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N a bid to punish Pakistan for blocking the NATO supply routes, the US and NATO on Friday decided against inviting Pakistan to the forthcoming NATO summit in Chicago. According to reports, Pakistan’s chances of attending the forthcoming NATO summit in Chicago on May 20 and 21 have died down following a deadlock in Pakistan-US relations. Both countries have adopted tough positions on their respective demands and a resolution in the immediate future appears highly improbable. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Friday said Pakistan had not been invited to the upcoming Chicago summit. Speaking to reporters, Rasmussen called on Pakistan to restore the NATO supply route. “Our supply should be unblocked immediately,” Rasmussen said in reply to a question. The May 20-21 summit will be the biggest NATO summit in history, with more than 60 countries and organisations represented. The US administration had previously termed Pakistan’s participation in the Chicago summit critical for the endgame in Afghanistan. Several American officials had repeatedly urged the Pakistani leadership to participate in the Chicago summit for lasting peace and stability in the region. However, expectations on both sides took a nosedive when bilateral relations hit a new low following the NATO attack on Salala checkpost on November 26 last year, which resulted in killing 24 Pakistani soldiers. Pakistan suspended the NATO supply routes in protest and has demanded an apology from the US for resumption of these routes. It has been learnt that US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Marc Grossman, had made an effort to convince Pakistan for reopening the NATO supply routes and attend the Chicago summit.The remaining contentious issues, he advocated, could be discussed simultaneously as the US was ready to listen and address “genuine” Pakistani concerns. However, the talks reached a stalemate when the Pakistani leadership, following the extensive parliamentary review, conveyed to the US administration in plain words that nothing short of an apology on the Salala incident was acceptable before moving forward on rebuilding trust and bilateral relationship. Even the offer made by Marc Grossman for releasing Pakistan s outstanding Coalition Support Fund (CSF) worth $1.2 billion, which has been withheld since December 2010, in case the country agreed to reopen supply routes, could not achieve the desired ends. Following this apparent deadlock, the US administration has decided against inviting Pakistan to the Chicago summit, in a bid to covey its displeasure on the latter’s reluctance to succumb to the American demands. The other purpose of this decision, sources informed, was to make Pakistan realize that critical decisions on Afghanistan could be taken even without Pakistan’s participation. The spokesperson of the US State Department, Victoria Nuland, played down the question of inviting Pakistan to Chicago summit. “The guest list is still something that we’re working on, particularly in the context of the ISAF meeting, which will have a larger participation,” she said while declining to comment when asked about their administration s expectations about Pakistani participation. In an earlier briefing, US Special Representative to NATO, Ivo Daalder, called Pakistan a very important country for the stability of the region, including Afghanistan. “The issue of which countries are going to be coming to Chicago is still under discussion at NATO, and we hope and expect that those issues will be resolved soon,” Ambassador Daalder said while going to discuss the suspension of ground supply routes, invariably establishing a correlation between the two. “As you know, we are in active bilateral consultations as well with a NATO participation in those consultations on finding ways to open the ground lines of communication through Pakistan into Afghanistan, which have now been closed for about six months,” he pointed out. Continued on page 04
uS military course taught officers ‘islam is the enemy’ WASHINGTON AGENCIES
A course for US military officers has been teaching that America’s enemy is Islam in general, and suggesting that the US might ultimately have to obliterate the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina without regard for civilian deaths, following World War II precedents of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Pentagon suspended the course in late April when a student objected to the material. The FBI also changed some agent training last year after discovering that it, too, was critical of Islam. The teaching in the military course was counter to repeated assertions by
US officials over the past decade that America was at war against Islamic extremists, not the religion itself. “They hate everything you stand for and will never coexist with you, unless you submit,” the instructor, Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley, said in a presentation last July for the course at Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. The college, for professional military members, teaches mid-level officers and government civilians on subjects related to planning and executing war.Dooley also presumed, for the purposes of his theoretical war plan, that the Geneva conventions that set standards of armed conflict, are “no longer relevant”. Continued on page 04
The Ministry of Water and Power on Friday announced that unannounced load shedding had been ended across the country and electricity shortfall had been reduced to 4,000MW. The ministry said that public sector thermal plants had been directed to generate electricity at full capacity that would help add 1,000MW to the national grid. The announcement by the Water and Power Ministry came as sporadic protests against load shedding continued across Punjab on Friday. In Lahore, outraged people torched tyres, pelted stones and blocked several roads for traffic. Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Water and Power Naveed Qamar informed the Senate that due to tripping at all four points of Karachi Electricity Supply Company (KESC) and some points in Balochistan, there was a complete shutdown in Karachi and major load shedding in other parts of the country on Thursday. Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Mian Raza Rabbani and others‚ he said the problem was resolved shortly and now the supply was almost normal. He said a number of steps were being taken to reduce load shedding. The ministry spokesman said Rs 7 billion had been issued to the Pakistan State Oil (PSO) and thermal power houses had increased electricity generation. He said generation of 2,000 megawatt electricity would start within two days. The decision was taken on the directives of President Asif Ali Zardari, who ordered the resolution of power shortage within 24 hours. Also, PEPCO reduced unscheduled load shedding in Punjab following Thursday’s violent protests in almost all major cities. According to a PEPCO spokesman, a total of 3,669MW was being generated from hydel power plants, 1,236MW from thermal power plants and 5,702MW from IPPs.
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Gilani tells British investors adverse security perception of Pakistan ‘exaggerated’ LONDON AGENCIES
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Friday said Islamabad did not want its international relations confined to the United States, adding that Pakistan wanted an Afghan-led resolution to the conflict in Afghanistan. “We want a political solution to the Afghan conflict instead of one through war,” he said during an interview with a British television. Gilani said Afghan people should have the right to decide their fate. Later, Prime Minister Gilani and British Defence Secretary Philip Hanmmond discussed several issues including the Afghanistan situation,
joint efforts for peace and cooperation in the defence sector. Enhancement of present cooperation in defence sector between both countries was also discussed during the meeting. The prime minister said talks were being held with positive gestures regarding resumption of NATO supply. He said that military action was not a solution to any problem while Pakistan would not accept any additional condition. Addressing a dinner hosted by British-Pakistan Foundation (BPF) in his honour earlier, Gilani said over one million strong Pakistani community was the largest settled Pakistani community overseas and was rendering services for the British society. He said
the Pakistani community was well-integrated with British system and was playing an active role in the political sphere and contributing significantly to the country’s economic growth. Gilani said despite being a relatively new organization, the British Pakistan Foundation (BPF) had to its credit quite a number of philanthropic activities, aimed at improving the social and economic condition of their compatriots in Pakistan. ExaggEration: Addressing a reception later, Prime Minister Gilani urged the British investors to focus on Pakistan and not to be overly concerned about the “exaggerated perception” about security situation in Pakistan.
Gilani said he was cognizant of the concerns about security situation in the region and said the perception was contrary to the situation on ground. “Despite the negative security perceptions of Pakistan in the media, the trade and investment environment has remained positive,” he said. Gilani said those who have done business in Pakistan continue to return due to the opportunities offered by the market. He said the British companies were conducting substantive profitable business and giving attractive dividends to their share holders and the companies create employment and develop our economy. Continued on page 04
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State institutions need to work within constitutional limits: governor Verdict lacuna to be exposed after appeal
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314 missing persons traced by commission, says state minister ISLAMABAD StAFF REPORt
I N I S T E R of State for Interior Imtiaz Safdar Warraich on Friday informed the Senate that the PPP-led coalition government was vigorously pursuing the case of missing persons and a total of 314 missing persons had been traced till date. Responding to the supplementary questions raised by the members during the question hour, the minister said the enquiry commission formed on enforced disappearances under the chairmanship of former senior-most judge of the Supreme Court Justice (r) Javed Iqbal had been able to trace 181 missing persons.
He said initially, the commission was headed by Justice Fazalur Rehman, the former Balochistan High Court judge, but later he was appointed member of the Election Commission of Pakistan. He said the report of the commission under Justice Rehman had also been presented in the SC while the same had also been submitted with the prime minister of Pakistan. He said under Justice Rehman, 134 persons were recovered while the second commission had helped trace 181 more missing people. The minister said the number of cases transferred to the recently formed commission were 138 while 538 new cases had been received by the commission. He said till date, 209 cases had been disposed of while 467 cases were in process. He said FIRs
had also been registered according to the complaints but the newly-formed commission was yet to prepare its report. About the alleged role of intelligence agencies in the disappearance of those prisoners who had been set free from jails, the minister said the courtsâ€™ decisions were binding on all state institutions and the intelligence agencies had no role in such matters. The minister said there were no Pakistani prisoners jailed without any charge in Saudi Arabia after acquittal by Saudi Arabian courts. He said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia had signed an extradition treaty. Meanwhile, Senate Chairman Nayyar Hussain Bokhari said FATA Secretariat, like other government institutions, was answerable to parliament. He directed the leader of the
House in the Senate, Jahangir Badar to hold a meeting with the officials of the FATA Secretariat and ensure that the Secretariat was made answerable to parliament. Earlier, Minister for State and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Engr Shaukatullah informed the House that the officials of FATA Secretariat did not respond to the questions raised by the MPs. He said the FATA Secretariat and other related institutions had been placed under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor by former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf under an official order called the SRO and under the law, the FATA Secretariat was not answerable to him. Asked how this SRO would be repealed, the minister said President Asif Ali Zardari could repeal the SRO through an official order.
Lawyers across country to observe black day today ISLAMABAD APP
The Pakistan Bar Council has appealed to the legal fraternity across the country to observe today (Saturday) as black day in condemnation of the violence incident of May 12, 2007 in Karachi. Akhtar Hussain, vice chairman and PBC Executive Committee Chairman Burhan Moazzam Malik have requested the members of bar and other civil societies to observe countrywide black day to condemn the tragic incident in which a large scale of killing of innocent citizens occurred and a number of lawyers burnt alive in their offices on May 12, 2007. The lawyers, while observing black day would also hoist black flags at the offices and hold meetings of their respective bar associations for urging the authority to probe into the matter. Supreme Court Bar Association President Yaseen Azad, in consultation with the executive committee, also appealed to the legal fraternity throughout Pakistan to observe the black day.
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Shujaat warns PPP of reconsidering alliance if load shedding persists ISLAMABAD ONLINE
PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain warned the government on Friday that if his proposal given for resolving the issue of load shedding was not implemented, his party would devise its future course of action in this regard. Talking to a private TV channel, he said his party would support the people instead of the government over the load shedding issue. He said after consultation with experts, he had given a proposal for ending power load shedding from the country, but it was politicized, adding that load shedding could be ended if his proposal was implemented. He said the PML-Q had been raising the load shedding issue in the Senate and would discuss the issue with Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani when he returned from the UK, adding that if the PM rejected his proposal, his party would not be responsible for increasing load shedding in the country and they would devise a future strategy regarding coalition with the government. He reiterated that the politicians who participated in the public rally against load shedding should not demand extra money under the NFC, so that the amount could be paid to the IPPs for generating electricity.
cop gunned down in Quetta QUETTA StAFF REPORt
A police officer, who escaped a bomb attack on Thursday, was gunned down by unidentified men outside his residence in Killi Kamalo area in the outskirts of Quetta on Friday. Sub-inspector Syed Jamal Shah was on his way home when two armed motorcyclists opened indiscriminate firing on him and fled. He received multiple bullet wounds and succumbed to his injuries before being given medical aid. After receiving the information, police rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area. The body was taken to Bolan Medical Complex where doctors pronounced him dead. The banned Baloch Republican Army had claimed the responsibility for yesterday’s bomb attack. When contacted, DIG (operations) Qazi Abdul Wahid said the deceased remained unhurt in yesterday’s remote control bomb attack in which one police constable was killed while three others were injured. A senior police officer, Shahnawaz Khan has already been gunned down close to his residence for which Lashkar-e-Jhangvi had claimed responsibility. Meanwhile, a superintendent of Police Fareedullah Bareech died of brain hemorrhage late on Friday night.
LAHORE: A girl cools off in a water channel on Friday as temperature soared over 40 degrees celsius in many parts of the country. aFP
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Kamil agha warns of a public attack on parliament if it does not resolve power crisis ISLAMABAD
AKISTAN Muslim LeagueQuaid Senator Kamal Ali Agha on Friday continued his outburst in the Senate against the federal government for countrywide load shedding, warning of a public attack on parliament if it did not resolve the issue. “The people are protesting in Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Vehari and attacking the offices of members parliament... a day will come when the people would attack the parliament if the government did not resolve the issue,” he said. He criticized the energy conference,
saying the prime minister and Punjab chief minister only praised each other and nothing substantive was done to overcome the energy shortage Agha inquired the chair why the federal minister for water and power, who was supposed to appear in the House to apprise it on the load shedding, had not come. He was irritated further when Leader of the House Jehangir Badar said he had not announced the time for the minister to come to the House. Agha repeatedly interrupted the chair, which was of the view that the House complete the agenda first. “People are dying, Mr Chairman and you are talking about the agenda,” he said. The lawmakers from the treasury
benches on a calling attention notice urged the government to take over the Karachi Electricity Supply Company (KESC) as it had failed to end load shedding in Karachi. Water and Power Minister Naveed Qamar came to the House later, saying the government was pouring in more money in the power sector to ensure the availability of furnace oil until hydel power generation improved. The minister assured that there would be no prolonged load shedding of 10 to 12 hours, but per a schedule. Replying to queries of lawmakers on KESC, he said the Ministry of Water and Power had no authority to take over the KESC, as the power rested with NEPRA to cancel the license of the operator. The
minister also proposed to form a House Committee on the issue of KESC. PML-n waLkout: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz again staged a walkout from the House after its lawmaker M Hamza talked on the issue of power outages in the country. PML-N Senator Begum Najma Hameed said on a point of order that the PM should resign as he was no more a prime minister after his conviction. The House also adopted a unanimous resolution for the composition of House standing committees on rules of procedure and privileges, government assurances, problems of less developed areas and finance and all House committees that stood dissolved on March 12.
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Kerry warns Pakistan of sanctuary implications WASHINGTON SPECIAL CORRESPONDENt
S Senator John Kerry, a long-time pro-Pakistan voice on the Capitol Hill, has joined the Obama administration in warning Pakistan over alleged sanctuary for Afghan militants, raising prospects of American recourse to “self-help” options. The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee raised the question of the “continued danger of a sanctuary war being
prosecuted against the forces” in Afghanistan at a hearing on upcoming NATO
summit in Chicago. “I am a veteran of a sanctuary war and I know how insidious it can be, and I personally think that it is unacceptable to have a zone of immunity for acts of war against armed forces and against the collective community that is trying accomplish what it is trying to accomplish,” the Democratic senator said in a statement. “That means Pakistan has to become more assertive and more cooperative, and we may have to resort to other kinds of self-help depending on what they decide to do,” the influential law-
Pakistan doesn’t want Continued fRoM page 1
maker added. A House of Representatives panel has already moved a resolution to condition economic and military assistance for Pakistan with reopening of supply lines and its performance in support of American efforts in a number of counterterrorism areas in Afghanistan. Pakistan continues to be a target of criticism and mounting pressure by Congressional leaders as Washington races against time to show some degree of progress towards stability in Afghanistan at the Chicago Summit later this month.
Gilani urged the British investors to look at Pakistan keenly and encourage the businesses to use London Stock Exchange as a hub of raising capital for investment in Pakistan. “Investors can avail of opportunities in diverse fields such as renewable energy, software technology parks, cotton and textiles, retail, R&D, oil and gas, chemicals, agriculture, tourism, services and infrastructure projects,” the prime minister said. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday said that there was no corruption
abbottabad commission summons gilani for testimony ISLAMABAD NNI
The Abbottabad Commission has summoned Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani for testimony, sources said on Friday. The sources said the prime minister would be bound to record his statement to the commission after his return from the United Kingdom. The judicial commission headed by former Justice (r) Javed Iqbal has been probing into the US raid that led to killing of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2.
Pakistan not welcome Continued fRoM page 1 SRINAGAR: A Kashmiri fisherman casts his net into the Dal Lake during a windy and rainy day on Friday. aFP
f-16s scrambled for small plane as obama leaves La LOS ANGELES
Saudi king sacks adviser critical of gender mixing RIYADH AFP
Two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled Friday to intercept a small aircraft that entered restricted air space, apparently inadvertently, as President Barack Obama was leaving Los Angeles, police said. The aircraft was forced to land in El Monte Airport, east of Los Angeles, around 10:00 am, about the time Obama was taking off in Air Force One bound for Reno, Nevada. The pilot was interviewed by the president’s elite protection squad, the Secret Service, El Monte police spokesman Lieutenant Dan Burlingham said. It appeared the pilot “wasn’t paying attention” and unknowingly violated the restricted air space, Burlingham added. Obama was in Los Angeles for a starstudded fundraiser late Thursday at A-list actor George Clooney’s home in Studio City, in the hills north of Hollywood. A similar incident happened when Obama visited Los Angeles in February, with F-16s scrambled to intercept a light aircraft. Other similar events have occurred in the past elsewhere, amid ratchettight security around the traveling president.
Saudi King Abdullah on Friday sacked one of his advisers, an outspoken critic of the sexes mingling outside the home, something banned in the ultraconservative kingdom. The state news agency SPA published the decree announcing the dismissal of Sheikh Abdelmohsen alObeikan, an adviser to the royal cabinet, without providing further details. The move comes several days after
Obeikan, speaking on local radio, lashed out at the interaction of men and women in court, accusing the judges of seeking to “westernise society”. “Women suffer from gender mingling and harassment in the courts,” said the sheikh, a former judge, while demanding the segregation of the sexes in court. “Some influential people have plans to corrupt Muslim society by seeking to change the natural status of women,” he said, accusing judges he did not name of “wanting to
replace justice based on (Islamic) Sharia law with secular laws”. His comments provoked an outcry in the Saudi press, with the daily al Jazeera newspaper asking in an editorial, “What is the point in having an adviser... who behaves with such recklessness?” The Saudi monarch, a cautious reformer, in January sacked the head of the kingdom’s powerful religious police, who ensure the application of the strict Saudi version of Islam, replacing him with a more moderate cleric.
