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Win some, lose some Coalition partners agree on conditional talks with PML-N for caretaker setup g PML-N to get Punjab caretaker CM of choice if PA is dissolved along with other assemblies
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n a more than three-hour-long brainstorming session at the Presidency on Wednesday, the coalition partners approved in principle the government’s strategy to engage the Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz (PML-n) in broad-based talks, including for nomination of a consensus caretaker prime minister and four chief ministers, and dissolution of national and provincial assemblies on the same day, Pakistan Today has learnt. “Under the agreed plan, the government’s negotiators led by Pakistan People’s Party’s Syed Khursheed Shah would hold talks with the PML-n with Plan-A and B in the bag. Per Plan A, the government would express its consent for nomination of former ambassador to Un Abdullah Hussain Haroon as the caretaker PM. However, a bargain could take place over consensus nomination of caretaker chief ministers in Punjab and Balochistan, with PML-n’s nominee given a lead with a precondition that the Punjab Assembly would be dissolved along with other three provincial and national Assembly on the same date,” a participant of the meeting told Pakistan Today, requesting anonymity. The source said it was surprising for President Asif Ali Zardari that neither of the coalition partners, including the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, PML-Quaid or the Awami national Party objected to Haroon’s nomination. Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain said it was a good call as Haroon’s family had served with Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and his party would, therefore, welcome the nomination. “We are hopeful that the formula would work and both the PPP and PML-n would be
in a win-win situation if Haroon is named consensus candidate. However, if an agreement is not reached, the Plan-B would come to the fore,” the source said, adding that all quarters concerned, including the establishment were also taken onboard for Haroon’s nomination. The source said the president was confident that the PML-n would also agree to the government’s proposal, adding that the Sharifs would be happy on appointment of a chief minister nominated by them in Punjab. The source said the PPP leadership would also hold a follow-up meeting with its coalition parties after talks with the PML-n were concluded to give a final nod to its future plans. He said the meeting of coalition parties also discussed a proposal to dissolve the assemblies in the first week of March and holding polls by middle of May. The source said President Zardari also shared with coalition partners some other names for caretaker prime minister. “The president told the meeting that both the PPP and PML-n wanted to appoint a non-controversial figure as caretaker PM acceptable to the government as well as the opposition,” the source said. He added that this would bring about a win-win situation for both sides of the political divide, as the Sharifs would have no problem with Haroon, who is an apolitical figure and has no political ambitions. During the meeting, Shujaat Hussain also proposed the name of former senator SM Zafar, stating that he was a non-controversial person and dependable. However, the nomination was deferred by the partners for the time being. The source said Haroon was a better choice as Asma Jahangir’s nomination may strongly be rejected by many quarters, including the GHQ and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and some religious outfits, and her nomination
might ignite controversy and unrest among political circles and other institutions. “However, the president said the government’s candidate Hussain Haroon would most likely be a joint nominee of opposition and the government,” the source added. The source said Shujaat also asked Zardari to give a clear-cut roadmap for election schedule to get rid of confusion and speculation in the media. The president said there was a need to hold talks with the provincial governments for dissolution of all assemblies on a single date so that the election could be held on the same day. “Otherwise, the ruling coalition may suffer as the PML-n would get advantage of the situation,” the source quoted the president as telling the meeting. Continued on page 04
Abdullah Hussain Haroon is likely to emerge as the consensus candidate for caretaker prime minister.
Hearing the rental power project (RPPs) implementation case on Wednesday, a three-member Supreme Court bench sought a certified copy of the letter written by nAB Chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari to President Asif Ali Zardari regarding pressure in the case by the apex court. In the letter, the nAB chairman had accused the judiciary of pressurising nAB officials and interfering in their duty. The three-member bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed on Wednesday summoned the record of the recipients of the letter to evaluate its legality and motives. The bench directed the nAB chairman to produce a copy of his letter by today (Thursday). In his remarks, the CJ said even a man in uniform was not allowed to interfere in the court’s proceedings, so how could the court allow the nAB chairman to do the same. The CJ said, “The court wants to know the reasons for which the nAB chairman wrote the letter to President Zardari.” He observed that the court wanted to determine whether the letter written was an effort to pressurise the court or to spread hatred against the judiciary. “We are very serious about this letter. We will not allow any one to malign the judiciary,” the CJ said. He said no one would be allowed to interfere in the court’s proceedings, adding that the court would explore the aims and motives behind writing the letter. The chief justice also said the court would examine whether the nAB chairman was authorised under law to write such a letter. Earlier at the onset of proceedings on Wednesday, nAB prosecutor KK Agha appeared before the bench and sought apology over nAB chairman’s absence. Continued on page 04
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AKPBS conducts workshop on eﬃcient buildings for mountains The Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan (AKPBS), an agency of the Aga Khan Development network (AKDn), in collaboration with the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) has conducted a workshop to share a set of building guidelines for seismic resistance and thermal efficiency of buildings in the mountainous regions of Pakistan. Provincial ministers Mr Raja Azam from Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Mr Saleem from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) represented their respective provincial governments in the workshop. Representatives from donor agencies including the United nations Development Programme (UnDP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan, academia, AKDn’s sister agencies and various public sector institutions and development agencies also participated in the workshop. The workshop was organised as part of a four-year project “Promotion of Energy Efficient Cooking, Heating and Housing Technologies” (PEECH) funded by the UnDP and the Global Environment Facility and implemented by the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan in nine valleys of the Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral region of Pakistan. The project aims to curb the degradation of forests in the target region and decrease CO2 emissions resulting from excessive use of timber and fuel-wood for house construction and household energy use in these areas. PR
Commission on new province presents report to NA speaker ISLAMABAD: Commission on the Creation of new Province in Punjab Chairman Senator Farhatullah Babar and members Senators Syeda Sughra Imam, Kamil Ali Agha, Moulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Haji Adeel and MnA Arif Aziz Shaikh formally presented the report of the commission to the national Assembly speaker in her chamber in the secretariat. Federal Minister and chief whip in the national Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah was also present on the occasion. The speaker appreciated all members of the commission for completing the assignment and thanked them for finalising and presenting the report. Talking to media personnel after presenting the report, Senator Farhatullah Babar said the report included all aspects that needed to be covered and also included a proposed constitutional amendment Bill to give effect to the proposal on the creation of the new province in Punjab. AGEnCiEs
Ajmal Pahari arrested again KARACHI: After taking notice by the Sindh High Court on the disappearance of Shahnawaz alias Ajmal Pahari, police on Wednesday disclosed his arrest from Joharabad police precincts. Joharabad police claimed to have detained the most wanted man, who confessed to have murdered 100 people in the city during a joint interrogation. They said the police arrested him when he took a U-turn after realising that police were conducting snap checking near Sola-number roundabout. Police said, “We didn’t find any identity from him but we were shocked when he disclosed his identity during initial course of investigation at Joharabad police station.” “After a brief duration, the personnel from intelligence agencies took his custody and moved him to undisclosed place,” they maintained. Sources said it was expected that he would be presented before the court on Thursday (today). Pahari was lastly arrested in 2011 and during a joint interrogation, he confessed to have killed as many as 100 people. Later, he was acquitted in 11 cases. He disappeared soon after his release from jail on SHC orders on January 18. Reacting on missing application filed by Pahari’s wife Fouzia, the SHC directed the Central Jail Karachi superintendent to submit a report until January 30. Consequently, his arrest was shown from Joharabad area. sTAFF REPORT
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Banned outfits active in Karachi, Malik tells Senate Interior minister says TTP not involved in Karachi killings, Ehsanullah Ehsan not TTP spokesman g
nTERIOR Minister Rehman Malik on Wednesday said three banned organisations were responsible for targeted killings and the law and order in Karachi. Speaking in the Senate in response to a point of order by Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Senator Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, the interior minister said Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), Jaish-eMuhammad and Sipah-e-Sihaba were terrorising the people of Karachi. “It is not the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) as a whole involved in Karachi killings. But, these are splinter groups,” he said. The minister also claimed that Ehsanullah Ehsan was not a TTP spokesman. “He is nobody but these are the hawks in these organizations, who are inflicting terror on innocent people,” Malik said. Mashhadi had mentioned the recent statement by the minister that terrorists were conspiring to launch massive attacks in Karachi in early February and sought explanation from the minister and the background of his statement. Malik explained that those busy in Karachi were different extremist factions,
adding that when the Interior Ministry warned of an attack on the Dr Tahirul Qadri’s long march, the same Ehsanullah Ehsan withdrew his statement. But, after killing of MQM leader Manzar Imam, he claimed the responsibility as a spokesperson of the TTP. “But, it is evident that he is not working for the TTP but for somebody else,” said the minister. He said internal and external groups were involved in Karachi situation and
Three killed in Karachi blast KARACHI AAMiR MAJEED
At least three people were killed on Wednesday when a bomb went off at Indus Plaza, a series of empty residential flats in Sohrab Goth area of Karachi. The explosives were placed in a taxi beneath the flats. “One man died on the spot while the other two succumbed to their wounds at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH),” Medical Suprintendent (MS) nadeem Rajput said. The identity of the deceased could not yet be ascertained. A large number of security officials, including police and rangers, reached the spot and cordoned off the area. Later, a search operation was carried out in the empty flats. When the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) team reached to collect evidence, it found explosive material from the vehicle.
Security officials pushed journalists and locals from the area to avoid any untoward situation in case some more bombs were present in the vehicle. A suspect was arrested and taken to an undisclosed location. “Karachi escaped a massive attack. At least 300 kilograms of explosive material, three iron boxes and one hand-made bomb was recovered by the BDS team from the affected vehicle,” Criminal Investigation Department (CID) SSP Mazhar Mishwani told Pakistan Today. “A large number of bolts and ball bearings were used in these hand-made bombs and the intensity of these explosives could be ascertained from the fact that this material was used during the attack on CID Headquarter a few years back,” he added. “This is not a suicide blast, and it seems that the explosives went off while miscreants were trying to shift it,” he added.
killers were being paid Rs 80,000 to Rs 90,000 for each killing. “I have asked the intelligence agencies to enhance monitoring as well as security. I have asked the agencies that when they get any information, they should apprehend the suspects and take preventive action.” The interior minister said he had reasons to suspend mobile phone services and “it is evident that when this decision is imposed, no incident of killing or other sabotage activity occurs that day”. Malik once again appealed to parliament to enact anti-terrorism law and claimed that the passage of the law would help control 50 percent of terrorist activities, adding that he had also requested the House to provide him an opportunity for an in-camera briefing. He said killings in Karachi and Quetta and statement of Indian services chiefs were not a probability “but there is a theory of certainty”. The interior minister said he did not mean to hurt anybody from his previous statement because he believed “everybody here is patriotic and peace loving”. Malik also asked the House to form a committee to whom he could show the statement and videos of those arrested. “I am talking facts. I never meant to terrorize anybody. I said what I was informed by intelligence agencies.”
7 bullet-riddled bodies found in Balochistan QUETTA sHAHZADA ZuLFiQAR
Seven bullet-riddled bodies were found in Quetta, Dera Bugti and Khuzdar districts of Balochistan while two people were gunned down in Khuzdar and Quetta on Wednesday. Police said that three bodies with their hands and feet tied were found near mountains at Eastern Bypass near the cattle market. They seemed to be Pashtun and were shot in heads. The bodies were shifted to the Civil Hospital Quetta. Police have so far failed to identify the bodies. Another four bodies were recovered from Dera Bugti. According to Levies officials, unidentified people had shot them dead and threw their bodies in Toba nokhani near Pir Koh of Dera Bugti. People spotted the bodies and informed local administration. Local administration and law enforcers rushed to the scene soon after getting information and shifted the bodies to the Pakistan Petroleum Limited Hospital in Sui.
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PTI elects tailor as Kohat president ISLAMABAD nni
Following an intra-party poll in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Kohat chapter on Wednesday elected a tailor as its district president. “A new era of change has dawned, as I have been elected for the district’s highest office despite the fact that I earn around a hundred rupees a day,” said Humayon Khan. Congratulating Humayon on his victory, PTI Chairman Imran Khan, President Makhdoom Javed Hashmi and Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Hamayon was not alone as many peasants and daily wagers had been elected as a result of the intra-party polls.
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Security forces kill seven militants in FATA
Admiral Hasham assumes charge at fleet commander
PESHAWAR: Amid clashes between militant groups in Tirah Valley, fighter jets on Wednesday pounded suspected militant hideouts and killed seven militants on boundary between Khyber and Aurakzai agencies. Security officials said that they targeted the militant hideouts in Oblaan on boundary between Khyber and Aurakzai agencies. They said that as many as seven militants were killed in jet fighters action. A number of dens were also destroyed. The officials said that more than 24 militants were killed and around 20 dens of militants were destroyed in a week-long action in the area. On the other hand, clashes amongst the rival militants continued in various parts of Tirah Valley. According to latest reports, militants from banned Lashkar-e-Islam attacked a compound of Ansarul Islam in Maidan area. Six militants from both the groups were killed in the clash. Reports further revealed that after week-long clashes between banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Ansarul Islam militants the Lashkar-e-Islam militants have also jumped into the fray and launched attacks on government-loyal Ansarul Islam. sTAFF REPORT
KARACHI: Rear Admiral Khan Hasham Bin Siddique on Wednesday assumed the office of Pakistan Fleet Commander on Wednesday. Admiral Hasham is now the operational head of all Pakistani navy ships, submarines, missile boats and aviation units. Admiral Hasham joined Pakistan navy in 1978 and was commissioned in 1980. He had a distinguished career with a wide-ranging staff experience. He had commanded Pakistan navy Ship Shahjahan, PnS Bahadur, Pakistan naval Academy, Pakistan navy War College and Maritime Operations Training Complex. The admiral had also been the Islamabad national Security College (nDU) Commandant. During his service, Rear Admiral Khan Hisham served as the Squadron Operations Officer of 25th Destroyer Squadron, Pakistan navy Ship Badr Executive Officer, Pakistan Fleet Chief Staff Officer, ACnS (Plans) and of naval Staff Deputy Chief (Admin). He held the command of Multinational Maritime Task Force (CTF 150) at HQ nAVCEnT Bahrain and was serving as naval Staff Deputy Chief (Operations) at naval Headquarters before assuming the charge of the fleet commander on Wednesday. sTAFF REPORT
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TSHP evaluates other options in Sindh besides mQm KARACHI AAMiR MAJEED
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) appears to be losing its allies before elections due to its rapidly changing decisions during the last few weeks, Pakistan Today has reliably learnt. The Tehreek-e-Sooba Hazara Pakistan (TSHP), a new political party gearing up to contest elections for the first time, has started looking for other options instead of the MQM in Sindh. Earlier, TSHP chief Haider Zaman had announced unconditional support to the MQM for supporting its cause of a separate province in the parliament, but later changed his position, saying electoral alliance with any party was yet to be decided. Differences also exist between the TSHP’s central and provincial leadership of Sindh province over alliance with political parties for the upcoming general elections. Moreover, the TSHP has also decided to contest for national and provincial assembly seats from Karachi. The party has strong presence in some of the constituencies which have been traditionally won by the MQM in past. Talking to Pakistan Today, TSHP Sindh President Sardar M Iqbal said that the party would contest for some seats in Karachi, a stronghold of the MQM, for the first time. “We will contest for seven provincial and three national Assembly seats from Karachi,” he said, adding that the party had divided the provincial capital in three zones and would contest
polls from all zones. “The zones have been named as East, West and South,” he said, adding that areas included in the West zone are: Baldia Town, Abidabad, Rasheedabad, Mterovill, Mominabad, Zia Colony, Faqir Colony, Hazra Colony, Jaddah Colony, Ittehad Town, Gulshan-e-Ghazi, Musharraf Colony, Frontier Colony, Shershah, Keamari, Hawksby, Hijrat Colony, Sultanabad and Maripur. Areas included in the East zone are Future Colony, Mansehra Colony, Muzzafarabad Colony, Sherpao Colony, Awami Colony, Qadafi Town, Zaffar Colony, Muhammad nagar, Bhains Colony, Shah Latif Town, Gulzar Colony, Qayyaumabad, Bilal Colony and Allahwala Town. The areas included in the South zone are: Akhtar Colony, Azam Basti, Kalapul, Manzoor Colony and Mehmoodabad. “In the areas of East and West zones, almost 90 percent population comprises Hazara people who have been residing for last many years,” he said, adding, “In areas of South zone, we have 50 percent Hazarawal population.” “negotiations with the MQM are underway and some other political parties would also be an option for the TSHP,” he said, adding that although Karachi was MQM’s stronghold but nothing had been decided yet. He claimed that Ghaus Bux Mehar of the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) had approached him for alliance, adding that Jamiat Ulema-eIslam-Fazl (JUI-F) would also be an option for alliance in Sindh. However, TSHP founding leader and
Central President Haider Zaman said that he would not enter into alliance with any PML faction. “Alliance with ruling coalition partners is not possible,” he said, adding, “We are thankful to the MQM for raising voice of Hazarawal in parliament for a separate Hazara province.” “In Sindh, there would be give and take,” he said, adding that the party would decide for alliance after the date for general elections was announced. “A party should be firm on its stance and should not change its decisions with the passage of time,” he said, adding that whoever supports the cause of separate Hazara province would be welcomed for alliance in the elections. “It could be Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf or any other political party,” Haider Zaman added. When the MQM was approached for comments on the TSHP’s decision for contesting elections and nominating candidates on seats which are won by MQM regularly, its leader Faisal Sabzwari said that MQM never entered into alliance with any political party in the past. He said the MQM had been contesting elections alone and entered into alliance with other political parties for government after elections. He further said that if any political party approached the MQM for alliance before elections, then the matter would be placed before the party’s central leadership. However, he refused to comment on TSHP’s decision of nominating candidates on seats previously won by MQM in past.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday sought progress report from Attorney General Irfan Qadir on February 13 with regard to the implementation of court’s orders on electoral reforms. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry heard the case regarding the implementation of court’s June 2012 order on electoral reforms. The attorney general informed the court that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had sent its recommendations to the Law Ministry, while petitioner’s recommendations had also been received. He added that the Law Ministry was consider-
ing recommending legislation in the light of the recommendations. The chief justice asked Qadir not to leave the job for the Law Ministry alone, adding that the attorney general should talk to high-ups for early formulation of laws. “The court understands that the legislation will take time,” the chief justice remarked. Justice Chaudhry said that the ECP had already issued a code of conduct for the elections, adding that the electoral process had begun in the country. “There should not be any delay in elections on the pretext of legislation,” the chief justice said. The court later adjourned the hearing until February 13 while directing the attorney general to present a progress report in the next hearing.
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Altaf says he may never be ‘allowed’ to return to Pakistan LONDON/ISLAMABAD AGEnCiEs
indian High Commissioner sharat sabharwal welcomes nazar Mohammad Gondal at Republic Day Reception the indian top official in Pakistan hosted on January 28 in islamabad.
