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hursday, the 10th of January 2013, was a catastrophic day for the country. Just as the sun made its way out of the clouds to enliven the grey skies gazing down upon the country for the past several days, carnages in Quetta and swat filled the hearts of countrymen with gloom. In Quetta, at least 81 people were killed in three massive bomb blasts on Thursday, while another 22 were killed in a bombing in swat’s Mingora town. The day also witnessed Muttahida Qaumi
Movement chief altaf hussain launching his much touted political drone strike, wherein he said he was uselessly being blamed for being a British national when even the country’s founding father, Quaid-e-azam Muhammad ali Jinnah, had a British passport, a statement that invited mixed reactions. Moreover, India continued with its aggressive stance in response to the alleged LoC violation by Pakistan army the other day, raining artillery shells over the Tatta Pani sector and killing one Pakistani soldier. The Indian government also rejected proposals for
an independent uN probe into the alleged killing and mutilation of bodies of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops in uri sector. Meanwhile, the country’s financial hub Karachi saw no respite in violence as seven labourers belonging to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were gunned down by six unidentified assailants near al-asif square.
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after the furore in haryana and uttar Pradesh, a Muslim community panchayat in Rajasthan on Thursday banned girls from using cell phones and also from dancing and singing at weddings, ostensibly in an effort to prevent incidents like the Delhi gang rape. Boys and girls have also been prohibited from marrying someone against the wish of their family members or someone from a different community, panchayat members said on Thursday. The restrictions have been imposed on the Muslim community members at Salumbar town in udaipur district, 400kms from Jaipur, by the anjuman Muslim Panchayat, a minority community council. “We have decided to ban the girls from carrying and using cell phones. The decision was taken with a view that cell phones are spoiling girls,” panchayat secretary habibur Rahman told reporters. he said a slew of measures had been taken to ensure safety of girls belonging to the community in the area. “The girls would not be allowed to dance and sing during wedding functions. a couple cannot get married against the wishes of their family members,” he said. Rahman added that punitive action would be taken against girls who were found ignoring the edicts. “if a couple runs away from house to get married, they will be ostracised and a cash fine of Rs 51,000 will be imposed on them. Fine of Rs 51,000 has also been decided for those who marry someone from a different community,” the secretary said. he added that panchayat decisions had been communicated to all members of the community in the town.
a deadline set by Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri for the installation of a caretaker setup in consultation with the judiciary and the army expired on Thursday, but so far the government has neither expressed its willingness to accept these demands nor has it extended any invitation for talks. Qadri threatened the government to implement electoral reforms before January 10 or else face a million-man march towards federal capital on January 14. he expressed these views during his address on December 23, 2012 in Lahore. The TMQ leader said he had invited all political parties, of which only the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen accepted the invitation and vowed to join the march. Dr Qadri is scheduled to address a news conference on Friday (today) to announce his future strategy. Earlier, interior Minister Rehman Malik met Qadri on President Zardari’s directives and requested him to call off the long march. however, Tahirul Qadri maintained that he would hold the march unless government implements the reforms suggested by him.
11 more die of measles SHIKARPUR/DG KHAN ONlINE
another 11 children have died of measles in Shikarpur and Dera ghazi Khan, according to media reports. Four children died in Shikarpur taking the death toll in the city to 29 in the last 40 days while five children died in Dera ghazi Khan. in Madaiji area two children, Zaheer ahmed and abdul Rehman, died of the disease while two girls, Shumaila and Rehana, also fell prey to measles. The anti-measles vaccination campaign will last until January 15. in this regard, special camps had been set up at basic health centres and dispensaries. Karachi EDO Dr imdadullah said during the campaign 2.1 million children will be vaccinated in the city for which 534 teams had been posted in camps while 694 teams will work in the outskirt of the city.
3 killed in Quetta violence QUETTA INP
unabated targeted killing continued to claim innocent lives as three more people, including a policeman and a prayer leader, were shot dead in separate incidents of violence in Quetta. according to the police, unidentified armed motorcyclists shot dead a youth named abdul aziz near Eastern By-Pass. The deceased was the nephew of BnP-Mengal leader habib Jalib. in ghairabad area, armed assailants killed inspector Kamran and fled. in yet another incident of targeted killing, a prayer leader and head of Madrisa anwarul ulum, amir Bakhsh, was gunned down near gahi Khan chowk on Saryab Road. The police registered separate cases in all incidents and started investigations.
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Dual nationality and Jinnah: Altaf’s ‘drone strike’ MQM chief says Jinnah took oath of allegiance to British King George VI g Says govt threatening his party with governor’s removal if they participate in Dr Qadri’s long march g
aunching his promised “political drone strike” on Thursday, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief altaf hussain called upon all those criticising his British nationality by citing the nationality of country’s founding father Quaid-e-azam Muhammad ali Jinnah, saying even Jinnah held a British passport and took oath of allegiance to the then British king, george Vi. Without naming his coalition partner, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), hussain claimed that the government was threatening MQM with removal of Sindh governor Dr ishratul Ebad Khan if the party participated in Dr Qadri’s long march on January 14. addressing a mammoth gathering of MQM leaders and workers in Karachi over telephone, a charged
altaf referred to threats of removing Sindh governor, saying his party was not power hungry and the president could remove the governor whenever he wanted. “Remove the governor if you want. Do you think we are hungry for power? We are hungry for rules, for justice, for bread for the poor.” Taking a jibe at critics of his British nationality, altaf said many people did not know their history and he would like to tell them a few bits. “Jinnah had taken the oath of remaining loyal to the British emperor and his successor and it is a proven fact. Should i bash Jinnah for that? he did so for the sake of betterment of Pakistani people.” comparing Jinnah’s gesture with his, he said, “in the same spirit, i opted for British nationality. had i not acquired the British nationality, who else would have provided me safety? Saudi arabia?” he said seeking dual nationality to save life was no wrong deed.
altaf even offered to return to Pakistan and asked his party members if he should do so. But the MQM loyalists who claim they would rather have their leader than their political destination, “stopped” him from doing so. “altaf Bhai it is all right if you have acquired British nationality for a while, but you should not come back to Pakistan,” they said in unison. The MQM chief added, “until March 23, 1956, Pakistan remained part of British dominion while all parliamentarians and public office-bearers took oath of remaining loyal to the British emperor.” Questioning the democratic agenda of other political parties, the MQM chief asked why only his party raised concern against the abolition of local government. hitting back at critics of the local government system enforced in Sindh last September, altaf said those against the system were against democracy and their calls to protect
democracy were hollow. The MQM chief warned that if the government did not listen to urdu speaking Sindhis on local government, they would be forced to call for a division of Sindh. “We have been tolerating these threats, we do not want a division of Sindh, don’t push us against the wall.” altaf said nawaz Sharif and his family lived in Saudi arabia on diplomatic passports for a long period of time, adding that the Saudi king was not his (altaf’s) friend, else he would have gotten a palace in Saudi arabia in 1992. he said various leaders of the PPP also lived abroad for several years. altaf said the PPP and other political and religious parties staged long marches in the past, but only the MQM was being criticised for agreeing to participate in the march announced by Dr Tahirul Qadri. he vowed to continue supporting altaf despite criticism from government and opposition quarters.
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81 killed as three bombs rock Quetta at intervals g 22 others killed in suicide attack in Swat g over 150 people left injured QUETTA/SWAT SHAHZADA ZUlFIQAR/SAJJAD AlI
huRSDay became one of the deadliest days in the country’s history of fighting the war on terror as four bombings, three in Quetta and another in Swat, claimed at least 103 lives and left close to another 150 people injured. Despite the butchery, no official of the Balochistan government commented or condemned the incidents nor did any minister visit the emergencyridden hospitals in Quetta to enquire after the injured or oversee rescue operations. The federal government had also not issued any statement until midnight. as if the 34 killings in bombings in Swat and on an Fc checkpost in Quetta earlier in the afternoon were not saddening enough, two more bombings
in Quetta later at night killed at least 69 people, including nine police officials, four rescue workers and two journalists, bringing a bloody end to the catastrophic day. The first of Thursday killings came in Quetta when a powerful bomb ripped through the Bacha Khan chowk in the city, killing 12 people, including two children and an Fc official, and injuring 40 others. The target of the attack was a Frontier corps checkpost. The blast caused maximum damage as the post was set up in a congested market area and the bomb struck during peak crowd hours. Several vehicles, including one in use by Fc personnel, nearby shops and food stalls were destroyed in the explosion. in Swat sometime later, at least 22 people were killed and more than 65 injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a Tableeghi Markaz in Mingora. The blast took place at around
5:20pm in the facility located on Takhta Band Road in Mingora. Police and an inter-Services Public Relations spokesman initially termed the explosion as a gas cylinder blast, but Tableeghi Markaz sources, locals and victims of the blast later said that it had in fact been a suicide attack. “i think it was a suicide attack, i was there, but not in the hall. i saw a man jump into the people and a huge blast occurred,” altaf, a student at the seminary told Pakistan Today. The Swat DcO and DPO refused to talk to reporters until availability of details. “We will brief the media after completion of the initial probe into whether it was a cylinder blast or iED explosion,” the DPO said. and just as TV channels were repeating footages of the two incidents and guessing their nature, news broke out of another bombing in Quetta some time later. The first of two blasts that hit
Quetta at night was reported from Rehmatullah chowk on alamdar Road, while the second occurred on airport Road, a nearby area, only minutes after the first. Several media teams, rescue and law enforcement officials that had rushed to the site of the first explosion fell victim to the second blast. There was no stopping the rising toll in the twin blasts. it was 10 initially, then 20, 30 and later 40. But that was not the end, with the tally stopping at 69 by the time this report was made at 1am. The Quetta ccPO Mir Zubair told a press conference late at night that nine policemen had been killed in three bombings. he said the first of the twin bombings was a suicide attack while the second was a car bombing. Zubair vowed to continue all efforts to ensure safety of citizens of the city.
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PML-n chief says crises worsened under present regime
Pakistan Muslim League–nawaz (PML-n) President nawaz Sharif on Thursday said although the government had completed its tenure, democracy had failed to deliver fruits to the people of the country. Talking to reporters on the occasion of all-Parties conference, the former prime minister said it was a good sign that the government was completing its term, but the people were still facing troubles. he said the incumbent government failed to provide basic necessities to the common man, adding that the people were fed up with bad governance.
nawaz said Pakistan lagged behind in the race for progress among SaaRc countries, as businessmen had wrapped up their businesses in Pakistan and shifted to countries like Bangladesh. he said there was no gas or electricity in the country and law and order across the country, especially in Karachi, had become worse off. nawaz criticised Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri’s long march, saying elections would not be postponed under any circumstances. he added that the self-proclaimed Sheikhul islam wanted to adopt the way of “chaos”. The PML-n chief added that he would not allow a few men to usurp the
right of 18 million people. To a question, nawaz said he could not understand the philosophy of the coalition partners of the incumbent government who were taking part in Qadri’s long march. he wondered how the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) would march against its own ministers. The PML-n president called upon all patriotic political forces to make joint efforts for frustrating anti-democracy elements that were out to derail democracy. “We all have to play our role to steer the country out of the prevalent crises,” he added. addressing the all-Parties conference earlier held under the aegis of the Supreme court Bar association, nawaz said democracy, which returned after a long struggle by all strata of society, was confronting threats, but no one would be allowed to derail it. commenting on the tense situation along the Line of control, nawaz said Pakistan and india were the two sole countries where troops were being killed at the border. he asked the quarters concerned to take notice of the situation on the Loc. asma Jehangir, former ScBa president, said the country was confronting terrorism and there was a dire need to crush terrorists with an iron hand. She said democracy was the sole solution to all ills. Robina Shah, a JWP leader, asked for an early resolution of the Balochistan issue. Jui-F’s hameedullah Kakar said the constitution must be held supreme, as the concept of state ended in a country where there was no constitution.
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CJP asks Jatoi to cooperate with Sindh Police ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
KARACHI: A rescue official shows identity cards of slain labourers who were gunned down at Al-Asif Square on Thursday. ONLINE
India says visa pact with Pakistan to carry on NEW DELHI ONlINE
indian home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Thursday said that the relaxed guidelines for visas, cleared just a few weeks ago as a sign of improving bilateral relations, will carry on. “Whatever the (visa) agreement entered into, it will be carried out,” Shinde told reporters in Delhi. Meanwhile, Pakistani nationals of over 65 years of age will find it easier to travel to india as they would be granted visa on arrival on payment of Rs 100 or $2 at the attari-Wagha check post with effect from January 15. This facility, however,
7 labourers killed in Karachi firing KARACHI: Seven labourers were killed when six unidentified men entered into and sprayed bullets in a compound situated in a market in Quetta Town near Karachi’s al-asif Square on Thursday. Sindh Police spokesman SSP imran Shaukat told aPP that all the seven victims belonged to Bajaur agency and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. he said the names of the victims had not been ascertained so far. APP
would come with restrictions as persons seeking visa on arrival will not be permitted to stay in Punjab, Kerala and indian-held Kashmir. “From January 15, people from Pakistan above 65 years of age can avail the visaon-arrival on reaching the attari integrated check Post (icP),” PTi quoted a government official as saying. “it has been decided not to give visa-on-arrival for stay in Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, besides restrictive and prohibitive regions. amritsar will only be used as transit point,” he said. under the liberalised visa regime, parts of which were operationalised during the visit of interior Minister Rehman
Malik to new Delhi on December 14, senior citizens above 65 years can visit twice a year and can go to five places in the country. however, there has to be a gap of two months between the two visits. Both the countries are likely to start this arrangement simultaneously at the attari-Wagah check-post. The official said that visa, which would be granted to people in the prescribed age group crossing the border on foot, would be given for maximum of 45 days of stay in one visit and the visa fee would be Rs 100 or $2. in September 2012, then indian external affairs minister SM Krishna and Malik signed a pact liberalising the restrictive visa agreement between india
and Pakistan. at present, nearly 100 persons use the attariWagah check post daily to cross the border on foot with a good number being senior citizens. The new system is being introduced to facilitate senior citizens who mostly come for treatment or reunion with relatives in india. now with the new mechanism, the number is likely to increase, the official said. Meanwhile, amid tension between india and Pakistan over the killing of two indian soldiers in Kashmir, cross-border trade was affected on Thursday and 25 trucks from india were not able to cross the Line of control. indian officials were not able to get through to their counterparts in azad Kashmir.
Dr Qadri asks Barrister Saif to join his party ISLAMABAD TAyyAB HUSSAIN
all Pakistan Muslim League (aPML) Secretary-general Barrister Muhammad ali Saif on Thursday welcomed Tehreek Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri’s offer to join his party and said he would take any decision after taking his comrades. The offer was made during a meeting between the two leaders at the TMQ head-
quarters in Lahore. a close aide of Qadri told Pakistan Today that the aPML secretary-general assured Dr Qadri that thousands of workers of aPML and Pasdar-e-Pakistan would participate in the long march scheduled for January 14. Saif’s act may get general (r) Pervez Musharraf angry as the latter had already opposed the long march. a source said that Barrister Saif was cautious as nothing concrete was offered by Dr Qadri. “another
meeting is expected soon after the long march and things would be settled after the long march,” the source added. When contacted, Barrister Saif termed the meeting good, adding that it was decided that thousands of his colleagues would attend the long march. asked whether any offer was made by Dr Qadri for joining his party, Barrister Saif said no offer was discussed as the meeting only focused on participation in the long march.
hE Sindh Police on Thursday arrested Sikandar Jatoi, father of Shahrukh Jatoi from the Supreme court in connection with Shahzeb Khan murder case. Sikandar, father of the main accused in the murder case, appeared in the court to direct police not to arrest him. The court, however, rejected his plea. after which, the police arrested him from the court premises. he is one of the nominated accused in Shahzeb murder case. The Sindh Police shifted the accused to the Secretariat Police Station and later took him to Karachi after completion of legal formalities. a three-member bench, headed by chief Justice of Pakistan iftikhar chaudhry, asked Sikandar Jatoi to cooperate with the police. The court also gave six days to the Sindh Police to arrest Sharukh Jatoi, who is said to be in the uaE.
No polls for parties not holding intra-party elections, warns ECP
abdul hafeez Peerzada, counsel for Jatoi, appeared before the bench and contended that his client was being harassed by the police and his cement factory and TV channel were closed down. he also said that Sikandar Jatoi obtained a one-day bail from the Lahore high court with a commitment that he would appear before the Supreme court. upon this, the court asked him to approach the proper forum for getting remedy in this regard. it also pointed out that the Sc had not issued notice for his appearance, he has
Altaf distorted history: PTI
to join police investigation and besides making this observation, the court could not give any further relief to Jatoi. The cJP clarified that they had taken notice in this matter because obstacles were being created during the proceedings. Meanwhile, the court was informed that the interpol had confirmed that Shahrukh was abroad since December 27, 2012. Sindh Police Dig Shahid hasnat said that Shahrukh Jatoi has been traced in Dubai and efforts were being made to bring him back to Pakistan, and therefore, he requested the court to give some time. upon this, the cJP said law enforcers had shown negligence in this case. Justice chaudhry also questioned that why action was not initiated against the DSP concerned. Later, the hearing was adjourned until January 16. Shahzeb Khan was killed on December 25 last year in Defence area, Karachi, after he had a scuffle with Shahrukh Jatoi and Siraj Talpur.