“Opening up these ground lines is extremely important for the stability of Afghanistan and the ability for our troops in Afghanistan to have the kinds of resupply of resources that is necessary. Those negotiations are ongoing and we hope they can be completed successfully very soon,” the US envoy hoped. The US anticipates three results from the summit: An agreement on an interim milestone in 2013 when the International Security Assistance Force’s mission will shift from combat to support for the Afghan national security forces; an agreement on the size, cost and sustainability of Afghan forces beyond 2014; and a roadmap for NATO’s post2014 role in Afghanistan.
case against him and the issue was only about shielding the constitution. He also assailed the Sharif brothers for interpreting the Supreme Court’s verdict for their own gains, DawnNews reported. Speaking to media representatives, the prime minister urged the opposition to bring no-confidence motion against him in the parliament if they do not agree with Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and its allies’ views. The premier doubted intentions of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) over passage of Bahawalpur province’s resolution from the Punjab As-
sembly. “There is something wrong in all of this,” he added. Moreover, he reiterated his stand that there was no clash among institutions of the state. The premier prohibited himself from commenting on resumption of Nato supply routes however mentioned that the matter was still under consideration. Gilani, by proclaiming his tour to the UK successful, said that he is visiting the kingdom on invitation of his British counterpart David Cameron and declared his meeting with him very “fruitful.”
uS military course Continued fRoM page 1 He adds: “This would leave open the option once again of taking war to a civilian population wherever necessary (the historical precedents of Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki being applicable to the Mecca and Medina destruction decision point).” His war plan suggests possible outcomes such as “Saudi Arabia threatened with starvation - Islam reduced to cult status”. A copy of the presentation was obtained and posted online by Wired.com’s Danger Room blog. Dooley still works for the college, but is no longer teaching, said the joint chiefs of staff chairman, General Martin Dempsey. Dooley has refused to comment. The course on Islam had been taught since 2004, but was not part of the required core curriculum. It was offered five times a year, with
about 20 students each time. Though Dooley has been teaching at the college since August 2010, it was unclear when he took on that particular class called “Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism”. The joint staff suspended the course after it had received a student complaint, and within days Dempsey ordered all service branches to review their training to ensure other courses do not use anti-Islamic material. On Thursday, Dempsey said the material in the Norfolk course was counter to American “appreciation for religious freedom and cultural awareness”. “It was just totally objectionable, against our values, and it wasn’t academically sound,” Dempsey said. “This wasn’t about ... pushing back on liberal thought; this was objectionable, academically irresponsible.”
British woman arrested after 5 children die in fire LONDON AFP
British police on Friday arrested a woman in her twenties on suspicion of murder after five children died in a house fire in the central English city of Derby. “Sadly I can now confirm that five children have died, and their ages range from five to 10 years,” Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill of Derbyshire Police told a news conference. “I can confirm that a woman in her late twenties has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with this case,” he added, although he stressed that de-
tectives were keeping an open mind about the cause of the fire. Cotterill said a sixth child, aged 13, and two adults were being treated in hospital, after emergency services were called to the semi-detached house early Friday. The children’s father was named in media reports as Mick Philpott, a father of 17 who made headlines in 2007 after demanding that local authorities give him a larger house to share with his wife, girlfriend and eight of their children. The father had made a “valiant attempt” to rescue the children, who had been sleeping on the first floor, Cotterill said.
US says continues to work with Pakistan on supply routes issue WASHINGTON SPECIAL CORRESPONDENt
The United States on Friday said it continues to work with Islamabad on resumption of NATO supplies through the South Asian country’s land routes but avoided specific comments on suggestion that an invitation to Pakistan for this month’s Chicago summit depended on reopening of the supply
routes. A State Department spokesperson, though, noted that NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen spoke very clearly on the issue earlier in the day in Brussels. The US-led NATO sees the Pakistani land routes as being crucial to transportation of supplies into landlocked Afghanistan as well as planned exit from the
countryby 2014. The routes, which allow transportation of supplies from Pakistani ports via mountainous Pakistan-Afghanistan border, have been shut for almost six months since a NATO war plane killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in a cross-border strike on the Salala security post. The incident drew a strong reaction from Islamabad, a longtime
partner in the fight against al-Qaeda in the region. “When Ambassador Grossman was in Pakistan, some ten days ago, he had substantive conversations himself with regard to the opening of the land routes. “And then he brought with him an expert team to work with the Pakistani expert team,” spokesperson Victoria Nuland said, when asked to comment
on the issue. “That team is still in Pakistan. They are continuing to work together on this issue. Nuland said “Secretary General Rasmussen spoke pretty clearly where NATO is on this set of issues. He did remind that the supply routes are blocked and that we are continuing our dialogue and that we are looking for a solution. So I don’t think I
can improve on that.” Responding to a question Nuland confirmed that the Secretary of State has received a letter from a group of lawmakers advocating designation of the Afghan Haqqani network as a terrorist organization and said the U.S. administration continues to review the issue. Washington alleges Haqqani group has a
sanctuary in Pakistan’s tribal areas and believes it regularly carries out attacks against U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan. The spokesperson added the U.S. and the UN have already designated several leaders of the Haqqani group as terrorists, which is an effective step. “We are continuing to review the question of the larger group.”
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News 05 india-Pakistan Siachen talks in June ISLAMABAD AFP
MULtAN: Supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz carry effigies of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari during a protest rally on Friday. aFP
Tripartite security meeting to be held on Saturday RAWALPINDI
HE senior military officials of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) will meet here on Saturday for a regional security summit. According to sources in the InterServices Public Relations (ISPR), the meeting was scheduled earlier this week and the arrangements in this connection had been finalised. “It is in continuation of the series of
regular meetings held under the tripartite commission framework. The talks will focus on enhancing efficiency of border coordination measures along the Pak-Afghan border and to improve multilateral mechanisms at operational and tactical levels,” sources said. Earlier in a statement, the ISPR had said that the ISAF delegation would be led by ISAF Commander General John Allen, while Afghan National Army chief General Sher Muhammad Karimi will head the Afghan delegation. Chief of Army Staff Ashfaq Pervez Kayani will represent the Pakistani side.
Verdict lacuna to be exposed after appeal
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Aitzaz Ahsan, who is defending Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in the contempt of court case, has said that there was a “legal lacuna” in the judgment given by the court which would be mentioned after filing of appeal.
Talking to reporters at the Parliament House on Friday, Aitzaz said the National Assembly speaker would decide on the issue of the PM’s disqualification. Aitzaz also strongly objected to the use of poetry by Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa in his additional note and lamented that he should not have done it. He said Khosa should not have added poetry in the judgment, especially of his own. He said that it was being misinterpreted in several ways such as “pity the nation which has judges like this, pity the nation where judges do this, do that”, adding that only Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was the outcome of the lawyers’ movement but other judges had vulnerabilities. Referring to Justice Khosa’s note, Aitzaz said, “It says, ‘pity the nation which treats a convict as a hero’, but our nation considers a lot of convicts, if not all, as heroes.” Justice Khosa, in his additional note along with the main 77-page detailed verdict of the Supreme Court, had quoted For Whom the Bell Tolls by John Donne and Pity the Nation by Khalil Gibran.
This would be the first meeting to be held under the Tripartite Commission framework among the military officials of ISAF, Pakistan and Afghanistan after approval of the guidelines by the Pakistani parliament for future relationship with the United Sates and NATO. The recommendations by Pakistan’s parliament urged an end to US drone attacks in the country’s tribal regions, along with an unconditional apology for last November’s NATO air strikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers at two border posts. Apparently, the US is reluctant to stop the drone strikes and to tender
apology. The ISAF/NATO attacks caused deterioration in the ties between Pakistan and the US. The issue of assessing ties with the US and ISAF/NATO was handed over to the parliament. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had told the parliament that his government would implement the guidelines in “letter and spirit”. The US officials claim that the CIAcontrolled drone strikes target al Qaeda and Taliban militants in the tribal regions, but tribesmen insist that civilians are killed in the strikes.
Delhi’s intelligence faux pas sparks anger in Pakistan WASHINGTON SPECIAL CORRESPONDENt
India’s intelligence agency sparked outrage in Pakistan and self-deprecatory jokes at home this week after it listed ordinary Pakistani shopkeepers as dreaded terrorists on a mission to attack some of India’s landmark institutions, an American newspaper blogged. The Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s premier intelligence agency, issued an advisory to state governments in which it said that five trained militants from Pakistan’s banned Lashkar-i-Taiba group had sneaked into India with fake identities to attack a nuclear facility, an oil refinery, a seaport and a defense academy, The Washington Post blog noted. On Wednesday, a day after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton left New Delhi after delivering some tough comments on Pakistan, the Mumbai police released the photographs of the five men, the New Delhi datelined blog said. “Within hours, a Pakistani television channel reported that two of the three men on the list were shopkeepers and one was a guard, all living in Lahore, and that none of them had ever
left Pakistan.” “India bungles while Pakistan laughs,” the Mail Today newspaper said of the embarrassing blunder. Twitter buzzed with jokes about the Research and Analysis Wing, with some tweeters offering their own lists to the agency. The incident prompted anger, as well as derision, in Pakistan. Muhammad Fayyaz Butt, the head of a traders’ association for an electronics market where two of the suspects own shops, condemned India’s “irresponsible and biased attitude.” On Thursday, the two shopkeepers went to the Lahore High Court, seeking protection from possible action against them by India. Indian Law Minister Salman Khurshid offered an explanation to reporters in New Delhi on Friday. “We can’t be too careful,” he said. “We have had some bad experiences in the past. And therefore to err on the right side is something we can’t complain about.” It was not the first time that India has made such a faux pas. A year ago, the government released a most-wanted list of 50 Indian fugitives who it claimed were hiding in Pakistan. Two men on the list turned out to be in India, one of them a prisoner in a Mumbai jail.
Pakistan on Friday said it would host the next round of talks with India over the disputed Siachen Glacier on June 11-12 in Islamabad. “Siachen is part of the dialogue process between India and Pakistan and defence secretary level talks on Siachen will be held on June 11 and 12 in Islamabad,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Moazzam Ahmad Khan told AFP. “We want to resolve all issues through meaningful and resultoriented dialogue, and Siachen is an issue which is a source of concern for both the countries,” Khan added. Army chief General Ashfaq Kayani last month called for a negotiated end to the confrontation and said the glacier should be demilitarised. Previous rounds of negotiations between Delhi and Islamabad on Siachen have ended in stalemate. Pakistan has said a redeployment of forces is one of “several proposals” made during the dialogue process. Kayani last month stressed the importance of “peaceful coexistence between India and Pakistan” after an avalanche buried 129 Pakistani soldiers and 11 civilians. This week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Indian Foreign Minister SM Krishna pressed Pakistan to do more to combat Islamist terror networks, saying its territory should not be used as a launch pad for terrorist attacks anywhere.
Shahbaz should avoid leading power riots: farhatullah ISLAMABAD NNI
President’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar has called upon Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to avoid leading protest demonstrations on the issue of power load shedding, saying that he should better use parliament to register protest in this regard. Talking to reporters on Friday‚ Babar said instead of walkouts‚ the PML-N should participate in the proceedings of both the houses of parliament to suggest measures for resolving the issue. He said an effective strategy was being devised to resolve the issue of accumulative circular debt. He said a Central Control Unit had been set up in Islamabad to monitor the unscheduled power outages across the country. The officials concerned would be held responsible and punished for unscheduled load shedding in their respective areas.
Pti only ray of hope: imran OKARA NNI
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Friday said PTI’s tsunami was causing major trouble for PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, and the PTI was the only ray of hope of the masses that were waiting for a change. “Indicted Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, corrupt President Asif Ali Zardari and greedy Nawaz Sharif, who want to usurp power, are all dangerous for the future of the country,” Imran said while talking to a party delegation. He said the PTI was the only party that would overcome challenges and would end the darkness in the country, adding that the energy crisis would be overcome easily by the PTI’s tsunami. Imran Khan said Zardari and Gilani were giving cover to each other in the field of corruption, while Nawaz was giving them a walkover because of his greed to stick to power for long. Imran said the PTI’s was the voice of the masses and was against politicians being infested with the ideology of dictatorship, adding that the party would take steps for the supremacy of the judiciary in the country.
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Audit detects Rs 26.7b irregularities in WAPDA during last six years ISLAMABAD
INANCIAL irregularities worth Rs 26.796 billion have been found in the financial accounts of Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) during the last six years, according to the audit report tabled before the Public Accounts Committee. The PAC met on Friday under the chairmanship of Nadeem Afzal Gondal. Members of the committee Yasmeen Rehman, Begum Shahnaz Sheikh and Noor Alam Khan were also present. The committee directed the management of WAPDA to expedite the recon-
ciliation of amounts recovered through confiscation of performance guarantees of all the purchase orders and also ordered to fix responsibility on those responsible. Discussing the audit para regarding the loss of Rs 510.795 million due to non-replacement of sub-standard and rejected foreign material, the committee directed the management to explain the latest status of the replacement of rejected material/recovery of the cost paid and asked why the payment was released without proper inspection of the material supplied. The committee also directed the management to explain the reasons why payments were made without properly
inspecting the material and fix the responsibility within one month. The WAPDA official told the committee that M/s Siemens Pakistan Engineering Company was asked to furnish warranty of material and arrange pre-installation of inspection of all blades on their own expenses. He said a meeting had been held with Siemens representatives and final response was awaited and would be intimated to the committee. To another para regarding loss of revenue of Rs 1,987.356 million due to non-recovery of fines, the PAC directed the management to expedite the recovery of amount debited and also intimate the outcome of realization of amount
naB investigators inspect rPPs sites ISLAMABAD StAFF REPORt
debited after re-verification of audit notes. The WAPDA official said all the pointed out amount had been debited to the consumers and the recovery amounting to Rs 5.641 million was under process and the issue of non-debiting of audit notes was discussed in the meeting of the HESCO CEO, wherein it was brought to light that certain audit notes not based on justified grounds, which were primarily not checked by the officers concerned and agreed due to rush of work, which required re-verification jointly by the officers concerned and audit. The official said after such verification, the amount of justified audit notes should be debited immediately.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday sent its investigation teams to the sites of rental power generation for authentication, physical inspection and verification of the installed equipment and to recording of statements of officials working on these sites. The step was taken regarding an inquiry into the rental power projects (RPPs) case under the instruction of Supreme Court. In case of any violation, NAB can summon the accused for examination. The bureau is committed to getting back the looted Pakistani money from the RPPs and under reconciliation exercise it has recovered another Rs 350 million from the companies, said a statement issued by NAB.
Shaikh becomes first Pakistani elected to canadian Senate CaLgarY: Pakistan’s Honorary Investment Counsellor in Calgary, Mazhar Hussain (Mike) Shaikh has been declared one of the winners in the Alberta, Canada senatorial election to be appointed to the Canadian Senate. Shaikh represented the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta in the Senate elections. In Canada, Senators are technically appointed to the Upper House by the prime minister. The province of Alberta has led Canada in Senate reforms, and is the first province to elect its representatives to the Upper House, also known as the Red Chamber. This landmark success makes Shaikh the first South Asian and Pakistani to be elected to the Senate by popular vote. Originally from Pakistan, Shaikh has lived in Calgary for nearly 40 years. He is a chartered accountant by profession, but has also been involved in various business ventures and has developed useful contacts in the political, business and academic circles in Alberta. He has been a member of several public organisations including Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, Alberta Securities Commission and the University of Calgary, and currently chairs Calgary Police Commission. He has also received a number of awards in recognition of his services. PRESS RELEASE
Saudi double agent had British passport
PESHAWAR: Policemen inspect the site of an IED explosion on Friday. iNP
People’s anger over power outages army officials inspect could erupt like a volcano: fazl iSLaMaBaD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman has warned that the people’s anger was increasing over the energy crisis, and it could erupt any time like a volcano and destroy every thing including the government and the political system in the country. Talking to media at the Parliament House on Friday, Fazl said the government would have to get suggestions from experts and take revolutionary steps to overcome load shedding. He said the entire system had been adversely affected and the government was not coming to the aid of the misery-stricken people. He said the government should take drastic measures in the next year’s budget to overcome the power crisis. ONLINE
security at Haripur jail PESHAWAR SAjjAD ALI
Top senior army officials on Friday visited to the Haripur Central jail and examined the security of the jail to avert an incident like the Bannu jailbreak. Police sources said three senior army official visited to the jail and met the superintendent and deputy superintendent, adding that they exchange their views over the security of the jail. “The army official inspected internal and external security of the jail and shared their views with the authorities,” the source said, asking not to be named. Another source confirmed the visit and said as the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police was planning to hand control of the jail to the army after the Bannu jail incident, therefore, they army officials might have
visited the jail for inspecting the security measures. After the Bannu jailbreak incident, the provincial government and police department decided to hand control of four provincial jails to the army. Police authorities are of the stance that they did not have sufficient technology and equipment to keep the jails safe from militants’ attacks. A top police official told Pakistan Today, “We have requested the army to take over four central jails and they may take control of these jails in the next couple of days.” “There are various militants in these jails and police have limited equipment to take care of these militants,” he maintained. “If the army takes control of Bannu, Haripur, Peshawar and Dera Ismail Khan jails, it will be easy for police to take care of the remaining 18 jails across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” he said.
The double agent who infiltrated al Qaeda and helped foil a plot to blow up a USbound airliner held a British passport in addition to being a Saudi national, CNN reported on Thursday. The man was sent by Saudi counterterrorism agents into Yemen as a mole after it was learned that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was developing an updated model of the underwear bomb that failed to explode in a Christmas Day 2009 attempt. CNN, citing counterterrorism sources, reported that the man grew up in Europe and at some point fell in with militant sympathisers who tried to recruit him for terror attacks. It said the Saudi man’s British passport enhanced his value to the terror group, because he could travel without a visa to the United States.
Muqam asks gilani to ‘leave for Multan’ SWAT HAROON SIRAj
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Central Senior Vice President Amir Muqam has said the prime minister should not remain in office after his conviction, adding that the people should not sit calmly until the implementation of apex court’s verdict against the prime minister. “Protests will continue throughout the country until the PM steps down and resigns from his position,” Muqam said while was addressing a public gathering of PML-N supporters at Odigram area of
Swat on Friday. Muqam said Gilani was now no more a constitutional prime minister and should leave for Multan. “Gilani is using taxpayer’s money to spending million of dollars on his visit to England along with his ministers and secretaries.” Muqam said the corrupt government and its allies had reposed confidence in a convicted prime minister as they knew that if the Supreme Court succeeded in nabbing the biggest corrupt leader of the country, they would ultimately be brought to justice as well. Condemning the recent drone strikes in Waziristan, he said President Zardari was responsible for it, as after SC’s decision no prime minister existed in the country. “Unanimous resolu-
tions against the drone strikes yielded no results, same will be the fate of resolution recently passed against the judiciary by the parliament,” he added. Venting his anger on the PPP government, Muqam said, “Can they show us any relief which they provided to the people of Pakistan, rather they only put burden on the people in the shape of unemployment, price hike, load shedding and foreign loans.” Criticizing the Jamaate-Islami leadership, Muqam said, “Yes they issued me a ticket but I clinched 19,000 votes and on the same ticket another person received 250 votes. This clearly shows the difference, ticket is of no importance but the basic thing is trust, which the people put in me.”
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ERMING the federal government as illegal, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Friday that after the verdict of the apex court, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has no authority to continue his duties according to the constitution and law of the country. Addressing a laptop distribution ceremony at the Fatimah Jinnah Women University in Rawalpindi, the CM said when PM Gilani arrived in London during his visit a British newspaper wrote a story that mentioned that an indicted Pakistani PM had arrived in Britain, adding that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will never allow the illegal government to run the country’s affairs.
