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hILe the tensions between two of the constitutional pillars, the judiciary and the executive, seem not to ebb down any sooner, the judiciary delivered a double whammy to the government on Wednesday with the Supreme Court giving a two-week deadline to the newly-elected Prime Minister, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, to show his intention whether he would ask Swiss authorities to reopen corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, and the Lahore high Court (LhC) asking President Zardari to resign from his post as the co-chairperson of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) by September 5. The judiciary appears to be in no mood to offer any respite to the government which certainly can now feel the whirlwind it has fallen into: public backlash, opposition’s criticism and standoff with the judiciary. Apparently, decisions after decisions are being delivered ensuring the government does not feel at ease with the way it has been going around its business for the past four and half years. The court dismissed Yousuf Raza Gilani as prime minister after convicting him of contempt in April for not implementing the verdict in the National Reconciliation Ordinance case. The court had ordered Gilani to write a letter to the Swiss authorities for reopening the graft cases against President Zardari, but he refused and was subsequently held in contempt of the court’s order. The PPP loyalist was sent packing by the apex court on June 19, and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf was nominated by the party to step into his shoes.
in The sUpreme CoUrT On Wednesday, a three-judge bench headed by Justice Nasir-ulMulk and comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh reminded Attorney General Irfan Qadir that Gilani had been convicted for contempt and sentenced for refusing to act on the SC’s orders to revive Zardari’s corruption cases. “The new prime minister was elected last week and we trust that he will honour the direction given by this court,” Justice Mulk said. “In the meantime we direct the attorney general to obtain instructions from the prime minister and inform the court on the next date of the hearing on July 12,” he said, adjourning the hearing.
The allegaTions The allegations against Zardari date back to the 1990s, when he and his late wife, former premier Benazir Bhutto, were suspected of using Swiss bank accounts to launder $12 million allegedly paid in bribes by companies seeking customs inspection contracts. The Swiss shelved the cases in 2008 when Zardari became president. The government insists the president has full immunity. But in 2009 the Supreme Court overturned a political amnesty that had frozen investigations into the president and other politicians, ordering that the cases be reopened. Ashraf faces his own corruption allegations from his tenure as water and power minister, and many believe he will be forced out soon — either by elections or the judiciary. It should be mentioned here that before and after Raja’s oath-taking ceremony, President Zardari reiterated the Swiss letter will never be written, terming it as the trial of Benazir Bhutto’s grave.
The oTher respondenTs The court also reviewed the matter of beyondthe-rules appointments of Adnan Khwaja as Chairman OGDCL and Ahmad Riaz Sheikh as Additional Director Federal Investigation Agency by Gilani. Dr Basit, their counsel, argued that his clients have paid the price and pleaded that the bench should declare Wednesday the last day for the case. The apex court had adjourned the case on the request of Aitzaz Ahsan due to contempt of court case hearing against Gilani. Continued on page 04
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To, The Government of Pakistan, Islamabad. Subject: Asif Ali Zardari Dear Mr Prime Minister, The Supreme Court would like to know your intention on writing ‘the letter’ to Swiss authorities. Please submit a reply in court on July 12 so that the court may proceed further. P.S. The Lahore High Court wants President Zardari to focus on one job only. It is expected that he will relinquish the party post by September 5. Thanking you in anticipation. Yours truly, The Judges
Troops thwart another crossborder attack in Upper dir g
Kill 7 intruders as Taliban release video of beheadings of 17 Pakistani soldiers ISLAMABAD AFP
Taliban militants on Wednesday released a video showing severed heads of 17 Pakistani soldiers abducted last Friday in a crossborder attack in Upper Dir, as the security forces claimed killing seven militants while countering a similar raid from Afghanistan late on Wednesday. The beheading, claimed by the Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan (TTP), took place on Sunday when Taliban militants from Afghanistan infiltrated into the northwestern district of Upper Dir. A senior security official in Peshawar on Wednesday confirmed that a total of 17 soldiers were targeted by the attackers who came from the eastern Afghan province of Kunar. “Six troops were killed on the first day, then another seven were slaughtered the next day,” the official said. “Four were missing and now they have also been beheaded,” he said. Dir, a key border transit route, neighbours Swat valley where Pakistan defeated a local Taliban insurgency in 2009. Intelligence officials blamed the attack on loyalists of hardliner cleric Mullah Fazlullah, who fled to Afghanistan after losing control of Swat to the army. The video prepared by the Taliban’s media wing shows 17 severed heads of soldiers placed on a white sheet while masked men stand behind clutching assault rifles captured from the soldiers. Local security officials confirmed that all the victims were Pakistani soldiers. “God has given us a great victory, we have killed them all. Four of the heads you can see are from Frontier Corps (paramilitary force), the rest are from the army,” an unseen commentator said in the video. The army said more than 100 militants “from a safe haven across the border” attacked troops on patrol. It claimed to have killed 14 militants. Also on Wednesday, the military said it foiled an insurgency from Afghanistan, killing seven militants in an overnight skirmish in Upper Dir. Several militants were also injured in police action. The army “has strongly protested with their counterparts across the border for not taking action against miscreants present in safe havens in Afghanistan”, a military official said. The Foreign Ministry summoned the deputy head of the Afghan mission to lodge a formal protest against “the intrusion of militants from the Afghan side into Pakistani territory”, officials said. The Afghan diplomat was informed that “the government of Afghanistan should take appropriate measures to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents in the future”, it said. Pakistani troops have for years been fighting local Taliban but have resisted US pressure to carry out a sweeping offensive against Afghan Taliban fighters in its North Waziristan tribal area. Afghanistan and Pakistan have long blamed each other for Taliban violence plaguing both sides of their porous, mountainous border. Pakistan says rebels have regrouped in eastern Afghanistan. Afghan and US officials want Pakistan to eliminate Taliban and al Qaeda-linked havens used to launch attacks in Afghanistan.
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NTDC head Rasool Mehsud removed ISLAMABAD: Rasool Mehsud has been removed as the managing director of the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC), an official notification said on Wednesday. Mehsud will be replaced with Naveed Ismail. On Monday, Federal Minister for Water and Power Ahmed Mukhtar declared that he and Mehsud could not hold their respective posts at the same time. Mukhtar had alleged that Mehsud was using his contacts to retain his position, adding that he would leave the ministry if Mehsud continued working on his position. The Water and Power Minister had issued orders to suspend Mehsud after Ahmed Mukhtar took charge of the ministry. onLine
After PHC, Shahabuddin files interim bail plea in LHC ISLAMABAD: PPP senior leader Makhdoom Shahabuddin on Wednesday filed an interim bail plea in the Lahore high Court (LhC) pertaining to the ephedrine case. Makhdoom Shahabuddin’s counsel, Shah Khawar, filed the plea in the Rawalpindi Bench of LhC. The petitioner submitted in the application that issuance of arrest warrant against Makhdoom Shahabuddin before the election of prime minister was based on malafide intentions to bar the petitioner from appearing in the election. Khawar said the court should accept the plea as there was no evidence against the petitioner in the case. The court would hear the bail plea of the petitioner today (Thursday). onLine
12 pilgrims drown as boat capsizes in Thatta THATTA: At least 12 pilgrims were drowned as an overloaded boat capsized in the Indus River near Thatta on Wednesday. As many as 20 people were rescued out of the river in an unconscious condition. According to the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF), the boat sank near the coastal area of Shah Bandar. The total pilgrims boarding the boat were 35, while four motorcycles and eight goats were also sailing in the overloaded boat. They were going to attend the annual Urs of Allahdino Mendhro, a PFF member said. The deputy commissioner of Thatta said that the accident occurred due to strong winds. inP
Warsi given clean chit! Conservative Party Co-chairperson Baroness Warsi has been cleared of any serious breach of the ministerial code over an official trip to Pakistan, the BBC reported on Wednesday. The prime minister’s adviser found she was guilty of only a “minor” breach for failing to declare she had been accompanied by her business partner. Lady Warsi, who has apologised to David Cameron, said it was time to “move on”. She is still facing a separate probe by a parliamentary watchdog over her claim for an accommodation allowance. In a statement Lady Warsi said: “I have always maintained that I have never misused my ministerial office for personal or financial gain. The allegations on this matter were untrue and unsubstantiated, and I am pleased that Sir Alex Allan’s [Mr Cameron’s ministerial code adviser] report has confirmed that. “The last month has been a difficult time for me and my family and I am pleased I can now move on from this period and get on with the job that I am privileged to do.” Cameron said he was satisfied with the report by Sir Alex which had found that Lady Warsi did not at any point use her office for personal financial gain. neWS deSK
3 missing persons found in Haripur... tortured to death HARIPUR AgencieS
Authorities in haripur on Wednesday recovered three bodies from various areas of the district, which are being said to be those of the missing persons whose cases were pending with the Peshawar high Court. The deceased were aged between 30 and 35 years of age and were identified as Riaz from Takht Bai, hassan Dad from Swabi and Abdul hannan from Dir. According to the post-mortem report, their necks had been broken and they were administered poison. Police registered a case against unidentified persons in the haripur City police station and a three-member investigation committee headed by the SSP investigation would be probing into the matter. DSP Abdul Aziz said the bodies were recovered from Camp No 12,
Kot Najeebullah and Kot Moman areas of haripur. The PhC has been hearing the cases of several missing persons filed by over 100 families in search of their missing relatives, allegedly being detained by spy agencies illegally. In its various orders, the PhC had directed the interior and defence ministries and spy agencies to inform the court about the status of the missing persons by June 26. The court had also issued notices to the ISI director general and Peshawar capital city police officer to notify the missing person and explain their detention on June 26. The PhC chief justice had also asked Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani to initiate inquiries against officers and soldiers involved in forced disappearances and launch court martial proceedings against those found guilty of picking innocent civilians.
MULTAN: A bald group of protesters shout slogans during a demonstration against unscheduled power outages on Wednesday. AFP
Kaira hints at a ‘new judiciary’ ISLAMABAD onLine
Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira has hinted at putting in place a new judiciary, saying parliament was the supreme body and could do that. Talking to reporters on Wednesday, the minister said Pakistan People’s Party was ready to create a new judiciary as it was enshrined in the charter of democracy (CoD) between Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif. he said Nawaz was backing off from his commitment which he made in CoD. Kaira said parliament had created the constitution and it had the power to create a new one. he alleged that the courts in Islamabad and Lahore always took up cases against the PPP, but did not take up cases against the Sharif brothers. Kaira said President Asif Ali Zardari was not the chairman of the PPP, instead he was made co-chairperson in the given certain circumstances. The minister said Raja Pervez Ashraf was a choice of Benazir Bhutto, adding that the prime minister was not responsible for power crisis in the country. he claimed
that it was bureaucracy, which provided Ahsraf with wrong facts and figures while he was at the helm of affairs at the Ministry of Water and Power. he said the PPP put in place a common worker as prime minister while Imran Khan a n d Nawaz Sharif could n o t dare to appoint their workers as prime minister.
Peace lashkar chief, bodyguards gunned down PESHAWAR StAFF RePoRt
Chief of a 1,500 member peace lashkar force and former nazim of Union Council Bazed Khel Peshawar, FaheemUr-Rehman was assassinated along with his bodyguards. Their bullet-ridden bodies were found dumped in the outskirts of Peshawar on Wednesday morning. According to ShO Pahari Pura Police Station, Bashir Dad Khan, he was informed about four dead bodies inside a white SUV at Dalazak Road Chowk. Khan said after receiving clearance by bomb disposal experts, police personnel recovered the dead bodies from the vehicle. A police officer remarked that two police officials accompanying Rehman were missing. All four persons had been shot dead whereas Rehman was tortured before assassination. Taliban spokesman Ihsan Ullah Ihsan said they had killed Rehman and his aides. “We killed Faheem-ud-Din and his colleagues. They raised a militia against us and wanted to defeat us,” said the spokesman.
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Pharmaceutical exports up by 23.06%
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News 03 eDIToRIAL tick tock?: Musical chairs for PMs
CoMMeNT Kamran Rehmat says; Democracy’s revenge: Don’t bet on anything
Kuldip nayar says; A civilian coup?: No respite
imran husain says; Showdown…: Dare I say who’s to blame?
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Shahbaz, stop being a cry-baby over load shedding! PTI chief says Punjab govt equally responsible for energy crisis as 18th Amendment had empowered provinces to generate electricity g Holds rally in Faisalabad against load shedding, asks people to gear up for long march g
PM says will get rid of load shedding but gives no timeline ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that the government believed the country would get rid of load shedding and 2,000 megawatt of electricity had already been added to the national grid due to corrective measures ordered by him. however, the prime minister did not give a timeline as to when this would happen. Ashraf said this while talking to Pakistan Muslim LeagueQuaid President Chaudhry Shujaat hussain and Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhry Pervez elahi at the PM house on Wednesday. The PML-Q leaders reiterated their determination to continue support to the coalition democratic government, as it would ensure continuity and evolution of the political process in the country. The prime minister said, “We would overcome the challenges faced by the country with the support of allies at this difficult time.” onLine
OLDING the Punjab government equally responsible for the energy crisis in the country, Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Wednesday that provinces had been empowered to produce electricity after the 18th Amendment, but the Punjab government did nothing in this regard and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was accusing the Centre to hide his own incompetence. he was addressing a press conference after a ceremony organised at the party’s central secretariat, where Mufti Abdul Qavi, who is the chairman of the Madaris Ahl-e-Sunnet and sajjada nasheen Khanqah Chishtiyan, joined PTI. PTI President Mukhdoom Javed hashmi and Senior Vice President Shah Mehmood Qureshi were also present on the occasion. Imran said the appointment of “Raja Rental” as the new prime minister of Pakistan was a matter of shame for the masses because President Asif Ali Zardari had appointed Raja Pervez Ashraf as the new PM to conceal his Rs 6 billion corruption. Imran said the PTI would not contest the election in the NA-151 constituency vacated after the disqualification of Yousaf Raza Gilani by the apex court. Imran said the Punjab government had also failed to produce even a single megawatt of electricity during its four-
year tenure. he said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led government was as much responsible for the crisis as the federal government. The PTI chief said that the creation of Pakistan had been pointless if the country failed to become an Islamic welfare state. he said the country had been founded on the idea of becoming an Islamic welfare state, adding that originally there was no concept of welfare states in europe and that they had taken this concept from the Muslim world. “They formed all the Scandinavian states based on this concept. They call it Omar’s law there. We need to bring our culture back to our own land.” Speaking on the issue of drone strikes, the PTI chief said that he was happy to see former US president Jimmy Carter’s criticism on drone attacks. “Carter openly criticised [US President Barack] Obama’s drone campaign and termed it as assassination. he said that it was not only a violation of international laws but also humanitarian laws.” FAISALABAD RALLY: Separately, the PTI staged a rally in Faisalabad against electricity load shedding. Addressing the rally, the PTI chief asked the traders and youth to gear up for a long march towards Islamabad against the worst power crisis in the
country’s history. While criticising the Punjab government’s role, he asked PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif to tell the people how much money he had paid in electricity bills for his textile companies. he said that Nawaz was fighting a “Noora Kushti” (fake wrestling) with the government because he was afraid of the PTI’s increasing popularity. The PTI chief also harshly criticised President Asif Ali Zardari over his “bad” governance. Imran said the new prime minister, Raja Pervez Ashraf, had not been brought to serve the masses, rather he w a s brought to s e r v e Zardari and protect his corruption.
