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Who says there’s no bounty on Saeed? Beware of non-state actors, Gilani warns India Clinton says ‘well aware’ Pakistan hasn’t done anything to help secure Saeed’s conviction g Says al Qaeda chief is in Pakistan, Khar asks US to share information
PM says improving relations with India are ‘important for us as it offers a billion-plus market to Pakistani exporters’
RIME Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday called for promotion of Pakistan-India trade and warned that non-state actors were determined to harm the bilateral peace process. Addressing a conference of Pakistani and Indian business tycoons, the prime minister said the two sides must remain vigilant to thwart elements that could endanger the peace process that resumed last year. The twoday economic conference is being organised by Jang Group and Times of India. The prime minister said improving relations with India was Pakistan’s policy and both countries would have to learn a lesson from history. “Illiteracy and poverty must not be the destiny of people of Pakistan and India,” Gilani remarked. He said non-state elements were common enemies of both the countries and they would have to be defeated. “I must caution that recent successes do not mean that we should become complacent. We face many challenges and threats from forces inimical to peace,” he said. A thirtymember delegation of Indian business leaders is attending the India-Pakistan Joint Business Council and exploring ways to promote trade relations. The conference is a joint initiative of Pakistan’s Jang Group of publications and the Times of India newspaper. Gilani told the opening session that improved relations with India “are important for us as it offers a billion-plus market to the Pak-
istani exporters”. “We face many challenges and threats from forces inimical to peace. We are passing through turbulent times in our history in which non-state actors are determined to harm the peace process. Such forces are present on both sides of the border and we have to remain vigilant that they are not able to derail our hard earned gains,” Gilani said. “It was in April 2011 when the two countries announced their intention to normalise bilateral trade relations. And by April 2012, we made huge strides in this direction,” the PM said. The prime minister said Pakistan decided to scrap the positive list regime for imports from India and replaced it with a negative list and the Wagah-Attari Trade Gate, which opened recently, would go a long way in boosting the volume of trade. He said the peace process between the two countries would be strengthened through the business conference and business community could a play vital role in ensuring peace and harmony and designated business community as ambassadors and champions of peace. “The struggles to build good relations are remarkable, it is the policy of the government to enlarge mutual relations between the two countries and we have to cultivate the relations on the basis mutual trust,” he said. Gilani said the population of Pakistan’s giant neighbor offered the country’s exporters a “billion-plus market”, adding normal trade relations were vital to Pakistan achieving its economic potential. Continued on page 04
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday confirmed that Washington has announced a bounty for Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, as she said that the US believed the chief of al Qaeda was in Pakistan and vowed to keep up pressure on Islamabad. Clinton told an audience here that she was “well aware” that the Pakistani government had not yet taken steps to help secure Saeed’s conviction. “We’re going to be pushing that. So it’s a way of raising the visibility and pointing out to those who are associated with him that there is a cost for that,” Clinton said of the reward offer. Three of the top five most-wanted
militants by the United States are believed to be in Pakistan, including the leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Omar. But Clinton, addressing a public forum in Kolkata, said she also appreciated sacrifices by Pakistan, saying that it was the main victim of violence by extremists. Saeed has openly defied the US announcement by holding press conferences in Pakistan. The United States has said it is not offering the reward for his capture but for information to prosecute him. US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter claimed on April 29 that the US government never made such an offer. Munter argued that the Pakistani media had misreported the issue. Meanwhile, Clinton said “We want to disable al Qaeda and we have made a lot of progress in doing that.”
“There are several significant leaders still on the run. Zawahiri, who inherited the leadership from Bin Laden is somewhere, we believe, in Pakistan,” she said. Reacting to Clinton’s statement that Zawahiri was in Pakistan, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar urged the US to share information in this regard. “We have no information about the presence of al Qaeda leader (Ayman alZawahiri) in Pakistan. If anybody has any information in this regard, they should share it with us so that we can look into the matter accordingly,” Khar said while talking to reporters after briefing the members of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) at the Parliament House. Continued on page 04
BARA: A family sits in a mini truck with their belongings as they leave the Shlober area on Monday following a military campaign launched against local militants. afp
US secretly releases high-level Taliban in exchange for pledges of peace: WP NEWS DESK The United States has for several years been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups, a bold effort to quell violence but one that US officials acknowledge poses substantial risks, the Washington Post reported Monday. As the US has unsuccessfully pursued a peace deal with the Taliban, the “strategic release” program has quietly served as a live diplomatic channel, allowing American officials to use prisoners as bargaining chips in restive provinces where military power has reached its limits. But the releases are an inherent gamble: The freed detainees are often notorious fighters who would not be released under the traditional legal system for military prisoners in Afghanistan. They must promise to give up violence and US officials warn them that if they are caught attacking American troops, they will be
detained once again. There are no absolute guarantees, however, and officials would not say whether those who have been released under the program have later returned to attack US and Afghan forces once again. “Everyone agrees they are guilty of what they have done and should remain in detention. Everyone agrees that these are bad guys. But the benefits outweigh the risks,” said one US official who, like others, discussed the issue on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the program. Unlike at Guantanamo, releasing prisoners from the Parwan detention center, the only American military prison in Afghanistan, does not require congressional approval and can be done clandestinely. And although official negotiations with top insurgent leaders are seen by many as an endgame for the war, which has claimed nearly 2,000 US lives, the strategic release program has a less ambitious goal: to quell violence in concen-
trated areas where NATO is unable to ensure security, particularly as troops continue to withdraw. The releases are intended to produce tactical gains but are not considered part of a grand bargain with the Taliban. The process begins with conversations between US military officials and insurgent commanders or local elders, who promise that violence will decrease in their district — or that militants will cease fighting altogether — if certain insurgents are released from Parwan. The value of the tradeoff and the sincerity of the guarantee are then weighed by senior military officials in Kabul, officials said. “The Afghans have come to us with information that might strengthen the reconciliation process,” US Ambassador Ryan C Crocker said. “Many times we do act on it.” The insurgents released through the secret program are the only detainees at Parwan who are able to circumvent the prison’s judicial review board. Their release is instead approved directly by the United States’
top commander and top military lawyer in Afghanistan, U.S.officials said. One official described the process as being “outside of our normal protocol.” ”We look at detainees who have influence over other insurgents — individuals whose release could have a calming effect in an entire area,” one U.S. official said. “In those cases, the benefits of release could outweigh the reasons for keeping him detained.” ”We tried to get the insurgent commanders to work with the Afghan National Army, but they weren’t interested,” said a U.S. commander in eastern Afghanistan who worked on a strategic release this year. One recent case involved a commander with Hezb-i-Islami who was described by Lt Col. John Woodward, formerly the top US commander in northern Wardak province, as “operationally and tactically a significant player.” In the Nerkh Valley, a violent swath of Wardak, Woodward had decided that “given our resources, there’s no way we could fight both
the Taliban and Hezb-i-Islami.” Although the Taliban and Hezb-i-Islami are both insurgent groups, they have different leadership structures and operate independently. Through local politicians and elders, the American officer began negotiating with Hezb-i-Islami commanders, who for years had been firing at American troops. Those talks progressed, and weeks later, the insurgent group was providing useful intelligence on the whereabouts of Taliban fighters. Before long, the U.S. troops and Hezb-i-Islami fighters were conducting joint operations, traveling in the same vehicles and sleeping on the same bases, Woodward said. But amid that progress, the insurgent commanders came to Woodward with a request. They wanted a relative, the man considered a “significant player” to be released from Parwan. Woodward began contacting his superiors about the strategic release program.
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Three killed for resisting Layyah bank robbery LAYYAH oNLINE
At least three people, including a security guard, were killed and two others injured for offering resistance during a bank robbery in Layyah on Monday. Per details, four armed men barged into the National Bank branch located in Pirjagi area of Layyah, close to the house of PML-N MNA Pir Saqlain Shah Bukhari and tried to loot cash at gun point. The security guards and bank staff offered resistance upon which the robbers opened fire, killing the guard and two staffers. The robbers fled the scene along with looted cash on motorcycles. The bodies and injured were shifted to a hospital.
Pakistan has requested Siachen withdrawal: Antony NEWS DESK Indian Defence Minister AK Antony told India’s Lower House of parliament, the Lok Sabha, that Pakistan had requested New Delhi to consider withdrawing troops from Siachen following heavy casualties in a recent avalanche on the Pakistani side of the glacier. In a written reply to a question, Antony said that during his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on April 8, President Asif Zardari had pointed out the need for resolving all issues, including Sir Creek, Siachen and Kashmir, to improve bilateral relations. Antony also said that 54 missing Indian military personnel of the 1965 and 1971 wars are believed to be in Pakistan’s custody. He said that India had repeatedly taken up the issue with Pakistan but it does not acknowledge any such personnel in its custody. “A delegation of 14 relatives of missing defence personnel also visited 10 jails in Pakistan from June 1 to 14, 2007, but could not conclusively confirm the physical presence of any missing defence personnel,” he said.
46 civil judges resign in protest against shoe-hurling incident FAISALABAD INP
Forty-six civil judges tendered their resignation to the district and sessions judge on Monday to protest hurling of a shoe at an additional sessions judge by a lawyer in Faisalabad. The lawyer had hurled a shoe at the judge after the judge refused his client’s bail plea. The incident drew strong reaction from sitting civil judges who resigned, saying they could not perform their duties under such conditions. They pressed for acceptance of their resignations. Of 17 additional judges, nine sought 10-day leave. The civil judges argued that it was the fourth such incident in Faisalabad as it was now difficult for them to perform their duties. Sources said senior judicial authorities had instructed that the issue should be resolved amicably, adding that Additional Sessions Judge Asad Ali had taken a firm stance by saying that he would not forgive the lawyer until a case was registered against him. On the other hand, in its meeting, the District Bar General Council supported the lawyer in question, Chaudhry Masood Ahmed and condemned a strike call given by the judges.
HYDERABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Marvi Memon shouts slogans during a demonstration against Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani on Monday. ONLINE
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Seeks restoration of his law practicing license ISLAMABAD
ORMER law minister Babar Awan on Monday tendered an unconditional apology with the Supreme Court and requested that his law practicing license be restored which was suspended for ridiculing the judiciary. The Supreme Court on January 17, 2012, had temporarily suspended his law practicing license under Order V, rule 30 of the Supreme Court Rules, 1980 for ridiculing the judiciary and criticizing the court’s order in memo case. After the verdict, Awan had criticized the court’s order while reciting some poetic words outside the court at which the court had taken action against him for ridiculing the judiciary and finally had temporarily suspended his license. “I am a professional lawyer having no
other source of livelihood and my fundamental right stands suspended after the court suspended my law practicing license,” Awan
pleaded before the court in his application filed through Ali Zafar. He stated that due to temporary suspension of his license, significant number of litigants who had engaged him as a lawyer over a period of years were suffering irreparable losses, while his staff was also facing hardships. He further stated that whatever he spoke in the press conference as well as in the press talk was unintentional, based on inadvertence and he was offering his unconditionally apology for his utterances, which was found prima facie to be disrespectful by the apex court. He requested the court to accept his apology and recall its January 17, 2012 order. Talking to reporters outside the Supreme Court, Awan called the appointment of ad-hoc judges in the Supreme Court legal. He said although he was not in favor of the idea, the appointment of ad-hoc judges in the apex court was legal under Articles 175-A, 181 and 182.
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Dr faisal Bari says: Freedom of religion: What and for whom.
Zoya Ashraf and Khadija Waseem says: Keep Balochistan with us: We will not let ’71 happen again.
Akhlaque Dogar says: War of wits and egos: The aftermath of the conviction.
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PML-n boycotts Senate proceedings, JUI-F walks out from session against Mukhtar’s statement on nATo supply ISLAMABAD
Imran warns govt of biggest long march in history LAHORE StAff REPoRt
Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaaf Chief Imran Khan came up clear on Monday with its intentions to launch a parallel long march to overshadow a possible show of strength by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. Threatening the government, Khan said it should prepare for ‘the biggest long march in history”, in case it failed to honour the Supreme Court’s orders. Speaking to a gathering of students at a private university in Lahore, the PTI chief reiterated his party’s demand calling for Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s resignation. He also urged President Asif Ali Zardari to quit his office. The leaders of all political parties had started preparing their children for the upcoming general elections, he said, adding that the PTI did not believe in the ‘politics of inheritance’ and hinted at handing over the reigns of the party’s leadership to the youth. Lambasting Nawaz Sharif for his dual politics, the PTI chief said if the Nawaz League was sincere with democracy, then they should resign from the assemblies. According to a press release issued on Monday, Khan had also met earlier with a PTI delegation from the Mardan district in Islamabad. Khan said during the meeting that PTI will eliminate traditional politics from Pakistan. The PTI chief said the criteria for awarding the party’s posts and tickets in the coming elections would be based on merit and honesty. “The party’s election will enhance the performance graph for PTI,” Khan added. PTI district president Mohammad Atif Khan led the delegation.
REASURY legislators on Monday grilled the Minister for Regulation and Services Firdous Ashiq Awan for “trashing” the unanimous recommendations by the Upper House on Drug Regulation Authority (DRA) and accused Defence Secretary Nargis Sethi for pressurizing the minister to pursue her own DRA drafted “in violation of provincial autonomy”. N the other hand, differences between two major opposition parties further widened on Monday as the PML-N and JUI-F senators failed to evolve a unanimous strategy over the statement by Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar about possible UN sanctions on Pakistan for closing NATO supply routes. Resultantly, the PML-N members announced to boycott the Senate proceedings while the JUI-F senators observed a mere “token boycott”. In another rare gesture of unanimity, senators from the MQM and ANP – two bitter rivals – besides members from other major coalition partners unanimously grilled Nargis Sethi, saying the House would not allow the minister to follow a “fake DRA” which was drafted to benefit some influential. Speaking on a point of order, Abdul Haseeb Khan of the MQM said the Ministry of Regulations had been making a mockery of the DRA and the provincial autonomy was being compromised. He alleged that the DRA the ministry was pursuing was “fake” and was actually drafted by a federal secretary. “If the ministry pursues the DRA drafted by the certain bureaucrat, we will not allow proceedings of this House. All the members of this House had worked
hard to formulate a consensus draft and we will not allow a bureaucrat to compromise provincial autonomy,” he asserted. Ilyas Bilour of the ANP supported the views and said no one would be allowed to make a mockery of provincial autonomy, which had been achieved after a struggle of 60 years. He claimed that the Health Ministry had not yet been fully devolved to the provinces. He said making DRA was a prerogative of the provincial governments, but the federation was doing so. Maulana Mohammed Khan Sherani of the JUI-F also backed the views expressed by Bilour, saying the devolution plan was being jeopardised. He said the government was following the policies of past regimes by denying provincial autonomy, despite the passage of the 18th Amendment. PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar said the DRA was being formed on the apex court’s direction. He asked the minister for regulation and services to respond to the allegations levelled by the members of the House. Senator Zahid Khan said it was the authority of the provincial assemblies to constitute DRA and the apex court had directed the federal government to form the body as the provinces did not form it. He said the ministry had been formed to accommodate the minister who had no role and rather a bureaucrat was involved in amending the DRA draft passed by the House. Senator Kulsoom Perveen of BNPAwami said the DRA available with the ministry was not formulated by the House and it had been reshaped by a bureaucrat who amended it to serve her purposes. Senator Afrasiab Khattak of the ANP said the decision to empower the federal government to form DRA was taken by the implementation commission on 18th Amendment after seeking approval from provincial assemblies. He said if the par-
liament’s draft on DRA had been amended, it reflected that the bureaucracy did not accept the devolution of powers in letter and spirit. Winding up the debate on a motion moved by Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan of the MQM to discuss the health policy with a particular reference to registration and pricing of drugs, national health programmes and formation of DRA in light of 18th Amendment, Minister for Regulation and Services Firdous Ashiq Awan assured the members of the Upper House that the government would ensure provincial autonomy and no bureaucrat would be allowed to violate the government’s commitment to provincial autonomy. The minister said the ministry would take into account the recommendations made by the House committee and the concerns expressed by the members were only based on speculations. “I would take up the matter after consultation with the members and would also take them into confidence. Let me assure you that no legislation would be passed which would protect the interest of some specific individuals. I would not follow wishes of any specific bureaucrat,” she added. She said the ministry would soon table a consensus legislation on DRA that had been renamed from drug regulatory authority to drug regulatory agency. Earlier, members of opposition parties in the Senate criticised the recent statements by Minister for Defence Ahmed Mukhtar about the possibility of UN sanctions over the closure of NATO supply routes and asked the government to come up with a clear stance on the issue. However, differences between both opposition parties widened as the PMLN members boycotted the proceedings of the Upper House, while the JUI-F mem-
bers walked out and returned to the House when PPP Chief Whip Senator Islamuddin Shaikh persuaded them to call off their walkout. Speaking on a point of order, PMLN Parliamentary Leader Raja Zafarul Haq referred to what he called confusing statements by the defence minister and pointed out that his recent statement had jeopardised the unanimous recommendations passed by the joint sitting of parliament. “After the Salala attack, it was none other than the government which blocked the NATO supply route. Later, it also asked the parliament to fianlise its recommendations for new terms of engagements with the US and the prime minister had assured the parliament that its recommendations would be fully implemented. Now the same government is telling us that if supply routes are not opened, we can face UN sanctions,” he said. Haq said why did the government not know that closing NATO supplies was a violation of the UN charter and why was it changing its stance now. “We condemn the twists and turns by the government on such a serious matter and in protest, we boycott the proceedings of this House,” he maintained. Senator Abdul Ghafoor Haideri of the JUI-F said the statements by the defence minister were creating confusion and they were not only a breach of parliament, but also brought a bad name to parliament’s unanimous resolutions. Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) chief Mian Raza Rabbani informed the House that the committee had met in the morning and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar had assured the meeting that the government would form its policy of new terms of engagements with the US in line with parliament’s recommendations.
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white house says will not negotiate with al Qaeda for weinstein’s release DUBAI REutERS
An American aid worker abducted by al Qaeda in Pakistan last year has pleaded with US President Barack Obama to meet his captors’ demands for the release of prisoners in order to save his life, in a video released by the militant group’s media arm. The SITE monitoring service, which follows al Qaeda’s statements, quoted Warren Weinstein, who was kidnapped in Lahore last August, appealing to Obama to “accept and respond to the mujahideen”. “My life is in your hands, Mr. President. If you accept the demands, I live; if you don’t accept the demands, then I die,” it quoted Weinstein as saying
in the video, which was posted on Islamist websites on Sunday. Dressed in a traditional Pakistani tunic and speaking impassively in English, he also tells his wife Elaine that “I’m fine, I’m well, I’m getting all my medications, I’m being taken care of”. However, the White House said
it would not negotiate with al Qaeda over the fate of the elderly US aid worker. “We cannot and will not negotiate with al Qaeda,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said, adding that officials were greatly concerned for the safety of the aid worker Warren Weinstein,
and were working to find him. There was no response from the US embassy in Islamabad. Pakistani security officials said they were not immediately aware of the video but believe Weinstein is being held by al Qaeda and local Taliban near the Afghan border. Weinstein, 70, suffers from asthma, heart problems and high blood pressure. Al-Qaeda leader Ayman alZawahiri in December claimed that the group was holding Weinstein, but at the time provided no proof. Zawahiri demanded that Washington end air strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen, and release the 1993 World Trade Centre bombers along with relatives of Osama bin Laden.
7 children killed in Shakargarh school roof collapse SIALKOT StAff REPoRt
At least 7 children were killed and over a dozen injured when a roof of a private school collapsed in Shakar Garh tehsil of Narowal district in Punjab on Monday. According Rescue 1122, the incident took place in the infamous Polo Street that killed at least seven students and injured over a dozen. They said as many as 40 students were present in the class when the roof collapsed. An emergency has been declared in all schools of the district while rescue efforts were underway to recover the trapped children. The Punjab chief minister has ordered an inquiry into the incident.