US recognises past mistakes: Olson uS ambassador says 2014 is not 1989 and washington will not disengage from region
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US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson on Wednesday said the United States was committed to a longterm partnership with Pakistan, it recognised its past mistakes and would not disengage from the region. Ambassador Olson delivered a speech at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) titled United States relationship with Pakistan and Afghanistan, now and beyond the 2014 security transition. “The United States is committed to a cooperative and long-term partnership with Pakistan, broader than any one issue and centred on areas of mutual interests,” he said. “The US relationship with Pakistan is not shaped solely by our commitments and responsibilities in Afghanistan. 2014 is not 1989, the United States recognises the mistakes of the past, and will not disengage from the region.” He said “even as we worked with Pakistan to ensure that 2014 was not a repeat of 1989, we were not myopically focused on De-
cember 2014”. “Instead, we continue to look over the horizon. We see a Pakistan and a region that will continue to grow in importance,” he said. Olson called for the United States and Pakistan to work together with the purpose to facilitate a negotiated peace in Afghanistan, noting, “For the sake of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the region, Pakistan’s full support to an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process is needed now.” “We must work together with purpose to facilitate a negotiated peace in Afghanistan,” he said. “The US role is to help open the door for talks between Afghans, including support for a new office in Qatar, where negotiations can take place between the Afghan High Peace Council and authorized representatives of the Taliban,” he said. He said, “The end result of any process must be that the Taliban ends violence, breaks ties with Al Qaeda, and accepts Afghanistan’s constitution, including provisions that protect the rights of all citizens including women and minorities. If this happens, we believe the Taliban can be a part of
Afghanistan’s future.” “This must be an Afghanled peace process, with Afghans talking to Afghans to find a way forward for their country. But there is much that the United States and Pakistan can do to support this effort,” Olson said. “For Pakistan, supporting progress toward peace in Afghanistan is not a matter of altruism, but is instead a critical sovereign interest. I need only cite your civilian and military leaders who have stated clearly and repeatedly that continued violence and increased instability in Afghanistan equates to increased instability and violence in Pakistan,” he said. “We agree. We are acutely aware of that nexus and believe the US effort to create the conditions for lasting peace in Afghanistan reflects a broad commitment to the stability of the region as a whole.” “We are encouraged by the growing scope of engagement on this issue. At the centre of our work together on the peace process is the Core Group, which includes Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the United States.
akthar mengal likely to return home next month
UTTAHIDA Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain said on Wednesday that he might never be allowed to return to Pakistan. While addressing a special programme named “Tanzeeme-nau” arranged by the MQM in Islamabad, the MQM chief, who lives in London under a self-imposed exile, said that whenever his party tried to take its message to Punjab, violence was spread in Karachi. He claimed that the MQM was the only party which represented the poor and middle classes of Pakistan. He further said that his struggle was for the country and people and would continue even if he was not allowed to return. He said
that the country was passing through a crucial period and politicians were not taking the issues seriously and soberly. In a message to national and international institutions, Altaf said that he wanted to bring a revolution through the ballot box. He claimed that the MQM would show remarkable results in the general elections. Furthering his statement, he said that nobody
Beleaguered Balochistan national Party (BnP) party chief Akthar Mengal has decided to return home after ending his four-year-long self-imposed exile. Mengal decided on the home coming after the Balochistan national Party convinced him to do so. BnP leader Akthar Wahingo told newsmen that Mengal would reach Quetta by the end of February and would initiate his political activities with a public rally. Mengal came to Islamabad a few months ago where he appeared before the Supreme Court in the Balochistan law and order case.
agha nadeem named information secretary ISLAMABAD APP
Agha nadeem, a BPS-22 officer has been appointed the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting secretary, a spokesman of the Prime Minister’s House said on Wednesday. nadeem replaced Chaudhry Rasheed Ahmed, who has recently taken charge as Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) chairman.
ECP takes notice of recruitments, Win some, lose some release of funds despite ban ISLAMABAD AGEnCiEs
Taking notice of release of development funds and out-of-turn hiring in the Centre and provinces, the Election Commission of Pakistan on Wednesday asked for replies within seven days. According to an ECP spokesman, both federal and provincial governments conducted interviews for new recruitments despite an ECP ban. Railway authorities carried out interviews for 33 vacant seats in violation of rules, while the Sindh Aukaf Department hired 73 people. The spokesman said Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf also transferred funds of Rs 1.20 billion in PPP constituencies in violation of the ban imposed by the ECP in this regard. Taking notice of these reports, the ECP summoned replies from the Railways secretary, Cabinet Division secretary and Sindh chief secretary within a week. Meanwhile, ECP Direc-
tor General Sher Afgan on Wednesday said a reform package seeking more time for the scrutiny of candidates in the forthcoming general elections had been sent to the government for approval. Talking to a private TV channel, he said the elections would be held by the end of May, if the reform package was approved. He said the reform package was seeking an increase in the time for the scrutiny of candidates from seven days to 30. However, he added that the time for appeals would also be increased by seven to 10 days. Afgan said normally eth ECP needed 50 days for the process from filing nomination papers to holding polls. “However, 26 more days are required for the complete scrutiny of candidates,” he said. To a question, he said the package would provide sufficient time to returning officers for ensuring scrutiny of candidates by taking information from relevant institutions.
Kerry confirmation cheers Obama but tougher probes loom on other picks WASHINGTON sPECiAL CORREsPOnDEnT
The US Senate’s overwhelming 94-3 vote for John Kerry as next secretary of state cheered President Barack Obama, but his other choices for top national security team for his second term may face intense probes and even hurdles on the Capitol Hill. On Thursday, Chuck Hagel, the former Republican lawmaker nominated for the post of defense secretary, is to appear for his confirmation before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Hagel, known as a war sceptic and maverick for his in-
dependent views, is likely to face grilling form lawmakers on issues ranging from the Iranian nuclear issue to Israel. On February 7, Obama’s pick for CIA director, John Brennan, who is the lead author of Drone Strikes as a Counterterrorism Tool, would appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee for confirmation hearing. He is likely to face questions on torture techniques practiced in the George W Bush era. The longtime CIA officer may also have to answer questions surrounding highly controversial and covert US drone operations that also target Americans
outside the regular constitutional framework. Obama issued a statement on Tuesday following full Senate endorsement for John Kerry. Obama said Kerry’s distinguished career had prepared him to guide American diplomacy in the years ahead as the senator prepares to take over from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday. Obama noted that Kerry had earned the respect of leaders around the world and the confidence of Democrats and Republicans in the Senate. “I am confident he will make an extraordinary secretary of state. I
would be allowed to derail “the caravan of democracy which has been restored after numerous sacrifices”. He said that the society had been divided into two sections – haves and have nots. “Autocracy is making merriments on behalf of the poor who are the real force of production, while the downtrodden have been left at the mercy of fate,” Altaf said. He pledged that the MQM would remove the gap between the privileged classes and the poor people by permanently exterminating the feudal system from the country. Altaf has also announced that his party would stage a large public meeting in Punjab soon. He also congratulated the MQM candidates who had won by-election unopposed on four Sindh Assembly seats in Karachi.
look forward to his counsel and partnership in the years ahead as we ensure American leadership in the world and advance the interests and values that keep our nation strong,” the US
president said. Kerry, 69, has been the chairman of the US Senate Committee in the last four years, and as Democratic candidate, contested the 2004 election against George W Bush. The senator will become the 68th top US diplomat and the first white man to hold the post since Warren Christopher in 1997, The Washington Post noted in a report. As chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry played the role of a troubleshooter for the Obama administration in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He is expected to continue
his focus on the region which sees security transition in Afghanistan. At his confirmation hearing last week, Kerry vowed to renew US efforts toward a Middle East peace settlement. “He assumes the post amid a civil war in Syria that has killed an estimated 60,000 people, stalled nuclear negotiations with Iran and the spread of militancy across north Africa. US relations with Russia are at a low point, the United States is struggling to manage a changing relationship with a rising China and the prospects for new Middle East peace efforts appear dim,” the Post commented.
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Zardari also directed Law Minister Farooq H naik to brief the meeting on legal hurdles. “The law minister briefed the meeting over the legal aspects of dissolution of assemblies, stating that there was a need to dissolve all five assemblies on the same date so that polls could be held on the same date. He told the participants that the five-year term of Punjab Assembly would expire on April 18 while the national Assembly’s term would expire on March 16. So there is a need to hold negotiations with the PML-n leadership so that the Punjab Assembly could also be dissolved on the same date,” the source added.
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To this, the chief justice said the chairman wrote a letter to authorities in which he used some words and showed reservation against the judiciary. Agha said the chairman had expressed some reservations against the judiciary in the letter. Directing the nAB chairman to produce the letter in the apex court, the bench fixed the matter for today (Thursday). Bokhari had on Monday written to President Asif Ali Zardari, accusing the judiciary of pressurising him to take action against some senior government officers. He had also warned of resigning if his reservations were not addressed expeditiously. Apparently, he wrote the letter to build pressure on the Supreme Court to suspend the proceedings against Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and other accused involved in Rs 22 billion RPPs scam.
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Another bloody sun sets on city KARACHI
T least five persons including a woman were killed and several others injured in separate incidents of violence in different localities of the metropolis on Wednesday. According to details, unknown armed men barged into a house located at Macchar Colony in the limits of the Docks Police Station, and opened indiscriminate fire on the residents. As a result, a woman named Ayesha Farooq was killed while her husband Muhammad Farooq was critically injured. The unknown assailants later escaped from the scene. Afterwards, the dead body and injured were shifted to Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) to undergo medicolegal formalities. Police said that the incident was an outcome of personnel enmity and registered a First Information Report (FIR) 27/2013 under section 302 and 324 against accused Haroon, Waqas,
nehar Ali and Aqib. In another incident, 42-years-old Salman was killed when unidentified armed assailants sprayed him with bullets near Jinnah Square area of Malir. Another person was shot dead at Jamshed road area when unidentified gunmen opened fire at him. Similarly, 20-years-old Adnan Qadri s/o Iqbal was killed in a shootout in Jamshed Quarters Road-2 in the jurisdiction of Jamshed Quarters Police Station. The body was later moved to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) for postmortem. Police had found the body of the victim early in the morning from the area where he used to live with a bullet hole in head. In separate incidents, more than 10 persons were injured in separate firing incident in Ghas Mandi, Site, new Karachi, nazimabad, Sohrab Goth and other areas of the city. Meanwhile, police arrested five accused during separate operations carried out in different localities of the city and recovered weapons, drugs and snatched motorcycles from their possession.
Meanwhile, two persons died in a collision between a rickshaw and a motorcycle in Kemari area of the city. The dead bodies were later shifted to a nearby hospital for post-mortem. In a similar incident, 60-years-old auto-rickshaw driver named Zahidullah s/o Zainullah, and 45-years-old passenger Farid s/o Ali Muhammad died when a speeding truck collided with their rickshaw near Karachi Port Trust Ground in the limits of Jackson Police Station. Police said the victim Zahidullah died on the spot while the passenger succumbed to his injuries in the CHK. The truck driver managed to flee from the scene. However, police impounded the truck bearing the registration number C-3868 and registered an FIR against the driver. In addition, four people were injured in a hand grenade attack in Lyari Town on Wednesday. According to details, two unidentified armed men hurled a hand grenade on a buffalo pen in Hangorabad area of Lyari in the limit of Kalri Police Sta-
tion. Resultantly, four men including Irfan, Aslam, Ali and Zakir sustained injuries. They were rushed to CHK afterwards, while the attackers managed to flee the area. Police said that two armed men riding a motorcycle lobbed the hand grenade. Sources said miscreants attacked due to e non-payment of extortion money. Meanwhile, family members and other citizens staged a protest against the killing of a young man here on Wednesday. The protesters blocked the roads and railway tracks by burning tyres. Per details, the young man was shot dead by dacoits while offering resistance when his car was being snatched. Almost all main markets, shops and business activities were suspended in the city due to the protest. The main demand of the protesters was the provision of security to the people of the area. The protest was later ended after police officials negotiated with the protesters and ensured them that the department would look into the matter.
Police surgeon not authorised to determine Shahzeb’s age, observes aTc KARACHI inP
An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Wednesday issued show-cause notices to the medical superintendent of the Civil Hospital and a police surgeon in Shahzeb Khan murder case. During the hearing, the court ordered police to submit challan before February 10, saying the police surgeon who identified the age of Shahrukh Jatoi, the prime accused in the case, was not eligible to do so as the task was assigned to the Civil Hospital. The court also ordered the Sindh inspector general police to provide security to witnesses. The hearing was adjourned till February 10. Meanwhile, father of Shahzeb Khan, murdered in the city’s posh area during last year in December, wondered as to how Shahrukh Jatoi could have an identity card if he was an underage boy. Talking to media persons before going to the special ATC, Shahzeb’s father Aurangzeb said he would demand the court that a new medical board should be constituted to ascertain the age of Shahrukh Jatoi. Shahzeb’s father said: “Seeing that Shahrukh is an underage boy, how could he have an identity card?” “I am being extremely pressured for reconciliation to spare Shahrukh Jatoi; however, I will not flinch an inch back from the acquisition of justice,” he asserted.
Protest goes violent! JAMSHORO inP
The police Wednesday arrested 30 employees of University of Sindh, Jamshoro, (USJ) and booked 150 others under Anti-Terrorism Act for holding protest and clash with police cops. According to details, the USJ employees, who were peacefully protesting in support of their demands for the last six weeks, lost their patience on Tuesday when police interrupted them which led to a clash. During exchange of blows, six persons including SP Headquarter Wasi Haider were injured. Police registered two cases under the Anti-Terrorism Act and arrested 30 protesting employees and booked 150 others. Meanwhile, strike was observed in different universities of Sindh and the academic activities remained suspended on Wednesday.
KARACHi: Fresh graduates take oath during the annual convocation of the university of Karachi. ONLINE
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Hesco has to withdraw fresh power bill of rs 25 billion after centre’s intervention KARACHI AFTAb CHAnnA
After an immediate intervention by the center, Hyderabad Electric Supply Corporation (Hesco) has to withdraw its new bill of Rs 25 billion issued to the Sindh government for the period 2010-2012, Pakistan Today has learnt. The Sindh government will now pay Hesco Rs 2.5 billion outstanding electricity dues against the billing of more than Rs 25 billion, sources said. A dispute between Hesco and Sindh’s authorities was going on for the last couple of years over the billing claims of the corporation. However, the Sindh claimed that bills were inflated and based on average billing. Hesco, after a long fight, again issued inflated bills of Rs 25 billion for just two years. Ironically, the electricity bills that
the Sindh’s authorities received include defective meters having nothing to do with the government. Hesco had issued bills of Rs 25.8 billion from 2003-04 to June 2010 to the Sindh government’s department, however, the bills were termed inflated and a clashlike situation arose between the two authorities. Moreover, the chief minister and the chief secretary repeatedly approached the center to intervene into the matter and resolve it but to no avail. In October 2010, finally in a bid to settle the long running dispute, the two entities constituted field committees to properly scrutinise details of the bills. The field committees evaluated the electricity bills issued to the sub-department of the provincial government in various districts excluding Karachi. The Sindh government had previously claimed
that the power utility issued them inflated electricity bills of Rs 27 billion. However, the Hesco claimed that bills were perfectly valid and accurate. Feeling the issue was difficult to get resolved, the management of the corporation insisted that records had been destroyed during riots in the aftermath of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination. In 2006, Hesco issued electricity bills of Rs 8 billion to the Sindh government for more than 27,000 electricity meters of various departments. The provincial authorities refused to accept the validity of the billing. The initial amount has mounted with the passage of time. Hesco issued bills of Rs 100 million to water supply and sewerage projects at Matli and Hali Road. Similarly, it dispatched two electricity bills of Rs 100 million to the Cattle Colony of Hyderabad having two electricity connections although Cattle Colony
has yet to be developed. These actions lend credence to voices alleging the deliberate inflation of bills. Furthermore, the sources state the Sindh government was presently accepting only Rs 2 billion of the dues. After the proper verification of the bills, the claim of Hesco for more than Rs 25.8 billion from 2003-04 to June 2010 was settled down at Rs 3.9 billion with the concerted efforts of the Sindh’s authorities, sources told Pakistan Today. “The liabilities of Hesco & Sepco is a long-standing issue which has unjustifiably given a bad name to the Sindh government. Due to concerted efforts of the government, in September 2011 the billing claim of 25.8 billion from 2003-04 to June 2010 was settled at Rs 3.9 billion only and Rs 21.9 billion were saved by the people’s government”, Sindh Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah had told the Sindh Assem-
bly while presenting Sindh Budget 2012-13. “As a part of settlement, Rs 1.3 billion has been paid against 7,751 healthy connections in addition to the budgetary allocation of Rs 6 billion. Against 7,517 unmetered/defective connections, payment is being worked out on the basis of actual load of each of these connections as a full and final settlement”, the minister added. Subsequently, the sources claimed the Hesco had issued a fresh claim of Rs 25 billion from June 30, 2010, up to April 2012, adding the settlement claim was under process and it was hoped the matter would be resolved. Moreover, the Hesco authorities had been asked to strike off at least 8,052 connection wrongly claimed as GoS connections, from their books, the sources said, adding that now the Hesco was insiting on the same bills of Rs 25 billion that the Sindh refused to pay.
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‘don’t vote for corrupt politicians’ KARACHI inP
Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan, Syed Munawar Hassan has said that masses will suffer for five years more if in the upcoming general elections they cast vote in favour of the politicians who looted national exchequer and usurped the rights of countrymen. He stated this while speaking during a condolence reference held to pay tributes to late former Ameer JI Qazi Hussain Ahmed and Professor Ghafoor Ahmed here on Wednesday. Syed Munawar Hassan said that corrupt and illegible leadership pushed the country into multifaceted crisis further adding to the woes of masses. He said that so-called democratic government has nothing to do with country and its people and its all concentrations were to protect personal and political interests. The JI Ameer said that Qazi Hussain Ahmed and Prof Ghafoor Ahmed were men of deeds and he vowed to continue their mission. The reference was also addressed by Akhwan ul Muslimeen leader Amir Mehdi Aakif, Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, Awais Shah noorani, Justice (Retd) Saeeduzam Siddiqqi, Saleem Zia and Dr Arif Alvi.
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HyDERAbAD: supporters of Jamaat-e-islami offer funeral prayer in absentia of former Ji Ameer Qazi Hussein Ahmed at station road. ONLINE
ajmal Pahari arrested again KARACHI inP
The recently acquitted and released Ajmal Pahari was arrested again by police over 12 new charges including four murder cases here on Wednesday. According to police, 12 new cases that include four murder cases were registered in Jauharabad police station. He went missing mysteriously soon after his release but on Wednesday the Karachi police made the news of his arrest public. Mystery shrouded the sudden disappearance of Ajmal Siddiqi alias Ajmal Pahari, the alleged target killer who was released on January 18, 2013, from the Karachi central prison after being acquitted in 11 cases of murder, despite his on-camera confessions of involvement in at least 111 murders, and the joint investigation team’s (JIT) thrilling report on his alleged crimes. Pahari’s wife had alleged that Karachi police had handed over his husband to the intelligence agencies instead of setting him free as per the court order. The agencies said Pahari was released in the presence of a large number of MQM workers from Karachi’s central prison on January 18 and he must have gone underground following directives from his bosses to avoid his possible arrest in the remaining cases.
‘PPP added a new chapter to country’s history’ KARACHI APP
The government of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has added a new chapter to the country’s history by completing its five-year constitutional term. Sindh Minister for Law Muhammad Ayaz Soomro said this on Wednesday. He said during the period the PPP-led coalition government successfully faced every challenge and kept the democratic process on the track. The minister said it proved that PPP was a democratic party which was popular among the masses. He pointed out that it also strengthened the provinces through the 18th constitutional amendment. Ayaz Soomro said President Asif Ali Zardari transferred his power to the parliament. He said tens of thousands of the youth were provided employment in the country.
