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Rs 17.00 Vol III No 223 19 Pages Lahore Edition
Saturday, 9 February, 2013 Rabiul Awal 27, 1434
24th Amendment Bill tabled in Senate Unlike its strong opposition to the government’s bill for the creation of Bahawalpur Janoobi Punjab province, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) offered a soft resistance against the tabling of the 24th Amendment Bill 2013 and walked out of the session. PAGE 24
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OPP AGREES ON TWO FORMER SC JUDGES AS CARETAKER PM: NISAR ALI KHAN Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Nisar Ali Khan on Friday said the opposition had reached consensus on two former Supreme Court judges – Nasir Aslam Zahid and Shakirullah Jan – out of eight names for the caretaker prime minister. Page 04
INDIA REJECTS OIC SUGGESTION FOR J&K MISSION Strongly rejecting the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) suggestion of allowing an OIC fact-finding mission to Jammu and Kashmir to assess the human rights situation in the country, the Indian government on Friday said the grouping had no locus standi on such matters and termed suggestions to this effect by the Pakistani foreign minister as “propagandist”. Page 19
US DRONE STRIKES FACE RARE SCRUTINY ON CAPITOL HILL In a rare public discussion on the US use of drones for targeted killings, a key panel on the Capitol Hill engaged in intense questioning of the basis and rationale of the secret operations when John Brennan, Obama’s pick for next CIA director, appeared for his confirmation hearing. Page 18
SBP MAINTAINS POLICY RATE AT 9.5 PERCENT Terming macroeconomic conditions in the country as weakening during the first half of FY13, the central bank on Friday decided to keep the discount rate for the next couple of months unchanged at 9.5 percent. The regulator, however, has reduced the interest rate corridor by 50 basis points (bps) from 300 bps to 250 bps. Page 16
Pakistan Super League postponed The Pakistan Super League (PSL), the country’s upcoming T20 tournament has been postponed. According to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the new schedule for the tournament will be announced later. The PCB press release stated: “The concerns expressed by the stakeholders on tight timelines for submission of bids & leveraging of assets, hold merit." PAGE 22
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Pact with China should also have a provision for jobs to the residents of Gawadar and other Balochistan cities. — Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawar Hassan
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24th amendment Bill tabled in Senate CONTINUED ON PAGE 24
He suggested that the report of the parliamentary commission on new provinces should have been tabled before the Senate just like it had been tabled in the National Assembly. Speaking on a point of order, PML-N lawmaker Zafar Ali Shah said the bill was not on agenda despite it being a very serious matter. He said such an important issue could not be taken up without consultation with the opposition. However, the law minister said this objection should have been raised by the opposition when the item was being taken up. He said since the chair had given a ruling, it could not be
challenged further. This infuriated the PML-N senators and they opted to walk out from the Senate proceedings. Later, the chairman took the other two items on the agenda. 24th Amendment Bill: The bill will amend seven articles of the constitution to pave the way for the creation of a new province if passed by the Upper House. It is aimed at amending Article 1 so that the term ‘Bahawalpur Janoobi’ can be added before Punjab. By amending Article 59, the number of seats in the Senate would be increased to 127 and thus the existing Punjab would have a total 46, double of the existing number of seats in the Upper House with 23 seats each for Punjab and
Bahawalpur Janoobi Punjab. The amendment in articles 175A and 198 of the constitution would give way to the establishment of a high court in the new province and for the abolition of the Lahore High Court benches in Multan and Bahawalpur. Under this legislation, a commission, comprising chief justices of the four provincial high courts, shall be formed for the appointment of the chief justice and judges of the high court of Bahawalpur Janoobi Punjab. WALKOUTS BY RABBANI, OTHERS: Earlier, senators who are members of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) staged a walkout from the
Shia lawyer shot dead in Peshawar PESHAWAR
A senior lawyer belonging to the Shia community was shot dead in the Gulbahar area of Peshawar early on Friday. Malik Jarrar, a senior advocate was shot dead by unidentified men when he was dropping his children at school in the morning. Soon after the assassination contingents of police rushed to the site and shifted the body to hospital. The incident caused unrest amongst the people and most of them were confined to homes. Expressing severe resentment over the assassination, lawyers boycotted court proceedings and staged a sit-in front outside the Governor’s House. No one has claimed respon-
Pakistan has eliminated al Qaeda network ISLAMABAD
Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani on Friday said Pakistan had eliminated the al Qaeda network from its territory. In a briefing before the members of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani said security forces had eliminated the al Qaeda network from Pakistan’s territory and al Qaeda operatives had been uprooted and were now on the run. Declaring the predator strikes in Federally Administrated Areas (FATA) of Pakistan unfruitful, he said drones strikes were proving counterproductive and were causing a rise in militancy. Terming them a violation of country’s sovereignty Jilani said the attacks were not acceptable for Islamabad. He said such attacks were violation of the United Nations charter, adding that Islamabad had always opposed them.
sibility for the killing so far, but officials have termed it an act of sectarian violence. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said Jarrar’s assassination was connected to sectarian violence in the province. The minister alleged that certain elements were bent upon creating a Quetta-like situation in Peshawar. In this regard, Chief Minister Amir Haider Hoti had recently convened elders from both sides and they had unanimously agreed to remain peaceful and patient towards each others. Meanwhile, lawyers community on a call by Peshawar High Court Bar Association and Peshawar Bar association boycotted proceeding of courts and staged a sit-in outside the Governor’s House.
ECP partially lifts ban on fresh recruitments ISLAMABAD
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday partially lifted the ban on recruitments and allowed the concerned departments to fill the vacancies which were advertised on or before August 31, 2012. Constitutional institutions like Supreme Court, the high courts, district courts and provincial assembles are exempt from the ban. According to a directive issued by the ECP said that the development projects already in progress may continue without interruption where no diversion of funds is required. Furthermore, the ECP said that all appointments should be made strictly in accordance with the rules applicable to such appointments and purely on merit. Furthermore, the directive said that requests from ministries, divisions and departments or institutions of the federal government or any department or institution of any provincial or local government including the health and education departments would be considered on case-to-case basis by the ECP.
Moreover, the ECP said that as far as diversion of funds was concerned, requests from foreign donors to divert funds from one project to another would be considered on case-to-case basis. Diversion of funds in respect of projects of strategic importance would also be considered by the ECP on caseto-case basis. However, no funds would be diverted from an ongoing project to a new or existing development project in any constituency, the ECP said. The minister for law and justice, through his letter dated January 29 had sought review of the directive, dated January 22 issued by the ECP, whereby the ECP had said that “All kinds of recruitments in any ministry, division, department or institution of the federal government or any department or institution of any provincial and local governments is banned forthwith except recruitments by the federal or provincial public service commission. Diversion of funds already allocated to various development projects in the country is banned forthwith and the spending of funds so diverted shall stand frozen forthwith.”
Senate over the non-tabling of the committee’s report on missing persons. Speaking on a point of order, PCNS Chairman Raza Rabbani expressed concern over the behaviour of the Senate Secretariat for not including a report prepared by the committee on missing persons despite assurance from the chairman. He said being chairman of the committee, he had already sent copies of the report to the prime minister, the National Assembly speaker and the Senate chairman so there was nothing to hide. The Senate chairman said he would examine the issue raised by Rabbani, as there was no purpose to put the report on hold.
Opp agrees on two former SC judges as caretaker PM: Nisar
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PESHAWAR: A US drone strike in South Waziristan on Friday evening killed at least six people and left two wounded. Two missiles struck a house in the village of Babar Ghar, a tribal district bordering Afghanistan which is a stronghold of Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants. On Wednesday, three militants, including a foreign fighter, were killed when an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) fired missiles on a militant compound in Ghulam Khan tehsil in North Waziristan. STAFF REPORT
KPT DENIES REPORT
KARACHI: Reacting to a news item published in Pakistan Today on Feb 8, a spokesman of the Karachi Port Trust denied that KPT does not follow the relevant PPRA rules. He said that KPT is a law abiding institution and has at all times adhered to transparent procurement methods and procedures. PRESS RELEASE
OPP LEADER SAYS PML-N WOULD BRING ITS OWN BILL ON NEW PROVINCES ISLAMABAD
EADER of the Opposition in National Assembly Nisar Ali Khan on Friday said the opposition had reached consensus on two former Supreme Court judges out of eight names for the caretaker prime minister. Taking a jab at the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in a press conference, he said Imran Khan’s party had now become Pakistan Tehreek-eTazaad (contradictions). Nisar said the opposition had considered eight names for the coming caretaker setup, adding that consensus had been developed on names of two former Supreme Court judges — Nasir Aslam Zahid and Shakirullah Jan. He said
no backdoor diplomacy or negotiations with the government were under progress on the issue of the caretaker setup. Nisar clarified that it would be the decision introduced by the opposition to dissolve the Punjab Assembly and no one else had the mandate to make such decisions. The opposition leader said the “PTI had earlier supported the chief election commissioner and the election bill and Imran Khan had shown full faith in Fakhruddin G Ebrahim. Now he has reservations just like Tahirul Qadri”. Nisar said, “The PTI always boasted of not forming any allegiance with any party, then why is it tilting towards Tahirul Qadri all of a sudden.” He further blamed the PTI for accepting former president Pervez Musharraf in the past and his chosen election commissioner Irshad Hussain Khan, whose eligibility was questionable as he had postponed elections for three years and allowed amendments in
Zardari arrives in Lahore to inaugurate Bilawal House LAHORE
President Asif Zardari arrived in the provincial capital on Friday on a six-day visit. Per details, President Zardari reached Lahore to inaugurate Bilawal House in Bahria Town, Raiwind Road. He was received at the airport by Punjab Governor Makhdoom Ahmad Mahmood and Punjab Education Minister Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman. On Friday evening, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf called
on President Zardari and discussed with him the current political situation, particularly the issues pertaining to the Election Commission of Pakistan. Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was also present on the occasion.
the constitution. “The TMQ, PTI and PML-Q want to postpone elections, therefore, they are bringing up all these reservations.” The opposition leader reminded media about the issue of Justice (r) Irshad Hussain, saying that the three parties observed criminal silence over the issue and accepted then military dictator Pervez Musharraf and the then controversial “imported” prime minister. “Imran Khan cannot bring a tsunami in a teacup and PTI has become a party of contradictions rather than a party of justice.” The senior PML-N leader was of the view that the government had vowed to bulldoze the House with the Higher Education Bill at the eleventh hour and his party would oppose the move as it was not in the interest of the nation. Nisar said the PML-N would bring its own bill on the new provinces and the homework had been completed for the purpose. “No more controversial bills would be tolerated anymore,” Nisar added.
SC to hear Qadri’s petition on 11th
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has accepted Tahirul Qadri’s petition for the reformation of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The hearing of the case will be held on February 11 and the Supreme Court has issued notices to Qadri, the attorney general, the chief election commissioner and the federation. Qadri had filed a petition in the Supreme Court on February 7, according to which, the appointments made to the Election Commission of Pakistan were not in accordance with articles 213 and 218 of the constitution. STAFF REPORT
Centre not interested in Karachi peace: SC CONTINUED ON PAGE 24
Seized with the hearing of the Karachi law and order case, the bench took a strong exception to the federal government’s lukewarm response to its earlier orders of Centre taking action against 0.1 million foreigners residing in the city illegally. “Today, after a lapse of almost three-and-a-half
months from the date of the aforesaid letter, the learned DAG has stated that no action pursuant to the same has been taken,” the court observed, adding that this “provides the clearest manifestation of the absence of interest or active involvement of the federal government in the prevailing situation”. The bench was also unhappy with the NADRA DG and Police who were directed
to set up a joint cell of specialised officials and experts along with adequate manpower to identify illegal foreigners. “This exercise was to be completed within a year of our judgment dated October 6, 2011. It is regrettable that this has not been done,” it said. The judges also gave a week’s time to the government to evolve, in consultation with political parties, a
strategy to deal with “illegal strikes” that hindered smooth running of economic and commercial activities in the city. “The learned advocate general states that the report in this respect has not yet been submitted and seeks some time to file the same,” the bench stated. The proceedings were later adjourned until February 25.
