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Rs 25.00 Vol III No 245 19 Pages Lahore Edition

Sunday, 3 March, 2013 Rabi us Sani 20, 1434

EC ignored orders on new Karachi delimitations: SC The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Saturday issued an interim order in the Karachi unrest case, taking notice of Election Commission’s inaction regarding delimitation of constituencies in the metropolis. In its 27-page order, which includes a 6-page additional note by Justice Khilji Arif, a larger bench of the Supreme Court declared it had clearly ordered the delimitation in Karachi and that it was not an observation. PAGE 19

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India in control of second Australia test

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India are in control of the second Test against Australia, who made 237 for nine declared in Hyderabad. Part-time spinner Ravindra Jadeja picked up three wickets, while in his second Test Bhuvneshwar Kumar also took three, with Michael Clarke's 91 keeping the Australian innings together. PAGE 21

The legacy of Hameed Nizami PAGE 02 PAGE 02

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Today’s edition caries a special supplemnt on the life and achievemnts of Nawa e Waqt founder Hameed Nizami. PAGE 03


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The alliance of opposition parties led by the PML-N is like the Taliban’s Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI) — Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira

with Polls in sight, Pm withdRaws Pol PRice hike ISLAMABAD: Days after the government jacked up petroleum prices and earned criticism from all quarters, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Saturday ordered immediate withdrawal of the notification during a meeting with Finance Minister Saleem H Mandviwala at the PM’s House. The finance minister briefed the prime minister about the overall economic situation in the country and the rationale for the recent increase in petroleum prices. However, the prime minister ordered him to immediately withdraw the recent hike in petroleum prices, saying the decision was “adversely affecting the lives of the common people”. He stressed that the government “accords highest priority to the welfare of the people and will pursue policies to facilitate them”. With a couple of weeks left in the tenure of the current government and On the other hand, the announcement to withdraw the recent increase in POL prices was welcomed. “The increase was not acceptable to the business community and the common man,” said Anjuman-e-Tajran Auto Parts President Waqar Ahmad. He was of the view that oil prices in the international market were going down and there was no justification for the increase. APP

justice (r) nasir likely to be opp’s caretaker Pm JI chIef wIll eIther vIsIt Imran In lahore or wIll contact hIm By Phone ISLAMABAD

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AMAAT-e-ISLAMI (JI) chief Munawar Hasan, on his return from Turkey on Monday, would consult with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan over the name of Justice (r) Nasir Aslam Zahid for the caretaker PM’s slot, a JI leader told Pakistan Today. He also said, “The JI chief will either visit the PTI chairman in Lahore or will contact him by phone if Khan

Baloch says JI chIef wIll contact PtI chaIrman on hIs return from turkey is not available for a meeting,” said a leader of the JI. Hasan’s absence may lead to a delay in evolving consensus among the opposition parties over the nomination of the caretaker PM, a source said. “Leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar will respond to PM Raja Pervez Ashraf’s letter on opposition’s joint nominations for the slot of caretaker PM by Monday due to Hasan’s absence,” the source added. On Friday, sources close to Chaudhry Nisar, claimed that the opposition leader would reply to the premier’s letter in “two to three days”. The sources added that though informal consultation

had been completed between the opposition parties and Justice (r) Zahid’s name has been finalised. JI leader Fareed Paracha said that unofficially JI General-Secretary Liaqat Baloch had contacted the PTI leadership and informed them about Chaudhry Nisar’s proposed names for the caretaker PM’s slot. “Baloch also informed the PTI leadership that among the proposed nominees, consensus was being built over the name of Justice (r) Nasir Aslam Zahid, hence his name may be forwarded by the opposition,” Paracha added. When contacted, Baloch said the JI chief was in Turkey and would contact PTI Chairman Imran Khan on his return. “Munawar may also contact Imran Khan by phone if desired so,” he added. However, PTI sources said that there was no formal or informal contact made by the JI and there was no chance of giving any nod by PTI over the name of Justice (r) Zahid. Source also said Chaudhry Nisar was likely to propose the names in this regard. In a letter, PM Raja Pervez Ashraf had urged Chaudhry Nisar to propose names. In the letter, the PM said it was imperative that a consensus should be reached on the appointment of the caretaker PM under Article 224. Failure to reach a consensus soon could result in the matter being sent to a committee, the letter read further.

National consensus need of the hour, says Zardari LAHORE stAff rePort

President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday said reaching national consensus on all issues was the need of the hour. While hosting a dinner for senior journalists in Lahore, Zardari said as the president, he would give oath to whomsoever was able to form a government after the general elections. He reassured the nation that election would be held, despite terrorism and law and order issues prevalent in the country. “If elections can be held in Afghanistan, why cant they be held in Pakistan?” the president said. To a question on caretaker set-up, Zardari did not give much importance to the fact that the caretaker set-up was not in place with less than two weeks left until the dissolution of assemblies. He said the caretaker PM and CMs would have a limited mandate and would be there for only 60 days. “There only job will be holding polls and managing day-to-day affairs of the state,” he said. The president disclosed that the IP gas project would be formally inaugurated on Chabahar next Monday and he will be presiding over the ceremony. Zardari reminded the journalists that

the IP gas project was envisaged by the former PPP government in 1994, but its tenure was cut short midway and successive governments did not give importance to the proposed project. To a query, he said he hoped the US would not impose sanctions on Pakistan for going ahead with the IP gas project and would exemption of the kind it allowed Turkey and India to do business with Iran. He added that handing over Gwadar Port to China was another major achievement. To a question on former president Pervez Musharraf’s announcement of returning to Pakistan within a week, Zardari said Musharraf would have to face the music under the law of the land. The president lamented that it must be his fault that he could not condole with the Sharif brothers over the demise of their brother. “I informed them that I wanted to come and offer condolences, but if the Sharif brothers did not invite me for the purpose, it must be my fault,” he said, adding that the “position of state that I hold does not behove me to become angry or show bitterness”. For democracy to flourish, everyone should live with the policy of live and let live, the president added.

PPP considering appointing naik senate chairman ISLAMABAD Anwer AbbAs

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is mulling replacing Senate Chairman Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari with Law Minister Farooq Naik, as the PPP leadership has developed differences with Bokhari over fielding of candidates on two national assembly seats from Islamabad in the forthcoming general elections. “Bokhari wants to field his close relative from NA-48 Islamabad who has no political standing against incumbent PMLN MNA Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry. The PPP leadership does not want to take risk of losing a seat from the federal capital constituency and that has become a source of contention,” sources privy to the development in the PPP told Pakistan Today. A federal minister and a close aide of President Asif Ali Zardari also confirmed that the party leadership was deliberating upon replacing Bokhari. Law Minister Naik neither rejected nor directly commented on the issue, however, he said, “I better know about my ministry’s affairs. Such party matters are only discussed at the party’s top level.” Naik, who was earlier pursuing various cases of President Zardari, is now free from the job as Senator Waseem Sajjad of the PML-Q is appearing in most of the cases on the president’s behalf. “Naik has made his reputation as the best Senate chairman that is acclaimed not only by the party circles but by the opposition as well. The decision is likely to go in favour of Naik,” the sources added. On the other hand, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) is no more in the ruling coalition led by the PPP, but the party still holds good majority in collaboration with allies to get Farooq elected as the new Senate chairman. There are mainly five candidates that are likely to run in NA-48 Islamabad-1, including Mian Muhammad Aslam (Jamaat-eIslami), Anjam Aqeel Khan (PML-N), Rizwan Sadiq Khan (PML-Q), Faisal Sakhi Butt (PPP), and former president Pervez Musharraf (APML). The PTI has yet not finalised its candidate from NA-48. So far there is no conformation about PPP’s decision to field Faisal Sakhi Butt from this constituency as he is running the campaign on his own.

Raymond davis sent to jail foR two yeaRs DENVER InP

Raymond Davis, a former CIA contractor who killed two Pakistanis in January 2011, was held guilty and sent to jail for two years on Friday for assaulting a Colorado man named Jeff Maes. Davis was convicted of third-degree assault in a dispute over a parking spot in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch in October 2011, prosecutors said. Maes and his family got to a parking spot first and parked there. A witness told police that Davis then confronted Maes and said, “I was waiting for that spot and it wasn’t right for

you to take it.” When Maes refused to move, Davis struck him. Davis received a two-year probationary sentence, said Lisa Pinto, spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office. Pinto said Davis was also ordered to take anger management classes and write a letter of apology to the victim. In January 2011, Davis shot and killed two men in Lahore whom he assumed were trying to rob him. Davis, who was working in Pakistan at the time under a CIA contract with Xe Services, the controversial private security firm formerly known as Blackwater, said he acted in self-defense. He was acquitted of murder and allowed to leave Pakistan after a $ 2.3 million payment was made to the deceased’s families.


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IntervIew – Dr muBashIr hasan sunday, 3 March, 2013

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his life and times An intimate friend recounts the larger than life persona of Hameed Nizami, a life most cruelly cut short at its prime by fate, but was still not wanting in terms of its achievement or eventfulness, and, above all, the legend of his convictions and how the iconic figure stood up for them ‘I’m old enough not to be surprised by radical changes in personalities and institutions, and the Nawa-i-Waqt of today is a similar departure from what it was under Hameed Nizami’

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hen one asked him to describe the person of hameed nizami and his association with the iconic figure, Dr Mubashir hasan remarked that it indeed was very difficult for him to talk about an extremely close and dear friend. But then he started reminiscing, and with quintessential straightforwardness, Dr Mubashir gave us an intimate account of the life and times of hameed nizami, his larger than life persona, the legend of his convictions and how the iconic figure stood up for them. he also mentioned “a decision that he regrets to this date”.

Following are the excerpts From the interview: “hameed nizami was a friend of my elder brother, Dr Shabbar hasan who was then in King edward Medical College. In 1937, I came to Government College, Lahore. hameed nizami had already done his Masters in english and was then studying Persian. “I met hameed nizami as a friend of my elder brother. In 1939, when I was to sit for my F.Sc. exam, hameed helped me a lot in english poetry. I found him to be a person who really enjoyed poetry and through

poetry he tried to explain the world as it was. “To me he was a very likable man, although not to so many others. the advent oF nawa-i-waqt: ”hameed nizami, Dr Shabbar and C.R. Alsam founded nawa-i-Waqt as a bimonthly [in 1940]. The nawa-i-Waqt was against British Raj, feudal system and capitalism. The paper bitterly criticized the democracy introduced by the British under the Government of India Act 1935. It also took on the Punjab government of that time and highlighted the common man’s issues. “This was in total contrast with other Urdu newspapers that were on the payroll of the government. Those days hindu newspapers, such as Prataap, Veer Bharat and Milaap, were very popular. hameed nizami took up the Muslim causes, projected Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the Muslim League and opposed the Indian national Congress. Incidentally, he was also a recognized short story writer, and his work regularly found space in highbrow literary magazines, humayun and nayrang-e-Khayal. “Literally in no time hameed nizami emerged as a respected journalist from the Punjab who was often invited to Delhi, Bombay and other places in India. Those who came across him were invariably surprised by his youth. A mirthful aside is that as was customary in those days to add Maulana ahead of the names of the respected, like Maulana before Zafar Ali Khan, hameed nizami too was occasionally addressed as Maulana. “The Muslim intellectuals were so inspired and stirred up by the nawa-i-Waqt and there was great demand that it be converted into a daily. Finally hameed nizami and another young friend hamid Mehmood obliged. The paper’s popularity grew in leaps and bounds and nawa-iWaqt had a great role in the Pakistan Movement.

Kudoos From the quaid: ”hameed nizami was a man with an independent bent of mind, and never in awe of the government. he never hesitated in fighting his battles alone. even with the Quaid, his correspondence reflected equipoise. ”While at Islamia College, hameed had founded the Muslim Students Federation, and since it supported Jinnah’s political vision, it became extremely popular with the Muslims. hameed nizami was a bitter critic of the Congress leadership and Gandhi, nehru, Patel and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad bore the brunt of his pen. “I remember the MSF Convention in Jalandhar, where the Quaid was present. hameed nizami made a fiery policyinspiring speech that was cheered by the audience no end. As the delegation was about to leave, the Quaid patted hameed on the back, saying: ‘Young man, you have a great future’. ”After the Partition, nawa-i-Waqat continued to serve and guide the Muslims and hameed nizami became a patron of the first chief minister of the Punjab, nawab Iftikhar hussain Khan Mamdot. Mamdot was a lazy man who would not get to work until midday and senior civil servants used to seek hameed nizami’s intervention to guide the CM. Perhaps to no avail, as when the nawab was dismissed, several hundred files were lying at his desk. “The nawab was opposed by Mumtaz Daultana and his patron, Liaqat Ali Khan. When Daultana replaced Mamdot, he banned nawa-i-Waqt but hameed nizami continued printing it under another name. A bitter quarrel between nawa-i-Waqt and Daultana and Liaqat Ali Khan ensued. That was also the first conflict between Punjab and the central government that continues to this date.

1950s, hameed nizami’s house was pelted by mullahs with stones. And up till Gen. Ayub’s martial law, hameed nizami continued to play a pivotal role in Pakistan’s politics. On October 28, 1958 when hameed’s mother passed away, he, his spouse and I left for Sangla hill, at a stopover when I commented that the nation was in for a long, dark night, hameed concurred. The martial law and his helplessness against it indeed left hameed heartbroken. “By that time hameed had acquired international status and was highly respected abroad. An anecdote from a dinner by the government, where the Duke of edinburgh asked him about his vocation, and he answered back that he was a journalist. The Duke then followed up with what side was he on, to which hameed said that he was ‘neutral’. Another question, ‘you mean to say you take everyone to task’, hameed said that he was independent.”The martial law accelerated hameed’s coronary problem. Yet even after a massive heart attack on February 24, 1962, he would not allow the news to be published in his own newspaper. Actually never had hameed nizami’s picture ever been printed in his paper.

the mistaKe and the lasting regret: “The doctors had told us that he would not survive and we didn’t know what to do. I made a mistake by calling his younger brother Majeed and asked him to come back from London as all his close friends – Shorash Kashmiri, Mian Mohammad Amin and other had advised me to. That was a decision that I regret to this date. “no one was allowed to see hameed except for his wife me and Dr Shabbar. One day I went to hameed’s bedside, pressed his hand and said that he would recover soon and that I have called Majid back to Pakistan. hameed nizami opened his eyes and asked me as to why long, darK night oF martial had I done that. That reaction was a surprise for me. Shortly afterwards he law: ”hameed nizami was against passed away. religious extremism of the kind ”It was a great shock for me. I was his Maulana Maudoodi espoused. During most intimate friend, we used to meet the anti-Qadiani movements every day, sometimes twice a day, I was of the early the only baraati who on his wedding accompanied him to Khanpur. “After his demise, when his papers t were checked, perhaps expecting this e, nor le rg e m e sition to league. I am fate, hameed nizami had clearly o p p o n itted a muslim eawritten the details if his assets and her perm survive in the o among the l n i it e n s li g a I tin y t aquat r cal figure ight spawn. wh me minister? he had also left instructions for his o a ti j i li o D p m g ri n i’s Fr o qat ali any stro e anarchy this m e office of the p f the muslim wife to consult all financial Nizam dead lia nly t d o o th th h s e f s g k o r n e t in a o afraid of hold ader in the ra ms competen Ham yed akb speak, uttered . matters with Mian Amin and le s b d a e p ll a e a c c able le ardi se uest ll down d up to meone guers is nazir Ahmad, his banker, and to a single aheed suhraw , will be to req , ning, so thering. he stoo heard and he fe the d e n v fi e t is h o w e h t do n ussain s stion, in my vie muslim leagu blic ga ts were ot recover from e discuss all personal matters u h o p ly sh a n n u o in . g khan could n to him shall w league the best sugge resident of the uhrawardy in en two with me. ital but ords wh . p s b r e e jo th d e e n e th u th a few w en to the hosp e all come and ot have been for becom government ose at n w ”hameed nizami’s death was a k to th e ta h ld t v a a u s a n o a h is th l n h h w he qat s ills. t e lord miss Ji nationa opinion is to this great relief to Ayub’s gedy. lia from th political rming a ver, am of the e amenable th from fo e il injuries. his is a great tra er is no cure to e this country h w rd v I, howe ague will not b a would come a .t government. From hameed u a . s rn e m d l e tr tu o a n c G th re e ti all poli that the c . may the le this ide uld not want ported nizami’s wife and children, us cycle e that. a affairs in atest threat to o f w o y e y h dead lik motion a vicio had initially re fication itself. e lm t e . th h ri . the gre xecutives, for , or the country ly PP t in nawa-i-Waqt’s la n a e c s o e e a ti h ld s th d t e u e . g o e d c issu sug ck to ultimate l chief e e leagu rrible en ut later is go ba at at management went to rovincia ading either th , which would p from a te a khaksaar, b bar is. Does th e th h th s r is ak establi proprson he some weakling ecutives. Majid under e to p lt g u n c murdere who this said o x r iffi en str er prefe ws vincial e t had be e? It is d mysterious uld rath wer to the pro 1 God kno conspiracy cas months, liaqua s maximum. o 5 w 9 ,1 o to it ini 6 ore po circumstances. I’m 1 is m r d n n a e rawalp t. for the last tw blic sentiment o e r m en pu O c to b dom late old enough not to be the mom r and arousing nd political wis a reaction to be wa ea surprised by radical changes in agating is lack of courag urder could also happened is m ver r, h e e te h v a t e personalities and institutions, and the h s. w e w o s w. li, h s o e a s n a m y c e tr y n n a ed th cou nawa-i-Waqt of today is a similar hearten ispiritedness. In appens to the ed th departure from what it was under the sam od knows wha G ly hameed nizami. sad. on


