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Massive demonstrations against frequent power outages held across the country Students suffer most as unscheduled load shedding hinders exam preparation ISLAMABAD STAFF rEPorT/AgEnciES
RAINED by the scorching heat and continued prolonged unannounced load shedding, people across Punjab took out processions in several cities on Sunday to protests the agonizing outages. Protests were held in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Chakwal, Sialkot, Gujranwala and many other areas, where residents remained without electricity for up to 14 hours a day, while power outages in the rural areas has reached up to 20 hours a day. Residents in Peshawar also took to the roads with batons and staged a protest against load shedding. They blocked the road near Saifan Chowk and surrounded Sheikh Muhammadi Grid Station. In Faisalabad, protestors turned violent against the massive power cuts, burning tyres and pelting stones on official and private vehicles. Hundreds of factory workers in Ghulam Muhammad Abad protested against power outage and threatened to lay a siege to FESCO offices if the schedule of load shedding was not announced. Protesters in Rawalpindi, Sanghar, Lahore and Sahiwal also took to the streets terming the unannounced load shedding a curse. The electricity shortfall has reached 6,000MW and has led to an increase in the duration of load shedding. PEPCO said electricity generation was
10,814MW while the demand had risen to 16,814MW. Despite the shortfall, KESC was being continually supplied 690MW. A spokesman for PEPCO claimed that electricity generation had decreased due to low quantity of furnace oil. People in Lahore staged a protest demonstration against frequent power outages at Murghi Khana, Bedian Road, on Sunday. The protesters, mostly women and children, who were carrying banners blocked the main road and chanted slogans against unscheduled load shedding. They said abrupt power suspension had damaged several of their electric appliances. With the rise in load shedding, students taking their first-term exams have also been left at the mercy of heat and outages. Exams in a majority of schools of twin cities have begun and students are facing difficulty in preparations due to frequent power outages. Like other parts of the country, power outages in Rawalpindi and Islamabad have also become unbearable for people in general and students in particular. “It is very difficult to concentrate on studies during frequent load shedding and I fear that my results will be affected if the situation continues,” Amir, a student at a Rawalpindi school, said. “We are facing 18 hours of load shedding a day and there is no electricity to even charge the UPS,” he said.
quETTA: Security personnel stand near a bomb blast site on Sunday. A remote-controlled bomb targeting a police van killed three passers-by and wounded six others people. Two donkeys also died in the blast. Afp
3 killed in Quetta ied blast QUETTA ShAhzAdA zulFiqAr
Three people were killed and eight others injured in a bomb explosion in the outskirts of Quetta on Sunday. Police said a police van was the main target of the bomb that was fitted to a donkey cart parked along the road, however, the police personnel escaped the attack alive. According to details, a police van of New Sariab police station carrying some personnel was coming towards
the city when the IED attached to the donkey cart went off as the van passed it by. As a result, a rickshaw driver, two owners of donkey carts and two donkeys were killed. SP Iskandar Tareen said three passers-by were killed and eight persons, including a police official, were injured in the bomb attack. He said the police personnel in an official van were the main target of the attack, but they remained unhurt. “Only a constable received minor in-
US will pay only ‘fair’ price for Pakistani routes: Panetta g
US defence secretary says Dr Afridi’s treason sentence ‘disturbing’ WASHINGTON SPEciAl corrESPondEnT
The United States will pay only a fair price to Islamabad for use of Pakistani supply routes into Afghanistan, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Sunday as the two countries struggled to resolve differences over a number of issues including the restoration of ground lines. He said in an interview that Washington and the American people were concerned about the strained relationship with Pakistan but vowed continued efforts at working with the “critical” South Asian country to curb terrorist threat. Panetta also noted that treatment of a Pakistani doctor Dr Shakil Afridi – sentenced to 33 years imprisonment for working with CIA in tracing Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts – did not help the US-Pakistan relations. “The GLOCS (ground lines of communication) these (Pakistani) transit points, are important to us. We would like to be able to use them. But we’re going to pay a fair price... They’re negotiating what
that price ought to be. You know, clearly we don’t - we’re not about to get gouged in the price. We want a fair price,” he told ABC This Week programme. The US defence secretary refused to specify the amount Washington would be willing to pay when he was asked a question on restoration of NATO supply routes in the context of Pakistan reportedly asking for $5,000 charge per container. Islamabad has made the argument that it needs to spend huge sums of money to repair its roads the US and NATO used for more than a decade for passage of heavy equipment and other essential supplies. The supply routes were closed following the November 26 American airstrikes on Pakistan posts along the Afghan border, which resulted in deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers. Currently, Panetta told the channel, the United States was relying on the Northern Distribution Network to transport supplies to sustain US-led NATO mission in landlocked Afghanistan. “We’re moving most of our stuff through the north. It’s more expensive, but we’re getting the job done, and
they need to understand that we can continue to get the job done that we have to by using that northern distribution route.” He said the Pakistani routes were important but indicated their use was not “absolutely essential” to completing the mission. “It would be convenient for us. We would like to be able to use the Pakistan gates, but it isn’t absolutely essential to our completing the mission that we’re involved with.” On bilateral ties with Pakistan, Panetta said “this has been one of the most complicated relationships that we’ve had, working with Pakistan” and acknowledged Pakistan’s key importance in the region. “We have to continue to work at it. It is important. This is a country that has – that has nuclear weapons. This is a country that still is critical in that region of the world.” “This is a country in which we have to go after an enemy that’s located in their country as we have. So we have to continue to try to work with them. It’s an up-anddown relationship. There have been periods where we’ve had good cooperation and they have worked with us. And there have been periods where we’ve had conflict.”
Panetta argued that but both countries had a responsibility to work together because they were dealing with common threats. “They’re dealing with the terrorist threat just like we are. They’ve had huge numbers of Pakistanis who’ve been killed by terrorists. So our responsibility here is to keep pushing them to understand how important it is for them to work with us to try to deal with the common threats we both face. And what they did with this doctor (Afridi) doesn’t help in the effort to try to do that.” Asked to comment specifically on the sentencing of Dr Afridi, who ran a fake vaccination campaign to confirm DNA samples of bin Laden, before his was killed in an American raid in Abbottabad last year, the US defence secretary said, “It is so difficult to understand and it’s so disturbing that they would sentence this doctor to 33 years for helping in the search for the most notorious terrorist in our times. This doctor was not working against Pakistan.” “He was working against al Qaeda. And I hope that ultimately Pakistan understands that, because what they have done here, I think, you know, does not help in the effort to try to reestablish a relationship between the United States and Pakistan.”
juries,” he said. Mohibullah, a staff of the Bomb Disposal Squad, said the bomb was an IED of between 10kgs to 15kgs and was detonated with a remote control. Two of the deceased were identified as Mohammad Yunis and Mohammad Arif, an Afghan national while the third was yet to be named. The injured included Badur Khan, Abdur Samad, Mozammal Ahmad, Abdul Rashid, Rafiullah, Allah Bakhsh, Waqar Ahmad and Constable Mohammad Nazar.
Another US drone strike kills five MIRANSHAH AFP
A US drone attack early Monday killed at least five militants in the northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, security officials said. The attack took place in Hassokhel town, 25 kilometres east of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan. It was the third such attack in the last four days in North Waziristan. “The US drones targeting a militant compound and a vehicle, fired four missiles killing five rebels,” a Pakistani security official said. He added that the compound came under attack for a second time after some 20 minutes, with US drones firing four more missiles. He said the exact number of drones that took part in the attack was not immediately known.
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NA speaker defends her ruling in PM’s contempt case BADIN: Despite strong criticism by the opposition over her ruling of not sending reference against Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to the Election Commission, National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza on Sunday defended her action and said she had acted in accordance with the constitution. She said she had discharged her responsibility with honesty and in accordance with the constitution. “I am satisfied with my ruling,” she said while speaking at a ceremony held to distribute buffaloes among 100 rain-affected women in Tando Bhago with the assistance of United Arab Emirates Red Crescent. The speaker said she had always “discharged her responsibilities with honesty” and the recent decision about Prime Minister Gilani was also made as per the constitution. She said the democratic government of the PPP had undertaken record development schemes in the constituency which included water supply, electricity and gas projects. She said the government worked hard to help the people affected by the devastating rains, and efforts for their rehabilitation will continue. The speaker said the PPP government would not disappoint the people, adding that the people of Badin would support the PPP and reject the opportunists once again. AgEnciES
Shujaat backs speaker’s decision on PM’s disqualification LONDON: Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has said that his party backs National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza’s decision on the issue of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s disqualification as a member of the parliament. He also endorsed the prime minister’s stance of not filing an appeal against his conviction in the contempt of court case. Talking to a private TV channel at the Pakistani High Commission in London, Shujaat said that there was no harm in meeting with former president Pervez Musharraf. He said that politics were not discussed during Musharraf’s visit to meet Chaudhry Pervez Elahi at the hospital. He said that his party would form an election alliance with the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) for the next general election. Shujaat said there was no chance to form an alliance with PML-N. AgEnciES
Man flogged 100 times for sexually assaulting 4-year-old girl LAYYA: A man was publicly flogged for allegedly trying to sexually assault a four-year-old girl in Layya on Saturday. After finding him guilty of the crime, a local panchayat announced a sentence of 100 whips for the man. According to a TV channel report, 26-year-old Aslam raped the daughter of his relative and threw her in the street. Police reached the scene and after hourlong negotiations with the panchayat, took the accused into their custody and registered a case of child abuse against him. AgEnciES
Troops kill 4 militants in Orakzai PESHAWAR: Pakistan’s security forces killed at least four militants in Upper Orakzai of the country’s tribal region on Sunday. Sources said that an important commander was among the four militants killed in the clash with the forces. “The security forces have also taken the control of Jamal Mela area in the agency,” they added. Orakzai is the only tribal agency of the country which does not border Afghanistan. Pakistani security forces have been battling against the militants in the region since 2008. Meanwhile‚ the political administration in the North Waziristan Agency has clamped curfew for an indefinite period on Bannu-Miran Shah‚ Mir Ali-Miram Shah and Dosli roads. AgEnciES
Youm-e-Takbeer to be observed today ISLAMABAD onlinE
Youm-e-Takbeer, the celebration of Pakistan’s atomic explosions in 1998, will be observed across the country on Monday with a pledge to make Pakistan a stronger country, militarily and economically, among the comity of nations. The day is commemorated every year on May 28 to mark the conduction of nuclear tests on the very day, in 1998, making Pakistan the first Muslim and the seventh nuclear country in the world. Pakistan had conducted nuclear tests at Chaghi, Balochistan in response to five nuclear explosions conducted by India. To mark the day, various political parties and social organisations have chalked out a number of comprehensive programmes with national zeal and fervour in different parts of the country. Rich tributes will be paid to Dr Abdul Qadir Khan, the architect of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb. The PML-N will be the major political party to celebrate the day across the country. Nawaz told a public meeting in Attock last week that the decision to conduct nuclear tests, had raised the status of Pakistani nation in the comity of nations. “My conscience did not allow me to bow before international pressure that is why I opted to go for nuclear tests,” he told thousands of people. On the occasion, cakes will also be cut by people of different walks of life to express jubilation and pride over the nuclear programme of the country.
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PTI chairman claims PPP, PML-N eyeing massive rigging in the next general elections RAWALPINDI AgEnciES
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday announced that his party would file a petition in the Supreme Court on Monday against National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza’s ruling on Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s conviction in the contempt case. Addressing a mammoth public rally, Khan said Gilani was no longer the prime minister of the country on moral grounds. Assuring the Supreme Court that the PTI stood with the judiciary, Khan said the people would take to the streets against those who were trying to defame the Supreme Court for protecting their corruption. He claimed that both the PPP and the PML-N were eyeing massive rigging in the next general elections but the PTI would emerge victorious. “We believe in the supremacy of the constitution
and Monday’s tsunami will sweep away Zardari and Gilani.” Calling President Asif Zardari ‘a chronic disease eating away at the country’s foundations’, Khan said Gilani was trying to save Zardari for his corrupt practices. “Corruption and incompetent rulers are the cause of price hike.” He said the masses were paying for the burglary in the Steel Mills, PSO, Railways and power theft in the form of taxes. He said PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, who was the owner of sugar and steel mills, was the biggest tax evader as he only paid Rs 5,000 in tax for his entire industrial empire. Khan assured the people that he would end price hike, bring investment in the country and receive taxes from the big fishes. He said corruption and commission of the rulers was the biggest hurdle in the way of foreign investment. He said soon after assuming power, he would correct the bad governance issue which would attract
investment and eliminate corruption. Quoting the example of an overseas Pakistani, he said in a single day the person had donated 6 crores for Numel University and one-and-a-half crore to the PTI. The PTI chairman said he would enforce an education emergency in the country, because education was top most priority of the PTI. In his address, PTI leader Javed Hashmi called upon the people to vote in favour of Imran Khan in the next election to get rid of the corrupt leaders. He said the PTI was the only force fighting Zardari and Gilani to save the country from a total collapse, adding that Nawaz Sharif had not listened to him and had gone to make an alliance with Zardari. Hashmi said the rally showed that the people were with Imran Khan. Party leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said people wanted change to save the country. He said the rulers had made the lives of the people miserable, adding that Zardari had visited Chicago to save his presidency.
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cOMMeNT The Balochistan factor: Too many issues, too little political will.
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rabia Ahmed says; Mullahs gone viral: The stymied anti polio campaign.
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KARACHI: Angry mob sets a bulldozer on fire after a motorcyclist died due to collision with it on Shahrah-e-Pakistan on Sunday. ONLINE
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Gilani, cabinet stand ineligible after not appealing against Sc verdict: Sher Afgan OKARA inP
Former federal minister and legal expert Dr Sher Afgan on Sunday said that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and his cabinet were no more authorised to run the affairs of country after his decision of not filing an appeal against his conviction by the apex court in the contempt of court case. Talking to reporters via telephone at the Okara Press Club, Afgan said the government should hold fresh elections for the nomination of a new executive head of the country, as a convicted PM was not eligible under the constitution to run the affairs of the country. Afgan said the National Assembly speaker had no power to give ruling on the decision of the apex court, adding that whenever an issue regarding the disqualification of any member raises in the parliament, then the speaker sends the matter to the Election Commission of Pakistan. He said the speaker’s ruling over the apex court verdict had no legal status. He said the apex court had given punishment of 30 seconds to Gilani, and the time of punishment expired in the court before President Asif Ali Zardari could use his power to pardon the PM according to Article 45 of the constitution. So PM Gilani and his cabinet cannot continue and the government should announce fresh elections in the country, Afgan added.
pTI rally attracts droves in pindi RAWALPINDI KAShiF ABBASi
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) rally at Liaquat Bagh on Sunday managed to attract a large number of youth of Rawalpindi division. Holding party flags and national flags in their hands, the youngsters kept shouting slogans in favour of the PTI. The youth factor will play a major role in the next general election as 47 percent of the registered voters in the new electoral rolls are under the age of 35 years. The PTI rally was able to attract thousands of students and youth in general and other political activists in particular. Thousands flooded Liaquat Bagh to listen the address of their leader. Since Sunday afternoon, PTI supporters started reaching the
venue to make the rally successful. PTI supporters from Rawalpindi city, Murree, Chakwal, Attock, and various parts of KP attended the rally. All main roads of the city including Murree Road, Express Highway and Double Road were decorated by the PTI leaders and supporters with banners and hoardings boards. According to the PTI management they made seating arrangement for 20,000 people and it fell short by the evening. According to political activists, around 30,000 to 35,000 people attended the rally. People from all walks of life, from labourers to engineers and from students to rickshaw drivers, attended the rally. A good number of females were also present. The PTI enthusiastic music kept the function alive and vibrant. When
veteran politician Javed Hashmi came to deliver his speech, the PTI supporters welcomed him with slogans “Ik dalar admi… Hashmi”. Holding talks with some participants, particularly students, Pakistan Today observed that many were attending a public rally for the very first time in their life. “Its my first experience to attend a public rally. I came here to show my support to Imran Khan – a true leader who has vision,” said Asif Safeer a student of Quaid-e-Azam University. Another student, Iqbal Ali said people of the country wanted change and for this purpose they had selected Imran as their leader. Strict security arrangements were made by Rawalpindi Police and PTI workers and no untoward and unpleasant incident occurred.
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PML-N won’t allow rulers to make mockery of court verdicts: Nawaz Party to file petition against NA speaker’s ruling on the issue of PM’s disqualification g
A K I S T A N Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif has said that his party would not allow the rulers to violate the constitution and make a mockery of the apex court’s
verdicts. In a meeting with the party’s joint secretary for Punjab, Rana Sajid Iqbal, and other PML-N workers on Sunday, he said that it was incumbent upon everyone to show respect to judiciary and implement its decisions, but the rulers had made it their habit to violate every law of the land. Nawaz said the manifesto of the rulers was to indulge in large-scale corruption and victimisation of the masses. He said the country had never witnessed such electricity and gas load shedding, adding that if the rulers had shown some seriousness to address the issues, many of them might have been resolved by now. Nawaz said that whenever the PML-N came to power, it put the country on the path of development and prosperity, and this task was being done by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Punjab. He said the chief minister had launched a number of welfare schemes in the province and was working day and night to address the problems of the people. He urged the people to not get depressed by the present state of affairs, said that soon they would get rid of the rulers and an era of develop-
iSPr rejects coAS meeting with indian defence minister in Singapore RAWALPINDI: The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Sunday denied a news report, which said a meeting between Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani and Indian Defence Minister AK Anthony in Singapore was on the cards. The ISPR said no such meeting was likely to take place. Rather, an ISPR spokesman said the COAS would not be attending the Sigari-la moot at all. Earlier, some quarters of the Indian media had reported that there was a strong likelihood that the army chief and the Indian defence minister would join heads in Singapore to hash out the Siachen issue. AgEnciES
Gayari avalanche: another soldier’s body found SKARDU AgEnciES
Following Saturday’s breakthrough in recovering the first body from the Gayari Sector avalanche site, rescuers on Sunday said the body of “one more soldier was found from the avalanche site”. “It was recovered from a place which is very close to a site from where the first body was found yesterday,” the military said in a statement. A third body spotted in the same area was also being recovered, the military added. Earlier, the funeral prayer of Muhammad Hussain, whose body was recovered from under the avalanche in Gayari Sector on Saturday, was
offered on Sunday. According to details, the body of the soldier was sent to his native village for burial. The first body among 139 soldiers were buried under an avalanche in Gayari was recovered on the 50th day of the rescue operation. Rescuers found the body near the checkpost where the soldiers were present at the time of the tragedy and there are hopes that more bodies will be found nearby. An avalanche had struck the Pakistan Army camp at Gayari on April 7. More than 450 rescuers, including foreign teams, had been working in inclement weather at the site for 50 days. The rescuers had found some equipment last week and the military had reported that Ground Penetrating Rader (GPR) teams took
ment and prosperity would dawn in the country. Meanwhile, PML-N leader Khawaja Asif announced that his party had decided to file a petition against the National Assembly speaker’s ruling on the issue of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s disqualification after his conviction by the Supreme Court in the contempt of court case. He said the party had decided to file the petition a few days ago.
readings at 26 different points and identified eight sites for further search. Rescuers had also discovered a checkpost for the residential barracks of soldiers. Sources said that the rescuers had intensified operation and more teams were likely join them later on Sunday. The army said last week that clearance efforts were underway round the clock and efforts were being undertaken to tackle effects of water on the site in the shape of ponds, cutting and crevasses. President Asif Ali Zardari, army chief General Ashfaq Kayani and Leader of the Opposition Nawaz Sharif had visited Siachen Glacier to monitor search activities and to boost the morale of the soldiers involved in the operation.
