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Rs 17.00 Vol III No 333 19 Pages Karachi — Peshawar Edition
Thursday, 30 May, 2013 Rajab 19, 1434
Drone kills begins in KP, sinDh key TTP 121 KP LEGISLATORS TAKE commander OATH IN MAIDEN SESSION 155 OF 168 SINDH LAWMAKERS SWORN IN Waliur Rehman, CII rules against DNA tests to prove rape five others MQM decides SC lashes out at STORIES ON PAGE 02
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to sit in opposition in Centre, Sindh
army in missing persons’ case
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KESC denies plan to wind up operations Karachi Electric Supply Company has rejected reports that the company’s major shareholder was looking to end operations in the country. KESC said that the negative reports were aimed at creating confusion at a time when all stakeholders should be aligned and facilitating a smooth transition in the country. KESC’s management and shareholders are fully aware of their responsibilities as a public utility and are fully committed to play their due role in finding sustainable solutions to the prevailing power crisis in Pakistan. PAGE 08
I HAVE NEVER PM approves FIXED A MATCH, national policy for SAYS ASAD RAUF overseas Pakistanis STORY ON PAGE 20 Caretaker Prime Minister Hazar Khan Khoso on Wednesday approved first ever national policy for overseas Pakistanis to encourage investment, facilitate foreign investment through legal channels, facilitate their welfare and provide protection to their assets. The decision was taken during a meeting with Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Feroze Kakakhel at the PM’s House. The approval was granted in the wake of the approval by the cabinet in its May 9 meeting. PAGE 09
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MQM decideS to Sit in oppoSition in centre, Sindh KARACHI Staff REPoRt
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Wednesday decided to sit in the opposition benches at the federal and provincial level. According to details, the decision was made by the MQM’s Rabita committee after days of speculation and restructuring within party ranks. MQM leader Faisal Sabzwari will be the party’s parliamentary leader in the Sindh Assembly, whereas Sardar Ahmed will participate in the election for Sindh chief minister. Dr Farooq Sattar will be the MQM’s parliamentary leader in the National Assembly while Rashid Godal will be the party’s deputy leader. Meanwhile, the MQM’s Rabita Committee held a press conference in Karachi on Wednesday during which the party’s leader Haider Abbas Rizvi appealed to the citizens of the city to setup a vigilance committee in the city. Rizvi requested Karachiites to record videos of cars plying on Karachi’s roads without number plates and those carrying suspicious persons and post it on social media websites. MQM’s activists were being targeted in the city which was actually ‘genocide’ against the Urdu-speaking community, according to the party’s Rabita Committee. Rizvi also requested those in power to take notice of the illegal activities of the law enforcement personnel.
pML-n bags 3 more FAtA independents islAmAbAd: Three independent MNA-elects from Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) on Wednesday joined Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). At the same time, four independent candidates decided to retain their status, while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) each bagged one independent candidate. Sources in Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said that Nazir Khan, elected from NA-40, Ghalib Khan of NA41 and Shahab-ud-Din Khan from NA-44 joined the PML-N. The four independent MNAs include Bilalur Rehman from NA36, Bismillah Khan from NA-43, Syed Ghazi Gulab Jamal from NA-39 and Shah Gee Gulab Afridi from NA-45. However, they said that they would support PML-N while retaining their status. They would also vote for Nawaz Sharif in the process of voting for prime minister. Independent candidate Jamalud Din, who was elected from NA-42 constituency has selected JUI-F as his platform, whereas Qaisar Jamal elected from NA-47 constituency joined the PTI. Sources said that all these candidates had submitted the certificate regarding their affiliation with their respective political parties to the ECP. It is pertinent to mention here that the ECP has ordered recount of votes in NA-37 while re-polling would be held in NA-38 and NA-46. oNLiNE
155 of 168 Sindh legislators sworn in FASHIONABLY ABSENT AND INCREDIBLY LOUD: SINDH ASSEMBLY’S FIRST SESSION AN UNRULY MESS KARACHI iSmaiL diLaWaR
T least 155 of the 168 provincial lawmakers took oath on Wednesday as the Sindh Assembly reassembled to witness one of the most unruly inaugural sessions in its history. The speaker and deputy speaker, for which Pakistan People Party (PPP) leaders Agha Siraj Durrani and Shehla Raza are hot favourites given PPP’s recent announcement, would be elected on Thursday. Former speaker Nisar Khuhro called for nominations papers against the two slots by 4pm on Wednesday. He said one-hour scrutiny would be made of the nominations papers. Earlier, Khuhro administered oath to the legislators representing PPP, Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and others. Irfanullah Marwat of PML-N and Sher Zaman of PTI took the oath in English while others took oath in Urdu and Sindhi. Prominent among those absent were Dr Ghulam Arbab Rahim of PML-N, Seema Zia of PTI and Shagufta Jumani of PPP. The house kept echoing with ear-splitting slogans as soon as the outgoing speaker Nisar Khuhro called order to the house at 10:55am. Festive moods And hot mess: The newly-elected lawmakers signed the identity register one by one when Acting Secretary Ghulam Farooq called their
names amid full-throated slogans raised by their supporters. There were several violations of the assembly’s Rules of Procedure with hundreds of supporters of various political parties interrupting the proceedings time and again. Wednesday marked a mass political gathering at the PPP-dominated Sindh Assembly which was thronged by hundreds of what an analyst called “cheerleaders”. The unruly scene at the assembly gate made it harder for the security officers to do their job. Long queues of people and vehicles were seen waiting to enter the assembly premises with security staff sarguing with the visitors for one reason or the other. There was no room for the journalists’ vehicles inside the assembly as that of visitors had already occupied the available space. Inside the building things were equally unruly. Amid familiar shouts of “long live Bhutto” a new voice was added by the PTI workers
who kept raising slogans in favour of Imran Khan and the PTI. The PPP replied to these slogans with some new slogans like, “Bhutto is the hero, all others are zero.” the visitors : According to sources, the assembly secretariat had issued passes to over 4,000 people including visitors, journalists, VIPs and departmental staffers as late as Tuesday night. These passes were issued against a limited space of less than 200 seats in the visitors, diplomats, governor and media galleries. Fearing a possible adverse reaction by the elected members, the assembly staff was compelled to issue over 1200 passes for the visitors who were seen stuffed in the visitors as well as press galleries. The visitors gallery has a seating arrangement only for 70 people, sources revealed. Over a thousand passes were issued for the press gallery while hardly over a hundred seats are available.
Over 500 single-entry passes were issued. For the diplomat and governor galleries, 300 passes were issued against a space of 24 persons. In addition to that, departmental staffers were also issued passes at least 600. The departmental staff, however, is not allowed to enter the house except for handing documents to their heads. “Every MPA, on average, had requisitioned for 25 passes,” said another source privy to the matter. One PML-N MPA had asked for 35 passes, the source revealed, saying that even the PTI MPA-elect Hafeezuddin sent a list of 35 possible visitors. Asked if the assembly’s Rules of Procedures allowed such mass issuance of passes, one analyst said the passes were ideally to be issued in accordance with the space available in the building. Sindh Assembly will meet again on Thursday at 9:30am.
121 KP legislators take oath in maiden session
PESHAWAR Shamim Shahid
One hundred and twenty-one newlyelected members of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly were administered oath on Wednesday. Outgoing Speaker Kiramatullah Khan Chagharmatti administered the oath to newly-elected MPAs.
The first-ever session of the KP Assembly began with the speaker, Chagharmatti, in the chair. Before the oath-taking ceremony, Chagharmatti congratulated the new MPs and hoped that they would fulfill the expectations of the electorates. In his brief but comprehensive remarks, Chagharmatti expressed satisfaction over the completion of the election process and transfer of power to another
elected government. He said holding and participating in the general elections amidst serious threats of terrorism and violence was a great task, which was completed with the blessings of the Almighty. Without mentioning any political party’s name, Chagharmatti said, “For the done and undone sins of the previous government, candidates belonging to promi-
nent parties suffered and I am one of them.” However, he hoped that now, when the people have elected new representatives, they are hopeful that their new representatives will perform well.” Later, the speaker administered oath to the newly-elected MPAs. In first phase, 120 MPAs were administered oath and signed the roll log. In the second phase, one female MP was administered oath. Ameer Haider Khan Hoti of the ANP, Akram Khan Durrani and Naeema Kishwar, both from the JUI-F, were not administered oaths as MPAs as all three have also been elected to the National Assembly. Hoti and Naeema have already decided joining the National Assembly but Durrani has yet to make a decision in this regard. With Naeema going to the National Assembly, Roomana Jalil, daughter of Abdul Jalil Jan, has been was elected to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly against reserved seats. The PTI become the major political force with 55 members in the House of 124, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl is second with 17 MPs, while the PML-N is third with 16. Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao’s Qaumi Watan Party won 10 seats in the KP Assembly, Jamaat-e-Islami, ANP and the Jamhoori Watan Party five each and the PPP has won three seats. Two independents are still maintaining their identity in the House.
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cii rules against dnA tests to prove rape TOP GUIDANCE BODY DECLARES CLONING UNETHICAL, UN-ISLAMIC ISLAMABAD aNWER abbaS
HE country’s top Islamic guidance body, Council of Islamic Ideology (IIC), on Wednesday declared the Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) test unacceptable as evidence in cases of rape, besides terming cloning as unethical and un-Islamic. The members of the Council of Islamic Ideology met under the chairmanship of Maulana Mohammad Khan Sherani during
MISUSE OF BLASPHEMY LAW SHOULD BE DISCOURAGED a two-day sitting of the council. The CII members also declared the cloning process ‘Haram’ or ‘forbidden’ under Islam, saying it would not be permitted. However, the cloning procedure could be used for the replacement of damaged body parts, or the growth of new parts of the human body for which the body is reviewing the issue, the council members stressed. The council on issue of forced rape held a detailed debate in relation with the evidences acceptable under the law. Most members of the council were of the opinion that Islam gave detailed guide-
lines in connection with the nature, accusation, justification, punishment and compensation in case of rape of any member of the society. Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi, Maulana Sherani, Mufti Ghulam Mustafa Rizvi and some other members of the council termed DNA test in connection with forced rape as insufficient evidence, saying weak evidence could affect the health of the issue as well as distorting it from the reality. Elaborating, they said DNA test could prove much helpful in such cases so it should be accepted as secondary evidence. Members of the council said rape was a crime that required much care in account of evidences and DNA did not stand with accurate parameters as evidence for the crime. blAsPhemY lAWs: Over the issue of blasphemy laws in the country, the council warned the government not to alter the current laws, saying members of the council
would continue reviewing it. Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi clarified that all members of the council agreed that blasphemy laws should stay, however their misuse should be discouraged. “No one should be permitted to misuse the law, whether one is Muslim or nonMuslim,” Ashrafi said. The council also recommended using Islamic words (like Allah, Paighambar, Rasool, Masjid) should not be replaced by the identical synonyms in other languages. The members maintained that the use of synonyms like holy book or holy place was forbidden in the Islam. The council also recommended sending drafts for the purpose to all provincial education ministries, Higher Education Commission and all text book boards. It also expressed concern over the exclusion of subjects portraying Islamic teachings, ideology of Pakistan, national-
Drone kills key TTP commander Waliur Rehman, five others PESHAWAR Shamim Shahid
Waliur Rehman, a key commander of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), and five of his accomplices were killed while several others were injured in a US drone attack in North Waziristan Agency on Wednesday. The condition of the injured was said to be critical and it was expected that the number of the attack victims would increase. An official in Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan, said two missiles were fired at a compound of militants in Qazi Kot village near Chashma Bridge in the early hours of Wednesday. Rescue activities began very late as there was a US drone hovering above the area for a couple of hours. Later, militants from all surrounding areas took the bodies out of the debris. The compound set in a house abandoned by tribesmen was being used by militants belonging to the Mehsud tribe of South Waziristan. Soon after the attack, tribesmen in Miranshah said the leading
member of the TTP Rehman was present in the compound when it was attacked. However, Rehman’s death could not be confirmed. Later in the afternoon, an official in the political administration of North Waziristan confirmed Rehman’s assassination. The official said beside Rehman, three other important TTP commanders were killed in the drone attack. After Naik Mohammad and Baitullah Mehsud, Rehman become the third top TTP commander to have been killed in a US drone strike. TTP chief Hakim Ullah Mehsud however survived a similar attack sometime in 2009-2010. Associated with the Jamiat Tulba-eIslam (JTI) of the Jamiat Ulema-e-IslamFazl during his student life, Rehman was very close to Fazlur Rehman. Soon after Baitullah’s assassination, Rehman had
made attempts to become TTP chief but he was blocked by Qari Hussain, the chief of suicide bombers’ wing of the banned TTP. Hussain had backed his cousin Hakimullah Mehsud for the post. Analysts believe Rehman’s death was a severe blow to the TTP. However, they think the TTP might unite after Rehman’s death as after him, no one could challenge Hakimullah. TTP spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan said the group did not have “confirmed reports” that Rehman had been killed. He declined further comment. “That the Taliban are remaining silent and neither denying or confirming the news is itself peculiar,” said Saleem Safi, an expert on the Taliban. “But if this news is true, then the Pakistan Army has the US to thank.” ForeiGn ministrY Condemns:But the Foreign Ministry
cJP takes suo motu notice of gujrat school van tragedy ISLAMABAD Staff REPoRt
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday took suo motu notice of the Gujrat school van tragedy in which 16 children and a teacher were killed after their vehicle caught fire. Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry will hear the case on June 4. Taking suo motu notice of the incident, the SC sought reports from petroleum, transport, chief secretaries of Punjab, the Punjab IGP and the school administration. The schoolchildren and their teacher were burnt to death on May 25 when their school van’s gas cylinder exploded in Kot Fateh Din area of Gujrat. The ill-fated van was carrying students to Jinnah Public School in the Mangowal area of Gujrat from the city’s Kunjah neighbourhood when it caught fire. The children were aged between five and 15 years. Sharing the initial inquiry report, Gjurat DCO Asif Lodhi told reporters the other day that the blaze was apparently caused by a
spark in electric wires of the vehicle, which within no time spread because there was a petrol bottle in the vehicle. While some reports say that the fire appeared to have started when the driver of the dual-fuel vehicle switched from compressed natural gas (CNG) to gasoline. On Monday, former law minister Senator Babar Awan also field an application with the Supreme Court, requesting it to take suo motu notice of the incident and hear the matter on an urgent basis. He also requested the court to direct the police to treat the incident as an act of terrorism and register an FIR under the AntiTerrorism Act. A van driver in Islamabad said the tragic incident took place due to negligence of authorities concerned. “Thousands of unfit vehicles are openly plying on various roads of the country, that can repeat history of Gujrat Van tragedy. Instead of announcing, compensation money to victim families after every tragedy, the government should invest in building an effective management system to prevent terrible incidents,” Anwar said.
again denounced drones in general on Wednesday. “The government has consistently maintained that the drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives, have human rights and humanitarian implications and violate the principles of national sovereignty, territorial integrity and international law,” it said. US President Barack Obama recently indicated he was scaling back the drone strike program, winning cautious approval from Pakistan, a key ally in the US fight on militancy. Prime Minister-elect Nawaz Sharif said this month that drone strikes were a “challenge” to Pakistan’s sovereignty. “We will sit with our American friends and talk to them about this issue,” he said. Obama’s announcement of scaling back drone strikes was widely welcomed by the people of North Waziristan, where drones armed with missiles have carried out the most strikes against militants over the past seven years, sometimes with heavy civilian casualties. The strike also coincided with the first session of the newly elected provincial assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
ism and religious teachings from the curriculum and replacing them with other subjects. The CII also directed the Research DG and Council Secretary Ilyas Khan to acquire the curriculum from class one to matriculation and indicate the flaws in accordance with Islamic teachings. The council chairman also directed member Allama Zubair Ahmed Zaheer to review the educational syllabus and curriculum being taught in Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and to present a detailed report before the members of the council. On the differences among various committees for sighting the Eid moon, the council also decided to call a negotiating session in which the central and provincial moon-sighting committees would be requested to participate in order to remove the existing issues.
eLection tribunALS ordered to diSpoSe oF ALL cASeS in 120 dAyS QUETTA iNP
Acting Chief Election Commissioner Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jilani on Wednesday ordered election tribunals to dispose of all cases in 120 days. He said the general elections were fair and transparent and this time turnout in Balochistan was graceful as compared to previous tenures. Justice Jilani, who arrived on one-day visit to Quetta, was talking to reporters at the airport. He said that he had received complaints from different corners of the country about delay in the disposal of petitions. That is why the number of election tribunals has been multiplied, with the direction that all the cases should be disposed of within 120 days, he added. He said that approximately 90 percent polling was fair and transparent but unluckily some negative-minded sections of the society committed rigging, making the transparency of the elections doubtful.