Altaf twisted facts: PML-N
The Election commission of Pakistan (EcP) has warned about 114 political parties, including the ruling PPP and its coalition partners MQM and PML-Q, to conduct intra-party elections before the announcement of polls’ schedule, or else they would be barred from contesting election. The EcP on Thursday issued a list of 114 political parties among a total 216 registered parties that had failed to conduct intra-party elections and submit their results to the EcP so far. The ruling party, which is registered as the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians, held the last intra-party election in 2006, whereas party elections are to be held every two years according to the charter of the party.
aKiSTan Tehreeke-insaf chairman imran Khan said altaf hussain equating Quaid-e-azam’s status with his situation was a distortion of history. “The oath taken by Quaid e azam was determined by the fact that the independence of Pakistan in 1947 was not complete. Both india and Pakistan had attained quasi independence and became dominions of the British Empire. it was for this reason that the Quaid became governor general and not the president,” he said. STAFF REPORT
akistan Muslim League-nawaz Senator Pervez Rasheed on Thursday said MQM leader altaf hussain distorted facts in his speech. “his words for Quaid-e-azam hurt the emotions of thousands of Pakistanis,” he said. correcting altaf, Rasheed said the Quaid-e-azam had gone to the uK to get higher education and at that time Pakistan had not come into being. Therefore, he added, it is highly ridiculous to say that the Quaid was a British national. STAFF REPORT
Indian soldiers might have NAB team to leave for UAE to arrest Sadiq official says it is confirmed that absconder has left Kathmandu for Sharjah provoked alleged Pakistani assault FIA Court asks NAB to complete legal formalities before arresting Sadiq g
NEW DELHI ONlINE
as new Delhi raged over the attack by Pakistani troops claiming the lives of two indian soldiers on indian soil, and the mutilation of the bodies, the indian union Ministry of home affairs has received inputs that suggest that the indian army units in the uri sector could have provoked the incident. While there were sporadic incidents of fire across some parts of the Loc, a cross-border raid by the ghatak (commando) platoon of the ninth Maratha Light infantry (MLi) in the early hours of Sunday could have been the provocation, reported ZEE news. Top sources in the union home and Defence ministries
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said the Pakistani attack was in all likelihood a retaliation for the attack carried out by 9 MLi. The commander of the 161 Brigade, stationed in the churchunda sub-sector, Brigadier gulab Singh Rawat, had decided to take a very aggressive posture. The sources said he asked the commanding officer of 9 MLi to take “proactive action”, to launch a quick raid against a post that was harassing indian positions. The successful indian raid led to the death of a Pakistani non-commissioned officer and escalated tensions across the Loc. normally, such an escalation leads to the issuing of a formal alert from the udhampur-based north com-
mand of the army to all its formations. This alert should have gone out to all the three corps that it commands — the nagrota (Jammu) based 16 corps, the Srinagar-based 15 corps and the Leh-based 14 corps. Of these, 14 and 15 corps are the most active as they man the Loc from Jammu right through to Kargil, from where 14 corps takes over. incidentally, the neighbouring 12 Brigade in uri had just seen a change of command after Brig RK Singh took over from Brig BS Raju. any change of command of a major formation on the Loc is a sensitive time and troops are expected to be on high alert. The absence of the alert led to all the formations running things as business as usual.
ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The national accountability Bureau (naB) on Thursday apprised the Supreme court that a team would be leaving for the united arab Emirates on Thursday to apprehend the former head of Oil and gas Regulatory authority (OgRa) Tauqeer Sadiq, who was absconding in Rs 83 billion embezzlement case. a two-member bench, headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, took up a suo motu case related to implementation of its verdict over illegal appointment of Tauqeer Sadiq and a Rs 83 billion loss caused to national exchequer. a naB official told the
bench that it had already sent a request to the interpol for making a formal arrest of Sadiq who had been spotted in Sharjah. During course of proceedings, naB Deputy Director Waqas ahmed said that their investigation was continuing under Section 31 of the national accountability Ordinance against the officials responsible for facilitating his escape from the country. he said a report about appropriate action against certain functionaries would be submitted soon with the naB chairman. Federal investigation agency Director (Legal) azam Khan apprised the
bench that it was confirmed that the absconder had left Kathmandu for Sharjah. he said a naB report was giving impression that the Fia might have helped Sadiq in fleeing from the country. he stressed that naB team leaving for the uaE should also probe the same aspect. Justice Khawaja termed naB report good, but said they required to take next steps. he said that law was equal for everyone, there were reports that Sadiq was allegedly facilitated by officials in naB, Fia, Punjab Police, and the interior Ministry. he also regretted that “cat and mouse game” was being staged before
the court. he said, “it would be an equally big scandal for the Fia, as he succeeded in fleeing the country.” he told naB officials to complete all required legal formalities before arresting Sadiq. The bench also rejected a request of two witnesses who claimed that they were being harassed by the investigation agency. The bench told their counsel to approach the relevant court. The officials of Punjab Police also assured the bench that they would also submit a report within three days into the escape. Later, the hearing was adjourned until January 17.
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Ammar Hospital in trouble as surgeon leaves sponge inside patient LAHORE
WO legal notices were lodged on Thursday against medical officials of a private hospital, ammar Medical complex (aMc). The notices were issued to Dr Maryam Malik who is a visiting gynaecologist at the hospital and to the chief executive of aMc. The petitioner, Malik amir Sohail appealed to the consumer court to intervene claiming that the hospital and Dr Maryam had been negligent in his wife’s abdominal hysterectomy procedure. according to the petitioner, Dr Maryam recommended surgery to his wife due to her having excessive vaginal bleeding. although the procedure went as planned, the patient soon developed an infection and therefore needed further treatment. Despite being treated re-
peatedly by medication, the case worsened and the patient went to ganga Ram hospital where doctors discovered a mass in her abdomen. after a second surgical procedure, Doctors at ganga Ram retrieved a sponge from the woman’s abdomen which had been left inside the patient from the earlier procedure. Whilst speaking to Pakistan Today, aMc Medical Director Dr ammar aslam maintained that the patient had come to Dr Maryam Malik by their own reference and that surgery was earlier denied upon the discovery that the patient was in fact hepatitis c positive. he added that the patient was requested to get a ‘fitness for surgery’ certificate from a medical officer and only after obtaining that, the surgery went ahead. Dr ammar also said that the patient had been discharged with a clean bill of health and it was almost two months later that the notice was sent. he also mentioned that the patient had visited several other doctors during the two months and not
only Dr Maryam. he further said that Dr Maryam was a visiting physician at the hospital and the onus hence falls entirely upon the doctor rather than the medical facility merely providing a facility for several visiting physicians. he added that if the patient had been treated by an on-staff gynaecologist, the case would have been different and there was no detail as to how many other consultants the patient had seen between being released from ammar Medical complex and sending the legal notice. Speaking to officials at ganga Ram hospital, Pakistan Today learnt that the patient Shabana Omer, 40, had in fact visited the medical facility on november 21 complaining of pain. additional Medical Superintendent (aMS-admin) Dr asim speaking on behalf of ganga Ram hospital said that a mass was discovered in the patient’s abdomen and after the surgery, the patient was discharged from the hospital on December 7 he added that the surgical procedure determined that the mass was in fact a sponge which was then removed from the patient’s abdomen.
Robbers gun down shopkeeper LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Robbers on Thursday gunned down a man upon offering resistance during an alleged incident of mugging. according to details, two armed motorcyclists stopped 45-year-old Tariq akbar, a shopkeeper, in Millat Park while he was on his way home after closing his shop. upon resistance, the robbers opened fire at Tariq, injuring him seriously. They fled the scene after looting cash and a mobile phone from the victim. The injured was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and died.
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Le Park Company oﬃcials not responsible for stolen vehicles LAHORE WAlEED MAlHI
The city District government Lahore (cDgL) authorities have silently changed the law protecting vehicles at parking sites allegedly to favor contractors leaving thousands of vehicles at the mercy of robbers, Pakistan Today has learnt. according to details, a contractor was responsible for the protection of vehicles parked at his site in case of theft. The only exception to this rule was in case of natural disasters such as windstorms or terrorist attacks. however, the tickets issued on the parking sites by the new Lahore Parking company (Le Park) of cDgL clearly mentions that in case of theft the company will not be responsible for the loss. normally, there is always a placard on the parking sites notifying citizens that the contractor is not responsible for the loss or theft of cars. a former district officer, on the condition of anonymity told Pakistan Today that the contractor had been responsible for the safety of vehicle in case of theft. The change in policy, he said, was “strange.”
The shift in policy by the company will give ample opportunity to robbers to select and steal vehicles. Reacting to the news, a commuter ahmad hassan said, “We were expecting some good news from the parking company but i think the district government has to take notice against the company to change the conditions stated in the ticket.” another commuter Raza Shahid told Pakistan Today, “it is just that they want to generate the revenue instead of assuring the safety of the vehicles. We would prefer giving more money to the private parking owner so that our vehicles remain safe.” The move is seen as favouring the newly-established Le parking company as the old contractors said they were responsible for the theft of vehicle. Talking to Pakistan Today, an official of the Le-Park said “There is no specific law that says the company or the particular contractor is responsible for the stolen vehicle.” The official further said that the company only generates revenue against the parking site and ensuring safety of the vehicle was very expensive.
What do they want now? Govt oﬃcials perplexed as YDA starts demonstrations for ‘implementation of the service structure’
LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The young Doctors association (yDa) on Thursday started protests outside public hospitals in an attempt to pressurise the government to change the decision taken against doctors involved in the gujranwala incident, Pakistan Today has learnt. The young doctors started protest rallies from all major public hospitals and walked on the roads adjacent to their respective hospitals and blocked traffic. They were holding banners and placards demanding implementation of the service structure. insiders, however, revealed that the actual motive behind the ongoing strike is to pressurise the government to change the decision taken against gujranwala doctors, who beat up the hospital medical superintendent (MS). Patients continued to suffer as doctors and government locked horns once again. yDa Spokesperson Dr nasir said the young doctors condemned the attack on their senior but cases should be registered against those who had beat up the young doctors in retaliation. he said that the doctors were being victimised for their just demands, while the government was delaying the matter of service structure.
“if the government does not fulfil our demands, the procedure in courts is very slow and the media not taking our sides, we have no other option but to prolong the protest and ultimately go on a strike,” he added. chief Minister’s advisor on health Khwaja Salman Rafique told Pakistan Today that the government had already notified demands on service structure relating to young doctors, while there were other stakeholders associations who had to be considered. “The young doctors want the government to take back the decision on the doctors who beat up their senior in gujranwala,” he said. “The matter is in the court and the final decision will be made by the presiding judge on the case.” Moreover, he said, “The yDa only consists of Pg trainees and hOs, while an over-whelming majority of doctors are general cadre doctors and seniors. We have already had meetings with all stakeholders and gave them a presentation on the progress. The government has also set a schedule for weekly meetings with the associations and we have no idea what the yDa now wants.” “The government in no way will let the young doctors go on a strike and close the OPDs, while action has only been taken against doctors involved in beating up seniors and ones creating hurdles in provision of medical services,” he added.
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Imran Khan Foundation to provide relief to IDPs LAHORE
hE imran Khan Foundation (iKF) on Thursday announced that it will provide emergency relief for the internally Displaced Persons (iDPs) of Waziristan. in a statement, the foundation said that the relief project was worth approximately Rs 30,000,000, with
almost Rs 12,000 per beneficiary family. The statement further said that the relief efforts would focus on the “unnoticed” victims of the War on Terror, refugees of the Mehsud Tribe and those who fled from their homes in north Waziristan. Moreover, the statement said that the project aimed to provide emergency food relief of 20 kilogrammes of flour, 5 kilogrammes of lentils, 1 kilogramme of sugar, 1 kilogram of ghee to selected families. in
addition, each selected family would be provided two shawls and two medium thermal blankets, as well as a temporary shelter of one waterproof tent to help them pass the harsh winter conditions, the statement said. Furthermore, the statement said, “To date, the Mehsud Tribe has received no assistance or even recognition of their plight by the Pakistan government. having been relocated at least three times, the Mehsud Tribe iDPs are now in District Tank, Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa.” commenting on the relief efforts, iKF national Programme Manager isfundiar Kasuri, said, “Despite this being a no-go area, with deteriorating law and order, we at the imran Khan Foundation felt it essential to step forward to help our fellow countrymen in this hour of need. 2,600 of the displaced families are being provided assistance for the very first time, in some of the most underserved and remote areas of Pakistan.”
US govt aims to improve teaching staﬀ in schools
lAHORE: From (l-R) Balochistan Additional Secretary Education Tayyab lahri, gilgit Baltistan Director Education Muhammad Abideen, FATA Additional Secretary Education Rozwali Khan Khattak, Sindh Additional Secretary Education Zakir Shah, USAID Senior Education Advisor Tariq Khan, Punjab Additional Secretary Education Malik Mukhtar Ahmad Noul, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Additional Secretary Akbar Ali Khan and AJK Additional Secretary Education Raja Ikhlaq Hussain Khan at the National Interchange on Recruitment Rules on Thursday. PR LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The united States agency for international Development (uSaiD) on Thursday said that the united States is working with local partners to improve the quality of basic education in Pakistan by better preparing teachers for the classroom. in a statement, uSaiD said that for the purpose of improving education in Pakistan, Teacher Education Project organised the national interchange on Teacher Recruitment Rules. The event furthered the dialogue about the revision of recruitment rules for elementary teachers throughout the country with senior officials from the provincial and area governments, representatives from education departments, and teacher education apex bodies.
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“The united States government is fully committed to supporting Pakistan in its efforts to having better prepared teachers,” said Muhammad Tariq Khan, uSaiD Senior Education advisor. “The revision of these recruitment rules will ensure qualified instructors will enter the teaching workforce.” Motivating and rewarding qualified teachers was an important way to ensure that the children of Pakistan had access to the best possible education, he said. Teacher Education Project has provided technical assistance to provincial governments, including azad Jammu and Kashmir and the Federally administrated Tribal areas. This project helped revise existing recruitment rules of elementary school teachers and allocate higher basic pay scales.
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lAHORE: Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, Mehmood Achakzai and Mian Israrul Haq seen during an All Parties Conference organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association on Thursday. ONLINE
Derailment of democracy always weakened the state, says Kaira LAHORE
EDERaL Minister for information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Thursday said that derailment of democracy always weakened the state. addressing the all-parties conference titled Democratic System; guarantee for Pakistan’s Dignity and Survival held at a local hotel under the aegis of Supreme court Bar association, he said that Pakistan was achieved after a great struggle. he said that the founders of Pakistan had envisioned a federal parliamentary system for the country, but unfortunately the creation of the system was derailed after the death of the founding leaders. Moreover, he said that efforts to strengthen the constitution of 1965 had resulted in Pakistan being run as a centric state that led to the separation of East Pakistan. he said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) created a federal parliamentary system through constitution of 1973 which gave rights to people and the provinces besides strengthening institutions. however, he said, the country was again run as a centralised state during Ziaul haq regime which weakened the country even more. Kaira said that the governance was a major issue and it was a common belief that Pakistan might have had stronger institutions if it had been governed properly. he added that all political parties who participated in 2008 general elections were in power but only the PPP was being held accountable for their actions.
Police arrest wanted killer LAHORE: The police on Thursday arrested a notorious proclaimed offender involved in the murder of 10 people and several robberies. according to details, the police conducted a raid on a tip-off at Ring Road area during which the accused Qaiser alias Qaiseri was arrested. The detainee was wanted by various police stations of Lahore, gujranwala, Sheikhupura and Kasur in a number of cases, police sources said. The accused, in the preliminary interrogation, confessed to the murder of Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz (PML-n) youth wing president, niamat Bhatti and his four children in Sheikhupura a year ago, besides killing five other people and committing robberies in various districts. S TA F F R E PO RT
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Three Kurdish women shot dead in Paris PARIS
hREE Kurdish women have been shot dead overnight inside the Kurdish information centre in Paris, including a co-founder of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Their bodies were found at around 2am on Thursday morning [0100gMT]. all three were shot in the head. "The scene leads one to think of an execution, but the investigation will determine the exact circumstances," a police source told the aFP news agency. French interior minister Manuel Valls, who visited the centre, also described the killings as an execution. "This is a very grave matter and this explains
my presence. This is unacceptable," he told reporters at the scene. Sources in Diyarbakir, in eastern Turkey, said that one of the women,
Sakine cansiz, was a co-founder of the PKK, the separatist group which has been fighting a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish government. cansiz
was one of the PKK's European representatives. another was 32-year-old Fidan Dogan, who worked in the centre, according to its director, Leon Edart. The third was Leyla Soylemez, described by the group as a "young activist." The three were last seen on Wednesday at the centre, which was locked by late afternoon. hundreds of Kurds gathered outside the centre on Thursday to protest, with some chanting "we are all PKK!" and blaming Turkey for the killings. French police in October detained a suspected European leader of the PKK and three other members of the group as part of a probe into terrorism financing and association with a terrorist group. The PKK is listed as a ter-
rorist organisation by Turkey and much of the Western world. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, has accused France of obstructing its fight against the PKK. The Turkish government has recently resumed negotiations with jailed PKK leader abdullah Ocalan about disarming his group in exchange for greater rights for the country's Kurdish minority. in Turkey, huseyin celik, the deputy chairman of the Turkey's ruling party, said the attack appeared to be the result of "an internal feud" within the PKK, and suggested they were an attempt to derail talks with the group. Zubeyir aydar, a European representative for the PKK, blamed the attack on "dark forces" trying to interrupt the talks.