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Taliban analysing situation for talks with US ISLAMABAD onlinE
The Afghan Taliban have started evaluating the situation to decide whether or not to restart talks with the US for securing peace in Afghanistan and the region. A few months ago, the US-Taliban talks failed to proceed rapidly due to indecisiveness on part of Washington. “Keeping in view the situation of the world, role of Iran, reemergence of Russia, situation in the Middle East, China’s policies and others, a report is being underway for consideration by members of Taliban,” said Taliban sources, adding that a research paper in this connection was submitted to Taliban leaders. Though he refused to
share text of the paper, however, he said the situation in the region was changing and evaluating it was part of strategy. The Taliban recently suspended talks with the US in Qatar, saying Washington was delaying decision to release the detainees presently under their custody in Guantanamo Bay’s military prison. The sources said Russia had designs to extend influence to Central Asia and Iran as well as China has their own interest in this area and the Middle East. According to the source, the US wanted to encircle Iran and China and balance the power of Russia in the region, besides supporting some countries in the Middle East. “So the US interest may
not collide with Taliban’s,” the paper elaborates, according to the sources. However, they clarified that it was not clear whether the Taliban leadership accepted such views as reality or not. “Taliban have also not finalized to restart formal talks with Americans.” Some facts should be accepted as far as Afghanistan is concerned and that are “Taliban are a fact as well as the US and NATO presence in the country is also a fact,” the paper stresses. In the recent NATO conference in Chicago, the decision of quitting Afghanistan was realized, however, it was said that some of American forces would remain present in the country even after major withdrawal. Reason of
NATO air strike kills six children: Afghan officials KABUL AFP
A NATO air strike killed a family of eight, including six children, when it hit their home in eastern Afghanistan, local officials said on Sunday. Saturday night’s incident in Paktia province threatens to further sour already shaky ties between President Hamid Karzai and his Western backers and will likely enrage Afghan civilians weary of years of bloodshed. “Eight people, a man, his wife and six of their children, are dead,” local government spokesman Rohullah Samoon told AFP. “It was an air strike conducted by NATO. This man had no connection to the Taliban or any other terrorist group.” A senior security official in Kabul confirmed the strike and deaths. “It’s true. A house was bombed by NATO. A man named Mohammad Sahfee, his wife and six of their innocent children were brutally killed,” the official said. A spokesman for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Lt-Col Jimmie Cummings, said it was
investigating the claim. Civilian casualties are a highly sensitive issue in Afghanistan and have often roiled relations between Karzai and the United States, which leads NATO forces in the fight against Taliban insurgents. Karzai, who signed a longterm strategic pact with President Barack Obama this month, argues that civilian deaths caused by allied troops turn common Afghans against his Western-backed government. He has also warned that such casualties threaten the pact with the US, with his office saying that “if the lives of Afghans are not protected, the strategic partnership will lose its meaning”. Karzai summoned ISAF commander General John Allen and US ambassador Ryan Crocker to the presidential palace just over two weeks ago after a number of civilians were killed in NATO air strikes. NATO and US forces in Afghanistan admitted in a joint statement after the meeting that civilians had died in two separate hits. The statement gave no details of how many civilians died in each of those
incidents but local officials put the total at more than 20, including women and children. “The president will be assured of our commitment to take any and all appropriate actions to minimise the likelihood of similar occurrences in the future,” the statement said. The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan’s war has risen steadily each year for the past five years, reaching a record of 3,021 in 2011, the great majority caused by militants, according to UN statistics. NATO has some 130,000 troops in Afghanistan, mostly from the United States, but they will withdraw by the end of 2014. The latest civilian casualties come on top of a series of incidents this year that have rocked relations between the United States and its Afghan allies. Videos and pictures have emerged of US forces abusing Taliban corpses, copies of the Koran were burnt on a major US military base and an American sergeant has been charged with 17 counts of murder over a massacre of civilians.
US forces in Afghanistan was apparently training Afghan forces. Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the US had interests in the region and it wanted to remain there. “The invasion of Afghanistan by America and its allies under the banner of ‘war of terror’ was an unjustified and tyrannical action which was only carried out for political and economical gains. Terrorism and ground realities had nothing in common. Afghans were never involved in harming other countries,” he added. The US wish for political process or talks could not be trusted until it pulls out of confusion and sincerely holds talks, Mujahid said a few days ago.
cJP arrives in London to receive IcJ award LONDON onlinE
Chief Justice Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Sunday arrived here to receive the International Jurists Award 2012 for his contributions to the justice administration at the inaugural of two-day International Jurists Conference. The International Council of Jurists (ICJ) has organised the conference that would cover a wide range of topics from judicial reforms to the role of jurists in nuclear disarmament. During the inaugural session, Chief Justice of United Kingdom Rt Honourable Lord Phillips will confer the award on the CJP. Immediately after landing here on Sunday afternoon, the chief justice of Pakistan attended a reception hosted by the UKbased Pakistani lawyers and jurists. According to Pakistani state-media, the chief justice left Pakistan for the London conference on Sunday morning, and the senior-most judge of the apex court, Justice Shakirullah Jan, would take oath as the acting chief justice of Pakistan on Monday morning.
19 Pakistani pilgrims wounded in Iraq bombing FALLUJAH
roadside bomb in Iraq’s Anbar p r o v i n c e wounded 19 Pakistani Shiite pilgrims on Sunday, police and a doctor said, in the second attack against pilgrims in the Sunni province in days. “A bus carrying Pakistani pilgrims was targeted by a roadside bomb at around 4:00 pm (1300 GMT) on the highway to Baghdad” from Fallujah, Anbar police spokesman
Lieutenant Colonel Hassan Taher Kitab told AFP. The attack wounded the driver of the bus and 18 passengers, including three children who were in critical condition, he said. Assem al-Hadithi, a doctor at Fallujah Hospital, confirmed the toll, and said that the pilgrims were going to visit the Al-Askari Shiite shrine in Samarra, north of Baghdad. The attack comes after a roadside bomb exploded on Wednesday near a bus carrying Lebanese Shiite pilgrims west of Anbar’s provincial capital Ramadi,
killing three and wounding at least 10. Iraq is home to some of the holiest sites in Shiite Islam, to which hundreds of thousands of pilgrims flock each year. Pilgrims are periodically attacked, often with bombs. Brutal sectarian fighting tore across Iraq beginning in 2006, leaving tens of thousands of people dead. While the violence was brought under control by a US troop surge and by Sunni tribesmen switching sides to fight against insurgents, sectarian tensions in Iraq remain high.
Saeeda Warsi embroiled fIr against 12 policemen in expenses scam KASUR LONDON MAJid KhATTAK
British Conservative Party co-chairman Baroness Warsi became the latest victim of UK expenses saga after admitting to not have fully declared the income she received from the renting out of a flat she owns in northwest London. Warsi, the first Muslim chairperson of British ruling party, failed to declare the income on the property in Wembley in the register of interests for members of the House of Lords. The Tory peer bought the property in 2007 but moved closer to parliament when she became a minister in 2010, after which she began letting the flat. She said she took “full responsibility” for the omission, which she put down to an “oversight”. But she failed to include it on the register
of lords’ interests when the rent received exceeded the £500 threshold at which peers are required to declare sources of income. “Due to an oversight, for which I take full responsibility, the flat was not included on the register of lords’ interests when its value and the rent received came to exceed the thresholds for disclosure,” she said. “When the discrepancy became apparent this week, I immediately informed the registrar of lords’ interests of its omission.” The baroness said she contracted to buy the flat in September 2007, but it was not due to be ready until the following year. In the interim she stayed at hotels and an Acton property occupied by Tory adviser Naweed Khan. She says she stayed there for about two nights a week over a six-week period at the start of 2008.
Kasur police registered a case against 12 policemen including one SHO for their alleged involvement in a prisoner’s murder in police custody in precincts of the Chunian Police Station on Sunday. The man in custody, Habib, was brought to the court by police when some unidentified armed men shot him dead. As per information, the police had arrested Habib on the charge of kidnapping a woman, Samina, and took him to the court in a private car where two days’ physical remand was announced against him by the Judicial Magistrate. Sub-inspector Muhammad Ilyas and other constables left Habib alone in the car when two armed men opened fire and killed him on the spot. In the FIR, the deceased’s cousin Muhammad Javed stated that Habib was killed because of the involvement of SHO Muhammad Yaqoob.
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coalition government too timid to annoy tax evading elite with feudal and political interests No plan to tax poultry, real estate business as they provide major chunk of campaigning funds ISLAMABAD AMEr SiAl
The general perception that the incumbent government will be giving a populist budget providing relief to the inflation-hit masses in an election year may not come true due to the precarious financial situation of the country and because the ruling political elite does not need these gimmicks as it has shrewdly taken decisions that subtly provide it with ample opportunity to increase their personal wealth as well as party funds to create a media blitzkrieg around their failures in the upcoming general elections. Information gleaned from talks with officials involved in the budget making reveals that the government is focused on presenting a usual budget with only belt tightening measures and the hype around relief for
masses may not come true. They attribute it mainly to the reform measures required for stopping the downward slide in the economy as it is expected that soon after the budget presentation, the government will be taking its case to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Support from the IMF is not possible if a populist budget is announced, they say, adding that all concerns of donor agencies will have to be addressed to keep hope for a bailout package. The coalition government, an official source said, was too timid as it was not even ready to annoy any of the tax evading elite of feudal and business community and wanted imposition of no new taxes. The existing taxpayers would be further burdened. It has also no plans to bring the sectors still out of
general sales tax, like the highly profitable poultry and real estate businesses, because of political consideration, as these two businesses are likely to be the major financiers of political parties in the upcoming general elections. The government wants the new taxation issues to be left to the discretion of new government. A similar worry is shared by a top executive of a tobacco company, who said on condition of anonymity that tax authorities had turned a blind eye towards the tobacco manufacturers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Kashmir, who were evading taxes. Their demand to check blatant tax evasion had gone unnoticed as tax authorities knew well the political connections of the owners. Nobody can do anything as the grey economy is likely to flourish in an elec-
tion year, he regretfully said. Tobacco is a small industry compared to sugar and fertilizer, which have a countrywide impact and are subtly used by the political elite to mint money for their upcoming election campaigns. In an amazing decision earlier this year, the Economic Coordination Committee of the cabinet directed the Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) to procure 478,000 tons of sugar from influential millers at a cost of Rs 21.5 billion. The decision was made in the middle of the crushing season. Sugar is the most political business in Pakistan, as nearly every major political family has interests in the sugar industry and are all united in their benefit. At least 10,000 tons of sugar from a total of 56 sugar mills was purchased
at Rs 50,000 per ton when the market price was hovering around Rs 40-45 per kg. The millers sought intervention from the government as they estimated that the domestic production would be around 4.7 million tons as compared to domestic use of around three to 3.6 million tons. The surplus would have created a glut resulting in decline in prices. The government recently further favoured the influential cartel by allowing another public sector procurement of 200,000 tons and with permission for exporting similar quantity. After accommodating the sugar barons, the government is expected to give them a free hand from June onwards to raise the sugar price to generate necessary funds for the elections. A similar thing happened in the general election of 2008 when sugar prices touched a
record high in 2007. A senior executive of a fertilizer industry recounted a similar story being played in the sector to generate funds by allotting the imported fertilizer quotas to cronies. Due to gas shortage, the government has switched off gas supply to the fertilizer sector even in summer and plans to import urea to make up for the shortfall. Interestingly, despite the financial crunch, the Ministry of Finance has funds readily available for the import of urea even though Pakistan’s urea manufacturers have capacity to produce more than the annual need. The government plans to import of 300,000 tons of urea for the current Kharif crop even though the country has available stocks of 3.5 million tons as compared to estimated off take of 3.2 million tons. The In-
dustries Ministry has sought permission to import 600,000 tons under the plea that the import was necessitated due to gas shortages and the imported commodity could be used as inventory for Rabi crop requirements later this year. The executive said local the fertilizer sector had offered the government to buy 300,000 tons of urea at Rs 33,000 per ton inclusive of general sales tax against import urea at Rs 48,103 per ton, which will require giving a subsidy of approximately Rs 5 billion. He said imported urea was distributed through network of dealers. “They first give money to get dealership and then black market the product. In case of national companies, black marketing cannot be done as inventory details are available with the local government authorities,” he said.
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Pentagon gives film director information about OBL raid: report
NEWS DESK A year after Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow was given the green light to make her film about the search for and eventual killing of Osama bin Laden, now titled Zero Dark Thirty, the conservative watchdog organisation Judicial Watch has uncovered Pentagon and CIA records suggesting that the US Defence Department provided Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal with high-level information about the mission that uncovered the al Qaeda leader in May 2011, a UK-based magazine reported. According to Vanity Fair, one transcript, obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, reveals that Bigelow and Boal were given access to a SEAL Team 6 commander who helped to plan the operation and were also permitted to tour “the Vault,” a classified CIA structure where planning for the raid took place. The Pentagon’s inspector general initiated an investigation into whether the filmmakers had been given special access to military information after Maureen Dowd alleged in an August 2011 New York Times piece that they were “getting top-level access to the most classified mission in history from an administration that has tried to throw more people in jail for leaking classified information than the Bush administration.” Entertainment Weekly points out that during a press meeting weeks after the claim, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney referred to Dowd’s allegations as “ridiculous” before adding, “We do not discuss classified information. And I would hope that as we face a continued threat from terrorism, the House Committee on Homeland Security would have more important topics to discuss than a movie.” It has been suggested that the White House granted Bigelow and Boal access to the information in the hopes that the film would help President Obama in his reelection bid in November. Any truth to that is now a moot point—the original October 2012 release date has been pushed back to December 19, 2012. Zero Dark Thirty stars Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, and Mark Strong and is being filmed in Chandigarh, India.
iSlAMABAd: Workers decorate the model of chaghi Mountain, the site of Pakistan's nuclear tests, in connection with Yum-e-Takbeer on Sunday. INp
US hegemony will never be accepted: Fazl KALAT
AMIAT Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl chief Fazlur Rehman on Sunday warned the establishment not to create hurdles in the way of his party, also vowing that the JUI-F would not accept the supremacy of the United States. Addressing Islamabad Zindabad conference on Sunday, Fazl said parliament was representative of the people and its decisions must be implemented in letter and spirit. He said there would be no compromise on reopening of NATO supply routes. He said the younger generation wanted a change and “we have to bring the youth to a moderate path through far sighted policies”. Fazl said Pakistan had been made a rogue state and base camp for terrorists. He also criticised the defence budget, saying one day’s defence budget was more than the health sector’s budget for the whole year. He said Pakistan suffered losses of more than $70 billion in the US-led war against terrorism. He said the state institutions must change their role and accept the political forces.
He expressed confidence that if fair and transparent elections were held, the JUI-F would emerge as a force to be reckoned with. Without mentioning the name of any institution, he said that if institutions wanted to save their credibility, they had to leave politics. He said Pakistan was rich in resources, but there was a need to utilise the resources in a proper and systematic way.
Dr Shakil to be shifted to high security prison PESHAWAR AgEnciES
Dr Shakil Afridi, who has been sentenced to 33 years in jail for assisting America in getting the DNA tests of Osama bin Laden family, is to be shifted to some high security prison out of Peshawar. Sources said Shakil Afridi, presently in Peshawar jail, will be shifted to some other prison fearing that he could be got released by some sort of clandestine operation. A high-level meeting of the officials of KPK home department and Jail officials has been convened today to discuss some safe place for Dr Shakil Afridi. Shakil Afridi also faces threats from Taliban. Many of them are being held in different jails in KPK and because of the doctor’s support to the Americans, they have vowed to avenge the death of bin Laden. Maulana Soofi Muhammad and his followers are also in Peshawar jail. To ward off any security threat to Dr Shakil, light and heavy equipment has been deployed on the boundary walls of Peshawar Central Jail. Internal security has also been beefed up and no one is allowed to the cell where Afridi is being held. An official source said that Dr Shakil could be kept in the Attock and Balashiar Forts, adding that the doctor had already informed jail authorities about a potential threat from Taliban prisoners inside Peshawar jail. Afridi was being kept in barrack 16 and around 40 elite force commandos were guarding his cell to counter both internal and external threats.
Was Shakil Afridi an unsuspecting pawn? NEWS DESK The doctor who allegedly used a fake hepatitis C vaccination campaign to obtain DNA samples of Osama Bin Laden’s family in Abbottabad a year ago may have become an unsuspecting pawn in the intelligence war between the United States and Pakistan, according to a BBC report on Thursday.Dr Shakil Afridi was arrested by Pakistani intelligence agents on 22 May, 20 days after a secret US raid killed Bin Laden. On Wednesday, an official of the tribal administration in Khyber region sentenced him to jail for 33 years on charges of treason. Military officials here believe that the DNA samples he obtained may have led the Americans to Bin Laden’s lair. The question being asked is, if he really thought he had brought harm to the Pakistani security establishment, why didn’t he leave the country during the 20 days that the Pakistanis took to discover him? One possible explanation comes from a former Central Intelligence Agency agent, Reuel Marc Gerecht. “I am under the impression that actu-
ally [Dr Afridi] could have chosen to leave Pakistan; that the [CIA] offered him that option; he chose not to because he thought this action would be welcomed [in Pakistan],” he told the BBC. But there is no way of confirming Mr Gerecht’s views on the Pakistani end as there is no one available to explain what went on in Dr Afridi’s mind during those 20 days. ‘FOLLOWINg ORDERS’: His family disappeared from his home in Peshawar’s Hayatabad neighbourhood within a week of his arrest and have not been accessible to the media since then. His colleagues in the health department at Khyber, where he served as the area surgeon, are tight-lipped about his activities or any thoughts he might have shared with them. And he never underwent a regular trial where he could have narrated his side of the story. A brief insight into what he did or did not know is provided by a retired brigadier of the Pakistani army, Shaukat Qadir, who was tasked with conducting an investigation into the affair. Quoting Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) officials privy to Dr Afridi’s interro-
gation, Brig Qadir suggests he probably did not know he was helping the Americans track down Bin Laden. “Shakil [Afridi] had no idea of whom or what he was looking for. He was merely paid to follow instructions,” he writes in his report. According to him, Dr Afridi did get suspicious by late April 2011 that there might be a high-value target in the Abbottabad com-
pound, but he still didn’t know who it was. Brigadier Qadir doesn’t clarify if Dr Afridi was aware that he was actually working for the CIA. If Brigadier Qadir’s information is correct, then that explains why Dr Afridi was not in any particular hurry to leave Pakistan. He apparently didn’t know much. And it also explains why he was given a prison term by an administration official of the tribal areas instead of being put on trial in a regular Pakistani court. ‘BARgAININg cHIP’: Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), of which Khyber is a part, is essentially a buffer between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and was carved by British colonial rulers out of Afghan territory as a bulwark against a possible Russian invasion of British India. Tribal districts are governed by Pakistan through a political officer who acts as the top administrator as well as adjudicator. His functions are focused on protecting the interests of Pakistan in an area which is otherwise governed by its own customary law and is largely autonomous. In his judicial capacity he often acts
like the head of a military court, with scant case records, no proper evidence collecting mechanisms and no transparency. A trial by a regular court could have gone on for months, involving a proper indictment, witnesses and lawyers, all under the glare of television cameras. But the political officer in Khyber has made sure that it stays secret and swift. For example, there is no official statement announcing Dr Afridi’s sentence, there is no charge sheet and no explanation as to who arrested him and where he was kept during his year-long detention. Analysts say the Pakistani establishment has done this not only to defy the Americans but also to send a message to all Pakistani contacts of American diplomatic missions to desist from repeating Dr Afridi’s “mistake”. They also point to an enduring feeling in Pakistan that at some point it has to mend fences with its Western allies, in which case the release of Dr Afridi could be one of the bargaining chips. As and when that happens, the governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province can legally order his release.
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dASKA: A passenger van with a large number of people on board moves on a road along BrB canal on Sunday. INp
Bilawal wants Interpol to issue ‘red warrant’ against Musharraf
AKISTAN People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that his party’s government had asked the Interpol to issue a “red warrant” against former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf in his mother’s assassination case. Pakistan has asked the Interpol to issue a “red warrant” for Musharraf’s arrest, 23-year-old Bilawal told the Sunday Times. Musharraf, who has always denied involvement, has been living in London since he resigned after elections in 2008 which brought the PPP to power.
“The UK should do the right thing,” Bilawal said, hoping that the British government would hand Musharraf over to Pakistan to face the trial in Benazir’s assassination case. Benazir was killed in a gun and grenade attack in December 2007 during an election rally in Rawalpindi. Pakistan has recently informed the Interpol that the warrant issued for Musharraf by an anti-terrorism court in connection with the Bhutto assassination case will remain valid until its compliance. Although, Bilawal says the instructions were issued by al Qaida and the attack was carried out by the Pakistani Taliban, it is the man he calls “General
Dictator Pervez Musharraf”, whom he blames. “Musharraf murdered my mother,” he said. “He knew about specific threats to her life and I believe he sabotaged her security, knowing she’d be murdered by the terrorists.” Under Pakistani law, Bilawal cannot run for office until he is 25 but says he will follow in his mother’s footsteps and campaign in next year’s elections for the party. “They’re very large footsteps,” he said. “I can’t pretend I’d be able to follow them in the same way but I want to make sure she didn’t die in vain. That’s what drives me.” He is working with the PPP youth
and women’s wings and plans a foundation in his mother’s name. Bilawal, whose mother was assassinated, grandfather was hanged, one uncle was shot dead and another was poisoned, said he is well aware of the risks. “I don’t know whether I’ll be allowed to live,” he said. “It’s the price we pay for fighting for democracy in Pakistan.” Bilawal is now lobbying US officials just as Bhutto once did, but it is an uphill task. “I believe if we were given half the support the world gave the dictator who murdered my mother we’d show you a new Pakistan,” he said.
Demanding strict action against the political agent and Taliban in Kurram Agency as both were allegedly extorting money from tribesmen, tribal elders of six major tribes, business community and social organizations leaders on Sunday said the tribesmen has been sandwiched between the two sides. Elders of the tribe and leaders of the business community and social organisations alleged that Kurram Agency Political Agent (PA) Shahab Ali Shah and Taliban Commander Fazl Saeed Haqqani were both involved in looting and plundering innocent locals, who were forced to accept the illegal demands of both the government and the Taliban. “Shahab Ali Shah is accumulating money through extortion and other unfair means like illegal route tax and toll taxes in Kurram Agency, while concerned high-ups have turned a blind eye to the activities of the officials,” the elders said. They said the PA was extorting money from the business community on a monthly basis in order to sustain his lavish lifestyle and no one could ask him about his actions. They added that the outdated system of collecting route tax on even commodities of daily use was not functional anywhere else in the country, adding that the tax was only collected in Kurram to “fill the pocket of PA Shahab”. The elders said they feared that the KP governor and Peshawar Corps Commander were also part of the corruption as they had failed to take any action against Shah.