State institutions need to work within constitutional limits: governor LAHORE APP
Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa has said all state institutions will have to work within their limits. Addressing the certificate distribution ceremony for an executive programme on ‘Managing Public and Private Enterprises in Pakistan’ at the Executive Development Institute on Friday, he said the bureaucracy will have to make decisions for the welfare of the masses by eliminating the traditional ‘delay’ in processes. He said any inordinate delay should not be made in solving people’s problems. “We should make efforts to create awareness about accountability,” he added. Federal and provincial secretaries, parliamentarians of the Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and members of the business and legal community and bureaucrats attended the programme. The participant engaged in a com-
govt ready to face dengue outbreak LaHorE: Chief Minister’s special advisor Zaeem Hussain Qadri has said the government is ready to face a possible dengue outbreak. He directed all the departments concerned to work in a coordinated manner for effectively combating the dengue virus. Talking to a group of doctors and paramedics on Friday, he said the doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and elected representatives played a commendable role during last year’s dengue outbreak and thousands of precious lives were saved due to their untiring efforts. APP
PPP to foil conspiracies against democracy: faiza LaHorE: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) women wing President Faiza Malik on Friday said that PPP would foil all conspiracies against the democratic system and would continue protecting the constitution. While addressing a meeting of the PPP Women Wing, she also said that all of Swiss cases against President Zardari were fake. Other PPP women leaders, Tasneem Chauhdary, Bushra Malik, Atia Saleem, Farzana Ehtisham, Shabana Afzal and several women workers of PPP were also present on the occasion. APP
prehensive debate over three important departments of the country, the Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan
Railways and Pakistan Steel Mills and gave suggestions that would be sent to the departments concerned.
Pm’s disqualification plea hearing adjourned until 30th LAHORE APP
The Lahore High Court (LHC) adjourned the hearing of a petition till May 30, pertaining to the disqualification of Yousaf Raza Gilani as PM after the verdict of the apex court. During the hearing of the case, the petitioner’s lawyer stated that after the release of the complete verdict, it was clear that the Supreme Court had convicted PM Gilani and that he should be barred from working. The court adjourned the hearing till May 30th and directed the petitioner’s lawyer AK Dogar to complete his arguments at the next hearing. LHC orDErS igP to takE aCtion againSt DELinquEnt offiCiaLS: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday ordered Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab, Haji Habib-ur-Rehman, to take action against the delinquent police officers who allegedly re-
leased some accused, arrested for their involvement in a fraud case. Justice Muhammad Khalid Mehmood Khan passed the order on a petition, filed by petitioner-counsel Sikandar Hayat Khan Sial, seeking action against the responsible police officials for this professional negligence. To a court query, the IGP submitted that DSP Shoaib Ahmad and the case investigation officer had been suspended and that due action was also taken against them. The petitioner-counsel informed the court that another accused, Muhammad Zafar, was also arrested by the police but was released by SP Investigation Muhammad Usman. The court sought explanation from SP Muhammad Usman, also present in the court, who failed to present a satisfactory reply. The court ordered the IGP to take strict action against the delinquent police officials including the SP and submit a report in this regard by May 14.
Corrupt leaders were ruling the country due to which Pakistan is being termed as the most difficult and challenging country to be ruled in the world, the Punjab CM said, adding that the inept policies of the rulers have brought the country to the verge of bankruptcy. He said the government has become a silent spectator as innocent people are killed in the drone strikes in tribal areas. “Everyday news about robbery and target killings are reported in the media and banks are plundered on a daily basis,” Shahbaz said. He added that we as a nation had wasted 64 years since the creation of the country, saying that lawlessness is prevailing in the country and terrorists were killing innocent people. Shahbaz said the Punjab government was distributing laptops among the com-
petent students of the Fatimah Jinnah University from its own resources, saying that the roadmap of Pakistan is in the distribution of the laptops. He stated that the N-League has a formula to bring the country at par with the developed countries, in spite of the prevailing challenges, claiming that his party will make Pakistan a prosperous country. He added that the energy crisis could be overcome easily by utilising the coal resources which are in abundance in the country. Announcing a package for the construction of a hostel, Shahbaz said the administration of the university had demanded Rs 20 billion for the construction of the hostel, adding that his reply to the officials concerned was that they should spend Rs 22 billion on the construction of the hostel as the students must be provided with the facility at any cost.
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PPP movement to continue till removal of Punjab govt: Warraich LAHORE
AKISTAN Peoples Party Punjab President Imtiaz Safdar Warraich has said the PPP’s movement will continue till the removal of the present Punjab government. He was talking to the media before initiating a car rally on Friday, to be taken out from the Punjab office to Sheikhupura, to express solidarity with President Asif Ali
Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani. He said the rally was part of the programme announced by the PPP Punjab chapter and that the spirit of the PPP workers was at its peak and thousands of workers had come to express their support for their leadership. Criticising Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, he said the Punjab government was free to launch its own power projects after the passage of the 18th amendment but not a single project had been initi-
ated in the province. He alleged that the Punjab CM was involved in corruption of billions of rupees under the cover of the laptop scheme. He stated that the PML-N workers were burning PPP offices but the police was not taking any action. In reply to a question, he said the Punjab CM had never taken up any point about equal loadshedding of electricity and natural gas in the energy conference and alleged that the Punjab government was not fol-
lowing the decisions taken in the conference. He said Ch Nisar had asked the British government not to provide protocol to Prime Minister Gilani but UK not only provided protocol to the PM but also organised his speech in the House of Commons. PPP Punjab General Secretary Haji Aziz ur Rehman Chan, Information Secretary Raja Amir Khan, Deputy Information Secretary Iqbal Sialvi and hundreds of workers joined the car rally.
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the direct supervision of DIG Operations SSP Shariq Kamal, in order to ascertain citizens’ feedback regarding the redressal of their grievances particularly about the behaviour of the local police with them. It provided resolved the complaints of 102 citizens whose complaints were not being registered by the local police despite repeated visits and the submission of applications to the police stations. Out of these 102 complaints of different police stations, almost 60 citizens were redressed by the Citizen Feed-
back Cell and the FIRs these citizens were registered with the police stations concerned, whereas, the FIRs on the remaining complaints are also registered after verification of facts. Strict departmental action against Shahdara SHO Inspector Maqsood Ahmed, Shahdara Town SHO Inspector Muhammad Khan, Lorry Adda SHO Inspector Muhammad Nawaz, Sanda SHO Inspector Sharif Sindhu, Hanjerwall Sub-Inspector Iftikhar Ahmed, Lower Mall SHO Sub-Inspector Mazhar Hus-
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Five LHC judges take oath LAHORE StAFF REPORt
IVE newly confirmed judges of the Lahore High Court (LHC) were administered the oath of office by Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed on Friday during a simple but impressive ceremony held at the at the LHC judges’ lounge. The judges who took the oath included Justice Ibrahim Qureshi, Justice Abdul Sattar Asghar, Justice Mahmood Maqbool, Justice Amir Bhatti and Justice Aminuddin Khan. The oath taking ceremony was attended by the judges of the LHC, Punjab Advocate General Ashtar Ausaf, Punjab Bar Council Vice-Chairman Justice Ghulam Abbas Naswana, LHCBA President Shehram Sarwar, federal and provincial law officers, the families of judges and a large number of senior lawyers. After due consideration by the Judicial Commission and later by the Parliamentary Committee on the Appointment of Judges in the Superior Courts, the nominations were forwarded to Prime Minister Gilani who, in turn, advised President Zardari to accord approval.President Zardari, acting upon advice of the prime minister, had confirmed the judges on Thursday.
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Promotions finalised, more nurses to be inducted LAHORE ONLINE
Postgraduate Medical Institute Principal and Lahore General Hospital Professor Dr Tariq Salahuddin said nurses render their services regardless of war and natural disaster and are the backbone of the medical profession. Addressing a ceremony organised at the Lahore General Hospital Nursing School on ‘The World Nursing Day’ on Friday, he said in this era, the concept of a modern health system is not possible without the involvement of the nurses. He added that their importance had increased during the dengue epidemic of last year.
He said the world observed this day in honour of Florence Nightingale for her contributions to the nursing profession. He stated that in Pakistan, Isma Kanwal was a counterpart of Florence Nightingale, as she died after contracting the dengue virus while performing her duties in a dengue ward. He said any student who stood first in the nursing examination would be awarded with the annual Isma Kanwal Award. He also appealed to the federal government to grant Isma Kanwal the highest posthumous civil award. On the occasion, he also announced to celebrate the golden jubilee of the nursing school as it completes 50 years. A nursing college would also be set up
in the Lahore General Hospital, besides initiating computer classes in the school. He said nurses would also be sent abroad for training. Nursing Federation General Secretary Nisaab Akhter demanded that more nurses be inducted. She urged the nurses to work enthusiastically to increase their professional skills. Nursing DG Munawar Sultana said the present government had worked seriously for the first time in history for the betterment of the nurses while providing them better job opportunities. She said under the directions of the Punjab Chief Minister, the promotion cases had been finalised while vacant seats were also being filled.
lumS student invited to mentor uS student exchange programme LAHORE StAFF REPORt
Waqas Rehmat, a BSc Economics student at the LUMS School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, has been invited as the Head Alumnus for this year’s orientation programme of the Youth Exchange and Study Programme (YES) in August, 2012 by the American Council in Washington DC to assist in conducting a one month orientation programme for incoming YES exchange students. As the only student chosen from Pakistan, Waqas was also invited last year to assist with the YES programme. He was one of the eight YES alumni, selected from around the globe through a competitive selection process.
Waqas completed his Matriculation from Cadet College Kohat and got selected for a one year scholarship programme offered by the US State Department Youth Exchange and Study Programme (YES) for spending one school year in Michigan, USA. After returning to Pakistan, he completed his Intermediate in Pre-Engineering and joined the BSc Honours Economics Programme at LUMS. To make the most of his visit to the US in August 2012, Waqas applied for a summer internship programme at different organisations in Washington DC. He got an interview call from Atlas Corps, a nonprofit developing organisation, which he cleared last week, and got an offer for the position of a development intern. Currently, Waqas is enrolled in a
seven-day diploma course on Fundamental Rights in Pakistan organised by the Centre for Civic Education, Pakistan. The CCE Pakistan, through the course, plans to recruit 20 potential young leaders from all over Pakistan and groom them to advocate human rights. The course has been organised with the aim to provide these young leaders, a chance to understand human rights and fundamental rights, democracy in Pakistan and the concept of active citizenship. Waqas has been an active campaigner throughout his academic career, having volunteered with The Citizen Foundation (TCF), City District Government Karachi (CDGK), Infaq Foundation, Centre for Development of Social Services, Society for International Education (SIE) and UNICEF.
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Ji to observe May 12 as national tragedy Day LAHORE ONLINE
Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan has announced that the JI will observe a National Tragedy Day on Saturday in memory of the Karachi carnage of 12th May, 2007. In this connection, a national conference titled ‘12th May Incident-A Result of the Reconciliation Policy 2007, Target Killing and Restoration of Peace in Karachi’, will also be held under the JI umbrella. The conference will be held at the Regent Plaza, Sharah-e-Faisal, Karachi. Syed Munawar Hasan will preside over the conference. The leaders of different political and religious parties, intellectuals, journalists and people from all walks of life are expected to take part in the conference.
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10 Lahore Mentally challenged woman caught kidnapping newborn LAHORE INP
A woman was caught red-handed while attempting to kidnap a newborn from the Lady Wellington Hospital on Friday. According to details, the police stopped a woman they said seemed suspicious, at the hospital gate as she was trying to escape with a newborn child. The woman resisted the attempt by the lady police personnel to stop her and tried to flee from the scene. However, the police officials were able to arrest her. The woman was taken to the Tibbi City Police Station from where she was released after ascertaining that she was mentally challenged.
gas pilferage detected, meter seized LAHORE APP
A Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited special taskforce raided Haq Colony, Harbanspura, on Friday and detected a bypass connection used to steal gas. The team seized a meter used for illegal gas supply. According to taskforce head Sharafat Ali, Rahat Ali was supplying gas illegally to 30 houses in the area through the bypass connection. The police have been contacted for the registration of a case against the accused under the OGRA Act.
Saturday, 12 May, 2012
Quacks in pathology created by medical practitioners LAHORE
ENIOR pathologists have identified quackery and the employment of unqualified medical laboratory professionals as the greatest challenges that have marred the ethics of the profession. Addressing a seminar on ‘Ethics for Pathologists’, at the University of Health Sciences (UHS), on Friday, UHS Vice-Chancellor Prof IA Naveed said it was fundamental to the responsibilities of every professional, including pathologists, to observe the highest standards of integrity and ethical principles. The seminar was arranged by the College of Pathologists Pakistan. It was a part of the week-long celebrations observed by the college as the Annual National Pathology Week (May 7-13). The VC said the role of the pathologist is to provide confirmatory diagnosis and improved management of diseases, give essential public health information and disease surveillance. He said the profession has been taken over by quacks and unqualified professionals who practice with
poor laboratory facilities, without supervision from any association or organised healthcare surveillance agency. Naveed said pathologists had so far, paid little attention to whether they might have ethical problems that differed from those of clinicians, and how these might be resolved. The ethical problems of pathologists lie in the conflict between moral obligations to the responsible clinician and to the patient being investigated, he said, adding that there was an ethical slant to almost all the aspects of laboratory medicine practice. Prof Naveed lauded the efforts of the president and other members of the College of Pathologists for formulating a code of ethics for practitioners. University of Health Sciences Pathology Department Head Prof AH Nagi said although quacks were seen in every field of medical practice but quackery in pathology was unique because it was created and supported by medical practitioners of various specialities. “These medical practitioners start pathology laboratories with the help of technicians-some of whom are qualified but most are unquali-
fied. Most of these laboratories are run in private hospitals and clinics and the technicians are projected intentionally as ‘pathologists’ to the public,” he said. Prof Nagi revealed that in the 1970s, there were around 600 laboratories in Lahore which were being run by quacks or unqualified people. However, he added, there was no data available about current numbers. He stressed upon the need of rigorous self-accountability and said patient welfare should be a priority. Prof Nagi critically evaluated various articles of the Code of Ethics drafted by the College of Pathologists and recommended more comprehensive ethical guidelines regarding the use of animals for research purposes to be incorporated into the document. Prof Asim Mumtaz from the Shalamar Medical College briefed the participants on the history, organisation and aim and objectives of the college. University of Health Sciences Allied Health Sciences Department Head Dr Saqib Mahmood, Prof Shahida Mohsin, Prof Farooq Aziz and others also spoke at the seminar attended by senior faculty members and postgraduate students.
Dr najam talks about global environmental governance at wwf conference LAHORE StAFF REPORt
LUMS Vice-Chancellor Dr Adil Najam gave a presentation on Global Environmental Governance at the Annual Conference of WWF-International in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Speaking to an audience of WWF national and international leaders and a large number of global thought leaders on issues related to the environment and sustainable development, Dr Najam highlighted the importance of connecting global, regional, national and local governance issues. He is a leading global expert on international environmental governance and has written extensively on the subject. In his talk, the LUMS Vice-Chancellor stressed on the importance of understanding environmental governance as a connected web of relationships between issues as agencies rather than a linear and top-down process of regulation and implementation. Dr Najam emphasised that we do have far more ‘artifacts’ of governance in the international system today. Dr Najam, who was recently elected a Trustee of the International Board of WWF, is in Rotterdam to attend the International Board Meeting and Annual WWF Convention. His talk on environmental governance was part of an ‘ideas factory’ process which included invited presentations by a group of leading global intellectuals and practitioners on sustainable development. WWF-Pakistan is also represented at the Annual meeting by Director General Ali Habib and Board President Khalid Mahmood.
aPMa welcomes Seraiki province resolution LAHORE APP
The All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) on Friday hailed Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani’s clear stance on the creation of a Seraiki province and urged all political heads to support the government in transforming the dream of the people of southern Punjab into a reality. Talking to APP at the Punjab Assembly, the alliance’s central leader MPA Pervez Rafiq said the PPP has always raised its voice against the unjust attitude towards southern Punjab and for the rights of its people. He said the time is ripe to alleviate their sense of deprivation by meeting their demand for a new province. Answering a question, Bhatti said the PML-N had no option but to support the creation of new provinces in the country. He urged the central government to ensure early implementation of the resolutions adopted by the national as well as provincial assemblies.
Blood bank doctors go without salaries for second month LAHORE StAFF REPORt
The Punjab AG Office Accountant General has stopped the salaries of the doctors working at the Punjab Institute of Blood Transfusion Services who serve in blood banks across the province. YDA office bearers Dr Rana Sohail, Dr Salman Kazmi, Dr Talha Sherwani, Dr Ghulam Qasim, Dr Murtaza Bloch, Dr Muhammad Khawar Khan, Dr Shahid Dreshik, Dr Waqas Gondal, Dr Shehzad, Dr Asim, Dr Shams, Dr Muhammad Azhar and Dr Muhammad Amjad have strongly protested at the non-payment of salaries of the doctors who have been working at the institute without pay for two months. On enquiry, the clerks at the department told the doctors that the funds earmarked for their salaries had finished and that the payment of salaries would not be possible till July 2012. The YDA has stated that if the salaries are not released within the next five days, the association will be forced to protest by organising a sitin outside the AG office. The YDA also appealed to the Punjab Chief Minister to ensure that the salaries are released.