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LAHORE: The Punjab government has appointed Abdullah Khan Sumbal as the new Information Secretary in place of Mohyuddin Wani, who has been posted as secretary of the Special Education Department. Earlier Sumbal was heading the Special Education Department. STA FF REP O RT
THRILLS AND FUNERALS FOR LAHORE’S STREET RACERS IN SPITE OF SEVERAL DEATHS CAUSED BY MOTORCYCLE RACING AND ONEWHEELING, THE CITY’S YOUTHS CONTINUE TO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE
POLICE SAY STREET RACERS OFTEN GET INVOLVED IN SERIOUS CRIMES LAHORE
NEMPLOYMENT has forced the youth to look for quick ways to earn money that include gambling, theft, kidnapping for ransom, and motorbike racing and one-wheeling. According to sources, the root cause of motorbike racing and one-wheeling are mechanics who customise bikes to such an extent that their speed almost doubles. In some cases, mechanics make these highly customised bikes and find riders for them who conduct races in which the loser pays the other mechanic part of the cost of making the bike. Such high speed racing often turns out to be fatal for the young riders looking to make a few bucks. Today such racing has become a phenomenon in areas of Allama Iqbal
Airport, Mehmood Booti Road, Jallo Morr and from Muslim Town underpass to Punjab University underpass. These races start around dawn on Saturday morning and often the organisers strike a deal with the local police station before the fatal event. In case, the police raid the event, they are unable to arrest the speeding motorcyclists and even if they are able to detain anyone, they are released for an amount of money. The cash prizes for such races range from Rs 100,000 to Rs 200,000. Lahore has numerous motorcycle mechanics who prepare bikes especially for races. These include Bao motor mechanic of Rehmanpura, Naveed of Javed Market, Shakeel Topi of Rehmanpura, Aamir Bakri of Rawan Road, Papa of Pir Ghazi Road, Asif of Lahore Hotel, Shami group of Gawalmandi and Azeem of Ferozepur Road Bank Stop. Sources said if a fatality occurs in these races, the kith and kin of the deceased are unable to pursue legal proceedings against anyone and even if they are able to register a case it is done on the pretext of a road accident. Sources further said often rivalries start between different groups who get involved in serious crimes such as murder to settle scores. Aqeel, brother of Mohammad Shakeel (who lost his life in one such incident) said, “My brother was a mechanic and also a racer who had won on several occasions. He was killed by his own friends out of jealousy.” He said some people from the Farooqi gang belonging to Jallo Morr came to his brother’s shop and shot him dead. He said their mother has been suffering from mental disorders since
Shakeel’s death. “But God gave us justice. Even though we had registered an FIR, police were unable to arrest the culprits. However, we found out some time later that police shot the leader of the Farooqi gang in an encounter,” he said. He went on to tell the story of his younger brother Adeel who also opened a motorcycle shop following Shakeel’s death. “We told him on several occasions to not get into this business but he wouldn’t listen and he put up his own shop,” he said. The 22-year-old Adeel lost his life in a motorbike accident and died on a footpath. He had gone out with friends to try out a new bike he had been working on. “I have lost two brothers to motorcycle racing,” said Aqeel in despair. He said that even today hundreds of young boys are involved in motorbike racing, and also steal bikes for the purpose. “It’s a downward spiral involving our youth in several crimes and putting their lives at stake,” he said. Mechanics from Rehmanpura – Bao and Shakeel told Pakistan Today that they do not ask anyone to take part in races. “Boys come to us in groups asking us to work on their bikes and are ready to pay whatever it takes,” they said. “We are mechanics and it is our job to work on their bikes in the manner they want. Now if they indulge in racing after that, we have no control over it,” they said. Azeem, a mechanic from Bank Stop Ferozepur Road, said his motorcycle Honda CD70 is the city’s fastest. “It runs at 130 km per hour and no one in Lahore can beat that at the moment,” he said. He said he was working on a Honda CG125 motorbike which he expects will reach top speed of 170 km per hour, beating all previous records. “At present the fastest CG125 belongs to Shami mechanic of Gawalmandi which runs at around 165-
170 km per hour,” he said. “After I complete my bike I will take part in a race and beat Shami’s motorbike to become the undisputed winner in Lahore,” he said. According to police, youngsters involved in motorbike racing and onewheeling are often involved in street crimes to cater to their racing needs. Police sources said often youngsters caught in such activities belong to respectable households and are involved in racing and other crimes to make fast bucks. They said becoming a racer is a gateway into gangs. Good racers, they said, make contacts with criminals and their services are often needed. Civil Lines SP Investigation Tariq Aziz while talking to Pakistan Today said, “Often those involved in racing and onewheeling are connected to various other crimes. We arrested a college graduate who possessed a pistol. During investigation he confessed that he had been involved in 33 robberies.” These boys, he said, drive so fast that it becomes very difficult to go after them. He said these boys start off with small robberies, mobile phone or wallet snatching, and eventually get involved in serious crimes. “Their parents are oblivious to these activities and are in denial always believing that police has registered a false case against their child,” he said. SP Aziz said when he was an ASP in Gulberg, he had taken strict measures to stop one-wheeling and had put up banners warning of legal proceedings against violators. “These measures had curbed such activities in Gulberg to a large extent. Lahore Police is active against such activities and gangs involved in them and will continue with its efforts,” he said.
govt dismisses 90 irregular doctors in Punjab LAHORE
The Punjab government dismissed on Friday 90 doctors who had been absent from their regular duties for almost one year, media reports said. According to sources, the doctors who were dismissed by the government were not discharging their duties for the past one year.
Despite repeated warnings issued by the Punjab Health Department, the doctors did not pay any heed to the matter, due to which departmental action was taken. While the hunger strike of the Young Doctors Association (YDA) Punjab entered its fifth consecutive day, heads of organisations, including heads of Shabab e Milli and Islami Jamiat Tulaba, and political notables, including Leader of
the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Shaukat Basra, visited the hunger strike camp, Pakistan Today has learnt. However, no breakthrough was achieved so far. YDA spokesperson Dr Nasir said the doctors had taken a final decision and would stick to it even if something ‘terrible happens” to them during the hunger strike. He said the government should fulfil their demands and show some seriousness towards the matter.
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It is the constitutional duty of representatives to attend the meetings of Judicial Commission assigned with duty of appointment of superior courts judges. – LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial
FC College celebrates UN interfaith harmony week lahore Saturday, 9 February, 2013
The Centre for Public Policy and Governance at the Forman Christian College held a seminar in connection with the UN interfaith harmony week on “Designing a framework for Peace Education in a Pluralist Society”. The purpose of the seminar was to hash out ideas on how to deconstruct stereotypes in a post 9/11 world, to create deeper understanding of all people and a society that celebrates unity in diversity. Dr Amineh Hoti, a member of the UK Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education, was the keynote speaker at the seminar, along with FC Department of Religious Studies Chairperson Dr Hafiz Abdul Ghani and Naulakha Presbyterian Church Senior Pastor Dr Majid Abel. Dr Hoti gave an anthropological perspective on the issue of creating the ‘other’ and the creation and bastardisation of stereotypes that become counter-productive to peaceful co-existence in society. “This creates a need to try and understand people who are different from us and observe their culture, traditions, values and beliefs with an open mind,” she said. Dr Hoti shared her experience of trying to grapple with Muslim stereotypes in the west. She said it was unfortunate that Pakistan did not have non-government women’s universities or major interfaith organisations that had made a significant difference in the
country. “People view higher education as a ticket abroad. They study with the intention to make money, and you have a society that values doctors and finance majors, but refuses to study social sciences, as a result we struggle with social myopia,” she said. Dr Ghani discussed the need for creating ‘unity in diversity’ instead of the American ‘melting-pot’ model that had glossed over diversity instead of celebrating it. He said society must go through four phases in dealing with diversity: denial, defensive attitudes, tolerance and celebration of diversity. He said Pakistan’s education system needs to be revised completely to incorporate ideas and values that are necessary to survive in the 21st century. He said the importance of synergy, global citizenship, and celebration of differences, were key values that should cut across education levels and the urban-rural divide. He said all stakeholders must formulate courses for schools, colleges, madrassahs and universities that would help students view themselves in a broader setting, as citizens of the world. He said institutions should facilitate ethnic diversity and should be allowed to converse freely in their own languages, while English should be confined to the classroom. Dr Abel shared his experiences as a Christian in a Muslim country, and said, “It is impossible to have an interfaith dialogue with the attitude that one’s faith is the absolute truth, it is important to respect what others have to say.”
LAHORE: Workers carry a billboard depicting Sufi mystics as the Punjab government prepares to welcome a Turkish delegation for the inauguaration of the BRTS. muRTAzA ALI
metro bus to revolutionise transport: Cm LAHORE
YDA THREATENS TO DISRUPT METRO BUS INAUGURATION CEREMONY
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Friday that the metro bus was a revolutionary public welfare project which would provide modern transport facilities to the people. Presiding over a meeting to review the inauguration ceremony of the metro bus project at his Model Town residence, he said the project was a unique example of transparency, speed and standard. “It will bring about revolutionary changes in the transport sector and will provide modern, comfortable and economical travelling facilities to the masses,” he said. The CM also lauded labourers,
LAHORE: The Young Doctors Association (YDA) on Friday announced that they would disrupt the inauguration ceremony of Metro Bus Service on Sunday unless the Punjab government fulfilled their demands. They said the Punjab government would be responsible if any unwanted incident occurred or if they were stopped from participating in the ceremony. The YDA said it would end its ongoing hunger strike only if the provincial government assured them that it would accept their demands. While the YDA strike entered its fifth consecutive day, YDA members reiterated their demands for provision of funds for the free treatment of patients, repair of out-of-order machines in government hospitals and the formation of their service structure. INP
contractors and the concerned authorities for completing the project in a record time. Sharif praised people of Lahore for
Justice Anwarul Haq refuses to hear fake degree case against former minister
Rescue 1122 chief defends staff LAHORE
LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice Anwarul Haq refused on Friday to hear a case the regarding the fake degree of a former minister Ghulam Sarwar and returned the case to the LHC chief justice. On resumption of the hearing of the case, a single bench of the LHC comprising Justice Anwaar ul Haq was told by the plaintiff and the former minister Ghulam Sarwar that the case regarding his fake degree was instituted for political revenge. He urged the court to stop the investigation until the verdict on his petition. However, Punjab Prosecutor General said as the fake degree charge against Ghulam Sarwar had been proved, his pre-arrest bail should be annulled. INP
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tragedies. Talking in a meeting at Emergency Academy, he said that world’s best fire services were useless if buildings didn’t have proper fire hydrants. He said that in Aiwan-eMashriq building incident, rescue workers evacuated at least 32 men safely and also gave them first aid. He said that Rescue 1122 emergency management had planted a well-equipped monitoring system with which the rescue workers could monitor operations.
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Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel — Che Guevara
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EAVY fighting is continuing around the Syrian capital, as government forces try to halt a rebel advance. Activists said clashes continued in Jobar district in Damascus on Friday amid rocket shelling by government forces on the eastern district and nearby neighbourhoods. While opposition fighters have seen gains across parts of the country, they have so far been kept away from the centre of Damascus. But in the past three days, rebels have overrun army positions encircling the heart of the city. Early on Friday, a rocket fired by government forces hit the Damascus suburb of Moadamiyah, killing six rebel fighters and injuring 12 other people, opposition activists said. More people have been injured in overnight bombardment in the Damascus neighbourhoods of alHajar al-Aswad, al-Qadam, al-Assali and Barzeh, according to activists. Syrian state media, meanwhile, reported that six people, including three children, had been killed on Wednesday when “terrorists” fired two mortar shells
tunisian opposition leader laid to rest TUNIS
Tens of thousands chanted anti-Ennahda slogans in the streets of Tunisia’s capital for the burial procession of a slain opposition leader whose murder plunged the country into a political crisis and fresh post-revolution violence. Crowds surged around an open army truck carrying Belaid’s coffin, draped in a red and white Tunisian flag, from a cultural centre in the slain leader’s home district of Jebel alJaloud. “Belaid, rest in peace, we will continue the struggle,” they changed, holding portraits of Belaid - who was shot dead outside his home on Wednesday by a gunman who escaped on the back of a motorcycle. Some shouted slogans against Rachid Ghannouchi, leader of the ruling Ennahda party. “Ghannouchi, assassin, criminal,” they chanted. “Tunisia is free, terrorism out.”Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Janabi, reporting from Tunis, said supporters of Ennahda had gathered outside parliament. They said they had come out to ‘defend the revolution’ and denounce the assassination of Belaid. “We are here to say that Islamist parties did not assassinate Belaid,” one demonstrator said. “We hold Tunisian media responsible for planting the idea that Islamists are behind the killing. Until now, the media is supported by Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s supporters.” GENERAL STRIKE: The capital was at near standstill amid a general strike called by the North African country’s biggest union to protest his murder, blamed by the opposition on the ruling party, Ennahda. Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from Tunis, said the strike “is already causing loads of problems. Tunis air has suspended all flights the airport remains open but most of the international flights are affected, public transportation is at a minimum, shops are
closed and supporters of the union are already rallying in the square. “A big army force is out to prevent any clashes between protesters... This is the biggest concern, to have casualties. It could plunge Tunisia back into more violence and uncertainty.” Belaid’s widow has insisted that women should be allowed to attend the funeral - which is unusual in Tunisia. One of the slain opposition leader’s daughters fainted in chaotic and emotional scenes as the funeral religious prepared to set off in a 10km procession to the cemetery. Tunisian police fired teargas to disperse anti-government protesters throwing stones and petrol bombs in the mining town of Gafsa, witnesses said. SECULAR VERSUS RELIGIOUS: Tunisia has a long-established secular tradition which has been countered by the rise of one of the region’s most powerful Islamist parties. “The growing rift between religious and secular parties is creating political deadlock,” Ahelbarra said. “All the pressing issues like the drafting of a new constitution and setting a final date for the elections are likely to be delayed until a deal is reached. The police and army have been put on alert to prevent any outbreaks of violence and to “deal with any troublemakers”, the presidential spokesman Adnan Mancer announced late on Thursday. The strike comes on the back of Ennahda rejecting Prime Minister Hamdi Jebali’s proposal to dissolve the government and install a cabinet of technocrats in a bid to restore calm after Shokri’s assassination. “The seculars are concerned, saying that Ennahda should not build an autocratic system, while the party says they have entered a coalition with seculars. But the problem is not everyone here buys into that rhetoric,” Ahelbarra reported. “They are calling for Ennahda to dissolve the government and install a technocratic system otherwise they will continue to fight.”
Deadly bomb attacks rock Iraq markets
BAGHDAD: At least 29 people have been killed and dozens others wounded by car bombs in mainly Shia Muslim neighbourhoods in Iraq, officials say. Police officers said a bomb hidden in a box went off at the Milhaniya pet market on Friday in the Khatamiya area in northern Baghdad. In a second blast, a parked car exploded. The twin explosions killed at least 16 people and wounded 43 others, security and medical officials said. Glass and shrapnel was scattered across the scene, and several nearby cars were completely destroyed. In the predominantly-Shia province of Babil, two car bombs in the town of Shomali, south of Baghdad, killed 13 people and wounded 47 others, according to security and medical officials. The first explosion went off on the town’s outskirts, while the second was detonated in a market. Women and children were among the casualties in both attacks, medics said. Markets are crowded on Fridays as Iraqis come to shop and spend family time during the Muslim weekend. The markets are a frequently targeted by armed groups which seek to inflict large numbers of casualties. Despite a drop in violence, fighters carry out neardaily attacks on security forces and civilians in Iraq in an attempt to undermine the Shia-led government. AgENcIES
on a bus station in al-Qaboun district in Damascus. ‘Pursuing terrorists’ SANA state agency also reported that government forces continued to pursue “armed terrorist groups” in the Damascus suburbs of Arbeen, Zamalka and Adra al-Balad, Tal Kurdi, Douma Farms and Harasta, “inflicting heavy losses upon their members”. State media regularly refers to armed rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad forces as “terrorists”. Regime forces are battling to retake control of an 8km belt around the heavily guarded capital. In the central city of Homs, heavy bombardment was reported in the Old Homs district in the centre of the city. The rebel-held area has been under tight siege by government forces for the past nine months. In rebel-held Kafaraya on the outskirts of Homs, activists posted a video showing several rockets falling at once on Friday morning. SANA said that “a number of terrorists were killed in a series of operations” in the area. Violence in the country shows no sign of abating since the uprising against Assad began in March 2011. The UN estimates that more than 60,000 people have killed over the past two years.