Many injured in â€˜criminalâ€™ blast in Tel Aviv TEL AvIv: a car has exploded near a bus in Tel aviv, injuring several people in what police suspect was an attempt to kill the head of an alleged organised crime family. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said "the main direction of suspicion is that it was criminal". The Magen David adom ambulance service said seven to 10 people were injured in the blast on Menachem Begin street, a main thoroughfare. The attack appeared to have targeted nissim halperon, the head of one of israel's top organised crime families, according to israel Radio. halperon has already escaped seven other assassination attempts, including one last year in Tel aviv's Ramat gan suburb. he did not appear to have been in the car when the bomb exploded, public radio said. israeli organised crime gangs have engaged in an often violent struggle over the past few years, prompting the police to create a special task force dedicated to the issue. AgENCIES
Anger at Saudi beheading of Sri Lankan maid JEddAH: Rights groups have criticised Saudi arabia over the beheading of a young Sri Lankan domestic worker accused of killing an infant left in her care in 2005. The Saudi interior Ministry said in a statement run by the official SPa news agency that Rizana nafeek was executed in the town of Dawadmy, near the capital Riyadh, on Wednesday morning. Sri Lanka's Foreign Ministry said nafeek was sentenced to death in 2007 after her Saudi employer accused her of killing his infant daughter while she was bottle-feeding. "President Mahinda Rajapaksa made a personal appeal on two occasions immediately after the confirmation of the death sentence, and a few days ago to stop the execution and grant a pardon to Miss Rizana nafeek," the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said in a statement. London-based Rights organisation amnesty international said the passport nafeek used to enter Saudi arabia in May 2005 stated she was born in February 1982, but her birth certificate states she was born six year later, which would have made her 17 at the time of the infant's death. AgENCIES
Brahimi does not see Assad in Syrian future dAmAsCus: The international peace envoy for Syria has said he does not see President Bashar al-assad being part of a transitional government envisaged by a peace plan agreed by major powers last year. "Surely he would not be a member of that government," Lakhdar Brahimi told Reuters news agency in an interview in cairo on Wednesday, in some of his clearest language yet on the future he sees for al-assad. he reiterated his view that the peace plan agreed in geneva last year remained "the base for a solution in Syria". "There is no military solution," he said. "The solution shouldn't wait until 2014. it should be in 2013," he said. he described a speech delivered by assad this week as "narrow" and "uncompromising", adding that embattled president had "narrowed his initiative by excluding some parties" from his own proposed talks to end the Syrian conflict. "This wouldn't be a national dialogue," Brahimi said. Brahimi added that he had made a mistake in an earlier interview with the BBc global broadcaster by describing the assad speech as "sectarian". "it's a slip of the tongue and i apologise," he said. AgENCIES
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BEIJINg: Students at a bodyguard training camp stand with taped face masks before a blind fighting training session on Thursday. AgENCIES
Court rules Chavez CAR war of words swearing-in delay is legal heats up amid talks BANGUI AgENCIES
The central african Republic's government and the Seleka rebels are holding peace talks in gabon, but both sides appear to be refusing to back down from the conflict. The rebels have called on President Francois Bozize to step down and be charged in an international criminal court for alleged war crimes, including "detentions and false imprisonment, kidnappings, disappearances, assassinations and summary executions". "We're asking for the head of state to go, because he's not been up to his function, and we're asking for transition. We need a transitional government, a transitional assembly," crepin Mboli gumba, a member of the opposition party, said. The statements came a day after Bozize accused the rebels of being foreign-backed "mercenary terrorists". The three-way talks between the central african government, rebels and the political opposition are being brokered by regional bloc the Economic community of central african States (EccaS) in Libreville, the gabonese capital. The talks were to focus on renegotiating peace agreements signed by Bangui between 2007 and 2011 which rebels say have been violated. "i am asking everyone to show restraint and, in this context, we will suggest at the start of the talks that a ceasefire agreement be
signed," said Basile ikouebe, the foreign minister of congo, which is mediating the talks. Seleka, an umbrella group of several rebel factions, launched an offensive in the north on December 10 and have since seized control over many cities and towns in the country's north. Bozize has relied on foreign military help to fend off a series of smaller insurgencies. Regional powers, chief among them chad, have sent in hundreds of troops to bolster his army this time. The rebels moved southward towards Bangui, the capital, but stopped around 160km from the capital after regional powers sent troops to bolster the government's army. nine opposition parties attending the talks also demanded the president step down, accusing him of rigging election victories in 2005 and 2011 and isolating the country. "The resignation of the President Bozize and the establishment of a political transition is a sine qua non condition to end the crisis," the parties said in the joint statement seen by the Reuters news agency. They also demanded the suspension of the constitution and the appointment of a transitional government and national assembly for not more than three years, pending elections. Bozize has asked to be allowed to complete his mandate, which ends in 2016, and has promised not to seek another term.
CARACAsVenezuelan opposition leader henrique capriles has accepted a Supreme court ruling that allows ailing President hugo chavez to postpone his inauguration while allowing his government to continue in office. capriles said on Wednesday that the ruling handed down by the top court "is binding," but did not end the uncertainties facing the country and challenged Vice President nicolas Maduro to solve its most pressing problems. "institutions should not respond to the interests of a government," he said at a news conference. "now the ruling has been handed down. There is an interpretation by the Supreme court," capriles said. "The excuses are over, Mr Maduro. now it falls to you to assume the responsibility of the office and to govern." Opponents of the president have begun to gather in the capital, caracas, ahead of a rally scheduled for Thursday morning, local time. Earlier on Wednesday, Venezuela's Supreme court ruled that the postponement of chavez's swearing-in for the new term was legal. Luisa Morales, the court's president, gave the judgment at a news conference, saying no new swearing-in was necessary and chavez remained Venezuela's president, with nicolas Maduro also continuing in his role as vice-president. Leaders of the government insisted that, under the circumstances, the president's current term can be extended beyond the January 10 inauguration date until he is well enough to be sworn in to another six-year term. With a show of hands, the chavezcontrolled assembly approved his openended absence. "President chavez, this honourable assembly grants you all the time that you need to attend to your illness and return to Venezuela when the unexpected cause [of your absence] has disappeared," cabello said. chavez has dominated Venezuela personally and politically since coming to power in 1999. AgENCIES
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News 09 SC to name commission on 15th in media accountability issue g
commission might comprise Justice (r) nasir aslam zahid and former minister for information Javed Jabbar as members ISLAMABAD
hE Supreme court on Thursday said it would announce on January 15 the composition of a commission along with its terms of reference (ToR) over the media accountability issue. a two-judge bench of Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji arif hussain passed the order after hearing contentions of parties in the case that had held a meeting yesterday to evolve consensus over terms of reference of a commission under the chairmanship of islamabad high court Bar association President Syed nayyab hassan gardezi. The bench said in its order that they would make an announcement after considering of the proposals submitted before it. During the course of proceedings, the bench hinted that the commission might comprise Justice (r) nasir aslam Zahid and former minister for information Javed Jabbar. The parties also floated names of Jus-
Sc seeks removal of naB DG, PS in rPPs implementation case
tice (r) Shakirullah Jan, Justice (r) Khalilur Rehman Ramday, Justice (r) Javed iqbal and Justice (r) chaudhry Ejaz, all former judges of the Supreme court. Over the suggestion of appointing Justice (r) Ramday as the head of the commission, yaseen azad, counsel for Midas, objected and said since his client had been engaged in litigation with the government of Punjab, therefore, it would not be proper to appoint a former judge from the same province in the commission. The bench agreed to his stance and suggested other names, making it clear that the tentative findings of the commission would come up before the bench for ultimate decision. Earlier, the bench rejected a request by Zulfikar ahmed Malooka, counsel for the Ministry of information, when he opposed the formation of the commission. The counsel contended that there existed PEMRa laws, besides Pakistan Press council, to oversee media contents’ regulations and feared that setting up such a commission would be like creation of a parallel body. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja observed
that PEMRa was tasked with some contents of regulations that was its onerous duty. Dil Muhammad alizai, deputy attorney general, also objected to setting up the commission, saying the required mechanism was provided in the relevant PEMRa laws. Justice Khawaja said such an objection was not sustainable as PEMRa was not a statutory body, moreover, it had been working without its chairman. alizai cited a decision of the court over appointment of the islamabad high court judges and said the void could be protected through de facto doctrine. Justice Khilji arif hussain told him that in the absence of chief justice of Pakistan, the Judicial commission could not take decisions, the same principle was applicable to PEMRa. Justice Khawaja said such objections were outright rejected as the stance was contrary to Section 6 of the PEMRa act. he said they had not questioned the actions taken by PEMRa in two-and-a-half years that it worked without its permanent chief. The counsel for PEMRa also admitted that there was no provision in the act that provided functioning of an acting chair-
man. Justice Khawaja directed him to also submit details whether Dr Jabbar had been withdrawing perks and privileges of permanent office of the PEMRa chairman. Justice Khilji arif hussain said the objective of all sides was to protect the rights of public under article 19 and uninterrupted flow of information, especially in view of upcoming general elections. Justice Khawaja also stopped absar alam, a journalist, when he claimed that PTV and Radio Pakistan were wasting taxpayers’ money. The judge said the bench was not inclined to hear such arguments and they were apprised by the counsel for the ministry that these organisations were not profitable entities and they had understood his arguments. he also expressed his displeasure with contentions of asad Kharral, a correspondent of daily Express Tribune, that appointment of chairman Pakistan Press council was not made in accordance with relevant laws. The judge said that they would not go into the details. “if you have any grievance, then approach high court with a petition,” he added.
CNg operators to open outlets unilaterally if demands not met
ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Expressing displeasure over the national accountability Bureau (naB) on Thursday, chief Justice of Pakistan (cJP) iftikhar Muhammad chaudhry said no one had been arrested in the Rental Power Projects (RPPs) case given that it was long pending with naB. heading a threemember Sc bench, the chief justice said if officials could go to Dubai to arrest former OgaR chairman Tauqir Sadiq, why were the people sitting at home not captured? Saying that billions of rupees were misappropriated, the cJP directed naB officials to brief the court with case-to-case details about the recovery of the plundered money. naB Deputy Prosecutor general Fauzi Zafar told the court that investigation officer asghar Khan, who was investigating the RPPs corruption case, had completed his work but had been removed from office. Zafar also solicited more time for a detailed report. Voicing indignation over the removal of the investigation officer, the cJP bristled at Principal Secretary naB Brig. (r) Farooq nasir awan for using the Supreme court’s reference to remove the investigation officer. On this, awan extended an apology, offering to tender his resignation. The cJP asked him to go forward and set an example by resigning from his post. The naB principal secretary also assured to withdraw the notification regarding the sacking of Khan. But, the cJP issued directives for the suspension of the naB’s director general and principal secretary.
aPcnGa warns of reopening outlets after three days with or without government’s consent
ghayas abdullah Paracha, chairman of the aPcnga Supreme council, on Thursday asked the government to restore gas supply to cng filling stations within two or three days, otherwise the association would have no option but to open outlets without consent of authorities. addressing a protest rally at Thokar niaz Baig, Lahore, part of aPcnga’s nationwide protest demonstrations against cng closure and objectionable policies, Paracha said that staff of the cng stations had no food to eat and nothing to cater for the needs of their
families since several months. Paracha said, “We cannot cooperate with government anymore over the cost of massive losses, the government’s reluctance to bring gas load shedding to an end amounts to forcing us to take law into our own hands.” he said the government was trying to sabotage the long march of Dr Tahirul Qadri by creating an artificial shortage of diesel and cng. “gas has been suspended despite improvement in weather conditions, which proves ill intentions of the government.” Earlier, the protestors blocked the Motorway link road, burnt tyres and chanted slogans against illegal load shedding. The protesters in-
cluded cng operators, unemployed workers of cng outlets, drivers, transporters, private vehicle owners and masses who were braving gas supply disruptions at homes. The protestors were led by aPcnga leaders captain (r) Shuja, Majid ansari, irfan ghouri, Samiuddin and alim Butt. The Rickshaw union was also represented by Majeed ghouri and Baghi Khan while transporters were represented by the Khokar group. The protesters condemned load shedding and unjust distribution of gas and called it against the rights of masses. They demanded immediate removal of Dr asim, adviser to PM on energy, due to his controversial decisions and changes in the cng policy. “The adviser has left millions of workers in cng stations and workshops jobless while investments in the cng sector to the tune of Rs 400 billion are at stake,” the protesters said.
7 strikes in 9 days, 40 dead WAsHINGTON: The seventh uS drone strike in 2013 that killed at least five people, came as if to announce the impending arrival at the cia of the drone campaign’s chief advocate. While the statistical sample is small, it’s starting to sound like the drone campaign over Pakistan is ticking back up after a recent decline. a trio of drone-fired missile strikes between Wednesday and Thursday killed a Pakistani Taliban commander and at least 19 others. another on Sunday reportedly killed another 17 people, while the most recent one on Thursday killed five, bringing the estimated death toll in this young year to 40. The uS launched 43 drone strikes in 2012 in Pakistan, according to the tally kept by the new america Foundation, reflecting a two-year downward trend from 2010’s high of 122 strikes. The average time in between strikes last year was 7.7 days. But eight days into 2013, there have already been six deadly drone strikes, for reasons that remain unclear. it’s worth noting that senior Obama administration officials recently reversed their earlier rhetoric that the uS was on the verge of defeating al Qaeda and have returned to describing a protracted shadow campaign. The drone strikes are likely to play a central role in the Senate confirmation hearing of John Brennan, the White house counterterrorism official whom President Barack Obama nominated on Monday to lead the cia. Brennan, a cia veteran, has been at the center of the drone campaign in Obama’s first term, even providing Obama with the names of suspected militants marked for a robotic death. But even if the White house doesn’t know a target’s name, he can still be marked for death. Obama has provided the cia with authority to kill not only suspected militants, but unknown individuals, it believes, follow a pattern of militant activity, in what it terms “signature strikes”. The drone programme has killed an undisclosed number of civilians. a recent study conducted by center for civilians in conflict and columbia Law School’s human-rights branch explored how they’ve torn the broader social fabric in tribal Pakistan, creating paranoia that neighbours are informing each other and traumatising those who live under the buzz of Predator and Reaper engines. Those traumas are raising alarm bells from some of the uS’ most experienced counter terrorist, uS Magazine Wired said. INP
KP NGOs protest killing of workers PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
Expressing concern over increasing violence against workers and volunteers of non-governmental organisations (ngOs), the civil Society network on Thursday arranged protest gatherings in Peshawar and other major cities and towns across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. at Peshawar, members and volunteers of several ngO’s and civil society bodies assembled at aman Park outside cantt Railway Station, from where they proceeded in a procession. after marching along various roads, the protesters dispersed peacefully while chanting slogans against
terrorism and for the return of peace. idrees Kamal, convener of Pakhtunkhwa civil Societies network and aman Tehreek, said protest gatherings were also arranged in other cities. he condemned the latest killing in Swabi of seven people, including five female teachers and one female health worker. he said the civil Societies’ network had decided to come out on roads to protest the killing. To a question, Kamal confirmed that almost all ngOs had suspended activities in Swabi and the workers and office-bearers were shifting to other areas. he said it was high time for rulers in and the international community to think of ways and means to not only ensure safety of ngO workers, but also combat trends of violence and terrorism.
