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power crisis worsens as pM springs into action With the power shortfall intensifying further by climbing up to 6,900MW on Monday, Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has jumped into action and directed the Ministry of Finance to immediately release Rs 22.5 billion to the Ministry of Water and Power for provision of fuel to thermal power plants. Various cities in Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan are witnessing outages of 16 to 22 hours a day and the sudden change in weather leading to intense heat has left the people clamouring for a breather. pag e 04
Deadly car bombs rock Iraqi cities, 31 people killed At least 31 people have been killed in a series of car bombs across Iraqi cities, police and medics say. Eight car bombs in mainly Shia districts of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killed 20 people on Monday and 11 others were killed by attacks in the southern city of Basra, police and medics said. Explosions were also reported in the city of Samarra but there was no immediate word on casualties. pag e 07
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shahbaz urges parties to accept public mandate
ppp’s DefeAt wAs ‘scRipteD’: ZARDARi PRESIDENT SAYS MAY 11 ELECTION WERE THOROUGHLY RIGGED LAHORE
LAHORE: Former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif on Monday asked the political parties staging protests and sitins to accept the public mandate with open heart as they were rejected by people for their mistakes and mismanagement during their rule. He was talking to reporters at the residence of MNA Afzal Khokhar. Shahbaz said that rejected political parties should avoid protests and prepare themselves for next election and win the hearts of people by serving them while sitting in opposition. He asserted that PML-N had not spared time to waste in accusation and legpulling. They would utilise next five years for the people. The PML-N leader thanked the people for reposing confidence in his party. He said all available resources would be used to facilitate the people and help them to get rid of the prevailing crises. Commenting on President Zardari’s visit to Lahore, Shahbaz said that the president had right to move across the country and to hold meetings with political leaders. INp
mQm protests against imran in Karachi, hyderabad KARACHI/HYDERABAD: Hundreds of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) supporters led by local party leaders staged protests outside the Hyderabad and Karachi Press Clubs on Monday against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan’s statements against MQM chief Altaf Hussain. Hundreds of men, women and youth attended a big rally to condemn PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s statement to media against Altaf Hussain in the backdrop of the killing of PTI’s Sindh vice president Zahra Shahid Hussain on the eve of re-polling in Karachi’s NA-250. MQM leader and member of party’s Central Rabita Committee Wasim Aftab said party activists could bear everything but derogatory remarks against MQM chief Altaf Hussain would not be tolerated. Another Rabita Committee member and former provincial health minister Dr Saghir Ahmed said party members and sympathisers from all over the country condemned and were protesting against remarks made by Imran Khan. INp
RESIDENT Asif Ali Zardari has said that more than anything else, it was international factors that were responsible for the Pakistan People’s Party’s defeat in the elections. Zardari said this while addressing the party’s leadership from Punjab at Bilawal House in Bahria Town on Monday, his first after the PPP’s humiliating defeat in the May 11 election. It was a big gathering of PPP jialas, all interested to know what President Zardari had in his mind and what his next move was in wake of the elections. Over 400 party ticket-holders and office-bearers from Punjab were present at the event. Former prime ministers Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf, Manzoor Wattoo, Aitzaz Ahsan, Ahmad Mukhtar, Samina
be in politics along with Ghurki and my children. I am not other party soMe forces DID not lIke the going to quit Punjab. I stalwarts were seen IncreasIng presence of pakIstan In the will go to each and every constituency to revitalise occupying the party,” he assured the front rows. regIon. In fact It was a coMbInatIon of participants. “Once my Zardari said the local anD InternatIonal factors that party’s poor showcauseD our Defeat ing in the election was per a “script” and pre-planned strategy. “A hostile judiciary coupled with international conspiracies led to the party’s defeat,” the president told the gathering. He said that security concerns and issues like load shedding and legal constraints on him let the party down. “But it was less of our defeat and more of a victory for a special mindset,” he emphasised. Zardari said some forces did not like the increasing presence of Pakistan in the region. “In fact it was a combination of local and in- children will be in the field, yours will follow ternational factors that caused our defeat,” suit. In this way, we will hand over the party he said, adding that the elections had been to our next generation,” the president said. thoroughly rigged. Zardari assured the participants that the Zardari asked party leaders and workers PPP would play the role of an effective opnot to feel let down. “By the year end, I will position in the coming days.
Zardari puts PPP top brass on the mat over PPP defeat LAHORE NADEEM SYED
Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and top ranking Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) officials came under fire as President Asif Zardari interacted with party office-bearers and ticket holders to assess factors behind the party’s defeat in the recent general election, especially in Punjab, where the party has literally been wiped out. According to party insiders, before listening to ticket-holders in an open house where some 400 party leaders had gathered, Zardari held a separate meeting with top leaders from Punjab over lunch. Those present in the exclusive meeting included the two former premiers, Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf, former Punjab governor Ahmad Mahmud, Aitzaz Ahsan, Latif Khosa and Manzoor Wattoo. In the meeting most grandees blamed rigging for the party’s poor show in Punjab. However, Aitzaz Ahsan, the lone ranger in the meeting, had something different to offer from other participants. Aitzaz said it would be unrealistic to consider rigging as the main cause of the party’s defeat in elections. “Bad governance and corruption scams over the last five years have taken a heavy toll on the party and it reflected in elections. We paid the price for our failure to place the right man for the right job,” sources quoted Aitzaz as saying.
Aitzaz said that if the PPP could accept the ‘Qatil League’, a reference to the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), why it can not reconcile with the other Bhuttos. “It’s time for us to extend a hand of friendship to the estranged members of the Bhutto family. Only Bilawal is just not enough to salvage the PPP. The party is an asset of the people and all efforts must be made to regain its past glory,” he said. Aitzaz also said that the party should now focus on improving its governance. “People compare Shahbaz Sharif’s governance in Punjab with Qaim Ali Shah’s governance in Sindh, so it’s imperative that the party appoints a young and dynamic leader as the provincial chief minister in Sindh who can set an example of good governance,” he said. But at the same time, Aitzaz advised Zardari against considering Owais Muzaffar Tappi, the president’s half brother, for the top Sindh slot. “We need someone with a clean reputation to steer the province,” he said, proposing that the party constitute a commission to probe into the causes of its failure in the elections. It has also been learnt that Gilani and Wattoo came in for a lot of stick on the occasion and so did former governor Latif Khosa for not mobilising the party. Later, Gilani announced a one-man commission comprising Aitzaz Ahsan to examine the causes of the party’s defeat and how to cover these lapses.
“I think jialas did not like my policy of reconciliation. As such, I will not congratulate the Sharifs until they permit me to do so.” He said he built the house in Lahore with clear intention that he would focus on Punjab. Speaking on the occasion, other PPP leaders termed load shedding as the bane of the party’s failure besides other factors. They also blamed “international factors” responsible for the party’s defeat. “It is PakIran cooperation that was not liked by certain forces,” they contended. The president constituted a committee under the supervision of Aitzaz Ahsan to probe into the allegations of rigging and also organise the party cadres. A party leader said the defeat in the elections was due to a gap between the top party leadership and workers, which was not the case when people like Naheed Khan were active in the party. According to some insiders, the president did not like the mention of Naheed Khan’s name and left the venue.
NADRA cApAble of veRifyiNg thumb impRessioNs of voteRs ISLAMABAD StAff rEport
The Election Commission has asked NADRA to prepare software for verification of thumb impressions of voters if required by Election Tribunals. Talking to reporters in Islamabad on Monday‚ Election Commission Secretary Ishtiak Ahmad Khan said NADRA would verify thumb impressions only on reference by the commission and tribunals. He said the Election Tribunals would start working next week. Khan said the commission had already established fourteen Election Tribunals across the country, of which five were in Punjab and three each in Sindh‚ Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. He said the Election Commission and NADRA had been working as a team for the last three years and had resolved to sort the forthcoming problems together. Khan said they were trying their utmost to give relief to the candidates under Peoples Representatives Act 1976. The ECP secretary said demand for verification of votes through thumb prints showed that people had faith in the commission. NADRA Chairman Tariq Malik said they already had the capability to verify thumb impressions, but it would be expanded to verify 500,000 thumb impressions per day within two weeks. Malik also announced that software would be developed in two weeks to enhance the capacity of NADRA regarding verification of thumb prints. He said a summary would be forwarded to the caretaker government to seek expenses needed for the exercise. “We have assured our complete cooperation to the commission,” he said. He added that the verification of thumb prints would cost Rs 10 to Rs 15 per vote. He said the cost of the software and hardware would be borne by the federal government, while the cost of approximately ten to fifteen rupees per vote would be borne by the candidate.
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fAtA mNAs joiN the NAwAZ bANDwAgoN LAHORE: Six independents elected from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on Monday met with Pakistan Muslim League–Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif and announced their decision to join the party. The six independent candidates who succeeded in winning from different FATA regions met with the PML-N chief in Raiwind before joining the party. The MNAs include Shahji Gul, Bismillah Khan, Sajid Toori, Ghazi Gulab Jamal, Bilal Rahman and Nazir Khan. The MNAs moreover assured the PML-N leadership of their full support and cooperation for the party in formation of the government after it won the May 11 general elections. S tA ff rEp o rt
pti protests against mQm in Kp, 3 workers injured in clash with police in mardan PESHAWAR: Workers and supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Monday staged a protest demonstration in various parts of the province against killing of party leader Zahra Shahid Hussain and alleged massive rigging in May 11 elections in Lahore and Karachi. Meanwhile, three protesters sustained injuries during a clash with the police in Mardan. A large number of PTI activists were staging a protest against the murder of its leader Zahra and rigging in polls outside the office of the returning officer at Collage Chowk in Mardan. During the protest, a clash between the police and the protesters occurred. The police baton charged the protesters, injuring three PTI workers. A large number of PTI supporters, including males and females also staged a protest demonstration against killing of Zahra outside the Peshawar Press Club. The protesters were holding placards and banners and chanted slogans against MQM chief Altaf Hussain. They demanded the UK government take action against him being a British citizen. IN p
KHWAJA ASIF MOVES PETITION IN SC AGAINST ‘ILLEGAL’ TRANSFERS AND POSTINGS BY JUSTICE KHOSO PM’S SPOKESMAN SAYS ACTIONS OF CARETAKER GOVT ‘WITHIN AMBIT OF LAW, RULES, COMPETENT JURISDICTION’
let’s hear what the taliban have to say: Nawaz FUTURE PM SAYS PEACE ESSENTIAL FOR TAKING COUNTRY FORWARD, ECONOMIC PROSPERITY LAHORE
AKISTAN Muslim LeagueNawaz President and future prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif has said that any serious dialogue offer from the Taliban needed to be considered, as the country direly needed peace to revamp the economy. He said peace was also essential for taking the country forward after it had suffered a loss of over 40,000 lives and billions of dollars in material while fighting the war on terror. “Bullet and gun should not be the only option to curb the menace,” Nawaz said while addressing party’s MNAs and MPAs-elect in Lahore. Nawaz said after formation of the government, he would take every party inside and outside parliament on board on a national agenda so that the country could be steered away from the problems with collective efforts. “It is time to save the country more than politics,” he added.
He expressed confidence over the smooth transfer of power after completion of the tenure of an elected government, as well as on the majority seats won by the PML-N in the election, which he said was a public recognition of performance of the party and efforts it made to see rule of law and supremacy of the constitution in the country. Nawaz said his government was going to inherit massive problems from the last government, yet it was determined to complete the works of years in months and of months in days. ENDING LOAD SHEDDING: Without giving any specific deadline to overcome the energy crisis and wiping out load shedding, Nawaz said his government would spare no effort to minimise load shedding and the nation would see the difference not in the first 100 days but in within 30 days of his government. “There is no money in the national coffer, the debt burden stands at Rs 16,000 billion and Rs 500 billion are needed just to meet the circular debt to ensure continuous supply of power,” he said, adding that his party had started work to deal with all these woes. “The PML-N government is inheriting a plethora of problems but it is determined to deliver,” Nawaz said. Describing load shedding as a problem requiring urgent attention, Nawaz said he had asked Ishaq Dar to make arrangement to discharge the circular debt and adopt
There is no money in the national coffer... the debt burden stands at Rs 16,000 billion and Rs 500 billion are needed just to meet the circular debt to ensure continuous supply of power
measures to not let the same mount up again. Alluding to the timeframe given by Shahbaz Sharif on ending load shedding, he said Shahbaz said that in a fit of excitement. However, he said every mean “will be explored to overcome the problem at the earliest”. He said his government would not leave the problems to the next government or generation and the first 30 days of his government would show the nation it was directed in the right way. The PML-N chief said his government would serve the people of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa without any discrimination and by rising above consideration whether or not they voted for his party. “The PML-N government in the Centre will provide every facility and meet every need of the incoming PPP-MQM government in Sindh for ending terrorism, maintain law and order, for good gover-
nance and to end bloodshed and corruption in that province. But then it will be expected that nobody falls in Karachi or Sindh.” Nawaz underscored the need for peace for national progress and development and said his government would prefer to use the option of dialogue as offered by Taliban for peace in the country. He said May 11 was a day of accountability of political parties. Nawaz said that after joining of the independents, the PML-N had inched closer to majority to form the government in the Centre single-handedly. He said his party accepted the mandate of other parties in KP and Sindh, while it was forming a coalition government in Balochistan. Nawaz said the situation in Balochistan was difficult but the coalition government would put up best efforts to ameliorate it.
Zardari calls Nawaz, congratulates him on victory NAWAZ COMPLAINS OVER DELAYED FELICITATIONS ISLAMABAD tAY YA b H u S S A I N
President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday evening initiated political contacts with the top leadership of the country and exchanged pleasantries with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, Awami National
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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khwaja Asif on Monday challenged in the Supreme Court the appointments and transfers made by caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso against key government posts. The petitioner was of the view that the caretaker prime minister had exceeded his mandate by appointing and transferring officials against key positions, and requested the SC to annul the “illegal” appointments. The PML-N leader has challenged the appointments of the chairmen of the National Highway Authority (NHA), and NEPRA, the managing directors (MD) of the Sui Southern, Sui Northern and of the Pakistan Minerals Department, the chairman of the National Fertilizers, the Oil and Gas Development Corporation Limited
Party (ANP) President Asfandyar Wali Khan and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUIF) chief Fazlur Rehman. Earlier in the day, Nawaz made a special reference to the president in his speech to elected MNAs and MPAs, saying in a lighter vein that he was still awaiting congratulation from Zardari. And the president responded in the evening by making a call to the prime minister in-waiting. A source in the PML-N said Nawaz also responded to Zardari in the same tone and expressed gratitude for the felicitation message. “You
(OGDCL) MD, the chairmen of the State Life of Pakistan, the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation, the Software Export Board, and the director general of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). Moreover, appointments and transfers made in PTA had also been challenged. The PML-N leader named the federation of Pakistan and the caretaker prime minister respondents. PM’S SPOKESMAN CLARIFIES: Meanwhile, a spokesman of the Prime Minister’s House clarified the prime minister’s position on the issue, regretting that a wrong, malicious and misleading impression was being created which was unwarranted and needed to be eschewed. The spokesman said all postings and transfers had been done after due diligence, examination and deliberations in consultation with the Establishment Division on the basis of reports and summaries from ministries concerned that highlighted and under-
took so long to congratulate me,” Nawaz complained to the president. On May 11, Nawaz Sharif ’s party emerged as the single largest in the National Assembly by clinching 124 seats. Later, many independent candidates also joined the N-league, giving the PML-N a simple majority to form government. However, Nawaz is striving to win a two-thirds majority by increasing the number of coalition partners for the federal government. Zardari also did not forget to contact his friends and coalition partners
scored the need for change of incumbents either for inefficiency, incompetence or on grounds of unsuitability. He said no new appointments had been made against the removal of MDs and CEOs of the OGDCL, SNGPL, SSGPL, USC, PTA and EOBI, adding that acting charges had been given to the second senior most in such organisations until the new government appointed people after due process. The spokesman further clarified that the office of NHA chairman had been assigned to Dr Sajjad Baloch previously serving as Gwadar Development Authority director general now appointed NHA member, a professionally sound officer holding PhD degree from the US in Civil Engineering/Highways. The spokesman said “with regards to misstatement on account of the prime minister’s son’s transfer to the NHA, suffice is to state that he is a qualified civil engineer in C&W Balochistan since 1988, now in BS-18
– Asfandyar Wali Khan and Fazl. President’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar confirmed the political contacts between the top leadership of the country. “President Zardari telephoned PML-N President Nawaz Sharif and felicitated him on the election win of his party. The president also telephoned Fazlur Rahman and Asfandyar Wali,” Babar said. He said the president felicitated the people and all parties on participation in elections that paved the way for the first democratic transition in the country.
since 2009. As per deputation policy, he has been posted one step higher in BS-19 coupled with Aghaz-e-Haqooq Balochistan package. Security concerns also did not allow his continuation in the province,” he added. The PM’s spokesman emphasised that the caretaker government was “in fact engaged in the cleansing process to afford the new political government ample scope and space to carry on the good work, which is being done now”. “All actions of the caretaker government are within the ambit of law, rules, competent jurisdiction and with noblest of intentions and high ideals of good governance. These actions are also in accordance with the guidelines given by the Ministry of Law and Justice based on international practices of caretaker governments.” He said the difference of opinion or disagreement was understandable but malicious mudslinging, slandering and scandal mongering was most inappropriate.
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Quetta cops held for having links with banned outfits: Dig QUETTA: Quetta Deputy Inspector General (Operations) Fayyaz Ahmed Sumbal on Monday said two cops had been arrested for providing weapons and other support to banned organisations. Addressing a press conference at the CCPO office, the DIG said that Assistant Sub-inspector (ASI) Yahya and Constable Muhammad Karim were detained in connection with alleged links with the banned religious entities some days back. “During the interrogation, they confessed to assisting banned outfits in carrying out sectarian attacks,” he said. He said besides sharing information, the detained policemen also provided weapons and shelter to the members of the banned religious outfits. When asked about the alleged involvement of police personnel in the easy escape of inmates from Cantt police station on Sunday, the DIG said that a case had been registered against six cops and investigation was underway. “No one, whether in Police Department or outside will be spared if found guilty in the escape of two prisoners,” he added. Highlighting police performance in busting gangs of outlaws involved in heinous crimes, he said that during the last couple of months, a number of criminal rings were ruined, besides a special security plan for the provincial capital had helped a lot in maintaining peace in the city. StAff rEport
lums graduate tops css 2012 examination LAHORE: The Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) on Monday released the list of candidates who passed the Civil Superior Services (CSS) examinations held in 2012. Shaheryar Ahmed from Punjab, who is a graduate from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), stood first according to the list released by FPSC. A total of 10,066 candidates appeared in the examination out of which 788 were able to qualify. These include 588 male and 200 female candidates. Among those holding the top 10 positions, two candidates hail from rural Sindh, one from Urban Sindh while the rest are from Punjab. StAff rEport
imran undergoes successful spinal brace trial LAHORE: PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Monday underwent a successful trial of the spinal brace custom-made for him by the chief of Hope Rehabilitation Centre, Dr Khalid Niaz Niazi. The trial was conducted by the medical team of Shaukat Khanum Hospital headed by the chief orthopaedic surgeon Dr Ahsan Shamim. During the trial, the PTI chief was assisted to sit along the bedside for the first time after the injury that he got about two weeks ago. The spinal brace, made from lightweight thermoplastic material, would help in healing the fractured backbone. After wearing this support, Khan would gradually be able to start walking tomorrow and would improve fast to take part in normal activities. App
generator blast injures eight PESHAWAR: An explosion in Falak Ser plaza situated on Peshawar’s Saddar road on Monday injured eight people. ASP Cantonment Bilal Faisal said that a generator placed on the third floor of the under-construction building exploded, causing the casualties. Emergency and security forces reached the site of incident. Nearby shops and electronic goods in the market were also damaged as a result of the explosion. The injured were shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital. Lady Reading Hospital officials said that eight people wounded in the blast were brought into the facility for treatment. AGENCIES
All know what dictators did to country: sc ISLAMABAD StAff rEport
USTICE Jawwad S Khawaja has remarked that former president Pervez Musharraf raised the slogan of “Pakistan Bachao” to abrogate the constitution and it was known to everyone what dictators did to the country. He gave these remarks while presiding over a three-member bench of Supreme Court (SC) during the course of hearing of treason case against Pervez Musharraf on Monday. At the inception of the hearing, AK Dogar, counsel for Iqbal Haider, filed his written arguments in the court.
