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Rs 17.00 Vol III No 335 19 Pages Lahore Edition

Saturday, 1 June, 2013 Rajab 21, 1434

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Zardari decides to go public on reasons for PPP defeat stories on page 03

sC demands equal power for all

Landmark 14th na session today

austerity measures must be ‘balanced’

pakistan-Wi face off in July

The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Pakistan Electric Power Company and National Transmission & Despatch Company to ensure equal distribution of electricity for domestic and commercial consumers. The apex court also directed PEPCO and NTDC to make sure that the timing of load shedding should be equal without any discrimination among big and small cities across the country. pag e 04

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership has taken strong notice of the revelation made by a former WAPDA chairman that the World Bank did not want the construction of the Diamer-Bhasha Dam and was making the project controversial. According to PML-N sources, it has been decided by the party leadership to thoroughly probe this new revelation. pag e 02

Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Friday said Pakistan would have to strike the “right balance” between development and defence in order to make sustainable progress. “For meaningful and sustainable progress, a nation has to strike the right balance between the requirements of development and defence,” Gen Kayani said. pag e 03

The Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to undertake a short tour of the West Indies in July to play a five-match ODI series and two Twenty20 matches after the West Indies Cricket Board revised a confirmed tour schedule that included Test matches also. Official sources in the PCB said that it had been decided to accept the offer by the WICB to play only the limitedover series on the tour. page 15

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MAiden sessions of PunjAb, bAlochistAn AsseMblies todAy LAHORE ONlINE

The first session of the newly elected Punjab Assembly will be held today (Saturday) in Lahore. During the session‚ newly elected members of the assembly will take oath. Outgoing speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan will administer oath to members. Balochistan Assembly will also hold its inaugural session in Quetta on Saturday. Likewise, outgoing speaker Syed Matiullah Agha will administer oath to all those elected. The Balochistan legislature has 65 seats however 62 members will take oath. Moreover‚ it is expected that the speaker will announce schedule for filing of nomination papers for the post of speaker and deputy speaker during the session.

11 nA, 10 PA, one senAte seAt to fAll vAcAnt After new oAth ISLAMABAD INP

Eleven seats of the National Assembly, seven of the Punjab, two of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and one each of Balochistan Assembly and Senate would become vacant as the process of taking oath by the newly-elected members is finalised today (Saturday). According to details, Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Javed Hashmi, Mahmud Achakzai and other politicians have won more than one seat that would fall vacant after the members take oaths. Nawaz Sharif won NA-68 and NA-120 and he will be vacating the NA-120 seat. Khan, chief of PTI, won three seats and would be leaving two seats. Maulana Fazlur Rehman also won from three NA constituencies and will be vacating two seats. Javed Hashmi, Mahmood Khan Achakzai and Pir Sadruddin Rashdi would also be vacating additional seats. Punjab chief minister-designate Shahbaz Sharif would be leaving one national and two provincial assembly seats, while his son Hamza Shahbaz would be leaving the Punjab Assembly seat of PP-142. Others who would be leaving more than one seats are Akram Khan Durrani, Amir Haider Hoti, Pervez Khattak, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Khawaja Asif, Khusro Bakhtiar, Makhdoom Syed Mustafa Mahmood, Mir Jam Kamal, Maulana Mohammad Khan Sherani and Senator Sardar Zulfikar Khosa, who would retain his Senate seat and leave the Punjab Assembly seat.



N a landmark session of the 14th National Assembly (NA), over 100 young, dynamic and new politicians are going to start their parliamentary career today (Saturday) in a session which would witness a strong and crowded treasury and a weak, meek and divided opposition. Tight security arrangements have been put in place to thwart any terrorist bid. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) emerged as the single largest

party in the NA after the May 11 elections and has secured 144 out of the 272 seats following induction of 18 independent MNAs. Factoring in the 32 reserved seats for women and the five seats for minorities, the ruling party’s strength in the Lower House of Parliament has reached over 180 seats. And with the addition of its allies in the Centre, the PML-N government may touch a magical figure of 192 in NA. The PML-N's strength in the Lower House would increase further since several parties have merged into it such as National People's Party, People’s Muslim League, while the PML-F, PkMAP and National Party are expected to enter into an alliance with PML-N. Besides PML-N, Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has emerged a new force in the country's parliamentary history with the strength of 35 NA members. Though Khan is likely to miss today's session, the party in all probability will

catch media's attention as 32 out of the 35 legislators are completely new faces in the House. Other than Imran Khan, Javed Hashmi and Shah Mahmood Qureshi, all PTI members are first timers. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has emerged as the second largest party with 40 members and most of its senior leaders won polls from Sindh. The session would begin at 10am and more than 330 members are likely to take oath and sign their rolls. The House will be adjourned for June 2, Sunday, when the nomination papers for the election of speaker and deputy speaker would be submitted while their election would be held on Monday through secret ballot. On Tuesday, nomination papers would be accepted for the election of prime minister. On June 5, the new prime minister (PM) will be elected and would take oath the same evening. The PML-N has formally nominated its chief Nawaz Sharif for the office of PM

President repeats call for reconciliation, unity

PM election: PPP to field AMin fAhiM AgAinst nAwAz ISLAMABAD ONlINE


President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday said all parties would have to work jointly to overcome the challenges the country was facing. He was talking to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and other MPAs at the presidential office at Bilawal House. Sources said the CM briefed the president about the political situation, government formation in Sindh, law and order in Karachi and priorities of new PPP government in Sindh. The president said that democracy had been strengthening in the country due to the reconciliation policy of Benazir Bhutto and an elected assembly had completed its five-year term for the first time in the history of Pakistan. Zardari said the government had fulfilled the promise of holding the polls and transfer of power would also be completed according to the constitution. Talking about Karachi, Zardari said Karachi was the economic hub of Pakistan and progress of the country was linked to peace there. He directed the CM to take concrete steps under a well-thought strategy for restoration of peace in Karachi.

after the party moved towards a simple majority in the 342-member National Assembly. The PTI has nominated Javed Hashmi for the slot of PM. NA Secretariat on this occasion has made special arrangements for facilitation of elected members by establishing special facilitation desks in the Parliament House, Parliament Lodges, Government Hostel and Benazir International Airport, Islamabad. Facilitation desks have started functioning since 29th May, 2013 and will continue till the conclusion of the session. The desks established at the Parliament House are collecting bio-data and other information from MNAs besides preparing special identity cards for their family members and friends to facilitate their presence in the landmark session. Elaborate security arrangements have almost been finalised for holding the inaugural session. The outgoing speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza would administer oath to new members.

Zardari deCides to go pubLiC on reasons for ppp defeat LAHORE: As the country’s new National Assembly is set to take oath of their office today (Saturday), President Asif Zardari has decided to go public over the causes, he believes, led to the defeat of his Pakistan People’s Party in the general election on May 11, sources told Pakistan Today on Friday. Sources said that this would be the first time after the elections that President Zardari would share his concerns over the humiliating defeat of his party, particularly in Punjab province. They said that Zardari had invited a select group of journalists and TV anchors to whom he would “tell his side of the story” today. In closed door meetings with PPP leaders, President Zardari had held national and international institutions responsible for the PPP’s defeat in the general elections. “It was a hostile judiciary coupled with international conspiracies that led to defeat of the party,” he had alleged. He said “security concerns, issues like load shedding and legal constraints on him let us down”. “But it was less of our defeat and more of a victory for a special mindset,” he emphasised. Zardari said some forces did not like the increasing presence of Pakistan in the region. “In fact it was a combination of local and international factors that caused our defeat.” Following rigging allegations by various parties in the aftermath of May 11 polls, Zardari also claimed that his party was defeated through planned rigging. STAFF REPORT

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will field senior leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif in the election for the new prime minister on June 5, rejecting a request to facilitate a unanimous vote. Former federal minister Fahim heads the PPP Parliamentarians, the name under which the party is registered with the Election Commission. He will be PPP’s candidate for the election to be held in the National Assembly on June 5. However, the PPP’s move will not affect Nawaz Sharif, as the PML-N has a majority in the 342-member Lower House of parliament. PML-N leaders said Nawaz’s election for an unprecedented third term as premier would be mere formality. The PPP had earlier indicated that it might vote for Nawaz in order to continue its policy of reconciliation with other political parties. When the PPP emerged the single largest party in the 2008 polls, its prime ministerial candidate, Yousuf Raza Gilani, was elected unopposed in the National Assembly. However, most PPP leaders were of the view that their party would be further marginalised if it went soft on the PML-N in the Centre. They believe Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was a potential threat to the PPP and may deprive it of its role as opposition in the Centre if the PPP continued its reconciliation policy and became a “friendly opposition”.

Zardari’s days in Presidency in danger ISLAMABAD AGENCIES

The country’s new National Assembly will be sworn in today (Saturday), completing the country’s first ever democratic transition of power but for President Asif Ali Zardari the political future looks bleak. Pakistan’s 65-year history has been punctuated by three periods of military rule and Zardari was credited with steering the country to its democratic milestone by holding together the fractious coalition government led by his Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) for its full five-year term. But the PPP was routed at the polls, blamed by voters for five

years of apathy and drift which saw crippling power shortages worsen and militancy continue almost unabated. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) romped to victory and will command 177 of the 342 seats in the new assembly, giving it significant leverage to oust Zardari from the president’s house when his term expires in September. The president is chosen by an electoral college comprising the national assembly, senate and four provincial assemblies. In the run-up to the May 11 election there had been suggestions the PML-N would allow Zardari, the widower of PPP icon Benazir Bhutto, to stay on in return for

his party’s cooperation in the Lower House. But analyst Imtiaz Gul said that while the PML-N was unlikely to seek an immediate confrontation with Zardari, his days in the top job were numbered. Veteran PML-N leader Sartaj Aziz has been tipped as a possible replacement. “Based on past experiences, PML-N is likely to let Zardari complete his term rather than gunning for him or forcing him out of his office prematurely,” Gul said. But he added, “Zardari’s future as president has become bleak following routing of his party in the election”. Sharif will be sworn in as prime minister for an unprecedented third term on Wednesday. During his two previous administrations he earned a reputation

for hotheadedness and pugnacity. But the problems facing his new government are enormous – a failing economy, endless power cuts and rampant militancy – and analysts say the 63-year-old is likely to seek a more conciliatory path. “With ample challenges and limited resources at their disposal, the government will have to play cool with the opposition by avoiding any confrontation and focusing more on the economy,” said political commentator Hasan Askari. Another key question is how Sharif will handle the Pakistani Taliban. He had mooted the idea of talks with the militants but on Thursday they withdrew their offer of dialogue after their number two was killed in a US drone strike.

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The State Department on Thursday said the United States and Pakistan had a vital shared strategic interest in taking forward their counter-terror process forward. Spokesperson Jen Psaki had no comment on the Taliban’s decision on backing out from the talks offer in the aftermath of an American drone strike, which reportedly killed Waliur Rehman, a key militant commander. The spokesperson said Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador James Dobbins, who visited Pakistan this week, underscored Washington’s commitment to work with the new democratic government to build strong mutually beneficial relationship. During the two-day visit – Dobbins’ first to the country in his new capacity – the special envoy met with incoming prime minister and PML-N President Nawaz Sharif, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani, Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani Kayani. He spoke by phone with President Asif Ali Zardari, who was in Karachi at the time. “He offered congratulations to the people of Pakistan on the historic May 11th elections and underscored the United States commitment to working with the next democratically elected government to build a strong, mutually beneficial bilateral relationship,” State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said.

kAyAni sAys Austerity MeAsures Must be ‘bAlAnced’ ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Friday said Pakistan would have to strike the "right balance" between development and defence in order to make sustainable progress. "For meaningful and sustainable progress, a nation has to strike the right balance between the requirements of development and defence," Gen Kayani said while addressing a gathering at the army's Command and Staff College in Quetta. No army "operates in a vacuum" as the armed forces draw on the support of the nation to conduct "tasks in a manner that it contributes to the fulfilment of national polices, interests and aspirations," he was quoted as saying in a military statement. It is the duty of the armed forces to maintain "adequate capabilities and readiness to fulfil the tasks assigned" to them, he said. Kayani's remarks assume significance as prime minister-elect Nawaz Sharif has hinted at austerity measures and budget cuts to cope with Pakistan's economic crisis. The Finance Ministry has reportedly estimated the defence budget for the next fiscal at Rs 627 billion. According to a local media report, this estimate is 15 per cent more than the Rs 545 billion allocated for defence in the current financial year. Besides, the allocation for civil armed forces has been estimated at Rs 33 billion, Rs 4 billion more than the current year's outlay. This will be in addition to Rs 6.3 billion for the Frontier Constabulary, Rs 1.5 billion for the Coast Guards, Rs 14.5 billion for the Pakistan Rangers and Rs 8.7 billion for the Interior Ministry. According to media reports, Pakistan's actual spending on defence during fiscal 2012-13 may be as high as Rs 913 billion, almost double the official allocation of Rs 545 billion.



NE of foremost challenges that the Nawaz Sharif-led Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) government would have to face is to make peace with the Pakistani Taliban, who after the killing of their senior leader Waliur Rehman in a US drone strike on Wednesday, have retracted their talks’ offer. But the PML-N, which is perturbed over the development, says it would engage the Hakimullah-led Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) in peace dialogue soon after the formation of its government. After prime minister-in-waiting Nawaz Sharif declared that his government would feel no hesitation in talking to the Taliban, the PML-N has started work on peace talks’ plan with the help of influential religious-cum-political leaders like JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman and JUI-S chief Maulana Samiul Haq. The PML-N had reached out to these two important figures known for their clout among the Taliban cadres even before the formation of its government in Islamabad. However, the killing of TTP’s number two leader Waliur Rehman, who was said to be in favour of talks with Pak-


naWaZ expresses ConCern over reCent us drone attaCk

istani authorities, has caused a setback to efforts of the PML-N. The PML-N leadership would now review its strategy and chalk out the plan afresh to extend an olive branch to the TTP and for that, Fazlur Rehman and Samiul Haq along with some other influential religious leaders would be tasked with persuading the Taliban to enter peace talks, sources in the PML-N said on Friday. They said the PML-N leadership would also take the army leadership on board on its plan to hold talks with the Taliban. Senator Mushahidullah Khan, the PML-N’s secretary information, told Pakistan Today that although the TTP’s withdrawal of talks offer was a serious problem, people must remember that the PML-N had yet to form the government. “Technically, it was not a no by the Taliban to the PML-N as we are yet to form our government. When we have our government in place, we would reach out to the Taliban for peace talks. There are different mechanisms that will be used,” he said. Khan said some people could also help in facilitating talks with the Taliban and they would be asked to do so. The PML-N secretary information also criticised the US for its drone policy,

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief and prime minister-in waiting Nawaz Sharif on Friday expressed serious concern and deep regret over the recent drone attack, carried out by the United States (US) on Pakistan’s territory. The drone attack was not only a violation of the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, but also an action that has been declared a violation of international law and the United Nations (UN) Charter, he said. Sharif’s sentiments were conveyed to the US Charge d’ Affairs Ambassador Richard Hoagland by a close aide of the PML-N chief, who stressed in his conversation with the US diplomat that the drone attack, coming within days of President Obama’s “crossroads” speech was highly regrettable, particularly as the president had spoken of initiating a new policy that would ensure greater exercise of care and caution in the use of this technology. Sharif’s aide also pointed out that meaningful consultations and close cooperation between the two countries should be the desired course of action, as opposed to unilateral measures. INP

saying after years of war in the region, it had been proved that Washington’s policies had failed. “They (Americans) will have to change their policies, we will ask them to stop the drone strikes,” he said. According to sources, the PML-N leaders, despite their resolve to enter into peace dialogue with the Pakistani Taliban, also realise that there were serious difficulties in pursuing talks with the TTP. “PML-N leaders know very well that it would be a daunting task to hold talks with the Taliban, the people who don’t even accept the constitution, but they also believe that dialogue is the only way out of this quagmire,” a source said. Some PML-N leaders, in their con-


The United States would not have dared carry out drone strikes in Pakistan if the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was at the helm of affairs in Islamabad, PTI leader Pervez Khan Khattak said on Friday soon after being voted in as the 16th chief minister of violence-hit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. “If we had formed the federal government, Americans would not have dared to conduct drone attacks,” Khattak said on the floor of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. “We are not afraid of the Americans and we don’t need their charity, but it is the federal government’s prerogative to give a clear policy on drones. If the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) gives a clear policy

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engineer Shaukat Ullah administers oath to newly elected chief minister, Pervez Khattak. ONlINE

to the provinces on drones and the war on terrorism, we will support them,” he said. “Innocent Pakhtuns are being killed in the name of the war on terror in KP, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Afghanistan, which is all the result of the past governments’ wrong policies,” he maintained. Khattak further added that law and order was their top priority, and his government would have zero tolerance towards corruption. He called on the health department to bring re-

forms in the sector and put the hospitals in order, making doctors available on duty at all times. KHATTAK VOTES: Earlier, Khattak secured 84 votes while Maulana Lutfur Rehman of the Jamiat Ulema-eIslam-Fazl bagged 37 votes. “Pervez Khan Khattak has secured majority votes of the members of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and is elected as the chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa," Asad Qaiser, KP Assembly speaker, announced the election results for the office of chief minister held at KP Assembly hall. Khattak was supported by MPAs of Qaumi Watan Party, Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan People's Party, All Pakistan Muslim League and Awami Jamhoori Itehad. The voting was held under division method. PML-N candidate Wajiuzman withdrew his candidature ahead of the election for CM’s office. PML-N Parliamentary Leader Sardar Mehtab Khan congratulated Khattak and said the smooth transition of power from one civilian elected government to another was a historic day in the country's history. Later on Friday, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shaukatullah administered the oath to Khattak. Sirajul Haq and Sikandar Sherpao also took oath of their offices as senior provincial ministers.