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Zardari’s ill intentions about judiciary were clear from beginning: Nawaz LAHORE oNLINE
LAHoRE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif holds talks with senior journalists and columnists on Monday. ONLINE
gilani warns India Continued from page 1 “Our textiles, I am told, have a huge market across the border,” he said, adding that India could find a market in Pakistan for goods including chemicals, pharmaceuticals and engineering products. Prime Minister Gilani said Pakistan was committed to resolving all outstanding issues with India through dialogue, besides developing bilateral relations on an equal basis. “We want all our core issues settled through dialogue on equitable basis and want to start a new era of economic collaboration with India,” he said.
who says Continued from page 1 Khar, however, expressed optimism that the US would respect parliament’s recommendations on reengagement with the US which had been directly linked to halting drone strikes inside Pakistan. She said talks between both countries in light of the terms of engagement set by parliament were still ongoing and could take some time to settle. The minister said there was no halt in talks and any impression of failure of dialogue was uncalled for. She reiterated the government’s stance that US drone attacks were counterproductive and a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty. “The US has been informed of Pakistan’s concerns on drone strikes,” she added.
Afghan soldier Noor alam richest, kills US marine Jamshed Dasti poorest HELMAND among legislators An Afghan soldier has shot AfP
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday released the details of assets declared by MNAs and Punjab’s MPAs. According to the list, Noor Alam Khan of the PPP is the richest member of parliament, owning assets worth Rs 32 billion, while Jamshed Dasti, who also belongs to the PPP, is the poorest parliamentarian with an empty bank account. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has declared assets of Rs 25 million, but does not own a car. Gilani’s son Abdul Qadir Gilani has assets worth Rs 56.3 million, including a bulletproof vehicle. Maulana Fazlur Rehman has declared assets of Rs 5 million, Pervaiz Elahi of Rs 127 million, Arbab Alamgir of Rs 1.68 billion, while Faryal Talpur is the owner of assets of Rs 115.30 million. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has Rs 16.60 million in cash
along with property comprising of 904 kanals of land, six plots and a farmhouse. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has declared assets of more than Rs 210 million, while the combined assets of him and his two wives are worth Rs 482.2 million. According to the documents, Moonis Elahi has declared assets worth Rs 307.6 million. He also has no car. PPP’s Arbab Alamgir Khan and his spouse Asma Arbab top the list of indebted MNAs, with their collective liabilities standing at Rs 3.38 billion. The net worth of assets of ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan is a little over Rs 30 million. He has mentioned the value of his inherited residential house at Rs 3 million and the worth of 67 acres of agricultural land at Rs 26.8 million. The value of assets owned by Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao – the chief of his own faction of PPP – is Rs 218 million.
dead a US marine and wounded another before being killed by return fire. It is the latest in a series of attacks against foreigners by government forces working with coalition troops. The soldier started shooting at international troops in Tarekh Naver in the Marjah district, a former Taliban stronghold that was the site of a major offensive by coalition forces in 2010, said a spokesman for the governor of Helmand province. A senior US defence official in Washington said the victim was a US marine in Helmand province and one other marine was wounded in the attack on Sunday. So far this year there have been 19 attacks, killing 12 coalition soldiers, compared with 21 last year that killed 35, according to Nato figures. Nato is gearing up to hand over security to local forces ahead of a 2014 deadline for the withdrawal of combat troops.
‘76% of agenda items in nA left unaddressed’ ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly’s first session of the fifth parliamentary year from April 25 to May 4 witnessed a chaotic start, leaving 76 percent of the agenda items unaddressed, stated a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) preliminary report on Monday.
The PML-N staged protests and boycotts throughout the seven sittings demanding the prime minister’s resignation over his conviction by the Supreme Court in the contempt case. However, amid the PML-N protests, the House passed a government bill to
set up a nine-member National Commission for Human Rights. The bill has already been passed by the Senate. The House also adopted two treasury-backed resolutions, creating a new province in Punjab and reposing confidence in the prime minister. INP
akistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif on Monday said President Asif Ali Zardari’s ill intentions about the judiciary were clear from the very beginning. Talking to senior journalists and columnists at his Model Town residence, Nawaz said had the PML-N not launched the movement for judges’ reinstatement, the judiciary would have not been restored. To a question, he said it was a good sign if Chief of Army staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Kayani had played a role in the reinstatement of the Supreme Court judges. However, all state institutions should work within their limits, Nawaz said. He said if the PML-N
had any ill intentions at the time of the long march, it would not have returned from Gujranwala. Nawaz said Zardari had blown apart the Charter of Democracy (CoD) and all the promises made by Benazir Bhutto. “We did not want to repeat politics of 1980s and 1990s, but the government forced us to do so,” he said. He said he challenged the PPP government for not accepting the Supreme Court decision, adding that this attitude would cause destruction in the country. The PML-N chief said whenever his party talked about the government’s corruption and bringing back Swiss money to the country, the rulers became furious and started baseless propaganda against the N-League. He said there was not a single example in the world
four, including two women, killed in Balochistan violence QUETTA SHAHZADA ZuLfIqAR
Four people, including two women were killed in separate incidents of violence in Kohlu and Naseerabad district on Monday. According to reports, unidentified armed men killed a woman and a man in Kohlu before they fled. However, names of deceased could not be confirmed. Motive behind the incident is stated to be “honour”. Meanwhile, a man identified as Chakar Khan, resident of Killi Soorab Khan Sherani of Kohlu was hot dead by unidentified assailants. Local administration moved the body to nearby hospital for autopsy and started further investigation
into the killing. In another incident, police recovered a tortured body of a woman from Mir Hassan Police precincts and moved it to a nearby hospital. Police said the deceased, identified as Sakina, had been strangled to death. However, investigations were underway to ascertain reason behind her killing. Separately, a vehicle of Uchh Gas Field escaped a remote-controlled blast in Nuzband Bridge area of Sohbatpur on Monday. Police said the vehicle, escorted by police personnel on motorbikes, was on its way to Sobatpur from the gas field when explosives planted on the roadside went off. However, the people in the vehicle and the motorcyclists remained unhurt.
Hollande victory shakes up NATO’s Afghan war plans BRUSSELS AfP
After pledging to speed up France’s pullout from Afghanistan, incoming president Francois Hollande will soon have to reassure NATO allies about his decision to end combat earlier than planned. Hollande made a campaign promise to start bringing 3,300 French soldiers home this year, ending his country’s combat role two years earlier than NATO’s carefully crafted plan to fully hand security control to Afghans by 2014. “I believe that, without taking any risks for our troops, it is the right thing to withdraw our combat troops by the end of 2012,” Hollande said last week. The Socialist leader will
bring this message to fellow NATO leaders when they meet at a summit hosted by US President Barack Obama in Chicago on May 20-21, just days after his oath of office. NATO military officials say the alliance had already made contingency plans in the event Hollande defeated right-wing incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy. Nevertheless, a diplomat acknowledged that the new leader’s stance “was not warmly welcomed” at alliance headquarters. Afghan officials downplayed Hollande’s pledge, insisting that Afghan forces will be ready to take over security responsibility in 2013 and doubting that France has enough time to complete a withdrawal by the end of this year anyway.
But the early French pullout challenges NATO assurances that there would be no “rush to the exit” in Afghanistan, even though the war is unpopular in the West after a decade of fighting that has killed almost 3,000 foreign troops. In Chicago, NATO wants to show a united front, repeating its “in together, out together” mantra as it finetunes the final straight of a mission that has yet to defeat the Taliban despite the presence of 130,000 foreign troops. Canada and the Netherlands have already switched to training missions while Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard indicated last month that her troops could begin leaving as early as next year. Sarkozy himself had surprised some allies by de-
Afghan insurgents freed to promote peace: US KABUL: The United States has freed up to 20 detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan over the past two years in an effort to promote reconciliation with insurgent groups, the US embassy said Monday. The programme was rarely used and the decision to release any detainees took into account whether they posed any further security threat, spokesman Gavin Sundwall said after the Washington Post first reported the move on Monday. A proposed detainee release begins with conversations between US military officials and insurgent commanders or local Afghan elders — who promise to reduce violence in their district if certain insurgents are freed, the Post said. “Fewer than 20 detainees have ever been released under this program, and the decision to release a detainee takes into account whether they pose any further security threat. AfP ciding earlier this year to end France’s combat mission in 2013 after four French troops were killed by a rogue Afghan soldier. Hollande has insisted that France would coordinate with NATO allies to avoid
leaving a security vacuum when French soldiers pack up and leave Kapisa province, northeast of Kabul. “I will do this in good cooperation with our allies,” said Hollande. Francois Heisbourg, spe-
cial advisor at the Foundation for Strategic Research in Paris, said the NATO alliance wanted to avoid any drama as it attempted a smooth withdrawal from Afghanistan, even if success was uncertain in the end.
other than Pakistan where a convicted person was serving as the prime minister. He said Gilani had lost the legal and moral justification to remain the prime minister, therefore, he should resign immediately to save the country from further crisis. Nawaz said the PML-N would take a decision on the option of collective resignation after consultations with the opposition parties. “Every option could be used to send the rulers packing,” he said. To another question, Nawaz said the defence budget should be debated in parliament and wondered why the government was reluctant to do so. The former prime minister said load shedding, inflation and poverty were on the rise. Nawaz praised the role of the media in the restoration of the judiciary and unveiling the corruption of the government.
US prosecutors say ready for long haul in 9/11 case GUANTANAMO BAY REutERS
Prosecutors and defense attorneys for five defendants in the September 11 attacks dug in on Sunday for a long legal battle that one lawyer said may never be resolved. The military tribunal is not expected to start for almost another year and if Saturday’s 13-hour arraignment was an accurate preview, the trial will be chaotic and drawn out with continuing disputes about torture and whether a military trial is appropriate. The defendants on Saturday refused to enter pleas and demanded a full reading of the charges against them. The proceeding was interrupted by outbursts from the defendants, one of whom stripped off his shirt to show scars. The judge, Army Colonel James Pohl, set the next hearing for June 12 and said the trial will not start until at least mid-2013. Chief Prosecutor Army Brigadier General Mark Martins said at a Sunday news conference he was not discouraged by the slow pace. “However long the journey ... the United States is committed to accountability under law for those who have plotted to attack our nation and to kill innocent people,” he said. Almost 3,000 people died in 2001 when operatives from Osama bin Laden’s militant Islamic group al Qaeda flew hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center towers in New York, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. Turning aside defense arguments the tribunals are illegitimate, Martins said that admitted September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-defendants are being tried in a system endorsed by the U.S. Congress and two U.S. presidents.
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Indian SC hints at allowing Dr Chishti to visit Pakistan
SC orders Punjab IGP to investigate vani case in Bhakkar ISLAMABAD
NEW DELHI AGENCIES
The Indian Supreme Court on Monday indicated that it may allow 82-year-old Pakistani microbiologist Mohammed Khalil Chishti, awarded life term in a 20year-old murder case, to visit his country temporarily. A bench of justices P Sathasivam and J Chelameswar asked Additional Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran to seek necessary instructions from the Union ministries of the home affairs and the external affairs about the conditions that could be imposed on Dr Chishti, pending disposal of his appeal against his conviction. The bench gave the directions amid the Centre’s objection that if allowed to go to Pakistan temporarily, Chishti may not return to India at all. He is presently out on bail, but has been asked to confine himself to Ajmer only. “Merely because he is a Pakistani, can we treat him differently? We can understand if you say he has links with some terrorist organisation,” Justice Sathasivam heading the bench observed and posted the matter for further hearing to Thursday. The apex court said it would like to consider Chishti’s plea in view of the special circumstances of his case. The bench said Chishti was an eminent scientist of global repute and is 82 year old with no previous criminal record and the issues involved are the bilateral relations between the two countries. “He (Chishti) has pointed out that he has not been able to meet even his children and grand children, who have grown up,” the bench observed and also said it would like to take up the scientist’s appeal for hearing and expeditious disposal during October and November. Parasaran maintained that the appeal can be expeditiously taken up but Chishti should not be allowed to go to Pakistan and instead be allowed treatment in Delhi. The ASG pointed that there is no bilateral agreement between India and Pakistan on ensuring the return of any convict who is enlarged on bail. However, the bench was not convinced with the arguments and said, “Let him go and come back. Sometimes we have to be optimistic”. Earlier senior counsel U U Lalit pleaded that Chishti be granted permission to visit Pakistan as a special case since he was suffering from various geriatric problems and was confined to Ajmer for the past 20 years and had served one-and-a-half year of his sentence. He submitted that the court may impose any condition on Chishti for securing his return at the time of the hearing of his appeal, scheduled during October. Chishti had been granted bail by the apex court on April 9. Held guilty in a 20-year-old murder case, he had been serving life term in a Rajasthan’s Ajmer jail.
HE Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Punjab inspector general of police (IGP) to investigate the case of Tahira, a victim of wani in Bhakkar district, who was gang raped by the family of her husband. Tahira was allegedly made wani, a custom wherein innocent girls are forced to marry into a rival family or group to settle disputes. A two-member bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and Jus-
tice Khilji Arif Hussain heard a constitutional petition filed by Samar Minallah, an anthropologist, who had filmed several documentaries on the custom of wani and swara. During the hearing, the statement of Tahira was read out in the court wherein she stated that after making her wani, other members of the clan of her spouse gang raped her as revenge. IGP Habibur Rehman, however, told the court that she was telling a lie and she was not subjected to gang rape. He told the court that Tahira, while lodging a case on May 3, 2012, stated that she was only subjected to torture by her
spouse. He said earlier provisions of forced gang rape were mentioned in the first investigation report (FIR), but withdrawn later due to want of evidence. The chief justice, however, admonished the IGP, saying besides wani, she was also subjected to gang rape and ordered him to register the gang rape provisions in the case and properly investigate it by providing adequate security to the victim. The IGP stated that the police had so far produced a challan in some 30,000 cases, but never got influenced by the influential. He further said that 11 people were sent behind bars in the case of Tahira. The chief justice observed that due
to the failure of police to take prompt action against criminals, people were knocking at the doors of the apex court. He noted that incidents of nose chopping, sprinkling acid on girls etc were on the rise in the country, adding that there was no control on sale of acid. He said police had so far failed in taking action in the cases related to human rights. During the hearing, all four provinces submitted their reports over the incidents of wani and swara, however, the federal Interior Ministry could not file its report. The court directed the Interior Ministry to file its report and adjourned the hearing until May 17.
quEttA: Security personnel patrol Zarghon Road on unregistered motorcycles despite a campaign launched by the city government against such vehicles. ONLINE
Afghan woman sets sights on presidency in a man’s land KABUL AfP
Leading Afghan women’s rights champion, author, lawmaker and presidential hopeful, Fawzia Koofi, has a revealing anecdote about life as a woman in a man’s land. As she walked out of the Presidential Palace in Kabul recently, a conservative male parliamentary colleague approached her and said: “‘Ms Koofi, if you would really like to live in a palace — because you are running for the presidency — why don’t you get married to a president’?” Even now, weeks later, Koofi’s steady brown eyes flash at the memory. “It really made me feel angry, because that’s how they see it,” Koofi told AFP in an interview in her Kabul home. “If a woman would like to become a president it’s not because she’s qualified for it, it’s because she would like to live in a palace!” In a riposte, she told her colleague pointedly that, unlike some men with
dubious pasts in Afghanistan’s 30 years of conflict, she had no need to hide in the security of a palace. “I’m happy sometimes when they oppose me because it means I’m something to them, they feel I am strong — and I also give them the required punch, I think.” Named this year as one of the world’s “150 Fearless Women” by US website The Daily Beast, Koofi, 36, is a widow with two young girls who are addressed in her memoir “Letters to my Daughters”. It is a tale of courage and passion in the face of the overwhelming challenges faced by a girl growing up in a country sometimes called the worst place in the world to be a woman. She was left in the sun to die immediately after her birth by her exhausted and depressed mother — one of seven wives in a family of 23 children — who knew that another girl would not win her husband’s approval, she writes. The baby Koofi lay alone, screaming and sunburned, for almost a day until pity prevailed and she was returned to
her repentant mother — to start a close and loving relationship. The sunburn scars lasted into her teens, but they — and any psychological scars — are undetectable in this elegant and confident woman in a pale pink headscarf and cream tunic over matching trousers. Pictures of two men find space on the walls of Koofi’s rented home near parliament: one a portrait of a sternfaced father, the other shows her and President Hamid Karzai. Her father — a politician murdered when Koofi was just three — spoke directly to her only once, and that was to tell her to go away, she writes in her memoir. And she is not a fan of Karzai. She accuses the president — who is backed by 130,000 NATO troops — of being prepared to compromise on women’s rights for political gain among conservatives, including Taliban insurgents. The Taliban, ousted from power in a US-led invasion in 2001, banned girls from going to school, whipped women in
the street if they wore anything other than the all-enveloping burqa and stoned to death those accused of adultery. Even now there are more guns than women on the streets of Kabul. But Koofi — who managed to get a good education against the odds — says the past 10 years have provided “golden opportunities” for women. Her biggest fear is that these gains will be the first to be sacrificed in efforts to bring the Taliban into reconciliation talks, and perhaps even a sharing of power after NATO troops pull out in 2014. “Compromise is happening already. Talibanisation is a process, people within government are already promoting Taliban ideology and Taliban thinking,” she said. “There is great uncertainty and confusion about the future, and worry and concern among women.” In March, Karzai indicated support for an edict by the Ulema Council, the nation’s highest Islamic authority, saying “men are fundamental and
women are secondary”. The edict went on to list a series of prohibitions against women, including working in the same offices as men and travelling without a male companion, and suggested that in some circumstances wife-beating was appropriate. Karzai “openly supported this, he said this is what the people of Afghanistan want”, said Koofi, who chairs parliament’s women and human rights committee. “I don’t think this is what they want. It is true we are all Muslims, but our understanding of Islam is different from the understanding of the Taliban. “Lots of things have changed for the good for women. There has been lots of progress for women in the political arena, girls in school and higher education, laws providing protection for women. “Having said that, Afghanistan is still the worst place in the world to be a mother, and there are still a lot of women suffering from domestic violence and torture even.”
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Pakistan yet to receive Chicago Conference invitation ISLAMABAD INP
The government of Pakistan has not yet received any invitation from the organizers of Chicago Conference but the concerned authorities in the foreign office have locked their horns over the issue of assisting President or Prime Minister during their meeting with US secretary of state Hillary Clinton. According to sources on Monday, an intriguing situation has been created in the foreign office to finalize the arrangements for sub ordinate high officials to assist the Prime Minister or President during their expected meeting with the US secretary of state. The delay in invitation is directly linked to Pakistan refusal to re-open NATO supply routes in the wake of Salala check post incident. The officials in ministry are grappling as to who will assist Pakistan dignitary, the foreign secretary or Sherry Rehman, Pakistan ambassador to US. During foreign tours or meeting with foreign delegates, usually the foreign secretary used to occupy left seat along side the Prime Minister, while Pakistan envoy to US comes next but as Shary Rehman, has the extra significance as being the federal minister as well.
DERA GHAZI KHAN: Women cast their votes during the by-election in PP-243 constituency on Monday. ONLINE
Clinton presses India to cut Iran oil imports KOLKATA oNLINE
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday said countries like India were being pressurised to reduce their oil imports from Iran to make Tehran change its nuclear policy. “We knew that Iran’s continuing development of nuclear programme would be very destabilising for the region because there would be an arms race in the region. It would also cause a great threat to Israel. Our goal was to persuade Iran to change its policy because it was already under international sanctions violating international obligations of UN Security Council and international atomic energy,” said Clinton, who began a threeday trip to India Sunday from Kolkata. “It was a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and it has not complied with all the obligations it had to. So we started putting together (the) international coalition and passed strong sanctions at the Security Council. The pressure has brought Iran back to the international table. The first meeting was in Istanbul,” said Clinton addressing a gathering at the La Martiniere school. Iranian crude oil accounts for about 12 percent of India’s current oil imports, the second largest supplier after Saudi Arabia. “We do not believe that Iran would have come to the table if it was not sanctioned and pressured. We do not believe that Iran will peacefully resolve this if there was no pressure. The reason why India, China, European countries, Japan have been asked to reduce their oil imports from Iran in order to keep the pressure on Iran.” Clinton maintained that oil rich countries like Iraq and Saudi Arabia can meet the energy demands of India and other countries. “We think it is part of India’s role in the international community. It is not just that the US is asking and doing, it’s the international community asking and doing.”