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Sc requested to start proceedings against ephedrine accused ISLAMABAD: The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) has requested the Supreme Court (SC) to initiate proceedings against Hanif Abbasi, Ali Moosa Gilani, Makhdoom Shahabuddin and other five accused in ephedrine quota case. Hanif Abbasi is a former PML-N MNA, Moosa Gilani is the son of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Shahabuddin is former state minister. A two-member bench, headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, took up the ephedrine quota case for hearing on Wednesday. The accused, including Iftikhar Ahmad Babar, Sheikh Ansar, Nadim Zafar, Hanif Abbasi, Nasir Khan and others and their counsels appeared in the court. Akbar Qureshi, on behalf of Dr Khalid Ranjha, told the court that the latter could not reach Islamabad due to lack of flight. He requested the court to adjourn the hearing. oNLiNE
recount, thumb impression verification ordered on disputed seats ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday ordered the recounting of and verification of thumb impressions on votes polled in two National Assembly and seven Punjab Assembly seats. After allegations of rigging on PP-39 Khushab-I, PP-43 MianwaliI, PP-205 Multan-XII, PP-9 Rawalpindi-IX, PP-257 Muzaffargarh-VII, PP-155 Lahore-XIX and PP-156 LahoreXX as well as two National Assembly seats, including NA-125 Lahore-VIII, the commission ordered the recounting and thumb impressions’ verification. It is pertinent to note that activists of the Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) had alleged rigging during the elections for NA-125 and had staged a sit-in to register their protest over the result from the said constituency. Earlier, Khawaja Saad Rafique of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) won the seat securing over 120,000 votes and defeating PTI’s Hamid Khan who bagged 83,000 votes. Hamid Khan had requested the ECP for a vote recount on NA-125, which the commission had reportedly rejected at the time. iNP
polio team pelted with stones, govt shuts down polio cell KOHAT: In a fresh attack on polio vaccination teams, unidentified men on Wednesday pelted anti-polio workers with stones while they were vaccinating children in Tal. The polio drive was suspended in the wake of the attack. One person was injured and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The attack came a day after gunmen shot and killed a female health worker and injured her colleague on the outskirts of Peshawar. POLIO cELL ABOLISHED: Meanwhile, the caretaker government took another controversial step by abolishing the Prime Minister Polio Monitoring and Coordination Cell, established by the Pakistan People’s Party government in 2011. According to a notification, the caretaker prime minister approved the dissolution of the Polio Cell with immediate effect. The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination would be the apex nodal ministry for the Polio Eradication Initiative. Under the cell, the number of polio cases had been reduced to 58 in 2012 from the 198 cases in 2011 (a 70 percent decrease). Former adviser to the prime minister for polio eradication Shahnaz Wazir Ali condemned the move and lashed out at the caretaker government. “It is a very surprising move and will give a bad message to the donor agencies and the world community. It would show that the Pakistani government did not fulfill its commitments,” she said. “The caretaker government has now placed the monitoring cell under the Ministry of National Health Services which is against the 18th amendment. Under the amendment, it is clearly stated that health is the subject of provinces,” she said. High ranking officials associated with international donor agencies working with the polio cell have also expressed their disappointment regarding the decision. Staff REPoRt
Sindh Assembly likely to be dominated by ppp-nominated speaker and deputy speaker MQM KEEPS ALL OPTIONS OPEN AS SINDH ASSEMBLY BRACES FOR SPEAKER’S ELECTION KARACHI
HE Sindh Assembly will elect the speaker and deputy speaker through secret balloting today (Thursday). The speaker and the deputy speaker will run the House as custodians for the next five-year period of the provincial legislature. Except the thinly-represented Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) almost all political parties represented in the 168-member house filed nomination papers of their candidates for the two top slots. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) nominated Agha Siraj Durrani, former local government minister and a close friend of President Asif Ali
Sc lashes out at army in missing persons’ case ISLAMABAD oNLiNE
Supreme Court Justice Jawwad S Khwaja has said some black sheep were maligning the Pakistan Army, and if someone thought he was above the law, he needed to reconsider. He said this while hearing a case regarding missing persons including Tausif Ali from Rawalpindi, Umar Hayat, Umar Bakht, Ghulam Sajjad Ahmed and Noor Bibi from Chakwal. He said it was high time people stood up for their rights. “The judiciary will not let wrong practices to continue.” Justice Khwaja said the army had taken an oath and could not do anything that was contrary to it. “We have come to know a lot about Balochistan, which cannot be ignored. We are aware of what is going on in the country. If missing persons are not recovered, cases will be registered against the officials concerned,” the justice added. “For God’s sake allow the country to be run in accordance with the law,” Justice Khwaja said.
PTI TOO EMBARRASSED TO NOMINATE MEMBERS Zardari for the post of speaker. Former deputy speaker Syeda Shehla Raza of the PPP would be contesting in the polls to retain her seat. Irfanullah Marwat of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) appeared as a major contender against Durrani while Nusrat Bano, the firebrand lawmaker of Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F), would be competing against PPP’s Shehla Raza for the deputy speaker’s position. The nominees of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) include Khawaja Izharul Hasan and Heer Ismail Soho. Outgoing speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro during assembly’s proceedings had declared 4pm as a deadline for submission of the forms. A one-hour time was set for scrutiny
of the papers. A spokesman of Khuhro told Pakistan Today that all nomination papers were scrutinised and cleared by the authorities in his presence. The PTI, which has three lawmakers in the PPP-dominated house, did not participate in what others called the democratic process. “Having only three members in the house, we did not want to make a joke out of ourselves by filing nominations,” PTI’s MNA-elect Dr Arif Alvi told Pakistan Today. Asked as to whom his party would support on Thursday, Alvi, who swept election from Karachi’s NA-250 in the May 19 partial re-polling, replied that nothing was certain yet. “Nothing has been decided so far to this effect,” he said. Also uncertain about their stance towards Thursday’s balloting was the MQM. “No formal decision has been taken so far,” said an MQM spokesman when asked whom his party would side with. The spokesman, however, said all options were open for the party’s
newly-reshuffled Coordination Committee which would take a decision in the best possible interest of the party and its countrywide supporters. “We have kept all the options open and Rabita Committee is weighing all the options on the table. A decision in this regard would shortly be made and announced,” the spokesperson said. To a question as to whom his side was likely to favor, the MQM spokesman said it would be premature and speculative to name any of the parties concerned. “The committee is closely monitoring the situation and would decide in the best possible interest of our supporters across the country, particularly in Karachi,” he added. The MQM has 48 lawmakers in the house against 51 in previous government. The representational numbers, however, indicate that the PPP, enjoying simple majority in the house, is obvious to see its candidates, Durrani and Shehla, sitting in the chair to run the assembly proceedings for another five-year democratic period.
KP govt, allies will work together to overcome challenges: Khattak PML-N’S BABAR SALEEM, SUPPORTERS JOIN PTI PESHAWAR Staff REPoRt
Although the province faces unprecedented challenges, the new government will take its coalition parties on board and will successfully overcome the problems through collective efforts, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister-designate Pervaiz Khattak said on Wednesday. Khattak was addressing a joint meeting of the mem-
bers of the coalition parties after the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-elected Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly members on Wednesday JI’s Sirajul Haq, QWP’s Sikandar Sherpao, and AJI’s Shehram Tarakai were also present in the meeting. Names of Asad Qaisar and Imtiyaz Qureshi were proposed for the position of the speaker and deputy speaker, which were unanimously approved by all parliamentary leaders and MPs. Expressing gratitude to the coalition parties, Khattak said the new KP government would not be weak. He said he agreed that
politics needed a lot of experience but it was evident the experienced ones had not delivered in the past. “The young and new faces will correct the system and will make the nation’s present and future better.” Khattak said the province was facing a number of critical challenges therefore it could not bear any conflict, adding that the provincial government would take all measures for the development of the people through consultation and for this purpose he himself had met the opposition leaders and had invited them to cooperate with the government for reformation and development of the province.
Shah becomes approver in ephedrine case RAWALPINDI: One of the accused in the ephedrine quota corruption case, Anjum Shah has become an approver against another accused Makhdoom Shahabuddin. Shah in his statement said that Shahabuddin allowed a quota of 2005 kilogramme of ephedrine to a pharmaceutical company after getting Rs 6 million. He said two of the owners of the company gave Rs 6 million to Shahabuddin through him. The amount was given partly in cash (Rs 3.5 million) and the rest (Rs 2.5 million) through a cheque, he added. oNLiNE
Dr Malik looks to spoil PML-N’s Balochistan dream LAHORE NadEEm SyEd
As the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is busy contemplating its nominee for the chief minister’s office in Balochistan, National Party chief Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has offered the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) leadership to form a joint government excluding the PML-N. It is learnt that Malik is shuttling between Quetta and Islamabad lobbying for his nomination as the next provincial chief minister, and his efforts are being backed by the PkMAP. On the other hand, the PML-N too is not ready to let the opportunity of forming a government in Balochistan slip out of its
hands. However, intra-party fighting in the PML-N has spoiled its prospects besides increasing worries for the Sharifs. At the moment, three candidates from the PML-N are vying for the office of chief minister. The latest addition after Sanaullah Zehri and Changez Marri is Aslam Bhootani, former speaker of the Balochistan Assembly. But none of them have the right backing from the elected members of Balochistan. “Each of them has the support of three to four members. Zehri is including in his strength the members of the PML-Q,” an insider disclosed. Amid the growing political crisis, the caretaker chief minister of Balochistan met Nawaz Sharif at Raiwind the other day to see
when the Sharifs wanted the session of assembly to be convened. According to the constitutional provision, session needs to be called not later than 21 days after the election. But due to the political crisis, the PMLN and other parties are not in a position to prove their majority, hence, the difficulty in deciding when to call the session. And as the leadership in Balochistan is not sure about who will be the leader of the House, it is all the more difficult to evolve consensus for the office of speaker and deputy speaker. Sources said that Nawaz Sharif spent a busy day at Raiwind discussing the political situation in Balochistan with his aides.
bALochiStAn ASSeMbLy SeSSion on June 1 QUETTA: Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi has summoned the maiden session of the provincial assembly for June 1 (Saturday) in which the newly-elected legislators would take oath of their offices. Some 49 members will take oath as members of the assembly while byelections will be held in two constituencies – PB-29 Nasirabad-II and PB-32 Kachhi-III. Staff REPoRt
pML-n, Jui-F strike deal on power sharing ISLAMABAD oNLiNE
The Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl on Wednesday settled all matters regarding power sharing in centre. Final decision will be taken during a meeting between Nawaz Sharif and Fazlur Rehman. Sources said talks were held for the second time between the two parties on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday after a week’s break. Senator Pervez Rashid represented PML-N while Ghafoor Haideri led the JUI-F in the meeting. Senator Rashid held out assurance that during the PML-N government no legislation would be enacted contrary to Quran and Sunnah. Sources said the demands put up by the JUI-F were discussed during the meeting. JUI-F was assured that the PML-N was giving a serious thought to its demands and JUI-F should also show flexibility. Sources said the JUI-F demanded that the PML-N give it two ministries in federal cabinet and two of its men be appointed ambassadors in Muslim countries. On the other hand, the PML-N is sticking to giving only one ministry in the federal cabinet. While showing flexibility in its stance, the JUI-F had assured the PML-N of cooperation in the government making process. Sources said Fazl would visit Nawaz Sharif at Jati Umrah Raiwind to give a final shape to the negotiations. JUI-F spokesman Jan Achakzai said his party was engaged in talks with the PML-N for continuity of democratic process in the country. He, however, dispelled the impression that his party had demanded that the PML-N appoint two JUI-F ambassadors in Muslim countries and sought two ministries in the federal government.
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Growth plan of armed forces govt’s top priority KARACHI aPP
The keel-laying ceremony of a 32 ton Bollard Pull Tug indigenously built for the Pakistan Navy was held at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) on Wednesday. Secretary Defence Lieutenant General (r) Asif Yasin Malik was the chief guest on the occasion, says a Pakistan Navy press release. Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest said in order to meet the contemporary challenges, growth plan of the armed forces had always been the top priority of the government. This also encompasses replacement of existing old ships and crafts with new ones for Pakistan Navy. In this regard, he continued, our focal point for self-reliance and indigenisation is Karachi Shipyard. He said this approach would not only ensure timely availability of required vessels for the Pakistan Navy but also go a long way in consolidating the shipbuilding capability of Karachi Shipyard. The chief guest further said in today’s commercial world, competition is fierce and only those can survive and flourish who meet the challenges of rapidly changing technologies with quality and commitment. He said it was satisfying to note that Karachi Shipyard had embarked on the path of progress in line with the modern developments which would Inshaallah lead towards complete self-reliance in the field of shipbuilding. Earlier in his welcome address Karachi Shipyard Managing Director Rear Admiral Hassan Nasir Shah highlighted the salient features of the tug under construction. He apprised the audience that the tug has a 34 meter overall length with a displacement of 481 tons. It has a maximum speed of 12 knots and propelled by two diesel engines and two Azimuth thrusters. The ceremony was attended by a large number of senior Naval officers and the engineers and technicians of Karachi Shipyard.
T least seven people were killed in different incidents of firing and violence in the metropolis on Wednesday, media reports said. According to reports, a youngster was shot dead by unknown assailants in Sao Quarter in Korangi area, while a tea shop owner Zar Wali was killed in C-1 area in Liaquatabad. A man, identified as Faisal, was killed when miscreants sprayed bullets on a shop near Qatar Hospital in Orangi Town, while a man named Saad was killed in Orangi No 5. A man was also killed in a firing incident that occurred in Lalaabad, Landhi, while a woman was killed with sharp pointed knife in Baldia Town. Meanwhile, MQM Unit in-chargeSarfraz Ahmad, was shot dead by unidentified motorcyclists near Baqai Hospital, Nazimabad No 4. The body of the 30-year-old MQM activist was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where a large number of party members
and family members had gathered. A resident of Nazimabad, Sarfraz left behind three children and a widow. Further, another political activist,
security personnel were injured in firing by miscreants during a search operation being conducted by rangers’ and police in Kunwari Colony, Manghopir. Search operations were also conducted in Jamali Goth, Korangi, Khokhrapar and other areas of the metropolis, where the rangers’ arrested ten suspects and recovered different weapons from their possession.
Salim Jan, was gunned down in Sector 5-E, New Karachi by a motorcyclist. Meanwhile, a mutilated body of a youth was found near Crown Cinema in Maripur, while the dead body of a woman was found near ICI Bridge. Moreover, dead body of a youth, namely Ahmad Yar, was found in Peepri area in Bin Qasim Town. In a separate incident, a young man was also injured in firing in Jona Market area of the city. On the other hand, two
people protected democracy, says nisar Khoro
Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Khoro has said that several attempts have been made to uproot the democracy from the country but the people of Pakistan played a vital role to protect the democratic system. Talking to media here on Wednesday, he said Pakistan had rendered a many sacrifices to sustain the democracy. He said they had institutions to solve the matters, but they needed to remain in the assemblies to solve various problems facing the nation. In response to a question, he said he was completely satisfied with his past performance. He said he was also happy with the performance of treasury benches in legislation and conducting of house proceedings despite limited resources. Our previous performance was also satisfactory that was why they had been elected once again, Khoro said. He said they had opened the doors of Sindh Assembly for live coverage to remain in touch with the public which, he said, was a beautiful tradition.
Lawyer, sons to be laid to rest in hometown KARACHI oNLiNE
Funeral prayer for the deceased advocate of Sindh High Court (SHC) and his two children was offered here on Wednesday, however, their bodies will be dispatched to their ancestral city, Chandal, for burial.. According to details, the SHC’s senior lawyer and his two teenage sons were killed in an early morning attack in the metropolis. On the day of the incident, Advocate Kausar Saqlain left home in his car to drop his two sons to their school, when armed attackers ambushed his vehicle on Maripur Road at around 8:30. The attackers fired multiple shots on the vehicle and managed to flee, killing 14-year-old Aon Abbas and 12-year-old Owais Abbas, on the spot while Saqlain was critically injured. The lawyer had received several bullets in his head and chest. Police and rescue teams shifted him to the hospital but he was pronounced dead upon his arrival at the hospital. The elder brother was a student of class nine and the younger was in class seven. Sindh Madrasatul Islam Principal Nighat Fatima said the two were intelligent students. Meantime, their classmates said they could never forget them. The funeral prayer of the deceased was offered at MA Jinnah. Later on, the bodies were shifted to Shah Najaf Imambargah, from where they would be dispatched to their ancestral village in Chakwal for burial.
SA inAuGurAL MeetinG weLcoMed by proteStinG LAwyerS KARACHI iNP
At the inaugural meeting of the Sindh Assembly on Wednesday, a large number of angry lawyers gathered in front of the assembly and raised their voice against the murder of Sindh High
Court (SHC) lawyer Kausar Saqlain. Advocate Kausar Saqlain and two of his children were shot dead by unidentified gunmen on Maripur road in the metropolis on Tuesday and the killers were still at large. Expressing anger over the incident, lawyers’ community boycotted the court
proceedings and carried out a protest rally towards the provincial assembly. Meanwhile, some agitated lawyers tried to barge into the assembly building, but police restricted their advance by blocking the main entrance. On the occasion, lawyers also shouted slogans against the interim
government and law enforcing agencies for failing to protect the lives of citizens. They demanded of the newlyelected government to arrest the culprits immediately, otherwise they would have no choice but to spread their protests across the country.
