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Rs 17.00 Vol III No 262 19 Pages Lahore — Peshawar Edition
Wednesday, 20 March, 2013 Jamadi ul Awwal 7, 1434
notifications of 16 bureaucrats to be cancelled, sC assured Establishment Division Secretary Taimur Azmat Osman on Tuesday assured the Supreme Court that notifications over postings and transfers of 16 of 22 bureaucrats, whose tenures had not been completed, would be cancelled in accordance with the court’s decision. page 04
Us will not leave afghanistan, believes Karzai page 18
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Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan on Tuesday dissolved the provincial assembly on an advice by Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah. The governor signed a summary to this effect on Tuesday night. Chief Minister, Qaim Ali Shah had sent the governor a formal request for the assembly’s dissolution. page 02
Around a half dozen top bureaucrats and officers in the National Assembly are actively seeking extensions in their services’ tenure and have been contacting the authorities concerned for the purpose, Pakistan Today has learnt through reliable sources privy to parliament. page 19
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engineer Shaukatullah on Tuesday announced the dissolution of provincial assembly upon the completion of its five-year term. Outgoing chief minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti late on Monday night advised the governor to dissolve the assembly. page 02
bombs kill 57 on iraq invasion anniversary A dozen car bombs and suicide blasts tore into Shia districts in Baghdad and south of the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing more than 55 people on the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. page 07
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wednesday, 20 March, 2013
PML-Q ThreaTens To QuiT aLLiance if reservaTions noT reMoved LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) on Tuesday threatened to quit the ruling coalition if the PPP did not remove the party’s reservations. Talks between the PPP and the PML-Q for finalising matters regarding seat adjustment in the upcoming general elections were scheduled at the Governor’s House on Tuesday. Manzoor Wattoo, Qamar Zaman Kaira and other leaders of the PPP were present, but Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi boycotted the meeting and instead sent PML-Q leaders Raja Basharat‚ Zaheeruddin Chaudhry and Raza Hayat Hiraj. Basharat, Zaheer and other members of the delegation also refused to hold talks with the PPP leaders. However, PPP Information Secretary Qamar Zaman Kaira said there was no deadlock with the PML-Q over seat adjustment. Kaira said the PML-Q did have a few reservations, but both parties would contest elections jointly after removing each other’s reservations. He said the PPP leadership would be informed about the PML-Q’s reservations and all efforts would be made to address them. PML-Q’s Basharat said his party had conveyed to the PPP that parameters for talks were not being followed. STAFF REPORT
PML-Q disintegrating due to electoral alliance with PPP. — Senator SM Zafar
The ball is in parliamentary committee’s court now NA BODY TO DECIDE CARETAKER PM AS ASHRAF, NISAR FAIL AGAIN
PRESIDENT ZARDARI DECIDES TO HOLD GENERAL ELECTION FROM MAY 9-11
pointment of the caretaker prime minister will be held on March 20, 2013 at 2:30pm at Parliament House, Islamabad to finalise the name of the caretaker prime minister,” a statement issued by the National Assembly Secretariat said. However, neither the prime minister nor the leader of the opposition sent their formal nominations to the NA speaker by the time this report was filed, officials in the speaker’s chamber told Pakistan Today. If the committee also cannot evolve consensus over the subject by Saturday evening, the matter would automatically go to the Election Commission of Pakistan on Sunday. NA Speaker Fehmida Mirza constituted the committee in pursuance of clause (1) of Article 224A of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The committee will comprise of Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah, Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, Senator Farooq H Naik, Senator Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan, Senator Pervaiz Rasheed, Khawaja Saad Rafiq, and Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan Nasir. However, the two major opposition parties – Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUIF) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) – have objected to the formation of the committee and said that their leadership had not been taken onboard over the issue.
R I M E Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Leader of the Opposition Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday again failed to agree on a credible person to be tasked with conducting free, fair and transparent election and run the affairs of the country for next three months, leaving the matter for decision by an eight-member parliamentary committee formed by the National Assembly speaker. President Asif Ali Zardari also decided on Tuesday to hold general elections from May 9 to May 11 and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) also conveyed to the PML-N its eagerness to hold the general elections between May 9 and May 11, as well as its willingness to withdraw its previous nominations for the caretaker PM and fielding new ones. However, no response from the PMLN had been received until the filing of this report. A stern position taken by the PML-N leadership over its nominees for the slot of caretaker PM has moved the issue towards the parliamentary committee, as a notification by the NA speaker said the body was set to meet today (Wednesday) afternoon to decide the matter. “A meeting of the committee on ap-
Sindh Assembly dissolved, Alvi likely interim CM KARACHI
Under the constitution, the parliamentary committee has to evolve a consensus on one name for caretaker prime minister within three days and if it fails to do so in the stipulated time, the matter will automatically go to the Election Commission, which will have to finalise one name out of four, two each from the prime minister and the opposition leader in the NA. The development was followed by a meeting of PPP leaders. Chaired by Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, the meeting ended with the party unwilling to compromise on the names of its nominees for caretaker prime minister. Earlier in the day, the PPP and the PML-N held exclusive meetings in the capital and Lahore to discuss their strategies. Senior PPP leader Khurshid Ahmed Shah met PML-N leader Senator Ishaq Dar and suggested May 9 as the election date to the opposition and also proposed withdrawing the previous nominated names for caretaker PM and fielding new ones. A source in the PPP said Shah and Dar discussed the dissolution of Punjab Assembly and names for caretaker PM and chief minister in Punjab. The PPP leader told the opposition leader that the government was willing to show flexibility on the caretaker PM to end the deadlock. Dar hoped that issues would be resolved amicably after PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif returned home from
DAR SAYS PML-N TO DECIDE MATTER UPON NAWAZ’S RETURN FROM ABROAD abroad. The ruling quarters have taken the opposition into confidence over holding general elections on May 9, and consultation was underway in this regard, the source said. Dar also assured the PPP leader that there would be no problem regarding the dissolution of Punjab Assembly and the same would be dissolved in a day or two. Talking to reporters after the meeting‚ the PPP and PML-N leaders dismissed the impression about any deadlock between the government and the opposition in this regard. They hoped that issues would be resolved amicably after Nawaz returned home. Later, the prime minister chaired a meeting of the PPP leadership that was attended by former PM Yousaf Raza Gilani, Khurshid Ahmed Shah, Hina Rabbani Khar, Farooq Naik, Nazar Mohammad Gondal, Mian Manzoor Wattoo, Anwar Saifullah Khan and others. During the meeting, Shah briefed the PPP leadership on his meeting with Dar. The meeting resolved that since the PML-N leadership was adamant on its stand, the PPP should also stick to its own. The PML-N has been insisting that Justice (r) Nasir Aslam Zahid or Rasool Bux Palejo be picked for the position of caretaker PM, while the government backs Dr Ishrat Hussain, Abdul Hafeez Sheikh or Mir Hazar Khan Khoso for the top slot.
KP Assembly dissolved, Pervez to take oath today PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan on Tuesday dissolved the provincial assembly on an advice by Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah. The governor signed a summary to this effect on Tuesday night. Chief Minister, Qaim Ali Shah had sent the governor a formal request for the assembly’s dissolution. Sources said the chief minister had already directed the ministers, advisers, special assistants, MPAs and others to surrender official vehicles, and vacate official residences. The ruling Pakistan People’s Party and opposition party Muttahida Quami Movement also agreed on the name of Justice (r) Zahid Qurban Alvi for appointment as the caretaker chief minister of Sindh. The major chunk of the provincial cabinet is likely to come from the PPP and MQM. According to sources, the PPP had put forward nine names for the cabinet, in-
PPP EXPRESSES EAGERNESS TO WITHDRAW PREVIOUS NOMINEES
cluding Zia Lanjar, Agha Wasi Durrani, Fauzia Jaffery, Fazlur Rehman, former corps Commander General (r) Ehsan, Dr Amjad Memon, Shujaat Ali Jakhrani, Umar Abbas Jilani and Fida Hussain. The MQM’s Barrister Habibur Rehman, Shujaat Ali Baig, Nadirah Pun-
jwani and Advocate Qazi Khalid are also expected to be in the caretaker setup in Sindh. The caretaker dispensation will also include Pir Riyaz Gul from the Awami National Party and Shahid Ghouri from the Sunni Tehreek.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engineer Shaukatullah on Tuesday announced the dissolution of provincial assembly upon the completion of its five-year term. Outgoing chief minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti late on Monday night advised the governor to dissolve the assembly. In accordance with the consensus between leader of the house Amir Haider Khan Hoti and leader of the opposition Akram Khan Durrani, Justice (r) Tariq Pervez will be administered oath as the caretaker chief minister today (Wednesday). Through some highly-placed sources, Pakistan Today has come to know that a seven-member caretaker cabinet would also be administered oath on Wednesday by Governor Shaukatullah. The sources said three to five caretaker ministers would be inducted in the provincial cabinet later. Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti will remain in office until the administration of oath to Justice (r) Tariq Pervez. He is likely to leave the Chief Minister’s House
on Wednesday evening. His family has already abandoned the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa House. Besides the chief minister, almost all of his cabinet members have vacated official residences and moved to their own houses. Almost all outgoing ministers had already abandoned their offices a week ago.
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Impartial caretaker setup prerequisite to ensuring transparency in elections. — Imran Khan
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ecP allots election emblems to 144 political parties ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The Election Commission (ECP) on Tuesday allotted election emblems to 144 political parties for upcoming elections. However, the commission deferred the application of ruling Pakistan People Party Parliamentarians (PPPP), seeking arrow as election symbol. The commission fixed the matter for March 25, as two other parties have also applied for the enlistment of PPP and arrow as election symbol. PPP Shaheed Bhutto Chairwoman Ghinwa Bhutto sought renaming of her party as PPP, claiming her party was the real heir of Bhutto’s party and philosophy. Whereas, a dissident group within the PPPP, headed by Naheed Khan, also sought arrow as election emblem. The parties wanted to take advantage of the fact that no party with the name of PPP was currently enlisted with the ECP as ruling PPP contested the last elections from the platform of Pakistan People Party Parliamentarians. On Tuesday, the ECP took up Naheed Khan’s petition, in which she sought enlistment of her party (PPP) with arrow. During the course of hearing, ruling PPPP General Secretary Jahangir Badr and Sumsan Bokhari pleaded that the PPPP had contested 2002 and 2008 with the symbol of arrow, thus it should be allotted the same for the upcoming elections. However, Safdar Abbasi requested the commission that before the allotment of arrow, the ECP should decide the fate of their application first. On this, the commission fixed the matter for March 25. Symbol of tiger has been allotted to the PML-N; bicycle to PMLQ; and kite has been allotted to the MQM. Whereas, the commission allotted scale to the JUI; lantern to the Awami National Party, rose to the PML-F and book has been given to the JUI-F for upcoming elections. Imran Khan’s PTI has been given cricket bat. Whereas, the ECP while accepting Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan’s application allotted him missile as election symbol to his Tehreek-e-Tahafuz Pakistan. All Pakistan Muslim League of former president Pervez Musharraf has been allotted eagle as election symbol. Wheel has been given to the Jamhoori Watan Party; helicopter to Ijazul Haq’s Pakistan Muslim League-Zia; Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed’s Awami Muslim League has been given inkpot with pen. The Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party has been allotted tree; the Muttahida Deeni Mahaz has been issued ladder; the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen Pakistan has been allotted human hand; and truck has been given to the Tehreek-e-Suba Hazara. According to election symbol list, sun and crescent were most applied symbols. After balloting, sun has been allotted to the Christian Progressive Movement and crescent has been allotted to the Hazara Democratic Party.
KARACHI: People shout slogans during the funeral of eminent Shia Professor Sibt-e-Jaffar Zaidi on Tuesday. Zaidi was gunned down in Liaquatabad the other day. ONLINE
army poised to take terrorism head-on RAWALPINDI
HE Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Meeting (JCSC) was held at the Joint Staff Headquarters on Tuesday, in which the armed forces vowed to take the menace of terrorism head-on, besides discussing the forces’ preparedness and support for Election Commission of Pakistan in the upcoming election. The meeting also reviewed national
security situation and resolved that the armed forces will follow a comprehensive strategy to combat terrorist threat being face by the country. The meeting was chaired by Chairman of the Committee General Khalid Shameem Wyne. It was attended by all services chiefs and other senior military officers. The JCSC is a quarterly moot of senior military leadership to assess and evaluate the operational preparedness of the country’s armed forces. The meeting this time reviewed is-
sues related to the national security, regional geo-strategic environment, and internal security situation along with the progress on the agenda points of last session. It also discussed the support of armed forces for the ECP during the forthcoming elections. Participants expressed their satisfaction over the level of preparedness of the armed forces to take on the upcoming challenges. It was reiterated in unequivocal terms that comprehensive strategy would be followed to curb terrorism.
Bokhari’s letter to president: SC slams commission’s formation ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday expressed annoyance over the formation of a commission by the government for protecting the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) from ‘interference’ by ‘outside institutions’. A three-member Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed was hearing a suo motu notice taken on the commission’s formation to probe NAB chairman’s letter to the president. The court ordered that concerned documents be presented before it to determine who ordered the commission’s formation. The chief justice said NAB Chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari was already facing contempt charges over his letter to President Asif Ali Zardari, adding that the matter of the commission would also be analysed with the existing charges. He said events surrounding the notification reflected that the government believed the judiciary to be in subordi-
CHIEF JUSTICE OF PAKISTAN SAYS EFFORTS ON TO UNDERMINE THE JUDICIARY nation of the executive. The Law joint secretary told the court during the hearing that the notification for the formation of the commission, comprising Supreme Court judges Mukhtar Junejo and Muhammad Nawaz Abbasi, was issued following the presidential reference, adding that the notification, however, had been withdrawn. The chief justice said the notification reflected that the judiciary was a subordinate body of the executive, which was unfortunate. He said the prime minister had sought opinion on the letter and was asked to form a commission, adding that the matter of the commission would be seen as contempt of court. The chief justice said strict action would be taken against anyone who tried to undermine the court and that
COMMISSION’S FORMATION WOULD BE SEEN IN CONTEXT OF CONTEMPT OF COURT the patience of the court was being constantly tested. The hearing was adjourned later. Less than an hour before it completed its five-year term on March 16, the government formed a commission to probe allegations of “persistent interference by outside institutions” into the workings of NAB. According to the notification issued late on Saturday by the Law and Justice Division, signed by Senior Joint Secretary Sohail Qadeer Siddiqui, a twomember commission comprising former SC judges Mukhtar Junejo and Nawaz Abbasi was formed to look into the matter and submit a report in the next few weeks. The commission had to start its probe within a week of the issuance of the notification, and had to submit its report within four weeks.
The CJCSC appreciated the sacrifices rendered in the realm of national security. Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, the defence secretary, chief of general staff, Joint Staff director general, Inter-Services Intelligence director general, Strategic Plans Division director general and senior military officers from the three services participated in the deliberations.
no legislation required for overseas Pakistanis’ voting rights: sc ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday directed Attorney General (AG) Irfan Qadir to devise a mechanism for awarding voting rights to overseas Pakistanis with the help of IT experts saying no legislation was necessary to grant expatriates the right to vote. Appearing before the apex court, Qadir said it was impossible to adopt procedures for electronic voting in the upcoming elections. “Such a voting system has failed in several countries,” he said, adding that IT experts could create a software for the purpose but it would take at least a year. Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Director General (DG) Sher Afgan said overseas Pakistanis could not be awarded the right to vote without proper legislation. Chief Justice (CJ) Chaudhry Iftikhar proposed this could be done by using a computer desk in Pakistani missions. The court also showed annoyance over non-implementation of its decision in the electoral reforms case. During hearing the counsel for ECP Munir Paracha said the decision on electoral reforms was being fully implemented and ECP was taking further measures in this regard. The court however, said the EC P is not acting on the verdict.