Terrorist commander arrested from Matta MINGORA AgEnciES
The local police arrested a terrorist commander involved in blasting schools and carrying out other terror activities during a raid here on Sunday. According to details, the local police conducted a raid at a house located in the Kala Kot area, Matta tehsil of Swat. During the raid, the police managed to capture a terrorist commander identified as Barkat Ali. The detainee is accused of involvement in several heinous crimes such as blowing up many educational institutions with explosives during the past few years. The held terrorist commander was shifted to an unknown place for further interrogation
Zardari makes it with dignity S RAHMAN Those who think that President Asif Ali Zardari is not a true legatee of Bhuttos’ legacy of pragmatism and courage, have been proved wrong once again, following the president’s firm stand on the crucial NATO supply routes’ reopening. But there are many more dimensions attached to it, as it is not merely confined to the candid and patriotism-laden speech delivered by the president at the expanded meeting of ISAF-NATO held in Chicago. Of course, there are many dimensions attached to this situation and they have made the Pakistani nation proud since President Zardari has taken a bold and nationalistic stance. In fact, he has refreshed the memory of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and that of Benazir Bhutto who commanded respect worldwide mainly because of their extraordinary courage and wisdom that, combined with their mastery of global diplomacy, would turn the tables to Pakistan’s favour even while negotiating with world’s first-class dignitaries in difficult most circumstances. And even while being confronted with tremendous pressure from major powers. Let us study the present scenario in that particular backdrop i.e. in the backdrop of exceptional ability of Bhuttos to turn a disadvantageous position into an advantageous position for Pakistan. Isn’t President Asif Ali Zardari, as our
head of the state, as well as the government of Pakistan facing enormous pressure from more than three dozen powerful and influential member-states of NATO and ISAF for the reopening of NATO supply route without the tough precondition of Washington’s apology to Islamabad on the Salala checkpost tragedy? Is this pressure lesser in intensity than the pressure that was once mounted on military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, by the United States’ top guns vis-à-vis Afghanistan’s invasion? Hasn’t it, for all practical purposes, assumed the form of advanced world versus Pakistan? Of course, it has. So, what does it all infer? That, taking a firm stand in these inclement circumstances, on high moral ground and in line with the parliamentarians’ wishes is an uphill task. But President Zardari has, by now, established himself as a living example of meeting challenges and taking up uphill tasks with matchless composure that also enables him to deal with cumbersome situations with cool calculation and sagacity. Most of us remember as to how easily and rapidly military ruler Pervez Musharraf kneeled down before one, threatening phone call from the American leaders. Compare both the situations and you’ll find President Zardari far more courageous than Musharraf and many other national leaders. The President ought to be congratulated for demon-
strating the strength of his personality but this must not be mistaken for a course of isolation from the entire world especially the West-dominated world in an era of ever-growing interdependence in which not even the advanced most countries of the world can thrive through a ‘solo flight’. Here Zardari’s wisdom and pragmatism comes into play. At no stage, he has ever exuded isolationism or ‘going it alone’. Zardari is rather the architect of global goodwill and has earned a good name for the country in the comity of nations since, by way of his consistent struggle, he has repeatedly presented the true image of a moderate, tolerant Pakistani nation, to the outside world. The President has never ever missed any opportunity to build the country’s image, abroad. In this struggle, he rather excels more than any other head of state of the developing world. And, to our good luck, President’s efforts have most often bore fruit due to his logical and pronounced way of presenting the facts. And, while presenting these facts, President Zardari, has never shown signs of weakness or, plainly speaking, submissiveness. He has, instead, always displayed substantial amount of self-confidence and self-respect typical of a selfesteemed nation- and its leadership-that understands the meaning of global pres-
sure but is not willing to surrender its self-esteem, come what may. Even at Chicago, the President has, while remaining amiable and cordial in his meetings with other dignitaries from the highly developed part of the globe (including his interaction with US President Barrack Obama), presented the case of Pakistan with unprecedented courage and resolve but at the same time, he has made it clear to the world that his country comprises vast majority of moderate people who are as much progressive and civilized as any other nation of the contemporary world. During his address at Chicago, President Zardari has reiterated the need for peaceful coexistence as according to him, “As citizens of global village, our destinies are interlinked and we all have stakes in durable peace”. Now this is being quite realistic. However, when it comes to deciding the vital issues, the final authority vests with the people of Pakistan since Pakistan’s democratic dispensation has given powers to the people’s representatives, the first step in that direction having already been taken by the President himself who surrendered his powers to the parliament much time back. That was real transfer of power and its manifestation we are again witnessing on the Nato supply route issue. President Zardari, in unequivocal terms, has told the ISAF-NATO states
that the democratic forces in Pakistan have taken ownership of the roadmap for future engagement with NATO and ISAF, following the serious setback in the form of Salala incident and that “We are bound by the advice of our Parliament and the democratic forces. And our parliament has spoken in favour of cooperation and a partnership approach. But such a venture is sustainable on the long-term basis only on the foundation of mutual respect for sovereignty and cooperative spirit”. “However, our Defence Committee of the Cabinet has also considered the issue and directed the officials concerned to examine the case of resumption of Ground Lines of Communication.” At this juncture again, the President repeated his resolve for ensuring dignity of the people of Pakistan. On the same occasion, while the President did not make any announcement of the like that the Opposition parties were ‘anticipating’ or ‘predicting’, he did announce a big practical step in the direction of lasting peace for the region and the entire world. And that is Pakistan’s contribution of 5 million dollars to support the Afghan National Security Forces, besides 15 million dollars in training and equipment. The President also appealed to the NATO-ISAF states that the international commitment to Afghanistan must be firm and complete.
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Two of three ‘sold’ daughters return home KARACHI onlinE
merciless man sold his three daughters in Khushab two years ago, and two out of the three girls returned home in Ibrahim Haidari area of Karachi. Ali Hussain, a resident of Ibrahim Haidari, who has nine children, sold his three daughters in Khushab and forced them to enter wedlock. Two girls including 12-year-old Sajida and 13-year-old Hameeda were forced to get married in Khushab from where they escaped and arrived at their home but their father detained them in a room. The residents of the area informed the police while the media persons also arrived in Ibrahim Haidary and contacted the girls who disclosed that their father allegedly sold them and later they were forced to get married. The girls told that they had been tortured by their alleged in-laws due to which they managed to flee from Punjab and reached their home. ‘ROLE OF WOmEN PIvOtAL FOR NuRtuRINg gENERAtIONS’: Under the leadership of Syed Faisal Ali Subzwari, Minister for Youth Affairs, Government of Sindh, iLEAD- Inspiring Leadership, Empowerment and Development in Youth recently organised iLEAD Active Women Walk from DA Recreational Park to Floating Ship, Main Sea View Road. In this event, women from different walks of life participated. Subzwari was the chief guest of the walk. He lauded the efforts of the iLEAD
team and Habib University Foundation for organising an event for women. In his speech, he laid stress on women empowerment and acknowledged the active role played by women in strengthening and fostering a healthy and vibrant society. He further added that the role played by women in any society is vital as they are the ones behind nurturing of current and future generations and in current crucial time, we needed an event like this which advocates not only the need of a healthy society but also a society where all the citizens of Pakistan remain united and erase racial and ethnic differences among each other. LEAD is a partnership project of Youth Affairs Department, Government of Sindh and Habib University Foundation with technical support extended by the British
Council. It aims at facilitating leadership, personal development, and active citizenship in youth from Hyderabad and Karachi, through sports and community service. The aim behind organising this walk was to advocate the need of engaging women in creating a healthy society which is characterised by people who not only possess good physical health and fitness but also demonstrate respect, compassion and acceptance for diversity and foster harmonious relationships among themselves. From Youth Affairs Department, Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui - Secretary, and Khurshid Ali Shaikh – Director, were also present in the event. Throughout the event, the Abul Hassan Scouts Group actively supported the iLEAD team in organising the event.
Citizens say no to shutter down KARAcHI: Karachiites have called for imposing ban on shutter-down and rallies taken out in the city. Talking to APP they urged the concerned authorities to ensure that rallies taken out under one or the other pretext, if unavoidable, must be restricted to specifically designated areas. "This is prerequisite for our safety," said Mrs. Khalida Qaiser, a banker. People from different walks of life said protest or political rallies under no circumstances, be allowed to take place on main thoroughfares and in residential, commercial and industrial areas. The citizens of the metropolis were of the opinion that different rights' groups and the political parties must also restrain their workers from every form of violence, be it target killing, damaging or looting of public and private property. "The miscreants within any party's ranks must be exposed by the party's leadership for appropriate punitive action according to the law of the land," said Syed Siraj, a senior citizen. "All our cities including Karachi must be de-weaponised and for the purpose, complete ban on the display of weapons must be imposed, especially by political party workers" said Mazhar Ali an activist working for the cause of adult education. APP
President, PM condole with MNA Bushra Gohar on demise of her father KARACHI APP
President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani have expressed grief and sorrow on the demise of father of MNA Ms. Bushra Gohar, Col Ali Gohar Khan. In his message of condolence, the President while expressing his grief prayed to Almighty to grant eternal peace to the departed soul and to give courage to the bereaved family to bear this loss with fortitude. Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani offered condolence on the demise of father of MNA Bushra Gohar and prayed that Allah Almighty may rest the departed soul in eternal peace.
rally held to protest armed attack on PPP leader THATTA APP
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Thatta district cadre took out a rally, on Saturday, to protest against armed attack on the district president Arbab Wazir Ahmed Memon while he was going to his native town Dharo in Sujawal subdivision late Thursday night. Arbab Wazir was miraculously escaped from the attack but his vehicle was damaged. The protestors marched on national highway and gathered near press club Thatta. They demanded arrest of the culprits. Protest were also held in Sujawal, Mirpurbathoro, Dharo and other towns of the district to protest against the incident.
fauzia wahab hospitalised KARACHI APP
PPP leader Fauzia Wahab, MNA was hospitalised here on Sunday in critical condition, her party sources said. According to the sources, Fauzia Wahab was admitted to a private hospital in Karachi from her home after her condition deteriorated suddenly. She is reported to be in intensive care unit and her tests were being taken to diagnose the real cause of her sudden illness. It may be mentioned here that the former PPP Information Secretary had recently undergone a surgery also. Her family and party leadership have appealed to people to pray for her early recovery. President Asif Ali Zardari has also contacted Wahab’s family members to inquire about her health. Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani also inquired about the health of Ms. Fauzia Wahab and prayed for her early recovery. He has also directed the hospital administration to provide her best medical facilities.
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LOUD computing is an emerging and cutting-edge technology that has been efficiently adopted by local and multinational companies for expansion of their respective businesses with minimum investment and time space, said Engr Farrukh Nizami, at a seminar organised by the Computer Engineering Department of Sir Syed University. According to a press statement issued here on Sunday, Engr Nizami said that cloud computing also offers IT professionals an opportunity to increase their strategic values to their businesses. Microsoft's Private Cloud Solutions help IT professionals become cloud innovators of their companies, delivering applications to the people who need to be productive across private, hybrid and public clouds, he maintained. Nizami pointed out that IT professionals can evolve their roles with cloud computing to help their business more competitive. "With the qualities of cost efficient
and reliable, cloud can help save money, increase productivity and reduce management complexities." he was quoted to have said. He explained in detail the virtualization concept and presented a preview of how Microsoft's private cloud becomes more powerful with Windows Server 8. He highlighted that how customers around the world are already using Window Azure Platform, which is available today for evaluation and purchase to create the private clouds. He launched the new
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track of Microsoft Cloud Certification of Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) and announced to give scholarship to the four lucky winners for doing MCSE certification course. In the end Prof Dr Syed Misbahuddin, Chairman Computer Engineering Department, gave memento to Engr Farrukh Nizami, the keynote speaker. He appreciated that the presentation was prolific and equally effective for the students as well as for the faculty members for their growth and knowledge.
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Authorities examine weBOc procedures to benefit trade: Agents Association KARACHI nni
In order to gain vested interests, the bureaucracy at Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) launched WeBOC system a year ago. The cost of business is being paid by the importers of the country. Because of this semi-automated system, the cost of business has increased to 25 per cent which is not acceptable by the trade community, said Arshad Jamal, Chairman, Senior Vice Chairman, All Pakistan Customs Agents Association while addressing to a gathering of importers here. The importers have rejected this system because its collectorate has ignored assessment of consignments for evaluation, he noted. He further said, although, there were some issues with PaCCS but it was an automated solution. The system had the capacity to manage country’s increasing trade. On the other hand, WeBOC has no provision to settle consignments without undergoing physical verification of consignments. This condition has not only delayed in clearance but open the doors of corruption. During the launch, the authorities promised that clearance of consignments will be categorised in Yellow, Red and Blue to facilitate but failed to introduce the initiative even after one year of operations which has increased the procedures. The staffs at the assessment and examination fix the speed money for immediate clearance otherwise consignments would be delayed further. Arshad Jamal, Chairman, Pakistan Economy Forum, urged Federal Minister for Finance to investigate the procedures and performance of WeBOC launched a year ago replacing PaCCS. Earlier, the revenue body formed a committee to improve reforms, automation and risk management to improve the process of computerization, automation, risk-management systems and monitoring/functioning of WeBOC but all in vein. If such uncertain situation prevails, the worries of traders may put revenue body (FBR) into trouble. The computerization is the backbone of automation and risk management system but it is disappointed to mention that, WeBOC manage several procedures manually. FBR should continue PaCCS at all the terminals if unable to resolve the issues of WeBOC.
Youth’s sack-packed body found in Lyari KARACHI onlinE
A kidnapped youth’s sack-packed dead body has been found in Lyari area of Karachi, officials said on Sunday. According to police, a 25-year old youth Shahid’s dead body, packed in a sack, was found near Kalri Police Station in Lyari. Some unknown abductors first kidnapped the deceased and later on shot him dead after torture. The police have launched investigation after handing over the dead body to the heirs.
A FriEnd in nEEd iS A FriEnd indEEd: A disabled person is helping another disabled person. ONLINE
Emergency plan for global polio eradication faces funding gap KARACHI APP
ESPITE the dramatic drop in polio cases last year, the threat of continued transmission due to funding and immunisation gaps has driven the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to launch an Emergency Action Plan. Full implementation of the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is currently hindered by a critical funding gap of nearly $1 billion through 2013, said a communication received on Sunday. By some estimates, failure to eradicate polio could
lead within a decade to as many as 200,000 paralysed children a year worldwide. Already, funding shortages have forced the GPEI to cancel or scaleback critical vaccination activities in 24 high-risk countries, leaving more children vulnerable to contracting the disease, and exposes polio-free countries to the risk of re-emergence. This is in a scenario where once achieved, polio eradication would generate net benefits of US $40-50 billion globally by 2035, with the bulk of savings in the poorest countries, calculated based on investments made since the Global Polio Eradication Initiative
(GPEI) was formed and savings from reduced treatment costs and gains in productivity. Although the number of polio cases was lower in the first four months of this year than during the same period in any other year, cases continue to occur in Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Chad. Outbreaks in recent years in China and West Africa due to importations from Pakistan and Nigeria, respectively, highlight the continued threat of resurgence. Interestingly polio eradication activities resulted in several landmark successes in 2010-2012. India,
Ching Tai New Energy Corporation to invest in Thar Coalfields: Motiwala KARACHI nni
Chairman Sindh Board of Investment (SBI) Muhammad Zubair Motiwala appreciated M/s Ching Tai New Energy Hong Kong Cooperation Ltd for taking interest in Thar Coal mining through Coal Water Slurry (CWS) Technology, which is most efficient and environmental friendly technology to burn coal into fuel. This he said while holding a meet-
ing with Samson Pan, Chairman M/s Ching Tai New Energy Hong Kong Cooperation Ltd at his office in Karachi. The Chairman SBI offered full support in facilitating for swift materialisation of their intent to invest in Sindh. Muhammad Zubair Motiwala said that Sindh is blessed with world class coal reservoirs which have been internationally verified. The coal of Thar contains less than 1% of sulphur which is next to none as compared to other countries of world. A detailed presentation
on Thar Coal was being delivered to the delegation. On the occasion Mr. Samson Pan informed that M/S Chnig Tai New Energy Corporation which is a Hong Kong based company desired to invest in Thar Coalfields. They show keen interest in Thar Coal mining project and to invest in one of the blocks. He said that Pakistan, China and other countries are facing energy and environmental problems were as high cost of oil and natural gas causes expensive energy and limit our growth potential.
PSLBF to be a game changer: Tarek Khan KARACHI nni
The Pakistan-Sri Lanka Business Forum is poised to be the game changer in accelerating bilateral trade and investment between the two SAARC countries. There is an imperative need to revisit the Free Trade Agreement so that businessmen and investors in both countries can seriously endeavor to enhance trade and take advantage of the facilities and incentives offered by both the governments." This was stated by Tarek Khan, President of PSLBF, while addressing the members of the Executive Committee. Tarek Khan further added that
PSLBF has organised the most trade delegations to Sri Lanka and is the only bilateral forum that has the honor of hosting meetings with two Presidents of Sri Lanka. He said that PSLBF has facilitated and hosted many trade delegations from Sri Lanka. He also said that PSLBF is formulating a workable strategy to enhance trade and investment. He also desired that there is a need to attract more businessmen as members of PSLBF. D W Jinadasa, Consul General of Sri Lanka and Patron of PSLBF stated that the Consulate has played a prominent role in improving trade. He disclosed that a large number of Sri
Lankan businessmen will participate in the Expo Pakistan later this year. He also said that there will be Sri Lankan participation in My Karachi exhibition being organised by KCCI in July. He offered the services of the Consulate in resolving trade and investment issues faced by Pakistani businessmen. He also said that the Consulate will assist in facilitating trade delegations to exhibitions in Sri Lanka. Majyd Aziz, Founder Chairman of PSLBF, advised that the Forum should increase its interaction with Sri Lankan Chambers and Associations, government officials, and political representatives so that the fruits of FTA are
realised. He also said that opportunities must be given to businessmen to have business to business meetings in Karachi and Lahore so that trade relationships are further developed. He also stated that the goodwill for Pakistan in Sri Lanka must be used to enhance trade, especially when FTA advantages are already available. Abdul Rauf Tabani, Farrukh Mazhar, Iqbal Shekhani, Aslam Pakhali, Abdul Wahab, and Babar also participated in the deliberations and offered suggestions and ideas to improve the working of PSLBF. Later, Tarek Khan hosted a dinner for all members of PSLBF.
long-regarded as the nation facing the greatest challenges to eradication, was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in February 2012. Outbreaks in previously polio-free countries were nearly all stopped. Since 1988 (the year the GPEI was launched), the incidence of polio has been reduced by more than 99%. In 1988, more than 350,000 children were paralysed each year in more than 125 endemic countries. In 2012, 55 cases have been reported (as of 15 May 2012), and only three countries remain endemic: Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Darul khushnood welfare centre ignores kiran KARACHI nni
Kiran D/o.Siddique a disable girl who had become a victim of selfishness, heart hardiness and absolute merciless act by the Organisation namely Darul Khushnood which work for physically and mentally handicapped children and it is managed and control by Karachi Diocese, Church of Pakistan. The poor and orphan Kiran who affected by the polio and her left leg is not normally functioning. The said victim was one of the students admitted in Darul Khushnood Welfare Centre for their treatment and counseling. The details of the incident was revealed by the disable girl before MPA Saleem Khursheed Khokhar. After listening the details from Kiran, MPA Saleem Khursheed Khokhar has taken notice of this sad development. Saleem Khursheed Khokhar assured the deserving family of free legal assistance by Khokhar’s Law Associate and also pledged the expense of her education. He referred this matter to the Director, Social Welfare Department to send the annual report, audited accounts of Darul Khushnood which is located at 247 Staff Line, Fatima Jinnah Road, Karachi.
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zardari to review karachi law and order today KARACHI onlinE
President Asif Ali Zardari would chair a meeting on deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi today (Monday). The meeting called by President Asif Ali Zardari in the wake of failing law and order situation would be attended by Chief Secretary Sindh, DG (Rangers) Inspector General Sindh police and high officials of other departments. Sources said that IG Sindh Police would brief President Asif Ali Zardari on incident of firing on a rally in Karachi and Nawabshah bus attack incident besides progress made in the investigation so far.
Indonesian envoy participates in Thai Airways International Travel Mart-2012 KARACHI nni
The Consulate General of Indonesia in Karachi participated in the Annual Travel Mart of Thai Airways International, held in Park Towers Shopping Mall, Karachi. Ohter Consulate Generals and travel agencies also participated in the festival including Thai Consulate General, Vietnam Trade Office, Gerry's Fedex, Fazal-e-Rabbi, Sonya Travel, Best Buy, Home Tour, Polani Travel, Dossani Travel, Prestige Holiday, Indus tours, Map Holidays and Royal Tours. Travel Mart is a regular program organized by Thai Airways and this year Thai Airways introduced cheap air fares with the theme "Thai smile". The opening of the 2nd Travel Mart Travel Mart was conducted jointly by the Consul General of Thailand in Karachi, Mr. Wichai Siriujin, Indonesian Consul General, Rossalis R. Adenan, General Manager Thai Airways International in Karachi Mr. Polapat Neelabhamorn and representative of the Vietnam Trade Office, Mr. Nguyen Hong Tien, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Chief Guests then proceeded to review the stalls of the participants. The Travel Mart is a good opportunity to interact with approximately 5000 potential Pakistani tourists and also a good opportunity for the travel agencies to further enhance their business relation with their partners in ASEAN countries, including Indonesia. Indonesian Consulate General in Karachi at this year's Travel Mart displayed brochures and promotional materials about various tourist destinations in Indonesia and Indonesian students performed Indonesian traditional dance. The participation of Indonesian Consulate General in Karachi at this Travel Mart received positive response from the visitors and was covered by various media. General Manager, Pakistan, Thai Airways International specifically expressed his gratitude and appreciation to Indonesian Consul General in Karachi for participating in the Travel Mart.