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Owais Muzaffar Tappi is like my younger brother â€“ Dr Ishratul Ebad
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doctor-pAtient coMMunicAtion cruciAL For QuALity MedicAL cAre HYDERABAD
MINENT surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) Jamshoro Dr Faisal Ghani Siddiqui said that doctors need to communicate with patients in an effective manner so that they can deliver quality medical care. Talking to APP here, Dr Faisal Ghani said that effective communication was a vital skill required to excel in research, education and the two other important fields during post-graduate education. These skills are of vital importance for post-graduate medical students during residency training, he added. However, most of the literature and studies in this regard in developed countries and information relevant to communication skills of residents working in developing countries was lacking, he added. Dr Faisal said that the resident doctors in Pakistan have certain unique problems in effectively communicating with patients and they often found it difficult to explain
the medical terminologies to patients. He said that doctors received their training in English, discussed patient related issues with their seniors in English, but were expected to converse in the official language, Urdu or one of the other several regional languages, while discussing problems with patients. He said that the patientâ€™s understanding of the disease and its progression depended upon the patientâ€™s prior knowledge and on their emotional status. Given the low rates of literacy, patients may not be in a position to understand their condition in an appropriate manner, he added. Further, Dr Faisal elaborated that the world over communication skills were considered as one of the vital skills required in medical practice and recognised as a core competency for under-
graduate and post-graduate medical education programmes in developed countries. He also said that communicating information to patients about their illness formed the basis of an effective interaction between doctors and patient, hence improvement in human interaction could have positive effects on health outcomes. He said that in order to be an effective doctor, one needed to be confident so that
adequate information was retrieved from the patients by addressing their key concerns, and to be able to form an opinion and then provide this understanding directly to the patient about his or her illness. Moreover, he said that poor communication and working relationship of residents with their seniors and peers could negatively affect their learning and academic environment. He informed that research was needed to explore possible differences of these professional communication attributes within groups. Dr Faisal further said that improving communication skills for residents was a challenge for all residency programmes in the country and it was also important that the senior faculty members of individual programmes developed a supportive relationship with residents in order to enhance their academic activities. He said it was a recognised fact that in both developed and developing countries that the standard of health serv-
ices that the public expected were not being provided to them. A very high proportion of the population in many developing countries, including Pakistan and especially in rural areas, do not have any access to health services. He also said that although there people recognised health as a fundamental human right, there was a denial of this right to millions of people who were caught in the vicious circle of poverty and ill health. Dr Faisal said that the doctor - patient relationship could not flourish without his skill of communication with ordinary people and medically unaware public. He emphasised on a step-by-step approach where a trainee was taken from a less complicated to a more complex task while saying that the trainee progressively learned more difficult manures till he became an independent expert. He also talked about the basics of evaluation and emphasised that evaluation must be carried out more often during the training period and the competency certification must not be entirely left to the final evaluation. Dr Faisal said that research produced by local scientists in local circumstances was more useful as it involved interaction with the local population.
cs seeks need-based report on city transport KARACHI Staff REPoRt
Sindh Chief Secretary Muhammad Ijaz Chudhary has asked the Karachi Urban Transport Company (KUPC) and Karachi Mass Transit Programme (KMTP) to prepare a joint need-based presentation on Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) and Karachi Circular Railway (KCR), so that due support of federal and provincial governments might be attained for further necessities. While presiding a review meeting in his office, the chief secretary said all ground realities must be considered to achieve the task. Earlier, in the KUTC presentation, the rail and road based mass transit project identified
by JICA (Japan International Consulting Agency) Study, 02 Rail Based and 06 bus based routs were highlighted. The rail-based routs include New Sabzi Mandi to Tower via MA Jinnah Road with 22.4 km length - 14.1 km elevated and 8.3 km underground, Nagan Chaurangi to Singer Chowrangi Korangi via Rashid Minhas Road with 18.5 km length all elevated. The meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary Planning and Development Department Arif Ahmed Khan, Secretary Implementation Ms Naheed S Durrani, Secretary Finance Suhail Rajput, Secretary Transport MB Kalhoro, Administrator Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Hashim Raza Zaidi and Managing Director, Karachi Urban Transport Corporation Sher Ayaz.
Ji hopes PmL-n will implement islamic laws
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi Chief Muhammad Hussain Mahenti has congratulated PMLN Chief Nawaz Sharif over the success of his party in May 11 general elections. In a letter, Mehenti has hoped that the PML-N government will ensure implementation of Islamic
rules during its government. Highlighting the prevailing issues, Mahenti said the country was passing through a critical juncture and facing issues including law and order, unemployment, power crises, terrorism, extortion and war against terrorism. However, he hoped the new government of PML-N would tackle the issues effectively and steer the country out of all the challenges facing the country.
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History is a huge gramophone in which the voices of nations are preserved. — Allama Iqbal
Thursday, 30 may, 2013
israel warns russia over Syria arms delivery TEL AVIV
SRAEL has said it will act if Russia delivers promised anti-aircraft missiles to its ally Syria, in an apparent allusion to another air raid on the neighbouring country. Moshe Yaalon, Israeli defence minister, issued his warning on Tuesday shortly after a senior official in Moscow said the Russian government reserved the right to provide Syria with state-of-the-art S-300 air defence missiles “As far as we are concerned, that is a threat,” Yaalon said. “At this stage I can’t say there is an escalation. The shipments have not been sent on their way yet. And I hope that they will not be sent. “But if, by misfortune, they arrive in Syria, we will know what to do.”
Yaalon’s comments were made before Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, ordered his cabinet to stay silent on the issue, according to public radio. Earlier this month, Israel launched air raids inside Syria targeting what sources said were arms destined for the Lebanese Shia armed group Hezbollah, whose fighters have entered the conflict alongside the Syrian army. Tensions were further stirred after the EU decided in a meeting in Brussels on Monday to lift an embargo on supplying weapons to Syria’s rebels. Syria’s government joined its ally Russia in condemning the EU decision as an “obstruction” to peace efforts, while accusing the bloc of supporting and encouraging “terrorists”. The US, however, said it supported the EU move as a show of “full support” for the rebels, despite its own refusal to provide
arms it fears will end up in what it believes to be extremist hands in Syria. The lifting of the embargo “sends a message to the Assad regime that support for the opposition is only going to increase”, Patrick Ventrell, US state department spokesman, said. Russia said the S-300 missiles it planned to deliver to Syria were part of existing contracts. “We consider these supplies a stabilising factor,” Sergei Ryabkov, deputy foreign minister, said, adding they could act as a deterrent against foreign intervention. Syria already possesses Russian-made air defences. The S-300s would expand Syria’s capabilities, allowing it to counter air raids launched from foreign airspace as well. Russia has been the key ally of Bashar al-Assad’s government, protecting it from any UN Security Council action despite the
civil war there that has claimed over 94,000 lives. Both Russia and Iran remain Syria’s main weapon suppliers. CAll to inClude irAn: In a related diplomatic development, Russia said on Tuesday it was imperative for Iran to join the so-called Geneva 2 peace conference on Syria. The planned conference in
the Swiss city, backed by both US and Russia, aims to bring both the Syrian government and the opposition to the table to negotiate an end to the country’s 26-month conflict. “At this stage I can’t say there is an escalation. The shipments have not been sent on their way yet. And I hope that they will not be sent.
Nepal marks milestone of Everest conquest
LONDON: Police officers keep a counterdemonstrator, a Unite Against Facism supporter, away from a confrontation with English Defence League's supporters, in Whitehall. agENCiES
French arrest suspect in soldier’s stabbing PAris: French authorities have arrested a man suspected of stabbing a 22-year-old French soldier on May 25. The suspect, who was detained on Wednesday, carried out the attack just days after the killing of a British soldier in London by men shouting religious slogans. “He was known [to police] but we cannot speak of radical Islamism,” Manuel Valls, French interior minister, told iTele television. “I remain very cautious.” The suspect, known to police for crimes such as theft and possession of firearms, was arrested in a Paris suburb early on Wednesday after being identified through fingerprints, a police source told Reuters news agency. AFP news agency identified the site of arrest as Yvelines, just west of Paris. Cedric Cordiez was attacked from behind with a knife or box-cutter while patrolling the La Defense business neighbourhood, a busy underground shopping and transport hub, west of Paris. He was released from hospital on Monday. French police have said the knife attack may have been inspired by off-duty British soldier Lee Rigby’s murder in London on May 22 by two men shouting religious slogans. The key suspect in the London attack, Michael Adebolajo, was captured on video carrying bloodied knives and a meat cleaver after the attack, saying he had murdered Rigby because British troops were killing Muslims. agENCiES
Religious violence erupts in Myanmar YANGON agENCiES
Myanmar’s government has called for calm after mobs burned down a Muslim orphanage, a mosque and shops during a new eruption of religious violence in the northeastern Shan state. Authorities imposed a curfew late on Tuesday in Lashio, about 700km northeast of Yangon, after a mob of 200 local residents surrounded a local police station demanding they hand over a Muslim detainee. Nay Win, 48, a Muslim from a nearby township, was arrested after allegedly setting fire to Aye Aye Win, 24, a Shan Buddhist, ear-
lier in the day after the two had an altercation at a petrol station, Lashio police said. The woman was admitted to hospital. “According to witnesses, she was not burned seriously but has injuries on her face and arms,” Sai Sam Min, a member of parliament from Lashio, said. “We imposed the curfew at 9pm (14:30 GMT) on Tuesday to control the angry mob which included Buddhist monks,” a police station spokesman, who asked to remain anonymous, said. “A mosque and a religious school and some houses were destroyed by the mob, but there were no deaths or injuries”.
Nepal is marking 60 years since the first ascent of Everest, celebrating the summiteers whose success has bred an industry that many climbers now fear is ruining the world’s highest peak. Four days of ceremonies which have been dubbed the Everest Diamond Jubilee conclude on Wednesday with a gala at the former royal palace in the capital Kathmandu in honour of the first successful climbers, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. The 1953 British expedition changed mountaineering forever and turned Hillary, a New Zealander, and Norgay, a Nepalese guide, into household names and heroes in many parts of the world. “Hillary and Tenzing were rock stars of the 1950s and into the 1960s,” Hillary’s son Peter said. “The biggest thing about 1953 is that they were going into the unknown.” Among the climbers honoured by Nepal on Wednesday was Italian Reinhold Messner, the first climber to scale Everest without using bottled oxygen and the first person to climb all of the world’s 14 highest peaks. “I am here in Nepal again for filming ... not any more for climbing,” Messner said, adding he did reach the base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga during his visit. “I am full of energy and full of enthusiasm for this country.” Nepalese officials offered flower garlands and scarfs to the climbers who took part in the ceremony. They were taken around Kathmandu on horse-drawn carriages followed by hundreds of people who marched holding banners to mark the anniversary.
GAlA dinner: A host of famous mountaineering figures are expected to attend a gala later in London on Wednesday, including Kancha Sherpa, the last remaining member of the 1953 expedition. Sherpa, who is 81, remembers the expedition as an arduous but ultimately joyous affair, although he regrets that the glory is not more equally shared among the team. Sherpa said that he and fellow sherpas cut down 20 trees and carried logs up the mountain which were then used as ladders to pass the treacherous Khumbu Icefall, just above the Everest base camp. Peter, and Norgay’s son Jamling, both now mountaineers, will join Queen Elizabeth II at a diamond jubilee event at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Hillary, like many others in the mountaineering community, is now concerned about the commercialisation of Everest, which is more popular than ever but is also increasingly overcrowded and filthy. Temba Tsheri Sherpa, an Everest veteran who now runs an expedition company, lamented the changes he has seen over time. “Everest has turned into a playground for people with all sorts of interests,” he said. “All they want is to set new records and they seem to be willing to pay thousands of dollars in order to fulfil their dreams”. This season alone 540 people reached the summit, including an octogenarian, the first female amputee, the first women from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, and the first armless man. But it was also marred by an unprecedented brawl between European climbers and Nepalese guides high on Everest, apparently sparked by a fight over climbing rights.
afghan oﬃcials say suicide assault repulsed KABUL agENCiES
Afghan security forces have repulsed an attack by seven suicide bombers on the governor’s office in the northeastern Panjshir province, officials say. Three of the bombers blew themselves up and four others were killed by police during Wednesday’s attack, which also destroyed Kramuddin Karim’s office and left one police officer dead. Panjshir, an ethnically Tajik area northeast of Kabul, was a centre of anti-Taliban resistance during the group’s 1996-2001 regime, and has been among the most peaceful provinces in Afghanistan since they were toppled. The attack, which was claimed by Taliban fighters in
a text message sent to the media, has heightened concerns about their ability to strike in districts where they have little presence or public support. The raid started in the early hours of the morning and continued for about one hour. Abdul Kabir Waseq, Karim’s spokesman, said that an explosives-packed car that had not been detonated was also recovered from the scene. The Afghan government immediately lauded the security forces for their response, with the interior ministry spokesman saying that they were “more capable than ever”. The attack came after a major assault on Kabul on Friday, when the Taliban launched a suicide and gun attack on an international compound in the city centre, triggering a battle that lasted several hours. All four assailants, one policeman and two civilians
died in that attack. The effectiveness of Afghan security forces is crucial to the government’s ability to defeat the Taliban insurgency as 100,000 NATO-led combat troops withdraw by the end of 2014. The police, army and special forces are being trained up by the international coalition, but there are widespread fears that they will not be able to impose security after 12 years of war. In Baghlan province, which adjoins Panjshir, a suicide bomber struck outside government buildings 10 days ago, killing 14 people including a local politician. The fighters launched their annual “spring offensive” last month, pledging to use suicide blasts to inflict maximum casualties and warning Afghans working for President Hamid Karzai’s government to distance themselves from the government.
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Li iMpoSeS reStrictionS on bArA reSidentS
HE Bara-based banned militant group Lashkar-i-Islam has made obligatory the offering of five-time prayers, keeping a beard and wearing caps for men and veil (burqa) for women in the areas under its control. Declaring the new fatwa (edict) on behalf of LI chief Mangal Bagh, the local commanders at Baaz Garha– a town of around 300 families located 15 kilometres west of Bara Bazaar–told an assembly of around 200 terrified residents that anyone violating any of these restrictions would be fined Rs1,000. Sources said that the residents, mostly of Kamarkhel tribes, were assembled at the centre of the village after announcements through load speakers of local mosques. They were also ‘ordered’ to send at least one volunteer from each family into the LI ranks, sources said and added that they had
tanker with pakistani sailors hijacked Pirates hijacked a fuel tanker off the coast of Nigeria’s oil-rich delta, taking Pakistani and Nigerian sailors hostage in the latest attack targeting the region, private security officials. The gunmen boarded the MT Matrix I some 40 nautical miles off the coast of Nigeria’s Bayelsa state early Saturday morning, the officials said, taking a number of the crew hostage. It wasn’t immediately known what happened to the rest of the crew. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as the Nigerian government was not speaking publicly about the hijacking. A military spokesman in the delta referred calls for comment on Tuesday to Nigeria’s navy. Commodore Kabir Aliyu, a navy spokesman, said there had been no report of a hijacking made to officials. Some shippers in the region don’t report hijackings publicly, out of fears of having their insurance premiums rise. Telephone numbers for Pakistan’s High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, could not be immediately connected on Tuesday. Nigerian naval authorities listed the ship as one of several allowed to bring subsidised gasoline into the country in May as part of a programme costing the nation billions of dollars a year. Naval officials listed the ship as being operated by a company called Integrated Shipping Services Nigeria Ltd. A telephone number for the company could not be immediately found. Other registries listed the ship as being operated by Val Oil Trading SA of Athens, Greece. A number for that company could not be immediately found. Officials at Matrix Energy Ltd., a Nigerian company listed as doing business with Val Oil Trading, did not immediately return a call for comment. The Gulf of Guinea, which follows the continent’s southward curve from Liberia past Nigeria to Gabon, has seen an escalation in violent pirate attacks from low-level armed robberies to hijackings and cargo thefts. Londonbased Lloyd’s Market Association — an umbrella group of insurers — has listed Nigeria, neighbouring Benin and nearby waters in the same risk category as Somalia, where two decades of war and anarchy have allowed piracy to flourish. Oil tanker hijackings have happened more and more in recent months, with pirates stealing the fuel onboard, as opposed to kidnapping sailors for ransom. Estimates suggest pirates likely are able to make as much as a $2 million profit for offloading 3,000 tons of fuel. Foreign hostages still draw tens of thousands of dollars in ransoms, with nearly all released unharmed after their companies pay for their freedom. The piracy and kidnappings have grown around Nigeria’s oil delta, despite a 2009 government amnesty programme for militants there. moNitoRiNg dESK
been warned that a monthly fine of Rs1,000 would be collected from families who failed to send volunteers to the LI. Written pamphlets were pasted at prominent places and distributed among the residents of the area to make new restrictions public.
