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Rs 25.00 Vol III No 217 19 Pages Lahore Edition
Sunday, 3 February, 2013 Rabiul Awal 21, 1434
APCNGA starts nationwide protest over CNG closure
Judges making anti-parliament remarks won’t be forgiven: Shah
ISLAMABAD: The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) on Saturday started its nationwide peaceful protest movement against the government over “planned victimisation of the CNG sector”. In this regard, a protest meeting was held at the Bahawalpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The meeting was attended by CNG operators arriving from Rahim Yar Khan, Sadiqabad, Lodhran, Bahawalnagar and adjoining areas. PAGE 19
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Khurshid Shah said on Saturday that judges making anti-parliamentary remarks would not be forgiven. He was talking to journalists after the inaugural ceremony of a utility store in Sukkur. Shah said the parliament was “sovereign” and respectable” institution of representatives elected by 180 million people of the country, and had the power to make legislation until its last day. PAGE 18
Steyn guns down Pakistan to an all time low South Africa held a 411-run lead over Pakistan at the close of the second day of the first test at the Wanderers on Saturday with seven second innings wickets still in hand after dismissing the visitors for their lowest test score of 49. PAGE 21
Drones must roll in Pakistan, says Panetta STORY ON PAGE 02
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N NewS Sunday, 3 February, 2013
Zulfiqar Khosa to contest polls against son
Pakistan has changed. It has women in leadership positions and the highest number of educated women ever. Junaid Jamshed’s crazy ideas are irrelevant. — Journalist Raza Rumi
Drones must keep flying to compromise al Qaeda in Pakistan WASHINGTON
LAHORE: Veteran Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) leader Zulfiqar Ali Khosa announced on Monday that he would contest against his son Saifuddin Khosa in the upcoming general election. Saif quit the PMLN on January 23 after expressing reservations over the party’s policies on the creation of South Punjab province, and announced to join the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). Zulfiqar criticised his son’s decision, saying, “Saif has brought a bad name to our family by joining the PPP, and I will go against him in the elections.” INP
Joint session of parliament summoned on 6th ISLAMABAD: A joint session of parliament has been convened on February 6 to approve the imposition of governor’s rule in Balochistan, the President’s Office said on Saturday. Some new legal bills would also be moved in the session for approval. INP
h e United States will have to keep up an open-ended drone war against al Qaeda militants in Pakistan and elsewhere to prevent another terror attack on America, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said. The assassination of al
Qaeda figures in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia with unmanned, robotic aircraft has provoked widespread criticism from human rights groups and some US allies, but Panetta said the US campaign had been effective. Asked if the CIA “targeted killings” should be curtailed in coming years, Panetta said in an interview on Friday that there was still a need to continue the drone strikes more than a decade since the attacks of September 11, 2001. “I think it depends on the nature of the threat that we’re confronting. We are in a war. We’re in a war on terrorism and we’ve been in that war since 9/11. The whole purpose of our operations was aimed at those who attacked this country and killed 3,000 innocent people in New York as well as 200 people here at the Pentagon,” he said,
who is days away from retiring as the Pentagon chief. Before taking over as the defence secretary, Panetta oversaw a dramatic increase in drone raids in Pakistan as the head of CIA from 2009-2011. “I think we had a responsibility to use whatever technology we could to be able to go after those who not only conducted that attack but were planning to continue to attack this country,” he said. “It’s been an important part of our operations against al Qaeda, not just in Pakistan, but also in Yemen, in Somalia and I think it ought to continue to be a tool we ought to use where necessary,” he said. The CIA drone bombing raids, by Predator and Reaper aircraft armed with hellfire missiles, have caused an unknown number of civilian casualties and prompted accusations that Washington is carrying out extrajudicial killings in the shadows with no genuine oversight by courts or lawmakers. Panetta, who as CIA director presided over the successful raid that killed al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, said the campaign still needed to be regularly reviewed but did not say he favoured turning over the spy agency’s drone war to the military.
Pak-Afghan-UK summit starts in London today LONDON: President Asif Zardari has reached London to attend third trilateral summit among Pakistan, Afghanistan and Britain which will start on Sunday (today) to discuss regional peace and security issues. Being hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron, the summit will also be attended by Afghan President hamid Karzai. During the talks the leaders of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United Kingdom would discuss the regional situation and exchange views on the strategic partnership and evolve joint strategy for reconciliation in Afghanistan to ensure peace and stability in the region. The summit will also discuss post-2014 situation in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of foreign troops. heads and officials of army and intelligence from the three countries will also be in London in connection with the trilateral summit and will have separate meetings. The first of this series of trilateral meetings between Pakistan, Afghanistan and the UK were held in August 2012 and followed by another summit in September when President Zardari, Karzai and Premier Cameron met in the United Nations headquarters in New York on the sidelines of UN annual meeting. APP
At least 3 children die of measles in TT Singh TOBA TEK SINGH: At least three children died of measles in Toba Tek Singh on Saturday, while four others were admitted at a hospital. According to details, three children named Muhammad Qamar, Muhammad Ali and Tayyab died of the measles epidemic in village 265-GB near Toba Tek Singh. The dead include two brothers. Health Department teams reached the affected village and started vaccination. Residents said that the village dispensary has been closed for past two months, and lack of proper treatment facilities had caused the deaths. ONlINe
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There has to be some limit also for abuse. We can do so too and have plenty to say but it would be best to keep some level of decency. — Asma Jahangir
Kerry sworn in to replace Clinton at State Deptt WASHINGTON
ORMeR US secretary of state hillary Clinton formally resigned on Friday from office, concluding a four-year tenure that saw her shatter records for the number of countries visited. John Kerry was subsequently sworn in to replace her. In a letter sent to President Barack Obama shortly before she left the State Department for the last time in her official capacity, Clinton thanked her former rival for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination for the opportunity to serve in his administration. Clinton said it had been an honour to be part of his cabinet. “I am more convinced than ever in the strength and staying power of America’s global leadership and our capacity to be a force for good in the world,” she said in the letter. her resignation became effective at
4pm on Friday when Supreme Court Justice elena Kagan swore in John Kerry as the top US diplomat. The former Senator and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate is the 68th secretary of state. “I’m just very, very honoured to be sworn in and I’m very anxious to get to work,” Kerry told reporters after the private ceremony at the Capitol. “I’ll be reporting Monday morning at nine o’clock to do my part,” he said, but refused to reveal which global hotspot he would visit first. In the State Department’s main lobby, Clinton had to make her way through a throng of American foreign service workers who clamoured for handshakes and smartphone photos with her and gave an emotional goodbye speech. She told them to continue to “serve the nation we all love, to understand the challenges, the threats and the opportunities that the United States faces, and to work with all our heart and all of our might to make sure that America is secure, that our interests are promoted
and our values are respected”. Clinton, however, also left office with a dig at critics of the Obama administration’s handling of the September attack on a US diplomatic mission in Libya. She said earlier on Thursday that critics of the administration’s handling of the attack did not live in an “evidence-based world”, and that their refusal to “accept the facts” was unfortunate and regrettable for the political system. Clinton told reporters that the attack in Benghazi was the low point of her time as America’s top diplomat. But she suggested that the furore over the assault would not affect her decision to run for the presidency in 2016. Although she insisted that she had not yet made up her mind what her future held, she said she “absolutely” still plans to make a difference on issues she cares about in speeches and in a sequel to her 2003 memoir, Living history, which would focus largely on her years as secretary of state.
Sunday, 3 February, 2013
the party’s over for the Chaudhrys! CoNtINuEd FRom PAgE 24
But the biggest shock for the Chaudhrys will be the desertion by their close relative Anwar Ali Cheema from NA67 Sargodha-IV, who is set to join the PML-N following his son. Sumaira Malik, who has been elected twice from NA-69 Khushab-I, is already part of the PML-N. Asim Nazir, MNA from NA-77 Faisalabad-III, has also joined the PML-N. however, the PML-N has decided to award the party ticket to Chaudhry Talal, another Arain from the area and a strong candidate. Talal is the nephew of Chaudhry Akram, former tehsil nazim of Jaranwala. In that case, Asim would contest either from the PTI or as independent candidate. In any case, he is likely to win polls. Rana Asif Tauseef, MNA from NA-80 Faisalabad-VI, is also exploring his options whether to join the PML-N or PPP. he has opened parleys with both the parties. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, elected from NA-87 Jhang-II, is also likely to join the PMLN and matters in this regard are in the final stages. Syed Faisal Saleh hayat, elected from NA-88 Jhang-III, is also in touch with the PMLN and PTI simultaneously. however, he may opt to contest as an independent candidate. Same is the case with
2 soldiers killed in Orakzai blast RAWALPINDI/KALAYA INP
Two soldiers, including an officer, were killed while two others sustained injuries in an improvised explosive device (IeD) blast in Orakzai Agency on Saturday, an ISPR spokesman said. According to details, security forces were conducting a search operation in the Ghunda Mela area of the agency when the IeD exploded at 4pm. Two soldiers, including an officer, were killed in the blast while two others sustained injuries. A military offensive is underway in Orakzai Agency and the neighbouring Khyber Agency.
Five of family scorched in Multan house fire MULTAN INP
At least five people, including a couple and three children, were badly burnt in a fire that engulfed their house late on Friday night. According to details, the incident took place in Mumtazabad area of Multan where leaking pipeline filled the room with gas. A fireball erupted when a family member lit a matchstick to turn the gas stove on. The fire soon engulfed the room resulting in serious burn wounds to house owner Azeem, his wife Zareena and three children Atta Mohiuddin, Ghulam Mohiuddin and Urwa. The injured were rushed to Nishtar hospital Multan where condition of Azeem was said to be serious.
Shaikh Waqas Akram, MNA from Jhang, who has made up his mind to join the PPP and all matters have been finalised in this regard. however, sources close to the MNA said if the PPP did not accept him, he might opt for contesting polls as an independent candidate. Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan, MNA from NA-91 JhangVI, is also mulling his options to jump the PML-Q ship. Sources close to the MNA said talks were continuing with the PPP, PML-N and PTI. Farkhanda Amjad Warraich, elected from NA-92 TT Singh-I, will contest through her own party – the Pakistan National Muslim League (PNML). Riaz Fatyana may also opt to be an independent candidate. The PML-N would field Chaudhry Asadur Rehman, brother of Justice (r) Khalilur Rehman Ramday. Riaz Fatiyana is likely to join the PPP. he may also opt for PTI. Liaquat Abbas Bhatti (NA103) and Sardar Talib Nakai (NA-142) are among the few parliamentarians who might stay with the Chaudhrys. Bhatti was elected from hafizabad, while Nakai has been elected from Kasur. Both are close friends of Chaudhry Wajahat hussain. Deewan Ashiq hussain, elected from NA-153 MultanVI, has to only make a formal announcement to join the N league, as all other matters
have been finalised. Siddique Khan Baloch, MNA from NA-154 LodhranI, is also likely to join the PMLN, while Raza hayat heraj, elected from NA-156 Khanewal-I, is likely to join the PTI. his cousin hamid Yar heraj will join the PML-N. he is also in touch with Yousaf Raza Gilani, who had appointed him a special adviser and eRRA chairman. Pir Mohammad Aslam Bodla from NA-158 KhanewalIII has already joined the PMLN, while Malik Nauman Ahmed Langrial, elected from NA-163 Sahiwal-IV, is also in talks with the PML-N. Khawaja Sheraz Mehmood, elected from NA171 DG Khan-I, is in talks with the PPP, while Legharis from DG Khan are all set to join the PML-N. In such a case, the Leghari-Dareshak-Mazari alliance may win polls from DG Khan and Rajanpur districts. Sardar Bahadur Khan Sehar from NA-181 is all set to join the PPP, while Riaz hussain Pirzada from NA-186 Bahawalpur-IV has already joined the PML-N. Ghaus Bakhsh Mehr from Sindh has joined the PML-F. As far as Balochistan is concerned, Ahmadan Bugti has no other option but to stay with the party. Jam Mohammad Yousaf has already finalised his talks with the PPP and he would join the party soon.
Former Balochistan CM Jam Yousaf passes away after heart attack LAHORE stAff rePOrt
Former Balochistan chief minister and veteran politician Jam Muhammad Yousaf passed away on Saturday night in Islamabad. According to details, Yousaf suffered a heart attack and was taken to a hospital for treatment but he could not survive. Yousaf belonged to a political family of Lasbela and was affiliated with the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid. he was among those nominated in the murder
case of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti and was currently on bail. he will be buried in his ancestral graveyard in Lasbela.
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Thousands will block the GT Road and will march to Islamabad on the day when the resolution for a new province is presented in the National Assembly: Tehrik Suba Hazara General Secretary Sardar Fida
BRTS inAUgURATiOn: A DReAM COMe TRUe
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‘LTC trying best to facilitate public’ LAHORE: The Lahore Transport Company is playing an effective role in planning, regulating and facilitating the transport companies privately operating in Lahore and is paying special emphasis on maintenance and after sales service of buses being plied on various urban routes of city. As a result of the strenuous efforts of LTC, Ankai Company has sent two containers having relevant inventory of spare parts for the purpose of maintenance of buses. This was stated by LTC Chairman Khawaja Ahmed hassan while presiding the high level meeting held in connection with reviewing the various initiatives on Saturday. Chief executive Officer Khawaja haider Latif and other officials were also present in the meeting. hassan said that the LTC had attached top priority to maintenance of buses in Lahore. he said that for the smooth operation of buses, generation of awareness regarding the maintenance of vehicles constitutes very important dimension of safe and efficient public transport system. he said that private transport companies should adopt aggressive strategy of after sales service for the buses plied on various routes of the city. he has said that the LTC had transformed the urban transport culture for the first time in the history of Pakistan on scientific lines and all these efforts were initiated for safe and efficient transport service for the general public. stAff rePOrt
he Punjab government is all set to make the inauguration of the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) into an event that will show off all the achievements of the
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz regime in the five-year term, Pakistan Today has learnt. Sources privy to the development revealed that around 2,500 invitation cards are being printed for prominent guests including foreign dignitaries, bureaucrats, politicians and people from the media. According to further details, the Chief Minister’s Secretariat has issued directions to various administrative departments to highlight the initiatives taken by the Punjab government and to ensure presence of a ‘good’ number of people celebrating the government’s success. The decision came after various highlevel meetings that were attended by prominent politicians and bureaucrats. Schemes that are to be highlighted include the laptop scheme, the solar panels, the green tractors, the yellow cab, Daanish schools and the internship programmes. each concerned department involved in the execution of the respective programme has been given two bus stations [on the BRTS route] where they would put up flex banners and small flags. Giving details of the entire ceremony on February 10, a senior official, on the condition of anonymity, revealed that the
Need acid? it’s at Akbari mandi! No aCtioN BeiNg taKeN agaiNst iNFlueNtial FaCtorY owNers selliNg toxiC aCids iN violatioN oF the laws LAHORE rANA HAIDer
Traders in Akbari Mandi are selling and using acid in violation of the laws, Pakistan Today learnt on Saturday. Most of acid dealers do not have licences. Officials concerned turn a blind eye to this illegal business because these shopkeepers grease their palms. Acid is also dispatched to other parts of the country via trucks from outside Akbari Mandi. No officials from police, city district government and the Special Branch keep an eye on this illegal business. Acid is illegally prepared in the Walled City, including Shadbagh, Shah Alam, Akbari Mandi, Pani Wala Talaab, Misri Shah, Kot Lakhpat, Sunder, Bund Road, Raiwind, and other places. These people are working with the
connivance of the government officials. There are several people who have setup illegal laboratories. Sources said one of such factories was completely destroyed in Shadbagh sometime ago. In this incident six people lost their lives. Due to its easy availability, acid violence still goes unabated and several acid throwing cases have been reported in the city. Sources said bodies of excise Inspector Javed Jaffery and a constable were also found from acid drums. Police sources said, “People running their chemical and paint industry prepare acid and sell it in the black market. But they cannot be stopped because police officials get monthly from these factory owners. These factory owners are politically influential and no one dares to take action against them.” Seeking anonymity, a salesman at an acid store in Akbari Mandi, said, “Our owners have never told us to verify identity of people who buy acid. We sell all kinds of acids, including sulphuric acid and hydrochloric acid. Our customers include industrialists, students. When we refuse to sell acid customers offer us more money.”
function would start from the Gajumata Station where after recitation of the holy Quran and short addresses by officials and the chief minister, the guests will board the buses and get on the route. Along the route, officials of various departments would bring recipient of various schemes such as laptops and solar lamps holding flags to laud the government’s efforts. “It is yet to be decided where the bus will take the turn from because a few days are still left and there can be last minute changes in minor details of the programme,” the official added. Another senior official who attended the meeting said a lot of focus was being paid on the recent directions passed by the election Commission of Pakistan (eCP) which has restricted use of public money on the publicity of a political party.