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All Pakhtuns living in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Balochistan and other parts of the country are equal to us — Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao

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Menendez says democratic transition to be Pakistan’s pivotal moment WASHINGTON sPecIAL corresPondent

Robert Menendez, chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has voiced hope for Pakistan’s first civilian-to-civilian transfer of power through transparent elections, calling it a pivotal moment for the country. Menendez, who took charge of the influential panel after the departure of US Secretary of State John Kerry as

‘caretaker government will be in place on march 16’

its head, was speaking on his return from Islamabad, where he met with the top Pakistani leadership. “It is a unique moment in 60 years of Pakistani history,” the senator said. “This hopefully will be the first civilian-to-civilian transfer of power, one that also relies upon an honest transparent election process,” he said. In this context, he referred to a number of transitions in the high offices this year that will include election

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Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) stalwart Syed Khurshid Shah on Saturday said that caretaker setup would be in place by March 16. “There will be an interim government in country right at midnight on March 16,” the minister said while talking to journalists after attending a ceremony organised by the Haj Organisation. He said that consultation was underway for the naming of the caretaker prime minister and the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) would give its name for the post after its meeting. The minister said that for the first time MNAs knew as to when the National Assembly was going to expire. Shah said that President Asif Ali Zardari would give farewell dinner to all the MNAs if the opposition gave its consent to attend the occasion. The PPP leader said that all the political parties had the right to form an alliance.

“We need to make clear to our Afghan and Pakistani partners that the United States will be committed in Afghanistan even as we draw our forces and leave behind a residual presence,” he added. Menendez also claimed that the sanctuaries for Afghan insurgents in Pakistan remain a significant challenge, adding that he raised the issue of the Haqqani group in meetings with Pakistani officials.

US warning Pakistan on IP gas project: State Department WASHINGTON

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to the Presidency and changes in leadership of institutions including the Pakistan Army and the Supreme Court. The Democratic lawmaker also visited Afghanistan on his first visit to the region in his new position as leader of the Senate panel. “Afghans and Pakistanis don’t want us to stay as an occupier, which we have no intention or desire, but they also don’t want us to abandon them,” Menendez said.

The United States (US) has once again warned Pakistan that Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline deal would raise serious concerns under the Iran Sanctions Act. Replying to question during briefing on Friday, Acting Deputy Spokesperson Patrick Ventrell said Washington has made the issue of sanctions absolutely clear to

Pakistan. Ventrell said the US was closely watching the development. He said as current member of the IAeA Board of Governors and the UN Security Council, Pakistan has an obligation to join multilateral efforts to convince Iran to adhere to international nuclear obligations. Asked what would be the sanctions if Pakistan goes ahead, he said the action

would be under Iran Sanctions Act and refused to go into the specifics. As regard response from Pakistan, the spokesman said they continue to discuss Pakistan’s energy needs, especially through the bilateral mission in Islamabad. “It’s something we’re working with our Pakistani counterparts on. They know our position, and we’ll continue to discuss this with our Pakistani counterparts”.

He top leadership of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PMLQ) held a meeting with Bahawalpur Awami National Party (BANP) chief Nawab Salahuddin Abbasi on Saturday, and agreed to form an electoral alliance. PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz elahi and Tariq Bashir Cheema were present in the meeting held at Shujaat’s residence here. Talking to reporters after

salman Rushdie in al Qaeda’s ‘most-wanted list’ LONDON onLIne

Indian-origin British author Salman Rushdie has been named in the ‘most-wanted list of Islam critics to kill’ released by al Qaeda in the new issue of its english online magazine. The shocking article in the Inspire magazine read, ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive for Crimes Against Islam’. A fatwa was issued against Rushdie by Iran’s late supreme leader Ayatullah Khomeini in 1989 over passages in his book The Satanic Verses. Iran’s Khordad Foundation has raised the reward offered for Rushdie’s killing by GBP 500,000 to GBP 2.5 million. According to the Sun, the magazine also lists American pastor Terry Jones, who burned the holy Quran on a 9/11 anniversary, among its targets. Alongside the images is the slogan, “Yes we can. A bullet a day keeps the infidel away.” The banned extremist web magazine is published by the Middle east Media Research Institute based in Washington DC.

the meeting, Shujaat said that both the parties had agreed to form the electoral alliance in the next general elections at the level of Bahawalpur Division in three districts. He said that a two-member committee had been formed to evolve future line of action. The committee includes Tariq Bashir Cheema from the PML-Q and Malik Farooq Azam from the BANP. In response to a question about the unification of various factions of the PML, Shujaat said that Pir Pagara and his father had also been making efforts in this regard, but with general elections approaching, every party had to

make its own preparations. He added that alliance with the PML-N was now impossible. He said that changes in the political arena would come after the dissolution of assemblies, and many new alliances would be formed. elahi said that “Nawab Sahib” had said that after meeting with Shujaat, electoral alliance between the two parties would be finalised. Replying to a question, Nawab Salahuddin Abbasi said that the PML-Q was in favour of making the Bahawalpur province, and that elahi had supported the demand in the assembly too.

ATC adjourns Mumbai attacks case hearing until 16th ISLAMABAD InP

The trial of seven Pakistanis charged with involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks was on Saturday adjourned for two weeks after prosecutors informed the judge that they were awaiting an undertaking from Indian authorities regarding the visit of a Pakistani judicial commission. Anti-Terrorism Court Judge Chaudhry Habibur Rehman, who is conducting proceedings behind closed doors at Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, put off the case until March 16 after prosecutors failed to submit an undertaking from Indian authorities that the Pakistani commission would be allowed to crossexamine four key witnesses in Mumbai. Chief prosecutor

Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali told the court that the Indian government was yet to respond to Pakistan’s request for a written assurance regarding the cross-examination of witnesses in Mumbai. “We are awaiting the Indian government’s response,” he said. After the proceedings, defence lawyer Riaz Cheema said the ball was now in the Indian government’s court. “It (the Indian government) accuses us of delaying the case but now it is taking too much time to entertain the Pakistani request,” he said. “We don’t want to repeat this exercise (of visiting India) if we are not given the statements of the witnesses and allowed to cross-examine them,” Cheema said.

Psychiatric patients on the rise in KP, FATA PsychIatrIsts say terrorIsm, vIolence, Drone attacks anD tarGet kIllInG are maJor factors PESHAWAR sHAMIM sHAHId

The number of psychiatric patients is on the rise in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas due to violence and terrorism. A survey reveals that as many as 60,000 such patients were registered. These patients are under-treatment in various public and private hospitals. Keeping in view, increasing number of psychiatric patients, a private hospital is also

say are aPProacheD By PeoPle from fata who are affecteD By Drones, BomBInGs functioning in Peshawar. According to official data, 47 explosions registered during February 2013 in which 94 people lost their lives and 181 others were injured. Comparing to previous years and months, February remained violent across KP and FATA. In February, at least 10 schools, seven for boys and three for girls, had been bombed. Psychiatrists said that due to the ongoing violence, terrorism, target killing and displacement, the strength

of mentally affected patients was increasing every day. They said the mental patients from wartorn Afghanistan were still pouring in Peshawar due to lack of health facilities there. They believed that psychiatric problems were spreading due to socio-economic disorder and violence. In this connection, suicide cases were also on the rise in the region. In Chitral, around 15 girls committed suicide in 2012 under socioeconomic problems. In public hospitals in Peshawar, welleducated and civilised people were among the psychiatric patients. It was learnt that one of them is a Grade 17 woman officer. One physician, three traders and four students are also under the treatment. Whereas the

administrations of these hospitals were reluctant in sharing data, but they confirmed that educated and civilised people were among their patients. The number of psychiatric patients is also high among the internally displaced people. Thousands of affluent family members are forced to reside in rented houses or with relatives in urban cities and towns across the country. Doctors believe that members of such families are also potential mental patients. Some of the doctors confirmed that they were receiving mental patients from both North and South Waziristan. Almost half of these patients were affected by drone attacks and bombings. Doctors also confirmed that women were giving births to premature children in these areas.


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former mPa indicted for dual nationality LAHORE: Lahore Session Court has indicted former MPA Rana Asif for having dual nationality and it also ordered that an advertisement should be given in the newspaper for the arrest of Amna Butter. The Election Commission told the court on Saturday that former MPA Asif Mehmood and Amna Butter and former MNA Shahnaz Sheikh betrayed the Election Commission by having dual nationality. The session judge summoned the witnesses and subsequently indicted Rana Asif. The lawyer of former MNA Shahnaz Sheikh asked for time to give arguments. The court accepted the request. Hearing of the case was adjourned till March 5. stAff rePort

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He Punjab government turns sour on its “promise” of handing over residential plots to its retired employees under the Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation (PGSHF), despite collecting billions of rupees in installments allegedly because the project was a brainchild of the previous regime, Pakistan Today has learnt. Thousands of retired government employees have been moving from pillar to post to get their ‘promised’ plot under the PGSHF, however, the incumbent government has put it on the backburner and is not willing to return the deducted amount. Former Punjab chief minister Pervaiz elahi’s regime took the initiative for the benefit of government employees who only get a small amount at retirement after spending many years in serving the state. The purpose was to give the servants of the state a plot after retirement instead of a small chunk which was of no avail to them after a lifetime of service. The foundation started in 2004 and all Punjab government employees were

given the chance to become members until February 2005. Around 125,000 employees got themselves registered. A formula was devised to deduct a certain amount from the salaries of employees from Grade 1 to Grade 22 and for allotting plots ranging between 5marla to one-kanal to them, depending on the grade and seniority of the employee. According to the formula: Rs 800 is deducted from Grade 1 to Grade 7 employees; Rs 1200 from Grade 8 to Grade 12; Rs 1500 from Grade 13 to Grade 15; Rs2000 from Grade 16; Rs2400 from Grade 17 and Grade 18, while Rs3600 from Grade 19 to Grade 22. The dimensions of plots approved were: Grade 1 to Grade 7 (5 Marla); Grade 8 to Grade 15 (7 Marla); Grade 16 to Grade 18 (10 Marla), while onekanal plots for Grade 19 to Grade 22. A recent amendment in the act of the autonomous foundation has

over 125,000 emPloyees have fallen vIctIm to thIs scheme included provision of houses to the retired employees, further giving bank loan facility for payment of the balance cost of the house upon retirement. The rules also gave permission to sell the house one year after taking possession. However, the retired employees, even those from senior positions, have become victims of bureaucratic red tapism and neglect, highlighting the indifference of those at the helm of affairs in the province. A senior official who retired at Grade 21, on the condition of anonymity, said the government has deducted more than Rs 200,000 from his salary over the years, but now “is not handing over either the plot or a house as promised when the membership of the PGSHF opened”. “I’ve even met the DG of the foundation asking him to return my money if the plot or houses were not

I have spent my life serving the government and all I have got in return is countless rounds to the housing foundation’s office, asking for this document or that

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even after the announcement of withdrawal of the increase in petrol prices by the prime minister, transporters in Punjab have refused to withdraw the increase in fare that they announced after the increase in petrol prices, Pakistan Today has learnt. The source said that Transport Chairman Azeem Khan Nayazi illegally increased the fares upto 5 to 6 percent on Friday late night due to price hicks in diesel while Rs 50 to Rs 85 were increased in the inter-city fare. Private transport companies also increased the fares by Rs 4 to 5 within the city. Source said that the private transporters had warned of a wheel jam strike of the prices were not increased. “even though the PM has taken the order back, he will increase the prices again in a few days,” a citizen named Adnan told Pakistan

available but the DG advised me to move the court and set a precedent for all those in the waiting line,” the official added. “We have served the state and not any particular political party; victimising thousands of government employees only because the foundation was previous regime’s brainchild is the most brutal breach of law and morality,” the official further said. I have spent my life serving the government and all I have got in return is countless rounds to the housing foundation’s office, asking for this document or that. They never said anything like that when they took our money from us,” a lower grade employee, asking not to be named, told Pakistan Today. Talking to Pakistan Today, PGSHF DG Abdul Rauf said the government is “more serious than ever” to handover the plots citing a recent amendment which included the provision of houses along with the plots. “The project has been marred with certain delay which has resulted into a long waiting list of employees. We have built houses near Bahria Town in Lahore and work will start shortly in Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Multan. We will hand over the plots and houses,” Rauf said.

Today, adding that even though the Punjab chief minister had announced that the metro bus fare would not be increased, this would not control inflation. every politician is running after their own benefits and we are sick of reading their hollow statements in the newspapers,” he added. “Citizens need to take action

against such injustice otherwise the rulers will keep robbing us,” another citizen said, adding that the rising inflation was the reason why crime rate had increased. “It is good that the PM has taken the increase back and we too don’t want the prices to be increased,” said Amjad Ali, a transporter, adding that the prices of everything would increase if petrol

prices were increased. He said that the transporters were bound to increase the fares with an increase in petrol prices because they had to make the ends meet also. “If the PM does not increase the prices again, we will also consider taking back the increase in fares,” an official of the Mini Transporters Council said.

The lawyer of Sarabjit Singh, who is on death row in a Pakistani prison, on Saturday said the Taliban had threatened to kill him for pursuing the case. Awais Sheikh said a letter written by an anonymous activist of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had warned his wife to stop her husband from pursuing the case. He said the letter read, “I belong to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and I am a resident of Faisalabad district. I want to tell you that your husband is representing the case of Sarabjit Singh, who is responsible for killing my whole family in a bomb blast.” “Your husband is addressing a press conference about Sarabjit Singh. If this is held, it would be the last day of your husband and every single member of your family will be killed. You will find bodies of your children by Sunday morning.” “I know your children. I will kidnap them and will send their bodies to you. If you want your children to live, refrain from doing this.” Sheikh claimed he was barred from holding a planned news conference at the Lahore Press Club (LPC) to launch his book on Sarabjit. “My son also received a threatening call from an anonymous person. I will lodge a complaint with police and seek security,” Sheikh told the Press Trust of India. He said that when he reached the press club, he was informed by its administration that the news conference could not be held as there was a ‘security threat’. Former Supreme Court Bar Association president Hamid Khan, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Director IA Rehman were also present to attend the news conference. They condemned the LPC’s decision to obstruct the news conference.