earn votes with love, service and not more than rs 1.5m ISLAMABAD KAShiF AbbASi
Following Supreme Court’s directive, the election Commission of Pakistan (eCP) on Wednesday announced a new code of conduct for holding elections in the country, curtailing election expenses of candidates and banning them to provide transport facility to voters. According to the new code of conduct, the contesting candidate will not exceed the limit of election expenses of Rs 1.5 million. The candidates will be bound to open an account with a scheduled bank to deposit Rs 1.5 million for election expense and all election expenditure will be made from the amount deposited in the account. No candidate will use any other sum or account to run the election campaign. The Supreme Court of Pakistan vide its Judgment dated June 8, 2012 passed in Constitution Petition (Workers Party Pakistan and others vs. Federation of Pakistan and
ECP issues new code for election campaigning others) had directed the eCP to take steps for holding free, fair and transparent elections in the country. Following the said judgment, the eCP on Wednesday notified new Code of Conduct for conducting elections. ELEcTIon cAMpAIgn: Car rallies are not allowed to travel long distances except if they have prearranged corner meetings at specific designated places. These meetings shall be notified to the ordinary public by the local administration. The local administration must also ensure that all candidates are accommodated indiscriminately. No person or a political party shall affix posters, hoardings or banners larger than the prescribe sizes. Posters: 2feet x 3-feet, hoardings: 3-feet x 5-feet, Banners: 3-feet x 9-feet, Leaflets/handbills: 9-inches x 6 inches. No person or a political party shall hoist or fix party flags on any public property or at any public place, except with the permission in writing from, and on payment of such fee or charges as may be
chargeable by the concerned local government or authorities. WALL cHALkIng: Wall chalking as part of an election campaign shall be prohibited in all forms. The use of loudspeakers has also been banned, however, a candidate can use loudspeaker only in election meetings. The new code says local administration shall be responsible for making appropriate security arrangements for all contesting candidates in such a manner that equal opportunities are provided to the contesting candidates interested in holding rallies and meetings. establishment of camps near the polling stations on the polling day to canvass for votes, soliciting of votes, persuading any elector not to vote is completely banned with within a radius of 400 yards of the polling stations. No political party or a contesting candidate or an election agent or their supporters shall use any vehicle to take to or from the polling station any elector except
himself and members of his immediate family. It says any violation of eCP code will be a corrupt practice, which will be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years or with fine which may extend to Rs 5,000 or both within the meaning of Section 82 of the People Act. Also, three members’ teams, one of whom shall be a professional cameraman with a video camera, shall monitor the election process including campaign expenditure and observance of Code of Conduct by contesting candidates and political parties. The teams shall report to the Provincial election Commissioner concerned on a daily basis. The real test case of eCP’s new code of conduct will be seen during byelection in NA-151 Multan on a seat vacated by ousted prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani. The by-poll is scheduled to be held on July 19. The eCP said in its notification that all contesting candidates of NA-151 had been directed to strictly follow the new code of conduct.
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Sarabjit’s wife suspects foul play in changed decision NEW DELHI
LAhoRe: Activists of the banned hizb-ut-tahrir shout slogans against nAto during a protest outside the press club on Wednesday. inP
Hajj corruption here we go AgAIN! PPP mulling case: SC a bill to scrap orders action against Gb IG Hussain Asghar Continued fRom page 01
The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the government to take action against Gilgit-Baltistan Inspector General of Police hussain Asghar who has not rejoined the haj corruption probe despite court orders. earlier this month, the federal government informed the court that hussain Asghar had been relieved of his duties in GB and would soon join the FIA haj corruption investigations. A three-member bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif hussain was hearing a suo motu case regarding the alleged corruption in haj arrangements in 2010. During the hearing, the court was informed that hussain Asghar had not resumed his responsibilities in the probe. Upon this, the CJ said he was just an employee of the government and not above the prime minister. “Stop his salary if he does not resume charge.” The chief justice instructed the deputy attorney general to issue Asghar’s suspension order if he failed to follow the court’s instructions and orders. The hearing was adjourned until today (Thursday).
At this Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk said the case could not be concluded in the absence of the lawyer of National Accountability Bureau (NAB). During the hearing, the court asked the lawyer of former Attorney General Malik Qayyum whether NAB filed a reference against Malik Qayyum, at which Waseem Sajjad said Malik Qayyum was under treatment in a hospital in London and NAB has confirmed it from Pakistan high Commission. ZARDARI’S DuAL oFFIcES: Meanwhile in Lahore, the high Court asked President Zardari to resign from his post as the co-chairperson of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) by September 5 and suspend political activities in the President house after completing the proceedings on petitions of contempt of court, filed against the president for holding dual offices. A three-member bench headed by LhC Chief Justice Umar Atta Bandial was hearing the contempt of court case against the president. During the hearing, lawyers presented their arguments and said that the president should follow the court’s orders. The court had ordered the president to stop political activities in the President house in May 2011, citing that the office of the president is a constitutional one and does not belong to any party. President being the head of state and him being representing the federation, he cannot represent any single party; he has to be neutral. But, President Zardari and the PPP, according to the court, continued to flaunt court’s directives, forcing it to come to such a de-
cision. however, the court has chosen a lenient option by giving the president more than three months to resign from one post. The petitioners AK Dogar and Azhar Siddique told the court that the president was using President house for the purpose of political activities and national wealth is being also spent on this purpose. They added that according to constitution the president of the country should be impartial and non political person. Another such petition was filed in 2007, by one of these petitioners (A K Dogar), against the then president, Pervez Musharraf, on holding two offices at the same time and whether he could contest elections in uniform. The petition was decided in favour of the president because the 17th Amendment in the constitution allowed him to keep two offices. however, holding two offices at the same time was banned in the 18th Amendment. The petitioner urged the bench to give one more chance to President Zardari to quit his one post; otherwise, action against him should be taken if the court order was not implemented. The chief justice responded to the arguments and said that the issue under consideration had constitutional importance and that the verdict was also in accordance with the constitution of Pakistan. he added that the court would provide the president with ample time to resign from his post as the co-chairperson of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and suspend political activities in the President house. The court has given one more chance to the president and has adjourned the hearing till indefinite period.
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The government should compile a complete policy about the dual nationals. If any dual national is made a member of the parliament, the dual nationals should also be allowed to become prime minister, president or fill the posts of chief of army staff, judges, etc. It would be unjust to lift the bar only for parliamentarians,” he maintained. he said the matter was of sensitive nature and it should be debated thoroughly. “No decision should be taken in haste over the issue,” he said and added that his party would be able to take a decision once the text of the proposed bill is shared by the law minister. Interestingly, the PML-N leadership is also mulling whether or not to support any governmentbacked legislation to do away with the bar on dual nationals as the law is likely to hurt its four members of parliament and provincial assemblies.
NDIA on Wednesday requested Pakistan to release death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh after Islamabad in a midnight twist said it had taken steps for the release of another Indian prisoner named Surjeet Singh, who had been jailed for three decades. external Affairs Minister SM Krishna, who had on Tuesday thanked President Asif Ali Zardari following reports that Sarabjit was to be released, welcomed the decision to release Surjeet and made a fresh request for the release of Sarabjit. “I have seen media reports about the impending release from imprisonment in Pakistan of Surjeet Singh...I welcome this decision and further renew our request to the president of Pakistan to release Sarabjit Singh who has been in custody for over two decades. he is serving a death sentence,” Krishna said. “As you are aware, the government of India has consistently urged the government of Pakistan on several occasions to take a sympathetic and humanitarian view on the case of Sarabjit Singh. I also appeal to the government of Pakistan to release all Indian nationals who have completed prison term. I request the release of all Indians who are serving jail sentences in Pakistani prisons,” the minister said. Meanwhile, Sarabjit’s wife Sukhpreet Kaur said she suspected foul play in the deci-
surjeet singh to be released today LAHoRE: Upon being released from Kot Lakhpat Jail Lahore, Indian prisoner Surjeet Singh will be handed over to the Indian authorities at Wahga Border today. Awais Sheikh, advocate counsel of Surgeet Singh told APP here on Wednesday that his client was arrested by Pakistani police on the charges of spying. Singh was put behind bars during the tenure of former president Ziaul haq and was sentenced to death by the courts. Former president, Ghulam Ishaq Khan commuted Singh’s sentence to life imprisonment. Recently, president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari traveled to Ajmer Sharif in India and as part of a goodwill gesture, ordered the release of Surjeet Singh. APP
sion. “It is a cruel joke by the Pakistan government and we are heartbroken, they can’t play with our sentiments like this,” she said. On Tuesday night, Sukhpreet and her daughter Poonam Kaur were dancing and sharing sweets. But a few hours later, a pall of gloom descended as Sukhpreet received the news that it was not her husband but
Afghanistan threatens to go to UN over ‘Pakistani shelling’ in Kunar KABUL inP
Afghan President hamid Karzai’s office is increasing pressure on Pakistan to address the ongoing shelling into Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province by threatening to take the matter to the UN Security Council. Karzai’s Deputy Spokesman Seyamak herawi told media on Wednesday
that if Pakistan does not stop the shelling into Kunar “the issue will be brought to the UN Security Council”. Kunar province, which shares a border with Pakistan, has been bombarded with nearly 850 missiles from across the border in the past month, provincial spokesman Wasifullah Wasifi alleged. While casualties have remained low, more than
someone else who was being released.Sukhpreet said there was a possibility that the Pakistani government had changed the decision under pressure from fundamental groups. “I am not ready to believe the theory that there is any mistake or misunderstanding, there might be some forces behind it,” she said.
NePRA ups power tariff by Rs 1.51 per unit
500 families have been displaced in an attempt to flee the shelling, he said. Most of the families are from the province’s Naray district, adjacent to Pakistan, he added. One resident said that at least three civilians had died from the shelling and four others had been wounded. Pakistan has denied that its forces are involved in the recent shelling.
ISLAMABAD: The National electric Power Regulatory Authority (NePRA) has raised power tariff by Rs 1.51 per unit on account of fuel adjustment for the month of May 2012. The Central Power Purchase Agency (CPPA) had proposed an increase of Rs 1.52 per unit in power tariff. The Ministry of Water and Power considered the hike in power tariff “urgent” owing to the expensive equipment used in power generation. The tariff will be applicable from December 2012. STAFF RePoRT
India seeks to nail Pakistan on suspect’s ‘confession’ Continued fRom page 18
“There was state support or state actors’ support for 26/11 massacre. his (Jundal’s) confession proves that there was support of state actors for 26/11 massacre.” On its part, Pakistan has always said that the Mumbai terror attacks of November 2008 were carried out by “non-state actors”. Going into details, Chidambaram said four to five suspects were still
in Pakistan, but added that the Indian security agencies would catch all the perpetrators of 26/11 strikes. he called on Pakistan to provide voice samples of all the accused. While stating that India has been asking Pakistan for Jundal’s voice samples, he added that he was on the radar of Indian intelligence agencies for over a year. Indian police believe he was one of the handlers based in the Pakistani city Karachi, who
issued orders by telephone to 10 Islamist gunmen as they stormed two luxury hotels, a Jewish centre, a restaurant and a train station in Mumbai. The November 2008 attacks, which India has blamed on Lashkar-e-Taiba, left 166 people dead and more than 300 wounded. “When I say, state actors, at the moment, I am not pointing my finger at any particular agency. But clearly there was state support or state actors’ support for
the 26/11 massacre,” the home minister said. Chidambaram also sought to nail Islamabad on supporting anti-India elements, saying “underworld don Dawood Ibrahim is in Pakistan”. The home minister meanwhile confirmed that Jundal was in the Karachi control room from where Mumbai attack terrorists were guided. Jundal has disclosed that JuD chief hafiz Saeed was also present in the control room during the attacks.
Don’t blame us, Jundal is Indian: Malik ISLAMABAD: Advisor to PM on Interior Affairs, Rehman Malik, has dismissed India’s claim that the arrest of 26/11 handler Abu hamza Jundal, and the information he has provided to interrogators, proves that Pakistani state actors were involved in the attacks on Mumbai in 2008. “hazma is Indian. India is failing to control its citizens,” said Rehman Malik while talking to media. “I told (home Minister) Chidambaram that hindu
extremism is growing in India,” he added. Asking India to put an end to blame game, he said if any Pakistani involvement was there, we had requested India to provide proof. “We have to have a way forward to see the situation resolved. We want solid proof to substantiate allegations,” he added. “each time India has accused the ISI of involvement in a terror attack, it has been proved wrong. We are proud of the ISI. The role ISI has played in the war of terror
is recognised worldwide and it is defending Pakistan”, Malik said. In discussions with India about its own investigation and trial for those connected to 26/11, Pakistan had told India that Abu hamza had been arrested. When asked how hamza had then managed to leave the country, Malik said this was not the same man listed in a dossier shared between the two countries. he said India had also messed up the Samjhota express investigations. onLine
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Let the contempt proceedings against babar Awan begin!
Could Mohenjo Daro
FFICIALS say they are doing their best to save one of the most important archaeological sites in south Asia, Mohenjo Daro. But some experts fear the Bronze Age site could be lost unless radical steps are taken, BBC’s Aleem Maqbool says in a report. Maqbool says it was awe-inspiring to walk through a home built 4,500 years ago. especially one still very much recognisable as a house today, with front and back entrances, interconnecting rooms, neat fired brick walls - even a basic toilet and sewage outlet. Astonishingly, given its age, the home in question was also built on two storeys. But it is even more impressive to walk outside into a real Bronze Age street, and see all of the other homes lining it. And to walk the length of it, seeing all the precise lanes running off it before reaching a grand, ancient marketplace. This is the marvel of Mohenjo Daro, one of the earliest cities in the world. In its day, about 2600 BC, its complex planning, incredible architecture, and complex water and sewage systems made it one of the most advanced urban settings anywhere. It was a city thought to have housed up to 35,000 inhabitants of the great Indus civilisation. Maqbool says he was overwhelmed by the scale and wonderment of it all but his eminent guide to the site was almost in tears of despair. “every time I come here, I feel worse that the previous time,” says Dr Asma Ibrahim, one of Pakistan’s most accomplished archaeologists. “I haven’t been back for two or three years,” she says. “The losses since then are s o im-
mense and it breaks m y heart.” D r Ibrahim starts to point out signs of major decay. In the lower town of Mohenjo Daro, where the middle and working classes once lived, the walls are crumbling from the base upwards. This is new damage. The salt content of the ground water is eating away at the bricks that, before excavation, had survived thousands of years. As the two move to the upper town where the elite of the Indus civilization would have lived, and where some of the signature sites like the large public bath lie, it appears even worse. Some walls have collapsed completely, others seem to be close to doing so. “It is definitely a complicated site to protect, given
MOHENJO-DARO (the mound of the dead) was first discovered in 1922 by RD Banerji. Large-scale excavations were undertaken by John Marshall, KN Dikshit, Ernest Mackay and others throughout the 1930s; the most recent was conducted by GF Dales in the 1950s. Over 1,500 works have been authored on the archeological site. the problems of salinity, humidity and rainfall,” says Dr Ibrahim. “But most of the attempts at conservation by the authorities have been so bad and so amateur they have only accelerated the damage.” One method used has been to cover all the brickwork across the vast site with mud slurry, in the hope the mud will absorb the salt and moisture. But where the mud has dried and crumbled, it has taken with it fragments of ancient brick, and the decay goes on underneath. There are even parts of the site where millennia-old bricks have been replaced with brand new ones. “In a way, it is testament to Mohenjo Daro that it is still standing, given everything that has been thrown at it in the last few decades in the name of conservation,” says Dr Ibrahim. even the Mohenjo Daro museum has been looted, with many of its famous seals (thought to have been used by traders) among the artefacts that were stolen. They have not been recovered. A guide at the site says he too has seen the dramatic changes in its condition and upkeep. And while Pakistani visitors do still come on public holidays, he says very few foreign tourists visit Mohenjo Daro now. he suggests that might be because of Pakistan’s security problems. Given the damage being done to this World heritage Site, a poor tourism strategy has become the least of its troubles. It was the government of Pakistan that was in charge of Mohenjo Daro for decades, but recently responsibility was handed over to the provincial authorities in Sindh. They have now set up a technical committee to rescue the site. “We need urgently to listen to experts from all fields to save Mohenjo Daro,” says Dr Ibrahim. “Yes, there is salinity, but local farmers have worked out how to overcome that problem so why can’t we? But we have to do something soon, because if things carry on like this, in my assessment, the site will not last more than 20 years.” One saving grace may be that some of the city remains unexcavated and so remains protected. Some experts have gone so far as to suggest the entire site should be buried again to halt its decline. It is a sign of
the desperation of those who love Mohenjo Daro, and who are pained to see a city that once rivalled sites of its contemporary civilisations in egypt, Mesopotamia and China, losing its glory in this undignified way.