“When the PC-I of any project is approved, it does not include the cost of the inauguration of that project. Now the already cash-strapped departments have to bear the cost of all the publicity and of bringing people to the BRTS route to laud their leader,” the official added. Talking to Pakistan Today, Information Secretary Mohiyuddin Wani said the government had issued “strict” directions to not display even the photograph of the chief minister on any billboard or hoarding. “We will strictly follow the guidelines of the eCP and no slogan of the PML-N would be allowed. If the PML-N wants to highlight something or laud its leaders, they are free to do it, but the ceremony is a strictly governmental and not of a political party,” Wani added.
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Now or Never, We are to live or perish forever: Chaudhry Rehmat Ali, who coined the name ‘Pakistan’, died on February 3, 1951.
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WAITING COMPENSATION: Traders, affected by the BRTS, have put up banners to attract the CM’s attention. MuRTAZA ALI
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OLICe officials deployed to protect the Metro Bus Service (MBS) enclosures and fences have complained that the Police Department imposes heavy fines if they are absent from duty for a few minutes. The Punjab government has formed a 150-strong special MBS unit to patrol the area in this regard. According to sources, as many as 150 police officials are protecting the Metro Bus Service fences. Police officials said they have been deployed to stop people from crossing the road by climbing the fences. They also said a theft case is registered against a person if he is arrested while climbing the fence. They said further a police official
MuJahid squad sP saYs theY will show Zero toleraNCe to NegligeNt oFFiCials is marked absent if he leaves the fence without telling his superiors. Later, Mujahid Squad Superintendent of Police Romeel Akram fines the ‘absentee’. They said the fined official is asked to deposit fine in the bank at all costs. Seeking anonymity, a police official said, “I went on a two-day leave. I was astonished to see that the department had deducted my 10 day salary. I was also forced to deposit a Rs 7,500 fine in the bank. The government is already paying us peanuts and is forcing us to work whole day. I request the Punjab chief minister to have pity on us.” he also said they have arrested a lot of people while climbing the fences and handed them over to police stations concerned. Another police official said that he was on 18-day leave. When he rejoined his duty the Police Department deducted
his two-month salary, he added. “We are not even supposed to answer phone calls. In the beginning we were fined Rs 200 to 300, but now the department has come hard at us. We are forced to deposit heavy fines in bank.” Talking to Pakistan Today, Mujahid Squad Superintendent of Police (SP) Romeel Akram said, “All officials should inform their superiors before leaving their duty posts. Officials need to do their duty in a better way. Law binds officials to inform superiors before leaving. Fine is imposed if someone leaves without informing his superiors. We will not show tolerance to negligence, because this is a costly project. Our priority is to protect it. Police will secure this project for two to three months and then hand it over to a private security agency. We have seized more than 400 kg of iron and action has been taken against 300 people.” The SP said that police have informed people to use overhead bridges to cross the roads, adding that action would be taken against those who do not use these bridges.
CM gives away 100 buses to 100 colleges LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that provision of buses to the colleges at a cost of Rs 2 billion rupees for facilitating the builders of the nation is a gift of Punjab government for them. he said that the resources required for equipping the young generation with modern knowledge and educational facilities would be provided. he said that provision of buses for the male and female students of colleges was such a welfare programme and next government would also continue it. he was addressing the distribution ceremony of buses to colleges at Model Town on Saturday. The CM gave away keys of buses to the heads of educational institutions. During the function, buses have been provided to hundred colleges of the province. Ninety buses were handed over to the principles of girls colleges whereas ten buses to boys colleges. stAff rePOrt
illegal plastic factory caught selling expired dry milk! LAHORE stAff rePOrt
Custom Anti-Smuggling Squad raided a factory situated in Shadbagh and recovered illegal goods worth more than Rs 10 million, recovered 1,200 bags of expired dry milk, washing Surf, 1,200 plastic bags, heavy quantity of plastic dana, 400 drums of illegal Irani petroleum jelly and other goods In another report, an over-speeding car collided with a rickshaw, fell in the canal and
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injured the rickshaw driver who was rushed to a hospital. The police reached the spot and arrested the driver of the car, Ashan. The report said that the milk and surf was to be distributed all over Pakistan after packing. In another report, a 55-year-old woman’s dead body was recovered from the area of Manga Mandi. A robbery incident took place in the house of citizen named Furqan resident of Server Road where robbers took goods worth millions and escaped from the scene.
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There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless.’ There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard — Arundhati Roy
Sunday, 3 February, 2013
SyRiA envOy SAyS Un COUnCiL ‘LAST APPeAL’ DAMASCUS
akhdar Brahimi, the joint UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, has called on the divided United Nations Security Council to take action to end the ongoing conflict in Syria, saying it was “the last appeal”. Speaking during a panel discussion at the Munich Security Conference in Germany on Friday, Brahimi said neither the Syrian people, nor the countries of the region, were able to find a way to end the conflict. “All that is left is the wider international world,” he said, saying only the UN Security Council could find a solution. “You are the last appeal,” he told the conference. “Please do your job...We need a clear decision from the Security Council to set the agenda for a peaceful solution of the problem.” Brahimi went on to say that he would not give up hope that a solution for the country’s conflict would be found. “But you know having hope doesn’t mean being starry eyed, and frankly now as we speak, I am much more conscious of the difficulties and of the country
being broken, day after day than I am of a solution around the corner,” he said. Mouaz al-Khatib, Syria’s top opposition leader, also spoke at the conference, saying he was willing to sit down for talks with President Bashar al-Assad’s government, “but the regime should make its own gesture by releasing 160,000 detainees”. Khatib reiterated an offer first made on Wednesday, which had provoked an outcry from some opposition groups that insist Assad must step down first. he back-peddled on Thursday, saying he was just expressing his own opinion. Khatib was chosen in November to head the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, a new umbrella group designed to represent most of the rebels and soothe Western concerns about the ability of the opposition to pull together and present a viable alternative to Assad’s rule. The US, its Western allies and most opposition groups insist Assad must step down first, a position that Syria’s longtime ally Russia has strongly opposed. Despite the controversy raised by the comments, they marked the first opening for the possibility of dialogue to end a nearly two-year-long conflict that the UN
says has killed more than 60,000 people. Khatib said any assistance from the international community would be welcomed and that the opposition groups were striving to enter negotiations to “peacefully overthrow the regime”. earlier on Friday, opposition sources said Khatib would meet Brahimi on the sidelines of the conference, along with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Vice President Joe Biden. But a UN official and a senior Russian diplomat said there were no plans for them all to meet together. A Russian diplomatic source did not rule out a meeting taking place “spontaneously” at the weekend conference. If it occurred it would be the first time the US and Russia, who have been at loggerheads over whether Assad can have a role in a transitional government, had sat down together with the opposition. Khatib in December rejected a Russian invitation to come to Moscow for talks and urged Lavrov to apologise for what he said was Russian intervention in Syria and support for Assad. Russia, Syria’s main arms supplier, has blocked three UN Security Council resolutions on Syrian conflict.
deadly clashes in Cairo as egyptians rally CAIRO
T least one person has been killed in clashes with police after thousands of opponents of President Mohamed Morsi returned to the streets of egypt, demanding his resignation in the wake of the deadliest violence since he came to power seven months ago. Protesters braved Cairo rainfall on Friday to march to Tahrir Square and the presidential palace, chanting “Freedom!” and “Morsi is illegitimate!” Some tossed Molotov cocktails at the presidential palace, prompting security forces to respond with water cannon and tear gas. Scores of protesters clashed with riot police several hundred metres from the square, witnesses said. At least 79 people were wounded in the clashes, according to the interior m i n i s t r y. Private television channels in egypt aired footage of a m a n
being stripped naked, beaten, and dragged along the pavement by security forces. The country’s interior minister apologised for that incident, saying it was “the actions of individuals” and not standard police practice. Al Jazeera’s Sherine Tadros, reporting from Cairo, described the scene near the presidential palace on Friday night as “complete mayhem”. Security forces chased protesters away from the square, shooting tear gas at them, while protesters responded by setting fires and throwing homemade bombs back at the police. With multi-coloured fireworks bouncing off their shields and bursting among them, helmeted and baton-wielding riot police chased protesters at the palace and set their tents ablaze. Petrol bombs briefly set fire to a building inside the compound. In response to the violence, Morsi issued a statement vowing that security forces would “act with utmost decisiveness” to protect state buildings. Morsi’s office said the government would hold opposition groups deemed to be behind the violence “politically accountable”. The opposition National Salvation Front, which called for mass rallies on Friday, said it “had no connection whatsoever with the trouble that erupted suddenly in front of the presidential palace”. It said the NSF condemned all acts of violence and urged security forces to exercise “utmost restraint” with the protesters. The enemy of God’ In the Suez Canal city of Port Said, meanwhile, men in black shirts of mourning marched through the city, the scene of the worst violence of the past nine days, chanting and shaking their fists.
hollande pledges French withdrawal from mali BAMAKO AgeNcIes
France will continue operations in northern Mali, but will hand over military operations in the country in time, President Francois hollande has told troops in Timbuktu during a one-day trip to the country. hollande arrived in the central garrison town of Sevare early on Saturday to meet troops and discuss a military handover to west African troops, amid allegations of civilian deaths from air strikes and ethnic reprisals during the military intervention. hollande told the French soldiers on Friday that he was happy with their efforts and that “a lot of you French soldiers will be replaced by eCOWAS forces and our Malian friends”, whom he said he had faith in.
“The Malian authorities, and it is their responsibility, want to recover the territorial integrity that has been removed from them for some time and we will be by their side to continue this operation in the northern part of the country. But we do not have the intention of staying, because our African friends will carry on the work we have done so far,” hollande said. “And then eCOWAS and Malians will ensure the security of the entirety of the Malian territory,” he added. hollande’s visit to Mali comes as the French-led military intervention in the country to recapture towns from al-Qaeda-linked rebel groups was swiftly coming to a close. Al Jazeera’s Jacky Rowland, reporting from the airport in Timbuktu, said that the final stage of the military intervention was yet to be completed.
ZA'ATARI: A Syrian man carries a newborn child in the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan. AgeNcIes
india gang-rape suspects plead not guilty NEw DELHi: Five men have pleaded not guilty to charges they gang-raped and murdered an Indian trainee physiotherapist, in a case that led to a shake-up of laws against sexual crimes after protests about a rising number of attacks on women. The men on Saturday entered the court room with their faces covered, and lawyers in the case said they were read 13 charges including murder, which carries a maximum penalty of death. They left after 15 minutes. “After the judge read out the charges, the five pleaded not guilty and walked out” said A.P. Singh, a lawyer defending two of the accused, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur. Singh said the next hearing will be held on February 5, when the prosecution will call three witnesses to the formal start of the trial. A sixth person police say was part of the gang that attacked the woman and her friend is a juvenile and will be tried separately. Police say the gang lured the 23-year-old physiotherapy student onto a bus, where they repeatedly raped and assaulted her with a metal bar before throwing her bleeding onto a highway. She died of internal injuries two weeks later. The case ignited nationwide demonstrations by protesters demanding better safety for women. AgeNcIes
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In this system where people accept corruption, why would honest professionals leave their jobs and join politics. — Kashmala Tariq
Sunday, 3 February, 2013
ShARiFS ThRUST PUnjAB inTO DARKneSS: eLAhi dePutY PM saYs N-league has oNlY CoMPleted Jaati uMrah ProJeCt GUJRAT
ePUTY Prime Minister Chaudhry Parvez elahi on Saturday said that if Shahbaz Sharif had not terminated former government’s projects there would have been no darkness in Punjab today. Addressing a gathering of former nazims, councillors and notables of NA105 in Gujrat, the Pakistan Muslim
saYs PuNJaB govt will give rs 1 BillioN suBsidY everY MoNth oN ‘JaNgla’ Bus serviCe League-Quaid leader said, “We do politics of progress and development of Pakistan and welfare of the people, anti-people will not be able to compete with us anywhere with the blessings of Almighty Allah, N-League has not completed any project other than Jaati Umrah.” Federal minister Chaudhry Wajahat hussain and other party leaders were also present. The deputy PM said that the measures taken by him for people’s welfare, including free provision of health
and education and creation of maximum employment opportunities as the District Council chairman then as the Punjab chief minister and now as the deputy prime minister have not only been praised at the national level, but also hailed internationally. he said, “We have worked day and night for enhancing the prestige of the Punjab and Gujrat and because of this people of other provinces tell me today that Punjab of my tenure was very much better. We started free education in 64,000 of the province for the first time in the history of Pakistan, provided stipends to the girl students. The present government ended our system and thus shut the doors of education on the poor girl students and caused the rest of the damage by establishing Daanish Schools.”
Ch Pervaiz elahi said further Sharif brothers have only developed Jaati Umrah, adding, “We exempted five marla houses of the poor and twelve and half acres of land from tax, provided free education, transport and other facilities to the special children. The Punjab government will give a subsidy of Rs 1 billion every month on ‘jangla’ bus service which will be received from the poor people.”
Judges passing anti-parliamentary remarks won’t be forgiven: shah SUKKUR ONlINe
LAHORE: Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila offering Fateha for the departed soul of late Abbas Shahrif, brother of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday. INP
MQM to contest polls on its own: Sattar ISLAMABAD APP
Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Dr Farooq Sattar on Saturday said the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) would contest upcoming general elections independently. Addressing a press conference, he said the MQM always contested the election independently with its own manifesto, however, seat adjustment could be made with likeminded parties. he said the MQM was in alliance with Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on the basis of five points, including fight against terrorism, strengthening democracy, economic stability in the country, to make reconciliation policy successful and to stabilise the country. “We played our role as a responsible political party to achieve these targets,” he maintained.
Musharraf is a liar: Shahbaz LAHORE NNI
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday said a commission should be formed to probe Kargil operation as former president Pervez Musharraf is a liar. According to a statement, Shahbaz said Pakistan had been segregated from world just because of Musharraf’s Kargil war. Musharraf is also responsible for terrorism and suicide attacks, added Shabaz, saying, “history will remember Musharraf for devastation of Pakistan.” “Pakistan cannot afford delay in election as taking of fresh mandate from public is need of the hour,” Shahbaz Sharif said further.
