabad to ‘squeeze’ the al-Qaeda linked Haqqani network, as Afghanistan blamed the Pakistan-based group for the latest brazen attacks in Kabul. Declaring “there were indications of Haqqani involvement” in the weekend attacks in the Afghan capital, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that she had pressed Pakistan to ‘squeeze’ the Haqqani network when she visited Islamabad last October. “I will continue to make that point, and press it hard,” Clinton was quoted by Fox News as telling reporters in the Brazilian capital Brasilia, where she described the Haqqani network as a ‘determined foe’. AGENCIES
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said Kashmir is the lifeline of Pakistan which has been kept separated from it by force. Addressing a joint press conference with Kashmir Committee Chairman Fazlur Rehman at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, Shahbaz said Kashmiris had rendered innumerable sacrifices for freedom. He said millions of Kashmiris had sacrificed their lives but the UN resolutions for resolving this dispute had not been implemented and Kashmiris were still deprived of their basic right of self-determination. He said a lasting and durable peace could not be achieved in the subcontinent without solution of Kashmir problem and resolution of this core issue was the top priority of Pakistan. Shahbaz said no progress could be
made with India without solving the basic issues with sincerity and commitment. “We support commerce and trade between the two neighbouring countries however, it depends upon us how we live together.” Shahbaz said Pakistan had always extended diplomatic and moral support to Kashmiris. Kashmir Committee Chairman Fazl told reporters that after the federal capital, the first meeting of the Kashmir Committee was held in Lahore. He said the committee will also hold its meetings in other provinces so that participation of all federating units could be ensured in the solution of Kashmir problem. He said Pakistan had been entangled on its western frontiers during the last one decade due to which the Kashmir issue had gone into the background. Fazl made an appeal to the international community to take notice of Indian
osama’s family ‘leave Pakistan early Wednesday’ ISLAMABAD AfP
Osama bin Laden’s family is expected to be deported from Pakistan early on Wednesday, their lawyer and an intelligence official said, 11 months after the US raid that killed the Al-Qaeda kingpin. The 9/11 mastermind’s three widows and their children were detained by the Pakistani authorities after the Saudi was killed in a US Navy SEAL operation in the garrison town of Abbottabad, north of Islamabad, last May. The news came as Washington and Islamabad try to patch up their relationship, which was badly damaged by the revelation that the world’s most wanted man was living a stone’s throw from Pakistan’s elite military academy. Two weeks ago a court sentenced the widows and two of bin
Laden’s older daughters to 45 days’ detention on charges of illegal entry and residency in Pakistan and ordered their deportation as soon as possible. They are due to complete the sentence, served in an Islamabad villa designated by authorities as a “sub-jail”, on Tuesday, as it officially began when they were formally arrested on the charges on March 3. “They will go tonight or tomorrow early in the morning. After 12 tonight they can be deported any time,” their lawyer Muhammad Aamir told AFP on Tuesday. Aamir said the family — who number 12, including bin Laden’s three widows, eight children and one grandchild — would probably initially go to Saudi Arabia. He said bin Laden’s youngest and reportedly favourite wife, Amal Abdulfattah, who is Yemeni, may be sent to
Yemen afterwards with her five children. A Pakistani intelligence official confirmed to AFP that the family was expected to be deported “sometime around midnight” and said “most likely they would be flown to Saudi Arabia.” A number of Saudi diplomats have visited Pakistan in recent weeks to work out the details of the deportation, sources say. Abdulfattah, 30, told Pakistani interrogators bin Laden had fathered four children while he hid out in Pakistan, according to a police report seen by AFP last month. After fleeing Afghanistan in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, bin Laden moved his family around Pakistan before settling in a three-storey house inside a walled compound in the garrison town of Abbottabad in 2005.
atrocities against Kashmiris and exert pressure on India to withdraw its forces from occupied Kashmir. He said all efforts should be directed towards solution of Kashmir issue. Earlier, a meeting of the Kashmir Committee was held at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, under the chairmanship of Fazlur Rehman. Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz said Kashmiris had rewritten history through their supreme sacrifices in the struggle for freedom. Fazl said Pakistan had a principled and just stance over the Kashmir issue which was recognised by the entire world including the UN. He said if Pakistan remained at the mercy of India it will continue to blackmail it on its own terms. He said that Pakistan should safeguard its future and national interests should be protected through effective measures.
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election Commission has become useless: CJP ISLAMABAD NNI
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has become useless and defunct, Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said on Tuesday while heading a three-member bench hearing cases regarding electoral reforms and control on expenditures during elections. According to a private TV channel, counsel for the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Faroogh Naseem, began the proceedings with his arguments. The chief justice asked him if
Govt has failed
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“We may reiterate here that it is the duty of the provincial as well as federal government to maintain law and order and to provide security to the life and property of the citizen being subject of the Constitution. The situation, which is prevailing in the province of Balochistan, as already explained in our earlier orders, needs special interest and attention of both the governments i.e. provincial and federal,” the order said. It added that copies of the orders dated 5th and 6th April, 2012 had already been sent to both the governments, “but no response so far had been received from either, however, since the advocate general has requested for time to comply with the directions contained in the said orders, therefore, the case is adjourned to April 30”.
candidates were given party tickets free of cost or in return for a fee. Naseem replied that his party declared ineligible the ones who took tickets in return for money, adding that funds were allotted voluntarily in his party. Justice Tariq Pervez said the funds did not go to the party instead, they were streamed directly to party chiefs. The chief justice said the impression should be dispelled that party tickets were handed out by giving heavy donations. The MQM’s counsel said other parties gave tickets against heavy donations
worth millions of rupees. However, it was not the case with the MQM. The CJP said a smuggler could buy the entire country if he wished so, adding that the ECP never rose to probe the excess expenditures undertaken by political parties during elections. ECP Director General Syed Sher Afghan Khan told the court that large political parties misstated their assets to the Election Commission. The chief justice said if the ECP could not scrutinize the asset details of political parties, then political parties should send their account statements to the post office.
Karzai wants ‘at least $2 billion’ a year from US KABUL AfP
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said he wanted “at least $2 billion” a year from the United States after it withdraws its troops in 2014. Karzai said the US should specify in a partnership agreement to be signed between his country and the US how much money it will give to Afghanistan after they leave. “They (US) say we will give you money, but will not specify the amount. We say give us less, but write it down,” Karzai told a group of university professors and students in
Kabul. “We want them to write down that America will give for Afghanistan’s security $2 billion a year — or at least two billion a year”, he said. “If they want to give us more, they are welcome.” Karzai’s comments came a day after he laid most of the blame for an 18-hour assault by squads of Taliban insurgents in Kabul Sunday on intelligence failures by NATO forces. “The terrorists’ infiltration in Kabul and other provinces is an intelligence failure for us and especially for NATO and should be seriously investigated,” Karzai said in a statement.
ANF official Continued fRom page 22 needed a thorough process, adding that Chinese banks had also opened many branches in Pakistan, however, establishing a bank was a federal subject and provinces had no role in it. The prime minister condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Afghanistan and Bannu and paid tribute to military jawans and civilians trapped in an avalanche in Siachen and prayed for their safe recovery. To a question about the possibility of a Pak-India consensus on withdrawal of troops on their respective sides at Siachen, the prime minister said during his meetings with Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, he had talked about resolving all issues, Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek, water and terrorism, through dialogue. About targeted killings in Quetta and Gilgit-Baltistan, Gilani said the security of people and property was the prime responsibility of the state, asserting that the maintenance of law and order was now purely a provincial subject. However, the federal government was extending its full support and cooperation to the provinces to control crime. To another question, he said, “We do not have the habit of criticising our predecessors. The PPP has a track record of accepting challenges facing the country and work for their resolution.”
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Zardari gives away the presidential award for excellence in Public Relations to Principal Information officer (PIo) Muhammad Saleem at the 22nd APNS Awards the other day. PR
Aitzaz wrangles Continued fRom page 22 He said the fundamental and human rights have been given protection under the United Nations’ resolution. He said no law should conflict with the constitution while dealing with the fundamental rights of the citizens. The bench asked Aitzaz to conclude his arguments as it had to hear the arguments of the prosecutor in the case as well. Aitzaz stated that he would present details and relevant references to the court and would not waste its time. Meanwhile, the court adjourned the hearing for today (Wednesday). Talking to reporters later, Aitzaz said a section of a press was still writing imbalanced news stories about the proceedings of the apex court. He said there should be balanced reporting reflecting the view point of all the concerned parties. He said Justice Asif Saeed
DCC seeks more US assurances before restoring NATO supplies ISLAMABAD STAff REPoRT
HE Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) late on Tuesday decided to put on hold reopening of the supply routes for NATO troops stationed in Afghanistan as civil military leadership agreed that the announcement would only be made after an apology from the US administration with some more assurances from the Obama administration that action would be taken against those officials involved in Salala attacks, Pakistan Today learnt on Tuesday. The DCC, which met with Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in the chair and attended by leading ministers and services chiefs, took a detailed overview of the recommendations made by the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) and the outcome of formal and informal interactions between the civil and military bureaucracy with the US administration. It was another DCC meeting held in November last which had decided to block NATO supply routes soon after US forces attacked two Pakistani checkposts in Mohmand Agency killing 24 troops. A source told Pakistan Today that Pakistan had been informally conveyed that though the US administration would offer a formal apology on the Salala attack, no action would be taken against the responsible army officials of US/NATO as the incident was a result of “miscommunication” and “misunderstanding” on both sides. “The DCC also discussed the outcome of the US visit by Finance Minister Hafeez Shaikh and it was decided that any decision of NATO supplies would be taken keeping in view the outcome of talks of Hafeez Shaikh, who is
Britain arrests cleric Abu Qatada LONDON AfP
Khosa rightly said that in the eyes of the law we were all equal from the president to an ordinary citizen. He said the president enjoyed immunity in and abroad until he was in office. He said the Supreme Court’s decisions would have to be implemented, however, it was not the right forum to hear the case.
British authorities on Tuesday arrested radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada, who is accused of ties to late Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden, as they resumed efforts to deport him to Jordan. The UK government has been trying to extradite the 51year-old Jordanian since 2005 arguing that he is a threat to national security, but British and European courts have repeatedly thwarted its efforts on human rights grounds. “UK Border Agency officers have today arrested Abu Qatada and told him that we intend to resume deportation proceedings against him,” a spokesman for the Home Office, or interior ministry, said in a statement.
in Washington for talks with US officials,” the source added. The DCC decided that a work plan would be developed for effective implementation of parliamentary guidelines based on Pakistan’s national interests and this work plan would be meant for reopening of the NATO supply routes after some more understanding and assurances from the US sides with more communication between both the sides. Addressing the participants of the meeting, the prime minister said a roadmap for reengagement with the US, negotiation of new terms and conditions for resumption of the Ground Lines of Communication (GLOCs), joint counterterrorism cooperation, greater inter-agency coordination, transparency in US diplomatic and intelligence footprint in Pakistan, strengthening of border security and non-use of Pakistan’s territory for attacks on other countries and expulsion of al foreign fighters from Pakistan’s territory, are our fundamental policy parameters. The DCC also offered prayers for the brave officers and soldiers of the Pakistan Army who remain trapped in an avalanche in Siachen and decided to declare Friday, April 20 as Youm-e-Dua. The
meeting also decided to appeal to the nation to observe the coming Friday as Youm-eDua for the safety and wellbeing of Pakistan Army soldiers and civilians. The DCC discussed the guidelines approved by parliament on April 12 with regard to the foreign and security policies. The DCC reaffirmed that there would be no compromise on Pakistan’s nuclear programme and agreed that the government might pursue the aim of international civilian nuclear cooperation. It was agreed that parliamentary review and oversight would not only give public ownership to the country’s foreign and security policies but also help strengthen the hands of the government in dealing with the international community of great national importance. The DCC strongly condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Kabul and other Afghan cities and reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned inclusive peace and reconciliation process. In the opening statement, the prime minister said the DCC’s meeting was convened to consider the recommendations of parliament that were finalised on April 12. The parliamentary review process was an unprecedented development and marks a new
milestone in the progress along the path of democracy, the prime minister said. He stated relations with the US/NATO/ISAF were put on hold until parliament took a clear position on how to proceed forward under the new terms of engagement. In my view, Gilani said the parliamentary review and oversight would not only give public ownership to our foreign and security policies but also help strengthen the hands of the government in dealing with the international community on issues of greater national importance. Secondly, he said the exercise had given the nation a unique opportunity to set right our bilateral relationship with the US on the basis of mutual respect and mutual interest. “The message from parliament – yes to partnership but not at the cost of our sovereignty, carefully calibrates the road map of the engagement,” the prime minister said. “We now need to move beyond review adding that during the course of the concluding debate he assured the House that it will be his government’s endeavour to implement parliament’s recommendations with regard to our foreign and security policies both in letter and spirit.”
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SC directs formulation of laws to protects civil servants ISLAMABAD
EARING a suo motu case pertaining to the protection of jobs of civil servants, the Supreme Court on Tuesday gave the federal government’s committee – headed by establishment secretary and comprising all chief secretaries – one week to formulate laws for protection of rights of civil servants under articles 9 and 18 of the constitution. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was hearing the suo motu notice about assault on a polling staff by a PPP candidate Waheeda Shah in Tando Muhammad Khan. District Management Group (DMG) officer Anita Turab filed an application seeking a suo motu notice, stating that
“most civil servants wish to work in an environment where their self respect and dignity is not made vulnerable by all and sundry”. The court allowed the committee headed by the federal public service commission chairman and comprising other civil servants to prepare a draft of terms of reference (ToR) for protection of rights of civil servants under Article 9 and Article 18 of the constitution within one week, however, the Balochistan advocate general opposed the new committee for framing the draft in this regard. During the hearing, the applicant Anita Turab suggested to the bench that to find out the perpetual solution of the difficulties being faced by the civil servants, the committee of the chief secretaries and secretary, Establishment Division, would not be more effective and as the rules and regulations already exist, therefore, the court has to issue appropriate orders and direc-
tions for the implementation of the same. “In this case with a view to restore the respect, dignity and honour of the civil servants, who are being subjected to extraneous reasons and considerations in seeking their promotions and transfers, etc and to further highlight all these issues and suggestions for their solution, it would be appropriate if a commission headed by the chairman, the FPSC is formed, and that a draft of ToR shall be submitted by her with consultation of other Civil Servants, both the Federal and Provincial”, she further added. Her suggestion was not opposed by senior advocates Anwar Mansoor Khan, Hafiz SA Rehman, Punjab Additional Advocate General Jawwad Hassan and Sindh Additional Advocate General Qasim Mirjat whereas Amanullah Kanrani, Balochistan advocate general, stated that since a committee has already been constituted, therefore, the said committee be allowed to
complete its task. However, learned Deputy Attorney General Shafi Muhammad Chandio stated that he needed some time to seek instructions in this behalf. During the hearing, the court expressing concern over the federal as well as Punjab government for making the civil servants OSD on political bases, directed the both governments to give the details about the OSD officers on the next date of hearing. The court observed that the Punjab government had also ignored the seniority of officers and appointed several low grade officers on top posts. “You are good till extent of yourself but when its come to the vindication of court you do nothing,” the CJP asked the Punjab additional advocate general. The chief justice also questioned that why former Faisalabad superintendent of police (SP) Ahmed Raza Tahir, against whom adverse findings were made in a ju-
dicial inquiry report, had been posted as the Lahore regional police officer (RPO). “It has become trend that the officers, who are disliked due to some reasons, are being making OSD or transfer Gilgit-Baltistan and we are waiting for these officers for six months”, the CJP also said in his remarks. He directed the SC office to fix the case of Hajj scam case in this week, in which the government had transferred Hussain Asghar to Gilgit-Baltistan. Regarding the Waheeda Shah petition against the Election Commission’s order, the court observed that the matter is already pending before the high court, which is likely to be disposed of on merits and without being influenced in any manner from the present proceedings, therefore there was no need to entertain her petition. The court also exempted Waheeda Mohsin Shah for her personal appearance before the court in future. Hearing of the case was adjourned for one week.
Abbottabad Commission quizzes Khar ISLAMABAD: The Inquiry Commission on Abbottabad on Tuesday held a detailed interactive session with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. The commission met at the Cabinet Division under the chairmanship of Justice (r) Javed Iqbal, president of the commission. Abbas Khan, IG Police (r), Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, and Lt Gen (r) Nadeem Ahmed, members of the commission attended the meeting. STAff RePORT
Boy injured in acid attack in Sukkur SUKKUR: In a recent incident of acidthrowing, a teenager was injured after being attacked by rivals over old enmity near Sukkur, police said on Tuesday. Police said the incident took place in New Pand area of Sukkur where four men on two motorbikes intercepted 16-year-old Rahil Gopang, threw acid on his face and fled. The teenager was taken to civil hospital. A part of his face and arms were burnt. Police cites ‘old enmity’ behind the heinous acid attack, adding that the boy had been subjected to a similar assault in the past as well. nni
militants blow up Swabi school SWABI: Unidentified militants blew up a private school with explosives early on Tuesday but there were no casualties. According to security sources, unidentified militants had planted explosive material at the gate of the private school which went off with big bang. The gate of the school was destroyed completely and half portion of the school was damaged in the blast. The school is owned by a worker of the ruling Awami National Party Sikandar Irfan. Online
No record of haqqani and ijaz’s BBms: rim NEWS DESK BlackBerry company Research in Motion (RIM) has said that it has no record of BlackBerry text messages exchanged between Pakistan’s former envoy to US Husain Haqqani and Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz. Haqqani had sent a request to RIM following the memo commission’s instructions, seeking record of exchange of messages between him and Mansoor Ijaz during May to October 2011. A private television channel on Tuesday reported that RIM has responded to Haqqani that the company had no policy of keeping record for such a long duration.
