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sC suspends all transfers‚ postings made by caretaker govt The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) on Wednesday suspended all the postings and transfers made by the caretaker government, saying personal likes could not be allowed to deride merit. pag e 04

UK soldier beheaded in London street by men ‘chanting allah akbar’ British Prime Minister David Cameron has called a meeting of his government’s emergency Cobra security committee after the killing of a British soldier in London. pag e 04

Imran Khan discharged from hospital Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday left the hospital two weeks after injuring his back in a fall at an election rally, a hospital spokesman said. The 60-year-old politician was ordered to remain immobile in bed after he fractured vertebrae and a rib in a dramatic tumble just days before the May 11 general election. pag e 04

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Pakistan, China ink aCCords on EConomiC Corridor Plan, maritimE CooPEration ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

Pakistan and China on Wednesday inked several agreements and memoranda of understanding (MoUs) that mainly included the long-term Economic Corridor Plan, maritime cooperation and satellite navigation. President Asif Ali Zardari and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang witnessed the signing ceremony as the representatives of the two countries inked the documents at a ceremony held at the Aiwane-Sadr. The visit of the Chinese premier marked the signing of important documents aimed at long-term cooperation between the two countries in multiple areas. The MoU on maritime cooperation between the two governments, an agreement on Boundary Management System between China's Xinjiang and GilgitBaltistan area, and another agreement on border ports and their management system was signed by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani. The MoU on cooperation for long-term plan on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was signed by China National Development and Reform Commission Chairman Xu Shao Shi and, Advisor to the Prime Minister Shahid Amjad Chaudhry. China's Minister for Commerce Gao Hucheng and Pakistan's Economic Affairs Secretary Shahzad Arbab signed the Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation and the handing over certificate of Seismographic Network. The MoU on cooperation in the field of marine science and technology between the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) of China and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Pakistan was signed by SOA Administrator and Ministry of Science and Technology Secretary Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar. The agreement between China Satellite Navigation Office (CSNO) and Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission for Cooperation (SUPARCO) was inked by CSNO Director Ran Chengqi and Major General (r) Ahmed Bilal. The agreement on establishment of Confucius Institute at the Karachi University was signed by Xu Lin, head of National Office for Chinese Language and Muhammad Qaiser, Karachi University vice chancellor. The other documents that were signed by the Pakistani and Chinese authorities included Annual Blister Purchase Contract and Greige Fabric Contract.

Friends to build GwadarChina economic corridor chinese Premier li arrives, accorded nishan-e-Pakistan

Zardari says both countries determined to achieve trade target of $15 billion

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AKISTAN and China on Wednesday agreed to jointly work on furthering an economic corridor for enhanced connectivity between both the allies aimed at benefiting their people in specific and the South-East Asia region in general. President Asif Ali Zardari called for improved connectivity to turn the region into a vibrant trade, energy and economic corridor, as he played host to Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, who arrived on a two-day visit to Pakistan on Wednesday. Premier Li was accorded a warm welcome upon his arrival by the State of Pakistan. In a rare gesture, President Asif Zardari and Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso welcomed the distinguished guests at the airport. Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) Chairman Gen Khalid Shamim Wynne, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Ashfaq Kayani and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila were also present. A contingent of Pakistan armed forces presented him a guard of honour amidst a 21-gun salute. National anthems of the two countries were played and the Chinese premier was presented a salute. A red carpet was rolled out and children waving flags of Pakistan and China greeted the dignitary. ZARDARI, KEQIANG TALKS: The talks between the two close allies were held at the Presidency. President Asif Ali Zardari, who also hosted a banquet in honour of the Chinese premier, also addressed a joint press conference along with Chinese Premier Li. He said that the top priority of Pakistan and China was to further strengthen economic linkages. President Zardari described his talks with Premier Li as “excellent” and “‘our discussions focused on economic corridor and improving connectivity between Pakistan and Western regions of China”. The trade between the two countries has for the first time risen over $12 billion. Pre-

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Zardari and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang witness the signing of agreements between Pakistan and China at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Wednesday. ONLINE

mier Li Keqiang said both sides had decided on a long term programme - a strategic idea for the peace and stability of the world. “We hope by pushing forward connectivity, economic corridor will become a reality for the benefit of the two people,” Li said. “No matter how the regional and international situation may evolve, China will remain committed to consolidating and developing its strategic partnership of cooperation with Pakistan,” he said. He said China would continue to firmly support Pakistan in its efforts to uphold independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and achieve national stability and development. Zardari said both countries were determined to achieve the bilateral trade target of $15 billion and had agreed to speed up work on projects identified under the Five-Year Development Programme. President Zardari said, “We have also decided to press ahead with the second phase of negotiations on China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement and start work on the China-Pakistan Agriculture Demonstration Zone.” He said the two countries discussed various connectivity proposals, including fibre optics, road and rail links and energy projects. “We also discussed long-term plans about Pakistan-China economic corridor,” he said and pointed that Pakistan greatly valued its brotherly relations with China. Zardari warmly welcomed Premier Li to Pakistan, his second home and recalled his meeting with him in August 2011. “We are delighted that Li has chosen Pakistan among the first countries to visit after taking over as premier of the State Council,” President Zardari said. He said friendship with China had always been the cornerstone of Pakistani foreign policy. “Our friendship with China is rooted in national consensus. This friendship is not only between the governments but also between the two people. It is also time tested,” the president said. Zardari said Pakistan believed that China was an important factor of peace and stability in the region and added that China’s economic progress was an example for

many countries. He said Pakistan greatly valued China’s economic support and assistance. “We are extremely grateful to the Chinese government for their continued support to the affected people of Attabad Lake and upper Hunza. We need continued assistance in this regard,” he added. President Zardari said the two countries had signed MoUs and agreements in the fields of economy, science and technology, space and upper atmosphere communication and energy. He said all these and other agreements were aimed at further strengthening bilateral relations and improving the well-being of the two people. President Zardari said the “two countries believe that terrorism, separatism and extremism pose serious threats to regional peace, stability and security”. “We have reiterated our resolve to continue cooperation in combating these evil forces,” Zardari said. He also pointed that the two sides had agreed to further expand people-to-people exchanges and said cultural centres would be established in each other’s countries. In this regard he mentioned that the year 2015 would be celebrated as the Year of Friendly Exchanges. He said both Pakistan and China had also agreed to maintain the tradition of frequent exchanges of visits and meetings at the leadership level. Premier Li said his visit after the holding of general election and before the formation of a new government showed that the Pakistan-China friendship was everlasting. He termed Pakistan-China friendship a valuable asset and said it was something not affected by change of a government and politics. He said the purpose his visit to Pakistan was to cement friendship between the two countries that has been nurtured by successive leaders and the people of the two countries. Premier Li said regular meetings between the leaders would help deepen and further consolidate their ties. He, however, stressed that consolidating the strategic cooperation needed to be backed by concrete actions and mentioned the witnessing of agreements on economic and cultural cooperation between the two countries. President Asif Ali Zardari also conferred the country’s highest civil award, Nishan-e-Pakistan, on Premier Li for his outstanding contribution in strengthening Pakistan-China relations. The investiture

ceremony held here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr was attended by caretaker prime minister, political leaders, services chiefs, ministers and diplomats. Those who attended included Nawaz Sharif, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Shujaat Hussain and Shahi Syed. At the ceremony, Zardari stressed on “joining hands and combining strengths” to realise the shared aspiration for the common good of people of Pakistan and China. He said Pakistan was aware of the rapidly changing environment and wished to be a full partner in cooperative efforts for regional economic development. Zardari welcomed the Chinese Premier and said the people of Pakistan held him in high esteem and were happy to see him in their midst. He termed the visit of Premier Li another landmark in the growing bilateral relations. Premier Li said the conferment of Pakistan’s civil award on him was not only a personal honour, but also reflective of deep affiliation between the two countries. Li said China was committed to consolidating friendship with Pakistan and deepening strategic partnership. He said the Sino-Pak friendship had been a valuable asset and was an example for other countries. Zardari said China’s growing economic power had unleashed positive momentum to take economic cooperation to new heights. He mentioned that Pakistan’s geo-strategic location and its trade and economic potential offered great opportunities. He said Chinese business community could take advantage of these opportunities to develop mutually beneficial partnerships. The president said the Gwadar project was part of the endeavour to improve connectivity and held great promise to create a regional economic and trade corridor. Similarly, Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline and Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline were also important to improve economic and social conditions of this region, he said. Li said after 27 years, he had seen tremendous changes in Pakistan, adding that people of China rejoiced over the excellent progress. He said China would continue cooperation with Pakistan for stability and economic development and thanked President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Khoso and people of Pakistan for the admirable welcome to him and his delegation.


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AKISTAN Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif is likely to take oath as prime minister of the country for a third term on June 5, as the president has decided to summon the National Assembly’s session on May 28, Pakistan Today has learnt. A source said the decision was taken during a one-on-one meeting between Nawaz and Zardari on Wednesday at the Presidency after the luncheon banquet hosted for Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. During the meeting, the president apprised Nawaz about the oath-taking ceremony for the new PM. Both leaders discussed the overall situation in the country and issues relating to the run-up to transition. Sources told Pakistan Today that it was Nawaz’s desire to see the oath-taking of newly elected members of the National Assembly on May 28, as this date was memorable for him. The then PML-N government had conducted five nuclear tests on May 28, 1998. The sources said that during the meet-

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Zardari and prime minister-in waiting Nawaz Sharif meet on the sidelines of the reception hosted for Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang on Wednesday.

Zardari summons median session of national assembly on 28th ing, President Zardari told Nawaz that to honour his desire, the median session of the National Assembly had been summoned on May 28. The president also apprised Nawaz that his oath-taking ceremony would be held on June 5. The sources said the president was of the view that by that time (June 5), elections of speakers and deputy speakers of National Assembly would also be completed. After the meeting, Zardari told reporters that the Presidency would cooperate fully with the Nawaz-led government to pull the country out of existing problems. The president said he already considered the PML-N chief as the prime minister. To a query on his party voting for Nawaz in prime minister’s elections, the president said that he had no role to play in party affairs and decision in this regard would be made by party leader Amin Faheem. Nawaz said everyone would have to work together to resolve problems being confronted by the country. The PML-N chief said the Charter of Democracy would be abided by and fully implemented. He said that he had no grudge

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With details of the Nawaz-Zardari meeting still sketchy, it appears both leaders are ready to make a new beginning and perhaps looking to pick up from where they left before turning paths during the last Pakistan People’s Party-led government. It was a one-on-one meeting between President Zardari and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the reception held in honour of the Chinese premier at the Presidency on Wednesday. As such, little is known on the content of the meeting. However, PML-N sources disclosed that Sharif assured Zardari he could freely continue as president for the remaining period of his term. He assured Zardari that the PML-N government would not indulge in tactics to disturb him, sources added. It has been learnt that both leaders, for a large part of the meeting, exchanged grouses and complaints against each other. “Nawaz had his own litany of complaints towards the PPP and vice versa,” sources said. Nawaz Sharif, while sharing his thoughts after the meeting, said the PML-N government in future would honour the Charter of Democracy signed between the two parties. He added that he bore no grudge against President Zardari. Political analysts believe it appears the bad blood that existed between the two sides, featuring Shahbaz Sharif making personal attacks against Zardari, has subsided for the time being. PPP leaders on their part also indicated they had no plans to take on the new government head-on. PPP leader and former federal information minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, talking to media, said the new government should be given enough time to settle down. There are also indications that the PPP would not pose any veritable threat to the PML-N government as the main opposition. It is argued that the choice of Khurshid Shah as opposition leader reflected that the PPP would continue with its politics of reconciliation. Chances of Shah becoming a strong opposition leader, mobilising his members to throw the government on the mat are low, political circles believe. Sources in PML-N said they looked forward to the PPP as their future opposition more than Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

against President Zardari. To a query, he said he had made no demand for Zardari’s resignation, as he was elected democratically. The would-be prime minister further said, “We have the country’s interest in the mind not our own.” President’s spokesman Farhatullah

Babar said the meeting took place after the luncheon banquet hosted for Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. The president congratulated Nawaz for securing a heavy mandate in the general elections and gave his best wishes to the new government.

China rubbishes Indian concerns on Pak-China nuclear cooperation ISLAMABAD SHAIQ HuSSAIN

China has brushed aside Indian concerns about its cooperation with Pakistan in the field of civilian nuclear energy and it may agree to build more nuclear power reactors on Pakistani soil to help its neighbour overcome the grave energy crisis that has crippled the country’s economy. The Indian leadership expressed its concern to China during the visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to India that concluded on Wednesday, diplomatic sources said. However, they said the Indian authorities had been told by the Chinese leadership that there concerns regarding Pakistan-China civilian nuclear energy cooperation were not valid, as that cooperation was meant only for peaceful purposes to help a friendly nation overcome the severe energy crisis it was confronting. The Chinese PM reached Islamabad on Wednesday from India and discussed with Pakistani leadership in detail the problem of prolonged power shortages along with other issues of mutual interest, sources said. “The Chinese leadership is very concerned over Pakistan’s energy crunch and it has assured all possible assistance to Islamabad to overcome

this crisis that has paralysed the country’s economy,” a source said while seeking anonymity. He said China could also give its nod to the building of more nuclear power plants in Pakistan given the serious nature of Islamabad’s energy needs and requirements. However, he said he was not aware of any specific talks on Wednesday between the Chinese PM and Pakistani leadership on the construction of nuclear power plants. Beijing has already provided Islamabad with two nuclear reactors, each with a capacity of 300MW at Chashma near Mianwali. According to some media reports, Pakistan and China are also planning to build two more reactors with the same capacity at Chashma. The reports also speculated about the construction of a fifth nuclear power plant by China in Pakistan, but the sources said Chinese authorities had yet to give their nod to any such project. They said the Chinese were sympathetic and they understood the gravity of the energy situation that Pakistan was facing, but so far they (Chinese leaders) had not made any decision on the nuclear power plant about which speculations were being made in the media.

India has been opposing cooperation with Pakistan in the field of civilian nuclear energy cooperation not only on part of China, but also the United States, despite the fact that it has clinched such an accord with the US itself. India claims that China’s supply of nuclear reactors to Pakistan is against the guidelines of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), a 46-nation global body that prohibits the sale of nuclear technology to countries that have not signed the Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty (NPT). New Delhi had to secure the NSG waiver before the conclusion of its civilian nuclear deal with the US, but it opposes any such relaxation for Islamabad. The sources said China’s reaction to India’s opposition to the nuclear energy cooperation with Pakistan showed the depth of ties between Islamabad and Beijing. They said that the visit of Chinese PM to Pakistani capital would go a long way in further cementing the bilateral cooperation in various sectors including energy, defence and economy. “Apart from cooperation in the field of energy, China may also extend the financial support to Pakistan for the next budget,” a source added.

