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No retreat, no surrender
Taliban say they will not attack army in NWA PesHAWAr AGENCIES
Hazara Shias continue protest, refuse to bury dead until Quetta is handed over to army, CJP takes notice g PM passes several orders, but refuses to meet Hazara representatives pronto
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RIME Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has taken serious notice of Shia killings in Quetta. So serious was the notice that knowing that relatives, and over 60 bodies, have been lying across the streets of Quetta for over 35 hours, the PM did not find time to meet representatives of the affected Hazara Shias, telling them he would meet them next week to listen their grievances. The routine condemnations, assurances, orders and vows continued on Saturday as the Hazara community braved sub-zero temperature in Quetta overnight to continue with its protest against its persisted targeting. The Shias have refused to bury the dead until Quetta was handed over to the military
and the chief justice of Pakistan took suo motu notice of the persecution of the minority Muslim sect. Women, children and elederly men have been sitting in the cold on Quetta’s Alamdar Road – the sight of Thursday’s tragic bombing – in tears, wailing and crying out to someone to take note of the barbarism directed at them, but no concrete measures were seen until late at night except frantic efforts by Balochistan Governor Zulfiqar Magsi and Religious Affairs Minister Khurshid Shah to convince the protesters to end the protest. But Hazaras have rejected the condolences and assurances. Talking to reporters after the talks, Shah said an important meeting had been convened in Karachi on Sunday (today) to discuss the law and order in Balochistan. Shah said he had sought a day to meet the demands of protesters.
“We will continue our sit-in until Quetta is handed over to the army,” Syed Dawood Agha, chief of Balochistan Shia Conference, said earlier. He said the provincial government and police had completely failed to provide protection to them. “We have requested them to bury the dead but they are not listening,” Quetta Capital City Police Officer Zubair Mehmood said. He said the government had given an assurance to the families and relatives of victims that the perpetrators would be brought to book. Earlier, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari ordered PPP Balochistan President Mir Sadiq Umrani to visit Alamdar Road to convey his condolences and urge them to end their protest. However, Umrani’s efforts to cajole the protesters also failed. Thousands of people staged protests in other cities of the country also to demand justice for Haz-
ara Shias. Protests were staged in almost all cities and towns including Lahore, Islamabad, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Khairpur and Karachi, where protesters blocked the National Highway and Shahrah-eFaisal for hours. On the other hand, the prime minister ordered the Frontier Corps to extend assistance to the civil administration in the maintenance of law and order, giving it all powers of police. He issued the directives after a meeting with Interior Minister Rehman Malik. Ashraf announced Rs 1 million each for the dead and Rs 100,000 for those injured in Thursdays bombings, a move unlikely to win over mourners. The PM also directed provincial and federal law enforcement agencies to work in coordination under the provincial government. He also asked Balochistan Chief Minister Aslam Raisani to return from Dubai immediately.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan said on Saturday they would cease their occasional attacks on the Pakistani army in the Taliban stronghold of North Waziristan and concentrate attacks on NATO forces in Afghanistan instead - an announcement possibly designed to head off divisions in the insurgency. The ceasefire does not apply to the rest of the country, where there are often fierce clashes between the Taliban and security services. Thousands of Pakistani soldiers are stationed in North Waziristan, a tribal region along the Afghan border. There have been occasional clashes there between the soldiers and Taliban, but a leaflet issued by Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud ordered those to stop. A senior commander confirmed the pamphlet’s veracity. “O Mujahideen brothers! As you know, the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban under the leadership of Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid are engaged in jihad against the crusaders and infidels, and are supporters of each others in the ongoing holy war,” the pamphlet said. “The enemy does not want to see us united and disciplined against them and are trying to divide us,” it continued.
Govt mulling army deployment in Quetta Monitoring Desk The federal government is considering army deployment in Quetta following strong demands by the Hazara Shia community in Balochistan, a private TV channel reported late on Saturday night. According to the report, the federal government was also considering removing the government of Balochistan Chief Minister Aslam Raisani, who is currently in London, and is being severely criticised for failing to improve the security situation in the militancy infested province. According to the channel, Raisani spoke to Balochistan Governor Zulfiqar Magsi on telephone Continued on page 04
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Minhajul Quran chief refuses to hold talks with Chaudhrys in Malik Riaz’s presence Unveils three of seven demands, says all negotiations would now be held outside Parliament House LAHore StAff REpoRt
Tehreek Minhajul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on Saturday refused to give up his call for long march to Islamabad despite hectic efforts by the Chaudhrys of Gujrat and real estate tycoon Malik Riaz. Riaz had to face an embarrassing situation when Dr Qadri refused to hold negotiations with Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid leaders Chaudhry Shujaat
Hussain and Pervez Elahi in the realtor’s presence. Qadri’s news conference that followed the refusal showed Riaz trying to convince the TMQ chief to cancel his march due to security threats, as hundreds of people had lost their lives in recent bombings across the country. Qadri categorically refused to postpone his march, saying his long march “could not be bought”. Reiterating his stance thrice, Qadri said the long march would be staged at all costs. Addressing
Riaz, Qadri said cases against him were pending in various courts and he did not consider it appropriate to talk to Riaz. Offering clarification and some face saving, Elahi said they had brought Riaz along as his “speedy wisdom” worked well in such circumstances, but Qadri said he would talk to PML-Q leaders only if Riaz left. Malik Riaz left the scene a few seconds later, followed by Moonis Elahi, who apparently followed to appease a visibly rattled Riaz. The PML-Q leaders then headed inside for talks with Qadri. After a brief discussion, the TMQ leader said he had made known to the PML-Q leadership his three main demands and discussions would continue in this regard. He said a final decision would be made outside the Parliament House in Islamabad, adding that he would not rest until a guarantee of implementation of his demands, not just promises, were provided
to him. Earlier in the day, the TMQ chief held a press conference and gave his sevenpoint charter of demands for the long march, saying the march was being staged for the supremacy of constitution and law. Qadri said the seven points include electoral reforms and conditions for the caretaker government, adding that he was only revealing three of the demands and the remaining would be made public in Islamabad. He said the historical march would start at 9am on Sunday at Data Darbar Lahore and end at Imam Bari in Islamabad. The TMQ chief said no decision would be taken behind closed doors and the long march could not be stopped through mere dialogues. Slamming the PPP-led government, Qadri said the government had completely failed to curb violence, challenging that the government and opposition could
not form an independent interim government ahead of elections. Qadri also demanded the government dissolve the current Election Commission and form an independent one. “There is no doubt about the integrity of Justice (r) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim, but he is unable to shoulder the immense electoral responsibilities owing to his old age,” he noted. He stressed that the interim government should be formed after consulting all stakeholders and lastly, the results of elections would not be acceptable if they were not held under Articles 62, 63, 68 and 218. Dr Qadri asserted that inactivity at this crucial juncture would only result in loss to the country. He invited all patriotic political parties to stand in unison to bring the required change.
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Numbers of pakistani students in Britain drop
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Reveal funding source, Malik asks Qadri islamabaD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday said he had received information related to security threats to Dr Tahirul Qadri and it could be produced at any forum, including the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Commenting on statement of Dr Qadri who accused the interior minister of hurling threats against him, Malik said he would publicise the record provided Dr Qadri revealed the source of funding for this long march. INp
9 more children die of measles in Sindh KanDHKot: Claims of federal and provincial governments and steps taken by health authorities failed to overcome measles as another nine children died of the disease in interior Sindh on Saturday, raising the death toll in the province to 369. According to details, though efforts were underway but the disease continued to spread to various districts of Sindh and nine affected children lost their lives. Residents of various districts have complained against non-availability of antimeasles vaccine. People are facing severe difficulty in Moro city and adjoining areas due to vaccine shortage. Most affected areas include Kandhkot, Kashmore, Tangwani and 80 other villages. AGENCIES
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Tahirul Qadri - Pakistan’s latest political ‘drone’?
prime-time ad on the electronic media in Pakistan these days shows Dr Tahirul Qadri, a Canadabased Islamic scholar of Pakistani origin, goading the public into joining his “long march” on the capital Islamabad on Monday. “If you fail to come out, if you fail to strengthen my arms, then [future] generations will rue this day,” he thunders in his typical furious style as the star and crescent of the green Pakistani flag flutters in the back-
Nurse gunned down in Nowshera pesHaWar: A nurse was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Hakimabad area of Nowshera District on Saturday. Police said Farzana was on her way to office when unidentified people, after affirming her identity, opened fire on her vehicle. The motive behind the murder is not ascertained so far. Police registered a case and started investigation. A police official said that Farzana was also associated with a non-governmental organisation. He said they have no details about life threats to her. StAff REpoRt
ground. Last month, Qadri descended on Pakistan rather suddenly, nearly seven years after he moved his hearth and home to Canada. His arrival was heralded by another expensive television ad campaign touting the slogan “save the state, not your politics” - an apparent broadside at the major political forces who are readying for elections due in May. At no point has he been able to graduate from a fringe player to a charismatic leader of the masses - something which his critics say he is still trying to achieve” The campaign promised a l o n g march on Islamabad to achieve two objectives: get rid of the “corrupt” government and pave the way for electoral reforms under an interim government of “honest” people. For many, the message was clear” derail the democratic system on the pretext of cleaning up the mess, an exercise which the country’s military has conducted several times in Pakistan’s brief history. H i s subse-
quent stress on a role for both the military and the judiciary in choosing an interim government has sparked rumours that he probably had the backing of the military establishment. Fringe player Soon afterwards, on December 23, he addressed what many observers here describe as a huge political rally at Minar-e-Pakistan, the independence monument in Lahore city, indicating that he had the street power to destabilise Islamabad. This threat was magnified when the Karachi-based MQM party threw its weight behind him, declaring in another public meeting on 1 January that it would participate in the long march. But can Qadri sustain the momentum? Many in Pakistan liken his sudden return to the country as a drone that is out to upset the country’s nascent democracy” A law graduate from the University of Punjab, Qadri has waded in many waters during his career. He established himself as an academic, an Islamic scholar and orator, a charity worker, a politician and a parliamentarian. But at no point has he been able to graduate from a fringe player to a charismatic leader of the masses something which his critics say he is still trying to achieve. Since the 1980s, he has travelled extensively around the world, delivering lectures and organising communities under the banner of his Minhajul Quran International, an educational and charity network he founded in 1981. He launched a political party in 1989 but was able to win a parliamentary seat only in the 2002 elections that were widely seen as tailored by the then military ruler, Gen Pervez Musharraf, to suit his own political aims. aFter memo-gate Since 2005, he has been living in Canada from where he says he can better manage his global network that, he says, extends to more than 80 countries. In the West, he did manage to be taken seriously by some circles, due mainly to his un-
orthodox views on religion, his stress on inter-faith harmony and his support for democracy. But many in Pakistan liken his sudden return to the country as a drone that is out to upset the country’s nascent democracy. At least in the initial days after his arrival, he appeared to pose the most serious threat to the system since the “memo-gate” affair - a dubious scandal built around a controversial Pakistani memo that allegedly requested American intervention to cut the Pakistani military down to size. The scandal, which broke in late 2011, caused both the judiciary and the military to menacingly gang up on the civilian government but dissipated when some of the ensuing criticism started to turn against these two institutions. ebbing support Like memo-gate, Qadri too has come in for widespread criticism over his motive to strike at a time when the elections are just four months away, and over the sources of his funds. He has been dismissed as an “agent of anti-Pakistan and antidemocracy forces” by almost all the political parties, secular as well as religious. The storm of speculation forced the army spokesman, and even the US ambassador in Islamabad, to deny any association of the military or the US with Mr Qadri’s campaign. Last week, Qadri’s only political ally, the MQM, announced it would pull out of the march, leaving him completely isolated. But he continues to press on with the march, which analysts say may end up in one of two scenarios. First, he manages to press the “pause” button on democracy. This scenario presupposes that he can paralyse Islamabad for several days running, or a bloody attack of some sort takes place, and the military is willing to use this mayhem as a pretext to force a change of government. Second, he gradually slides back off the centre-stage and passes into oblivion, like so many before him in this country of underhand deals and palace intrigues.
KP government sends 4,000 FC personnel to Islamabad PesHAWAr ShAmIm ShAhId
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has finally agreed to surrender services of as many as 100 platoons of Frontier Constabulary to the federal government to maintain law and order during long march. Sources told Pakistan Today that Interior Minister Rehman Malik has contacted officials concerned on Saturday for dispatching FC per-
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sonnel. The provincial government agreed to surrender services of as many as 20 platoons to the federal government. The KP government, however, has regretted dispatching of police personnel to the federal government. Officials said as many as 4,000 FC personnel are on their way to Islamabad. Sources said the troops would return as soon as the long march concludes. Sources also said that the interior minister has also directed high-ups of the KP Police, the
FC and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to visit Islamabad on the eve of the long march. Meanwhile, workers of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran on Saturday started their journey from Peshawar to Islamabad in a bid to participate in the long march against the government. The intelligence agency officials said that as many as 300 people left Peshawar for Islamabad. The protesters also included women. The protesters left for Islamabad in personal vehicles and public transport.
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film frat overjoyed at Jayashri’s oscar nomination
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Bd have not backed out of pakistan tour, says hassan
mQm hits the reverse gear:
Citing security situation as the reason.
humayun Gauhar says;
Libel and blasphemy: Qadri’s demands are exactly what people want, but his methods not quite so.
Saad Rasool says;
Inertia of the mindset: Counterterrorism is a lot more than just metal scanners and barbed wires.
Syed Ali Raza Shah says; Merchants of republic: Out there to get ya, again.
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Verification of Voters’ lists
ECP wants army to increase ‘visibility’ in Karachi Sindh election commissioner says security forces should make their presence visible through increased flag marches g
HE Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has requested the Pakistan Army to increase its ‘visibility’ in the city where a campaign for verification of the voter lists is underway. Pakistan Today has learnt that the provincial election commissioner has approached the army, which is to guard the ECP’s vote verifying officers if need be, saying security forces should make their presence visible in the metropolis through increased flag marches. The ECP seems to have moved in response to media reports cautioning that the absence of army with the ECP verifiers may again lead to electoral irregularities. The ECP may also be concerned over media reports that some unidentified people disguised as ECP officers on Friday had taken away original CNICs of the voters in some of the city neighborhoods. According to sources, Sindh Election Commissioner Mehboob
Anwar had approached the army officials requesting more flag marches in the city to make the latter’s presence felt. “The army is already there and is carrying out routine flag marches in the city,” Anwar told Pakistan Today. The provincial election commissioner said he knew there would be problems ahead. “So far things are going normal but I believe problems may confront us as we proceed with the verification process which, of course, is a daunting task,” he said. Talking about army’s movement in the city, he said some army vehicles supervised by a colonel-ranked officer had visited 85 offices of the ECP’s 197 assistant registration officers (AROs) on Friday. While around 50 offices were visited on Saturday. “So far we have seen the army having visited 130 offices of the AROs,” said the commissioner. Reacting to the media emphasis on army’s presence with the ECP verifiers, Anwar said a ‘misconception’ seemed prevalent in this regard as Rangers and the police also formed the security
network. According to Anwar, the commission, until Friday, had numbered about 40 percent of the houses in the city where he said some 6.958 million voters were registered. “The house numbering is to be completed within the 23 days target, but if it could not the remaining job would be undertaken in due course of time,” said he. Drawn to the reports that some voters were deprived of their original CNICs by unidentified people, the election commissioner said the voters must not allow the verifying officers to keep their identity cards. “You only have to show the CNICs. All are government officers who have no right to keep your identity cards,” Anwar said. About the alleged transfer of over 3 million votes from the city, the election commissioner said there was an issue of the vote transfer. “But it’s not that complicated,” he said. Asked if he would also be checking the foreigners as was suggested by the Sindh governor on Friday, Anwar said he had the instructions that those who have original CNICs were able to be enlisted in the electoral rolls.
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Govt should accept demands of Quetta protesters: Altaf lonDon: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Saturday urged the government to address the demands of Quetta blast victims’ families at earliest. He added that the elements responsible for such attacks were open enemies of humanity. The MQM chief also expressed grief over no response from the provincial authorities towards the protesters who continued their sit-in along with victims’ bodies on Alamdar Road. Altaf urged the government to ensure the protection of life and property of the people and bring the perpetrators of the blast to book. oNLINE
Explosion in Quetta kills one Quetta: One person was killed and another injured in an explosion at an internet café on Brewery Road on Saturday. A string of bombings on Thursday left at least 93 people dead and over 150 wounded in one of the bloodiest days of violence that Balochistan has seen for years. A senior police official said 81 people were killed and 121 injured – some of them critically. oNLINE
Former ANP minister, son among 12 injured in Charsadda IED blast
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Former provincial minister and Awami National Party leader Bashir Omarzai, his son and several others were seriously injured in an improvised-explosive devise (IED) attack in Charsadda on Saturday. The condition of Bashir Omarzai and other injured, including three policemen, was said to be stable. Per details, Omarzai and others
were on their way back from courts when their convoy was targeted with an IED. Charsada Deputy Commissioner Zafar Ali Shah told reporters that the IED planted along the road was detonated when the convoy passed it by. The explosion damaged Omarzai’s and other vehicles in the convoy, and injured 12 people. Besides Bashir Omarzai, his son Tahir Omarzai, ANP local office-bearer Haji Faridullah and three policemen were injured in the
attack. They were rushed to Lady Reading Hospital for treatment. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. Omarzai and his son MPA Shakil Bashir Omarzai have been engaged in a feud with dwellers of Charsadda. Omarzai is accused of murdering former MPA Alamzeb Omarzai, who was associated with former Pakistan People’s Party-Sherpao. Bashir Omarzai’s family is likely to file an FIR against Alamzeb Omarzai’s family.