HYDERABAD: Workers of Sindh Progressive Committee flash victory signs during custody at the GoR Police Station after a clash with workers of Sunni Tehreek on Tuesday. Online
Pakistan committed to peaceful solution of Kashmir issue: Hina
Dr AQ Khan agrees to patronise PTi
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Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Tuesday said Pakistan was committed to a just and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute that needed to be resolved in accordance with the UN resolutions. Steve Baker, member of British parliament and Councillor Mahboob Husain Bhatti along with a delegation of the Kashmir European Forum, called on the foreign minister on Tuesday, the Foreign Office said. The foreign minister appreciated the role Baker had played in initiating the debate on Kashmir in the House of Commons. She said Kashmir remained the core issue between India and Pakistan, hampering prosperity and development in the region. Hina said the democratic government of Pakistan had made substantive and consistent efforts for a meaningful engagement with India. The foreign minister said Pakistan was committed to a just and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute, which needed
to be resolved in accordance with UN resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people. “The CBMs on Kashmir agreed upon between the two countries had paid dividends and have helped build an atmosphere of mutual trust,” she said. The foreign minster added that Pakistan had continued to draw the attention of
the international community towards the human rights violations in IHK and had also persistently called for the revocation of the draconian laws applied there. Steve Baker assured the foreign minister that both he and the Kashmir European Forum would continue to support the just cause of the Kashmiri people.
Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has agreed to patronise the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI). Khan on Monday said he would not accept any office in the party but would render moral support to Imran. He said Imran would have to come up with a comprehensive plan for the development and prosperity of Pakistan. “Taking two or three wickets on a single ball will no longer work,” said Khan. The scientist said all the political parties had destroyed Pakistan and the PTI was a ray of hope, adding that he would lend his support for the PTI if need arose. Last week, Imran called on Khan, who had been criticising him for his campaign against Nawaz Sharif, and requested him to patronise his party. The PTI chief had said he would address all the reservations of the national hero.
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SIACHEN: Pakistan Army soldiers and foreign rescue experts are busy in the search and rescue operation for soldiers buried under the avalanche in Gayari Sector. Online
Pakistan gives new magazine a rousing Hello! ISLAMABAD
Tribesmen’s sacrifices against terrorism won’t go in vain: gov PESHAWAR
The first issue of the new Pakistan edition of celebrity and lifestyle magazine Hello! has sold out in three of the country’s major cities, the publisher and distributor said Tuesday. Hello! launched in Pakistan promising a “socially responsible” approach celebrating the best of the country’s culture, fashion and glamour. Publisher Zahraa Saifullah said more than 20,000 copies of the monthly, which features a cover interview with Hollywood star Sean Penn, had been sold across Pakistan since Sunday and hailed the success as a vindication of the strategy. “Our first issue is not a tabloid but a comprehensive catalogue of the nation’s seriously underrepresented bright side; its appeal, grace, beauty and glamour,” she told AFP. “It’s because Hello! Pakistan offers substance that it has received such a phenomenal response.” She said the magazine, cover price 395 rupees ($4.40), sold out immediately when it hit newsstands in Karachi and Islamabad on Sunday and the eastern city of Lahore on Monday. Jamil Hussain, owner of Karachi-based Liberty Books, the largest international distributor in Pakistan, said he had to restock shops in the southern port city — the country’s most populous — at the weekend. “In my 25 years of experience in this business I have honestly never seen such a beautifully produced magazine. It’s no surprise it sold out like hot cakes,” Hussain said. “I personally had to drive on a Sunday to several book shops in Karachi to redeliver stock.” Farid Viyani, owner of Agha’s, one of the largest supermarkets in Karachi, said hundreds of copies were sold just in a day. “I have never seen anything like this. People keep flocking in to buy Hello! our demand is overwhelming, we’ve given the largest counter to Hello! Pakistan,” Viyani said, adding that the new magazine was easily outselling local rival Good Times, known as GT magazine. Saifullah had a strong response to those who questioned launching a magazine like Hello! in a country so troubled by Islamist violence. “Hello! Pakistan is not the first lifestyle and entertainment publication this side of the Himalayas and it won’t be the last,” she said. “All the local glossies that profile celebrity and lifestyle in the country — their editors and subjects, as far as we know, have not been picked up by nefarious radicals as of yet.”
HYBER Pakhtunkhwa Governor Barrister Masood Kausar on Tuesday said sacrifices rendered by tribesmen against terrorism would not go to waste. He said the government and the people of Pakistan were indebted to those who laid their lives for the national cause. “The government will provide all kinds of support to the families of martyrs and mitigate their sufferings.” He was addressing a gathering of tribesmen from Khyber Agency at the Governor’s House. Cheques of compensation were also distributed amongst the affected of Jamrud suicide attack. Leading tribal elders, heirs of martyrs and those injured in the blast besides MNA Maulana Noorul Haq Qadri, FATA ACS Tashfin Khan and officials attended the ceremony. The governor handed over 94
cheques worth Rs 22.3 million including 33 cheques worth Rs 0.4 million each to the heirs of the deceased and 61 worth Rs 0.15 million to the injured. Kausar said a wheelchair each would be given to those wjo had been rendered physically handicapped after the attack and handed one over to Shah Daraz of Jamrod. However, the governor said compensation was not a substitute for human life. “It is simply a token indicating that the government fully shares the anguish and grief of the affected families,” he said, adding that the affected would be fully supported. The governor said peace would be maintained in FATA at every cost. Besides security personnel, the people from every segments of the society including officials, political workers, elders, traders, students and men, women and children in the streets have suffered due to terrorism. “It is because of these sacrifices that we have achieved tremendous successes by clearing majority of areas from the terrorists and
miscreants and restored writ of the government,” he added. Kausar said people from highly-affected areas would be given more attention in the process of development and social uplift programmes. He said violence and terrorism were unjustified in a democratic society, where the people were the real rulers through their democratically elected representatives. He said, “We were striving for the development of the Tribal Areas. Talking about certain points raised on the occasion, the governor said FATA was being turned into a trade corridor through development of international standard communication network. Earlier, Qadri led collective prayers for the martyrs of all terrorist attack particularly the jamrod incident. A tribal elder Malik Darya Khan also spoke on the occasion and said tribesmen of Khyber Agency were peace loving and loyal to the country and would never hesitate to offer sacrifice for the country.
Former law minister Babar Awan on Tuesday said he was ready to testify in the contempt case against Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani but was stopped from doing so. Talking to reporters upon his return to Pakistan after completing a 10-day-long tour to India on invitation from various Indian bar associations, Awan said he believed in politics of principles and did not conduct his politics on the basis of personal likes and dislikes, adding that he was not displeased with anyone in the PPP. The former law minister said he was and will always be a diehard supporter of the PPP. To a question regarding the removal of the inauguration plaque bearing his name outside the Islamabad High Court (IHC) bar room, Awan said, “Name plates do not have any real significance.” To a question regarding the presidential reference filed in the Supreme Court to reopen the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto case, the PPP senator said the case’s reopening was a milestone in Pakistan’s judicial history. To a question over not meeting President Asif Ali Zardari in India, Awan said he could have met the president but did not try. The former minister avoided to answer questions regarding the contempt of court case against him.
Toxic gases hamper search at avalanche site ISLAMABAD AfP
Toxic gases Tuesday hampered the search for 138 people buried by an avalanche at a high-altitude Pakistan Army camp, as teams from the United States and Norway arrived at the site to help operations. A huge wall of snow crashed into the remote Siachen Glacier base high in the mountains in disputed Kashmir more than a week ago, smothering an area of one square kilometre (a third of a square mile). Rescuers have dug tunnels in the hard mass of snow and ice to try to reach the buried soldiers and civilians at the Gayari base, but toxic gases have built up inside one of them, the military said in a statement. A rise in the temperature has increased the risk of further snow slides, the statement said, forcing workers on the site to take extra precautions. Specialist teams from Norway and the United States arrived at Gayari, while Swiss and German teams have returned home after helping the efforts. Search teams are looking for the trapped soldiers and civilians at six different points on the site, around 4,000 metres (13,000 feet) up in the mountains.
lashkari Raisani resigns from PPP, Senate ISLAMABAD STAff REPoRT
The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) suffered a major blow on Tuesday when one of its senior members, Mir Lashkari Raisani, resigned from the Senate and the party’s basic membership. A PPP insider told Pakistan Today that Raisani, who played a pivotal role in the party’s election win in Balochistan in 2008 general elections as the party’s Balochistan chapter president, had developed differences with PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari some time ago. A source in the PPP said Raisani was all set to join the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) during Imran Khan’s upcoming visit to Balochistan and his address to a public meeting in Quetta on April 20. Raisani had been replaced with Sadiq Umrani as the president of PPP Balochistan around a year ago. Raisani, who had announced to tender resignation around two weeks
ago, formally submitted his resignation with the Senate Secretariat on Tuesday. Earlier, he also held a meeting with Senate Chairman Nayyar Hussain Bukhari and apprised him of reasons leading to his decision. A close aide of Raisani said he told Bukhari that he was unhappy with the government’s response to the worsening law and order in Balochistan. Later, Raisani told reporters that he was disappointed with the PPP’s role in tackling the Balochistan unrest. “The coalition government is neither taking serious steps for bringing peace in the province; neither have I attached hopes with parliament and the judiciary for justice.” He also expressed disappointment over the performance of his own brother, Sardar Mohammad Aslam Raisani, the chief minister of Balochistan, saying the provincial government had also failed to maintain law and order across the province.
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In Karachi’s war on terror, ‘too far’ is far too dangerous ■ more than 100 police officers actively involved in tackling criminal elements in city find their high-ups indifferent to security KARACHI TARIQ HABIB
Who asked you to go that far,” is the question Karachi police officers heard when they inquired about their own safety in the ever-continuing war against criminals in the city. With a summary to revert the promotion to the ranks of Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs), Superintendents (SPs) and Deputy Superintendents (DSPs) of more than 100 officers under consideration at the Sindh chief secretary’s office, the officers concerned contacted their high-ups and briefed them about the security threats arising for them and their families after their demotions, Pakistan Today has learnt. The answer has placed the lives of the police officers, who have played an important role in the war against terrorism in the metropolis, on the line as they are always at the target of terrorists. Sources in the police department told Pakistan Today that the police officers are shocked and disappointed with the behaviour of their high-ups as their lives are at risk. Some of the police officers have played important roles during the past decade in curbing terrorism in the financial hub of the country and arrested or killed more than 1,000 terrorists affiliated with outlawed organisations. The government has even applauded their services and awarded them medals. The officers and their family members have even been injured in retaliation by the criminals. One of the police officers,
Crime Investigation Department (CID) SSP Fayyaz Khan has fought against terrorists for more than a decade now. He arrested over a hundred activists of banned organisations, including the notorious Fazal Kareem, the murderer of foreign journalist Daniel Pearl, among several other high-profile terrorists. He was seriously injured in a retaliatory attack by terrorists, when he received a parcel bomb on October 10, 2002, which exploded in his hands. The government awarded him with a medal for his bravery. He was again on the target of assailants in an attack on the CID headquarters in 2010. Several other CID officers, whose names are there in the demotion list include DSP Israr and Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Tanveer, who have also been injured in attacks on them. Another prominent name is that of Chaudhry Aslam, who has famously arrested several target killers and terrorists. Last year, he survived an early morning suicide attack at his residence in Clifton. Among several other high-profile terrorists, Aslam had arrested the killers of two Iranian engineers, who were killed in an attack at the Clifton Bridge. Similarly, Farooq Awan arrested the notorious Akram Lahori – an activist of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) - and the terrorists involved in the attack on Karachi Corps Commander Ahsan Aslam Hayat. He also survived an attack when a bomb, planted in a motorcycle, exploded in a parking lot situated near his house. Awan later arrested the at-
On April 5, a suicide bomber targeted SSP Malir Rao Anwar’s armoured personnel carrier at Malir Halt. Five people were killed and eighteen injured in the blast. ImrAN ALI
tacker, who was identified as Zeeshan. The terrorist confessed that he was ready for carrying out a suicide blast targeting the police officer, but due to some fault, the bomb exploded before time. Raja Umer Khattab is another name on the list. He arrested Lal Muhammad alias Lalu of the LeJ and the attackers who planned the attack on former President Pervez Musharraf during his visit to the Defence Exhi-
bition at Expo Centre. SP Khuram Waris arrested another prominent terrorist of LeJ, Dilawar Khan, while DSP Mazhar Mashwani arrested activists of a banned organisation planning to assassinate Musharraf. The police officers have arrested hundreds of other street criminals, target killers and terrorists and also recovered huge caches of weapons from their possession, but, at the same time,
these efforts have placed their lives as well as of their family members at a great risk from criminals. The sources said that with their high-ups indifferent to their security, the officers are now worried. “If the government does not provide security to us, no one would ever dare to come up to maintain the law and order in the city in the future,” said an officer,
speaking on condition of anonymity. According to the Sindh police data, 1,034 officers have died in terrorist attacks during the past ten years. In this year alone, around 51 police officers and constables have been martyred. “These officers are the cream of this department. They are the brave and intelligent ones, and the criminals are afraid of them,” the sources said.
On peasants’ day, farmers vow to oppose agri-corporatism KARACHI AMAR GURIRo
As small-scale farmers across the world observed the Global Day of Peasant Struggle on Tuesday, civil society activists also turned up for a gathering in Hyderabad to commemorate the murder of 19 landless Brazilian farmers in 1996. Led by La Via Campisina – an international network of peasants movements – the peasant struggle day is observed to remember the massacre of farmers demanding access to land and justice in Brazil 16 years ago. About 250 events are held across the world and the main theme of this year’s day for peasants was “land grabbing”. It is believed that land grabbing of agricultural lands in the suburbs of Karachi is the biggest reason behind most targeted killings in the metropolis and there are rising concerns of land being leased to corporate companies in rural Sindh. In Hyderabad, the members of Society for Conservation and Protection of Environment (SCOPE), International Land Coalition (ILC) and National Peasants Coalition of Pakistan (NPCP) or Pakistan Kisan Sangat observed the day. Speakers at the event criticised the government’s corporate agriculture farming policy and
termed it against food security of the country. “The freehand given by the government to corporate agri-farming is against the livelihood of peasants, as it will give a golden opportunity to the landlords to avoid land reforms.” They said that land grabbing is a new trend in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The corporate sector is buying and leasing huge tracts of land to grow food, fibre and biofuel. Pakistan has also announced an investment policy which is encouraging the corporate sector to engage vast lands in all four provinces of Pakistan on very easy terms. SCOPE CEO Tanveer Arif said that it is a myth that corporate farming is highly productive. It proves costly due to the high costs of farm inputs and also degrades the soil. Sindh has the highest incidence of absolute landlessness, with 26 percent or two million households not having any land, while 80 percent of tenants are landless. Twenty-six percent of 700,000 households possess the lowest share. A majority of the rural people have agriculture as their major source of livelihoods in Sindh. The sector employs 13.46 million people with 7.74 million in rural and 5.72 million urban workforce, but for the majority,
working arrangements in agriculture wage work, tenant farming, share cropping are either exploitative or yield little earnings. Supporting land reforms, renowned peasant activist Taj Marri said that Punjab and India are ahead in food production because of small farms, which are owned by farmers, as compared to large farms owned by absentee landlords. Appreciating the formation of NPCP, Zulfiqar Halepoto said that it was the need of the time to form this coalition to engage government and stakeholders in order to move towards land reforms and equitable pro-poor development of agri-society in Sindh and Pakistan. Nazir Qureshi paid tribute to Hayder Bux Jatoi and Fazil Raho for their struggle for the rights of peasants in Sindh. She mentioned the famous slogan of peasants “Jo Khere Wo Khaay”. NPCP General Secretary Noor Nabi described the process of formation of Pakistan Kisan Sangat, which was formed after national level consultations. Civil society activist Waheed Jamali appreciated that Pakistan Kisan Sangat celebrated the international peasants’ day in order to engage the civil society of Pakistan In the end, the NPCP released an Open Letter addressed
to political parties and stakeholders, demanding that new land and agrarian reforms be introduced in the country. The coalition also demanded that all major political parties must clearly express their commitment about land reforms programme in Pakistan and include equitable, effective land and agrarian reforms in their election manifestos. “A comprehensive land and agrarian reforms programme should be introduced in Pakistan with immediate effect which is based on pro-poor, pro-peasant, equity and gender justice principles and the verdict of Shariat Bench of Supreme Court, during Ziaul Haq’s rule declaring land reforms against Islamic principles, should be revoked with immediate effect,” it was demanded in the letter. The landless women should be given priority in land redistribution programmes and all discriminatory legal and cultural practices that prevent women’s right to own agricultural land and be recognised as a farmer should be declared illegal. Women should also be recognised as farmers and not just as farm workers. The NPCP also demanded for a new ministry for food security and research, with the land related issues as the priority area of work for the minister.
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Yet another Shia gunned down in city ■ Jinnah Polytechnic College vice principal shot dead by assailants KARACHI
HE vice principal of Jinnah Polytechnic College (JPC) was gunned down in North Nazimabad by unidentified armed men in an apparent sectarian killing on Tuesday. North Nazimabad SHO Sajid Javed said that Imran Haider Zaidi, 52, son of Ali Imam Zaidi, was going to his home located in North Karachi Sector 11-A when two unidentified assailants on a
motorcycle sprayed the victim’s car (T8473) with bullets near the Board Office bus stop in North Nazimabad on Tuesday. Imran was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The victim suffered four bullets, two each in his head and chest that proved fatal. Talking to Pakistan Today, Gulberg SP Tanvir Alam Odho said the deceased belonged to the Shia sect and it appears to be the reason behind his killing.
Separately, unidentified armed attackers gunned down a private contractor in the Sohrab Goth area in the remits of Sachal police station. Police identified the deceased as Zard Gul, son of Zareen Gul, a resident of Gulshan-e-Maymar. Police shifted the dead body to Abassi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities and later handed it over to the family. Sachal SHO said that two attackers riding a motorcycle opened fire at the deceased outside his office in Sohrab Goth, killing him on the spot.
The deceased was an Afghani and owned a construction firm. The reason behind his killing appears to be a personal enmity. “We are waiting for the family to register an FIR of the incident,” a policeman at the Sachal police station said. Meanwhile, the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of Sindh Police claimed to have arrested four alleged target killers in separate raids in the city. According to SP Shahjahan, a police team raided a place near Crown Cinema at the Mauripur Road and took Abdul
Hannan and his son Bilal Hussain alias Billa into custody. The SIU team also recovered two TT pistols from their possession. Shahjahan claimed that the suspects were involved in the murder of two PPP activists in Zia colony, Gulshan-e-Iqbal. In another raid, the SIU detained two more alleged target killers in the Eidgah police remits. The suspects identified as Zuhaib and Mudasir were said to be involved in the killing of an MQM activist in the same area last year.
