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Gen Allen meets Kayani to rebuild Pak-US bridge ISaf commander calls on CoaS to discuss US apology over the Salala strike, restoration of Nato supplies g DCC likely to meet later in the week to take decision on Nato supply issue g
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ISAF Commander General John Allen met Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani on Sunday in yet another attempt to find a way out of the Pak-US frost and his arrival will likely be followed by a crucial meeting of the Defence Committee of Cabinet (DCC) later in the week that might take a decision on reopening supply to NATO forces in Afghanistan. Sources said Gen Allen discussed all thorny issues with his Pakistani counterparts, including the US apology over the Salala checkpost strike and
restoration of NATO supplies. Besides General Kayani, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh were also present in the meeting, which was attended by the US deputy secretary of state and US Ambassador Cameron Munter. On the other hand, Pakistani Ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman is also arriving in Pakistan today (Monday) to brief the country’s civilian and military leaders on her meetings with senior officials in the Obama administration and US senators in recent days. Sherry will also be attending the DCC meeting,
which is expected to take place in the next few days. After intense diplomatic efforts and negotiations through informal channels between Islamabad and Washington, considerable progress has been made on NATO supply and other contentious bilateral issues and authorities in both capitals seem optimistic about the imminent breakthrough in Pakistan-US relations. Sherry’s visit to Islamabad is being called extremely important and a diplomatic source went to the extent of saying that she was likely to discuss with Pakistani leadership some version of a “soft apology” that
Drone kills 8 in nWA PESHAWAR: At least eight people were killed and five others were injured in a drone strike on a compound in Dray Nishtar area of North Waziristan’s Shawaal tehsil on Sunday. Officials in Miranshah, headquarter of North Waziristan, said that suspected militants had converted an abandon house into a compound in Dray Nishtar, which was targeted by the US drone with two missiles. As a result, the compound was completely destroyed, killing eight people. The officials said five others had been injured in the strike. The identity of those killed could not be confirmed so far, but the officials suspected they included local and foreign militants. Staff RepoRt could be tendered by the US over the Salala airstrike, in case of an agreement between the two sides. It was after the Salala strike in November 2011 that Pakistan blocked NATO supplies and Pakistan has been demanding a public US apology over the incident ever since.
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AHMeDABAD: indian Hindu Brahmins, sitting inside huge pots filled with water and flower petals, perform a Parjanya Yagna prayer ritual to appease the rain gods at the Kabir Ashram Temple in Vastral on Sunday. Subdued rainfall activity has triggered serious concerns about the impact of monsoon on india’s agrarian economy. afp
punjab govt launches crackdown against striking doctors police arrest YDa president, spokesman in late night raid on Services Hospital doctors’ hostel punjab law minister says no more sympathy for on-strike doctors Striking doctors to be deprived of degrees, put in prison LAHORE
The lion that fed on public’s money Raymond W Baker in his book Capitalism’s achilles Heel states Nawaz involved in corruption of $418m during his stints as pM
PML-N President Nawaz Sharif made financial gains of $418 million during his two stints as prime minister of the country, according to a book, Capitalism’s Achilles Heel, by Raymond W Baker. The book by the American is a dossier on the corruption of most dominating political families in the history, including the Sharifs, and explains how they accumulated their
properties, factories and enormous wealth. According to the book, at least $160 million were pocketed by Nawaz from a contract to build the Motorway from Lahore to Islamabad during his first stint as prime minister in 1990. Baker states in his book that Nawaz made at least $140 million in unsecured loans from banks, more than $60 million from government rebates on sugar exported by mills controlled by him and his business associates, and at least $58 million from the import of wheat from the US and Canada. “In the
wheat deal, Mr Sharif’s government paid prices far above the market value to a private company owned by a close associate of his in Washington,” the book states quoting records. Falsely generated invoices for the wheat generated tens of millions of dollars in cash. The book review went on to state, “The extent and magnitude of this corruption is so staggering that it has put the very integrity of the country at stake.” Continued on Page 04
N A MAJOR late night crackdown against the Young Doctors Association of Punjab, which has been on strike for the past several days to press their demands of better wages and working conditions, the Punjab government raided the doctors’ hostel of Services Hospital Lahore on Sunday and arrested about 25 doctors engaged in a YDA meeting. Reports said the YDA senior members were in a meeting to discuss their future course of action when a large number of police officials broke into the doctors’ hostel and rounded the YDA officials up. Those arrested included YDA President Dr Hamid Butt and spokesman Dr Amir Bandesha. Police said the arrested doctors would be detained at Race Course police station and Shadman police station. However, many YDA officials managed to escape arrest. Reports said a total of 24 doctors had been fired from duty for being on strike, including eight working at Services Hospital, two at Lahore General Hospital, three at Jinnah Hospital, three at Benazir Bhutto Hospital Rawalpindi and several others working at Mayo Hospital, Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) and Ganga Ram Hospital. The doctors sacked have been charged with fanning protests and strikes against the government. The Punjab Health Department announced the cancellation of leaves of all doctors at teaching and non-teaching hospitals across the province and asked them to return to duty with immediate effect. Talking to reporters, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said it had become impossible to sympathize with doctors on strike anymore. He justified the crackdown, saying all doctors fell under the ambit of the Essential Service Act, adding that the government’s massive investment on educating and training doctors had been wasted due to their strike. “The patients have also spent money on these doctors by paying taxes. Whoever disturbs the peace and order at hospitals will be dealt with an iron fist. Degrees and licenses of the doctors who remain on strike will be cancelled and they will be sent to jail,” Sanaullah said. The law minister said the Punjab government would ensure smooth healthcare operations in public hospitals at all cost. The young doctors have been demanding a service structure for about a year. The association had gone on a similar strike last year as well, but it had been called off after assurance by the chief minister. However, none of the promises materialized, the association said, forcing the doctors to go on strike again to demand their rights. On Sunday, the YDA had put three demands before Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for ending the strike. The association had demanded that every medical officer be appointed to grade-18 directly. Their second demand had called for making the honorarium of a post-graduate equal to that of a medical officer, while the third demand called on the government to make health professional allowance equal to the basic income.The doctors had also warned of laying siege to the Chief Minister’s Secretariat on July 5 if the provincial health department failed to meet their demands for the provision of a service structure.
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PM telephones Altaf ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Sunday telephoned MQM chief Altaf Hussain to discuss with him the country’s overall political situation, including matters pertaining to the coalition partners. The prime minister said Altaf’s contribution to the stability of democracy in the country was appreciable, adding that both the coalition partners would continue their efforts for the betterment of the country and democracy. Ashraf termed President Asif Ali Zardari’s meeting and the MQM chief a ‘positive’ step. Altaf praised the prime minister for his efforts in formulating laws pertaining to permission to the dual-citizen Pakistanis to take part in the general elections. The MQM chief assured the prime minister his support to the government in addressing the challenges facing the country. AgencieS
Clinton phones Raja Pervaiz Ashraf ISLAMABAD: United States (US) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to Prime Minister (PM) Raja Pervez Ashraf over the phone on Sunday and congratulated him on assuming the PM’s office. Clinton expressed hope that relations between the US and Pakistan would improve during his tenure as prime minister. She said that Pakistan and the US were partners in the war on terror and would succeed in defeating the common enemy. Ashraf thanked her for the felicitation and said that the government and the people of Pakistan were committed to fighting terrorism. He added that Pakistan had suffered the most due terrorism but its resolve to defeat the menace remained unwavering. APP
AJK government to host Intra-Kashmir APC MIRPUR: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister (PM) Chaudhry Abdul Majeed on Sunday said that the AJK government would soon host an Intra-Kashmir All Parties Conference (APC) to encourage and support sincere efforts for a quick and peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute. Addressing a news conference at the PWD Rest House, Majeed said that political leaders from both sides of the line of control (LoC) would be included in the conference. Flanked by his press secretary Zaffar Mughal and other members of his media crew, the AJK PM also said that local bodies’ elections will be held in the near future in AJK. He added that the AJK Election Commission had been asked to make new voters’ lists besides undertaking and completing the required demarcation of civic constituencies. The AJK PM said that the objective of holding the proposed the APC was to devise a collective strategy for making the Kashmir freedom movement a success through an exchange of ideas. He added that all the political parties of Pakistan and AJK would be consulted to establish a consensus to hold the proposed APC. APP
Four of a family drown in Indus near DG Khan DERA GHAzI KHAN: Three women and a minor of a family drowned in River Indus at Ghazi Ghatt picnic spot on Sunday. The family, which hailed from Rinrad, had come to the riverbank for picnic. Reports said a woman of the family, Shahida, was bathing her son in the river when her foot slipped and she plunged into the water with the child. Two of her cousins, Saira and Sonia jumped into the river to save them, but all four could not make it out of the river alive. Rescue 1122 personnel rushed to the site and recovered the bodies. Online
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Eunuchs rough up ‘interfering’ cop in Gujranwala GUJRANWALA: Several dozen eunuchs demonstrated outside the Gujranwala CPO office on Sunday and beat up ASI Riaz to express their angst against him for interfering in their private birthday ceremony and torturing one of their members. On Saturday, the eunuchs were celebrating the birthday of one of their member in Dhullay area of Gujranwala when ASI Riaz allegedly barged in and tortured one of their members. The eunuchs gathered outside the CPO office on Sunday to protest and upon seeing ASI Riaz, they roughed him up with all their heart. They chanted slogans against Dhullay police. A case has been registered in Dhullay police station against ASI Riaz on the instructions of CPO. Salahuddin, the head of the clan, told Pakistan Today that they were celebrating privately when Riaz came and started torturing them. On the contrary, ASI Riaz said he had received several complaints from locals against the eunuch family for their involvement in immoral acts. He said he had only gone to their abode to stop the vulgarity, but they pushed him, forcing him to eventually slap one of them. STAff RePORT
Police constable exhibits exemplary honesty, returns Rs 5.5million MINGORA: Exhibiting exemplary honesty, a police constable from Swat returned Rs 5.5 million he had found by the roadside. Ayaz Khan was on his way home after performing his duty as part of the security escort of a civil judge when he found the bag full of money lying on the roadside. He took it home and began the search for the rightful owner. Later, he heard a man announcing on a loud speaker that he had lost his money. After ascertaining that he was the rightful owner, the constable returned the money and was offered a Rs 500,000 reward which he refused to accept. AgencieS
Malik demands apology from India for spying on pakistan LONDON STAff RePORT
Prime Minister’s Adviser on Interior Affairs Rehman Malik said on Sunday that India should apologise for sending Surjeet Singh to spy in Pakistan. Addressing a press conference in London, Malik rejected India’s claim that the terrorists had set up a control room for the Mumbai attack, adding that that three Indian citizens were involved in the attacks. “India should tell how many extremists it has sent to Pakistan,” he added. He said that Indian intelligence agencies were involved in incidents of targeted killings in Karachi, and were destroying the peace of the country’s economic hub. He praised the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry for summoning his own son in court. Malik said that he had not given the computerised record of the National Database and Registration Authority’s (NADRA) to anyone, adding that he should be hanged if he was proved guilty.
Surjeet Singh to move court to prove he was Indian spy NEW DELHI: Surjeet Singh, who was released from Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore after 27 years in prison, has said that he would move a court to prove that he was spying for the Indian Army. He is now a free man, but upset with the Indian government for disowning him. “No one crosses the border just like that. Someone sends them that’s why they go. I was sent by the army,” he said. But Surjeet is also a man with a mission. Bitter with the Indian government for denying he was a spy, Surjeet wants to prove otherwise. The man who was convicted and sentenced to death for spying said he would move a court if need be to seek justice and recognition. Harbans Kaur, his wife who struggled to bring up the family, said it was a chance to cook his favourite dishes. Harbans said Surjeet had been treated well in jail, but freedom was priceless. INP
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NaB chief has unearthed Zardari-Nawaz ‘muk muka’: Imran ISLAMABAD
ISLAMABAD: A dry fruit vendor arranges his stock at roadside on Sunday, right in front of a warning board that prohibits setting up stalls outside the mosque gate. INp
lPG prices plummet by Rs 15/kg LAHORE: The prices of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) have gone down by Rs 15 per kilogramme in the country after a prominent fall in international LPG prices. LPG Distributors Association Chairman Bilal Jabbar said on Sunday that the LPG price in the international market had been reduced by $133 per tonne, causing a consequent decrease in its price in Pakistan. In accordance with the new LPG rates, the price of LPG cylinder for domestic use will decrease by Rs 180 and the price of LPG cylinder for commercial use will fall by Rs 720 per cylinder. The LPG will be sold in Punjab, Azad Kashmir and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at Rs 105 per kilogramme; in Sindh and Balochistan at Rs 100 per kilogramme; and in Gilgit-Baltistan at Rs 110 per kilogramme. The new LPG prices will come into effect on Tuesday (tomorrow). Online
A K I S T A N Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday condemned the obvious collusion between the Zardari regime and the house of Sharifs, citing the statement of NAB chief. The NAB chairman has said that President Zardari had barred him from reopening cases against Nawaz Sharif. Imran said what more evidence was needed of an underhand deal between Zardari and Nawaz. Imran said the nation had been seeing the deal unfolding on numerous occasions in the last four years. “Nawaz helped Zardari get elected as president, then both parties formed a coalition government in Punjab,” the PTI chief said. “We still remember that whenever Zardari was in trouble, Nawaz came to his rescue, making an excuse that the system had to be saved,” he said. “On one occasion, Nawaz said even if the entire PPP deserts Zardari, he would be there to help him,” Imran added. Imran said that despite Shahbaz Sharif’s antics, the PML-N and PPP colluded during the Senate election, then in the by-elections, and now in ensuring that fresh elections were not held until next year. He said the latest episode in which the NAB chief had promised to go easy on Nawaz had surprised no one. “It is the nation’s money that has been looted by Zardari and the Sharifs and NAB is duty bound to aggressively pursue the cases in which the countrymen have been robbed,” the PTI chief said. He said it was a strange argument that no further cases would be opened against politicians because the elections were near. “In fact, a house cleaning is essential before the elections,” Imran demanded. He said the NAB chairman was no one to arbitrarily
decide that prosecution against looted wealth be halted. The PTI chairman said his party would not tolerate this “muk muka” between Zardari, Nawaz and NAB. It will pursue this matter right to the end and if NAB hesitated in taking the looted wealth cases further, it reserved the right to take up the matter with superior courts, Imran said.
FM TellS PM econoMy on riGhT TrAcK Tax collection for outgoing year to cross Rs 1,910 billion g Country repaid $1.2 billion to IMF per schedule g Inflation brought down to 11 percent g
Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh on Sunday called on Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf at the PM’s House and briefed him on the economic situation in the country. The finance minister said the fiscal year 2011-12 ended with a growth of 3.7 percent, an improvement over the last three years. Similarly, the minister said better performance was visible in the decline in the rate of inflation from 13 percent last year to 11 percent in the year just ended. The benefit of decline in international fuel prices, the minister said, had been passed on to consumers and the prices of fuel, diesel and kerosene had been brought down three times already during the last 45 days. The minister said the financial year had also ended with foreign exchange reserves over $15 billion, despite of pay-
ing back $1.2 billion to the IMF during the year per schedule. He said, export remained strong despite global economic crisis and was likely to maintain upward momentum in the year 2012-13 as well. Shaikh highly appreciated the role of expatriate Pakistanis and said the remittances were at a historic high level over $13 billion. He expressed satisfaction that the year 2011-12 had also ended with a record level of tax revenue, which was expected to surpass the Rs 1,910 billion, an increase of Rs 450 billion, showing a growth rate of 23 percent, the highest in a single year in Pakistan’s history. Shaikh said the financial year 201112 ended with successful completion of Federal PSDP, where projects benefiting the economy worth Rs 300 billion were undertaken showing 100 percent utilization and completion of more than 200 projects. The finance minister also briefed the
PM on the revival programme of Pakistan Steel Mills for which allocation had been made by Ministry of Finance to ensure the success of the new management of the mills and to gradually increase the output from present 20 percent utilization to 80 percent utilization. He said recent improvement in the production of electricity sector from 10,000MW to about 14,000MW had relieved the public, but greater efforts were required from the management of the electricity sector and relevant ministries to overcome this challenge on a fast track basis. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf expressed his satisfaction with the economic stability and appreciated the successful efforts of the team under the leadership of the finance minister, saying prudent economic policies to be continued. He also directed that the new year’s PSDP allocated to projects based on regional balance and completion of ongo-
ing projects showed that the maximum benefits could be made available to the public, especially to the people belonging to Balochistan, FATA and other less developed regions of the country.
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DPC to strongly resist nAto supply restoration KARACHI Online
The Difa-e-Pakistan Conference leadership has reiterated that they would not allow the restoration of NATO supply routes. They also asked the government to get rid of the US war against terrorism, demanding that it also sever all ties with Washington. Talking at a convention at the Jamaat-e-Islami headquarters in Karachi on Sunday, DPC leaders Maulana Samiul Haq and Hafiz Saeed said the pullout of American troops was essential for peace in the region. JUI-Ideological leader Maulana Asmatullah and JI leader Asadullah Bhutto also dubbed the rulers’ move to reopen NATO supply as their incompetence. The convention also approved motions which condemned US officials’ behaviour with DPC member Sheikh Rasheed in the US and release of Dr Afia Siddiqui.