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‘Pak-Iran gas pipeline project great achievement of PPP-led govt’ LAHORE: Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and President of PPP Central Punjab Manzoor Wattoo has said that Pak- Iran gas pipeline project and handing over of Gwadar Port to China are the great achievements of the PPP led government. He said this would help improve economy and create jobs in Balochistan, adding that President Asif Zardari was a true leader who took every decision in the larger interest of country. He alleged that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government in Punjab is committing pre-poll rigging by appointing and transferring its blue-eyed officers on certain posts. stAff rePort

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justice. He was addressing a concluding ceremony of Capacity Building Training Courses designed for Additional District and Sessions Judges and Civil Judge-cum-Judicial Magistrates at Punjab Judicial Academy. Senior Advocates and officers of LHC also attended the ceremony.

The judge asked the participants to do justice no matter how dire the circumstances are. He said that learning was a continuous process and knowledge of law requires a great effort. “It is necessary for you to employ the techniques learnt at the academy in practical life and also share this expertise amongst your colleagues in the field,” he said. Citing an example of jail inspection with chief justice of Pakistan where a detainee woman revealed that she had not been produced before any judicial officer, he warned the judges to avoid such practices and provide justice at every cost. The judge reminded the judges

NO CONTEMPT NOTICE ISSUED IN DUAL OFFICE CASE: AAG LAHORE: Additional Attorney General Abdul Hai Gillani said Saturday that no contempt notice had been issued to the president in the dual office case. Talking to reporters, he said some private TV channels had aired tickers that contempt notice had been issued to the president. The AAG clarified the Lahore High Court had nothing to do with such tickers. He said the contempt petition was at its preliminary stage and it had not yet decided whether it was maintainable or not. “The full bench has not so far decided whether any proceeding could be initiated or not,” he added. stAff rePort

HAJ POLICY 2013 CHALLENGED IN LHC LAHORE: A petition was filed against Hajj Policy 2013 in the Lahore High Court stating that policy violates Article 25 of the constitution. The petitioner stated that the Ministry for Religious Affairs had increased the haj expenditures by 40 percent due to which a large number of intending pilgrims will not be able to perform haj, thus, a stay order should be issued against the policy. stAff rePort

that working and living environment for judges was far better than that of a decade ago. He said that the judges should go through evidences carefully and should avoid personal bias. He recalled that Pakistan judiciary stood honored before the world because of the lawyers’ movement. Punjab Judicial Academy Director General Justice (r) Tanvir Ahmad Khan and course representatives Asmat Ullah Khan Niazi and Mughira Munawar also spoke on the occasion. The participants of the course include AD&SJs, Asad Ali, Muhammad Shiraz Kayani, Tariq Mehmood Bajwa, Arif Mehmood Khan, Aqil Hassain Chohan, Syed Dawar Zafar Ali, Suleman Baig, Aaqib Nazir, Bakht Fakhar Bahzad, Raja Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Abid Rizwan Abid, Muhammad Sarfraz Akhtar, Shahid Sikandar, Jaleel Ahmad, Muhammad Nadeem

Shaukat, Sadiq Masood Sabir, Aziz Ullah Kallue, Zia Ullah Khan, Muhammad Yasin Shaheen, Zia Ullah, Arshad Hussain, Amjad Nazir Chaudhary, Anwaar Ahmad Qureshi, Muhammad Azam Rana, Shazib Saeed, Asmat Ullah Khan Niazi, Wajahat Hasan, Shahbaz Ahmad and Mushtaq elahi and civil judges, Mughira Munawar, Nahid Ali Sher, Aneela Saeed, Poonam Adnan, Yasmeen Illyas, Shazia Hassan, Nuzhat Jabeen, Amber Gul Khan, Muhammad Farooq-e-Azam, Asim Hafeez, Maqsood Ahmad Anjum, Muhammad Ali, Rana Muhammad Sohail Riaz, Muhammad Aneeq Anwar, Muhammad Nazir, Muhammad Anees, Sadaat Rasool, Asad Ullah Khan Khattak, Zulfiqar Bari, Syed Kashif Raza Zaidi, Saqib Hussain Chaudhary, Makhdoom Haider Bhatti, Kamran Karamat and Mohsin Mumtaz.

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QUL Mother of Malik Zafar Mahmood and wife of late Malik Mohammad Hussain (Sanda Walay) passed away on Saturday. Her Qul and Quran khwani will be held at 3pm at 24 G Block Gulshan Ravi today (Sunday).


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venezuela's hugo chavez in 'good sPiRits' CARACAS: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is in "good spirits" but fighting for his life as he undergoes chemotherapy in a Caracas military hospital, the vice president has said. Nicolas Maduro, the leftist leader's political heir, rejected a wave of rumours about Chavez's health on Friday, and lashed out at the opposition, which accused him of lying about the president's condition. Maduro disclosed for the first time that Chavez began chemotherapy following his fourth round of cancer surgery in Cuba in December and decided to continue the treatment in Caracas on February 18. "He has strength that is superior to the treatments that he is receiving and he is in good spirits, battling, receiving his treatments," he told reporters after a mass for Chavez in a new chapel on the hospital grounds named "hope." When he went into the operating room in Havana on December 11, Maduro recalled, Chavez told his aides that there was a "possibility that he would not come out" alive, but he survived it. At the end of the year, the 58-year-old leader's condition "worsened" due to a respiratory infection. A tracheal tube was inserted later to assist his breathing. But after a "general improvement" of his vital organs in January, the Chavez and his doctors in Cuba decided to begin "complementary treatments, which is chemotherapy," the vice president said. AgencIes

iRaQi finance ministeR announces Resignation BAGHDAD: Iraq's finance minister drew cheers from antigovernment protesters Friday when he announced that he will resign from the government, further intensifying the country's political crisis nearly a decade after the US-led invasion. Finance minister Rafi al-Issawi's decision to leave marks the first resignation of a senior Sunni member of the Shiite-led government since a wave of anti-government protests began following the December arrest of his bodyguards on suspicion of terrorism-related activities. Sunnis' feelings of perceived discrimination by prime minister Nouri al-Maliki's government are fueling the anger of demonstrators, who are happy that Issawi ended his association with the Maliki administration. "I am presenting my resignation in front of you. I do not care about a government that does not respect the Iraqi blood and its people," Issawi told thousands gathered in the western city of Ramadi, the epicenter of the demonstrations. The protesters cheered in approval. The resignation, however, has to be formally endorsed by Maliki, leaving Issawi's status in government unclear for now. Ali al-Moussawi, a spokesman for the prime minister, said Maliki would not accept the finance minister's resignation until a previously undisclosed investigation into alleged "financial and administrative irregularities" is complete. He refused to give further details. AgencIes

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"Fierce clashes pitting rebel fighters from several battalions against regular troops have raged since dawn on the outskirts of Raqa city... explosions could be heard in the city, and towers of smoke could be seen rising into the sky," said the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. A video posted online earlier in the day is said to show an explosion hitting buildings in the Damascus suburb of Daraya. Activists have accused the Syrian government forces of being behind the attack. The area was reportedly targeted due to its proximity to the Mazzeh military base, which the rebels have seized. In a joint press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday, Kerry said they discussed how the international community can come together "in an effort to try to create

a political transition" in Syria. "We need to continue to work to make certain that the Assad regime makes a different set of choices," Kerry said. Friday's diplomatic developments unfolded as Syrian government forces were engaged in fierce clashes with rebels, who attacked a police academy near the northern city of Aleppo. The school, which activists say has been turned into a military base used to shell rebel-held neighbourhoods in the city and the surrounding countryside, has become a key front in the wider fight for Aleppo. The Syrian state news agency said government troops defending the school had killed dozens of opposition fighters and destroyed five rebel vehicles. Renewed clashes were also reported around Aleppo's landmark 12th century Umayyad Mosque in the walled Old City, which is a UNeSCO World Heritage Site.

Violent protests in Delhi over minor's rape NEW DELHI AgencIes

There have been violent protests in the Indian capital, New Delhi, after reports that a seven-year-old girl was raped at a state-run school. Incensed by news of the incident, demonstrators attacked police barricades and threw stones at buses in the area on Friday. It followed confirmation by a New Delhi police spokesman who said they were investigating the alleged rape of the girl and were questioning teachers and security guards at the school. The spokesman spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media. According to media reports, the incident occurred at a school managed by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi where the victim had gone to take her midday meal on Thursday. Dr Sanjay Kumar, who helped treat the girl, said she had injuries consistent with rape. A local resident, Amar Singh said that the people were frustrated over the incident and questioned the

safety of girls. "The city is unsafe and how will our daughters feel safe?," Singh said. The Chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women, Barkha Shukla Singh condemned the incident and demanded the school authorities to take adequate steps to avoid occurrence of such incidents. "Actually this is very unfortunate that these kinds of cases are again and again repeating in Delhi, and what can I say because girls have to go to schools. After all we have to send them to schools also but school is doing these kinds of things, its very shame for us," Singh said. "I will request the school that they should put the CCTV cameras, monitoring and some security guards so that our children could be secured." The incident has taken place at a time when the issue of women security and rape laws is the epicentre of a debate in the Indian parliament in the wake of a surge in brutal sexual assaults. Public anger against crimes against women exploded after the fatal gang-rape of a young woman on a New Delhi bus in December last year.

chadian troops 'kill' al Qaeda leader in mali BAMAKO AgencIes

The president of Chad, Idriss Deby, announced on Friday that Chadian troops, who are part of a larger African force fighting in northern Mali, have killed one of al-Qaeda's leading commanders in that country. Deby's spokesman said that he announced Abdelhamid Abou Zeid's death during a ceremony on Friday for Chadian soldiers killed in fighting in Mali. Abou Zeid is the Algerian leader of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). His death, which could not immediately be verified, would be a major blow to the group and to its growing influence in North Africa. Officials in Mali and in France, which is leading an international military intervention in Mali against fighters linked to AQIM, could not confirm reports of Abou Zeid's death.


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PPP not afRaid of foReign thReats, says ministeR SARGODHA: Responding to the US threat of sanctions against the Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline, Minister of State for Water and Power Tasneem Ahmad Qureshi on Saturday said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) would not care for threats of foreign powers in its quest to complete Zulfikar Bhutto’s mission. Talking to party workers and office holders at Peoples Secretariat the state minister said the PPP government had always taken decisions in best national interest and had never compromised on the sovereignty of the country. Qureshi said, “We are soldiers and followers of Zulfikar Bhutto who had sacrificed his life for the country, public rights and democracy but never compromised on the interest of the country.” He said the present government, despite international pressure, had signed an agreement with Iran on the gas pipeline project to fulfill the needs of the country. “We have not accepted pressure on the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline and signed an agreement with Iran as Pakistan is facing an energy crisis,” he added.

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eDeRAL Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Saturday said the Parliament should be given full respect and dignity for it is the mother of all institutions. Talking to media personnel at the residence of evacuee Trust Property Board Chairman Syed Asif Hashmi, Kaira said all institutions including the judiciary, armed forces, bureaucracy and administration followed the Parliament as it was the creator of the constitution. Responding to a question about a comment of a judge published in a local newspapers, Kaira requested the courts to accord due respect to the Parliament while passing remarks.

He said individuals could be at fault but Parliament, as an institution, should be afforded due respect. Kaira said it was the sole prerogative of the Parliament to amend the constitution, form new provinces and define and give rights to people. Kaira termed the alliance of opposition parties led by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) as Taliban’s Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI). He said it appeared as if supporters of extremists were joining hands, adding that the masses would be a better judge on who supported terrorism and who fought against the menace. He said the formation of this alliance had revealed the difference between sympathisers of militants and those who were fighting against terrorism. “In the past, IJI was formed by agencies and now Taliban are behind this alliance,” he said

mQm eligible to apply for election symbol: ecP ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has included the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in the list of political parties eligible to apply for election symbol for the forthcoming general elections. A press release issued by the commission said that the decision had been taken after the MQM submitted all consolidated statements of accounts from 2008 to 2012. Earlier, the MQM issued a handout saying it had submitted a consolidated statement of accounts for the year 2010, which was pending according to the ECP’s record. nn I

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A judicial commission tasked with the appointment and confirmation of judges in the superior judiciary has recommended the appointment of seven additional judges in the Peshawar High Court (PHC). It also recommended granting six-month extension to six additional judges of the Lahore High Court (LHC). Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry presided over the commission’s meeting on Saturday. The attorney general of Pakistan, federal law minister, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa law minister and represen-

tatives of bar councils attended the meeting. The commission approved the appointment of Abdul Latif Malik, Malik Manzoor Hussain, Afsar Ali Shah, Musarrat Hilali, Lal Jan Khatak, Muhammad Saud Khan and Ikramullah Khan as additional judges of the PHC. The commission further recommended six-month extension for Justice Aisha Malik, Justice Abdul Sami Khan, Justice Abdul Rehman Lodhi, Justice Shujaat A Khan, Justice Shahid Hameed and Justice Baqir Ali Naqvi. The meeting failed to reach a consensus on the name of Justice Hayat Ali Shah.

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Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Chairman Aftab Ahmad Sherpao on Saturday said his party would continue making efforts to ensure rights to the Pakhtuns irrespective of their political affiliations. “All the Pakhtuns living in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Balochistan and other parts of the country are equal to us and we will pull out all stops to remove the growing sense of deprivation among them, he said while talking to a delegation of prominent tribal elders and youth hailing from Darra Adamkhel. The leaders, including Malik Zareen Shah, Malik Sheraz Khan, Malik Izzat Khan, Malik Raham Gul, Malik Ubaidullah and others announced joining the QWP on the

occasion. They were previously associated with the Awami National Party (ANP) and Jamaat-e-Islami. Aftab Sherpao asked the government to set up a trust to help all the families affected by militancy. “The government should establish the trust to provide education and health facilities to children of the displaced people as they have been going through tough times and desperately need help,” he maintained. To the demands of the tribal elders about the provision of health

and education facilities, he said that the QWP’s manifesto, which would soon be made public, also called for the provision of all the amenities of life to the general public and they would spare no effort to materialise it if voted to power. T h e QWP leader said over 800 schools were destroyed in acts of subversion, but no step had been taken to reconstruct them. He said the government should have announced a special package to revive the damaged infrastructure.

Moreover, he said that the Pakhtuns in general and the tribal people in particular had been dubbed as terrorists, which was unfair. He said his party was striving to give the Pakhtuns their due rights. “We want to see peace in FATA and the rest of the country because it is the prerequisite for undertaking uplift activities and bringing the tribal areas into the mainstream of life,” he said, adding the QWP had a comprehensive plan to establish peace. Aftab Sherpao said it was up to the tribal people to make a decision about the future status of FATA. “We will support whatever decision the tribal people make about their future whether they want a separate province or are willing to absorb FATA into KP,” he maintained. .