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ShC seeks comments of home Secy, iGP KARACHI STAff REPoRT
The Sindh High Court (SHC) issued notices on Tuesday to Sindh Home Secretary and Inspector General of Police among other respondents to submit their comments on a petition challenging the ban on motorcycle pillion riding. The petition was filed against the Sindh government’s order by human rights activist Rana Faizul Hasan in person before the SHC on Monday. In the plea, Hasan submitted that Sindh Home Department issued order for the ban on pillion riding is illegal and unconstitutional, as it was against the constitutional articles 4, 5 and 25. He termed the order as the financial murder of approximately two million poor and middle-class citizens. The petitioner submitted that pillion riding was banned in the past also owing to the rise in street crimes, burglaries and terrorism across the city, but no improvements were witnessed. After hearing the preliminary arguments, the court ordered that all respondents file their comments by May 19.
Civil society activists demonstrate outside the Karachi Press Club to mark the Global Day of Action on military Spending on Tuesday.
On a drive: KeSC to remove ‘faulty’ meters KARACHI STAff REPoRT
The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has launched the third ‘faulty’ meter removal drive aimed at minimising irregular consumption of electricity. Under the initiative, the KESC has set off to remove additional meters per premises, where three or more meters are installed. The utility claims that the drive is in accordance with the NEPRA requirement, which envisages one meter for one premises and not a multiplicity of meters. It also jives with the KESC’s tariff regime, where one premises technically needs only one meter unless the plot is legally bifurcated into separate units. The KESC has opted to take out the ‘third’ meter only and would let the first and second meters intact, to eliminate irregular consumption of power and stabilise power distribution system and optimise load management concerns.
“Irregular consumption means that the consumer’s load has not crossed the energy limits for two meters and the third meter has only been installed to gain illegitimate slab benefits without ensuring that the connected load of the third meter and the power consumption correspondingly match between the other two meters,” it was stated by the KESC in a statement issued on Tuesday. All security deposits and payment made for any additional/third meter would be adjusted against electricity bills being duly generated on the other meters, the statement added. The KESC has also sent notices to consumers having three or more electricity meters at one premise which should technically and ideally have one meter. The billing history of such consumers for the last 12 months has already been examined by the KESC and this confirms the current position that prima facie irregular load consumption is occurring through unequal distribution of load among the multiple meters, which can safely be handled by two me-
ters at the said premises. To double check the position, the KESC inspection team would visit such premises shortly in the presence of the consumers and would take fresh readings to determine the current consumption requirements and determine whether the premises should have the third meter removed under the scheme. In case of irregular consumption, the KESC would have the right to detach or cancel one of the existing extra meters installed at such locations without providing any further notice, to balance the load on the other meters. In the event of failure of consumers to cooperate with the inspection request contained in the notice, the KESC technicians would be left with no alternative but to proceed without on-site validation and such non-cooperating consumers would solely be responsible for any consequences or cost incurred in the process arising. The KESC spokesman clarified that this three-meter drive has successfully been carried out by KESC in other regions of Karachi such as Clifton and
Defence in the past few months. “Given its success, it has been decided to roll out the scheme in other areas of Karachi as well to remove any
discrimination between consumers and to determine current and correct load requirements of consumers across the city,” he added.
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■ industries to appeal against judgment: sources KARACHI
HE Sindh High Court (SHC) upheld on Tuesday the right of Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) to disconnect electricity to industrial consumers having their own captive power plants. According to the KESC, the industries had changed their purpose of electricity connection by shifting their power connections to standby mode. SHC’s Justice Munib Akhtar delivered the judgment on the case. KESC was represented by Barrister Abid S Zuberi and Barrister Ayan M Memon and the litigating industries were represented by Arshad Tayebaly and Asim Mansoor Khan. The judge reviewed the notices sent by KESC, issued pursuant to Section 20 of the Electricity Act, 1910 read together with Chapter 8 and 14 of the Consumer Service Manual issued by NEPRA. The notices reflected a genuine problem being faced by KESC in relation to having to provide infrastructure in load management facilities where irregular load con-
sumption was rampant due to the predominant use by industrial units of captive gas power generation to fulfil their requirements. In view of non-utilisation of sanctioned load and change of purpose, the KESC was constrained to notify these units that they were at risk of disconnection as such conduct was in violation of law. The KESC claimed that the court further noted that the power company was facing a natural gas shortage since captive power producers were now utilising more gas capacity than was available with KESC. A KESC spokesman pointed out that KESC’s flagship and most efficient new 560MW Bin Qasim Plant has been tested on full load; however, the committed 130MMCFD gas for the plant has not yet been supplied. According to the company, a handful of industries are enjoying the luxury of regular gas supply for captive power generation, the gas requirement of a public utility serving 20 million ordinary citizens of Karachi is being neglected despite firm written commitments. The inevitable result is extra load shedding and continuous increase in electric-
ity tariff as shortfall in gas supply is met by burning additional furnace oil that is four times more expensive. It is worth to mention that the government had committed gas supply to KESC for its $450 million, 560MW projects that KESC is about to commission in line with its commitment. The KESC again asked the government to fulfil its contractual obli-
gations and supply additional 130MMCFD gas to the newly-installed plant in larger interest of the public. Meanwhile, industry sources claimed that they would appeal against the judgment. There are already many cases against the company’s stance against the regular industrial consumers in the courts.
food for thought on a ‘Journey Through europe’ KARACHI TURAB SHAH
Experiencing the cuisine and culture of different countries is a fantastic way to foster harmony and peace, said US Consulate Community Liaison Officer Adriana Murakami. She was speaking at the inauguration of ‘Journey Through Europe Food Festival’ organised by the Pearl Continental hotel, where she was the chief guest. Murakami said she found Karachi a vibrant city but is sometimes taken aback by the misapprehensions the people have here about the United States. “Meeting people from different walks of life and holding dialogue and inter-active sessions should help understand each other’s viewpoints and reduce differences,” she added. US Consulate Public Affairs Officer Kevin T Murakami said he found Karachi to be a lively city. German Consulate General
Adriana murakami, rolf Traunt, Kevin T.murakami, Azeem Qureshi, Amna Karani at the inauguration ceremony of ‘Journey Through Europe Food Festival’ held at the Pearl Continental. STAff PHOTO and Deputy Head of Mission Rolf Traut said he was posted in Karachi only three months earlier and was learning many new things as this was his first posting to a South Asian country. Pearl Continental General
Manager Azeem Qureshi said a ‘European Food Festival’ would be held every Friday and Saturday for eight weeks from 7.30pm at the Marco Polo restaurant, starting from April 13. The hotel has made special
arrangements for Karachiites to savour delectable European cuisines in an extraordinary ambiance and have an unforgettable experience. He asked food lovers not to miss out on this special festival.
One in a million: Doctors battle to save ‘six-legged boy’ MIRROR ONLINE Doctors in Pakistan are battling to save the life of a newborn baby born with six legs. The one-week-old baby boy was born with a rare genetic condition and is believed to be one of parasitic twins. Jamal Raza, director of the National Institute of Child Health in Karachi, was quoted as saying: “It is
not one baby actually. They are two, one of them is premature.” The extra limbs are thought to belong to the premature conjoined twin. The rare condition is thought to affect only one in one million babies. Speaking to reporters, the baby’s father Imran Shaikh, who lives around 280 miles north of Karachi, thanked officials for treating his son. The X-ray technician said: “We
are a poor family. I am thankful to the government for helping us treating my baby.” A statement from the provincial health department said: “The doctors are examining the infant to plan for necessary treatment to save the baby's life and ensure he lives a normal life.” A doctor at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad reportedly said he was certain
the baby could be operated on successfully. Muhammad Qaisar told allvoices.com: “The case will also be a test for doctors and we hope for the better.” In 2005, Indian girl Lakshmi Tatma was born with four arms and four legs. She underwent a successful operation to remove her extra limbs when she was two years old.
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Pakistan fashion crowd soaks up Monsoon’s reign THE INDEPENDENT
S Pakistan’s third annual fashion week finally got under way after a spree of strikes and deadly clashes between political parties in Karachi, a new trend appeared on the catwalk. Showing alongside traditional bridal wear and more innovative offerings were British high-street brands such as Next and Monsoon. “If we are showcasing British fashion on our catwalk, it’s because that’s what people with buying power in Pakistan now want to wear,” said Deepak Perwani, creative director for Pakistan Fashion Week and one of the country’s most famous designers. In turn, Perwani and the Fashion Pakistan Council are hoping the British High Commission will help them sashay on to a more international ramp at London Fashion Week this September. If buying British is indeed the new fad in town, then Pakistanis needn’t go far now to find a label. The last six months have seen staple British brands like Next and Monsoon pop up in flashy malls in Pakistan’s most violent city. Baroness Warsi and Lord Green, the UK Minister for Trade and Investment, caused a stir when they flew in from London for Debenhams’ media launch earlier this year. Scheduled to be housed in a 27,000 sq ft space at the snazzy new Dolmen City mall in Karachi’s affluent Clifton neighbourhood, it is set to be Pakistan’s first international department store when it
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that have rocked the city. “The sales we lose on a strike day are made up easily. Pakistan has been the fastestgrowing country for Next for several seasons,” he said. Promoting Pakistani fashion would be a tough call even without the backdrop of political chaos and widespread terrorism that has been instrumental in keeping international buyers away. The fashion itself has been largely ignored – or, when noticed, celebrated more for how much flesh it dares to flaunt in a country with a conservative backbone. Conversely, reviewers have skirted around the fact that alongside blasphemy laws, political assassinations and terror outfits, Pakistan
models take to the catwalk at the third Pakistan Fashion Week in Karachi to present creations by Zahid Bashir’s Kuki Concepts, left; Shehla Chatoor, centre; and Umer Sayeed.
Pakistan Fashion Week in Karachi to present creations by Zahid Bashir’s Kuki Concepts. has, in the past five years, witnessed the mushrooming of more than 50 television channels and an ever-expanding cult of celebrity and consumerism. Fashion, more than any other industry, seems to have caught the popular imagination, with those who can’t afford couture brands opting for cheaper rip-offs or diffusion labels. “Our film industry can’t compete with Bollywood and large concerts have become a huge security risk. And there are all these TV channels and sponsors who are dying for the glamorous content we can give them,” said Frieha Altaf, one of the top event managers in the country. “There is big money to be made in Pakistani fashion.”
Sean Penn fronts launch issue of Hello! THE INDEPENDENT
opens this summer. At the Crabtree and Evelyn launch last week, the British High Commissioner, Adam Thomson, announced that the UK was aiming to increase the its trade with Pakistan from the current £1.9bn to £2.5bn by 2015. Yasin Paracha, the entrepreneur whose Team A Ventures is leading the great British style invasion, explained that “fashionable people in Pakistan have been travelling for years to Dubai to buy outfits from stores like Next. Now they can buy them here at 10 to 15 percent less than what they would pay there.” He did not seem too bothered by the constant strikes and bombings
A magazine known for celebrating the glamorous side of life hit the newsstands in Pakistan today and was soon sold out in the country’s biggest city. After weeks of speculation over who might appear on the first front cover, the Pakistani version of Hello! went on sale with Sean Penn’s image gazing out, advertising a supposedly “super exclusive” about the actor’s recent visit to flood-struck parts of the country. The front cover also featured Oscar-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. “Pakistan does have lots of problems. But we want to show another side of life,” said its editor, Mehvash Amin. “And I don’t mean just glamour. We want to cover art, writing, music and the cinema as well.” She added: “From what I have been told, the magazine has sold out in Karachi already and is selling well in Islamabad. It is also selling out in Lahore.” While those who know of Pakistan only through gloom-laden headlines might be surprised at the decision to launch the magazine, the country has a small but very wealthy elite and a steadily expanding urban
middle-class. Hello! will be entering a market that already contains several indigenous lifestyle magazines. With an array of sportsmen, movie stars and even television anchors, Ms Amin said there would be no shortage of people to cover. The country recently held its third fashion week in Karachi and two of the country’s leading designers, Sana Hashwani and Safinaz Munir, also feature on the front cover. “It won’t be exactly like ever other magazine. But I don’t think we are going to lack for glamour,” she added. With a cover-price of 395 Pakistani rupees (around £2.75), the magazine will be out of the reach of most in the country. However, when the publication’s team held a press conference last month to announce its launch, Wajahat Khan, a consulting editor, said they were aware of the sensitivity of publishing a glamour magazine in a conservative Muslim country where the overwhelming majority of people were poor. “We are trying to be happy in a war zone,” he told the assembled reporters. “We are trying to celebrate what is still alive in a difficult country.”
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Editor’s mail 11
Avian influenza Avian influenza is a viral infection in birds. The virus belongs to the orthomyxoviridae family and carries a segmented RNA. Bird flu infection in domestic poultry can cause two forms of disease. One is called low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) which may include unnoticed or usually with mild respiratory symptoms including decline in egg production. Another form is called high pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) which spreads rapidly and it can affect multiple internal organs with mortality 80-90 percent in 48 hours. These flu viruses are carried by the wild migratory birds in their intestine. However they usually don’t get sick from those viruses but they can contaminate the environment by their fecal droppings in the environment. The first report of H5N1 infection in human being was reported in Hong Kong in 1997. The virus was first isolated in the year 1993 in Pakistan in poultry. Later on various subtypes of avian influenza virus (AIV) like H9N2, H7N2 have been
Ten questions on Siachen isolated from human being in various parts of the world. It was revealed that H5N1 can cause approximately 60 percent mortality in infected human beings. People working at poultry farms, poultry retailer / butcher, laboratory technician, veterinarian, health professionals are at high risk of getting infected with this disease. The symptoms of avian flu infection depend on the subtype of AIV like H5N1. Generally, the patient may show signs of cough, difficult breathing, headache, fever, malaise with runny nose. For proper diagnosis of the disease it is important to consult physician and get some laboratory tests. In general antiviral medication with oseltamivir (tamiflu), zanamivir (Relenza) can lessen severity of the signs if medication starts within 48 hours of infection. We recently carried a study in Pakistan on the prevalence of influenza virus in occupational people. The occupational people are directly involved with poultry industry like poultry attendant, butcher
/ poultry retailer, vaccinator, laboratory technician, veterinarian and farm consultant. The survey was done in ten districts of Punjab like Lahore, Chakwal, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Bahawalnagar, Multan, Rawalpindi, Sheikhupura, Sialkot, Toba Tek Singh. Besides the samples were also taken from Islamabad and Haripur district of Khyber Pakhtun Khan Province. Blood and nasal swabs were taken from 465 people from. Serological evidence showed that the occupational people carry antibodies against avian influenza virus. Nasal swabs show that occupational carried the avian influenza virus. During sampling from the human being specially in lab technician and farm attendant told that they occasionally suffer from respiratory symptom which persisted for 3-4 days. However it was not clinically confirmed that the illness was due to avian influenza virus. Poultry workers who handle the birds directly specially in the wet market people
who are engaged in selling and slaughtering the birds they were found at potential risk of the avian influenza virus infection. In wet market where the birds come from various source and the virus could stay and multiplied easily. The study was taken only in Punjab province and in future similar work should be done in other provinces of Pakistan. It is suggested that close monitoring should be carried out in the occupational people who are directly exposed to poultry industry as a precautionary measure of any bird flu epidemic. Further mass media can play an important role to create awareness among the human beings on avian influenza. Of course before going to media it must be filtered through respective specialist so that unnecessary panic should not be created in mass people otherwise the poultry industry will be collapsed where many of the people earn their bread and butter from this industry. DR ABDUL AHAD UVAS, Lahore
mad arms race The Indian defence officials’ stance that its 5,000km range nuclear capable Agni-V missile is for defence of the country and not for offence, it is accepted as true and does not attract any criticism from the international community. But when it comes to Pakistan’s peaceful minimum nuclear deterrence, and Islamabad rightly claims to have it only for peaceful purposes, nobody takes it serious and true. When India piles up arms, raises defence budget every year, buys heavy and modern weapons, nuclear submarines and warships, nobody objects to it. But when it comes to Pakistan that is fighting the world war against terrorism, suffering and sustaining huge losses, that too within the allocated range of its defence budget, there is hue and cry and Pakistan is considered amongst the top buyers of weapons. In the latest display of its growing military might, India is all set this week to launch the maiden test-fire of its nuclear-capable Agni-V missile from a coastal range in Orissa, which has a range of 5,000 km. With this India is likely to join a select group of countries – China, Russia, France, US, UK and Israel – possessing the stockpile and capability of the intercontinental missiles. India is among the world’s top 10 military spenders, with Jane’s Defence Weekly forecasting its total purchases between 2011 and 2015 will top $100 billion. Last month it raised its defence budget, triggering an international debate as to why India is in the arms race. Its whopping $38.6bn defence budget is having 17 percent substantial increase from the yester year. It is spending a huge amount on the war machinery and since last 5 years she is the number one buyer of the arms in the world. This budget is besides the long term huge commitment and deals with different countries like, purchase of 129 Rafal combat aircrafts, 145 Light Howitzer, 49 warships and up gradation of more than 50 Mirage 2000 fighters. As compared to India, Pakistan has purchased nothing significant, nor has it been given by the world countries in accordance with its requirement, nor is it allowed to have the indigenous drone technology, even the night-vision goggles are not being provided. One of the international monitoring organisations, the other day, clearly said that India has no threat at all from China, nor has it from any other country of the world, except Pakistan. So the massive piling of arms, the frequent testfires and heavy build-up along the Pakistani borders is solely Pakistan-specific. Question is if New Delhi and Islamabad are in for friendship, back channel diplomacy is going on for strengthening trade ties, the Wahga border has in addition now the business exchange centre, the Pakistani traders have been allowed investment in India, etc, then where stand the chances of aggression and subsequently of piling up of arms? This mad race has instead subjected the region to a great suffering that needs to be stopped. F Z KHAN Islamabad
Eminent Pakistani journalist-turneddiplomat who served as ambassador of Pakistan in Washington has in her recent article raised very relevant questions on the dispute pointing towards its possible solution as early as possible. She elaborates the source of dispute, diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict, how significant was the June 1989 breakthrough and how was it prevented, the authentication was main sticking point, opportunities were missed, the Kargil complicated the talks on the issue and the last round of talks in May 2011 made no progress. True that the dispute has to be resolve as early as possible, but this has to be kept in mind that the negotiations should not be made under pressure, as Pakistan has emerged the worst victim, given the recent incident of grave consequences, however, it has to be seen whether a similar kind of realization exists on the other side amongst Indians or not. HAARP or no-HAARP, what happened had such an incident been occurred on the Indian side of the glacier. The dispute has to be resolved not under coercion or putting one side under pressure but on merit because Indian is also paying very heavy price for it. A former editor of a Lahore daily’s suggestion that both the countries should accept the current deployment position of Pakistan and Indian armies as a line of control does not seem to be helping towards resolving the conflict; rather it would further complicate it. Declaring the glacier as dimilitarised zone and agreeing on who would allow expeditions from where under the international umbrella would be wise as a positive step forward. Otherwise the human beings would continue to turn into body bags. MARYA MUFTY Lahore
PPP’s diversionary politics
Politics on Seraiki province Demands for a Seraiki province are coming from few political circles. Although creation of new provinces is the need of the hour, the question is why these circles choose only Seraiki belt. I suggest that a commission should be made in this regard. The commission should conduct a survey the country to get the opinion of the people. This will show whether they want a new province or not. This exercise should be conducted purely on merit. After getting people’s opinion, the commission should draft