PtCl launches revolutionary 3G eVo ‘nitro Cloud’ ISLAMABAD PReSS ReleASe
As the leader in providing integrated telecommunications services to the country, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has proudly introduced 3G EVO “Nitro Cloud”, Pakistan’s first mobile Wi-Fi hotspot offering EVDO Rev B speeds on the go driven by Pakistan’s fastest 3G EVO Wireless Broadband. The pocket-sized 3G EVO Nitro Cloud is an easy-tomanage portable 3G Wi-Fi router that creates a powerful Wi-Fi hotspot for its customers virtually anywhere, creating a true mobile experience. It allows users to share hyper fast speeds of up to 9.3Mbps Broadband Internet with multiple users and multiple Wi-Fi gadgets like iPad, netbooks, smart phones through a simple touch, all at the same time. Furthermore, it can also be used as a 3G EVO Nitro USB device. PTCL 3G EVO Nitro Cloud’s super powerful battery supports up to 10 hours of usage and standby time of up to 20 days gives customers the freedom to travel and connect 24/7 anywhere anytime. It provides roaming at speeds of up to 9.3Mbps in 70+ 3G EVO Nitro covered cities with auto switch over to 3.1Mbps in 200+ EVO coverage areas, making sure PTCL customers are connected wherever they go. The introductory special bundle offer for 3G EVO Nitro Cloud is Rs 12,000 only which includes absolutely free device with 4 months of unlimited data downloads. Monthly charges of Rs 3,000 only will be applicable from fifth month onward. “PTCL is building a truly mobile telecommunications infrastructure across Pakistan,” said PTCL Senior Executive Vice President Commercial, Naveed Saeed. “We will keep exceeding customer expectations by offering innovative solutions for their ever evolving communications needs.”
KieV: Spanish players celebrate with the trophy after winning the euro 2012 football championships final match Spain vs italy on Sunday at the Olympic Stadium. afp
in afghan police uniform Arms trade treaty talks Man kills three Nato personnel set to begin at UN KABUL AfP
N member states on Monday will launch talks in New York on drafting the first comprehensive arms trade treaty, which activists say is all the more necessary given the mounting bloodshed in Syria. Historically, “all the big developments in the control of conventional arms have risen out of scandal and controversy and the political responses to it,” said Brian Wood, Amnesty International’s arms control chief. He condemned the “completely irresponsible and reckless decision-making of the Russian government in supplying arms (to Syria) when they know they are going to be used for terrible violations and atrocities.” Moscow and Beijing are Syria’s main allies at the UN Security Council, and have routinely opposed international efforts to slap sanctions on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in the wake of a crackdown on dissent that activists say has
killed over 15,800 people since March 2011. They are set to join other governments, like Iran, that are friendly with Syria in opposing plans for the Arms Trade Treaty, which seeks to set criteria to halt the transfer of arms and other equipment that can be used against civilians or to stoke a conflict. Controls would be the responsibility of states themselves, which would be required to record transactions. Britain-based rights group Oxfam said the proposed accord should regulate the sales of parts used in military equipment and deadly weapons. “Many tanks, aircraft carriers and guns are sold in pieces — just like bookshelves from a furniture store — with no questions asked about how they are going to be used,” said Oxfam’s head of arms control Anna MacDonald. “Buyers can then either put together the pieces themselves, or pay someone else to do the job. That system must end — buying a tank should not be the same as buying a bookcase.” Most countries acknowl-
edge the need to regulate the huge market, estimated at some $70 billion per year. The United States alone accounts for 40 percent of that total. But some, like Russia — which sold some $13.2 billion in military equipment last year — prefer to focus their efforts on fighting arms trafficking, rather than regulating legal arms sales. “Much remains unresolved, including the very idea of a binding treaty, its objectives and its scope,” a diplomat said, requesting anonymity. The United States — which produces six billion bullets a year — wants to exclude munitions from the treaty, while China doesn’t want it to cover small arms, which it exports en masse to developing countries. According to a UN working draft, India — the world’s biggest arms importer — Japan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia insist they must be free to equip their armed forces at will. China, Russia and Arab countries say the accord’s criteria are subjective and politically motivated, while South Korea does not want to hinder technology transfers.
the lion that fed on public’s money Continued froM Page 1 “Under Nawaz, unpaid bank loans and massive tax evasion remained the favorite ways to get rich.” After Nawaz lost power, the government published a list of 322 of the largest loan defaulters, representing almost $3 billion of $4 billion owed to banks, the book stated, adding Nawaz and his family was tagged for $60 million. Like Bhutto, off-
shore companies have been linked to Nawaz, three in the British Virgin Islands by the names of Nescoll, Nielson, and Shamrock and another in the Channel Islands known as Chandron Jersey Pvt Ltd. Some of these entities were allegedly used to facilitate purchase of four grand flats on Park Lane in London, at various times occupied by Sharif family members, according to the book.
In 1999 [Pervez] Musharraf had Nawaz probed, tried, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison, but then in 2000 exiled him to Saudi Arabia. “Twenty-two containers of carpets and furniture followed, and of course, his foreign accounts remained mostly intact. Ensconced in a glittering palace in Jeddah, he is described as looking ‘corpulent’ amidst ‘opulent’ surroundings.”
A man in an Afghan police uniform has gunned down three NATO personnel in the war-torn country’s troubled south, the coalition said on Sunday, the latest so-called “green on blue” attack. The deaths take the toll this year in “green-on-blue” killings — in which Afghan forces turn their weapons against their Western allies — to at least 26, in a total of 18 such incidents. In keeping with its usual policy, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force
(ISAF) gave few details of the incident and did not reveal the nationality of the victims. “An individual wearing an Afghan National Civil Order Police uniform turned his weapon against International Security Assistance Force service members in southern Afghanistan today, killing three service members,” ISAF said in a statement. An ISAF spokesman said the gunman was wounded and detained after the attack, which happened around 5:00 pm (1230 GMT), and is now under investigation. The incident is not thought to have happened on an ISAF base,
Constitutional complexities in CeC appointment: haji Adeel PESHAWAR: Constitutional complexities have been created over the appointment of the chief election commissioner (CEC), senior ANP leader Haji Adeel said on Sunday. Talking to a private TV channel, Adeel said these constitutional complexities could only be solved by parliament. “Parliament alone can solve these complexities, otherwise the authority to nominate the prime minister and chief ministers would also rest with the CEC,” Adeel said. “Parliament should change the rules,” he said. AgencieS
Gen allen meets Kayani Continued froM Page 1 But the US, which indicated in February of tendering an apology, is no more willing to oblige Pakistan on this count. “The two sides have been looking into some soft version of a US apology and Sherry is likely to discuss the vital issue with the leadership in Islamabad along with the feedback of important meetings that she had in Washington in recent days,” a source said, seeking anonymity. He said that in light of in-house Pakistani consultations, a DCC meeting would be convened to take a decision on NATO supplies, adding that in case it was decided to resume the supplies,
the strained ties between Islamabad and Washington could be put back on the track. Another Pakistani official said the DCC meeting would be held soon, but reiterated Pakistan’s stance that any breakthrough on stalled NATO supplies was possible if the US came up with an apology over the airstrikes. He confirmed that both sides had been discussing the issue of apology intensely in the last few days and they had also shared some versions of the draft for the purpose, though he wouldn’t tell whether a consensus had been achieved on the language of any draft that was expected to come from Washington.
the spokesman said. The spokesman added that ISAF was still investigating whether the attacker was a police officer or not. The Afghan Civil Order Police was set up in 2006 as an elite riot control force. The attack comes nearly two weeks after three men in Afghan police uniforms killed a soldier with the US-led force, also in the south. An increasing number of Afghan troops have turned their weapons against NATO soldiers who are helping Kabul fight a decade-long insurgency by hardline Taliban Islamists.
nine children injured in garbage dump blast BUREWALA APP
Nine children, including two brothers, were injured in an explosion at a garbage mound on Saturday. According to Qabula police, some explosive material was buried under a heap of garbage at Mohallah Pir Hazoori. As a result, Muhammad Umar Iqbal, Jamshed Iqbal, Kinza Abbas, Mohsin Alyas, Manzoor Ali Muhammad, Naeem Bashir, Shahzad Siddique and two brothers Mudassar Akram and Waqas Akram sustained burn wounds. The injured were shifted to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital, from where Jamshed Iqbal and Umar Iqbal were referred to Sahiwal for being in a critical condition.
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Rangers’ delegation leaves for India to attend biannual meeting
Punjab govt instigating masses for violent protests, says Kaira LALA MUSA: Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira on Sunday blamed the Punjab government for instigating the masses through pamphlets to hold violent protests. Addressing a press conference, he said the so-called leaders of Punjab were trying to become Zulfikar Bhutto, adding that to become Bhutto, “one needs to give sacrifices which the so-called PML-N leadership cannot do”. “They have noting to do except politicising the issue of load shedding in the country,” he said. Kaira claimed that the PML-N through its MNAs, MPAs and by using the state machinery “is trying to create chaos”, adding that Shahbaz Sharif was responsible for damaging public and private property during the protests against power outage. Kaira said the PPP always honoured and respected the courts, adding, “We do not want confrontation among the institutions and we are ready for accountability.” oNLINe
A Pakistani delegation comprising officials from Pakistan Rangers, Survey of Pakistan, Ministry of Interior and the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) has reached India to attend a biannual meeting with the Border Security Force (BSF) of India, scheduled from July 1-5 in New Delhi. Issues of mutual interest, measures to improve peace along the border and working boundary, repatriation of Pakistani fishermen, inadvertent and illegal border crossings, Pakistani prisoners detained in Indian jails and hostile firing will be discussed. ANF officials will also discuss measures to check and control precursor smuggling and sharing of intelligence with their counterparts to curb the menace of drug trafficking. “We will discuss all issues with our Indian counterparts,” the Punjab Rangers Director General Maj Gen Mian Mohammad Hilal Hussain told reporters at the Wagah border. Sindh Rangers DG Maj Gen Rizwan Akhtar is head of the delegation, while Punjab Rangers DG is accompanying him. BSF DIG PS Nagara received the delegation at Wagah.
WAgAH: Sindh Rangers Dg Major general Rizwan Akhtar (2R) and Punjab Rangers Dg Major general Mohammad Hilal Hussain (2l) receive bouquets of flowers from indian Border Security force (BSf) officers on their arrival for a meeting, at the india-Pakistan Border Post at Wagah on Sunday. afp
ESPITE a reasonable cut in the prices of petroleum products and CNG, the public transport plying in twin cities were in no mood to reduce the latest increase in fare. Around 60 to 70 percent of the population of Rawalpindi and Islamabad use public transport and commuters traveling daily are worst hit due to the latest increase in the fares owing to the surge in fuel prices some days ago. The increase in fares affects the commuters, particularly students, low-income and daily-wage workers who are already on a tight budget. Commuters lauded the government for bringing down fuel prices but deplored public transporters for not withdrawing the raise in the fares. Moreover, arguments and quarrels have become a routine between transporters and commuters when commuters are not ready to pay the higher fare. Muhammad Tariq, a student said it was not possible for him to pay the increased fare from his pocket money, adding that he spendt most of his pocket money on fares of public transport. Munawara Karim, a private employee, said she had to travel from Saddar to F-6 to got to work, adding that the latest transport fares had badly affected her monthly budget. The latest increase in the fares of public transport by transportation authorities was an absolute injustice, said Ibrahim Janjua, a student, adding that fare was increased in the pretext of increase in prices of petroleum products and CNG but now after the prices were reduced twice, the fares were not revised. When asked, Afzal, a driver said it was the responsibility of the transportation authority to revise the fares, adding that if transport authorities of the twin cities did so, they would happily accept it.
PM house condemns ‘false’ news story ISLAMABAD: The spokesman of the Prime Minister’s House on Sunday strongly condemned a news story published in a section of press imputing a “false statement” to the prime minister that “he will not present first class president before a third class magistrate”. The spokesman said the prime minister did not utter any such remark during his recent visit to Lahore where he met a cross section of society, including editors of the national dailies, lawyers and parliamentarians. The spokesman said such news story was not only false but also malicious and seemed to have been sponsored by those who were bent upon creating mistrust between the institutions with a view to undermine democracy. He said a complete record of prime minister’s talk with national dailies editors followed by questions and answers session was available and anyone could verify what the PM had exactly stated. The spokesman called upon newspapers representative bodies like APNS (All Pakistan Newspapers Society), CPNE (Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors) and Press Council of Pakistan to investigate this blatant mischief by a news agency and take appropriate action in the matter. He said the government had the right to take action but refrained from doing so, hoping that newspaper representative bodies and champions of media freedom would look into it and take appropriate action. oNLINe
Roadside bomb hit passenger bus, kills five GHAzNI: A roadside bomb tore through a bus on a highway in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing five passengers, including women and children, officials said. There was no claim of responsibility for the bombing in the province of Ghazni but officials blamed the blast on the “enemies of Afghanistan”, a standard phrase used to refer to the Taliban. “The bus was travelling from Kabul to Kandahar. Along the road near Ghazni city it struck a roadside bomb. Five people were killed and 11 others were injured,” provincial police chief Zarawar Zahid told AFP. Baz Mohammad Hemat, a doctor in the local hospital, confirmed the casualties. afp
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Companies in Asia’s leading economies have “strikingly” few women in senior jobs, missing out on a vital pool of talent to fuel the region’s growth, consultancy firm McKinsey & Company said Sunday. In a survey covering 744 firms of 10 major stock markets in the AsiaPacific, McKinsey said women on average account for only six percent of board seats compared to 17 percent in Europe and 15 percent in the US. Women hold eight percent of executive committee seats in the Asian firms, still lower than the average of 10 percent in Europe and 14 percent in the US, it said, calling the numbers in Asia “strikingly low”.
“It’s a huge waste of talent, as half of Asian graduates are female. And it is a waste that Asian companies can ill afford, given the severe shortage of senior managers in the region,” said the report titled “Women Matter”. Australia, Hong Kong and China topped the list of female presence in the boardroom, with women accounting for 13, nine and eight percent respectively in these top jobs, while South Korea, Japan and India were at the bottom. In South Korea, where a conservative culture makes women’s “double burden” of career and household duties particularly heavy, women take up only one percent of boardroom seats. Japan came next from bottom with only two percent of such jobs held by women due to similar pressures on
them to be a sole caregiver of the family, it said, adding about 60 percent of Japanese women quit or change jobs after marriage. The number hovers slightly higher at five percent in India. Such “double burden” pressure was a dominant reason for women in the two economic powerhouses in northeast Asia as well as in India to leave jobs, while it had a far less influence in places like Singapore and China, it said. “The double burden affects women in Europe, too. But inarguably, it is particularly heavy for Asian women...also because there is a lack of government support in areas such as childcare,” it said. China fared better than most other neighbours but the situation in Asia’s biggest economy is hardly satisfying
given it has one of the world’s highest female labour participation rates, the report added. “The study finds that...gender diversity is not yet high on the strategic agenda for most Asian companies, and few senior managers believe this will change anytime soon,” McKinsey said in its first study on women in corporate Asia. “Given tight labour markets and intense competition for talent across Asia...gender diversity needs to become a corporate priority,” said Claudia Sussmuth-Dyckerhoff, coauthor of the report. She urged governments to follow moves by Malaysia or South Korea to set quotas for public jobs or offer incentives for firms building daycare centres, and management to offer more development programmes for women.
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PUnjAb GovT And yoUnG docTorS
Young doctors threaten to besiege CM house if their final three demands are not accepted Punjab govt completes alternate arrangements, starts arresting doctors on late Sunday night LAHORE
FTER the failure of talks between the protesting Young Doctor’s Association (YDA) and senior doctors on Sunday, both the young doctors and the Punjab government put forth their strategies for dealing with each other. In a late night development, the young doctors put forth three demands before the government and said they would only resume their work if their demands are met, adding that if no decision is reached regarding their demands by July 5 they would besiege the Chief Minister House. Punjab government has however refused to accept any demand and has asked the doctors to report at their hospitals today (Monday) or prepare to face the music. Punjab Health Department officials said record of striking doctors was being collected and it would be sent to all the hiring agencies, while the doctors would be blacklisted. According to the spokesman of Health Department, the records of young doctors on strike were also being sent to
the British College of Physicians and Embassies. Special Assistant to the Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafiq has said all arrangements reopening the hospitals had been completed and as a last resort, the doctors could also be arrested. Salman said the young doctors would not be allowed to blackmail the Health Department. DEMANDS: 1. Every medical officer should be appointed directly in grade-18. 2. They said the honorarium of a graduate should equal that of a medical officer. 3. Health Professional Allowance should equal basic income. They also insisted on meeting the CM in person for getting assurance for the acceptance of their demands. In a late night development, Punjab Police started arresting young doctors from their hostels from behind Services Hospital where they were to hold a meeting to make decisions in response to the deadline announced by the government, a private TV channel reported. The police also arrested multiple doctors while many managed to escape.
want a job? Promise you won’t strike
Senior doctors to make another last ditch effort LAHORE
over 30,000 patients suffering daily LAHORE STAff RePORT
Arround 30,000 patients are affected every day due to strike in Outdoor Patients Departments (OPDs) in public sector hospitals in Punjab on the call of Young Doctors Association (YDA). The Punjab Health Department sources said on Sunday that only in Mayo hospital, around 6,000 patients have been suffering due to the strike at OPDs by the young doctors. Scores of patients said, “We are not rich and we cannot afford private clinics.” PMA leaders and senior doctors have however asked the young doctors to adopt other strategies to get their demands accepted. In the strike held by young doctors in April last year, 120,000 patients had been affected. YDA leader Dr Salman Kazmi said five meetings had so far been held with the officials of Health Department but all had remained inconclusive. He said the Health Department officials were not serious. He vowed to continue strike at OPDs in all public sector hospitals of the Punjab.
