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xPRESSINg grave concerns over the deteriorating law and order in Balochistan, lawmakers from all major political parties blasted the government on Tuesday for ignoring the situation in the violence-hit province and called for steps to control it. Though the members looked upset and perturbed over the unrest in Balochistan, most of them did not attend the session and even National Assembly Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan did not deem it fit to attend. The session, which started an hour and 10 minutes late, witnessed low attendance as only 54 members were present at the start and the number was reduced to 48 when the sitting was adjourned. A total of 42 points of order were raised, consuming 103 minutes of the sitting. However, none of the points of order attracted the chair’s formal ruling. The speakers who took part in the informal debate on the Balochistan situation called for formation of a special committee to oversee law and order in the restive province. They also sought immediate arrest of the killers of the granddaughter of Nawab Akbar Bugti and her daughter, who had been murdered last week in Karachi. They also asked the government to share its policy on Balochistan with the House. There was consensus among the speakers that throwing mutilated bodies on the roads were a slap in the face of the government’s performance and this practice should
be stopped immediately. They said the promises made to the people of Balochistan should be fulfilled to remove their sense of deprivation. They said the Parliamentary Committee on Balochistan should also speed up its work and submit a report to the House carrying suggestions for improvement in law and order across the province. Asiya Nasir, Dr Zille Huma, Syed Asif Hasnain, Dr Lal Chand, Nawab Yusuf Talpur, Akhunzada Chattan and Abdul ghani Talpur spoke on the issue. Federal Minister Hamayun Aziz Kurd held spy agencies responsible for the unrest in the province and said the matter of Balochistan should be dealt with seriously as the situation in the province was far from normal. Former Balochistan governor and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Abdul Qadir Baloch said a commission formed to probe killings in Balochistan had to submit its report in the House but four months on, no such report had been submitted. Terming the formation of committee after committee to probe the killings a mere joke, Baloch said such announcements were made to cool down tempers of the locals. He called for a through debate on the Balochistan situation. Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) legislator Asiya Nasir said there was a need for a political solution to the Balochistan issue and the government should share its policy with the House. Continued on page 04
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Lahore: relatives mourn on Tuesday during the funeral of a victim of a building collapse the day before. rescuers plucked survivors from the rubble of a collapsed factory where another 10 people are still buried under the debris and the death toll rose to 22. afp | story on page 07
Load shedding continued across the country despite Water and Power Minister Naveed Qamar’s announcement in the National Assembly the day before that that it would stop from Tuesday. On Monday, Qamar had announced on the floor of the House that there would be no more load shedding from February 7, 2012, adding that power generation across the country had improved. However a shortfall of 3,400 megawatts still remains and several cities of Punjab, including Lahore, are still experiencing load shedding. In Lahore and Karachi, residents in several areas were without power for up to four hours a day, while in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan, the duration was at least four hours. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the duration of load shedding is six hours. monitoring desk
ppp-‘n’ talks on 20th amendment still a stalemate ISLAMABAD IrFaN BUKharI
The deadlock continues. The differences between the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) over the 20th Constitutional Amendment remained unresolved with the latter not agreeing to support the amendment without a constitutional guarantee on the ap-
pointment of a neutral caretaker setup acceptable to all political parties for the next general elections. However, both sides expressed the hope that they would try for a breakthrough on Wednesday (today). But the insiders said the PML-N insisted that the PPP should also come up with its proposal on the caretaker setup so that both sides could find middle ground. It was learnt that the PPP was reluctant to float
any such proposal. The meeting between both sides was held at the chambers of National Assembly Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. Talking to reporters after the inconclusive round of talks, Religious Affairs Minister Khursheed Shah said the PML-N leaders could not consult party President Nawaz Sharif as he was on a visit to Multan. Continued on page 04
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Cranes fish gigantic whale shark in Karachi
Powerful cranes fished out a giant whale shark near Karachi shore, as hundreds of curious onlookers gathered to witness the moment. The 40-foot-long whale shark was spotted unconscious some 150 kilometres in the sea by local fishermen 10 days ago. Private TV channels reported that two cranes initially attempted to pull out the dead whale shark weighing over 44 tonnes, but the authorities had to call in more powerful cranes to lift the giant fish. TV channels reported that the whale shark had been auctioned at Rs 1.7 million but an official had sold it for Rs 200,000. Local fishermen say the shark’s meat is not consumable but oil extracted from its fat and liver has various uses. The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is a slow-moving, filter feeding fish. It is the largest extant fish species with a “vulnerable” conservation status. It is found in the warm and tropical seas and has a lifespan of almost 70 years. NewS deSK
100 arrested in crackdown against illegal seminaries PESHAWAR: Peshawar Police on Thursday arrested more than 100 people, including Afghan nationals, in a fresh crackdown against illegal religious seminaries and their unregistered students. Police sources said the raids were conducted against a number of seminaries in areas such as Yakka Toot and University Town. Although senior police officials are yet to confirm the arrests made in this regard, but sources said that over 100 people had been arrested. Sources said the crackdown was ordered after security officials intercepted telephonic conversations between seminary students and suspected militants in North Waziristan. Police officials believe that several foreign and local militants were enrolled in the seminaries in Peshawar and its surroundings. Police said the arrested individuals did not have identity cards or other proof of registration. The management of the seminaries also failed to prove the registration of the arrested students. Sources said the authorities were trying to confirm the identity of the arrested people after which their fate would be decided. STaFF rePorT
Mansoor Ijaz asks commission to record his statement abroad ISLAMABAD: Memo scandal’s central character Mansoor Ijaz has requested the judicial commission probing the controversy to appoint a commissioner to record his statement abroad. Akram Sheikh, counsel of the Pakistani-American businessman, on Tuesday submitted an application before the memo commission’s secretary in which Ijaz stated that he had cancelled his trip to Pakistan due to security threats. Ijaz said that a commissioner be appointed to record his statement in Dubai or London. Sheikh said his client was ready to come to Pakistan, but had changed his plan due to security reasons and wanted to record his statement abroad. The memo commission will resume hearing the case at the Islamabad High Court on Thursday (tomorrow). STaFF rePorT
KarachI: Fishermen use cranes to pull the carcass of a whale shark from the water on Tuesday. afp
Govt pushing Pakistan to destruction: Nawaz MULTAN
AKISTAN Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said the government was pushing the country towards destruction. “Every institution has been badly hit by corruption. Had our policies been pursued, the country would not have gone through the present situation,” he said while addressing the laptop computer distribution ceremony at Bahauddin Zakria University. “Those who are chanting slogans for change in the name of youth are enacting only a drama,” he said. “I want to make it clear on them that we had brought change in 1990 and are bringing about change at present as well.” He said the PML-N was criticised in every matter, but time had proved that the party was on the rightful path. Nawaz alleged that hindrances were created in the way of Shahbaz Sharif in the matter of distribution of laptops. “People know well how many conspiracies were hatched against Shahbaz. But he is working for the development and prosperity of the nation,” he underlined. About the world’s youngest IT expert Arfa
Legislators are not safe even in the parliament precincts! A treasury member, Ijaz Virk, on Tuesday dropped a bombshell in the Lower House by claiming that two members of the National Assembly carried weapons with them while attending assembly sessions. Though Virk did not mention the names of the members he accused of carrying guns, he claimed that they were armed while sitting in the House. “They have been carrying arms with them for the last four years,” he said, sending a wave of terror across the House and everyone looked around to see who the “privileged members” were. If the claims are true, the members have been dodging the Parliament House security personnel who understandably do not frisk the senators and the MNAs for fear of being fired for breaching parliamentarians so-called “privilege”. This raises a big question mark on the security inside the Parliament House. Speaking on a point of order, Virk said two parliamentarians had been managing to enter the House with pistols for the past four years. Responding to Virk’s claim, Interior Minister Rehman Malik ordered a probe into the allegation. Malik said police, Rangers and FC were responsible for external security of the Parliament House and every person was searched thoroughly before entering the area. Urging Virk to share details of his claim with the law enforcing authorities, the minister said assistance would be also taken from CCTV footage to probe whether or not any such incident took place.
‘Unholy trio’ destroying Pakistan, says Imran ISLAMABAD STaFF rePorT
MULTaN: PML-N President Nawaz Sharif hands over a laptop to a student on Tuesday. onLine Karim, Nawaz said IT Tower would be named after her. He said the critics could raise only objections and they did not think about the development of the country.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday said the trio of President Asif Ali Zardari, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman was destroying the country politically and economically. Accusing the government of corruption and bad performance, Imran said the friendly opposition role by the PML-N had aided the rulers in their nefarious designs. “Nawaz Sharif kept on trying to save the system, while Fazlur Rehman was engaged in protecting Islam but both of them provided strength to President Zardari,” he said while addressing a press conference. He said that no one amassed more wealth in the name of Islam than the JUI-F chief. He termed the ‘alliance’ of Zardari, Nawaz and Fazl “unholy”. He said Nawaz had backtracked from his stance on memogate after pressure from foreign powers, adding that that secret deals were being made with the government to pass the 20th Amendment.
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Pakistan committed to gas pipeline project, Zardari tells Iranian VP ISLAMABAD
RESIDENT Asif Ali Zardari said on Tuesday that Pakistan was committed to the swift implementation of the IranPakistan gas Pipeline Project so as to meet the ever-growing demand of energy and power in the country. In a meeting with visiting Iranian Vice President Ali Seedlou here at the
include additional items form both sides and making it an agenda item for the next meeting of the trade committee was a welcome move to enhance trade links between the two countries. Zardari said enhancing bilateral cooperation particularly in energy, security, communication and infrastructure would help the two countries overcome the challenges in the way of realising the full potential of their equation and to realise the goal of
Presidency, President Zardari said the government was also pursuing a trade liberalisation policy across the border and proposed elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers between the two countries to boost trade ties further and realise the true business and trade potential. The president said the recent agreement between the two countries to work towards expanding the Pakistan-Iran Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) to
raising the bilateral trade to $5 billion, which he said was doable. The Iranian vice president was accompanied by senior Iranian Foreign Office officials. The Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Alireza Haghighian was also present during the meeting. Seedlou said Iran had already laid gas pipelines on its side of the border and was ready for the implementation of the extremely important Iran-Pakistan gas Pipeline Project.
indian visa to become easier for pakistanis NEW DELHI: India will ease visa restrictions on Pakistani nationals in what is described as a gesture to improving relations with Islamabad, the Indian Times Now TV channel reported on Tuesday. The news channel quoted unnamed official sources as stating India will let Pakistanis to visit five Indian cities instead of the existing three city restriction, and Pakistanis who enter one Indian city can exit from another which widens access granted to them in Indian territory. oNLINe
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QUeTTa: railway employees demolish an encroachment along the track on Tuesday. nni
SZH to strike if brought under provincial control LAHORE: The doctors and employees of Sheikh Zayed Hospital (SZH) have decided to go on a strike if the Punjab government puts pressure on the administration to bring it under provincial control, Pakistan Today learnt on Tuesday. Sources revealed that the decision was taken after a meeting of senior doctors and other employees of the hospital still under the federal government despite the devolution of the Health Ministry to provinces under the 18th Amendment. They said further that the decision had not been made public because the administration was still looking at the scenario, but the decision had been taken categorically. SZH Chairman Dr Zafar Iqbal, in a press briefing on Tuesday, requested the federal government to implement the Career Structure for Health Personnel Bill at SZH besides conveying to the Centre their “resolve” of not coming under the Punjab government. He said the hospital had been working under the Cabinet Division for 26 years and did not want any change. The chairman also said being head of the institute it was “my responsibility to convey to authorities the concern of my employees, which I’ve already elaborated”. He said SZH was a trust hospital and could not be handed over to the Punjab government just like that because it was governed under the trust rules. UMaIr aZIZ
sC accepts plea against possible removal of Coas, isi chief ISLAMABAD STaFF rePorT
Removing objections raised by the registrar’s office, the Supreme Court on Tuesday accepted for preliminary hearing a petition seeking direction to the government not to remove Chief of Army Staff (COAS) gen Ashfaq Kayani and Director general InterServices Intelligence (ISI) Lt gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha. A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Parvez directed its office to fix the petition before the court for regular hearing. The court directed Attorney general Maulvi Anwarul Haq to assist it whether the objections raised by the registrar office were legitimate or not and also take the government’s instructions whether it had any reservation on the petition. The attorney general, however, asked the court to examine the objections under the Supreme Court Rules. He said the federation would raise its objections, if any, over the maintainability of the petition at the appropriate time. He, however, did not object on fixation of the petition before the court for regular hearing. During the preliminary hearing against the registrar office’ objections on the petition, the
take notice of Umrani’s statement on fc killing, VbMP asks sc QuEttA: Voice for Baloch Missing Persons on Tuesday demanded the Supreme Court of Pakistan take suo moto notice of the confessional statement of provincial minister Mir Sadiq Umrani on the Balochistan Assembly (BA) floor that he and two other ministers witnessed the Frontier Corps (FC) personnel firing on two innocent youth on main Quetta-Karachi national highway in Kalat area. Addressing a press conference in Quetta Press Club, Chairman VBMP Nasrullah Baloch said Umrani is a credible witness being MPA and cabinet member besides being the head of PPP Balochistan. staff report chief justice noted that these objections could be heard in chamber, but the matter was fixed before the open court, keeping in view its importance. He said the court wanted to keep the public aware of its proceedings in the matter due to its importance.
HE National Assembly session on Tuesday took up a heavy agenda in a day when one bill was passed unanimously and four private members’ bills were presented to the house with another deferred on the government’s request to evolve consensus among members. PMDC BILL PASSED: The House unanimously passed The Medical and Dental Council (Amendment) Bill, 2009 moved by Dr Donya Aziz which amends the Medical and Dental Council Ordinance 1962. Under the bill, the PMDC will be authorised to approve the hospitals to ensure quality healthcare facilities. BILLS: Meanwhile, four private members’ bills were tabled in the NA when the house took up business. Justice (r) Fakhr-un-Nisa Khokhar moved The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2012 to further amend the Pakistan Penal Code 1860 and the Code of Criminal Procedure 1898. The bill aims to award strict punishment to those issuing derogatory caricatures of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). Khurram Jahangir Wattoo moved The Compulsory Declaration of Assets Bill, 2012 making it compulsory on every citizen to de-
clare their assets annually. Tasneem Siddiqui moved The Pakistan Sports Board Bill, 2012 to regulate the development and control of sports in Pakistan at international standards and to constitute the Pakistan Sports Board. Qudsia Arshad moved The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2012 to further amend the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898. Meanwhile, a private member’s bill on creation of new provinces in Punjab was deferred on the request of the government. The Amendment Bill, 2012, introduced by PML-Q MNA Riaz Fatiyana, referred to an amendment in Article 1 of the constitution, seeking carving out three provinces from Punjab, namely ‘Punjab’, ‘central Punjab’, and ‘southern Punjab’. Religious Affairs Minister Syed Khursheed Shah termed it a sensitive matter and suggested to defer the bill. Earlier, a PPP lawmaker Syed Zafar Ali Shah opposed the proposal and said there was no such mention in the constitution. He said he would oppose the bill even if his party decided to support the bill. PPP MNA Afzal Sindhu also opposed the bill and said India’s example to create new provinces was incorrect. However, PPP MNA ghulam Farid Kathiya supported the Bill and said new provinces should be created.
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SC wants govt to fC soldier among five injured in Quetta blast seek time from ICC in Reko Diq case QUETTA
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HE Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the federal and the Balochistan governments to make a request to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Washington and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) not to take further steps and extend the period for nomination of the arbitrator in the Reko Diq matter until it was finally disposed of by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, where it was under adjudication since 2007. A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Parvez passed this order while hearing an application, requesting the court to direct the respondent companies of
PPP-‘n’ talks Continued From page 1 “We will meet again on Wednesday and likely develop consensus on the 20th Amendment Bill,” he said. Nisar also expressed hopes that headway would be achieved on the 20th Amendment by Wednesday. He said no progress was made on the matter during negotiations on Tuesday. “During the course of negotiations PML-N reiterated its earlier stance and never budged an inch from it… the legislators whose membership was suspended were not at fault because it was the chief election commissioner who was actually responsible for this,” he said. Nisar said further that under the constitution, a chief election commissioner could not be granted an extension to his term in office. He said his party wanted a caretaker prime minister who enjoyed consensus of the entire nation and should be capable of holding transparent elections. “The PML-N wants to bring a constitutional amendment for the word ‘consultation’ to be replaced by the word ‘consensus’ between the prime minister and opposition leader for the appointment of a caretaker government, but the PPP is still not ready for it. The PML-N has serious reservations over the word ‘consultation’ as the government always just informs the opposition and never tries to develop consensus,” Nisar said. A source privy to the meeting said the government was reluctant to give a clear assurance to the opposition on the installation of a neutral caretaker setup in consensus with the opposition leader for the upcoming elections. “The government offered that the prime minister may give assurance on the floor of the National Assembly.
Reko Diq case to withdraw from the international arbitration. Tethyan Copper Company Australia (TCCA) has moved an application in the ICC and ICSID against the Pakistan’s federal and Balochistan governments for rejecting its application seeking award of mining licence of Reko Diq project. During the hearing, Khalid Anwar, counsel for Tethyan Copper Company Pakistan (Pvt) Limited (TCCP) informed the court that not only had the TCCP approached the international arbitrator but also the TCCA. Referring to Pak-Australia Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), he contended that there was an agreement between the two states to protect the interest of businessmen of both the states and if the SxC passed a restraining order in the Reko Diq case, there would be huge
loss to Pakistan. He said it would be better for the country to participate in the proceedings of international court of arbitration on the Reko Diq matter, otherwise heavy fine would be imposed on Pakistan. He cited various cases, in which the court had stopped the government from participating in the proceedings of international arbitrations, but later the country had to pay a heavy price due to the restraining orders of those courts. He opposed the grant of stay by the SC and contended that whatever status both the companies TCCP and TCCA – might enjoy, the TCCA had not been represented by any one and any order passed by the court to this effect would likely to cause further legal complications domestically and internationally. He said the TCCP was the subsidiary company of the TCCA.
indian mps caught watching porn MoNITorINg DESK Two ministers in India’s Karnataka state were allegedly caught watching porn in the state assembly on Tuesday, according to a report by Indian NDTV channel. The channel reported that the state legislature was debating the issue of hoisting of a Pakistani flag in the Bijapur district as well as communal tension elsewhere in the state. The ministers, identified as Laxman Savadi and CC Patil, belonged to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which refused to comment on the controversy while Chief Minister V Sadananda gowda was away from Bangalore on an official tour. Angry protesters pelted stones at Patil’s house after the footage was aired, the report said.
A local channel covering the assembly’s proceedings showed the ministers using a mobile phone to watch what “obscene” content. Some in the BJP say the ministers were watching a news story on a rape. Sources say the two ministers watched two clips - one was porn, the other was the news story that the BJP cites off the record in their defence. The footage was aired by local TV channels after the House adjourned for the day. Private regional channels are allowed, like the state-run Doordarshan, to telecast the proceedings of the assembly. Former chief minister and Janata Dal (Secular) party leader HD Kumaraswamy called the ministers’ behaviour a “black mark” in the history of the state assembly, the channel reported.