The court remarked, “Please continue your arguments until reply from new government comes on this count. May be the new government changes its policy and adopts a new decision in respect of Musharraf.” Dogar argued, “Treason is constitutional offence, therefore, its punishment should be severe.” Justice Ejaz observed, “If this court has no authority to initiate proceedings then who will do it. The government also does not take action.” AK Dogar said, “Judges sit in the jury in US and initiate proceedings. One commits crime and does not appear in court. He is summoned repeatedly and even then he does not do
so, so the courts have to initiate proceedings. Fair trial must be conducted. When a notice is issued to any person, a trial begins against him in a way.” He read out a decision from Justice (r) Yaqoob Ali Khan that if someone ruined legal order, treason case would be registered against him, proceedings would be initiated and punishment would be given to him. Ibrahim Satti said the decision was given by a five-member bench and not by a full court. “But their stance and matter was different and it was a minority view.” Justice Jawwad said, “That was not a minority view.” Dogar said, “All changes that had come in terms of judiciary or pol-
power crisis worsens as pM springs into action ISLAMABAD StAff rEport
With the power shortfall intensifying further by climbing up to 6,900MW on Monday, Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has jumped into action and directed the Ministry of Finance to immediately release Rs 22.5 billion to the Ministry of Water and Power for provision of fuel to thermal power plants. Various cities in Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan are witnessing outages of 16 to 22 hours a day and the sudden change in weather leading to intense heat has left the people clamouring for a breather. The situation is particularly pathetic in rural areas of Punjab,
where people are getting only a few hours of electricity. Per the PM’s order, the Ministry of Finance will forthwith release Rs 15 billion for provision of fuel, while another sum of Rs 7.5 billion would be released subsequently to generate additional power to reduce the gap between demand and supply. The direction was given by the prime minister in an emergency meeting at the PM’s House that reviewed the energy situation in the country. The prime minister convened the meeting in the backdrop of increased power outages and outcry from the people. Khoso said his government was committed to alleviating the suffering of the people and to set the wheels of industry in motion. The prime minister further di-
rected the Ministries of Water and Power, Finance and Petroleum to maintain close liaison and ensure maximum power generation to minimise load shedding. The meeting was attended by the ministers for water and power, petroleum and natural resources and adviser on finance. Citizens have for days raised concern against the prolonged, unscheduled load shedding across the country and have expressed severe reservations over the performance of the Water and Power Ministry. Citizens complained that the people who paid their dues regularly were being victimised due to defaulters of millions of rupees and the corrupt practices of the distribution companies. The mercury in several parts of the country has already touched the fifty centigrade mark.
Musharraf bailed out in benazir murder case RAWALPINDI StAff rEport
The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Monday approved bail for former military dictator Pervez Musharraf in the Benazir Bhutto murder case. The former president has been ordered to submit two surety bonds worth Rs 1 million each. Earlier, the ATC had reserved its verdict in the case. Musharraf’s bail plea was heard by ATC judge Habibur Rehman. During the hearing, Musharraf’s counsel Salman Safdar said his client could not be held responsible for not carrying out Benazir Bhutto’s autopsy as it was Asif Zardari who had decided not to do it. Musharraf’s counsel argued that it was the Fed-
eral Investigation Agency (FIA) that had held the former president responsible for Benazir’s death, adding that investigation of Benazir’s murder was not the FIA’s mandate. Safdar also questioned why former Punjab CM Pervaiz Elahi, former IB chief Ejaz Shah and Hamid Gul were not part of the investigation even though Benazir Bhutto had told American journalist Mark Siegel that they should be held responsible for her death if something happened to her. Safdar said the court should be told who was responsible for plotting to kill Benazir Bhutto. Opposing bail to the former president, FIA Prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar said if Musharraf’s bail plea was accepted he would flee from the country.
itics are owed to the lawyers’ movement. It was said thereby no power hungry will be allowed to come in the country and no one will dare to abrogate the constitution”. He argued, “Had the lawyers not launched the movement, matters would have remained intact and no one would have been there to stop them. Lawyers movement imparted courage to the judiciary. That is why the judiciary is standing firm against dictators and is rendering decisions without fear. Yahya Khan allowed the army chief to impose martial law under Article 260 and to go for every option.” The hearing of the case was later adjourned until May 23.
power generation raised to 11,000Mw, says minister ISLAMABAD StAff rEport
Minister for Water and Power Dr Musaddaq Malik on Monday said electricity generation had been increased to about 11,000MW due to steps taken by the caretaker government that would help lessen load shedding in the country. Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, the minister said on the directives of the prime minister, the Ministry of Finance would release Rs 22.5 billion rupees tomorrow that would further help ease the situation. He said after the release of the amount, the suspended fuel supply chain would be restored. Malik said it was the aim of the government to generate over 12,000MW of electricity to give relief to the masses. He said of the Rs 22.5 billion rupees, Rs 15 billion would be paid to PSO, while the rest would be spent to make the closed power plants functional. He said Qadirpur gas well was going into an annual turn around due to which gas supply to four companies would be suspended. How-
ever, on an emergency basis, diesel was being arranged for them at a cost of four to five billion rupees. “In this way electricity generation of 800MW will not be affected.” He said the Ministry of Petroleum had promised to complete the turnaround in maximum seven days. The minister said efforts were being made to run the IPPs on full capacity. To a question, he said Rs 22.5 billion would be enough to take care of fuel requirements by the end of the month and the prime minister had indicated provision of additional Rs 42 billion rupees next month so that “we leave a somewhat comfortable situation for the next government”. To another question, Malik said investment made in Jamshoro plant would increase its capacity by 150MW. The minister added that there was massive corruption and inefficiency in the ministry as well as in the entire system, which was not acceptable. He said heads of some companies had been removed and it was his effort to bring in sincere, motivated and hardworking people.
DesecratIon of holy Quran
china seeks ‘friendly’ talks with pakistan to free its national BEIJING: China on Monday said it looked forward to addressing the detention of its citizen for alleged desecration of the Holy Quran in Azad Kashmir through “friendly consultations” with the Pakistani government. “We have taken note of relevant reports,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a media briefing. He was replying to a question about a Chinese national working for a consortium building a dam in AJK taken into protective custody after he was attacked by a local crowd alleging that he desecrated the Holy Quran. “China and Pakistan are friendly neighbours and we believe relevant incident can be properly addressed through friendly consultations,” Hong said. INp
budget likely by first week of June: nizami ISLAMABAD StAff rEport
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Arif Nizami on Monday said the federal budget for the next financial year was likely to be announced by the first week of the coming month. He made these comments after attending the concluding session of oneday seminar titled “Creating Joint Social Media Policy for all Government Departments”. The seminar was jointly organised by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Global Strategies. Responding to questions, Nizami said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, who was likely to form the coming government, would appoint its own finance minister,
adding that PML-N Senator Ishaq Dar was likely to be the next finance minister of the country. He said Dar was engaged in preparing the budgetary proposals at present for bringing relief to the people. The minister was of the view that Khawaja Muhammad Asif, who is likely to be the minister for water and power, was preparing plans for overcoming power load shedding with assistance from a team of experts. The minister was of the view that the caretaker government should also seek input from this team to mitigate sufferings of the people. Nizami said apart from the demand and supply gap and shortfall of electricity across the country, the inability of the Finance Ministry to release funds to ensure uninterrupted supply of fuel to power
plants was also a factor for the power crisis. To a question in connection with postings and transfers, the information minister said he personally believed that these were justified before elections, but there was no room for them now. However, he said he would not say more as the matter was sub judice. To another query, Nizami said it was prerogative of the president to convene session of the new assembly. He said he saw no justification for any delay in convening of the session when the Election Commission officially notified the results. He said as far as the caretaker government was concerned, it would not remain in power even a day longer than necessary. Addressing the event earlier, Nizami
underlined the need for benefiting from social media. “The social media can be utilised to resolve the problems being faced by the health and education sectors, as the emerging social media is extremely powerful.” “Print and the electronic media still have more credibility than the social media and are propagating smoothly in the country.” To a question regarding the statement of Altaf Hussian from London, the information minister said he personally believed that notice should be taken against the statement. He said other stakeholders, including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, were also expressing their reservation about the statement.
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People are genuinely attached with MQM due to its pro-masses policies that represent 98 percent suppressed people – MQM leader Wasay Jalil
1,300 families left at mercy of education officials
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VEN though, incidents of violations against the fundamental rights of the common man have increased significantly in the country, but in Sindh all limits of inhumane behaviour have been crossed as more than 1,300 families of teachers are suffering since June 2012, while the senior education officials have shown no real interest in releasing salaries anytime soon. As a result of this gross violation of fundamental employee rights, the families of unpaid teachers have been left at the mercy of senior education officials. On the other hand, the teachers, in a commendable display of character and morals, were continuously performing their duties despite being faced by a serious financial crunch that every middle class person was currently going through, Pakistan Today has learnt. In the recent past, former chief
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cs for speeding up pace of development schemes KARACHI App
Sindh Chief Secretary (CS) Muhammad Ijaz Chaudhry has emphasised upon the importance of maintaining effective coordination amongst all departments with a view to speed up the pace of development schemes and projects in the metropolis. He stressed this while presiding over a review meeting of the Finance and Planning & Development Departments here on Monday. The CS stressed that the details of departmental performance should be made available and the impediments being faced during the process should also be pointed out. He also emphasised the need for ensuring the monitoring of the schemes and the projects. Earlier on the occasion, the Additional Chief Secretary Arif Ahmed Khan and Secretary Finance Suhail Ahmed Rajput gave a detailed briefing.
minister Qaim Ali Shah, and former senior minister Pir Mazharul Haq had fought over the issue of teachers appointments that resulted in the removal of Pir Mazharbacked education director to ensure recruitment of more than 1,300 Sindhi Language Teachers (SLTs) in the metropolis on merit-basis. The former Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) led Sindh government had announced to recruit more than 1,300 SLTs in BPS-9, 14 and 15 with a condition that the candidate must have studied Sindhi as a compulsory subject throughout his/her course of education. Later, the written test for the candidates was held at Safia Khanum Memorial School near Gurumandir for females and at Government Boys and Girls School Moosmiyat for boys in March 2012. Following the written tests, interviews were conducted in April 2012, however, the process was completely halted over the difference of appointment procedure between Qaim and former education minister Pir Mazhar. The matter got out of hand after
former MNA Faryal Talpur had jumped of these 1,300 teachers appointed on into fray and got appointed Dr Faalullah vacant posts should be released Pechuho as secretary education, who had henceforth. However, the senior official major issues with Pir Mazhar. With all seemed least concerned with the financial this, the worst sufferers were those problems of the teachers and their families appointed on the vacant posts and who and had conveniently turned a blind eye were performing their duties without towards the issue. A teacher, requesting anonymity, being paid even a single penny since June informed that he joined his 2012, the sources added. duties in May 2012 and he Ironic to mention here, was still praying to secretary education Dr education Allah Almighty so Pechuho had also that the teachers’ forwarded a letter to secretary says the salaries would the Sindh be released. Accountant department does not “It seems the General (AG), issue of requesting them have the budget to release salaries has not to release the salaries as yet and become a salaries of the matter of ego SLTs until the resolution of this between for secretary’s office the Secretary verified the matter in the near future Education and candidates. the AG office. Sources said that seems improbable Resultantly, the the entire episode had teachers and their become a matter of satiating families are the only ones his ego for the secretary suffering,” he added. education who refused to sign the list Speaking to Pakistan Today Secretary forwarded by the AG for the release of salaries. Meanwhile, the teachers’ have Education Shafiq Mahser said, “We don’t been continuously visiting the Sindh have the budget to release the salaries as yet. I don’t see resolution of this matter in Secretariat to get their salaries released. Furthermore, sources said that all the the near future as the appointments were district and assistant district officers had over exceeded. The issue can only be time and again requested that the salaries resolved politically.”
commissioner Karachi visits hsc exams centres KARACHI App
Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui on Monday visited various centres established for the HSC Annual Examinations 2013 of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK). He also made a visit around the centre set up at the Government Commerce College. The commissioner exhorted the youngsters to concentrate towards acquisition of knowledge and avoid usage of unfair means in the examinations. He also warned them against the activities of “Booty Mafia” and also asked the district administration for curbing the usage of unfair means in the examination. Further, Comiisioner Shoaib asked the deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners to visit the examination centres in their respective areas. He expressed satisfaction over the arrangements made for the HSC examinations by the BIEK. The Commissioner also lauded the contributions of the Chairman of the BIEK, Prof. Anwar Ahmed Zai.
police arrest 46 accused in 24 hours KARACHI App
The police, in their drive initiated against criminals, has arrested 46 accused during the past 24 hours. A police statement released here on Monday said that those arrested included eight absconders. It said that eight weapons of different calibres were also recovered from those arrested along with explosives, motorcycles and mobile phones. Meanwhile, action was also initiated against 10 people for violating the ban on pillion riding.
KARACHI: Activists of MQM chanting slogans during a protest against the statements made by PTI Chairman Imran Khan against Altaf Hussain, outside Karachi Press Club. oNLINE
Violence claims six more lives, four TTP members among 10 nabbed KARACHI StAff rEport
At least six persons were killed and several others injured in fresh incidents of target killing in different areas of the metropolis on Monday, while the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) personnel arrested more than 10 accused, including four members of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), during targeted operations and recovered arms and explosives from their possession. According to police, unknown assailants gunned down a man identified
as 42-year-old Muhammad Jamal in Iqbal Market area of Orangi Town. In another incident, a man was killed due to firing of unidentified assailants at Sharah-e-Faisal near Falak Naz Apartments. The body was shifted to a nearby hospital where the identity of the deceased was ascertained as Khalid Mehmood, 38. Furthermore, 35year-old Mehtabuddin Jan was killed in firing incident in Khokhrapar area of Malir. The body was shifted to a hospital to undergo medico-legal formalities. Dead bodies of three persons were also recovered from various areas of the
metropolis. Meanwhile firing incidents continued unabated across the city during which more than 10 persons, including two women, were injured. The wounded people were shifted to various hospitals to receive medical treatment. On the other hand, the LEA’s personnel continued targeted search operation in the city, during which more than 10 miscreants were nabbed. In Sugarcane Market area of Sohrab Goth, police conducted a raid after receiving a tip-off. As a result, four members of
banned militant outfit TTP, identified as Anaar Khan, Ameer Khan, Saal Muhammad and Nehmatullah, were nabbed by the security forces personnel. Police also claimed to have recovered explosives filled kettles, two pistols, several repeaters, small arms and hundreds of bullets from the possession of the nabbed criminals. Police sources said the detained TTP members were also involved in the murder of anti-polio vaccination workers in Kurram Agency, Mardan, while also being involved in targeting security personnel.
two villagers killed in police firing in jacobabad JACOBABAD: At least two persons were killed and eight others injured when police opened fire at peaceful protestors here on Monday. According to details, villagers were holding peaceful protest outside Doudapur Police Station against the misbehaviour and manhandling of police personnel. In order to disperse the protesting villagers, the police opened fire on them, thus killing two people and leaving eight others wounded. The injured protestors were rushed to a nearby hospital, where according to hospital sources condition of some injured was serious and it was feared that the death toll would rise further. Meanwhile, leaders of political parties and locals have strongly condemned the police firing and demanded an inquiry and strict action against those responsible for firing at the unarmed protestors. INp
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special arrangements for animals being taken in Karachi Zoo KARACHI NNI
Karachi Zoo Administration has made special arrangements for animals in which a temporary pond has been constructed for elephants while also providing the snakes with their own bathing area. The zoo administration on Monday bathed the snakes and pythons in front of media and citizens visiting the zoo, after which two elephants of the zoo were brought to the pond to freshen up. Children expressed great enthusiasm and pleasure after they saw the elephants. Karachi Zoo Director Aqeel Naqvi said that the pond for elephants could not be built earlier due to some unavoidable reasons, but following the directives of Karachi administrator and senior director, construction of the pond had restarted. Ice arrangements were made in the cages holding the big cats and bears to fight off the increasing heat. Besides, glucose water was also being given gradually to all birds and animals. Further, the zoo director himself was making inspection rounds from time to time and directed all technical staff to keep a check on all animals throughout the day. He also said that all possible measures were being taken to protect animals during the summer season.
trauma, emergency centres to be established at police hospital KARACHI App
KARACHI: Elephants enjoy fresh water as temperature soar. oNLINE
siNDhis chill out with ‘thADAl’
slAiN pti leADeR ZAhRA lAiD to Rest KARACHI
HYDERABAD: The sale of an indigenous cold drink known as “Thadal” has peaked after the weather turned hot due to the heatwave that has engulfed the country since last week. Vendors have started selling thadal at every nook and corner of the Hyderabad. Thadal was the most popular seasonal drink among the general public as its rates were comparatively low and affordable. Considered as one of the most well known beverages of Hyderabad, thadal had been commonly consumed in these areas since a long time and was still famous among the locals. The vendors displayed and prepared the traditional summer drink to attract customers at their roadside setups. They could not conceal their joy after sales of the drink picked up, thus providing them a chance to earn their livelihood. Talking to Online, a local vendor named Shams said that, “Now buying fresh juice is not possible for the common man. Therefore, they consume thadal as they can its reasonable price.” Ahmad, a roadside thadal vendor in Qasimabad, said that Thadal was mostly used during the summer season to get relief from the heat. He also said that the hot weather drink was made of ingredients like char magaz, khashkhash, pepper, almonds, pistachios and pumpkin seeds, adding that only half an hour was required for making a glass of the appetising drink which costed just Rs 15 to 20 per glass. Moreover, he said that he was earning a handsome amount these days after sales of the traditional drink picked pace. According to health experts, thadal had been considered as an energy drink that provided the necessary energy to the body. App
AKISTAN Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI) leader Zahra Shahid, who was gunned down here last night, was laid to rest at a graveyard in Defence Phase IV. Her funeral prayer was offered at Sultan Masjid and was attended by a large number of people, including her family and friends, PTI leaders, workers and office bearers. Police said that the post-mortem of the body was completed this morning at Jinnah Hospital. Lady MLO Dr Nasreen Qamar said that Zahra Shahid, 60, received two bullets from a 30-bore pistol at close range. One bullet had hit her jaw and pierced through her head, while the other one came out of her back. Meanwhile, SSP Nasir Aftab said that the murder case of the incident could not be registered as yet, while the relatives of the deceased said that after burial of the murdered PTI leader, an FIR would be registered in consultations with the lawyers. MQM DECIDES tO SuE KHAN FOR DEFAMAtION: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has decided to sue Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan for defamation. MQM leader Wasay Jalil said that the party would sue Mr Khan for Rs50 billion for issuing a statement against Altaf Hussain. Khan on Saturday held Hussain responsible for the murder of his party
fIr yet to be regIstereD In Zehra shahID’s MurDer case KARACHI: The police are still groping in the dark and have failed to find any clue to the assassination of Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI) Sindh Senior Vice President Zehra Shahid Hussain who was gunned down in the metropolis late on Saturday. Zara was gunned down on Saturday night in Karachi, drawing strong reaction from the PTI whose candidates have secured majority of votes in Sunday’s re-election in 43 polling stations of NA-250 constituency of the metropolis. According to the post-mortem report, she was shot in the head from close range and died owing to excessive bleeding. The case of his murder has not so far been registered by the authorities. oNLINE
leader Zahra Shahid, thus drawing strong reaction from the MQM. NO NOtICE RECEIvED FROM MQM: ALEEMA KHAN: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan’s sister Aleema Khan said on Monday that the PTI chief has not yet received any notice from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on account of remarks he made against MQM Chief Altaf Hussain. The MQM had announced its decision to sue the PTI chief for Rs50 billion for accusing MQM Altaf over the killing of PTI leader Zehra Shahid Hussain. In a video message released on Sunday from the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital, where Imran is currently recovering from injuries suffered in an accident during an election rally, the PTI chief said he held the MQM responsible for the killing of
Zehra Shahid. Moreover, Khan had termed the incident part of the MQM’s policy to control the city by spreading fear. Khan, in a tweet, also held the British government responsible for the “murder” of Zehra Shahid, saying he had warned them about British citizen (Altaf) after he openly threatened PTI workers. Zehra Shahid was the former president of the women’s wing of the party’s Sindh chapter and was also one of the founding members of PTI. She was gunned down outside her residence on Saturday night, hours before re-polling in 43 polling stations of NA-250 was scheduled to begin. Speaking to reporters, Aleema said the PTI workers were receiving threats, adding that the British government had finally made contact with Khan over the matter.