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Decisions from Bilawal house
With elections in sight
he President’s meetings with PPP leaders and allies had drawn a lot of flak in the recent past. Zardari was accused of indulging in political activities and thus compromising his office. Later, the Sc in its judgment in the asghar Khan case barred him from such activities in the Presidency. This time Zardari decided to stay away from islamabad and held the meetings at Bilawal house instead. With better relations with the PML-n and the issues discussed being nearer to the heart of the opposition, the meeting drew little attention. The decision to hold elections without delay and the opposition to the ‘conspiracies’ aimed at stopping the peaceful transfer of power were bound to be widely hailed. Thus Tahirul Qadri and altaf hussain, who want the system to be overhauled before holding the elections, stand isolated from the mainstream. The PPP core committee which met at Bilawal house also set up a number of subcommittees. One comprising four members would hold talks with various political parties as well as the Punjab administration to ensure that elections were held on time. The move was aimed at convincing the opposition which has always doubted PPP’s real intentions that the government this time really meant what it said. The core committee assigned the task of holding parleys on a caretaker setup to Raja Pervaiz ashraf. a section of the opposition has lately been pressing the government to announce the election schedule. Zardari has reportedly approved March 16 as the date for the dissolution of assemblies. hopefully, the issue would be finalised along with that of the caretaker setup once the dust raised by Qadri’s announcement of the long march has settled down. another committee was set up to hold talks with Qadri. The idea was to provide him a way out if he needed one to come down from his hobby horse. The long march has been opposed by practically all political parties across the political divide. The army has dissociated itself from Qadri’s plans including the march. The uS and Britain have explained they have nothing to do with the man or his politics. What decision Qadri takes now depends on the level of the determination of the powers who are supposedly backing him. The policy by the government is to persuade Qadri rather than annoy him. The core committee has therefore decided to put no impediments in the way of his long march. The federal government, however, is determined, and for genuine reasons, not to allow the marchers to enter the high security red zone area in islamabad. if Qadri does not try to create a law and order situation and the government remains firm but cool, the event would pass away peacefully.
By Aziz-ud-Din Ahmad
he assets statements submitted by the political parties for the fiscal year 2010-11 to the EcP raise important questions about the state of their organisation, the way they conduct their activities, and the various sources of their funding. in democracies, political parties own assets that belong to the parties rather than individuals. Besides these, they have to assure yearly incomes. The assets comprise buildings where parties maintain their offices. These also include office machinery like computers and other equipment. among the assets are also the means of transport. Besides permanent assets, they also need a regular and reasonable income to maintain the party office, hold meetings, take out rallies, issue pamphlets, posters and party publications. While candidates are supposed to provide for their own election campaigns, the party has to spend fairly large chunks of cash during the election campaign to popularise its election platform on costly electronic and print media. unless the party has its own central, provincial and district offices and the wherewithal they need, there will be little democratic functioning within the party. Offices lent to it by wealthy members invariably tend to give them additional clout which is not in consonance with democratic functioning. The Bilawal house and the Raiwind Estate belong to families and tend to strengthen the system of leadership confined to certain families. The same is true about provincial or district leaders whose houses become party offices. The assets statement filed by the indian political parties would provide a useful reference point when evaluating the asset statements by their Pakistani coun-
terparts. The total assets of the indian national congress in the same fiscal year (2010-11) were Rs 507.74 crore while its total income was Rs 467.57 crore; the second largest party, the BJP had respectively Rs 239.62 crore and Rs 258.01. Bahujan Samaj Party Rs 329.74 and Rs 115.70 and the communist Party of india (Marxist) Rs 204.10 and Rs 76.57. (The figures quoted are in indian rupees). The details of the assets of Pakistani parties show that even the major mainstream parties do not possess the needed permanent party assets while their yearly incomes are inadequate for conducting any significant political activity. The PPP-Parliamentarians is an outstanding example that highlights the absence of the most basic requirements that a party must have to operate in a democracy. according to the statement of assets submitted under oath by party Secretary general Raja Pervaiz ashraf on June 30, 2010-11, the PPP did not possess any assets whatsoever – despite being in power four times. it is even worse off than the anP which has declared fixed assets of Rs 27.22 million. While the PPP leaders are super rich, the party is penniless. The party’s total bank account in the fiscal year was only Rs 435,397. During the whole year, its total spending was a meagre Rs 348. The Jamaat-e-islami with Rs 5.4 million and Jui-F with Rs 2 million in their coffers had more money than the PPP to support the whole time party workers or conduct day to day functioning. The party workers of the PPP – described by the media as the ‘poorest party in the country’ – are therefore dependent on their leaders at various levels who personally provide the PPP with basic facilities and thus enjoy a veto over the others. The PML-n fares only slightly better with Rs 7.4 million in its bank account. it claims to possess a house on Margalla Road in islamabad worth Rs 24.64 million. But possession of the same building has been claimed by the PML-Q, which creates doubts about the ownership. The PML-n’s stronghold is in Punjab, where it is also presently in power. Despite this, it owns no physical asset in the provincial capital and is thus totally dependent on the super-rich in the party. The party’s Punjab chapter is financially better off than those of the other parties. The Party received Rs 4.4 million in its account during the year and spent
Rs 1.9 million. The Sindh chapter had only Rs 558 in its bank account, out of which the party spent nothing during the whole year. The figure underscores its lack of interest in the Sindh. The PML-n’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter had Rs 146,048 in its bank account, out of which it consumed Rs 30,000 and that too as fee for its chartered accountant. The islamabad unit had Rs 6.3 million in its bank account, out of which it spent Rs 75,000 as audit fee. This shows lack of any political activity on the part of the two party chapters. The PML-Q is apparently the richest party in Pakistan as it owned assets worth Rs 51.9 million of which it a spent Rs 11.9 million during the financial year 2010-11. compared to the richest party across the border, it looks so insignificant. The indian national congress, as stated above, possessed during the same fiscal year assets worth Rs 507.74 crore and a total income of Rs 467.57crore. The PTi is totally and completely dependent on one man, imran Khan, as the figures presented to the Ec indicate. The party had Rs 32.62 million in its bank account, of which Rs 32.09 million was contributed by none other than imran himself. Party elections or no party elections, nobody will ever dare disagree let alone replace the party boss. Failure to build assets and secure reasonable yearly income is liable to give birth to corruption. corruption on the part of party leaders is often justified by the cadre on the ground that the leadership is in fact raising funds for the party. it also leads to bad governance. important donors, in Pakistan’s case, mostly fly by night operators or tycoons involved in shady deals, have to be provided immunity from the law as they finance the functioning of the parties across the board. Some of them finance not only the party in power but also the major opposition party – and are conspicuous on occasions when they are seen wheeling and dealing when they are engaged in conflict resolution between the two or more rivals. unless political parties enjoy financial freedom, the dynastic politics will continue to prevail. What is more, the prevalence of patronage through pelf shall continue unimpeded, with corruption and bad governance continuing to remain rife. The writer is a former academic and a political analyst.
In memory of Shaheed Gumnaam Insaan We want justice for gI
By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
e would like to announce with utmost sorrow and grief that our good friend Late Gumnaam Insaan (1947-2013), aka gi, died last night in another blatant episode of violence in the country. We’ve made it clear to the media and the law enforcing authorities that we won’t rest in peace until and unless we get justice for gi, whose death epitomises the depths to which the law and order situation in Pakistan has sunk. gi had become the victim of an assortment of injustices, faced the most gruesome of tortures and had been squashed under the most patently unwarranted status quos, as he experienced his latest demise. The Shahzeb Khan case showcases precisely what you need to do
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to approach justice in this country, and after learning a thing or two from the case and similar predecessors, we’ve decided to follow their lead. We have launched a Facebook page called “in memory of Shaheed gumnaam insaan”, to clamour for justice on behalf of an individual whose father was not a police officer, did not have educated friends, was born in a poor family and whose death did not ‘awaken’ enough protestors to emotionally blackmail the Supreme court into taking notice. We are hoping for a strong response from every single person who is vociferously demanding justice for Shahzeb Khan. Since barring Shahzeb’s close friends and family – whose struggle is commendable – i don’t see how gi is any different to Shahzeb Khan for the remainder of the 120,000 people on the Facebook page titled “in memory of Shahzeb Khan”. The biggest stumbling block with not having a cop in your family while dreaming of justice is that even filing a report against a hotshot culprit is next to impossible, a fact we’ve learnt the hard way in gi’s case. hence, we’re looking towards the social media to generate racket, which would eventually be loud enough to reverberate on the eardrums of the president, prime minister, chief ministers, the chief justice, journalists, and social activists of the country. and
we know precisely what we need to do to ensure that the armchair revolutionaries jump aboard our bandwagon, which is more of a tricycle as things stand. We have created a bunch of fake profiles on Facebook and Twitter that would be used to ‘like’ and retweet every status update and tweet of the “social activists” that join our page. We’ve also hired a Photoshop expert who will design your Facebook display pictures, covers and Twitter backgrounds to give your profiles the “revolutionary” look that you crave. and of course the complimentary che guevara t-shirts would be delivered along with the “i am gumnaam insaan” wear, that’d help you muster more Twitter followers and Facebook friend requests, as well as make you even more appealing to the opposite sex. We’ve also ensured that our peaceful demonstrations do not take place during daylight to attract a higher percentage of female participants, who can flaunt their designer wear and expensive makeup without any fear of skin damage – all for a noble cause of course. an increase in the number of women, that’d make the protests seem like Pakistan Fashion Week ramps would obviously result in an increase in the number of men that’d join the cause. and so, fashion photographers have also been hired to capture your rebellious moments on the streets, which you can upload on Facebook as proof that “you were there”,
as you bellow for change in Pakistan. Once we have enough following to catapult us to social media prominence, our cause would then become sufficiently “cool” to attract the average Pakistani Facebook user, and sufficiently “cashable” for the media and journalists to exploit. We’d also add Shaheed – a term that once had a momentous meaning and is now synonymous with ‘deceased’ – to further add momentum to our movement. as the “protestors” snowball to a continuously increasing number, TV shows would then exclusively cover gi’s case to increase the channel’s ratings and the TV host’s following. Leading writers, journalists and ‘thinkers’ would then sympathise with gi in their columns and castigate the party, authority or agency that pays them the least to get more acclaim from the ‘cool’ brigade and more dough from their backers. as the circus would continue to generate hullabaloo the matter would then come into the notice of the government and the Supreme court, who’d then treat it like a unique case and orders would be sent left, right and centre asking for the perpetrators of the crime to be dug out from oblivion. By then gi would become the courageous hero, radical leader, symbol of hope and the face of revolution in the country and our job would then be done. gi has been butchered in religious
ethnic cleansing movements in Balochistan, raped in upper Sindh mansions and central Punjab farmhouses, burned under blasphemy charges, murdered by village goondas, stabbed on the streets, shot by town gangsters, killed in bomb blasts, abducted by the bhatta mafia and slain by rival tribes. gi also had a family and quite often familial animosities. he was also hard done by courtesy lawlessness, had a multitude of mourners and left a void in scores of lives that nothing on this earth can possibly fill. We really need all of you who are remonstrating for justice in the Shahzeb Khan case to come forward and raise your voice in favour of justice for gi. For, you see, unlike Shahzeb, the entire country isn’t aware of gi’s victimisation; unlike Shahzeb, the grief of gi’s death isn’t shared by millions; unlike Shahzeb, gi’s friends do not know the power of social media; unlike Shahzeb, gi’s family isn’t aware of the route that could lead them to within the proximity of justice; unlike Shahzeb, gi’s life was never given its due value. and more crucially, i hope you all realise that unlike Shahzeb Khan, gi would be killed again tomorrow, and the day after… The writer is Editor, Business/City (Karachi), Pakistan Today. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @khuldune
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The doctor’s spin on democracy Staged and managed, as it appears to be
By Ummar Ziauddin
hile images from Tahrir Square inspired the world, somewhere else in islamabad, people pondered over an alternative to democracy. Well, that recourse does not work: a bitter lesson learned the hard way first by Turkey and then Egypt. We are still led to believe that the fourth time could be a charm. Let’s be clear on this: the only solution to democracy is more democracy, even if it looks like the present one. conceded this government has failed to deliver, it did inherit its fair share of problems including those of energy and terrorism. it had no say on foreign policy and the ongoing war. That said, the PPP-led coalition in the centre gave looking away a new practical direction. in times of worst economic performance, the assets of the current members of parliament nearly doubled from those in the previous parliament. a study by the Pakistan institute of Legislative Development and Transparency in islamabad, in 2010, showed that the average worth of Pakistani members of parliament was $900,000, with its richest member topping $37 million. Their fortunes have positively risen in two years while the economy has taken a nosedive. having been a product of ‘reconciliation’, corruption and poor performance, this setup would not have propped a different set of consequences. The national Reconciliation Ordinance was
President Musharraf’s brainchild who wanted to remain in power, failing which he used it as a saving grace. The nRO legitimised corruption in the country, even making it trendy. The ripple effect of institutionalised corruption infected the entire state machinery. in spite of unprecedented activism, the common man’s faith hasn't rekindled in the judicial system due to malpractices at the lower courts. in the last decade, many war crimes committed by our armed forces haven’t been reported. no institution in the country has remained corruption free. it is because the fish always rots from the head. having ushered them in, the parliamentarians are now being shown the back door. Derailing the system cannot be justified unless there is enough support for it. We play dice with agitational politics in Pakistan; we always have. agitation has been used to regiment the public opinion throughout our history. it has been effectively employed to justify military interventions and furnish policies. Voluntary protests or demonstrations don’t pick up fast or at all. a case of Pakistani anna hazare, Mr Jehangir akhter, is an example. he did not have the resources to buy air time on our free media nor had the foreign donors to orchestrate rallies. Subsequently, his voice against corruption was lost in the wilderness. Mass demonstrations in our political history, invariably, have been mostly ‘staged’ and ‘packaged’. Qadri sahib’s stunt certainly lacked creativity so far as packaging is concerned. it’s the same old script of corrupt and incompetent politicians. We have heard it all before. There is also an international push factor this time working in favour of our ‘inqilaab’, as MQM ironically called it. The arab Spring has brought similar governments
in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. The attitude of the West is changing towards the moderate islamists. ask gaddafi or Mubarak, or Musharraf for that matter, who has wanted to ‘come back’ for a long time now; they are done investing in military dictators. however, each country has its own political milieu. The international players are aware of that. no development, however small in our political arena, bypasses our strong establishment. Our case is, to an extent, analogous to Egypt’s post-revolution scenario. What might have been an inadvertent compromise there is being engineered here. hence the revolutionary march. hence the repeated references to Tahrir Square. hence the call to consult ‘all players’. Opinion may be divided on who is calling the shots here but there is a growing consensus against actions discrediting democracy. This is so in spite of massive campaign in the streets and on media. The people had very little interest in the return of the messiah to begin with and that interest is petering out. it explains the short time span to put the house in order. The call for march is a Machiavellian move to hijack the elections rather than a revolutionary idea. Medical research exploring the unintended consequences of words shows that when a doctor, even though he means well, tells his patient before operating on him” it might hurt”, that cure subsequently hurts even more. The press releases by the foreign embassies and iSPR to clarify their positions is hardly consoling; in fact they stir more doubts. On 14 July, 2012, the day of uS Secretary of State hillary clinton’s visit to cairo last year, Egyptians were holding up placards that said ‘Egypt will never be Pakistan’. While we still have time, let’s say to them, loud and clear: We will never be another Egypt.