US defence chiefs defend Benghazi response WASHINGTON AgENcIES
US defence chiefs have defended the military response to last year’s deadly attack on a US mission in Libya, vowing to position small, quick reaction forces closer to global crises centres to be better prepared for any future assaults. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta and Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were called to testify in front of Congress on Thursday to explain why the military failed to stop the attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The two explained that they moved quickly to deploy commando teams from Spain and Central Europe last September 11, the day of the assault on the US installation in Benghazi, but the first military unit did not arrive until 15 hours after the first two attacks. “Time, distance, the lack of an adequate warning, events that moved very quickly on the ground prevented a more immediate response,” Panetta said in likely his last appearance before Congress before stepping down as Pentagon chief. Republicans have accused President Barack Obama’s administration of an election-year cover-up of a terrorist attack in the nearly five months since the assault, and they kept up the politically charged onslaught on Thursday. The military also found itself under attack, with at least one senator accusing
the Joint Chiefs chairman of lying. Faced with repeated questions about where units were during the attack and what they were doing, Dempsey said the military is taking steps to deal with the next crisis. “We’ve asked each of the services to examine their capability to build additional reaction-like forces, small, rapidly deployable forces,” Dempsey said. In more than four hours of testimony, Panetta and Dempsey described a military unit faced with not a single attack over several hours, but two separate assaults six hours apart; little realtime intelligence data and units too far away to mobilise quickly.
WE’VE ASKED EACH OF THE SERVICES TO EXAMINE THEIR CAPACITY TO BUILD ADDITIONAL REACTION-LIKE SMALL, RAPIDLY DEPLOYABLE FORCES
On the night of the attack, Panetta issued orders for military forces from Spain and Central Europe to deploy to Libya and for another team of special operations forces in the US to prepare to deploy to a staging base in Europe. The first of those units did not arrive in the region until well after the attack. Defence officials have repeatedly said that even if the military had been able to get units there a bit faster, there was no way they could have gotten there in time to make any difference in the deaths of the four Americans.
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US DRONES KILL HUNDREDS OF AFGHAN CHILDREN: UN
N a rare public discussion on the US use of drones for targeted killings, a key panel on the Capitol Hill engaged in intense questioning of the basis and rationale of the secret operations when John Brennan, Obama’s pick for next CIA director, appeared for his confirmation hearing. At the onset of hearing, Codepink
ECP requires reforms
activists raised the issue of civilian killings in Pakistan and elsewhere in the CIA covert operations. After repeated disruptions, Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein ordered the room be cleared. The members of the panel asked Brennan about secrecy of the drone programme and demanded answers to questions surrounding legal basis of their use in an unprecedented way. The US has also used unmanned aerial vehicles in killing Americans suspected to
NEW YORK: The United Nations’ Committee on the Rights of the Child on Friday said that the United States military attacks, including drone strikes, have killed hundreds of children in Afghanistan over the last four years. The Geneva-based committee said the casualties were ‘due notably to reported lack of precautionary measures and indiscriminate use of force’. The committee was reviewing a range of US policies affecting children for the first time since 2008. In the report, the UN committee told the US to ‘take concrete and firm precautionary measures and prevent indiscriminate use of force to ensure that no further killings and maiming of civilians, including children, take place’. Human rights and civil liberties groups applauded the UN committee’s findings and recommendations. Meanwhile, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that she was not aware of the UN report and would look into it. ONLINE
be linked with al Qaeda. The United States has employed drones frequently in the last four years outside the declared war zones in countries including Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, leading to widespread international opposition to such operations on foreign soils. Islamabad has repeatedly voiced its criticism of the drone strikes in the Tribal Areas as being counterproductive to its anti-terror efforts and in contravention
of the national sovereignty and international laws. In his defence, Brennan cited Washington’s continuing state of war against al Qaeda operatives but conceded there was “widespread debate” about the administration’s counterterrorism operations. He also agreed to suggestions that, when the CIA drone strikes accidentally killed civilians, those mistakes should be admitted by the United States.
Pakistan People’s Party Senator Aitzaz Ahsan on Friday said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is transgressing from its prerogatives, and it requires reforms. Talking to reporters outside the Supreme Court, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan said that it is wrong on part of the ECP to advise the government to do legislation. To a question, he said that Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri has got the right to move the Supreme Court, but its hearings could defer the upcoming general elections. The PPP lawmaker claimed that he did not pursue hundreds of cases in order to save Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry from being controversial, as the CJP has been his client in certain cases. “Had I done this, people would have pointed fingers at the chief justice of Pakistan,” he added. From March 2007 until now, he had appeared before the CJP in only two cases, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto reference case and contempt of court case, against former premier Yousaf Raza Gilani, Aitzaz Ahsan observed. “If Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry summons him on February 20, then he will decide whether or not to do so, after consultation with his client,” Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan concluded.
Rocket attack kills 2 soldiers in Turbat TURBAT INP
Unidentified people on Friday attacked a convoy of security forces with rockets in Turbat city of Balochistany. Two law enforcers were killed and another two received serious injuries. According to sources, the incident took place when unidentified miscreants attacked the convoy with rockets, killing two security officials and injuring two others.
DISSOLUTION OF ECP IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Friday categorically stated that the dissolution of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was not constitutionally possible. Talking to journalists‚ he said Dr Tahirul Qadri had been told of the impossibility of a constitutional dissolution of the ECP in several meetings in Islamabad and Lahore. Responding to a question, Kaira rejected the objections of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on the commission for creation of new provinces. He said that the PML-N and the Punjab government had been requested time and again to nominate their members for the commission but they did not suggest any names. Furthermore, he said that the leadership of the PML-N was confused on several issues and needed clarity on many of its stances. Answering another question‚ Kaira ruled out delay in general elections. ONLINE
MALALA DISCHARGED FROM UK HOSPITAL
LONDON: Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai has
been discharged from a British hospital where she had been receiving treatment for nearly four months after being shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban. The 15-year-old Malala underwent skull reconstruction and a cochlear implant surgery to restore her hearing last weekend. Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital said Friday that Malala has been released after ”making good recovery” from her surgery and will now continue her rehabilitation at her family’s temporary home in Birmingham and visit the hospital occasionally for outpatient appointments. Malala was shot on Oct. 9 on the way home from school by Taliban angered at her objection to the group’s interpretation of Islam, which limits girls’ access to education. AgENcIES
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girlS’ SChool BomBed in Bannu BANNU: Unidentified militants blew up a government-run girls’ school in Bannu in the wee hours of Friday. However, no casualty was reported. According to details, the assailants had planted explosives inside the building of the school that was badly damaged. No casualty was reported as the building was unoccupied at the time of explosion. Locals said it was a high intensity blast creating panic among the residents of the area.INP
nawaz calls for end to ‘daku raj’ in Sindh KANDARIO/SUKKUR AgENcIES
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif has called for an end to “daku raj” in Sindh and restoration of peace in Karachi. “The president should try to put the country on the road to progress… he could get Nawaz Sharif’s vote this way,” Nawaz said, adding, “We have been deceived many times, we will not be bamboozled by talks anymore.” Addressing a public gathering in Kandario district of Sindh, Nawaz said when he was the prime minister he used to spend every other day in Sindh but his government was terminated within two years. He said around 10 people were killed in Karachi everyday and 300 people had been
in the city in January alone. Nawaz said police and institutions had failed in Sindh to such an extent that the Supreme Court had to give orders to arrest killers in the province. “The Supreme Court is issuing orders for the arrest of murderers... the accused in Shazaib murder case was arrested from Dubai after the order of the Supreme Court.” He said the administration and police had failed in Sindh and those who used to support the PPP had lost all hopes. Nawaz said he had supported President Asif Ali Zardari with good intentions but the president had betrayed him. Nawaz said he had told Zardari his vote would remain with him if he managed to lead Pakistan towards progress and development, “but unfortunately Zardari failed to do so”.
KARACHI: The Fauji Consortium has signed a share purchase agreement with the Army Welfare Trust (AWT) for stakes in Askari Bank. The consortium, which is comprised of Fauji Foundation, Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited, and Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim Limited, would purchase the bank’s shares from AWT at Rs 24.32 per share. AWT is Askari Bank’s majority shareholder. The bank and Fauji Foundation have confirmed to their respective shareholders at the country’s stock exchanges that the two sides have entered into a share purchase agreement. The deal however is subject to the approval of regulators from the State Bank of Pakistan and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP). ISmAIL DILAWAR
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PM vows to continue development work
KOHISTAN: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf addressing a public gathering after inauguration ceremony of Thakot–Dassu Road Project. INP
‘Free and fair polls only way to save democracy’ KARACHI
Free and fair elections are the only way left to save democracy in the country, read a joint statement issued after the Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE) conference on Friday. The conference, Democratic TransitionFree and Fair Elections, was held at a hotel. It was also said that caretaker government would not proceed beyond its fixed period which is 90 days and would resist if anyone try to prolong this fixed time. Earlier, addressing the conference, Sindh
JI urges govt to accept Taliban talks offer
Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said that the government wanted that the elections would be held on time. “In 2008 general elections, the mandate was distributed in all political parties in such a way that not a single political party can form government alone and this would be happened in these general elections too,” he added. “The ECP should have its focus on remote areas of the country where influential people occupy the stations a night before the polling day.” “The role of judiciary in past was not significant. The sitting chief justice (CJ) helped to strengthen the dictatorship in past and he
Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawar Hasan on Friday urged the government to start talks with the Taliban so that those spilling blood in the name of Taliban could be exposed. Addressing the Friday prayers at Mansoora mosque, he said that Taliban’s offer for talks should be accepted forthwith, and the armed forces should also create an impression that could restore confidence and ensure the success of the talks. Talks should be started with full confidence to end terrorism in the region and for the restoration of peace and law and order in the country, he added. He said that the Taliban had certain reservations regarding the armed forces because of their past attitude which should be removed so that the Taliban could believe that the Pakistani government was sincere. Dialogue with the Taliban was also necessary to overcome the target killings in Karachi and Balochistan, abductions for ransom, extortion and other such serious crimes, he added. He said that peace was the need of everybody and it should be restored at any cost. He said the armed forces had tolerated the NATO attack at Salala check post and did not even protest over that. Besides, despite knowing the assailants of the Abbotabad and naval headquarters’ attacks, a policy of retreat was adopted. He said to say that the Taliban did not keep their word was a one-sided view. The JI chief also welcomed the cabinet decision to hand over the Gwadar Port to China and stressed upon the government to ensure the implementation of the agreement along with the security of the Chinese engineers. Besides, he said, the pact with China should also have a provision for jobs to the residents of Gwadar and other cities and towns of Balochistan.
helped Pervez Musharraf to prolong its government and he is assumed as hero of Pakistan,” he accused. Speaking on the occasion, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Deputy Convener Dr Farooq Sattar said, “The present government failed in holding local bodies’election all over the country. I am hopeful that the next elected government would hold local bodies’ election in 100 days after formation of national and provincial assemblies,” he added. He stressed a need for formation of national agenda and repeatedly requested the authorities concerned to maintain law and order situation during the election process.”
INDIA DEVELOPING AGNI-VI BALLISTIC MISSILE NEW DELHI: India on Friday said it is developing a longrange nuclear Agni-VI ballistic missile that would carry multiple warheads allowing one weapon system to take out several targets at a time. “Agni-V is a major strategic defence weapon. Now we want to make Agni-VI, which would be a force multiplier,” Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) chief VK Saraswat told reporters in Bangalore, capital city of the South Indian state of Karnataka on Friday, the Press Trust of India reported. Refusing to divulge the range of the new under-development missile, he said the force multiplier capability of the missile would be because of its Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) capability. The Agni-V ballistic missile, which was test-fired in April last year, has a range of up to 5,500 kms and it is believed that the Agni-V1 would have a range longer than its predecessor. “It will have force multiplier capability by the MIRV approach which would enable us to deliver many payloads at the same time using only one missile”. NNI
INAUGURATES DASU-THAHKOT ROAD PROJECT DASU APP
RIME Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday laid the foundation for construction of ThahkotDasu Road and vowed to continue development work for the masses despite opposition. The road will be 63 kilometres long and would cost Rs 2 billion. Addressing a gathering after the foundation stone-laying ceremony, the prime minister raised the Hard Area allowance for Kohistan to 40 percent, as was the practice in other areas. He also directed the WAPDA chairman to immediately fulfil the promises made to the local people and warned of swift action in case of non-compliance. The PM directed for repair of schools by the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency (ERRA) and promised increase in quota of the area in medical and engineering colleges. Ashraf was earlier briefed about the Thahkot-Dasu Road project that would be completed in 30 months and provide an easy access to the 4,320MW Dasu Power Project besides serving as an alternative route to
india rejects oiC suggestion for mission to Jammu and Kashmir NEW DELHI ONLINE
Strongly rejecting the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) suggestion of allowing an OIC fact-finding mission to Jammu and Kashmir to assess the human rights situation in the country, the Indian government on Friday said the grouping had no locus standi on such matters and termed suggestions to this effect by the Pakistani foreign minister as “propagandist”. A spokesman for the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said “The OIC has no locus standi on matters
concerning the internal affairs of India or the recent incidents on the LoC. We have already clarified that UNMOGIP has no relevance in regard to the latter.” Backing Pakistan, the OIC had yesterday asked India to allow an OIC fact-finding mission, international rights groups and humanitarian organisations to visit Jammu and Kashmir to assess the rights situation. A joint communique, adopted at an OIC summit that also welcomed Pakistan’s proposal for an investigation by the UN Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) into recent ceasefire viola-
tions along the Line of Control (LoC). It expressed “deep concern” over the ceasefire violations. The communique had further called on India to undertake an “independent investigation into the discovery of mass graves and ensure free and fair trial of those responsible” for “heinous crimes“. The Pakistani delegation to the summit was led by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar who called for a probe into the ceasefire violations on the LoC by the OIC. The move came in the wake of India’s rejection of Pakistan’s call for a probe by the UNMOGIP.
Karakoram Highway. The prime minister strongly dismissed criticism against the development projects of the government. “We will not stop serving the masses or stop development work as it benefits them.” The prime minister also rejected the criticism against the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) and said it was a service for the poorest of the poor and would not be allowed to end. He said the people of Pakistan would continue to support this programme through the power of the ballot. Ashraf said BISP would continue and would be further expanded. Addressing critics, he said the government would raise the disbursement amount to Rs 5,000 and even Rs 10,000. The prime minister added that the government did not have time to indulge in mud slinging or to counter the propaganda of the critics, as it was busy in initiating developmental projects for the masses. “There is no need to teach us what democracy is and how to serve the masses,” he said. “We are not among those who run away, we will stand up and fight the critics and prove that the people of Pakistan see the PPP as a sign of hope that will not shy from any sacrifice to serve them.” He said it was his desire to meet the people of Kohistan who were ardent supporters of Pakistan People’s Party. He said he too was an ordinary worker of the PPP and believed in the vision of the martyred leaders Zufikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto.