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Britain fully supports election process in Pakistan. – British envoy Adam Thomson
newS wednesday, 20 March, 2013
notifications of 16 bureaucrats to be cancelled, sc assured ISLAMABAD
KARACHI: Police personnel inspect the site of a car bombing at Landi Kotal Chowrangi on Tuesday. A KESC official was killed and two others were injured in a car blast. PPi
british woman jumps oﬀ india hotel room to escape molestation bid AGRA AGEnCiES
Close on the heels of the gangrape of a Swiss tourist in Madhya Pradesh, a 25year-old British woman tourist today jumped out of a first-floor hotel room over fears of a sex attack and sustained leg injuries. The tourist, a dentist from London, who had checked into the hotel in Idgah area, about four kilometres from the Taj Mahal, two days back, told the police that she had asked for a wake-up call at 4am. The hotel owner Sachin Chauhan knocked at her door at 3.45am and offered a “free hand massage” saying it was part of hotel’s special services for foreign guests, Subhash Chandra Dubey, SSP, Agra, told reporters. She refused and closed the door. But soon, the owner came with the security guard and tried to open
around 2.77M MinoriTy voTers eLigibLe To casT voTe ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Around 2.77 million people belonging to minority communities are eligible to cast their votes in the upcoming general elections, according to figures with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Hindu community has the highest number of registered voters with 1.4 million people while the Christian community has 1.2 million registered voters.
the door. The tourist said she locked the room from inside and leapt from the first-floor window to the level below, injuring her leg. She was treated for ligament injury at the district hospital and later moved to another hotel, police said. Police said the victim was a dentist from London who had arrived in India three weeks back and travelled to different parts before reaching Agra. Chauhan, a Delhi native, was arrested on molestation, harassment and other charges, police said. The hotel owner claimed that he was being falsely implicated as he had gone to only wake her up because she had not responded when the hotel staff had tried ringing her on the intercom. The British High Commission in Delhi said its officials had spoken to the woman and to the local po-
lice and that consular assistance was being provided to her. On Friday, a 39-year-old Swiss tourist was gangraped in a forest in Madhya Pradesh while her husband was beaten up. Six men have been arrested. The Swiss couple were on a cycling trip in India and their next destination was Agra. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has reviewed its travel advisory for women travellers to India. “We are aware of an incident involving a British national in Agra, India, and are urgently looking into it. We are in contact with local authorities and are providing consular assistance to the woman,” an FCO spokesperson told PTI in London. It said, “Women travellers should exercise caution when travelling in India even if they are travelling in a group.”
abbasi shaheed hospital Ms among 5 killed in Karachi violence KARACHI STAFF REPORT
Five people, including the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital medical superintendent, were killed in various incidents of violence in Karachi on Tuesday. Abbasi Shaheed Hospital MS, also assistant professor of medicine, Dr Asad Usman, and his guard were shot dead in Nazimbad area. According to police, unidentified armed motorcyclists opened fire on Usman’s car when he was on his way home from the hospital. Usman and his guard were taken to hospital where doctors pronounced them dead. An investigation has been launched into the incident. Meanwhile, two men were shot dead in a firing incident in Shamsi Society of Malir while one was killed in Landhi area.
STABLISHMENT Division Secretary Taimur Azmat Osman on Tuesday assured the Supreme Court that notifications over postings and transfers of 16 of 22 bureaucrats, whose tenures had not been completed, would be cancelled in accordance with the court’s decision. Appearing before a threemember bench of Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain in connection with a suo motu case regarding transfer of Capital Development Authority Chairman Tahir Shahbaz, Osman submitted details of the 22 bureaucrats, who were transferred or posted on March 16. The secretary apprised the bench that the notifications with regards to the transfer and posting of Tahir Shahbaz and Chief Commissioner Tariq Mahmood Pirzada stood cancelled. He said among
other notifications, 12 were held in abeyance while eight officers had reported to their new assignments. The establishment secretary also provided particulars of the officers, who were promoted against vacant posts on March 16 and in whose promotions or transfers, the issue of tenure completion was not involved. Among them Tariq Feroz Khan was posted as Intellectual Property Organization DG in BS-21, Aftab Ahmed Mani as Heavy Mechanical Complex DG in BS-21, Mohammad Aslam Hayat as additional secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum, Naveed Kamran promoted to BS-21 in government of Sindh, while Mahfooz Ali was transferred and given charge of chief secretary Balochistan for a period of one month. Osman said the Balochistan chief secretary had not been transferred so the issue of his tenure completing did not arise. The bench, in its order, also observed that in the matter of transfers or post-
ings of the above officers, prima facie, the issue of completion of tenure did not arise. It directed the secretary to submit copies of withdrawal or cancellation notifications of these civil servants. Justice Hussain observed that the court was concerned with the way things had happened on March 16. “We have to probe it. Notifications on March 16 issued without completion of tenures by the officers.” Justice Khawaja read out a news item from an English daily, highlighting a briefing given by the establishment secretary to the prime minister after the Supreme Court’s November 12, 2012 decision in Aneeta Turab’s case. Justice Khawaja said the prime minister had himself directed the secretary to fully implement the court’s decision. Osman replied that after a decision of the SC, a detailed briefing was given to the PM and a policy statement was submitted before him with direction to all provincial governments as well.
at least 37 killed in western india bus crash MUMBAI AGEnCiES
A bus crash left 37 people dead and another 13 injured after the vehicle careered off a bridge into a dry river bed in India’s western state of Maharashtra on Tuesday, police said. “The bus was travelling from Goa to Mumbai when the driver suddenly lost control,” an officer in the police control room said. The pre-dawn accident happened in Khed district, around 350 kilometres (220 miles) south of the state capital Mumbai.
Most of the injured, including the driver, sustained head and arm injuries and were undergoing treatment at a local hospital, said the officer. Media reports said there were some foreign tourists on the bus, but there was no immediate confirmation from the police. About 110,000 people were killed in Indian road accidents in 2011 — more than 300 every day — according to the last available statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau. Bad roads, speeding vehicles and poor driving were among the contributing factors.
pakistan, Us negotiating ‘security surcharge’ on retrievable nato equipment KARACHI iSMAiL DiLAWAR
Pakistan’s government is negotiating with the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), fighting militancy in Afghanistan, on imposition of a “security surcharge” on the military hardware the multinational troops plan to retrieve from the landlocked country by the end of next year. The surcharge is being levied in line with the 14-point Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence had signed with the ISAF representatives in Islamabad after lifting of the NATO supply route blockade in September last year. In return, Pakistan would be
providing the outbound NATO equipment with additional security, the need for which would arise once international troops start withdrawing their equipment. According to sources privy to the matter, the ministries of defence, ports and shipping, commerce and the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) are engaged with Americans in what has been described as an “inter-ministerial dialogue” for imposing a security surcharge on NATO’s war equipment which will be, fully or partially, transported via Pakistani land and sea routes sooner or later. The proposed surcharge, said sources, ranges from $ 10 to $ 20 per twenty-equivalentunit (TEU) to be collected by
port operators at Karachi Port Trust (KPT) and Port Qasim Authority (PQA) who would also be responsible for making required security arrangements. NATO, reportedly, has to pull back some 0.3 million units from Afghanistan, including 0.2 million TEUs (containers) and 0.1 million vehicles. Giving a break-up of the surcharge, sources said each of the vehicles and 20-feet containers being shipped through local ports would be charged at $ 20 and $10, respectively. “Charges for a 40feet container would naturally double,” they added. “Americans are potentially exposing Pakistani ports to additional security threats, to guard against which we would
be in a pressing need to deploy additional security apparatus,” said a well-informed official while justifying the levy. “This surcharge is to recover the expenses that additional security would incur,” he added. The official said a clause of the 14-point MoU, inked in September 2012 by Pakistan and the US-led NATO forces provided that Islamabad “could” at a later stage impose such a surcharge to recover its security-related expenditures. Sources said port operators would be deploying armed personnel to guard the entry and exit points at the ports. While the KPT maintains a well-trained Port Security Force (PSF), the PQA has no such armed wing. “Other security meas-
ures could be the installation of additional surveillance cameras in the port vicinity, enhanced patrolling and most importantly cordoning off the walled area created by the plying of container stakes,” they said. Deterrence, said sources, would be created against a potential terrorist threat. “Seaports are considered to be the most sensitive strategic points where any untoward incident sends a strong message to the outside world,” they said. Sources added Americans had no objections to Pakistan’s proposal for a surcharge. “They don’t care much about a $ 10 duty. They are well aware of the huge financial costs of a smooth withdrawal,” they added.
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Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have close brotherly relations which are deeply rooted in historic and Islamic bonds. –Raja Pervaiz Ashraf SPRING FESTIVITIES: An illuminated view of an installation at the Canal. MuRTAZA ALi
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Pakistani security agencies have warned of Karachi’s Abbas Townlike bombing in the city. A suicide car bombing Karachi’s Abbas Town killed at least 51 persons and injured over 140 others. DIG Operation Lahore Rai Tahir has said that around 10 colonies of the city have a terror threat, adding that the security has been increased in the areas. On Monday, terrorists attacked a judicial complex in high security zone in Peshawar and killed four people and wounded over 30. To a query regarding the security arrangement after the Peshawar attack, Tahir said that the security of the judicial offices had been increased in the city. The officers have been directed to bar any suspicious vehicle from entering into the colonies.
excise deParTMenT: PiLing Money, seLLing drugs LAHoRE
xCISE Department Inspectors Saleem Toor and Muhammad Rafiq are allegedly involved in corruption worth hundreds of thousands of rupees per month through drug peddlers and informers, Pakistan Today has learnt. According to sources in the department, Toor and Rafiq along with other officers are allegedly bagging cash through drug peddlers and are themselves involved in the business. Their juniors,
who do not comply with their orders are posted out of Lahore, a source said. Toor and Rafiq along with five other excise officials raided Riaz Gujjar’s residence in Gawalmandi through an informer named Luddi. Even though they were unable to procure any illegal substance from Riaz, they detained him on the pretext of selling narcotics and took him to Liaquat Chowk. They later contacted his family and asked for an amount of Rs 300,000 for Riaz’s release or threatened to register a serious case against him that could lead to lifetime imprisonment. However, the family was able to gather Rs 100,000 only and after bargaining, the excise
officials agreed to release Riaz in exchange of Rs 100,000 at Muslim Town. The source added that on similar lines, excise officials Toor and Rafiq raided Aisha Bibi’s house in Bhaati but did not find any narcotics there. These officials not only gorged out around Rs 23,000 from Aisha but also stole valuable jewellery which they later returned after Aisha threatened to file an application. The source said Excise and Taxation Officer (ETO) Khalid Bajwa shields corrupts officers and receives a monthly amount from them. The source further said Inspector Toor’s informer, Luddi, is involved in
Nizami stresses need to follow Iqbal’s footsteps
selling heroine and through his contacts in the department is eliminating his competitors in the business to tap a greater marker share. The source added that Inspector Toor is connected to several peddlers and often protects them to receive a larger commission from their sales. When contacted, Inspector Saleem Toor accepted arresting Riaz Gujjar but denied receiving any money for his release. ETO Khalid Bajwa, when contacted, said he was unaware of the whole matter and had not received any application regarding it.
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Aiwan-e-Iqbal Chairman Arif Nizami said that Pakistanis had lost their dignity in the international arena because they had forgotten Iqbal’s teachings. He was addressing a seminar titled Iqbal aur Daure-Hazir (Iqbal and Modern Trends) at Punjab University (PU) Oriental College on Tuesday. He was the chief guest on the
occasion, while Iran Consul General Muhammad Hussain Bani Asadi, Prof Dr Syed Muhammad Akram Ikram, Prof Khawaja Muhammad Zakriya, Dr Muhammad Saleem Mazhar, Dr Zahoor Ahmed Azhar, Prof Dr Moeen Nizami along with other scholars were present on the ocassion. Nizami said persistent self reform was paramount as envisioned by Iqbal. He said people were being killed in the country on
sectarian basis and the nation as whole had lost its dignity by ignoring the teachings of Iqbal. He added that a peaceful society could be established by following Iqbal’s philosophy. Nizami further said that all organisations bearing Iqbal’s name were only wasting funds and did nothing. While commenting about the recently finalised Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project, Nizami said that it was an indication of unity among
the Muslims as was envisioned by Iqbal. Speaking on the occasion; Iran Consul General Hussaini said that if Iqbal was alive today, he would have been heartbroken to see the Muslims divided. He said that certain mischievous quarters had spread divisions among the Muslims, while Iqbal always propagated the idea of autonomy and sovereignty of Muslims. Irshad Ahmed said that Iqbal was in the favor of sovereignty of the parliament.
British High Commissioner Adam Thomson called on Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday and discussed key issues relating bilateral interests and enhancing cooperation in various sectors. Shahbaz told the UK high commissioner that his government strongly believed in self reliance and preferred trade than aid. He stressed the need of boosting bilateral cooperation between Pakistan and UK in various sectors including economy, trade, energy and others. The chief minister told Thomsan that next general elections were going to be held soon and it was hoped that consensus on caretaker setup would be developed shortly. Shahbaz expressed hope that the masses, learning from the lesson of the past, would elect honourable leadership that would be eligible to represent the masses and help in resolving their hardships besides pulling the country out of prevailing crises. Speaking on the occasion, the UK high commissioner said that his country gave high importance to relations with Pakistan and assured cooperation with the Punjab government in promoting education and others sectors.
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The masses will learn from the lesson of the past and will elect a leadership that will resolve hardships besides pulling the country out of prevailing crises. –Shahbaz Sharif
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PRESERVING HISTORY: Pakistan Air Force employees paint the jet at China Chowk. The jet was used by MM Alam, the late Pakistani fighter pilot and the pioneer of aerial dog-fight in the Asian region. MuRTAZA ALi
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unjab University College of Art and Design and Pakistan Islamic Arts Institute jointly organised a lecture on Sufism at Anna Molka Art Gallery on Monday where internationally renowned scholar and Yale Professor Dr Gerhard Bowering was the guest speaker. Dr Barbara Schmitz, Ather Tahir, Principal Prof Dr Rahat Naveed Masood, Dr Shahida Manzoor, and Dr Safia Farooq also spoke on the occasion. A large number of students and intellectuals were also present on the occasion. Dr Gerhard Böwering is a Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies since 1984. He taught at the University of Pennsylvania and had been a visiting professor at the University of Innsbruck, Princeton University, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. He wrote various books including “The mystical vision of existence in classical Islam” (Berlin-New York 1980), “The minor Qur’an commentary of alSulami (Beirut 1995), “Sufi treatises” (Beirut 2009), “Sufi Inquiries and interpretations” (Beirut 2010) and
“The comfort of the mystics” (Leiden 2013). He also wrote numerous articles, including those in the Encyclopaedia of Islam, the Encyclopedia of the Qur’an, and the EncyclopaediaIranica. “Not only subject of love but object of love is also there in the poetry of Bahu” Dr Gerhard Bowering said. According to Dr Gerhard Bowering; like many other sufi saints of the South Asia, Sultan Bahu was also a prolific writer with more than forty books on Sufism attributed to him. However, as the majority of his books dealt with specialised subjects relating to Islam and Islamic mysticism, it is his Punjabi poetry that has generated popular appeal and made him a household name in the region. His poetic verses are sung in many genres of Sufi music, including qawaalis and kaafis. There is a particular style of singing his couplets, which is not used in any other genre of Sufi music. Dr Bowering added that in most of Bahu’s poems, in the original Punjabi language, every other line hypnotically ends with a “Hu”. “Hu is a kind of a universal name of God often used by man beings and has mysteriously turned up in various languages and religions of the world, Hoozur, Yahoova, Allah Hu Akbar, Yeshua, Ahura Mazda, and so on,” he said.
Master Paints makes it to Guinness world records, again LAHoRE STAFF REPORT
Pakistan based paint manufacturer Master Paints made it to the Guinness World Records for the second time by making the largest paint swatch. The paint swatch made by Master Paints was 84 square feet and 24 percent bigger than the last rescored that was made by PPG Pittsburgh Paints in the US on April 2011. Measured by GWR adjudicator Carlos Martinez on March 13, the paint swatch was displayed during Punjab Youth Festival at the Athlete’s Hall of Punjab Football Stadium Lahore, Pakistan.
“The last record of the largest paint swatch measured 6.31 square meters (68 square feet) while our paint swatch was 84 square feet. Breaking the paint swatch record under such weather conditions was quite a challenge. Keeping the swatch in good condition required a lot of technical attention. Credit goes to the participants who created the paint swatch with dire dedication,” said Amin Farooq Sufi, MD at Master Paints. Last year, on March 23, Master Paints made the largest canvas world record by taking Pakistan to The Guinness World record. The largest paint swatch record this year is yet another gift to the nation this year by Master Paints.
