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Rs 17.00 Vol III No 292 19 Pages Lahore Edition

Friday, 19 April, 2013 Jamadul Sani 8, 1434

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tV channel taken off air for airing anti-Kayani remarks story on page 02

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US general again alleges ISI’s links with Haqqanis story on page 04

taliban vow revenge over guantanamo shootings

pML-n’s solo flight may have its consequences

The Taliban on Thursday pledged to take revenge on US troops in Afghanistan after guards at Guantanamo prison fired nonlethal rounds at inmates to quell unrest. Guards at the US-run prison in Cuba fired the rounds last Saturday to halt unrest as they relocated inmates into individual cells, US military officials said. Officials met with resistance from some detainees as they moved inmates from communal housing to individual cells. page 07

With hardly any chance of making alliances or noteworthy seat adjustment in the Punjab and elsewhere in the country, the PML-N is all set to take a solo fight in the upcoming general elections. With the final battle-lines almost drawn between the parties and contestants having almost finalised their candidates, it seems that the PML-N is nowhere near joining hands with any other political party in the Punjab. page 09

LHC allows Pervez Ashraf to contest elections story on page 02

Malala makes it to time’s 100 Most influential people story on page 04

High earning groups face lesser food inflation

aisam becomes no 1 in asia, 9th in World in doubles

No matter which digit the inflation numbers are hitting, the price hike in the country is breaking the back of those earning the lowest among various income groups. And those living in the federal capital, Islamabad, appeared to be most-affected compared to their countrymen residing in other provincial capitals of Pakistan. page 16

Pakistan’s tennis ace Aisam ul Haq has earned yet another laurel for his country by gaining the number one ranking in Asia and world number 9 ranking worldwide. According to the recent released ATP World Ranking List, Aisam with his personal ranking of No. 9 in the World is the top Asian tennis player on ATP World Ranking List of Doubles players. page 15


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PML-N‘s persistent opposition made Musharraf stand before a court of law – Pervez Rashid

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LHC allows Ashraf to contest elections LAHORE APP

A full bench of the Lahore High Court on Thursday provisionally allowed former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to contest elections from NA-51. The bench, comprising Justice ijazul Ahsan, Justice Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to include Ashraf’s name in the list of valid candidates. However, it linked the decision with the final outcome of the petition. The LHC also issued notices to the ECP and objector, irfan Aziz, to appear on April 22 and also sought replies. The bench passed the orders on a petition filed by Ashraf challenging the rejection of his nomination papers by a returning officer for NA-51 and dismissal of his appeal by an election tribunal.

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Parties to resist delay in polls: PPP

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AkiSTAN Peoples Party’s (PPP) former prime ministers Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf said on Thursday that postponement of elections would be dangerous and all political forces would resist any such move. They said this while addressing a joint press conference at Zardari House where Tehreek-e-islami leaders Allama Arif Wahidi and Allama Shabbir Maisani announced support for PPP candidates in the upcoming general elections. Gilani said that the adverse law and order situation is not a valid plea to postpone the elections as iran held regular elections while it was at war with iraq. “Elections took place in Afghanistan during the war on terror,” he added. Gilani said elections should be held on time as this was in the interest of the country. He said all steps should be taken for holding free and transparent elections. He said that the PPP leadership was following the vision and the policies of

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto who had sacrificed their lives for the rights of the people and for democracy. Gilani said that the 20th Amendment introduced by the PPP government has ensured the credibility of the caretaker government and independence of Election Commission of Pakistan. “For the first time in the history of this country, a government has completed its term timely elections are being held. Both of these are the achievement of the PPP,” he said. To a question regarding the law and

order situation, he said the government and ECP should provide adequate security to the party which is receiving threats. Raja Pervez Ashraf said that political analysts believe that after the upcoming elections, a coalition government would be set up as no party would be able to win enough seats to form government on its own. To a question regarding allotment of contracts for two roads in his constituency, he said that the NLC was capable of building the road in a short time period and this was not a crime.

LAHORE: Former Punjab chief minister Mian Shahbaz kicked off his own election campaign in Lahore on Thursday. He visited his constituency (NA-129) from where he is contesting for both national and provincial assembly seats. Sharifs are running from this constituency for the first time in which mostly the rural areas of the city fall. This constituency is considered the most neglected area of Lahore. Meanwhile, PML-N leaders who accompanied Shahbaz Sharif were surprised to see Shahbaz Sharif spending several hours in his constituency. During his stay, he made stopovers at around two dozen places. On each stop, he addressed the people who had gathered, most of whom were surprised to see Shahbaz. Speaking to the locals, Shahbaz promised to bring the rural area of the city at par with the urban areas. He also assured the people that his government would provide health and educational facilities. He promised to reduce load shedding in the rural areas. He said that load shedding was the biggest indicator of misrule and corruption committed by the PPP government in the last five years. “We will overcome load shedding within two years,” he assured. STAFF REPORT

A profile of political parties vote banks ISLAMABAD: Gallup Pakistan carried out an Election Day Survey on February 18 across all four provinces of the country. Gallup says the survey is not meant to be an early prediction or to monitor the fairness of elections. According to them, it’s a survey to determine the age, income and education composition of the vote banks of the leading political parties. STAFF REPORT VOTE BANK OF ALL THREE LEADING PARTIES WAS FAIRLY SIMILAR IN AGE COMPOSITION The vote bank of all three leading parties was fairly similar in age composition, with all three parties claiming the same percentage of the youth vote (6%).

PPP HAS THE HIGHEST SHARE OF UNEDUCATED VOTERS The PML-Nawaz vote bank had the highest share of college educated voters (11%), compared with PML-Q which had the highest share of voters who are educated up to high school and intermediate (44%). PPP had the highest share of uneducated voters (43%).

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The broadcast of Capital TV, a private TV channel owned by former FiA deputy director general Ahmed Riaz Sheikh, was taken off air across the country on Thursday when a guest on a live talk show used abusive language against Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq kayani. Sources told Pakistan Today on condition of anonymity that a guest on a talk show hosted by senior journalist Ejaz Haider ‘insulted’ the Army chief by using foul language against him on air. The guests on the show were journalist and social activist Marvi Sirmed and Amad khalid, a former personal secretary to right-wing activist Zaid Hamid. Taking note of the situation, the department concerned decided to take the channel off air and cable operators were instructed to remove Capital TV from their networks for an indefinite period.

PML-N HAS THE HIGHEST SHARE OF VOTERS BELONGING TO THE MIDDLE AND HIGHER CLASS Pakistan People’s Party has the highest share of poor voters (12%), as well as the highest share of the voters belonging to the lower middle class (65%). Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has the highest share of voters belonging to the middle and higher class (35%), followed by PML-Q (32%).

PML-Q HAS THE HIGHEST SHARE OF FEMALE VOTES Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid has the highest share of female voters (56%) and the lowest share of male voters (44%). PML-N has the highest share of male voters (50%) compared with the other two parties. The findings were based on a survey of 5,338 statistically selected voters from all the four provinces of Pakistan. They were randomly selected as they stepped out of polling stations after casting their vote.


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EARiNG the judges’ house arrest case, the islamabad High Court on Thursday rejected the interim bail of former president Pervez Musharraf, however, the former military dictator was escorted away from court premises by his security staff for fears of his security. The former president appeared in the court of Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui to get extension in his interim bail in the judges’ house arrest case. But the court rejected his bail plea. After the rejection, the former president, contrary to his recent statement that he was ready to go to jail on court’s order, left the court with the help of Rangers and intelligence apparatus detailed for his security. He was escorted away to his Chak Shahzad farmhouse. CRIMINAL ACTION in its detailed judgment, the court declared the ‘escape’ of Musharraf from court a criminal act and ordered the inspector General of islamabad Police to appear in court today (Friday) to explain the steps taken for arrest of the accused. in the six-page detailed verdict, the court also directed the police to insert a section of the Anti-Terrorism Act, as putting the judges in house arrest was a not an ordinary act but terrorism. The court also declared the personal guards of

ISLAMABAD: Former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf leaves the Islamabad High Court after his bail plea was denied by the judge.

Musharraf, who helped him escape, and police official who were present at iHC, culprits. “The personal security guards of petitioner Gen (r) Musharraf facilitated and helped him to escape instead of surrendering him before officials of Secretariat Police Station.” “The iGP is directed to explain why proper police force was not deputed to handle the situation. The iGP is also directed to submit detail report about all persons who acted in aid of petitioner, and action be taken against those police officials who remained napping, instead of performing their duty with due diligence and care,” the order said.

Musharraf is not my enemy, he’s an enemy of the state: Nawaz

According to law, police is bound to arrest the accused after rejection of his bail, but in Musharraf’s case, islamabad police under the supervision of SSP Operations Yaseen Farooq did not try to arrest the former general. Later, Musharraf rushed to his fortified Mediterraneanstyled residence in Shahzad Town, where he might be put under house arrest. During the hearing of the case, Musharraf’s lawyer Qamar Afzal contended that his client did not order the confinement of judges, rather the decision was taken by the federal cabinet, which was chaired by the prime minister. in a case registered in Secretariat Po-

Musharraf to be put under house arrest nIzAmI SAyS Govt wILL ImPLement CoUrt’S order, no AnArCHy If mUSHArrAf IS ArreSted ISLAMABAD TAyyAB HuSSAIn

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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif has said that he has no personal enmity with former dictator General Pervez Musharraf, and all political parties should be provided with a level playing field in the upcoming general elections. “The law should decide how to deal with the enemies of Pakistan,” Nawaz said in an interview with a private TV channel. He also called for a change in bureaucracy in the Centre and other provinces like Punjab. Nawaz said there was no option for delay in the elections and urged the people to cast as much votes in favour of any party for it to be able to form a strong government. Commenting on imran khan’s statement that he would not take oath from President Asif Ali Zardari after being elected as the prime minister, Nawaz said the PTi chief was unlikely to take oath from Zardari any way.

in compliance with the order of the islamabad High Court (iHC), the interim government on Thursday decided to put former dictator General (r) Pervez Musharraf under house arrest and the same would be conveyed either by the attorney general or the inspector general of police to the court today (Friday), Pakistan Today has learnt on authority. Meanwhile, Minister for information Arif Nizami said that the court’s order regarding the arrest of General Musharraf would be implemented in letter and spirit. “No anarchy would befall the country if Musharraf is arrested,” he added. A well-placed source in the government said that the matter was taken up by the government’s high-ups and it was decided that the former army chief, who also served as the country’s president, would be put under house arrest due to “security threats”. “We have information that Musharraf is facing security threats from several militant outfits. He has also come under attack twice while many life attempts were thwarted in the past. keeping in view the situation, he could not be kept in any prison as militants are also kept there. So the government has decided to keep him under house arrest and his residence at Chak

Shahzad would be declared subjail,” the source added. Meanwhile, another official said President Asif Ali Zardari hosted a working luncheon for the members of the federal cabinet at the Presidency. “The president was given a detailed briefing by Prime Minister Mir Hazar khan khoso on the law and order. The president also gave his input on maintenance of security and asked the government to provide level playing field to all political parties so that impartial, free, fair and transparent elections could be held,” the source added. The official said that the president, who is normally blamed for having a leaning towards his own party – the Pakistan People’s Party, urged the cabinet to conduct itself as strictly impartial so as no one could point a finger toward any minister for being partisan. “The president conducted himself as a statesman. He looked impartial and non-partisan,” the official said. The official said matters regarding the Election Commission of Pakistan also came under discussion and it was decided that a three-member ministerial delegation would call on the chief election commissioner (CEC) to take up contentious issues. “The ministerial delegation would include information Minister Arif Nizami, Law Minister Ahmer Bilal Soofi and interior Minister Malik Habib,” the official added.

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lice Station on August 11, 2009, Musharraf was booked under Section 344/34 PPC for passing an illegal order of imposing emergency in 2007 and confining the judges of superior courts, including Chief Justice iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, and stopping them from performing duties. The case was registered on the application of Aslam Ghuman. in its judgement, the iHC said confining the judges of superior court and stopping them from performing duties was an act of terrorism. Talking to reporters later, Musharraf’s lead counsel Ahmed Raza kasuri said his client did not escape from court. He went there escorted by the security personnel provided by the state and it was in state security that he came back from there. kasuri said Musharraf was relaxed, confident and happy. “We were sipping coffee and he was smoking a cigar,” kasuri said. “There were hundreds of Rangers in Musharraf’s security escort, he went with them and came back with them, it was not an escape. How can you say he fled from court?” “As for the court’s decision, the courts also make illegal decisions and they are not sacred cows. That is why there is an option of review there.” To a query, he said the high court could either accept or reject the bail application but could not order arrest. “This is a unique decision in Pakistan’s judicial history. Such decisions could raise doubts about the judiciary,” kasuri opined. After the verdict high security measures were put in place outside Musharraf’s residence. Police also blocked the main road leading to Musharraf’s residence.

Musharraf refuses to ‘surrender’ to police

ISLAMABAD: The islamabad senior superintendent of police (SSP) along with two SHOs went to former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf’s house to persuade him to offer arrest. However, the former commando refused to meet them. A source in police told Pakistan Today that SSP Yaseen Farooq, Shahzad Town and Secretariat SHOs had gone to Musharraf’s residence to urge him to offer arrest, but the latter refused to meet them. Source added that a close aide of Musharraf tried to persuade the former army chief to hold meeting with police officers, but he rejected their demand straightaway. On this, police officers returned. Later, the inspector general (iG), the SSP and other senior officials held a meeting to prepare a report to submit in the iHC as Justice Shaukat Siddiqui had ordered the iG to appear before the court on Friday (today) to inform the court about steps taken to arrest Musharraf. Source said that during the meeting they deliberated various options. “We are highly confused as if we will arrest the former military chief then we have to face some resistance from establishment… if we will not arrest the accused then we have to face court,” the source added. STAFF REPORT


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Musharraf’s party accuses IHC judge of bias ISLAMABAD AnwER ABBAS

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CCUSiNG Justice Shaukat Siddiqui of being a strong supporter of the religious political party, Jamaate-islami, as well as leading lawyers from Rawalpindi in the campaign against Pervez Musharraf during his tenure, the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) on Thursday said an application for the bail of the former president would be re-lodged in the Supreme Court today (Friday). Addressing a news conference – flanked by APML Additional Secretary General Chaudhry Shafique, and APML information Secretary Aasia ishaq –the party’s islamabad President Dr Amjad criticised Justice Siddiqui for his alleged biased decision against Musharraf. The islamabad High Court, led by Justice Siddique, on Thursday ordered the arrest of the former president, however Musharraf’s security convoy safely shifted

SHC rejects Musharraf’s plea against rejection of nomination papers KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday rejected the appeal of former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf against the rejection of his nomination papers for Karachi’s NA-250. Advocate Khawaja Naveed appeared on behalf of Musharraf before the three-member bench comprising Justice Maqbool Baqar, Justice Abdur Rasool Memon and Justice Farooq Shah. Naveed contended that his client had not been convicted in any case so far. After hearing the arguments of both sides, the bench rejected the appeal and upheld the decision of the election tribunal. APP

Lawyers boycott courts in Balochistan QUETTA: Lawyers boycotted the court proceedings across Balochistan on Thursday against attacks on PML-N leader Sanaullah Zehri and ANP leader Ghulam Ahmed Bilour. According to details, on the call of Balochistan Bar Association (BBA) lawyers did not appear in the Balochistan High Court (BHC) and all district courts. The litigants had to suffer adversely due to the boycott. Black flags were hoisted at bar room buildings on the occasion. The lawyers expressed grave concern over the attacks on political leaders and demanded that the authorities concerned ensure security for the contesting candidates. InP

SC seeks details of funds to media houses ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday sought details of summaries approved by the federal government for disbursement of funds to advertising agents/media houses. A two-member bench, comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, was hearing identical petitions about the formation of a media accountability commission. While directing the deputy attorney general to provide the details, the court also asked the representative of media houses to provide details of all pending payments with the federation. Later, the further hearing of the case was adjourned until April 23. APP

him to his farmhouse at Chak Shahzad. Dr Amjad clarified that Musharraf never passed any orders for the detention or house arrest of the judiciary during his tenure and the judges were free to move. “All allegations in this connection against Musharraf are wrong and a deliberate attempt to distort the facts and this has already been proven by our lawyers during the hearing this morning (on Thursday),” Dr Amjad added. Elaborating, Amjad said despite finding no answer to the arguments presented by lawyers leading the case for Musharraf, the judge ordered his arrest under the Anti-Terrorism Act, which itself was not part of the case. Accusing Justice Siddiqui of being a supporter of the Jamaat-e-islami, Dr Amjad said the judge did this because of his loyalty and active support for the Ji. “Siddiqui was also leading lawyers from the Rawalpindi Bar Association actively during Musharraf’s era to carry out rallies against the former military chief and the president of the country,” he said.