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Islamabad partially sealed for today’s long march isLAMABAD
Sunday morning. “We are following a wait and watch policy and vital decision would be taken per the situation. We have no clear instruction so far whether to stop the marchers at the entry points of the city or let them enter the capital. However, we have completed our preparations to receive the participants of the long march,” a senior police official said. He said more than 15,000 police personnel from ICT and other provinces, FC and Rangers would perform security duty in the capital. maliK terrorism: On the other hand, Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday again said he had credible information that terrorists could attack Dr Qadri’s march. Presiding over a high-level meet-
ing to review security arrangements for the march, the minister said he had credible information of possible attacks on the rally and he was ready to present the details at any forum, including the Supreme Court. The meeting was attended by provincial home secretaries, inspectors general of police, senior officials of Rangers, FC and intelligence agencies. It was decided that no vehicle would be allowed to participate in the long march without security clearance and drivers would be required to produce national identity cards and documents of their vehicles on demand. The meeting also directed the TMQ to furnish the details of drivers and marchers with the district administrations.
Won’t be pressed by wild calls for revenge: Indian FM
Will mull options if ceasefire violations continue: IAF chief
ITH the government partially sealing the federal capital on Saturday to fail the planned long march by Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri, the Punjab government has refused to accept the Centre’s request to put Qadri and his close aides under house arrest. The federal government had suggested the Punjab government put Qadri under house arrest, but the provincial government rejected the request fearing public backlash. Besides sealing the federal capital, particularly the Red Zone, the Islamabad po-
paris/neW DelHi: India has not yet received any substantial response from Pakistan on the treatment meted out to the bodies of two soldiers who were killed by Pakistani troops near the Line of Control in Kashmir, Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid has told NDTV. The minister emphasised that this was “unacceptable and must be explained” but added, “We are not going to be pressurised by wild calls for revenge and reaction.” Khurshid said the situation demands a very “responsible, sensible and moderate behaviour” but added, “We shouldn’t really be lulled into believing that nothing went wrong.” “We will do what is in the best interest of the country and peace,” he said. When asked about the suspension of trade and the bus service, the FM told NDTV that the “decision is for them to take” and added that “fortunately that
lice has also booked TMQ Islamabad chapter’s president and dozens of other activists. Margalla police registered an FIR for violation of Section 144, saying TMQ Islamabad President Abrar advocate and other activists illegally set up a party camp where a number of activists gathered and used loud speaker, violating Section 144. Police said raids were being conducted to arrest other TMQ activists. The Islamabad police also completely sealed the Red Zone by placing shipping containers on Embassy Road and at other avenues that lead to the Red Zone. Containers were also being placed at all entry points of the capital and police said police personnel would be deployed at all these points on
has not happened completely and everywhere and in many places the services continue”. India has also said that if Pakistan targets its posts again, it would respond “appropriately”. Separately, the Indian Army has asked the Pakistan Army for a flag meeting between rival brigade commanders along the Poonch Sector of the Line of Control, which continues to remain “hot” with yet another exchange of heavy fire taking place on Thursday night. The major escalation in tension along the 778-km LoC figured in a high-level PMO review on Friday, with Indian Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma briefing national security advisor Shivshankar Menon about the stepped up ceasefire violations in recent days. “The steps being taken by the Indian Army in response were also discussed. There has been no major exchange of firing since Thurs-
day night. There were a few minor stray incidents on Friday,” said an official. With this being the fifth time in the last 11 days that the ceasefire has been breached, Indian troops have stepped up their “alertness levels” along the entire LoC. “Patrols and sentries have been doubled snipers are also keeping a close eye on the posts across to take out any mischief-makers,” said an officer. Another officer added, “We have asked the Pakistani army, over the hotline, for an immediate brigade-level flag meeting at Poonch-Rawlakot. We want to lodge another strong protest as well as discuss other issues during it. The other side is yet to respond.” The Indian side at the flag meeting will be led by the 10 ‘Krishnaghati’ Brigade commander TS Sandhu, who has three battalions under him including the 13 Rajputana Rifles. AGENCIES
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Indian Air Force Chief NAK Browne on Saturday said that India will be forced to consider other options, if ceasefire violations continue from Pakistani side. Brown expressed concern over what he called the continuous ceasefire violation and firing from the Pakistani side. Browne said, “We have a Line of Control, we have a ceasefire agreement, we have certain mechanisms, we have certain structures and that is sacrosanct.” “Any violation of these with impunity, especially as to what’s been happening in the last few months, is totally unacceptable. We are monitoring the situation very carefully because if these things continue the way they are and the violations continue to take place, then perhaps we may have to look at some other options for compliance.”
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“Nisar was also of the view that under the 20th constitutional amendment, the opposition leader can only hold talks with the prime minister for the appointment of caretaker prime minister.” The source said Nawaz Sharif had tasked Ishaq Dar with talking to the government’s four-member negotiating team comprising Syed Khursheed Shah, Mian Raza Rabbani, Farooq H Naik and Nazar Mohammad Gondal. The source said Mian Raza Rabbani, one of the four members of the committee, had contacted Ishaq Dar. However, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif refused to hold dialogue without any agenda when Dar contacted the top leadership of his party. Shahbaz had said the federal government wanted to get political mileage from the Punjab government by asking it curb Dr Qadri’s long march. The source added that there was no possibility of immediate dialogue between the PPP and PML-N, as Shahbaz was adamant and Nisar’s refusal also reflected the same. The cabinet committee would have to announce its agenda before holding any dialogue, the source said. However, he added that Nawaz had also communicated to the PPP that any talks would be futile without a proper agenda. PML-N spokesman Asim Khan strongly rejected the notion of any internal rifts in his party, claiming that there was total unanimity within his party to resolve all matters with the PPP through talks. “We would have to see how we can facilitate the Election Commission for holding free and fair elections. We want an end to uncertainty so that elections could be held at the earliest and the elected representatives of the nation could take the matters in their hands,” he added.
More than 100 people including rebels and government soldiers were killed in Mali during French air strikes and fighting over the strategic town of Konna, Malian military sources and witnesses said on Saturday. An army officer at the headquarters of Mali’s former military junta in Bamako said nearly 30 vehicles carrying Islamist fighters had been bombed and “over 100” rebels had been killed in fighting. “We have driven them out, we are effectively in Konna,” Malian Defence Ministry spokesman Lt. Col. Diaran Kone told Reuters. “We don’t know if they have planted mines or other traps, so we are moving with caution. There were many deaths on both sides.” A shopkeeper in Konna said he had counted 148 bodies in four different locations in the town. Among the dead were several dozen uniformed government soldiers. Others wore traditional robes and turbans. Fighters from the Islamist coalition that currently controls northern Mali do not wear military clothing. A resident in the town of Gao, the stronghold of the MUJWA Islamist group, said fighters had begun arriving with their dead on Friday. “Electric power is available at the mortuary, which is not always the case. And the Islamists have bought plenty of burial mats,” the man said.
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Sri Lanka draws flak over chief justice impeachment CoLoMBo AGENCIES
International criticism mounted Saturday over a move to impeach Sri Lanka’s chief justice, with Britain demanding protection for the incumbent and the beleaguered legal profession in the former colony. Britain added its voice to the United States in expressing deep concern over parliament’s overwhelming vote Friday night to sack Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake following a controversial trial by ruling party MPs. “The motion to impeach the Chief Justice runs contrary to the clear rulings of Sri Lanka’s highest courts and the proceedings appear to contravene basic principles of fairness,” the British foreign office said in a state-
Govt mulling army deployment in Quetta Continued from page 01
from London and it is likely that he will resign from his position in the coming 24 hours. However, a spokesman of the Balochistan government rejected the TV channel’s claims that Raisani would step down voluntarily or be forced out from his position. The channel said that the government was consulting with its legal hawks over the modalities of army deployment in Quetta, and claimed that it was likely that Quetta Corps Commander General Alam Khattak would be given charge of the city, which has seen massive bloodshed in the last couple of years. The channel said that Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf was expected to make an announcement in this regard at any time.
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Over 100 dead in French strikes and fighting in Mali
ment issued by the high commission in Colombo. It said the rushed trial of the chief justice violated “due process and respect for the independence of the judiciary” and the Commonwealth principles on rule of law and good governance. “Together with our international partners, we call on the Sri Lankan government to respect democratic principles and the right to peaceful protest and to ensure the continued safety of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake.” A spokesman for President Mahinda Rajapakse said in the next few days he was expected to ratify parliament’s vote to impeach Bandaranayake, 54, the country’s first woman to hold the highest judicial post in the island of 20 million people.
A replacement is to be named next week, but the Lawyers’ Collective, which includes most of the 11,000 lawyers in the country, have said they will not recognise a new appointee and urged other judges to follow suit. The privately-run Weekend FT reported the disputed parliamentary vote under the heading: “Chief’s justice denied.” But the state-run Daily News defended the sacking with an editorial headlined: “It’s over, and the future is bright!” Former foreign minister and opposition spokesman Mangala Samaraweera described the impeachment as a final blow to democracy in a country emerging from a decades-long Tamil separatist war and a state of emergency lasting 28 years.
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Shias protesting Quetta carnage refuse to end Governor House sit-in Lament apathy of govt and mainstream TV channels in highlighting the plight of minority community
OLLOWING the devastation in Quetta that killed more than 116 people, the Shia community of the country has taken to roads to protest the constant victimisation of their community at the hands of sectarian terrorists. Thousands of protestors had jammed the roads of Balochistan’s capital on Friday and refused to bury their loved ones until the government met their demands that included removal of Chief Minister Aslam Raisani and army deployment in the city. Almost two days have gone by since then, without any action from the government’s side while the protesters continue their sit-in protests along with dead bodies of their loved ones. On Saturday, in a show of solidarity with the Quetta protestors, the Majlis-eWahdat-ul-Muslimeen (MWM) took out a peaceful sit-in protest outside the Punjab Governor’s House around 6 pm, blocking The Mall for traffic. As if by coincidence, the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) shut down power supply to the area for almost two hours. No reason was given for the unscheduled power outage. All lights outside the Governor House went out, leaving the hapless protesters to register their grievances in the dark. Ironically, there was hardly any media presence to cover the protest which reflected the apathy of the country’s mainstream media towards the cause of the oppressed Shia minority. Talking to Pakistan Today, MWM Punjab President Abdul Khaliq Asadi strongly condemned the Quetta massacre for which the banned Sunni extremist outfit, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, has taken responsibility. He said the protest would continue till their demands are met. “We demand immediate removal of the Balochistan chief minister and want the army to take over responsibility of Quetta’s security,” he said. “We want the
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chief justice to take notice of the Quetta tragedy and root out terrorism from the country...more than 1,000 Shias have been killed in incidents of targeted killings but his lordship has yet to notice the genocide,” he said. Talking to Pakistan Today, MWM Punjab Deputy Secretary Hassan Naqvi said, “Leaders who are responsible for the
security of our lives have become our enemies. They are not fulfilling their duties as part of the government which has led to the devastation of our community in the country.” He said more than 36 hours have gone by since the protest in Quetta had started but not even a single government functionary or organisation has visited
diately take over Quetta.” He clarified that they do not want martial law in the country but want the army to be responsible for security because the current government had failed miserably in that regard. “Until our demands are met, we will continue sitting outside Governor House,” he said. A protester, Khalid Asadi echoed the demand to oust Chief Minister Raisani and army to take control over Quetta. “The Punjab and federal governments must know that we will not leave Governor House as long as our demands are met,” he said. Another protester, Mudassar said the government has shown no regard for those battling the cold weather in Quetta with bodies of their loved ones. “One bullet in the head of Malala Yousafzai saw media highlighting her cause and raising hue and cry in the corridors of power but thousands of Shia deaths, the Quetta massacre and our peaceful sit-ins have been ignored by the government high ups and the media,” he lamented. The protesting Shias, including women, children and the elderly, held banners and placards asking the government to provide security to their community “which was being subjected to state-sanctioned terrorism”.
Police book 200 for theft while ‘they were just climbing iron fences’ LAHore R A NA h A I d ER
A police constable was injured by a robber on Saturday. According to details, Constable Ishfaq was returning home when a man stopped him to ask for a ride. Ishfaq agreed and after traveling for a few minutes, the man took out a handgun and tried to rob the constable. Upon offering resistance, the man opened fire and injured Ishfaq. However, Ishfaq did not loosen his grip on the robber until police arrived and arrested the man. The constable was taken to the hospital and an FIR was lodged against the accused. Police sources said that the man was notorious for asking for rides from unsuspecting citizens and then robbing them.
them, not even for condolence. They continue sitting in the battering cold with bodies of their loved ones but the government has shown sheer apathy towards their protest, he said. He reiterated the MWM’s demands saying, “We demand removal of the corrupt and alcoholic chief minister of Balochistan and want the army to imme-
Police have booked as many as 200 people under theft charges while the accused claim that they had just jumped over the iron fences of the Rapid Bus Transit System to get to the other side of the road. Police have registered first information reports (FIR) against the people under sections 379 and 511, which deal with theft. According to details, people are facing difficulties as no gates have been installed to cross the track, forcing them to climb the iron fences to get to the other side. Several police stations, including Model Town Naseerabad, Nishter, Factory Area, Mozang, Shahdara and
Shafiqabad, have arrested as many as 200 people in this regard. One of the victims, Yousuf said he was crossing the road when police arrested him and registered an FIR saying that he was stealing the iron rods from the bus track. He said that there was no outlet to cross the track, adding that he was a poor man and he could not afford to pay Rs 6,000 for a bail. “We have not committed a sin by climbing the fence. If we have done it by mistake the police should warn us, not arrest us,” he told Pakistan Today. Adnan, brother of an arrested man, said, “Police do not arrest the real culprits. They only arrest poor people like us so they can fleece us easily. The Punjab government wants to recover its losses by swindling poor people.”
The police said that they have not arrested a single innocent passerby, adding that they had received information that some people were stealing the iron fences. Police said they raided and arrested the men red-handed and registered the FIR under Sections 379 and 511. Talking to Pakistan Today, Deputy Inspector General Rai Tahir Hussain said, “The government has ordered us to take stern action against people climbing iron fences. It is a mega project and we are taking measures to protect it from both trespassers and thieves. We are trying to educate people to cross the track through a proper way.” He also said that a few days ago they had arrested several thieves who were stealing the iron fences.
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Technical faults in scanning machines on Saturday led to delays in international departures at Allama Iqbal International Airport. According to details, scanning machines installed at the airport stopped working, resulting in delay of flights to London, Dubai, Oman, Muscat and Abu Dhabi. The passengers leaving for different countries had to wait for hours to clear their baggage. Later, the fault in the scanning machines was removed by the technical staff.
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Press reLeAse The citizens of Pakistan succeeded in restoring the independent judiciary, established the supremacy of the constitution and the rule of law through consistent and sustained efforts and sacrifices. The mandate of the constitution requires free, fair, transparent and timely elections. This fundamental right to democratic governance guaranteed by the constitution cannot be taken away by any person or institution, individually or in collusion with others. If any mala fide efforts are made to derail the proper functioning of democracy by anyone, from within or without Pakistan, they will face strong resistance from 180 million Pakistanis. Let anyone who wants to march to Islamabad go peacefully if they must, provided that they do not take the law into their own hands, do not create anarchy or derail the democratic process and the timely conduct of elections, and they undertake to disperse peacefully.
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BRTS almost ready! LAHore
US Rapid Transit System (BRTS) is believed to be a “revolutionary” project for the city’s transport system, with many new features that had been unavailable to the public previously. BRTS consists of an 18-kilometer track with buses imported from Turkey, 45 of which have arrived already. The entire project has been funded by the Punjab government with only technical assistance from Turkey. A senior government official said,
Police to provide security to long march: CCPO laHore: Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Aslam Tareen on Saturday finalised security arrangements in the city for Tahrik-e-Minhajul Quran long march on January 14. According to a spokesman for CCPO office, Aslam Tareen met Tahrik-e-Minhajul Quran leader Raheeq Abbasi and assured him of foolproof security in the city to the participants of the long march. The CCPO said 10,000 policemen would be deployed on routes of the long march in the city and four SPs would monitor security arrangements while 36 commandos will perform their duties with Tahirul Qadri’s vehicle. App
Wani’s grandmother passes away laHore: Grandmother of Punjab Secretary Information and Culture Mohayuddin Ahmad Wani passed away on Saturday. Her funeral prayers will be offered today (Sunday) at 2.15pm at the graveyard of Sector-H/11, Islamabad. The deceased was motherin-law of former joint secretary Bashir Ahmad Wani and wife of Major General Rehmat Ali Shah Bukhari. StAff REpoRt
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“We hope the project would be started in Karachi where traffic congestion is a major problem but the government cannot keep waiting for others to take initiatives.” He further said that BRTS epitomizes a progressive Pakistan. Buses are expected to arrive at bus stations every three minutes and have designated seats for women and disabled persons. The project is expected to reduce the number of cars on Lahore’s roads and will also help in reducing pollution. Furthermore, the buses will have announcements in Punjabi and Urdu. The government also plans to ex-
tend the project on other major city roads with the Line 2 being introduced on Azadi Chowk, Circular Road and GT Road, while Line 3 on Thokar Niaz Baig to MAO College via Multan Road. BRTS will have security cameras on each station with a centralised system of monitoring. Initially it is going to be a 17-hour bus service, and if need be it will be a 24-hour service. LCDs are also going to be put up on all bus stops. The youth of the internship program is going to be stationed at the BRTS to guide the people in a new system of transportation. The project has created 1500 jobs.
Roots College International students shine at LUMS Business Initiative 2013 laHore: LUMS Business Initiative(LBI’13) is about the entrepreneur in the youth of the country. The line-up of competitions aims to challenge its participants to think, act and make decisions like an entrepreneur. Students from Roots College International (RIS) and Metropolitan Campus took part in this competition with great enthusiasm. The team consisted of students from the BSc . RIS students proven themselves really well in the LUMS Business initiatives, and raised their ranking in top five participating schools. Among the competent participants of RIS at LBI’13 Ruhaan Ahmed, Ramsha Suleha, Madiha Khalid, Ehasan Sheikh and Noor Bakali were especially appreciated.