GILANI CHALLENGES DISQUALIFICATION ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Saturday appeared in the Supreme Court of Pakistan to file a review petition against his disqualification in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case. Gilani filed the plea against his conviction and disqualification by the apex court in the contempt of court case. On April 26, 2012, a seven-member SC bench convicted Gilani in contempt of court proceedings against him for refusing to comply with an order to write a letter to the authorities in Switzerland, asking them to reopen corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. ONlINe
Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Khurshid Shah said on Saturday that judges making anti-parliamentary remarks would not be forgiven. he was talking to journalists after the inaugural ceremony of a utility store in Sukkur. Shah said the parliament was “sovereign” and respectable” institution of representatives elected by 180 million people of the country, and had the power to make legislation until its last day. “We would not allow anyone to damage its sanctity,” he said, adding that all institutions must work within their limitations. “For five years we tolerated everything. even our prime minister and ministers had to go to courts and no case was proven against them,” he added. The minister also said that no decision would be accepted that spreads anarchy in the state. he reiterated that elections
would take place as planned. he further said that the procedure enshrined in the constitution regarding the creation of new provinces would be pursued. About the sit-in announced by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), he said the opposition party had said that it would stage the sit-in against conspiracies being hatched against democracy. “The PML-N’s intention would become clear after it stages the sit-in,” he added. he further said that no new employment orders were being issued after the imposition of the ban by the election Commission.
Creating the classrooms of tomorrow ROOHI HAq If that is the vision for the ‘schools of tomorrow,’ then the vision for tomorrow’s classrooms must answer the following questions: What skills are studentslikely to come up with, and how are these different from what they possessed in the past?What new skills will the teachers of tomorrow need to acquire in order to cope with their students? Will the classroom setup and ambience be different? how? And most importantly, what will the classroom ethos be? Before we enter into a discussion on tomorrow’s classrooms, it might be relevant to reflect on the classrooms of yesterday. In the 1900s, classrooms were in rooms, tents or outdoors;there was only one teacher and the students sat in rows on wooden desks and chairs, waiting for the teacher to pour knowledge from the jug (teacher’s brain) into the mug (the brain of the students). In fact, it is recorded in history that Irish nuns used to sit on desks placed on raised platforms and the students had to sit in rows at a lower level. The rooms were mostly bare and grey.The classroom environment was extremely didactic with the teacher being the key performer and participant, and the students being passive learners who had to remain quiet, no questions asked. The
most important skillsrequired in the show the way towardsa more particistudents were being able to follow pative classroom environment. Theoinstructions, copy from the blackries of learning showed the board, take notes as the importance of language and teacher spoke, and memmotivation in the learning “we are teaChiNg aNd orise facts. They had to process.”You can lead a learNiNg iN aN eduCatioNal learn to read, write horse to water, but you laNdsCaPe where the studeNts No and do maths. It was cannot make him loNger have to CoMe to sChool to an extremely comdrink”was the mes‘get’the iNForMatioN. sChools petitive and detersage. Awareness that Need to Be aBout exPerieNtial m i n i s t i c the desire to learn is learNiNg, eMPoweriNg studeNt environment where intrinsic not extrinsic voiCe aNd eMBraCiNg studeNt natural intelligence had begun to deFailure.” diaNa lauFeNBurg at the was analysed through velop.Knowledge was sot 2012 iN Kuala luMPur. prescriptive tests. Stustill very much confined dents were motivated to learn through rewards and punishments (very severe at times). The most important skill that the teachers needed to possess was the ability to plan and control a class. evenin those times, there were some really inspiring teachers who lived long in the hearts of their students. These teachers were sensitive to the students’ needs and sincerely wanted to help their students achieve success and become good human beings. They would help students understand, acquire knowledge, and answer their questions.however, students could still not challenge the teacher or the textbook! In the early 1980s, more research provided in-depth knowledge about teaching and learning, which began to
to the classroom. The teacher was still the leader,but the concept of more than one leader in the classroom began toemerge. Students’ mood and choice became important. “What would you like to do today, children?” the teacher would ask. Theories of learning (Vygotsky,Bruner,and Chomsky) highlighted the importance of collaboration and student talk in the learning process. They called it ‘Social Constructivism’ which meant learning from each other and with each other. Classrooms became alive with student talk. Group discussions and pair reviews became the order of classrooms all over the world. Assessment took on a more developmental garb and the concept of ‘learning through failure, assessment for learning, and teaching’ took root in the
hearts of many a teacher. “If you cannot do it now, you cannot do it yet.” Development is not linear, it is cyclical. Concrete experiences are the most important, hence learning sciences became a handson experience. Maths was best taught through concrete/practical experiences. Intelligence was rethought, and considered a living factor that could be taught and developed. Most classroom tasks, however, remained individualistic and it was said that most students who appeared to be doing group work were actually working individually. Assessment still remained very summative for older students, but for the younger students it took on a more formative role. Mrs NasreenKasuri, in her keynote address, summed it up very succinctly, “Classrooms of tomorrow must foster,in the world of rapid change, an agile and adaptable mind, a pragmatic and cooperative temperament, a strong ethical orientation, and a desire to play a constructive, worthwhile and responsible role in society.’ The foundations for the classrooms of tomorrow need to be laid today. The teachers facilitating learning in them need to be developed today. But before that, as the Minister of Information, Communication and Culture DrRaisYatim pointed out brilliantly in his address at the SOT,“teachers need to change their mindset, therein lies the solution.”
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We are focussing on our performance, not bygone phenomenon. — Maryam Nawaz Sharif
Sunday, 3 February, 2013
Army dismisses another human Rights watch report ISLAMABAD stAff rePOrt
A spokesperson of Inter-services Public Relations (ISPR) has termed the human Rights Watch (hRW) recent report a pack of lies, propaganda driven and totally biased. In a statement issued on the ISPR website on Saturday, the spokesperson said that the report was yet another attempt to malign Pakistan and its institutions through fabricated and unverified reports, completely favouring an anti-Pakistan agenda. “The hRW has based its opinion on imprecise facts and biased views,” the statement read. “The hRW report seems to be a clear attempt to further fuel already ongoing scectarian violence and to create chaos and disorder in Pakistan. hRW has no credibility and has been criticised world wide for raising controversies through its biased reports and funding from certain quarters and its reports have been rejected by many countries of the world.” The 635-page hRW World Report 2013 launched in late January, had alleged that the Pakistani government had failed to act against abuses by security and intelligence agencies and allowed extremist groups to attack religious minorities. NOWSHEHRA: People gather at the site after a blast in a CD shops market on Saturday.
APCngA STARTS nATiOnwiDe PROTeST OveR Cng CLOSURe ISLAMABAD
MeetiNg Passes resolutioN CalliNg For iMMediate reMoval oF dr asiM hussaiN
h e All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) on Saturday started its nationwide peaceful protest movement against the government over “planned victimisation of the CNG sector”. In this regard, a protest meeting was held at the Bahawalpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The meeting was attended by CNG operators arriving from Rahim Yar Khan, Sadiqabad, Lodhran, Bahawalnagar and adjoining areas. The meeting observed with con-
cern that Adviser to Prime Minister on Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim hussain had promised APCNGA leaders to end gas load shedding from February 1; however the meeting observed that the promise was not kept. Speaking on the occasion, APCNGA Chairman Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha said that all recent developments point at “the plan to destroy the CNG sector to intro-
Kamran Faisal’s body exhumed, post-mortem started on remains MIAN CHANNU ONlINe
The body of deceased National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officer Kamran Faisal has been exhumed on the orders of a local magistrate, and post-mortem has been started. On the request of an investigating officer probing the Kamran Faisal death case, Magistrate Chaudhry Shafiq Ahmed Shafi ordered that the deceased’s body be exhumed following consent by Faisal’s father. Mubarak Mand, investigating officer and inspector of Islamabad Secretariat Police Station, had filed a request in the magistrate’s court to exhume the deceased’s body. During the hearing of the plea, deceased’s father Chaudhry Abdul hameed agreed to give permission to recover his son’s body with some reservations. he demanded that the sanctity of the grave and the dead body be maintained during the entire process, and the body should be buried with a new shroud (burial sheet) after the investigations conclude.On this, the area magistrate allowed the body to be exhumed, while instructing that the wishes of the deceased’s father be honoured. After exhuming the body, forensic experts have started post-mortem on the remains.
duce expensive liquid gases in the country to earn billions in the shortest possible time”. The ongoing “artificial gas crisis” and unjust distribution of gas by penalising Punjab is part of the plan hatched by those who matter the most in the current coalition, he said. APCNGA Bahawalpur Chairman Mian Shahid also spoke on the occasion while reposing confidence in the Paracha’s leadership. Lauding the courts, Shahid said that masses and CNG sector would get relief after March 16, when the new setup will be installed. During the meeting, the CNG stakeholders decided to reopen CNG stations by force and resist attempts by any gov-
ernment department to keep filling stations shut in violation of court orders. The meeting passed a resolution for immediate dismissal of Dr Asim, who they held responsible for the worst-ever energy crisis in the history of the country. They strongly condemned the unprecedented power and gas load shedding in the country. The members said that the disaster was the result of record corruption by the ruling cabal, which comprised of the most notorious people ever. CNG station owners also asked the Punjab government and police to refrain from taking any action that would be tantamount to contempt of court. The second protest meeting would be held in Multan on Sunday.
Altaf won’t attend any PPP meeting until resolution of issues KARACHI ONlINe
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf hussain will neither contact any leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) nor attend any of its meetings unless both the parties resolve outstanding matters, the MQM core committee has announced. The core committee’s meeting continued until late hours of Friday night. It was told in the meeting that President Asif Ali Zardari and MQM chief Altaf hussain deliberated over all controversial issues and pledged to continue their efforts to resolve them. The committee further said that Interior Minister Rehman Malik had played a positive role in the talks, adding that certain elements adopted negative and provocative posture to undermine MQM-PPP alliance.
Flouting of court orders not to be tolerated: CJP LAHORE ONlINe
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said on Saturday that violation of court orders would not be tolerated under any circumstances, adding that nobody was above the law and constitution, and all cases would be heard on merit. he was speaking at a session of the National Judicial Policymaking Committee (NJPC) held at the Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry. The chief justices of all four provinces also attended the meeting. Addressing the participants, the CJP said, “We want supremacy of the constitution and rule of law. Provision of cheap and speedy justice is our top priority. We are trying to ensure the delivery of justice through judicial policy… We are committed to fulfil our constitutional obligations.” The CJP further said that effective steps were being made to provide speedy justice, adding that the judiciary’s performance had improved a great deal over the last five years. he said that the judiciary was the defender of the constitution, and that it was determined to fulfil its constitutional responsibilities. he said that merit-based decisions of the courts had increased the level of public confidence in the judiciary. he added that judges must be provided with foolproof security, as the law and order situation in Pakistan, especially in areas such as Karachi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, remained unstable. he further said that the country faced a shortage of judges, adding that despite having sent an application in this regard, the issue remained unresolved. Saturday’s ses-
SOME SC DECISIONS OVER AND ABOVE CONSTITUTION: AITZAZ BIRMINGHAM: Prominent lawyer and senior PPP leader Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan has said that some of the decisions of the Supreme Court were over and above the scope of constitution and there was a need that the chief justice of Pakistan paid attention towards that end. Speaking at a reception hosted in his honour by PPP officials in Birmingham, Aitzaz said the sit-in by Dr Tahirul Qadri had turned into a Taliban-like situation and the government had to enter into an agreement with him on humanitarian consideration, as women, children and elderly people had started falling ill. He said the agreement had no legal or constitutional position, adding that three of four demands by Qadri were unconstitutional because the Election Commission could not be immediately dissolved and there was a procedure to remove the chief election commissioner and members of the commission. Aitzaz said Tahirul Qadri used the students of Minhajul Quran like the Taliban to demand dismissal of government and imposition of Shariah of his choice.He opposed the formation of caretaker government in consultation with the army and judiciary, saying that it was illegal, unconstitutional and against their oath. About the country’s economic situation, Aitzaz said foreign investment would not arrive until terrorism was controlled, adding that investment was necessary to overcome unemployment and other problems. He said Bilawal Bhutto was intelligent but he had to prove that he had vision and courage like his grandfather and mother. He said President Asif Ali Zardri had the best capability to form coalition government that others lacked and hoped that he would be able to form a coalition government in the future as well. The PPP leader said the government could not resolve the problems of the people for which the PPP would have to explain to the people in Sindh, MQM to the people in Karachi, ANP to people in KPK and PML-N to Punjabis. INP
sion of the NJPC reviewed the implementation of the national judicial policy and other issues related to speedy settlement of cases. The meeting was attended
by the chief justices of all high courts as well as those of Gilgit-Baltistan, the Azad Jammu & Kashmir Supreme Court, and the Federal Shariat Court.
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I try to be careful about wording. One of the things I've tried to combat in my blog is the notion that journalists are arrogant and unconcerned with the readership. –Nicholas D Kristof
CommeNt Sunday, 3 February, 2013
On the offensive the terrorists remain the same: the terrorists
eRRORISTS have all these years treated Shias, Ahmadis and Christians as sitting ducks. They have also conducted indiscriminate attacks on shrines, busy shopping areas, security personnel and military assets. A recent report in the media claiming that the TTP had vowed not to attack Pakistan army was seemingly no more than somebody’s wishful thinking. On Saturday, the terrorists raided an army camp in Lakki Marwat killing six security personnel. Only a man with a crooked logic could justify the attack as an act of revenge for the killing of two Taliban commanders in the US drone attacks. This is precisely what the TTP spokesman has done. The TTP has all along rejected the constitution along with democracy and the judicial system. The terrorists oppose the idea of a Muslim state within defined geographical limits and are seeking to create a world Islamic caliphate. What has to be understood, and is being constantly ignored by the establishment, is that the terrorists are pursuing a plan to destroy the state of Pakistan. On Friday, 28 people, most of them Shia worshippers, died when a suicide bomber detonated his jacket outside their mosque. Over four hundred Shias have died in attacks of the sort in 2012 alone. On Thursday, of the 18 people who fell victim to targeted attacks in Karachi, three were Sunni clerics. The Sunni leaders maintained, as they had done many times before, that the killings were not motivated by any communal hatred. They blamed the agencies instead for failing to do their duty. There is a widespread perception that foreign powers are behind some of the deadly incidents of terrorism. The anti-Shia networks are being avowedly funded by elements in the Gulf who make a cynical use of religion and sect to pursue their strategic goals in the region. There are others who would like Karachi and Balochistan to burn. The terrorists would not hesitate to provoke hostilities between India and Pakistan to benefit from the chaos. The new edition of the Army’s Green Book indicated a significant shift in its operational priorities as it mentioned internal security challenges as major threat and danger to the country’s sovereignty. It was also understood that the corps commanders had finalised a new terror war strategy. One had expected that the civil and military establishment would henceforth act in unison to remove the terrorist threat once and forever. The incidents of the last few days show things remain much the same.