MusHarraf Hints at tensions betWeen state piLLars

LAHORE: Activists of the All Pakistan Muslim League shout slogans outside the press club in support of former dictator Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf after his plea for bail extension was denied by the Islamabad High Court on Thursday. OnLInE

Elaborating on his party’s strategy, the APML leader said he would apply for a pre-arrest bail for Musharraf on Friday

(today), and if Musharraf was taken into custody, he would go for a post-arrest bail plea for the APML chief.

us general again alleges isi’s links with Haqqanis WASHInGtOn OnLInE

A top American commander has said the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network had sanctuaries inside Pakistan and there were intelligence reports about their link with the Pakistani spy agency iSi. “There have been intelligence reports that link the iSi particularly to the Haqqani network,” Joseph Dunford, Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, told members of Senate Armed Services Committee during a Congressional hearing on Afghanistan. To a question from Senator Donnelly, Dunford said he was not clear over what control the Pakistan Army had over the iSi. “What control does the Pakistan army have over the iSi, in your opinion?” the Senator asked. “Senator, i don’t know. Nominally, of course, they work for General kayani (the Pakistan Army

chief). General kayani is a former director of the iSi. My sense is that anything the iSi does is known by General kayani, but i can’t confirm that,” the American general said. “i do think the Afghan Taliban have sanctuary, particularly the Haqqani Network have sanctuary inside of Pakistan, and they get support from individuals in Pakistan. But i don’t believe anybody controls them,” he said when asked how much control Pakistan had over these terrorist outfits. Responding to another question from Senator John McCain, Dunford said Pakistan had not been able to take effective action against the terrorist safe havens inside the country. To another question from Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate armed services committee, the general said of late the rhetoric from Pakistan had changed. “At this point, i could only tell you that the rhetoric from Pakistan has changed. General kayani has

pledged cooperation. We have seen, at the tactical level, increased levels of cooperation since the fall,” he said. “We have seen increased cooperation on the ground lines of communication as we’ve tried to move our equipment back and forth through Pakistan. General kayani has pledged i will meet with him on a monthly basis individually, and we also will have routine meetings at the trilateral level with Afghan leadership, as well as General kayani,” Dunford said. Levin in his remarks said the greatest challenge to Afghanistan’s security was not the Taliban but the Pakistan-based sanctuaries for militant extremists launching crossborder attacks into Afghanistan. “Pakistan has said that it supports a stable and secure Afghanistan, but its actions belie its words. The US-Pakistan relationship will not be normalised so long as those extremist safe havens exist on Pakistani territory,” Levin said.

ISLAMABAD: Hours after evading arrest, former president Pervez Musharraf indirectly warned that the Islamabad High Court’s decision to reject his bail extension may cause “unnecessary tension amongst the various pillars of state and possibly destabilise the country”. “We expect this unwarranted judicial activism, seemingly motivated by personal vendettas since his (Musharraf’s) return to Pakistan to participate in the upcoming elections, will cease and the Supreme Court, without prejudice, will immediately grant necessary relief following precedence and the Rule of Law; the absence of which will cause mockery of the nation,” said the statement also posted on his official Facebook page on Thursday. STAFF REPORT

Malala makes it to time’s 100 Most influential people list MOnItORInG DESK Malala Yousafzai was the only Pakistani who made it to the annual list of 100 Most influential People in the World released by Time Magazine on Thursday. Malala came under international spotlight after Taliban attacked her in Swat for campaigning for girls’ education. She received a bullet injury to her head but successfully recovered after undergoing a surgery in Britain. “The Taliban almost made Malala a martyr; they succeeded in making her a symbol,” said the Time 100 website. “The memoir she is writing to raise awareness about the 61 million children around the world who are not in school indicates she accepts that unasked-for responsibility as a synonym for

courage and a champion for girls everywhere. However Malala concludes her book, her story so far is only just beginning,” it added. Malala was named under the “icons” category of the list, with other renowned personalities including Duchess of Cambridge kate Middleton, US first lady Michelle Obama, singer Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake. The “Leaders” category included US President Barack Obama, US Senator Rand Paul, Director Central intelligence Agency John Brennan, North korea’s Supreme Leader kim Jong Un and Pope Francis. Singer Christina Aguilera, director Steven Spielberg and talk-show host Jimmy kimmel came under the “Artists” category, while Bollywood actor Aamir khan and satirist Bassem Youssef were named “Pioneers”.

senators demand Musharraf’s arrest for supremacy of law ISLAMABAD APP

Lawmakers in the Upper House of parliament on Thursday demanded action against former president Pervez Musharraf for his crimes against constitution, democracy, political leadership and the nation. They also demanded the caretaker interior minister inform the House how Musharraf escaped from court to his residence and why a former general could not be arrested if an elected prime minister of the country could be sent to jail. Speaking on points of order, the senators claimed that double standard existed in the country in violation of the constitution that said every Pakistani was equal before the law. “We have been talking of the rule of law and independence of the judiciary. But today we saw it is easy to send an elected prime minister to jail but a former general and military dictator cannot be arrested,” remarked senior PPP Senator Raza

Rabbani. “in Pervez Musharraf’s case it is a test of time. When the court had ordered his arrest, why was he not arrested? it is a question mark,” Rabbani added. He charged Musharraf of involvement in the killing of Benazir Bhutto and Nawab Akbar Bugti, abrogating the constitution

and putting judges under house arrest. “Musharraf is a usurper who twice abrogated the constitution. He was announced to be arrested but he safely fled in connivance with state institutions. The caretaker government was responsible to arrest him and the

caretakers responsible for these double standards?” “The caretaker government is as helpless as the civilian governments used to be. country had two We HaVe been taLKing This laws, one for the civilians and of tHe ruLe of LaW and other for the seindependence of tHe judiciary. curity personbut today We saW it is easy nel no matter if to send an eLected priMe Minister they are retired,” Babar to jaiL but a forMer generaL said. He said the and MiLitary dictator double standard cannot be arrested was not the fault of SEnAtOR RAzA RABBAnI the previous government and the caretakers “but it is collective accumulation that double standard exists in the country. Had there been Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz PPPP Senator Farhatullah Babar Sharif, they would been arrested said he did not hold the caretaker immediately.” He also accused government responsible for his Musharraf of twice holding the escape. “i have been looking at constitution in abeyance and inthe state apparatus. There are two troducing 17th amendment and laws and double standards in the LFO and demanded the House country. if we could not mend it resolve to immediately remove over time, how we can hold the all banners and posters of Pervez interior minister should inform the House why the government had not fulfilled its obligations,” Rabbani said.

Musharraf in the capital. PPP’s Saeed Ghani demanded action against Musharraf and trial of those who assisted him in escaping. He also demanded action against those who openly claimed to have abrogated the constitution. PML-N’s Mushahidullah khan said the list of crimes of Musharraf was much long as he killed Akbar Bugti and Balach Marri, trampled the constitution and democracy, handed over Aafia Siddiqui to the US, fuelled terrorism resulting in killing of 50,000 people, ruined the country’s economy and attacked Lal Masjid. He feared that if Musharraf escaped the court premises today, he would be flown out of the country soon. “if justice is not done in this case, the future of democracy will be doubtful.” He called for standing with the court and strengthening the judiciary. “Confining Musharraf to his residence will be against the norms of justice. He needs to be arrested. Let us take this step for once and take it now.”


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LOGANS have always been a part of strength for the political parties as they play a vital role in attracting the people towards them. in Pakistan, political slogans convey the facts of life and are sometimes revealing the hidden information of meaningful nature. Elections 2013 have completely changed the way of campaigning through different bylaws. in past elections, people have witnessed the hustle and bustle of election campaigns. The slogans culture was one of the main parts of the campaigns. Even a child starts participating in the campaign by raising different

SLoGAnS Are not mUCH PoPULAr beCAUSe eLeCtIon CAndIdAteS HAve emPLoyed otHer teCHnIqUeS to CAmPAIGn slogans. Political slogans were used to cover the gap between the people and the administration of the party. The slogans aim at attracting people and various schools of thought. But in election 2013, the slogans are not much popular because the way of campaigning has been shifted to the social media and election bylaws have put hurdles in this regard. “Ut ‘tay Allah, thalley Balla,” means with the help of Allah bat will win the elections and only the PTi can change the present situation of the country. The youth of Pakistan is head over heels with imran khan and the party’s

election insignia ‘bat’ was chosen because imran won 1992 Cricket World Cup. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-insaf (PTi) is a new participant in the election race. Justice, humanity and selfesteem are the party’s slogans. “Qadam bharao Nawaz Sharif, hum tumharay sath hain,” means move ahead Nawaz Sharif, we are with you. This slogan gained popularity during good old days when Nawaz Sharif headed the islami Jamhuri ittehad. Analysts say it was also an effort to create the Nawaz Sharif cult in peculiar dynastic politics which is the blood of the country’s mainstream political

parties. Based on PML-N election emblem, tiger, their supporters had coined a slogan dekho dekhko kon aya – sher aya, sher aya, means look who has come, tiger has arrived. “Roti, kapra or makaan” is one of the most common slogans used by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). But in the last five years the graph of this slogan has gone down across the country. “There was a time when everyone participated in elections and the workers or the people who were affiliated with particular parties used to raise slogans. Now the time has changed due to advent of media and people rely on the media rather than going outside or participating in election campaigns,” 62-year-old Nawab Din told Pakistan Today.

LDA wArNS AGAINST ILLeGAL PLoTS LAHORE APP

The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has advised intending buyers to verify legal status of plots of private housing schemes before entering into any deal. The LDA took this step in view of reports that certain developers were selling plots carved out on unapproved areas by presenting them as part of approved housing scheme. The Lahore Development Authority has also established a special counter No 22 at the One Window Cell of its Johar Town office. Staff of

the Metropolitan Planning Wing of LDA has been deputed at this counter for responding to public queries and verifying particulars of plots being sold by these housing schemes. This measure has been taken in view of the increasing public complaints regarding sale of mortgaged plots, additional plots on unapproved area as well as plots demarcated on public utility sites like schools, dispensaries, community centre and graveyards etc by these schemes. The LDA has also uploaded details of layout plans of all the approved housing schemes on its website www.lda.gop.pk.

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Measles silently claims two more LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Two more children died of measles in the Mayo Hospital on Wednesday raising the toll to four in the past two days. According to the hospital sources, the deceased were identified as seven months old ijaz and one year old iqra Jan. On Tuesday, two children who were

MINe wAS A Boy! MOnItORInG DESK A man named idrees bursted in agony at Bajwah Hospital, Shahdara when the hospital management told him that his wife has given birth to a baby girl. idress said that a few days ago he got his wife’s ultrasound in which doctors had reported a baby boy, but the management of Bajwah Hospital exchanged his child with a nurse’s sister’s baby girl who was also born a few minutes prior to his child. The hospital will be responsible if idrees’s wife and his child’s DNA did not match, the hospital’s spokesperson said.

suffering from measles and were getting treatment at Children’s Hospital died while two more succumbed to the disease today at Mayo Hospital, raising the toll to four in only two days. Sources said that so far the measles has hit at least 9,000 children from January across the Punjab and as many as 48 children had died due to the disease. Around 52 measles victim were still under

treatment in various hospitals of the city. Punjab Health Director General Dr Tanwir said they were short of vaccine and they could not inoculate about thirty million children. He said twenty eight children had so far died in the province due to measles. He said arrangements were being made to ensure availability of vaccine and anti-measles campaign would be launched in the first week of June.


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unchecked for several months now, but no one has initiated any action against them. When contacted, the workers at the fuel station put the onus on the owner who was not available to clarify his position. When this was brought into the notice of Natasha Qamar, Shell PRO, she initially demanded for “evidence”, saying only then will she be able to initiate an action or comment. When she was provided with the evidence, she refused to comment on the issue for reasons best known to her.

Sikh artefacts on display at Lahore Fort LAHORE: Punjab Governor Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood inaugurated a three-day exhibition featuring rare artifacts from the Sikh tradition under the title “Glorious Sikh Heritage under One Roof” at the Lahore Fort on Thursday. A large number of Sikhs were present in the ceremony. The display has been organised by Dayal Singh Research and Cultural Forum (DSRCF) together with the Punjab Records Division and Faqir Khana Art Gallery, which has provided its personal selections to the display. Special security arrangements were made on the occasion. On display were rare artifacts with reference to Maharaja Ranjeet Singh’s outfits and tools, important agreements finalised with Sikh and English government authorities, characters, manuscripts, weapons and jewelry. STAFF REPORT

A FAIR EXAM LAHORE: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Gujranwala conducted first Secondary School (Annual) Examination, 2013. As many as 212,632 and 191,699 candidates appeared for 9th, 10th and composite examination respectively in 683 examination centres. In a press conference held on Thursday, the BISE Gujranwala Chairman Prof Dr Farhan Ebadat Yar Khan said that supervisory staff of 28 centres was removed due to negligence and irregularities being committed by them in performing their duties, while as many as 65 unfair means including 13 impersonation cases were detected. STAFF REPORT


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massive explosion at a fertiliser plant near Waco in the US state of Texas has killed between five and 15 people and wounded more than 100 others, police say. The blast on Wednesday night ripped through the West Fertilizer Company plant and destroyed numerous buildings including a school and nursing home, authorities said. Authorities have refrained from divulging casualty figures, but said the death toll was expected to rise as search teams combed through the rubble of the fertiliser plant and surrounding homes. West Mayor Tommy Muska told Reuters that five or six volunteer firefighters who were among the first on the scene in the blast zone were unaccounted for. He added that all the residents have been evacuated and are in safe locations. Dean Wilson, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said 50 to 75 houses were damaged by the ex-

plosion and a fire that followed, and that a nearby 50-unit apartment complex had been reduced to "a skeleton standing up". He said it would be some time before authorities know the full extent of the loss of life and damage caused by Wednesday night's blast at the plant in the town of West, about 30km north of Waco. The wounded have been taken to hospital, and a nearby nursing home had collapsed from the explosion and that people were believed trapped inside, Wilson said. Rescue workers are trying to evacuate people from homes near the plant. Local police said the fire was still smoldering, preventing firefighters from carrying out their work. Jason Shelton, 33, a father-of-two who lives less than 2km from the plant, said he heard fire trucks heading towards the facility five minutes before the explosion. Lacerations and broken bones He said he felt the concussion from the blast as he stood on his front porch. "My windows started rattling and my kids screaming," Shelton told Reuters. The

screen door hit me in the forehead ... and all the screens blew off my windows." The blast was reported at about 8pm local time (01:00 GMT on Thursday) in West, about 130km south of city of Dallas. A dispatcher with Texas Fire Department said the explosion happened on Wednesday night. Tommy Muska, West's mayor, said buildings in a five-block radius from the plant were severely damaged by the explosion. Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco reported treating 66 patients, including children, for injuries including lacerations, burns and broken bones. "We are seeing a lot of lacerations and orthopaedic-type injuries ... things you would expect in an explosion," said David Argueta, vice president of hospital operations. He said nine people suffering burns had been transferred to the Parkland Hospital in Dallas. A third hospital, Providence Health Center, reported receiving more than 30 patients from the disaster. RESIDENCES LEVELLED: A senior official said the nursing home and much

of the centre of town had been evacuated, and that residences near the explosion had been levelled. The air in town remained thick with smoke more than two hours after the explosion, and the area around the blast site was littered with shards of wood, bricks and glass. Governor Rick Perry issued a statement saying his office had "mobilised state resources to help local authorities" deal with the incident. "We are monitoring developments and gathering information as details continue to emerge about this incident,'' the statement said. A White House official said the Obama administration was aware of the situation and monitoring local and state response through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Gayle Scarbrough, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety in Waco, told television station kWTX that DPS troopers have been transporting the injured to hospitals in their patrol cars. She said six helicopters were also en route.

