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Monday, 25 March, 2013 Jamadi ul Awwal 12, 1434
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Khoso handed the country’s reins The Election Commission of Pakistan on Sunday appointed Mir Hazar Khan Khoso the country’s caretaker prime minister, handing him the crucial task of overseeing the first ever democratic transition from one government to another and conducting the muchtalked-about free and fair election.
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Former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf landed in Pakistan on Sunday and was welcomed by a few thousand of his supporters after a four-and-a-half-yearlong self exile. “Where are those who always said I will never come,” the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) founder said upon arrival. STORY ON PAGE 02
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No other nation of the world has been exposed to as many challenges as Pakistan — Raja Pervaiz Ashraf
N MushArrAf returns NEWS
Monday, 25 March, 2013
‘efforts underwAy to iMprove idps rehABiliAtion in fAtA’
per proMise KARACHI
ORMER president and army chief Pervez Musharraf on Sunday ended nearly four years of self-exile by flying to Karachi despite death threats, and said he would face all challenges that lay ahead. Musharraf landed at Jinnah International Airport via a chartered Emirates flight from Dubai. Talking to reporters inside the aircraft, a smiling Musharraf said, “It is a very emotional moment. I’m going back after four years.” “There are security challenges, legal challenges and political challenges but I will face them,” said Musharraf, clad in a white shalwar kameez, as he made his way out of the aircraft. “I am feeling concerned about the unknown... there are a lot of unknown factors of terrorism and extremism, unknown factors of legal issues, of how I will be perform (in the elections),” he said. A TV channel reported that military authorities, through the Defence Ministry, had sent a letter to the Interior Ministry to provide security to the former president. Musharraf’s planned press confer-
PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Governor Engineer Shaukatullah said result-oriented steps are underway to ensure early rehabilitation of internally dislocated persons of FATA. He said he was personally ensuring that not a single affected family be left out from the financial assistance being offered by the government. Addressing delegations of elders, clerics and youth from various areas of Mohmand and Bajaur agencies on Sunday at Governor House, he pointed out that special initiatives were underway to expedite pace for disbursement of the compensation amount in line with aspirations of the people. The governor said maintenance of peace and normalcy was vital not only for making the rehabilitation process result-oriented but also to ensure well-being on a sustained basis. He also urged tribal elders to continue their support to further consolidate the ongoing efforts for strengthening peace and normalcy. APP
ence at the airport was cancelled and would be held later in the week in Islamabad. Security and party officials confirmed that the former president had, after consultations with his All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) executive members inside the terminal, decided to hold a press conference in Punjab on Wednesday. “Security officials advised Musharraf after his arrival that he should not hold a press conference, neither try to address a rally because they wanted to take him from the airport to his destination as soon, and as discreetly as possible due to high security risks,” a party member said. He is expected to stay in Karachi for two days before going to Islamabad. Security at the airport was tight in the wake of threats to Musharraf’s life from the Pakistani Taliban. Hundreds of police and paramilitary officials were present inside and outside the airport to provide security cover to the former president. Sniffer dogs and scanners were used to check all incoming and outgoing vehicles and people at the airport. Hours before his return, authorities in Karachi cancelled permission for a meeting that was to be addressed by Musharraf at a ground near the mausoleum of Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Sindh Police spokesman SSP Imran
Hearts of Pakistanis throb with Kashmiris: Sindh governor KARACHI APP
Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan has said that the hearts of Pakistanis throbbed with the people of Kashmir. He said this while talking to reporters after a meeting with a delegation of Kashmiris headed by Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Chaudhry Abdul Majeed at the Governor House on Sunday. The delegation comprised political and religious leadership of Azad Kashmir and Indian Held Kashmir. The governor said Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had declared the Kashmir the jugular vein of Pakistan. He said Karachi was the economic hub of the country, while Kashmir was the lifeline for Pakistan. The governor said Pakistan always extended diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiri people and would continue to do so. Ebad said long lasting peace in South Asia could not be possible without resolution of Kashmir dispute.
He said prosperity and development in the region lay in the resolution of Kashmir dispute. The governor also condemned the execution of Kashmir liberation movement activist Afzal Guru on false charges in Tihar Jail in India, which has created unrest among the people of Kashmir. He also demanded the human rights organisations raise voice against the human rights violation and aggression against the people of held Kashmir by the Indian forces. He appreciated the joint visit of Kashmiri leadership to Pakistan and said that it would supplement the efforts towards resolution of the Kashmir dispute. Prime Minister AJK Chaudhry Abdul Majeed expressed gratitude to the people of Pakistan for their unconditional support to the people of Kashmir. He appealed the political leadership of Pakistan to jointly raise voice for the liberation of Kashmir. Majeed also appealed the leaders of all religious and political parties in Pakistan to include the Kashmir issue in their party manifesto. Opposition leader in AJK Assembly Raja Muhammad Farooq said that entire political leadership of Pakistan and AJK was united about immediate settlement of the core issue of Kashmir. He said the struggle for attainment of right of self determination by the Kashmiris would continue per resolutions of United Nations.
Shaukat said the no-objection certificate for the public meeting to be addressed by Musharraf had been withdrawn due to “serious security threats” to the former president. The police had officially informed Musharraf’s party, the APML, about the decision, he said. “The APML has agreed to cancel the public meeting,” he added. Addressing the crowd which had gathered to welcome him at the airport, Musharraf said he had come to Pakistan as promised, despite all threats. He said he was not afraid of anyone except the Almighty. He said he was a practicing Muslim, like many others and rejected all judgements over his character. The former president said the Pakistan that he had left four years ago had disappeared, adding that it hurt him to witness poverty, unemployment and lawlessness in the country where the masses were being crushed. He claimed he came back for the masses and will give them the Pakistan he had left behind. He appealed to the people of Karachi to help restore peace to the city of lights. Musharraf said he would hold rallies all over the country and try to garner as much political support as possible for the upcoming elections.
CM Balochistan calls Akhtar Mengal
Caretaker Chief Minister of Balochistan Nawab Ghous Bakhsh Barozai on Sunday telephoned Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal, the central president of Balochistan National Party-Mengal and discussed over all political situation of the province. The CM Balochistan told Mengal that all political parties would have to come forward to improve political, social and economic situation of Balochistan. “I am contacting my political and tribal friends to take them on board and to get their consultation for improving the law and order and to ensure holding of general elections in pleasant and peaceful environment,” the CM said. He said that he would make efforts to ensure the vote casting process in a peaceful environment and that all political parties of Balochistan contest general elections 2013. Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal congratulated Nawab Barozai on becoming the caretaker chief minister and expressed his well wishes for him.
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The matter was decided patiently and prudently as the caretaker prime minister had to assist the ECP for holding free and fair elections — Fakhruddin G Ebrahim
Monday, 25 March, 2013
Khoso handed the country’s reins PPP noMinee gets Majority vote in ecP ISLAMABAD
H E Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Sunday appointed Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, a retired judge, as caretaker prime minister of
Pakistan. Khoso belongs to Jaffarabad district of Balochistan and would take oath of his office today (Monday) at 1300 hours from President Asif Ali Zardari. The former judge enjoys good reputation for his honesty as there are no corruption charges against him, though opposition parties consider him loyal to the Pakistan People’s Party and criticised him for taking oath under the PCO during the tenure of former president General Zaiul Haq. “We reviewed profiles of all names forwarded by parliamentary committee in detail and finally picked Justice (r) Khoso for the slot of caretaker prime minister,” Chief
Zardari, ashraf welcoMe noMination Election Commission Fakhruddin G Ebrahim told reporters while announcing the caretaker PM’s name. Khoso’s name was proposed by the Pakistan People’s Party. The CEC said five-member commission appointed Mir Hazar Khan Khoso as prime minister with majority of votes, as only member from Punjab Justice (r) Riaz Kiyani opposed the same, as he was in favour of opposition nominee Justice (r) Nasir Aslam Zahid. Khoso, 84, graduated from University of Sindh in 1954 and passed LLB in 1956 from Karachi University. Later in 1977, he was appointed additional judge of the Balochistan High Court and was then given a permanent seat in 1987. He served as Balochistan High Court chief justice for two years from December 1989 to September 1991. He also served as the chief judge of Federal Shariat Court. Khoso undertook his last political assignment back in 1991, when he served as
Khoso says no question of delaying Polls the acting governor of Balochistan for three months. On Sunday, the second day of deliberations of the Election Commission, the commission gave verdict in favour of Justice (r) Khoso. The commission reviewed profiles of all four nominees- two each from the former PPP government and the opposition. The government had proposed the names of former State Bank governor Dr Ishrat Hussain and Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, while the opposition suggested the names of Justice (r) Nasir Aslam Zahid and Sindhi nationalist leader Rasul Bakhsh Palejo for the slot of caretaker prime minister. The matter of appointment of caretaker prime minister was referred to the ECP on Friday night after the prime minister and leader of the opposition as well as the parliamentary committee failed to achieve consensus. Before his appointment as the country’s chief executive, Khoso was serving as the
chairman of Balochistan Zakat Council. THE PPP connEcTion: Critics allege that Khoso always remained aligned with the PPP. Citing Khoso’s last job, they said he was given a lucrative job of the PPP government in 2009 when the PPP gave him the chairmanship of a commission formed to reinstate all employees who had been appointed by various PPP governments period 1993 to 1996, but were later sacked by successive government of the PML-N. It is said that hundreds of people were reinstated without proper scrutiny or merit. MAidEn MEdiA bRiEfing: In the briefing after his nomination as prime minister, prime minister-elect Khoso said there was no question of delaying the polls. To a question on the possible situation in which election had to be postponed, he said: “Let me make it clear that elections will be held on time, so the question of delaying elections makes no sense,” he said. Khoso said his top priority was to hold free, fair and transparent elections. He said he would extend his full support to the ECP. To a query, he said his cabinet would comprise 10 to 12 ministers. He said, “Holding election, law and order and economic condition are the major challenges before me.” To another question regarding the dete-
riorating law and order in the country, he said maintaining law and order was a provincial subject, but he would provide full support to provinces in this regard. Khoso added that he would soon hold a meeting with provincial chief executives. Surprising many, the newly-appointed prime minister said that he did not the know names of provincial governors, except that of Balochistan Governor Nawabazada Zulfiqar Magsi. The name of the caretaker prime minister was decided in the second ECP sitting on Sunday, as the previous deliberations on Saturday had ended indecisively owing to the absence of Sindh member Justice (r) Muhammad Roshan. President Asif Ali Zardri welcomed the nomination of Justice (r) Khoso as the caretaker prime minister. He said the nomination of Khoso was a culmination of a part of the constitutional process to ensure free and fair elections and would be welcomed by all across the political divide. Former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf telephoned Khoso after the ECP decision to congratulate the PM-elect. Ashraf extended best wishes and expressed confidence that the country would benefit from Khoso’s knowledge, capabilities and experience.
180 Mps fail to get degrees verified from heC, face disqualification ISLAMABAD INP
Despite clear directions from the Supreme Court (SC) and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), a total of 180 members of national and provincial assemblies, including six incumbent senators have not as yet verified their educational degrees from the Higher Education Commission (HEC). HEC sources said on Sunday that 55 MPs have so far been disqualified following court orders for having fake degrees on the basis of HEC reports while cases of 17 members are pending in various courts. Sources said ECP and HEC are in touch and those who have not gotten their degrees verified, would not be able to contest in the upcoming elections. They said the ECP had sent reminders to 249 MPs on 7th February, 2013 asking them to get their degrees verified within 15 days. In response to the letter, about seventy members sent their degrees to HEC which were found to be genuine. The ECP in its letter had made clear that if degrees were not verified within the due date, they would be considered as fake and appropriate action would be taken.
Kayani arrives in Jordan on official visit RAWALPINDI ONLINE
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Kayani on Sunday reached Jordan on an official visit. According to the ISPR statement, during his two-day stay in Jordan, the COAS will call on various Jordanian officials, particularly the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) Lieutenant General Mashal Mohammad Al Zaben, to exchange views on bilateral relations as well as other matters of mutual interest. Upon arrival, the COAS was received by a delegation of senior Jordanian military officials including the deputy CJCSC, chief of air staff and director general military operations.
Politicians show mixed reaction over caretaker PM, Musharraf’s return ISLAMABAD ANWER ABBAS
Politicians on Sunday showed a mixed reaction over the induction of caretaker Prime Minister Justice (r) Mir Hazar Khoso and homecoming of former president Pervez Musharraf. Pakistan People’s Party leader Nasir Ali Shah said that there was no chance that situation could improve with the nomination of the caretaker PM. He added that the interim premier was only assigned to hold free and fair polls. He said it appeared impossible to hold free and fair polls in the current situation. “New premier has appeared with a task of holding free and fair polls, not to introduce any strong policy for the country, it would be a big achievement if he could hold transparent polls,” Shah said. He was of the view that as far as free and fair elections were concerned they were not possible because the election campaign was based on influx of money. When millions of rupees were involved in every constituency then how free and fair polls were possible, Shah questioned. On the homecoming of Pervez Musharraf, he said that legally and consti-
PPP leader says Baloch are angry, PMl-n leader says Musharraf should Be ashaMed tutionally the former President Musharraf had a right to return back to the country, however, the Baloch were angry over his return because of his alleged involvement in the murder of Nawab Akbar Bugti. PML-N Senator Pervaiz Rasheed said that his party had mentioned that they respected all four nominees prior to the appointment of the caretaker PM. Over the return of the former president, the PML-N leader said that who asked him (Musharraf) to go into self exile; neither then government nor the opposition asked him to leave the country. No one sent Musharraf back from the airport, Rasheed said, adding that the former president should be ashamed of himself because the PML-N leaders were sent back from the airport. To a question, Rasheed said Musharraf suspended the constitution and the move was not given
any indemnity by parliament so the former military ruler should be presented before a court. “It is the duty of the state to punish former military dictator for his crimes against the nation, the state and the democracy,” He concluded. PML-N spokesman Siddiqul Faroooq said under the constitution it was the ECP’s right to appoint the caretaker premier. “We hope that all political parties will cooperate with the Election Commission of Pakistan to keep the system functional.” He welcomed the return of Pervez Musharraf in capacity of being a common Pakistani citizen, however, insisted that the cases against Musharraf should be heard and he should be questioned that how and on what grounds he imposed the Provisional Constitution Ordinance (PCO). Jamat-e-Islami leader Farid Paracha raised objections over the appointment of caretaker PM Mir Hazar Khoso, saying that he was above 80 and how could he actively perform his duties? He also said even the CEC was also overage and could not actively ensure the free and fair polls. Even there was a big question mark on the political affiliation of the caretaker
PM, he said, “We respect the decision by the ECP. However, the decision cannot be termed as beautiful.” “It was the duty of politicians to not to include those names who were doubtful and were not being cited as transparent ones,” the JI leader added. On the homecoming of Pervez Musharraf, he said that his return was like challenging the whole system and nation. He added that the parties, including the MQM, which claimed to be champions of democratic norms were supporting the former military dictator. Separately, Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain congratulated Mir Hazar Khan Khoso on becoming the caretaker PM, according to a private TV channel on Sunday. In a statement, Altaf hoped that Khoso would use his experience in holding free, fair, and impartial elections. The MQM chief also drew Khoso’s attention towards the changing of constituencies by the ECP. “This move, which MQM deems as not only illegal but also unconstitutional, is making the voters nervous”, said the MQM leader. He also hoped that Khoso would take action against what the MQM believed was an injustice to the residents of Karachi.
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It's good to catch up, it's good to see you again. – US Secretary of State John Kerry
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wajid to remain hC in uK until elections T LONDON
HE foreign office has decided to continue with services of Pakistan High Commissioner (HC) in UK Wajid Shamsul Hasan till installation of a new democratic government after elections. The decision to allow Hasan to stay for the time being was taken in view of the immensely positive feedback from the Pakistani Diaspora in Britain on his performance, source told Pakistan Today. Hasan, an experienced journalist, was appointed as HC by the PPP government in 2008 and has almost completed five years as Pakistan’s envoy in Britain. This is the second time Hasan is representing Pakistan in UK. Earlier, he served on the same position in Benazir Bhutto’s government during
1993-96. Hasan is the most popular diplomat among the Pakistani community for his rapport and easy access. Similarly, community leaders said he takes keen interest in resolving their problems irrespective of their political affiliation. During his current tenure, Hasan effectively presented the case of Pakistan and defended various institutes of the country in difficult times, especially after the May 2011 Abbotabad
and Salala incidents when British and foreign media carried anti-Pakistan stories. Hasan was the first Pakistani official to visit the bereaved families of three British-Pakistani youths who were killed in Birmingham in 2011 during the worst riots in Britain’s history. His efforts also defused the situation and averted a clash among various communities in Birmingham. British officials lauded his efforts in preventing racial tensions between Asian and African communities in UK. Sources in London claimed Hasan also played an important role in perusing Malala Yousafzai’s family, not to seek asylum in Britain. Later, Pakistan’s government appointed Malala’s father as Education Attaché at Pakistan’s Consulate in Birmingham so that the family could live with Malala till her complete recovery.