NA session adjourned indefinitely
ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly session was prorogued on Friday after completion of business. It was the 49th session of the Lower House that was summoned on January 21. As the proceedings commenced, PML-N lawmaker Shireen Arshad pointed out no-quorum. Upon head counting, the House was found lacking quorum prompting Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi in chair, to read out the presidential order to prorogue the session. In its 12 sittings, besides routine business, the House also admitted the report of the Parliamentary Commission on Creation of New Province in Punjab. The House also discussed the prevailing law and order situation in the country, especially keeping in view the unrest in Balochistan. During the whole session, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl remained on protest against governor’s rule in Balochistan and walked out of the House in every sitting. A day after Eid Miladun Nabi on January 26, the House also specified its one sitting to provide members the chance to speak on teaching of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), setting a new trend in parliamentary history. APP
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House of cards Saturday, 9 February, 2013
Qadri and Imran aim at what?
And so falls the coalition based on petty interests
HE elections are round the corner but the ruling coalition has yet to put its house in order. The ANP and MQM are firm on contesting elections on their own, on the basis of their respective programmes. The PPP and PML-Q are trying to figure out if they can agree on a formula of mutual adjustment. Whether the coming election will bring them closer or further divides them remains to be seen. The flip-flopping MQM is again acting as an aggrieved party. Earlier this week, Farooq Sattar told media that his party had serious reservations which would have to be addressed in a meeting between Altaf Hussain and Asif Zaradri. The meeting however failed to take place. The PPP had put its popularity on the line in its stronghold of Sindh by yielding to MQM’s demand for a divisive local bodies system. Altaf wanted this to be followed by local bodies polls to consolidate his party’s hold over Karachi prior to the general elections. PPP’s failure to oblige gave birth to a new grievance. Subsequently Altaf refused to meet Zardari in London. The signal to the NAB to go ahead against Babar Ghaouri is a double edged sword though. It could either bring the MQM back to the fold or strengthen its resolve to contest the polls on its own and look for possible allies after the elections. The PPP could also ignore the MQM this time hoping to gain in Sindh what the separation would cost it in Karachi. Mutual adjustments in various constituencies are a major cause of bickering between the PPP and PML-Q. Despite being reduced to a shadow of its former self due to unending defections, the party leadership continues to live in the past. It wants to be treated as a major mainstream party with presence in all provinces. The unrealistic image of the self has led PML-Q to reject any formula for seat adjustments based on ground realities. Turncoats have left the party to join the PML-N and PTI but the party reacts strongly whenever PPP accepts any of its renegades. It refused to negotiate with the PPP committee headed by Manzoor Wattoo accusing him of being instrumental in defections. A second committee headed by Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has so far failed to break the deadlock. Despite being a parliamentary minority, the PPP managed to rule on account of its policy of reconciliation with all. Its erstwhile partners in power will now wait for the outcome of the elections to decide who it suits them to ally with.
Before it is ashes
Sectarian killings in Karachi
ARACHI has virtually become a hotbed of all sorts of mafia and terrorist activities. Not a day goes by without murder, kidnappings or turf war. In the past few weeks, the trend has gained momentum it once had in the ’90s when scores of dead bodies were found dumped in gunny bags around the city, on a daily basis. Presently, particularly disturbing is the targeted killings of religious scholars. Sectarian terrorism, it seems, is on the rise again. Over a dozen Sunni organisations, traders and transporters observed a strike yesterday protesting against targeted killings of religious personalities. In a show of solidarity, which is a desperate need of the time, the Shia Ulema Council also backed the strike. Their protest is justified though a strike is not the optimal platform to express it. The city was paralysed with businesses and markets shut down. To their credit, the strike was relatively peaceful. Equally responsible with the militants, a statement to which many would dispute, are the governments and their law enforcement agencies that have consistently been missing in action. Whereas the tally of victims has been piling up, no tangible action has been taken neither by the provincial nor the federal government to stop this madness. If the worsening law and order situation gets worse any more, it would be a perfect recipe for a complete breakdown of the system, thus inviting anarchy. Failing in fulfilling their constitutionally fundamental responsibilities, both the provincial and federal governments have conveniently looked the other way, mainly out of political compulsions, while hundreds of innocent people have been waylaid by terrorists. The roots of the problem lie with the politicians themselves more than anyone else. As noted by the SC, and agreed by the Sindh provincial government, the terrorists do have support from political parties. But no such mention has been made in the report submitted to the court, thus giving a clean chit to the political parties that are involved in heinous crimes for some petty political gains. The SC has though taken exception to the issue and said that it would issue orders ‘according to the constitution’, if the government is not willing to do it. Both governments’ apathy has put the city on fire, it would be much better if they paid attention to the problem and saved the city before it is ashes, as one SC judge has put it.
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HE Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retd) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim has finally reacted to the criticism against ECP and its members terming it as most unfortunate. But this is not going to deter M/s Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri who challenging the integrity of ECP members in unison, and are demanding the reconstitution of the commission. Fakhru Bhai’s integrity is beyond reproach. However this has not deterred the cleric or his newfound ally from demanding that all four members of the ECP should be sent packing. Understandably the PPPand PML-N have no problem with the presently constituted ECP. After all being represented in the parliament they were party to the consensual arrangement that led to the formation of an independent and impartial Election Commission. Qadri after a seven year absence from the country wants to reform the ambit of the election process system even at the cost of turning the whole political system upside down. Naturally enjoying the privileges of a Canadian passport he has little at stake in democracy or Pakistan. Nonetheless what is surprising is the new found love of Imran Khan for the cleric’s agenda. He had successfully resisted the temptation to join Qadri’s bandwagon. Yet after a meeting between the delegations of the two parties, the PTI and PAT decided to join hands calling for a powerful election commission and an impartial caretaker government, “to ensure free and fair general elections”. In the same meeting PTI and Qadri agreed to oppose any move to get the elections postponed. But in reality, such demands when general elections are just about to be announced in a few weeks are tantamount to throwing a spanner in the works. Shah Mehmood Qureshi claimed with a straight face after the meeting that
both the army and the judiciary want continuation of democracy. The Makhdoom of Multan’s mystic sense probably gives him the insight into the minds of the two institutions. How can anyone guarantee that once these matters are to be decided at the altar of the apex court elections will not be put on hold? And since the present parliament will complete its term in a little over a month, this could prove to be the precursor for a caretaker government lasting more than sixty or ninety days – a la much talked about but discredited Bangladesh model? In this context Nawaz Sharif’s lament that ‘certain forces’ were conspiring to delay the elections is ominous. The PPP constitutionalist senator Raza Rabbani expressed similar doubts a few days ago. But why would the Tsunami Khan be a party to such machinations? After all we hear ad nauseam from him and his party stalwarts that the PTI is going to sweep the elections! Conspiracy theorists claim that after the initial surge the PTI chief feels more threatened from PML-N’s excellent showing in the recent by-elections in Punjab. Similarly they contend that the PPP is making inroads in the South of Punjab making Imran’s dream of sweeping the elections even more elusive. When he re-launched himself from a massive public rally in Lahore in October 2011, it seemed there was no stopping Imran. The enthusiasm for him amongst the youth and the idealists knew no bounds. Those who were entirely fed up with the shenanigans of the traditional politicians flocked around him. And then the traditional politician seeing his party ticket as a free pass to the next assemblies started joining him in hordes. Gradually tsunami of the people that Imran boasted would sweep everyone off their feet has become a tsunami of opportunists joining him. Imran is now surrounded by soldiers of fortune and idealists, while the original core team who sincerely want to do something for Pakistan suddenly find themselves in a minority. A mixture of political naivety and idealism persuaded the PTI chief to go for party elections. An excellent idea, but most parties run by personalities hardly follow the democratic path they preach for the country within their ranks. The same criticism is leveled by successive military strongmen against democratic politicians. But as Imran has discovered to his peril it is not an easy task. The PTI’s elections, which were to conclude last August, are still pending. Meanwhile infighting and groupings within the party have become its scourge. Elections are on the anvil but the urgent
task of awarding party tickets is still pending. Hence in most constituencies there are numerous candidates claiming to be party ticket holders. Khan’s criticism of Asma Jahangir as a candidate for caretaker prime minister is also somewhat misplaced. Sharing this dyslogistic approach towards her with the mullah, the PTI chief has attacked her integrity as an impartial player. Interestingly her name has been floated by the PML-N and not by the PPP. But by virtue of some perverse logic she is somehow being portrayed as Zardari’s candidate by the PTI. According to the ‘muk mukaa’ arrangement the caretaker prime minister will be of PPP’s liking whereas Punjab’s caretaker chief minister will be of PML-N’s choice although nominated by the PPP. Obviously our ubiquitous establishment would never have clearedAsma’s name. Her pro-India views do not sit well with the military’s worldview. And this would have put paid to her candidature. But Imran who claims not having any truck with the establishment, in essence had no qualms about washing their dirty laundry. Qadri’s agreement with the government being unworkable under the constitution was never going to fly. Now as expected he has filed a petition in the Supreme Court for reconstitution of the ECP. Still adamant on implementation of Articles 62 and 63 of the constitution, in the coming days he has announced a couple of sit-ins in Central Punjab. Meanwhile leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, Nisar Ali Khan wants the entire field of incumbents ranging from provincial governors to the IGs of Police replaced with ‘impartial’ persons. Similarly Imran wants the president to be sent packing before the elections. All these demands are extra constitutional. Suddenly everyone has become puritanical about the fair and free elections. In a clear break from the past there is an independent election commission headed by a person of integrity, a caretaker government is to be formed before elections are announced while media and independent courts are overseeing the process. What more do we want? Is there a conspiracy to delay the elections in the name of free and fair elections? Wittingly or unwittingly, some of our august politicians are a party to it. Hopefully Zardari will tie up some of the loose ends – and there are many now – in his impending meeting with Nawaz Sharif during his visit to Lahore. The writer is Editor, Pakistan Today
senior retired judge of the Lahore High Court and his wife, who runs her own hospital, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently. The food was to be brought in from one of Lahore’s elite clubs. Well, there was a bit of a mix-up: the food couldn’t be delivered on time. The solution? The
aforementioned hospital’s ambulances (yes, ambulances) were deputed to get the food delivered. It gets better: they went with sirens blaring as well! What qualifies to be an emergency seems to be very relative. It might be a cardiac arrest for some, and it might be lukewarm (oh, the horror!) chicken a la Kiev for others.
INISHING touches on the President’s personal mansion in Bahria Town, Lahore. It will come in handy for visits to Lahore. But why build one out of (what is arguably) his own money? Because his official residence for Lahore visits is the Governor House. That, his security experts have deemed insecure because of the large number of staffers who have been living in their colonies inside the gubernatorial compound since a very long time. The president, reportedly, did not want to inconvenience them for his own trips. Despite what you might have heard, he is said to be actually very considerate when it comes to such matters.
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No sociologist should think himself too good, even in his old age, to make tens of thousands of quite trivial computations in his head and perhaps for months at a time. –Max Weber
To the negotiating table Comment Saturday, 9 February, 2013
Moves not so subtle L The prospects and pitfalls on way to change ET’S try to enact the broad contours of prospects that are impacting the current political developments in the country. People’s Party is desperate to stay in power as, failing that, it may see many of its leading lights including its co-chairperson land up in jail on account of involvement in mega scams. PML-N has waited anxiously for almost five years for its ‘turn’ to ravage the country with its last two stints in power providing the lead. It is unwilling to forego the chance. MQM is using all its muscle to hold on, even increase its fake ‘mandate’ by resisting efforts for delimitation of constituencies and registration of voters in Karachi. People willing to cooperate with the Election Commission staff are being threatened with dire consequences. PML-Q is fast losing relevance at the hands of its more influential political adversaries as most of its stalwarts are deserting a sinking ship. ANP has its goose cooked in the wake of its below-par performance and the alleged involvement of its leaders in numerous fiRAOOF HASAN nancial irregularities. Confronted with shrinking space, the traditional religious parties including the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and the Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) will be fighting even more venomously to hold on to their slice of the constituency cake. PML-F has somewhat expanded its base in Sindh and has also made headway in striking alliances with like-minded outfits elsewhere in the country. All these parties constitute the traditional, statusquo mafia of the country. They are now being challenged by the drive for ‘change’ led by PTI’s Tsunami, Tahir-ul-Qadri’s long-march politics and the emergence of the nationalist forces in Sindh and Balochistan. The milliondollar question is: will the forces opposing the statusquo politics, individually or collectively, succeed in dismantling the strongholds of the traditional political mafias by playing on their
wicket suited to their kind of game? Conceded that the hold of these traditional forces may be waning because of their excessive involvement in corruption, the lack of delivery of their governments at the centre and in the provinces, their inability to provide succour and security to the people, the virtual disappearance of energy either because of paucity in supply or an abominable increase in the cost and an incessantly enhancing number of problems for the common people that are adversely impacting their chances for survival, but does it also follow that these mafias have also run out of tricks that they can play to keep the masses hostage in their criminal tentacles? And, what are these tricks that may still be available to them to continue their stranglehold? The principal instrument that is still available to the stalwarts of these mafias is the ‘system’ that works by corruption and youscratch-my-back-I’ll-scratch-yours mechanism. There has been no change there as none of the incumbent political mafias would allow that. This is their favourite wicket and they know how best to play on it. They know the bounce and they have perfected their armoury to extract maximum advantage from the turf and the prevalent conditions. The question is: do they also know their adversaries and will they be able to evade their bouncers and smother their googlies? That brings us to evaluating the prospects of the stalwarts of ‘change’: a possible combination of the Tsunami, the long-marches and the nationalist forces of Sindh and Balochistan representing a quest for emancipation. In addition to their respective merits and strengths, will these forces be able to work in unison to achieve a cause that, apparently, is advantageous to them all? To begin with, it appeared that these forces were working at a tangent to one another, but there are indications that, after all, they may be able to build a commonality of objectives as part of their united struggle. The outstanding issues that need the convergence of all forces representing ‘change’ are the composition and functioning of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the manner and method of the induction of the in-
terim government that would be tasked with the objective of holding the national elections. There should be little ambiguity regarding the intentions of the incumbent mafias to use both these instruments to their advantage. There have been indications that the ECP, after its initial salvo of bravado, is actually succumbing to the incessant pressure exerted by the status-quo forces as can be gauged from the statements of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC). After vowing to uphold all injunctions of the Supreme Court, he backed off just a few days later on his commitment to carry out delimitations in Karachi. Even the voter registration exercise that is understandably underway in the city is being conducted without the help of the army as had been ordered by the SC which makes it brazenly counterproductive. The very composition of the ECP with four political appointments renders it impossible for the CEC to act as he may deem right. He has to curry the support of at least two of them in formulating and implementing decisions which is possible only in the event when there is a conflict of interest between the two major political forces – the one marshalling the government and the other controlling the opposition. As things stand today, there is no such conflict and there will not be because these mafias are united in the cause of keeping the corrupt ‘system’ going. Therefore, can the Tsunamis, the longmarches and the nationalist forces achieve the minimum desirable objectives by working individually, or is there a need for them to close ranks and put together a charter of demands with an operational mechanism to get to the goal? The meeting between the PTI and Tahir-ul-Qadri could be a starting point, but there is a need for inducting all forces standing for ‘change’ into their ranks to launch a joint and concerted struggle for extricating this country from the clutches of the criminal mafias that have ruled it in one garb or the other. In the event this does not happen, the dream of ‘change’ will quickly disintegrate thus further perpetuating the evil hold of the corrupt and the cunning.