Pac holds alumni dinner
Lahore: The Professionals Academy of Commerce (PAC) arranged its Silver Jubilee Alumni Dinner on Friday at Dome Hall, Royal Palm Golf and Country Club. Hundreds of PAC alumni and their families enjoyed the night. The event was mesmerized by renowned singer Sara Raza Khan with her performance. PAC Chairperson Nighat Ahmed presented souvenirs and flowers to Sara. STAFF REPORT
Increasing traffic jams and apparent helplessness of traffic cops have forced rickshaw drivers to quit their profession which required them to stay on the roads for long hours. Traffic jams due to the menaces of encroachments, protest demonstrations, rallies, and other political activities has strongly damaged the environment and peace of the city. In the wake of this situation a number of rickshaw drivers have adopted alternate professions to earn their livelihood. Talking to APP on Tuesday, motorcycle and CNG rickshaw drivers alleged that corrupt traffic authorities were forcing the drivers to bribe them for stopping to pick passengers at unauthorised stops, thus causing traffic jams. “Thousands of vehicles were seen moving at a snail’s pace in busy areas, especially on Shadman chowk, Lawrence Road, Railway Station, Garhi Shahu, Jail Road, Ferozpur Road, Wahdat Road, Samanabad, Mughal Pura, Fatima Jinnah Road, Mall Road, Hall Road, Nicholson Road, Shah Alam Market and other link roads for picking up students and causing worst traffic jams in the city, “said Ali Kramat, a rickshaw driver. Other auto rickshaw drivers said that they had to charge more from passengers during CNG holidays as petrol was very expensive. They said people gave up the expensive option of rickshaws and used time-consuming public transports to reach destinations. Rickshaw drivers told APP that, the situation had made the traffic wardens helpless as the authorities had no viable plan to ease the conditions for road users. Aslam, Sheraz, Haneef and Rizwan said encroachments were on the rise at Brandeth Road, Shah Alam Market, Anarkali Bazar,Mcload Road, Allama Iqbal Road, Vegetable Market, Lahore General Bus Stand,Batti Chowk,Ferozepur Road and some other public places where shopkeepers and vendors occupied footpaths and open spaces in the area. Faced with massive traffic jams, weekly CNG closures, expensive fuel and quarrels with the passengers, the rickshaw drivers regretted that they were unable to continue their profession. The drivers appealed to the Punjab Chief Minister to take all possible measures to improve the traffic situation in the provincial capital. An official of the traffic police said that all possible measures were being taken to control traffic and more personnel would be deputed at busy roads.
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Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country. — Margaret Thatcher
wednesday, 20 March, 2013
souTh Korea inviTes insPecTion To aLLay nucLear safeTy fears
MAZAR SHARIF: People feeding pigeons on the eve of Nauroz at a sacred place in Afghanistan. AGEnCiES
SEOUL: South Korea on Tuesday announced plans to open all its 23 nuclear reactors to international inspection in an apparent bid to allay growing public concern over nuclear safety. The government will start taking bids on Wednesday from international organisations or consortia capable of carrying out such a national survey, with a winner to be announced on May 3, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy said. The ministry in January had promised nuclear sector reforms after a series of malfunctions, shutdowns and corruption scandals further undermined public confidence already shaken by the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan. The 10-week inspection will look into the safety of all 23 reactors currently in operation and evaluate maintenance procedures at eight sample reactors, the ministry said. “It will also provide an important chance to improve the safety of the country’s reactors down the road,” it added. A survey commissioned by the ministry and published in November showed only 35 percent of South Koreans considered nuclear power to be safe, sharply down from 71 percent in January 2010. A series of shutdowns and scandals in 2012 triggered a warning from the International Energy Agency in the same month about the need to rebuild public trust. AGEnCiES
us flies b-52 bombers over south Korea SEoUL AGEnCiES
The United States said it was flying training missions of nuclear-capable B-52 bombers over South Korea, in a clear signal to North Korea at a time of escalating military tensions. The flights – part of annual joint South Korea-US military exercises – should be seen as underscoring US commitment and capacity to defend Seoul against an attack from the North, Pentagon spokesman George Little said. In response to UN sanctions imposed after its third nuclear test last month, North Korea has warned of a “second Korean war” and threatened preemptive nuclear strikes on the South and the United States. Little said a B-52 from Andersen Air Force base in Guam, flew over South Korea on March 8 as part of a military exercise dubbed “Foal Eagle.” “The B-52 Stratofortress can perform a variety of missions including carrying precisionguided conventional or nuclear ordnance,” he said Monday. B-52s have taken part in annual exercises before, but Little said the Pentagon wanted to underline their use this time given the current, heightened tensions, and he added that further B-52 flights would be carried out. “We’re drawing attention to the fact that we have extended deterrence capabilities that we believe are important to demonstrate in the wake of recent North Korean rhetoric,” he said.
us supreme court takes up voter rights again WASHINGToN AGEnCiES
Voter rights were back on the agenda Monday at the Supreme Court as the nation’s top court took up a controversial law that requires stringent proof of citizenship for voter registration. At issue is an Arizona law that aims to block illegal immigrants from casting ballots by demanding proof well beyond what is required under federal law of those seeking to inscribe their names on voter lists. The latest legal bout comes just weeks after the Supreme Court heard arguments over — and appeared poised to overturn, at least in part — the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which requires nine mainly southern states and local governments in seven other states to obtain Justice Department approval for any changes in their electoral codes.
bombs kill 57 on iraq invasion anniversary
bLasTs aT nigeria bus ParK KiLL aT LeasT 20 KANO: A series of blasts targeting three buses full of passengers in Nigeria’s second city of Kano killed at least 20 people on Monday, a rescue official said. The Sabon Gari area of the northern city where the explosions occurred was cordoned off by soldiers after bloodied bystanders fled the scene in panic, according to residents. “I saw three buses on fire. One of them was fully loaded with passengers waiting to leave the station at the time of the blasts. At the moment there are at least 20 dead,” said the rescue official who requested anonymity. “This figure is not the final toll because we are still conducting rescue and the figure may rise,” added the official, who asked his name be withheld as he was not authorised to speak to journalists. Mechanic Tunde Kazeem, who works at the targeted New Road bus station, said the explosion was “followed by billows of black smoke and there was a lot of confusion with people rushing out of the motor park, some of them with blood on their clothes”. While the official confirmed at least two explosions, residents have given figures of up to three, in what may have been a coordinated attack in a city repeatedly targeted by Islamist group Boko Haram. AGEnCiES
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dozen car bombs and suicide blasts tore into Shia districts in Baghdad and south of the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing more than 55 people on the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. Insurgents linked to al Qaeda have vowed to step up attacks on Shia targets since the start of the year in an attempt to provoke sectarian confrontation and undermine Shia Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s government. Tuesday’s bombs exploded in a busy Baghdad market, near the heavily fortified Green Zone and in other districts across the capital. A suicide bomber also attacked a police base in a Shia town south of the capital, officials said. “I was driving my taxi and suddenly I felt my car
rocked. Smoke was all around. I saw two bodies on the ground. People were running and shouting everywhere,” said Ali Radi, a taxi driver caught in one of the blasts in Baghdad’s Sadr City. A decade after US and Western troops swept Saddam from power. Iraq still struggles with insurgents, sectarian friction and political feuds among Shia, Sunni and Kurdish factions. In a sign of concern over security, the cabinet on Tuesday postponed local elections in two provinces, Anbar and Nineveh, for up to six months because of threats to electoral workers and violence there, according to Maliki’s media adviser Ali al-Moussawi. The polls will go ahead elsewhere on April 20. No group has claimed responsibility for the Baghdad blasts, but Islamic State of Iraq, a wing of al Qaeda, has vowed to regain ground lost in its war with US troops. This year the group has carried out a string of high-profile attacks.
JERUSALEM: The Israeli parliament gave its seal of approval on Monday to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new governing coalition, which includes a strong showing of pro-settlement hardliners. A motion of confidence in the new administration, broadcast live on public television, gave it 68 votes in favour and 48 against. Netanyahu and his 21 ministers then took their oaths of office before the house and were to hold their first cabinet meeting immediately afterwards. After more than 40 days of tortuous coalition negotiations, the government finally took office just two days before a landmark visit by US President Barack Obama. Although the lineup includes two centrist parties — Yesh Atid (19 seats) and HaTnuah (six seats) — which want to renew peace talks, it is dominated by the hawkish Likud-Beitenu (31 seats) and its new national-religious ally, Jewish Home (12 seats), a far-right faction that is party of choice for settlers. AGEnCiES
british press mulls next move as Mps approve new rules LoNDoN APP
Britain’s newspapers vowed to closely scrutinise a deal struck on Monday by the main political parties for a tough new press regulator, which they warned threatens 318 years of press freedom. MPs insisted the agreement would rein in the kind of misdeeds exposed by the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, without curbing press freedom, but the newspapers said the government had “crossed the Rubicon”. Prime Minister David Cameron said the new regulator would have the power
to issue harsh sanctions on misbehaving newspapers, including fines of up to #1 million ($1.5 million, 1.16 million euros). “We need a system of tough, independent self-regulation that will deliver for victims,” he told parliament. Cameron warned that regulation of Britain’s famously unruly press must “actually deliver” for victims of media intrusion, rather than being simply “an exercise in grandstanding”. The new body will be able to force newspapers to issue upfront apologies for inaccurate or intrusive stories, Cameron said, as well as offering a free arbitration system for victims.
Newspapers that refuse to sign up for the voluntary system could face extremely high “exemplary” damages in court cases. A statement issued by the Daily Mail Group, Telegraph Media Group and News International — publishers of The Sun and Times newspapers — said they needed “time to study” before responding to the “deeply contentious issues” contained within the plan. The Guardian, which uncovered much of the hacking scandal, said the statement “suggests that many powerful players are still calculating whether to play ball.
“The political class as a whole could discover that the brokering has only just begun,” it cautioned on Tuesday. Political leaders said the deal, finally struck at 2:30 am (0230 GMT) Monday after months of negotiations, addressed the abuses laid bare in last year’s Leveson Inquiry into media ethics, without bringing an end to more than three centuries of press freedom in Britain. However, the Daily Telegraph accused MPs of “crossing the Rubicon”. “Last night, parliament decided that 318 years was long enough to let newspapers and magazines remain beyond its influence,” said its editorial.
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US wants to see free and fair elections in Pakistan. — State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland
newS wednesday, 20 March, 2013
107 Pakistanis living in india illegally: report MUMBAI OnLinE
Some 107 Pakistani nationals appear to have gone missing in the Indian state of Maharashtra after the expiration of their visas, the Hindustan Times said in a report published on Tuesday. To a query raised by members of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil said 60 Pakistani nationals were living in the state without any permit or visa, despite local authorities being aware of their whereabouts. Additionally, until December 31, 2012, 5,807 Pakistani nationals were found to be living in Maharashtra. Of these, 1,975 were issued long-terms visas, while 72 had short-term visas. Patil said requests made by 2,144 Pakistanis had been put forward to the Centre and state for visa extension, but these were still pending. He said 1,330 Pakistanis were living in the state on visit visas, of which 177 were in the country for training, conferences and medical treatment. He refused to acknowledge any delay on the part of the state to filter illegal immigrants, saying police authorities and state intelligence agencies had been directed to find them and to take appropriate action. He signed off saying some cases were also being heard by courts.
us greets Pakistan; expects free polls and continuation of close ties WASHINGToN SPECiAL CORRESPOnDEnT
O N G R AT U L AT I N G Pakistan on the unprecedented completion of the parliamentary and government’s constitutional terms, the United States on Monday looked forward to free and fair elections as well as taking forward close bilateral ties with the new government of the key South Asian country after the national polls. The State Department noted that after the democratic milestone, Pakistan is now in a period of time where a transitional government will be formed in order to take the elections forward. “The United States congratulates the Pakistani parliament on the completion of its term. This is truly historic,” Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said at the daily briefing. “What is most important the Pakistani people are now going to be afforded an opportunity, we all hope, through free, fair and transparent elections to express their will about the political future that they want to have,” she told reporters. Questioned about the kind of relationship Washington wants to have with Pakistan in the context of the US military drawdown from neighboring Afghanistan
in 2014, the spokesperson expressed the desire for continuing close cooperative ties with the government emerging from upcoming polls. “We need to have the transitional government formed, then we need to have elections and then have permanent government. “Our expectation is that we will be able to work well with whomever the Pakistani people elect on the full range of things that we work on - security and counterterrorism, economic development, regional integration, strong support for the development of democracy, the NGOs sector, the human rights, all of these things. So that is what we hope to be able to continue even stronger in the future. “ Responding to a question about the impact of U.S. assistance on the people of Pakistan, the spokesperson said the United States, in cooperation with Congress in recent years, has restructured the support it provides to Pakistan. Washington has been working directly with the Pakistani people to extend more support at the grassroots level and towards more economic empowerment of the non-governmental sector, and also with the government on helping the country meets its energy and development requirements. One of the difficulty has been that the Pakistani people don’t have much information about what the US has been doing for
pM ashraf wants ConsensUs on appointMent of CaretaKer preMier ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Tuesday said he wanted consensus on the appointment of the caretaker prime minister. According to a private television, Ashraf said this during a luncheon given here in the honour of former members of his cabinet. Former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Nazar Muhammad Gondal, former finance minister Saleem Mandviwala, Farooq Saeed and others were also present. Ashraf said he wanted consensus with the opposition on the appointment of the caretaker prime minister, adding that he could smell the aroma of democracy in the air and it would stabilise Pakistan. He said he and the respective chief ministers agreed to hold the elections on the same day, and the agreement was a great success. He hoped that the appointment of a caretaker chief minister in Punjab would be finalised without consulting the parliamentary committee. OnLinE
their development at grassroots level, she added in reply to a question about the impact of US assistance for the country. “What we consider extremely positive is that we have
Bhutto vs Sharif, oxford vs Cambridge, as Pakistan’s young pretenders go head to head NEWS DESK One studied at Oxford, the other at Cambridge. Their family rivalry dates back almost 40 years, to when the family of one saw their business empire ravaged by the nationalisation policy of the other. But what Maryam Nawaz Sharif and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari have in common is being young, glamorous and heirs to Pakistan’s two leading political dynasties. Both will be prominent voices due in general elections due in May, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. The poetry-loving Ms Sharif is the daughter of Nawaz Sharif, a wealthy industrialist from Lahore, who fell out with Bilawal’s late grandfather, Zulfikar Bhutto, after he nationalised the Sharif businesses as Pakistan’s socialist leader in the 1970s. Himself a two-time prime minister, Sharif is frontrunner to emerge with the largest party and the first crack at forming a coalition after the polls of Pakistan’s 80 million voters. During the campaign, his daughter is acting as one of his chief campaigners and mouthpieces - particularly on women’s rights - and is expected to eventually succeed him one day. “His legacy is beautiful,” she told an interviewer last year. “Who would not want to step into those shoes?” A party insider added: “She has grown very close to her father and you can see her learning from him.” Already on a similar path is Oxfordeducated Bilawal, 24, who became the third generation of Bhuttos to lead the Pakistan People’s Party after his mother, Benazir, was assassinated in December 2007. Pakistan’s National Assembly had only a scattering of members present on Thursday when it quietly dissolved itself at the end of its five-year term. It was a historic moment. If elections go to plan then Pakistan will see the first democratic transition of power in its 65-year history, a period marked by political instability and three military coups. Bilawal’s father, Asif Ali Zardari, has been president of Pakistan since 2008, when he was catapulted into the political limelight after the assassination of his wife, Benazir. She was killed in a suicide attack
bilawal’s fans hope he will restore his Mother’s party to its traditional CoMpassionate, leftist position, bUt fear his privileged Upbringing and foreign edUCation have disConneCted hiM froM ordinary voters. his late Mother, they say, woUld also have Made sUre he had a firMer grasp of UrdU. as she campaigned for a third stint as prime minister. At 24, he is still too young to stand in elections, but a constituency is waiting for him, reportedly the troubled neighbourhood of Lyari in Karachi, as a twenty-fifth birthday present. Both political novices have recently been hitting the campaign trail, becoming very public campaigners for their fathers. “Bilawal will represent the Bhutto legacy and Maryam will be very active with women,” said Hasan Askari Rizvi, a political commentator. “We’ll be seeing them in campaign mode for the first time.” Ms Sharif, 39, has helped run her family’s charitable trust for the past decade or so but has recently carved out her own niche touring schools and colleges, where she addresses students on the importance of education and women’s rights. She is also doing a PHD through Cambridge University about Islamic radicalisation in Pakistan - a subject that no Pakistani politician can afford to ignore. While her father’s party, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) party, or PML-N, has been accused of being lenient towards Islamic militancy, she says: “There is no place for extremism and militancy in Islam.” Many in Pakistan still know her best for the scandal surrounding her choice of husband. Rather than a traditional arranged
while her father’s part y, paKistan MUsliM leagUenawaz, has been aCCUsed of being lenient towards islaMiC MilitanC y, MaryaM nawaz says: “there is no plaCe for extreMisM and MilitanC y in islaM.”