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Doctorsâ€™ bodies demand urgent notification of posting orders KARACHI APP
HE core committees of Pakistan Medical Association Sindh and Sindh Doctors Action Committee (SDAC) have urged the government to ensure immediate implementation of the notification for posting orders of doctors, issued in March this year. If the posting orders are not issued till May 31, the benefits of promotion to the doctors, promoted from BPS 18 to BPS 19, on basis of the recommendation of a promotion board, that sat in October
2011, will be lost, they said. In their joint meeting, held at Civil Hospital, Karachi, the core committee members of PMA - Sindh and SDAC expressing grave concern over the delay in posting orders of doctors, said these promotions are being done after a delay of 19 to 20 years. These doctors who were promoted to BPS 18 in 1993 have reached the age of retirement and during last 19 -20 years they have settled in the city of posting, their children are going to universities, they have established their clinics and their families are settled. The core committee members of the
two professional bodies of doctors registered their concern that these doctors were being pulled out of their settled places in the name of domicile and been thrown to other towns. This is again against service rules, that enshrines that during last few years of service the public servant, including doctors, will not be moved from his or her place. The PMA- Sindh and SDAC office bearers said since postings were not done due to inadequacies of previous governments therefore concerned doctors must not be made to pay for their inadequacies. They also referred to another alleged injustice as according to
Commissioner takes notice of encroachment KARACHI APP
Commissioner of Karachi, Roshan Ali Shaikh has taken strong notice of the demolition of a wall of Anjuman Tarraqi e Urdu's office in the city by members of a land mafia. Sources associated with commssioner of Karachi office on Sunday said Roshan Ali Shaikh has ordered
immediate re-erection of the boundary wall, surrounding the office premises. He has also asked the deputy commissiner to take stringent action against encroachers behind the incident. Deputy commissioner of the concerned district and area SHO were asked to present a detailed report about the unfortunate incident to the city commissioner and to also
inform what measures were previously taken against land mafia attempting to encroach upon government owned property. Commissioner of Karachi Roshan Ali said the city administration is already actively engaged in an anti encroachment campaign and its concerted efforts have resulted in retrieval of acres of state owned land as well as private property by land mafia.
Nfeh to hold environment festival for Youth on June 4 KARACHI onlinE
KArAchi: Atomic scientist dr Abdul qadeer Khan speaks during a dinner hosted in his honor in connection with Youm e Takbeer. ONLINE
In connection of World Environment Day National Forum for Environment & Health (NFEH) going to organise an World Environment Day Festival for youth on June 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm at Fere Hall, Karachi. This mega event is being supported by Culture, Sports Recreation Deptt of Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) & EPA Sindh during the festival painting contest and exhibition, speech and tableaus contest will be held for school students. All interested schools and student can contact email@example.com or 0300-2068048 for participation by May 31, 2012. Cash prize, mementos & certificate will be awarded to best performer. Administrator KMC, Mohammad Hassain Sayed will be the Chief Guest and Minister Environment Shaikh Muhammad Afzal will preside over the event President NFEH Naeem Qureshi, Dr. Kaiser Waheed, Secretary Environment Mir Hussain Ali will address on the occasion. Moreover tree plantation will also be organised at Fere Hall and students, NGOâ€™s, citizens and celebration would take part in the event.
them 62 doctors have got posting letters due to references of their MPAs and other resourceful sections, not on basis of their seniority or competence. The poor doctor without "Sifarish" is waiting for posting and been thrown out of his settled life of 20 years, said PMA Sindh and SDAC officials. The meeting was attended among othrs by Dr Samrina Hashmi, President, PMA - Sindh, Dr Hadi Buksh Jatoi, Secretary, PMA Sindh, Dr Mujtaba Memon, Convenor of SDAC and Dr. Nawaz Mullah, general Secretary of SDAC. The participants of the meeting vowed not to tolerate any injustice to the doctors' community.
JSqM chief condemns arrest of workers in bus firing case NAWABSHAH onlinE
Acting Chairman of Jaye Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) Dr Niaz Kalani has said his party believes in non violence but the rulers were out to victimise its workers by making the Qazi Ahmad bus firing case as a pretext. Addressing a press conference here on Sunday Dr Niaz Kalani condemned the bus firing incident in which 9 innocent people lost their lives. At the same time he demanded immediate release of arrested JSQM workers saying that the party was being made target of victimisation. The JSQM Chairman warned that Sindhi nationalists would not hand over an inch of their land to others. He said though MQM Chief Altaf Hussain has rejected the demand of division of Karachi but he will have to take practical steps to prove his sincerity so as to bring an end to uncertainty among the Sindhi people. He said people living in the Province belonging to any part of the country consider Sindh at their mother and they would not allow its division.
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Lacunae in law This is apropos Tariq Ali Malik’s letter published on 27 May on problems and lacunae pointed out by outgoing Chief Justice Azmat of Lahore High Court. Expectations of people have been raised after their struggle for restoration of independent judiciary led by Chief Justice of SC Ch Iftikhar. Failure of an elected government to deliver and instead aggravate the woes of masses burdened by inflation, lawlessness, crimes, poor governance, cronyism, extortion, power breakdowns and massive corruption, has only increased pressure on our superior judiciary. Unfortunately instead of delivering affordable justice to people,
Thank you, reema restoration by default has put in place a new breed of lawyers, some freemasons, who have abused this opportunity to hike their legal fees astronomically from thousands to lakhs and even crores of rupees. The High Courts with their magnificent architecture, judges’ chambers, and spacious bar rooms are reduced to a concrete jungle, if affordable and timely justice to people is no longer a primary objective. What purpose do they serve, if the case and hearing of Nafess Khan, a teacher who was brutally beaten and tortured by a powerful feudal Aslam Madhiana of Sargodha, whose family comprises of a
Federal Minister, Chairman of PAC, and an MPA son, gets delayed on technicalities while Nafees faces death threats. It is now being rumoured that Nafees Khan may seek political asylum in some foreign country because Islamic Republic of Pakistan cannot protect its victims of injustices like rape victim, Dr Shazia Khalid or victim of acid attack who fled to Italy and was so frustrated that she committed suicide. Is Pakistan a country where villains, criminals and the corrupt alone are secure? What sort of a society are we where senior citizens are made to wait for years and their due emoluments not paid by private and state corporations
who don’t mind paying several lakhs to branded lawyers, whose presence over awe even judges, forcing them to deny justice on technicalities? If judiciary is to be slave to technicalities on rules evolved in 19th century, than it has no role in 21st century, other than merely a bureaucratic post. The Supreme Court alone has some credibility in this country, but it alone cannot deliver if other important arms of the judicial system fail to reform and face enhanced challenges that credibility and raised expectations and hopes of people have given birth to. IRFAN BUTT Karachi
women in buses Public transport is meant for the convenience of the masses, but this is not the case in Karachi. The system is at its worst, with no law and order at all.The ladies' compartment is smaller as compared to gents' compartment. Women are 52 present of Pakistan’s population but less than dozen seats are allocated for them in the public buses including one over the engine. In spite of the less number of seats and space available for females,the bus conductor and drivers are skilful enough to squeeze up to two dozen female commuters in this compartment and male passengers sometimes occupy this compartment as well. The most uncomfortable seats for women are those whose backs are attached to the men’s compartment because women on these seats are usually molested by poking fingers and groping hands. To avoid these harassments the women have to keep their back straight and sit on the foremost part of the seat, no matter how uneasy this ride may be. Almost all the women keep their faces towards the windscreen in order to avoid eye contact with the men at the back because most of them stare the ladies continuously throughout the ride. As we all know that nowadays every woman in Karachi is either working or studying so they have to travel by public buses even more than the men. Because the men can use motor bikes, there is not an alternative for women due to which a large number of women travel by public buses. The management of the transportation system in Karachi needs to look into these problems, especially by increasing the number of seats in the ladies’ compartment.Compartments should be properly separated and the entrance of men should be strictly restricted.An effective solution is required so that women can travel conveniently. SHEHREYAR QURESHI Karachi
focus on education The condition of government primary schools and the quality of education in rural areas is going from bad to worse. Many government schools exist on paper only. Mostly in rural areas, school buildings have been converted to farms or cattle sheds for local landowners while the children are forced to study under trees in the open. These schools lack infrastructure. Many schools have broken or no furniture. Most importantly they lack teaching staff. As a result of these conditions, poor parents have found alternatives. Most of the children studying in these schools are moved to madrassas as they offer food and accommodation in addition to religious education. The government is clearly not interested in improving the education system in rural areas. According to the constitution of Pakistan, free elementary education is the state’s responsibility. But unfortunately it has never been the top priority. There is only a small share for ministry of education in the budget. The present government is no different than previous ones, spending a large chunk of the budget on defence. The government must concentrate on the education sector and take revolutionary steps to improve it. The primary education sector needs to be standardised according to modern education system. ERUM ZEHRA Karachi
Former actress and TV presenter Reema and her husband Dr Tariq Shahab hosted walima reception for their friends in Lahore on Saturday, 26 May, after their marriage in Novemebr 2011 in the United States. The couple looked dignified. What has impressed me the most was couple’s preference for onedish dinner, that is against the taste of Lahoreiites. The other important feature of the function was its Pakistan touch. Our politicians and senior bureaucrats go abroad to celebrate marriages of their scions, whereas this couple decided to share their moments of happiness with their fans in Pakistan. No doubt the couple is fabulously rich but the setting of the reception was simple and graceful on the screen. Thanks Dr and Reema Tariq Shahab for being Pakistani. ASGHAR MAHMOOD Islamabad
Situation in karachi
Energy crisis Pakistan has been facing an energy crisis since 2007. The main reason for the current crisis is that in the past no efforts were made to ensure increase in power generation capacity along with increase in population growth. An energy crisis is any great shortfall in the supply of energy resources to an economy. Electricity is the basic need of human life. It has great importance as it is directly related to every country’s economy. Pakistan’s energy requirements are increasing day by day and not only economic growth but political stability is linked with the availability of energy resources. Wapda and KESC purchase expensive oil and transfer the cost to consumer. When the price of electricity is raised, the whole economy gets disturbed as a result of inflation and increase in the price of items of everyday use. The major reason which has led to the energy crisis is the
riddled with corruption PIA MD AM Rao has a task to enforce strict financial and administrative discipline in national airline, whose accumulated losses since 2008 have risen by over 200 percent, with massive pilferage and revenue leakages. From an airline which once had an assured ethnic clientele of expatriate Pakistanis, who filled its flights, it has been forced to cut back on its schedules and frequencies. Ever since PIA hired on contract Saleem Sayani as DMD Ops & Engg on a fabulous $25,000 per month tax free package, PIA maintenance has nosedived. Half of its fleet of old and new aircrafts has been grounded since the airline management headed by Capt Aijaz Haroon decided to appoint an unknown firm located in Dubai as its sole supplier of parts with first right of refusal, doing away with a wide choice of vendors approved by manufacturers located all over the airlines international network. The deal was signed by former PIA Director Stores Flight Engineer Khalid Iftikhar who was appointed by Aijaz Haroon. Although PIA has grounded its F27 Fleet consisting of 7 aircraft on 12 July 2006, the airlines Stores & Procurement has continued to procure spare parts for F-27 worth over millions of dollars since 2007. Such is the level and scale of corruption and indiscipline that reigns supreme in PIA since 2008, when the airline was run by unqualified cronies, with a reputation for financial irregularities. PIA marketing was being run by a non-professional political appointee who had ruined PIA Duty Free
wrong policies of the government. Corruption is another major reason. The government should have developed electricity through alternative resources of energy like nuclear energy, natural gas exploration, natural gas import, solar energy, coal and wind energy. Energy crisis has destroyed at least 50 percent of the industrial sector that has led to increase in the rate of unemployment. It has badly affected the fixed income group because costs of goods and services have increased. The current shortage of electricity of Pakistan clearly implies failure on the part of the government to tackle it. The government should use electricity through coal, wind and water. Hydroelectricity is the cheapest source of electricity. SARA SABA Karachi
Shops in late 90s and his sole experience was confined to working as clearing /forwarding agent. It was under him that Hajj and Umrah pilgrims were fleeced by a nexus of travel agents who in collaboration with few airline officials reserved bulk seats at low fares, weeks before announcement of Umrah or Hajj flight operation at escalated peak fares. Such was level of indiscipline that pictures of drunk senior marketing office were shown dancing with whiskey glass balanced on his head at an official party organized at farm house owned by MD. The gentleman instead of being punished was promoted as DMD and transferred to PIA Investment. His powerful political godfathers which include former Chairman Mukhtar wanted to revert him as DMD Marketing PIA before start of Umrah season, which new MD Rao resisted. GULL ZAMAN Peshawar
Balochistan issue First time in nearly 55 months of rule by the PPP, I have seen a concrete step being taken by holding all-party sit down on this issue. First time, I see leaders sit under the same roof contemplating on the most burning issue of our times. Good communiqué has been issued. I sincerely now hope that our Executive takes action and ensure full implementation. Let Balochis feel as a part of Pakistan. Let us move forward to redress their age-old grievances. Let justice prevail. It is not necessary to find solutions to their full satisfaction but I
am sure that steps will be taken. I wish the PM gets over this contempt issue and Musa’s involvement in drugs or otherwise. I wish PM gets time to seriously take view of national issues with Balochistan being on top of the list. I wish PM stops advocating about him being PM and stops behaving like a school boy. If he seriously wants general public to support his Premiership, he should resolve Balochistan issue. He won’t require Aitzaz or any lawyer to establish his position for the next few months. In any case, it is matter of few more months now. I implore Mr Gilani to leave a good taste in our mouths for people to accept new regime, new experiment and new strategies. I, as a senior citizen, assure Mr Gilani and all his cronies that we will remain democratic and will do it all according to the Constitution. There are hundreds of articles in that document which have not been read by his professional cronies. His cronies have just read 63-2 (a,b,c,d,e,f, g and so on) and 248. Their mental capacity could not have read other articles or comprehend them. Cronies keep repeating just one or two terms to keep the audience amused and busy. My sincere advice to the ruling junta is to do something about Balochistan for a change. Mere lips services, resolutions, commissions and inquiries won’t satisfy Balochis nor will it satisfy Pakistanis. Let us not forget that Ataullah Mengal of Balochistan once said if God forbid Pakistan was disintegrated, he would move to name Balochistan as Pakistan. AMJAD H MIRZA Lahore
Karachi, famously known as the city of lights has been the attraction of the country since a very long period. The city not only offers malls flooded with international brands but also various franchises to cater to the needs of different tastes and classes. It is the only city with a proper sea channel and developed sea views, which have been the prime cause for the arrivals of all ethnic groups and social classes. The Port Grand recently established has just added more flavour to its dish of amusement. However, since past 2-3 years the city has experienced a fall in the no. of visitors despite all the attractions it has in store. This change of trend has been the victim of criminal activities jeopardizing the city. Not only have the rate of street crimes or corruption increased but the violence caused by different political parties is also haunting the city. The economical and commercial hub of the country, generating more than 50 percent of the nation’s revenue is under depression. The protests, strikes or clashes causing a halt in business activities will in future result in an economic crisis as a whole. It almost seems like a conspiracy planned by the people unknown to weaken the economy by keeping the city constantly under disturbance. The situation is such that not only are tourist afraid to step in the city, but the nationals residing in different cities as well avoid their visit even to their loved ones, in the fear of getting mugged or killed. If not by the criminals the by the police, who are meant to protect us all. As in many a cases these police constables are found involved in the criminal activities and giving rise to corruption. These officials are found taking off bribe from the general public on literally daily basis. It is saddening to be a part of such a criminal and corrupt environment. Hence the city is need for serious help. It is an appeal of a suffering citizen from the concerned authorities to revise the system and the policies currently being implemented as a whole as soon as possible. NISMA CHAUHAN RAJPUT Karachi
The Steel Mills Steel mills of the same capacity as ours are operating in other countries with 3000 workers while ours has 25,000 workers, employed mostly on a political basis. This has been PPP’s consistent policy since its very inception. ‘The PPP government does not fire, it only hires’ as was said recently by a PIA general manager. Permission was refused for setting up a steel mill in the private sector as it would have embarrassed the government by operating profitably with 3000 workers. For obvious reasons the government is reluctant to privatise the Steel Mills although there will not be many buyers who would be willing to take on 22,000 surplus workers. More money is being sunk into the state enterprises than is being earmarked for development projects or even for education. ENGR KHURSHID ANWER Lahore
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t’s the path of least resistance that the government has chosen to take. By not filing for an appeal against the contempt verdict that the Supreme Court gave the prime minister, many are saying the government has taken a political, rather than a legal, approach to the problem. The ruling party has vacillated in its attitude towards the case. First, a political approach, when the fallen-fromfavour Babar Awan was running the premier’s legal posse. When it became clear this thing had to play out in the court, a legal approach was employed and Aitzaz Ahsan was given the baton. Now, we have a return to some good, old-fashioned politics. For starters, they might have done their math and realised they won’t be getting too differentiated a judgment in an appeal. Dissenting notes within a bench, and a different judgment in appeals from another bench, is getting more and more rare in the current judiciary. Moreover, with the speaker having dismissed a petition seeking the deseating of the prime minister, the government also might feel no need to get into another rigmarole. This also just might be what the court wants; the conviction gives it enough to save face but anything more would rock the boat. There are, however, others who specifically do want to rock the boat. The lawyers. But, as an item in this paper yesterday reveals, the government plans to throw money at that problem. A lot of it. That is something the federal government has been adept at. Considering how hostile the construct generally referred to as “the lawyers movement” is to the government, the latter hasn’t done too badly in the elections for the lawyers’ bodies. Erstwhile legal czar Babar Awan’s campaigning within this lot was much criticised but when hasn’t he been? It worked and that is the bottomline the party chairperson is interested in. This can be a possible end of the issue. Not a prediction, this. Just an emerging possibility. If that indeed is the case, it would actually do the polity a whole lot of good. We can’t afford more of our perennial curse: interesting times.
The Balochistan factor Too many issues, too little political will
alochistan has been bleeding mostly because of a lack of political will to resolve its longstanding issues and the government’s abdication of power to non-political forces. The inability to offer solutions to the sufferings of the Baloch people has actually distanced them from the rest of the country, causing fissures in national unity and integrity. While it is of utmost importance to look into how their sufferings can be brought to an end, it is also important to look at the reasons as to why they surfaced in the first place and what we can do to stop that from happening again. A national conference of the country’s major political parties on this very subject held by SCBA concluded the other day. While many were vocal on what to do, the mere gesture of raising a voice at a national platform is a welcome one. Balochistan has been relegated to a place where it is treated as a minority stakeholder in the federation instead of an equal federating unit. Forced disappearances, ethnic and sectarian killings, suppression of fundamental rights, (over)presence of the army, political victimisation, unjustified role of security agencies and a perennial lack of welfare and social uplift projects are some of the main problems the Baloch are facing. Fulfilling the demand of arresting the killers of Nawab Akbar Bugti, as Nawaz Sharif has said, would certainly help decrease tensions, though it should not be treated as a demand, for ideally the state is constitutionally bound to do so. No amount of suo motu notices is going to help the matters if there is no political will to follow these suggestions through. Even after more than four years of the incumbent government, and many of its much publicised initiatives, nothing practical can be seen: the military is still there, no mega development project has been launched, there is not much control on the province’s natural resources, and nothing has been done to empower the local populace. Unless and until the Baloch themselves are not empowered, there is no chance we can see a peaceful province strengthening the federation. And any decision-making process that sets out to deal with their issues must have adequate Baloch representation and participation, for only then will they respect the decision.