Army doctors start pouring in LAHORE STAff RePORT
Senior doctors are going to meet YDA today (Monday) Strike of Young Doctors is going on for the last 14 days while the senior doctors have started their efforts for interrupting the strike. Senior doctors including Professor Tariq Salah-ud-Din, Dr Javed Akram, Dr Faisal Masood will meet the representatives of the young doctors today in the General Hospital. No young doctors are serving in Multan and Faisalabad as yet, despite the warnings issued by the government of Punjab. The holidays of doctors were cancelled in Faisalabad’s government hospital but none of them is present on duty. The situation was no different in Victoria Hospital, Bahawalpur. On the other hand, the government of Punjab has made alternate arrangements for re-opening of Out Patient Department (OPD) in hospitals today (Monday).
As the Punjab government is taking action against doctors on strike for causing inconvenience for the patients, the newly appointed doctors in Punjab will sign an affidavit for not going on strike in order to avoid the problem in future. Three clauses have been added in the new affidavit under which doctors will be bound to perform their duty at the place of their appointment. In the next clause it has been stated that the new doctors will not become part of any agitation while the last clause says that newly appointed doctors will sign an affidavit under which their services will be terminated if they take part in any kind of agitation during their duty time.
On the other hand, the army doctors have started reaching in various areas’ hospitals of Punjab to begin serving helpless patients on Sunday. Arrangements are being finalised to appoint at least 150 army doctors in different areas of Punjab while the military doctors have started reaching in different hospitals at various areas of the province. The Punjab government has managed to recruit 454 new lady doctors so far and they will also report on Monday.
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Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says doing just that LAHORE STAff RePORT
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the development works in Punjab were helping to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor and he considered this to be a form of worship. He expressed these views during his visit to development projects and a briefing meeting regarding Punjab Forensic Science Agency in Thokar Niaz Beg on Sunday.
Provincial Minister Abdul Ghafoor, members National and Provincial Assembly, chief secretary, inspector general police, home secretary, Communication and Works secretary, commissioner and district coordination officer and senior officers of NLC and NESPAK were present on the occasion. He said maximum resources were being utilised for the provision of modern facilities to the masses. He said Aashiyana Housing Project was a splendid programme of providing shelter to labourers, cultivators, widows, orphans and
hapless persons. He said most modern residential facilities, at par with the housing societies of the elite, have been provided. He said the government of Punjab was spending a lot of money in the development programme for the masses. He said in addition to provincial metropolis work was in progress on Aashiyana housing schemes in other districts of the province. He said it was an important step towards bridging the gulf between the rich and the poor as well as transforming the
country in accordance with the vision of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal. He said Kalma Chowk and Muslim Town Flyovers were shining examples in this regard. Expressing his displeasure over suspension of work on Multan Road sewerage system project, he also ordered to accelerate the work on the third section of Multan Road from Scheme More to Chowburji. Addressing a briefing meeting on Punjab Forensic Science Agency, the CM said the most modern forensic lab of the
world had been constructed in the provincial metropolis at a cost of billions of rupees, which will prove to be a milestone in the elimination of crime. He said besides Punjab, other provinces would also benefit from this unique and modern lab of South Asia. Director General Forensic Lab Tahir Ashraf while giving a briefing regarding the performance of the lab informed that 13 out of 14 laboratories were fully functional. He said that 30 scientists have got training in America and 23 in Australia for the lab.
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Lahore 07 two suspects linked to Data Darbar blast arrested LAHORE STAff RePORT
Two suspects allegedly involved in the blast at the Data Darbar two years ago have been arrested by intelligence agencies. More than 50 people were killed in July 2010 in the attack on the shrine of sufi saint Ali Hajveri, popularly known as Data Sahab. Official sources said that two suspects allegedly involved in the attack were arrested by intelligence agencies. The Punjab Inspector General (IG) of Police stated that six suspects, who were allegedly involved in the bombing, were in custody, adding that investigations were still underway. He said that an official report on the bombings and the criminals involved would soon be presented in a news conference.
70-year-old cinema house demolished LAHORE STAff RePORT
WHO neeDS elecTRiciTY? With mercury touching 46 degrees, families continue to find relief and solace in the canal on Sunday. INp
‘Make everything cheap!’
Govt plans to improve halal meat exports
JI Secretary General liaqat baloch demands decrease in prices of all commodities with a fall in petroleum prices g
Punjab Agriculture and Meat Company Chief Executive Officer Hamid Yaqoob Sheikh said on Sunday that the government had made a comprehensive plan to increase the export of halal meat. “Demand for Pakistani halal products is growing internationally and Punjab Halal Development Cell has been set up to meet this demand,” he added. Sheikh said that Pakistan was rich in the best breed of livestock and according to latest figures, there were 69.6 million cows and buffaloes, and 91.5 million goats and sheep in the country. However, due to a lack of standards regulating the halal met industry in Pakistan, local traders are not marketing their products in international markets properly, which is inflicting a great loss to the national economy. Answering a question, he said that after setting halal standards, Pakistani products would be recognised throughout the world and massive amounts of foreign exchange could also be earned.
AMAT-E-ISLAMI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch has demanded of the government to take immediate notice of transport fares and other items of daily use in accordance with the reduction in petroleum prices. Appreciating the government’s step for cutting down the petroleum prices two times in a month, he said it should further trim down the prices in line with international market. He said due to power outages many factories and industries had closed down, resulting in an increase in the prices of fertilizer, agricultural pesticides, seeds and other essential items. He said Pakistan was an agricultural country and it provided for 47 percent of the revenue, adding that therefore it was the responsibility of the government to facilitate the people involved in these sectors. Baloch deplored that despite all facts, government had never provided poor farmers and tenants with subsidy. He further demanded of the gov-
Gang rape victim found dead LAHORE STAff RePORT
ernment to increase the number of utility stores in the wake of Ramadan so the poor could make the most of it. He said the authorities concerned should take strict measures to main-
tain the prices on daily commodities. He said the provincial government should announce the subsidy on kitchen items and lessen the prices by 30 percent.
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“Tarranum”, a historic cinema house built before the partition, was demolished on Sunday. The owners of the cinema house said that the building had been demolished to make space for the construction of a market. Located at Teksali, the cinema house was first named “Novelty Cinema” and later its name was changed to Tarranum. No new movies had been screened there for a long time. The owners said that movies were not available and there was also a lack of demand by cinema-goers. They added that expenses had become unbearable and the building had also worn out. Therefore, it was decided that the building be demolished for the construction of a shopping plaza, which would be more profitable.
Taking unprecedented initiative to bridge supply and demand gap by implementing energy conservation policy during the ongoing energy crisis in the country, Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) carried out supply contract of 20 million Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) on cost insurance and place of destination (CIP) under the National CFL Project- Prime Minister Energy Saver Programme with M/s Philips Electrical Industries of Pakistan. PEPCO sources told APP on Sunday that a contract
deed has also been signed between two companies. Under the contract, the first consignment of CFLs (Energy Savers) would be delivered to 36 warehouses all over the country within 12 weeks and free distribution of energy savers to consumers would start soon after the delivery. The total cost of this project (20 million CFLs) is Rs 2.8 billion and is being funded by ADB and AFD of France. Ministry of Water and Power would carry out overall project management and PEPCO would act as project coordinator whereas DISCOs and KESC act as executers, they added. Dilating upon the features of the contract, they
said that the cost of per energy saver was Rs 140 including the cost of insurance, freight charges to final destination, cost of containers along with inland transportation and port handling charges. The life of CFL is 10,000 hours with 2 years warranty whereas the market price of Philip CFL is Rs 189 with life of 8,000 hours and one year warranty only. The difference of price would save a substantial amount of Rs 980 million. It is pertinent to note that the project will help in reducing peak demand over 1000 MW, an amount $ 1.84 billion will be saved while avoiding overall generation of 1600 MW.
A teenage girl who was gang raped a few days ago was found dead in Gujjumandi on Sunday. According to details, the teenage girl, who was gang raped by two accused some days earlier, was found dead on her bed. The girl’s family said that the rapists were repeatedly threatening them. The police have registered a case and started investigating the victim’s death.
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PEHCHANON ji ye kaun hai” (guess who this is), is what Surjeet Singh often hears, as he relaxes on a cot in the sweltering summer heat on a farm in this Punjab village. Surjeet, 69, now plays this ‘guessing game’ several times a day, ever since he arrived in his native village last week, after more than 30 years of incarceration in Pakistan, Hindustan Times reported. “There are several people from villages and other places coming to meet me despite the heat. Sometimes, my family members ask me to guess who a particular person is. Most of them look so different and older, just like me. It is hard to guess every time and then I try to identify them by their names. I can re-collect some names though,” Surjeet Singh said with several people sitting around him. “Ye budhi kaun hai (who is this old woman)?” was a question Surjeet popped in Punjabi to his relatives as an elderly woman came to meet him. He was told that she was a relative and he gave her a warm hug. Surjeet wears a pair of white kurta-payjama and slippers as he wanders through his daily life and receives scores of visitors or meets them around his village. He returned home Thursday to a tumultuous and teary welcome from family and friends. Among the visitors Saturday was Gurbaksh Ram, a fellow prisoner in Pakistan who returned to India in June 2006. “I was with Bapuji in the Lahore jail for several years. I was released in June 2006 after, spending over 20 years in Pakistani jails. When I read about his return, I wanted to meet him,” Gurbaksh said. Among the visitors were two Sikh gentlemen who asked if he could recognise them. “I am Bhai Singh and he is Vikar Singh,” one of them said. Surjeet had a hearty laugh as he hugged the taller Vikar Singh and remarked: “Ehh taan baba baneya phirda hai (he has become an old man).”
Besides the people who knew him from over three decades back, there are others who come to him with hope to hear about their own missing ones. “Some people get their files and photographs of missing family members who are believed to be in Pakistani jails. They show him (Surjeet) the photos to know if he has met that person in Lahore jail,” one of his relatives said. “He is very happy to be back in his country and among his family members and friends.
Even though we were forced to sell our old house (where Surjeet lived) and land, this new house is lucky for us as it has brought him back,” Surjeet’s wife Harbans Kaur said. “In the (Pakistani) jail, he had some facilities like regular power supply which is not available here. He is back now and my tension is over. I will put the entire responsibility on him. He will take charge of things,” Harbans Kaur, who supported her children in adversity after Surjeet went missing in 1982, said with a smile. Surjeet languished in Pakistani jails for over
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30 years after being arrested on charges of spying there. He was sentenced to death but the sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment. Surjeet was released from Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail early Thursday and made the road journey in a prison van to Wagah, on the Pakistan side of the border, before walking into India at the famous checkpost. INDIAN PRISONERS TREATED WELL IN PAKISTAN:Indian prisoners in Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore are treated fairly well, said Surjeet Singh. “They are given good treatment and I never saw anyone being tortured or mistreated in the prison,” Surjeet told reporters. “We were given food, clothes, medicines etc. All the basic necessities were available,” Surjeet added. He said a few Indian inmates of Kot Lakhpat Jail, where he was lodged, had gone insane, but the jail authorities provide them medical treatment. “Those who didn’t recover were sent to Jinnah hospital in Lahore,” he said. About Sarabjit Singh, the other Indian on death row in Pakistan, Surjeet said, “Sarabjit is fine but he is not allowed to mingle with other inmates and spends time in his cell.” He said he has not sent any message to his family, adding, Sarabjit and another Indian prisoner Kirpal Singh embraced Islam in the hope of getting some concession from jail authorities. “Sarabjit is known as Sarfaraz while Kirpal’s Muslim name was Mohammad Deen. They embraced Islam for concessions from jail authorities and from Pakistan government but it didn’t happen,” he said. He said he never ate food cooked in jail. He always took raw food and did his own cooking. “I often meet Sarabjit but I wasn’t allowed to meet him today,” he said. Popularly known as Bapuji in jail, Surjeet said Sarabjit was aware of the efforts being made for his release. He said he knew about the confusion over his and Sarabjit’s release. “Both names are almost written same in Urdu so there might have been some confusion,” he said, adding that he knew that his release orders arrived in jail.
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Syrians call world talks‘a failure’as another 21 perish DAMASCUS
OTH official media and the opposition branded as a failure a world powers deal on a transition plan for Syria as at least 21 people were reported killed Sunday in violence nationwide. The latest violence follows a deadly Saturday when at least 120 people died across the country. World powers meeting in Geneva on Saturday agreed a transition plan that could include current regime members, but the West did not see any role for President Bashar al-Assad in a new unity government. Russia and China insisted that Syrians themselves must decide how the transition happens, rather than allow others to dictate their fate. Moscow and Bei-
jing, which have twice blocked UN Security Council resolutions on Syria, both signed up to the final agreement that did not make any explicit call for Assad to cede power. Official Syrian media and the opposition Local Coordination Committees (LCC) group demonstrated rare agreement in slamming the outcome. The meeting “failed,” trumpeted Al-Baath, newspaper of the ruling party. “The agreement of the task force on Syria in Geneva on Saturday resembles an enlarged meeting of the UN Security Council where the positions of participants remained the same,” it said. The LCC, which organises protests on the ground in Syria, said the outcome showed once again the failure to adopt a common position. It called the transition accord “just one version, different in form only, of the demands of Russian leaders
allied to the Assad regime and who cover it militarily and politically in the face of international pressure.” Burhan Ghalioun, a senior member and former head of the opposition Syrian National Council, told pan-Arab television Al-Arabiya that “this is the worst international statement yet to emerge from talks on Syria.” According to the SNC’s official Facebook page, he described the plan as a “farce.” Ghalioun called a “mockery” the notion that Syrians should negotiate with “their executioner, who has not stopped killing, torturing... and raping women for 16 months.” Iran, a strong ally of Assad, echoed similar sentiment, saying the Geneva meeting was “unsuccessful” because both Syria and Iran were not invited. “This meeting was unsuccessful... because Syria was not present and some influential nations were
not present,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdolahian told state television. The United States and European nations reportedly opposed the presence of Iran, although UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan and UN chief Ban Ki-moon had wanted Tehran to attend. ‘COMPROMISE AGREEMENT’: The Geneva deal came despite initial pessimism about the prospects of the talks amid deep divisions between the West and China and Russia on how to end the violence that the Observatory says has killed more than 15,800 since March 2011. On Sunday, at least 21 people were killed in fighting across Syria, the Britainbased Syrian Observatory for Human rights said, including five in the central province of Hama. Annan said on Saturday it was up to
Japan restarts nuclear reactor as protests mount
Mali Islamists destroying more timbuktu shrines: witness BAMAKO AfP
Engineers in Japan on Sunday began refiring an atomic reactor, despite growing public protests in the aftermath of meltdowns at Fukushima, ending nearly two months in which the country was nuclear-free. Local media reported that the process to restart Unit No. 3 at Oi in western Japan began around 9:00 pm (1200 GMT). It had earlier been reported that control rods that have prevented an atomic reaction would be removed and fission would begin. The reactor was expected to reach criticality early Monday morning. A noisy demonstration near the power station that had begun earlier in the day was continuing, live streamed footage showed. “We are against the restart,” protestors chanted to the beat of drums as they faced a line of riot police. It was not possible to tell from the footage on http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iwakamiya sumi the size of the protest or of the police presence, however, a counter on the website showed around 25,000 viewers at 10:00 pm (1300 GMT). Sunday’s demonstration was the latest in a line of increasingly vocal anti-nuclear demonstrations in a country with little recent history of large-scale public protest. Japan has been operating without nuclear power since early May when the last of its 50 working reactors was shut down for a scheduled safety check. Restarts had put been on hold as the government mulled its options following a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that crippled reactor cooling systems at Fukushima while more giant quakes were forecast to strike Japan. But on June 16, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda gave the green light to restart two reactors at the Oi plant in an effort to head off a summer power crunch amid warnings of a huge electricity shortfall. Prior to Fukushima, nuclear power had supplied a third of Japan’s electricity needs. Oi operator Kansai Electric Power Co. (KEPCO) said the 1.18 million-kilowatt reactor would begin generating power on Wednesday and would be operating at capacity in a week. The utility, which serves the industrial and commercial hub of Osaka and surrounding areas, plans to reactivate the No. 4 reactor at Oi on July 14. A series of minor glitches have been reported at the plant since June 16 with alarms activated at locations including where the plant receives external power supply and on equipment used to monitor power transmission lines. The government has set an energy-saving target of reducing the use of electricity by up to 15 percent from 2010 levels in the summer in KEPCO’s service area until the Oi reactors are back online. Sunday’s protest followed a rally outside the plant on Saturday night by around 650 people, reports said. “If the reactor is reactivated... other reactors will be restarted one after another,” 40-year-old designer Ikuyo Hattori, who came with her two children, told the Kyodo News agency.
the Syrians to decide who they wanted in a unity government. But he added: “I would doubt that Syrians... would select people with blood on their hands to lead them.” The United States and France both said it was clear there was no future role for Assad. British Foreign Secretary William Hague admitted the deal was a “compromise agreement” as Russia played up the fact that it had convinced other world powers that it would be “unacceptable” to exclude any party from the transition. Moscow is loath to cast ally Assad aside, even as relations between them have cooled. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: “How exactly the work on a transition to a new stage is conducted will be decided by the Syrians themselves.” Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi also stressed that “outsiders cannot make decisions for the Syrian people.”