Pakistan suffered 2,000 civilian casualties, lost 680 security personnel in 2012: US report WASHINGTON SPECIAl CORRESPONDENT

With over 2,000 civilian lives lost and around 700 security personnel killed, Pakistan continued to experience significant terrorist violence, including sectarian attacks in 2012, a US annual report said. The State Department report, submitted to US Congress, also noted that during the last year Islamabad remained a key partner in the fight against al Qaeda. In its strategic assessment, the report noted importantly that terrorist safe havens existed on both sides of Pakistan-Afghanistan border. “Pakistan took steps to support an Afghan peace process and

versations with media, also dropped hints at the difficulties in holding talks with the TTP. Talking to Pakistan Today, Khurram Dastagir Khan said, “The PML-N has yet to embark on a serious course to achieve peace and we know the grave challenges that lie ahead. There are several militant groups out there and it’s difficult to determine who would be there interlocutor.” “Now the announcement by the Taliban to withdraw their peace talks’ offer has aggravated the situation and made it further difficult to pursue the path of dialogue. I won't say that TTP’s announcement is a setback, but it has certainly made our task difficult,” he said.

publicly called on the Taliban to enter into talks with the Afghan government,” the report said. “Over 2,000 Pakistani civilians and 680 security forces personnel were killed in terrorist-related incidents in 2012. Terrorist incidents occurred in every province.” Furthermore, the report said that terrorists attacked Pakistani military units, police stations, and border checkpoints and conducted coordinated attacks against two major military installations. Terrorists displayed videos on the Internet of the murders and beheadings of security forces. Terrorist groups also targeted police and security officials with suicide bombings and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Terrorist groups tar-

geted and assassinated tribal elders, members of peace committees and anti-Taliban government officials. The TTP often claimed responsibility for attacks targeting civilians and security personnel in Pakistan. “In 2012, Pakistan remained an important partner in counterterrorism efforts against al Qaeda. Pakistan also undertook operations against terrorist groups that carried out attacks within Pakistan, such as the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan or Pakistani Taliban,” the report on worldwide terrorism situation said. Regarding Pakistan’s anti-terror efforts, the report noted that the Pakistani officials continued to make public statements against terrorism and violent extremism.

“The widely publicised shooting of a 14year-old girl, Malala Yousufzai, by the TTP led to public calls for the government to do more against terrorist groups.” In March, Pakistan’s parliament affirmed its commitment to eliminating terrorism and countering violent extremism. The government of Pakistan also moved forward several pieces of counterterrorism legislation, the report noted. In its strategic assessment, the report said that al Qaeda core, under the direction of Ayman al-Zawahiri, had been significantly degraded as a result of ongoing worldwide efforts against the organisation. Osama bin Laden’s death was the most important milestone in the fight against al

Qaeda but there had been other successes, it said, adding that dozens of senior militant leaders had been removed from the fight in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. Recounting losses of some key operatives in 2011 and 2012, the report concludes that “as a result of these leadership losses, the al Qaeda core’s ability to direct the activities and attacks of its affiliates has diminished, as its leaders focus increasingly on survival.” At the same time, the report claimed that despite leadership losses the al Qaeda core still had the ability to inspire, plot and launch regional and transnational attacks. “Along with al Qaeda, the Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani Network, Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan, and other like-minded groups continue to conduct operations against US, coalition, Afghan, and Pakistani interests from safe havens on both sides of the Afghanistan/Pakistan border.” During the last year, the report claimed that Pakistan did not take significant action against some other groups, including Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT).

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HE Supreme Court on Friday directed the Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) and National Transmission & Despatch Company (NTDC) to ensure equal distribution of electricity for domestic and commercial consumers. The apex court also directed PEPCO

and NTDC to make sure that the timing of load shedding should be equal without any discrimination among big and small cities across the country. These directions were issued by a three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ijaz Afzal Chaudhry and Justice Gulzar Ahmed that resumed hearing in a suo moto notice regarding prolonged load shedding. During the course of proceeding, the bench asked the PEPCO managing director, who is also holding additional charge of NTDC MD, to present a detailed report regarding load shedding from May 21 to 28. Zargham Ishaq Khan, PEPCO MD, presented a detailed chart of the electricity generation, consumption and shortfall dur-

ing the said period. He further stated that all companies were issued directions per the orders by the apex court regarding indiscriminate load shedding in all areas of the country. The chief justice remarked that PEPCO was solely responsible for excessive load shedding inquiring the maximum production of all power plants. Zargham stated that maximum power production could be up to 17,000MW. The bench said that on the last hearing, the MD apprised the court that maximum power generation could be 21,000MW to 22,000MW. Zargham replied that 21,000MW was the production written on machines which were now outdated or could not attain maximum production level.

imran khan to continue getting treatment in pakistan LAHORE UmAIR AZIZ

Even though several doctors have advised Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan to go abroad for treatment, Khan is determined to stay in Pakistan as his doctors and close physicians have expressed “satisfaction” over his recovery so far, Pakistan Today has learnt. Admitted in Shaukat Khanum Hospital for several days after the fall from a forklift during a political rally before elections, Khan was advised “complete” bed rest for two weeks. Now there is a rising concern among everyone, especially PTI supporters, about his recovery. Talking to Pakistan Today, Dr Faisal Sultan said there

was a range of opinions which they received from various doctors, which also included suggestions to take Khan abroad. “However, we have consulted various senior doctors, both here and abroad, read medical literature available and decided after a consensus that he should stay

here,” Sultan said, adding that the decision was still not final. “We monitor Khan’s recovery on a daily basis. He has had complete bed rest for two weeks and now he is being given physiotherapy and is not immobile,” he added. There was a growing concern among people when one of his doc-

tors suggested that he might be taken abroad for further treatment as his condition was “critical”. Khan’s well-wishers and supporters have been abuzz on the social media. “Mashallah. You will get well very soon. I am praying for you,” a girl commented on Khan’s photograph uploaded on the PTI’s facebook page showing him lying on the bed. However, many visitors after having met Khan expressed sorrow over his condition. But Dr Faisal dispelled all such impressions, saying there were so many visitors coming in and we do not want to comment on anyone’s intentions. “So far Khan is alright, if there is a need that we feel, we are willing to take him abroad, as it is not about our ego, but about his health.”

The CJP said that in the past, there was only one distribution company, WAPDA, and the circumstances were not that bad, while now there were about eight distribution companies and the situation was beyond control. The PEPCO MD said out of eight companies, three were not functioning well including HUBCO, Narowal and Liberty, due to which the crisis prevail Later, the court directed the PEPCO MD to hold meetings with all power companies regarding their output and power generation and come out with an authentic reply. The court adjourned further hearing until June 10. Earlier, the CJP said no one, including the president, prime minister and chief justice should be apple of

Cii decree regressive, insensitive to rape victims: HrCp LAHORE STAFF REPORT

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Friday expressed alarm and disappointment over a declaration by the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) that DNA test results were not acceptable as primary evidence in cases of rape. In a statement, the commission said it wanted to unequivocally state that the latest pronouncement of the

soldier killed as army convoy attacked BANNU ONlINE

Memogate case to get a larger bench


The Supreme Court on Friday announced the formation of a nine-member larger bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in the Memogate case. The court also announced June 4 as the date for the next hearing in the case. The court had resumed hearing after a five-week recess of the case where former ambassador to US Hussain Haqqani was implicated in a scandal in which he allegedly had a memo delivered through Mansoor Ijaz to top US Admiral Mike Mullen offering greater cooperation against the Pakistan military in

the aftermath of the Abbottabad raid on May 2, 2011. Haqqani denied any such involvement and resigned in protest. During last month’s hearing, Asma Jehangir had submitted a letter that she wrote to the interior ministry with regards to her client’s security. She said that Haqqani could not appear before the court in person due to security concerns. The court had given Haqqani one last chance to be present at the next hearing, which would now be on June 4. “Hussain Haqqani must be present at the next hearing under any circumstances, otherwise legal action will be taken,” said the chief justice.

WAPDA’s eye and power should be supplied on basis of equality. “People have gone restless and industries are going to close down owing to unannounced load shedding. No one including the president, prime minister and chief justice should be apple of WAPDA’s eye. Power distribution should be made to all from Khyber to Karachi on the basis of equality. Electricity is available in the country but people are worried over wrong distribution of power. Thirty percent shortfall of the electricity can be met,” the CJ said. Addressing the PEPCO MD, the CJP remarked, “Who will stop unannounced load shedding? If you are not capable, go home. Some competent officer will come.”

Pakistan army’s convoy was attacked on Friday in a remote area at Bannu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where a military offensive is being carried out against insurgents. Officials said a soldier was killed and three others were injured when militants attacked military vehicles in Jani Khel area of Bannu. Security forces later surrounded the area to conduct search operations against militants loyal to Taliban and al Qaeda.

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DNA test results, HRCP said. Rather than benefiting from scientific advances through DNA tests, which had proven to be an accurate method for identification, CII suggested discarding that without any prudent reason, HRCP said. Furthermore, the commission said that the CII recommendation refused to take into account the rights of rape victims and the need to punish the criminals who were proven guilty beyond doubt.

CII was regressive and “exceptionally insensitive and unkind to rape victims.” The HRCP said rape was a horrendous crime which was far too common in Pakistan. Poor investigation methods and reluctance of witnesses to come forward out of fear meant that the balance was titled in the favour of the rapist. In these circumstances, it would be foolish to not depend on all the evidence that is available, especially something as incontrovertible as

khan of kalat’s cousin killed in fC search operation QUETTA

security personnel whisked away Mahrab’s younger brother, Agha Najib, 19. Meanwhile, FC spokesman said in a press release that the FC personnel conducted a search operation on Sariab Road on a tip off for the arrest of two miscreants associated with banned Baloch Liberation Army. He said during the search, one of the miscreants opened fired on security forces, but was killed when FC personnel returned fire. He said that the second miscreant succeeded in escaping from the scene. A senior FC official rejected the allegation that FC had detained the brother of Mahrab, saying the person killed in the encounter opened fire first while his accomplice succeeded in escaping.


In a pre-dawn raid on Friday, Frontier Corps personnel killed a cousin of self-exiled Baloch leader Khan of Kalat and whisked away another of his cousin. According to family members, some two dozen FC personnel conducted a search operation of all houses belonging close relatives of Baloch nationalist Khan of Kalat Mir Suleman Daud. During the operation, the personnel wanted to whisk away two real brothers Agha Mahrab Khan and Agha Najib Ahmadzai, but in the wake of scuffle, one of the security personnel shot Mahrab at a close range. As a result bullet hit Mahrab’s throat and he died due to excessive loss of blood. Before returning, the


Former senior bureaucrat Aminullah Chaudhry passed away on Friday. He was 69. His funeral prayers were offered at the Tufail Road cemetery in which a large number of senior government officials and prominent people belonging to various walks of life participated. Aminullah held various senior positions during his service, including Commissioner Lahore, Director General Civil Aviation Authority etc. He was made a member of the Punjab Public Service Commission after his retirement.

pML-n finaLises 11 naMes for federaL Cabinet LAHORE INP

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has finalised eleven names for the federal cabinet, sources said on Friday. According to sources, Ishaq Dar, Pervaiz Raheed, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Khwaja Asif, Saad Rafiq, Ahsan Iqbal, Khurram Dastagir, Ayaz Sadiq, Abdul Qadir Baloch, Saira Afzal Tarar and Pir Sadruddin Rashdi would be part of the federal cabinet. The sources further said names of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Ayaz Sadiq and Barjees Tahir are under consideration for speaker of the National Assembly.

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We are sorry. It was just too late for us to do anything,” said doctors as they helplessly watched two more children die of measles on Friday. While watching the doctors burn up their grey cells trying to find a cure in a ward packed with measles-stricken children running a fever, one always wonders as to why were these children not vaccinated in the first place. While the Punjab government’s Health Department has been claiming that it has been doing its best to curb the epidemic, it remains a ground reality that the measures are certainly not effective enough as measles is still here. The measles death toll in the province has risen to 123 in the province. As many as 14,823 children are suffering from the disease in Punjab. Anam and Saira, residents of Lahore and Muridkay respectively, are two more children who have been added to the continuously rising count which one hopes is making the government sweat. Continuing to do what it can, the Punjab Health Department has announced that another vaccination campaign would be launched from June 24 across Punjab.

as measles swallows two more children, Health department vows to defeat the deadly epidemic in its upcoming vaccination campaign from June 24

Children’s Hospital’s Dr Raza Hassan says that he has not seen a worse epidemic in his 20-year professional career. As he moves around the isolation ward at the hospital, he says that parents don’t bring their measles-affected children to the hospital in time. Some are in the final stage of life or already dead with meningitis or pneumonia, he narrates. There is only so much the doctors can do especially when the public hospitals in the metropolis are not equipped with dealing with an epidemic of such a massive nature. Most of the hospitals in the metropolis do not have enough wards to accommodate the large number of measles-stricken children coming in. The children even have to share beds in many cases while insufficient staff to attend the patients is another issue. With around 70 measles patients coming in every day, the Children’s Hospital has seen as many as 40 children die since the measles started marking the city red. The burden of dealing with the epidemic weighs heavily on the doctors, who narrate the stories of families attacking medical staff at the hospital after discovering their children had died. It has been reported that while measles itself is rarely fatal, it can lead to lifethreatening complications such as meningitis and pneumonia, particularly in developing countries where

malnutrition leaves many children with low immunity. LOW COVERAGE: Punjab Health Services Director General Dr Tanvir Ahmed has attributed large number of measles cases with low vaccination coverage. While doctors say that

families need to take more responsibility for ensuring their children are vaccinated, they accept the official vaccination programmes have often been badly managed, leading to people missing out. Dr Tanvir however says that they have improved the monitoring and supervision and will ensure a wide coverage of the province. He said that they had removed nine district managers on the basis of their poor performance. While the Health Department plans on vaccinating 11 million children in June, one can only hope that the health officials will succeed in eradicating measles from the province.

tepa, Lda Johar town, town Hall, epa, Civil defense buildings not ready to cope with a possible fire incident LAHORE WAlEED mAlHI

Despite the deadly fire incident at the Lahore Development Authority (LDA)’s building, the City District Government Lahore (CDGL)’s buildings still lack fire safety and emergency evacuation arrangements, Pakistan Today has learnt. These include the Traffic Engineering and Transport Planning Agency (TEPA), LDA (Johar Town), Town Hall, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Civil Defense buildings. The Town Hall is one of the most important public buildings in the city. Built before the sub-continent’s partition, it houses all important district offices and records from various departments. However, no antifire precautions have been taken for its safety, and the same is the case with the Johar Town LDA office, which, despite being recently constructed, lacks fire exits. According to the Civil Defense officials; emergency response systems which include assembly points, drills and personnel training are completely absent in the high-rise structures. The officials said that firefighting equipment such as hydrants, underground and overhead water reservoirs, dry chemical powder (DCP), carbonated fire extinguishers, sand buckets, fixed and trolley wiring, emergency exits with guiding lights and map indicating exits were missing from these buildings. LACK OF FUNDS: Civil Defense sources revealed that inspection teams for fire safety would opt to install poor quality equipment to save face, as

proper arrangements exceeded their budgetary constraints, costing around Rs 60,000 to Rs 80,000 per building. However, the LDA seems to have realised the importance of fire safety since the rude shock of the LDA plaza fire incident. A deadly fire caused by electrical short-circuiting caught hold of the LDA plaza situated on Edgerton Road, claiming 28 lives and causing a lot of material damage, including the destruction of important original records of projects such as Tajpur and Bahria Town. The fire was reported to the fire fighting forces 40 minutes after it erupted, by which time it had already burnt down a number of floors in the high rise building. A petition filed in the Lahore High Court called for action against the LDA chairman for criminal negligence, claiming that the fire was allowed to spread to and completely obliterate the finance and audit departments before Rescue 1122 were informed. Regardless, if the plaza had been provided with fire safety arrangements, the tragedy could have been mitigated.

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In 2007, the Supreme Court took suo moto notice of unsafe high rise buildings in

Lahore, imposing a ban on their construction. Headed by Justice Riaz Kayani, a commission consisting of experts from the private sector thoroughly inspected all multi-storey commercial structures in the city and submitted a report on building bylaws violations and absence of safety arrangements at these buildings. The Punjab government gave a go-ahead for an operation in December after a plea filed by developers of a number of illegal multistorey plazas was dismissed. However, the operation was discontinued due to pressure from the buildings’ owners. Thus, time and again the authorities have displayed an irresponsible attitude towards fire-proofing and securing both private and public against such harrowing incidents. The victims are usually the ordinary employees, sacrificed thoughtlessly for the interests of the wealthy and the influential. The civil defense officials acknowledged that their department lacked fire fighting arrangements, but maintained that they were trying to bridge this gap at whatever cost. “We cannot claim more lives. We will ensure that fire safety arrangements are made compulsory upon every building being constructed in the city,” they added.