RIS moving towards achieving the excellence in providing high standards of business education to the students enrolled in undergraduates and in graduate programmers. pR
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HE Awami Workers Party (AWP) on Saturday stressed the need for land and electoral reforms in the country and held a demonstration to express solidarity with the victims of Quetta killings. The call was made at a conference held at the Lahore Press Club. The event was attended by veteran leftist leaders, human rights activists, peasant activists and intellectuals. Speaking on the occasion, AWP General Secretary Farooq Tariq said that the AWP had filed two petitions in the Supreme Court demanding land and electoral reforms. Tariq discussed the historical background of land reforms in Pakistan and said that currently, 0.29 percent of the Pakistani population had control over thousands of acres of land. He further said that a report by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) had revealed that at least 60 million people in Pakistan were living below the poverty line, adding that 52 percent of this population resided in Balochistan. He further said that there was a clear link between rampant poverty in Balochistan and the strong feudal culture exiting in the province. Moreover, he said that corporate farming in the country had destroyed the lives of peasants after thousands of acres of land were being leased out mostly to Middle Eastern companies at cutthroat prices. He added that the lack of government investment in the agricul-
tural sector had further aggravated the plight of the peasants. He stressed the need to revive social and political consciousness among the masses and criticised the media for focusing on mainstream politics while ignoring the most basic problems being faced by the country. Furthermore, Tariq stressed the need for continuous land reforms which would put Pakistan back on the road to progress. Speaking on the occasion, another activist Mehar Abdul Sattar said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should follow the agenda regarding electoral reforms. He said that such reforms would enable even a labourer to get elected to the parliament, adding that it would put an end to the age of feudalism with the introduction of new reforms. The conference also discussed the role of state institutions in repressing peasant movements across the country. Activist Jamila Bibi, a leading figure in the 30-year-old tenant struggle in Dera Saigol, said that AWP’s tenant activist Ghulam Dastagir had been in prison for the last three months after he was booked by the police under fake cases at the behest of their feudal masters. She further said that the police had played a strong role in suppressing the activists and peasants in Dera Saigol, while adding that the poor peasants were booked under fake cases, including power theft, water theft, tractor theft and livestock theft, by the police. Moreover, she claimed that the police had even resorted to using tear gas and baton charge against innocent tenants of the area. “We settled on these lands when the place was barren. Now, we are being driven out by the landlords after we have made the soil fertile with our sweat and blood,” Jamila Bibi remarked. “Revolution will come when all of us unite to become a raging torrent which will sweep away everything in its path,” she added. Speaking on the occasion, AWP federal committee member Professor Jamil Omar provided historical references regarding land reforms in Pakistan and said that these reforms had failed as a policy because they had been driven by political motives. He stressed on the need to eliminate the state’s role in repressing peasant movements in the country. A W P President Abid Hassan Minto said that the AWP was not just a merger between two political parties to boost their constituencies. Instead,
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he said, AWP was an effort to revive political and social consciousness among the Pakistani masses. Minto said that most political objectives were not achieved once a leader got elected. He said that entering Pakistan’s political structures was only the first step in a long journey for the country’s left movement which had thrust forward into mainstream politics after remaining low profile for years. “We need to eliminate the ‘jagirdaar’ mentality in Pakistan,” he said. “People say that we need to eliminate the system altogether. I say that the elimination of the systematic and institutionalised mentality inherent in the country would remove the structure that it has produced.” He criticised Tahirul Qadri and his idea of revolution, saying that Qadri was only focusing on the removal of the current political structures but was conveniently ignoring the grass root problems of the country. Minto further said that the two petitions filed in favour of land and electoral reforms was not a revolution, it was only a small step forward to change the system from within. He further said that elections would not change the system; they would only replace one mainstream political party in power with another. Talking to Pakistan Today, Farooq Tariq said that this conference was necessary to educate and inform people about the struggles of peasants and the need for introducing electoral and land reforms in the country. “We want the people to know that there are serious movements that stand in solidarity with their struggles,” he said. “People must know that they should no longer stand for exploitation by their own government.” soliDarity WitH HaZara sHias: After the conference, AWP activists staged a demonstration outside Lahore Press Club to express solidarity with the victims of the Quetta bloodbath that left a large number of people dead. Talking to Pakistan Today, AWP Information Secretary Lahore Sher Khan said, “We want the government to know that we do not stand for sectarian violence and the deliberate targeting of the Hazaras. While mainstream political parties continue to ignore this horrific issue, we want the people to know that there are those who do not condone this kind of violence.” Moreover, he said that such terrorist activities showed the nature of the state itself. Talking to Pakistan Today, AWP Women’s Wing President Sonia Qadir said that it was time to demand for serious reform at all levels of the state, starting from grass root level changes to ensuring the safety of the citizens.
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NTERNATIONAL envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has said that Russia seems as determined as the US to end Syria's conflict, but that he does not expect a political solution to emerge anytime soon. The comments of Brahimi, the joint UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, came as he met Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns at the UN headquarters in Geneva on Friday. "We all stressed the need for a speedy end to the bloodshed, to the destruction and all forms of violence in Syria. We stressed again that in our view, there was no military solution to this conflict,'' Brahimi told reporters after the meeting. But he acknowledged that "if you are asking me whether a solution is around the corner, I am not sure that is the case." error processing ssi File: "What I am certain of is that there is an absolute necessity for people to continue to work for such a peaceful solution, and that it is the wider international community, especially members of the Security Council, that can really create the opening that is necessary to start effectively solving the problem.'' At the Security Council, the most powerful arm of the UN, Russia has joined China in blocking several resolutions aimed at pressuring Syrian President Bashar Assad, but Moscow says it is not propping up his regime. Recently, top Russian officials have signaled they are resigned to Assad eventually losing power. "I am absolutely certain that the Russians are as preoccupied as I am, as preoccupied as the Americans are, by the bad situation that exists in Syria and its continuing deterioration, and I am absolutely certain that they would like to contribute to its solution," he said. executive poWers: Brahimi said the foundation for a political solution continues to be the agreement reached among major powers in Geneva in June, which called for creation of a new governing
SyRIA: children play in snow in an abandoned building on Saturday. AgeNCIeS
body for Syria that would "exercise full executive powers" during an unspecified transition period. "And we agreed that full executive powers means all the powers of state," Brahimi said of Friday's discussions. "I will continue to engage all Syrian parties as well as other stakeholders in the region and internationally." In Washington, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters "it's
hard to imagine how you would have a transitional government with Assad still part of it.” The conflict began in March 2011 with peaceful protests against Assad's family dynasty, which has ruled the country for four decades, but the intense crackdown on the uprising and armed rebel opposition soon became a civil war. "According to our progress today, we said that
Malaysia opposition holds mass election rally kUALA LUMPUr AGENCIES
At least 45,000 people have joined a massive opposition rally in Malaysia's largest city in a show of force ahead of key general elections due in months. Police sealed off main roads in downtown Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, allowing protesters to march peacefully to a nearby stadium for the rally by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's three-party alliance. The rally focused on demanding further transparency in elections that must be held by June. The polls are seen a major test for Prime Minister Najib Razak's ruling coalition after its dismal performance in 2008 elections. The National Front coalition, which has governed Malaysia since independence from Britain in 1957, lost more than a third of its seats in parliament to a resurgent opposition in 2008 amid public discontent over problems such as corruption and racial discrimination.
Anwar on Saturday appealed to the public to oust the National Front and vote in his opposition alliance in this year's elections. "We ask for a chance so that the people's voice will become the sacred voice in ruling this country," he told the crowd. "Our government is so corrupt. The government should listen to us. They need to reform. For more than 50 years they have ruled Malaysia," said Azlan Abu Bakar, 29, a rally participant who travelled from the eastern state of Terengganu for the gathering. peaceFul gatHering: The rally tested Najib's tolerance for public dissent after police used tear gas to quell two similar protests over the past year. The protests have helped pressure the government to agree to new regulations to prevent people from voting multiple times and ensure fairer elections, but activists insist voter registration lists remain tainted. Police estimated Saturday's crowd at around 45,000, but organisers said more than 100,000 people
showed up. The rally ended peacefully after more than three hours. Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin reacted to the rally by saying the ruling coalition has brought peace and prosperity for all Malaysians. "We have a good government and a good economy, so why do we need a change?" he was quoted as saying by the national Bernama news agency. In a statement, the government said that it was "pleased" that the rally passed off peacefully. "Today’s events underline the government’s commitment to freedom of assembly, and the strength of Malaysia’s democracy. The rally was facilitated by the Prime Minister’s political reforms, including the introduction of the Peaceful Assembly Act," the statement said. The government has intensified efforts to win back support over the past year with measures such as channeling more funds to the poor and abolishing security laws that were widely considered repressive.
france confirms failed Somali hostage rescue paris: A French hostage kidnapped in Somalia is believed to have been killed during a failed rescue operation, the French defence ministry says. A French soldier was killed during the raid, a defence ministry statement released on Saturday, said, while another was missing. The hostage was reportedly a French special forces officer, who goes by the pseudonym "Denis". Seventeen Somali fighters were also killed in the fighting between French forces and al-Shabab fighters in southern Somalia, the statement said. "Faced with the instransigence of the terrorists, who refused to negotiate for three and and half years and who were holding Denis Allex in inhumane conditions, an operation was planned and carried out," said the ministry. Al-Shabab confirmed that the clash had taken place, but, in a statement, the group said that Allex was not present at the location of the raid. "Mujahideen fighters defeated the so-called commandos of the French government who tried to rescue a hostage, and they [the commandos] left the bodies of several of their own at the site of the attack," Sheikh Mohamed Abdallah, a local military commander, told the AFP news agency. Abdallah is the commander of Bulomarer, where the raid allegedly took place. AGENCIES
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this transitional government that will be in charge during the transitional period only. It is not a government that will stay for a long time. It will direct the transitional period that will end with the holding of the elections that will be agreed upon. During this transitional period, the transitional government has to enjoy complete powers and these complete powers are those of the whole state," Brahimi said.
ECOWAS to deploy troops to secure Mali goMA AGENCIES
West Africa's regional bloc ECOWAS will send troops to Mali by Monday as part of an international military campaign to contain Islamist rebel groups controlling the north of the country, an Ivory Coast official has said. The planned deployment was announced on Saturday as French troops, sent to Mali after the rebels captured a strategic town in the south, continue to fight alongside Malian troops to halt the rebels' advance. The town of Konna has since been wrested from the rebels after French troops launched airstrikes on Friday in which a French pilot was killed. "The mandate for the deployment was signed by the president [of Ivory Coast] yesterday ... Monday by the latest, the troops will be there or will have started to arrive," said Ali Coulibaly, Ivory Coast's African integration minister. Alassane Ouattara, the Ivorian president, currently holds the rotating chairmanship of ECOWAS. First Deployment: ECOWAS has for months lobbied the international community to support its plan for a regional military force to end the nine-month occupation of Mali's north by groups that include Ansar Dine, MUJWA and AQIM, al-Qaeda's North African affiliate. The arrival of ECOWAS troops would be the first deployment by African nations. France, Mali's former colonial master, said it was involved in a legitimate military campaign mandated by the United Nations. A UN resolution paving the way for troop deployment was crafted by France last October and adopted in December. Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French defence minister, said on Saturday that Friday's fighting lasted five hours and resulted in several deaths. He did not give details about casualties, only saying a French pilot was among the dead. "France will do everything it can to help the people of Mali to fight jihadists ... [These] are the same people holding our hostages," Le Drian said. Earlier, Jean-Marc Ayrault, France's prime minister, briefed the French people on the deployment of troops to Mali. Western governments, particularly
France, had voiced alarm after the alQaeda-linked rebel alliance captured Konna on Thursday, a gateway towards the capital, Bamako, 600km to the south. The capture of Konna by the rebels, who have imposed strict Sharia law in northern Mali, had caused panic among residents in the towns of Mopti and Sevare, 60km to the south. state oF emergency: Interim President Dioncounda Traore, under pressure for tougher action from Mali's military, declared a state of emergency on Friday. Traore will fly to Paris for talks with his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, on Wednesday. Calm returned after residents reported Western soldiers and foreign military aircraft arriving late on Thursday at Sevare's airport, the main one in the region. Hollande said France would not stand by to watch the rebels push southward. Paris has repeatedly warned that the rebel’s seizure of the country's north in April, which was boosted by the chaos created after junior army officers overthrew the government, gave them a base to attack neighbouring African countries and Europe. "We are faced with blatant aggression that is threatening Mali's very existence. France cannot accept this," Hollande, who recently pledged his country would not meddle in African affairs, said in a New Year speech to diplomats and journalists in Paris. French military operations in support of the Malian army against rebels "will last as long as necessary," France's UN ambassador, Gerard Araud, wrote in a letter to the Security Council obtained by Reuters. In Washington, a US official told Reuters the Pentagon was weighing options in Mali, including intelligence-sharing with France and logistics support.
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Numbers of Pakistani students in Britain drop LonDon
N unprecedented 13 percent drop has been recorded in the number of Pakistani students enrolling at the British universities due to the stringent immigration rules introduced by the current government. The latest figures released by the UK Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA) also show the number of postgraduate students travelling from non-EU countries to study at UK universities has fallen for the first time in 16 years, fuelling fears that the government’s immigration crackdown is deterring thousands of the brightest students from continuing their studies in Britain. The recent introduction of new limitations on students’ right to work during and after their studies has contributed to a 25 percent drop in the number from India, and a 13 percent drop in the number of new students from Pakistan for the year 2012-2013, reveal the HESA new findings. Jo Beall, British Council director of education and society, told the Guardian newspaper that the fall
would be cause of alarm among UK vice-chancellors. “The sector was expecting a decline in growth, but the actual reduction in postgraduate numbers is of real concern as international students make up the majority of numbers in many postgraduate courses and research teams in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Attracting the brightest and most ambitious postgraduate and research students is critical if the UK is to maintain its quality reputation for research and innovation,” Beall said. Last week, 11 UK universities
raised concerns about what they called the “economically disastrous and socially divisive” neglect of postgraduate students. And this week Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of Universities UK, said the government’s tough rhetoric on immigration was undermining the UK market in foreign students. According to HESA, universities get 10 percent of their total income and a third of their tuition fee revenue from non-EU students. There is growing fear among vice-chancellors that this revenue as well as the cultural, academic and economic benefit international
students bring is being put at risk. Tim Westlake, director for the student experience at Manchester University, said students whose families relied on them working in the UK after their studies to gain experience and repay the fees were starting to look elsewhere. “Since 2004 the university has had significant growth in Indian students, but over the past two years there has been a 32 percent drop in Indian master’s enrollments. Master’s applications from India are down again by 33 percent this year,” Tim added.
