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wednesday, 21 december 2011
ArTS & eNTerTAiNMeNT
Sonam surprised at being tagged ‘sexy’
Pakistan on top despite Shakib show
CoMMeNT Mengal & Balochistan:
Their bitterness is real.
The year that was:
How did Pakistan fare in fiscal 2010-2011?
Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi says: Will democracy survive?: The deck is stacked against it.
Ali Aftab Saeed says:
The circus is in town: Clowns aplenty…
Harris bin Munawar says: How to kill journalists: It’s as easy as 123.
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Kasuri joins PTI as Imran lambastes PML-N LAHORE/KASUR
fehmida to donate her organs ISLAMABAD: On her 55th birthday on Tuesday, National Assembly (NA) Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza announced to donate her organs for organ transplant. The organs will be donated through noted urologist Dr Adeeb Rizvi of the Sindh Institute of Urology. As a mark of gratitude to the people and in order to set a role model for others to follow, Fehmida decided to use the occasion to make this important announcement. Citing the growing need for organ donation, she said that organ donation helps to save and improve lives of ailing patients. She urged citizens to donate their organs for ailing patients, who desperately need, organ transplant. December 20 is the speaker’s birthday and she received an overwhelming number of messages from her well wishers. STAFF REPORT
D D R E S S I N G a grand public meeting in Kasur where former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri joined his party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Tuesday that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) came to power five times but failed to do anything for the people, and the people would not give it a sixth chance. The public meeting was organised by Kasuri to show his strength in his constituency, and thousands of people from Kasur and surrounding areas attended the gathering. The PTI chief said the government should see the tsunami of people in Kasur and announced that even a bigger tsunami awaited the government in Karachi. He said in the current circumstances, the government should make it clear whether it was interested in securing its rule or the country. He said that PTI would bring a revolution. Imran only made a passing refer-
ence to President Asif Ali Zardari and instead chose to target the PML-N and its leadership, especially Nawaz Sharif, in his speech. Responding to Nawaz’s recent comments that it was “time to play 10-overs cricket with Imran Khan”, he said Nawaz was out of his mind to have given such a statement. “Nawaz was a club cricketer but now he has challenged a Test cricketer. The irony is that this time there is no General Gilani to promote him to Test cricket,” Imran said. The PTI chief said Nawaz’s party had ruled in one form or another for the last 25 years, but had not done anything concrete. He cited the state of the Education Department in the province, saying over 90 percent of schools taught students for only 15 minutes a day. He said the PTI would address the problems of the people upon coming to power. He said each Pakistani had a Rs 70,000 share in the national debt and if they battled against corruption, dishonesty and tax evasion Pakistan would never need to take loans again. Imran also said the PTI would
PTI gathering marred by pandemonium KASUR: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI)’s public gathering in Kasur on Tuesday was marred by ruckus when participants made off with chairs, banners and decorative items that were placed around and in front of the stage. Men, women and children were seen fighting to get a hold of chairs while the administration of the gathering looked on helplessly. Muhammad Jahangir, a resident of Kasur, lamented the boisterous behaviour of the crowd, saying such uncivilised behaviour had never been witnessed in the highly cultured and civilised city of Kasur. According to the locals, the looting started immediately after the procession and people were running with chairs piled on their heads, claiming it was their property. STAFF REPORT
protect the rights of women as the PTI was the party of women as well. He said Pakistan was a rich nation blessed with resources, and if its production of wheat was brought up it would make Rs 300 billion. PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said President Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani should realise that the
SC directs NAB, FBR to proceed against officials involved in container scam ISLAMABAD
The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the chairmen of the National Accountability Bureau and the Federal Board of Revenue as well as the federal tax ombudsman to jointly conduct investigation and proceed against the officials involved in ISAF and NATO missing containers scam, without getting influenced by the SC’s proceedings into the matter. The three-member bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Tariq Parvez
and Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry was hearing a case pertaining to over 95,374 missing containers of US military going from Karachi port to Afghanistan from January 2007 to December 2010, causing over Rs 55 billion in losses to the economy. The court also directed the three officials to devise a strategy for the recovery of the evaded tax and prosecution against those involved in the scam. Raja Irshad, counsel for FBR chairman Salman Siddique, submitted a report before the court on the progress so far made into the
matter. He said the matter of missing containers had already been sent to NAB and owners of over 18,010 of the 28,802 missing containers had been issued showcause notices. He said the process of issuance of show-cause notices would be completed by December 31, adding that the appeals of owners of missing containers had already been dismissed by the Sindh High Court. The chief justice noted that except paper work, no serious action had been taken so far. He said neither of the accused was suspended nor arrested.