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Parents should not smoke in order to discourage their kids from smoking. A child is more likely to smoke when they have been raised in the environment of a smoker. – Christy Turlington

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Thank God iT was a mild one! LAHORE: A mild intensity earthquake jolted the city on Friday morning. The geological wing of Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said that an earthquake measuring 2.6 on the Richter scale was felt in Lahore, Kasur, Sialkot, Jhang and adjoining areas. According to seismic center, the epicenter of the quake was 105km northwest of Jhang at the depth of 10km. No loss of life or property was reported due to the quake. STAFF REPORT

SOLITUDE: A man reads a newspaper during an electricity-less hour at the Truck Adda in the city. mURTAZA AlI

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The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday issued contempt of court notice to the Punjab Health secretary for not complying with the court order regarding regularisation of 20 pharmacists. LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial heard the case about regularisation of services of the employees. The petitioner’s lawyer was of the view that Health secretary did not regularise 20 pharmacists despite court order in this regard. He also prayed to the court that legal action should be taken against the Health secretary for violation of rules and regulation. The CJ said that the court would not like to put anybody behind the bars; so it was better to follow the court orders in their true spirit. The Health secretary has been ordered to ensure his presence in LHC on June 17.

roof CoLLapse CLaiMs CHiLd LAHORE: A child died on Friday when a house roof collapsed in Kacha Jail Road, Kot Lakhpat. According to the report, a two-yearold boy named Awais died while his mother Saima was badly injured when the roof collapsed. The house was under construction. A fAmILy dInnER GOnE WROnG: A family of eight became unconscious due to poisonous food in Batapur on Friday.The rescue team reached the spot after a phone call by the neighbours. The family was shifted to the nearest hospital for medical treatment where doctors declared them out of danger. RObbERy: A robbery took place in Lohari Gate on Friday in which three robbers entered an electronics shop, held the employees at gunpoint and robbed cash and mobile phones, and escaped from the scene. STAFF REPORT

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‘very confident’ Assad talks of new front with israel BEIRUT



YRIAN President Bashar alAssad threatened Israel with renewed fighting in the Golan Heights and said Russia was committed to supplying him with advanced missiles, in an interview broadcast Thursday. Washington warned that any such weapon deliveries from Moscow would only prolong the conflict between government forces and Assad’s foes in Syria, where activists say more than 94,000 people have been killed since March 2011. “There is clear popular pressure to open a new front of resistance in the Golan,” Assad told Al-Manar television, run by his close ally, the Lebanon-based Shiite movement Hezbollah which has been fighting alongside his forces. “There are several factors, including repeated Israeli aggression,” he said, referring to reported Israeli air strikes on Syria. “We have informed all the parties who

have contacted us that we will respond to any Israeli aggression next time.” There was no immediate comment on Assad’s remarks from Israel, which annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, years after seizing it, in a move never recognised by the international community. Assad, whose forces are battling alongside Hezbollah fighters to recapture the key town of Qusayr near the border with Lebanon, said he was “very confident” of victory. “There is a world war being waged against Syria and the policy of (anti-Israeli) resistance...(but) we are very confident of victory,” he said. Lebanese Prime Minister Tamman Salam said his country should stay out of the Syrian conflict, in an interview published in Friday’s edition of the French daily Le Figaro. “We must at all price preserve national unity,” he added. “And obviously, Hezbollah’s military involvement is not helpling matters.” Earlier, Syrian state television said the Arjun district in northern Qusayr had been taken, leaving rebels there little chance to

escape. Assad appeared to imply in the interview that Russia had already delivered some of the promised ground-to-air S-300 missile systems. “All the agreements with Russia will be honoured and some already have been recently,” he said. Moscow said earlier this week that it would honour the contract to deliver S-300s to Syria. But Russia’s Vedomosti and Kommersant newspapers said Moscow may not deliver the missile systems to Damascus this year and rejected claims the weapons had already arrived in the country. US National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said: “Providing additional weapons to Assad – including air defence systems – will only prolong the violence in Syria and incite regional destabilisation,” she added. British Foreign Secretary William Hague called the stalemate “the most pressing crisis in world affairs today”. Israeli Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom indicated that the Jewish state would only act to prevent the missiles being

PORTSmOUTH: the Purbrook Bowmen fire flaming arrows from Southsea Castle as part of a day of events to mark the opening of the mary Rose museum. AGENCIES

used against it. Israel has already launched several air raids inside Syria this year, reportedly targeting convoys transporting weapons to its arch-foe Hezbollah. A monitoring group meanwhile reported that Syrian troops had killed three Westerners, including a US woman and a British man, both Muslims, near the border with Turkey on Wednesday. “They were shot dead during an ambush in the Idlib region and the army found them with maps of military positions,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. They had apparently been taking photos of military positions on the road between Harim, near the border with Turkey, and the town of Idlib further south, he added. The United Nations said a preparatory meeting for a proposed international conference on the Syrian conflict would take place in Geneva next Wednesday, attended by Russian, US and UN officials. Earlier, Syria’s opposition National Coalition, meeting in Istanbul, said it would

eurozone unemployment hits record 12.2 percent LONDON AGENCIES

Red Cross halts all staff movement after Afghan attack KABUL AGEN C IE S

The International Committee of the Red Cross has halted all staff movement across Afghanistan and closed its office in Jalalabad which was hit by a deadly suicide and gun attack. The two-hour assault on Tuesday, which left one Afghan guard dead, was the first time ICRC offices have been targeted in Afghanistan since the organisation began work there 26 years ago. An International Organization for Migration (IOM) complex in Kabul came under sustained attack less than a week earlier, and the two incidents raise the prospect of a new phase in the Taliban’s 12-year insurgency in which no organisation is considered off-limits. The ICRC, with 1,800 employees nationwide, had 36 staff including six expatriates in Jalalabad, which is close to the Pakistani border and surrounded by some of Afghanistan’s most unstable districts. “All movements have been frozen throughout Afghanistan, there is not a single ICRC delegate or employee that is moving, taking the roads,

today,” Jacques De Maio, ICRC’s South Asia chief, said in a statement released in Geneva on Thursday. “Our sub-delegation in Jalalabad has been closed, so we are reconnecting with the government and re-connecting with armed groups to determined what happened and why.” Jalalabad lies on the key route from the Pakistani border region to Kabul, and it has been the scene of repeated attacks in recent years. A message on the ICRC’s Twitter page had initially said that all the organisation’s activities across Afghanistan had been suspended. “As a consequence of the attack...people will not be getting valuable help such as food and medical aid,” the ICRC said on the social networking site. The ICRC maintains strict neutrality in the Afghan conflict and was thought to be protected from attack by its working relations with the Taliban and other insurgent groups. No militant group has claimed responsibility for Wednesday evening’s attack, in which one guard died at the start of the two-hour assault. “He was unarmed, defenceless, he was protecting a compound from

not take part in the peace initiative dubbed Geneva 2 “so long as the militias of Iran and Hezbollah keep up their invasion”. They wrapped up eight days of often troubled meetings in Istanbul early Friday announcing they had expanded to include 43 new members. They included 15 representatives from the rebel Free Syrian Army’s high command and 14 from revolutionary movements inside Syria, said acting chief George Sabra. The Coalition has appealed for the rescue of a thousand citizens wounded in Qusayr, which Assad’s forces have been trying to seize back in an all-out offensive since May 19. It has also insisted that any negotiations with the regime must lead to Assad’s resignation, a position Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticised on Thursday as unrealistic. “We are under the impression that the National Coalition and its regional sponsors are doing everything so as not to allow the start of the political process and achieve military intervention in Syria through any means possible,” said Lavrov.

where hundreds of thousands of Afghans were getting valuable services,” De Maio said in the video statement. “It was a brutal, despicable and frankly senseless attack... there isn’t a single Afghan that would not recognise that we are strictly independent and humanitarian in what we do.” The ICRC provides medical support to two government-run hospitals as well as technical and financial help to 47 clinics across the country run by the Afghan Red Crescent Society. It also visits prisoners held by both the Afghan authorities and the US-led Nato coalition, to monitor their treatment and living conditions. The abduction and murder last year of a British ICRC worker in southwest Pakistan prompted the organisation to scale back its work there, closing offices in two major cities and cutting projects in the tribal northwest. The savage killing of Khalil Dale, whose mutilated body was found on the outskirts of the southwestern city of Quetta four months after he was kidnapped, triggered outrage and bewilderment in Pakistan.

Unemployment across the 17 EU countries that use the euro hit another record high in April, official figures showed Friday, the latest in a series of ignominious landmarks for the ailing single currency zone. Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, said Friday that unemployment rose to 12.2 per cent in April from the previous record of 12.1 per cent the month before. Another 95,000 people joined the ranks of the unemployed, taking the total to 19.38 million. At this pace, unemployment in the eurozone could breach the 20 million mark this year. The figures, once again, mask big disparities among countries. While over one in four people are unemployed in Greece and Spain, Germany’s rate is stable at a low 5.4 per cent. The differences are particularly stark when looking at the rates of youth unemployment. While Germany’s youth unemployment stands at a relatively benign 7.5 per cent, well over half of people aged 16 to 25 in Greece and Spain are jobless. Italy’s rate has ticked up to over 40 per cent. “Youth joblessness at these levels risks permanently entrenched unemployment, lowering the rate of sustainable growth in the future,” said Tom Rogers, senior economic adviser at Ernst & Young. The differences reflect the varying performance of the euro economies – Greece, for example, is in its sixth year of a savage recession. Germany’s economy has until recently been growing at a healthy pace. As a whole, the eurozone is in its longest recession since the euro was launched in 1999. The six quarters of economic decline is longer even than the reces-

sion that followed the financial crisis of 2008, though it’s not as deep. Part of the cause has been European governments’ focus on cutting debt by raising taxes and slashing spending programs. With many governments still pulling back on spending and business and consumer confidence still low, economists do not expect any dramatic recovery to emerge over the coming months. The sharpest change in unemployment rates among the 17 euro countries was in Cyprus, which saw its jobless rate rise to 15.6 per cent from 14.5 per cent. The small Mediterranean island nation this year became the fifth euro country to seek financial assistance. The difference with the other bailouts was that the country was asked to raise a big chunk of its rescue money from bank depositors – a shock decision that led to a near two-week shutdown of the banks and battered economic confidence. The European Central Bank has sought to make life easier for Europe’s hardpressed businesses and consumers by cutting its main interest rate to the record low 0.5 per cent earlier this month. Another cut is possible, but most economists say it’s unlikely, even though the inflation rate is still under the ECB’s target of just below two per cent. Eurostat said Friday that inflation in the eurozone rose to 1.4 per cent in the year to May from the 38-month low of 1.2 per cent recorded in April. It blamed rising food, alcohol and tobacco prices for the uptick. Analysts said the ECB is more likely to take measures to shore up lending to small and medium-sized businesses, one of the main job creators in Europe. Such companies are currently not taking out many loans for fear the economy might worsen and because banks are charging high rates.

poison-LaCed Letter sent to obaMa WASHINGTON: Authorities have intercepted a threatening letter addressed to President Barack Obama that was “similar” to a ricin-laced mail sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to the US presidential security unit. A Secret Service official said on Thursday that the letter was sent to the White House, and was intercepted at its screening facility. “This letter has been turned over to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force for testing and investigation,” Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said in a statement. Another letter sent to Bloomberg appeared to contain the highly toxic substance ricin, according to preliminary tests, New York police said on Wednesday. In recent weeks, authorities have stopped several ricin-laced letters. A Tupelo, Mississippi, man was charged last month with sending poison-laced letters to Obama and two other public officials. Everett Dutschke was being held on charges of developing and possessing ricin and attempting to use it as a weapon, according to the Justice Department. Separately, federal authorities last week arrested a Washington state man, Matthew Ryan Buquet, who they suspect mailed a letter containing ricin to a US district judge in Spokane. Buquet, 37, was charged with mailing threatening communications. On Thursday, the FBI’s Seattle office said in a statement that a similar letter containing ricin was sent from Spokane to Obama and postmarked May 13. AGE NC IE S

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roadside blast kills one in Peshawar PESHAWAR ONlINE One person was killed on Friday in a bomb blast in the jurisdiction of Badabare Police Station in Peshawar. According to details, a roadside bomb detonated in Mashu Gagar Gulbara area early morning, killing one person. The deceased, who was identified as Najeem, was traveling on his motorcycle when the remote-controlled device went off. The blast was heard in far flung areas. Police and bomb disposal squad reached the spot of the blast and started investigation.

Pakistani groom arrested on sham wedding day

PMl-n likely to field Anjum Aqeel again in nA-48 by-polls ISLAMABAD



S many as three leaders of Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) have started lobbying to attract the main leadership to get the party ticket for NA-48 Islamabad, which has been vacated by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) stalwart Javed Hashmi, but sources suggest PML-N will likely field Anujum Aqeel once again for by-polls. Former MNA Anjum Aqeel who faced defeat at the hands of Hashmi in the May 11 polls, Islamabad High Court Bar Association former president Ashraf Gujjar and local leader Adnan Kayani are in the race to represent PML-N in by-elections in the constituency. However, insiders said the leadership was in favour of awarding the ticket

once again to Anjum Aqeel. Hashmi, who also won from his hometown Multan’s NA-149, had to vacate this seat. PTI has nominated Asad Umar as its candidate to defend

Hashmi’s seat. Sources in PTI said Imran Khan had decided to file Asad Umar, since he enjoyed a good reputation among party workers and had a special expertise in economics, adding that the party needed such a person in the parliament. Party leaders are expecting that Asad Umar will defeat the PML-N candidate, since NA-48 mostly comprises of an urban population, where PTI enjoys a good vote bank. On the other hand, PMLN sources claim that after formation of government in Centre, PML-N would make a good comeback in the constituency which was why Anjum Aqeel is likely to be given another chance. The constituency mostly comprises posh sectors such as F-6, F-7, F-8, F-10, G/9 and G-10 where PTI has a strong vote bank. In all of these areas, Hashmi outnumbered his opponents. Political pundits

predict if PTI once again manages to bring its voters from the said areas to polling stations, Asad Umar will clinch the seat with ease. Otherwise, PML-N, after having formed the federal government, could attract voters from rural area. NA-48 is one of the two constituencies of the federal capital. For the general election, almost all parties had fielded their candidates in Islamabad but PTI’s Hashmi managed to register a convincing victory. Hashmi won by bagging 73,878 votes while the runner-up, PML-N’s Anjum Aqeel, received 52,205 votes. Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) candidate and former MNA Mian Aslam, who received 25,048 votes in the May 11 polls from NA-48, is also likely to contest in by-elections. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate Faisal Sekhi Butt, who could not get significant votes on May 11, is also active to take part in by-polls.

LONDON ONlINE UK Border Agency officers broke up a suspected sham wedding at Oxford’s Tidmarsh Lane register office on Friday and the groom is currently facing deportation. Immigration officers broke up the ceremony between a Pakistani man and a Polish woman, the second suspected sham marriage at the same venue in the last two months. The 24-year-old man, who was living in the UK illegally having overstayed his visa, was arrested. The 20-year-old Polish woman, who was believed to be living in the Oxford area, was questioned and later released. The registrar who was dealing with the couple raised the alarm when she had suspicions about the arrangement. Home Office spokesman Adam Edwards said, “Registrars have a legal obligation to inform us if they have any suspicions about a wedding. “If a couple wants to marry they have to give notice of their intention to the registration service. “If they are showing signs they don’t know each other or can’t speak the same language, the registrar will get in touch with us.” This operation was carried out with the help of Oxfordshire’s superintendent registrar Alicja Gilroy. Immigration enforcement officers have the option to arrest the individuals before the wedding, or, as in this case, turn up on the day itself when they know that the couple will both be there. Neither of the couple could be identified as they had not been charged with a criminal offence. A sham marriage is not illegal in itself, but can be a cover for a number of offences from perjury to facilitating a breach of immigration law.

Petition in lhc to disqualify nawaz and shahbaz LAHORE ONlINE Lahore High Court (LHC) has been moved by a petition seeking disqualification of leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif and Khawaja Saad Rafiq for their participation in the lawless attack on the Supreme Court (SC). According to media reports, Shahid Orakzai, who has filed the petition, said the respondents were not eligible to contest elections as they had been convicted in the SC attack case but had not mentioned it in their nomination papers. The court earlier dismissed another petition by Orakzai against former federal minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and asked him to approach an election tribunal regarding the matter.

mULTAN: An elderly lady puffs on a cigarette as the world observed No Tobacco Day on Friday. INP

The chief minister who is richer than prime minister MONITORING DESK Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shahbaz Sharif, who is set to regain the office of Punjab chief minister, is richer than his elder brother, the incoming prime minister Nawaz Sharif. According to statements of assets and liabilities submitted by them to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) along with their nomination papers, the net worth of Nawaz Sharif’s assets was Rs 261.6 million last year and the assets of Shahbaz Sharif were Rs 336.9m. Interestingly, the worth of Nawaz’s assets increased by Rs 95.6 million in a year and that of Shahbaz dropped by Rs 56.5million. In 2011, the assets of the two brothers were worth Rs 166 million and Rs 393 million. According to tax details, Nawaz’s total income in 2010 was Rs 9.7 million, which grew to Rs 10.6 million in 2011 and Rs 12.4 million in 2012 and he paid Rs2 million, Rs2.8 million and

Rs 2.4 million as income tax. The land holding of Nawaz increased from 934 kanals in 2010 and 2011 to 1,707 kanals in 2012. His agricultural income was Rs 5.2 million, Rs 5 million and Rs 8.3 million and he paid agricultural tax of Rs 0.75 million, 0.73 million and Rs 12.3 million during the years. He lives in a house owned by his mother. The income of Shahbaz was Rs 3.1 million in 2010 which swelled to Rs 12.8 million in 2011 and Rs 14.9 million in

2012. He paid Rs 0.25 million, Rs 2.2 million and Rs 2.6 million as income tax. In 2010, his agricultural income from 867 kanals was Rs 3.5 million. The land holding dropped to 677 kanals in 2011and the income remained at Rs 16.5 million and Rs 16.4 million in 2011 and 2012. Agricultural tax paid by him during the three years was Rs 0.44 million, Rs 2.7 million and Rs 2.5 million. Shahbaz Sharif lives in a Rs120 million house owned by his spouse.

will resolve load shedding crisis before anything else: shahbaz LAHORE ONlINE

Chief minister-designate Shahbaz Sharif on Friday said that the country was facing a lot of problems but resolving the load shedding crisis remained his top priority. “Load shedding, load shedding and only load shedding is my priority,” he said, adding that the solution to the crisis could not be managed by one party alone. Moreover, he said that efforts from other political forces were needed in national interest. He said his party would take all stakeholders in confidence to resolve all issues. Talking to newsmen upon arrival from London, Shahbaz said he had traveled to the UK for a medical check-up and the tests were found to be reassuring. Earlier, representatives of British companies met Shahbaz Sharif and extended the offer of making investments in the energy sector in Pakistan. "We are consistently working to prepare strategies to deal with problems faced by the country and the people," he said. Shahbaz said that the new government had inherited multiple issues and it would be a challenging task to resolve them. He added that the PML-N leadership was working to tackle challenges like power crisis, law and order, unemployment, poverty and economic revival.