LAHORE: PTI chief Imran khan and JI chief Munawar Hassan address reporters on Sunday. NNI
Democratic process successfully completed: Ishrat Hussain KARACHI ONLINE
Hailing the Election Commission of Pakistan’s decision of selecting Mir Hazar Khan Khoso as the caretaker prime minister, former State Bank of Pakistan governor Ishrat Hus-
sain said it was matter of happiness that the democratic process had been successfully completed. Talking to reporters on Sunday, Hussain hoped that the caretaker PM will hold free, fair and transparent elections in the country. Striding down the allegations of holding dual na-
US, Afghanistan agree on key detention facility transfer: Pentagon
HYDERABAD: Teacher Dost Mohammad works at the blackboard in Latifabad no 5.school hut in the Latifabad region of Indus river. Many of the children, unable to read, attempted to pass the lesson by memorizing the sounds and their order on the blackboard. INP
Russian tycoon Berezovsky found dead: UK Police LONDON AgENcIES
Boris Berezovsky, a self-exiled and outspoken Russian tycoon who had a bitter falling out with Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been found dead in southeast England. He was 67. In recent years, the one-time Kremlin power broker-turned-thorn in Putin’s side fended off attacks on his character and on his fortune sometimes successfully, sometimes not in cases that often bore political undertones. Thames Valley police said Berezovsky’s death was being treated as unexplained. They would not directly identify him, but when asked about him by name they read a statement saying they were investigating the death of a 67-year-old man at a property in Ascot, a town 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of London. A mathematician-
turned-Mercedes dealer, Berezovsky amassed his wealth during Russia’s chaotic privatization of state assets in the early 1990s. In return for backing former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, he gained political clout and opportunities to buy state assets at knockdown prices, making a fortune in oil and automobiles. He also played a key role in the rise of Yeltsin’s successor, Vladimir Putin, but later fell out of favour with the new leader and fled to Britain to seek political asylum in the early 2000s. Berezovsky was one of several so-called Russian “oligarchs” to butt heads with Putin. After coming into power, the Russian president effectively made a pact-the oligarchs could keep their money if they didn’t challenge him politically. Those who refused found themselves in dire circumstances. Some were im-
tionality, Hussain said he had various chances of getting hold of green card but had not accepted one. Hussain was of the view that the nation should be proud of his services at the World Bank (WB) as he had achieved seven promotions on the basis of his abilities.
prisoned like the former Yukos Oil chief Mikhail Khodorkovsky while others, like Berezovsky, fled. Assets of these pariah businessmen, meanwhile, were acquired by state corporations or cooperative tycoons, often at bargain prices. In the UK, Berezovsky allied himself with an array of prominent Kremlin critics. Among them was ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, who fled Russia with Berezovsky’s help after accusing officials there of plotting to assassinate political opponents. Litvinenko died on November 26, 2006, after drinking tea laced with a lethal dose of the rare radioactive isotope polonium-210 in a London hotel. From his deathbed, Litvinenko accused the Kremlin of orchestrating his poisoning, and British police named former KGB agent Andrei Lugovoi as the prime suspect.
eCp orders removal of sBp deputy governor ISLAMABAD AgENcIES
Taking notice of reports regarding political hiring in the State Bank of Pakistan, the Election Commission has issued notice to the Finance Secretary, a private TV channel reported on Sunday. Sources in the electoral body said the ECP had taken notice of reports about the political hiring of the deputy governor of the State Bank of Pakistan and directed the finance secretary, through a letter, to remove the official within two days. The sources said the ECP sought response over the appointment of the deputy governor despite a ban imposed by the electoral body. However, Asad Amin, a spokesman for the Ministry of Finance said that they had not received any letter from the ECP.
The US and Afghanistan governments reached an agreement to transfer a key US-run detention facility to Afghanistan control on Monday, the Pentagon confirmed on Sunday. US Defence Secretary Hagel spoke with Afghan President Hamid Karzai about the agreement "to transfer the detention facility in Parwan to the sovereign control of Afghanistan on Monday", according to a readout provided by Pentagon Press Secretary George Little. Hagel welcomed Karzai's commitment that "the transfer will be carried out in a way that ensures the safety of the Afghan people and coalition
forces by keeping dangerous individuals detained in a secure and humane manner in accordance with Afghan law", the Pentagon said. According to the readout, the agreement followed “an intensified round of discussions” this week between US and Afghan officials. The Afghan government and US forces signed a memo in Kabul on March 8, which "sets in motion the transfer of the Detention Facility in Parwan", the NATOled International Security Assistance Force announced two weeks ago. The detention facility in Parwan, often called the Bagram detention centre, was supposed to be handed over to the Afghan government in January this year but was postponed for some reasons.
death toll in Miranshah attack rises to 22 MONITORING DESK: The death toll from Saturday’s suicide attack on a security check post in the Miranshah area of North Waziristan Agency has reached 22, sources told a private TV channel on Sunday. They also said as many as 35 soldiers have been injured in the attack. A suicide bomber detonated an explosive-laden car near a mosque in Miranshah close to the residential quarters of Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) officials. The FWO is engaged in several development projects in the area. Most of the security personnel killed belonged to the Tochi scouts who were deployed for the security of FWO officials.
one killed, 3 injured in Quetta QUETTA: A man was killed and three others injured in an armed clash between two rival groups in Quetta on Sunday. According to details, two groups from Kasi Road exchanged fire over a petty dispute. During the exchange, one person identified as Naseebullah was killed on the spot while two others including Inayatullah and Mir Wahiz sustained injuries. INP
Spain police involved in two large cocaine raids MADRID AgENcIES
Spanish, Portuguese and British police boarded a ship loaded with nearly two tons of cocaine destined for sale in Europe and arrested nine people, the Interior Ministry said. Specialist agents, including members of Britain’s Serious Organised Crime Agency, conducted a dawn raid on March 15 while the ship was in the Atlantic Ocean, some 700 miles southwest of Portugal’s Cape Verde islands. “It is the largest operation so far in 2013 in our fight against drug trafficking,” said Ignacio Cosido, Spain’s director general of police. Five crew aboard, four Brazilians and one Korean,
were arrested and four alleged organizers, including the suspected Venezuelan mastermind, were rounded up the next day in the northern Portuguese city of Porto. “He is a well-known person,” Cosido said of the main suspect. ”He has a background in drug trafficking and is an important member of that world.” Cocaine bales hidden in a bow locker and a backpack with a large amount in US dollars were seized. The cocaine arrived at the naval dockyard of the Canary Island port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Saturday, Cosido said. The gang included a large group of Venezuela-based cocaine suppliers, the ministry statement said.
Earlier, Spanish authorities said they had also seized 590 kilogrammes (1,300 pounds) of cocaine discovered inside a sailboat moored at a private dock and arrested two Eastern European men aboard. The suspects were identified only as a 60-year-old Bulgarian and a 30-year-old from Serbia, one of whom was armed with a loaded 9mm pistol. The operation began when a suspicious vessel sailing in international waters was found heading toward Spain’s Mediterranean coast. Agents observed the yacht entering the Sotogrande marina in southwestern Spain without lights and tying up at a private jetty.
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A flower show will be organised at the University of Karachi today and various species of rare flowers will be put on display
KARACHI: People chant slogans at Teen Talwar during a protest rally by Karachittes against new constituencies in the city. ONLINE
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govt responsible for security to Musharraf
KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain Sunday said Pervez Musharraf had the constitutional right to return to Pakistan and participate in political activities. In a statement, Altaf said that federal and provincial governments were responsible to provide security to Musharraf. He (Musharraf) was granted protected bail ahead of his return, therefore, there was no question of his arrest, he added. He said MQM had neither ordered nor barred anyone from welcoming former president on his arrival. INP
LTHOUGH, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has clearly ordered all political parties to remove political wall chalking, billboards and party flags displayed throughout the metropolitan, one can still find political banners and messages splattered all around the city, which clearly reflects that neither the political parties nor the local administration are ready to comply with the ECP’s order. The ECP, on 7th March, 2013, had set 11th March as the deadline for removal of political wall chalking and billboards from the city. Moreover, all the provincial election commissioners and chief secretaries were also instructed to ensure compliance of the directives with regard to removal of billboards and wall chalking. “If billboards and wall chalking are not removed the DCO and DPO concerned will be held responsible for failing to carry out their duties,” per the order. Interestingly, the deadline had expired but the Sindh government, as well as the Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC), did not launch any campaign to remove the party flags, wall chalking and billboards that according to analysts reflected on how much the ECP was lacking in real power. Instead, the trends of wall chalking and installing party flags in every street
and road were still in place, while the new banners on display have been upgraded in size, according to a detailed survey conducted by Pakistan Today. However, the KMC sources confided in this scribe that it had received no instructions from the home department or the chief secretary for the removal of party flags. The process of removing wall chalking and party flags could never be carried out successfully unless the political parties did it themselves, they added. Besides, the sources said that the ECP should have taken notice of the ongoing campaigns of various political parties on news channels that also fell under the jurisdiction of the ECP’s order. Meanwhile, nothing was being done to restrict the political parties from spending millions of rupees under the head of promotion, the sources opined. The above mentioned survey revealed that the all the roads and streets o the city were decorated with wide billboards and party flags of different political parties. The major artery of the city namely, Shahra-e-Faisal, were adorned with billboards and flags of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI). Main University Road was claimed by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), while Orangi, Korangi, Pehlwan Goth, Safoora Goth and Sohrab Goth areas were covered by the Awami National Party (ANP). Furthermore, Ibrahim Hyderi, Quaidabad, Defence More,
Karsaz carried the posters of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN).Almost all the political and religious parties have contributed to the mess by fixing their party flags and installing heavy billboards at different locations of the metropolitan. Furthermore, if one was going from Karachi to Kashmore, he could find hundreds of thousands of billboards, wall chalking and party flags of almost all the political parties and the major share belonged to the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). MQM’s central leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan told Pakistan Today that the ECP had fixed expenditure of Rs 1.5 million for MNA election and Rs 1 million for MPA election, however it was difficult that these instructions could be implemented by the commission. “The MQM was not against the delimitation of the constituencies and it is of the view that the process be duplicated in the entire country. In 2001, MQM lost six constituencies after the delimitation process concluded and the party worked hard in those constituencies to secure the same in 2008 general elections,” he added. It was not the first time that removal of wall chalking and billboards was ordered, as the same
Tax dept gets strict orders for improving recovery KARACHI STAFF REPORT
KMC Administrator Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi said on Sunday that the local tax department should improve its recovery and ordered to cancel licenses of defaulters and take disciplinary actions against them. Zaidi said this while directing Local Taxes Senior Director Masood Alam after a
review meeting was held on launching recoveries from the defaulters. The administrator said advertisers should be given a last chance. If they failed to pay their dues, disciplinary actions must be initiated against them. He said KMC resources could be improved through from different departments. He said every citizen should pay dues on time for cleanliness of the city, improvement of infrastructure,
construction of roads, renovation of parks and playgrounds, and development projects, especially those organizations and people who are doing businesses. Zaidi said all concerned departments should improve their performance for recovery of taxes so that development projects could be completed and new projects could be started besides timely payments of employees’ salaries. On this occasion, the local
taxes director presented a report on taxes and arrears which were collected in three years and gave a briefing on it. He informed that recovery campaign was being started immediately and assured to take disciplinary actions against all the defaulters. He said advertisers were directed that in case of any difficulty they could directly contact local taxes senior director and their problems would be resolved right away.
was announced time and again by both the home department and the city administration and even with the imposition of Section 144 of the CrPC. However, no pragmatic effort was made to make the city neat and clean. Most interestingly, when the government offices housed at Civic Centres were visited, it was also revealed that the wall chalking and party flags were also installed in every office. In the past, the coordination committees of the coalition partners had reached a consensus that banners and wall chalking should be removed from government buildings. The decision to this effect was made in a high level meeting chaired by former Sindh CM Qaim Ali that was also attended by the leaders of PPP, coalition partners MQM and ANP. Pakistan Today tried to contact KMC Senior Directive Enterprise and Investment Promotion Farhan Durrani to seek official version regarding removal of the billboards, however, his cell phone remained unanswered.
tAMghA-e-iMtiAz Conferred upon prof MAsood KARACHI APP
Tamgha-i-Imtiaz was conferred upon Prof Rana Qamar Masood in recognition of her contribution for the promotion of medical education and establishment of the first National Institute of Liver Diseases in public sector. Her contribution towards promotion of Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) was also recognised at an investiture ceremony held by Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan at the Governor’s House on the eve of Pakistan Day on March 23. On the occasion, 27 different national awards were conferred upon personalities from various walks of life for their contribution towards the well being of the society.
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KARACHI Monday, 25 March, 2013
here comes the ‘future of pakistan’! KARACHI AAMIR MAJEED
E is bold, always speaks the truth and not greedy,” said supporters of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), who arrived at Jinnah International Airport (JIA) on Sunday to welcome APML president and former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf. Few thousands in numbers but energetic public took to the airport to give warm welcome to 69-yearold ex-president and army chief. An over whelming number of women and children also came to see the APML chief who returned back to home after five years of self imposed exile. Throwing flowers on Musharraf, the participants felicitated each other on arrival of the party chief after a long time. They danced, performed bhangra and chanted slogans in favour of Musharraf. The crowd
started clapping and dancing with the hope that Musharraf would now come out of the lounge to address his well wishers. “Musharraf always speaks the truth which differentiates him from other political leaders,” a six-member group of young boys wearing party shirts told Pakistan Today. “We are here to see the future of Pakistan and we believe Musharraf will save our future,” they added. “Today is an off-day. We left our beds early and came here to see future of Pakistan,” they maintained. “He is not greedy like other politicians,” said a member of the Hazara Bradari delegation from Balochistan. “All the political leaders are running after power but he is the only political leader who has no such greed,” he added. “He (Musharraf) gave the nation much in his nine-year rule and I think no one can give us this much even in 10 years. Our rulers are busy in amassing wealth in their bank accounts and they have nothing to do with public issues.” “I like Musharraf because he is a bold man,” said ex-auditor of Pakistan Army who came at JIA Karachi with his son. “No one in our political circles and
Army too can dare to open war against terrorism but he did,” he added. “Musharraf is a man who can bring peace in the country as he has served as army chief and he has enough knowledge about terrorists who have made Pakistan a failed state,” a woman belonging to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said. “During his rule, the intelligence agencies were doing their assigned work properly but what happened with them (agencies) after Musharraf,” she questioned. “The only solution to terrorists is Musharraf,” she added. Late hour’s announcement of cancellation of APML public gathering at Baghe-Jinnah due to security reasons caused mismanagement at the airport. The APML supporters gathered near Princely Jets Lounge and Musharraf did not come out due to security reasons. A handful number of police and Rangers pushed the public away from the lounge several times but they (public) again thronged the lounge. Musharraf, who arrived at the airport at 12:25pm, could not come out of the lounge even after the lapse of two hours due to rush and security reasons.
fAir, pArtly Cloudy weAther liKely in MetropolitAn KARACHI: Fair/ partly cloudy weather has been forecasted for Monday (today) in the metropolis, said a Met office report on Sunday. According to the report, the minimum and maximum temperatures were expected to remain between 20 to 22 degrees Celsius and 33to 35 degrees Celsius respectively. Mainly dry weather was likely to prevail elsewhere in the region, the weather report said. APP
poliCe Arrest six suspeCts during seArCh operAtion KARACHI: Police launched search operation in Jinnah Colony and Shah Rasool Colony here in the metropolitan and arrested six suspects. According to details, police after receiving a tip-off launched search operation in Jinnah Colony and Shah Rasool Colony in Clifton area. All entry and exit points in the area were sealed before the launch of the search operation. Police arrested six suspects from the area after conducting a house-to-house search. Furthermore, police also seized two motorcycles during the operation. Officials from different police stations of the South Zone participated in the operation. NN I
AJK priMe Minister Arrives HYDERABAD: Central leader of Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen Allama Amin Shaheedi addressing Quran and Ahl-e-Bait Conference. ONLINE
ppp to move court against constituencies’ delimitation orders
HEC to make higher education accessible in remote areas
After Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) opposition to delimitation, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has also announced to move court against new delimitation of the city’s constituencies. It should be mentioned here that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in accordance with the Supreme Court (SC) directives had approved delimitations in eight provincial and three National Assembly constituencies in the metropolis. Talking to media persons here on Sunday, PPP Karachi Division General Secretary Syed Najmi Alam said that orders by the ECP regarding delimitations in the financial hub were unacceptable and his party would move court against it. Earlier, the MQM, while expressing lack of trust in ECP had declared that it would challenge Karachi delimitation orders in the Sindh High Court (SHC).
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has paid special attention towards increasing access to higher education in remote areas of the country. Within the last few years, out of a total of 55 new university campuses, 31 have been established in rural areas throughout Pakistan, an official of HEC said in a statement here on Sunday. In Sindh, 179 development projects amounting to Rs 27.142 billion have been approved so far. Per agreed share of Sindh in National Finance Commission (NFC) Award, Rs 9.7 billion out of a total amount of Rs 43.9 billion, were released within the last five years, the statement pointed out. On the request of the HEC, the federal quota policy had been applied over indigenous and foreign scholarship programmes that would enable and encourage the youth from Sindh province to avail scholarship opportunities exclu-
sively available for them under faculty development programmes. As many as 868 PhD scholarships have been allocated for the faculty members belonging to various higher education institutions of the province. This step would also enable them to equip themselves with the latest knowledge and expertise at leading universities of academically advanced countries. A total of 571 students from Sindh have benefitted from the HEC-USAID Merit and Need Based Scholarship Programme, out of a total of about 1,800 scholarships awarded till date. About 1,447 scholars and faculty members from Sindh presented their research work in leading international conferences abroad. Rs 164 million have been approved in this regard so far, the statement added. It said that the HEC had funded a total number of 183 conferences and seminars so far. Commenting on HEC initiatives for Sindh province, HEC Chairman Dr
Javaid Laghari said that all the federal units have effective representation in 17 members’ governing board of HEC and National Scholarship Management Committeee-the main decision making body. For effective coordination with provincial governments, HEC had established its regional centres at all the provincial capitals, where a large number of HEC activities took place, he added. Laghari said that through the Steering Committee, which comprises of all provincial secretaries of education, HEC was closely working with the provincial governments to evolve a joint strategy for promotion of higher education in the country. He informed that establishment of the country’s first ever Date Palm Research Institute (DPRI)/ Glass House, Herbarium and Botanical Garden at Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur, the USAID funded Centre for Advanced Studies in Water Resources at Mehran University of
KARACHI: Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed arrived at Karachi International Airport here on Sunday. Former prime minister of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan, former president of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Muhammad Anwar Khan and other notables accompanied Abdul Majeed. APP
irfAn MAgsi, sister Join pMl-n TANDO ALLAHYAR: Former Sindh Assembly member Irfan Gul Magsi and his sister former district nazim Rahila Magsi announced to join the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Sunday. Magsi announced to contest election from NA 223 and PS 52. NNI
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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. â€“Plato
Monday, 25 March, 2013
60 Muslim Myanmarese killed in fire at thailand refugee camp
us seCretAry of stAte Kerry MAKes unAnnounCed irAQ visit
BAGHDAD: US Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Sunday and a senior US official said he would urge Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to make sure Iranian flights over Iraq were not carrying arms to Syria. "He will be very direct with Prime Minister Maliki about the importance of stopping the Iranian overflights and the transits across the territory or, at a minimum, inspecting each of the flights," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Kerry will also ask Maliki and the Iraqi cabinet to reconsider a decision to postpone elections in two provinces, Anbar and Nineveh, the official said. A PP
heAd of syriAn opposition CoAlition Al-KhAtiB resigns
MAE HONG SON: Children gather belongings at the Ban Mae Surin refugee camp following a fire that killed at least 60 Myanmar Muslim refugees. The camp housed about 3,300 people. AgENcIES
Head of the exiled Syrian opposition coalition Moaz al-Khatib resigned Sunday, his media adviser and coordinator Mohamed Ali said. "The coalition chief resigned due to the slackness of the international community while the people are being slaughtered in Syria everyday," Ali said. Ali blamed the international community for "reluctant" support of the Syrian opposition in terms of weapons under the pretext that they might reach terrorist hands. The resignation comes a few days before the Arab League summit is to be held in Qatar's Doha on March 26-27, which is expected to focus on the Syrian crisis. Al-Khatib was expected to fly to Doha with a delegation of the Syrian opposition coalition as the legitimate representative of Syria in the summit at the invitation of the Arab League. "Mr Al-Khatib will not travel to Doha and will not attend the summit," his coordinator confirmed.