marriage, she fell in love with Captain Muhammad Safdar, when he was aide de camp to her father. She underwent a political awakening during almost a decade in exile, when her family fled to Saudi Arabia during the rule of General Pervez Musharraf. “I found some solace when I visited holy places, but the yearning for the homeland never abated,” she told Newsweek, a period she described as her “rebirth”. She is now widely expected to contest the constituency of Raiwind, where her father built a palace from what was left of the family fortune after the nationalisation of their steel business in the 1970s. She also Tweets regularly as she tours the country, with missives such as “Another survey endorses PMLN as largest most popular party in Pakistan.” Her rival, Bilawal, who graduated from Oxford with a 2-1 in history, could perhaps be forgiven for avoiding politics, given that it has claimed the lives of both his mother and his grandfather, who was executed on the orders of Pakistan’s former dictator, General Zia-ul-Haq. But he moved centre stage when his father was flown to hospital in Dubai a little over a year ago, amid rumours of a military takeover against his presidency. State media then pictured him chairing government and political meetings, a move which commentators said was designed to
remind Pakistan that President Zardari and the Bhutto dynasty were still firmly in power. Since then his profile has grown. He has become a familiar sight at his father’s side, welcoming world leaders to Pakistan, and his love life has been the subject of speculation by the Pakistani media. Last year, Hina Rabbani Khar, the country’s glamorous foreign minister, was forced to deny she was having an affair with the president’s son, a rumour that some claimed was part of a smear campaign run by the military. Bilawal’s fans hope he will restore his mother’s party to its traditional compassionate, leftist position, but fear his privileged upbringing and foreign education have disconnected him from ordinary voters. His late mother, they say, would also have made sure he had a firmer grasp of Urdu. Naheed Khan, who was close to Mrs Bhutto, said Bilawal risked being exposed too early if he was expected to defend his father’s unpopular government. “He has to take a very clear decision, whether he wants to carry his grandfather and grandmother’s legacy or he wants to go along with his father and what his father has done in five years,” she said. Whoever wins in elections, one thing seems certain: Pakistan’s political dynasties show few signs of fading away.
for the first time in history a democratic government able to complete its term and now we look forward to the next step which is free and fair election,” she noted.
us will not leave afghanistan: Karzai KABUL nni
Describing the recent tensions between the United States and Afghanistan as the western media’s propaganda, Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said the US will not leave Afghanistan alone. Speaking at a joint Afghan government and BBC Persian programme of Jerga-e-Azad, he said the US wanted to sign the KabulWashington security agreement in the upcoming three months, but the Afghan government would make a decision with careful accuracy. “If they accept our demands and it is good for us, then we will sign it,” he said. “The US is not leaving. They will not leave and we should ask them all our demands,” Karzai said in response to the question of whether the US will withdraw completely. He said the talks with the US continued and he encouraged the Afghan people to trust and “don’t worry about the future”. On the matter of the Afghan-US relationship being widely regarded as tense, Karzai labeled it propaganda of the western media. “This is all media propaganda. You are watching my speeches and the US wants to put pressure on us, but we are trying to put them under pressure. But they were more agile in the media than we are,” Karzai said. His comments come after recent speeches where he accused the US of holding secret talks with the Taliban without Afghan involvement and of wanting to stay in Afghanistan to take advantage of its resource-rich mines. The new US Defence secretary, Chuck Hagel, who was in Kabul at the time, dismissed the comments as not making any sense, while US Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham described them as “inconceivable” given the “blood and treasure” that the US has poured into the country.
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Afzal Guru’s execution has aroused negative feelings among Kashmiris. — Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed
wednesday, 20 March, 2013
Lawyers observe strike against Peshawar attack ISLAMABAD OnLinE
Lawyers across the country on Tuesday boycotted the courts to protest the attack on the Judicial Complex in Peshawar. Four persons were killed while 47 others, including eight lawyers and six police officials, sustained injuries after two suicide bombers attacked the Judicial Complex on Monday. The Pakistan Bar Association and provincial and district bar councils appealed the lawyers to go on strike to condemn the attack. Lawyers’ associations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Sindh and Punjab boycotted the court proceedings on Tuesday. The lawyers boycotted the court proceedings and demanded that the government bring the terrorists to justice. Black flags were hoisted on the buildings of bar councils throughout the country. Due to the closure of courts litigants faced difficulties. Meanwhile, the Peshawar High Court chief justice visited the Peshawar Judicial Complex. During the visit, he was briefed about the bombing. The lawyers said the attack was a security failure and the government had failed to protect them. They said lawyers faced continuous threats as they handle many sensitive cases and demanded fool proof security for themselves. Police have registered a case against unidentified terrorists for the attack. On the other hand, a threatening letter was received at the City Court Karachi due to which courts in Malir and other areas remained closed.
Pak hc invites pro-freedom camp to new delhi SRINAGAR nni
Amid continuous curbs on movement, Kashmir’s pro-freedom leadership has been invited to attend a function by Islamabad’s high commissioner to India on Pakistan Day in New Delhi on Friday. Besides chairmen of Hurriyat Conference factions – Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, the Pakistani high commissioner has extended invitation to other pro-freedom leaders, including JKLF chief Yasin Malik, Prof Abdul Ghani Bhatt, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Bilal Ghani Lone and Nayeem Ahmad Khan. The high commissioner has also invited several pro-freedom activists to join the function being hosted by him on March 22. “I have received invitation from Pak high commission but keeping in view the prevailing situation in valley, I would stay back in Srinagar,” Farooq was quoted as saying by a local news agency. He, however, said that a delegation of his amalgam would be travelling to New Delhi to participate in the function. He said that the delegation would offer good wishes to people of Pakistan and express gratitude to the government of Pakistan for passing a resolution on Afzal Guru. He, however, made it clear that his decision of not going to New Delhi was not based on his home detention. “Whether I would be under house arrest or be allowed to move out, I won’t leave Srinagar in such situation,” he clarified. Farooq, who is currently under house arrest, said it seems difficult for him to visit New Delhi at this juncture as situation is fragile in Kashmir. “I would prefer to stay with the people. We will be sending a delegation to New Delhi to attend the Pakistan day function,” he said. Farooq said during the meeting between Hurriyat delegation and the Pakistani high commissioner on the sidelines of the function, the members from the amalgam would apprise the Pakistani leaders about the fallout of the post-Afzal execution in Kashmir. “We will also urge the Pakistan high commissioner to re-double the efforts towards Kashmir resolution. Our delegations will also brief Pakistan leadership about the spurt in the human rights violations in Kashmir,” the Hurriyat (M) chairman said. “The Hurriyat members will also thank the Pakistan leaders for passing a resolution against Afzal’s hanging in Pakistan parliament.”
PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court presents a deserted look as lawyers observed a strike on Tuesday in protest against the terrorist attack on the Judicial Complex the other day. inP
na bureaucrats, blue-eyed officials eye service extensions ISLAMABAD
R O U N D a half dozen top bureaucrats and officers in the National Assembly are actively seeking extensions in their services’ tenure and have been contacting the authorities concerned for the purpose, Pakistan Today has learnt through reliable sources privy to parliament. The sources said the top gun of the National Assembly in the list of ‘extension aspirants’ was National Assembly Secretary Karamat Hussain Niazi, who has al-
NA SECY KARAMAT NIAZI, WHO ALREADY HAS HAD HALF A DOZEN EXTENSIONS, EYES ANOTHER ready had at least half a dozen extensions in the National Assembly, reflecting his power and resourcefulness. Niazi’s extension tenure would be ending in April and he is likely to be retired from his current position, however, there are little chances of him not getting another extension in his tenure.
Sources said Niazi was an ‘expert’ at getting service extensions. National Assembly Media DG Anjum Mughal retired on March 16 and has attended his farewell party, however, it remains a mystery how he is continuing in office and why has his retirement notification not been issued. The sources said Mughal was also trying to hunt an extension in his service period and was contacting authorities concerned indirectly. Most of the senior staff of the National Assembly is linking the retirements of Niazi and Mughal as part of the same ‘plan’, and expect that if one is successful
India accuses Pakistan of spying NEW DELHI OnLinE
Pakistan’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) called ‘Jasoos’ have been spying on security arrangements and army activities going in India through the international border adjoining Rajasthan, an Indian media report claimed on Tuesday. In the recent past, activities of these UAVs have increased, the report said. These UAVs can be spotted at night as sparkling red lights and have become a subject of excitement and discussion among security forces. They are active during day time also and can be recognised by the trail of smoke they leave behind, the report added. These spy planes are active across the border opposite Barmer, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Ganganagar in Rajasthan, it said. Indian officials confirming this said Pakistan is taking help of UAVs to
keep an eye on the Indian area and their activities have intensified in the past few days. Indian officials said Pakistan had developed UAVs a few years ago with the help of America and Italy and issing them to spy on India. They said these spy planes are active at a height of 1500m-2000m just 500 to 700 yards from the international border. These UAVs are fitted with ultramodern powerful cameras that can capture photographs spanning many kilometers. They are operated from a distance of 25 to 30 km. Computer operators are connected to these UAVs which receive photographs sent by these drones, said sources. Though BSF is keeping a watch over the activities of UAVs, it is not possible to take any action since they are flying within the Pakistani border, said officials. But senior officers have been informed about the UAVs, sources added.
When contacted Indian defence spokesperson Col SD Goswami said, “Our air defence units are monitoring such activities along the border. In case there is an air space violation, suitable action will be taken. All such violations are analysed and taken up with the country concerned through laid down channels per established procedures.” He added per the international air space rules and bilateral agreements with neighbouring sovereign countries, such flying activities are permitted 10 km away from the international border, but any closer than the 10 km limit requires prior permission. Jasoos are unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) developed by Pakistani company Satuma. They are controlled via remote and weigh around 20kg. Capable of doing 180 km an hour, these UAVs fly at a height of 10,000ft (3480m). Jasoos have a range of 100km, and can fly for 4-5 hours continuously with battery backup, according to the report.
in obtaining an extension, the other would be automatically awarded with the same. In case Niazi fails to get another extension, the two potential candidates to replace him include National Assembly Special Secretary Qamar Abbas and National Assembly Additional Secretary Qamar Sohail. Abbas has been re-employed in the National Assembly and is likely to get retired in the coming June, if not granted an extension. The other candidate and subordinate of Niazi, Sohail, has arrived from the judiciary and could likely be the new National Assembly secretary.
ecP was protected to rig polls LAHoRE STAFF REPORT
Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri said on Tuesday rulers had protected the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to rig polls. Addressing a press conference, Dr Qadri said, “We don’t want to become a part of the dynastic system. PAT will stage symbolic sitins on the day of polling.” He made it clear that sit-ins would be staged away from the polling stations to avoid any law and order situation. The ECP was saved by the government, he said, adding that nomination paper was silent on corruption. The PAT chief said Pakistan should have 30 provinces and that the chief minister’s slot should be removed. All powers should be transferred to district government, he added.
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A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns. –The Godfather by Mario Puzo
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a threat to peaceful elections And a challenge to law enforcement authorities
new threat has emerged to the forthcoming elections. The TTP has called off the offer of talks with the government accusing the civil and military administration of being non-serious. It has also reiterated its opposition to the prevailing political system, calling it an “un-Islamic democratic system which only serves the interests of infidels and enemies of Islam.” The TTP has told the voters to abstain from participating in the election activity. What is more it has specifically advised them stay away from the gatherings organized by the PPP, ANP and MQM. In other words the TTP is to decide henceforth which parties are to be allowed to participate in the elections and which are to be kept out of the race. It remains to be seen how the parties excluded from the TTP advisory react to the challenge posed by the militant network. Will they rejoice at having been given an assurance of violence free campaigning or join hands with the condemned parties to reject the ultimatum? It is in the long term interest of the political parties to act in support of the system and desist the temptation for appeasement. The militant network has also declared a war against the courts. Accepting responsibility for the suicide attack inside the Peshawar judicial complex, it has maintained that judiciary has “failed to protect innocent citizens like Dr Aafia Siddiqui.” It claims that TTP’s so far unknown affiliate Aafia Siddqui Brigade has conducted the attack that killed four innocent persons and injured 25 others. One can hardly find any justification for blaming the judiciary for failure to protect the activist. Does the network hold only the judiciary in Peshawar responsible for what it considers an act of culpable neglect or is looking for an opportunity to target other courts in the country as well? To many the attack is in fact reflective of Sufi Mohammad mindset; Sufi had in 2009 rejected the constitution along with the parliament, executive and judiciary for being against Islam. A successful conclusion of the forthcoming elections would strengthen democracy and weaken the hold of the offstage players and conventional powerbrokers. The larger the voter turnout, the stronger would be the elected government. For this there is a need to deal effectively with the elements who are trying to scare away the voters and threatening the political leaders. The TTP warning poses a challenge to the intelligence agencies and law enforcement authorities. What is needed is to ensure that there is no major incident of terrorism during the election campaign which would kick off after the completion of the scrutiny of the nomination papers by the ECP and the announcement of the election schedule by the president.
What is Musharraf coming for? Outstanding questions overshadow former dictator’s return plans
am arriving in Pakistan on March 24th. I need your support,” former President Pervez Musharraf announced via his Facebook page on early Monday. “A senate resolution adopted in January last year is very clear that he should be arrested and prosecuted,” was the response of Senator Raza Rabbani from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). “It is the expression of the will of the lawmakers.” Such is the repulse with which the guardians of Pakistan’s democracy look at the former dictator that Musharraf has been forced to announce dates of return and then subsequently withdraw them many times over. The above mentioned resolution adopted unanimously by the upper house demanded Musharraf’s arrest and the initiation of a treason case against the former dictator who seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999. The maximum penalty for Musharraf, if charged, is hanging. For once, however, it appears that the former commando is sticking to his guns – perhaps thinking that the caretaker government will be more amenable to his arrival. But of course he appears to have forgotten that another increasingly strong player in the country: the judiciary, which he so attempted to dispose, and which is a dark horse which has given sufficient hints to suggest that it will issue arrest orders for Musharraf in one of the many cases against him lying before it. One of these is the Lal Masjid Enquiry Commission before which Musharraf has refused to appear. The commission has the power to issue his arrest warrants or seize his properties – meaning that even if he escapes arrest, his party may be decapitated with a lock down of its funds. All that said and done, Musharraf’s party, the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) has announced plans for a ‘historic welcome’ for the deposed leader next Sunday in Karachi. “The people of Karachi will receive the APML chief in an unprecedented manner,” a APML apparatchik told a party delegation in Hyderabad. Maybe the APML believes that it can pull of the unexpected. People’s memories in Pakistan do tend to be short. But the fact is that the country and its people are still suffering the effects of Musharraf’s policies. His consumption-oriented economic policies, relying on trickle down, failed badly. The power crisis, increased corruption in politics, the worsening of the situation in Balochistan and the increase in terrorism, all trace their origins to the Musharraf era. While Musharraf still retains a democratic right to take part in the elections, he must be tried in the cases registered against him. Moreover, it is still hard to answer the question: what is Musharraf returning for? Perhaps, the former dictator shall furnish an answer once he arrives.