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couRt dismisses sehBa’s Petition foR de-fReezing of assets RAWALPInDI: The Special Antiterrorism Court Rawalpindi on Saturday dismissed former president Pervez Musharraf’s wife Sehba’s petition for defreezing of their assets. In 2011, during a trial of the Benazir Bhutto murder case, the court declared Musharraf a proclaimed offender and his bank accounts were frozen and property taken over. Sehba had filed an application against the court’s order. Sehba said since her husband gifted her farmhouse in Islamabad, the court illegally ordered its confiscation. She also mentioned in her application that the money in their bank accounts were reserved for the welfare of the general population, hence they could be frozen. Judge Chaudhry Habibur Rehman disposed of the application. onLIne

no contemPt notice issued to the PResident: aag LAHORE: Additional Attorney General Abdul Hai Gillani on Saturday said no contempt notice had been issued to President Asif Ali Zardari in the dual office case. Talking to journalists, he said some private TV channels had aired tickers that contempt notice had been issued to the president. He clarified the Lahore High Court had nothing to do with such tickers. Moreover, he said the contempt petition was at its preliminary stage and it had not yet decided whether it was maintainable or not. “The full bench has not so far decided whether any proceeding could be initiated or not,” he added. The additional attorney general said it was irresponsible reporting, adding that in the February 15 order there was no mention of contempt notice and the next hearing was on March 8. APP

fouR gunned down in tuRBat QUETTA: Four people were shot at and later burnt to death on Saturday in border town of Turbat. According to Levis Force officials, unknown armed men riding bikes opened fire from three sides on a car in which four person were traveling in a town bordering with Iran. After the fire, the armed men set the car on fire. As a result, all four sitting in the car were burnt to death. The armed assailants, after committing the crime fled from the scene. Levis officials said that preliminary investigations suggested that two of the deceased were identified as resident of Mand while identification of two others could not be ascertained as charred bodies were beyond identification. The victims were shifted to Civil Hospital Turbat for medico-legal formalities. APP

thRee childRen killed in a Road accident SARGODHA: Three children of a family died on Saturday while two others were injured a collision between a car and trolley. According to Shahpur Police, Sheikh Muhammad Mushtaq of Shahpur along with four family members was riding a car when it crashed into a trolley on the Sargodha-Shahpur Road. As a result of the collision, three nephews of Mushtaq including Wahab Ejaz, 13, Muqaddas Ejaz, 10, and Faisal Ejaz, 8, died on the spot. Mushtaq and his sisterin-law Rubina Ejaz were injured. The bodies and the injured were shifted to a local hospital where Mushtaq and Rubina were referred to Lahore and Sargodha hospitals respectively. APP

ISLAMABAD: Dr Paul Bhatti and other activists of Civil Society lighting candles on the death anniversary of former minister for minorities Shahbaz Bhatti in Islamabad on Saturday. onLIne

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He Supreme Court of Pakistan on Saturday issued an interim order in the Karachi unrest case, taking a notice of election Commission’s inaction regarding delimitation of constituencies in the metropolis. In its 27-page order, which includes a 6-page additional note by Justice Khilji Arif, a larger bench of

the Supreme Court declared it had clearly ordered the delimitation in Karachi and that it was not an observation. It directed that it was the responsibility of the election Commission to hold transparent and impartial elections in the country. According to the interim order, Muhajir Qaumi Movement (MQM) had not taken the issue of delimitations of Karachi seriously; that is why its petitions were rejected by the court.

So far as the MQM’s petition was concerned, it was also rejected as the petitioner did not pursue the case. The order further said that the all sections of the society had welcomed the Supreme Court’s suo motu notice regarding the Karachi law and order situation. One year had passed but the government had not followed the court order in this regard. The elections Commission had also been ordered to implement the court order but in vain. According to interim order, Arti-

‘Punjab govt’s association with terrorists a bad sign for masses’ LAHORE InP

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Punjab President Mian Manzoor Wattoo said links of the Punjab government with defunct organisations have been unveiled which could not do well for the masses. He questioned when a government is itself affiliated with terrorists, who will guarantee security of public lives and properties. Addressing a press conference at the PPP provincial secretariat on Saturday, Wattoo said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had bound itself in electoral alliance with terrorist groups. “This is why PPP separated its ways and was not interested in any kind of coalition or seat adjustment with the PML-N,” he said. He termed the handing over of Gwadar Port

to China and Pak-Iran pipeline as mega projects saying both projects would create new avenues of development besides creating job opportunities for the countrymen which would result in a remarkable decrease in unemployment rates. Wattoo said foreign powers including the United States were opposing the Pak-Iran gas project but keeping in view the energy crisis and greater interests of the country, it would completed at all costs. Wattoo claimed various rebellious movements were being run as part of a conspiracy for supporting separatists and destabilising the country but clamied no such effort would succeed. He termed large scale appointments and transfers in Punjab as pre-poll rigging of the incumbent provincial government and demanded the chief election commissioner to take notice of these actions.

cle 51’s Sub Section 2 of the Constitution was not related to delimitations. Moreover, the aforesaid Act also did not curtail the authority of the election commission. The order further said that the election Commission was authorised to bring change in constituencies whenever it would like to do so. Justice Khilji Arif Hussain stated in his additional note that it was responsibility of the election Commission to hold transparent and impartial elections in the country.

faRmeRs conditionally end 17-houR-long sit-in on gt Road OKARA: The Punjab Farmers’ Union has finally ended its over 17-hour-long protest on GT Road against agriculture tax and elimination of subsidy on electricity. The farmers called off the sit-in after assurances from government officials that all of their demands would be accepted and an official notification would be issued on the next working day. The farmers were demanding that they be charged under old rates – Rs 18,000 per tube well. The farmers also threatened that if an official notification in favour of their demands was not issued by Tuesday, they would resume the protest more robustly. After getting assurances, the Punjab Farmers’ Union officially ended the sit-in and cleared GT Road for smooth travel of the trapped motorists. Earlier, Punjab Farmers Union blocked GT Road in Okara and continued the sit-in for 17 hours. Farmers from 20 districts gathered on the highway to protest against agriculture tax and the elimination of subsidy on power and tube wells. The protesting farmers said that skyrocketing inflation had compelled them to face famine or come out on roads in protest. Due to the prolonged protest on the key highway, queues of stranded vehicles stretched over miles, as a large number of travellers including children and women were trapped helplessly on the road. Several ambulances carrying patients were also trapped in the traffic jam. Local police baton charged the protesters apart from firing tear gas shells, but failed to disperse the farmers. nnI


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HINGS have started moving at an unusually fast speed. This raises concerns because what goes up fast often comes down fast. Only two weeks after rejecting the peace initiative launched by the ANP convened APC, the TTP has welcomed the decisions taken at another APC called by the JUIF. While the resolution passed on Thursday replaced the word terrorism with lawlessness, it nevertheless reiterated that any dialogue must restore “the writ of the constitution and law of the land” which was the crux of the earlier resolution. That the Taliban Council should “welcome and respect” the decisions indicates either a change of heart on its part or recourse to a deceptive manoeuvre. It was the demand to abide by the constitution and respect the law of the land which had led the Swat Taliban to tear up the accord reached with the government. They insisted that they considered democracy to be against the Islamic injunctions and therefore rejected the constitution and the courts. Further, that they would continue to employ armed struggle and terrorist methods to force the country to accept the system of their choice. One needs to be extra watchful while holding dialogue with the TTP. As the tribal region falls within the exclusive jurisdiction of Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa engineer Shaukatullah, he assumes a central place in the dialogue. The grand tribal jirga has already presented its recommendations to him. The governor has assured that his office would facilitate the dialogue between the jirga and the Taliban. He has reportedly directed political agents of all tribal regions to cooperate with the efforts at restoring peace. Back channel contacts have reportedly begun with the TTP leadership. Meanwhile, US Ambassador Richard Olson has called on Fazlur Rehaman leading the JUI-F chief to claim that his party’s initiative has been welcomed. The governor will now confer with the military high command. The Taliban had earlier declined to talk to the army which they maintained they did not trust. Now they say they are waiting for a response from the army. Meanwhile, assaults on schools in tribal areas and adjoining districts continue unabated. After attacks in Mohmand a day earlier, Taliban bombed a primary school in Lakki Marwat on Friday. The TTP maintains that attacks can end only after the government and the militants are on the table. In other words, they want to keep the government under pressure during the talks. In its attempt to establish the writ of the state the army has won back tribal agencies after suffering heavy losses. Naturally it would be loath to let all the sacrifices go waste. It is the duty of those who took up the challenge to bring the TTP to the negotiating table to persuade it to ask all its affiliates to stop the attacks to give peace a chance.

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HeRe is bad governance and then there is bad governance in the name of good governance. While the country has seen both, sometimes at the same time, it is the present Punjab government that has been, and to a great extent rightly, blamed for the latter sort. Not just one but a number of initiatives have been taken by the man who likes others to call him Khadim-eAala that fall into this category. Sasti Roti scheme, Yellow Cab scheme, Laptop scheme, Solar energy units scheme, and the Metro Bus System, that, as some point out, was completed at half the cost of entire province’s roads development budget. But what takes the crown in a series of these not so transparent actions is the CM Shahbaz Sharif’s latest action; that of confirming 100,000 contractual employees to permanent ones. One hundred thousand is quite a big number but so is five. Five, as in five years of his government and he let the very same employees reel under a constant threat of losing their job at any moment. Now that the elections are around the corner he has suddenly felt their pain while pointing out that they were hired by the previous government illegally, leading some to say that it is an attempt to buy these employees’ votes in a few weeks’ time. It begs to ask the question if it is a genuine concern for their well-being or a part of electoral politics on state’s expense. If it is genuine concern, why did the CM let them suffer for five years? He could have made them permanent employees five years ago. And if it is an attempt to win election at state’s expense, then is it in line with the eCP directives of no government hiring before the polls? Reports also claim that he has ordered to issue proprietary claims to the residents of katchi abadis. This step does appear to be out of genuine concern but the same objections hold true here too. Many may conclude that those who advised him about these steps knew that it was an almost win-win game for him. If the eCP cancelled the orders, it would benefit Shahbaz Sharif for he would promise to reconfirm them if re-elected, thus ensuring their and their families’ votes would be cast for PML-N. Though Shahbaz Sharif has been vocal against other parties for indulging in elections malpractice, he so conveniently seems to have forgotten he is doing the same. Making a case specifically against the federal government of making politically motivated appointments, doesn’t he need to realise the implications of his own act?

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NCe again, Pakistan is being sacrificed at the altar of elections that don’t dispense democracy but ‘predatorocracy’ in which the system leaves the oppressed no choice but to elect their oppressors, the prey its predator. That’s the long and short of it. Now this predatory system is at flashpoint. Once again the danger is that it could bring the country to flashpoint too, just as it did after the 1970 elections. Thus we are trapped between two evils – hold elections and we have had it; don’t hold elections and we have had it. The people have to choose between the rock of one predatory party and the hard place of another. elections can cause chaos; delay anarchy. We are in a difficulty, to put it mildly. Wiseacres say that people get the governments they deserve. A genius proclaimed on TV that until the people improve and correct themselves their leadership would not improve either. How, in a country where the lowest priority is given to the human condition beyond politicians uttering syrupy statements that they don’t mean and forget the moment they are elected. It makes one want to puke. How, where a pittance is spent on education, where government schools are housed in chicken farms without clean drinking water or toilets, where headmistress force girl students to massage their legs and feet and if they don’t do it properly they are beaten on their hands with a big fat baton? How when the ‘education’ that is imparted is outdated and dysfunctional and the ‘teachers’ themselves need education? This while a chief minister doles out cheap laptops not to educate children but to get votes. It’s all about votes, votes and more votes by creating optics, optics and more meaningless optics. It’s pathetic many times over. When one is trapped in a bind, it is wisest to opt for the lesser evil, which is that elections should be held on time and whoever can form a government for however long should be allowed to do so. How else can the devil take the hindmost? How else can this putrid man-eating political system meet its natural death? Delay elections and you enter unchartered waters: we have always perceived one outcome and achieved quite another, to which our history will testify. It’s like Christopher Columbus setting sail for India and landing up in America: instead of turning left he turned right and the

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history of the world changed. Thus it was that Columbus called the natives ‘Red Indians’. Kneejerk decisions lead to unexpected outcomes that are usually horrible due to loss of control. Hold elections and you know the devil you are dealing with. That is why I say that we are ‘Children of a Lesser evil’. I say again: let the political process continue and reach its ultimate evolutionary conclusion, either crash or correct itself. If it crashes we will be back to crafting another constitution and forging another system that hopefully works better for us. Not letting it hurtle towards its demise or self-correction will make it a martyr and prolong the process. Those who have disrupted the process have made matters worse despite creating a ‘feel good factor’ for a while. We can only hope for the best, for states are not God-made but manmade and thus have a finite life and die when their raison d’etre dies. By aping the alien British parliamentary system and foisting it on a federation when it is meant for a unitary state, by basing our constitution on a bad rehash of the colonial British India Act of 1935 instead of our original social contract clearly spelled out in Mr Jinnah’s speech of August 11, 1947, we have come to this sorry pass, losing half our country in the process after an election. Let’s hope we don’t lose the rest of it after this election. We have erected the facade of parliamentary democracy without its essence. Our political essence is dynasticism, which was our natural system until the British occupation disrupted its evolution. Now don’t jump to the conclusion that I’m suggesting a reversion to dynasticism. We already have it in any case. Far from it: what I’m saying is that we need a presidential system but of our own kind, not another clone of the American as in 1962, which suits them. In such a system parliament-legislature is separate and independent of the executive, which is vital in a federation and is the essence of a presidential system. Where voters can elect their chief executive and provincial governors directly in a second ballot with a two-candidate race and not through small electoral colleges comprising predators in parliamentarians’ clothing and they can choose their cabinets from the best available. When executives are born out of the wombs of parliaments you lose the essential checks and balances. With elections upon us the usual wheeling-dealing, donkey trading and unlikely alliances are being formed at a frenetic pace to get votes for that is the imperative of the parliamentary system. Principles and ideologies were never in the equation, only in the rhetoric. Those who believe that they were have got to be dreaming. Oodles of money are flowing from politicians to buy other politicians. Unholy alliances lead to unholy coalition governments that deliver unholy outcomes. You only have to look at how Pakistan has come near collapse in the last five years. Apologists of this government who blame its pathetic performance on Musharraf should be asked: what pray were they doing for the last five years? Playing the fiddle? Why didn’t they at the very least begin putting things right? In fact they have made

things worse, far worse. The majority of the suffering masses say that whatever the predecessor government left us with was far better than what we have today. That’s a terrible indictment of politicians and their politics. I can sadly assure them that what the next government will leave us with will be far worse than our present condition. Any bets? But let the process continue, I say. With Musharraf entering the fray the campaign narrative will change with Nawaz Sharif and the terrorists out for his blood and judges preening their wigs. How will the army react? Let’s see. Sure there was a time when I believed that the system should be corrected by forces outside the system, but as I have ripened I have learned that no change, even for the better, can persist without what passes for ‘legitimacy’. Today ‘legitimacy’ comes through being ‘elected’ under our predatory system, though no one questioned the legitimacy of a minority National Assembly to make this terrible constitution that has become the bane of our existence. Only those changes made by a military ruler that suit future legislators are retained, like the 60 women undemocratically appointed to our parliaments at the pleasure of their party leaders without being elected. As elections get nearer I’m still not sure that they will be held on time because of the frenzy of bloodletting that is feared, not against the system but myriad groups killing one another at greater pace. There could be an orgy of blood. But that too is part of the evolutionary process so let us learn our lessons. It matters not a whit who the caretaker prime minister is or who the chief ministers, though I am not so sure that they will all come out of it with their reputations enhanced. However, if elections are prolonged then it does matter, but if the powers that be are not clear about what they plan to do and whether those plans are sensible and doable, the long-caretakers will come out of it with their reputation entirely ruined. They will be likened to Britain’s Long Parliament that Lieutenant General Oliver Cromwell, Commander-inChief of the Modern Army dismissed. Some sifting should take place if the election Commission assiduously follows the constitutional qualification and disqualification articles for electoral candidates and the Supreme Court supports it to the hilt though if some ‘bigwigs’ are disqualified they could let hell loose on us. Sifting will not make too much of a difference anyway for when a predator goes baby predator takes over. I wish they had included what my old man used to say: “Never trust a man in a wig or a hair transplant.” That would lead to a major cleanup. Now you understand why I never got a hair-transplant like many of my friends did. In any case, my daughters would have disowned me. So pray to God, hope for the best, fasten your seatbelts and keep your fingers crossed. For a Muslim to lose hope is to deny the munificence of God. The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at humayun.gauhar786@gmail.com

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media and our criminal justice system In modern democratic societies, media is considered an important pillar of the state, along with Parliament, Judiciary and executive. The social scientists argue that the structure of a state is incomplete without the presence of an independent and free media. Media has gained this respectable position after a long struggle and efforts. In the subcontinent, the Muslim press played a significant role in the freedom movement. Though the press faced many challenges after the establishment of Pakistan in 1947, during the last couple of decades it has become a power to be reckoned with in this part of the world. The primary role of the media is to inform the people about their rights, obligations and how the organs of the state respect those rights. In Pakistan, the media has also assumed a unique role in our criminal justice system. Worldwide, the courts, prosecution service and police are considered constituents of the criminal justice system. The police investigate the crime, the prosecution service prosecutes offenders and the courts try and adjudicate the cases brought before them.