The right to vote For overseas Pakistanis
he beauty of democracy is that it allows anyone and everyone to express their opinion through ballot box. every single vote counts and the political landscape tilts to the side where the majority shows its trust. But the system has its limitations as well like how we can decide who to include in the universal suffrage, considering the fact that it can’t literally be universal. It has its checks on age or where someone lives. This latter issue has gained momentum in the past few months with reference to the Pakistanis living abroad. The 4.3 million overseas Pakistanis, registered with the election Commission of Pakistan (eCP), have been given the right to vote after a long struggle that saw its heady days when the powers that be had an interest in the issue but was left in the lurch when faced with resistance and outright rejection by none other than the politicians in the parliament. Following their vested interests, the politicians divided overseas Pakistanis into two categories: the ones who wanted the right to vote and the ones who wanted to contest in elections too. An attempt was made at legislation that allowed the overseas Pakistanis to contest elections, thus giving a chance to the likes of Tahirul Qadri and Altaf hussain to play a much bigger role in country’s politics if that’s even possible, but the whole idea lost momentum when dual nationality holders were disallowed to contest elections by the Supreme Court. The right to vote for the Pakistanis living abroad is not without a twist though. They are allowed to vote but only if they come to Pakistan and vote in their constituency. The government does seem to have a sense of irony as to exercise their right to vote, the overseas Pakistanis have to be inside Pakistan. Granted there may not be a suitable mechanism available now to let them cast their votes, as Law Minister Farooq h Naek says, the eCP and the government had ample time to consider alternatives. It’s not like this idea just cropped up, it has been lingering on at least since the Musharraf regime. Technicalities like allowing them to exercise their right through postal ballot or any electronic method, establishing of polling stations at Pakistan’s foreign missions, who would monitor ballot box and who would manage the whole exercise, among others, do call for more consultation to find out a solution that stands out and yet is simple enough to implement and use. Overseas Pakistanis are as much patriot as anyone inside the country. The right to vote is inherent for them too; facilitating the same is the government’s responsibility.
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Concepts and their meanings the constitution is the disease, the system its symptom
hAT came first, the chicken or the egg? We will never know, though ‘scientists’ could well come up with a bizarre ‘answer’ some day, to later reject it for another more bizarre one. Because they cannot ‘scientifically verify’ Divine Creation, they will tell you that the chicken or egg question is irrelevant because it was an accident, just as they say the question “What was there before the Big Bang?” is irrelevant because there was no ‘time’ and thus no ‘before’. how simplistic can one get? And these guys get Nobel Prizes? If terrorists past can become freedom leaders present and get Nobel Peace Prizes, why can’t scientists playing God? They have no inner eye and cannot feel with the mind and think with the heart – that is ‘unscientific’ too. So what comes first, evolution or revolution? Actually, they both work in tandem, one feeding off the other in a symbiotic relationship: evolution leads to revolution and revolution to evolution. Most political revolutions are preceded by anarchy and a period of bloodletting before and after. But there is no guarantee that anarchy will automatically lead to revolution and a better status quo, not unless would-be revolutions are anchored in a modern, coherent and doable ideology whose objective is the betterment of the human condition. We use the phrase ‘social contract’ willynilly. What is a social contract? It is a contract between peoples of different nationalities and ethnicities about why they wish to live together in a state, how they wish it to be run and under which creed or ideology. The driving force behind a social contract is that people think that under the new dispensation they have a better chance to get delivery and children’s future will be secure. That is their stake in the state. To make the state work they agree to cede part of their sovereignty and certain powers to the state to run their affairs. If the state stops delivering the social contract evaporates and people lose their stake in it. This is what happened in the Soviet Union. When a social contract is reduced to writing it becomes the constitution, the ‘basic law’. If the social contract is wooly ab initio, constitution makers are bereft of original ideas and fall back on copying constitutions of others. The social contract soon evaporates and the constitution becomes irrelevant and unworkable. An alien constitution never works for it cannot deliver good governments that deliver to the people. For a man-made entity like a state to persist, its social contract and thus its constitution have to be dynamic: cosmetic changes to alien constitutions only strengthen an iniquitous status quo while the state withers as people become increasingly disaffected. Anarchy leads to destruction, and if the social contract suffers congenital defects, an emasculation of a state. Chaos and anarchy then persist: witness Karachi and large swathes of Pakistan awash in blood. Then either the most powerful force, domestic or foreign, intervenes or anarchy descends into nihilism and the state, especially a new one claiming to be based on a religion with myriad interpretations, soon bites the dust. We have two powerful domestic forces: the army and the extremists, many using terrorist techniques, not forgetting that in a state with an iniquitous status quo governments are the biggest terrorists and Mafiosi that
lead to non-state extremism-terrorism. Our civil society is still embryonic and confused, mired in western social and political constructs to which a desperate people cannot relate. Luckily the extremists are without unity, divided into many factions, and will find it difficult to take over such a large state where only a small minority supports them even less than they support the many religious political parties divided by their irreconcilable doctrinaire differences. however, while extremists and religious forces have a simple though simplistic message, our liberal moderates have none except for alien banalities, many irrelevant to the oppressed. Thus as people get more and more desperate, religious forces attract more and more desperadoes. What do they have to offer them? More elections? Selective justice for the rich and powerful? Constitutional hairsplitting? Freedom of expression? Where’s food, jobs, education, security, affordability, utilities, transport…? So army intervention is the more likely, if only to keep the state together by force, but only for a while. We know from experience that they don’t have solutions, only optics. A coup d’état is not revolution: it is a “hit against the state”. If anarchy persists and the army doesn’t intervene, the country could be divided into many fiefdoms run by religious warlords or split into many states as has happened in the subcontinent twice in recent history. Not knowing how to adopt a better system with consensus, not imposition, is why I support persistence with this filth system so that it evolves to its natural end, hopefully to be replaced by a better one. If it does not, know that the land and the people don’t go anywhere: they just change nationalities while sitting in one place as our forefathers did. A friend of my father’s was born a British Indian, became a Pakistani, is now a Bangladeshi, all while sitting in Dhaka! As to foreign forces, they are already at work, exploiting the loss of stake in the social contract of many. Their prime objective is to castrate our nuclear arsenal so that it doesn’t fall into the hands of those they think are dangerous to them and Israel. This begs the question: what is ‘revolution’? Literally, a single revolution takes place when a wheel goes round in one full circle. Imagine a state to be a cart and its wheels the people. The place where it stands is the status quo. That place suits some people but not the majority. When that place becomes untenable there is a storm (anarchy) and the cart’s wheels move just one circle to a new place. That new place is the new, hopefully better, status quo. That is ‘revolution’. The state moves – forward or backward depends on your point of view. If not, anarchy persists and the storm overturns the cart. Geographies change. Witness egypt: anarchy has led to more anarchy; the state is unraveling because a coherent ideology is absent.
People wanted change from an oppressive system, but based on what – an imported electoral system that passes for democracy? Sorry, doesn’t work. So what is democracy? It is not simply elections, not unless elections are part of a system that regularly throws up good governments that continuously and significantly improve the human condition starting from the poorest. China has done that: improved the human condition more and faster than ever in human history, not through western-style elections but within the Communist Party. An imported system, electoral or otherwise, only fortifies an iniquitous status quo in which the poor get poorer and the rich get richer because it is programmed to making the oppressed elect their oppressors as their representatives – “You are free to buy any car you wish as long as it is a black BMW”. The people’s ‘representatives’ only represent themselves. Far from being their guardian angels, they are actually their angels of deprivation and death. What is ideology? We throw words around without understanding them. The word ideology comes from the word ‘idea’. Thus ideology is an idea around which all systems and laws are structured. That ideology then takes the form of a creed or religion in which people have faith. A religion is an ideology imbued with the spiritual, belief in God (or a pantheon of gods symbolising various attributes of the One God). The best ideology is one that contains both spiritualism and secularism. We also misunderstand the word ‘secular’ because clerics have dinned it into us that it means no faith in God. Secular means worldly or temporal (from the word ‘temporary’ because this world and life in it are temporary, as indeed is the multiverse). Islam is both spiritual and secular because it is also a way of life. It instructs people about their relationships, laws, economics, behaviour and etiquette – don’t enter someone’s house without knocking and seeking permission first, for example. I ended my last article saying that the people have come a long way in the last five years: then they thought that elections were equal to democracy and the panacea for all their ills. Now they realise that delivery is equal to democracy. It is the political system that is wrong because it doesn’t deliver. Another five years, maybe less, and they will realise that the constitution is the problem because it spawns the bad political system: the constitution is the disease, the system its symptom. When that realisation dawns we will take the right direction. This article is incomplete. We still have to cast the Pakistani situation in this context in ‘evolution or Revolution’ later. else what is the point? The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at email@example.com
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I have always looked on disobedience toward the oppressive as the only way to use the miracle of having been born. –Oriana Fallaci
Sunday, 3 February, 2013
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Politicised bureaucracy Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, has demanded change of provincial governors before general elections to be held this year. President and provincial governors are only figureheads in a parliamentary democracy. Therefore, they are not expected to influence free and fair elections in the presence of a vigilant media and invigorated election Commission. however, highly politicised bureaucracy is a different story; they pose a challenge for holding free and fair elections in the country. I think the Leader of the Opposition may ask for change of chief secretaries, proivncial police chiefs, district coordination officers/ deputy commissioners, district police chiefs, administrators of Bait-ul-Mal and Benazir Income Support Programme and officials holding crucial positions who can directly influence free and fair elections in the country. honourable CeC is also advised to take notice of extensions to the services of bureaucrats. All civil servants who have been re-employed after retirement in government departments, corporations, foundations, and autonomous bodies, at the federal and provincial level, should be removed from their positions before general elections. holding Free and fair elections in Pakistan will be a great challenge in the presence of highly poiticised bureaucracy. ASGHAR MAHMOOD Islamabad
Punjab and Tarbela dam
Creation of a province a just demand, but a lot of technicalities
he Parliamentary Commission charged with making recommendations for the creation of new provinces in Punjab has presented its report to the National Assembly. This report recommends the creation of ‘Bahawalpur-Janoobi Punjab province’, constituting the Multan, Bahawalpur and Dera Ghazi Khan divisions, along with the districts of Mianwali and Bhakkar, with its capital at Bahawalpur. The report of the Commission also includes a draft of the Twenty-Fourth Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2013, which has been sent to the Ministry of Law and Parliamentary Affairs for its conversion into a formal bill, to be tabled before the National Assembly. And in light of these developments, the nation is abuzz with the discussions about the merits and procedure of creation of new provinces in Pakistan. The politics of the matter has shifted the debate to whether or not the Parliamentary Commission worked within its Terms of Reference (ToR) in recommending one province of BahawalpurJanoobi Punjab, instead of two separate provinces, with Bahawlpur region being declared a stand-alone province. Others have talked about possible nefarious plans behind including Mianwali and Bhakkar in the new province, and others still have talked about expanding the ambit to creating provinces in other parts of Pakistan. Keeping politics aside, we must step back and assess what entails the creation of a new province. What does it do for the people of that new province? What benefits does it bestow? Does it take away certain benefits? And what exactly is the procedure envisioned by the constitution in this regard? Let us start with why people of a particular region might desire to be declared provincially autonomous. Is it simply an ‘egotistical’ exercise of being at par with other (artificially demarcated) regions? Or is there a deeper concern of claiming one’s stake in the socio-political paradigm of the nation? Is the name of the province really so important as to warrant strikes and protests? Or are we focusing on the semantics more than the substance? Pakistan is a constitutional republic. And as
such, the national rights and responsibilities are governed through a constitutional mandate concerning the federating units (provinces). The allocation of funds, resources, developmental work, representation in the legislature, and apportionment in the bureaucracy between provinces, in our constitutional and legal paradigm, is done in light of roughly three factors: 1) population (in terms of representation), 2) need (in terms of development work), and 3) ownership (in terms of natural resources). As a result, the demand (by any region) for the status of a province is more than just a desire for the regional political forces to gain local administrative autonomy. The conferring of a provincial status incorporates the promise of fundamentally improving the socio-political conditions of the region. Take the region recommended to become Bahawalpur-Janoobi Punjab, for example: at the moment, only about 12-15 percent members of the three most powerful groups of the bureaucratic establishment emanates from the region – because most of the allocation of bureaucracy placements of Punjab is filled by other regions (Lahore alone is over 25 percent). If conferred the status of province, per the Commission’s report, this region will have almost 30 percent allocation in such groups. Similarly, for now, only a small percentage of Punjab’s National Finance Commission (NFC) award is spent on the region; if given the status of a province, the Bahalpur-Janoobi Punjab province will claim its stake to almost 30 percent of the NFC award. The Commission’s report points out that this region, while underdeveloped for now, accounts for 84 percent of Punjab’s cotton, 41 percent of the province’s wheat, 36 percent of its sugar. Similarly, 85 percent of Punjab’s ginning cotton factories, 40 percent of flour mills, 30 percent of sugar mills, and 25 percent of the province’s fertiliser manufacturing units are installed in this region. In case these economic engines are used to motor
the progress of this new province, no foreseeable threat is expected in terms of its stability and economic well-being. And in terms of politics and administration, if these resources are placed at the disposal of a newly constituted local provincial assembly and provincial high courts, their allocation can best be determined through the legislative instruments enacted in accordance with the will of the people of this region, and enforced as such by the judiciary. The debate, however, has just started. Once the merits and demerits of possible creation of new provinces have been thrashed out among the political forces, any consensus will then have to be enforced through the constitutionally set procedure. Specifically, Article 239(4) of the Constitution mandates that any constitutional amendment having “the effect of altering the limits of a Province” must necessarily “be passed by the Provincial Assembly of that Province” with a majority of “two-thirds of its total membership”. In line with the idea of provinces being ‘federating units’ (with a great degree of autonomy), the procedure in Article 239(4) guards against the National Assembly’s ability to alter the boundaries of a Province, without the express and overwhelming consent of the concerned province itself. The coalition government, for now, does not have the votes in the National Assembly and the Senate to pass the constitutional amendment bill. A n d even if t h e y somehow found those votes, they certainly do not have the requisite votes in the Punjab Assembly. And thus, despite all the politicking and the rhetoric, the creation of BahawalpurJanoobi Punjab province continues to be an academic debate among competing partisan forces. With elections on the horizon, any realistic hope of creation of a new province can only rest with whatever government comes to power next. The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: email@example.com
Reference discussion on Kalabagh dam on TV channels, it is not only the opponents of the dam who are ignorant about the basic facts but also the supporters. For instance, it is said and generally accepted that Punjab is stealing Sindh’s water through the CJ and TP link canals. The fact is that the water flowing through the link canals is Punjab’s share in the water stored at Tarbela dam. Tarbela dam increased supplies to the irrigation system by 25 percent. Sindh is getting an additional 7maf from Tarbela. The only way Punjab can get its due share from Tarbela is through the CJ and TP link canals. Tarbela dam was not built only for Sindh. It is sheer ignorance to say that Punjab is stealing Sindh’s water. The anchor persons also need to do their homework before conducting these programs. ENGR KHURSHID ANWER Lahore