News 09 Punjab police kill four robbers saHiWal/veHari: As many as four people, including four abductors, were killed and two police personnel were injured in separate encounters on Saturday. According to details, the police conducted a search operation in College Chowk in Sahiwal to recover a boy abducted from Fareed Colony. During the operation, the kidnappers opened fire on police team, injuring two cops. Police retaliated and killed three robbers on the spot. Police also recovered the abducted boy and Rs 1.5 million ransom money from their possession. Three of the abductors fled from the scene. In another encounter in Miranpur area of Vehari, a robber, identified as Riaz alias Doctor, was killed while his gang fled from the scene. The police said that robbers killed in the encounters were wanted by various police stations in a number of robberies and kidnappings for ransom. INp
CNG stations in twin cities to open today islamabaD: The CNG-deprived people of the twin cities would get some respite as CNG stations open today (Sunday) following a stay order from the Islamabad High Court. The CNG station owners filed a writ petition in the IHC and got a stay order against the suspension of gas supply to their outlets. Owners of the CNG stations were of the opinion that due to the closure of stations, they were suffering economic losses and it had become impossible for them to continue their business and pay salaries to employees. They said Gas was being supplied to all sectors and the government had adopted discriminatory attitude towards CNG sector. The owners requested equal treatment to all sectors. Meanwhile, All Pakistan CNG Association Chairman Ghayas Paracha said Adviser to Prime Minister on Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain was responsible for the entire crisis and taking decisions to marginalise the CNG sector. He said Dr Asim took all decision without consultation with stakeholders and according to his own vested interests. Paracha added that the private sector should be allowed to invest in LPG energy mix and there should not be a monopoly of influential people. oNLINE
12 Rabiul Awal on 25th
QUEttA: Burnt NAto trucks pictured on Saturday, a day after unidentified militants fired rockets at a NAto terminal at hazar Ganji. INP
KaracHi: The moon of the holy month of Rabiul Awal 1434 Hijri was not sighted and the 12th of Rabiul Awal will fall on January 25. This was announced by Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Munibur Rehman after a meeting of the body held at the Met Complex, Mosamiyat Chowrangi, University Road on Saturday. Munib said that the Rabiul Awal 1, 1434 Hijri will fall on January 14 while the Rabiul Awal 12 will fall on January 25 (Friday). App
Pakistanis mistrust of iodised salt is aggravating a deeper health crisis Monitoring Desk At a bustling general store in Lahore, people ask a lot of questions about one seemingly innocuous product: table salt. If it contains iodine, about 40% of his customers spurn it, according to proprietor Muhammad Waqas Vicky. They won’t allow their families to consume what they call “mixed salt”, believing it causes infertility. “The majority among them are businessmen and religious people,” said Vicky. Pakistanis of all classes have been hearing about the alleged dangers of iodised salt for nearly two decades. But insufficient iodine in the diet can cause spontaneous abortion, stillbirth, goitre, mental retardation, birth defects and other problems. Anti-polio campaigns here have been the target of deadly attacks that stemmed from similar myths, but officials blame the iodine-related infertility rumours, at least in part, for a massive health crisis. Nearly half of Pakistan’s population of 200 million suffers from some form of iodine deficiency disorder, according to last year’s National Nutrition Survey, which was carried out by academics, UNICEF and Health Ministry. Various reports have linked manifestations such as lethargy and lower IQ scores to dampened national productivity, which can further harm a fragile country like Pakistan, consistently beset by economic crisis as it is. How did this happen? Some experts see little mystery in the evolution of what has become one of Pakistan’s more bizarre and destructive conspiracy theories. Seventeen years ago, well-meaning government officials launched a maternal health initiative in the face of ever-rising birthrates. To this day,
people remember a slide show on official Pakistan television – at the time the nation’s only channel – that pushed prenatal care and awareness of vital nutrients. The penultimate slide promoted one element in particular: iodine. The final slide, officials recall, credited the initiative to the government’s department of primary health and family planning. “There was a communication mistake,” Tariq Aziz, an expert on iodised salt production, said of the 1995 broadcast. “People thought this was purely a family planning initiative.” After the public conflated iodine with government-enforced birth control, rumours took off about an international scheme to limit Muslim population growth through iodised salt. The falsehoods became especially potent in a society that prizes large families and where contraception use is low. By 2001, a mere 17% of households used iodised salt, UNICEF reported, compared with, say, Bangladesh, where the consumption rate was 78%. Today as many as 30% of Pakistanis still won’t allow the dreaded element to reach their tables, according to Aziz, a Lahore-based official with the nonprofit Micronutrient Initiative, a Canadian-funded programme that promotes more use of iodine, vitamin A, zinc and iron. In the United States, medical researchers began goitre-prevention programmes using iodine in the 1920s. Access to and consumption of iodised salt is universal in many developed nations. But according to research published last year in the Journal of Nutrition, an estimated 242 million children worldwide don’t get enough iodine, and about 30% of the planet’s
population still have insufficient iodine intake, “despite remarkable progress”. From 2003 to 2011, the number of countries rated iodine-deficient dropped from 54 to 32. Pakistan’s health crisis isn’t just the fault of rumours. The country’s soil is already deficient in iodine because of flooding and erosion, and successive administrations failed to heed calls for mandatory iodisation laws. Politicians dallied for years before crafting legislation to require universal iodisation, despite the well-proven damage inflicted on children. No federal law ever passed, and in 2010, responsibilities for many federal func-
tions devolved to the provinces under a constitutional amendment. But critics say salt iodisation laws are not uniform and are haphazardly applied at local levels. The provinces hardest hit by iodine-deficiency health problems are Balochistan, where only 41% of households use iodised salt, and Sindh, where 52% do, according to the National Nutrition Survey. Avoidance of iodine tends to be most common in rural areas where illiteracy rates are high, public health advocates say, but it reaches across the nation. In one school district near Lahore, half of the 1,200 students
showed signs of iodine deficiency disorders, according to the Micronutrient Initiative. In a small village on the outskirts of the capital, Islamabad, 58% of the inhabitants had developed visible goitres, said Rubina Bhatti of the Network for Consumer Protection, a health advocacy group. In rural parts of Punjab province and other areas, people tend to use natural rock salt that they mine and grind themselves. “Once I bought a packet of salt along with other household items and my wife refused to use it,” said Muhammad Zafar, a labourer from a village 100km from Lahore. “Even some of my friends have told me stories that the doctors have advised them to not use iodised salt if they want to avoid infertility.” Mosque leaders also continue to argue that iodine is a health scourge, or at the very least a western plot. “I do not use iodine salt, and I advise my relatives and friends not to use it as well,” said one Lahore cleric, Maulana Muhammad Asim. “I do not have any evidence to prove that it is causing infertility. But my question is: why are the US and the west so worried about the health of Pakistanis that they are forcing us to use iodine? … They have an agenda.” In Pakistan, some non-governmental public health organisations have resorted to what amounts to stealth iodisation, providing subsidies to salt factory owners who add the micronutrient during production. The salt often reaches markets unpackaged, to be vended by weight. “It is sold in bulk, unbranded – it is open-bag salt, and consumers will not know if contains it iodine,” said Muhammad Yasin of the Micronutrient Initiative. “They get the health benefit even if they don’t know it.”
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10 Comment Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami
Libel and blasphemy Qadri’s demands are exactly what people want, but his methods not quite so
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mqm hits the reverse gear Citing security situation as the reason
By Humayun gauhar
t took MQM chief less than twenty four hours to reverse his solemn pledge made in front of thousands of party activists, leaders and general public, regarding his party joining Tahirul Qadri’s long march. He had earlier described Qadri as a ‘blood brother’ whose political agenda he fully shared. Few were surprised by the somersault as flip flops of the sort have over the years become a hallmark of MQM’s politics. The sound and fury ends at a whimper once the juicy deal being sought by the party leadership is ensured. During the last four years, MQM has threatened about a dozen times to leave the alliance and was invariably lured back to the fold by Rehman Malik after what so conspicuously looked like a clandestine give and take. The sudden about-turn must have come as a shock to Tahirul Qadri though, for only a day earlier the MQM leader had justified the long march and reaffirmed his party’s commitment to participate in it “at any cost”. Citing security reasons for the change of heart would convince few as these had been amply highlighted by the interior minister before Altaf’s reiteration of his resolve to join the march. There must have been something else which suddenly led him to reverse the decision. Reports in the media tell of a two-point underhand deal reached with the government to ensure the party a lion’s share in the caretaker setup in both Sindh and the federal level and holding of local government polls in Sindh at the earliest. The MQM leadership was presumably perturbed over the Supreme Court’s verdict for the delimitation of constituencies in Karachi and wanted a big share in the caretaker setup to ensure its win in the next general election. The long march has been interpreted by several political parties as a conspiracy to delay the elections and sabotage the system. The announcement by MQM to join the march indicated that the party might even support the attempts at unravelling of the system if its partisan demands were not accepted by the principle coalition partner. Altaf’s invocation of the name of Jinnah for his own twisted purposes indicates that the MQM supremo could go to any extreme in pursuit of his agenda. To defend his own assumption of British citizenship he cited the passport used by the Quaid in the early 1930s to travel to England and the oath taken by him in1947. The distortion of facts has caused a storm of protests in social and electronic media and national press. It has also been condemned by the academia and political parties. The tactics might bring in temporary benefits to the MQM but they would alienate honest party members and reduce its credibility.
his week terrorism took the lives of more than 117 people in bomb blasts in Quetta and Swat, while nurses in a Nowshera hospital were fired upon and one killed. How many more tears do we have left to shed? Soon our tears will turn to blood. The relatives of the Quetta dead refused to bury their dead until the army takes the province over from a non-existent government headed by a joker. This is how intervention takes place. Don’t forget what I have been saying for years: it is the corruption, ineptitude, bad intent and sheer malfeasance of elected governments that invites coups. If they delivered only half of what the people expect, coups would never happen. As if all this were not enough, we now have Tahirul Qadri’s march to contend with. If the capital comes to a standstill so does the federation. Even if Qadri proves to be the agent of change, Constitution Avenue could prove to be the road to hell. Hitler made the cardinal error of attacking the Soviet Union in the dead of the Russian winter. The cold ate him up. Qadri is marching to Islamabad in the coldest winter in half a century. Qadri says he won’t leave until his demands are met. If the government doesn’t lose its nerve and lets them be they might freeze and about turn. But this government has a history of caving in to long marches. Remember the march to Gujranwala to restore the sacked judges? Government lost its nerve when the army refused to shoot innocent civilians whom they are charged to protect. In the end, it might be up to the army to save this government or not. That depends on its real intent. I have often said: please separate the message from the messenger. If the message is good, accept it. If the messenger is bad, reject him. A bad messenger with a good message will attract the public, but only for a time, for a bad messenger debases a good message. We have heard good messages all our lives. We still stick by them, but the messengers are gone. A day will come when the good message will find a good messenger. Then see how the mare goes. Jinnah was a good messenger with a good message. He liberated his people, founded a new country and changed the course of history. Messengers like him don’t come every day. Have patience. But first things first: Mr Altaf Hussain and Mr Tahirul Qadri, please don’t drag the Holy Prophet (pbuh) and Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah into your dirty politics to justify your actions. There are limits, and they have been crossed.
Altaf Hussain had promised a ‘drone attack’ last week. (Why does he use terrorist terminology?). His drone bombed the founder of Pakistan. In his umpteenth telephone harangue dutifully telecast by all television channels, Altaf Hussain said that he would support Qadri’s long march heart and soul. He justified his and Qadri’s dual nationalities by trotting out evidence that Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah was also a British national and had sworn allegiance to King George VI of England when he took oath as governor general of Pakistan. Does he think we are demented? We are not like his dazed robots that sit obediently in front of a speaker listening to his rants and bad singing, applauding on cue. We know our history. Our fathers and grandfathers too were born into slavery during the British Raj. Jinnah freed them, as he did Altaf Hussain’s family. On August 14, 1947, Pakistan had to perforce become a British dominion because it had no constitution. When we made one, we became a republic, fully independent with a citizenship act. India chose the last viceroy as its first governor general. We had British commanders-in-chiefs of our armed forces. Yes, if we had done our homework and prepared a constitution before Partition and adopted it a day later, we would have become a republic immediately and not been quasi-independent. What is better: half independence or no independence? Altaf Hussain is no Quaid-e-Azam. He shouldn’t twist history and compare himself or Qadri to the great Jinnah. Not 24-hours later came the real drone strike, conducted by Asif Zardari and targeting Altaf Hussain. Bull’s eye. The great political barber gave Altaf another haircut. Leaders of the MQM sheepishly announced that they had withdrawn from Qadri’s long march lest they foster terrorism. Has it taken them this long to discover that Pakistan suffers from terrorism? We have been suffering from it since 1985, for God’s sake. Qadri did even worse. Years ago he claimed that he met the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in a dream. The Prophet (pbuh) was very angry at Pakistan and had decided to leave permanently. Upon Qadri’s wailing and beseeching, the Prophet (pbuh) relented on condition that Qadri provided him a return ticket from Medina on PIA and arrange for his boarding and lodging. Is this blasphemy or what? If any non-Muslim had said such an audacious thing he would have been charged with blasphemy. Does the Prophet (pbuh) need Qadri to give him an airline ticket, food and bedding? Did Qadri ask him what he would like to eat? Does anyone in spirit form need any such thing? The Prophet (pbuh), who can get anything from God, needs Qadri for tickets, food and lodging? Ridiculous, a vile insult to the meanest intelligence. Yet we are told to believe that Qadri is a scholar? Forsooth and double forsooth, for he defiles the concept of scholarship. Scholarship does not exist in pieces of paper called degrees or in words collected in books. Scholarship exists in the mind. Qadri may prove to be an agent of change but he has yet to prove that he is not a charlatan. He needs to apologise. Would God choose such a man as His agent for good change or bad? Is this our next punishment: let loose a person upon us
Inertia of the mindset Counterterrorism is a lot more than just metal scanners and barbed wires By saad rasool
n Thursday, the world over, fourteen people lost their lives to acts of terrorism (including a terrorist attack in Iraq, Israel and shootings in the United States). On the same day, in Pakistan, 114 people lost their lives to terrorism, in four separate and distinct attacks, carried out by different groups and outfits, in three unconnected and independent provinces. The bombings in Sawat (claiming 22 lives) was carried out by those who want to impose a militant brand of Islam across the country; the shootings in Karachi (claiming 6 lives) was a manifestation of people killings their brethrens for family/internal disputes; and the twinbombings in Quetta (claiming 86 lives) were carried out by one sect of Islam against another, simply for believing in something marginally different from the one another. There can be no cavil with the idea that Pakistan – undisputedly – is home to global terrorism. A place where no man or beast is safe. A place where the bar-
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barianism of the terrorists is matched, in equal proportion, with the spinelessness of the government, the apathy of the people and the impotence of the security forces. But let us pause and ask where does our helplessness against the terrorism stem from? Why do we, day after day, watch our streets get awash with the blood of the innocent, and turn a blind eye? Why does every conversation about countering terrorism – be it between two citizens at a paan shop, or some extravagant drawing room – end with some version of “there is nothing we can do… he or she, this or that is to blame!”? Does a solution even exist? And if so, is it existentialist in nature, or can we implement actionable steps towards it? Let’s get the obvious out of the way: the longer-term sustainable (permanent) solution to countering our plague of extremism lies in educating the population. We have all heard this. We all, at some level, believe in it. But this is a long road and will take the course of at least a generation. And none of us know exactly how to get there. Let us get the next obvious thing out of the way: the government is to blame! For its inefficiencies, for its focusing on
turf wars rather than governance. For the corruption and for propagating a system that perpetuates the interests of the (elite) few, at the cost of the downtrodden many. The reason I wanted to get these two things out of the way was because frequently, by pointing towards such reasons (read: excuses), we conveniently conclude our conversations about the scourge of violence. And these goals – of a universally educated society and a clean and effective government – are so elusive in nature that they serve as an effective excuse for us to not deliberate structural solutions, and simply continue with our sense of ‘victimhood’. Away from the overarching ideas of good governance, any discussion of countering the threat of extremism and violence has to start with a reform of our security agencies – and in particular the police. Why has the police force, in all of our provinces, been less than effective in cracking down on these militant organisations? The attacks of Thursday were not all carried out by cavedwelling militants of the tribal areas – the most destructive were carried out by the banned Sunni outfit of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, whose members reside in the heart of our
camouflaged as the moderate face of Islam who shows us beautiful gardens but takes us nowhere? Tahirul Qadri descended on Pakistan, Canadian passport and all, threatening to upset the applecart of our horrific politicians by marching on Islamabad tomorrow with 400,000 people until and unless the system is changed and his demands met. While it is your constitutional right to march, Mr Qadri, who the hell are you to demand postponement of elections and reject the next caretaker government? What is the locum of your standing? ‘Reforms before elections’ is your slogan. The question is: How? How will you change the system? With sword or pen? To do it with the pen requires a two-thirds majority in parliament. Can Qadri get it? Can anyone? This is not 1997 and the army is not helping Nawaz Sharif. The sword has been tried many times, but even the good changes they made fell by the wayside because of a lack of mandate when the sword was sheathed. In any case, generals and their pet ‘technocrats’ just don’t have the intellectual wherewithal to do it. They are limited people, specialists in particular. All they do is denting and painting. There is a third way: both sword and pen wielded by the people. That means revolution as opposed to the sort of anarchy we have amongst the Arabs. The line between revolution and anarchy is very thin, and can hardly be recognised. Suffice it to say that revolution is the product of a coherent ideology. Anarchy has none and is the product of pent up frustration and anger. Remember, anarchy usually precedes revolution. Often it does not, for lack of ideology. Qadri will collect a crowd because people are fed up, frustrated with corruption, nepotism, poor governance and more poor leadership waiting in the wings. They are spoiling to protest on any pretext. Things have got so bad that, as God says in the Quran, the earth is shrinking for us. Today there is hardly any place for us to hide in our country while no country is willing to accept us. Qadri’s demands are exactly what people want and what many of us have been saying for years. If the government loses its nerve and does something stupid, things will go out of control countrywide. Then you will have terrorism on steroids, combined with criminality and parochial demands, every-man-for-himself. It doesn’t matter whether they try and stop him in Islamabad or outside, it could become a warzone. Welcome ‘Pakistani Spring’. Hello army. This should not happen. I have been saying that the process should be allowed to evolve naturally to the next stage. Surely that is the preferred way, because our ‘wretched of the earth’ are very resilient. So are some from the charmed classes: it’s not as barren as you might think. Better to suffer this system more, learn lessons and change naturally than foist unnatural change through sword or mob. Who said learning is easy? Who said change is painless? Those better off than us today suffered great pain in the past before they got what they wanted. Now it’s our turn. The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at email@example.com
towns and cities. Still, why has the police been ineffective in either apprehending their members before any attack, or carrying out effective action against their leaders in consequence of these attacks? Is it a lack of will? Is it bad leadership? Or a lack of priority towards countering terrorism (since so much of the police is focused on VIP security)? Has police training evolved, over the past decade or so, to keep pace with modern day terrorism? Do they have the necessary equipment and weaponry? Or is it a failure of their intelligence (special branch)? A casual conversation with senior police officials would reveal that it is a mixture of all of these issues (though they would be apprehensive in admitting the lack of effective police leadership). However, when pushed for an answer, they would admit that the modern day terrorism, almost touching 200 million people, has crept up on them faster than they had imagined. And that over the past decade or so, while militant groups were training in sophisticated explosives and deadlier ways of carrying out their attacks, the police has not ‘evolved’ to combat this threat. The police structure still works on the 19th century colonial model. Most pertinently, no major investment has been made in modern technologies and methods of surveillance and intelligence are still primarily based on human feelers. Increasing the salaries, or teaching the police how to crawl under a barbed wire, or how to shoot while lying down at a tar-