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new democratic opportunity M Election is the most civilised way to elect new assemblies and new governments
ARCH 16, 2013, is a landmark date in Pakistan’s troubled political history. The elected National Assembly and elected civilian federal government completed its full tenure and came to an end through a normal constitutional procedure. The members left the National Assembly in good mood saying goodbye to one another. The prime minister addressed the nation on radio and TV two hours before the conclusion of the tenure of the National Assembly, thanking all those who contributed to strengthening the democratic process. He also highlighted what he considered to be the achievements of the PPP government at the federal level. The politically active circles would continue to debate the achievements and failure of the five years of democracy. Given increased political divisions in Pakistan there is a greater tendency to take a partisan position. If one is a supporter of the PPP there will be some praise for the government. The opposition members have nothing but criticism to offer. The PML-N leaders appear to be more critical of the PPP than any other party but they project the PML-N government in the Punjab as the best example of perDR HASAn ASkARi RiZvi formance. Imran Khan criticises both parties. There are those in Pakistan that trash everything. Either they are idealist or pessimist. For them no government has done anything for them; prices have increased, life has become unsafe and there is power shortage. The democratic era has not given them anything, they argue. They are not interested in the civilian governments completing their terms. Some of them think that there is no hope for democracy until an ideal society and state are created and a
super human and fully pious person appears on the political scene. Despite political failures and poor governance, peaceful and orderly completion of the term of the government marks the end of the first phase of democratic transition. This needs to be acknowledged and celebrated. The second phase starts for the selection of new assemblies and governments. The test of the people’s commitment to democracy is the general election. It is a challenge to hold peaceful, fair, free and transparent elections. This calls for a joint official and non-official effort to hold the election in a manner that it provides an opportunity to the people to elect their representatives. It should be held in a manner that its results are acceptable to the main players in the process and the elections observers describe it as a fair chance to the people to exercise their right to vote. It is a wrong assumption that democracy cannot exist without ideal political and societal conditions and that the people in the lead political role must be pious and angel-like. Democracy is a process that improves by practising it. The process must continue and mid-course corrections are made in the light of the experience of working of democracy. The democratic process improves over time provided there is a conscious effort to improve it and its values are adopted by the society as the standard way of dealing with social, political, cultural and economic affairs. Democracy has to become a way of life and a way to look at life as well as the strategy of dealing with other. The leadership reflects the broad features of the society because the leaders have to deal with the people and address their problems. If corruption and favouritism are rampant in the society, do not expect that the leaders will be completely free of these weaknesses. If every leader refuses to help people who have not been able to prove that they are fully justified in their demands, the people will be unhappy and turn against such a leader. Either the leader has to solve the problems of the people or convince them that they should not demand this or suggest a better alternative. The quality of leadership can improve if the people and societal organisations scrutinise the performance of the elected leaders through mutual dialogue and discussion on national and local problems and issues. The voters need to use their right to vote on merit. If they think that a parliamentarian has not performed his job in a
fair manner or engages in corrupt practices, they should not vote for such a person. This is a more effective method of accountability than expecting someone appearing on the political scene and cleansing the society through arbitrary and brutal methods. Election provides the people with an important opportunity to hold the parliamentarian accountable for their work. When the candidates are engaged in election campaign the voters should ask them questions about their agenda for local development work and national issues. Invariably the candidates give a rosy picture of the future or make promises that are never delivered. When a candidate makes a promise ask him to give a plan of action. For example, a candidate can argue that if his party comes to power it will provide jobs to every young persons with high school education and others and that the problem of electricity shortages will be removed in three months. Ask such a person how would his party mobilise financial resources to achieve these objectives. What are the specific plans to produce more electricity or use the currently available electricity in an efficient manner? Which methods for power generation will be employed and how would funds and technology be made available? Everybody should check if the vote is registered and use it on the polling day. A large voter turnout reduces the chances of manipulation of results. The party activists need to take extra security caution in the course of the election campaign and on the polling day to avoid terrorist attacks. Hold small public meetings and monitor the areas closely where election activity is taking place so that none is able to plant a bomb or engage in suicide attacks. The forthcoming election is an important occasion for the people of Pakistan to demonstrate their commitment to democracy by getting actively involved in the electoral process. Do not listen to those who argue that nothing can change by casting vote. Election is the most civilised way to elect new assemblies and new governments provided the people vote for the people who are genuinely committed to the cause of the people. The voters and politically active people should cooperate with each other to turn the election into a genuine democratic exercise.
The writer is an independent political and defence analyst.
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Misplaced priorities As per a recently published report by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) — an independent resource on global security, Pakistan is included in the top five importers of the major conventional weapons during 2008-2012 period. The other four top importers are also from Asia — India (12 percent of global imports), China (6 percent), South Korea (5 percent) and Singapore (4 percent). Pakistan’s share was 5 percent of the global weapons import. I don’t want to comment on other countries’ import as it must be linked with the size of their economy and level of security threat, if any. But can Pakistan’ economy with per capita income of only US$ 1200 afford such a leisure? I would call it leisure when country’s power sector can’t produce electricity per its nameplates capacity which in turn is ruining its industries, where government-run education has badly suffered, when most of the development projects are either on hold or getting delayed, when condition of health centres has worsened, where millions of peo-
ple are still deprived of clean water — all this is happening due to lack of funds (and of bad governance), when Pakistan is already burdened by perpetual national and international loans, when Pakistan is about to initiate negotiations with IMF for another loan of billions of dollars’ worth – can we still afford to import that many weapons? There is no weight in the logic that we have to keep a deterrent or balance against India. We are a sovereign country, what is and what is not important for us shall be decided on rational grounds. Wish the upcoming government has some courage to take the country towards stability wherein such a stockpile of weapons may not be necessary. When we can’t change our neighbours, then we have to learn to live together, such as once foes Germany and France are now supplement to each other’s economy, or like Czech and Slovaks who got separated after a long union without any blood thirsty issue. Why can’t the same be applicable for Pakistan and India? MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia
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My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors. –Maya Angelou
wednesday, 20 March, 2013
Living among the marksmen Supporting those who are busy killing us
The us learns little from itself How vested interests trump everything good
EW in Arabia talk about the so-called Arab Spring anymore. In Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and especially Syria, what the western press recently romanticised as revolution has in fact turned out a sweeping victory for the Islamic far right, carefully funded and pushed through by a fast growing SaudiQatari alliance within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). It has been interesting, though, to note how conveniently Washington has greenlighted Al-Qaeda linked jihadi influence in the wake of the Spring, despite its experiences in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. John Kerry’s recent visit to the Middle East only confirmed suspicion that the US will influence arms transfer to Syria to the benefit of the rebel army battling President Bashar al Assad’s forces. He made a point of stressing that such shipments would not fall into the hands of the jabhat al Nusra, the Al-Qaeda affiliate also fighting the government. He also said, as did his Saudi, Qatari and Turkish counterparts, that the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) needed more arms to offset the increasing muscle of jabhat al Nusra. But nobody made any mention of just who was funding and arming Al-Qaeda associates across the region. It is no secret, especially for the Pakistani audience, that almost all things Al-Qaeda are traced to the American-Saudi-Pakistani intelligence model that spawned the mujahideen of the Soviet jihad. Since then, these soldier clerics have spread via heavy funding from mostly Saudi based wahabis, whose madrassahs across Pakistan and Afghanistan produced the initial band of global jihadists that subsequently set up franchises across Asia, Arabia and Africa. Their growing strength captured public attention after 9/11, hence the 12 years (so far) of the war on terror. But official US policy, of destroying Al-Qaeda whenever and wherever it relocates, is not matched by its actions, especially as radical jihadists have spread their influence in the Middle East, Maghreb and the Levant. It became clear very early in the Spring, particularly in Tunisia and Egypt, that not just the semi-radical Islamic Brotherhood, but also Salafi proper groups would benefit the most from the fall of long standing, US-backed dictatorships. Arab regimes were built on long years of internal repression that did not allow the growth of a moderate political class, which is why varying shades of extreme Islam, nurtured on an ideology of politically motivated jihad, mobilised very quickly to fill vacuums.
For the record, Washington was wrongfooted till the uprisings reached Libya – Hillary called Hosni “practically family” till just a few days before his resignation. And it was not too hard to rally western opinion against “madman of the Middle East” Gaddafi, which is also when US-Saudi interests were increasingly aligned. Gaddafi sat atop light-sweet crude, among the finest quality oil on the planet. For the west, time was right to bring more of that wealth to its corporations, the Exxon Mobils of this world, while for Riyadh, dividing the whole region into Wahabi-Salafi proxies seemed within reach. So Washington conveniently turned a blind eye to AlQaeda militias funneled into Libya, funded by Saudi and Qatari petrodollars. It was not until Libya had been handed over to a puppet regime that the depth of Al-Qaeda infiltration started becoming clear. But that did not stop a repeat performance in Syria, where the ruling Alawi regime – an offshoot of Shia Islam and strategic partner of Iran – was declared fair game in the drive to “liberate” the country. And once again the Sauds, aided by the Qatari royal family and Turkey’s ruling party, flushed the country with jihadists from across the world. Even the Pakistani tribal insurgency lost a bunch of precious Arab fighters to the Syrian cause, where they found US backed momentum far more to their liking than military action and drone bombardment in the AfPak region. Now the Syrian civil war has entered its
third year, turning the country into a proxy sectarian battle field, and threatening to spill over into the wider neighbourhood. For the US, Bashar’s fall will weaken Iran and Hezbollah, dealing the proverbial kiss of death to the long standing anti-Israeli resistance. And for the Saudis, it will counter Iran’s Shia allies, expanding the Wahabi kingdom’s sphere of influence. Yet sending more arms to aid the Syrian rebellion will invariably play into the hands of extremist Al-Qaeda forces, which are the most potent among anti-regime militias. American and Saudi funded rebel training camps in Turkey and Jordan are reminiscent of the mujahideen camps on the PakAfghan border not long ago. In destroying the Middle East’s last Baathist dynastic dictatorship, Washington and its friends in Riyadh risk plunging the whole region into an expanded theatre of Al-Qaeda insurgency that will aim to hit Israel on one side, Iran on the other, and one which will not spare its Saudi patrons, who are, after all, American allies in the region. It will not be long before the Israelis understand the magnitude of the threat from Al-Qaeda just as it strengthens across the Golan Heights, and realises that for all its faults, the Assad regime was the lesser evil so far as Israeli interests were concerned. There will be no bigger proof of how little America learns from its own mistakes.
Now the Syrian civil war has entered its third year, turning the country into a proxy sectarian battle field, and threatening to spill over into the wider neighbourhood.
The writer is Middle East correspondent, Pakistan Today.
T the end of every working day, when we sit in front of the TV screens, my mother, who cannot understand Urdu, comes to us and asks us a question, “How many people have been killed today?” The question is often responded with a plain figure describing number of people that fell prey to the unending violence in the ALi ARqAM city. She asks more details about the nature of killings and we tell her about the ethnicity, political affiliations and faith of the victims; it’s how these killings have been assorted. The queries end up with cursing the government and political parties reviled for backing warring gangs. On the evening of 13 March, the daily stats of violent acts from Karachi, tagged with a term “target killings”, included a prominent figure of the city. The deceased was a woman and Director of Orangi Pilot Project, Parveen Rehman, who had been killed with a 9mm pistol by armed motorcyclists in quite the similar fashion as most of the target killings had happened in the city. People on the social media were lamenting the death, effing and blinding the remorseless assassins, and I had to answer the questions asked by my mother after watching TV channels showing scenes from the hospitals where Parveen Rehman’s dead body was wrapped in white shrouds labelled with the logos of Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation (KKF). Unhinged by the footage and my replies, she murmured, “I can’t understand how this woman could be a problem for anyone?” The name associated with the efforts on improving the lives of those living in slums could not, and should not, have been a threat to the powerful affiliates of armed political and religious groups. It has been reported that her intense efforts in archiving and documenting the records of 1,500 goths in the outskirts of the city, which were grabbed, divided and sold out by these The new political players have groups, and her support for encouraged a tit for tat those people who were dispossessed of their lands, response, but what has been had earned her chafe and an established fact is that displeasure from different militancy goes out of bounds quarters. One wonders how these records and files exceeding the assigned limits. can prevent and stop people from selling these precious lands. One can assume that political powers are the primary suspects, which actually have the ability to manipulate administrative processes hence paving way for their affiliates to skip all the obstructions coming in their way. With the emergence and realligning of the new players in the aftermath of the 2008 elections, the authority of the old contenders, who have for many years enjoyed monopoly over political powers and its outcomes, has been challenged. They reacted violently to the new political realities. The new political players have encouraged a tit for tat response, but what has been an established fact is that militancy goes out of bounds exceeding the assigned limits. Armed elements in these political groups have reacted in the same way: exercising autonomy at different levels with unwanted results in a few cases. During these years, while the demographic changes in the city have been discussed, the most significant change which has been overruled due to various political reasons is the drastic shift in the equation of powers towards various religious and sectarian hardcore militant groups. The maneuvering by the political parties has been emphasised upon but taking hold of the precious lands by various religious groups has been hardly discussed or taken into account. It starts with a boundary wall around a small part of land acquired in the name of a mosque, which is then gradually extended to greater parts of the land with the help of activists of the jihadi and sectarian militant outfits. After the possession is established, later a section of the land is kept for the mosque and madrassah and the rest is sold out in the name of collecting funds for the mosque and madrassah. These localities around the mosques and madrassahs are under effective control of these armed groups, who do not allow non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to operate, and look at their women workers with suspicion and disdain. These groups have asserted their authorities and exercised powers to negotiate disputes at the lower level. With the arrival of their militant counterparts from other parts of the country, they have overstepped their domain many times by targeting dissident elements in the political parties, as well as those who stood up against militant groups and sided with the government and military where military offensives were undertaken against these militant groups. While most of these groups, exercising authority to commit violence or employing coercive measures, were delegated these powers by the state for various political or ideological reasons, the state comes into action only if one group has to be dragged down in favour of the other or it has started acting more independently than what has been accorded to it in the first place. What matters most, to the establishment, is not the anti-people character of these groups but the anti-state activities, that too specifically against the vested interests of the establishment and not the state in general, which would have been a good idea. Ali Arqam is a journalist based in Karachi. He can be emailed at: email@example.com and interacted on Twitter at: @aliarqam
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It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one. — Voltaire
aLi zafar scores a haT-TricK
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WaTson noT inTeresTed in fifTy shades adaPTaTion? British actress Emma Watson is reportedly not interested in taking the coveted lead role in the upcoming big screen adaptation of the book “ Fifty Shades Of Grey”. The documents from German movie studio Constantin Film suggested the “Harry Potter” star had been cast as the racy book’s adventurous college student Anastasia Steele. Watson has now taken to her Twitter page to respond to the speculations, reports contactmusic.com. “Who here actually thinks I would do ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life. Good. Well that’s sorted then,” she tweeted. nEWS DESk
cLooney and sTacy KeibLer sPoTTed hoLding hands George Clooney and Stacy Keibler held hands as they headed to dinner in Berlin over the weekend, quashing rumours of their alleged break-up. The 33-year-old beauty recently flew off to the German capital to be with her beau while he films “The Monument’s Men.” The couple enjoyed dinner with Clooney’s pals Matt Damon and producer Grant Heslov at Grill Royal on Saturday, the New York Post reported. But sources recently told Us Magazine that things might not be as rosy as they may seem on the outside. nEWS DESk
This isn’t the first time that Ali Zafar has lent his musical talent to a Bollywood film. He’ll score a hat trick when he gets to dance to songs to his own vocal rendition. “Dhichkyaaon Doom Doom” certainly isn’t the only song in Chashme Baddoor that Ali has sung, but it is already being hailed by critics as a hit by fans and foes alike. Sung by Ali Zafar and Shreya Ghosal with lyrics by Nilesh Misra the new single off the sizzling hot soundtrack of Chashme Baddoor is already receiving
Captain Peacock actor Frank Thornton dies
Lindsay’s dad aTTacKs her LaWyer Actress Lindsay Lohan’s estranged father Michael has lashed out at her lawyer Mark Heller for cashing on his daughter’s “notoriety”. Michael forced Heller to cut short a press conference outside a courthouse here Monday. “‘What are you still doing here?’ Michael asked Heller. ‘This guy is trying to cash in on my daughter’s notoriety for his own professional interests’”, contactmusic.com quoted Michael as saying. Lindsay has to undergo 18 months of psychotherapy to get free from all illegal substances including drugs. nEWS DESk
great reviews from fans and critics alike. David Dhavan’s remake of Sai Paranjpe’s 1981 classic, Chashme Buddoor, in which Ali Zafar plays Farooque Shaikh’s character, is scheduled to release on April 5. The highly anticipated summer blockbuster is already being anticipated as a cinema sell-out. It certainly would not come as a surprise seeing that Ali has developed quite a Midas-touch when it comes to choosing successful projects. Ali said, “When I saw the
British actor Frank Thornton - best known as Captain Peacock in the long-running television comedy “ Are You Being Served?” - has died at age 92, his agent said Monday. The actor is best remembered by
British audiences for his comic role in the innuendoladen hit sitcom, which ran from the 1970s to 1985. He played a mustachioed, pompous floor manager who oversaw his fellow shop workers in a department store. Thornton’s agent, David Daly, said that the actor died in his sleep in his home in London in the early hours of Saturday. Born in Dulwich, south London, Thornton had worked in insurance after leaving school but took evening classes to become an actor. He soon took up stage acting and played in London’s West End, before serving in the Royal Air Force during World War II. In the 1950s, while still doing theater, he began to branch into television comedy. He appeared on “The Benny Hill Show” and other comedy programs, and also took a small role in the movie “Carry On Screaming.” In the 1970s - with the success of “Are You Being Served?” - Thornton became a household name in Britain. “He was a great friend and consummate performer who was the glue who really held ‘Are You Being Served?’ together,” said the show’s co-creator, Jeremy Lloyd. “He will continue to give people enjoyment.” Later Thornton also became known for his part in another long-running television comedy series, “Last of the Summer Wine.” He has made appearances in dozens of movies, including “No Sex Please, We’re British” and more recently “Gosford Park.” Thornton is survived by his wife Beryl, daughter Jane, and three grandchildren. nEWS DESk
original Chashme Buddoor, I knew that the plot has to retain its authenticity. Also, while it must have been a challenge to render it into modern times and aesthetics, David sir has done a brilliant job. It’s a family entertainer. We are all excited about it.” “Dhichkyaaon Doom Doom” is a tantalising appetizer to audience eagerly looking forward to see a modernised version of a film which has quite a fan following. The movie is being released by HKC Entertainment in Pakistan.