is this democracy? There is a noise in the political atmosphere of the country that democracy should not be derailed, that we will not accept any other option instead of democracy and that all conspiracies will fail against democracy etc. On the one hand, almost every politician in the present government has been proved corrupt. All middle class and the poor people have been deprived of food, education, security, petrol, gas, electricity and from all other necessary facilities of life. On the other hand, the corrupt leadership and their families are enjoying all luxury facilities. As a result, distance between the poor and the rich is increasing. The corrupt politicians are against the expected electoral reforms which are a must for neat and clean leadership and for the prosperity of Pakistan. The corrupt are damaging the very foundation of this country. If this is what democracy is, the people of Pakistan do not accept such democracy. We want revolution, a bloody one at that. MUHAMMAD YASEEN Lahore
Pakistan at war? ‘Pakistan is at war.’ we have heard this phrase from various politicians when questioned in TV talk shows. ‘War against terror’ is probably what they mean, to which our great General Musharraf committed us to for personal gains to extend his illegitimate rule and to grab additional dollars for his personal kitty. One thing I cannot comprehend is why has the civilian government continued with this war and intensified it? We have sent the entire country down the drains in this so-called war on the behalf of the USA. The only reason I can find for this war is the expected inflow of dollars, some for the expenses and the rest for personal accounts. Yes, Pakistan is at war internally. The executive is continuously committing one folly or the other, in appointments, in governance, in day-to-day administration, in managing national institutions and practically in everything whereas the SC is continuously taking suo motu and hearing registered cases to thwart the impact of these acts. The NAB is at war with SC. ANP, MQM and PPP are at war in Karachi and in coalition in Islamabad. YDA is against administration. One Canadian mullah wakes up and proclaims his mightis-right theory with fake demonstration and dubious agreements held in a million and a half dollars worth container. All political institutions are at war with one another mud-slinging and using un-parliamentary words and phrases. The real beauty is the malicious statements issued by none other than the interior minister. The only not-warring sector is the common man or as we call the man-on-the-streets. except for blocking roads and burning old tires on the road, they have shown no aggression. The entire country is tipsy turvy while we are heading for elections and hopes for a magic wand to bring overnight welfare for all. Let the time come and people in general will be utterly disappointed and dejected. Firstly, there will be no change except a change of few sick faces; secondly, even if they do not come back, no power play will or can happen to bring an iota of relief for the people. AMJAD H MIRZA Lahore
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Sunday, 03 February, 2013
ashton Kutcher to accompany Mila Kunis to london
CTRESS Mila Kunis is going to London to shoot sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending and boyfriend Ashton Kutcher has decided to join her there. Kunis, 28, will spend several months in London filming the film alongside actor Eddie Redmayne. “Mila is going for at least six months filming near London and Ashton has decided to head here too. They spend most of their time glued to each other’s side,” a source told thesun.co.uk. The couple has been spotted house hunting in the upmarket Marylebone area in central London, where their neighbours would include A-listers Kate Hudson and Guy Ritchie. Meanwhile, Kutcher has some free time as he has wrapped up shooting his Steve Jobs biopic, jOBS. He is reportedly keen to spend time away from the uS, where his divorce to estranged wife Demi Moore is being finalised. News Desk
Kanye west hoping for baby boy
a n y e West is said to have told his pals that he hopes his baby with Kim Kardashian is a boy. A source told Hollywood Life that Kimye already know what they’re having but the 35-year-old rapper hasn’t been saying anything other than that he wants a baby boy, Contactmusic reported. The source added that it would make him really happy, as he always wanted a little boy and not only does he want to spoil him rotten but also teach him a lot. However, the insider also asserted that though West has got his heart set on having a son, but he would be happy with a little girl too. News Desk
Happiness is something that multiplies when it is divided — Paulo Coelho
TigeR ShROFF is ready to roar T
hAT he is making his Bollywood debut has been a rumour since the time he was in high school. But he stayed mum. Now that he is actually venturing into films, Tiger Shroff is contractually bound to not speak to the media before he is given the go-sign by the producer. To add to our woes, his celebrated father, actor Jackie Shroff, is busy shooting at a place where his cellphone is not reachable. however, his mother, Ayesha, turns out to be our saving grace as she’s willing to talk about her son. “Tiger never wanted to become an actor. he was very keen to get into athletics and play professional basketball but it still has a while to go in our country. And he is so attached to his home and the country that he didn’t want to go to the US,” Ayesha says of her 22-year-old son, who is being launched by filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala in heropanti. Ask her about Tiger’s acting prowess, and she says, “his father has a tremendous screen presence and our son has the same quality. That is his gift.” A perfectionist since childhood, Tiger has been pursuing martial arts since he was five-years-old, and was a star athlete in school. “he is crazy about fitness. he is very disciplined and doesn’t even take a day off from his exercise regime,” says Ayesha, who also mentions that Tiger has been training hard since the last eight months focussing on his body, acting, diction, and dancing for his film. The handsome, demigod-like boy, “is a reserved kind of person, reveals the doting mom. “he has a crazy, wry kind of humour. But when you get to know him, he is a friend for life,” she says. “Despite being from a film family,” says Ayesha, “Tiger has had a regular upbringing. he is a very level headed boy, who knows how to handle things. And so he knows the kind of expectations there are from him.” Meet the family Tiger’s father is none other than actor Jackie Shroff and his mother is actor-turned-producer Ayesha Shroff. his dad is known for his flamboyant style and power-packed performances in movies such as hero, Karma, Ram Lakhan, Tridev, Parinda, and Gardish to name a few. his mother is known for having financed movies such as Grahan, Boom and Sandhya. Tiger also has a younger sister named Krishna, who is currently studying in Dubai. Mom speaksTiger never wanted to be an actor. he was very keen to become an athlete. he wanted to play basketball professionally but that can’t happen in India he knows that there are so many expectations from him. It just adds to a lot of pressure. For someone who comes from a film family, he is very level headed. Newes Desk
Kamal haasan’s delhi fans stand by his film Kamal haasan’s Vishwaroop, which has been banned in many states following a religious controversy, opened in Delhi yesterday to a good response from fans. They say this is the time to show solidarity and stand against cultural terrorism. “This film is unlike those cheap comedies. Itseems to have substance. Also, media coverage has helped me know more about the film,” says Shilpa Abraham, a 27-year-old media professional. “I support Kamal haasan. It’s unfair to ban someone’s film as so much effort goes into making a film. I’ll show my support by watching Vishwaroop in a theatre,” says Mita Singh, a 23-year-old, who works with an advertising agency. “Cultural terrorism is growing at a fast pace and if we don’t stop it now, the situation may go out of hand. I’ll be watching haasan’s film with all my friends. I’m really looking forward to it,” says Tanvi Aeran, a 21-year -old student. Amardeep Singh, 30, businessman says, “I am planning to watch Vishwaroop this weekend. No one can tell us which movies to watch and which not to. I think everyone should support Kamal haasan.” Multiplexes owners, too, say that the response to the opening has been good. “Going by the early feedback, I can say that the film will pick up,” says Shirish handa of Fun Cinemas. ews Desk
tanisha to make Marathi film debut
Miscarriage the saddest thing i’ve been through: Beyonce Beyonce, who lost her first baby with husband Jay-Z in a miscarriage two years back, has now discussed the sad event herself in a new documentary. In ‘Life Is But A Dream,’ the 31-year-old singer said that she thought the pregnancy was going well thanks to a healthy check up, the Mirror reported. She said in the hBO documentary that during the pregnancy she felt the heartbeat of her baby, which was the most beautiful music that she had ever heard in her life. The singer asserted that she had already started planning motherhood and had been dreaming about what it would be like. She said that she picked out names and envisioned what her child would look like. She added that she was feeling very maternal. But when she went for her next medical appointment, it was very bad news as the doctors were unable to find any heartbeat. Following the miscarriage, she turned to music to express her feelings. She added that she went into the studio and wrote the saddest song that she had ever written in her life, which was the best form of therapy for her, as the miscarriage was the saddest thing that she had ever been through. News Desk
Of late, she has been away from the arclights but now, Tanisha is all set to venture into completely new territory — Marathi cinema. Kajol’s younger sister will be making her debut with Grazing Goat Pictures’s (owned by Akshay Kumar and Ashwini Yardi) second Marathi venture. Tentatively titled Adhantari, the film will be shot in Pune and London. Gauri Karekar Sarwate, who directed Mani Mangalsutra earlier, will helm the project that will see Sumeet Raghavan star opposite Tanisha. “We are very excited about our second Marathi film after 72 Miles — ek Pravas. We will shoot it on a huge scale and it only shows how Marathi films are getting bigger,” says Yardi, adding the film go on the floors in April. For Tanisha though, the project holds a huge “sentimental” value. “My mom’s family is Maharashtrian and since my great grandmother (Rattan Bai) also acted in Marathi films, my mother (Tanuja) wanted me to do one as well. Luckily, around the same time, Gauri approached me and I liked the script a lot. It’s a very hard-hitting subject. I can confidently state that it’s a present for my mother,” smiles Tanisha. Tanisha hasn’t been acting much of late but has been busy with other commitments. “Actually, over the past year or so, I was busy with the production of Son Of Sardaar (2012) but officially, I am still acting and haven’t retired. You retire when you are 70. Also, I feel that a person doesn’t have to do just one thing,” says the Neal N Nikki (2005) actor. And finally, what’s her mother’s reaction to this film? “Of course, she is excited and I have told her that she has to come with me when I’m shooting in London. She is still in the process of figuring out her dates since she is also very busy. even Kajol is very excited for me. For all of us, it’s a very emotional thing,” she says. cOUrtesy Ht
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Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail — Ralph Waldo Emerson
ArtS Sunday, 03 February, 2013
indian govt spends $1.3m to stop auction of gandhi letters that may show he was gay
AST year, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Joseph Lelyveld released his book, “Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and his Struggle With India,” causing controversy with parts some say included implications that Gandhi had a homosexual relationship with architect hermann Kallenbach. Gandhi’s home state of Gujarat banned the book in March, and now the Indian government has dished out $1.28 million to purchase an archive more than 1,000 letters and documents exchanged between the men, thus removing it from a potential public auction in London, the Wall Street Journal’s “India Real Time” blog reports. While Lelyveld denies he suggested Gandhi might have been gay, a review of the book by the Wall Street Journal highlights passages imply a homosexual relationship: Yet as Mr. Lelyveld makes abundantly clear, Gandhi’s organ probably only rarely became aroused with his naked young ladies, because the love of his life was a GermanJewish architect and bodybuilder, hermann Kallenbach, for whom Gandhi left his wife in 1908. “Your portrait (the only one) stands on my mantelpiece in my bedroom,” he wrote to Kallenbach. “The mantelpiece is opposite to the bed.” For some reason, cotton wool and Vaseline were “a constant reminder” of Kallenbach, which Mr. Lelyveld believes might ¬relate to the enemas Gandhi gave ¬himself, although there could be other, less generous, explanations. Gandhi wrote to Kallenbach about “how completely you have taken ¬possession of my body. This is slavery with a vengeance.” Gandhi nicknamed himself “Upper house” and Kallenbach “Lower house,” and he made Lower house promise not to “look lustfully upon any woman.” The two then pledged “more love, and yet more love ... such love as they hope the world has not yet seen.” The bond between Gandhi and hermann Kallenbach has been a subject of speculation and gossip for years owing to their closeness, with previously published correspondence suggesting they may have had a physical relationship. One of the handwritten letters from Gandhi to Kallenbach that went on show on Wednesday, the 65th anniver-
sary of Gandhi’s assassination, is addressed to “My dear Lower house” and signed “Sinly yours, Upper house”. however scholars looking for clear evidence on the full extent of the men’s relationship were left disappointed, with curators acknowledging that they had only put a sample of correspondence on display at the National Archives museum. “These are original letters and we have provided a sample of the correspondence between Gandhi and Kallenbach. There is a lot that is new and significant,” Mushirul hasan, chief of the National Archives, told AFP. Gandhi lived with Kallenbach, a German-born Jewish architect, in Johannesburg for about two years from 1907 before returning to India in 1914 where he helped unify the gathering political movement against British colonial rule. The archive of letters and photos belonging to Kallenbach was purchased by the Indian government last year, just before they were due to be auctioned by Sotheby’s in London. hasan denied that the collection had been screened and controversial letters left out keeping in mind the exalted status that Gandhi enjoys in the country. “Nothing controversial has been left out or necessarily included,” hasan said. “They had a marvellous relationship and the archives reveal the intensity of that relationship.” The relationship between Gandhi and the wealthy South African was most recently chronicled in a book by former New York Times editor Joseph Lelyveld. “how completely you have taken possession of my body,” Gandhi was quoted as saying in a letter to Kallenbach in Lelyveld’s book, entitled “Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi And his Struggle With India”. “This is slavery with a vengeance,” the man known as the “father of the nation” in India is quoted as adding. Lelyveld was forced to defend his book against accusations that he had suggested Gandhi was bisexual. “The word ‘bisexual’ nowhere appears in the book,” he wrote afterwards. Raj Bala Jain, part of the National Archives team that studied the collection in detail, said she was surprised how their relationship had been misconstrued. “I do not know from where he (Lelyveld) quoted those letters. I did not find even a single letter with sexual overtones,” she told
sylvester stallone supports gun control Sylvester Stallone says that despite his “Rambo” image and new shoot-em-up film “Bullet to the Head,” he’s in favor of new national gun control legislation. Stallone supported the 1994 “Brady bill” that included a now-expired ban on assault weapons, and hopes that ban can be reinstated. “I know people get (upset) and go, `They’re going to take away the assault weapon.’ Who ... needs an assault weapon? Like really, unless you’re carrying out an assault. ... You can’t hunt with it. ... Who’s going to attack your house, a (expletive) army?”The 66-year-old actor, writer and director said he also hopes for an additional focus on mental health to prevent future mass shootings. “It’s unbelievably horrible, what’s happened. I think the biggest problem, seriously, is not so much guns. It’s that every one of these people that have done these things in the past 30 years are friggin’ crazy. Really crazy! And that’s where we’ve dropped the ball: mental health,” he said. “That to me is our biggest problem in the future, is insanity coupled with isolation.” Stallone is now in production on his next project, pairing up with the former “Raging Bull” Robert De Niro for “Grudge Match,” about two aging boxers. “People think it’s going to be some geezer brawl. Really? OK, they’re in for a surprise. I’m telling you. I’ve been working on the fight, the choreography. He’s taking it deadly serious. Because no one wants to be shown up,” Stallone said of De Niro. “It’s going to be like a `Rocky’ fight. This will be `Rocky 7,’ with me fighting – with Rocky fighting the `Raging Bull.’” News Desk
AFP. “Friendship can be misinterpreted. I think Gandhi was very normal and above such things,” she said of the man who took a public vow of celibacy in his 30s, adding it was not possible to display all correspondence between the two. “We have displayed what we thought was most interesting.” Among other documents were dozens of letters written by Gandhi’s sons to Kallenbach that provide details of his life after his return to the country from South Africa. In one of them, harilal, one of the four sons of Gandhi, complains to Kallenbach about how his father had “neglected us”. “For my failures in exam I hold him responsible,” he wrote. India has in the past fretted about private auctions of Gandhi’s belongings, saying that they insult the memory of a man who rejected material wealth. Auctions of Gandhi’s personal items like spectacles and other memorabilia often raise an uproar in the country where many people feel the items are part of the country’s cultural legacy. “We are talking about Gandhi. Such emotions are justified considering the glory that he brought to India,” said hasan.
we indians are used to taking nonsense:
ANUPAM KHER Reacting to the ban on Vishwaroopam, an angry Anupam Kher says our leaders are indulging in ‘appeasement politics’ Anupam Kher is furious and he is making every effort possible to show his anger and frustration to put across his message that we Indians are responsible for the sorry state of affairs that surround us. While addressing the issue of creative gagging by political parties and self-appointed religious leaders - the case in point being that of Vishwaroopam - Anupam said, “We Indians are responsible for our sorry state. We are used to slavery and taking nonsense from all - Mughals, British and now our own people.” The actor, speaking at a press meet in Delhi, further said, “I’m very sad to hear that in UP, the Samajwadi Party is mulling over banning the hindi version of Vishwaroopam. Today it is religion, tomorrow it could be anything. No matter what kind of films you make - aap dharmik filmein banaye ya samaajik filmein, if people have to point out something, they will do it in any case. And because we’re giving power to them, by paying heed to what they are saying, tomorrow anyone can stand up and say ‘why do you have this song in the film?’ Or ‘why is the woman dressed in a certain
dress?’” Terming the controversy “ridiculous”, Anupam said, “We, as the people of India are shamelessly spineless. As a former Censor Board chief, I condemn the banning of Vishwaroopam. We have a body called the Censor Board that takes care of all such things - if they have cleared the film, I don’t see what the problem is in releasing it? Why should a director send scripts to ten different people for approval? That is not right, and it feels we are going back to the Dark Ages. News Desk
NOTABLE TWEETS PARIS HILTON
Had a great first trip to #Belgium! Now taking off back to LA with
I’m at the studio recording a new song for my boys. They are going to freak out when they hear it. So excited!