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Monday, 28 May, 2012
The naked and the dead ideology cowered briefly, and then disappeared
Third Eye By M J Akbar
he British, damn them, confused us so thoroughly that we still cannot find an economic policy. They gave us both Queen Victoria and Karl Marx; and then Lord Curzon and the Fabian Society. It was merciless. Their own vision was clear. Ideology was appropriately dressed: Top hats for silks, caps for toilers. Lenin knew better than to challenge the British identity template; he wore a cap. A hat is not revolutionary. We will never know what Lenin, who died at the age of 53, probably of syphilis, would have been wearing if he was still in the Kremlin at 73. His successor in the 1970s, Leonid Brezhnev, proudly took his mother for a tour of his office and chandeliered dacha. The old lady asked, worriedly, “But Leonid, what will we do when the Bolshies return?” The story may be apocryphal but the metaphor is true. Corruption is not an Indian monopoly. The British were unimpressed by Marx. They buried him in the 19th century and exported him in the 20th. Among Marx’s destinations was India, where he met Gandhi. Gandhi had a radical approach to clothes. He abandoned them. This did not make Gandhi naked. He was always wrapped in poverty. Marx’s proletariat may have driven out the Romanovs from Russia, but mendicant Gandhi’s starving Indians dismantled the mightiest empire known in history. How could Gandhi, who smashed the chains of fear that had shackled India into so many prisons, who was caustic about greed and egalitarian about need, who owned very little himself, be ever considered right-wing? The Indian left scorned Gandhi with unforgiving ardour because Gandhi subsumed economics into nationalism. Gandhi’s horse was Hindustan; the cart, its economy, came later. His model for governance, developed at Tolstoy Farm in South Africa and published in 1910 as Hind Swaraj, was a potpourri of shibboleths linked by the rigidity of an ashram. The only economy it exhibited, frankly, was an economy of
words; its length was no bigger than a preliminary chapter in any Marxist treatise. And yet the workers of Britain, whose cloth he had burned in 1920, cheered him to the rafters when, flashing his toothless smile, he visited them in Lancashire in 1931. In 1945, as Gandhi and his heirs prepared for self-rule, Jawaharlal Nehru dismissed Hind Swaraj as “completely unreal”. Nehru had ‘confessed’, as early as in December 1929, that “I am a socialist and a republican and am no believer in kings and princes, or in the order which produces the modern kings of industry… whose methods are as predatory as those of the old feudal aristocracy”. Gandhi got on pretty well with kings and princes, contemporary or old. Jamshetji Tata sent him donations for his heroic South Africa campaigns; G D Birla and Jamnalal Bajaj picked up Congress bills through the freedom movement. Nehru’s critics were convinced he wore foreign underwear under khaadi, but could never be certain whether it was purchased from Harrods or the socialist cooperative down the road. Gandhi was tart in his response to Jawaharlal: “He likes to fly. I don’t. I have kept a place for the princes and the zamindars in the India that I envisage.” The inevitable compromise followed: Co-existence, without any sharp lines. But it was an uneasy private-public relationship. The private sector hit below its weight; the public sector added weight without muscle. Stagnant or desultory economic growth encouraged exploitation in one and waste in the other. The state paid for its mistakes with tax cash, and changed the rules arbitrarily to curb its competition. The pri-
vate sector howled when leashed, and cut every corner when it thought no one was looking. Indian Marxists, from their cubby hole in Bengal, specialised in ambivalence, arguing that since socialism was impossible in a bourgeois democracy pseudo-socialism would have to do. Cross-dressing is a peculiarly Indian political alibi. Those who understood the deception shrugged off their dilemma. Jyoti Basu was once asked why he flew first class. Because, he answered, he was a first-class Communist. Wit is a formidable defence mechanism. A crisis was inevitable. In 1991, the government finally stepped back, but liberalisation was soon to encounter a far more dexterous and dangerous rival than weedy socialism: Populism. This anarchic demon swallows money that doesn’t exist in an insatiable desire for votes. Ideology cowered briefly, and then disappeared. Both right and left now survive on a wing and a prayer, bereft of serious or even comical ideas. The UPA Government is honest when it says it has no clue why the rupee is shrinking; the citizen has no clue as to why UPA wants to be in power for two more years. An ideological vacuum inevitably makes politics personal, and decisions become whimsical. The emperor, as in the familiar fable with a moral, believes he has appeared before the people with new robes. He bows to the applause. Only a child knows what he does not; that he has none. That child has a vote The columnist is editor of The Sunday Guardian, published from Delhi, India on Sunday, published from London and Editorial Director, India Today and Headlines Today.
foreigners are still welcome China Daily
ust as some in the West have wondered why most people here didn’t share their obsession with Chen Guangcheng, some people here have difficulty understanding the latest allegation that we are xenophobic. Of course we feel wronged. We are anything but. There are even some who feel that we have been friendlier to foreigners than to our own citizens. If a few foreigners feel mistreated in China and conclude that we hate foreigners, or a few Chinese people feel that foreigners enjoy preferential treatment, it is only natural in a country with such diversity. But when foreign media amplify such sentiments out of all proportion it is different, as normal public indignation at some foreign individuals’ misconduct is transformed into a “deeprooted nationalistic hatred” for foreigners, and a routine crackdown against illegal immigration is castigated for being a crusade against all foreigners. It is true the distasteful conduct of a couple of foreign nationals toward two Chinese women has provoked angry comments on the Web. And true, a nationwide action launched before the incident is still underway to clamp down on people
who have entered the country illegally. But such occurrences are not unique to this country. What is not true is the expat community in China is living in fear, as some overseas reports seem to suggest. You would think that for those to whom the words “freedom of speech” come so readily to their lips would be tolerant of others’ words, even if those words seem less than friendly to their ears. But instead it seems such utterances are enough to incriminate the entire nation. It is natural to criticize anyone who ignores basic social decencies and to prosecute someone who breaks the law. And those countries accusing China of xenophobia for tackling illegal immigration should cast the beams out of their own eyes first as their immigration policies are a great deal harsher and stricter than ours. Foreign nationals in China have nothing to fear as long as they have valid visas and do not break the law. Instead of receiving hostility or a cold shoulder as their home media try to suggest, they will continue to be treated as welcome guests. China is not xenophobic, nor will it be because it aspires for more exchanges with others. Perhaps the overseas media’s portrayals of China’s hatred are really just a manifestation of their own xenophobia.
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Monday, 28 May, 2012
On the speaker’s ruling
Mullahs gone viral
More than just a political masterstroke
The stymied anti polio campaign
By Muneeb Farooq
he speaker’s ruling saved PM Gilani from a possible disqualification through the Election Commission. This ruling was legal and political in nature and the impact was so overwhelming that it became a factor behind PPP’s decision not to file an appeal against the PM’s conviction in the Supreme Court. An objective analysis of the speaker’s ruling could easily point out the political interests involved in it; however, much to the disappointment of hawks, it also has a good legal reasoning to back it. The speaker, being the custodian of the house, enjoys immense powers under the 1973 constitution (whereas this wasn’t the case in the constitution of 1964). The problem with some of the hawkish commentators is that they want the law to take its course and the constitution to be applied in accordance with their whims and wishes. They keep forgetting, perhaps conveniently, that the constitution stipulates rights, duties and functions for the offices, not the persons holding the office. Article 63(2) gave powers to the speaker to decide about the issue of the disqualification of any member of the National Assembly. The constitution has given the right to the speaker to exercise his/her discretion in this particular issue. A learned commentator while criticising the speaker’s ruling mentioned that the speaker had deliberately ignored that the PM was already convicted for ridiculing the Supreme Court. The learned commentator should have realised that Dr Fehmida Mirza was taking a decision on the issue of the disqualification and not the conviction of the prime minister. The consequence would have been entirely different if the Supreme Court had invoked the Article 63 (1)(g) in clear words and defined the course of a defini-
tive disqualification through the Election Commission. The short and detailed verdict of the Supreme Court lacked did not choose to do this; hence, the speaker had some room to play her role. One must appreciate that fate is siding with the PM and his party these days. Indeed, fortune has been kind to them. The PM has managed to survive what many thought would be the final swoop. The speaker, who has remained the most non controversial and unassuming figure in the last four years, enjoys the finality in her decisions under the constitution. Article 69 of the constitution provides immunity to the proceedings of the parliament in such a way that they cannot be called into any court of law. According to Article 69(2) “No officer or member of the Majlise-Shoora (Parliament) in whom powers are vested by or under the
to interpret the law. Although based on different facts, the defence of Article 69 was not accepted by the Sindh High Court in the case of Muhammad Naeem Akhtar Vs Speaker, Sindh Assembly, 1992 CLC 2043. The court ruled that action of the speaker neither comes with the meaning of “any proceedings in the provincial assembly” nor such action can be described as an exercise of power by the speaker for regulating the procedure or the conduct of business in the Assembly. However, a different opinion was given by Justice Shabbar Raza Rizvi who explained the scope of Article 69. According to him, “it is because of these Articles in the Constitution that the Superior Courts have refused to scrutinise the internal proceedings and procedures of the Assembly so that the independence and sovereignty of the legisla-
The hostility between the Sc and the executive is now obvious. The decision not to file an appeal speaks volumes about the fears of Peoples Party of not getting justice from this bench of the Supreme court. The prime minister has made it clear in his interview to a private news channel that the bias of the Supreme court is evident and the interpretation comes from somewhere else. Constitution for regulating procedure or the conduct of business, or for maintaining order in the Majlise-Shoora (Parliament), shall be subject to the jurisdiction of any court in respect of the exercise by him of those powers.” However, there are quite a few potential petitioners who would want the court to seek a judicial review of the speaker’s ruling in the case of the issue of the PM’s disqualification. If challenged, then the Supreme Court will be treading an extremely treacherous path. This will be a yet another case where the Supreme Court will adjudicate on the powers of the speaker of National Assembly. If raised as a defense by the speaker, the scope of Article 69 may also be determined by the Supreme Court as it reserves the exclusive right and prerogative
ture in that respect is not infringed and violated”. The hostility between the SC and the Executive is now obvious. The decision not file an appeal speaks volumes about the fears of People’s Party of not getting justice from this bench of the Supreme Court. The prime minister has made it clear in his interview to a private news channel that the bias of the Supreme Court is evident and the interpretation comes from somewhere else and not from the Supreme Court. What else could be more damaging for a state and its institutions when the head of the executive disbelieves the most sacred institution of the country? The writer hosts a prime time talk show. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
he biggest enemy of the Muslim world lurks within the fold, the mullah cabal that rules the hearts and minds of the poor and the illiterate, and nowhere more so than in this luckless land of the pure. One of the biggest crimes they will have to answer for is their relentless campaign against the vaccination of children against polio. Polio, one of the most dreaded diseases this century, is caused by a virus only rarely contracted by adults but causing crippling lifelong disability in children. Those who contract it are moreover susceptible to a debilitating Post Polio Syndrome in later life. There were no known means of preventing polio until the discovery of the polio vaccine in the 1950s. Since its introduction in 1955, the polio vaccine, administered orally to children, has helped to eradicate polio from the United States, a country where alone in the 1940s 35,000 people were disabled by this disease every year. Since then the World Health Organisation has reported an almost 99 percent decrease in reported cases between 1988 and By Rabia Ahmed 2010 all over the world, a result of concerted effort by the governments of the world to vaccinate children in their countries. It is no coincidence that the three countries that are an exception to this success story belong to the Muslim bloc: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. In these three countries polio remains endemic. Religious leaders (with surprising exceptions such as Jamiat e Ulema e Islam Maulana Sami ul Haq) in all three countries have used their sermons to propagate the view that the oral drops are an American ploy to depopulate the Muslim world, since, (they say), these drops induce sterilisation. They also claim that the drug used is contaminated with pig fat and is therefore haram. Nigeria, once close to its targets in the eradication campaign has recently seen a resurgence of polio while Pakistan and Afghanistan have always remained far from
their goal. And now, giving credence to this propaganda is the campaign by Dr Shakil Afridi, him of the CIA backed fake polio campaign fame, some say it was a Hepatitis C vaccine…the end result is the same. Honestly, I don’t know if I care as much about Osama eradication as I do about the eradication of the polio virus, maybe because I have seen what it does to people at close hand. I’m glad Osama is gone, but like a shark’s teeth his place will be taken by another, and another…and then another until we eradicate the whole mind set, and nothing at all has been done about that as yet. But every child vaccinated is another child saved and by putting that process in jeopardy is where Dr Afridi betrayed his country. Call it treason, call it treachery, it works the same way whichever way you look at it. The Americans are looking at the matter from a single view point, their own, an angle from which they are prone to view most issues, as perhaps we all are. But sitting here in this chair in front of a computer in Lahore, Pakistan, the prospect of trusted public health professionals running fake campaigns and dancing to the tune of foreign intelligence agencies is none too appealing. I don’t care who they are attempting to shoot down, such insidious workings cannot be conducive to public health in any country anywhere. A public official should be answerable to a single authority in temporal terms, the one of the country whose passport he/she holds which must be of the country where he/she holds public office. In simple terms (with what must appear to be a sudden change of subject right at the end of this column), this means that public officials must not owe allegiance to any country other than their own. In other words, public officials must not hold dual nationality. But this is not a sudden change of subject. It pinpoints what is so irksome (to put it mildly) in the Afridi case, the fact that the doctor was working for a foreign agency all the while he pretended to be working for his own, an agency belonging to his other country of allegiance, one moreover whose agenda in this case happened to be detrimental to his country of employment, and I am not speaking of the capture of militants, however much carnage they may have caused in this world, in or out of New York. With due respect, Ms Clinton, there are harmful things out there other than Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. Because of your country’s obsession with both it is possible that the bulk of the polio cases in the foreseeable future may be from Pakistan. More collateral damage?
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I’ve never been this revealing: Katy Perry on her concert film
MONAcO: Antonio Banderas gestures during the f1 Grand Prix. rEuTErS
Pop star Katy Perry says she has revealed more about herself than she ever did before in her 3D concert film ‘Part Of Me’.The 27-year-old releases her film in July and has promised the project which combines concert footage with her everyday life, including intimate details of her split from husband Russell Brand - will show her fans who she really is."A lot of people have a lot of ideas about me, but this is a film that I made for myself, for my fans. So that they can get the all-access pass. And I`ve never been this revealing," Perry said.The `I Kissed a Girl` singer thinks the movie will make people realise that her life isn’t perfect and she has had to work very hard to achieve success, reported a website."I feel like it`s important for me to start breaking down the stereotype - that everyone that`s in this position is perfect, and that if you want to achieve your goals or your dreams that you have to be perfect or you have to be rich."I don’t think that`s how you get anywhere. I think it`s really just based on hard work, which you see a lot of it in this film, and talent, and I think people will feel like they are experiencing it through my eyes. Like it’s from exactly my point of view," she added.Perry says shooting without make up was the hardest for her while filming her 3D concert film. "Well it's a lot of different parts of me, this film, and some of them are, well they were difficult to put in - especially the ones of me with no make-up," contactmusic.com quoted Perry as saying.
cANNeS: reese witherspoon arrives on the red carpet for the screening of the film ‘Mud’. rEuTErS
Beyonce pays tribute to whitney houston LOS ANGLES AgEnciES
Singer Beyonce Knowles recently gave her first performance after becoming a mother and paid tribute to Whitney Houston by singing the late star’s popular number ‘I Will Always Love You’.The 30-year-old set the stage on fire in New Jersey Friday. It was her first gig since giving birth to daughter Blue Ivy in January.Contactmusic.com reports that she sang a slew of her hits including ‘Single Ladies’, ‘Irreplaceable’, ‘Halo’ and ‘If I Were a Boy’, and told the audience: "I gotta say, it feels so good to be back home on stage." Beyonce also paid tribute to her idol, Houston, by belting out one of her hit songs.Elsewhere in her set, Beyonce played through a selection of hits from all four of her albums and she performed some classic Destiny Child tracks. In addition to her own material, she also covered Lauren Hill's 'ExFactor'.In attendance at the gig was her husband Jay-Z, who watched the entire performance from the side of the stage, clearly delighted with his wife's triumphant return to live performance.
Compliments don’t make Vidya fly high nEW dElhi: had it been anybody else in her place, they would have been on the seventh heaven by now. But for actress Vidya Balan, the success of her last two releases hasn’t been able to sway her away into overconfidence. She knows that being grounded is the key to success, and is leaving no stone unturned in her way. The Bollywood actress said, “I’m just too happy when I hear these kinds of compliments and they make me realise that I’m on the right track. however, I don’t get carried away as I don’t want to fly high and be overconfident.”Vidya’s curvaceous figure has been the source of titillation for many men, and has left many more with sleepless nights. The actress is just not keen on giving up the luxuries of life for the sake of dieting or anything of the sort. She said, “I don’t like depriving myself of the good things in life. I never diet or anything. I feel as Indian women we all are endowed with an exotic and fuller frame. Also, I believe in doing everything in moderation.”After delivering two smashing hits to her viewers, the actress is currently taking time off for friends, family and loved ones. AgEnciES
MASSAchUSeTTS: Paula Abdul in Game 7 of the NBA eastern conference playoff series. rEuTErS
MONAcO: will Smith flashes the victory sign as he arrives for the f1 Grand Prix. rEuTErS
rIO De JANeIrO:A model presents a creation from the Andrea Marques collection during fashion rio Summer 2012/2013. rEuTErS
‘ShANghAI’ to be turning ShAhId point in my career: Emraan
MuMBAi: Actor emraan hashmi, better known for his romantic and casanova roles, says his next movie `Shanghai` would be a turning point in his career and set a new benchmark for the film industry.In the Dibakar Banerjee-directed political thriller, emraan is seen sporting a paunch, buck teeth and a darker complexion. It was the director who conceived this look for emraan."It is one of the most interesting characters that I have played in my career. whatever was required for the character I did. Dibakar wanted me to look a certain way. I won`t say it is ugly, it would be unfair to say that. `Jogi` (emraan`s character) probably is attractive for some women," emraan said. "But after playing so many cool guys who have lured everyone, this was a good change as you can`t do the same thing again and again, so I tried something new," he said.Also, emraan had to gain nine to ten kg and go a few shades darker."I would like to do more films like `Shanghai`. It is a turning point for our industry. Such films were perceivably niche six-seven years back, with a lot of things being pushed ahead to go into commercial zone," he said.In `Shanghai` emraan will be shedding his `serial kisser` image as he does not have any lip lock scene in the movie.Set to release on June 8, `Shanghai` revolves around the greed and corruption of politicians and boasts of an ensemble cast comprising kalki koechlin, Abhay Deol, emraan hashmi and Bengali superstar Prosenjit chatterjee. AgEnciES
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15 Lady Gaga’s Indonesian tour cancelled
emma Stone to be honoured with MTV movie award
A D Y Gaga has called off her Indonesian concert in Jakarta, citing security concerns after protests by hardliner religious groups. Indonesian Police had denied issuing a permit for the US pop star after Islamic groups objected to her show, claiming that it was too vulgar. The groups had threatened to try to stop Lady Gaga from getting off the plane. More than 50,000 tickets were sold for the 3 June event. Promoters have said they would offer refunds.Fans were devastated, despite the promoter's offer of full refunds. Some accused police – who refused to issue a permit over concerns about security – of buckling to the will of a small group of thugs.The planned ‘Born This Way Ball’ concert has been on-again-off-again from the start. But on Sunday, it was final, said MinolaSebayang, a lawyer for Big Daddy, the promoter of the June 3 show."It's unfortunate," he said. "But with threats if the concert goes ahead, Lady Gaga's side is calling it off. This is not only about Lady Gaga's security, but extends to those who will be watching her. Lady Gaga’s management has considered the situation minute to minute, and with threats if the concert goes ahead, Lady Gaga’s side is calling off the concert,” a leading news channel has quoted MinolaSebayang.