He said the president thanked Nawaz for accepting the luncheon invitation hosted in honour of the Chinese PM and expressed confidence that after political transition, the new government would successfully address the problems and issues facing the country.

dialogue with taliban prerogative of Pakistan: olson ISLAMABAD: US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson has said holding dialogue with the Taliban was the prerogative of Pakistani government. Talking to reporters in Islamabad on Wednesday, Olson said any dialogue with Taliban was for the Pakistani government to decide. However‚ he said‚ any reservations regarding these proposed talks would depend on terms and conditions of the dialogue with Taliban. Terming the recent general elections a big success of Pakistani nation in which democratic forces emerged victorious, he said a historic turnout was witnessed in the elections and reflected that the people had confidence in democracy. He said the elections proved to be a defeat for those who were against democratic values and holding of elections. Earlier‚ inaugurating an English language laboratory at SOS Children's Village in Islamabad ‚ he said the US was rehabilitating buildings of 800 schools affected by the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. He said the US was also helping launch new degree programmes in 90 universities and colleges besides giving scholarships to 12,000 students studying in various institutions in Pakistan. Olson said Washington was also providing $15 million dollars to NGOs to improve socio-economic condition at community level. ONLINE

ECP notifies names of winning candidates ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

The Election Commission of Pakistan on Wednesday notified names of 805 successful candidates. However, the commission did not issue notification about the success of 44 candidates due to certain reasons. They include 16 MNAs‚ six MPAs from Punjab‚ 12 from Sindh‚ two from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and eight from Balochistan. Interestingly, the electoral body, which spent billions of rupees on election process, has not been able to announce official result of NA-269 Khuzdar so far. The ECP website says the official result of NA-269 Khuzdar is awaited. Against the total 849 seats, the names of 805 winners have been notified. A spokesman of the ECP said that in pursuance of the provisions of Sub-section (3-A) and Sub-section (4) of

Section 42 of the Representation of the People Act 1976, the ECP has published the names of the successful candidates. Meanwhile, the ECP rejected PTI candidate Hamid Khan’s request for a re-polling in NA-125 Lahore. After hearing arguments from both sides, the commission declared PML-N contender Saad Rafiq as winner. According to the ECP website, PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique won the seat by securing 123,416 votes while Hamid Khan bagged 84,495 votes. Separately, the ECP changed the date for re-polling at selective polling stations in NA-46 (Tribal Area-XI) from May 25 to June 5. According to a notification, “Re-polling at polling station numbers 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 43, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51 and 54 of NA-46 shall now be held on June 5, 2013 instead of May 25, 2013 as notified earlier.”

12 Independent CandIdates from pUnjab joIn pmL-n In na LAHORE: Twelve independent candidates from Punjab filed their affidavits of joining the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in the National Assembly on Wednesday, according to the provincial Election Commission of Pakistan. The candidates had successfully secured National Assembly seats in the May 11 elections. They each filed affidavits to the ECP, Punjab, declaring their alliance to PML-N on Wednesday. Earlier in the week, six independent candidates from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas also joined PML-N. The PML-N, the largest party in the National Assembly, has tried to woo independents, who constitute the third largest group of candidates who won NA seats in the May 11 general elections. The independents have swelled the ranks of PML-N, who had won 125 seats, and gave the party simple majority in the assembly. STAFF REPORT


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imran discharged from hospital LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday left the hospital two weeks after injuring his back in a fall at an election rally, a hospital spokesman said. The 60-year-old politician was ordered to remain immobile in bed after he fractured vertebrae and a rib in a dramatic tumble just days before the May 11 general election, where his party made a major breakthrough. Khwaja Nazir, a spokesman for the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital where Khan was being treated, said that the politician had returned to his home in the city. “He would stay in his Lahore home for three days and then would be shifted to his home in Islamabad,” Nazir said. “Doctors have advised him rest, for two more weeks.” On Tuesday, he was fitted with a specially designed spinal brace, which enabled him to stand upright for the first time since his fall and doctors said that Khan was able to walk unaided for over 300 meters without any discomfort or pain. STAFF REPORT

Fbi shoots, kills man linked to boston bomb suspect MIAMI: A man being questioned by the FBI over the Boston Marathon bombings was killed on Wednesday in an altercation after becoming violent, the FBI said. US media outlets said the man knew one of the Boston bombers and was shot by an FBI agent in the early morning incident in Orlando, Florida. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said the man initiated a “violent confrontation” during the questioning and was killed and that an FBI agent suffered “non-life threatening injuries”. The FBI did not name the killed man, but the Orlando Sentinel newspaper identified him as Ibragim Todashev, 27. AGENCIES

new cabinet to be smaller, several ministries to be merged ISLAMABAD: After taking over as prime minister, PML-N President Nawaz Sharif will induct an 18-member cabinet and will also have three advisers including Mehtab Abbasi and Liaquat Jatoi, sources said. Working on the recommendations of former senior bureaucrats committee, led by Khawaja Zaheer, the PML-N government will merge the Petroleum and Water and Power Ministry and will rename it the Ministry for Energy. The sources said the Economic Affairs Ministry will be remerged with the Finance Ministry while the Ministry of Communications will be restored to its original position with the elimination of separate ministries of Postal Services, and Ports and Shipping. The Ministry of Housing and Works which was bifurcated to please the PML-Q will again be remerged into one ministry. The CAD Division and the National Heritage Ministry will be dissolved and the two departments would be given to the Cabinet Division, they said, adding that the Ministry of Industry and Production will also be merged. The sources said a formal announcement in this regard will be made on June 1 but a decision regarding who would be made ministers had already been made. The would-be ministers include Ishaq Dar, Nisar Ali Khan, Khawaja Asif, Abdul Qadir Baloch, Abdul Hakeem Baloch, Sardar Yusuf, Saad Rafiq and Pervez Rashid. INP

husband cuts off nose, ears of wife ABBOTTABAD: A domestic dispute took a horrific turn on Wednesday as a man cut off his wife’s nose and ears after a quarrel. According to the police, the incident happened in Khola Khayl area of the city. Sources said that the couple had a history of fighting over domestic issues. The woman was admitted to Benazir Shaheed Hospital where she has been provided initial treatment. INP

sC not too enthusiastic about taking action against altaf ISLAMABAD ONLINE

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EFUSING to take action against Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain, the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday postponed the hearing of a case against Altaf’s controversial statements and asked the petitioner to prove the maintainability of the case in court. Heading a three-judge bench, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said that it was not the job of the Supreme Court to take notice of statements that would create law and order crisis in the country as that was the job of the law enforcement and security agencies. The petition was filed by the Watan Party. Barrister Zafarullah, who represented the petitioner, read out the excerpts of Altaf Hussain’s speech published in newspapers. Zafarullah accused Hussain of threatening to divide Pakistan. Chastising the petitioner, the chief justice said that Altaf Hussain should have been made the respondent in the case if

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LONDON: The London Metropolitan Police on Wednesday launched an investigation against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain following complaints by PTI Chairman Imran Khan. According to the Guardian, the Metropolitan Police was investigating a controversial speech made by Altaf from London last week. “The investigation is in its early stages,” the newspaper claimed. The British Foreign Office on Saturday said it “strongly condemned” all acts of violence in Karachi. It added, “We are deeply saddened by the recent violence in the city, including violence murderously directed against democratic political figures.” Following the brutal murder of PTI leader Zahra Shahid Hussain, Khan tweeted, “I also hold the British Govt responsible as I had warned them about British citizen Altaf Hussain after his open threats to kill PTI workers.” Earlier, Metropolitan Police spokesman Richard Jones also confirmed that they had started investigations against Altaf on hundreds of complaints. He said the police were in process of collecting evidence. INP

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Wednesday announced the instigation of a ‘reformation’ process within the party ranks. Speaking to members of the party’s Rabita (coordination) Committee via telephone from London, the MQM chief prohibited collecting any sort of donations from the general public. He said there is a ban imposed on funds collection, adding that the basic party membership of culpable worker/workers will be revoked upon any such complaints. Hussain said the MQM follows “zero tolerance policy” when it comes to “China Cutting,” settlements and landgrabbing. “There is no room in MQM for people involved in these unlawful activities,” he added. The MQM chief urged any party activist, involved in land and property grabbing or sale/purchase of houses, apartments or plots, to voluntarily resign from the party membership. Otherwise, he added, upon receiving any such complaint, party membership of the guilty worker will be terminated. On Tuesday night, Altaf Hussain had also disbanded his party’s Karachi Tanzeemi (organising) Committee citing ‘hooliganism’ during his speech on Sunday morning. STAFF REPORT

his speech was objectionable. The petitioner replied that MQM’s chairman had been named the respondent in the petition. Continuing to grill the petitioner, the chief justice told Watan Party’s representative that the

MQM was “probably” headed by Farooq Sattar, not Altaf, according to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) documents. When the bench was told that Altaf Hussain did indeed head the party, Justice Ejaz said that the Supreme Court

could not go after “every party leader making a speech”. The apex court adjourned the case hearing for one week. During his speech in Karachi last week when PTI workers were holding a

judges’ detention case: atC rejects musharraf’s bail plea ISLAMABAD AGENCIES

The anti-terrorism court in Islamabad on Wednesday rejected a bail plea filed by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in the judges’ detention case. Earlier, ATC judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi had reserved the ruling on Musharraf’s bail application during a hearing of the case. During the hearing, public prosecutor Amir Nadeem Tabish said clause 780-A pertaining

to terrorism had been added to the list of charges against Musharraf, making the case against him stronger. In his arguments, Tabish added that judges and their family members had been detained in their homes for months, their children not allowed to appear in examinations and the charges against the former army strongman were of a serious nature, who, therefore, should not be granted bail. He further said the emergency imposed by Musharraf in the country on

UK soldier beheaded by men ‘chanting allah akbar’ LONDON

November 3, 2007 was detrimental not only towards the judges but for the public at large. However, Musharraf’s counsel Ilyas Siddiqui claimed that his client never gave the order to detain judges, adding that there was no proof against him. MUSHARRAF BAIL: On the other hand, the Rawalpindi AntiTerrorism Court sent an order to jail authorities for releasing Musharraf on bail in the Benazir Bhutto murder case.

parliament, paC can’t audit sC finances: judge ISLAMABAD ONLINE

Neither parliament nor the Public Accounts Committee has any mandate to audit Supreme Court’s accounts or its financial affairs, Justice Jawwad S Khwaja said on Wednesday. Heading a three-member SC bench that was reviewing the issue of secret funds and outstanding payments worth of billions of ru-

pees to newspapers, media sources (APNS), Justice Khwaja stressed on the rule that any amount demanded by the Supreme Court had to be granted by the government. “The decision should have been taken before March 19, and the prime minister and chief ministers should also have resigned,” he said, adding that “the rule of law and constitution shall stand”. “I fail to understand that after

demonstration at Teen Talwar area of Clifton, Hussain made some remarks that created controversy and prompted many Pakistani and British citizens to file complaints at London Metropolitan Police.

the dissolution of assemblies on March 16, how a summary signed by then redundant prime minister was released on March 19,” he queried, asking the APNS legal counsel, Azhar Siddiqui to justify Rs 200 billion owed to media. Siddiqui referred to Article 78 related that relates to financial procedures, entailing federal consolidated funds and related accounts included those related to the Supreme Court finances.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron has called a meeting of his government’s emergency Cobra security committee after the killing of a British soldier in London. Britain’s government convenes Cobra meetings only to deal with incidents that have implications for national security. Cameron said that there were “strong indications” that a killing in London was terrorrelated. “It is the most appalling crime,” Cameron said, before cutting short a visit to Paris. “The police are urgently seeking the full facts about this case but there are strong indications that it is a terrorist incident.” Media reports said the soldier was killed in the incident in the Woolwich district in the southeast of the British capital. Two attackers with knives killed a man on Wednesday on the streets of London, witnesses said. They described the weapons as machetes or meat cleavers. Onlookers described the man as being “beheaded”.

The Express reported that a Whitehall source claimed the men were heard to shout ‘Allah Akbar’ as they attacked the victim in broad daylight. Police responded, shooting and injuring the two attackers in the south-eastern district of Woolwich, Metropolitan Police commander Simon Letchford said. “The prime minister says the killing in Woolwich is truly shocking and he has asked the home secretary [internal affairs minister] to chair a Cobra meeting,” his office told Reuters. “A number of weapons were reportedly being used in the attack, and this included reports of a firearm,” police said in a statement. Security was tightened in the area immediately after the incident. Helicopters hovered above and nearby roads were sealed off by the police. Earlier, a teacher at a local school told the BBC he saw a body on the road and afterwards heard gunshots. Photographs posted on social media showed at least two people on the ground who appeared to be injured, but no further details were immediately available.

sC suspends all transfers‚ postings made by caretaker govt ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) on Wednesday suspended all the postings and transfers made by the caretaker government, saying personal likes could not be allowed to deride merit. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the case against postings of 13 high-ranking officials by the caretaker government. The postings included manag-

ing directors of Sui Southern and Northern Gas Pipelines, National Highway Authority chairman, National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) chairman, Pakistan Mineral MD, National Fertilisers chairman, Oil and Gas Development Company (OGDC) MD, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) DG and officers of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). In its orders‚ the apex court declared that the caretaker government had no mandate for posting and transfers of government officials.

“Its only job was to hold general elections besides looking into daily affairs of the state,” the court said. The bench directed the federal government to submit its reply in the case on the next hearing, the 4th of next month. In an unprecedented move, the caretaker government of Balochistan announced the creation of two more districts, Sohbatpur and Lehri, days before its departure. Sources said the reason for this was not administrative, but political. Dividing the Khosa and Domki

strongholds would allegedly benefit both the outgoing Balochistan caretaker CM and the caretaker prime minister. Caretaker Chief Minister Nawab Ghaus Bakhsh Barozai’s brother lost the elections in Sibi. It is, reportedly, after this incident that the decision to separate Sibi from Lehri was taken to ensure that Barozai retained his seat from Sibi. Hailing from Sohbatpur, caretaker Prime Minister Khoso was also seen supporting a candidate who eventually lost to Mir Zafarullah Jamali from Jaf-

farabad constituency. Khoso, upset at the defeat, reportedly separated Sohbatpur from Jaffarabad district to ensure undivided political influence in the region in the future. During the hearing, the SC remarked that the caretaker government could not make any appointment and posting that might affect the policies of the incoming government. The CJP said, “The new government should know well that appointments of choice and against the norms of merit will not be allowed.”


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N advocated named Zain Gaffar was murdered in Defence on Wednesday. Reports said that Zain was fighting his brother’s murder case in the court who was murdered six months ago due to a property feud over 300 kanals of land in Gujranwala.The Gujranwala police had advised Ghaffar to remain cautious. On Wednesday, unidentified armed motorcyclists came to Zain’s house in Y block, Defence Housing Authority (DHA) and opened fire at him on his doorstep and escaped. The police took the dead body in

custody for further investigations. LBA ANNOUNCES STRIKE: Lahore Bar Association and the Punjab Bar Council announced a strike against the ruthless murder of their colleague, calling for the perpetrators to be punished. LHCBA CONDEMNS: The Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) on Wednesday condemned killing of its member Advocate Zain Ghaffar. In a statement, LHCBA President Abid Saqi and other office bearers condemned the killing and termed it a governmental failure. They said lawyer were continually targeted despite repeated requests for protection. They demanded the government to arrest the accused and give them exemplary punishment.

LHC takes prompt action newly-weds face against 8-year-old girl’s rape family’s wrath in LHC LAHORE ONLINE

The Lahore High Court (LHC) Complaint Cell on Wednesday took notice of a rape case reported in the press involving an eight-year-old female victim at the hands of a landlord’s son in Mangtanwala Area. The Nankana Sahib district and sessions judge (D&SJ) was directed to probe the matter and submit a detailed report regarding the local police’s action against the perpetrator. According to details, a Mango Taaro village resident told the police that her daughter, a second grade student, was

abducted on her way home from school. He said that he had gone searching for her when he heard her crying out from the nearby fields. He caught her assailant, 16-year-old Zahid red-handed and transferred him to the police. The victim was shifted to Lahore Children’s Hospital in a critical condition. Police have registered a rape case against Zahid and have commenced proceedings against him.