Kim plans black and white nursery for baby Socialite Kim Kardashian, who is expecting her first child with rapper Kanye West in July, is planning to create a black and white nursery for her baby. “Kardashian was gushing about her nursery plans while carefully selecting gifts for her baby registry with sisters Khloe and Kourtney at Bel Bambini in West Hollywood,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted a source as saying. “She mainly looked at simple clothing, nothing too girly,” the source added. n E W S D E S k
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The patience that’s required when one’s nephew wants to buy a car that’s an inch in size from a floor full of toys...
Twilight author saddened over R-Patz-K-Stew’s love life The Twilight Saga’s author Stephenie Meyer has revealed that she is saddened over Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart’s traumatic and very public love trials. The best selling author told Britain’s The Times magazine that though there might be actors who want to be famous and household names with their infamous escapades that doesn’t apply to the ‘Twilight’ co-stars. The pair’s love life off-screen may have arguably attracted more attention than their on-screen romance last summer. Stewart, 22, caused quite a stir when she was caught cheating on Pattinson with Rupert Sanders, her 42-year-old married director for ‘Snow White and the Huntsman.’ The controversy blurred the lines between the lover’s relationship in real-life. “I just don’t think they enjoy the parts [of fame] that other people would. And I totally get that, because it would not be my thing either,” the New York Daily News quoted Meyer as saying. Though the duo reconciled last fall, they continue living in the public spotlight, while Meyer can keep her life privately behind the book and movie fame. “At the same time — and this is where the guilt comes from — it’s created this nice peaceful place for me. They took all of my heat, which I feel bad about,” the author said. nEWS DESk
“I have bigger lawns. I have a better plane than the governor’s plane,” ~ Gov. Ahmed Mehmud
Overheard conversation between a Hindu and a Parsi gent today. Never heard Allah invoked so many times. They were talking abt Karachi
ChristinalaMb 10 years ago today was sneaking across Kuwaiti border into Iraq to cover the war
Heard a beautiful Nasir Kazmi nazm today. Recited by Zia Mohyeddin. Will share tomorrow. Koyee shoqeen dost mehrbani karay aur yaad kara day
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Who indeed will set bounds to human ingenuity? Who will assert that everything in the universe capable of being perceived is already discovered and known? — Galileo
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sheen’s ex-wife and kids threatened Hollywood actor Charlie Sheen claimed his exwife Denise Richards and their daughters Sam and Lola found a threatening note and a knife outside their home. The objects were found soon after the 47-year-old blasted a known children’s school for allegedly allowing Sam to be bullied. “My daughters had the pleasure of discovering a knife,” contactmusic.com quoted Sheen as saying. Sheen replied to the post that he tweeted a few days back. The post reads: “Here’s why people suck, a group of mindless people have targeted Richards and the girls with bullying tactics as a response to my call to arms.” He also urged people to leave his family alone. “Leave them alone. This is not a threat but a promise that justice will be served. I’m not hiding. You are. Show yourselves you spineless cowards,” said Sheen. Sheen said two people were captured on surveillance tape outside the property and he has contacted police to investigate the alleged threat. The school denied his claims and insisted they did everything necessary to deal with the situation. nEWS DESk
naomi watts thrilled after getting Golden Globe nomination Naomi Watts got her very first Golden Globe nomination for the portrayal of a real-life Tsunami survivor in The Impossible. The talented actress’s joy knew no bounds when she got this news last night. Incidentally, it was also her son, Sammy’s, birthday. Sharing her joy, she said, “It’s my son’s birthday today and it proved to be lucky for me. I am happy that I got this nomination for ‘The Impossible’ because it’s a really special movie for my family.” Recently, she also revealed that The Impossible is her first movie that her sons agreed to watch. And the movie has really helped her strengthen her connection with her kids. The Impossible is a true story of a Spanish couple family who had just begun started enjoying their winter vacation in Thailand when an unexpected tsunami threatened to destroy the entire region on the unforgettable day of December 26, 2004. The Impossible also stars Ewan McGregor and Tom Holland. PVR Pictures is all set to release The Impossible in India on January 4, 2013. nEWS DESk
Holmes tells Allure she hopes 2013 is peaceful NEWS DESK Katie Holmes doesn’t talk about her split from actor Tom Cruise but she does say she hopes this year is better than the last. The actress tells Allure magazine she wants 2013 to be “a peaceful year for a lot of people.” She goes on to cite some of 2012’s major headlines like Superstorm Sandy and the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting, adding she hopes “it’s a good year for everyone.” The 34-year-old, who has a six-year-old daughter named Suri with Cruise, does say she’s “open” to the idea of expanding her family in the future. Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise last June after five years of marriage. Allure’s April issue goes on sale nationwide March 26.
Avatar so much harder than LOTR: James Cameron
Kutcher’s steve jobs biopic delayed indefinitely
James Cameron has revealed that he had it tough making ‘Avatar’ as compared to Sir Peter Jackson with the ‘Lord of the Rings’. The 59-year-old filmmaker, who is planning to direct Avatar 2, said in an interview with Life Goes Strong that he has spoken to Jackson about the challenges of creating a film not based on a novel, Stuff.co.nz reported. The ‘Terminator’ director said that making the sequels was easy for Jackson because they were based on a book, but for him it is difficult to make the second part of the science fiction film as he has to create his own books in his head and extract a script from it. He added that he is deep into the second movie and living in Pandora, which is the fictional universe he created for the film. nEWS DESk
The premiere of Steve Jobs biopic, starring Ashton Kutcher, has been delayed indefinitely. The first Steve Jobs biopic Jobs, has had its release date pushed back from April 19 in North America to an indefinite date. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, it is believed that the delay is purely for marketing reasons. A film that was already famous, is now on the verge of infamy, the paper said. It has already hit a number of stumbling blocks, including its name. Once called jOBS, in a presumed play on the Apple “iNAME” convention, and even referred to in some press as iJobs, it was quietly re-formatted as Jobs at the beginning of the year. Also starring Dermot Mulroney and Matthew Modine, the film, directed by Joshua Michael Stern and written by Matt Whitely, tracks Steve Jobs life from college drop-out to Apple visionary from 1971 to 2001. nEWS DESk
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The limits of my language mean the limits of my world. –Ludwig Wittgenstein
infotainMent Wednesday, 20 March, 2013
us could suffer a ‘Katrina’ every other year
Power still out at damaged nuclear plant in japan Four fuel storage pools at Japan’s tsunami-damaged nuclear plant have been without fresh cooling water for more than 15 hours due to a power outage, but the plant’s operator said Tuesday morning it was trying to repair a broken switchboard that might have caused the problem. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that pool temperatures were well within safe levels at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, and that pools would remain safe for at least four days without fresh cooling water. The utility was preparing a backup system in case the repairs didn’t fix the problem, Masayuki Ono, an official at operator Tokyo Electric Power Co., told reporters. “If worse comes to worst, we have a backup water injection system,” said Ono. Yoshihide Suga, the chief government spokesman, sought to allay concerns. “In a sense, we have put in place measures that leave no room for worry,” Suga told reporters in a regular press briefing. The command center at the plant suffered a brief power outage before 7 p.m. Monday. Electricity was quickly restored to the command center but not to equipment pumping water into the fuel pools. The utility was investigating the cause of the power outage and believes it might be due to problems with a switchboard, which it is trying to repair. At the same time, the company is preparing to connect another switchboard if repairs cannot fix the problem. The temperature in the four pools had risen slightly, but was well below the utility’s target control temperature of 65 degrees Celsius, TEPCO said. The fuel pool for Unit 4, which contains spent and new fuel rods, had risen to 30.5 degrees as of 10 a.m. Tuesday from 25 degrees before the power outage. A common pool storing spent fuel for all reactors was at 28.6 degrees, while the Unit 1 pool was at 17.1 degrees and Unit 3 was at 15.9 degrees. TEPCO said the reactors were unaffected and no other abnormalities were found. nEWS DESk
OULD the USA deal with a Hurricane Katrina every two years? Such a scenario is possible by the end of the century due to climate change, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The frequency of extreme storm surges — the deadly and devastating walls of water that roar ashore during hurricanes — is projected to increase by as much as 10 times in coming decades because of warming temperatures, the study finds. Global warming has already doubled the chance of storms like Katrina, according to the study, which was led by climate scientist Aslak Grinsted of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Storm surge is typically the biggest killer from hurricanes, and also usually causes the most destruction: Katrina killed more than 1,800 people and caused $125 billion in damage, mostly from storm surge, while Sandy last year killed dozens and caused at least $50 billion in damages. Grinsted’s research shows that there will be a tenfold increase in frequency of storm surges if the climate becomes 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit warmer. “This means
that there will be a ‘Katrina’ magnitude storm surge every other year,” he says. One estimate from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows that, under one of the “best-case” scenarios, Earth’s atmosphere’s temperature will rise anywhere from 2.0 to 5.2 degrees by the end of the century. Grinsted says that a 0.7 degrees warming of the climate “cor-
responds to a doubling of the frequency of extreme storm surges like the one during Hurricane Katrina. With the global warming we have had during the 20th century, we have already crossed the threshold where more than half of all ‘Katrinas’ are due to global warming,” he says. This research used past storm surge data from six tidal gauges from the East
Coca-cola puts fizz, flavour in new glaceau water NEWS DESK Coca-Cola is taking bottled water and doing what it does best — giving it some bubbles and flavor. The Atlantabased company confirmed Monday that it would introduce a line of zerocalorie, carbonated, fruit-flavored waters called “Fruitwater” starting April 1. The drink will be part of CocaCola’s Glaceau unit, which makes other pricier bottled waters such as Vitaminwater and Smartwater. Unlike the zero-calorie version of Vitaminwater, which is made with the natural sweetener stevia, Fruitwater will be sweetened with the artificial
sweetener sucralose, best known as Splenda. It will not contain any fruit juice but the bottle notes that the drink is “enhanced with nutrients,” a reference to its B vitamins, magnesium and zinc. The rollout was first reported by the trade journal Beverage Digest. Such an “unsoda,” fizzy and sweetened but packaged like bottled water, could lure people who are looking for an alternative to sugary carbonated drinks. Soft drink consumption has slid in the U.S. since the late 1990s. The decline has been attributed to growing concerns about obesity, as well as the proliferation of options such bottled teas and flavored waters.
Bloomberg wants tobacco products out of sight in NYC NEWS DESK Cigarettes would have to be kept out of sight in New York City stores under a first-in-thenation plan unveiled by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday, igniting complaints from retailers and smokers who said they’ve had enough with the city’s crackdowns. Shops from corner stores to supermarkets would have to keep tobacco products in cabinets, drawers, under the counter, behind a curtain or in other concealed spots. Officials also want to stop shops from taking cigarette coupons and honoring discounts, and are
proposing a minimum price for cigarettes, below what the going rate is in much of the city now, to discourage black market sales. Anti-smoking advocates and health experts hailed the proposals as a bold effort to take on a habit that remains the leading preventable cause of death in a city that already has helped impose the highest cigarette taxes in the country, barred smoking in restaurants, bars, parks and beaches and launched sometimes graphic advertising campaigns about the effects of smoking. The ban on displaying cigarettes follows similar laws in Iceland, Canada, England and
Ireland, but it would be the first such measure in the U.S. It’s aimed at discouraging young people from smoking. “Such displays suggest that smoking is a normal activity,” Bloomberg said. “And
they invite young people to experiment with tobacco.” But smokers and cigarette sellers said the measure was overreaching. “I don’t disagree that smoking itself is risky, but it’s a legal product,” said Au-
drey Silk, who’s affiliated with a smokers-rights group that has sued the city over previous regulations. “Tobacco’s been normal for centuries. ... It’s what he’s doing that’s not normal.” Slated to be introduced to the City Council on Wednesday, the anti-smoking proposal was also a sign that a mayor who has built a reputation as a public health crusader isn’t backing off after a setback last week, when a judge struck down the city’s effort to ban supersized, sugary drinks. The city is appealing that decision. “We’re doing these health things to save lives,” Bloomberg said Monday.
and Gulf Coasts, all of which had information dating to the 1920s. The study also used this gauge data to look forward to the likelihood of future storm surges. In addition to there being more extreme storm surges, the sea will also rise due to global warming, Grinsted says. As a result, the storm surges will become worse and potentially more destructive. However, another expert finds fault with the study: “I find this paper to be very misleading,” says Georgia Tech climatologist Judith Curry, who says they used “a very incomplete data set:” It only considers tide gauge measurements at six locations (Atlantic City, Charleston S.C., Mayport, Fla.; Pensacola, Fla.; Key West, and Galveston, Texas.) “Their statistical projection is totally unconvincing, since it is based on a data set that incompletely represents U.S. landfalling hurricane activity since 1923,” Curry says. Their data set is much inferior to other data sets, she says, such as the standard hurricane landfall data set maintained by the National Hurricane Center. And while Curry admits that “it is likely that the maximum intensity of the strongest hurricanes would increase in a warmer climate, I do not currently place much confidence in climate model projections of future hurricane activity.”
Mars rover curiosity stands down after new problem
After recovering from a computer problem, the Mars rover Curiosity is sidelined again, further delaying the restart of science experiments. The latest complication occurred over the weekend when the six-wheel rover entered safe mode after experiencing a software file error. Curiosity remained in contact with ground controllers, but it can’t zap rocks, snap pictures or roam around until the problem is fixed. Rover team members had expected to resume activities Monday, but they now have to wait a bit longer — perhaps until the end of the week. “We would definitely like to get over this and get back to doing something,” said project manager Richard Cook of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which operates the $2.5 billion mission. Studies at the Gale Crater landing site have been on hold since the beginning of March after engineers discovered a problem with Curiosity’s computer memory, possibly caused by space radiation. The latest snafu isn’t as serious, but any unexpected problem throws off the schedule, Cook said. It’s the longest stretch of inactivity since Curiosity’s daring touchdown near the Martian equator last year. Just before halting its investigations, the nuclear-powered rover used the drill at the end of its 7-foot-long robotic arm to bore into a rock near where it landed and analyze the powder. Last week, scientists announced the results from the first drilling: Curiosity had discovered an ancient Martian environment that could have been favorable for primitive microbial life. Despite the excitement over achieving one of the mission’s main goals, it has yet to find complex organic molecules considered the chemical building blocks of life. Once Curiosity returns to normal, it’ll only have a few days to work before a planetary alignment limits radio communication between Earth and Mars during most of next month. nEWS DESk
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LAHoRE STAFF REPORT
The National Women Cycling Championship will be held here from April 15-17 with country’s top female riders taking part alongside two foreign teams. Addressing a press conference here at the Olympics House, Idris Haider Khawaja, President of his own faction of Pakistan Cycling Federation said all the affiliated units of PCF will take part in it and Wapda will defend the title during the five day event in which two foreign teams will also be taking part. “Two countries have confirmed their participation and we will be revealing their names after getting their respective final line ups,” he asserted. “Tour de Pakistan Cycle Race which was to take place next month has been postponed to the unavoidable circumstances and the premier event will now be organized after general elections in the country,” said PCF official. He said a bogus national team took part in the recently concluded Asian championship in India and deserving players were not included in the team which struck pathetic performance during the event. “It was mere a joy ride trip by the parallel and deserving cyclists were not considered to visit India and back door selection was made which brought bad name for the country,” he said. Idris Haider alleged that Pak female team did not take part in any event of the Asian championship and two female cyclists who accompanied the team failed to participate as they were short of two members to form a full female side. He said it was unfortunate that Pak team fail to participate in the event despite being in India as the riders lacked required necessary practice and potential to compete in the elite event. He said the national junior championship will be organized in Lahore in May and nearly over a 100 young riders show casing their talent.