get 50 yards away is no longer the requisite training to counter terrorism. Even the (ridiculous) ideas of getting the SHO elected (courtesy: PTI) will not help the police in countering what happened in Quetta three days back. This particular issue – of antiterrorism – will not be solved by introducing reforms in the process of registration of FIRs, or even by ensuring security of tenure among the leadership. Pakistan’s police must graduate from being a colonial force to embrace the modern methods of countering terrorism. Metal scanners and barbed wires are no longer sufficient. Money, training and effort has to be invested in developing new technologies, methods of better surveillance of suspected militant hideouts, automated lists of members of banned outfits, and a legislative regime that provides legal cover to a new age of anti-terrorism. Regardless of what political party comes to power, of who gets appointed as the provincial IGP, until a concerted effort in this regard, with investment in technology and an unconventional mindset that breaks away from our rugged colonial procedures, is adopted, we will forever live in the fear of being killed – any moment – on the corner of every street in Pakistan. The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Merchants of republic out there to get ya, again By syed Ali raza shah And verily only those who abstain from major sins and are sagacious, righteous and ameen would be the ones who shall enter that sacred dome. y a margin of twist the above is not a verse from any divine scripture but holy enough that they remain basic words of our law, the real grundnorm, and now seemingly enforceable part of our national sacred writings, which we the people have given to ourselves through our chosen representatives, somehow. These commandments wouldn’t have mattered so much if they might have remained dormant normative references in the eyes of law, not to be invoked and judicially deliberated upon but stayed the way plethora of other legal substance remain i.e., non-living things. Then why do such legal texts should be drafted or even exist in the first place? The questions of morality, law and jurisprudential wisdom behind these guiding provisions of constitution and its interpretations are the talk under sun. But first things first. This all started in 2008, when the illegitimately legitimised power centre was compelled or perhaps by choice decided to cede. A year before that, the Caesar found his unnerving Brutus just next door who for actual reasons unknown finally didn’t agree to act on the script handed over to him and instead decided to ride on some public will and in the course saved that grand chair of his from which one could appear as lord to the downtrodden. The best part: this he did and turned clear and atoned. In the last ditch effort to save the grace, Caesar made hell in the little empire. The oracles eventually decided to give some space to the ordinary ones. And so frequently has it happened in history that each time the hoi polloi come to power, they see tempting islands and try to conquer them. The commoners rushed to the castles, had a royal bite and to date ruling it in an unruly way, as if like the last of times this too shall pass and come to yet another ignoble end. The sort of ends they are too familiar with. Either the end that typically ensures the subsistence of execu-
tioners or that of noble knights with heavy armours and lands who arrest premiers and host cold nights for them in incarceration where the only permissible guests are flesh-eating rats, before eventually putting them into exile till further order from the only above. However, this time, in another unlikely change of cycle, the demos did reach that last lap from where they could transfer the beacon to the next representative class. A notion too startling and fearfully astonishing to the nation who since birth has practically been deprived of it: smooth and orderly transition of power, without a patronage, from one elected regime to the next one, as per the law. But how could it happen so smoothly? Many beneficiaries and interested gangs of the past, like the past, still think this is already a nightmare that redistribution of resources has happened against their interest, hate what these politicians do to each other but they have reached sort of a consensus to run the state permanently without their involvement and could at a later stage check their long unaccounted bills. To them, this is not what may be a suitable prescription for the national health and if that election line is crossed this time without the conditions they would like to assert and sureties they have demanded, it will propel the juggernaut of democratic culture in this republic. A new power smuggling racket is thus being hatched through reliance on conventional forces: non-elected state institutions and religious camarilla. But then why not give these traditional quarters benefit of doubt and admit that they do have the ability to reform and mature with time? For many, such may be the case but the way the trumpets blow across the land these days, even with the new sounds, it clearly suggests that the trumpeters are the same old usual suspects. The belligerent temple of justice, more in the self-proclaimed fourth estate, those who spy and some of those who have the coup caps, many who are both civil and superior, and those who are all popular Ts: Taliban, tribal by Thought, the many on Twitter, those inspired by Tahrir Square and now the latest one from Canada, Tahir, and who is ready to march like Moses with a staff and almost a Persian headgear. Not being guilty of generalisa-
tion, most of the above, reformed or unreformed, uniformed or cloaked, religious or non-religious ones, militarised or virtually socialised and/or plain puritans who unendingly appear on the television, they all seemingly desire, in one way or the other, that those who must now contest the elections should pass through the litmus test that is being written in the first line here, nay in the Constitution. The way they interpret it and the manner in which they desire to implement this text would even put Shylock to shame. An unspoken environment of fear is being created to vex the people that if this system continues unabated, the corrupt mafia of politicians who are rural, uneducated and smell like old cheese will come to rule again and continue to deprive them of civic necessities which are particularly indispensable to those who have oversized abodes and who sojourn in the five stars. As everywhere, the failures of politicians dwarf their accomplishments. The inherent struggle to come to power will continue to create space between political class as a whole and some in the middle of them would be ready, like in the past, to exploit or get exploited by those who should now rather accept the new rules of coming into power. These after all are new times. The upcoming march to the capital and the demand to enforce the sort of above constitutional provisions have one underlining core: this flock of 200 million has to be tamed and led in a specific direction. Some are above the law and have divinely ordained attributes to run the state. The aristocracy, technocracy, theocracy, corporatocracy and krytocracy are better than what is at hand today or what might continue if allowed unchecked. Behold! For, if not the people, whosoever shall have the last laugh it might crack the walls of this citadel. Perhaps the only chance is to show contentment with these corruptible sinners who knock our doors with sly smiles and ask for votes. Else, the merchants have already decided to get this republic again. The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore and can be reached at email@example.com, Twitter: @LegalSubtleties
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home to corruption Corruption in Pakistan is as old as the country itself. With every passing day it is growing in magnitude and strength. No institution, no organisation, no government department and no agency is free from corruption. However, all Pakistanis are not corrupt. Honest individualism have been marginalised in Pakistan, a country created in the name of Islam. The corrupt are the most powerful in this land of the pure. Though corruption was not as widespread as now forty years back but the corrupt were as powerful then as at this point in time. Khan Abdul Qayyum Khan, interior minister in the government of ZA Bhutto, once said in an interview: “If anybody raises voice against the corrupt mafia, he will be killed.” This interview should be available in the archives of PTV. The statement of a politician of integrity explains why no Ana Hazare stands up against the corrupt mafias in Pakistan as it has become home to corruption, mismanagement and bad governance. ASGHAR MAHMOOD Islamabad
ban all congregations In view of the fact that the terrorists do not miss to attack any congregation, be it a religious or political one, to inflict maximum loss of life and property, it is incumbent on the government to ban all sorts of public gatherings and processions. Mr Rehman Malik is right when he says that there is a potential danger of Allama Tahirul Qadri’s long march being hit by terrorists as it offers a sitting duck like situation to terrorists. The latest spate of mass killings in the country i.e., in Quetta, Swat and Karachi, show that the terrorists are just waiting for any mass gatherings in the cities to carry out their nefarious activities. As such, the government ought to ban all mass congregations so as to ensure safety of life for its citizens. Even if it requires to declare an emergency in the country to prevent the so-called million march in the offing, be it so. The country is not fit to expose mass gatherings to terrorists due to the approaching elections. We cannot afford any delay in elections by facilitating the
terrorists to cause havoc and bloodshed in the crowds in the name of freedom to gather together in our violent times. DR MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI Lahore
time to set priorities Mr Arif Nizami, in his recent article “Tarnishing the Quaid” (12 January), has highlighted the magnitude of internal threats and gravity of external threats from across the border. He has rightly criticised the MQM chief for tarnishing the Quaid, the founder of Pakistan. While pleading his own and Tahirul Qadri’s dual nationality case, he tried to correlate it with the Quaide-Azam who travelled to Pakistan on British passport. Was there any choice for him other than using the British passport? The answer is no. It was the need of the hour as he was coming to take over as governor general of the newly established state of Pakistan when the subcontinent was freed by the Britishers. He could have simply pleaded that irrespective of his dual nationality, he is a Pakistani also, instead of bringing Quaid’s name into a controversy, which was not in a good taste. There is no writ of the government anywhere in the country. The government, be it provincial or federal, has miserably failed to protect the life and property of common man which is its first and foremost duty. MQM’s track record is like an open book. They have always backtracked from their decisions and there is nothing new in their decision not to participate in the long march. PML-N’s dream of coming to power once again will never see the light of the day. Whatever is happening in the country, the PML-N has to share the blame. People can be fooled sometimes but not all the times. What a tragedy for this nation! The CM Balochistan is out of country, the cabinet is non-existent, governor wants to rest and is seeking some facilities abroad, president is in Karachi, PM is busy in delivering speeches at various forums and the minister of interior is busy in fixing containers in Islamabad, deploying additional police force and happy that the MQM is not taking part in the long march. With such priorities, how can you protect a common man? The SC was justified in saying that the government of Balochistan has lost the constitutional right to govern the province, but who cares. I agree with the writer that the real issue is the daily casualties of innocent people but I would add that we must be very cautious from India. I smell a conspiracy on the part of India to take advantage of the current uncertainties prevailing in the country. Today, the Indian air chief has sounded a warning to Pakistan to exercise other options in case LoC remains disturbed. It is ime to set priorities before it is too late. MUKHTAR AHMED Karachi
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12 HARRy STyLeS dumped Taylor Swift over asexuality
i Harry Styles is said to have dumped Taylor Swift because she was “asexual” and didn’t satisfy him in the bedroom. According to Radar Online, the One Direction heart-throb grew increasingly frustrated with the Swift because of her prudish ways in the days leading up to their split, the Sun reported. A source said that the country singer is nervous about how she is seen by the public so she won’t “put out”. The source said that Swift is so concerned that the public will think she’s a bad person because she dates around, that she doesn’t put out. What she doesn’t get is that the guys keep dumping her because she’s being a prude. Another insider reportedly told the website that Styles got bored by the 23year-old constantly talking about antiques. “Harry found Taylor a little sexually uninterested,” the source said. They were sexually incompatible, according to the insider. And it seems that it was their differing lifestyles that eventually drove the couple apart after just 65 days together. NEWS
F girls know how to claw, they can purr as well. In the midst of all the reports about an all-out war of words between Deepika-Anushka-Katrina, comes this piece of interesting news. Anushka, the intelligent girl that she is, seems to have woken up to the virtues of a friendly equation with her peers. For the special screening of her Friday release, she sent out a message to Katrina, her senior co-star from Jab Tak... and invited her to Yash Raj Studios. Kat accepted her invite and made it a point to attend the show. At the theatre, the two girls “got along like a house on fire,” says an eyewitness, adding, “They were laughing, giggling and chatting.” Readers may recall, in an exclusive chat with Mirror (Dec 13), Anushka had said, “Someone said I wasn’t Anurag Kashyap’s first choice for Bombay Velvet and he had to clarify on Twitter. Why are such things said in the first place?” She was referring to ‘reports’ that suggested that Katrina was the first choice for the film that stars Ranbir Kapoor in the lead. In fact, hitting out at those she felt was responsible for ‘planting’ such stories, Anushka had said, “Look at the guys (actors, she meant), they don’t indulge in such things. And that’s why I find it easier to be friends with them.” Added the witness, “All’s well that ends well. It was a stupid misunderstanding. Both the girls seem to have put it behind them.” Well, she may find it easier to be friends with her male aquaintances, but Anushka certainly does not mind making friendly overtures to Katrina again. To tweak the words of Sun-tzu, the legendary Chinese war strategist, it always works to keep your friends close, and your rivals, closer.
Film frat overjoyed at Jayashri’s Oscar nomination neWs Desk The Indian film fraternity is celebrating Chennai-based Carnatic music vocalist Bombay Jayashri’s Oscar nomination for “Pi’s Lullaby” from the “ Life of Pi” for the 85th Academy Awards, terming it an “amazing honour” for a great artist. The song has been written, composed and sung by Jayashri for the Canadian composer Mychael Danna, who scored the music for “Life Of Pi”, which has got total 11 nods at the Oscar nominations that were led by “Lincoln” with 12 nominations. Jayshri has been cited in the best music original song category. Celebs took to Twitter to express their happiness. a.r. raHman: Congrats to Bombay Jayashri... First ever Academy Award nomination for a Tamil song. sHabana aZmi: Congratulations to Bombay Jayashri for her Oscar nomination. She did the playback for a song in
‘Morning Raga’ and I love her voice. sHreya gHosHal: Oscar 2013: Bombay Jayashri gets Oscar nomination for ‘Life of Pi’ song!! Hearty Congrats!! siDDHartH: Bombay Jayshri at the Academy Awards! What an amazing honour for a great artist. India has Rahman to thank for all these honours. Jayshri is one of the leading playback singers in the Tamil film industry and has worked closely with composers like Harris Jayaraj, Ilayaraja, A.R. Rahman and others. She has also voiced Hindi songs like “Zara zara” in “Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein” and “Chahoon bhi toh” in “Force”. The Oscar presentation ceremony will be held Feb 24 in Hollywood’s Dolby Theater. “Life of Pi”, a fantasy adventure drama, widely shot in India, is the adaptation of Canadian author Yann Martel’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel. It narrates the journey of an Indian boy who survives a storm.
neWs Desk Arjun Rampal, 40, to date remains India’s most distinct supermodel with his own style and image. Ahead of his upcoming film ‘Inkaar’, which he believes to be his best performance so far, he talks to TOI about why we don’t have supermodels anymore, the lesson he learnt from Amitabh Bachchan and what spirituality means to him. How did you get into modelling? Born in Jabalpur, I was brought up in Deolali, where my father ran a small business of making fire extinguishers. I studied at the international school at Kodaikanal, after which I was visiting Mumbai with my friends when at RG’s nightclub, Rohit Bal saw me and asked me if I was a model. I was doing Economics honours at Hindu College in Delhi when I again bumped into Rohit (Gudda) at a night club. To my surprise, he recognised me and came up to me and said, ‘Aren’t you Arjun?’. He offered me to model for him and my first question to him was, ‘What will I get?’ He said, ‘First you need some clothes’. I landed doing my first shoot with Bharat Sikka as the photographer. After a few days, Gudda called me to his office and showed me the poster of this guy who looked really good in Black and White and he said ‘That’s you’. I couldn’t believe what I saw. He had turned me into a model. Initially, people thought that I had an attitude problem as I couldn’t understand why people would walk a 20-metre ramp for five to six days as it was not rocket science, but then I made friends and became a part of the circuit and moved to Mumbai. Milind Soman’s girlfriend, Neerja Shah, got me a paying guest accommodation at the Piramal House at Worli Sea Face, where I
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believe Amitabh Bachchan also lived when he first came to Mumbai. I was told it was a vegetarian house, where I could not drink or bring girls. Knowing me at that point in time, I was thrown out bag and baggage in a week by one of the older Piramal ladies as she found some chicken bones in the dustbin. I shifted to Lokhandwala and bought a small apartment. I continued to model till I was 23, after which I moved to London and New York to model there, to put myself through the test of going abroad and seeing myself against the top models of the world. During my college days, I used to see guys my age struggling not knowing what to do in their life, whereas my life was fine and I was making more money than what they would probably make after their first job. So, I went through this spiritual fight questioning myself whether I deserved all that I had and went to Dharamshala for six months to practise Buddhism. How did you meet Mehr? She was the person I walked the ramp with in my first professional fashion show. She is four years older to me and was a model whose poster I had in my hostel room. I was so nervous walking with her that I held her hand and she thought I was making a pass at her. Though we were good friends, we were not in a relationship till I was 25 when I returned from the US, after which we got married. You brought in the New Year inside the Golden Temple. Does visiting a religious place mean being spiritual? Going to religious places gives me clarity. When I am sitting there, I am in a state of gratitude with my defence mechanism down and am open to receiving that energy, that gives me clarity as at that time, you are listening to your heart. The heart shows you the direction in life. The mind exists only to
execute your emotion. Inkaar deals with the subject of sexual harassment in a corporate set-up. Is there sexual harassment in the world of fashion and films of which you are a part? There would be traces in every industry. However, it is more susceptible to happen in a closed environment of a corporate set-up, where you work closely for long hours everyday, over a longer period of time. In fashion and films, you work together for a short period and then move on. If a female sleeps with a younger boy, she is termed cougar or a cradlesnatcher. If a man sleeps with a woman, we assume that the woman is doing it for a professional advantage. Surprisingly, nobody says ‘love’ even though it could be mutual and healthy. Research has shown that 50% of all sexual harassment cases started with the two people having a relationship.
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13 Woman claims she has seen Les Misérables 957 times! A longtime fan of theater, Frith says her love affair with the popular 28-year-old musical — adapted by French musicians Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg from Victor Hugo’s epic 1862 novel — began in 1988. She been attending performances rather more than routinely for the past 25 years. “I have always been a fan of the theatre, and everybody was raving about Les Misérables when it first came out in 1985,” Frith told the BBC. ”Eventually, three years later, I managed to get tickets to see the show, fell in love with it, went to see it again, and it just grew from there.” Since then, she estimates she’s spent upwards of £50,000 on tickets, or nearly $81,000. Forget how many entry-level Beemers that might buy and think about the time commitment: Divide 957 trips by 365 days in a year and you’re talking a performance every day for over two-and-a-half years (somewhat less if you occasionally double-down on matinees). And it’s not like Les Miz is a quick hour-and-a-half job. We’re talking roughly three hours to get through your average production. Then there’s the time it takes Frith to travel to London and back to her home in King’s Stanley near the town of Stroud: four hours, round trip. The perks of ultra-fandom? Frith says she “got to know quite a few cast members over the years,” and that she’s seen 25 different casts in all. Her favorites to date: Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean and Matt Lucas as the villainous innkeeper Thenardier. Will she count viewings of the new film starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe toward her total? She didn’t say, but admitted she can’t wait to see it: ”I will have to look at it with a totally different mind-frame because it’s going to be a film, not a stage version, but from what I’ve heard it’s going to be absolutely mind-blowing.” news Desk
Death anniversary of Ibne Insha observed
eNoWNeD Urdu poet, humorist, travelogue writer and columnist Ibne Insha’s (sher muhammad Khan) death anniversary was observed with tributes paid to his great contributions to Urdu literature. Ibne Insha was born on June 15, 1927, as sher muhammad Khan in Jalandhar, India. He completed his Ba from the punjab University in 1946 and his ma from the University of Karachi in 1953. His poetry has a distinctive diction laced with the language reminiscent of amir Khusro in its use of words and construction that is usually heard in the more earthy dialects of the Hindi-Urdu complex of languages. He is considered as one of the most versatile poets and writers of his generation. He visited several countries and wrote his travel experiences in an excellent and unique style. Insha died on January 11, 1978, in London. NEWS dESK
guitar player for elvis Presley dies at 67 Rhythm guitar player John Wilkinson, who performed with Elvis Presley hundreds of times, has died in Missouri. He was 67. The Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home says Wilkinson passed away Friday at his home in Springfield. A family spokesman says Wilkinson had been fighting cancer. Wilkinson first met Presley when he was 10, by sneaking into his dressing room before a show. Wilkinson was 23 when Presley asked him to join the TCB Band in 1968. He played 1,200 shows with Presley before the singer died in 1977. His family says Wilkinson played less music after that, and made a living in retail and airline services management. A stroke in 1989 left him unable to play the guitar, but he continued singing with the old TCB Band and others. NEWS dESK
Hrithik gives Shah Rukh’s firm a business of 26 crores neWs Desk Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Krrish-3’ is completely dependent on special effects. In fact Rakesh Roshan has kept aside almost eight months to get the VFX right. While a portion of the VFX is being done overseas, the lion’s share of visual effects has been entrusted by the Roshans to Shah Rukh Khan’s company. The trade estimates that the Roshans — Rakesh and Hrithik — have given SRK a total business of around 26 cr for it. And SRK who is very upto date when it comes to VFX is personally involved in making sure that his buddy’s film gets the best VFX ever done in a Bollywood film. An insider says, “The Roshans have put their money where their mouth is. Obviously, this is also proof of the fact that the personal bond between SRK and Duggu is stronger than ever.”