The principal instrument that is still available to the stalwarts of these mafias is the ‘system’ that works by corruption and youscratch-my-back-I’ll-scrat ch-yours mechanism.
The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at email@example.com
AD I not been a firm believer of the view that most of the traditional concepts of conflict resolution in the discipline of international relations are outdated, I would have cast serious doubts on the TTP’s willingness to conditionally parley with the government dominated by the infidels, as the selfstyled crusaders perceive ISmAIL DILAWAR of the declared secular parties like PPP, ANP and their other coalition partners. In the post-9/11 world, the nature of conflicts and the parties involved therein have introduced a watershed change in the paradigms of conflict resolution methods. The wars being fought across the globe today see the states predominantly engaged with the nonstate actors. And the non-state actors are those who, having already chosen militancy as a lifestyle and with no public pressure on their back, are totally unwary of the outcome of any process of negotiations they rarely opt for. These non-state actors, therefore, have the leverage to dictate terms and conditions for the talks. In case of TTP in Pakistan, this leverage stands automatically doubled with Taliban seeing the world’s sole super military might, the US, backed by NATO, having ultimately chosen the path of dialogue to wrap up the decade-old guerrilla warfare in Afghanistan. If evaluated against the backdrop of conventional conflict resolution methods, the TTP, being one of the conflicting sides, must come to the negotiation table sans preconditions that most of the time constitute the bone of contention between the warring groups. In fact, the belligerents, when sit across the table, negotiate these preconditions to pave the way for a broader range of parleys. This, however, is not the case with the so-called Pakistani Taliban who apparently tend to hold the most-discussed talks with arms in their hands. No sane person would ever buy the contention that the TTP is serious in holding result-oriented talks with the politico-judiciallyembattled government if the banned outfit’s conditional willingness for peace comes with the determination to ‘eliminate’ MQM, a major coalition partner of the ruling PPP and one of the most prominent stakeholders in the current polity in Pakistan. Also, terming the imprisoned Muslim Khan and Maulvi Omar as the would-be leaders of their peace-negotiating team, the Taliban have linked the start of dialogues with their release. This is the most predictable stumbling block for the talks yet to commence. If analysed in depth, Sunday’s video message of TTP Spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan or Yaseen Safi, Ihsan’s reported real name, depicts anything but Taliban’s willingness to shun violence, at least in the foreseeable future. Instead, the TTP, seeking a trilateral guarantee from the leadership of PML-N, JUI-F and JI, seems to have some underlying political designs that, if not contained pragmatically, are very much likely to plague the electioneering country with a fresh political turmoil. Having already used terminologies like good and bad Taliban, we would soon be witnessing politicians categorised as pro- and anti-Taliban. Though murkily, politics is lurking from the ambiguous conditions set forth by the Taliban. What is more alarming, however, is the fact that the stakeholders from the govt’s side are also not apolitical in their response. ANP’s KPK Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain, who has lost his only son to militancy in the terrorism-stricken province, was quick in reportedly claiming that TTP had responded to ANP’s offer. “In fact, banned TTP expressed willingness for dialogue in response to ANP’s offer,” he said last Sunday. Another political touch in this entire episode is the fact that all of the leaders the TTP confided in as ‘guarantors’ from the military’s side are presently sitting in the opposition block and have one thing in common: anti-Americanism. The three Taliban favourites also have a clear idea, more than others, of the realities on ground in a country like Pakistan where they know Parliament is not the only centre of power. This apprehension can be seen at work in a recent statement of Maulana Fazlur Rehman who has linked his role as a mediator with ‘total authority’. This is an open secret that the shrewd Maulana is asking the allpowerful Pakistan Army for ‘total authority’ and not the elected government which cannot deal, unilaterally, with strategic issues Pakistan is facing on the War on Terror front. Also, the PPP-led political government is less likely to give a free space to these three politicians who are its potential rivals, most prominently PML-N, in the forthcoming election. PPP’s trouble-shooter, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, has sought ‘next few days’ for response to TTP’s offer. JUI’s Deputy Secretary General Farid Paracha has already put enough weight behind this impression by saying that how his party could play as a guarantor given the government’s unwillingness to implement even the parliamentary resolutions. Amid these miscomprehensions and apprehensions, the PPP would end up with the only choice of mobilising another Taliban favourite: Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan. Dr Khan, the father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, and a disgraced figure for his alleged involvement in nuclear proliferation, is a ‘national asset’ to TTP, as Ihsan dubbed him in his 7-minute video message. It is prerequisite for a conflict resolution process that the mediator be acceptable to all sides. The non-partisan status of Dr Khan makes the former nuclear scientist equally a preferred choice for the PPP government. What is direly needed in this country is to have a single legitimate decision-making central authority, let’s say the Parliament, which could independently decide the ill-defined national interest of Pakistan. Putting it more simply, we would never be able to put an end to this never-lasting ideological fight called War on Terror if all pillars of the state, which include the government, army, judiciary, media and bureaucracy, fail to go hand-in-hand in bargaining with the militants. The writer is a Karachi-based journalist. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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BRUCE WILLIS AGAINST NEW GUN CONTROL LAWS
Bruce Willis has said that he’s against the new gun control laws that could infringe on the Second Amendment rights. The 57-year-old action star also dismissed any link between Hollywood shootouts and real-life gun violence. He said that he believes that the government couldn’t just pick anything out of the Bill of Rights without thinking that it’s all going to become undone. “If you take one out or change one law, then why wouldn’t they take all your rights away from you?” the New York Daily News quoted him as saying while promoting his latest film, ‘A Good Day To Die Hard.’ He also believes that “the real topic is diminished” when observers link Hollywood with high-profile mass shootings like those last year in Connecticut and Colorado. NEWS DESk
JENNIFER LAWRENCE STALKED JOHN STAMOS AT A PARTY
Jennifer Lawrence, who has rubbed elbowed with Tinseltown A-listers all awards season, admitted that she stalked John Stamos at a party. The 22-year-old actress told Conan O’Brian in her latest winning talk show appearance that the “Full House” hunk is the coolest star she’s met, the New York Post reported. “He was at a party, and I turned into a perverted guy,” she said. “I was like following him into rooms and staring at his ass.” The ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ actress also said that she was avoiding meeting him because when she meets people it never turns up to be good. She added that it were her friends, who brought him over and she started really freaking out and he asked her, whether she was on mushrooms to which she replied “No. I’m dead sober. This is just me.” NEWS DESk
Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. — Charles Dickens
CRAZY SHAKIRA FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW
VERYONE who’s anyone knows that The Voice Season 4 premieres on March 25, 2013 with new coaches Usher and Shakira. But how much do we really know about these newbies? Shakira’s already informed us that her hips don’t lie and that she’s really into Africa, but there are some other interesting tidbits you might want to know before checking out the premiere of our favorite hit reality show. 1) SHAKIRA AND BOYFRIEND GERARD PIQUE SHARE THE SAME BIRTHDAY! In addition to sharing eternal love, Shakira and her soccer star BF Gerard Pique have the same birthday — Feb. 2. The real shocker? Shakira is exactly 10 years older than her main man. Her baby daddy is a mere 26 years old, while Shak is a youthful 36. Get it, gurl!
2) SHAKIRA HAS TWO GRAMMYS AND EIGHT LATIN GRAMMYS Though she didn’t make her big break until the release of her album Laundry Service in 2001, Shakira’s music career has been going strong since the early ‘90s. In that time she’s picked up eight Latin Grammys and two Grammys in the U.S. 3) “WAKA WAKA (THIS TIME FOR AFRICA)” IS THE BIGGEST SELLING WORLD CUP SONG OF ALL TIME Remember when everyone just wanted to belly dance and sing about Africa? Good times. Well, Shakira’s anthem not only represented the 2010 World Cup, but it also ended up being the best selling World Cup anthem of all time. 4) SHAKIRA FOUNDED THE PIES DESCALZOS FOUNDATION
If her Unicef baby shower campaign was any indication, this pop star
loves to give back. In 1997 she founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation — a Colombian charity with specialty schools for poor children in the country. The foundation got its name from Shakira’s third album — Pies Descalzos. 5) SHAKIRA HAS APPEARED ON THE SHOWS UGLY BETTY AND WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE Step back, Adam Levine. Shakira
I’m ashamed of Rs.100 crore game: Kay Kay Menon Versatile actor Kay Kay Menon says he is ashamed that there is no cinema left and it’s only about box office business and big numbers. “I am ashamed that talent is not promoted, it’s all about marketing. There is no cinema, it’s only about Rs.100 crore (business),” said the 45-year-old who feels earning Rs.100 crore is “not a big deal”. “I am ashamed of this Rs.100 crore game,” he added. Seen in different roles in successful films “Sarkar”, Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd and “Life In A... Metro” and critically acclaimed Gulaal”, Kay Kay says he is not even “interested in understanding this game. For me, it is something else. Anything which is noncinema, I am not interested in it”. A management graduate, Kay Kay’s love for the craft of acting motivated him to join movies. He only wants to stick to acting because “that is what I am good at. I am enjoying it. When I will be bored, I will shift to something else.” “I am living my life to the best of my ability. I don’t do things that doesn’t appeal to me. Finding cinema is a rare commodity, to find a good cinema is all the more difficult,” he added. Kay Kay is currently busy promoting “ ABCD - Anybody Can Dance”, country’s first 3D dance film starring a host of choreographers like Prabhudheva and Ganesh Acharaya. It has been directed by dance director Remo D’Souza and is coming out Feb 15. NEWS DESk
Zeta-Jones had no issues with husband’s gay kiss Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones says she was not worried one bit when her husband Michael Douglas informed her that he was going to kiss co-actor Matt Damon in a new project. “I’m kissing Matt Damon,” Douglas told his wife. But Welsh star Zeta-Jones says she was “happy” about the two men snogging, reports thesun.co.uk. Douglas portrays the flamboyant Liberace in a movie about the late performer’s gay love affair with Scott Thorson, played by Damon. Zeta-Jones, 43, revealed that Damon was thinking of her while he was getting up, close and personal with Douglas. The film, “Liberace: Behind The Candelabra”, is a TV movie by “Ocean’s Eleven” director Steven Soderbergh. “I must say I have seen ‘Liberace: Behind The Candelabra’, and if my husband is going to kiss anybody else, I’m so happy it’s Matt Damon,” she said. “Supposedly, when Matt was kissing Michael, he said that he closed his eyes and pretended he was kissing me, rather than Michael, which is very flattering. Matt said that to Michael. Matt was closing his eyes, kissing Michael but pretending he was kissing me. “I thought that was one of the biggest compliments I have ever had. Or so ****ed up,” she added. NEWS DESk
was into acting plenty
of years before American Horror Story was even invented! Granted, the pop star played herself, but she did it well.
BEYONCÉ oﬀers cheap concert tickets The Love on Top singer - who stunned with her 14-minute Super Bowl performance in New Orleans on Sunday - doesn’t want any of her fans to miss out on attending her upcoming Mrs Carter Show world tour and has made sure that her ticket prices are as low as possible. A source told USMagazine.com that tickets in the US will start at approximately £30, adding: “There are plenty of tickets at low prices in every city so Beyoncé can make sure all of her fans can see the show. And there are similarly lowpriced tickets in every worldwide city. “She takes care of all her fans so that every one of them can see her.” Europe, North America Presale tickets will go on sale on Friday from Ticketmaster and general tickets will go on sale on 11 February for the tour, which will begin on 15 April in Belgrade, Serbia and cover most of Europe. The singer - who is married to rapper Jay-Z and has a one-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter - will then travel to over twenty cities throughout North America this summer and she is confirmed to headline at the world’s largest music festival Rock in Rio on 13 September in Brazil before the second wave of the tour starts in Latin America, before moving on to Australia and Asia. The Rolling Stones came under fire last year when they announced tickets for their 50 and Counting shows would cost between £95 and £375 per ticket in the UK, and guitarist Keith Richards was forced to defend the prices. He said: “We do it for ourselves. And I don’t mean money-wise - of course you don’t mind getting paid - but that is not the driving force behind this band. You can sit at home, do a bit of painting or writing or whatever. “But there’s a certain magnetic thing that says what I really want to do is play with Charlie Watts and Mick and Ronnie. That’s the force that’s indescribable. You put this bunch into a room with a bunch of microphones and some instruments and something is going to come out.” NEWS DESk
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A woman should be home with the children, building that home and making sure there’s a secure family atmosphere. — Mel Gibson
Kader Khan fine, upset with death rumours NEWS DESK
Veteran actor Kader Khan is hale and hearty and says his family is really upset with rumours about his death doing the rounds on the social-networking sites. The 77-year-old has urged gossip mongers to stop spreading rumours. “My family is extremely upset about it. They are very worried. All this has shaken my family. Whoever is spreading such rumours, please stop it,” Kader told IANS. “Ek din toh sabko jana hai aur main aap sabki duayein lekar jaunga, (one day everyone has to die and when I’ll go, I will go with your blessings). Right now I am completely fine,” he added. From negative roles to comedy to character roles, Kader has portrayed diverse characters on screen in his career spanning almost four decades. He has worked in over 350 films, including Coolie, Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri, Hum, Bol Radha Bol, Aankhen, Raja Babu and Judwaa. He also wrote scripts and dialogues for movies.
NOTABLE TWEETS BINA SHAH
I never told YouTube I like the Big Bang Theory. HOW DID IT KNOW TO RECOMMEND THE BLOOPERS CLIP TO ME? I’m scared.
MOHAMMAD ALI TALPUR Karachi Literary Festival. M.Hanif’s book on ‘Baloch Missing’ launch on 16th Feb Beach Luxury Hotel 11.15 a.m.