The media impartially and diligently reports occurrence of crime and trial of criminals to keep the taxpayers informed about the functioning of the criminal justice system. Here in Pakistan, the media has taken upon itself the role of trial also. We have seen parallel trial of high profile persons and cases in the media, especially on the electronic media. Prosecutors, defence lawyers, accused persons appear on TV talk shows to explain their respective cases being adjudicated in courts. Sometimes, the court proceedings are also discussed in these talk shows. This is a new development in the criminal justice system in Pakistan. The position of politicians is unique; they participate in talk shows enthusiastically and also protest against the so-called media trial. Retired generals also participate in TV talk shows. A few days back, the viewers were astonished to see a former DG ISI being grilled by the anchor person on a private TV channel in Asghar Khan case. In the Hajj Corruption case, the accused minister was pleading innocent before the anchor person in a talk show. I do not know whether this new development in the criminal justice system of Pakistan is being debated at judicial and police academies or not. Undoubtedly, this is an interesting subject for academicians to apply their mind to. ASGHAR MAHMOOD Islamabad


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democratic dispensation entails that every (adult and able) member of the citizenry has a right, as equals, to cast his or her vote in the electoral process. It is this right – of adult franchise – that fundamentally distinguishes a ‘democracy’ from other forms of government. And thus, naturally, with elections on the horizon in Pakistan, the right to adult franchise has once again taken centre stage in the political and legal discourse of our nation. The process, in many ways, started several months back (on a petition filed by Imran Khan and the PTI) when the Supreme Court annulled millions of bogus votes that had been registered across Pakistan (primarily as a testament to the uncanny sway that forces of status quo have held in our politics). Since then, an elaborate exercise is being undertaken – involving NADRA, the election Commission, the political parties, and individual aspirants of political office in different constituencies – to prepare fresh (and accurate) voters’ lists. An aspect of this exercise, which is still far from being resolved, pertains to allowing overseas Pakistanis to cast their ballot in the national and provincial elections. In this regard, two constitutional petitions (one by Ch Nasir Iqbal, and another by Imran Khan) have been filed before the Supreme Court. A final (authoritative) judgment has not yet been announced in the matter. Nonetheless, on the 14th of February, the court passed an important order that outlined a tentative procedure for allowing all overseas Pakistanis to exercise their fundamental right to adult franchise. Before analysing this judgment, the contours of the debate and the relevant law must be ascertained. It is pertinent to mention that no major political party or institution in Pakistan, as an official stance, opposes the idea that overseas Pakistanis should be allowed to vote in the general elections. In fact, to the contrary, almost all political parties have expressed their desire to

expand the right of adult franchise to include overseas Pakistanis. However, based on popular perception, since the parties of status quo (read: PPP and PML) stand more to lose than gain from overseas Pakistanis voting in the elections, there seems to be an unspoken inertia concerning the efforts to ensure that overseas Pakistanis can conveniently and effectively cast their ballot. On the fringes, one also hears murmurs of an argument along the lines that since the (most of the) overseas Pakistanis have another citizenship, and have thus sworn an oath of allegiance to another country than Pakistan, their vote (as a symbol of exercising their right in the best interest of Pakistan) is tainted. This is an inherently flawed argument for two primary reasons: 1) if this were the case, the same principle ought to be applied to resident Pakistanis who hold dual nationality (otherwise, not allowing overseas Pakistanis to vote amounts to, inter alia, discrimination, against the mandate of Article 25 of the Constitution), and 2) dual nationality, while being a disqualification in terms of getting elected to the Parliament (per Article 63 of the Constitution), is not illegal per se. And the Citizenship Act, 1951, contains no provision disenfranchising a dual national from his or her right to vote. The official stance of the government, thus far, has been that while it does not resist the principle of allowing overseas Pakistanis to exercise their right to vote, the process concerning the same has to be formulated through a legislative instrument. This contention, while advocated by successive attorneys generals of the government, has been rejected by the honourable Supreme Court (as evident from its order dated 14 th February, 2013). The court, in laying down tentative methodology for allowing the overseas Pakistanis to vote, has correctly observed that no legislation is necessary in this regard; and that the same can be done through a collaborative effort of NADRA, the election Commission of Pakistan, and the concerned ministries of the government. This contention gains force from the principle that since adult franchise is a fundamental right of every citizen, there is no need for a special legislation that allows a portion of the citizenry to exercise their fundamental right. The right al-

ready exists – all that is required is for a procedure to be adopted for its exercise, which can easily be done through administrative action (without the need for any additional legislation). On the administrative side, away from the process of allowing votes to be cast through mail or at Pakistani embassies/consulates, another issue needs to be addressed: Which overseas Pakistanis, under the law, have the right to cast their ballots? In this regard, overseas Pakistanis can be tranched into three broad categories: 1) Pakistani nationals who are living abroad, but do not have foreign citizenship, 2) Pakistani nationals who are living abroad and have a foreign citizenship, and 3) Foreign nationals of Pakistani origin who have subsequently sought the citizenship of Pakistan. Per section 6 of the electoral Rolls Act, 1974, “a person shall be entitled to be enrolled as a voter” if he/she is a) a citizen of Pakistan, b) not less than 18 years old, c) is not of unsound mind, and d) is a resident. To clarify the ‘resident’ requirement, section 7 of the said Act states that resident is anyone who, inter alia, “owns or possesses” a dwelling or “other immovable property” in any constituency in Pakistan. Consequently, in light of this law, all three categories of overseas Pakistani discussed above, to the extent that their requirements under the law can be ascertained, ought to be registered as a voter and be afforded a convenient opportunity to cast the ballot. Hiding behind the shield of administrative difficulties or legislative frolics is nothing more than delaying tactics on the part of status quo political forces, resulting in (temporary) disenfranchisement over 4.3 million Pakistanis living abroad. Neither the law, nor the constitution, nor any standard of modern democracy allows for such evasion. The court has correctly dismissed the government’s contention that a fresh legislation is requirement to bring the overseas Pakistanis into the fold of our democracy, and pointed towards a plausible administrative path for the way forward. The ball is in the government’s court now.

No major political party or institution in Pakistan, as an official stance, opposes the idea that overseas Pakistanis should be allowed to vote in the general elections.

The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: saad@post.harvard.edu

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RYING to end decades of conflict, Thailand’s government has signed its first peace-talks deal with Muslim rebels. However, analysts are skeptical that those involved in the deal have enough influence in Thailand’s restive Malay-Muslim southern provinces to end the violence. One reason for that lack of interest has been the determinedly local nature of the conflict, despite attempts by international jihadist networks to establish links with the protagonists. Although fears were raised in the wake of the September 2001 attacks in New York and Washington that southern Thailand may become another theatre in the so-called Global War on Terror, especially in the context of jihadist rhetoric from local militants, the insurgency has remained rooted in local grievances and identities that have proved impervious to global trends in Islamist-inspired terrorism. The conflict in southern Thailand demonstrates globalization’s limits in influencing insurgencies, for which local political circumstances remain key determinants. The insurgency has remained rooted in local grievances and identities that have proved impervious to global trends. An armed independence movement began in the 1960s, triggered in part by the Thai state’s efforts to modernize education in the region’s Islamic schools, conducting classroom studies in the Thai language. Although the movement was militarily defeated by the early 1990s, insurgents re-emerged in 2001 in a more clandestine operation, ruthlessly maintaining a code of secrecy and refusing to make clear political statements or identify the organizational structure. The militants refer to themselves as juwae, meaning “fighters.” Nonetheless, exiled groups in Malaysia are thought to have operational control over the movement. The peace-talks deal on 28 February was signed with a leader from the BRN-Coordinate, or National Revolution Front-Coordinate, a group considered to have the most influence over the fighters, although that group is split into multiple factions. It’s far from clear that other organizations will agree to talks. Their goal remains independence for the region – more an emotional appeal than a detailed political project, based on a narrative of Thai colonialism. That narrative gained considerable currency after two violent incidents in 2004: the killing of 32 poorly armed militants in the Krue Sae mosque in Pattani and the death of 85 suspects arrested in Tak Bai in Narathiwat, most suffocating to death in overfilled army trucks. The failure of the government and army to prosecute security personnel involved in those incidents has allowed anger to fester, compounded by continuing use of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances by branches of the security forces. Feelings of injustice, cultural alienation and lack of political agency have ensured a steady stream of recruits to the insurgency, despite brutal effects on the local population. An estimated 60 percent of victims are Muslim, ostensibly the result of revenge attacks against those accused of collaborating with the government, though in the increasingly unstable atmosphere, many deaths are put down to criminal opportunists and petty vendettas. Buddhists are targeted in a bid to ethnically cleanse the area; security forces face frequent – and increasingly professional – ambushes on positions and patrols. One of the more shocking aspects of the insurgency has been the killing of teachers. Human Rights Watch says 157 have been killed in the past decade, often in front of students, reflecting the role of education in the conflict. Indeed, the current phase of the insurgency has shown less of a global aspect than the previous generation, whose leaders travelled to the Middle east for training and established personal ties with other jihadist groups in the region, including the Indonesiabased Jemaa Islamiyah, or JI, later affiliated with Al-Qaeda and carrying out the 2002 bombing of a Bali nightclub. By 2000, when JI was attempting to build a regional network of Islamist groups, Thailand’s insurgents rebuffed it. Nor have the juwae embraced the tactics of global jihad, such as targeting civilians and westerners outside the conflict zone. In many respects, the conflict appears to belong to the previous century, wedded to narrow notions of self-determination and Maoist tactics of guerrilla warfare, neither of which appear realistic. In the wake of the recent failed attack on the military base, Asia Times argued that following Maoist doctrine into larger assaults on fixed military positions was bound to lead to disaster in a region with 150,000 security personnel and little physical sanctuary for militants to prepare attacks in secret. While the conflict may show the limits of globalization, it does mirror a dilemma facing many governments in Asia and beyond in dealing with the legacy of ill-considered border arrangements from the colonial period. Countries that attempt to crush the resulting separatist insurgencies have found them stubbornly resilient: Myanmar has failed to defeat its myriad ethnic rebel groups after decades of brutal campaigns; India’s northeastern states have degenerated into a chaotic proliferation of armed groups. Those countries which have successfully held rebellions in check – China with Tibet or Sri Lanka with its Tamils – have done so at the cost of international condemnation, without successfully addressing underlying grievances. The Thai government under Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is likely hoping that it can replicate a model from the Philippines, where the government recently achieved a ceasefire with its own Muslim separatists by promising greater autonomy for their region. Shinawatra already broke the taboo on decentralization during her election campaign in 2011, but has done little since and faces stringent opposition from conservative forces, particularly in the military. Without better governance, simply devolving powers will do little for local citizens. But historical narratives of repression will certainly not be overcome with more repression. Many Thai nationalists fear that greater autonomy is the first step to their country’s breakup, but the alternative is continuing violence. The writer is a freelance journalist and foreign policy analyst. He is currently travelling through the conflict zones and border regions of South and Southeast Asia. Follow his progress at subcontinental.net, and on Twitter @EricWRandolph. This article was also carried by YaleGlobal.


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HE action movie star turned politician will become group executive editor for the magazines Flex, and Muscle & Fitness, writing monthly columns in the publications and their online websites, American Media said on Friday. The “Terminator” star, who began his Hollywood career as a bodybuilder and went on to win five Mr. Universe titles, held the same position at the magazines before he was elected California governor in 2003. “Bodybuilding has always been part of my life, and I know Muscle & Fitness and Flex will continue to motivate others - as it did me - to lift weights and lead a healthy lifestyle (and) promote the sport of bodybuilding,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement. Schwarzenegger’s relationship with the two magazines goes back to 1968, when he was just 21, and he has appeared on their covers more than 60 times. Schwarzenegger, 65, has taken a diverse path since stepping down as California governor in January 2011, returning to movies in films like “The Last Stand” and “The Expendables 2,” writing an autobiography, and launching an eponymous global policy think tank at the University of Southern California’s Los Angeles campus. Muscle & Fitness and Flex are part of American Media Inc, whose other titles include the National Enquirer tabloid, and celebrity magazine OK! news desk

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ICHeLLe Obama says it was “absolutely not surprising” to her that her satellite appearance at the Academy Awards ceremony provoked a national conversation about whether it was appropriate, after some conservative critics accused her of selfishly crashing the event in an attempt to upstage it. She attributed the chatter to a culture shift that has spawned legions of bloggers, tweeters and others who talk about anything and everything all the time. “Shoot, my bangs set off a national conversation. My shoes can set off a national conversation. That’s just sort of where we are. We’ve got a lot of talking going on,” the first lady said only somewhat jokingly Thursday before an appearance in Chicago, her hometown. “It’s like everybody’s kitchen-table conversation is now accessible to everybody else so there’s a national conversation about anything.” In what was not the first-ever Oscar appearance by a first lady, Mrs. Obama was beamed live from the White House into Sunday’s ceremony in Los Angeles to unseal the envelope and announce that the night’s final award, for Best Picture, would go to “Argo.” In 2002, Laura Bush appeared at the ceremony on videotape. Americans have long been fascinated by their first ladies, scrutinizing everything from their clothes and hair to the issues they promote and how they raise their children. Mrs. Obama acknowledged that she and President Barack Obama have added appeal, and perhaps sometimes are subject to extra scrutiny, because they are the first black family in the White House but also a young couple (she turned 49 last month; he’s 51) with young children (daughters Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14). She said she doesn’t give a second thought to critical comments about what she does as first lady. Her strategy, she said, is to do

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OHN Abraham turned producer with “ Vicky Donor”. He admits direction is also a part of his plan, and he would especially love to direct superstar Shah Rukh Khan some day. “Not soon, but yes, definitely I will (direct). How do I put it... I think I will do a fairly decent job directing because I feel I have a vision and I would like to get that across,” the 40-year-old said in an interview. “An interesting person to direct... I would love to direct Shah Rukh! (He is) very interesting because there is a side and a facet about him that is very charismatic and I would not like to play on his strengths, but I would like to get something else out,” added John. Other actors he finds interesting to direct are: “Aamir (Khan) directs himself, so that’s interesting about Aamir. Each one is different and probably if I am doing a fun film, may be Akshay Kumar. But I am not thinking about it right now, so it’s completely hypothetical. news desk

things that further her larger goals and Oscar night fit with her support for the arts. She recently invited the director and cast members from the Oscar-nominated film “Beasts of the Southern Wild” to the White House to participate in a question-and-answer session with students from Washington and New Orleans who had seen the film at the executive mansion. “I just don’t think about that stuff,” said Mrs. Obama, who was asked for her reaction to the criticism during an interview with a small group of reporters who were invited to accompany her on a three-city tour marking the third anniversary of her “Let’s Move” campaign against childhood obesity. She said she was astounded by the buzz about cutting her hair to add bangs, which she unveiled on her birthday, just before inauguration weekend. Asked if she was surprised that the bangs made the news, Mrs. Obama said: “I was, I have to say. I’m like, `it’s a haircut.’” In the interview, Mrs. Obama also revealed that she used a lot of salty language as a 10-year-old, which she said she didn’t realize until the year it cost her the title of “best camper” at the day camp she and her brother, Craig, attended every summer. The experience taught her a lesson, she said. “I was going through my cursing stage,” she said. “I didn’t realize until my camp counselor at the end came up and said, `You know, you would have been best camper in your age group but you curse so much.’ And I was thinking, `Really. Was it that noticeable? And I thought I was being cool. Little did I know I lost `best camper.’ I didn’t curse again.”