Steps are being taken to establish a trauma/emergency centre and blood bank at the Sindh Police Hospital here. This was stated by a Sindh Police spokesman here on Monday. He said that the order was given during a visit to the hospital by the Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Shahid Nadeem Baloch. The IGP was told that at this 62-bed hospital, facilities of medical care, surgery, gynaecology, women treatment and eye treatment were being made available to the patients. Medical Superintendent Dr Muhammad Younus Chachar said that on a daily basis 350 OPD cases were handled, while up to 30 patients were admitted here every day. The hospital staff consisted of 38 doctors and 121 paramedics.
massive traffic jams witnessed in metropolis amid pti protests KARACHI NNI
Severe traffic jam was witnessed at MA Jinnah Road and its surrounding areas due to the sitin protest called by the Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI). Though the PTI’s protest had not yet started but the police had entirely closed the road for traffic. As a result, severe traffic jam was witnessed on Shahrah-e-Faisal, MA Jinnah Road, II Chundrigar Road, Awan-eSaddar Road and others. Long queues of vehicles were also seen on Burn Road, Jama Cloth, Kala Pul, Korangi Road, Qayyumabad Crossing and other main roads. Meanwhile, commuters also became frustrated due to excessive sweating and long hours of traffic jams.
flour prices reverted to previous level KARACHI oNLINE
Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddique has issued a notification reverting flour prices to the previous level. Earlier, while taking notice of the rising flour prices in the city, the commissioner had issued a notification that fixed the price of fine flour at Rs 38 per kg. Commissioner Siddique had also directed all deputy commissioners to ensure sale of flour at government prices across the metropolis.
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To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is cruelty. –Maximilien Robespierre
Tuesday, 21 May, 2013
HAJJA: A Yemeni woman looks from a window of her family’s tent at a camp for internally displaced persons. AGENCIES
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Egypt sends more forces over Sinai kidnapping CAIRO AGENCIES
Egypt’s army has sent reinforcements into the Sinai Peninsula after President Mohamed Morsi said there would be no talks with fighters who abducted seven members of the security forces last week. An army official said on Monday that the decision followed a meeting between the military leadership and Morsi, who has said he will not submit to blackmail by the kidnappers, who are demanding the release of fellow fighters jailed over attacks in 2011. The army has deployed at least five military helicopters to el-Arish, the largest city in North Sinai, where fighters kidnapped the troops, since last night after sending dozens of armoured vehicles and personnel carriers across the Suez Canal into North Sinai early on Monday. The reinforcements came as uknown assailants attacked a police base on Monday. The kidnapping of Egyptian troops has highlighted the lawlessness in the peninsula and enraged security forces, who have blocked border crossings into Israel and the Gaza Strip to pressure the government into helping free their colleagues. Presidential spokesman Omar Amer said: “All options are on the table to free the kidnapped soldiers.” PRESIDENtIAL PLEDGE: Morsi has met with the the Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar, Ahmed al-Tayeb and, and the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Shawky Ibrahim Allam, to discuss developments in Sinai on Monday. The president’s office vowed in a statement late on Sunday.that authorities would secure the release of those held captive swiftly and safely and in a manner that will maintain the state’s prestige.
Deadly car bombs rock iraqi cities, 31 people killed BAGHDAD AGENCIES
T least 31 people have been killed in a series of car bombs across Iraqi cities, police and medics say. Eight car bombs in mainly Shia districts of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killed 20 people on Monday and 11 others were killed by attacks in the southern city of Basra, police and medics said. Explosions were also reported in the city of Samarra but there was no immediate word on casualties. Scores of people have
been killed in attacks over the past week as tensions between minority Sunni Muslims and Shia who now lead Iraq have reached their highest level since US troops pulled out in December 2011. Two car bombs hit Basra, a predominantly Shia southern city 420km southeast of Baghdad. The first bomb struck the Hananiya neighbourhood, near a busy market and restaurants, and the second was detonated inside a bus terminal in Saad Square, police and medics said. More than 700 people were killed in April by a UN count, the highest figure in
almost five years. Relations are coming under more strain by the day from the increasingly sectarian conflict in neighbouring Syria. Minority Sunnis, embittered by Shia dominance since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein by US-led forces in 2003, have also been staging street protests against Shia Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki since December. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blasts. The government has been quick to point an accusing finger at groups with links to al-Qaeda, said our correspondent.
Thousands of workers employed by Dubai’s largest construction company have gone on strike for a second day to back wage demands in a rare labour protest in the Gulf emirate, where trade unions are banned. Blue-collared labourers employed by Arabtec, the company behind projects including the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa, did not show up for work on Sunday, said a spokesman for the company, UAE’s labour ministry and workers. Employees said the strike began on Saturday and that the workers were determined not to end it without a pay rise. “They are upset at the low wages and also about not being paid for overtime work,” one employee told the Reuters news agency. He said workers at his site were paid between $160 and $190 a month. “The protest started in Abu Dhabi on Saturday ... workers in Dubai have also joined,” the employee said. LOw wAGES: Migrant workers in Dubai are often employed at wages that are extremely low by Western standards and housed in dormitory-style accommodation on the outskirts of the city, part of the UAE, a regional business and tourism hub. A sub-contractor confirmed the stoppage, saying he had to call back his workers from one Dubai work site after Arabtec labourers failed to show up on Sunday. An Arabtec spokesperson said: “We are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible, alongside the Ministry of Labour and the Police Authority.”
suicide bomb attack in northern Afghanistan leaves 13 dead KABUL AGENCIES A suicide attack outside a provincial council headquarters in northern Afghanistan has killed at least 13 people, including a senior local politician, promptly receiving condemnation from the president. The Taliban has claimed responsibilty for the bomb which exploded in front of provincial government offices in Pul-e-Khumri in Baghlan province on Monday. In a statement, President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack saying that it was “a cowardly act against all Islamic teachings and human values”. Mohammad Rasoul Mohseni, Baghlan provincial council leader, was entering the compound in the morning when the bomber ran up on foot and detonated his explosives, said Jawed Bashrat, a police spokesman in Baghlan province. Asadullah Sherzad, provincial chief of police, said 14 people were killed, including Mohseni, and 11 were wounded.
syrian oﬀensive on Qusayr deepens, 13 hezbollah fighters killed DAMASCUS AGENCIES
The Syrian military continued its offensive on Qusayr amid reports that at least 13 Hezbollah fighters helping the army in the strategic attack have been killed so far. Syrian state media said army units pushed deeper into the town near the Lebanese border on Monday, and were fighting street battles with the rebels. The SANA news agency said that President Bashar al-Assad’s troops took control of most of the town of Qusair on Monday. Opposition activists said at least 52 people were killed on Sunday. At least 13 Hezbollah fighters were also killed, they said. Al Jazeera’s Rula Amin, reporting from Beirut, said: “It seems the govern-
ment is able to control most of Qusayr ... it has been a rebel stronghold for about one year.” The attack follows a rare interview with the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad released on Saturday, in which he said that his government was not using “fighters from outside of Syria, of other nationalities, and needs no support from any Arab or foreign state”. Our correspondent in Beirut said: “Both sides have sought help from other countries. “Hezbollah is heavily involved in the fighting, and there are hundreds of foreign fighters in Qusayr. The confrontation has taken a rather regional and sectarian tone. This is about Sunnis fighting Alawites and Shia, not just Syrian rebels fighting government forces.” For weeks, fighting has raged around
Qusayr, a town in the central province of Homs that has been under rebel control since early last year. The intensity of the fighting reflects the importance that both sides attach to the area. By the government’s calculations, Qusayr lies along a strategic land corridor linking Damascus with the Mediterranean coast, the Alawite heartland. For the rebels, the overwhelmingly Sunni Qusayr has served as a conduit for shipments of weapons and supplies smuggled from Lebanon to opposition fighters inside Syria. REGIONAL IMPACt: Given the latest battle’s location and its inclusion of foreign fighters, fears are growing that sectarian violence in the region will intensify. At least three people have reportedly been killed and about 40 wounded from
two days of fighting between residents of Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli, security sources said on Monday. There, the largely Sunni neighbourhood of Bab alTabbaneh supports Syria’s predominantly Sunni rebels, and the adjacent Alawite neighbourhood of Jabal Mohsen supports Syrian President Bashar Assad. Earlier in May, Israeli warplanes struck areas in and around the Syrian capital, setting off a series of explosions as they targeted a shipment of highly accurate, Iranian-made guided missiles believed to be on their way to Lebanon’s Hezbollah group. An Israeli army spokeswoman said on Monday that gunfire from Syria hit the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. The military said there was no damage caused or injuries.
In Assad’s latest interview, by the Argentine newspaper Clarin and the Argentine state news agency Telam, he insisted that he would not resign before elections in 2014. He also denied that his government had used chemical weapons against the civilian population, and blamed foreign intervention for the crisis. His comments come amid a rare joint push by the US and Russia to convene the peace conference in Geneva, which he cautiously welcomed. “We have received the Russian-US approach well and we hope that there will be an international conference to help Syrians overcome the crisis,” Clarin quoted Assad as saying. “We must be clear ... there is confusion in the world over a political solution and terrorism.
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ihc summons passport Dg in lamination paper case ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday summoned Passport Director General Zulfiqar Ahmed Cheema on Tuesday to explain the quality of lamination paper to be used in issuance of the passports. A single-member bench, comprising of Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, resumed hearing of a plea filed by a French company through its lawyer Salman Akram Raja against the awarding of contract of passport lamination papers to a company without following Public Procurement Rules. During the course of hearing, Salman Akram Raja, counsel for the petitioner, apprised the bench that the management of passport had ignored the security factor in the contract process for import of lamination paper. He argued that the security/transparency of the lamination paper was put at stake for just to save the money. After hearing the arguments, the bench summoned the Passport DG and adjourned the hearing until May 21. App
end to corruption not viable until system reformed: NAb ISLAMABAD INp
ATIONAL Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari on Monday said the country could not be purged of corruption unless the system is reformed otherwise all efforts of corruption watchdogs would go in vain. “Without correcting the system the agencies would be chasing the thieves without being able to stop the growth of thieves that has reached unmanageable proportion today throughout Pakistan right down to local government level,” the NAB chief told reporters. He said the governance structure in
Pakistan has been distracted over the years to allow corrupt practices within the current rules, laws and constitution. He said as the accountability body of Pakistan, it was incumbent on NAB to advice federal and provincial governments on system to eliminate corrupt practices. “This activity is more important today and takes priority of enforcement and catching thieves who are numerous for the limited capacity of NAB to cope with,” he remarked, adding that the use of NAB in the past as a tool against political opponents had distracted it from its more important functions and has only given rise to corruption. He said the bureau was all set to present an immediate and long-term ac-
tion plan to the new government to strengthen its anti-corruption efforts by adopting preventive methods. He said NAB was determined to follow the new government’s declared intent of zero tolerance for corruption and full promotion of meritocracy for good governance. Bokhari said NAB was actively pursuing an expansion plan and has decided to set up three new regions for eradication of corruption and better monitoring of its activities across the country. He said NAB had released annual report showing that during 2012, it had the registration 7,565 complaints, completed 392 inquiries, filed 95 references, and recovered Rs 25 billion.
sc restrains ecp from issuing notification of mpA’s success ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) has barred the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) from issuing notification of success of an independent candidate, Tariq Mehmood Bajwa from PP-170 Sangla Hill, until further orders. A three-member SC bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, issued the stay order on the petition of Mansoor Ahmad Awan on Monday. Awan took the plea that Bajwa had personally admitted that his matriculation certificate was fake. “When someone is himself admitting that his degree is fake, how can he be held eligible to contest elections? Therefore, he should not only be declared disqualified but directives should also be issued to the ECP not to issue notification of his success.” The court while agreeing with the stance of petitioner, issued a stay order against Bajwa’s success. Further proceedings were adjourned until May 22. oNLINE
Abrar moves sc for re-polling in his constituency
PESHAWAR: Supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) hold a protest against Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain in front of Peshawar Press Club on Monday. INp
pakistani cabbie goes an extra mile to make people happy NEW YORK oNLINE
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) central candidate Abrarul Haq on Monday filed a petition in the Supreme Court (SC) seeking orders for revocation of elections and asking for re-election in his constituency NA-117, Narowal. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the district returning officer (DRO), the Narowal DPO, DCO and PML-N central leader Ahsan Iqbal were made respondents in the petition. Haq requested the court to withhold the notification with respect to Iqbal’s success. He took the plea that rigging had taken place in NA-117 and several bogus votes were cast therein while attempt was made to steal PTI’s mandate. He was winning the election with overwhelming majority before the arrival of results from polling stations but he was declared unsuccessful when the result was announced. Haq asked the court to cancel the polls held in his constituency and ordered re-polling in the entire constituency. oNLINE
No eating or drinking inside this car…..except candies,” reads a sign put up in Pakistani-origin Mansoor Khalid’s cab, the New York Times reported on Saturday. There are plenty of candies here. Khalid keeps the back dashboard of his yellow cab stocked with a layer of candy thick enough to induce envy in the most successful trick-or-treater. “Turn around; see what else is back there,” Khalid recently told sevenyear-old Legend Wilson, who was riding in the cab with his mother, May Wilson. “There are a lot of options,” Khalid added. Rejecting the cabbie’s invitation, Wilson said her son had plenty of candy at home. “Come on, he can have some; he’s in the candy cab!” Khalid replied. “I’ll call you when he has to go to the dentist,” Wilson said as her son collected a small pile of treats. Free candy is not the only perk of riding with Khalid, a 37year-old electrical engineer from Pakistan who had been driving a yellow cab since 1996. He also recently bought a $400 subwoofer that, in his words,
makes “your heart go boom,” and invites customers to plug their devices into the speakers. To complete the nightclub-in-acab experience, the car had also been outfitted with an advanced lighting system that, when activated, flashed fluorescent reds, blues and purples. “Everybody is depressed, stressed - New York City is not an easy life, so when New Yorkers see all the candies, chocolates, they cheer up,” Khalid said. “Some people start screaming, they’re so happy,” he added. His altruism is not bad for business, either. Khalid’s cab had become an Internet celebrity, earning thousands of followers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. That loyal online following supplied a steady stream of customers for Khalid, who got frequent requests for pickups from fans who send their locations to him via Twitter or Facebook. Khalid also used Twitter and Instagram to advertise his services and for posting pictures of grinning couples with handfuls of candy. This grassroots outreach was one way that yellow cabs drivers could rise above the fray in an increasingly
competitive market. Last month, the Uber app became the first service to allow New Yorkers to hail yellow cabs with their smartphones, though a pilot programme for the apps remains mired in court. With the candy cab, Khalid had essentially created his own personal Uber, with nothing more than his smartphone and his understanding of the many uses of social media. But don’t expect the 13,000 other yellow taxis to follow suit any time soon. The $300 a month Khalid spent on candy would probably be a deal breaker for most cab-
bies. “If you think about it, you have to wonder why he does it,” said Juan Miranda, who drove Khalid’s cab during the day. “The way it is now, every time I brake, it falls forward.” Khalid’s customers certainly appreciate the effort. One rider, Casandra Johnson, was quiet during the first few moments of her ride with Khalid a few weeks ago, but perked up once she saw the stash in the back seat. “I was in a bad mood because I’ve been lugging boxes all day,” she said, “You just totally changed my Monday,” she commented. Another passenger wrote on
Twitter, “Sweetest ride in fifteen years. Left my bag of knitting there, but gained so much at heart when I Googled you. God bless.” She was referring to the somber back story of Khalid’s generosity. His son, Saad, was born in 2010 with a congenital heart defect, and when Khalid visited him at Montefiore Medical Centre in the Bronx after his night shift, he would bring coffee for the doctors and nurses there, who called him “coffee man.” “My average was 20 bucks every night, for coffee and sweets,” he said. Saad died last April, only 18 months old. When Khalid returned to work, he decided to turn his cab into a rolling celebration. A year later, Khalid said he still had not moved on. He admitted that he still smelled his son’s old clothing, and had kept the boy’s room untouched. But he learned from his time in the hospital that giving to others could at least hide, if not heal, his own feelings of loss. “I like to buy something for people; I feel good,” Khalid said. “When you give something from your hand, you feel very good when someone gives a smile,” he concluded.
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Tuesday 21 May, 2013
people defeated terrorism in polls: Kayani RAWALPINDI StAff rEport
HIEF of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Monday said the nation had amply demonstrated that it could withstand any challenge by defeating the threat of terrorism and misguided minority by voting in the general elections. Addressing a counter-IED (C-IED) symposium, army chief Kayani said the Pakistani people headed to polls on May 11 despite the threat of terrorism. “In these elections, people of Pakistan not only courageously withstood the threat of terrorism, they also defied unfounded dictates of an insignificant and misguided minority.”