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Is there democracy in Pakistan? a serious question that continues to boggle the minds of the people of Pakistan, even after six and a half decades of the country’s existence, is that is there democracy in Pakistan? The country has been under military rule for a little over three decades and almost three and a half decades of civilian rule. The military rule obviously cannot be categorised as democratic because it is universally termed, and very rightly so, as 'dictatorship'. The fundamental reason why it is called dictatorship is that the rulers, under the military regime, come to power by overthrowing civilian governments which are elected to the parliaments through popular ballot. in spite of defining the two types of rules that have been in place in Pakistan, over the past sixty five years, the need to assess whether Pakistan has ever had true democracy is still legitimate. To clearly understand what ‘democracy’ is all about one would have to know its definition. abraham Lincoln (the 16th President of uSa) defined democracy as ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people’. if we were to go by this definition, in literal terms, then, to some extent, yes we did have democracy in the country for a period of over three decades. Those who had come to power through ballot always claimed that they were elected to power by the people of this country. naturally, therefore, the governments they formed, after being elected, were governments of the people. But the third part of the definition ‘for the people’ is the ‘grey area’ that leaves much to be desired. This, in fact, is the most important area where none of the so-called democratically elected governments have been able to make any significant contribution. history stands testimony to the fact that successive democratically elected governments which came to power in this country always made tall claims of serving the masses and this country. The reality has, however, been totally different. in effect, their personal interests and the interest of their parties have always been very dear to them. They did everything for themselves but nothing for the people who elected and placed them in positions of authority. The so-called public representatives of this country became opulent by the day and amassed massive wealth, during their respective tenures, at the cost of the poverty-stricken masses of Pakistan. access of the poor of this country to even the basic amenities of life such as food, shelter, education and health, as guaranteed by the constitution of the islamic Republic of Pakistan, have been blatantly
usurped by the rulers of this country over and over again. They have been left at the mercy of allah. it has become immensely difficult for them to even have three square meals a day, what to speak of the other basic needs of life. Time has come for the people of Pakistan to realise quickly that they have always been exploited by those in whom they blindly vested their trust. They must also realise that it is they who have the power to elect people to the helm to govern the country. heavy responsibilities lie on their shoulders to elect the right people to power. Elections are round the corner. This is the time when people should exercise their power to elect their representatives judiciously and make conscious efforts not to repeat the past mistakes. if they do, i am afraid, they will be doomed forever. M FAZAL ELAHI Islamabad
the curse of feudal mindset This is with reference to curse of feudal mindset which is not confined to landed rural class, but also groups and individuals within the urban elite, traders and pressure groups, who resort to use of force and intimidation to exert their political hegemony and enforce no-go areas for those who dare to dissent. There is no rocket science involved in reforming system of governance and sick feudal mindset of individuals, political, sectarian or ethnic outfits, and institutions that are responsible for perversion of Quaid's vision that Pakistan should function as a modern democratic welfare state where rule of law dominates. in the words of Theodore Roosevelt, the rule of law means: "no man is above the law and no man is below it, nor do we ask any man's permission, when we ask him to obey it." nations with a far worse track of violence and human rights violations have reformed by shedding their shaded legacies and strictly adopting constitutional rule and enforcing rule of law within their geographical boundaries. norway, once notorious for brutality of Vikings, is today a model welfare state. Pakistan's problems have become acute because powerful members of the political elite, members of paid civil or khaki bureaucracy consider themselves above law and assume unto themselves immunity based upon their self-serving interpretation of constitution, or the most abused of all terms "supreme national interest". There are many land owning families in Sindh and other parts of Pakistan who do not have this sick feudal mindset, which others within the urban and rural elite possess. Shahzeb's murderers want to have an nRO which in the past was illegally given to 8,000 men accused of heinous crimes of murder, financial corruption, kidnapping and extortion in violation of the constitution according to which all men or women are equal before law. Similarly, men like Tauqir Sadiq and his patrons make a mockery of laws by fleeing from Pakistan inspite of a verdict by the Sc. When law enforcement and immigration become accomplices of criminals to escape judicial prosecution, then rule of law and democracy suffer a blow, with disastrous consequences. it is because of this sick feudal mindset, gross injustices and deprivation that nonentities, like a canadian or a uK immigrant, can create turmoil and blackmail an elected government. MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore
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Beyonce to sing national anthem at Obama inauguration Pop diva Beyonce will sing the national anthem before hundreds of thousands of onlookers at uS President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony on January 21, organizers said Wednesday. On a stage specially constructed for the event at the foot of the capitol, the singer – a long-time supporter of Obama – will belt out “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Obama’s cabinet, lawmakers and the public. chart-topping pop singer Kelly clarkson, the first winner of “american idol,” and veteran singersongwriter James Taylor will also perform at the ceremony to mark the start of Obama’s second term. at Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, soul legend aretha Franklin gave a stirring rendition of another uS patriotic song, “My country Tis of Thee”. This time around, clarkson will perform it Beyonce and her rap star husband Jay-Z were key backers of Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, hosting a fundraising event in new york for the Democratic incumbent. Beyonce, who sang at one of the inaugural balls in 2009, is starting the year strong – she will also perform the much-watched halftime show at the Super Bowl on February 3. Richard Blanco, who was born in Spain to cuban exiles, will serve as the inaugural poet, the first Latino and first openly gay poet to have the honor of reading his work at an inauguration ceremony, organizers said. “Richard’s writing will be wonderfully fitting for an inaugural that will celebrate the strength of the american people and our nation’s great diversity,” Obama said in a statement. Blanco follows in the footsteps of Maya angelou, who read “On the Pulse of Morning” at Bill clinton’s first inauguration in 1993. Obama will take the oath of office in a private ceremony on January 20, a date stipulated by the uS constitution. The public inauguration ceremony will take place on January 21. NEWS DESK
acK in Mumbai from Karachi. To be honest, i was wary of going to Pakistan, but it turned out a nice memorable trip,” chawla tweeted. Of her experience, she added: “Two worlds co-exist in Karachi. a normal city with traffic, bustling markets and malls. and quite another on the outskirts. it was a private, short and pleasant stay. Loved being with my cousins and nieces.” according to a report in TOi, the actress along with her husband Jai Mehta went to Karachi to attend a family wedding. She says they walked around with a security man. “We had an armed security at all times that we left the house. important people have them there.” she posted. chawla says several people across the border were happy to see her – a mark that Bollywood is indeed popular t h e r e . “Pakistani people enjoy
hindi movies. They’ve watched them all, and were so pleasantly surprised and happy to see me there. as i said my goodbyes, the cook says ‘Salman (Khan) bhai ko mera salaam kehna (give my regards to Salman bhai)’. The helper says, ‘Please bring Shah Rukh Khan here’, the maid enquires, ‘Will you be meeting aamir (Khan)?’ i couldn’t help but laugh. They were so sweet,”she wrote. NEWS DESK
golden globes co-hosts and real life BFFs Tina Fey and amy Poehler give a highly entertaining cover interview to the hollywood Reporter, in which they offer up an idea for a globes drinking game you can play when the awards show airs Sunday: Fey: "anytime an actress cries in a speech, drink. anytime you see a person actively not listening to someone onstage, drink." Poehler: "anytime someone says, 'i didn’t prepare anything!'" Fey: "anytime anyone thanks harvey Weinstein, eat a meatball sub." Fey: anytime Judi Dench is shown, "you take off an article of clothing." Poehler: "anytime Maggie Smith wins." They also reveal that they're not too concerned with their hosting duties. "i feel like there are enough pills in the room that nobody really pays attention," says Poehler. "We haven’t planned anything yet," jokes Fey, later adding that they're not even "really going to watch all the movies." and, of course, they explain why the globes is so much more fun than other award shows: "When you get a bunch of people in a room who don’t eat much, and you give them one drink, it gets good fast," says Fey. Read the full interview, or click to see the justannounced Oscar nominees.
Blood Money opens at Indus Valley School Blood and money are two nouns that are often treated as adjectives, both favourably and in a negative light. Together they form a formidable phrase, blood money. it, among other meanings, implies a particular amount of money given in compensation for a killing to the family of the person killed. in Pakistan, over the years it has assumed horrendous proportions. Bloodbath (in the name of religion especially) and megalomania have had their devastating effect on society. This is the backdrop against which a group show titled ‘Blood Money’ opened at the indus Valley School of art and architecture on Wednesday. The first work of art placed right in the middle of the gallery is anam Shakil Khan’s ‘Lavishly Bandaged’ (acrylic on canvas). it grabs the viewer’s attention because of the posture of the protagonist applying a plaster on a torn pair of jeans. The redness of the blood contrasting with the colour of the trousers is noticeable. But it is the posture of the character hiding his facial expression that does the trick for the artist. Zain ashir impresses both with craft and content. his ‘Diabolus Obscurari’ (ink, watercolour, graphite, pencil on paper) hints at the inherent darkness in the lust for power by showing the feral side of human existence. The artwork has a lot going on in one frame and yet the lines do not go haywire. The artist has good control over his medium. There is likelihood that he is inspired by heavy metal stuff. Zabad anwar opts for the tried and tested playing cards theme but infuses new life into it by imparting a fiendish look to it – ‘The Red game 1 & 2’ (mixed media on paper). The king on the upper half of the card is holding a sword, whereas in the lower half he has a gun. Technically, his images are well developed and well thought-out. habib Phulpoto does very well with ‘The Linkage 1-6’ (pencil and gouache on wasli) by highlighting greyness in a bloody situation. The syringes in his artworks signify medicinal quality. however, the shadows that they make paint a bigger picture. The exhibition will continue until Jan 19. NEWS DESK
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Americans pick ‘Lincoln,’ ‘Les Miserables’ for Oscar glory if americans had their say, presidential drama “Lincoln” or musical “Les Miserables” would win the best picture Oscar next month, while anne hathaway and Daniel Day-Lewis should take home the movie industry’s top prizes for acting, according to a Reuters/ipsos poll released on Wednesday. americans also think epic fantasy “The hobbit,” slavery Western “Django unchained” and shipwreck tale “Life of Pi,” should be front-runners for the coveted best picture statuette, according to the online survey of 951 people. The academy of Motion Picture arts and Sciences will announce on Thursday the films and names of those who will compete for Oscars after a secret ballot by its 6,000 members working in the movie industry. according to awards watchers, while both “Lincoln” and “Les Miser-
ables” are expected to be among the 5-10 official best picture contenders on Thursday, “The hobbit” is considered a long-shot, despite its popularity at the worldwide box office. americans looked to be on the money when 27 per cent of those questioned picked hathaway as a likely Oscar winner for her role as the tragic heroine of “Les Miserables”, and 18 per cent picked Day-Lewis for his performance as uS President abraham Lincoln. Both actors are seen as leading contenders for Oscar glory at the academy awards ceremony in hollywood of February 24. But in other areas, the poll showed a wide divergence between popular favorites and likely contenders. Some 52 percent of those questioned had seen none of the 24 movies on the ipsos poll list. NEWS DESK
Literary critic Dr Siddiqui passes away NEWS DESK Dr Mohammad ali Siddiqui, critic, educationist and a scholar of urdu literature, passed away here on Wednesday. he was 74. he was admitted to hospital a couple of weeks ago when his blood pressure shot up, affecting his brain and kidneys. he is survived by his wife, two sons and four daughters. Dr Siddiqui was born in amroha (india) in 1938. he migrated to Pakistan in 1948 and acquired his early education at the christian Mission School, an institution from where Quaid-i-azam Mohammad ali Jinnah also had his early schooling. Dr Siddiqui passed his intermediate examination from D.J. Science college in 1953 and went on to obtain a master’s degree in English literature from the university of Karachi in 1962. an avid knowledge-seeker, he did not stop at that and did a doctorate of
literature in Pakistan Studies from Karachi university. Dr Siddiqui wrote a number of books, mainly critical analyses, which gained popularity among literary and book-reading circles. Some of them were Tawazun, nishanat and croche Ki Sarguzisht. he was known for critically analysing works of fiction and poetry and putting them into historical context. Dr Siddiqui wrote a column for Dawn under the pen name, ariel, for two decades. he wrote for other publications as well. he held an important post at Biztek university at the time of his death. he had also taught at hamdard university. Dr Siddiqui was a recipient of the President’s pride of performance award as well as of the Sitara-i-imtiaz. he was buried at the Sakhi hasan graveyard. Soyem will be held at Farooq-iazam Masjid after Friday prayers.
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13 Oprah promises tough grilling of Lance Armstrong WASHINGTON NEWS DESK
ancE armstrong will face a no-holds-barred interview with Oprah Winfrey, her cable TV network promised Wednesday, as speculation mounted that the cycling icon might finally confess to being a drug cheat. “armstrong has no editorial control and no question is offlimits,” nicole nichols of Winfrey’s OWn cable TV network told aFP in an email, adding that the disgraced cyclist is getting no payment for the interview. nichols also said the 90minute interview at armstrong’s home in austin, Texas, to be aired January 17 on the OWn network and online worldwide, “is not live.” asked when it would be recorded, she replied: “We are not confirming any further details.” it will be armstrong’s first interview since he was stripped in October of his Tour de France titles after the uS anti-Doping agency said he helped orchestrate the most sophisticated doping program in cycling history. Last week, The new york
Times reported that armstrong, 41, was considering publicly admitting that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs, in an apparent bid to return to competitive sport in marathons and triathlons. While supporters hope the Oprah appearance allows armstrong to draw a line under the affair and begin his rehabilitation after a very public fall from grace, some in the sport were not happy about the latest development. British cyclist David Millar expressed concern over what he believes will be armstrong’s “stage-managed” appearance and said he should be questioned, instead, by an official body. “Only Lance would get to have his moment of truth, if that’s what it will be, in front of Oprah Winfrey,” said Millar, who served a two-year ban after admitting doping in 2004 and then became a vocal campaigner against drugs in sport. “it is not sitting in front of a judge or a disciplinary hearing being properly questioned about the things he has done wrong. i doubt very much it will be a proper interrogation,” he added. armstrong’s unparalleled Tour de France winning streak between 1999 and 2005 once
The Border star is back with a bang with two high-octane action dramas slated to release this year. We love anna aka Sunil Shetty in what he does best – action! The macho actor is known for his brawn and his action movies like Mohra, Bhai and Main hoon na to name a few. The 51-yearold was of late seen in comedy flicks but now Shetty will make his solid presence felt on the big screen with two action films. “i am really looking forward to 2013 because i have a lineup of exciting action films, the genre that i haven’t attempted in a long time because i was busy doing other
made him a beacon to youngsters. Once a symbol of perseverance in the face of the most incredible odds, he now seems destined to go down in history as one of the most brazen dope cheats that sport has ever seen. after sensationally conceding defeat in his fight to contest the charges against him in august, the Texan’s world caved in further in October when the international cycling union (uci) erased him from the sport’s history.
genres. i have completed 70 percent shoot of Vishram Sawant’s Shooter where i play an encounter specialist. The film is a story of the relationship between an informer and a cop and Randeep hooda plays the informer. i am also a part of ashok Trika’s Enemy which is a cop drama, “said Sunil in an interview to a daily. Businesswise too, Sunil is doing well. he will launch two projects in the real estate sector under his brand S2-R house, a lifestyle store in Worli, and Discovery, a set of luxury villas in Khandala. Looks like in the new year, lady luck is showering her blessings abundantly on B-town’s action hero!
The uS anti-Doping agency had already published a damning report that laid bare his guilt, making a mockery of armstrong’s denials, court actions and an attempted comeback in 2009. For his supporters, the doping allegations pale into comparison to his battle with life-threatening cancer and the work of his charitable foundation, which he founded to help others living with the disease. Doctors had given armstrong
is back in VIDyA BALAN action! bags the Critics Choice Award for Kahaani NEWS DESK
China becomes world’s 2nd largest film industry Moviegoers in china spent 17 billion yuan ($2.7 billion) on tickets last year, turning the country into the second-largest film market in the world, the state news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday. Sales rose 30 per
cent from 2011, it said, citing the State administration of Radio, Film and Television (SaRFT), underscoring the rapid growth that has long attracted hollywood despite china’s tight restrictions on foreign films. after
a less than 50 per cent chance of survival when he was diagnosed in 1996 with testicular cancer that had spread to his lungs and brain. he persevered through surgery and chemotherapy and returned to reach an unprecedented pinnacle of cycling success, becoming a sporting icon synonymous with phenomenal endurance. “i for one am looking forward to hearing what he has to say.
and regardless of whether he cheated or not, i will always be a huge fan and have so much admiration for everything he has achieved,” a supporter using the handle lilsez13 wrote on OWn’s website. “and it’s time that all of the haters, who never in their lives even saw Lance armstrong compete in any one of the seven Tour de France titles he won, took some time out of writing their hate-filled rants, and listened to the man himself. after all, he has done more good in this world than any of us could ever compete with,” the writer added. armstrong’s years of dominance in the sport’s greatest race raised cycling’s profile in the united States to new heights and gave him a platform to promote cancer awareness and research. The Lance armstrong Foundation has raised almost $500 million (340 million euros, 310 million pounds) since it was created in 1997. But in the aftermath of the allegations, several top sponsors dropped armstrong and the ultimate ignominy came when the charity dropped his name on november 14 to be henceforth known as the Livestrong Foundation.
years of pressure, china in 2012 agreed to increase the number of films allowed in annually from the united States – which is the world’s largest movie market – from 20 to 34, whereas 893 domestic films were produced last
Hong Kong actor Tony Leung (L-R), director Wong Kar-Wai, Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi and Taiwan actor Chang Chen beat the drum at the premiere of the movie “The Grandmaster”.
year. nonetheless foreign films generated 51 per cent of the revenue, beating domestic film ticket sales for the first time in nine years, and hollywood’s share in china rose from 18 to 25 per cent. But Tong gang, head of the film bureau at SaRFT, told Xinhua that domestic films’ percentage of the box office “still exceeds market expectations”. The SaRFT viceminister Tian Jin last november urged domestic filmmakers to “enhance creativity”, saying that domestic films faced great pressure and needed to be more competitive. china imposes strict rules over what films are allowed to be seen by the public, banning what it considers any negative portrayal of contemporary politics or issues it says might lead to social unrest. But Lost in Thailand, a low-budget chinese comedy, overwhelmed expectations in December to earn $190 million within a month and become the country’s biggest-ever box office hit, Xinhua said. NEWS DESK
Powerhouse performer, actress Vidya Balan, started the year with a bang as she bagged her first award for the season, The Best actress (critics choice) for Kahaani, which also won the Best Film (critics), Best Director (critics), Best Story and Best editing. according to a report in TOi, Lauded for her portrayal of Vidya Bagchi, a pregnant woman in search of her missing husband in the city of Kolkata during the Durga Puja festivities, Balan walked away with the honors. The award came as no surprise especially since the critics were all praise for the actress ever since the thriller released. Said acclaimed critic and trade analyst Taran adarsh , “Post The Dirty Picture, the admiration for the national award winning actress Vidya has scaled woozy altitudes and let me affirm, the supremely talented actress delivers a performance that’s at par with her former accomplishments.” Said Madhureeta Mukherjee Zoom, “Once again, a ‘pregnant’ Vidya, ironically displays more ‘male ornaments’ (excuse the watering down) than most heroes.” Shabana azmi lauded Balan for her performance and said, “i had to watch Kahaani because of Vidya. i was bowled over by her performance. as an actor, i could see she was making all the right moves throughout the film. There was not a single artificial note in her performance.” On his fascination to cast Balan, ghosh said, “The good thing about performers like Vidya is that when you give them something, they take it with them and bring something of their own. For me, having Vidya was a boon because she did so many things herself. What she has brought to her character is completely her own.”