AJiJic: Mexicans queue at a polling station in Jalisco State on election day. Polls opened on Sunday in Mexico's presidential election. Mexican presidents are elected by simple majority for six-year terms and are banned from running for re-election. afp
huge demo as hong Kong marks 15 years under china HONG KONG AfP
Tens of thousands of protestors filled the streets of Hong Kong Sunday, adamant there was nothing to cheer as the former British colony marked 15 years of Chinese rule and swore in a new leader. The vast rally came after Leung Chun-ying, a millionaire property consultant seen as close to China’s communist rulers, took the chief executive’s oath in front of Chinese President Hu Jintao — who had his speech interrupted. Hu’s visit and Leung’s inauguration have become focal points for growing discontent towards Beijing, which has surged to a new post-handover high amid soaring housing costs, limited democracy and perceived meddling by China. “Hong Kong has become much worse off,” Eric Lai
of the Civil Human Rights Front told the marchers. “Our rights are under serious threat.” The crowd ranged from engineers and civil servants to maids and students, and represented groups from the Falun Gong spiritual movement to trade unions, as well as ordinary citizens young and old. In sweltering heat it took them nearly three hours to file out of the park where they gathered, organisers said, and they blocked streets far across the city, stranding buses and trams as they surrounded them. Mostly clad in the mourning colours of black and white, they carried placards calling for “One person one vote” and chanted “Power to the people”, sometimes in more of a carnival atmosphere, complete with drums and songs. The financial centre enjoys significant autonomy and civil liberties unheard of on the mainland under the “one country, two systems” model covering its return to China in 1997 after more than a century of British rule. But marcher Jacky Lim, 37, who carried Hong Kong’s former colonial flag bearing the British union jack, said: “There is nothing worth celebrating today. Hong Kong is being gradually destroyed by the Communist Party. “The direct interference of Beijing in the election of Leung Chun-ying is a clear example,” he said. Hong Kong does not yet choose its leader by universal suffrage, and Leung was elected as chief executive in March by a special committee stacked with pro-Beijing business elites. A spokesman for the Hong Kong government said it “fully respected” freedom of expression and the right to “take part in processions”, and would listen to the demonstrators’ views “in a humble manner”. Organiser estimates of crowd size were not immediately available because it was so large, while police gave a preliminary figure of 55,000, although that was likely to rise. Earlier, as President Hu began his speech to around 2,300 guests at Leung’s inauguration, a protestor inside the harbourfront venue repeatedly shouted “End one-party rule”. Beijing’s support for “one country, two systems” and the right of the people of Hong Kong to rule the territory was “unwavering”, said Hu. China’s economic rise has helped spur impressive growth in Hong Kong and boost the city’s status, and supporters packed a stadium Sunday for a gala featuring a People’s Liberation Army parachute display.
Islamist rebels in northern Mali took hoes and chisels to the tombs of ancient Muslim saints in Timbuktu for a second day Sunday, ignoring international pleas to halt their campaign of destruction. After smashing three ancient tombs on Saturday, the Islamist militants who consider the World Heritage shrines idolatrous, set about wrecking four mausoleums at the cemetery of Djingareyber, a local journalist told AFP. Mali’s government and the international community have expressed horror and outrage at the destruction of cultural treasures in the fabled city, an ancient desert crossroads and centre of learning known as the “City of 333 Saints”. On Saturday the Islamists destroyed the tombs of Sidi Mahmoud, Sidi Moctar and Alpha Moya, and on Sunday attacked Cheikh el-Kebir’s mausoleum as residents stood by helplessly. Crying “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great), the men circled the cemetery clasping tools such as chisels and hoes, but did not have construction vehicles that were used in Saturday’s rampage. “There are many of us watching them destroy the mausoleum. It hurts but we can’t do anything. These madmen are armed, we can’t do anything but they will be cursed that is for sure,” the journalist said on condition of anonymity. The cemetery is situated in the south of Timbuktu in the suburb of the eponymous Djingareyber mosque built from mud in 1327. Another resident of Timbuktu, a former tour operator, said the Islamists had also threatened to destroy the ancient mosques. “This morning (Sunday) the Islamists told us that if there are saints inside the mosques, they will also destroy these mosques.” Several saints are buried inside the city’s three historic mosques. Timbuktu is also home to 16 cemeteries and mausoleums, according to the UNESCO website. The Malian government has denounced the “destructive fury, comparable to war crimes” as pleas poured in for a halt to the Islamist rampage. UNESCO session chairwoman Yeleonor Mitrofanova told a meeting in Saint Petersburg that the destruction was tragic. “I appeal to all those engaged in the conflict in Timbuktu to exercise their responsibility — for the sake of future generations, spare the legacy of their past,” she said.
uS storms leave 11 dead, millions without power WASHINGTON AfP Sizzling high temperatures punished much of the eastern United States again on Saturday, one day after hurricane-like thunderstorms killed at least 11 people and cut power supply to millions. Thermometers brushed the 100 degree Fahrenheit (37.7 Celsius) mark from the Mississippi River to the Mid-Atlantic coast as a vast area of high pressure squatted over the southern states with no signs of moving on soon. The storms delayed third-round play at the USPGA Tour’s AT&T National in the suburbs of the US capital Washington for several hours, and organizers barred golf fans from attending, creating a surreal atmosphere for the players. At least 11 people died in storms triggered by the heat wave, CNN reported, and four states — Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio — declared states of emergency. Some 3.7 million homes in nine states lost power. President Barack Obama telephoned the four states’ governors to express concern for the loss of life and property, and to pledge federal government help, the White House said. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell said it would take several days for his state to recover from what he called the biggest non-hurricane-related power outage in its history. On Saturday, those without power — and hence without air conditioning — had no respite from the punishing heat. “High temperatures this afternoon will exceed 100 degrees across the mid/lower Mississippi River Valley eastward through the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast today,” the National Weather Service said. “In fact, some locations are expected to break record high temperatures,” it said, as it issued excessive heat warnings for areas stretching from Illinois to Georgia. Five of the reported fatalities occurred in and around Washington, where storms packing winds of up to 80 miles (130 kilometers) an hour barreled into the area Friday night.
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Legislation on women’s issues Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami
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Striking doctors Just demands, questionable methods
By Waqqas Mir
ow does one dissect (weak pun; not intended) the issue of the striking doctors in the Punjab? Because there’s the debate on the issue itself. Then there’s the debate about the leverages being used by both sides. And then there is the issue of how the media is being used to frame the issue in a particular light. Perhaps, a start from the last one. The media is manned by the urban middle-class demographic and is owned by the elite or the upper middle-classes. Both the workers and their employers are therefore programmed to be against strikes or anything vaguely resembling unionism. These sentiments are so internalised that some of the country’s weakest trade unions are those of journalists. Cartelisation, on the other hand, is the province of the owners and that, they do well. So the Young Doctors Association’s allegations that the media isn’t giving them a fair say are justified, somewhat. But then there is a leverage that the Punjab government has at its disposal. The buying of adspace, using the provincial exchequer is not the media’s fault. Those “public service messages” are not the media’s portrayal but are treated the same as those who pay to have their detergent advertised. The YDA doesn’t have that sort of money at its disposal but at least it can try to present an effective case to the reporters and editors. And that, conventional wisdom says, an association cannot do if it thrashes the journalists covering strikes. To segue into what the YDA does have at its disposal, strikes do not really suit this noble profession. This is an essential service. The pay structure of policemen and their officers is also pretty bad, and the job is dangerous to boot, but one shudders to imagine if they went on strikes. The poor patients who go to government hospitals are suffering endlessly. Yes, as the YDA hastens to add, the emergency and indoor patients wards are still operational but the organisation has hinted at eyeing even that option if things didn’t go their way. All respect to the medical profession but the state hugely subsidises their education. The least they could do in return is keep working while they demand what are just demands, really. And, lastly, the lot of the doctors in the rest of the country is also pretty bad. There are angry YDAs elsewhere as well. Why has it not come to this pass there? Because they have distinctly political CMs and full-time health ministers to look into these matters and talk to them as soothingly as only a person belonging to the political class can. While the doctors need to revisit their Hippocratic Oath, the Punjab government, too, needs some introspection.
t has recently been reported that new legislation has been proposed regarding reproductive health —including the sensitive issue of abortion. In response, parliamentarian Ms Kashmala Tariq (according to media reports) has opposed the proposed legislation on, among other things, the basis that a foreign agenda might be pushed through in the garb of bona fide legislation. I can respect the fact that Ms Tariq raised certain issues. Legislation that might sound good in theory can still do a lot of damage if the specifics of the law are not tailored in a way that takes into account the effects on all stakeholders. Of course this does not mean that the purpose of the legislation should be hijacked. And this brings me to the point about where objections can get absurd. Without prejudice to other possible categorisations, people in Pakistan fall under two heads: those who believe that the world is against us and hatching conspiracies and those who don’t. Education and even exposure to the world, in my experience, has frighteningly little to do with such things. More relevant might be one’s own spirit of curiosity and willingness to challenge the various viewpoints thrown at you. What foreign agenda Ms Tariq has in mind, I dare not speculate. Hopefully she does not imagine that clarifying the law on abortion or giving women greater autonomy over their bodies will lead to some sort of abortions galore. Granted the text of the proposed legislation has not entered the public domain and the objection as well as my criticism is engaging with the issue in a very general way — nuance being a casualty — but this happens each time legislation dealing with women’s’ rights comes forward. It would make sense if the issue related to definitions in the law, e.g. the domestic violence legislation attracted justifiable criticism for ambiguity. I can understand the use of rhetoric for gaining political
capital but a line does need to be drawn before things get out of hand. I am not naïve enough to think that women care more about other women’s rights so I will not place any higher burden of responsibility on Ms Tariq. However, as a legislator and as a civic educator for her community, it is incumbent upon Ms Tariq not to confuse issues to further people’s ignorance. No country in the world, alone or in conjunction with others, is out to influence the laws of Pakistan in a way that will make women parade naked or get abortions for fun. Imagining that everyone else in the world has an agenda against us makes us look like idiots. There is no other way to put it. Women in Pakistan are deeply vulnerable: to physical, psychological and sexual violence. An awfully large number of women have their choices made for them — this reality should not be forgotten regardless of how many pretty lawn designers or models you may see. The encouraging and discouraging things about living in this society often overlap; there are so many battles one can take on. The foreign agenda that so worries our legislators and right wing analysts does not exist. What does exist is the possibility that we can learn from the experiences of other countries, including Western countries, and decide what works best for us. Western nations do not have one policy towards issues such as abortion. Some countries still prohibit it except in very limited circumstances and yes their basis is religion too. Others allow it only for a limited time. There is a considerable amount of debate on whether the foetus should be treated as a person. And at what point do you start treating the foetus as a person? At conception or after a certain number
of weeks? These are all relevant and important questions that each society has to grapple with. Pretending that Islam offers the only answer or that the possible answers furnished by other countries are part of some agenda against is fundamentally flawed. Investigating things is encouraged in every religion so even if a holy book may not provide an answer itself, it would hardly prohibit the practice of learning from others. Hopefully enough of us can join in this debate when the provisions of the law become available and can contribute meaningfully. I am often accused of being an apologist for foreigners and their way of doing things — particularly Americans. I can assure you that there is no one American way of approaching such issues. The country, like other societies, is full of diverse viewpoints. The sooner we stop misleading our people, the better. I have nothing against people voicing their moral positions or ones that they deeply cherish. But I am not willing to give them the comfort of not having those challenged. What is at stake are the rights of the women of Pakistan. These are women without whom the men of Pakistan would be, frankly, useless. They raise us, nourish us, support us and don’t ever lose the patience of dealing with men even though we continue behaving like boys. It is high time we stand up for their rights and ensure that our systems allow women to make their own choices. The writer is a Barrister and has a Masters in Law from Harvard Law School. He has a special interest in Antitrust law. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @wordoflaw
the Islamists are coming On the ascent of the Muslim Brotherhood in egypt
PoliTact By Arif Ansar nding months and decades of speculations, the Muslim Brotherhood has finally emerged triumphant by working within the Egyptian system. Traditionally and ideologically, what happens in Egypt does not stop there and many people are concerned what this evolution of Arab Spring in Egypt means for the volatile Middle East and the rest of Islamic world. As Egypt emerges, it is important to observe the dynamics that are unfolding there internally i.e., between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood. Moreover, it is equally critical to see how the success of Muslim Brotherhood impacts other Islamist organisations that were inspired by it. Most of the initial discussions in the West revolved around what actually trig-
gered the uprisings, and the criticality of social media as a galvaniser. There has been a focus on the study of these modern day social media inspired revolutions and what that means for the future. Over time, the attention has now shifted to the deeper level analysis. For example, in case of Egypt, the younger forces of change that led the revolt against Mubarak were taken over by the more organised Muslim Brotherhood, while the forces of status quo are now spearheaded by its military. Moreover, the connection between the war on terror and the Arab revolt is now coming to the surface. In the chaos and vacuum of almost all Arab Spring afflicted countries, the Islamists and extremists are gaining ground. The tussle between the liberal and conservative and nationalistic forces is playing out in many countries. In fact, the American think-tanks have already identified the pattern working across the region as the 'Rise of Islamists'. These conclusions lead to the next critical set of inquiries. Despite all efforts to repress them, what has caused the rise of Islamists and where do affairs go from here. If one looks at the region without first limiting it by the dynamics of each country, the following key themes and influences emerge to be working across borders and time: - The deadlocked Israeli-Palestinian conflict - The nature of US-Israeli partnership
The future of Al Qaeda and the War against Terror - The Shiite Sunni divide - The tussles of Arab, Persian and Turks for supremacy These factors have been discussed amply by others and in my previous columns and there is no value in going over them again. For the purpose of this discussion, they are crucial in understanding the rise of Islamists. In many respects, ascent of the Islamists is the failure of the liberal and secular forces to represent the truly held values of the society. When autocratic, or even democratic rulers, cease to represent the intensely entrenched sentiments of their people, the system is bound to seek at least some semblance of equilibrium. This imbalance had after all inspired the AlQaeda leaders, who themselves were motivated by the forefathers of Muslim Brotherhood. Since 9/11, the war against terror has spread to many new corners.The extremists have worked across borders and so has the response, to include the drones. Now that the Muslim Brotherhood has arrived at the driving seat, this brings to completion a struggle that spans more than 80 years. Within the Egyptian political system, the roles are now reversed. The military that has acted as the torchbearer of the liberal and secular values will now have to work with the Islamists that have always resisted those tendencies and were persecuted be-
cause of that. Will the military accept the political authority now vested in the Muslim Brotherhood? The answer to this question has wider implications for the region. In some respects, what is happening in Sunni Egypt is what occurred in Shiite Iran in the late 70s. The western construct of the separation of church and religion appears to be melting away. The question is what message will Muslim Brotherhood inspired Islamists and extremists take from its success in Egypt. It provides hope to moderate Islamists that victory is still possible by working within the system and by not employing violent and deadly means. This will likely discredit organisations like Al-Qaeda. A statement released by the Afghan Taliban over the success of Dr Muhammad Morsi stated that it is "the strongest blow in the Middle East and the whole world to the American and Zionist expansionism. May the Muslim Nation of Egypt and their newly elected government take good advantage of this important occasion and historical victory in the defence and achievement of the interests of the Islamic Ummah.” What is taking shape in Egypt could very well be where Pakistan is heading as well, where conservative and nationalistic forces are resurgent. In other respects, Egypt may be heading towards the interinstitutional tussles that Pakistan is presently facing. The statements made by the most popular political leader of Pakistan, Imran