The COAS said “our commitment to moderation, prosperity and rule of law” was total and unwavering and Pakistani nation had the resolve and a firm belief to overcome the challenges towards attainment of these goals. He said one of these challenges was the threat of terrorism and in fighting this menace, “we share the experience of many other nations. Pakistan has a rich experience of dealing and succeeding against the faceless enemy who employs highly innovative means of destruction”. “It is indeed an honour and privilege for me to address this remarkable gathering representing experts in a wide variety of disciplines and from a number of countries. The diversity, background and expertise of the
guests has made this symposium a truly rewarding and successful event. As a nation we are peace loving people. Overwhelming majority of our people is moderate, resilient and extraordinarily hardworking,” Kayani said. He said over time, IEDs had posed a new dimension of threat to the public as well as law enforcement agencies. He emphasised that the threat and impact of these weapons was not Pakistan-specific. “IEDs have caused devastation at both regional and global levels. These have been used with unfortunate consistency in Iraq and Afghanistan and thankfully, somewhat inconsistently, in other countries of the world.” The COAS said Pakistan had come a long way in fight-
ing the menace over the past 23 years by taking significant policy initiatives to counter the IED threat. “The Pakistan Army, aware of the seriousness of the threat, is leading the drive to create a pragmatic, cost-effective and efficient C-IED Strategy. This strategy aims at creating awareness, assisting legislation, adopting best practices from across the world, suitably equipping the forces and effectively training them.” He said production of CAN Fertilizer for agriculture purpose had come under national and international focus, adding that Pakistan tightened the control on sale and distribution of CAN. He hoped that with the support and collaboration of inter
our coMMItMent to MoDeratIon, prosperIty anD rule of law Is total anD unwaverIng national community, Pakistan and the region would overcome the menace of IEDs. The COAS proposed the formation of a Regional Military C-IED Forum supported by a wider international forum to benefit from experiences of all countries involved.
more than 51,000 killed in ieD blasts: Dgmo RAWALPINDI oNLINE
More than 51,000 people in Pakistan have lost their lives as a result of blasts caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) since the war against terrorism started, said Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Maj Gen Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmad at the C-IED symposium. He also looked at the IED threat spectrum, sufferings from IEDs, significance of “Whole of Nation Approach,” Pakistan/Pakistan Army’s C-IED strategy and challenges and future plans to meet the IED threat. Maj Gen Ishfaq Nadeem opined that under a de-radicalisation programme, the youth could be prevented from joining militant groups by creating awareness against the menace of terrorism. Chairman C-IED Organisation Maj Gen Sohail Hafeez discussed the menace of IED and Pakistan Army’s efforts in countering this threat while he also talked about the hidden trauma, nature and type of casualties and rehabilitation challenges. In his presentation, anchorperson Talat Hussain dilated on the role of media in community awareness and public responsibilities in dealing with the menace of IEDs. He strongly supported the role of media especially radio, television and print for creating awareness among people against the threat of IEDs. Deputy Director for Operations/Intelligence Integration, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organisation, USA, Brig Gen Roberts P Walters Jr shared the United States’ experience on countering the IED threat. In his presentation, Director, Battlefield Manoeuvre and Master General of Ordnance, Major General Nick Pope of the British Army looked at international efforts on countering IEDs and shared best practices, especially focusing on lead nations’ C-IED models (USA, UK and Australia). The daylong activity, spread over four sessions brought together seven speakers including two senior officers as speakers from USA and British Army and an estimated 170 participants including 60 foreign diplomats/delegates and guests from the government, army, law enforcement agencies, academia, industry, private sector, subject experts and members of local and international media.
REAWALPINDI: FIA prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar arrives for the hearing of former dictator Pervez Musharraf in the Benazir Bhutto murder case on Monday. Inp
fafen urges ecp to release polling scheme, forms ECP SHOWS 11 OF 49 POLLING STATIONS DID NOT HAVE VOTER TURNOUT GREATER THAN 100 PERCENT ISLAMABAD NNI
Summarising its mutual understanding with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) last week, the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Monday noted that confusion about data from 49 polling stations with apparently greater than 100 percent turnout revealed the urgent need for the ECP to release the actual polling scheme, all polling stations vote counts and all forms before certification of any election results. In a meeting on Thursday, the ECP and FAFEN acknowledged that contributing factors to confusion about FAFEN’s data included returning officers (ROs) changing polling
schemes before elections, contrary to Representation of the Peoples Act (ROPA) Article 8(2), and presiding officers giving FAFEN observers hand-written chits with vote counts that sometimes differed from the official statements of the count. The ECP showed that 11 of the 49 polling stations did not have voter turnout greater than 100 percent. For example: FAFEN reported impossible turnout in PS-14 constituency. According to the ECP website, the polling station was Government Boys Primary School Chak No 116/P Khanpur, with 315 registered voters. Instead, PS-14 was established at Veterinary Hospital Khanpur, where 418 votes were polled, although there was no polling station with this name on the polling scheme shared with voters and public. Last minute changes in the polling scheme have not been notified to voters or public. Meanwhile, FAFEN has shown the ECP and media several examples of statements of the count with impossible voter turnout as well as other
problems. Data from thousands more polling stations are still being analysed by the observer group. To ensure transparency and legitimacy of the elections, FAFEN has strongly urged that before certifying any election results, the commission should release the actual polling scheme and documents from all 69,801 polling stations and all 272 constituencies, including Form XIV (Statement of the Count), Form XV (Ballot Paper Account), Form VI (Consolidation Statement of the Results of the Count) and Form XVII (Result of the Count). These ECP forms, which are public documents, are the most important evidence of the quality of election administration and the validity of results in each constituency. FAFEN believes it had a duty to publish its original data as quickly as possible immediately after Election Day in order to indicate the urgent need for ECP to release all 69,801 Statements of the Count for scrutiny before election results are finalised.
hearing of Adiala jail missing prisoners’ case adjourned ISLAMABAD oNLINE
The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday adjourned the hearing of Adiala jail missing prisoners’ case for three days as Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed was on leave besides issuing notice to home secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Chaudhry, took up the case for hearing. Tariq Asad appeared on behalf of the accused. The court remarked, “As justice Shekh Azmat Saeed is part of this bench and the case will be heard when he returns.” Asad said illegal proceedings had been initiated against his clients and it was essential that it be got stopped. The CJP said, “We have already said no innocent can be kept under illegal detention even for a single second. What can we do as one learned member is not part of this bench today being on leave. The case will be heard when he comes.”
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Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. –Thomas Paine
celebrating with pride In change there is hope!
CoMMenT Tuesday, 21 May, 2013
Reconciliation à la pml-N Prisoner of alliances
IKE the PPP earlier, the PML-N too is seeking alliances with a number of parties. Zardari’s policy of reconciliation with all was a need in the case of the PPP which did not have enough MNAs to form the government on its own. The PPP accepted any party which showed willingness to cooperate irrespective of its ideology, programme or past record. While it had a modicum of similarity of views with the ANP, the MQM and PML-Q were known for hostility towards the PPP. But since the PPP had decided to complete its tenure at any price, it continued to yield to the unending demands of its allies. Some of the bad governance that characterised the PPP era emanated from the policy of reconciliation. It is only in Balochistan where Nawaz Sharif really needs allies. The PML-N has emerged here as the single largest party with 13 seats. It has, therefore, to broker an alliance with some of the other parties to be able to form a government. It has already cobbled together an alliance, comprising the PkMAP and National Party, which provides it enough votes to form government in Balochistan. There is now a talk about including the JUI-F also in the provincial coalition which is resented by the alliance components. In the National assembly the PML-N is in a better position than the PPP was in 2008. The party has straightaway bagged 124 of the 272 directly elected seats while there is a long queue of independent candidates waiting to join the party. After the elections on the reserved seats have taken place, there is a likelihood of the PML-N emerging as the single largest party in the National Assembly capable of ruling on its own. Shahbaz Sharif has meanwhile extended invitation to JUI-F to join as a coalition partner. What has apparently prompted the PML-N is presumably the concerns about the Senate. In the Upper House, with 104 members, the PML-N has only 15 Senators as against PPP’s 39 and JUI-F’s 7. The support from the religious party could help PML-N in the conduct of the legislative business. The reliance is however likely to tilt the PML-N further towards the right as the JUI-F is opposed to legislation that favours women or religious minorities. If the media reports are to be given credence, the price being demanded by the JUI-F for support is post of the KP Governor, Chair of the Kashmir Committee, two or three federal cabinet posts and the office of the senior minister in Balochistan. The PML-N needs to ask itself if the game is worth the candle. As time passes the religious party is likely to put up more demands. Will the PML-N become a prisoner of its alliances like the PPP and end up with bad governance?
pak-Afghan ties: the slide continues Reports of Afghanistan seeking military aid from India disturbing
HEN the current Afghan President Hamid Karzai attended the oath taking ceremony of President Asif Ali Zardari in 2008, citizens on both sides of the Durand Line hoped that relations between the two neighbours had turned a page. Come mid-2013, relations have taken a nosedive, and arguably have reached the lowest point since the Cold War period. With reports suggesting that the Afghan president is due to seek military aid from India during his three-day visit to the country and the Afghan government pursuing a policy of reconciliation towards the Taliban, the move appears to be directed at Pakistan. There was hope that the border skirmishes on the Durand Line, and the sloganeering from the Afghan side, had come to a close with a meeting of the two military establishments. But with the Afghan president now turning to discussing the cross-border clashes with India, with whom the Pakistani establishment still harbours suspicions, it does not bode well for relations between the two countries. The Afghan ambassador to India admitted the country needed India’s help with “equipment and weapons to fight”, with a spokesman for the Indian foreign ministry saying India was ready to obilge. If an arms deal materialises, suspicions will gain more credence that the new Indo-Afghan alliance is a way of cornering Pakistan. With India and Afghanistan already having an agreement to train Afghan security forces since 2011, there are already enough suspicions on the Pakistani side regarding the honesty of the Afghan side in dialogue with Pakistan. The Afghan side, on the other hand, fears that Pakistan is trying to sabotage its efforts to start peace talks with the Taliban. With Pakistan considered crucial to the US-Afghan agenda of bringing Taliban leaders allegedly hiding in the country to the negotiating table before the NATO troops pull-out, should Afghanistan not be talking to Pakistan more than India? Some analysts have argued that no arms deal will come out of the trip, and the rumours of such a deal were only initiated for more political brinkmanship with Pakistan. If the matter will close at such, the negative effects of such a deal on regional relations could be mitigated. But if it does go ahead, then it could be taken as a move from India to intensify the rivalry with Pakistan. With India having invested over $2 billion in Afghan infrastructure, it is logical to understand that it would be willing to aid the Afghan government at a time of need. But surely the ‘right time’ is when Afghan relations with Pakistan are not at a breaking point. For now it appears Karzai is willing to go to any length to alienate Pakistan. The challenge is for the new Nawaz Sharif government, carrying the torch for peace with India, to ensure that relations on both sides of the border improve.
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am so proud to be Pakistani”, said Ayesha Baigmohamed, a Pakistani-American based in Washington DC, five minutes into the ride from Dulles Airport earlier this week. “Don’t get me wrong”, she said, “I am privileged to be American, but yes after this election, I am really proud to be Pakistani.” This sentiment has universal echo in Pakistan. Taking this further, I was privileged to attend a distinguished gathering at the Atlantic Council, graciously hosted by Shuja Nawaz, whom I unfortunately did not have the pleasure of meeting as I had to leave early. The principal speakers at the event directed at discussing the recent elections and their anticipated impact on the Pakistan scene were Dr Maleeha Lodhi, via Skype from Islamabad, Riaz Mohammad Khan, former foreign secretary and Mohsin Khan, former IMF Director. Opinion makers in DC and Pakistani-Americans attended the event. Among the attendees was Fauzia Saeed of Islamabad, on a book launching tour of her new book based on the rigours faced by women in our environment. Maleeha is a greatly admired and dear friend. As anticipated she started the meeting with a profound and wellstructured discourse covering every aspect of the recent situation and emphasized upon the difference in calibre of governance that the change will bring. She focused on the benefits a Nawaz-led dispensation, considering the elections provided him the simple majority to form government enabling him to deal with critical issues without having to barter or negotiate with coalition partners. At the same time she was precise in warning that being out of office for a long time would require Nawaz Sharif to be cerebral in setting goals, selecting personnel and putting aside personal sentiments in achieving success. There were two significant points she raised which I believe require attention. First, she said that this election has indicated that the base of Pakistani politics would move from the rural to the urban scene. Perhaps she was overcome with euphoria at the election turnout. Let me say I disagree with this statement based
not simply on the disenfranchisement of the bulk of the population but on the fact that the majority of urban Pakistan has no idea of how the people of the rural areas exist. If this were to happen Pakistan would suffer irreparable damage. As it is, rural Pakistan is severely under developed and government must focus on horizontal fiscal equalization to ensure more inclusive development. Failing this the march on the urban centres would become so great that infrastructure could never cope. I would therefore hope that this assessment is incorrect. The second point is definitely debatable. When asked during the Q&A that followed: what Zardari would do, she said, “He should contact his travel agent”. Setting popular sentiment aside, one must not forget that President Zardari has certain significant political assets that require logical consideration. First of these is the majority for the next three years in the Senate. Second the large vote in Sindh, with Nawaz barely on the board, the converse of the situation in the Punjab. Third and the most important fact is that Zardari has the numbers to make Imran Khan the leader of the opposition. Considering the number of votes won by Imran’s losing candidates in the Punjab, he is undoubtedly a serious player and, hospital call notwithstanding, will want to build on this much to Nawaz’s discomfort. Add to this the fact that Zardari literally handed Nawaz the election by ensuring the PPP’s pitiful election campaign and by finally deciding at a critically late juncture to follow court orders and give up the two offices. So to completely and quickly write him off is premature. He has proven to be a wily politician and pulled many a trick from his bag. Perhaps they are all used up and this may be one too many and prove difficult to pull off. We will have an answer soon enough. Riaz Mohammad Khan’s rendering of the foreign policy and administrative necessities and realities was both expansive and direct. He believes as do most rational and progressive Pakistanis that improved ties with India, and more importantly trade with India, is of absolute essence. In driving home the point he emphasized that the army no longer holds this fact taboo and is more open to positive developments. On the ‘drone’ factor and the US participation in Pakistan’s development, he advised the new government to continue to work hard in developing relations to mutual advantage. His views that drone strikes are not likely to just “go away”, are by and large correct. In my opinion, a significant fact that the ‘anti-drone’ lobby seems to conveniently forget is that the collateral damage being caused to civilian population is no different to the damage to innocent civilian lives and those of military personnel and installations being caused by ruthless and cruel terror attacks on the
Pakistani population by the various factions of the Taliban. Therefore in striving to pressurise the US to stop drone attacks are they ensuring a stoppage to terror attacks? If so, they must reveal the methodology. To take it a step further, should our leaders not be absolutely honest instead of selfishly playing with emotions and reveal that there is precious little we can do if the drone attacks are to continue. His view that election results portray Nawaz as a leader of the majority Punjab province is not entirely incorrect, although Nawaz does have the largest number of seats in Balochistan and a reasonable number in KP with Sindh being the least represented. He opined, in order to overcome this deficit in the Federal government, Nawaz must build consensus overall and in particular in Sindh. This will certainly be an extremely sensitive issue. The new government must provide a level playing field in Sindh as the possibility of serious difficulties in maintaining peace in rural areas and especially Karachi loom large on the horizon. The crux of Pakistan’s problems is centred on the economy. “Economy, economy, economy,” Mohsin Khan highlighted. He stressed the fact that a new programme with the IMF will be required and that will be centred on the basic pre-requisites laid out in the previous programme that the former government had turned down. The caretaker economic team that visited Washington was told the IMF was open to discussion but would like to do this with the elected government. The last government failed to build consensus on the VAT, tax reforms and non-development expenditures. In fact the politicians never had the will to do it despite having a brilliant economic team for the last three years. And political parties opposed the reforms vehemently, especially in Karachi and Lahore. Perhaps with the change in government representing the Punjab maybe a chance exists for reversing the situation. For Pakistan’s economy to even begin to show signs of correction, the new government will have to dispassionately review the status and dismiss political expediency in driving the change. Hold our heads high we must. There isn’t a single Pakistani I’ve met here in the last few days who is not celebrating the flow of democracy in our country. In fact, even the significant Americans I’ve met are rejoicing for us. In democracy lies our future and in change there is hope. But there is extreme sadness in the heinous murder of Zahra Shahid Hussain. Those who knew her will know what a wonderful woman she was. May Allah rest her soul in peace, and let us pay tribute by continuing to work for what she stood for: A better and prosperous Pakistan. The writer can be contacted at: email@example.com
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Nili-Ravi buffaloes Livestock sector plays a very important role in Pakistan’s economy. It contributes 11.6 percent in national GDP and 55.1 percent of agriculture share. There are approximately 32.7 million buffaloes in Pakistan which constitute about 15 percent of the world buffalo population. There are five known buffalo breeds in the country named as Nili, Ravi, Nili-Ravi, Kundi and Aza Kheli. Nili-Ravi and Kundi are the two main breeds with 38 percent and 25 percent of the total population, respectively. Traditionally, animals are purchased and sold on the basis of physical appearance and no system of record keeping exists at field level. However, type and conformation are very important where ‘type’ is a term commonly used to describe the physical qualities of an animal. Linear type traits are considered the basis of all modern type classification systems for describing the dairy animals. Linear classification is based on measurement of individual type trait instead of opinion. Generally, farmers use type classification as a management tool in breeding and selection decisions. Type traits are very important because they are correlated with milk production. One of the objectives of the study was to standardize method for buffaloes to select animals with proper body characteristics suitable for milk production. Nili-Ravi buffalo herds maintained at five Livestock Experiment Stations in Punjab and some private breeders
were utilized in this study. The results are as under: Skin thickness has been found under the genetic control and can be improved through selection and breeding keeping in view its importance and demand in the leather industry. The negative genetic correlation of skin thickness in the neck region with 305 days milk yield advocates the thinking of farmers about the negative correlation of skin thickness with milk yield. It may be used for indirect selection for improved milk yield in Nili-Ravi buffaloes. The following points are suggested for farmers at field level: Record keeping is the basic need for improvement in any business. Farmers should start record keeping of their animals including date of purchase or birth, dam number (Mother), sir number (Father), date of pregnancy, name or number of bull used for pregnancy, date of calving, sex and number of new born calf, milk recording once a month and date of dry. These records will help the farmer to keep or cull that buffalo. Buffaloes with good type and body conformation even somewhat costly at initial stage are better milk producers and produce more milk on life time basis. Nili-Ravi buffaloes of relatively heavy size, more body length and girth, wedge shaped with angular and well sprung ribs, more body weight and with thin skin are better milk producers and should be selected and purchased accordingly. RIAZ HUSSAIN MIRZA UVAS, Lahore
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The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. –Albert Einstein
Tuesday, 21 May, 2013
A loss of faith In what the Indian government says
ELIEVE it or not, the Supreme Court gave the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) an opportunity to be independent in one of the matters before it, asking the agency why it was not independent. Yet the CBI failed to grab the chance with both hands. It had a fool proof case against Law Minister Ashwani Kumar when he amended the report on the coal blocks allotment scandal. The government’s blatant interference KuLDIp NAYAr resulted in a “corrected draft,” exactly the way the law minister wanted the report to be. The Supreme Court said that the CBI had “shaken the system” and it expected the agency to give its independent verdict on the probe. But it did not because the agency realised that it would have meant opposing the government. Apparently, it was the failure of both the CBI and the government. They could have seen to it that the agency would have its own say. Now that it has lost the chance to be viable, the way out for the government is to make the CBI independent. The present bill pending before Parliament falls short of giving the CBI independent character. It looks that both major political parties, the Congress and the BJP, do not want the agency to have teeth. I do not know how far other parties want the agency to be independent. In any case, the CBI has lost the opportunity to become viable. Corruption still gets most attention in Indian politics. The present government at the centre beats all records in scandals. Never before did the CBI have so many eyes riveted on it and what comes out again and again is the inadequacy of its powers. The reason, simply put, is that the CBI realises the extent of independence it can exercise in the present setup. The law minister’s argument that he has not committed any wrong by vetting the report as his ministry has been the authorised legal adviser of the agency sounds hollow. However, every time a scam tumbles out of the government’s cupboard, there is a familiar exercise that follows. The CBI is asked to conduct a probe. But when the agency remains a department of the government and part of the system, doubts about its functioning cannot be brushed aside. Several former directors of the CBI have written articles and books to show how they were given instructions from above to decide a case in a particular way. In the entire scenario, it is difficult to say whether or not Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had been briefed. Because of his clean record in public life, we come to infer that he did not know. It is probable, if not possible, that such a situation did obtain and that Manmohan Singh knew what was happening under his nose. But then you expect some heads to roll when the scams come to light and particularly when you can spot out the officials in the loop. Why has no one been punished till today and why has nothing concrete emerged after practically every investigation? This doesn’t surprise me at all. The party has confronted with several such situations before and had weathered them all without much ado or damage to its existence. Yet what the Ashwani Kumar and, of late, Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, episodes have brought to the fore is that even before one controversy dies down, there is another one waiting to catch the administration on the wrong foot. No government since independence has been as badly battered and shattered as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s has been. But there is a certain pattern to the CBI-law minister controversy. As was to be expected, the Congress first dismissed the accusation and then issued a perfunctory explanation before finally admitting that the law minister did go through the report and suggest some changes to it. But for the three-judge bench, which ordered CBI director Ranjit Sinha to file an affidavit, the actual behind-the-scene activities would not have come to light, although we know the agency always functioned under the influence of the government of the day. Hence, the confession by the CBI director before the Supreme Court that “the investigation agency does not exist in isolation” is no revelation. However, Sinha’s admission has let the cat out of the bag. We knew that institutions like the CBI have been devalued over a period of time. And it is the government which has its last word on a charge-sheet because of political power. Even with the Supreme Court breathing down its neck, there have been several instances where the CBI’s investigations have remained questionable. In fact, political parties have their own views and positions on ways and means to improve the efficiency and accountability of the CBI. But no government has been ever willing to give up its administrative controversy over the agency. Take the case of the BJP, the main opposition party. It did create a ruckus in parliament over the issue, demanding the resignation of Ashwani Kumar. So did the other parties with their leaders baying for his blood. But we have not seen anybody making concrete proposals to insulate the CBI from government interference. In a way, it is good that the apex court is seized of the entire matter and is determined to liberate the agency from the clutches of the government. But it remains to be seen what structure it would recommend to give the CBI full freedom. Unfortunately, the government does not seem to be even sorry for what has happened to revive faith in governance. Some ministers try to explain things “in proper perspective”. Yet what the Manmohan Singh government does not realise is the yawning trust deficit: none of its claims is accepted, none of its explanation is considered credible and none of its action is taken seriously. It is thus the loss of faith which has put a question mark against every segment of the administration.