Clerics condemn Naseeb Khan’s killing PESHAWAR
ALLING Naseeb Khan’s murder an extra-judicial killing, clerics belonging to various religious parties asked the ANPled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government to expose those involved in the murder or resign after accepting its failure to protect civilians. “Maulana Naseeb Khan, a known religious scholar, was not involved in any case, but he was kidnapped and killed. Some secret hands are behind his killing,” the clerics claimed while addressing a press conference on Monday. Calling the killing terrorism, they said Khan was on his way to Peshawar from Darul Uloom Haqqania Akora Khattak when some people intercepted him in
Taro Jaba are of Nowshera, disembarked him from the vehicle and pushed him into their own vehicle. They said after the kidnapping on May 2, Naseeb’s body was found in the jurisdiction of Pishta Khara police station near Bara Road the next day. However, they lamented that even after the passage of a week, neither a first information report (FIR) had been registered nor had the district police officer (DPO) took any action. They appealed to the chief justice of Peshawar High Court (PHC) to take suo motu notice of Naseeb Khan’s killing and asked the chief minister of the province to resign after accepting his failure to providing security to civilians even in settled areas. “If an artist or singer becomes sick, high officials of the government reach the hospital
to enquire after his health, but not even a condolence statement was issued by them after Khan’s death,” they said. The clerics announced to stage a peaceful protest demonstration today (Tuesday) outside the PHC aimed at condemning the killing and appealing to the PHC CJ to take suo motu notice of the killing. The religious clerics warned that there were 2,600 madrassas in which nearly a million students were enrolled, who could avenge the killing, however, they were peaceful and would cooperate with the government. Those who attended the conference included Mufti Kafayatullah, Maulana Yousaf Shah, Maulana Khalil Ahamd Mukhlis, Maulana Mohammad Ismail Darvesh, former MPA Mohammad Ibrahim Qasmi, Ikramullah Shahid, Muazzam Butt and others.
Another polio case surfaces in Khyber Agency PESHAWAR: Another polio case surfaced in Khyber Agency on Monday bringing the total number of polio cases in the tribal agency during the current year to six. According to Health Department of FATA, polio virus was detected in one-year-old Iqra hailing from Sardan area of Khyber Agency. The Fata IPI said an increase in polio virus was due to failure of anti-polio vaccination teams to reach the far flung militancy hit areas of the agency owing to security concerns. ONLINE
Kp on alert after reports of Congo virus PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department on Monday put the province on high alert after confirmation of cases of Congo virus (CCHF) in certain localities of the province. Through a press release, KP Livestock and Dairy Development Department Epidemiologist Dr Ihsanullah Khan said during the last week, high alert has been declared by the Health Department after confirmation of CCHF positive human cases in Dera Ismail Khan and Dir Lower districts. He said most of the animals do not show any clinical signs after being infected with CCHF, though viraemia lasting for seven to 10 days has been reported in mammals infected by the said viral disease. STaff REpORT
alleged Bali mastermind begs forgiveness JAKARTA AfP
The bombmaker accused of masterminding the Bali attacks that killed 202 people begged forgiveness from the victims’ families Monday and said the explosions had been a “total failure”. Umar Patek is accused of being a central figure in the 2002 attacks on two nightclubs on the Indonesian resort island, which killed many Western tourists including 88 Australians. In an emotional appearance at his trial, Patek, 45, who faces a possible death penalty but says he was only
a bit player in the attacks, spoke in a voice cracking with emotion. “I am taking this opportunity to seek forgiveness from the victims, their families and whoever suffered losses,” including the Indonesian government, he said, before repeating the apology to reporters and shaking hands with prosecutors. “I was very sad and regret the incident happened, because I was against it from the start. I never agreed with their methods,” said Patek. Patek, who was arrested in the same Pakistani town where Osama bin Laden was killed just months before the al Qaeda chief’s death, said the
attacks on October 12, 2002, had been a “total failure”. He said the plans were drawn up at the home of Dulmatin, another Bali plotter, who was killed by police in 2010. “The reason was to retaliate the killing of Muslims in Palestine but the people killed had no link to Palestine,” he said during his three-hour testimony at the West Jakarta district court. “Who were the victims, they were Westerners, they weren’t Israelis. In fact many Indonesians were victims. They had no link to Palestine,” he said, speaking calmly and gesturing with his hands. When the idea of attacking Bali was
brought up, Patek claimed he raised objections. “I questioned why in Bali? Jihad should be carried out in Palestine instead. But they said they did not know how to get to Palestine,” he said, adding: “Dulmatin told me not to think so hard, just help.” Patek allegedly used simple household tools including a rice ladle to assemble the Bali bombs, which according to the court indictment were housed in ordinary filing cabinets. “The defendant filled up the black powder in four filing cabinets, in the meantime, Dulmatin made the bomb’s electronic circuit,” the indictment said.
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The Mall becomes a battleground for gun-toting rogues LAHORE StAff REPoRt
The Mall Road in Lahore saw an intense gun battle between two groups on Monday. It was reported that four individuals got injured as a result of the firing. The injured include a civilian who was not connected to the clashing groups. The injured individual was reported to be in a critical state.
Sources have reported the clash to be between two land mafia groups. The firing was so intense that it crippled the area, resulting in the local business operation to be closed. Fear gripped the area and the shop-keepers shut down all their shops after the incident. Witnesses said the police reached the site of the incident after a delay and was able to apprehend 4 offenders.
‘No compromise on Bahawalpur’ LAHORE: A meeting of Core Committee for the restoration of Bahawalpur province was held under the Chairman Makhdoom Ahmad Mahmood and GS Syed Waseem Akhtar in Masoora. On this occasion Tabish Alvery, Nazeer Ahmad Janjua, Abdul Qadir Shaheen, Husain Ahmad Madni, Tasneem Gardezi, Abdul Jaleel Hashmi, Farooq Chohan, Imran Zahoor, and Imran-ulHaq were also present. While addressing the occassion, Ahmad Mahmood
stated no compromise would be made regarding restoration of BP province. We are against the establishment of new provinces on the bases of lingualism. Small new provinces should be made on the basis of administration so that relief could be provided to the people of South Punjab. Hence Muslim League-Nawaz must include restoration of BP province in its agenda in coming session of Punjab Assembly. StAff REPoRt
Power shortfall surges to 7,000Mw LAHORE: The power shortfall on Monday reached to 7,000 megawatt across the country as the power generation companies have reduced power production due to non supply of oil and gas by PEPCO. According to Water and Power Ministry sources, PEPCO had stopped supply of gas and oil to power generation companies due to which they have reduced production of electricity in the country. The ministry sources said that demand of electricity was 16,000MW while its supply was 9,000MW due to increasing heat in the country. The sources said that period of load shedding in the country could be raised. According to sources, the generation companies warned the government to stop production completely if dues were not paid within few days. StAff REPoRt
LAHORE StAff REPoRt
HREE buses were set on fire and five students were arrested in protest against a roadside mishap that claimed life of a student on Monday. According to details, student Muhammed Tabish Aslam fell down from the speedy bus near Dharampura Underpass. The sight of the student’s death triggered fury among the passengers and other students standing at a nearby bus-stop who went on rampage against the mishap. The infuriated demonstrators set on fire three buses including the bus involved in the incident. Tabish was student of Government Technical Institute in the fourth year. According to witnesses, the deceased was hanging from the gate of the over-crowded bus. Losing balance on a sudden movement of the bus, he hit the road and was run over by the rear tires of the bus. Receiving the report of the mishap, police and fire brigade crew arrived on the spot. The students smashed the glasses of the fire-fighting vehicle. However, the demonstrators broke up after the police removed the body from the spot for post mortem. Police registered a case and started investigations into the incident. The protesters demanded the arrest of the driver and conductor of the public Lahore Transport Company bus. Police took custody five students into custody on arson and violence charges, students said.
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AGP summoned in petition
against convicted PM LAHORE
HE Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday summoned Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Irfan Qadir in the next hearing of a petition seeking to stop Yusuf Raza Gilani from working as the prime minister after his conviction by the Supreme Court in the contempt of court case. During the hearing, LHC Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed remarked that the case “should not be politicised as it was of an administrative nature as opposed to a political one”. The deputy attorney general told the court that no one could be disqualified on the basis of a short order and the PM was legitimately working as the country’s prime minister. Petitioner AK Dogar’s counsel said: “Anyone who understands the law knows that Yusuf Raza Gilani stands disqualified from the position of the prime minister.” The court adjourned the hearing till May 11 and issued summons for Attorney General Irfan Qadir for the upcoming proceedings. HAFIZ SAEED HEAD MONEY CASE HEARING ADJOURNED: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed has taken serious notice of the failure of the Interior Ministry to file a reply in a case
relating to the announcement of a reward by the United States for Hafiz Saeed and Hafiz Abdul Rehman Maliki. The court held a hearing in the case on Monday during which the Punjab government submitted its reply. The LHC Chief justice remarked that the announcement of a bounty for the two people was a very sensitive and serious matter and questioned if the Interior Ministry will take five years to submit its reply. The Deputy Attorney General said the Interior Ministry has not
completed the reply yet and requested the adjournment of the proceedings for two weeks. At this the chief justice warned the government lawyer that the reply must be filed before the next hearing. Counsel for the petitioner, Dogar repeated in his arguments that it has been held by the Lahore High Court and the Supreme Court that the allegations against Hafiz Mohammad Saeed were baseless. He said the government has also admitted that no allegation could be proved against Hafiz Saeed. He submitted that it was the duty of the government to provide
production to Hafiz Saeed. Punjab Additional Advocate General informed the court that if a formal application was given, the Punjab government would be ready to provide him the necessary protection. The hearing was then adjourned till 21st May. LHC seeks report on Sarabjeet’ release: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday sought an explanation from the authorities concerned regarding the release of Indian spy, Sarabjeet Singh. LHC Justice Manzoor Ahmad resumed the hearing of the case. The petitioner Owais Shaikh advocate, told the court that Sarabjeet Singh had been serving life imprisonment under the allegations of spying for India. The petitioner said his client has fulfilled the tenure of his penalty but nothing is being done for his release. He requested the court that special measures be taken for the release of Sarabjeet Singh. The Punjab Home Secretary also submitted his reply in the court and said a letter has been written to the superintendent with the direction that arrangements should be completed for the release of Sarabjeet. The court sought a progress report in this regard and adjourned the hearing till June 9th.
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Health can bring peace, WHO thinks LAHORE
HO Representative in Pakistan Dr Guido Sabatinelli said on Monday that health can serve as an effective bridge for peace in the South Asian context. He recounted his personal experiences in Palestine and Jordan and in other countries of the Eastern Mediterranean region such as Afghanistan, that have been affected with war or civil strife over the last three decades, in addition to South American countries, notably El Salvador and Peru. In Pakistan itself, the polio campaigns have offered temporary respite to the population in conflict-hit zones. Dr Guido Sabatinelli reached Lahore on Monday to attend the health session of a conference organised by ‘Aman Ki Asha’. Dr Ghulam Nabi Kazi and Gul Afridi from WHO Pakistan also represented WHO in the session. Referring to the situation in South Asia, Dr Sabatinelli pointed out that in the past; conflicts between the two countries have often led to excess mortality, disease and suffering. Psychological disturbances are also commonly witnessed in the affected populations
with symptoms such as depression, anxiety, anger, violent behaviour, and suicide. He said while the United Nations is mandated to improve both peace and health by paying attention to the humanitarian needs of such populations, WHO focuses mainly on the health needs. The WHO country representative traced the history of improving health for peace efforts to the 1980s in Latin America, based on the belief that health, because of its unique value and universal acceptance, could serve as a bridge for peace, solidarity, and understanding among people. This strategy has often resulted in positive outcomes in enhancing routine EPI coverage, polio eradication campaigns, general health promotion activities, and the control of Tuberculosis, Malaria and HIV/AIDS, in addition to jointly addressing other public health issues after establishing a peacethrough-health discipline. Dr Sabatinelli also referred to a resolution of the World Health Assembly that asserted that the role of physicians and other health workers in the preservation and promotion of peace is the most significant factor for the attainment of health for all. He hoped that the conference would lead to health gains in both India and Pakistan through cross-border collaboration.
efforts underway to end pollution, ward off dengue threat: Mansha LAHORE
JI slates Ahmed Mukhtar’s statement favouring US
Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Food and Environment Manshaullah Butt has said the Punjab Environment Protection Department will continue its efforts to eradicate environmental pollution from the province. Talking to APP on Monday, he reiterated that the EPD was working on various projects for the improvement of the environment in the Punjab province. He said: “We are doing our best to address the threat of dengue. The EPD staff is checking plant nurseries, junkyards and tyre shops in the city for mosquito larvae.” To a question, he said the World Environment Day on June 5th will be celebrated at all levels. Seminars, walks and other activities will be a part of the international day’s celebrations, he added.
Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan has criticised Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar’s statement on NATO supplies and said the minister was proving himself more loyal than the king. Ahmed Mukhtar had stated at a press conference on Sunday that the ban on NATO supplies was against international law and could invite sanctions. Syed Munawar Hasan retaliated in a statement on Monday that said the NATO supplies had been stopped under a Parliament resolution, in protest against the NATO attack on the Silala check post causing the martyrdom of twenty four soldiers. Pakistan, he said, had already offered to open the supplies on the condition that the US tendered an
‘ Wattoo is an opportunist’ LAHORE StAff REPoRt
Planning and Development Minister Ch. Abdul Ghafoor has said that Manzoor Wattoo is such an opportunist who has always betrayed his benefactor. He said that Wattoo, who was using politics for the sake of his personal interest instead of public service, should realise his position before issuing statements against Nawaz Sharif. Commenting upon the statement of Manzoor Watoo, Ghafoor said Wattoo who had made plundering as his mission instead of principles in politics, should declare his assets before and after coming into politics so that people should know the facts. He said the entire nation was aware of this fact that Sharif family was a prominent industrialist family before coming into power and the politics of Sharif family revolved around service to the masses and progress and prosperity of Pakistan. Ghafoor said people were fully aware of the background of the popularity of Wattoo and his family that how they had been using the national exchequer for their extravagances.
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apology for the Silala attack but Washington had turned down the request. The JI ameer said the sovereignty of the country and the nation was supreme. Pakistan was a sovereign country and no independent state could allow its enemy to transport arms and ammunition through its land. He remarked that the Defence minister should also have told the nation about the international laws being violated by drone attacks. He said Ahmed Mukhtar was more worried about the ban on NATO supplies than the Americans and was also trying to make the nation fearful of sanctions. Such a cowardly man should not be the Defence minister, he added, saying that if the rulers gave up US slavery and demonstrated national honour, the nation would stand by them in every difficulty.
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Narcotics Force grabs 15,596 liquor bottles! La ho r e
HE Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) and the Lahore police seized 15,596 liquor bottles and 401 kilograms of narcotics during the first three months of the current year, besides arresting 2, 450 people for their alleged involvement in narcoticsâ€™ smuggling. According to an official source, a total of 2,378 cases were registered against drug pushers in Lahore city. The source said the ANF is making all possible efforts to rid the city of this menace under the Drug Free City Lahore Project and will leave no stone unturned to attain this objective. He said 75 kg
heroin, 309 kg charas, 17 kg opium were recovered during this period and 2,450 people were arrested from Lahore for smuggling drugs. Under the mass awareness programme against drug addiction, the Drug Free City Lahore Project arranged 16 seminars, 23 lectures, one labour convention, 12 entertainment shows and eight walks, while 35 stalls/camps were set up during different events around the city. The source stated that 13 FM radio programmes and one workshop were also organised and 11 other awareness activities held under the same project. The ANF official said the force is committed to make the society drug-free and that the force will continue efforts to accomplish this goal.
LCWU announces incentives for staff, new residential scheme plans LAHORE StA ff REP o Rt
Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) Vice-Chancellor Dr Sabiha Mansoor announced a number of incentives on Monday for the teaching and non-teaching employees of the university. According to a notification issued, if any employee of the Lahore College dies or gets disabled during active service and may not be able to work satisfactorily, then one of his/her dependants may be appointed in the university, on the basis of their qualification or experience. The VC also announced a 50 percent discount on the purchase price of admission forms for
daughter, sisters of the employees of the university, as well as for female employees. A 50 percent discount on the purchase price of job application forms for the siblings and children of the university employees was also announced. Dr Sabiha said the welfare of the teaching and non-teaching staff is a priority of the management. She stated that talks are underway between the LCWU and the Punjab government to acquire land for a new campus at Kala Shah Kaku and for a housing society. A residential scheme will be announced as soon as LCWU gets the land, she added.
CHEAPESt WAY to BEAt tHE HEAt: A boy takes a plunge in the canal at Jallo More. onLIne
Insufficient bogies irk railway passengers LAHORE APP
Passengers have protested against the low number of train bogies at the Lahore-Narowal section and demanded that trains should consist of at least six bogies. Talking to APP on Monday, Shabbir Ahmed, a daily commuter, said the trains were running with only three bogies at the section, creating trouble for passengers, especially for women and children.
He said more coaches should be added as the railway services were improving. Rana Shahid Abbas, another passenger, said the shortage of coaches had created problems for the passengers, adding that in some areas, trains were the only means of transport available. He said the coaches could only seat 88 passengers and that the whole train could only seat 200 people. He stated that despite the lack of space, some 2,000 passen-
gers traveled by each train. Passengers demanded that at least six bogies should be attached to each train so that passengers, including women and children, could travel comfortably. When contacted, PR Divisional Superintendant Javed Anwar Boobak said bogies will be added soon as many were being repaired in workshops. He stated that many trainsâ€™ compositions had improved and that the reservations of the passengers will be removed.
Rickshaw drivers to be taught road manners LAHORE APP
City Traffic Police will launch a special drive to create awareness among motorcycle-rickshaw drivers about road safety and the importance of driving license from Wednesday. This was decided in a meeting of the union members of motorcycles rickshaw drivers with the Chief Traffic Officer Dr Usman Anwar, in his office here on Monday. Union president Imtiaz Ahmed and General Secretary Zafar Iqbal led the delegation. The CTO ordered that a special camp be set
up at Bhatti Chowk where traffic officers will educate the rickshaw drivers about the road safety and traffic rules. The drivers of motorcycle-rickshaws will also get learner driving permit on the spot through the Learner Permit mobile van. The second camp will be set up at Baghbanpura Chowk on Thursday and learner permits along with traffic awareness lectures would be arranged for rickshaw drivers. The CTO also asked the union members to discourage the under-age drivers. He said that every driver must obey the line and lane rules to make their journey safe.
PU prof honoured with International Arch of Europe Award LAHORE StAff REPoRt
Madrid-based organisation Business Initiative Directions (BID) has awarded Punjab University Gujranwala Campus Director General Prof Dr Muhammad Ehsan Malik with its International Arch of Europe Award in its International Quality Convention in Frankfurt, in which outstanding personalities from the business world and diplomatic corps were present. Prof Dr Malik received the award from BID President Jose E Prieto. The BID stated in a press release that the Punjab University was made up of a team oriented towards the continuous improvement of processes, striving for an important role in the leadership of the business world.