Peace in the region There are speculations and doubts being raised by analysts regarding the post withdrawal scenario of US forces from Afghanistan. Based on the historical facts and present ground realities, all of them are presenting a very gloomy picture of Afghanistan. The view particularly projected is that there have been conflicts and clashes between the tribes and warlords. There are possibilities that the same situation may emerge again and the country faces a civil war. If such a development takes place Pakistan is going to suffer the most. As it has happened in the past that Pakistan had to face enormous problems due to influx of refugees, there is an element of concern regarding the future. The second issue raised is of a weak government in Afghanistan not capable to look after the affairs of the state after the pull out of foreign forces. The question is for how long foreign forces are going to handle the internal and external matters of governance. After all the rulers have to learn to rule and exist in this world. The third issue is that Afghan army and other security forces are not trained enough to look after internal security issues or defend their country in case of any problem. Whatever the scenario may emerge, Pakistan should focus on having a cordial relationship with Afghan people based on mutual trust and respect. As having religious and cultural strong bondage, we can understand the ground realities,
recommendations and send it to the respective provincial assembly. The respective assembly should discuss the merits and demerits of the said draft. After passing through provincial assembly, the bill must go to the parliament for further discussion. This is the right channel if people want new province. I appeal the politicians to stop doing politics on this issue. TARIQ HUSAIN KHAN Karachi
problems and feelings of each other much more than anyone else. Pakistan certainly is in a better position to train or facilitate establishment of the Afghan security forces and maintain peace in the region. Other neighbours can also come forward and constitute a Peace Force to look after the security issues. A desire to have peace and prosperity in the region can only materialise when there is a strong will to do so. ANWAR PARVEEN Islamabad
The Bannu jailbreak The country’s biggest jailbreak was successfully executed by the militants in Bannu despite earlier warnings issued by the intelligence agencies earlier this year on the 5th of January where four main points were demarcated as prospective targets that included the Bannu Police station at the top of the list. Various letters had been issued by them to inform the concerned authorities, but due to high levels of professional negligence not much heed was paid to such a significant piece of intelligence information. This highlights the facts that intelligence reports of such serious nature was not taken seriously or even if it was, it remained so in letter and not in spirit as no concrete action was taken upon it by all those concerned and responsible for the security of the Jail that had housed so many hardcore criminals. The police station, however, should have been at high alert, with or without
intelligence warnings. This colossal administrative failure does not only damage our credibility but severely undermines the efforts of our security personnel who had taken great pains to capture all these militants. Surely, this serves as fodder for all those who have cast doubts upon the sincerity of Pakistan in the WOT. The inability of the civil administration to consolidate the gains of the war is just one example where lack of interest makes life difficult for the Pakistanis. What do they wait for? Their term to attain completion? Wouldn’t it be better if it did so with a positive contribution too? Why are matters of such significance left for others to address while personal gains are consolidated in parliament? PROFESSOR KABIL KHAN Peshawar
US pressure tactics For Sunday’s attack in Afghanistan, the US says evidence collected so far doesn’t lead investigators to Pakistan. Why silence was not the possible choice? ‘Pakistan rapidly developing its nuclear arsenal, a Washington report’ (April 13). Again, the US has spoken out so from the hip as against no other nuclear power the world over has it ever said so. These pressure tactics are being used against us to do more. Big decisions are made not only to do something but also to stop doing something. Z A KAZMI Karachi
The main problems of poor people of Pakistan are poverty, health, education, justice, clean drinking water, hunger and security of life and property. Having been exploited either in the name of religion, roti, kapra aur makan and state security etc, they today have lost faith in both ruling elite and members of establishment. For the past four years, the people have witnessed elected rulers hand in glove with paid bureaucracy, looting this country and involved in land grabbing, flight of capital, FBR missing containers, NICL scam, Railways, Ephedrine Scam, OGDC, Steel Mills, PIA etc. After over four years and a half of rule, PPP with nothing to show as far as its performance and commitment to their manifesto, is now trying to divert attention by exploiting sentiments of the people with calls for more provinces. On the very day, when over 135 sons of Pakistan went missing under tons of snow in Siachen, it was business as usual, with our president embarking on a so-called private visit accompanied by a large delegation requiring two state owned aircrafts for transportation and paying $1 million as Nazrana from state funds, or his pocket, to a Saint known for his love of the poor. What has PPP delivered to residents of Sindh, Balochistan and KP where it is in power in coalition with MQM, ANP, PML(F) and PML(Q). Other than those calling for creation of Hazara province, all the rest are trying to fool people, having been in power and delivered nothing except miseries. The call for Seraiki province is lead by all those feudal who have enjoyed power in past and except for exploitation and corruption have delivered nothing. For instance if wall chalking demands for a separate unit for Karachi and Hyderabad are accepted, how can this resolve the problems of its citizens, when bhatta collection, target killing, street crimes, no-go areas and ethnic strife are creation of those who claim to be major stake holders. Karachi and Hyderabad have a mixed ethnic composure, with no ethnic group which can claim numerical majority of 51 percent or more, unless this ruthless ethnic cleansing is allowed to continue unchecked. SYED JAWAID HUSSAIN Multan
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12 comment The militant onslaught Cooperation, a must
very passing day underlines the need on the part of the US, Afghanistan and Pakistan to employ a joint strategy to neutralise, if not eliminate, the militants keeping the pot boiling in Afghanistan and Pakistan. One incident after another underlines the lack of trust between the three. The Sunday attacks By Taliban in Kabul and three eastern provinces were no different. As expected these led Washington to point the finger at Haqqani network operating from Pakistan’s tribal areas. Karzai on the other hand blamed intelligence failure particularly on the part of the US-led Nato. The US forces are scheduled to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Budget crises and waning public support at home is forcing US allies to leave earlier. In January French President Sarkozy announced withdrawal of his troops by the end of 2013. On Tuesday, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, announced an accelerated troop withdrawal to start in mid-2013. What happens after 2014 is not difficult to predict. With the foreign troops leaving the country along with their warplanes, helicopters and modern fighting equipment, the newly trained and insufficiently motivated Afghan force would not be able to hold its ground against a highly fired up and battlehardened Taliban. A Taliban victory in Afghanistan will boost the morale of the TTP which will accelerate attacks inside Pakistan. There is a need on the part of the US and Pakistan to urgently resolve their differences to ensure peace and stability in the region. What one sees happening is a repeat of the post-Afghan jihad scenario when the US left Pakistan high and dry to resolve the problems created by the Afghan civil war. Both the US and Pakistan had to pay a heavy price for this. In fact, the forces of chaos that were let loose subsequently spread all over the globe endangering the lives of the people in all the continents. Now that the parliament has concluded its policy review, Pakistani and US leaders should move ahead to forge a consensus over what needs to be done jointly to defeat extremism and militancy.
Smear? The media and the party
he president has a complaint or two when it comes to the media. Some of these complaints are valid, some aren’t. Both sides have erred and both sides need a measure of introspection. When he said that the premier and his family have fallen prey to some sort of smear campaign, he wouldn’t have had many sympathetic takers. The first family, as it were, have a lot of crimes to clear their names from before allegations of a witch hunt are to be taken seriously. And it doesn’t just stop at them. The ruling party as a whole doesn’t have a squeaky clean image. The rental power case, though nothing has been proven yet, has in it what seems to be the seeds to some serious wrongdoing. Apart from procurement scandals, the license raj and the permit rackets are in full swing, as are irregularities in employment quotas. In fact, the latter have almost stopped being classified as wrongdoing to begin with. Much is wrong. In the midst of all of this, should the media be expected to hold anything back? Having said that, there is a feeling, increasingly being realised by the public at large, that the media, especially certain sections of the press, really have it in for ruling party. The smarter ones among this pack of journalists and pundits manage to dress up their bias well, but even this relatively suave group lets go of the pretense of logical debate and bare their teeth, partially hidden by all that froth. What are the reasons for this? Surely, this government, it has to be acknowledged even by the harshest of its detractors, has never suppressed the press. One reason for the rage could be that an anti-government position sells. It draws greater viewership. At any given point in time, the demographic disaffected with the incumbents is too huge not to zero in on. Secondly, and this is particular to the ruling PPP, this is not a party that appeals to the urban middle-classes. It is this latter demographic from which the bulk of the country’s press is culled from. By this second argument, the League gets better press. Its government in the Punjab is criticised, yes, but not in the cycloptic, no holds barred sense that the federal government is.
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Wednesday, 18 April, 2012
normalising ties with the US Will ‘they’ let us?
he resolution passed by the joint session of the parliament on April 12 has offered new recommendations for pursuing Pakistan’s relations with the United States. In a week or so, Pakistan will start a dialogue with the US for reviving bilateral relations and resuming the supply of American goods through Pakistan for NATO/US troops based in Afghanistan. It is not yet clear if the government of Pakistan will be able to deliver its part of the deal for transit of goods mainly because the security situation has changed a lot in and around Pakistan after the passage of the parliamentary resolution. Further, the resolution contains such demands that may not be implemented soon. The US is not expected to concede those demands quickly which will give the opposition parties in Pakistan another opportunity to question the government’s efforts to normalise relations with the US. Two developments in Afghanistan and Pakistan on April 15 clearly show that the Taliban and its allies are gaining strength, making it difficult for Pakistan to pursue normal interaction with the US. The parliamentary resolution has been overshadowed by the April 15: attack on the prison in Bannu in KP and well-coordinated attacks in Kabul’s high security zone and other places in Afghanistan. The massive nature of the Afghan Taliban assault show that the Afghan National Army and the Afghan Police, trained and equipped by the US. are unable to ensure security in Afghanistan. The growing power of Afghan Taliban is not a bad sign for Afghanistan’s stability which will have negative fallout on Pakistan’s tribal areas. The Pakistani Taliban (i.e. the TTP) have also demonstrated that despite their decline since 20092010 they retain enough capacity to By Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi challenge the Pakistani state. These Pakistani and Afghan Taliban and their Pakistani allied groups can threaten the transit route for American goods. The parliamentary resolution does not say anything significant about Pakistan’s problems with Pakistani Taliban and other militant groups based in the tribal areas or mainland Pakistan. Almost all supporters of Islamic parties and militant groups as well as the activists of the PML(N) and PTI complain loudly about the violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty by the US. However, they do not view the defiance of Pakistani state and attacks on Pakistani targets by the TTP and other militant groups are also violations of Pakistan’s sovereignty. The whole nation protested against the killing of 24 security personnel by US aircraft at the Salala border post in November 2011. A few days later, the Taliban released a video of execution of several Pakistani security personnel who had been kidnapped by them a couple of days earlier. There was hardly any protest on this. No leader or political and Islamic group
of standing condemned the Taliban for these killings. The Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) – a coalition of Islamic hard line and militant Islamic groups – is the major defender of the Taliban. Its position on Pakistan’s policies is similar to that of Pakistani and Afghan Taliban. They hold Pakistan’s pro-US policies as the sole cause of the Taliban violence against Pakistani state and its people. These views on militancy and violence are shared by Imran Khan’s PTI and, in varying degrees, by the PML(N). Both accuse the federal government of pro-US policies and blame the government for failure to protect the lives of common people whenever there is some terrorist incident. There is hardly any criticism of the Taliban or other militant group engaged in violent activities. Interestingly enough, they appeal to government to stop security operations in the tribal areas. No such appeal is made to the TTP or other militant group to cease their violent activities. The pro-Taliban sentiments in Pakistan are going to be reinforced by the latest Taliban attacks in different places in Afghanistan and the jail-break in Bannu. This practically means that Pakistan government will find it difficult to run its relations with the US on the basis of the recommendations agreed to in the resolution of the parliament. The DPC has already declared that it would not let any American goods pass through Pakistan. The DPC people have gained much confidence because no party or group contested their political discourse during the last five months. The groups and parties that otherwise detest the DPC would not in this case come forward to support the government for the revival of American supplies through Pakistan. The DPC parties have no alternative but to assert them in the streets to sustain their momentum. A large number of groups in the DPC are not going to contest the elections as they do not have much electoral support. Therefore, street
protest is the only option for most Islamic parties to demonstrate their political power. The playing up of anti-American sentiments sustains their support and it enables them to support the Taliban cause without publicly saying so. Some of the demands made in the resolution are nothing more than a wish list. When these demands are not fulfilled, Islamic as well as other parties would criticise the government for what they would describe as the betrayal of the parliamentary resolution. The federal government and the military want to pursue normal interaction with the US but they are not willing to say so in public. They have not so far owned the need of normal relations with the US especially the restoration of transit of American supplies through Pakistan. Not even once they tried to explain why the relationship is important for Pakistan and why do they think that these supplies should be allowed. The only political discourse available in public is that of Islamists that is isolationist, i.e. ties with the West should be based only the terms given by ultra-nationalist and Islamist groups. Unless the military and the federal government muster courage to offer an alternative narrative and challenge the DPC type worldview, Pakistan will not be able to fulfil its obligations in the new relationship with the US. Anti-Americanism encouraged by the military and conceded by the federal government in the post Salala incident helped to achieve the immediate agenda of diverting attention from non-response by the Pakistan military to violation of Pakistani sovereignty by the US. The long term implications of this strategy have become the major obstacles to the efforts of the Pakistan government and military to pursue normal interaction with the US. The writer is an independent political and defence analyst.
militants on the offensive Daily Pashtun Post
akistan and Afghanistan share a long and porous border. Hence, the countries can in no way avoid the negative spillover from developments in the other country. It is inevitable that the other will feel the pinch in the wake of bad conditions in the neighbouring country. The back-to-back terror attacks in Kabul and the prison break in Bannu underscore that the militants are gaining strength and will wreak havoc in both, not one, countries unless Pakistan and Afghanistan wake up to the fact that only meaningful cooperation and a joint combative strategy will help in countering militancy. The law and order in Pakistan, particularly Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has been on a veritable downslide ever since the US invaded Afghanistan. Due to the ensuing anarchy and vio-
lence in war-ravaged Afghanistan, KP has also seen acts of terrorism and violence continue and increase unabated and that has cost thousands of lives and robbed the region of peace and stability. Acts like this jailbreak are made easier due to the fact that the writ of the state barely exists in the region. Analysts are also spot on in saying that peace can never be achieved and militancy and terrorism never uprooted unless the two countries cooperate meaningfully to that end. These countries are neighbours and no wishing away will change this fact. They are inextricably linked, for better or for worse. Hence, both the countries must realise the imperatives of cooperation. As the current situation stands, peace in Afghanistan is a prerequisite for peace in Pakistan in general and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular. – Translated from the original Pashto by Abdur Rauf Khattak
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meet india’s communists
Media punditry has no relation to ground realities
They’re more of the same
By Ali Aftab Saeed
here is this perception that our media has transformed Pakistan; that it has raised the political consciousness among the general public (which I somewhat agree with) and that it has changed the electoral dynamics of the country (I have my reasons for not agreeing with this). Imran Khan believed the theory and got even more convinced after a couple of successful jalsas in Lahore and Karachi. The self-proclaimed kingmakers in the media received the first major blow when Jamshed Dasti won again from his constituency after he had been disqualified. Instead of learning from the experience, the king-makers chose that other unfortunate option – that of going bitter. While Imran Khan is still trying to cash in on the opportunity created by the ‘new media’, many in the media itself have started questioning their own assertions after the recent by-elections, in which Musa Gilani not only won his seat but got over 90,000 votes in his constituency. We need to understand the voting trend in our region to know what it takes to change the electoral dynamics, and whether the corruption card really works. India recently had elections in five of its states. The results in neither of them are surprising (or perhaps they are, depending on one’s expectations). UP’s importance can be gauged by its population (which is greater than Pakistan), and by the fact that they have provided India eight of their prime ministers. There is also this slogan ‘What UP thinks today, India
will think tomorrow’. Rahul Gandhi remained with the poor throughout the election campaign. Slept in their houses, drank from their wells, had food on their plates and sported a beard for not having the time to shave. But the election results bore no fruit for Congress; instead it stood 4th. The traditionally popular Samajwadi Party took the lead followed by Bahujan Samaj Party, which was ruling UP before these elections, and the BJP alliance came in 3rd. Anna Hazare’s campaign against corruption, which some people believed to be a political campaign favouring Mayawati, failed and Mulayam Singh Yadav, who has been UP’s CM thrice before, won the elections regardless of all the corruption charges against him. Perhaps we can more easily relate to India’s Punjab because we have one too (and no small Punjab, at that). In India, it is also referred to as the Badal state. Parkash Singh Badal, the chief minister, had Sukhbir Singh Badal, his son, as his deputy chief minister. His nephew was the finance minister before he launched his own party and his daughter in law was also a cabinet member. In his last tenure, Punjab went into a much more serious deficit than it used to before. In recent years, major drop of productivity has been observed in agriculture. Fifty lac out of the total population of around 2 crore and 75 lac are said to be unemployed. Apart from the other corruption charges, millions are alleged to have been made out of liquor shop licenses, when according to a UN report more than 60% of the population is either alcoholic or hooked on drugs. Captain Amarinder Singh flashed documented evidences of Badal’s corruption in his jalsas and other forums but that didn’t stop Badal from winning the elections again
last month, with even more seats than the last time! His trick is believed to be subsidy on a few things and a small sum awarded to every bride as a wedding present. In Bangladesh, the army came to power in 2007 and throughout 2007 and 2008 the military backed government’s slogan was to root out corruption and get rid of the two dynastic leaders of the AL and BNP. But as soon as the elections occurred in 2008, Hasina Wajid was back after winning the elections by record margins! One example of a change in electoral trends, though, would be Lahore; it used to be the PPP’s bastion, which was then taken over by PML(N). But then again one has to realise that with unlimited resources because of ISI’s backing and spoon feeding, Nawaz, first as finance minister and then the CM, was for long periods in a position to award huge benefits to the industrial community and the dukaandaars in general. Even then, it took him many years to legitimately claim Lahore to be PML(N)’s very own backyard. In our region, people have a very narrow approach of looking at things when it comes to elections. Therefore, while it is easy to give glad tidings of an imminent revolution-by-votes, it is much more difficult to see anything like that actually happening. By boycotting the by-elections, I believe even Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s and Javed Hashmi’s own seats are in danger, leave alone the future of PTI. One thing a politician can't afford is to stay out of the system, letting others fill in the void. Giving this kind of opportunity to the government for a year is tantamount to a suicide-attempt as far as one’s political career is concerned. Any wonder then if both veteran politicians are pissed off at kuptaan? The writer is a member of the band Beygairat Brigade.