what now? The PML-N’s golden chance
SYED HAIDEr AzHAr
FTER what seemed like years of campaigning, speculations, namecalling, conspiracy theories and what not, the most anticipated general elections, for my generation at least, finally concluded. If the eventual outcome is to be taken at face value, with the huge mandate given to the winner in mind minus the various allegations of rigging and all that is rotten, it appears that the result has been an extremely joyous one for the significant majority of voters of this country; disappointing for those who thought that their voters would still turn up to support them despite their shortcomings and incompetence; and incomprehensible for the rest, who seemed to ride on a wave of unrealistic expectations and perception only to wake up post-May 11 with a bad case of hangover that often follows such a high. Before proceeding any further, I would take this time to toot my own horn for a bit. When my assessment of the seats in Lahore was printed on the pages of this very newspaper two weeks prior to the polls, I faced a barrage of questions and opinions from disgruntled supporters of one particular party for not considering certain factors which they apparently believed were to act as game-changers; the youth vote; the passion and vigour or ‘Junoon’ of their supporters; their naïve and idealistic belief that their message and rhetoric seeking a poll on principles was stronger and more effective than others and was enough to tilt the tide in their favour; and so on. While addressing their reservations, I mastered my twopronged response; firstly, the entire youth vote was not a guarantee for their particular party and it would split for reasons and factors which are too long to list here; and secondly, for a fair and objective analysis of something as complicated as elections in a city such as ours, you cannot and should not really consider ‘passion’, ‘motivation’ and all that jazz as reasonable indicators because the ground reality was and is significantly different than the one perceived by them. While I got 12 out of a total 13 seats right (I still cannot figure out for the life of me how Samina Ghurki lost) and while am in a position to play my favourite game of ‘I told you so’ and claim a sense of superiority over some extremely
senior and respected analysts who predicted differently, I shouldn’t because I believe any prudent mind who had followed politics in the city from the pre-tsunami days should have reached the same conclusion as I did. But what’s the harm in saying it one last time? I told you so! On a serious note, what went wrong? Why, despite the popular perception created by analysts and media houses suggesting a hung parliament, did we see one party walk away with the ‘tiger’s share’ of the seats? Surely the Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaaf (PTI) and Pakistan Peoples Party-Parliamentarians (PPP-P) were hoping to make more of a dent in Punjab if not in just Lahore than what we eventually saw. And more importantly for these and all other parties, what now? It is the ‘what now’ question that I want to focus on, in turn, aiming to briefly suggest a future course of action and strategy for both the disgruntled party as well as the disappointed party, namely the PTI and the PPP-P respectively. Let’s first address the fall from grace for the one party that has always staked a claim at being the ‘only national party’ in the country, simply because it isn’t anymore. One doesn’t need to know rocket science to figure out where they went wrong. Granted that their campaigns were hampered by threats and other such factors but a mere perusal of newspapers from the last five years should be sufficient for their think-tanks to prepare a mile-long list of faults and errors that they committed while in power. Yes the NFC, amendments to the constitution and the doing away of presidential powers were good initiatives, but the general public, as it showed, weren’t interested in these steps which the common man fails to understand or appreciate, and craves for immediate relief. All the social indicators point towards a job poorly done by the previous government. The level of disappointment amongst the masses can best be analysed by the fact that all the coalition partners of PPP-P suffered due to their affiliation with the last government. Awami National Party (ANP) not only lost their government in KhyberPakhtunkhwa but also had only one seat in the National Assembly to show for their performance and sacrifices. Similarly, the Chaudhrys of Gujrat could not have imagined the damage that was caused to Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-eAzam (PML-Q) candidates by agreeing to a seatadjustment/coalition with PPP-P. MQM would probably have lost more seats too, if their voters didn’t have the remarkable capability of casting four votes per second for their candidates. With their popularity graph at an all-time low, the PPP-P needs a complete overhaul, especially in Punjab. Maybe drop the extra ‘P’; maybe do a bit of spring-cleaning and get rid of all such leaders and members who have been successful in alienating and disenfranchising the party’s core supporters; no change will be big enough. One major hurdle for PPP-P turned out to be lack of a central leader for the rest to rally around. With the president barred from campaigning and Bilawal not ready yet, the party should have had someone
to lead from the front. It is time to start grooming some young and new faces to re-establish the party in Punjab and try to reconcile with the lost voter base of the party. It won’t win them the next elections, but it would be a significant start. As for the ‘ballaybaaz’ of PTI, they need to first of all pat themselves on the back for a job quite well done. From having won only one seat since 1997 to becoming the third largest party in the National Assembly and being in a position to form a government in KPK, they have come a long way. What went wrong for them? Well for starters, it was a case of too many expectations on the part of the supporters. Secondly, the PTI supporters and candidates are guilty of exactly the same things that they accuse others of; arrogance and indifference to the opinions of others. In some constituencies in Punjab, PTI fielded candidates whom the locals could not relate to and who themselves appeared not to know much about the needs of their common constituents. The Tabdeeli Razakars in Lahore, for example, were mostly volunteers from well off areas of the city with absolutely no recognition in the areas they were working and trying to mobilise support. This is where PTI needs to focus because it is in an ideal position to start the groundwork for the next elections. The candidates or local PTI offices need to start socialising and networking in their areas right away; attend funerals, weddings and whatever event possible to establish grass-root level presence in their respective constituencies. And for heaven’s sake, avoid the fiasco that we saw just a couple of months prior to the elections and have the intra-party elections at least a year in advance, if not more, to the general elections. If there is decent governance in KP coupled with poor performance by the newly elected government in the centre, then PTI may get a chance to avenge the first-innings deficit. A few words for our new rulers: Fortunately for PML-N, the bar set by the previous government at the centre is so low that anything they do will be considered as an upgrade on what we saw for the past five years. But I am sure the leadership of PML-N is aware that they can’t afford any slip-ups or they may face the wrath of the voters with a certain Pathan waiting to pounce on their every mistake come elections next time around. The residents of Punjab are hopeful that we won’t have many complaints from the new government especially as far as administration goes but there are still a few concerns. The PML-N’s continued affiliation with extremist sectarian outfits still sticks at the back of minds of all minorities. So we request the new government of Punjab, can we please have someone new as the provincial law/home minister? We really don’t trust the previous one. Oh, and a proper health minister would be much appreciated as well. The writer is an advocate of the high courts, a guidance and career counselor and a public speaking coach. The views expressed here are his own. He can be contacted at email@example.com
The writer is a senior Indian journalist.
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foR KAtRiNA In an exclusive interview to a leading daily, Bollywood's most sought after actress Katrina Kaif has opened her heart out about her mentor Salman Khan and said that Salman's advice is invaluable for her career. On being asked whether Salman's advice has been important to her or not, this is what the actress said. "Yes, it's been invaluable. He's had a very strong basic sense of the working of the film industry, so yes; I think it's been invaluable. But it's quite similar to Anushka Sharma and all other YRF proteges having Adi (Aditya Chopra) advise them. I do feel that I have made some safe choices, but I don't regret it because they were necessary at that time. Right or wrong!" NEWS DESK
The only way some of us exercise our minds is by jumping to conclusions. –Cullen Hightower
swift, bieber win billboard music Awards
OP stars Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift won the big prizes on Sunday at the Billboard Music Awards. Bieber, who was named top male artist, also performed at the show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Contactmusic reported. He also took home Billboard's first Milestone Award, chosen by fans, for musical innovation and ingenuity. The teen heartthrob has had a rough few months, with scathing reports about his bad behaviour on his ongoing world tour. He also took the opportunity to address the controversy. "I'm 19-years-old and I think I'm doing a pretty good job," Justin proclaimed. "And basically from my heart I really just want to say it should really be about the music, it should be about the craft that I'm making. Swift won the top award of the night, artist of the year. She thanked her fans by telling them: "You are the longest and best relationship I've ever had." Pop diva Madonna was named top touring artist for her "MDNA Tour," 2012's highest-grossing concert series. Gotye and Rihanna followed with four awards each. JuStIN BIEBER BOOED At 2013 BILLBOARD MuSIC AwARDS When Justin Bieber walked up to the podium Sunday night to accept the fan-voted Milestone Award at the Billboard Music Awards, one thing he probably didn't expect was a room full of boos from the crowd. The boos, though, were mixed with cheers at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Looking surprised by the audience's reaction, Bieber hesitated to speak at first, unsure how to react to the crowd. After all, he walked up to the stage to accept a fan-voted honour. He stood at the mic for a while looking befuddled before launching into his acceptance speech. The Canadian singer during the acceptance speech said, "This is not a gimmick. I'm an artist and I should be taken seriously and all this other
bull should not be spoken of. I wanna thank my manager, Scooter Braun. I wanna thank my family at home. I wanna thank my mother, my father, I wanna thank Jesus Christ. Mom, I love you so much. Dad, I love you. Little brother and sister, I love you so much. Thank you guys so much. Fans, you're incredible." Bieber topped several other stars for the award, including Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift. He also took home
the top male artist honor on Sunday night. Earlier in the evening, Bieber sang "Take You" and also took the stage with will.i.am for a performance of "#thatPOWER." Following the awards ceremony, Bieber tweeted: "I love music, my fans, my family, my friends.. And I love The Lord." Meanwhile, Bieber and Selena Gomez have sparked speculation that they may be back together again after getting cozy in Las Vegas over the weekend.
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mARRiAge ceRemoNy pRivAte: RAKshANDA
Actor Rakshanda Khan is sizzling in ‘Bade Achhe Laggte Hai’ as Esha Singhania and also handling her event management company these days. Looks like with so much work in hand, she hardly has time for love. Your fans are keen to know that when will they be able to dance in your wedding? I am hoping to answer this question soon. I wouldn't want to keep this affair private. I want it to be a mad, huge and nutty affair. It can't be a silent one at all. I feel marriage is a part of destiny and it’s a matter of time when we reach at that peak. When the wedding bells will have to ring, the entire world will know about it," said Rakshanda. NEWS DESK
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school cuRRiculum Former beauty queen, actor and now a singer, Priyanka Chopra has added another feather to her hat. The actress's life has made it to the Environmental Studies textbooks of class 5 in a Delhi school. Trade Analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, "@priyankachopra features in 1st chapter of Environmental Studies book, part of Springdales School's curriculum, affiliated to CBSE." According to Hindustan Times daily, Priyanka Chopra recently visited a school in Delhi and was surprised to find a chapter on her life in the textbook. "Story is adapted from the life of @priyankachopra whose father was in army, which resulted in her spending her childhood in many places," added Adarsh. Since the actress's father was in Army and she kept on constantly changing her base over the years, the chapter is named Roving Families, Shifting Homes. The actress grew up in Bareilly, Lucknow, Mumbai in India and Newton, Massachusetts and Iowa in the USA. The chapter also includes pictures of Priyanka's family as well as the Miss India winning moment in the year 2000. NEWS DESK
obama to host concert honoring Carole King NEWS DESK President Barack Obama is putting on a show at the White House next week for singersongwriter Carole King. She's the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress. The White House says Obama will present the award to King during a concert Wednesday. The program will include performances by King, Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sande, James Taylor and Trisha Yearwood. King's hits during five decades of songwriting include "You've Got a Friend," "So Far Away" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman." Wednesday's concert will be the latest in the "In Performance at the White House" series. It will be streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov, and broadcast nationally by PBS stations on May 28.
Deepika Padukone talks about Ranbir Kapoor. THE CO-STAR: Come on, we all know the actor that he is. What I found really amazing is that I've never seen him prepare or rehearse; you don't see any kind of effort. Usually actors get into their zone, for instance, if it is sad scene they don't want to be disturbed, they listen to music. But Ranbir is the same whether he is doing a happy scene or an emotional one. THE fRIEND: Post break-up, we have probably come closer than we were during our relationship. People don’t understand the level of maturity that both of us have reached. We have immense amount of respect for each other. There has never been any kind of awkwardness. It is actually the people around us who have felt more awkward. The day after we broke up we were friends and were hanging out. And the friendship after romance: You need to have complete closure to be able to be normal with each other, so that your past doesn't keep coming back. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, produced by Dharma Productions and directed by Ayan Mukerji, releases May 31.
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It's easy to fool the eye but it's hard to fool the heart. –Al Pacino
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iNDiA's 'New geNeRAtioN' of filmmAKeRs feteD At cANNes
NASHAMEDLY escapist, with wafer-thin plots and cheesy dialogue, all punctuated by exuberant song and dance routines, Bollywood musicals are beloved by millions despite the critics' reservations. But India's biggest star Amitabh Bachchan, in Cannes this week for a celebration of Indian cinema at the Riviera film fest, admitted he prefers not to use the word "Bollywood". "I just feel that the Indian film industry has its own identity... so I'd rather call it 'the Indian film industry', especially now we celebrate 100 years of the Indian film industry this year," the actor known as the "Big B" said in Cannes. In fact, Bachchan was articulating an increasingly common view among actors and directors -- that there is a lot more to Indian film than Bollywood potboiler musicals. They argue that just as India has changed rapidly over the past 15 years, so too have the sort of films being made and the people making them. Four members of India's new generation of filmmakers on Sunday appeared on the red carpet at Cannes for a gala screening of their film "Bombay Talkies", an anthology to which each contributed one short film. India is the guest country at Cannes this year and the event was timed to
coincide with the nation of one billion's celebration of a century of cinema. "There are a lot of directors who started directing movies in the early 2000s... they kind of took mainstream Bollywood films, big sets, stars and narratives and gave them a very new tilt which reflects the urban India of today," Dibakar Banerjee, one of the four, said. Banerjee, 43, said the transformations brought about by economic growth had "created a new generation of filmmakers and a new generation of actors and stars". They were working in a number of Indian states, not just in Bollywood, the name given to the film industry in the Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital. His own short film tells the story of a theatre actor who has been out of work for years and suddenly lands a part. "There were a lot of filmmakers who were not from the film fraternity, who came from outside -- like me or Anurag Kashyap -- who came in and started making films about non-traditional subjects with non-traditional narratives and structures." In southern states in particular there had been huge changes to the way films were made. "In the south they have led the way in terms of how to make completely new narratives, new kinds of films and smash box office records. Bollywood has started taking narratives from them," he said. Fellow "Bombay Talkie" director Karan
Johar's short film about a gay relationship is an example of the risks some directors are now willing to take with the subject they choose. Johar, 40, is one of India's highestprofile directors and a darling of the masses for films starring some of the biggest names in Bollywood such as Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan. His short film focuses not just on a gay relationship, an enormously taboo subject in India, but also on the theme of denial. Johar had broken "away from his earlier narrative and structures and subjects", Banerjee said. "He has completely discarded his comfort zone and tried to say something absolutely new to the extent that his film has become the most controversial film in India," he said. Karan said it had been important to him to grasp the opportunity offered to explore a difficult subject. "I took it up as a challenge because I knew that if I didn't do it in a concept like this then I wouldn't be justifying my presence," he said. "I just felt it was very critical for me to take on a theme that I felt very passionate about, a story that I felt I needed to tell. "It needed to be done and addressed. Normally everyone is pussyfooting around it... but this one is making no bones about it and it's in your face and out there for everyone to see and
judge or diss depending on how they look at it," he said. The director, also known as the host of a popular TV celebrity chat show, said Indian society was still "not very accepting of homosexuality" and that "levels of homophobia are quite high". The film would probably not "start a movement" but it was "definitely a first" in terms of tackling the subject on film, he said. Kashyap's film, meanwhile, tells the story of a boy sent to Mumbai to get Bachchan to taste the pickle his father sells in his shop. The 40-year-old "Gangs Of Wasseypur" director's kidnap thriller "Ugly", exploring the subject of child abduction, got a warm reception when it was shown at Cannes in the Directors Fortnight last week. The other "Bombay Talkies" film by Zoya Akhtar focuses on a young boy who dreams of becoming a dancer even though his father wants him to be a footballer. Akhtar, 39, said Indian film was changing to accommodate new subjects. But she said there would always be a place for the traditional Bollywood musical even if some features evolved. "Indians like to sing. Indians like music. It's every family on every occasion, at every picnic," she said. "It's how our folk stories were, they all had music in them... it's part of our narrative it's part of our story telling and it's not going to go," she added.