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WASHInGTOn: The US Senate has rejected a bipartisan plan to expand background checks for gun buyers, dealing a sharp blow to President Barack Obama's campaign to curb gun violence after the Newtown school massacre. Despite emotional pleas from families of victims of the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings and broad public support nationwide, the plan to extend background checks to online and gunshow sales failed on a 54-46 vote on Wednesday, six votes short of the 60vote hurdle needed to clear the Senate. Speaking from the White House on Wednesday, Obama blamed the blockage of the legislation on a "minority" in the US Senate, marking it as a "shameful day for Washington". "The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill," he said, adding that the proposal "represented moderation and common sense". The amendment negotiated by Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania was seen as Obama's best hope to pass meaningful gun-control legislation after the December massacre of 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown. AgEncIES

Video footage shows Boston bomb suspect BOSTOn: Investigators have spotted a Boston Marathon bombing suspect from security video taken before two blasts ripped through central Boston on Monday, a US law enforcement source has said, in what is potentially the biggest break in the case yet. No arrests had been made, and the suspect in the video had not been identified by name, two US government officials said on Wednesday. Police considered making an appeal to the public for more information at a news conference, a US government source said, but the FBI cancelled that news conference after delaying it several times, Boston police said. The bombings, as well as subsequent reports that someone tried to mail a suspected ricin letter to US President Barack Obama - the second report of such a letter in two days - have created a climate of uncertainty in the country. Earlier the FBI had said there was no indication of a connection between the ricin letters and the Boston bomb attacks. The federal courthouse in Boston was evacuated amid reports a suspect for Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon was due to appear in court, but officials said they cleared the area because of a bomb scare. AgEncIES

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North korea has demanded the withdrawal of UN sanctions and the end of US-South korea military drills as conditions for resuming talks with Seoul and Washington. The list of pre-conditions outlined on Thursday, which came from the North's top military body, insisted on a general apology for all "provocative acts" taken against North korea. The North's statement said: "Dialogue can never go with war actions." The conditions will likely be rejected by South korea and the US, which have themselves made any talks conditional on the North taking steps towards denuclearisation. Dialogue has become the new focus of a blistering rhetorical battle that has sent military tensions soaring on the korean peninsula ever since the North carried out its third nuclear test in February. Some analysts see the North's engagement in a debate over dialogue as a welcome shift from the apocalyptic threats of nuclear war that have poured out of Pyongyang in recent weeks. "i don't think Pyongyang really expects these conditions to be met," said Yang MooJin, a professor at the University of North korean Studies in Seoul. "it's an initial show of strength in a game of tugof-war that at least shows a desire to have a dialogue down the line,"Yang said. The first step demanded by the North's National Military Commission was the withdrawal of "cooked up" UN sanctions that were imposed after the nuclear test in February. North korea has repeatedly cited the sanctions as a prime trigger for the current crisis. The other main bone of contention has been ongoing joint South korea-US military drills, which have involved the deployment of nuclear-capable B-52s and B-2 stealth bombers. Both countries must provide international guarantees that such "nuclear war drills" will never be repeated, the commission said. Daniel Pinkston, a North korea expert with the international Crisis Group, ruled out any suggestion that the North was softening its position and said those hoping a dialogue might emerge were being wilfully naive. South korea's new president, Park GeunHye, has made tentative and conditional offers of talks, which received the backing of US Secretary of State John kerry during his recent Northeast Asia tour.

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The Taliban on Thursday pledged to take revenge on US troops in Afghanistan after guards at Guantanamo prison fired non-lethal rounds at inmates to quell unrest. Guards at the US-run prison in Cuba fired the rounds last Saturday to halt unrest as they relocated inmates into individual cells, US military officials said. Officials met with resistance from some detainees as they moved inmates from communal housing to individual cells. No detainees were seriously injured, according to the officials. Dozens of detainees are in the third month of a hunger strike at the prison. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said his insurgent group would avenge the incident by attacking American troops in Afghanistan.“The Mujahideen of the islamic Emirate… vow to avenge these wronged prisoners by targeting the American invaders in Afghanistan with all might at their disposal, Allah will-

ing,” Mujahid said in the statement. The spokesman also called on rights groups to condemn “such cowardly actions of America and take a firm stance against it based upon evident humane principles”. The jail in Cuba houses scores of prisoners, including former Taliban members captured when a US-led invasion toppled the islamists from power 12 years ago.

fBI arrests Mississippi man in ricin letter case CORInTH: A Mississippi man accused of mailing letters with suspected ricin to national leaders believed he had uncovered a conspiracy to sell human body parts on the black market and claimed "various parties within the government" were trying to ruin his reputation. Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, was arrested Wednesday at his home in Corinth, near the Tennessee state line. Authorities were waiting for definitive tests on intercepted letters that were addressed to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss. Preliminary field tests can often show false positives for ricin. Ricin is derived from the castor plant that makes castor oil. There is no antidote and it's deadliest when inhaled. An FBI intelligence bulletin obtained by The Associated Press said the two letters were postmarked Memphis, Tenn. AgEncIES


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protocol be given to a former interior minister? Explain it. Otherwise action will be taken against you.” interior secretary said notification in this respect has not been issued so far. The CJP remarked that the former interior minister had also denied all this and the same reply has come from him. The interior secretary said this was a matter of wisdom and intelligence. Justice Ejaz remarked, “We are already convinced of your intelligence. How you must have done all this.” The interior secretary said Rehman Malik had remained on the front line in the war on terror; therefore it was necessary to provide him with security. “it was done so at the bidding of his private secretary Javed iqbal,” he added. The CJP remarked, “Why are you acquiring three services from NADRA for a life time. A person is appointed interior minister for three months and you are ready to provide him with services for a life time”. The interior secretary said the former prime minister wanted to launch an election campaign, therefore, security should be provided to him. At this, the CJP remarked, “How much more burden do you want to put on this nation. A tablet is not available for headache to the masses and Rs 270 million will now be paid for Malik’s security.”

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HE Supreme Court (SC) disposed of suo moto proceedings following the withdrawal of a notification by the government on allowing life time protocol, security and perks to the former premiers and former interior minister Rehman Malik. A five member bench of SC which was presided over by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry resumed the hearing of the suo motu case on unprecedented security protocol and perks and privileges for former Prime Ministers Raja Pervez Ashraf and Yousaf Raza Gilani on Thursday. The CJP said that drinking water was not available to the people, therefore, allowing security protocol and perks to the former premiers and former interior minister was a burden on the national exchequer. The interior secretary did not appear before the court despite the court’s orders and the CJP expressed displeasure on this account. The Attorney General (AG) said efforts were being made to contact the interior secretary but his phone has been switched off. The CJP remarked said that the PM issued notifications regarding the security

protocol, perks and privileges on March, 15. “This can only be done through legislation and not through notification,” he added. However, the AG said legislation was not necessary in every matter. The court summoned the interior secretary in the meantime. Later, the CJP told interior Additional Secretary Tariq Lodhi, “We have not called you. Court had summoned the interior secretary. if he can not come then he would be arrested.” in reply to this, the additional secretary said, “i’ll try to contact him again.” However, the CJP said, “Don’t lie. Tell us what the interior secretary has to say about the March 15 notification. Why was

an order given to allow security protocol and perks and privileges to former interior minister Rehman Malik”? in the meantime, interior Secretary khawaja Siddique Akbar appeared before the court. The CJP welcomed him by saying that if the interior secretary does not comply with the orders of the court he should be sent to jail. “You have made it your routine and this attitude amounts to contempt of court,” he added. The interior secretary tendered an apology and said that this would not be repeated in the future. The CJP replied saying, “Review your

attitude. A full bench is sitting here. Read section 6 and when you return after serving 6 months imprisonment then we will see. Enough is enough. Whenever you are summoned you come up with some excuse. The bench is assembling for the second time due to your attitude.” The interior secretary was read out the court order, which said that if all was done by him, “then under what law had he done this”. The CJP remarked, “We are reading your summary. Generally security should be provided to all the people of the country. Extra security should be provided to those who need it. How can life time security

Judiciary wants rule of law, supremacy of Constitution: CJP

13 percent rise in defence budget 2013-14 proposed ISLAMABAD: The defence budget proposal for the financial year 2013-14 has been prepared, which envisages overall 13 percent increase, taking the total defence budget allocation to Rs627 billion, local media reported. The ministry of finance and planning commission in a meeting here mulled over the budget allocations of various ministries including the ministry of defence. Adviser ministry of finance, Asad Amin presiding over the meeting approved a 13 percent increase in the defence budget 2013-14, taking the total allocation to Rs627 billion as against the 2012-13 budget allocation of Rs545 billion, which was later raised to Rs570 billion. AgEncIES

eCP to give voting rights to overseas Pakistanis ISLAMABAD OnLInE

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to give the right to vote to overseas Pakistani and the decision will be implemented through a presidential ordinance. According to news reports, the decision was taken in a meeting held in islamabad on Thursday with Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ebrahim in the chair. Briefing reporters after the meeting‚ ECP Secretary ishtiak Ahmad said the commission had finalised the draft for the ordinance‚ which would be sent to the Law Ministry within two days. He said talking to the CEC, the president had expressed reservation over the security of the leadership of political parties and the candidates. He also directed the CEC to personally ensure that political leaders and candidates contesting the upcoming elections be provided complete security. Ahmad said the commission had written to the provincial governments asking them to ensure foolproof security for all political leaders as well as the candidates. He said the ECP will meet on April 25 to finalise the security measures to be taken at polling stations.

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Chief Justice iftikhar Muhammad Chauhdry said on Thursday that the judiciary had only one aim, to maintain rule of law and the supremacy of the constitution. “The mounting numbers of cases reflect the trust people have in the judiciary,” he added. At a full court meeting of the Supreme Court in islamabad, Chief Justice iftikhar Muhammad Chauhdry reviewed arrangements of tomorrow’s international Judicial Conference. The CJP said in his address that the Supreme Court benches outside islamabad had reduced the burden of delayed cases. The higher court concluded that over five thousand cases had been heard during the last three months. “This deserves appreciation,” he added.

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Taliban leaders living in Qatar have held no Afghanistan peace talks with US officials in the Gulf state for more than a year and see no prospect of any soon, Taliban sources say. A team of envoys from the islamist insurgent group flew to Qatar in early 2012 to open talks with the US government, which has laid a greater emphasis on negotiations before a handover of security to Afghan forces in 2014. Among the most prominent members of the delegation in Doha is Tayeb Agha, the former chief of staff to the Taliban’s reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar. But more than a year later, the negotiations held in March 2012 have not been followed by further meetings, Taliban sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Many of the Taliban leaders living in Qatar now appear to spend their time pursuing private family activities. Many can be seen at the shopping malls of the gas-rich Gulf Arab state, pushing trol-

leys loaded with merchandise and with their Reuters. The talks in Doha between the Taliban children in tow. “There has been no contact from the US with us at all this year,” said and the United States in 2012 had taken a Taliban source under condition of place at a US military facility, he said. Afghan officials have not held formal anonymity. No date had been set to restart talks with the militants, who were the talks, he said, declining to toppled by US-led forces in give any further details. Talks among 2001 in the wake of the Talks among the United Sept. 11 attacks on the States, Pakistan and the the United states, United States but have Taliban about a possiproven resilient after ble Afghan settlePakistan and the more than a decade ment have made Taliban about a of war. scant progress in The kabul govthe past few years. possible Afghan ernment has said it The Taliban suswants to start talks pended the talks in settlement have with the Taliban to March 2012, saying made scant progress end the conflict before Washington was givthe planned departure ing mixed signals on in the past of most foreign combat the nascent Afghan rectroops by the end of 2014. onciliation process. few years. Last month, Afghan PresiRESILIENT dent Hamid karzai flew to Doha and “Taliban had asked for the exchange of prisoners and recognition as a group, but held talks with the emir, Sheikh Hamad bin as far as i know there have been no more khalifa al-Thani, in an effort to speed up the talks,” said Mohammed Himat, counselor opening of a Taliban representative office at the Afghan embassy in Doha, told in Qatar where further talks could be held.

karzai had initially resisted Western plans to grant the Taliban an office in Qatar, concerned that it would give the movement political legitimacy and reduce his control over the direction of any future talks. But he endorsed the proposal in late 2011 under pressure from his allies. Other countries who had also offered to host the office were Turkey and Saudi Arabia, Himat added. However, an Afghan government official familiar with the peace talks said Saudi Arabia was not an ideal option as it was seen as having strong ties with Pakistan. Afghan officials have long accused Pakistan of backing the Taliban or tolerating the movement’s leaders presence on its territory in the hope of using the force as proxy to influence events in Afghanistan. PAKISTAN DENIES THE ACCUSATIONS Nasrullah Stanekzai, an advisor to karzai in legal affairs said that the opening of a Doha office for the Taliban would help Afghanistan engage in direct peace talks with insurgents and limit Pakistan’s influence on the process.


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Special arrangement are being made to provide security cleared lamination paper for at least 0.3 million passports to ease up the pressure of backlog, immigration and Passport Director General Zulfikar Cheema said on Thursday. While giving a detailed briefing to Wafaqi Mohtasib’s probe committee on passport imbroglio, Cheema said this would help us issue up to 10,000 passports every day. “The directorate has also prioritised issuance of passports, keeping in view the urgency to travel for medical treatment, studies and jobs,” he added. The DG said various initiatives had been taken to improve the situation so that the suffering of people could be mitigated.

LHC requested to appoint prosecutor in drone attacks case LAHORE PESHAWER: Cricketer Shahid Khan Afridi addresses an election corner meeting at Khyber Agency on Thursday. InP

Security at Imran Khan’s residence beefed up ISLAMABAD InP

On the directives of caretaker interior Minister Habib khan, the security around the residence of Pakistan Tehreek-e-insaf (PTi) chief imran khan has been beefed up. islamabad inspector General (iG) Police Bin Yamin along with DSP khursheed khan and SHO Fayyaz Ranjha held a meeting with khan on Thursday and exchanged views on security matters. Following the meeting, the number of police personnel at the residence of the PTi leader was increased from six to 16. PTi information Secretary Sheerin Mazari had demanded strict security for khan. More than 100 enraged PTi workers on Wednesday night protested against the unjust distribution of party tickets in khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the residence of khan and the PTi Secretariat in islamabad. Window panes of the secretariat were smashed by the enraged workers. The protesters also broke the main gate of the residence in Bani Gala and entered the house. The protesters also tried to enter the family quarters but the personal guards of khan called in police and pushed the enraged workers out of the house. khan’s spokesman Naeemul Haq held the federal interior minister responsible for the situation. He said security was not provided to khan by the federal government despite threats to him. Talking to reports, Mazari condemned the incident and held the caretaker government and the interior minister responsible for the incident. She also demanded the minister’s resignation.

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iTH hardly any chance of making alliances or noteworthy seat adjustment in the Punjab and elsewhere in the country, the PML-N is all set to take a solo fight in the upcoming general elections. With the final battle-lines almost drawn between the parties and contestants having almost finalised their candidates, it seems that the PML-N is nowhere near joining hands with any other political party in the Punjab. The Unification Group’s 30-plus members supported its government throughout its five year rule, but the ‘N’ gave them short shrift. Now, the Unification group, like most other parties ranging from Ji to the Like-minded, is found cursing the ‘N’ leadership for this ‘great betrayal’. But it was actually out of its home base where ‘N’ needed partnerships gain those crucial extra seats and it did make an effort to get into alliances in khyber Pukhtunkhwa (kP), Balochistan and Sindh. But these efforts have all come to naught. in Balochistan, one has reliably learnt, the PML-N’s talks with Akhtar Mengal failed to make any headway de-

spite a desperate last-minute push from its leadership. Shahbaz Sharif personally visited Quetta last week for talks with Mengal, but failed to achieve anything tangible. Two days later, the PMLN sent another delegation, led by its information secretary Mushahidullah khan, yet the result was ditto, as leaders at both end shied away from making any announcement with regard to the talks. The PML-N, the sources disclose, demanded about half the share out of 11 National Assembly seats from Balochistan. That Mengal rejected. The sources further reveal that the party had reached an understanding of sorts with Pukhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMP) chief Mahmoodchakzai on a couple of seats in the Pushtun dominated areas of the province. Likewise in Sindh, the PML-N was banking on Ji and PML-F to make some headway in the province. But despite several rounds of talks with these two, nothing came off it. The PML-F, the sources said, said nothing doing, and fielded its own candidates in all the constituencies, not sparing even Ghous Ali Shah, the senior most ‘N’ leader in Sindh. Even the last ditch effort by Shahbaz was not very heartening for ‘N’. True to its reputation of tilting towards the right, the PML-N seemed more interested in forging an alliance with Ji

in and around karachi, with the intention to cut into the MQM vote bank. But after failure of talks over seat adjustment with the Ji in Punjab, the prospects of cooperation between the two in karachi were minimal. in kPk, the PML-N has not been seeking any cooperation with any local party so far. The PML-N leaders are not sure whether the party will be able to field candidates from all the constituencies in kPk, Balochistan and Sindh without any seat adjustment with a local or regional party. The main cause of concern for them: how this lack of political cooperation will translate at the hustings? The political analysts say, the PML-N is banking on local political forces to win some extra seats that could be useful in making alliances then to form the government at the centre. But that is only a fond hope, and the consequences may yet make ‘N’ regret its inability to stitch alliances with indigenous political forces in smaller provinces. interestingly, the PTi, the N’s main competitor in the Punjab, is also on its own. So an interesting equation is developing between the two arch rivals. Even the PPP, apart from a soul mate in the PML-Q in the Punjab, is going to rely on its own strength.