“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” — George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
An extremely wealthy Sheikh from Qatar just called me to ask how much for @50cent to attend his daughters birthday
HEIDI KLUM “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” Ralph Waldo Emerson
slammed for adopting kids from Africa
OZAMBIQUE-BORN model Tasha da Vasconcelos has hit out at the adoption of African children by celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie, saying that by taking children away, they are “ripping the heart out of Africa.” As she prepares to open the doors to a new eye clinic she built in Malawi with her charitable foundation, Amor, De Vasconcelos also criticised wealthy foreigners for “throwing money” at Africa rather than getting involved on the ground and working directly with the systems in place there. “There is something inside me that cries every day for not being in the place where I was born,” she told the Independent. She added that if anyone wants to help them, they should help them inside their country. One has to become close to the people on the ground: the ministers, the chief of the village, the people who are running the projects on the ground, and that means being hands-on. It is not enough just to send cheques, she said. She said that as a refugee she had experienced the impact of leaving behind cousins, family members, grandparents and, most of all, the land she loved. “This is why I do not advocate adoption out of Africa to a Hollywood lifestyle, as Madonna and Angelina Jolie have done,” she added. Following a recent visit to Africa, the 46-year-old supermodel was made honorary consul for the G8 to “bridge” the gap between Europe and Africa. NEWS DESk
12 facts you didn’t know about Charles dickens NEWS DESK
Today is the 201st anniversary of the birth of the incomparable Charles Dickens. Yet there’s a lot of facts about him that you probably didn’t know - such as that he once performed under the name Rhia Rhama Rhoos, and had a pet raven that you can now see in Philadelphia. 1 ‘What the Dickens’ predates him by a few centuries: Its first recorded use is in Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor ‘Dickens’ was a euphemism for ‘devil’. 2 He had a pet raven called ‘Grip’: After it died, he had it stuffed - you can see it here. It’s now on display in Philadelphia. 3 His first published fiction: His first published fiction was “A Dinner at Poplar Walk,” published in Monthly Magazine. He wrote it aged 21, while working as a reporter at The Morning Chronicle 4 He was mostly self-taught: He left school aged 15, when he had to take a job as a legal clerk to support his family. 5 He had a secret study: In his house, he had a door built to look like a bookcase, behind which he hid a secret room. 6 He named one of his sons after another writer: His youngest son was Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens, named after the author who infamously started one of his books, “It was a dark and stormy night.” The writer Bulwer Lytton and Dickens were friends. 7 Pickwick spinoffs: His first serial, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (aka Pickwick Papers), was so popular during its release that unofficial commercial spinoffs soon proliferated, including Pickwick pastries and Fat Boy sweets. 8 He loved nicknames: He had a number of different nicknames for himself, including “The Sparkler of Albion”, “Revolver” and “The Inimitable.” He also gave his children nicknames including “Chickenstalker” and “Skittles.” 9 He loved magic: He once performed a conjuring show on
the Isle of Wight for friends, with the stage name “The Unparalleled Necromancer Rhia Rhama Rhoos, educated cabalistically in the Orange Groves of Salamanca and the Ocean Caves of Alum Bay.” 10 He knew shorthand: His first business card had his occupation listed as “Short Hand Writer.” He got it made at some point between the age of 17 and 19. 11 His writing overlapped: He started Oliver Twist when halfway through Pickwick Papers, and Nicholas Nickleby halfway through Oliver Twist. 12 He loved cold showers: While overseeing renovations to a new house, he wrote that “a Cold Shower of the best quality, always charged to an unlimited extent, has become a necessary of life to me.”
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Naomi Watts calls family life ‘best thing’ NEWS DESK
Naomi Watts, who has two sons Alexander, six, and Samuel, five, with partner Liev Schreiber, has said that even though her family life is exhausting, “It’s so great, it’s the best thing.” “I do my own laundry but I sometimes have help. I cook. I definitely don’t have a chef,” the Daily Express quoted her as saying. Watts said that after shooting ‘The Impossible’ and Princess Diana biopic ‘Diana,’ she’s glad to be able to take some time out. She added that she just can’t travel again right now as she did a lot of travelling last year and now it was time for her to be home with her kids.
I get more offers for direction: Prabhu Deva NEWS DESK
Choreographer-actor-director Prabhu Deva, who will next be seen acting in ‘ABCD - Any Body Can Dance’, says he receives more offers for direction but loves choreography the most. “I get more offers for direction than acting. I don’t receive offers for acting... everyone takes me as a director... which I think is good. It is not that I am not keen on acting. If I am comfortable and I like it then I take up acting. It is not that I won’t be acting,” Prabhu told . “I did choreography, direction and acting. Everything is a part of my job. But I love doing choreography more than anything,” he said. Prabhu is not actively seen acting in Hindi films, but has made cameo appearances, especially in songs. He was last seen in a special appearance song in Akshay Kumar’s ‘Oh My God’ and ‘Rowdy Rathore’ last year. As far as acting in films is concerned, Prabhu believes he should feel comfortable enough to act. “I think I should feel comfortable to do the role, the film. And then I should have time as I have choreography and direction work as well,” he said. Prabhu, who has been wooing the audience with his fine and flexible dance skills, says, “My first passion is choreography. Presently I am busy with direction, if I am free and if someone needs me I will do it (choreography),” he said. Considering that he would be acting in Remo D’Souza’s upcoming 3D dance film ‘ABCD’, Prabhu did not have to be a choreographer. “This is not my first film as an actor. In every Indian film dance is an essential part, there are choreographers. So I did not have to hold myself in the area of choreography. When I am acting I am just acting and nothing else,” he said. ‘ABCD - Anybody Can Dance’ stars Prabhu and Ganesh Acharya in key roles, while some contestants of reality show ‘Dance India Dance’ also essay central characters.
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INFOTAINMENT Saturday, 9 February, 2013
One can say that three pre-eminent qualities are decisive for the politician: passion, a feeling of responsibility, and a sense of proportion. –Max Weber
Dinosaur extinction: Scientists estimate 'most accurate' date SCIENTISTS BELIEVE THEY HAVE DETERMINED THE MOST PRECISE DATE YET FOR THE EXTINCTION OF DINOSAURS.
Dad pays teen daughter $200 to quit Facebook Desperate to get your teenager to quit Facebook? Try reaching into your wallet, like one Boston father. Paul Baier, a research consultant in Boston, is paying his 14-year-old daughter a cool $200 to quit the social network until summer, according to a post on his blog that has been making the rounds. Baier on Tuesday posted an image of the "Facebook Deactivation Agreement," with his daughter, Rachael. In the agreement (below), signed by both parties, the teen promised to deactivate the social network from this past Monday until June 26. In return, Baier will pay his daughter $50 in April and the remaining $150 in June, at the end of the five months. "He/she will have access to my Facebook to change the password and to deactivate the account," the contract reads. "This will prevent me from re-activating the account in the future." Baier wrote on his blog that the arrangement was actually his daughter's idea. In the signed contract, Rachael wrote that she plans to use the money for "stuff." According to a report from the New York Daily News, Rachael wants to quit Facebook so she can focus on her studies, instead of wasting time on the social-networking site, until she finishes school at the end of June. Bribing your teen is one way to limit their Facebook time, or you could take more extreme measures — like destroying their laptop, as one father recently did. NEWS DESk
Living bacteria found beneath Antarctic ice
Scientists drilled through a half-mile of ice into an Antarctic lake and found what is believed to be a first: live bacteria, reports the New York Times. The discovery is intriguing because if the cells can survive there, they could theoretically survive on a frozen planet somewhere. More research is under way to find out one crucial detail: Where is the bacteria getting its food? “If it’s just consuming organics carried in from elsewhere”—a melting glacier, for example, “it is of much less interest,” explains a NASA scientist. But if the cells are feeding off material that comes from a “local energy source,” such as minerals in the continent’s rock, that’s a different story. Extraterrestrial life would likely have to do the same. NEWS DESk
ESEARCHERS from Glasgow University were part of an international team that has been investigating the demise of the dinosaur. By using dating techniques on rock and ash samples, they established the creatures died out about 66,038,000 years ago give or take 11,000 years. hat date appears to coincide with the impact of a comet or asteroid. ebate has raged as to whether the giant impact was the sole cause of a quick demise of the dinosaurs, whether they were already in decline at the time of the impact, or whether the impact in fact happened as much as 300,000 years after they were gone. he study has been published in the journal Science, and also involved researchers from the Berkeley Geochronology Center and University of California, Berkeley in the US and Vrije University Amsterdam in the Netherlands. he extinction of the dinosaurs was first linked to a comet or asteroid impact in 1980.
'FINAL STRAW': A 180km (110mi)wide crater in the Caribbean off the Yucatan coast of Mexico is presumed to be the result of that impact. Called Chicxulub, the crater is thought to have been created by an object 10km (6mi) across that threw into the atmosphere debris which is still found around the globe. These include signs of the enormous force of impact and its extraterrestrial origin: glassy spheres known as tektites, "shocked" quartz and a layer of dust enriched with an element called iridium. The international team decided last year to use these clues to put a more precise date on the dinosaur extinction, by examining layers
of the archaeological record where they lie close to the last fossils of dinosaurs. They looked at tektites from Haiti and volcanic ash collected from the Hell Creek Formation in Montana - the source of many dinosaur fossils and one of the best sites to study the change in fossils from before and after the extinction. The samples were analysed in laboratories first in the US, where a technique called "argon-argon dating" was used to determine their ages precisely. The approach makes use of the fact that the naturally
radioactive element called potassium slowly decays into argon with great regularity; the argon-argon method is among the most precise ways of "clocking" how long a particular sample has been decaying. Paul Renne, professor in residence of earth and planetary science at the University of California, said of the revised date: "The impact was clearly the final straw that provided the tipping point. "We have shown that these events are synchronous to within a gnat's eyebrow and therefore the impact clearly played a major role in extinctions, but it probably wasn't just the impact." The Glasgow researchers, based at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre in East Kilbride and led by Dr Darren Mark, then conducted independent argon-argon analyses on rock samples, which confirmed the results from the US. Dr Mark said: "This study shows the power of high precision geochronology. "Many people think precision is just about adding another decimal place to a number, but it's far more exciting than that. It's more like getting a sharper lens on a camera. "It allows us to dissect the geological record at g r e a t e r resolution and piece together the sequence of Earth history."
'no practical use' for 17-million digit prime number NEWS DESK
A new prime number, thought to be the largest ever identified, has been discovered by a professor at the University of Central Missouri. Curtis Cooper used a giant computer network to do the work to find the 17-million digit number - which is a number divisible only by itself and by one. Speaking to the Today programme about what use the number may be, Mr Cooper said: "I don't know of any practical application of the fact that this
number is prime. "But with that being said, there are some side effects from this process we went through, this idea of taking a big
problem and putting out on thousands of PCs and letting them work on the problem, and then finding something at the end."
Yahoo teams up with google on ads NEWS DESK
In her search for more advertising revenue, Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer has decided to team up with her former employer, Google. In a post on its website Wednesday, Yahoo said it will begin using Google's AdSense and AdMob services as it seeks to boost sales from the content on its own pages. The Sunnyvale Web portal company signed a global, nonexclusive agreement with Google for contextual advertisements. The ads will appear on Yahoo's sites for finance, news, sports and autos, said Sara Gorman, a spokeswoman for the company. Chief Executive Officer Mayer plans to get users spending more time on a dozen of Yahoo's top sites, she said in a call with analysts last month. The partnership
with Google, her former employer, could help Yahoo boost revenue from those pages, said Mark Mahaney, managing director at RBC Capital Markets in San Francisco. He said the move indicates that Yahoo believes it will generate revenue, and that it should be "a near-term positive." Yahoo stock rose 1.5 percent to $20.15 in extended trading after the announcement of the new partnership. Google already distributes similar ads to thousands of websites, a service that has helped establish it as the Internet's most prosperous company. Yahoo has been struggling to attract more advertisers, even though marketing budgets have been shifting to the Internet. Google retains part of the revenue generated from the ads shown on its partners' sites. The revenue split with Yahoo wasn't disclosed.
Say hello to your oldest mammal ancestor
Scientists believe they've identified the common ancestor that links human beings with all other placental mammals: a rat-sized creature that lived on insects. University of Florida researchers analyzed the anatomy of living and fossil primates, including lemurs, monkeys and humans, as well as their closest living relatives, flying lemurs and tree shrews. And contrary to a commonly held theory, they say, the group diversified wildly after the extinction of dinosaurs 65 million years ago. "With regards to evolution, it's critical to understand the relationships of living and fossil mammals before asking questions about 'how' and 'why,' " says Jonathan Bloch of the Florida Museum of Natural History. "This gives us a new perspective of how major change can influence the history of life, like the extinction of the dinosaurs - this was a major event in Earth's history that potentially then results in setting the framework for the entire ordinal diversification of mammals, including our own very distant ancestors." A visual reconstruction of the creature was made possible with the help of a cloud-based,d publicly accessible database called MorphoBank. Researchers recorded observational traits for 86 placental mammal species, including 40 fossil species. The resulting database contains more than 12,000 images that correspond to more than 4,500 traits detailing characteristics like the presence or absence of wings, teeth and certain bones, type of hair cover and brain structures. The team reconstructed the anatomy of the common ancestor by mapping the traits most strongly supported by the data. These suggest a twohorned uterus, a brain with a convoluted cerebral cortex and a placenta in which maternal blood came in close contact with membranes surrounding the fetus, as in humans. NEWS DESk
S ASIF PRESENTS
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I’m looking to maintain the same level of consistency in the upcoming matches. I hope that the selectors would give me a chance to represent Pakistan again. – Wahab Riaz
CSA should stay away from my funeral: Clive Rice Saturday, 9 February, 2013
Pained by CSA's refusal to honour two deceased players with a minute's silence, former players have launched a scathing attack on the national cricket board and Clive Rice even asked Cricket South Africa to stay away from his funeral in future. CSA refused to observe a minute's silence in the memory of Peter van der Merwe and Neil Adcock, who passed away last month and were part of the segregated cricket structures in apartheid-era, before the game against Pakistan at the Wanderers here last weekend. The claims that the players were refused honour since they played in apartheid-era caused a huge furore. Van der Merwe was the first South African captain to win a series in England in 1965, while Adcock was the first fast bowler to take 100 test wickets for South Africa. Rice played in that era for South Africa, but also led the team from his country onto the field in India after country returned to international fold in 1991. "CSA is sensitive about the past, but at the same time they have a racist approach. This is part of history and you cannot just erase it," Rice said. Proteas team manager Mohammad Moosajee said policy at CSA was for players to wear black armbands on the field if someone close to the players or someone involved with CSA after re-admission had died.