iNto DARKNess' RAKes iN $70.6m oN
us opeNiNg weeKeND 'Star Trek: Into Darkness' fetched 70.6 million dollars in its opening weekend in the US. However, it's not setting any records as it debuts lower than the studio's expectations. The latest voyage of the starship Enterprise fell short of its predecessor, 2009's 'Star Trek,' which opened with 75.2 million dollars, Fox News reported. Since premiering Wednesday in huge-screen IMAX theaters and expanding Thursday to general cinemas, 'Into Darkness' has pulled in 84.1 million dollars, well below distributor Paramount's initial forecast of 100 million dollars. The film added 40 million dollars overseas, pushing its total to 80.5 million dollars since it began rolling out internationally a week earlier. The 'Star Trek' sequel bumped 'Iron Man 3' down to second place after two weekends on top. While 'Iron Man 3' and 'Into Darkness' did well overseas, they were outmatched by the debut of Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby,' which followed its domestic debut a week earlier with a wide rollout internationally. 'Gatsby' pulled in 42.1 million dollars overseas, coming in a bit ahead of both 'Iron Man 3' and 'Into Darkness.' Domestically, 'Gatsby' held up well at No. 3 with 23.4 million dollars, lifting its total to 90.2 million dollars. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com are: (Where available, latest international numbers are also included). 1. Star Trek: Into Darkness, 70.6 million dollars (40 million dollars international). 2. Iron Man 3, 35.2 million dollars (40.2 million dollars international). 3. The Great Gatsby, 23.4 million dollars (42.1 million dollars international) 4. Pain and Gain, 3.1 million dollars. 5. The Croods, 2.75 million dollars. 6. 42, 2.73 million dollars. 7. Oblivion, 2.2 million dollars. 8. Mud, 2.16 million dollars. 9. Peeples, 2.15 million dollars. 10. The Big Wedding, 1.1 million dollars. NEWS DESK
Coen brothers' latest, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ premieres at Cannes NEWS DESK The Coen brothers' resurrection of the preDylan folk scene in Greenwich Village serenaded Cannes with its period music and melancholy tale of a self-destructive, feline-toting musician. "Inside Llewyn Davis" was met rapturously at the Cannes Film Festival, where it premiered Sunday night. Joel and Ethan Coen said their primary interest was to recreate the atmosphere of the late 1950s, very early '60s folk revival amid the coffee shops of downtown New York. "The movie doesn't really have a plot," Joel Coen told reporters at the festival. "That actually concerned us at a certain point. It's why we threw the cat in." The film stars the relatively unknown Oscar Isaac as a talented but adrift singersongwriter trying to attract attention after the suicide of his singing partner as he bounces from couch to couch. In tow is a cat -- a kind of symbol for Llewyn's tenuous decency -- that he reluctantly shepherds after it escapes from a friend's apartment. Isaac's performance as the caus-
tic, frustrated Isaac drew immediate raves at Cannes and predictions of an Oscar nomination. CBS Films will release "Inside Llewyn Davis" this fall in the heart of awards season. "It's really the music where you see his soul come out," Isaac said. Isaac and the cast (Carey Mulligan as a furious, expletive-spewing friend; Justin Timberlake as a cheesy pop folkie) performed their songs live with music supervisor T-Bone Burnett, who memorably collaborated with the Coens on the Grammy-winning hit soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Set in 1961 on the cusp of Bob Dylan's arrival ("the elephant in the room," Ethan Coen said), "Inside Llewyn Davis" is loosely based on the unfinished memoir by folk singer Dave Van Ronk, "The Mayor of MacDougal Street." (He released a 1963 album titled "Inside Dave Van Ronk.") Timberlake's bearded character was based on the Irish folk singer Paul Clayton. In perhaps the film's most remarkable scene, he, along with Isaac and a cowboy hat-wearing Adam Driver (the "Girls" actor), record the absurd, bouncy "Please, Mr. Kennedy." The main line of
the chorus is: "Please, Mr Kennedy, don't shoot me into outer space." The song drew hearty applause at the media screening Saturday evening. "I enjoy looking ridiculous in everyday life, so that was not hard for me to do in a movie," Timberlake said. He added: "It felt warm and fuzzy to me to be in this movie and singing." While that performance is an uproari-
ous parody, the songs performed in the film by Llewyn are intimate and powerful. "Inside Llewyn Davis" is ultimately a story of talents who don't get the big break, and the razor thin line separating failure and fame. "What was interesting to us was the lesser known scene, which was the scene that Dylan came into, as opposed to what Dylan -- who is such a
transformative character both in terms of music and culture, in general -- how he changed that scene," Joel Coen said. "The music is something that we have a genuine and deep fondness and respect for." He then added: "That's not to say there aren't funny things about folk music. There are plenty of funny things about folk music." (Certainly, Aran sweaters make a cameo.) Reviews of the film so far have been positive, with Variety noting: "The Coens have again taken a real time and place and freely made it their own." According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Closer to some of the Coens' smaller films such as Barton Fink and A?Serious Man than to breakouts including 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' and 'No Country for Old Men,' the French-financed CBS Films pickup nonetheless is a singular work by the protean filmmaking team." The Coens have been frequent visitors to Cannes, where they won the prestigious Palme d'Or in 1991 from a jury presided over by Roman Polanski. They're in the hunt again this year, with Steven Spielberg serving as jury president. "Inside Llewyn Davis" arrives in theaters on Dec 6.
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bRAZil's Ambitious plAN: eRect 10K-mile viRtuAl feNce
Brazil's border is pretty mammoth (here's a visual reminder), and a growing economy has made illegal activities (chief among them illegal immigration) an equally growing concern. But the country has a plan: a 10,000-mile fence ... except that this one is virtual. For reference, America's southern border is only about 20% as long. The SistemaIntegrado de Monitoramento de Fronteiras (aka Sisfron) will take a decade and some $13 billion to erect, and as NPR explains, it'll be a mix of satellites, drones, electromagnetic signaling, and an element that sounds fairly corporeal to us: an increased army presence. The country's border touches that of 10 other countries. The portion touching Bolivia (a major cocaine producer) and Paraguay (which attracts black market items) will be tackled first, and Brazil is currently amassing supplies, reports UPI. But some people are sour on the plan, and with a potentially valid reason: Only about 20% of Brazil's border is, in NPR's word, "accessible," due to the country's rivers, marshland, and Amazon forest. NEWS DESK
beN fRANKliN tRieD to chANge ouR AlphAbet If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he'd probably be a dynamite texter. As Smithsonian explains, Franklin once designed a phonetic alphabet for the nation because he thought the one in place was too unwieldy. Alas, it never caught on. Some highlights of his "A Reformed Mode of Spelling," first developed in 1768: • Ditch the letters C, J, Q, W, X, and Y because Franklin found them to be redundant or just plain confusing. Who needs a "C," for example, when the letters K and S can handle its hard and soft sounds. • Each letter should have only one sound, including vowels. To make long vowel sounds, double them up. • Franklin added six of his own letters to cover the sounds for a soft O, "ng," "sh," and "th" (actually two for that one); and one to replace the "un" and "um" combinations. • Franklin used his alphabet to write a letter to a friend. The sign-off "I am, my dear friend, yours affectionately" is "yi am, myidiirfrind, iursafekhynetli." (OK, that might seem unwieldy, too, but Franklin swore his system was more logical and would be adapted quickly once people got the hang of it.) Franklin's idea intrigued dictionary maker Noah Webster, but never went much further. Another historical figure who dabbled unsuccessfully in changing the language? Isaac Newton. NEWS DESK
These interests of the workers, as the exploited and oppressed, class of society, are the same in all countries. –Clara Zetkin
lhc creates tiny drops of big bang 'blood spatter'
HE Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has recreated the world’s tiniest droplets of a primordial state of matter that last existed moments after the Big Bang, some 13.82 billion years ago. This surprise result was achieved by firing proton “bullets” into lead ions, creating a subatomic blood spatter-like effect. Using LHC data, physicists of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., analyzed the results of colliding protons with lead ions inside the particle accelerator’s detectors. Until recently, the LHC had only carried out proton-proton or lead-lead collisions at high energy, so colliding lead ions with protons is a whole new ballgame. Lead ions are 208-times more massive than single protons, so carry more energy. Therefore, lead-lead collisions are, by their nature, very energetic. The LHC has been carrying out lead-lead collisions since 2010, revealing fascinating insights into the conditions of the Universe immediately after the Big Bang. In an effort to access even more exotic states of matter, test runs of proton-lead collisions have been successful, but only now has this unexpected discovery been made. In the process of sifting through the huge quantities of proton-lead collision data, the Vanderbilt researchers noticed that tiny droplets of a primordial state of matter were being created. And “tiny” is the operative word. The droplets measure only three to five protons wide — approximately 1/100,000th of the size of a hydrogen atom or 1/100,000,000th the width of a virus, the researchers say. “With this discovery, we seem to be seeing the very origin of collective behavior,” said Julia Velkovska, professor of physics at Vanderbilt who investigates heavy ion collisions in the LHC’s CMS detector. “Regardless of the material that we are using, collisions have to be violent
enough to produce about 50 sub-atomic particles before we begin to see collective, flow-like behavior.” Moments after the Big Bang, all matter was a high-energy, high-temperature soup. All matter and forces were mixed together as an indistinguishable mess. As the Universe rapidly cooled and expanded, the matter began to separate from the fundamental forces of nature. Of huge interest to particle physicists is a state of matter called a quark-gluon plasma. By colliding ions at increasingly high energies, the conditions of the Big Bang can be replicated on very tiny time scales, giving us a glimpse at a state of matter that hasn’t existed naturally for 13.82 billion years. It was theorized that quark-gluon plasma — a state of matter where quarks
and the strong force-carrying gluons have yet to condense into separate families of particles — would likely act like a gas. So, in the early 2000′s, physicists were surprised to find that quark-gluon plasma actually had a collective behavior. This discovery of tiny plasma blobs after proton-lead collisions supports the finding that primordial plasmas behave like liquids. Interestingly, the researchers had no clue that proton-lead collisions would be powerful enough to create a quark-gluon plasma — such collisions, theoretically, shouldn’t generate enough energy.“The proton-lead collisions are something like shooting a bullet through an apple while lead-lead collisions are more like smashing two apples together: A lot more energy is released in the latter,” said Velkovska.
Submarine power plant generates under pressure NEWS DESK You don’t need to travel 6.8 miles down into the Mariana Trench, like James Cameron did, to know that the deeper you dive under water, the more the water pressure increases. Heck, you probably found that out the first time you dove into the deep end of a swimming pool. Now a group of Norwegian scientists from the SINTEF organization want to put that pressure to good use by building a power plant on the ocean floor. “Imagine opening a hatch in a submarine under water. The water will flow into the
submarine with enormous force. It is precisely this energy potential we want to utilize,” Rainer Schramm, inventor and founder of the company Subhydro AS, explained in a press release. Schramm is working in conjunction with SINTEF to bring the concept to reality. The proposal calls for turbines to be connected to large tanks at a depth of approximately 1,300 to 2,600 feet. When valves on the turbine are opened, water rushes in and turns the turbine. The mechanical energy creates electricity. When the water tanks are full, the turbines are run in reverse and function as a pump, send-
ing the used water back up to the top, a method called pumped storage. “A pumped storage power plant is a hydroelectric plant which can be ‘charged’ up again by pumping the water back to the upper reservoir once it has passed through a turbine,” Schramm said. “This type of power plant is used as a ‘battery,’ when connected to the power grid.” Although this process sucks energy from the grid, Schramm says the degree of efficiency is just as high as that of conventional power plants. “We envisage that this type of storage plant will function well in conjunction with, for example, wind farms,” he added. “At strong wind conditions, excess electricity is sent subsea to pump water out of the storage tanks. In periods with little wind, energy can be obtained from this underwater plant instead. The same applies to solar generation: the pumped storage power station can contribute to constant electricity production at night time when there is no sunshine to run a solar power plant.” A submarine power plant of average size is expected to produce roughly 300 megawatts over a period of seven to eight hours and be enough energy to supply over 200,000 British households with electricity.
The data that Velkovska’s team analyzed came from a calibration run in September 2012, but they found, by accident, that five percent of the more violent proton-lead collisions in that run exhibited this collective behavior. The only way to explain this behavior was that tiny droplets of quark-gluon plasma had formed around the “hole” made by the speeding protons (bullets) blasting through the more massive lead particles (apples). The quark-gluon liquid droplets formed by proton-lead collisions were 1/10th the size of those produced by leadlead collisions, making them the smallest drops of quark-gluon debris to be measured from any particle collision event. The Vanderbilt team’s research has been published in the journal Physics Letters B.
Aussie scientist hunts secret of ancient coins
Ancient coins, a map with an "X," a secret cave: It sounds like something out of a kid's book. Instead, it's an Australian professor's archaeological quest. During World War II, a soldier stationed on the Wessel Islands off northern Australia found several mysterious coins in the sand. Years later, a museum pegged their age at about 1,000 years old, the Age reports. That's when the former soldier marked the location of his discovery on a map with an "X." Now, Aussie anthropologist Ian McIntosh wants to know more. The coins are from between 900 and 1300 AD and apparently come from an African island off Tanzania; they're among the first ever made in sub-Saharan Africa, McIntosh says, and they suggest foreign explorers could have arrived in Australia far earlier than previously believed. During a Wessel Islands trip in July, McIntosh will investigate the coins—and he'll search for a nearby cave mentioned in Aboriginal legends, supposedly filled with coins and weapons. NEWS DESK
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AKASH Chopra, the former India batsman, has said any player found guilty of spotfixing should have his records expunged completely, an idea that is believed to have been raised at Sunday’s BCCI working committee meeting in Chennai where it received a favourable response. Chopra added such punishment should have been meted out in 2000. “It will probably be done now. Thats what I’ve been reading that if players are found guilty their records will be erased completely, as if they’ve never played cricket,” Chopra said. When asked if dismissing a player’s records on the basis of their actions in one tournament is justified, Chopra said, “What we get to know is what has been probed and proved. So if somebody has cheated once, I would err on the other side and say he has been a cheat all his life. And if he is not a cheat, I need to set a precedent because even if it was for one time, he has cheated the country, the fans and the game.” “When you see players who’ve been found guilty and handed life bans or fiveyear bans coming back to mainstream cricket as television pundits or coaches or politicians, it seems like legitimacy lasts only for a few years and that’s wrong. India is very forgiving about corruption but hopefully with stronger punishment people will be deterred from participating in such acts.”
When I was starting out, my dad always took me to the Lancashire trials, never criticised, and knew the way to McDonald’s, rain or shine. – James Anderson
expuNge fRom RecoRDs if fouND guilty: chopRA
The IPL runs a programme that focuses on educating the players to deter them from corruption, but Chopra said the same facilities should be made available at all levels of domestic cricket. “Not too long ago I was playing for a Ranji trophy side and a promising young crickter came up to me and said he was offered one crore as a minimum guarantee by an agent. That didn’t sound right. I told him you’re not playing for India, you haven’t played a single game in the IPL and somebody’s offering you one crore? I dont buy it. Dont talk to that person again. Its not the right kind of money that you deserve. “He didn’t speak to him, but there are young players being approached every day. They are not used to the glamour, the money or the fame and there are characters who are always there waiting for the opportune time to pounce on their prey, so its a difficult world out there. And you’re also interacting with people on social media and these are just names, no faces. Even the names might not be correct so that educational programme has to be there throughout the year and not just for the IPL” Chopra also advocated measures to educate the players of what awaits them if they indulged in fixing a cricket match. “If the person agrees, talk about sharing cells with hardcore criminals, making do with unclean lavatories, starving oneself so that you won’t have to use those lavatories - this is something the players need to know because that is what awaits them if they are found guilty.”
InDIa Mulls new spot-fIxIng law NEW DELHI AGENCIES India is mulling a law to deal with the issue of spot-fixing in sport following last week’s arrest of cricketers and bookmakers, government officials said on Monday. Former India test bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and two other players were arrested along with 11 bookmakers on Thursday on suspicion of spot-fixing in the country’s ongoing Twenty20 league. The cricket board immediately suspended the trio, who have been accused of taking money to concede a certain number of runs in a particular over. Law Minister Kapil Sibal has consulted sports minister Jitendra Singh and the new bill will likely be introduced in the next session of the Indian parliament. “We have been looking at different ways to control and regulate that part of illegal betting,” sports secretary P.K. Deb told Reuters by telephone. “We have been studying how they deal with it in the UK and Australia and the information we have gathered will be shared with the Law Ministry. We are still some distance away from it (the law).” Legal sports betting in India is confined to horse racing while illegal betting syndicates thrive in the absence of a law dealing specifically with such corruption in sport. Media estimates put the amount gambled on India’s top cricket Twenty20 competition at $427 million in 2009.