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former Pakistani diplomat urges obama to end drone attacks NEW YORK APP

A former Pakistani diplomat on Friday urged the United States to put an end to drone strikes against suspected terrorists in Pakistan’s tribal areas to pave the way for rebuilding the crumbling pillars of tribal authority in an effort to stabilize the restive region. In an opinion piece published in The New York Times, Dr Akbar Ahmed, former high commissioner to Britain and the Islamic Studies chair at American University, said that the “drone war is alive and well in the remote corners of Pakistan where the strikes have caused the greatest and most lasting damage.” “Drone strikes like Wednesday’s, in Waziristan, are destroying already weak tribal structures and throwing communities into disarray throughout Pakistan’s tribal belt along the border with Afghanistan,” Ahmed wrote. The chaos and rage they produce endangered the Pakistani government and fuelled anti-Americanism, he said. He added that the damage wasn’t limited to Pakistan. Similar destruction was occurring in other traditional tribal societies like Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen, he added. “The tribes on the periphery of these nations have long struggled for more autonomy from the central government, first under colonial rule and later against the modern state. The global war on terror has intensified that conflict. These tribal societies are organized into clans defined by common descent; they maintain stability through similar structures of authority; and they have defined codes of honor revolving around hospitality to guests and revenge against enemies,” he wrote. In recent decades, Ahmed said, these societies had undergone huge disruptions as the traditional leadership had come under attack by violent groups like the Taliban, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Somalia’s Al Shabab, not to mention full-scale military invasions. “America has deployed drones into these power vacuums, causing ferocious backlashes against central governments while destroying any positive image of the United States that may have once existed. Ahmed underscored the need for relying on the three pillars of authority that had traditionally provided stability in Pashtun tribal society; elders, religious leaders and the central government. Over the past few decades, these pillars have weakened and in 2004 the pillars of authority began to crumble. “In the vacuum that followed, the Tehrike-Taliban Pakistan, or Pakistani Taliban, emerged. Its first targets were tribal authorities. Approximately 400 elders have been killed in Waziristan alone, a near-decapitation of traditional society.” “Obama should not assume that his pledge to scale back the drone war will have an appreciable impact on America’s image or Pakistan’s security unless the strikes stop and the old pillars of tribal authority can gradually be rebuilt,” he added.

sc bars jui-f's MnA from taking oath over fake degree ISLAMABAD

i gave power of speech to parliament: fehmida Mirza ISLAMABAD ONlINE


ORMER speaker of the National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza on Friday said that she had provided the power of speech to the deaf parliament and for the first time in history peaceful transition of power was going to take place in the nation. Addressing the reception ceremony of Parliamentary Reporters Association, (PRA) she said that record legislation had been made for the first time in last five years which presented a positive face of the parliament. She said establishment of PRA was a good omen, adding that it was the responsibility of all leaders to strengthen

the media. Moreover, Dr Fehmida said that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had strengthened democratic institutions but it was not easy to proceed with 342 members in the house without being biased. She said that she had tried her best in maintaining neutrality in the parliament during the proceedings. She said that opposition also played a positive role in making legislation with census, adding that democracy could not be strengthen without a strong and vocal opposition. “I remained unbiased in forming of parliamentary committees and gave the presiding of Public Accounts Committee to the opposition leader,” she said. Talking about the achievements of

the parliament she said tha the18th, 19th and 20th Amendments commendable achievements of the parliament. Furthermore, she said that she had designed the logo of the National Assembly, giving its members recognition all over the country. Moreover, she said that she had not taken any special privileges in five years of her tenure and did not even spend a single night in Rs 260 million Speaker House. Concluding her address she suggested to divert the development funds in the least developed areas rather than to use them one’s own constituency. Replying to a query, she said that notification for the opposition leader should be issued as soon as possible

CHAmAN: Supporters of Pakhtunkhwa milli Awami Party take out a protest rally on Friday against the kidnapping of Dr mubashir Hussain who was taken away by unidentified men a few days ago. INP

Govt using Chinese currency swap agreement to shore up reserves



The Supreme Court on Friday barred Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) candidate from NA-261 Maulvi Agha Muhammad from taking oath over an unresolved case of a fake degree. The three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry resumed hearing of the case regarding the disqualification of Maulvi Agha. During the course of proceedings, the chief justice remarked that the Supreme Court conditionally allowed Maulvi Agha Muhammad to contest in polls but had not allowed him to take oath until the final verdict. Previously, a returning officer of an election tribunal and Balochistan High Court had stopped him from contesting in election due to the fake degree but the Supreme Court conditionally allowed him to take part in the election.The court also allowed Essa Roshan, the opponent candidate, to become party in the case and issued notices to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and Attorney General for the next hearing.

Pakistan has gotten a Chinese trade financing facility in an attempt to shore up its rapidly depleting foreign currency reserves, following a large loan repayment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which dented its ability to finance external trade. “Use of the Chinese trade financing facility should not be perceived as help from a friendly country. This is a loan Pakistan will have to return,” an official told a local media on condition of anonymity. There has been a net increase of $190.8 million in the total liquid foreign currency reserves held by banks in the country. Pakistan’s total foreign currency reserves increased to $11.623 billion by May 24, according to the latest data issued by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), despite a $385 million payment to the IMF made by Islam-

abad in the preceding week. Reserves held by the SBP increased to $6.564 billion, higher by $181.8 million. The SBP’s reserves are inclusive of the $2.7 billion that it has booked in forward contracts. Commercial banks’ reserves have also increased by $9 million to reach $5.1 billion. The exact amount of the financing received could not be immediately ascertained, but SBP spokesperson Inayat Hussain confirmed that the increase in reserves was largely because of a currency swap arrangement with China. The development is contrary to market expectations, courtesy the SBP’s unusual decision to utilise a currency swap arrangement to build reserves. The agreement became operational fairly recently, after it was ratified by Pakistan and China in an effort to promote bilateral trade and investment

and strengthen financial cooperation. The three-year agreement was originally aimed at facilitating traders from the two countries. Sources said Pakistani authorities had requested China to activate the credit line after it witnessed a sharp dip in its foreign exchange reserves. The SBP had withdrawn Chinese currency and converted it to dollars to shore up its reserves, they added. “The problem with this arrangement is that the country will have to return the loan in Chinese currency after three years. It will then use the dollars it holds to buy yuan back from the market, which will have a direct impact on reserves,” sources explained. The Government of Pakistan would have to pay mark-up on the borrowed sum at a rate higher than the Shanghai interbank market rate, meaning that this would be an expensive undertaking.

Industry insiders have long suspected that China will convert the arrangement into a loan, as it had expressed scant interest in trading in Pakistani currency since the early stages of the deal. They said China had refused to deal in Pakistani currency when Pakistan first proposed the arrangement to Beijing. So far, the incoming PML-N government does not seem willing to negotiate a deal with the IMF for at least another three or four months despite the obvious problems in external financing. Sources said it is also negotiating with Saudi Arabia for a two-year furnace oil facility on deferred payment worth $5 billion. Analysts see the increasing tendency to seek help from “friendly countries” an attempt to avoid unsavoury reforms that the IMF will force on Pakistan as a precondition to any fresh bailout programme.

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Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy. –Franz Kafka


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ringing in the new nA Amid raised hopes of better delivery


HE National Assembly meets today for the administration of oath to its newly elected members. After the speaker and deputy speaker are elected on June 3, the next step would be to elect the new prime minister on June 5. After that everything is all set to go. Despite a number of greenhorns this time round, the new Assembly is by no means short of seasoned parliamentarians. The 18th amendment has taken away crucial powers from the president, investing these with the prime minister who leads the National assembly. This has raised hopes that the National Assembly would take effective measures to end power shortages, resuscitate the economy and resolve the issue of militancy. Further, that it would strengthen institutions, encourage good governance and ensure the rule of law. In five years time Pakistan has come a long way from the 2002 Assembly which enjoyed little power or prestige while the MNAs gave scant importance to the sittings of the house. Many came to Islamabad during the assembly sessions only to get things done for themselves or their constituencies through calls on those who mattered. The lack of interest in the proceedings of a powerless house led to frequent break downs of the quorum. Instead of taking the opposition on board the ruling PML-Q, widely known as the King’s party, preferred to steamroll it. This led to too many protests, walk outs, and rowdy scenes in the house. Taking note of the disrespectful behaviour of the MNAs, Musharraf did not come to the joint session of the Parliament to deliver the mandatory yearly address except on one occasion. The 2008 Assembly was many steps ahead. Thanks to the policy of reconciliation, Gilani was elected leader of the house unanimously and the president addressed it every year. Among the major achievements of the PPP-led National Assembly were constitutional amendments that expanded provincial autonomy, institutionalized the procedure of the appointment of superior judiciary and put together a consensus NFC Award. The house also achieved another historic first: electing its first woman Speaker. There were fewer protests and walkouts and lesser complaints of lack of quorum. The government, however, was a hostage to its alliances which led to the formation of an extra large cabinet and the subsequent bad governance. Many cabinet ministers faced charges of corruption during the PPP’s tenure. The PML-N contrarily enjoys simple majority in the present house. However with the PTI putting up its own candidate for the office of the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif is not likely to get a unanimous endorsement. With a formidable strength of 186 members in a House of 338, the PML-N is in a position to further strengthen and expand democratic traditions. For this it will need the cooperation of the opposition. But to encourage the opposition to act responsibly, the government has to take it on board on major issues.

kP government takes oath Challenges must be tackled together in militancy-hit province


HE handover has been completed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) after Pervez Khatak of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) was elected chief minister of the province on Friday. The province is the one that faces the greatest problems, and perhaps requires the most concentrated effort from both the central and provincial government. With expectations high that the PTI shall bring ‘something different’ to the people of the province, the hope is that an end can be put to what has been about 12 years of suffering for them. Threatened by the Taliban, displaced by military operations, the resilience of the people of KP is a story that is often told to foreign observers – but when it has come to genuine concern and effort from the Pakistani government, there has been little deliverance. “The government is losing its writ over the surroundings of Peshawar,” were the warning words issued by the new speaker of the KP assembly. These should come as a reality check for both the PTI and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), with both looking to broker a way out of the war on terror. Both parties are at times accused of being blind to the Taliban threat. Now that both are holding the reins of power, we will see what mettle the two parties are made off when confronted with the challenge of the Taliban on the ground. The need will be for both parties to forget the blame game and look towards formulating a joint strategy. As it stands, it is premier-in-waiting Nawaz Sharif that is playing the realist card. After the drone attack which claimed the TTP second in command, Sharif has said, he would like to work with the United States to combat terrorism. On the other side, the PTI chief Imran Khan knows no such diplomacy. Despite the TTP accepting that one of its chieftains had been killed, Khan’s anti-drone rhetoric has not wavered, to the extent that some observers wonder if the PTI chief has a backup plan if the Taliban refuse to talk. Khan’s demand that Sharif’s first decision once he assumes the seat of prime minister should be to decide to “stop or shoot down drones” reeks of political immaturity. While drones are a serious issue, they are not the top of the priority list. The new governments at the centre and KP should know better than to shoot themselves in the foot by antagonizing the US without any attempt at dialogue, and be left facing a rejuvenated Taliban without any international support. The new KP chief minister will do well to know that sloganeering is not the way the next KP government is to fulfill its mandate. The PTI and PML-N will need to sit down to work out a joint strategy to combat terror – but before that the PTI chief will need to show more maturity and appreciate the problem on the ground.

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brazenly corrupt, blatantly coercive An attempt to silence the last vestiges of what may be left of honour


UR daily life is replete with examples of brazen political high-handedness that have been reported without any relief. But the one that is the subject of this column surpasses the rest because this not only reflects the dominant corrupt and dictatorial mindset that underlines all such actions by the political mafias, it also is an attempt to eclipse a life of enormous good work done by an individual who has been an exception to the utter mediocrity that symbolises the present-day bureaucracy. This story is about Dr Zafar Altaf, the former secretary agriculture, government of Pakistan and the former chairman, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC). If there were any exceptions to the buffoonery that manages the doings of the ‘elite’ service in the country today, Dr Altaf would sit at the very top of that list. The tragedy is that efforts are being made not only to silence him, but to have him punished for a crime that he never committed. The story begins way back when Idara-e-Kissan (IK) was launched near Pattoki as a coRAOOF HASAN operative society comprising 25,000 to 26,000 women members. Milk was procured from about five-hundred villages around the area to produce the ‘Hala’ brand that was sold at an unbelievable 47 per cent less than all other brands of packaged milk available in the market. Another interesting factor is that 44 per cent of the women who supplied milk to the plant were landless. The plant is spread over an area of 114 kanals of land near the Defence Housing Society in Lahore. The IK operation was running successfully and profitably

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when the government of Punjab approached it with a request that it should also take over the management of the Lahore Milk Plant which had been virtually reduced to junk at that point in time. A 20year contract was signed with the government of Punjab in 1996. Idara-e-Kissan took over the control of the Lahore Milk Plant and, by 2004, had succeeded in turning it into a profit-generating unit. At some stage after that, IK was asked to replicate their successful model at Sialkot and Layyah also. IK, after due internal consultation, offered that it could do so only at one place. The government of Punjab asked it to go ahead at Layyah where they committed to provide the requisite land. The plant was envisioned at Garh Maharaja, about forty kilometres from Layyah. The first contravention of the broad understanding came in the shape of the non-provision of the land that had been promised. IK still went ahead with the project and a dry powder plant costing over Rs120 million was installed. The project was completed in 2009 and was handed over to the Planning, Development and Livestock Department through a PC IV document. Both parties signed the document indicating that the project had been closed successfully. Intervention in the working of the plant had started much earlier when the sitting livestock minister had insisted that the plant be set up near his village and jobs should be offered to people from his electorate. Intervention had come from the officials of the livestock ministry as well who also wanted similar favours done. This is the time when another milk plant was set up in the private sector in Chiniot that is reportedly owned by a scion of the Sharif family. It marketed its milk under the brand name of ‘Anhaar’. Tolerating competition not being one of the virtues of the Sharif family, they started endeavours to muzzle the nascent project and, by 2011, it had been reduced to a junkyard. But more interesting things started happening when a barrage of criticism was directed at Dr Altaf blaming him, among other things, for having made illicit money out of the project – this in spite of the fact that the chairman, P&D, government of Punjab was also the chairman of the steering committee that was set up to manage the project at Garh Maharaja and Dr Altaf had absolutely nothing to do with it. But the story does not end there. A heavyweight political figure of Lahore had his eyes set on the 114 kanals of land attached with the original IK project. He was intent on building a college there named after his deceased father and there

is no way he was going to be denied. There was only one way to usurp that piece of land: close the milk plant – and that’s exactly what was done with the alleged help and cooperation of the provincial secretary industries. Orders were passed to cancel the contract with the Idara-e-Kissan and, in utter violation of the stay-order having been secured by the management, police was sent to take control of the premises and the work on the college building commenced. A report was also submitted against Dr Altaf alleging him to have pilfered funds from the project of which there is no proof at all. Declaring him a fugitive, warrants of his arrest were issued by an anti-corruption court in Lahore – the bastion of the Sharif power in the country. The over 70-year old Dr Altaf has since secured an interim bail. This is the dictatorial and humiliating manner in which a nefarious effort has been made to sniff out an incomparably productive and service-oriented work spread over thirty years by Dr Altaf. Why? Because, number one, his work presented unacceptable competition to the milk brand allegedly owned by a son of Shahbaz Sharif – the former as well as the designated new chief minister of Punjab who, quite hilariously, calls himself the ‘Khadim-e-Aala’. (Even his so-called ‘literate’ advisors are at a loss for words in explaining the connotations of the term!) And, number two, a political arm-twister of Lahore – well, they all are one way or the other - wanted the large piece of land for building a college. So, Idara-e-Kissan had to be dismantled. A life that is unmistakably laced with innumerable laudatory initiatives even the meaning of which would escape the depleted intelligence of a majority of the charlatans of the political mafias and the bureaucracy bandwagon under the charge of the chief minister is being silenced through the use of the corrupt and the coercive state machinery. Dr Altaf’s crime is that he refused to budge in the face of unremitting pressure to take decisions that he considered inimical to the honourable principles that he has cherished all his life. His other crime is that he was unwilling to become a partner in the lustful monetary pursuits of a notorious political heavyweight who did not hesitate from eliminating a highly viable and profitable project dedicated to the welfare of the poor and the downtrodden. Shall we raise a toast to another five years of the Sharif rule? A shame, unremitting shame! The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at

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OTHING like tradition, old chaps! Specially the regimental military variety. A new one seems to have been established at the PM House. That of “dining out” the departing PM. Mir Hazar Khan Khoso was dined out recently. His predecessor Raja Pervez Ashraf was also given this royal treatment, as was Yousaf Raza Gillani. All three had the same military secretary; one wonders if the gentleman is behind the idea. Ironic. Now the PMs are dined out. Back in the day, they were hounded out by, we know who. In any case, Khoso’s favourite dishes (mutton sajji, fish curry badami, steam pudding) were specially prepared. The departing PM, who has graciously shifted to Balochistan House so that the PM House could be renovated for its

new resident, was in good spirits and even paid some tribute (the hard cash sort) to the military band that was playing. Speaking of the incoming resident, Nawaz Sharif doesn’t have too pleasant memories of the place. He had repeatedly made it known he wants to be PM, but doesn’t want the PM house.

***** The King is dead; long live the King!! The sycophantic feeding frenzy that encircles every government has now firmly set up camp around Raiwind. The technocracy (good be the title of a film about the dystopian future starring Tom Cruise) is besieging the Sharifs and extolling their virtues - and the Sharifs’ of course. Well, apparently, add to this mix the fashionistas. A designer much enamoured to the former PM’s family is now a favourite of the ladies of the new first family. Others from the fashion fraternity (sorority?) are rather jealous. Raiwind, in fashion parlance, is the new black.