The BID is present in 178 countries around the world, creating a firm ground for the implementation of integral quality processes through the technology and procedures of the QC 100 model of total quality management. For selection of IAEA Award 2012, a voting process was carried out during the BID World Congress with meetings in Paris, London, Geneva, Frankfurt, Madrid and New York over the past twelve months. The winning of IAEA award 2012 to leaders by leaders is another special recognition added to the list of awards achieved by University of the Punjab. PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran congratulated Dr Malik for achieving the milestone and said the country was proud of him.
PPP has written a new history of corruption: rana Sanaullah LAHORE StAff REPoRt
Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan has said that those who have brought the country on the verge of disaster, plunged it into darkness, written new history of corruption and plundering and hiding the misdeeds of Zardari cannot talk about the politics of institutions. Commenting upon the statement of Sharjeel Memon, Rana said the dooms day of those who had ruined the institutions due to their unwise steps and corruption is near as their real faces have been exposed to the people and they will not be hoodwinked again. He said the entire nation was united to get rid of corrupt president and convicted prime minister since they knew that the country could not be steered out of the crisis in the presence of these corrupt elements. He said those who made the country a den of problems due to their corruption, cannot escape from the accountability by the people.
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Editor’s mail 11
Unilateral withdrawal will be suicidal One remembers Indian intelligence agency RAW’s founder chief Vikrum Suud’s article he wrote some years back in which he suggested to the Indian government and military establishment to shun the popular-among-Indian-strategists idea of launching an offensive through its armour divisions from Rajasthan’s side in order to ripe apart the Pakistani Punjab and Sindh entering from Bahawalpur and penetrating into Balochistan. Instead, he suggested, India should occupy Gilgit-Baltistan with the help of RAW-funded Balwaristan movement, cut off Pakistan’s Karakorum Highway link with China by keeping vigil from the Siachen heights, penetrate into NWFP via Swat and Kohistan, clear the supply line to Afghanistan via Wakhan and sandwich Pakistan from east and west. A similar kind of strategic notion is of late being given in the context of changing paradigms in the war tactics, including the use of water-terror at the time of need towards which the International Crisis Group has warned, according to
CNN on May 6. Those in Pakistan proposing unilateral withdrawal from Siachen among politicians like Nawaz Sharif, and among columnists like Ikram Sehgal and Imtiaz Alam, have a food for thought here. This shows how important to keep continuing the occupation of the Siachen heights is for the Indian army in order to gain military objectives in this region. Equally important is for Pakistan to keep continuing with the consolidated presence of its troops confronting the Saltoro heights occupied by the Indian forces. There is a war of Pakistan’s survival being fought and one cannot deny the analysis by our number of defence observers who oppose the proposal of a unilateral withdrawal of our forces from the critical Siachen region. Certainly, by withdrawing from the region, Pakistan would lose not just the world’s second highest K2 top, but also the entire strategic Gilgit-Baltistan region, the Karakorum Highway and its borders with China. “With India already occupying over 1,200 sq miles of Pak-
A convicted PM istani territory in the region, a unilateral withdrawal would mean a complete encirclement of Kashmir and a most disastrous national security crisis for Pakistan.” India is engaged in massive defence construction in the Glacier regions and has no intention of pulling back while it brings more and more hardware to consolidate its position. To Syed W Hussain, Saichen is a sad example, and rightly so, of how the world is being destroyed with greed and intrigue. Leaders and populations of India, Pakistan and China should realize the importance of glaciers to each of its neighbouring nations and leave it alone as a territory owned equally. In essence it should be cordoned off as an international preserve where only civilian explorers are allowed with permit from the UN. All hands off. This can only be achieved through negotiation and cultivation of trust and camaraderie. This applies equally to India, Pakistan and China. I do not understand what is being gained by developing this area. All human developments
are aimed at profiteering. Which is the poison killing this planet. In Tajammal Hussain’s opinion, the claim to a region by any state is based on its past association and rule over it, India as a state cannot claim it, because it came into being after 1947. The Gulab Singh party never ruled it as such, as they were themselves a buffer state created for a purpose. In reality it has always been a part of our Sindh entity, which goes much more to the north, or North-east. It is way to far away, from the GangaJamna midland, the Brahmans abode, though much later in time. The hardships of this battlefield should not be counted on one side’s weakness but the decision to remain at front needs to be evaluated by one’s national interest no matter how much cost one has to pay. The 139 soldiers’ sacrifice is just one of the incidents, which the nation has been subjected to suffer. The sacrifices must not be converted into collective suicide. F Z KHAN Islamabad
Aman ki Asha This Aman Ki Asha, Ajmer Yatra, exchange of a few prisoners, import of bananas and the like are an icing on the cake of Indo-Pak relations. Lots of projection is being given to such measures. The PM gives his unequivocal support to good relations. But surprisingly, no mention is made to the real and major issues that exist between the two countries and they are multiplying at a much faster speed than such trivial things. India has announced building of another major dam on Chenab. It is quiet about Kashmir. Indian leaders issue statement after statement to keep media happy and innocent Pakistanis languishing in darkness. In my best opinion, these are eye wash to keep public busy. India is and will remain our enemy no 1. India never accepted Pakistan existence from the core of their hearts. Their leaders speak of venom against Pakistan. Trade has been opened and we are all very happy at this. But trade with India will cost us much more than we can afford. Already unstable markets in Pakistan will further dwindle and collapse under their own weight. Amicable Indo-Pak relations can be a good slogan for some political parties to hoodwink ignorant masses, but the intrinsic truth is far more horrific than what we can imagine seeing the surface of it. We usually wake up late. But let us not take this risk with India. AMJAD H MIRZA Lahore
At your own risk Railway station: Travel at your own risk Airport: Fly at your own risk Police station: Enter at your own risk Hospitals: At your own risk Pakistan: Enter at your own risk I want to ask the PM Yousuf Raza Gilani and other high-ups: Is it the beauty of democracy? Are these specialties of democratic states? Here I must appreciate the confidence of President and cochairman of PPP Asif Ali Zardari that even in these circumstances he still smiles and says that the next government will be that of the PPP. M MOHSIN SHAHBAZ Karachi
Another miscalculation PTI’s decision to wait for the detailed judgment before proactively seeking the ouster of PM after his conviction in stark contrast to the ongoing anti government movement launched by PML(N), may prove to be yet another miscalculation. Rightly, PML(N) is playing a lead role in protest against the PM by building pressure on the government through protests both inside and outside parliament while PTI merely survives on tall claims and hollow slogans. It seems that the PTI’s main aim is to target PML(N) chief rather than getting anything done. A common man would be surprised by the politics Imran Khan. Practically, nothing is being done by PTI. My suggestion is that the PTI should do something practically. TARIQ HUSAIN KHAN Karachi
The prime minister had been charged with contempt by Supreme Court in February for refusing to write letter to Swiss government to reopen corruption cases against President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari. The Prime Minister remained defiant to Supreme Court’s direction and his associates ridiculed the judiciary without going into details of who looted and plundered the wealth of poor people and who refused to write letter for illegally siphoning off wealth to foreign shores. But we should look at the current situation of the country. The daily increases in the prices of utilities, coupled with increases in petroleum products’ prices have multiplied the problems of conman man. Prices of drugs and daily use commodities have shot up to unprecedented heights. Electricity outages have gone up to 20 hours in rural areas of country. Every department is in helter skelter and running on interim schemes. We constantly live in the shadows of bomb attacks, target killings and serial killers. The law and order situation is deteriorating quickly. Balochistan has become a boiling pot. There is not an iota of hope of improving situation anywhere. The earning capacity of a labourer has fallen sharply due to incessant price hike of bread and butter. The financial spectrum is becoming grimmer every day. Gloom stares the poor in the face. There are no health facilities for ordinary man. No job opportunities for a majority of the youth. The educated young generation, in sheer frustration, is resorting to criminal activities. Are not these enough evidences to convict the head of the government? The verdict of the apex court to sentence the Prime Minister till rising of the court is historic. It’s time for the PM to reciprocate. HUMAIRA MOHSIN Karachi
Students and future
Begging is a nuisance Street begging is a regular nuisance. It is a blot on the fair name of our country. Begging is an evil but in Pakistan it has become an organised profession. Almost at every step you are greeted by a beggar. They gather around you at business places, in trains, in the bazaars and near the places of worship. Our national prestige suffers a good deal when beggars greet foreigners at every turn of the road. Unfortunately, in our country giving alms is believed a part of religion. The most painful thing is that most of these beggars are able bodied. They can do manual labour if they so desire. But they find it easier to live on other people's hard earned money. This easy got money they spend on drinking and gambling. The tragedy is that these beggars encourage even their
nAB’s new approach There is a big attention to corruption nowadays, as number of cases related to corruption are the focus of electronic, print and social media. Notorious Rental Power Plants (RPPs) scam, Ephedrine case, Railways scam and NATO containers’ case are significant among others. When someone talks about big corruption cases, immediately anticorruption agencies come under discussion and National Accountably Bureau (NAB) is on the top of the list as it is the apex anticorruption agency of Pakistan. NAB is under question for the last many days with special reference to cases against Sharif family. Illogical stands are being taken by some critics, they are of the view that why not the NAB taking action against Sharif family. The bureau should not pay heed to this rhetoric and political statements by some politicians. It should act according to the rules and tell the international community that Pakistan has one of the best anti-corruption agencies in the world. It was the practice in the past when political opponents were victimised. NAB is not a political institution which should be used for political oppression; rather it is a complaint driven organisation which should act according to laid down rules in National Accounta-
children to beg. Thus this so-called charity leads to so many vices. The need of the hour is that this social evil must be put to an end. Healthy beggars should be made to work. The disabled, the crippled and the blind beggars, however, should be maintained at state expense. They should be kept in some suitable houses where they should be fed and taken care of. Not only begging should be declared illegal by an act of parliament but public opinion should also be educated against it. Those who give alms to the strong and able bodied men, women and children should be punished. SALWA NOOR Karachi
bility Ordinance 1999. NAB has been doing its job at best level in the command of its new Chairman Admiral (Retd) Fasih Bokhari, as according to some media reports Rs 825 million have been recovered only in last week. If you have a look on its annual report 2011, it reveals that since its inception on November 16, 1999, the bureau has recovered over Rs 233.3 billion (US$ 3.8 billion) looted money from public office holders and private citizens. It further states that “NAB is undergoing a process of revival and rejuvenation by enhancing both the quantity and quality of manpower and re-thinking its operational strategy. In contrast with NAB’s historic focus on enforcement, the bureau is preparing to adopt a new outlook and strategic approach for attempting to prevent corruption rather than purely enforcement after crime. During year 2011, despite the constrains it faced, the Bureau processed 6,583 complaints, completed 155 inquiries, filed 71 references in the Courts and recovered an amount of Rs 902 million through Voluntary Return and Plea Bargain”. It is welcoming to note that the bureau is going to focus on prevention rather than only on enforcement. This is highly commendable step of the bureau. The menace of corruption can be eradi-
cated if it succeeds in its new strategic approach. HAFIZ MUHAMMAD IRFAN Islamabad
Kunda culture Electricity theft has been a serious issue for the electricity distribution companies for the last 10 years. Direct hooking is one of the most convenient and widely used methods of stealing. This kind of theft is mostly conducted at night time and in remote areas. But now it is also making its roots in the metropolitan areas and according to one of the official of KESC power theft and nonpayment had been disturbing the overall balance of payment for KESC and the genuine consumers have been suffering. As a result of this situation, the company had to carry out loadshedding even in industrial areas. The main reason behind the increase in the number of directs hooks in the past few years are the rise in the prices of electricity and the non-payments of bills by the government departments. Strong awareness campaigns are needed to be launched and people should get to know that if they don’t speak against the offenders, the burden of high prices and loadshedding will ultimately fall on them. SIDRA JAVED Karachi
The life of student is the life of devotion to his studies and preparation for facing all the problems that await him in his future life. We expect that students to be confined within four walls of their educational institution and don't like that they should participate in politics. It can be observed now that in college and universities students involve in politics and that can result in clashes between political parties which are harmful for our students but the young blooded men are always ready to lay down their life for the sake of their ideals, whether it is patriotism or anything else. Some political sources also use youth for their own purposes and ruin students’ life. As a student, one’s first priority should be to study but that does not mean he should be disconnected from different current affairs of the world, especially of his own country. I hope that higher authorities take strict action against those parties and ban them in educational institutes that are playing future of our country. SYED AMMAD HASSAN Karachi
rehman Malik’s visit As per media, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, on May 6 went to outside areas of Lyari like Kharadar, Lea Market but did not visit inside Lyari. He finally went to Napier Road that is also not part of Lyari. The people are interested to know what purpose of his visit to Napier Road was (where a notorious Red Light area is situated for years) and also why did he not visit inside Lyari? MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL Karachi
Are we Muslim? A look at the various principles of Islam shows that Islam is truly a mercy to the world, and the indiscriminate violence and terrorism is not condoned by the religion. Islam, a religion of mercy, does not permit terrorism. If Islam does not permit us, why is today every Muslim holding a weapon and shooting his own brother? If the answer is yes then we have no right to labelled as Muslim. SWERA IJAZ Karachi
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12 Comment Calling for elections Into the streets, prematurely
hile it may be an unusual thing for the opposition in a mature democracy to take its protests to the streets, it is not so in Pakistan. Despite the date for the elections yet to be announced, opposition parties have initiated public campaigns to target what they consider to be the weak spots of the government as well as those of their other rivals. As things stand it is a tripartite fight between the government, PML(N) and PTI. What has further driven the PML(N) prematurely to the streets are the hawks within the party who have yet to outgrow the 90’s style of politics. The competition with the PTI in Punjab where it is presenting itself as the real opposition party is the other factor. The PML(N) has during the last few days held protest rallies at Taxila, Gujranwala, Peshawar and outside Karachi Press Club. “Go, Gilani go” was the main slogan at these events. Imran Khan organised a sizeable “walk” in Islamabad in support of the judiciary where he also addressed the participants. The PTI has also announced the holding of a public meeting at Liaquat Bagh later this month. Extreme care needs to be taken by those organising the rallies so that things do not go out of control. The call by Nawaz Sharif to party workers at Taxila to prepare for the long march has led to the PPP to announce a counter rally of a million workers against Takht Lahore on the Punjab-Sindh border. The demand for Gilani’s resignation at this stage is premature. Whatever the moral implications of the Supreme Court’s short order, Gilani still remains the legal PM. The opposition should wait not only for the final verdict in the contempt case but also for the outcome of Gilani’s appeal in case of a negative verdict. The opposition’s call for early elections could turn out to be counterproductive as both the PML(N) and PTI have yet to do a lot of homework. The claims of Nawaz and Imran of being national leaders would be questioned if they fail to put up respectable performance in smaller provinces. They need to employ the time available to them to publicise their manifestos and improve their election machinery.
France decides the wheel of time move on
round two decades ago, when French President Francois Mitterrand left office, the people of the country couldn’t have imagined another Socialist Party president anytime soon. Now, they have just elected another one. This follows the yin and yang of the western liberaldemocratic model. A self-correcting gyroscope of sorts that will oscillate between the left and the right. Time spent under a leftist dispensation might serve to remove the stark inequalities in the economy and enable the state to look after its citizens but too much time might curtail, even stifle, private enterprise that generates growth, wealth and, most importantly, jobs in any country. Conversely, too much time spent under a freer enterprise dispensation means that the lesser regulation leaves the people, especially the vulnerable poor, at the mercy of the economic elements. The economic crisis that the West is currently facing has brought about a change towards left-leaning dispensations the world over. Though the above was just the economic aspect of the divide, there are other aspects to the whole dynamic as well, with the right usually being closer to being xenophobic whereas the left generally tends to be more inclusive. But sometimes it is not these ideological divides that changes governments. Sometimes it is the practice of statecraft and issues of governance and misgovernance, not placement on the larger political spectrum that determines these outcomes. In other cases, especially in parliamentary systems like ours, it is determined by no single national issue at all. If the change in France was quite the ideological sweep it is made out to be, the stats of the winning candidate would have been higher than even the 52 percent that he actually did score. The Socialist Party, it is assumed, will also take an inclusive view towards the minorities in the country, especially the Muslim community. The troubled young Muslim male demographic needs a benevolent hand that will incentivise assimilation (of a particular type) not a strict purist government.
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Tuesday, 8 May, 2012
freedom of religion What and for whom
By Dr Faisal Bari
irst, the state declares that a few groups of people do not belong to the religion of the majority and then, it also declares that these groups cannot worship the way they want to. They cannot read the texts they want to, cannot make their places of worship as they want to, cannot have the kind of calligraphy on their place of worship that they want to, and cannot even recite verses that they want to. It then sends the police to desecrate the minority’s place of worship so that it does not resemble the places of worship of the majority of people in the country. And all this while our constitution guarantees people the freedom of religion. The constitution clearly holds that all people will be equal in the eyes of law, dignity of all people will be maintained, that all people will have freedom to profess and pursue their religious beliefs, and all people will have the freedom to create and maintain institutions for practice of their religion. There are so many clauses in the constitution that cover these freedoms, and in an overlapping manner, that it is difficult and almost pointless to list all of them here. Yet, the same country passed constitutional amendments that declared groups of people to be non-Muslim and not only that, later passed on laws that make it illegal for them to preach their religion, to publicly profess their religion, and to even ‘pose as Muslims’. The contradictions are clear for all to see. If legislators do not want to see them, it is not that there are no contradictions, it is clearly because they just do not want to see them. But where legislators can come under public pressure and so on, why have our courts and jurists gone along with these. If they lacked independence before, can they stand up and be counted now? Or is it that they too cannot see the contradictions? But a lot of the same people, politicians and jurists, can clearly see that the burqa ban of France is wrong and Switzerland’s ban on the minarets is wrong. And yet, what we are doing to the minorities in Pakistan, with the full power and backing of the law, is not seen by most in Pakistan as wrong. And wrong it all is. In fact it is wrong at so many levels that it is hard to even start making a case against it. It is legally wrong, but more importantly all of this is
morally wrong. Very wrong. Why is the state in the business of declaring who is a Muslim and who is not? The state should not have a religion that it favours. People have the freedom to belong to a religion of their choice. And people have the freedom to be as religious as they want to be, as long as they do not infringe on similar freedoms of others. The state can arbitrate, but if the state chooses sides, if it declares that it has a religion, how can it arbitrate neutrally, and more importantly, how can it guarantee equal freedom and equal citizenship to all? Even if the state has said that the official religion of the country is Islam, it should not be in the business of saying who is a Muslim and who is not. Why should the state have that right? It is a slippery slope to step on and it is not the business of the state to go there. Will the state create a process and procedure for deciding which sects make the cut and which do not? In General Zia’s dictatorship when Zakat was imposed many sects had been given the freedom not to pay Zakat? Should there have been a state institution to decide if these sects had breached the ‘Muslim’ barrier? And who will decide who is a Muslim? Look at the history of such debates; not many sects and sub-sects have agreed on general definitions. But even if we could have an agreement of a majority, it does not make it right for the state to do this. Doesn’t this all sound absurd? But we have no problem in the state doing similarly ridiculous things when it declared certain sects to be non-Muslim. And even if some groups are not Muslim, should the state be telling them how they can or cannot worship, how their places of worship should be constructed or not constructed, and what they should be reading or not reading? How can the state tell people who are not Muslim that they cannot ‘pose’ as Muslims? If I was reading the Bible should a Christian be allowed to
tell me that I cannot do so or should the state? Does all this not sound ridiculous to reasonable people? Are we still going to insist that all this is fine with having fundamental ‘freedoms and rights’ guaranteed in our constitution and that all of the above does not contradict these guarantees? Are there people who still see all of the above as moral? If a person who can see insists that she is blind, there is not a whole lot one can do to convince them that they can see. My sentiments might be inflamed by the behaviour of another person but the same can be said by the other person about my behaviour. But as long as we do not cross lines of creating public order issues, threats to safety of each other and other people and so on, we have to tolerate the behaviour of others and not only that, we have accept it as well: diversity of life choices is one of the basic facts of life and all collectives of individuals will have such diversity. The state, based on the consent of the governed, has to arbitrate amongst all of the people who live under the state. To argue that if some people do not like the decisions of the majority they can leave and other such jejune arguments are too ridiculous to be given any credence. The spirit of the 1973 Constitution had gone with universalistic tendencies. But sadly that has all been undermined by subsequent changes, the rulings of the courts and often the behaviour of the majority. If people cannot see the obvious wrongs they are allowing, wrongs that are obvious by any consistent standard, any religion, any moral and/or any legal system, then one cannot make them see these. Arguments are then futile here. The writer is an Associate Professor of Economics at LUMS (currently on leave) and a Senior Advisor at Open Society Foundation (OSF). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
glaring gender gap Ceylon Today
n terms of gender gaps, Sri Lanka’s unemployment rates were higher for women than men states Asia-Pacific Labour Market Update issued by International Labour Organization (ILO) for April 2012. “When looked at in terms of gender gaps, unemployment rates were higher for women than men in Indonesia (1.7 percentage points) and in Sri Lanka (4.3 percentage points).... Moreover, in the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand, assessing the desirable fall in unemployment should be balanced against limited progress in improving the quality of jobs,” it added. “While regional unemployment figures as a whole have gradually fallen since 2009, current projections indicate there will be little change in developing Asia in 2012. Unemployment is forecast to remain low in East Asia at 4.1 percent, 4.7 percent in Southeast Asia and the Pacific and 3.8 percent in South Asia.” Asia's labour market outlook faces growing uncertainty. The weak global economy has affected Asia and its resilient performance is showing growing signs of fragility. Although economically it continues to outpace other regions the worsening external environment is hampering exports and domestic demand is moderating.