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A couple married against their families’ wishes were harassed by their relations on Wednesday, right after procuring the Lahore High Court (LHC)’s approval to stay together. According to the authorities, Yousuf had married Zahida against her family’s will who had lodged a First Information report (FIR) against the couple. However, after hearing the appeal, the high court allowed the married couple to stay together which infuriated Zahida’s family. They physically assaulted the two, but the newlywed couple managed to escape.

mEaslEs kills thrEE morE LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Three more children who had been suffering from measles died in the Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, raising the measles death toll to 96 in Punjab. The deceased have been identified as Haris (2), Babar (1) and Zoya (2) who had been undergoing treatment at the hospital. According to hospital sources, the deceased were from Lahore and Sargodha. As many as 253 new cases have been reported during the last 24 hours from Punjab including 73 from the city hospitals. The number of measles cases reported in Punjab in last six months has reached 13,220.

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UNJAB Ombudsman Javed Mehmood has termed the ignoring of five percent quota allocated for minorities during the recruitments in Sargodha University as serious maladministration. Mehmood issued these orders on the application of Sargodha University Town All Pakistan Minorities Democratic Movement Chairman Chaudhry Mushtaq Gill. Gill had appealed to the ombudsman that five percent quota allocated for minorities had been totally ignored by Sargodha University during recruitments and the university administration was not willing to implement the rules and regulations at any cost despite repeated requests.

The Punjab ombudsman called for explanation from the Sargodha University administration in this regard, and during an enquiry it revealed that it had committed serious violation of rules during process of recruitments of employees. He ordered Sargodha University vice chancellor and registrar to explain their case in this regard. He also ordered them to include five percent minority quota in all recruitments made after March 2010 as per constitution and rules and submit a report to Ombudsman office within a month. Mehmood said that the maladministration of Sargodha University had been proved during the recruitment process and the minority quota had not been mentioned in any advertisement published in the newspapers by Sargodha University after March 2010.

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LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PMLN) leader Shahbaz Sharif has said his party had no interest in the politics of sit-ins and protests. He said it was time to resolve people’s problems instead of staging protests. He appealed to all political parties to get united. The PML-N has also decided to convene a roundtable conference in the wake of poor law and order situation in Karachi. According to sources, PML-N has ruled out the option of military operation to restore peace in the country’s commercial capital. ONLINE

PEdEstrian bridGE on rinG road CollaPsEs LAHORE: A part of an under construction pedestrian bridge on Ring Road collapsed on Wednesday disrupting flow of vehicular traffic in the area. Authorities suspended the traffic from both sides after the incident to remove the debris. According to eyewitnesses, a part of under construction pedestrian bridge in Kamhan Pind area of Defence Phase-IV collapsed on Wednesday morning. No casualties were reported from the incident. STAFF REPORT

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Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) Director General Dr Rizwan Naseer said schoolgoing children were harbingers of safety and could change specific road behaviours of their parents and others as well. Addressing “Road Safety Awareness Seminar for Kids” organised by Safe Communities Pakistan (SCP) at Emergency Services Academy on Wednesday, he said children could play a vital role in building safer communities in Pakistan by sensitising the general public about road usage.

Over 250 school children of Elite Grammar School, Balsome House School and Children’s Academy High School participated in the seminar which was also attended by members of Executive Body of SCP, including Message Communication CEO Sohail Aziz, TABA Foundation Director Khalid Butt and Road Safety Trainer Asif Khawaja. The objectives behind the seminar were to create the awareness of road safety matters among school children as life safety is a right and responsibility of all. The DG said citizens should abide by traffic rules and regulations while driving as this was a matter of their own and lives of others.

JI discusses KP govt issues with Imran LAHORE: A delegation of Jamaat e Islami (JI) called on Imran Khan at his residence on Wednesday. Led by nominated senior minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Siraj ul Haq, the delegation discussed issues of future coalition government. The main agenda of discussion was the upcoming budget. Khan gave his input regarding the budget to be presented next month. Khan was discharged from the hospital this morning with a special jacket to protect his neck and back bones. ONLINE

Five years awarded to rao Jalil LAHORE: An accountability court on Wednesday awarded five years jail term and fined Rs 1 million to Rao Abdul Jalil, father of former Haj DG Rao Shakeel, in a land fraud reference. However, the court acquitted former Haj DG in the case. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) filed the reference in 2007 wherein it was submitted that Jalil got transferred a plot of 208 kanals situated in Sheikhupura through fake documents in his name. The NAB also alleged that former Haj DG also aided his father in the matter. Lahore Accountability Court-II Judge Muhammad Falek Sher after hearing arguments awarded five years jail term and fined Rs 1 million to Jalil but acquitted Shakeel. APP

FivE injurEd in housE FirE LAHORE: Five members of a family including four minors were injured when a fire broke out in a house near Peco Road on Wednesday. Rescue 1122 sources said that the fire erupted in a house near Pindi Stop due to short-circuiting and burnt valuables worth thousands of rupees. Fire brigade and Rescue teams reached the spot and rescued the family and shifted the injured to a nearby hospital. STAFF REPORT


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ROUND 200 people hurled rocks at police and set cars ablaze in a Stockholm suburb during the second day of rioting, which was triggered by the fatal police shooting of a man wielding a knife. Dozens of windows were smashed, 10 cars and several containers were set on fire, and seven police officers were injured on Tuesday. Six people were arrested early in the day, but two were released after questioning, police spokesman Jorgen Karlsson said. Cars and containers were also set ablaze in Fittja, another Stockholm suburb, although police said it was not clear whether the two events were linked. The unrest began Sunday night in response to the May 13 shooting, in which police killed a 69-year-old man who had locked

himself in an apartment in Husby, west of Stockholm. Around 80 percent of the roughly 11,000 residents of the suburbs are first- or second-generation immigrants. Police have refused to give the nationality of the victim. Many local residents see the shooting as an example of police brutality, and the violence has stirred debate in Sweden. TENSE ATMOSPHERE: The country, known for its strong welfare state and egalitarian society, has had the biggest surge in inequality of any Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) country over the past 25 years, according to a recent publication by the global economic watchdog. "This is not OK. We will not give in to violence," Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said. "We must all help out to regain calm. The residents of Husby need to get their neighbourhood back." Reinfeldt added that Husby has been

going in the right direction during his seven-year tenure, with employment increasing and crime falling. Al Jazeera's Rory Challands, reporting from Husby, said that local authorities are doing their best to assimilate new immigrant arrivals. "Husby is not some slum that the state has abandoned," he said. The atmosphere was tense on Tuesday, with residents expressing both anger at police and sadness about the destruction. City workers were seen clearing the debris of a burnt-out container and documenting fire damage. Reza Al Bazi, 14, and his friend Sebastian Horniak, 15, said they witnessed the violence throughout the night. Horniak claimed he witnessed police firing warning shots in the air and calling a woman a "monkey." "I got upset yesterday because I saw police attack innocent people, they beat a woman with a baton," he said. Horniak's claims of racist remarks were

Dozens of cars have been set alight during the riots.

backed up by the organisation Megafonen, which represents citizens in Stockholm's suburbs. Prosecutors have launched an internal probe into the shooting. Police say

they shot the man in self-defence because he attacked them with a knife when they broke down the door to an apartment where he had locked himself up with a woman.

UK moves closer to legalising gay marriage LONDON AGENCIES

OKLAHOMA: An aerial view of the destruction caused by a two-mile wide tornado in Moore, which is part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. AGENCIES

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Rescue workers are near the end of the search for survivors in the Oklahoma City suburb where a rare and powerful tornado claimed 24 lives, injured at least 230 and left dozens missing. Police said thunderstorms and lightning slowed the rescue effort on Tuesday, but 101 people had been pulled from the debris alive. After nearly 24 hours of searching, Moore's fire chief said he was confident there were no more bodies or survivors in the rubble. The Oklahoma medical examiner's office said on Tuesday that nine children were among those confirmed dead. President Barack Obama had promised earlier to make available all necessary government resources to Oklahoma to help in the rescue and recovery effort. "The people of Moore [Oklahoma] should know that their country will remain on the ground, beside them, for as long as it takes," Obama said at the White House. The US president called the devastation as "one of the most destructive tornados in history", even though he said the extent of the damage was still unknown. Obama spoke on Tuesday after an Oval Office briefing on the latest developments from his disaster response team and as Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate was heading to Oklahoma. Moore was strewn with debris and many residents were without power and water in the structures left still standing in the most severe of a series of savage storms to hit the state on Sunday and Monday. The tornado razed two schools and ripped off the roof of a medical centre. Scientists concluded the tornado was an EF5 on the enhanced Fujita scale, the most powerful type, capable of lifting reinforced buildings off the ground, hurling cars like missiles and stripping trees completely free of bark. The amount of energy released dwarfed the power of the atomic bomb that levelled Hiroshima.

britain to oFFEr visas to aFGhan intErPrEtErs LONDON: About 600 Afghan interpreters who served with British forces fighting the Taliban in southern Afghanistan will be allowed to stay in the UK, the government has said. Prime Minister David Cameron initially opposed the decision, but backed down after a campaign that called for interpreters and their families to be allowed to settle under a similar package to one supporting Iraqi interpreters, and a legal challenge in the UK High Court. A source from Cameron's office in Downing Street said on Wednesday that he was now preparing to offer five-year visas to those who served on the front line for a year or more. Cameron had said earlier that Afghan interpreters, who said they were under threat of attack from the Taliban in their homeland because of their work with foreign forces, should only be allowed to stay in Britain "in extremis". "When we think of all that we have spent and all the cost in money and human lives we have put into Afghanistan, we should do everything we can to encourage talented Afghans to stay in their country and contribute to it," he said. AGENCIES

A bill to legalise gay marriage in Britain has passed a crucial hurdle in parliament, despite efforts by the majority of politicians from Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party to wreck the plans. Members of the House of Commons on Tuesday voted by 366 to 161 in favour of the same sex marriage bill, which will now go to the country's upper house for consideration. The bill is likely to face strong opposition when it is debated in the House of Lords next month, especially from the 26 bishops holding seats in the assembly. Cameron was forced to make a deal with the opposition Labour party to pass the bill as many members of his own party had looked to prevent it from passing. Some more right-wing Tories had proposed an amendment to allow heterosexual couples to form civil partnerships, which was condemned by Cameron's office as a "wrecking amendment" that would have delayed the introduction of the new law. Although the motion was easily defeated with Labour's help, the depth of the Conservatives' division was made clear when it was revealed that 128 of its MPs had voted against the bill, 11 more than voted in favour. The action marks the second revolt of its kind on gay marriage. Another proposed amendment would have given registrars the right to refuse to perform gay marriage ceremonies if they objected. Cameron's failure to unite his party over gay marriage and his other major policy - renegotiating Britain's membership of the EU - risks undermining his chances of being re-elected in 2015, even as the economy is showing some signs of returning to growth. Britain has seen none of the mass protests over gay marriage held across the channel in France, which last weekend became the fourteenth country in the world to legalise it,

but some protesters did gather outside the House of Commons while the bill was debated on Monday. About 54 percent of Britons are in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry, according to a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times. Politicians remain divided, with Conservative former minister Norman Tebbit stoking a row on Tuesday by claiming gay marriage could result in a lesbian queen giving birth to an heir by artificial insemination. "When we have a queen who is a lesbian and she marries another lady and then decides she would like to have a child and someone donates sperm and she gives birth to a child, is that child heir to the throne?" he told The Big Issue magazine. Many Conservative supporters fear that with a general election two years away, Cameron's backing for gay marriage is driving traditional Tory voters to the UK Independence Party. The anti-immigration, anti-EU party is a fastrising force in British politics and made strong gains in local elections last month.

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Iran's president is to challenge a decision to disqualify his top aide from a vote to elect his successor, but former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has said he has no objections to his own ban. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that the Guardian Council's removal of Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei from the final candidate list was an act of oppression and he would take the case to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader. "He has been a victim of

injustice," he said of his former chief of staff in comments posted on his website. Ahmadinejad, who is prevented from running in the June 14 ballot owing to term limits, said that Mashaei would be beneficial for the country and he was hopeful that the matter would be resolved. "In my opinion there will be no problem with the Leader and I will take up this issue until the last moment with him," Ahmadinejad said, according to ISNA news agency. There had been wide speculation that Mashaei would be excluded from the list but less for Rafsanjani, a two-

term president and present head of the Expediency Council, a position appointed by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader. However, Rafsanjani's campaign manager Eshagh Jahangiri told ISNA news agency on Wednesday that the he would not object to his disqualification. "Mr Hashemi has always been among the pillars of the regime and will remain so, God willing," Jahangiri said. The exclusion of Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei from the presidential ballot has given establishment-friendly candidates a clear path to succeed Ahmadinejad, who has lost favour with the ruling clerics after years of power struggles. It pushes moderate and opposition voices further to the margins as Iran's leadership faces critical challenges such as international sanctions and talks with world powers over Tehran's nuclear programme.


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Centre to be contacted for national plan on energy crisis, says khattak K PESHAWAR APP

HYBER Pakhtunkhwa chief minister-designate, Pervez Khan Khattak, on Wednesday said he was well aware of the people’s concerns regarding load shedding in the province and would to take up the issue with federal government to formulate a concrete national strategy for tackling the issue on war footing. "Soon after assuming power, our first priority would be to take up the issue of load shedding with federal government to adopt a national strategy, as that came under the domain of the Centre," he said following a meeting with PESCO authorities. “Load shedding is one of the major problem the country is currently facing and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government will approach the federal govern-

ment to formulate a plan to revive industries and increase output from agriculture sectors,” Khattak said. He directed PESCO authorities to

give emergency priority to repair and replacement of damaged electric transformers in areas where consumers were regularly paying electricity bills. Khattak said no negligence on part of government officials would be tolerated in this regard. He said the government would clear all outstanding dues of closed tube wells to make them operational with an objective to provide clean drinking water to the people in remote and far flung areas, besides rejuvenate agriculture sector for benefit of the people of rural areas. He said the issue of closed tube wells would be taken up with concerned departments soon after formation of PTI government. He said the government would provide maximum relief to the people in the budget, adding the budget 2013 would be pro-poor and people friendly. He said his government would take

comprehensive measures for protection of low laying areas from floods in monsoon season and focus on construction of flood protection walls to protect the people of Charssada, Nowshera and Peshawar from future threats of floods. Asked about Kabul River flooding and erosion threats to Nowshera, Khattak said a master plan had been prepared during his tenure as the KP irrigation minister and would be implemented with financial assistance of donors. He said the KP government had limited resources and sought the help of international donors for pavement of embankments along River Kabul to protect fertile agriculture land and ward off the possibility of flood threats to the people of Nowshera. He said the PTI would focus on good governance and have zero tolerance against corruption and injustice in the society.