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This always confuses liberals, that conservatives like the military and don't like the bureaucracy. That's because the military has their guns pointed out and the bureaucracy has them pointed in. –Grover Norquist




saturday, 1 june, 2013

emerging circle of power in Pakistan And how it suits internal and external power brokers DR. QAISAR ABBAS


don’t like loadshedding, get used to it! Bureaucratic Nightmare: 6 ministries and 42 agencies involved in energy policy-making



Ix days before the much touted historic elections, I took a cab from sector F11 in Islamabad to go see a friend in F6. My driver Zaman, a middle-aged man from Mardan, had been driving a cab in the capital for the past 19 years. The cab was in shambles, creaking, squealing, screaming every time he tried to push the speedometer anything past 40. It seemed held together by duct tape and sheer willpower. Small talk ensued. He spoke of his life in the federal capital, living markedly below the poverty line (which in of itself is a joke, but that is a tangent for another time). He had, surprisingly, only two kids, because he felt he could barely feed and educate one. I asked who he would vote for. He said he his vote was registered in Mardan. He needed to work close to 16 hours a day just to make ends meet, then go home to no electricity, no running water, and minimal rations. Then the cycle started again. He simply could not afford to go back home and vote. Then he asked me which party should he vote for, one that could eliminate load-shedding from the country. He ironed his clothes between 2 am and 3 am, charged his phone intermittently throughout the night whenever electricity was available, listened to the radio between 7 am and 8 am, and his wife made sure the children finished their homework in the daylight hours. He said, if there was a party that could eliminate the blight of load-shedding from the country in the next few years it would be voted into power for the next several decades. Load-shedding. The bane of the Pakistani existence. A scourge that has multiplied, like an unchecked virus, ravaging the lives and livelihoods of millions, shutting down industries, plunging the country, literally into darkness. It has even birthed new business models specifically designed to combat the shortfall. Five years of keeping Bhutto alive has netted us an

average shortfall of 3,900 MW, severe loadshedding in urban areas and a much more pronounced problem in the rural regions. The energy policy presented on April 22, 2010 by former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani showed a lack of long-term planning, instead choosing to treat symptoms. Two day weekends, a ban on neon lights and decorative lights, shutting down tube wells between 7 pm and 11 pm, turning on air conditioning after 11 pm, were all a part of this energy policy. The former federal minister for water and power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf insisted that the power crisis would be solved by December 31, 2009, and regurgitated the magical date ad nauseum until December 30, 2009, a day prior to the deadline, finally announcing that he had been wrong all along. The power crisis has only worsened since. Last week alone, seven, well over half, of our thermal power plants were shut down because of the circular debt crisis. This debt, currently over Rs502 billion, is the greatest challenge for the new government, the first assembly session of which is today. Nawaz Sharif, for all his promises of metro buses, and massive motorways, is faced with a very unenviable and grave problem, one that is compounded by several intersecting factors. First, the circular debt is the proverbial bull in this china shop. After the economic growth in the 1980s, energy demand soared. The government pledged to compensate energy companies with subsidies in the face of high operational costs, instead of allowing them to increase prices. However, these subsidies then went unpaid. The power companies borrowed from the banks to make the payments. When the energy companies were unable to pay the fuel suppliers, this curtailed or halted the fuel supply. This debt, snowballing down the chain, now stands over half a trillion rupees. Bear in mind that during the caretaker government’s tenure, the finance ministry could barely come up with Rs10 billion to help alleviate some of the energy crisis, and that barely dented the overall situation. Second, there is the bureaucratic red tape. The energy policy itself, ill-planned as it may be, is also at the mercy of competing bureaucratic interests. As an example, six separate ministries, and forty-two agencies are involved in Pakistan’s energy policymaking, according to a report by Elizabeth Mills for the United States Institute of Peace. Whether it is reforms, such as privatization or attracting investment from the private sector, or international parties, or exploring gas and coal reserves on Pakistani soil, the bureaucratic quagmire has a habit of sucking the life out

of even the most promising ventures. For Punjab, in May 2012, Khawaja Asif filed a petition in the Supreme Court against nonclearance of machinery for two power projects from the ports of Karachi. Despite the formation of a committee, a 94-page report finding the law minister under Babar Awan guilty for not providing the necessary clearances, the case is still pending in the Supreme Court. In Sindh, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah inaugurated the Thar Coal mining and power project on March 14, 2013, estimated to cost $1.35 billion, and produce 300MW. In the KPK, former Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti inaugurated the 69 MW Lawi Hydro Power Project on June 30, 2012. Whereas in Baluchistan, a lot of emphasis was given to solar power projects, but no initiatives have yet been taken. Finally, there is the issue of line losses and rampant theft. In the Senate’s 91st session report, theft alone accounted for Rs90.5 billion in losses to power companies. Interestingly, the amount of defaulter bills is almost exactly the same amount as the circular debt, last estimated to be around Rs495 billion, Rs7 billion of which is owed by the federal government. The average yearly loss is estimated at 2,600 MW, which, if curtailed, could compensate for a massive chunk of the energy shortfall. It is a mess unlike any other, with many moving parts, and solving it will be a gargantuan task, one that will take the deepest reservoirs of patience, both from the government and the public in general. The PML-N, according to their pre-election manifesto, intends to create a new ministry of energy and natural resources through the merger of the ministries of water, power, petroleum and natural resources, introduce reforms for National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA), Distribution companies (DISCOs) and Generating Companies (GENCOs), Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), permanent elimination of the circular debt, and development of alternate renewable energy sources. It all sounds very nice and snazzy on paper, but as may be evident, the solution is not as simple as the wave of some magic wand, nor will it bear fruit for several years to come. These are major policy changes, and major cultural mindset changes, and such sweeping changes cannot be inculcated into the existing system overnight. For now, if you do not like load-shedding, you had better just get used to it! The writer is the Executive Producer for Planning and Research at Capital TV. He can be reached at @zeesalahuddin on Twitter or

new circle of power is fast emerging in the post-election Pakistan which suits internal and external power brokers against the backdrop of terrorism and expected US withdrawal from the region. The dynamics of this circle should be viewed within the changing political landscape in the neighboring Afghanistan where America prepares to get most of its troops out of the area by the next year. It needs a safe passage to get out of Afghanistan which is also cheaper economically and it appears Pakistan can serve the purpose. To achieve this goal, however, the US needs a politically stable environment in Pakistan and military appears to be ready to deliver the goods for various reasons. First, it needs the valuable military equipment and armaments the US troops will be leaving behind simply because it will be expensive to transport the used machinery and equipment out of the area. Pakistan army, with its well organized logistic cell, can also assist US troops to transport the equipment to its own seaports. This also means millions of dollars for armed forces if it’s successful in striking a good deal with the US administration. However the army has to convince the Americans that it’s in full control to safely transport their equipment across Pakistan without any hindrance. That’s where the conservative parties, with a new political mandate based in the Af-Pak bordering areas of Balochistan and Khyber Paktoonkhwa, come into the picture. The PML-N with astounding 46 percent of seats in National Assembly will be able to lead the new nexus of power with the full blessing of the military–bureaucracy establishment. With the PTI forming provincial government in KPK and PML-N in Balochistan, both will have a full control of the area assisted by the army in providing a safe route to American convoys to the Indian Ocean. Both political parties will make sure the circle is complete with everyone on board compensated with rewarding perks. Although there are serious disagreements between these and other religious parties, they have a conservative approach to several burning issues and an agreed upon position on engaging the Taliban in negotiations. Based on ideological similarities and adjustments to their conflictive positions, even the minor parties like PML-F, JI and others will be lured to become part of the power circle by giving them ministries in the center and provincial governments. Although the political elite in the whole process will apparently be in the driving seat, they actually will be subservient to the real power brokers, internal and external both. In this new political landscape, the so-called liberal and progressive parties will be pressured to get out of the circle even though some of them like the PPP-P and the MQM still hold lead positions in the political hierarchy determined by the seats they secured in the center and provinces. Unfortunately, both belong to a province not so high on the hierarchy of power in the new circle. While Punjab, KPK and Balochistan will be the main players in the circle, Sindh will form the periphery relegated to maintain peace within the province and nothing else. What would the ruling PML-N gain from this arrangement? You might remember stopping drone attacks was the major promise that PML-N made with voters during its election campaign and as soon as the results were out Nawaz Sharif was announcing his intentions to collaborate with the US on the condition that drone attacks will be stopped. So, drones will be one of the major bargaining chips for making new arrangements. Obama’s recent announcement mostly as a result of internal pressures that drone attacks will be subjected to transparency and more scrutiny to limit civil casualties in drone attacks will be a favorable sign to stop drone attacks in Pakistan. This will also be a sigh of relief for the Taliban leadership for whom drones have been the only deterrent that killed a large number of their leaders in Pakistan. It will also be a strong rationale for convincing them to come to the negotiating table. What would the new arrangement offer to the people of Pakistan? When the whole game is driven by the externally determined geopolitical dynamics, it leaves little for the people of Pakistan who rushed to the polling stations on May 11 with a hope that their vote will bring change. Unfortunately while big winners of this game will be the US along with the Pakistani establishment, the poor masses will be the ultimate losers. They might feel some relief in their daily life with decreasing incidents of terrorism until the ruling elite and Taliban are in agreement. As soon as they develop conflict, which is bound to happen in the current circumstances, this tranquility will also evaporate soon. Showing desperation in starting negotiating with the Taliban will not serve the purpose of the US administration, Pakistan and Afghanistan in the long run. The Taliban, however, will enter into the negotiating room with an upper hand in the current conditions and they will know, as well as the other parties, that they are not pressured militarily to come to the negotiating table. While negations are possible, agreement is a farfetched expectation within the context of the developing political scenario. This whole drama, meanwhile, will give the US enough time to get most of its troops out of the region safely with a limited damage and cost. Agreement or no agreement, lower and middle classes of Pakistan will continue to suffer from unemployment, energy crisis, terrorism and price hikes on a daily basis. Thus, the plan has been conceived, the circle of power has been drawn and players have been chosen to begin another round of a familiar political game for the next five years. The author is a political commentator and media analyst who works at the University of North Texas (US) as Assistant Dean. He can be reached at

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A arts saturday, 1 June, 2013

Even the worst Bond movies, there's something to love about them. –Daniel Craig

Mithun’s film censored over kat-bips song

i’M scAred for AMAndA bynes: lAnce bAss Lance Bass has revealed that he is worried about his old friend, Amanda Bynes, because of her odd public behaviour and recent arrest. Bass, who produced the 2005 film 'Love Wrecked' which starred Bynes, spoke of the 27year-old actress during an interview with Las Vegas radio's Mark and Mercedes show on Wednesday, People magazine reported. "It's one of those situations where obviously there's some mental problems there and she's not able to see that. We all are [able to see it]," he said. Bass told the radio station that no one is able to get to her and he is actually really scared for her. He said that he hopes that someone is able to get to her to give her the help she needs. Bynes later replied on Twitter: "I ignored Lance Bass on twitter and now he is saying I have a mental illness. Sorry you're an ugly ex boy band member w/ no talent or career." NEWS DESK



IS son's comeback film faces Censor Board ire over lyrics that mention Bipasha, Karina, Priyanka, Katrina, Shakira and Madonna as well. Now, an NOC is required from all of them Five years after he made a disastrous debut, Mahaakshay or Mimoh as you remember him, is riding on yet another controversy for his second jab at stardom. His latest film, Enemmy, produced by his parents Mithun Chakraborty and Yogeeta Bali, is set for release, and has the original Disco Dancer make an appearance to add muscle to his son's film. But true to its name, the film has already ruffled a few feathers. The Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has rejected a song in Enemmy that boasts of some very poetic lines: “Dil pe kadam jo main rakh dun, Katrina ko, Kareena ko,

Bipasha ko, Priyanka ko, Madonna ko, Shakira ko, pani kum, chai kar dun”. Finding the lyrics rather objectionable, the board has asked the makers to get an NOC from Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra and Bipasha Basu before the song is sent again for their approval. At the time of going to press, it was not clear if an NOC was required from the other divas - Madonna and Shakira - as well. But we will conduct that investigation some other day.

LOS ANGELES: The stylish Oscar–winner Reese Witherspoon steps out for a bite on Thursday.

Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj leaving‘american idol’ NEWS DESK

heidi kluM's tv show disruPted by toPless woMen Protesters The finale of Heidi Klum's reality show 'Germany's Next Top Model,' was interrupted on Thursday when two topless women stormed the stage. Klum, who serves as a presenter and judge on the Tv beauty contest, was confronted by two females with messages across their chests, one of which read 'Heidi Horror Picture Show', Contactmusic reported. The women were removed from the set by security but the reason behind the protest is not clear. NEWS DESK

Pop singer Mariah Carey and rapper Nicki Minaj will leave "American Idol" after just one season as judges on the singing contest show, following on the heels of longtime judge Randy Jackson who left amid a TV ratings slump. "Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!!" Minaj said on her Twitter page on Wednesday. Carey's departure was also announced on Twitter by her public relations firm PMK BNC, which said the singer "says goodbye 2 idol" as she prepared to embark on a world tour. Carey, 43, joined the judging panel with Minaj, country singer Keith Urban and Jackson, a music producer, for the show's 12th season. Carey reportedly earned $18 million while Minaj's salary was reported to be $12

million and Urban's was at $8 million for the season. Carey and Minaj, 30, grabbed headlines throughout the season for their on-camera arguments and off-camera feuding, with Carey saying in January that she had hired extra security following threats reportedly made against her by Minaj. Despite the added star power of Carey, Minaj and Urban, the show's ratings slumped to the lowest in 12 seasons, with the May 16 season finale of "Idol" drawing 14.2 million to see vocal powerhouse Candice Glover win the competition. Fox released statements following the announcements of both judges. "Mariah Carey is a true global icon one of the most accomplished artists on the planet - and we feel extremely fortunate that she was able to bring her wisdom and experience to the 'American Idol' contestants this season," Fox said.

Producers Pin hoPes on jAiled dutt’s new filM The makers of actor Sanjay Dutt's last completed screen role before going to prison are preparing for the release of "Policegiri" in July, hoping fans of the beefy Bollywood hero will boost ticket sales. Dutt, 53, went back to jail on May 16 to serve the remainder of a five-year sentence for firearms offences during the Mumbai bombings 20 years ago. The actor wrapped up work on pending Bollywood projects in the weeks before he reported to prison. "Policegiri", an action thriller that stars Dutt as an intrepid police officer, is the first featuring him in a lead role to open in Indian cinemas since his incarceration. Dutt had a brief guest appearance in "Hum Hain Raahi Car Ke", a romantic comedy that sank at the box office last week. The producer of "Policegiri" said Dutt would be missed at promotional events for the film. NEWS DESK

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I have great expectations for the future, because the past was highly overrated. –Sylvester Stallone

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TABLOID COVERAGE HELPED ME RECOVER FROM ALCOHOLISM: MATTHEW PERRY NEWS DESK Matthew Perry has revealed that the unrelenting media coverage about his drinking problems played a significant role in his recovery. He told ABC News that the coverage ultimately helped him because everybody in the bar would refuse to serve him drinks citing the reports in the media, Contactmusic reported. The 43-year-old star secretly battled substance abuse issues while he was at the height of his fame on hit TV show 'Friends', but after the news became public, he had to enter rehab. Perry, who is now cured, works with addiction specialists and government officials to reform America's drug laws.

oprah opens up about being embarrassed by flop at harvard O NEWS DESK

PRAH didn't give out any free cars, but she did offer some words of wisdom for nada on Thursday. The Mississippi native and media mogul spoke to approximately 1,800 students and their families at the graduation ceremony of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was also awarded with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. "Oh my goodness. I'm at HAAAARVARD"" she joked at the beginning of her speech, adding that she had not hidden prizes under the seats in the crowd, as she was once known for doing on her show. Instead, the 59-year-old aimed to inspire the grads by telling them how she handled a recent disappointment in her own life: the lukewarm reception of her Oprah Winfrey Network in 2011. "It really was, this time last year, the worst period in my professional life," said Winfrey, who Forbes named the highest earning celebrity of 2012. "I was stressed, I was frustrated, and I was, quite frankly, I was actually embarrassed."

i never thought of becoming no 1 or no 2: dharmendra COURTESY TOI HARMENDRA, 78, came to Mumbai at the age of 23 after winning the all India Filmfare talent contest. He is the replica of his mother and believes that the woman is the pillar of every home, be it his mother or his wife. He has remained humble and neutral and knows that he alone can bring himself out of a low period. While he hoped to see himself mentioned at least once somewhere with our cinema completing a 100 years, the absence of the same has made him more patient. Ahead of his upcoming film Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, he talks to TOI about his caring son Sunny, who has become his father, why he could not sleep after his music launch and how humanity is more powerful than religion. Excerpts: At 78, how do you feel? I know I am getting old, but at heart, I am really young. Life has to come to an end and everyone has to go. Shohrat ka anth gumnami hai. So whatever God has given you, usko aaj samajh ke jee bhar ke jiyo. There are ups and downs in every life. I never cried or shouted when I was down nor did I look for help or find a shoulder to cry on. When I got success, it never went to my head. This is how I am going on and I hope God is with me. I am a true person, so definitely this is my strength. Why do we become actors? To be loved and admired. I am both, loved and admired. God is inside everyone and so we need to give back to people who have loved us. In today's day and age, to keep a large family like yours intact and happy is a difficult asking. How have you achieved that? This is what I have been taught by my parents. We came with that blessing from a small village in Punjab, where we had a liking for a few things and did not have many. So I know that I should not run behind everything and know the value of life. I

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am satisfied and want everyone to be around me. I try and take everybody with me just like in the village, where we would look after each other and stay together. If a woman would get down from a train, I would pick up her luggage and drop her home with her children. My village background is not going away from me and is, in fact, deeply buried inside me. Your sons, Sunny and Bobby, are extremely attached to you. How is Sunny? He is like me, but is quite introverted. He is also more emotional than I am. He can do anything for his father, mother, family, workers, neighbours, friends and is the kind of person who would even borrow money to help others. I was born to a school teacher and know what will happen if we don't have money tomorrow. So at least I would not borrow money to help others. Between my sons, I am more confident about Sunny. He has started taking care of me, due to which I have become younger. I am like his son and he, my father. He wants to make

films for me. Bobby has been always protected by you earlier and now, even by Sunny. Are you more worried about him? Even though he is 46, Bobby is the baby of the family and has always been looked after by everybody. Yes, earlier I used to protect him and now Sunny protects him. We both want that he should come out and protect himself and go further with his achievements. I do get worried for him. While Bobby is intelligent, Tanya is even more intelligent and knows much more than him and I know she will look after him. Abhay's style of acting is different than yours. How do you find him as an actor? He is a fine actor and is the most natural actor in the industry. The day I saw him in Socha Na Tha, I came home and told my brother Ajit, 'Apne ghar mein Motilal paida ho gaya hai.' Motilal to me is the most natural actor. Which was the toughest period of your life? It was a miracle for me how at the age of 23, I became the winner of the all India Filmfare talent contest and got to work with Bimal Roy in Bandini with Nutan. My breath was my prayer. I am grateful to my parents to give me this face and looks and health and then to God for giving me the luck. From 1997, for 10 years, it was an extremely low period for me. In 2001, it became unbearable. I was not getting films. I also had a back operation and within a few days had to be operated upon again. I would feel extremely low and lonely. If I am healthy I can fight anything, but if I am not healthy, I feel low. That's the time I started writing poetry as my loneliness and silence would talk to each other. But, I have always had the strength to struggle and fight it out. Who is your emotional anchor? I depend very much on myself. I have a lot of selfrespect and only I can bring myself out. I don't

expect anything from anybody. The music launch of Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 brought the two big Khans, Aamir and Shah Rukh, to share the stage dancing on your songs happily like little boys. How did you achieve that? Aamir, Shah Rukh, Hrithik and all the young boys who also came are like my sons. They all came in by my calling them just once. I was so emotional that day that I thought of them the whole night and could not sleep, as I was so happy just thinking about the respect they gave me. In an industry that is so competitive, how have you survived 54 years being so simple and neutral? Had I been competitive then I would not have lasted for so many years. I never thought of becoming No 1 or No 2. There is no mention of mine in 100 years of cinema in which I have done 54 years. While I do wish I had been mentioned at least once somewhere, I don't feel bad as I know that nothing remains forever. It does not give me pain, but instead makes me strong and adds to my quality of patience and perseverance. My love for humanity and being truthful are my strengths. This affection and caring nature ensures I get love from everybody and am not uneasy anywhere. In every corner, wherever we go, I get complete love, affection and respect. Recently, I met a Muslim couple at New York airport. His wife was wearing a burkha and he looked at me and said 'Dharmendra?' He stopped there and had tears in his eyes. I held his hands and hugged him. He and I both went away after that. Humanity is more powerful than religion. The way films are marketed has changed from earlier times. Are you comfortable with all this promotion? It's not show business anymore. It's now showoff business. Is winning awards important for you? They are immaterial for me, to be frank. I don't want to suffer, so I don't get into it. I came to Mumbai with the hope of owning only one Fiat car and a flat. I feel I am the luckiest person on earth with lovely children and am admired and loved by people all around me. “Duniya mein kisi ke dreams poore nahi hote kabhi bhi. Kisi ko mukamal jahan nahi milta”. I got much more than I asked for.