Moreover, the destructive flooding that devastated a number of countries in Southeast Asia at the end of last year has again demonstrated that the region is also economically and socially vulnerable to natural disasters, as well as economic crises. While job growth was robust in some economies there has been an overall slowdown since the middle of last year. Unemployment for young jobseekers remains a particular concern. Progress in improving job quality has also decelerated. Current forecasts indicate that Asia and the Pacific will face various challenges throughout 2012 in regard to generating decent and productive jobs and reducing unemployment. As well as addressing a range of short-term labour market challenges, policymakers must also consider longstanding problems that profoundly shape the quality of Asian societies, namely high and rising income disparities and social exclusion. To this end it is essential that efforts continue across the region to reform labour legislation, strengthen social dialogue and wage setting institutions and build social protection systems. Moreover, the region is undergoing a massive urbanization process as more and more people seek new opportunities in Asia’s cities. This transition puts tremendous pressure on urban infrastructure and social services. It also underscores the need to address urban poverty and informality and foster inclusive growth through an integrated strategy based on decent work.
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Keep Balochistan with us
War of wits and egos
We will not let ’71 happen again
the aftermath of the conviction
By Zoya Ashraf and Khadija Waseem
he 21st century has abundant diverse issues both positive and negative. However, unfortunately the intensity of antagonistic matters is way more than the positive ones. Inter-state and intra-state conflicts, huge production of weapons of mass destruction (WMD’s), severe environmental issues, gang riots, racial conflicts, terrorism, corruption, and the list goes on. Keeping aside the global history and focusing on our domestic issues, one is always compelled to dive into the ocean of thoughts for hours. The domestic issues of Pakistan have made its infrastructure timid. These intra-regional conflicts have also played a major role in weakening the solidarity of Pakistan. As until or unless your state is facing inter-state conflicts, then you will not be able to convince the world neither towards your positive, image nor you can maintain peace within your state. Unfortunately, Pakistan has always been in such conflicts since its existence. Going back to 1971, Pakistan lost its Eastern wing with a heavy heart after the Indian and Pakistani forces clashed on the Eastern and Western fronts. Bangladesh, although separated from Western Pakistan, was indeed the Eastern part of Pakistan. It had the majority of Muslims at the time of partition from the subcontinent, so it was included in Pakistan. Unfortunately, almost after 26 years of independence, this Eastern wing seceded under hostile circumstances. The main reason behind the Fall of Dhaka was the increasing distrust between the people and the government. Besides, lack of coordination and deprivation of rights led to frustration and hatred. Dichotomy of opinion of leaders gave a pleasant chance to India and they were successful in their conspiracy. They exploited the situation and played a vital role in making it worse by supporting the Bengalis in their liberation movement. People of Bengal were manipulated and forced to rebel due to the military action initiated by the Western government. We cannot blame India, US or Russia for this seces-
sion; Pakistani government was an equal culprit. Because liberation movements always started, only when you neglect a specific section, deprive them from their rights, and violate theses rights largely. Both domestic and international factors played significant roles in the downfall of East Pakistan. The day of 16 December, 1971, has been marked as the Black Day in the journals of Pakistani history. If we look around us today, we can figure out a similar situation breeding within the boundaries of Pakistan. The conditions causing insurgency in Balochistan are very much similar to the conditions that caused the separation
istan was created for the Muslims. The main objective behind its creation was to have a separate homeland for the Muslims, where they can enjoy their lives with freedom, with that contentment that everyone will get an equal share from the resources. But today, these Muslims have turned against each other. They do not want to live as a united nation. The thing we should focus upon is that our Baloch brothers and sisters are not happy with us and we should consider them the cynosure of Pakistan rather than keep them away from us. We as the enlightened citizens of today do not want this to happen and we will not let this happen
We the educated citizens of Pakistan condemn the insurgency carried out in Balochistan and request for the distribution of fair and equal rights, not in theory but in practice. We are, and must be, ready for negotiations. Why can’t the entire nation and government take a step to make things better and stop others from this conspiracy? of Bengal. Lack of co-ordination and growing distrust between people of Balochistan and the Pakistani government are in the highlight. There is distrust not only between government and Balochistan but also between the people of other provinces and the people of Balochistan. This parasite has already weakened the structure of Pakistan. The differences between its provinces have grown to an unbelievable extent. Residents of Balochistan are demanding independence and they do not want to be a part of Pakistani federation. One cannot be sure about the real reason behind this crisis. The Baloch are of the opinion that their rights are exploited in every possible way whereas the government promises to ensure equal rights to all provinces. However, even a layman can identify the coarse relationship between the Baloch and the government. It is sad to see how this nation is at the verge of splitting. Pak-
again. We will not let the Bangladesh episode to revive itself. Bangladesh got separated and no one stood up against it. Today, we cannot stand up and form mobs to protest. However, we can put up an appeal to the government; an appeal that says NO to the separation of Balochistan. We the educated citizens of Pakistan condemn the insurgency carried out in Balochistan and request for the distribution of fair and equal rights, not in theory but in practice. We are, and must be, ready for negotiations. Why can’t the entire nation and government take a step to make things better and stop others from this conspiracy? We do not want our future generations to study the syllabus in which they go through the reasons and causes of secession of Balochistan as we have studied the causes and reasons for the secession of East Pakistan (Bangladesh) as a major part of our history subject. No, we certainly cannot afford it anymore.
By Akhlaque Dogar
olitical landscape of Pakistan is shrouded in confusion and chaos courtesy another hazy decision of the apex court. The drawing rooms are resounding with unscrupulous speculations. TV talk shows are overshadowed by misleading discussions. The whole atmosphere is polluted with the odor of allegations, mudslinging and character assassination wherein the mainstream parties seem to have buried the statue of reconciliation once and for all. It seems as if the politicians were suffering from amnesia for they had forgotten the whole lesson of patience they had learnt from their horrendous past. Moreover, rationality has ever been a rare element in our politics because whenever democracy takes roots in our system, politicians start undermining it under various pretexts and thus pave way for military coups. The current verdict of the Supreme Court has raised the political temperature of Islamabad to a melting point. On one hand, the government and its allies have dug their heels deep in the ground to face whatever untoward situation may develop in near future as a result of this decision of the Supreme Court whereas, on the other hand, the opposition parties are flexing their muscle to initiate an unprecedented movement to force the incumbent PM to bow down to the court’s decision; nonetheless, they lack a comprehensive strategy to achieve this purpose. In addition, they are divided and confused. And this fact was evident from Nawaz Sharif’s cliché-ridden press conference for it was a good piece of sheer rhetoric devoid of any substance. Hence, it offered no concrete strategy to expel the convicted PM except some vague statements made by Sharif. Although he
announced to launch a massive campaign against Gilani’s defiant attitude towards court, it seemed to be merely a political posturing sans a comprehensive course of action. His address at Taxila was yet another piece of oratory. He could not provide any convincing solution to the current issue. It is interesting to note that he announced to initiate long march and tender resignation from assemblies as the last resort to compel the government to abide by the ruling of Supreme Court which was a clear cut indication of paying only lip service to this constitutional cum political crisis. So, it was a flop show to say the least. Owing to its dubious track record, PML(N)’s anti-Gilani campaign may prove yet another eyewash as in cases of “Go Zardari Go’’ campaign and “Memogate scandal” it took the lead and thereafter sneakily pulled out for the reasons unknown. Some critics are of the view that PML(N) has plunged into agitation against the government without much preparation just to keep itself politically alive as a viable option in a bid to reclaim its constituency siphoned away by PTI in Punjab. PTI has responded in a bit mature and responsible manner to the situation at hand. It has decided to be patient till the final finding of Supreme Court of PM’s review petition against his conviction. However, it has announced its two-pronged strategy of filing a reference in the Supreme Court against PM for his disqualification after his conviction followed by a countrywide campaign against government to get court’s verdict implemented in letter and spirit. JI has yet to come out of its deep slumber and align itself either with PTI or PML(N). Traditionally, it has been an ally of the latter but this time until now it has kept its options wide open. Needless to say, that its role in street politics has ever
been very crucial. That is why both the parties are eager to win over JI. Politicians are trying to catch one another on wrong foot in the wake of recent judgment of the apex court whereas Army Chief, on the eve of commemorating Day of Martyrs, has suggested all institutions to work within their constitutional limits. He reiterated his support for democratic system for it is the only way to keep the country on the road of progress. Actually, he has conveyed his message in a very subtle way to both executive and judiciary to behave maturely remaining in their legitimate bounds. Some critics regard Kayani’s statement beyond his constitutional mandate. However, he has always played a positive role in the resolution of such crises. As the drama unfolds in near future, the things may get more complicated. In fact, PPP deliberately intends to blow up the matter out of proportion just to extract maximum political mileage out of it. In case PM’s review petition against his conviction is turned down by the full bench of the Supreme Court, PPP will try its level best to malign the Supreme Court by creating an impression of being a victim of media and judicial trial. Unfortunately, Supreme Court and Parliament have been pitched against each other by some adventurists. Had the court given a comprehensive detailed judgment instead of passing a short order in a hurry, the murky situation could have diffused earlier. In this backdrop, the detailed judgment may clear the smokescreen. Sanity may prevail all around and the ship of democracy may sail through the tumultuous currents of tsunami. Although our past is littered with bitter experiences, yet let’s cling to hope for the best in future. In this war of wits and egos, system should not suffer. The writer can be contacted at: email@example.com
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Jolie touched by Sarajevo honour LOS ANGELES AGENCIES
CTRESS Angelina Jolie has thanked the people of Bosnia for making her an honourary
citizen of Sarajevo. The actress-turned-director stepped behind the camera last year for ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’, a story about a romance between a Serbian soldier and a Bosnian woman. Her efforts were praised
by government officials at the Assembly of Sarajevo Canton Parliament for drawing attention to the area, and they decided to award the 36-year-old with a special citizenship prize, reports contactmusic.com. A ceremony was held May 3 at Sarajevo's National Theatre, where a pre-recorded video message from Jolie was played. In the clip, she said: "I am deeply grateful to the citizens of Sarajevo and the Sarajevo Canton assembly for bestowing upon me this incredible honour of citizenship. I am so proud to now be a part of such an extraordinary part of the world and fellow citizen to the people I deeply love and admire. I wish I could be there with all of you tonight, and I look forward to visiting in July when I can properly accept and personally express my gratitude."
Jay-Z says Blue Ivy will be ‘the worst, spoiled little kid ever’ LOS ANGELES AGENCIES
We all know Blue Ivy Carter will receive the best of the best of everything (she is Beyoncé’s daughter, after all), but is she going to be a pint-size diva, too? Maybe, according to dad Jay-Z. The rapper appears on Oprah's Master Class:
Special Edition in which he and celebs like Diane Sawyer and Reba McEntire wax poetic on their insights in life. So when the topic turned to parenting, Jay joked about his biggest parenting fears: "Well, I mean, everyone imagines they'll be a great dad," the usually very confident HOV admitted,
Weighty issues force Aishwarya
to skip Cannes?
rather shyly. "Until they're teenagers saying, ‘Get away from me, Dad. You're embarrassing me!' Right? Everyone imagines that, right?" Maybe the offspring of a mama (who also just happens to be People's Most Beautiful Woman) and a mogul of a father has other plans. "I imagine I'll take things I learned from my mom and things I've learned from raising my nephews and apply that," Jay continued before laughing: "Then at the end of the day, I just know I'll probably have the worst, spoiled little kid ever." Well, "worst" is to be determined, but we expect nothing less than for baby Blue to be spoiled with the finest clothing, including a romper or two from the House of Deréon collection.
MuMBAI: All those who were waiting for a glimpse of Aishwarya rai’s daughter at the Cannes Film Festival this year would have to bite dust yet again. Buzz has it that Ash might not attend Cannes Film Festival that is to be held from May 16th. while reasons of her backing out from the prestigious event may vary from work commitments to taking care of her baby, strong rumour doing the rounds suggest that she is skipping the annual event because of her weight. Ash gained ‘oodles of weight’ after the birth of her daughter and when she was spotted in a fat avatar recently at an event, the pictures set off a buzz on the internet and social media. Aishwarya rai Bachchan has been a regular at Cannes ever since she paved the way for Bollywood to be highlighted at international forums. And it was reported earlier that Ash would attend the event in the company of her 5-month old daughter. Cannes Film fest holds a reputation of showcasing the best of the movies along with some avant garde fashion displayed by guests who attend the event. And, given Ash’s current shape, her withdrawal from the event doesn’t seem like a bad idea. AGENCIES
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SeoUL: will Smith and Josh Brolin pose together with director Barry Sonnenfeld after a news conference to promote their film ‘Men in Black III’. REUTERS new yorK: Taylor greenwood attends the Jacmel Carnaval Benefiting haiti. afp new yorK: emma Stone speaks to participants at the 15th Annual eIF revlon run/walk for women. afp new yorK: rita wilson and wendi Murdoch attend ‘The Conversation Launch Celebration’. afp new yorK: Alicia Keys her husband Swizz Beatz and their son egypt, sit courtside during game 4 of the nBA eastern Conference basketball playoff series. REUTERS
Aamir Khan hailed for campaigning TV show MuMBAI: Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan has been lauded for addressing some of India’s darkest social problems after his new television show tackled the taboo subject of female foeticide. Khan’s show, which had been massively promoted before its debut on Sunday, received near-universal praise from the press and the public for his interviews with women about their harrowing experiences. The 90-minute programme gripped viewers as Khan, a top actor, producer and director, explored how a preference for male heirs leads to the killing of female foetuses and new-borns. Khan, using data graphs and maps to make his case, urged the public to help bring about change before an emotional Bollywood-style song at the end of the show ensured maximum appeal to the audience. The mixture of campaigning social activism and an intimate, personal style on ‘Satyamev Jayate’ (Truth Alone Triumphs) drew comparisons to US chat show host oprah winfrey. The reaction of viewers to the show was so strong that its website crashed. “Aamir Khan’s show can bring a revolution,” tweeted actor and social activist Shabana Azmi, adding the programme “forces us to reexamine ourselves”. Actress Preity zinta told her 1.5-million followers: “I love this effort from him & thank him as a woman!” AfP
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ADY Gaga, who just broke up with Taylor Kinney, says that when she does decide to get married, it will be for good. Divorce is not an option. Though she's been known to shock with her outlandish outfits and raunchy stage shows, the ‘Born This Way’ singer insists marriage is for life. On ‘The Conversation With Amanda De Cadenet’ (so much for that self-imposed media blackout), she said: "My grandmother was married to my grandfather for 60
LONDON: Movie bosses are set to mark the 50th birthday of the James Bond franchise this year by staging the biggest ever exhibition of iconic props from the spy films. Eon Productions chiefs have released a dazzling array of costumes, gadgets and cars from the 007 movies to go on display in London. The famous exhibits include Goldfinger henchman Oddjob’s bowler hat, the metal teeth sported by Jaws in two 1970s Bond films, Scaramanga’s pistol from ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’, 007’s spacesuit from ‘Moonraker’, and a deck of tarot cards seen in ‘Live and Let Die’. The flick-knife shoes worn by SPECTRE agent Rosa Klebb in ‘From Russia with Love’, a waterproof camera from ‘Thunderball’, Halle Berry’s orange bikini from ‘Die Another Day’, Bond’s underwater Lotus car from ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’, and Daniel Craig’s famous blue swimming trunks will also be on display. The exhibition will even feature some of Bond’s personal effects, including his black American Express card and his passport, which reveals he travels under the false name Arlington Beech. AGENCIES
years. My parents are still together, 30 years. Divorce is not an option for me. It's like, 'I'm gonna get married and that's it. He's stuck with me'." The star explained that her mother and father had "stuck it out" through tough times and she plans to work just as hard on her own marriage. "I want to eventually find a man that feels the same way - about divorce not being an option," she said. "Working through everything together, even if it's the hardest thing you've ever been through, you just stick it out." The unquestioned superstar also admitted recently that she finds love "terrifying." She's nothing if not up front.
I’ll tell all in new book,
says Simon Cowell LONDON AGENCIES
After his unofficial memoirs caused shockwaves across showbiz circles, Simon Cowell is planning an official autobiography where he will divulge the truth about his relationships with Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole. Former costars Cheryl, 28, Dannii and Sharon ¬Osbourne, 59, were all said to be infuriated after details of their personal relationships with X Factor boss Cowell were revealed in Tom Bower’s ‘Sweet Revenge: The
Intimate Life of Simon Cowell’. The king of reality TV warned his A-lister friends there would be more revelations to come. “There are records to set straight and scores to settle. If you thought Bower’s book was scandalous, it only scratched the surface,” the Daily Star quoted a source as saying. Simon brought out his own official autobiography in 2003 dubbed ‘I Don’t Mean To Be Rude, But’. And now he insists he wants to update his life story. In a wide-ranging interview, Simon spoke about this year’s BGT judges’ lineup, saying: “I really like the panel this year and would say it is the best line-up yet. David is a very, very funny man. He’s also really weird and that’s probably why we get on so well. Alesha has been a total star and I’ve always enjoyed working with Amanda.” However, he did confess that he was worried about controlling David in tonight’s live semi-final. When asked what he thought of past ‘X Factor’ and BGT line-ups he added: “I’m saving it for my book.”