Bus rapid transit system to facilitate people LaHorE: Lahore Transport Company Chairman Khawaja Ahmed Hassan has said the rapid transit system will provide a prompt and economical public transport system to the people. Talking to a delegation of citizens at his office on Friday, he said the bus rapid transit system will rid people of the problems of traditional public transport. Instead of an obsolete ticketing system, he said, a modern electronic ticketing system will be introduced. He added that a fleet of 100 buses were due to arrive soon from Turkey. APP
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Saturday, 12 May, 2012
Editor’s mail 11
a letter to the President of Pakistan His Excellency, I like to draw your kind attention toward a very important policy matter pertaining to the present and future of a peaceful co-existence of federal and provincial services in Pakistan. Hoping that your good honour would consider my humble suggestions and play your pivotal role to exterminate bureaucratic autocracy in the provinces. This would ultimately strengthen the federation and the federating units. His Excellency, It’s a fact that District Management Group (DMG) officers are federal servants and posting of only 700 DMG officers in the Punjab and other provinces of Pakistan is illegal, unconstitutional and ab-initio void until an “All Pakistan Service” is created as enunciated in the Article 240 of the Constitution 1973. At this particular juncture, their posting in the provinces is a vehement discrimination with 6000 provincial civil servants of Pakistan. Virtually, the Punjab government is run by the supercilious bureaucratic oligarchy of only 300 officers victimising more than 1500 provincial civil servants. The government of Punjab has besieged the common man through 43 Secretaries, 9 Commissioners, 9 RPO’s, 36 DCO’s, 36 DPO’s, DG and Directors of anti-corruption, Members of Board of Revenue, P&D, and stiff necked bureaucrats of almost 9 CM offices in the Punjab. Members of the Punjab Public Service Commission are also posted as per sweet will of the CM Punjab. These DMG officers have usurped all the key posts and
deprived sons of the provinces, Provincial Civil Services (PCS) officers, in their own province. His Excellency, last year five DMG officers blatantly refused to attend the office of the Governor of the Punjab who called them to give briefing on different issues. The haughty bureaucrats refused to appraise the situation to your Hon’ble representative in the Punjab. It’s also a fact that DGPR Punjab, a DMG officer, is using all means, money and resources in the form of advertisements against the vision of Pakistan Peoples Party. Junior DMG officers of grade 17 and 18 were posted on higher grades, incapable and inefficient officers squandered the valuable public exchequer in extravagant way. Politico-bureau nexus was an open secret in the Punjab, retired DMG officers were posted on hefty perks in contravention to the orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of Pakistan, and last but not the least, only retired DMG and PSP officers were posted as members of the Punjab Public Service Commission, Punjab. Mr Ahad Cheema (ex-DCO Lahore), Mr Yousuf Kamal (Chief of Danish School Authority), Mr Waqas Mehmood (ex-DCO Sahiwal/Addl Secretary dealing with Laptops), Dr Jahazeb (ex-Secretary Health/Spurious Drug Scam) are some of the instances of questionable governance in the Punjab. Governor Punjab, Sardar Latif Khan Khosa, commented through a sound dissenting note on the Bill of the posting of junior DMG officers who are still 26 in Punjab. These junior officers are in fact
Kashmir issue responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent people who fell victim to dengue fever and spurious drugs used by cardiology patients. His Excellency, federal DMG officers have usurped all powers in respect of policymaking slots, promotion prospects, foreign trainings, allotment of GOR residences, perks and privileges and even public service delivery in Punjab. In view of the above, following proposals are submitted for reforms in the bureaucratic setup of Pakistan. 1. Like the reforms of Mr Yahya Khan and Late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, known as purge of 303 and 1303, fresh reforms must be introduced ousting the corrupt and notorious officers. 2. All the officers defying the Governor of Punjab must be called back and transferred to FATA, FANA and Balochistan. 3. DMG is not any technical service. In the presence of all other federal service groups, this supercilious group must be abolished. After the 18th amendment, provinces are quite capable of running their provinces efficiently. Hence no need of DMG cadre in the service in the current scenario. 4. A proviso has been added in the article 27 of the 18th amendment 2010, to provide safeguard against any discrimination in services. An independent and fair Commission/Secretariat comprising of ex-service men (Generals) from military and judiciary (judges) be established to settle the issues and discriminatory demeanor of DMG against the PCS offi-
cers. Hence, the establishment of an independent commission is imperative need of the day. 5. Punjab Assembly’s report of 1986 must be given priority and implemented. 6. If at all, elimination of DMG from provinces is not feasible abruptly, then tenure of DMG officers in the provinces must be curtailed to a maximum period of two years. 7. DMG is occupying 90 percent of the luxurious accommodations in the GOR Lahore. It needs immediate curtailment up to 25 percent and remaining 75 percent for PCS officers. Retired DMG officers are not paying even nominal house rent to the government. 8. The number of APUG officers in Punjab, at any time, should not exceed the number of PCS officers to the federal government on deputation basis. 9. All the ex-cadre posts held by the APUG officers must immediately be given to the PCS and PSS officers after promoting eligible officers. 10. Taking serious view of the pervading corruption in Punjab, all such federal and provincial officers be inquired by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) as the CM Punjab seems helpless before the federal officers and Director General Anti-Corruption, also a DMG officer, has not initiated even a single inquiry against DMG officers. May the Omnipotent Almighty empower you to cope with the nasty elements of the government! MIAN ALLAH BAKHSH TARIQ Lahore
Mother’s Day is a celebration honouring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the innuence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, but most commonly in March, April or May. Mother’s Day holds great significance for all of us. But do we ever think what its purpose is? Is it meant to give significance to mothers merely for a day? Every child tries to celebrate this day in its own way. Even media tries to celebrate it like a festival. But where is the real sentiment? It seems that society has made Mother’s Day an event or a festival. This is wrong. We should care about our mothers the whole year. Many have begun to admit them in old-age homes. It is mothers who nurture us and teach us how to love. SIDRA NAEEM Karachi
Some people may choose to denounce views of a senior leader of Hurriyat Conference, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat that United Nations resolutions of 194849 on Kashmir dispute are impractical to be implemented in present times, but is he saying something really strange? We all know that no one in the world community is interested (other than Pakistan as is an affected party) to talk about these resolutions. Pakistan can’t enforce these resolutions by military means. Then what is the solution? Prof Bhat called for taking up Parvez Musfarraf’s four-point formula to solve the Kashmir issue in a step-by-step manner. As per this formula, both Pakistan and India first need to allow free movement and free trade between two parts of Kashmir, both armies to be withdrawn from the conflict zone. Joint management should take up matters of common interest like governance, river waters and industrial growth. After a period of 10 to 15 years, Kashmiri people should decide whether to continue with the joint management of the valley. If response is ‘yes’, Kashmir dispute is resolved forever. If by somehow joint management process is not favoured, then alternate arrangement to be worked out per the wishes of both sides of Kashmiri people. Bhat was of the view that Kashmiris should be recognised as the architects of their own destiny, therefore, a dialogue process shall start among the three concerned parties – Pakistan, India and Kashmirs. The process has to be productive and time bound, not to gain time to fool the Kashmirs another time. Pakistan and India may choose to remain hostage to the ills of subcontinent’s partition. These ills have proved to be the stumbling block in the progress. Both countries are maintaining world’s third and seventh largest armies, spending greater percentage of GDP on defence budget while millions are deprived of education, health care, sanitation, clean water or even a shelter. But Bhat’ views will be denounced by hardliners on both sides of the border because keeping the Kashmir conflict ‘alive’ serves a number of parties. Beneficiaries include military, hardline political parties, weapons manufacturing and selling ventures. Perhaps one day we may have a strong and risk taking governments in Pakistan and India who may come forward with an out-of-box solution to correct the mistakes done by their predecessors 64 years back. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia
imported motor parts
This is with respect to the demand of the All Pakistan Motor Dealers Associations to allow commercial import of used vehicles of up to 10 years of age in the forthcoming budget. This proposal seems to be in line with the prevalent misconception that anything imported is better than its locally produced counterpart. We lack the pride in buying “Made in Pakistan” products and instead run after foreign brands. Such an attitude is detrimental to our country as it hinders the growth of the economy. When we import vehicles, the foreign exchange reserve depreciates as the monetary amount we pay is less than the amount in terms of goods we receive since the item, vehicle in this situation, depreciates. Further, our rupee depreciates as we pay in dollars leading to a decrease in supply of dollars and rise in the price of dollars versus Pakistani rupees. It is also to be noted that currently Pakistani rupee is at an all time low and is sliding down steadily. The proposed import policy will also impact our GDP negatively as imported vehicles will decrease the market for locally produced cars. This will affect our established auto industry and they may have to take a difficult decision of cutting down production and the resultant lay off. The laid off workers will then contribute to the already high unemployment rate. Therefore it makes sense for the government to not implement such a policy and instead encourage local production and consumption of goods as it only improves the economy and also inculcates a feeling of patriotism. ALAMGIR KHAN Karachi
Law and order: a time bomb The ongoing deadly game of killing and violence in Karachi has increased the public hatred and disappointment against the ruling government and its alliances, this perception has shaken the very foundation of internal politics in the country. The worst victims of law and order as well as poor economy are always the poor. Therefore, it is imperative that any analysis of the impact of law and order on economic situation must start with the most vulnerable in the society. In other words, no study of economic situation is complete without taking account of at least three interrelated economic indicators of poverty, unemployment, infla-
Pakistan’s role The changes in the foreign policy are indicators that Pakistan is trying to understand the ground realities and taking decision in the national interest. These are encouraging signs that the US grip is loosening when it come to the regional politics and a morale booster on the domestic front. The factors of significance include firstly, Pakistan’s decision to block Nato supplies after the Salalah check post tragedy. The US never expected such an anger and action. It really created an environment of uneasiness for US. The Nato soldiers are used to having fresh supplies of daily use and also provision of arms, ammunition and other security devices, for their physical and psychological security. This dependency also leads to complexes, which sometimes make them to act aggressively by killing innocent civilians or carrying out degrading acts on dead human beings. It also creates a feeling of helplessness and unworthiness leading to psychological disorders observed in
tion, particularly food inflation. Our study has seen positive correlations between crime and major economic variables: when there are negative trends in the economy (increase in inflation, poverty, unemployment, and decline in investment) there are negative trends in law and order (increase in crime rate). The police infrastructure is one of Pakistan’s most poorly managed organisations. It is aptly described as ill-equipped, poorly trained, deeply politicized, and chronically corrupt. SWERA IJAZ Karachi
irrational behavior exhibited towards self, colleagues and others. The second important factor is the attitude of Iran. Iran is emerging as a power not allowing US to interfere in its nuclear program or internal issues. The mutual cooperation between Pakistan and Iran on overcoming gas and electricity problem is a message that both the countries can stand with each other in times of need. The third issue is related to Chinese role regarding its economic, political and military dominance in the region. China has proved to be Pakistan’s tested friend in good and bad times. Pakistan-China friendly relations and mutual respect is considered as a thorn in the heart of some outside powers. The fourth factor is quite tricky and sometimes confusing when seen in the Afghan war scenario in the 1980’s is Russian role. Russia is changing its stance from indifference to friendly gestures towards Pakistan. It may not forget the role of Pakistan and US in its pull out and disintegration, but it is trying to play its role as an im-
portant neighbor. The recent tragic event at Siachen glacier is also going to affect the regional diplomatic scenario. Pakistan lost its officers and soldiers and not only the nation went into a state of shock but the whole world took it seriously. The statements of demilitarising the glacier are also taken seriously. The other factor which is seen as bringing a big change in the region is the bilateral understanding and finding solutions to issues which are a cause of friction and mistrust between Pakistan and India. Pakistan has shown leniency and gone all out to invite India to trade with Pakistan. It all depends on India on how much it shows its sincerity to trade only and not propagate its other agenda’s and objectives to weaken Pakistan. The external and internal factors are bringing awareness among the people that nation’s survive due to their respect of sovereignty, good defense, good governance and welfare of the people. ANWAR PARWEEN Islamabad
The PM’s visit to UK is under fire these days. One that he is a convict therefore he should not have travelled to UK as PM. That’s another issue. As many as 90 members travelling with him, spending millions from the national exchequer, is the most disturbing issue. Why did he need such a big entourage? Why did he need so many ministers and media to cover this strategic dialogue conference? These 90 people are reported to be staying in the most expensive hotel in London. 20-25 vehicles are hired to carry these 90 people to various shopping markets. My plea is why didn’t these 90 people refuse or regretted to go? Were these 90 people unaware of the deplorable condition of funds in Pakistan? Were these enlightened people not aware of outages that are going on in Pakistan due to non-payment of IPP circular debt? I am sure they must have said yes to the PM’s invitation to accompany him to UK. But learning from Mr Gilani’s refusal to SC orders could they have not refused with thanks? If Gilani is so loyal to Zardari that he even foregoes his oath on loyalty to Pakistan, could 90 people have not refused a royal trip to UK in allegiance to their homeland Pakistan? Can I safely conclude that it is not only the higher ups who are corrupt, it is the entire country, including intelligentsia, who are equally corrupt and totally devoid of any love for the country? The fate of Pakistan is written on the wall in bold letters. May God save this country! AMJAD H MIRZA Lahore
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12 Comment towards isolation Wrong signals from Pakistan
hile Gilani spends five days cultivating David Cameron, the country continues on the course towards isolation. Pakistan’s relations with the US have further deteriorated with fresh moves in the Congress aimed at punishing it. Washington now speaks in a peremptory tone. Clinton chose India to call on Pakistan to take stronger measures against terrorism. She claimed that Zwahiri was inside Pakistan and repeated the US offer for a $10 million bounty for information leading to the arrest of Hafiz Saeed who freely addresses public gatherings in Pakistan. Senator Kerry, often referred to as the best friend of Pakistan, warned on Friday that the US would have no other option but to resort to "self-help" if Islamabad does not become more cooperative in the war against terrorism. The policy to boycott the Bonn conference, withdraw from the tripartite talks and continue to ban Nato supplies has backfired. While Chicago summit is round the corner, Zardari’s participation in the moot remains uncertain. The relations with China are no more marked by the former warmth. Beijing continues to be worried by the activities of the terrorists getting training in tribal areas. Meanwhile, attempts to negotiate with the militants have produced no positive results. They continue to attack the security personnel and the Shia community with equal ferocity. A section of the banned outfits has been allowed to hold rallies to sway the public opinion in their favour. They threaten to forcibly stop the Nato supplies even if the Parliament allows them and oppose improvement of relations with India. This is likely to further estrange the neighbours and the world at large. The suspension by the ICRC of its activities run from Karachi and Peshawar would send yet another negative signal abroad. The humanitarian agency took the measure after the brutal killing of British doctor in Balochistan. It is claimed that since 2009, at least 19 aid workers have been murdered and more than 20 abducted across Pakistan by militants and criminals. It is time Pakistan concentrates fully on the elimination of militancy from its soil. This alone can provide it internal security and international respect.
Power woes At it, again
or every complex problem, the saying goes, there is always a very simple solution – that is wrong. It takes fortitude to avoid, when the proverbial is hitting the fan, the impulse of opting for the simple and incorrect solution. Regarding the power crisis, the incumbent government has so far avoided making that mistake. But on the negative side, it didn’t go for any solution at all, perpetuating the inherently autopilot feel of things. There is a simple solution here, one that is being repeated endlessly on talk show upon talk show, by pundits who are experts on the Siachen dispute, now on the Lyari gang warfare and now on power economics. That solution is to simply throw money at the problem. The problem is that it actually will go away. Only to come back later. The grid itself is more than capable to handle all of our needs. Our basic problem stems from our inability to produce electricity at a cheap enough rate. But the government cannot raise the power tariff, at least not enough for it to be sustainable. The populist opposition and media demand for there to be an end to power outages and for the tariff to be kept low all at the same time. The harebrained scheme of printing the total of the circular debt, believed to be some Rs 300 billion, and simply clearing it all up conveniently forgets that, given the difference between what the tariffs are and what they should be, the circular debt is simply going to ratchet up shortly. A print run of Rs 300 billion from the central bank every now and then? The ensuing inflation is a little something no one spares thought to. But we digress from the more basic issue that we are currently faced with. That of law and order. As mercury rises, so do tempers. A catalyst like no other for riots. That much is understandable. The real problem is the one that occurs when the provincial home minister – the one responsible for the law and order, a portfolio held at present by the Punjab chief minister – eggs on the rioters to do their thing. To ask the League not to capitalise on the issue politically would be asking for the moon. But to ask them to desist from incitement to rioting is asking them to do their jobs. The chutzpah!
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Saturday, 12 May, 2012
Pity the nation Leaders without shame, people without courage
ustice Asif Saeed Khosa’s note to the detailed judgement on Mr. Gilani’s contempt of court case comes by way of an anguished exhortation in a legal matter. Running the risk of being labelled partisan, the learned judge could not curb a poetic expression of dismay at the lack of character that the nation continues to exhibit in dismantling the despotic mindset residing in the echelons of power. From amongst a vast repertoire of failings, the two lines that best reflect the state of our society are “pity the nation whose leaders see no shame in crime” and “pity the nation that punishes its weak and poor but is shy of bringing its high and mighty to book”. No prescription could be written more succinctly or more effectively! Of all the ills that plague this country, the lack of self-respect and courage of its people is by far the most intriguing. Instead of rebelling against their deprivations, joining hands in initiating a struggle towards genuine emancipation and freeing themselves from the clutches of captivity, they remain woefully self-focussed in their bid for a few miserly morsels. Tragically, we are inexorably inching towards the other extreme: that of glorifying crime and all its attendant manifestations. The instances of proven convicts being given prime-time media space for airing their convoluted defence are simply mind-boggling and reflect the regressive symptoms that have besieged the conscience of the nation. Its most depraved display is that of Mr. Gilani insistBy Raoof Hasan ing on remaining the ‘prime minister’ in spite of having lost all moral and, according to many, even constitutional legitimacy and nonchalantly taking off for the UK, accompanied by a coterie of over seventy sycophants boring a huge dent in the national exchequer, to engage their leadership in a strategic dialogue that may impact the future of the country. Nothing could be more demeaning, casting a slur on the basic principles signifying human dignity, but the conscience of the nation remains besieged. Without doubt, Khalil Gibran was right: “Pity the nation that raises not its voice / save when it walks in funeral / boasts not except among its ruins / and will rebel not save when its neck is laid / between the sword and the block”. While regression can be generally traced to lack of education and enlightenment and to the militant indoctrination doled out by a spate of madrassas sprouting all over,
its presence should pave the way for initiating urgent remedial steps. That would not work to the benefit of the ruling mafias who prosper only by perpetuating the domain of darkness and whose survival will be endangered when faced with even a flickering ray of light to free the enslaved and the down-trodden. So, the nation stands condemned perpetually to suffer the dungeons of darkness with each generation giving way to the next that is even more inclined to obscurantism and militancy and given more to the sway of evil. The path of salvation lies eternally blocked. Sufferance is a way of living. So accustomed have the people become to this painful confinement that even the thought of freedom is scoffed at. The self-anointed leadership of the PPP and the band of its cronies, suffering incessantly from a deeply-ingrained persecution complex, never tire of parroting the sacrifices they have rendered in the name of ‘democracy’. The last of the endless chain ended in the proclamation of the notorious NRO that remains, by far, the most devious mechanism ever employed to legitimise crime and corruption. The allied and not-so-allied leaderships in the provinces remain busy in their own loot and plunder in the name of service to the people as the country continues to plunge irretrievably into anarchy and mayhem. But the nation’s conscience remains besieged. As an aftermath of a judgement that, in spite of intense provocation and grave insults hurled at their impartiality, the honourable judges succeeded in keeping within the defined parameters of the constitution, the nation stands effectively split. A thin belt in Sindh stands with the PPP, a noisy few are understandably supporting the opposition’s stance in asking
Mr. Gilani to go home, but, regrettably, a vast majority remains aloof and totally unconcerned with the goings-on either because of their own more pressing existential issues, or because they have lost faith in the entire spectrum of political leadership on display. They are totally de-motivated. But, can their continued silence be a remedy to curing the demonisation that the country is afflicted with as also their own future? That’s not the way it happens and that’s not the way it is going to happen. So the challenge before the few who are still interested in putting this country back on the rails and guiding its people to refuse the venomous doses of regression that they are being continually fed is to get their motivation back and to bring them centre-stage as the main cast in the unfolding drama we call Pakistan. Unless people claim ownership of their destinies and move to initiate a movement to end their enslavement, the forces of the status quo would continue to tighten the stranglehold to curb the voices of dissent. The brave may be few to begin with, but they come bearing a message of hope. The problem is that they may cast the first stones to dismantle the corrupt edifice, but they cannot succeed unless joined in by every single citizen who comes inspired with the dream of change leading to freedom from the yoke of slavery wrongfully dubbed as ‘democracy’. In reality, it is nothing more than a crude exploitation of the decadent instruments that perpetuate the hold of a few over the rest. The writer is a political analyst and a member of the Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf. He can be reached at email@example.com
Kashmiri language nowhere Greater Kashmir
he huge participation of candidates from the last few years in the KAS exams showed the rising enthusiasm among the youth towards the administrative services. The aspirants are working hard to get through the exams. Civil Services is known as the best carrier option and short cut to a better life. One year of hard work can fetch you money, power and fame. The results of recently declared KAS 2011 mains have come as a shocker not only for the candidates opting with Kashmiri literature for the exam, but for all Kashmiri language and literature lovers. Of the 65 candidates appeared not a single candidate has managed to clear the mains. Candidates say that such a high-handededness in evaluation of Kashmiri literature papers has put them on a receiving end. They believe that the nature of results is due to some inherent bias with the vernacular language of the state. Every year the pass percentage of this optional in mains would be more than 25 to 30 percent but this year the success rate has stayed at zero. This is beyond comprehension of all the Kashmiri students and teachers. That too when all the students felt that the papers set out were extremely easy in nature.