Chand roz aur, Meri Jaan! Faqat chand hi roz, Zulm ki chaaon me dum lene pe majboor hain hum, Aur kuch der sitam seh lein, Tadap lein, Ro lein, Apne ajdaad ki miraas hai, M’aazoor hain hum,

A few more days, my Love! Merely a handful more, Condemned to exist, Thou and I, eclipsed in tyranny, Bear with me the cruel winds, smart and weep, My inheritance, My lineage demands, I’m but a mere cripple,

Jism par qaid hai, Jazbaat pe zanjeerein hain, Fikr mahboos hai, Guftaar pe t’aazirein hain, Apni himmat hai keh hum phir bhi jiye jaate hain, Zindagi kya kisi muflis ki qaba hai jis mein, Har ghadi dard ke paivand lage jaate hain,

My shackled extremities, My manacled spirits, Imprisoned my every thought, every word restrained, All that remains is courage, And hence I persist, The drapery, My life, A tatterdemalion’s flowing robe, Patched, In tatters, With fragments of pain,

Lekin ab zulm ki mai’aad ke din thode hain, Ik zara sabr ke faryaad ke din thode hain,

But the times of oppression would soon cease, Persevere, Our laments would soon cease,

Arsa-e-dehr ki jhulsi hui weeraani mein, Hum ko rehna hai par yoon hi toh nahi rehna, Ajnabi haathon ka benaam garaan-baar sitam, Aaj sehna hai, Hamesha toh nahin sehna hai,

In this desolate, parched desert sands, We must now last, But not forever stand, This crushing weight of an alien conjuring, We must now endure, But not forever withstand,

Yeh tere husn se lipti hui aalaam ki gard, Apni do roza jawaani ki shekaston ka shumaar, Chaandni raaton ka bekaar dehekta hua dard, Dil ki besood tadap, Jism ki maayoos pukaar,

The air of distress that tenderly envelops thy form, The numerous gashes of our deficient youth, Moonlit nights, Fruitless pangs of throbbing pain, Unanswered cries of the poor heart, The body’s melancholic strain,

Chand roz aur, Meri Jaan! Faqat chand hi roz...........

A few more days, my Love! Merely a handful more...........


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The wheel of Time is rolling for an end, and … the world is, in all great essentials, better, gentler, more forbearing, and more hopeful, as it rolls! — Charles Dickens in Pictures from Italy

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MMA Watson may get fit for a glass slipper after all. Four years after Watson was loosely attached to star in a musical version of the classic fairy tale “Cinderella” for Marilyn Manson (file under: things that were real), Variety reports that Watson is in “very early talks” to play the role in a new film from Kenneth Branagh. Cate Blanchett would play Watson’s evil stepmother. Fairy tale adaptations were all the rage after Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” exploded at the box office in 2010 (the film earned over $1 billion worldwide), but the recent adaptations have been hit and miss. Released last summer, “Snow White and the Huntsman” was a big success (nearly $400 million in global ticket sales), but other films like “Mirror Mirror” (based on Snow White) and “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” have failed to connect. “Jack the Giant Slayer,” a new take on “Jack and the Beanstalk,” is out Friday via Warner Bros., but the film is not tracking to earn much more than $30 million on opening weekend, a pittance compared to its massive budget. Watson has kept very busy since playing Hermione in the “Harry Potter” franchise. She was praised last year for her role in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and stars next in “The Bling Ring” from director Sofia Coppola. Watson also filmed a role for Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” (due in 2014) and is attached to play the cotitle character in “Beauty and the Beast” for director Guillermo del Toro. That film would shoot this year.

‘I think of my books as my children’: Nadeem Aslam NEWS DESK Born in Pakistan and raised in Britain, Nadeem Aslam’s writing, drawn from a life lived with one foot in the war on terror in his birthplace and neighboring Afghanistan, has made him one of South Asia’s most celebrated writers. In his new novel, “The Blind Man’s Garden,” Aslam again returns to those countries in the months after the September 11 attacks, to portray the terror that gripped a region that was blind to the forces behind the turmoil. He spoke to Reuters on the sidelines of the recent Jaipur Literature Festival about the impact of his upbringing, the backdrop of the war on terror on his work, and his plans to write about female infanticide in his next novel. Q: “The Blind Man’s Garden”

is seT in aFGhanisTan and PakisTan. how has The war on Terror aFFecTed your wriTinG? a: Any number of writers have said that on that day (September 11, 2001), they looked at the book they were working on and said “This is worthless because the real thing is out there.” Yet, when I looked at the TV screens when 9/11 happened, I said that’s my book, the one I wrote and the one I’m writing now. The issues that came to surface that day were there in my life, in the first page of my first novel. Novels that come out of a land that’s in turmoil, where the various hierarchies are quite rigid, and people are struggling within that system, are just more interesting. Britain has Mr Cameron’s financial

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crisis, but it really isn’t Afghanistan. In my writing, that background of explosions and turmoil is lowered, and we are left with human figures whose hearts are in conflict. These happen to be the times, the background. Q: and how does FicTion work wiTh ThaT BackGround? a: What fiction does is create a human being from the ground up. It tells you what shoes he likes to wear. What he felt on his first day of school. When you take that person

away and you torture him, the reader feels something. In non-fiction, when you say, “During the 1980s, in the Zia regime, X number of people were tortured in Pakistan”, it is not the job of the non-fiction writer to tell you what it feels to be tortured. This is what fiction does. Q: your naTional idenTiTy MusT inFluence your wriTinG. how do you deFine iT? a: There are some machines, some gadgets, on which it says Made in China, Assembled inGermany. I was made in the east and assembled in the west.

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Los Angeles judge refused on Friday to dismiss the reckless driving and obstruction case against actress Lindsay Lohan and said the “Mean Girls” star would stand trial later this month in connection with her 2012 car crash. Lohan, 26, was charged with reckless driving, lying to police and obstructing police - all misdemeanors - after her Porsche luxury sports car smashed into a truck on June 8, 2012, in Santa Monica, California. The actress, who has been in out of trouble since 2007 and had her probation revoked for a 2011 theft in which she pleaded no contest, told police she was not driving the car at the time of the accident. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges. At a brief hearing on Friday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Dabney rejected defense lawyer Mark Heller’s argument that Lohan was unlawfully

questioned by police following the 2012 car crash. The judge also refused Heller’s request that Lohan’s trial be pushed back to the first week of April. Lohan, who was not present at the hearing, will stand trial as scheduled on March 18, Dabney ruled. The actress faces three months to a year in jail on each misdemeanor charge if convicted, though a prison sentence is seen as unlikely in the case. Lohan also could go to jail if she is found to have violated the terms of her probation. Earlier this week Heller told reporters that Lohan had started a new round of psychotherapy and wanted to give inspirational speeches to school kids in a bid to turn her life around.

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spoiler alert! o’Brien to leave downton Abbey ’BRIeN is leaving “Downton Abbey,” and unlike Dan Stevens’ departure, not many viewers will be sad to see the notoriously catty maid to Lady Grantham (elizabeth McGovern) go. “I’m not doing any more,” Siobhan Finneran, who played O’Brien, revealed to the Press Association, via HuffPost UK. “O’Brien is a thoroughly despicable human being — that was great to play.” Though Masterpiece confirmed that O’Brien would not appear in “Downton Abbey” Season 4, the door seems open for her return. O’Brien has been a love-to-hate character throughout her three seasons on the show, from causing Cora’s (elizabeth McGovern) miscarriage in Season 1 to the bitter feud she had with under-butler Thomas (Rob James-Collier) that led to her outing him in Season 3. “People actually love that she’s a nasty piece of work. They love to dislike her,” said Finneran in January of 2012. “I’ve always carried around with me [the idea that] something has happened to her to make her be the nasty piece of work that she can be ... She’s worked since she was probably 14 or 15 years old, and has basically sacrificed her entire life to somebody else, for the good of their life and their home — it’s no wonder that she would get frustrated or angry about things.” “Downton Abbey” fans are still reeling from Stevens’ departure from the series, which culminated in Matthew Crawley’s untimely death in the Season 3 finale. Many viewers were furious over Matthew’s death, indicated by a HuffPost poll that, at time of publish, showed 85 percent weren’t happy and 15 saw how it could be good for “Downton Abbey.” But creator Julian Fellowes said there was no other way to let the character go. “I had hoped that we would have one episode of this fourth season that I’m writing now, so we could have ended the Christmas episode on a happy note -– the baby, everything lovely. And then kill [Matthew] in the first episode of the next [season],” Fellowes explained to The New York Times in January. “But [Stevens] didn’t want to do that. I didn’t want his death to dominate the Christmas special, so that’s why we killed him at the very, very end. In a way I think it works quite well because we begin [Season] 4 six months later. We don’t have to do funerals and all that stuff. That’s all in the past by then.” news desk

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INFOTAINMENT Sunday, 3 March, 2013

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. –Friedrich Nietzsche

lara croft reincarnates in new ‘tomb Raider’ I NEWS DESK

google glass won’t let your smartphone ‘emasculate’ you! Google Glass will help fight the antisocial and ‘emasculating’ habit of compulsive smartphone checking, Google co-founder Sergey Brin said in a surprise appearance at a TED Conference. In his 10-minute TED talk, Brin didn't provide concrete new details on Glass, a cross between a smartphone and a pair of glasses. But he did confess that, having used Glass, he felt emasculated and isolated every time he checked his regular smartphone. "You're actually socially isolating yourself with your phone," Brin told the audience. "I feel like it's kind of emasculating.... You're standing there just rubbing this featureless piece of glass. In contrast to a smartphone, Google Glass allows people to keep their head up as digital information is overlaid onto their world, no matter where their gaze is pointed. news desk

T’S been four years almost a generation in video game years since Lara Croft embarked on a ‘Tomb Raider’ expedition. The unenviable task of rebooting the well-known and well-worn series seemed impossible, but with a gritty and focused approach, one of developers Crystal Dynamics got almost completely right with Croft’s latest adventure. ‘Tomb Raider’ (for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, $59.99) finds an inexperienced young Croft shipwrecked and separated from her crew on a mysterious island in Japan’s brutal Devil’s Triangle. This isn’t the savvy, sexy and sassy Croft that hunted down relics in the previous eight games and two films starring Angelina Jolie. This is a vulnerable Croft, one who’s never had to resort to killing another person. Over the course of the lengthy single-player experience, this Croft must survive the elements, amass an arsenal, rescue her friends and battle a cult of castaways. It’s the tale of her transformation from thrill-seeker to superheroine. It’s Lara Croft’s ‘Batman Begins’. ‘Tomb Raider’ is mostly a story about survival, so Croft begins with almost nothing, eventually accumulating some firearms, as well as climbing tools like an ax and rope. It’s the first weapon Croft finds, a silent but deadly bow and arrow, that’s the most satisfying to employ. This ‘Tomb Raider’ does for the bow what ‘Goldeneye’ did for the sniper rifle. The game’s winding trails, claustrophobic caves and perilous cliffside formations created by lead

Adulterating women, a myth? 5 reasons as to why women choose to cheat on their husbands/spouses NEWS DESK

how to defy office bullying? Do you frequently stay back late because you had to work for a certain co-worker the entire day and couldn't complete your own work? Are you a victim of office bullying? Life Coach Malti Bhojwani writes on defying office-bullying. Office bullying is premediated, repeated, malicious mistreatment of employees. Bullies live on secrecy, (selectively sharing information), shame (humiliating their targets) and the silence of others (by-standers who won't get involved) They pick their targets who are usually the ones that they feel most threatened by, so if you are a target, be flattered and let that knowledge give you the confidence to stand up for yourself. Prepare a log: One of the most important things you should do is document with date, time and relevant details each incident. Even if you feel you don't want to be the "complainer," you need to keep this documented for a later time when this will come in handy. Be specific with the details in your recording, make sure you stress and point out your own competence and try to keep your emotions out of these records. news desk

level designer Jason Botta and his team are some of the most imaginative and thrilling platforming elements crafted in recent years. Some tombs that Croft comes

Cultural stereotypes inform that it's mostly men who cheat on their wives or girlfriends and not the other way around, but clinical research details that nearly as many women cheat as their counterpart. Women who step out on their husband or their significant other, do so for any number of reasons, the five most common of which are: Firstly, the woman must feel that she is under-appreciated, neglected, or ignored, the Huffington Post reported. A woman who felt more like a housekeeper, financial provider, or nanny than a wife or girlfriend is more susceptible to finding an external situation, which brings attention and appreciation for who she is rather than the functions that she performs. Another reason

for the adultery can be that the woman must be craving intimacy as women feel valued and connected to their partner through non-sexual emotional interaction like touching, kissing, cuddling, gift-giving, being remembered, and meaningful communication. Women, who are unable to get their intimacy needs fulfilled by a primary partner may look elsewhere and try to meet the needs through sexual/romantic relationships. Thirdly, the woman could be bored or may be lonely. Women, who find themselves alone at home for long periods of time, can feel that their lives lack meaning, and they could use casual sex or deeper romantic affairs to fill the void in-

side their lives. Women with spouses or partners who are absent for long periods of time for example military service, may also turn to affairs to fill what feels like an emptiness. Fourthly, the woman will cheat if she never feels fully loved and appreciated. Some females have unrealistic expectations about what a long-term spouse or partner should offer them emotionally and in other ways and when their partner fails them, they feel justified in seeking attention elsewhere. Lastly, the women can have an intimacy disorder. early childhood trauma and/or sexual abuse often lead women (and men) to problems with addictive sex and/or serial cheating and they can seek consistency and feelings of importance through intensity-based romantic and/or sexual activity.

has human longevity improved? Is 72 the new 30? NEWS DESK Human longevity has improved so rapidly over the past century that 72 is the new 30, scientists say. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, said progress in lowering the risk of death at all ages has been so rapid since 1900 that life expectancy has risen faster than it did in the previous 200 millennia since modern man began to evolve from hominid species. The pace of increase in life expectancy has left industrialised economies unprepared for the cost of providing retirement income to so many for so long. The study, published in the Proceedings of the

National Academy of Sciences of the United States, looked at Swedish and Japanese men – two countries with the longest life expectancies today. It concluded that their counterparts in 1800 would have had lifespans that were closer to those of the earliest hunter-gatherer humans than they would to adult men in both countries today. Those primitive hunter gatherers, at age 30, had the same odds of dying as a modern Swedish or Japanese man would face at 72. Scientists who worked on the study said it was

unclear what the possible upper limit for life expectancy would be. “How much longer can we extend life?” said Oskar Burger, lead researcher on the study. “We just don’t know.” The study did not try to draw conclusions about whether the extension of human life was moral or desirable, or whether it could occur without depleting the faculties needed to enjoy the extra years. Mr Burger noted that the very rapid improvement in lifespans coincided with the invention of antibiotics and vaccines, huge improvements in agricultural efficiency that made food far more available and the widespread development of systems that made clean water more readily accessible. Human mortality, he added, has shown itself to be far more “plastic” and capable of manipulation than anyone had imagined.

across are optional excursions, but they’re all so well done, it shouldn’t be a choice to skip ‘em. ‘Tomb Raider’ also sounds as good as it feels. Jason Graves’ powerfully tense score and Camilla Luddington’s performance as Croft hit the right tone, and the conversations Croft overhears between many of the island’s allmale goons are so enlightening and humorous, players will want to let the reticle linger a bit longer to eavesdrop on all the chatter. ‘Tomb Raider’ isn’t perfect though. Sometimes it’s sloppy. Croft falls off cliffs, through roofs, into the ocean; more than those dwarfs in ‘The Hobbit, and that’s not even including the moments when the X button isn’t mashed quickly enough. Surely there must be more creative ways for Croft to go from Point A to Point B on the mythical Yamatai island. The weakest link is Croft’s laughably underdeveloped shipmates. each is a cliche: bespectacled geek, gentle giant, angry black woman, wise old man. It’s difficult to sympathize with Croft for putting herself through hell to save them, or understand why the writers couldn’t create multidimensional supporting characters like in the ‘Uncharted’ games. Speaking of that epic treasure-hunting franchise, while the developers have clearly borrowed some of Nathan Drake’s moves, they’ve created more than an ‘Uncharted’ clone. The tone is darker, and the levels are less linear. This is not just ‘Uncharted’ or ‘Assassin’s Creed’ with Lara Croft, it’s ‘Tomb Raider’ for a new era. Threeand-a-half out of four stars.

will privacy obstruct internet usage in future? Will people share their personal data freely in exchange for more customized service? Or will they become fiercely protective of private information, using tools and browsers that protect their identity from advertisers and other third parties? Privacy experts from Facebook, Google, Mozilla and Microsoft have been tackling these big questions this week at the RSA security conference in San Francisco. Public changes to privacy policies, like the ones that make news when Facebook or Google change their settings, are just a small part of the story. Behind the scenes, these companies have full-time staffs of privacy experts, lawyers and engineers who are juggling an array of privacy demands. In addition to what the users expect, there are government regulations, industry standards and rules that vary across operating systems. Companies that provide free services, such as search engines or social networks, have to strike the right balance between respecting their customers' privacy concerns and serving advertisers. For Web titans, the money still flows in from advertisers, not consumers. Facebook made $4.2 billion, or 84% of its revenue, from online advertising in 2012. Google saw $43.6 billion in advertising last year, accounting for almost 95% of the company's revenue. According to the panelists, personal data such as location have many potentially positive uses, for individuals as well as advertisers. Consider the wealth of location-based tools already in use, such as food recommendations, social apps and dating services. There will probably be future options that strike a balance between sharing information and cutting off all data. Not everyone will want the same level of privacy, so options and customization will have to be made available. People could share their location information on a case-by-case basis but still stay anonymous. They might choose to have a persistent anonymous ID for location-based services, so that their location history and other data can be used without connecting them to a specific person. It's also possible that over the next five to 10 years, people's attitudes toward privacy and their data will change, and they'll be willing to share more personal information, attached to their real-world identity, in exchange for more heavily customized computing experiences. news desk


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Our morale has to be good, because our attitude is unbeatable and we will win again. – Jordi Roura

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Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya and legendary off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan have expressed a willingness to play in Pakistan’s National One-day Cup, BBC Urdu reported. According to the report, the head coach of SNGPL and former Pakistan batsman, Basit Ali, spoke to the two Sri Lankan stalwarts during a T20 event and convinced them to represent his side in the One-Day Cup. If the move goes ahead as planned, the SNGPL team, which includes a host of Pakistan Test cricketers, would make a formidable one. Their addition would be timely as well as Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Akmal will be in South Africa for the duration of Pakistan’s domestic event. Jayasuriya, who led an International XI side to Pakistan in October last year, and Muralitharan will be provided security by SNGPL, Ali added.