QUETTA: A child presents flowers to former Balochistan advocate general Salahuddin Mengal following his release late on Tuesday. Megal was kidnapped by unidentified men on April 4. INP

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PESHAWAR: Former law minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Arshad Abdullah was arrested on Wednesday from a session court in Charsadda after the court cancelled his pre-arrest bail application in a case registered against him for attacking a police checkpost and freeing an apprehended associate. The police had lodged an FIR against Abdullah and 18 others who were accused of attacking a police check post in Charsadda’s Utmanzai area on April 26 and freeing an associate who was apprehended by the security personnel at the check post for carrying an unlicensed weapon. Abdullah and his accomplice were arrested within the court premises and were handed over to the city police station. STAFF REPORT

4 trainee doctors ‘disappear’ in lakki marwat PESHAWAR: Four trainee doctors disappeared in Lakki Marwat’s Tajazai area late on Tuesday night when they were on their way to Dera Ismail Khan from Peshawar. Per details, the four trainee doctors on Tuesday afternoon left Peshawar for Dera Ismail Khan where they had been invited by Gomal Medical College to a laptop distribution ceremony. Sources said on way, the four were in contact with their college administrations and relatives. However, all contact ended when they reached Tajazai. When informed, the administration of Gomal Medical College contacted civil and police officers. However, the four could not be found anywhere. When contacted, security officials in Lakki Marwat said efforts to recover the young disappeared doctors were underway. No one has claimed responsibility either for abducting or detaining the disappeared doctors so far. STAFF REPORT

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FaFen To LaunCH CITIzen’s CaMPaIgn official says netWork Will mobilise citiZens on their right to access vital electoral information ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Wednesday announced to trigger a nationwide citizen’s campaign to bring transparency in ECP finalisation of election results. FAFEN also demanded that the ECP release all polling station and constituency forms and data. Addressing a news conference FAFEN Director Programmes

Rasheed Chaudhry and Chairperson Zahidul Islam said that FAFEN performed its job in the best interest of the people to bring transparency in the polls so that people may come up with the true leadership as per their desires. While announcing to start a citizen campaign, Chaudhry said the campaign is focused to raise the demand for immediate release of polling station-wise vote counts and data for each constituency as a prerequisite to

electoral transparency. Under the campaign, Chaudhry said, FAFEN would mobilise citizens on their right to access vital electoral information that forms the basis for the consolidated constituency-level results. He also said FAFEN would hold media briefings, citizen forums and signature campaigns across Pakistan with the primary purpose of requesting the ECP to publically release the actual polling scheme implemented on Election Day and documents from all 69,801 polling stations in 268 constituencies where elections were held, including Form XIV (Statement of the Count), Form XV (Ballot Paper Ac-

count), Form XVI (Consolidation Statement of the Results of the Count) and Form XVII (Result of the Count). FAFEN believes that it is the duty of state institutions to provide complete and timely information on matters of public importance for the benefit of candidates, political parties, media and other stakeholders, Chaudhry added. He said the need for this campaign arose after FAFEN analysed preliminary evidence received from polling stations, which indicated weak enforcement of electoral rules and procedures on Election Day. He informed reporters that FAFEN observers reported irregularities at polling stations, raising the possibility of rigging and vote fraud, the scale of which can only be ascertained by the vital information that ECP is withholding. FAFEN also shared a 26-page report based on the findings and recommendations by the network in connection with recent elections.

PANNAJI/NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday successfully test-fired BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the Navy's latest Russian built guided missile frigate INS Tarkash off the Goa coast. According to Indian media, the missile performed the high-level 'C' manoeuvre in the pre-determined flight path and successfully hit the target. The submarine-launched version of the missile was "successfully" tested near Visakhapatnam coast, Indian media said. "The launch was carried out by the navy as part of Acceptance Test Firing (ATF) of the ship.” INS Tarkash, an advanced Talwar Class frigate, was commissioned on November 9, 2012. The warship, along with two other frigates of the class – INS Teg and INS Trikand – have been built as part of an over Rs 8,000 crore contract signed between India and Russia in July 2006. The weapons suite of INS Tarkash includes surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missile systems, 100 mm medium-range gun, close-in weapon system, torpedo tubes and antisubmarine rockets. All the three ships will be equipped with eight verticallaunched BrahMos missile systems as the prime strike weapon. AGENCIES


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QUETTA: Members of the Balochistan Teachers Association stage a sit-in in protest against the government’s delay in implementation of a relief package announced for them. INP

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The severe heatwave will continue in most parts of the country in the next two to three days. The Met Office on Wednesday reported that the seasonal low lay over Balochistan and central parts of the country. The severe heatwave will grip central and southern parts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the next 24 hours while the severe heat conditions will continue to prevail in upper and central Sindh and most parts of Balochistan in the next 24 hours. In Kashmir, dry weather is expected in most parts of Kashmir, however, there are chances of dust-thunderstorm coupled with light rain in isolated areas of Gilgit-Baltistan during the next 24 hours. Some of the maximum temperatures were recorded in Jacobabad and Nurpur Thal with 49°C and Dadu, Padidan, Shaheed Benazirabad and Moenjodaro where the temperature was recorded at 48°C. In Islamabad the temperature remained 41°C, Lahore 46°C, Karachi 36°C, Peshawar 42°C, Quetta 35°C, Murree 30°C, Muzaffarabad 41°C, Gilgit 31°C, Faisalabad 46°C and Multan 47°C. Rainfall recorded in the last 24 hours was 3mm in Gupis and Hunza.

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ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani on Wednesday said there were a lot of concerns over the peaceful holding of the general elections but the nation had defeated a misguided minority that held such apprehensions. General Kayani made these remarks in an informal talk with the reporters at the Presidency on the eve of a dinner hosted for the visiting Chinese prime minister, Li Keqiang. A reporter complimented the army chief, saying his speech made on Youm-e-Shuhda had helped remove all doubts about the alleged delay in the elections. General Kayani nodded and said there were lots of concerns about the holding of the elections, but there was no doubt that a misguided minority had been defeated. He said the army had provided complete support to the Election Commission of Pakistan in maintaining security on the polling day which resulted in a big voter turnout. STAFF REPORT

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FGHAN President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday said no peace deal was possible in Afghanistan without Pakistan's involvement because of its influence over the Taliban. "Pakistan’s cooperation is key to a politically successful peace process and key to the end of violence in Afghanistan," he told reporters. Karzai said that at a meeting with Pakistan prime minister-elect Nawaz Sharif last year, the latter had acknowledged the danger that "terrorism and radicalism" posed to Pakistan. "I hope the new prime minister will be able to deliver what he so much wishes to achieve," Karzai said. Karzai said he had given a military equipment wish list to India during a visit this week. This has presented a conundrum

for New Delhi as it weighs whether arming the Afghan army is in its interests. "We

have a wish list that we have put before the government of India," Karzai said, adding that it was up to India to decide how much help it was prepared to give Afghanistan. Karzai would not say what was on the list, but Indian media reported that it included 105 mm artillery, medium-lift aircraft, bridge-laying equipment and trucks. The Indian government had no immediate comments on Karzai's statement. Karzai's spokesman said both countries had agreed not to discuss the contents of the list. An Indian government official said earlier that India had already provided some military equipment to Afghanistan but he declined to give details. He said he was surprised that Afghanistan was speaking openly about a weapons request. India is not a major weapons exporter and suffers chronic shortages of defense equipment itself, including artillery. Afghanistan's request for military equip-

UK admits to unpopularity of drone strikes, faces accusations of complicity LONDON: The British government has revealed that surveys carried out in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) – which bear the brunt of US drone strikes – have shown year-on-year increases in opposition to the covert campaign. Responding to a parliamentary question, Foreign Minister Alistair Burt said that according to surveys supported by the British Foreign Office, the proportion of respondents who believed drone strikes were “never justified” rose from 59 percent in 2010 to 63 percent in 2011. Interestingly, 63 percent was also the proportion of Americans opposed to the president being allowed to carry out drone strikes inside the US targeting fellow citizens, according to a recent poll by Fox News. This is the first time that the UK govt has revealed it had carried out opinion research on the CIA drone campaign in Pak-

ment comes as its relations with Pakistan, which have been difficult for decades, are again at a low. This month, Pakistan border guards and Afghan police clashed over a contested border area. The Afghan police complained they had been out-gunned and said they wanted heavy artillery and tanks. Afghan security forces have also made no secret of their desire for an air force. The clash over their border, which Afghanistan has never officially recognised, raised new tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Afghanistan and its Western allies have for years complained that Pakistan had failed to act against militants taking refuge in the country and launching attacks into Afghanistan from there. Pakistan denies helping the Taliban and complains of militants fighting the Pakistani state taking refuge in Afghanistan.

istan – a programme on which it has refused to comment. Previously, British ministers have simply stated that drone strikes were a matter between the US and Pakistan. However, there have been reports that the British govt is complicit in the programme by sharing location intelligence with US agencies to help them target the strikes. As a result, British ministers are facing a judicial review of their intelligence-sharing policy, brought in the English courts by Noor Khan, whose father was killed in a March 2011 strike that hit a meeting of civilians. Khan is being supported by human rights charity Reprieve. Reprieve Legal Director Kat Craig said, “The UK should not need to carry out polling to determine that a campaign of illegal killing is wrong. But what this does show is that even British government surveys find that the drone campaign is increasingly unpopular. “This is yet more evidence that the CIA’s campaign of deadly strikes in Pakistan is deeply counter-productive – which is hardly surprising, given it has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of civilians. Ministers must come clean on the role UK intelligence is playing in supporting drone strikes, put a stop to it and pressure the US to end its campaign.” ONLINE


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OTH the PML-N and the PTI are in a haste to initiate talks with the militants. Among other things they are approaching religious parties which enjoy good rapport with the militants. Pervez Khattak, the PTI’s nominee for the post of Chief Minister KP, has already met JUI-S chief Samiul Haq to discuss the issue. The latter claims he has also been approached by the PML-N leadership. The urgency to resolve the issue is understandable as nearly 50,000 people including about 15,000 servicemen have died in the terrorist attacks during the last decade. This has led to human suffering of an extraordinary high scale, particularly in cases where the victims happened to be the sole earning members of their families. The attacks have also created fear and uncertainty, scaring away potential investors, both local and foreign. While there is a dire need to put an end to militancy at the earliest, the urge for quick fixes has to be resisted. All aspects of the complex issue have to be taken into consideration before moving ahead. The TTP is a motley collection of loosely bound groups. The outfit’s chief has rejected democracy as un-Islamic, advocated enforcement of Sharia through armed struggle and the establishment of a worldwide Khilafat dispensing with national states with geographical boundaries. The TTP spokesman recently declared that his organization would follow in the footsteps of Osama bin Laden, which implies turning Pakistan into a launching pad for militants working for a worldwide enforcement of the Sharia. The TTP comprises numerous groups with separate missions, some specialising in attacks on schools, some like LeJ targeting Shias. The PML-N and the PTI have yet to decide which leaders of the TTP they would meet. Hopefully both the parties realize that there can be no compromise on the constitution and the law of the land. The two parties have yet to do a lot of homework. They need to sit together to determine the line to be taken jointly during any possible talks. There is also a need to get detailed briefing from the army and the security agencies to know why past agreements brokered with the militants failed to bring peace. They also have to understand why the army takes a stand different from that of the two parties. Gen. Kayani has called the fight against extremism and militancy as Pakistan’s own war. He has supported the elections maintaining that anti-democratic forces would never be acceptable. On Monday he praised the nation’s commitment to moderation and rule of law and congratulated the people for withstanding the threat of terrorism and defying the “unfounded dictates of an insignificant and misguided minority” by actively participating in the general elections. As Nawaz Sharif too has suggested there is a need for all stake holders to thoroughly discuss the various aspects of the issue.

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HERE is good news and there is bad news to share. The good news is that the overall voter turnout across Pakistan in the May 11 polls is up, by 9 per cent from the 2008 elections. Added to the fact that the current elections were held under the shadow of terror and violence, with both Karachi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa facing daily calamities, the numbers tell a story that the voter defied the militants. But here comes the bad news: the turnout was far worse in Balochistan and the tribal areas. A military operation was launched in the former to ensure a peaceful election but resulted in an election boycott, with voting remaining under 10 per cent in about 10 districts. The later, recovering from a decade of being under siege and 65 years under the FCR laws, is yet to form its trust in the processes of democracy. Whatever the story may be in Balochistan, it is the 55 per cent turnout in 2013 that appears to be the dominant story of the current general elections. Up from 44 per cent in 2008, when some parties including the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Baloch nationalist parties boycotted, the current polls spoke of growing confidence in democracy to deliver. According to figures released by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) bagged 10.4865 million votes; Pakistan Threek-e-Insaf (PTI) secured 7.679 million; Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) 6.55 million and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) got 2.458 million votes in the elections. It also disclosed that around 46.2 million people exercised their right of franchise, with the National Assembly vote count almost equal to the Provincial Assembly turnout. However, the difference between the lowest turnout, NA-42 in the tribal areas of 11.57 per cent, and the highest turnout in NA-191 Bahawalnagar, is alarming. It suggests people in some areas trust the electoral system while others do not. Winning the trust of those disillusioned ones is the task of the next elected governments. The factors responsible for such low turnouts must be removed in the next five years. Balochistan and the tribal areas must be wooed while those restricting women from voting must be taken to task. But the turnout more positively mandates the new elected government to implement its programmes and set right the inequality in civil-military relations. The Earlier governments could not muster a mandate similar to the one about to come into power and it means more pressure to deliver. Spiderman once said: “With great power comes great responsibility.” The dictum applies to the coming government from whom the public shall expect good governance, promoting democratic culture and strengthening institutions. And why not? 55 per cent of registered voters can claim they gave the system and democracy its mandate.

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ROM both the left and the right, three common misperceptions have emerged about US foreign policy: First, that the Global War on Terror has become a perpetual state of affairs; second, that no strategy is available to end this conflict in the near future; and third, that “the Obama approach to that conflict is just like the Bush approach.” I disagree with all three propositions. First and most important, the overriding goal should be to end this Forever War, not engage in a perpetual “global war on terror,” without geographic or temporal limits. Second, this is not a conflict without end, and there is a strategy to end it, outlined below. In November, also at the Oxford Union, Jeh Johnson, then general counsel of the United States Department of Defense, argued that in the conflict against Al-Qaeda and its affiliates: “there will come a tipping point – ... at which so many of the leaders and operatives of Al-Qaeda and its affiliates have been killed or captured, and the group is no longer able to attempt or launch a strategic attack against the United States, such that Al-Qaeda as we know it, the organization that our Congress authorised the military to pursue in 2001, has been effectively destroyed. At that point, we must be able to say to ourselves that our efforts should no longer be considered an “armed conflict” against Al-Qaeda and its associated forces; rather, a counterterrorism effort against individuals who are the scattered remnants of Al-Qaeda, or are parts of groups unaffiliated with Al-Qaeda….” The key question going forward will thus be whether the US treats new groups that rise up to commit acts of terror as “associated forces” of Al-Qaeda with whom it’s already at war. This seems unwise, as under both domestic and international law, the United States has ample legal authority to respond to new groups that would attack without declaring war forever against anyone hostile to the country. More fundamentally, the United States is at war with AlQaeda, not with any idea or religion, or with mere propagandists, journalists or sad individuals, like the recent Boston bombers, who may become radicalized, inspired by Al-Qaeda’s ideology, but never joining Al-Qaeda itself. Third, in regard to this conflict, the Obama administration has differed from its predecessor in three key respects. First, it has acknowledged that the United States is strictly bound by domestic and international law. Under domestic law, the administration has acknowledged that its authority derives from Acts of Congress, not just the president’s vague constitutional powers. Under international law, this administration has expressly recognized that US actions are