The Kashmiri optional faces difficulties with this optional right from the start. First the books to be read for the optional, majority of the paper B books are a rarity, for purchasing a book you have to travel across villages and towns to find out if some old literary person might have a copy. Most of the poetry and prose books are completely unavailable and are considered to be obsolete by the experts. Even cultural academy offices don’t have any of the prose books. Students challenge the PSC authorities to get the texts that they have prescribed in the syllabus from any bookshop, they won’t be able to? The students work their heart out without any sort of guidance and extreme difficulty in purchase of books but the PSC instead of doing justice to merit resorts to high handedness in evaluation. Otherwise how can not a single candidate qualify through Kashmiri? Does JKPSC want to emphasize that the Kashmir Administrative Services is not for students with Kashmiri as optional. When subjects like Dogri, Urdu Sanskrit, and Punjabi show remarkable pass percentage in the exam, what is it with Kashmiri students and Kashmiri subject that none fails to qualify. It is also unfortunate that in Kashmir you are unable to get good literature and guidance for Kashmiri subject. It's a matter of grave concern for those who claim to be the experts of Kashmiri language.
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a tale of tragedy For Hazaras, a third century of persecution
By Aziz-ud-Din Ahmad
ontinuously under attack from Lashkare Jhangvi (LeJ) and spurned by the Baloch nationalists, Hazaras of Balochistan suffer from double jeopardy in the province. From 2003 to 2009, more than 260 members of the community were killed in Quetta and over 100 injured. According to the HRCP records, 211 more had died in bomb blasts and shooting by October 2011 taking the tally to 471. The victims belong to all categories: traders, government officials, lawyers and prominent citizens. Pakistan’s top boxer Ibrar Hussain, who represented the country three times at the Olympics and won gold at the 1990 Asian Games, was shot dead in the city in June last year. Quetta has turned into the killing fields for the Hazaras. A small group of the Hazaras from Afghanistan settled in Quetta in late 19thcentury. They were asylum seekers who had fled during the reign of the Shia baiter Amir Abdur Rehman known for his relentless use of despotic authority. Abdur Rehman had earlier forced those living in Afghan Kafiristan to adopt Islam, rechristening the district as Nuristan. He then conducted several campaigns against the Shia Hazaras and massacred thousands of them. Their wives and children were sold in Kabul as slaves. There was a massive migration of the community to several countries in the region. The persecution continued in various ways till the reign of Zahir Shah who imposed a special tax on the
Hazaras. A state sponsored campaign to Pakhtunise Afghanistan led to the emergence of revolutionary groups in non Pashtun districts. Prominent among these were Sitame Milli (National Persecution) group and Shulae Javed (the Eternal Flame). As immigrants Hazaras were hard working people and prospered as they found peace and opportunity to work in Quetta. Some joined the British military and civil administration. A few like Gen Musa Khan and Air Vice Marshal Sharbat Ali Changezi reached the upper echelons of the armed forces. With around 91 percent literacy rate, the community has produced several prominent figures who have served the country with distinction. Saira Batool, one of the first women pilots in Pakistan, being one. Despite the presence of a vibrant nationalist movement in the province, both in the Baloch and Pashtun areas, the Hazaras faced no discrimination because the community was small, helpful and unassuming. The situation, however, underwent a major change with the arrival of the Afghan refugees of various ethnicities after 1979. The Pashtun Afghans who came in thousands tilted the fragile ethnic balance against the Baloch who started resenting the presence of all outsiders. This section of the Afghan refugees was, however, welcomed by the Pasthun nationalists who maintained that they were brothers who had just crossed from the other one side of the divided Pashtun land. The Hazra entrants, however, were looked at with resentment by both the Pashtuns and the Baloch. The Pashtun refugees brought their age old sectarian prejudices to an otherwise secular Quetta. These were exacerbated during the civil war that raged in Afghanistan in the 1990’s, particularly after the Taliban started their jihad against the
Iran supported Northern Alliance. The Hazaras in Afghanistan were an important component of the Northern Alliance. The Taliban subjected them to horrible ethnic cleansing, particularly after capturing Mazare Sharif in August 1993. In a dispatch weeks later, Ahmad Rashid maintained that 4,000 to 6,000 Afghan Hazaras were brutally massacred in the city. The Taliban regime in Kabul had allowed Pakistani LeJ terrorists who also fought against the Northern Alliance to set up their camps in Afghanistan. Mullah Umar spurned the request of the PML(N) government in late 1990’s to hand over LeJ masterminds like Riaz Basra. With the fall of Taliban, the LeJ shifted its HQs to Pakistan’s tribal areas. Henceforth, they decided to concentrate on the Shias inside Pakistan. They targeted especially those in Kurrum Agency, Gilgit-Baltistan, Karachi and Quetta. The TTP provided them full support. Throughout the 1990’s, sectarian terrorists killed scores of Shias in Punjab, NWFP and Karachi. However, secular leaders in power in Balochistan kept the province a peaceful haven for Hazaras. Prominent among others these leaders were Akbar Bugti and Akhtar Mengal. Attacks on the community started only two years after Musharraf’s coup. These coincided with the period when agencies were directed under a master plan to give religious parties and militant groups a free hand. Hazara killings became all too frequent after the killing of Akbar Bugti when the agencies diverted full attention and resources to brutal suppression of the Baloch nationalists. Henceforth, providing security of life to citizens was considered no more a responsibility of the state. The writer is a former academic and a political analyst.
the legal course Nato strikes and the international law
By Faisal Zaman
ar, like other adversities, it is argued, has great unifying force. World War II brought the world nations together in search of a just peace. This unified effort brought into existence, albeit for a sort period, the League of Nations. Its primary purpose was to jointly get rid of the scourge of war and give peace a chance. The intention was right but the execution faulty. Resultantly, the League of Nations soon faced existential threat as there emerged grave and imminent threat to peace. The powers to be, realizing the urgency of the matter scampered to form the United Nations. With a new outlook and charter, United Nations looked promising. However, the romance did not last long. Soon it was realised that United Nations too had fallen hostage to international players who wanted to dominate the world and the resources that lie within. Colonialism had a new face. The theme was new, script and heroes, however, remained unchanged. Ever since its creation, the United Nations has failed to provide cover to all the nations coming under its protective umbrella. Be it the Kashmir issue, genocide of the Muslims of Bosnia, apartheid in Africa, Israeli atrocities or the right of selfdetermination of the Palestinians, Gulf war, Iraq war, Afghanistan war, Iranian nuclear program, repeated and regular armed standoffs between India and Pakistan or the recurring NATO strikes/invasions and many other such events have exposed the inherent weaknesses of the United Nations. When it comes to maintaining international trans-border peace or ensuring mutually beneficial existence among states, United Nations at most times plays the role of a puppet in the hands of its master. In the New World Order it seems logical to be with the suppressor rather than the suppressed especially when the former unilaterally controls substantial global resources. The world has
moved from an ignominious bi-polar age to a humiliating uni-polar era. Nato aerial strikes have violated our territorial and air space sovereignty. We must examine the law relating to air space sovereignty. The Chicago Convention on Civil Aviation signed on December 7, 1944 even today remains the governing framework for all the signatory states including Pakistan. The contracting states recognise that every state has complete and exclusive sovereignty over the airspace above its territory. For the purposes of this Convention the territory of a state is deemed to be the land areas and territorial waters adjacent thereto under the sovereignty, suzerainty, protection or mandate of such State. Aircrafts used in military, customs and police services are deemed to be state aircrafts. It is clearly understood by nations that no state aircraft of a contracting state shall fly over the territory of another state or land thereon without authorisation by special agreement or otherwise, and in accordance with the terms thereof. It is a serious breach of international law when one state violates the air sovereignty of another state. The state of Pakistan is well within its right to defend, preserve and protect its sovereignty, territorial or otherwise against external or internal aggression. The right of self-defense is a well-recognised right available to Pakistan. This right should have been exercised on November 26, 2011. However, for reasons best known to the armed forces this right was not used by us and this inaction cost us 26 precious lives. The morale of the nation and that of our brave soldiers has been seriously dampened. Another option is to seek compensation from Nato. In July 1988, US warships shot down an Iranian passenger airplane Air Flight 655 killing all 290 passengers on board. The US government did not admit its liability but offered to pay ex-gratia compensation (payment without admitting any liability) to the families of the victims. Iran, however, declined this offer and instead approached the International Court of Justice. However, in February 1996 the Iranians and USA entered into an out of court settlement in which USA agreed to pay US$ 300,000 (for wage earning victims) and US$ 1,50,000 (for non-wage earning victims) for the victims of Flight 655. Pakistan must learn from this example. Even
though monetary compensation may not be enough to alleviate the human cost borne by the families of the martyrs but the state of Pakistan must press upon Nato to provide compensation to the families of the victims of November 26, 2011 attack. Under the international laws a nation responsible for wrongful actions against another state must provide restitution, compensation and satisfaction to the aggrieved state. The ICJ in a number of cases has held that an injured state is entitled to claim compensation from the state accused of wrongful action. In addition to compensation, Nato must tender unconditional apology to the bereaved families and the state of Pakistan. The state of Pakistan must use the platform of UN Security Council and vociferously protest against the Nato airstrikes. The world conscience must collectively respond to our collective remonstration. The Nato attack must be condemned by the world at large. The matter may be brought to the notice of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). But it may not serve the purpose on account of legal technicalities and lack of jurisdiction. Both states to a dispute must agree to get their disputes settled with the intervention of ICJ. We must remember that Pakistan had invoked the jurisdiction of the ICJ when its Atlantique aircraft was shot down by India killing a number of our soldiers. However, India successfully established that there was no treaty between her and Pakistan that conferred jurisdiction on ICJ. Resultantly, ICJ did not exercise jurisdiction in this matter and Pakistan lost the case. The state of Pakistan must adopt and pursue all available means to lodge its protest against the NATO airstrikes. Compensation for the families of the martyred soldiers must also be sought. NATO must apologise for its wrongful actions. The world must condemn Nato for its breaches of international laws. The Security Council must play its role and pass appropriate resolutions condemning the Nato attacks and condoling with the bereaved families. Our armed forces must rise to the occasion. The entire nation stands behind them. The writer is a lawyer based in Islamabad. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Films to look out for at Cannes festival
LoS angeLeS: Malin akerman, alexander Skarsgard, Liam neeson, taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker and rihanna pose at the american premiere of the film ‘Battleship’. rEutErS
HE 2012 Cannes film festival opens on Wednesday with Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ and ends on May 27. Hundreds of movies will be showcased at the annual event where stars walk the red carpet and work the party circuit. Following is a list of pictures in Cannes which have generated buzz at the world's biggest film festival. IN COMPETITION: ‘Cosmopolis’-‘Twilight’ heartthrob Robert Pattinson plays Eric Packer, a highflying New York financier who sees his life crumble around him as the end of capitalism dawns in the David Cronenberg's movie. ‘Killing Them Softly’-Andrew Dominik reunites with Brad Pitt after the two collaborated on ‘The Assassination of Jesse James’. Pitt plays Mob enforcer Jackie Cogan, who is called in to track down a group of petty thieves who raid a poker game. ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ is the opening film this year and also in the main compe-
tition vying for awards including the coveted Palme d'Or for best picture. The movie stars Bruce Willis and Bill Murray and is a comedy about two children who run away from the world of adults to live out their fantasy. ‘On the Road’ is bases on Jack Kerouac's 1950s novel and stars ‘Twilight’ actress Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen. ‘The Paperboy’-Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron and Nicole Kidman star in this competition film about a man and his brother who seek to uncover the truth about a death row convict who might have been wrongfully convicted.
new yorK: natalie Portman and Drew Barrymore attend new york city Ballet's 2012 Spring gala. aFP
OUT OF COMPETITION ‘Hemingway and Gellhorn’ - Philip Kaufman directs Nicole Kidman in a TV movie about the romance between author Ernest Hemingway and celebrated war correspondent Martha Gellhorn. ‘Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted’- Hollywood traditionally comes to Cannes with a big-budget blockbuster, and this year's entry is the third instalment in the successful animation series, this time in 3D.
Madonna's poised to earn $500m pay check LONDON AGENCIES
Madonna isn't called a ‘Material Girl’ for nothing. Here's a breakdown of what she's poised to pocket in 2012-it could be as much as $500 million in one year alone. $300 million will come from her MDNA World Tour. Industry insiders say $75 million in tour merchandise sales is not unlikely. This has always been a huge money maker for Madonna, who will have an even bigger spread of merchandise available at her upcoming shows. $60 million
is expected in sales for her new perfume, Truth or Dare, according to Women's Wear Daily. Insiders report that Madonna made $10 million from her recent deal with Smirnoff. The company has been hyping her tour with TV spots and has just released a special ‘Madonna’ edition bottle of their vodka. The Queen of Pop is hoping to rake in $10 million in TV and DVD worldwide rights for the broadcast of her upcoming tour. Retail experts say Madonna will earn $5 million in 2012 from her ‘Material Girl’ and upcoming Macy's clothing lines. It's good to be Queen!
Farhan Akhtar to co-produce
MEXICO CItY: Paul McCartney performs at a free open-air concert at Zocalo Square. REUTERS
Rowdy goes to ‘Dance India Dance’
with Aamir Khan MUMBAI: actor farhan akhtar recently spoke about acting, directing and where his interests lie. when asked what projects he would be working on, farhan replied, "there is reema Kagti's film, ‘talaash’, which is with aamir, Kareena and rani that we're producing. now we're just finalising projects that we want to do next year so between me and ritesh (Sidhwani) at excel, that's what we're doing- short listing directors and scripts that we'd like to work on." the multi-talented actor cum director cum singer says his focus does not lie on one thing alone, it lies in a lot of different areas but they all come under one primary subject linefilms. "My focus lies in film in general so what i am producing, going to act in or direct- all my interests are covered under one blanket," says farhan. AGENCIES
aKShay Kumar merged his dance moves with some action stunts to make a starry entry on zee tV's dance-based reality show, ‘Dance india Dance’. Mithunchakraborthy seemed rather elated as he met with his co-actor, who was there to promote his film ‘rowdy rathore’ which is going to release in June 2012 and distributed by iMgc in Pakistan and encyclomedia Pr is doing the Pr. akshay interacted with dance masters geeta Kapoor,
terence Lewis and remo D'Souza before catching up with the contestants, who were thrilled at meeting with the actor. Saumya tandon and Jay Bhanushali played the perfect hosts as the audience cheered on when the actors took to the stage for an impromptu jig. Mithun recalled shooting with the actor on their recent film and even imitated his acting style, while akshay tried to copy some of the senior star's signature dance moves. NEWS DESK
MUMBAI: national award winning actress Vidya Balan has finally come out about her relationship with UtV head Siddharth roy Kapoor but says she is in no hurry to get married to him. "i don’t have any plans yet. and there is no engagement ring yet. it’s a while away and i am in no hurry. But it’s on my mind and there is a plan at some point. there is someone in my life," Vidya told reporters. when asked whether she is dating the UtV movies honcho, Vidya said, "i will admit that i am dating him but not beyond that." the ‘Dirty Picture’ star, 34, who has been recently appointed as a Bollywood ambassador of Victoria, was in Melbourne to promote the indian film festival in Melbourne commencing from June 11. asked about her take on rakhi Sawant’s claim to appear as a better lead role in a Bengali version of ‘the Dirty Picture’, Vidya said, "i did my best and i am sure if she (rakhi) brings her own originality to the portrayal of Silk, it will be great and i will be more than happy to watch her." She added: “‘Dirty Picture’ was a lifetime opportunity for me as an actress. it was an opportunity not to be missed also because it was completely out of my comfort zone. But it did take lot of time for me decide about the role.” AGENCIES
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Kristen Stewart gives
Hugo Boss’ new fragrance LOS ANGELES
‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ roundup
aris: if you feel like Kristen stewart's everywhere these days, then your assumption is totally accurate- the girl has been über-busy promoting the highly anticipated ‘snow White and the Huntsman’ with her co-star and the evil queen Charlize Theron. Between the fashion, the candid quotes and the lovable nature of Kristen and Charlize, the fabulous promotional moments are almost as epic as the movie itself. Kristen and Charlize recently appeared on french television programme ‘Le Grand Journal’ to talk all things ‘snow White and the Huntsman’. Kristen and Charlize looked effortlessly cool side by side and got along surprisingly well. Looking casually chic, it was obvious that Kristen's best-dressed Glamour win is definitely well deserved. MTV just announced that Kristen will present at the MTV Movie awards with her ‘snow White’ co-star Chris Hemsworth. if Kristen's not presenting with robert Pattinson, Chris will be a backup. it will be great to see snow White and the hunky Huntsman share the MTV stage together. and then there's Kristen's latest interview with MTV News, where she reveals she suffered from plenty of on-set injuries due to all the epic action on the ‘snow White’ set. Kristen admits she considered herself ready for the heavyweight action, until she actually filmed all the fighting scenes. as far as the recent scoops go, those on-set injuries only mean the big-screen result's going to be that much better. AGENCIES
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has signed up to become the face of Hugo Boss’ new fragrance, Nuit Pour Femme. "To me, the Boss woman is driven, ambitious and goes after what she wants, but she balances being strong and very feminine at the same time -- characteristics that I strive towards in my own life," a website has quoted her as saying. The 39-year-old will be appearing in TV, print and online campaigns for the fragrance.