Bradley took my name:
ANUPAM KHeR neWs Desk Anupam Kher’s ecstatic about the big win for his Hollywood film at the Critic’s Choice Awards. He couldn’t attend this ceremony, but says he’ll surely make it to the Oscars He’s in the middle of taking a class - and doesn’t want to be interrupted. “Thodi der mein,” he says, as we congratulate him for his Hollywood movie, Silver Linings Playbook sort of sweeping all the comedy awards - Best Comedy Film, Best Comedy Actor for Bradley Cooper and Best Comedy Actress, which went to Jennifer Lawrence - at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. And now, the movie’s got eight Oscar nominations as well. When he calls back, the first thing we ask him is why he wasn’t there at the awards function. “Actually, I’m not going for the Golden Globes either. I have my Bollywood film Special Chabbis coming up, and it is by the guy who gave me one of the best films of my life, A Wednesday. I can’t leave the promotions of that film and go - I didn’t want to, and for the Critics’ Awards, aisa bhi nahi tha ki bas jaake wapas aa sakoon. But I have been in touch with all the stars - they told me what happened.” Of course, they did. Bradley also took Anupam’s name during the winning speech. “Yes, that was great of him. Those guys are always bucking each other up, there’s absolutely no sulking and bad feeling when others win awards. But all of day before night, I couldn’t sleep; I was very excited about these awards. Main subah char baje uth gaya tha, and the first thing I saw when I turned Twitter on is a message that said ‘Bradley took your name’. I was thrilled,” says Anupam, who is all set to attend the Screen Actors Guild Awards (in which he has a nomination), and later, the Oscars. “And all the categories that we have been nominated for in the Oscars are powerful ones. But I am actually looking forward to the SAG Awards, because all the actors will be present there, and whether or not I win, just sharing the same table with stars like Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper is going to be the most brilliant moment of my life.” So, has he got his wardrobe and speeches ready? “Oscars mein toh I think De Niro will give a speech, he is the senior most. Main toh, unke saamne kuch bhi nahi hoon. But SAG - actually, don’t do this to me please. Don’t stress me. I am not going to prepare any speech - I want to be spontaneous, and prepared speeches always make you fumble on the stage,” says Anupam, who’s speaking to designer Falguni for his SAG wardrobe.
‘Titanic 3D’ contributed highest tax in China
ames Cameron’s “Titanic 3D” was the biggest tax contributor among foreign movies in China in 2012, a report said Friday. The Beijing Customs said the movie took $144 million at the box office, Xinhua reported. Taxes contributed by foreign movies in China last year reached $33.7 million, up 60 percent year-on-year. The increase was attributed to the surge in the number of foreign movies, which rose to 64 in 2012, up from 50 the previous year, the China Film Group Corp, the country’s only authorised importer of foreign films, said. Before the 3D conversion of Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster “Titanic”, only the sci-fi movie “avatar” in 2009 chalked up tax of more than 40 million yuan ($6.4 million) in China. NEWS dESK
Snoop Dogg tweets in Hindi
apper snoop Dogg aka snoop Lion is now in India. The rapper is obviously pleased to be here for his two-concert tour. He even tweeted a message in Hindi for his fans who will be attending his shows. His tweet said: ‘Whos comin to my India shows snap a photo of the tix for rT. app mera show per aaara hai? ticket ka foto nikal aur me rT karunha’. He sent out invitations to akshay Kumar and priyanka Chopra over twitter for his concerts in pune and Delhi. akshay in his tweet said: snoop, I’d love to come brother but I’m shooting. please come home for some Indian fried chicken when you come to mumbai.” priyanka tweeted: Hey snoop, would’ve loved to, but I’m in La finishing my album! I’m sure you’ll kill it in India! Next time for sure. show some desi love people! The rapper was welcomed by his fans as well as Bollywood celebs, who joined him for a party. salim merchant’s tweet read: Went to a party after very long to welcome snoop Dogg to India...met him had a chat about working in future. I think snoop Dog should change his name to snoop God (reverse of dog). NEWS dESK
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The best laptops of CeS 2013
Largest structure in universe discovered
STRONOMERS have discovered the largest known structure in the universe, a clump of active galactic cores that stretches 4 billion light-years from end to end. The structure is a large quasar group (LQG), a collection of extremely luminous galactic nuclei powered by supermassive central black holes. This particular group is so large that it challenges modern cosmological theory, researchers said. “While it is difficult to fathom the scale of this LQG, we can say quite definitely it is the largest structure ever seen in the entire universe,” lead author Roger Clowes, of the University of Central Lancashire in England, said in a statement. “This is hugely exciting, not least because it runs counter
to our current understanding of the scale of the universe. Quasars are the brightest objects in the universe. For decades, astronomers have known that they tend to assemble in huge groups, some of which are more than 600 million light-years wide. But the record-breaking quasar group, which Clowes and his team spotted in data gathered by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, is on another scale altogether. The newfound LQC is composed of 73 quasars and spans about 1.6 billion light-years in most directions, though it is 4 billion light-years across at its widest point. To put that mind-boggling size into perspective, the disk of the Milky Way galaxy — home of Earth’s solar system — is about 100,000 light-years wide. And the Milky
Way is separated from its nearest galactic neighbor, Andromeda, by about 2.5 million light-years. The newly discovered LQC is so enormous, in fact, that theory predicts it shouldn’t exist, researchers said. The quasar group appears to violate a widely accepted assumption known as the cosmological principle, which holds that the universe is essentially homogeneous when viewed at a sufficiently large scale. Calculations suggest that structures larger than about 1.2 billion light-years should not exist, researchers said. “Our team has been looking at similar cases which add further weight to this challenge, and we will be continuing to investigate these fascinating phenomena,” Clowes said. NEWS dESK
Wolverines under consideration for endangered species status
OUNDING up the best laptops at CES 2013 is a weird assignment. Sure, we’ve done it before. But this year, it’s different. The fact is, there are no freaking laptops anywhere. To be fair, we expected as much. An onslaught of laptops and convertibles rained down during the Windows 8 launch. That news meant we wouldn’t see a regular amount of laptop announcements at CES this year. That leaves us with just some spare details about refreshes and minor products. Here’s a brief rundown of the pittance of laptop news to come out of Vegas: Dell updated its Inspiron line of laptops and showed a version of its solid XPS 13 with a 1080p screen. Samsung leaked this out just before CES, but its Series 5 Ultra and Series 7 Chronos both received spec bumps. Lenovo upgraded the Yoga 11 from an RT device to a full fledged Windows 8 laptop. It also announced the Helix, a Windows 8 convertible running on an Intel Core series chip. Toshiba refreshed its midrange laptops, and announced that its Qosmio line will get touch. Sony’s T-Series got touch for its 14-inch model, and full HD for its 15-inch model. Oh, and the Duo 11 got a new color. Acer showed some new screen tech in its ultrabooks, but that won’t be available for a while. That’s not all of the news to come out of the show, but it’s a good representation of the general tone and tenor. Compared to last year, when CES revealed the XPS 13, the Yoga, a stunning redesign of the Series 9, the Aspire S5, and a bunch of other ultrabooks, this year was a total dud. But again, that’s only because PC makers shot their wads back in October. We’re sure we’ll be seeing new stuff this spring and fall (and probably at next year’s CES). All that said, if we had to pick some “Best Ofs”, they would be the XPS 13 with 1080p and the Yoga 11. The XPS was already very good when it debuted in 2012, and the panel Dell stuck on it is beautiful. And as for the Yoga 11—we loved 13-inch Yoga, and we love 11-inch laptops. It’s genuinely nice to see the smaller version get the full Windows 8 treatment. CoURtESy GIzmodo
Apple downplays cheap iPhone reports
Brown-eyed people more trustworthy than those with blue eyes
ARTICIPANTS rated 40 male and 40 female photographs for trustworthiness, attractiveness and dominance. The researchers found that participants were more likely to rate a face as trustworthy if they had brown eyes. However, in order to test it was actually brown eyes and not some other facial characteristic that was the influencing factor, the scientists tried a second test where participants were presented with two identical faces except for their eye color. In this case, both eye colors were found to be equally trustworthy, which suggests that it was the facial characteristics associated with brown eyes, rather then the color itself, that make them appear more trustworthy. “We concluded that although the brown-eyed faces were perceived as more trustworthy than the blueeyed ones, it was not brown eye color per se that caused the stronger perception of trustworthiness but rather the facial features associated with brown eyes,” write the authors in their paper published in the journal PLOS ONE. More rounded male faces, with bigger mouths and larger chins, were seen as more trustworthy than narrow ones. The results for female faces showed the same trend but were not significant. The researchers believe that blue-eyed people are more likely to have facial characteristics that are associated with untrustworthiness. “Blue-eyed male faces were characterized by a more angular and prominent lower face, a longer chin, a narrower mouth with downward-pointing corners, relatively smaller eyes, and rather distant eyebrows. This was also the pattern of an untrustworthy face,” write the authors “In contrast, brown-eyed faces tended to have a rounder and broader chin, a broader mouth with upward-pointing corners, relatively bigger eyes, and eyebrows closer to each other. This was also the pattern of a trustworthy face.” NEWS dESK
The government will decide this month whether to extend endangered species status to wolverines. Such a listing would trigger new protections for this hardy member of the weasel family that’s actually making a comeback in the U.S. — but perhaps not for long. Wolverines weigh about 30 pounds and look sort of like miniature black bears with bushy tails. In the early part of the 20th century predator poisoning campaigns and habitat degradation reduced their numbers to near extinction. But in the past 50 years or so, wolverines have come back especially in cold snowy sections of the Rocky Mountain West, including Idaho, as well as in parts of Oregon and Washington. In Montana’s Glacier National Park, wolverines have been radio-collared to track their movements. Here’s a video of one female in a log trap before her collar was put on, contributed by Jeff Copeland with The Wolverine Foundation. Scientists believe there are between 250 and 500 wolverines in the U.S. now. That may not seem like a lot, says Shawn Sartorius, lead wolverine biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but it’s a significant improvement. “This is a case, one of the few cases where things are looking pretty rosy right now but the future scenario is one that doesn’t look good,” Sartorious says.
Wolverines tend to stick to high elevations where snow piles thick and stays late into the spring. They need the snow to make their dens. That’s why climate change poses a major threat to these animals. Warming temperatures are predicted to shrink the available habitat for wolverines in the future. Sartorius says that if they are listed as threatened or endangered that could mean more funding for monitoring and reintroduction of the species. “We think that if wolverines can be reestablished in as many places as possible that will give them the best chance to hold on once the significant effects of climate change occur.” Wolverines are mainly scavengers that stick to extremely harsh territory so they don’t pose a problem for livestock. Researchers are also concerned about the lack of genetic diversity in the recovering population. In 2010 the Fish and Wildlife Service ruled that the wolverine merited protection under the Endangered Species Act but due to lack of funding, no further action was taken until a lawsuit filed by environmental groups required the FWS to release a recommendation by Jan. 18. A lawsuit in Montana halted the annual wolverine trapping season on Monday, perhaps permanently, depending on whether or not the animal is given federal endangered species status. NEWS dESK
PPLE moved to discount stories posted by The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg that suggested the company might debut a low-cost iPhone before the end of the year. Apple’s senior VP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller told the Shanghai Evening News in an interview that inexpensive iPhones would “never be the future of Apple products.” Schiller’s statement appears to throw cold water on the sources cited in the Journal and Bloomberg reports, both of which provided details on how Apple would produce a low-cost iPhone. They suggested that Apple would ditch the aluminum frame used in the iPhone 5 and switch to polycarbonate, which might be cheaper to manufacture. The timing of Schiller’s comments could also be coincidence, and it’s worth noting that the company generally chooses its messages carefully. Schiller is no nube, and has plenty of experience talking to the press. Also, cheap doesn’t necessarily mean inexpensive or low-cost. Schiller could have been saying that Apple will never skimp on materials and manufacturing processes to produce cheap(er) goods. Further, Apple is normally aggressive about maintaining its margins. A low-cost iPhone doesn’t necessarily gel with Apple’s long-term behavior and strategy regarding entry-level products. Apple admitted the iPad Mini squeezed its margins a bit, even with a price tag that is more than $100 above its closest competitors. Last, it is important to remember that Apple is always researching and designing new products. Products that reach retail typically go through several generations of design before being finalized. It is possible that the sources cited by the Journal and Bloomberg were exposed to products that are still in the research and design phase that might still be years from reality. NEWS dESK
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Pcb yet to decide on allowing its cricketers in bPl
BD have not backed out of Pakistan tour, says Hassan DHAkA
laHore: Miffed with the Bangladesh Cricket Board after it backtracked on a promised tour of Pakistan, the PCB is yet to take a policy decision on whether to allow its players to take part in the Bangladesh Premier League. PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf made it clear that after Bangladesh Cricket Board twice backed out of its commitment to tour Pakistan, there was no moral binding to send players for the league. "There is no moral binding on us after the BCB's refusal to send its team for a second time. We now have to look at the players commitments and workloads before deciding what to do," he said. Ashraf indicated that the PCB could review its stance on the BPL in special circumstances. "If the Bangladesh board is willing to make some commitment we can look into it," he said. A reliable source in the PCB said the Board had already made it clear to the BCB that Pakistani players would only be given NOC's to take part in the BPL after a written agreement between both boards. "The BCB has said they will respond back to us in a few days. But the board wants a agreement under which not only will the BCB commit to sending its team to Pakistan for a short series and will also send some of its players for the inaugural Pakistan Super League," the source said. The PCB lost its patience with the BCB after they refused to send their team this month for a short tour citing security concerns. Last year also, the BCB had pulled out of a tour to Pakistan after committing to it. "Last year we went ahead and supported Mustafa Kamal for the ICC vice president's post under this understanding but then they backed out. This time we want to be sure before we give NOC's to our players for the BPL," the source said. BCB president Nazmul Hassan even flew down to New Delhi last week during the one-day international between Pakistan and India to meet Ashraf and convince him to allow Pakistani players to take part in the league. In the first edition of the BPL, Pakistani players dominated the matches while for the second edition, due to start from Jan 17, some 21 Pakistani players have been signed on by different franchises including star all-rounder Shahid Afridi and dashing opener Imran Nazir. StAff REpoRt
HE Bangladesh Cricket Board will send a security team to Pakistan - second in two years - to show their commitment to tour the country after ICC vice-president AHM Mustafa Kamal had denied any "unconditional commitment" from Bangladesh to tour Pakistan three days ago. BCB president Nazmul Hassan has questioned Kamal's conflicting statement, and will ask the game's governing body for clarification on his comments. "We think it is time to send a second security team," Hassan said. "A lot of time has passed from the last inspection [in March last year]. We will sit in the next few days with the government about forming the team. "We haven't made any specific decisions about a tour date but we discussed our end of the problem with him [PCB president Zaka Ashraf]. We talked about a time slot, which will be between the end of March and the start of April." Hassan met Ashraf in New Delhi during the third ODI between India and Pakistan where, according to the BCB chief, the talks were cordial and lacked any 'negative vibe'. "What I explained to
him was the reason behind Bangladesh not travelling [to Pakistan] this time. He understood our problem, was reasonable and his hospitality was really good. "What he said to [ESPNcricinfo] was not what he told me. I still believe that based on our cordial discussion, the Pakistani players will take part in BPL. I think it is a knee-jerk reaction, because what we discussed in Delhi didn't give me a negative vibe." Regarding Kamal's comments about there being no commitment to tour Pakistan, Hassan reacted strongly, mentioning the exact dates of sending letters and the exact language. "I don't say anything without confirming and without knowing, so what he said was completely
wrong. I have all the proof. "On April 12 last year, a letter was sent from the BCB, [which mentioned that] we were going there to play, but that tour didn't happen due to a court ruling. The second letter was sent from here on October 8 where a timeline of December 12 to 20 was given for touring. "Both these letters were sent during his [Kamal's] time. The directors told me they don't know anything about the letter. Our CEO made all the communications on behalf of the board. He told me that it was Kamal bhai who asked him to send the letters," he said. Hassan showed the minutes of the April 15, 2012 ICC meeting to the media, the words on Bangladesh's tour high-
Starc’s sore calf opens door for Richardson MeLBoUrne AGENCIES
Mitchell Starc is out of the second ODI against Sri Lanka on Sunday and may miss further matches beyond after complaining of calf soreness following Australia's opening win at the MCG. The South Australian fast bowler Kane Richardson has been called into the squad as cover. As the most durable of Australia's young fast bowlers over the past year, Starc has played successfully for the national side across three formats without injury since his Test debut against New Zealand in late 2011. However his spell of six overs in Melbourne, returning the figures of 1 for 25, resulted in the calf complaint. The injury marks an unfortunate point in the summer for Australia's fast bowlers, meaning every paceman in the first Test squad of the season has suffered an injury of some kind. James Pattinson was first to break down with a side injury, Peter Siddle
missed the Perth Test due to a hamstring problem, and Josh Hazlewood had foot stress hot spots uncovered while bowling in the WACA ground nets. Ben Hilfenhaus suffered side injury in Hobart, Shane Watson fell prey to a calf strain in Melbourne, and now Starc has suffered similarly. While the Australian team physio Alex Kountouris described the problem as minor, calf trouble is infamously stubborn, as Watson can attest after
suffering a string of the injuries in recent times. "Mitchell Starc had some mild right calf soreness after the match at the MCG last night," Kountouris said. "Whilst we are not majorly concerned about it, we have withdrawn him from the game on Sunday as a precaution. He will be reassessed over the next few days and is a possibility to play next weekend's matches against Sri Lanka if his symptoms resolve." If Starc's withdrawal is another blow to Australia's efforts to reduce the amount of injuries suffered by their fast bowlers, Richardson's callup is a reward for some of the more eye-catching performances in domestic limited overs matches this summer, including one haul of 6 for 48 at Adelaide Oval. "Kane has been called in as cover in the squad due to his impressive form in the limited overs formats this season," the national selector John Inverarity said. "This provides another great opportunity for a young player as we look to build towards Cricket World Cup in 2015."