Baaz Garha, a rugged terrain of mountains, is considered a stronghold of the LI and a number of its commanders hail from the same locality. The sources said that most of the LI commanders and volunteers had taken refuge in parts of Tirah after security forces’ operations in the area. Baaz Garha had in recent past witnessed bloody clashes between the security forces and LI activists. The hilltops overlooking the Baaz Garha town are mostly occupied by security forces, but the LI still has considerable presence and influence in the area. The sources said that scores of LI activists, mostly belonging to the area, had descended from their hideouts in Tirah and now been trying to reassert their control in Baaz Garha. The political administration has long abandoned the region, leaving the residents at the mercy of either security forces or the
militants. It was learnt that with the imposition of a radical agenda by the LI, a number of Kamarkhel families had started moving out of their area, leaving behind their belongings. The sources said that the LI activists had torched the houses of four elders of Kamarkhel tribe in Takhtaki area of Tirah, who had formed a peace committee before the banned outfit took control of the area in February this year. The peace activists included Azmat Khan, Baghcha Gul, Mautabar Khan and Momin Khan whose families had long vacated their houses. Local sources said that the LI had destroyed and looted around 40 houses of their opponents in Takhtaki during the last three months. The entire population of Takhtaki has fled the area after the militants’ onslaught. Meanwhile, residents of Sheen Qamar, a border town near Baaz Garha, have demanded of the security forces to arrange for
an additional convoys to take the residents stranded at Levies centre in Jamrud to their homes. Mujahid Afridi, a resident of Sheen Qamar, told this scribe through his cell phone that he along with some 30 men had been waiting at the Levies centre for the last one week for the convoy to take them home. He said that most of them were daily wagers and wanted to take home essential daily-use items after earning some money in Peshawar where they worked as labourers. He said that the edibles they wanted to take home had perished due to days of waiting, while they had spent most of their hard earned money at the Levies centre. Saadullah Khan, another resident of Sheen Qamar, demanded of the security forces to increase the number of convoys as it took them weeks to travel to their village and then come to Jamrud or Peshawar for earning livelihood.
HYDERABAD: Labourers pack mangoes in clay pots and wooden boxes at the fruit market on Wednesday. iNP
KESC denies plan to wind up operations KARACHI PRESS RELEaSE
Karachi Electric Supply Company has rejected a story appearing in Pakistan Today that the company’s major shareholder was looking to end operations in the country. KESC said that the negative reports were aimed at creating confusion at a time when all stakeholders should be aligned and facilitating a smooth transition in the country. KESC’s management and shareholders are fully aware of their responsibilities as a public utility and are fully committed to play their due role in finding sustainable solutions to the prevailing power crisis in Pakistan. KESC has so far invested over one billion dollars, including fresh equity of USD 534 million of which USD 361 million was contributed by Abraaj Group. Since the new management takeover in 2009, the company has added 1010 MWs of fresh generation capacity, made substantial investments in transmission & distribution networks and significantly augmented its
customer service infrastructure. These mega developmental initiatives are a living proof of KESC shareholders’ strong long-term commitment to the country. The company remains devoted to the cause of sustainable development through its active and pioneering role in this sector. Rumor mongering and speculative stories merely reflect desires of some vested interest groups to blacken the successful track record of KESC’s post privatization performance. KESC has already made its future investment intentions public by announcing a USD 400 million plan aimed at infrastructure development, efficiency enhancement and capacity building. This includes conversion of two existing oilfired generating units to coal, construction of world’s largest bio-gas power plant and a major augmentation of its transmission and distribution infrastructure. KESC is also a strategic partner in consortiums pursuing Thar Coal and LNG initiatives. Referring to the reported recommendation by the Senate’s Standing Committee on Water and Power to cut electricity
supply by half from National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC), KESC said that the company has publically shared its position on this subject on multiple occasions. KESC is not “in a fix” on this matter as 650MWs being supplied by NTDC is based on a legally binding bilateral Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Such attempts in the past have been challenged in the court of law by citizens of Karachi and the matter remains sub judice. KESC is buying power from NTDC at the same price as is applicable to any other distribution company (DISCO). Contrary to the impression being created, KESC has paid Rs. 191 billion to NTDC against power purchase of Rs. 175 billion since signing of the Power Purchase Agreement. Rejecting the claim of KESC owing billions of rupees to various government organizations, the power utility said that the total payables to various government bodies is around Rs. 57 billion, whereas Federal and Provincial governments owe Rs. 70 billion to KESC. In essence, both federal and provincial governments owe
KESC around Rs. 13 billion net of KESC dues. The power utility has been trying hard to get its payments released without much success. It is because of this nonpayment by federal and provincial governments that KESC’s liquidity position is adversely impacted, resulting in huge financial cost it has to incur on fulfilling its working capital needs. Rejecting the impression that KESC is in default, the power utility declared that all its loan accounts are in current state and are being serviced as per the agreed terms and conditions. In fact, two very prestigious global institutions, International Finance Corporation (member of World Bank Group) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) have collectively acquired 5% equity stake in KESC in December 2012. This clearly reflects lenders’ confidence in KESC’s ability to continue progressing on its turnaround and modernization agenda. KESC management and shareholders reaffirm their commitment to stay in Pakistan and play their constructive role in resolving the prevailing energy crisis.
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ISLAMABAD: Internally displaced people from Dera Bugti protest in favour of their demands at D chowk on Wednesday. iNP
Saudi govt declares 30,000 pakistanis illegal immigrants RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian government declared 30,000 Pakistanis as illegal immigrants on Wednesday following introduction of a new employment law. According to the new law, the government declared that any work or job, different from the one declared on the visa, would be considered illegal. Saudi Arabia has termed the latest move a measure to provide employment to locals. Tens of thousands of Pakistanis are working in Saudi Arabia and have been facing problems due to strict employment rules in the country. oNLiNE
Khan to visit Kp as soon as he’s healthy LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Inaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday said that he would visit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa immediately after making a full recovery from his injuries. In a telephonic conversation with chief minister-designate Pervez Khattak, Khan said that PTI would form an exemplary government by addressing the challenges of lawlessness, health and education. He stressed on the need to restore peace in the militancy-ravaged province as a top priority. NNi
21 pakistani migrants picked up OTRANTO: Italian police on Wednesday picked up 21 Pakistani migrants whose boat crashed onto the coast near the port city of Otranto in the southeastern Italian region of Puglia. The men, believed to have come from Greece or Turkey, were unhurt, police said. They were taken to a migrant reception centre in Otranto. oNLiNE
5 children fall prey to poisonous food MUZAFFARGARH: At least five children who had consumed poisonous food died on Wednesday in Bait Daryai area of Mir Hazar. According to details, the condition of ten members of a family deteriorated after having consumed poisonous food on Sunday night. They were taken to DHQ hospital in Muzaffargarh where doctors referred them to two hospitals of Multan due to their critical condition. However, two children died in Nishtar Hospital while three died in Children Hospital during treatment. The deceased were identified as Faraz aged 5, Siraj aged 6, Shahbaz aged 11, Sajid aged 12 and Samia aged 15. iNP
pM approves national policy for overseas pakistanis POLICY WILL PROVIDE SELFCONTRIBUTORY PENSION SCHEME
MINISTRY WILL PROVIDE FREE TRANSPORTATION OF BODIES WHERE PIA SERVICE NOT AVAILABLE
ISLAMABAD Staff REPoRt
ARETAKER Prime Minister Hazar Khan Khoso on Wednesday approved first ever national policy for overseas Pakistanis to encourage investment, facilitate foreign investment through legal channels, facilitate their welfare and provide protection to their assets. The decision was taken during a meeting with Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Feroze Kakakhel at the PM’s House. The approval was granted in the wake of the approval by the cabinet in its May 9 meeting. Talking about the salient features of the policy, Kakakhel said that it has been made through a consultative process with all stakeholders, including ministries concerned, the Board of Invest-
ment, the Federal Board of Revenue, the Overseas Employment Foundation. The national policy provides for social and welfare facilities to the overseas Pakistanis, including proposals for housing schemes across the country, allocation of a specific sector or percentage in government residential schemes, opening of schools in different cities abroad on need basis, establishment of overseas university in Islamabad, construction of hospitals, provision of mobile medical units and legal assistance for families of overseas Pakistanis. The policy also provides for a selfcontributory pension scheme. This scheme has already been launched and would be made more attractive by enhancing facilities under it. The national policy for overseas Pakistanis envisages increase in the existing
almost half of food produced in the world is wasted ISLAMABAD aPP
Almost half of the food produced in the world goes to waste every year, a report has revealed. UK's Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) blamed the "staggering" new figures in its analysis on unnecessarily strict sellby dates, buy-one-get-one free schemes and Western consumer demand for cosmetically perfect food. In the face of United Nations prediction that there could be about an extra 3 billion people to feed by the end of the century and growing pressure on the resources needed to pro-
duce food, including land, water and energy, the IMechE called for urgent action to tackle wastage of food. The report, titled Global Food: Waste Not, Want Not, found that between 30 percent and 50 percent or 1.22bn tonnes of food produced around the world never made it on to a plate. In the UK, as much as 30 percent of vegetable crops are not harvested due to their failure to meet retailers' exacting standards on physical appearance, the report revealed. Furthermore, the report revealed that at least 550bn cubic metres of water was wasted globally in growing crops that never reached the consumer. Tim Fox, head of Energy
and Environment at the IMechE, said, "The amount of food wasted and lost around the world is staggering. This is food that could be used to feed the world's growing population - as well as those in hunger today. It is also an unnecessary waste of the land, water and energy resources that were used in the production, processing and distribution of this food." In order to prevent further waste, governments, development agencies and organisation like the UN "must work together to help change people's mindsets on waste and discourage wasteful practices by farmers, food producers, supermarkets and consumers," the IMechE said.
grant of financial assistance to the destitute families in the event of sudden death or disability. The increase in grant would also be reviewed periodically. The Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis would also facilitate free transportation of bodies of overseas Pakistanis where PIA service is not available, including transportation from airport to the deceased’s native town/village. The policy encourages liaison with foreign governments in matters of recruitment to resolve difficulties and disputes between employers and workers, simplification of procedure to acquire computerised national identity cards, passports and foreign remittance card. The government would appoint special focal persons in regional polices offices and in the district/city government offices to look into and resolve the issues of overseas Pakistanis. The government will also support activities undertaken by members of Pakistani diaspora to promote Pakistani art, culture, music, literature and crafts as well as festivals in host countries. The national policy for overseas Pakistanis also provides for establishment of a database of overseas Pakistanis for up-
dated information, analysis, policy intervention and welfare initiatives. Under the policy, an Overseas Pakistanis Advisory Council (OPAC) would be established for welfare and participation in the national development. The policy stipulates consideration of looking into the means to facilitate the overseas Pakistanis’ right of vote. The policy provides to expand duty credit to other household items to encourage remittances through banking channels. The State Bank of Pakistan will initiate schemes with attractive profit rates for foreign currency deposits and would draw a mechanism to eliminate difference between market and official rate of exchange for increasing inflow of remittance. The SBP would also introduce national award for leading remitters. Special investment fund trust and schemes would be established to offer loans to overseas Pakistanis at attractive interest rates. The policy also provides for establishment of overseas Pakistanis facilitation centre (OPFC) to cover broad areas, including investment facilitation, knowledge networking and ensuring business partnership.
More Indians have stopped believing in God: survey NEW DELHI: The latest Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism on Monday found that the number of non-religious people in India has risen. According to Indian media reports, there was a sharp decrease in the number of religious people in the country; 87 percent people said they were religious in the same survey in 2005. In 2013, the percentage has fallen to 81 percent. In other words, there was a drop by six percent in seven years. The survey also found a one percent dip in the number of people calling themselves atheist. In 2005, four
percent people said they didn't believe in God. In 2012, that had dipped to three percent. Globally, the trend is similar. Religiosity has dropped by nine percent, while atheism has risen by 3 percent. The report said there was a notable decline across the globe in self-description of being religious. Pakistan is among the few countries which has seen an increase in the number of people who call themselves religious - by six percent. Argentina, home to the present pope, saw an 8 percent dip in people calling themselves religious. South Africa has seen a
19 percent dip in those calling themselves religious; US 13 percent, Switzerland and France 21 percent and Vietnam 23 percent. A total of 51,927 persons were interviewed globally from 57 countries across the globe in five continents. In each country, a national probability sample of around 1000 men and women was interviewed. China has the highest number of atheists living in a single country with nearly 50 percent of its population describing themselves as non-believers compared to an average of 13 percent across the world. oNLiNE
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Under peaceful conditions the militant man attacks himself. –Friedrich Nietzsche
the MQM purge The party’s two-faced character shall remain
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Future of pak uS relations Antipathy would harm both
HILE an element of tension has rarely been absent in Pak-US relations, bitterness climaxed as a result of incidents in 2011 and the subsequent reactions from Pakistan. It started with Raymond Davis shooting two Pakistanis in February that year. This was followed by the killing of OBL inside Pakistan by the US Special Forces. In November 2011 NATO forces killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. While the first incident gave birth to complaints about the flagrant violation of Pakistan’s laws by the CIA, the second was seen as an outright violation of the country’s sovereignty. The third incident led to widespread resentment both among the common people and the military. In retaliation Pakistan decided to block the NATO traffic. It took nearly a year to bring a modicum of normalcy in relations between the two countries. Meanwhile the drone attacks continued to be a perennial source of complaints for the civil society, the government and opposition. Come May 11 and the two parties that bagged the highest and second highest number of votes were those not willing to own the war on terror which they rejected as Washington’s war. Both favoured talks with the Pakistani Taliban and were opposed to the drone strikes. While Obama’s new policy regarding drone attacks inspired hopes in some that in the days to come the attacks would peter off. The expectations were belied on Tuesday when another strike killed four and injured as many. Neither Pakistan nor the US can afford to escalate the existing tensions. The interests of the two countries demand promotion of friendly relations. An end to the power shortages and a resuscitation of the economy being among the top priorities of the PML-N government, it needs whatever technical or financial assistance it can garner from friendly countries, the US being high on the list. The Pakistani exporters have long aspired to enter the US and the EU markets, absence of goodwill however has tended to act as a non-tariff barrier. Pakistan also needs the US help in dealing with the IFIs. Its military requires modern arms and a regular supply of spare parts for US weapons. The US needs the region to be free of terrorists with international reach. This would be hard to ensure unless Washington and Islamabad are on the same page. The US has seen the consequences of leaving Pakistan holding the bag in 1989. Now that Pakistan also has an arsenal of 100 plus nuclear weapons, the prospects of abandoning it should all the more be worrisome. One hopes that the new government in Pakistan would realize the importance of ties with the US. Equally important is for Washington not to embarrass the PML-N administration with drone strikes or act with its characteristic hubris. Pakistan and the US both stand to benefit from friendly ties while antipathy would harm both.
beyond nuclear explosions Nawaz Sharif outlines economic recovery, foreign relations as priorities
NCE upon a time, a decade and a half ago to this day, premier-in-waiting Nawaz Sharif was reported to have pressed the buttons of Pakistan’s first nuclear tests at Chaghai. Since then the matter has become one of great pomp and show, celebrated in the form of the Youm-e-Takbir. This Youm-e-Takbir, Sharif dropped one bomb and promised to drop another. Sharif’s admission that there is no ‘quick fix’ to the electricity crisis may have disappointed many, but it is only realistic. His ability to deliver on the electricity front shall be tested over the electricity situation a year from now, but one wonders how his promised ‘economic bomb’ can be delivered without resolving the ‘electricity bombshell’? His outlined three-point agenda: the economy, load-shedding and improving relations with India is, however, a welcome one. “It’s a tragedy that a country with atomic weapons is deprived of electricity and has no electricity for even 20 hours a day. How can a country develop in such a situation?” is the question Nawaz Sharif asked at a ceremony held to celebrate the 1998 nuclear tests. Surely, the tests themselves show how the priorities of his previous governments have been different from delivering necessary services to people. Asking for ‘patience’, Sharif has however promised to improve the situation “within days, not months or years.” Ensuring that a basic load-shedding schedule is followed should be the first step towards economic recovery. The PML-N chief outlined that his priority was to open up the economy for overseas Pakistanis and foreign investors, whom would be allowed ‘to repatriate profits’. This does not mark a change from either the previous government’s paradigm nor does it reflect a change from the policy during the N-leagues short-lived 1997 tenure. Arguably, the power sector is beset with more structural problems, than a lack of generation capacity. Nonetheless, Sharif appears to exude the cautioned confidence required in the next premier. Sharif spoke of how an economic recovery programme had been chalked out with the Chinese premier during his recent visit. With Sharif yet to take office, he already appears like a man on a mission. The braver move appears to be Sharif’s decision not to appoint defence and foreign ministers in the cabinet. The move suggests Nawaz wants to “get to grips with the government’s relationship with the army.” The consequences of it shall be discovered but they do show a supremely confident Sharif, willing to assert himself on both the economy and foreign relations. Sharif appears like a man conscious of the problems faced by people, with an idea of what the solutions are, but not making promises beyond the attainable. The fact that his government has a clear mandate means Sharif could implement his programme. Nonetheless, too much arrogance will not do him well. The entire National Assembly and the people will need to be taken in confidence as he moves.