A Frontier Corps Balochistan official along with four civilians were injured in a remote-controlled bomb attack in Naseerabad district, 400 KM south east of Quetta on Tuesday. According to police, the incident took place when the FC official, along with local people, was going to the mosque for prayers in Rabi canal area. The explosives attached with a motorcycle parked near the FC checkpost went off injuring five people. Four of the injured were identified as gul Ha-
keem, Muhammad Hussain, Allah Dina and Taj Muhammad. Police suspected that FC personnel might be the main target of the bomb attack. Police and FC personnel cordoned off the area soon after the blast and started a search operation. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Meanwhile, a couple died of gas suffocation in Hazara Town in the outskirts of Quetta on Tuesday. According to police, Owais Ahmad and his wife Fatima Bibi went to bed without turning off the gas heater. The next morning they were taken
kidnapping case registered against talal, shahzain Bugti QUETTA
Police on Tuesday night registered a kidnapping case against Jamhoori Watan Party President Nawabzada Talal Bugti and his son Shahzain Bugti. The case was registered on the orders of Balochistan High Court on a petition filed by Noor
Mohammad Bugti. The petitioner in his written application prayed to the court to direct Sariab police to register a case against Talal Bugti and his son Shahzain and five private guards for abducting his brother and father and holding them in illegal confinement. Sariab police registered the case and started investigations.
to Civil Hospital Quetta but doctors pronounced them dead. The bodies
were handed over to their relatives after the legal formalities.
Quetta blast new afghan schoolbooks Balochistan injures one, shun history of wars burns Continued From page 1 damages KABUL buildings aFP
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A powerful blast close to Food Street in the heart of the city rocked the provincial capital of Balochistan late on Tuesday night, injuring only one person but causing extensive damage to public and private property. Police said the blast did not cause any serious injury or loss of life as the cold weather – temperatures have dropped to at least minus 10 degrees Celsius in Quetta – forced people to remain inside their homes. If the blast had taken place in the evening in during normal weather, it could have caused massive loss of lives, senior police official Nazir Ahmad Kurd told Pakistan Today. The bomb, an improvised explosive device (IED), was attached to the power generator installed outside a private bank at the corner of main Liaqat Bazar and Prince Road. The blast jolted the whole centre of the town, injuring the guard of a nearby office who was inside the building at the time of the blast. Dozens of shops were badly damaged in the explosion.
The Afghan government has published new textbooks for schoolchildren that shun the country’s modern history of conflict in an effort to promote national unity, an official said Tuesday. “In the past four decades we have had some topics that were controversial,” education ministry spokesman Amanullah Iman told AFP – referring to Soviet occupation, civil war, the rise of the Taliban and a US-led invasion. “We have decided not to include them in the new curriculum,” he said. The books, published with the help of in-
ternational donors who are believed to be mostly American, aim to avoid inflaming old enmities, he said. They are expected to be distributed in time for the beginning of the school year in spring. “In the new textbooks we have avoided naming individuals and parties who were involved in conflicts in the past four decades – we have omitted topics that would create divisions among people,” said the spokesman. “We cannot let education be a battleground between people and parties. And the solution is to omit the names of these people and parties from textbooks in order to protect national unity.”
Investigators, lawyers delay Mumbai prosecution visit ISLAMABAD: Investigators and lawyers on Tuesday delayed plans to visit India to gather more evidence for the prosecution of seven suspects linked to the 2008 Mumbai attacks until later this month. The visit was scheduled between February 1 and February 10 in a bid to cross-examine witnesses to the carnage that killed 166 people. Khwaja Harris Ahmad, counsel for alleged mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, made a formal request in court to delay the visit until after February 12. That date marks the end of the traditional Muslim 40day mourning period for his father, whom Ahmad has asked to replace as Lakhvi’s lawyer. “I also submitted my travel documents in the court today to join the panel whenever it embarks on visit to India,” said Harris. Ahmad said there would be further updates about the visit when the anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi resumes its hearing on February 11. afp
Dr Zille Huma said the commission’s report should be shared with the House as it was already very late. Asif Hasnain also criticised the government for its non-serious approach to the Balochistan issue, stating that a Bangladesh-like situation could emerge in the province. Responding to the points raised by the National Assembly members, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the government had taken cognizance of the killing of the women of the Domki family and the Sindh additional inspector general had been tasked to investigate them. He said the Supreme Court had also taken notice of the issue and directed the authorities concerned to arrest the culprits. He also strongly condemned the murder of a Sindh University professor and said those involved in the criminal act would be brought to justice.
QUL Pir Zafar Hussain Qureshi, former DIG police and consul general to England, passed away on Tuesday. His Qul will be held on Thursday (February 9) at 3:30pm at his residence 62-W, Phase 3, DHA. He has left behind his wife Surraiya Qureshi, son Nadeem Mehdi Qureshi and daughter Aeysha Qureshi.
gen mattis to iron out new ‘terms of engagement’ during visit Continued From page 28 The New York Times also reported on Tuesday that in his visit, general Mattis would meet general Kayani to discuss the investigations of the NATO attack, as well as new border coordination procedures to prevent a recurrence of the episode. general Mattis’s visit, the first by a high-ranking American official since the crossborder confrontation in November, was to have begun Thursday, but had been postponed by at least a week pending what was expected to be a spirited debate in parliament over a new security policy toward the US, said the Times. A Pakistani security official confirmed
here on condition of anonymity that the US CENTCOM chief would come to Pakistan in around a week. “His coming to Pakistan itself suggests the thawing of relations between Islamabad and Washington as earlier, owing to strained ties, the two sides had stopped the trips of their civilian and military officials to each other’s capitals,” he said. He said after days-long hectic behind the scenes efforts, both countries had been able to accommodate each other’s views on various issues and now a final shape was to be given to the future rules of engagements between Pakistan and the US during the visit of general Mattis. According to official, the new terms of engagement
covered the understanding on the most contentious issue of drone strikes, whereby the US would have to limit the number of these attacks to a great extent and only a very few such strikes could be carried out and only after intelligence information was provided by Pakistani officials about terrorists’ hideouts, that too in a narrow region of the tribal belt. Moreover, he said, the NATO supply lines would also be reopened with taxation being imposed on all containers crossing into Afghanistan but before that, the US would come up with a formal public apology on NATO air strikes in Mohmand Agency. “The number of US military train-
ers, which was earlier in the dozens, would be reduced to only a few and that too attached to the very essential programmes. The US would also have to inform Pakistan completely about the presence and activities of any CIA operatives on Pakistani soil,” the official said. Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, in an interview to a TV channel on Tuesday, also reportedly said Pakistan should reopen its Afghan border crossings to NATO troop supplies after negotiating a better deal with the coalition. He said that the government should negotiate new “terms and conditions” with NATO and then reopen the border. A Pakistani diplomat also confirmed the thaw in Pak-
istan-US relations, saying general Mattis’s visit to Islamabad was very significant in this regard. “It is most likely that the ongoing parliamentary review of future ties with US also ends in around a week with a joint session of parliament giving a final shape to the recommendations in the form of a unanimous resolution and thus paving the way for the normalisation of ties between Islamabad and Washington and the revival of full counter-terrorism cooperation,” he said. The New York Times report also said Pakistani and American officials were quietly optimistic that both events would trigger a chain of public engagement and private negotiations that
would reboot the two nations’ frayed strategic relationship, although along more narrowly defined lines than before. US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland would not comment on the proposal to apologise on Monday, said the report, adding that American election politics were also on the mind of Pakistani strategists. A senior security official in Islamabad, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak publicly on the issue, told the Times the military was cognizant of President Barack Obama’s domestic political constraints, and noted that Pakistan might also have elections this year, probably in the fall.
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PM opened a new chapter in relations: Qatari emir
Haj quota will be granted transparently, Senate body told ISLAMABAD STaFF rePorT
The Ministry of Religious Affairs on Tuesday informed the Senate Standing Committee on Religious Affairs that 5,000 private companies registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) were interested in getting quota for Haj this year. Religious Affairs Secretary Shaukat Hayat Durrani told the committee that the process would be finalised through evaluation by a third party. He said that currently 95 companies were registered with the ministry, and they were given Haj quota under Supreme Court’s (SC) orders. He said that for the next year, the number of private Haj operators might increase due to SC’s orders to accommodate them all. He said a third party would evaluate if the companies would be capable of performing Haj duties, adding that the process of granting Haj quota would be transparent. The secretary said the ministry was making a long-term plan for Haj operations, including the allocation of Haj quota for private Haj operators. Both Haj and Umrah operations involve processes costing over Rs 100 billion annually, which are currently shared equally by the government and private sector. He said the private sector was also generating employment opportunities. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Managing Director Nadeem Yousufzai briefed the committee about the transportation of pilgrims from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia and their return to the country. He said the PIA management planned to purchase 40 aircraft in the next five years.
Q doha: Prime Minister Yousaf raza Gilani being received by amir of Qatar Shakih hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani on Tuesday.
ndma in process of hammering out contingency plan ISLAMABAD STaFF rePorT
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is in the process of hammering out a contingency plan to cope with possible future natural calamities to minimise losses by focussing on preparedness, Pakistan Today has learnt. A study was underway on steps to prevent losses by implementing an apt preparedness framework, making the worst disaster in the past the baseline. NDMA Chairman Dr Zafar Qadir said that the plan will incorporate the possible extent of damages in different parts of the country, need for relocation of affected population, timely stockpiling of food and other relief items, boats, ambulances and trained human resource. He said that the NDMA had sought release of Rs 20 billion for disaster preparedness and a summary had been sent to relevant quarters. Qadir
said that $1 investment in disaster preparedness saved $10 in post disaster response. The NDMA chief said that Rs 5.2 billion had been spent on procuring relief items after 2011 floods while the government share in compensation provided to the affectees was Rs 10 billion. He said that the NDMA was also working on an idea of introducing disaster risk insurance in catastropheprone areas. Qadir said that talks were underway with various insurance companies and Swiss Reinsurance Company was also on board. The World Bank (WB) was assisting in developing the concept of disaster safety net, the NDMA chairman said. He said that the NDMA had also proposed setting up of a disaster risk financing fund managed by corporate leaders, adding that the fund proposed to be established with government seed money would seek contributions from wealthy people and institutions. Qadir said that power and petroleum compa-
nies would be asked to allocate some share of the corporate responsibility fund. The NDMA chairman said that work on the first-ever disaster risk reduction policy was going on, which will be ready by April. He said that the recorded history of disasters in the last 300 years will be taken into account, adding that the district hazard profile was also being prepared identifying which districts were prone to which kind of disaster. Qadir said that a disaster response force would be established after completion of the hazard profile. The NDMA chairman said that all affectees of the 2011 floods in Sindh and Balochistan had gone back to their homes. He said that a minimum 100,000 houses were estimated to be reconstructed in Sindh and 10,000 in Balochistan. Qadir said that the Joint Disaster Need Assessment Report of the WB and Asian Development Bank was likely to be submitted to the government today (Wednesday).
ATAR’S Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani on Tuesday said the Prime Minister Yousuf Raza gilani’s visit will open a “new chapter of strategic relations” between the two countries and said his country was ready to cooperate with Pakistan in all fields. The Qatar ruler expressed the views in a meeting with gilani at the Amiri Diwan, terming the moment a fresh restart after nine years. Hamad said Qatar wanted to maintain a strategic relationship with Pakistan outside the tactical calculation of profit and loss. The two sides expressed satisfaction over several agreements and Memoranda of Understanding signed between the two countries on Monday, mainly on import of Liquefied Natural gas (LNg), security cooperation, customs and hydroelectric power development. gilani said Pakistan gives great importance to its relations with Qatar and wants to explore new avenues of cooperation. gilani said Pakistan favoured peaceful in Afghanistan and that any external initiative must not affect Pakistan. The Qatari Emir assured gilani that the interests of Pakistan would not be compromised. gilani took up the matter of absorption of Pakistani manpower in various sectors in Qatar. He suggested workers from the seven Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) agencies be provided jobs in Qatar. He said Pakistan, will send professionals trained by the Ministry for Technical Education on Qatar’s demand for preparatory projects of FIFA World Cup 2022 to be held in Doha. gilani sought Qatar’s support to finalize a Free Trade Agreement with gulf Cooperation Council (gCC) countries. Hamad assured gilani of facilitation to exhibit products in Qatar. gilani offered the Emir to set up a university in Pakistan in his name. Hamad said he would ask his wife Sheikha Mozah, who is chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, to consider the proposal. gilani invited Hamad to attend the Pakistan Day on March 23 celebrations as chief guest. Hamad said he would like to visit Pakistan at a convenient date. He expressed his his fondness for Pakistani Basmati rice and Kinnow. He said Qatar could consider the option of importing Basmati rice from Pakistan. The Qatar’s ruler inquired Prime Minister gilani about the health of President Asif Ali Zardari. The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Petroleum Minister Dr Asim Hussain, Minister for Technical Education Riaz Hussain Peerzada, MNA Haji Munir Khan Aurakzai, Ambassador to Qatar Muhammad Sarfraz Khanzada and representative of Pakistan Qatar Business Association Ahmed Khalil.
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Senators believe WAPDA, KESC fleecing consumers ISLAMABAD TahIr NIaZ
ENATORS on Tuesday alleged that WAPDA, KESC and other gas utility companies were fleecing consumers through “fast metres”. Senator Tahir Mashhadi, Prof Khurshid Ahmad, Begum Najma Hameed and others said during the question hour in the Upper House that WAPDA, Karachi Electric Supply Company, Sui Northern gas Pipelines Limited and Sui Southern gas Company were overcharging consumers, as the newly-installed electricity and gas metres record more units than actually consumed. Senate Chairman Farooq Naik referred the matter to the concerned committee of the House to probe into the apprehensions of the parliamentarians. Defending the recent increase in petroleum prices, Minister for Water and Power Syed Naveed Qamar said if the government withdrew taxes on pe-
troleum products, the budgetary deficit would further increase to Rs 200 billion. To an adjournment motion on the increase in prices of gas, CNg and POL, as well as the shortage and load shedding of gas, he said the government fixed the prices of petroleum products per fluctuation in the international market but with appropriate taxation. “We cannot change the equation… the government is charging just Rs 20 per litre on diesel and Rs 23 per liter on petrol as tax,” he said. He said if the government wanted to give subsidy on petroleum prices to provide relief to the public, it would have to compromise on the development budget. He said increase in petroleum prices internationally and change in the rupee-dollar parity were the main reasons for increase in petroleum prices. Commenting on the gas shortage, the minister said mistakes made in the past led to energy crisis. He told the senators that over 200,000 applications
indonesian air chief visits Air Headquarters ISLAMABAD: Indonesian Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Imam Sufaat visited Air Headquarters on Tuesday. According to a PAF statement, he was on a three-day visit to Pakistan on invitation of Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar
Suleman. On his arrival at Air Headquarters, Suleman received the distinguished guest. A smartly turned out PAF contingent presented the guard of honour. The visiting guest paid homage to PAF martyrs by laying a floral
wreath at the Martyrs’ Monument at Air Headquarters. He also called on Suleman and discussed matters of professional interest. Sufaat was also given a briefing on the organisation, role and functioning of PAF. staff report
for new connections were pending with the SNgPL and SSgC and in the next two years, the number of applications would swell up to two million. He justified the increase in gas prices, saying it was necessary to meet the demand-supply gap adding that otherwise, all vehicles would shift to CNg. Earlier, the senators rejected the increase in petroleum prices and asked the government to immediately withdraw the decision. They asked the government to devise a comprehensive strategy to pull the country out of the energy crisis instead of going for day-to-day policies. Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Maulana Abdul ghafoor Haideri said the government must withdraw increase in prices, as it was a burden on the poor people. Prof Khurshid Ahmad called nepotism the main reason for the energy crisis. He said friends of President Zardari were given charge of public sector entities who pushed them to the brink of collapse.
pmL-n interviews applicants for senate tickets ISLAMABAD MIaN aBrar
The PML-N screening committee on Tuesday conducted interviews of some applicants to finalise names of its ticket holders for the upcoming Senate elections. The committee headed by Zafarul Haq also included Ishaq Dar, Opposition Leader Nisar Ali, Khawaja Asif, Saad Rafique and Mehtab Abbasi. The party’s top hierarchy held a detailed meeting with Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif at the Punjab House. Afterwards, the committee interviewed some of applicants from Islamabad, including former PPP senator Enver Baig, PML-Q Senator Naeem Hussain Chattha and others. According to sources, the committee interviewed turncoats from major political parties, including the PPP and PML-Q. “Although the PML-N leadership has been terming its rebels as turncoats who have
joined Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf but its leadership is all set to give tickets to people such as Haroon Akhtar, Naeem Chattha, Enver Baig, etc. After the interviews, the committee would forward a list of around a dozen names to party chief Nawaz Sharif for final approval,” sources said. According to sources, aspirants for PMLN tickets included PML-N Punjab President Zulfiqar Khosa, Secretary general Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, former MNA M Hamza, Saeed Mehdi, Siddiqul Farooq, Barrister Zafarulah, former minister ghulam Dastgir Khan, PMLQ Senator Haroon Akhtar Khan, Ishaq Dar, PML-Q Senator gulshan Saeed and Muhammed Mehdi. “Former PPP MNA Tariq C Qaiser and PML-N MNA Nelson Azeem have applied for Senate tickets for minorities while Seema Jilani, Ayesha Javed and others have applied on women seats,” sources said.
nepra to hold hearing on JI seeks power tariff determination Senate polls’ ISLAMABAD aMer SIaL
To annoyance of the Ministry of Water and Power (MWP), the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) will hold a public hearing today (Wednesday) on reservations of the ministry over the massive increase in power tariff by inclusion of monthly fuel price adjustment. Sources said that the reservation expressed by the MWP through an official letter was converted into an appeal against the power tariff hike by NEPRA. They said that the ministry wanted the issue’s resolution, as the government was not in a position to pass on the massive increase determined by the regulator. A serious row emerged between the ministry and NEPRA over inclusion of the monthly fuel price in the power tariff, which NEPRA inbuilt in the new tariff by increasing the bench mark furnace oil price from Rs 29,000 to 65,000 per tonne. The ministry said that the regulator was not empowered to change the bench mark fuel price on its own, as fluctuation in fuel prices occurred and in case it fell, the impact could not be
passed on to consumers. The regulator had managed to inbuilt the fuel price in the power tariff, as the government recently gave its powers to directly pass on the fuel price adjustment impact to consumers. The MWP wanted NEPRA to maintain the previous system of determining an annual tariff for DISCOs based upon their operating costs and adjusting the fuel price on a monthly basis. The ministry had approached the government to address the issue but the issue remained unresolved, sources said, adding that NEPRA further increased the pressure by converting the official correspondence into an appeal. NEPRA had determined the tariff for gujranwala, Islamabad and Peshawar region utility companies until now. The recently determined power tariff for Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) had been increased by Rs 1 to 4.35 per unit and for Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) by Rs 1 to 6.50 per unit for different slabs. NEPRA had been under fire from official quarters, as its tariff determination mechanism was attributed as the real cause for load shedding and the resultant circular debt.
LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Munawar Hasan on Tuesday called for postponing the Senate elections until general elections are held according to the new voter lists. He was talking to various delegations at Mansoora. Munawar said that the present assemblies were elected on bogus electoral lists and had no right to elect senators. The JI chief said that the term of assemblies was about to expire and senators should be elected by those legislators, who enjoyed public confidence. He said that after confirmation of the Election Commission and NADRA that voter lists included 35 million bogus votes, neither the present assemblies nor the president, PM, CMs and the federal and provincial cabinets had any moral ground to claim themselves as elected. nni
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HE death toll from a pharmaceutical factory collapse in a residential area located on Main Multan Road in the Sabzazar Police precincts rose to 22 on Tuesday, as rescuers continued to search for survivors trapped in the rubble. The three-storey building of Orient Labs (Pvt) Limited, a veterinary medicine factory, caved in earlier on Monday after an apparent gas leak that triggered an explosion. A spokesman of Rescue 1122 said 22 bodies had been recovered on Tuesday and 15 people were recovered alive in the 40-hour-long search operation. He said rescue officials were able to communicate with six or seven people trapped in the rubble and were trying to save them. He said the deceased persons include Tanveer (12), Fozia Raza (25), Salma Bibi (28), Nasreen Sardar (22), Muhammad Asif (14), Ambreen Sadiqui (20), Maryam Ashraf (55), Shakeela Iqbal (20), Aleesha Raffique (16), Saira ghulam Ali (14), Asia Shafi (15), Shakeela Bibi (24), Bashira Bibi (40), Asma Raffique (18), Musarat Zafar (22) and an unknown 25-years-old female while the injured persons include Mrs Akbar (70), Sadiq Akbar (25), Kaleem (35), Shumaila Anwar (17), Nazia Sardar (20), Shahida
Shaheen (13), Hassan Amjad (20), Parveen Sardar (17), Amin Shafi (40), Anees Farooq (15), Shazia Sardar (14), Faisal (20), Khalil Shafiq (14), Shehla Khatoon (60) and Ahsan Munir (22). Rescue 1122 Director general Dr Rizwan Nazeer told reporters that nine persons were reported missing and 35 people, mainly women and children, had been recovered, adding that of the 20 dead, 16 were women. He said rescue workers had recovered a 60-yearold woman alive from the rubble. He said they were not using heavy cutters in order to save lives of maximum people buried under the debris. He said rescue workers would complete the operation on Wednesday (today). Rizwan added that substandard material had been used in the construction of the factory building. Workers and volunteers used everything including hammers, axes, chisels and shovels to shift the rubble and pull out the injured, coated in dust. A rescue worker Ahmed said they were digging through the rubble very carefully to save as many people as possible â€œbut the death toll could rise furtherâ€?. Meanwhile, the Saddar Division Police kept on searching for the three owners of the factory identified as Sheikh Zaheer, Sheikh Zafar and Sheikh Zubair. Saddar SP Shoaib Khurram Janbaz said
he had constituted 6 teams to ensure the arrest of the aforesaid persons. He said police teams had conducted several raids at their suspected hideouts but the men had escaped and their houses were found locked. He said the police had also arrested a relative and a driver of the factory owners namely Raees and Ashraf. He said they had also impounded four vehicles of the pharmaceutical company. A private TV channel, meanwhile, reported that the factory owners had fled to Dubai to escape arrest. Earlier on Tuesday, DIg Maj Mubashar Ullah also visited the crime scene, after he was appointed as an enquiry officer by the chief minister. The DIg recorded the statements of the injured victims, their families and local residents.
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ISTRICT Officer (Environment) Tariq Zaman, cousin of Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaaf Chairman Imran Khan, is learnt to be the main culprit in the Multan Road factory tragedy that killed 22 people and injured many. Tariq Zaman, who is also working as the personal staff officer for Lahore DCO Ahad Cheema, is allegedly a close associate of factory owner Zaheer Shaikh and also helped him in restoring the factory even though it had been sealed. Sources in the DCO office told Pakistan Today that Zaman also stonewalled the expected operation against the factory, located in the Hassan Town locality on Multan Road. Recently, Commissioner Jawad Rafique Malik had directed Environment District Officer Tariq Zaman to identify the ‘illegal’ industries and their manufacturers and get criminal cases registered against them for creating environmental pollution. But Tariq had remained unmoved. In May, 2011, he headed a team and sealed 19 steel mills, situated in Northern Lahore on account of violating environment laws by using substandard fuel and rubber tyres as fuel. But he did not take an action against the factory that was also causing pollution in the area, CDgL senior official disclosed. Being the head of environment section in CDgL, Tariq did not conduct a single survey during 10 years to identify illegal factories sprawling in different parts of the city, he added. Sources said Tariq had been holding the post of DO (Education) for the last 10 years because of his strong political connections. Even the chief secretaries, DCOs, EDOs and other officers were reshuffled but nobody could dare remove Zaman which showed his deep penetration into the bureaucratic circles, sources added. Once, Zaman was also found involved in some extortion and
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sealed the factory. Town administration report also said the factory was listed by High Rising Commissioner constituted by Supreme Court and the commissioner had also visited the site some years ago and had declared the last storey of the factory as illegal. However, LDA in its report said the case of building by-laws were pending in the court and LDA could not take an action on a subjudice issue. It said Multan Road fell into its area but Hassan Town belonged to Allama Iqbal Town and it further alleged that the TMO had sealed and unsealed the factory after taking bribery. LDA Director Estate Management Nauman Khan told Pakistan Today that LDA had nothing to do with Hassan Town. The CMIT has received both the reports and would submit its final report on Wednesday. CMIT Chairman Najam Saeed told Pakistan Today that data was being collected from all authorities concerned and it was hoped that finding would be compiled till tomorrow. According to the report, Lahore Commissioner Jawad Rafiq left for Turkey tour despite the severity of the situation and DCO Ahad Cheema had been notified as the commissioner in the absence of Rafiq. Meanwhile, Labour Party Pakistan held a demonstration in front of the factory few hours after the incident to demand the arrest of the owners, more effective relief work, a compensation of at least one million for those who had lost their lives, five hundred thousand for all the injured, lifting of ban on labour inspection and to provide all the necessary safety measures to the workers. Hundreds of workers gathered to raise voices against the Punjab and central government. Women Workers Help Line and National Trade Union Federation participated in the demonstration as well.
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bribery cases by former DCO Sajjad Ahmed Bhutta. However, some top officials intervened and saved him. He was the only officer who has remained DO (Environment) since the tenure of former City Nazim Mian Amir Mehmood to date. Besides, he held the charge of Mechinal Tandoor project, Arms license, anti-encroachment drive, civil defence and many others. Officials in the DCO office said he was trying to get an illegal CNg filling station approved at property bearing Khasra No 55 / MIN measuring 3-4 kanal, 12 marla, moza Shapur Kanjran on Multan Road, Motorway interchange. “After getting NOCs by hook or crook, he struggled to get an official approval from CDgL and succeeded in forming a committee to sanction the CNg station,” the source said, adding “soon, the DCO chaired a commercialisation committee on December 5, 2008 and formed a committee comprising EDO (W&S), DO (SP) and Director Construction, WASA,” he explained. However, his plan was dashed to ground after the committee objected that the construction of CNg station, which belonged to his father Javed Zaman, would cause disruption in traffic flow near Motorway and referred to a mandatory requirement per NHA letter No 5 (1) NHA / DD (P & R) 2007 / 1053. On query, DCO Ahed Cheema said that no one was above the law and responsible would have to be taken to task. Meanwhile, the mystery could not be solved about the authority which sealed the factory last time. Mystery also shrouded the jurisdiction of factory as both Allama Iqbal Town and LDA disowned the area of the factory. Allama Iqbal Town administration submitted a report to CMIT that the factory area fell into the domain of LDA and LDA had
A 23-years-old boy, who was shot dead in an alleged police encounter in green Town Police Area during the wee hours of Monday along with a hardened criminal, was a student of BS Honours (Computer Engineering) at government College University Lahore (gCU). Tanveer Arif was shot dead by Nawab Town Police in an alleged encounter along with one Asad Cheema alias Pathan. Police claimed they had intercepted a Suzuki Cultus car during a routine patrolling but the riders had ignored the signal and had tried to escape. The police, in the chase, exchanged fire with the riders. When the firing ended, two riders were found dead while three had managed to escape. The police claimed that both Tanveer Arif and Asad Cheema were hardened criminals and were residents of Sheikhupura.
The story told by the police was challenged by the heirs of the deceased Tanveer Arif who claimed that Arif belonged to Pindi Bhodran located in Tehsil Phalia of Mandi Bahauldin District. They told Pakistan Today at Jinnah Hospital morgue on Tuesday that Tanveer Arif was a student of BS Honours (Computer Engineering) at gCU. They said Arif had been taking private classes of LLM. They said Arif was residing in the city along with his friends in a private apartment located in Johar Town Area. They claimed that Arif was never involved in criminal activities and not even a single case was registered by any police against Arif, who belongs from a middle class family and was fighting hard to find a career to secure his future. A close friend of Arif while revealing the real story said Arif was alone at his shared apartment on Sunday when Asad Cheema along with one Kashi Bhatti reached there with a reference of another room
mate of Tanveer in order to stay for a day or two. He said Cheema and his friend Bhatti were hardened criminals and were wanted by the police. He said according to his information Cheema and Bhatti were also involved in the kidnapping of the family of a station house officer of Faisalabad couple of weeks ago. He said Arif, on Sunday night, called his room mate and asked about an address located near Wapda Town because Cheema wanted to meet his girlfriend there. He said according to their information, Cheema’s girlfriend was in contact with police and as Cheema and Arif reached the house on a Suzuki Cultus, the police tried to intercept them and later killed them in the firing that ensued. He said Asad’s friend Kashi Bhatti, was riding along with his friend on a Corolla car and also received bullet injuries but managed to flee from the scene. He said Arif was shot dead by police only for sitting along with a proclaimed ofletter to tAseer ii
fender. He said the police party could easily have nabbed Arif if they wanted to but they never tried to arrest him. He while quoting the FIR said the police had charged Arif of firing shots at the police with a Kalashnikov which he neither possessed nor knew how to use. Muhammad Arif, a clerk, father of deceased Tanveer, saidthat he does not want to take any action against any policemen because he does not expect justice from Punjab or Lahore Police. Deceased’s brother Raheel while talking to reporters requested that his brother should not be mentioned as a robber in a news items. He said he and his family had realized that it was Tanvir’s mistake since he was in a car with a hardened criminal. Later on few friends and students of Punjab University protested against police at Canal Road near Punjab University and later outside Jinnah Hospital. The protestors requested authorities to order a judicial enquiry in this matter.
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CIA the monster Tortures, pressurises man to end matrimonial dispute in illegal police custody, despite court orders granting him custody of his sons LAHorE
NVESTIgATORS of Crime Investigation Agency (CIA), who are responsible for nabbing terrorists or hardened criminals, have begun harassing individuals involved in matrimonial disputes. Zeeshan Kaleem a 34-year old resident of Lytton Road, disclosed this while talking to Pakistan Today. Zeeshan, while describing his 10 hour long detention in the illegal custody of CIA Model Town Police, said that he had a matrimonial dispute with his wife Faiza Zeeshan, who was staying at her uncle’s house located in garhi Shahu. He said that his wife filed a writ petition against him in court for the custody of their children, but the court granted him the custody of his two sons while granting the custody of their daughter to his wife. “My wife and I, decided to have a meeting on a daily basis at any neutral place in order to keep the children connected to each other. We were meeting at Lawrence garden located on The Mall Road”, said Zeeshan. Last Wednesday he received a call from Faiza for the aforesaid meeting and she reached family hospital located close to Zeeshan’s house in order to pick him and his sons. “As I came out of Faiza’s car at the main gate of Lawrence garden, a police van approached me. I saw two men in uniform and six men in plain clothes coming out of the van. The said men approached me asking for identification and upon identifying myself as Zeeshan, bundled me up, handcuffed me and put me in the police van”, said Zeeshan. Zeeshan was quite shocked and demanded the police to inform him what he had done. A certain policeman, who did not introduce himself, informed him that he was being detained on account of a murder. “The leader of the police party introduced himself as Javed Butt, an ASI of CIA Model Town,” said Zeeshan.
He was shifted to CIA Model Town at about 5:30 pm on Wednesday where the aforesaid officials kept Zeeshan detained till 2 am. Zeeshan claimed that one official of CIA Model Town under the pretence of interrogation subjected him to physical torture while abusing him as well, in the name of interrogations. During custody, different policemen questioned him including a senior investigator, who was being referred to as “Khan Sahab” by his colleagues. Zeeshan said that Mr Khan ordered his juniors including ASI Javed Butt to release him but ASI Javed, who was the mastermind of all the happening refused to release him saying that he will present him before DSP Atif Hayyat and will release him with the orders of the DSP. The victim claimed that during investigation ASI Javed started insisting him for getting the dispute settled with my wife. At that moment, the victim realised that he was being subjected to torture and harassment on account of taking the dispute between him and his wife to court. “ASI Javed Butt threatened me with dire consequences if I did not hand over my sons to their mother Faiza”, said Zeeshan adding that finally at about 11:30 pm the ASI allowed him to answer his cell phone that was ringing since he had gone missing. At the other end, Zeeshan’s family quite perturbed by his absence decided to register a kidnapping case against him and in that regard he received a call from SHO Civil Lines, Abid Rasheed, who demanded him to disclose his location otherwise he would register a case of abduction. The detaining officer, ASI Javed snatched the phone from Zeeshan and talked to the SHO informing the latter that the victim had been picked for his involvement in a murder case and requested the SHO to not register an FIR for abduction under Zeeshan’s name. He said that his brother Usman Kaleem along with his cousins reached CIA Model Town with the instruc-
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tions of SHO Abid Rasheed but officials of CIA released him at about 2pm after his wife Faiza reached CIA Model Town along with her family lawyer Rana Jawad Ahmed. Usman Kaleem, brother of the victim said that since Zeeshan’s wife had connections with the ASI in question, therefore using their influence his brothers wife staged the entire episode with connivance of the Model Town Police. Despite the fact that the matter was in the knowledge of SP CIA Umer Virak and DSP CIA Model Town Atif Hayyat, no one has taken any action against officials of CIA Model Town for misusing their powers and illegally detaining an innocent man. The scribe tried to contact DSP CIA Model Town Atif Hayyat for his point of view on his cell phone, but he did not respond after being made privy to the question regarding the illegal detention of Zeeshan by CIA Model Town.
In an office meeting to review dengue control arrangements, Punjab Health Secretary Arif Nadeem on Tuesday directed officers to pay special attention to vector surveillance for effective control of dengue and to ensure all necessary arrangements were in place to determine any outbreaks of the virus in Lahore as well as other districts. The Centre Depository Company (CDC) director said in the previous season, the majority of dengue cases reports had come from Ravi Town, Data gunj Bakhsh Town, Samnabad and gulberg Town. Chief Minister Special Assistant Salman Rafique said the arrangements for vector surveillance and dengue control must be ensured in all sensitive districts, including Lahore. Nadeem directed the Institute of Public Health (IPU) dean to conduct random surveillance exercises in Lahore to check for any presence of dengue larva. He was also asked to go through the records of dengue patients at union council levels as they had shown to be more vulnerable according to the record of the Health Department, so that more vigilance could be applied to vector surveillance.
LHC orders DCo to unseal rtU LAHorE
iJt threatens to end ‘vulgarity’ by force g
PU spokesman refutes all allegations LAHorE STaFF rePorT
Islami Jamiat Taliba activists, students and resident community of Punjab University have demanded of the Punjab government to end the supremacy of a private catering group from the varsity as it is using the land for unethical activities including musical shows. The IJT activists also demanded from the chief justice of the Lahore High Court to take a sue motto action on holding unethical musical shows at the campus. The PU students and IJT activists said late night musical shows and dance parties were held at these marriage halls. A private group also got the two main cafeterias on lease and increased the prices of food items, they complained. The IJT activists on Monday strongly condemned VC Professor Dr Mujahid Kamran for allowing such musical shows at the varsity premises and threatened to stop them by force. According to a PU official the varsity land was given to a private group of caterings which established its supremacy at the campus. By using its influence, the catering group also got two main cafeterias on lease, he added. The rates at the marriage halls and cafeterias were very expensive and their standard of food was also poor, the official said. He said this private group had also imposed various restrictions on other canteens just to force the students to
use only their canteens. The IJT activists alleged that the VC had filled his own pocket by giving the tender of marriage halls to his favorites. They the Punjab government had appointed the VC notwithstanding he was facing allegations of 1.5 billion corruption during his previous tenure. Muhammad Shabir, owner of a private catering, said the IJT activists were telling a lie that musical shows were held at the marriage halls as the city administration never allowed them to continue marriage activities after 10:00pm. He termed all the allegations of the IJT activities as false and baseless. However, PU spokesman said the tender of marriage halls were given by following all rules and regulations. The administration had stopped the hegemony of IJT as in past these tenders were given by them, he added. He said in the past merit policy was violated by IJT activists and pro-IJT teachers, and they themselves were involved in holding unethical musical shows at the varsity. He said all the activities at marriage halls end before the time announced by the city district government. Pu gRADS DEMAND LAPtOPS CM PROMISED: Students of the Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS) department of Punjab University (PU) on Tuesday accused their administration of allegedly being involved in preparing a counterfeit list of students to receive laptops under Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif’s laptop distribution initiative. They stated that their department’s administration and a group of clerks were abusing the initiative and practising favouritism in selecting candidates by cancelling the names of already registered MPhil students. Speaking to Pakistan Today, a member of the M Phil class said the CSAS administration had cancelled their registrations by terming them ineligible as these students had already graduated from PU and were now working for government organisations. The student stated that in reality, the majority of graduates were still jobless and none of them had even received their transcripts yet. Another female student also requested the PU vice chancellor (VC) to investigate a group of teachers allegedly involved in academic corruption in their department as it was the most mismanaged out of all 72 departments of the university. They demanded the CM to take notice of the issue as there were around 22,000 registered students due to receive laptops at PU and internal elements were trying to damage the university’s reputation. CSAS Chairwoman Dr Ambreen Javaid said the students who were raising issues were no longer members of the department as they had completed their degrees. She said the process of making lists was totally transparent and based on merit.
LHC appoints 4 new judges LAHorE STaFF rePorT
Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Azmat Saeed on Tuesday administered oath to four newly confirmed judges at the Judges Lounge of the LHC. Justice Muhammad Yawar Ali, Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh, Justice Muhammad Farrukh Irfan Khan, and Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi all had their appointments confirmed on February 5 by President Asif Ali Zardari on the recommendations of the judicial commission.
Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice Muhammad Khalid Mehmood Khan directed Lahore District Coordination Officer (DCO) Ahad Cheema to unseal the Registrar Trade Union (RTU) office on Tuesday. The court further granted a stay order on the transfer of RTU Sabir Sheikh and sought a reply from the DCO within 15 days. The court summoned Cheema and asked him to explain why he had sealed the RTU office and taken its record in custody. The DCO replied that he sealed the office on receiving complaints. Upon being queried if he had listened to both parties before taking action, he remained silent. The court ordered the DCO to open the RTU office and return all records immediately.