Ali Zafar may star in ‘Mehrunnisa’
NEWS DESK It seems Sudhir Mishra has finally completed the casting for his next film 'Mehrunissa'. While muse Chitrangda Singh was the first to get on board, Mishra has now got 'London Paris New York' actor Ali Zafar as the lead opposite her. It's quite an ensemble with Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in the supporting cast. Mishra says, "It is too early to say anything. I have met Ali a
Annu Kapoor finds
Priyanka Chopra unprofessional
dilemma MuMBAI: Ayaan Mukherjee is in a fix. The director does not know whether he should go ahead with a love making scene between ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone who were going steady once upon a time. A unit source revealed, “The love making scene is very crucial part of the script. But Ayaan is in two minds whether he should actually go ahead with it or not. he does not want the situation to become awkward between his lead actors. he is also contemplating to do away with the scene altogether.” It may be known that Mukherjee is currently shooting for ‘yeh Jawani hai Deewani’ with ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone who were serious about each other once upon a time. AGENCIES
MuMBAI: Priyanka Chopra seems to have had a great fall post her alleged link-up with Shah rukh Khan and her subsequent absence from his camp. her career graph has reportedly taken a deep plunge and has been at the receiving end for quite some time now. After Karan Johar indirectly slammed her through his tweet, veteran actor Annu Kapoor has said that the actress doesn’t take her work seriously at all. Kapoor, who recently played a pivotal role in critically acclaimed film ‘Vicky Donor’ believes that the former Miss world is not a thorough professional. Kapoor and Chopra had worked together in Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Saat Khoon Maaf’ that released in 2011. Buzz has it that the lady had refused to shoot intimate scenes with the actor in the film that ended up irking the veteran. however, as a response to what Kapoor had said in an interview, Priyanka’s ex-publicist Dale Bhagwagar tweeted, “Priyanka Chopra not being serious about acting sounds frivolous. Just look at the girl’s career graph. ‘Andaaz’, ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’, ‘Aitraaz’, ‘Krrish’, ‘Kaminey’ and ‘Agneepath’. Priyanka has contributed to more than a dozen hits in a decade; a pace, consistency and bankability unmatched by most of the other heroines in the industry. Could this be possible if she wasn’t dedicated or passionate towards her work?(sic).” PC was last seen in ‘Agneepath’ this year and will make her presence felt in ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’ with former beau Shahid Kapoor. AGENCIES
couple of times at events and parties but I cannot say anything about the cast as of now. I am still scripting the film, so all the news about it is not true. There will be an official announcement soon." This will be Zafar's first time working with Mishra along with Bachchan and Kapoor. Chitrangda has worked with Mishra twice before. 'Mehrunissa' tells the story of an actor in the 1960s and the events in her life over the next 30-odd years.
MuMBAI: Anushka Shrama has finally decided to do the talking about her alleged link-ups and how irritating such rumours are. In a recent interview, the 24-year-old actress lashed out at media reports, which suggested that she and Shahid Kapoor got cozy at Imran Khan’s bash to celebrate the success of ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’. The actress, who was said to be dating her ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ co-star ranveer Singh, said that she entered Imran’s house with Shahid and that’s a normal thing. The actress was quoted as telling Filmfare that the problem is in the system where even a normal looking thing is made out to be something dirty. She criticised the media for sensationalising things, which create misunderstanding between two people. Talking more over the issue, Anushka revealed that she doesn’t wish to fall for a guy from the industry as it becomes really difficult to have a relationship. AGENCIES
WASHINGTON: Whitney Houston, who passed away on February 11 at age 48, reportedly returned to a life of serious substance abuse after claiming sobriety in 2010. The Daily Beast offered an even further in-depth look into the Grammy winner’s addiction through the years, with a friend of Whitney’s claiming the singer would “spend thousands of dollars a week buying drugs and stockpile it in the house so she wouldn’t run out.” “The family was afraid of the embarrassment on some level and wouldn’t confront her early on,” said Monique Houston. “Her mother would always say, ‘I don’t understand this drug thing.’ They let it get too bad before they understood she needed serious help, and then it was too late,” she said. “Drugs were around her for years before she met Bobby and continued after he left. It was worse when they were together, but he didn’t cause it,” she added. AGENCIES
Anushka ‘infuriated’ over link-ups rumours
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Syria holds legislative vote snubbed by Opp DAMASCUS
YRIANS were voting on Monday in the country’s first “multiparty” parliamentary election in five decades, being held against a backdrop of violence and dismissed as a sham by the opposition. Young and old cast their ballots in neighbourhoods of the capital and various other regions, while in opposition strongholds residents boycotted the vote, instead holding protests and a general strike. The election was being held despite unrest that has swept the country since March 2011 when President Bashar
al-Assad resorted to force in a bid to quash a revolt against his autocratic regime. The vote, initially scheduled for last September, was postponed to May 7 after Assad announced the launch of a reform process backed by a referendum. “I think these elections will bring a definitive end to the crisis,” said Shahba Karim, 18, after casting her vote in central Damascus. But others held a different view. “I voted no in the constitutional referendum but this time I won’t cast a ballot because by doing so it would mean I agree with the process which is not the case,” said Fady, a 47-year-old media worker. A total of 7,195 candidates have registered to stand for the 250 seats, state news agency SANA said. The opposition
has dismissed the vote as a sham and a ploy by the government to buy time and to dupe the international community into believing the regime is serious about reforms. “Whoever drowns Syria in blood, displaces ... Syrians and shoots at the Syrian people does not have the legitimacy to draw up a constitution, an electoral law, or to run elections,” the Syrian National Council, an exile umbrella opposition organisation, said in a statement. Several towns and villages across the country, including some neighbourhoods of Damascus, held demonstrations, boycotted the vote and organised a general strike amid reports of continued violence. Three people were killed in an ambush by regime forces in the eastern province of
Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Clashes between soldiers and rebels were also reported in several areas of central Hama province as well as other regions, the Britain-based watchdog added. “There are no signs of a national election in (northwest) Idlib or the surrounding areas,” activist Nureddin al-Abdo told AFP via Skype. “The regime is trying to delude itself that it still holds power by organising these fake elections, but it is only capable of ruling with tanks.” Another activist, Shakeeb al-Jabri, tweeted: “Let me put it this way: Syrians were more interested in the French elections (on Sunday) than they are in their own elections”.
NEW DELHI: uS Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gestures while talking with united Progressive Alliance (uPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi prior to a meeting on Monday. afp
Sky news Arabia goes on air ABU DHABI AfP
Sky News Arabia, a 24-hour Arabic language news channel based in Abu Dhabi, began broadcasting Sunday, pledging to be “objective” in its news coverage. The channel’s lead story was the French presidential election, with live coverage from the home of Francois Hollande, the frontrunner in the poll, followed by a report on Syrian refugees on the Syria-Turkish border. “New Sky Arabia will change the media in the Arab world,” promised presenter Faisal Ben Hariz, emphasising on the “objectivity” factor. The channel’s chairman, Sultan Ahmed al-Jaber, said in a statement: “The region demanded an Arab news product which incorporates both the technological developments and the fast changing media consumption habits that are transforming how news is gathered and disseminated.” With a team of some 400 journalists, producers and technicians and 12 offices worldwide, Sky News Arabia, aims to compete with the Doha-based Al-Jazeera — the first rolling news broadcasting channel in the Arab world — and the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya based in Dubai. Another channel, Al-Arab, belonging to Saudi billionaire AlWalid bin Talal, is expected to be launched in December 2012 in Bahrain. Based in Abu Dhabi, Sky News Arabia is a joint venture between BSkyB of London and Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation owned by Sheikh Mansur bin Zayed Al-Nahayan, a brother of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa.
‘I get it,’ says Cameron ahead of difficult week LONDON AfP
British Prime Minster David Cameron on Monday said he got the message from voters suffering from the economic downturn after the ruling coalition’s mauling in mid-term elections. But Cameron said he would not be governed by “ideology”, vowing to resist calls from the right-wing fringe of his Conservative Party and the opposition Labour party to change tack on austerity. “My reaction to last week’s local election results is straightforward: I get the message, loud and clear,” Cameron wrote in the centreright Daily Telegraph newspaper. “The message people are sending is this: focus on what matters, deliver what you promise — and prove yourself in the process. I get it.” Britain slid back into recession last month after its
economy shrank in the first quarter. Cameron’s comments came at the start of a week in which he aims to use two events to reinject vigour into the coalition with the Liberal Democrats, which marks its two-year anniversary this week. On Wednesday the Queen’s Speech — delivered by Queen Elizabeth II but written by the government — will set out the coalition’s plans for the coming new session of parliament. Also this week Cameron will renew the coalition’s vows during a joint appearance with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats. But it will be a far cry from their cheery press conference in the sunny rose garden of the prime minister’s Downing Street residence in May 2010 when they launched the coalition. Cameron in particular faces signs of unrest from within his own party after Labour took control of 32 councils in Friday’s elections and won more than
800 seats at the expense of the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. Outspoken Conservative lawmaker Nadine Dorries said the party could remove Cameron by Christmas, accusing him of “arrogance and a sneering disregard for true Conservative values”. Rightwing Conservatives are particularly upset by plans for legalising gay marriage, and by proposed reforms to the House of Lords, the upper house of parliament. Cameron also faces potential embarrassment when two former aides of Rupert Murdoch testify this week at the Leveson inquiry into the phonehacking scandal at the now-shuttered News of the World newspaper. Andy Coulson, who was Cameron’s media chief from 2007-2011, appears on Thursday while on Friday it is the turn of Rebekah Brooks, Cameron’s friend and the former head of News International, Murdoch’s British newspaper wing.
At least 32 Yemeni troops killed in militant attack ADEN REutERS
Islamist gunmen killed at least 32 soldiers on Monday when they stormed a military position in southern Yemen where militants control broad swathes of territory, a military official said. Yemen has a seen a surge in violence in the south since President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi took office in February. The government has responded with air strikes and the United States has repeatedly used drones to kill militants. The attack on Monday came hours after a suspected U.S. drone strike killed two men in a neighbouring province, including one the government described as a senior member of al Qaeda. The military official told Reuters that gunmen attacked Yemeni troops outside the city of Zinjibar, capital of Abyan province, killing at least 32 servicemen. He said they captured a number of soldiers and made off with weapons and ammunition. At least 40 soldiers were wounded in the attack, the official and medical sources said. A spokesman for Ansar al-Sharia, an al Qaeda-linked group that took Zinjibar last year, said his side captured 28 soldiers and a tank in the raid. In a similar attack in March, militants killed about 100 troops in Zinjibar after Hadi took office. Yemen’s government and an al Qaeda-linked group active in the south both said the missile strike hours earlier in neighbouring Shabwa province killed Fahd al-Qasaa, who had been convicted of involvement in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole warship in Yemen’s southern port of Aden. Residents of Shabwa and the militant group, Ansar al-Sharia, said the missile was fired from a U.S. drone. A drone strike last year killed a U.S. citizen who U.S. officials subsequently claimed had helped plan a failed attack on a U.S. airliner. The use of drones has angered the public in Yemen as it has in other countries such as Pakistan, where Washington also uses unmanned aircraft to kill militants. Washington has backed a power transfer that saw President Ali Abdullah Saleh replaced by his deputy in February, after a year of mass protests against Saleh. The United States now wants Hadi to unify the fragmented army and turn it against militants.
flash floods kill 26 at Afghan wedding: official KABUL AfP
At least 26 people were killed and more than 100 missing after flash floods hit a wedding party and three villages in northern Afghanistan, an official said Monday. Most of the victims were women and children as the floods, caused by heavy rains, swept through areas of Deh Mardan district in Sari Pul province, said Fazlullah Sadat, head of the provincial disaster management authority. “We have found 26 bodies mostly women and children — and more than 100 others are still missing,” he told AFP. Wedding parties are traditionally large and joyous occasions in rural Afghanistan, but 21 people from one gathering were among the victims, he said. “This is a human tragedy. We have a lot of human losses,” said Sadat. Rescue teams had been dispatched to search for the missing, he added, and the floods also swept away livestock and swamped agricultural lands. The defence ministry had dispatched two helicopters to flood-hit areas, he said, and disaster management teams assisted by the UN’s World Food Programme were at the scene, distributing food, blankets and tents. Afghanistan’s harshest winter in 15 years saw unusually heavy snowfalls, and experts predicted melting snow was likely to cause floods in the mountainous north in the spring. In March, the UN humanitarian office for Afghanistan said at least 145 people were missing and “presumed dead” after an avalanche hit a remote village in northeastern Badakhshan province.
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Italian nuclear company boss wounded in shooting GENOA
World leaders reach out to Francois Hollande E PARIS
A gunman shot and wounded the head of an Italian nuclear energy company on Monday in an incident reminiscent of militant attacks in the 1970s, with police saying anarchists could be responsible. Roberto Adinolfi, a 53-year-old nuclear engineer, was followed by the gunman and shot in the ankle as he left his home in Genoa in northwest Italy. The gunman then escaped on a motorbike with a second man waiting nearby. Adinolfi, the head of Ansaldo Nucleare, part of aerospace and defence giant Finmeccanica, was rushed to hospital but his life is not in danger. Security sources said the attack was similar to one of the first shootings by the far-left Red Brigades militant group, also against Ansaldo. “Today it’s as if they wanted to say. Let’s start like we did 40 years ago,” a security source was quoted by Italian news agency ANSA as saying. The source said there was “major concern” that the shooting could be a signal for sleeper cells to carry out more attacks or spark copycat shootings. Investigators were quoted by Italian media as saying they were also looking into possible links with the anarchist movement which is particularly strong in Genoa after recent calls by some anarchists for moves towards “armed action.” Kneecapping was widely used by both far-right and far-left militants during Italy’s “Years of Lead” when leading industrialists, politicians and trade unionists perceived as making compromises became targets. “One of the versions we are working on is a terrorist one but we are also looking into other possible versions. For the moment there has been no claim of responsibility,” Genoa prosecutor Michele Di Lecce told reporters. Pier Luigi Bersani, head of the centre-left Democratic Party, said the attack was “a worrying sign of growing tensions and violence.”
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UROPEAN and world leaders reached out Monday to president-elect Francois Hollande, France’s first Socialist head of state in 17 years, despite jitters about his pledge to renegotiate Europe’s austerity pact. The euro sank and stock markets fell as the results of the presidential vote in France and Greece’s general election stoked anxiety about the fate of austerity policies designed to end the eurozone’s crippling debt crisis. US President Barack Obama telephoned Hollande to congratulate him and invite him to the White House this month following his humiliating defeat of outgoing right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy in Sunday’s second-round election. Obama “indicated that he looks forward to working closely with Mr Hollande and his government on a range of shared economic and security challenges,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement. German Chancellor Angela Merkel also wasted no time in contacting Hollande once
his victory was confirmed even though she had made no secret of her support for his right-wing predecessor and EU fiscal pact architect Sarkozy. Merkel, Sarkozy’s closest European ally, invited Hollande to Berlin for talks, and her Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told reporters: “We will work together on a growth pact. I am confident the Franco-German friendship will be further deepened.” Hollande has called on the eurozone to broaden its focus from austerity to incorporate growth, a message he repeated in his victory speech, declaring “Austerity can no longer be the only option.” European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso said he shared Hollande’s goal for jumpstarting Europe’s economy. “We clearly have a common objective: relaunching the European economy to generate durable growth,” he said. “We must now transform these aspirations into concrete actions.” Britain’s Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, who had backed Sarkozy at the beginning of the election campaign, also vowed to work with Hollande to strengthen the Franco-British relationship, a spokesman said. Cameron’s domestic austerity drive, however, is at
odds with the incoming French president’s belief in government-driven growth. Spain’s conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, whose own spending cuts have sparked street protests in a country suffering recession and a 24-percent jobless rate, said it was his “obligation” to get along with Hollande. “Mr Hollande has won and it is my obligation to get along with him and try to work together for the benefit of Spain, France and Europe,” Rajoy said on Spanish radio, adding that he was due to speak to Hollande on Monday. Belgium’s Socialist Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, the only EU leader to come to France during the campaign to support Hollande, offered his congratulations and European budget discipline had to go hand-in-hand with an ambitious growth strategy. Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said he hoped for close cooperation aimed “at an increasingly efficient and growth-oriented union” between the two neighbours. In Asia, Chinese President Hu Jintao sent a message of congratulations and Bejing said it was ready to work with France to develop relations “from a strategic and long term perspective”. “China believes that maintaining a positive momentum of the
Sarkozy to pass power to Hollande on 15th PARIS AfP
Outgoing French leader Nicolas Sarkozy will hand power to president-elect Francois Hollande on May 15, following talks between the two camps, the presidency announced Monday. The Socialist election winner’s campaign director Pierre Moscovici agreed the date in a telephone call with Sarkozy’s chief of staff Xavier Musca on Monday morning, the Elysee Palace told reporters. healthy and steady development of ChinaFrance relations not only serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples, but also world peace, stability,” foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.
Saudi citizen beheaded for killing wife RIYADH AfP
Saudi Arabia on Monday beheaded one of its citizens accused of killing his wife, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA. Abdullah Adawi suffocated his wife Rihab Harithi, also a Saudi, as she slept, the ministry said. He was executed in Jizan, in the kingdom’s south. His beheading brings the total number of executions in the ultraconservative kingdom to 24 so far this year, according to an AFP tally based on official reports. Under the AFP count, at least 76 people were beheaded in 2011 in Saudi Arabia, while rights group Amnesty International put the number of executions last year at 79.
WESt BANK: A Palestinian man uses a sling to lob a stone during clashes with Israeli soldiers outside the ofer Prison close to the West Bank city of Ramallah, following a march in support of Palestinian prisoners of on hunger strike while being held in Israeli prisons on Monday. afp
france gears up for parliamentary vote PARIS AfP
France’s political parties geared up on Monday for next month’s key parliamentary elections, as Socialist president-elect Francois Hollande took his first steps to form a government. Rumours swirled about who might take top posts in the executive after Hollande’s defeat of Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday, with the Socialists anxious to seize the reins of power after being out of government for a decade. The Socialists, Sarkozy’s centre-right UMP and smaller parties were meanwhile getting ready for the two-round legislative vote on June 10 and 17, with Hollande and his team urging supporters to give them a
strong majority. “There is still much to do in the months to come, first of all to give a majority to the president,” Hollande, 57, said Sunday, shortly after his 52 to 48 percent win over Sarkozy was announced. Under France’s political system the president requires a parliamentary majority to maintain a government, otherwise the prime minister is in charge of the executive. French voters have always handed a majority to newly elected presidents but there have been cases of “cohabitation”, as when Jacques Chirac dissolved parliament and Socialist Lionel Jospin governed from 1997 to 2002. Hollande’s team took no chances and urged supporters to flock to the polls. “The president of the republic
needs a majority. A cohabitation in June, that makes no sense,” Hollande’s spokesman Manuel Valls said. But Sarkozy’s spokeswoman Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet said too much power was concentrated in the hands of the left and urged voters to “rebalance” French politics by voting UMP in the parliamentaries. “Now we have the new president, the Senate, most of the regions, a large number of departments and many big cities in the hands of the left,” she said on Europe 1 radio. “I dream of a rebalancing in the parliamentaries. It would be unprecedented in France for all the power to be in the hands of a single party,” she said. Two polls released Sunday showed the two parties neckand-neck in the polls, with 31 percent
of voters planning to back the Socialists and 30 percent the UMP. Both parties are facing challenges on their flanks, from the Communists and Left Front for the Socialists and from the far-right National Front of Marine Le Pen, who scored a record 18 percent in the first-round presidential vote, for the UMP. The Socialists were also busy with the complicated and politically fraught task of forming a cabinet before Hollande takes power formally on May 15, and some names were already emerging as potential candidates for top posts. “There must be a mix of experience and renewal” in the government, said Laurent Fabius, a 65-year-old former prime minister under Socialist president Francois Mitterrand who is being considered as a possible foreign minister.