Clarke ruled out of final ODI
MOHAMMAD ASIF SAYS HE HOPES TO PLAY PROFESSIONAL CRICKET AGAIN LAUSANNE
OHAMMAD Asif, the Pakistan fast bowler, has presented his case to have his ICC ban for spot-fixing overturned to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Asif appeared before CAS in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday to try and have his seven-year ban, with two years suspended, quashed but will have to wait at least three weeks for an outcome and it could take as many as six. "Today was quite busy," Asif said after emerging from the CAS headquarters. "They will give us their decision in the next three weeks. Hopefully I am going to win this case. I'd like to play cricket again." Salman Butt, the former Pakistan captain, will have his hearing on Friday in an attempt to overturn his 10-year ban following the News of the World sting in August 2010 which exposed plans to bowl on-demand no-balls. On Wednesday Butt said in a statement that he wanted the chance to resume his career. "Cricket is my life and every single day that has passed has been so painful because I have not been able to play. All I want is an opportunity to get back into cricket whilst I am still young and I can still play well." Mohammad Amir, the third player to be caught in the News of the World sting, decided not to appeal against the five-year ban against him. The ban does not permit the players to take part in any official match - international, domestic or club until at least September 2015. All three players served time. Butt served seven months of a 30-month prison sentence, Asif
was released from Canterbury Prison in Kent on June 3 last year after he served half of a year-long sentence while Amir spent three months in a young offenders' institution after admitting his charge at a pre-trial hearing.
Australia's captain Michael Clarke will miss the final ODI against the West Indies in Melbourne after complaining of a recurrence of the hamstring trouble that he has carried through the summer since suffering a muscle strain in the Hobart Test last year. Shane Watson, only two matches into his own return from a calf problem, will lead the team at the MCG, with Shaun Marsh called into the ODI squad as cover. Instead of travelling to Melbourne, Clarke will remain in Sydney for recovery work until leaving for India on February 12. "Michael Clarke has had his right hamstring assessed by team medical staff following the game and the team physiotherapist has confirmed that Michael has stiffness in the right hamstring," a CA spokesman said. "While there is no cause for alarm, Michael will not now travel to Melbourne for the fifth ODI on Sunday, as a precaution. "He will leave for Chennai on the tour of India on 12 February, as planned. Shane Watson will captain Australia in the fifth ODI vs the West Indies at the MCG on Sunday. Shaun Marsh has been added to the ODI squad and will travel to Melbourne tomorrow ahead of Game 5 at the MCG."
taufeeq not worried about test spot LAHORE
Injured Pakistan batsman Taufeeq Umar is confident he will be able to regain his place once he's recovered from his shin troubles, despite his replacement, Nasir Jamshed, making a name for himself. Umar was forced to miss the tour to South Africa because of his injury, a blow for the side considering his good record against the Proteas, but he feels that he'll be able to slot back into the side for the next series against the West Indies in June. Taufeeq said: "Injury is always a setback for any player in world cricket. I was unfortunate to have it at such a wrong time. But I was lucky it was not a serious injury and I am positive about my future. "I only require another four weeks to get back in shape. The disappointment is obviously there as I was looking forward to the South Africa tour for a long
time as I always enjoy playing against them and score a lot of runs. "Injuries do come but that doesn't mean that is it. I have been doing well since my comeback in 2010 and have nothing to fear about. The next months obviously are tough but I am ready to put in all the hard work to reclaim my place in the side." He continued: "There are certain teams I love to score runs against and South Africa is one of them. I need not worry at all about whoever comes in to replace me. It's in fact a good sign as there is a sense of competition for the slot, which is good for the team. "I have good wishes for Nasir or whoever replaces me what is important is that they perform well. I am positive and have nothing to lose, I know I am around and will be available for the next series." The fact that there is such a big gap between Test series for the Pakistanis is a concern for the batsman, as they play fewer Tests than any of the other top sides.
Seamers lead New Zealand to big win
TAUFEEQ UMAR PAKISTAN OPENING BATSMAN
( WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2013
Injury is always a setback for any player in world cricket. I was unfortunate to have it at such a wrong time
New Zealand began their Super Six campaign with a comprehensive eightwicket win over Sri Lanka at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai. Their seamers set the stage for a big win after Sri Lanka were put in to bat and were dismissed for 103 in 42 overs. In four matches, this is the third time New Zealand have dismissed their opposition for a low score, after bowling South Africa out for 170 and Pakistan for 104 in their first two matches. New Zealand now have four points, after carrying forward two points from the first stage. Opening bowlers Sian Ruck and Lea Tahuhu shared seven wickets between them and conceded merely 43 runs in their 20 overs. Nicola Browne, Morna Nielsen and Frances Mackay also kept the Sri Lankan batsmen under pressure, with Browne and Mackay being the most expensive bowlers at three per over. The New Zealand seamers rocked and choked the Sri Lankan batsmen, making use
of the slightly moist conditions in the Siriwardene flashed hard outside the off morning. Ruck and Tahuhu bowled in stump and Katie Perkins took a diving catch tandem; Ruck swung the ball without giving to her left at point, leaving Sri Lanka at 23 any room to the batsmen and Tahuhu made for 4. What followed was a drought of runs for Sri Lanka. They managed only them uncomfortable with her pace three runs in the next six overs, and bounce. Tahuhu struck with which included four maidens her first ball, cleaning up three alone from Ruck. Yasoda Mendis, who had new Zealand Dilani Manodara and played big knocks in Sri Sandamali Dolawatte faced Lanka's two victories in seamers rocked roughed up by the seamers the first round. Lanka and choked but they survived and took were pushed to the back the score past 50 in the foot with that as their runs the Sri lankan 22nd over. They could have dried up for the next few batsmen been in a worse situation had overs. Deepika Rasangika the wicketkeeper Rachel Priest broke a few shackles when not dropped Dolawatte off Browne she loosened up for three in the 18th over and not missed consecutive fours on both sides of the pitch in Tahuhu's third over. Chamari Manodara's stumping in the 21st over. Atapattu, on the other hand, looked out of Manodara helped her team pick up the pace sorts, not able to open her account for 24 a little bit, driving and cutting Browne and balls and was bowled by Ruck in the next left-arm orthodox Morna Nielsen for over. Before Rasangika could swing her boundaries in consecutive overs. arms again, she was yorked by Tahuhu for SCORES: New Zealand 108 for 2 (Mackay 20. It soon became three wickets in three 39*, Bates 37) beat Sri Lanka 103 (Tahuhu overs when the captain Shashikala 4-27, Ruck 3-16) by eight wickets.
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TEAM WON LOST NRR Australia 3 0 +0.483 N Zealand 2 1 +1.712 W Indies 2 1 +1.187 England 1 2 +0.320 Sri Lanka 1 2 -2.432 S Africa 0 3 -1.357
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ENGLAND LOSE TO AUSTRALIA IN WOMEN'S CRICKET WORLD CUP: England fell to an agonising two-run defeat by Australia that severely damages their chances of defending the Women's World Cup. Last-wicket pair Anya Shrubsole and Holly Colvin looked on course to snatch England the most unlikely of wins, only for Colvin to be caught behind off Erin Osborne within one blow of victory. In pursuit of 148, England had earlier been reduced to 39-6, only for Lydia Greenway (49) and Laura Marsh to drag them back into the contest with a painstaking stand of 57.
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A little bit of competition, [Ed] Cowan gets a hundred [against South Africa] then Warner gets a hundred - that sort of competition has been seen to be good at times. But continuity is important too. –Pat Howard
Broad admits heel a long-term problem
WEST INDIES STAY WINLESS DESPITE POLLARD TON
AFTER RECOVERING FROM HEEL INJURY, HE IS BACK IN THE FOLD FOR THE SERIES IN NEW ZEALAND AUCKLAND AgENcIES
Stuart Broad may have to live with his heel injury for the rest of his career, with England's Twenty20 captain admitting he and the medical staff will have to 'manage' the problem to keep him playing at the highest level. Broad has not played since the second Test in Mumbai in November, where his 0 for 60 was his second consecutive wicketless Test and continued a disappointing end to 2012. Broad was subsequently dropped for just the second time in his career. The heel problem prevented his return as captain for the T20 series and he also missed last month's ODIs, but he is back in the fold for the series in New Zealand. After a trip to Germany to be fitted with specially designed boots he claims he has felt good in training, and took a hat-trick in a warm-up game, but his admission that the problem is unlikely to go away is a cause of concern. "It is going to be a longterm thing," Broad said ahead of the opening T20 in Auckland. "It is a laceration of the fat pad so is not going to go away overnight. It is something I need to manage. It has been good these couple of weeks, I have found good ways to look after it. It is not going to go away with a week's rest or a year's rest." Broad admits his career path as a fast bowler is an issue on account of the type of injury he has which suggested that he may have to be rested a certain periods., "If I did pretty much anything else in the world but bowl seam it would not be a problem, I don't feel it walking or running or batting - it is just fast bowling," he said.
Saturday, 9 February, 2013
HANE Watson's life without bowling is so far turning out to be a life without worries - for him, and for Australia. Another fluent innings from Watson set the hosts on the path to a leisurely five-wicket victory over the West Indies at the SCG, thus extending the series ledger to 4-0 in favour of Michael Clarke's team as they begin to be fragmented by departures for the imminent tour of India. Forming important early stands with Aaron Finch and Phillip Hughes, Watson showed there was little bowling joy to be found in a pitch on which the visitors earlier slipped to 6 for 55. Kieron Pollard's admirable rearguard had dragged the visitors' tally to 220 and at least ensured the lights would be required before 18,161 spectators watched Australia strolling home with 31 balls to spare. Watson played handsome strokes all around the ground, while also absorbing a teasing spell from Sunil Narine, but was given a major helping of good fortune on 32 when wicketkeeper Devon Thomas dropped the sort of chance any gloveman would have been embarrassed to turf. The West Indies were again their own worst enemies when Narsingh Deonarine spurned a chance to run out Hughes, taking the ball but disturbing the stumps with his arm as he did so. Pollard's century notwithstanding, Australia's target had been kept well within reach by Mitchell Johnson, who had done his best impression of the rested Mitchell Starc to zip through the visitors' batting. None of the West Indian top four reached double figures, leaving Pollard attempting to cobble some kind of total together in a match rendered dead by Australia's completion of an unassailable 3-0 watson set margin on Wednesday the hosts on night in Canberra. Supported by Ben offered bounce. Finch the path to Cutting, Clint McKay and Watson began the a leisurely and a tidy Glenn chase with good sense, Maxwell, Johnson striding to a second half5-wicket win grabbed three early century opening stand in as wickets to turn the West many innings before Finch was Indies innings into a salvage pinned lbw by Narine. Reviewing operation for Pollard after their captain the decision, Finch discovered the ball Darren Sammy had little hesitation was straight enough and clipping the top batting first on a dry, hard surface that of the stumps, sending him on his way
WEST INDIES 9 kOA Powell c maxwell b Johnson 0 J charles b Johnson 4 Dm bravo c Finch b Johnson DJ bravo lbw b maxwell 3 109 kA Pollard not out 10 N Deonarine c Finch b cutting 7 Dc Thomas† c Finch b cutting 25 DJg Sammy* c clarke b cutting 18 AD Russell c maxwell b Faulkner SP Narine c †Wade b mckay 23 TL best run out (Finch/Faulkner) 1 ExTRAS (b 1, lb 1, w 9) 11 220 TOTAL FALL OF WIckETS 1-5 (charles, 3.5 ov), 2-17 (Powell, 7.3 ov), 3-17 (Dm bravo, 7.6 ov), 4-22 (DJ bravo, 10.4 ov), 5-45 (Deonarine, 17.3 ov), 6-55 (Thomas, 19.2 ov), 7-98 (Sammy, 31.6 ov), 8-133 (Russell, 38.3 ov), 9-197 (Narine, 46.1 ov), 10220 (best, 49.4 ov) bOWLINg cJ mckay 10-2-41-1, mg Johnson 10-1-36-3, gJ maxwell 100-34-1, bcJ cutting 10-1-45-3, JP Faulkner 9.4-1-62-1, AuSTRALIA SR Watson c †Thomas b best 76 25 AJ Finch lbw b Narine PJ Hughes c DJ bravo b Narine 23 mJ clarke* c †Thomas b best 37 28 Ac Voges c Sammy b Russell mS Wade† not out 13 gJ maxwell not out 14 18 ExTRAS (lb 8, w 8, nb 2) TOTAL 221 (4.92 runs per over) DID NOT bAT JP Faulkner, mg Johnson, bcJ cutting, cJ mckay FALL OF WIckETS 1-53 (Finch, 9.5 ov), 2-115 (Hughes, 23.2 ov), 3-145 (Watson, 28.4 ov), 4-198 (Voges, 41.3 ov), 5-220 (clarke, 44.3 ov) bOWLINg TL best 9.5-0-38-2, AD Russell 6-0-40-1, DJg Sammy 20-16-0, SP Narine 10-1-34-2, DJ bravo 4-0-25-0, N Deonarine 8-0-38-0, kA Pollard 5-0-22-0 match details Toss West Indies, who chose to bat Series Australia led the 5-match series 4-0 Player of the match kA Pollard (West Indies) umpires SD Fry and NJ Llong (England) TV umpire Asad Rauf (Pakistan) match referee RS madugalle (Sri Lanka) Reserve umpire PR Reiffel
AUSTRALIA T20 TEAM TO FACE WEST INDIES for another total that indicated more promise than substance. Hughes was soon playing in Watson's slipstream, the target steadily reduced, but he did not exploit the missed run out, gloving an attempted paddle sweep to slip after struggling to deal with Narine's spin, which from the outset of the innings had seemed West Indies' lone hope of inducing a rush of wickets.
MELBOURNE: Australia team named on Friday for their Twenty20 match against West Indies in Brisbane on Wednesday. Australia squad: George Bailey, Nathan CoulterNile, Ben Cutting, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Ben Laughlin, Clint McKay, Shaun Marsh, Ben Rohrer, Adam Voges. AgENcIES
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I had three good rounds on the East Course that year. If I can do that now, I'll have a chance on Sunday. – Richard Sterne
SPortS Saturday, 9 February, 2013
murray wants reduced prize money to pay for better drug testing program LONDON AgENcIES
Andy Murray, who won $5.7 million last year and has already amassed $1.39m in 2013, is adamant he would be prepared to take a reduction in prize money to help finance a state-of-the-art anti-doping program that will determine tennis doesn’t fall into the same trap as cycling and is clean from of banned performance enhancing drugs. The world no.3 is insistent prize funds on offer to players at all leading
events should be cut in order to boost tennis’ anti-doping budget, which last year amounted to little more than $1.8 million. Last month’s Australian Open offered a record prize fund of $ Aus 30 million ($31.25m). Murray believes the he and his fellow leading players such as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, should exert more pressure on the International Tennis Federation, that adheres to the WADA (World AntiDoping Agency) code to invest more into drug detection. “Maybe it’s down to our
JEREZ: Nico Rosberg takes a turn in his Mercedes as he piled on the laps at Jerez.
governing bodies, the ATP World Tour, to invest some of our own money into WADA and into making sure we get more testing done,” said Murray. “That’s the only way you can improve your testing procedures; by having more of them, more blood testing. “In the long term I think you would save a lot of money because more people would come to watch sports rather than reading all the time about doping or match-fixing scandals. Every single week right now there’s something different.