ORE than 60 Muslim refugees from Myanmar were killed and over 100 others wounded in a fire that engulfed a refugee camp in Thailand, a media report said on Sunday. The fire broke
out near the camp in the border province of Mae Hong Son, Thai state media reported. Police said the camp was housing an estimated 3,800 refugees from the Karen tribe who had fled fighting inside Myanmar. The three-hour blaze spread fast as the refugees' houses were made of bamboo poles and dried banana leaves.
Thai authorities evacuated the refugees to safer areas while the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has provided relief aid, including tents for temporary lodging. Hundreds of Muslims have been killed in Myanmar in recent days while thousands were forced to leave the country as their houses including mosques were burnt by extremist Budh Bakshi.
India hotel jump woman recalls ordeal LONDON ONLINE
A British woman who jumped from a hotel balcony in India fearing a sexual assault said that she shouted for help for more than an hour, British media reported on Sunday. Jessica Davies, 31, of London said she had used furniture to barricade her hotel room door in Agra from two men. "I held my key in the lock and I could feel them turning it from the other side," she told BBC in an interview. The manager and a guard from the Hotel Agra Mahal appeared in court last week facing sexual harassment charges. Davies, a dental hygienist, injured both legs in the jump but said it could
have been a lot worse. She wanted to talk about her experience "because the shame of sexual assault makes many people too scared to speak out". Ms Davies condemned as "disgusting" fellow hotel residents who had not helped. Terrifying though her experience was, it was hardly unique to India. And hundreds of thousands of visitors pass through Agra every year to see its historic Taj Mahal with little incident. But with the safety of women in India still a simmering issue since the brutal assault of a Delhi student before Christmas and the recent gang-rape of a Swiss tourist, Jessica Davies's plight got instant headlines in India and abroad. Her ordeal began when she was
"surprised" by a knock at her door at 3:45am, she said. She denied reports she had asked for a wake-up call, saying she had set her phone alarm for 4:30am to catch a taxi for an early train to Jaipur. Still in her pyjamas, she said, she had opened the door to find the hotel manager asking if she wanted to take a shower and offering a massage. "He was showing me this oil he had," she said. When he refused to go away, she barricaded herself inside. For the next hour and a quarter "I was kicking the door and screaming hoping someone would help", she said. "By hook or by crook this person - or persons - were going to get into my room. I'm 100% certain. And there was only one way out, to jump two floors."
Chinese President wants strong military ties with Russia MOSCOW ONLINE
The new Chinese president met with Russia's military leaders to reinforce the main message of his trip that the two countries must work together more closely if they want to counter rising US influence in Asia, Russian
media reported on Sunday. Xi Jinping said his visit to the Defense Ministry on Saturday was intended to show that China and Russia will strengthen their military and political relations and improve cooperation between their armed forces. Russia's state media stressed that Xi was the first foreign leader ever to be allowed inside the Russian armed forces' Operational Command Center. He began his trip to Russia - his first outside of China since becoming president last week - by holding talks in the Kremlin on Friday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Xi pointedly told Putin that he expected Russia and China to "resolutely back each other's efforts to protect sovereignty, security and developmental interests." Xi repeated the message in a speech to Russian and Chinese students. "Strong high-level Chinese-Russian ties not only meet our interests, but serve as an important, reliable guarantee of international strategic balance and peace,"
Xi said in his speech before a full auditorium at the prestigious Moscow State Institute for International Relations. Chinese students studying at other Moscow universities were among those in the audience. Under the leadership of Xi, who became Communist Party chief in November, China has stepped up its feud with Japan over a set of disputed islands believed to sit atop petroleum reserves. Xi told the students on Saturday that China rejects an arms race and is not making any threats of war. "The development and growth of China brings to other countries not threats but opportunities," he said. "The fulfillment of the Chinese dream will be good for China and for the whole world." The Chinese president spoke of a need for Beijing and Moscow to stand together to "uphold the principles of the U.N. charter," seemingly referring to their steadfast opposition to U.N. sanctions against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.
un envoy visits riot-striCKen MyAnMAr town MEIKTILA: The United Nations envoy to Myanmar on Sunday viewed the devastation wrought by deadly communal riots in the centre of the country and met some of the estimated 9,000 people displaced. Religious violence in the town of Meiktila has claimed at least 32 lives and displaced thousands since starting Wednesday, according to officials, leaving swathes of the town in ruin and prompting an army-enforced state of emergency. Vijay Nambiar, the UN special adviser on Myanmar, visited two makeshift camps for displaced Muslims and a monastery housing Buddhists who also fled the violence, according to a photographer. Ahead of his trip Nambiar on Friday expressed "deep sorrow" at the loss of life and urged religious leaders to call on their communities to "abjure violence, respect the law and promote peace". APP
shooting, explosions shAKe C AfriCAn CApitAl BANGUI: Gunfire and explosions shook the capital of the Central African Republic on Sunday after rebels said they had pushed into the city in their battle to oust President Francois Bozize, foreign media said. The journalist said the explosions and shooting could be heard in the south of Bangui, while a source in the Central African Multinational Force (FOMAC) said the firing had also resumed at around 0645 GMT in the north of the capital. APP
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The ANP will oppose all forms of violation of the country’s sovereignty and integrity — Haji Adeel
NEWS Monday 25 March, 2013
indian home Ministry may ask niA to investigate liyaqat’s arrest NEW DELHI INP
The Indian Home Ministry is actively considering ordering an independent inquiry by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) to verify the claims and counterclaims of Delhi and Jammu Kashmir Police over the “arrest” of alleged Hizbul Mujahideen militant Liyaqat Shah and the subsequent recovery of AK-47 rifles and ammunition from the Walled City in Delhi. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has asked the Centre to order an independent inquiry into the arrest of Liyaqat Shah. Talking to Hindustan Times, Omar said he had asked for a time-bound, speedy probe into the matter. “I spoke to the home minister and asked for a speedy time-bound probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to establish the facts in this matter,” said Omar. Sources said Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who spoke to Omar, had promised to hand over the case to the NIA on Monday. While Delhi Police claimed that Shah was the “mastermind” of a revenge attack for Afzal Guru’s hanging, the Jammu and Kashmir government maintained that he was an inactive “militant” living in Azad Kashmir for the past 15 years and was on his way home to surrender. The chief minister sees the Delhi police move as a setback to his flagship project of facilitating the return of former militants to Kashmir, the sources said. The sources said Shah’s first wife Ameena had applied for his amnesty on February 2, 2011, immediately after the policy was approved.
imran, hasan show reservations over caretaker pM’s selection LAHORE
H E Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) and Jamaat-eIslami (JI) on Sunday expressed reservations over the neutrality of the caretaker Prime Minister Hazar Khan Khoso. They were talking to reporters outside Imran Khan’s residence. JI chief Munawar Hasan, Secretary-General Liaquat Baloch and Dr Wasim Akhtar met PTI Chairman Imran Khan. Imran Khan said they had agreed on a seat-adjustment formula in Punjab dur-
Pti chairMan says Pti and ji have agreed on seat-adjustMent forMula in PunjaB ing the upcoming elections. He said further they had formed a committee in this regard. The final approval of the committee’s recommendations would be forwarded to the leadership. He said they discussed prevailing political situation, forthcoming elections and seat adjustment. He said the PTI stood by its decision not to enter into al-
liance with any party that was part of the outgoing governments in the Centre and in provinces. Imran was of the opinion that fair elections were not possible in the presence of President Zardari as he would try his best to bring the PPP into power again. He blamed that the PPP and PMLN had an understanding and whenever the PPP was in trouble, the PML-N came to its rescue. He said it was a matter of shame for the two parties that they had not reached an understanding for the caretaker chief minister in Punjab. To a question, Imran said he had great regard for CEC Fakhruddin G
fiA again asks siegel to record statement in BB murder case RAWALPINDI AMIR SAEED
pAt to stage peaceful sit-ins on May 11: Qadri LAHORE APP
Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on Sunday said his party would stage peaceful sit-ins in the country on May 11. Addressing a workers convention here, he said the sitins would be aimed at recording protest against the electoral elections and no one would be stopped from casting their vote. Qadri claimed the PAT’s public meeting of December 23, the long march and the Liaqatabad meeting had proved that the party was struggling for rights of the people. Tehreek Minhajul Quran Federal Council President Hussain Muhyuddin Qadir, PAT President Raheeq Ahmad Abbasi, Sheikh Zahid Fayaz, Khurram Nawaz Gandapur, Anwar Akhtar Advocate, and Irshad Tahir were also present.
Ibrahim, but they had reservations over the selection of Hazar Khan Khoso as caretaker PM in view of his past record. He said they accepted the ECP’s decision but would now allow anyone to rig the elections. Hasan said they had reservations over the caretaker prime minister as there were many “zig zags” in his past record. He said meeting with Imran Khan was in continuation of earlier meetings and they had to complete the seat adjustments at a fast pace. The JI chief said Imran had raised the flag to take country out of darkness and the JI too wanted an end to corruption and injustice.
LAHORE: On behalf of the president of Pakistan, Punjab Governor Syed Ahmed Mahmud awards Tamgha-e-Imtiaz to Nawazish Ali Khan Asim, director general (media) of the Ministry of Interior during an Investiture Ceremony at the Governor’s House on Sunday.
Over 6,000 measles cases, 19 deaths reported in Punjab LAHORE APP
Over 6,000 cases of measles were reported in four months in different parts of Punjab, mostly in Lahore, while 19 deaths were also reported during the current surveillance drive, said EPI Punjab Health Services Director Dr Tanveer Ahmed on Sunday. Around 60 to 70 patients of measles are being reported every day in different parts of the province, he added.
He said 19 children had reportedly died so far in Gujranwala, Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Kasur and Lahore. On investigation it was found that in some cases children had been vaccinated but they could not develop immunity, he said. However, the vaccination and surveillance drive has been stepped up for complete control of the threat, he said. It is also a part of the strategy to mop up and vaccinate areas with measles patients, he added. He said intensive vaccination
was also launched in Rahim Yar Khan and adjoning tehsils near the border of Sindh so that the virus is not transmitted into Punjab. Responding to a question, Dr Tanveer said all hospitals in Lahore provide measles vaccination in abundance to treat patients. He appealed to all parents to get children up to the age of five years vaccinated without delay and cooperate with vaccinators so that they could perform their duty in a better way.
After the arrival of former president Pervez Musharraf, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has again requested Mark Seigel, a key witness against Musharraf, to come Pakistan for recording a statement in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case, Pakistan Today has learnt. Sources in prosecution said FIA officials were trying to bring Mark Seigel, an American journalist and friend of Benazir Bhutto to Pakistan for making the case against Musharraf stronger. Mark Seigel held Musharraf responsible for the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. The prosecution of the case decided to record his statement in anti-terrorism court of Rawalpindi, but Siegel refused to come to Pakistan due to the security situation. The FIA has again contacted him via email and requested him to come to Pakistan to record his statement. FIA Special Public Prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali also filed an application before the trial court two months ago in which he requested the court to record Seigel’s statement through video link, but the matter has not yet been decided by the court. On the other hand, Naseer Tanoli, counsel for the accused, said this was not an ordinary case in which any witness could refuse to appear before court. “There is no issue of security in the country and Seigel should come to Pakistan if he wants to share anything regarding the assassination of Benazir Bhutto,” Tanoli said.
ANP announces manifesto for upcoming polls adeel says anP will earMarK More funds for education sector PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
The Awami National Party on Sunday announced party manifesto for upcoming elections. The party has laid a maximum focus on peace, provincial autonomy, increasing budgetary allocation for education, promotion of trade and business activities and strengthening cordial relations with neighbouring countries. ANP Senior Vice President Haji
says Party deterMined to ensure equal rights and oPPortunities to PeoPle Adeel accompanied by former Senator Bashir Khan Matta and former MNA Bushra Gohar unveiled the 25-page manifesto in front of reporters. To bring peace and eradication of terrorism, the ANP rendered sacrifice of its 711 leading and active stalwarts and members, Adeel said. On such grounds, the ANP was determined to continuing struggle for return of peace, he added. Adeel said the ANP believed in dialogue with all militants who recognise the writ of law and renounce violence.
“Even ANP leaders and workers are willing to forgive these militants for this purpose,” Adeel remarked. He, however, made it clear that the ANP would oppose all forms of violation of the country’s sovereignty and integrity and committed to evolving a national consensus to transform the state from a merely security state into a democratically developing welfare state. He said that in the last five years, the ANP in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had uplifted education standards and established new universities, colleges and schools, adding that education sector deserved more attention. In this connection, the ANP gave assurance that it wold increase budget from four to six percent for education. In this connection, he said, maximum attention would be focused on imparting technical
and vocational education. Adeel said the ANP, with active involvement in adopting of 18th, 19th and 20th amendments in the constitution ensured maximum provincial autonomy and administrative reforms. He said in the future they would go the extra mile in this regard. He said efforts would be made to let KP Assembly make legislation for the Provincially Administrative Tribal Areas (PATA) and the National Assembly and Senate for the Federally Administrative Tribal Areas (FATA). Regarding status of FATA, the ANP manifesto says, “It could be reformed and developed in according to wishes and expectations of tribesmen.” However, the ANP believed annexation of FATA with KP is feasible. The ANP would ensure maximum representation to FATA representatives in the
provincial cabinet. Such representation could ensure timely development of FATA and addressing genuine socio-economic needs of tribesmen. Adeel said the ANP believed in exploitation of own resources for development and revival of economic disorder. In this respect, network of taxes could be reformed and extended but ratio of taxes could be reduced. Similarly, the ANP was determined to developing its own hydropower potential for meeting the energy needs. The ANP would oppose discrimination and was determined to ensuring equal rights and opportunities to the people, he said. The ANP would oppose sectarianism and racism and would ensure right of speech and expression to people from all religions and schools of thought, he concluded.
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Musharraf has been granted protective bail ahead of his return, therefore, there is no question of his arrest — MQM chief Altaf Hussain
Monday 25 March, 2013
Kp interim cabinet sworn in PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
A nine-member caretaker cabinet of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday took oath. Governor Engineer Shaukat Ullah has administered oath to the interim ministers. The oath taking ceremony of was attended by interim KP Chief Minister Justice (r) Tariq Pervez, judges of the Peshawar high Court and other officials. The ministers who took oath are: Rauf Khattak, Fayaz Khan Toru, Mussarat Qadeem, Younus Khan Marwat, Ishaq Khattak, Sameen Jan Babar, Omar Farooq Khan, Dr Farrukh and Jehangir Khan. All caretaker ministers are considered nonpolitical but experts in their respective fields. Rauf, Sameen and Younus Khan Marwat are retired bureaucrats. Fayaz had served as inspector general police and home secretary whereas Ishaq, Omar and Farrukh are technocrats. Lone female caretaker minister Mussarat Qadeem is a social worker. She has also served in the Political Science Department of Peshawar University. She is from Charsadda. Jehangir is a lawyer and belongs to Haripur. ISLAMABAD: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (r) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim announces that Mir Hazar Khan Khoso would be caretaker prime minster on Sunday. INP
ppp government’s innovative foreign policies in national interest: Khar ISLAMABAD APP
Former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said the PPP-led coalition government had formed innovative policies to establish good relations with its neighbours, including India, in its five-year term. Talking to a private TV channel, Khar said territorial disputes needed to be resolved for peace and stability of the region. She said all the disputes, including the core issue of Kashmir, needed to be solved amicably. To a question, Khar said work on trade cooperation with India was in progress. “The government has implemented the Iran-Pakistan gas project to fulfill the energy demands of the country,” she added. Khar said the government had strongly condemned drone attacks. To another question, she said PPP’s founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had introduced an independent foreign policy in Pakistan. She said the international community had acknowledged the responsible role of Pakistan due to its effective foreign policy.
govt pursued relief-oriented policies: Ashraf ISLAMABAD
ORMER prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has said his government laid the foundation of a Pakistan that was in line with the vision of the founding fathers and befitting the status of a 180 million strong people and a nuclear power state. In his farewell statement‚ he said he tried to discharge his responsibilities to the best of his abilities as the chief executive of this great country. He said every effort was made to ensure that appointments‚ recruitments‚ postings and transfers of public servants were made on merit and a policy was also formulated and implemented in this regard in Balochistan without any discrimination. Ashraf said, “No other nation of the world has been exposed to as many challenges as Pakistan. Still our people remain determined to move on and are
ready to render every sacrifice to protect their values of pluralism‚ diversity‚ tolerance and inclusiveness.” He said he had pursued policies to provide relief to the people and in a short span, he approved and released record funds for development projects in the country. Ashraf appreciated the contributions and role played by the judiciary‚ the armed forces‚ political forces‚ media and civil society in strengthening democracy in the country‚ which augured well for Pakistan. He at the external level‚ the government spearheaded a broadbased and diversified foreign policy in line with the directions of parliament and aspirations of the people.