Armenia ruling party wins parliamentary elections YEREVAN: Armenia’s governing party on Monday won parliamentary elections seen as a test of the ex-Soviet state’s fragile democracy but opposition leaders alleged violations and vowed protests. European election observers from the OSCE praised the election process as competitive but said it had been undermined by a series of democratic failings including pressure on voters and an inadequate complaints process. President Serzh Sarkisian’s Republican party took 44.05 percent of the vote after all ballots from Sunday’s contest were counted, the Central Election Commission said. Its outgoing coalition partner turned poll rival, the Prosperous Armenia party led by a millionaire former arm wrestling champion, came second with 30.20 per cent. Trailing far behind, the third-place opposition Armenian National Congress bloc scraped into parliament with 7.10 percent, according to final preliminary results posted on the commission’s website. Three other parties, Heritage, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutiun) and Rule of Law also managed to secure minor representation in the legislative body by scoring just over five percent. afp
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Pakistan crush Sri Lanka, qualify for semis, Jr World Cup LAHORE ASHER Butt
AKISTAN hammered Sri Lanka 14-0 to make the semifinals of the seventh Junior Asia Cup in style at the MBMB Hockey Stadium in Malacca, Malaysia and with this big win the national junior greens also qualified for the Junior World Cup Hockey. Pakistan junior hockey team will now play Korea in the semi-final of the Junior Aisa Cup. Hat-tricks by Umar Bhutta and Muhammad Taufeeq took Pakistan to victory. In a separate match, India defeated China 2-1 in their last pool match to enter the semi-finals. On Sunday, India recovered from a goal down in a 2-2 draw against Pakistan. Pakistan took the lead twice but India came back with an equaliser. India took four points with a win and a draw and met China in the last pool match on Monday. In another match, Malaysia beat Japan 3-1. The semi-final will be played between India and Malaysia while South Korea will face Pakistan in the other semi-final The won put
new zealand kick-boxer dies in debut bout
Pakistan top of the Pool B of the 7th Men’s Junior Asia Cup being held at Malacca, Malaysia. Pakistan had a 12-goal target to chase in order to avoid meeting Malaysia. They did it in style, scoring 8 goals in the first 35 minutes before adding another six in the second half. Pakistan opened scoring through Mohammad Tousiq in the sixth minute. And four minutes later Tuosiq struck off another penalty corner to double the advan-
tage. The floodgates opened as Mohammad Jaffar made it 3-0 in the 16th with Muhammad Dilber making it 4-0 in the very next minute. Muhammad Suleman then made it 50 in the 23rd minute and before Sri Lanka could recover it was 6-0 courtesy of Dilber. Pakistan were halfway through to their target but they were not letting up as they went on to score another two before halftime through skipper Muhammad
Umar Bhutta ( 33rd minute) and Ali Shan (35th minute) The ninth goal came just three minutes into the second half courtesy of Umar Bhutta. And in the 44th minute it was double figures when Irfan scored his second of the match. Goals by Ali Shan (60th) and skipper Umar Bhutta (61st minute) assured Pakistan of top spot in the group and a semis match against Korea. Two more goals by Tousiq (64th minute) and Umar (69th) completed the rout. Goal Scorer: Muhammad Tousiq 4 Goals, Muhammad Umar Bhutta (Capt) 3 Goals, Muhammad Dilber 2 Goals, Muhammad Irfan 2 Goals, Muhammad Suleman 2 Goals and Muhammad Jaffar 1 Goal. Meanwhile, Muhammad Asif Bajwa, Secretary General PHF said: “We promised the nation that we will qualify from the Junior Asia Cup for the coming World Cup and we achieved the goal accordingly. “The next match will be against Korean Junior Team on May 10 at 1705 hours (PST), for which the strategy has been worked out and has requested the nation to pray for the victory in the Semi Final against Korea,” he added.
No security issues for Chinese Taipei, Mongolian teams
An experienced New Zealand-based kickboxer has died in a Tahiti hospital after collapsing 32 seconds into his debut fight as a professional boxer, officials and his family confirmed Monday. Peruvian-born Willman Rodriguez Gomez, 29, was fighting Tahitian Karihi Tehei when he went down just over half a minute into the bout in Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia on Tahiti. The French Polynesia Boxing Federation confirmed Gomez died in Papeete's Taaone hospital an hour after being admitted late Friday. "Angels took him from this earth. Taken too soon doing something he loved with a passion," the family said in a message on his brother Chino's Facebook page. Gomez, who worked at a gymnasium in Auckland, was described as an experienced fighter of muay thai, also known as Thai kick-boxing, but was taking part in his first professional boxing bout.
The visiting football captains and officials from Chinese Taipei and Magnolia said on Monday that negative propaganda was being made regarding security in Pakistan which is a safe country for holding international sports events including football. “We feel at ease while in Pakistan and we are delighted to be in Lahore to play the AFC Presidents Cup Group B qualifying round and we look forward to a thrilling football event “,said Chinese team captain, Kno Yin Hung and head coach Chen Jen at a media conference on the eve of the event here on Monday at FIFA football house. The three nation qualifying round features the defending champions , Chinese Taipei’s Taiwan Power football club ,Mongolia Erchim football
club and Khan Research Laboratories. They expressed their satisfaction over the security situation in Pakistan and said “ Negative propaganda is being made against Pakistan as far as security is concerned. Due to that sort of propaganda we had a different picture of Pakistan in our mind but the moment we landed at Lahore airport and came out and went for practice that concept changed altogether as things are normal here and there is nothing wrong with the security.“ “We would like to say that Pakistan is a peaceful country suitable to organize sports events “,they asserted. They expressed the determination that their team would be able to defend the title by putting up impressive show . “ We are the reigning champions and we would be facing Magnolia and Pakistan and both teams are capable of giving us tough time but we are ready for giving our
best through commitment and hard work “. Mongolian skipper Enkhjargal and coach Batnasan spoke high of their side which will be aiming to produce high quality football to win the event. “In the presence of defending champions and Pakistan playing in their own back yard the task would be too challenging but we are fully focus for a good exhibition on part of our players”, they said. They said Pakistan is a sports loving country and people are very friendly. “Pakistan's wrong image is being portrayed in the outer world ,security situation is good here and we are very comfortable here “,they added. They said their team is a good combination of talent and they have some very good players in their ranks who can play significant role in their bid to win the event.
SBP issues show cause notice to blue turf installer
LAHORE StAff REPoRt
The Sports Board Punjab has issued a show cause notice to the installer of the blue turf at the National Hockey Stadium for slow pace of work and in breach of the tender notice and tender documents. “We are not satisfied with the pace of work and the way things are being done to lay the blue synthetic turf and that is why we have issued a show cause notice to the installer, Swallow international,” said Aamir Jalil, Director Sports. Punjab Government is fulfilling a national cause issued a special grant of Rs 35 million for the installation of the blue plastic surface to provide the newly introduced pitch for the practice of the national team for their preparations for London Olympics. Work order of laying the turf was issued in March last and as per the agreement the installer will be handing over the ground to SBP by the end of June, before the given dead line of July but the way work is being carried out it has put a huge question mark on finishing the project in time. “The specifications of shock pads required to be installed have also been incorporated in the tender notice and it is quite surprising that the installer has not yet removed them rather taking a decision at their own for using them with the new turf which is a gross violation of the tender,” he said. “We have issued the show cause notice to ensure that things are being done in a transparent way and we will not tolerate any irregularity in this regard,” he maintained.
AfC PreSIDenTS CUP QUALIfIerS
KRL vow to give productive result LAHORE ASHER Butt
Pakistan’s Khan Research Laboratories Football Club coach Tariq Lutfi has shown his determination to qualify for the main round of the AFC Presidents Cup by beating Erchim FC of Mongolia. KRL will meeting Erchim FC of Mongolia in the opening match of the AFC President’s Cup qualifying round while Taipei FC Team’s of Chinese Taipei is the third team in business. “We will be gunning for a berth in the AFC President’s Cup finals as all the preparation to face the opponents are taken care of,” said Lutfi. Participating for the second time in the competition after ending the dominance of Wapda in the Pakistan Premier League last season, KRL will face debutants Erchim FC of Mongolia in the opening match followed by another important tie against defending champions Taiwan Power Company on May 12. Group A has only three clubs after Bangladesh’s Dhanmundi Club opted to
withdraw from the competition. Despite having the defending champions in the group, former Pakistan and current KRL coach Tariq Lutfi is confident of qualifying for the finals in September. “We want to gain precious three points by beating the Mongolian club,” Lutfi said. “Taiwan Power Company is a good team and it’s unlikely that Mongolian side will get past them. So we just need to get the better of Erchim to qualify.” KRL will welcome six Pakistan U-22 internationals back into the side after they went to Thailand for friendly matches under Serbian coach Zavisa Milosavljevic. “They are coming after international exposures so they will make a huge difference,” Lutfi added. KRL had a difficult debut in the AFC President’s Cup two years ago when they finished with a single win over Cambodia’s Nagacorp in Group B qualifiers held in Yangon. KRL captain Samar Ishaq said “his team will go all out to demonstrate productive results in the event while having the opportunity to play in their own back yard and home
crowd. “It is not easy to beat the title holders, Chinese Taipei and a strong Mongolian side but despite all that we will be united for a collective cause of bringing glory“, he said. Lutfi praised the talent in his team and said no matter how strong their opponents are they are full determined to struck excellent performance to rise to the expectations. The AFC Competitions Committee has confirmed Phnom Penh Crown (Cambodia), KRL Football Club (Pakistan) and FC Istiklol (Tajikistan) as the hosts for the Qualification Round of the 2012 AFC President's Cup. A total of 12 clubs from across the continent are featuring in Tuesday's draw for the qualification round where three groups of four teams are vying for the top-two finish to secure place in the six-team knockout stage. The 12 confirmed participating clubs for this year's competitions are: Dhanmondi Club (Bangladesh), yeedzin FC (Bhutan), Phnom Penh Crown (Cambodia), Taiwan Power Company (Chinese Taipei), Dordoi Dynamo (Kyrgyzstan), erchim (Mongolia), nepal Police Club (nepal), KrL Football Club (Pakistan), Al Amma'ri youth Club (Palestine), ratnam Sports Club (Sri Lanka),
Murtaza Ali FC Istiklol (Tajikistan) and Balkan (Turkmenistan). Taiwan Power Company are the defending champions following their dramatic 3-2 win over Phnom Penh Crown in the final played at Kaohsiung National Stadium. Being the winners of their respective domestic leagues, both the finalists of 2011 will be featuring in this year's competition. Meanwhile, Erchim FC will represent Mongolia who was given a President’s Cup
slot from this year onwards filling the void created after Myanmar clubs were granted a place in the AFC Cup. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the finals to be played from September 24 to 30, 2012 and the hosts of the finals will be announced later. SCHEDuLE: May 8: KrL Football Club (Pak) vs erchim FC (Mon) May 10: erChIM FC (Mon)-Taiwan Power Company (Tpe) May 12: KrL (PAK)-Taiwan Power Company (TPe).
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windies make uncertain start on and off the field LONDON
PCB-CDA sign MoU to develop multipurpose stadium at Islamabad ISLAMABAD
West Indies insisted they still had enough time to prepare properly for their upcoming Test series against England and get all their squad on board after another rain-marred day at Hove on Sunday. After seeing the first day of their threeday tour opener against Sussex washed out on Saturday, the tourists struggled to 46 for two in the 18 overs possible at the south coast ground on Sunday. Meanwhile the West Indies, who currently only have 11 players fit and available with them in England, have yet to hear when visa and transit issues involving Assad Fudadin, Narsingh Deonarine and Marlon Samuels will be resolved. They are all thousands of miles away, with the two Guyanese in Jamaica awaiting visas and Samuels still to begin his journey from the Indian Premier League. However, a team spokesman said the trio were expected shortly. "We are not concerned about it," he said. "We are hopeful that they will be here in time for the (England) Lions match."
HE federal capital would have the largest ever International Cricket Stadium of the country and a world class cricket academy equipped with latest sports facilities at an area of 35 acres. The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has provided 35 acres of land in Shakarparian area of Islamabad for the state-of-the-art sport facility, the firstever of its kind in the country. Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Zaka Ashraf, Chairman Prime Ministerâ€™s Task Force on Islamabad, Faisal Sakhi Butt and Chairman CDA, Engineer Farkhand Iqbal on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding. Speaking on the occasion, Chairman PM Task Force on Islamabad, Faisal Sakhi Butt said that it is a hallmark for the federal capital and another milestone of the government in its efforts to develop sport infrastructure in the country. He said that the international cricket stadium and academy would not
Runner-up finish puts McIlroy back at No. 1 CHARLOTTE AfP
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy reclaimed golf's world number-one ranking on Sunday despite falling to Rickie Fowler in a playoff at the US PGA Tour's Wells Fargo Championship. McIlroy, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Friday, regained the summit a week after he was supplanted by England's Luke Donald. The two have exchanged the top spot for the past two months, and McIlroy needed only a top-seven finish at Quail Hollow to return to number one. "It's a little consolation," McIlroy said. "I would rather win the tournament, but it's good. "You know, I want to try and play well for the next few weeks and try and solidify my spot there at No. 1 and hopefully start by doing that next week and giving myself another chance to win."
ChArLoTTe: rory McIlroy of northern Ireland catches a golf ball before hitting his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the wells Fargo Championship at the Quail hollow Club. afp
Rampant de Villiers waylays Deccan
BAngALore: royal Challengers Bangalore (rCB) batsmen AB de Villiers plays a shot during the IPL Twenty20 match against Deccan Chargers. afp BANGALORE CRICINfo
Last year it was Chris Gayle for Royal Challengers Bangalore, this year it's AB de Villiers. Another fiery, match-winning hand from him transformed the game in a matter of two overs, revived Royal Challengers' campaign, left Deccan Chargers shell-shocked and entertained the home crowd. Chargers clearly had the upper hand when Tillakaratne Dilshan fell after a half-century, their relatively inexperienced bowling attack punching above its weight. But de Villiers brought them down to earth and reserved special treatment for his South Africa team-mate Dale Steyn in a gamechanging 18th over. Dilshan's 71 had put Royal Challengers on track in a big chase but his wicket, in the 16th over, was one of three in quick succession - a stutter that helped Chargers sneak ahead. But Mayank Agarwal showed
plenty of fight, thrashing Veer Pratap Singh and Ashish Reddy, both medium-pacers, for sixes to keep his team in the hunt. De Villiers' subsequent onslaught snatched the game away from Chargers. The visitors brought back Steyn in the 18th over, with 39 needed, and he erred by dropping short first up, to be dispatched for six over deep midwicket. A slower one was slogged past wide long-on, and an attempt at a yorker went awry as it served up as a full length ball that de Villiers hammered over extra cover for a flat six by making room. If brute power lay behind those shots, the icing was the scoop past short fine. Twenty-three came off that over. With 16 still needed off two overs, five balls was all it took to finish things off. Anand Rajan was thrashed over extra cover and down the ground, before being launched over the deep-midwicket boundary. J Syed Mohammad was given the strike to score the winning runs, and he didn't waste the chance. It was the only ball he faced in a stand worth 42, off 11 balls. The platform for a successful chase was laid by Dilshan, who was by far the more dominant opening partner and made up for Chris Gayle's subdued stay at the other end. He played a busy innings, cut the ball well, used the scoop, swept frequently and promptly dealt with long hops. He charged out to Veer Pratap to smash him for six over extra cover and a swept four off Reddy underlined his confidence. The stand grew more threatening for Chargers when Gayle began to open up, swinging Amit Mishra and Rajan for sixes, but his fall in the 11th over triggered a slide. ScORES: Royal Challengers Bangalore 185 for 5 (Dilshan 71, de Villiers 47*) beat Deccan Chargers 181 for 2 (Dhawan 73*, Harris 47, White 45) by five wickets.
only be added as an international cricket facility but also is a beautiful addition in the sport zone being developed in the area. He said that government has also allotted land for the Golf facility near to this stadium as a part of its initiative to promote sports activities in the region, which comprise of the capital city, adjoining areas, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa (KPK) and the Kashmir. He said that the sports infrastructure of the capital city is being developed on modern lines. Chairman PCB said that there is a lot of talent in the region which needs to be exploited by developing sport infrastructure of international standard. He said that the efforts of the President of Pakistan and the cooperation of CDA must be lauded to promote sports in the region and give a message of peace to the world. He said that the cricket academy would serve as a regional hub for training the people from this areas including KPK, AJK and FATA. Chairman CDA, Engineer Farkhand Iqbal said that the land for the cricket stadium has been allotted to the PCB for promoting the sports as part of
ISLAMABAD: PCb chairman zaka Ashraf, Chairman Prime Ministerâ€™s Task Force on Islamabad, Faisal Sakhi Butt and Chairman CDA, engineer Farkhand Iqbal CDA during the MoU signing ceremony. the government agenda to encourage the healthy activities in terrorism hit country. He said that CDA would get
30 percent of the income from the sport activities and commercial areas develop in this facility.
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20 Sports Turkey finish europeans with three golds MANCHESTER
Tuesday, 8 May, 2012
federer has no fear of Big Blue in Madrid MADRID AfP
Turkey won three golds and a silver on the final day of the European Championships here on Sunday to serve notice of their strength ahead of the 2012 Olympics in London. In the women's -53kg final Turkey's Hatice Yangin just edged Croatia's Ana Zaninovic 8-7 while her compatriot Nur Tatar enjoyed a more comfortable 11-5 success over Haby Niare of France to win gold in the -67kg category. Meanwhile, in the men's events Servet Tazegul had a walkover against Croatia's Filip Grgic in the -68kg gold medal match while Ridvan Baygut just missed out on another Tuirkish gold on Sunday after a 6-5 defeat by Russia's Aliaskhab Sirazhov in the climax of the -74kg class.
Shokat Memorial Kent beat Pioneer LAHORE StAff REPoRt
Shokat Memorial Kent beat Pioneer Club by 4 wickets in the Madree Millat T20 best of three series on Monday. Playing at the RA Bazar ground, Pioneer made 200 in 20 overs for five wickets. ScORES: Nadeem butt second consecutive century 109, Awab Usmanee 30, Hasan Azam 32, Nawaz Malik took 3-45 and Ashraf Ali 2-40. Shokat Memorial Kent made 201 for 6 wickets in 19.5 overs. Imran Ali 44, Rana Nadeem 70, Hasan Azam took 2-36, Ebtesam Khalid 2-20, Azeem Zulifqar 2-18. Next round match will be played on May 12 at Iqbal Park Ground no 2 at 9 am pioneer cc vs city gymkhana cricket club.2nd match pioneer vs ehsan memorial; at 2 pm .
Cricket world Cup guide LAHORE StAff REPoRt
Veteran Sports journalist, Mukhtar Bhatti has complied and edited a book titled “ Cricket World Cup Guide “ which provides information regarding all the Cups played so far since the inception of the event way back in 1975. Bhatti is the complier of number of similar books on cricket ,hockey and other sports and all publications give first hand information regarding elite events in respective disciplines with full information of each match or event. According to Associated Press of Pakistan, Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board, Ch Zaka Ashraf has written the fore word of the World Cup Guide and termed it a valuable treasurer of referential material. “The book will be a useful addition to a scanty number of books in Pakistan“, said the PCB Chairman.
Blue clay courts at the Madrid Masters hold no fears for former champion Roger Federer, with the confident Swiss insisting on Sunday that he will be ready for any conditions when he begins play in the second round. Federer, the third seed and 2009 champion, who beat Rafael Nadal to lift that title, has had two days of training on the experimental -- and controversial -blue courts laid down at the Caja Magica. Game day and practice sessions are two completely different situations, but the Swiss is not worried about what he might find in the heat of battle on the unorthodox surface. "I've played on it for two days, but not on centre court," said Federer, back on the ATP Tour after more than five weeks of holiday rest and training. "It feels a bit different than regular clay. Maybe it's the visual aspect. It's been cool and rainy so far here. It will be interesting to see how it is in hot and nice weather. "There is still some waiting to do and matches are quite a bit different than practices. I have to wait for my match to come around to give a proper opinion." Federer will play against the winner from a high-voltage opening-round tie between Argentine hardman David Nalbandian and Canadian serving sensation Milos Raonic. The Swiss said that the jury is still out on the blue-clay plan put into action by the tournament's billionaire impresario Ion Tiriac, the man who brought catwalk models onto court as ball-girls in another experiment that has paid public relations dividends for the ATP-WTA Masters 1000. Nadal, by contrast, has been complaining for weeks about the initiative, blaming
the ATP for allowing its former CEO Adam Helfant to quietly approve the plan without consulting the board. The Spaniard has been playing the tennis tradition card -- usually the one dealt by Federer on most issues -- by lamenting the change in colour. "This is an innovation and every innovation has a risk," Nadal said on Sunday. "The courts are there and we have to adapt to them -- me also. "This is about history. The earth is red, not blue. Tennis is not only about showbusiness. There are more things to appreciate -- history and tradition. "Some symbolic things in the world should be preserved." Federer said that judgement on the clay has yet to be made. "Does the younger generation need blue clay in order to get excited about tennis?" asked the 30-year-old world number three. "I don't know as I've not spoken to thousands and thousands of kids about it. "We'll soon hear the echoes from this week from players, fans and media. A close look will be taken once this is done so that a decision can be made for the next years after this test of the blue clay." The 16-time Grand Slam champion who won six of eight events from late 2011 through to Indian Wells in mid-March, is confident about his form heading into the preFrench Open event in Madrid. "I feel good about my chances of playing well over the next few months," he said. "But I'm coming back onto clay in the home of Rafa, who has been so dominant on this surface for so many years. "I have a big task ahead of me. But my focus is to get through my tough draw and get on a roll again. I'm happy and excited to be playing again. "I had a long time off, but I needed it because I've played so much recently. We've got a lot on our plates coming up so I want to be fresh in the mind and with the body to aim for the big goals that I have."