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Infotainment 14 How do we know the Big Bang happened?
hEn we look at the night sky, the stars we can see are within our own galaxy. But there are also some fuzzy patches which we need a telescope to see clearly. These are other galaxies like our own - but they are much, much further away than the stars. if we look closely at these galaxies, we’d expect that some would be moving towards us and some would be moving away, But in fact, almost all galaxies are moving away from us - some at very high speeds indeed. We know the galaxies are moving away because of an effect called red-shift - similar to the way that a car sounds more high-pitched as it approaches you, and low-pitched as it moves away. if most galaxies are moving away from us, it follows that the universe is expanding. (it does not mean that Earth is at the centre of the universe. imagine the universe like a fruitcake ex-
panding in an oven. Every point is getting further away from every other point, wherever you happen to be.) if the universe is expanding, that suggests it used to be smaller and more compact. and if you go back far enough, then there was a moment in the past when all the matter in the universe was packed into a point and exploded outwards. That moment was the Big Bang. We can even work out when it happened, from the current size of the universe and the speed at which it is moving about 14 billion years ago. We can’t see it with the naked eye, but some of our telescopes can. Our eyes actually only see a fraction of the light in the universe. as well as visible light, there are other kinds of light, such as Xrays, infrared light, ultraviolet light, radio waves and microwaves. They have shorter or longer wavelengths than visible light. after the Big Bang, the whole universe was
Soda consumption linked with depression
haT you drink could be linked with how you feel, according to new research. a study presented at the annual meeting of the american academy of neurology suggests an increased risk of depression from drinking sweetened beverages, as well as a decreased risk of depression from drinking coffee. Specifically, researchers found an association between drinking four cups/cans of soda daily and a 30 percent higher risk of depression, as well as an association between drinking four cans of fruit punch daily and a 38 percent high risk of depression. The effect was more pronounced with diet fruit punch/soda, compared with non-diet versions of the drinks. Meanwhile, researchers found an association between drinking four cups of coffee daily and a 10 percent lower risk of depression. "Our research suggests that cutting out or down on sweetened diet drinks or replacing them with unsweetened coffee may naturally help lower your depression risk," study researcher Dr. honglei chen, M.D., Ph.D., of the national institutes of health in Research Triangle Park, said in a statement. "More research is needed to confirm these findings, and people with depression should continue to take depression medications prescribed by their doctors." The findings are based on beverage consumption and depression data taken from 263,925 adults, ages 50 to 71. Researchers followed them from the start of the study -- between 1995 and 1996 -- for about 10 years; at the end of the study period, 11,311 people had been diagnosed with depression. Of course, researchers only found an association; it's unknown whether people with depression then drink more sugary drinks, or if sugary drinks spur the depression; likewise with coffee. Because the study has yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, the findings should be considered preliminary. But still, other studies have come to similar conclusions. health.com reported on a study published in 2011 in the archives of internal Medicine, also showing an association between caffeinated coffee consumption and decreased depression risk. and an australian study suggested a link between drinking soda daily and an increased risk of psychological distress and depression. NEWS DESK
flooded with incredibly bright light. as the universe has expanded, that light has been stretched so that it is now microwaves. a microwave telescope can see this ancient light from the very beginning of the universe. in fact, a view through a microwave telescope shows the whole sky filled with a glow, day and night. unlike light coming from a star, it is the same wherever you look, and wherever you are. This glow is called the cosmic Microwave Background. Looking out into space is like looking back in time. That is because light from objects that are far away takes longer to reach us than light from objects nearby. if an object is a million light years away, we are seeing it as it looked a million years ago. Modern telescopes are so powerful that they can view objects many billions of light years away, close to the time of the Big Bang. if the Big Bang did happen, then we’d expect those distant views to reveal clouds of gas which had not yet turned into stars and galaxies. and those gas clouds should be made of very different stuff to the modern universe. That is because most of the chemical elements in the modern universe are made inside stars. The earliest gas clouds should contain almost no complex elements. instead they should be made almost entirely of the most basic elements, hydrogen and helium. gas clouds were recently found in the distant universe. Some of them are around 12 billion years old. Even at this incredible distance, we can tell what they are made of by using a technique called spectroscopy to analyse light that passes through them. This shows that they are mostly hydrogen and helium - exactly as the Big Bang theory predicts. if there was a Big Bang, what caused it? and what existed before? This is one of the biggest questions in science today. Some scientists think that instead of expanding just once, the universe has grown and shrunk many times. For others, this question doesn’t need an answer. Stephen hawking has suggested that the idea of time before the Big Bang is like the idea of a point north of the north Pole. Time begins with the Big Bang, and that’s that. NEWS DESK
Judge: School can make students wear tracking device
EnciLS? check. Textbooks? check. Tracking devices? check. a judge in Texas has ruled against a student who was expelled after she refused to wear a tracking device mandatory for all students at her high school. The case is making its way toward federal courts, but come spring semester andrea hernandez, 15, will either have to return to her magnet school wearing the device or opt to go somewhere else, reports Reuters. groups on both ends of the political spectrum have spoken out against Jay high School’s controversial policy. “We should not be teaching our children to accept such an intrusive surveillance technology,” says a rep from the acLu. But the school maintains that it is not trying to spy on students. The technology works only within the walls of the school and is used to detect students who may be loitering in hallways or stairwells between classes. Because the school gets funding based on how many kids are in class when the bell rings, the devices could save big bucks—the school says it loses $1.7 million a year because of absent students. NEWS DESK
Heavily tattooed presidential candidate lightens Czech elections
he's tattooed from head to toe, a warrior-like mix of blue, green and red. he's also running in a surprising third place ahead of this week's czech presidential elections. Vladimir Franz, an opera composer and painter, seems the most unlikely of candidates for a prestigious post previously held by beloved playwright-dissident Vaclav havel and Vaclav Klaus, a professor credited with plotting the economic transition
from communism to a free market. Some have a nickname for Franz: `avatar.' and during a televised debate a caller compared him to "an exotic creature from Papua new guinea." But he's not short of admirers in a country where voters are increasingly tired of politicians they say are corrupt and failing to deliver on years of promises, more than two decades after the fall of communism. Franz has no political ex-
perience and confesses to little knowledge of economics. he says he only threw his hat in the ring after a group of admirers established the Franz for President initiative and begged him to shake up the race through his shock factor. But he's stirred up such goodwill that a leading economist offered his services for free and his campaign workers are also volunteers. he's only spent $25,000 from donations on his campaign and hasn't put up any posters. Franz burst onto the political scene with an eyecatching 88,000 signatures at the end of 2012 – far more than the 50,000 required by law. not affiliated with any party, he has campaigned mostly on a platform highlighting graft, the importance of education and the nation's moral standing. NEWS DESK
Monopoly replacing one of its iconic tokens
VERyOnE has his or her favorite Monopoly piece ... meaning some people are going to be sorely disappointed when the iconic board game loses one of its classic tokens. Monopoly is staging a Facebook contest in which players can vote to save their favorite pieces (refresher: The tokens include a race car, iron, Scottie dog, wheelbarrow, shoe, top hat, thimble, and battleship). Players also vote on which of five potential new pieces will replace the one that is removed: a cat, a toy robot, a diamond ring, a helicopter, or a guitar. after voting ends Feb. 5, a limited-edition version of the game including all of the old and potential new tokens will be released in Target stores, uSa Today reports. NEWS DESK
Smurfs arrested for assault Four men dressed as Smurfs were arrested in australia Tuesday after authorities called for the costumed men to come forward in connection with a Dec. 16 assault at a convenience store. according to the age, the men, with skin painted blue like the fictional characters from the cartoon, allegedly assaulted a 37-year-old man at a Melbourne convenience store when he reportedly refused to light a cigarette he offered to one of the "Smurfs." The unidentified victim passed out in a car and only recalled the incident upon waking, a police spokeswoman said, the herald Sun notes. after a public appeal from authorities seeking vital information in the case, the four men --
aged between 18 and 19 -- turned themselves into the police. Since then, the Smurfs have been released, but they are expected to be charged with offenses relating to the assault. camera footage from the convenience store (featured above) shows the Smurfs moments before the alleged assault took place. in recent months, other persons dressed as fictional characters have also drawn the ire of police. Michigan "Batman" Mark Williams was arrested for resisting and obstructing police during an investigation in October, and another "Batman," 23-year-old Matthew argintar, was arrested at a home Depot in new Jersey after he caused a disturbance by showing up in costume. NEWS DESK
Pap test may detect two more cancers
new study suggests that Pap smears may be able to detect three cancers, not just one, reports WebMd. Pap tests have been used successfully for decades to find cervical cancer, but a new method of analyzing results was able to detect cancers of the uterus and ovaries, too. The study was a small one, and any application of it is probably years away, but it could prove to be a powerful—and easy—tool for women’s health, reports the New York Times. “is this the harbinger of things to come? i would answer yes,” the lead author, a John hopkins cancer specialist, tells the newspaper. NEWS DESK
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Kamal denies unconditional commitment to tour Pakistan
icc vice-president ahM Mustafa Kamal has denied any "unconditional commitment" from Bangladesh to tour Pakistan, contrary to what the current BcB president, nazmul hassan, had stated last month. Kamal, the former BcB president, said he approves the idea of touring Pakistan, but insisted that the final decision on touring rests with the BcB. "it [unconditional commitment] was not in any icc meetings' minutes," Kamal told reporters. "i have not missed a single meeting [in my time as BcB president]. Such things cannot be written in minutes of a meeting. i deny it, this cannot have happened. "There were a lot of discussions in the icc and those have been mentioned in their minutes. at every instance it was mentioned that if Bangladesh tours Pakistan, the icc will be involved in some capacity. The assessment of their security team will determine whether they'll send officials or not. We have never said that we will bypass the icc, which will set a precedent for other countries. it is true that icc wants Bangladesh to tour Pakistan, otherwise discussions wouldn't be mentioned in its books." however, hassan, while announcing Bangladesh's postponement of a proposed Pakistan tour on December 31, had clearly mentioned such a commitment made in the icc meeting (in april 2012). When the plans for the tour were renewed in early november, hassan said that the BcB had made a written commitment to tour Pakistan in a letter. Kamal said he wouldn't distance himself from holding the idea of touring Pakistan, and insists Bangladesh should go to the country. "it was my initiation, and i wouldn't deny it. Bangladesh must go to Pakistan, and i know a lot has been written against me. But it was my work and if i hadn't [done the job], nothing would be written against me."
PCB launches T20 Super League LAHORE STAFF REPORT
hE logo of the Pakistan Super League was unveiled at a colourful ceremony in Lahore, with PcB chairman Zaka ashraf, former international cricket council chief executive haroon Lorgat and Pakistan captains Mohammad hafeez and Misbah-ul haq in attendance. Pakistan announced on Thursday that it would host a multinational Super League in March in hopes the Twenty20 competition can revive international cricket in the troubled country. There has been no top-class international cricket in Pakistan since islamist militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in March 2009, killing eight Pakistanis and wounding seven visiting players. Foreign teams have shunned the country over security fears, leaving Pakistan to play its home series in England and the united arab Emirates. The Pakistan cricket Board (PcB) plans to host a Twenty20 league on the lines of the glitzy, cash-rich indian Premier League, which has featured more than 100 foreign players since its inception in 2008. The logo of the Pak-
istan Super League was unveiled at a colourful ceremony in Lahore, with PcB chairman Zaka ashraf, former international cricket council chief executive haroon Lorgat and Pakistan captains Mohammad hafeez and Misbah-ul haq in attendance. Lorgat, who is acting as adviser to the new league, said he hoped the par-
ticipation of foreign players would help Pakistan in a big way. "With the rising popularity of Twenty20 cricket, every icc member country has the right to host its own league. Pakistan has done hard work and i hope with foreign players' participation, perceptions about the country will change," Lorgat said. chairman
Ajmal unveils academy plan LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Pakistan spinner Saeed ajmal announced his plans of setting up a cricket academy to find new talent and produce bowlers like himself to torment the world's best batsmen. The 35-year-old is regarded as the best spinner in all three formats of the game, and was instrumental in Pakistan's rout of the world's then best Test team England in the united arab Emirates last year. he was quoted by a foreign news agency that the Saeed ajmal international cricket academy, in the eastern Pakistani city of Faisalabad, will be free of charge to budding cricketers. "i want to groom the enormous talent in the country and no fee will be charged in my academy because i don't want the players to suffer the ordeal i did in coming to this stage," ajmal said at the launch. The academy, spread over eight acres (3.2
hectares) at Faisalabad's agriculture university, will cost around 70 million rupees ($720,000) to set up, with an initial 30 million rupees provided by ajmal himself. The Pakistan government has also donated 10 million rupees. "i am thankful to the prime minister for his financial help and hope that the government and affluent people of the country will help me more," ajmal said. "i will also go house-to-house for donations." ajmal has so far taken 122 Test and 117 one-day wickets, and is also the highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 cricket with 71. Pakistan is rich in natural cricketing talent but hundreds of young people fail to make the grade due to lack of facilities in a country marred by poor governance and islamist militant attacks. The Pakistan cricket Board launched its own cricket academy in 2000 in the eastern city of Lahore and also has regional academies in the cities of Karachi, Rawalpindi and Peshawar.
Rare home win on the cards for South Africa JOHANNESBERG AgENCIES
South africa will be looking to secure just their second home test series win in over four years when they take on new Zealand in the second test at St. george's Park on Friday. The Proteas have risen to the top of the international cricket council's (icc) test team rankings thanks to their wonderful away form which has seen them win back-to-back series in australia and England and remain unbeaten on their travels since 2006. however, South africa have won just one test series at home since their 2-0 victory over Bangladesh in november 2008, a 2-1 victory over Sri Lanka in early 2012. The Proteas will be confident of winning the second and final test against new Zealand after demolishing the Black caps by an innings and 27 runs inside three days in the first test in cape Town. The visitors were shot out for just 45 runs on the first morning of the test, a period of play that new Zealand coach Mike hesson described as a "horror session". They will not face their first-innings tormentor Vernon Philander after the seamer was ruled out of the match with a hamstring strain and they showed some fight in their second innings with 275, so South africa are expecting a battle. "new Zealand put up a bit of a fight in the second innings and that's the nature of the Kiwis. For what they might have lacked in the player pool, they make up for with determination and guts," said left-arm spinner Robin Peterson. "The conditions at St. george's probably mean the game will
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go the distance instead of what happened at newlands. i'm expecting the Kiwis to be a bit more at home here than anywhere else in the country," added Peterson. The pitch in Port Elizabeth is expected to be a low and slow track making it more like the pitches the new Zealanders are used to at home. Philander, who has taken an incredible 74 wickets in just 13 test matches, will be replaced by inexperienced fast bowler Rory Kleinveldt though batsman new Zealander Kane Williamson does not expect the hosts's attack to be any weaker. "They have a lot of depth and that is probably why they are the best team (in the world). They can call on blokes who will do the job. We are looking at all their bowlers equally in getting ready for this next match," said Williamson. "They are all different bowlers and they complement each other well. Philander is probably one of the best bowlers in the world at the moment (but his absence) is certainly not a release in any way because there is Morkel and Steyn there that are also some of the best bowlers in the world as well." Pacemen Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel are ranked first and eighth respectively in the world test bowling standings. Williamson added that the Black caps would be far better prepared for the challenge of playing South africa after their comprehensive defeat in the first test. "The last test was certainly a learning curve, especially for the blokes who hadn't played against the South africans, the best team in the world. That has certainly gone into our training to hold us in better stead for the next game."
PcB said the league to be launched in March this year will attract foreign cricket players and their presence will portray a better image of Pakistan which is save country to stage elite cricket events. “it is going to be a historic moment in Pakistan cricket as we will be launching our own cricket league to help support the cause of cricket in Pakistan,” he added. “The proposed dates of the league are March 26 to april 7 and five teams will take part in with each team having six foreign players,” he said. “The participation of foreign players will serve as an effective medium to help revive international cricket which the country (Pakistan) was deprived owning to security concerns in recent years,” he added. he said the matches will be played at one venue which will be announced in due course of time. MD of the league, Salman Butt gave a detailed presentation of the event and said with the passage of time it will become a regular feature in Pakistan cricket and efforts would be made to make it an attractive and profit making venture. he said league is a good opportunity for Pakistan to have the presence of foreign players and to see competitive cricket in its ground.
england’s Pietersen signs central contract LONDON AgENCIES
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has signed a full central contract with the England and Wales cricket Board (EcB) to complete his reintegration into the international fold, the EcB said the team had confirmed on Wednesday. Pietersen's relations with the EcB hit rock bottom in 2012 when he was dropped for the final test against South africa at Lord's in august following a controversial text-message row. The South african-born batsman admitted sending provocative texts to opposing players but denied allegations that he had told them how to dismiss former captain andrew Strauss, who retired from all cricket after South africa won the test series 2-0. Pietersen underwent a process of reintegration before making his comeback in india before christmas. The 32-year-old had been working on a short-term deal but any uncertainty over his future was dispelled by him signing a full central contract. Pietersen, who made his international debut in 2004 and has a test average of 49.42 from 92 matches, is now eligible for all three international formats.