Has land mafia got so strong? Thousands of city administration plots encroached upon KARACHI ALi WAHEED
The indifferent attitude of the authorities concerned towards public welfare had strengthened the powerful land mafia that has encroached upon thousands of acres of residential and commercial plots belonging to the general public within the jurisdiction of the city administration, it is reliably learnt. The majority of the land that had been encroached upon, were located in the limits of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), Malir Development Authority (MDA), City District Government Karachi (CDGK) (defunct), Lyari Development Authority and others, Pakistan Today has learnt. Per details, the KMC allotted 42 plots to the allottees at a cost of Rs 107.002 million some two years back. However, the city administration could not ensure handing over these plots to the genuine allottees. Besides, the sources said that the defunct CDGK had allotted 19 plots at a cost of Rs 56.575 million in 2009-10 while 23 plots were sold off for Rs 50.427 million in 2010-11 in MDA Scheme-I. Sources further said that for over a year or so, the land mafia was active in the MDA’s Scheme-1, where the authority had allotted more than 20,000 residential and several hundred commercial plots. The land mafia had been threatening the allotees not to
take possession of their properties. The allotees had already paid 50 percent amount to the MDA for the plots, but the KMC administration had miserably failed to clear the lands from encroachers. Furthermore, the land mafia had already occupied several hundred plots by building semi-permanent structures, while the process of landgrabbing was continuing unabated and unchecked despite the fact that several letters had appeared in the press drawing the attention of the authorities concerned towards this growing menace, according to the sources. Meanwhile, allottees said that city district government should remove illegal structures from MDA Scheme-1, adding that it would protect the interest of lawful owners who had paid the full value of their plots to the MDA during the last 13 years in Taiser Town Scheme 45. It should be mentioned here that Taiser Town consisted of 100,000 residential and commercial plots. The MDA had been planning to include plotting under different categories for the low-income group in Taiser Town Scheme 45 and new Malir Housing Scheme Phase-I. The plots would be allocated in Taiser Town and new Malir Housing Scheme for construction of residential units of 80, 120, 240 and 400 square yards for government employees respectively. The authority had also been planning to provide affordable public housing scheme under the name of
“Hawksbay Villas” on the available 12,000 to 15,000 plots (canceled including refunded plots). These houses would be constructed on 120 square yard and 200 square yard plots, within the blocks or areas already marked for development. Beside, the Sindh auditor general had issued a notice to the KMC to demand short receipts from allottees of plots and said that as per rule 28 of GFR Vol-1, no amount due to the government should be left outstanding without sufficient reason and where any dues appeared to be irrecoverable, the orders of the competent authority for their adjustment should be sought. The defunct CDGK DO (LM-II) auctioned 42 plots at a cost of Rs 107.002 million, but recovered Rs 68.945 million, leaving an outstanding balance of Rs 38.057 million during 2010-11, which was in clear violation of the above mentioned rule. When contacted, the KMC Administrator Mohammed Hussain Syed said that various reminders were sent to Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) to clear the encroachments on KMC land, however a reply in this regard was still awaited. He said when the authority’s LEA team had initiated action against encroachers in Orangi Town several times, however the land mafia had also killed some police personnel who were sent to curb their activities. He further said that repayment of the original amount to the allottees was the only solution to the problem.
Karachi Stock Exchange Managing Director nadeem naqvi on Wednesday expressed reservations over a recent statement of Interior Minister Rehman Malik in which he said that there is possibility of increase in terrorists’ activities in the city from next month. “Such statements will shake the confidence of investors,” naqvi said while talking to media persons after a meeting with the Pakistani Society of the United Kingdom Chairman Black Barren. naqvi said that the interior minister’s statement regarding the start of a new reign of bloodshed and more terrorism in Karachi during February, had greatly affected the stock market. He further said that the market had seen little trade activities since the minister’s statement and was having a negative impact on the market, adding that the creation of an enabling investment climate was the responsibility of the government. Last week, the Karachi stock exchange’s benchmark 100-share closed above the historic level of 17,000 points as investors’ sentiment was buoyed over ease in political tensions in the country, he informed.
world cancer day HYDERABAD APP
Like other parts of the globe, World Cancer Day will be observed in Pakistan on February 4 with an aim to create awareness among public about the disease. nuclear Institute of Medicines and Radiotherapy (nIMRA) Director Dr naim Leghari informed here on Wednesday that the commemoration started in 2005 as a part of the world cancer campaign, which followed the world summit against cancer in the new millennium in 2000. Many international organisations hold awareness campaign and fund raising events on this day, he said, adding that world health organization and international union against cancer are very active in this cause.
Blast in sohraB goth kills thrEE KARACHI MOniTORinG DEsK
At least three people were killed and several others injured in a bomb blast here on Wednesday. The blast was reported from Al-Asif Square area located in Sohrab Goth, a hostile territory notorious for armed clashes, sources said. Earlier, sources quoted police as say-
ing the explosive device, planted in a motorcycle, detonated outside a mosque, however the cops later withdrew their earlier statement claiming the bomb actually went off near a drug dealers’ den. According to sources investigation was underway to ascertain as to who was the target of the bombing. The identity of the culprits and the motive behind the attack were yet not figured out. The dead and the
injured were shifted to hospital, emergency responders told sources. Security officials, who wasted no time in reaching the blast site, searched the area for more improvised explosive devices to avoid any secondary blasts. The blast-stricken area remained cordoned off with Rangers and police standing alert to control the situation. Meanwhile, a cracker attack left two people, including a Sub Inspector, injured
in the same area. Reportedly, a police party deployed on a picket came under attack near Edhi’s mortuary in Sohrab Goth. Sources said unknown attackers hurled at least two crackers at the cops near Sohrab Goth flyover and fled away. “We heard two blasts in the vicinity, which prompted us to rush to the scene where we found two people injured including a police officer”, rescue sources said.
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KARACHi: Vendors sell fish on push carts in saddar Area. ONLINE
Franco-German model best for Pak-India peace
Officers of the financial crunch hit Pakistan International Airline (PIA) continue to get VIP treatment for them and their families also as Islamabad-bound PIA flight was made to land at Lahore airport allegedly to drop the airline officer’s daughter. According to details, PIA flight PK-562 from Karachi to Islamabad was diverted to Lahore to drop the daughter of PIA officer Tariq Javed. The passengers were told that the plane landed in Lahore due to some technical reasons. The passengers after knowing about reality protested for diverting flight for an individual wasting lot of time. They were of the opinion that VVIP culture has led the national institutions to the verge of collapse. They also demanded the authorities for thorough investigation and strict action against the accused.
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RAnCE and Germany have come a long way on the path of peace and friendship burying their centuriesold animosity and conflict. German Consul General Dr Tilo Klinner said this at a glittering reception jointly hosted by him and French Consul General Christian Ramage to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Elysee Treaty (Treatment of Friendship between Germany and France). Dr Klinner said the two countries were celebrating something special, and the Golden Jubilee of Germany France friendship is very symbolic and has become so close that the world had a doubt about their close ties. He said all this had been possible because civil society in both countries had become active participants in the process. He added the one Europe idea emanated
from their friendship and eventually achieved a Europe without borders, a single currency and a region that had the greatest peace and prosperity in the world. Dr Klinner said both countries were keen to see this process replicated in the sub-continent so peace and prosperity reigns in an area that was home to nearly one-fifth of humanity. The German consul general said Germany and France support the Karachi-Mumbai Initiative launched to bring peace between Pakistan and India. French Consul General Christian Ramage said the Franco-German reconciliation was very difficult to begin but over time it had become so close that almost 50,000 French German couples get married very year. Dr Klinner invited Convener Karachi-Mumbai Initiative (KMI) Farhat Ali to address the gathering. Mr Ali said KMI was a small step toward bringing durable peace between India and Pakistan.
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SSuET’s students produce solar-powered car KARACHI: A group of students of Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) produced a solar-energy operated car which has been further modified for use during night time. This claim was made public by the institution in a statement here on Wednesday. It said that after modification, the car could run both on solar energy and electricity and could be regarded as environment friendly. “Besides having the capacity to be used for long journey, the car can carry passengers from airports and transport commercial cargo from one factory to the other, and can also deliver goods to the market,” said the developers of the car, comprising of a group consisting of six members. It was revealed that the car derived energy from the sun through solar panels fixed at the back of the car, while for electricity a 220 volt battery had been installed in the vehicle that could be charged at any time. APP
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"Pray tEll" By komail aiJazUDDin
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“cIndErJuTT” The classic cinderella embodies a myth element of unjust oppression and triumphant reward. millions around the world have deciphered the moral from it: "beauty is a treasure that will always be admired, graciousness; however, is priceless and of even greater value." Thousands of variants and adaptations have been made of the beloved fairytale. cinderJutt is an adaptation of the great cinderella, written and designed for our local audience, mixed with a dESI touch and intoxicating mix of music from different cultural tracks and an attempt to unite our nations together - Present;
“abstract art is only painting. and what’s so dramatic about that? There is no abstract art. one must always begin with something. afterwards one can remove all semblance of reality; there is no longer any danger as the idea of the object has left an indelible imprint. It is the object which aroused the artist, stimulated his ideas and set of his emotions. boisgeloup, winter 1934, Quoted in letters of the great artists – from blake to Pollock -, richard friedenthal, Thames and Hudson, london, 1963, pp. 256-257 (translation daphne woodward)
"Pray Tell" by Komail aijazuddin, a new series of paintings starts at canvas Gallery on January 22nd 2013 from 5pm to 8pm. with a masters degree in painting and history of art, from the prestigious Pratt Institute in new york, Komail divides his time between new york and lahore. The show continues daily until January 31st 2013 from 11am to 8pm (excluding Sunday)
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‘Syrian horror unprecedented’: Brahimi DAMASCUS AGEnCiEs
HE Syrian co nflict has reached “unpreced ented levels of horror”, Lakhdar Brahimi, the UnArab League envoy to Syria, has said in remarks that came just hours after dozens of people were found shot dead in Aleppo city in what is being called a “new massacre”. He told the Un Security Council on Tuesday that it must now act to halt the carnage, epitomised in the latest instance by the nearly 70 young men and boys, each killed with a single bullet and dumped in a river in the conflict-wracked northern city. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
said at least 65 bodies were found in the Quweiq River, which separates the Bustan al-Qasr district from Ansari in the southwest of the city, but that the toll could rise significantly. Syrian rebels have blamed President Bashar al-Assad’s government for the killings, but state media said an opposition faction was to blame. “The country is breaking up before everyone’s eyes,” Brahimi was quoted as saying by diplomats inside the closed-door meeting. He told the Security Council that “Syria is being destroyed bit by bit” and his mediation effort cannot go forward unless the council unites to push the Syrian government and opposition forces toward some compromise. Brahimi’s warning came just hours before a Un conference opened in Kuwait on Wednesday to seek $1bn of aid for Syria’s neighbours sheltering 700,000 registered refugees. An additional $500m will be
sought to finance humanitarian work for about four million Syrians inside their country. Brahimi said the principles of a political transition in Syria, agreed to at talks among major world and regional powers in Geneva in June last year, could form the basis for a Security Council plan of action. He suggested that attempts to end the 22-month-old conflict, which has claimed more than 60,000 lives according to Un figures, had not progressed in the last two months. Diplomats said Brahimi has grown extremely frustrated at the inability of the Security Council to unite behind him. His predecessor Kofi Annan, the former Un secretarygeneral, voiced similar frustration when he resigned in August. Meanwhile, rebels say they have captured a government intelligence office in the eastern city of Deir AzZor. Opposition fighters also claimed to have taken over several checkpoints in the city and destroyed military vehicles.
S Korea puts first Niger agrees to US satellite into space drones on its territory SEOUL
South Korea has launched a rocket in its third attempt to place a satellite in space from its own soil. The naro rocket blasted off from a launch pad in the south-western coastal village of Goheung Wednesday. Science officials told cheering spectators minutes later that the rocket delivered an observational satellite into orbit. Kim Ju-ho, the South Korean Education, science and technology minister, said that South Korea had “leapt up a step” to become a space nation. “The South Korean government will use this overwhelming moment as a strong, dynamic force to independently develop a South Korean space launch [programme] and will concentrate more on space development, so that we can go to space with our own technology around the year 2020,” Kim said. Wednesday’s development came a month after the successful launch of a north Korean rocket. Previous attempts by South Korea in 2009 and 2010 failed to launch; last-minute technical problems forced two recent efforts in October and november to be aborted.
niger has given permission for US surveillance drones to be stationed on its territory to improve intelligence on al Qaeda-linked fighters in northern Mali and the wider Sahara, according to a senior government source. Bisa Williams, US ambassador to niger, made the request at a meeting on Monday with Mahamadou Issoufou, niger president, who immediately accepted it, the source said on Wednesday. “niger has given the green light to accepting [US] surveillance drones on its soil to improve the collection of intelligence on Islamist movements,” the source, who asked not to be identified, said. The drones could be stationed in niger’s northern desert region of Agadez, which borders Mali, Algeria and Libya, the source said. niger will be the sixth African nation to have a US drone base. Other countries with drone bases include: Morocco, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Uganda and Djibouti. A spokesperson for the US African Command (AFRICOM) declined to comment.
French troops enter Kidal in northern Mali BAMAKO AGEnCiEs
French troops have taken control of the airport in the northern Malian town of Kidal, the last rebel stronghold in the north, according to the French army and a local official. Thierry Burkhard, the French armed forces spokesman, confirmed on Wednesday that French troops were in Kidal and had taken control of the airport. “The operation is ongoing,” he said, declining to give further details. Separately, Haminy Belco Maiga, president of the regional assembly of Kidal, speaking to Reuters news agency, said: “They arrived late last night and they deployed in four planes and some helicopters.” He said there were no immediate reports of resistance. Kidal would be the last of northern Mali’s major towns to be retaken by French forces after they reached Gao and Timbuktu earlier this week in a campaign to drive al-Qaeda-linked fighters from Mali’s north. France said the area had become a safe haven for fighters. Kidal is the capital of a desert region with the same name that the fighters are believed to have retreated to during nearly three weeks of French air attacks and an advance by hundreds of ground troops. The French advance came a day after African leaders and international officials pledged hundreds of millions of dollars at a donor conference in Ethiopia to support military operations against rebels in Mali. Dioncounda Traore, Mali’s president, thanked the “entire international community” as nations of-
fered cash or support at the meeting at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa on Tuesday. About $600m has been pledged so far, including more than $120m from Japan and $96m from the US. The conference comes a day after Frenchled forces seized Mali’s fabled city of Timbuktu as part of an offensive against fighters who have controlled northern Mali for about 10 months. African leaders and officials, as well as representatives from the Un, EU and China, are taking part in the Addis Ababa conference. “We all know the gravity of the crisis,” nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, AU commission chief, said.“It is a situation that requires a swift and effective international response for it threatens Mali, the region, the continent and even beyond.” The AU has promised to contribute $50m, but has estimated its force in Mali will cost $460m. There is no clear figure for how much the Addis Ababa conference is aiming to raise, although diplomats have suggested some $700m will be needed for AFISMA and the Malian army, in addition to heavy humanitarian costs. Alassane Ouattara, Ivory Coast president and chairman of 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), said there was an “urgent need to speed up the deployment” of regional troops. A lack of cash and logistical resources has hampered the efforts of African troops to support Mali’s army. So far, just 2,000 African troops have been deployed, with the bulk of the fighting borne by 2,500 French troops. France launched its offensive in Mali on January 11.
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ccP president says process of making new provinces should be started by new provincial assemblies LAHORE
HE Concerned Citizens of Pakistan Society (CCP) on Wednesday condemned the government’s hasty move to carve a new province out of
Punjab. CCP President Justice (r) nasira Javed Iqbal said the federal government’s initiating such a bill before the general elections is a mala fide ploy to gain polit-
ical mileage in southern Punjab. To make a new province is not like building a house of cards. It requires a great deal of hard work and planning by experts and consensus amongst the citizens and their representatives who should come with such a mandate, she said. The CCP president also said process of making new provinces should be started by the respective provincial assemblies who are to be elected in the forthcoming elections. She said contesting parties should
provide detailed proposals in their manifestoes as to how they envisage the formation of new provinces. Justice (r) nasira Iqbal said new provinces should be carved out from different provinces of Pakistan, if such a need exists, and not only from Punjab. Half-baked haphazard efforts to make a new province at this juncture for political gains would facilitate the breakup of Pakistan, she added. The CCP president said the Election Commission of Pakistan has directed that no developmental funds should be dis-
tributed at this stage. Reportedly, billions of rupees have been diverted to Raja Pervez Ashraf’s constituency. She said these exorbitant amounts would only be used to buy votes and secure his election, adding that the proposed bill coupled with the government’s refusal to freeze development funds close to fresh elections, amounts to pre-poll rigging. It shows government’s intention to influence, delay and maim the impending electoral process, the CCP president said.
She added, “In the interest of free and fair elections, we urge the government to desist from such devious practices. We urge the Election Commission to make it mandatory for every candidate filing nomination papers for election to any legislature to file a complete statement of his/her complete assets and liabilities for the past three years along with verified copies of income tax returns filed over the past three years. The nomination papers of candidates who fail to make such disclosures should be rejected.”
Advanced biometric scanners installed at Pak-Afghan border crossing PESHAWAR: Pakistan has installed state-of–the– art biometric scanners at its border with Afghanistan at Chaman to carry out search of vehicles. According to FC officials, the advanced scanners were being used at Pak-Afghan border to search the vehicles crossing into Pakistan from Afghanistan. The step has been taken in the wake of Chaman bomb blasts. The scanners, they say, would help stop entry of explosives, drugs and illegal items into Pakistan. nni
Outgoing NA holds first-ever farewell photo session
CHAMAn: A truck passing through the scanner at Pak-Afghan border on Wednesday. INP
Pml-n wants Malala completely deaf in her transfer of top left ear, say doctors bureaucrats before polls LONDON OnLinE
Apart from governors of all provinces, the Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz has demanded transfer of 27 top bureaucrats before the next general elections. A formal demand in this regard was put forth by opposition leader in national Assembly Chaudhry nisar Ali Khan to make the upcoming elections transparent. The PML-n has demanded transfer of home secretaries, inspectors general (IG) and chief secretaries in all the provinces. In addition, it has demanded that nADRA and PEMRA should be made to work under the supervision of the Election Commission of Pakistan. The PML-n has also sought transfer of directors’ general of the Intelligence Bureau and Federal Investigation Agency, the federal interior and establishment secretaries. Moreover, personal secretaries of the prime minister, all provincial governors and chief ministers should also be removed, it added. The PML-n has also demanded to change the country’s envoys in countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom before the general elections. The PML-n is also seeking change in top leadership of the state-owned television and radio apart from transfer of the Islamabad IG and the Special Branch additional IG Special Branch and federal and provincial information secretaries.
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenage education activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls’ right to education, would return to a specialist hospital in Britain for surgery to reconstruct her skull, doctors said on Wednesday.. Malala, 15, who was shot in October and brought to Britain for treatment, was discharged from the hospital earlier this month to spend time with her family after her initial treatment phase. Her doctors said she would return to the hospital within the next 10 days to undergo surgery known as titanium cranioplasty to repair a missing area of her skull with a specially moulded titanium plate. Surgeons at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEHB) have been giving details about two procedures
due to be carried out on the 15-year-old. The first procedure would involve drilling into her skull and inserting a custom-made metal plate. Doctors said Malala was completely deaf in her left ear as she was shot at point blank range by the Taliban. “The shockwave destroyed her eardrum and ossicles (the bones for hearing),” doctors said. The second procedure would involve fitting a small electronic device that was meant to provide a sense of sound to someone who is profoundly deaf or hard of hearing. Both procedures would take a total of around four to five hours. Dr Dave Rosser, medical director at the QEHB, said, “Her recovery is remarkable and it is a testament to her strength and desire to get better. There is no doubt that the surgery she underwent in Pakistan was life saving. Had that surgery not been of such a high standard she would have died”.