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LHC seeks reply from govt over petroleum price rise LAHorE
HE Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court, Sheikh Azmat Saeed Tuesday sought a reply from the federal government and petroleum ministry within 10 days on a petition challenging the recent increase in petroleum products. The court passed the order on a petition filed by a public interest litigation firm, Muhammad and Ahmed, through the counsel Muhammad Azhar Siddique. The government of Pakistan through secretary petroleum, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, Oil and gas Regulatory Authority (OgRA) and Federal Board of Revenue have been made respondents in the petition. He requested the court that the petitioner be directed to be supplied with audited accounts of all respondents connected with the production and supply of petroleum products, specifying details of each category
along with complete profit and loss accounts through certified audited accounts. He further requested the court to stay the increase in the price of petroleum products. He also alleged that the government was deliberately shifting the burden to the common man without informing people how much petroleum it was purchasing from other countries and the extent of taxes that are being paid on it. He stated that the court should also take notice of the fact that petroleum prices have fallen in the international market, while those in the country have increased. The CJ after hearing arguments sought a reply from government within ten days and adjourned the matter till February 17. JuDgES APPOINtMENt: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed Tuesday directed the Federal Law Secretary to submit a reply within three weeks on a petition seeking directions to appoint judges
in four provincial courts or tribunals. The petition filed by Noshab A Khan said the Environment Tribunal Punjab had become ineffective after the retirement of its chairman on July 1, 2011, whereas 1030 cases were pending in it. He submitted that the Customs, Taxation and Anti-Smuggling Court Punjab had also become ineffective for two months and 250 cases were pending in it. The CJ after hearing the arguments issued a notice and sought reply from the federal law secretary. REINStAtEMENt: A full bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) Tuesday ordered to reinstate an ex-civil judge into service after setting aside his removal order. The 3-member bench comprising Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Sheikh Ahmad Farooq passed the order on a petition filed by a exCivil Judge/ Judicial Magistrate Saeed Ahmad Awan.
Robber’s bullet claims accomplice’s life LAHorE STaFF rePorT
A robber was shot dead by a stray bullet fired by his accomplice when he started firing indiscriminately on robbery victims in the Johar Town police precincts on Tuesday. According to police officials, Muhammad Hussain, who is posted as an Air Traffic Controller in Dubai, was driving home with his brother-in-law. As they reached Hussain’s house in Johar Town, two robbers intercepted them and demanded cash and valuables. Hussain’s brother-in-law Javed Iqbal opened the car door with force to hit one of the robbers. As a result, one robber fell to the ground while the other started firing. A bullet hit one of the robbers, who died on the spot, while the other fled the scene. The police shifted the robber’s body to the morgue for an autopsy and registered a case on the complaint of Javed Iqbal against him and his accomplice. The deceased person could not be identified till the filing of this report.
MAN tORtuRED tO DEAtH: A 38-year-old man was tortured to death by unidentified people in the North Cantt police precincts on Tuesday. The deceased, yet to be identified, was found in a pool of blood near the Abdullah gul Interchange. Local police, after being informed of the incident by the locals, rushed to the scene and shifted the body to the morgue for an autopsy. The police also made announcements in local mosques for help in identifying the victim, but the body is yet to be claimed. A police official said the man had ‘Muhammad Mumtaz’ tattooed on his arm but no other clue could be found that could assist in his identification. tHREE PERISH IN ROAD ACCIDENtS: Three people, who were injured in separate road traffic accidents during the last couple of days, succumbed to their injuries at local hospitals on Tuesday. The deceased were identified as Fahmida Bibi, resident of Kahna, Malik Ahmad, resident of Shahdra Town and Shabir Ahmad, resident of Manga Mundi. The dead bodies were handed over to their families after the completion of the necessary legal formalities.
QCB sends 49 medical stores to drug courts LAHorE STaFF rePorT
Lahore District Coordination Officer (DCO) Ahad Cheema has issued orders to send the cases of 49 medical store owners to the drug courts. A meeting of the District Quality Control Board (QCB) was held in the DCO office under the chairmanship of District Officer Monitoring and Inspection Ameen Akbar Chopra in which the ‘challans’ of 75 medical store owners pertaining to expired medicines, unqualified persons, incomplete sales/purchase records, failure to cooperate with drug inspectors, unhygienic conditions, keeping medicines requiring refrigeration outside, were presented. After hearing the cases, the QCB issued orders to send the cases of 49 medical store owners to the drug courts, reopen nine medical stores, extend the sealing of eight stores, issue warnings to seven stores and to ask two medical store owners to appear on the next hearing.
transporters revolt against shifting of terminal LAHorE STaFF rePorT
Transporters revolting against the decision of the District Coordination Officer (DCO) for shifting Badami Bagh Bus Terminal to Thokar Niaz Beig Tuesday staged a protest in front of Lahore Press Club and announced to hold another protest rally from Badami Bagh terminal to Minar-e-Pakistan on Wednesday. The transporters termed the DCO decision arbitrary and against public interest. They were raising slogans against the Punjab government’s decision of shifting the terminal and demanded the government to revert this decision otherwise they would extend their protest from Lahore to other cities of the province. Talking to Pakistan Today, All Pakistan Transporter Owners Association Lahore Wing President Akhter Khan Niazi said about 4000 public transport left the terminal to other cities on daily bases and shifting this terminal to outside the city would create problems for commuters. He said the government generated Rs540 million annually in form of revenue from Badami Bagh Bus Terminal and shifting of terminal would deprive people of their livelihood. He further said the DCO did not consult with them before finalising the decision of shifting the bus terminal.
Memorial service held for veteran journalist LAHorE STaFF rePorT
The South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) organised a memorial service at the SAFMA Secretariat on Monday for veteran journalist Khalid Hassan, who died from prostate cancer in February 2009 in Washington. Close friends, intellectuals, and leading journalists attended the service and paid tributes to the legendry journalist for his profound understanding of political developments, accurate observation of personalities and human character and his impeccable command over the Urdu and English languages. His colleagues recalled their close association with Hassan and called him a champion of freedom of journalism in Pakistan. They said that despite living in Washington for the last two decades, he had continued to serve as an influential voice of the Pakistani people in and outside Pakistan.
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Editor’s mail 11
a knock on my door
Lack of governance
Sitting in the dormitory of my university, sipping on my Red Bull, punching hard on the keyboard to let creativity flow into my essay, I rarely get to hear a knock on my door. However, this rarity seems being compromised. Invitations to “dars” (religious preaching) in mosques and Imran Khan’s jalsas, have often been found guilty. Distracted too much to continue with my work at times, I have had the opportunity to attend both of these rarity-compromising events. Different places, different speeches, and certainly different faces; yet strikingly similar ideologies. Disrupting the status-quo, ending armed-operation against Taliban, and re-establishing
the glorious Khilafat, are all but a few of their many similar agendas. What worries me is not the thought of two entirely different groups working upon very similar, radical principles, but instead the repercussions that it leaves by radicalising my university life. While an environment of intellectual activism is always welcomed, religio-political intolerance is not. grasping idealistic goals wrapped in awe-inspiring oratory, students having attended these meetings are all set to pass the word on. However, these disseminations are met with questions which their leaders had never been asked, or in a few cases, had failed to answer. This precisely is the
breaking point for all constructive debate – lack of intellect. For leaders like Imran Khan himself, who considers irrational student activists to be ‘suicide bombing’ their ideological stature, this must be a primal concern. With arguments based on marshy grounds, students often resort to the radical way out, pulling the others down for an upward move. This cut-throat, pointless argumentation has arrived at universities, like mine, which had been away from religio-political activism for ages. For this charged up environment to sustain in its healthier form, religious and political leaders must work harder than now. Setting idealistic objectives
alone wouldn’t do well enough. This superstructure of far-fetched aims should be supported by an elaborate base support, having foundation of religio-political philosophy, and pillars of rational approach. As every irrational knock on my door is a suicide bomb on religio-political ideologies of leaders by the students, so it is on the institutional sanctity of my university, and on that of many others, by these political and religious leaders. It is high time for these leaders to realise that with fame comes responsibility, and their responsible attitude is already due. AHMED LODHI LUMS, Lahore
the new great game The original great game was a power struggle between the former Soviet Union and Britain as to who would control the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean for trade and other purposes. It is speculated that the Soviet Union’s attack on Afghanistan in the 1970s was an extension of this phenomenon. So what is the New great game? The New great game is a power struggle between the United States, China and Russia to influence the Central Asian countries – Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan – in what authors and researchers term “petroleum politics”. When these countries gained independence and joined the ECO, they wanted a special relationship with Pakistan because they saw Pakistan as a huge backyard with great economic and social opportunities. Pakistan helped these countries join the OIC but unfortunately Pakistan never left the buffer zone stage due to certain mistakes that it made. Pakistan ended up supporting the hardcore Islamists emerging from Afghanistan and the Central Asian republics wanted to avoid any religious side-taking. Two, Pakistan used the ECO to further its agenda regarding the Kashmir issue. The Central Asian countries distanced themselves because ECO was an economic forum and the bilateral relations between India and Pakistan did not have place there. Pakistan did try and help but now has no influence over this region. The country has remained stuck because of Afghanistan and as a result gained hostility of the Central Asian nations because of the spill over effect from Afghanistan which these countries are continuously trying to avoid. NIHAN RAFIQUE Lahore Send your letters to: Letters to Editor, Pakistan Today, 4-Shaarey Fatima Jinnah, Lahore, Pakistan Fax: +92-42-36298302 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Letters may be edited for length and clarity. It would be appreciated if letters were addressed to Pakistan Today exclusively.
Resource-rich Sindh is going through worst period of its history. From Karachi to Kashmor and from Kashmor to Karonjhar, the government is not visible anywhere in the province, what to speak of bad or good governance. Corruption knows no bounds. Authority is being misused by both the senior and junior officers. Public institutions have lost their effectiveness and efficiency. Neither is there accountability of authority being used nor that of institutions. golden values such as responsiveness and consensus-oriented approach, which used to be the hallmarks of the provincial government during the days of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, have become alien in today's Sindh. No one bothers to promote the participatory sense in the society. No one bothers to democratise the institutions and the thick-skinned officers. Four years are over but unfortunately nothing has changed in the province. Sindh is being managed by callous clan chieftains, kidnappers and corrupt officials. Is there anyone in the corridors of power and politics to rescue the province and strive for the promotion of good governance? HASHIM ABRO Islamabad
no change in attitude
Playing politics Politics in Pakistan is not something you can enjoy on the fringe, particularly so if you are a politician yourself. This is something what the president has been doing for the past four years. He is the only player in this game who has enjoyed it
Wiping out polio Pakistan is one of the few countries in the world where polio remains endemic. The lack of proper governance and accountability together with local groups opposing vaccination are jeopardising the efforts to rid the country of this disease. In most countries polio is barely a memory. Rich countries had largely eliminated it by the 1970s, and many poor countries soon followed suit. Three decades ago the world saw an estimated 400,000 polio cases a year. Thanks to a cheap and effective vaccine, adminis-
while all the others have either facing media trial or judicial trials. What a shrewd politician he is! AROOJ MALIK Lahore
tered by two drops into a child’s mouth and washed down with dollops of public and private money, the annual global number is now roughly 1,000. The government is again asking religious scholars to help educate people who refuse to allow their children to receive the oral polio vaccine. Health workers have recorded six new polio cases in Pakistan, bringing the number of polio-infected children to 173 so far this year, officials said December 15. The World Health Organisation thinks that over 200,000 Pakistani children missed their polio vaccinations in the past couple of years. The worst-af-
fected spots are Balochistan, beset by sectarian massacres and police killings, and the unstable Federally Administered Tribal Areas near the Afghan border. Southern Sindh, deluged by two years of floods, has also been hit. Children are still being disabled by polio in Pakistan despite years of effort to eradicate the disease. Who is responsible, the government or the community? The government should take a strong decision in this regard. What is our community doing? We are so close and we can do this. We can wipe out polio. ANAM HAYAT Islamabad
Around 25 years ago, my father had to go to the UK for training while he was on a government engineering job. He told me a very interesting incident that had happened there which highlights how our society and the British society differ in their thinking. My father said that while training there, his senior engineer took him to a reported incident site. A recently constructed tunnel had developed cracks in its infrastructure. While inspecting my father asked the head engineer how the investigation would proceed. The head engineer replied that after thorough inspection of the infrastructure, we would figure out why the cracks first happened and then figure out an alternative method, equipment and material to fix the problem for the future, then we would fix this area and incorporate the solution for our future projects. Seeing my father’s confused look, the head engineer inquired how the investigation would proceed in Pakistan. My father replied, "We will first find out who made the infrastructure and then we will decide how to punish him." The recent incident of 130 heart patients dying in the PIC hospital due to a dangerous batch of heart medicine and how it was portrayed in the media just highlights my first point, that even after 25 years we are still doing the same thing we did before, only now we use the internet, cable TV and new tools. ENGR SHAHRYAR KHAN BASEER Peshawar
good pipeline, bad pipeline
By Waheed Hussain
he country is in the middle of an energy crisis. The committed demand of the natural gas is around 6 billion cubic feet while our present generation is about 4.1 BCF per day. In the winter season, there is a 2000MW shortage of electricity which rises up to 6000MW in the summer season. In the given situation, in order to meet our increasing energy demand we need to explore new practical and easy solutions to this problem. Those measures should be explored both within and beyond the territorial boundaries of the country. The objective subjectivity must be the guiding principle to serve
our country’s interest. The decision makers in the power corridors need to initiate numerous hydel, thermal, coal, alternative and nuclear power projects because regular power and gas shortages are badly affecting country’s industries, businesses, commercial and daily life. Keeping in mind the country’s energy needs, all our future plans ought not to be influenced by any internal and external pressures. However, unfortunately, like many other internal matters, even the energy sector is overshadowed by the dark clouds of diplomatic maneuvering. The United States is not so happy with Pakistan’s multi-billion dollars Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project. Pakistan entered into an agreement with Iran to purchase gas on May 24, 2009. As per deal, both sides agreed to lay pipelines up to their respective borders by 2014. The deal document ensures that if any of the two parties fail to complete pipeline under its territorial control, it would pay $2m per day to the other as penalty.
According to the reports, Iran has nearly completed its pipeline and by December 2014 could make gas available at Pakistan’s border. While Pakistan, on the other hand, has not even started work on the approximately 700km long pipeline that is required to be constructed up to the Iranian border. This slow-go process from our side provides the USA with ample opportunity to pressurise Pakistan to abandon the project declaring it a bad one. Recently, an American diplomat, based in Islamabad, when asked why his country opposes the IP project when it knows that we are facing severe energy crisis, replied asking where the IP pipeline and the required funding for the project was. But the respectable US official failed to satisfy why his country was opposed to the said pipeline and why the Indians got access to civil nuclear energy from the USA and Pakistan was denied the facility. Pakistan believes that the US is following a discriminatory policy towards Pakistan. It is not willing
to give access to the civil nuclear energy and at the same time warning us of dire consequences of pursuing the IP project. There is no doubt that it has been assisting Pakistan in increasing its existing capacity of the hydel and thermal power plants; however, the electricity that is being generated from those plants is not sufficient to meet our faster growing demand. The US calls the IP not a good idea while it brands the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-PakistanIndia (TAPI) as a good project. Basically, the United States believes Iran to be a rouge state continuously defying the international community on its nuclear programme. However, Iran defends its civil nuclear programme claiming it purely for energy purposes. Couple of weeks back the US President Barack Obama has signed into law imposing new sanctions on Iran, a measure that also penalises foreign financial institutions that do business with Iran’s central bank. The United Nation’s Security Council imposed sanctions on Iran
by passing Resolution 1929 on June 9, 2010. The said resolution is somewhat ambiguous and is being interpreted as prohibiting states for having any financial transactions with Iran that result in support to Iranian nuclear programme. The international law experts are of the opinion that Pakistan can invoke article 50 of the UN Charter which states that if any sanctions result in special economic problems to a member state, it will have the right to consult the Security Council with regard to a resolution. Further, the Pakistani government can argue that Iran gas pipeline agreement was inked before the passing of Resolution 1929 and therefore the resolution has the effect of expropriating a commercial interest/supply agreement created through a bilateral agreement on rectifying gas shortage in Pakistan. The foreign office spokesman Abdul Basit told the media on January 27, 2012, “The IP project is beyond the scope of the relevant
UN resolution which we are obliged to comply with like all other member states.” Therefore, the international community, and particularly the US, should seriously understand and listen to Pakistani government’s point of view. Unfortunately, though the UN is an international forum but it is completely influenced by the US policies. Washington has its political and regional strategic interests in opposing Iran’s nuclear programme. But our government should politely, in diplomatic language, communicate to the US that IP project is vital for our economy and prosperity. If the US cannot help, it should not create problems too. The US calls TAPI good while IP a bad project. However, we need sufficient quantity of energy resources. So, for Pakistan both TAPI and IP are good projects. The writer hosts a primetime talk show on a TV channel and can be contacted via email: email@example.com
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12 Comment the rub of the green! Heads high, but feet on the ground
ow are the mighty fallen or, in its mocking Americanised version, the bigger they are, the harder they fall. Since last year England was on top of the world, Rule Britannica the watchword in the cricketing empire. They had won the prized Ashes from the ancient enemy, and only last summer displaced the then Test match world No 1 India from its perch in a rude four-nil drubbing. Pakistan cricket on the other hand was floundering in a quicksand of its own making, a bull’seye of cataclysms and scandals which need no repetition here, but which shook the entire cricketing world and left the local fans ashamed and demoralised. Pakistan cricket was torn between fears of terror attacks on the one hand, and the deadly sins of spot-fixing, ball-tampering and treachery, dishonesty and greed on the other, and it seemed that ‘no art could eradicate them’. Nothing was being reaped by our cricketers except ill-will and ire. And there also was the pain and embarrassment of playing ‘home’ series in foreign climes. Pakistan had its back to the wall, but in this case it is the wall that has crumbled. After the ringleader of 2010’s ‘alarming occurrences’ was removed from the scene (courtesy ironically the British criminal justice system), the new-look, weaker but clean, united and focussed outfit has staged the most amazing of comebacks, indeed has been on a rampage against all comers. And the crème de la crème has undoubtedly been the totally unexpected whitewashing of the formidable British lion. A tribute to the endearing Pakistani qualities of endurance and resilience, with each of our boys the embodiment of these attributes with a never-say-die spirit. What else could so well demonstrate that once-in-a-century phenomenon: bowled out for less than a hundred runs and yet delivering the coup de grace. The team must carry this ‘hungry’ will to win in the hard encounters to come. Our boys must not stop halfway, or rest on their laurels. They must keep their head and hold their catches (the latter quality was somewhat lacking in the recent series). Celebrate and rejoice we all must, but we must also keep things in perspective: we've had the satisfaction of beating the World No 1 side, no mean achievement that, but we have not won ourselves that status yet. There still is many a chink in the armour. The whitewash must not make us gloss over it. Above all, we must guard against complacency and overconfidence, the sworn enemies of further successes.
Let there be light… But for how long?
he prophets of doom were predicting a highly gloomy picture of the power situation at the beginning of the year. It was maintained that there would be huge power shortages and load shedding in 2012 and the shortfall of power generation could cross 4500MW. In October last, unscheduled outages ranging from 12 hours to 18 hours had hit all the four provinces with almost equal ferocity. The power breakdowns had slowed down the wheels of industry and in cases brought them to a grinding halt. There were widespread protests and factory owners at various places came out on the streets along with their workers. Various reasons were given to explain the crisis: A lack of investment in existing plants, outdated grids, line losses, rampant electricity theft, closure of canals for desilting, a technical fault in Chashma Nuclear Power Plant, and to crown it all the circulatory debt. It was revealed that Pepco owed Rs 210 billion to power generating companies which in turn failed to pay PSO the outstanding bills amounting to about Rs 155 billion, leading the oil marketing company to suspend its supplies to the companies. And now suddenly, we have the good news. Like a magician taking out a rabbit from under an empty hat, Naveed Qamar has produced the missing power. Let there be light, he says, and there is light. But at this time and age people are wary of any unexplained tour de force. How can you do it, they ask? Qamar maintains that line losses have been decreased, capacity of the power plants enhanced, electricity prices rationalised and the system of recovery of service charges improved. The explanations are too simplistic to convince many. There is no word about how the cash-strapped government is going to pay off Pepco’s debt. Coming as it does in the election year, many ask if it is a gimmick to win over voters. While the government deserves to be congratulated for ending power shortages, one wonders how long the power will continue to flow uninterrupted.