The Supreme Court has summoned the attorney general of Pakistan as prosecutor in the contempt of court case of Babar Awan. During the hearing on Wednesday, exchange of hot words took place between Babar Awan and Justice Athar Saeed on which the court instructed the former federal minister to mend his behaviour in the court by respecting the decorum. A two-member bench comprising Justice Ijaz Asghar and Justice Athar Saeed was hearing the case. Awan was present in the court along with his counsel Ali Zafar. During the proceedings, Awan directly asked the bench to stop his “media trial”, saying he was still a parliamentarian, and that the court was carrying out one-sided proceedings against him without listening to his lawyers. In response, Justice Athar Saeed asked Awan to let his lawyer speak but he replied that he had decided to fight his own case. “I would not flee from the case. The case has been going on since long but it was not told that whether it is a criminal case or civil case. Justice Ijaz Afzal said that the court would hear Awan’s opinion, as he was a senior lawyer. Justice Azhar Saeed said that Awan should not dictate the court.
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PM Raja Pervez Ashraf to visit in early July ISLAMABAD StAFF RePoRt
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani called on Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Wednesday, and congratulated him on assuming the responsibilities of the prime minister of Pakistan. Raisani was accompanied by Mir M Asim Kurd, Mir Ali Madad Jattak, Captain Afzal Khaliq Achakzai, Yousuf Molazai and ehsan Shah. The chief minister invited the new PM to visit Balochistan at the earliest to address the problems of Balochistan. he also apprised Asharf about the development projects in the province, saying that such initiatives would raise the standard of living of the people. Ashraf directed the Finance Ministry to convene a
meeting of the executive Committee of the National economic Council (eCNeC) at the earliest to resolve the issues related to the development projects in Balochistan. he said that Balochistan was a very important federating unit, and the country’s prosperity and strategic interests were intertwined with the socio-economic development of Balochistan. Ashraf said that he would visit Balochistan early next month to ascertain the situation on the ground to review the implementation of earlier decisions to remove the deprivation and alienation of the Baloch people.
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he Punjab government on Wednesday gave a three-day ultimatum to the protesting Young Doctors Association (YDA) to end strike after Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif took notice of the strike. Advisor of Punjab Chief Minister on health Khawaja Salman Rafiq termed the strike of young doctors as illegal and immoral saying thousands of patients were suffering due to this strike. he warned that strike in emergency wards would not be tolerated. earlier, the YDA’s strike against not getting service structure entered tenth day on Wednesday. The doctors have been boycotting their duties in the outpatient departments (OPDs) in public hospitals since June 18. The closure of OPDs naturally increased the number of patients visiting the emergency wards and many patients in government hospitals had to return unattended due to the strike. earlier on Tuesday, young doctors gathered outside a hospital in Lahore and protested for around two hours. The doctors criticised the Punjab government for failing to fulfill its promises.
Govt job, a doctor’s worst nightmare Forty seven posts of consultant doctors are lying vacant in Children’s hospital for the last two years as no doctor is ready to apply for the posts despite advertisements in the local dailies. According to official sources, the vacant posts include three associate professors, 11 assistant professors and 33 senior registrars. When contacted, PMA leader Dr Salman Kazmi and others said that neither senior nor medical officers were ready to do work on meager
salary in BPS-17 or 18. he said soon, the government would not have anyone to operate the equipments that were being bought. “I don’t think I would want to work for the government when they are paying you peanuts. Private practice is better,” said Raja Bhatti, a medical student, adding “The government should realise that if the doctors keep preferring private practice, there will be no one to provide the free treatment that they are offering to citizens.”
On Wednesday, the doctors held a protest outside the Children’s hospital and said the government should increase their salary instead of buying hefty hospital equipments. Doctors are now planning to withdraw services from indoor patient departments and vowed to continue their protest till fulfillment of their demands. The doctors also threatened to besiege the Chief Minister house if their demands were not fulfilled by the government. They said the health Department officials had held five meetings with PMA, YDA and Medical Teachers Association
(MTA) and still could not evolve consensus to announce service structure of the doctors and on the other hand hefty amounts were spent on procuring medical equipment. no ToYIng WITH InnocEnT LIVES: Shahbaz asked the young doctors to end their strike as patients were facing difficulties in getting treatment, adding that the Punjab government would only listen to all the just demands of the protesting doctors. Shahbaz also said that the noble profession would not be disgraced.he said nobody would be given the chance to toy with innocent lives.
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ticket halls, arriving days early for a train and N the night of Independence the cure it against enemy attack”. Straddling the Grand Trunk Road leading building encampments on the platforms. last British officials in Lahore arrived at the station. They had south to Delhi and Calcutta, Lahore is march- Within a few years something quintessentially picked their way through gutted ing distance from the North West Frontier. At english had been forever transformed into streets, many of which were the time of the Great Game the Victorians saw something quintessentially Indian. Then there was the bureaucracy. Somehow still littered with the dead from the riots it as an important defensive post against a that attended the Partition of India and Pak- Russian invasion through the Khyber Pass. the idea of multiple forms, triplicate permisistan. On the platforms they found the railway Moreover the station was built in the immedi- sions and strict codes of practice- ideas that staff grimly hosing down pools of blood and ate aftermath of the Indian Mutiny of 1857. So originated in Crewe perhaps, or maybe Swincarrying away piles of corpses on luggage trol- the building was deliberately designed to don- took on a new lease of Indian life in the lies for mass burial. Minutes earlier a last function both as a station and as a fort. Brun- plains of the Punjab in the hands of hindu bugroup of desperate hindus had been massa- ton was particularly pleased with the ma- reaucrats, brought up from birth with gods who cred by a Muslim mob as they sat waiting qui- sonry, which he called ‘the best in the world’ had multiple incarnations, three faces and the etly for the Bombay express. As the train and which he felt confident could survive even strictest of codes of practice regarding their representation and worship. The hierarchy of pulled out of Lahore, the officials could see that full-scale howitzer fire. In the event, Brunton’s extraordinary archi- the railways seemed directly to echo the hindu the entire Punjab was ablaze, with flames riscaste system, with a pyraing from every village. Their mid that rose, rank after life’s work was being derank, from the lowly armies stroyed in front of their eyes. of sweepers through the The massacres of PartiParcel Clerks, Goods tion brought the Raj to a Clerks, Booking Clerks and cataclysmic close. Now, only Special Ticket examiners to half a century later, that pethe twice-born apex of Stariod can seem as distant as tion Master and General that of the Romans. But the Manager. For the Muslims buildings- like this extraortoo, there may have been dinary station- still survive. something appealing in They are the keys which can submission to a railway unlock the history of a petimetable at once as merciriod- a history which, ful, omnipotent and loftily though it may seem imposinflexible as the great sibly foreign, is as much Koran itself. part of our heritage as that Moreover the railways of the Indian subcontinent. were the ultimate symbol of With its great round all the Raj prided itself in bastions and tall machicobeing: pioneering and up to lated towers, Lahore Station date, intrepid and imparmay look as if it is the prodtial; on the cutting edge of uct of some short lived colthe industrial revolution. laboration between the Raj These slits are not loopholes but are placements for Maxim even today harrumphing and the Diney Corporation, guns which were drawn down carefully designed lines of fire. home Counties colonels but it was in fact built in will point first and foremost deadly earnest. The twin towers look as innocent as Swiss cuckoo clocks, tecture was never put to the test. Instead, in the to the railways as a symbol of everything they but they were designed to be bomb- proof, course of the nineteenth century, the station like to think the British ‘gave’ to India. Yet while the loop holes across the facade are not became a symbol of the profitable partnership the railways were not works of charity. They the mock arrow slits they appear to be, but Britain developed with its greatest colony. For were sound commercial enterprises, and the placements for Maxim guns, which were drawn India took to the railways in a way that could private investors who put up the initial capidown carefully designed lines of fire. even the not have been imagined by the British engi- tal saw their money returned many times cavernous train sheds could, in an emergency, neers who first drew lines across the plains of over. 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Lahore 09 Who’d want to wait at such bus stand! LAHORE APP
Lack of basic facilities like drinking water, toilets, seating arrangements and sheds are causing difficulties for passengers, who wait for transport in scorching heat. hundreds of thousands of people commute daily by buses but due to lack of facilities at city bus stands but no effort is being made to provide any facility to them. The bus stands are in shabby condition and need immediate attention of the authorities concerned for their repair and renovation. During rain, the stands are flooded with filthy water since there is a lack of proper drainage system.
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Inspection judges to keep an eye on court proceedings in all session courts LAHORE
N order to improve capacity building of District Judiciary Judges, Lahore high Court has restarted inspection of courts by its judges. Working of courts in each district will be monitored and supervised by a Lahore high Court Judge. Abdul Sattar, Member Inspection Team, has informed all the District and Sessions Judges in the Punjab that in the near future, regular inspection shall be carried out in their respective districts as per newly designed proforma. The session judges have been tasked to make preparation with the Courts working under their control so that the upcoming inspections can be conducted smoothly. To evaluate the integrity, conduct and impartiality of Judicial Officers, transfer applications made against them would be scrutinised. The inspection judge will examine remand cases in order to know whether remand order was essential or the case was shelved off to avoid full fledged judgment. The record of contested decided cases will be reviewed by the judge to form an opinion about the judicial abilities of the judge under inspection. The inspection judges will also go through files in which disciplinary action has been taken against the officials of the Court including the process serving agency. All registers maintained by Readers/Ahlmads of Civil/Sessions Courts shall be presented for perusal of the inspection judges. For smooth functioning of copying agency, the in-
spection judges will see whether the application forms for obtaining copy of judgment/ order are attended and cleared in time and if not, reasons thereof. Inspection judges will also visit record rooms, Bakhshi Khanna of Courts to improve their conditions, witness court proceedings in their respective districts, carry out jail inspections for ensuring better facilities to jail birds and also ascertain the problems of local bar associations qua the administration of justice. ZTBL AcTIng pRESIDEnT SuMMonED: Lahore high Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Wednesday summoned Zarai Taraqiati Bank limited (ZTBL) acting president for July 19 on a contempt petition. The CJ passed the orders on a contempt petition filed by M/S Uni Milk, Okara against ZTBL officials for not releasing properties and guaranties despite repaying the loan amount as per court orders. The petitioner, in his petition, submitted that he approached the LhC for implementation of the decision of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Committee for resolution of dispute (Under SBP Circular 29) to settle an outstanding loan with the ZTBL. The court while disposing of the plea, directed ZTBL officials to extend the relief of SBP Circular to the petitioner, he said and mentioned that inter-court appeal against the decision was also rejected by the LhC division bench whereas the apex court also dismissed the ZTBL appeal. The petitioner said he had deposited Rs 4.562 million per court orders but the properties and the guarantees were not being released.
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Govt to ban smoking during Ramadan LAHORE APP
Senior Advisor Zulfiqar Khan Khosa said the government would ensure availability of daily use items at cheaper rates during the month of Ramazan and a ban on smoking was also being considered. Khosa said district price control committees were being activated and made more ef-
fective so that the people could get daily use items at fixed price. he warned that hoarders and profiteers would not be allowed to create artificial shortage. Khosa said law enforcement agencies had been asked to remain vigilant to thwart evil designs of unscrupulous elements during the holy month of Ramazan in the province. he said the government was contemplating to put a complete ban on smoking during fasting hours.
There are many doctors, 40,000 of them are quacks LAHoRE: The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has vowed to support the Punjab government in an anti-quackery drive and to rid the city of the 40,000 quacks that are playing with the lives of the patients for years. PMA leader Dr Salman Kazmi urged Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif to make the anti-quackery helpline operative that was established over five months back on the pattern of antidengue helpline to eradicate the menace. The PMA has announced complete support for the Punjab government in case of any anti-quackery campaign in city, he added. The PMA leader further demanded that a plan be made for the eradication of quackery and all doctors organisations should also be taken on board for the purpose. APP
book on Nusrat bhutto launched LAHoRE: Fiqr Writing Forum President Zia ul haq Naqshbandi has written a book on the 80 years of Nusrat Bhutto titled “Madar-e-Jamhooriat” that was launched on Wednesday. The book covers all the aspects of Nusrat’s life, beginning from her family, childhood, youth and marriage and her political struggles. Details of her contributions for democracy have also been covered in detail. The book also contains rare pictures of Nusrat and her family. It also describes Nusrat’s meeting with Zulifqar Ali Bhutto in the jail during his last days. Critics have said the book covers all the aspects of the country’s political scene from General Zia ul haq to Pervez Musharaf. StAFF RePoRt
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BEIJING: Children play in a fountain in a popular shopping district of the Chinese capital on Wednesday. AFP
Clinton backs Annan push toward ‘post-Assad’ Syria HELSINKI AFP
US Secretary of State hillary Clinton said the United States stood ready to support international envoy Kofi Annan’s push to find a diplomatic solution to Syria’s war Wednesday, ahead of slated talks. Speaking at the start of a european visit focused heavily on the Syrian bloodshed that has killed around 15,000 people, Clinton said she supported the former UN secretary general’s efforts to “prepare for a democratic transition that leads to a post-Assad Syria.” “I’ve been in close consultation with special envoy Kofi
Annan about the prospects for a meeting that would focus on a roadmap for political transition in Syria,” Clinton said during a visit to helsinki. Annan on Wednesday confirmed talks between world powers would take place in Geneva on Saturday, but plans have been beset by differences between the United States and Russia on the need for political transition. Washington, facing a domestic outcry over human rights atrocities committed by the Syrian army, has pressed for an immediate end to the violence and for President Bashar al-Assad — never an ally of the West — to step down. Russia, which has ties to
Obama takes lead in three big swing states: poll WASHIngTon: US President Barack Obama has taken the lead over Republican rival Mitt Romney in the three biggest swing states of the 2012 election, according to a new poll released Wednesday. The latest Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll puts the president in significantly better standing than the same survey seven weeks ago, when Obama was ahead in Pennsylvania but Florida and Ohio were too close to call. The three are by far the largest of the roughly 10 states in the November election that are seen as up for grabs by either candidate, and many experts consider them to be the critical battlegrounds to watch in 2012. Quinnipiac has Obama ahead of Romney by 45-41 percent in Florida; 47-38 in Ohio; and 45-39 in Pennsylvania. “If he can keep those leads in all three of these key swing states through election day he would be virtually assured of reelection,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. Since 1960, no candidate has won the White house without taking at least two of the three states. Obama swept the trio in 2008. Brown was quick to stress that the election was still more than four months away, “which is a lifetime in politics.” But the data suggests voters in the three states like Obama better. he has a net favorable view among Ohio voters, and his favorability rating is about even in the other two states. Romney’s favorability rating is negative in all three, Quinnipiac said. AFP
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Syria’s military and the ruling Ba’ath Party that stretch back to the Soviet era, has stressed the need for Syrians to decide their own future and has not ruled out Assad staying in power. Clinton said she had spoken with Annan “three times in the last 24 hours”. he “has developed his own very concrete roadmap for political transition, he has been circulating it for comments and when I spoke to him yesterday I conveyed our support for the plan that he has put forward.” “We think it embodies the principles needed for any political transition in Syria that could lead to a peaceful, democratic and representative outcome reflecting the will of the Syrian people.