Sylvester Stallone doppelganger discovered
in 16th century Vatican masterpiece
Beyonce and Angelina Clooney raises $15 million named most powerful moms WASHINGTON Bogota: Models present creations by colombian designers during the circulo de Moda fashion show. rEutErS
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Celebrity mothers Beyonce Knowles and Angelina Jolie have been named among 2012’s Most Powerful Moms in a special poll. Editors at Working Mother magazine have compiled a top 10 list of females who are leading the way in their chosen careers to mark America’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 13, and superstar Beyonce and Hollywood beauty Jolie have both made the cut, alongside comedienne Melissa McCarthy. The ‘Crazy in Love’ hitmaker became a first-time mum in January with the birth of her daughter Blue Ivy, while Jolie schedules her work commitments around her brood of six, and ‘Bridesmaids’ star McCarthy is a mother to young daughters Vivian and Georgette. “(They) are just a few of the mums making a major impact right
now,” Contactmusic quoted Jennifer Owens, Working Mother Media’s Editorial Director, as telling Us Magazine. “All of the power women on our list have at least one child 18 or younger, and all are based in the US,” she said. Other noted mothers to make the list include ‘The Hunger Games’ author Suzanne Collins and TV presenter Ann Curry.
at Obama fundraiser LOS ANGELES AGENCIES
George Clooney played the suave host, chef Wolfgang Puck whipped up something for dinner and President Barack Obama and about 150 of his Hollywood set donors enjoyed a few laughs at Clooney's good humoured expense. Obama told the crowd that his famed Hope poster from the 2008 was derived from a photograph of Obama sitting next to Clooney when Obama was a US senator. "This is the first time that George Clooney has ever been photo-shopped out of a picture," Obama said. "Never happened before, never happen again." The event, held under a stretched transparent tent outside Clooney's sprawling Tudor-styled canyon home, raised nearly $15 million, a record for a single fundraiser. The guests paid $40,000 to attend, accounting for about $6 million of the evening's financial haul for Obama's campaign and the Democratic Party. The remainder came from a raffle for small dollar donors. Two winners-both women-got to
Review: 'Dangerous Ishhq'
Siddharth: Vidya Balan MUMBAI: touted as an enigma on celluloid, ‘Dangerous ishhq’ happens to be Karisma Kapoor’s comeback film that deals with past life regression. the lady, who bid temporary good bye to the world of cinema, could have indeed waited a while longer to get back into action. Directed by Vikram Bhatt, this 3D film will make you wonder if you ever really wanted to ruin your vision. Karisma did all what she could to deliver her best but the story and a loosely woven preposterous plot has drained her efforts away. But ‘Dangerous ishhq’ has not helped her win the accolades of pulling of a stunner despite her stellar ‘zubeidaa’ like performance. Karisma plays four different characters across 5 centuries. her real time character Sanjana Saxena is a top model in town and is all set to get hitched to an industrialist rohan thakral, played by rajneesh Duggal. as all looks
wonderful and picture perfect, rohan gets abducted and Sanjana goes in search of her lover as she transcends into her past lives. it is here that we get to see Jimmy Shergill play acP Bharghav Singh, who is entrusted with the job of rohan’s whereabouts with the help of Sanjana’s past life ordeals. the film looks like that complicated piece of art work where art finds no mention and the work looks terrible to look at. Bhatt could have laid more emphasis on a good plot that could have convinced audiences to hold on to their seats. rajneesh Duggal is utterly disappointing while Jimmy Shergill couldn’t have done more to elevate the already submerging script. Divya Dutta is superb but we did wonder from where did gracy Singh pop up? ‘Dangerous ishhq’ looks like a hilarious spoof on Dr Brian weiss’ book rendered in a 3D format. ratings: can’t help it but just one. AGENCIES
take part in the dinner and, even though Clooney was the host, they brought their husbands. "We raised a lot of money because people love George," Obama said. "They like me; they love George." Among those at the dinner were such actors and performers as Robert Downey Jr, Barbra Streisand and her husband James Brolin, Jack Black, Salma Hayek and Tobey Maguire. Heading to Clooney's house, along the exclusive canyon roads, families gathered at dinner time to gawk, wave and cheer the presidential motorcade. Children manned a lemonade stand with a sign: "Presidents drink free." And around the corner, a boy held up another hand-drawn piece of cardboard: "Will trade Lakers for Bulls if you stop."
VATICAN CITY AGENCIES
A visitor to Vatican City had a hilarious experience when he found the subject of a Raphael masterpiece had an uncanny resemblance to Hollywood hardman Sylvester Stallone. The Cardinal and Theological Virtues is a 1511 fresco adorning one of the Raphael Rooms at the Vatican. It depicts Pope Gregory IX approving the Vatical Decretals - with a spitting image of Stallone looking on. Harvard student Anthony Zonfrell, 20, who was on holiday in Italy with his family, spotted the hilarious doppelganger. "My cousin had told us about how she had seen it when she went, so we were on the lookout. As soon as we saw the painting, we knew it was him. My whole family thought it was hilarious. It could actually be a portrait of Stallone," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying. It is thought Raphael, who lived from 1483 until 1520, only sketched the outline of the fresco, with team member Lorenzo Lotto carrying out the 'Stallone' paintwork.When Anthony, who is from Massachusetts, returned from his holiday he uploaded the photograph to community website Reddit. Incredibly, the image was viewed more than 700,000 times - becoming the website's most popular page.
Salman the ‘Tiger’ is back MUMBAI: the first teaser of Salman Khan starrer ‘ek tha tiger’ was made available online on thursday night. Directed by Kabir Khan, the film stars Salman and Katrina Kaif in lead roles and has been produced by aditya chopra. the makers had initially decided to release the trailer on friday at movie theatres with ‘ishaqzaade’, a yash raj film. the tV and online version was to be released on Monday. owing to Salman’s popularity and general curiosity over the film, yash raj films decided at the last moment that they would release the teaser on youtube. needless to say, the teaser created immediate buzz online and has already crossed 1lakh hits on youtube. the excited director, Kabir Khan tweeted, “thank u for the overwhelming response to #ekthatiger teaser... there r so many tweets that today its impossible to reply individually... :-)(sic)." “youtube view meter jammed within 3 mins of launch, yrf server in danger of crashing, trending 15 mins after launch... that’s tiger for you :-)(sic)” an excited Khan tweeted moments after posting the link. the film is based on a raw agent tiger (played by Salman) and his love story. ever since Salman signed the film, there has been quite a buzz around it. the film is going to be Salman and Katrina’s first film after their alleged break up. it is also the first time that Salman is working with yash raj films, particularly aditya chopra. AGENCIES
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16 Foreign News Huge pageant of horses kicks off Queen’s jubilee WINDSOR AFP
Hundreds of horses and over 1,000 performers from around the world staged a glittering pageant in Britain in a stirring start to the major celebrations for Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee. Troupes from India’s Dancing Marwaris to the Chilean Huasos displayed their mettle Thursday in a rare gathering of global horsemanship in the royal town of Windsor, as festivities to mark the queen’s 60 years on the throne began in earnest. In tribute to the monarch’s more than 250 Commonwealth and state visits, some 550 horses and 1,200 performers from 17 countries defied spring showers to perform against the backdrop of a 45-metre (148-foot) replica of Buckingham Palace. Italy’s Carousel of the Carabinieri re-enacted an 1848 battle in a whirl of feathers and swords, before riders from Russia’s Kremlin Riding School formed a human pyramid on galloping mounts in a daredevil show of horseback acrobatics. Between the horseback performances were bursts of song and dance, among them a didgeridoo performance, a Maori haka, Inuit throat-singers and a mariachi band. The robed Royal Cavalry of Oman thundered in on 100 Arabian steeds in clouds of frankincense, watched by a packed audience including the queen’s daughter Princess Anne, a former competitive eventing rider. “The empire may have faded into history but the guiding light of monarchy still continues,” said the presenter, television personality Alan Titchmarsh. Royals will attend each of the show’s four nights, culminating in the Queen and husband Prince Philip watching an extended show on Sunday, featuring Scottish singer Susan Boyle and veteran Australian entertainer Rolf Harris. New South Wales’ mounted police gave the troop drill an Australian twist, performing to songs such as Waltzing Matilda as medieval Windsor Castle loomed behind them. The 86-year-old queen’s own racehorses staged a mock race, and her Household Cavalry joined all the performers in a grand finale recreating her coronation. Bringing in 550 performing horses by air, road and sea was a “once in a lifetime” logistical feat, Sheila Duckworth, director of equestrian transport firm Shelley Ashman, told AFP before the show. The horses from Oman were flown over in two planeloads, while a team from Azerbaijan drove to Windsor in a 17-day road trip.
Egypt holds first ever presidential candidate debate CAIRO AFP
Egypt held its first ever debate between presidential candidates on Thursday, as the two frontrunners for this month’s election traded political accusations on television. Amr Mussa, a former foreign minister and Arab League chief, faced the moderate Islamist Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh in the debate which was aired on two private Egyptian television channels, ONTV and Dream. Overall, neither candidate landed a decisive blow against the other during the debate which covered the traditional topics of health, employment and education. But in a reflection of the country’s new political dynamic since a popular uprising toppled veteran president Hosni Mubarak last year, it was Islamism, identity and affiliation to the former regime that dominated the debate. The pair swapped some sharp exchanges with Mussa slamming his rival’s long time affiliation to the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, and Abul Fotouh accusing Mussa of belonging to an oppressive and corrupt regime under ousted president Hosni Mubarak. “You worked for the benefit of one group, the Muslim Brotherhood, not for Egypt as a nation,”Mussa told Abul Fotouh, who quit the once-banned group a year ago. Abul Fotouh for his part repeatedly highlighted Mussa’s connection to the Mubarak regime. “When you are part of a problem, you cannot provide the solution,” Abul Fotouh said.
Saturday, 12 May, 2012
Greece stalls on cabinet as EU pressure mounts ATHENS AFP
REECE remained mired in political stalemate Friday as talks on forming a coalition government stalled after inconclusive weekend polls boosted anti-austerity parties and rattled the eurozone. As EU paymaster Germany threatened to cut off the country’s loan lifeline, party leaders failed to break ground on coalition talks which now hinge on an anti-bailout radical leftist party that shot to second place in the ballot. Hopes for a breakthrough earlier in the day were dashed when a possible ally, the small Democratic Left, said it would not join a government without fellow leftists Syriza, a party that opposes the
terms of the 240 billion euro (311 billion dollar) EU-IMF bailout. “We will not participate in a government with (just) New Democracy and Pasok,” Democratic Left leader Fotis Kouvelis told party cadres, adding: “Unless Syriza changes stance we will have repeat elections.” The Athens stock exchange shed 5.02 percent in late afternoon trade after closing up 4.19 percent on Thursday. With Greek reforms already on hold owing to the election campaign, Brussels on Friday revised downwards its economic forecasts for Athens. The European Commission said the Greek economy is expected to contract by 4.7 percent this year — compared to a Greek budget estimate of 2.8 percent — and saw zero growth next year.
And it cast doubt on Greek pledges to reduce the public deficit to 7.0 percent this year, favouring a 7.3-percent estimate instead. Conservative New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras also said Friday a government cannot be formed without the Syriza party. “There must be a durable government,” Samaras told a meeting of his party. “The Syriza party must participate, or give a vote of tolerance. It’s in their hands to decide what they want to do,” he said. Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos, who participated in the last government in a coalition with Samaras’ party, has been tasked with forming a coalition by late Saturday after earlier efforts by Samaras and Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras
failed. He was scheduled to meet with the Syriza leader at 1600 GMT, but reports said he would give up the mandate on Saturday. This would leave room for a lastditch meeting between President Carolos Papoulias and the leaders of all the parties, which is likely to take place late Saturday or Sunday, in the hopes of forming an emergency unity government. But new elections will have to be called if the parties cannot agree a compromise by next Thursday. Sunday’s election punished the mainstream parties for their insistence on crippling austerity measures introduced in the wake of the bailout and alarmed Greece’s eurozone partners amid fears that vital reforms may be at risk.
ALGIERS: Officials count votes on Friday after Algeria held its first polls since the Arab Spring, with an official turnout figure poised to belie deep voter disaffection over the prospect of a political status quo. aFP
‘Low’ expectations from new round of climate talks PARIS AFP
Officials from some 170 countries gather in Bonn from Monday to lay the groundwork for a new global warming pact, as Europe pushes for progress amid fears of political and financial wavering. Teams of experts and diplomats will seek to outline a work plan for clinching a new deal by 2015 on limiting Earth-warming gas emissions, but observers fear squabbling and political inertia may hamstring negotiators. “A lot of other issues are competing for space and time,” climate change observer Alden Meyer told AFP ahead of the May 14 to 25 talks. “It all comes down to politics and national interests.” The gathering is the first since UN member states agreed in Durban, South Africa, last December to bring all major greenhouse-gas emitting countries under a single legal roof from 2020. Since then, anger has been brewing over Europe’s imposition of a carbon emissions tax on international airlines from January 1 — which countries like India and the United States have warned could derail talks. There is also discord between rich and poor nations about how much pro-
portional responsiblity each should bear for curbing greenhouse gases. “We must continue to move forward,” European commissioner for Climate Connie Hedegaard urged this week at a meeting of European nations, least-developed countries (LDCs) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). “We need to be more ambitious, not less, so we need more people on board,” she said. Observers say geopolitical realities are tying the hands of countries like the United States, which will hold presidential elections this year, and Japan which is dealing with the economic fallout of last year’s tsunami and nuclear melt-down. “The US doesn’t want to be talking about putting more money on the table before the presidential election,” said Meyer, policy director for the Union of Concerned Scientists watchdog body. “If there is no sense from developing countries that the northern countries are serious about the financial pledges that they made ... that will make them dig in their heels on a lot of other issues and that will make progress very difficult,” he warned. Hedegaard had also urged rich countries to deliver on promises of finance to aid developing nations emission-curbing efforts, adding: “we need not to underestimate
the risk of back-tracking.” The Bonn talks will seek to lay the groundwork for the next UN climate conference in Doha in November and December, where countries must formally adopt an amendment to the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. This as scientists warn that the target agreed at the chaotic Copenhagen summit of 2009 to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial levels, could be missed. Wendel Trio, director of Climate Action Network Europe, a coalition of non-governmental climate bodies, said expectations for the Bonn talks were “low”. “Countries have different positions on what to do, he said. “Some countries like AOSIS, the LCDs and the EU want to start working ... and get agreement on a work plan as soon as possible, while others such as the US and India prefer to only have some brainstorming and not engage in any negotiations.” France’s climate ambassador said the United States and China were adopting a “wait-and-see” attitude to climate talks. Last month, US climate envoy Todd Stern told journalists that 2012 “ought to be devoted to a kind of conceptual phase”.
US experts urge approval of first AIDS prevention pill WASHINGTON AFP
US health advisers on Thursday urged regulators to approve Truvada, made by Gilead Sciences, as the first preventive pill against HIV/AIDS instead of just a treatment for infected people. The favorable vote came after clinical trials showed Truvada could lower the risk of HIV in gay men by 44 to 73 percent, and was hailed by some AIDS advocates as a potent new tool against human immunodeficiency virus. However, many concerns were raised during a marathon 11-hour panel meeting in which about three dozen health care providers warned that the pill could boost risky behaviors and possibly lead to a drugresistant strain of HIV. The Food and Drug Administration is not bound by the recommendations of its expert panel, but usually follows the advice. A final decision by the FDA is expected by June 15. Mitchell Warren, executive director of HIV prevention group AVAC, said after the vote that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), or the method of taking a drug ahead of potential exposure to HIV, “while not a panacea, will be an essential additional part to the world’s success in ending AIDS.”
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indonesian crews in arduous climb to russian jet site CIJERUK AFP
Indonesian searchers with body bags and hoists scaled a steep volcano Friday to retrieve at least 45 bodies spread over the jungly terrain where a Russian jet crashed during a sales flight. The crews were using climbing equipment to ascend the nearvertical face of Mount Salak, a dormant volcano south of Jakarta, and were believed to be about 200 metres (650 feet) from reaching the first bodies, authorities said. All aboard the Sukhoi Superjet 100 were killed, authorities said Thursday, a day after the plane slammed into the mountain during a flight that was meant to spur international sales of Russia’s first postSoviet civilian jet. The military commander of the mission said that one team was climbing up from the foot of the mountain, while another was going down from the top. The difficult terrain over the dormant volcano, which juts more than 7,200 feet (2,200 metres) into the air and is most days shrouded in thick fog, has been an extreme challenge to the searchers. The mist had stopped helicopters from getting close to the area, since a chopper pilot first spotted the wreckage Thursday morning, authorities said. “The plane crashed into the mountain and slid 250 metres down, to 1,800 metres,” said the commander, Colonel Anton Mukti Putranto. The twinengine Superjet Wednesday descended to 6,000 feet (1,800 metres) before vanishing from radar screens, 50 minutes into what was meant to be a short flight to show off its capabilities to prospective airline buyers. “There is so far no information about (the number of) victims. They could see only the debris of the plane because it’s still quite a distance from where they are,” Putranto said, referring to the team closest to the site. Ketut Parwa, search and rescue agency chief for the capital Jakarta, said victims would be placed into body bags, hoisted up the mountain, then carried to ambulances a long distance away on foot.
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UN condemns Syria bomb attacks after 55 killed DAMASCUS
HE UN Security Council on Thursday condemned the deadliest bomb attacks of Syria’s 14-month uprising, urging all sides to stick to an international peace plan after at least 55 people were killed. The Syrian government and opposition traded the blame for Thursday’s twin suicide bomb attacks in Damascus, which also left nearly 400 people wounded in horrific scenes of carnage. The blasts during the morning rush hour further clouded a UN-backed ceasefire brokered by special envoy Kofi Annan that has failed to take hold since it went into effect on April 12. Syrian state television aired gruesome footage of the aftermath of the twin explosions in the neighbourhood of Qazzaz, blaming rebels seeking to topple President Bashar al-Assad’s embattled regime. The television showed images of a woman’s charred hand on a steering
wheel, her gold bracelets dangling from her blackened wrist. Other burnt and mangled bodies lay in the street amid the carcasses of smouldering vehicles and rubble. Russia and China, which have stymied Western efforts to heap stronger condemnation on Assad’s government, joined in a UN Security Council denunciation of the attacks. The 15 Security Council members “condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks” in the Syrian capital, according to a statement. The council called on all sides to “immediately and comprehensively” implement the six-point peace plan of UN-Arab League envoy Annan, “in particular to cease all armed violence”. UN leader Ban Ki-moon reaffirmed a call for all sides to cease violence and “to distance themselves from indiscriminate bombings and other terrorist acts”, his spokesman Martin Nesirky said. Syria’s UN envoy said British, French and Belgian nationals were among foreign fighters killed in the country’s mounting conflict and that there was Al-Qaeda in-
volvement. The ambassador, Bashar Jaafari, told the Security Council that on top of the Damascus blasts, an explosion in the city of Aleppo had left “several civilian victims and massive damage to private property”. Jaafari said 12 foreign fighters had been killed and 26 detained in recent clashes with Syrian forces, “including one French citizen, one British citizen, one Belgian citizen”. He said a list of the 26 foreigners detained had been sent to Ban and to the Security Council. Jaafari renewed condemnation of Gulf Arab states and Turkey whom he accused of backing the foreign fighters and Syrian rebels. Washington called the Damascus attacks “reprehensible” while Annan described them as “abhorrent”. Russia and China separately called for a stop to the violence and urged all parties in Syria to cooperate with Annan’s peace plan. The explosions took place on a main freeway in the south of Damascus, in front of a nine-storey security complex whose facade was heavily damaged while nearby
residential buildings collapsed. “Is that the freedom you want? Students from schools and employees going to work are dead,” shouted one man in the middle of the destruction. The interior ministry said the suicide attackers used a tonne of explosives, killing at least 55 people and wounding 372. It added that emergency workers filled 15 bags with body parts, and that the blasts also destroyed around 200 cars. “These crimes show that Syria is targeted by a terrorist attack launched by organisations armed and funded by parties who proclaim their backing to terrorist crimes,” the SANA news agency quoted the foreign ministry as saying. But the opposition Syrian National Council accused Assad’s regime of staging the bombings in a bid to undermine a UN observer mission and to persuade the international community that Damascus was battling “terrorists”. The SNC accused the regime of placing the bodies of people it had killed at the site of the bombings, to claim that they died in the blasts.