On a weekend like we had you look for positives, and one of them was how great the drivers were. – McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh
bowlers’ friendly Kingsmead MOHAMMAD IRFAN COULD ENJOY CONDITIONS IN DURBAN DURBAN AGEnCiES
URBAN could be forgiven for feeling anxious. It has not seen any international cricket this year and has only had a day's worth of it this summer. Moreover, it has not yet hosted Pakistan after the first Twenty20 was washed out and the subcontinental fan base has missed out on seeing a team they will be keen to cheer for. If the weather forecast is to be believed, that will change on Thursday. Not a drop of rain is predicted as the coastal city finally decides to show off its sunnier side and temperatures are expected to soar. The late season in Durban is characterised by days like these where the air can be suffocatingly pregnant with humidity. That also means swing and a series which has not been kind to opening batsmen will get no easier for them. Even in Bloemfontein, where South Africa's first pair put on 72 runs and Pakistan's 42, facing the quicks was tough for both sides as the bat was regularly beaten. Since then, South Africa have managed first-wicket stands of 26 and 4 and Pakistan 29 and 15 as swing and seam movement have
dominated the early exchanges. Hashim Amla, the only Durbanbased player in the xI - although that could change if either David Miller or
Kyle Abbott plays - does not expect Kingsmead to be too different. "We are becoming used to a difficult partnership upfront because of the two new white balls," he said of himself and Graeme Smith. The pair struggled against Umar Gul, Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan with the latter two causing the problems at the Wanderers. "They bowled really good lengths and the wicket itself was a bit tacky so the ball didn't come on to the bat," Amla said. "We knew that the first 10 would be difficult so we just kept reassuring ourselves to hang in, then maybe release will come." The breathing room came through a massive, 238-run stand between Amla and AB de Villiers. The pair concentrated on more than just survival, according to Amla. "We rotate the strike well. I always enjoy batting with AB because when he comes in you know the game is going to go forward," he said. "We complement each other and we keep each other motivated." Amla will look to continue that way in Durban, despite the difficulties. The surface will not offer Irfan, if he is fit to play, much bounce but he may be able to get the ball to skid on awkwardly. Whoever plays of Junaid, Gul, Wahab Riaz and Sohail Tanvir can be guaranteed movement and Amla hopes South Africa will have a way of counterattacking with bat in hand as much as Dale Steyn and Lonwabo Tsotsobe can do with ball. "As much as the Pakistan bowlers
are good, they are also inexperienced," Amla said. "Irfan and Wahab haven't played many games even though they are definitely all quality. But if we get partnerships going again, we can exploit that inexperience." Pakistan's pace pack will bank on exactly the opposite. Despite their lack of experience, they will hope to take advantage of conditions that should suit them. Kingsmead is traditionally a lowscoring ground with the average runs per over only 4.66. Totals above 250 are not all that common and it could even have something in it for the spinners. "I am interested to see what we get down there," Amla said. "It's been a long time since I've played there and I'm not sure if it is going to swing as much. If its turns, their bowlers come into play even more." The international schedule means Amla rarely plays for his franchise the Dolphins so he has not featured at his home ground since last season. He has only played three ODIs there overall and has two fifties to his name but no hundreds in Durban. Having notched his first century of 2013 at the Wanderers, the world's top-ranked ODI batsman is hungry for more. "I am always in the mood for a big one," Amla joked. "With it being difficult upfront, I cement in my head, the idea of how I will play. I always try to understand in which context I am batting." If the records books are correct and Pakistan's bowlers are up for it, the context on Thursday will be a tough one again.
Compton fights Ashes thoughts AUCKLAND AGEnCiES
Nick Compton has admitted that his mind often drifts towards the Ashes as he drifts off to sleep but he is trying to keep his emotions in check even though, with just three Tests remaining before the opening match against Australia at Trent Bridge, it is inconceivable that Compton will not be facing the new ball. Compton followed his maiden Test hundred in Dunedin with an even 100 at the Basin Reserve during a second-wicket stand of 210 with Jonathan Trott. These back-to-back hundreds answered some immediate questions about whether he would be able to back-up his initial success and, barring injury, he will now begin a series where the Compton-Miller is given to one participant at the conclusion. However, Compton's immediate concerns are more prosaic than anything so grand as England's Ashes campaign. Firstly there is the deciding Test of this series in Auckland and then, perhaps after
a short break, a return to county cricket, the arena where his career made a defining shift last year as he came within a whisker (and a wet day) of 1000 runs before the end of May. "You go to bed at night thinking about the Ashes, you might read the odd comment here and there of course," he said. "You get full of exuberance, which is what keeps driving you. I would be lying if I said I didn't want to play in an Ashes series, of course I do. "But having played enough, looking too far ahead doesn't do any good. You have to make sure that you stick to the next game. After this series I go back to county cricket, I get my head down again and make sure if that time arrives, I put myself in the box seat." "I have played enough cricket now to know that that line between success and failure is quite thin and I think the more you play the more respect you have for the game, the more humility you have to have in some ways, because things can change very quickly, they can go wrong." If the progression of the England and Australia sides continue along their
current lines there will be an interesting head-to-head later this year when Compton goes up against Ed Cowan who is set to open for Australia. Both players are deep thinkers, cerebral cricketers, who have earned their chance through hard graft on the domestic circuit. Although Compton's game did not change drastically between Dunedin and Wellington, there was more of a greater sense of belonging during his second century; a slight release of tension, more authority in his stroke play. In terms of balls faced it was a brisker hundred - 224 balls compared to 259 at University Oval - but the message from those around him, including captain Alastair Cook, has been that he should not feel the need to alter his style. "I felt slightly different in that I had some runs behind me and that always makes a difference," he said. "I proved to myself that that process was up and running again, which I had during the summer. As any batsman you need to get on that roll, momentum is important and I had that coming in here.
Wasim to boost Pakistan’s flagging quicks LAHoRE STAFF REPORT
Pakistan pace great Wasim Akram Tuesday promised to help groom a future generation of speedsters as his country looks to recapture former fast bowling glories. Wasim was part of a long line of world-class Pakistani fast bowlers that began with Fazal Mahmood in the 1950s and featured the likes of Imran Khan, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar, reported a foreign news agency. But pace stocks have dwindled in recent years and Pakistan currently have no fast bowlers among the top 10 in either Test or one-day rankings. Chief selector Iqbal Qasim last week expressed disappointment over the lack quality fast bowlers, a concern which Wasim hopes to help address by holding a two-week camp in April to unearth new talent. Wasim, who is regarded as the best left-arm fast bowler ever to play at international level with 414 Test and 502 one-day wickets, said
Pakistan need to improve their bench strength to excel in the long form of the game. “I am sure talent is there but there is no plan B,” he said. “We don’t have good bowlers for Tests which was proved in the series against South Africa where we lacked in that department.” Pakistan were white-washed by world number one South Africa 3-0 last month in their recently concluded Test series. The hosts also hold a 2-1 lead in the ongoing five match one-day series. Wasim added Pakistan’s inability to make use of homeadvantage, which allows players to excel, was a key factor holding back the development of youngsters. “Not playing at home is the key factor in not producing quality players.Until and unless you don’t play top quality teams at home it will be hard to find quality players,” he said. Pakistan have not hosted top-level international cricket since terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009, an event which prompted foreign teams to shun tours to
the country over security fears. Wasim said it was time for cricket authorities to take concerns over fast-bowling more seriously. “The PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) needs to lift the first-class cricket and find some quality fast bowlers. Once I get 10-12 fast bowlers, I will work on them and they can be groomed to play at international level,” said Wasim. The PCB is also trying to rope in Waqar Younis, with whom Wasim formed a fearsome partnership during the 1990s, for their national cricket academy in Lahore, built to groom young players. With the emergence of Twenty20 cricket, the shortest form of the game, teams around the world have experimented with different bowling line-ups for each format. But Wasim said when it comes to pace bowling, one size should fit all. “It’s hard to find separate fast bowlers for three formats. I believe if a fast bowler is good enough for Tests, then he must be good for all formats and sustain himself for the limited over matches as well.”
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herath stars in sri Lankan win S CoLoMBo AGEnCiES
INCE Muttiah Muralitharan's retirement in 2010, Sri Lanka had won only four Tests. Rangana Herath's figures in those are: 9 for 128, 12 for 171, 5 for 121 and 11 for 108. They completed their fifth victory on Tuesday at the R Premadasa Stadium, and Herath was instrumental yet again - marking his 35th birthday with figures of 12 for 157 to strangle Bangladesh and set up a 1-0 series win. There was the added joy of completing 200 Test scalps for Herath. In the last two years alone, he has taken more Test wickets than any Sri Lankan has in their career, barring Murali and Chaminda Vaas. His heroics have smoothed Sri Lanka's transitional phase. Regulars like Thilan Samaraweera and Prasanna Jayawardene have been discarded, and the Sri Lankan captaincy spot has been a bit of a merry-goround in the past few years. Anything less than a victory in this series would have heaped the pressure on the new leader Angelo Mathews, who hasn't had the best of times in the two Tests. The experienced Herath began the trek towards victory with
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his bagful of wickets, after which two other senior statesmen, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara, quickened the march with brisk half-centuries that left Sri Lanka on the brink of another series win over Bangladesh. Herath had undone 80 overs of good work from Bangladesh yesterday with
a double-strike late in the final session. In his first three overs today, Bangladesh's chances nearly evaporated. The sixth ball of the day spun and Mominul Haque's attempt at working it to the leg side resulted in a catch at short leg, and soon after he removed the usually reliable Nasir Hossain, who looked to launch the ball towards long-on only for it to turn past his bat and hit the middle of middle stump. With the lead only 65, it left Mushfiqur Rahim as the only recognised batsmen. To the credit of the Bangladesh lower order, they didn't collapse completely against the rampant Herath. Even between those two early Herath strikes, Mushfiqur charged out and slammed a straight six, and the big strokes regularly flowed as the Bangladesh tail searched for quick runs. Sohag Gazi typified that approach. In the first over of the second new ball, he was put down in the cordon by Dimuth Karunaratne, which only prompted a series of boundaries - three off his next four deliveries before he was caught at long-on looking to clear the rope. Sri Lanka's catching has been belowpar in this match, but Angelo Mathews snapped up his second sharp take at slip to dismiss Mushfiqur for 40, with the lead at 122. There was no quick finish as Abul
Hasan, who hit the headlines with a whirlwind debut century last November, again showed off his hitting ability, striking a couple of big sixes to push the lead past 150. With the tailenders hitting out against the spinners, Sri Lanka turned to the pace of Shaminda Eranga. It took him only five deliveries to finish off the innings, following up a bouncer with a yorker that cannoned towards the base of offstump, leaving Sri Lanka a target of 160. Sri Lanka began the chase brightly, but Dimuth Karunaratne failed again, which means he has only one half-century in his previous 10 Test innings. Karunaratne shouldered arms to an incoming delivery to be lbw for 16. Any nerves for the home side though were eased by a stream of boundaries from Dilshan, while Sangakkara continued to show the form that has fetched him three centuries in three innings in this series. The pair put on a 94-run stand to erase any doubts over a Sri Lankan victory. It was another defeat for Bangladesh, but it wasn't all gloom for them, especially considering the hammering they have usually received on visits to Sri Lanka. Though it was a flat track in Galle, Bangladesh's notoriously fragile batting showed plenty of backbone after Sri Lanka had piled up a big total.
nZ name paceman Bracewell for third test v england
SCOREbOARD bAnGLADESH FiRST inninGS 240 SRi LAnkA FiRST inninGS 346 bAnGLADESH SECOnD inninGS (158-4 OvERniGHT) Tamim iqbal b Eranga 59 Jahurul islam st Chandimal b Herath 48 Mohammad Ashraful b Herath 4 37 Mominul Haque c karunaratne b Herath 0 Mahmudullah b Herath 40 Mushfiqur Rahim c Mathews b Herath 0 nasir Hossain b Herath Sohag Gazi c Lakmal b Herath 26 Abul Hasan not out 25 Rubel Hossain b Dilshan 7 10 Robiul islam b Eranga 9 Extras (b-1, lb-4, nb-4) 265 Total (all out; 100.4 overs) Fall of wickets: 1-91 2-96 3-143 4-143 5-160 6-171 7-202 8-228 9-239 bowling: kulasekara 12-0-36-0(nb-1), Lakmal 9-1-26-0, Herath 36-9-89-7, Dilshan 25-4-62-1, Eranga 15.4-3-39-2 (nb-3), Mathews 3-2-8-0 SRi LAnkA SECOnD inninGS 16 D. karunaratne lbw b Robiul 57 T. Dilshan b Robiul 55 k. Sangakkara b Gazi L. Thirimanne not out 13 A. Mathews not out 13 Extras (b-2, lb-1, nb-3) 6 Total (three wickets, 41.4 overs) 160 Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-125, 3-135. bowling: Robiul islam 11-0-42-2(nb-3), Abul Hasan 4-0-21-0, Sohag Gazi 13-1-47-1, Rubel Hossain 3-0-16-0, nasir Hossain 40-11-0, Mahmudullah 3-0-12-0, Mohammad Ashraful 3.4-0-8-0. Result: Sri Lanka won by seven wickets. Series: Sri Lanka won 1-0.
usmani, baTa in Qf of Lahore district football
BRIDGETOWN: Tall spinner Shane Shillingford returns home to Dominica hoping to continue his heroics as the West Indies chase a sixth successive cricket test victory when they take on Zimbabwe, starting on Wednesday. Shillingford was man of the match after taking nine wickets in last week's easy triumph in the first test in Bridgetown, Barbados. AGEnCiES
Kinnaird defeat ravi club
New Zealand have provisionally named paceman Doug Bracewell in a 14-man squad for the third and final test against England starting in Auckland on Friday, pending his recovery from a domestic one-day match. The 22-year-old missed the first two drawn tests after cutting his foot on glass when cleaning up at a party at his home in the leadup to the series, for which he apologised to his team mates for letting them down. New Zealand named the following squad on Tuesday to play England in the third and final test starting in Auckland on Friday. The series is tied 0-0. New Zealand squad: Brendon McCullum (capt), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Ian Butler, Peter Fulton, Tom Latham, Bruce Martin, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson Earlier, New Zealand and England head into the final match of their three-test series on Friday more evenly matched than many observers felt they were at the start after the second game ended in a damp draw on Monday. Bad weather has played a significant part with around 100 overs lost because of rain in the first match in Dunedin and more than 150 wiped out in the second in Wellington as both contests ended in draws.
Five matches decided in Touchball Gold Cup LAHoRE STAFF REPORT
LAHORE: Kinnaird Club defeated Ravi Cricket Club by 110 Runs in the first semifinal of the 7th Regional Inter District Women Cricket Tournament 2012-13. Kinnaird won the toss and choose to bat first and cracked the 200 runs for all in 49.5 overs. Bismah Maroof 52, Sidra Amin 40, Irum Javed 24, Komal Feroze 19. Bakhtawar Iqbal took 3 wickets while Faryal Awan and Hafsa Amjad took two wickets each. Ravi Club in reply was bowled out for 90 runs. Hafsa Amjad 18 and Ayesha Naz 18 were the main scorers. Sana Mir took 4 wickets while Irum Javed, Elizbeth Barkat and Bismah Maroof shared one wicket each. The second semi-final will be played between Lahore College Cricket Club and Garrison Cricket Club at Gymkhana Cricket ground(Bagh-e-Jinnah) on March 20 at 9:00am. STAFF REPORT
LAHORE: Usmania F.C and BATA F.C earned victories against their respective matches and moved into quarter finals of the Lahore District Football Championship here on Tuesday at Model Town Football and Faisal Town Football Grounds. Usmania F.C defeated Nasir Shaheed F.C in a penalty shoot-out 5-4 after 1-1 draw during the full time. In the second match Bata F.C routed PAF F.C by 4-0. Usman Mukhtar struck twice in the 12th minutes and 29th minutes while Umer Mukhatar & Zahid Niaz shared one goal each in 21st minutes and 60th minutes. Wednesday matches, Saleem Khan F.C vs Raider F.C (4:00PM) at Raider Football Ground and Lums F.C vs Shah Kamal F.C (6:00PM) at MFTA. STAFF REPORT
As many as five matches were decided on the opening day of the 9th National Highway & Motorway Police Touchball Gold Cup being organized by the Pakistan Touch Ball Federation here at the Punjab Stadium. The event is being participated by 10 teams and all got involved in hectic encounters on Tuesday. In the first match Punjab defeated AJK by 3-0 scores, from Punjab Asif scored 1 and Sadaqat scored 2 points for their team. In the second match Pakistan Steel defeated Islamabad by 8-0 scores, from Steel mills Najam Hussain, Abubakar, Aqeel Shah scored 2 points each and Waqas and Azhar Abbas scored 1 points each. In the third match KPK defeated Sindh by 4-0 scores, from KPK shahid Tariq, Khan Mohd, Ayub scored points for their team In the fourth match Pakistan Railway defeated Pakistan Police by 5-1 scores. From Pakistan Railway Kaleem scored 3 and Omar Bhatti score 2 points to give their team a glorious victory. In the fifth match Pakistan Highway Motorway defeated Pakistan Steel Mills after a very
thrilling match by 3-2 scores, from PAK Motorway Mazhar , Babar, Zubair scored 1 point each and from Pak Steel
Musawar Hayyat and Abubakar scored 1 point each. The chef guest of the opening day was Rai Altaf Hussain, Additional
I.G, National Highway & Motorway Police along with Mian Ijaz Hussain, Nawab Sarfaraz Sayyal.