N attack on a progovernment television near Damascus killed seven staff Wednesday, state media said, while 29 people died in other violence on the heels of the “bloodiest week” of the 15month uprising, according to a watchdog. Live footage broadcast by state television showed extensive damage to the studios of AlIkhbariya satellite channel outside the capital with several small fires still burning. “The terrorist groups stormed the offices of AlIkhbariya, planted explosives in the studios and blew them up along with the equipment,” Information Minister Omran alZohbi told state television in a live interview. “They carried out the worst massacre against the media, executing journalists and security staff,” Zohbi said, adding that a number of staff were kidnapped. Those killed comprised three journalists and four security
guards, state media said. Press watchdog Reporters Without Borders called for members of a UN observer mission, which suspended its operations on June 16 in the face of worsening violence, to visit the scene to ascertain the facts. “News organisations should not be used as targets by the parties to the conflict,” the watchdog said. “however, we deplore in the strongest possible terms the broadcast by the media of messages inciting hatred and violence against civilians.” In other violence on Wednesday, 10 soldiers were killed before dawn in the eastern province of Deir ezzor, while 15 troops defected to the rebels, the Syrian Observatory for human Rights said. Later Wednesday fierce clashes took place between regime troops and rebel fighters in Deir ezzor city, where explosions were reported. Five people were killed in shelling and shooting in the Damascus suburb of Douma and surrounding areas, while regime forces carried out raids and ar-
rests elsewhere in the province. The central city of homs was exposed to heavy shelling by regime forces where “living conditions remain difficult because of the blockade and bombardment, which has continued for weeks”, the Observatory said. In the northwestern province of Idlib, clashes and shelling left six civilians and three rebels dead, in addition to five soldiers, among them a colonel of the elite Republican Guard. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey has no intention of attacking Syria over its recent downing of a fighter jet. “As Turkey, the Turkish nation, we have no intention of attacking” Syria, erdogan said during a military ceremony in Ankara. “We don’t have any hostile intent towards any country,” added erdogan. Turkey branded its former ally Syria “a clear and imminent threat” on Tuesday as erdogan vented his fury over last week’s downing of the Turkish jet over the eastern Mediterranean. The two-man crew are still missing.
Yemen FM admits US drones used against Qaeda DuBAI: Yemen has asked for US drones to be used “in some cases” to target Al-Qaeda leaders in the country, its foreign minister told AFP on Wednesday. “Drones were used upon Yemen’s request in some cases against fleeing Al-Qaeda leaders,” Abu Bakr al-Kurbi told AFP on the sidelines of a counter-piracy conference in Dubai, in a first official Yemeni confirmation. Yemeni troops have this month recaptured a string of towns which Al-Qaeda militants overran last year across the province of Abyan. In an interview with ABC television’s “This Week,” US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta defended in May the use of drones as “the most precise weapons we have” in the campaign against the militant group. his comments were the first time the US formally acknowledged the use of unmanned drones against Al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen, where such reports had not been confirmed. AFP
SAn juAn de oRiente: catholic youths carry out a vow hitting each other with swords made from bull penises stretched and dried for months, during the last day of celebrations for the nativity of john the baptist on tuesday. AFP
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Queen in historic handshake with ex-IRA commander BELFAST AFP
Queen elizabeth II shook hands with former IRA commander Martin McGuinness on Wednesday in a highly symbolic moment in the Northern Ireland peace process. The initial handshake between the queen and McGuinness, who is now deputy first minister of the British province, took place behind closed doors in a Belfast theatre. The two then shook hands a second time for the cameras as the queen left the building. McGuinness held the monarch’s hand for a few moments and she smiled as he spoke to her in Irish, telling her the words meant: “Goodbye and God speed.” When asked about the
meeting later, McGuinness told reporters it had been “very nice”, without elaborating. The event is seen as an important milestone in Anglo-Irish relations after three decades of sectarian violence, known as “The Troubles”, which largely ended with the Good Friday peace agreement in 1998. A spokesman for
British Prime Minister David Cameron said the handshake had “taken relations between the two countries to a new level”. McGuinness was a senior commander in the IRA when the paramilitary group killed the queen’s cousin Louis Mountbatten in 1979 by bombing his boat while he was on holiday in County Sligo in the Republic of Ireland.
cHITTAgong: More than 90 people have been killed in landslides in southeast Bangladesh after three days of rains that triggered flash floods and severed transport links, officials said Wednesday. The army has been deployed to help with rescue efforts in the affected hill region of Chittagong, said the region’s chief administrator, Sirajul haq Khan, who warned that the death toll could rise as more remote areas are accessed. According to Khan, at least 94 people died in a series of landslides and flash floods in and around Chittagong port and the neighbouring districts of Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban. Bandarban administrator Tariqul Islam said 36 bodies have been recovered from multiple landslide sites. “Rescue efforts had been hampered as communications have been largely snapped because of flash floods and heavy rain,” Islam told AFP. “Ten of the victims were children and scores of others were injured,” he said. According to Bandarban police chief Saiful Ahmed, most of the victims were asleep when the huge chunks of mud buried them alive. AFP
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10 Comment Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami
Democracy’s revenge don’t bet on anything
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Tick tock? Musical chairs for PMs
Thursday, 28 June, 2012
he Supreme Court continues to follow relentlessly the course it has chosen regarding the NRO implementation case. The law abiding citizens are expected to silently endure the consequences that follow from the court’s verdict. The entire country faces power shortages which have taken a toll on the national economy. The issue of opening the Nato routes has brought Pakistan and the US to a state of confrontation. Talks between the foreign ministers of Pakistan and India, postponed on account of the current crisis, require detailed consultations between important national stake holders. Vital decisions have to be taken to ensure fair and free elections. As things stand, the PM who is required to play a pivotal role in the resolution of these issues is fighting for his survival. While it took months to send Gilani home, the new PM who has been ordered to submit his reply on July 12, is likely to get a short shrift. his expected removal will once again pit the executive against the judiciary but the former which has made itself highly unpopular on account of its poor performance will have no option but to blink once again. how long would the PPP continue the game which it is bound to lose remains to be seen. What is amply clear is that the executive would not be able to perform its functions with even a modicum of efficiency during the remainder of its tenure. What worries many are the consequences of the SC verdict for the system. For the first time in Pakistan’s history, the court has introduced a hitherto unknown way of removing an elected PM enjoying a majority in the NA. The precedent is likely to act as a Damocles’ sword on whosoever is the PM in days to come. With an unhealthy tendency on the part of the opposition to take political issues to the apex court, and the trend on the part of the latter to oblige, no PM will be able to take action on crucial issues with confidence. While the opposition is currently expressing jubilation on the plight of the PPP government, the judicial activism with undefined boundaries can become a source of permanent conflict between the executive and judiciary. The only way out is an institutional balance wherein the state institutions interact with each other with deference instead of resorting to commands. The PPP needs to avoid a clash with the SC. It should concentrate now on holding elections at the earliest instead of getting involved in a ping pong match with the SC. It should initiate talks with the opposition to appoint a permanent CeC, an independent caretaker set up and to agree on a firm date for the elections.
eader of the Opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has long tried his hand at fruity sound bites but despite being colourful on occasions few have stuck in memory for their chutzpah. however, his take on the election of Raja Pervaiz Ashraf as prime minister should find a mention in the lexicon of sarcasm. Using the much trumpeted slogan — Democracy is the best revenge — that the ruling Pakistan People’s Party has made all its own to describe its heroic triumphs — even if aborted/short-lived — over military dictatorship, Khan instead employed it to underscore Ashraf’s unfancied rise to the top. he said in picking Ashraf, President Asif Zardari had avenged the Pakistani nation. Admittedly, disbelief at the turnaround is widespread. Ashraf remains one of the most controversial figures in the party, not in the least for his bombast in 2009, when he claimed he would rid the country of power load-shedding by December of that year. Three years on, Pakistan is facing the worst energy crisis of its more than sixdecade history that threatens to play snakes, not ladders, with the chances of PPP’s reelection in the near future. Ashraf’s claims prompted his recently disqualified predecessor and then-prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to publicly wheedle him not to give timelines. The unfulfilled promise apart, he was indicted by the Supreme Court only last March for pursuing a controversial Rental Power Plant (RPP) By Kamran Rehmat project that cost Pakistan a fortune — and him an alleged windfall — but was still unhelpful in any meaningful way to address the issue. It earned him the now infamous sobriquet of ‘Raja Rental’, which continues to reverberate — a recent example of which was the lead display in a pronouncedly sober english broadsheet, which held back a six-decade plus legacy of abstemious journalism to use the same description! The apex court in its 90-page verdict declared all the RPP deals ‘nontransparent, illegal and void ab initio’. It also directed the National Accountability Bureau to proceed against all government functionaries involved in the scam, including the ministers for water and power during whose tenure the RPPs were approved or set up. Ashraf, 61, who remained minister for nearly three years, was one of
them during the period under review. he was subsequently, interrogated for three hours at the Accountability Bureau for his alleged role in the deal only two months ago. earlier, his fellow minister Faisal Saleh hayat, stunned the PPP government by going to the Supreme Court with purported evidence of Ashraf’s involvement in the controversial deal. This even prompted legal action from him, and amid much rancour, Ashraf lost his ministry (Apparently, hayat loves the stunner’s job so much he somersaulted to vote for Ashraf in last week’s election of the new PM). It wasn’t long before Ashraf was rewarded — something of a pattern in the PPP lately — and handed the portfolio of information and technology, clearly not one of his fortes. Against this backdrop, the intriguing choice of Ashraf as prime minister has raised many eyebrows. Few, at this point in time, have been able to resolve the puzzle except to agree that it is consistent with President Asif Zardari’s mien to take his detractors by surprise and come up with loaded stimuliresponse actions. however, the likely objective could be that the PPP would continue to defy the Supreme Court’s order to write to the Swiss authorities to reopen corruption cases against the president — for which Yousaf Raza Gilani lost his job early this week. For this, it is necessary to have a pliant man in place ready to sacrifice the top office like his predecessor. A hint in this direction was dropped by Ashraf himself last week in his maiden
speech as prime minister on the floor of the house, when he said he was honoured to be chosen for the seat of “martyrs” — referring to the father-daughter duo of prime ministers, Zulfikar Ali and Benazir Bhutto, who were hanged and assassinated respectively under the watch of military dictators. Unmissable was the import of President Zardari’s brief address after the swearing-in ceremony where he took a swipe at “detractors of democracy” before generously eulogising the “honourable” Yousaf Raza Gilani for “protecting the supremacy of parliament and upholding the constitution”. The just ousted premier was in attendance when the president emphatically, concluded that history was the “ultimate court” and it will remember Gilani for his sacrifices. everyone rose from their seats to give the former premier a standing ovation. however, the vexing question still remains: why pick the much despised Ashraf? The jury is still out on whether this is another one in a series of masterstrokes from President Zardari — the prevailing view is that it may be a self-fulfilling prophecy to earn “martyrdom” ahead of the forthcoming elections for which the party has little to sell otherwise. But the Pakistani power matrix is as much of an enigma as it is a thriller. The only sane advice on offer right now is — don’t bet on anything. The writer is a former newspaper editor based in Islamabad and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
A civilian coup? no respite
border crossings By Kuldip Nayar
he judiciary has played havoc with Pakistan. Often it has justified the military coup in the country through the dictum of necessity and at few times it has supported the demo-
cratic ethos. every time the people have paid the price. This time it has not been different. Yousaf Raza Gilani has been disqualified and he had no option except to resign as prime minister to make place for a new one. Yet the people have to bear the brunt. With no electricity, no water and no reprieve from increasing prices, the people would have expected the government to attend to their problems — they even came to the streets to protest — but the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, or its boss, President Asif Zardari, have a different priority. Their all attention has been focused on how to secure their loyal successor to Gilani. Coming to Gilani, he sacrificed himself to protect Zardari who has alleged to have stacked billions of dollars in Swiss banks. The Supreme Court asked Gilani to write to the Swiss authorities
to get information about Zardari’s bank account. Gilani refused and joined issue with the Supreme Court which held him guilty for contempt of the court. This was as far back as April 26 this year. Gilani neither went in for appeal nor did he bother about the punishment for contempt. Instead, Gilani went to Pakistan’s National assembly to get endorsement for his stand and, surprisingly, the house gave him full support. even the Speaker, Fehmida Mirza, who had no business to comment on the judiciary, and an independent arm of the parliamentary system, said that the prime minister did not have to comply with the Supreme Court’s order, laying down a new dictum that parliament was superior to the judiciary. It was a civilian coup of sorts. The arrangement would have come to stay if the army, the real power in Pakistan,
had sided with the government. But the army was angry with the Gilani government which had vainly tried to bring ISI under the civilian authority. even otherwise, Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Pervez Kayani does not have an appetite for a direct military rule. he has found back driving useful. had he sided with Gilani, he would have taken on the Supreme Court, more so Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry who has caught the imagination of people after forcing through a popular agitation former Chief of Staff General Pervez for the restoration of the supremacy of the judiciary. Since then the Supreme Court has been the custodian of the constitution. The outgoing Prime Minister Gilani, a believer in the rule of law, could have saved himself by telling the Supreme Court that he would write to the Swiss
authorities. But he preferred to be a sati, a custom among the hindus in Rajasthan where the wife burns herself along with her dead husband. I can understand a person staking everything on principles. Gilani did so not to bring Zardari to the book. In Gilani’s case, the more apt word is harikari (suicide). Maybe, he had political compulsions. Probably Zardari chose him because he found in him the best stalking horse available. The next prime minister would also have to keep quiet about writing the Swiss letter. This is the requirement which the Pakistan President must have laid down before selecting the prime minister. That means that Zardari’s confrontation with the Supreme Court will have no respite. The writer is a senior Indian journalist.