Khan, also provided some early indications. He stated recently that the country was “formed on the very basis of becoming an Islamic welfare state.” Therefore, the Muslims of India and Pakistan will feel betrayed if it does not become one. Pakistan is also different from Egypt. The military in Pakistan is no longer projecting itself to be the bastion of liberal and secular values, as the military of Turkey was and Egypt is. In Pakistan, the army is already suspected of having religious tendencies and is increasingly accused of supporting outfits such as Haqqani network and LeT. Pakistan’s military realises the war against terror has transformed the society to such an extent that there is no longer room available to provide carte blanche cooperation to NATO forces in Afghanistan, or be seen as a close ally. Moreover, Pakistan is not Egypt, as it does not directly threaten the security of Israel and compete in the politics of Middle East as Turks and Iranians do. Most importantly, and perhaps perilously, it is not Iran that is close to acquiring nuclear weapons but is not there yet. And, that is why any Egyptian style transformation in Pakistan carries much higher stakes for the West. The writer is the chief analyst for PoliTact (www.PoliTact.com and http:twitter.com/politact) and can be reached at email@example.com
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Colonial rule redux? His Excellency the President of Pakistan in a meeting at London with a British national of Pakistani origin has agreed to accelerate efforts to lift the embargo on holders of foreign nationality to contest elections and decide the fate of its 180 million people and future of a country, where they have no stakes and have publicly renounced their loyalty in the new oath they took when acquiring their new passport. The word renounce used in the oath means to reject publicly and finally all commitments of loyalty to their former state, of which they were originally nationals. This basically means return of East India Company in a new form headed by men of our colour, faith and language, but undivided in their loyalty to her Majesty’s government. If this is not the beginning of undoing of Quaid’s Pakistan, and our sovereignty, than what else could be? If the law were to be amended, we could have a foreign national heading our armed forces, become their supreme commander, dominate our parliament, judiciary, media, financial economic policy making ministry, civil service and political parties just as was the situation prior to our independence in 1947. This foreign national will have control of our nuclear deterrence, our decision to defend our geographical boundaries and the fate and destiny of 180 million unfortunate people who have chosen to live and die here. This is against the very foundations of state sovereignty and independence on which the 1973 Constitution is based. Will we allow our sovereignty to be compromised just so that it benefits few whose greed for power, wealth and perks is devoid of any morals and ethics? How can a person with split loyalties be expected to serve their country wholeheartedly? Those with stakes elsewhere have no reason to work for the betterment of this country. If they indeed want to serve their country, they could give up their second nationality in the spirit of public service. MALIK TARIQ Lahore
the collapsed bridge: understanding the issue This is apropos of Malik Tariq Ali’s letter published in the Pakistan Today on July 01, 2012 regarding collapse of pedestrian bridge constructed on Lahore Ring Road. It is really unfortunate that many of us are quick to comment on issues which technically we don’t understand. A professional having some knowledge of design and construction of bridges and their building structure would only understand that failure is not only due to its workmanship; it may be due to its faulty design or may be due to some forces which were not accounted for during its design. We need to understand that the pedestrian bridge which collapsed last week comprises pre-cast prestressed concrete members. These members are normally cast in a yard and then placed at the required
First aid for snake bites According to report in a section of the press, a twenty year old girl student Rida Fatima of Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) Jamshoro was bitten by a snake while she was sleeping in her dorm room of LUMHS hostel on Monday night on June 25. However, despite administration of medical treatment, she died on Friday more than 72 hours after the snake bit her. After the snake bit her, she was not given any snake-bite first aid and was taken to different hospitals in Jamshoro, Hyderabad and Karachi which caused enough delay in her proper treatment. However, she finally died in Karachi, as the venom destroyed her anti-coagulation system, causing her to bleed profusely. During the summer, especially in the rainy season, all kinds of insects and reptiles emerge from under the ground and try to take shelter in airy and dry places like thick wild growth, trees, flower pots, garden hedges and buildings where they also find insects to hunt and feed. Thus, incidents of snake bite can occur at any time. When a snake bites, its venom starts flowing in the blood vessels of the victim and, if not treated immediately, the victim can die. Therefore, it is necessary to know the first aid for snake bites so that some help can be administered on the spot before the victim is taken to the hospital as this may save his or her life. Here is the First Aid for snake-bites. At first to ascertain that snake has bitten or not see if there are two small dots (Fang marks) or punctured holes on the skin of the victim and blood is oozing out slowly and area around these two holes has become reddish: checking this confirms whether it is a snake bite or not. In the case of a snake bite, have the victim lie down and tie a constricting bandage with a string, strap, shoestring or a bandage several inches above the bite. Tie it tight enough to constrict the blood flow in the surface vessels, but not too tight as
location. These members are designed taking into account live loads, dead load, wind load and seismic factor. These are not designed to take lateral impact as was the case when the protruding boom of the speedy truck hit the girder which resulted in displacement of the girder from its support which inevitably caused collapse of the pedestrian bridge. The writer further praises the so called good governance of the Chief Minister of Punjab, which I believe is contrary to the factual position. Unfortunately his so called good governance is the root cause of the problem: without understanding the ground realities, he is bent upon completion of eighteen months projects in four months resulting in not only poor quality of work but also a very high cost. Further, the projects
it may shut off deep-lying vessels. If no doctor is available, sterilise a knife or a razor blade by holding into a flame for a minute and make an X-shaped incision across each fang mark. Use your mouth or a suction cup if available, to suck and spit the venom. Don’t be afraid of swallowing the poison as snake venom does not act through the digestive tract. Keep crushed ice wrapped in cloth over the bite for two hours. Get medical aid as soon after the bite as possible. It is pertinent to note that the above first aid for snake bite is taught in the armed forces and has proved very effective in saving the lives of persons bitten by snakes. These methods can also be found in first aid books available in the local market. SQN LDR (RETD) AUSAF HUSAIN Karachi
Domestic vs foreign This weekend, President Obama had something to celebrate – the US Supreme Court endorsed key provisions in the health reform law. The new law is a ray of hope for millions of uninsured Americans who will now be able to access the health protection through affordable insurance choices. One important feature of the law is to prevent the insurance companies to refuse coverage of people with pre-existing conditions. Obama can take pride on fulfilling of one of his agenda from the previous election campaign. Again it’s election year in the US; time to tick the completed promises. Yes, health reform bill – done, but what about the foreign policy related vows made by Obama: closing of Guantanamo bay was not achieved; peace remained an elusive commodity in the Middle East, the situation on the Af-Pak border saw no improvement; the Iraq retreat was a mere cover-up of failure etc. Moreover, the elimination of OBL could be a jewel in Obama’s crown but this unilateral action strained relations with Pakistan which
are awarded to NLC and FWO on single source basis at exorbitant rates who after keeping a hefty margin further sublet it to sub-contractors, which not only is a gross violation of PPRA rules but is also unethical. I would further like to emphasise that generally development projects are launched in recessionary time not for setting record times of completion or for self-promotion but to generate instant employment. It should be kept in mind that these projects should be initiated for the welfare of general public and appropriate time should be allotted for their panning and completion so as to achieve a quality end-product. KHALID KHAN Lahore
are yet to be repaired. But let’s forget all this: Americans vote and elect their leaders on domestic issues. Obama can make new vows for a stable and peaceful world next March. MASOOD KHAN Saudi Arabia
Sorry, not these cases… Chairman National Accountability Bureau recently said that the bureau was reviewing references forwarded by the prime minister’s adviser on interior affairs against the Sharif brothers, but “elections are near and political cases will not be reopened against anyone, including the Sharif brothers, for the time being”. He further added that President Zardari himself had barred him from reopening cases against Nawaz Sharif. I am flabbergasted to read this statement. Chairman National Accountability Bureau has divided corruption cases into two categories: those involving politicians and those involving non-political persons. According to the logic of the NAB Chief, since elections are near, cases against politicians can wait. But if these cases cannot be processed when elections are near, can we expect them to be processed after the elections, especially if those implicated in the cases win the elections? NAB is a highly politicised institution. A person who is groomed in legal traditions and trained in criminal justice administration cannot agree with this statement of Chairman NAB. This is discriminatory administration of justice and cannot be condoned in any way. According to the other part of his statement, NAB does not process cases based on objective and impartial assessment; rather they act on the directions of the president as the Chairman NAB admits that he did not open these cases because of the directive from the president. Chairman needs to explain whether the NAB Ordinance enjoins him to act on the directions of the president. There is no
doubt that Admiral Fasih has been appointed by the president of Pakistan; there are many state functionaries and judges of superior courts appointed by the president of Pakistan but they aren’t supposed to act on the directions of the president. I think, by making this statement, Admiral Fasih, has discredited the office of the Chairman NAB. Admiral Fasih is not qualified to hold this office. He should quit this office as he is an honourable person. I had congratulated him on his appointment as Chairman NAB, but the Admiral has disappointed me by making this statement that not only doesn’t reflect on him well but is also politically damaging for the president. ASGHAR MAHMOOD Islamabad
bus terminal at GCu In cooperation with Turkey, the CM Punjab has tried to solve the transport problem of Lahoriites by introducing a Rapid Mass Transit Bus Service in Lahore at the cost of $2.5 Billions. This would initially run from Kahna to Shahdara on Ferozepur road via Mozang Chungi, the Civil Secretariat, District Courts and Data Durbar with conveniently located stops or terminals. In this great venture, TEPA has planned a terminal in Logia Gardens in the vicinity of Government College University without caring for the historical background of this great institution which is about 150 years old. Having a bus terminal inside this great institution would definitely spoil the beauty and historical value of this place and disturb the students and the faculty. The Khadim-eAala is requested to look for an alternate place for the terminal. It could be located either at Nasir Bagh or at the far end of district courts. Any one who has any association with this college would never approve of this location. MUHAMMAD AZHAR KHWAJA Lahore
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in liMeliGHt PARIS: Models present creations designed by British designer Paul Smith during the men’s spring-summer 2013 fashion collection show on Sunday.
‘Britney spears needs makeover’
HE Hills` star Whitney Port says she wants to give Britney Spears a makeover. The 27-year-old new `Britain & Ireland`s Next Top Model` judge is a huge fan of the popstar but despairs of her style choices, reported Contactmusic. "I love her so much and want her to succeed and she has so much potential. Her style choices, as well as her hair and make-up, could do with a little sophistication," she said. However, there are some celebrities whose style Port admires, notably famous British faces such as Cheryl Cole and the Duchess of Cambridge. "Cheryl Cole`s great. I love how she defies fashion boundaries. And Kate Middleton is doing an amazing job staying appropriate with fashion in the role that she`s in with all eyes on her. I especially love the grittiness of east London fashion - girls like Alexa Chung and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley have influenced a lot of my new Whitney Eve collection," she added. AgencieS
George Clooney to fundraise for obama
EORGE Clooney, who hosted a highprofile fundraiser for President Obama at his home in May, is heading to Switzerland this summer for another campaign event. According to an invitation on the campaign’s website, Clooney will attend a fundraiser for the president’s re-election in Geneva on August 27, the Politico reported. Charles Adams, co-president of Americans Abroad for Obama, told the Tribune de Geneve newspaper that Clooney will speak at a reception for about 150 supporters. He’ll then attend a smaller, high-dollar dinner costing 20,000 dollars for individuals and 30,000 dollars per couple. AgencIeS
RIHaNNa’S fiery escape
Garfield named ambassador of orphans
CTOR Andrew Garfield has been roped in as the ambassador for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO). Garfield, who played orphaned Peter Parker in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’, and his real-life girlfriend and costar Emma Stone showed their support to founder Jane Aronson at a charity party for the group, where he was named as a new celebrity spokesperson, reports contactmusic.com. "Andrew's partnership with the WWO is about that superhero within each child. Every child grows up loving superheroes and dreaming about doing great things. WWO is about children believing that they can do great things in the world," Aronson said. AgencIeS
I H A N N A was among 300 people evacuated from the Corinthia Hotel in London after an early-morning fire broke out in an elevator shaft. The 24year-old ‘We Found Love’ singer tweeted news of the fire to her Twitter followers, posting a picture of a fire engine and the words: “Roamin da streets since 6am! Fyah in da telly.” A London Fire Brigade spokesman told the Press Association that no one was injured in the fire, but the flames did cause a bit of damage to the seventh floor. The singer then posted: "Fire in da telly #evacuationlife", with a snapshot of a fire engine outside the hotel. Clare Durnford, the hotel's public relations manager insisted the incident was not serious, and evacuation was just a safety precaution. She said: "At ap-
proximately 06:30, one of the service elevator motors at Corinthia Hotel London burnt out. There was a slight discharge of smoke and because of our robust fire management policy, the alarms were activated and a full evacuation of the building was carried out. As a matter of procedure, the fire brigade were called to carry out full safety checks throughout the building. All guests were safely accounted for and were allowed back into the hotel soon after 7am." Rihanna has been in London for several performances, including BBC Radio 1′s Hackney Weekend concert series. The singer then stepped out rocking short shorts and cutoff fishnet stockings. Though the singer was baring lots of leg, she was covered up above the waist in a loose printed tee and leather jacket with Egyptian embellishments. Rihanna is also set to take to the stage again on 8 July for Wireless Festival in Hyde Park.
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to duke it out daily. Cue a duel between the little monsters and Madge fans and the two "rivals" rake in the dough.
HOLLYWOOD has taught us NEWS DESK
ATHER around, children, because today we talk about the life lessons that good ol' Hollyweird taught us. So listen up while we lay down the law. We're sure that there will be plenty more Tinseltown will teach us in the future, but for now we're happy to have taken away these lessons:
THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW! We thought for about half a second that ‘Twilight’ would forever be the biggest franchise, well, ever and nothing would be able to compete with our dear Edward Cullen. But there's always a new ‘Twilight’—in this case, ‘The Hunger Games’. While Robert Pattinson may be hanging' up his fangs, Jennifer Lawrence is just getting arena-ready. EVERYONE LOVES A DIVA Well, as long as she's earned it. All you need to do to realize that is turn on your tube for any of the many singing competitions currently in rotation. Christina Aguilera doesn't mince words on ‘The Voice’ when it comes to the contestants or her other judges, and it looks like the formerly sweet-as-sugar Britney Spears is following suit with her ‘The X Factor’ stint. Maybe it didn't pay to be so kind, Paula Abdul!.
DON'T BITE THE HAND THAT DATES YOU Now everyone is about kissing and singing, just listen to any of Taylor Swift's millions of hit songs. The babe is all about calling out the dudes who've wronged her in the past (like Joe Jonas or John Mayer). And she's hardly the only one: Grammy darling Adele has built her entire career on dishing the dirty deets about her exes via beautiful, beautiful music.
ANY PRESS IS GOOD PRESS Well, that might be stretching it. DUIs usually aren't the greatest thing for someone's career. Not to mention fighting with costars or going on racist rants...OK, so maybe press isn't always good. But being controversial usually is. Remember songstress Lana Del Rey's much maligned Saturday Night Live stint? Well, look who's laughing now—she's a household name and sells out shows no matter where she goes. IT'S NEVER TOO LATE FOR A MAKEOVER Sure, bad girls might finish first (a lesson the likes of K.Stew and Rihanna taught us), but that doesn't mean that these gals want to stay bad forever. Just look at Angelina Jolie, who swapped vials of blood for diaper duty and foreign aid initiatives. Or Nicole Richie who traded in her key to the city for quiet time with her family and a killer fashion line.
A LITTLE COMPETITION IS HEALTHY Which is why there are so many reality shows that pit singers—or potential suitors or wannabe superheroes, etc.—against each other. And the public reaps the rewards (Susan Boyle,or for that matter: Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and countless other Idol alumni). And it's not just reality TV: The Snow White fight between Kristen Stewart and Lily Collins was an example of this.
SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO GET OUT OF TOWN Hey, everyone falls down from time to time—stars are still people, after all—but staying in the spotlight is hardly the best way to pick yourself back up. Which is why we advocate the Robert Downey Jr. method. Iron Man himself used to be a real hot mess, but he stayed out of the limelight, cleaned himself up and came back better than ever. Time away from the paparazzi, the tabloids and the enablers is never a bad thing in our book.
CATFIGHT YOUR WAY TO THE TOP Lady Gaga and Madonna as besties? Boring! But when the claws come out, the money starts rolling in. The blonde popstars were formerly on friendly terms, with Gaga gushing over the Material Girl and the two appearing in an SNL sketch as faux rivals. All was at peace. Cut to now, when the two seem
VAMP FAME IS FOREVER At least for Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. We have a feeling that no matter how many indie flicks or fairytale franchises these two take on, they'll always be Edward Cullen and Bella Swan to their legions of loyal fans. Which also leads us to believe that the two will continue to take on the riskier roles to prove they're a lot more than simply bloodsucking beauties.