Earlier, the former prime minister inspected a guard of honour which was presented to him at the Prime M i n i s t e r ’s House by a contingent of the armed forces. In his remarks at the occasion, the former prime minister said today marked the fulfilment of vision of Benazir Bhutto and her commitment to see Pakistan as a democratic polity. Ashraf said it had only been possible due to the policy of reconciliation pursued by President Asif Ali Zardari to overcome the challenges facing the country and laying the foundation of a welfare and democratic state.
pakistan, iraq to sign defence cooperation agreement BAGHDAD INP
Pakistan and Iraq have agreed in principle to soon sign an agreement to enhance their defence cooperation, and consolidate diplomatic and trade ties in areas of mutual interest. Under the agreement, likely to be signed with the installation of new government in Pakistan, Iraq’s armed forces personnel including those from Air Force and Navy will be given training by the Pakistani side, Shah M Jamal, Pakistan’s ambassador in Baghdad said on Sunday. “It will also include participation in each other’s military exercises and exchange of visits by delegations and war-ships.” The ambassador told the visiting Pakistani media delegation that they had recently offered to train 35 Iraqi pilots in the PAF Academy Risalpur, in batches of 12 officers per year. He said Pakistan and Iraq will also sign four other agreements, which will boost trade and economic ties, adding that a ministerial meeting was also expected to review and strengthen our partnership. Jamal expressed hope that relations between the two countries will be moving fast in all areas of mutual interest, with the restoration of peace in Iraq. The two countries will also sign an agreement for the establishment of Pakistan Consultation mechanism between the ministries of foreign affairs, he said, adding that he was making all possible efforts to strengthen bilateral ties, especially economic and trade interaction at both, private and public levels.
Clashes in Lebanon as PM Mikati’s resignation accepted BEIRUT AgENcIES
Fighting intensified in northern Lebanon on Saturday as outgoing Prime Minister Najib Mikati called for a “salvation” caretaker government to take over, a day after he resigned due to a political standoff with the Hezbollah movement. Local media reported that President Michel Suleiman had accepted Mikati’s resignation, which could plunge Lebanon into further turmoil and uncertainty three months before a planned parliamentary election. The politically volatile country is struggling to cope with a spillover of violence and a wave of refugees from the two-year-old civil war in Syria, the coun-
try’s larger neighbour which has close ties to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah. Mikati’s resignation has sparked fresh clashes in Lebanon’s northern port city of Tripoli, where residents said fighting intensified on Saturday evening to include heavy weaponry such as mortar bombs. Lebanese forces trying to clamp down on the unrest began returning fire in the districts where fighting had broken out, residents said, but were unable to halt the violence. Tripoli is home to a Sunni Muslim majority largely supportive of Syria’s Sunni-led uprising, and they have sporadically clashed with a small enclave of pro-Hezbollah minority Alawites – the same sect to which Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad belongs. The tensions have increased over the resignation of Mikati, a Sunni. Supporters of Mikati burnt tyres and blocked roads in Tripoli on Friday when he announced he would step down. Security sources said one man in Tripoli’s Alawite neighbourhood was killed by sniper fire on Saturday afternoon. No updated toll was available after clashes flared in the evening. Deadlocked Government Mikati’s resignation on Friday came after a ministerial meeting was deadlocked by a dispute with Hezbollah. The Shia militant and political movement has dominated Lebanese politics in recent years and helped put Mikati into
office after toppling the previous government. “Now it is important for dialogue to begin and for a salvation government to be established during this difficult period,” Mikati wrote on his official Twitter page after handing in his resignation to the president. “I thank God that I left office the same way I came in, with integrity.” Hezbollah opposed extending the term of a senior security official, Major General Ashraf Rifi, and the creation of an oversight body for the planned June election, which may now be delayed after the collapse of Mikati’s government. Rifi, head of Lebanon’s internal security forces, is due to retire early next
month. He, like Mikati, is a Sunni Muslim from Tripoli, and is distrusted by Hezbollah. Putting together a caretaker government could take months. It took Mikati five months to construct his government after he became prime minister in 2011 when Hezbollah and its partners brought down the unity government of Saad al-Hariri. But tensions over Syria have put him at odds with the group that brought him to power and which strongly backs Assad in the Syrian civil war. Under Lebanon’s division of power, the prime minister must be a Sunni Muslim, the president a Maronite Christian and the speaker of parliament a Shia Muslim.
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dasti and the stardust for hina Khar, the lightness of being in Muzaﬀargarh
COMMENT Monday, 25 March, 2013
Caretaker pM Mir hazar Khan Khoso has a challenging task ahead
O the Election Commission of Pakistan has done what the politicians couldn’t do: appointing a caretaker prime minister. Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, who has served as Chief Justice, Balochistan High Court and briefly as acting governor of the province, has been appointed as Caretaker Prime Minister. Though Mr Khoso, who was nominated by the PPP, is not a controversial figure, the PML-N may not be too happy about his appointment as the Leader of the Opposition, Ch Nisar Ali, appeared to count on the ECP to select one of his nominees for the slot. But this appointment makes it clear that President Asif Ali Zardari hasn’t run out of tricks up his sleeve: he has one-upped the Sharifs again. Since this appointment was made after following a lengthy constitutional procedure, there is nothing wrong about it. In fact, it is a good thing for democratic transition, no doubt, but what would have been even better was that the elected representatives should have done it without the help of any non-elected body. The politicians have shown immaturity, distrust and a penchant for laying off responsibility for which they could be held accountable some day. In other words, they are not interested in making difficult choices, or as in this case compromises; they are only interested in eating the cake, not in baking one, so to speak. For the newly appointed caretaker PM, though, the journey ahead is short but treacherous. He has to maintain his impartiality and prove that the confidence deposed in him to carry out the job by the ECP, and by proxy by politicians too, was not misplaced. His job is not going to be easy but he has the resources and the backing of constitution at his disposal to deliver specifically what he has been tasked with. The caretaker setup in provinces has also been installed, except for the Punjab which is on hold as the PML-N and the PPP haven’t yet agreed on a name, reprising their roles in the centre in agreeing to a name. The parliamentary committee to deliberate and finalise a name for the slot of caretaker CM has two more days, including today, to come up with a name. Former Justice Amir Raza Khan and Khawaja Zaheer, a burearucrat, have been nominated by the PML-N, while senior journalist Najam Sethi and former Justice Zahid Hussain have been nominated by the PPP for the post. A stalemate here would create the same situation and is likely to be blamed on the PML-N more than the PPP because of Punjab being the PML-N’s bastion of power and their desire to hold on to power as long as they can. Providing room for non-elected bodies to affect the political process, legally or illegally, is not a solution. Our politicians need to keep that in mind.
thunder without a storm Pti show deserved more than six unclear promises
T thundered at Minto Park on Saturday; though perhaps not the type of thunder the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) was hoping for. The skies poured down on a festive audience at the Minar-e-Pakistan as PTI Chairman Imran Khan was making his address and much before he could start administering oath to the promised 80,000 elected PTI representatives. This amidst a fading public popularity graph, as the PTI took on the immensely risky task of conducting internal party polls just before campaign season. In kicking of its election drive from Lahore, Imran knew that he could back upon the euphoria on the October 30, 2011, rally that transformed him and his party from pretenders to contenders. Minto Park, without doubt, became the sight of the revival of the PTI, but the criticisms remained the same: nothing concrete. Imran’s six promises which began with a promise “not to lie” were as vague as they could come. Almost like a child promising his mother not to eat chocolate – a promise that both know will not be kept. There were barely any doubts or surprises that came with the fact that the rally was much larger than that the October 30 rally – the PTI has managed to become an organisation, albeit still centred around trust in one individual’s ability to deliver on still vague promises. The differences this time around were that the rally appeared less well managed, with attendees destroying the security barriers along the routes. But the genuine fervour amongst PTI supporters, with some performing bhangra and hatan dances, was there for all to see. The PTI now appears to be producing its own jiyalas – unlike the PPP, PML-N and other mainstream political parties. The PTI made it clear that its choice of date, March 23, and location, Minto Park, was intended to make the so-called ‘tsunami plus’ rally like the Lahore Resolution. But in contrast with what was a concrete and secular document, Imran Khan’s speech was bedazzled with religious vocabulary. Sincerity, not policies; truth, not falsehood; God’s support, not human will; are what the PTI asked the attendee to believe in. Nonetheless, the March 23 rally, even though it came to an abrupt end due to a thunderstorm, marked an enthusiastic start for the PTI’s electoral drive. Will it tip the electoral balance is still a question that can only be answered on May 11 at the polling booth. Analysts think the PTI would come second, or third, in the next election. Either way it would mark a remarkable rise for Imran Khan’s party, which could find itself trying to manouvre itself into power in a hung parliament after the polls results come. If in power, Imran Khan will have to deliver; if not, Khan, and his young party members, will get an opportunity to groom their political skills. With over 250,000 people in attendance at a rally to put forward a manifesto, PTI devotees can claim that the rain spoiled the plan to reveal a coherent plan. But the fact is people were given six vague promises, not concrete policies.
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Monday Musings KAMRAN REHMAT
HE world’s most glamorous politician — according to an India Today survey released recently — is finding it hard to shake off a potential election battle with apparently a nondescript rival in terms of the glamour quotient. Hina Rabbani Khar, who became the world’s youngest and Pakistan’s first female foreign minister in 2011 shy of her 34th birthday then, has long been dissed by Jamshed Dasti, a lawmaker who finally ditched his Pakistan People’s Party for ignoring his rant. The contrast between the two is also highlighted by the opposite streams each comes from. Khar is a prestigious Lahore University of Management Sciences grad, who also boasts an MSc in Business Management from the University of Massachusetts. Dasti, on the other hand, was disqualified by a Supreme Court bench headed by the incumbent chief justice three years ago for using a fake degree to get elected. At the time, aspiring parliamentarians were barred from contesting if they did not possess a Bachelor’s degree. Interestingly, during the hearing, Dasti could not even give out correct names of Quranic verses that a judge asked or even the duration of his proclaimed seminary education. However, the apex court, right as it was in disqualifying him, had an egg on its face because Dasti was reelected in the bye-polls — thanks to the new legislation striking off the requirement of a Bachelor’s degree — by a whopping margin.
Dasti’s return was also a slap in the face of the media which hounded him in the wake of the degree scandal and his subsequent disqualification. It mattered little that the media, like the superior judiciary, could not have taken kindly to a cheater. For the uninitiated, this may seem like an open-and-shut case of a farce. But the knuckle-down reality of Pakistani politics shows it is anything but. Consider. While Hina did go beyond her glamour doll image to prove her mettle in international diplomacy amidst one of the most trying times to be a Pakistani foreign minister, she was conspicuously missing from her constituency while Dasti, who has little idea about the intricacies of diplomacy, was well grounded, working the circuit like there was no tomorrow. Dasti’s success from his native Muzaffargarh NA-178 constituency has since led it to become a case study for political scientists trying to fathom how much really does the media impact a candidate’s prospects. The parliamentarian from Muzaffargarh NA-178 became so confident that he even offered himself as a ruling party candidate for premiership last year when the Supreme Court disqualified the then-prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani for disobeying the court in not writing a letter to the Swiss authorities to reopen withdrawn cases of corruption against his president. Khar, on the other hand, even after doing much to rebuild Islamabad’s diplomatic range, finds herself out in the cold. The flip side, of course, is that she only has herself to blame for not keeping the seat warm. In fact, the first time she won a seat from the adjoining Muzaffargarh-II NA-177 constituency was also down to the spadework done by her father Noor Rabbani Khar, a feudal lord with some reach but inability to himself contest after strongman Musharraf enforced the graduation clause in the 2002 polls. Perhaps, Khar did owe much to her strong family background and her own glamorous pitch to start with, which is why she caught the eye of the thenbanker prime minister Shaukat Aziz, who pitch-forked her as Minister of State for Economic Affairs in 2004, a position she held for three years. However, when the Pakistan Mus-
lim League-Quaid — the so-called king’s party manufactured by Musharraf to give a civilian façade to his military rule — refused to give her a ticket in the 2008 general elections, Khar quickly switched sides to the Pakistan People’s Party, which has just completed a full five-year term last weekend. In hindsight, ‘turncoat’ Khar had chosen wisely, for, the PPP was the meal ticket five years ago. After defending her constituency successfully, she was taken onboard as the Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs in the cabinet of Yousaf Raza Gilani, which was remarkable by any stretch of imagination because the two succeeding governments had no love lost, not in the least for the fact that PPP’s chairperson and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated under Musharraf’s watch! But then politics isn’t called the art of the possible for nothing. The ‘strange bedfellows’ mantra assumed a larger-than-life proportion when Musharraf’s ‘king’s party’, which was accused by Asif Zardari of being Qatil League, later welcomed it in the ruling coalition as part of Ms Bhutto’s “reconciliation” policy. Khar may have enjoyed a vindication of sorts there. But Dasti has been relentless in his obsession to prove the dust of Muzaffargarh has more in it than the stardust of the gorgeous Khar. Visualizing the ground situation, it will be a tough call for the PPP to stick with Khar and though Dasti has declared not to wage a fight against his parent party, the resolve will be tested if the party fails to reach a last minute understanding in dividing the constituency allocation to Dasti’s satisfaction. As to where this will leave Khar if no resolution is forthcoming, would be interesting to watch. The former foreign minister, who won over the security establishment — an unwritten pre-requisite for the hot seat — and delivered would have a few takers, especially now that she is no longer just a glamour doll. The writer is Editor Pique Magazine based in Islamabad. He can be reached at email@example.com
nobel peace prize how the process of handing out the award is flawed SAIF H MAqBOOL
n recent years, the credibility of the Nobel Peace Prize has come into question. Recent decisions to award the prize to the European Union in 2012 and to the then recentlyelected President Obama in 2008 have drawn ire from critics the world over. Many now argue that the prize has lost the prestige that was once so closely associated with it. But did the prize ever even possess this prestige? If we look at the awarding of the prize as far back as the early 20th century, it is quite clear that there is a pattern that has continued into the modern era. The Nobel Peace Prize, is, more often than not, awarded on potential rather than tangible achievements. That is not to say that every prize that has been awarded is dubious, many incredible people have won it, it is just that the committee has a tendency to look at possible future achievements when awarding the prize. All the way back in 1919, the world had just emerged from the brutal First World War, and a strategy to maintain peace was proposed. This proposal came from President Woodrow Wilson, who suggested a
League of Nations that would preserve global peace and security. This plan was greeted with much adulation and optimism, and President Wilson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize that year for his magnificent plan. Just 10 years later, Britain and France declared war on Adolf Hitler’s Germany, a nation that had just completed a decade of unopposed aggression. And so it goes. The award to Wilson in 1919 was not given because he created peace, but because he strived to do so. The League of Nations was ultimately a quixotic system that failed to augment efforts to maintain peace. Direct parallels can be drawn with the award to President Obama in 2008. He came into office as a symbol of hope, promising to end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, a move that would undoubtedly have contributed to global peace. However, as of writing, in 2013, there are still US troops present in Afghanistan. If the committee expected President Obama would make such a significant contribution to world peace, could they not have waited a few years before awarding it to him? Was there really no one else? There is and always has been a flaw in the system, and this flaw has
only just come to the fore because of the increased media scrutiny that has come to characterise the 21st century. The peace that the Nobel Committee expected President Obama to act as a catalyst for never came about, almost a repeat of the case with President Wilson 89 years prior. ‘It’s the thought that counts’, they would say but this should not apply to efforts for world peace (If it does, however, this writer would like to put forward a plan for world peace that goes something along the lines of ‘stop all wars through dialogue’, with a view to receiving the award in 2014.) The pantheon of Nobel Prize winners still contains people like Nelson Mandela and Dr Martin Luther King Jr, whose contributions to peace are indisputable. At the end of the day, the Nobel Peace Prize will never satisfy everyone, (especially considering the inundation of armchair critics that the current generation has brought with it); and nor should it. No award will ever satisfy everyone. However, there is clearly a flaw in the consideration process, and the committee must look to award the prize based on actual achievements rather than the potential to achieve if the reputation and prestige associated with this great prize is to be preserved and enhanced.