The serenity and sensibility of Amla The qualities that have brought South Africa’s No 3 the form of his career st george’s PArk AGENCIES
It was the drinks break in the evening session. Faf du Plessis was having his hamstrings stretched, the New Zealand players were in a huddle being given yet another talking to and Hashim Amla, on 89, was sitting on one knee on the outfield as he always does when it's time to take in some water. He had the serenity of an oasis, as the desert around him continued to busy itself with activity. The physiotherapist issued instructions to du Plessis and the visiting bowlers and fielders wore expressions that suggested they were listening intently. Amla was crouched on the grass completely unaffected by any of it. His focus was perfectly uninterrupted. His ability to block out the peripheral was not just evident in those few small moments but throughout his innings. Amla's calm nature is as well documented as his cover drive but serenity and sensibility are
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not the same things. The former is what makes Amla such a joy to watch because there is no panic in the way he plays. The latter is what makes Amla such a good player because he is able to compartmentalise. That character trait allows him to treat everything, not just every ball, on its merits. He is not affected by past mistakes,
neither is he driven by future possibilities. By his own admission, Amla does not set goals because he finds them limiting. It's a much publicised but almost always unrealistic notion to simply live in the now. Amla comes close to actually doing it. This innings showed that because it was not chanceless but Amla still came out of it covered in glory. Amla started with a leading edge off the first ball he faced that would have seen him dismissed for a duck if midwicket was in place. He edged a few too. The ball was swinging and Trent Boult and Neil Wagner were able to exploit that, so Amla had to be patient. "We felt under pressure," AB de Villiers admitted. Unlike Amla, New Zealand's bowlers were not able to maintain their standards. As lunch approached, they loosened up often erring on the side of a touch too full as they searched for edges. They also looked a bowler short because when the three seamers needed a break and Brendon McCullum did not want to turn to Jeetan
Patel, he had nowhere to go. Colin Munro did some work later in the day but McCullum wanted his frontliners upfront and it proved a tricky juggle to try and ensure they were all able to continue at their optimum for as long as McCullum needed. Doug Bracewell's opening spell was seven overs long and he, like the others, seemed to tire before the break. They returned from it refocused, though. Trent Boult was tasked with trying to make a breakthrough and he almost did. He created the chance to have Amla caught at gully, tempting him with width, but Kane Williamson split it. With that, momentum had shifted to Amla, who is known for capitalising on second lives (just ask England about The Oval) and away from New Zealand, who knew they had made a costly mistake. "You can't dwell on it when you miss those chances because you've got to focus on where the next opportunity it going to be," Neil Wagner said. "But he never gave us a chance after that again."
lighted in green. "We go back to April last year when we sent a letter on the 12th. On the April 15 ICC meeting, it was written in the minutes that Bangladesh will go to play in Pakistan, and they would have to go even if the ICC don't send match officials. We cannot cancel the tour, we have to go. "I don't know if there can be any more difficult conditions for touring. I also saw that only Mustafa Kamal was present from Bangladesh in that meeting. If the minutes of the ICC meeting are challenged by the ICC, we would like to be clarified on this issue. We would also ask them why such a thing was written in the minutes when the vice-president himself is saying such a thing was not discussed," he said.
ford expects better in adelaide
Sri Lanka's coach Graham Ford has criticised his team for sloppiness in the field and between the wickets during their opening ODI loss to Australia, stressing that both departments must improve if the visitors are to achieve parity in the series with a victory in Adelaide on Sunday. Facing an Australian side lacking numerous luminaries, including the captain Michael Clarke and the opening batsman David Warner, Sri Lanka allowed the hosts to post a muscular 5 for 305 before tossing away their chance at getting near to the target by surrendering three wickets to run outs. Ford was concerned by both the issues between the wickets and a lack of consistent pressure with the ball. "We know we're a better side than that in the field," Ford said before the team's departure from Melbourne. "We dished up some fairly easy boundary balls which released pressure for the batters. The game plan is to try to build pressure and when you're releasing it every couple of overs it puts up on the back foot. "The new field-place restrictions, we found that a little bit hard and maybe the fielders didn't support the bowlers as well as they could have. The problem is we did just give away too many easy boundary balls." Both Australia and Sri Lanka had been bedevilled by run outs during the recent Test series and the pattern was maintained at the MCG, though the hosts' loss of Usman Khawaja proved far less ruinous than the trio Tillakaratne Dilshan, Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirmanne - lost by the tourists during their chase.
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PCB awards its best players LAHore StAff REpoRt
HE Pakistan cricket Board on Saturday evening rewarded the best players in the country in a ceremony that took place at a local hotel. ICC CEO, Dave Richardson, was the chief guest of the function and appreciated PCB's initiative to conduct the Pakistan Super league (PSL), which is a five-team Twenty20 tournament starting in March this year. "Pakistan needs to regain the confidence of the international cricketing world & the PSL is a sensible step in the right direction," Richardson said on the occasion. Richardson hoped international cricket returns to Pakistan soon as 30 international players are expected to be part of the PSL. "I've visited Pakistan on a number of occasions & I've always enjoyed visiting a country that is cricket mad," he said. Chairman PCB announced cash award of Rs 500,000 each for all players (ODI and T-20) who visited India. An additional prize of Rs 500,000 each was announced for top 5 performers (Junaid Khan, Nasir Jamshed, Saed Ajmal, Muhammad Hafeez and M. Irfan). Rs 250,000 was announced for the each member of the Team Management. Muhammad Shakil Wins PCB Deaf Cricketer of the Year 2012 at the PCB First Annual Awards. Saeed Ajmal won PCB T 20 Interna-
four indians likely to take part in PSl LAHore StAff REpoRt
An official from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has claimed four Indian players have submitted applications to participate in their upcoming domestic Twenty tournament, the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The PSL looks set to kick off from March 26 at two different venues in Pakistan, possibly Lahore and Karachi. Both India and Bangladesh have refused to send their teams to Pakistan for bilateral series, but the official claimed top cricketers from both the countries are keen to play in the PSL. While refusing to share the names of those foreign players interested in the league, the PCB official confirmed that the interest was there. The official said the Bangladesh board doesn’t want to send its national team to Pakistan but some top Bangladesh players has contacted them to become a part of the PSL. The official added that four Indian players are also interested in playing and have already submitted their applications to their board and their Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises to allow them to take part. The official added that a maximum of 30 foreign players would be bought to become part of the five-team event with each franchise having the luxury of six players out of which only four can be part of the playing-XI.
Hopefully we shall do even better in 2013”. Ahsan Raza who was named the PCB Umpire of the Year 2012, accepted his Trophy from Mr. Haroon Lorgat. Zulfiqar Babar was named the Most Valuable Domestic Bowler. Upon receiving the Trophy from Imtiaz Ahmad, he said: “To include Domestic Cricket categories in its first National Awards indicates that the PCB is now giving far greater importance and recognition to domestic cricket than in the past. I am very glad to be named the Most Valuable Domestic Bowler. It will be an incentive for me to work even harder to raise myself one step above at the international level”. He dedicated his award to his parents. Muhammad Jamil was PCB Blind
tional Bowler of the Year award at the PCB First Annual Awards in Lahore. Saeed Ajmal accepted his Trophy from Khurram Hussain – Bank AlFalah. Ajmal said upon receiving the Award:“I must thank the PCB. More than personal recognition ahead of such a super bunch that I share the dressing room with, I admire the PCB’s starting the National Awards”. Nasir Jamshed Wins PCB T 20 (Int) Batsman of the Year at the PCB First Annual Awards in Lahore. Nasir Jamshed accepted his Trophy from Mushtaq Muhammad. Nasir said upon receiving the Award: “Personally this is a very special moment! 2012 has been a good year for us all round as Team Pakistan.
Cricketer of the Year 2012. Jamil accepted his Trophy from Blind Cricket Association chairman. He said: “Pakistan’s Blind team has done exceptionally well not just in 2012 but over a number of years. We were always supported by the PCB, yet in the last one year or so, we have never felt so honoured by the PCB. I am really happy.” Sana Mir was PCB Women Cricketer of the Year 2012. Sadiq Muhammad presented the trophy to Sana. She said: “Personally I am overwhelmed and overjoyed! Woman cricket in Pakistan is already moving upwardly and the reason is the full support of PCB and its chairman, especially in training and coaching facilities. And above all it has
PCB warns Umar Akmal LAHore
The Pakistan Cricket Board has reprimanded Umer Akmal for his outspokenness against the board and show cause why an action should not be taken against him. According to media reports, Umar, Pakistan’s talented middle-order batsman, has been cautioned by the Board to respond to the criticism on him by some of the former cricketers. The 22-year-old cricketer, who came through the ranks of junior cricket in the country, made his international debut in 2009 and has been a perma-
nent member of Pakistan’s limited-over side since then. The right-hander is considered by many as one of the most gifted players in the country, who is yet to unleash his real potential at the ultimate stage of the sport. Akmal was dropped from the playing11 for the
first two matches of the recently-concluded ODI series against India but was given a chance to showcase his skills in the third fixture at Delhi. The middleorder batsman scored 25 runs off 50 balls with the help of three boundaries but got out at a very crucial time. Umar was heavily criticised by a number of former cricketers, who believe that the right-hander needs to enhance his temperament, if he wishes to be successful in international cricket. One of Pakistan’s former captains, Rashid Latif, even urged the selectors to drop the talented player.
law on bowling practice on ground set to change MUMBAi BIpIN dANI
MCC (the Marylebone Cricket Club), the custodian of the Laws of Cricket, since its formation in 1787, is likely to propose a few changes which are due to take effect in 2013, it is learnt. Some aspects of the Laws are already at drafting and re-writing stage, with alterations to a number of Laws being finalised following discussions with the MCC's Laws subcommittee members. An example of the Laws under discussion is Law 17 (Practice on the Field). It has been proposed that in future, bowlers will be allowed to deliver their practice balls into the ground but there will be more scope for the umpires to step in if they feel that the ball is being dam-
aged, deliberately or not, as a result of this Law change. Earlier, it was stated that bowlers would no longer be allowed to bowl the ball into the ground in preparation for starting their spell, as it was felt that this could alter the condition of the ball. According to the BCCI umpire, M.R. Singh, who has officiated in 10 ODIs' including three as a TV umpire, this is a minor change. Speaking exclusviely, he said, "to my mind, these would be only minor in nature and just to iron out small glitches". "The change is minor and, in my view, the present Laws can take care of the aspect. The proposed change allows for greater scope umpires to intervene. Even now, umpires can intervene if they feel time is being wasted or the ball is getting worn", he added. Another former ICC umpire, Suresh Shastri also voiced the same opinion.
Elgar gets maiden ton, NZ get shaky with six down Port eLiZABetH
New Zealand reached 47 for six wickets in their first innings, trailing South Africa by 478 runs, on the second day of the second test at St. George's Park on Saturday. Earlier Faf du Plessis completed his second test century as South Africa cruised to 505 for seven in their first innings at tea on the second day of the second test against New Zealand at St. George's Park on Saturday. Du Plessis, who began the day on 69, eventually scored 137 off 252 balls with 14 fours and two sixes before he became medium-pacer Colin Munro's first test wicket when the batsman was caught in the covers. The 28-year-old right-hander reached three figures in emphatic style by striking the first ball he faced after the lunch break, from off-spinner Jeetan Patel, over long-off for six. Left-hander Elgar proved the perfect foil for Du Plessis, bringing up his maiden test fifty off 86 balls before reaching tea on 91 not out off 157 deliveries with 13 fours and a six. Elgar and Du Plessis combined for a stand of 131 off 38.5 overs, a
South Africa sixth-wicket record stand against New Zealand beating the previous best of 126 scored by Darryl Cullinan and Shaun Pollock at Auckland in 1998. Robin Peterson (8) did not last long after Du Plessis' departure before becoming Munro's second victim while Dale Steyn was not out at the break on four. The Du Plessis/Elgar partnership helped to blunt a New Zealand attack which had enjoyed early success in the morning ses-
sion with the removal of Hashim Amla, a centurion on the first day of the test. Amla, who had scored his 19th test century on day one, added just four runs to his overnight total before he was caught down the leg-side by keeper BJ Watling off a delivery from left-arm seamer Trent Boult. He was out for 110 off 235 balls with his innings including eight fours, adding 113 with Du Plessis for the fifth wicket off 36.5 overs.
SoUth AfRICA fIRSt INNINGS (ovERNIGht 325-4) A. petersen c patel b Bracewell 21 G. Smith c Watling b Wagner 54 h. Amla c Watling b Boult 110 J. Kallis c Watling b Bracewell 8 A de villiers c Williamson b patel 51 f. du plessis c mcCullum b munro 137 d. Elgar not out 103 R. peterson c patel b munro 8 d. Steyn c patel b Bracewell 5 R. Kleinveldt not out 7 EXtRAS (b-6 lb-8 w-4 nb-3) 21 totAL (for 8 wkts dec; 153.5 overs) 525 foW: 1-29 2-121 3-137 4-223 5-336 6-467 7-481 8-508. BoWLING: Boult 32-5-108-1 (2w), Bracewell 34-6-94-3 (1w), Wagner 33-4-135-1 (3nb 1w), patel 36.5-2-134-1, munro 18-4-40-2. NEW zEALANd 1St INNINGS mJ Guptill c petersen b Steyn 1 BB mcCullum c Kallis b peterson 13 KS Williamson c Smith b Steyn 4 dG Brownlie c de villiers b Kleinveldt 10 dR flynn lbw b Kleinveldt 0 BJ Watling† not out 15 C munro c Elgar b peterson 0 dAJ Bracewell not out 3 EXtRAS (lb 1) 1 totAL 47 to BAt JS patel, tA Boult, N Wagner foW: 1-2 (Guptill, 2.6 ov), 2-8 (Williamson, 4.4 ov), 3-27 (Brownlie, 13.3 ov), 4-27 (flynn, 15.1 ov), 5-39 (mcCullum, 20.2 ov), 6-39 (munro, 20.3 ov) BoWLING: dW Steyn 8-2-14-2, m morkel 8-4-12-0, RK Kleinveldt 6-1-18-2, RJ peterson 2-1-2-2
provided us the opportunity of continuous international experience which has brought rapid development. Now after the initiation of this Award and inclusion of Women Cricketers is an another very encouraging step”. Junaid Khan, Emerging Player of the Year was presented with the trophy by Muhammad Zaka Ashraf. Junaid said: “This is the most exciting moment of my life… to be named the PCB Emerging Player of the Year when so many young and upcoming stars are making a name for themselves is something that I would always cherish and value”. Haji Muhammad Bashir, Curator of the Year 2012 said: “The ground, the pitch and the outfield, are such an important part of cricket. Through this Award the PCB has for the first time given us importance and honour that was our due. I wish our grounds will see international cricket very soon”. Earlier, Dave Richardson and other ICC officials visited the National Cricket Academy where they were briefed about the developments in Pakistan cricket and PCB various plans with regards to promotion and management of the game in the country. Dave said that the ICC is always with the PCB and will support it in the holding of international cricket. He also termed the Pakistan Super League a positive step forward in the revival of international cricket in Pakistan.
banerjee ‘overwhelmed’ by hospitality gift from Pcb koLkAtA AGENCIES
Amid simmering tension at the LoC, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday got a pleasant surprise from across the border with the Pakistan Cricket Board sending a silvercoated Quran. 'Overwhelmed' by the hospitality at the Eden Gardens during India-Pakistan second ODI here, the PCB sent the gift to the Cricket Association of Bengal who handed it over to the CM during a function at the Netaji Indoor here on Friday. "The PCB who included Chairman Zaka Ashraf were bowled over by the hospitality received here. As a gesture, they have sent the gift for Mamata," a CAB official said. Meanwhile, Mamata announced the formation of a task force to oversee the development of sports under a five-year scheme. She also gave away Rs 2 lakh each to 1750 clubs in Bengal to improve the standard of sports. The CM also announced 'Bongo Khel Ratna' award, the state's highest honour for achievement in sport which will be given from next year.
tredwell to make most of opportunity rAJkot AGENCIES
The 30-year-old off-spinner often has to settle for his role as deputy to first-choice Graeme Swann. As such, he has found opportunities limited since his international debut almost three years ago in Bangladesh, but with Swann among those rested this month he is enjoying a rare stint as the team's senior spinner. "I have an opportunity here to play a few games and show what I can do and hopefully keep my hat in the ring," said Tredwell. "I was just trying to stem the flow of runs and build up pressure on the batsmen, not allow them to swing the ball over the top but it is pleasing to take wickets in a game like this." Tredwell is cut from an entirely different cloth to his extrovert team-mate, but has frequently been impressive when called on by his country. Fifteen wickets at 25.40 in 10 ODIs and an economy rate comfortably below five an over indicate a reliable performer, and his career-best figures of four for 44 in the nine-run win in Rajkot were a match-winning turn.