Panetta warns Congress against extra Pentagon funds WASHINGTON AFP
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta scolded Republican lawmakers Thursday for adding what he deemed to be unnecessary expenses to the Pentagon’s budget, warning it could lead to “gridlock.” The Pentagon chief spoke after the Republican-led House Armed Services Committee approved a defense budget that added funds for a study on a possible East Coast missile defense site and for modernizing US Navy cruisers that were due to be retired. The panel approved a bill for a base defense budget of $554 billion, which committee Chairman Buck McKeon says is about $4 billion more than what President Barack Obama’s administration wants to be spent for fiscal 2013 in order to meet cost-cutting targets. The lawmakers also authorized $88.5 billion for the war in Afghanistan and other counterterrorism efforts, in line with the Pentagon’s request. “My concern is that if Congress now tries to reverse many of the tough decisions that we reached by adding several billion dollars to the president’s budget request, then they risk... potential gridlock, because it’s not likely that the Senate will go along with what the House did,” Panetta told reporters. He warned that the bill, which must be voted by the entire House before heading to the Democrat-led Senate, “could force the kind of trade-offs that could jeopardize our national defense.” The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, said the committee’s extra funding for a study on a possible new missile defense site on the US East Coast was not necessary. “In my military judgment, the program of record for ballistic missile defense for the homeland, as we’ve submitted it, is adequate and sufficient to the task,” he said. “I don’t see a need beyond what we’ve submitted in the last budget.”
LA PAZ: Medicine students of the University of San Andres (UMSA) clash with riot police during a protest against a government decree that extends the workday in the health sector from six to eight hours on Friday. aFP
Romney challenges Obama to — waterskiing? WASHINGTON
No sign of arab Spring as algerians trickle to polls
Republican Mitt Romney took the White House race into uncharted waters Thursday, suggesting he would like to challenge President Barack Obama to a bit of waterskiing. “I don’t think I’ll play the president a round of golf but I’ll be happy to take him through a waterski course,” the presumptive presidential nominee said on Fox News when asked whether he was as “hip” as the commander-inchief. “We have different skills and different interests and different hobbies,” said the former Massachusetts governor and multimillionaire venture capitalist. The comments were the latest in a series of tone-deaf remarks made by Romney in which his cheery honesty has only pushed his immense wealth further into the spotlight, leading some to question if he can relate to everyday Americans. During a televised presidential debate in December, he
challenged rival Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, to a “$10,000 bet” to settle a dispute over Romney’s position on health care reform. In February in Michigan, he spoke of his wife driving “a couple of Cadillacs,” and then told a reporter at NASCAR’s Daytona 500 race that he has “some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.” Romney has consistently
insisted that the state of the economy and its wobbly recovery is the main issue of the 2012 campaign. But his deep pockets have become an issue at a time when millions of American families are struggling. Obama last week branded Romney a corporate raider who outsourced American jobs overseas and piled up cash in offshore havens and a Swiss bank account.
Algeria Thursday held its first polls since the Arab Spring, with an official turnout figure poised to belie deep voter disaffection over the prospect of a political status quo. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s National Liberation Front (FLN), the former single party, and its two government allies, including the country’s main legal Islamist party, were confident of victory ahead of the polls. Foreign observers said the legislative election process was marred only by minor incidents but the electoral commission said it had received many complaints of irregularities. Speaking on state television with a framed picture of 75-year-old Bouteflika behind him when polling officially closed, Interior Minister Daho Ould Kablia said 34.95 percent had voted by 1630 GMT. That paves the way for a significantly higher turnout than the historical low of 35 percent recorded in 2007, but many Algerians are deeply suspicious of official figures.
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Disappointed Kamran, Razzaq look for reasons of snub KARACHI AFP
NUBBED Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and allrounder Abdul Razzaq Friday expressed disappointment at being continuously left out of the national team, asking selectors for their reasons. Pakistan Thursday announced three separate squads for next month's tour of Sri Lanka, but Kamran and Razzaq were not selected in any of the squads. Kamran said he was unaware of the reasons for his continuous omission. "I don't know why the selectors did not select me once again," Kamran told reporters. "I am doing well at the domestic level and am fit and want to play for my country but I don't know why I am continuously left out of the team." The 30-year-old keeper-batsman has not played for Pakistan since the World Cup 2011 semi-final against arch-rivals India in March. Kamran, who was investigated over fixing allegations, claimed he had been cleared by the Pakistan Cricket Board's
hafeez is the right choice: zaheer abbas
(PCB) integrity committee. "I am cleared by the PCB integrity committee and if I am at fault in any way then ban me for good," a visibly upset Kamran said. "This is not fair to level allegations against me because I
have satisfied everyone, including the International Cricket Council (ICC)." PCB formed an integrity committee headed by a retired judge to check the assets of players on the directives of the ICC in October 2010.
That came two months after the spot-fixing scandal in England which ended in lengthy bans on three Pakistani players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer. Kamran has so far played 53 Tests, 137 one-day and 38 Twenty20 for Pakistan. Allrounder Razzaq also criticised selection for the Sri Lanka tour. "I am very sad at not being selected," said Razzaq, 32. "I am fit and have recently played in the domestic events but its surprising how the selectors keep ignoring me." Razzaq has not been selected since being sent home from United Arab Emirates in November last year following a shoulder injury against Sri Lanka. He has so far played 46 Tests, 265 oneday and 26 Twenty20 internationals. Razzaq denied he was retiring from international cricket. "I have no plans to retire from international cricket as I believe I can still play for Pakistan. I have a contract with Leicestershire in English season so I will go there and play with a hope that my performance will convince the national selectors," said Razzaq.
recalled Johnson says was on verge of quitting MELBOURNE REUtERS
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Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas believes that Mohammad Hafeez’s consistent performances led to his selection as captain of the Twenty20 side. “Hafeez is the right choice as T20 Captain. He, really, is the only choice and the reason is very simple as he is scoring runs and taking wickets for the team and this consistency has been rewarded. His future elevation to captain from vice captain will be based on his performance in those types of formats but if he performs well then obviously that will be the right choice,” Abbas told PakPassion.net. Abbas also said that being captain of all the three teams had put additional pressure on Misbah-ul-Haq which is why the decision to make Hafeez captain was a good one. “It’s a good decision by the board – Misbah was captain for all formats which is a bit of a hassle for any captain as its puts too much pressure on one person – so this is a good decision taken by the board”.
A toe injury that kept Mitchell Johnson out of cricket for the entire Australian summer might have saved his career, the paceman said on Friday. Johnson, who tore ligaments in his big toe during Australia's test victory over South Africa in Johannesburg in November, said he had lost passion for the game last year and was unsure if he could continue to perform at the highest level. "Going into that test in Joburg, I was unsure if I could perform to be honest," the 30-year-old told reporters in Perth. "It was at that point where I really just wanted to get away from the game and step back from it. "The injury did come at the right time. I'd probably lost a bit of interest in playing the game. "If I didn't get the injury, if I kept going, I could have got dropped and that could have been it. "That (retirement) could have been on the cards for sure." Johnson was named on Thursday in Australia's one-day squad for next month's tour of Ireland and England, with selectors hoping the enigmatic quick can regain top form in time for the Twenty20 World Cup in September. The moody Johnson has previously admitted to suffering a crisis of confidence after an infamous spell of
ali aims to keep Pakistan fast-bowling tradition alive LAHORE StAFF REPORt
“I was watching television with my family earlier today and saw my name in the one day squad. I couldn’t believe it and had to look away from the television and then look again to actually believe that I had been included. I was literally rubbing my eyes in disbelief. My family were with me and it was a special moment for all of us.” This was 23-year-old Multan fast bowler Rahat Ali’s special moment, surprising but not completely unexpected as his confidence suggests. “After a successful domestic season and being called up to the recent camp in Lahore, I’m raring to go and I am full of confidence and self belief. I’ve always had faith in my ability and now I hope that I can perform on the big stage which is international cricket. The Sri Lankan batting line up is a powerful one but if I am given a chance I would love to test myself out against them,” Ali said in an interview to pakpassion.net. He is regarded by fellow players and officials on the domestic circuit as someone with a lot of raw pace but also great control and spearheads KRL and Balochistan’s attack. He took 17 wickets at an average of just over 23 in four Pentangular Cup matches. His performances in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy were equally impressive as he took 44 wickets in 9 matches at an excellent average of 17.45. However, he only featured in one National One Day Cup match for KRL where he took 1 for 29 in eight overs against Peshawar. “I’ve watched videos of the great Imran Khan and also watched legends like Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis and also more recently watched the brilliant Shoaib Akhtar. They are all inspirations to me, they are all bowlers who I look to emulate. Pakistan has always had great fast bowlers and the tradition of fast bowling is well and truly alive in the country. I want to continue that tradition and for Pakistani cricket fans around the world to be proud of me.” Rahat was one of 11 pace bowlers who were recently called to Lahore to take part in a fast bowler’s evaluation camp supervised by Pakistan’s coaches Dav Whatmore and Julien Fountain.
PcB announce Sri Lanka tour team management wayward bowling during Australia's Ashes tour of England in 2009. The left-armer's wavering form, mixing erratic spells with occasionally devastating salvoes of swing bowling, has proved a constant source of frustration for Australian cricket fans and media. Johnson, the ICC's cricketer-ofthe-year in 2009, said he had been glad to be away from the spotlight while his toe recovered from surgery. "I guess being away from the media helped a little bit, not copping it day in, day out," he said. "So that's
been a bit of a relief." Johnson's injury lay-off has coincided with the rise of young fast bowler James Pattinson and the resurgence of Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus into a potent bowling combination in tests. With Ryan Harris, Mitchell Starc and teenager Pat Cummins all pressing for selection, Johnson faces a battle to win his test spot back, but will have a chance to impress selectors having been named in an Australia A squad for two four-day games against the England Lions in August.
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The Pakistan Cricket Board today announces the Pakistan Team Management for Sri Lanka Tour. The Team Management comprises of the following: Team Manager Naveed Akram Cheema, Head Coach Dav Whatmore, Fielding Coach Julian Fountain, Assistant Manager Shahid Aslam, Physiotherapist Dr. Faisal Hayat, Trainer Saboor Ahmad, Analyst Mohammad Talha Butt, Masseur Malang Ali and Security Manager Col Waseem Ahmad.
Pybus on Bangladesh coach shortlist DHAKA AGENCIES
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President AHM Mustafa Kamal prefers Richard Pybus to be the next Bangladesh coach. "Pybus is a tested coach. Well-wishers had suggested earlier for appointing Pybus as the new coach of our cricket team. He has arrived and we had discussions over the issue," Kamal told journalists at Sher-eBangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Friday. The former Pakistan coach has been shortlisted by the board as a candidate to
coach the national team and was to be interviewed on Friday. The board is also set to interview two other candidates later Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell and former New Zealand batsman and coach Mark Greatbatch. "He (Pybus) wants to know about our cricket and its infrastructure. He also wants to have an idea about issues relating to our team management, cricket board and advantages and disadvantages of cricket," Kamal added. Kamal said Pybus will inform the board about his decision after consulting his family after he reaches home. Pybus'
family has already been invited to pay a visit to Bangladesh, Kamal added. "We don't have any specific target based on time and event. But Pybus has a specific target for the team besides having a specific target fixed for players of the team," said Kamal. Kamal added the BCB decided to strike a long-term contract with the former Pakistan coach. The new coach would be responsible for the team until the next Cricket World Cup. Kamal also hinted that the contract may be extended, if necessary. He also said some senior cricketers may be introduced to Pybus in the
evening on Friday. Pybus, who arrived on Thursday, visited the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Friday. He has been satisfied after inspecting the stadium and the National Cricket Academy. Born and raised in the north-east of England, Pybus has also expressed his eagerness to take over Bangladesh team and contribute to the development of cricket. "I want to contribute to the development of the country's cricket. I think cricketers of this country are hungry for victory," said Pybus. "Earlier, late Eddie Barlow had been a coach of Bangladesh cricket team. I
have talked with his wife Kelly last week. He inspired me to take over the new responsibility. Now everything depends on the discussions with BCB," he added. Pybus, who took up coaching in his mid-twenties, was appointed Pakistan coach for their 1999 World Cup campaign while at Border, before returning to the South African provincial side. He coached Pakistan again until the 2003 World Cup and had stints with Titans and Cape Cobras (South Africa), and Middlesex. He was with Cobras until March 2012 and was also linked to the South Africa job last year.
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Peterson camp disappointed after Khan fight called off WASHINGTON
AMONT Peterson's camp is "disappointed and distraught" by the decision to cancel a world light-welterweight title showdown next week against Britain's Amir Khan after the American failed a drug test. But an angry Khan labelled Peterson "a cheat" and called for the return of his International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association titles. In a statement released on Thursday by Peterson's team, the reigning WBA and IBF champion lamented the wipeout of a planned May 19 rematch of his controversial victory last December. "Team Peterson is very disappointed and distraught by the decision to cancel the May 19 rematch against Amir Khan," the statement said. "This is an extremely difficult decision to accept." Peterson underwent medical tests and was examined by doctors this week in hopes of providing data to the Nevada State Athletic Commission ahead of the fight in Las Vegas. "As a condition for this rematch Lamont demanded that Olympic-style random drug testing be implemented," the statement said. "He has been a true advocate for making boxing drug free
Strauss out cheaply ahead of first test LONDON
and fair. "In his 18-year career (10 amateur and 8 professional) Lamont Peterson has never failed a drug test and has always complied with the rules beyond this isolated and explainable occurrence. "We still stand behind the fact that he did nothing wrong and he was more than ready to go through with the May 19 fight. "We will vigorously pursue the truth with regards to this matter and continue to fight to protect this young man's character, credibility and all he has accomplished. Once all the facts have been reviewed we have no doubt that he will be vindicated." However,
late surge takes Chennai in to top four JAIPUR CRICINFO
England captain Andrew Strauss was out for just two on Thursday in his final match before next week's first Test against the West Indies at Lord's. The left-handed opener was caught behind off Harry Gurney as Middlesex made 51 for three in reply to Nottinghamshire's 423 featuring 162 from Michael Lumb, a member of the England side that won the 2010 World Twenty20 in the Caribbean. Strauss, who is likely to have one more knock at Trent Bridge as there are two days left in the game, will returns to Lord's, his Middlesex home ground, hoping to improve on a poor recent record of just one hundred in his last 50 Test innings.
an angry Khan said: "The Nevada Commission have taken the licence off Lamont Peterson and they don't want him to fight in the next fight. "So I think whoever I fight next they'll put the titles on the line or we still go through the process and we might get the titles back and the fight that we had last time will be a no-contest." Khan, who said Peterson's test had come as a "big shock", added: "The truth's come out now and it just proves that Lamont Peterson was a cheat really. "It hurt me more than anything because I really did want to go in there and put on a performance and show the world how good Amir Khan is.
You can't rule out Chennai Super Kings. They are no strangers to wriggling out of a difficult situation, and they did it again in Jaipur, when it seemed their playoff prospects were in peril. The teams, at a crucial juncture in the season, could ill-afford a slip-up, and Super Kings huffed and puffed in a low-scoring chase but made it thanks to a late onslaught from Albie Morkel and S Anirudha. They completely altered the flow of a game heading for a close finish and, with 13 points in the bag, Super Kings broke into the top four. Royals were favourites when they had Super Kings at 84 for 6 in the 17th over, the wicket of Ravindra Jadeja, caught in the deep, prompting a roar of relief from a usually calm Rahul Dravid. But Super Kings
were always in the game with Morkel around, and Anirudha matched him shot for shot as the Royals bowlers buckled under pressure. That surge, which produced 43 off 13 balls, left the home crowd deflated and Royals stunned by the sudden transformation it wrought. As has often been the case this IPL, the seamers erred at the death, with attempts at bowling yorkers failing miserably to end up as length deliveries. With 41 needed off 21, Morkel launched Pankaj Singh just over the long-off boundary, a mistimed hit carrying all the way. A topedged four and a single later, the equation was down to 30 required off three overs. SCorES: Chennai Super Kings 127 for 6 (Raina 23, Morkel 18*, Anirudha 18*) beat Rajasthan Royals 126 for 6 (Hodge 33, Hilfenhaus 2-8) by four wickets
Local govt demolishes PcB security cordon LaHorE: The security cordon that was recently developed by the Pakistan Cricket Board at the main entrance its headquarters at the Gaddafi Stadium to prevent any terrorism was on Friday demolished by the city district government officials. The PCB as part of the security plan to invite foreign teams to play in Pakistan constructed security walls at the main entrance of the PCB headquarters but the TMO officials without any notice as the official of the PCB said, raised the walls to ground. It has been learnt that last week the government officials in negotiations with the PCB COO Subhan Ahmed agreed to let the walls in tact but on Friday they demolished them without giving any warning to the PCB leaving the board insecure. The PCB official said that in such a circumstances who come a foreign team would visit Pakistan to revive international cricket. The security cordon was under construction when the Bangladesh security team visited Pakistan and agreed to play two matches at Lahoreâ€™s Gaddafi Stadium to revive international cricket but they later refused when their High Court prevented them to travel to Pakistan. The open boundary wall of the PCB where the cricket officials feel insecure would never be able to hold international cricket in such a circumstances, believes the official. StAFF REPORt
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BarQUisiMETO: Members of Venezuela's Paralympics compete in the rain. REUTERS
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Yi Wei Chen fired a stoppage time winner as defending champions Taiwan Power Company qualified for the finals of the AFC President’s Cup following a 1-0 victory over Mongolian debutants Erchim FC on Wednesday. With Taiwan Power Company winning the match, Pakistan will have to beat with clear margin of 2-0 goals to their step into the next round. Erchim FC were on course in earning a deserved point as Taiwan Power Company failed to break the strong Erchim defence that resisted the former champions until the 93rd minutes of the match that ultimately let in the defending winners. Despite being at the foot of the Group A table and finishing all their matches of the campaign, Erchim still have a slim hope of qualifying for the finals as hosts KRL are playing against Taiwan Power Company on Saturday’s last match of the group. A win of more than two goals for Taiwan Power Company will ensure a passage for Erchim while anything less than that will help the hosts go to the September finals.
aqeel clinches open ranking tennis LAHORE StAFF REPORt
The 9th edition of Pizza Hut Open Ranking Tennis Championship concluded at Karachi Club Tennis Court with the sponsors Pizza Hut contributing Rs 75000 as a total prize money. Rasool Bukhsh Sand, Additional IG -Sindh was the chief Guest at closing ceremony, Mr. Aqil Hasan , Chief executive Pizza Hut, Khwaja Saeed Hai,Mrs. Bushra Hasan, Mushtaq Ahmed, Director Sports Sindh, Jawed H. Karim, secretary Karachi club , Gulzar firoz, president Karachi Tennis Association ( East), Altaf Hussain President Karachi Tennis Association ( South) , Aslam Khan, president Sindh Chess Association, Ghulam Muhammed,NBP, Ismail sharif, KC, Muhammed Ilyas Lashkerwala KC, Abdul Hameed, Sindh Karate Association, Marya Khan , GM Marketing, Pizza Hut, Syed Atiq Ali ,GM Finance - Pizza Hut also grace the closing ceremony Men s Singles final: aqeel Khan beat nomi Qamer 6-2, 6-0. Ladies singles final: Maheen dada beat hania Khan 6-1, 6-1. Juniors under 17 singles final: talha zubair beat hassaan siddiqui 6-2, 6-3. Seniors 45 plus singles final: Shahid aziz& tayyb yousuf beat zafer hasan 7 Javed iqbal 6-4, 6-2. Mends Doubles final: aqeel Khan 7 ali hasan bhagat beat nomi qamer 7 asad ali bhagat 6-4, 6-1. Under 15 doubles final: nazif ahmed 7 ibrahim iltifat beat sager & ajay 8-2
captains congratulated LAHORE StAFF REPORt
Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq and Mohammad Hafeez were congratulated for their selection as captains of the national teams. Arif Hameed, MD SNGPL, congratulated them for being named as the captains of the national test/ODI and T20 teams. Both these players are the members of the SNGPL team.
condolence LAHORE StAFF REPORt
National weightlifting club coaching centre office bearers along with secretary international weightlifter and national champion power lifter Akeel Javed Butt, international powerlifter Maher Arshad, Sohail Javed Butt and others condoled death of Yaseen pehalwan, father of MNA Bilal Yaseen. Yaseen pehalwan was popular along with Bholu pehalwan brothers. Yaseen won two dangals in Nairobu in 1962.