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Monday, 25 March, 2013
Media landscape and polls Balanced media coverage for 2013 elections
obama’s trip to israel why turkey figured prominently
RESIDENT Obama’s trip to the Middle East came at an interesting juncture. Netanyahu just appointed a new cabinet and Obama himself started his second term in January. According to most experts, the visit provided a good opportunity for both leaders to reset their ties that had not been so cordial lately. However, the issues that have caused tension between their ties remain. While there was no breakthrough on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during the visit, surprisingly, Netanyahu offered the apology Turkey had demanded of Israel for the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010. The development was a result of consistent American behind the scenes diplomacy, and is indicative of the approach US has adopted towards the solution for Israeli-Palestinian conflict. From the get go, President Obama has displayed signs his second term is not going to be the same as the previous one. Fiscal pressures are driving some of these changes, but others have to do with attempts to create a legacy and the absence of the pressures connected with reelection. The selection of John Kerry as the Secretary of Sate and Chuck Hagel as the Secretary of Defence, is reflective of the sea change in the future direction of US policy. This transformation is a direct result of the long drawn out preoccupation with global war on terror. While immediately after 9/11, the country was driven by vengeance and military operations. More than a decade later, a more realistic assessment of what the threats are and what can be done about them, is settling in. A recent report from the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board has reportedly warned that excessive focus on Al-Qaeda has created blind spots for the US. In this context, the shift towards political approach comes across to many as being compromising or giving in. The reality is different. When one talks of political emphasis, it does not necessarily mean giving up the national interests. It just stresses on diplomacy, as opposed to military means, in achieving those interests. In some instances, however, fiscal restraints are forcing the prioritisation of the security threats and interests. The new approach was amply at display during President Obama’s Middle East trip in how his administration is approaching the Iran crisis, Syria, and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. While Israel has consistently pressured US to take a military route towards Iran, US has wanted more
time for diplomacy and sanctions to work. Both countries have differed on the time factor; specifically on the question of how long Iran has before it acquires nuclear weapons. At a deeper level, facts on the ground give more credence to the scenario that the US is working on a fundamental change in the landscape of Middle East. The essential elements of this alteration first involve regime change in Syria, causing further isolation of its key ally, Iran. By default, this transformation will also weaken Hezbollah and Hamas that support military solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. While the Gulf monarchs are apparently on board with this vision, Mavi Marmara incident had put a dent in the Turkey-Israel relations, which also complicates NATO and Israeli coordination. These tensions made it difficult to jointly deal with the situation of Syria and the risk posed by its chemical weapons. Not only that, as recently pointed out by PoliTact, because of Israeli actions, US and Turkey relations were also deteriorating to such an extent that PM Erdogan commented on 25 January, “If we get into the SCO, we will say goodbye to the EU. The SCO is better — much more powerful. Pakistan wants in, India wants in as well. If the SCO wants us, we will become members of this organisation.” In essence, Turkey is critical for the above-mentioned soft solution to work in the Middle East. The announcement of rapprochement between Israel and Turkey during President Obama’s visit shows where the emphasis of the American approach lies. Moreover, it also requires Israel’s acquiescence to not strike Iran, which it has complied with despite the bellicose rhetoric. Another key component of this solution involves Russian agreement, a key player in the Middle East. And, the US has given a big indica-
tion of how it intends to that; by dramatically announcing it is giving up the European component of its Missile Defence System. This was one of the key challenges in the way of US-Russia reset. While the enormous decision was met by a measured initial Russian response, it could change the nation’s posture towards both Syria and Iran. On the other hand, Iran is not sitting around and waiting. It has moved its own diplomacy in high gear. For example, Iranian President Ahmadinejad made a historic visit to Egypt in February, which was the first since the 1979 Iranian revolution. Despite sanctions, Iran also offered aid to Egypt. “I have said previously that we can offer a big credit line to the Egyptian brothers, and many services,” Ahmadinejad states in an interview to Al-Ahram. The visit was watched with extreme interest in the Arab and Western world. Iran is also improving its economic ties with Pakistan. Agreement on Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project and the decision to develop a refinery at the Gwadar port goes along these lines. Israeli apology to Turkey will move the country in the same pool as other Gulf nations. With the change in the political landscape of Middle East, as discussed above, the resolution of Israeli-Palestine conflict will become much easier and without the need for military intervention. If the Russians decide to cooperate more on Syria and Iran, this will only increase pressure on China. This, perhaps, is the reason why the new Chinese President Xi Jinping decided to go to Russia on his very first visit abroad.
If we get into the SCO, we will say goodbye to the EU. The SCO is better — much more powerful. Pakistan wants in, India wants in as well. If the SCO wants us, we will become members of this organisation.
The writer is chief analyst at PoliTact, a Washington based futurist advisory firm (www.PoliTact.com and http:twitter.com/politact) and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
HE report of the Hutchison Commission submitted in the USA in 1947 is regarded as the Magna Carte of the modern concept of freedom of expression and media’s responsibilities towards society. It unequivocally emphasized the need for media to provide accurate, truthful and comprehensive account of events, act as a forum for MALIK MuHAMMAD ASHRAF exchange of comment and criticism, present and clarify goals and values of the society and make sure that it projected a representative picture of the constituent groups of the society. The report also reiterated the fact that society and public had a right to expect high standards of performance and as such intervention of the government could be justified to secure public good. The ethical and professional codes of conduct for the media drawn up by UNESCO, International Federation of Journalists, media associations, press councils in the countries where self-regulatory arrangement is in place and the code of ethics which forms the part of Press Council Ordinance in Pakistan invariably espouse the principles of the Social Responsibility theory. The spirit of Social Responsibility is that freedom comes with responsibility. The concept of media being fourth pillar of the state stems from the belief that media represents the society and such is a defining characteristic of the social, cultural, political and economic systems of a country. Judged on the touchstone of the foregoing, the media landscape in Pakistan is not as enviable as it ought to be. While it zealously tends to maintain and protect its freedom –and rightly so - it is not showing the sense of social responsibility that goes with freedom of expression. The media, regrettably, like the political polarization in the country, is also divided into anti-government, pro-government, and right-wing groups, with each entity trying to rub-in its own skewed and partisan views on national issues and even resorting to smear campaigns against their supposed rivals. A pluralist media disseminating unvarnished and truthful information about events to society and acting as a forum for free, unbiased and non-partisan debate on issues of national importance, is indispensable entity in a democratic dispensation. In fact, a pluralist media and democracy compliment and reinforce each other and the former can play its role as the fourth pillar of the state more effectively in a democratic environment. However, despite the existing inadequacies of the media, I am of the considered view that the freedom of expression enjoyed by the media in Pakistan currently is the best thing that has ever happened in this land of the pure. The media, notwithstanding the indiscretions committed in disregard to the internationally recognized ethical and professional codes of conduct, can rightly boast of making a sterling contribution that it made during the lawyers movement for the restoration of the judiciary and protecting and strengthening the cause of democracy during the last five years. The outgoing PPP-led coalition government also deserves appreciation for tolerating erratic behaviour of a section of the media and remaining committed to providing an enabling environment for the media to enjoy freedom of expression. Media has to be mindful of the fact that there is no concept of unbridled concept of freedom of expression anywhere in the world. It is, ultimately, the responsibility of the government to make sure that while enjoying its freedom the media remains within the internationally recognized parameters of freedom of expression and the obligations towards society and the state. It does not have the right to use the freedom of expression as a license to misinform the public or promote fissiparous tendencies in the society. As a protector of fundamental liberties of the people and a watchdog against the government, it has to make sure that the job is done objectively and honestly. Resorting to falsehood, misreporting, distorting facts and dishing out speculative stuff does not fall in the domain of freedom of expression. This kind of behaviour is not tolerated even in the societies which boast of freedom of media as the hallmark of their polity. During the US elections in 2000, the bulk of the media relying on the data from exit polls and vote projections gathered by Voters News Service (VNS), which included ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC AND AP and its subsidiaries such as New York Times declared before the close of the polls mistakenly that Al Gore had won the state of Florida and thus the Presidency. Later the same media claimed that George W. Bush had won. Following the elections, several members of Congress made veiled threats of government regulation of media but backed away after network executives vowed during the congressional hearings not to project winners until polls had closed. And in spite of an expansive overall of the computer system, VNS was disbanded. It was simply a case of wrong predictions. Now that the democracy seems to have taken roots in the country and the people are going to exercise their right of franchise to decide who runs the state affairs for the next five years, the media has a still greater role in consolidating the gains of democracy. It has to use its power to change perceptions and helping people to make informed choices during the coming elections in a judicious manner. It is obligatory on it to rise above all considerations but national interest. Almost all political parties are on the election trail and some have already announced their manifestos on which they claim to win public franchise. The ensuing elections are being billed as a defining moment in the history of Pakistan and shall be a milestone which will determine the direction the country will take in the future. The media has to make sure that it keeps itself away from taking sides, playing favourites or presenting an unbalanced picture of the election campaign. It has to inform and educate the public about the challenges that are at hand, discuss the manifestoes of all the parties in an objective manner and curb the propensities to scandalize things or portraying issues tinged with biases of any kind. This is how the media can make the ensuing elections a meaningful exercise in promoting democracy and the installation of a truly representative government in the country. The writer is an academic.
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A ARTS Monday, 25 March, 2013
gerArd Butler Busy Being A ‘MonK’
Gerard Butler is reportedly engrossed in becoming a monk and roaming around the world after filming his action film `Olympus Has Fallen`. The 43-year-old said that in the past six or seven weeks he has been to Scotland, England, Italy, Switzerland, Thailand, Mexico and Colombia and all for different reasons, the Sun reported. The PS I Love You star claimed that the trips were mostly for travelling, just going to places and seeing friends. The Paisley-born actor, who is dating Madalina Ghenea, added that a couple of visits were actually about doing movies, but the highlight for him was in Thailand and becoming a monk as he was hiding out in temples a lot. NEWS DESK
The greater part of progress is the desire to progress. — Lucius Annaeus Seneca
dreams big in B-town
N D O - CA N A D I A N actress Sunny Leone says she wants to romance Bollywood biggies Salman Khan and Ranbir Kapoor on-screen and also try her hands at comedy. Sunny first made her appearance in TV reality show ‘Bigg Boss 5’ in 2011 and this led to her entry in Bollywood. She made her debut in Hindi films with ‘Jism 2’ and will be next seen in ‘Ragini MMS 2’. “It’s been a year or so (in film industry) and I love being here. I am new to this industry, but I am open to doing romantic and comedy films. I want to romance both Salman and Ranbir. I want to act with both of them. I liked ‘Bodyguard’.. it was fun to watch Salman,” she said. The actress was talking to reporters at a promotional event of ‘Shootout at Wadala’. Sunny has done a special song, ‘Laila’, in the Sanjay Gupta-directed crime drama, which is loosely based on a police encounter that took place in Mumbai in 1982. “I never thought I will be able to do this song. I was nervous, scared on the first day of shoot, but John (Abraham), Tusshar (Kapoor) and others were nice to me and it turned out to be the best experience I have had here till now,” she said. John, Tusshar, Kangna Ranaut, Anil Kapoor and Sonu Sood are playing lead roles in the film. Tusshar, who was also present at the event, was full of praise for Sunny. “She has clarity of mind and thought. She had no tantrums. She is a combination of beauty and brains and is also a nice human being,” he said. NEWS DESK
Boyle: Queen volunteered for Olympics Bond spoof Queen Elizabeth II needed no convincing to appear in a James Bondthemed skit during the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in fact, she volunteered, according to the show’s director. Director Danny Boyle says he had initially thought a lookalike - possibly actress Helen Mirren - would play the role of Elizabeth alongside Bond actor Daniel Craig. He tells ITV’s Jonathan Ross in an interview to air Saturday night that when he sought permission from officials to film the skit he heard back that not only was the video a go, but the monarch herself wanted to be in it. Boyle says that when filming began, the queen asked him if he thought she should have a line, to which he replied “O.K., what do you suggest?” “She said ‘I’ll do something’ and we started shooting and she turned round and she said her lines beautifully,” he said, according to excerpts of the interview released in advance. The queen’s star turn in the skit was considered one of the highlights of the opening ceremony last year. In the skit, a tuxedo-clad 007 strides into Buckingham Palace to escort his VIP guest to the Olympic ceremony. In her acting debut, Elizabeth swivels around in her desk chair to face the legendary spy and declares: “Good evening, Mr. Bond.” Two of the queen’s corgi dogs also appeared in the clip. NEWS DESK
wows audience for Aussie filming NEWS DESK
Ellen DeGeneres was applauded by a rapturous Aussie audience like a cherished part of the family as she introduced her Australian-born wife, Portia de Rossi, on a Sydney Harbour-side stage on Saturday to begin prerecording Down Under segments for her popular U.S. TV show. The Emmy Award-winning talk-show host arrived in Sydney with her mom, Betty DeGeneres, and de Rossi on Friday after a 14-hour flight from Los Angeles for a sixday filming trip to Australia. “I’m moving here, it’s so beautiful,” DeGeneres told 3,000 admirers, who were clearly delighted to be in the sun-bathed Royal Botanic Gardens near the Sydney Opera House for the two-hour recording despite the 30-degree Celsius (86-degree Fahrenheit) early afternoon heat. Guests included Oscarwinning actor and Sydney local Russell Crowe. He presented the 55-year-old host with two kangaroo-hide cattle whips that he said DeGeneres might need to catch “some brumbies” - an Australian term for wild horses when she visits Australia’s southeast. The pair took turns at whip cracking. Asked by one emotional fan whether she and her wife would adopt her, DeGeneres replied, tongue-incheek: “We were just saying we should adopt someone. It’s so easy for us.” The show was packed with games involving audience members, including an Australia-themed trivia event in which fans had to take a harbor plunge for a wrong answer. “ The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is in its 10th season. DeGeneres was honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor last year.
Schwarzenegger’s fitness mentor dies NEWS DESK Joe Weider, a legendary figure in bodybuilding who helped popularize the sport worldwide and played a key role in introducing a charismatic young weightlifter named Arnold Schwarzenegger to the world, died Saturday at age 93. Weider’s publicist, Charlotte Parker, told The Associated Press that the bodybuilder, publisher and promoter died of heart failure at his home in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. “I knew about Joe Weider long before I met him,” Schwarzenegger, who tweeted the news of his old friend’s death, said in a lengthy statement posted on his website. “He was the godfather of fitness who told all of us to be somebody with a body. He taught us that through hard work and training we could all be champions.” A bodybuilder with an impressive physique himself, Weider became better known in later years as a behind-the-scenes guru to the sport. He popularized bodybuilding
and spread the message of health and fitness worldwide with such publications as Muscle & Fitness, Flex, and Shape. Schwarzenegger himself is the executive editor of Muscle & Fitness and Flex. He created one of bodybuilding’s pre-eminent events, the Mr. Olympia competition, in 1965, adding to it the Ms. Olympia contest in 1980, the Fitness Olympia in 1995 and the Figure Olympia in 2003. He also relentlessly promoted Schwarzenegger, who won the Mr. Olympia title a then-record seven times, including in 1980 and every year from 1970 through 1975. “Every sport needs a hero and I knew that Arnold was the right man,” he once said. Weider brought Schwarzenegger to the United States early in his career, where he helped train the future governor of California as well as aided him in getting into business. Schwarzenegger also said Weider helped land him his first movie role, in the forgettable film “Hercules in New York,” by passing him off to the
producers as a German Shakespearean actor. “Joe didn’t just inspire my earliest dreams; he made them come true the day he invited me to move to America to pursue my bodybuilding career,” the actor said in his statement. “I will never forget his generosity. One of Joe’s greatest qualities is that he wasn’t just generous with his money; he freely gave of his time and expertise and became a father figure for me.” Weider also mentored numerous other bodybuilders. Born in Canada in 1919, Weider recalled growing up in a tough section of Montreal. Just like the apocryphal tale of the skinny kid who starts working out after a bully kicks sand in his face, Weider said he was indeed a small, skinny teenager picked on by bullies when he came across the magazine Strength. He had actually tried to join a local wrestling team, he said, but was turned down by the coach who feared he was so small he’d be hurt. Inspired instead by the magazine, he built his own weights from scrap
parts found in a railroad yard and pumped them relentlessly. Word of his efforts got around and he was eventually invited to join a weightlifting club. “When I saw the gym, saw the guys working out, supporting one another, I was mesmerized,” he recalled. He won his first bodybuilding contest at age 17, and soon after began to publish his first magazine, Your Physique. Later he started a mail-order barbell business, and in 1946 he and his younger brother staged the first Mr. Canada contest at Montreal’s Monument National Theater. At the same time they formed the International Federation of Bodybuilders. In recent years, Weider donated much of his bodybuilding memorabilia to the University of Texas at Austin, which opened the Joe and Betty Weider Museum of Physical Culture in 2011. He is survived by his wife.
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Even if one’s whole life were a mistake, there is always time to change. — Henry Miller
depp, stewart win at slimy Kids Choice Awards
OHNNY Depp and Kristen Stewart avoided slime mostly - while picking up blimp-shaped trophies at the Kids Choice Awards on Satur-
day. The “Dark Shadows” star won as favorite movie actor at the 26th annual awards extravaganza, while the “Twilight” leading lady was selected as favorite movie actress and female butt-kicker. “Dude, I was too much of a coward to accept this,” she said embracing the slime slathered on the podium at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center. Pitbull and Christina Aguilera kicked off the silly show with their song “Feel This Moment” and were joined by young backup dancers resembling the smooth-headed rapper and blonde diva. At the end of their performance, Aguilera smashed a button, covering Pitbull and the dancers in the show’s signature green goo. That was just the beginning of the celebrity sliming. In one of his first acts as show host,
“Transformers” star Josh Duhamel dumped the goop on Los Angeles Lakers player Dwight Howard. “I guess that’s what we call a slime dunk!” Duhamel said. Sandra Bullock and Neil Patrick Harris caught a wave of the green stuff after a magic trick from the “ How I Met Your Mother” co-star went awry. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who picked up the trophy for male buttkicker, blasted a sumo-suited Nick Cannon and Duhamel with the goo. The first few rows of the audience were also doused. Duhamel said a recordbreaking 350 million votes had been cast for this year’s viewer-voted ceremony, which honors kids’ favorites in film, music, sports and TV. Other winners included “Victorious” as favorite TV show, Katy Perry as favorite female singer, Adam Sandler as favorite voice from an animated movie for “Hotel Transylvania,” race car driver Danica Patrick as favorite female athlete and “The Hunger Games” as favorite movie and book. “Always be nice to your parents,” Sandler told the crowd of screaming kids while accepting his awards. “Always be nice to your teachers.”
Styles’s grandfather proud of him Singer Harry Styles’s grandfather Brian Selley says he is proud of his grandson and all that fame has not changed him at all. Selley is the father of Styles’s mother Anne Cox and says the teen sensation, who is a member of the band One Direction, is still loving and caring like old times. “I’m very proud of him. Harry hasn’t changed at all. He’s still the same. He always has a smile on his face and is very loving and caring,” mirror.co.uk quoted Selley as saying. “We’re all lucky to have him. To me he’s just lovable Harry. I don’t think of him as this well-known pop star like everyone else,” he added. Selley, 77, recently attended a One Direction gig and says the frenzy of fans reminded him of the time when the legendary band The Beatles performed.“I remember Beatlemania when I was younger and it was very much like that. The girls were screaming so loud - it was deafening,” Selley said. “My daughter Anne was concerned before the concert that the noise would be too loud for me but I would really like to go again,” he added. NEWS DESK
Shah Rukh, Katrina and Pitbull to perform at IPL opening ceremony
NEWS DESK Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, the co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders, will reportedly add glamour and extravaganza to the opening ceremony of the sixth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) with his performance. SRK’s ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ co-star’ Katrina Kaif is set to join the actor for her maiden performance in Kolkata and the organisers, Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd, have also roped in international rapper, Pitbull. The ceremony will take place at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on April 2. “SRK loves the city of joy and he is already very excited to perform there. Katrina will be performing there for the first time. When Pitbull was told that he is being invited to perform at the opening ceremony of IPL and SRK would also be performing, he agreed to come immediately,” a source said. The organisers are also planning to include flying drummers, Chinese percussionist and fireworks to make the ceremony a lavish affair.