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Wednesday, 8 February, 2012
on judicial activism Too much?
he most challenging task in democracy is to balance rights and rightful role on the one hand and obligations and societal good on the other. They go together. The right of one person is an obligation for other person. This applies to individuals, groups and state institutions because none functions in a vacuum. Much depends on how a person or an institution interprets the facts of a situation and articulates one’s role. There is a strong tendency to equate societal good and obligations towards others with one’s partisan interests in a society where the norms of democracy are not firmly established. This is more so where the individuals, groups and state institutions do not have a long experience of working in a democratic and participatory framework. Invariably, the desire to expand the domain of authority dominates the disposition of individuals, groups and state institutions. Restraint, moderation and mutual respect become rare commodities. There is a lot of jockeying for power and influence in the formative phase of democratic transition. This power struggle is often couched in high moral rhetoric or legal and constitutional interpretations to one’s advantage. One troubling tendency is to engage in propaganda to delegitimise democratic processes and leadership if one’s partisan agenda is not achieved. This is also done as a part of struggle to expand one’s power or influence or domain of authority. It is quite common in Pakistan to invoke abstract democratic theories and principles to delegitimise democratic institutions and processes. There is a tendency to trash democracy because it does not meet the ideal and textbook criterion. Other argument is that there is no use of democracy if it does not solve the By Dr Hasan Askari rizvi problems of the common people. There is no answer to the question as to what is the guarantee of solution of the problems of people in a non-democratic and military-dominated system. If nothing works for questioning the legitimacy of elected rulers or democratic arrangements, Islamic principle or some precedent from Islamic history is invoked to argue that the existing arrangements should be done away with. An independent judiciary is needed for a democratic political order but this is not the only requirement. It is important that different state institutions like the executive, the parliament, the judiciary, the bureaucracy and the military perform their assigned tasks within the limits of law and constitution and respect each other’s autonomy and role. Any attempt by one institution to overwhelm others causes institutional imbalance and adversely affects democracy and civilian order. Another important principle of democracy is
the primacy of elected institutions over non-elected institutions, although the elected institutions and office holders have to function in accordance with the constitution. We are experiencing a steady attempt by the Supreme Court and the High Courts to expand their domain of action through judicial activism. Though judicial activism is a well-recognised principle for public service and welfare issues but the use of judicial activism and the suo-motu power by the Supreme Court and, at times, by the High Courts, since 2009 has generated a debate in the legal and political circles about the extent to which the superior judiciary can interfere in the domains of other institutions. If we make a list of issues taken up by the superior judiciary since 2009, judicial activism can be described as unprecedented, covering a wide range of issues relating mainly to governance. Even if a purely legal approach is adopted to examine judicial activism, one cannot help pointing out that the issues taken up by the superior judiciary have political implications in Pakistan’s polarised political context. Most politically active circles get information about court proceedings through the press and TV news channels that highlight the comments made by the judges sitting on the bench. A large number of comments as published in the media can be described as politically loaded. These comments are used by the opposition parties and the media to embarrass the federal government. Sensing tension between the superior judiciary and the PPP-led federal government, the opposition parties have endeavoured to turn the judiciary into an arena of contestation with the PPP. They have gone to court on a number of purely political issues that should have been settled through political interaction or through the parliament. After having failed to stall the Senate elections by political pressure, the PPP adversaries are now approaching the Supreme Court for stopping the Senate elections due on March 2. The most interesting case is a petition filed in the Supreme Court by someone on
the basis of a speculative report that the prime minister might remove the army chief and director general of the ISI. The prayer of the petitioner is to stop the prime minister from doing that. The Supreme Court wants the prime minister to give a written undertaking for not removing these top army officers. It would be interesting when the Supreme Court takes up the Asghar Khan case involving the ISI and some leading opposition political leaders. There are two other cases that are likely to bring the army/intelligence in focus. The long term political implications of the possible conviction of the prime minister in the contempt of court case are going to be negative for political stability and internal harmony. If the PPP-led coalition at the federal level stays intact after the conviction of the present prime minister it can elect a new prime minister and thus the present political order at the federal level can continue. What if the new prime minister also refuses to write the letter to the Swiss authorities for reopening of corruption cases against President Zardari? In case of increased tension between the elected executive and non-elected Supreme Court, the opposition parties are expected to oppose the federal government. This will set the stage for political confrontation and turmoil. If the confrontation between the federal government and the opposition escalates Pakistan’s troubled economy will further deteriorate. This will make the civilian political order vulnerable to strong pressure from the military that will view itself as a stabilising and conflictmanaging entity. Though several internal and external factors are not conducive to military takeover, the military’s capacity should not be underestimated to set aside the civilian order in a situation of acute internal conflict and economic relapse. In case of direct military intervention, the superior judiciary will also be removed. Thus, the decline and discredit of democracy endangers independent judiciary.
The writer is an independent political and defence analyst.
Sidelining Pakistan? Daily Khabroona
rime Minister Yousaf Raza gilani is visiting Qatar where he will also take up the issue of the Afghanistan imbroglio and to help further the efforts for lasting peace in the re-
gion. The Pakistani prime minister will also meet with Afghan authorities in the wake of his Qatar visit and discuss talks with the Taliban and how to forward the reconciliation process in Afghanistan in particular and the region in general. The prime minister’s visit is taking place in such times when the highranking officials from both countries have started visiting the other country. There were also reports that Pakistan and Afghanistan would talk in Saudi Arabia regarding the Taliban issue. It goes without saying that any talks between America and the Taliban must include Pakistan because its place in the configuration of the conflict and any possible solution is elemental. If these talks are to produce any fruitful results and help in
bringing enduring stability to the war-ravaged region, Pakistan must have a seat at the table. Another thing that must be stressed is that no other allied country in the war on terror has suffered losses to the extent that Pakistan has faced. This alone should be enough to ensure that Pakistan and its interests must be accounted for in any endgame. America is facing defeat in Afghanistan and in an attempt to save face is resorting to talks with the Taliban now and is also simultaneously expressing the resolve that America and other ally forces in Afghanistan would leave at the end of coming year. America has been fighting insurgents in Afghanistan for the last decade but has not managed any breakthroughs. Now it is clear as day that America cannot remain anymore in Afghanistan. However, if the US tries to sideline Pakistan in the process, it must realise that it cannot exit the region without Pakistan’s cooperation. – Translated from the original Pashto by Abdur Rauf Khattak
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Why you no down the drones?
in isi’s defence
Sleep tight, we are too
If the law can’t protect us, the spy agency must
By Ali Aftab Saeed
n no less than three separate occasions in January alone, the US drones violated the Pakistani airspace and managed to bomb our territory unopposed. Amid all the sensation surrounding the sundry exciting cases at the Supreme Court the nation on the whole has, understandably, not focused much on these violations. This can be concluded by gauging the unmistakable barometer of the public sentiment: our learned media anchors. So much so that the expected outrage on the part of proprietors of national sovereignty was also conspicuous by its absence. This writer however is of the view that this business is somewhat serious even if not threatening-the-securityand-sovereignty-of-this-country serious (like say, the Memogate was). Now drone strikes in themselves are nothing new. In fact, three drone strikes a month would be considered pretty much par for the course if anything. What’s puzzling is that these strikes have come after the suspension of chain of command by the army chief regarding US invasion of any kind. Why were the drones not fired at then? What could have gone wrong? Let’s explore the possible explanations with an aim to get to the bottom of this mystery. Could it be that the military higher-ups suspended the chain of command before issuing the order to suspend the chain of command? If that is so, the all-important message would never have travelled down the ranks and no blame can reasonably be attached to the guys at the business end of proceedings. Well to be honest, the fact that our army high command has traditionally comprised some of the brightest minds of the world (consider for
example their exploits in such widely separated realms as realpolitik and real-estate alike), renders this explanation rather shaky I must admit. Could it be that our defence forces don’t possess the hardware and/or expertise to down the drones? I think this is a nonstarter, because if the primitive Iranians can do it, so should the one and only Muslim nuclear power. I won’t pursue this line of thought. What could be the explanation then for the perplexing state of affairs? Why the guys at the business end – the button pushers, the trigger pullers if you like – didn’t so much as twitch a muscle when the drones struck – not once, not twice but three times? Surely they couldn’t have assumed that the drones – as opposed to helicopters and other
seventh investigative report of the week on the other, the TV is pretty nigh irresistible these days. Even if one cannot be excused for being distracted, such an eventuality is at least understandable under the circumstances. Any wonder if the soldiers got caught slightly off-guard; for while our professional soldiers don’t yield to temptation as readily as the bloody civilians do, it will be unreasonable to expect them to be superhuman (except a few notable exceptions). Please don’t get me wrong here: I love our brave troops as much as the next guy. By no means am I saying that they weren’t faithful to their oath of office; I am merely saying that prima facie they were guilty of negligence of their duty (well somebody was in the most organised and disciplined in-
were they aware of the drones violating our airspace, or did they miss the damned things altogether? were they preoccupied elsewhere when the invasions occurred? and should we be very harsh on them if so? These are some of the confounding questions that stare us in the face. manned aircraft – enjoyed immunity as per the constitution? Were they aware of the drones violating our airspace, or did they miss the damned things altogether? Were they preoccupied elsewhere when the invasions occurred? And should we be very harsh on them if so? These are some of the confounding questions that stare us in the face. We must find answers to these difficult questions; at any rate we must do our best toward that end. A warning is in order, for here – for the first time – we leave hard ground and venture into soggy, uncertain terrain. What with Fawad Khan sweeping women (and many men) off their feet on the one hand, and another Khan charming (in the intellectual sense) his way into the hearts of the nation with his twenty
stitution of the country); Well, I am sure a high level judicial enquiry commission will soon be set up and the truth will soon be out. In the meanwhile, however, could we again ask our patriotic cable operator community to chip in for the sake of national security, on this occasion by blocking all the gripping and distracting programming from the cantonment areas? (They were very efficient the last time around when they nipped the evil of the BBC in the bud.) Patriotic songs and religious programs should of course be left alone. If ever there was a time necessitating 24/7 jaag uthaa hai saara watan on the airwaves, clearly this is it! The writer is a member of the band Beygairat Brigade
akistan’s influential spy agency is in an uncomfortable spotlight once again, after being asked to explain to the Supreme Court the deaths of four people it had taken in custody. The men had been accused of involvement in attacks on the army and the ISI, and were picked up from a jail in Rawalpindi after they were acquitted by courts for lack of evidence. But there are clear signs Pakistan’s courts also have some explaining to do. They are ready to push the laws to their limits to convict Pakistan’s prime minister, but have acquitted 70 percent of key terror suspects in the last few years. Many of them were known terrorists and a large number of them had initially confessed. There have been several such acquittals in the last three months. A leader of a banned militant outfit who had told an Urdu newspaper in 1997 he had killed 102 people, most of them Shias, was acquitted last year because of lack of evidence. A court released him from house arrest last month. Three sons of Swat rebel Sufi Muhammad, who were arrested after a military operation to fight an insurgency he led in the area, were acquitted in several cases of violence in November and December last year because there were no witnesses. Radical Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Aziz was acquitted in November 2011 of charges includBy Harris Bin Munawar ing challenging the writ of the state, possessing illegal arms, abducting policemen and making provocative speeches – acts that were seen and reported on television. A Sipah-e-Sahaba operative accused of the sectarian killing of a police officer and his son was acquitted in November, after the witness in the case was murdered. Two operational leaders of the same group in Mardan were released days before that. The Lahore High Court had ordered 25 operatives of the group off a police watchlist in October. Opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar was so severe in his criticism of the ISI’s extrajudicial killings that he compared the military with the mafia. He too has a lot of explaining to do,
Man bites dog
after his party’s government in Punjab has allowed a number of banned sectarian and militant groups to carry out public rallies in the province. Key leaders of the party continue to woo extremist groups for right-wing votes. And there is certainly a great deal of explaining that the government and the parliament have to do, for failing to formulate an anti-terror law that makes prosecution of these men possible. Pakistan’s current anti-terror law was devised in 1997 to deal with ethnic and sectarian terrorism. The country has been devastated by suicide bombings, insurgencies and attacks on key government and military installations that have killed thousands of people. But the law does not specifically deal with any of these acts. Aiding, abetting, planning and orchestrating suicide bombings, and training suicide bombers, or leading or being part of an insurgency, or directly attacking military personnel or installations, are not dealt with as specific terrorist offences. If a suspect is arrested with explosives or for harbouring someone who possesses explosives, the law requires proof he was planning to use them in an attack. Pakistan’s spy agencies have often been accused of illegal wiretapping. But the antiterrorism law does not include a framework for legal electronic or other surveillance of suspects, after obtaining a warrant, that could be used as evidence in court. The testimony of policemen is not accepted as proof, and there is no effective program for protection of witnesses. Ironically, the Anti-Terrorist Act is not applicable in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, where most terrorist activity is planned and orchestrated. “Nobody is above the law,” a Supreme Court judge told the ISI’s lawyer as he asked the agency to produce the rest of the men it had picked up in court. But the problem with rule of law is that it as oppressing as it is emancipating. As a system of protocols, law ensures order. But all laws have inherent loopholes in them that can be exploited. This is usually done in the name of justice. Why do rebels who kill hundreds of people and attack Pakistan’s key national symbols refer to modern notions of law and justice that they do not believe in? Because being outsiders, they can identify these loopholes and exploit them. That is what gives them a decisive advantage, and that is why they are winning. As long as our courts and our politicians are blind to that, many of us count on the ISI for our defence. The writer is a media and culture critic and works at The Friday Times. He tweets @paagalinsaan and gets email at email@example.com
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intern’s aﬀair Paul Mccartney to be honoured
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PAUL McCartney will receive his MusiCares ‘Person of the Year’ award on Friday - two days before the grammy Awards at a special ceremony in Los Angeles. The benefit will feature performances by Katy Perry, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Foo Fighters and Tony Bennett. Tickets for the event cost anywhere between $1,500 and $100,000 -- with proceeds donated to MusiCares, an organisation connected with the grammys that helps musicians in financial or personal crisis. McCartney, who releases his new album ‘Kisses On The Bottom’ on Tuesday, is being honoured for his musical accomplishments and charitable work.
with JFK WASHINgToN
NCE Upon a Secret,’ a steamy memoir detailing Mimi Alford's 18-month affair with President John F. Kennedy, hits store shelves on Wednesday. In the book, subtitled ‘My Affair With President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath,’ Alford claims she was a virgin when she started the affair as a 19-year-old White House intern. She last saw the president the week before he was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. According to excerpts published in the New York Post, the now 68-year-old grandmother described how the 45-year-old president met her in the White House swimming pool. Alford, who was Mimi Beardsley when the affair took place, has said she wrote the memoir to give her side of the story after she was romantically linked with the assassinated president in several presidential biographies. Alford wrote that she met Kennedy just four days into her internship, and that he invited her the following day on a personal tour of the White House residence that included first lady Jackie Kennedy’s bedroom. In the tell-all memoir, Alford recounts the president's tears after the death of his newborn son, and recalls that he confided to her, while embroiled in the drama of the Cuban missile crisis that “I'd rather my children red, than dead.” Kennedy's womanising has long been a matter for biographers, though it was little known to the public at the time.
HoLLYWooD: Channing tatum, rachel Mcadams and rebecca Black arrive at the world premiere of ‘the Vow’. afp
BeVerLY hILLS: actors Jean dujardin and George clooney, rooney Mara, Brad Pitt and Meryl Streep attend the 84th academy awards Nominations Luncheon. AfP KaraCHI: guests attend the launch of Shamraf’s store. staff photos
shamraf’s opens new flagship NEWS DESK Following in line with the success of their first outlet in Zamzama launched in 2008, Shamraf’s Designer Fabrics opened their flagship outlet in Dolmen Mall, Clifton. This also marked the launch of their exclusive digital and 3D prints in Chiffon, Silk & Lawn Fabrics. It is the first time in Pakistan that a 3D digital print fabric range in textiles has been introduced, reinforcing Shamraf’s core values, to deliver excellence in design, innovation and quality. Shamraf’s Designer Fabrics also featured their signature embroidered fabrics in Chiffon, Silk and Cotton, in
addition to their extensive range of digitally printed fabrics and plain fabric, with an extensive colour palette and design variations catering to a diversity of tastes. Their first Dolmen Store collection featured 30 digital designs and 115 embroidered designs which are all available in chiffon and silk along with scarves in 20 different designs. All designs are in two colour variations. The outlet also carries an entire range of semi-formal, formal and bridal wear for which Shamraf’s is well known. Shamraf’s will soon be opening another new outlet at Dolmen Tariq Road and will be expanding to Lahore, Faisalabad and Islamabad later this year.