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Showdown… dare i say who’s to blame?
s he walked into the room accompanying the president and his successor, former Prime Minister Gilani, walked off the dais, with dignity, to his seat among the audience. President Zardari’s speech at the conclusion of the swearingin ceremony thanked the former PM and eulogised his services to the nation and the party. his speech was interrupted by applause, which continued to increase in tempo until every person in the filled hall rose and the applause rose to a deafening crescendo lasting several minutes. I was a proud witness to this probably unheard of event in the annals of Pakistan’s chequered political history. Prime ministers have been murdered, incarcerated, or have just run away like Musharraf’s last genius. It’s these events that inspire optimism, despite the dreadful political wrangling currently underway. One must believe this will become a tradition as democracy evolves. If, and I repeat, if it is allowed to. This is where I begin to question my own optimism which has taken quite a beating recently. The nation stands at a crossroads. This is a country in transit and evolution. Democracy is, or certainly was, taking hold. This process is long, lengthy and arduous but when it is rudely interrupted by wilful and malafide trespass, leaving development and the people far behind, it gets worse. We have suffered this through multiple military interventions, both By Imran Husain direct and indirect, to the point that even today people, and the world for that matter, believe that the last word rests with the uniformed. Our constitution and laws have played host to MLRs and DPRs and what have you. Today the wig and the robe rules and these extra-constitutional laws have been replaced by JLRs. The country is a prisoner to the dictates of the apex court. All other courts and legal institutions have taken a backseat. All cases, political or otherwise, except those against the current government are now in a holding pattern. The right of various stages of appeals in multiple legal avenues stand disrupted. Judge, jury and executioner are embodied in a single institution. Are these the judicial reforms and justice that democracy commands? The constitution is unambiguous in the immunity provided to the president in Section 248(2). No func-
tionary of government, political or otherwise, can violate this sanctity without falling foul of the law. This immunity extends internationally by convention. No letter or reference will be taken up during the president’s incumbency by any international court. The ego factor demanding writing of the “Swiss letter” and subsequent actions taken are personified in the JLR referred to. Forget for a moment, the omission or the commission. Just take a dispassionate view of the legal status. There is a section that insists why the letter is not being written if there is international immunity. The answer is simple: read the constitution. The government is not empowered to write it. Neither is any other institution. Nor is anybody for that matter. The only way is amending the constitution and the clause providing relief. Not about to happen and why should it? There is a method to this immunity madness as retired Justice Katju blogs, “The British were one of the most far sighted administrators the world has known. They realised if the King is made to stand on the witness box or sent to jail the system could not function. A stage is reached at the highest level of the system where total immunity to the person at the top has to be granted. This is the only practical view.” Pakistan has to get on with business if it is to make any headway in resolving the multiple crises it is faced with. Daily life cannot be subject to the events being unrolled at the apex court, as is, unfortunately, the case. even as I write, a judgement on the NRO case is awaited. Sitting close by is a gentleman whose life has been disrupted by a ridiculous decision of the heC that has cost him a lucrative job and millions in earning. he has filed a writ last year in June and it still has not come up for hearing. Such is the state of our justice system. The energy crisis, relations with the US and economic challenges need total attention. The Gilani government was hamstrung by the legal challenges it was facing. Despite whatever its legacy or antecedents, it had been elected as the largest party by the people in an election deemed fair. The election result of Raja Pervez Ashraf, the new PM, 211 to 89 with abstentions that would favour the government is ample proof of the majority the current coalition commands. If, with this majority, the government cannot address the needs of the nation, then there is something drastically wrong. This conflict needs to be rapidly brought to an end. It is not and must not be a priority for Pakistan to continue fuelling it. A showdown that will not draw a standing ovation and will cause irreparable damage to the cause of Pakistan is where we are headed. The blame for this will be as in Justice Katju’s closing sentence. I know those who matter have read it. The writer can be contacted at email@example.com.
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New guest at the presidency Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, former prime minister of Pakistan, after vacating the PM house, has moved to the presidency, following a Supreme Court verdict disqualifying him as prime minister and member of the national assembly. It has been reported in the media that Mr Gilani has decided to live in the presidency due to security considerations. In Pakistan, the life of a VVIP is really vulnerable. They have to live in secure places. After Prime Minister house, the presidency is the only secure place for the former chief executive of the country. Interestingly, Mr. Francois hollande, after his election as President of France, is living in the old rented apartment rather moving to the elysee Palace, the official residence of the French President. Poor French, they don’t know how to live like a VVIP. In Pakistan, security takes precedent over all other considerations. At the presidency, life may not be as majestic as in the Prime Minister house with all the protocol. however, in the presidency, Mr Gilani will be enjoying life style that is available to selected few in Pakistan. Facilities and services available in the presidency are comparable to those offered by the most expensive hotels in the world. Though, Mr. Gilani is not holding any public office at the moment, at the Presidency, he will be entitled to free accommodation, free meals available at five star hotels. Above all, there will be no agony of load shedding. Outages are for the poor people only. So a disqualified prime minister will cost the nation a lot of money. What a country. ASGHAR MAHMOOD Islamabad
The plight of doctors I, being a doctor, wish to let you know the bitter realities which are being faced by doctors who are working in PRSP in Punjab and PPhI in rest of the provinces. They have to work in conditions that are very difficult. Doctors are not given due respect by staff of DSUs because most of the appointees in DSUs are locals of that area whereas the doctor is usually not a local. Moreover, the residency of a doctor is an important factor. In almost all Basic health Units (BhU), the doctor’s house is very old. It usually has not been renovated for very long and is devoid of all facilities. In such gruesome conditions, a doctor has to offer their services for the betterment of
the people of the area. Moreover, the dispenser, LhV, nutritionist, watchmen and even peon do not pay heed to the doctor’s orders. Being locals, they think that they have to follow the orders of the bureaucratic setup and not the doctor. Following are some suggestions to ameliorate the general conditions of PRSP and PPhI: 1. Interview of a doctor must be conducted on the day when he visits DSU for appointment by any doctor, not by DSM (District Support Manager). 2. If possible, DSM must be a doctor and not a bureaucrat. 3. Doctor should be given at least a house with functioning facilities, no matter how old it is. 4. The Monitoring executive should be a doctor. 5. DSM should be instructed to behave with doctors in an amicable manner. 6. There should not be any involvement of feuds in the matters of BhU. 7. All the staff of BhU ought to be ordered to treat doctor nicely as most of the doctors are not locals. 8. The salary of doctor must be given on the 1st of every month. Many doctors work in far flung areas and are providing a great service to the people of the country. The least that can be done is that they be provided with a helpful administrative setup, amicable staff, a reasonably well-maintained residency and the necessary resources needed to do their job properly. DR IRFAN SARWAR Gujrat
Democracy as a system
Democracy is a system where people elect representatives to deliver good governance, working within confines of the constitution, with an independent judiciary having powers of review. In any system, it is the character, integrity and ethics of men assigned to handle a system, which determine the benefits that may accrue. Moreover, a democratic system cannot deliver without a powerful independent election commission and a strong superior judiciary to ensure that crooks and men with questionable integrity and total commitment to the state, having no split loyalties, with all their stakes in Pakistan, are allowed to contest polls. According to the Founding Fathers of the US, “The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty”. It is the right of people to know about the character and assets of those who offer to serve them. Pakistan was not liberated from its colonial rulers based in the UK so that it could be ruled by men who live abroad, have all their assets there, and are subject to foreign influence and are only willing to come to this country when in power. If only this government had contributed for the betterment of masses, utilised its energies during past four years for collective welfare or nation building, the generous people of this country might have willingly forgiven them for past wrongs committed, including Swiss Bank accounts. MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore
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12 Reel life gender benders M Thursday, 28 June, 2012
ANY poignant films in international cinema have depicted issues of sexual identity disorders.
Interestingly, Indian cinema has largely made spoofs out of the issue. All the three Khans have dressed as women at least once in their careersAamir Khan in ‘Baazi’, SRK in ‘Duplicate’ and Salman Khan in ‘hum Apke hain Kaun’. Kamal
haasan’s ‘Chachi 420’, which was a remake of Robin Williams’ ‘Mrs Doubtfire’, was heart-wrenching. We take a look at how international cinema has, over the years, sensitively explored this issue of gender-swapping.
The Iranian language film narrates the story of 17-yearold Lateef who works in a construction site of Tehran. Lateef falls in love with Rahmat. That’s after he discovers Rahmat, who he thought as a boy, is actually a girl in disguise. The moment of discovery, when Lateef watches Rahmat brushing her long hair, remains one of the most poignant moments of world cinema.
The Persian language film is about a girl living in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. She disguises herself as a boy, Osama, to support her family. ‘Osama’ is heart-wrenching story of the tragedy called life and is symbolic of what many girls go through in Afghanistan.
‘The heart is deceitful above all Things’ (2004)
‘albert nobbs’ (2011) The film narrates the story of two women living as men in 19th century Ireland. Glenn Close’s Albert and Janet Mcteer’s hubart brought them the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nominations at the 84th Academy Awards respectively.
‘The heart Is Deceitful Above All Things’ (2004) This is a story of a disturbing relationship between a drugaddict mother and her abused son, who is forced to be a cross-dresser in order to keep his mother’s love life alive.
‘Boys don’t Cry’ (1999)
‘shakespeare in love’ (1998) When the young and struggling playwright, William Shakespeare suffers a writer’s block. he auditions for an actor playing the role of Romeo in an unfinished play titled ‘Romeo and Juliet’. The selected actor, Thomas Kent, is actually Viola in disguise of a man. The movie won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actress (Gwyneth Paltrow as Thomas Kent and Viola) and Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench as Queen elizabeth I).
Few can forget hilary Swank in an Oscar-winning role of a real-life character, Brandon Teena. Brandon was biologically born a girl but was identified as inter-sexed. She was romantically involved with another girl until her male acquaintances that discovered he was anatomically a girl. They then abused, raped and murdered her. The film explores the themes of freedom, courage, identity and empowerment.
ayesha Khurram goes across the globe; Katy perry is the new addition in fans list NEWS DESK It has been 10 years since Ayesha Khurram, a renowned Lahore-based designer, started making her mark in the field of fashion industry. She is one of the few designers, being acknowledged not only here but abroad as well. her work is a reflection of elegance and perfection. earlier she had an honour of stocking at Pernia’s pop up shop, an online store by one of the leading
names in Indian fashion industry, Pernia Qureshi. It was a great achievement and appreciation for Pakistan fashion industry. Many Indian celebs have worn Aysha Khurram. After stepping into Indian market she had a recent add up in her customers list who is none other but famous American music icon, Katy Perry. She has recently bought one of Ayesha Khurram’s Marilyn Monroe Kurta. The Pakistani fashion industry is proud of Ayesha.
Victoria Justice arrives for the premiere of ‘Katy Perry: Part Of Me’. AFP
Tom Cruise goes for bird poo facial treatment
Beyonce Knowles pens thank you note to mJ
London: ‘Mission Impossible’ star Tom Cruise is reportedly a fan of a facial treatment which contains nightingale excreta. The treatment is an expensive one, which involves mixing nightingale excrement with rice bran and water and applying as a face mask. The 49year-old actor is thrilled with the fantastic boost his complexion has had since he began the procedures, reported Contactmusic. “Tom doesn’t go in for Botox or surgery but he does pay close attention to all the new and popular natural treatments. He recently started experimenting with the nightingale poo facial. It was recommended by a Hollywood pal and the results have been fantastic. “Tom doesn’t see splashing out on the facials as him being vain or weird - in fact, he points out there are much wackier fads out there. And he’s proud of himself for avoiding the temptations of plastic surgery,” a source said. AgencieS
WAshington: Beyonce Knowles wrote a personal message to Michael Jackson on her website to mark his third death anniversary. The message included a link to a YouTube video of the Jackson 5’s live performance of ‘Who’s Loving You.’ “When I was just starting out, my first producer used to make me listen to Michael Jackson’s live performance of ‘Who’s Loving You.’ He would have me watch that for hours back to back to back,” ABC News quoted her as writing. “What he wanted me to learn was his soul. You could hear his soul. And he was this little kid who hadn’t experienced love but he was a vessel. For whatever reason he could evoke more emotion than an adult. It was so raw and so pure. It was these little things that he did that were just swag. “It’s something that’s God given. Michael taught me that sometimes you have to forget technique, forget what you have on. If you feel silly, you have to go from the gut just let it go. Michael Jackson changed me, and helped me to become the artist I am – thank you Michael. Love always, B,” she wrote. AgencieS
Los AngeLes: Rapper Pitbull`s collaborative track ‘Get It Started’ with Latin sensation Shakira has been leaked online prior to its official release. The song, produced by RedOne and Afrojack, is believed to feature on the 33-year-old singer’s forthcoming new album ‘Global Warming’, expected to be released later this year, reported Ace Showbiz. The dance song opens with an introduction by the `Krazy` rapper before Shakira, 35, shows off her powerful vocal chops in the chorus. Pitbull will also join the voice cast of an upcoming animated movie from the creators of ‘Ice Age’ and ‘Rio’. As for Shakira, the `Hips Don`t Lie` singer is busy working on her latest album which is due to come out sometime before the end of 2012. AgencieS
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13 It’s Katniss to the rescue!
Selena Gomez arrives for the premiere of ‘Katy Perry’s Part Of Me’. AFP
LOS ANgELES AgencieS
ENNIFER Lawrence became a real-life Katniss Everdeen when she found and came to the rescue of a young girl who had collapsed outside of her Southern California apartment complex. ‘The Hunger Games’ star, along with some other neighbours, helped the girl, who appeared to have been drinking. J-Law was walking her dog outside her apartment complex when she noticed a girl passed out on her front lawn. Jennifer quickly helped the girl while a bystander called 911. Lawrence and her neighbours waited beside the female until the police and paramedics arrived. The 22-year-old actress, who has been busy training for her role as the fierce Katniss Everdeen in the second ‘Hunger Games’ film, was concerned as she spoke to the girl and waited for help. Paramedics
came and treated the girl on scene. She did not have to go to the hospital. It is unknown why the young girl was in the area but police told TMZ that alcohol might have been a factor. The 21year-old Lawrence has been busy gearing up for the second ‘Hunger Games’ film ‘Catching Fire’, which begins shooting later this year. Lawrence joins the ranks of a number of celebrities who have become real-life heroes, including Tom Cruise and Ryan Gosling who recently saved a woman from being run over by a motorist while attempting to cross the street.