The government on Thursday appealed to the Lahore High Court to appoint a prosecutor in the US drone attack case. LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial resumed the hearing of drone attack case. During the hearing, the petitioner’s lawyer told the court that the drone attacks on Pakistani soil were against sovereignty and security of the country. He said further the government only issued condemnatory statements in this regard. The federation’s counsel, Deputy Attorney General Yasmeen Sehgal told the court that US drone attacks were a sensitive matter of the state, therefore a judicial prosecutor should be appointed in this regard. The court adjourned the hearing until May 21.

Lal Masjid report to be made public: SC ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday rejected a petition to keep the Lal Masjid report confidential and ordered that it be made public. A three member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the Lal Masjid suo moto case. The Lal Masjid Commission had requested that the report be made confidential but after evaluating the report the court ordered for it to be made public. The report will be provided to all those who request for it and the apex court ordered that copies be given to all members of the bench and the lawyer for Lal Masjid. The lawyer for Lal Masjid also informed the court that his junior was receiving threats and the bench summoned a reply from iG islamabad.

PMl-n finalises nominations for 13 nA, 25 Punjab Assembly seats nEWS DESK The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has finalized names for 13 National Assembly and 25 Punjab Assembly seats of Lahore. Of the 13 candidates for national seats, seven are repeat election contestants. At least nine candidates, who won from their constituencies in the previous provincial elections, have been replaced in the final list. As per details, PML-N chief and former premier Nawaz Sharif, former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shahbaz will contest election in the constituencies of NA-120, NA-129 and NA-119, respectively. PML-N’s returning candidates for national constituencies include Muhammad Riaz Malik, NA-118; Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, NA-119; Sardar Ayyaz Sadiq, NA-

122; Muhammad Pervez Malik, NA-123; Sheikh Rohail Asghar, NA-124; khawaja Saad Rafique, NA-125; and Muhammad Afzal khokhar, NA-128. Mehar ishtiaq Ahmad, who was elected to Punjab Assembly in 2002 and 2008 elections, has been fielded in NA-121 instead of Mian Marghoob Ahmad. The former Lahore mayor and former Lahore Transport Company chairman khawaja Ahmad Hassan has been chosen for NA-126 over Umar Sohail Zia Butt. Sohail Shaukat Butt has been pitted against contestants from other parties in NA-130, a largely rural constituency of Lahore, where PPP’s Samina khalid Ghurki won the last ballot. Similarly, the former Anarkali nazim Waheed Alam khan has been handed a ticket for election to NA-127 constituency. Alam is said to have been awarded a ticket in line with the party’s pol-

icy to accommodate workers. This seat was previously won by advocate Chaudhry Naseer Ahmad Bhutto. Former premier Nawaz Sharif after a period of 17 years will be taking electoral test for NA-120. Bilal Yasin, nephew of Begum kulsoom Nawaz, had previously bagged this seat, but now he is in for a Punjab Assembly seat. Former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif will be vying for NA-129 and two provincial constituencies of PA-159 and PA161. in the last elections, PML-N had lost NA-129 seat to Tariq Shabbir Mayo of PPP. in the finalisation of the candidates for the 125 Punjab Assembly seats of Lahore, former provincial minister Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor, Dr Saeed Elahi (who had defeated PML-Q’s Moonis Elahi in the last election), Muhammad Naveed Anjum, ijaz Ahmad khan, Haji Allah Rakha, Dr Asad Ashraf,

Rana Muhammad iqbal khan, Ajasam Sharif, Hafiz Muhammad Nauman and Waseem Qadir have been dropped out. Ticket holders for provincial constituencies of Lahore include khawaja imran Nazir from PP-137; Mushtaq Mughal from PP-138; Bilal Yasin PP-139; Majid Zahoor PP-140; Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rahman PP-141; Hamza Shahbaz Sharif PP-142; Chaudhry Shahbaz Ahmad PP-143; Ch Bao Akhtar Ali PP-144; Waheed Gull PP-145; Malik Waheed PP-146; Mian Mohsin Latif PP-147; Akhtar Rasool PP-148, Rana Mashhood Ahmad khan PP149; Mahar ishtiaq Ahmad PP-150; Tauseef Shah PP-151; khawaja Salman Rafiq PP152; Ramzan Siddique Bhatti PP-153; Zaeem Hussain Qadri PP-154; Mian Naseer Ahmad PP-155; Ch Yasin Sohal PP156; Rana Tajammal PP-157; Malik Ghu-

lam Habib Awan PP-158; and Saiful Malook khokhar from PP-160. Mushtaq Mughal, Majid Zahoor, Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Bao Akhtar, Waheed Gull, Ch Akhtar Rasool, Syed Tausiq Shah and Malik Ghulam Habib Awan are the ones who have replaced winners in the past. Ch Akhtar Rasool and Ghulam Habib have joined PML-N defecting from PML-Q and PPP, respectively. Sources say the party cleared the final lists after a detailed analysis of all the aspirants. The party has however dropped a number of previously-elected legislators in view of their poor performance, complaints against them by party workers, lack of contact with party men. Few of them have been dropped out on charges of corruption. Certain others have not been awarded tickets in view of their lackluster star appeal.


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A studied indifference do some political parties share the militants’ doctrine?

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HEN the ex-dictator Pervez Musharraf returned to Pakistan as the caretaker government took charge, many speculated that it smacked of a deal and that all major players, political parties, the army and – most importantly – the aggrieved judiciary, were going to let him contest the elections. The man, who for nearly a decade wore the two crowns of president of the islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Chief of Army Staff, could not claim that he had not been forewarned. The judiciary appeared to have extended his leash in the cat-and-mouse game being played on the labyrinth that the former general had constructed for himself. When Musharraf was granted protective bail in four of the cases against him in the Sindh High Court, a tactical move by his lawyers who knew the three other high courts were dead set against him, it appeared that his long announced return would at least allow him the dignity honour of contesting elections – and perhaps winning a seat to the National Assembly from the Chitral area. But the ex-general’s luck was bound to run out. There were too many cases against him – and as he found out when his nomination papers were rejected in three of the four constituencies he planned to contest from – the judiciary was not willing to abide by whatever ‘deal’ had been struck in the holy lands to allow him to return. With a lot of hype spun on his expected return in karachi, the city in which he allowed a free reign to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and his local bodies system had apparently delivered, there was barely a crowd worth speaking of for those who remember the martyred Benazir Bhutto’s return to the country in October 2007. Where there was hope when Benazir returned, there was indifference, and simmering anger on the return of Musharraf: a man threw a shoe at him after a hearing at the SHC and his supporters were beaten up by lawyers in Rawalpindi. Finally, when his papers were rejected from all four constituencies on April 16 and his arrest was ordered by the islamabad High Court in the judges detentions case on Thursday, did the general’s true colours showed. The ex-dictator who was famous for saying, “Mein kisi se nahi darta, mein commando hon” (“i do not fear anyone. i am a commando.”), fled from the court premises in disregard of due process and apparently took shelter in his farmhouse in suburban islamabad. The questions over why he was not arrested there and then are also being asked, with some speculating that the security establishment would consider it too embarrassing for its former head – and usurper president – to be put behind bars. But it is also worth noting that the military has not intervened to prevent Musharraf’s political fall. The former general is trapped in labyrinths he constructed himself and he should have known better than to step in there himself.

Politicians under attack A united stand against terrorists is the only solution

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HE news of a terror strike here, a suicide bombing there has become a routine matter for most of the citizens; however, recent strikes on the political cadre clearly show where things are headed. The three-way response – the civilian government succeeding in managing the menace in a few troubled areas of late; the army pushing the terrorists into a corner; and most importantly a disapproval of their violent ideology by the public – to the militants violent methods has assured that they won’t be able to achieve their agenda. However, they can still disrupt country’s business, just as they did with attacks on politicians in the past few days. As political parties have ramped up their campaigns for the elections on 11 May, it makes them vulnerable to such attacks. With centre-left parties like the ANP on a pronounced hit list of these militants, the situation gets even more serious. These attacks do have the potential to derail the democratic system in the country, a concern voiced rightfully by imran khan the other day. The democracy in the country is not as strong yet to withstand such attacks on its foundations but giving in to the ideology of violence would only ensure that the country is headed towards doom. Standing up against this dark path is the responsibility of the state, which being in the hands of caretakers these days, might be a little difficult but not impossible yet. While they are not mandated to make any strategic decisions, they still have to maintain law and order. Matters have worsened so much that the CEC had to write a letter to the ANP leaders explaining that the CEC had not ordered any security to be withdrawn tasked with the party’s members. However, the ineffectiveness of the security measures calls for more stringent and fool proof security. The situation in Balochistan is even worse, where shutter down strike was observed in many cities the other day after an attack on Sanaullah Zehri’s convoy. Surprisingly, most of the politicians appear to have a united stand on the issue. Holding the government and the security forces responsible for the politicians’ safety and security, PTi has demanded that all political parties and leaders must be provided with adequate security, a demand that appears to be justified considering the number of such attacks that have taken place all over the country, a number that is so alarming that the HRCP was forced to say that these “terrorist attacks on politicians may sabotage election process”. However, the caretaker Cabinet’s decision to seek army’s assistance in this regard could offer the much needed reprieve from these attacks and help restore law and order to a peaceful state so that the election process goes ahead without any mishap.

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HE PML-N, JUi-F and Ji remain tightlipped over the ongoing attacks on politicians and election gatherings. Shahbaz Sharif has somewhat belatedly reminded the caretakers of their duty to provide security to all. The leadership of the three parties has however consistently refrained from condemning the terrorists. What is the cause behind this highly unusual silence when the ECP, caretaker set up, politicians from various parties including imran khan and civil society organisations like HRCP have all condemned the perpetrators in no uncertain terms? Are these parties reluctant to criticise militants on account of some sort of doctrinal affinity with them? This may be one explanation for the reticence. JUi-F seminaries have contributed to the proliferation of the Taliban. The Ji disagrees with the TTP only ‘tactically’ of while sharing its ‘ideals’. Both religious parties want to achieve aims common with the terrorists through parliamentary way. The PML-N has been accused in the past of having a soft corner for the militants, even striking electoral alliances with their legal reincarnations. There was in fact a noticeable slowing down of attacks in Punjab after Shahbaz Sharif’s appeal to the terrorists to spare the province ruled by his party. While the Punjabi Taliban continued to issue statements in the name of their group, the Sharifs denied that any organisation with that name ever existed. is the silence caused by a belief that that the losses suffered by PPP and its erstwhile allies would strengthen the position of the PML-N, JUi-F and Ji in the elections? This too could be one of the reasons. The PPP has restricted Bilawal from public activities and there is hardly any party front ranker out in the public addressing rallies and gatherings. This is all the more noticeable in Punjab, which has to elect more than half of the National Assembly members and where the PPP had hoped to be able to form the next government. Not that better campaigning would have given Zardari’s party more seats than in 2008 as its image has been badly tarnished by bad performance. in Sindh, the stronghold of the PPP, the PML-N has allied itself with

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Pagara’s PML-F. Despite the incumbency factor that would go against the PPP, the party is still likely to emerge as the largest single winner if all its leaders with a feudal-cum-tribal clout continue to remain with it. The PML-N may be hoping to benefit from ANP’s discomfiture in khyber Pukhtunkhwa. Not that the two have not been bedfellows in the past but now the PML-N has a different strategy in view. That it had recently tried to reach an electoral understanding with Ji and JUiF shows it is seeking a different route to power in the province this time. The understanding with the two parties could not be reached on account of the demands considered over excessive by the PML-N leadership but the three could join hands after the polls. Even if the PPP and ANP perform badly this time in the province, the PML-N faces a potent challenge from the PTi. The two religious parties would again prove to be hard bargainers with any of the two seeking their support. in karachi, the PML-N hopes to make an entry with the help of the religious parties. As the MQM remains a major competitor in the city, it matters little to the PML-N and its allies if attacks continue on its candidates. in Balochistan, neither the PPP nor the PML-N have any mass base. The latter pins hopes on the Baloch nationalists while bringing into its fold whatever tribal chiefs are willing to join hands. There is however a more important reason also behind the PML-N, JUi-F and Ji displaying unconcern regarding militant attacks on the secular trio. The establishment thinks a new type of ruling alliance would be helpful to it in the coming years after the Nato forces leave the area. With the US-led troops out of the region, Pakistan would once again be on its own to deal with the terrorist groups. Whether there is longer civil war in Afghanistan, of which there is a good possibility, or a quick Taliban victory which seems less plausible, the Pakistani militants now operating from their FATA sanctuaries would pose a problem that any government will have to deal with single handedly without foreign support. What is more they would also command a strategic depth in Afghanistan. When the US had a presence in the region and was helpful to Pakistan, the establishment was content with a government with secular cre-

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dentials, pro-US leaning and willing to fight the terrorists. With the US troops withdrawn and US funds drying up, the establishment would desire having a government able to negotiate with the TTP when required. The establishment would have preferred imran khan but with the momentum that the PTi leader had created receding over time, it is now looking for other partners. Mian Nawaz Sharif fits the specifications but has a streak that makes him somewhat unreliable. He has a tendency to amass all powers in his hands and in the process take on the military leadership, if needed. But with the JUi-F and Ji sitting on one side of Nawaz Sharif and a pro-establishment Pagara on the other, an ideal control mechanism is in place. As the TTP leadership continues to indulge in terror attacks as a policy of choice, it is also felling the heat in the tribal areas. The Swat valley where the militants had set up their emirate is out of their control. They can still detonate a bomb here and there, albeit after a lot of costly preparations, which explains why they are quite infrequent. Bajaur where the TTP had virtually ended the writ of the state is out of its hands. The agency is more terrorism-free than Peshawar. This has given confidence to Badam Zaree, an independent woman candidate on a general seat, to take part in the elections. The army has freed most of the kurrum Agency while it is fighting the terrorists in khyber’s Tirah valley. There is meanwhile a pressure from the tribal people for peace that led to the recent peace overtures from the TTP. With the US troops gone and there being no excuse for jihad, the pressure from inside the tribes will multiply on the militants. The establishment has long toyed with the idea of bringing militants into the mainstream. it claims it has done so in the case of Hafiz Saeed and the Difa-e-Pakistan Council. Many challenge the assertion as unrealistic. The least the establishment wants is to persuade the TTP to stop attacks inside Pakistan and hopes that once parties like the PML-N, JUi-F and Ji who are acceptable to the TTP are in power the task would become easier. The way the three parties are acting indicates they are game.

This refers to kamran Rehmat’s enlightening article “Screwtiny” in your issue of April 15. i agree with his very acute observations regarding the on-going process of scrutiny of the aspiring candidates for MNA/MPA slots by the Returning Officers. Needless to comment that the process adopted had much to be desired. i would like to add the following observations. Firstly, as pointed out by the embarrassed candidates some of the questions put forth by the worthy ROs had no relevance to the Sections 62 and 63 of the constitution. it appeared that they wanted to belittle the politicians just to score points/settle some grudge?