constrained by the laws of war, and it has worked hard to translate the spirit of those laws and apply them. The Geneva Conventions envisioned two types of conflict – international armed conflicts between nation-states and non-international armed conflicts between states and insurgent groups within a single country, for example, a government versus a rebel faction located within that country. But September 11 made clear that the term “non-international armed conflicts” can also include transnational battles, for example, between a nation-state like the United States and a transnational non-state armed group like Al-Qaeda that attacks it. The US Supreme Court has instructed the US government to translate the existing laws of war to this different type of “non-international” armed conflict. Second, in conducting this more limited conflict, the administration has shown an absolute commitment to humane treatment of Al-Qaeda suspects. Third, the Obama administration has determined not to address Al-Qaeda and the Taliban solely through the tools of war. Instead, this administration has stated a longer-term objective – a “smart power” approach – under which force is used for limited and defined purposes within a much broader nonviolent frame, with the over-arching aim being to use diplomacy, development, education and people-to-people outreach to challenge Al-Qaeda’s ideology and diminish its appeal. Applying this approach, the Obama administration has combined a law-ofwar approach with law-enforcement methods to bring all available tools to bear against Al-Qaeda. In a remote part of Afghanistan, a law-of-war approach might be appropriate, but in London or New York, a law enforcement approach is surely more fitting. In either case, the US response to a suspect turns not on whether we generically label a person an “enemy combatant,” but on whether we assemble the facts to prove that a particular person’s behavior reveals that he is part of Al-Qaeda. So how to end the Forever War? President Obama should now diligently pursue three previously announced aims of US policy: 1) disengage from Afghanistan, 2) close Guantanamo and 3) discipline drones. Disengaging from Afghanistan is fully underway, but three challenges loom. First, in transferring control of detention facilities, the US must ensure that transfers comply with obligations under international law not to return detainees to persecution or torture, and that future detentions comply with fair process and treatment obligations. Second, the US must work closely with the Afghans to help secure what Secretary of State John Kerry has called a “credible, safe, secure, all-inclusive, … transparent, and accountable presidential election” to succeed Hamid Karzai in 2014. Third, the Afghan government must tackle the controversial task of negotiating with the Taliban. In so doing, it’s crucial to build upon the myriad advances that have expanded individual freedom within Afghan civil society over the last decade. Closing Guantanamo permanently is long past overdue. The US military prison in Cuba has 166 detainees, 76 fewer than in 2009. More than 100 of the detainees are on hunger strike, with many being force-fed. President Obama has acknowledged, “Guantanamo is not necessary to keep America safe. It is ex-

pensive. It is inefficient. It hurts us in terms of our international standing.” Crucially, he does not need a new policy to close Guantanamo. He just needs to put the full weight of his office behind the sensible policy first announced in 2009: Resume transfer of those who are cleared for transfer, try the triable, grant periodic review of those in law of war detention, resist further congressional restrictions and appoint a high-level White House envoy to implement the foregoing. The goal of decimating Al-Qaeda’s core leads to the final contentious issue, disciplining drones. Critics often ask, “How, as a human rights advocate, could you criticize torture, while as a government lawyer, you defended the legality of drones?” The answer is sad, but simple: Torture is always unlawful. But killing those with whom a country is at war may be lawful, so long as the laws of war are strictly followed. It is the duty of government lawyers to police the line between those violent acts that are lawful and unlawful, and distinguish between those uses of force that do and do not on balance promote the human rights of innocent civilians. Drones are not per se unlawful. If accurately targeted, they could be far more discriminate and lawful than indiscriminate weapons. The main problem is not drones, but that the Bush administration grossly mismanaged its response to 9/11. Instead of acting surgically against AlQaeda when it had the chance, the administration squandered global goodwill by invading Iraq, committing torture, opening Guantanamo, flouting domestic and international law, and undermining civilian courts. Left to pick up the pieces, Obama got off to a promising start, but that effort has slowed. Since 2010, the Obama administration has not done enough to be transparent about legal standards and its decision-making process. Small wonder that the public has lost track of the real issue, which is not drone technology per se, but the need for transparent, agreedupon domestic and international legal process and standards. The Obama administration should now make public and transparent its legal standards and institutional processes for targeting and drone strikes, give facts to show why past strikes were necessary, and consult with Congress and allies on principled standards going forward. Most important, he should oppose proposed legislation that would grant him unneeded new authority to strike new shadowy foes. The real and pressing issue facing the United States is how to end the Forever War underway since 2001. If the Obama administration cannot persuade its citizens, Congress and its closest allies that its drone program is legal, necessary for that task and under control, it will be hard for President Obama to see that war to its much-needed conclusion or take the other steps needed to secure the peace. The writer is a Sterling Professor of International Law and former dean (2004-09), Yale Law School; former legal adviser, US Department of State (200913); former assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labour (1998-2001). This is a condensed and edited version of a speech to the Oxford Union on May 7, 2013, and reflects his personal views, not that of any institution of which he is or has been affiliated.

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Funny things I hear every politician claiming its voters to be youth. Why is this so? Youth have only so many votes, as all of us have, so why crib about and make claims? It was funny to hear Altaf cry like a baby on his address. Was he crying for the plight of poor people of Pakistan or crying over his failures and obnoxious speeches? Nawaz’s disclosure in Alhamra on 19th May about circular debt at Rs

500 billion and exchequer empty was an indication that load shedding is not leaving us for next five years. MQM Rabita Committee has run out of excuses to protect Altaf Hussein. Asif Ali Zardari has lambasted his party workers for their dismal performance. But I wonder if Zardari did not know about irregularities and corruption for five long years. AMJAD HABIB MIRZA Lahore


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T the reception of Stephen Hawking’s book ‘A brief history of time’, one of the reviews in Sunday Times opined that, ‘This book marries child’s wonder to a genius’s intellect.’ This can be attributed as the simplest and most basic definition of science, a journey that starts with a child’s wonder and ends at the intellect of a genius. What started off as a scholarly pursuit has now become the cradle of progress for all the elitist nations of the world, and the only potential redeemer of the developing nations; but science is an expensive luxury which the modest nations such as ours can’t afford, or at least that’s what the communal belief is. This is the very reason our science labs are mostly deserted and the culture of science, largely absent. The paucity of sciencebased activities can inevitably be attributed to the factors such as scarce funding resources, inadequately furnished labs and lack of expertise. However, besides all these factors, an overriding cause of the crippled state of research in our country is our ‘attitude’ that has put research on the backseat. Although, pragmatically, a scientist is supposed to be an innovative and venturesome individual who plays around with novel ideas, yet our culture has stereotyped him as a ‘withdrawn’ and ‘comatose’ entity, who camps all-day-long in labs and mass-produces publications in his leisure time. Not an exciting image at all! Bearing in mind that science is an everevolving craft, where old theories are frequently debunked and substituted by the new, more authentic ones; the scientists are required to be more creative, more imaginative and more clued up than ever, to join dots and to elucidate connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena. This, certainly, isn’t a dull affair provided you are doing it the scientist way. It’s not only the scientific gear that makes a scientist, scientist, but a thinking, questioning and curious mind that lays down the groundwork of a scientific life. It was his inquisitive mind that transformed little ‘Al’ Edison into the world-famous Thomas Edison of later years, even without a formal degree in science. But having ‘an inquisitive mind’ is hardly considered an eligibility criterion for any of the disciplines in our universities. Our existing university culture entails long-drawn-out

commentaries on established theories, fenced perceptions and a spate of assignments that are turned in only on the day before submission of final results. The students keep juggling with assignments, quizzes, presentations and projects all through the semesters and ta da, one day, they are in their graduation garbs, thinking of switching their fields and wondering what’s next. Nobody thinks, nobody asks and hence, there are no answers. The psychology of students expressing reluctance in putting forth their questions has been well-established; they hesitate for the fear of embarrassing themselves in front of their peers and competitors. But one more thing missing in the equation of ‘active learning’ is the quotient of teachers. Students aside, even our teachers flinch when it comes to raising questions; they sidestep from questioning themselves, their students or even the decades-long research studies. This is partly owing to their chockfull teaching schedules where they don’t get time to put their minds to some constructive thinking and partly because they are not accustomed to this way of teaching. This boils down to the core argument of this article, our general lack of aptitude for research. One doesn’t simply become a scientist by earning a doctorate in a science field; it all starts with your curiosity from the childhood. We grow up with several knots in our minds, but unlike the common lot, the curious ones hold onto them and struggle to figure out answers in their own capacity. This is precisely what steers one towards an advanced culture of research; a nagging, persistent and inescapable curiosity. This kind of approach can be instilled by teachers, through simple exercises, during early years of education. The students must be encouraged to look around in their surroundings and ask a simple question regarding the origin or working of a phenomenon they are most fascinated with, and then the teachers must urge them to pursue an answer to their questions. For this, they might have to consult a few books, internet and may even have to carry out a simple experiment. This will give them the de rigueur direction and a sense of purpose. A rudimentary exercise such as this will be incredibly effective in honing the instinctive curiosity of children, dusting off thick layers of obliviousness that enshrouds juveniles over time and in warming them up to the idea of research, right at the beginning of their academic lives. Once introduced to the concept of reasoning, it wouldn’t be too long when the students would take up inductive and deductive reasoning in the course of their routine lives, posing a tough competition to the fictional physics genius Sheldon Cooper. Every year, nationwide universities produce oodles of dissertations. Regrettably, only a few of those measure up to the benchmark of first-rate, authentic research studies while the remaining bulk communicates a sense of burden with which the dissertations were over and done with, rather hastily, just to obtain a degree. Ideally, the PhD faculty members must first frame hypotheses concerning critical national and international issues and then

form research groups, inviting students who may be interested in working in their area of expertise, to work on conceivable solutions. For instance, having research groups working on affordable and sustainable energy solutions, in the milieu of Pakistan’s catastrophic energy crisis, will not only get many minds simultaneously thinking about the potential solution, but would also open doors to many possibilities. With a solid groundwork laid down, funds can be roped in from HEC or other research-funding organisations. In a similar vein, the capable minds of the country can put their assets of analytical thinking into developing cost-effective measuring equipments, which are currently highly exorbitant in the market. There are a variety of people in Pakistan who, despite having never been to a school or university, are pretty well-versed with basic scientific laws. These are the ones who personify examples of curiosity-driven (as opposed to textbook) individuals. With the aim of encouraging research in the country, HEC introduced tenure track system, according to which the appointed faculty members are required to produce a substantial amount of quality published papers so as to achieve promotion and increments. This, in principle, is a very effective tool to warrant perpetual, quality research endeavours throughout the country. However, as with most of the matters in the country, this principle lacks effective implementation. Teachers continue churning out same kind of work, year after year; by supervising research students and ‘innovative research’ takes a backseat. Currently, the undergraduate and MS/MPhil level research studies are designed keeping in perspective the facilities available within the departmental laboratories which are mostly delimiting. Many students have to bear additional charges of their research as well as the transport fare within the city for the acquisition of data and surveys by themselves. For efficient utilisation of resources, universities must establish strong, active networks of association to facilitate researchers to make most of the equipments, literature and expertise that is not available to them in their own institutions. Research study of any scale involves considerable amount of time, energy and financial resources of the researcher, the dissertations of students should be tailored to produce valuable contributions to the research world. The way forward is not a linear journey. The government bodies, universities, teachers and students all will have to work, side by side, in unison, to bring about the much needed research revolution. It is also necessary to keep the charm of the science, the adventure of treading the path of unknown and the thrill of arriving at plausible theories, intact. Teachers will have to be trained for new and innovative training methods and additional funds, amassed. As for the students; think, ask and pursue, who knows you might be the next Isaac Newton in line. The writer is an environmental researcher.

O observe the Republicans, one would think that the US military was involved in nothing more controversial than a Marine holding an umbrella for President Barack Obama while he gave a speech in the rain. Sarah Palin, one of the many darlings of the rightwing, has stated that most Americans hold their own umbrellas, despite pictures RObERT FANTINA showing her disembarking a plane on a rainy day with a lackey holding an umbrella for her. Lou Dobbs, formerly of Fox News, said it was ‘disrespectful, inconsiderate, classless,’ although one looks in vain for his similar comments when Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush and George W Bush had soldiers holding umbrellas for them. And the conservative blogosphere has been awash with condemnation, criticism and great umbrage about an action the president took, that has been taken by many presidents before him, including many of their heroes. Someone awakening after a multi-year sleep and observing this would certainly believe that society overall was in very good shape, if the most important things political activists had to complain about was a Marine holding an umbrella for the president. However, such a person might be deceived. Let us take a quick look at another current issue that is somewhat less benign than an umbrella, and that no one on the right or the left seems concerned with. US drones, unmanned aircraft, have for some time been bombing targets in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and other countries, all in the sacred name of the U.S. war on terror (whatever that is). In the last couple of years, over 5,000 people have been killed in US – initiated drone strikes, and the frequency of these bombing is escalating rapidly. Their purpose, ostensibly, is to rid areas of Al-Qaeda operatives, a strategically important goal (we’ll not consider the morality of it quite yet), as the U.S. prepares to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan, after twelve years of U.S.-sponsored terrorism against the Afghani people. But what of the human debris left in the wake of these bombings? Ibrahim Mothana, a young Yemeni writer, said this in a New York Times op-ed last year: “Drone strikes are causing more and more Yemenis to hate America and join radical militants; they are not driven by ideology, but rather by a sense of revenge and despair.” Much as US citizens are told that people throughout the Middle East hate them because of their freedoms, it might be worth considering that the US is hated by many in the Middle East and other areas because the US government keeps killing their loved ones. In moving testimony on April 24 of this year, another young Yemeni man, Farea al-Muslimi, who had lived in the US as a high-school student, told the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, that his neighbours had felt positively about the US, due to his experiences there as a youth. “Now, however, when they think of America, they think of the fear they feel at the drones over their heads,” he said. “What the violent militants had failed to achieve, one drone strike accomplished in an instant.” But are not these victims just ‘collateral damage’? Are they not just the unfortunate cost of keeping the world safe for freedom and democracy? The answer to those questions is, of course, simply no. They are innocent victims of US imperial aggression. As Corporate America, with all its callous greed and complete disregard for human rights, lumbers across the globe, seeking new economic conquests, it knows that such conquests cannot occur only in the boardroom. Third World peoples, with no interest in corporate profits, who simply want to live simple lives, raising their families and earning their livings on farms, must not stand in the way of the almighty dollar, when their farms lay atop precious natural resources, coveted by the US. So as the US moves in, and is resisted, those resisting them are said to be ‘insurgents’, terrorists hating the freedoms that US citizens so enjoy. Therefore, they must be removed. Certainly, they are not all terrorists, but the ringleaders must be destroyed, and if, in the process of killing them, some innocent children are blown to bits in front of their terrified parents, well, that is simply war. One might see it as the cost of doing business. And what is the result? Those parents, and others, fill in the ranks of any opposition leaders the US has managed to kill, inflating the numbers of ‘insurgents’ (read: freedom fighters), causing the US to send more of its bombs, thus killing more innocent people and fostering more hatred of the United States. One could ask if these facts are too complicated for the US’ elected representatives. It seems rather basic: kill innocent people, and their loved ones will not necessarily grow fond of you. However, why is any of the relevant, when corporate lobbies contribute vast amounts to elected officials for their reelection campaigns? Who wouldn’t want to keep a job that requires showing up to the office whenever you feel like it, provides all-expenses paid travel benefits, and pays well? What do integrity, honesty, upholding the law and the Constitution have to do with the bottom line? The US’s never-deserved but self-proclaimed image as a global beacon of peace and freedom began to wear thin during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. While Congress and the president prefer to look the other way, and view the ‘war on terror’ as defending freedom and democracy, more and more people throughout the world see it for what it is, and until US government officials decided to see reality, hatred toward the US will only continue to grow. The writer is author of ‘Desertion and the American Soldier: 1776 – 2006 and Look not unto the Morrow.