Diaz partners Tag Heuer to support UN Women LOS ANgELES AgencieS
Katy Perry arrives for the premiere of her documentary, ‘Katy Perry’s Part Of Me’. AFP
Elizabeth Banks celebrates the release of ‘People Like Us’. AFP
pitbull’s new song with shakira leaks online
Throughout her career, Cameron Diaz has been known for being very selective about aligning herself with brands. However, the actress said she made an exception for TAG Heuer by becoming its ambassador as she loved that TAG Heuer challenges the rules and thinks outside the box. As the ambassador for the brand’s Link Lady watches, Diaz says she is honoured to be associated with such an iconic and forwardthinking brand. When asked about her definition of luxury, she said: “Luxury is anything that makes you feel good. To me, luxury is about quality, not extravagance.” She said the Link Lady is a perfect watch for the confident, elegant, modern woman who sees her watch as a piece of her favourite jewellery. Women empowerment being an important issue for Diaz, she decided to partner with TAG Heuer to benefit UN Women. She said: “It means a lot to me that TAG Heuer shares my desire to bring attention to wonderful organisations like UN Women. I feel a responsibility to support women who are not free to pursue even the most basic goals, just because of their gender.” When asked about her biggest challenge in life and about her next one, she replied: “I don’t think about challenges, I consider them opportunities to learn and grow. I consider having the career I have a great gift and I try to never lose sight of how fortunate I am to be able to do what I do. I look forward to finding new and different ways to express myself creatively and to share what I’ve learned with others.”
ranbir’s Barfi too grim, needs a spark MuMbAi: Anurag Basu’s film ‘Barfi’ starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz, which has been in the making for nearly 16 months now, has once again been postponed. This time by at least a fortnight. First, it was Imtiaz Ali’s Ranbir-starrer ‘Rockstar’ for which Basu repeatedly sacrificed his dates. Next, it was Priyanka Chopra who had difficulty keeping aside three to four days needed to complete the film. And now the inside buzz is there’s much behind the-scenes debate over ‘Barfi’s unconventional content, so much so producers are insisting on lightening the mood of the film some more. While Anurag and Ranbir have repeatedly said Barfi is not a grim and dark film, the producers still believe Ranbir’s character needs lightening up. A source close to the film said, “‘Barfi’, for all the claims by its makers and actors is finally about physical and emotional handicaps.” Apparently, a repair job is in the offing. “Some additional music is being recorded. And some lighthearted scenes featuring Ranbir and Priyanka will have to be shot,” said our source. Anurag Basu chose to be defensive: “So many other films that have started after me, including Karan Johar’s Student of the Year are not complete. A false perception is being created that I am taking longer to complete this film than necessary.” AgencieS
John abraham, srK together in ‘happy new Year’? MuMbAi: If Bollywood choreographer-turned-director Farah Khan has her way, there’s a fair chance to watch hunk John Abraham share screen space with King of romance Shah Rukh Khan, for the first time ever. While everyone knows that Farah is working earnestly to come up with her much talked about project ‘Happy New Year’, the firebrand lady seems to have cast a ‘killer coup’ for her next. Farah has already roped in SRK, Abhishek Bachchan and Boman Irani for her film and with John joining the team, the actor completes ‘Happy New Years’ male quartet. While John is yet to confirm the report, a source close to the actor said, “Farah wanted someone with a very cool body language for the fourth male lead. She had been toying with the idea of casting John for a long time. The deal was sealed a few days before John flew off to Turkey to shoot for ‘Race 2’.” As for John, “He is very happy he will be working with Shah Rukh for the first time. And he is excited he will share screen space with Abhishek, with whom he enjoyed great camaraderie during the making of ‘Dostana’ and has been good friends with ever since,” said the source. Shah Rukh for his part is very comfortable with Farah`s decision to bring both Abhishek and John on board, revealed an insider. As for the leading lady of ‘Happy New Year’ which is expected to roll by end this year, the casting is yet to be done. AgencieS
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ICCurgesworldwideban forKaneriaovercorruption KUALA LUMPUR AFP
RICKeT chiefs Wednesday called for a global lifetime ban for Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria after he was punished for his role in an english spot-fixing scandal. The International Cricket Council's (ICC) board said domestic bodies "should recognise and respect the sanctions... including by enforcing and giving effect to them within their own jurisdictions to the fullest extent permitted by law". Kaneria was banned for life by english authorities for his involvement in the Mervyn Westfield spot-fixing case. The 31-
year-old Pakistani has vowed to appeal the sanction. Westfield was jailed for four months in February, but served two before being released in April, after admitting he accepted £6,000 ($9,346) to under-perform during a Pro40 match between essex and Durham in 2009. The now 24-year-old Westfield named Kaneria -- arrested with him in 2010 but released without charge -- as the link between bookmakers and players. Westfield was given a five-year ban for bringing cricket into disrepute, a charge the seamer accepted, although he will be able to play club cricket in the final two years of his suspension. The ICC is wrestling with the problem of spot-fixing, often bowling
no-balls to order by bookmakers, at its annual conference in Kuala Lumpur which wraps up on Thursday. Kaneria has not played for Pakistan since appearing against england in August 2010 -- the same tour that saw the infamous fixing episode in the Lord's Test, which led to then-captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer being jailed on corruption charges. Butt, jailed for 30 months last November on charges of accepting corrupt payments, was freed from an english prison on Thursday. Aamer was released in February after serving half his six-month sentence while Asif, jailed for 12 months, was freed in May.
eCb waits green DRS bid ‘quashed’ after india object signal on Australia series from PCb KUALA LUMPUR AFP
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Despite the ICC’s approval for a six-match T20 series between Pakistan and Australia, the PCB is yet to confirm it will go ahead. According to Gulf News, Dilawar Mani, outgoing chairman of emirates Cricket Board, said: “First PCB will have to confirm that the series will be played here in the UAe.” The series, a ‘home’ one for Pakistan, is likely to be played here in late August and early September. While both Australia and Pakistan would like to play six matches in preparation for the Twenty20 World Cup which follows the series, the PCB also have to take on board the views of their official broadcasters. While three ODIs may mean more revenue, the hot and humid conditions will make that difficult. It has also been reported Australia have refused to player the longer format in the conditions. As a result, six Twenty20 matches looks the most likely outcome. Prior to the ICC’s approval, the Australian Cricketers Association chief Paul Marsh said that the Australian players may refuse to play the ODIs due to the extreme heat in the UAe.
bCCI put on hold discussion about series against Pak MuMBAI: The Indian cricket board and the england and Wales Cricket Board (eCB) have asked more time to study the Woolf Report and hence all the recommendations put forward in an independent governance review of the International Cricket Council (ICC) could not be accepted, it is learnt here. According to the sources in Malaysia, few Board members including Cricket Australia (CA) and the Cricket South Africa (CSA) have accepted about 38-40 points suggested in the 60 page report. There was no good news for Zaka Ashraf as the Indian cricket board has sought some more time to think about the resumption of the game between the two countries, it was also learnt here. "The BCCI chief didn't find time to discuss with his other board members and no definite decision for the series could be taken at this stage", one of the sources disclosed. however, the PCB chairman could convince Cricket Australia to play three ODIs' and three Twenty20 matches in their "home" series in August at the neutral venue in UAe. All three venues in UAe will host the matches. Abu Dhabi, being costlier than other two, is likely to host only one Twenty20 and Dubai and Sharjah may host the remaining matches. however, it is all subject to approval from Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA). biPin dAni
Cricket's latest bid to make decision review technology mandatory for all Tests and one-day internationals has been swiftly quashed after opposition from powerful India, a report said. The recommendation by chief executives was not put to a vote and "came and went without a murmur" at the International Cricket Council's (ICC) board meeting in Kuala Lumpur, the eSPNcricinfo site reported, citing people present. The board meeting was chaired by India's Sharad Pawar, who is the ICC president. India was the only country to object to the measure, the authoritative website said. The report comes after India publicly rejected the new recommendation for mandatory use of the Decision Review System (DRS), which employs ball-tracking and thermal-imaging technology to check whether batsmen should be given out. "The BCCI continues to believe that the system is not foolproof," the Board of Control for Cricket in India said in a statement on Monday. India, including star batsman Sachin Tendulkar, have been deeply suspicious of DRS since a number of reviews went against them in their 2008 Test series with Sri Lanka, when the technology was on trial. And India, who provide the lion's share of global cricket revenues due to their huge fan-base, torpedoed a similar bid for mandatory DRS at last year's annual ICC talks, where it was controversially made optional. Other countries have voiced strong support for the technology. This week, both Pakistan and Sri Lanka called for compulsory DRS after a rash of contentious decisions marred the first Test in Galle. "It should be made com-
pulsory for every game," said Pakistan captain Mohammed hafeez. On Monday, cricket's chief executives said independent testing had proved the accuracy of DRS, and recommended it for all Tests and one-day internationals provided host nations can afford and obtain the equipment. It was not known if the issue would be raised again at the ICC board meeting, which concludes on Wednesday ahead of Thursday's ICC Council meeting in the Malaysian capital. Separately, South African-born former england captain Tony Greig urged India to use its wide influence for the good of the game, accusing it of being "preoccupied with money" during a lecture at Lord's in London.
"Much of the game is controlled by the BCCI because it controls enough votes to block any proposal put forward at the ICC board meetings," said Greig, who described himself as a strong supporter of DRS. "The spirit of cricket is more important than generating billions of dollars; it's more important than turning out multi-millionaire players; and it's more important than getting square with Australia and england for their bully-boy tactics towards India over the years," he added. India has also rejected proposals to reform the ICC put forward in a self-commissioned review, which strongly criticised its "members' club" structure.
hafeez adds voice to Drs call gALLE: Pakistan captain Mohammad hafeez has joined Coach Dav Whatmore in calling for the Decision Review System (DRS) to me made compulsory for all matches, after Pakistan cricket team fell victim to a number of poor decisions against Sri Lanka. The first Test in Galle was blighted by the lack of DRS, which led to Whatmore calling for the immediate implementation of the system across the board, hafeez then joined the appeal, though he did not go so far as to blame the situation for his side's 209-run defeat. The bad decisions went both ways, as both sides were frustrated by being unable to review decisions, but it can be said that Pakistan was the worse-off side. Sri Lanka did not have the system installed because of costs involved. "One thing I want to say is that it is time for the highest authorities to make a decision on the DRS. It should be compulsory for every game. I feel as a player, not having the DRS puts a lot of pressure on you and that pressure go to the umpires. If this technology can improve this game then why not the authorities should either go for it [DRS] or not at all”, hafeez said. however, Pakistan has lost the game by a record margin but hafeez he was full of praise for his batsmen in the second innings, who nearly forced the game into a fifth day after a gritty 151-run stand between Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq. "A big thumb up to my team for the spirit and character they showed. It was tough out there, their conduct was pleasing. I liked the way the boys fought it out on the last day when the conditions were tough. Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq and Adnan Akmal showed great character” Muhammad hafeez said. AgencieS
FICA backs open hearing of accused player MUMBAI biPin dAni
Danesh Kaneria is not the first Pakistani player who has asked for the "opening hearing" in his appeal against the life-ban by the england and Wales Cricket Board (eCB). Two years ago the Pakistani batsman Younus Khan wanted the hearing of his appeal against an indefinite ban on him to be heard in the presence of the media. The appeal, which was officially made by his lawyer, Ahmed Qayyum (the son of former Jutisce Muhammad Qayyum, now recovering of his age-related illness in england) was turned down by Justice Irfan Qadir. "I have not been following Danesh Kaneria's case and hence can't comment on it but can certainly say that the hearings should be transparent and be held in open in normal circumstances", Qadir said from Lahore. "I didn't allow Younus's hearings in public because "certain elements" wanted to take the advantage of it and undermine the working of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)," he added. even Justice Qayyum had kept all players' hearings in camera some 12 years ago. The FICA (Federations of International Cricketers' Association) has also backed the idea of "open hearing". "Given the player is accused party and the other party agrees I don't seem any reason to object to an open hearing," Tim Maym, FICA CeO said from USA. Sadly, there is no registered players' association in Pakistan. In the recent ICC Board meeting in Malaysia, Kaneria's case came up for discussion, along with BCCI's IPL, where few players have been banned. "It has been suggested to have an universal law to ban the "involved" player rather than he being banned only by local board", the source said from Kuala Lumpur.
ICC eb rejects mandatory review technology KUALA LUMPUR AFP
World cricket's executive board Wednesday rejected a new move to make decision review technology compulsory for Tests and one-day internationals. The International Cricket Council (ICC) board gave no reason for the decision but powerful India, which provides the bulk of the sport's global revenues, was strongly opposed to the recommendation. "The ICC board agreed to continue with the present arrangement where the two competing nations in a bilateral series decide on the use of DRS (decision review system," said a statement issued during annual talks in Kuala Lumpur.
I underachieved for Pakistan, says Azhar BANgALORE AgencieS
even as Pakistan are finding the going tough in Sri Lanka, Azhar Mahmood, seasoned all-rounder is playing his wares in the english County circuit, for Kent. Mahmood last turned out in Pakistan colors some five years back, and has since been playing cricket across in the world in various domestic leagues. Azhar Mahmood also played IPL-5, Mahmood (37) was the lone Pakistani player, bolstering the cause of Kings XI Punjab. In this freewheeling chat with Indian media , Mahmood opened up to review his career and reflect on his journey as a professional cricketer. Replying to a
question regarding his IPL-5 experience, Mahmood said the IPL is the biggest tournament in the world right now if you take away the ICC events, adding that people of India are so passionate about cricket. “It's the quality of cricket, no doubt. The number of games played, and presence of top international players. especially this year, there have been a lot of last-over finishes, last-ball finishes. Just like the crowds, the players too find it exciting”, he added. he said “There are countries where even international cricket doesn't attract the same crowds as IPL. In Asia, Sri Lankan and Pakistanis are passionate as well, but the Indian crowd is something else” Suggesting change in IPL, Mahmood said that free-
dom to the bowlers, like two bouncers an over which would give the bowlers an extra option to tackle a batsman playing a lot of different shots, reverse-sweeping and so on Playing IPL was a great opportunity for him to show his talent and tell peoples, he still good enough to play this game, Mahmood added. “People will say, “Oh, he's 37, he has to compete with the youngsters”. If you have to compete with youngsters, you have to work hard and be passionate about the game”, he said. Mahmood said that during county cricket, I feel I am a representative of the club. When I came to Kings XI Punjab, it was my responsibility to look after myself and look after my franchise.
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Warne slams eCb over Pietersen one-day exit
ORMeR england captain Tony Greig has urged India to accept the "spirit of cricket is more important than generating billions of dollars". India is cricket's economic powerhouse, driving the finance of the global game through the sponsorship and broadcast deals that derive from the sport's huge popularity in the world's second most populous nation. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also oversees the lucrative Twenty20 Indian Premier League franchise tournament. however, many observers believe the BCCI has used its huge influenc for its own interests rather than those of the global game and that, as a result, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is not functioning properly. They cite as evidence the BCCI's ongoing refusal to accept the television replay Decision Review System (DRS), despite repeated calls for its universal implementation by senior ICC committees. South Africa-born Greig, 65, giving
the 2012 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture, named after his late former england team-mate Colin Cowdrey, at Lord's on Tuesday, said: "Much of the game is controlled by the BCCI because it controls enough votes to block any proposal put forward at the ICC board meetings. "The reason for this is some countries would not survive without the financial opportunities India provides." Greig, who called for the IPL to be expanded into an Asian league, backed for-
mer Australia captain Steve Waugh's suggestion for players to take lie detector tests in a bid to root out corruption from cricket. But the thrust of his speech was aimed at the BCCI, with Greig saying India could solve most of the sport's existing problems "if it embraces the spirit of cricket and leads for world cricket, not just India". however, he also said the BCCI's financial focus had led to a lopsided international calendar. "The net result is Test cricket is suffering; some players appear not to have the same feeling for Test matches as their predecessors; there are more and more meaningless ODIs (oneday international matches)." The former all-rounder continued: "This situation can only be resolved by India accepting the spirit of cricket is more important than generating billions of dollars; it's more important than turning out multi-millionaire players; and it's more important than getting square with Australia and england for their bully-boy tactics towards India over the years." Greig was himself accused of denigrating Test cricket by acting as the 're-
cruiting sergeant' for Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket, which lured players away from official matches with improved salaries. Greig, explaining why he'd "sacrificed" the england captaincy to become involved with "an Australian television tycoon", pointed to quotes from a transcript of his meeting with Packer soon after he had led england in the Centenary Test against Australia in Melbourne in 1977. "Kerry, money is not my major concern. I'm nearly 31-years-old. I'm probably two or three Test failures from being dropped from the england team. "I don't want to finish up in a mundane job when they drop me. I'm not trained to do anything. "I am at the stage in my life where my family's future is more important than anything else. If you guarantee me a job for life working for your organisation I will sign." For the past 35 years Greig, as a World Series player and as a cricket commentator for Australia's Channel Nine television station, has worked for the Packer organisation.