Voted Hugh Jackman as Best Actor for the Oscars. The character arc, the degree of difficulty, way more responsibility than any other nominee.
Having some fun hanging with @SHAQ for the @MTV Music Awards...he is one tall guy!
“I love rumors. I always find out amazing things about myself that I never knew about.”
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We achieve amazing progress if we set clear goals and find measures to drive progress toward those goals. – Bill Gates
INFOTAINMENT Sunday, 3 February, 2013
iran might have faked its monkey launch Iran announced with great fanfare this week that it launched a monkey into space and brought him home safely. Hold the trumpets, though: British newspapers the Times, the Telegraph, and the Independent now say, or at least strongly suggest, that Iran is lying. Why? In part because the monkey celebrated at a news conference after the supposed return trip looks different than the one that went up. One has some kind of a mole above the right eye and the other doesn’t. The link to the Independent here has a decent before-and-after comparison. “The likely explanations are either that the original monkey died during its flight and Iran didn’t want to admit it, or that the flight never happened at all,” writes Rosie Gray at BuzzFeed. Even before the monkey photos surfaced, BuzzFeed reported that scientists were skeptical that Iran could have achieved the feat. News Desk
hackers compromise 250K Twitter accounts If Twitter sent you an email about resetting your password, it’s no mere helpful hint. And you probably want to disable Java from your browser while you’re at it, advises the company, which revealed last night that 250,000 accounts were compromised in a hack, reports AP. The hackers may have gotten emails, user names, and other data. Probably the scariest nugget in Twitter’s blog post: “This attack was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident. The attackers were extremely sophisticated, and we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked.” It’s not clear who is behind it, but AllThingsD says it doesn’t appear to be related to the much-publicized hacks of the New York Times and other media sites, or to this week’s slowdowns at Amazon and Bank of America. “From chatter on Twitter, it seems that most of the affected accounts were older, or ‘owned’ by users who had really early accounts,” notes Xeni Jardin at Boing Boing, who was user No. 767 and was affected. News Desk
pair of jets made emergency landings last night, in unrelated dramatic incidents. In one case, an Alaska Airlines jet bound for Seattle had to make an emergency landing in Portland, after its pilot lost consciousness
“somewhere over Oregon,” an airline spokesman tells the AP. A doctor on board tended to the pilot, who later regained consciousness, while the copilot landed the plane without him. The pilot was taken to the hospital, but there’s no word yet on his condition. Meanwhile, a cross-country JetBlue flight wound up landing in Denver due to what the airline called an “unruly customer onboard.” Passengers tell KMGh-
PS4 game leaked via Ubisoft developer Cv NEWS DESK Ahead of the Sony PS4 release date, a new, unnamed, PS4 game has leaked via the online CV of an Ubisoft developer. Listed teasingly as a “Confidential game,” the online CV of Sebastien Alzamora, the lead 3D artist at Ubisoft Annecy, the as yet unconfirmed PS4 game is said to be in development for the existing Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 as well as the as yet unconfirmed PS4. Offering few details on the as yet unconfirmed title beyond its PS4 bound launch, Alzamora’s CV, which has since been removed, suggested the ‘confidential’ PS4 game entered production at Ubisoft Annecy back in 2011. Whilst the Lyon, France based developer Ubisoft Annecy, a spinoff of the Ubisoft brand, has stated that it is currently working on an “Undisclosed Project,” the company’s Associate Producer, Olivier Saillant, has teased the potential PS4 game will new a “new AAA project.” Although the eagerly awaited PS4 release date has yet to be confirmed, last night Sony issued invites to an upcoming New York based press event that will be held later this month. Suggesting that the upcoming announcement will let invitees “see the future,” the February 20 Sony event has been widely rumoured to be the launch platform for a PS4 release date unveiling. It is expected that whilst Sony will confirm the Sony PS4 release date in a little over two weeks’ time, the next-gen console will not hit retailers until later in the year. Adding further backing to the potential February 20 Sony PS4 release date announcement, the Wall Street Journal has reported that “people familiar with the matter have said the new device will make its debut there.” What games would you like to see make an
appearance on the reportedly upcoming Sony PS4? Let us know via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comment boxes below.
Pastor sorry after tip snub costs waitress her job NEWS DESK A St. Louis pastor tells the Smoking Gun she is “heartbroken” over the brouhaha that erupted online this week over a tip she refused to leave. It was a “lapse in my character and judgment,” Alois Bell says of the incident that resulted in an Applebee’s waitress losing her job. If you missed it, here’s what happened: Bell went to the restaurant with nine others and got a bill that noted an 18% gratuity required for parties larger than six. “I give God 10% why do you get 18,” wrote Bell, who scratched out the tip, put a zero in its place, and added “pastor” to the receipt. The server showed it to another waitress, who posted it on Reddit, where it soon went viral, with Bell’s signature clearly visible. After Bell complained to Applebee’s, the chain fired the waitress who posted it, reports the Consumerist.
“I’ve brought embarrassment to my church and ministry,” says Bell, who notes that she left a tip of $6 in cash that night. She later learned her credit card had been charged with the 18% tip after all. News Desk
TV that the problem passenger was a 42-year-old woman seated in a “premium section” who got into a heated argument with the flight crew after they moved a man to her row because his TV didn’t work; she thought he should have had to pay extra. A federal Air Marshall eventually intervened and grounded the plane. The woman was seen being led away by police, pulling her carry-on luggage behind her.
County clerk issues epic 6-page dress code One Florida county clerk has some very specific ideas about how his 160 employees should dress. Osceola County boss Armando Ramirez has issued an incredibly detailed six-page dress code prohibiting everything from ankle-high boots (when worn with dresses and skirts, that is) to sequins to stirrup pants, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The document even includes photos illustrating appropriate attire. Ramirez worried that the old one-and-a-half page policy had too many loopholes, a spokesman explains. The clerk initialed his opus beneath the inscription, “SO LET IT BE WRITTEN. SO LET IT BE DONE.” The policy was met with rampant bewilderment among employees. “We definitely need a dress code … but a few of those things are surprising,” one said, citing some inclusions, like a prohibition on clothing displaying gang affiliations, that “we’ve never had a problem with.” And no one’s sure what to make of the quote, which appears to be either a reference to the Ten Commandments movie or a Metallica song. The spokesman says it’s a stamp, which is “equivalent to ‘approved by’ for internal use only.” News Desk
About 60 harvard students withdraw in cheating enquiry A school investigation into widespread cheating on a final exam last year at Harvard has forced about 60 students to withdraw from school, reports Reuters. Some, if not all, might be able to return at some point. The trouble began last year when a professor noticed that a lot of answers on a take-home exam were awfully similar. Of the 279 students in the class, 125 were implicated, reports the Harvard Crimson. Many were athletes, notes AP. About half were told to withdraw, half of the remaining students got lesser punishments, and the rest were exonerated. Best part: The class was “Introduction to Congress.” News Desk
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SPortS Sunday, 3 February, 2013
england are ready for Ashes, gillespie warns Australia
SYDNEY: Former test pace bowler Jason Gillespie has warned his compatriots that England will be ready for back-to-back Ashes series this year and for Australia to wrest back the famous urn will be a daunting task. Gillespie, who took 259 wickets in 71 tests between 1996 and 2005, is well-placed to comment on the strength of the English game given he is currently coach of the Yorkshire county side. "They are incredibly confident over here but they deserve to start favourites, England, no doubt about it," Gillespie told the Australian newspaper on Saturday. "I think potentially they could underestimate our bowling. I've been speaking about it quite regularly over here and saying, 'Don't underestimate the strength of Australia's pace bowling attack'. "But England won't underestimate Australia. They're too clever for that and I know the England management has already been doing a lot of research. "They've been planning and researching for a long time. I've got no doubt they'll be wary." Australia have brought on a band of young seamers ready to take on their arch-rivals home and away with the likes of James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Jackson Bird causing much excitement. AgeNcIes
Barry’s lift novices Polo Cup
The only place in my hotel room where the Internet works is the toilet. Funny! How convenient. Well done — Anastasia Rodionova’s tweet
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he format of the 2013 ICC Women's World Cup is such that a team coming off a big loss in one match still has an opportunity to cover some ground and qualify for the Super Sixes as only one team gets eliminated from the group stages. And South Africa will seek motivation from that ahead of its second match Australia in a Group B encounter at the Driems Cricket Ground in Cuttack on February 3 (Sunday). A quick glance at form and the record books suggest Australia don't have too much to worry about. But it would do well to guard against complacency, especially given how Pakistan managed to bowl out its famed batting line-up for a modest total in the opening game. That said, Australia knows what it takes to win in such situations and its experience of playing in these conditions, more often than any of the other non-Asian teams, could prove to be a big factor. What works for Australia is its batting depth. If scoring was difficult at Barabati Stadium, playing at Driems, where New Zealand amassed 320 against South Africa, would be the perfect opportunity to get back among the runs ahead of a very crucial game against its Trans-Tasman rivals that had a close look at the pitch, described it as "hard and would most certainly determine the table topper. After a much better than the Barabati pitch", which could force dominant show against the West Indies in its first warm- the team management to have a look at its combination. up game, the next outings against India in the second "We might make a change, but we'll see tomorrow," she warm-up game and Pakistan in its opening match of the said. even as the Australian team was in serious tournament for Australia have been preparation mode, South Africa, far from positive. Five batters initially scheduled to train at the managed to get into double figures Railways Ground in Bhuvneshwar, against Pakistan but none went on to cancelled its warm-up session at the make a big score, which is why it last minute, opting for rest instead. It wasn't surprising to see the team dive is yet to win a game on tour and if its into training mode almost performance so far is any indication, immediately upon arrival at the it will have to pull a rabbit out of the ground. The team underwent a hat to get one past Australia. strength and conditioning session The main worry has been the monitored by the physio for the first batting. Trisha Chetty and Shandre 30 minutes, before the team split into Fritz, the senior batters, were in poor two groups. All the batters form in the West Indies and haven’t underwent an extended net session shown signs of improvement and lasting well over an hour, with that has forced the team Cathryn Fitzpatrick, the coach, and management to reach for the panic the team's video analyst overseeing button. So far, the team hasn't the proceedings. “We're going CATHRYN FITZPATRICK managed an opening partnership of really well. We didn't want to exert australiaN teaM CoaCh substance in India, and that has the girls too much. It’s about just exposed the fragile middle order executing the skills," said Fitzpatrick. "Yesterday's game even in good batting conditions. Mignon du Preez, the was a tight one. We were really challenged by Pakistan, captain, and Susan Benade are the only ones who have who bowled and fielded exceptionally well. Conditions been in some kind of form and the team management here are fantastic, we've acclimatised pretty well. The would be hoping for its senior pros in Chetty, Dane van endless train of net bowlers [picked from the local Niekerk and Cri-Zelda Brits, the former captain, who is university] have really helped us too." Fitzpatrick, who making a comeback, to step up and perform.
We’re going really well. We didn’t want to exert the girls too much. It’s about just executing the skills
england’s bowling attack isn’t strong: raj MUMBAI
would definitely look to cash in on that weakness in the opposition’s ranks. "I think england has got a very good batting line-up but I don't think they are very strong in their Mithali Raj, the Indian captain, was quite confident of her bowling attack other than Katherine Brunt. They heavily side’s chances in the match against england, the defending depend on her for the breakthroughs," she said. “We've played england last year and most of our players champion, who was upset by Sri Lanka in its opening are comfortable playing against them.” World Cup game. Asked if england, clearly Sarah Taylor, england’s hurting after the loss, would be too tough to wicketkeeper-batter, sat out of the handle, Raj said, "I am sure they would field a indian captain match against Sri Lanka due to a strong side to play us in tomorrow's game; we hamstring injury and Raj said even confident are well prepared for it. I've told my girls to without Taylor, who was expected to be positive because sometimes even if you of putting up play the India game, england’s are well prepared you have to face some batting was formidable. “I think Sarah a strong show tough situations." Trying to score a has been one of the mainstays for psychological point or two, Raj said that against england and a very compact number england’s weak bowling line-up was exposed three player. It is unfortunate for her not england in the game against Sri Lanka and her girls to play that game. But even without her england has a strong batting line-up,” said Raj. India played the West Indies in a day-night encounter and secured an emphatic 105-run victory, but the clash against england at Brabourne Stadium was a day game. Raj, however, felt that there would not be any major changes in the conditions. "I don't think there is a lot to get adjusted to, because it is not real winter, like what we get to see up north where the dew factor or moisture is heavily in the air,” said Raj. “This part of the country is humid and because the matches start at 9am, there will be a bit of assistance to bowlers, which I saw in yesterday's game. Other than that, I think the wicket is behaving beautifully in both the innings.” AgeNcIes
LAHORE: Barry’s Teams won the Lahore Garrison Novices Polo Cup beating Grace College in the final here at Pak Park Polo ground Lahore Cantt on Saturday. In the final, Barry’s Team won the match by eight goals to six with Lt Col (R) Asif Zahorr being the star of the win having scored six goals to be the best scorer while Lt Col Nauman and Ahmed Bilal scored a goal each and Hamza Mawaz and umair Shah scored three goal each for Grace College . In the subsidiary final played between Blue Star and Strikers, the later team won the match by five goals to three and a half goal. Capt Asif Manzoor scored four goals and one goal scored by Maj Omer Minhas. Blue Star received 1 ½ goal of handicap while Mauz and Inspector Amanat scored one goal each. umpires of the final were Maj Baber Mehboob Awan and Raja Temur Nadeem. Later chief guest at the final was Maj Gen Retd Omer Minhas who awarded prizes to the winners. stAff rePOrt
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MUMBAI: The Group A face-off in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 between India and England at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday (February 3) can now be termed a clash among equals, in light of England’s shock loss against Sri Lanka on Friday. Though England holds a slight edge, being a higherranked team, India’s all-round show against the West Indies would add to its confidence against the defending champions. Poonam Raut and Thirush Kamini, the Indian openers, have been in phenomenal form ever since the warm-up matches. Their 175-run opening stand laid the foundation for India’s victory against West Indies in the opening fixture of the tournament on January 31. Raut, a Mumbai girl, admitted that the crowd support at home has egged her on to give it her best. “I’m very glad to be playing the World Cup at home. It obviously adds to my confidence and helps me perform better. I will continue to make them all proud with my performance against better teams like England,” said Raut. Kamini, the left-hand batter, has been in ominous form in both the domestic season gone by and the World Cup warm-up games and will look to extend her purple patch after returning from a threeyear lay-off. With the likes of Harmanpreet Kaur, the form batter, Mithali Raj, the captain who forms the pivot around which the team’s batting revolves, and Jhulan Goswami, who played the role of pinch-hitter against West Indies, India’s batting definitely wears a formidable look. Pitches at Brabourne Stadium have helped teams batting first amass totals in excess of 200, and chasing can get tricky owing to pressure and tactical errors. If India does get the chance to bat first, it will look for a repeat of its show against the West Indies, when it posted a record total of 284. England, on the other hand, would look to start afresh after the upset loss to Sri Lanka. Its batters have had a decent run and can rise to the occasion when the situation demands. When the England top order failed against Sri Lanka, the lower middle-order came to the rescue to post 238 runs on board. The return of Sarah Taylor, England’s batting mainstay who sat out of the game against Sri Lanka due to a hamstring injury, would boost the batting line-up. “Sarah should be back for tomorrow’s game and that will help our side a lot,” said Charlotte Edwards, the England captain.AgeNcIes
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The first test is a general test in which one checks that all the components are put together properly. And we have decided that I will concentrate on the following tests — Alonso
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OUTh Africa held a 411-run lead over Pakistan at the close of the second day of the first test at the Wanderers on Saturday with seven second innings wickets still in hand after dismissing the visitors for their lowest test score of 49. Fast bowler Dale Steyn took six for eight, his best figures at home, asPakistan were bowled out in 29.1 overs four runs short of their previous worst innings total. Graeme Smith then decided he would not enforce the follow-on and at the close his side were 207 for three in their second innings. Openers Smith and Alviro Peterson (27) raced to 82 before the latter skied an Umar Gul delivery and Mohammed hafeez completed the catch. Smith reached his 37th test 50 before he was caught behind by Sarfraz Ahmed two runs later and Jacques Kallis (7) perished trying to force the scoring rate when he was caught in the deep by Asad Shafiq. hashim Amla (50 not out) and AB de Villiers (63 not out) then put on 108 runs to take South Africa to the close. Steyn dismissed Mohammed hafeez (six) in his first over of the day as the opener got a faint edge that went straight through to de Villiers, one of a joint South African record of six dismissals in the innings for the keeper. Debutant Nasir Jamshed (2) was trapped in front by Steyn and, although the batsman challenged the decision, the third umpire upheld the dismissal. Younus Khan (0) lasted just five balls before he pushed forward to a full Steyn delivery and edged to Smith at first slip to leave Pakistan reeling at 12 for three. Azhar Ali and captain
Misbah-ul-haq took the score to 36 when Azhar (13) fended a vicious bouncer from Kallis to de Villiers. Misbah (12) became Kallis' second victim in controversial circumstances after Billy Bowden gave a caught behind decision not out and South Africa reviewed. There appeared to be no evidence of a nick on the hot spot replay but third umpire Steve Davis from Australia chose to overturn the decision. Asad (1) was next to go as he chased a wide delivery from Vernon Philander and succeeded only in edging to de Villiers. Two balls later and a reckless Gul (0) flayed at another wide delivery off the same bowler, Smith pouching the catch. By lunch Pakistan had stumbled to 40 for seven and just two balls after the interval Saeed Ajmal (1) became Steyn's fourth victim, this time de Villiers pulling off a wonderful diving catch in front of first slip.