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‘thE rEluCtant FundamEntalist’ FinallY CominG to Pakistan LAHORE: Mohsin Hamid fans, this one’s for you. Having made an impression worldwide, the much awaited movie “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” is all set to premiere in Lahore on the 24th (tomorrow). Based on Mohsin Hamid’s novel, it’s a bold piece of storytelling with a strong lead performance by Riz Ahmed under Mira Nair’s direction. The premiere will be held at Cine Star Lahore and many noted celebrities such as Ali Zafar, Meesha Shafi, Atif Aslam and the author himself, Mohsin Hamid, will be attending the event. The audience will further be entertained by a performance by the talented Meesha Shafi. The movie will be released on 24th May, 2013 all over Pakistan. STAFF REPORT

HE actor was taken from south Mumbai’s high-security Arthur Road Central Jail in a van around midnight to the Yerawada Central Jail in Pune around 4am, an official said. There were three police vans that took him to the Pune jail, he added. The shifting occurred in the wee hours due to security reasons and to avoid media glare. The shifting took place exactly a week after Dutt surrendered before the special Tada court on May 16 after his conviction under the Arms Act. The 53-year-old actor was earlier lodged in the “anda” (egg-shaped) cell of the Arthur Road jail following his surrender before the expiry of the Supreme Court-set deadline to serve his remaining sentence in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. That cell had 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab as its inmate before he was hanged earlier this year. Dutt was shifted to another cell of the Mumbai jail after he pleaded that he was not a terrorist. However, Dutt is again expected to be lodged in the “anda” cell at the Pune jail. Half of it is sunk into the ground and is considered one of the most secure cells in the prison. The actor is no stranger to Yerwada jail. He has served time twice here. But unlike the last two times, he is a convict now and not an undertrial. The actor will hence have to wear jail uniform this time; he will be allotted a “qaidi” or prisoner number soon, which will be prefixed with the letter ‘C’ symbolising that he is a convict. The last time Dutt was at this jail, he had taken up carpentry. This time, he is expected to do labour work. He is entitled to get a monthly allowance of Rs. 1,500 from his family to buy essentials from the jail canteen. He can meet visitors once a month for only 20 minutes. The apex court had reduced his sentence by one year — from six years to five — in March this year. He has already served one-and-a-half years of his sentence earlier. The incarcerated actor is expected to serve the remainder of his 42-month jail term at the Pune jail, the state’s biggest in terms of capacity and among the largest in Asia.

Barrymore puts wedding house on sale REW Barrymore has put her Montecito, California home, where she got married to husband Will Kopelman, on the market. The Chester Carjola-designed six bedroom house, with a detached, two-storey guest property, has been listed at 7.5 million dollars, Contactmusic reported. According to RealEstalker.com, the actress purchased the 1937 built estate for 5.7 million dollars in 2010. NEWS DESK

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truCk mishaP Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar was briefly admitted to a private hospital on Wednesday after he met with an accident while shooting for the remake of Thuppakki. A truck passed over his foot while he was filming an action sequence. Luckily he didn't suffer any major injuries. "It all happened so suddenly though Akshay managed to get himself out of the truck's way. Unfortunately his foot got caught under the wheels," informed a source, "Though Akshay is a tough man, this was quite painful. He was immediately rushed to the hospital." NEWS DESK

monroE’s Photos For PraGuE Exhibition stolEn A publicist for an upcoming Marilyn Monroe exhibition in Prague says that photographs of the star have been stolen. Alice Titzova of the PR agency 2media says the photos, stolen late Monday, were to be on display starting May 30 at the Prague Castle. Titzova says mannequins and display cases which were part of the exhibition also disappeared. There was no word Wednesday whether the exhibition will be delayed or canceled. The collection of various items including Monroe's dresses, shoes, photographs and diaries was assembled by curators at the Salvatore Ferragamo museum in Florence, Italy last year to mark the 50th anniversary of Monroe's death. After Prague, the exhibition was to be moved to Tokyo. NEWS DESK

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Is salman Khan finally considering marriage? L OOKS like it could well be the time for Salman Khan to finally settle down. While Salman Khan is in Goa to shoot his upcoming home production, apparently he is spending a lot of time with alleged ladylove Iulia Vantur. Sources close to the star say Salman is even considering marrying the Romanian TV anchor. Insiders from Goa say that while Iulia and Salman are together in Goa, the actor is serious about their future. One source said, "Salman is extremely serious about his new

girlfriend and she has been in his life for around two years but no one had got any wind of it. He is now being open about his relationship with her and people who are close to him are aware of her existence in his life. In fact, everyone is suggesting to Salman to get married to her, however, he is being mum about his plans." Insiders also say it would be no surprise if Salman finally announces Iulia's presence in his life to everyone. The actor apparently met her during one of his trips abroad. NEWS DESK


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INDSAY Lohan has been sued for 5 million dollars by a clothing company, DNAM The erratic behavior of the actress made it difficult to promote and sell her 6126 leggings line for which the company is demanding 5 million dollars, Radar Online reported. The company's lawsuit states that Lohan's leggings suffered in sales because the buyers were reluctant to associate themselves with her drug-addled image. However Lohan's business partner, Kristi Kaylor, has denied any such allegations and said that The DNAM countersuit against 6126 misrepresents the facts. She further said that the company is aware of the fact that it is in breach of the 6126 licensee agreement, and this suit is clearly nothing more than a transparent defense maneuver. She added that DNAM is trying to get out of honoring its financial obligations.

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CTRESS Angelina Jolie will reportedly play her late mother, Marcheline Bertrand, in a biopic made by her partner Brad Pitt's production banner Plan B. Bertrand died of cancer in 2007. She was 56. Jolie recently announced that she opted for a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of getting breast cancer. If reports are to be believed, the biopic will go into production in 2014. But a release date is yet to be locked for it. Jolie is much like her mother when it comes to humanitarian work. Bertrand helped female Afghan refugees and also launched the Give Love Give Life organsation in an effort to help fight gynecological cancers. NEWS DESK

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Happy times for sad endings in Bollywood? w HEN rockstar Rahul Jaykar jumps to his death in the climax of 'Aashiqui 2', not many were sure if a sad ending would work for the love story. But shattering all myths about sad endings' fate at the box office, the film became a runaway hit. A trade source says, "Actually, such excuses (tragic ending) crop up when a movie sinks at the box office and the concerned filmmaker looks for justifications to save face." Shagufta Rafique, the writer of Aashiqui 2 said, "We did not think of any

James Bond's wristwatch, which played a starring role alongside Sean Connery in the 1965 movie 'Thunderball' but was apparently lost after the film's shooting, has finally made a reappearance. According to Sky News, the watch has been found after a person purchased it at a British equivalent of a flea market, Radar Online reported. The unidentified buyer paid around 38 pounds for it two years ago, a UK tabloid noted. Now Christie's, an international auction house, is all set to put it under the hammer and expects to bring in up to 91,000 pounds. The Breitling Top Time watch, used in the film, has a Geiger counter that allowed the famous fictional spy to pick up on nuclear radiation. NEWS DESK

other end. The film is about a man who ends his life so that his lover can live on; we never worried if the ending will affect BO performance. I won't call it a risk, it was about being true to the story." But despite the success of tragic love stories — Ranbir Kapoor's Rockstar (2011) is another recent example that not many filmmakers are ready to take the risk. For example, the original storyline of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Delhi 6 (2009) had Abhishek Bachchan's character dying. But after pressure from the studio,

the director changed it. Both endings were shot and there were reports that the film would be re-released with its original climax. This trend is not new. Twentyfive years ago, Mansoor Khan had also shot two climaxes for Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988). A trivia on the film states that while the older audience wanted a happy ending, the younger ones preferred a sad one. Finally, the director chose tragedy. In fact, Mughal-E-Azam (1960), the mother of all Bollywood love stories, ends on a tragic note. Film writer Dilip Thakur said, "The sad ending of Ek Duje Ke Liye (1981) became the high point of its BO success, though there were reports of lovers committing suicide after watching the film. But there have been instances of filmmakers changing the end of films. One example is Rajesh Khanna's Baharon Ke Sapne (1967). Kajol's Sapnay (1997) also had different endings in different languages." Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt recalls how Arth (1982) didn't have any takers initially because of its sad ending. He says, "The know-it-alls of the industry said, an end in which the woman turns her back on her husband and lover, would prove disastrous. The film was not sold for a year. But if it worked eventually, it was due to its socalled sad end. Even with Aashiqui 2, it is the tragedy that has contributed to its success." Devdas is another classic example says a trade source. "It's a movie that has been attempted several times in Indian cinema. The film projected the male protagonist hitting the bottle with a vengeance, but did that aspect keep the audience away from theatres?" Interestingly, actors like Rajesh Khanna and Shah Rukh Khan have benefitted from being tragic heroes. Thakur says, "After Aradhana (1969), Khanna wanted to die in every film — be it Khamoshi (1969), Safar (1970) or Anand (1971). So much so, Amitabh Bachchan was supposed to die according to the original script of Namak Haraam (1973). But that was changed on Khanna's insistence." COuRTESy TOI

bandEras to PlaY suPEr mario in ‘thE 33’ Antonio Banderas will star in 'The 33' as 'Super Mario' Sepulveda, who was the second miner to be rescued and the survivors' spokesperson following their 69 days trap in 2010. The movie's producer Mike Medavoy made the announcement on Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival, the New York Daily News reported. The film, which will be directed by Patricia Riggen, will include actors Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro and its production is scheduled to begin this fall in Chile. The screenplay- written by Mikko Alanne and Jose Rivera- details the gruelling events of the mine's collapse and the international rescue efforts that attracted one billion viewers worldwide. The 33 courageous miners were trapped a half-mile beneath the surface and retrieved more than two months later. The film's portrayal was developed in collaboration with the miners, the rescuers and their families. NEWS DESK


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It seems only memorable things are 19-feet long: a stretch Mercedes-Benz wagon, the longest carrot ever recorded and now, the largest-ever Burmese python recorded in Florida. The 128-pound, 18-foot-8-inch reptile was caught by a Miami man who spotted it earlier this month while out driving, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The reptile surpasses the previous record of 17 feet 7 inches, according to University of Florida scientists. The man, Jason Leon, was riding late on the night of May 11 in a rural area of Miami-Dade County when he noticed the reptile extending about three feet into the road from some brush, said Carli Segelson, spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Leon might have recognized the species. Before it became illegal to owen a Burmese python as a pet in Florida in August 2010, Leon had owned some of the reptiles, Segelson said. Leon stopped the car, got out, grabbed the snake by the head and began dragging it out into the road, according to a commission statement. When the snake began to wrap itself around his leg, Leon killed it with a knife. The creature is nonvenomous, according to the commission. Leon reported the capture to the commission, which turned the snake over to its partners at the University of Florida Research and Education Center in Fort Lauderdale. "The FWC is grateful to him both for safely removing such a large Burmese python and for reporting its capture," Kristen Sommers, head of the Exotic Species Coordination Section of the conservation commission, said in a statement. Leon could not be reached. In one of two photos posted to the commission's Facebook page, Leon appears to be struggling to hold up the large reptile. NEWS DESK

No one understands my ills, nor the terror that fills my breast, who does not know the heart of a mother. — Marie Antoinette

xbox one pre-owned games may require fee payment m ICROSOFT faces a backlash from some gamers after it emerged the company may charge a fee to play pre-owned games on its new Xbox One console. It would also mean borrowing a game from a friend will require a payment to play, possibly the full price. Microsoft has said gamers will be able to trade their used games online - but refused to give more details. Microsoft's director of programming, Larry Hryb, admitted there had been some "confusion" around the policy. An official Xbox support account on Twitter had initially told fans that no fee would be needed for used games, but a later comment from Mr Hryb sought to clarify the situation. He wrote on his blog: "While there have been many potential scenarios discussed, today we have only confirmed that we designed Xbox One to enable our customers to trade in and resell games at retail. "Beyond that, we have not confirmed any specific scenarios." He added that gamers could bring their games to a friends' house to play without paying a fee - but only if the game's owner is signed in to the Xbox Live account with which it is registered. If the player wanted to lend the game to that friend, a fee would be required in order to play the title on a different Xbox Live profile. MASSIvELy PROFITABLE: Speaking to games news website Kotaku, Microsoft's corporate vice president, Phil Harrison, said the company would soon announce further

plans for pre-owned games. "We will have a solution we're not talking about it today - for you to be able to trade your previously played games online," he said. The move will mean Microsoft is able to gain control of what is a massively profitable market in pre-owned games across the world. Possible models for Microsoft could include allowing gamers to relinquish their ownership of a game in order to receive discounts on new titles bought through the Xbox Live store. This may prove popular with sports games that have yearly updates, with fans often trading in the old version to get money off the latest edition - a process that traditionally required a physical retailer that would pocket any profits on re-sales. "This is mainly a question of control," said Ed Barton, director of digital media at research firm Strat-

scientists recreate dinosaur table manners The Allosaurus, cousin to the more well know-and larger-T-Rex, is the kind of dinosaur you might have wanted to have at your table. According to paleontologists from Ohio Sate University, the Allosaurus was a fairly dainty eater for a dinosaur its size. The T-Rex, by comparison, with its huge frame rending jaws and flesh shredding teeth, was more a meat grinder. "People think of it as a smaller, earlier version of a T. rex, but it was successful in a very different way," Eric Snively, an Ohio University paleontologist and lead author of a new study on the dinosaur's anatomy reportedly said. "T. rex was like a professional wrestler with a machete. Allosaurus was like a surgeon with a scalpel." The OU team believes that a T. rex crudely clamped its powerful mouth around prey, swinging its head from side to side to loosen hunks of flesh-kind of like the modern crocodile. By comparison, Allosaurus, ate like a falcon, peeling flesh from bones with careful control. Of course, the question is, how do we know what these prehistoric titans did during mealtime when all we have to go on are their bones? OU researchers used CT scans of dinosaurs and their closest living relatives to animate 3-D models of dinosaurs' soft-tissue systems, giving researchers a close approximation of how these animals would have fed when they walked the Earth millions of years ago. One things for certain-the technology is a huge leap forward in the field of paleontology. Researchers now have the opportunity to study, with some certainty, soft muscles that disappeared millions of years ago-something skeletons and wires couldn't provide. The National Science Foundation's Visible Interactive Dinosaur Project provided funding for the study, which was published this week in the journal Palaeontologia Electronica. NEWS DESK