Australia great Shane Warne has said the "ego" of the england and Wales Cricket Board (eCB) forced Kevin Pietersen's retirement from all limited overs internationals. Pietersen wanted to give up 50-over oneday internationals (ODIs) while still playing Twenty20 internationals. however, the eCB said the South Africa-born shotmaker, who remains a Test match cricketer, could only play in both shortened formats or none at all. As a result Pietersen, the man of the tournament when england won the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean two years ago, is set to miss the defence of their title in Sri Lanka this September. he will also be absent from the upcoming one-day series against Australia and Warne, who captained Pietersen at county side hampshire, said england had damaged themselves. "Any team that hasn't got Kevin Pietersen is significantly weaker," Warne told the Independent. "he's a match-winner so that's a big loss. "It staggers me and I'm very surprised that the eCB didn't try and negotiate that better, drop their egos and say, okay we understand this, we want to keep our best players playing all the time." he added: "I think it's just a bit too much ego for my liking from the eCB. "Who wouldn't want Kevin Pietersen in your side? he's a matchwinner and he puts bums on seats because people love watching him play. "he rubs off on the rest of the players. So to me it's a huge loss. "People might give up more oneday cricket or they might give up Twenty20," added the legendary leg-spinner, who contrasted Pietersen's situation with that of Michael Clarke, the Australia captain. "Michael Clarke's given up Twenty20 in Australia because he can't play all three forms at that level, but you can't imagine Australia dropping him and saying don't worry about one-day cricket, just stick to Tests." england play Australia in the first of five one-day internationals at Lord's on Friday. Without Pietersen, an opener in limited overs cricket, england saw his spot filled by Ian Bell, who made a hundred and a fifty, and Alex hales, who struck 99, in ODI and Twenty20 wins respectively over the West Indies this month.
Work begins for holding of Sports & Youth Festival 2012
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The Sports Board Punjab, after the successful organization of the Punjab Sports Festival under the leadership of Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif and dynamic supervision of Director General Sports Usman Anwar, is setting up another benchmark in history of sports by holding the Punjab Youth and Sports Festival
2012. highlighting some of the features of the Punjab Youth and Sports Festival 2012, Usman Anwar said here on Wednesday that the event will commence from over 52,000 sports and youth development councils created under the first-ever Punjab Youth Policy. “It will commence at neighbourhood and village level and would move up from 3464union councils, 137 tehsils, 36 districts, nine divi-
sions to provincial level,” he added. Although the Punjab Youth Festival 2012 is going to start at the end of August but hectic activity, planning and organization of different teams and committees have already got underway. Chairman Sports Board Punjab, hamza Shahbaz Sharif and Chairman Organizing Committee, Rana Mashhood Amed Khan, will be directly monitoring the organization of the Youth Festival as they did during the Punjab Sports Festival. “The Punjab Youth Festival 2012 is going to be the biggest youth fiesta of the world and will be observed by a team of Guinness World Records,” informed Usman. “Organizing the Punjab Sports Festival 2012 was the biggest challenge and that set a bench mark. And now this Youth Festival will set new heights in country’s sports and youth activities”, he said. he added: “We are going to set an example and will endeavor to make it even better than the Punjab Sports Festival.” The Sports Board Punjab has set up a website which can be accessed at www.sportsportal.punjab.gov.pk and a page of facebook for details. The SBP is also seeking ideas from people of different walks of life that how could they change the destiny of the nation. “ The Sports Board is also looking for those people who could set new mark which would rewrite the Guinness Book of World Records and also seeking volunteers to organize the biggest sports festival of the world with a slogan (come), ‘touch the skies’," he said.
Australia hammer Cook’s essex
england one-day international captain Alastair Cook was left with plenty to ponder on Tuesday after Australia warmed up for the upcoming limited overs series with a 179-run thrashing of his county side essex. Australia captain Michael Clarke made 76 before retiring, while David hussey scored 67 in a total of 313 for nine. In reply, essex -- with left-handed opener Cook and his england colleague Ravi Bopara in their side -- slumped to 134 all out with fast bowler Pat Cummins taking three for 26. Cook's hopes of getting a good look at the Australia attack ahead of Friday's first one-day international at Lord's were cut short when he was out for five in the fourth over when he edged a drive off Clint McKay to Clarke at first slip. Bopara did rather better, striking six fours, until being caught behind off Shane Watson.
Germany aim to end Italy hoodoo STATS CORNER S.PERvEz QAISER
TALY have never lost a competitive meeting with Germany but Joachim Low’s side will look to rewrite the history of this fixture when the teams meet in the second semi-final at National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland. This match will start at 11.45 (PST). This will be the 31st international match between the two teams and third in european Cup finals. Italy have won 14, lost seven and draw nine in 30 previous matches against Germany. They scored 45 and conceded 34 goals in these matches. The both matches played between the two teams in european Cup finals were drawn. The first encounter played at Dusseldorf on June 10,1988 was ended 1-1 while two teams played a goalless draw in the second and last meeting at Manchester on June 19,1996.
Italy’s record is even better in competitive meetings with three wins and four draws, starting with a 0-0 stalemate at the 1962 World Cup in Chile. Italy and West Germany’s 1970 World Cup semifinal was a classic won by the Azzurri 43 after extra time. Gianluigi Buffon has conceded just twice in four appearances against Germany while Daniele De Rossi scored in Italy’s 4-1 friendly win in March 2006. Italy have not lost to Germany since a 20 friendly defeat in Zurich in June 1995. The Azzurri are unbeaten in their last five games against Germany, winning three times and drawing twice. Italy have failed to make it to the finals only in two of the 10 semi-final games they’ve played at major tournaments, a 0-2 loss against Soviet Union at euro 1988, and a 3-4 defeat on penalties against Argentina in the 1990 World Cup, after a 1-1 draw. Germany have played in a semi-final
in a major competition 17 times so far, making it to the final on 11 occasions. Germany are the only side to have won each of their four games in the current tournament. They have now won their last 15 competitive games – an alltime record in Germany Football history. The Germans have scored in each of their last 20 games. They have scored a total number of 51 goals in these matches. Germany boast the best attack in the current european Championship, scored nine goals while Italy have the second-best defence, conceded just two goals conceded. Germany are on a world-record 15match winning streak in competitive fixtures but Italy are unbeaten in 14 games in european Cup 2012 since qualifying began, with just four goals conceded. Three-time winners Germany have won all but one of their six european Championship semi-finals while Italy, champions in 1968, are still looking for
their first semi-final goal – at the fourth attempt.
euRoPeAn cuP FootbALL gERMAnY V ITALY: heAD TO heAD: InTERnATIonAL MATcHES: Played: 30 Italy won: 14 Germany won: 7 Drawn: 9 Goals for Italy: 45 Goals for Germany: 34 EuRopEAn cup MATcHES: Played: 2 Italy won: Germany won: Drawn: 2 Goals for Italy: 1 Goals for Germany: 1 MEETIng In EuRopEAn cup FInALS: Date Venue Stage Result Score 10-06-1988 Dusseldorf Final round
W.Germany drew with Italy 1-1 19-06-1996 Manchester First round Germany drew with Italy 0-0 pRFoRMAncE In EuRopEAn cup SEMI FInALS: gERMAnY: Date Venue Result 14-06-1972 Antwerp Beat Belgium 2-1 17-06-1976 Belgrade Beat Yugoslavia 42 (aet) 21-06-1988 hamburg Lost to Netherlands 1-2 21-06-1992 Solna Beat Sweden 3-2 26-06-1996 London Beat england 6-5 on penaties after 1-1 25-06-2008 Basel Beat Turkey 3-2 ITALY: Date Venue Result 05-06-1968 Naples Beat Soviet Union on coin toss after 0-0 22-06-1988 Stuttgart Lost to Soviet Union 0-2 29-06-2000 Amsterdam Beat Netherlands 3-1 on penalties after 0-0.
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WIMBLEDON: Switzerland’s Roger Federer plays a forehand shot during his second round men’s singles match against Italy’s Fabio Fognini on day three of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. AFP
LAHORE StAFF RePoRt
The 18th National Boys Swimming Championship got started yesterday (June 27) at the Peshawar Sports Complex, Peshawar. The event is being contested by five regions of the country including Punjab, Sindh, Islamabad, KPK and FATA. The finals will be held on June 29. In the under-12 category three different races were held on the opening day of the event. Punjab secured the first position by claiming three gold medals and also created two new national records in 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley. Mohammad Rizwan of Punjab rewrote the record in freestyle with a time of 2:49:36 and in medley 3:08:81. On the first, Punjab was in dominating position with 80 points, Sindh on second with 46 and Islamabad on third with 10. In the U-14 category, Sindh stood first with 71 points by claiming two gold and two silver medals and also made a new national record in 200 m breaststroke when hassan Paracha clocked (3:04:38). In the senior’s category, Punjab proved their dominance again by winning three gold medals and created another new national record in 100m backstroke. here Mohammad Yahya completed the event with 1:14:00 time. At the end of the day, Punjab had 174 points while Sindh and KPK were second and third with 151 and 88 points respectively.
City School win in Women Soccer LAHORE StAFF RePoRt
Only one match was played in the 5th National Inter-Club Women Football Championship on Wednesday. The match was held at Karachi that saw The City School WFC beat SMB Fatima Jinnah WFC 2 goals at the KPT Football Stadium, Karachi. ScoReR: Rukhsar Siddiqui and Tehreem converted the goals in the 55 and 69 Minute of the match.
Nasri apologises over euro outburst
Lemaitre cruises into 100m semis HELSINKI AFP
european sprinting hope Christophe Lemaitre cruised into the semi-finals of the 100m on the opening day of the european Championships here on Wednesday. The defending double european sprint champion, seen as one of the biggest hopes of breaking Jamaican and US sprinting dominance at this summer's Olympics, clocked 10.14sec in winning his heat, easing up with 10 metres to run. French teammate Jimmy Vicaut also advanced in 10.18sec, but veteran Christine Arron, a two-time world bronze medallist, crashed out of the women's 100m after managing only fifth place in 11.50sec in her heat. The
evening session sees Briton Mohammed Farah go in the men's 5000m final, looking to build on the gold medal he won at last year's World Championships in Daegu. The
Somali-born runner, who won european golds in the 5000 and 10,000m in Barcelona in 2010 and is also targeting the double in London, refused to get carried away with his favourite's tag. "If you don't pace yourself, if you don't cover every move, something can happen and always there are new guys coming through no matter what," said Farah. "In Daegu I was not even thinking about Ibrahim Jeila (in the 10,000m when he was edged into silver), I was thinking about the other guy who came third, (Imane) Merga, that is the guy I had raced all season and this guy I have never raced. "It is not going to be easy (in helsinki), it is not going to be a walk in the park."
France forward Samir Nasri said that he regretted any upset caused to French fans and especially children due to the strong words he used against an AFP journalist after euro 2012 loss to Spain. The Man City star, who launched into a tirade of abuse at the journalist when he was leaving the mixed zone after the 2-0 euro 2012 quarter-final defeat, said on Twitter that his argument was with certain journalists and he would explain more when he felt it was appropriate.
Sprint showdown set at Jamaican olympic trials KINgSTON AFP
Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell's showdown in the 100 meters tops the lineup at the Jamaican Olympic Athletic Trials, which open on Thursday at National Stadium in Kingston. Almost as soon as they went on sale Tuesday morning, tickets for the four-day meet were sold out, especially for Friday's men's and women's 100m finals. Bolt, the reigning world record-holder
with a run of 9.58 seconds at Berlin in 2009, won Olympic gold in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay in 2008 at Beijing. But at last year's world championships in South Korea, Bolt false started in the 100 final and compatriot Yohan Blake took the world crown in the absence of his training partner Bolt. That set the stage for what Jamaican track and field fans have been calling the most important national team trials ever staged. Nearly 400 athletes are set to compete for about 60 berths in London on what could be the largest Jamaican athletics delegation ever sent to an Olympics.
Marketing Dept win at bahria Stadium ISLAMABAD StAFF RePoRt
The Bahria Town Stadium hosted the first ever flood light T-20 Cricket Match between Marketing & Finance departments of Bahria Town. Marketing department 203/4. Waleed Aman (103) and Tehmas Khan (51) remain the top scorers. Sajjad Ahmed for Finance bowled best with 3 for 90. Chasing the target the whole finance department was bowled out for 154 runs. Tehmas Khan took 6 wickets and was declared Man of the Match for all round performance. Shahid Qureshi, head of Bahria Sales was the chief guest and distributed the prizes. Speaking on the occasion, Qureshi said that the stadium hosts all the world class amenities and can facilitate a huge crowd. he said that today’s match was a test trial to check the quality of recently-installed floodlights. A large number of Bahria Town top management and executives were present on the occasion and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Big things are anticipated from this new sports venue offering of Bahria Town in future after its speedy completion in October ’12.
Record-setting Italy look to extend German finals pain WARSAW AFP
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli will be looking for his side to extend their proud record of never losing to Germany in a major finals when they meet in Thursday's euro 2012 semi-final in Warsaw. Germany who are seeking their first trophy since lifting the euro '96 title - will be by contrast hoping to end that run in what is their eighth meeting at either a World Cup or a european championship finals. "There is no such thing as an invincible side," said Prandelli. "Germany has that sense of knowing what they need to do. "They are also physi-
cally strong and have players who have tasted international success at club level, so they are a side with the ingredients to go all the way. "But we will study them closely and work on the few weak points they have." Italy needed a penalty shoot-out to beat england 4-2 in Sunday's quarter-final in Kiev with the Azzurri failing to hit the net in normal play despite 68 percent ball possession and 35 shots compared to england's nine. Prandelli has said the Italians will have to be daring in order to beat Germany, who are on a 15-match winning run in competitive matches since losing to Spain at the last World Cup.