Border Crossings By Kuldip Nayar
he communists in India have preferred strategy to ideology. The occasions have been few, but they have regretted them. At the time of independence, they supported the demand of partition. Subsequently they admitted that they wrongly backed the Muslim League which represented Muslims alone. Marxism, they woefully recalled, demanded a secular approach. At a congress in Kerala this week, the communists have departed from their vehement opposition to the BJP and instead support the party if the Congress faces the prospect of defeat. The communists have put the BJP and the Congress at par. They have even said that they would not side with the Congress against the BJP which till yesterday represented the communal forces inimical to national interest. The communists are justified in attacking the Congress for the scams which have cost the public exchequer billions of rupees. The communists are also correct in averring that the Congress has done little to improve the lot of minorities. But where they go wrong is when they put the two parties on the same footing. The Congress, with all its faults, has never propagated against secularism, nor has it accepted the guidance of a body like the RSS which stands for Hindu Rashtriya. The Congress can be apportioned blame for diluting the principles of pluralism and liberalism. But the BJP has never claimed to be pursuing them. Its credentials have never been liberal from its very birth, when it was called the Jana Sangh. However, it is heartening to know that the communists will not have anything to do with the Congress. Yet, they must admit that they have been guilty of giving the Congress the veneer of being progres-
sive, whether it was the government of Mrs Indira Gandhi or that of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The communists were partners in the first UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government. The Marxists saved it from defeat in parliament several times. What will the communists do now when the Special Investigation Team (SIT), appointed by the Supreme Court, has exonerated Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi from the charge of planned killings of Muslims in the state? True, though one member of SIT Ramachandran has not absolved Modi, the majority has given the clean chit. The state elections are due this year. Surely, the communists are not going to pull their punches because their criticism may help the Congress. The entire strategy of communists is faulty. It cannot afford to stay silent on matters like communalism even if the beneficiary is the Congress. And how can a responsible party like that of the communists allow the Congress to get away with the murders of Sikhs in Delhi? The state machinery was used to connive at the murders as the Modi government did in Gujarat. The communists have to stand by the victims and the minorities without caring whether the Congress is defeated or the BJP wins. The communists are on a strong ground when they talk about a democratic alternative. But the problem with them is that they always want to dominate the formation. And seldom do they see beyond the existing regional parties which are parochial, casteist and even communal. These parties have failed to deliver justice in their own state as they have neither the cadres nor convictions to meet all-India challenges. How can they become an alternative? The communists have to shed their pride and prejudice to work with the grassroots activists who are spread all over the country. Their ideology is also pro-left but they are not dogmatic or rigid. They find a common denominator among themselves to work together. But they do not compromise with communal casteist elements at any cost. The communists’ willingness to shake hands with the BJP may come in the way of joint action which the activists are proposing to initiate.
Postmortems by the Congress and the BJP of reverses in UP election have not made them any wiser. Neither the Congress nor the BJP realizes that they are increasingly becoming irrelevant and look like the once-upon parties. Their statements and activities suggest that they have nothing new to offer. They go on indulging endlessly in the same slogans, the same exhortations and the same promises. The UP election, and the one held earlier in Bihar, have proved that the voters find regional parties closer to their heart and more familiar with their aspirations. The biggest thing which has hit the two is the voters’ doubt about their integrity. They find them mixed up with the mafias and underhand deals. Manmohan Singh’s regime has been full of scams. A new one appears even before the old one recedes into the background. The BJP’s corruption in Karnataka, both economic and moral, is a continuing saga. One party blames the other but both of them, more so the Congress, are mired deep in corruption and black money. The 2G spectrum scam has reached the countryside as the Bofors gun scandal did. Both parties need to have something like the Kamaraj Plan. In 1963, when PM Nehru wanted to get rid of his critics in the wake of the debacle at the hands of China, he used Congress president K Kamaraj’s proposal to force the ministers leave their cabinet berths and work in the organisation. A Kamaraj plan may cleanse the stables of the parties and throw up new faces as well as ideas. Yet an overhauling alone will not do. The parties have to change their support to the governments’ lassie fare policies. The BJP openly favours economic reforms which have been detrimental to the people of country. The communists have also extended their support to a few. The result is that the rich have become richer and the poor poorer. The criticism by the BJP on price rise or anti-poor has no meaning when the party arrays its support behind the Congress to have disastrous bills passed. What comes out is that the BJP and the Congress are the two sides of the same coin. The writer is a senior Indian journalist.
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Sadaf Malaterre & Anjum Alix Noon presented ‘The Blackbird One’. Taking inspiration from life, nature and colour, the collection was a blend of silks, art and structured cuts. The collaboration brought forward a unique synergy between art, fabric and design as epitomised by designer Sadaf Malaterre and artist Anjum Alix Noon. The design philosophy focused on a continuous tribute to the celebration of life and put forward something new and innovative. The collection plays on earthy colours and variation of cuts.
Sania Maskatiya showcased her prêt-à-porter collection ‘Uraan’. It was based on the concept of flight and movement in nature. Using digital and screen prints, exclusive embroidered fabric in an array of hues and light and airy fabrics such as chiffon, cotton net with rich, luxurious chamose silks, she created a summery palette with hints of colours ranging from turquoise, lime, off white, gold and beige.
Zara Shahjahan presented ‘Pretty Please’. The inspiration behind her latest collection was to simply look and feel pretty. The collection consisted of high fashion outfits, specifically designed for the Pakistani consumer looking for wearable high fashion. The silhouettes included kurtas and tunics, stylised in different ways. With emphasis on flowery prints and delicate embroideries, the collection used summer fabrics like pure cottons and lawn.
The House of Kamiar Rokni showcased ‘Sweetest Taboo’. The collection continued the brand’s exploration of minimalist chic cuts that require no embellishment. The collection drew inspiration from Kamiar Rokni and Tia Noon’s memories of the 1980's as it celebrated their love for print, colour and pattern. Some of the key looks being showcased were palazzo pants, 80’s style bat-wing sleeved tunics, blazers and bolero jackets layered over tops and sleek harem pants. The fabrics were diaphanous-mostly georgette chiffon with no solid colours and put together different prints.
Republic their men’s wear collection entitled ‘Tears for Fears’ drawing inspiration from the World War 2 and Post War era. ‘Tears for Fears’ was based on metropolitan street wear of the time, with lots of layering. The collection was vintage, chic and was inspired by the working middle class. It worked in classic fabrics such as worsted wool, tweeds, tropical wool, high gauge twill cotton, leather, denim, cotton silk and is based in a monochromatic colour palette.
HSY presented his Prêt Deluxe 2012 collection drawing inspiration from the luxury resort lifestyle of the Mediterranean. Soft fluid fabrics such as georgettes, chiffons, grip and linens were used with a strong emphasis on lace. The silhouette was layered with crisp tailored pieces along with ones featuring modern cuts while showing a variation of length. The embellishments aimed to create surface texture while utilising embroideries. Photos by: NAdEEM IjAZ
MUMBAI: Shahid Kapoor may be one of Btown's hottest actors today with multiple projects awaiting him. however, at a book launch, he threw the audience off-guard with his self-deprecating brand of humour. The actor joked that he is currently without a job so he'd much rather do something useful in his spare time. While Kapoor was being plain funny, there may be some truth to his remark. reportedly, Kapoor has been in talks for various films including ‘vettai’, Siddarth malhotra's film, ‘heer ranjha’, not to mention his having given the go ahead to maneesh Sharma's film. however for some strange reason, all films seem to be stuck as of now with the result that all of Shahid's dates are completely free. Which is also why Shaad Ali has managed to sign on Shahid for his next which is tentatively titled ‘Ek vanila Do Parathe’. Said the source, "Ultimately, Shahid spoke to Aditya Chopra about availability of dates, and Adi being Adi, immediately offered him Shaad's film. Shahid loved the script and immediately gave his nod. The film will go on floors in may. Another lead actor and a leading lady are yet to be finalised. however rumour is Parineeti Chopra may be the one.” For Shaad Ali, ‘Ek vanila Do Parathe’ marks a comeback of sorts after his disastrous ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’. he will now be making his fourth film with the banner after ‘Saathiya’ and ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ became super hits. AGENCIES
MUMBAI: Trust Priyanka Chopra with a sense humour. When Kunal Kohli approached the actress for ‘Teri meri Kahani’ saying that her role spanned three eras and that she would have to play three different characters in it, she instantly said, "Why not more? See, i did 12 different roles in ‘What's your rashee?’ and killed 7 different husbands in ‘Saat Khoon maaf’. Wish you had to come up with a role that would have me more than three characters." A stunned Kunal Kohli did not know how to react. But Priyanka is happy with the way her role has shaped up in ‘Teri meri Kahani’. "After playing 12 different roles and being married seven times i thoroughly playing three different characters spanning three different time frames. What made it special was that i had to look different in all the three roles. it challenged me as an actress," Priyanka said. AGENCIES
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INGER Katy Perry stated recently that she is “obsessed with the aliens” and blithely added, “I am sure that they will come to earth one day!” If this sounds weird enough, we take you on an interesting voyage to celebrities’ obsessionville. Cameron Diaz-obsession: doorknobs: This H'wood girl open doors with her elbows to avoid touching germ-infested doorknobs. She is known to scrub her Hollywood home scrupulously and washing her hands 'many times' each day. 'I'm not scared of germs,' she explains, 'I'm just not into other people's fluids.' Billy Bob Thornton-obsession: repetition: Eccentric actor Billy Bob Thornton admits
that he has a penchant for repetitive compulsive actions. The ‘Bad Santa’ star became very close to late rocker Warren Zevon after discovering that- they both suffered from this obsession. 'He saw me at the mailbox taking my mail out and putting it back three times, and he said, 'You have that too, huh?' I adored him from then on,' he confessed. David Beckham-obsession: symmetry: The England soccer
captain has his own tactics for keeping the Beckham household in World Cup class. Not only does he insist on lining up his shirts according to their colour, his wife Victoria says he is obsessive about symmetry: “If you open our fridge, it's all co-ordinated down either side. We've got three fridgesfood in one, salad in another and drinks in the third. In the drinks one, everything is symmetrical. If there are
PFdC Sunsilk Fashion Week
ends on a high note NEWS DESK
‘Heroine’ has no time for Cannes MUMBAI: There’s news for all who were busy speculating the screening of the first look of madhur Bhandarkar’s controversial yet ambitious project ‘heroine’ at the Cannes international Film Festival. madhur, his lead actress Kareena Kapoor and others associated with the film are extremely tied up with work hence they wouldn’t be able to make it to the prestigious annual event. The filmmaker took to Twitter to clear all rumours and wrote, “media reporting that 1st look of #heroine is going to be launched in Cannes are baseless.(sic). me, Kareena & the whole team are busy shooting #heroine through the whole month of April & may, so no question of visiting Cannes(sic),” he added. Buzz had it that Kareena and Aishwarya rai (previously signed for ‘heroine’ and eventually replaced owing to her pregnancy) might clash at the Cannes. reportedly, post the ‘heroine’ controversy, the two actresses haven’t been able to see eye-to-eye. But now that madhur has put all rumours about the appearance of ‘heroine’ at the Cannes, a major confrontation has possibly been averted. AGENCIES
MUMBAI: Actor Salman Khan, who is known to act godfather to many newcomers in Bollywood, is spending sleepless nights over somebody. he provided Sonakshi Sinha with her first break in Bollywood, and her ‘Dabangg’ turned out to be a blockbuster. of course, with the Salman factor, a movie can hardly not turn out to be a hit. however, the actor seems to be quite worried about Sonakshi Sinha these days. The actress’ weight seems to be bothering Salman a lot these days, and according to sources, he has asked the damsel to lose a lot of weight. Losing 30 kilos for ‘Dabangg’ wasn’t an easy task for Sonakshi, but that wasn’t enough. Now Salman has advised her to keep a strict check on her weight. Salman’s worries are not without reasons, it seems. The actor doesn’t want anything to go wrong in his ‘Dabangg 2’. And Sonakshi’s weight being the issue, Salman is taking no risk now. AGENCIES
The Pakistan Fashion Design Council in collaboration with Sunsilk presented the final day of PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week that brought to the forward collections from 25 design labels, six Voile Shows and a fully equipped exhibition area. On day 4, actress Mahira Khan was revealed as the Sunsilk brand ambassador and she screened her Sunsilk Expert Studio campaign. The highlights of the show included Sania Maskatiya’s show for which musician Kiran Chaudhry walked the ramp as her show stopper. For their collection, The House of Kamiar Rokni collaborated with accessories designer Farhat Ahmad who had created hand bags, belts and shoes using the design house’s collection prints while adding a dash of suede for a touch of luxury. The collection was introduced with a video, which had been produced, directed and stylised by Maram and Aabroo with Noorey Bhatti as the model. Leading beauty brand, Luscious Cosmetics has also teamed up with The House of Kamiar Rokni for exclusive giveaways of their
Why is Salman Khan worried?
makeup products that best depict the mood and shades of the collection. For Republic’s show, designer Kamiar Rokni, stylist Shammal Qureshi of Toni and Guy and jeweller Taimoor Chaudhry of Damas walked the ramp as the showstoppers. The PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week was produced, choreographed and directed by HSY and his team with Maheen Kardar Ali and Zara Shahjahan for front stage management. Mohsin Ali and Akif Mahmood managed the exhibition area. The stylists were Shammal Qureshi and the team at Toni and Guy, Khawar Riaz and Maram and Aabroo. Fahad Hussayn and Ali Xeeshan worked alongside the style teams for hair and makeup, Kamiar Rokni and Asim Naeem oversaw green room management while official photography was by Faisal Farooqui and the team at DragonFly. Media Partners for the event were HUM TV and Style 360 and event sponsors were Sunsilk as title sponsor with further patronage by Lux, Ponds, Zong and Bank Alfalah. The event was coordinated by the Rteam, with foreign buyer and media management by Latitude and PR by Lotus.
MUMBAI: The last time a lead pair set the screen on fire with their sizzling chemistry, albeit in a one-onone duel was the sword fight between hrithik roshan and Aishwarya rai in Ashutosh Gowariker's ‘Jodhaa Akbar’. once again, another lead pair Saif Ali Khan and Jacqueline Fernandes will engage in an on-screen duel but in a very different setting and the modus operandi of the fight will be fencing. The two actors will be seen locked in a deadly duel for their upcoming film ‘race 2’. Producer ramesh Taurani said, "The actors have been trained for a sword fencing sequence formulated by action director Peter hein. We have specially flown down trainers from vietnam for this sequence." A source close to the film said, "The original plan was to shoot the sequence in mumbai but later, directors found an exotic location in Turkey. This is a major schedule of the film and will be shot for 65 days starting may 1. Both stars will practise for an hour daily before the shoot. it's a three and a half minute intensive action sequence between the actors in martial art form.” The film is slated for release on January 25, 2013. AGENCIES
three cans of soft drink, he'd throw one away because it has to be an even number.” Alec Baldwin-obsession: cleaning: The ‘Aviator’ star admits that over the years he's developed a huge fixation for cleaning things around his home. He says, 'I come home and I'm like, 'Did somebody move that book?' I just notice everything.' Baldwin adds, 'I'll have to catch a plane, like I'm in a hurry to go somewhere, and I'm in my kitchen rinsing out the glasses. I have a housekeeper who can do that, and I'm sitting there cleaning the glass.' John Abraham-obsession: bikes: John has, at times, given more importance to his bike than Bipasha (maybe that was the reason behind their separation). He's also a regular shopper of helmets, and has different helmets for each day.