rABAT: Mariah carey performs during the 10th Mawazine world rhythms international music festival. rEuTErS
cANNeS: Matthew Mcconaughey arrives on the red carpet for the screening of the film ‘Mud’. rEuTErS
MuMBAi: Buzz is that Prabhu Deva plans to make the sequel to the Salman khan starrer ‘wanted’ with Shahidkapoor. Sources reveal that khan has given his blessings to Prabhu and asked him to go ahead with the project. The film will showcase Shahid in a totally different look and have him do high-octane action films. "Prabhu and Shahid have met and they are quite excited about the chance of working together. Shaks is a huge fan of the choreographer turned director and has asked him to get the script in place as soon as possible." AgEnciES
Demi Moore and Ashton kutcher ‘may be heading for reconciliation’
We live in a very violent world, says Brad pitt
london: Demi Moore and Ashton kutcher, whose break-up last December shocked hollywood, have put their divorce plans on ice and could be on course for a sensational reconciliation.The former couple met for the first time this week since the actress dumped her husband of six years and went into rehab after claims that he had cheated.They were locked in a 60-second embrace at the birthday party of the man who officiated at their wedding and friends are sure their feelings for each other are as strong as ever.“They are still desperately in love and could be on for reconciliation. The divorce isn’t being processed right now,” the Mirror quoted a source as saying.The 49-year-old had been laying down hints all week on Twitter that she could be ready to forgive and start from scratch.The 34-year-old actor had tears in his eyes as he made a speech at the party, declaring he had “made all these horrendous mistakes in the last year.” “Ashton’s voice started to break as he spoke. he just fell into tears. he sat down to a round of applause while Demi just looked frozen,” a guest at the birthday bash. The ‘Two And A half Men’ star had arrived at the Beverly hills hotel two hours before the ‘Indecent Proposal’ star.earlier Demi had ‘favourited’ a tweet from singer wiz khalifa. “we all make mistakes. Don’t let that be the reason you give up on somebody,” she tweeted. AgEnciES
WAShingTon: Brad Pitt believes that we live in a “very violent world”, which is reflected in his new gangster movie ‘killing Them Softly’. The 48-year-old actor, who is engaged to Angelina Jolie, believes his new gangster flick represents wider changes in the world since the economic crash of 2008, and believes how violence is romanticised in cinema is an important question.“we live in a violent world. I certainly grew up hunting, which is a very violent act,” conatactmusic quoted him as saying. “have you had a hamburger? The way they butcher a cow. It’s barbaric. It’s horrendous. we live in a very violent world. This is the world we live in. I see it as absolutely important to film. Now how is it shot? Is it aggrandised? It is romanticised? I think that’s a fair question,” he said.Pitt - who plays the assistant to a hitman in the Andrew Dominik-directed picture - admits he wanted to join the project because it was commenting on “our time.”“we are always looking for stories that say something about our time and who we are.I certainly felt on reading the script that this was making a commentary. At the time, people were at the apex of the mortgage loan debacle, people were leaving their homes. I felt I was reading a gangster film and then it coalesced that this microcosm was saying something about the macroworld,” he added. AgEnciES
Cheryl Cole in lip-synching row on
‘The VoICe’ london: cheryl cole has been accused of lipsynching while dancing to her new track ‘call My Name’ on the reality talent show ‘The Voice’.The former Girls Aloud star had promised to sing live for her first TV appearance since she was axed from ‘X factor USA’ last year.But fans claimed that the 28year-old singer was not actually singing on the track to close the show.“It would have been hard for cheryl to have sung through the whole performance-it was such an energetic dance routine,” the Sun quoted a source as saying. “But I’m sure people will be disappointed if they expected her to sing throughout,” the source added.The audience including judges will.i.am, Jessie J, Tom Jones and Danny O’Donoghue leapt to their feet with thunderous applause after her big TV comeback. But hundreds of TV viewers took to Twitter accusing her of miming.cheryl’s publicist said she was singing into her microphone, adding: “She sang live with a backing track.” AgEnciES
LOS ANgELES: Emma Stone will receive the inaugural Trailblazer award at the MTV Movie Awards, that is to be held on June 3.The 23-year-old actress is being given the award for her ability to connect with her fans be it a comedy like 'Easy A' or a drama such as 'The Help', the Daily Star reported.The actress has been nominated in the categories of Best Female Performance for 'Crazy, Stupid, Love', Best Kiss for her steamy lip-lock with co-star Ryan Gosling and as part of the Best Cast for her work in the Oscar-nominated movie 'The Help'. AgEnciES
$30m `Great Gatsby` mansion restored to former glory LONDON: Photographs of the colonial mansion, which is said to be the inspiration of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary classic ‘The Great Gatsby’, clearly show the estate’s former grandeur. In the roaring twenties, the lavish home on the North Shore of Long Island was the go-to party house for the likes of Fitzgerald, Winston Churchill and the Marx Brothers. Land’s End came to a sad end last month when it was demolished after the owners could no longer afford the 4,500 dollars a day upkeep of the home. The estate, which sprawled over 13 acres, was valued at 30 million dollars when it was torn down, a leading daily has reported.The incredible photos, from an old listing brochure posted on Old Long Island blog, were taken in the ‘70s or early ‘80s, before the mansion was brought in 1983. The brochure lists the house for 2.5 million dollars, a sum that includes “all furniture, drapes, linens, complete service of English threat silver and Baccarat crystal for 48, furnishings in all bldgs.” AgEnciES
Robert Pattinson top choice for ‘The Hunger Games’ sequel nEW YorK: robert Pattinson has reportedly being pursued to play the character finnick Odair in ‘catching fire,’ the sequel to ‘The hunger Games’.According to web site Think Mcfly Think, a studio source has said that Pattinson is a top choice for the role after with Lionsgate confirmed francis Lawrence as the director of the sequel, the New York Post reported.The duo has worked together in the past, in the film ‘water for elephants.’In the ‘hunger Games’ mythology, finnick Odair is one of the battle royale’s youngest winners, the victor for the 65th annual hunger Games. when he appears in the book ‘catching fire,’ he is in his midtwenties and is noted to be very good looking, which is a perfect fit for Pattinson. AgEnciES
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china ex-official held over rapes after online anger BEIJING AFP
Police arrested an ex-Communist Party official in central China on suspicion of raping at least 10 underage girls, authorities said Sunday, in a case that has sparked a storm of Internet anger. Li Xingong, the former deputy director of the party committee in Yongcheng city, Henan province, was arrested over the alleged sexual assaults on girls aged under 18, said a statement from the authorities. The case will be treated seriously “without leniency in accordance with the law”, the authorities said. “An investigation is under way and as soon as there is any progress, it will be announced.” The news prompted thousands of outraged comments from Chinese web users, who are increasingly confident in voicing anger about alleged wrongdoing by officials from China’s ruling Communist Party. “Fine party cadre. Good leader of the people,” said Wang Delong on Sina’s weibo, a microblog similar to Twitter. On the same site, Yawen posted: “An official again!”
Damascus denies role in houla massacre amid outcry DAMASCUS
Dubai: An aerial view shows Atlantis, The Palm on Palm Jumeirah in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on Sunday. Afp
Syrian army pounds rebel towns despite ‘massacre’ outcry DAMASCUS
HE Syrian army kept up its bombardment of rebel strongholds on Sunday despite an international outcry over the killing of 92 people, a third of them children, in the shelling of a central town. Arab and Western governments expressed outrage at the “massacre” in the town of Houla on Friday and Saturday. But the rebel Free Syrian Army warned that unless the international community took concrete action it would no longer be bound by a UN-backed peace plan that was supposed to start with a ceasefire last month. Government troops raked rebel neighbourhoods of the central city of Hama with heavy machinegun fire, while the town of Rastan to its south came under artillery fire for a 14th straight day, a human rights watchdog said. Rebel fighters who pulled out of the flashpoint central city of Homs earlier this year in the face of a devastating assault by the army are holed up in Rastan, activists say. “The town is being hit at a rate of two shells a minute,” the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Troops loyal to President Bashar alAssad also clashed with rebel fighters in the town of Harasta near Damascus.
The head of the UN military observer mission overseeing the ceasefire that was supposed to take effect on Apil 12 called what happened in Houla a “brutal tragedy.” “This morning UN military and civilian observers went to Houla and counted more than 32 children and over 60 adults killed,” Major General Robert Mood told reporters in Damascus on Saturday. “Whoever started, whoever responded and whoever carried out this deplorable act of violence should be held responsible,” Mood said. “Those using violence for their own agendas will create more instability, more unpredictability and may lead the country to civil war,” he added. UN chief Ban Kimoon and Kofi Annan, the international envoy who brokered the UN-backed peace plan, said the massacre was a “brutal” breach of international law. “This appalling and brutal crime, involving indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force, is a flagrant violation of international law,” a UN spokesman quoted Ban and Annan as saying. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also condemned the “atrocity” and said Washington would would work with its international allies to increase the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad and his “cronies” “Rule by murder and fear must come to an end,” she declared. Mood confirmed that artillery and
tanks had pounded Houla and called “on the Syrian government to cease the use of heavy weapons and to all parties to cease violence in all its forms.” Amateur videos posted on YouTube showed horrifying images of dead children, with at least one child’s head partly blown away. Angry residents voiced outrage over the killings as a UN team visited Houla on Saturday. “Some of the children were less than eight months old. What did they do? Did they also carry rocket-propelled grenades?” one man shouted at a visibly embarrassed UN observer. “We are human. Doesn’t the regime fear God?” he added. Another video posted on YouTube showed a mass grave filled with bodies wrapped in white sheets. “God curse you, Bashar al-Assad,” says the activist filming the video. “We get killed and the world watches. “Go to hell, you and your initiatives,” the man adds, in reference to the international community. Arab League foreign ministers are to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the killings, the bloc’s current president Kuwait said. “Kuwait will contact members of the Arab League to hold an emergency ministerial meeting to study the situation and take measures to put an end to the oppressive practices against the Syrian people,” a foreign ministry statement said. Kuwait has also made contacts at re-
gional and international levels “to urge the international community to assume its responsibility to stop the bloodshed,” the ministry said. ANNAN PEAcE PLAN gOINg tO ‘HELL’: A statement by the Free Syrian Army said it could no longer commit to the ceasefire and that unless the Security Council takes urgent steps to protect civilians, “Annan’s plan is going to go to hell.” Killings in Houla and elsewhere are taking place “under the eyes of the UN observers,” the rebel groups said, urging the international community to “announce the failure of the Annan plan.” The opposition Syrian National Council for its part demanded prompt action by the UN Security Council, which is to discuss the crisis on Wednesday. The Britain-based Observatory said the shelling of Houla began at around midday on Friday and continued until dawn on Saturday, and said 114 people were killed. State news agency SANA blamed “armed terrorist groups” for the killings, adding that “clashes led to the killing of several terrorists and the martyrdom of several members of the special forces.” The Observatory says more than 12,600 people have been killed since the uprising against Assad’s regime erupted in March last year, nearly 1,500 of them since the UN-backed ceasefire was supposed to take effect.
The Syrian government denied on Sunday its forces were responsible for killing 92 people, a third of them children, in the central city of Houla as Arab and Western states accused it of a massacre. The government was “not at all” responsible for the massacre in the central town of Houla that sparked an international outcry, foreign ministry spokesman Jihad al-Makdissi said. Blaming “terrorists” for the killings on Friday and Saturday, the spokesman said the government had opened an investigation. Makdissi added that UN-Arab envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, was expected to arrive in Damascus on Monday, although there was no confirmation from the peace envoy’s spokesman. “We are under strict instructions not to disclose travel plans,” said Ahmad Fawzi in Geneva. Arab and Western governments have expressed outrage at the “massacre” in Houla. The rebel Free Syrian Army warned that unless the international community took concrete action it would no longer be bound by Annan’s UN-backed peace plan that was supposed to start with a ceasefire last month. Makdissi called for a return to “dialogue and the negotiation table” after people took to the streets in dozens of towns and cities across Syria on Saturday to denounce the Houla killings and call for the fall of the regime. The head of a UN observer mission, deployed under Annan’s plan, warned on Saturday of “civil war” in Syria after his observers counted more than 92 bodies, 32 of them children, in Houla. Amid mounting calls for world action to halt the bloodshed, UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon joined the chorus of international condemnation. “This appalling and brutal crime, involving indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force, is a flagrant violation of international law,” a UN spokesman quoted Ban and Annan as saying.
Nepal faces midnight deadline on new constitution KATHMANDU AFP
Nepal’s leaders held urgent talks Sunday to avoid a political crisis, with just hours remaining before a midnight deadline to agree a new post-war constitution or face the dissolution of parliament. The Constituent Assembly was elected in 2008 after a decade of civil war to write a new national constitution and oversee the peace process that began when the conflict ended in 2006. But the process has been deadlocked by demands for the country to be divided into states along ethnic lines and, after several deadline extensions, the 601-member assembly faces being disbanded to make way
for fresh elections. “If you go by the talks so far, the Constituent Assembly is headed for dissolution,” said Arjun Narsingh K.C., leader of the Nepali Congress, one of the nation’s four main parties. “We are not for the dissolution because this is the only elected body in Nepal.” Thousands of people from various ethnic and political groups gathered near the assembly, waving flags and chanting slogans as security forces prevented the crowd from getting too close. The police and army were on alert nationwide and ready to prevent any outbreak of violence, the Rajdhani daily newspaper said. The new constitution is intended to create a new secular, democratic republic following the abolition of Nepal’s centuries-old Hindu monarchy after the
Maoist rebels gave up arms and won the 2008 elections. It is also meant to bring stability to the impoverished Himalayan nation and unite its more than 100 ethnic minorities in a country traumatised by the death of 16,000 people in the civil war. But while the Maoists, who dominate the assembly, want the creation of up to 14 states named after ethnic groups, their rivals say dividing Nepal along ethnic lines will fuel unrest. Despite four extensions of the assembly’s mandate, it has been unable to complete the far-reaching document, and the Supreme Court has ruled that any further extensions would be illegal. Analysts predict three possible outcomes of Sunday’s talks, with the most likely being no agreement and the dissolution of
parliament. The other scenarios are agreement on a new constitution, or a compromise which passes a constitution with the contentious issues left out to be settled after the deadline. It is unclear what would happen if there is no agreement. Constituent Assembly chairman Subas Nembang has warned of a “political void”, with a caretaker government and president having no mandate, and no chamber in place to pass laws and rubber-stamp decisions. A group of leading public figures headed by Ratna Sansar Shrestha, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nepal, released a statement urging the government not to rush a decision on new federal states. “Even in the final moments of the as-
sembly’s tenure, the voices of many marginalised and minority communities remain unheard,” it said. The widespread hope in Nepal that followed the end of the civil war and the abolition of the unpopular monarchy has been replaced by a growing sense of anger and frustration. Political instability has stifled economic growth, forcing many people to seek work overseas, and thousands of Nepalese have taken to the streets in recent weeks to protest at the lack of progress in their country. “No nation has drafted a constitution without turbulence. As we draw closer to writing the constitution, the atmosphere is getting charged,” political analyst Anand Jha wrote in the Republica English language daily.
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Iran to launch new nuclear plant project TEHRAN
RAN is to build a new nuclear power plant, alongside its sole existing one in the southern city of Bushehr, by early 2014, state television reported on Sunday, quoting the head of the country’s Atomic Energy Organisation. “Iran will build a 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant in Bushehr next year,” the television quoted Fereydoon Abbasi Davani as saying. He was referring to the Iranian calendar year running from
March 2013 to March 2014. The Mehr news agency suggested the timeline could be longer, quoting Abbasi Davani as saying: “We will begin plans for a 1,000-megawatt plant in Bushehr next year.” He said foreign contractors would be needed for its construction. The Mehr and ISNA news agencies both reported another nuclear plant was also planned and could be built in coming years. ISNA quoted Abbasi Davani as saying that designs for a 360-megawatt facility in Darkhovin, in the southwestern province of Khuzestan near the border
with Iraq, “have been finished and we are reviewing it.” He did not elaborate. Darkhovin, a project initiated by France but abandoned after Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution, has been stalled because of European sanctions against Tehran. In September 2011, deputy nuclear chief Mohammad Ahmadian said Iran was seeking foreign help to finish the project. The current Bushehr nuclear plant was started by German engineers in the 1970s and was completed by Russia, which continues to help keeping it running and provides fuel for it. Inaugurated
in 2010, it is due to come fully on-line in November this year. In addition, Iran has a research reactor operating in Tehran that is used to make medical isotopes for patients with cancer and other illnesses. A new Bushehr plant would boost electricity production in Iran, which has some of the world’s biggest reserves. State television made its announcement in the wake of talks in Baghdad on Wednesday and Thursday between Iran and world powers that focused on Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme.
Those talks almost collapsed because of the very different positions held by the two sides, but agreement was finally reached to hold another round in Moscow on June 18-19. Iran insists its nuclear programme is exclusively peaceful and aimed at producing energy and medical isotopes. The world powers — the Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States — suspect the programme could include work towards developing a nuclear weapons capability, and they have backed UN Security Council resolutions demanding Iran curb its activities.
Thousands march in Montreal for democracy MONTREAL AFP
Some ten thousand protesters on foot, bicycle, skateboard or rollerblades, crossed Montreal late Saturday to the deafening din of pots, fog horns and whistles. Some carried Quebec flags, others red flags and placards denouncing a special law passed a week ago to limit the right to protest. The law sought to clamp down on the student protests by requiring organizers to give police at least eight hours advance warning of times and locations of demonstrations, with big fines for failure to do so. Authorities have used the emergency law to declare protests illegal, clearing the way for police to disperse protesters. Amid this tumult, there were people dressed as clowns, a man dressed in a panda costume and a young naked woman serenely riding a bicycle. A small police escort followed behind on horseback, by bicycle and by car. While students formed the bulk of the protest, there were also some senior citizens who found some creative ways to show their discontent. “I am 71 years old and I went to study at Paris just after May 1968,” said Guytay Tremblay, a professor of art who was dressed as the Statue of Liberty. Many marchers said the special law was just one of several reasons for their presence. “For months we hear of various scandals, corruption,” explained Jocelyn Simard, a retired professor of philosophy. “People listen to it on television but they feel helpless. I think students have encouraged people to take to the streets to express their rejection of political corruption.” The march was immediately declared illegal by police, who had not been informed of his itinerary. But the demonstrators were able to proceed without incident and the only arrest made was that of an irate driver, who could not stand being blocked by the protesters, police said.
Two Britons’ bodies recovered from Indian river NEW DELHI AFP
Police in south India have recovered the bodies of two British men who fell into a river while rafting a week ago, British officials said Sunday. The two men, Ian Turton, 45, and Michael Easton, 57, were rafting on the Kaveri river, near Bangalore, when police believe their boat was swept away in the rapids before hitting rocks and capsizing. “After an extensive week-long search, the police divers have found the bodies,” British High Commission spokesman Marcus Winsley told AFP in New Delhi. Both men were living in Bangalore. Turton was a project manager with US company Tenneco Automotive and Easton worked at Shell India. Police said the bodies were found caught between rocks in the river in a protected forest area that is popular for trekking and rafting.
AMMAN: Jordanian and US special forces conduct fast-roping from a Black hawk helicopter at the king Abdullah Special Operations Training centre on Sunday during their “eager Lion” military exercise which is described as the largest exercise in the Middle east in 10 years. The exercise conducted by the US and Jordan includes more than 19 countries from five different continents and more than 12,000 participants, according to the United States central command. Afp
Egypt candidates court undecided voters CAIRO AFP
Egypt’s presidential election frontrunners were vying for deals with rival candidates Sunday in a bid to appease a polarised nation that will choose between an Islamist and a Mubarak-era minister in a June runoff. Final votes were still being counted, but unofficial results suggested that the top two candidates were the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Mursi and Ahmed Shafiq, a former premier under ousted president Hosni Mubarak. Middle ground votes were up for grabs, with both candidates since Saturday shuttling between meetings with different political forces, as they compete for the mantle of the revolution that ousted longtime president Hosni Mubarak in 2011. “The race for the coalitions has begun,” read the headline of the state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper. The Brotherhood called a meeting of various candidates on Saturday afternoon, but the campaigns of Abul Fotouh, former foreign minister Amr Mussa and Nasserist candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi said the three would not attend. According to a tally by the Islamist group, Mursi had won 25.3 percent of the vote and Shafiq 24 percent, with Sabbahi at 22 percent. Sabbahi said he would refuse any offer to become vice president, and told
AFP he would file a complaint over electoral irregularities that may affect the result of the first round. On Saturday, Mursi appealed to Egyptians to pursue the goals of the revolution, a day after his movement said the nation was “in danger.” He said he was confident the results of the June 16-17 runoff “will serve the revolution and the interests of the Egyptian people.” He also sought to reassure secularists and the country’s Coptic Christian community which makes up around 10 percent of the 82 million population. “As president, I will be the president for all Egyptians. (My relationship) with the Brotherhood will be the same as all Egyptians,” he said. On Friday night, the Brotherhood said it was seeking to create a coalition of forces to challenge Shafiq. “We call on all sincere political and national forces to unite to protect the revolution and to achieve the pledges we took before our great nation,” it said. Shafiq also called for broad support from former rivals, calling on his competitors by name to join him and promising there would be no return to the old regime. “I reach out to all the partners and I pledge that we would all work together for the good of Egypt,” he told a news conference. Addressing young people who spearheaded the 2011 revolt, he said: “Your revolution has been hijacked and I am committed to bring-
ing (it) back. “I pledge now, to all Egyptians, we shall start a new era. There is no going back.” As the top two candidates worked to rally support for the runoff, leftist candidate Sabbahi, who came third, said he was to file a complaint over alleged voting irregularities in the first round. “We will file appeals and we will then determine whether or not we accept the results,” Sabbahi said. A Shafiq-Mursi runoff looks likely to further polarise a nation that rose up against the authoritarian Mubarak 15 months ago but has since suffered endemic violence and a declining economy. The contest presents a difficult choice for activists who led the revolt against Mubarak. For them, choosing Shafiq would be to admit the revolution had failed, but a vote for Mursi could threaten the very freedoms they fought for. Many who voted in the first round “will not know who to vote for in the runoff. Some will not vote at all, because they believe that morally they can’t support Shafiq or Mursi,” writer Khaled alKhamissi told AFP. On Saturday, former US president Jimmy Carter, whose Carter Centre monitored the elections, told journalists that the process had been “encouraging” but noted that he and his monitors had faced unprecedented constraints.
Panetta says no need for US boots in Yemen WASHINGTON AFP
The United States can deal with AlQaeda’s spreading presence in Yemen without US forces on the ground, relying instead on targeted operations, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Sunday. Panetta, in an interview with ABC television’s “This Week,” defended the use of drones as “the most precise weapon we have” in the campaign against Al-Qaeda. “Our whole effort there is aimed at going after those terrorists who threaten to attack our country,” he said. “We’ve been successful. We’ve gone after a number of key targets there. We’ll continue to do that.” Al-Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula, which US intelligence considers a top threat to the US homeland, has expanded its presence in Yemen amid unrest and political turmoil there. The Yemen-based Al-Qaeda affiliate has twice tried to bring down US airliners, including the failed underwear bombing of a Detroit-bound jet on December 25, 2009. Panetta was asked whether Al-Qaeda could be stopped without US boots on the ground. “The answer is yes, because very frankly, what we’re targeting, the operations we’re conducting, require the kind of capabilities that don’t necessarily involve boots on the ground, but require the kind of capabilities that target those that we’re after who are threats to the United States.” The United States has military advisers assisting Yemeni forces and has carried out regular drone strikes against Al-Qaeda suspects there, mainly in the south and southeast.
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Irshad still optimistic about playing for Pakistan
Whatmore wants players to be aggressive, not reckless LAHORE
LAHORE STAFF rEPorT
Mohammad Irshad, the 28-year-old fast bowler from Khanewal, is delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with the Pakistan coach, Dav Whatmore, and expressed that he is still hopeful of playing for the country. The strongly-built fast bowler was once considered to be the next big thing in Pakistan cricket after Shoaib Akhtar. Irshad is still one of the fastest bowlers in the domestic cricket of the country but has failed to make his debut for Pakistan, despite all the hype about him. Irshad has so far taken 251 wickets in 85 first-class matches at an average of 31.07 runs per scalp. The right-arm fast bowler has represented Pakistan ‘A’ on a number of tours. However, his inconsistent performances at the domestic level have been one of the causes behind his non-selection. The rookie has played for a number of domestic teams in the country and represented United Bank Limited (UBL) in the previous season. The tear-away fast bowler has not lost hope of playing for Pakistan and is optimistic that he will soon catch the eyes of the national selectors. "There is absolutely no way that I am going to lose heart with what has happened over the years and at the moment my focus is on bowling well for United Bank and impressing the selectors. I've always had a dream to play international cricket and that dream is still very much alive," he said while talking to Pakpassion. Irshad was unofficially called up to the national camp in Lahore, which was organised for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, and the fast bowler caught the attention of Whatmore, who is always appreciative of the new talent. The seasoned campaigner expressed that the time spent with the national coach was valuable and it should help him to perform better and take more wickets in the next domestic season. The fast bowler added, “To be able to work with and impress the likes of Dav Whatmore was just wonderful, a once in a lifetime opportunity. Dav (Whatmore) spent some time with me on a one to one basis which was very kind of him.”