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Stosur, Tomic, Hewitt get Aussie call-up SYDnEY: Reigning US Open champion Samantha Stosur, teen star Bernard Tomic and former world number one Lleyton hewitt were named in Australia's Olympic tennis squad Wednesday. Olympic tennis manager Todd Woodbridge said "we have a good chance of something happening" in London, though he conceded the Australians were not medal favourites. "It will be the pinnacle of the Olympics to be playing at the home of tennis at Wimbledon," said Woodbridge. Stosur, ranked 5th in the world, automatically qualified for the singles event and will also contest the doubles title, pairing up with 108th-ranked Casey Dellacqua. "The Olympics are really special and I love being a part of a team and competing for my country," said Stosur, representing Australia at her third games. AFP
IX-TIMe champion Roger Federer reached the Wimbledon third round on Wednesday with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 win over Italy's Fabio Fognini, a regal performance witnessed by Britain's Prince Charles. The third-seeded Swiss took just 74 minutes to defeat Fognini, who received a quick lesson in bowing from Federer before they walked onto Centre Court where Charles, on a first visit to the All england Club in more than 40 years, was watching with his wife Camilla. Federer, chasing Pete Sampras's record of seven Wimbledon titles, fired 13 aces and 35 winners in his rapid victory and has lost just nine games in his first two rounds. "I'm very happy to have won and to be back on Centre Court. It's great to have that feeling and to see Charles and Camilla up there is just great for tennis," said Federer. "We were told beforehand that they were coming and we were asked to bow. We said no problem." Federer who has lost in the quarter-finals here for the last two years, next faces either France's Julien Benneteau or Michael Russell of the United States for a place in the last 16. he said he felt no ill-effects from falling to the ground in the third set whe he lost his footing, adding he was happy with his form. "I'm serving well, my forehand and backhand are working well and it's great to win so comfortably." US Open champion Samantha Stosur suffered another Wimbledon nightmare as the fifth seed crashed out in the second round, meaning there are no Australians left in either the men's or women's singles. Stosur, 28, had never been past the third round in nine previous visits to the All england Club and that miserable sequence was extended with a 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 defeat against Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands. Stosur lost her rhythm in the final set on Court One and allowed the world number 72 to take advantage. Meanwhile, Italy's 10th seed Sara errani, the French Open runner-up, needed just seven seconds to complete her first
round win over American qualifier Coco Vandeweghe after the tie had been rained off Tuesday. errani had been on match point but on the resumption she didn't have to hit a ball as her opponent handed her victory on a double fault as she claimed a 6-1, 6-3 victory. Both players broke down in fits of giggles as they shook hands at the net. heather Watson ended Britain's 10year wait to have a woman in the third round as the youngster swept to a 6-1, 6-4 victory over America's Jamie hampton. "I'm just so pleased to get through that match. It definitely wasn't easy and I knew I had to play my best," 20-year-old Watson said. "She wasn't at her best at the beginning and I tried to take advantage. Then at the end I was telling myself not to double-
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fault on match point." Kimiko DateKrumm, at 41 comfortably the oldest player at Wimbledon, crashed out in the first round, the Japanese number one losing in three sets to Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko. Date-Krumm took the first set but lost 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 on the 300-capacity Court 16, which was packed with Japanese fans. The world number 82 gave away 21 break points in the match, which lasted just under two hours. Date-Krumm reached the semi-finals here in 1996 before retiring. Also going out was Slovak 13th seed Dominika Cibulkova, a 6-4, 6-1 loser to Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic. German 15th seed Sabine Lisicki went through with a 3-6, 6-2, 8-6 win over Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski.
Federer weary of equal prize money row LonDon: Roger Federer is desperately hoping the dramatic re-emergence of the Grand Slam equal prize money row will not overshadow Wimbledon. French player Gilles Simon, who sits on the ATP Player Council alongside Swiss superstar Federer, reopened old wounds when he insisted that women, who play best-of-three sets rather than five, should receive less cash than men. But Federer, the world number three and a six-time Wimbledon champion, on Wednesday said: "I hope it doesn't become a big issue during Wimbledon. It's obviously a debate that's out there ever since I guess the slams have made equal prize money. "There's nothing you can do anyway about it. It's just a matter of who believes what, and then that is an endless debate." Simon, the world number 13, had criticised the move towards equality, insisting that the men's game has more to offer spectators. "We often speak of equal money, but I think it's something that doesn't work in sport," said Simon. "Tennis is the only sport today where we have parity even though men's tennis remains more attractive than women's at this time." Simon has also criticised the move towards more joint-tournaments outside of the four majors -- last week, men and women played at the same event in eastbourne and 's-hertogenbosch. "I am not against these tournaments, it's just that I think that today men's tennis is really ahead compared to women," he said. Simon also added: "When Rome became a joint tournament it was to save the women because I remember a final with 20 spectators". Simon's remarks drew a stinging rebuke from compatriot Marion Bartoli, France's top women's player and the 2007 Wimbledon runner-up. "Over the whole year, we are a long way from winning as much as the men -- only in a few tournaments and Grand Slams," said Bartoli. "We are fully-invested as much as them. The physical demands, training, investment on a personal level are the same as theirs," she said. "The early rounds of men's matches do not attract many people either. Players who really attract spectators in men's tennis, there are only five to six." AFP
India’s Mirza fury at being used as ‘bait’ LONDON AFP
India's top player Sania Mirza has lashed out at the country's tennis chiefs, saying she was humiliated at being used as "bait" in an Olympic selection row to pacify a disgruntled Leander Paes. The All India Tennis Association (AITA) last week announced two men's doubles pairs for the London Olympics with Paes, ranked seventh in the world as a doubles player, paired with 207th-ranked Vishnu Vardhan in one team. Rohan Bopanna (ranked 13) and Mahesh Bhupathi (15) formed the other combination after they said they would not play with Paes for a range of personal and professional reasons. Local media reported Paes made being paired with Mirza in the mixed doubles event at the Olympics a pre-condition for playing with a lower-ranked player in the men's doubles. "As an Indian woman belonging to the 21st century, what I find disillusioning is the humiliating manner in which I was put up as a bait to try and pacify one of the disgruntled stalwarts of Indian tennis," Mirza said in a statement. "The manner and timing of the announcement reeks of male chauvinism," Mirza said. She particularly complained about being "offered in compensation to partner one of the feuding champions purely in order to lure him into accepting to play with a men's player he does not wish to play with!
ivanovic enters second round Wimbledon LONDON AFP
Serbia's Ana Ivanovic savoured an increasingly rare taste of success on Wednesday as the former world number one moved into the Wimbledon second round with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. Ivanovic was once regarded as the female game's brightest young star after winning the 2008 French Open just months after reaching the Australian Open final. But the 24-year-old has been unable to fulfill her vast potential since then and has failed to get past the fourth round in her 16 Grand Slam appearances since that triumph in Paris. She arrived at the All england Club with her ranking down to 14 and little expectation of emulating her 2007 run in the semi-finals. This was a step in the right direction at least as her rain-delayed first round match was finally played to a conclusion on Court 14. Ivanovic has rarely gone deep in any tournament this year and she had to survive plenty of nervous moments before seeing off the world number 51 to
set up a second round tie against Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko. The Serb broke in the second game of the opening set but promptly dropped her own serve. After another exchange of breaks, Ivanovic was finally able to take control of an error-strewn set with one final break for a 5-3 lead.
WIMbLeDoN: Germany's Sabine Lisicki plays a double-handed backstretches to reach the ball against Serbia's bojana Jovanovski during the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. AFP
watson ends 10-year wait LonDon: heather Watson ended Britain's 10-year wait to have a woman in the third round at Wimbledon as the youngster swept to a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Jamie hampton of the United States on Wednesday. For the first time since elena Baltacha made it to the last 32 at the All england Club back in 2002, there will be a British female presence late in the first week. It is uncharted terrority for Watson, whose reward for reaching the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time is a clash against third seed Agnieszka Radwanska or elena Vesnina who put out Venus Williams in the first round. AFP
South Korea eye at least 10 Olympic gold medals SEOUL AFP
SeouL: South Korean athletes and coaches pose for a photo marking the 30-day countdown to the London olympics. AFP
South Korea -- powered by swimmer Park Taehwan and other star performers -- are eyeing at least 10 gold medals at this summer's London Olympics, sports officials said Wednesday. South Korea have ranked in the top 10 in medal standings in six of the past seven Olympics and won a record 13 golds at Beijing in 2008. "At the Olympics in London, we aim to win 10 gold medals and secure a top 10 finish," Lee Kee-heung, head of South Korea's athletic delegation, told reporters. Some 370 South Korean athletes are set to compete in 23 sports. Park remains the biggest star after he claimed the country's first Olympic swimming gold in Beijing by winning the 200m freestyle. Coaches also expect good results in
archery, judo, fencing, shooting and badminton, as well as in the indigenous martial art taekwondo. Reigning Olympic champion Jang Mi-Ran, who won the country's first-ever medal in weightlifting, was hopeful to triumph in the women's over-75kg. "I may have difficult times... but I will do my best for good results," she said. Jang has fully recovered from injuries but has seen her world records in snatch and total weight broken by younger Russian and Chinese rivals in recent years. Shuttler Lee Yong-Dae, who will team up with ha Jung-eun to defend his mixed doubles gold, remains confident of gold in the men's doubles. In women's fencing, Nam hyun-hee has tried hard to regain confidence since she lost to Valentina Vezzali of Italy by one point in the final four years ago. "All I need is more confidence that I can win the
gold," the 30-year-old said. Judoka Wang KiChun, ranked number one in under-73 kg, said he would not feel under pressure. "My expectations are high as I've trained enough to win a gold medal this time." Coach Cho Song-Dong meanwhile pinned hopes on male gymnast Yang hak-Seon, who is seeking the country's first Olympic title in gymnastics. Yang admitted the pressure was mounting but said he would try to stay focused on his training in the vault. "My biggest rival is really myself. I know if I can keep training the way I have, I can win the gold medal," the 19-year-old said. South Korea will open a training camp at Brunel University near the site of the Games from July 20, a week before the Games open. Medal winners will receive 18 million won ($15,568) in prize money for bronze medals, 30 million won for silver and 60 million for gold.
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PeShAWAR: Relatives mourn the killing of peace lashkar commander Faheem-ur-Rehman on Wednesday inP
Gen Allen demands cleansing operation in NWA ISLAMABAD ShAiq huSSAin
Top American military commander in Afghanistan General John Allen on Wednesday asked for a sweeping military operation by Pakistan in North Waziristan as he blamed the Taliban-linked militant group, haqqani network, for the recent deadly terrorist acts in Afghanistan. The Commander of International Security Assistance Force (ASF) in Afghanistan, who reached Islamabad amid tensions in ties between Islamabad and Washington, called on Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and discussed with him various aspects of the ongoing war on terror and Pakistan’s role in this regard at length. General Allen also asked for the reopening of NATO supplies, saying they were vital for the success of counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan, a sources privy to the meeting between the top military commanders said. Pakistan blocked the NATO supplies after the American aircraft carried out strikes on its border posts in Mohmand Agency in November, killing 24 Pakistani soldiers. ever since, Pakistani authorities have been asking for a public US apology over the airstrikes, but the American administration has refused to oblige Islamabad so far. “The American military commander asked for the full-fledged military operation in North Waziristan by the Pakistan Army, as he talked about the alleged involvement of the haqqani network in recent acts of terrorism in Afghanistan against NATO forces and Afghan army soldiers,” a source said, seeking anonymity. he said General Kayani told the US military official that Pakistan would take a decision on its own whether to go for an operation in the North Waziristan or not. General Kayani, according to the sources, raised the vital issue of recent cross border attacks by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants from Afghan soil in Pakistani border regions close to Dir, asking for immediate and comprehensive measures by US/NATO forces and Afghan army to prevent these attacks, which have so far killed several Pakistani soldiers. “General Kayani told the American military commander that it is the responsibility of Afghan and US armies to stop these cross border militants’ attacks on the forces of an allied nation,” said a source. The army chief also said Pakistan had the right to protect its sovereignty and the lives of its soldiers and for that it could use all possible options, the source added. he said General Allen assured Kayani that he would take up the matter with the leadership of the Afghan army.
india seeks to nail pakistan on suspect’s ‘confession’ Chidambaram says Abu Hamza Jundal’s statement proves ‘state support’ for 26/11 massacre
ADLY hit by the law barring dual nationals from becoming a parliamentarian, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and its major coalition partners have decided to bring in a new bill to scrap the law barring the dual nationals from holding membership of the National Assembly and Senate. Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Wednesday directed Law Minister Farooq h Naek to finalise the bill sooner than later, Pakistan Today has learnt. The PPP has been badly hit by the apex court’s decisions on dual national MPs with membership of its senior leaders suspended, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, a close aide of President Asif Ali Zardari, and Farahnaz Ispahani, the spouse of another close friend of the president and former ambassador of Pakistan to the US, husain haqqani. A well-placed source told this scribe that the premier, during his meeting with the law minister, asked to also consult with the leadership of the coalition parties, especially of the PMLQ, as Chaudhry Shujaat hussain had expressed his reservations about the proposed bill. “The PPP government is keen to get the membership of Rehman Malik and Farahnaz revived as Rehman Malik has failed to produce a certificate from the British government about cancellation of his British nationality while Farahnaz Ispahani has no intention to revoke his US nationality,” the source said, adding that thus the government had decided to get the present law revoked. The source said that the Mutahidda Qoumi Movement (MQM) was in full support of the government’s move as its two members of the parliament and another MPA had also been hit by the law, with their membership also likely to be suspended by the court anytime. The MQM Rabita Committee has issued a
statement in this regard to make their support to the government’s bill public. The statement says that the MQM welcomes the prime minister’s initiative which is a “good and virtuous” step. however, the source added, the PML-Q leadership is against the introduction of such a bill. In fact, one of their former ministers, Raza hayat heraj, had introduced a bill asking that “Pakistanis with dual nationalities should not be eligible for holding public offices because their oath of loyalty to their country is divided,” said the source. The source said that Ch Shujaat had also conveyed his reservations to the new prime minister at a recent meeting and had said that his party would take a decision after seeking views of legal experts over the bill. “Ch Shujaat is also reluctant to support any such legislation due to the local grouping in Gujrat as Jamil Malik, the only MNA of the PML-N from Gujrat, is also likely to be suspended due to having dual nationality. Chaudhry’s family is hopeful to win his constituency if by-elections are held there,” the source added. When contacted, secretary information of PML-Q, Senator Kamil Ali Agha, said that the government had contacted his party chief about the bill to remove bar on dual national MPs. however, he said that he had no knowledge about any recent contact. he said that his party would come up with an official statement about the issue once the text of the proposed bill is presented. When contacted, senior vice president of Awami National Party (ANP), haji Mohammed Adeel, confirmed that the prime minister had directed the law minister to prepare a bill seeking removal of bar on dual nationals to become members of the parliament. however, he added, neither the PPP had contacted his party for its support over the bill and nor his party had made its mind to take any decision. “Look, it’s a debatable matter. Continued on page 04
6 killed, over dozen injured in sibi railway station blast SIBI AgencieS
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Instead of moving forward to bring peace between the nucleararmed neighbours, India on Wednesday said abundant patience and perseverance were required in dealing with Pakistan where many elements were using terror as an instrument of achieving certain objectives. India has not only increased its tirade against Pakistan but also has started pressurizing it with one ploy or another. While its foreign minister is advocating patience, its home minister has just upped the ante against Pakistan with new accusations of its involvement at the state level in the Mumbai 2008 attacks. India’s Foreign Minister SM Krishna said, “While dealing with Pakistan, we need to be cautious. We need to have abundance of patience and perseverance.” he said India had the “anxiety” of improving relations with Pakistan and there should be a sincere reciprocation from the other side which continued to have a “selective” approach towards tackling terrorism. he observed that there were many elements in Pakistan who used terrorism as an
“instrument to achieve short-term and long-term objectives” and it was too early to judge whether the “trust deficit” had been reduced, an aspect required to be monitored on continuous basis. Pakistani state role in Mumbai attacks: Though SM Krishna sounded a little hopeful, he also seemed to follow India’s decades-old one-step-forwardtwo-steps-backward approach with Pakistan that has left the task of improving relations between the two countries impossible.In such a backward-step move that could see tensions between the two nucleararmed neighbours of South Asia rise to newer heights, India’s home minister on Wednesday said a key suspect in the 2008 Mumbai attacks had provided information confirming Pakistani “state support” for the deadly assault. Abu hamza Jundal, also known as Sayed Zabiuddin, an Indian-born member of the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, was detained at Delhi international airport on June 21 when he arrived from the Middle east. Going back to their routine blame game, Chidambaram said without naming Pakistan:
At least six people were killed and more than a dozen injured in a bomb blast at Sibi railway station late on Wednesday. Police said the blast occurred when the Quettabound Jaffar express was on Platform No 2.
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Sibi ShO Balakh Sher said six people were killed and more than 12 had been injured. Police sources said unidentified men planted explosives at the platform or inside a bogey of the Quetta-bound train. “The bomb was detonated with using a remote control,” police said, adding that most of the victims were train passengers.