MADRID: Czech Petra Kvitova returns a ball to New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic during their match of the Madrid Masters. AfP
British women beat argentina in bruising final LONDON AfP
A week overshadowed by an off-field political 'hockey row' between the British and Argentine governments ended with a bruising 2-0 victory for the British women over their South American counterparts in the London 2012 test event final at the Olympic Park here on Sunday. Leicester defender Crista Cullen scored two second-half penalty corners but went off injured immediately after the second with an ankle problem. And striker Alex Danson later exited, visibly distressed, with a left shoulder injury after a collision with a defender and was taken straight to the dressing room for treatment. The 26-year-old has a history of shoulder trouble dating back to before the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the
British team have yet to confirm the severity of her injury. Cullen, however, did manage to attend the post-match trophy presentation albeit on crutches. Victory came after Britain -- who went through the tournament without conceding a goal -- beat Argentina by the same scoreline on Saturday.
That pool fixture that took place 24 hours after London was angered by an Argentine government advertisement Friday showing Argentina men's hockey captain Fernando Zylberberg training on a war memorial in the Falkland Islands capital of Stanley which honours British sailors who died in World War I. The ad was aired on Argentine television amid high tensions between the two countries as they both mark the 30th anniversary of the Falklands war over the British-held islands and carried the tagline: "To compete on English soil, we train on Argentinian soil." British players insisted Saturday they were unconcerned by the advert and, after Sunday's match, women's coach Danny Kerry was far more worried by the way in which, in his opinion, the umpires had failed to clamp down on Argentina's physical approach.
To seeds in next round of Super Series Ranking Tennis KARACHI StAff REPoRt
The 9th Pizza Hut Open Super Series Ranking Tennis Championship 2012 being played at the At Karachi Club on Monday saw top players move to the next round. MENS SINGLES 1St RouND: Talha zubair beat Ali Mansoor 6-4, 3-2 rtd, Khalid Ali nazar beat Saad noor 6-1, 6-1, nomi Qamar w/o nawab Muzzafer, Farhan Altaf beat Sikandar hayat 6-3, 6-3 JuNIoRS uNDER 17 1St RouND: Talha zubair beat nazif Ahmed 6-1, 6-2 JuNIoRS uNDER 17 SEMI fINAL: Talha
zubair beat nazif Ahmed 6-4, 6-3 uNDER 15 ( MAIN) 2ND RouND: nazif Ahmed beat Kailash 6-2, 6-2, M raza Sawani beat Sagar 6-2, 6-2, Sheryar w/o Jalaluddin uNDER 13 quARtER fINALS: M raza Sawani beat M Dada 6-0, 6-2, Shabbir Muhammad w/o Saad Farooq uNDER 11 RouND RoBIN: Abdullah Khan beat Ibrahim Khan 9-7, LADIES SINGLES ( 1St Round): Maheen Dada beat rubina 6-0, 6-0 MENS DouBLES: Aqeel khan Ali Bhagat beat Salman -Faheem ramzan 6-5, 6-2, SENIoRS 45 DouBLES 1St RouND: Akhter aliman- Suhoil Farid beat Akram- Suhail 6-2, 6-2.
Army become national U-22 Football champions LAHORE StAff REPoRt
Army on Monday won the National U-22 Football Championship-2012 that concluded at Bahawalpur. Armay scored two goals and blanked Muslim Football Club in the final payed at the Dring Football Stadium, Bahawalpur. It was their forward Rehan Ali who brought win for Army by converting both the goals. Their first goal came just before the first half and the second before the close of the game. Rehan hit the opener on the 41 minute and the second in the 87 minute. Lt Col (Retd) Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi TI (M), Secretary PFF, Syed Abid Hussain Qadri (Regional Police Officer Bahawalpur) and Sheikh Iqbal-ur-Rehman (President DFA Bahawalpur) were among the guests and distributed the prizes among the winners and other best performers. In all 20 matches were played during this event which was participated by 12 teams, including Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Army, KPT, Muslim FC (Chaman), Baloch FC (Noushki), PMC Athlitico FC (Faisalabad) and Wohaib FC (Lahore). The bronze medal went to Sindh Football Team with the winners Army team pocketed Rs 150,000 and Muslim Club received Rs 100,000. PMC Athletico FC won the Fair Play trophy with Rs 20,000 while the third position team Sindh received Rs 75,000 Adnan Ahmed of Army was the best goalkeeper, Saeed Ahmed of Muslim Club wzas the best player and Mujahid Ali of PMC Club was the highest goal scorer and all these players were given Rs 10,000 each. Shahid Hussain of Okara was the best referee and earned Rs 15,000 his best assistant referee turned out to be Irshad-ul-Haq of From Sheikhupura and he got Rs 10,000.
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Kvitova off to winning start in Madrid MADRID: Czech Petra Kvitova kick-started her title defence at the Madrid Masters on Monday with a 6-2, 6-3 defeat of New Zealand's Marina Erakovic. The third-seeded Wimbledon champion, who defeated Victoria Azarenka in straight sets to lift the 2011 trophy, went through into the second round in 67 minutes, firing five acres and producing 28 winners. Erakovic, the number 39 who has lifted her game in recent months with a Memphis final and semi-final showing last week on clay in Budapest, was broken five times. American ninth seed Serena Williams, the former number one now seeded ninth, started out with a victory over Russian Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-1, the second Madrid win from four matches played for the veteran whose schedule has never been over-taxing. But the 30-year-old has picked up her pace in recent months, reaching a Miami quarter-final, winning the title in Charleston and travelling to the Ukraine for Fed Cup to insure London Olympics eligibility. Elsewhere, Czech Andrea Hlavackova out Australian Anastasia Rodionova 6-1, 6-4 while Lucie Hradecka beat China's Peng Shuai 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. None of the women have yet voiced complaints about the new blue clay laid down at the Caja Magica, an issue which has some men led by Rafael Nadal up in arms and outraged at a change in tradition from the classic orange. AfP
Azarenka, Sharapova advance in Madrid
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Polish euro plan on track, despite Ukraine concern WARSAW AfP
With just a month left until Euro 2012 kicks off in Warsaw, Poland is working flat-out and watching nervously as calls to boycott matches in co-host Ukraine tarnish the tournament. "We're 98 percent ready," said Mikolaj Piotrowski, spokesman for PL.2012, the Polish organising arm overseeing projects linked to the competition including transport, accommodation and stadiums. "On May 15, the formal organisational readiness of Poland will be announced," he told AFP. "It means we'll start to act as if the tournament was already underway." The only major question mark, he noted, is over a stretch of motorway near Warsaw, which is needed to plug a hole on the route from western Europe. European football's governing body UEFA owns the prestigious Euro brand and watches hawkishly for slippage. Back in 2008, a year after wrongfooting pundits by picking Poland and Ukraine' over favorites Italy, UEFA issued a damning report which fueled speculation it could change its mind.
Putin greets olympic chief in first presidential meeting MOSCOW AfP
Kohlschreiber beats Cilic to lift Munich title MUNICH AfP
Fourth-seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany won Munich's ATP tournament with a 7-6 (10/8), 6-3 victory over Croatia's Marin Cilic in Sunday's final. The 28-year-old Kohlschreiber, ranked 34th in the world but set to rise into the top 25 after his win, lifted the trophy for the second time having also won here in 2007 and needed just under two hours to claim victory. "I'm super happy to win a tournament like this," said Kohlschreiber. "A week without defeats doesn't happen so often for me and it all started here for me five years ago.
HE top two seeds advanced to the Madrid Open second round on Sunday when Victoria Azarenka dispatched Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6 6-4 and Maria Sharapova crushed IrinaCamelia Begu 6-0 6-2. Making a less auspicious debut on the unfamiliar blue clay, a controversial innovation at this year's edition of the event, was 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, who was upset 6-4 6-7 6-3 by American qualifier Varvara Lepchenko. Azarenka, the world number one and runner-up in Madrid last year, dealt efficiently with the potential
threat from Russian Kuznetsova, another former French Open champion who had beaten the Belarussian in four of their six previous meetings. Azarenka has been in blistering form this year, however, with 29 wins, four titles including her first grand slam at the Australian Open which catapulted her to number one, and just two defeats. Second-ranked Sharapova was coming into the Madrid event following her win over Azarenka in last week's Stuttgart final, her first title of the year and 25th overall, and swatted aside the 56th-ranked Begu who was making her debut at the premier event in the Spanish capital. The Russian will be looking to complete her collection of grand
slams at Roland Garros starting later this month, the only one of the four she has not won. Former number ones Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic had contrasting matches as both progressed into the second round. Dane Wozniacki, the sixth seed, had to battle past Kazakhstan's Ksenia Pervak 7-6 3-6 6-4, while Ivanovic of Serbia, the 13th seed, dismissed French qualifier Mathilde Johansson 6-4 6-1. The Williams sisters are in action on Monday, with ninth-seed Serena playing her first-round match against Russia's Elena Vesnina and Venus, playing on a wildcard, meeting Angelique Kerber of Germany in the second round.
Wozniacki wins through despite ankle injury MADRID AfP
Former number one Caroline Wozniacki rolled an ankle but battled on to post a 7-6 (9/7), 3-6, 6-4 opening win over Ksenia Pervak of Kazakhstan in the Madrid Masters on Sunday. The sixth-seeded Dane struggled on with her handicap to take victory in a match lasting more than three hours, saving an amazing 14 of the 22 break point she faced. The 2009 runner-up will now have time for her injury to heal before facing on-form German Mona Barthel, quarter-finalist a week ago in Stuttgart. Number one Victoria Azarenka beat Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 while Maria Sharapova, the second seed, was equally ruthless with Irina-Camelia Begu
of Romania 6-0, 6-3. Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska advanced as American Varvara Lepchenko bet Italy's 2010 Roland Garros winner Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 6-7 (8/10), 6-3. Radwanska dismissed Spanish opposition with her defeat of Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino 6-3, 6-1 while 12th seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany started with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Swede Johanna Larsson. Belgian Yanina Wickmayer beat Australian Jarmila Gajdosova 6-2, 6-4 in 66 minutes despite 11 aces from the loser. Amid the controversy raging over the blue clay courts being trialled at this edition, Wozniacki had no complaints. "Blue is my favourite colour, this makes things a bit different," she said in the run-up to the French Open preliminary event at
the Caja Magica. "The court seems a bit faster than when it was (traditional) red. "Adding the Madrid altitude (650 metres above sea level) makes it even faster. But we will only know who handled it best when the tournament is over." Defending champion Petra Kvitova, the third seed, rode her 2011 Madrid title over Victoria Azarenka to a breakthrough Wimbledon crown two months later. The Czech is back at this edition standing third in the world and hoping for a repeat of her previous success. "I haven't practised on them enough yet to say, but I think they are something new for us," she told the tournament website. "In my opinion they look very nice, very cool. "I like the colour, so I'm looking forward to playing on them."
Vladimir Putin held his first meeting Monday as newly-confirmed Russian president with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Jacques Rogge, focusing on preparations for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. Putin was sworn in to a third term as president at a lavish Kremlin ceremony attended by 3,000 Russian dignitaries and special personal guests such as former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi. It was not immediately clear if Rogge himself was invited to Putin's inauguration. "Despite our domestic developments, I would like to assure you that the presidential agencies, I personally, and the Russian government will devote close attention" to the Games, news agencies quoted Putin as telling Rogge. "We attach enormous importance to preparations for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games," Russia's former prime minister said.
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Ipps give 72-hour ultimatum LAHORE StAff REPoRt
MoSCoW: Russian President Vladimir Putin enters Andreyevsky (St. Andrew's) Hall at the Great Kremlin Palace on Monday during his inauguration ceremony. afp
PML-n, PML-Q win one each in ‘rigged’ by-polls DERA GHAZI KHAN oNLINE
Massive rigging was reported during polling at the two provincial constituencies of PP 243 and PP 245 in Dera Ghazi Khan on Monday. The two seats of the Punjab Assembly fell vacant after Pakistan Muslim LeagueQuaid legislator Mohsin Khan Leghari and senior adviser to the Punjab chief minister Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa resigned. The two have been elected as senators. Zulfiqar Ali Khosa’s son Hasamuddin Khosa was contesting in PP 243 on the ticket of the PML-N while six other candidates were contesting independently. Meanwhile, eight candidates, including Muhammad Khan Leghari of the PML-Q and Mirza Talpur of the PML-N were contesting in PP 245. According to reports, a PML-N polling agent forced women to vote in favour of her party’s leader at the Sawarwali polling station. Sawarwali is the 57th polling station for the women of the PP-243 constituency in DG Khan. The polling agent of PML-N candidate Hasamuddin was seen snatching ballot papers from the voters, forcing them to mark her representative. The agent also verified if the voter had marked the right box or not before putting it in the box. According to unofficial results, Hasamuddin Khosa won the by-polls in PP 243 while independent candidate Imtiaz Leghari stood second in the run to victory. Khosa obtained 25,518 votes while 19,205 votes were cast in Imtiaz Leghari’s favour. In PP-245, Muhammad Khan Leghari of the PML-Q won the byelections exceeding Mirza Talpur of the PML-N. The winning candidate obtained 24,584 while the second-placed candidate got 11,748 votes. It is worth mentioning here that no candidate from the Pakistan People’s Party is contesting from both the constituencies, however, the PPP ticketholder for the 2008 elections, Dr Saeed Buzdar had announced to contest the election as an independent candidate. In a late night development, the state television reported that the Election Commission has withheld the result of the PP-243 constituency from where Hasamuddin Khosa had won the election according to unofficial result.
Two soldiers beheaded in Miranshah g
Death toll in two days of clashes rises to 11 PESHAWAR StAff REPoRt/AGENCIES
NOTHER two personnel of security forces were killed on Monday in Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan Agency, as clashes between militants and forces continued in the agency for the second consecutive day. Officials said the death toll in two days of violence had risen to 11, while 10 personnel of security forces had been left injured. A strict curfew is in place across the area and dwellers of Miranshah remained confined to their homes, while roads also remained closed for traffic.
On Sunday, gunmen armed with rockets attacked a military convoy, sparking gun battles. The military had said on Sunday that nine soldiers had been killed in clashes spanning several hours and had claimed that “heavy casualties” were inflicted on the militants. The heads of another two soldiers were found dumped on Monday, without their bodies — one hanging from a barbed wire fence in the neighbourhood of Makane Bagh and the other in Zafar Town, local officials said. Beside personnel of security forces, four civilians, including a child and two women, were killed and several others injured when mortar shells landed on houses during the clashes. During the
clashes, mortar shells landed on shops in two arms markets near Razmak Bus Stand in Miranshah. Around 50 arms shops caught fire and almost all arms, cartridges and explosive were destroyed. A number of rockets were also fired by militants at security forces. Meanwhile, in accordance with political administration’s instruction, relocation of tribesmen from Shalobar Qambar Khel tribe in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency is in progress. Officials said on the first day, around 350 families had abandoned homes and shifted to Peshawar and Jalozai. The political administration had directed tribesmen from Shalobar Qambar Khel to leave the area by Tuesday evening to make way for a military action against militants in the area.
JCp indefinitely defers ad-hoc appointments to SC ISLAMABAD StAff REPoRt
The Judicial Commission of Pakistan on Monday deferred the appointment of two ad-hoc and one acting judge for an indefinite period, but recommended the names of eight additional judges for the Sindh High Court. Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry presided over the meeting that discussed the appointment of ad-hoc and acting judges. The names of Justice (r) Ghulam Rabbani and Justice (r) MA Shahid Siddiqui were proposed for the post of ad-hoc judges, while Justice Umar Atta Bandial, a judge of Lahore High Court, was recommended for the post of acting judge in the Supreme Court of Pakistan in view of the appeal likely to be filed by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani against the seven-member bench judgment on contempt of court case. Before the meeting, an eight-member delegation of senior lawyers led by Akhtar Hussain, vice-chairman of the Pakistan Bar Council, met the chief justice of Pakistan and apprised him about the reservations of legal fraternity regarding the appointment of ad-hoc and acting judges in the apex court. Hussain told reporters after the meeting that the chief justice agreed to their suggestion. He said they urged the chief justice that before appointing ad-hoc and acting judges, the vacancy of permanent judge must be filled. He said if it was indispensable to appoint ad-hoc and acting judges in the Supreme Court, it should be considered after the filing of the appeal by the prime minister. Hussain said they also informed the chief justice that there were number of posts lying vacant in high courts, therefore these posts must be filled on priority basis. Published by Arif Nizami for Nawa Media Corporation (Pvt) Ltd at Qandeel Printing Press, 4 Queens Road, Lahore.
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The advisory council of independent power producers (IPPs) has issued an ultimatum of 72 hours to the government for the non-payment of Rs 34 billion, failing which the IPPs legal counsel will proceed with legal options. The ultimatum was issued after the failure of government to honor its sovereign commitment. Moreover, eight IPPs served another fresh notice for payment of Rs 9 billion to the government. Sources said the government must act positively to avoid any embarrassment in court of law, as the industry was facing a hard time with severe cash crunch, especially when banks had stopped further loans. However, in the larger national interest, the IPPs are continuing to run their plants on the basis of fuel payment they got from NTDC for a few hours. The sources revealed that despite this huge default, the IPPs were generating power per their commitment based on funds they were given for fuel, but the situation was getting worse day by day. The IPPs would soon start to default on their loans, both short-term and project loans from the banks, which would cause another of Pakistani industry (banks) to collapse. The sources said since the deadline of the final 10-day notice of Rs 34 billion payment ended on May 4, 2012, which was served by the same eight IPPs on April 19, it had become evident that soon the IPPs would have all their investment jeopardized by the government’s indifference towards financial woes of these power producers. They said a case outside Pakistan against this sovereign default would immediately result in severe reactions by the global financial sectors. The banks, they added, would stop honouring trade documents from Pakistani banks and would insist on cash payments.
putin sworn in as Russian president MOSCOW AfP
Russia’s newly sworn-in President Vladimir Putin on Monday proposed his Kremlin predecessor Dmitry Medvedev as the country’s new prime minister under a job swap agreement that sparked protests last year. The lower house of parliament’s speaker Sergei Naryshkin said Putin submitted Medvedev’s name for confirmation shortly after taking the oath of office for a third Kremlin term. Putin was expected to personally present Medvedev’s candidacy when the State Duma holds a special session that may include an official vote on Tuesday. The Duma is all but certain to approve the candidacy after both the ruling United Russia party and the LDPR group of the veteran populist Vladimir Zhirinovsky promised to support Putin’s choice. Medvedev now has the support of about 290 lawmakers in the 450-seat chamber while needing only a simply 226 vote majority to become Putin’s premier. Putin had served as Medvedev’s prime minister after ceding his Kremlin seat to his close ally upon completing his constitutionally-mandated first two terms as president between 2000 and 2008.