Secondly, the ROs most probably deviated and/or overstepped the mandate so given by the ECP. Thirdly, some of the ROs seemed to be not so competent or one may say not so qualified to effectively carry out the task. Fourthly, many a politician was not asked the pinching questions (may be due to some pressure or lack of knowledge) which if asked could have disqualified them. And finally, the aspirants went into appeal and most of them were cleared due to insufficient evidence produced by the ROs. Being the first experiment of its kind one can take it as a good effort. But we may have to devise better procedures/rules to judge the potential MNAs/MPAs next time. RASHID MAQSOOD Lahore


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HE State has often appeared as a central figure through which discourses about South Asian women are created and understood with the passing of time. Women’s identity and positionality within a state is reflected in its policies which either reaffirm or seek to modify societal notions about gender. On many occasions, women’s issues are annexed by wider government policies, presenting women as residual victims in a schema over which they have very little control. The attitude of South Asian states towards women has evolved with changing socio-political regimes such as movements towards secularism, partition along religious lines and the appearance of influential non state actors like feminist groups. The essentially male political culture of South Asia can be traced back to the Mughal Era when elite masculinity was synonymous with public relationships of power and control-over knowledge, over material commodities and over women. The wall of the Royal harem became symbolic for the separation between the male and female worlds and men exercised power through a literal and bodily rejection of feminine behaviors. However, a close inspection of the early Mughal history reveals the active participation of women in the political and social arena. A striking example of women’s participation in politics is Maham Anga, Emperor Akbar’s fourth prime minister and wet nurse who held charge of the royal household and state administration. Similarly, Emperor Jehangir’s wife Nur Jehan practically ruled over the kingdom and edicts were issued under her authority. it is interesting to note that Maham Anga’s “manliness became the cause of her undoing” as noted by Mriducchanda Palit in an article titled Powers Behind The Throne as her willful behavior that allowed her to establish control was seen as “aggressive” by the patriarchal state and she was eventually asked to step down. Palit explains that female figures of authority “worked primarily for the benefit of the male figures around whom they orbited,” and “even when they were seated next to the throne… they moved in the shadow of it’s male occupant.” The configuration of States as patriarchal protectors of women meant that they operated on agendas that promoted the interests of the State as opposed to the actual welfare of women. After the partition of india and Pakistan both states made efforts to recover missing women and re-

store them to their families. However, the resistance of many women to return to their original families was ignored and their children were treated like ‘war babies,’ presenting the state as “an abductor” forcibly removing adult women from their homes. The recovery of women became entwined with the establishment of india as a responsible and civilized state able to reclaim what was by rights its own, projecting women’s bodies as properties of the State. in addition, the relation of the abducted woman to national honor invested her with the full responsibility of upholding community honor and essentialised her as a helpless victim of a national dispute. The State’s role as a ‘giver of values’ through drafting/implementation of legislation allows it to regulate gender identities and practices. The constitutional framework in South Asian countries is based upon the varying markers of a distinct national identity such as religion and language. The struggle of the indian nation to define itself as a secular state in opposition to an islamic Pakistan, is exemplified by the highly popular Shahbano case whose judgment served to claim “a society of equals between men and women”. The decision of the court for Shahbano to be provided maintenance by her former husband reflected its struggle to thwart the “injustice done to women in all religions” yet it was eclipsed by the larger concern of national integration. Shahbano’s rejection of the court’s decision in favor of islamic Law goes to show her characterization as a “pawn” through which powerful masculine institutions such played their various games of honor and shame. The specific description of the ‘woman as wife’ in this case shows how states reaffirm the language which describes women in relation to a masculine subject. The manner in which the State enacts and exercises various policies has a significant impact on the life of women. Structuring Pakistan as an islamic Republic, with religion as the unifying principle of national identity, allowed the State to promote norms of behavior that controlled female apparel and conduct in the public sphere. islamisation policies depicted women primarily as wives and mothers, removing them from the visible public sphere which became exclusively masculine. in contrast, Bangladesh came into existence on the basis of a separate Bengali identity and the mannerisms of the women were symbolic of a ‘cultural difference’ which gave them more freedom “to perform in public”. Although political analyst Naila kabeer argues that while the secular stance taken by the Bengali State provided greater agency for women, she admits that such a policy became a “weapon for Zia’s political ambition.” The insistence of foreign benefactors such as the United Nations provoked Bangladesh to promote women’s welfare, as a result the “number of parliamentary seats reserved for women was doubled to 30” allowing women to actively participate in the political arena. However, there was a gap between “public declaration” and practice apparent in the “gross inadequacy of public sector funding for women’s programmes” (kabeer 129) suggesting that the government was only using women to gain political capital. Strategies such as reserving seats

for women pose a threat as they present a false notion of improved conditions for women, allowing the patriarchal state to exploit women for their own vested interests. Many of the Bangladeshi state’s projects targeted towards women’s rehabilitation have a preoccupation with female virtue reiterating the conservative societal expectations of women. Legislation on the property rights of women has served as a signifier of the degree of agency and control granted to women within respective states. The opposition of most Congress leaders to the Hindu Code Bill, on the grounds that it subverted “the dependant position,” constructed women as the ‘other’ in the struggle for indian nationalism. The Hindu Women’s Right to Property Act 1937 did not apply to agricultural land, excluding women from the capitalist economy and reinstating their position as financial dependants. in Nepal, women can only inherit as daughters if unmarried and over thirty five. in some cases, such as Pakistan, the state has taken corrective measures to remove ‘gender disabilities’ in inheritance laws. The position of women’s groups and stances of urban-educated women to demonstrate outside the assembly chambers, speak on public forums and access leadership positions, has largely contributed to the generally improved inheritance rights women enjoy today. The struggle of women’s groups against the laws mandated by the state present the latter as a phallocratic institution lacking female representation. The emergence of the State as the most constitutive site of contestation for indian feminists prevents it from being viewed as a neutral actor. The support of patriarchal and upper caste and majoritarian religious interests has allowed it to be constructed as an opponent to marginalized groups such as women. in contests against the state, especially in the case of Phoolan Devi, the bandit queen turned politician, the official discourse excluded gender issues of any significance. The governance of the State by a predominantly male hierarchy, allowed it to depict Phoolan Devi as a “hysterical woman” as opposed to a “successful female outlaw.” The terms of Phoolan Devi’s surrender signified the threat of embarrassment the indian State faced on being unable to capture her. The paternalistic manner of their dealings symbolized the state’s view of women as unequal opponents, preventing women from subverting stereotypical gender roles. With the changing global climate of increased public visibility and emancipation, The South Asian states are making efforts to open up different social arenas for women. However, women’s issues often appear as a facade that the state uses to promote its own political or economic agendas. The constitution of the state as a patriarchal protector allows it to regenerate normative ideas about femininity, placing women in traditional private spheres. Despite, the emergence of women in politics and new legislation that grants them greater agency, South Asian states largely operate within a patriarchal discourse that presents women as dependants of powerful masculine institutions. The writer is a staff member of Pakistan Today and holds a degree from Mount Holyoke College.

CCORDiNG to the USAiD report on the ‘Causes and impacts of Power Sector Circular Debt in Pakistan in 2008’, the circular debt was Rs161.21 billion that increased to Rs235.65 billion in 2009. Similarly, circular debt in 2010 increased to Rs365.66 billion and in 2011, this amount swelled to Rs FAHIM A KIDwAI 537.53 billion. During the current fiscal year circular debt increased to Rs872.41 billion. The report revealed that poor revenue collection from the distribution companies in 2012 added Rs86.90 billion into the circular debt while another Rs72 billion was added due to poor recoveries by HESCO, PESCO, SESCO and QESCO. The USAiD report further stated that Rs197 billion were outstanding by private consumers under electricity bills, which was the major reason of current circular debt. The key to resolving the electricity shortfall issue is the gap in payments to thermal power producers for the purchase of fuel. This happens due to the ever widening gap in payment collection and payment for oil/fuel required. The government has been borrowing money mostly from the domestic sources to fill this gap through various forms. These loans are hurtful to the overall economy and not just the power sector in multiple ways, leading to scarcity of private credit/funds for overall industry to grow. Loans either in form of direct loans or term certificates are to be paid back in-time along with profit and interest. To payback we need the payments from the final consumer, which are to be collected after consumption and then directed back to DiSCOs and then the power producers; who eventually pay this amount to the fuel suppliers or the banks. The collected amounts are not sufficient to cater for payment of both, which eventually leads to power cuts and more borrowing. At the end of calendar year 2012 these loans had surged to almost four to five percent of the GDP. The payment cycle of the power sector is burdened by the ‘alien’ sharing partner – the loan provider. On the other hand it is impossible to run the thermal power sector without further loans. Solution: Borrow this money directly from the consumer by giving it incentives and electricity. This may not resolve the issue overnight but it will contribute to smoothening things out. How can we do this: This can be done through selling advance electricity units to industry and private consumers at lower per unit price. There may be a possibility where purchase of advance units by public sector may also be allowed. As most government-based organizations get their funding in proportion to their share in annual budgets, it becomes irrelevant whether they pay for the year’s utilities at the start of the financial year or at the end. This will also discourage the collection losses incurred to power distribution companies. Consumers from both the commercial and industrial sector as well as private sector are already spending this money on buying generators and fuel. if load-shedding could be brought down the funds used by individuals and businesses to cater for the high costs of running small domestic and commercial generators will automatically divert to purchase of future units. Incentive for the high power consumer: The discount on per unit rate is to be based on saving of financial cost by the government and power producers. The schedule discount is correlated to the number of units purchased. Higher number for comparatively longer term unit purchases shall be given higher discount. Another incentive to attract commercial and industrial users is to allow the future units purchased completely deductible from the taxable income of the organization as reinvestment. The income tax payable through electricity bills may also be exempted against the forward purchase units. in this manner the private sector will be more interested in purchase of maximum number of future power units as a cost cutting and tax saving tool. A detailed study on the comparative effects of the collection through forward purchase and current methodology will unveil the actual monetary gains of the process. However, the financial cost reduction is already evident which is paid by the consumer as well as the producers. Growth Opportunities: The same model can be replicated for domestic and non-commercial users with a few exemptions of course. The government is already trying to cut down power losses and default in the collection, the forward purchase will also contribute in better collection of these losses. The same tool can also be used in better collection by applying conditional purchase of power units forecasted in developing/ licensing/approvals of new business/ industry/housing schemes etc. A detailed sector-based study is required to determine the exact window for application. The purchased units can be made transferable through a secured mechanism. This will allow specific interest in purchase and resale of units. However, the resale has to be guarded by strong regulations restricting any artificial inflation. Factors relating to future power production can be applied in reverse to determine the power sale prices of the advance/ future units. The foreign currency conversion forecast and future hedging too will have to be studied. The industry can benefit by reduction in the cost of production and better power supply. This will encourage the private sector to invest more and strengthen the economy as well as reduce inflation. The writer can be reached at: 786kidwai@gmail.com


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My eggs are in the refrigerator, says sofia Vergara nEWS DESK OFiA Vergara has confirmed that she has gotten her eggs frozen so that she may be able to expand her brood with fiance Nicholas Loeb in the future. The 40-year-old actress, who is already mother to Manolo Gonzalez, 21, from a previous marriage, told ABC News that she just wanted to plan ahead. The Colombian born star said that her boyfriend Loeb is three years younger than her, and he’s never had a son. She asserted that she has her son, Gonzalez, so it’s not an emergency for her to have another kid, but for Loeb, he’s never had a baby. When asked of her options for having more kids at her age she said that nothing happens naturally anymore and she had wanted to take advantage of science, Us magazine reported. Asked how far along in the process she was, she said that took them out and they are in refrigerator now, adding, that they will be fresh by the time she uses them.

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ENNIFER Aniston, who played a horrifying manager in the 2011 comedy “Horrible Bosses,” has revealed that in real life, she’s a total “pushover” when in charge. Aniston, who executive-produced the upcoming television movie ‘Call Me Crazy: A Five Film,’ admitted at the movie’s premiere in Los Angeles on Tuesday that she’s a hardworking, nononsense boss who loves seeing a film come together from the ground up, the Washington Post reported. The 44-year-old actor-turneddirector/producer said that she finds passion projects, such as her upcoming movie, the most fulfilling. “These are the things you wake up excited about,” she said. The film’s cast includes Jennifer Hudson, Melissa Leo and Ashley Judd. nEwS DESK

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CTRESS Julianne Hough, who recently split from boyfriend Ryan Seacrest, was spotted flirting with English actor-model Alex Pettyfer. The 24-year-old was overheard telling friends at the Coachella music festival that she can’t wait to date again. “Julianne and Alex were flirting a lot. She was drinking vodka cocktails all night and by midnight she was standing on the back of a couch with her friends, dancing like crazy and rubbing up against Alex,” contactmusic.com quoted a source as saying. “Julianne was gabbing away with friends, saying she’s so excited to start dating again,” added the source. Hough said to have broken up with Seacrest because he didn’t want to get married. nEwS DESK

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EONARDO DiCaprio has said that there is no secret to his success and he is just a lucky man. The three-time Oscar nominee, told Esquire magazine that he did not even realise what a massive hit Titanic was at the time, the Daily Star reported. The 38-year-old actor, whose upcoming 3D romantic drama film ‘The Great Gatsby’ is all set for a release in next month, said that he always thought of himself as the underdog. DiCaprio added that getting your foot in the door is like winning the lottery. nEwS DESK

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ALKI Koechlin, who played a social activist in Shanghai, had a much hyped and talked about kissing scene with her co-star Prosenjit Chatterjee, but she says she missed the chance to kiss the “serial kisser Emraan Hashmi”. “The script was such in Shanghai that there was no scope of a kiss. And in Ek Thi Daayan, again I missed the chance to kiss Emraan. I think he doesn’t like my face and it’s getting complex day by day,” laughed Kalki who was in Pune on Tuesday with her Ek Thi Daayan co-stars Emraan and Huma Qureshi. Kalki who has worked in husband Anurag Kashyap’s films like Dev D, That Girl in Yellow Boots and Shaitan, has no plans to work together in a film as of now. According to her, Anurag is different as a director and a husband. “As a director, he is confident and very bossy. Whereas, as a husband he

is scared to upset me and is completely in love with me. Basically I wear the pants in the relationship,” she said. When asked whether she plans to start a family, she was quick to add, “Anurag and I are really busy with our respective work schedules. We don’t get to see each other for one or two months, I don’t want to have children as of now. I might adopt one in the future.” Known for her unconventional roles, like of a modern day Chandramukhi in Dev D or a British woman who works in a massage parlour in That Girl in Yellow Boots, is she getting typecast? “I want to challenge myself as an actor and explore various genres — from romantic to comedy to action. Maybe my looks are such that I don’t fit into every other character. It’s really annoying when people ask me, ‘Do you love India and spicy food?’. It can be frustrating at times,” she ends. nEwS DESK

nEW YORK: Kate Hudson and Elizabeth Hurley glam up the Breast Cancer Research Foundation's Hot Pink Party in New York City on Thursday.

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OLLYWOOD actor Bradley Cooper and British model Suki Waterhouse are said to be absolutely smitten with each other and want to spend as much time together as possible. Cooper, 38, who previously dated actresses like Zoe Saldana and Renee Zellweger, was reportedly seen enjoying a romantic break with Waterhouse in Paris this month. The couple’s friends say they fell for each other after meeting at a party in London in February. “They are absolutely smitten. Waterhouse adores Cooper. They’re in constant contact

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and are trying to spend as much time together as they can in-between work,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted a source as saying. While the couple is coming close, Waterhouse’s former boyfriend Miles kane, who she split from late last year, recently predicted their romance won’t last because of the age gap between them. “She is a 21-year-old-girl and you forget how young she is. i don’t know how old he is, what, 40 or something? She is a young girl and i’m sure he’ll realise that,” said kane.

fast & furious 7’ set for 2014 release nEWS DESK Hollywood actor Vin Diesel has announced that James Wan’s “Fast & Furious 7” will hit screens on July 11, 2014. The 45-year-old was joined by the his co-stars in the film, including Paul Walker, to promote the latest installment in the series. The chosen release date means the action-packed movie will compete with Marvel movie production, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, which comes out in cinemas a week after. Diesel, who is also a producer of “Fast & Furious” franchise, hinted at what viewers can expect from the next film. “The next one is probably going to be the biggest one of them all,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted Diesel as saying. Tyrese Gibson joined his fellow ac-

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CTRESS Anna Friel says she has started drinking an unusual tea made of curry leaves to preserve the natural colour of her hair. The 36-year-old who has daughter Gracie, 7, from her relationship with David Thewlis said she felt sick after she saw some grey strands in her tresses. So, she researched natural methods for preserving her brunette locks and discovered the unusual brew. “i felt sick recently because i found one or two grey hair and i read that curry leaves help to maintain your hair colour, so i mix them with hot water and drink it as a tea,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted Friel as saying. The “Look of Love” star, who is now dating Rhys ifans, also drinks around 12 cups a day of the special brew of hot cayenne pepper, maple syrup and lemon juice, as a detox and anti-ageing treatment. She is thrilled with the results. “it’s amazing. i’ve been drinking it for two months and i feel so much better and my skin has really benefited. i’m always searching for pure, natural skin products,” she said. To preserve her youthful looks, Friel also has regular vampire facials, which involves having her own blood re-injected back into her face. “if you’re vain, as you get older you start thinking, ‘i’ve got to do everything i can to save my skin.’ Vampire facials involve taking two vials of blood from your arm and injecting it back into your skin. “it’s meant to help your skin heal itself and boosts collagen. it makes my skin r e a l l y glowy and t i g h t again,” she said.