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That was really cool. I just stayed really patient and had a peace about me today. – Kevin Streelman after winning the PGA Tour title
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grand slams, not top spot, the lure for sharapova LoS ANGELES AGEnCiES
Maria Sharapova rose to number two in the rankings on Monday after her impressive title run at the BNP Paribas Open but says she is motivated much more by grand slam glory than the prospect of regaining the top spot. "Number one is a great number," the elegant Russian laughed after demolishing eighth-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki 62 6-2 in Sunday's final of the elite WTA event at Indian Wells to land her 28th title on the circuit. "The more consistent you are and the better results that you have and the more wins that you're able to get, the better chances you have of getting that spot. "Is it something that all of us want? Absolutely. It's a 'no-brainer' question. But I think at this point in my career, titles and grand slams are just a bigger priority." Four-times grand slam Sharapova is well accustomed to the allure of being viewed as the game's best player, having become the fifth youngest woman to reach the top of the world rankings, at the age of 18 in 2005. For her to regain that top spot, however, she will have to overhaul American Serena Williams who, when fully fit and on her game, is virtually unbeatable in women's tennis. "Serena was very dominant last year," Sharapova said of Williams, who won Wimbledon, Olympic gold and the U.S. Open as she piled up seven titles in a dazzling 2012 campaign. "She played tremendous, confident tennis. "She's also very strong and very athletic, so you need to be consistent with her. She's also a great frontrunner. You're down a little bit and she goes with it. She's a confidence player." When it comes to headto-heads between Sharapova and Williams, it is virtually nocontest. The Russian has won only twice in their 13 career meetings with her most recent victory dating back nine years to the Tour Championship in Los Angeles.
comeback king nadal sets sight on french open
HE fist pump was back, along with the crunching forehand crosscourt winners, energetic movement and the never-saysay-die attitude. Most significantly, the 'W' was there as Rafa Nadal on Sunday won his third title in just four events since making his long-awaited return to the ATP Tour after seven months out with an injured left knee. The Spaniard's pulsating 4-6 6-3 6-4 victory over Juan Martin Del
Potro in the final of the BNP Paribas Open served as a timely reminder that the claycourt specialist will once again be the player to beat at the French Open starting in late May. "He's like always, like in the past, he's playing so solid, so strong," purred Argentine Del Potro who, while bitterly disappointed after his defeat at Indian Wells, felt Nadal was back to his very best. "He's very strong mentally. He has big talent, as well. He beat very good players here at Indian Wells. He's gonna be fighting for the first position (in the rankings) very soon." A few weeks ago,
claycourt specialist Nadal was not even sure if he would be able to play on the punishing hard courts at Indian Wells, a surface where his all-action, counterpunching game has often been least effective. However, the world number five decided to return to the California desert venue where he had previously clinched the BNP Paribas Open in 2007 and 2009, and he ended a week of steady progress by landing his 22nd ATP Masters title. The Spanish left-hander may initially have had his doubts over how his knee would stand up to his most rigorous test since returning to the ATP circuit last month, but those soon abated as he passed the test with flying colours. "It's sort of expected, considering the success throughout his career that he had on all the surfaces," world number one Novak Djokovic said of Nadal's comeback form before the Serb was ousted by Del Potro in the semi-finals. "Obviously he's building the confidence. He feels good, and he's very motivated, I'm sure, to perform his best. He's been playing great tennis." Roger Federer, crushed by his long-time rival Nadal in the last eight, never doubted that the Spaniard would thrive and move fluently on his return to the ATP circuit. "He's not going to come back if he's not well," the 31-year-old Swiss said. "He's not going to come back half broken. I expected him to tear through the clay. I expected him to be tough here." Nadal was euphoric after winning his third Indian Wells title, having dispatched second-ranked Federer and sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych along the way.
Murray handed tricky draw in Miami MIAMI AGEnCiES
Andy Murray has been handed a tricky draw for the Sony Open, which gets under way in Miami later this week. The second seed, who often trains at the Crandon Park venue on Key Biscayne where the tournament is played, could have to defeat three of the rising stars of the ATP World Tour just to reach the quarter-finals. He has a bye in the first round so his opening match will be against either Australian Bernard
Tomic or a qualifier. Grigor Dimitrov could then lie in wait in round three before a potential clash with bigserving Jerzy Janowicz, the Pole who beat Murray at last year's Paris Masters, in the last 16. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the man Murray beat in last year's Wimbledon semi-final, is the Scot's projected quarter-final foe, with Tomas Berdych seeded to meet Murray in the last four. Novak Djokovic is the top seed for an event which is missing both Roger Federer and Indian Wells winner Rafael Nadal.
‘MUrray Can be world no.1’ LONDON: Indian Wells runner-up Juan Martin del Potro believes Britain's Andy Murray can become world tennis number one this year. The towering Argentine beat Murray in the quarter-finals last week on the California hard courts and is looking forward to locking horns with him on grass. AGEnCiES
Of the varying influence of three cricket coaches SPoRTS THIS WEEK ALi AkbAR
OR Australia, India has always been the last frontier of cricket. Australian cricket captains are judged by their performances on this, the most challenging of tours. For the current Australian team this frontier is at least one too far. They have been ambushed by an Indian side smarting from a defeat by England on their own turf and the Indians made sure that against Australia there would be no sign of turf on the pitches that they produced. The first Test wicket was so dry and powdery that Shane Warne wondered whether Rafael Nadal might find it more to his liking, equating the pitch to the red clay of the French Open. The groundsman, perhaps in a moment of candidness, admitted to watering the pitch selectively, leaving the outside dry and firming up only the area between the wickets. As a result, the Indian spinner Ashwin was at his destructive best, turning the ball at acute angles. The Australians had no such spinners and were completely outclassed. The fallout from these losses was unprecedented. Mickey Arthur, the Australia coach cited a lack of rest in the form of backchat and attitude that forced him to suspend and drop four players for the third Test at Mohali This move to suspend the vice captain Shane Watson, Usman Khawaja, James Pattinson, and Mitchell Johnson has created controversy in Australia among both fans and former cricketers. Arthur claimed that this suspension was a cumulative effect of "lots of small minor indiscretions that have built up to now" and could be a "defining
moment" for Australian cricket. "This is a line in the sand moment – a point we'll look back on in a couple of years' time when we're back to No 1 in the world and say was a defining moment." Michael Clarke, supported his coach, saying that the players had shown a lack of respect for Arthur, and that he had noted a general slide in attitudes on the Indian tour. DiSciPLinE: THiS iS HOw The whole furor started when Coach Arthur asked each player to submit a paper in which the player would give suggestions on how to improve his personal performance as well as that of the team. The four suspended players missed the deadline for submitting this report. They were immediately suspended for one Test. This episode seems to have had a salutary effect on the remaining Australian players as was reflected in their performance in the opening stages of the third Test, which again was lost to give India the admirable 3-0 lead. The question that arises here is, whether the Pakistan coach and captain would have the power and initiative to take this type of disciplinary action. The answer would definitely be in the negative. One weakness of our cricket administration is that the PCB tries to micro manage everything from PCB headquarters rather than to give the coach the authority to take actions such as these. As a result the coach or captain is hamstrung by the fear that any disciplinary action that he takes might be overruled by the higher authorities who themselves might come under pressure from vested interests. This would result in further erosion of their authority and a resultant decrease in
respect. Until and unless the coach and captain are given such powers, their effectiveness is fatally undermined. The most entertaining part of the Border Gavaskar series has been the commentary of former Indian batsman Navjot Singh Sidhu. His is an irresistible blend of in depth knowledge, humour and an endless supply of folksy sayings. Not a dull moment when the Sardar is in the booth. What a difference from some commentators who insist on struggling with a language that they do not have mastery over and in the process lose complete track of what they are trying to say. PAkiSTAn bOuncE bAck buT STiLL TRAiL After being thoroughly outclassed by a brilliant Test side, Pakistan bounced back to take the T20 match in some style. But the problem for Pakistan is that most of their batsmen seem to give the impression that they are playing on borrowed time. It is evident that apart from some good innings by Younus and Asad Shafiq, most of the batsmen failed to come to terms with the pace and swerve of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander. Steyn at his best has been too good for our batsmen and could be so for most batsmen on the circuit. He has incisive control over his outswinger which moves just enough to take the edge. His straighter one is therefore lethal as the batsmen fish around off stump. Morkel provides the bounce and Philander the controlled line, length and swing a la Mohammad Asif. The first ODI continued to underscore the gulf between the two sides. The South Africans paced their batting splendidly, getting well over 300 without taking too many risks. They then bowled out a Pakistani side that looked anxious about the huge target from the
outset. Pakistan bounced back in the second ODI with a much improved bowling and batting performance. Irfan made the initial breach, taking four key wickets, with Junaid, Ajmal and Hafeez taking a brace apiece. What was encouraging was a much more mature batting performance with a tricky target. Misbah led from the front and was ably supported by Hafeez, Younus and Shoaib. South Africa resumed normal service in the ODI series with a comfortable win in the third ODI. Hashim Amla and de Villiers tore into the Pakistan attack, both scoring hundreds. Pakistan made a spirited reply and as long as Shahid Afridi was at the crease, no score was unreachable, but with his demise after his best innings in several years a target of almost 350 was too much and Pakistan were about forty runs short. A good effort for a team not known to be good at chasing, but the bowlers, especially a rusty Wahab Riaz, leaked too many runs It would be unfair to judge Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore on the team’s performance in this series alone. But it would be fair to say that his presence with the team has not had an impact similar to that he had with the first Sri Lankan team that he coached. In fact, that assignment was Whatmore’s only really productive one and he continues to be rated on that achievement. The only coach on the international circuit who is a game changer just happens to be on the opposite side. Gary Kirsten turns to gold everything he touches and he has transformed South Africa from a hypertensive group of chokers into a champion team that bears comparison to the South Africans of the 1960s. And that is praise enough.
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I was certainly surprised she finished the way she did, but to make those two putts I did on 16 and 17 was pretty unbelievable and I'm just, I'm really speechless. â€“Stacy Lewis
serena avoids big rivals MIAMI: Serena Williams has avoided her world number one rivals in the draw for this week's Sony Open in Miami. The current world number one was drawn in the same half as fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska on Monday. Indian Wells winner Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka, who both have a chance of replacing Williams in top spot in Miami, are in the opposite half. Sharapova and Azarenka both need to win the title to stand any chance of reaching top spot. Williams could meet British number one Heather Watson in the third round Watson will meet Japan's Ayumi Morita first up. If she wins that she'll face 31st seed Yanina Wickmayer. AGEnCiES
wednesday, 20 March, 2013
wAtCh It LIve TEN SPORTS 2nd Test: West Indies v Zimbabwe
TEN SPORTS NPower League: Yeovil Town v Swindon Town
neymar sets sights on barca, chelsea, real
donald aiming for dream Malaysian debut
owen to retire at the end of the season LoNDoN AGEnCiES
Former England striker Michael Owen has announced he will retire from football at the end of the season. The 33-year-old made his name with Liverpool and went on to play for Real Madrid, Newcastle and Manchester United before signing for Stoke at the start of this season. But Owen, who has been dogged by injury in the latter stages of his career, has found opportunities very difficult to come
by at the Britannia Stadium and has made the decision to hang up his boots. The striker wrote on his personal website: "It is with an immense amount of pride that I am announcing my intention to retire from professional football at the end of this season." The striker will probably be best remembered for his exploits with England, for whom he burst onto the international scene as an 18-year-old and scored his most famous goal against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup. He ended up with 40 goals from 89 caps,
TAMPA BAy AGEnCiES
Luke Donald is prepared for a march to regain the mantle as the 'best player on the planet' starting with a victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open. The globe-trotting Englishman, who is making his debut in the US$2.75 million championship sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour, is currently third in the world behind Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods and is in solid form after finishing tied fourth in his title defence of the Tampa Bay Championship in the United States on Sunday. "If I had a choice I'd still like to be number one in the world. Who wouldn't want to be the best player on the planet? To get to number one you have to play great and be very consistent - the things you strive for," said Donald on Tuesday. "But saying that, yes, there is more pressure and more expectation as world number one, more attention on you. Right now, as world number three, I avoid some of those distractions and it's easier to prepare and get on with my business. Yes, it's probably easier, but I'd still like to be number one," he added. The talented Englishman, the first man to win the money lists in Europe and US in 2011, arrived in Kuala Lumpur this morning and is hoping to shrug off the effects of jetlag as he prepares to take on an elite field at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club which includes multiple Major winner Padraig Harrington, Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters Tournament champion and reigning Asian Tour number one Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand.
behind only Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker and Jimmy Greaves on the all-time list. In the statement on his website, Owen continued: "Having progressed through the ranks at Liverpool to make my first-team debut at 17, before embarking upon spells at Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City, not to mention representing my country on 89 occasions, I now feel it is the right time to bring the curtain down on my career. "I have been very fortunate in that my career has taken me on a journey that, like many young players starting out, I could only have dreamt of. "None of this would have been possible without the tremendous support I have received from managers, coaches, fellow players, back-room staff, the supporters and my own personal sponsors. "I would like to thank each and every one for the huge role they have played in helping me reach the top of my profession." Owen went on to thank his family, ending with a message to his father Terry, a former professional footballer with Everton and Chester. He said: "We did it my old mate! From those freezing local parks to terrorising the best defenders in the world on the biggest stages of all. I couldn't have done it without you."
Neymar has admitted he dreams of playing in Europe for Barcelona, Real Madrid or Chelsea. The Santos star has been widely tipped to make the move to Europe for some time with a host of top clubs chasing his signature. Santos are thought to be readying a new deal in a bid to keep Neymar, but the forward admits he would consider moving to Barcelona, Real Madrid or Chelsea if they came calling. "I dream of playing in Europe, for a big club like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea," Neymar told Esporte Espetacular. "Who wouldn't dream about playing alongside [Lionel] Messi, xavi and [Andres] Iniesta? They're all great players. "[But] there's no point in speculating when I'll leave Santos. I'll leave when I want to. "I don't know where I would fit in if I joined Barca but I know my place is at Santos right now."
rvP, carrick, rafael tipped for united honour
Manchester United legend Bryan Robson has chosen Robin van Persie, Michael Carrick and Rafael for his top three picks as the club's Player of the Year. With a considerable 15 point lead at the top of the Premier League table, Manchester United are expected to reclaim the Premier League title from neighbours Manchester City at the end of the season.
Woods, Lindsey announce they are dating MIAMI AGEnCiES
Golfer Tiger Woods and Olympic skiing champion Lindsey Vonn confirmed on Monday they are dating. Woods released a statement and photographs of the pair on his website and Facebook page before Vonn posted similar messages on her social media accounts. "Lindsey and I have been friends for some time, but over the last few months we have become very close and are now dating," said Woods. "We thank you for your support and for respecting our privacy. We want to continue our relationship, privately, as an ordinary couple and continue to compete as athletes."
Vonn also posted a note and pictures on her Facebook page, confirming rumours they were romantically linked. "I guess it wasn't a well-kept secret but yes, I am dating Tiger Woods," she said. "Our relationship evolved from a friendship into something more over these past few months and it has made me very happy." Woods, a winner of 14 golf majors, divorced from his Swedish wife, Elin Nordegren, in 2010 after a highlypublicised sex scandal in which he publicly admitted to infidelity. Vonn, who won the women's downhill gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, divorced from her husband Thomas Vonn in January.
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