Consistent kajol back with kJo!
n 1998, he started his career with ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’. Since then Karan Johar has gone on to direct four big films. And all of KJo’s movies have had a common point — Kajol. His association with Kajol continues in his upcoming film, ‘Student Of The Year’. “On Saturday, Kajol did a cameo in a dance song. Since Karan considers Kajol his lucky mascot, he was very clear that she had to do the cameo. Kajol had to agree,” says a unit insider. Kajol shot for the song at the Reliance Studios at Film City. Shah Rukh Khan too will do a cameo in the film when he returns from London. AgencieS
saif Ali khan, Deepika Padukone to turn love gurus
fTer playing a spy in and as ‘Agent Vinod’, Saif Ali Khan will don the lover boy’s hat in ‘Cocktail’ starring Deepika Padukone and debutant Diana Penty. The film is about relationships and the complications attached to it. Buzz has it that Saif and Deepika will turn love guru and will connect with their fans by giving them expert tips on love relationships. A source said, “Both will provide their own perspective on issues. While Saif will throw light on relationship dilemmas from a guy`s point of view, Deepika will try to solve difficulties of women with commitment issues.” “‘Cocktail’ is creating a buzz online, so we are getting Saif and Deepika to give tips to youngsters and enhance our connect with audience,” confirmed Dinesh Vijjan, producer of the film. Well it might be a good idea for film promotion, but we really wonder if Saif and Deepika can really turn experts, considering their personal love life history. AgencieS
Tom cruise and Katie holmes:
‘THE FAIRY TALE WAS OVER’ LOS ANGELES
S much of a shock as Katie Holmes filing for divorce from Tom Cruise might have been to the rest of us, it actually had been a long time coming, according to a close source. "The fairy tale was over," the source said. "They had become more like friends." While another insider declared that Cruise's Scientology beliefs were a sore spot in the relationship, this source believes that Cruise's mega successful career also became an issue. "It wasn't a surprise to Tom," the source said. "He knew it was coming. They have had problems for a while. His career came first, always, and Katie wasn't happy anymore." "She wanted him home, and for them to be together. But Tom only knows how to be a movie star," according to the source. "He's a great dad and husband when he is there and present, but...work comes first. “As tough as that was on Holmes, the source says, it was just as hard on their daughter, Suri. "Holmes left him be-
cause she wanted a better life for her and her daughter," the source continued. "Suri has no friends. She does not have a normal life, and that was becoming more and more apparent as she was getting older." "Katie wants to get a project that keeps her in one place so Suri can go to school, have friends, have play dates, all the things that she doesn't have at the moment," the source said. "Katie was willing to give up an un-
happy marriage for a happier life for her daughter." As to Holmes filing for sole custody of Suri, the source states: "She feels like she is bringing up Suri alone anyway. She doesn't want Suri having to fly all over the world to see Tom. She wants normality."
Aamir khan follows salman’s path on foot, literally!
T is known to everyone how Salman Khan doesn’t give a damn to his star status when he feels like ditching his luxury car for an auto rickshaw or a bicycle ride to avoid getting stuck in heavy Mumbai traffic. So when Mr Perfectionist Aamir Khan followed suit, it made us think who or what inspired him to set his foot on the path to this eco-friendly change. News has it that when it poured heavily over the city of Mumbai on June 29, Aamir was on his way in his car to shoot at Yash Raj Studios in Andheri. As usual, the rains played spoilsport and caused a major traffic blockage near Mahim which left Aamir with no other option, but to walk his way on foot with his bodyguards in tow. Obviously, Aamir’s walk in the rain left him completely drenched from head to toe. However, kudos to his professionalism since he did not use the downpour as an excuse to halt or delay the movie’s shoot. AgencieS
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Lucky Pakistan get a tie after India collapse LAHORE
AKISTAN and India could not be separated, in a gripping finale to the ACC Under-19 Asia Cup, the match ending in a tie after a last-ball dismissal at the Kinara Academy Oval on Sunday. Put in, Pakistan rode on a century by Sami Aslam, the opener, to post an intimidating 282 for 9. Unmukt Chand, the Indian captain, responded with a century of his own to put India, the two-time defending champions, in the driver's seat but a late collapse gave Pakistan a chance and they grabbed it gratefully. Rush Kalaria was dismissed off the last delivery with one run required as India settled for 282 for 8, the match ending in a tie and the teams sharing the trophy. In a group stage game between these two sides last week, in a similarly big run-chase, India fell one run short of 288, losing by the thinnest of margins. Victory eluded them this time as well as they lost five wickets in the last six overs when what was needed was a dollop of composure. After losing Manan Vohra early in the chase, Chand and Baba Aparajith stitched together a 175-run stand for the second wicket, setting India well on the way to victory. A hasty shot led to Aparajith's fall as he missed out on a century by ten runs. It was a crucial wicket because thereafter, one batsman after another was dismissed in quick succession. India lost Vijay Zol, Akshdeep Nath and Sanju Samson, the cream of the middle order as the initial confidence gave way to uncertainty and Pakistan seized the opening. It made for an incredible finale. Boundaries followed wickets, with Chand the only recognised batsman at the crease. It came down to five runs needed from just three balls when
Chand (121) was sent back by Ehsan Adil. Kalaria scored a boundary off the very next ball to tie the scores. India needed one run from one ball but Kalaria's mistimed drive was pouched at mid-off. In the morning, Aslam continued his terrific form in the tournament, leading the Pakistan innings with a fine century. Pakistan lost Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq with just 62 on the board but in Umar Waheed, Aslam found an able ally. While Waheed held his end up, Sami did the scoring, making 134 with three sixes and 13th fours. Waheed missed out on a half-century by two runs, becoming Vikash Mishra's only victim. Mohammad Nawaz followed him as did Saad Ali, but it was Aslam's dismissal immediately thereafter that was key. Kalaria bowled Aslam for the second of his five wickets, and after losing their main scoring option,
Pakistan fell like a pack of cards, much like India did later. Up until then, reaching 300 looked a real possibility. However, Kalaria accounted for the middle and lower orders, claiming the scalps of Ehsan Adil, Salman Afridi and Azizullah. Both innings followed a similar pattern as India too began strongly before losing their way towards the end, leading to the first ever tie in the final in U-19 Asia Cup history. PCB CHIEf CONGRATULATES U-19 TEAM: PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf has appreciated the performance of the under-19 team during the Junior Asia Cup that concluded at Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. The PCB Chairman sent a special message of facilitation to the players, coach and manager and applauded their effort against arch rivals India in the final. He also praised team captain Baber Azam, coach Sabeh Azhar and manager Haroon Rasheed for
PAKiSTAn: 134 Sami Aslam b Rush Kalaria Babar Azam run out Sandeep Sharma 10 10 imam-ul-Haq c Smit Patel b Baba Aparajith 48 umar Waheed lbw Vikas Mishra 13 Mohammad nawaz b Sandeep Sharma 23 Saad Ali c Akshdeep nath b Rush Kalaria ehsan Adil c Smit Patel b Rush Kalaria 7 Salman Afridi c Smit Patel b Rush Kalaria 12 5 Azizullah c Vikas Mishra b Rush Kalaria 1 zia-ul-Haq not out Akhtar Waheed not out 0 eXTRAS: (b 1, lb 2, w 10, nb 6) 19 282 TOTAl: (9 wkts; 50 overs; 224 mins) fall of wickets: 1-33 ; 2-62 ; 3-162 ; 4-190 ; 5-252 ; 6252 ; 7-270 ; 8-281 ; 9-281 BOWling: Sandeep Sharma 10-0-56-1, Rush Kalaria 10-1-375, Baba Aparajith 10-0-49-1, Mohsin Sayyed 9-0-63-0, Vikas Mishra 8-0-42-1, unmukt chand 2-0-22-0, Akshdeep nath 10-10-0 inDiA Manan Vohra c Azizullah b zia-ul-Haq 11 unmukt chand c Azizullah b ehsan Adil 121 90 Baba Aparajith c zia-ul-Haq b nawaz Vijay zol c Akhtar Waheed b zia-ul-Haq 11 Akshdeep nath c Azizullah b nawaz 23 Sanju Samson b Mohammad nawaz 6 2 Smit Patel c zia-ul-Haq b ehsan Adil 6 Rush Kalaria c zia-ul-Haq b ehsan Adil Mohsin Sayyed not out 0 Did not bat: Vikas Mishra, Sandeep Sharma eXTRAS: (lb 2, w 9, nb 1) 12 282 TOTAl: (8 wkts; 50 overs; 202 mins) fall of wickets: 1-20 ; 2-195 ; 3-214 ; 4-247 ; 5-255 ; 6-268 ; 7-278 ; 8-282 BOWling: zia-ul-Haq 10-0-53-2, Azizullah 9-1-56-0, Akhtar Waheed 10-0-50-0, ehsan Adil 10-0-68-3, Mohammad nawaz 10-0-45-3, Babar Azam 1-0-8-0 Toss: india under-19s, who chose to field Results: Match ended in a tie Players of the final: Sami Aslam and unmukt chand Player of the tournament: Sami Aslam umpires: SS Prasad and RR Wimalasiri Match Referee: RJ Ratnayake TV umpire: n A (Pakistan) Player of Match: Sami Aslam & unmukt chand.
bringing smile to the nation’s faces. The chairman specially appreciated the performance of the opening batsman Sami Aslam who scored a century in the final and was declared the man of the tournament as well. The chairman further said that the team would be warmly welcomed on their arrival and hoped that the current performance will act as a boost for the team in the upcoming Under-19 World Cup as well.
Fans to decorate Pak team’s dressing room in world t20 LAHORE STAff RePORT
Fans will have a chance to decide which images will be used to decorate the Pakistan national team's dressing room walls at the ICC World Twenty-20 scheduled to be played in September in Sri Lanka. Albums of all 20 teams, 12 men and eight women, have been uploaded on the albums section of the ICC's official Facebook page, www.facebook.com/cricketicc, and the fans will be able to have their say on what images of their heroes and heroines should be on show at the event which runs from September 18 to October 7, said a press release issued here. The photographs that will receive the most `likes' by the fans during the voting period will be shown in that team's dressing room for the group stages of the event. The voting for the fans opened on Sunday (Junly 1) and will close on Wednesday (July 4). Among the shots that fans can choose from are pictures that show the three winners of the men's event to date lifting the trophy, that include Pakistan (2009), India (2007) and England (2010). There are also a number of iconic photographs that fans can select, including Mike Hussey's celebration after his amazing innings against Pakistan in St Lucia in 2010, as well as Mahela Jayawardena celebrating his hundred in that tournament.
nixon reveals £5m fixing approach LONDON AfP
Former England wicket-keeper Paul Nixon has given his account of a meeting with an Indian businessman which led to an offer of £5 million ($8 million) to fix one of Leicestershire's Twenty20 matches. In an extract from his autobiography 'Keeping Quiet', published in the Mail on Sunday, Nixon said he was offered the "absurd" amount of money in 2010 and also accepted a valuable gift from the businessman, named only as 'K', before he realised his true intent.
Rain relief for Sri Lanka as Pakistan bat on COLOMBO AfP
Azhar Ali smashed 157 and Mohammad Hafeez narrowly missed a double century but wet weather dampened Pakistan's hopes of forcing a result over hosts Sri Lanka in the second Test on Sunday. Hafeez fell for 196 and Azhar equalled his highest score as the tourists moved from their overnight position of 334-1 to 488-4 on a rain-hit second day at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo.
wild heave off Rangana Herath to reach the landmark before lunch. The all-rounder hit 20 boundaries and a six. Azhar, who was on 92 overnight, took an hour to reach his hundred, which he achieved by smashing seamer Nuwan Pradeep to the point fence after being stranded on 99 for 20 agonising minutes. It was the Lahore batsman's third century and the second in his last three Tests after making 157 against England in Dubai in February. But Azhar gifted his wicket just before
Heavy showers on either side of lunch and just before tea allowed just 44 overs to be bowled in the day, in which Pakistan scored 154 runs. The entire evening session was washed out, and with more rain forecast over the next three days, Pakistan face a tough task to level the three-match series after losing the first Test in Galle by 209 runs. Azhar, who put on 287 for the second wicket with Hafeez, added 70 for the third with Younis Khan (32) and 51 for the fourth with skipper Misbah-ul Haq
(29 not out). The overnight pair of Hafeez and Azhar toned down their aggressive approach on the second morning to frustrate an attack looking for quick wickets to stem the flow of runs. The partnership between Hafeez and Azhar was the highest against Sri Lanka on their home soil for any wicket, surpassing the 258 by Australians Mike Hussey and Shaun Marsh at Pallekele last year. Hafeez fell short of a coveted 200 when, after a patient knock that lasted seven hours, he was bowled attempting a
ColoMbo: Azhar Ali raises his bat and helmet in celebration after scoring a century. afp
ColoMbo: A Sri lankan cricket official holds an umbrella as he walks on the ground during the second day of the second test match. afp
tea with a reckless reverse sweep off Suraj Randiv which lobbed easily to Nuwan Kulasekara at point. Younis, given out leg-before to Herath, appeared unhappy at Australian umpire Simon Taufel's decision. Television replays proved inconclusive. Herath ended the day with two for 143, while Randiv had one for 107. Pakistan will look to declare early on Monday to give their bowlers time to dismiss Sri Lanka twice in three days on a wicket that remains a batsman's ally.
ScOReBOARD PAKiSTAn 1ST inningS (OVeRnigHT 334-1): Mohammad hafeez b herath 196 taufeeq umar c P. Jayawardene b Mathews 65 Azhar Ali c Kulasekara b Randiv 157 Younis Khan lbw b herath 32 Misbah-ul haq not out 29 Asad Shafiq not out 1 eXtRAS: (lb4, nb3, w1) 8 totAl: (4 wkts, 134.2 overs) 488 Fall of wickets: 1-78 (taufeeq), 2-365 (hafeez), 3435 (Younis), 4-486 (Azhar). bowlInG: Kulasekara 27-6-84-0, Mathews 15-155-1 (nb1), Pradeep 21.2-3-86-0 (nb2, w1), Randiv 25-0-107-1, herath 45-5-143-2, Dilshan 1-0-9-0. toss: Sri lanka umpires: Ian Gould (enG) and Simon taufel (AuS) tV umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI) Match referee: David boon (AuS)
ColoMbo: Misbah-ul-haq plays a shot during the second day of the second test. afp
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Poland, ukraine hail image boost as euro 2012 ends KIEV AfP
Euro 2012 draws to a close on Sunday, when Spain defend their title against Italy, with the final ending football's first major foray behind the former Iron Curtain that has given a welcome image boost to the cohosts. Even before the first match of the 16team tournament kicked-off in Warsaw on June 8, there had been widespread concerns about the wisdom of handing European football's showpiece tournament to Poland and Ukraine. Not only were there fears about the readiness of the eight match venues or key transport and other infrastructure but also the cost for fans, with some hotels ramping up prices, particularly in Ukraine. The threat of racist violence also loomed large, after the BBC aired a television documentary showing far-right groups at stadiums making Nazi salutes and monkey noises at black players, as well as an attack on a group of Asian students. European countries, meanwhile, threatened to boycott matches in Ukraine in protest at Kiev's alleged mistreatment of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who is in jail on what her supporters claim are politicallymotivated corruption charges. But while there have been some problems, including racist chanting from foreign fans and some crowd trouble away from stadiums, notably between historic rivals Poland and Russia, the worst fears have not materialised. Instead, the focus has remained mostly on the pitch, with high-quality matches with the continent's best players reflected in record television viewing figures in Europe and around the world, as well as high Internet traffic to official websites. "The overwhelming feeling I have today is pride," Michel Platini, the president of European football's governing body, UEFA, told a news conference in Kiev on Saturday. "Pride for Poland and Ukraine, so often decried but who proved they were up to the task by putting on such a great tournament. And pride for the people of Poland and Ukraine, who were such wonderful hosts." The financial benefits of hosting such "mega-events" are a source of debate for economists. But Polish and Ukrainian authorites have both said the tournament and influx of hundreds of thousands of foreign fans have had a positive effect.
Ravi Park Gym beat Pioneer Club by 45 runs LAHORE STAff RePORT
Ravi Park Gymkhana beat Pioneer Cricket Club at Iqbal Park Ground no 3 in a T20 friendly match by 45 runs. ScOReS: Ravi Park Gymkhana 205-9 in 20 overs. Ashraf bhatti 40, Ahmed Raza 42. off spinner under-16 Azeem zulifqar took 5 wickets for 26 runs, Asif Malik 2-42. Pioneer 160-7. Kashif Ali 46, nadeem Javed butt 33, Abwab usmanee 31. Shahzad Ali 3-40, Imran Ali 342. Man of the match Azeem zulifqar.