AKISTAN head coach Dav Whatmore has said he wants the Pakistan team to be aggressive, but not reckless, while performing. "I feel that most teams are at their best when playing attacking or aggressive cricket but firstly Pakistan is unique, compared to other ICC full member countries, in that we play both our home and away series offshore. Secondly, this is my first assignment where players are “Decentralized” which brings with it some logistical problems regarding facilities and consistent player monitoring. “Another aspect that really doesn’t help the National objective is the overpowering state parochialism in the media. Having a media that challenges poor decision making, or governance is completely acceptable; however simply taking a contrary stance, no matter what the topic, is unhelpful at best, and downright destructive in some instances. “But, that aside, I must say in all honesty I am happy with things both on and off the field. “It is important to remember that success in my position is measured quite simply in a “Win-Loss Ratio”, so I must be mindful of the fact that as I will be judged on each team that competes; hence the
need to play the strongest possible Xl wherever possible. That aside, it is important to allow young up & coming players the opportunity to play at the highest level possible and this is where a good A’ Team structure is important. “But I also feel that it is important to embrace cricket at all levels in whichever country you are based, in order to get a feel for the national cricket culture & structure. I have a real desire to experience as much of Pakistan as possible, both from a cricket perspective and beyond. I would love to get a taste for the cricket talent that inhabits
Pakistan, wherever time allows me to,” said Whatmore in an interview with Pakpassion. “Having experienced cricket in a variety of countries, I think it is a well-accepted fact that it is hard to produce a strong national team if your domestic structure is weak. The jump from domestic cricket to international cricket is quite a big one, even in strong domestic structured nations; where domestically cricket is weak, that jump is far greater. You only have to look at any of the lower ranked ICC full member nations to see that perhaps what would help push them up the rankings is a stronger domestic structure, which would in turn, feed stronger players into the national setup. Finally, it is also very important to ensure that once players are identified, they are constantly engaged in a “High Performance” environment. Now, more so than ever, it is vital to make a players transition between U19, ‘A’ Team and National Team as fluid as possible; all supported by a strong domestic structure. On IPL and T20, he said: “There is no doubt that T20 has certainly taken the world by storm, with leagues cropping up all around the world; the IPL being the largest and most successful currently. What it brings to cricket and cricketers is a chance for local players to showcase their ability on a world stage along with the
chance for them to learn from and understand other players (both foreign & domestic) as well as the obvious financial benefits to all concerned. Another great aspect to T20 tournaments is the increase in fielding standards and the general increase in skills and tempo; all of which will benefit the national team further down the road.” He further said: “As Head Coach obviously I was able to voice my opinions to the selectors; however, to say I had a “Major Say” is possibly a misconception. We have a selection panel headed by a chief selector who are ultimately responsible for how the squads are chosen for each format. Theirs is not an easy job, and they value input from both myself and the captain; but ultimately it is their choice.” “I feel that most teams are at their best when playing attacking or aggressive cricket. However, playing aggressive cricket does not mean playing recklessly, as this defeats the overall objective and can make winning more difficult. I like to see our batsmen play each ball on its merit, rather than trying to “Crowd Please” as this can be counter productive. I am sure most Pakistani cricket fans would rather see the team win consistently and rise up the rankings, than lose due to reckless cricket. In my opinion, we have the hardware, now we need to upgrade the software.”
Samir loses in Bloomfield semis LAHORE STAFF rEPorT
Pakistan’s Davis Cupper Samir Iftikhar winning streak was halted by top seeded and British Number 12 Richard Boolmfield who is ranked currently 371th and formerly 176th on ATP World Tour in the semifinals. But not before he was fully extended in the first set by the 19-year-old youngster who had made his maiden appendance on the international men’s circuit at Aegon British Tour Cardiff Championships being held at Welsh Tennis Center Cardiff UK from May 23 to 26.
The fate of the first set hung in balance and fierce battle was witnessed between the higher ranked seasoned ATP players and Samir who gave full resistance to the Brit by engaging him in powerful long baseline rallies where both players went on to hold their serves held till 6-all when Samir broke strings of his last racket in his procession and had to play the tie-break with borrowed racket which resulted in 0/7 loss in tiebreak and the 2nd set loss 2/6. The dejected Samir told the correspondent: “I am really disappointed as I had all the chances to win
this match till I broke the strings of my 3rd racket at start of tie-break but on the other hand I am very pleased that the tough NCAA Intervarsity Tennis Circuit in USA this year with guidance of my University Tennis Coach Alan Dils I have really got the mental toughness and improved my skills. The previous two wins on ATP players in this tournament have given me lots of confidence that I can compete against the big guys in future. “I plan to play the Aegon British Tour Circuit and have lined up tournaments till August. I have limited financial resources and only WAPDA
and MEPCO are supporting me to my quest to come on top for which I am really thankful. With a stipend for which I am very thankful I hope the PTF, Govt and corporate sector after noticing my performance will sponsor me for these tournaments which are vital for me to gain international exposure and bring laurels to Pakistan like my cousin Aisamul Haq.”
Azlan Shah Hockey Cup: Pakistan lose to New Zealand 3-1 IPOH AgEnciES
New Zealand posted their third successive victory by prevailing 3-1 over an erratic Pakistan in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament on Sunday. By virtue of this win, New Zealand not only boosted their points tally to nine but also consolidated their position on top of the standings. After taking a three-goal lead four minutes into the second session, the Black Sticks had to ward off numerous Pakistani raids from which the Asian champions could score only once. New Zealand had earlier outplayed India and Argentina in their previous matches, while Pakistan has three points from their win against Argentina. Ryan Archibald opened the scoring off a pass from Arun Panchia in the eighth minute and Andy Hayward converted a penalty corner two minutes later to help New Zealand race to a 2-0 lead. Pakistan missed a good scoring chance in the 13th minute when a cross from Muhammad Waqas drifted across the goalmouth with two Pakistan strikers unable to push it in. Pakistan forced two penalty corners but Muhammad Imran and skipper So-
hail Abbas failed to make an impression with their shots on the New Zealand goal. New Zealand came close to scoring two minutes into the second half when Hayward's shot rebounded off the post, but two minutes later Nick Wilson made it 3-0 by capitalising on a penalty corner rebound. Pakistan reduced the margin with a fine deflection by Haseem Khan on a shot from Shafaqat Rasool in the 44th minute, but their domination in the second half failed to produce any more goals. The best chance came in the 55th minute when Waqas got the ball in a crowded circle, but feebly pushed the ball straight to the goalkeeper. Two minutes later, Rasool sent a reverse drive just wide. Pakistan team manager Akhtar Rasool, a former Olympian, said his strikers missed several scoring chances, even though the half-line gave a good account of itself. "It was a bad day for us, there were so many misses from the strikers," Rasool said. "We are building the team for the Olympics and there are several youngsters in the side, who should learn from what went wrong in this match," he said.
Pakistan captain Sohail Abbas said the new-look team did not possess a lot of experience. "It is a young team and full of energy, but in the end it came down to availing chances," he said. gREAt BRItAIN DEFEAt INDIA 3-2: Five-time champions India squandered chances galore to slump to a 2-3 defeat against Great Britain in the Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament on Sunday. Playing a brisk game, India failed to capitalise on several opening created by their strikers, faltering in the final execution on numerous occasion. After bouncing back from a two-goal deficit to draw parity, India gave it away through a defensive lapse in the 62nd minute when three defenders were beaten on top of the circle by a through ball that Nick Catlin picked up to score Great Britain's match-winner. Great Britain earlier scored two goals through penalty corners from Glen Kirkham (28th minute) and Ben Hawes (43rd). But India struck back to score twice in the space of four minutes through a penalty corner conversion from VR Raghunath (55th) and a dazzling deflection by SV Sunil (59th) to make a stun-
ning return to the match. With this win, Great Britain moved into the second position with four points from two matches, behind New Zealand who clinched their third successive victory by defeating Pakistan. Last year's losing finalists Pakistan have three points from two outings, while India have slipped to the fifth spot with three points from as many matches. India's points came from a 2-1 victory over South Korea, while they lost 15 to New Zealand in their tournament opener. Against Great Britain on Sunday India started on a brisk pace and held the ball early on, but wasted several chances. In the third minute, Sunil failed to capitalise on Tushar Khandekar's cross from the right. Great Britain asserted themselves to force two successive penalty corners in the 10th minute before India had another look at the rival goal when SK Uthappa sent a diagonal ball to Rupinder Pal Singh, who failed to connect with a diving attempt. Great Britain opened the scoring in the 28th minute from their third penalty corner when Ashley Jackson's shot was blocked by goalkeeper P R Sreejesh, but
Kirkham swung the rising ball into the goal to give his side the lead. Hawes then shot on target from a set-piece penalty corner attempt to make it 2-0 for Great Britain in the 43rd minute. Pushing hard to bounce back in the game, India got their first penalty corner when star striker Sandeep Singh was not on the pitch, but Raghunath stepped up to score with a soaring drag-flick in the 55th minute. Four minutes later, right-half Gurbaj Singh did the spadework by moving into the circle from right and sent in a cross that was deflected into the goal by Sunil. But India's joy was shortlived as Catlin capitalised restored Great Britain's lead three minutes later when he beat goalkeeper Sreejesh with a reverse drive from an acute angle after receiving a through ball. The Indians continued pressing, forcing two penalty corners in the 67th and 68th minutes, but they failed to convert the chances. While on first occasion Sandeep's low shot was brilliantly stopped by goalkeeper James Fair, Raghunath's flick was easily deflected out by onrushing Great Britain defenders on the next opportunity.
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Smuda experiences worst moment in culling squad LIENZ AFP
Poland manager Franciszek Smuda on Sunday announced the Euro 2012 co-hosts' 23man squad declaring it the worst moment of a coach's career. Smuda made the announcement, including telling the three players that were surplus to requirements, as they wrapped up their training camp here less than two weeks before kicking off the tournament. Having released a 26name list on May 2 ahead of the Bialoczerwoni's camps in Turkey and Austria, Smuda had until the end of this month to shave it to the 23 allowed under UEFA rules. The unlucky trio were defenders Tomasz Jodlowiec of Polonia Warsaw and Kamil Glik of Italy's recently promoted Serie A side Torino, plus Legia Warsaw striker Michal Kucharczyk. "This decision was incredibly hard for the team staff," said Smuda.
SquAd goAlKEEPErS: wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal/eNG), Przemyslaw Tyton (PSV eindhoven/NeD), Grzegorz Sandomierski (Genk/BeL) dEFEndErS: Sebastian Boenisch (werder Bremen/Ger), Marcin kaminski (Lech Poznan), Damien Perquis (Sochaux/frA), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund/Ger), Marcin wasilewski (Anderlecht/BeL), Jakub wawrzyniak (Legia warsaw), Grzegorz wojtkowiak (Lech Poznan) MidFiEldErS: kuba Blaszczykowski (Borussia Dortmund/Ger), Dariusz Dudka (Auxerre/frA), kamil Grosicki (Sivasspor/TUr), Adam Matuszczyk (fortuna Duesseldorf/Ger), Adrian Mierzejewski (Trabzonspor/TUr), rafal Murawski (Lech Poznan), Ludovic Obraniak (Bordeaux/frA), eugen Polanski (Mainz/Ger), Maciej rybus (Terek Grozny/rUS), rafal wolski (Legia warsaw) ForWArdS: Pawel Brozek (celtic/ScO), robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund/Ger), Artur Sobiech (hannover 96/Ger)
PcB chairmanâ€™s visit revives Pakistan's IPL hopes CHENNAI AgEnciES
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf's presence as a guest for the final of the Indian Premier League-V has raised hopes for the participation of his country's cricketers in world cricket's most lucrative league from 2013. Ashraf, who was seated beside IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla, watched the final against Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders here. A top official in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) told IANS that Ashraf is expected to have a one-on-one meeting with board president N. Srinivasan Monday to decide on the participation of Pakistani players in the IPL. Ashraf, who is expected to address the press, said before leaving Pakistan he was hopeful of fruitful talks with the Indian cricket authorities. 'Their invitation (to IPL final) is a strong clue that both countries are moving towards having good relations. This is rare. In the past, no such invitation was extended. So I am hopeful that I will have a good meeting with the BCCI officials,' Ashraf told reporters in Pakistan. Pakistani players took part in the first edition of the IPL, when Sohail Tanveer emerged as the top wicket taker and played a crucial role in Rajasthan Royals winning the title.
EST Indies' latest toporder collapse left England on the brink of a series-clinching victory in the second Test at Trent Bridge here on Sunday. The tourists had slumped to 61 for six in their second innings at stumps on the third day. That gave them a lead of just three runs after England had made a first innings 428 featuring captain Andrew Strauss's second hundred in as many Tests. Marlon Samuels (13 not out) and West Indies captain Darren Sammy (nought not out), who both made hundreds in the first innings, were together at the close. Earlier in this match they'd shared a stand of 204 but it was now going to take something special, with two days left, to prevent world number ones England, who won the first Test at Lord's by five wickets, from going 2-0 up in this threematch series. James Anderson removed both West Indies openers in a spell of two wickets for three runs in eight balls while fellow seamer Tim Bresnan followed up with three for nine in 26. Anderson bowled Kieran Powell for one after the left-hander inside-edged a drive onto his stumps and then had Adrian Barath lbw for seven. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, officially the world's best batsman, walked out at number four instead of his usual number five slot when the tourists were forced
into a rejig as regular number three Kirk Edwards was suffering with 'flu. So far this series, Chanderpaul had come to the crease at 86 for three, 36 for three and 42 for three. But having batted for over 10 hours in total at Lord's and spent more than two hours compiling 46 in the first innings of this match, Chanderpaul batted for just 24 minutes on Sunday. The left-hander had made a mere 11 when his renowned concentration fal-
tered as he fell into a hooking trap, topedging Stuart Broad's bouncer to Jonathan Trott at long leg. And when Darren Bravo, who took Edwards's spot at three, was lbw to Bresnan -- the desperate review showed the ball hitting middle stump -- West Indies were 45 for four and still 13 runs adrift of making England bat again. They avoided the embarrassment of an innings defeat when Samuels clipped Bresnan for a boundary through mid-wicket. But in the space of three balls Bresnan had Ramdin and Edwards lbw, the latter out for nought. England resumed Sunday on 259 for two in reply to West Indies' first innings 370. Strauss was 102 not out and Kevin Pietersen 72 not out. It was left-handed opener Strauss's second century of the series after he ended an 18-month wait for a Test ton with 122 at Lord's. But whenever he'd been previously been not out overnight on a Test hundred, Strauss had never added more than six runs. It was Pietersen though who was unable to press on Sunday when he was lbw to Ravi Rampaul's inswinger for 80, ending a third-wicket partnership of 144. Fast bowler Rampaul, who missed the first Test with a neck injury, led the attack well with three for 75 in 32 overs. The West Indies then saw fast bowler Kemar Roach take two for six in 16 balls with the new ball to reduce England to 308 for five, removing Ian Bell and Jonathan Bairstow, who struggled against anything pitched short.
ScorEBoArd WEST indiES 1ST inningS 370 (M SAMuElS 117, d SAMMY 106; T BrESnAn 4-104) England 1st innings (overnight: 259-2) 141 A. Strauss c ramdin b Sammy 24 A. cook c ramdin b rampaul J. Trott lbw b rampaul 35 K. Pietersen lbw b rampaul 80 i. Bell lbw b roach 22 J. Bairstow c chanderpaul b roach 4 M. Prior b Sammy 16 T. Bresnan not out 39 S. Broad c Sammy b Shillingford 25 1 g. Swann c Sammy b Samuels 0 J. Anderson lbw b Samuels Extras (b9, lb10, w4, nb18) 41 428 Total (all out, 123.4 overs, 531 mins) Fall of wickets: 1-43 (cook), 2-123 (Trott), 3-267 (Pietersen), 4-300 (Bell), 5-308 (Bairstow), 6-336 (Prior), 7-363 (Strauss), 8-416 (Broad), 9-426 (Swann), 10-428 (Anderson Bowling: roach 25-1-90-2 (11nb, 1w); rampaul 32-8-75-3 (2nb, 2w); Sammy 34-3-120-2 (5nb, 1w); Shillingford 26-4-110-1; Samuels 6.4-2-14-2 WEST indiES 2nd inningS A. Barath lbw b Anderson 7 1 K. Powell b Anderson 22 d. Bravo lbw b Bresnan S. chanderpaul c Trott b Broad 11 13 M. Samuels not out 6 d. ramdin lbw b Bresnan K. Edwards lbw b Bresnan 0 0 d. Sammy not out 1 Extras (b1) Total (6 wkts, 26 overs, 127 mins) 61 Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Powell), 2-14 (Barath), 3-31 (chanderpaul), 4-45 (Bravo), 5-61 (ramdin), 6-61 (Edwards) To bat: K roach, r rampaul, S Shillingford Bowling: Anderson 7-2-12-2; Broad 11-4-36-1; Swann 2-1-2-0; Bresnan 6-2-10-3; Match position: West indies lead England by three runs with four second innings wickets standing. Toss: West indies umpires: Aleem dar (PAK) and Asad rauf (PAK) TV umpire: Marais Erasmus (rSA) Match referee: roshan Mahanama (Sri)
Kolkata take title after Bisla blitz east zone
whites down Tauseef club
There were a galaxy of former Indian cricketers in attendance, the brightest lights from Bollywood were in the stands, both teams had some of the biggest stars in the world game but the headlining performance came from little-known Manvinder Bisla as Kolkata Knight Riders prised the IPL trophy out of Chennai Super Kings' hands. Bisla, who was without a Ranji Trophy side last season, made a mockery of his previous career Twenty20 strike-rate of 106 to play a jack-in-the-box innings that helped overhaul what had seemed a mountainous Super Kings total. For Chennai Super Kings' third straight playoff match, a similar tale played out, putting them in prime position for their third consecutive IPL title. For the third time this week, a magical innings from a previously out-of-form batsman left the opposition clueless and Super Kings with a giant total. After MS Dhoni and M Vijay, it was Suresh Raina's turn to play a blinder. He entered with Super Kings already in a position of strength, with Michael Hussey and M Vijay clicking again, and proceeded to pulverise the best of the Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers. Weak against the short ball? Raina's first boundary was a
LAHORE: East Zone Whites has won the match of 2nd phase of LCCA super cricket league against Tauseef Club by 160 runs played at Iteefaq hospital ground the other day. ScorES: east zone whites 335/9 in 50 overs. M Naeem 133 including 1*6, 17*4, Ahmed Akram 103 including 3*6, 8*4, Tahir Abbas 24, hafiz Umer farooq 13, NAeem Arshad 14. Awais MAnzoor 4/63 including hAtric, Sheraz Baig 3/57, Sher BAz khan 1/62, Mohsin Ali Agha 1/44. Tauseef club 175 all out in 39 overs. M Ahmed 13, M waqas 26, Sher Baz khan 31, ISmail Mudassar 49, Israr Baig 26, Gul khan 4/27, Ahmed Akram 3/8 including hatric, zeeshan Mughal 2/31, Mohtishum 1/32. STAFF rEPorT
cheNNAI: kokatta knight riders batsman Manoj Tiwari celebrates with his teammates after winning the IPL Twenty20 final against chennai Super kings. Afp powerfully pulled six over midwicket off Jacques Kallis. The mystery of Sunil Narine? Raina slog-swept into the stands and later deposited the ball near the sightscreen as Narine was handed his most expensive figures of the tournament. Brett Lee was swiped over midwicket on his way to figures of 4-0-42-0, nullifying the decision to include him to provide additional firepower to the Knight Riders attack. The shot of the innings, though, wasn't a muscled one, but
a punch over the bowler's head that was perfectly timed to beat a diving long-on. Unlike in the knockout game against Delhi Daredevils, Super Kings took a couple of overs to get going. Vijay didn't show off his off-side drives like he had against Delhi, instead reverting to his flat-bat hoicks and whips to wide long-on. ScORES: Kolkata Knight Riders 192 for 5 (Bisla 89, Kallis 69) beat Chennai Super Kings 190 for 3 (Raina 73, Hussey 54, Vijay 42) by five wickets.
Lrc needs scrutiny LAHORE: Members of some of the clubs of the city have alleged that the way the Lahore cricket is being run, the Pakistan Cricket Board should put an ad hoc on it and bring in honest people. They also alleged that even the grounds of some of the clubs are being given to their blue-eyed people and even in the name of scrutiny clubs are being closed. They asked the PCB to first scrutinize the officials of Lahore region cricket. STAFF rEPorT
No final decision on Pakistan players for IPL: Shukla NEW DELHI AgEnciES
Indian Premier League commissioner Rajeev Shukla on Sunday said that there would be review of the IPL rules and all the domestic players will be auctioned from the next edition but there has been no final decision as yet on bringing in the Pakistan players for the next IPL. "All domestic players will be put under the hammer from the next edition of the tournament," Shukla said. Asked about possibility of having Pakistani players in the next edition of IPL, Shukla dropped some broad hints, saying a team from Sialkot has been given the goahead to participate in the Champions League Twenty20. "We have not decided
about Pakistan for IPL 6. The Governing Council of the IPL will take a call." Asked why the uncapped players were not auctioned till the IPL 5, Shukla said, "This was done to open up opportunities for little known domestic players as teams normally go for the known faces only." Shukla's comments came while answering questions on Pune player Mohnish Mishra's claim in a television sting operation that he was paid Rs 1.45 crore over and above his contracted amount. Shukla slammed a few fellow parliamentarians like Kirti Azad who sought a ban on the IPL in the light of the recent controversies. "If 2-3 MPs call for ban, it can't be taken as view of the House. IPL 5 has been very successful and was watched in 192 countries across the world. Hence people are jealous.