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HE MQM workers must reform or they risk losing me,” is the statement from the party’s chief Altaf Hussain that has been released from 90, its headquarters in Karachi. The statement, carefully worded, appears to suggest that the MQM chief was ‘unaware’ of what the MQM workers were doing since the last decade or two. Altaf Bhai, settled in the UK since 1993, appears to have taken allegations of ‘wrongdoing’ by MQM workers seriously only post the May 11 election rigging allegations. But for those who understand the Altaf’s ‘colourful’ character would understand that it probably means something else – or nothing at all. Such is the dual character of what the MQM mouths that almost any meaning can be ascribed to what they say. Bipolarity permeates the MQM’s political posture, from the fluctuating statements of its central leader down to the behavior of its workers, informing the party’s ideological bearings as well. Presenting itself as a party of the ‘educated, middle-class,’ its praxis is accused of reeking of a superiority complex that borders upon fascism. This is why, for many a resident of Karachi, the week before was a scary one: with the MQM beginning with announcing a “boycott of the NA-250 election” followed up with “warning speeches” from Altaf Bhai and ending at a process of purging the MQM of “unwanted elements.” When the PTI support base led a protest camp against rigging in NA250 at the Teen Talwar on May 12, the MQM chief gave a chilling warning in a televised telephonic address, “Our workers know how to make the teen talwar alive.” Faced with criticism from television anchors, one MQM leader suggested that Altaf was not making a threat, but making a symbolic reference. He pointed to the “Unity, Faith, Discipline” written on the Teen Talwar’s and said Altaf was saying MQM workers can bring these to life. In his own defence, Altaf spoke again the next evening, and left no room for such subtlety, “O television anchors, O the politicians of yesterday, do not taunt Altaf Hussain. If one of these millions of supporters loses his cool, then do not blame Altaf Hussain.” When two days later, and the night before the NA-250 repolling, the PTI leader Zahra Hussain was shot down outside her house, the fingers were pointed in the direction they were supposed to. The MQM went on a counter attack – with personality attacks made on PTI chief Imran Khan, clandestine threats made to PTI supporters while expressing sympathy with the murdered PTI leader and calls for a judicial inquiry into the matter. The two faces of the MQM were on full display. The first, the face that projects its victimhood; the second, the face that threatens violence if the first face is not accepted. One face of the MQM projects the solution, the other face of the
MQM is the problem. There a long list of examples that project such a dual face. If one remembers, in the midst of the 2010 Karachi violence, the MQM tabled a Disarmament Bill in the Sindh Assembly. Observers considered the move cynical as a bulk of the violence allegations were against the MQM itself. Similarly, faced with rigging allegations in the 2013 elections, the MQM was the first to call a press conference against ‘rigging’ and boycotted the NA-250 polls. When the current Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry arrived in Karachi on May 12, 2007, in the middle of his standoff Gen. Musharraf, the MQM was held responsible for the slaughter of over 40 in the streets of Karachi to “foil the visit.” But none of this is strange for those who have studied the MQM, a party which projects itself as “middle-class, secular, anti-feudal and non-corrupt,” but engages in violence, patronage and a cultish loyalty to its head. The origins of the party are murky and lay firmly in the possibility of “loss of privilege.” The early period after partition was one in which the mohajir community from the UP and the northern Indian provinces was able to allocate for itself both Karachi and a significant place in the bureaucracy. It was when Zulfikar Ali Bhutto introduced the quota system in the bureaucracy that mohajir students gave rise to the slogan of ‘merit,’ since the so-called principle of merit was to their historical advantage. The All-Pakistan Mohajir Student Organisation (APMSO) was formed at Karachi University in 1977 with Altaf Hussain as its head and it began to fight the PPP support. Later, when the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) turned on the Zia regime in 1983, the then MQM was armed to fight the JI. To this period is attributed the “anti-mullah, anti-Pakthun” discourse of the MQM. Post the 1986 riots at Pakka Qilla in Hyderabad, the MQM was said to have undergone transformation: both in popularity and its local-level leadership. Anthropologist Oscar Verkaik in the book, Migrants and Militants: Fun and Urban Violence in Pakistan, charts how local leaders changed from those who could be identified with the 'salariat' to those affiliated with 'urban masculinity.' By the early 1990s, the MQM had its unit structure in place which gave refuge to a new breed of urban militants; whose power was based on bhatta, land grabs and fear. The 1992 Operation Clean Up was launched by the Benazir Bhutto government, fully aware that it had to ‘clean up’ Karachi to preserve its political power in the city. What followed was most certainly another inhuman military operation on militant proxies built up by the state itself. Not that the mohajir militant was a tame entity. In the book, The Mohajir Militant, reportedly banned in Karachi by the MQM, Nichola Khan, another anthropologist interviews and charts the MQM's trajectory for committing brutal violence. While on the one side, it traces some of the revenge violence against law enforcement officials and MQMHaqiqi faction members involved in the 1992-93 Operation Clean Up, and on the other, it charts the more fearsome edge to the MQM's militants: they would go out and shoot Pakthuns who would sleep on Karachi's footpaths in the droves. Some MQM militants admitted to killing over a hundred people. The words of Altaf Hussain delivered during his six-day hunger strike in 1992 against the military operation against the MQM reverberate in 2013: “O Benazir, you are also the
mother of Bilawal. Would you like me to let my supporters loose?” Later, it was when the Benazir government fell in 1996, that the MQM celebrated and began to re-group as its old leadership came out of hiding. It also aligned itself with the next Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, as a way of protecting itself. The same strategy continued into the Musharraf period where the MQM was perhaps the most firmly aligned party to the dictator’s government. The alignment allowed it to use the local bodies system to its advantage, and with Mustafa Kamal as mayor of Karachi, it was able to “modernize its image.” The practices of collecting bhatta and land grabs continued on the side, however, violence (apart from a few incidents, including May 12) was at a low until the next elected government came in on 2008. Again, aligned with the PPP in both the province and the centre, the turf wars inside Karachi continued, with the “threat of MQM violence” reportedly used as a bargaining tool. The result was that the People's Aman Committee was established with the aid of the PPP and Rangers as a militant response to the MQM's 'rule by fear' motto. Known gangsters such as Arshad Pappu, known to have supported Musharraf in the 2002 elections, were thought to be linked to the MQM, and other ethnic groups, including the Awami National Party (ANP), also raised their own militias. The reason for the current purge, which has claimed amongst others MQM’s de facto Pakistan head Farooq Sattar, is speculated to be three factors. One, that it ceded space to the new Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI). Two, that it was unable to spread beyond Karachi and Hyderabad, despite a significant push towards entering Punjab. Three, the local organizations “inability to protect Altaf Hussain from attacks.” The third factor is the one that is the most fearsome. The question is: what form of “silencing criticism” does Altaf Bhai prefer? Does he wish that the MQM’s local leadership eliminate the critics or the causes for criticism? With press releases from the MQM’s reshaped Rabita Committee suggesting that the “causes for criticism” are being factored in; with admissions that MQM members were involved in bhatta and land grabs. But with the process of cleansing the MQM still as secretive as anything else about the MQM, no one from the outside is in a position to comment about the intent of the MQM’s apparent facelift. But there is another lesson for the MQM’s detractors. Whatever their opinion of Altaf’s antics may be, they resonate with the MQM support base. One must also look at the fate of the three political parties that supported the Musharraf dictatorship. The Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) were voted out in the 2013 elections, while the MQM has still survived. The fact speaks something of the resilience of the MQM; built up in the 80s, butchered in the early 90s, tainted in the 2000s, but it is still up and running. The current MQM facelift may lead to a few months of relative calm, especially with pressure up on Altaf Hussain after thousands of complaints to the British Metropolitan Police forced them to start an inquiry, but without greater transparency in the party’s internal processes, its twofaced character is set to continue into the medium-term future. The writer is the general secretary (Lahore) of the Awami Workers Party. He is a journalist and a researcher. Contact: email@example.com
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I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war. –Albert Einstein
Thursday, 30 may, 2013
the Game of drones Welcome to the Age of Murder.Gov JEffREy St. CLaiR
recalibrating the compass The real issues that need to be attended to
O country on this planet could possibly have the permutations and combinations of plots and subterfuges that we Pakistanis can lay claim to. Take, for instance, we have the Salafist, Takfeeri Wahabi conspiracy, the jihadists, the American-funded Taliban, the Indian-funded Taliban, the Punjabi Taliban and what have you. We also have our own version of the military industrial complex elbowing for space and the ever present bureaucracy smugly plying its trade, jealously guarding its own space. It is no wonder then that the country itself does not seem to make any sense at all. To someone coming from the first world where systems are more or less in place and running within their parameters, all this looks like an extreme case of mayhem. But, for Pakistanis, who have known nothing different, and have become inured to all the chaos, this is business as usual. Yes, indeed, this is Pakistan, take it or leave it. The only thing consistent about our country is its inconsistency and nonstop turbulence. That Pakistanis still go about their business undeterred by bomb blasts, kidnappings, corruption, load shedding and what have you, is a tribute to the fortitude and resilience of the man in the street. The Americans call their government and its functioning, the “Ship of State”. This ship of state, regardless of which party is in power, changes course very gradually and to such a minute degree that it is barely noticeable to the common man. Here, instead of this ship, we have a pendulum. Indeed, when our pendulum swings in response to changes in power, it oscillates to a level reminiscent of
obscure banana republics. Following the turbulent, rudderless first decade, the pendulum of power swung wildly to Sikandar Mirza’s Martial Law, immediately followed by Mirza’s upending by Ayub Khan. Khan’s decade of development was brought down to earth by Bhutto’s socialist concepts and the pendulum had swung completely the other way. On came Zia, who had the Bhutto tiger by the tail. Zia had been dealt very difficult cards and after eliminating Bhutto, he was delighted to be a front line ally of the Americans against the Soviet presence in Afghanistan. Zia was also cozy with the Wahabbi Saudi regime, long time allies of the Americans. Zia changed the character of the country by his unabashed use of faith. The pendulum had, inexorably, swung the other way. Perhaps the biggest change Pakistan incurred in Zia’s time was in the distortion of the educational system in accordance with his personal beliefs. It is this character change that continues to haunt us and spawns the extremist thought that we have to contend with. Following the deaths of Bhutto and Zia, Pakistani politics have been fought out between the legatees of the two erstwhile leaders. Even the MQM traces its lineage to Zia’s days. The PPP has lost much of its socialist flavour to a more centrist approach and when in power does well simply to survive the concerted assaults by the rightists, plausibly aided by the deep state. So, what does one do to improve the lot of a people who have lost their moral and ethical compass? People, who as children are encouraged to cheat in examinations and are then expected to be honourable, law abiding citizens. It is here at the grassroots level that things have to be set right. Children have to be taught what is right and what is wrong. They have to have a well developed conscience that tells them to do good and avoid the bad. The only way to do that is through education, by their parents and in the schools. But, then are most of the parents not products of this same rotten way of life? We can do worse than to learn from other cultures, other religions, who have handled this much better. The English used to teach moral science to children in their schools in India. Once ingrained, this teaching would stand the children in good stead throughout their lives. The Japanese have a very strong sense of
honour and morality ingrained in them from childhood. In World War II it was not unusual for Japanese soldiers to fall on their swords rather than be captured. Some soldiers emerged from the jungles of South East Asia thirty years after the war ended. They had not heard of the end of the war and had received no order to surrender such was their commitment to honour and discipline. These aspects of education, far removed from the rote learning of our schools and madrassahs, are the cement that will bond our country into a synergic entity that can take its rightful place in the comity of developed nations. But, what does one do in a society where a huge number of the legislators in our assemblies had the gumption to submit forged degrees as their qualifications. And these people are still there with no feeling of guilt or any commensurate punishment, sitting in our assemblies, supposedly legislating new laws. Can they be expected to legislate for the greater good of the nation or for their own selfish, narrow interests? Do they feel the prick of conscience when they do all this? It is doubtful, because, as has been said before, our moral compass has gone completely awry. How do we go about recalibrating this compass? It was this battle cry initiated by the PTI against corruption of all kinds and of an education revolution, which struck such a chord with people from all walks of life. People came out in the tens of millions to record a massive turn out in the past elections. The PTI received the second highest number of votes, a startling testimony to the people’s desire to live in a just, peaceful and egalitarian environment. The only way for PTI to have done this would have been to handle both ends of the pyramid at once: leading by example at the top of the pyramid and by educating the broad base of the pyramid on a war footing. This was one of the cornerstones of the PTI manifesto and the new government coming into power could do worse than not to treat this as a top priority. They should handle two things on a war footing: the energy crisis and the education/personal development of the present and future citizens. Once these are addressed, the bullet trains, Metro buses and motorways will take care of themselves and there will be no need for sasti rotis, laptops or yellow cabs.
T last we know. The mysterious legal authority for Barack Obama’s killer drone program flows from another administration with an elastic interpretation of executive power: that of Richard Nixon. In a chilling 16-page dossier known simply as the White Paper, one of Obama’s statutory brains at the Justice Department cites the 1969 secret bombing of Cambodia as a legal rationale justifying drone strikes, deep inside nations, against which the United States is not officially at war. This startling disclosure is drafted in the antiseptic prose of an insurance adjuster announcing the denial of a claim based on a pre-existing condition. Yet, the bombing of Cambodia (aka Operation Menu), which involved more than 3,000 air strikes, was almost universally acknowledged as a war crime. Now the Obama administration has officially enshrined that atrocity as precedent for its own killing rampages. Since Obama’s election, the CIA has overseen nearly 320 drone strikes in Pakistan alone, killing more than 3,000 people, as many as 900 of them civilians. Among the dead are at least 176 children. Assassination was never this easy, never so risk-free. George W. Bush was mocked by liberals for calling himself the Decider. Bush deployed this pathetic bit of oil slang to defend himself against accusations that Cheney and his coterie of Neo-Cons were calling the shots in the Iraq war. But was Bush’s posturing any more absurd than the image of Obama piously consulting the homilies of Aquinas, as he personally checks off the names on his drone kill list and watches streaming videos of the writhing bodies shredded by Hellfire missiles? Bush’s murderous psyche at least presented presented itself for analysis and explication. Perhaps W’s blood lust stemmed from a Freudian fixation on Saddam’s pathetic attempt to off his father in Kuwait City. Perhaps it was warped by spasms of subconscious guilt over allowing 9/11 to occur on his watch. What, however, is the driving force behind Obama’s savagery? Unlike Bush, who tended to show revealing glimpses of emotional strain, Obama operates with the icy rectitude of a political sociopath. In Obama’s game of drones, the atrocities in the name of empire seem consciously geared to some deep political algorithm of power and death. The Left remains largely insensate to the moral and constitutional transgressions being committed by their champion, leaving only the faintly ludicrous figure of Rand Paul to offer official denunciations against these malignant operations. For his troubles, Paul’s admirable filibuster against the nomination of John Brennan, master of the drones, to head the CIA is ridiculed as an exercise in paranoia by the likes of Frank Rich and Lawrence O’Donnell. The professional Left, from the progressive caucus to the robotic minions of Moveon.org, lodge no objections and launch no protests over the administration’s acts of sanctimonious violence against the empire’s enemies. Worse, they behave like political eunuchs, offering groveling tributes and degrading supplications to their Master, even as Obama defiles their ideological aspirations. The president has offered us a master class in political mesmerism, transforming the anti-war Left into supine functionaries of the imperial management team. The cyber-Left is kept rigidly in line by the architects of liberal opinion. From David Corn to Rachel Maddow, the progressive press acts in sinister harmony with the administration’s neoliberal agenda. They seduously ignore Obama’s constitutional depredations, and instead devote acres of airspace to the faux clashes over sequestration and gay marriage. Night after night, we are presented with sideshows, what Hitchcock called the McGuffin in his films, the dramatic diversions designed to distract the audience’s attention from the real game being played. Meanwhile, the liberal commentariat is balefully complacent to the rapacity of Obama’s remote control death squadrons, even in the face of somber evidence regarding the drone program’s criminal nature. Raid after raid, kill after kill, ruin after ruin, they remain silent. But their silence only serves to emphasize their complicity, their consciousness of guilt. Their fingers too are stained by distant blood. Even Nixon, the ultimate enforcer, was rocked by insubordinates defecting from his regime, aides and staffers who reached their limit and resigned in disgust. One of them was Roger Morris. Morris, an occasional contributor to CounterPunch, served on the National Security Council during LBJ’s administration and continued after Nixon’s election under Henry Kissinger. But Morris reached his limit in the spring of 1970, resigning over the covert bombing of Cambodia. How times have changed. Where are similar figures of conscience in the Obama White House, or even the Democratic Party? Where are the leaks and resignations? Perhaps this is the ultimate object lesson on display in the ongoing persecution of Bradley Manning. Internal dissent, regardless of its legal and moral standing, shall not be tolerated. Indeed, it will be considered sedition and will be smothered by the supreme sanction of the government. Acts that were once considered outrages against conscience are now routine. Welcome to the age of Murder.Gov. Jeffrey St. Clair is the editor of CounterPunch. His most recent book (with Joshua Frank) is Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press).