England win 2nd ODI against OZs LONDON
NGLAND beat Australia by six wickets to win the second oneday international at The Oval here on Sunday and so take a 20 lead in the five-match series. England, set 252 for victory, finished on 252 for four with 26 balls left. Ravi Bopara top-scored with 82 after opener Ian Bell had made 75. Earlier Australia, who won the toss, were held to 251 for seven after struggling against disciplined bowling despite opener Shane Watson's 66 and George Bailey's career-best 65. Fast bowler Steven Finn led an attack missing James Anderson because of a groin injury, with one for 36 in nine overs. If England complete a 5-0 clean sweep they will replace Australia at the top of the one-day international world rankings. The series continues with a day/night match in Birmingham on Wednesday. Ian Bell and Ravi Bopara were stars of England’s runs chase against Australia that earned the Poms their second one-day international win in the fie-match series. Both the batsmen scored half centuries to complete the chase. Bell maintained his fine ODI form as he led the England's run
AuSTRAliA 66 S. Watson c finn b Swann D. Warner c Bell b finn 10 P. forrest c Kieswetter b Broad 12 M. clarke c Kieswetter b Bopara 10 g. Bailey b Bresnan 65 D. Hussey run out (finn) 29 6 M. Wade c Broad b Bresnan 20 B. lee not out 8 M. Johnson not out 25 eXTRAS (lb15, w8, nb2) 251 TOTAl (7 wkts, 50 overs) fall of wickets: 1-15 (Warner), 2-66 (forrest), 3-101 (clarke) 4128 (Watson), 5-206 (Hussey), 6-222 (Bailey), 7-223 (Wade) Did not bat: c McKay, X Doherty Bowling: finn 9-0-36-1 (2w); Dernbach 10-1-59-0 (1w); Bresnan 8-0-50-2 (1w); Broad 10-0-48-1 (1nb, 4w); Bopara 5-0-16-1 (1nb); Swann 8-0-27-1
englAnD: An cook lbw b McKay 18 iR Bell b clarke 75 iJl Trott b Watson 17 82 RS Bopara run out (lee) 43 eJg Morgan not out 0 c Kieswetter not out 17 eXTRAS (lb 4, w 9, nb 4) 252 TOTAl (4 wickets; 45.4 overs) Did not bat TT Bresnan, gP Swann, ScJ Broad, ST finn, JW Dernbach fall of wickets: 1-40 (cook, 6.1 ov), 2-81 (Trott, 14.5 ov), 3-171 (Bell, 33.1 ov), 4-250 (Bopara, 45.2 ov) Bowling: B lee 10-0-58-0, Mg Johnson 7-0-43-0, cJ McKay 10-1-42-1, XJ Doherty 7.4-0-41-0, SR Watson 6-0-34-1, DJ Hussey 3-0-17-0, MJ clarke 2-0-13-1 Toss: Australia, who chose to bat, Series:england led the 5match series 2-0, Player of the match: RS Bopara (england), umpires: M erasmus (South Africa) and RK illingworth, TV umpire: Aleem Dar (Pakistan), Match referee: J Srinath (india), Reserve umpire: RJ Bailey
chase in the second ODI against Australia at The Oval. England, set 252 to win, reached the halfway stage of their reply well poised on 131 for 2, with Bell undefeated on 54. Fast bowler Steven Finn led England's attack in the absence of the injured James Anderson as Australia were held to 251 for seven in the second one-day international at The Oval here Sunday. Middlesex paceman Finn took an economical one for 36 in nine overs after Anderson was ruled out with a groin problem. Australia, looking to level this five-match se-
ries at 1-1 after a 15-run defeat across London at Lord's on Friday, saw opener Shane Watson top-score with 66 and middle-order batsman George Bailey make a career-best 65. The tourists' innings was often becalmed, with a mere 24 runs coming in a 10-over spell from overs 21 to 30 inclusive. But some late-order hitting from Brett Lee, dropped twice by Eoin Morgan off Jade Dernbach on his way to 20 not out, bolstered the total. England had an early breakthrough when David Warner, who made a fifty on Friday, holed out after mistiming a pull off Finn.
Neighbourhood, village level events to mark the start of Youth festival LAHORE STAff RePORT
In the first phase of the Punjab Youth Festival 2012, sports events and competitions will be held among teams and individuals of sports and youth development councils at neighbourhood and village level. The Punjab Youth Festival 2012 will roll into action in the last week of August and competitions at the neighbourhood and village level will be held at six different sectors, marking the start of this three-month long extravaganza. Around 36 competitions and events will be held in five sectors of the society in the first level of the festival. The five sectors include individuals, teams and family events, rural and sports (for general public). The general events includes Cooking, Horticulture, Mushaira, Pet competitions, Photography, Qirat, Songs/millinaghme/poetry, Family dressing, Handicraft, Kitchen gardening, Naatkhani while Bull race, Dog race and
Tippling/pigeon flying have been marked for rural sector and the sports sector for general public will have Arms wrestling, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Billiard and snooker, Chess, Cricket (T B), Football, Tug of war and volleyball events for competitions. According to Director General Sports Board Punjab Usman Anwar, total prize money of Rs 93,200 has been reserved for the winners of the Sports and Youth Development Council competitions at neighbourhood and village level. “The information charts, pamphlets, booklet and registration forms have been sent to all the areas of the province and it’s going to be an event of its own kind,” he added. He further stated that the festival will give an opportunity to the people of all walks of life to show their talent. “Its our duty to tap talent from every nook and corner of the province and furnish their skills,” he said adding, for the purpose academies are being established at different places of Punjab.”
lonDon: england's Ravi bopara acknowledges the crowd after reaching fifty runs not out during the second one-day International against Australia. afp
Mughalpura whites outplay tauseef Club LAHORE STAff RePORT
Mughalpura Whites has moved into the next round of 2nd Iqbal Yousuf Memorial cricket event when they outplayed Tauseef Club by 180 runs. Fine batting by Meer Saeed Kamran Yousuf, HAssan Nasir and equally good bowling by Faheem Askari and M Riaz were the main feature of the match. ScOReS: Mughalpura whites 266/5. KAmran Yousuf 50, Meer Saeed 53, zain ul husnain 13, Imran Ali Shah 13, hAsan nasir 58(no), Faheen Askari 13(no). Israr baig 1/58, M Ali Rana 1/64, Aqais Manzoor 1/38, Sheraz baig 1/51. tauseef Club 86 all out. Junaid Mudassar 26, zeeshan butt 12. M Riaz 4/4, Faheem Askari 3/21, Meer Saeed 1/28, IShtiaq 1/7, hSaan nasir 1/15.
banned Sudhindra advised for mercy appeal Meeting held MUMBAI BiPin DAni
Rajesh Chauhan, coach of TP Sudhindra, who was banned for life, has asked his pupil to appeal for mercy. Obviously, Chauhan is not happy with what his ward has done and brought shame. "What to tell about these youngsters... Once they come to limelight, indulge in wrong-doings," he said over telephone. "My advice to Sudhindra would be to go for mercy appeal rather than fighting the case in court."
"The player knows about his crime and if he has admitted his guilt, the best option would be to apply for a mercy." Elaborating more about his family, Rajesh Chauhan says, "Sudhindra hails from the middle-class sports loving family. His paternal uncles used to play the game with us and they inspired him to adopt this game". "My advice to Sudhindra would be to write a mercy appeal to the BCCI instead of fighting the case in the court. Sudhindra knows his crime and if he has admitted his guilt he should ask for the mercy."
PCB to support DRS against Australia LAHORE
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will continue to support the implementation of the Decision Review System (DRS) and is trying to have it employed for their one-day series against Australia in August. A senior PCB official said that although the International Cricket Council (ICC) executive board decided against having mandatory use of the DRS but Pakistan continued to support the system. ICC has left it to Boards to decide if they want to use DRS in a bilateral series. "We are trying to obtain sponsorship to use the DRS against Australia in the one-dayers as we feel it is a system that has helped the game and umpires," PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed said. Pakistan suffered during the first
Test against Sri Lanka at Galle due to some contentious decisions by umpires Steve Davis and Ian Gould as the Sri Lankan board has deciding against having the DRS in the ongoing home series. "We had the DRS for our home series against Sri Lanka that was played last year in UAE because we obtained sponsorship but we can understand there are high costs involved in using this technology," Ahmed said. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been the biggest opponent of making the DRS use mandatory in international cricket and managed to put off a ICC move to make it mandatory at the board meetings held in Kuala Lumpur late last month. Ahmed, who attended the ICC chief executives meeting in Kuala Lumpur which recommended mandatory use of the DRS, said Pakistani players had positive views about having the DRS in
LAHORE STAff RePORT
The executive body meeting of Golden Star Club and Amir Memorial Club was held on Sunday. Golden Star President Wasif Zaman presided over the meeting. Senior vice president Amir Memorial Club Qazi Burhan and Secretary Golder Star Hafiz Shahbaz presented the annual report of team’s performance. It was decided in the meeting to give membership of the executive body of Amir Memorial to Khadim Hussein, Qazi Burhan to Golden Star whereas Waseem Bhatti and Atif Mehmood were given membership of both the clubs.
one-dayers and Tests. "As far as India is concerned they have their views on the DRS," he added. Commenting on the ICC decision to encourage day-night Test matches, Ahmed said Pakistan was the only country to have officially twice staged the final of its premier domestic first class competition (Quaid-e-Azam trophy) as day-night encounters for last two years. "We had day-night finals and the experiment was pretty successful. But at the international we do feel that day and night Test matches should first be experimented with in series between weaker nations before they can be tried in bigger matches," he said. Ahmed said so far Cricket South Africa which will host Pakistan for a test series early next year had not spoken about any possibility of experimenting with a day and night test in that series.. "We think it would be too early," he added.
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KIeV: The Italian and Spanish fans before the start of the euro cup final between Spain ad Italy. AFP
east zone whites in trouble, west zone blues in srtong position LAHORE STAff RePORT
East Zone Whites U-19 is in trouble against the North Zone Whites U-19 in the 1st day of Regional Inter-District U-19 Cricket Event played at at Ali Garh ground on Sunday. In the 1st innings North Zone Whites has made 149 runs while at the end of the play East Zone Whites has made 105/8 in 40.3 overs. Now East Zone Whites needed 44 runs to level the North Zone Whites Score and 2 wickets behind ScOReS: north zone whites 149 in 51.3 overs in 1st innings. hafiz Rameez 46, M waleed 22, M naseem 23, Ghulam Mustafa 18, Ihsan ullah Khan 10. M Rameez 3/42, M qasim 2/43, haroon Afzal 2/17, M Asif 2/29. east zone whites 105/8 in 40.3 overs in 1st innings. Ameer hamza 39, Gul Khan Afridi 22, Adnan Danish 16. M waleed 3/40, Afaq Shah 2/24, Asad ullah 1/11, Asfand 1/20, Ali Raza 1/3 WEST zONE BLUES IN STRONG POSITION: West Zone Blues U-19 has in strong position against East Zone Blues U19 in Regional Inter District U-19 Cricket Event played at at Iteefaq Hospital ground on Sunday. East Zone Blues has made 199 runs in 1st innings when end of the play West Zone has made 131/2, Now West Zone blues needed 68 runs to level the East Zone Blues score and 8 wickets behind. ScOReS: east zone blues 199 in 56.2 overs in 1st innings. Daniyal Rana 56, Rehmat ullah 57, zeeshan Mughal 28, Amir Dar 13. Moaaz Keenia 4/71, Abdul qadoos 3/22, Ali Shakeel 1/11, Irfan haneef 1/23. west zone blues 131/2 in 31 overs. Saad bin Khalid 93, M zahid 38. zeeshan Mughal 2/32.
Blake, Bolt set to clash again in 200m KINGSTON
biggest track upsets of the year by beating Bolt in Friday's 100m final, becoming the fourth fastest man ever in the
event. In the women's 200m, the three favourites -- Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (22.55), Kerron Stewart (22.96) and
Veronica Campbell-Brown (22.79) -- all won their semi-finals. The women's 200m final is also Sunday.
Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt will square off in Sunday's 200 metre final just two days after Blake upset Bolt in the 100 metres at the Jamaican Olympic Athletic Trials. Blake won his semi-final in 19.93 seconds Saturday to set up another duel with Bolt who took his semi-final race in 20.26. Bolt was the fourth fastest qualifier. Blake was pushed in his race by Warren Weir who ran a personal best 19.99. The first semi-final was won by Nickel Ashmeade, who clocked 20.15 on the National Stadium track. Blake produced one of the
Highest-ever stand against SL in Sri Lanka stats corner S.PERVEz QAISER Mohammed Hafeez and Azhar Ali set up a new record of highest ever stand against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka by adding 287 for the second wicket in Pakistan's first innings on the second day of the second Test at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo on Sunday (July 1). Michael Hussey and Shaun Marsh who added 258 runs for the fourth wicket at Pallekele in 2011-12 held the previous record. The 287-run stand was Pakistan's second best second wicket stand in Test cricket after Zaheer Abbas and Mushtaq Mohammed's 291-run stand against England at Birmingham in 1971. Fawad Alam and Younis Khan's 200-run stand was the previous best second wicket stand for Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Azhar equalled his personal best in Test by making 157 off 295 balls. He also scored the same number of runs in 533 minutes off 442 balls against England at Dubai in 2011-12. Hafeez became only the sec-
ond batsman to miss the double century after making 190 runs against Sri Lanka. The first to miss double hundred after scoring 190 was India's Azharuddin who made 199 at Kanpur in 1986-87. Hafeez made 196 while Azhar scored 157. It was first time since the infamous Karach Test in 2008-09 that two Pakistani batsmen reached 150 in the same innings. In Karachi Test against Sri Lanka, Younis made 313 in 760 min off 568 balls while Kamran Akmal scored an unbeaten 158 in 247 min off 184 balls.
HigHeST 2nD WicKeT STAnD fOR PAK in TeSTS RunS 291 287 262 250 246 233 211 200
BATSMen Mushtaq Mohd/zaheer Abbas Azhar Ali/Mohammad hafeez Ijaz Ahmed/Saeed Anwar Mudassar nazar/qasim umar hanif Mohd/Saeed Ahmed Mohsin Khan/qasim umar Ijaz Ahmed/Saeed Anwar Fawad Alam/Younis Khan
OPPOnenT england Sri lanka new zealand India India Australia Australia Sri lanka
Venue birmingham Colombo Rawalpindi Faisalabad Mumbai Adelaide Peshawar Colombo
SeASOn 1971 2012 1996-97 1984-85 1960-61 1983-84 1998-99 2009
eagle, united clubs win in women Football LAHORE STAff RePORT
Eagle and United clubs won their matches of the 5th National Inter-Club Women Football Championship-2012 on Sunday. ReSulTS: At Islamabadâ€™s Jinnah Sports Complex Stadium, eagle wFC Islamabad beat Soccer queen wFC Rawalpindi 3-0 with goals coming from Malika noor (2 Goals @ 21 & 51 Minutes) and hina 1 goal @ 69 Minute. university wFC Sargodha beat hazara Shaheen wFC Abbotabad 14:0 @ Jinnah Sports Complex Stadium, Islamabad. Scorer were university: Farhat batool 5 Goals @ 10, 35, 54, 62 & 69 Minutes, Sherish tariq 1 Goal @ 7 Minute, Muqadas Parveen 4 Goals @ 29, 52, 57 & 68 Minutes, Mamoona Gill 3 Goals @ 32, 41 & 54 Minutes and nagina 1 Goal @ 69 Minute.
Sohail Abbas to lead Pakistan Olympic hockey squad ABBOTTABAD AfP
Penalty corner expert Sohail Abbas will lead Pakistan's hockey squad in the upcoming London Olympics, the only sport where the country harbours any realistic hopes of a medal in the Summer Games. The 35-year-old was retained as captain despite Pakistan's poor finish in last place at the Azlan Shah hockey event in May this year. The 20-man squad will be trimmed to 18 by the team management next week before Pakistan fly to London for the Games, which start on July 27. Pakistan's recent poor performance forced selectors to recall senior players Rehan Butt, Mohammad Waseem and Shakil Abbasi who featured in a rebel hockey league in India which threatened their places for Olympics.
"We have included seniors so that the Pakistan team can benefit from their experience," said chief selector
Hanif Khan. "We tried some juniors recently and now this squad for the Olympics is a combination of juniors
and seniors." Three-time Olympic champions and with four world titles, Pakistan have slumped at international level after poor planning and with talent becoming increasingly scarce. They finished at their worst-ever eighth position in the last Olympics in Beijing four years ago, and then slumped to the 12th and last position in the 2010 World Cup in India. The team did win the Asian title in China in late 2010 however to secure direct qualification for the London Games and give a boost to confidence. "We have high hopes with the team," said Khan, a member of Pakistan's gold medal winning team in the 1986 Los Angeles Olympics. "If they finish on the victory podium it would be as good as a gold medal, if they finish between 4-6 it
would be worth the hard work." Pakistan also won Olympic gold in 1960 and 1968 but their last Olympic medal in 1992 when they picked up bronze in Barcelona. Pakistan are in Group A along with Australia, Great Britain, Spain, Argentina and South Africa. Defending champions Germany are in Group B, which also includes Netherlands, South Korea, New Zealand, India and Belgium. Pakistan athletes will also compete in athletics, swimming and shooting through wild card entries, but they have no serious medal hopes in those sports. SquAD: Sohail Abbas (captain), Imran Shah, Imran butt, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Imran, Kashif Shah, Fareed Ahmed, Rashid Mahmood, M Rizwan junior, Mohammad tauseeq, waseem Ahmed, M waqas, umar bhutta, Rehan butt, Ali Shah, Mohammad zubair, haseem Khan, Shakil Abbasi, Mohammad Rizwan, Shafqat Rasool.