Saif and Aamir Khan MUMBaI: When you have a sprawling and classy bungalow like Krishna raj on Pali Hill, would you ever want to move out? Certainly not, especially if you are a ranbir Kapoor. and so, even after delivering a fair number of hits, and stepping out of the formidable Kapoor shadow, ranbir has been comfortable coming home to the iconic house he has grown up in. that does not mean he's not business savvy. It was learnt that ranbir invested in a duplex apartment at a Hill road complex in Bandra a few months back. according to information available, the new apartment takes up the two top floors of a tower in the complex and was tagged at rs 7 crore. Interestingly, the society is called Wits end. according to sources close to the Kapoors, ranbir is not planning to move out of Krishna raj any time soon, though he has been making frequent trips to the complex, with his mother, and with his buddies. a party pad? In all likelihood, because ranbir has now taken to chilling out at the new apartment with his close friends. But the Kapoors are also planning ahead. Krishna raj will be soon up for redevelopment, and the family may need a temporary address during the time. It may be a far cry from the stylish bungalow, but the Wits end apartment with its three bedrooms may be just what the family needs. riding high on the success of her previous films, Priyanka Chopra is looking to buy a sprawling sea- facing bungalow. She has been scouting for bigger places in Juhu. Katrina has been house hunting again after her flat was left unliveable because of the rains last year. She has been looking out for an expansive bungalow in Juhu within a budget of rs 15 crore. aGeNcIeS
take digs at each other MUMBaI: When the ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ co-stars met each other at ritesh-genelia's wedding, they took digs at each other, but in good spirits of course. It's been quite some time that aamir Khan and Saif ali Khan have been seen in the same frame. the two Khans who exemplified friendship in ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ more than a decade back might not be the best of buddies but are warm to each other nevertheless. So when they recently exchanged pleasantries at the wedding reception of riteish Deshmukh and genelia D'Souza, the paparazzi went into frenzy. a source present at the occasion said, “Saif ali Khan entered with Kareena Kapoor while aamir Khan was just about to leave. on seeing each other they greeted each other warmly.” But if the buzz is to be believed there was more to the greetings as they tried taking digs at each other. aamir Khan was seen in a formal shirt with a tie while Saif ali Khan came in an achkan befitting his royal nawab persona. the source says, “on seeing aamir, Saif's instant reaction was ‘You forgot your coat, aamir.” However aamir, who usually takes his time
before reverting to anything, was quick to retort this time. So what did he say? “You forgot your shoes, Saif' is what aamir said”. Incidentally Saif had come in shoes but not exactly the ones that would go with his traditional outfit. of course everything happened in good spirits. Finally we have two Khans in Bollywood who are not on war. ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ sequel anyone? aGeNcIeS
MUMBaI: race 2 producer sent an SoS to Priyanka to step into Deepika’s shoes. Deepika Paukone had walked out of ramesh taurani's sequel to the 2008 thriller ‘race’ and that too, after the film had already gone on floors. With his ambitious project in jeopardy, taurani has now sent a SoS to Priyanka Chopra, asking her to step into Deepika's shoes. and it has been learnt that the actress has apparently liked the script of ‘race 2’. Interestingly, this is not the first time taurani has summoned Priyanka for Deepika's role in the film. In october 2011, when Deepika had informed the producers that her dates for ayaan Mukerji's film would clash with ‘race 2’, Priyanka was summoned. However, by the time Priyanka reverted, Dippy had sorted out her dates. However, with Deepika leaving the project after shooting for a few days, the task of finding an actress for the role had become tougher. “It would be rather nice if Priyanka accepts the offer. She had been considered for the role earlier as well. She is aware of the script. So there won't be any time lost over narration. things can easily fall into place,” said a source close to the project. according to the source, Priyanka, who is currently busy shooting for rakesh roshan’s ‘Krrish 3’ in Hyderabad, will meet taurani as soon as she returns. Priyanka and taurani remained unavailable for comment. aGeNcIeS
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Kylie calls police over Twitter ‘weirdo’ threat
Australian pop star Kylie Minogue has alerted police to an online stalker -- a “deluded weirdo” issuing threats over Twitter, she wrote on the micro-blogging site on Tuesday. The diminutive singer told her more than one million followers on the site that she adored her supporters, but one among them was not her 'lover' -her nickname for her fans. “I love 1,033,861 of you LOVERS, but 1 is not a lover, just a deluded weirdo making threat #andthatdoesnotmakeyouspecial So..police alerted,” she tweeted. The announcement prompted a groundswell of support for the 43year-old on the social networking site, with fans vowing to protect her and offering support. “I hope whoever's threatening @kylieminogue knows there's more than 1,000,000 of us ready to jump to her defence,” wrote one. Former television soap star Minogue this year celebrates 25 years in the music business since her hit debut single ‘Locomotion’ was released in 1987. The singer, who has successfully battled breast cancer, has attracted unwanted attention in the past, reportedly receiving hundreds of threatening letters at her British home and office in 2003.
INgINg reality competition show, ‘The Voice’s mentors Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton kicked off the NBC hit series’ blind auditions with an awesome medley of some of Prince's most popular songs, including ‘Party Like
It's 1999,’ ‘Little Red Corvette’ and ‘Kiss.’ After the show-stopping performance, well, the show had to go on, so the coaches took their seats to get down to business.Things were as heated as ever between Aguilera and her fellow mentors Blake Shelton, Cee Lo green and Adam Levine, who duked it out for several of the contestants, including a single father, possibly the next Taylor Swift and a
former Mouseketeer. ‘The Voice’ drew a household rating of 19.4 when it played after the Super Bowl on Sunday - a 27 percent gain from when Fox aired ‘glee’ after the 2011 Super Bowl, reports the Hollywood Reporter. ‘The Voice's’ ratings were boosted thanks to NBC's telecast of Super Bowl xLVI, which set a record as the third most-watched NFL broadcast of all time.
Following her brief stint in the hospital last month, Demi Moore is now in rehab, according to E! News. The 49-year-old actress reportedly entered Cirque Lodge addiction treatment center in Utah the week after her January 23 hospitalisation in California. Moore reportedly is receiving treatment for what E! News describes as “an eating disorder and addiction issues.” A source said, “She’s on total lockdown and only talking to a small group of people.” After Moore was hospitalized, her rep said the actress was seeking treatment for exhaustion. However, a recording of the 911 call placed before Moore was taken to the hospital indicated that she’d been “smoking something” and had experienced seizure-like symptoms. Moore’s exes Ashton Kutcher and Bruce Willis were both spotted at her California home last week, but E! said she was not there due to her ongoing stay in rehab. Cirque Lodge has treated many other celebrities in the past, including Lindsay Lohan and Eva Mendes.
‘Veena Malik's a very
dedicated actress’ NEWS DESK
Piece of history!
oldest running car fetches $4.62m NEWS DESK
MUMBaI: Pooja Bedi and raveena tandon pose during the launch of a new raymond showroom. afp
Run Priyanka Run!
It claims the title of the world's oldest running motor vehicle and was built one year before Karl Benz and gottlieb Daimler invented the internal combustion engine. It has now been sold at auction for an astonishing $4.62 million (R36.5-million), more than double the pre-sale estimate, as two bidders chased the price up in a three-minute bidding war. The 1884 De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout drew a standing ovation as it was driven up onto the stage at Friday's RM Auction in Hershey, Pennsylvania - to prove that this 127-year-old car really does run! - and attracted a starting
bid of $500 000, which was immediately doubled to $1 million. Encouraged by the applauding crowd, the bidding went swiftly up to $4.2 million (R33 million) - 4.62 million (R36.5 million) including the 10 percent commission - before
hrithik Roshan takes on
Christian Bale MUMBaI: It’s going to be an interesting clash. Hrithik roshan-Farhan akhtar starrer, ‘Zindagi na Milegi Dobara’, is competing in the Best Film category at the asian Film awards with Hollywood star Christian Bale’s ‘the Flowers of War’, among other films that garnered acclaim last year. Besides competing in the Best Film category, ZnMD will also vie for trophies in other categories such as Best Production Design and Best editor. the film’s co-producer ritesh Sidhwani, while confirming the news, calls it “exciting”. “It’s very satisfying to see that after doing so well at the box-office in India, our film is getting critical acclaim alongside other great films,” says Sidhwani. Farhan’s sister Zoya directed the film that has already lapped up multiple trophies at Filmfare, apsara and Zee Cine awards. asian Film awards also has movies like Japan’s ‘Postcard’ and taiwan’s ‘Warriors of the rainbow’. Besides being the Chinese entry for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s oscars, ‘the Flowers of War’ also received a nomination for the 69th golden globe awards. While ‘Zindagi na Milegi Dobara’ is about a road trip taken by three friends, played by Hrithik, Farhan and abhay Deol, ‘the Flowers of War’ is a Chinese historical drama. It is set in 1937, nanjing, China, at the time of the second SinoJapanese War. Vidya Balan is also competing in the Best actress category for her act in ‘the Dirty Picture’. other Indian nominations include ritesh aggarwal in the Best Visual effects category for ‘ra.one’, while ar rahman is up for the Best Composer trophy for ‘rockstar’. aGeNcIeS
the car was knocked down to a unnamed buyer. The Dos-a-Dos (Back-to-Back) Steam Runabout was built in 1884 by george Bouton and CharlesArmand Trepardoux for French entrepreneur Count de Dion, who named it 'La Marquise'
after his mother. In 1887, with De Dion at the tiller, it won the world's first ever motor race (it was the only entrant to make the start line!) covering the 32km from the Pont de Neuilly in Paris to Versailles and back in one hour and 14 minutes (an average of 25.9km/h) and, according to contemporary reports, hitting a breathtaking 60km/h on the straights. La Marquise has only had four owners, remaining in one family for 81 years, and has been restored twice, once by the Doriol family and again by British collector Tom Moore in the early 1990's. Since then, it has taken part in four Londonto-Brighton runs and collected a double gold at the 1997 Pebble Beach d'Elegance in California.
After ‘Munni’, ‘Sheila’, ‘Jalebi ba’i and ‘Chikni chameli’, it's the new song Channo from Rumy Jafery's ‘gali gali Chor Hai’ that's making waves. Ask the director why did he choose Veena Malik for ‘Channo’ and he says, “Well we were discussing many names from which some actresses did not suit the song. It was then that choreographer Ahmed Khan suggested Veena Malik's name saying she's very good at dancing and would suit the best. And I must say she's a very dedicated actress, even in this chilly winter when everybody was in overcoats and sweater on the sets, Veena shot the song continuously for three days at Karzat. Everybody on the sets was shocked to see her dedication.” And what about the ongoing trend of item numbers? “I'm not on for item numbers which are fitted these days at the beginning or at the end of the film to gain publicity, but has no relevance to the film. Thus, I won't call ‘Channo’ an item number because it's a situational song which was what the script needed.”
MUMBaI: rumours suggest she is irking a lot of industry bigwigs with her attitude. Katrina Kaif was always known for her amiable attitude and professionalism but of late, several stories of her alleged tantrums have been doing the rounds. apparently, the actress has too many demands which is not going down well with some big names in the industry. The first person who is reportedly miffed with her is cinematographer ravi K chandran. a tabloid reports that Katrina got the ace cinematographer replaced in a commercial because she wanted her friend ayananka Bose to shoot it. chandran then tweeted about his ousting by an actress though he refused to say who it was. The second person who hasn’t taken too kindly to her new-found attitude is none other than Karan Johar as Kat kept dilly-dallying about director ayaan Mukerji’s offer of ‘Yeh Jawani hai deewani’ opposite ranbir Kapoor. She finally said no to the film. But when she realised that Karan wasn’t too pleased with her she allegedly agreed to the ‘chikni chameli’ number in ‘agneepath’. Katrina, sources say, even displeased Prakash Jha who had given her a great break in ‘raajneeti’. She opted to do Karan’s ‘dostana 2’ instead though the film has been delayed and most probably shelved. Katrina has refuted all allegations and claimed she hadn’t received any offer from Prakash Jha to do his film, on chandran’s outburst, she said she had no role to play in deciding the team. “I am shooting for shooting for another ad with him,” she was quoted. She also denied any problems with Karan Johar or ayaan Mukherjee. well Kat needn’t worry. The stories and controversies only go to show her demand and popularity in Bollywood. after all, who doesn’t want to work with Katrina and it isn’t possible to please everyone all the time, isn’t it Kat? aGeNcIeS
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europe sends in ice-breakers to battle big chill BELgrADE aFP
Authorities used everything from icebreaking explosives to tractors on Tuesday to overcome Europe’s big freeze, as dozens more died of hypothermia and tens of thousands remained cut off by snow. A total of 389 people are now known to have died from the cold weather in Europe since the cold snap began 11 days ago and forecasters are warning there will be no early let-up to some of the lowest temperatures seen in decades. While there was some respite for people living in Ukraine — where more than 130 deaths have been recorded — the mercury plunged overnight to minus 39.4 degrees Celsius (-38.9 Fahrenheit) in the Kvilda region of the Czech Republic. More bodies were found either on the streets, in their cars or in their homes in germany, Italy, Poland and across the Balkans. Authorities in Serbia said that 70,000 people were trapped in snow-bound villages in the south as they declared an “emergency situation”. The order, which is one step down from a state of emergency, allows the government to order private companies to help in the snow clean-up with machines and people. Predrag Maric, the head of Serbia’s emergency services, told B92 radio that the most critical situation was now on the Danube and Ibar rivers were a thick ice layer is forming. “Experts from the army will see if the ice cap (on the Ibar) can be broken with explosives in a way that is safe for people and the environment,” he said, adding that the government is calling in icebreakers to clear the Danube. Large parts of eastern and southern Bosnia have also been cut off by the snow and avalanches.
Sanctions won’t effect Iran’s nuclear policy: official TEHrAN aFP
New Western sanctions will fail to force Iran to give up its nuclear “rights,” a foreign ministry official said on Tuesday, a day after the United States unveiled more measures against Iran’s central bank. “The sanctions won’t have any effect on the Iranian people’s determination to achieve their rights” in terms of nuclear development, spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters in response to a question on new US sanctions. “No country, no power has the ability to deprive the Iranian nation of its (nuclear) rights,” he stressed. Sanctions, he said, “are erroneous actions based on wrong calculations that will yield no result to Western and US leaders,” he said. On Monday, US President Barack Obama unveiled new sanctions on Iran’s central bank, adding to what he called “unprecedented” measures the United States and Europe were exerting on the Islamic republic’s economy.
aTheNS: Protesters clash with police at the steps of the parliament during a 24-hours general strike against new austerity measures on Tuesday. afp
Abused, ignored: Abuse victim speaks out in Rome VATICAN CITY
HUNNED by the Catholic Church for decades after being violated by a priest when she was just 13 years old, Irish victim Marie Collins described her traumatic experience at a Vatican summit. “I had just turned 13 and was at my most vulnerable, a sick child in hospital, when a priest sexually assaulted me,” Collins said on Tuesday. She had just been confirmed a Catholic when the young priest — a couple of years out of the seminary but “already a skilled child molester” — began visiting her in the evenings while she lay in a hospital bed in Dublin. “When he began to sexually interfere with me, pretending at first, he was being playful, I was shocked and resisted, telling him to stop. He did not stop,” she said in front of the conference of bishops and cardinals. “While assaulting me he would respond to my resistance by telling me ‘he was a priest’ ‘he could do no wrong’,” she said. “He took photographs of the most private parts of my body and told me I was stupid if I
thought it was wrong. He had power over me. I did not know how to tell anyone. I just prayed he would not do it again, but he did. “Those fingers that would abuse my body the night before were the next morning holding and offering me the sacred host. The hands that held the camera to photograph my exposed body, in the light of day were holding a prayer book when he came to hear my confession. “I had been taught that priests were above normal men. I did not turn against my religion, I turned against myself,” she said. “When I left the hospital I was not the same child who had entered.” Now an anti-abuse campaigner, the 64-year-old Collins told Catholic leaders that it was not enough for the Church to apologise for the abuse itself, they also had to recognise the harm done to victims in years of denial and cover-up. Her own experience revealed a deeply-entrenched belief in the hierarchy of the Church that sex abuse was best hushed up by relocating problematic priests. After years of treatment for mental illness brought on by feelings of guilt, Collins finally told a doctor about the abuse when she was 47. He persuaded her to go to the
Church about the priest, but when Collins met with her parish priest, she says he refused to listen and blamed her. “He said he saw no need to report the chaplain. He told me what happened was probably my fault. This response shattered me. I could not face talking of it again so I stopped seeing my doctor,” she said. A decade later while reading news about a serial paedophile priest she realised that other children might have been damaged by the same priest who hurt her and Collins wrote to her archbishop and a canon lawyer. But she was shocked by their reaction. “The priest who sexually assaulted me was protected by his superiors from prosecution. I was treated as someone with an agenda against the Church, the police investigation was obstructed. I was distraught,” she said. Like many others who have spoken out about their abuse at the hands of priests, Collins said her anguish was greatly exasperated by the failure of Church leaders to stop those accused of assault from working with children. “The archbishop considered my abuse historical so felt in would be unfair to tarnish the priest’s ‘good name’ now,” she said.
Swedish PM wants Swedes to work until age 75 SToCKHoLM aFP
Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt wants Swedes to consider working until the age of 75 and to be ready to switch careers after 50, he said in an interview published in daily Dagens Nyheter on Tuesday. His comments came on the eve of a meeting he is to host in Stockholm gathering the prime ministers of Britain and the Nordic and Baltic countries on how to get older people to stay in the work force longer and how to get more women to start their own businesses. Reinfeldt, a conservative who heads a centre-right coalition in power since 2006, said employers need to be open to hiring people over the age of 55. “To hire someone who is 55 who says ‘yes, I plan to work until I’m 75’ — that’s 20 years, that’s a very long and interesting employment relationship compared to a person who at that age plans to start winding down in five or six years,” he said. Sweden currently has a flexible retirement age, where people can begin drawing on their pension at 61 and are allowed to keep working until the age of 67. Reinfeldt said Sweden’s generous welfare state and pension system would not be sustainable with an ageing population unless people worked longer. “If people think that we can live longer and shorten our working life, then pensions are going to be lower. The question is, are people ready for that?,” he asked.
Maldives president quits after police mutiny MALE aFP
The Maldives’ first democratically elected president resigned Tuesday after a police mutiny described by his office as an attempted coup, capping weeks of political upheaval in the holiday paradise. “It will be better for the country in the current situation if I resign. I don’t want to run the country with an iron-fist. I am resigning,” President Mohamed Nasheed told a televised press conference. His announcement came after Nasheed appeared to have lost the support of the Indian Ocean nation’s military
which, according to army spokesman Colonel Abdul Raheem Abdul Latheef, had advised him to step down. “The president on his own initiative came to the military headquarters for advice ... on whether he should resign and then he got the message,” Latheef said. He added that Nasheed was now in his residence and “not in detention,” despite demands from some opposition leaders that he be placed in military custody. A presidential official described the unrest as “an attempted coup” by former president Maumoon Abdul gayoom, who Nasheed turfed out of power in the coun-
try’s first democratic presidential elections in 2008. But Latheef insisted there had been no military takeover. “It is not a coup. Definitely not a coup,” he said. Anti-government protests calling for the president’s resignation escalated after Nasheed ordered the arrest last month of Criminal Court Chief Justice Abdulla Mohamed on charges of misconduct and favouring opposition figures. Vice President Mohamed Waheed, who had clashed with Nasheed over the chief justice’s detention, was sworn in Tuesday as the new head of state, while the government urged the population of
300,000 Sunni Muslims to remain calm. Large crowds had gathered outside the president’s office after his resignation announcement, but residents said the streets had largely cleared by Tuesday evening and shops were open as usual. “Things have calmed down,” said human rights lawyer Mohamed Anil. “The overall mood seems to be one of relief, but also anticipation. “His resignation came as a surprise to everyone. Just right out of the blue.” The recent unrest had also seen demonstrations by Islamic fundamentalists against the government, particularly over the transport ministry’s decision to
allow direct flights from Israel. The leader of the Dhivehi Qaumee Party, which has accused Nasheed of being under the influence of Jews and Christians, called on the military to detain him, adding that he should face charges of “corruption and misuse of power”. Former president gayoom, who is in Malaysia on a medical visit, welcomed Nasheed’s resignation, the spokesman for his Progressive Party of Maldives told AFP. “He told us it was now very important that the authorities move swiftly to assure the rule of law,” the spokesman said.