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frozen MAMMoth yields Astounding find

When Russian scientists who discovered a frozen mammoth half encased in ice prodded the 10,000-year-old animal with an ice pick, they were in for quite the shock: out poured blood, they claim. "This is the most astonishing case in my entire life," expedition head Semyon Grigoriev tells the AFP, adding that, more astounding still, "the muscle tissue is also red, the color of fresh meat." The discovery was made earlier this month on a remote island off the northern coast of Siberia. Though he believes the female's upper body was long ago eaten by other animals, the lower body was encased in ice, preserving two legs and the stomach. Grigoriev tells the Siberian Times (which has a bunch of photos) he believes the preserved condition is due to the lucky fact that the carcass didn't defrost and refreeze over the years; he also cited the blood's possible "cryo-protective properties," reports Wired. He says the discovery will go a long way in aiding South Korea's efforts to clone a mammoth: It "gives us a really good chance of finding live cells." NEWS DESK

coronAvirus: whAt is it?

A virus that has killed half of the people it’s known to have infected could pose “a threat to the entire world,” director-general of the United Nations’ World Health Organization Margaret Chan said at the 66th World Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday. What is a novel coronavirus? The coronavirus family encompasses viruses of varying severity, causing illnesses from the common cold to SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). This strain, now being called the Middle East respiratory symptom coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, “is different from any other coronavirus previously found in people,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath, leading to pneumonia in some cases. Health officials are still trying to pin down how it infects humans. Although the CDC says there is “clear evidence” of human-to-human transmission, it doesn’t appear to spread as quickly and easily as SARS did in 2003. Since then, monitoring techniques have improved so that more viruses are being detected — most of which, experts have said, will not pose any grave threats. Still, “we understand too little about this virus when viewed against the magnitude of its potential threat,” CNN quotes Chan as saying. “We do not know where the virus hides in nature. We do not know how people are getting infected. Until we answer these questions, we are empty-handed when it comes to prevention. These are alarm bells. And we must respond,” she said. The WHO is monitoring infections worldwide: The current tally has 44 reported cases of infection since September 2012 and 22 deaths. NEWS DESK

The first problem of the media is posed by what does not get translated, or even published in the dominant political languages. –Jacques Derrida

science tries to get inside your heAd with A €1bn brAin


OUR brain. Can we really get our heads around the three pounds or so of fatty, salty tissue and the billions of cellular connections and molecular interactions that make you do what you do? Two major projects announced in recent months have staked out ambitious aims to get the bigger picture of what’s going on in there. In January, the European Commission revealed it had selected the Human Brain Project (HBP) as a Future and Emerging Technologies flagship project. Expected to cost more than €1 billion over the next decade, the initiative is looking to build a computer simulation of a human brain. If the approach works, the model could provide a virtual testbed for experimenting and understanding the brain in health and disease. Then in early April the Obama administration announced the BRAIN initiative, standing for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, but often simply called the Brain Activity Map. The idea here is to develop and use technologies to record real-time interactions and to help to build up a more dynamic picture of the brain. Again the plan is to work on this over a decade, and each year will likely need hundreds of millions of dollars in funding. bIG THInKInG HBP and BRAIN are not the only big brain projects on the go, but they are the newer kids on the block. So will all that big thinking and sinking of funds really deliver? Prof Henry Markram, who co-ordinates the Human Brain Project, argues the case for bringing data together. “We need to drive a complete revolution in the way we do neuroscience . . . what is needed is a global collaboration,” he told a recent conference on European Brain Research: Successes and Next Challenges in Brussels, which was organised by the European Commission for European Month of the Brain. Markram outlined the need to integrate the data pouring out from scientific studies of the brain. “We really do understand the brain far better than we have ever understood it and we are understanding the brain better every single day but it’s not enough, and we have to set our goals far far higher,” he said. LInKInG LEVELS Part of the issue is that researchers study the brain at different scales of space and time and we are missing integration and a coherent view, according to Markram, who is based at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. But even if you integrate results from studies at the levels of individual cells, circuits and entire brain regions, the challenge of simulating the complexity of the human brain is still gargantuan. Is it worth doing? The uber-neuroscience approach gets a qualified thumbs up from Prof Kevin Mitchell, who is associate professor of genetics and neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin. “I think it’s the right time for concerted efforts like these,” he says. Mitchell is not involved in HBP or BRAIN, and he particularly doubts that a human brain will be fully simulated in the next 10 years, but he argues that there is plenty

to be learned in the process of trying. “This is not like a moonshot where if you don’t get to the moon you have failed – if we get part-way with this it will be a huge success, and it will be cumulative over the years,” he says. Prof John Lowry from NUI Maynooth’s chemistry department, who has developed sensor technology for measuring brain chemistry in situ in real time, sees positives and negatives to the ‘big project’ approach. “Large-scale integration and interdisciplinary interactions tackling emotive subjects are easy to sell and in some respects justify,” he says. “And I think there is no doubt that if they are managed properly and the research is good, they will lead to advances in our fundamental understand of the science – in this case of brain function – but whether they will lead to new therapies is debatable. There is a chronic need right now for a lot of brain diseases, and the outputs from such large-scale projects most likely will be many years downstream.” bLACK bOx Dr Richard Roche, a lecturer in NUI Maynooth’s department of psychology, agrees that the horizon is far on projects such as BRAIN and HBP, but he welcomes the ambition. “The scope here is enormous - you are dealing with the most complex object we know of in the universe,” he says. “The brain is a black box composed of lots more black boxes and we are barely scratching the surface of our understanding of it. “But at the end of the day, we are scientists. We are supposed to be tackling the difficult questions and trying to unravel these things.” Dr Roche is president of the Irish Brain Council, which was launched earlier this week to promote brain research, and he is encouraged by the funding that is being allocated for the investigations in BRAIN and HBP. “Putting a huge amount of money into what is effectively basic science will have benefits maybe 10,15, 20 years down the road,” he says.

“And we will learn an awful lot along the way, not only about how the brain does work but also about how it doesn’t work, in both normality and in diseases and disorders. I like that these projects are asking why not, instead of why.” Claire O’Connell acted as rapporteur for the conference European brain Research, Successes & next Challenges bRInGInG mOLECuLES TO mInd How do cells and molecules ‘talking’ to each other in your brain translate into you thinking or behaving a certain way? “That’s one of the big mysteries in neuroscience,” says Prof Kevin Mitchell from Trinity College Dublin. One way to get an insight into the puzzle could be to integrate what we see at the various different levels of organisation in the brain. This runs from individual molecules and brain cells interacting with each other, through local circuits or groups of brain cells that work together right up to looking at activity in big chunks of the brain, he explains. “Currently it seems that neuroscientists are generating tons of data but in a fragmented sort of way – we are not taking advantage of that and extracting the information from it because we are not able to integrate across those levels,” he says. “By bringing the data and efforts together, we could see new patterns emerging.” That’s where Mitchell sees the value of the Human Brain Project, which is gearing up to build a computerbased simulation of the human brain. But could such a simulation do more than just point us in the direction of these answers? Could it become conscious itself at some level? “Theoretically if they manage to recapitulate or simulate all of the components of a human brain, then who knows, it might well become conscious,” says Mitchell. “There’s nothing to say that it shouldn’t just because it’s made out of silicon as opposed to biological, organic material.” NEWS DESK

rainforests take the heat, paleontologists show S

OUTH American rainforests thrived during three extreme global warming events in the past, say paleontologists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in a new report published in theAnnual Review of Earth and Planetary Science. No tropical forests in South America currently experience average yearly temperatures of more than 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius). But by the end of this century, average global temperatures are likely to rise by another 1 F (0.6 C), leading some scientists to predict the demise of the world's most diverse terrestrial ecosystem. Carlos Jaramillo, Cofrin Chair in Palynology, and Andrés Cárdenas, post-doctoral fellow, at the Smithsonian in Panama reviewed almost 6,000 published measurements of ancient temperatures to provide a deep-time perspective for the debate. "To take the temperature of the past we rely on indirect evidence like oxygen isotope ratios in the fossil shells of marine organisms or from

bacteria biomarkers," said Jaramillo. When intense volcanic activity produced huge quantities of carbon dioxide 120 million years ago in the mid-Cretaceous period, yearly temperatures in the South American tropics rose 9 F (5 C). During the Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum, 55 million years ago, tropical temperatures rose by 5 F (3 C) in less than 10,000 years. About 53 million years ago, temperatures soared again. According to the fossil record, rainforests prospered under these hothouse conditions. Diversity increased. Because larger areas of forest generally sustain higher diversity than smaller areas do, higher diversity during warming events could be explained by the expansion of tropical forests into temperate areas. "But to our surprise, rainforests never extended much beyond the modern tropical belt, so something other than temperature must have determined where they were growing," said Jaramillo. Jaramillo and Cárdenas' report also refers to findings by Smithsonian plant physiologist Klaus Winter that leaves of some tropical trees tolerate short-term exposure to temperatures up to 122 F (5 C). When carbon dioxide concentrations double, trees use much less water, which is further evidence that tropical forests may prove resilient to climate change. NEWS DESK

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icc can learn from iPl: gayle LONDON AGENCIES

West Indies star Chris Gayle believes the International Cricket Council have something to learn from the Indian Premier League (IPL) when it comes to publicising events such as the Champions Trophy. Once described as the “unwanted child” of world cricket by Australian former ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed, the seventh and final edition of the Champions Trophy will start in Cardiff on June 6. Although rocked by recent spotfixing allegations, the lucrative IPL has captivated crowds in India, where the enthusiasm for cricket in the world’s second most-populous nation provides the bulk of the finance that fuels the global game. “I think it is down to how they actually promote it to be honest,” the star batsman said at the launch of the Chris Gayle Academy in Wallington, south of London. The 33-year-old left-hander played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the latest IPL and caused worldwide headlines with the fastest-ever Twenty20 century, taking just 30 balls to reach three figures against Pune Warriors. Gayle struck an astonishing 17 sixes and 13 fours on his way to an unbeaten 175 from 66 balls the highest individual IPL score. “There is no doubt that the IPL is huge but I think what is higher than the IPL is any World Cup-style event,” Gayle said. “This is the Champions Trophy but it is not so well highlighted (in the media) when compared to the IPL. I think once they can start making people gravitate back to the 50-over game it will be a good thing. “This is the last Champions Trophy and I don’t know what the ICC will do and whether they will replace it, we will have to wait and see, the promotion will have to be good.” The West Indies have won the Champions Trophy once, in 2004 when it was last played in England. “We can still take a lot from it, regardless of the fact that nine years is a long time ago,” said Gayle, who last year helped the West Indies win the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. “We can still see it as a positive as a West Indies team came here and won the competition in the cold conditions. You also have to take into consideration that we have won the T20 World Cup and are a team of champions. We play good cricket.”

I’m looking forward to it. I played really well last time at the Players – Tiger Woods

PAkistAn-wi fAce off in july LAHORE STAFF REPORT


HE Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to undertake a short tour of the West Indies in July to play a fivematch ODI series and two Twenty20 matches after the West Indies Cricket Board revised a confirmed tour schedule that included Test matches also. Official sources in the PCB said that it had been decided to accept the offer by the WICB to play only the limited-over series on the tour. “The WICB has said they will

ORIGINALLY PAKISTAN WAS SUPPOSE TO PLAY A FULL SERIES IN THE WEST INDIES IN JULY-AUGUST INCLUDING TEST MATCHES, BUT WILL NOW PLAY JUST FIVE ODIS AND TWO T20S schedule the Test matches at a later date,” a source said. Originally Pakistan was suppose to play a full series in the West Indies in July-August but the WICB has now decided to hold a tri-series involving India and Sri Lanka and also launch the Caribbean Premier League in August, forcing Pakistan to amend its tour.

Interestingly, the cricket committee of the International Cricket Council had expressed concerns over the fact that some boards were altering schedules to drop Test matches to accommodate more ODIs and T20 matches. The official source also said that Pakistan would also be touring Zimbabwe for a one-day series

in August. “The team will return home from the Champions Trophy and then leave for the West Indies on July 7 and will then go straight to Zimbabwe to play three ODIs and two T20 matches in August. Later in the year Pakistan are also scheduled to play a full Test series’ against South Africa and Sri Lanka. Although these series are supposed to be ‘home’ ones for Pakistan, the refusal of teams to tour the nation because of security reasons, has led the PCB to organise the matches at neutral venues. The South African board has already said its players will not tour Pakistan because of the security situation and they can only play at a neutral venue.

Tendulkar expresses shock at iPl spot-fixing

SPORTS DESK India’s master batsman Sachin Tendulkar is shocked at the recent spot-fixing allegations that led to the arrest of test teammate Shantakumaran Sreesanth and two other players. “It has always hurt me when the game of cricket is in the news for the wrong reasons,” Tendulkar said in a statement issued on Friday. “The developments in the last two weeks have been shocking and disappointing. As cricketers we’re always taught to go out, fight hard, give our very best and play in the true spirit of the game.” The 40-year-old Tendulkar, who holds most batting records in international cricket including most runs and centuries

in both tests and one-day internationals, urged administrators to take charge of the situation. “During this difficult phase, I join every cricketer, from the boys in the maidans (fields) across the country to those who represent clubs, states and the country, who trust the authorities to take sincere steps to get to the root of the issue. The faith reposed by the millions of fans should be justified and we owe it to them to ensure that Indian cricket is all about pride and joy,” he said. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested two weeks ago for allegedly manipulating certain parts of IPL games involving their Rajasthan Royals team and receiving money from bookmakers in return. Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of Indian cricket board chief Narainswamy Srinivasan, has also been arrested by police for being in touch with illegal book-makers. Sreesanth has denied his involvement in spot-fixing but charges of cheating, criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust have been brought against all three players and they stand suspended by the BCCI pending an inquiry. Sreesanth and Chandila are in jail while Chavan has been given interim bail as he is getting married on June 2.

Jagdale and shirke resign from BCCi posts SPORTS DESK Two top BCCI officials - secretary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke - have resigned from their posts following the widespread criticism of the board’s handling of the corruption issues in the IPL. Jagdale also said he will not serve on the three-man commission appointed to conduct the inquiry into Gurunath Meiyappan, India Cements and the owners of Rajasthan Royals. “I have resigned from the post of he secretary of the BCCI,” Jagdale, who took office in September 2011 when N Srinivasan became BCCI president, told Times Now. “I am deeply hurt with the recent developments in Indian cricket. Let some new faces come and take the responsibility.” Jagdale was aware of Shirke’s resignation too. Shirke had said on Thursday night that he was not happy with the way the BCCI had handled the issues of spot-fixing allegations against three Rajasthan Royals players and betting

charges against Gurunath, a top Chennai Super Kings official and Srinivasan’s sonin-law. “Yes that’s true [I have resigned],” Shirke now said. “I have spelt out my reason and don’t want to comment any more. I have already spoken to the media at length, therefore I have resigned.” ESPNcricinfo understands that senior BCCI officials had been in constant discussion with Srinivasan, asking him to step aside from his office as board president until the three-man commission completes its inquiry into his son-inlaw Gurunath, the Super Kings owners India Cements and the owners of Rajasthan Royals. Srinivasan, however, had paid no heed to their advice.

india to rely on kohli’s batting onslaught CHAmpIOnS TROpHy TEAm pROfILE: IndIA

overvieW The World Champions have won the tournament once before, but that was on sub-continental conditions in 2002. They will strive to be only the second team, after Australia, to hold both the World Cup and Champions Trophy simultaneously. If they manage to achieve this feat, they will under-line their status as the best ODI team in the world.

strengtHs The captaincy of MS Dhoni is one of India’s greatest strengths. He has a calming influence which will be vital in extracting the best out of his young squad. Raw talent is the greatest strength in a team that has not been over-coached (a flaw often associated with England and South

Africa). The talent is evenly distributed between the young batsmen and the spin bowlers, all of whom are very good limited overs players.