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Left-arm paceman Neil Wagner has been rewarded with a place in New Zealand's squad for the first test against england after taking six wickets in the ongoing tour match in Queenstown. The South Africaborn 26-year-old joins a squad of 13 for the March 6 test in Dunedin, New Zealand Cricket said in a statement on Saturday, and could earn his fourth test cap if the hosts elect to field an all-pace attack. The fourday tour match between a New Zealand XI and england XI finishes later on Saturday.

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AKISTAN captain Misbahul Haq has termed the varying conditions and pitches in South Africa as compared to Asia are the main reason behind the team’s poor performance in the test series against the Proteas. “The conditions of wickets in Asia are very different from the one we played on in South Africa,” he maintained. After Pakistan cricket team’s disappointing testmatch series against South Africa, the team faces heavy criticism from fans, citizens and former cricketers alike. Captain Misbah ul Haq has welcomed all criticism; however the reasons behind the clean sweep in South Africa should be examined. “No player likes to lose”, he said. “Criticism after such a performance is natural but the Pakistan cricket team has been to South Africa many times before and was unsuccessful in winning. The reason behind our continuous losses against South-Africa should be studied”, Misbah Ul Haq added. In an effort to help the team’s performance, he suggested that the Pakistan cricket team should be sent to play domestic matches with strong teams such as South Africa. He presented another option to send junior teams on more tours, so they can avail practice

pened to me” he added. The bowling attack put forward by the South African cricket team was too strong to be rivaled. The Pakistan cricket team is practicing in Johannesburg and hopes for better performance during the one-day international. This was Pakistan’s fifth tour to South Africa and Pakistan lost 9 out of the 12 test matches played. Pakistan has won only 2 matches against South Africa while 1 ended in a draw. In 1994-1995, the team led by Salim Malik was the only test match failure. In 1997-1998, Amir Sohail was termed a successful captain in a three match series that ended in a 1-1 leveled result. In 2002-2003, Waqar Yunus failed as a captain as he had to leave the ground in both test matches. In 2006-2007, under the captaincy of Inzamam ul Haq the team lost the series by 2-1. Now Misbah ul Haq faces criticism for the final score of 3-0 in the test match series played recently. The one day matches will be held on 10, 15, 17, 21 and 24 March in Bloemfontein, Centurion, Johannesburg, Durban and Benoni, respectively.

before joining the international cricket team. According to the team Misbah, playing pitches in Asia are radically different from those in countries such as Australia and South Africa. To give the players more practice on different pitches, Misbah ul Haq suggests sending prominent local cricketers to play first class cricket in South Africa in the future. “This way they will get used to different pitches” the captain claimed. In the 6 innings played recently, Misbah Ul Haq scored a half-century and collected a total of 125 runs. Misbah stated that sometimes even good form does not translate into good cricket. “That’s what hap-

Keen contest on cards in t20 S.PERVEz QAISER The second Twenty-20 match between South Africa and Pakistan will be played at Super Sport Park, Centurion on today. The match will start 17.30 hours (PST). The first Twenty-20 international match at Durban on Friday (March 1) was abandoned without a ball being bowled. It had been raining in Durban for more than five hours prior to the start of play, and the chances of a game going ahead were slim with puddles around the outfield and the showers not relenting. even around half-an-hour after the scheduled time for the toss, the umpires said it would take at least two hours to get the ground in playable condition once the rain stopped. That didn’t happen and the umpires called off the game at 6.30pm, two hours and eight minutes before the cut-off time for a five-over fixture. Sunday's match will be the seventh match between South Africa and Pakistan in Twenty-20 cricket and second in South Africa. South Africa have won three and Pakistan three in six previous meetings

between the two teams in Twenty-20 cricket. South Africa have won the only Twenty-20 match against Pakistan at home. They recorded a perfect 10wicket win over Pakistan at Johannesburg on February 2, 2007. South Africa, fifth in ICC rankings in Twenty-20 cricket, have won 34, lost 20 and abandoned one in 55 Twenty-20 matches played so far. Pakistan have won 39, lost 25 and tied two in 66 matches played so far. They are ranked sixth in latest ICC rankings.

LOWEST InnInGS TOTALS: South Africa scored 133 for six in 20 overs at Colombo on September 28, 2012 which is their lowest ever total against Pakistan. Pakistan's lowest against South Africa is 119 in 19.5 overs at Abu Dhabi on October 26, 2010. HIGHEST InDIVIDUAL SCORES: Graeme Smith who made an unbeaten 71 off 40 balls with nine fours and four sixes at Johannesburg on February 2, 2007 holds the record of highest individual score on either side. The record of highest individual score for Pakistan is shared by Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal. Shahid Afridi made 51 at Nottingham on June 18, 2009 while Umar Akmal scored the same number of runs at Gros Islet on May 10, 2010. BEST BOWLInG In An InnInGS: Charl Langeveldt's four for 19 is the best bowling performance for South Africa against Pakistan. In the same match, Saaed Ajmal took four wickets for 26 runs which is best for Pakistan against South Africa.

HIGHEST InnInGS TOTALS: South Africa scored 142 for five in 20 overs at Nottingham on June 18, 2009 which is their highest total against Pakistan in Twenty-20 cricket. Pakistan's highest against South Africa is 149 for four in 20 overs at Nottingham on June 18, 2009.

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Mushfiqur confident of young players firing DHAKA AgencIes

A slew of late injuries may have thinned Bangladesh's ranks by the time they landed in Sri Lanka for their month-long tour, but captain Mushfiqur Rahim remained optimistic about his side's chances, and backed his young players to fire. Bangladesh arrived in Sri Lanka without allrounder Shakib Al Hasan, whose calf surgery following a stress injury will keep him out for at least six weeks, while batsmen Shahriar Nafees and Naeem Islam, and left-arm spinner enamul Haque jr will also miss the tour through injury. Their replacements include 21-year-old batsman Mominul Haque and 24year-old uncapped allrounder

Marshall Ayub, but it is likely to be the more established youngsters in the squad who will be called upon to bear more responsibility in the absence of several key seniors. Bangladesh won their last ODI series against West Indies 3-2 in November, with instrumental contributions for 20-year-old batsman Anamul Haque and 21year-old offspinner Sohag Gazi, and Mushfiqur hoped his players would ride the momentum from that series into the Sri Lanka tour. "We had a couple of injuries in the last series against West Indies, and Shakib was not part of the ODI series - but we still won that series. The couple of young guys who came into the side in his place performed really well. We'll miss him, but it's a chance for the younger guys to prove they can do well abroad as well as at home."

Bangladesh last met Sri Lanka in an Asia Cup match in Dhaka, when the hosts defeated Sri Lanka by five wickets to earn a place in the tournament final. They had also beaten India earlier in the tournament, and their ODI record in 2012, when they won more matches than they lost against top-eight opposition, suggests they are an improving side. "There is no secret to our success," Mushfiqur said. "The boys have really been working hard for the last one or two years. Someone needed to put their hands up and do the basics in the middle, and that's what we did in the recent series against West Indies and also in the Asia Cup. The youngsters have come good and are performing really well, so hopefully they will continue in the same way."

Practice helped me master spin: laxman HYDERABAD AgencIes

VVS Laxman, in his 16-year Test career, established himself as one of the best players of spin bowling in the world but, by his own admission, it wasn't a talent he had acquired when he first picked up the bat. Failures early in his career taught him to respect spin bowling more and after hours of practice his batting had evolved to the point where he could master any attack. Laxman was speaking at the launch of Talking Cricket, a compilation of the best Q&A long-form interviews published by eSPNcricinfo and Walt Disney. The book features 22 interviews with current and former players speaking on specific topics such as captaincy, swing bowling, commentary, batting etc. Those interviewed include Sachin Tendulkar, Ian Chappell, Mahela Jayawardene, Barry Richards, and Laxman himself. "I never got to play quality spin bowling when I was growing up," Laxman said in a discussion with Harsha Bhogle and eSPNcricinfo editor Sambit Bal, responding to an extract from an earlier interview. "As a kid I always enjoyed playing fast bowling. I neglected playing spinners. At the end of the practice session I got extra throw-downs, asking the coaches to throw from ten yards so I could play quicker bowling. I used to practice on cement wickets using a plastic ball or a wet tennis ball. "When I started playing the Ranji Trophy, there were some quality spinners in domestic cricket and I remember I would invariably get out to Sairaj Bahutule (former Mumbai legspinner), playing against the spin and getting caught at midwicket. That's when I came back to the nets and luckily Hyderabad had some quality spinners like Arshad Ayub, Venkatapathy Raju, Kanwaljit Singh. I practiced hard at the nets against them and I always felt that the hard work you put in the nets will reap results.


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I feel very excited about Sunday and I feel comfortable with the situation and this position, so it should be really exciting.– Na Yeon-choi

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NDIA are in control of the second Test against Australia, who made 237 for nine declared in Hyderabad. Part-time spinner Ravindra Jadeja picked up three wickets, while in his second Test Bhuvneshwar Kumar also took three, with Michael Clarke's 91 keeping the Australian innings together. The visitors once again turned to their skipper after slumping to 63 for four, with the 31-year-old putting on 145 with Matthew Wade for the fifth wicket. However after Wade went for 62, the lower order failed to fire as Australia lost their final four wickets for just 29 runs. And with little chance of numbers 10 and 11 James Pattinson and Xavier Doherty adding to the total Clarke brought them in so his bowlers could take advantage of conditions for the final three overs of the day. However India were untroubled and finished five without loss. Australia made two changes from the side which lost the opening match in Chennai with Glenn Maxwell making his Test debut coming in for Mitchell Starc, while Xavier Doherty replaced Nathan Lyon. The home side

were unchanged. After the visitors won the toss, Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled David Warner (six) with a delivery which cut back into the left-hander, then trapped ed Cowan (four) lbw with a ball which may have pitched outside leg stump. That left Australia 15 for two, with Phil Hughes and Shane Watson at the crease. The pair effected a mini-recovery, with the left hander playing some eye-catching late

drives off the back foot, but Watson (23) then fell lbw attempting to pull a ball which kept a little low with the score on 57. Hughes (19) followed, caught behind at the second attempt by Mahendra Singh Dhoni off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin, before Wade and Clarke began the Australian recovery. Clarke looked comfortable at the crease, with a well-placed clip for four between two fielders indicative of his current form. Wade was less fluid, but equally determined, digging in at one end while his skipper totted up the runs at the other as they moved Australia to 129 for four midway through the afternoon session. Wade's confidence grew and when new bowler Jadeja came on to bowl, the wicketkeeper had no problem in hitting him back over his head for four. After facing 95 balls, Clarke brought up his 26th Test half century with a single in the 48th over, edging his side closer towards 150. On 52 India missed their best opportunity to dismiss Clarke as the skipper inside edged on his pad with the ball dropping to a diving Cheteshwar Pujara who got his fingers under the ball, but could not hang on. Wade reached his half-century in the 55th over as Australia batted themselves back into the game.

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AUstrALIA 1st innings dA warner b kumar 6 eJM cowan lbw b kumar 4 19 PJ Hughes c †dhoni b Ashwin sr watson lbw b kumar 23 91 MJ clarke* b Jadeja Ms wade† c kumar b Harbhajan singh 62 5 Mc Henriques b Jadeja gJ Maxwell c †dhoni b Jadeja 13 0 PM siddle lbw b Harbhajan singh JL Pattinson not out 1 XJ doherty not out 0 13 extras (b 9, lb 4) totAL 237 fALL of wIckets 1-10 (warner, 2.2 ov), 2-15 (cowan, 4.2 ov), 3-57 (watson, 14.6 ov), 4-63 (Hughes, 21.2 ov), 5-208 (wade, 68.3 ov), 6-217 (Henriques, 73.5 ov), 7-233 (Maxwell, 79.4 ov), 8-236 (siddle, 82.4 ov), 9-236 (clarke, 83.1 ov) bowLIng b kumar 15-2-53-3, I sharma 17-5-45-0, r Ashwin 15-6-41-1, Harbhajan singh 22-2-52-2, rA Jadeja 16-4-33-3, IndIA 1st innings M Vijay not out 0 V sehwag not out 4 eXtrAs (w 1) 1 5 totAL to bAt cA Pujara, sr tendulkar, V kohli, rA Jadeja, Ms dhoni*†, r Ashwin, Harbhajan singh, b kumar, I sharma bowLIng: JL Pattinson 2-1-1-0, PM siddle 1-0-4-0 toss Australia, who chose to bat test debut gJ Maxwell (Australia) Player of the match tba Umpires HdPk dharmasena (sri Lanka) and M erasmus (south Africa) tV umpire s ravi Match referee bc broad (england) reserve umpire s das

watling shines as england lose warm-up match QUEENSTOWN AgencIes

england's bowlers have plenty to ponder ahead of the first test after a New Zealand XI chased down a steep target for a three-wicket win in the tourists' only warm-up match in Queenstown on Saturday. Wicketkeeper BJ Watling was unbeaten on 89, with eight fours and two sixes, as the home side reached 334 for seven with eight deliveries to spare, after england declared on their overnight score of 256 for nine. england had looked strong with their opponents reeling on 154 for five at one stage, but a sixth-wicket stand of 82 between Watling and Corey Anderson (44) stopped the rot. Watling also found good support in leftarm paceman Neil Wagner (28 not out), who was handed a spot in the New Zealand test squad earlier in the day, and the duo saw their team home with an unbeaten stand of 52 for the eighth wicket. england paceman Graham Onions once again struggled, bowling five no-balls, and the batsmen took particular liking to him as he bled 82 runs off his 16 overs without any reward.