ISLAMABAD: For the first time ever in the democratic history of Pakistan, an assembly completing its full constitutional tenure, held a farewell photo session on Wednesday. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, the nA speaker, and the opposition leader, along with the majority of MnAs, sans those form the MQM and AnP’s Asfandyar Wali, held a joint farewell photo session at the front of Parliament House gate no 1. A special red carpet was laid for the auspicious occasion, whence the first row was occupied by Prime Minister Ashraf, Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza, Opposition Leader nisar Ali Khan, JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman, and senior PML-n leader Sardar Mehtab Abassi. OnLinE
JUI-F demands end to governor’s rule in Balochistan ISLAMABAD: Council of Islamic Ideology and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) Balochistan Chairman Senator Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani on Wednesday called on Law Minister Farooq H naek and demanded to end governor rule in Balochistan. During the meeting, Maulana Sherani expressed reservations over the governor rule imposed in Balochistan and said that it had given rise to ambiguities and miseries of the masses. He said the governor rule was entailed to overcome the terror acts in the province but the menace was still prevalent, therefore, it seems to be useless. Faooq naek told Sherani that the JUI-F’s demands would be looked into but currently the government had not decided to end the governor rule. inP
EU provides 80m euros for Malakand division g g
KP finance minister says Eu’s selection of terror-stricken division is highly laudable KP ministers urge Eu to continue to support downtrodden people of the area PESHAWAR inP
The European Union is introducing an 80 million euro technical assistant programme for ensuring budgetary support for district governance and community development in Malakand Division. In this connection a one-day dissemination workshop was arranged in Peshawar on Wednesday to discuss salient features of the programme with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government and the KP Finance Department. KP Finance Minister Humayun Khan was chief guest on the occasion while EU Ambassador to Pakistan Lars Gunner, members of the EU delegation Jos Jonkers, Berrend de Groot, KP law-
makers Qazi Wajid, Mahmood Zeb Khan, Bacha Saleh, Secretary Finance Sahibzada Saeed Ahmad and officials of the KP government also attended the workshop. The finance minister said Malakand Division was the worst-affected region by acts of terror and the EU’s selection of such a division was highly laudable. He said it was their strong belief and part of their PCnA strategy that to mitigate the causes of conflict they had to devise a public financial management system that could respond to the needs of the citizens in a transparent way. He said they knew that the participation of citizens in the nation-building activities was very crucial to bring the state closer to them. He said they had introduced
many innovations in the PFM systems like out-based budgeting, pre-budget consultations and conditional grants to the districts. The finance minister urged the district administration to take advantages of the window opportunity provided in the shape of 80 million euros and plan, manage and execute these resources in such a manner that they result in changing the quality of life of the people residing in Malakand division. The EU ambassador expressed his pleasure to introduce the programme for the larger interest of the terrorstricken area and said that the EU would provide 64 million euros for budgetary support while 7.5 million euros for social mobilisation in the region. More-
over, it would also give 7.3 million euros for capacity building of the government departments and 1.2 million euros for monitoring and evaluation side-by-side with audit and visibility. The provincial ministers lauded the EU goodwill gesture in the shape of financial funding and urged the EU team to continue to support the downtrodden people of Malakand Division in letter and spirit. Secretary Finance Saeed Ahmad threw light on the basic concept of the programme and its constructive effects on the socio-economic development in Malakand Division. He termed the programme very necessary for backing the affected social life in Swat, Shangla, Buner, Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Chitral and Malakand District of the division.
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No justice for the working class One country, two laws with industrialists the blue eyed
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Governance and economy The lawmakers have to rise above their class interest
afeez Sheikh maintains that tax collection has more than doubled during the five years of the present government. This would sound unconvincing to Sir Malcolm Bruce, Chairman of the Commons International Development Committee who told the committee, “They (government leaders in Pakistan) are taking our taxes, not paying their own taxes. There are billions of pounds they have got in bank accounts yet they are taking money from the IMF.” There is a point in what Sir Malcom says. Pakistan has one of the lowest tax-to-GDP ratios. Compared to an average of 20 percent in other developing countries and 30-40 percent in developed countries, Pakistan is in the bottom ranked nations in terms of the proportion of population registered as taxpayers which is less than five percent of household population. There is rampant tax evasion, partly with the collusion of the official machinery. Whereas 3.1 million people have the national Tax number, a mere 1.2 million filed an income tax return in 2010/11. Of the 47,800 companies that have nTns, less than 16,800 filed income tax returns. Besides tax evasion there is the equally worrisome phenomenon of tax reprieve enjoyed by powerful lobbies. The agriculturists with large land holdings have a strong presence in parliament and provincial assemblies and are not willing to tax agricultural incomes. Agriculture has a share of 22.5 percent in GDP, while its contribution towards revenue collection is only half percent. The big business lobby stands in the way of the documentation of economy. The GST could not be extended to wholesale trade and services due to strong resistance from the trading community. The banking sector made huge profits during the last decade while the tax rate for the banking companies were brought down from 50 percent in 2002 to 35 percent in 2007. The services sector has a share of 54 percent in GDP, while its share in tax revenue is 28.4 percent. Hafeez Sheikh concedes that while the nFC Award has led to the transfer of Rs five trillion to provinces, they have raised their expenses by 21 percent. Provincial governments avoid raising taxes for fear of unpopularity. Despite financial constraints the federal government persists in providing untargeted subsidies which benefit the privileged more than the needy. It is ironical that while the government suffers from financial crunch it is actively pursuing the case for the creation of a new province. The political elite needs to realise that democracy without a sense of responsibility cannot be sustained for long. The lawmakers have to rise above their class interest. The politicians have to educate the masses that it is necessary to make sacrifices today for a better tomorrow. Unless they themselves pay taxes, they cannot persuade others to do so.
Comradely speaking By Hashim bin Rashid
n 23 January, the Minister of State for Finance Saleem Mandviwalla confirmed that murder charges against the owners of the Baldia Town factory that caught fire on September 11, 2012, had been withdrawn. The investigation officer was also changed. On 24 January, there was no general strike. The apparent silence of the working class was a result of the systematic targeting of unions by the state apparatus. With over 259 workers killed in the fire, the final death toll is still unavailable. The initiators of the drop-in-charges was apparently the Sindh Governor Ishratul Abad, known to be chief amongst those supporting the Karachi Electric Supply Company’s draconian steps against striking workers in 2011, and the current Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf. no such intervention occurred when six power loom workers in Faisalabad were sentenced to 99 years in prison each in October 2010 under the Anti-Terrorism Law sections for allegedly burning down a factory during a protest seeking the implementation of the minimum wage notification of 2010. With such anti-worker measures being vetted out in the open, it is not difficult for one watching mainstream media to recognise Karl Marx’s idea that the state is “an instrument of bourgeoisie economic interest” applies to the Pakistani state. However, this is something those who struggle with unions and workers encounter every day. The Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (KCCI) ability to leverage the prime minister is not an anomaly. The fact that factory inspections had been banned in Pakistan since 2003 should be taken as an indicator for any-
one wanting a glimpse of the power of the industrialist class on the state. But it is the tactics that factory owners use in collaboration with factory area police that are the most brutal. Any worker caught speaking to other workers about forming a union or striking is fired. The practice is almost universal in the private sector. If workers manage to covertly register a union, factory owners fire the union leadership and get fake criminal cases registered against them, which range from stealing bricks to being loan sharks. The situation is being faced by wood cutter, textile worker and carpet worker union organisers in Lahore. Textile workers across the board report that no safety precautions are followed at their factories – except when the inspectors come. Inspections, of course, are not by the Labour Department – but rather subcontractors hired by SA8000 or ISO 9000 who inform factory owners before coming. “The medical cabinets are stocked up and gates and windows opened the day the inspector is due. We are instructed to tell them that everything is fine,” a worker at a textile factory near Youhanabad told this writer. He refused to do so. A month later, he was fired. The factory owner explained the reason for locking up and shutting windows as “workers are known for stealing some of the materials they are working with”. The factory, however, received the certification as expected. It is a joke on the lives of the workers who have died in numerous factory fires over the past two years; including the Orient factory fire in Lahore, to suggest that the fires are ‘accidental’. The fact that no basic safety regulations are followed, organised labour is targeted, factory inspectors are paid off and key government officials come to the defence of any factory owners found violating rules. Even so-called premier institutions are not free of the malaise. The Lahore University of Management Sciences only recently fired 18 of its 104 strong janitorial staff for demanding that they be paid the minimum wage. The varsity administration used the loophole of claiming the janitors were ‘subcontracted’ labour to divest itself of the responsibility for either paying the workers below minimum wage or firing them despite the subcontractor claiming to the contrary. Subcontracted labour has, of course, made it more difficult to organise labour. Subcontracted labourers tend to be brought in from far off districts and are provided few of the rights that are available to formal workers under industrial relations laws. Textile factories are known
Bridging the East-West divide My experience at nyu Abu Dhabi
Washington Watch By Dr James J Zogby
his January I returned to the UAE to teach a short term course at new York University's Abu Dhabi campus. It was a remarkable experience. My 13 students hailed from 10 countries and were a highly self-aware and wonderfully articulate group. Our goal in the course was to examine the roots of the East-West divide and to explore ways of bridging the chasm. We studied the knowledge gap that has separated the two worlds and the myths and negative stereotypes that have come to
substitute for real knowledge. We reviewed extensive polling data that detailed the lack of information and depth of mistrust between East and West, and then focused on both the policy blunders that flowed from the misunderstanding and the role that bad policies have played in deepening the divide. What was especially encouraging was the ability displayed by many of my students to apply lessons they were learning to their own unique situations. Whether from Turkey, Moldova, Hungary, Trinidad-Tobago, Canada, or Pakistan, participants in the course were able to share observations and shed light on the role that stereotypes and policies have played in aggravating tensions worldwide. At the end of the course, the students met, on their own, in two separate sessions and prepared "Lessons on Bridging the East-West Divide". This final product was so thoughtful that I felt it deserved to be shared for consideration and comment. They began their "Lessons" by noting the deep gap that separates the Arab World and the West. “Stereotypes”, they noted, “have spread and taken root, violence has taken lives on both sides, and war has created deeper wounds than can
be quickly healed.” An essential initial step towards bridging the divide, they observed, is for leaders and citizens alike to both acknowledge that it exists and to understand that it “does not refer to fundamental differences between people in values, ideas, and culture. Instead, it consists of the misunderstandings and prejudices that prevent us from appreciating our differences”. “Too often”, they note, “the Arab World and the West have been defined by their differences.” However, on closer scrutiny we find that as a result of trade, colonisation, migration, globalisation, or travel, we discover a shared historical narrative of interdependency. This understanding can and must be broadened through cultural programmes and exchanges. It was also important, they observed, that a "clear distinction be made between government policies and people’s attitudes. Emphasis should be put on the daily lives of individuals in both societies, and not only on the exceptional events that are broadcast from the respective regions". Education is vital to creating this deeper awareness – education, not as a means to an end, but as a continuously developing process both on a personal
and a national level. As examples of what should be done, they proposed an expansion of Middle Eastern and Western studies programmes available to students in both regions and “more exchange programmes, cross-school partnerships, and conferences that bring together students and adults from different countries to collaborate on a wide range of issues”. Another path, they noted, to promoting deeper understanding was the responsible use of social media which could foster instant global interaction, providing individuals direct access to a broader audience. Such communication enables us to listen to people's stories and their own presentation of their personal narratives – familiarising participants with each side’s perceptions of events and the “connections that exist between these perceptions and tradition and culture”. For any progress to be made in healing the divide, however, there must first be humility and the "understanding that we cannot be right if we cannot be wrong... We all aspire for a better future, but change cannot be built without a realistic understanding of our past… We must have courage to listen, to be open, to be wrong and to put aside our familiar roles of aggressor or victim to become equal partners with a common goal”. What was unacceptable, my students insisted, were efforts to “brand individuals within each society who acknowledge shortcomings of being 'traitors' or 'apologists'. Our policy will be stronger and our relations better if
for contracting over 80 percent of their workforce while maintaining a small stock of permanent employees to “fill up the paperwork”. Murder, there should be no doubt, is premeditated by the industrial class. Perhaps, this was the reason why Pakistan Peoples Party Senator Raza Rabbani walked out of the Senate in protest after the PM Ashraf’s interference in the Baldia Town fire case came to light. Public cries of “getting away with murder” have been responded to directly by the KCCI with a statement saying that it believes Section 302 (premediated murder) should not be applied to such a case. It asks: “In which country they apply charges of murder when an accident occurs? Where is the law applied differently on different segments of society in the same case?” before dragging religion into it: “Being an Islamic country and being Muslims have we considered we will die one day and are answerable to Allah?” The concluding sentence is tantamount to saying: let industrialists be given a 'license to kill' and blame the deaths on Almighty. May one not ask: how is it not premeditated murder if one shuts out all exits and keeps hundreds of workers in a building known to be a fire hazard? May one not ask: in which country are anti-terrorism charges applied on striking workers? May one not ask: if all humans are equal, why are some (industrialists) exonerated from legitimate charges, while others (workers) convicted under false charges in Pakistan? If our current prime minister is so driven by a sense of injustice against factory owners responsible for the death of 300 workers, why does he not intervene to exonerate the six power loom workers in Faisalabad, each serving the third year of his 99-year jail sentence? Or why did the Sindh Governor not intervene when KESC workers were being booked under anti-terrorism charges? The KCCI is correct in principle: there is one law in Pakistan for one segment of society, and another law for another. Only that the government subsequently made it clear: industrialists are on the good side, the blue eyed darling of the law. In such a situation where industrialists whose factories burn down are not murderers and workers are declared terrorists, one can only raise the age old slogan: “Workers of Pakistan unite!" The writer is the General Secretary (Lahore) for the Awami Workers Party. He is also a journalist and a researcher.
we can be vulnerable and show empathy towards each other by recognising our own shortcomings”. Finally, my students posited that it was important to approach this entire enterprise with “grounded ambitions”. They recalled that in his now famous speech in Cairo, “President Barack Obama established a new standard for American awareness of the complexities and realities of US-Arab relations. But this understanding did not reflect the intricacies of the domestic politics and opinions within the United States, and ultimately would become a point of disillusionment”. In order to avoid this pitfall, it is important that leaders separate what is “pragmatic from what is idealistic” and not propose more than “they can realistically deliver”. In his book “The Way We’ll Be”, my brother John describes young people from 18 to 29 as the “First Globals”, noting that they are “the most outward looking and accepting generation in history”. Some days in class, I would just sit back and listen to my students as they discussed our course material. John’s observation would come to mind. I would marvel at their optimism, their vision, and their instinctive sense of collaboration. And I would feel confident that they might very well be the generation to heal the divides that they inherited from the generations that had preceded them. The writer is President of the Arab-American Institute.
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Who will bring change? spoiler alert: it’s us By Moeen M Khan
e it his ever present swagger or learned personality, the conviction in his delivery or attempts to collide with the government head on; Dr Tahirul Qadri (TuQ) and his brand of change have managed to monopolise all conversational settings from lofty drawing rooms to shanty tea houses these past few weeks. Everyone had their eyes glued to the television as the events in Islamabad transpired. But now that the long march is over, let’s ask ourselves the question of what was achieved and scrutinise the role that our various political actors, including allies, opposition and non elected forces like the judiciary and army, had to play in yet another debacle in the lead up to the elections. Regarding Imran Khan and his party, the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI)’s typical role of fencing real issues one can only be disappointed. The announcement that TuQ was demanding electoral reform should have been analysed by the party. It shows that whilst the party is gathering public support, it is yet to come to a common party stance and sadly gives the impression of being all over the place with their policies. PTI has been demanding change and promising it to the people. Change is definitely the need of the hour. But exactly how much has changed if one’s decisions are motivated by what everyone else is doing? TuQ zeroed in on reform being required to uproot corruption and bring a government in place that is more representative of the people. Haven’t Imran Khan’s tsunami speeches been much about the same thing? He never lets an opportunity to make fun of the ruling coalition go by, why then did he play the role of political outlier in this scenario? It would be pertinent to mention that he also asked for President Zardari to tender his resignation when TuQ was in Islamabad. Additionally, he threatened his own march should his demands not be met. In the end, how can it escape anyone that he did endorse TuQ in a subtle way and TuQ went on ahead and com-
mented on ‘attacking Parliament’. Is that not against everything Imran Khan has allegedly been fighting for these past 14 years? Many commentators state that the reason for him not participating wholeheartedly with TuQ is the same as the reason for his party not contesting by-elections: fear that the tsunami will not be more than a cold splash. Then what does this make Imran Khan? A political spoiler? There is no room for making demands, such as the tendering of a resignation, if the PTI is committed to democracy. Realistic demands beget realistic results. Being a part of the democratic process brings greater change than sitting on the sidelines. The MQM calls for change too and states its commitment to democracy and upholding the rule of law. It is amply clear that they enjoy a vast vote bank in Sindh. However, I have yet to understand the stance they took with regard to the long march. Only in this country would a coalition member attempt to join forces with a movement calling for the dissolution of the very coalition it is part of. Perhaps jumping on the change bandwagon was considered a good move by the MQM. Why then did they pull out? Fear of losing popularity by joining an unpopular movement? Or fear of being sidelined by taking on the very coalition it is a part of? Or a bit of both? On a national level, PML-n’s role and commitment to democracy has been under fire in the aftermath of the Asgher Khan case. The party is continuing to accept back all those people who left the party in favour of Musharraf’s regime and martial law. Is this the ‘change’ they want? Does past behaviour not prove that these people’s commitment is to who is in power and not democracy? Provincially, the current laptop fiasco and Shahbaz Sharif’s empty promises to deliver on road and transport projects need also to be taken into account. Specifically, with reference to the long march, PML-n appears to have lost a lot of its street credibility. They have a new Canadian nemesis and are the only big party that did not want to make peace with him. Why? Do politicians stop being sensible once they foray with power?