Kanye West sick of ‘Theraflu’, changes song title to ‘Way Too Cold’ LOS ANGELES: Maybe ‘Theraflu’ just had way too many bad symptoms associated with it. Kanye West has changed the title of his controversial new song, following a backlash from the manufacturer of the drug it's named after, who slammed the rapper for inappropriately cribbing their product's name. Henceforth, West would like you to know that you should call the track ‘Way Too Cold’. West is chalking it up to a ‘creative decision’. The song, which also includes the lyrics “Tell PETA my mink is draggin' on the floor,” grabbed PETA's attention as well, and they promptly blasted the rapper by saying, “What's draggin' on the floor is Kanye's reputation as a man with no empathy for animals or human beings.” Also, merely a week after Kim Kardashian and Kanye West took their romance public; the comics at ‘Saturday Night Live’ questioned its validity in one of their sketches. The episode featured Nasim Pedrad (as Kardashian) and Jay Pharaoh (as West) weighing in on the Trayvon Martin case during an appearance on ‘Piers Morgan Tonight’. Pedrad’s Kardashian was shocked that it took Florida officials so long to arrest George Zimmerman and charge him with second degree murder. “Forty-six days! That’s like half a marriage!” Us magazine quoted her as whining. After the comics poked fun at her past relationships, Taran Killam (as Morgan) asked “Is your relationship for real, or is it just another publicity stunt?” “I love this woman,” Pharoah’s West said. “As I said earlier this week, she’s my Beyonce. Only without the singing, or the dancing or the acting. I’m a zerothreat,” West added. AGENCIES
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US space shuttle Discovery flies a final time WASHINGTON AfP
The shuttle Discovery, the most journeyed spacecraft of the now-retired American fleet, on Tuesday made its final flight from Florida toward the Washington area museum where it will go on display. Piggybacking atop a modified Boeing 747 kept by NASA specifically for transporting space shuttles, Discovery lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, early in the day. A flyover of the US capital was planned for mid-morning (10-11 am, 1400-1500 GMT) before the shuttle lands at the National Air and Space Museum’s UdvarHazy Center outside the US capital in suburban Virginia. A ceremony to mark the official induction of the Discovery at the museum will be held on Thursday. Discovery flew its last mission to space in February and March of last year, on a 13-day trip to the International Space Station. It is the oldest and most traveled craft in the US collection of three space-flying shuttles — also including Endeavour and Atlantis — and one prototype, the Enterprise. Two other shuttles were destroyed in flight. Challenger disintegrated shortly after liftoff in 1986 and Columbia broke apart on re-entry to Earth in 2003. Both disasters killed everyone on board. Discovery has spent a total of 365 days in space, and flown nearly 149 million miles (241 million kilometers) over the course of 39 missions, NASA’s mission control said.
Assange interviews hezbollah chief in russian Tv debut MOSCOW AfP
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange interviewed Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday in the debut of his "The World Tomorrow" talk show on Russia's state-funded RT cable broadcaster. Assange remains under house arrest and spoke to Nasrallah, who is considered a "terrorist" by both the United States and Israel, from his study in London via a computer video link. The English-language channel that is funded by the Kremlin and openly promotes Moscow's views on global affairs with the slogan "Question More," had boasted that the choice of guest would irritate many viewers. Assange in his introduction called Nasrallah "one of the most extraordinary figures in the Middle East."
fLoRIDA: The US space shuttle Discovery atop NASA’s 747 shuttle carrier aircraft as they head north passing over Kennedy Space Center, florida for the final time on Tuesday. The 747 with Discovery aboard headed to Washington DC for display at the National Air and Space museum. AfP
Norwegian killer says he would do it all again OSLO
HE gunman behind last year's Norway massacres said he would "do it again" as he took the stand at his trial on Tuesday, after a judge who called for him to face the death penalty was dismissed. Granted clearance to deliver a lengthy address to the court, Anders Behring Breivik described his killing of 77 people as a "preventive" attack to defend ethnic Norwegians and avoid a European culture war with Muslims. And after describing Christians as "a persecuted minority," the 33-year-old asked the court to free him while making clear he had no remorse over last July's bomb attack in central Oslo and shooting spree on a nearby island. "Yes, I would have done it again," Breivik told the court on the second day of the trial, adding that spending his life in prison or dying for his people would be "the biggest honour." On July 22 last year, Breivik first killed eight people when he set off a bomb in a van parked at the foot of buildings housing the offices of Labour Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who was not present at the time. He then travelled to
oSLo: State prosecutor Inga Bejer Engh speaks with right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik as the court recessed for lunch during the second day of Breivik’s trial on Tuesday. AfP Utoeya island where, dressed as a police officer, he spent more than an hour methodically shooting at hundreds of people attending a ruling Labour Party youth summer camp. The shooting spree claimed the lives of 69 people, mostly teens trapped on the
small heart-shaped island surrounded by icy waters. It was the deadliest massacre ever committed by a lone gunman. Breivik on Tuesday evoked the idea of accomplices, telling the court that two other one-person "cells" existed. "I am a self-run and independent cell, and I am
Ahmadinejad vows to defend territorial integrity TEHRAN AfP
MARLoW: Lories sit on the head and arms of German chancellor Angela Merkel in a bird park on Tuesday. AfP
Iran will respond with force to any threats to its territorial integrity, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday, adding that it would prefer to cooperate with its Arab neighbours to maintain security in the Gulf. "The armed forces and the army will inflict heavy regret and shame in case of any aggression against Iranian lands and interests," Ahmadinejad told military commanders and personnel on the occasion of Iran's annual Army Day. Iran "is ready to protect its existence and sovereignty," he said. Iran's army commander, General Ataollah Salehi, echoed the remarks, saying his forces "would not allow anyone to threaten Iran's territorial integrity." General Salehi also expressed pride over an April 11 visit by Ahmadinejad to the island of Abu Musa, which along with Lesser Tunb and Greater Tunb islands are
claimed by both Iran and the United Arab Emirates. "The three islands are part of Iranian territory," he said in remarks reported by the Mehr news agency, adding that the army would not tolerate any "discussions" about the country's territorial sovereignty. Ahmadinejad himself during his Tuesday speech neither referred to the visit nor to fresh tensions with Gulf Arab nations over it. He said the key to lasting stability in the Gulf was regional cooperation. "When it comes to the Persian Gulf, security is achieved only through the collective cooperation of all nations and governments," he said, while lashing out at "foreign interference which only causes destruction and division." The remarks by the firebrand president, known for his controversial speeches, came just ahead of a meeting of foreign ministers of the six Gulf Cooperation Council states in Doha to discuss the simmering islands dispute between Iran and the UAE.
connected to two others," he told the Oslo District Court. In his address to the judges, Breivik compared the Labour Party's youth wing AUF to the Hitler Youth, saying he targetted them on Utoeya because "most AUFs are naive and indoctrinated." "These were not innocent children, but political activists," Breivik argued, as survivors and relatives of the victims shook their heads in disbelief and grew impatient for him to finish. Television and radio were banned from broadcasting his words as there had been widespread concerns prior to the trial that Breivik would use his testimony as a platform to spread his ideology to the masses. Breivik described his attacks as "the most spectacular operation conducted by a militant nationalist this century" and claimed that "rivers of blood caused by Muslims" are now flowing in European cities. "Multiculturalism is a self-destructive ideology," he said, expressing disdain for Norway's generous immigration policy. The chief judge Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen interrupted his testimony after he spent his allotted 30 minutes presenting his Islamophobic and anti-immigration ideology. At one stage, Arntzen warned Breivik to tone down his rhetoric.
‘US drone strike’ kills 5 Qaeda militants in yemen ADEN AfP
A suspected US drone strike in Yemen's southeastern Shabwa province has killed five Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants, a local government official said on Tuesday. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said a "US drone" targeted the five men late on Monday in Shabwa, a mostly lawless region of Yemen where the extremist group has expanded its presence. The strike was in the Kharama area between the towns of Ghazzan and Huta, the official said. The deadly raid comes just days after three local Al-Qaeda leaders were killed in an air strike on their car in the neighbouring province of Bayda, about 210 kilometres (130 miles) southeast of the capital Sanaa. The defence ministry said Saturday's raid was conducted by Yemeni warplanes, but a security official told AFP that a US drone was responsible for the attack. The United States has never formally acknowledged the use of drones against Al-Qaeda in Yemen, considered by Washington to be the most active and deadly branch of the global terror network and a major focus of its "war on terror."
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UN observers see ‘difficult’ job as Syria toll mounts DAMASCUS
N military observers acknowledged on Tuesday that they face a "difficult" job firming up a shaky ceasefire in Syria as five civilians were killed in fresh violence as it entered its sixth day. Colonel Ahmed Himmiche, a Moroccan officer who heads a six-strong advance team preparing for the deployment of a 30-strong mission, said the observers would move forward one step at a time. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States was still "hoping for the best" but was discussing with other pow-
ers what to do in the event the peace plan collapses. Her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov pointed the finger at the opposition -- 11 of 35 people killed in violence on Monday were soldiers -- and called on its foreign supporters to put pressure on the rebels to honour the hard-won truce. UN chief Ban Ki-Moon called on regime forces to exercise "maximum restraint" and the opposition to "fully cooperate." Three of the five dead on Tuesday were killed in regime shelling of Idlib, a northwestern province close to the border with Turkey where there is a strong presence of rebel fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Two more were killed and dozens
wounded in a bombardment of the Basr al-Harir district of Daraa province, south of Damascus, cradle of the 13-month-old uprising against President Bashar alAssad's regime, the Britain-based watchdog said. The rebel Khaldiyeh and Bayada districts of the flashpoint central city of Homs also came under renewed shelling, it added. The opposition Syrian National Council accused the regime of "flagrant violations of the ceasefire" and called on the UN observers to "travel to Idlib and Homs immediately to see first-hand the massacres which the regime is carrying out and has not stopped carrying out." UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, who brokered the six-point peace plan, was to travel to Qatar for a ministe-
rial meeting of the Arab League on the crisis later on Tuesday, his spokesman said. The head of the observer advance team said: "It's a difficult mission that needs coordination and planning." "No ceasefire, not even the beginnings of a political process -- this mission will be one of the toughest ever undertaken by the United Nations," Himmiche added. Clinton called on the Syrian regime to honour Annan's plan in full, not just the promised ceasefire. "What the Assad regime needs to do is to make clear that they're going to silence their guns, withdraw their troops and work toward fulfilling the six-point plan," she said. Complying with the Annan plan also means allowing peaceful
demonstrations, releasing political prisoners and allowing a peaceful political transition to begin, Clinton added. "We want to see a political process begin, but if violence is renewed, the regime reverts to shelling its own people and causing a great deal of death and injury, then we're going to have to get back to planning what our next steps (are)." Damascus ally Moscow took aim, without naming them, at supporters of the rebels, such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia, for what it acknowledged was a "fragile" truce. "There are countries -- there are outside forces - that are not interested in the success of current UN Security Council efforts," Lavrov said.
School head among 44 men linked to teen prostitute SINGAPORE AfP
Forty-four men including a school principal, a naval officer and a senior civil servant have appeared in court accused of having sex with an underage prostitute, local media reported Tuesday. The men, who also included business and finance professionals, were charged after being nabbed late last year in the biggest police sting operation since laws against underage prostitution were toughened in 2008, the reports said. While prostitution is legal in Singapore, paying for sex with a girl under the age of 18 is a crime punishable by up to seven years in jail. The list of the suspects, all but three of them Singaporean citizens, was published in full by the mainstream media, along with pictures of some of the men who appeared in various forms of disguise at a trial court on Monday. Only one, a former elementary school principal who resigned abruptly last year, said outright that he intended to plead guilty, the Straits Times said. The accused include the former head of strategic planning at the Police Training Command, a former senior legal counsel at the environment agency and a naval officer, the reports said. The men are alleged to have paid from Sg$450-Sg$850 ($360-$680) for each sex session with the girl between September 2010 and February 2011, when she was still under 18. Her services were advertised on a now defunct sex website.
Australia to withdraw troops from Afghanistan early: Pm SYDNEY AfP
Australia said Tuesday it will bring its troops home from Afghanistan a year earlier than planned with most soldiers withdrawn in 2013 after significant security gains over the past 18 months. Canberra, a key coalition ally of the United States, has repeatedly said it intends to remain in the war-wracked nation until 2014 but Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Afghans would now be ready to take responsibility earlier. She will take her pull-out timetable to a NATO summit in Chicago next month with her announcement coming a day ahead of NATO foreign and defence ministers meeting in Brussels to fine-tune their own troop withdrawals. "I'm now confident that Chicago will recognise mid-2013 as a key milestone in the international strategy," she said in a keynote speech shortly after a wave of coordinated Taliban attacks in Afghanistan left 51 people dead. "A crucial point when the international forces will be able to move to a supporting role across all of Afghanistan." Australia has some 1,550 troops stationed in the strife-torn country and has so far lost 32 soldiers in the conflict. Gillard said they would begin leaving as soon as Afghan President Hamid Karzai declared Afghans would take responsibility for Uruzgan province, where most Australian forces are based.
MAJDAL SHAMS: A young Druze resident of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights holds a Syrian flag next to a portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a rally on Tuesday to mark Syrian Independence Day. AfP
Palestinians begin mass hunger murdoch exits indian news Tv strike on Prisoners’ Day NEW DELHI RAMALLAH AfP
At least 1,200 Palestinian inmates of Israeli jails began an open-ended hunger strike on Tuesday as rallies across the occupied territories marked Prisoners' Day. As thousands of people gathered in towns and cities in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, three-quarters of the 4,700 Palestinians held by Israel began refusing food, the Israel Prisons Service (IPS) said. Of that number, 2,300 men said they would refuse food throughout the day, while another 1,200 said they were beginning a hunger strike, IPS spokeswoman Sivan Weizman told AFP. "In the framework of Prisoners' Day, around 2,300 security prisoners said they were refusing their daily meals, and around 1,200 prisoners said they were starting a hunger strike," Weizman said. "At IPS, we have coped with hunger strikes in the past and we are prepared to do so again now," she added. Speaking to crowds gathered in the northern West Bank city of Nablus,
Qadura Fares, head of the Palestinian Prisoners Club, gave a higher figure for the hunger strike, saying "1,500 prisoners from all the factions" had joined it already and more were expected to do so later in the month. "We are united and undivided when it comes to prisoners, and we will stand by them until they get their demands," he said. In a letter to the public which was smuggled out of prison, the hunger-strikers said they would continue to starve themselves until their demands were met -- or they died in the process. "We promise our martyrs, prisoners and all of our people to go on until we grab hold of our full rights and end the policy of solitary confinement, or until we die as martyrs," said the note which was scrawled on a piece of paper.Earlier this week, prisoners minister Issa Qaraqaa told AFP that 1,600 inmates were expected to join the strike, and on Tuesday he said the initial number "is likely to increase in the coming days." Throughout the morning, thousands of people held
marches and rallies across the West Bank, with around 3,000 people gathering in Shuhada Square in central Nablus, waving Palestinian flags and holding up pictures of imprisoned relatives. Another 1,000 or so people gathered in central Ramallah, with a sit-in planned for later in the afternoon outside the nearby Ofer prison. In the southern West Bank city of Hebron, 1,500 people gathered holding up flags, pictures and slogans reading: "Stop the policy of solitary confinement." Hundreds more gathered in the northern towns of Tulkarem and Qalqilya, AFP correspondents said. In Gaza City, around 2,000 people marched to the headquarters of the Red Cross where they set up a solidarity tent with the hunger strikers. This year's Prisoners' Day took on added symbolism as it was also the day when Israel was to release Khader Adnan, an Islamic Jihad prisoner who went on hunger strike for a record 66 days in protest at being held without charge.
Rupert Murdoch-owned Star Group is exiting its news business in India after ending an eight-year brand association with its local partner. The company, which owns a 26 percent stake in the joint venture with Anand Bazaar Patrika (ABP), will withdraw its branding in the next four months, Star India said in a statement late Monday. "Given the current regulatory environment and structural issues ailing the Indian cable and satellite television market and the news genre in particular, Star took this extremely difficult decision to withdraw its brand from the genre," it said. Star India and ABP operated three 24-hour news channels, including the popular Star News in Hindi. In a separate statement the ABP said both brands had benefited from their association and it was time they focused on their core business areas. "Star wishes to focus on building their brand on their core business that is general entertainment. The core business of the ABP is news and it wishes to promote and establish its own brands in the broadcast news space," it said. Local media reports blamed discontent over editorial direction for the split. "Editorial control... had always been a stress point, as Star had no control over the running of the organisation," an unnamed industry source was quoted as saying by The Business Standard. The Star Group, which is an Asian TV service owned by Murdoch's News Corporation, has its headquarters in Hong Kong and broadcasts in China and the Middle East. Star's move in India comes amid a phone hacking scandal that has engulfed Murdoch's British newspaper arm News International, forcing the Australian-born tycoon to shut down the 168-year-old News of the World tabloid last July.
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Misbah ecstatic about int’l cricket return LAHORE
AKISTAN captain Misbah-ul-Haq, is ecstatic that international cricket is set to return to Pakistan after three years, with the Bangladesh Cricket Board confirming a short tour to the cricket deprived country later this month. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), in separate statements, confirmed on Sunday that the latter would play a short One-Day series, comprising of a solitary One Day International and T20 in Lahore at the end of this month. The ODI will be played on April 29 followed by a T20 international the next day. This will be the first time since the terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team in March 2009 that a Test playing nation will be touring Pakistan. Since the attacks on the Sri Lankan team that left six players of the team and their assistant coach injured, Pakistan has been hosting its bilateral series on the neutral venues of the United Arab Emirates, England and New Zealand. This is not only causing huge financial losses to the Pakistan Cricket Board but also
Pakistan, india juniors lock horns on 6th in malaysia
depriving the cricketers of home advantage. Happy to hear about the Bangladesh’s tour of Pakistan, Misbah said that it has been quite difficult for the team to play its home series without home advantage. "One of the most difficult things for me or the rest of the Pakistan team players has been to play away from home all the time in the last three years. It was disappointing not to get a chance to play in front of our people, on our own grounds," said Misbah while talking to journalists. Misbah hopes that the Bangladesh tour of Pakistan will prove to be a step forward and will lead to the resumption of the long awaited bilateral series with nemesis India. However, he did not agree with the concept of playing a short One-Day series against the Men in Blue on any neutral venue. “We need to have a regular bilateral series because nowadays when we play after a long gap, there is lot of tension associated with our matches, and there is extra pressure on the players. If we play regularly against each other I think it will be better for people of both countries,” said the Pakistan skipper replying to a query on cricketing relations with India.