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Russian envoy cheered, holds talks with Syria’s Assad DAMASCUS
OSCOW’S top diplomat was holding talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday after being cheered on his arrival in Damascus by thousands of regime supporters who took to the streets to “thank” Russia, state media reported. The precise purpose of Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit has been kept tightly under wraps since it was first announced at the weekend. He is accompanied by Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service chief Mikhail Fradkov. “Every leader in every country should be aware of his share of responsibility. You are aware of yours,” Lavrov said to Assad as they kicked off the talks, according to English-language reports by Russian news agencies. “We hope that the Arab people can live in peace and understanding,” the Russian envoy added. Syrian state news agency SANA said in English that the foreign minister arrived in Damascus “amid huge popular reception in appreciation of Russia’s support to Syria, people and its reform programme.” “Huge crowds flocked to ... greet Minister Lavrov and express appre-
21 civilians killed in fresh violence BEIRut: At least 21 civilians and four soldiers were killed on Tuesday in violence across Syria, the majority of them in the flashpoint central city of Homs, activists said. “At least nine civilians, including a woman, were killed by gunfire and shelling as (troops) attempt an assault on the Khaldiyeh neighbourhood of the city,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement. The Britainbased group said four Syrian troops were killed in the assault on Khaldiyeh, while six other civilians were killed in shelling of the Baba Amr neighborhood. aFP ciation of Russia’s stances,” it said. State television showed footage of a sea of regime supporters waving Syrian and Russian flags as they lined the streets of the capital, many chanting: “Thank you Russia, thank you China.” “I want to thank Russia and China for their stand in support of the Syrian people,” one woman said, before crowds swarmed to greet
Lavrov’s convoy. Lavrov’s trip comes days after Russia disgusted the West and Syrian opposition activists Saturday by vetoing along with China a UN Security Council resolution condemning the Assad regime’s crackdown on protesters. The foreign ministry said on Sunday the trip aimed to stabilise the escalating crisis in Syria by winning the “rapid implementation of much-needed democratic reforms” by the Assad regime. The mission is taking place on the orders of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Russian state media have said Lavrov is bearing a message from the Kremlin for Assad. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Lavrov refused to divulge the purpose of the mission. “When you go on a mission on the order of the head of state then the purpose of the mission is usually only revealed to the person it is addressed to. If I tell you everything now, then what is the point?” he said. Russia has so far offered no clues on the role to be played by Fradkov, who heads an ultra-secret organisation that is the successor to the KgB. Facing intense anger from the West over the use of Russia’s veto, Lavrov on Monday hit back by saying that the reactions from Western capitals were “indecent and bordering on hysteria.”
daMaScUS: Syrian President Basharal-assad welcomes visiting russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as russia’s Foreign Intelligence chief Mikhail Fradkov (2nd r) smiles during their meeting at the presidential palace on Tuesday. afp
general strike hits greece, eU raises pressure on debt ATHENS aFP
A general strike gripped greece on Tuesday in protest against new austerity measures demanded with increasing urgency by the European Union as part of a debt rescue deal with banks. Thousands of protesters braved a light rain on Syntagma Square in central Athens, a landmark of greek anger against austerity measures from the EU and International Monetary Fund. A group of protesters burned a german flag in front of parliament, and tried to set fire to one that portrayed the Nazi swastika, in reaction to calls from Berlin for strict budgetary discipline. greek media gave voice to the anguish. “Sacrifices with salary and pension cuts,” the daily Ethnos said. Daily Kathimerini wrote the country was being choked by “Merkel and Sarkozy”. greece is at the limit of a
timetable to agree new budget action, and to conclude a debt write-off with banks, under a second rescue to avoid default in about six weeks’ time. Athens is under intense pressure from European Union leaders, but EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso stressed that greece’s place was in the eurozone. “We want greece in the euro,” Barroso told reporters in Brussels. Earlier on Tuesday, Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant quoted EU Commissioner for New Technologies, Neelie Kroes, as saying that it was “not a train crash if someone leaves the eurozone”. In Athens, demonstrators marched under banners that read: “No to public sector layoffs!”, “No to cutting the minimum wage!” The protest was part of a 24hour strike against severe budget action that had begun under the slogan “That’s enough, we can’t take any more.”
daMaScUS: Syrian pro-government protesters wave the Syrian, russian and chinese flags as the motorcade ferrying russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to the presidential palace drives past on Tuesday. afp
Britain ‘very concerned’ over cleric release LoNDoN aFP
Britain’s attorney general said Tuesday he was “very concerned” about the release on bail of radical cleric Abu Qatada, amid a hail of press criticism, but said the government was bound by the rule of law. A British judge on Monday ordered the release of the 51-year-old Jordanian, allegedly a former top aide of late Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, under strict bail conditions despite government concerns he poses a security risk. Qatada has been fighting British attempts to deport him to Jordan for more than six years, most of which he has spent in jail, but without charge. “The government is obviously very concerned about this case and very much wishes to see Abu Qatada deported to Jordan and, when he is in Jordan, tried fairly if the Jordanian authorities wish to put him on trial,” Attorney general Dominic grieve told BBC radio. However, he added: “The court has indicated not surprisingly that it isn’t possible in the United Kingdom to keep people detained without trial forever and the government is bound by the rule of law as much as anybody else.”
Turkey to launch new initiative on Syria ANKArA aFP
Turkey’s prime minister announced Tuesday a new initiative with regional players to halt the violence in Syria, saying the veto of a UN resolution had given President Bashar al-Assad a “licence to kill”. Speaking in the Turkish parliament, Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced Russia and China’s torpedoing at the weekend of a resolution backed by the West and the Arab League as a “fiasco” and said Assad had reached the end of the line. “We will start a new initiative with those countries who stand by the Syrian people, not the regime,” he said. “We are working on this initiative, Erdogan told lawmakers, adding that his government would use all diplomatic means to draw the world’s attention to the Syrian crisis. “We cannot remain silent on what is happening in Syria and we cannot turn our backs on the Syrian people,” Erdogan said. Russia and China, permanent members of the Security Council, on Saturday blocked a resolution denouncing Syria for its deadly crackdown on protests. The move drew widespread condemnation, with the US describing it as a “travesty”.
UnICeF says 400 children killed in Syrian unrest gENEVA: At least 400 children have been killed in 11 months of violence in Syria and almost the same number detained, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. “As of the end of January, 400 children are dead and more than 400 have been detained,” UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado said at a briefing. “There are reports of children arbitrarily arrested, tortured and sexually abused while in detention,” the agency added in a statement. Mercado said the figures for children killed came from Syrian human rights groups “that we find to be credible.” aFP Erdogan, once a close friend and ally of Assad, said that the outcome had placed a “licence to kill in the hands of the tyrant”. “The process that unfolded at the United Nations is a fiasco for the civilised world,” said Erdogan. The veto power should be used responsibly without “giving the green light to death”, the prime minister added.
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Afridi, Malik in, Razzaq out of one-day, T20s KArACHI aFP
AKISTAN on Tuesday included all rounders Shahid Afridi and Hammad Azam in its one-day and Twenty20 squads for the rest of this month's series against England in the United Arab Emirates. Opener Taufiq Umar will return home after the three-Test series which Pakistan won 3-0. Discarded former captain Shoaib Malik was also included in both squads. The first of four one-day matches will be played in Abu Dhabi on February 13. The one-days will be followed by three Twenty20 internationals. Misbah-ul Haq will lead Pakistan in both the formats. All rounder Abdul Razzaq, part of the team in the one-day series against Sri Lanka in the UAE last year, has been dropped for poor performance. He missed the Bangladesh series in December due to a shoulder injury but failed to get a nod post-recovery. He has so far played 265 onedays and 46 Tests for Pakistan. Fellow all rounder Azam gets another chance and hardhitting batsman Awais Zia will make his international debut in the T20 team after doing well in the
newest form of the game in domestic competitions. Azam, 20, has played five one-day games but last appeared against Ireland in June 2011. Paceman Wahab Riaz, part of the Test squad but who did not play in any of the matches, retains his place in both the one-day and T20 squads, while Test specialist Azhar Ali will be part of the one-day squad only. "On the request of Misbah, the selection committee has agreed to send Malik to join the one-day and T20 squads," Pakistan Cricket Board said. Malik's inclusion comes as a surprise after he flopped in his last five one-day innings, scoring a mere 33 runs. He managed just 22 in three Twenty20 innings. One-day squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal, Umar gul, Junaid Khan, Aizaz Cheema, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Wahab Riaz, Azhar Ali, Hammad Azam, Shoaib Malik. Twenty20 squad: Misbahul-Haq (captain), Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal, Awais Zia, Umar gul, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Wahab Riaz, Aizaz Cheema, Junaid Khan, Hammad Azam, Shoaib Malik.
ajmal comments spark fresh row DuBAI: Pakistan cricket authorities and the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday clarified the confusion over Saeed Ajmal's bowling action, saying the spinner had been cleared within the specified limits. Ajmal himself created more confusion, by claiming he has special dispensation from the ICC to straighten his arm beyond the allowed 15 degrees. The 34-year-old off-spinner, who took 24 wickets in the 3-0 Test series whitewash of England, claimed that the ICC has allowed him extra leniency, up to 23.5 degrees. As per the ICC rules a bowler can only straighten his arm up to 15 degrees, beyond which his action will
be deemed illegal. "I don't know about my bowling action, but somebody was telling me your action is bad. ICC has allowed me 23.5 because my arm is not good because of an accident, that is why a problem," Ajmal told BBC television on Monday after being declared man-ofthe-series. "Otherwise no problem, straightaway cleared by ICC." The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Ajmal was referring to elbow extension,
and not the arm. "Ajmal was referring to the angle of elbow abduction i.e. the angle of the upper arm to the forearm and not the degree of elbow extension. This angle is approximately 23 degrees in Ajmal's case," the PCB said in a statement. "The ICC’s level of tolerance of 15 degrees relates to the degree of
elbow extension that is permitted in the bowling action i.e. the amount by which the arm is straightening," it added. The PCB said the previous tests conducted on the action of Ajmal showed that the degree of elbow extension is well within ICC’s tolerance levels. ICC general manager cricket David Richardson also backed the PCB's stance. "There is a big difference between the elbow carry angle (elbow abduction) and the degree of elbow extension. There is nothing preventing a bowler bowling with a bent arm, provided he does not straighten it beyond the permitted degrees of tolerance," said Richardson. aFP
Flower laments england lay-off DUBAI aFP
England coach Andy Flower blamed his team's lengthy lay-off as being one of the factors contributing towards the 3-0 Test series rout by Pakistan, assuring he will adjust preparations accordingly in the future. England, who didn't play a Test since beating India in August last year, succumbed to their first-ever whitewash against Pakistan following a 71-run defeat in the third and final Test here on Monday. "I certainly think that one of the differences between the two sides was that while we were sitting at home resting for two months prior to Christmas, and our players did need rest - Pakistan were playing against Sri Lanka, who are a very fine side," Flower said on Tuesday. "They (Pakistan) were then playing against Bangladesh in Bangladesh tough conditions - so they were hardening themselves up for this series, and we weren't. "That, I would imagine, is a factor in this result - and we will adjust our preparation accordingly, and take those lessons into Sri Lanka series and the India tour," said Flower of his team's tours later in the year. Flower said England's batsmen lacked skill against spinners, failing against offspinner Saeed Ajmal (24 wickets in the series) and Abdul Rehman (19). "Unfortunately, our skills against their spinners have not been good enough. We haven't been able to learn quickly enough ... our batting has been under par all the way through," said Flower. Ajmal recorded a career best 7-55 in Pakistan's ten wicket win in the first Test in Dubai while Rehman fetched 6-25 to help his team win the second by 72 runs. For England, Jonathan Trott remained top scorer in the series with 161 with Alastair Cook 159 and wicketkeeper batsman Matt Prior finishing at 150. Strauss also managed 150 but key batsmen Kevin Pietersen (67), Ian Bell (51) and Eoin Morgan (82) were major let downs. "There's a lot of work to do, both in the lead-up to this one-day series - which is very short - through that and then on into the Sri Lanka trip," said Flower of his team's four-match one-day series starting from February 13. Flower, who took over in 2009 and helped England to two Ashes victories which saw his team rise to world number one in Tests, said there had been high hopes prior to the series.
The myth of No1 status exPerT coMMeNT
geoFFreY BoYCott Too many of our England players have written their own publicity and believe it. But they should be sufficiently chastened by this 3-0 whitewash and there should be some serious soul-searching as they set their stall out to improve. You can only get better by first admitting you are not as good as you thought you were. After England won the Ashes in Australia, beat India in England and became No 1 in the world Jimmy Anderson said this could be the best England team ever.
Really? This before they had won a series in the subcontinent. graeme Swann said before this series against Pakistan that England wanted to become the Manchester United of cricket with every team chasing them. On the evidence of this series England look a onedimensional team who only bat well on flat pitches or against seam bowling when their batsmen can go hard at the ball. great batsmen and great teams adapt to conditions and can play all over the world on all types of surfaces. Stuart Broad tried to make excuses in his newspaper column after the second Test defeat in Abu Dhabi, saying that England’s batsmen have never played well in the subcontinent. Where did he get that idea? In Asia, Ken Barrington averaged 90.3, Ted Dexter 71.2, Tom graveney 53.9, Colin Cowdrey 63.1 and myself 58.8. Even Ian Botham, one of the great bowling all-rounders, had a batting average of 49.9 there. If this is how they justify their poor performances and believe that past England batsmen were as bad as them then someone should lock this team in a room
for a day, give them a full set of Wisdens and make them read the history of Test cricket. England have had a lot of great batsmen who were a hell of a lot better than this lot. They need to alter their technique and then do some work in the nets because they cannot play the same way in India in November-December. In Sri Lanka next month they may get turning pitches but they could also be lucky and face flat batting tracks. We just cannot be sure. You cannot win Test matches unless you make runs. I have said all my life that batsmen put you in a position to win matches, bowlers take the 20 wickets. This middle order have had six innings each but with Jonathan Trott scoring 161 runs, Ian Bell 51, Kevin Pietersen 67 and Eoin Morgan 82 we did not have a cat in hell’s chance of winning. There can be no criticism of our bowlers. They deserve only praise. It was top-class stuff from Anderson and Broad and our two spinners, graeme Swann and Monty Panesar. An old lady wrote me a letter shortly before she died. It said: “Adversity does not break a good man, it finds him down
like gold and he will rise up a better person”. But we cannot get much lower than this batting performance so have we got batsmen who have the character to rise up and learn from their mistakes and be better players? Trott had one good innings. I am convinced that Bell still cannot pick Saeed Ajmal and is uncomfortable when the ball turns. Pietersen shows glimpses of letting the ball come to him and playing straighter, but just when you think he is getting better he reverts to his old faults of lunging in front of his pad and playing across the line. The only way Morgan is going to get any runs at Test level when he is under pressure is to be positive and play his shots but I am still not convinced he is the man for a crisis moment. Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss gave me the impression that they had learned a great deal by watching the Pakistani batsmen. Instead of staying on the back foot as in previous matches they used a big stride to get forward with their head over the ball to smother the spin. They defended their stumps, let the ball
come to them and just knocked it for ones so that they rotated the strike and only played an occasional selective aggressive shot. But they all have to do that on slow, turning pitches and you have to do it for long periods. Not one batsman on either side, except Younus Khan, has been able to score quickly. It is just part of batting in the subcontinent when it turns. Younus Khan’s innings was a blueprint for batting in the sub-continent. This captain and coach, Strauss and Andy Flower, do not like change. They are not flexible. Even in the first Test they stuck with only one spinner and three seamers when anyone who has ever played on sub-continent pitches knew you have to play two spinners because the conditions help slow bowlers more than seamers. Change was forced on England by the defeat in Dubai and the injury to Chris Tremlett. But getting into this England team is easier than getting out of it. You would like to shake up the batting for the tour to Sri Lanka but I think they will give the same players another chance.
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Misbah’s appeal to world: tour Pakistan DUBAI aSher BUTT
AKISTAN skipper Misbahul Haq believes the series whitewash against England is just the beginning of a new phase in Pakistan cricket. He said Pakistan has left all controversies behind and performance is the only mantra the team understands. He said he was desperate to see international teams back to Pakistan. "It's a wonderful win but the most important thing in any sport or life is that whatever you achieve it goes in the past. If you stuck with it you can't move ahead and improve," said Misbah. Under Misbah, Pakistan have won nine of the 15 Tests, with just one defeat. "Our boys love challenges and everybody is keen to perform. If we go to South Africa and Australia, we want to do well there too," he added. "Only time will tell what you can achieve or what you can do. We just want to do well and that's what we are aiming for and youngsters are coming up, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad
Hafeez are doing well and seniors are supporting them," Misbah added. "This England win will send a strong message to the cricket world, and that is that we are a strong and powerful cricketing nation and deserve respect and more international matches," said Misbah. "We have been ignored for quite some time, but our performance will help us get better scheduling and respect," said Misbah. AFP adds: There have been no problems off the field, something which have consistently derailed Pakistan's on-field progress. Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja showered huge praise on the players. "The current players have become the latest pin-up boys of world cricket," Raja told AFP. "It's a dramatic turnaround for Pakistan and hats off to their discipline, consistency and distinction. "Sky is the limit for them because this wasn't an easy series. Now this win will help this team build in confidence," said Raja, who warned against complacency. "I would still call it a work in
progress, the beginning of something special," said Raja, now a widely trav-
elled commentator. "We have got to beat South Africa
and Australia on their grounds and I am sure this team can achieve that."
Vettel out for f1 hat-trick JErEZ DE LA FroNTErA aFP
LaHore: Chief guest Maj gen (retd) Muhammad ali, Chief executive officer Punjab Livestock & Dairy Development Board, with winning team of the Caanchi & Lugari Polo Cup. pr
Low-key start for Williams JErEZ DE LA FroNTErA aFP
Williams showed off their new FW34 car for the 2012 World Championship season here on Tuesday hoping for better form after what was the outfit's worst season ever. It was a deliberately low-key introduction as the vehicle was merely pushed out of the garage at the winter testing circuit here and, after a brief photo shoot, it was rolled back in again. Team principal Frank Williams said that they had enjoyed "a good winter at
the factory" and were ready to enter the grand Prix arena. "One could say looking at the Williams F1 Team today we are off to a truly fresh start," he said. "We have a new car, new driver line up, new engine and new senior personnel. We also have a number of new partners who have joined the team in the past few months. "I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome them formally and sincerely wish they have an enjoyable and, most importantly, a valuable experience with us."
The new car carries over from last year just five percent of the parts, whilst crucially the team now has a new engine supplier in Renault, reuniting with the French manufacturer who were pivotal to their success throughout the 1990s. Williams also have a new technical director in Mike Coughlan, replacing Patrick Head, as well as a new driver in Bruno Senna, the Brazilian replacing his fellow countryman Rubens Barrichello. Senna drove for Hispania in 2010 and competed in eight grands prix for Renault last year, scoring two points.
World champion Sebastian Vettel said Monday his back-to-back title triumphs in the last two years would count for little when the 2012 grand Prix season gets underway in Australia on March 18. On the day when Red Bull used the Internet to unveil their new "fourth generation" RB8 car, the 24-year-old german took the time out to dwell on his hopes of making it a hat-trick of world titles. "It's difficult to say (what will happen). Every season we start from zero again," Vettel said. "Unlike other sports, in tennis for instance, you're the number one in the world and there is a certain gap between you and the number two. "You have this cushion and it doesn't matter if it's one year or another year, you still have it. "Whereas for us it all starts from zero again, zero points, where everyone has the same chance and we are all building our new cars. "Until we put them on track to race each other we don't really know. So we'll see, but I'm as confident as I can be at this point. "Hopefully we will have a good couple of days testing with the car to prepare well for the season." Vettel had his second world title last year sown up by early October with three races still to go. Team-mate Marc Webber went on to take third place. Together, their all-conquering Red Bulls dominated the constructors championship, finishing well ahead of McLaren and Ferrari. Their performances prompted Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone to declare that he would prefer if there was more of a competition in the sport and Vettel agrees that he has set himself near impossibly high standards.