The PPP handled the matter in the best way the situation could demand. They backtracked their resentment of Dr Qadri’s march in the light of reaching an amicable solution and in doing so offered respite to the thousands gathered in the cold. It should escape no one then that the PPP is committed to conducting the elections in a fair manner and is championing the cause of democracy and change. The army’s role is very dubious. With Dr Qadri being labeled an ‘army man’ in some quarters, it can be assumed that the army is not ready to take a backseat and will continue to in some way be involved in the political landscape of this country. As regards our “independent and free judiciary” didn’t they yet gain prove how politicised its superior ranks are when CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary issued notice to the nAB Chairman to arrest PM Raja Ashraf in pursuance of ongoing investigations into the Rental Power Projects case? The fact that all this was done by the SC as the long march continued just a few streets away should not escape those enthusiasts labelling the judiciary as free and independent. I’d like to ask: Is this a zerosum game? If it is then TuQ won fame, President Zardari dealt with a critical crisis right before elections in a democratic and friendly manner while Imran Khan ended up losing credibility among some ranks. It can be safely said that PML-n lost the most as the manner in which they dealt with the whole long march situation should logically mean a colossal dent in their vote bank, especially in their own political fort of ‘Punjab’. In the run up to elections, we need to remember that it is our vote that will take the cycle of transparent governance and democracy forward. As we cast our votes, let us be guided by logic, reason and the performance of associated political parties rather than by nepotistic allegiances. It is ‘we the people’ who are the real change bringers. It’s time we realised that. The writer holds a Masters in Finance and Entrepreneurship and can be reached at email@example.com
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Happy democracy Our elected assemblies would complete five years in March this year; politicians are very happy that democracy has been given a chance and freehand for five years. If there is reason for celebration, there is also reason for self-introspection. Assemblies are voted in by voters and majority of them are ordinary people. What has democracy given to them? The long grim list includes: Mothers lost sons, wives lost their husbands, children lost their parents, sisters lost their brothers, friends lost friends, army lost soldiers, police lost crimefighters, workers lost jobs, institutions lost respect and man lost hope. Democracy has also given unemployment, scarcity, poverty, disease, inflation, lawlessness, insecurity, mismanagement, bad governance, hatred, disharmony, despondence, corruption, loot and plunder. For a common man life has become miserable without gas, electricity and water. Green passport has lost respect at international airports. Above all, Pakistan has lost dignity in the fraternity of nations (and this list is incomplete yet). Despise all this, the people of Pakistan love democracy and want their rulers happy and prosperous. ASGHAR MAHMOOD Islamabad
rPPs & Shaukat Tareen It was Shaukat Tarin who stood up, objected and ensured that rental power projects be subjected to audit by Asian Development Bank, while powerful bureaucracy and other members of the federal cabinet chose to play along and perhaps have a share of the goodies that are often associated with such approvals. His implication by nAB may either be because he was part of the decision making team, or a deliberate attempt to teach him a lesson for blowing the whistle or raising alarm while he was in power. It takes courage, conviction and character, which are a rare commodity amongst the ruling elite, be they from political parties or paid bureaucracy to stand up and object to a project, which has somehow sailed through the technical experts employed by state, at taxpayer’s expense to discharge their professional obligations with integrity. While Shaukat chose to resign and walk away, rather than be part of this team, all other members of coalition government
chose to continue to be part of cabinet and hence equally responsible for all credits and discredits of this government. We must remember that without the support of coalition partners, this government would have fallen and all these scams that have occurred would never have taken place. Had Shaukat Tarin not objected, the impact on our economy and losses to state exchequer would have been unbearable for already fragile economy. It was he who tried to document the economy, a move which our corrupt bureaucracy obstructed, because it benefits from status quo. Truth shall prevail and the Supreme Court of Pakistan will finally succeed in unravelling facts, inspite of impediments by nAB, sitting government, a compliant bureaucracy and many billionaires involved in this scam. MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore
Strengthen institutions This is with reference to the news "nAB has no trust in SC bench"(29 Jan). The Supreme Court is the highest judicial forum in the country to administer justice and it is sad that the decisions of the SC are not implemented or ridiculed so openly. How strange it looks that Chairman nAB has written a letter to President of Pakistan complaining against the Chief Justice of Supreme Court. The nAB prosecutor has objected to the constitution of the bench hearing Kamran Faisal’s case. The Attorney General is also not happy with the SC. The Supreme Court took a suo motu notice of Faisal's death last week; the government has also appointed judicial commission to probe the case. Once a case is in the Supreme Court, there is no need to have a judicial commission. The nAB prosecutor general also raised objections on the appointment of amicus curiae in this high profile case. People are watching the ongoing tussle between the judiciary and the executive. They are not interested in what happens to the cases but are interested in that there should be no finger pointing on the judiciary while hearing a particular case. The mere fact that case is in the apex court draws the attention of the world. It is strange that every action of the SC is challenged knowing well that the appeals ultimately will be heard by the same court. Should we say that the law is meant only for the poor and the principle envisaging that everyone is equal before the law exists only on paper? Media has a responsibility to come to the help of judiciary. It is important as it is the media that breaks all types of news for the information of the general public and can present facts before the courts to provide justice. There is urgent need to uphold the honour of the apex court. Individuals come and go but institutions stay. We all must strengthen the institutions, instead of weakening them. MUKHTAR AHMED Karachi
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12 This is the article that Shahrukh Khan wrote for Outlook Turning Points 2013 (Published by the New York Times) I am an actor. Time does not frame my days with as much conviction as images do. Images rule my life. Moments and memories imprint themselves on my being in the form of the snapshots that I weave into my expression. The essence of my art is the ability to create images that resonate with the emotional imagery of those watching them. I am a Khan. The name itself conjures multiple images in my mind too: a strapping man riding a horse, his reckless hair flowing from beneath a turban tied firm around his head. His ruggedly handsome face marked by weathered lines and a distinctly large nose. A stereotyped extremist; no dance, no drink, no cigarette tipping off his lips, no monogamy, no blasphemy; a fair, silent face beguiling a violent fury smoldering within. A streak that could even make him blow himself up in the name of his God. Then there is the image of me being shoved into a back room of a vast American airport named after an American president (another parallel image: of the president being assassinated by a man named lee, not a Muslim thankfully, nor Chinese as some might imagine! I urgently shove the image of the room out of my head). Some stripping, frisking and many questions later, I am given an explanation (of sorts): “Your name pops up on our system, we are sorry”. “So am I,” I think to myself, “now can I have my underwear back please?” Then, there is the image I most see, the one of me in my own country: being acclaimed as a megastar, adored and glorified, my fans mobbing me with love and apparent adulation. I am a Khan. I could say I fit into each of these images: I could be a strapping six feet something - ok something minus, about three inches at least, though I don’t know much about horse-riding. A horse once galloped off with me flapping helplessly on it and I have had a “no horse-riding” clause embedded in my contracts ever since. I am extremely muscular between my ears, I am often told by my kids, and I used to be fair too, but now I have a perpetual tan or as I like to call it ‘olive hue’ - though deep In the recesses of my armpits I can still find the remains of a fairer day. I am handsome under the right kind of light and I really do have a “distinctly large” nose. It announces my arrival in fact, peeking through the doorway just before I make my megastar entrance. But my nose notwithstanding, my name means nothing to me unless I contextualize it. Stereotyping and contextualizing is the way of the world we live in: a world in which definition has become central to security. We take comfort in defining
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Being a Khan phenomena, objects and people - with a limited amount of knowledge and along known parameters. The predictability that naturally arises from these definitions makes us feel secure within our own limitations. We create little image boxes of our own. One such box has begun to draw its lid tighter and tighter at present. It is the box that contains an image of my religion in millions of minds. I encounter this tightening of definition every time moderation is required to be publicly expressed by the Muslim community in my country. Whenever there is an act of violence in the name of Islam, I am called upon to air my views on it and dispel the notion that by virtue of being a Muslim, I condone such senseless brutality. I am one of the voices chosen to represent my community in order to prevent other communities from reacting to all of us as if we were somehow colluding with or responsible for the crimes committed in the name of a religion that we experience entirely differently from the perpetrators of these crimes. I sometimes become the inadvertent object of political leaders who choose to make me a symbol of all that they think is wrong and unpatriotic about Muslims in india. There have been occasions when I have been accused of bearing allegiance to our neighboring nation rather than my own country - this even though I am an Indian whose father fought for the freedom of India. Rallies have been held where leaders have exhorted me to leave my home and return to what they refer to as my “original homeland”. Of course, I politely decline each time, citing such pressing reasons as sanitation words at my house preventing me from taking the good shower that’s needed before undertaking such an extensive journey. I don’t know how long this excuse will hold though. I gave my son and daughter names that could pass for generic (pan-Indian and pan-religious) ones: Aryan and Suhana. The Khan has been bequeathed by me so they can’t really escape it. I pronounce it from my epiglottis when asked by Muslims and throw the Aryan as evidence of their race when non-Muslims enquire. I imagine this will prevent my offspring from receiving unwarranted eviction orders and random fatwas in the future. It will also keep my two children completely confused. Sometimes, they ask me what religion they belong to and, like a good Hindi movie hero, I roll my eyes up to the sky and declare philosophically, “You are an Indian first and your religion is humanity”, or sing them an old
Hindi film ditty, “Tu Hindu banega na Musalmaan banega - insaan ki aulaad hai insaan banega” set to Gangnam Style. none of this informs them with any clarity, it just confounds them some more and makes them deeply wary of their father. In the land of the freed, where I have been invited on several occasions to be honored, I have bumped into ideas that put me in a particular context. I have had my fair share of airport delays for instance. I became so sick of being mistaken for some crazed terrorist who coincidentally carries the same last name as mine that I made a film, subtly titled My name is Khan (and I am not a terrorist) to prove a point. Ironically, I was interrogated at the airport for hours about my last name when I was going to present the film in America for the first time. I wonder, at times, whether the same treatment is given to everyone whose last name just happens to be McVeigh (as in Timothy)?? I don’t intend to hurt any sentiments, but truth be told, the aggressor and taker of life follows his or her own mind. It has to nothing to do with a name, a place or his/her religion. It is a mind that has its discipline, its own distinction of right from wrong and its own set of ideologies. In fact, one might say, it has its own “religion”. This religions has nothing to do with the ones that have existed for centuries and been taught in mosques or churches. The call of the azaan or the words of the pope have no bearing on this person’s soul. His soul is driven by the devil. I, for one, refuse to be contextualized by the ignorance of his ilk. I am a Khan. I am neither six-feet-tall nor handsome (I am modest though) nor am I a Muslim who looks down on other religions. I have been taught my religion by my six-foot-tall, handsome Pathan ‘Papa’ from Peshawar, where his proud family and mine still resides. He was a member of the no-violent Pathan movement called Khudai Khidamatgaar and a follower of both Gandhiji and Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan, who was also known as the Frontier Gandhi. My first learning of Islam from him was to respect women and children and to uphold the dignity of every human being. I learnt that the property and decency of others, their points of view, their beliefs, their philosophies and their religions were due as much respect as my own and ought to be accepted with an open mind. I learnt to believe in the power and benevolence of Allah, and to be gentle and kind to my fellow human beings, to give of myself to those less
privileged than me and to live a life full of happiness, joy, laughter and fun without impinging on anybody else’s freedom to live in the same way. So I am a Khan, but no stereotyped image is factored into my idea of who I am. Instead, the living of my life has enabled me to be deeply touched by the love of millions of Indians. I have felt this love for the last 20 years regardless of the fact that my community is a minority within the population of India. I have been showered with love across national and cultural boundaries, from Suriname to Japan and Saudi Arabia to Germany, places where they don’t even understand my language. They appreciate what I do for them as an entertainer - that’s all. My life has led me to understand and imbibe that love is a pure exchange, untempered by definition and unfettered by the narrowness of limiting ideas. If each one of us allowed ourselves the freedom to accept and return love in its purity, we would need no image boxes to hold up the walls of our security. I believe that I have been blessed with the opportunity to experience the magnitude of such a love, but I also know that its scale is irrelevant. In our own small ways, simply as human beings, we can appreciate each other for how touch our lives and not how our different religions or last names define us. Beneath the guise of my superstardom, I am an ordinary man. My Islamic stock does not conflict with that of my Hindu wife’s. The only disagreements I have with Gauri concern the color of the walls in our living room and not about the locations of the walls demarcating temples from mosques in India. We are bringing up a daughter who pirouettes in a leotard and choreographs her own ballets. She sings western songs that confound my sensibilities and aspires to be an actress. She also insists on covering her head when in a Muslim nation that practices this really beautiful and much misunderstood tenet of Islam. Our son’s linear features proclaim his Pathan pedigree although he carries his own, rather gentle mutations of the warrior gene. He spends all day either pushing people asie at rugby, kicking some butt at Tae Kwon Do or eliminating unknown faces behind anonymous online gaming handles around the world with The Call of Duty video game. And yet, he firmly admonishes me for getting into a minor scuffle at the cricket stadium in Mumbai last year because some bigot make unsavory remarks about me being a Khan. The four of us make up a motley representation of the extraordinary acceptance and validation that love can foster when exchanged within the exquisiteness of things that are otherwise defined ordinary. For I believe, our religion is an extremely personal choice, not a public proclamation of who we are. It’s as person as the spectacles of my father who passed away some 20 years ago. Spectacles that I hold onto as my most prized and personal possession of his memories, teachings and of being a
proud Pathan. I have never compared those with my friends, who have similar possessions of their parents or grandparents. I have never said my father’s spectacles are better than your mother’s saree. So why should we have this comparison in the matter of religion, which is as personal and prized a belief as the memories of your elders. Why should not the love we share be the last word in defining us instead of the last name? It doesn’t take a superstar to be able to give love, it just takes a heart and as far as I know, there isn’t a force on this earth that can deprive anyone of theirs. I am a Khan, and that’s what it has meant being one, despite the stereotype images that surround me. To be a Khan has been to be loved and love back - that the promise that virgins wait for me somewhere on the other side.
‘Scared’ LiLo to appear in LA court
Arnie thrust into an old sex scandal
Swift dumps Styles’ gifts in memory box
InDSAY Lohan, who had previously claimed that she would be unable to attend her hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday as she was sick, will now be making an appearance there. The 26-year-old actress was reportedly scared that she may be arrested for not appearing in the court and planned to fly to the city with her mother Dina on Tuesday, TMZ.com reported. Her new lawyer, Mark Heller, had notified the court on Tuesday that Lohan would not appear as ordered on Wednesday as she had an upper respiratory infection. But the very day that Lohan got a doctor’s note saying that she was unfit to fly, she was spotted shopping in SoHo. nEWs DEsK
RnOLD Schwarzenegger has been thrust into an old sex scandal after a photo from his early days performing a sex act has been found in a storage space owned by late Penthouse founder Bob Guccione. According to the new York Post, the photograph was discovered by a man, who bought a bunch of the lockers after Guccione went bankrupt, TMZ.com reported. Among the other items found in the treasure trove are unpublished nude photos of Madonna and Lauren Hutton and Guccione’s personal files detailing the situation surrounding his decision to publish nude pictures of then-Miss America Vanessa Williams. nEWs DEsK
InGER Taylor Swift has dumped gifts given by ex-boyfriend Harry Styles in a memory box. The box contains all the gifts given to Swift by her ex-boyfriends and they inspire her in writing songs on her relationship, reports thesun.co.uk. “Taylor’s been working on a song about her split from Harry since they broke up. Her main source of material for the songs she’s written about her string of other famous ex-boyfriends comes from rooting around in a trunk where she hoards keepsakes of their relationships,” a source said. “Photos of Harry are now in there, along with a chain he had made for her when they got together last year which matches his own favourite necklace, of a paper plane. Trinkets like that should provide some easy material for her to build a song out of,” the source added. nEWs DEsK
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Shah rukh at centre of dispute between India-Pakistan
‘MOvIE 43’ brAndEd ‘WOrSt fILM EvEr’
NEWS DESK OLLYWOOD star Shah Rukh Khan was Tuesday at the centre of the latest round of sparring between two often uneasy neighbours with Pakistan’s minister Rehman Malik’s comment that India should provide the actor security prompting a sharp rebuke from new Delhi that Islamabad should mind its own ‘minorities’. Malik said in Islamabad that the Indian government should provide security to Shah Rukh, in the thick of a controversy over his remarks on being a Muslim that led to Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed saying the star could move to Pakistan. Addressing reporters in Islamabad at a reception hosted by the Indian High Commissioner, Malik added that people of both Pakistan and India love Shah Rukh, reported Geo TV. India was quick to react. Soon after Malik’s remarks were reported in the media, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari and Home Secretary R.K. Singh said Pakistan should worry about the state of affairs in its own country. Both Tewari and R.K. Singh spoke in near identical terms to decry Malik’s statement. “Instead of introspection of how minorities in India are being treated he (Malik) should contemplate how he can improve condition of minority in his country,” Tewari told reporters. He said it would be better for Pakistan if Malik paid attention to domestic matters of his own country rather than worrying about such things. “Test of democracy is the way you treat your minority rather than majority. The UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government has strived to see every citizen in the same light and given equal right under the constitution,” he said. The home secretary spoke out too. “We are quite capable of
looking after security of our own citizens... let him (Malik) worry about security of his own,” he said. Even the Shiv Sena also said that our government is not answerable to Pakistan. “Pakistan should instead protect the Hindu minority in their country,” Sena’s spokesperson Sanjay Raut said. On whether the 47-year-old actor courted controversy with his comments, Raut simply said, “he may have.” “More than Shah Rukh, South star Kamal Haasan needs security at this moment, as he is receiving threats for his new film,” he added. Shah Rukh, one of Bollywood’s more articulate personalities, had written in a magazine: “I sometimes become the inadvertent object of political leaders who choose to make me a symbol of all that they think is wrong and unpatriotic about Muslims in India.” “There have been occasions when I have been accused of bearing allegiance to our neighbouring nation rather than my own country - this even though I am an Indian, whose father fought for the freedom of India. Rallies have been held where leaders have exhorted me to leave and return what they refer to my original homeland,” added the 47-year-old star. He went on say that he became so sick of being mistaken for some crazed terrorist, “who co-incidentally carries the same name as mine that I made a film subtly titled ‘My name Is Khan’ (and I am not a terrorist) to prove a point”. “Ironically, I was interrogated at the airport for hours about my last name when I was going to promote the film in America for the first time,” he said.
Halle Berry’s new film ‘Movie 43’ is under attack from critics who have branded the flick as the “Citizen Kane of awful.” Harsh reviews are pouring in from the professional film connoisseurs and regular crowds despite promotional claims that the movie features the largest number of stars “ever assembled” in one flick, the Daily Mail reported. Due to the star-studded cast, which also includes actors like Kate Winslet, Gerard Butler and Richard Gere, many had expected it to be a guaranteed hit. Instead, the 6-million-dollar movie opened at 7th place this weekend bringing in a dismal 5 million dollars in the US and marking one of the worst wide-release openings for many of the actors. Critic Peter Howell of the Toronto Star crowned the movie as the “worst film ever” saying that it was the ‘biggest waste of talent in cinema history.’ Critic Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun Times said that he did not “see a redeeming molecule” throughout the movie. “How many directors does it take to screw in a star-studded piece of aggressive stupidity and call it a movie? An even dozen, and there is no punch line,” wrote Sheri Linden of The Los Angeles Times. As of Tuesday morning, the film has a favourability rating of 4 percent on the review site Rotten Tomatoes, putting it below other notable flops like ‘Step Up 2 the Streets,’ ‘Gigli,’ ‘Glitter’ and ‘Chairman of the Board.’ ‘Movie 43’ just managed to rank above ‘Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star,’ and ‘Transylmania,’ which both had favorability ratings of 0 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. nEWs DEsK
Cruz shows off impressive vocals in music video NEWS DESK Penelope Cruz, who is a model, fashion designer and an occasional journalist, has now added singing to her curriculum vitae as she her displayed her vocal range in a duet with Latin Grammy Awardwinner Miguel Bose. The single ‘Decirnos Adios’ is taken from Bose’s latest album Papitwo, and was composed by the 38year-old Spanish actress’
StEvEn SPIELbErg nAMEd
FIlMMAKEr OF THE YEAr
TEvEN Spielberg is set to receive the Filmmaker of the Year award at the 2013 American Cinema Editors’ (ACE) Eddie Awards. The legendary director will be presented with the Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year trophy at the 63rd annual ACE Eddie Awards in Los Angeles on February 16,
the Daily Express reported. A statement from the ACE Board of Directors reads that Spielberg is a cinematic treasure and for over four decades he has been moving audiences around the world with his unique, powerful brand of storytelling. “As one of the most successful directors in history, he has brought us beloved films, which have not only delighted us but
have been indelibly woven into our cultural fabric,” a statement from the ACE Board of Directors read. Spielberg’s latest release ‘Lincoln’ has been tipped for Oscars glory - the historical drama has been nominated for 12 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays former US President Abraham Lincoln.
brother Eduardo, the Daily Mail reported. Filmed in a hotel in Madrid last October, the black and white clip sees Cruz strip down to her lingerie, as she flaunts her enviable curves. Cruz cuts a forlorn figure as she sings out her lines in the duet, while Bose looks equally as heartbroken in the room next door. The video ends with the pair meeting in the lobby before going their separate ways.
nOtAbLE tWEEtS LAHOrE LIt fESt
(Lahore Literature Festival) Shehan Karunatilaka author of Chinaman (winner of DSC Prize 2012) will speak at LLF.