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I tried being reasonable, I didn’t like it. –Clint Eastwood
ARTS Thursday, 30 may, 2013
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Tom Cruise and son Connor joined David and Victoria Beckham, along with three of the couple's kids, at the NHL playoff game between the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. The group of famous friends clearly appeared to be enjoying the action taking place on the ice, as well as each other's company. As if that wasn't enough, Justin Bieber, Alyssa Milano, Matthew Perry and Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet were among the other celebrities in attendance. NEWS dESK
HE Cannes Film Festival, which ended on May 26, is known for a few big awards given to the films in competition. The major prize, the Palme d’Or, went this year to Blue is the Warmest Color, with other feature-film awards going to Inside Llewelyn Davis, Heli, A Touch of Sin, The Past, Nebraska and Like Father, Like Son. And though the actual Cannes jury limits their awards to categories like Best Director or Best Actress or Best Screenplay, those aren’t the only chances for a movie to make a splash at the French fest. Case in point: the Palm Dog. For more than a decade, a group of film critics have given the award to honor the best canine actor of the festival. This year, the paw-stigious prize went
JuStin bieber inveStiGAted For recKLeSS drivinG, poLice SAy Los Angeles County Sheriff's detectives are investigating Justin Bieber for reckless driving after witnesses — including former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson — complained about the popstar's alleged freeway speeds in their gated community in north Los Angeles County. At about 8 p.m. Monday, Bieber allegedly drove his white Ferrari at freeway speeds in what is a 25 mph zone, Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said. Johnson was outside with his 3-year-old daughter who was preparing to get into a small electric car when Bieber zoomed by. Johnson was upset and got into his Prius, following Bieber to his nearby home. As the garage door was closing, Johnson put out his arm and stopped it, telling Bieber he wanted to talk about his reckless driving. NEWS dESK
to the dog who played Baby Boy, Liberace’s nearly-blind poodle in the HBO biopic Behind the Candelabra. According to the Palm Dog judges, the poodle’s crucial role in bringing the film’s romantic leads together helped show the power of dogs on screen. The actor who portrays Baby Boy is Vincent, a year-old poodle. This year’s runners-up were the dogs of The Bling Ring. And while the Palm Dog may be the weirdest and funniest prize at Cannes, it’s not the only unexpected award bestowed during the festival. There’s also the Queer Palm for a film that addresses LGBTQ issues (this year’s winner was A Stranger by the Lake), the Ecumenical Jury prize for a film that addresses spiritual issues (The Past) and the funnily name Vulcan Prize, officially connected to the festival, for technical arts (Grigris).
Doctors who performed the surgery on his right shoulder say he will have to remain in the hospital for two days. Shah Rukh Khan underwent a shoulder surgery at Bandra's Lilavati hospital on Tuesday. The actor, who was suffering from a tear in the rotator cuff muscles in his right shoulder, was operated upon by orthopedic surgeon Dr Sanjay Desai. The actor was wheeled into the operation theatre at 2pm and the surgery was completed at around 3.30pm. "We were managing his injury with medicines since the past three months as he had to finish shooting for Chennai Express," said Dr Desai who had conducted the same surgery on the actor's left shoulder in 2009. The procedure is carried out by inserting an anthroscope- a type of endoscope into the joint through a small incision. "He will remain in the hospital for two more days and even after that, he will have to keep his arm in a pouch and sling for at least six weeks. Then he will have to begin the exercises required for his complete recovery," said Dr Desai. SRK is known to have all his injuries on his left side except for this shoulder injury and an injury to his big toe while shooting for My Name is Khan. While SRK has always flown abroad for his medical procedures, he preferred to get his shoulders operated here "The surgeries are termed as anthroscopic surgeries and most people prefer flying abroad for these procedures. I am glad that Shah Rukh kept his faith in Indian doctors for this," said Dr Desai. Shah Rukh's son Aryan came down a couple of days ago to be with his father during the surgery. NEWS dESK
MIRANDA STRIPS NAKED TO PROMOTE SKINCARE RANGE IRANDA Kerr has posed nude for the new ad campaign for her skincare range KORA Organics. In the new ad, the former Victoria's Secret Angel poses naked with waves crashing behind her and her skin dripping wet, the Mirror reported. In the image, Kerr is seen wearing only simple silver jewellery and lets her hair fall down around her shoulders. NEWS dESK
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The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven. â€“Robert Downey, Jr.
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E has been a loverboy in his movies, he's been a salesman too and he's also been a deaf-mute Barfi, but for the first time Ranbir Kapoor will play the role of a detective. Yes, he's all set to play the character of Sherlock Holmes but a desi version in his production venture. After Barfi!, Ranbir Kapoor will again be seen working with Anurag Basu for this film. The movie will be titled as Jagga Jasoos and will only start rolling next year. According to a source in a leading daily, "Jagga Jasoos will be along the lines of "Sherlock Holmes-meets-James Bondmeets-Mission Impossible. It will have all the elements needed in a typical Bollywood masala film with music, comedy and some action." Well, we are eager to see Ranbir Kapoor as an investigator, but much before that we have Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani releasing this weekend. This will be
directinG wouLd MAKe Me obSeSSive: dicAprio A
CTOR Leonardo DiCaprio fears that getting into movie direction will make him "obsessive". The 38-year-old is cautious about following in the footsteps of fellow actors turned directors such as Ben Affleck and James Franco because he fears that stepping behind the camera will be too much for him. "I've been talking about directing a lot. But I'm still not sure I'm going to do it. When you're a director, you have so
many different elements you need to be in control of," contactmusic.com quoted DiCaprio as saying. "I get very obsessive when I do movies and it encompasses my life. And I don't know how I'd react to 200 different people asking me questions. I might spiral off into some other dimension of obsessiveness. For now, playing the character and being responsible for myself is what I'm doing," added the "Titanic" star. NEWS dESK
Karan setto become afather leading daily has reported that filmmaker-producer Karan Johar is all set to become a father. Karan, who recently celebrated his 41st birthday is soon going to adopt a child. The director who has time and again emphasized that he will be a good parent has finally zeroed in on the idea of adoption. Johar, who is not seeing anyone intends on raising the child on his own, with a little help from his mother Hiroo Johar. Currently, the head of Dharma Productions is packed with a tight schedule and yet seems keen on bringing home a bundle of joy. One of Bollywood's most eligible bachelors, the idea of extending his family comes almost naturally to him. Adoption for stars has been a brave choice. Despite having a lack of a spouse, many Bollywood stars have adopted kids and proved to be successful parents like actors Sushmita Sen and Raveena Tandon. NEWS dESK
Ranbir's second outing with director Ayaan Mukerji after Wake Up Sid. NEWS dESK
Iâ€™m a big critic of myself: Madhuri Dixit NEWS DESK Madhuri's the dancing diva of Bollywood and the epitome of grace. The petite actress has been receiving rave reviews for her ghagra number in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani opposite Ranbir. And now, the dhak dhak girl is set to once again co judge a dance reality show on Television. Madhuri will be also be performing with kathak guru Pt. Birju Maharaj for the show. Although she seems to have impressed all, there are a few actors who've impressed Madhuri with her dancing skills. "I love the way Hrithik Roshan dances. I've always said that. From the women I like Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma. I'd seen her in Band Baaja Baarat and I thought she danced really well. Everybody gets their own personality and adds their own style to dancing. You have to look at it that way", says Madhuri. But when it comes to her, she's humble in spite of being one of the best dancers and actresses in Bollywood. "I'm a big critic of myself", she concludes.
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“Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.” — Oprah Winfery
INFOTAINMENT Thursday, 30 May, 2013
AniMAted Led GrAphicS LiGht up biKe wheeLS
Back when I was youngling, bunnyhopping curbs on my BMX, my friends and I put all sorts of noise-making things on our spokes. Be it a or those tinkling , our loud flare guaranteed to turn a few heads. In today’s digital world, those homespun gimmicks are likely to elicit more yawns than head turns. Now, a Northern California company has developed Monkey Light Pro, a new system that creates animated LED lights shows on bike spokes and is sure to elicit its fair share of whiplash-inducing double takes. Designed by MonkeyLectric, the Monkey Light Pro is a set of four waterproof, LED light strips that clip on a bike’s spokes where programmable images and animations can be sent via Bluetooth. The system works due to a phenomenon known as “persistence of vision,” where the eye retains a visual image for a spit-second after the image is removed. Bikers must be traveling at least 10 MPH for the images to be visible — fast enough for the persistence of vision phenomenon to take effect. The light clips come with set of preloaded animations, such as scampering animals or lightning bolts, but bikers can add designs of their own and upload them to the system via a USB connection, which also recharges the lights. NEWS dESK
biZArre recALL: rAdioActive beLtS
A major British online clothing merchant has recalled one of its belts due to a small problem: The items are radioactive. Made of leather studded with metal, the belts tested positive for Cobalt-60 and could be dangerous if people wear them for more than 500 hours, said in an internal report obtained by the . “None of these belts are suitable for public use or possession,” the report says. Some 49 of the belts were sold in 14 countries before the radioactivity was discovered by US border agents. “Unfortunately, this incident is quite a common occurrence,” says the report, which blames “orphaned radioactive sources [that] are sometimes accidentally melted” alongside scrap metal in “India and the Far East.” Asos has pointed a finger at Indian firm Haq International, which it says supplied 641 radioactive belts. Asos wants $150,000 in recall expenses from Haq, whose factory has been closed since the belt issue came to light in December, sparking protests by workers (who have burned Asos honchos in effigy). But Faizan Haq says he has thus far been banned from inspecting the belts, and claims Asos has told him he’s been pegged as a security risk by counterterror agencies. NEWS dESK
Fly to work…in your car w HO wouldn’t want a flying car – apart from those who don’t like flying…or driving…or both? For the rest of us who do want one, and can afford it of course, flying cars could be on the market in as little as two years. A US company called Terrafugia is currently testing a prototype called the Transition. However, as its name implies, this flying car is more of a stepping-stone to a more impressive vehicle called the TF-X, which they plan to put into production in ten years’ time. the tF-X ConCePt: While the Transition can be driven on public roads, you still need to go to an airport to take off, which detracts from the allure of a flying car somewhat. With the TF-X, while you won’t be able to simply take off from the road –say, if you get stuck in a traffic jamall you need is 100ft of open space. Dr. Carl Dietrich, Terrafugia’s CEO, explains to Humans Invent how this flying car will work. He says, “The TF-X
concept is a vertical take off and landing, plug-in electric flying car. It carries four people, it uses electric propulsion for vertical take off and vertical landing and there are two motor pods out on the ends of the wings.” He continues, “When you want to lift off you have to find about a 100ft diameter open space that is relatively level. In the United States, if it’s private property, you need the permission of the landowner, to take off and land, otherwise there are public heliports and the vehicle would also be able to take off and land at normal airports of which there are over 5,000 in the US.” Adsb: So in essence, the car will take off like a helicopter and then fly like a plane. But won’t it be a little dangerous having lots of these little planes taking off and flying around willy-nilly? According to Dietrich, technology will be in place by the time the TF-X is launched that will resolve this issue. He says, “One of the key enabling pieces of infrastructure technology is the
FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) next gen air traffic control system which includes a data network that’s called ADSB, which stands for automatic dependence surveillance broadcast. Basically this is an airborne data network that broadcasts the GPS position and the velocity of every aircraft in the national airspace system. “This means that every aircraft will know where every aircraft is with perfect information, which will be much better than the ground based radars of today. This system is already deployed in most of Europe and in about ¾ of the US today; it will be fully deployed in all aircraft in the US national airspace system by 2020.” oPerAtor’s Permit: Interestingly, it might not be necessary to have a full pilot’s licence to be able to fly the TF-X. Dietrich says, “We believe with a vehicle like this, that is significantly fly-by-wire and has the onboard ability to effectively navigate and avoid other air traffic, that an operator would need less training than
Zombie plants return from the dead On an annual trip to the Arctic, a Canadian scientist spotted some moss that had previously been frozen under glaciers for about 400 years. When she took the plant back to the lab, she wondered if it could be brought back to life. Yes, yes it could. University of Alberta biologist and her colleagues go on annual trips to the Teardrop glacier on Ellesmere Island, located in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. In the past few years she’s watched the glacier retreat, exposing rock, mud and ancient moss that had been buried under the ice since the Little Ice Age, which lasted from 1550 to 1850, Sheila Pratt reported in the La Farge specializes in studying ancient moss, a type of plant called bryophytes. Usually the moss that was under the ice looks black and dead but La Farge noticed some near the glacier retreat that was still slightly greenish and decided to bring it back to the lab. She told the Edmonton Journal that on closer inspection she noticed a tiny green stem and decided to see whether the plant could be revived. “I could see some of the stems actually had new
growth of green lateral branches, and that said to me that these guys are regenerating in the field, and that blew my mind,” she told . After being ground up and placed in petri dishes with potting soil for several weeks, some of the moss samples did indeed begin growing. A few months later the dishes were full of the zombie moss. The results of La Farge’s scientific study with her University of Alberta colleagues was just published in the These are some super special plants. Unlike most land plants we know, bryophytes lack the vascular tissue that helps pump fluids around different parts of the organism, the reported. Instead, they reproduce by cloning their cells — and all you really need to keep it going is one. The fact that these plants could come back after being frozen for hundreds of years has some intense implications. Scientists are for potential medical use and La Farge suggested we send some to Mars and see how the moss fares there. Given the unprecedented pace of glacier retreats, what other secrets will the ice give up? NEWS dESK
a typical general aviation pilot needs today to safely operate an aircraft. “We are in talks with the FAA about the creation of something that we have referred to as an operator’s permit, which would be vehicle specific because we believe that a normal driver could be trained to safely operate a vehicle like this in as little as five hours.” He continues, “We have no assurance from the FAA that they will do that at this time but we believe that as we move forward and begin to demonstrate this technology and how simple it could be to interact with a vehicle of this type, that once we do prove the concept, then it may be possible to create an operator’s licence like that.” While they are not willing to put a price tag on the TF-X just yet, the Transition will cost $279,000, which is clearly a lot of money but not an outrageous amount when you consider how much you could spend on a sports car that, despite its speed, will never leave the ground. CouRtESy humaN iNvENt
MiLitAry robotS to pAtroL worLd cup
Even non-soccer fans know how can quickly turn a harmless match into a veritable war zone, full of riots, stabbings, even death. To help keep the peace at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, FIFA has decided to go hightech by enlisting military robots for security. iRobot recently announced that it will outfit Brazil with 30 PackBot robots, units similar to those that have been deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq and inside Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant. Each PackBot is cameraequipped and remotely controlled to allow operators to examine suspicious objects and explore threatening environments. The robots will work in tandem with thousands of soldiers who will be patrolling the 12 host cities in Brazil. The $7.2 million in contracts include maintenance, spares and associated equipment. Each PackBot 510 unit typically costs around $100,000 to $200,000. Brazilian police will also be donning some hightech gear. Officers will sport facial-recognition camera glasses that claim to capture 400 facial images per second, then archive each face in a database that stores up to 13 million faces. In their attempt to make “,” Brazil invested $900 million to boost its security forces for the 2014 World Cup. Besides purchasing surveillance equipment and helicopters, the country reportedly acquired four Israeli-made drones to provide additional security at the FIFA Confederation next month. Think militarized, camera-equipped robots and facial recognition glasses are a bit much for such a gentlemanly sport as soccer, nay futbol? Well, spend some time reading “Among the Thugs” as author Bill Buford submerges himself in the English hooligan scene during the 1980s and you might question whether a fleet of robots is enough to contain the violence. NEWS dESK
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Star boosts coverage of champions trophy with innovations
He’s still my dad, he’s still my coach, and I love him a lot. – Bernard Tomic
i hAve never Fixed A MAtch, SAyS ASAd rAuF
Star India has announced that its sports channels Star Sports 2 and Star Cricket will have a slew of production and programming initiatives around the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy 2013 There will be a dual feed. Star Sports 2 will broadcast the event in Hindi while Star Cricket and Star Cricket HD will showcase the tournament with English commentary. Live coverage will start on 30 May with warm up matches and will continue till the final on 23 June 2013. This is the last edition of the event. The channels will add technical innovations to boost the viewer’s experience. UltraCam will bring to viewers super-slow, sharper and nuanced imagery. StarCam 360 will give viewers 360-degree camera angles and panoramic views of key match moments. The broadcaster intends to make StarCam 360 a regular feature in international cricket going forward. Moreover, for the first time, Star Cricket HD will broadcast the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound technology. The commentary panel includes Sourav Ganguly, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Navjot Singh Sidhu; Nasser Hussain, Shane Warne; Michael Holding and Wasim Akram. Analysts like Harsha Bhogle and Jatin Sapru will undertake the hosting duties for the English and Hindi telecast of this event. Besides showcasing the live action, the channels have also wrap -around elements in order to analyse the game. The central wrap-around show has been rechristened as ‘Cricket Live’. This will contain various segments and features such as ‘Masterclass’, ‘Faceoff’, ‘Down the Memory Lane’ and ‘In the Nets’. The ‘Face-off’ segment will see each commentator arguing for his national team’s strengths. In ‘Masterclass’, commentators will coach the viewer and give tips on how to improve their understanding of the game. ‘In the Nets’ will offer coverage of how players get ready for the game while commentators will relive their memories/ experiences of previous English tours in ‘Down the Memory Lane’. ESPN Software India COO Vijay Rajput said, “The ICC Champions Trophy is a true test of cricketing excellence with the top eight ODI teams going head to head to be crowned - Champions.