Pakistan junior hockey team will lock horns against India o May 6 in the 7th Men's Junior Asia Cup to be played in Malacca, Malaysia from May 3 to 13. With the approval of International Hockey Federation (FIH), the Asian Hockey Federation has released match schedule and Pakistan has been placed in pool B along with India, China and Sri Lanka while Pool A have Korea, Malaysia, Iran and Japan. Pakistan will open its campaign against China on May 4 while on the opening day (May 3) Korea will play Japan and Malaysia will take on Iran. Pakistan will be playing ist second match against India and looking at the pools, the junior greens have a positive chance to reach the semi-finals of the tournament. Schedule Date, Match#, Pool, Match Thu May 3, 01 A Korea v Japan, 02 A, Malaysia v Iran Fri May 4, 03 B Pakistan v China, 04 B India v Sri Lanka Sat May 5, 05 A Japan v Iran, 06 A, Malaysia v Korea Sun May 6, 07 B China v Sri Lanka, 08, B India v Pakistan, 09 A Korea v Iran Mon May 7, 10 15h00 1 B China v India, 11 B Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 12 A Japan v Malaysia Tue May 8, Rest Day Wed May 9, 13 05-08 3rd Pool A V 4th Pool B, 14 05-08 3rd Pool B v 4th Pool A Thu May 10, 15 01-04 1st Pool A v 2nd Pool B, 16 01-04 1st Pool B v 2nd Pool A Fri May 11, Rest Day Sat May 12, 17 07-08 Loser Match 13 v Loser Match 14, 18 05-06 Winner Match 13 v Winner Match 14 Sun May 13, 19 03 – 04 Loser Match 15 v Loser Match 16, 20 01 – 02 Winner Match 15 v Winner Match 16
iCC to hold Champions Trophy for all three formats
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Bangladesh coach concerned over Pakistan tour
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The International Cricket Council has planned to shelve the Champions Trophy after the next year’s edition and has programs to hold the same event for the three formats of the game. According to Cricinfo, the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy which is to be held in England will be the last edition of the event and from then on the ICC will have the same tournament for all the three formats of the game. The tournament is part of the Future Tours Program in 2013 but does not appear after that, with the playoffs for the World Test Championship scheduled for June 2017. "If you don't see it in the schedule, it means it is not planned for the future," Haroon Lorgat, the ICC's chief executive, said at a press conference following the executive board meeting in Dubai. "We have said for a while that we would like one championship event for each format. We are including the Test championship in there. We have the World Cup to have the champion for 50-overs cricket. So we are not planning to hold Champions Trophy in the future." The World Test Championship was initially scheduled for 2013, but had to be post-
poned due to the ICC's commitments to its broadcaster and sponsors. The ICC's broadcast partner is ESPN STAR Sports*, with whom they have a contract till 2015. The ICC had initially hoped to convince all interested parties to switch the Champions Trophy, the ICC's second-biggest 50over tournament, to play-offs between the top four Test teams as per the ICC Test rankings. However, after the ICC's executive board meeting in October, 2011, it released a statement saying there would be significant commercial challenges in replacing the Champions Trophy without the support and consent of the ICC's broadcast partner. Changing the tournament's format from ODIs to Test play-offs would have required a substantial cut in the broadcast rights fee, which would have repercussions on the Members. Inaugurated as the ICC Knock Out tournament in 1998, the Champions Trophy was played every two years until 2009, switching to a roundrobin format in 2002. Originally, all ten Full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) took part, together with (for the first four competitions) two Associate members. The 2013 event in England will feature the eight highest-ranked ODI teams calculated six months before the tournament.
Cricket Australia announced Tuesday it had appointed former Bangladesh coach Stuart Law to a high-performance role at Australian cricket's Centre of Excellence. Law, who played one test and 54 one-day internationals for Australia, will return to his home city of Brisbane to take up the appointment. He will assist Centre of Excellence head coach Troy Cooley in providing tactical and technical support and development to Australian cricketers in the state and national programs. Law, 43, quit his role as Bangladesh coach this week less than one year into a two-year contract. "The opportunity to return home to be closer with family and work in Brisbane with Australia's established and emerging talent was too good to pass up," Law said in a statement. Bangladesh cricket coach Stuart Law has expressed fears about the team's scheduled tour to troubled Pakistan, where international cricket has been suspended for three years. Bangladesh are set to be the first team to visit Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus during the Lahore Test in 2009, when eight people died and seven visiting players and an assistant coach were injured. "It's got to be made sure by the two associating boards that everyone is 100 percent safe to go," he said in comments reported in Tuesday's Dhaka-based New Age newspaper. "I cannot speak on behalf of the players. I have spent time with the players and everyone is a bit concerned. Not just Bangladesh, but the other teams as well," he said. "The first initial response from the players around the world is: 'I don't want to go.'" Bangladesh will play one 50-over game and a Twenty20 international on April 29 and 30 in Lahore, a move hailed by Pakistani political leaders, players and fans. But newspapers in Bangladesh criticised Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief Mustafa Kamal for agreeing to the tour.
Work begins at Gaddafi Stadium for cricket revival LAHORE STAff REPoRT
The Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday started preparing the Gaddafi Stadium to welcome the first international team to the county in three years. According to a foreign new agency, work is being sped up to get Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium ready for the visit of Bangladesh later this month, cricket officials say -- Pakistan's first home international in three years. Foreign teams have shunned Pakistan since the deadly militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus during the third Test in Lahore in March
2009, but on Sunday Bangladesh agreed to a two-match tour. "The preparation work is fast and we are ready to host Bangladesh," said Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman Nadeem Sarwar. "We have had a physical inspection of the Stadium today and are gearing up for Bangladesh matches." Work has begun to clean the stands and replace broken seating, but with the security situation still volatile, measures to ensure player safety have taken precedence. PCB security manager Waseem Shahid said a complete plan for the arrangements will be submitted to the government for their approval. "We will send a security plan to
the federal government and as per the ICC (International Cricket Council) standards will put in place the best possible arrangements for the Bangladesh team," said Shahid. When Bangladesh and Pakistan line up for their 50-over match at the Gaddafi Stadium on April 29, it will be the end of a 37-month gap in international cricket in Pakistan. Groundsman Haji Bashir, who has worked at the stadium since its inception 53 years ago, said he was thrilled at Bangladesh's visit. "I am delighted at the prospect of preparing pitches for the matches and it's great news for the nation that we will host international games again," the 73-year-old said.
The Gaddafi Stadium, named after the former Libyan leader in 1974 -has been the focus of the cricketing world on numerous occasions. It was here that Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga lifted the trophy after their shock World Cup triumph in 1996, sparking wild celebrations on the island. But 13 years later, the Sri Lankan cricketers had to be airlifted in a helicopter after the horrifying terror attacks. Last year, the Pakistan government resisted calls from the world community to change the name of the Stadium after the autocratic rule of Libya's leader ended in a bloody revolution.
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Wah Karigar veteran beat SPm Stags LAHORE
Faheem shines in Sayid mills win LAHORE
Wah Karigar Veteran beat SPM Stags on D/L method by 9 runs in the 14th National Veteran Senior Cricket Cup and qualified for the regional semi-final. Playing at Gujrat Stadium, SPM Stags batting first 146/9 after 30 overs. Shahid Anwar batting well 62, Sajjad Akbar 18, Zahoor Ilahi 17 & Fayyaz Haidar 18 runs not out. Wah Karigar bowling Nadeem Ahmad 4/26 and Muhammad Tariq 2/21 wickets. In reply Wah Karigar 132/5 after 25 overs. Muhammad Pervez 45, Muhammad Asghar 23, Asghar Khan 21 & Muhammad Usman 22 runs not out. SPM Stags bowling Iftkhar Ahmad 1/17, Khawaja Naseer-ud-din 1/18 & Sajjad Akbar 1/21, Zahoor ilahi 1/22 & Asad Iqbal 1/24 wickets. Due to Weather problem Wah Karigar won the match by 9 runs by Veteran D/L Method. Muhammad Kaleem, Ahmad Shohab Umpire, Khalid Niazi Match Referee & Abdul Hameed was the scorer.
Judo course from 22nd LAHORE STAff REPoRT
The Punjab Judo Association is organizing a Judo Referees Level–I course from the April 20 to 22 in Lahore and senior players from all the affiliated divisional units of the association will be taking part. The Course will include the latest rules and regulations of the International Judo Federation and will be conducted by Mahmood Naveed, Black Belt 4th Dan from the Kodokan, Japan. The participants will be trained through video lectures and practical demonstrations. A test will be conducted at the end of the Course and the successful participants will be awarded certificates.
HIVNARINE Chanderpaul kept West Indies afloat on the third morning in Port-ofSpain as they battled to 132 for 4 at lunch. Michael Hussey was the surprise wicket-taker for Australia when he removed a well-set Darren Bravo, but Chanderpaul was joined by a stubborn Narsingh Deonarine as the hosts gritted their way through the session. By lunch Chanderpaul was batting at 45 and Deonarine 12 and they trail by 179 runs after Australia made 311 for the hosts to win. With his frontline bowlers not providing an early breakthrough Michael Clarke went through his box of tricks with the introduction of firstly Hussey, who has developed a golden-arm under Clarke's captaincy, and then Shane Watson whose cutters were well suited to the conditions. Hussey, unsurprisingly given he is a part-time bowler, was less accurate than Watson but beat Bravo with late swing to trap him lbw. The batsman wasted West Indies' last review trying to save himself and the DRS had been a focal point before play even started. Earlier, an 89 run partnership between Mike Hussey and James Pattinson ensured Australia remained in control at the end of the second day of the second Test against the West Indies on Monday. Hussey (73) and Pattinson (32) helped push the tourists, who are 1-0 up in the three-match series, to 311 all out as the West Indies finished the day on 49 for three, still trailing by 262 runs at Queen's Park Oval. But Kemar Roach insisted the West Indies were still very much in the
PorT-oF-SPAiN: Australian bowler James Pattinson appeals for lbw against West indies batsman Kieran Powell during the second day of the second-of-three Test matches. AfP match. "We're big boys. We're big men," said the seamer. "So we're a bit behind, but so it goes in cricket. We can come back. We will come back tomorrow and play cricket the way we want to play cricket." Hussey top-scored for Australia before falling to Narsingh Deonarine. Rain arrived shortly before lunch, just after Hussey had brought up his fifty, and Australia added 59 runs for the loss
Australia 1st innings (overnight 208 for 5) D. Warner c Sammy b Shillingford 29 E. Cowan lbw b Roach 28 S. Watson c Barath b Shillingford 56 R. Ponting c Sammy b Roach 7 M. Clarke c Shillingford b Deonarine 45 M. Hussey c Brathwaite b Deonarine 73 M. Wade c Bravo b Roach 11 J. Pattinson c Bravo b Shillingford 32 B. Hilfenhaus b Roach 5 N. Lyon not out 7 M. Beer lbw b Roach 2 Extras (b5, lb5, w1, nb5) 16 Total (all out; 135 overs) 311 fall of wickets: 1-53 (Warner), 2-65 (Cowan), 3-83 (Ponting), 4-167 (Clarke), 5-178 (Watson), 6-208 (Wade), 7-297 (Hussey), 8-297 (Pattinson), 9-309 (Hilfenhaus), 10-311 (Beer) Bowling: Edwards 23-11-45-0 (1nb), Roach 27-5-105-5 (1w, 3nb), Sammy 16-6-27-0, Shillingford 49-17-92-3 (1nb), Deonarine 20-6-32-2 West Indies 1st innings AB Barath lbw b Beer 7 0 KC Brathwaite lbw b Hilfenhaus KoA Powell lbw b Pattinson 19 DM Bravo lbw b Hussey 38 S Chanderpaul not out 45 12 N Deonarine not out 11 Extras (lb 4, w 1, nb 6) 132 Total (4 wickets; 60 overs) To bat: CS Baugh†, DJG Sammy*, S Shillingford, KAJ Roach, fH Edwards fall of wickets: 1-0 (Brathwaite, 3.3 ov), 2-26 (Barath, 12.4 ov), 3-38 (Powell, 15.1 ov), 4-100 (Bravo, 42.5 ov) Bowling: MA Beer 16-8-30-1, BW Hilfenhaus 12-4-24-1, NM Lyon 16-5-35-0, JL Pattinson 6-2-16-1, MEK Hussey 6-1-191, SR Watson 4-1-4-0 Toss: Australia: Teams: Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG), Marais Erasmus (RSA) Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL) Third umpire: Tony Hill (NZL)
of one wicket before lunch to take the score to 267 for six. The showers became heavier and another 100 minutes were lost which will mean early starts for the remainder of the Test. Hussey admitted the wicket was hard to bat on. "The odd one is spinning a lot. The odd one is staying low. The odd one is bouncing a bit. So, again, you can't trust the conditions, you can't trust the pitch to go through with your shots," he said.
Sayid Paper Mills beat Service Industries by an innings & 160 runs in the Patron’s Trophy Grade II match thanks to Faheem Ashraf’s nine wickets haul while Muhammad Waqas and Umar Waheed his centuries. Sayid Paper Mills brightened their prospects of reaching the semi-finals by chalking up their third consecutive innings victory at the Jinnah Stadium in Gujranwala. Having already thrashed Candyland and Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) in their earlier Group “D” matches at the same venue, Sayid Paper Mills decimated Service Industries by an innings and 160 runs. Sayid Paper mills batting first 420-5 after 64.4 overs innings declared. muhammad Waqas batting well 167 3 Sixes with 23 Fours. Umar Waheed 119 2 Sixes with 14 Fours. rizwan Ahmad 68 & Nouman Anwar 42 runs. in reply Service industries 83 all out after 25.5 overs. Wahab Dar 25 & Umar Ashraf 15 runs. fallow on Service industries batting second 177 all out after 54.4 overs. Taimoor Talib 53, muhammad Naeem 26, Shoaib Shah 24 and Ali Zahid 50 runs not out. Sayid Paper mills bowling second innings muhammad irfan 4/51, Faheem Ashraf 2/53, Ehsan Adil 1/13, Emad Ali 1/36 and rizwan Ahmad 1/15 wickets. Javeed Ashraf, rana Zaheer Umpire, Shahid Butt match referee & Sohail Zaidi was the scorer.
Latif bowls Shah Faisal Club to win LAHORE: Mohammad Latif bowled Shah Faisal Club to nine-wicket victory over Chauburji Eaglets in the West Zone Cricket League match.Chauburji Eaglets 56 runs. M Latif destroyed the Chauburji batting and grabbed seven wickets while rest of the three wickets were clinched by Saqib. Shah Faisal Club got the target in eight overs for one wicket. Faraz scored unbeaten 35 runs. M Latif was named man of the match. STAff REPoRT
Rajasthan consign Deccan to third defeat JAIPUR CRICINfo
Not even eight days rest, their best efforts with the bat and Amit Mishra's three wickets were enough to earn Deccan Chargers a first win in IPL 2012. After Kumar Sangakkara and Shikhar Dawan put on the highest first-wicket partnership of the season, and JP Duminy and Daniel Christian blasted 77 off the last five overs, Chargers piled on a hefty score for Rajasthan Royals to chase, but they were unable to defend it on a flat pitch with small boundaries. Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane did the groundwork and Brad Hodge finished off fiercely. Almost everything Chargers did, Royals did better. Although Dravid and Rahane shared a stand of only 62, compared to Sangakkara and Dhawan's 94 , the Royals pair scored at a faster rate. They went at 10.62 runs to the over compared to Sangakkara and Dhawan's 8.81. Chargers had amassed 119 for 2 after 15 overs, Royals had the same score after 13. Duminy's 58 came at a strike rate of 223.07, Brad Hodge's 48 came at a strike rate of 228.57, and that was perhaps the difference between the two sides. After a break of eight days Deccan Chargers batsmen returned refreshed to pile on a massive total against Rajasthan Royals. Kumar Sangakkara and Shikhar Dhawan did the groundwork, with an opening partnership of 94, before aggression from JP Duminy and Dan Christian overcame a mid-innings blip. Their third-wicket stand of 88 off 41 balls against inconsistent bowling boosted Chargers to 196. Chargers reworked their batting line-up and moved Sangakkara to
Dominant Delhi thrash mumbai PUNE: The battle of the heavyweights in this IPL degenerated into a onesided contest at the Wankhede Stadium, as the Mumbai Indians' top and middle orders imploded against some attacking bowling from Delhi Daredevils. The implosion was partly forced, partly self-inflicted, and left the visitors chasing the lowest target this IPL season, one they achieved with ease. The Daredevils are on top of the table now with three wins from four games, Mumbai Indians have slipped to fourth place. Shahbaz Nadeem, the left-arm spinner, has proved effective this season with economical figures and he continued the good work against the Mumbai openers, bowling flat and sticking to a tight line. There was a good amount of bounce available on the track and the new ball helped him get some bite. Nadeem owed some of his success today to Irfan Pathan, who tied down Davy Jacobs at one end, bowling a maiden and it was a matter of time before the opener tried to break through. He swung hard but was bowled by Nadeem to be dismissed for a 10-ball duck, and Richard Levi followed in almost identical fashion against Nadeem eight balls later. The Daredevils shuffled their bowlers around, and each contributed in a collective effort. Morne Morkel bowled quick and got excellent carry, Ajit Agarkar too generated good pace and Umesh Yadav even more so while being accurate. As the bowlers kept the pressure on throughout, Mumbai didn't help their own case either. Ambati Rayudu was run out thanks to complete confusion partly due to the noise around the stadium, Kieron Pollard holed out attempting a big shot when the need of the hour was some caution and Dinesh Karthik's mistimed pull offered a simple catch to mid-on. Scores: Delhi Daredevils 93 for 3 (Sehwag 32) beat Mumbai Indians 92 (Harbhajan 33, Umesh 2-10, Nadeem 2-16) by seven wickets. CRICINfo open with Dhawan, making room for Tanmay Mishra and JP Duminy in the XI. Mishra did not get a chance to bat as Sangakkara and Dhawan owned the crease upfront. They put on the highest first-wicket stand in this IPL, taking on an attack that looked pedestrian on a batting-friendly pitch. Rahul Dravid used three bowlers in the Powerplay - Pankaj Singh, Amit Singh and Johan Botha - and all three were punished. They bowled untidy lines, offering plenty of balls on leg stump, and generous lengths, particularly Botha who was too short. Sangakkara and Dhawan were able to hit boundaries in every over until the 10th, when Brad Hogg put
the brakes on their charge. They relied on timing and placement rather than force to collect their runs and pulled, drove, pushed and flicked well. Dhawan matched Sangakkara run for run and eventually eclipsed his captain, who was dismissed off the only mistake he made. After greeting Hodge with a four straight down the ground and a six over his head, Sangakkara played across the line, attempting to heave over the on-side but was caught behind off the topedge. Scores: Rajasthan Royals 197 for 5 (Hodge 48*, Mishra 3-32) beat Deccan Chargers 196 for 2 (Duminy 58*, Dhawan 52) by five wickets
JAiPUr: rajasthan royals captain rahul Dravid plays a shot as Deccan Chargers wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara looks on during the iPL Twenty20 match. AfP
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20 sports Punjab clinch PSB inter-provincial Table Tennis
Wednesday, 18 April, 2012
LoNDoN: The aerial view of the olympic Park in London showing the Athletes village. London will mark 100 days to go until the 2012 olympic Games opening ceremony on April 18. When the flame is lit, London will become the first city in the modern era to host the olympics three times, having already had the honour in 1908 and 1948. AfP
LAHORE STAff REPoRT
Punjab thrashed all provinces to win the PSB Inter Provincial Youth U-14 boys Table Tennis Championship onTuesday. In the championship held at Azad Kashmir, Punjab trounced Fata 3-1, Khyber Pakhtoonkhua 3-1, Azad Kashmir 3-0 and Islamabad 3-0. Faizan Zahoor of Punjab was declared the best player of the championship whereas the winning players of Punjab were Faham Ahmed,Ahmed Ghori,Ayan Saghir and Zahid Rashid. The coaching of the Punjab team was conducted by Provincial coach Saba Waris.