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17 Sports Jaidee back in front in durban
HOBART: Russia’s Elena Vesnina returns the ball to Mona Barthel.
Durban: Thai golfer Thongchai Jaidee wasted no time regaining the lead when the Volvo Champions resumed at Durban Country Club. The former paratrooper birdied the second and third holes while overnight pacesetter Louis Oosthuizen flew the green at the short second and bogeyed. They were 13 under par and 11 under respectively, with South Africa's 2010 Open champion down into a tie for second with Scotland's Scott Jamieson. Winner of the Nelson Mandela Championship at nearby Royal Durban last month, Jamieson set off again with a bogey after missing the first green, but almost holed-in-one at the 188-yard second and tapped in for birdie. AGENCIES
clarke could drop out of race
Durban: Darren Clarke might still have an important part to play in who becomes Europe's next Ryder Cup captain even though he is now expected to count himself out of the running. "As much as I would dearly love to be captain this may not be my time," the 44year-old Northern Irishman said in South Africa on Friday. The 2011 Open champion, keen to play in the match again, could well be in charge instead in America in three years time, but he is also a member of the 15-man European Tour's tournament committee and they are the ones about to decide who takes over from Jose Maria Olazabal in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Paul McGinley, like Clarke an assistant in the last two victories, still has his hat in the ring for the job, but in recent weeks the possibility of Colin Montgomerie being asked to repeat his 2010 win has arisen. AGENCIES
Mobilink Invitational golf attracts hundreds kArACHi
lahore club defeat umma club LAHore
Mobilink, Pakistan’s largest cellular network organized the 6th Mobilink Golf Tournament - 2013 at the Karsaz Golf Club, Karachi. The one-day tourney in Karachi attracted over 100 amateur golfers, representing a diverse segment of Karachi’s corporate and business sector, making for a well-competed event, providing healthy entertainment and promoting golf in Pakistan. Mobilink presented a number of valuable prizes to winners and other participants. The 18-hole tournament has consistently attracted golfing enthusiasts from within the Mobilink customer base. Similar tournaments will be held for Mobilink customers in Lahore and Islamabad over the coming weeks.
azfar manzoor, vP business Services division (c), with winners of the 6th mobilink golf tournament. Azfar Manzoor, Vice President Business Services Division, Mobilink highlighted, “It is a great pleasure to see the enthusiasm displayed by the golfers in Karachi for the 6th Mobilink Golf Tournament. With your fervor and support
over the years, this recreational event has turned into a popular sporting activity. Mobilink will continue to support exciting sports activities as a means of promoting a healthy and participative lifestyle in Pakistan.”
Lahore Club beat Umma Club by 30 runs in a best-of-three series first match played at Township White Ground the other day. Lahore Club scored 214/6 in 30-overs. Javeed Malik 102 runs, Mubasir 54 and Muneeb Shahid 17 were their main scorers. Jahzaib and Hasim took two wickets each. In reply Umma club 184 all out. Waseem 54 and Ahmed 39 runs were their main scorers. Kazam Ali, Mohammad Waqas took three wickets and Waleed took two wickets. Javeed Malik declared the man of the match. Liaqat Ali and Jamil Shah were the umpires of the match.
Matloob leads in 2nd Quaid-e-Azam Open Golf LAHore StAff REpoRt
lahore: matloob ahmed hits a powerful tee shot during the 2nd quaid-e-azam open golf championship at the lahore gymkhana golf course. STAff PHoTo
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Matloob Ahmed of Garrison Golf Club battled through windy conditions during the second round of the 2nd Quaide-Azam Open Golf Championship, endorsed by Shezan International and in progress at the Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course. Matloob played a superb round of four under par 68 on the second day of this three days championship and by following a trail of excellence, he managed a two rounds aggregate score of 134, ten under par, and in the process he relegated M. Munir of U Fone to second position. Matloob and Munir were joint overnight leaders but while Munir slid from the top position by two shots, Matloob became the sole leader, going into the final phase of the Championship. For two rounds Matloob has an aggregate score of 134, ten under par, whereas M. Munir is placed at an aggregate score of 136, eight under par, two strokes behid the leader. During the second round Matloob did bogie
two holes but other 16 were either birdied or parred while the par-5, 16th was eagled. The birdie excellence came on the 3rd, 7th, 11th and 15th holes while solid pars were carded on eleven holes. As for M. Munir, his control and command was noteworthy too and was reflected through four birdies on holes 3, 11, 17 and 18 , twelve regulation pars but two bogies did slightly tarnish his great effort. . In accordance with the rules of the Championship, the cut was enforced at the end of the second round and as a result, forty four professional participants were weeded out and as against 85 who took part on the first day only 41 will play on the final day on Sunday. The leader board shows Matloob Ahmed at the top followed by M. Munir and other strong contenders in line are Imdad Hussain, Shahid Hanif, Kamran Shafiq and Shabbir Iqbal. Shabbir Iqbal, the top professional of our country, relented slightly on the first day but in the secondround he was in champion like form and visible was excellence in his hitting and the short
game was awesome. Shabbir scored an imposing gross 68, in yesterdays round and improved his position from 17th on the first day to 6th at the end of the second day. "I am very happy about my recovery effort in the second round' said Shabbir Iqbal. "I did stumble on the first day and did misjudge the speed of the greens, but on the second day the flow and feel was perfect". The interesting aspect of the second round was that one saw quite a few foreigners amongst the spectators and one of them Uyuni from South Korea who could speak english said"Your golf professionals are awesome and as a golfer I would love to be coached by them". The competition in the amateur section is sharp too and though Fakhar Imam of Defence Raya Golf Club continues to lead with scores of 73 and 79 and an aggregate of 152, he is closely followed by Robin Bagh of Sargodha who is placed at a score of 154 and also Col(r)Rustam Chattha at the same score. More contenders who are placed behind the leaders but seek honors are Salman Jehangir at 156, M. Rehman
156, Mohsen Zafar 158 andCol(r)Asif Mehdi 158. Also at 158 is Mohsen Zafar followed by Sardar Murad, Col Shafi and Usman Cheema at 160. Ladies enter the contest on Sunday and will compete over 18 holes. The prominent ones are Ghazala Yasmin, Nighat Bhatti, Tehmina Rashid, Sameea Javed Ali, Kara Alam and Maryama Khan. At the conclusion of the 2nd Quaide-Azam Golf Championship, the prize distribution will be held at Lahore Gymkhana Golf Club Lawns at 4pm. Muner Nawaz, Chairman, Shezan International will be the chief guest.
LEAdING SECoNd RoUNd SCoRES 134- Matloob Ahmed(Garrison) 66-68 136 - M. Munir(U Fone) 66-70 140 - Imdad Hussain(Garrison)70-70 141 - Shabbir Iqbal(Islamabad)73-68 141 - Kamran Shafiq(Gymkhana)73-68 141- Shahid Hanif(Gymkhana) 70-71 142- M. Safdar Khan(Gujranwala) 69-73 142 - M. Siidique(Faisalabad)72-70 143 - Danyaal Jehangir(Gymkhana)72-71 144-M. Asif(Defence Raya)71-73
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Russia's Elena Vesnina won her first WTA tour title when she beat 2012 champion Mona Barthel 6-3 6-4 in the final of the Hobart International tournament on Saturday. The unseeded 26-year-old played composed tennis throughout against the German, four years her junior, winning the match in just under 84 minutes. Vesnina had lost six previous finals, three in 2011 alone, and sank to her knees in relief when a Barthel backhand sailed wide of the tram lines to give her a first title. She meets France's Caroline Garcia in the first round of the Australian Open in Melbourne, while Barthel meets Ksenia Pervak of Kazakhstan.
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ERNARD Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt gave local fans some excitement before the Australian Open with victories in warm-up tournaments on Saturday while David Ferrer entered the record books. Smarting from the poor form of women's world number nine Samantha Stosur, who lost first round matches in Brisbane and Sydney, and the lack of top-class local talent in the men's draw, Australian fans seemed resigned to another home grand slam without a standard bearer to cheer on deep into the second week. On Saturday, however, Tomic captured his first ATP Tour title when he beat South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-7 63 in the Sydney International. "It's a great honour to win my first title here," said Tomic, still at loggerheads with Australia's Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter over perceived attitude problems. "It's been a long time coming but I've finally got one of these trophies." Hewitt turned back the clock to thump Juan Martin del Potro 6-1 6-4 and win the Kooyong Classic. The 31year-old Hewitt, who has been troubled with foot, toe, hip and hand injuries in recent years, also beat Canada's Milos Raonic and Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic at the eight-man invitational tournament. The 2001 U.S. Open and 2002 Wimbledon champion, who moved the big Argentine around the court with ease, sealed his second Kooyong title when he ran around a del Potro serve and blasted a forehand winner across court to raucous applause. "I felt like every match I got better and better and more confident," Hewitt told reporters. "Especially my ball-striking, I felt it was really coming out of the middle of the racquet from the word go. "I moved really well and I felt sharp out there which is a good sign. I hit the ball as well as I have in a long time." Hewitt now looms as a dark horse at the Australian Open, where he has been drawn against Serbian world number
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nine Janko Tipsarevic. "He's a quality player and he's improved a lot in the last two years," Hewitt said. "It's going to be a tough match but I'll be ready for it. "It's nice to know that in the back of your mind you've done all the right preparation to just go out there and play." World number five Ferrer entered the record books with his fourth Auckland Open title, while Elena Vesnina won her first WTA title at the Hobart International. The 30year-old Ferrer's 7-6 6-1 demolition of 2008 Auckland champion Philipp Kohlschreiber in 78 minutes ensured the Spaniard joined Australia's Roy Emerson as the only four-time winner of the title. Ferrer won his first Auckland title in 2007
and has won the last three editions of the tournament. Emerson won his four titles in 1960 and then again from 1965-67. "It was amazing for me to win here. Four times now, I can say this is my favourite tournament for sure," said Ferrer. "Of course it is never easy to win an ATP tournament - and to win four times, is more difficult. I want to enjoy this moment because it is very special to me." Vesnina claimed her first WTA tour title when she beat 2012 champion Mona Barthel 6-3 64 in just under 84 minutes in Hobart. Vesnina had lost six previous finals, three in 2011 alone, and sank to her knees in relief when a Barthel backhand sailed wide of the tram lines to give her the title.
meblourne: Victoria Azarenka will carry her world number one ranking with pride in the defence of her Australian Open title, but knows she faces a grim task preventing Serena Williams seizing both. Williams, red-hot over the past six months, won the season-ending WTA Championships in Istanbul and promptly took a dig at the Belarusian, declaring herself the true number one. Azarenka lost all of her five matches against the intimidating American last year, including a hard-fought U.S. Open final. AGENCIES
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Subdued Serena plans to keep it simple MeBLoUrne AGENCIES
Serena Williams has a simple plan as she enters the twilight of her career. One tournament at a time. Oh, and have some fun. The 31-year-old American, who is bidding for her sixth Australian Open title, enters the season-opening grand slam one of the raging hot favourites for the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy arguably in the form of her life. Williams compiled a 31-1 run from Wimbledon until the season-ending WTA Championships in Istanbul, winning the grass court grand slam, the Olympic gold medal and the U.S. Open as well as the Championships titles. She continued that run by sealing the Brisbane title in her first tournament of 2013 and if successful at Melbourne Park, she will be just the French Open title away from completing her second 'Serena-slam' -- where she holds all four grand slam titles at the same time.
melbourne: Short of tournament sharpness in the build-up to the Australian Open because of injury, Maria Sharapova has found a novel way of playing herself into form - roughing up the local boys. The Russian world number two has been getting into the groove by beating up on Australia's top young players, having pulled out of Brisbane with a neck injury last week. Sharapova has found some willing opponents in a couple of Australians, including Luke Saville, last year's junior champion at Melbourne Park. AGENCIES
Tennis action moves to Melbourne SportS thiS Week ALi AkBAr The ATP Tour moves from its annual Middle Eastern sojourn in Doha, to Australia for a series of events culminating in the Australian Open starting on January 15. In Doha, Richard Gasquet fought back from the brink of elimination, two times, first against Zelmja of Slovakia and then against Nikolai Davydenko, the former world number 4, who is making a comeback from a serious injury that resulted in a washed out 2012 campaign. Davydenko had earlier routed top seeded David Ferrer with a blistering array of ground strokes, hit early and flat, which took the sting out of Ferrerâ€™s topspin counter attack. Although ranked in the top five, Ferrerâ€™s weakness against a powerful, consistent attacker was cruelly exposed by Davydenko. Gasquet meanwhile was given a testing time by the towering Daniel Brands in his semi
final, but took the big points to win in two tight sets. Davydenko, who, in an earlier Qatar Open, had defeated both Federer and Nadal, a rare achievement, was all over Gasquet in the final. He led by a set and a break and had chances to go two breaks up. Davydenko was raking the lines with his ground strokes and Gasquet could do little but push the ball back and wait for his opponent to cool down. And cool down he did. Davydenko slowed down, holding his leg and taking a medical time out. But by then the writing was firmly on the wall, with Gasquet running out a convincing winner in the third set. The QTF President Nasser Ghanem Al Khelaifi is a former Qatari Davis Cup player who has also played on the pro circuit. An aggressive player with a strong attacking forehand and mental toughness as his weapons, Nasser notched up numerous wins over regional opponents. As President of the Qatar Tennis Federation, he oversees the Qatar Open ATP and the WTA
events and has also hosted the WTA end of year championships. He is President of Paris St.Germain Football Club as well as of Qatar Sport Investments. With additional charge of Director of the Al Jazeera Sports Channels, it would not be an exag-
geration to say that Nasser is the pre eminent sports boss/administrator in world sport. Certainly, he has used the mental toughness so evident in his tennis, to make a name for himself on the world sports stage at an unprecedented pace.
In his annual press conference at the Qatar Open, Nasser was at ease with the world media, speaking fluently in English and Arabic with the occasional French thrown in. He is certainly not about to rest on his already considerable laurels. Plans are on for an even larger tennis stadium where bigger tennis events can be hosted. The yearend championships of the ATP could be one such event. In football, Nasser has made some highly publicized acquisitions for his French team, with a top Brazilian mid fielder signed only recently. He is looking to make Paris St. Germain a top performer on the international stage. There were two Qatari players in the Qatar Open main draw. Nasser is hoping that soon there will be Qataris in the main draw of major events purely on their playing ability. In spite of the spirited performances of the two youngsters, this is not about to happen soon. But it will not be for want of trying. Look for some major initiatives by the QTF in this regard.
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US tells Pakistan to secure religious minorities WasHington: Condemning a series of terror attacks this week targeting Shia Muslims, a US Congress-established body on religious freedom on Friday asked the Obama administration to impress upon Islamabad to en-
sure protection of minorities in the country. “The murder of innocent civilians because of their religious beliefs is outrageous and tragic, and we extend our condolences to their families,” said Katrina Lantos Swett, chairman of the
US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). “In response, the Pakistani government must take concrete and meaningful action to protect the minority Shia Muslim community,” Swett said. INp
Sharif brothers leading different party camps, Nisar backs Shahbaz’s stance, Dar stands behind Nawaz on talks over caretaker setup g Nawaz wants to facilitate Zardari, Shahbaz opposed to the idea g
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RACKS within the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have widened over holding talks with the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) committee to decide on the simultaneous dissolution of the national and provincial assemblies and installation of the caretaker setup, as a group headed by party president Nawaz Sharif wants to hold the talks, while another led by Shahbaz Sharif does not want to dissolve the Punjab Assembly before April 18, the date of expiry of its tenure. A well-placed source in the PML-N told Pakistan Today that National Assembly’s term would mature on March 16, while the Punjab Assembly’s term would mature on April 18. However, under pressure from Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Dr Tahirul Qadri’s long march, the PPP leadership wanted to dissolve the national and provincial assemblies simultaneously on March 16 to facilitate holding the general elections on the same day. Nawaz, supported by Senator Ishaq Dar and others, wants to facilitate the PPP leadership that is already facing a crises-like situation due to successive bomb blasts and the long march call by Dr Qadri. “However, Shahbaz Sharif and Nisar Ali Khan want the Punjab Assembly to complete its term so that the gigantic development projects launched across the province can be completed to help the party win the
upcoming election,” the source said. “Following a flat refusal by Nisar Ali Khan to hold talks with the four-member committee formed by President Asif Ali Zardari for holding negotiations with the PML-N over the dissolution of assemblies and installing a consensus caretaker setup, Nawaz Sharif has tasked Ishaq Dar to hold talks with the government’s negotiators,” he added. Senator Dar has been involved in covert talks with the government’s team and has played a key role in facilitating the PPP leadership in backchannel communications with the senior Sharif. Pakistan Today had already informed its readers about covert talks between the two sides through Senator Dar on August 5, 2012 over the caretaker setup. nisar reJects talKs: Nisar had refused to talk to the government’s negotiators stating that such an act would be tantamount to a violation of the 20th constitutional amendment, the source added. “Nisar says that under the constitution, the leader of the House would hold talks with leader of the opposition for caretaker setup. However, if the party leadership wanted to adopt an unconstitutional request by the PPP leadership, he would not be a part of it,” the source added. He said Nisar believed that as the opposition leader in National Assembly, he could not hold dialogue with a committee constituted to discuss formation of caretaker government and forthcoming elections and he would discuss the matter with the leader of the House only. Continued on page 04
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