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Zimbabwe aim for surprise in shortest format NORTH SOUND AgencIes

The scoreline may read 3-0 but West Indies' dominance also had to do with Zimbabwe's own sloppiness in the ODI series. The visitors suffered for the lack of depth in their bowling attack but made it worse by conceding too many after looking good in short bursts. For what is a good fielding side, simple run-out chances were missed, and the batsmen struggled to read Sunil Narine. The result may have been along expected lines in the 50-over format, and a tougher challenge awaits them in a two-Test series, but the T20s may offer them the best

chance to cause an upset. They were unable to cause any during the World Twenty20 last year but, though they are up against the champions in the format, they do possess some firepower in their batting to make an impact. West Indies play their first T20 international in the Caribbean after winning the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. Malcolm Waller is one of Zimbabwe's batsmen who can accelerate. He looked good in the ODI series, scoring a halfcentury and then getting some quick runs in the middle order, including two sixes, in the second ODI. He has a healthy strike-rate of 84 in the ODI format but is yet to do something significant with the bat in the shortest version. Guyana

allrounder Christopher Barnwell has made it to the West Indies squad after 17 months. He was impressive in the Caribbean T20, making 245 runs in eight games and taking six wickets. There's no Kieran Powell in the West Indies squad so Lendl Simmons could get a chance to open. Shannon Gabriel and Barnwell have made it to the squad based on their performances in the Caribbean T20 and West Indies captain Darren Sammy said they are likely to get a go in the XI in at least one game out of the two this series. Antigua has been a venue favourable for spinners, Sammy said; both Narine and legspinner Samuel Badree were expected to make the starting XI, he added.

Shafqat Hussain Naghmi and Zahid Arbab were elected President and Secretary of Federal Golf Association election at a general council meeting of the body on Saturday at Islamabad. Out going President, Syed Asif Shah chaired the meeting which elected the fresh office bearers for a next term of four years, said a spokesman of FGA . Following were elected, Shafqat Hussain Naghmi, President, Commodore Athar Mukhtar, Senior Vice President, Gp Capt S Mazhar H. Rizvi, Vice President, Zahid Arbab, Secretary, Wing Cdr (Retd) I N Khokhar, Joint Secretary. Following are members of the executive committee: M M Hashim Khan, Yasmin Mubarik, M Khan Durrani, Captain Mehtab Ahmed PN, M Ali Choudhrigar and Wing Cdr Messam Abbas.


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A lot of the players have been supporting me, have been telling me to carry on doing my job. – Rafael Benitez, who declined to reveal the content of private conversations with a player

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nadal into 3rd straight final since comeback SPORTS DESK

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Top seed Venus Williams was beaten in the semi-finals of the Brasil Tennis Cup by unheralded Russian Olga Puchkova. The American, playing in her first tournament since the Australian Open, slipped to 4-6 6-4 7-5 defeat against a player ranked 109th in the world in two and a half hours. It means there will be no seeds in the final as Monica Niculescu ousted seventh-seeded Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic 6-0 6-2 in the other semi. The Romanian, ranked 75th in the world, needed just an hour and two minutes to book her place in the final. Niculescu and Puchkova will meet for the first time in the final.

haas sets up gulbis semi-final

SPORTS DESK Second seed Tommy Haas saw off Ivan Dodig in three sets to book a Delray Beach International Tennis Championships semi-final with ernests Gulbis. The German, a winner here in 2006, overcame his Croatian opponent 7-6 (8/6) 2-6 6-1 in a topsy-turvy match lasting just over two hours. Gulbis, who was champion in 2010 but had to qualify this time, had life considerably easier against Daniel Munoz-De La Nava of Spain. The Latvian was particularly dominant on serve on his way to a 6-1 6-4 win over his fellow qualifier which lasted an hour and 15 minutes. If their last meeting is anything to go by, the semi-final should be worth watching - at last year's US Open Gulbis came from two sets down to beat Haas in the first round. The other last-four clash pits top seed American John Isner against first-time semi-finalist edouard Roger-Vasselin of France.

Top seeds Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer advanced from their last-four clashes to set up an all-Spanish final at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel. Second seed Nadal beat another Spaniard, Nicolas Almagro, 7-5 6-4 to reach his third consecutive singles final since making his comeback from knee problems. One break per set was enough for Nadal to overcome third seed Almagro, who was the Acapulco champion in 2008 and 2009. Ferrer, the three-time defending champion and world number four, will represent a step up in class for Nadal though. He was taken to a third set by unseeded Italian Fabio Fognini, but asserted his authority to claim a 6-3 6-7 (5/7) 6-1 win. Nadal and Ferrer have met 20 times previously, with Nadal winning 16, including each of

the last five. In the women's draw, the top two seeds also made it through to the final as Sara errani of Italy overcame France's Alize Cornet and Carala Suarez Navarro came out on top in her all-Spanish clash with Silvia Soler-espinosa. Neither woman was unduly troubled as both top seed errani and number two Suarez Navarro sealed 6-2 6-1 victories.

PARIS: A general view of a packed Court Philippe Chatrier stadium.

Berdych downs federer; eyes djokovic SPORTS DESK Tomas Berdych ended the challenge of Roger Federer in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships to set up a final with world number one Novak Djokovic. Berdych, seeded third here, had to dig deep to overcome his Swiss opponent, coming from a set down to seal a 3-6 7-6 (10/8) 6-4 victory in two hours and 19 minutes. Federer, who also saw his 2012 US Open campaign ended by the Czech at the quarter-final stage, needed just a single break to take the opening set while the pair exchanged breaks in the second before Berdych edged a competitive tie-break. The third set was then all about Berdych, who created seven break points to Federer's none but could only convert

one of them as the second seed put up a show of resistance. However, one was all it needed as Berdych emerged the victor to set up a meeting with Djokovic, who had to overcome some second-set resistance from Juan Martin Del Potro to win their semi-final. Del Potro saved a match point at 5-3 and then broke as the world number one served for the match a game later. But Djokovic rose to the challenge once again to claim a 6-3 7-6 (7/4) win in one hour and 44 minutes. The world number one has yet to lose in 2013 and Del Potro had few complaints about the result. "He deserved to win," said the Argentinian. "He played so well in the tie-break. "I was break up in the second set and I made mistakes."

djokovic overcomes del Potro to make dubai final

DUBAI: Novak Djokovic overcame some second-set resistance from Juan Martin Del Potro to secure his place in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Del Potro saved a match point at 5-3 and then broke as the world number one served for the match a game later. But Serbian Djokovic rose to the challenge once again to claim a 6-3 7-6 (7/4) win in one hour and 44 minutes. Djokovic, who has yet to lose in 2013 and retained his Australian Open crown last month, will meet either Roger Federer or Tomas Berdych in the final. AgencIes

Meeting reviews Sports Festival arrangements LAHORE stAff rePort

A meeting of the officials of different government and semi-government departments on Saturday gave the final touches to the arrangements for the holding of the final phase of the Punjab Youth Festival. Deputy Speaker and chief organizer sports Punjab Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan chaired the meeting along with Director General Sports and Youth Affairs Usman Anwar here at the Conference Hall of the SBP. The meeting discussed in detail the arrangements for the holding of the badminton, table tennis, cricket matches of veterans, parliamentarians and film stars and the conduct of the road cycle race at Ring Road and the holding of the 17-km Marathon at from the Punjab Stadium to Main Boulevard, Gulberg to Canal and back. Around 50 officials of

different departments including Police, City District Govt etc attended the meeting. The meeting was informed that Press Clubs, Bar Association, Veterans and Balochistan teams will lock horns in cricket matches. “The teams of

journalists and Bar Association will also get involved in badminton and table tennis. These matches and competitions will be held from March 4 to 7,” the meeting was told. The badminton will be held at the Gymnasium of Iqbal Park Sports

Complex, table tennis at Shah Jahan Table Tennis Hall near Mian Plaza Johar Town while the cricket matches will be organized at Itefaq Ground Model Town near Ittefaq Hospital, New Itefaq ground Model Town, Mehran Club ground, Mehran Block Iqbal Town and Shah Faisal cricket ground, Faisal Town. There are also chances to hold some of the cricket matches at the Gaddafi Stadium. The above events will be followed by road cycle race which will be held at ring road on March 9, marathon from Punjab Stadium to Main Boulevard to Canal and back and the event will be held on March 10. The official of the Sports Board Punjab informed that the entire activity will than have the Guinness World Record events and the closing ceremony on March 13 or 14 where the winners of the Punjab Youth Festival will be distributed cash prizes of Rs 50 million.

mcilroy blames toothache for withdrawal SPORTS DESK Defending champion Rory McIlroy admitted he was in a "bad place mentally" after pulling out of the Honda Classic midway through an out of control second round. The Northern Irishman, ranked number one in the world, began on the back nine at the Palm Beach Gardens course and played his opening eight holes of the round in seven over par. He then found the water at the 18th - his ninth hole - and immediately quit the tournament. "I'm not in a great place mentally," he told reporters, according to eSPN.com. "I can't really say much, guys. I'm just in a bad place mentally.'' Shortly after, McIlroy released a statement through the PGA Tour, citing wisdom tooth pain for his exit. He said: "I sincerely apologise to the Honda Classic and PGA Tour for my sudden withdrawal. "I have been suffering with a sore wisdom tooth, which is due to come out in the near future. It began bothering me again last night, so I relieved it with [painkiller] Advil. "It was very painful again this morning, and I was simply unable to concentrate. It was really bothering me and had begun to affect my playing partners." McIlroy had a levelpar 70 yesterday, but was set to miss the cut after his flurry of dropped shots before deciding enough was enough. He had double-bogeyed the 11th, taken a seven at the par-four 16th, and also given shots away at the 13th and 17th holes. He was playing in a group with Open champion ernie els and American Mark Wilson. His statement continued: "I came here with every intention of defending my Honda Classic title. even though my results haven't revealed it, I really felt like I was rounding a corner. "This is one of my favourite tournaments of the year and I regret having to make the decision to withdraw, but it was one I had to make." The PGA Tour reported it was the first time McIlroy has withdrawn during a tournament. The 23-year-old has struggled to rediscover the form that has elevated him to the top of the world rankings so far in 2013, highlighted by his first-round exit at the Accenture Match Play championship to Ireland's Shane Lowry last week.


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At the moment I feel we can score from many positions and I prefer that, personally. – Arsene Wenger, whose side are unbeaten in five league games

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Sports Writers Association of Punjab (SWAP) scored a hard earned 1-0 win over Sports Journalists Association of Lahore (SJAL) in an exhibition match here on Saturday at outer ground of National stadium. Chief Manager and coach of Pakistan hockey team, former Pakistan captain, Chaudhary Akhtar Rasool was the chief guest on the occasion and both the teams were introduced to him before the start of the match. SWAP XI led by Sohail Ali stamped their supremacy midway through the first half when Shahzad Malik scored with a swift shot after set up by Zahid Shafi . SJAL XI under the captaincy of Ali Hashmi made desperate efforts to equalize but failed due to superb goalkeeping by Amir Raza who stood alert under the bar and with a solid defence of Farrukh Butt and Asher Butt. SWAP XI fumbled a few chances in the second half and Sohail Ali

failed to give final touches in the circle. Speaking on the occasion, Akhtar Rasool termed the match between the mediamen a very positive activity to keep them in good trim. “ By playing hockey they would be knowing the technical aspects of the game to make their news balanced “,he said adding “ We welcome positive criticism on the good or bad performance of the team and we believe that mediamen’s constructive opinion or criticism help us in improving our national team’s performance.” He said PHF was endeavouring to put hockey at the right track and the present team management is taking every measure to boost the performance of the team by improving skills and techniques of the players. He urged the sports journalists to keep playing hockey and other sports on regular basis to improve their health standards .He accepted the proposal of SJAL to become its hockey patron and said he would provide necessary facilities for arranging hockey matches between the penmen.

nine month ban for chavez jr neVada: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr has been banned for nine months and fined $900,000 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for failing a drug test. The 27-year-old Mexican tested positive for marijuana after losing on points to Argentina's Sergio Martinez in their WBC middleweight title fight on September 15 in Las Vegas. Chavez will regain his active status on June 15, but his lawyers have vowed to appeal what they consider is an excessive fine for what is not considered a performance enhancing drug. The fine represents 30 per cent of Chavez's $3million purse for the Martinez fight. The commission's decision took into account a failed doping test in 2009 by Chavez in Las Vegas for a banned diuretic. AgencIes

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eNNIS world number one Serena Williams found herself in trouble with security officials at the PGA Tour's Honda Classic on Friday after she tried to photograph Tiger Woods. Under PGA Tour rules, spectators are not allowed to take pictures or video of players on competition days. A short video posted on CBSSports.com shows a tournament official pulling Williams's phone down as she was about to snap a photograph with her phone during the second round of the Honda Classic and she then tweeted about the episode. "Apparently you can't take pictures of golfers. In my defense peeps always take pics of tennis players," Williams tweeted. Williams, who did manage to post a picture of Woods driving from the tee on her Twitter account, although it was not

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clear if she herself had taken the picture, also said the security was "mad" and "yelled" at her during the episode. McDowell backs McIlroy to bounce back Graeme McDowell backed his friend Rory McIlroy to emerge from his "minicrisis" after the world number one

withdrew from the Honda Classic. The defending champion quit midway through his second round yesterday claiming he was "in a bad place mentally" on a dramatic day in Palm Beach - then later released a statement to say a sore wisdom tooth was the reason for his early exit.

Juventus coach Antonio Conte praised his team's resilience following Friday's 1-1 draw with Napoli - but admitted they were not clinical enough in front of goal. In a top of the table clash, Juve looked set to extend their lead atop Serie A to nine points when Chiellini nodded them in front after just 10 minutes at the Stadio. However, after missing several good chances - most notably through Vucinic - to double their advantage, the visitors were pegged back just before half-time.


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PPP and mQm to contest polls alone, but may adjust seats LONDON

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eDeRAL Interior Minister Rehman Malik called on Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain in London where both leaders expressed continuation of a cordial relationship between the two parties despite their diverging paths. Malik and Altaf discussed in detail, the prevailing political situation in the country, in a meeting that lasted over three and a half hours, according to a statement issued from MQM’s headquarters nine-zero on Saturday. Malik inquired after the well-being of Hussain and conveyed to him a gesture of goodwill from President Asif Zardari. Zardari wanted to convey to Altaf that although the two parties had come out of their political alliance, the relations established during the past five years between them had not

ended. Hussain said old relations would continue in the larger interest of the country, particularly for promoting peace and stability in Sindh and for promoting the feelings of brotherhood among the people of the province. He said the MQM believed in retaining relationships with all democratic forces in the country, including the PPP. It was decided in the meeting that the core committees of the MQM and the PPP would restart dialogues on all discordant issues. It was also decided that

both parties would contest general elections separately but there could be a possibility for adjustments on certain seats. Malik praised the role of Hussain for the continuation of democracy in the country and said that the PPP government could not possibly have completed its tenure of five years if Hussain had not extended his support. He said that the democratic process would also not have continued for five years if it were not for the sacrifices and support of Hussain in difficult times. Hussain welcomed the views of Malik and praised his services for democracy and establishing peace in the country. He said Malik would always be remembered if he succeeded in establishing durable peace and bringing criminals to justice. Malik offered fateha for the martyred MQM MPA Manzar Imam and other martyrs. He also presented a bouquet to Hussain on behalf of President Zardari.

Arif Nizami claims damages for defamation LAHORE stAff rePort

In an interview published in Urdu daily Nawa e Waqt’s magazine on February 25, Nawa e Waqt Chief editor Majeed Nizami made several references

to Pakistan Today (PT) editor Arif Nizami which were defamatory in the extreme. The statements seriously damaged the reputation and standing of PT editor among the people at large, including peers, friends, family and colleagues.

Accountability court acquits Malik Riaz, son ISLAMABAD InP

An accountability court on Saturday acquitted real estate tycoon Malik Riaz and his son, Ali Riaz, in the 1,401 kanal land fraud case. The Anti-Corruption establishment (ACe) had registered a case against Bahria Town and some officials of the Punjab Revenue Department on November 4, 2009, on the complaints of residents of some villagers near Rawat. Malik Riaz, his son and others were accused of bribing revenue officials to get 1,401 kanals of ‘shamilat’, or community land, transferred to their names on fake documents. However, in October last year, the ACe on request of NAB transferred the matter to the accountability court. The NAB prosecutor had submitted a plea under Section 31-B, stating that after examining the available record and evidence, the bureau had found that Malik Riaz and his son were not liable to be accused. Accountability court judge Chaudhry Abdul Haq reserved the judgment Saturday morning and issued it later in the day, acquitting Malik Riaz and his son, Ali Riaz, of all charges while accepting a plea bargain of Patwari Rizwan.

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