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olmos, phillips remember jenni rivera in film ENNi Rivera had other chances to act in films, but she chose to make her movie debut in “Filly Brown” simply because her close friend, Edward James Olmos, made the request. in fact, Rivera didn’t even read the script when she agreed to portray a drug-addicted prisoner in the movie. “i said, ‘i need a favor from you, a big one,’” Olmos recalled. “She said, ‘What is it?’ i said, ‘i need you to work with me on a film. i’ll send you the script. Let me know if you like the story.’ And she goes, ‘Eddie, i’m dumbstruck with the understanding that you are asking me to do you a favor.’” Rivera, a U.S.-born singer who became a huge star among Latin audiences, was killed in a plane crash last Dec. 9 in northern Mexico. “Filly Brown,” which has its limited release on Friday, was her first and only film. it also stars Gina Rodriguez and Chrissie Fit as her daughters, and Lou Diamond Phillips as her husband. it was directed by Olmos’ son, Michael D. Olmos, and Youssef Delara. Rodriguez warmly remembers working with Rivera - how apologetic she was when they would rehearse scenes where her character

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was mean-spirited. “That was funny, like all the preparation we did for us to get on that set and for her to really, you know be a mother to me, but a mother that she is not used to being. So she really transformed that woman,” said Rodriguez. “i am so proud of her performance. i am so blessed i got to work with that woman. i miss her every day. ... But now it’s about celebrating that woman because that woman is and always will be fierce.” Both Olmos and Phillips were impressed by Rivera’s acting. “You may know Lou (Diamond Phillips) or you may know me and you are sitting there but you don’t know anybody else,” explained Olmos. “You are going to get your mind blown because they are brilliant performances. But then you find out this was the first time she ever touched the art form, and this is what she gave us. You could only imagine where she could have gone.” Phillips admitted he knew nothing about Rivera before they worked together on “Filly Brown,” but was greatly impressed by her performance. “This isn’t a glamorous role. This is a down and dirty, gritty performance,”

Phillips said. “She didn’t hesitate. She came in and grabbed it with both hands and just wrestled this beautiful performance out of herself and that was impressive.” Rivera and six others died in the plane crash, which remains under investigation. Rivera, a mother of five children and grandmother of two, was 43. Rivera sold more than 15 million copies of her 12 major-label albums. Her soulful singing style and honesty about her tumultuous personal life won her fans on both sides of the border. Phillips first came to prominence playing Richie Valens in the 1987 biopic “La Bamba,” which ends with Valens’ death in a plane crash. For Phillips, who got the news of Rivera’s death from Olmos, finding out felt like something from “The Twilight Zone.” “When Jenni (Rivera) went down in the plane, for me, maybe me more than anyone else, i had this bizarre sense of the surreal-ness of it because i wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for ‘La Bamba,’” confessed Phillips. “i wouldn’t have a career if it weren’t for that role and for the tragic loss that Richie’s family suffered.” nEwS DESK


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After Rodrigo Fernando dos Santos got 70 percent of his body covered in tattoos, the 39-year-old Brazilian citizen wanted something a little different. So he got his eyeballs tattooed. He turned the whites of his eyes into dark pools, via a procedure using a special syringe-like needle that injects the ink into the eyeball -permanently. “I cried ink for two days. Now to go back, only changing the color to white again. But still, i think it’s half gray,” Santos said, according to TheLocal.br. Santos, who is known to his pals in Sao Paulo as "Musquito," is a tattoo artist himself. He paid fellow inker Rafael Leao Dias nearly $500 to do the eyeball darkening. “There is no drilling," Dias said, according to MyHealthBowl.com. "We apply the ink between the conjunctiva and sclera layer that protects the eye. I studied the procedure for two years and performed my first application in Oct. 2012. The law does not prohibit this, here or abroad. There is no risk or discomfort due to the use of specific eyewash." Eyeball tattoos have been reported for nearly 2,000 years, according to an FAQ on the subject by BME.com that stresses potential dangers include blindness. However, the injection method used by Dias originated in Toronto about six years ago, according to Vancouver-based body modification artist Russ Foxx who has done a number of eyeball tattoos himself. "The contrast and relationship between a person's natural iris color and the scleral tattoo can create all sorts of amazing and beautiful effects," he told HuffPost blogger La Carmina. "For example, tattooing the sclera solid black will have differing effects if a person has crystal blue irises as opposed to dark brown irises. Brighter colors have drastically different effects." As beautiful as an inked-up peeper might be to some, Australian tattoo artist Jack Smith doesn't see himself doing it anytime soon. "With anything new you don't know the long-term risks to start with," he told News.com.au. "A few of the guys are now losing their sight and other guys have had no real drawbacks, but you don't really know." cOuRTESy THE HuFFIngTOn POST

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EUROSCiENTiSTS at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have taken a major step in their efforts to help people with memory loss tied to brain disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. Using sea snail nerve cells, the scientists reversed memory loss by determining when the cells were primed for learning. The scientists were able to help the cells compensate for memory loss by retraining them through the use of optimized training schedules. Findings of this proof-of-principle study appear in the April 17 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. "Although much works remains to be done, we have demonstrated the feasibility of our new strategy to help overcome memory deficits," said John "Jack" Byrne, Ph.D., the study's senior author, as well as director of the W.M. keck Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and chairman of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the UTHealth Medical School. This latest study builds on Byrne's 2012 investigation that pioneered this memory enhancement strategy. The 2012 study showed a significant increase in long-term memory in healthy sea snails called Aplysia californica, an animal that

has a simple nervous system, but with cells having properties similar to other more advanced species including humans. Yili Zhang, Ph.D., the study's co-lead author and a research scientist at the UTHealth Medical School, has developed a sophisticated mathematical model that can predict when the biochemical processes in the snail's brain are primed for learning. Her model is based on five training sessions scheduled at different time inter-

vals ranging from 5 to 50 minutes. it can generate 10,000 different schedules and identify the schedule most attuned to optimum learning. "The logical follow-up question was whether you could use the same strategy to overcome a deficit in memory," Byrne said. "Memory is due to a change in the strength of the connections among neurons. in many diseases associated with memory deficits, the change is blocked."

human genome: Us supreme court hears patents case

nEWS DESK The US Supreme Court has heard arguments questioning whether the human genome can be claimed as intellectual property. The case relates to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in 2009, and centres on whether companies should be able to patent genes. US authorities have been awarding patents on genes to universities and medical companies for almost 30 years. The case may have farreaching repercussions for future gene research. Currently, researchers and private companies work to isolate genes in order to use them in tests for gene-related illnesses, and in emerging gene therapies. According to researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in the US, patents now cover some 40% of the human genome. The ACLU lawsuit, filed in conjunction with the Public Patent Foundation, relates to seven patents on two human genes held by US firm Myriad Genetics.

'PRODUCTS OF INGENUITY' The genes are linked to breast and ovarian cancer, and Myriad has developed a test to look for mutations in these genes that may increase the risk of developing cancer. The company argues that the genes patented were "isolated" by them, making them products of human ingenuity and therefore patentable. The ACLU rejects this argument, saying that genes are products of nature, and therefore can't be patented under US laws. Speaking immediately after the hearing, the ACLU's lawyer, Christopher Hansen, said: "Myriad did not invent the human genes at issue in this case, and they should not be allowed to patent them. "The patent system was designed to encourage innovation, not stifle scientific research and the free exchange of ideas, which is what these patents do." His co-counsel on the case, Daniel Ravicher, said granting patents on genes was "morally offensive". "Genes are the foundation of life, they are created by nature, not by man," he said. in 2010 a New York federal court ruled in favour of the ACLU,

but an appeals court has on two separate occasions sided with Myriad. The Supreme Court rejected the appeal court's conclusions, and is now reconsidering the case. A ruling from the court is expected in June. The outcome may have significant repercussions for the multi-billion-dollar US pharmaceuticals industry. Companies like Myriad argue that without patents, the development of genetic tests and therapies will stall as researchers will not be able to recoup the huge levels of investment needed. "Countless companies and investors have risked billions of dollars to research and develop scientific advances under the promise of strong patent protection," said Peter Meldrum, the president and chief executive of Myriad. in statements submitted to the Supreme Court, Myriad said the materials and methods protected by the patents took years to develop. "This was the product of creative, human ingenuity, resulting in significant new applications for human health that were previously unavailable," it said.

To test whether their strategy would help with memory loss, Rong-Yu Liu, Ph.D., co-lead author and senior research scientist at the UTHealth Medical School, simulated a brain disorder in a cell culture by taking sensory cells from the sea snails and blocking the activity of a gene that produces a memory protein. This resulted in a significant impairment in the strength of the neurons' connections, which is responsible for long-term memory. To mimic training sessions, cells were administered a chemical at intervals prescribed by the mathematical model. After five training sessions, which like the earlier study were at irregular intervals, the strength of the connections returned to near normal in the impaired cells. "This methodology may apply to humans if we can identify the same biochemical processes in humans. Our results suggest a new strategy for treatments of cognitive impairment. Mathematical models might help design therapies that optimize the combination of training protocols with traditional drug treatments," Byrne said. He added, "Combining these two could enhance the effectiveness of the latter while compensating at least in part for any limitations or undesirable side effects of drugs. These two approaches are likely to be more effective together than separately and may have broad generalities in treating individuals with learning and memory deficits."

Got some existential angst? Try tylenol This could make for some interesting commercials: A new study suggests that Tylenol not only eases physical aches, but existential ones, too, reports Psych Central. Researchers found that people asked to brood about their own deaths were less, um, broody if they popped a Tylenol as opposed to a sugar pill. Best part of the experiment: They got the same results with people who had their existential angst stirred up by watching David Lynch movie clips. “We’re still taken aback that we’ve found that a drug used primarily to alleviate headaches can also make people numb to the worry of thinking about their deaths, or to the uneasiness of watching a surrealist film,” says the lead researcher from the University of British Columbia. The study builds on previous research that Tylenol's main ingredient, acetaminophen, eases another sort of non-physical pain—that of being ostracized by friends. nEwS DESK

Pink diamond sells for $39.3 million A rare pink diamond once owned by Indian royalty has sold for $39.3 million at auction in New York City. The price for the 34.65-carat diamond that sold at Christie's yesterday was the second-highest ever for a jewel sold at auction. The seller and buyer were anonymous. The gem nicknamed the Princie Diamond was discovered 300 years ago in the Golconda mines in India. It once belonged to the Nizam of Hyderabad, an Indian prince. In 1960, the diamond was purchased at auction by the London branch of the jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels. Its name was bestowed at a party at the firm's Paris store. It was called "Princie" in honor of the 14-year-old prince of Baroda, who attended the party with his mother, Maharani Sita Devi. nEwS DESK


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I must compliment Mr Zaka Ashraf, his team and the government of Pakistan for their efforts in producing a constitution which makes the process of electing its chairman more democratic. – ICC President Alan Isaac

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AkiSTAN Cricket Board Chairman Zaka Ashraf acknowledges that foreign teams are still reluctant to tour Pakistan due to security fears after Bangladesh twice postponed its scheduled tours to Pakistan last year. Ashraf says he talked to several presidents of cricket boards during the international Cricket Council's board meeting in Dubai, but "they are reluctant

LAHORE: The Pakistan cricket’s preparation for the upcoming Champions Trophy suffered one of the biggest set back when fast bowler Umar Gul was declared injured. The injury ruled Gul out of the Champions Trophy with a right knee injury, a Pakistan Cricket Board official said on Thursday. Australian orthopedic surgeon Alexander David Young told Gul he needs surgery after examining fast bowler. "Dr. Young, after examining Gul's initial medical reports, has confirmed damage to his right knee and has given a timeline of eight to 12 weeks for his full recovery," Sarwar said in a statement. "Hopefully Gul will be operated in Melbourne in the first week of May." Gul complained of pain in his right knee after the third one-day international against South Africa last month and did not participate in the last two ODIs against the Proteas. Pakistan lost the series 3-2. Young has previously carried out operations of many international athletes, including Pakistan's former test pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar and former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq. Gul's absence could be a major blow to Pakistan's chances in the Champions Trophy in England this June as it is placed in Group B along with West Indies, South Africa and archrival India. Group A comprises defending champion Australia, England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Gul will also miss legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram's training camp for pace bowlers in Karachi which starts later this week. STAFF REPORT

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The English and Wales Cricket Board has called Mervyn Westfield to give statement and evidence against Pakistan leg-spinner Danish kaneria. Westfield, the former Essex bowler, is to hold a meeting with the ECB on Thursday afternoon as attempts continue to persuade him to give evidence at Danish kaneria's appeal hearing, reports said. Westfield, whose evidence was crucial in the original hearing that found kaneria guilty of corruption, has had no contact with the ECB for many months and has so far resisted all attempts to persuade him to appear at the appeal. While the ECB were successful in gaining a summons from the High Court compelling Westfield to attend the appeal hearing on April 22, doubts remain as to whether the court has any jurisdiction in this case. Westfield remains angry with the ECB and the PCA. He feels that the

harshness of his penalty - he spent two months in prison and was banned from the first-class game for five years and the recreational game for three - does not reflect that he cooperated with the investigating authorities, pleaded guilty and gave evidence against kaneria. The fact is, Crcinfo reported that he has agreed to meet the ECB suggests a deal could be imminent, however. Westfield is understood to desire a return to club cricket - he remains connected with Wanstead Cricket Club in the Essex League - and he could be offered a chance to partially revive his career if he cooperates. Westfield would be expected

to earn several hundred pounds a week as a club professional. kaneria, the Pakistan legspinner, was banned from the game for life and charged £100,000 in costs by an ECB panel in June 2012 for his part in the spot-fixing case involving Westfield. kaneria had been found guilty of inducing his former Essex team-mate to underperform in a limited-overs game in 2009 and of bringing the game into disrepute. Westfield, who was jailed for his role in the case, gave evidence against kaneria at the hearing. As all boards under the governance of the iCC have an agreement to mirror bans imposed in such circumstances, kaneria's ban has been effective worldwide. kaneria's appeal hearing was originally scheduled for December but, after the ECB was unable to gain Westfield's cooperation, it was postponed until April. Without Westfield's evidence, the ECB's case against kaneria is severely compromised. kaneria's lawyers are looking not just for his ban to be overturned - at 32, he harbours hopes of a reviving his international career - but they are also claiming "very substantial damages" from the ECB. kaneria returned to the Uk on Wednesday. His lawyers remain adamant that, without Westfield's evidence, the ECB "has no case".

in a statement after handing the new constitution to iCC president Alan isaac in Dubai. "i am delighted that in the end, we have been successful in delivering a constitution that is in compliance with the iCC's requirement and will be beneficial for cricket in Pakistan in the long run." The iCC wanted cricket boards - especially Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan - to amend their constitutions to allow less interference and a more democratic means of electing chairmen. "i must compliment Mr Zaka Ashraf, his team and the government of Pakistan for their efforts in producing a constitution which makes the process of electing its chairman more democratic and reduces the risk of inappropriate government interference in line with the iCC's constitutional provisions," isaac said.