For Rihana’s 12 mins, school kids wait for hours Singer Rihanna turned up more than three hours late for an event where almost 2,000 schoolchildren were waiting to meet her. The 24-year-old had to attend a meet-andgreet session with the students of Barrington High School in Illinois and thank them for raising US$40,000 for Joplin town, Missouri, which was flattened by a tornado in May last year. However, bad traffic delayed the singer’s arrival. “After she was late for more than three hours, we wondered if the event would actually happen,” thesun.co.uk quoted local official Jeff Arnett as saying. “But because her staff members were also waiting with us, we felt she was ultimately going to get there,” he added. Rihanna later rued on Twitter: “This Chicago traffic is not working.” She even praised the school’s efforts. “Barrington High School facts! They raised 40,000 dollars for Joplin Missouri after the tragic tornado hit Missouri in May last year... BHS Thank you man!!! You guys rule! I love this school,” she tweeted. She stayed at the school for just 12 minutes, got photographs clicked with the young fans and distributed tour tickets and left. NEWS DESK
ARTS Monday, 25 March, 2013
tilda swinton performs art of sleeping in nyC
Actress Tilda Swinton is performing the art of sleeping at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. A musem spokeswoman says the “Moonrise Kingdom” star presented her one-person piece called “The Maybe” on Saturday. In “The Maybe,” Swinton lies sleeping in a glass box for the day. The exhibit will move locations within the museum every time Swinton performs. There is no published schedule for the piece, which will occur about a half dozen more times through the end of the year. Swinton first performed the piece at the Serpentine Gallery in London in 1995. In 1996, she performed it in the Museo Barracco in Rome. She won an Oscar in 2008 for best supporting actress for her role in “ Michael Clayton.” NEWS DESK
ranbir Kapoor doesn’t want to clash with salman Khan Abhinav Kashyap may be wanting to take Salman Khan head on by releasing his film Besharam on the same day as Khan’s Mental but if rumours are to be believed the film’s lead Ranbir Kapoor is shying away from direct competition with the industry’s numero uno. As per reliable sources, when reports of Salman planning to release his film on October 2 started appearing, the date that is already secured by the producers of Besharam, Ranbir suggested that they move the date whereas Abhinav was adamant. ‘Why should we move our date?’ he was heard saying. Speculations are rife that Salman wants to take on both, Ranbir and Abhinav. While Salman and Ranbir share a history of sorts with their blow-hot blow-cold relationship, Abhinav reportedly had a fallout with the Khans during the making of Dabangg. Well, if Salman sticks to his plan and goes ahead with the release on October 2, it can be an opportune moment for Ranbir to prove his star power at the box office. Also, his film is an out-andout commercial, but looks like he is chickening out from the situation and doesn’t intend taking the risk. NEWS DESK
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So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being. –Franz Kafka
INFOTAINMENT Monday, 25 March, 2013
China develops national open-source operating system
ford criticised for indian advert with women stuffed in the boot Indian campaigners have accused the car company Ford of sabotaging attempts to reduce the rising number of rapes after an advertisement showed three scantily-dressed young women in the boot of its Figo car. The ad, which was produced by its Indian advertising agency JWT, provoked an outcry after it was released onto the internet with women's rights groups attacking the company for insensitivity. It emerged a few days after the Indian parliament passed a new anti-rape law to impose tougher sentences, including the death penalty, for gang-rapes and sexual assaults where the victim dies or is left in a permanent vegetative state. Ford's advertisement to promote the large boot space in its Figo small car - the Indian version of the Fiesta features three voluptuous young women. All have their hands and feet bound and their mouths gagged. Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian prime minister, who has been beset by sex scandals in Italy, beams proudly while giving a V-sign. The caption reads: "Leave your worries behind with the Figo's extra-large boot." The advertisement was quickly disowned by Ford which said it had not authorised its publication. "We deeply regret this incident and agree with our agency partners that it should have never happened," they said in a statement given to The Hindu newspaper. "The posters are contrary to the standards of professionalism and decency within Ford and our agency partners. Together with our partners, we are reviewing approval and oversight processes to help ensure nothing like this ever happens again." NEWS DESK
HINA is working a home-grown operating system as part of a fiveyear government plan to get more Chinese people using open-source software. The Chinese government is working with the software company Canonical, which is behind the open-source Ubuntu operating system (OS). The collaboration is expected to produce a system similar to Ubuntu but tailored for the Chinese user. The first version of Ubuntu Kylin, as it is being called, is due to be launched next month and is intended for desktop and laptop computers. It will differ from the standard Ubuntu system in its use of Chinese characters and in the way it uses Chinese date conventions. It will also include weather indicators and integration of various Chinese sites such as Baidu maps, the Taobao shopping service. The move is an attempt to stop China being reliant on Western software and to get more Chinese people the opportunity to modify computer coding themselves. Ubuntu is based on the Linux operating system an its development and use is governed by an ethic that emphasises
the sharing of computer code. This is in contrast to the closed or proprietary systems of Microsoft and Apple who restrict access to the core code for their operating systems.
"This collaboration will bring local investment and participation to ensure that the platform is relevant for the Chinese market, and close co-ordination with the global Ubuntu project ensures
Google working on rival to Apple's iWatch NEWS DESK Google’s Android unit is reportedly working on a wearable smartphone
that would be a rival to Apple’s much talked about – yet still unseen – iWatch. Wearable technology has become an increasingly hot topic,
How Apple’s iWatch could look like
with Apple’siWatch and the smart spectacles Google Glass dominating the headlines. Whilst Google Glass has been tested in public and is due for launch towards the end of this year, details about Apple’s iWatch have come from a series of rumours and supposed leaks. Some reports have said the iWatch is heading into production, whereas others have suggested it is still a number of years away. Similarly, a Google smartwatch has not been confirmed, but is working on has not been confirmed, but came via an insider briefing to the FT. The leak would, however, seem to be confirmed by the fact that last year Google had a patent application approved for a “smart watch” with dual-screen “flip-up display”, and a camera. The patent filing also mentioned a “tactile user interface” – or touchscreen. The reported Google device is separate from the Samsung smartwatch, which the Korean firm this week confirmed that it is working on.
Experts: N Korea training teams of 'cyber warriors' NEWS DESK Investigators have yet to pinpoint the culprit behind a synchronized cyberattack in South Korea last week. But in
Seoul, the focus remains fixed on North Korea, where South Korean security experts say Pyongyang has been training a team of computer-savvy "cyber warriors" as cyberspace becomes a fertile
battleground in the standoff between the two Koreas. Malware shut down 32,000 computers and servers at three major South Korean TV networks and three banks last Wednesday, disrupting communications and banking businesses, officials said. The investigation into who planted the malware could take weeks or even months. South Korean investigators have produced no proof yet that North Korea was behind the cyberattack, and on Friday said the malware was traced to a Seoul computer. But South Korea has pointed the finger at Pyongyang in six cyberattacks since 2009, even creating a cyber security command center in Seoul to protect the Internet-dependent country from hackers from the North. It may seem unlikely
that impoverished North Korea, with one of the most restrictive Internet policies in the world, would have the ability to threaten affluent South Korea, a country considered a global leader in telecommunications. The average yearly income in North Korea was just $1,190 per person in 2011 — just a fraction of the average yearly income of $22,200 for South Koreans that same year, according to the Bank of Korea in Seoul. But over the past several years, North Korea has poured money and resources into science and technology. In December, scientists succeeded in launching a satellite into space aboard a longrange rocket from its own soil. And in February, North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test, its third.
that it is familiar to software and hardware vendors, and useful for export products made by Chinese companies as well," Canonical chief executive Jane Silber said in a statement.
future iphone may land safely when it falls
The idea sounds like an early April Fool - or maybe something that only a cat can do – but it in fact comes from plans filed by Apple to the US Patent Office. The “Protective Mechanism for an Electronic Device” patent applicationsays it aims to prevent some or all of the damage to any electronic device with a processor – such as a tablet or a laptop – but specifically mentions the iPhone. The system needs a sensor to detect when the device is falling and how it is positioned relative to the ground, according to the website Appleinsider.com. Position and speed of falling could be measured using simple gyroscopes, accelerometers or position sensors, although the patent also mentions more sophisticated equipment such as GPS and imaging sensors. Data on how and when impact is going to occur is fed into a processor that must make a decision on how best to hit the ground to avoid damage. The system must then and this is the really difficult part - reorientate the device in mid-air so it lands as flat as possible. Here, the patent application suggests a number of solutions: the movement of a weighted mass within the device; aeroplane-like foils that extend out from the surface of the device; and a thrust mechanism such as a small gas-propulsion device. Other methods mentioned look to counter the problem of a device being pulled onto the floor by a trailing power or headphone cable. The patent explores the possibility that cables could be forcibly ejected when rapid movement is detected to prevent the device being pulled to the ground. The system does not appear to be close to going into production, and leaks about such a seemingly fanciful system may be met with some cynicism at a time when Apple is under fire for ceding ground to rival Samsung. NEWS DESK
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SPORTS Monday, 25 March, 2013
One thing I always tell the match referee is that whichever team starts it, I think the other team has an equal right to give it back to them. And then you should stop it, saying, no more, now both sides need to be disciplined. – Ishant Sharma
Boult, southee put new zeAlAnd in CoMMAnd ScOREBOARD
fine display of swing bowling from Trent Boult may have struck the decisive blow for New Zealand in an encounter against England full of twists and turns. Boult, the left-arm fast-medium bowler, claimed 6 for 68 - his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket - as England were dismissed for 204 in their first innings. That gave New Zealand a first innings lead of 239 but, eschewing the chance to enforce the follow-on, they extended their lead to 274 before stumps. Those second innings runs came at quite a cost, though. New Zealand, perhaps suffering from acrophobia as they realised the dominance of their position, stumbled to 8 for 3 at one stage in their second innings as England revived their slim hopes of forcing a win. Peter Fulton and Dean Brownlie saw New Zealand to the close without further loss, but New Zealand's lack of progress raised questions about the wisdom of not enforcing the follow-on. Still, Boult's performance had earned his side an excellent chance of securing a rare Test series win over England. New Zealand remain the side in the stronger position, and with the pitch showing just a little sign of uneven bounce, it may not be easy to bat upon on the last day. No side has ever scored 350 in the fourth innings to win on this ground - though West Indies chased down 345 to win in 1969 - and, since they introduced drop-in pitches at Eden Park just over a decade ago, no side has ever chased
more than the 166 Australia managed in 2005. Besides, without Kevin Pietersen, England appear a far more diffident side. For a team dismissed as no-hopers by some commentators coming into the series, this has been an impressive performance
by New Zealand. They are currently rated No. 8 in the Test rankings, but they have looked the better side for significant portions of this encounter and now have an excellent opportunity to embarrass the No. 2 rated team. New Zealand have
Jadeja, Pujara take India to historic 4-0 ScOREBOARD AuSTRALIA 1ST INNINgS262 & 164 INDIA 1ST INNINgS 272 INDIA 2ND INNINgS M Vijay b Maxwell 11 82 cA Pujara not out 41 V Kohli lbw b Lyon SR Tendulkar lbw b Lyon 1 AM Rahane c Lyon b Maxwell 1 MS Dhoni*† not out 12 EXTRAS (b 9, lb 1) 10 TOTAL 158 DID NOT BAT RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, PP Ojha, B Kumar, I Sharma FALL OF WIcKETS 1-19 (Vijay, 3.3 ov), 2-123 (Kohli, 23.6 ov), 3127 (Tendulkar, 25.3 ov), 4-128 (Rahane, 26.4 ov) BOWLINg NM Lyon 15.2-0-71-2, gJ Maxwell 11-0-54-2, Mg Johnson 2-016-0, JL Pattinson 3-0-7-0 Match details Toss Australia, who chose to bat Series India won the 4-match series 4-0 Test debut AM Rahane (India) Player of the match RA Jadeja (India) Player of the series R Ashwin (India) umpires Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and RA Kettleborough (England) TV umpire S Ravi Match referee RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka) Reserve umpire AK chowdhary
The final day of the series, in Delhi, resembled one of those when a crazy colourful storm from Rajasthan visits the capital. While the storm is there, it is all encompassing, and promises apocalypse. Soon, though, it blows over, and you can't tell it had been there. For about the first 200 minutes of the day, it was mayhem: spiteful spin, altercations, posturing, surprises, sendoffs and some statesmanship. Twelve wickets fell for 170 runs, Nathan Lyon and Ravindra Jadeja registered their personal bests, Peter Siddle became the first No. 9 to score two fifties in a Test, but India got through the 155-run chase with shockingly consummate ease to win four matches in a series for the first time in their Test history. Cheteshwar Pujara, opening the innings in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan and fighting a finger injury of his own, led the
chase with his second fifty - 82 off 92 which on this pitch must rank alongside one of his double-centuries. It might have been made to look simple, but it wasn't always thus. Lyon, who had removed Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ojha with the last two deliveries of India's first innings, nearly had his hat-trick. M Vijay charged at him first ball of the innings, but the ball turned way down the leg side, and Matthew Wade missed the half chance. In the next over, Pujara survived a close lbw shout, with a soft outside edge helping him. In the next over, Vijay was bowled while reverse-sweeping. That was the closest Australia came to having a chance. Pujara and Kohli batted as if the events of the past two-and-a-half days didn't matter at all, as if the bunsen had lost all its fire. Which it hadn't; it was just clear-minded decisive batting on a spitter, making full use of every loose ball on offer. There were drives, there were ramps, there were
sweeps. From Australia there were loose balls, overthrows and misfields. A minor blip interrupted India's progress as three wickets fell for five runs to reduce India to 128 for 4, a period during which Sachin Tendulkar failed in possibly his last Test innings at home. Pujara, though, refused to acknowledge all this, bringing India level with three successive fours, and let MS Dhoni, whose grey beard bears the traces of two previous whitewashes of India, finish the rest. Enough of this drive on a clear sunny day. Back to the storm. Back to when there were skirmishes even before teams had crossed the rope. Over who should set foot on the field of play first. That resolved, Australia took the last two wickets in no time, restricting India's lead to 10. Australia tried to surprise India by opening with Glenn Maxwell alongside David Warner. In the absence of batsmen technically equipped to fight it out on this pitch, such aggression against new ball was perhaps the best way to go. Surreal scenes followed: Jadeja bowling to Maxwell in the fifth over of a Test innings. It didn't last. In his first over, Jadeja got one to turn, stay low, hit the outside edge of Maxwell's bat and cannon into the off stump. With an assured and aggressive innings, Ed Cowan showed it was probably not the best move after all to demote him. He capitalised on every loose delivery, and hit five fours in his 24, one of them a superb drive through midwicket after stepping down to Jadeja. All hell broke loose at the other end, though. Jadeja trapped Warner with a dart, and the Indian fielders let rip with a choreographed and a long send-off. Warner has been the sledger-in-chief from Australia, and has been in the ear of the Indian batsmen since the start of the second innings of the match. There is also a previous to this from the time India toured Australia, so that wicket would have brought Virat Kohli, in particular, and Jadeja natural and massive relief, and they just let it show.
previously only beaten England at home in one Test series, in 1983-84, and away in two, in 1986 and in 1999. The pitch showed no signs of deterioration for most of the day. It is simply that New Zealand's seamers bowled a little fuller, a little
NEW ZEALAND 1ST INNINgS 443 ENgLAND 1ST INNINgS IJL Trott lbw b Boult 27 17 IR Bell lbw b Southee JE Root b Southee 45 3 JM Bairstow lbw b Boult 73 MJ Prior† c Rutherford b Wagner 16 ScJ Broad c Rutherford b Boult ST Finn c Taylor b Boult 0 4 JM Anderson c †Watling b Boult MS Panesar not out 0 EXTRAS (w 2) 2 TOTAL 204 FALL OF WIcKETS 1-8 (cook, 2.1 ov), 2-44 (Trott, 15.5 ov), 3-61 (compton, 27.6 ov), 4-65 (Bell, 33.3 ov), 5-72 (Bairstow, 36.5 ov), 6-173 (Prior, 79.2 ov), 7-200 (Broad, 84.5 ov), 8-200 (Finn, 88.2 ov), 9-204 (Anderson, 88.5 ov), 10-204 (Root, 89.2 ov) BOWLINg TA Boult 25-9-68-6, Tg Southee 23.2-9-44-3, N Wagner 15-336-1, BP Martin 26-10-56-0 NEW ZEALAND 2ND INNINgS 14 Pg Fulton not out 0 HD Rutherford c Bell b Broad KS Williamson b Anderson 1 LRPL Taylor lbw b Broad 3 Dg Brownlie not out 13 4 EXTRAS (lb 4) 35 TOTAL TO BAT BB Mccullum*, BJ Watling†, Tg Southee, BP Martin, N Wagner, TA Boult FALL OF WIcKETS 1-4 (Rutherford, 1.3 ov), 2-5 (Williamson, 4.4 ov), 3-8 (Taylor, 7.6 ov) BOWLINg JM Anderson 9-6-11-1, ScJ Broad 7-4-7-2ST Finn 4-1-9-0, MS Panesar 2-2-0-0, IJL Trott 1-0-4-0 Match details Toss England, who chose to field Player of the match tba umpires PR Reiffel (Australia) and RJ Tucker (Australia) TV umpire SJ Davis (Australia) Match referee RS Mahanama (Sri Lanka) Reserve umpire DJ Walker
straighter and gained a little more swing than England had on the first couple of days. In short, New Zealand bowled better than England's much-vaunted attack.