warning and mixed signals FIRDOSE MOONDA Pakistan ended the first day satisfied with their performance but knowing that a solid start on the second morning would be crucial. If they thought they could have it all their way, they were made to revise that opinion in the second over. Dale Steyn set up hafeez with a stunner that swerved away after pitching slightly short on middle. The next ball was fuller, with just as much movement and hafeez couldn't help but nibble. CONTROvERsy Of THE DAy: Where there is DRS, there will be debate and another one was sparked today. When Jacques Kallis appealed against Misbah
in what he thought was a caught behind case, few were convinced. De Villiers did not even go up at first and merely tossed the ball to first slip. SA decided to review and, as it did yesterday against Faf du Plessis, the hot Spot camera revealed only a tiny mark that disappeared in an instant. The first day was insufficient to overturn the on-field not-out decision against du Plessis; on second, the opposite was the case. Misbah left but he did so grudgingly while in the changing room Whatmore held out his arms in disbelief. wAsTED wiCkET Of THE DAy: Perilously placed at 39 for 5, Pakistan could not afford to throw any opportunity away but Asad Shafiq did just that.
sOUtH AfrIcA fIrst INNINgs 253 (J.kAllIs 50; MOHAMMAD HAfeeZ 4-16) PAkIstAN fIrst INNINgs Mohammad Hafeez c de Villiers b steyn 6 Nasir Jamshed lbw steyn 2 Azhar Ali c de Villiers b kallis 13 younus khan c smith b steyn 0 Misbah-ul-Haq c de Villiers b kallis 12 1 Asad shafiq c de Villiers b Philander 2 sarfraz Ahmed c de Villiers b steyn 0 Umar gul c de Villiers b Philander saeed Ajmal c de Villiers b steyn 1 8 Junaid khan not out 0 rahat Ali c du Plessis b steyn 4 extras (lb-3 w-1) 49 total (all out; 29.1 overs) fall of wickets: 1-9 2-12 3-12 4-36 5-37 6-39 7-39 8-40 9-41 10-49 bowling: Philander 9-5-16-2, steyn 8.1-6-8-6, Morkel 6-3-11-0 (1w), kallis 62-11-2. south Africa second innings g. smith c Ahmed b gul 52 27 A. Petersen c Hafeez b gul 50 H. Amla not out J. kallis c shafiq b Ajmal 7 A. de Villiers not out 61 extras (lb4, w-1, nb-3) 8 207 total (for three wickets; 53 overs) fall of wickets: 1-82 1-87 3-99. bowling: Umar gul 9-2-25-2 (1w), Junaid khan 11-1-41-0 (3nb), rahat Ali 11-144-0, Hafeez 3-0-15-0, Ajmal 16-1-59-1, younus khan 1-1-0-0. south Africa won the toss and elected to bat.
lOwest PAk INNINgs ten lowest Pakistan test innings totals after they were dismissed for 49 by south Africa in their first innings on the second day of the first test at the wanderers in Johannesburg on saturday. feb. 2 2013 49 v south Africa (Johannesburg) Oct. 11 2002 53 v Australia (sharjah) 59 v Australia (sharjah) Oct. 11 2002 62 v Australia (Perth) Nov. 13 1981 72 v england (birmingham) Aug. 6 2010 Dec. 16 2004 72 v Australia (Perth) Aug. 26 2010 74 v england (lord's, london) 77 v west Indies (lahore) Nov. 7 1986 80 v england (Nottingham) July 29 2010 87 v england (lord's, london) June 10 1954
When Vernon Philander was brought back for a second spell, he began loosely with a wide delivery that could so easily have been left alone. Shafiq reached for it as he tried to drive through the off side and got an edge through to de Villiers. With no referrals, he had to walk off. To make things worse, two balls later Umar Gul did exactly the same thing. NumbER Of THE DAy: The South African attack have made a habit out of bowling teams out for under 50. First, they skittled Australia for 47 at Newlands, then New Zealand for 45 at the same venue and now Pakistan for 49 at the Wanderers. At 40 for 7 at lunch time, Pakistan still had ambitions of avoiding the same fate, but Steyn's three wickets in three overs after the break changed that. The swing king made sure Pakistan got one less run than Kallis did on the first day.
Sunday, 3 February, 2013
The only way is up for west indies PERTH: It feels as though the series hasn't really started, yet Australia find themselves 1-0 up. The first match at the WACA on Friday was so short that it was over well before the time that should have been the change of innings. In fact, the teams could have played a Twenty20 afterwards and still been finished early. having been bowled out for 70, the only way is up for West Indies. hopefully, at least. The Perth fans would certainly like to see more of a contest in the second game. Prior to the series, the captain Darren Sammy spoke of his desire for West Indies to begin 2013 in the right way, to set the tone for the coming year. he can only hope the players forget Friday's match ever happened, just like they have tried to erase from Chris Gayle sets their minds the ODI series loss to the tone for west Bangladesh late last indies and his year. There is much improvement required poor recent form from West Indies in the is a concern 50-over format, and if they can't turn things around on Sunday in Perth this series could be almost out of their grasp by the time Australia send their first batch of players off to India to prepare for the upcoming Test series. Glenn Maxwell has scored two half-centuries from his eight one-day international innings, including an unbeaten 51 in Australia's tiny chase on Friday. But it is bowling that needs to continue developing and he is yet to take a wicket in ODI cricket. If Xavier Doherty is again left out, Maxwell will be the only spinner in Australia's line-up and it will be a good test of his bowling - that is, if the fast men leave any work for him this time. West Indies rely heavily on Chris Gayle at the top of the order and they cannot afford for his lean patch to continue too much longer. STATS AND TRIvIA: Australia have now won their past five ODIs at the WACA. The last team to beat them in Perth were New Zealand, who did so on February 1, 2009. – Friday's game lasted only 199 deliveries, making it the shortest completed ODI ever played in Australia. – Glenn Maxwell believes: "We were talking about it straight after the game, that any day Gayle can turn it on and score 200 in a onedayer and, all of a sudden, we are chasing 370 or 380. They can flick it on and off like a switch." – Darren Sammy after the first match said: "It's going to be hard to wipe what happened out of the memory, but we've had great games against them and we'll think about the positives. We need to dust ourselves off and believe we can be successful against them." AgeNcIes
on Qatar, PtF’s errant ways and Proteas’ payback SportS thiS Week ALI AKBAR World number one Victoria Azarenka, fresh from her Australian Open heroics, is headed for Doha for the Qatar WTA event. This is the second world class tennis event being hosted in Qatar in a matter of weeks, the Qatar Open ATP event having been played in the first week of January. Tennis is definitely not the only game in town in this sports friendly city. Golf, squash, cycling car rallying – above all the football World Cup in 2022 – are just a few of the many prestigious sporting events held in Doha. There is a strong 64-player field for this year’s WTA event. Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska are the top seeds, worthy of a Grand Slam event. In fact, the year end WTA event was held in Doha for several years. Williams could be a doubtful starter because of her ankle that had swelled up badly in Melbourne. If she does play, she would be the hot favourite regardless of the fact that Azarenka is the world number one. This is Davis Cup weekend and Pakistan are playing lowly Sri Lanka on red clay courts in Colombo. Aqeel Khan got Pakistan off to a winning start by virtue of a walk over after the Sri Lankan player had won the first set and Aqeel the second. Godamanna of Sri Lanka then pulled off a surprise by upsetting Aisam Qureshi in straight sets. The slow clay courts could have taken the sting out of Aisam’s serve and once that happens then Aisam is vulnerable, especially on the slow clay surface. Pakistan fought back from a deficit to take the vital doubles rubber by three sets to two with a 6-2 win in the final set. This should put them in a commanding position, needing only one win on the final day. The weather is quite hot with temperatures in the 90s and since Colombo is near the equator, the sun feels very hot. Tennis observers are commenting on the PTF’s
policy of holding trials when Pakistan’s two most promising youngsters were not available even when the PTF had been informed that if they postponed their trials by a week at least one player would be available. A former Davis Cup veteran stated that the PTF’s policy of relying solely on the two stalwarts and not developing any fresh talent could come back to haunt
it. After the dark days of the Dilawar/Rashid years, it was hoped that there would be a change in attitude in the PTF, but it seems the more things change, the more they stay the same. The same people are playing the same old game of patronizing certain players and victimising others. It might not be too long before the chickens come home to roost. Meanwhile, in South Africa, Pakistan are facing the planet’s best team, South Africa, in a Test and limited-overs series. South Africa are a superbly balanced team that is excellent in all aspects of the sport. They have a bowling attack that might only be matched by Pakistan. Their batting has depth and a solidity that Pakistan would struggle to match. They field exceptionally. But Pakistan is improving rapidly. On the first day of the first Test, they looked like a professional team. They bowled in the right channels, held their catches and were ably led by a cool calm and collected skipper. As a result, South Africa were bowled out for a mediocre score. The real test came on the second day when the Pakistani batsmen had their baptism of fire against the blazing pace and swing of Steyn and Morkel and the wiles of Philander. And it was a sad state of affairs as the Pakistani batsmen were totally at sea against some immacculate swing and seam bowling on a day that everything supported the bowlers. Azhar Ali got in for a while but apart from him, no batsman even looked like staying at the crease. The first Test looks like foregone conclusion. The women’s World Cup has commenced in
India. Pakistan started off well, dismissing powerful Australia for 175 but were unable to take advantage of their position, losing eight wickets for 40 odd to finish on 84. Bismah Maroof tried unsuccessfully to hold the innings together, scoring 43 while Saadia Yousuf took three wickets to be the pick of the bowlers. The matches make compelling viewing even though the pace and power of their male counterparts is not there. The intensity of the competition is what stands out. It is just as much as the men’s game. Women’s cricket has a great future. Perhaps the T20 leagues in India and Bangladesh could have women’s matches prior to the main men’s fixtures. It would do wonders for the spectator turnout. Pakistan’s attempt to have their own T20 League is running into snags after a promising beginning. The FICA, a cricketers’ association has advised its members to avoid joining the league because of security concerns following the Sri Lankan cricket team incident. Australia and South Africa are reported to have refused to give NOCs to their players to play in Pakistan. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board has claimed that fifty foreign players have already been signed up for the Pakistan Super League, as it is called. No names have been given although Mike Proctor and Rudi Koertzen have been named as officials. A former chairman of the PCB, Shahryar Khan, has rather surprisingly, also piped in with his concerns that the Super League would do nothing to draw foreign teams to Pakistan. Why there was a need for him to make a statement such as this at this juncture, has not yet been determined. The PSL organizers have stepped in with some incentives to lure the foreigners, offering life insurance worth $2 million per player. Scant consolation one would think. What the organizers need to do is to arrange security equivalent to that given to a head of state, with bullet proof and bomb resistant vehicles along with security personnel. And then keep fingers of both hands crossed!
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Won my semis in straight sets today. Playing the Final at 4pm tomorrow (Saturday). Thanks for all the support. Hope to see you out there today — Sabine Lisicki’s Wall
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OVAK Djokovic quickly got back in the groove after his Australian Open triumph with a crushing defeat of Olivier Rochus as Serbia surged into a 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup world group, first round tie in Belgium on Friday. holders Czech Republic were locked at 1-1 after the first day against a Switzerland side minus world
isner, Querrey serve up 2-0 lead
number two Roger Federer - Tomas Berdych levelling the tie after Lukas Rosol had been outplayed by Stanislas Wawrinka. Germany's hopes of beating Argentina in Buenos Aires suffered a cruel blow, however, as Philipp Kohlschreiber was forced to retire with a hamstring injury when serving for the match at 5-4 in the fifth set against Carlos Berlocq. A later win for Juan Monaco over Florian Mayer meant Argentina ended the day 2-0 ahead as did France and Kazakhstan in their ties against Israel and Austria respectively. Top seeds Spain were in action later against Canada in Vancouver. Less than a week after claiming a third consecutive Australian Open title by beating Andy Murray in Melbourne, world number one Djokovic quickly adapted to the indoor clay court at the Spiroudome in Charleroi to blow away Rochus 6-3 6-2 6-2. Serbia's Viktor Troicki, playing in place of the absent Janko Tipsarevic, battled back from two sets down to beat David Goffin in the opening rubber. Troicki, who won the deciding rubber when Serbia beat France to win the Davis Cup for the first time in 2010, produced a gutsy display after being outplayed for two sets. Friday's match began to spin away from Goffin in the third set as Troicki clawed his way back to win 1-6 3-6 7-6 6-4 6-4. On the eve of the match, Serbia had criticised the playing surface, saying the decision to lay a clay court on top of a wooden floor was dangerous. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) issued a statement saying they were happy with the court and it seemed fine for Djokovic who fired down 20 aces in a one hour 39 minute breeze.