WAPDA hemmer HEC in Women’s Netball LAHorE oUr STaFF rePorTer
As many as eight matches were decided on the second day of the National Netball Women Championship being held at LUMS on Tuesday. In the first match of the day, WAPDA beat HEC 18-17.. In the second match, Army downed Punjab by 14 goals. Sindh and Khyber PK played a closely-contested match which was won by Sindh by two goals. Sindh scored 13 goals while KP managed 11. Lahore grammar School defeated LUMS by four goals. LgS played well and slammed 10 goals while LUMS could manage six. In the fifth fixture, Islamabad routed FATA by nine goals with winning team scoring 11 and losers only two goals. In the sixth match of the day, HEC edged out Balochistan 19-7 as HEC had 19 goals and Balochistan could make seven.
In the second last match of the day, Punjab crushed Islamabad by 20-1 while in final of the day, Sindh and WAPDA played a well-contested match. PNF secretary Mudassar Arain was chief guest on the second day of the event. On the occasion, he said: “The participation of Khyber PK, FATA and Balochistan girls in the event will help boost the game in those areas. Such events encourage the girls and provide them opportunities to not only groom themselves but also exhibit their prowess at national level. Today (Wednesday) pool matches will be played while tomorrow (Thursday) which will be the concluding day of the event, the semi-finals and finals will be played. Punjab Olympic Association president Syed Shahid Ali will be chief guest at the concluding ceremony. The Punjab Netball Association has made all out efforts to organise the event in a befitting manner.”
LaHore: Players in action in the national Women’s netball Championship at LUMS. staff photo
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Waugh warns Ponting cannot go on forever SYDNEY aFP
Former Australian Test captain Steve Waugh has warned that Ricky Ponting cannot go on forever despite his stellar form and selectors must start planning for his eventual departure. Ponting, 37, was in sparkling form in the recent Test series against India, shrugging off speculation about his future by becoming only the third batsman in history to pass 13,000 Test runs, scoring 544 runs at an average of 108.8. But Waugh, who played until he was 38, said some hard decisions needed to be made before next year's Ashes series against England. "At some stage players have to move on," The Australian newspaper quoted Waugh as saying."I mean, he's 37, 38 -- that sort of age. You've got to look towards where the future is, so it's always a tricky decision. "John Inverarity, the new chairman of selectors, has probably got to make some tough calls pretty quickly."It's up to Ricky and the selectors but at some stage players have to move on."Ponting will be 38 when the Ashes start, as will Michael Hussey, and Waugh said any form slump could spell the end of their careers.
Why not win both roland garros and olympics: Djokovic LoNDoN reUTerS
The French Open title and an Olympic gold medal are the only major prizes in tennis to have eluded Novak Djokovic, and for the Serb, there is no point discussing which he would rather win this year. "Why not both?" the confident Serb shot back when asked to choose, looking dapper in a suit and bow tie after collecting his Laureus sportsman of the year award in London on Monday. As with most of the five-times grand slam winner's public appearances, the 24-yearold's swagger is tempered with a smile, suggesting he is not getting too carried away with his huge success over the past 14 months. In December 2010, Djokovic spearheaded Serbia to their first Davis Cup triumph then went on to win three of the four major titles in 2011, before outlasting Rafa Nadal in the longest grand slam final played to defend his Australian Open crown last month. Jokes and smiles aside, when Djokovic addressed the question seriously, his response was ominous. "I've learnt how to handle my schedule, how to handle myself on and off the court and to prepare for the biggest events. That is going to be the case this year," he said. "I will try to set up my form for Roland garros first of all, where I want to get the title and go all the way through, and then I'll start thinking about Wimbledon and the Olympics." Djokovic has honed his craft alongside two of the game's most successful male players in 16-times grand slam champion Roger Federer and Nadal, a 10-times major winner.
LIVerPooL: tottenham Hotspur's english defender Michael Dawson (L) blocks a shot from Liverpool's Charlie adam during the english Premier league match. afp
Suarez's return fails to spark Liverpool LIVErPooL
UIS Suarez's return from an eight-match suspension failed to inspire Liverpool as they were held to a goalless draw by Tottenham at Anfield on Monday. Suarez received a rapturous reception from Liverpool fans when he came on in the 66th minute - his first action for six weeks - after serving a ban for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra. But the Uruguay striker was left frustrated as third-placed Tottenham secured a point in the absence of their manager Harry Redknapp in a scrappy contest. All the hype surrounding the game had been about the return of Suarez following his lengthy ban after an FA board found him guilty of making a racist comment towards Evra. Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish said he had never planned to start him. "I'm delighted that the wee man is back," said the Scot, who along with the club were heavily criticised for their defending Suarez even after he was gound guilty. "He should never have been away but we've taken the punishment and we've moved on. It would have been unfair to start him, he's not played since Boxing Day." In the end, Suarez's return was third billing on a night that saw Redknapp forced to abandon his flight to
Anfield due to technical problems having earlier appeared at Southwark Crown Court in the closing stage of his trial on tax evasion charges. Redknapp might have failed to make it but England manager Fabio Capello, fresh from publicly criticising the Football Association's decision to oust John Terry as captain, did make it to Anfield. With Terry having been stripped of the armband pending his trial in July over alleged racial abuse of Queens Park Rangers's Anton Ferndinand, Liverpool skipper Steven gerrard has been tipped to lead England at Euro 2012. Tottenham's Scott Parker has also been mentioned as a potential candidate. But in a game briefly stopped when a cat ran across the pitch, the fur was really flying after Parker's wild 39th minute challenge floored gerrard just outside the visitors' penalty area. Liverpool made the stronger start but it spoke volumes about the scrappy nature of the game that home fans were chanting Suarez's name after just half an hour. The hosts came flying out of the blocks with gerrard slipping a delightful through ball to Andy Carroll only for Michael Dawson to make a goal-saving fifth minute challenge. In a game punctured with misplaced passes by both sets of players, Niko Kranjcar forced the first save in the 32nd minute when his 25-yard effort was comfortably saved by Pepe Reina. With Craig Bellamy and Carroll
struggling to trouble the Tottenham defence, it was left to midfielder Jay Spearing to go closest for Liverpool with a curling 25-yard effort which whistled narrowly wide of Brad Friedel's post in the 34th minute. The second half started with gareth Bale booked for pushing Daniel Agger after the Tottenham player's blatant dive before Friedel denied Martin Kelly with a full length dive to keep out the Liverpool's defender's angled drive. With the game drifting towards a stalemate, Dalglish introduced Suarez. It did not take long for the 25year-old to get booked after leaving Parker in a heap while challenging inside the visitors area. Carroll spurned a fine chance in the 74th minute when, unmarked, he blazed over the bar from a good position. And a scrappy contest ended with Reina standing his ground to deny Bale, who was victim of a hefty challenge by Martin Skrtel, after the Tottenham player found himself clean through in the 85th minute. Tottenham assistant manager Kevin Bond, in charge in the absence of Redknapp, said that taking a point was a satisfactory outcome. "We had to work really hard and defend for our lives at the end. We didn't create many chances but we had the best chance of the match five minutes before the end, and it just was not meant to be," said Bond. "A point was a good result for us."
Cricket australia in trouble over tobacco add SYDNEY aFP
Cricket Australia Tuesday pulled Hindi adverts displayed during the series with India after being alerted that they could be promoting tobacco, which would attract big fines for breaching local laws. Cricket bosses said they were assured by the Indian government that the signage was advertising a brand of mouthwash, but decided to take them down due to their apparent similarity to a brand of chewing tobacco. "We asked (the Indian government's) advice because we are not familiar with the Hindi language," a Cricket Australia spokesman told reporters. "They came back and said it's an Indian mouthwash -- or at least they said it's not a tobacco product. We don't have one million percent certainty about all of the detail. "It appears that there is a tobacco company with the same or similar brand name to the product that is being advertised. We have just become uneasy about it and said, let's withdraw this," he added. "It's better to be safe than sorry." The boundary-line adverts, aimed at the massive TV audience in India, were reportedly worth thousands of dollars and displayed during seven games. But they will not be seen at future matches, starting with the one-dayer between India and Sri Lanka at Perth on Wednesday. Cricket Australia acted after Health Minister Tanya Plibersek warned they faced fines of up to Aus$66,000 (US$70,000) for each breach of the 1992 tobacco advertising ban. "The gillard government has received a number of complaints alleging that advertisements for tobacco products have been displayed at cricket grounds," she told News Limited newspapers. "The government is taking the allegations very seriously and has written to Cricket Australia seeking detailed information about the advertising."
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Pakistan hail inspirational victory KArACHI
ORMER greats and delighted fans Tuesday hailed Pakistan's 3-0 Test cricket whitewash of England as an inspiration for a troubled nation reeling from violence and scandals. Pakistan sealed the rout -- the first in 58 years between the two nations -with a thumping 71-run win in the third and final Test in Dubai on Monday. They won the first Test by ten wickets, also in Dubai, and the second in Abu Dhabi by 72 runs. Fans took to the streets to celebrate the win as Prime Minister Yousuf Raza gilani praised the team and newspapers ran congratulatory messages. One back-page tea advertisement screamed: "Pakistan sipped, England dipped." Former captain Rashid Latif called the victory remarkable and inspiring. "Without a doubt, this is the best series win Pakistan has achieved," Latif told AFP. "The win has already inspired the youth towards the game and this will increase in the days to come." Latif, who runs cricket academies across Pakistan, said young people have thronged his centres. "When Pakistan won the 2009 World Twenty20, youth and kids rushed to my academies to play cricket and in the last two days we faced a number of boys who want to learn the game. This win has inspired them," he said. He praised spinners Saeed Ajmal, who took 24 wickets in the series, and Abdul Rehman, who took 19, for their extraordinary bowling.
Pakistan name squad for rugby 7s tournament LAHorE
The Pakistan Rugby Union (PRU) announced national team for the upcoming HSBC Rugby 7s Tournament to be held in Bankbook, Thailand, from February 10 to 11. On the last day of the camp which is held here at the DHA Rugby ground, President Fawzi Kawaja announced the squad. He thanked the selectors and the coaching staff for their efforts in developing the team. Manager Ahmed Mumtaz from Sindh expressed his confidence in the team and said they would face higher ranked teams. He added the boys had practiced hard and would produce excellent results. Shakeel Ahmed is coach as well as player while Ahmed Mumtaz is manager as well as player. Umer Islam of Lahore Rugby Football Club (LRFC) is captain of the team while Fiaz Ahmed Dogar of Army is vice captain while the team members are Zafar Iqbal (Army), Tahir Yaqoob (Army), Fiaz Ahmed Dogar (Army), Khalid Mahmood (Army), Waseem (Bawalnager), Areeb Ali (DHA), Shakeel Ahmed (LRFC), Ayub (Multan), Basit (Muzaffargarh), Khalid Hussain Bhatti (Police), M Ali (Police), M Tahir (Punjab), Umer Islam (LRFC), Ahmed Mumtaz (Sindh).
The great and good of world sport believe the 2012 London Olympics is primed to go down one of the best games in history. The ringing endorsements at Monday's Laureus World Sports Awards in the British capital came on the day it was revealed that football is the only sport among the 26 events at the games which has not sold out its ticket allocation. It's a record that has seen a host of former Olympians back London to rival recent games hosts Sydney, Athens and Beijing. "The atmosphere will be unique," said former 400m hurdles world and
LONDON: The jury in Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp's tax evasion trial were sent home on Tuesday after failing to reach a verdict after nearly four hours of deliberations. The jury will resume deliberations at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday as the Spurs boss's two-week court case reaches its climax. aFP
that the win was "achieved against the backdrop of many problems and it will go a long way". Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf said the win has sent a strong message to other countries. Pakistan became a no-go zone for international cricket after Islamist militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in March 2009. "I never doubted the ability of the Pakistan cricket team. The victory is a clear message to all cricket-playing nations that we have the capability to take on any cricket team in the world," said Ashraf. He said the win was achieved through hard work and praised captain Misbah-ul Haq for doing "a remarkable job in uniting the team". Former spinner and selector Iqbal Qasim said the team needed to build on the win in order to crawl up the international rankings. "The way Misbah has led the team and the way the players have responded to his calls is excellent and extraordinary," he said. Shafiq Siddiqui, a local cricket player and a big fan of Misbah, said the team had given happiness and joy to the whole nation. "We are proud of the team," said Siddiqui. "We owe this success to Misbah's leadership who has built a broken team and all credit to our bowlers who gave no chance to England."
stars back London olympics to leave lasting legacy
Jury in redknapp trial sent home
"Ajmal and Rehman never allowed England batting to settle," said Latif. "They are one of the best spin pairs and will serve Pakistan more in the years to come." Another former captain and contemporary of Latif, Moin Khan, said the whitewash was a gift to the nation, which is struggling with recession and Taliban violence, and still reeling from the 2010 spot-fixing scandal at the Lords Test. "This is a big gift to the nation by the national team," said Khan, adding
Olympic champion Edwin Moses. "I have seen London's Olympic venues and they are fantastic," the American track great added. "It will help sport, and British sport in general, progress in years to come Britain's double Olympic decathlon gold medallist Daley Thompson echoed those sentiments, saying: "There will be unbelievable legacy afterwards. It will be the best ever Olympic games. "People talk about Beijing and Sydney, but I think everyone will be blown away with how successful these Olympics will be. You only have to look at the ticket sales to see how it has caught the imagination." At the annual Laureus ceremony, Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic was named Sports-
man of the Year and Kenyan distance runner Vivian Cheruiyot Sportswoman of the Year. Djokovic enjoyed one of the best years of any player in the history of professional tennis in 2011, winning three of the sport's four grand Slams as he took the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open titles. "This is up there with the prizes you can win," said Djokovic, who saw off competition for the Laureus Award from sprint star Usain Bolt, Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel and Barcelona football maestro Lionel Messi. "But this wasn't an individual effort," said Djokovic, who recently retained his Australian title with a marathon fiveset win over Rafael Nadal.
Sharapova has eyes on London PArIS aGeNcIeS
Maria Sharapova is making the London Olympics one of her top priorities this year after missing the Beijing games with an injury. The third-ranked Russian has won three grand Slam titles but has never competed at the Olympics. "Representing my country there will be a huge honor for me," Sharapova said. "I'm really looking forward to the grass season. Wimbledon is a big goal every single year. And obviously, two weeks later coming into the Olympics, which I've never been a part of in my career -- something that I've wanted to do and be a part of since I was a young kid. In Russia, as an athlete, that was the biggest dream, the biggest goal." Sharapova missed the 2008 Beijing Olympics because of a shoulder injury. Despite losing 6-3, 6-0 to Victoria Azarenka last month in a lopsided grand Slam final,
Sharapova hopes her Australian Open campaign can still be a springboard for winning another major title this year. "I didn't play competitively for a few months, and coming in with an injury in the ankle, to have that result in Australia was personally quite big," Sharapova said. Sharapova hurt her left ankle in September at the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo. The injury forced her to withdraw from the China Open and later the WTA Championships in Istanbul after two losses. "getting to the final is a step forward toward where I want to get," Sharapova said. "Obviously, you want to be the one holding the trophy, but it doesn't always work out that way. "A little luck at times and eventually belief, and it happens. It doesn't come at once, it takes a lot of time and development. As far as this year, I still have many opportunities to hopefully achieve that." She is competing in the Open gDF Suez for the first time this week.
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Li, Jankovic withdraw from Paris Wta open
French Open champion Li Na of China and Serbia's Jelena Jankovic were both forced to withdraw from the WTA Paris Indoor Open on Tuesday because of injuries. Third-seeded Li withdrew while trailing Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova 7-6 (7/5), 3-2 in their first round tie at the ParisCoubertin Stadium. Li was visibly suffering with a back problem and finally called it a day after receiving treatment courtside. "I hurt myself in the Fed Cup at the weekend," explained Li. "It had gotten better since and this morning it didn't hurt. But the stab of pain returned, very strong and I couldn't continue. "I don't know if it's because of the Fed Cup, maybe I'm getting old as well," added Li, who turns 30 later this month. Earlier world number 13 Jankovic, the fourth seed, withdrew after failing to recover from a left thigh injury she picked up during her win over Belgium Kirsten Flipkens in Serbia's Fed Cup World group first round success last weekend. "I had hoped that after treatment I could still play here but unfortunately it's impossible," said Jankovic. "Australia (Open) and the Fed Cup and then here, that's a lot. But it's important for me to play for my country." Russia's Maria Sharapova, the Australian Open finalist, and France's Marion Bartoli, are the big names remaining in the tournament and open their campaigns in the second round midweek. germany's Mona Barthel advanced to the second round after beating Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2 with another Czech Petra Cetkovska advancing past Italy's Alberta Brianti 6-3, 6-3.
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Congressional hearing on Balochistan annoys Pakistan ISLAMABAD
AKISTAN has conveyed to the United States its serious concerns over a powerful US Congress committee’s meeting to be held on Wednesday exclusively on the issue of Balochistan. Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit told Online that the Pakistani embassy in Washington had taken strong notice of the scheduled meeting of the US Congress Committee on Foreign Affairs to deliberate on the issue of Balochistan. The official website of the US Congress displayed the notification and topic of the meeting.
Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who recently expressed support for an independent Balochistan in an article, will chair the hearing. “Perhaps we should even consider support for a Balochistan carved out of Pakistan to diminish radical power there (in Pakistan),” Rohrabacher had written in his article. “Our embassy in Washington is already in touch with the organisers of the hearing of the committee. They know how we feel about it. Our concerns have been forcefully conveyed in Washington,” Basit told Online when he was asked about US legislators’ planned deliberation over the most sensitive issue of Pakistan. The committee that would hold deliberations on Balochistan also
oversees America’s foreign assistance programmes. US legislators touching on a sensitive issue in Pakistan is seen as an important development when frozen Pakistan-US ties are just beginning to thaw. Pakistan considers the issue of Balochistan an internal one, and some years ago had refused to allow the US to open a consulate in the province. Human Rights Adviser Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar refused to comment on the matter, saying the Foreign Office comments represented Pakistan’s stance. The US State Department involved itself in the issue of Balochistan when its spokeswoman Victoria Nuland last month urged Pakistan to “really lead and conduct a dialogue
that takes the Balochistan issue forward”. “The United States is deeply concerned about the ongoing violence in Balochistan, especially targeted killings, disappearances and other human rights abuses,” she had said. Interestingly, Nuland addressed the issue in a “twitter-briefing” that the department holds every Friday. “This was a very popular question on our feed, so we wanted to make sure that we answered it today,” said Nuland, who focused on the violence plaguing Balochistan instead of tackling political issues raised in most of the tweets. Pakistani officials say some foreign hands are involved in fanning the violence in the province along the Afghan border.
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gen Mattis to iron out new ‘terms of engagement’ during visit ISLAMABAD ShaIQ hUSSaIN
The US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) chief, general James N Mattis, who is expected to visit Pakistan in a week, will give final shape to ‘new terms of engagement’ on counter-terrorism between Islamabad and Washington during his talks with Chief of Army Staff general Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and other army leaders. The new terms of engagement between the two major allies in the global anti-terrorism campaign include the ‘understanding’ on drone attacks, reopening of blocked NATO supply routes, which were closed by Islamabad in the wake of US/NATO air strikes on Pakistani border posts last November, presence of American military trainers on Pakistani soil and other disputed matters.
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