(Academy & Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker) This story worth covering: it has nothing 2 do with being unemployed & illiterate- everything 2 do with easy access 2 #acid & warped mindset
(Writer, creator of The Social Butterfly) First the buddhas of Bamiyan and now the library at Timbuktu, Muslim extremists continue to destroy world heritage
(Filmmaker, writer, director and actor) Newly opened Model Town underpass is named Faiz Ahmad Faiz underpass.
(Nigerian-American writer, photographer, and art historian) “To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.”—Flaubert
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Infotainment 14 Toyota recalls 1 million Corollas, Lexus sedans Thursday, 31 January, 2013
OYOTA Motor on Wednesday announced recalls involving more than 1 million vehicles in the U.S. Some 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix cars in the U.S. and thousands of similar vehicles in Japan, Mexico and Canada that were manufactured between December 2001 and May 2004 are being recalled for air bags that can improperly inflate. Some 141,000 vehicles in Canada are part of that recall, according to Toyota. In a second recall, about 270,000 Lexus IS sedans from the 2006 to 2012 model years will be recalled to check for a loose nut on the front wipers. Toyota’s reputation for top quality was undermined in the past few years by massive recalls for a spate of problems, including bad brakes, gas pedals and floor mats, mostly in the U.S. Still, earlier this week, Toyota released its tally for global vehicle sales last year at a record 9.75 million vehicles, regaining its spot as the world’s no. 1 automaker from U.S. rival General Motors. Of the two recalls announced Wednesday, the Corolla and Matrix issue is more involved. Toyota says the airbag control module for the supplemental restraint system in the Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles could have been manufactured with faulty circuit boards. If it malfunctions, it could cause a short, causing a buildup of heat or potentially causing the airbags or seat belt pretensioners to deploy when there hasn’t been a crash. In the case of the wiper blades on the Lexus IS, the loose nut could cause the wipers to fail if they encounter a heavy load that puts them under pressure, like the buildup of snow, Toyota says.
man murdered after GPS takes him to wrong house
There are wacky GPS mistakes and then there are tragic ones. A Georgia man died after being shot in the head Saturday night after his GPS reportedly directed him to the wrong house. WSBTV reports that Rodrigo Abad Diaz, 22, was driving three passengers to a friend’s house, where they were to pick up a girl before going ice skating. Friends say the GPS sent Diaz to the home of Phillip Walker Sailors. As they waited in the driveway, the 69-year-old came out of the house, went back in, then returned, toting a handgun, which he fired into the air. They quickly tried to leave, but Sailors fired at the car, hitting Diaz on the left side of his head, and then trained his gun on the passengers, holding the three high school students until police arrived. Sailors’ lawyers says the war vet “is very distraught over the loss of life from the defense of his home. This incident happened late in the evening hours when he was home with his wife and he assumed it was a home invasion and he maintains his innocence.” But one of the passengers says Sailors never asked why they were there. “‘Shut up.’ That’s the only thing that came out of his mouth.” nEWs DEsK
Owners of all the affected models will receive a letter telling them to bring their vehicles into dealers for repairs. Toyota spokesman naoto Fuse said Wednesday that two crashes were reported in the U.S. related to the air bag problem, but Toyota had not been able to confirm them. Fuse said it was unclear whether anyone had been injured in the two crashes. Toyota has confirmed 18 cases in the U.S. of abrasion-type injuries from the air bag prob-
lem, he said. Initially, the Japanese automaker had said there were no accidents related to either problem. In total, it received 46 reports of problems involving the air bags from north America, and one from Japan, and 25 reports of problems related to
the windshield wipers. The air bags inadvertently inflate when the vehicle’s electronic signals damage a chip in the part that controls the air bags, Fuse said. Under the recall, the part will be corrected to be able to block such signals, he said. The problem wipers, which can get stuck if there is heavy snowfall, affect three kinds of Lexus IS models, manufactured from May 2005 to October 2011, including 270,000 vehicles in the U.S. and nearly 17,000 vehicles in Canada. The recall also affects the Lexus IS sold in Europe, the Middle East and China, Toyota said. Last month, Toyota agreed to pay more than $1 billion in the U.S. to settle lawsuits where vehicle owners said the value of their cars and SUVs plummeted after the company recalled millions of vehicles because of sudden-acceleration issues. Executives say they are not admitting fault. But they acknowledge the company is eager to put the recall crisis behind it, and move ahead with sales growth in Asian nations as well as the U.S. Given past recalls, Toyota executives have repeatedly promised to beef up quality controls and be quicker with recalls to repair Toyota’s image. Toyota’s production was hit by the quake and tsunami in northeastern Japan in 2011, where key suppliers were located, but it has since recovered, seeing sales grow not only in the U.S. but also in Asia. Toyota has announced some recalls in recent months, but they have been relatively minor, such as floor mats, and generally affect vehicles manufactured before its latest efforts to regain sterling quality. nEWs DEsK
Water flow on Mars suggests ancient life on planet
narrow ridges found in Martian craters may actually be fossilised remnants of underground cracks through which water once flowed on the red planet, a new study claims. Water flowing beneath the surface of ancient Mars suggests life may once have been possible on the Red planet, according to a new analysis by researchers from Brown University. The study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, bolsters the idea that the subsurface environment on Mars once had an active hydrology and could
be a good place to search for evidence of past life. The study conducted by Lee Saper and Jack Mustard suggest the ridges, many of them hundreds of meters in length and a few meters wide, had been noted in previous research, but how they had formed was not known. Saper and Mustard thought they might once have been faults and fractures that formed underground when impact events rattled the planet’s crust. Water, if present in the subsurface, would have circulated through
the cracks, slowly filling them in with mineral deposits, which would have been harder than the surrounding rocks. As those surrounding rocks eroded away over millions of years, the seams of mineral-hardened material would remain in place, forming the ridges seen today. Using high-resolution images from nASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the researchers noted the orientations of the ridges and composition of the surrounding rocks. The orientation data is consistent with the idea that the ridges started out as fractures formed by impact events. Importantly, researchers also found that the ridges exist exclusively in areas where the surrounding rock is rich in iron-magnesium clay, a mineral considered to be a telltale sign that water had once been present in the rocks. “The association with these hydrated materials suggests there was a water source available. That water would have flowed along the path of least resistance, which in this case would have been these fracture conduits,” Saper said. As that water flowed, dissolved minerals would have been slowly deposited in the conduits, in much the same way mineral deposits can build up and eventually clog drain pipes. The results suggest the ancient Martian subsurface had flowing water and may have been a habitable environment. “This gives us a point of observation to say there was enough fracturing and fluid flow in the crust to sustain at least a regionally viable subsurface hydrology,” Saper said. nEWs DEsK
Siberian family lived in isolation for 40 years
MITHSOnIAn has a fascinating story about a family of six that lived deep in the Siberian wilderness for 40 years with zero contact from other humans until geologists found them in 1978. Meaning they missed, among other things, all of World War II. The father, who belonged to a fundamentalist Russian Orthodox sect, moved them there in 1936 to avoid religious persecution. Some snippets: “The sight that greeted the geologists as they entered the cabin was like something from the middle ages. Jerry-built from whatever materials came to hand, the dwelling was not much more than a burrow—’a low, sootblackened log kennel that was as cold as a cellar,’ with a floor consisting of potato peel and pine-nut shells.” The two daughters “spoke a language distorted by a lifetime of isolation.” It sounded “like a slow, blurred cooing.” The family would sometimes visit the geologists’ camp, and one invention in particular sucked them in: television. “(T)hey would invariably sit down and watch. Karp sat directly in front of the screen. Agafia watched poking her head from behind a door. nEWs DEsK
America’s most fascinating nickel set to fetch millions
humble five-cent coin with a storied past is headed to auction a century after it was mysteriously minted, and bidding is expected to top $2 million. The 1913 Liberty Head nickel is one of only five known to exist, but it’s the coin’s back story that adds to its cachet: It was surreptitiously and illegally cast, discovered in a car wreck that killed its owner, declared a fake, forgotten in a closet for decades, and then found to be the real deal. It all adds up to an expected sale of $2.5 million or more when it goes on the auction block April 25 in suburban Chicago. nEWs DEsK
You can rent the latest Microsoft Office
T’S hard to get excited about Microsoft Office, but you may at least feel somewhat enthusiastic over the latest version out today: You rent it instead of shelling out hundreds of dollars for it. You can pay $10 per month or $100 for a full year for an Office 365 subscription, and the rental scheme comes with a lot of perks. The entire suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the like) can be used on as many as five devices, including tablets and phones, or you can stream versions of the applications to any computer with an Internet connection. And it comes with free, automatic upgrades to future versions. Your files sync as you work, across all devices, even if you’re editing them on Office.com, and you can keep them even after you stop renting. Despite the fact that it’s still Office, “it’s the best version of Office,” writes Sam Biddle on Gizmodo. not sold? Fine, you can also buy a copy of the Office 2013 home version for $140, but it’ll be locked down to one computer. nEWs DEsK
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Pakistan batting for glory in south africa Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq says it’s important to find the right lengths if they are going to be successful in South Africa CAPE TOWN
AKISTAn have a decent bowling attack which could give South Africa’s batsmen a bit of trouble in the first Test starting in Joburg on Friday, but their own batting will need to front up in conditions unlike those experienced on their home pitches. Only four of their batsmen have played in South Africa, and one of those, the left-handed opener Taufeeq Umar, is unlikely to feature in the first Test if the side picked for the warm-up match against an SA Invitational XI is anything to go by. It’s been suggested in Pakistan that, despite his inexperience, 23-year-old nasir Jamshed, who is yet to be capped in Tests, will open alongside Mohammed Hafeez at the Wanderers. Both of them made half-centuries in
farhat replaces injured Taufeeq
the warm-up game in East London, and given Taufeeq’s recent struggles in Tests he’s scored just two half-centuries in his last 12 innings - the tourists appear to have settled on their opening pair. Their most experienced batsmen, Younis Khan - who was part of the side that beat South Africa in Port Elizabeth in 2007 on Pakistan’s previous visit - has also struggled here, averaging just 33.88 in five Tests. “They are something different to new Zealand, they like playing their shots, because of the wickets they grow up on,” said South African fast bowler Vernon Philander. An aggressive approach from the Pakistan players would suit Philander. “A moving ball is a difficult thing to play and hopefully we can get the ball moving. For me, it’s good news if they come out attacking,” he added. Philander skipped the second Test against new Zealand with a hamstring
rolling off the assembly line and, for this year’s tour, they’ve included Junaid Khan, who impressed during the recent one-day series in India, and the towering Mo-
hammed Irfan (2.15m tall). But South Africa haven’t lost in their last 12 Tests and Pakistan will have to find a way to put the hosts’ stellar line-up under pressure.
sa gear up for ‘Biff day’ CAPE TOWN AGEnCiEs
CAPE TOWN: Pakistan opener Taufeeq Umar was replaced by opener Imran Farhat for the first Test against South Africa, which begins on February 1 in Johannesburg, after failing to recover from a leg injury. Taufeeq had to sit out of the practice match in East London that ended on Monday and is awaiting the results of an MRI. Pakistan's team manager naveed Akram Cheema confirmed to ESPncricinfo that Taufeeq has not trained this week. nasir Jamshed played in his place in the tour match and scored two half-centuries, which puts him in line to make his Test debut on Friday. Taufeeq has played 43 Tests since making his debut in 2001 and scored 2943 runs at an average of 38.72. He's been part of the XI in Pakistan's previous 18 Tests, since they played South Africa in the UAE in november 2010. During this period, he scored three centuries and five half-centuries. AGEnCiEs
strain from which he is fully recovered, and Amla had a quad strain which saw him absent from the last two ODIs against the Kiwis. Amla is expected to be fit by Friday. On the bowling front, Pakistan have been careful about not wanting to get too excited about the seamer-friendly conditions in this country. Skipper Misbah ulHaq says it’s important to find the right lengths if they are going to be successful in South Africa. “In South African conditions, I find that it’s not the guys who are quick, but those who are quite accurate who (are more dangerous),” Amla said on Tuesday. “What helps sub-continent teams is that they usually bowl on flat tracks, so when they get a wicket that assists them, they have the discipline (to take advantage of helpful conditions).” Pakistan tend to keep fast bowlers
It's shaping up to be a big week for Graeme Smith. On Monday, he announced his wife is expecting the couple's second child later this year. On Friday, he will turn 32 and also become the first person to captain a team in 100 Tests, when he leads South Africa against Pakistan in Johannesburg. Cricket South Africa (CSA) are pulling out all the stops to celebrate his achievement. The first day of the Test has been declared 'Biff day', after Smith's nickname. Those in attendance at the match will sing Happy Birthday to him during one of the intervals and there is talk that a cake will be brought onto the field with candles for him to blow out. Smith has been given a hospitality suite for his family and friends' use on the day. Among the other important guests expected to be in attendance is the country's sports minister, Fikile Mbalula, who will take time out of his football duties at the African nations' Cup to be at the cricket. CSA have also displayed a giant shirt, with the details of all of Smith's centuries printed on it, on the wall of a popular sports clothing store in a mall in Johannesburg. Supporters have been invited to write a personal message on the whites and some of them will appear on the
scoreboard during the match. For a man who struggled for affection from fans for a long time, the current outpouring is quite moving. At a signing session at the mall, Smith lapped it all up. He appeared completely relaxed as he signed autographs and posed for photographs. His team-mates were full of praise as well. For most of them, he is the only Test captain they have known and he has overseen their development and integration into the side. "Graeme has been an outstanding leader. He deserves all the credit that comes his way," Vernon Philander said. "A hundred Tests as captain - just to play 100 Tests is a momentous feat. When you're growing up, you don't imagine that you are going to play so much," Hashim Amla said. "He's taken on so much responsibility and the fact that he's still here and putting in big performances for the team is a tribute to the person he is and the commitment he has given to the team." Amla also added a little bait for the occasion. "He got a hundred in his 100th Test, and it would be nice if he made a contribution like that and helped us win the game." Smith played his 100th Test at The Oval in July last year and scored a century to contribute to South Africa's series lead. Jacques Kallis is the only member of the current squad to have played under different leaders, which means he is also the
only one to have been alongside Smith for his entire career. Kallis has been witness to Smith's uncomfortable start and subsequent maturing and believes the changes have been pronounced. "To achieve what he has achieved, I don't think will be achieved very soon again, if ever," Kallis said. "He's proved a lot of people wrong. He's stood up and faced the criticism and produced the results.
JoHannESburG: a fan writes a tribute to Graeme Smith on a giant shirt displayed in a Johannesburg mall.
"He leads from the front and that's what you want in a leader. If he says something he'll be the first guy to go forward and do it. He's opening the batting, so he's getting out there first and setting the tone and the example. He's an in-your-face kind of guy who will take on challenges and never back down. He doesn't ask any player to do anything he wouldn't do himself. There are times to be brash and there are times to absorb the pressure and that's what he's developed over the years. He's learnt when to be which character which has probably been his biggest improvement as a captain." As testament to his ability to lead by example, Smith holds an unusual record. On each of the 26 times he has scored a Test hundred, South Africa have either drawn or won the match. It is a statistic he was only made aware of during his century in Adelaide and said it was something that he was "very proud of." Although Smith lives and plays his cricket in Cape Town, he is originally from Johannesburg and so this will effectively be a "home" celebration. Smith completed his schooling at the King Edward VII High School and played a handful of matches for Gauteng before he was snapped up by Western Province. He was made captain at the age of 22 and is currently in his tenth year in the job, having captained South Africa in 98 Tests and the World XI in one.
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Pakistan cricketers practice amid tight security CUTTACK AGEnCiEs
With no signs of fear in their eyes despite protests from several quarters, Pakistan's women cricketers on Monday took to their first net practice amid tight security at the Barabati Stadium, one of the venues for the upcoming World Cup. They practised for four hours even as a small group of agitators staged a demonstration outside the fortified venue. "Barabati stadium and its arrangements are more like in Pakistan. We are happy with the facilities provided to us by the organisers," Pakistan team manager Ayesha Ashhar told reporters after the session. Coach Basit Ali echoed similar feelings and said his team will have an edge over others as it would be practising and playing in the same ground. "We will play a positive game in the World Cup. Our players are confident," one of the coaches, refer-
ring to their opening match against Australia on February 1, said. For security reasons, the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) has housed them inside the stadium. Pakistan's matches had been shifted from Mumbai in the wake of protests from several quarters following the beheading of Indian soldiers along the Line of Control (LoC). Even as the players from the neighbouring country hit the ground in dusky colour track suits, about 1500 khaki-clad security personnel guarded them. The entire stadium as well as the city has been turned into a fortress. "We have sufficient force to ensure smooth conduct of the matches," Cuttack DCP Praveen Kumar said, adding that the group of people was taken to custody for staging a demonstration outside the stadium. The DCP, however, said that the protestors belonging to Utkal Bharat were released on personal release bond later. The agitators raising
slogans "Pakistan players go back" marched towards the stadium, but they were soon taken into custody by the police. Similarly, the Bajrang Dal, which was at the forefront of protests and observed Cuttack bandh last week, has decided to hold a mass congregation of its activists here on February 1, sources said. A source in the outfit informed that preparations are on at the statelevel for the protest that is expected to see around 20000 activists participating. Sources in OCA, which is hosting the Group B matches of the ICC Women's World Cup, said visiting Pakistani players will play a friendly match against Odisha Women Cricket Team. "We are excited to face the Pakistani team. They have many good players. Our girls will learn a lot from this exercise," said Odisha Women's Cricket Team captain Madhumita Behera.
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Training camp for azlan Shah cup from 10th LAHORE
latif hits out at BCCi for housing team at stadium
The training camp of national senior probables preparing for participation in 22nd Sultan Azlan Shah Cup will commence from February 10 here at national hockey stadium. “The camp will be attended by 25 players and we will be aiming to train a balanced side to get productive results in the event,” said chief manager and coach of the team, former Olympian Chaudhary Akhtar Rasool on Wednesday. Azlan Shah will be played from March 9-17 at Ipoh, Malaysia. Following will attend the camp, Imran Shah, Imran Butt, Syed Kashif Shah, Muhammad Imran, M. Rizwan Senior, M. Tousiq, Fareed Ahmed, Rashid Mahmood, Muhammad Waqas, Shafqat Rasool, Abdul Haseem Khan, Ali Shan, Muhammad Ateeq, Waseem Ahmed, M. Kashif Ali, Shakeel Abbasi, Muhammad Irfan, M. Salman Hussain, M. Umar Bhutta, M. Rizwan Junior, M. Irfan Junior, Muhammad Dilber, M. Khalid Bhatti, Tasawwar Abbas and Talal Khalid. The team officials who will be managing the camp are, Akhtar Rasool Chaudhary, Manager & Head Coach, Abdul Hanif Khan, Coach, Ajmal Khan Lodhi & Ahmed Alam, Assistant Coaches, Faiz-urRahman, Physiotherapist and nadeem Khan Lodhi, Video Analyst.
national deaf cricket in full swing
AKISTAn Cricket Board has remained silent on the decision by International Cricket Council to allow the organisers of the Women's World Cup in India to house the Pakistan team at a stadium instead of a hotel but former players have lashed out at the ICC and the BCCI for this development. Former Test leg spinner Abdul Qadir said the state of affairs prevailing in the Women's World Cup was a sad commentary on the state of relations between Pakistan and India and the role of the ICC. "I would like to see more cricketing ties between the two countries but for this Indian political parties need to keep sports away from politics. I wish our women do well in the World Cup it would mean and say a lot about the character of Pakistan cricket," he said. Another former captain Rashid Latif said he was really disappointed to learn about this development.