PCB Xi win Festival match ISLAMABAD StAFF REPORt
PCB Eleven won the Festival Match organized by the Pakistan cricket Board in collaboration with the Capital Development Authority of Islamabad at the Diamond Cricket Ground. Chairman PCB Eleven won by 35 runs on D/L method. Khalid Latif with 76 runs and Shoaib Malik 56 for PCB XI were priminent while from the losing side Sarfraz Ahmed 46 not out was the main scorer. SCorES: Chairman PCB Eleven 1924 in 20 overs(Muhammad Hafeez 18, 13 balls, 4x4s, Ahmed Shahzad 14, 12 balls, 2x4s, Khalid Latif 76, 46 balls, 8x4s, 3x6s, Shoaib Malik 56, 31 balls, 2x4s, 4x6s, Shahid Afridi 5*, 8 balls, Umer Akmal 20*, 10 balls, 4x4s, Junaid Khan 4-0-31-1, Rahat Ali 4-0-262, Aizaz Cheema 4-0-52-1, Abdul Rehman 3-0-53-0, Hammad Azam 40-29-0) Chairman CDA Eleven 150-6 in 19.2 overs (Imran Farhat 19, 19 balls, 4x4s, Afaq Rahim 14, 7 balls, 1x4, 1x6, Asad Shafiq 4, 3 balls, Haris Sohail 21, 28 balls, 2x4s, Misbah-ul-Haq 16, 12
‘old man’ ginn rows on in bid for fourth gold SYDNEY REUtERS
iSLaMaBaD: PcB chairman ch. zaka ashraf awards the winning trophy to PcB Xi captain Muhammad hafeez after his team won the festival match. StaFF PHOtO balls, 3x4s, Hammad Azam 10, 12 balls, 1x4, Sarfraz Ahmed 46*, 24 balls, 2x4s, 1x6, Abdul Rehman 9, 11 balls, Muhammad Hafeez 3-0-28-1, Umer Gul 2-0-21-0, Sohail Tanveer 3.2-0-25-2, Muhammad Sami 4-0-170, Shahid Afridi 3-0-15-1, Saeed
Ajmal 4-0-38-2) Result: Chairman PCB Eleven won by 35 runs on D/L method Toss: Chairman PCB Eleven Umpires: Nadeem Ghouri & M. Asif Yaqoob. TV Umpires: Ahmed Shahab Referee: Khateeb Rizwan.
For a man who has a chance to become Australia's most decorated Olympic oarsman in London later this year, Drew Ginn is surprisingly dismissive of the importance of pedigree in achieving success at the Games. Ginn is heading to London in search of his fourth Olympic gold in his fourth Games and is determined to upset the hosts by reclaiming the coxless fours title he won as part of Australia's "Oarsome Foursome" in Atlanta 16 years ago. After winning more golds in the coxless pairs in Athens and Beijing, the 37-yearold has returned to the four-man boat for London, where he could better the Olympic record of compatriot James Tomkins and draw within a single title of Briton Steve Redgrave's historic haul. "It's something I don't think about until someone mentions it," Ginn told Reuters in an interview at Australia's final team workout before they head off to Europe.
Afghan swimmer dreams of London Paralympics KABUL AFP
Afghan teenager Malek Mohammad balances on his hands, readies his stumps, then dives perilously into the water. The 18-year-old, whose legs were blown off by a Soviet landmine, dreams of swimming for Afghanistan in the London Paralympics. "I hope they select me to participate in the London Games. So I am just praying," he told AFP at the small pool where he trains in Kabul, in a nation known better for a deadly Taliban insurgency than international sporting prowess. "If I get a medal from the Olympics that will be good for my country, for my people. Disabled people will be proud of me, my family, everyone." Malek is one of tens of thousands of Afghan amputees, victims of three decades of war -- 10 years of fighting against Soviet troops in the 1980s, civil war and the current Taliban insurgency -- that have made Afghanistan one of the most heavily mined countries in the world. In January, the United Nations estimated that in 20 years it had dismantled more than 500,000 anti-personnel mines, 22,000 anti-tank mines and 15 million unexploded munitions. Such weapons killed or wounded 375 people in 2011, according to the United Nations. Last year, homemade bombs planted by the Taliban along roads and ditches killed another 1,000 people, the world body said. Malek's life changed for-
ever in 2005, when he walked into a Russian mine field near Kabul airport. He stepped on one of them and landed on another that then exploded. His mother, Sabza Gul, recalled her shock when she saw him gravely wounded in hospital. "He didn't even look human. When I saw my son in pieces like that, I fell unconscious right in the hospital. I felt like someone ripped my insides out." Malek lost both legs and any hope of a normal life in a country where ordinary life was already difficult. There was one silver lining however. When the US government's development agency, USAID, heard about his condition, it managed to get him
treated in the United States and he ended up staying there for two years. "I learned English, I learned how to swim, how to walk with (prosthetic) legs, I learned how to make friends," he said. Malek is covered in scars. Surgeons have yet to remove all the shrapnel from his body, but his experiences in America turned him into a huge supporter of the United States, which has nearly 100,000 troops fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. He met George Bush Senior, the former president, and treasures an autographed photograph taken with him with the message: "Good luck and have a great life." A handsome boy with a muscular chest, Malek appeared on television and
newspaper articles were written about him after he won a local swimming competition in San Diego, California, and posed for a calendar of handicapped athletes. "Before the accident, I was nothing. I was just a child with my family. I was a bakery worker and a student," he says, fitting his US-made prosthetics decorated at the bottom with a star-spangled banner. "I want to go higher, higher, higher." He now has to wait to see whether the International Paralympic Committee decides to invite him -- he hopes along with half a dozen other handicapped Afghan athletes -- to go to the London Games, which start on August 29 and run until September 9. Malek is hopeful of making the Afghan delegation, despite his limited preparation. The small pool where he trains has recently opened in Kabul but the only way he can get there is in taxis, which are expensive. "I need support. My family are poor. We are really not rich," he said. His mother says she does her best. "Sometimes Malek gets sick and because our situation is not good, I cannot give him the kind of food an athlete needs. Most of the time I feel sorry for myself and I pray to God, 'You have given me this son, please feed him and help him.'" Kabeer Khoshbeen, an Afghan athlete with an amputated arm, believes that Malek is just weeks away from winning Afghanistan's first medal at the Paralympics and becoming a national hero. "Disabled people -they are all waiting for him to get a medal, they hope he will become a hero."
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Azarenka holds off li to make Madrid semis MADRID
Federer, Djokovic win
Top seed Novak Djokovic, who needed two match points to beat Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 and Roger Federer, who rolled over Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2 during their the Madrid Masters matches. With the exit of Nadal, Federer now has a chance to return to the ATP number two ranking if he can win the title, according to ATP calculations. "It was a surprising loss for Rafa," said the Swiss. "But Verdasco is a quality player who should have maybe beaten Nadal in the past. "Down two breaks in a match on clay you don't expect a guy to come back. But the tournament goes on without Rafa. "I did well today, playing clean tennis. Maybe I had some unforced errors when I went for shots, but the ball flies here. "I served well when I had to and played well on big points," he said before facing Spanish fifth seed David Ferrer, who beat compatriot Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 7-6
(10/8). Verdasco lost his second set as Nadal found his rhythm, but the 15thseeded challenger rallied from 1-4 down in the third to work his upset miracle, winning his first match over the king of clay from 14 attempts. The final set was littered with seven breaks of serve, with a nervous Nadal well off his game and expressing frustration with the surface which has drawn his ire for weeks. Verdasco applied the pressure in the final game to break Nadal and advance on his second match point, with the winner kissing the surface in gratitude. "I couldn't close out the match at 5-2. He played better than me," said Nadal, by far the harshest critic of the experimental switch to blue clay. "The ATP and the tournament can do what they want, I tried my best, I've trained since Thursday. I was as prepared as I could be. "I was not good enough to adapt my game to this court. If things continue like this, it will be very sad.
Japanese table tennis prodigy told to enjoy salad days TOKYO REUtERS
Teenage Japanese table tennis player Koki Niwa has been ordered to see a dietician and consume more vegetables in the run up to this year's London Olympics to fix his sloppy eating habits. Japan's coaches have lost patience with the pint-sized Niwa over his aversion to healthy food, local media reported on Friday. "Looking after my diet is not something I'm all that interested in," the 17-year-old, who particularly dislikes tomatoes and carrots, told the Nikkan Sports newspaper. "But I will do what I can to try to increase the amount of vegetables I eat," added Niwa, who shocked China's world number one Ma Long at last month's Asian Olympic qualifiers. Japan coach Yoshito Miyazaki has booked Niwa for sessions with a dietician in a bid to get the 160-centimetre, 52-kilogram player in good shape for London. The left-hander won the gold medal at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games and won junior world titles in doubles the same year and in singles in 2011. Niwa, who will contest the team event with Jun Mizutani and Seiya Kishikawa, has given early indications that he is listening to the eating advice. "My favourite food is noodles and meat," said Niwa. "But I'm going to try eating green peppers."
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toni, nadal sees red over Madrid's blue clay
ORLD number one Victoria Azarenka was made to battle hard for a semi-final place at the Madrid Open as she eventually overcame Roland Garros champion Li Na 3-6 6-3 6-3 on Friday. The Belarussian, runner up in Madrid last year, looked to be cruising at 4-1 up in the third before China's Li broke back. Li was unable to take advantage of four break-point chances, however, and 36 unforced errors told its own story. Azarenka will face newly-installed world number three Agnieszka Radwanska or American qualifier Varvara Lepchenko in the last four. Former world number ones Serena Williams and second seed Maria Sharapova follow next on centre court. Fifth-seed Samantha Stosur takes on another qualifier Czech Republic's Lucie Hradecka in the other quarter-final.
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MaDriD: azarenka of Belarus celebrates her victory over Li of china after their match at the Madrid open. rEutErS
Rafa Nadal's uncle and coach Toni has added his voice to growing criticism of the Madrid Open's blue clay courts, and hit out at tournament owner Ion Tiriac and the men's tour organisers the ATP over the switch from the traditional red dirt. World number two Nadal, who was knocked out in the third round by Spanish compatriot Fernando Verdasco on Thursday, and number one Novak Djokovic have complained the blue clay is too slippery and have threatened to boycott the Masters event next year unless the red surface is reinstated. "The fact that the ATP gave permission for this tournament is an outrage," Toni Nadal told Spanish radio.
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Suspended NATO supplies costing US $38m a month WASHINGTON ONLINE
OLLOWING the closure of NATO supplies by Pakistan in retaliation to the killing of its 24 soldiers in a cross border fire by US/NATO troops, the use of northern distribution network is costing US an additional $38 million per month, a US senator has said. “We have learned the Department of Defence will face at least a $1.3 billion bill as a result of the rise in fuel prices. This price increase has been exacerbated by the continued closure of the Pakistan border, forcing supply convoys for our force in Afghanistan to use the northern distribution network at
an increased expense of about $38 million per month,” Senator Claire McCaskill said at a Congressional hearing on current readiness of US troops, on Thursday. McCaskill responding to the concerns of US lawmaker, General Philip Breedlove, vice chief of the air force, cautioned about the additional financial burden the US forces might have to face if Pakistan does not reopen the ground lines of communications (GLOC). The US forces use the northern distribution network for the transportation of goods to Afghanistan after Pakistan shut down the GLOCs. “If we do not get movement in the Pak GLOCs — as you know, much of the job of bringing home all of the equipment that the marines and the army need will fall to the backs of
the air force to haul out. And so there’ll be a considerable amount of time as we effect this retrograde, especially if it is increased by the air, before the air force will even begin to begin its retrofit and refit,” he said. “So our start time could be significantly different than what you heard from my compatriots, and it will take us some period of time, between a year and a year and a half after that, to get through the training cycles and things we need,” he said. “It is relevant, obviously, to the drawdown as we pull equipment and men and women out of Afghanistan. It’s obviously very important in terms of fuel costs. It is a huge bill that we — I think people forget that nobody buys more fuel in the world
than we do. And when it’s expensive, it really is a gut punch to the budgets of our military,” McCaskill said. “I know that we have to pay almost three times the normal rate to go through the northern distribution network that we would have to typically expend going through Pakistan. What effect is this closure going to have on getting equipment out, getting everything out we need to get out, and more importantly, on getting the fuel in, we need to continue to support the mission that we have ongoing in Afghanistan?” he asked. Breedlove said the re-price on fuel is going to cost the US air force approximately $1.3 billion that was not in their original plan. “Second of all if the Pak GLOCs do not open and we cannot count on the flow
that was planned for that when we originally budgeted for our fuel for this next year, and now we have to increase the amount of fuel we use to begin to fly out much of this retrograde by air, that will again be an unplanned OCO bump in fuel requirements to the Air Force,” the US Air Force commander said. “I think a lot of Americans don’t understand that the stresses with Pakistan have many implications, and it is not just the direct implication of are they our friend, are they our enemy, what exactly are they and who can we trust within Pakistan. But it has a dramatic impact on the budgets of our military as it relates to operational requirements in Afghanistan and drawdown in Afghanistan,” McCaskill said.
PML-N decides to launch long march LAHORE AGENCIES
KARACHI: Police officer Aslam Chaudhry shows weapons seized in a raid on Friday. ONliNE
Drug case accused zafar lak made Fia chief ISLAMABAD ONLINE
The government has appointed Narcotics Secretary Zafar Abbas Lak as the director general of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in place of Javaid Iqbal who has been appointed the narcotics secretary. Lak is one of the accused in the ephedrine case, also involving Ali Musa Gilani, son of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani. The AntiNarcotics Force (ANF) in its inquiry report submitted to the Supreme Court of Pakistan alleged that Lak was trying to sabotage the enquiry process, and the Ministry of Narcotics Control had been asking the ANF to stop its enquiry and also stop proceedings in the Supreme Court. The transfers came as the ANF again summoned Ali Musa Gilani for interrogation on May 14.
Paf Mirage aircraft crashes, pilot safe karaCHi: A Mirage fighter jet of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Friday crashed in Karachi near the Hub area. According to reports, the aircraft, which took off from Masroor Airbase, Mauripur crashed near Hub. The pilot successfully ejected and remained safe. Police and PAF teams rushed to the crash site and cordoned off the area. aFP
SC orders police to present 3 missing persons on 14th ISLAMABAD ONLINE
The Supreme Court (SC) has expressed annoyance over the absence of Inspector General Frontier Corps (IGFC) Balochistan Obaidullah Khattak despite having been summoned by the court. A three-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the proceedings of the missing persons’ case in Balochistan. At the absence of the IGFC, the CJP expressed anger and warned of action against him if he failed to appear before the court. The CJP further said that if the IGFC did not want to appear in the court, he should at least present the three missing persons before the bench. He said the Balochistan issue had become immensely serious, and the government was not focusing over the matter. He said the federal government should
know the consequences of unrest in Balochistan, as the current situation would lead to a massive crisis in the province. Balochistan Police Deputy Inspector General (Operations) Hamid Shakeel informed the court that the CCTV video of a private hotel shows an FC vehicle picking up the missing persons. The court ordered to present the video. “Who has given FC the right to pick people from their houses,” the CJP asked, adding that evidences against the FC were at hand, and it would be very disgraceful for the department. During the proceedings, FC authorities assured the SC that the missing persons would be presented before the court. The CJP remarked that the bench would pass an order against the IGFC if he failed to appear, and ordered to present the three missing persons before the court during its next proceedings and adjourned the hearing until May 14.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has finally decided to launch a long march against the government, as its chief Nawaz Sharif summoned Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan here to devise a strategy. PML-N President Nawaz Sharif has asked the party workers to finalise preparations for the long march. According to sources, the opposition party is launching the long march to put pressure on Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to resign after his conviction by the Supreme Court (SC) for flouting orders on writing letter to Swiss authorities for reopening corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. The party has already started the campaign against the PM and his government. The important meeting of the PML-N leadership would be attended by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, and other senior party leaders. According to the new plan, countrywide protests against the government would be held. Sources said the PML-N would also lodge a high-intensity protest during the budget session in the National Assembly, and the PML-N chief had given the task to Chaudhry Nisar and Senator Ishaq Dar to take other opposition parties into confidence for the protest strategies against the government. Earlier today, the PML-N took out rallies against the government in Khairpur and Dadu. PML-N Sindh President Ghaus Ali Shah led the rally in Khairpur. Addressing the anti-government rally, Shah said that the government had pushed the country towards devastation; but, the conscious masses were out on roads against the rulers. He said the central
3 women, 2 children killed in Khyber mortar attack PESHAWAR StAFF REPORt
At least five people, including two children, were killed when a mortar shell hit a moving passenger vehicle in the Shalobar Qambarkhel area in Khyber Agency on Friday. The victims, belonging to the same family, were on their way from Shalobar Bara to the Jalozai refugee camp. Several others were injured in the attack. The political administration of Khyber Agency had directed dwellers from all over Shalobar Qambarkhel to leave the area as the security forces were embarking on a military action against militants. Authorities have confirmed that 60,000
families left the area and were now internally displaced persons (IDPs). According to an official, majority of the IDPs from the Bara region were living with their relatives or in rented houses in Peshawar. However, thousands of others were residing in Jalozai tents or makeshift villages. Meanwhile, Deputy Superintendent Police Banaras Khan survived a bomb attack in Chughal Pura in Peshawar on Friday. Unidentified men planted an improvised explosive device (IED) along the roadside, which went off when a police vehicle reached the spot. The occupants of the vehicle, including the DSP remained unhurt. Authorities confirmed that Khan was the target of the terrorist act.
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Shahbaz Sharif to boycott Economic Council meeting
LaHorE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has decided to refrain from attending a meeting of the Economic Council being chaired by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani. Punjab government officials on Friday said the chief minister had not received any invitation to attend the meeting. However, Shahbaz would not attend the meeting as he had declared that he did not recognise Gilani as legitimate prime minister of the country after his conviction by the Supreme Court. iNP leadership of the party would decide about the date of the march. Meantime, PML-N leader Liaquat Jatoi spearheaded the rally in Dadu. A considerable number of women also participated in the rally.