Aisam becomes No 1 in Asia, 9th in world in doubles

LAHORE: Pakistan’s tennis ace Aisam ul Haq has earned yet another laurel for his country by gaining the number one ranking in Asia and world number 9 ranking worldwide. According to the recent released ATP World Ranking List, Aisam with his personal ranking of No. 9 in the World is the top Asian tennis player on ATP World Ranking List of Doubles players. He is followed by Mahesh Bhupatti at No. 1, Rohan Bopanna at No. 12 and Leander Paes at No. 13 on this list. STAFF REPORT

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LOnDOn: South Africa star Graeme Smith suffered a frustrating debut as Surrey captain as his compatriot Alviro Petersen hit a superb 167 to put Somerset in a strong position in their County Championship match at the Oval on Wednesday. Smith knows all about Petersen's strengths and weaknesses after batting alongside him at the top of the order in the South Africa team. But he couldn't make that inside knowledge pay off as Petersen's impressive knock helped Somerset reach 344 for eight at the close of play on the first day. AgEncIES

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after what Bangladesh did last year." The PCB chief says he is now hoping to host a foreign women's team or an under-19 team and that an iCC member country has asked him to send a proposal about such a tour. No major test playing nation has toured Pakistan since gunmen attacked the Sri Lanka team convoy at Lahore in 2009, killing six police officials and injuring several touring players. Meanwhile, the Pakistan cricket has met a deadline for a more independent constitution, with the iCC wanting an overhaul to ensure less scope for government interference. The PCB has met a deadline to present a more independent constitution to the international Cricket Council (iCC). The iCC had set a June deadline for the amendment of the constitution to provide less scope for govern-

Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif's remarkable talent promised much more than he delivered. Touted as one of the best new-ball bowlers, Asif's career appears to have been struck a fatal blow on Wednesday after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected his appeal against a seven-year spot-fixing ban. Along with teenage pace partner Mohammad Amir and captain Salman Butt, he was implicated in a News of the World sting, which claimed that several Pakistani players took money to perform specific orders pre-arranged with bookmakers during the Lord's test against England in August 2010. in 2011 the three players were all banned by the international Cricket Council Tribunal, with Asif and Butt turning to CAS in a last-ditch attempt to get their bans voided. Scandal is nothing new for 30-yearold Asif, whose brief five-year international career had more lows than highs. Asif, along with another paceman

Shoaib Akhtar, tested positive for a banned steroid in 2006. He was banned for one year and Akhtar for two years, sanctions which were overturned on appeal, a decision which many felt encouraged Asif to continue flouting the rules. He again failed a dope test in the inaugural indian Premier League (iPL) season in 2008 and a two-year ban followed. Asif suffered more misery when he was arrested at Dubai airport for possessing a banned drug. He was detained for 19 days only to be deported after the police found the quantity of the substance "insufficient" to pursue a case. Even after the ban ended, Asif's career was hit by a scandal with South Asian film star and model Veena Malik, who alleged he owed her huge amounts of money. And when the spot-fixing scandal broke, Veena called Asif an "eternal fixer". For many, Asif's failure to act responsibly was disappointing. "Asif has been through a lot in his life, with doping allegations and bans, but he clearly has not learned from his

mistakes," said former captain Ramiz Raja in 2011. it was under Pakistan's coach Bob Woolmer that Asif blossomed

as a genuine swing bowler. Woolmer picked him for Pakistan's tour to Australia and although Asif went wicketless on his debut test at Perth, Woolmer never lost faith in the lithe and determined fast bowler. Asif claimed 11 wickets in a tour match against England in 2005 and was brought back into the national side for Pakistan's final test against india at home in 2006. He took seven wickets in the win over india – including the prized wicket of Sachin Tendulkar – at karachi, which also helped Pakistan clinch the series. He followed it with 11 victims in Pakistan's test win at Galle, taking 17 wickets in the two tests. His "five-for" also helped Pakistan beat South Africa in the Port Elizabeth test in 2007. But an elbow injury and worries over his disciplinary record forced Pakistan to withdraw him and Akhtar from the 2007 World Cup. After he completed the iPL ban, Asif's career seemed to be back on track until the ill-fated England tour where he grabbed 23 wickets in six tests – two against Australia and four against the home team.


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There's a limit to what we can do ahead of this race, but I'll be talking to my engineers before we arrive at the circuit and seeing where we can improve in the short term. – Lewis Hamilton locAl news TAUSEEF CLUB InTO QUARTERS LAHORE: Tauseef Club has entered into the quarter-final of 28th M Yaseen Akhter Memorial cricket event when they crush Young Model Town Club by 7 wickets at Model Town Ground on Thursday afternoon. SCORES: Young Model Town club 143/8. Mubshhar 36, Abid 24, Hassan Rizwan 23, Bilal 17. Mohsin Agha 3/24, M Ali 3/26, Sher Baz Khan 1/26, Asrar Baig 1/41. Tauseef Club 148/3. Sher Baz 48(no), Waqas Khan 35, M Ahmed 19, Ibrar Baig 17(no). Hasan 2/23. AKHTER CLUB DOWn LUDIHAnA GYM: Akhter Abdul Rehman club has entered into the 2nd round of 16th Tauseef Trophy Cricket Championship when they beat strong Ludihana Gym by 7 wickets played at Model Town ground on Wednesday morning. SCORES: `Ludihana Gym 131/9 in 20 overs. Waseem Zahoor 14, Umer Siddiq 20, Ayub Abaas 24, Zeeshan 36. Tajaml Ch 5/21, Asif Raza 1/23,c HAfiz Amir 1/20, Qamar 1/29. Akhter Abdul Rehman club 133/3. Imran Butt 38, Asfand Mehran 45, Asif Raza 39(no), HAfiz Amir 10(no). KAshif Siddiq 2/22, Nazir 1/19. RISInG STAR RISE: Rising Star has marched into the quarter final of 28th M Yaseen Akhter Memorial cricket event when they outplay Pindi Gym by 36 runs played at Township Albilal Ground on Wednesday Morning. SCORES: Rising Star 193/5 in 20 overs. Aamir Butt 102(no), Abdul Muqeed 34, Yasir Ali 18, Taimoor Talib 13. Shahid 2/38, Imtiaz 1/35, Sajad 1/24. Pindi Gym 157 all out in 16.5 overs. Imtiaz 45, NAdeem 31, Tariq 22, Asad 19, Umer 15(no). Abdul Muqeed 4/15, Ghulam Shabir 2/39, Naseem ullah 1/33, Sajad Butt 1/20, Yasir Ali 1/24. SHAOAIB CRUSH ALBILAL CLUB: Crown Club has marched into the quarter final of 28th M Yaseen Akhter Memorial cricket event when they beat Albilal Club by 6 wickets played at Township Albilal ground the other day. SCORES: Albilal Club 113 all out. M Zahid 11, M ALi 20, Waqas 14, M Salman 26, HAmdan Ali 13. M Shoaib 6/30, Noor ul amin 1/10, Yasir ALi 1/18, NAsir 1/15. Crown Club 118/4. M Irfan 37, M Umer 26, M shoaib 29(no), Zaheer Abbas 14(no). Nasir Abbas 1/25, M Zahid 3/17. STAFF REPORT

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JiNkYA Rahane contributed an unbeaten half-century as the Rajasthan Royals destroyed the Mumbai indians by 87 runs in their indian Premier League match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday. Rahane weighed in with 68 not out off 54 deliveries with eight fours and a six as Rajasthan posted 179 for three. Mumbai could only muster 92 all out off 18.2 overs with left-arm quick James Faulkner capturing 3-16, offspinner Ajit Chandila claiming 2-6 and seamer Stuart Binny picking up 2-14. Opening batsman Rahane brought up his seventh iPL fifty off 46 balls after making a fast start to his innings, striking three fours and a six off the first 15 balls that he faced. But he was then content to play an anchor role to allow the Royals’ other batsmen to play the role of aggressors. The right-handed Rahane shared in three half-century partnerships as

Rajasthan made full use of winning the toss and electing to bat on a dry pitch. Rahane and Shane Watson provided the Royals with a superb start thanks to a 62-run opening stand off 7.2 overs. Watson looked in good touch as he thrashed his way to 31 off 25 balls with five fours and a six before he chased a wide delivery from medium-pacer kieron Pollard to send an outside edge through to keeper Dinesh karthik. Dishant Yagnik and Rahane then built on the good start with a dashing second-wicket partnership of 53 off 6.2 overs before the left-handed Yagnik, who blazed his way to 34 off 24 deliveries, mistimed a reverse-sweep off the bowling of off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and was caught at short third man. Binny (4) was run out before Brad Hodge entered the fray with a quickfire cameo of 27 not out as he and Rahane pummelled 53 runs for an unbroken fourth-wicket stand off a mere 29 balls which included the pair hammering 19 runs off the last over of the innings, bowled by left-arm quick Mitchell Johnson.

Harbhajan ended with 1-26 off four overs but Johnson had a match to forget as he conceded 41 runs off his four overs. Mumbai made a disastrous start to their innings as they slipped to 10 for two with Chandila removing Sachin Tendulkar (1) and Ricky Ponting (4) in consecutive overs. Rohit Sharma (2) was the next man to depart, caught at midwicket off the bowling of seamer Siddharth Trivedi, as Mumbai lurched to 26 for three. The big-hitting Pollard (1) was bowled by Binny with the score on 31. karthik and Ambati Rayudu (27) took the total to 61 before the in-form karthik, after scoring a watchful 30, was caught at long-on off the bowling of Faulkner as Mumbai’s challenge faded away with only Rayudu offering much in the way of resistance before he was the ninth man dismissed. RAjASTHAn ROYALS: AM Rahane, SR Watson, R Dravid (capt), BJ Hodge, STR Binny, JP Faulkner, K Cooper, DH Yagnik (wk), AA Chavan, A Chandila, SK Trivedi

MUMBAI InDIAnS: RT Ponting (capt), SR Tendulkar, KD Karthik (wk), RG Sharma, KA Pollard, AT Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, R Dhawan, MG Johnson, PP Ojha, SL Malinga.

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Brendan Taylor struck his third Test century to take Zimbabwe to 217 for four at the close of play on day one of the first Test against Bangladesh at the Harare Sports Club on Wednesday. Taylor was unbeaten on 105 at

stumps, his second test century in succession against Bangladesh. it rescued the innings for the home side after they slumped to 65 for three having lost the toss and been asked to bat. Taylor rode his luck, dropped at long-off with his score on 35, and went on to add 127 for the fourth wicket with

Malcolm Waller (55) in an excellent stand that handed first day honours to the home side. it was a sloppy effort in the field all round for the tourists, who also dropped debutant opening batsman Timycen Maruma in the first over before he had scored, and later Waller when he had 21. Rubel Hossain then bowled Elton Chigumbura late on off a no-ball to complete a frustrating day for Bangladesh. it started well enough though as Vusi Sibanda (5) was first to go in the morning session, bowled by an excellent yorker from Robiul islam. Maruma tentatively edged his way to 10 before he was trapped lbw by the same bowler. When Hamilton Masakadza (25) edged off-spinner Enamul Haque jnr to Mahmudullah at slip it looked like another batting collapse was on the cards for Zimbabwe. But Taylor and Waller steadied the innings with their fourth-wicket century stand, the latter finally undone by an excellent delivery from Rubel Hossain that clattered into his stumps.

ScOREBOARD zIMBABwE FIRST InnIngS T. Maruma lbw b Robiul Islam 10 V. Sibanda b Robiul Islam 5 25 H. Masakadza c Mahmudullah b Enamul Haque jnr B. Taylor not out 105 M. waller b Rubel Hossain 55 6 E.chigumbura not out Extras (b-1, lb-3, w-2, nb-5) 11 Total (four wickets, 90 overs) 217 Fall of wickets: 1-10 2-22 3-65 4-192 To bat: R. Mutumbami, K. Meth, A. cremer, S. Masakadza, K. jarvis Bowling (to date): Robiul Islam 24-6-56-2 (w1), Rubel Hossain 20-6-42-1 (nb5, w1), nasir Hossain 5-2-3-0, Enamul Haque jnr 29-3-76-1, Sohag gazi 11-0-33-0, Mahmudullah 1-0-3-0 Bangladesh: jahurul Islam, Shahriar nafees, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, nasir Hossain, Sohag gazi, Enamul Haque jnr, Rubel Hossain, Robiul Islam Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field

Chigumbura (six not out) will resume on Thursday with Taylor as Zimbabwe look to put themselves into a position to win successive test matches against Bangladesh in Harare, the last a 130-run victory in August 2011. The hosts also handed debuts to all rounder keegan Meth and wicketkeeper Richmond Mutumbami.

KP will be ready for Ashes: ECB enGLAnd Are ConfIdent kevIn PIeterSen wILL be fIt to tAke HIS PLACe In tHIS SUmmerS ASHeS SerIeS deSPIte A SetbACk to HIS retUrn from InjUry LOnDOn AgEncIES

England are confident kevin Pietersen will be fit to take his place in this summer’s Ashes series despite a setback to his return from injury. The ECB yesterday revealed that the 32-year-old would miss the two-match investec Test series against New Zealand next month due to ‘significant bone bruising to his right knee’. Pietersen will be determined not to be forced on to the sidelines against Australia, having missed the final three matches of the 2009 victory with an achilles problem. indeed, he revealed mild concern when he tweeted: ‘injuries are a sportsman’s worst nightmare! This one is hurting me the most...’ But, in response to supportive messages, he added that he was ‘trying’ to be fit for the five-match campaign against Michael Clarke’s Aussies and had his ‘fingers crossed’. The prognosis on March 20 was that Pietersen would require an eight-week recovery period and the supportive brace he is currently sporting was scheduled to come off this week. However, following prolonged discomfort and further consultation with knee specialists in London, it will remain on

until he returns from Dubai, where he has been on holiday following promotional commitments with his iPL franchise Delhi Daredevils. An ECB statement confirmed: ‘kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the upcoming investec Test series against New Zealand as he continues his recovery from significant bone bruising to his right knee. Pietersen will have a repeat scan next week to determine when he is able to resume training. ’The Surrey batsman incurred the damage before England’s warm-up match in Queenstown before the series in New Zealand, possibly when he slipped during a fielding drill. And although he played the Tests in Dunedin and Wellington it was evident that he was hampered.He was subsequently withdrawn from the final Test in Auckland and withdrew from his iPL commitments. Returning Pietersen to full fitness ahead of the Ashes has been a team management priority, as has been nursing off-spinner Graeme Swann back to full health, and there will be no selection risks taken against the New Zealanders. Meanwhile, Pietersen’s extended absence opens up further opportunity for another Yorkshire player

Jonny Bairstow, who is expected to start the international summer as he closed the winter, with a Test place against the New Zealanders in his possession. FLINTOFF SEES KP CONSIDERING FUTURE AFTER ASHES: England batsman kevin Pietersen may consider quitting test cricket after this year's back-toback Ashes series against Australia, his former team mate Andrew Flintoff said on Thursday. Pietersen, 32, has been ruled out of next month's two-match test series at home to New Zealand because of a knee injury he sustained during fielding practice in the away series against the same side last month. "i wouldn't read too much into his not playing New Zealand, kevin will be ready (for the Ashes)," retired all-rounder Flintoff told Sky Sports News. "There are 10 Tests against Australia in the next few months, i expect England to win and expect kevin to be part of that. "But i would be quite interested to see if kevin tries to play test cricket after that." Last year, Pietersen committed to playing for England in all three forms of the game until at least 2015 after making peace with the England and Wales Cricket Board in a row over "provocative" text messages that led to him being dropped. The former England captain said he would play "as long as my body allows". England and Australia are playing back-to-back Ashes series this year to move the series out of its position directly ahead of the World Cup in the international cricket

calendar. "We'll see what happens after that, if he is lured away to play iPL (indian Premier League) and Twenty20 cricket around the world," Flintoff said. "i've got a sneaking suspicion he'll be looking at those

10 tests and then consider his future." Pietersen has played 94 tests since making his debut against Australia in 2005, scoring 7499 runs at an average of 49.01. He has hit 22 test hundreds.