LAHORE sTAFF REPORT
Islamabad, Sheikhupura, Gujrat, Chakwal, Faisalabad, Peshawar ,Rawalpindi and narrowal fashioned out victories in the 2ndnational Deaf Cricket Championship 2013 here on Wednesday at different ground. Islamabad imposed massive 224 runs defeat to Dera Ismail Khan at Albilal Cricket Ground Township. Islamabad scored 288/7 in 40 overs and Rashid scored 92 runs. D I khan were allout at 64. Sheikhupura outplayed Gujranwala by eight wickets at Shah Fisal Cricket ground.Gujranwala won the toss and scored 87/10 runs. Sheikhpura answered with 91/2. Gujrat bat Sargodha by seven wickets at Town Ship ground.Gujarat after winning the toss scored 131/3 . Sargodha were out at 111. nadeem scored 44 runs. Chakwal defeated Swat by 128 runs at Town Ship green ground. Chakwal won the toss and scored 245/8 Sawat were all out at 117 runs . Faisalabad outshone Sialkot by eight wickets at Race Course Ground.I Sialkot won the toss and were all out at 160. Faisalabad chased the target in 32.5 over and lost 2 wickets. Peshawar beat Jhelum by 184 runs at Race Course Ground number two ground. Peshawar scored 277/6 and dismissed . Jhelum at 93 runs in 24.5 overs. Rawalpindi scored 64 runs win over Hafizabad at Moden Town cricket club. Rawalpindi scored 179 all out in 30.5 overs . Hafizabad were bowled out at 115. Kohat defeated narowal by 134 runs at Modal Town Green Cricket Club. Kohat won the toss and scored 240 all out in 39.2 overs. narowal fell cheaply at 97 runs .
"The reason given for keeping our team at the stadium instead of a five star hotel like the three other teams is security. But the point is that if the Indian Board can't guarantee security of all the participating teams in the World Cup why did not the ICC act and shift the event to some other country where the Pakistan team could also enjoy the event as other teams," Latif reported to have said. Latif said the ICC's role in the whole affair had been disappointing as had that of the BCCI. "It is a shame that in a country like India even their government and Board can't assure safety of our players if they stay at a hotel," he added. He lamented that how could the Pakistani women be expected to give their best in the event in the shadow of such pressure and security threats. "If our players do well they would have excelled themselves. Because no
team should be made to suffer like this in a global ICC event like the World Cup," Latif said.Pakistan Cricket Board has remained silent on the decision by International Cricket Council to allow the organisers of the Women's World Cup in India to house the Pakistan team at a stadium instead of a hotel but former players have lashed out at the ICC and the BCCI for this development. Another former captain Moin Khan said that the treatment meted out to the Pakistan women's team few weeks after Pakistan men's side had toured India for an ODI series without any problem was very sad. "It is sad that sports and politics are mixed together in India. Where is the traditional hospitality the Indians are famous for? Is their government and Board so weak they can't guarantee the security of our team if it is staying at a hotel like the other sides?" Moin asked. Former women's team captain Urooj Mumtaz said she could realise the pressure the players must be feeling at the moment in Cuttack. "I would like to know what the ICC would have done if the same situation had evolved in some other country than India. It is a joke that our team has to stay at a stadium for security reasons than why have the event in India at all," she said. PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf had suggested to the ICC to shift the World Cup to South Africa.
thumb, Khawaja in one-day squad
Australia opener David Warner will miss the first two one-day internationals against West Indies with a fractured thumb and has been replaced in the squad by Usman Khawaja, Cricket Australia said on Wednesday. Warner was struck by a Mitchell Johnson delivery while batting in the nets at Perth, suffering a minor left thumb fracture and ruling him out of the matches on Friday and Sunday at the WACA. "While the fracture is very minor, it is not worth taking any risks," physiotherapist Kevin Sims said. "The injury will keep him out of at least the next two matches against West Indies. We'll assess how he is progressing after that to determine his availability for the remainder of the series." After the five-match one-day series against West Indies followed by a Twenty20 International, Australia will tour India for a four-test series beginning on Feb. 22.
Three foreign teams to take part in Tent-Pegging Championship LAHORE sTAFF REPORT
England, India, South Africa and Pakistan will participate in a 4-nation International Competition to be held from February 8-12 at Faisalabad. “It is going to be a historic event in Pakistan as in the prevailing situation foreign teams are not visiting Pakistan owing to security concerns and we are delighted that three foreign countries have confirmed their participation in the event,” said Tariq Bucha, President, Indigenous Horse Breeders here on Wednesday at a news conference He said that it is matter of great pride for Pakistan that the event will be supervised by three international judges from India, South Africa and Pakistan. “International Tent Pegging federation has obtained membership from 19 countries. This competition has been included in Asian games and international Beach games. now the federation is
working towards tent pegging being part of the Olympic Games,” he asserted. Pakistan must play its role in the federation, as this game is native to Pakistan and its origins go back hundreds of years in our culture. The structure of our tour will be that 4 national Teams (from South Africa, England and India) besides 1 South African Women’s Team and 1 Masters Team (over 55 Years) along with the international teams 25 top teams / clubs from Pakistan will also compete in separate Local cultural events. Following is the programme of the competition, Feb 8-9, 4 International and 2 Local Tent pegging competition will take place at University of Agriculture, Faisalabad grounds, Feb 11-12, 5 International Tent pegging competition, local Horse 5 International Tent pegging competition, local Horse Show & Horse Dancing Competition at the same venue. FOLLOWINg ARE THE TEAMS: ENgLAND: Jenna Copley ,David
Puckey, Peter Turland, Michael Smith Tina Ricketts Smith, Gerald nott and John neaves. Jacqueline Chandler. (India) ,Sarpartap Singh, Jaswinder Singh, Jaswinder Singh, Jaswinder Singh, Ujagar Singh ,Malook singh, narwar Singh Raghuwanshi and Sunil Kumar. SOuTH AFRICA: Barend Frderick nel, norman Jim Mosters, Albert Francois De Viller, Leon Venter (captain) Johannes Petrus Jordaan, Marthinus Petrus De Jager Odendaal, Patrick Vorster, Anton Van Der Schyff, Annas Elias, Christiaan Danial, Dirk Cornelis Pieters Van niekerk,Villiam James Guest,Anthon Hermanus Jhon Coetzee. PAKISTAN: Malik Ata Muhammad Khan, Amir Munawar ,Haroon Bandial, Shahbaz Qamar ,Ch. Rashid, Raja Zarar, naeem Gajjal,Qamar Zaman,Hussain Abbas Syed, Awais Wasti and Kamran niazi. Tariq Bucha said that Pakistani Teams have participated in many interna-
tional Tent Pegging Competitions in different countries and won Gold Cup and medals were following Gold cup and Medals.1963 and 1969,Malik Atta won gold in Australia and Silver Medal in Canada.1982, Malik Atta won Silver Medal in California USA ,1982,Malik Atta won Gold Medal in England.,2000 Team Event gold in USA,2011, 4 Gold and 3 Silver in South Africa. Al Mustafa Imam,1989 (Gold) nehru Cup in India, 2000, Gold in South Africa 2003,Silver in South Africa, Aamir Munawar,2000, 2 Golds in South Africa (Johannesburg),2000,Team Pakistan, Silver in South Africa, Cape Town,Haroon Bandial / Shahbaz Qamar 2007,Team event Gold in London, South Africa Ch. Rashid Gujjar 2007,Bronze Medal, South Africa, Qamar Zaman,2009,Asian Gold India,2012,Pakistan Team won Gold Medal in India 13 Country event.
PSL not to serve its actual purpose: Shaharyar LAHORE sTAFF REPORT
Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan reckons that the proposed Pakistan Super League (PSL) will not serve its purpose of bringing international cricket back to the country. And he has his reasons for holding those reservations. “The security situation in Pakistan has deteriorated further in the last couple of years and in my personal opinion, no country will send its team here at this moment in time,” Shaharyar reported to have said. “I wish I’m wrong in claiming that the PSL will not be able to attract top-ranked cricketers but as the PCB is investing heavily, second or third-grade players might be attracted to it. “However, that will not fulfil its purpose of convincing teams to come and play in Pakistan.” Regarding that, he counts out the possibility of India, England or Australia touring Pakistan in the coming years.
“The BCCI follows its government’s instructions in any ties with Pakistan while the UK and Australia are part of the nato forces so they won’t be sending their teams either,” he said. Shaharyar, who has also held the post of Pakistan’s secretary of foreign affairs in his illustrious career, is of the view that even though Pakistan toured India recently, the current situation at the Line of Control (LoC) reduces the possibility of a bilateral series to a bare minimal. “In the past, cross-firing at the LoC was a routine matter but this time around the Indian reaction has been so strong that our hockey players had to return home [from participating in the Indian Hockey League],” he said. However, he suggests the PCB to involve the Pakistan and UAE governments in order to get a special concession in organising ‘home series’ there and also mentions South Africa as an option. Shaharyar, however, doesn’t completely agree with the PCB adopting a tit-
for-tat policy with Bangladesh after they did not send their team for a tour despite committing to do so twice. “I admit the BCB did not fulfil their commitment but it would’ve been better if the PCB had lodged their protest to the BCB directly instead of stopping players from featuring in the Bangladesh Premier League,” he asserted. “Their public loves our cricketers and these actions will ultimately damage the unity of the Asian bloc and we can hope that they realise the steps we’ve taken to help them.” But the former PCB chief lauds the work done by Zaka in improving ties with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh which had been at an all-time low during Ijaz Butt’s regime at the PCB helm. “They [relationships] had fallen to their lowest ebb but Zaka has done well to revive them,” he said. “Personal level contacts between the heads of the cricket boards are very important as it helps in solving issues in a better way.”
australia to stay away from Psl LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board’s effort to bring international stars for Pakistan Super League (PSL) suffered a setback on Wednesday when Cricket Australia made it clear that they would not support any contracted players participating in PSL. “Due to the ongoing security concerns in Pakistan, Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association would not be supportive of any international or state contracted player participating in the Pakistan Super League,” said a spokesman of Cricket Australia. This is first time that any board has publicly said that they can’t support Pakistan Super League since PCB launched the league earlier this month. sTAFF REPORT
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Warne presents alternate reality
HAnE Warne has proposed an alternate reality for Australian cricket. It is one in which Mark Taylor is the generalissimo, Stephen Fleming the coach, and Ian Chappell the Godfatherly consultant for all players to lean on. Rotation does not exist following a players' mutiny, captains are never chosen in advance of the team they lead, and sleep is a preferable form of recovery to the use of technology. Having drummed up a wave of hype for his suggestions about how to lift Australian cricket from the state of disarray in which he says it has fallen into, Warne delivered an excoriation of the post-Argus review network around the national team and suggested replacements for all of Cricket Australia's major team performance roles. Warne had previously suggested on Twitter that the captain Michael Clarke needed better support than he was currently getting, and proposed that a new hierarchy be established that was comprised entirely of former international players. Taylor was nominated to replace the former rugby international, Pat Howard, as the team performance chief. The selection panel would be comprised of Rod Marsh as chairman, plus Mark Waugh, Damien Martyn and Glenn McGrath. Stephen Fleming, the ex-new Zealand captain, was Warne's coach of choice instead of Mickey Arthur, with Darren Lehmann to be his assistant. Warne argued that the coach should not be a se-
lector. The recently retired Michael Hussey and Michael Bevan were put forward as potential batting coaches, while Merv Hughes and Bruce Reid were posited as the men to mentor the bowlers. Chappell, meanwhile, would oversee it all as a consultant, on call as a source of advice and philosophy on the game. "All the above people are cricket people, not rugby, tennis or from any other sporting code," Warne wrote on his website. "They all understand the game of cricket, they have lived and breathed the game for a long time and most importantly have the best interests of Australian cricket at heart, along with being super passionate and above all, they just love the game. "Cricket is a simple game; sure it has room and a place for scientific research and current technology, which can help [you] learn about an opponent, but not instead of using your cricket brain they can work hand in hand. Technology can help in recovery, but so can sleep and a common sense approach to recovery." As for the thinking behind selection, Warne said the most important element in his view was the fostering of a united team via the playing and winning of matches together. Critical for some time of the concept of rotation, Warne argued that the changing of teams for reasons other than the simplest of injury and form concerns bred mistrust, and he encouraged the current team to revolt against the concept. "A simple criteria is pick your best team and stick with it in all forms, then the players get used playing together and being with one another on tour, you get to know the person," Warne wrote. "Too much chopping and changing leads to insecurity, players then start to look out for themselves and over their shoulder, this breeds selfishness. "It's also why rotation and resting players will never work. I believe the players should be united, take ownership of this, it's a very powerful and strong message to send to CA if the players' message is 'I do not want to be rested or rotated; I want to play every game, if I don't perform drop me'. If this decision comes from the players then CA have to respect that and follow suit on selection accordingly, this will then mean someone is accountable. "We have the best batsmen/captain in world cricket at the moment in Michael Clarke and the spine of a good team with [David] Warner, [Shane] Watson, [Matthew] Wade, [Peter] Siddle and [nathan] Lyon, the rest of the spots are up for grabs in my opinion. Opportunities for players now are there for the taking." Warne said he planned to discuss his ideas with the CA chief executive James Sutherland, who had previously offered the former Test legspinner the chance for a meeting to air grievances that were aggravated by his own disciplinary problems during the Big Bash League and the Melbourne Stars' exit from the tournament.
Elite Education Seminar of Pff concludes LAHORE: “It is established fact that football cannot prosper and flourish without competent, and highly-qualified administrative staff, who should be fully proficient with knowledge of Constitution and Disciplinary Code to ensure the enforcement of laws of the game and takes appropriate measures, if the statutory objectives of Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) are breached, especially with regard to election, forgery, corruption, expulsion and suspension,” said General Secretary PFF, Lt. Col. ® Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi during Elite Education Seminar held at PFF House. Inspector General Police ® Mr. Muhammad Saeed Khan, Member PFF Congress and Chairman Legal & Constitution Committee explained to the participants that a constitution is an asset of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or any other organization is governed. These rules together make up i.e. constitutes what the entity is. When these principles are written down into a single collection or set of legal documents, those documents may be said to comprise a written constitution. sTAFF REPORT
liverpool game will be intense, says walcott DUBAI AGEnCiEs
Arsenal and Liverpool are currently sixth and seventh in the Premier League currently with a three-point gap separating both sides which could potentially be closed when they face off on Wednesday evening. Walcott acknowledged that the Gunners need to focus on getting into a consistent run of form and is prepared for a tough match against the Reds with both sides in the hunt for the fourth and final Champions League spot. "It's going to be an intense game [against Liverpool]," said Walcott. "Both teams are fighting for that fourth position and are very close together. But I think the way we played at home the other day [against West Ham] shows that we are strong enough to beat them. "Yes [the momentum is growing]. It has been up and down, there have been patches of brilliance, but we need to do it in every game. We have tended to start slowly and then wake up and that's something we need to get out of our system. It's about being concentrated.
Vettori unlikely to be fit for England series WILLINGTON AGEnCiEs
Daniel Vettori is unlikely to recover from his Achilles injury in time to be fit for the home series against England, the new Zealand allrounder told local media. Although aiming to play domestic one-day cricket at the end of February, Vettori said he would be unable to play any longer-form games in the leadup to the three-test series, which starts with the first match in Dunedin on March 6. "I'm hoping to be available for selection for northern Districts' oneday campaign, and then whatever happens from there happens," Vettori said in comments published by Fairfax Media on Wednesday, referring to his domestic side. northern Districts play their first match in new Zealand's l o c a l one-day competi-
tion on Feb. 26. "I won't be able to play any four-day cricket, so the test matches against England may be a stretch for me." Vettori, new Zealand's most experienced international, said the return tour to England starting in May was a more realistic goal. "But Achilles are funny things, they come and go with the pain and I need to prove to not only the selectors, but myself, that I can manage back-to-back days of cricket. That's the plan, but I'll just see how I go," the 34-year-old added. Former captain Vettori hurt his foot at the World Twenty20 tournament in September and missed new Zealand's subsequent tours to Sri Lanka and South Africa. new Zealand head into their home series against England a lowly eighth in the test rankings and after a demoralising 2-0 series loss away to the Proteas.
Sunshine and shorts equal no rust for Westwood DUBAI AGEnCiEs
Lee Westwood has never felt so well prepared for the start of a new season after having swapped the snow of Britain for the sunshine of Florida, the world number eight said on Tuesday. The European Ryder Cup stalwart, who has taken up membership of the U.S. PGA Tour this year, makes his first competitive outing of 2013 at this week's $2.5 million Dubai Desert Classic. "I played a lot more this winter than I would normally play and there's no rust," Westwood told reporters. "The main reason for mov-
ing to Florida was to get more games of golf as I wouldn't play normally when I'm at home because of the weather. "Last week I had shorts on and was out playing with (world number three) Luke Donald. Living in England I've always finished the year, gone home, packed the clubs away and came back out trying to catch everyone else. "My short game is sharper from being out there especially my putting," added Westwood. The 39-year-old Englishman has a proud record at the Dubai Classic, having been runner-up in 1999, 2010 and 2012 and amassed a total of seven top-10 finishes, but he
has yet to chalk up a victory in 19 appearances in the event. "I should have won when I was up against Miguel (Angel Jimenez) in a playoff in 2010. Then last year I had to birdie the last to force a playoff with Rafa (Cabrera-Bello) and missed it so I feel like I've let a couple slip," said Westwood. "It's certainly one I would like to win. Hopefully this week I'll play as well as I've played the last few years and have a chance again and finish it off." Westwood said the cream normally rises to the top at the Emirates Golf Club. "It's a good test which is probably why it has had good winners on it," he explained. "You look at the
winners from the last few years and they're not short hitters - Rory McIlroy, Alvaro Quiros, Henrik Stenson and Tiger Woods. "It's a sand-based course so you don't get much run from your tee shots. It certainly helps to be able to reach the par-fives in two." Spaniard Cabrera-Bello will be defending the title he won 12 months ago and is joined in the field by last week's Qatar Masters champion Chris Wood of Britain. Sergio Garcia of Spain, who finished one stroke behind Wood in Doha, also gets a chance to go one better at the final stop on the European Tour's three-week desert swing.
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Thursday, 31 January, 2013 PARIS: Klara Zakopalova returns from a set down to send off Anabel Medina Garrigues in the GDF Suez Open in Paris while Heather Watson progresses her way to the second round past Timea Babos.