What world traveler hasn't declined at least one local "delicacy"? A decade ago in Oaxaca, Mexico, I turned up my nose at chapulines, a steaming plate of toasted grasshoppers. "Tastes like chicken," my waiter said as he smiled unconvincingly. But overcoming disgust for "edible insects" may be the easiest way to meet global food needs, according to a fascinating, if occasionally stomach-churning, report from the UN's Food and Agricultural Agency (FAO), which is based, of all places, in Rome. The notion of meeting caloric, especially protein, needs from insects (as well as grubs, worms and other creepy-crawlies) is hardly new. It's something humans and their hominid ancestors have been doing for millions of years. Paleoanthropologists and biologists speculate that our Paleolithic ancestors consumed prodigious quantities of insects--a fact conveniently omitted by most contempoary aficionados of the " cave man diet." More recently, 19th century European arrivals to Australia marveled at aboriginal tribes' insatiable appetite for insects and the dramatic impact such a diet could have on their health and appearance, as documented in a fascinating ethnography, The Moth Hunters. What's surprising is how enduring the human taste for Insecta remains. According to the FAO, more than two billion people -- 30 percent of humanity --already supplement their diet with insects. And given the number of insects out there -- 1 million distinct species have already been identified and nearly 2,000 proven edible -- diners have a crunchy smorgasbord to choose from. "The most commonly eaten insect groups," we learn, "are beetles, caterpillars, bees, wasps, ants, grasshoppers, locusts, crickets, cicadas, leaf and planthoppers, scale insects and true bugs, termites, dragonflies and flies." Most of today's insect-eaters live in the developing world, in countries where insects are perceived as a perfectly acceptable and convenient source of energy: readily (or at least seasonably) available, highly portable, and requiring fewer inputs than agriculture or animal husbandry. In terms

egy Analytics. "The margin on second-hand games is enormous, and the games industry has always been a little bit annoyed that it's a few retailers that dominate the market for games." The move could have a damaging effect on shops who rely on pre-owned sales not only to turn profit in their own right, but to also spur sales of new titles. "The retailers could quite fairly say that around 70% of the value of pre-owned games is subsequently spent on new games," Mr Barton added. "There's a fair point that the trade-in business is pretty significant in driving new games sales. It remains to be seen whether that process will still continue." One research company said UK retailers would likely take a hit if pre-owned sales drop. "Pre-owned games made up 15% of High Street game sales in the past 24 weeks, and if they are totally blocked from the Xbox One we are likely to see High Street game sales revenue drop by 4% in the long term," said Fiona Breenan from Kantar Worldpanel. SONy'S MOvE: Sony, which will show off the PlayStation 4 at next month's E3 event in Los Angeles, has remained fairly tight-lipped on their plans for dealing with pre-owned games. Its worldwide studios president, Shuhei Yoshida, told news site Eurogamer used games would not be "blocked" on the console, but would not specify whether there would be a fee for using pre-owned titles. Mr Barton said Sony could use the situation to gain a considerable competitive advantage over its rival. NEWS DESK

russian space ark returns animal astronauts to Earth, some mice and gerbils die A Russian space capsule carrying lizards, mice, gerbils, fish and other creatures has safely returned to Earth, but not all of its animal passengers survived the month-long spaceflight, according to news reports. The Bion-M1 space capsule launched into space on April 19 atop a Russian-built Soyuz 2 rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. On Sunday (May 19) the capsule came back to Earth, guided with the help of a parachute system to the ground in Russia's Orenburg region. It is the longest animal astronaut mission of its kind. The Bion-M1 space capsule, which will carry animals into space in April 2013, is seen during mission preparations at its Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site in Kazakhstan. Space officials reportedly discovered that more than half of the 45 mice aboard the spacecraft died during the flight, the AFP reported. All eight Mongolian gerbils and many of the other critters also did not survive, but all 15 geckos did survive, the news service reported. According to Russian scientists, some losses were to be expected during the flight, and the mission still promises to yield valuable data from experiments on how space travel affects living things. The capsule spent 30 days orbiting 357 miles (575 kilometers) above Earth. Scientists planned to humanely euthanize the animals after their return to Earth in order to complete the experiments. NEWS DESK

Can we end hUnger by eatIng bUgs?

of nutrition, insects provide an outstanding advantages, having " high fat, protein, fiber, vitamin, and mineral content," and can be a particularly important diet component for children under the age of five in poor countries. While many in the West may recoil in disgust, the FAO makes a compelling case on food security grounds for entomophagy (eating bugs, in science-speak). Often dismissed as "famine foods," insects may offer at least part of the answer to the global food crisis. And a crisis is what we have on our hands. Based on current demographic and dietary trends, as

I've written before, the world needs to double its food production over the next 40 years -- an effort that will require unprecedented productivity gains while risking ecological calamity. Here's where bugs come in. Insects, it turns out, are far more efficient than livestock -- perhaps 10 times so -- in transforming feed into edible meat. And they largely avoid the huge greenhouse gas emissions, as well as other environmental pollutants, associated with cows and pigs. While most edible insects continue to be collected in the wild, more organized forms of insect farming have emerged, including "cricket farming" in Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. Insects are also being increasingly used as animal feed, particularly for poultry and acquaculture. By providing employment opportunities, the edible insect sector has a potential role to play in rural development, from Southeast Asia to Central Africa. To have a real impact on food consumption patterns, however, edible insects must go global. Today, the international trade in these commodities is neglible, limited to niche markets like fulfilling the dietary desires of diaspora populations. Expanding global trade in edible insects will require expanding existing national and multilateral health and sanitary regulations. This will include updating the Codex Alimentarius, created by FAO and the World Health Organization in 1963 to harmonize international food standards and codes of practice. The biggest stumbling block to expanding global consumption of insects is cultural. The very idea of eating bugs remains taboo in many countries, particularly in the wealthy West, where they tend to be confined to "novelty snacks." NEWS DESK


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Poa directs officials not to take part in national athletics

LAHORE STAFF REPORT

The Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) has directed the concerned officials of Army, Air Force, Navy, Wapda, HEC, Railways and Police Sports Directorates/Boards to not to participate in the so-called National Athletics Championship, being held from May 24 at Islamabad. In a letter addressed to the above POA affiliates, with copy to the secretaries general of the four provincial and FATA, the POA has reminded them that the Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) had been suspended through a unanimous decision of the POA’s General Council in its meeting held on February 12, 2013 “with immediate effect”. The secretaries of the Olympic Association of Balochistan, KPK, Punjab, Sindh and FATA have been asked to direct concerned provincial athletics association to desist from taking part in the said Athletics Championship, said a spokesman of POA here on Wednesday. The POA letter of May 21, 2013 states: The suspension was immediately notified vide Letter No POA-092 dated February 12, 2013“specifically on account of the AFP president and Secretary’s categorical denial of the authority of the Pakistan Olympic Association and rejection of the directions of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)”, and also subsequent “attempts to illegally take over the operations of the POA in collusion with other individuals and associations.” While directing the above organizations to refrain from participating in an event of a suspended organization that has been in violation of the POA’s constitution and the IOC Charter, the letter signed by the POA President, Lt. Gen. (Retd) Syed Arif Hasan has also warned the addressees that taking part in the said championship could have its adverse fallout. “It [the participation] would be non compliance of the decision of General Council of POA” – the supreme national sporting body – and “would be tantamount to action as contained in Article VI-6 (v) of the POA Constitution”.

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AKISTAN are keener than ever to get back on the field for the first of two one-day internationals against Ireland on Thursday after their second ODI against Scotland on the weekend was a wash-out. As Ireland are the strongest team outside the Full Members - they are five places below sixth ranked Pakistan - it promises to be a more searching examination for the team as the countdown to the Champions Trophy starts in earnest. Although Scotland caused Misbah ulHaq’s side early problems in both innings of the first game, reducing Pakistan to 115 for five and then racing away to 50 for one in 12 overs, a captain’s knock doubled the tourists’ score in the last 20 overs and three wickets each from Junaid Khan and Saaed Ajmal hurried Scotland to a 96-run defeat. But as Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer admitted after the match, from a similar position Ireland would likely to have gone and won the match and that is the difference that Pakistan should notice at Clontarf on Thursday and Sunday.

Seven of the Ireland team are regulars in their county line-ups and the other four, including Kevin O’Brien, the man who almost single-handedly defeated England two years ago with the fastest ever century at the World Cup finals, are likely to have more than 230 one-day international appearances between them. Indeed, O’Brien is one of five survivors from the game that put Ireland on the world map, their victory over Pakistan at Sabina Park, Jamaica. Also

still around and arguably playing better than ever are winning captain Trent Johnston, Niall O’Brien, Andrew White and current skipper William Porterfield. Pakistan still have three players from that infamous day six years ago: Kamran Akmal, their top scorer and who has previous experience of club cricket in Ireland, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez. Hafeez disappeared from the Pakistan test team after the 2007 World Cup but after a three-year exile he has not

Father of afghan cricket captain taken hostage JALALABAD AGENCIES

Unknown gunmen dragged the father of Afghanistan’s cricket captain from his car on the outskirts of Jalalabad city and have taken him hostage, officials said on Wednesday. Afghan cricketer Mohammad Nabi during the Twenty20 World Cup match against England at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, on September 21, 2012. Unknown gunmen have dragged Nabi’s father from his car on the outskirts of Jalalabad city and have taken him hostage, officials told AFP. Mohammad Nabi, who took over the captaincy of the team in March, confirmed that his father, Khobai Isakhel, had been kidnapped in the eastern province of Nangarhar on Tuesday. “I have no idea who the kidnappers might be, they have not

contacted me,” Nabi said, declining to give any more details. Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, spokesman for the Nangarhar provincial government, said: “Yesterday at around

10:00 am, unknown armed man seized him from his car. No trace of him has yet been found.” Kidnapping is rife in Afghanistan’s major cities, with criminal gangs demanding large ransoms for the release of hostages. Nabi, 28, an all-rounder who took up the game while living in a refugee camp in Pakistan, became captain of Afghanistan in March before the Intercontinental Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Cricket has become one of the most popular sports in Afghanistan since it was introduced by refugees returning after the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. Afghanistan became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2001 and in 2009 it attained one-day status. Its ambition now is to qualify for the 2015 World Cup.

Pakistan favourite to win series against Ireland S.PERvEz QAISER Pakistan are favourite to win the twomatches series against Ireland. The first match of the series will be played at Clontarf Cricket Club Ground, Dublin on Thursday (May 23). This match will start at 14.45 hours (PST). This will be the fourth one-day international matches between the two sides and third in Ireland. Pakistan have won two and lost one in three previous one-day internationals against Ireland. Kevin O’Brien, the Ireland allrounder, has said the upcoming oneday international matches series against Pakistan are a welcome chance for his team to match skills with a Full Member side. Following their famous victory against Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup, Ireland lost their next two encounters when Pakistan visited the country in

2011. O’Brien said the he would not be overawed by having to face Saeed Ajmal, the No. 1 ranked ODI bowler. “We played against him two years ago and we know that he’s obviously a tricky customer,” he said. “[But] there are no specific plans for him, just go out and enjoy facing a great spinner. We’ll have to give him the respect he deserves and try to score off as many balls as we can.” Ireland defeated Pakistan by three wickets when two teams met first time in 2007 World Cup match at Kingson on March 17, 2007. A magnificent performance from Ireland, and an innings of real class from their wicketkeeper, Niall O’Brien, sent Pakistan crashing out of the World Cup. Chasing 133 on a difficult pitch, with conditions assisting Pakistan’s bowlers, Niall O’Brien led Ireland’s response with a superb fifty which appeared to be easing his side home until a rain break,

and Duckworth-Lewis, altered the required total - and his momentum. Pakistan recorded a seven-wicket victory over Ireland in the first match of the two-match series at Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast on May 28,2011. Ireland’s first game since their World Cup heroics proved a disappointment for the 2000 spectators that turned up to see the first of the two-match series against Pakistan, who won by seven wickets with more than eight overs to spare. A typically steely grey, showery Belfast day, prevented play from commencing until 2pm. And with conditions helpful to the seamers, Junaid Khan ripped the Ireland middle order apart with four wickets in five overs. A 38-over game was the original plan - and a 36-over one after a short break - but Ireland conspired to reduce it further when they were bowled out in exactly 20 overs for 96

runs. Pakistan made 97 for three in 27.3 overs to win the match. Two days later, in the second match of the series, Pakistan defeated home team by five wickets. A brilliant, belligerent century by Paul Stirling wasn’t enough to take Ireland to victory over Pakistan in the second match. A solid innings of 64 by Younis Khan ensured the visitors were not embarrassed and took the two match Series 2-0. Paul Stirling played an innings that alternated between control and raw aggression as he racked up his third century in one day internationals and, his first against a Full Member. It helped set Pakistan a target of 239, which they achieved with eight balls to spare, but not before their most experienced batsmen rescued them from a tricky situation as Ireland’s celebrated fielders tightened the screws. Pakistan made 242 for five in 48.4 overs to win the match and series.

only returned to the fold but is now considered the captain-elect when Misbah decides to step down. He is also now the No 1 allrounder in one-day internationals - the fourth ranked bowler and needing just three for 100 wickets. But modestly, Hafeez said: “I always see my responsibility as a batsman. I never try to do too much with my bowling, I have some limitations and I know that, so I always stick to the basics, and it’s been working for me for the last two or three years. “I feel that I’ve found good consistency. I try to stay economical for my team and pick up the odd wicket.” After the new ball partnership of Junaid and the giant Mohammad Irfan, it is Saeed Ajmal, the No 1 ranked bowler, who will cause the teams below the very top class the most problems as the Scots found to their cost. The batting has been too reliant on Misbah in recent series and it is no coincidence that the captain has hit half centuries in the last three ODIs which Pakistan have won. Conversely, the three games they lost in South Africa in March was when he didn’t. The low, slow pitch at Clontarf may not be ideal for batsmen to express themselves but it time for others to come to the party.

u-19 trials at diamond Ground, islamabad LAHORE STAFF REPORT

The Pakistan Cricket Board is holding trial matches of U-19 players at Diamond Cricket Ground, Islamabad from May 26 to June 1 to select the squad for upcoming U-19 events. The national selection committee has selected 74 players to appear in these trial matches based on their performance during the various PCB U-19 Tournaments. The selected players have been distributed into 6 different teams as per following schedule: MAy 25-26: trial Matches between team 1 & 2 TEAM 1: babar Azam, Sami Aslam, Farhan nazir, Imam ul haq, Ameer hamza, Zia ul haq, Mohammad Aftab, Muhammad Asif, Awais Muni (Lahore), Zeeshan Amin, Murtaza Ali, Ali Israr (Multan) TEAM 2: hussain talaat, Fahad Usman, Faraz Mir, Ayaz ur rehman, haider Ali (Lahore), nauman butt (Faisalabad), Sikandar khan, Muhammad Imran (Multan), Waqas Ali, nauman Anwar, osama Mir, Usman Malik (Sialkot) MAy 27-28: (trial Matches between team 3 & 4) TEAM 3: Aqib Shah, hassan raza, Mir Waiz, Syed Abid hassan (rawalpindi), nisar Afridi, Muhammad hanif, Matiullah, pir bilal Shah (peshawar), Farmanullah khan, Muhammad Umair (Islamabad), Irfanullah (Abbottabad), Zafar Gohar (Lahore) TEAM 4: khalid kail, kamran Ghulam, Syed Sami ur rehman, Muhammad Waqas, Walid Jalil (Abbottabad), Laeeq khan, Zameer Abbasi (Islamabad), taimur khan, Ali raza, Syed taufeeq Shah (rawalpindi), Salman Saeed (peshawar), Shahab ul khan (Faisalabad) MAy 29-30: (trial Matches between team 5 & 6) TEAM 5: rafay Ahmed, Malik Zeeshan Akram, Waqas Gujjar, tauqeer riasat (bahawalpur), Saeed khan, Zain Ullah (quetta),Umair Ahmad, Saif Ullah khan, Arshad khan, tabraiz dyer, Sheraz hussain, Muhammad Waqas (karachi), Muhammad Waqas (hyderabad) team 6:Abdul Sami (hyderabad), tanvir Ali, noor Wali, Saud Shakil, kalim Ullah khan, Moazzam Malik (karachi), Usman Ali, nauman Akram (bahawalpur), Jamal khan, hammal Wahab, nizamuddin, Saghir Ahmed, Ghulam Muhammad (quetta) the final trials will be held on May 31 and June 1 at the same venue.