“We need to have a separate law,” Law Minister Sibal told reporters on Sunday. “I don’t think the Indian Penal Code has matchfixing and spot-fixing as an offence and I don’t think the ‘offence of cheating’ is something that adequately deals with issues of spotfixing and matchfixing,” the law minister told reporters. “I have requested my ministry to work on such a law ... Once the broad parameters of the law are made out, I’ll hand it over to the sports ministry to take it to the cabinet and hopefully introduce it in the coming session of the parliament.” Spot-fixing is manipulation of individual incidents within a match which may not affect the outcome of the contest, most famously exposed in a London trial and jailing of three Pakistan cricketers in 2011. Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and team mates Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were jailed in Britain for their role in a spot-fixing scandal relating to a test match against England at Lord’s in August 2010. The International Cricket Council subsequently banned the three players for a minimum of five years. SAWANI COMMITTEE TO PURSUE MATCH-fIxING, DISREPUTE CHARGES: The BCCI inquiry committee appointed on Sunday to probe the alleged spot-fixing scandal involving three Rajasthan Royals players will press charges pertaining to match-fixing and bringing disrepute to the game under the BCCI’s code of conduct. The former head the ICC’s Anti-Cor-
ruption and Security Unit (ACSU), Ravi Sawani, who is chief of the BCCI’s anti-corruption unit, was appointed solely to lead the inquiry panel. Sawani’s investigation will be completely independent of the ongoing probe by the Delhi Police. ESPNcricinfo understands that Sawani cannot investigate the three players - Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ashok Chandila - until they are released from police custody and any further judicial proceedings they might be charged under. Currently the trio, along with a former Rajasthan fast bowler Amit Singh, who was named as an intermediary, and a host of bookies are being held under a five-day police custody in Delhi. It is also understood that Sawani is expected arrive at a decision - especially on the charge of bringing the game into disrepute - much quicker than the investigation being currently carried out by the Delhi police, which is likely to involve a lengthy process before any verdict is reached, though no time frame has been set yet for the commission. “We have our own procedures and the BCCI’s standards of evidence are not as stringent as the courts. We can be much quicker,” a BCCI official said. All charges will be investigated under the BCCI and IPL’s code of conduct. However, one big constraint Sawani could face is the evidence required to prove the charge of match-fixing. “The issue would be whether Delhi police will share the information on players they have with us or not.
england ponder top-order McCullum backs batsmen problems ahead of Ashes after ‘hour of madness’
England secured the convincing victory over New Zealand they demanded in the first test at Lord’s but question marks remain over the make-up of their team for the Ashes series against Australia starting in July. The fast bowling of James Anderson and Stuart Broad was largely responsible for the 170-run win over the New Zealanders who more than held their own for three days of the match against a team ranked six places above them. England openers Alastair Cook and Nick Compton failed to score above 32 in their two innings and with the reliable but limited Jonathan Trott at number three, there is a growing feeling the top order may struggle to lay a solid platform and score quickly enough to put opponents under pressure. One solution might be to promote Joe Root to open, the 22-year-old enhancing his burgeoning reputation with scores of 40 and 71 against New Zealand made with a blend of careful defence and ruthless attacking strokes. Opening with Root would also free up a place in the middle order for Kevin Pietersen if the powerful
right-hander recovers from injury in time to face Australia. Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott believes Compton, despite his two test centuries in the recent series in New Zealand, is struggling. “Nick Compton is under pressure for his place because of the ways he got out at Lord’s,” Boycott wrote in the Daily Telegraph on Monday. “His strength is patience, concentration, good defence and the ability to bat for long periods and give England the platform for the stroke players later on.” Compton made 16 in the first innings at Lord’s but, frustrated by the accuracy of the New Zealand bowling, he charged down the wicket to spinner Bruce Martin and sliced a catch into the covers. “It was not smart, did not look good and cost him his wicket,” Boycott said. “We were all thinking what the hell did he do that for?” In the second innings Compton was comprehensively bowled by left-armer Neil Wagner. “He was late on an 80 mph delivery with a gap between bat and pad you could drive a bus through,” Boycott said. “Nick bats with such intensity, expending so much mental energy and there is a rigidity and stiffness to his batting.” NO DANGER: Cook, as the captain and with more than 7,000 test runs to his name and 24 centuries, is in no danger of being dropped but Boycott thinks he has a weakness against left-arm fast bowlers. He was dismissed by Trent Boult in both innings at Lord’s, caught by the wicketkeeper and third slip. “Cook has a problem with left-arm over-the-wicket seamers,” Boycott said. “He does not judge the line of what to play and what to leave very well.” Australia have Mitchell Starc in their squad, a quicker bowler than Boult and one of the best left-arm fast bowlers in the world. “Good footwork is nearly always the key to good batting so he needs to make a bigger stride forward,” Boycott said. “As captain, if the Aussies find a chink in his batting and start getting him out cheaply he will lose confidence. So he needs to sort it out.”
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum insisted he still had faith in his batsmen after an “hour of madness” cost the team dear in a thumping first test defeat at Lord’s. England went 1-0 up in the two-match series, with more than a day to spare, after dismissing New Zealand for just 68 to secure victory by the huge margin of 170 runs. Stuart Broad, who took a test-best 7-44, did the bulk of the damage on Sunday as New Zealand’s pursuit of a victory target of 239 ended inside 23 overs. An otherwise even contest changed in the hour before lunch on Sunday as New Zealand slumped to 29 for six. It was the third time in 2013 that New Zealand been six down for fewer than 40 runs. In the first test against South Africa at Cape Town in January they were six down for 28 before being dismissed for 45. In the next test, in Port Elizabeth, they were 39 for six before being bowled out for 121. “For so long in this game we were up with the play and at times we were dictating terms,” McCullum, himself lbw to Broad for eight, said on Sunday. “Within an hour the game turned on its head.
“Our confidence started to subside and the difference between the two teams came down to that one hour of madness.” He added: “We’ve had many of these experiences before and I think we’ve put distance between the last time we felt this sort of pain. “We’ve taken some significant steps forward in the last little while but today was undoubtedly a step backwards. “You’ve got to give credit where credit’s due and Stuart Broad’s spell of bowling was high class. He swung the ball beautifully, he was able to get the odd ball to hold its line up the slope and his lengths were impeccable.” To make matters worse for New Zealand both wicketkeeper BJ Watling (knee) and spinner Bruce Martin suffered injuries that made the duo doubtful for the second test at Headingley starting on Friday. McCullum took over the gloves at Lord’s, having given up keeping in tests because of back and knee problems. Should McCullum, rather than reserve gloveman Tom Latham keep at Leeds, New Zealand could field Martin Guptill as an extra batsman. Meanwhile experienced spinner and fit again former captain Daniel Vettori is due in England this week as a member of the Black Caps’ one-day squad. “There’s plenty of different options we have to look at,” McCullum said. “It’s important to note that batters have done a very good job for us in the most recent test matches. “I totally believe in this group of players and just because of one poor batting performance it’s not panic stations,” added McCullum, whose side held England to a 0-0 draw in a three-test series in New Zealand concluded in March. Sunday’s collapse was particularly hard on Tim Southee, whose match haul of 10 for 108 saw him become only the second New Zealander, after fellow seamer Dion Nash in 1994, to take 10 wickets in a Lord’s test. Southee insisted he did not feel let down by his teammates. “No one goes out there to do that deliberately,” he said. “I’m sure we’ll learn from that and the beauty of the game is in a few days time we’ve got a chance to do it all again against the same team.”
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No, I don’t think so. This has been an ongoing question. We have to keep our ambitions high, hold on to our best players. – Andre Villas-Boas
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pAKistAN will DefeAt iNDiA: AjmAl LAHORE
AKISTAN’S master spinner Saeed Ajmal claimed that his team is capable of beating India in the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy. Talking to private news channel, Saeed Ajmal said that although both sides were very strong, but the Pakistani team would handles the pressure. He said that Pakistan has the psychological advantage having defeated India in its own backyard in the one-day series and he was confident that Pakistan team would defeat them in Birmingham. Ajmal was of the view that Pakistan’s preparations for the Champions Trophy were going in a great spirit and team will fight hard for sure. Ajmal praised the innovative idea by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for holding training camp in Abbottabad adding that the camp was very enjoyable and very well organized. “The wickets in Abbottabad were very conducive to seam bowling and batsmen got a feel of what they could expect in England during the Champions Trophy. Undoubtedly, it would be beneficial for them as the wickets were prepared to replicate English conditions,” he added. To a
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Australia opening batsman David Warner will face a disciplinary hearing this week into an alleged code of conduct breach after a Twitter rant directed at two of the country’s leading cricket writers. Cricket Australia said Monday the hearing would take place on Wednesday via teleconference from India, where Warner is playing in the Indian Premier League. “Warner is alleged to have breached Rule 6: Unbecoming Behaviour, regarding comments posted on his Twitter account,” CA said in a statement. CA began investigating Saturday after a fiery exchange on Warner’s Twitter account, @davidwarner31, against News Limited’s Robert Craddock, who had written an article critical of the Indian Premier League. The explosive opener plays for the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, which was rocked last week by accusations of spot fixing against three Rajasthan Royals players, including Indian Test paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth. After posting a tweet with expletives aimed at Craddock, urging him to “get a real job”, the cricketer then took issue with Craddock’s colleague Malcolm Conn in abusive tweets sparking a back-and-forth exchange. Rule 6 states that “players and officials must not at any time engage in behaviour unbecoming to a representative player or official that could (a) bring them or the game of cricket into disrepute or (b) be harmful to the interests of cricket”. Conn said he had no hard feelings and hoped the disciplinary hearing would do no more than remind Warner of his public responsibilities to use more appropriate language. “He texted me on Saturday night to say he did not mean to be personal and that he was annoyed a photo of him was used to illustrate a background story on the sleazy nightlife of the IPL by colleague Robert Craddock,” Conn wrote in Monday’s Daily Telegraph.
question, he said that the rule changes by ICC have made life even tougher for spinners in one-day cricket. Fast bowlers have been given the luxury of being allowed to bowl two bouncers in an over in one-day cricket, but the rule changes have definitely made life tougher for spinners. Commenting about Misbah’s captaincy Ajmal said that Misbah was an excellent captain and not a defensive captain. He knows how to handle the talent and youngsters in the team and how to make them perform. To a question, magician spinner said that he does not see any new innovations in future in bowling saying that conventional off break, the Doosra, the Teesra, the straighter one and the quicker one are the core of the spin bowling and he can not think of any other varieties and off break bowler can add in future. Ajmal articulated that top eight teams in the world will be competing in the tournament and competition will be tough. Being confident about Pakistan’s victory in forthcoming Champions Trophy, he said that Pakistan has six matches ahead of its first game so that gives plenty of time to get the team balance right and establish a settled starting eleven.
Pakistan chance hinges on its batting: Zaheer LAHORE StAff rEport
Legendary batsman Zaheer Abbas feels that Pakistan’s chances of winning the Champions Trophy, to be held in England and Wales next month, will solely depend on their batting performance. Abbas, who played for the English County team Gloucestershire for 13 years, scoring over 1000 runs almost every year and cracking his highest Test score of 274 against England at Edgbaston, said: “Pakistan’s drawback is in their batting department and for long our batsmen have not been doing well. If our batting clicks, then we have a chance.” Gulf News further quoted him as saying: “To be successful in England, one should bat with a lot of determination. If you know the ball is going to seam and swing, you have to play late. It’s the key to be successful on English wickets.” To a query as to who among the present Pakistan batsmen have got the ability to adapt to English conditions, Abbas candidly said: “Frankly, I cannot name anyone in the present team who has got that ability. Mohammad Yousuf, during his playing days, applied the same method that I employed to play in England.” Elaborating further on Pakistan’s
batting and their drawbacks, Abbas said: “The biggest problem of our batsmen is that they do not know how to stay for long at the wicket. They need to bat according to the situation and if the batsmen do not know how to defuse the pressure from the opposition, then you are bound to be a failure. There is no need to hit sixes and boundaries to break the opponents. The best way to shatter the opponents’ rhythm is by taking quick singles like Australians do and then use the loose balls for sixes and fours.” Abbas, who won the sobriquet ‘Bradman of Asia’ for his phenomenal scoring, said: “One should learn never to surrender his
saﬀers shine in IPL league phase SPORTS DESK David Miller was the star South African performer during the league phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) but his efforts were not enough to prevent the Kings XI Punjab from missing out on a place in the playoffs. The league phase of this year’s IPL ended on Sunday with the Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and the unfancied Sunrisers Hyderabad ending in the top four positions and a place in the playoffs. Miller’s Punjab ended in sixth place, four points off a playoff place, but it was not for a lack of effort from the 23-yearold Miller who scored 418 runs in 12 matches at an average of 59.71 and a strike-rate of 164.56. The highlight of Miller’s competition was undoubtedly his 101 not out against Bangalore but in the last week of the league phase he gave yet another exhibition of his powerful hitting as he smashed 44 not out off a mere 24 balls as Punjab beat the Delhi Daredevils. Miller was, arguably, the South African who most enhanced his reputation on the international stage after his exploits at this year’s IPL. AB de Villiers was another South African batsman to impose himself on the IPL with the Proteas’ one-day international captain scoring 360 runs at an average of 36 and a strike-rate of 164.38. However, De Villiers’s efforts were not enough to help Bangalore into the playoffs with the Royal Challengers ending fifth on the table. Dale Steyn was the top South African performer with the ball as the paceman nabbed 18 wickets for Hyderabad at an average of 20.15 while conceding just 5.65 runs to the over. proved his worth for his team as he captured 2-24 against the Kolkata Knight Riders as the Sunrisers won the last league match of the season to secure
their place in the playoffs. Jacques Kallis may be 37 years old but he proved that he is still an all-round force as he scored 311 runs and took 16 wickets for Kolkata although his efforts were not enough to prevent the Knight Riders from crashing out of the competition. All-rounder Chris Morris enjoyed a fine debut season with the ball for Chennai and he justified the $625 000 that Chennai paid for him in the player auction. Morris ended with 13 wickets for Chennai and established himself as a key component of a powerful Chennai outfit which ended at the top of the table after the league phase of the competition. Morris and Albie Morkel with Chennai and Steyn, with Hyderabad, are the only South Africans, playing on a regular basis with their franchises, left in the tournament. Chennai play Mumbai on Tuesday, May 21 for the right to advance straight to the final before Rajasthan and the Sunrisers meet in an elimination match on Wednesday. The winner of that game will play
against the loser of the Chennai-Mumbai clash for the right to play in the final in Kolkata on May 26. AMAzING tO BE IN tOP FOuR: DHAwAN: In a must-win situation Sunrisers Hyderabad registered yet another win at their home ground, this time against defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders, and became the fourth team to qualify for the playoffs in their first season under new ownership. Shikhar Dhawan, the opening batsman, told the IPL site that it was “amazing to see our name in the top four”, after not many had given the team a chance. Kris Srikkanth, Sunrisers’ mentor, was also overjoyed with the result and compared the team’s successful leaguestage run to that of the Indian team during the 1983 World Cup. “My memories went down to the 1983 World Cup,” Srikkanth told the site. “Nobody gave us a chance in the World Cup that year, but we qualified and won at the end of the day. The feeling today is quite similar as no one gave the Sunrisers a chance in the tournament, and today we have qualified for the playoffs.”
wicket and keep taking singles. When you settle down, you will be able to see the ball bigger like a football. Placing the ball is a great art and if you can place your shots through gaps where fielders are not there you are bound to score runs.” Abbas felt the hosts were the favourites to win the Champions Trophy. “England has a great chance and so has South Africa. Indians are also doing well and Pakistan’s chances will depend on their batting.” Abbas also appealed to the cricketers to focus on game than money. “If their focus is on money and not cricket, then they are bound to fail.
lhc allows pcb’s committees to work LAHORE StAff rEport
The Lahore High Court Monday allowed the regional adhoc committees appointed by Pakistan Cricket Board to work till the election of regional cricket associations of Lahore, Sialkot and Faisalabad are held. The court also recalled its stay order against ad hoc regional committees. Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan passed the order while disposing of three petitions filed by Muhammad Anwar, President Regional Cricket Association, Faisalabad and others against appointment of adhoc committees. As the proceedings started, PCB’s counsel Tuffazal Rizvi arguing the matter submitted that the term of office bearers of regional cricket associations of Lahore, Faisalabad and Sialkot has expired but despite it they were still occupying the offices. He said that the PCB received many complains from the regions that the office bearers would not allow elections to be held. He said that PCB wanted to hold elections as per the constitution and it appointed adhoc committees for the purpose. He further pointed out that elections of Lahore and Sialkot region was scheduled to be held in last week of June whereas elections of Faisalabad region would be held after decision of a pending stay against it. The court after hearing the arguments allowed adhoc committees to work while disposing of the petitions. The petitioners’ through their petitions submitted that the regional committees’ term expired on September 12, 2011 but the elections were not conducted. However, Chairman PCB through a notification dated May 9, 2013 appointed adhoc committees, he added. The counsel contended that the step taken by the chairman was illegal as he did not have authority for it.
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It is very important for the club to be in the Champions League, the team played well and gave themselves for the team – Laurent Koscielny
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LoCAL news puNjAb uNiveRsity wiN iNteR-vARsity ARcheRy title LAHORE: Punjab University won the Pakistan Inter-varsity Archery title collecting 328 points here on Monday at University of Lahore sports hall. In an competition participated by only three teams, the winners demonstrated finer points of the archery which is hardly hardly popular among the educational institutions ,specially at university level. University of Lahore finished at runners up place with 158 points as Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan took the third place with 151 points. Punjab university’sNosheen was declared the best player with 119 points. StAff rEport PHF OFFICIALS MEEt tODAY: The Pakistan Hockey Federation has called the meeting of the national hocket team management to discuss a number of issues welded up after the general elections, it has been learnt. The meeting has been called to convene here at the National Hockey Stadium on Tuesday (May 21) at 1 pm and will be chaired by Qasim Zia, President PHF. The meeting will be attended by Muhammad Asif Bajwa (Secretary General PHF), Akhtar Rasool Chaudhry (Olympian and chief coach), Abdul Hanif Khan (Olympian and coach) and Tahir Zaman (PHF Consultant). StAff rEport
QuARtERS MAtCH POStPONED: The quarter-final of the 28th Muhammad Yaseen Akhtar Memorial Cricket Tournament between Model Town Greens and Ghulam Qader Memorial Club, has been postponed due to clubs scrutinizes under PCB authority. National Gymkhana has marched into the semi-final while Model Town Greens, Gulam Qadir Memorial Club, Cantonment Gymkhana, Rising Stars and Jallo Gymkhana have reached into the quarter-final stage. The last pre-quarter final will be played between shinning club and Ali Gharh Club on may 24.at Ali Garh Ground. The prominent 64 club have participated in this event. StAff rEport M SIDDIQ EvENt IN FuLL SwING: The 10th M. Siddiq Memorial cricket Event is in full swing in which U-Silim Club reached the final while National Gymkhana has moved into semi-final. The last quarter final will be played between Model Town Club and Shining Club on May 27 at Model Town Ground. The 24 clubs have participated in this event. StAff rEport SERvIS, ALI GARH, MOGHALPuRA wHItES IN LEAGuE StAGE: The Three prominent clubs i.e Servis club, Ali Garh Club and Moghalpura whites have qualified for league stage in 16th Tauseef Trophy Cricket Champion Ship For League Stage last fourth Club Wahdat Eaglets will face the winner of Model Town Club and U-Slim Club. The league Matches will be played between 4 Clubs. Every club will play 3 matches. The match between U-Slim Club and Model Town Club will be played on May 25 at Model Town Nawab Ground. The 16 Club have participated in this event in round matches. StAff rEport YOuNG MODEL tOwN GREENS wIN : Young Model Town Greens Cricket Club defeated Anwar Sports Cricket Club 7 Runs Score: Young Model Town Greens 249 for 2 wickets. Shahid Khan 50, Falk Butt 37, Ahmad Bloch 23, Hamza Ali 4 wickets, Hafiz Mohsin 3 wickets, Muhammad Yousaf 2 and Zaeem Abbas 1. Anwar Sports Club 242 runs for all out. Shoaib Khan 30 runs, Umair Haneef 30 runs, Imtiaz Nawaz 20 runs. Mafed Ahmad 23/3, Masood Sultan 21/2, Aqeel Waris 22/2, Junaid Ahmad 21/1, Umair Anwar 20/2. StAff rEport
RAfA NADAl wiN eAsily iN Rome SPORTS DESK
AFA Nadal made short work of his great rival Roger Federer to win the Italian Open, his sixth trophy of the year, 6-1 6-3 on Sunday. The crowd sitting in the sunshine at Rome’s Foro Italico watched Nadal race to victory in 69 minutes on the red clay. The Spaniard, back in his best form after last year’s long injury layoff, spent less time on court than Serena Williams who won her fourth consecutive tour title when she thrashed former world number one Victoria Azarenka 6-1 6-3 to take the women’s title earlier on Sunday. Nadal, seeded fifth, dominated the first set, winning 20 of 25 points at one stage, as the Swiss second seed produced a string of unforced errors. Federer raised his game in the second set, breaking a nine-game losing streak to go 1-3, but Nadal was in no mood to slow down. Despite being broken as he served for the match at 51, Nadal went on to complete his 36th win in 38 matches this year. “It’s a very important day, a very happy day for me after a difficult year last year,” Nadal, speaking in Italian, told the crowd after the trophy presentation. “It is really emotional for me to win a tournament with such a long history as
Rome. See you next year.” Nadal, 11 times a grand-slam winner, was sidelined for seven months with a knee problem and said he was delighted to be back in form. “I am just enjoying the moment and valuing it more than ever because I know where we were just a few months ago,” he said. “Being here a few months later with all I have achieved is really more than a dream.” American Williams, who has not lost a match since Azarenka defeated her in the Doha final in February, completely overpowered the Belarussian in the women’s final. The top-seeded Williams, 31, hit nine aces and 41 winners in the two sets, taking 93 minutes for victory. Her win, 11 years after she won her only previous Rome title, follows successes in Miami, Charleston and Madrid and will give her confidence for the French Open which starts next weekend. “It wasn’t easy, nothing is ever easy,” Williams said. “Last year I was feeling excellent on clay but didn’t do that great at Roland Garros; this year I’m cautious and I want to work hard and stay focused and win every point I play, and not slack at all.” Williams admitted that she would, however, allow herself one deviation from her usually strict training diet - an Italian ice cream. “This is what I was waiting for,” she said. “I’ll have pistachio - it’s the only one I get.”