PCB replaces two women players for Japan tour LAHORE STAff REPoRT
The Pakistan Women-A Team has already been announced for the tour to Japan scheduled from 25th April-1st May,2012. The Two players Elizebeth Khan and Diana Biag are still unable to provide their Travel Documents(Passports) and this is causing a delay in the visa process. The Women Selection Committee has replaced the following players from the reserves so that visas can be obtained for the said tour: Aliya Riaza is replaced with Elizebeth Khan and Mariam Shafiq comes in place of Diana Baig.
Lotto Carpets beat TBA in LCCi Polo LAHORE STAff REPoRT
Lotto Carpets thrashed TBA to begin the LCCI Cup Polo campaign on a positive note here at the LPC ground on Tuesday. Lotto Carpets hit eight goals to six by TBA with Imran Abid Mir, Hamza Mawaz Khan and Abdul Rehman Monnoo playing the major role for the winners while Col. Asif Zahoor, Ahmed Ali Tiwana and Babar Monnoo fought well from the losing side.
Cyclists reach city from muzafargarh LAHORE STAff REPoRT
A group of 10 cyclists as part of the Tour Programme of Cyclists from Muzaffargarh to Jinnah Stadium Islamabad reached Lahore o Tuesday. Director General Sports Punjab Usman Anwar alongwith other officials of the sports board welcomed the group warmly. The cyclists group started their journey onwards from Chichawatni on April 14 to Lahore via Okara, Sahiwal and Pattoki. The special arrangements have been made on the orders of DG Sports Punjab for the stay of the cyclists at Iqbal Park Sports Complex. Meanwhile all the district sports officers took care of the group in their journey to Lahore.
Murray on song in strong clay start MONTE CARLO
NDY Murray sprang to life on Tuesday as the Scot began his clay-court season with a 6-0, 6-3 hammering of Serb Viktor Troicki to reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters. He was joined by 13th seed Fernando Verdasco as the Spaniard beat Ivan Dodig of Croatia 3-6, 6-3, 6-1. Under the watchful eye of coach Ivan Lendl, third seed Murray was ruthless in his demolition of Troicki, who gave him a brief fright on clay at last year's French Open. "The goal is Paris, that's what we are working on now," said Murray, who broke five times on his way to victory. "Usually it takes me a few matches to get comfortable on clay. Today was a really good start. "The match today was very good, I got off to a good start... Sometimes it's a close, tight, first set, the first match on clay. "Anything can happen, it's very easy on the clay to start rushing and making mistakes. But because I got ahead, I didn't need to do that." Murray, who said he was feeling increasingly comfortable on clay, showed poise as he put behind him his finals loss at the Miami Masters just over a fortnight
ago to Novak Djokovic, the Serbian who is top seed in the principality. Defeat put Troicki deeper into a hole against elite opponents -- he has now lost his last 24 matches against top 10 players. Murray dominated from the start, breaking in the opening game and allowing the 30th-ranked Troicki just three points in the first four games of the rout. At one point, the Scot won 14 consecutive points. Murray polished off the opening set in less than half an hour and got off a flyer with an early break in the second set. He boasts a perfect record in five career meetings with Troicki and now moves into a third round match against either Frenchman Julien Benneteau or Austrian 15th seed Jurgen Melzer. Murray, who reached the semi-finals a year ago before losing to Rafael Nadal, improved to 18-4 for the season as he began the run to Roland Garros. In first-round action, Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan upset German 14th seed Florian Mayer 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 while Fabio Fognini, one of six Italians on court on the day, knocked out Michael Llodra of France 7-5, 6-3. Italy's Filippo Volandri dispatched inexperienced compatriot Alessandro Giannessi 7-5, 6-3 and was joined by countrymen Andreas Seppi and Potito Starace.
Players selected for hockey academies LAHORE STAff REPoRT
The Pakistan Hockey Federation has on Tuesday selected 175 players for Hyderabad and Karachi academies. The trials to select next cadre of boys for the PHF Hockey Academy Hyderabad & Karachi were observed by the PHF Academies Selection Committee on April 15 and 16 at Hyderabad Hockey Stadium and HCP Stadium Karachi, respectively. Some 65 and 110 talented boys appeared for the trials.
moNACo: France's Jo Wilfried Tsonga falls down during his match against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber during their monteCarlo ATP masters Series tournament match while (inset) murray returns the ball to his opponent. AfP
Nadal admits to nerves prior to monte Carlo start MONTE CARLO AfP
Clay king Rafael Nadal has admitted that he is nervous about his Wednesday start at the Monte Carlo Masters, a fortnight after quitting with knee pain prior to his last match. "I'm scared because this is the start to an important season for me," said the Spaniard, who is bidding for an unprecedented eighth straight title on the clay of the principality. "Hopefully it will work well." Nadal, seeded second behind Novak Djokovic, will play Jarkko Nieminen in the second round after the Finn beat Radek Stepanek 6-3, 7-6 (7-3). In first-round play on Monday, all three seeds on court advanced. Spain's number 13 seed Fernando Verdasco, a 2010 finalist against Nadal, beat Belgian Olivier Rochus 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, while 15th-ranked Austrian Jurgen Melzer defeated Lukas Kubot 6-2, 7-5. Alexandr Dolgopolov, the number 16 seed, put out Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela 6-2, 6-2. Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu, ranked 352 in the world after a long absence with a knee injury, crushed Donald Young 6-0, 6-1 to leave the American winless in his last five events. Australian Bernard Tomic reached the second round by beating Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-4, 6-3 to claim his first ATP-level victory on clay. Tomic won a qualifying match in Moncao a year ago but lost out to Julien Benneteau for a spot in the main draw. "I'm starting to learn how to play on clay, that's the important thing," said the 36th-ranked Australian. "If I play my tennis, (clay specialists) struggle with my game even on clay. "This next six weeks will be very interesting to see how I go. And I think can do pretty good." After quitting before his Miami semi-final against Andy Murray on March 30 due to pain in his left knee, Nadal returned to Spain for injections and treatment of the tendon problem that was causing him grief. He was unable to train for a fortnight and only got back onto the clay in the middle of last week. "Now it's time to see how good it is," the 10-time Grand Slam-winner said.
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Asia's future could hang on bin Hammam case KUALA LUMPUR
SIAN football is facing a potentially momentous week as powerful regional chief Mohamed bin Hammam appeals against a lifetime corruption ban in a case with wide significance. The hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, will be closely watched in Kuala Lumpur where the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has been under interim stewardship for nearly a year. Bin Hammam, 62, is fighting allegations that he tried to buy FIFA delegates' votes while campaigning to unseat the world body's long-standing president, Sepp Blatter, in a leadership election last year. Bin Hammam says the cash handouts were merely gifts, and he describes the charges and his punishment by FIFA as politically motivated. The scandal earned him a life ban from football and was followed by the resignation of FIFA's controversial vice president and Caribbean soccer chief Jack Warner. A host of other officials were punished over the bribery claims. The revelations also refocused attention on Qatar's successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup, in which bin Hammam played a key role, and sparked calls for reform of FIFA's governance structure. If bin Hammam wins his appeal, acting AFC president Zhang Jilong will step aside and the wealthy Qatari businessman will re-
Ushna in muscat pre-quarters LAHORE
sume his leadership of the regional body, AFP understands. He will also want to return to FIFA's executive committee, a move that would inevitably cause tensions between the world body and its biggest confederation. If he loses, bin Hammam's football career is effectively over -- and the AFC would face leadership elections either at an emergency congress or at its next scheduled gathering in May 2013. Interim chief Zhang has not revealed whether he would stand, and no other candidates have declared their interest. "A sense of togetherness and unity of purpose has never been more important in Asian football," Zhang told AFC's executive committee last month. "2012 will be very challenging for me, and you, but I promise you that as
the acting president I will go by the AFC statutes." Bin Hammam was seen as a moderniser of Asian football after overseeing the launch of the AFC Champions League and the admission of Australia into the regional body. But he also raised hackles with his leadership style. The affable Zhang, China's former soccer boss and considered a safe pair of hands, has stressed his current role is only temporary and has not outlined clear policies. In an interview with AFP last year, he said his priorities were to "maintain stability, enhance unity, promote development, hand in hand together to manage the difficulties". Other potential leadership candidates are not known but Malaysia's Prince Abdullah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah and UAE's Yousuf Yaqoob Yousuf Al Serkal are both AFC vice presidents. The body's executive committee also includes Japan's Kohzo Tashima and Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, a FIFA vice president. One important supporter of Zhang's could be Blatter, who delivered a ringing endorsement of his leadership in front of AFC delegates at the body's awards night in November. "FIFA trusts you, we trust the new leadership of the Asian Football Confederation. And a special mention to the acting president, Mr. Zhang Jilong and his team -they do a great job," Blatter told the ceremony. Bin Hammam's appeal will be heard on Wednesday and Thursday but the result is not expected to be released until later this month.
Rogge warns ecuador over govt interference MOSCOW
Pakistan national champion Ushna Suhail has on Tuesday reached the singles pre-quarters of the international women's tournament in Oman. According to reports received here, Ushna is currently participating in international women's tennis tournament an ITF Professional Circuit event being held in Muscat. In the singles, first round, Ushna played against Vijaylakshmi of India and defeated her in straight sets 6-0 and 6-2. Ushna displayed aggressive tennis from the beginning, with powerful baseline strokes admixed with net game and good serving to overcome her opponent throughout the match. Vijaylakshmi tried to fight back with long rallies and few winners but could not overpower the Pakistani who dominated till the end. In the next round, Ushna will face a seeded Russian player, Evgeniva Svintsova.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge has written to Ecuador President Rafael Correa to express his concern about government interference in the country's sporting affairs. The IOC chief's letter follows a motion of condemnation against the Ecuadorian government adopted by the Olympic body and the Association of National Olympic Committees (ACNO) during their joint meeting in Moscow on Monday. E c u a d o r Olympic Committee president Danilo Carrera on Sunday voiced his
concern that sporting federations in the South American country could be put under government supervision after top officials were sacked with the approval of the Sports Ministry while awaiting new elections. Asian Olympic chief Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, who was on Friday elected ACNO president, and whose native Kuwait was itself suspended by the IOC in 2010 for political interference, strongly condemned such government meddling. If the conflict is not resolved, Ecuador could be suspended by the IOC, with their athletes competing in the 2012 London Games forced to do so under the Olympic flag.
Sky scoops Bundesliga rights for 2.5 billion euros FRANKFURT AfP
German pay TV channel Sky has won the rights to show live Bundesliga matches for a total of 2.5 billion euros ($3.3 billion) in a four-year package starting in 2013, the league said Tuesday. The average of 628 million euros per season represented a significant increase over the current 412 million euros with Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge hailing the deal as a "milestone" in German football history. Announcing the deal in Frankfurt, Bundesliga president Reinhard Rauball said: "Today's decision is a quantum leap for the Bundesliga. It is a good day for German football." However, the German league is still behind the English Premier League when it comes to TV rights as broadcasters pay 770 million euros per season to carry English matches. Meanwhile, the French league receives 570 million euros annually, but this figure has declined from 668 million euros between 2008 and 2012. "We are convinced of the attractiveness of our product. The results show that we are not wrong in our assessment," said the head of the league, Christian Seifert. Public broadcasters ARD and ZDF retained rights for an evening highlights show. And publishing giant Axel Springer won the rights to broadcast games over the Internet and on smartphones one hour after the final whistle. Shares in Sky rocketed. They were up 22 percent at one point as rumours circulated in the markets that they had won the deal. The share price dropped slightly when the rumours were confirmed but were still showing double-digit percentage gains on the MDAX mid-cap market.
Azarenka stays top of WTA rankings MIAMI AfP
Belarussian Victoria Azarenka remains top of the latest WTA rankings released on Monday. 1. Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 8980 pts 2. Maria Sharapova (RUS) 7930 3. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 7095 4. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 6710 5. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 5825 6. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 5450 7. Marion Bartoli (FRA) 5020 8. Li Na (CHN) 4880 9. Serena Williams (USA) 4300 10. Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 3895 11. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 3410 12. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 3380 13. Sabine Lisicki (GER) 3251 14. Angelique Kerber (GER) 3035 15. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 2785 16. Julia Georges (GER) 2735 17. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 2715 18. Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 2500 19. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 2470 20. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 2450
PFF D Certificate Coaching Course for Women begins LAHORE STAff REPoRT
The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) “D” Certificate Coaching Course for Women-2012 commenced at Football House, Lahore on Tuesday with 19 participants attending the activity which aims at importing latest knowledge to the participants of the game. The 5-day coaching course being conducted by Tariq Lutfi as Instructor will conclude on April 21. This is a milestone achieved by PFF to further develop football among women. It is the full-fledged PFF “D” Certificate Coaching Course for Women on Pakistan soil and first B license holder lady coach of Pakistan Kiran Ilyas will act as Assistant Instructor and Mr. Arif Siddique, Course Coordinator. PFF General Secretary Lt. Col.
Ahmed Yar Khan TI (M) who inaugurated the course said: “It is very productive activity which will add to the confidence of our women coaches equipping them with the latest knowledge of the game to supplement ongoing efforts for the overall promotion of the game.” Under the directive of Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat, PFF is organizing such courses to get as many talented Pakistan-based men and women coaches. The participants are: Sheeka Nazir, Suraiya Abid, Rubina Sadaqat, Khalida Parveen, Tehmina Zehra, Anila Khan, Razmina Sultan, Madiha Gillani, Yasmin Akhter, Iqra Tabassum, Sniha Khanum, Hira Aziz, Qibtia Jamshaid, Zahida Parveen, Neha Rehman, Amber Bashir, Shamim Akhter, Saima Iram and Hina Munir.
LAhorE: The participants of the PFF D Certificate Coaching Course for Women with PFF secretary Lt. Col. Ahmed yar Khan and other officials before the start of the course. STAff PHOTO
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Aitzaz wrangles for more time as SC digs in ISLAMABAD MASooD REHMAN
Raising objections over the constitutional status of a seven-member special bench of the Supreme Court hearing contempt of court case against Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, prime minister’s counsel Aitzaz Ahsan on Tuesday requested the bench to refer the case to any other bench to save time, as it had no mandate to hear the matter under Article 10-A of the constitution. The special bench of Justice Nasirul Mulk, Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Muhammad Ather Saeed, however, did not pay any heed to Aitzaz’s request, asking him to conclude his arguments by Thursday. Aitzaz then told the bench that he could not promise to conclude his arguments by Thursday, as he had to advance his further arguments on Article 10-A. In his arguments, Aitzaz contended that under Article 10-A, which deals with the fundamental rights of the citizens, a bench that took suo motu notice and initiated contempt proceedings against the PM, was not eligible to hear the case. He repeatedly suggested the bench to refer the matter to any other bench to save time. He said Article 10-A had been incorporated in the constitution to ensure a fair trial. He said the courts had been referring various laws to parliament to remove flaws. He said in case of the 18th constitutional amendment, the court had referred the amendment to the parliament to remove flaws and consequently the 19th constitutional amendment was introduced. He said after the passage of the 18th Amendment, the contempt of court ordinance had become contrary to the constitution. He said the court could order parliament to make the contempt of court ordinance in accordance with the provisions of Article 10-A. He said the court could refer this matter to parliament. He said since the instant bench issued show-cause notice in the contempt case, thus under Article 10-A, it was not competent to hear the case. He said under Article 10-A, the present bench could not try the PM for contempt. However, he said if the bench did so, it would be in conflict with the principles of a fair trial. Justice Osmany noted that the courts were empowered to take suo motu actions to get their verdicts implemented. Aitzaz then contended that such actions were taken on written complaints, applications and petitions. Justice Gulzar Ahmed asked Aitzaz what should a judge do if a person committed contempt of court during the hearing. Aitzaz said in such a situation, the judge should not show anger. Justice Khosa noted that in Islamic history, he never read an example of contempt of court. Aitzaz gave references of various cases of Supreme Courts of Pakistan‚ India and Britain to establish his contention that the fundamental rights were above enshrined by the constitution.
ANF official can’t tell PM what to do: Gilani LAHORE STAff REPoRT
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Tuesday said the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) was a civilian department of the federal government which had its minister, secretary and director-general and none of its officer had the authority to dic-
tate to the prime minister, who was elected by 180 million people of the country. “The ANF officer [an army brigadier on deputation in the force] should understand his jurisdiction,” Gilani said while addressing the 11th convocation of University of Central Punjab (UCP) at the Expo Centre. On the Seraiki province, the prime minister said it was necessary to evolve con-
sensus among all parties over the creation of a new province, as it was to the credit of the PPP to resolve all issues by taking all stakeholders on board. He said the PPP government had never resorted to settling down matters without a consensus among all stakeholders. “We have legislated in parliament, made constitutional amendments and passed various bills and resolutions but with mutual consen-
sus,” he added. To a question, he said the Seraiki province could be given any name, saying, “Whatever name you give a flower, its fragrance remains the same.” To another query about Shahbaz Sharif’s objection to setting up the Seraiki bank, Gilani said the establishment of a bank
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