Weaknesses Similar to the other sub-continental teams, India have struggled to put together a squad that will flourish in the English conditions. Their best bowlers are undoubtedly the spinners who will receive very little help from the surfaces. The other worry that team management must have is the lack of experience in the batting ranks. The days of Tendulkar, Dravid and Sehwag are sadly over and they have left very large shoes to fill. The likes of Kohli and Raina have all the talent in the world, but will be unfamiliar with the conditions. By the time the young batting order get accustomed to the foreign wickets, the tournament may already be over for the World Champions.

one to WatCH He is young, talented and one of the most competitive men in the world of cricket. India will probably find themselves in the unenviable position of losing early wickets, and it will be up to Virat Kohlito dig them out of trouble. If India is going to compete in this tournament then Kohli is going to have to score heaps of runs.

probabLe benCH-WarMer It is clear by the amount of pace bowlers in the squad that some of them will sit out, but it is almost impossible to know who will miss out. The one unfortunate member of the squad who is sure to spend most of his time on the bench is Dhoni’s understudy, Dinesh Karthik. The only way that he will get a run is if one of the front line batsmen is injured and he is called up as a specialist batsman.

Last tHree finisHers 2009: Group A exit to Australia 2006: Group A exit to Australia 2004: Group C exit to Pakistan

prediCtion India are the current World Champions and therefore cannot be ignored. This however, is a very different Indian team to the one that conquered the world in 2010. The inexperience of the squad coupled with the alien conditions suggests that they will be making an early exit in the final installment of the Champions Trophy.

squad Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain),

Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Murali Vijay, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav.

fixtures 6 JunE: v South Africa, Cardiff 11 JunE: v West Indies, London 15 JunE: v Pakistan, Birmingham

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Aisam beats sania-led pair in mixed tie, russians in doubles




EW Zealand won the first match of the three-match series against England by 5 wickets with 19 balls remaining here at the

Lords on Friday. England gathered 227 runs for nine wickets in 50 overs and the Kiwis completed the chase by scoring 231 runs in 46.5 overs losing five wickets. Martin Guptill cracked an unbeaten 103 to steer New Zealand to a comfortable win. New Zealand recovered from the early shock of losing two wickets in the opening over of their chase to put themselves in an excellent position to claim the first one-day international. Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor added an unbeaten 119 for the third wicket as England’s attack failed to back up the swift inroads made by James Anderson. It was a dramatic start to the innings. Luke Ronchi, in his first innings for New Zealand, edged a full delivery to second slip where Graeme Swann took a sharp chance low to his left. Two balls later Kane Williamson was also on his way back after edging another outswinger and this time it was Jos Buttler, diving

SCOREBOARD ENGlAND 30 AN Cook c Ronchi b Southee 18 IR Bell c Ronchi b Southee 37 IJl Trott c Taylor b Nl mcCullum 30 JE Root b Nl mcCullum 6 EJG morgan c Ronchi b mcClenaghan 14 JC Buttler c mcClenaghan b Williamson 36 CR Woakes c Guptill b mills 25 TT Bresnan b Southee 15 GP Swann c Nl mcCullum b mcClenaghan 5 Jm Anderson not out 11 ExTRAS (lb 4, w 6, nb 1) 227 TOTAl (9 wickets; 50 overs) DID NOT BAT JW Dernbach FAll OF WICKETS 1-45 (Bell, 10.2 ov), 2-50 (Cook, 12.4 ov), 3-117 (Root, 26.4 ov), 4-124 (Trott, 28.3 ov), 5-126 (morgan, 29.2 ov), 6-159 (Buttler, 38.2 ov), 7-182 (Woakes, 43.2 ov), 8216 (Bresnan, 48.3 ov), 9-227 (Swann, 49.6 ov) BOWlING: mJ mcClenaghan 10-0-49-2, KD mills 10-0-36-1, TG Southee 10-2-37-3, Nl mcCullum 10-0-34-2, JEC Franklin 4-0-29-0, KS Williamson 6-0-38-1

NEW ZEAlAND 0 l Ronchi c Swann b Anderson 103 mJ Guptill not out 0 KS Williamson c Buttler b Anderson 54 lRPl Taylor c Buttler b Anderson 27 GD Elliott b Swann 5 BB mcCullum c morgan b Dernbach 16 JEC Franklin not out 26 ExTRAS (b 4, lb 12, w 10) 231 TOTAl (5 wickets; 46.5 overs; 200 mins) DID NOT BAT Nl mcCullum, TG Southee, KD mills, mJ mcClenaghan FAll OF WICKETS 1-1 (Ronchi, 0.3 ov), 2-1 (Williamson, 0.5 ov), 3-121 (Taylor, 25.2 ov), 4-168 (Elliott, 37.1 ov), 5-185 (BB mcCullum, 40.3 ov) BOWlING: Jm Anderson 9-0-31-3, JW Dernbach 10-1-55-1, CR Woakes 6-0-45-0, TT Bresnan 9.5-1-36-0, GP Swann 10-033-1, JE Root 2-0-15-0 Toss New Zealand, who chose to field, Series New Zealand led the 3-match series 1-0, Player of the match tba Umpires Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and RK Illingworth

full length to his right, who clung on to leave New Zealand 1 for 2. That could easily have reopened the wounds from the Test match here when they crumbled to 68 all out in the second innings, but this time there was an aggressive response. It helped New Zealand’s cause that, beyond Anderson, England’s bowling with the new ball was wayward. Jade Dernbach, a late addition to the squad and only playing due to injuries to Stuart Broad and Steven Finn, went for two boundaries in his first over and, although his third was a maiden, he frequently

dropped short in his opening spell. New Zealand’s previous attempt at a run chase at Lord’s did not end well but their prospects are brighter in the first one-day international after restricting England to 227 for 9. Tim Southee, on the ground where he took ten wickets a couple of weeks ago, and Nathan McCullum - only playing because of the late absence of Daniel Vettori - were the pick of the attack as England slipped from a solid position at the midway mark. England, who will have to defend the target without the injured Stuart Broad (knee) and Steven Finn (shins), were kept under wraps by losing wickets in batches through poor shot selection and four of the batsmen fell between 30 and 36. The openers departed in consecutive overs from Southee and then the middle order lost 3 for 9 in 17 balls after Jonathan Trott and Joe Root had set the base with a stand of 67. McCullum, who conceded just one boundary in his 10 overs, started the slide when Root was bowled reverse sweeping, a manner of dismissal later repeated by Jos Buttler as any attempt to lift the scoring was stymied. Somewhat surprisingly, considering his success here in the Test, Southee was not given the new ball but soon had an impact when brought on as first change from the Pavilion End - where he did most of the damage with the red ball. Alastair Cook and Ian Bell had made steady progress on a morning that began cloudy but soon started to brighten. That changed in the 11th over - Southee’s third - when Bell, who had previously collected two flowing boundaries off Southee, drove without sufficient footwork and gave wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi his first catch as a New Zealand international.

duminy’s ton sink dutch AmSTELVEEn: JP Duminy smashed a career-best unbeaten 150 in his first knock for seven months as South Africa beat Netherlands by 84 runs in a Champions Trophy warmup on Friday. Duminy, who snapped his Achilles tendon in November, bludgeoned eight sixes to lead his team to 341 for three in 50 overs. Colin Ingram (82) and Faf du Plessis (62 not out) also chipped in as South Africa hit 144 runs in last 10 overs against a toothless home attack. South African-born Eric Szwarczynski compiled a career-best 98 as Netherlands replied with 257 for nine, beating their previous best against the Proteas of 168 for eight at the 1996 World Cup. Szwarczynski was denied his century after being run out while backing up at the non-striker’s end. South Africa take on Pakistan on Monday in another warmup match for next month’s Champions Trophy in England. Scores: South Africa 341-3 from 50 overs (JP Duminy 150 not out; C. Ingram 82, F. Du Plessis 62 not out; Mudassar Bukhari 2-79) v Netherlands 257 for nine from 50 overs (E. Szwarczynski 98, P. Borren 48; R. Peterson 4-67). AGENCIES


saturday, 1 June, 2013

guptill unbeaten 103 steers nz to easy win AGENCIES

LAHORE: Pakistan tennis star Aisamul Haq and his doubles partner Cara Black eased past Indian ladies tennis player and wife of Shoaib Malik, Sania Mirza in the mixed doubles opening round match of the French Open at Roland Garros on Friday. Aisam and Cara of Zimbabwe had little problem to overcome the pair of Sania and his Swedish partner Robert Lindstedt 6-2, 6-3. The Pakistan-Zimbabwean pair met the Sania led pair for the first time and similarly, The Indian tennis ace and her Swedish partner Lindstedt joined together for the first time and were seeded first for the mixed doubles event. Mirza had earlier paired up with American Bob Bryan for the Australian Open but had lost out in the quarter finals. Earlier, Aisam and his doubles partner Jean-Julien Rojer moved past Russian pair of Evgeny Donskoy and Dmitry Tursunov in the first round of the Open. Aisam and partner scored 6-3 and 76 win over the Russain pair. STAFF REPORT


i asked Pcb to impose ad hoc on region: ex lccA sec LAHORE: Former Lahore City Cricket Association (LCCA) secretary Mian Javed Ali has come in support of Pakistan’s former captain and opener Aamir Sohail for his election as president of the Lahore city cricket with a hope that he would be the right person to lift the sport in Lahore. Talking to the reporters here, Javed said: “Aamir Sohail is a professional cricketer and he is only the person who can uplift the game in the city which once had honour of producing world class cricketers who served the country for long and earn laurels for it.” He said the tenure of all the office-bearers of the LCCA had expired so the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had imposed an adhoc on those regions whose office-bearers had been completed their tenures. “Before the two months of the end of our tenure, I have requested the PCB to impose an ad-hoc on the regional body so that the elections of the region may be held in a fair and transparent way. “The PCB did not give any response then I again sent the reminder on which they not only pondered over but also took imitative positively in order to hold the elections of the region fairly.” Talking about the scrutiny of the clubs, Mian Javed said: “The scrutiny committee members have been doing their work with justice and have completed the scrutiny of the East Zone. STAFF REPORT

faisalabad, sargodha associations welcome ad hoc on regions LAHORE: The presidents and other office-bearers Faisalabad and Sargodha Cricket Association have welcomed the imposition of ad hoc on the Regional Cricket Associations of Faisalabad, Lahore, Sialkot, Abbotabad, Karachi etc by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). And they also rejoiced at the fact that the stay order by a court of law had also been vacated, upholding the PCB’s decision with regard to the ad hoc. Speaking to this scribe, all major officials of the district associations were unanimous in hailing the decision, saying that it would pave the way to the fair and free elections by the interim committees after which the Regions would become fully operational, and cricket in the heart of central Punjab shall flourish and cricketers shall be looked after. The district cricket association officials of Faisalabad and Sargodha both said, not only in our region but everywhere else that the PCB has clamped ad hoc, the regional officials had overstayed their term period and elections were long overdue. STAFF REPORT

dhaka To enGland: history of Champions Trophy S.PERvEz QAISER All Test playing nation except Bangaldesh and Ziombabwe will particiapte in the seventh and the last edition of Champions Trophy to be played in England from June 6 to 23. England will become the first and therefore only country to host the Champions Trophy twice. The winners of the 2013 Champions Trophy will earn $2 million in prize money, the largest amount since the tournament’s inception. The eight teams that which are seeded and divided into two groups. Each team play every other team in its group once. Following the group stage, the top two teams from each group progresses to the semi-finals, where the winner of Group A plays the runner-up of Group B (in the first semi-final) and the winner of Group B plays the runner-up of Group A (in the second semi-final). The winners of the semi-finals contest the final. The final will be played at Edgbaston, Birmingham on June 23. HISTORy: The Champions Trophy was the brainchild of Jagmohan Dalmiya, who was ICC president in the late 1990s. It had a dual aim of spreading the game to emerging nations and raising money for the

ICC in between World Cups, thus enabling it to pump more cash into those fledgling cricket countries. fIRST CHAmpIOnS TROpHy (WILLS InTERnATIOnAL Cup) In 1998: The first tournament, labelled as a mini World Cup, was staged in Dhaka in October 1998 and raised more than £10 million. Nine team participated in this tournament. All matches were played at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka, but the slow and low pitches produced some poor cricket. Severe flooding threatened to cause the whole show to be moved to India, and it only got the go-ahead at the 11th hour. South Africa defeated West Indies by four wickets in the final to win the Wills International Cup. SECOnd CHAmpIOnS TROpHy (ICC KnOCK-OuT) In 2000: The second event included Bangladesh - on the verge of joining the Test-playing countries - and hosts Kenya. The format remained a straight knock-out - and the Nairobi Gymkhana, which had received a milliondollar refurbishment ahead of the event, hosted all games. But unlike Dhaka, local interest was poor and crowds were dismal. New Zealand surprisingly beat India in the final by four wickets with two balls to spare, thanks to Chris Cairns’s 102 off 113

balls with eight fours and two sixes, but it was a one-off success - their next 13 one day internationals produced 11 defeats and just one win. THIRd CHAmpIOnS TROpHy In 2002: The third Champions Trophy was played in Colombo in 2002. The proximity of the World Cup, less than five months later, poor organisation and a revised format that meant most group matches were all but pointless, took the sheen off the event, and more surprisingly the public stayed away despite low ticket prices. The pitches were slow and low - which was anything but good preparation for South Africa - and with the monsoon looming, the heat and humidity were intense. The ICC also decided to use the tournament to experiment with technology. Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik became the first victim of an leg before wicket decision deferred to the third umpire. As many as 12 teams participated in this tournament. Sri Lanka and India only sent full-strength sides after contract disputes were settled at the last minute, but Sri Lanka made it to the final after a popular win over an unpopular Australia. However, they shared the trophy with India when both attempts to finish the final were washed out by tropical storms. fOuRTH CHAmpIOnS TROpHy In

2004: In 2004 the jamboree moved to England and it became clear the format of group games led to too many meaningless games. A total number of 12 teams participated in this championship. The final, which witnessed a remarkable comeback by West Indies to defeat England in almost pitch darkness, offered scant consolation after such a poor competition. West Indies recorded a two-wicket win with seven balls to spare, thanks to undefeated 71run stand for the ninth wicket between Courtney Browne and Ian Bradshaw. It was also the highest stand of the match. fIfTH CHAmpIOnS TROpHy In 2006: The fifth edition of Champions Trophy, held five months before the World Cup, will be best remembered for Australia’s eventual capturing of the one piece of silverware that had previously eluded them. Though United States and Kenya did not feature from the previous tournament, a qualifying round meant the number of matches increased from 15 to 21. The steady performances of Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and West Indies took them to the semi-finals. Events in the lead-up to the final between Australia and West Indies were forgettable at best.Australia’s took the crown in style, winning by eight wickets under the D/L

method. Damien Martyn, who had batted so beautifully in the victories over England and India, once again played his part with a classy unbeaten 47, but it was Shane Watson who ensured that the reserve day would not be needed as Australia’s travelling support celebrated yet another triumph. SIxTH CHAmpIOnS TROpHy In 2009: The sixth Champions Trophy, originally intended to be played in Pakistan in September 2008 but with several countries expressing major concerns over security there, the ICC was forced to postpone the tournament and then reschedule it a year later in South Africa. 10 teams particiapted in this edition. While there were few genuinely nailbiting games, the quality of cricket was high and the consensus was that it had helped stem, if not reverse, the slide in the competition’s credibility, although crowds were healthy only at select games; South Africa’s games, the Pakistan-India tie and the Pakistan semi-final. Australia successfully defended their title, beating New Zealand by six wickets with something to spare in the final. New Zealand had upset the form book by defeating Pakistan in the semi-finals, aided by poor umpiring and dropped catches.

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Of course, I’m very disappointed. The fighter’s job is to make weight and when he doesn’t, he fails to fulfill his primary responsibility – Matt Hume

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central district win soA beach games 2013 KARACHI STAFF REPORT

Central District won the SOA Beach Games 2013 at Sea View, Clifton, Karachi which was organized by Sindh Olympic Association with the collaboration & sponsored by Spanish Company Party Fiesta. Shahid Nadeem Blouch, Inspector General of Police Sindh and Major General ® Muhammad Akran Sahi, President, Pakistan Athletic Federation was the chief guest in closing ceremony and distributed the trophies and shields. The dignities present there included Osama Qadri, President SOA, Abdul Wahab Bandhani, Patron SOA, Qamaruddin Shaikh, Chairman SOA, Iqbal Mahmood, CCPO Karachi, Tahir Naveed, DIGP East, Abdul Razak Arain, SVP SOA, Javed Yousaf Qamar, Vice Chairman SOA, Shahzad Parvez Bhatti, Deputy Director Sindh Sports Board, Presidents & Secretaries of provincial sports bodies. Points District Central: Points: 548 Position: 1st District East: Points: 419 Position: 2nd District South: Points: 415 Position: 3rd District West: Points: 332 Position: 4th The demonstrations of Gymnastic & Kick Boxing were also demonstrated in closing ceremony. RESuLTS: (mEn) events 1st 2nd 3rd B Building West east Central Cycling Central West South handball east South West Judo Central east South Kabbadi Central South east Marathon east Central West netball South Central West taekwondo South Central West throwball Central east South Lifting east Central South tug of War Central West east

Pak snooker team returning home LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Five-member Pakistan snooker party is arriving home tomorrow, Saturday after winning the 2nd Asian 6-Red snooker championship and participation in the Asian team event. World Champion, Muhammad Asif led the country to a title win in the 6-Red snooker championship. Muhammad Sajjad, Hamza Akbar and Muhammad Majid Ali are the other members of the team. Pakistan team could not get favourable results in the Asian championship, said a spokesman of Pakistan Billiard and Snooker Association here on Friday. Alamgir A Shaikh also accompanied the team and held useful meetings with the officials of a number of national snooker association of Asia.

royal Palm Monthly Medal golf LAHORE STAFF REPORT

The Royal Palm Monthly Medal Golf will be contested and fought out over 18 holes at the Royal Palm Golf Course on Saturday, June 1 with tee off scheduled for 2pm, through a shot gun start. Quite a few of the prominent golfers of the club are relishing a return to competitive golf and hope this event will herald their comeback in a forceful way. Faisal Sayid who recently won the Summer Match Play title, is now considered a local ace and he will spearhead the main challenge alongwith Raza Ali Khan, Tariq Misbah and Dr. Mohsin Anwar. The colourful ones like Naseer Akhter, Asad I. A Khan, Abid Farooq and Rizwan Shafi are very much excited to be a part of this competition and rightly said, “we are all excited to be playing at this wonderful golfing arena and if our drives go well, the scores are going to be praise worthy”.