LAHORE Staff REPoRt
MBROILED in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf Wednesday broke his silence for the first time ever since his name cropped up in the Mumbai police’s investigation, saying he was ready to face the ICC’s Anti Corruption and Security Unit to clear his name. “Money, gifts, spot-fixing and matchfixing have never been my goal and target. They have never been a topic in my life,” Rauf said. “If there is an inquiry by the ICC’s Anti Corruption and Security Unit, then I will be happy to face the inquiry and answer all their queries,” he added, while dismissing all allegations against him. The raging spot-fixing saga in the IPL turned murkier with the controversial umpire’s withdrawal by the ICC from next month’s Champions Trophy in England for his alleged role in the scandal, which is growing bigger by the day. The ICC had said in a statement that Rauf was withdrawn as he was under investigation by the Mumbai Police, thus becoming the first umpire to come under the scanner in the IPL spot-fixing scandal. Rauf has had a history of controversies and only last year a smalltime model named Leena Kapoor had accused him of sexually exploiting her for months before refusing to marry her. Although the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had distanced itself from Rauf’s case, saying the event was held in India
and Rauf was officiating as an ICC umpire, PCB chairperson Zaka Ashraf had said that action would be taken against the umpire if the ICC asks for any such step. Rauf, a serving elite-level international umpire, was withdrawn by the ICC from next month’s Champions Trophy after media reports that he was under police investigation. The investigations started on May 16 when Delhi police arrested three cricketers including Test fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, accusing them of deliberately bowling badly in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars during the lucrative IPL. Indian media alleged Rauf was in contact with Bollywood actor Vindu Dara Singh, arrested on charges of acting as middleman between bookies, players and officials. Rauf, also a former first-class cricketer, was included in the Elite Panel in 2006 and has so far stood in 48 Tests, 98 one-day internationals and 23 Twenty20 internationals. Rauf said he had never been interested in fixing or backhanders. “Fixing, illegal money and gifts have never been my topic, nor my target. These allegations have no truth and this is all,” he said. Rauf clarified his pull-out from the Champions Trophy, saying he was only withdrawn from the tournament and not removed from the panel of top umpires approved to stand in Tests and one-day internationals.
McA preSident SupportS SrinivASAn’S StAnd SPORTS DESK N Srinivasan received support from Mumbai Cricket Association president Ravi Sawant, who said that the BCCI president would be assumed guilty if he resigned. Sawant also said that the BCCI members speaking against Srinivasan were being opportunistic. “Today, if he [Srinivasan] resigns, people will straightaway accuse him of being guilty and that is the reason he is not resigning,” Sawant told NDTV. “He is saying, ‘I will prove there is nothing against me personally.’” Sawant said that the issue of conflict of interest had always been there and if the BCCI had allowed it to happen earlier, raising the issue now was not correct. “The rules were already in place. First time when buying a franchise, all the rules were applicable,” he said. “That time, he was not the BCCI president. He has gone from treasurer to secretary to president. So someone should have voiced their concerns, because these rules were made to prevent certain things to happen. You are now saying those rules were there and there is a conflict of interest and he should resign. To my mind, we should retrospectively think about it, why didn’t we object to his buying a franchise.” “If you are supporting the decision of him buying a team, now to make an issue out of it is not correct. All these people speaking against him now are holding positions in the board, and they have worked with him. How can you raise an issue now?”
inDia sPoRTs minisTRy DemanDs bcci chief quiT SPORTS DESK India’s sports ministry demanded Indian cricket chief Narainswamy Srinivasan resign “on moral grounds” on Wednesday amidst the ongoing spot-fixing scandal. “BCCI is inquiring into allegations of match and spot-fixing. As there is a conflict of interest in this inquiry, therefore the BCCI president should tender his resignation on moral grounds,” the ministry said in a statement. The Board of Control for Cricket in India wasn’t controlled by the sports ministry, however, and nor did it depend on government funding. Srinivasan has said previously he was not involved in the scandal and will not resign. He became embroiled in it when his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested in the scandal that emerged with the arrest
of former test cricketer Shantakumaran Sreesanth and two others who played for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. Srinivasan is the managing director of India Cements, which owns Chennai. Members of Srinivasan’s BCCI also want him to distance himself from the investigation. The BCCI has asked retired judges Jayaram Chouta and R. Balasubramanian and BCCI secretary-general Sanjay Jagdale to investigate the roles of Meiyappan and the Chennai and Rajasthan teams. “We’re of the view that the recommendations of this committee should be binding and that the BCCI should not ponder over it,” IPL chairman and BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla said in New Delhi in what is seen as a sign of pressure from within the board. “Till the pendency of inquiry, he (Srinivasan) should
disassociate himself from the procedure but the decision rests with him.” BCCI member Jyotiradiya Scindia, who heads its finance committee, has also asked for Srinivasan to step aside. “In the interest of propriety and in the interest of the game, when there is a question mark surrounding the team (Chennai) and its manager, who happens to be a family member, I believe Mr Srinivasan must step aside,” Scindia said in New Delhi on Tuesday. The spot-fixing case came to light after Delhi police arrested Sreesanth and two other bowlers on suspicion of under-performing in the IPL for money from book-makers. The jailed trio is alleged to have conceded more than a certain number of runs in an over and received up to 6 million rupees ($110 000) from bookmakers for every over.
( ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY 2013
ajmal’s variation is a major weapon ProFile: Team Pakistan overvieW A favourite generalisation about Pakistan is that when they’re good, they’re superb, but when they’re bad, they’re abysmal. They are one of the least predictable sides in world cricket, and which side will turn up on the day is anyone’s guess. Pakistan have not won this event before, and this will be their last chance to do so as it is the final installment. They did reach the semi-finals twice in the last three editions though, and have a good track record in ICC tournaments. Their group consists of South Africa, India and the West Indies, so getting into the knock-out stages will be tricky given their mixed form this year. They have played ODI series against both India and the Proteas this year, drawing with the former and losing to the latter. They go into the tournament on the back of a four-game tour against Scotland and Ireland, where they were not very convincing. In fact, they nearly lost the two-
game series against Ireland after drawing the first game and winning the second by only two wickets. strenGths Opposition players tend to underestimate Pakistan, given their middling ranking and erratic performances, and that often works in their favour, especially when one or two players come good in a game. They also have a spin pairing, of Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez, that has done very well over the past few seasons. Ajmal is the number one ODI bowler, and can spin the ball on a tarpaulin if asked. The batsmen, even those used to spin, will have a tough time against them. Pakistan’s pace attack is also steadily improving, with Junaid Khan a shining light, and Mohammad Irfan proving to be more than the novelty factor. He did very well in South Africa, and given the right conditions will do well in England. WeAknesses The top order is not a consistent one, and
from one game to the next it can be tough to call who will play. Pakistan often rely on their middle, and sometimes lower, order to get them out of trouble. As for the wicketkeeping, Kamran Akmal may come good with the bat every so often but he is infamous for his blunders with the gloves. His drops and fumbles are the cause of a few groans in every game, and his skipper will need him to minimise those. The catch 22 mentioned above, their unpredictability, is a weakness as well. Once something goes wrong early on, their heads drop and matters go from bad to worse, unless one player rescues them. Mental conditioning is not their strong suit. one to WAtCh The obvious, and correct, player to keep an eye on is Saeed Ajmal. He is prolific in ODIs and has an average of 22.91. If the batsmen don’t post high enough totals, all eyes will be on him to defend the score. ProbAble benCh-WArmer There are five pace bowlers in the squad,
and aside from Junaid Khan, they aren’t really assured of a place. It will depend on the match conditions and the opposition, but one imagines Irfan, Ehsan Adil and Wahab Riaz will be fighting to play. lAst three tournAment Finishes 2009: Losing semi-finalists to New Zealand 2006: Knocked out in group stage 2004: Losing semi-finalists to West Indies How on earth does one predict Pakistan? We’re going to say they won’t make it out of their group this time, given they have the Proteas, India and the West Indies to content with. Or they’ll win the whole
thing, you never know. squAd Misbah-ulHaq, Abdur Rehman, Asad Ali, Asad Shafiq, Ehsan Adil, Imran Farhat, Junaid Khan, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Irfan, Nasir Jamshed, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Malik, Umar Amin, Wahab Riaz FiXtures 7 June: v West Indies, Oval 10 June: v South Africa, Birmingham 15 June: v India, Birmingham
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“It was very difficult to stay alive in that match. It was a very lengthy, tricky day. – Marion Bartoli bari wants cricket played on the field, not in court LAHORE Staff REPoRt
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Bari has declared that cricket should be played on the grounds and not in the courts. He was addressing a press conference here Wednesday, and he emphasized that the litigation has sent a negative image of Pakistan cricket across the world. “As it is Pakistan cricket is going through an exceptionally difficult phase owing to security concerns due to which no foreign team is willing to set foot in this country. This litigation has further damaged Pakistan cricket and the PCB’s credibility when it needs it the most”, said Wasim Bari. And all this, according to Wasim Bari, is the handiwork of the disgruntled elements from the regions. “These people have already enjoyed two stints as regional representatives and were not qualified for another term. “It’s all being orchestrated by the former regional presidents – Malik Zulfiqar (Sialkot Region), Khawaja Nadeem (Lahore Region), Amir Nawab (Abbotabad Region), Ch. Anwar (Faisalabad Region). They have all completed their two tenures as regional presidents and according to the constitution not allowed to contest for a third term. That being the situation, they have come down to blackmailing the PCB”, said Bari. Wasim Bari also informed that Major (Retd) Ahmed Nadeem Sadal is not associated with the PCB in any capacity, for he is neither a part of regional nor the associations’ setup. The PCB, said Wasim Bari, made the interim committee so that the elections could be held. But now that these elements cannot contest for the third term, they are creating a rumpus. “Cricket should be played on the grounds and not in the courts. It has sent a very negative image about the PCB and Pakistan cricket across the world. In these difficult times this makes things all the more difficult for the Board”, he concluded.
ponting ready for emergency Ashes call LONDON agENCiES
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has said he is ready to return to Test cricket if required as an emergency call-up for Ashes duty against England. The 38-year-old, one of the best batsmen of his generation, retired from Test cricket in December with 13,378 runs, including 41 hundreds, in 168 matches at an average of 51.85 to his name. Ponting is in England, where Australia will hope to regain the Ashes in a series starting in July, to play county cricket for London-based side Surrey. But he said that if his country came calling again it would be hard to say ‘no’. “Mate, they will have reserve batsmen around should anything like that happen so I don’t think they will be needing me. You wouldn’t say no, would you, if that call came and I would never say never, but you have to say a call-up like that now is extremely unlikely,” Ponting told Wednesday’s Daily Mail. “I won’t be in the changing room but I’ll be keeping a close eye on what’s going on, that’s for sure,” Ponting added. “It won’t be a case of keeping my distance from the Australian blokes or letting them get on with it.
‘teAM iS in A Good FrAMe oF Mind’
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AKISTAN skipper Misbahul Haq has said that no team taking part in the Champions Trophy can be taken lightly and the Team Pakistan is in a good frame of mind. Talking to journalists in his first press briefing in London ahead of their warm up match against Sri Lanka, Misbah said: “No team can be taken lightly and we have to be take every game as a tough game.” We want to put up a good show for everyone back home, he added Misbah. “I think coming from Pakistan it’s really difficult to adjust to the conditions, especially the weather, but I think we have played a game in Scotland and then in Ireland two games, so it really helped us to acclimatize here, especially now it’s really cold here, also, but I think that’s really going to help us. “I guess the early summer conditions of England are about as tough as you can get for the likes of you with the swing bowling and the movement of the ball? Yes, we have this, I think, in Scotland and then in Ireland especially, the last two games. The ball was really moving in the air. So everybody has suggested that, and they’re ready to just face those sort of conditions. I think in England especially it will be better than Ireland, so I think mentally everybody is ready and now getting ready for this tournament. he further said that in this tournament the top eight teams are playing, so no team is an easy team here. You have to take every game as a tough game. Top eight teams, you never know who’s going to beat who. So you need to be 100 percent all the time. You can’t relax in this sort of tournament. The defeat I South Africa would be of great help to boost the team level. “I think that really helps us because that was really a tough series for us, tough team, tough conditions, playing away from home. So that experience is going to help us here. Mentally the guys are more tougher after playing the top team in their own conditions, and especially won a T20 and won two ODIs — that gave us a lot of confidence after the Test matches. We really showed a good show there and everybody really played well. I think that really gave us a lot of confidence to do well here.” In Champons Trophy, every game is important. Coming into this tournament, I think the first two games are more so important for us because the last game, you may know if you are in or out of the tournament. Obviously playing against India is always important because of the interest of people back there in India and Pakistan, all over the world I think, huge fan club
for these two teams, so it’s really important for us to play well in that game and just win. For both teams I think it’s very important, but I think every game is important here in this tournament. “You always have to be positive and think that we’re going to win this.” Playing at Edgbaston was special for us because a lot of fans here for Pakistan cricket team and a lot of followers here. I haven’t played before here, but Pakistan team really had good record here. Even in the last series Pakistan won a Test match and played really well. We’re really looking forward to enjoying these games.
Former West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan advised his batsmen to observe the basics of the game as West Indies mount their charge to repeat their success from the 2004 Champions Trophy. The 2013 edition begins on June 6 and West Indies will play their first match on the next day against Pakistan at The Oval. “It is important that you start off trying to play the ball as late as possible.” he said. “The good thing about it is that the outfields are pretty quick here, so even if you have sweepers out and you time the ball well enough it will probably go for four. You will get value for your strokes. “It would be a great achievement to win this tournament. When we won back in 2004 we came in as underdogs. We want to repeat that,” said Sarwan, who was adjudged the player of the tournament in 2004. He scored two half-centuries in four matches, including one in the semi-final and finished as the second highest rungetter of the tournament. Sarwan laid the onus on the top-order batsmen to provide a solid foundation so players like Kieron Pollard and captain Dwayne Bravo could make the most of the latter half of the innings. “The key is to give yourself a chance and try to ‘get in’ and just like everything else it gets easier.”
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I’ve read that we are facing the most difficult season. This thesis I find absurd. Because we have such a great quality and a strong base. – Jurgen Klopp
AZArenKA AdvAnceS, SerenA eye LASt 32 PARIS agENCiES
cacophony of noise on Chatrier Court signalled the belated appearance of women’s third seed Victoria Azarenka at the French Open on Wednesday as the Belarusian eased to the second round. The stadium was barely one third full as Azarenka went through her paces but the low decibel level from the crowd on another chilly day in Paris was countered by the grunts, howls and groans coming from the two players. Azarenka just about won the noise battle, although Russian Elena Vesnina ran her close, and she had little trouble winning the match either, going through 6-1 6-4. Incredibly making her eighth main draw appearance at the French Open despite still being only 23, Azarenka had to wait until the fourth day to begin her
challenge after rainy weather on Tuesday meant her first-round match was cancelled. She now faces the prospect of seven matches in 11 days if she is to win the title here. The twice Australian Open champion has never shone in Paris, with her best performance being quarter-finals in 2009 and 2011. “It was great to start and there some tough points, especially for a first round match,” Azarenka, who was briefly troubled in the second set, said on court before declaring her love for Paris. She will face Germany’s Annika Beck in the second round. Meanwhile, Roger Federer and Serena Williams bid for French Open last 32 places Wednesday while second seed Victoria Azarenka begins her campaign as Roland Garros plays catch-up after Tuesday’s schedule was badly hit by rain. Federer, the 2009 champion and bidding for an 18th major, tackles Indian qualifier Somdev Devvarman, the world
number 188. Second seed Federer beat Devvarman in their only previous meeting in straight sets in Dubai in 2011. Williams, the defending women’s champion, faces French teenager Caroline Garcia who was a set and 4-1 up on Maria Sharapova at Roland Garros in the second round in 2011 before losing in three. The American top seed is looking for a second title in Paris, 13 years after her first. Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, the third seed, faces experienced Russian Elena Vesnina in a first round match held over from Tuesday because of rain. Court Philippe Chatrier also hosts two of France’s best hopes of ending a 30-year wait for a home men’s champion. Sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga plays veteran Finn, Jarkko Nieminen, while wildcard Gael Monfils, who put out fifth seed Tomas Berdych in the first round, comes up against in-form Latvian, Ernests Gulbis.