Nadal in disbelief over swift success SPORTS DESK
Rafael Nadal never believed he would get back to top level tennis so quickly after a seven-month long injury lay-off. On Sunday, it took Nadal little more than an hour to thrash arch-rival Roger Federer 6-1 6-3 to win Internazionali d’Italia title in Rome. It was Nadal’s eighth final in a row since making his comeback from a troublesome knee injury in February and his third straight title. The dominance over Federer left tennis fans in no doubt that the ‘King of Clay’ was back to his best - and just in time for the defence of his French Open crown. But Nadal, hasn’t forgotten the severity of the situation he was in just months ago. “If anybody had predicted this I would have thought they were mad after being out for so long without competing and after two pretty tough weeks to begin with in Chile and Brazil,” he told Spanish TV station ‘TVE’. “To be here now only a few months later, winning everything I have, is like a dream come true because I know how I was just a few months ago.”
beRANKis upsets istomiN iN Nice Ricardas Berankis reached the second round of the Nice Open by beating eighth-seeded Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday. The Lithuanian broke Istomin five times in the opening match of the tournament. He will face Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France, who advanced when Colombia’s Alejandro Falla retired with a left calf injury while trailing 7-5. SportS DESK
Anderson reaches career-high ranking JOHANNESBuRG: Kevin Anderson climbed to a career-best rating in the latest ATP men’s world tennis rankings released on Monday. Anderson rose two places to 25th, improving his previous best ranking of 26th. The South Africa men’s number one reached the third round of the Rome Masters last week, where he was eliminated by world number six Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic. AGENCIES
Rosol eliminated in first round in germany Daniel Brands of Germany upset fifthseeded Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Power Horse Cup on Sunday. The clay-court tournament replaced the World Team Cup to become the warmup event for next week’s French Open, the second Grand Slam event of the season. Ivan Dodig of Croatia defeated Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia 7-5, 6-4 to set up a second-round match against Tommy Haas. Jan Hajek of the Czech Republic defeated Evgeny Donskoy of Russia 6-2, 6-2. SportS DESK
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“I don’t think there are many about like that, I’ve got to be honest, what he’s got at this football club is unique. – Brendan Rodgers
Rvp lauds fergie, eyes more trophies
Tuesday, 21 May, 2013
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ANCHESTER United striker Robin van Persie lavished praise on the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson after a manic 5-5 draw with West Brom on Sunday. United took a commanding 5-2 lead but the Baggies hit back with three late goals to ensure a first ever 5-5 draw in the Premier League and deny Fergie a win in his 1500th and final game in charge at Old Trafford. “I was waiting for some Fergie time at the end,” joked Van Persie. “It didn’t happen but to score 10 goals was good fun for everyone, so I think the fans are pleased.”
Champion cyclist Shaun Ward is in a critical, but stable condition in hospital, after falling on his head during a cycling event, Beeld reported on Monday. He was reportedly participating in the North West Mountain Biking Championship, near Potchefstroom, when he lost control of his bike, fell off, and landed on his head. Two doctors treated him at the scene until paramedics arrived. He was sedated and connected to a ventilator, his friends told the newspaper. “If he had not been wearing his helmet, it could have been fatal,” orthopaedic surgeon Dr Hannes Jonker was quoted as telling Beeld. “I suspect he sustained a brain haemorrhage, but we did what we could,” he said. Ward, 27, of Potchefstroom, won the Burger Cycling Tour and the Panorama Tour in 2012. According to the newspaper, he was initially taken to the Potchefstroom Mediclinic, but was later transferred to the Garden City Clinic, in Johannesburg.
this team,” he said. “Of course, we get a new manager next year and everybody is looking forward to that. It’s a new challenge for everyone. We’ll have a nice break now and then we go again.” And Van Persie will be attempting to follow Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer as a Golden Boot winner in three consecutive seasons. “The Barclays Premier League means everything and the Golden Boot is like a little bit extra but they should make 25 of them because we do it together,” he said. “Today [Sunday] it was a great cross by Antonio Valencia and an easy goal. “We did this together and I’m so happy with how everything went. This is a great team and, hopefully, we can go for even more trophies. “I’m sure we can.”
Lowe reunited with Hamilton at Mercedes AGENCIES
Both sides formed a guard of honour for Ferguson before the game, with the West Brom supporters joining their United counterparts to applaud the Scot after the final whistle. “After 26 and a half years at United and, before that, at Aberdeen, Sir Alex deserved it,” said Van Persie. “He’s unbelievable and what the West Brom fans did was a nice touch. “It’s right to show respect. It doesn’t always happen in football but, today [Sunday] it did and I’m glad.” Now though, United are preparing for the arrival of David Moyes, although Van Persie does not expect any problems. “Everybody wants to work for each other and share the success and I’m 100 per cent sure that we will play for trophies every year and, hopefully, win a few every year. That’s our standard for
Former champion Amar Cables beat Askari Green by 6 wickets in the final of the 15th National Senior Cricket Cup North Zone Regional and won the trophy. Playing at the at LCCA cricket ground, Askari Green batting first 217/8 after 30 overs. Sharifullah batted well and made 70, Maqsood Aslam 56, Abdul Raheem 26, Irfan Bhatti 25 & Mansoob Ilahi 22 runs. Ahmad Shohab 2/34, Rauf Wain 2/42, Tariq Rasheed 2/53, Muhammad Arif 1/19 and Tariq Hussain Raju 1/44 wickets. In reply Amar Cables 218/4 after 28.2 overs. Ahmad Shohab batted well 87, Dastgir Butt 25, Azizur rehman 25, Ameer Akbar 61 runs not out & Shahid Mansoor 17 runs not out. Mansoob Ilahi 2/39, General Absar 1/42 & Muhammad Fayyaz 1/43 wickets. Ahmad Shohab was declared the man of the match. Ahsan Raza, Shozab Raza umpire, Qaisar Waheed reserve umpire, Muhammad Anees match referee, Javeed Ashraf Tournament Coordinator & Abdul Hameed was the scorer. TV Artist Kashif Mehmood was the announcer. Later chief guest Former Test Cricketer Farooq Hameed gave away the winner’s trophy and cash award to Captain Amar Cables Amer Ilyas Butt. Former Captain Pakistan Cricketer Team Intikhab Alam gave away runners-up trophy and cash award to Captain Runner up team. Ahmad Shohab was declared man of the match.
Lewis Hamilton will be reunited with Paddy Lowe sooner than expected after Mercedes announced on Monday that the former McLaren technical head was joining their Formula One team next month. Mercedes said in a statement that the Briton had been appointed executive director (technical) and would start on June 3 - the week of the Canadian Grand Prix - after agreement was reached with McLaren for him to be released from the remaining seven months of his contract. Lowe will work closely with team principal Ross Brawn, the man he could one day replace, who retains overall responsibility for technical and sporting matters. McLaren had already put Lowe on ‘gardening leave’, removing him from sensitive work, with Tim Goss being promoted to the role of technical director. They announced last week that they would switch from Mercedes engines to Honda in 2015. Lowe’s arrival at Mercedes, who signed 2008 world champion Hamilton last year, had been flagged up since January when reports indicated that he was being lined up as Brawn’s replacement. “I am delighted to welcome Paddy to the team and to begin working together. He has an excellent record of success in the sport and would be an asset to any of our rivals in the pit lane,” said Brawn. “It is no secret that every team is
facing a significant balancing act between this year and next. But it is perhaps less obvious that we will also see major changes for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, as development progresses with the new generation of car design and Power Unit,” he added. “To deliver in these circumstances, a successful team needs strength in depth. Paddy’s arrival will further strengthen our organisation and puts us in a strong position for the future.” The rules are changing significantly next year, with a new 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 engine with energy recovery systems replacing the current 2.4 litre V8 units. CONSIDERABLE ADVANTAGE Mercedes already have a long list of former team technical directors working for them, while Toto Wolff is executive director for business and head of Mercedes’ motorsport programme. Brawn, Bob Bell, Geoff Willis and Aldo Costa were all previously technical directors at other teams and Lowe makes it a quintet on a Mercedes payroll that also includes outspoken former champion Niki Lauda as non-executive chairman and shareholder. “The team has already produced probably the fastest car of the 2013 season while the technical challenges of the new regulations for 2014 will give us the opportunity to maximise the synergies available to a works manufacturer,” said Lowe in the team statement. “That is a challenge I am relishing. I have worked closely with Mercedes-Benz for almost 20 years and deeply admire the company’s phenomenal commitment to
Formula One. I look forward to much success together in the years ahead.” Mercedes have been on pole position for the last three races but have had problems managing the tyres and have faded on the Sunday, with Hamilton slipping from second on the grid to 12th at
the last race in Spain. Hamilton and German team mate Nico Rosberg will however be among the favourites at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, where overtaking is tricky and the driver starting on pole has a considerable advantage.
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19 Rs 7.3bn spent in secret funds by depts ‘not so secret’ Tuesday, 21 May, 2013
HE Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) led coalition government spent Rs 7.3 billion in secret funds under the garb of three-dozen departments, several of whom have nothing to do with ‘secret’ business. These organisations not only spent more than their allocated budgets but many of the departments were directly dealing with public like the Federal Board of Revenue, Air Port Security Force, Ministry of Information and Technology and Ministry of Communication. Of the total expenditures, Rs 3.7 billion
were spent by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) while the rest of the amount was spent through 36 different federal ministries and departments. In the last three years, against allocation of Rs 3.141 billion, these 36 ministries and departments ended up spending Rs 3.573 billion till April this year. The figures were disclosed after a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja handed over a report filed by Auditor General of Pakistan to the petitioners in the case of secret funds of Information Ministry. The report contains the details of the secret service expenditures spent by 36 ministries and departments of the federal government in last 33 months commencing
from July 2010 to April 2013. “Every penny of the public exchequer spent even under secret funds will be subjected to audit and be made public as the money belonged to the people of Pakistan,” said Justice Khawaja. According to the report, Rs 376.881million was allocated under secret service expenditure for Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Rs 345.002million was spent in last 33 months. Ministry of Information Technology got allocations of Rs 1.422 billion of which it spent Rs 2.099 billion. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting spent Rs377.896 million against the allocation of Rs 456.476 million. Foreign Affairs Division was allocated Rs 9.996 million but the division spent Rs
9.982 million. Communication Division was allocated Rs 15.300 million of which Rs13.950 million were spent. The Interior Division spent Rs 256.465 million against the allocation of Rs 297.800 million. Narcotics Control Division spent Rs 26.385 against the allocation of Rs 36.850 million. The National Accountability Bureau NAB spent Rs 21.162 million against the allocation of Rs 21.170 million. The Federal Tax Ombudsman spent Rs 7.400 million against the allocation of Rs 8.729 million. The other federal institutions that spent handsome amounts under secret service expenditure are Afghan Refugees, Airports Security Force, Federal Board of Revenue, Civil Armed Forces,
Karachi’s problems have various dimensions: ecp secy
security personnel killed in attack on bajaur polio volunteers PESHAWAR StAff rEport
A security personnel of Khasadar forces was killed and two volunteers were injured when unidentified armed men attacked a polio vaccination team in Kalaan village of Mamoond area of Bajaur Agency on Monday. Officials in Khar, headquarters of Bajaur, said two volunteers and two personnel of Levies Forces were engaged in vaccinating children in Kalaan when the armed persons opened fire at them. One of the soldiers was killed on the spot, while the two volunteers were left injured. The injured were shifted to a hospital where their condition was said to be out of danger. Despite the deadly attack, the administration ordered continuation of the anti-polio vaccination drive in Bajaur. The drive will be completed by Wednesday and 223,570 children below ages of five years will be vaccinated. Officials said 626 teams had been constituted for the purpose. Pakistan Today tried contacting doctors from FATA Health Directorate, UNICEF and WHO for information regarding the attack on polio team, but all of them were reluctant to comment. Polio vaccination teams have been under attack across the country from the last several months. A couple of months ago, polio vaccinators and security personnel were attacked in Karachi, Charsada and Khyber, Mohmand and Kurram agencies.
Karzai acknowledges india’s contribution towards Afghan education NEW DELHI
BANNU: A woman uses a hand-held fan to blow air at her sick son at surgical ward of District Headquarter Hospital during load shedding. oNLINE
On the first day of his three-day visit to India, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has acknowledged the “immense contribution” of India as a friend of Afghanistan in uplifting the standard of education. Just after receiving the ‘Doctors of Letters’ Honoris Causa degree from Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at the third convocation of Lovely Professional University on Monday, Karzai said that India was already giving 2,000 scholarships to Afghan students. “India has done not only that but has gone much beyond that as it has contributed two billion dollars of its tax payers money for betterment of Afghanistan by building up infrastructure there,” Karzai said, who is expected to seek more military aid from India during his three day visit. “Need of education in Afghanistan, particularly higher education, is great. Chancellor of LPU, Ashok Mittal has offered to take as many students as Afghanistan would wish to send here on scholarship,” Afghan President said while expressing his gratitude for the proposal. He said that India was fast rising in industrial and technological sectors and would be having high economic growth. “As you progress in these sectors you must remember the background of your great civilization on this earth,” he said. Even as Karzai opened his speech with Bismillah, he made it a point to greet the gathering with Namaskar and ‘Sat Sri Akal’. As Karzai received his Honoris Cause degree from India’s largest university, which started just a decade back, he said that he was amazed to see its grandeur in size and the pace of its growth.
Customs, Prime Minister’s Inspection Commission, Frontier Regions, Frontier Constabulary, Federally Administrated Tribal Areas FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan, Information Services Board, Chief Commissioner Islamabad and Islamabad Police, Inland Revenue, Kashmir Affairs and GB, Defence Division, Pakistan Railways, Pakistan Post Office Department, PM’s secretariat, Pakistan Coast Guards, Pakistan Rangers, States and Frontier Regions Division and Revenue Division. While deferring the hearing till May 21, the bench also comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan noted that under what laws and rules these funds had not been subjected to audit.
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Secretary Ishtiaq Ahmad Khan said there are various dimensions to Karachi’s troubles that include law and order, political, administrative, and electoral dimensions. Talking to a television channel, he said the political dimension includes differences between political parties. He said the issue will be resolved by political forces and their mutual negotiations. Regarding the administrative dimension, he said the law and order situation is related to the caretaker government, adding that it had not worsened during the last 50 days but had been inherited from the previous governments. As for the electoral issue, Ishtiaq Ahmad said the ECP had informed the federal government and issued directives to provincial governments regarding law and order situation prior to elections. He said a complete security plan was also made. Besides that, he said, all arrangement such as polling stations, polling staff, ballot papers and other polling equipment was made available for general election. Responding to a question on re-polling in 43 polling stations of NA-250 Karachi, the ECP secretary said reports of irregularities were received by the commission and therefore it decided to hold polling again at those polling stations.Replying to a question on some political parties boycotting the re-polling and validity of results, Ishtiaq Ahmad said there is no clause in the constitution that states results will be declared invalid if any person or political party boycotts the election. Regarding MQM’s demand of re-polling in the entire constituency, he quoted the returning officer as saying that irregularities were committed only at 43 polling stations.
India, china vow to end long-running border dispute NEW DELHI AGENCIES
HE Indian and Chinese premiers pledged on Monday to resolve a border dispute that has soured ties for decades, saying good relations between the two Asian giants were key to world peace. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, making his first foreign visit since taking office, said that Beijing was determined to build up trust with New Delhi as he and a team of ministers signed a series of joint agreements with India. His host, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, also stressed he regarded a good bilateral relationship as crucial to the wider region’s development. Li’s visit comes after a flare-up last month in a long-running border dispute between the two countries in a remote Himalayan region. New Delhi accused Chi-
nese troops of intruding nearly 20 kilometres (12 miles) into Indian-claimed territory, triggering a three-week standoff that was resolved when troops from both sides pulled back. The Line of Actual Control between the nuclear-armed neighbours has never been formally demarcated, although they have signed accords to maintain peace since the border region saw a brief Indo-Chinese war in 1962. Singh said there was now a mutual desire to resolve the dispute and that a joint working group would be established to reach a lasting agreement. “We agreed that our special representatives will meet soon to continue discussions seeking an early agreement on a framework for a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable boundary settlement,” Singh said after talks with Li. “Peace and tranquillity on our border has to be preserved,” the Indian leader added
at a joint news conference in New Delhi. Li said the border dispute was a historical hangover and that there was a desire on both sides to overcome it. “We have established the principles for settling the question,” Li said. “Both sides believe we need to improve the border mechanisms that have been put into place and make them more efficient.. and appropriately resolve our differences. “The two sides should continue to advance the negotiations on the boundary question and jointly maintain peace and tranquillity in the border area,” he added. Speaking earlier, Li had said that good relations between India and China would “be a true blessing for Asia and the world”. “World peace... cannot be a reality without strategic trust between India and China,” he added. India’s envoy to China later told reporters that the boundary issue was complicated and both countries would study the
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mechanisms that are currently in place to deal with it. “The two prime ministers agreed that it (the issue) needed a detailed examination and that is what the special representatives have been charged with,” S. Jaishankar told reporters at a briefing on the visit. The comments followed signing ceremonies on a series of issues ranging from agriculture to tourism and trade. There was also an agreement to resolve a dispute over a Chinese plan to build three more hydropower dams across the cross-border Brahmaputra river, known in China as the Yarlung Tsangpo. Singh said he had raised Indian concerns about the Chinese activities “on the upper reaches of our shared rivers”. Li was also scheduled to meet foreign minister Salman Khurshid, ruling Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi and senior figures from the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party before heading Tuesday to India’s financial hub, Mumbai.
Published on May 21, 2013