Bosan joined PTI despite PM’s offer for seat adjustment ISLAMABAD IRFAN BUKHARI
The decision of former federal minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) heavyweight from southern Punjab Sikandar Khan Bosan to join the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) has surprised both the Chaudhrys and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, as he took the step despite being assured by Gilani on phone that he would not contest next elections against Bosan from the NA-151 constituency if the latter opted to stay in the PML-Q. A government official who sought anonymity told Pakistan Today that Gilani recently phoned his conventional rival and tried to convince him to stay with the PML-Q by expressing his willingness to change his constituency under a seat-adjustment plan between the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the PML-Q. “Gilani made this offer
when the Chaudhrys told him that Bosan was joining the PTI with the fears that he might lose the PML-Q ticket and support in the next general elections under the seat adjustment formula between two coalition partners, Gilani would be his rival candidate in NA-151,” the source said, adding that the premier also told Bosan that he was ready to contest the elections from any other constituency
such as NA-152 or NA-153. According to the source, Bosan did not make any promise with Gilani that he would reverse his decision of joining the PTI, but told the premier that he would reconsider his plan. “After the telephonic interaction between the premier and Bosan, there was a strong hope in the Chaudhrys’ camp as well as in the PPP ranks that Bosan would not join Imran Khan on December 19. But, Bosan’s announcement of joining the PTI on Monday surprised both the Chaudhrys and the premier,” the source added. When contacted, Bosan denied that Gilani had proposed any seat adjustment offer to him to revert his decision of quitting the PML-Q. Meanwhile, the PML-Q leadership has decided in principle not to take any legal action under Article 63-A of the constitution against Senator Jamal Leghari and parliamentarian Owais Leghari for defecting to the PTI, as the move would give political weight to the renegade PML-Q members.
time for them to leave had come and the people of Kasur had announced their decision in favour of the PTI. PTI Information Secretary Shafqat Mahmood told Pakistan Today it was a “minor incident” that took place at the rally and claimed that a grand session was held in Kasur in which 50,000 to 60,000 people participated.
Taliban blow up two girls schools SHABQADAR: The Taliban have blown up two primary schools for girls in the Shabqadar tehsil of Charsadda district, sources said on Tuesday. According to details, the militants blew up the school in Ghunday Killay late Monday night at 12:00am. Two rooms of the school were completely destroyed, while one room received partial damage. About three to four kilograms explosive material was used in the blast. Separately, the militants blew up another girls’ school in Matta. Mukkaram Khurasani, special secretary to Umar Khalid – the chief of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Mohmand Agency — claimed responsibility for both the blasts. INP
12 burnt in wagon CNG cylinder blast KHAIRPUR: At least 12 people were burnt to death and several others injured in a CNG cylinder blast in a wagon near Sethraja on Tuesday evening. A wagon loaded with passengers, including children, was traveling from Tharimirwah to Ranipur when its cylinder exploded near the Rohri canal, 70 kilometers from the Hingorja – Setharja link road. The blast could be heard in the surrounding areas and a large flame could be seen. The fire burnt to death over 12 people, which included seven women, two children and three men and 13 injured. The deceased were identified as Raimilee Marecho,Mayari Marecho, Anju Marecho, Shumaila, Subagi, Hajran, Sonnari and Raju while the injured included Latoo Mal, Tahira, Berbal, Geeta, Aisha, Daphori, Verum and Tekam. A fire brigade arrived after a lapse of two hours before which locals and Edhi officials began the rescue. Eye witnesses said only five to six people were recovered from the wagon and were brought to Sethraja and Hingorja and private hospitals while over 20 people were burnt inside the wagon. GHAFFAR MAHAR