Djokovic downs goﬃn in testing opener
Novak Djokovic went through a testing first-round encounter against determined Belgian David Goffin. The top seed and last year’s runnerup is looking to complete his set of grand slam titles in the Roland Garros fortnight, but his opening opponent provided a stiff challenge. Goffin largely matched the world number one stroke for stroke throughout an entertaining encounter and Djokovic had to produce some of his best tennis to claim a 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 7-5 win in two hours and 13 minutes. Djokovic is bidding to become the first man since Jim Courier in 1992 to win back-to-back singles slams in Australia and France. And while he was quickly out of the
blocks, so too was his opponent, who reached the last 16 of this competition as a lucky loser 12 months ago and proved a handful for Roger Federer before being defeated in four sets. The world number 58 appears to thrive on the grandest stage and won 84 per cent of points on his first serve this afternoon as the opening set went to a tiebreak, with Djokovic failing to take his only break point. Goffin, however, made what would prove to be a critical double fault at 5/5 and Djokovic took advantage to seal the opening set after 46 minutes. The Serbian then went up a gear and while Goffin was able to come back from 0-40 down in his opening service game, he was powerless in his next as Djokovic finally converted a break point at the fifth time of asking.
But any thoughts Djokovic had that Goffin would quickly fold were dispelled as the 22-year-old levelled proceedings in the eighth game after breaking his stunned opponent to love. Djokovic immediately broke back for the chance to serve for the second set and while Goffin, once again, defied the odds to save four set points, it was to prove an ultimately fruitless attempt. Still, Goffin refused to be cowed into submission and kept going for his shots in pressure situations, saving two break points in the third game of the third set, to the delight of the Philippe Chatrier crowd. He was pushing Djokovic all over the court to earn a break point in the sixth game, but the six-time grand slam champion used his forehand to great effect to hold.
Watson exit ends britain’s french open hopes PARIS agENCiES
Britain’s interest in singles at the French Open ended on the fourth day as Heather Watson was beaten in three sets by Stefanie Voegele. Unlike Laura Robson and Elena Baltacha, Watson won a set and pushed her opponent all the way, but it was ultimately in vain as Swiss Voegele won 6-4 2-6 6-4 on Court Six at Roland Garros. Watson’s defeat in a match delayed for a day by rain means there is no British player in the second round of the singles in Paris for the first time since 2007. It was always going to be a tough ask for the British number two after more than two months out with glandular fever, but the
good news is Watson is not too far away. Her movement and consistency were not quite up to their usual standards but she will have high hopes of performing well on grass. Watson may have been suffering from glandular fever since December but she battled on for the first three months of the year before a blood test in Miami showed what the problem was. She returned to light training three weeks ago and has been working back up to her usual volume, rating herself at 90-95 per cent prior to the start of the tournament. Voegele, ranked eight places below world number 48 Watson, was the steadier player in the opening set, with one break of serve in the fifth game enough for the Swiss player to take it.
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The tournament in Rome was good, and I feel like I have practised very well leading into today’s match. I thought I played well today. – Sam Stosur
uci made no mistakes in Armstrong saga
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HE International Cycling Union (UCI) was fault free in their handling of the Lance Armstrong doping affair that severely tarnished the sport’s reputation and triggered harsh criticism of the federation, UCI president Pat McQuaid said. Speaking to a small group of reporters at an international sports conference in Russia, McQuaid said the UCI had always been at the forefront in the battle against doping during the American’s years of domination from the late 1990s to the mid-2000s. “I do not think the UCI made mistakes,” said McQuaid, who took over as president in 2005, the year of Armstrong’s last Tour de France victory. “The statistics show the UCI was the most advanced in the fight against doping.” Cancer survivor Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from cycling in 2012 after a report by the United State Anti-doping Agency (USADA) accused him of doping for years. In January, Armstrong admitted in a television interview that he used banned substances in all of his Tour victories. “I was fooled,” McQuaid said. “I believed the was no way a man
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so close to death would go and start putting stuff into his body that could be dangerous. “My experiences as a cyclist convinced me he was real.” Critics accused the UCI of not doing enough to catch the American, who faced several years of doping accusations, while the USADA report also alleged that the body could have done more. McQuaid, seeking a third term as UCI president, defended his organisation by saying the UCI had tested Armstrong 200 times between 1999 and 2005, while USADA had only conducted 12 tests. The Irishman admitted, though,
the tests were no match for the advanced methods used by Armstrong. “There were no tests available for the products. Ten or 15 years ago the armoury (against doping) was weaker. The doping system was weak.” Asked whether he considered resigning over the affair, the Irishman was defiant. “No, because I firmly believe I am making a difference. I want to eradicate doping. I want to see this thing through. I want to finish what I started.” “There is a change in the peloton. Every little thing I am bringing in is making a difference.”
final of amar cables Women T20 LAHORE Staff REPoRt
Amar Cables will take on Kinniard College in the final of the first Amar Cables Women T20 Cricket Championship here today at Shah Faisal Cricket Club ground. Nida Dar will lead Amar cables while Sana Mir will be the captain of Kinniard college. Former President, Lahore City Cricket Association, Khawaja Nadeem Ahmed will be the chief guest on the occasion. Irfan Dilshad and Tasaddaq Jamal will supervise match. Najam us Saeed will act as scorer.
The opening ceremony of newlyprepared cricket ground was held here at Lahore College for Women University, (LCWU) Lahore on Wednesday and the inauguration was performed by Vice Chancellor Dr. Sabiha Mansoor, chairperson Pakistan Cricket Women Wing Bushra Aitizaz, Inthakab alam, Shafiq Ahmad papa, Captain Pakistan Women Cricket Team Sana Mir and other celebrities from Pakistan Cricket attended the event. To mark the day an exhibition friendly match was organized at the Main Ground of University. Vice Chancellor Dr Sabiha Mansoor said that LCWU is focusing on producing graduates as well as national level players. She appreciated the efforts of Directorate of Sports LCWU for preparing standard pitch and ground. “LCWU now is in position to produce women cricketers for national team. It is our good luck and we have a large playground in the campus and we are willing of its best use to promote the game” she added. chairperson Pakistan Cricket Women Wing Bushra Aitizaz said that LCWU has always been leader in sports and I am proud to be its old student. She added that girls in Pakistan find it difficult to play cricket because our academic institutions lack sports facilities specifically for cricket. Sana Mir Captain National Women Cricket Team said that I am very happy to see the passion and enthusiasm for cricket among girls. I congratulate management of LCWU on developing cricket picture and ground to promote the game. Later in a friendly match Lahore College Green XI defeated Lahore College Red XI by 30 runs.
hodgson tips sturridge to shine for england SPORTS DESK
wenger confirms interest in Lyon’s Grenier SPORTS DESK Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the club are following Olympique Lyon’s Clement Grenier. Likened to former Gunner Samir Nasri in terms of playing style, Grenier scored against Lyon’s Ligue 1 opposition Rennes over the weekend. The Daily Mail reported that Arsenal scouts were present at the game to run the rule over the midfielder at Wenger’s request. Grenier has come to the fore this season, capitalizing on an injury to Lyon’s star midfielder Yoann Gourcuff to notch seven goals and eight assists in 28 appearances for the club. Speaking to French television programme Telefoot, Wenger admitted his interest in securing the 22-year old’s services for Arsenal. “We are following him. His intelligence of play pleases me. He has interesting qualities.
Daniel Sturridge is set to make his first England start in the friendly with the Republic of Ireland. With Danny Welbeck virtually certain to be ruled out of the Wembley encounter after failing to shrug off a knee injury which presumably makes the Manchester United striker a major doubt for the second of England’s two friendlies in Brazil on Sunday, Sturridge is the obvious candidate to partner Wayne Rooney in attack. Remarkably, the Liverpool man’s five previous caps came under three different managers in Fabio Capello, Stuart Pearce and Roy Hodgson. But only since an outstanding late season run of form that brought Sturridge 11 goals in 16 appearances since his £12million transfer window switch from Chelsea - in the process becoming the fastest Liverpool player to reach 10 league goals - does Hodgson feel confident enough to hand him that coveted starting berth. “Daniel Sturridge has been an enormous talent for many years,” said Hodgson. “Chelsea paid a lot of money for him from Manchester City before he’d broken into their team but he’s been more of a regular at Liverpool. “He’s grown in confidence and week after week now we are seeing all
the qualities we’ve always known he had.” After taking charge 12 months ago, Hodgson showed immense faith in Welbeck ahead of Euro 2012 and was rewarded with a series of outstanding performances, more effective indeed than he produced for Manchester United. Sturridge’s explosive form for Liverpool means he almost certainly can not manage the same relative improvement. However, Hodgson is looking for the 23-year-old to make a similar impact. “In the same way Danny Welbeck did, we are hoping Daniel comes in and brings us something with his incredible pace, footwork and technical ability to help us win matches. “This will be an opportunity for him to show he can do it at a higher level.” The anticipated
performance could also be crucial for Wayne Rooney, who ended the campaign under such a cloud. Never can the lack of depth Hodgson is working with be emphasised to a greater degree than with Rooney, who remains England’s talisman and stand-out performer despite ending the season unable to get on the bench for Manchester United, after a succession of earlier outings in midfield. As ever, Hodgson is reluctant to get into any debate over a delicate club issue, knowing Red Devils boss David Moyes would find such interventions just as unwelcome as Sir Alex Ferguson did prior to his retirement. It leaves him only able to offer support, which under the circumstances, has to be plentiful. “If anything I find his desire stronger than when we first met,” said Hodgson. “I have nothing but the greatest faith in him. I know he’ll be really desperate to get out and show how desperate he is. “Good players can have bad games, it’s not an exact science. But my faith in Wayne Rooney has never wavered.” And the brutal truth from Hodgson’s perspective is that while Ferguson could afford to ignore Rooney safe in the knowledge he had Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa, in addition to Welbeck to call on, he has nothing like the same alternatives. It is why Hodgson cannot even contemplate using Rooney anywhere but his best position, just behind a main striker.
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pM Khoso, cabinet members given a warm send-off ISLAMABAD
RIME Minister (PM) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso and his cabinet members were given a farewell dinner at the PM Secretariat following which the prime minister was shifted to Balochistan House to facilitate the renovation process underway at the PM House. A source who attended the dinner said it was a befitting send off to the third consecutive premier within a time span of only one year as former premiers Yousaf Raza Gilani, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and now Mir Hazar Khan Khoso were seen off by the PM’s staff. The function, which was hosted by Principal Secretary to the PM Khwaja Siddique Akbar, was attended by cabinet members and other officials while favourite dishes of the outgoing premier were specially prepared for the occasion. In his remarks, the outgoing prime minister expressed gratitude to his cabinet colleagues who, he said had fully backed him in achieving the gigantic task of holding free, fair and peaceful election. “When I took over, law and order situation was worse and three provinces, including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Karachi in Sindh
ISLAMABAD: caretaker Prime Minister Justice (r) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso and his cabinet members pose for a group photograph on Wednesday. oNLiNE
and Quetta in Balochistan were facing chaos and terrorism. In that scenario, holding elections looked next to impossible. But I feel lucky for being blessed with great colleagues who helped me achieve this impossible task,” a source quoted the prime minister as telling the participants of the dinner. The premier said not only law and order, but other problems such as electricity and gas load shedding, economic challenges
and crises being faced by national institutions such as the Pakistan Steel Mills were also daunting problems the interim government had to look into. “But there was no provision in the constitution to escape the situation and we had to conduct polls, in any case. I had a strong resolve to hold polls on schedule and I am happy that we achieved our objective and the nation braved all threats and came out to vote,” he added.
The outgoing premier said from now onwards, it was the responsibility of the elected political leadership of the country to carry forward the good work already done. He said despite many challenges, the caretaker government fulfilled its constitutional responsibility and successfully conducted elections in the country. Prime Minister Khoso said the caretaker regime, besides concentrating on
holding elections also worked hard to address all other problems. “My cabinet members and I were committed to holding elections through thick and thin, which was our mandate and we have delivered our responsibilities in an efficient manner,” he said. Separately, a spokesman of the PM House said Khoso would be staying in Islamabad till the new prime minister takes oath.
Nawaz decides to shift to Speaker’s House ISLAMABAD tayyab huSSaiN
cHAMAN: A health worker administers polio drops to Afghan children who crossed into the Pakistani side at the border checkpost in chaman on Wednesday. iNP
phc orders removal of controversial pages from social media PESHAWAR oNLiNE
Without naming the pages on social media with objectionable content, the Peshawar High Court on Wednesday ordered blocking all such pages which contain defamatory content.
Hearing a petition against defamatory content against Islam on Facebook, Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan said anti-Islam content ignited religious sentiments of Muslims. The judge sought clarification from all institutions concerned till June 20. Growing complaints regarding anti-
Islam content pages and content on social media have been heard from different circles for last many months. The court also ordered the Interior Ministry, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority officials and departments concerned to take immediate measures to block all controversial pages on social media.
In a dramatic development, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) prime ministerdesignate Nawaz Sharif decided not to reside at the Prime Minister’s (PM) House after officially taking oath as the premier and has instead decided to shift to the residence allocated for speaker of the National Assembly (NA). Following Sharif’s decision, renovation of the PM House has been stopped while that of the speaker’s official residence has been initiated, Pakistan Today has learnt reliably. A well-placed source privy to the developments told Pakistan Today that Nawaz Sharif, who was the brain behind the luxurious PM Secretariat, has bitter memories of the 1999 coup when he had been arrested unceremoniously and was later handcuffed and shifted to different jails. “Due to bitter memories in connection with the PM House, Nawaz Sharif has ordered not to reside at the residence designated for the premier of the country. He has decided to shift to the NA speaker’s residence and renovations there have started,” the source added. The source further said under the changed scenario, the guard of honour for the caretaker PM had been delayed and now Khoso would be shifted to Balochistan House instead of going to Quetta on Thursday (today). A spokesman of the PM House said Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso would be staying in Islamabad till the new premier takes oath. The spokesman was responding to reports appearing in media that
reSoLution oF enerGy criSiS top priority: nAwAZ LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif held a top-level meeting at his Raiwind residence on Wednesday to take up the energy crisis, wherein he said the resolution of the energy crisis was his party’s first priority. Addressing the meeting, Nawaz said that after taking over the affairs of the country, his government would bring an end to unannounced load shedding in the country in the first phase. He said everyone had to work day and night to eliminate load shedding and options such as generating energy via coal and sugarcane would require time. The meeting was attended by Mian Mansha, Shaukat Tareen, Raja Zafarul Haq, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Ishaq Dar, Pervez Rasheed, Khawaja Mohammad Asif, Sartaj Aziz, Ahsan Iqbal and renowned energy experts. iNP
the caretaker PM is leaving for Quetta on Thursday. The spokesman said Khoso will be relocated in Islamabad to facilitate renovation of the PM House. He expressed the hope that this clarification would remove misunderstandings regarding the stay of the prime minister.
‘PM Khoso to vacate PM’s House today to facilitate transfer of power’ INFORMATION MINISTER ARIF NIZAMI SAYS CARETAKERS DID THEIR JOB WELL ISLAMABAD Staff REPoRt
Caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso would vacate the PM’s House today (Thursday) morning at 11am and he would be shifting to Balochistan House to facilitate renovation for the next prime minister. This disclosure was made by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Arif Nizami
on Wednesday during a press conference held at the Ministry of Postal Services. “Practically, the Prime Minister’s House would be vacated tomorrow morning as the prime minister would be shifting to Balochistan House at 1100 hours. Under the constitution, the transfer of power would complete by June 5, while the process had already begun. Briefings have already been started for the next prime minister and his team on important subjects including budget-making and energy issues,” the information minister said. Nizami said the caretakers had only one task – to hold the elections in a transparent manner and they had done their job. To a question about reports of violation of the Election Commission’s ban on trans-
fers and postings, Nizami, who was flanked by Postal Services Director General Ghulam Panjtan Rizvi, said the transfers and postings were only made which were mandatory in nature as those were a consequence of a chain reaction. Nizami said the Ministry of Postal Services had facilitated the process of holding free and fair elections and it had printed 20 million ballot papers to facilitate timely elections. The minister said during his stint as caretaker minister, he had made utmost effort to remain impartial and he was indebted to the journalist community for the cooperation extended to him as minister for information and broadcasting. “The Ministry of Postal Services also issued a stamp on the eve of general elec-
tions the way the stamps were issued about the Pakistan Movement leaders and martyrs of the armed forces,” said the minister. He added that though the Postal Services Department was facing closures across the globe, in Pakistan, the department had adjusted itself with modern trends. The minister said the postal department had also won bronze medal in competition of around 192 states which was an achievement by all means. Briefing the media, Postal Services DG Ghulam Panjtan Rizvi said the postal services department had brought innovation in its services. “The postal services department has introduced electronic money order service which could be used for delivery of up to Rs 100,000 for minimal
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charges of Rs 600,” he said. “We have received revenue of Rs 3.1 million through this service alone,” he said, adding that the ministry had also launched money order service for passengers at all airports where the passengers may receive upto Rs 50,000 money order to meet any emergency cash requirements. Calling for formation of a regulatory authority to regulate the private courier service companies, Rizvi said though some underdeveloped countries, including Afghanistan, had enacted laws, Pakistan had yet to legislate in this regard. He said there was no bar for the private courier companies on fixing prices for postal services while the postal services department had not been allowed to raise prices since year 2009.