Top-order batting let us down: Watson DELHI AgENcIES
Australia's acting captain Shane Watson has said a 4-0 thrashing is what Australia deserved given their struggles over the past few weeks and India's outstanding performances. Watson was in charge for the final Test in Delhi when Michael Clarke was ruled out due to his back injury but he was unable to turn the tide of a series that flowed in only one direction, and a loss inside three days was hardly the way the Australians wanted to end the tour. The only other time Australia have lost a series 4-0 was when an exhausted squad flew directly from a Test tour in India to South Africa in 1969-70 and the loss at the hands of Ali Bacher's men cost captain Bill Lawry his job. Not since a team ravaged by World Series Cricket departures lost 5-1 to England in 1978-79 had Australia lost this many matches in a Test series. "It's extremely disappointing," Watson said. "We came here with high hopes of having a good series here and the 4-0 here is what we deserved. The Indians have totally outplayed us. We haven't played to our best unfortunately. It certainly has been a big learning curve and that is one of the biggest challenges for us as a team is continuing to learn very quickly. We have got quite a number of young guys who are still learning. "But with me for example, I haven't scored the runs that I wanted. I knew how important it would be to be able to score runs to help the team get to a total while other guys are learning around me. That has been extremely disappointing, knowing I have played a lot of cricket here and I didn't score anywhere near the runs that I wanted. Especially when the team is learning in these conditions, these conditions are as foreign as we will ever get around the world." Watson was one of the biggest disappointments for Australia on this tour, averaging 16.50 in his three Tests, and he was one of three members of the top six who averaged less than 20. Watson's drought without a century now stands at 39 innings and stretches back nearly two and a half years, and the dearth of hundreds is starting to spread: Michael Clarke scored the only one for Australia on this trip. "Hopefully I haven't rubbed off on too many of them because that would be a shame if they all get my disease," Watson said. "For all of us as top-order batsmen, it has been very disappointing. Michael continues to be in amazing form. We've all got to continue to strive for what Michael has been able to achieve as a batsman. All top-order batsmen, we have to be scoring big runs if we want to be considered in the top six and playing consistently.
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If it was easy cricket, it would be called 'Easy' cricket. It's Test cricket, and you know it's a test. – Steven Finn
Monday, 25 March, 2013
tamim ends century drought
sA beat pak, wins series 3-2 ScOREBOARD S BENONI
Tamim Iqbal had a long talk with Jahurul Islam on the eve of the first ODI against Sri Lanka. In the discussion between one batsman who hasn't scored an international hundred for nearly two years and another who is known to possess a perceptive mind, the dominant topic had to be the hundred that wasn't coming for Tamim. When it finally came in the form of 112 runs that gave Bangladesh a genuine chance to win the first ODI, Tamim was quick to thank his opening partner from the Colombo Test and someone he has known for a long time. "The biggest inspiration for this hundred was Jahurul Islam," Tamim told ESPNcricinfo. "We stayed up till 11.30 last night and discussed some important points. It really worked for me. "I was talking to myself every ball after reaching 50. I wanted to keep my process in shape but then after I had hit a boundary, a current passed through my body. I gave a catch but it got dropped. Riyad bhai told me to go to the 70s and then think clearly. Nasir helped out too." Jahurul's advice wasn't just from outside the field. When he would walk in with the drinks as one of the substitutes, there were more words of encouragement for Tamim. "He reminded me of what he had talked about last night. He told me to that if I try to bat for 40 overs, I can score a hundred. So I would like to thank him. Jahurul is a big part of this century. "He also said that if a batsman makes 30, he starts thinking of a 50. So when you will reach 70 or 80, you will automatically start thinking of a 100. There was a gap for a long time, but I hope it won't be a longer gap next time." Tamim hadn't scored an international hundred since June 2010, and no ODI hundreds since February 2010. In the meantime, he had scored 18 fifties in all formats, and eleven in ODIs and his batting average during the hundred-less period has actually been better than his career averages. His first three hundreds came in 74 games, but the fourth one has taken him another 45. He has often batted at a high strike-rate, but hasn't played the long innings often enough.
OUTH Africa beat Pakistan in the fifth and the final, as well as the decisive match by 6 wickets and has won the sseries 3-2. An unbeaten 95-run knock by captain AB de Villiers helped South Africa score 208 runs at the loss of four wickets with 36 balls remaining. Chasing a winning target of 206 runs South Africa lost its first wicket at 12 runs when Junaid Khan bowled co-opener Quinton de Kock on the second ball of the sixth over. Kock scored 3 runs. One-down Colin Ingram, the second SA wicket, fell at 34 runs. Ingram was bowled by Mohammad Hafeez at individual score of 15 runs on the fifth ball of eleventh over. Opener Hashim Amla was the third SA wicket that fell on 83 runs on the the fourth ball of 23rd over.. Amla made 22 runs off 65 balls before Mohammad Irfan got him caught by Shaoib Malik. The fourth South African wicket to fall was Farhaan Behardien at 170 runs or 56 runs short of the 226-run winning target. Beherdien was caught by Saeed Ajmal off Mohammmad Irfan on the last ball of the 37th over. He added 35 runs to the total. Electing to bat after winning the toss
run-getter at 48 runs followed by 29 runs by Yunus Khan, 28 runs by Shoaib Malik and 26 runs by Junaid Khan. Ryan McLaren took 3 wickets while Morne Morkel took 2 Pakistani wickets. Dale Steyn, Tsotsobe, Robin Peterson and Farhaan Beherdien took one wicket each. Wahab Riaz was run out at 12 runs by McLaren/Peterson combination.
Pakistan had set South Africa a 206-run target to win the fifth, final and the decisive ODI at at Willowmoore Park, Benoni. Visitor Pakistan, which decided to ba after winning the toss, was all out for 205 runs with 5 balls remaining of the 50 allocated overs. Kamran Akmal was Pakistan's top
Zaka Ashraf assures Misbah of retaining captaincy LAHORE AgENcIES
Any threats to the Test and One-day captaincy of Misbah-ul-Haq have been dispelled by the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Zaka Ashraf during a meeting with the players in Johannesburg. Ashraf, who met the players and team management during a visit to Johannesburg to watch the final One-day international between Pakistan and South Africa, told Misbah that he will be continuing as captain for the Champions Trophy in England in June and should be prepared for the challenge. "Misbah was told before the final match he should not be concerned about his captaincy or place in the team as he would be leading the team in the Champions Trophy and he should just focus on trying to win the one-day series against South Africa," a source told PTI. The source said that Ashraf had also praised the players for their fightback in the ODI series but made it clear that no player - senior or junior - should take his place for granted. Ashraf also added that the board was providing them all facilities and incentives, so they were also expected to repay with good performances. A lobby in the Pakistan
cricket community had been insisting that Misbah's tenure as one-day captain and player was now over and he would be replaced by Muhammad Hafeez as skipper for the Champions Trophy. But the source insisted that since the time Misbah got back to form in the oneday series, he was more confident about himself and his captaincy. The source
said that Ashraf had also discussed about the appointment of a permanent batting coach and assured the team that the a coach would be named before the Champions Trophy. "The coaching committee has been told to revive and fast track its search and recommend candidates for the batting coach position. The names of some the former Pakistan players, including Zaheer Abbas is also being considered for the position," the source said. The board had appointed former captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq as batting consultant to work with the players before the team went to India for the One-day series in December. The PCB also wanted to send Inzamam with the team to South Africa but later dropped the plan after failing to reach an agreement with the former captain, who had demanded a two-year contract and fees equivalent to what is being paid to head coach, Dav Whatmore. The source said that the national selection committee has also been asked to continue till the Champions Trophy. "The board has informed the selectors that they will be selecting the squad for the Champions Trophy although their tenure had ended with the South African tour," the source said.
PAKISTAN 13 Imran Farhat c †de Villiers b Tsotsobe 5 Mohammad Hafeez c Ingram b Steyn 48 Kamran Akmal† c McLaren b Peterson 29 younis Khan c Amla b Behardien Misbah-ul-Haq* c †de Villiers b McLaren 24 Shoaib Malik c Behardien b McLaren 28 Shahid Afridi c Ingram b McLaren 0 12 Wahab Riaz run out (McLaren/Peterson) 1 Saeed Ajmal b Morkel 25 Junaid Khan b Morkel 4 Mohammad Irfan not out EXTRAS (lb 4, w 11, nb 1) 16 TOTAL 205 FALL OF WIcKETS 1-11 (Mohammad Hafeez, 2.5 ov), 2-31 (Imran Farhat, 9.1 ov), 3-97 (Kamran Akmal, 23.4 ov), 4-104 (younis Khan, 25.4 ov), 5-151 (Shoaib Malik, 34.3 ov), 6-151 (Shahid Afridi, 34.6 ov), 7-161 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 38.3 ov), 8-162 (Saeed Ajmal, 39.3 ov), 9-189 (Wahab Riaz, 46.1 ov), 10-205 (Junaid Khan, 49.1 ov) BOWLINg DW Steyn 10-0-33-1, LL Tsotsobe 10-2-42-1, M Morkel 9.1-033-2, R McLaren 10-0-32-3, RJ Peterson 7-1-51-1, F Behardien 3-0-10-1 SOuTH AFRIcA 22 HM Amla c Shoaib Malik b Mohammad Irfan q de Kock b Junaid Khan 3 15 cA Ingram b Mohammad Hafeez 95 AB de Villiers*† not out F Behardien c Saeed Ajmal b Mohammad Irfan 35 DA Miller not out 20 18 EXTRAS (b 6, lb 5, w 7) 208 TOTAL DID NOT BAT RJ Peterson, R McLaren, M Morkel, DW Steyn, LL Tsotsobe FALL OF WIcKETS 1-12 (de Kock, 5.2 ov), 2-34 (Ingram, 10.5 ov), 3-83 (Amla, 22.4 ov), 4-170 (Behardien, 36.6 ov) BOWLINg Mohammad Irfan 10-1-38-2, Junaid Khan 7-1-30-1, Mohammad Hafeez 4-0-23-1, Wahab Riaz 7-0-44-0, Saeed Ajmal 10-1-340, Shahid Afridi 6-0-28-0
slC apologises for floodlight failure HAMBANTOTA AgENcIES
Sri Lanka Cricket has apologised for the generator failures that halted play for 99 minutes in the first ODI in Hambantota, and said an investigation into the problem will be launched tomorrow. One floodlight tower lost power after the 41st over of the Bangladesh innings, before both the towers on the western side of the ground went out during the innings break, causing the major 85-minute delay. Sri Lanka's innings was curtailed to 41 overs as a result, and their target adjusted to 238 according to the Duckworth-Lewis method. "Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to apologize to the millions of viewers & the general public for the inconvenience caused due to this technical fault," a release said. "Two of the four light towers at the ground had failed. It should be noted that these generators were tested the day before and were fully functional during the said testing period." One generator provides electricity to two floodlight towers, and each of those primary generators has a back-up generator that kicks in if the first one fails. The first generator on the western side failed during the Bangladesh innings, causing the first delay, but although the backup generator took over after a short break, that too failed during the innings break. The generator that provides electricity for the southern grandstand was then brought in to provide power for the floodlights.
Dilshan powers Sri Lanka towards victory HAMBANTOTA AgENcIES
Bangladesh's first ODI of the year should be remembered for several events, including a Tamim Iqbal century, but the assault on their bowlers by the Sri Lanka openers overshadowed all that. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kushal Janith Perera, playing only his fifth ODI, took less than an hour to decimate an already feeble pace attack and demoralise the spinners, Bangladesh's strength. Sri Lanka eased to an eight-wicket victory, giving them a 1-0 lead in the threematch series. Bangladesh's score of 258 for 9 was supposed to test Sri Lanka, especially in Hambantota where the previous highest successful chase was 211. The added advantage for Bangladesh was the 85-minute delay inbetween innings due to a power failure in two light towers, which gave Sri Lanka a revised target of 238 in 41 overs. Sri Lanka's task had
been made more difficult, but Dilshan and Perera responded ruthlessly. They added 106 in just 12.1 overs, hammering 13 boundaries and a six. Seven of those fours came off the first 14 deliveries that Abul Hasan and Rubel Hossain served up. It was one of those games the late Tony Greig would have loved to call; one of those carving the bowling, Kushal, was almost a copy of Sanath Jayasuriya. Save the superstitious touches of the pad, helmet and bat, the stance and the shots of Kushal were reminiscent of Jayasuriya's style of play. The first square cut threw you back to the mid 1990s, when Jayasuriya gained the reputation for being a destroyer of bowling attacks. As the fours poured in, there were signs of more similarity. Kushal's grip tends to stay towards the bottom of the handle as well, but his attacking instincts almost led to an early dismissal when he swept one straight to deep square leg.
ScOREBOARD BANgLADESH Tamim Iqbal run out (chandimal/†Sangakkara) 112 Anamul Haque b NLTc Perera 13 Mohammad Ashraful c MDKJ Perera b Kulasekara 0 Mushfiqur Rahim*† lbw b Mathews 3 Mahmudullah c †Sangakkara b Mathews 29 Nasir Hossain not out 73 Ziaur Rahman b Senanayake 0 Sohag gazi c Dilshan b Malinga 6 Abul Hasan b Malinga 3 Abdur Razzak not out 6 EXTRAS (b 1, lb 1, w 11, nb 1) 14 TOTAL 259 FALL OF WIcKETS: 1-44 (Anamul Haque, 7.4 ov), 2-57 (Mohammad Ashraful, 10.1 ov), 3-63 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 12.5 ov), 4-129 (Mahmudullah, 28.5 ov), 5-204 (Tamim Iqbal, 43.4 ov), 6-204 (Ziaur Rahman, 43.5 ov), 7-211 (Sohag gazi, 44.6 ov), 8244 (Abul Hasan, 48.1 ov) BOWLINg: SL Malinga 10-0-51-2, KMDN Kulasekara 9-0-67-1, NLTc Perera 8-0-45-1, AD Mathews 9-1-36-2, SMSM Senanayake 10-0-46-1, TM Dilshan 4-0-12-0
SRI LANKA MDKJ Perera c Nasir Hossain b Sohag gazi 42 TM Dilshan not out 113 Kc Sangakkara† c Ziaur Rahman b Rubel Hossain 63 LD chandimal not out 3 EXTRAS (lb 13, w 4) 17 TOTAL 238 FALL OF WIcKETS: 1-106 (MDKJ Perera, 12.1 ov), 2-234 (Sangakkara, 34.6 ov) BOWLINg: Abul Hasan 5-0-52-0, Rubel Hossain 5-0-44-1, Abdur Razzak 9-0-49-0, Sohag gazi 7.4-0-46-1, Ziaur Rahman 8-0-26-0, Mahmudullah 1-0-8-0 Match details Toss Sri Lanka, who chose to field Series Sri Lanka led the 3-match series 1-0 ODI debut Ziaur Rahman (Bangladesh) Player of the match TM Dilshan (Sri Lanka) umpires NJ Llong (England) and RSA Palliyaguruge TV umpire TH Wijewardene Match referee Dc Boon (Australia) Reserve umpire HMNc Dhanasinghe
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I wouldn't point the finger at anyone because we back each other when one of the departments doesn't do well. â€“ Shane Jurgensen
SPORTS Monday, 25 March, 2013
Mahad zafar wins 1st ziC pakistan day golf tournament
Murray eases past tomic in Miami
LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The 1st ZIC Pakistan Day Golf Championship held over two days at the Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course concluded yesterday,and the high achiever in the men amateur category turned out to be the boyish Mahad Zafar,while Qayum Rashid,a former hockey olympian was the most adept one in the seniors category.The top one amongst veterans was Javed Hameed and Mrs Sameea Javed Ali captured the first position amongst ladies. A total of 96 competitors turned up to participate in a golf competition held on the occasion of the Pakistan Day and performances by 24 of them were admirable indeed and deserved the prizes that they won,in events for men amateurs,seniors,veterans and ladies.The top prize,in each category of events however were captured by golfers who displayed excellence in every aspect of the game,be it shotmaking or chipping or putting on the greens. In the men amateur category,Mahad Zafar an upcoming young one of immense talent was at his playing best and matched wits with his far more experienced opponents like Sardar Murad,Amir Mehmood,Imran Ahmed and Mohsen Zafar and through a sequence of three birdies and thirteen pars he produced an 18 holes score of par 72,in the process beating his father Mohsen Zafar by one stroke and Imran Ahmd by three strokes.For Mahad this was a memorable happening as his playmates like Imran and Sardar Murad who were otherwise his fiercest competitors during the stroke play competition stepped forward to applaud and pat him once the competition was over. As for the competition in the seniors category,it turned out to be a duel between Qayum Rashid and Naeem Chaudry who are considered two 'mistries'of they game.Yes they are the ones who can slice the ball,fade it and even draw the ball at will,in the course of their shot making.That Qayum Rashid beat Naeem Chaudry in the end is by itself a compliment to his ability and temperament and perhaps a lot of the young ones need to watch them to understand what golf is all about. Other results; Ladies net; Mrs Dur e Shahwar (3rd net), Mrs Maimoona Azam (2nd net), Mrs Fauzia Amber Qureshi (1st net); Ladies Gross; Mrs Rahina Ehtisham (3rd gross), Dr Asma Afzal Shami (2nd gross), Mrs Sameea Javaid Ali (1st gross); Veterans; Air Cmdr (r) Z.I. Ahmed (3rd net), Dr Kh.Sadiq Hussain (2nd net), Abdul Sattar Khan (1st net); Veterans gross; Brig (r) Fayyaz Ghani (3rd gross), Javaid Ahmed Zia (2nd gross), Javed Hameed (1st gross); Seniors; Karamatullah Chaudry (3rd net), Irfan Saeed (2nd net), Asad Niaz (1st net); Seniors gross; Hamid Aziz Sethi (3rd gross), Naeem Akhter Chaudry (2nd gross), Qayum Rashid (1st gross); Amateur net; Salman Gulzar (3rd net), Asad Abbas (2nd net), Taha Zaka (1st net); Amateur gross; Imran Ahmed (3rd gross), Mohsen Zafar (2nd gross), Mahad Zafar (1st gross). Shaukat Hassan the CEO of ZIC awarded some grand looking trophies to the winners in a grand prize distribution ceremony attended by Mian Misbahurrehman, Zia ur Rehman, Agha Ali Imam, Amir Mehmood golfers and families.