Zakopalova beats Garrigues in Paris PARIS AGEnCiEs
LARA Zakopalova battled back from a set down to see off Anabel Medina Garrigues in the first round of the Open GDF Suez in Paris. The eighthseeded Czech, who reached the second round of the Australian Open,
claimed a 2-6 7-5 6-0 win over her Spanish opponent. American Christina McHale and Germany's Mona Barthel were also first-round winners on Monday and both went through in straight sets. McHale saw off French wildcard Pauline Parmentier 6-4 6-1, while Barthel was a 7-6 (7/1) 6-0 winner over Poland's Urszula Radwanska.
Watson marches on at Pattaya open PATTAYA: British number one Heather Watson progressed to the second round of the Pattaya Open with ease on Tuesday after Timea Babos was forced to retire in the second set. Watson climbed to number 40 in the WTA rankings after reaching the third round of the Australian Open, where she lost to Agnieszka Radwanska, and she continued to impress in Thailand, dropping only one game. The 20-year-old eighth seed had brushed Babos aside 6-1 in the first set and was cruising 3-0 in the second when Babos retired hurt, handing Watson a second-round meeting with Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia. Sevastova had a harder task in dispatching Japan's Misaki Doi 6-4 6-2 to progress, while fifth seed Sabine Lisicki saw off the threat of fellow German Tatjana Malek with a 6-2 6-3 win. Second seed Maria Kirilenko beat Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan 6-3 7-5 as American Vania King fell to a 6-4 6-4 defeat at the hands of Anastasia Rodionova of Russia. Elsewhere, Sorana Cirstea of Romania moved beyond American Bethanie Mattek-Sands with a 6-1 6-3 win and Australia's Casey Dellacqua fell foul of a 6-2 6-2 triumph for Luksika Kumkhum. AGEnCiEs
four matches decided in national u-21 Hockey
IOC plans to cut one sport in Feb, add one in May
Punjab Whites, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and Punjab Colour moved ahead in national 32nd Junior U-21 national Hockey after winning their respective ties on Wednesday at Faisalabad Hockey Stadium. Punjab White routed Balochistan 6-0, KPK outplayed Islamabad 5-1 and Punjab Colour thrashed Pakistan Education Boards 7-0. Army played a 2-2 draw against Sindh. Following are the results of the matches, Punjab White took slim 1-0 lead over Balochistan at half time. Scorers,PUnJAB (W):Zeeshan 27th minute (PC), Faizan 43rd minute (PC), Raza Ali 2 Goals 47th & 69th minute (FG), Mubashar 56thminute (FG) & Jabbar 61stminute (PC). KPK gained firm 5-0 lead over Islamabad at interval.Scorers, KPK:Kareem Khan 2 Goals 10th& 23rd minutes (FG), Bilal 2 Goals 15th& 25thminutes (PC) & Samiullah Khan 19th minute (FG). ISLAMABAD:Mohammad Isa 41stminute (PC). Punjab Colour took 2-0 lead against Pak Boards at half time.Scorers, PUnJAB (C): Muzaffar 16th minute (PC), Rana Sohail 2 Goals 19th& 45thminutes (FG), Mudassar 39th minute (PC), Ali Butt 42ndminute (PC) Usama 49th minute (FG) & Ghaffar 70thminute (PS). Army and Sindh were locked in a 1-1 draw at half time and the second half saw both the teams adding one goal each, restricting the match from getting a result. Scorers, ARMY:Mohammad Yasir 35thminute (PC) & Habib-ur-Rehman 49thminute (PC). SInDH:Waseem 21stminute (FG) & Arshad 64th minute (PC). Matches for tomorrow, Thursday, Wapda vs Balochistan, HEC vs Punjab Whites, PIA vs Islamabad and KPK vs Customs.
One Olympic sport will learn next month that its Games future is in jeopardy when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meets to decide the shape of the summer Games from 2020. The IOC's executive board, meeting in Lausanne on Feb. 12 and 13, will pick a core of 25 summer Olympic sports that will be put to a single vote at their session in Argentina in September. "The IOC in February is expected to make a recommendation on the 25 core sports to be put up for a vote in Buenos Aires," an IOC official told Reuters on Wednesday. The organisation will recommend one sport to be cut from the original list of 26. Rugby and golf, which are being added to the Games from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, will not part of the process. The decisions of the executive board will need to be ratified by the session in Buenos Aires but it is unlikely that the board's recommendation would be overturned. The IOC is eager to revamp the Games sports programme in an effort to keep up with the times and attract younger fans and sponsors as well as to rein in the size of the Games and keep the number of summer sports at a maximum of 28. There are seven candidate sports for
azraa promoted as deputy director sports LAHORE sTAFF REPORT
On the recommendation of the Departmental Promotion Committee, in the fresh transfers and postings in the Sports Board Punjab and Sports Directorate a number of officials have been promoted from grade-17 to grade-18. Assistant Director Azraa Parveen (Sports and Coaching/ Senior Coach) has been promoted to grade-18 and positioned as Deputy Director Budget and Accounts against a vacant post while Assistant Director Muhammad Sajid (Sports and Coaching/Senior Coach) has been posted as Senior Coach.
a place on the programme with baseball and softball, off the Games since Beijing in 2008, making a joint bid for re-entry. Chinese martial arts sport wushu, sport climbing, roller sports, squash, karate and wakeboarding are also in the running for an Olympic spot. The sport recommended by February's meeting to be dropped will automatically become a candidate sport, with the IOC then recommending one of the eight bidding sports for inclusion at their board meeting in late May in St Petersburg. Olympic acceptance gives a sport instant publicity and increased funding while Games exclusion, especially for less-popular sports, translates into money problems and severely limited global exposure. Several Olympic sports are reportedly at greater risk, with modern pentathlon and taekwondo among those mentioned often. Modern pentathlon, introduced by the founder of the modern Olympics, Pierre de Coubertin, seems to have most mentions when it comes to dropping a sport. The federation has been trying hard to increase the sport's appeal to broadcasters and spectators by cutting events down to one day and they are eager to take it a step further with a single venue hosting all disciplines in Rio. Taekwondo is seen by some as a less popular martial arts alternative to karate.
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national cycling camp in full swing for South asian Games LAHORE sTAFF REPORT
The national cycling training camp is in full swing here a18 eighteen riders are preparing for the South Asian Games being held in March in new Delhi, India. “Twelve male cyclists and six female riders are undergoing strenuous training under the watchful eyes of national coaches in two daily sessions here,” said Syed Azhar Ali Shah, Secretary PCF (Munawar Baseer Group) on Wednesday. He said the camp is functioning since January first and the way cyclists are taking interest in daily training it indicates that they are aiming high to get encouraging results in the South Asian meet. Pakistan Sports Board has been extremely supportive throughout and has extended complete facilities to PCF and the players who are training in the camp. “President, PCF, Munawar Baseer has already received the invitation to take part in the competition besides attending the General Congress Meeting of Asian Cycling Confederation being held on the side lines of the South Asian championship,” he asserted. A strong Pak team, he said, will feature in the new Delhi event being held from March 5-17 besides taking part in the U23 and junior categories. He informed the national Cycling Championship for men will be organized by PCF in Lahore from February 20-24,, which will be hosted by Sui Southern Gas Company .Teams from all member departments, four provinces and FATA will underline their talent in the five day premier activity. Azhar Shah said the PCF headed by Munawar Baseer is duly recognized by International Cycling Union (UCI) and Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) and its (PCF) teams are regularly taking part in international events abroad.
Doping-Fuentes will not be forced to give client names MADRID AGEnCiEs
Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, on trial for allegedly masterminding a doping ring in cycling, will not be obliged to identify any of the clients whose frozen blood was found in bags seized by police, the judge in the case ruled on Wednesday. On his second day on the stand, Fuentes, who denies involvement in doping, said he could identify to whom the blood in the numbered bags belonged, prompting a request by the Italian Olympic Committee (COnI), represented at the trial in Madrid, that he do so in court. Judge Julia Santamaria said she would not prevent him from revealing the names but would not force him to do so, saying it would infringe the rights of those implicated. Fuentes and four other defendants, including his sister Yolanda, are appearing in court almost seven years after anabolic steroids, transfusion equipment and blood bags were seized as part of a investigation code-named "Operation Puerto". The closely-watched and much-delayed trial began on Monday and
when Fuentes took the stand on Tuesday he told the judge he had clients in sports other than cycling, including soccer, tennis, athletics and boxing. The proceedings have attracted international scrutiny because anti-doping authorities, who
along with COnI and several sporting organisations are taking part in the trial, are hopeful it will finally lead to evidence of wrongdoing by athletes in other sports being made available. A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) request for access to
Doctor had clients in soccer and tennis MADRID: Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, accused of masterminding a doping ring in cycling, told a court on Tuesday he also had clients in other sports including soccer, tennis, athletics and boxing after finally taking the stand in a high-profile and much-delayed trial. Fuentes and four other defendants are appearing before a Madrid judge almost seven years after police seized anabolic steroids, transfusion equipment and blood bags as part of a investigation code-named "Operation Puerto". The trial has attracted close international scrutiny because anti-doping authorities, who are represented in court, are hopeful it will finally lead to evidence of wrongdoing by athletes in sports other than cycling being made available. Legal experts say it could also change the way doping issues are dealt with by criminal justice systems around the world. Fuentes, who denies doping, was due to be crossexamined on Monday on the trial's opening day but his testimony was delayed as Judge Julia Santamaria dealt with procedural issues. He was again mobbed by dozens of reporters, photographers and camera crews as he arrived with his lawyer on Tuesday and before he took the stand Santamaria agreed to a prosecution petition that disgraced American cyclist Tyler Hamilton be called as a witness later in the trial. AGEnCiEs
the blood bags has been repeatedly denied by the Spanish authorities, and the body await the judge's ruling on their latest petition made this week. Fuentes did reveal the name of one client on Wednesday, identifying former rider Jose Javier Gomez, now the president of Spain's association of professional cyclists (ACP) and the director general of a government foundation that promotes sport for young people. Fuentes also told the court he was aware that abnormally high levels of erythropoietin (EPO) had been found in eight of the 92 blood bags seized in 2006 but said he had nothing to do with the presence of the artificial hormone. "no product was ever added to the blood except legally established preservatives," Fuentes said. "Such a small quantity (of EPO) can have no other explanation than that it was the remnants of a previous treatment." Prohibited by anti-doping authorities since the early 1990s, EPO can help athletic performance by increasing the concentration of red cells and improving the amount of oxygen blood can carry to the body's muscles.
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no takers for global pressure, Iran gets IP pipeline project cabinet slams rehman malik for terrorising public in Karachi g approves Strategic Trade Policy, handing over operations at Gwadar port to chinese company g Gives go ahead to institutionalising ombudsman’s office
ISLAMABAD AnWER AbbAs
EJECTInG international pressure, the federal cabinet on Wednesday gave a go ahead to awarding the contract for the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline to an Iranian company with the project completion deadline set for 2015. Federal ministers, who met with PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in the chair on Wednesday, also lambasted Interior Minister Rehman Malik for his recent statements in connection with the Karachi violence besides approving the national Trade Policy for the coming three years. As the meeting commenced under the leadership of Prime Minister Ashraf, a strong
rift was witnessed between cabinet members and the minister for interior, insiders said. The members of the cabinet criticised the interior minister over his recent statements on the Karachi law and order, accusing him of creating a wave of fear among the general public. Sources said Law Minister Farooq naik said Malik’s statement spread fear in the city, adding that Malik should not provide information regarding terrorism to the people and should first contact the quarters concerned. To this, Malik said the only purpose of giving the statement was to alert the people and he had no intention of spreading panic. Briefing reporters on the cabinet meeting later Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said the cabinet set up a fourmember committee under the finance min-
ister to monitor work on the Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline project. The construction on Pakistani side of the pipeline would be undertaken soon at a cost of $1.5 five billion, adding that work was continuing on the proposed TurkmenistanAfghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project as well. Kaira said the cabinet also gave approval to Strategic Trade Policy whose details would be announced today (Thursday). He said the cabinet was informed that during July-December 2012‚ inflation remained at 7.9 percent‚ which was the lowest in recent history. The minister said the cabinet decided to empower the office of ombudsman to institutionalise the process of accountability and provide speedy justice to the people. He said that the cabinet also decided to
give administrative and financial autonomy to the office of ombudsman. Kaira said eleven different departments were carrying out accountability previously, but now all these departments had been streamlined under the office of the ombudsman. He said the departments would be bound to provide relevant information to the office of the ombudsman within 15 days, failing which disciplinary action would be taken against them. The minister said the office of the ombudsman would decide appeals within 45 days and would also be authorised to review its decisions, adding that appeal against the ombudsman’s decisions could only be made to the President within 120 days. Kaira said the tenure of the office of the
ombudsman would be four years and the method for his removal would be the same as that of the judges of senior judiciary. The cabinet also decided to award the contract of operationalising Gwadar Deep Sea Port to China Overseas Port Holding Limited. The minister noted that the contract had previously been awarded to Singapore Port Authority but there were proposals to change the company. He said now the Singaporean company would share the task of operationalising the port with China Overseas Port Holding Limited and transfer the responsibility to it. Kaira added that the prime minister appreciated performance of the present assemblies and said there was no precedence of what the current assemblies had done.
isLAMAbAD: Parliamentarians pose for the first-ever farewell photo of sitting lawmakers on Wednesday.
Exhumation of fasial’s body allowed ISLAMABAD KAsHiF AbbAsi
The Islamabad Chief Commissioner on Wednesday allowed exhumation of Kamran Faisal’s body as suggested by Punjab Forensic Agency for an independent examination. Following the recommendations of the Punjab Forensic Agency, the City Zone SP had, the other day, sent a letter to Deputy Commissioner’s and Commissioner’s Office seeking approval to exhume Kamran Faisal’s corpse. On Wednesday, the Chief Commissioner approved the letter sent by police and allowed exhumation of Faisal’s body. In addition to this, police sources said the Punjab Forensic Agency also requested Islamabad Police to hand over all important pieces of evidence, such as the belt and the ceiling fan, with which Faisal’s body was found hanging. Punjab Forensic Laboratory, through a letter dated 26-1-2013, had recommended exhumation of Faisal’s body. The laboratory also demanded custody of the belt and other pieces of evidence to ascertain whether Kamran committed suicide. The police officer said that on request of the said laboratory, the specific evidence pieces were being provided. The officer said that the exhumation of the body will be conducted under the supervision of the magistrate of the area where the body is buried.
GDP grew by 3.7% in FY12: SBP KARACHI sTAFF REPORT
The economy witnessed a modest improvement in FY12 with a real GDP growth of 3.7 percent during the year, compared to 3.0 percent in FY11, according to the State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP) annual report on the state of the economy for the year 2011-12, released on wednesday. The report said the growth was more broad-based compared to FY11, as it was evenly distributed across agriculture, industry and the services sector. The demand side was more insightful, as the growth in FY12 was primarily driven by private consumption, it said, adding that strong worker remittances, a vibrant informal economy and higher fiscal spending supported consumption growth during the year. The SBP report said food prices remained relatively stable during FY12, which helped bring down overall inflation to 11.1 percent– better than the 12.0 percent projected earlier. “It was this easing that allowed the central bank to reduce the policy rate by 200 bps during the year, which was done to partially revive private sector borrowing, and encourage banks to improve intermediation between private savers and borrowers,” the report added. According to the report, the external front was positive as remittances posted yet another year of strong growth, which not only helped narrow the current account deficit, but also contributed to economic activity. “In overall terms, the external sector has been less worrying than anticipated at the beginning of the year; however, as financial inflows dried up, the burden of financing the current account deficit and external debt, has fallen on the country’s FX reserves,” the report added. While services continued to support the economy, commodity producing sectors (agriculture and industry) posted an improvement over FY11, the report said, adding that the growth in agriculture came from livestock and kharif crops, but minor crops witnessed a decline due to the floods in Q1-FY12.
It said the positive spillovers from agriculture, coupled with strong remittances and income support schemes, boosted construction activities and household consumption–both of which helped the manufacturing sector. “In terms of services, there was a sharp improvement in financial sector earnings, driven primarily by the volume of commercial bank financing of the fiscal deficit, and deceleration in fresh non-performing loans (nPLs),” the report said. Among other factors, SBP’s decision to cut its policy rate by a cumulative 200 bps in H1-FY12 was partially motivated by its concern over commercial banks’ reluctance to extend credit to the private sector. However, in the presence of a risk-free dominant borrower, average bank lending rates fell by only 112 bps, which suggest that banks remain apprehensive about (or uninterested in lending to) the private sector, and were willing to accept lower earnings on government securities, according to the report. It said the actual outcome in the external sector in FY12 was better: a current account deficit of $ 4.6 billion, and an overall gap of $ 3.3 billion, meant that Pakistan’s FX reserves fell by $ 4.0 billion, against an initial projection of $ 4.4 billion. “nevertheless, this contributed to a 9.1 percent depreciation of the rupee during the course of the year. The rupee depreciated from november to late December 2011, and sharply so in the last week of May 2012. The first event may have been triggered by the closure of nATO supply routes to Afghanistan, and sustained by rising oil prices; the second adjustment was a brief market panic in response to international developments. In effect, the rupee was impacted more by one-off events than the underlying economic fundamentals,” the report added. According to the report, the Pakistan economy will grow at about the same rate in FY13 as it did last year (FY12). “We are confident that milder flooding this year and the underlying factors that allowed for 3.7 percent growth in FY12 will largely remain in play,” the report added.
Clinton bids farewell WASHINGTON AGEnCiEs
Despite being grounded on doctor’s orders after a bout of ill health, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday took a virtual round-theworld trip to say a final farewell. Using satellites and the Internet, she hooked into some of the world’s major television networks to answer questions from local anchors and audiences in what was billed as a “Global Townterview” by
the State Department. Clinton, who has travelled almost a million miles, apparently held 1,700 meetings with world leaders and eaten some 570 airplane meals, never moved from her seat in the Washington-based newseum during the hour-long interview. It was one of her last public events before she steps down on Friday after four years as America’s top diplomat and hands over to Senator John Kerry, who was confirmed as the next secretary of state by 94 votes to three on Tuesday.
Assemblies to be dissolved before March 15: Shujaat
tauqir Sadiq handed over to consulate in dubai
ISLAMABAD: The coalition government decided to dissolve the national and provincial assemblies before March 15, PML-Q leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain said on Wednesday. Talking to media representatives, the PML-Q chief said the decisions in this regard were made by leaders of all parties which were part of the Pakistan People’s Party-led coalition government. Hussain said the participants of the meeting had agreed upon holding the general polls in May and the dissolution of the provincial and national assemblies would therefore take place before March 15. He added that the dissolution would be followed by general elections in May. Moreover, he said Dr Tahirul Qadri, chief of the Tehreek-i-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) would also be taken into confidence regarding the dissolution of assemblies. OnLinE
ISLAMABAD: Former Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) chairman Tauqir Sadiq has been handed over to the Pakistani consulate in Dubai. According to media reports, Tauqir Sadiq, the key player in the alleged mega scandal of Rs 82 billion, was arrested in Dubai on Tuesday by a team of the national Accountability Bureau (nAB) and Pakistani police. He is likely to be sent to Pakistan in the next 48 hours. The police was also trying to send his front man, Sajid Ahmed, to Pakistan but legal documentation is needed for the move, the report said. It may be mentioned that the Supreme Court of Pakistan had issued orders for Sadiq’s arrest. He is accused of misusing authority, embezzling funds and causing losses to the national exchequer. nni
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