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Lahore: PcB chairman ch zaka ashraf unveils the logo of Pakistan Super League in the presence of the other PSL secretariat officials including its advisor haroon Lorgat and national team captains. MuRTAzA ALI
Icc suggests DrS policy change, BccI resists sPORTs dEsK: in a renewed effort to push for the DRS to be universally implemented in bilateral series, every member on the icc chief executives committee (cEc) barring india backed a change in policy that would see the home board having the right to choose the use of the DRS in a meeting held in Dubai on December 4. This marks a major change from the current situation in which the approval of both teams is required for DRS to be put into place in a bilateral series. The cEc suggested the matter must now be resolved via a vote by the thirteen-strong executive board (the heads of the ten full-member boards, the icc president, vice-president and cEO), which will meet on January 29 and 30 in Dubai. "The cEc is requesting the board to reconsider their existing policy. The majority of the cEc members were in favour of the change. But no one else except the Bcci opposed the move at the meeting," a member, who attended the meeting, told ESPncricinfo. Sanjay Jagdale, the Bcci secretary, who attended the meeting and disagreed with the fellow cEc members, declined to comment, saying he cannot speak to the media. india has been the sole opponent of the DRS, stating that the technology implemented currently is not 100% foolproof. in a recent interview with ESPncricinfo, the Bcci president n Srinivasan made his position further clear as to why he would not like to change his mind on the DRS. "i'm not against technology but one should be cautious and we should be clear what it is that we are trying to achieve. if you say my correct decision percentage has gone up from 94 to 95.6, is that all you are looking to achieve? it is relative. But we must understand what has been the beauty of the game.
Sri Lanka seek one-day redemption MELBOURNE AgENCIES
hE great mystery of Sri Lankan cricket is how they can be so disappointing in Tests and yet so impressive in the shorter formats. in part it comes down to personnel, for bowlers like Lasith Malinga and ajantha Mendis are not in the Test setup but are consistently dangerous in limited-overs matches. Part of it must also be a down to attitude: at times during the Test series, the Sri Lankans clearly lacked the kind of patience that could have helped them challenge australia, but across 50 overs such a mindset is not a bad thing. Part of is simply a matter of confidence. Sri Lanka deserve to be bullish entering this five-match series. Last time they played a bilateral one-day series in australia they won, and in last summer's triangular series they took australia to a third final. They have also won their past three one-dayers at the Mcg, the venue of this first game. On paper, Sri Lanka appear a much stronger side than in the Tests, and not just because of Malinga and Mendis. Thisara Perera is a fine limited-overs allrounder, akila Dananjaya is a spinner of potential and mystery, and men such as Dinesh chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne, who came in for the Sydney Test, should be in their element. australia's squad is a mixed bag. There are four uncapped men - Phillip hughes, aaron Finch, usman Khawaja and Ben cutting - but all four are very fine players who deserve their opportunities. at 35, Brad haddin is back for his first international match in nearly a
year, and the team will be led by the T20 captain george Bailey. Their lack of experience is glaring. Missing from this squad are Michael clarke (221 games), Shane Watson (154), Michael hussey (185), as well as the less experienced but first-choice David Warner and Matthew
Wade. australia have made no secret of the fact that this squad has been chosen with tours of india and England in mind, as well as the 2015 World cup. But in the meantime, are they good enough to beat a dangerous Sri Lanka team picked as much for the present as
the future? aaron Finch has been in irresistible limited-overs form this summer and has a chance to make his name as an ODi player. The leading run scorer in the Ryobi cup this season with 497 runs at 99.40 and in the Big Bash League with 309 runs at 77.25, his powerful striking has been one of the major reasons the Melbourne Renegades have been the dominant team in the Twenty20 tournament. he even hit the roof at Etihad Stadium with one enormous stroke in December. Finch has played three Twenty20 internationals and performed well, and now he has his chance in the 50-over game. Finch will open the batting and his home crowd will be hoping to witness something memorable in his first ODi. Just as Finch is the BBL's top run scorer, Lasith Malinga is its leading wicket taker with 13 at 10.69 for the Melbourne Stars. he mesmerised the Perth Scorchers with 6 for 7 and Sri Lanka hope he will carry that kind of form into this series. his slingy action disguises his accurate, swinging yorkers, deceptive slower balls and dangerous bouncers and along with the spinner ajantha Mendis, he could be the most important player in the series. Sri Lanka have won the past three ODis between these teams at the Mcg "Watching a few of the replays of the games last year there were some great contests. i don't think playing in australian conditions holds many fears for the Sri Lankans in the one-day format," said george Bailey Mahela Jayawardene said: "The last time we won a series here was under Kumar when we came before the World cup. Since then we've had a lot of success in australia."
India aim to avert slide RAJKOT AgENCIES
There seems to be no bottom to the abyss india are hurtling into. it seems like only yesterday when they had to just turn up, and a home series, Test or ODi, was theirs. now they have lost a series in each format in succession, to England and Pakistan. it also seems like only yesterday when india whitewashed England 5-0 in successive home bilateral ODi series. if you are gullible enough to bet on a similar result in this five-match ODi series, you might as well wager on a flood in water-scarce Saurashtra in January. it is supposedly a side in transition but, apart from ajinkya Rahane, all the batsmen in india's ODi squad have been around for years now. The same cannot be said of their bowling attack, but that has more to do with the continuing injury sagas of their fast bowlers than anything else. and it was the batting that let india down in all three ODis against Pakistan. By no means can you call England's pace attack for this series experienced, but they don't lack in either skill or speed. For an india line-up that was exposed by Mohammad irfan and Junaid Khan, with a collective 15 ODis between them going into the series last month, England's pace battery led by
the impressive Steven Finn will pose an equal, if not a bigger, challenge. The visitors are looking forward to building towards the champions Trophy at home later this year and ultimately the World cup in 2015 but, before that, they have their woeful record in their previous three ODi series in india to correct. One win in 16 games does no self-respecting modern side justice, especially one of England's calibre and meticulous planning. Their new limited-overs coach ashley giles had no insignificant role to play
when England drew an ODi series here in 2002 and, despite defeats in their two warm-up games this time, he'll sorely want to improve on that finish from a decade ago. With Virender Sehwag dropped, ajinkya Rahane should get to open the india innings along with gautam gambhir. The amount of time Rahane's spent on the bench can be gauged from his solitary ODi appearance in all of 2012. Even that came as an afterthought in Sri Lanka after the series had been won. Still, England are a side Rahane must be pretty familiar with. They were the opposition in the first 10 of his 13 ODis and he's already played a few eye-catching knocks against them, including a 91 in late 2011 in Mohali. Steven Finn began and ended the Test leg of the ongoing tour with injuries but his lone outing in Kolkata was enough to serve another reminder of his talent, and the unique combination of pace and bounce his gangling frame brings. india have long suffered at the hands of those attributes and, if Finn manages to stay clear of another breakdown, will be put to the test again. The Saurashtra cricket association Stadium in Khandheri, outside Rajkot, is making its international debut. The city has hosted 11 ODis at the Madhavrao Scindia ground owned by the municipal corporation. The grounds may be different but
if it is Rajkot, indications point to bucket-loads of runs. The challenger Trophy, india's premier domestic one-day competition, produced five totals of 300-plus in four games at the Sca stadium in late 2012. The most recent fixture here was the Ranji Trophy match between Saurashtra and Madhya Pradesh, a match the hosts needed to win to make the knockouts. accordingly, a dry, slow, and low pitch was prepared, but don't expect anything of the sort for an ODi. Winter in Rajkot isn't as unforgiving as it is in north india. Evenings are cool and pleasant, while it gets warm during the day. nights can turn slightly chilly, but with a noon start, we won't get that far. The only time England have beaten india in an ODi series in india was back in 1984-85. The Saurashtra cricket association Stadium on the outskirts of Rajkot will become india's 41st ODi venue. MS Dhoni on giving up the limited-overs captaincy said: "We'll have to wait and watch. it's not something that's on my mind right now, before the start of an important series. We can't be thinking about that now." alastair cook believes his inexperienced side could cause a surprise. "clearly we are the underdogs in this series but, if you look through our side, we have a lot of firepower and world-class players."
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17 Sports wohaib club win Lahore District hockey title LAHORE
Radwanska soars in Sydney, Ferrer struts SYDNEY
Wohaib club won the title of the Lahore district hockey championship beating Pak heroes 4-1 in the final here on Thursday at Johar hockey stadium. Wohiab led the first half 1-0 after receiving 11thminute field goal from yasir Khurshid also scored teamâ€™s second goal ,five minutes into the second half, with greater anticipation and swift dribbling. Wohaib club enjoyed all time supremacy in the match , slamming their third goal in the 47th minute through awais ur Rehman who made no mistake with a firm push from the mid of the striking circle. Pak heroes whose average play and defensive tactics let them down in the play, made their presence felt in the filed by scoring their only goal ,off the third and last short corner they earned in the play , with imran finding the roof nets with a forceful push in the 48th minute. Rizwan ali gave Wohaib their fourth goal in the 57thminute off a left flank move aided by the mid field. Former Pakistan captain now the manger of Pakistan hockey team, chaudhary akhtar Rasool was the chief guest on the occasion and gave away the trophies and prizes to the players. also present were, President, Lahore district hockey association, chaudhary arshad, former Olympian Danish Kaleem and Shafqat Rasool.
unique annual sports held LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The 10th annual Sports (Boys) of unique group of institutions, Wahdat Road were held at the Punjab Stadium, amid festivity and colour here on Thursday. Rector (ugi) Mr. amjad ali Khan inaugurated the annual sports in which over 2500 students from unique high School Wahdat Road, unique higher Secondary School Muslim Town, unique high School Faisal Town, unique high School for Boys garden Town, unique higher Secondary School gulberg and unique college new Muslim Town contested. Students also presented P.T show and gymnastics during the sports. in 100 meter hamza gulraiz won gold, Rehan Babar secured silver while adil Fayyaz won bronze medal, in long jump alamgir Khan, adil Fayyaz and Muneeb ijaz secured 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions. in shot put aqeel ahmad, Rehan Babar and Muhammad Musa 1st, 2ndand 3rd Positions respectively. The 100x4 Relay Race was won by unique high School 99-a, new Muslim Town team comprising Sohaib, alamgir, umar and hamza. Test cricketer nasir Jamshed, former hockey captain Waseem ahmed, fast bowler Muhammad aamir, and hockey player Farei ahmad gave away prizes among the successful athletes. Team trophy was won by unique high School 99-a, new Muslim Town. Former hockey captain Muhammad Waseem declared the 10th unique annual Sports closed.
gniESZKa Radwanska needed eight match points to finish off Li na on Thursday but confirmed her fine pre-australian Open form by maintaining her perfect start to the year and reaching the final of the Sydney international. The Polish top seed was well worth the 6-3 6-4 win over her chinese opponent and will face Dominika cibulkova in Friday's final after the Slovakian stunned german second seed angelique Kerber 6-2 4-6 6-3. "i think i was really playing good tennis the last couple of days," said Radwanska, who also won the auckland classic last week and has started the year with eight straight wins. "i hope i can continue playing at this level." David Ferrer has played six fewer matches than Radwanska this year but really hit his stride on Thursday when he swept aside Lukas Lacko 6-2 6-1 to remain on course for a fourth title at the auckland Open. The Spaniard, who like Radwanska will be seeded fourth at Melbourne Park next week, needed just 54 minutes to beat his Slovak opponent and set up a semi-final against France's gael Monfils, who later beat Tommy haas 3-6 7-5 6-3. The fifth seed in the men's draw for the year's first grand slam, Tomas Berdych, had a less enjoyable day down at Kooyong where he was humbled 6-3 6-2 by australia's resurgent former world number one Lleyton hewitt. hewitt, now 31 and ranked 82nd in the world, beat Milos Raonic in his first round robin match on Wednesday and his 88-minute victory over czech Berdych puts him into the final of the exhibition event. There he will meet either argentina's world number seven Juan Martin Del Potro or cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, who face off at the Kooyong classic on Friday. "i'm just thrilled to be able to perform like this against quality players and on back-to-back days," hewitt told reporters. "i've had five tough sets in two days and that will hold me in good stead for next week." although Radwanska has had a busy schedule, Li was clearly tired after playing nine times in 10 days as well as flying from china to australia
after winning last week's Shenzhen Open. The Pole broke on Li's first service game and rarely looked back before stuttering to close out the match as she had in beating yanina Wickmayer in auckland last week. "it was kind of like a deja vu from auckland final," she said. "i'm really ready for the australian Open. i will do of course every-
Radwanska on song sYdNEY: agnieszka Radwanska continued her charge at the apia international in Sydney with a straightsets win over Li na. The Polish top seed made sure of her place in the final with a 6-3 6-4 victory to end Li's unbeaten start to 2013. Radwanska was given a thorough workout as Li saved seven match points in a late challenge, but the win was eventually sealed after 92 minutes. She will take on Dominika cibulkova in the final after the Slovakian dispatched second seed angelique Kerber 6-2 4-6 6-3. AgENCIES
thing to win that match tomorrow as well, and we'll see. i hope to win 16 matches in a row." cibulkova added world number five Kerber to her list of top 10 victims in Sydney this week having already beaten Petra Kvitova and Sara Errani. Like hewitt, australian young gun Bernard Tomic proved he was a player to be avoided in Friday's draw for the australian Open with a quarter-final victory. The 20-year-old came from a set down to beat defending champion Jarkko nieminen 6-7 6-4 6-2 and extend his winning streak to five matches this year, including his stunning victory over novak Djokovic in Perth last week. "i'm really confident now, and i got a shot to get into the final for the first time in my career," said Tomic, who will play andreas Seppi in the semi-finals after the italian third seed beat Marcel granollers 6-4 7-5. Frenchman Julien Benneteau earlier cruised past american qualifier Ryan harrison 6-4 6-2 and will play Kevin anderson for a place in the final after the South african had an equally emphatic 6-4 6-3 win over Denis istomin of uzbekistan.
McIlroy set for Nike switch
nike golf president cindy Davis will be accompanied by a "special guest" at a press conference in abu Dhabi on Monday - and no prizes for guessing it will be Rory Mcilroy. The world number one's expected move from Titleist to the same sponsors as Tiger Woods has been on the cards for months, with reports even speculating that it will be a 10-year deal worth over ÂŁ150million to the 23-year-old northern irishman. Earlier this week Dubai-based hotel group Jumeirah confirmed they were severing ties with Mcilroy, one of the hottest properties in sport after his eight-shot victories at the 2011 uS Open and 2012 uSPga championship.
2nd Quaid-e-Azam Open golf: Top professionals stake title claim from today LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The 2nd Quaid-e-azam Open golf championship endorsed by Shezan international moves into top gear from Friday, 11th January, when the top professionals and leading amateur golf players enter the field for a fling at the titles at stake. as for the first round on Thursday, this was devoted to competitions for categories like senior professionals and senior amateurs. and in the senior professionals category,31 senior professionals took part and included many champions of past decades and the names are ghulam nabi(Pia),a hero of the eighties and nineties, his contemporaries, Manzoor ahmed and asgher
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SyDney: agnieszka radwanska of Poland serves in her semi final match against na Li of china during day five of the Sydney International.
ali of Punjab Police, akber ali(gymkhana) and Mahmood Kayani(islamabad).The 18 holes competition allotted to the senior professionals category, however did not entirely move the way of the former champions; infact it was Shoukat ali of gymkhana, not a former title holder who came up with total excellence to win the first prize with a round of three under par gross 69.ghulam nabi secured the 2nd position for himself with a score of gross 71.also at score of 71 are Manzoor ahmed and asgher ali. abdul hameed a former Pakistan Open champion scored 73, with Mehmood Kayani and akber ali both at 74. The contest for senior amateurs was fought out amongst players like asif Mehdi, Javed Khan, Shafiq Bhatti, a.Qayum
Rashid, asad niaz, col (r) M.Shafi, Brig (r) anwarul haq, Dr. Tariq Malik, abdul nafay and Omer Farooq, besides many other participating seniors who somehow could not produce their best. it was asif Mehdi, however, who demonstrated enviable application of playing skills to emerge as the top one amongst the senior amateurs category. his score of gross 74 was the result of four birdies, nine pars, four bogies and one double bogie and fetched him the first gross prize. his nearest competitor was Javed Khan who played equally well but was let down by two closing bogies on the 17th and 18th holes and as a result lost the first slot by a stroke. he had a round of gross 75 as against 74 by asif Mehdi. The next best senior was Shafiq
Bhatti with a round of gross 76,followed by Qayum Rashid at 77,asad niaz at 81 and col (r) Shafi at 81. Professional stars of the Shezan backed prestigious championship will tee off early in the morning at 7am and the super stars like Shabbir iqbal, M.Munir and Matloob ahmed have scores to settle amongst themselves on the competitive front. During the practice noticeable was the rhythm and style in their hitting and hopefully they will prove fierce competitors as the championship activates. as for the other mentionable ones Shahid Javed and Shafiq Masih are the capable ones loaded with talent and expertise and seek establishment of their status as champions of merit.