Will Parliament be closed if some MPs do something wrong? These MPs don't know the pulse of the people," he told an Indian news channel. Shukla dismissed Azad's claim that he was denied of the BCCI's onetime benefit payment for speaking against the Board and IPL. "Kirti has been getting pension for the past six years. It's the DDCA which has raised objections after his comments on black money," he said. Asked about Azad's contention that politicians should leave sports bodies like the BCCI to govern it better, Shukla said, "Indian Hockey Federation was headed by KPS Gill who is not a politician and see what happened to the game. He completely destroyed it." He said the Cricket Board has "zero tolerance" on corruption. "We suspended five players which is the
evidence of prompt action," Shukla said but dismissed other controversies like the Luke Pomersbach episode as off-field activities. "We are not responsible for off-field activities and what the players do in their hotel rooms. All the controversies have taken place outside," he said. Shukla also said that the alleged spot-fixing incidents referred to in the sting operation did not relate to IPL. "The spot-fixing was about some Indore league game. If we receive any complaint, prompt action will be taken," he said. He said a team of anti-corruption unit of ICC had been keeping a close watch on the players during IPL. "BCCI is the only cricket body in the world to have taken such tough action against (corrupt) players. All other Boards forgave their play-
ers." Shukla, however, refused to answer questions on issue raised by sport minister Ajay Maken like the demand for the Board to come under RTI and go for independent audit of its accounts. "We are ready to come under RTI if the relevant law is changed. We don't receive any grant from the government," he said. "Maken's criticism shows his magnanimity, but I don't wish to comment as he is a cabinet colleague," he added. He said the BCCI had only got concessions like lease on stadium land which is meant for the public. Shukla also refused to be drawn into the Shah Rukh Khan ban episode, describing it as unfortunate but said that the matter would be taken up by the BCCI Working Committee. "If SRK and MCA can work out a compromise, nothing like it," he said.
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TERVUREN: Belgian Tennis player Kim Clijsters gestures as she takes part in a Telenet Celebrity Golf Challenge. aFP
Britain's basketball chiefs have vowed to cover the cost of Luol Deng's participation in the Olympics amid concerns over the high cost insurance for the Chicago Bulls star. Deng has been nursing a wrist injury for the closing months of the NBA season, a pre-existing condition which means his lucrative $27-million-dollar contract is not covered by the league's insurance during the Olympics. It means British Basketball is likely to have to find around £300,000 pounds to insure Deng for the games this summer, according to some reports, an enormous amount for the relatively cash-strapped governing body. British Basketball has already in the past paid additional insurance to cover an old back injury sustained by Deng, but cash for the new premium will have to be found by diverting resources from other programmes, officials said. "Luol Deng is hugely committed to the British Basketball programme and he has maintained this stance, despite recent pressure for him not to play after injuring his wrist during the highly-demanding shortened NBA season," British Basketball performance director Chris Spice said. "We admire and support his stance. Luol is a true professional and manages his body extremely well, as shown by the high amount of minutes he was able to play for his club after sustaining the injury in January this year. "We pride ourselves on having an expert medical team for all our players and he will receive the best possible care when he is with us. Our world-leading staff are now widely known and accepted in the greater basketball community and we have worked very hard to build this reputation over the last six years. "The insurance to cover Luol is always expensive due to his high value, and due to the back exclusion placed on him by the NBA's insurers some years ago.
British men claim first Euro team gold MONTPELLIER AFP
GOeTzIS: england's Jessica ennis competes to won the women's long jump event of the ladies heptathlon. Afp
Britain's men's gymnastics team flexed their muscles ahead of the London Olympics by claiming a first team gold ahead of Russia at the European championships on Saturday. Daniel Purvis, Kristian Thomas, Louis Smith, Ruslan Panteyleymonov and Max Whitlock became the first British team to take a major championships team gold medal. Despite a fall on the final apparatus, the high bar, they held on for victory after building up a sufficient lead on the other five - floor, pommel horse, rings, vault and parallel bars - to score 266.296 points. Russia achieved 265.535 for silver with Romania third with 261.319. Smith, who gave Britain their first Olympic medal with his bronze on the pommel horse in Beijing four years ago, will take on world and European champion Krisztian Berki in the final on that apparatus Sunday. "It's
my first European gold medal and also a page in British history and I'm proud to be part of it," said Smith. Britain's men and women's teams have surged to the fore of world gymnastics in recent years with Beth Tweddle winning their first world title on the uneven bars. "Today's an important day with a view to the London Games and a fantastic achievement," said British Gymnastics Olympic performance director Tim Jones. "Many people never thought they would see a day like today and to see our juniors and seniors European champions is huge." Germany were however a pale shadow of the team that won the European title in 2010 with an error-strewn performance which saw the team led by two-time world siver medallist Philipp Boy finish sixth. Hosts France also had a nightmare championships with high bar specialist Yann Chucherat hurting his fingers in qualifiers, and triple European medallist Samir Ait-Said suffering a knee injury on the vault.
Carrick, Rooney to meet in Zong United final LAHORE STAFF rEPorT
Carrick United Karachi and Rooney United Faisalabad reached the Zong United Kickoff Football Tournament’s Final which will be played at the Punjab Football Stadium. The semi-final games of Zong United Kickoff Football Tournament 2012 concluded after an action-packed night where young football stars continued to dazzle the spectators with some thrilling performances. The first semi-final match was played between Charlton United Karachi Vs Carrick United Karachi. Carrick United dominated the entire match and finish with the 7 goal lead where as Charlton did not manage to score a goal. The
second semi-final was played between Rooney United Faisalabad Vs Vidic United Lahore which turned out to be sensational match for spectators and players likewise. In an evenly contested match, Rooney United Faisalabad finally managed to make it through to the finals by taking the lead with a free kick in extra time thanks to their sensational striker Muhammad Bilal. The final game of the Tournament between these two teams will be played on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at Punjab Football Stadium Lahore. The thrilling two months long Kickoff tourney now reached at the final stage after witnessing tough competition amongst the teams of enthusiastic young footballers. ZONG have teamed up with Manchester United
LAhOre: carrick United karachi team with the officials of zong during the United kickoff football Tournament’s semi-final at the Punjab football Stadium. STAff phOTO to offer 32 lucky winners the chance to participate in a 5 day program at their state of the art Soccer School in
Abu Dhabi. ZONG is giving this first of a kind opportunity of being a hero to the football fans of Pakistan.
Ace for Siem at wentworth WENTWORTH AFP
Germany's Marcel Siem holed in one at the second as he made up three shots on the leaders in two holes in the final round of the PGA Championship here at Wentworth. Siem, two-under par overnight and nine shots adrift of front runner Luke Donald, birdied the par-4 first before holing an 8-iron on the 160yard par-3 second to move to five under the card. The German's ace was the first hole-in-one at the championship since 2008 and the first at the second hole since Donald achieved the feat six years ago. Donald was due out at 1240GMT with fellow Englishman Justin Rose who was two strokes behind on nine-under par. Donald will reclaim his number one world ranking from Rory McIlroy if he finishes in the top eight of this, the European Tour's most prestigious event.
els says sorry for rant WENTWORTH AFP
Ernie Els apologised on Sunday for his foul-mouthed criticism of the watering of the course here at Wentworth during the PGA Championship. South African Els, who has been involved in the redesign of the lay-out of the West Course, launched a fierce attack on staff here following his third round on Saturday. But the three-time major winner has back-tracked and made a donation to the European Tour charity. George O'Grady, chief executive of the European Tour, said in a statement issued on Sunday: "Ernie Els asked to see me this morning and apologised for his intemperate language following the conclusion of his round yesterday.
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Stosur, Ana make winning start in Paris PARIS AFP
IXTH seed Samantha Stosur of Australia reached the second round at the French Open on Sunday by defeating Britain's Elena Baltacha 6-4, 6-0. On the other hand, Ana Ivanovic beased into the next round when she beat Lara Arruabarrena of Spain 6-1, 6-1. The 2010 runner-up Stosur will next play the winner of the tie between Irina Falconi of the United States and Edina Gallovits-Hall of Romania. The US Open champion got French Open proceedings underway on the Philippe Chatrier centre-court and wasted no time in jumping out into a 30 lead over the British number one, ranked 68 in the world. Stosur served for the first set at 53 but was broken, only to use her heavy top spin to again force Baltacha onto the back foot in the next game After going a set up Stosur earned a break point in the second game of the second set with a confident volley at the net and she took that when Baltacha hit a weak backhand into the net. A break
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korea, Serbia, Japan qualify for Olympics TOKYO AFP
PArIS: Serbia's Ana Ivanovic hits a return to Spain's Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino during their women's Singles 1st round tennis match of the french Open. Afp to love two games later put the Australian 4-0 up and she had no difficulty closing out a one-sided contest in just over one hour. "It's good to be on these courts again. I think it is obviously a beautiful court to play on. The ball def-
initely gets up high," Stosur said. "You can use your kick serve and top spin groundstrokes. "It's a bit of an early start, but always nice to get through it now. You have the whole day and whatever else to recover and enjoy."
Dangerman Del Potro takes hard road PARIS AFP
Japanâ€™s Irie eyes Olympic revenge on Lochte TOKYO AFP
Japan's Ryosuke Irie is looking forward to the London Olympics for an opportunity to avenge his loss to American Ryan Lochte in the men's 200 metre backstroke last year. At the world championships in Shanghai, Irie had to be satisfied with the silver medal behind Lochte, who clocked one minute 52.96 seconds to win the gold. On Saturday at the Japan Open swimming championships, he was faster than Lochte at the 100m point before slowing down in the last 50m to win in 1:54.80, beating Kazuki Watanabe into second.
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PArIS: Australia's casey Dellacqua hits a return to Italy's Sara errani during their women's Singles 1st round match of the french Open. Afp
French Open dangerman Juan Martin Del Potro shrugged off a knee injury scare as well as sweltering 30-degree heat to reach the French Open second round on Sunday. The ninth seeded Argentine, who made the semi-finals in 2009 before going on to claim the US Open title, saw off Spanish veteran Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-1 in a shade over three hours. He will tackle France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin for a place in the last 32. Del Potro, a potential quarter-final opponent of Roger Federer, had beaten Montanes in straight sets on his way to the Estoril title in April. But he endured a bumpy ride on Philippe Chatrier Court on Sunday when his troublesome left knee, which had already been taped, required further strapping at the end of the marathon second set. The 23-year-old, the only man outside of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Federer to win a Grand Slam title in the last seven years, also needed a doctor three games into the second set as the soaring temperatures threatened to take their toll. "I was struggling a little, but I had some good treatment which allowed me to finish the match," said Del Potro. "Roland Garros is a physically-demanding tournament. I have to keep that in mind as I am playing well at the moment." Also making the last 64 on the opening day of the 2012 tournament was 2003 winner Juan Carlos Ferrero, who defeated French wildcard Jonathan Dasnieres de Veigy 6-1, 6-4, 6-3. Ferrero, playing in his 12th Roland Garros, next meets Croatian 21st seed Maran Cilic. US Open champion Samantha Stosur had the honour of being the first player into the second round, brushing aside Britain's Elena Baltacha in her opener. Australian sixth seed Stosur, the 2010 runner-up to Francesca Schiavone, took just over an hour to see off the 68th-ranked Baltacha 6-4, 6-0 on Philippe Chatrier court. The 26-year-old from the Gold Coast, who hammered 23 winners to Baltacha's eight, next faces Irina Falconi of the United States.
South Korea, Serbia and Japan qualified for the London Olympics, joining two-time world champions Russia, on the final day of the women's volleyball qualifying tournament on Sunday. South Korea beat Peru 25-11, 25-18, 25-21 to finish on 15 points and in second place behind Russia, who had already qualified for the Games. The Russian women recorded their seventh straight win earlier in the day, beating Taiwan 25-14, 25-17, 25-17. But there was disappointment for Thailand. They outclassed former world champions Cuba 25-23, 25-23, 18-25, 25-21 to keep their hopes alive in the morning and ended with the same win-loss record and point score as the Japanese. But the Japanese -- who were defeated by Serbia 18-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-21, 15-9 -- ended with a higher set ratio than the Thais, meaning they claimed the Asian ticket to London. The top three teams in the eight-team round robin and the best-placed Asian side among the rest qualify for the Olympics. Serbia ended in third place with a 5-2 win-loss record and 14 points, while Japan and Thailand ended with a 4-3 record for 12 points. "We couldn't take part in the Beijing Olympics and we struggled since then, but today we were able to achieve our dream," said South Korean coach Kim Hyung-Sil.
claws out for roland Garros pigeons PARIS AFP
With razor-sharp claws and a top swooping speed of 300km/h, eight falcons have been unleashed at Roland Garros to rid the French Open of its pigeon pest problem. With pigeon droppings claimed to alter the trajectory of the ball on the courts and with other bird-scaring tactics, such as loudspeaker noise, having failed, the French Tennis Federation turned to falcons. "We want to clear the pigeons off, not kill them", said falconer Ludwig Verschatse. "When we arrived, there were about 30 settled pigeons who have since left. But we have to stay for the duration of the tournament, because pigeons are stupid. They don't transmit the information to their friends."
Lin Dan propels China to Thomas Cup title WUHAN AFP
Superstar Lin Dan led hosts China to an emphatic victory over South Korea in the Thomas Cup final on Sunday, sending a stark message he and his teammates are in peak form for the London Olympics. Widely regarded as the best player of all time and a sporting hero in China, Lin threw his t-shirt into the Wuhan crowd after his side were far too good in seeing off the Koreans 3-0 -- repeating the feat of the women's team Saturday. "Lots went through my mind last night. I don't know how many more Thomas Cups I'll play. This one is at home and I wanted to put on a good show," said 28-year-old Lin, known as "Super Dan" to his adoring millions of fans. "Every player gets nervous. When you're young it's because you're excited, it's the first time you wear your national colours. When you're older, it's because there's a lot of expectation... I didn't sleep so well last night." But the reigning Olympic champion
showed no signs of tiredness or nerves in his match against Lee Hyun-Il, the 21-14, 21-17 victory easier than the scoreline suggested. "At our level it doesn't matter if you win 21-9 or 21-19, it's the outcome that counts," Lin said as China picked up their fifth consecutive Thomas Cup title and ninth since the men's tournament began in 1949. South Korea's world number seven managed to push the world number two harder in the second game, drawing even at 17-17 as Lin buried a smash into the net. But he failed to win another point. "There were no tactical changes between the games," said Lee, "I just took every point as it came. But in the end I made too many mistakes. That's why I lost." South Korea's coach Sung Han-Kook had said the first singles was the key match -- whoever wins takes the momentum in the tie. "He is a superior player," said Lee, "his accuracy and speed are remarkable. And it is his consistency throughout a match that keeps him apart from the rest."
PArIS: Tarra, a harris hawk, flies over the court before the start of the matches during the french Open at the roland Garros stadium. height hawks are used to scare pigeons during the tournament which will run from May 27 to June 10. REUTERS
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US urges Pakistan to send another 400 NATO tankers to Afghanistan ISLAMABAD onlinE
The US negotiating team, present in Pakistan to discuss resumption of NATO supplies, has demanded Islamabad dispatch another 400 containers to Afghanistan. Sources told Online that Pakistani leadership had made it clear to the US team that no containers carrying war equipment for NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan would be allowed. However, the government said it might allow those containers that carried commodities other than weapons or warfare equipment.
India willing to give Pakistan rs 560m in return for hafiz Saeed A file picture taken on June 8, 2004 shows the planet Venus transiting in front of the sun. Astronomers are gearing for one the rarest events in the Solar System: an alignment of Earth, Venus and the Sun that will not be seen for another 105 years. The celestial ballet known as the Transit of Venus is one of the most eagerlyawaited events in skywatching, an episode that has advanced the frontiers of knowledge, sometimes with dramatic consequences. on the evening of June 5, north America, central America and the northern part of South America will get to see the start of the transit -- clear skies permitting -- until those regions go into sunset. As the world moves into June 6, all of the transit will be visible in East Asia and the Western Pacific. Afp
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PM says constitution does not bar people from having dual nationality ISLAMABAD AgEnciES
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Sunday said no one could dare impose emergency in the country. “There would be no martial law in the country, as the nation cannot afford it. The country’s future is linked to democracy,” he said in an interview with a private TV channel. He said the government was confronting various challenges which had adversely affected the economy, but despite that, the government was trying to give incentive to the people in the upcoming budget. These included no new taxes‚ creation of 100,000 jobs‚ expansion of Benazir In-
come Support Programme in urban and rural areas and resolving the power crisis. To a question‚ the prime minister said the president had immunity and it had been given by parliament. He said if he did not write the letter, it meant he was protecting the constitution. To a question, the prime minister said Pakistan was passing through an evolutionary stage and all institutions were also passing through the same process and with the passage of time, “every thing will be all right”. About filing an appeal against the decision of the Supreme Court in the contempt case‚ Gilani said he had consulted legal experts and party leaders on the issue and consensus had been developed
against the filing of the appeal. The PM said Nawaz Sharif was fined for over speeding on the motorway and he remained a convicted prime minister or leader of the party and remained convicted for nine years. He was also sentenced for moral turpitude in the hijacking case. Gilani said there was no charge of moral corruption against him and the only charge against him was disobedience of the court for not writing a letter to the Swiss Court as the president has complete immunity. About load shedding‚ he said his government had added 3,600 to the national grid and many more short- and long-term power projects were in the pipeline.
Gilani also said there was no restriction on dual citizenship in the constitution and he was in favour of expatriate Pakistanis getting right to vote and becoming members of parliament. He said law and constitution was not made for individuals and one had to look at the situation in the country and the world. To a question, he said Dr Shakil Afridi should be given the right to defend himself in higher courts. To another question on Pakistan-US relations, he said talks were continuing between Pakistan and the United States on the reopening of NATO supply lines. He said relations of countries could not be based on an incident, but on solid grounds.
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The United States is trying to revive the stalled process of negotiations with the Taliban in Qatar with the help of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE), but Islamabad is once again being kept out of loop and the Obama administration has decided not to take it on board as it did when the Mullah Omar-led insurgents were first approached with an offer for talks. The US had been trying to engage the Taliban in peace talks for the last couple of years, but the efforts materialized only last year when the Taliban showed their inclination to open an office in Qatar to hold direct negotiations with the American officials. Hence, the Taliban office was opened and the talks started with Tayyab Agha, Mullah Omar’s close aide and some other Taliban leaders participating in the process from the Taliban side.
The composition of US delegation taking part in the talks remained unknown but some diplomats claim that Special Envoy of Obama administration for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman took part in the parleys. The vital talks, however, stalled soon when the Obama administration refused to oblige the Taliban on their demand for the release of five to six important insurgent leaders, who are detained at Guantanamo Bay. The US officials, nonetheless, reportedly blamed the Taliban for failing to renounce al-Qaeda and global terrorism as a part of their share in bargain and also to set free an American soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who has been in Taliban custody since 2009. “The talks between Taliban and the US officials in Qatar have been suspended since January this year and there have been no direct negotiations between the two sides. However, the US is trying hard to revive the dialogue process with the Taliban and for the purpose it is using the ‘good
offices’ of Saudi Arabia and UAE,” said a diplomatic source, seeking anonymity. He said strangely, the Obama administration had once again ignored Pakistan for the revival of peace talks with the Taliban, the way it did when it first approached the Taliban for parleys. He said the US knew well how important Islamabad was for the success of any peace talks with the Taliban, but perhaps owing to Islamabad-Washington row over the NATO supplies reopening, Pakistan was being kept out of the loop. US is strongly urging Pakistan for the resumption of NATO supplies but Islamabad is asking for a public apology by Washington over the airstrikes on its border posts and also telling Washington that it would tax the trucks and containers that would be crossing Pakistani border once the routes are reopened. A Pakistani official, requesting not to be named, said any US efforts for the revival of peace talks with the Taliban were not in his knowledge. However, he said Pakistan was willing to play its role for the restoration of peace and stability in Afghanistan.
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Exasperated with Pakistan’s refusal to act against Hafiz Saeed, Indian Home Secretary RK Singh has said India is even ready to pay Rs 560 million to Pakistan if Saeed is handed over to New Delhi, Indian media revealed on Sunday. Reports said Singh’s remark came at the conclusion of the two-day talks in Islamabad on Friday where the much-anticipated signing of the visa agreement between the two countries did not happen. Singh, however, said there was enough evidence provided by India against Saeed which added to the proof collected against Saeed by Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). He said it was adequate to arrest and prosecute Saeed for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Asked if India would in that case pocket the Rs 560 million bounty offered by the US for providing evidence leading to conviction of Saeed, Singh said India would be more than happy to give Pakistan that amount if they handed over Saeed to India.