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locAl news KHAWAR SHAH APPOInTED In BASEBALL ASIA LAHORE: The Baseball Federation of Asia (BFA) has appointed Secretary, Pakistan Federation Baseball Pakistan (PFB) Khawar Shah as the Executive Director of Baseball Development in the West Asia in recognition of his services for the cause of game. "Khawar has done a lot not only for the introduction of baseball in Pakistan and he is in leading role in the West Asia Region for the development of Baseball", said an announcement of PFB here Thursday. The position appointed is part of the Executive Committee of the BFA and requires that the appointee be present at all Executive Committee Meetings of the Baseball Federation of Asia. PUnjAB jUDO GIRLS WIn TWO GOLD, THREE BROnzE MEDALS: The Punjab girls judo team in its maiden appearance performed brilliantly in the PSP Inter-provincial U16 Judo Championship winning two gold and three bronze medals at Islamabad. Punjab girls won two gold medals in 35 and 40 kgs weight classes. Mahak took the 35 kg category gold while Aiysha Ayub of Punjab was declared the winner after the KPK player Kalsoom was found overage. A protest was lodged against Kalsoom who won gold medal but she turned out to be overage and was stripped of gold medal. Nimra Javed of Punjab won the first bronze medal for his province in the 57 kgs weight class. On the final day of the championship, Punjab girls won another two bronze medals. Asma was placed third in 44 kgs body weight class while Zainab also won bronze medal in 52 kgs category. The organisers have however, held the decision of the final team winner following protests against some of the players and the winner team will be announced by them in a day or two. PAKISTAn TO HOST SOUTH ASIAn BODYBUILDInG: Lahore will be the focus of a major bodybuilding activity by hosting the 10th South Asian Bodybuilding Championship and Mr South Asia contest from May 2-6. SAARC member countries were invited to take part in this competition and majority of them have confirmed their participation in the event, said a spokesman of Pakistan bodybuilding federation here on Thursday. Competition will be held in following weight categories including 55 kg,60 kg,65 kg,70 kg,75 kg,80 kg,85 kg,90 kg and above 90 kg classes. Juniors will be competing in 70 kg and Above 70 kg Classes. "All the affiliated Units of Pakistan Bodybuilding Federation have been advised to prepare their musclemen for this challenging event and to produce favourable results", he said. STAFF REPORT

Murray records routine win MOnTE CARLO: Andy Murray started his clay court season with a routine victory over Edouard Roger-Vasselin at the Monte Carlo Masters. Stepping out on the red surface for the first time in 2013, the Scot`s first preparatory match ahead of the French Open lasted one hour 12 minutes, winning 6-1 6-4. The US Open champion is seeded second in the principality - above Rafael Nadal who is seeking a ninth successive title at the event - and he started as if to show why as he broke twice for a 4-0 lead. His French opponent managed to get a foothold in the game to break back to 4-1, but he was quickly put to bed in the first set with another loss of service. The second set was harder going for Murray, despite an early break pushing him out in front. In the end, once Roger-Vasselin found his range, serve held through to the finish giving Murray a third-round meeting with Stanislas Wawrinka. "I got to 4-0 early on which helped," Murray assessed on Sky Sports 1. "I think he was a bit nervous, didn`t move that well at the beginning and then he started to play better. "He was getting a lot of balls back and I tried to attack as much as I could. It`s a positive and good start." The win certainly ticked a number of boxes for Murray, who became the world number two with victory in his last tournament in Miami, He sent down eight aces and won 90 per cent of the points on his first serve, while converting four of six break points. AgEncIES

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Three players who had the chance to win the Masters have the opportunity to put last week's heartache behind them in the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head this week. Jason Day, Marc Leishman and Brandt Snedeker were all in contention on a dramatic final day at Augusta, with Day coming closest to a first major title. The 25-year-old Australian briefly held a two-shot lead when he birdied the 15th, but bogeyed the next two holes and finished two shots out of the play-off won by compatriot Adam Scott. Day was also joint second at Augusta in 2011 and finished joint ninth at Harbour Town two weeks later, when Snedeker won the title in a play-off. Snedeker shared the lead with Day and Angel Cabrera early in the final round on Sunday only for his usually brilliant putting

to let him down on the back nine, while Leishman was in contention until a costly bogey on the par-five 15th saw him finish joint fourth alongside Tiger Woods. Also in the field is England's Brian

Davis, who called a penalty on himself during a sudden-death play-off with Jim Furyk at the event in 2010. Davis, still searching for his first PGA Tour title, had forced the play-off with a 72nd-hole birdie to pull level with Furyk, who had been the overnight leader. The pair went back to the 18th tee and Davis found himself in trouble after sending his second shot off rocks next to the green and onto the beach. Davis decided to play from where his ball lay and chipped onto the green, but called a penalty on himself for touching a loose impediment with his club during his swing. He informed PGA Tour rules chief Slugger White who, after consulting with colleagues, determined a two-shot penalty was in order, leaving Furyk to hole out for victory. Meanwhile, Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon hit close to home for one player in the field, Boston native James Driscoll.

Korean Ambassador appreciates MSSST services PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT

PESHAWAR: C.J CHOI, Ambassador of Republic of Korea in Pakistan during his visit to Malik Saad Sports Trust (MSSST) office.

The Malik Saad Shaheed Sports Trust (Registered) Pakistan (MSSST) is doing a valuable services to the community by providing them opportunities for healthy sports activities apart from encouraging deserving youth in education section. This was stated by His Excellency Mr. Choong Joo Choi, Ambassador of Republic of korea during his visit the MSSST Headoffice at Central Police Offices (CPO) Thursday afternoon. The visiting korean Ambassador C.J Choi who was accompanied by H.E Mr. Afhan Aziz newly-appointed Honorary Consul of Republic of korea in khyber Pakhtunkhwa was warmly-received by MSST Chairman Malik Naveed khan, Member Board of Trustees (BOT) Ahmad Hassan, Syed Ali Nawaz Gilani, Mazhar-

ul-Haq, imtiaz Ahmad Ali, Zia-ul-Haq Sarhadi along with staff of MSSST office upon his arrival. The Ambassador also appreciated the MSSST initiatives for the peace through Sports, education and healthcare facilities while reviewing the picture gallery at MSSST office. MSSST Chairman Malik Navved khan briefed the Ambassador on the aims and objectives of the MSSST and also informed him about future planning to further enhance the network of the Trust to other parts of the country. The Ambassador was pleased to know about the establishment of more than 100 Sports academies of different disciplines in all major city towns of khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA during short span of time which shows the dedication and devotion of the MSSST team towards the achievements of aims and objectives of the establishment of the MSSST.

locAl news THIRD CHIEF ARCHITECT SPORTS GAMES LAHORE: The third edition of Chief Architect Sports Games will be held on April 27 at Nishtar Park Sports Complex’s veledrome near Gaddafi Stadium. This decision was taken at a meeting of sports association of chief architect Punjab here on Thursday. Cricket, cycling, gymnastic, karate, tug of war and powerlifting competitions will be organised during the two-day event, said organising secretary of the games, Bashir Ahmed Butt. He said chief architect Punjab, Zahra Ashraf will be the chief guest at the closing ceremony on April 28 to distribute prizes among notable performers of various competitions. He said various committees have been formed for smooth conduction of the games and a regular annual feature. nTDC WIn TABLE TEnnIS TITLE: NTDC won the title of Wapda Inter Unit Table Tennis Championship on Thursday at Rawalpindi's Shahbaz Sharif Sports complex. LESCO, MEPCO, GEPCO, FESCO, IESCO and NTDC participated in the event in which FESCO claimed the second place followed by GEPCO. LESCO got the fourth place as MEPCO finished at fifth place as IESCO took the last sixth place. Ghazala Basit of FESCO was declared Champion in women event while Abdul Rahim of GEPCO declared Champion in men event. STAFF REPORT


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OVAk Djokovic's gamble on his injured ankle at the Monte Carlo Masters appeared to be backfiring before he dug in to battle past Russian Mikhail Youzhny 4-6 6-1 6-4 in the second round on Wednesday. While Djokovic grimaced and growled through the pain barrier to fight back from 0-4 down in the opening set, Rafa Nadal was all smiles after launching his bid for a ninth consecutive Monte Carlo crown with a ruthless 6-1 6-2 win over Australian Marinko Matosevic. World number one Djokovic, who sprained his ankle on Davis Cup duty 10 days ago, made a late call to participate in the tournament in his adopted home town and was relieved to have survived his first match on clay this season. "i'm not 100 percent because of my physical issue but i'm still in the draw. i live here. Everything's alright," Djokovic said in a courtside interview. During a training session on Tuesday, Djokovic

avoided putting too much pressure on his ankle but he did not have that luxury as Youzhny made him chase the ball around the court. Once Djokovic levelled at 4-4, he relied on his greater weight of shot to see him through even though he twisted his ankle again during the second set. "(it was painful) for the next 15 minutes, then it kind of faded away because i had a good protection ... i am happy to win because i'm happy to compete," Djokovic told reporters. Following an exchange of breaks in the third set, he broke decisively in the ninth game and sent Youzhny packing with an ace on match point. The Serbian will next take on 14th-seed Juan Monaco who took full advantage of Ernests Gulbis's third-set meltdown to win 6-0 36 6-3. The Latvian was penalised a game for smashing his racket against the umpire's chair following a point penalty for kicking the ball. Third seed Nadal returned from a month-long break to record his 43rd successive victory in the principality. The Spaniard, who missed seven months last year due to knee problems, was loudly

cheered by the packed crowd. Matosevic opened a 2-0 lead in the second set but Nadal reeled off the next six games to advance to a meeting with 16th seed Philipp kohlschreiber of Germany. "i played well at the beginning, with the right intensity, with no mistakes. i was trying to do the right things to find a good feeling on the ball, to find the right rhythm. And i think i did," Nadal told a news conference. "i played to the right places, and that gave me confidence." The world number five announced his comeback by winning three of his first four tournaments, including the indian Wells Masters Series, and is favourite to continue his reign on the picturesque Centre Court that has been his stage since he first won the tournament in 2005. World number two Andy Murray also enjoyed a solid start by beating qualifier Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France 6-1 6-4. "it takes time (to adapt). it doesn't matter how much training you do, until you get the matches and the feel of how to play under pressure, it's completely different," said the Briton who next faces Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka.

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Rules officials from golf organizations around the world work at the Masters, most of them assigned various parts of the golf course. But it remains the only major championship that doesn't have a rules official walk with every group. Even more peculiar is that the Masters has the smallest field. With only 93 players this year, there were only 31 groups all four days -threesomes on Thursday and Friday, and twosomes on Saturday and Sunday for the 61 players who made the cut. Could that change in light of the ruling involving Tiger Woods? He took an incorrect drop on the 15th hole after hitting into the water in the second round. Fred Ridley, chairman of the competition committee, responded to a TV viewer calling in the violation and did not immediately recognize the mistake based on video evidence. it was only after Woods said in an interview he dropped it 2 yards farther back did Ridley review the tape again. Woods was given a two-shot penalty, but not disqualified. Ridley invoked Rule 33-7, which gives the committee discretion not to disqualify. in this case, he felt Augusta erred by not presenting the evidence to Woods before he signed his card. Ridley would not say if the Masters would have officials with each group next year. That likely would be up to Masters chairman Billy Payne. “if there's one thing about the Masters tournament ... we look at everything,” Ridley said. “What could we do in the future? is there any different processes we could employ? We look at the entire competition every year and try to get better.”

Spaniard Daniel Moreno won the second of the Ardennes Classics, the Fleche-Wallonne, on Wednesday giving his team katusha their second successive victory in the race. The 31-year-old - whose team leader Joaquim Rodriguez won last year -beat two Colombians Sergio Henao and Carlos Alberto Betancur to the line in the 205km race. Rodriguez failed to mount a challenge as the effects of his fall in last weekend's Amstel Gold Race took their toll. Moreno, whose previous best win was a stage in the Tour of Spain, made the decisive burst when he passed the world time-trial champion Philippe Gilbert, who had gone after Betancur, on the final climb.

LIVERPOOL: John Terry may have netted twice in the win at Fulham, but Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez has warned that might not be enough for a starting berth at Liverpool. The 32year-old was an unused substitute in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Man City but returned to the starting line-up for Wednesday's west London derby at Craven Cottage, where he nodded home either side of half-time. Terry's headers complemented David Luiz's exquisite long-range opener in a 3-0 win, which moves Chelsea back up to third in the Barclays Premier League. Next up is a trip to interim manager Benitez's former club Liverpool - a match in which Terry could find himself back on the bench as the Spaniard juggles domestic and European exertions. AgEncIES

Mancini relieved City managed to see off wigan DUBAI: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini admitted his side had been below par after labouring to a 1-0 win over Wigan at the Etihad Stadium. The Barclays Premier League champions were outplayed for large periods by their relegation-threatened FA Cup final opponents, but snatched victory with a brilliant late Carlos Tevez goal. Mancini said: "We worked really hard because Wigan played really well and every game we play against them is difficult because they play football and they like to win every game. "I don't think we played very well because we were so tired. Only in the last 20-25 minutes we played better. "They played very well, they don't deserve to be relegated." Mancini felt his players were probably still feeling the effects of their energy-sapping FA Cup semi-final win over Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday. AgEncIES

Bahrain steps up arrests ahead of F1 motor racing event DUBAI AgEncIES

Bahrain has arrested several people accused of stealing and burning cars amid heightened security in the island kingdom before Sunday's Formula One race, which the opposition sees as a chance to publicise a pro-democracy campaign. Watched by millions around the world, the Grand Prix is the biggest sporting event hosted by the U.S.-allied country and the government is hoping for a healthy turnout at this year's race despite continuing violent unrest. The Gulf Arab state, where the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet is based, has been hit by unrest since pro-democracy protests broke out in early 2011, putting it in the frontline of the region-wide tussle between Shi'ite Muslim iran and Sunni

Arab states such as Saudi Arabia. Bahrain's state news agency said late on Wednesday that authorities had arrested a man who later confessed to an incident in which a car burned and exploded in the country's financial district on April 14. Four other people accused of stealing and burning a car near a roundabout were also arrested and another person was detained over an accusation he blocked a main road and caused damage to a Bahraini's car. The race at the Sakhir desert circuit was cancelled in 2011 when protests were crushed and at least 35 people were killed. Activists put the death toll far higher. Last year's race went ahead against a backdrop of burning tyres and riot police firing teargas at protesters throwing petrol bombs in Shi'ite Muslim villages.


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HE aftershocks of Tuesday’s earthquake hit parts of Dalbandin and adjacent areas in the early hours of Thursday. The Meteorological Department said the epicentre of the quake, measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale, was in the North West of Dalbandin in Balochistan. At least 34 people were killed and dozens were injured in various parts of the province as a powerful earthquake hit the Pak-iran border area on Tuesday. Meanwhile, President Asif Zardari assured the earthquake victims of the government’s full support and asked the caretaker Balochistan chief minister to take measures for relief and rehabilitation of the affected people. During a meeting with caretaker Balochistan chief minister Ghaus Bakhsh Barozai, Zardari directed him to provide best possible medical treatment to those who sustained injuries in the earthquake. The two discussed the overall situation in the province with focus on relief and rehabilitation of quake victims and the security arrangements made for holding free and fair elections. The chief minister briefed the president about steps taken for the relief of the earthquake-affected people in Balochistan. He also updated the president on the

MASHKAIL: A child sits on the ground on Thursday as the destruction caused by the massive earthquake can be seen in the background. OnLInE

latest law and order in Balochistan and the steps taken to maintain peace, and to bring to book the culprits involved in the recent attack on Sardar Sanaullah Zehri. Separately, a rapid survey report conducted by a Quetta-based NGO Balochistan Rural Support Programme (BRSP), said over three quarters of Mashkail’s total population of 20,000 has been affected by Tuesday’s earthquake. However, the number of people affected in the town close to the iranian border is likely to increase after a detailed survey is completed. “it was a rapid survey, however detailed assessment, including going doorto-door in each village, will be carried out later after donor agencies commit for

relief goods,” said Mahboob Ali, the district coordinator of the BRSP. He said the BRSP surveyors gathered this information after interviewing the people living in the area and sent a report to his organisation for further dispatching to donors/partners asking for their support in the provision of relief goods. Another survey carried out by an NGO, Seher, said over 3,000 houses had been damaged. Seher Disaster Manager Rauf Jamal told Pakistan Today, “Our volunteers conducted the survey and found that around 3,000 houses were completely or partially damaged,” he said, adding that the houses partially damaged could not be used as they could collapse at any moment.

Kerry for continued us assistance to pakistan WASHInGtOn APP

US Secretary of State John kerry has rejected a Congressman’s suggestion on cutting off assistance for Pakistan, advocating that such a move would be unwise in view of bilateral cooperation on high-stakes issues. “Well, you know the old saying, Dana, about cutting off your nose to spite your face. Cutting off aid to Pakistan would not be a good move, certainly, at this point in time, for a lot of different reasons”, kerry firmly told Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher during a Congressional hearing. Rohrabacher, who has a history of adopting anti-Pakistan stances, was insisting that instead of conducting quiet diplomacy Washington should stop aid to Pakistan over imprisonment of Pakistani doctor, Shakeel Afridi. Dr Afridi, working for CiA, ran a fake vaccination campaign in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, but has been jailed due to his links with militants. “We are working with Pakistan with respect to nuclear weapons safety and nonproliferation. We are working with Pakistan to get our supplies both in and out of Afghanistan,” kerry said while underscoring Pakistan’s key importance in the countdown to 2014 military drawdown from neighbouring landlocked Afghanistan. kerry was testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the Obama administration’s request for 2014 budget. Pakistan is expected to receive $1.2 billion in economic and military assistance in the new fiscal year. in his answer, the top US diplomat also reminded the Congressman of Pakistan’s

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sacrifices in the fight against terrorists, saying the country lost perhaps 50,000 people in the last years to terror. He also drew the lawmakers’ attention to complications surrounding the issue of Dr Afridi, saying, “it is just not as simple as holding everything accountable to one thing where they – they assert that there were certain laws that were broken.” Questioned by another lawmaker about his perspective on india’s role in Afghanistan, kerry said New Delhi can play an important role but at the same time pointed out implications of a complicated circle between Pakistan, india and Afghanistan. “i’ve always believed in – because of their democracy, because of their tradition, there are great reasons for us to partner with india in many significant ways. But india and Pakistan obviously have a very different relationship. And so it’s a very complicated circle between Afghanistan, Pakistan, india.” He also noted that the extent of indian presence in Afghanistan, affects islamabad’s views.


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