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RiO: John Isner and Sam Querrey used their big serves to blast the United States into a commanding 2-0 lead over Brazil in their Davis Cup World group first round tie on Friday. Isner sat out the Australian Open with a knee injury but the world number 16 reported fit for duty and recorded a routine 6-3 7-6 6-3 victory over Thiago Alves after Querrey began the day by brushing past Brazilian number one Thomaz Bellucci 6-3 6-4 6-4. AgeNcIes
Phil Mickelson's sizzling play at the Phoenix Open rubbed off in the best way possible on his U.S. Ryder Cup partner and protege Keegan Bradley during the second round on Friday. Inspired by Mickelson's stunning 11-under-par 60 in the opening round, Bradley followed suit by firing a scintillating 63 to hold, briefly, the 36-hole lead in the PGA Tour event at Scottsdale, Arizona. Though former PGA Championship winner Bradley found himself five strokes behind tournament leader and late starter Mickelson by the end of the day, he was delighted with his position going into the
weekend at the TPC Scottsdale. "Any time you shoot 63, you put yourself back in the tournament," the 26-year-old American told
reporters after mixing seven birdies with an eagle and a lone bogey to post a 12-under total of 130 on the Stadium Course. "I feel so good because I've been playing really well and not getting much out of it. Today the putts started to go in. I really had a fun time, on 15 and 16, with the crowds. It just was a really fun round today." Bradley, who has been mentored by PGA Tour veteran Mickelson since his rookie season on the U.S. circuit in 2011, felt inspired by his good friend's red-hot start to the week. Four-times major champion Mickelson came within a whisker of becoming the sixth player on the PGA Tour to dip under 60 in the opening round, but lipped out with a birdie putt from 25 feet on his final hole.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: losing ground coment MUHAMMAD BUTT God gave us memories so we could have roses in December. Fans of Arsenal and especially Liverpool must have very strong memories for their respective teams continue to slip away from the Promised Land. Both were a permanent fixture in the top four not so long ago. Things though have changed. Liverpool has finished outside this elite group for three years in a row now and while Arsenal are still technically not out of it, they are only in it by a whisker. The problems faced by both clubs are not entirely similar but as they locked horns in midweek, the issues that have hampered
their seasons resurfaced and one could not rarely works against the better sides. Liverpool can point to a new manager help but notice a slight similarity in their predicaments. Both outfits have generally and a team that is still adapting to the looked strong against weaker teams but have principles of said manager. In Arsenal’s flattered to deceive against better quality case, they may have had the same gaffer for opposition so it was perhaps no surprise that too long. There is a theory that ‘all things their game ended in an entertaining 2-2 considered’ a different manager will not be draw. Liverpool, as they did able to keep the Gunner’s competitive. against City took a two goal ‘All things considered’ is mostly lead but just like earlier in the always a euphemism for stringent season, surrendered their finances at the club. The Arsenal cushion in the face of model is considered as one of the growing opposition pressure. more financially stable ones; the Arsenal to their credit came flipside to this is that they struggle to compete with moneybags back strongly and domestically and arguably could across europe for have won the that matter. The game but their with Liverpool delayed 14 games to owners seem reaction has to be following happened once go, the race for a similar too often this 4th looks like model relying season. They got away more on shrewd with it to some degree on going down management rather than Wednesday night but as to the wire lavish spending. It all sounds games against Chelsea and very good and appealing on United showed, such an approach
paper but it’s execution is a completely different matter and the feasibility provided you want to be a side contesting for the top honours highly questionable. With fourteen games to go, the race for fourth looks like going down to the wire. everton have finally started a season like they end them. Spurs who usually at this point go into self destruct mode are looking reasonably solid under Andres Villas Boas. Chelsea can be expected to be there and thereabouts as well so while the prospects of finishing in the Champions League qualification places are not over for either team (Arsenal and Liverpool) by any stretch of imagination they will have their work cut out over the next couple of months.
United need killer instinct, says Ferguson
LONDON: Ahead of Saturday's trip to Fulham, Sir Alex Ferguson has called on his Manchester United players to show their killer instincts more often. Ferguson says United were lucky to beat Southampton 2-1 on Wednesday, a result that followed a string of similar performances in which they were in control only to end up hanging on for victory. Sunderland, Liverpool and West ham were all beaten in such a manner, and Ferguson concedes it is a situation he is desperate to rectify. "It must be hard for our fans," said Ferguson. "It is the sadistic nature of our team. "We should have been 5-0 up at half-time on Wednesday and that has happened a few times this season - we've been in comfortable positions but haven't dug our nails into it. "It's frustrating because I know we're capable and goal difference is an issue. "At the moment we're only two goals better off than Manchester City. That could be undone in one game." Of more immediate significance is United's seven-point advantage at the top of the Barclays Premier League, which will increase to 10 if they beat Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday. Ferguson is not taking anything for granted, though, especially after seeing his side lose a similarly commanding lead to Manchester City last season. "There is no need to remind them about last year," he said. "What happened last season happened. There is a long way to go and a lot can happen. AgeNcIes
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This SA bowling attack is in a league of their own! Well lead by Dale but backed up oh so well by V,M,R +J! — Mark Boucher’s tweet
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POiSeD FOR TAKeOFF AGHA AKBAR
MADRID: Alberto Ramos return the ball to Frank Dancevic.
Suarez one of the best: Mancini LONDON: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has described Liverpool striker Luis Suarez as "one of the best in england". The Uruguayan has polarised opinion in england since signing for the Merseysiders at the start of 2011. his obvious footballing talent has often been overshadowed by some unsavoury events, not least being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice evra last season. AgeNcIes
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AVING worked through a temporary make-do workplace till now, on Monday (Jan 28) the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Secretariat moved to its custom-made offices with tempered glass cubicles and slick work stations at what one could call the Gaddafi Stadium penthouse. The place was indeed abuzz with activity that one could categorize as hectic and intense. But then the insider information is that it is the standard, everyday fare for an organization that is wading into uncharted territory – as far as this country is concerned – with myriad details to be worked out on a canvas that is quite expansive, leaving nothing to chance when so many variables are thrown in as the proverbial spanner, and that includes the ill-timed public remarks on PSL by a former PCB chairman. The biggest bugbear of them all, of course, is the travel advisories of various governments and cricket boards that ask cricketers and officials to shun Pakistan as a destination on account of security. Another big hassle is a corollary: with the presence of top of the line cricketing draw cards entities not a given, the franchise owners and the sponsors were said to be hedging their bets before getting on to the PSL bandwagon. But perceptions are said to be changing – and fast. Late on Friday evening, the PSL released three highly credible names as its first batch of officials, including two South Africans and one Zimbabwean. Given the circumstances, Mike Procter, Rudi Koertzen and Russell Tiffin are not a bad first trio to come on board. To those used to hearing a condescending but firm ‘No’ to our pleas to send their
Players will prove critics wrong, says wenger SALMAN SARWAR BUTT (R): A pocket dynamo of a corporate type who loves the game passionately.
team over, this must have been music to the ears. Apparently, haroon Lorgat is earning his keep. Nobody is confirming anything – not even divulging anything as ‘off the record’. But the grapevine has it that negotiations with quite a few big shot names from all over the world, and that includes Australia, england and South Africa, are in advanced stages and signing with a bunch of them is nigh. Another heartening development is the keen interest of the satellite broadcasters that are such an integral part of the organization. This scribe has come to know that eight to nine broadcasters have shown serious intent by bidding for the multi-million dollar rights that span over the first five years. The PSL top honchos, said a source, are happy at the response. “With the best broadcasters in business bidding for the PSL rights, it augurs well in terms of quality of visual coverage as well as commentary and expert opinion which is so essential to give any event of such magnitude the kind of lift and buildup that it requires. “What the PSL is not going to compromise on in this sphere, and every
other, is meeting the uppermost benchmarks already set across the world. We not only want to extract maximum value from our broadcasters, we are also evaluating their sweep and asking for 36 cameras, best commentator-expert outfit – the whole gamut. Nothing less than the gold standard”, said Salman Sarwar Butt, the PSL managing director. A pocket dynamo of a corporate type who loves the game passionately, Salman would not give any specifics on which corporate entities interest the PSL has piqued as franchise buyers, but his broad-brush response for obvious reasons was that not only the best in the country and the Gulf have shown interest, but inquiries have come from as far and wide as the United Kingdom and Singapore. “We’re getting a good response. To those who are still dithering in coming forward, I would say, Do not miss the bus, do not look at it as a one-year wonder, for it is going to evolve over five years. even the IPL despite its i n h e r e n t strengths evolved as it went along. I promise those who are being too cautious today, they’re going to regret it later for the franchises would have been locked up by then.” “And there is no avenue even remotely comparable for the marketing rupee in terms of visibility and mileage than the PSL”, Salman concluded.
THE BIGGEST BUGBEAR OF THEM ALL, OF COURSE, IS THE TRAVEL ADVISORIES OF VARIOUS GOVERNMENTS AND CRICKET BOARDS THAT ASK CRICKETERS AND OFFICIALS TO SHUN PAKISTAN
LONDON: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed his team's strength of character to overcome continually being "slaughtered" for defensive errors. The Gunners found themselves 2-0 down after an hour against Liverpool in midweek, with some sloppy individual mistakes at the back proving costly. however, Arsenal rallied to net two quick goals themselves and could have gone on to win the match. Wenger moved to bolster his defensive options with the deadline day signing of Spain full-back Nacho Monreal, which will cover for Kieran Gibbs' enforced absence because of a thigh injury. however, the Arsenal manager maintains his men can pull together to come through what has been a testing campaign in the wake of plenty of harsh words in the media - and from some of their own supporters. "everyone of us is affected by criticism, I didn't meet one person who loves absolutely to be slaughtered. All of us prefer to say 'yes you are great'," said Wenger, whose side host Stoke on Saturday. "You can never say you are completely unaffected, you can know it affects you and put that aside and focus on what you have done, but you cannot say you don't care what people think about you. "The team has certainly been deeply affected by all the negativity and also by the fact they are highly focussed to do well. AgeNcIes
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The party’s over for the Chaudhrys! More thaN 95 PerCeNt oF PMl-q MNas set to JuMP shiP ISLAMABAD tAyyAb HUssAIN
hOUGh the top leadership of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has assured its major coalition partner, the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) of closing its doors on Q-leaguers deserting the party for PPP, the assurance might fall flat on its face as the deserters have made up their minds to jump the PML-Q ship anyway. “Despite the fact that the PPP’s top leadership has assured Chaudhry Shujaat husain that it won’t welcome people like me, let me tell you we are not going to contest polls on PML-Q ticket. I may opt to contest polls as an independent candidate but not on Q league’s ticket, as the party has neither any ideology nor any programme for public welfare,” a disgruntled PML-Q parliamentarian told Pakistan Today on condition of anonymity. The source said the PML-Q had already been washed away in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while the remaining few were waiting in their wings to leave the party. Same is the case in Punjab where almost all its MNAs are in talks with the PML-Nawaz or Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). In Sindh, most PML-Q leaders had
oNlY 5PC ‘eleCtaBles’ liKelY to staY with ChaudhrYs as eveN relatives are JoiNiNg other Parties joined the Pakistan Muslim League-Likeminded (PML-LM), while its provincial president has also joined the PML-Functional along with his family. The party’s another MNA, Ayaz Shah Shirazi, has joined the PPP. In Balochistan where the PML-Q was the majority party in 2008 polls, it has now been reduced to a minor group with all the leaders set to move to greener pastures. Background interactions with the party’s legislators have revealed that the Q league would be reduced to a regional group as only five lawmakers are likely to remain with the party, as they were family members of Shujaat or family friends. even close relatives of Shujaat, including Anwar Ali Cheema and Tariq Bashir Cheema, are already in talks with the PMLN and they would announce their decision once the assemblies are dissolved. PmL-Q DENiEs: however, PML-Q Secretary Information Senator Kamil Ali Agha contradicted Pakistan Today’s information, saying no lawmaker was planning to leave the party. “No legislator is going to part ways with the party. Rest assured, all are going to contest polls from our party,” he said. Asked whether a long list of Q-leaguers, including Shaikh Waqas Akram, had
finalised their talks with other parties, Agha said Akram had assured him a day ago that he would stay with the party. Asked if people like Riaz Pirzada and Deewan Ashiq were also not leaving the party, Agha said they had already left the party. The source in the rebel Q-leaguers told Pakistan Today that if their matters were not settled with the PPP, other options were open for them. “We are already in talks with the PML-N and PTI,” he added. The PML-Q source said PML-Q leader Chaudhry Shujaat and Pervez elahi were set to suffer a major dent as only five of 50 MNAs of the party were likely to stay. PML-Q MNA from NA-20 Mansehra-1 Shah Jehan Yousaf and his father Sardar Mohammad Yousaf have pledged to join the Jamiat Ulema-e-IslamFazl (JUI-F) in their meeting with Fazlur Rehman. Mohammad Nawaz Allai from NA-22 Battagram is also likely to join the PML-N and talks are underway for the shift. MNA from NA-27 Lakki Marwat, humayun Saifullah Khan, is already a part of the PML-LM which has struck an alliance with the PML-N. Amir Muqam, MNA from NA-31 Shangla, is already in the PML-N. Prince Mohayuddin, MNA from NA-32 Chitral, has pledged to leave his constituency for General Musharraf. however, he is also involved in talks with PTI chief Imran Khan and any final decision would be made prior to the polls. MNA from NA65 Sargodha-II Ch Ghayas Mela is in talks with the PML-N and PTI simultaneously. CoNtINuEd oN PAgE 04
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taliban night raid kills 24 in lakki marwat 13 soldiers, 11 CiviliaNs aMoNg 36 Killed iN attaCK oN arMY CheCKPost PESHAWAR stAff rePOrt
A large number of militants, including suicide bombers, attacked a military checkpost in Lakki Marwat in the wee hours of Saturday, killing 36 people. The dead included 13 security personnel and 11 civilians, while another eight soldiers received injuries in the attack. Claiming responsibility for the attack, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) called it a response to the continued US drone strikes in the Tribal Areas. Security forces said around two dozen militants attacked the checkpost around 3am using rocket launchers. The checkpost is located inside the Irrigation Colony in Serai Naurang town.
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The injured were rushed to hospitals in Lakki Marwat and Bannu. Security sources said soon after the attack, the security forces cordoned off the area and launched a counterattack, killing 12 militants. Two of the militants killed in the clash were donning suicide jackets, the sources said. They said there was a possibility that some militants might have escaped after the attack, as the number of attackers was more than 25. At least 11 civilians were also killed when a suicide bomber entered a local resident’s house to escape the forces’ retaliatory attack. he blew himself up when security forces tried to apprehend him, the sources added. The cross-firing between the militants and security forces continued for more than four hours. The deceased civilians included four children and three women, and 10 of them belonged to the same family. Four houses were also damaged in the bombing. Serai Naurang town had no military camp until a few years ago, but after security situation deteriorated in the area, a security contingent of 200 personnel set up the camp in the town in 2011.
Published on Feb 3, 2013