ORLD number three Andy Murray eased into the third round of the Miami Masters despite never having to play at his best against an out of sorts. The 20-year-old has undoubted potential and has been touted for a bright future but after a solid start he offered next to nothing and by the end was barely running for the ball as he lost 6-3 6-1. The Australian is the youngest player in the top 50 but at times on Saturday his body language emitted nothing but negativity and questions over his commitment, already voiced by Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter, may well return. Tomic enjoyed an ideal start as he held to love and in the fourth game,
with Murray serving 2-1 down, the Australian brought up double break point after he pounced on the Briton's poorly-executed shot. Murray saved the first and Tomic netted the second, a feat he repeated when he again held break point as the former toiled to 2-2, the game lasting more than eight minutes. It was an impressive start by the 20-year-old but the promise that showed seemed to instantly evaporate, Murray breaking to love as Tomic hit another return into the net. The world number three had to be nothing more than efficient, expending as little energy as possible in the sapping Florida heat, and there was an air of inevitability as he eased to the first set. After holding for a 1-0 second set lead, Murray brought up break point but, after a number of games of apparent lethargy, Tomic underlined his
undoubted potential with a fearsome cross-court drive as he went on to hold. Murray comfortably held as Tomic's attempted return through his legs went yards wide prompting some boos from an underwhelmed crowd. Tomic looked out of sorts and although it was in no way Murray's best performance he glided inexorably towards victory. The Australian netted with a lame shot for Murray to go 5-1 up, prompting more catcalls from the stands and the Scot easily served out. Murray knew he had not played anywhere near his peak on Saturday but it was a job done satisfactorily. He told Sky Sports 4: "No matter how you start your match you need to make your opponent work hard. "I didn't hit it unbelievable today [Saturday] but I worked hard. Once I got the breakthrough he made mistakes.
Mourinho reiterates FIFA vote fixing claim SPORTS DESK Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has reiterated his claim there were 'irregularities' in voting for FIFA's World coach of the year award. Mourinho alleged this week that people who had voted for him for the 2012 award had their votes changed, with Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque picking up the honour at a ceremony in Zurich in January, which the Portuguese declined to attend. He brought up the issue again at a press conference in his hometown of Setubal, where he praised Macedonia captain Pandev for publicly backing his contested version of events. The Napoli star has insisted that he voted for Mourinho rather than Del Bosque, despite FIFA releasing an image of his ballot paper which indicated he had voted for the Spain coach. "I would simply like to thank one of numerous others who phoned me to warn me (of vote rigging), because it's not easy," said Mourinho, confirming to reporters he was referring to and praising "the captain of the Macedonia national team".
MIAMI: Caroline Wozniacki was beaten in straight sets by Garbine Muguruza sending her, crashing out of the second round of the Miami Masters.
faryad, shahoon win pakistan day Cycle race LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Faryad Hussain and Shahoon Mashi won the Pakistan Day Cycle Race. According to the Organizing secretary Qasir Siddique Bhatti, Punjab Cycling Association organized today a cycle race to celebrate the Pakistan Day. A recorded 45 cyclists all over the Punjab took part in this race. The race was started from Icchra Ferozepur road and tern back from Kahna and terminated at Gadaffi Stadium Ferozepur road. The Start of the race given by Former International Cyclist and Coach Mr. Muhammad Jamil. Faryad Hussain and Shamoon Mashi both got First Position by Photo Finish. 40Km distance was covered in 1 Hour 07Mints and 26Sec. 2nd Position Kashif Arif 3rd Position Muhammad Imran 4th Sunny Anwar 5th Shahbaz Mashi 6th Azeem Nobal. The Chief Guest for closing Ceremony was Ch. Kamran Amin President Punjab Cycling Association who gave away Trophies and Cash Awards to the Winners. The Chief Judge of the Race Syed Nazakat Ali Former International Cyclist with Amin Sulhari, Moras Raza, Arif Anyat, Fayyaz , Sajjad Lazar performed the best duties in the Race.
Cavani advises Suarez to leave Liverpool for UCL SPORTS DESK Uruguayan Edinson Cavani has urged international team-mate Luis Suarez to leave Liverpool for a club capable of offering Champions League football. Suarez's future with Liverpool has recently come under intense speculation, with the 26-year-old previously hinting at a possible move away from the Reds during the summer in order to fulfil his ambitions of playing Champions League football. Several elite clubs, including
the likes of Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are reportedly keen to sign Suarez, but Liverpool are expectedly unwilling to sell one of their top stars as they continue to manoeuvre their return to the summit of English football. But Cavani, who has formed a deadly partnership in attack with Suarez for Uruguay, has advised the former Ajax player to leave Liverpool in order to play at the very highest level. "The fact is that Luis is one of the top strikers in the world and he
wants to be playing Champions League football," Cavani told The Sun. "Of course, Liverpool are not going to make it this season. "But if they don't make it next season then they will have a problem. "Luis would love to play in the Champions League with Liverpool. "But if he can't then a player of his quality needs to play for a club where he can." However, Cavani acknowledged it Suarez's affection for Liverpool would make it very hard for him to leave
the club. "I know it meant a lot when Liverpool stood by him through some tough times and he has a lot of love for the club and their fans," Cavani added. "When I speak with Luis he speaks with admiration about Liverpool and the Premier League. "He even encourages me to play in England." Both Cavani and Suarez will likely feature for Uruguay when they take on Chile in their next World Cup Qualifying fixture.
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It certainly made us realise that what we thought were the little things are quite large in our group and important to our group having success. – Michael Clarke
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wozniacki crashes out of Miami Masters MIAMI AgENcIES
savic urges Jovetic to move to Man City
SPORTS DESK Former Manchester City player Stefan Savic has urged Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic to move to the Premier League champions. Football News: Stefan Jovetic The 23-year old striker is set to lead the line for Montenegro alongside Juventus' Mirko Vucinic when the team take on England for their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. A goal against Roy Hodgson's men will further establish Jovetic's credentials to make the step up to a a bigger European club and Savic told the Daily Mail that he would encourage his compatriot to choose Manchester City should an opportunity arise in the summer. "Jovetic can play for one of the top clubs. I hope he does because he is one of my closest friends, I would recommend City to him," Savic shared. "I think City's a rising team, one of the best clubs in Europe. They will win trophies and be in the Champions League every year." The central defender only lasted a year at the Etihad Stadium after moving from FK Partizan. However, Savic believed his short stay at City should not discourage Jovetic from joining the club. "It was hard for me there because I came straight from the Serbian League. I won a league title but after a season, I knew I had to play regularly to improve as a player. So I left - it was my decision," he revealed. "It is different for Stevan. He has five years experience, he could play straight away with Sergio Aguero or Carlos Tevez.
England is not a plaything: Wright SPORTS DESK Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes players are now only willing to play for England when it is convenient for them. After a respectable run to the quarterfinals of Euro 2012, Roy Hodgson must now guide England to a berth at the 2014 World Cup. However, the former West Brom manager's squad appears to be light on defensive stability, with the retirement of Chelsea skipper John Terry and the fracas involving Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand denying Hodgson the services of two of the best centrebacks in the Premier League. Speaking to Absolute Radio, Wright criticized the current crop of English players for treating the opportunity of playing for the country too lightly. "It's very disappointing because all I want for England is for them to do well. That's all you want - people to play for England, heart-on-sleeves stuff, go out there, tin hats and everything, go out and make the country proud. We must get to the finals in Brazil in 2014 because it's going to be an amazing World Cup and, once there, just give us a run for our money," he said. "But we've got players retiring left, right and centre - not wanting to play, then they're saying, well, now I do want to play. England isn't a plaything, England isn't something you can pick up and put down when you want and that's what's disappointing. It's not a good
World number nine Caroline Wozniacki was beaten in straight sets by world number 73 Garbine Muguruza, crashing out of the second round of the Miami Masters. Wozniacki was taken to three sets last time out by Karolina Pliskova and she again made a poor start as Muguruza eased to the first set 6-2. The Spaniard then took a 2-0 lead before the former world number one reeled off three straight games. Both women held before Muguruza broke before serving out for a 6-2 6-4 win. World number four Agnieszka Radwanska was taken to three sets by Magdalena Rybarikova before prevailing 7-6 (7/5) 2-6 6-3. Radwanska edged the first set on a tie break only for her opponent to storm through the second set and force a decider. Radwanska, who already has two titles to her name in 2013, then broke in the seventh game for a 4-3 lead and another break ensured victory. World number five Li Na had no such problems, despatching Varvara Lepchenko 6-2 6-4 while Ajla Tomljanovic beat Andrea Petkovic in a marathon match, 0-6 6-4 7-6 (7/1). Laura Robson passed up the chance to become British number one on Friday night, beaten in three sets in the second round of the WTA Sony Open by Alize Cornet. The 19-year-old started well but, in a match which lasted two hours 36 minutes but was stretched over seven hours due to rain delays and power cuts in Miami, the 32nd-seeded Frenchwoman eventually emerged a 5-7 7-5 6-1 winner. World number 36 Cornet, who wrapped up the win with a run of five straight games, will face American Lauren Davis in round three.
Mata confident AvB can coach ‘any team’ SPORTS DESK
message. You've got Ben Foster who has come back now after he turned his back on the international scene. Now it suits him to come back." The former striker believed that most of the players eligible to don the Three Lions crest were content to limit their time to club football. "England just don't seem to be the be-all and end-all any more, because there's so much money with the players. I remember it used to be something where, if you played for England, that put you on a bigger stage. So then sponsors and people would come in,
because they knew you're nationally known," Wright remarked. "Now you don't need to be nationally known because you get so much money from playing a couple of mediocre games in the Premier League and you get these unbelievable wages. England is not something that the players need because all that comes with England, in their eyes, is the pressure of having to perform." England face Montenegro in a 2014 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, with a chance to top Group H on offer for Hodgson's team.
Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata says Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is good enough to coach 'any team' amid speculation linking him with Real Madrid. Andre Villa-Boas, Tottenham Portuguese boss Villas-Boas has been tipped as a potential successor to compatriot Mourinho at the Bernabeu at the end of the season, with the Real manager's future still the subject of speculation. Mata worked under VillasBoas during his ill-fated stint at Stamford Bridge last season, which lasted just nine months before his sacking. But the 35-year-old has impressed at Spurs this term and Mata feels his old boss has the calibre to coach anywhere in the world. He told Movistar: "He's able to train any team. "He's a great coach; modern and young but with experience and qualifications, although his time at Chelsea did not go well at all."
Galliani declares Balotelli as one of the best SPORTS DESK AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani considers Mario Balotelli to be one of the top five players in the world. Football News: Italy vs Brazil Since moving back to Italy from Manchester City, Balotelli has gotten his club and international career back on track. 7 goals in his first six Serie A games as an AC Milan player has earned the striker a call-up to Cesare Prandelli's national selection and Balotelli is expected to lead the line for his
country in their upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifier against Malta. Galliani told Sky Sport Italia that the 22-year old deserved a place of honour amongst the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. "I think that right now Balotelli is among the top five players in the world, behind Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Radamel Falcao, I see Super Mario as the best player in the world. Of course Edinson Cavani should be taken into consideration in that list, but let us not forget that Balotelli is
only 22 years old," he pointed out. "He’s modest too. I called him up to congratulate him for the goal scored against Brazil, but he said he should’ve scored another two." The Rossoneri chief executive also expressed hopes for Balotelli to continue excelling for the club. "I always considered Balotelli to be a great player, even when he was at Inter, and we were able to bring this talent back to Italy. I speak to him every day and tell him to continue doing well, as it’s his first season as a first choice," Galliani shared.
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Monday, 25 March, 2013
filing of nomination papers in person compulsory: eCp dros and ros are receiving noMination PaPers froM Potential candidates ISLAMABAD INP
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has clarified that nomination papers would be submitted only by the contesting candidate. The returning officer (RO) would issue a receipt of the nomination paper specifying the date and time. The clarification came in response to questions as to whether the nomination papers are to be delivered to returning officers by the candidates themselves and whether attachment of the party’s certificate with the nomination form is compulsory. The commission said that the candidate may attend the process of scrutiny of nomination papers in his own interest, but in case he preferred to remain absent, his nomination paper could be rejected due to his failure to appear before the RO on the date of scrutiny. It was also said the candidates may file the party’s certificate showing their party affiliation either at the time of filing of nomination papers or at the time of scrutiny or at the time of allocation of symbols on the date of withdrawal, April 18. The commission also clarified that the candidates filing nomination papers for the seats reserved for women and nonMuslims could attend the scrutiny of their nomination papers. However, if they do not attend the scrutiny, their nomination papers too would not be rejected on this very ground. Earlier, filing of nomination papers began on Sunday. Offices of district returning officers (DROs) and ROs are receiving nomination papers from the potential candidates. The process of filing nomination papers would continue until March 29. The scrutiny of nomination papers would be held from March 30 to April 5. Last date for filing of appeals against decisions of the returning officers regarding acceptance or rejection of the nomination papers would be April 9.
KARACHI: Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf salutes his supporters upon arrival at the Karachi International airport on Sunday. INP
Meeting on caretaker punjab CM ends inconclusively LAHORE
HE first session of parliamentary committee formed to elect caretaker chief minister of Punjab ended inconclusively on Sunday. Unlike in KPK, Balochistan and Sindh, Punjab has failed to resolve the issue of appointment of a caretaker chief minister and the matter was referred to the parliamentary committee. The parliamentary committee comprised PML-N’s Rana Sanaullah, Mujtaba Shujaur Rahman and Iqbal Chanar, while Shaukat Basra, Chaudhry Zaheer and Zulfiquar Gondal are the opposition’s members. The meeting of this six-member parliamentary committee was held at the Punjab Assembly on Sunday morning.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Sanaullah said the meeting discussed the rules of procedure, adding that the Punjab law secretary and advocate general had been called to attend today’s (Monday) meeting to guide the committee whether any change could be brought to the referred list of names. The proposed candidates are Justice (r) Amir Raza and Khwaja Azhar from the PML-N side and Justice (r) Zahid Hussain and Najam Sethi by the opposition. Sanaullah said the committee was striving hard to achieve consensus on one of the four proposed names, adding that committee would consider two names in its Monday meeting. To a question, he said no objection had so far been raised against Najam Sethi as the caretaker chief minister of Punjab. To another question, he said they accepted the nominated Caretaker
Prime Minister Justice (r) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso as decided by the Election Commission of Pakistan, adding, "We hope that Khoso will come up to the expectations of the people and hold free and fair elections." PPP’s Basra said the committee has full authority and some legal points were discussed to finalise the rules of procedure. Constitutionally, the parliamentary committee has to arrive at a consensus decision relating to the selection of caretaker CM within three days, failing which the matter would be referred to the provincial Election Commission for a final verdict. PMLQ’s Chaudhry Zaheeruddin said they had participated in the committee meeting with all sincerity and "I want all politicians to take important decisions on their own to remove the general perception that we are unable to decide about any matter".
Karzai to visit Qatar to discuss peace with Taliban KABUL AgENcIES
Afghan President Hamid Karzai will fly to Qatar in the next few days to discuss peace with the Taliban and open a political office for the group, said a statement from the president’s office on Sunday. Karzai will also use the visit to further Afghanistan-Qatar relations and meet the country's officials, presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi said. The Taliban office had been planned for some time and was formally acknowledged as a step forward for peace negotiations during the UK, Afghanistan and Pakistan trilateral summit three months ago. "President Karzai's trip is the result of an invitation from the Qatari Emir and will involve discussions about mutual cooperation and the peace process,” Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai said at a press conference on Sunday. After the UK summit, Karzai ordered Afghan officials to talk to Qatar about opening the office and signing an agreement with the country. Karzai's trip comes after recent speeches where he accused the US of holding secret talks with the Taliban without Afghan involvement. The new US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, who was in Kabul
at the time, dismissed Karzai's accusations. And the Taliban has denied any talks with the US since last year. Around 18 Taliban members who have shown a desire to negotiate with the Afghan government or join the peace process have recently been killed. "Over the past month, a number of Taliban who were wanting to join the peace process and had maintained relations with the Afghan government and High Peace Council were recently caught and put in prison, and about 17 or 18 of them were killed after being tortured," said Aimal Faizi, blaming outsiders for their deaths. "The peace process is being sabotaged and it will continue to be sabotaged. Some countries do not want the process to be carried out," he added. The High Peace Council said the deaths and arrests are a sign of the disarray of the peace process both inside and outside Afghanistan, warning that the disorder will end up harming those causing it. However former Taliban leaders in Kabul are saying that only the establishment of the liaison office will not be sufficient for the group. Former Taliban leader Syed Akbar Agha said unless the government does not free all Taliban detainees from Afghan jails and other prisons under the control of United States, the Taliban group will not sit-in for peace talks. Published by Arif Nizami at Plot # 7, Al-Baber Centre, F/8 Markaz, Islamabad. Published by Arif Nizami at Qandeel Printing Press, 4 Queens Road, Lahore.
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Japan grants $2m to eCp
Japan granted 183 million Japanese Yen (approximately $ 2 million) to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support the electoral process. The grant will fund polling staff training, development of elections results management, and voter education and public outreach. Notes to this effect were signed by Japan’s Charge d'affaires to Pakistan Akira Kono and UNDP Pakistan Country Director Marc-Andr Franche. ECP Additional Secretary Mohammad Afzal Khan was also present on the occasion, said a news release on Sunday. The project aims at strengthening the capacity of the ECP and to enhance participation of the general public in the elections, including women and the youth. Speaking on the occasion, Kono said the next election would be another landmark in the history of democracy in Pakistan. "It is essential that both, the authorities and the people in Pakistan play their roles in order to make the upcoming elections credible, transparent and inclusive,” he remarked. He hoped that the project would be effectively implemented by the ECP and the UNDP, in close coordination with other partners. The Japanese delegate encouraged every stakeholder in Pakistan to work for credible, transparent, and inclusive elections. By doing so, he stated, Pakistan could show to the world that the country has completed yet another stage of consolidating its democracy and he would like to see that today's agreement would help Pakistan to achieve this goal.