Goosen relishing Durban return DURBAN AgENCIES
Two-time uS Open champion Retief goosen will play his first event since august in Durban this week following back surgery. goosen, part of the elite field at the Volvo golf champions, on Tuesday described it as "a scary decision" to replace a disc that had "totally disintegrated really". The 43-year-old South african, who had the operation in London, stated: "The day after surgery i was walking and a week later my back was feeling good. "it's still feeling great - i'm getting a bit tight from hitting a few rounds in the last couple of weeks and played about six rounds of golf in the last couple of weeks, but so far still good. "i'm very excited about the new year. i don't really know what to expect - you're feeling good and sort of keen to play again after five months. "i like Durban country club - i lost by a shot to Ernie (Els) in the Sa Open - and hopefully that will help me this week. "i'm not really sitting here expecting to win, but you never know in this game." goosen will also remember losing a play-off along with Els to their compatriot Branden grace in this event at Fancourt last January.
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agnieszka radwanska celebrates winning match point in her semi final match against Li na during day five of the Sydney International.
Chinaâ€™s Li welcomes hometown tournament in 2014 SYDNEY AgENCIES
Former French Open champion Li na welcomed the arrival of a top tennis tournament to her hometown of Wuhan from 2014 on Thursday, saying she would ensure victory by fattening up her rivals on local delicacies. The WTa Tour said on Thursday that the new Wuhan tournament would from next season replace the Pan Pacific Open, which has been held in Tokyo for the last three decades. "it's special city for me, of course, as i was born and grew up there," Li told reporters after losing to agnieszka Radwanska in the semi-finals of the Sydney international. "The easy way for me (to win) if my good friends on the tour come to Wuhan is to show them how good the food is. So they will eat first and then won't be able to move on court. "no, no,
that's just joke. i hope if have they have time, i can take them to look around my hometown. There are so many areas i can show them if they have time." in a sign of china's growing importance in women's tennis, the world's most populous nation will host five tournaments from 2014, including another new lower tier event in the special administrative region of hong Kong. china already boasts Beijing's china Open, one of the WTa's crown jewel events that stand just below the grand slams, as well as the guangzhou international and the Shenzhen Open, which Li won last week on its debut. The tournament in Wuhan, a city with a population of 10 million people in central china, would be a second tier event on the WTa tour with around $2 million in prize money. The WTa, which opened its asia-Pacific headquarters in
Beijing in 2008, has also added another three events in china to its developmental tour for 2013 to bring the total to six. "Because the economy is good," joked Li
when asked why china was attracting new events, before adding: "i think it's because tennis in asia has grown a lot, and of course in china as well this last couple of years. So many children have picked up tennis rackets." The Pan Pacific Open has been held in Tokyo since 1984 and counts Martina navratilova, Steffi graf, Martina hingis and Maria Sharapova among its former champions. The 30th and last version of the event will take place from Sept. 22-28 this year. Wuhan is known as one of china's "furnaces" because of its fierce heat in Summer. Li, who played in temperatures well in excess of 40 degrees celsius in Sydney on Tuesday, said with the tournament taking place in September, players would not be exposed to the worst excesses of the heat. "it should be around 25, something like that, so it should be okay," she said. "yeah, not like here..."
Former British number one annabel croft can only see one winner of the australian Open women's title - Serena Williams. The american has won five times in the past 10 years at Melbourne Park and dominated the second half of last season, winning Wimbledon, the Olympics and the uS Open as she finished the year with a spectacular 58-4 win-loss record. having picked up in 2013 where she left off by winning the recent Brisbane international, Williams is the one to beat in Melbourne says croft, who will be acting as a TV pundit for Eurosport during the tournament. "She's been unplayable recently," croft told sportinglife.com. "it's really difficult to look beyond her because of the way she has dominated, pretty much since she lost in the first round of the French Open (in May to Virginie Razzano). "her tennis has got better and better and better, her fitness is better - she's trimmer and her service stands alone in the women's game. "her new coach/relationship with Patrick Mouratoglou is floruishing and she seems extremely happy in every department right now. "if she's playing the same as she did last season and how she's started this year, it's going to be very tough to beat her." When asked if anyone else stands any chance, croft manages to produce just three names Victoria azarenka, Maria Sharapova and agnieszka Radwanska.
Perez adjusting to McLaren life SPORTS DESK Sergio Perez was given a flavour of the enormity of the task that faces him with McLaren when he addressed the entire workforce for the first time. On a visit to the McLaren Technology centre for his maiden round of media engagements as a driver for the Woking-based team, the 22year-old later spoke to all 550 members of staff. it was a daunting experience for the young Mexican, who has considerable shoes to fill given he replaces Lewis hamilton, but he passed with flying colours and was given a standing ovation. although not Perez's first visit to the MTc since it was announced he would take over from hamilton at the end of September - he has been for a seat fitting and simulator work - he concedes he has yet to come to terms with the fact he is driving for McLaren. "it is going to take some getting used to," said Perez. "it's certainly not hit me yet, to realise i am
driving for the best team in the world, that you are part of the best team. it might take me some time. "But i'm obviously very excited to start my new job with McLaren. it is incredible to finally wear the kit, to be with the team. "Today [Wednesday] i met the entire race team, so it has been a very special day. it made me feel very proud to speak to them, proud to be part of such a great family, such a close family. "Everybody loves working for this team and for me it's very special to be part of it. "Looking at them, the scale of the team is unbelievable. To realise all those people are working for you, for the same target, to give you the very best opportunity to win because everybody at the factory is hungry for winning. "This is something you feel as soon as you walk into the factory. "But i am really motivated. i am so much looking forward and this is a great opportunity for myself to show what i can do in a top team."
Watch: Perez arrives for first day at McLaren... More Videos. Perez has confirmed he will continue to reside in Switzerland rather than move to England to be closer to the team. however, he appreciates given the increase in commitments that comes with being a McLaren driver, he will have to cut back on trips to his homeland. "i won't move to the uK at the moment, i will stay in Switzerland as i like it there, but i will be here often with the team, close to the team," added Perez. "Of course my main responsibility, my main goal is to win races, to be 100 per cent fit for every single race. "So it's extremely important to reduce the travelling as much as possible, to be focused on the team, to give my very best to the team. That is the target. "Other than that, you need a very good balance in your personal life to be able to give everything, so whenever i do have some to myself i will choose whether to go back (to Mexico) or
i stay at home. "My priority right now is to give my maximum for the rest of the year." although on the podium three times last season with Sauber, Perez ended it in ignominious fashion with a run of six successive races without a point, remarkably since confirmation he would be driving for McLaren. With just over two months' work ahead of him before he lines up on the grid for the season-opening race in Melbourne on March 17, Perez insists such a barren spell counts for nothing as he targets the world title. "The past is the past and obviously i've learned quite a lot from that. i take the positives, and now i've a new challenge ahead of me," said Perez. "We have to deliver, to win. The target is not simply to score points or podiums, but to win, to win the championship because when you come to McLaren you have the opportunity to do that."
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KOTLI/NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
nDian forces shelled a Pakistani post in Tatta Pani sector on the Line of control (Loc) killing a soldier on Thursday, just as a spokesman of the united nations said the un Military Observer group in india and Pakistan (unMOgiP) had received an official complaint from the Pakistan army and it would conduct a probe into the ceasefire violations on Loc. india, however, rejected Pakistan’s offer for a un investigation into the alleged killings of two indian soldiers. according to a statement issued by the iSPR, a Pakistani soldier, hawaldar Mohyuddin, was killed as a result of the indian shelling. it added that the army was currently busy in retaliatory fire. On January 6, indian troops violated the Loc at Bagh area and crossed over to the hajipir sector. indian troops attacked a security checkpost, injuring two Pakistani soldiers, one of whom succumbed to his injuries later. “Today, india troops re-
sorted to unprovoked firing at a Pakistani post named Kundi,” it added. Earlier, indian Finance Minister P chidambaram rejected “any suggestion” that the un investigate the killing of the two soldiers. Speaking to an indian news channel on Wednesday, Foreign Minister hina Rabbani Khar had rejected india’s claim that the Pakistan army was responsible for the killing of two indian soldiers on the indian side of the Loc and offered a “third party” investigation. chidambaram told reporters in new Delhi that india would not like to “internationalise” the matter. he also denied Pakistan’s allegation that india had carried out a cross-border raid at the Loc on Sunday. uN ObsERvER GROuP: Earlier, a spokesman for un Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, Martin nesirky was quoted as saying, “Regarding the January 6 alleged incident, the united nations Military Observer group in india and Pakistan, or unMOgiP, has received an official complaint from the Pakistan army and will conduct an investigation as soon as possible in accordance with its mandate,”
phone and rejected new Delhi’s claim. dIALOGuE TO CONTINuE: Meanwhile, addressing a press conference at the Foreign Office after a meeting with Foreign Minister of Thailand Surapong Tovichakachaikul on Thursday, Khar said Pakistan was serious in continuing dialogue with india and hoped that the recent incident of firing across the Loc in Kashmir would not derail the process. She said Pakistan wanted to normalise relation with indian. She said islamabad had already responded to the Loc incident and rejected india’s claim that the Pakistan army was responsible for the killing of two indian army soldiers on the indian side of the Loc. She said Pakistan always respected the ceasefire that was in force since 2003. “We want to respect the cease-fire of 2003; this is absolutely unacceptable for such allegations to be made,” Khar said. The foreign minister said Pakistan did not want to respond to every statement being published in the indian media, adding that Pakistan had responded officially to this incident and emphasised the need that available mechanism should be adopted to resolve the
Pakistan had accused indian troops of killing one of its soldiers while indian officials charged Pakistani troops with sneaking into Jammu and Kashmir’s Mendhar sector, and killing two indian soldiers, and mutilating their bodies. On the second “alleged incident” that occurred on January 8, “no official complaint has been received either from the Pakistan army or indian army”, nesirky said. “unMOgiP is aware that the Pakistan army and indian army are in contact via the hotline and urges both sides to respect the cease fire and deescalate tensions through dialogue,” he said. “Pakistan strongly rejects the indian allegation of an attack across the Line of control (Loc) on its military patrol in which two indian soldiers were claimed to have been killed. These are baseless and unfounded allegations,” the Pakistani Foreign Office said in a statement. The FO said Pakistan was prepared to launch an investigation through the unMOgiP on the ceasefire violations. The director general of military operations of the Pakistan army yesterday spoke to his indian counterpart over the tele-
issue. She said the military operations directors general of two countries had contacted to discuss the issue and Pakistan had also contacted the unMOgiP to investigate it. To a question, she said, “Both the countries have a mechanism to deal such issues and as responsible states, we have to adopt this mechanism.” appreciating the positive role of the Pakistani media and bemoaning the hostile attitude of the indian media, Khar said irresponsible statements could create disturbance in the Pak-india relations. She said there were contradictory statements from india on their claim about killing of two army jawans in indianheld Kashmir. To a question about delay in giving Most Favoured nation status to india, the foreign minister said Pakistan was committed to normalising its relations in all spectra of their relations including in trade. She said normalising trade relations with india is under-process and said that there could be a delay of few weeks in taking final decision in this regard. however, she said there should be no visible or invisible barriers in smooth trading between the two countries.
Qadri must review long march decision: Malik Interior minister says credible information on terrorist attacks on long march participants g No NOC for Qadri’s long march in Blue Area g
ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
QUETTA: Security officials inspect the scene of a bombing at Bacha Khan Chowk on Thursday. INP
Drone kills 5 suspected terrorists in NWA PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
at least five suspected militants were killed and several others injured when a uS drone fired missiles at a compound in Khushhali Torikhel area near Mirali on Thursday. Mirali is one of the main towns in north Waziristan agency. Locals believe that the number of casualties is much more, as the area is a known haven for local and foreign militants. however, officials in the tribal administration did not confirm the claims.Reports said the drone fired four missiles on the compound, which completely destroyed the compound and a motor bike and killed or injured almost all occupants. The Taliban from the surrounding areas shifted the bodies to an undisclosed place. The identity of those killed and injured could not be immediately determined, but locals said the dead included foreigners associated with al Qaeda and other militant groups. For a long time, Khushhali Torikhel has been known as a heaven for foreign militants. al Qaeda’s top commanders like abu Laith al-Laibi, yahya al-Laibi and several others have been killed in uS drone attacks in this particular part of north Waziristan. The Thursday morning drone attack was the seventh in January in Waziristan agencies. More than 40, including top commanders of banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, have been killed in these attacks.
Assemblies to dissolve on March 16
zardari asks Shujaat to talk Dr Qadri into withdrawing long march call
KARACHI STAFF REPORT
Sindh Minister for Local government agha Siraj Durrani on Thursday said President asif ali Zardari had approved March 16 as the date for the dissolution of assemblies, as President Zardari asked chaudhry Shujaat hussain to contact Dr Tahirul Qadri and ask him to review his call for long march. The decision was taken in a late night meeting of the ruling coalition at Bilawal house. Sources said that Shujaat urged the Muttahida Qaumi Movement to make its position clear on supporting the long march. The coalition partners, particularly the lawmakers from FaTa criticised MQM chief altaf hussain over his controversial statements regarding Quaid-e-azam Muhammad ali Jinnah. an official statement issued by the Presidency quoted spokesman to the President Farhatullah Babar as saying that the heads of the coalition parties reiterated com-
plete support to the politically-embattled government. “The coalition partners reiterated their full support to the government,” Babar said, adding that on the top of the meeting’s agenda were the much-hyped long march to be staged by the Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran and the caretaker setup in the backdrop of the upcoming general elections.
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Federal interior Minister Rehman Malik on Thursday said that the government would not issue a no-objection certificate (nOc) to Tehreek Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri for holding a rally in islamabad’s Blue area. Malik said that the government would not consider any illegal demands and advised Qadri to review his decision on the long march. Speaking to reporters, Malik claimed that five suspects have been arrested from the Malakand district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and had confessed to planning an attack on Qadri’s long march on Jan 14. he said the Punjab government had received an intelligence tip that a militant group, ghazi Force, had plans to launch a suicide attack on the long march. The Punjab government, he said, had also informed that senior officials were sent to apprise Dr Qadri of the situation, but he declined to meet them. Malik said the group has assigned three persons, yar Bakht, ahmad and naeem, aged 18 to 19, for the suicide attack. The minister said the crime investigation Department Karachi had also arrested five people involved in the attack on the rally of Dr Qadri and MQM in Karachi. They had planned to blast the motorcycle close to Dr Qadri, but failed due to strict security arrangements. Malik said he also talked to senior officials of the Punjab government to consider threats to the life of Dr Qadri and participants of the rally and take any decision accordingly. if Dr Qadri was allowed to leave for islamabad then there should be absolute guarantee for his security and that of the participants. another intelligence alert had also been received regarding attack on reporters covering the long march, he said. The minister said representatives of the traders’ community and residents of islamabad had categorically said that the long march should not be allowed. he said in view of their demands and security of the residents of the federal capital, it had been decided that permission would not be given to hold a sit-in in commercial markets or residential sectors of islamabad. he said Section-144 has been imposed in the federal capital but Dr Qadri has so far not sought nOc to hold any gathering. he said if a request was received then permission might be granted for such a gathering at a safer place and where there was no disturbance to the people of islamabad. The minister asked Dr Qadri not to come to islamabad byroad and put lives of people in Editor: Arif Nizami
danger, adding that the government was ready to provide him a helicopter. he warned workers of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran and some government servants who were involved in collection of contributions for the long march. “Pakistanis are questioning who are the financers and who is behind the plan to stage such a long march, when the government has just two months to complete its tenure and elections were due,” he said, adding that Qadri had around 170,000 students and he should think about the parents who have sent them for education.” Malik also said, “Tahirul Qadri should come alone then we will see how many people join his long march. On one side he is talking about rule of law while on the other side he is instigating the people to achieve his own desire or agenda.” The minister said instead of fulfilling personal gains, Tahirul Qadri should show care for people and avoid putting people in danger. “We will not succumb to any illegal demand from Qadri and we want to tell him elections will be held on time, the path of progress would continue,” he said. he also said that the government did not wish to take any risks with regard to the security arrangements for the rally, but hastened to add that providing security to Qadri was his duty. however, he added that it would be inadvisable for Qadri to go ahead with the long march in such precarious conditions. The interior minister said that business owners and residents in islamabad’s Blue area had expressed their reservations regarding the long march. Therefore, no one would be permitted to hold a rally in the locality.
friday, 11 January, 2013