rafa nadal stumbles through to 3rd round PARIS AGENCIES


EFENDING champion Rafa Nadal stuttered for the second time so far at the French Open before moving through to the third round with a 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-3 victory over Slovakia’s Martin Klizan on Friday. The Spaniard, looking for his eighth Roland Garros title, looked ill at ease as fellow left hander Klizan came out swinging and dropped the first set before raising his game enough to claim victory in two hours 44 minutes. Thursday’s heavy rain meant the match was one of several second round ties held over and having not played since Monday, Nadal was clearly not firing on all cylinders. On Monday he was pushed hard by Daniel Brands and world number 35 Klizan had obviously taken a leaf out of the German’s book with some heavy hitting from the baseline to break the misfiring Spaniard’s serve in the eighth game. Klizan brought up set point with a second serve ace and claimed the opener in 40 minutes. Nadal surged 4-0 ahead in the second but 23-year-old Klizan remained a threat and recovered one of the breaks of serve. Third seed Nadal took the second set and then moved a break ahead in the third but wobbled at 3-2 when Klizan earned two break points, only to squander his chance to draw level. Klizan’s challenge then faded and Nadal, without looking totally convincing and carelessly dropping serve late in the fourth set, secured a Saturday clash with Italian Fabio Fognini.

shArAPovA fends off bouchArd pARIS: Maria Sharapova wasted little time in polishing off a win over Eugenie Bouchard to reach the third round of the French Open at Roland Garros. The defending champion drew the short straw weather-wise on Thursday, not starting her match until late because of the poor weather and then being unable to finish. Bouchard and a reluctant Sharapova left Court Philippe Chatrier at 9pm on Thursday with the rain falling steadily and the Russian only two games away from victory. Canadian Bouchard is one of the game’s up-and-coming talents and won the Wimbledon girls’ title last year, and she began Friday by winning the point she needed to hold serve to be 4-3 behind in the second set. The 19year-old was certainly not afraid to take on her illustrious opponent and should have levelled at 5-5 but missed a golden opportunity for a forehand winner and that was that as Sharapova wrapped up a 6-2 6-4 victory. The Russian will play her third-round match on Saturday against China’s Zheng Jie, who beat American Melanie Oudin on Thursday. AGENCIES

clinicAl djokovic disPAtches PellA pARIS: Novak Djokovic will meet rising star Grigor Dimitrov in a cracker of a third-round tie at the French Open after dispatching Guido Pella for the loss of only four games. With heavy rain disrupting play at Roland Garros, it was not surprising the world number one was keen to get off Court Philippe Chatrier as soon as possible. And Argentinian Pella, ranked 83, proved little obstacle as Djokovic won 11 games in a row at one stage and 14 of the last 16 in a 62 6-0 6-2 victory that lasted an hour and 26 minutes. Djokovic, who had been given a stern test by David Goffin in round one, can expect a much tougher time against 26th seed Dimitrov on Saturday. The Bulgarian, a comfortable winner over Lucas Pouille today, has long been tipped as a future star and is beginning to live up to the hype. The biggest result of his career so far came earlier this month in Madrid when he beat Djokovic in the second round, and the Serbian will know he cannot afford to drop too far below his best if he is to avoid a repeat. AGENCIES

Mattek-sands causes upset; Azarenka through PARIS AGENCIES

Bethanie Mattek-Sands let her racquet rather than her clothes do the talking as she ousted Li Na in the biggest upset of the women’s singles so far. The American is well known for her flamboyant fashion statements, wearing outfits in the past featuring animal prints, a cowboy hat and pink knee-high socks as well as striking make-up. But on Thursday it was Mattek-Sands’ crunching groundstrokes and crisp volleys that caught the eye as she fought back from a set down to win 5-7 6-3 6-2. The world number 67 served for the match for the first time at 5-0 only for sixth seed Li to pull back two games, but on her second chance Mattek-Sands made no mistake. She said: “I got up 5-0 and I was spanking returns. I went out there and I wanted to play aggressive, and that’s what I did. “That’s one of the best wins of my career. I knew she wasn’t going to give it to me at the end. Not that she was giving it to me in the third set, either. She’s consistent and good in these situations. I had to win. “At a grand slam, it’s my biggest win. I’m really proud of myself that I was able to close out the match the way I did.” Two summers ago Mattek-Sands was ranked in the top 30 but last year came a slump that dropped her outside 200 in the rankings. She was still ranked that low in February but has really hit form on the clay, coming through qualifying in Stuttgart last month to reach the semi-finals before her run was ended by Li. Thursday’s win over the 2011 champion means Mattek-Sands has already equalled her best run at Roland Garros, and the main positive for the 28year-old is she is healthy. The American struggled with fatigue last season before changing her diet after tests showed she had a number of allergies. She admitted she came close to quitting the sport at times, saying: “It definitely crosses your mind.

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After the race in Le Mans, I’ve managed to relax this week and I feel good physically – Dani Pedrosa



suarez confirms liverpool exit plans

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things they said about me, all the pictures, all the taunts, etc. “That happened every day and nobody (in the press) supported me. They talk about me being the named as the best player IN England, but I knew that wasn’t going to happen. “I knew it because of the way the treated me. And the straw that breaks the camel was my mistake. I accept my fault, but they went too far (English press).” Suarez recently told Uruguayan radio station Sport 890 radio that he

would find it difficult to say no to Real Madrid, but claims he’s received no bids from any potentially interested clubs. He added: “I don’t have any offer yet. I don’t know when I will leave or even if I will finally leave or I will stay. “The club knows what I think and what I want. I don’t know what will happen but I have a contract. If I stay, I will do my best here. But I don’t think that will happen because of all the bullying from the press against me. And the team is very aware of everything.”




Carl Froch says he would be happy to make it a trilogy of fights against Mikkel Kessler - but he’s not so sure his rival is keen to do it all again. Froch evened the scores against the Dane, who was the first man to ever get the better of the Nottingham fighter in the professional ranks, with a unanimous points triumph at the O2 Arena last Saturday. ‘The Cobra’ feels he’s four more major fights in him before he hangs up his gloves - and a third instalment against Kessler could be one of those. Froch also wants a chance at redemption against Andre Ward, the only other man to beat him, even if the American is a “spoiler” in the ring. “If Mikkel Kessler and I fought again it would be a similar fight - a 50-50 fight that could go either way,” he said in an interview on Sky Sports News HD. “I’d like to think I’d win it again if we had a rematch but you just never know. It’s one each now, so maybe the decider is on the horizon. “Everyone who came to that fight wants to see it again, while the people who weren’t there feel like they’ve missed out, so they’d come back for a third one. “I’m not sure if Mikkel Kessler wants to come back for a third one, but his style of fighting and my style of fighting are made for a great fight. “I’d rather fight someone like him than Andre Ward, because Andre Ward is a spoiler and a ‘messer’, he tricks his way through a fight and gets the win. It’s not very entertaining and it’s a horrible fight to be involved in. “With Mikkel Kessler I know I’m going to get someone who is going to turn up in front of me and try and win and try and give me a fight. That’s the short of fight I’d like to be involved in.” Ward has said he would face Froch again, but is keen for the Brit to travel across to American soil for the rematch of their 2011 bout that the former won on points. “He’s got a bit big for his boots recently - he’s calling all the shots,” Froch said Ward.

Amar Cables scored a fine 6-wicket to win the title of the first All Pakistan AmarCables women T20 cricket championship here on Friday at Shah Faisal Cricket Ground. Brief scores: Amar Cables captain Sania Khan won the toss and elected to field first. Kinnard Club were all out at 99 all out in 20 overs. Sidra Ameen 28, BismaMaroof 28 , Javairia Khan 14 & Kanta Jalil 12 runs.Amar Cables bowling Nida Dar bowling well 3/15,Maryam Hassan 3/25, Sana Gulzar 2/9 & Almas Akram1/16 wickets. Amar Cables answered with 100/4 in 18.4 overs.Naheeda Khan 23, Sania Khan 14, Nida Dar 27 runs not out & Maryam Hassan 19 runs not out. KinnardClub bowling Shumaila 1/16, Bisma Maroof 1 /19 &Anam Ameen 1/14 wickets. Tassadaq Jamal and Irfan Dilshad were the umpires

and Syed Najam ul saeed was the scorer. Player of the tournament Bisma Maroof, best Fielder Javairia Khan & Bisma Maroof, best Wicket Keeper FareehaMehmood, best Bowler Bakhtawar, best Batsman

khan knoCked ouT By Faryal Pakistani origin British boxer Amir Khan tied the knot at a lavish ceremony in New York on Friday with around 4000 people including family and friends attending the big bash wedding. Khan formally engaged to Pakistani-American student Faryal Makhdoom on January 29 in New York. The couple celebrated with a £150,000 bash at the Bolton Wanderers’ Reebok Stadium. The boxing sensation has started a two-hour dance practice

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Cables win women T-20 Cricket



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IVERPOOL striker Luis Suarez has confirmed he wants to leave Anfield this summer due to “my family and my

image”. The 26-year-old - who is currently serving a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, served an eight-match suspension for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra and has faced repeated accusations of diving - is no longer prepared to put up with what he perceives as the unjust treatment he gets from the English media. He told a press conference in Uruguay: “My reason for leaving is not the money. If it were the money I would have left already. My main reason is my family and my image. “That’s my priority now. It’s a difficult moment for me. The coach and may colleagues know that they didn’t treat me well here. I don’t feel confortable here any more. They know it [the team]. So I think it’s understandable that I leave.” Asked to further explain his reasons for wanting to leave, he added: “Firstly, being persecuted from the paparazzi all the time. I couldn’t go to my garden or the supermarket. I couldn’t do anything. I know is normal being followed by the press, but it was too much. All silly

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session to dance in his own wedding. The Walima will be held next week in the UK. Reports have it that Khan will whisk his bride back to Bolton, England, for another wedding bash to be attended by another 4,000 guests before they head on a honeymoon. Amir, 26, said: “It’s time to settle down and hopefully it will settle me down a bit. “We get on really well, and I know she will help me in my boxing career as well. I’m excited more than anything.”

Bisma Maroof & Nida Dar was declared player of the match. Former President, Lahore City Cricket Association, Khawaja Nadeem Ahmad was the chief guest on the occasion and gave away the prizes.

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes it is time for Formula One teams to stop “lobbing bricks at each other”. For a short period of time earlier this decade all marques were represented under the umbrella of the Formula One Teams’ Association, with the common primary goal of trying to reduce costs. But unable to agree on what became known as the ‘resource restriction agreement’, Red Bull and Ferrari pulled out of FOTA, followed by Toro Rosso and Sauber, leaving seven member teams at present. With new engine regulations due to come into force from next season as F1 switches from 2.4-litre V8s to 1.6-litre turbo-charged power units, costs are currently spiralling out of control. The lack of unanimity among teams has hamstrung efforts to keep a lid on spending and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and Donald Mackenzie, cofounder of F1’s majority shareholder CVC Capital Partners, both recently stated it is the teams’ fault that the sport is so expensive. In response to those comments, Whitmarsh, who is also chief executive of McLaren Racing, told Press Association Sport: “They have a point. The teams have to live in the commercial reality of the monies available. “At the moment teams haven’t controlled their costs enough, which is a neverending project. “Most healthy businesses are trying to control costs and maximise revenue, and in my view we’re not doing a good enough job with both of those things. “Any team not making a profit is spending too much money, which is a fundamental business error and not very sustainable. “We can certainly do a better job if we work together rather than lobbing bricks at each other, which is sometimes what we end up doing. “Undoubtedly we could work better together and say ‘right, how do we make it even better than this?’ “So rather than talk about how it is spiralling down, how do we go out there and make this a dynamic and even more successful sport? “As I say, we’re not actively working together, and that’s a shame.”

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HE Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz central leadership is perplexed over finalising the name of the candidate for the slot of Balochistan chief minister and has started contacting intellectuals in the province through the party’s thinktank to know their view about the frontrun-

ner, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch of the National Party, sources have revealed. They said the PML-N provincial leadership was strongly opposing the idea of nominating Baloch nationalist Dr Abdul Malik for the office, warning the central leadership that the party would suffer badly if any decision was made to surrender the office to any other party. PML-N provincial president Sardar Sanaullah Zehri, who declared himself candidate for the chief minister’s office and Nawabzada Changaiz Marri, are aspirants for the top office of the province. However, the party’s central leaders who have some liking for Marri as compared to Zehri are perplexed over finalising the name of the candidate.

“It is very difficult for the party’s central leadership to take decision in this regard as no party MPA qualifies for the position in the prevailing and peculiar situation of Balochistan,” a party leader said on condition of anonymity. He further said Nawaz Sharif in fact wanted to take all nationalists, particularly Baloch, on board for a peaceful and developed Balochistan and no personality from the party fold could deliver that. “If Sardar Akhtar Mengal, president of the Balochistan National Party, had succeeded in the elections with only six to eight MPAs, he would have been Nawaz’s first choice for chief minister’s position,” he said. Although Mahmood Khan Achakzai,

the PkMAP president, nominated Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, he has already declared that it was Nawaz’s prerogative to decide in this regard. Both leaders of the PkMAP and NP also declared that their parties had already decided to form coalition with the PML-N. A party source said Nawaz had the name of Dr Abdul Malik Baloch on top of the list for candidates, but wanted to reconsider his decision. He, therefore, decided to assign the task to some members of the party’s think-tank to make contact with intellectuals in Balochistan to get their opinion about Dr Malik, Marri and Sanaullah Zehri. One of the Baloch intellectuals who refused to give his name said he and some

other members of his circles had been contacted by one of the party’s central leadership for an opinion about the three names. He said some people he knew had backed Nawaz’s decision in favour of Dr Malik provided the PML-N wanted a corruption-free coalition government and issues like governance, Baloch missing persons and kill and dump policy somewhat resolved. Sixty-three MPAs-elect are taking oath in the assembly session summoned today (Saturday) and the House will meet again after a day or two to elect the leader of the House, speaker and deputy speaker. The decision from the PML-N central leadership is expected by Sunday.

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LAHORE: Workers wash the courtyard of the Punjab Assembly on Friday as the maiden session of the House will be held today (Saturday).ONlINE

3 soldiers, 19 militants killed in clashes ISLAMABAD INP

Three soldiers and 19 militants were killed while 12 others sustained injuries on Friday in an overnight operations conducted by security personnel in different areas of Khyber and Kurram tribal agencies. According to the ISPR, three security forces personnel were killed and three others sustained injuries during the clash with the terrorists. According to the ISPR spokesman, the security forces captured western heights of Maidan area in Khyber Agency. The security forces launched an operation in Para Chamkani and Maidan area of Khyber Agency late Thursday night. After tough resistance from the militants, the security forces established a foothold on Muhammadi Top in Kurram Agency and captured Haider Kandao which can move to Maidan area in Khyber Agency. All dominating heights of the area also have been cleared and occupied by the forces. During exchange of fire 19 terrorists were killed while 12 others were injured. Locals of the area have extended support to the security forces and also formed village defence committee to protect their villages against any counter attack by the terrorists.

singh says he and nawaz want issues resolved peacefully

Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) Balochistan President Sardar Sanaullah Zehri said in the wake of the 18th Amendment, the power to decide on the chief minister resided with the province, and since his party was the single largest one in Balochistan, the future chief minister should be from amongst its ranks. Talking to reporters at Quetta airport on his return from Lahore and in the presence of Nawabzada Changaiz Marri, another candidate for the top slot of the province, Zehri said the decision on Balochistan chief minister would be taken soon while the assembly session summoned for Saturday was only for oath taking of the newly elected members of the assembly. He further said the matter was discussed in detail with PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif who was fully updated on all issues.

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Responding to a question over nomination of National Party’s (NP) Dr Abdul Malik Baloch for the top slot of the province, Zehri said if Nawabzada Changaiz Marri supported Dr Malik, he had no objection. bALOCH SAyS nAWAZ TO dECIdE: Meanwhile, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, the joint nominee of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) and NP for Balochistan CM said a tripartite alliance with PML-N had decided to form a ruling coalition in Balochistan, adding that a final decision on the chief minister would be made by the PML-N’s central leadership. Talking to media personnel on Friday at Quetta airport, Dr Malik Baloch said his name was nominated by his party’s ally PkMAP for the top slot, however it was the prerogative of Nawaz Sharif to take a final decision. He said Sharif’s decision on the chief minister-designate would be acceptable to all parties of the alliance.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said both he and future Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif wanted to take bilateral relations forward and resolve outstanding issues peacefully. Singh told reporters on his way back from Japan and Thailand that both leaders had invited each other to visit their countries but dates for this had not been fixed as yet. “I rang up Nawaz Sharif on the very first day the election results were coming out. I conveyed my congratulations to him and I reciprocated his sentiments that India-Pakistan relations should move forward.”

“I also invited him to visit India. He also invited me to visit Pakistan. There is an invitation from the government of Pakistan for me to visit Pakistan. There is no firm decision on either side. No dates have been fixed but we would certainly like to have good neighbourly relations with Pakistan.” “It has been consistently our policy that in India-Pakistan relations, we should deal with all outstanding issues. We are committed to resolving them in a peaceful manner. That is also the sentiment that was reciprocated by Nawaz,” he said. The Indian PM said his government stood by its pledge of resolving all issues involving Pakistan in a peaceful manner.

The government on Friday decided to increase per litre petrol price by Rs 2.18, slightly decreasing rates of other POL products. The new rates would be effective from Friday midnight (June 1). The Ministry of Petroleum approved changes in prices following a summary sent by Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) which is yet to issue a notification in this regard. The price of petrol has been raised by Rs 2.18, that of light diesel by seven paisas per litre, and HOBC by Rs 0.84 per litre. The rates of high speed diesel were slashed by Rs 1.46 per litre and the price of kerosene oil was reduced by 38 paisas.

Published by Arif Nizami at Plot # 7, Al-Baber Centre, F/8 Markaz, Islamabad.


Former National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bukhari on Friday submitted a defiant review petition in the Supreme Court against his disqualification. In his application, Bokhari said that NAB’s chairman could only be removed by the president as the apex court did not have powers to do so. Furthermore, he said that the NAB chairman was not answerable to the Supreme Court, thus his application should be entertained and the court’s earlier decision should be reviewed. Earlier, the Supreme Court termed Bokhari’s appointment as the NAB chairman illegal and unauthorised.

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