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Murray takes stock after nervy win LONDON AfP
tomic reproached over racquet tantrum SYDNEY AfP
Wimbledon officials spoke to Australia's Bernard Tomic after the racquet-smashing end to his surprise first-round loss, a report said on Sunday. Repairs were needed when Tomic, 19, damaged court two at the All England Club and he was also fined, the report said. Tomic, a quarter-finalist at last year's tournament, lost in four sets to Belgian wildcard David Goffin on Tuesday, and repeatedly slammed his racquet onto the grass as he walked to the net to shake hands. "A 'talking-to', I think would be the wrong word, but we had a word with him," Wimbledon spokesman Johnny Perkins told Sydney's Sun-Herald newspaper. "Essentially, I think it was 'this is not really the behaviour we expect, and, more to the point, you have damaged the court', and we did have to put a bit of filler in it." Perkins said tournament officials were concerned with two aspects of the behaviour of Tomic, ranked 28th in the world. "One is it's damaging the courts for the other competitors, and that's probably the worst bit," he told the newspaper. "And from our side obviously it's not a great spectacle, and I'm sure Bernard thinks that as well, that with hindsight he wishes he hadn't." Perkins said such an official approach to a player was rare at Wimbledon, but that the damage was substantial. "If it needs filler then that means it is quite a rut," he said. "There's normal wear and tear, which is scuffing, really, but this put really quite a dent in the surface."
TEN SPORTS 2nd Test: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 09:30AM
STAR SPORTS Wimbledon Tennis 04:00PM
â€˜Alpha maleâ€™ Roddick keeps fans guessing
NDY Murray was enjoying a well-earned day of rest from competition on Sunday while he pondered how to up his game for the challenges facing him in the second week of Wimbledon. The Scot battled his way past the dangerous Marcos Baghdatis late Saturday, edging a 7-5, 36, 7-5, 6-1 win in three hours and 13 minutes just in time for the 11:00 p.m deadline imposed on matches for health and safety reasons. It was the latest-ever finish at the All England Club. And while the victory kept alive his hopes of finally winning a Grand Slam title at the age of 25, Murray said he was aware he had to find another gear if that dream is to be realised. "I was very nervous, I knew it was going to be tough," said Murray of the win over Baghdatis. "I was just kind of hustling my way through the match and I am going to need to play better, if I want to go deep into the tournament." "I was really struggling. Even in the first couple of sets I was creating lots of chances but I was not feeling that comfortable on the court." There were concerns also over Murray's fitness as he took several painfullooking tumbles in a Centre Court match that saw the sliding roof closed at the start of the third set. Murray returned to the court after the break, while the roof was closed, with his knee strapped up, fuelling further concerns about his fitness. "My knee was a little bit sore," he told the BBC. "I took a tumble towards the end of the second set, I slipped and my foot went from underneath me and when I
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wIMbleDon: britain's Andy Murray celebrates taking the third set of his third round of the wimbledon Championships. afp cooled down a little bit, when we had the break with the roof, it was a little bit stiff. "I had the physio work on it and put some tape on it and it was ok. "I was struggling quite a bit with my footing early on, I changed shoes as well during the break and that helped." Oddly Murray also had problems with his shorts, suffering a two-point penalty because the ball fell out of his pocket during play. "It's happened before but not like that, it happened like five times in all," he said. "I'm blaming the shorts though, it wasn't my fault. "It was annoying and it lost me two points so I need to make sure I have no problems with that during the next few rounds." The next opponent for Murray is 23-year-old Croatian Marin Cilic with their match scheduled second up on
Court One on Monday. There was no play scheduled for Sunday at Wimbledon as is the tradition. Cilic made it through by defeating Sam Querrey 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, 6-7 (7/2), 6-7 (7/3), 17-15 in what was the second longest match in Wimbledon history. Murray leads their head-to-head rivalry 5-1, the only win for Cilic coming in the last 16 at the 2009 US Open. The Scot got his own back the following year when he beat Cilic to reach his first Australian Open final, and he said: "It will be important for me to try to get off to a good start. If you are feeling a little bit tired and you go behind, it can be tough to come back." Murray was due to practise later Sunday and return to Wimbledon for the Cilic clash on Monday although there was rain in the forecast.
Andy Roddick kissed Wimbledon Centre Court farewell on Saturday, but the 'alpha male' of American tennis refused to reveal whether it meant goodbye for good. Threetime Wimbledon runner-up Roddick suffered a second successive third round exit at the All England Club, losing 2-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-4, 6-3 to Spanish seventh seed David Ferrer. But it was his parting gesture which was the talking point. The 29-year-old, who came into the tournament on the back of a 31st career title in Eastbourne, applauded all four sides of the court, blowing a kiss to the fans, many of whom would have witnessed his three agonising final defeats to Roger Federer in 2004, 2005 and 2009.
WI crush Kiwis in florida t20 LAUDERHILL AfP
lAuDeRhIll: west Indies cricketer Chris Gayle hits a boundary during the first t20 match between wI and nz at the Central broward Regional Park Stadium turf Ground. afp
West Indies crushed New Zealand by 56 runs in the first Twenty20 international on Saturday with Kieron Pollard and Chris Gayle hitting impressive half-centuries. West Indies made 209 for two off their 20 overs with Gayle unbeaten on 85 and Pollard making 63 not out in a partnership of 108. New Zealand were then bowled out for 153 in the 19th over with opener Rob Nicol top-scoring with 32. Brief scores: West Indies 209 for 2 (Gayle 85 not out, Pollard 63 not out) v New Zealand 153 (Nicol 32, Narine 3-34). West Indies won by 56 runs MCC HONOUR fOR ENGLAND WOMEN EDWARDS, TAyLOR: Charlotte Edwards and Claire Taylor, the two leading England women batsmen of their generation, were awarded honorary life membership of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) on Sunday.
England women's captain Edwards joined a select group of cricketers, including India greats Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, who have been granted honorary life membership of the MCC, which owns Lord's Cricket Ground in London, while still an active international player. Taylor, who is the only woman to have been named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year, retired from international cricket in 2011 but still plays for MCC Women. Edwards and Taylor were presented with MCC caps by Phillip Hodson, the club's president, before the EnglandIndia women's one-day international at Lord's on Sunday. For more than 200 years, MCC was an all-male club until women were admitted as members in 1998. Although it is more than four decades since MCC ran English cricket, it retains worldwide responsibility for the sport's laws and membership of the club remains highly prized with an average waiting-list of 20 years.
Cilic wins second longest match ever at Wimbledon LONDON AfP
Marin Cilic beat Sam Querrey in an epic encounter on Saturday that lasted five hours and 31 minutes, breaking the record for the secondlongest match in Wimbledon history. Croatian 16th seed Cilic beat Querrey of the United States 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, 6-7 (7/2), 6-7 (7/3), 17-15 in the marathon third round clash. The pair were duelling in the dusk on the 4,000-seater Court 2 show court when Cilic finally sealed victory at 9:02pm. The final set alone lasted two hours and seven minutes. "A complete drama, I would say -- and especially that fifth set," Cilic said. "But I'm really happy with the way I stayed in the match and it wasn't easy to be focused all the time." The match surpassed the mark of five hours, 28 minutes set
in 1989 when Greg Holmes beat Todd Witsken 57, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 14-12. The all-time record at Wimbledon -- or anywhere else -- by a huge distance remains the staggering 2010 encounter at the All England Club between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut. Isner won 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (9/7), 7-6 (7/3), 70-68 in in 11 hours and five minutes in a match that took three days to complete. Cilic got himself to match point by finishing off a 29-stroke rally and won it when Querrey fired a return of serve long. The pair hugged at the net and Cilic raised his fist in celebration. Speaking about closing the match, he added: "We had a long rally there on 30-all and I went for the shot so it was really crucial that I stayed in there with a good focus and definitely with a good conviction to go for it." The 23-year-old said he tried not to worry about the fading light and the possibility of the match being suspended until Monday. "I tried
to put that way from my mind because I just wanted to focus on my game and I didn't want to let anything intefere with that," he said. "The difficult thing is that you are always thinking that you are close, that you are going to break and eventually, the game keeps going and the set is getting longer and still you have to be really focused. "I was really having trouble on the return but definitely of course, big time I'm glad that I came through." Querrey joked that their match would only be a footnote in Wimbledon history due to the epic of 2010. "Just another match now, thanks to IsnerMahut. They set the bar pretty high," he said. "It's going to be tough. Even if it's 30-28, you're a long way away. "I'm a little tired, but it was a fun match," he added. "I'm bummed. I'm sad. But I'm sure I'll be over it and really look back and say that was a great match and it's a good stepping stone."
wIMbleDon: Croatia's Marin Cilic celebrates his third round men's singles victory over uS player Sam querrey during the wimbledon Championships. afp
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Spain crush Italy to win historic Euro 2012 crown KIEV
PAIN confirmed their status as one of the greatest national teams in football history by overwhelming Italy 4-0 in Sunday’s Euro 2012 final in Kiev to retain their European crown. Vicente del Bosque’s team became the first side to successfully defend a European Championship title, as well as the first to win three consecutive major tournaments after their triumphs at Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup. Accused in some quarters of having lost their ability to excite, Spain produced a thrilling demonstration of attacking football to confirm beyond doubt that this remains a golden age for Spanish football.
Andres Iniesta and Xavi were the architects of victory, playing key roles in goals by David Silva, Jordi Alba and Fernando Torres, who teed up fellow substitute Juan Mata for Spain’s fourth. The match-winner in the Euro 2008 decider against Germany, Torres became the first player to score in two European Championship finals, while it was the most handsome winning margin in a final in the tournament’s history. Italy played the last half an hour with 10 men after third substitute Thiago Motta was forced off by injury moments after coming on, as the momentum that had taken the Azzurri past Germany and England in the knockout rounds disappeared. The star of the semi-final win over the Germans, Mario Balotelli endured a fruitless evening, while Andrea Pirlo was upstaged by
the pass masters in the Spanish midfield. Dropped for the semi-final against Portugal, Cesc Fabregas returned to Spain’s starting line-up to occupy the ‘false nine’ role he had taken up against Italy in the 1-1 draw between the sides in Group C on June 10. Italy coach Cesare Prandelli also made one change to his starting XI, with Ignazio Abate replacing Federico Balzaretti at right-back after missing the semi-final win over Germany due to muscle fatigue. It was quickly apparent that Spain had a point to prove and in the 10th minute there was a glimpse of the pin-sharp attacking football that had eluded them in recent matches, as Xavi exchanged passes with Fabregas before rifling a shot narrowly over. Four minutes later the deadlock was broken, Iniesta threading a superb pass down the inside-right channel to Fabregas,
who slipped around Giorgio Chiellini before cutting the ball back for Silva to head home. Chiellini’s evening lasted barely more than 20 minutes, as the Juventus defender was forced off after landing awkwardly and had to be replaced by Balzaretti. Having being eclipsed by Iniesta in recent matches, Xavi proved that reports of his demise are grossly premature by creating Spain’s second goal four minutes before half-time. The 32-year-old maestro collected a pass from Alba and then delayed his pass supremely before freeing his future Barcelona team-mate to run in and place the ball past Gianluigi Buffon for his first international goal. Prandelli replaced Cassano with Antonio Di Natale at the interval and the Udinese man made an immediate impact,
heading just over from Abate’s centre and then obliging Casillas to save after ghosting in behind Spain’s defence. At the other end, Buffon thwarted Fabregas after the Barcelona man weaved his way past Balzaretti and Leonardo Bonucci, who was lucky not to concede a penalty when he appeared to block Sergio Ramos’ header with his arm. Italy’s hopes of a comeback evaporated in the 62nd minute, as Motta was carried off on a stretcher with an apparent hamstring injury just five minutes after replacing Riccardo Montolivo, leaving Prandelli’s side with 10 men. The game dipped in intensity until the arrival of Torres, who rolled home Spain’s third from Xavi’s pass in the 84th minute before teeing up Chelsea team-mate Mata for an 88th-minute tap-in.
Gunmen kill 17 in twin attacks on Kenyan churches NAIROBI AfP
lAHORe: A large number of people from all over the country attend the quran-o-Sunnat conference organised by Majlise-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) at Minar-e-Pakistan ground on Sunday. INp
two taliban commanders killed in Dir clashes
air India pilot ‘took mother on flight in cockpit’
Gunmen killed 17 people and wounded dozens in gun and grenade attacks on two churches Sunday in the Kenyan town of Garissa near the border with Somalia, officials said. Wearing balaclavas, the attackers killed two armed police — posted outside churches following previous attacks — before bursting inside to target worshippers as they held prayer services. Witnesses said bodies lay scattered on the floor inside the blood spattered buildings — a Roman Catholic church and an Africa Inland Church. “It is a terrible scene, you can see bodies lying in the churches,” said regional police chief Leo Nyongesa. At least 40 people were rushed to hospital, several in a critical condition, the Kenyan Red Cross said. The Red Cross, which put the death toll at 17, flew the three most critically injured victims by air ambulance to the capital Nairobi. Three children were reported to be among the dead. “It is a horrible sight to see,” said Hussein Abdi, a resident of Garissa, some 140 kilometres (85 miles) from the border with war-torn Somalia. Kenya has suffered a spate of gun, grenade and bomb attacks since sending troops into southern Somalia last October to target Shebab rebels fighting to overthrow the weak UN-backed government in the Horn of Africa state. Later, the pro-Shebab Twitter site AlKataib boasted of a “successful operation in Garissa” but did not specifically claim respon-
PESHAWAR STAff RePORT
Two Taliban commanders, injured in recent clashes with security forces in Upper Dir, succumbed to their injuries in Kunar late on Saturday. The reports pouring in from Afghanistan revealed that Maulana Mansoor and Haji Kalam were among those militants who had attacked a security forces’ checkpost a week ago. At least 17 security forces personnel were picked up and taken to Afghanistan where they were killed. The security forces also claimed killing and injuring several militants in retaliatory action. The reports revealed that upon returning to Afghanistan, the injured militants were admitted to a private hospital in Kunar where both Mansoor and Kalam died. There are no details regarding the funeral of both the militant commanders.
MONITORING DESK A pilot of India’s national carrier was being investigated on Sunday amid claims that he seated his mother in the cockpit after failing to get a free ticket for her. According to The Daily Telegraph, he allegedly insisted his colleagues issued her a “dummy boarding pass” and refused to take off unless they agreed. The Air India flight and its 122 passengers were delayed for 20 minutes as the row flared, the paper said. The claims of “liberties” taken by pilots in the state-owned national carrier come after recent reports complained of pilots and crew abusing their allowances for free flights for relatives, overspending on five star city hotels on stopovers and a number of scams including widespread theft of alcohol from the drinks trolley, The Daily Telegraph reported, adding that the airline has faced a number of standoffs with pilots over claims that business class passengers have been ejected from their seats to make way for staff members’ families. “Their union is currently locked in a
dispute with the Indian government after a number of pilots were sacked for going on strike.” In the latest controversy, airline officials complained the pilot had placed his mother in a jump seat reserved for crew on Air India’s flight from Pune in Western India to the capital New Delhi. “When the pilot insisted on taking his mother on board, the operations and commercial departments were informed. The pilot threatened that he would not fly without his mother,” an official told the paper. The airline’s chairman, Rohit Nandan said disciplinary action was being taken against the pilot. The allegations highlight a culture of impunity among pilots, said Dr Sanat Kaul, a former aviation official and council member of the International Civil Aviation Organisation. “I hope they will immediately suspend his licence and take appropriate action. The pilots have been the most illdisciplined lot of people. They are continuously going on strike and abusing their position. They believe they’re beyond the rules and usually they get away with it,” he told The Daily Telegraph on Sunday.
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sibility. Nairobi has blamed previous assaults on the Al-Qaeda linked Shebab. Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said Sunday that the nation “will not be intimidated by such cowardly acts” and urged Kenyans to “exercise religious tolerance.” The Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims condemned the attacks, saying that “all places of worship must be respected.” “We want to send our condolences, and we are sad that no arrests have been made yet,” said chairman Abdulghafur El-Busaidy. Police said up to seven men had carried out the attacks which came two days after a gunmen killed a Kenyan driver and abducted four foreign aid workers from the Dadaab refugee camp, some 80 kilometres (50 miles) to the northeast. Last week a grenade blast in a bar in Kenya’s main port of Mombasa killed three people, a day after the US embassy warned of the threat of attack. Search efforts continued for the abducted aid workers, two men and two women who work with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), and who come from Canada, Norway, Pakistan and the Philippines, according to police. Kenya’s army scoured border areas for a third straight day amid fears that the gunmen and their hostages had crossed into Somalia, around 100 kilometres from Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp. Attacks and cross-border raids in the region blamed on the Shebab, including the kidnapping in October of two Spaniards working for Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), were key to Kenya’s decision to invade Somalia.