PSL POSTPONED SOME SCHEDULING CONFLICTS THAT AROSE AFTER PSL DATES WERE ANNOUNCED COULD RESULT IN POTENTIAL STAR PLAYERS MISSING OUT ON THE OPPORTUNITY OF PARTICIPATING IN PSL
HE Pakistan Super League (PSL), the country’s upcoming T20 tournament has been postponed. According to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the new schedule for the tournament will be announced later. The PCB press release stated: “The concerns expressed by the stakeholders on tight
timelines for submission of bids & leveraging of assets, hold merit." The press release further stated that 80 international players had signed for the PSL auction but the process of acquiring NOCs was still underway and would require time. Furthermore, scheduling conflicts which arose after the PSL dates were announced could result in potential star players not being able to take part.
The tournament was originally scheduled to take place from 26 March to 7 April. “Since the time we have announced PSL the response from sponsors, broadcasters, potential franchises and players has been over whelming. Over 80 foreign players have already signed agreements with PSL, a number of foreign coaches, umpires and referees have also signed up with PSL,” said Salman Sarwar Butt, Managing Director PSL. “The processes that we are following to award various rights i.e., those of broadcasters, sponsors, franchisees etc., are very transparent.
Sports should be kept out of political protest: Pak team
BHUBANESWAR: Sports should be kept free of political protests, the women`s cricket team from Pakistan said Friday in a reference to large-scale protest against their country`s participation in the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup tournament. Be it Kabaddi, hockey or cricket, games should be out of other matters? Bashir Ali, manager of Pakistan women`s cricket team, said on arrival here from Cuttack on way back to his country. ICC shifted the Group B match of the tournament to Cuttack at the last minute due to stiff opposition to Pakistani team in Mumbai. As the matches were fixed at the eleventh hour, the Pakistani team was put up in OCA Club in Barabati stadium in Cuttack. Pakistan Team captain Sana Mir was all praise for the hospitality, saying “I cannot forget the hospitality offered by the Odisha Cricket Association." Terming her team`s serial defeat in the tournament as not pleasant?, Sana Mir said they had worked very hard for the last few years for the World Cup. AgENcIES
Lake City in Nurpur Polo Cup final
LAHORE: A Nurpur Polo Tournament is being hosted at the Lahore Polo Club ground and the Lake City team won the quarterfinal against New Age Cables to move into the next stage. Their win was followed by another victory in the semi-final against Master Paints and on Sunday, Lake City will take on Colonial Group in the finals. STAFF REPORT
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I'm not overly pleased with the match but a win is a win and I'm glad I was able to get the team off to a winning start. – Judy Murray
Saturday, 9 February, 2013
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SBP Governor's Cup Cricket from 9th LAHORE
The 9th State Bank Governor's Cup Cricket Tournament will roll into action from February 9-18 at Lahore’s three prominent grounds. Director Finance Nazar Ali Chanara while addressing a press conference said that the players belonging to various banks including SBP BSC will take part in the event while young cricketing talent hired by various bank will also be part of the teams. “The finalists of each region and previous year finalists are also participating in the super series,” he added. He further siad that the theme of the tournament is to promote State Bank's clean note policy. besides encouraging healthy activities amongst the banking community and to promote cricket. He said that three different grounds with final to be held at the Bagh-e-Jinnah ground on 18th and Yaseen Anwar will be the chief guest of the final. The tournament is in continuation of the SBP Governor Cup held in five different regions including Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi. first class cricketers who have played after 2008 will not be allowed to play, he added. The winner will be awarded Rs 100,000 and the runner up will be given Rs 50,000. Dr. Muhammad Salim, Chief Manager, SBP BSC, Karachi, Mr. Shafiqullah Siddiqui, Secretary Sports Committee, Karachi & Mr. Zaheerul Hassan, Sports Manager SBP Karachi Team participated from Karachi. Mr. Javaid Iqbal, Chief Manager, SBP BSC, Lahore & Rana Rashed Mehmood, DCM (Admn)/ Chairman Sports Organizing Committee, SBP BSC, Lahore were also present during the press conference.
rosberg improves as vettel starts testing
ICO Rosberg finally put a smile on the face of everyone at Mercedes as he piled on the laps at Jerez while it was also a first run-out for Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel. Rosberg was halted by an electrical fault on the opening day of pre-season testing on Tuesday while team-mate Lewis Hamilton crashed out on Wednesday following brake failure. The pressure was on the team to emerge unscathed on Thursday and they were relieved to report a clean bill of health after Rosberg completed 148 laps the equivalent of two grands prix distances. "We were just massively unlucky the last two days with problems that could have been easily avoided, but they've also been so difficult to fix, which is also very unusual," said Rosberg. "But today [Thursday] we showed we have a very reliable car. We really made up for it. Nothing at all went wrong, not the slightest thing, which is good. "It really put a smile on everybody's face. "To drive from Silverstone to Spa, distance-wise, in a test day with an F1 car with no problems whatsoever, pounding out the laps, being very consistent, is a fantastic achievement. "So I'm very excited about today because it was a great test day as we were consistent and we got through everything we had on the plan." Hamilton, who returns to the car on Friday to conclude the
first of three tests before the season kicks seventh but only because he concentrated on aero and mechanical work. The off in Australia on March 17, will be Briton's day ended five minutes hoping for a repeat of Rosberg's early after he stopped the reliability. "I'm sure it's going MP4-28 on track, apparently to be the same tomorrow," due to a loose wheel Rosberg added. "That i’m sure following a pit stop. will really kickstart our Massa, meanwhile, was programme." The 27it’s going to happy to finish top of the year-old finished be the same standings with the fastest second on Thursday lap of the week so far - a with a best lap of one tomorrow, 1:17.879. His fastest lap minute 18.766 seconds, says nico came on the quicker soft sandwiched between the tyre, and the Brazilian is pacesetting Ferrari of Felipe refusing to get carried away. "It Massa and reigning three-time was an important three days for us to world champion Sebastian Vettel, making his first outing in the new Red find the right direction to work on the car, Bull. Jenson Button, who was quickest for even if I didn't do as many laps as I McLaren on Tuesday, was down in expected to do," said Massa.
MCLAREN LIVES UP TO PEREZ EXPECTATIONS
JEREZ: Sergio Perez savoured "an incredible day" as he made his track debut for McLaren in a car he can already tell has race-winning potential. Although only seventh quickest at the Circuito de Jerez, Perez enjoyed a steady introduction to his new car after two seasons with Sauber. Perez had his moments with the Swiss-based team, notably last season when he finished runner-up twice in Malaysia and Italy. But primarily the Sauber was a midfield runner, so to get behind the wheel of a car that could land him a maiden victory was an obvious thrill. There remain a few kinks to iron out, such as being more comfortable in his race seat, but aside from that the 23-year-old Mexican could not be happier. "It was a day in my new office which was much more different than I was expecting," said Perez. "By sitting in a different seat you have to adapt yourself to a new position, a different way of holding the steering wheel. Pretty much everything is different”. AgENcIES
Chelsea pondering new Lampard deal STAMFORD AgENcIES
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez praised Frank Lampard on Thursday after reports emerged that the midfielder could yet stay at Stamford Bridge. Following Lampard's decisive goal for England in Wednesday night's 2-1 win over Brazil, it was reported the 34-year-old midfielder had been offered new contract to extend his 12year stay at Chelsea. Such a move would suggest an about-turn by Chelsea owner
Roman Abramovich, who previously had been prepared to allow Lampard to leave at the end of the season. Chelsea declined to comment when asked about Lampard, but Benitez was upbeat when asked about the midfielder's performance against Brazil. "He's scoring goals for us already and I think he's
doing well," Benitez told Chelsea TV. "Ninety-four caps is a fantastic achievement. If he can get 100 it will be really positive and it will mean he will be fit, he will be playing and he will be doing well." A 27th international goal on the occasion of his 94th cap showed Lampard still has a future with England, who beat Brazil for the first time in 23 years, and prompted England boss Roy Hodgson to state his preference for the midfielder to stay in
Europe ahead of the 2014 World Cup. That could yet be at Stamford Bridge. Despite the uncertainty over his future, Lampard has performed well this term, scoring 12 times to move five behind the Blues' goalscoring record of 202 held by Bobby Tambling. Should Lampard stay on, it would come as a welcome boost following the contract extension signed by Ashley Cole, who won his 100th England cap against Brazil. Benitez added: "Ashley Cole - 100 caps is an amazing, a great achievement for anyone, and for a player in the England squad, which
The 6th Mobilink Golf Championship is geared up for tee off at 9 am on Saturday morning at the delightful, par 72, Royal Palm Golf Course. The setting and fairways all prepared to play host to golf playing top corporate business leaders, wizards of the legal and financial world, government functionaries of significance, physicians and surgeons and not to forget some accomplished golfers who will put in their best to produce scores of excellence. Participation list adds up to a huge total of 140 golfers, all of them in a mood to satiate their appetite for competitive golf and though quite a few of them are not at their swinging best, having been more inclined towards their business pursuits and interests, they hope to use their focusing ability to make up their for their shortcomings in golfing flow. And as Raja Kaiqobad, a participant and an adept surgeon said: "I agree I am out of form but my urge to play well is going to be the driving force in this Mobilink golf event. So all I am concerned about is a wonderful day with fellow golfers whom i dont get a chance to meet". As for Mobilink, it continues to promote golf across the country. It has already held one championship at Karachi and this is the second of the series in 2013.The third one is expected to be held in Islamabad. Col (r) Jameel Khalid of Royal Palm stated that the Royal Palm Golf Course is wonderful and corporate golfers will enjoy every moment of their golfing on superb fairways and an environment that is full of fresh oxygen. The tee off will be at 9:00 am.
Annual Sports Day LAHORE
The annual sports day of Crescent Model Higher Secondary School will be held here today, Saturday at the schools ground. Hundred of school students will display their talent in different events. Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, MNA will be the chief guest on the occasion and will distribute prizes among the winners.
Win for Lucky Stars LAHORE
Lucky Stars defeated Samanabad Club by one wicket at the Samanabad Ground on Friday. SCORES: Samanabad 262 all out in 35 overs. Raees 51, Umair 41, Bilal Akbar 5/38, zubair 3/35. Lucky Stars 263/9 in 34.4 overs. Jawad Abbas 59, Asif Mehmood 52, Malik Waheed 30 not out. Shoukat 3/49, Saad 2/36. Man of the match: Bilal Akbar.
is very competitive, so even better." Lampard said of Cole on chelseafc.com: "It's a fantastic achievement. He's been an unbelievably consistent performer both for club and country, and he started all of those games which makes it all the more incredible. "The consistency levels he's shown, particularly when you consider Leighton Baines has been around for a while now, have been great. "For me, he's been one of the best in the world, and to be the first full-back to reach 100 caps is brilliant."
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24th Amendment Bill tabled in Senate ISLAMABAD
Unlike its strong opposition to the government’s bill for the creation of Bahawalpur Janoobi Punjab province, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) offered a soft resistance against the tabling of the 24th Amendment Bill 2013 and staged a walkout out of the session. To the surprise of the opposition benches, Minister for Law and Justice Farooq H Naik moved the bill, which was not on the agenda. Senate Chairman Nayyar Hussain Bukhari said since the report on the new provinces commission had been tabled, it had been referred to the standing committee concerned for further deliberations and a report should be presented within 10 days. The bill, which was not mentioned in the order of the day and was introduced through a supplementary agenda, proposed that the new province shall comprise territories of Multan, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Mianwali and Bhakkar districts. On a point of order, Leader of the Opposition Ishaq Dar opposed the bill, saying it was a constitutional matter and the committee should be given adequate time to complete its report. CONTINUED ON PAGE 04
Centre not interested in Karachi peace: SC
Friday, 8 February, 2013
8 KILLED IN ORAKZAI BOMBING
PESHAWAR: At least eight people were killed and 23 were injured when a high-intensity bomb went off in Orakzai Agency’s headquarter, Kalaya, on Friday. Per details, a large number of people were leaving after offering Friday prayers near Ferozkhel Chawk in Kalaya when the bomb went off. Officials confirmed that so far eight people had died and 23 had been injured in the blast. They also said the condition of several of the injured was critical, fearing that the death toll could rise. Officials said that most of the victims belonged to Ferozkhel tribe, which has formed a peace lashkar in the area. STAFF REPORT
Chiding the federal government for its lack of interest in the prevailing law and order in the city, the Supreme Court on Friday expressed concern after coming to know that hundreds of on-duty police functionaries were under trial in various provincial courts for committing crimes, including murder. The larger SC bench of Justices Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmani and Justice Amir Hani Muslim was informed that over 5,200 deserving officers in the police department were feeling “frustrated” with the government’s decision to give a legal cover to out-ofturn promotions through Thursday’s enactment of Sindh Civil Servants (Amendment) Act 2013. “If indeed these police functionaries are enjoying field postings despite the criminal cases against them, it represents an alarming and dangerous breakdown of the administration of police department prima facie,”
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the bench said in its interim order issued on Friday. Quoting a list provided to it by the Sindh High Court, the bench observed that there were 300 to 400 police functionaries facing criminal trials. It asked Sindh IGP Fayyaz Leghari whether these policemen were performing active duty in the field and had faced any departmental “disciplinary action”. Leghari, however, said he was heading a force of a 100,000 policemen and could not pinpoint the current posting locations of such officers. Ali Sher Jakrani, AIG (Legal), also expressed his inability to answer the court’s questions. “It is our understanding that these persons, despite being challenged and being proceeded against, are currently enjoying field postings,” the bench said. The court asked Leghari to submit a complete report setting out the current postings of these officials, the disciplinary action, if any, which might have been initiated against these functionaries, the reason why the prosecution had not been concluded and the actions, if any, taken in respect of these persons. CONTINUED ON PAGE 04