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NDIAN cricketer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth has insisted he is innocent of any wrongdoing in the ongoing spot-fixing scandal and is confident of emerging from the “tough period” with his dignity intact. The 30-year-old bowler was one of three players, along with 11 bookmakers, arrested last week on suspicion of spotfixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 competition, the allegations also earning him an immediate suspension from the cricket board. “I am innocent and have done no wrong. I have never indulged in any spot-fixing and I have always played cricket in the spirit of the game,” the paceman said in a statement issued late on Tuesday through his lawyer. “As a cricketer, I have learnt to take knocks along with accolades in my stride. I recognise that I am going through a tough period in my life. “I have utmost faith in our judicial process and I am confident that with time, I will be proved innocent and my honour and dignity will be vindicated and restored,” said the cricketer, who played the last of his 27 tests against England at The Oval in Aug. 2011. Sreesanth, who is from the south Indian state of Kerala and represented IPL’s Rajasthan franchise this season, has been accused of taking money to concede a fixed number of runs in one of his overs during a May 9 match against Kings XI Punjab. Legal sports betting in India is confined to horse racing, while illegal gambling syndicates thrive in the absence of a law dealing specifically with such corruption in sport. Media estimates put the amount gambled on India’s top Twenty20 competition at $427 million in 2009. India’s film industry has also been pulled into the controversy when Mumbai Police arrested a Bollywood actor, Vindu Dara Singh, on Tuesday for alleged links to a bookmaker.

nZ’s watlinG rulEd out oF sECond tEst HEADINGLEy: New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling has been ruled out of the second test against England starting at Headingley on Friday because of a knee injury, New Zealand Cricket said on Wednesday. “Watling, who injured his left knee diving for a run out on the third day of the first test, trained with the side at Headingley this morning but was ruled out after training,” a team statement said. Captain Brendon McCullum will keep wicket in a match the visitors must win to square the two-match series after Sunday’s 170-run defeat at Lord’s. Martin Guptill will come into the side and bat at No 6. Former skipper Daniel Vettori, in contention for his first test appearance for 10 months, will be have his fitness assessed on Thursday. The veteran of 112 tests would offer New Zealand a spin option in the absence of Bruce Martin who has been ruled out with a calf injury. AGENCIES

wElEGEdara blow For sri lanka COLOMBO: Sri Lanka left-arm fast bowler Chanaka Welegedara has been ruled out of the Champions Trophy starting in England and Wales next month with an ankle injury. Welegedara will be replaced by all-rounder Dilhara Lokuhettige who has been recalled to the national team after five years. The 32year-old Lokuhettige, a hard-hitting, fast-bowling all-rounder, last played for Sri Lanka in a Twenty20 international against Canada in 2008 but he has been a consistent performer in domestic cricket. “The first scan didn’t reveal anything but as Welegedara was still in pain we went for a second scan which showed a fracture at the back of his right ankle,” Sri Lanka manager Michael de Zoysa said in a media release. The Champions Trophy starts on June 6 and Sri Lanka have their first group match three days later, against New Zealand in Cardiff. AGENCIES

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Three Indian cricket players were refused bail on Tuesday after they appeared in court on spotfixing charges as police announced the arrest of a Bollywood actor over the scandal. A court in New Delhi agreed a fiveday custody extension for former Test paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and two teammates from the Rajasthan Royals who are accused of deliberately bowling badly in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars during the ongoing Indian Premier League, a Twenty20 competition. “Police said they wanted to interrogate them further and also conduct raids on their houses,” said S.K Rai, one of the prosecuting lawyers who was present at the hearing, said. Eleven other bookmakers who were arrested at the same time as the Rajasthan Royals players were also refused bail during the afternoon sitting. Investigators told the court they had seized two million rupees (around $37,000) stashed in a cricket kit bag and hidden at the home to a relative of Ajit Chandila, one of the three Rajasthan Royals players in custody. Police behind the arrests last week of Sreesanth, Chandila and their teammate Ankeet Chavan say the trio were acting under orders from international crime syndicates, whose

warner fined for Twitter rant australia batsman david Warner has been fined a$5,750 ($5,600) for his tWitter outburst against tWo journalists SYDNEY AGENCIES

Australia batsman David Warner has been fined A$5,750 ($5,600) for his Twitter outburst against two journalists, the maximum financial penalty for a first offence, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Wednesday. The 26-year-old, who was playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) when he tweeted the insults, faced a disciplinary hearing on his arrival back in Sydney on Wednesday, charged with “unbecoming behaviour”. Warner was angered that a newspaper had used a picture of him next to an article on corruption in the IPL written by Robert Craddock. Another journalist, Malcolm Conn, was attacked when he entered the conversation in support of his colleague. “In hindsight, clearly I let my frustrations get the better of me and posted some inappropriate tweets last weekend,” Warner said in a CA statement. “While I disagreed with the story and my image being used alongside the story, I could have chosen my words better and I apologise for any offence

that my language may have caused. “I’ll continue to have honest conversations with all my followers and I will be mindful of the language I use in future.” The flamboyant left-hander looks likely to open the batting for Australia in back-to-back Ashes series against England starting in July. Earlier on Wednesday, he received backing from Australia captain Michael Clarke, who suggested the incident may not harm his chances of one day

captaining his country. “He’s apologised and made it very clear it was unacceptable,” Clarke told reporters at Sydney airport. “I think Davey has great potential to be a leader of the Australian cricket team. He’s a wonderful guy and wonderful player. “He’s learned from this ... and if he continues to grow as he has over the last few years, there’s no reason why he hasn’t got the potential to captain Australia one day.” Clarke, who once apologised for not “walking” via Twitter, also said there were no plans to restrict the use of social media by players, although they needed to recognise there was “a line that cannot be crossed”.

bosses are based in the Gulf. Sreesanth, who is the most famous of three having played 27 Tests for India, is alleged to have been paid four million rupees (about $75,000) to give away 14 runs in an over in a match against Kings XI Punjab on May 9. His teammates are said to have agreed to similar deals in two other IPL matches. The Rajasthan Royals on Monday suspended the contracts of the three players and promised to cooperate fully with the authorities in their investigation. “The franchise is in daily contact with the police authorities in Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai for providing any cooperation or information that they might require,” it said in a statement. As the hearing was taking place in the capital, police in Mumbai said they had arrested the actor Vindu Dara Singh Randhawa, who is the son of the late Bollywood star Dara Singh, as part of the spot-fixing investigation. “He has been arrested today,” Mumbai police spokesman Satyanarayan Choudhary said, without giving further details. And in a further blow to the IPL, a seven-week competition which is reaching its finale, the struggling Pune Warriors franchise announced it was pulling out of the tournament. The decision is largely symbolic as the team has already finished their matches, finishing second from bottom of the tournament.

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Gary Kirsten says he wants to go out of his Proteas job with a bang, and there’s only one way of achieving that lifting the ICC Champions Trophy next month. Gary Kirsten says he wants to go out of his Proteas job “with a bang”, and there’s only one way of achieving that – lifting the ICC Champions Trophy next month. The June 6-23 event in England will be Kirsten’s last major tournament as South Africa’s coach and while he was able to keep them No1 in the Test rankings, he yearns to achieve something in the limited-overs format. “I hope to go out with a bang,” Kirsten said in Khayelitsha yesterday, after spending the day encouraging kids at the Iqayiya High School and helping to hand over sports apparel and equipment provided by the Sports and Recreation department. “We have a good squad going out there. But in tournaments of this nature, you need to be playing well at the right time. We’ll also need some luck, I think. We hope individuals will come through in pressure situations.” South Africa have been pooled in Group B alongside India, Pakistan and the West Indies, and making it even more daunting for Kirsten to leave the team with a winner’s medal will be the absence of Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith. But Kirsten has backed his team to deliver without the experienced duo. “Kallis and Smith will be sorely missed, no doubt. They are experienced internationals who’ve faced these situations before, but I have confidence in the guys who will take over. In the last two years we have tried out seven or eight new players for our ODI squad, and I’m encouraged by how they’ve fared.”


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Faisal wins roYal Palm summEr matCh PlaY GolF LAHORE STAFF REPORT

The Summer Match Play Singles Golf Event for 2013 was held and contested at the Royal Palm Golf Course, with the competition matches spread over nine weeks and finally coming to a conclusion yesterday. It brought honors for Faisal Sayid. Competing golfers vying for honors were allowed the liberty of scheduling their own matches, subject to deadlines given in the championship draws and as and when the match play competitions were in progress, they generated considerable activity. Under special focus were the match play contests, when the established ones were made to struggle in their matches against the upcoming talented ones, and everytime a hero fell, the humble winner was made to feel elevated. In the Summer Match Play Event of 2013, the golfer who emerged as the formidable one is Faisal Sayid. During the course of the competition spread, Faisal Sayid never relented in any of the five tough matches that he played on his way to the final. He managed to hold his dominance over such skilled match play experts like Kamran Butt,B.J.Nadeem,Fareed Bajwa,Azfar Hassan and Farid Malik. Reaching the final was an appreciable accomplishment on the part of Faisal Sayid, but his performance in the final against Sharjeel Awan stood out as an extraordinary effort. The tee shots by Faisal were accuracy oriented and extremely decent was his short game and putting effort and fetched him regular pars which resulted in Sharjeels undoing. No doubt Sharjeel is a steady player but he was unable to withstand the onslaught of Faisals consistency, thereby conceding victory to Faisal Sayid. Through this victory Faisal Sayid earned the title of Royal Palm Summer Match Play Golf Champion.

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The National Ranking Boxing Tournament will be held from June 20 at Hyderabad under the aegis of Pakistan Boxing Federation. “It will be a top national level boxing activity being held after the elections of the present regime of the PBF,” said Secretary PBF Iqbal Hussain here on Wednesday. He said all the affiliated units of PBF including four provinces, Islamabad, FATA, Army, Navy, Police, KESC, KPT, Pak Rangers and HEC will field their best boxers in the five-day activity which aims at spotting new talent. The PBF official said the national boxing federation has chalked out a comprehensive activity plan for the revival of the game under which the national senior and junior teams will feature in international events abroad. Iqbal Hussain said bouts will be held in ten body weight categories under the international boxing federations rules during the championship which will serve as trials for picking up Pak team to take part in Asian boxing confederation championship being held from June 29 in Jordan. ‘The PBF will also organise talent hunt programmes across the country to tape new talent because we want tobroaden the base of the game by having ample choice of boxers in each body weight category ‘, said Iqbal Hussain.

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on Tuesday. After meeting with medical specialists Murray has decided to skip the second Grand Slam of the year at Roland Garros to ensure he is fully fit for Wimbledon. “It’s a really tough decision and I love playing in Paris, but after seeking medical advice, I am not fit to compete,” the US Open and Olympic champion

explained in a statement to Britain’s Press Association. “After consultation with his team and medical specialists, Andy has reluctantly withdrawn from the French Open and will instead focus on preparation for the grass court season,” the statement added. Murray had raised the possibility of his absence from the French Open after retiring with the back problem in his second-round match against Spain’s Marcel Granollers at the Rome Masters last week. “I’d be very surprised if I was playing in Paris,” a subdued Murray said then. This will be the first Grand Slam he has missed since Wimbledon in 2007. The injury was the same one which

required him to take a pain-killing injection in order to play Roland Garros last year where he reached the quarterfinals. Murray will now aim to return for the start of the grasscourt season at Queens Club on June 10. “(The back) has not been perfect for a long period, I want it to start feeling good again. Everyone goes into matches with niggles, but this is very frustrating,” added Murray after his Rome retirement. “I don’t want to go into details, but I’ve got a disc problem, it changes week to week. It’s been an issue for a while, but I want to make sure it goes away. “I don’t want to be playing with it long-term, it’s not enjoyable at all.” The French Open begins on Sunday.

Oscar Pistorius is not mentally ready to return to competition and will not race again this year as he awaits trial for murder. But the South African’s agent Peet van Zyl confirmed to Press Association Sport the 26-year-old had turned down meeting invitations, indicating he remained an attractive athlete to event organisers. The six-time Paralympic gold medallist was charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February. “There was never any pressure from me or his coach (Ampie Louw) to return to competition, it’s his decision and it’s his decision not to compete,” Van Zyl said. It means Pistorius will definitely not take part in the IPC World Championships in Lyon in July or the able-bodied World Championships in Moscow the following month. Pistorius, who competed at both the Olympics and Paralympics at London 2012, had his bail conditions relaxed in March to allow him to travel abroad for competitions. But asked if the sprinter was mentally ready to race again, Van Zyl said: “No, of course not.” Coach Louw was quoted by Eye Witness News in South Africa as saying: “He is nowhere close to being in a position to train. He just does fitness exercises in the morning with his family.”


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whatmore wants umar to work hard at domestic level FoGnini Claims First win NICE: Fabio Fognini broke his Nice hoodoo to set up a second-round clash with Gael Monfils in the Open de Nice Cote d’Azur. Fognini, making his fourth appearance in Nice, had never previously won here but recovered from a poor opening set to live up to his sixth seeding with a 1-6 6-1 6-2 victory over qualifier Marco Cecchinato. He will now meet wild card Monfils after the Frenchman also came from behind to see off Colombian Santiago Giraldo 4-6 6-3 6-3. Fognini was not the only one exorcising some demons as Paul-Henri Mathieu snapped an eight-match losing streak with a 6-4 6-4 victory over Ryan Harrison, his first win in 2013. Sergiy Stakhovsky saw off Rogerio Dutra da Silva 6-2 6-3 to set up a meeting with third seed Sam Querrey, while French qualifier Guillame Rufin was a 6-3 6-1 winner over Paolo Laorenzi to set up a clash with second seed Gilles Simon. AGENCIES

mEssi: nEYmar siGninG would bE marvEllous

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LONDON Lionel Messi believes that Neymar would make a ‘marvellous’ addition to the Barcelona squad. Neymar has been heavily rumoured to have signed a document that will see him join Barcelona in the future despite his previous stance of staying in Brazil until after the 2014 World Cup. Nevertheless, the Brazilian superstar has been given the backing of Messi to succeed at the Catalan club. “Only the player knows whether or not he will sign for the club, no-one else knows,” said Messi. “He would be a marvellous acquisition for us. He is one of those players that offers individual solutions that very few players are capable of.” Fellow Brazil international Lucas Moura also believes that Neymar will be a hit in Europe. Lucas told ‘Globoesporte’: “It’s a personal decision, and only he will know when the time is right for him to come to Europe, but it’s a fantastic opportunity. “In my case, I wanted to come, I felt like I was prepared and I took the decision after talking it over a lot with my family. It’s a fantastic opportunity on and off the pitch, playing in different tournaments against the best players in the world and finding out what cities here have to offer.”

played next month, with Misbah-ul-Haq and company placed in group B along with South Africa, India and West Indies.

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the Green Shirts; however, he has been a little inconsistent over the years and has so far failed to justify his potential at the ultimate level of the sport. The middleorder batsman has been dropped from the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 squad. Quoted by Pakpassion, the national coach expressed that the young cricketer from Lahore does not need to lose heart and should take his omission from the national team as an opportunity to enhance his skills and temperament. The former Australian cricketer made it clear that the gates of international cricket are still wide open for the talented strokemaker. “My message for Umar is that he needs to go back and work extremely hard in domestic cricket and make plenty of runs, because his ability is such that it deserves to be seen at the highest level of cricket,” Whatmore believes. “Unfortunately he’s not in the Champions Trophy squad but if he works hard in domestic cricket, he can make a comeback.” Whatmore is happy with the Green Shirts’ preparation for the mega event but feels that adjusting to the English climate will be the key to Pakistan’s success. “We prepared well in Pakistan for the Champions Trophy at the camp in Abbottabad before we came over to Scotland, but we have to acclimatise here in the United Kingdom as it’s much cooler than it was in Pakistan,” he added. The global event is going to be

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard believes Rafa Benitez did all that could be expected of him during his difficult period in charge of the club. The former Liverpool boss received a frosty reception from the fans when he was appointed interim manager partway through the season when Roberto di

Matteo left. But the Spaniard confounded his critics by taking the Stamford Bridge club to Europa League glory and guiding them to third place in the Barclays Premier League. Lampard, whose form under Benitez was rewarded with a oneyear contract extension, told the Sun: “He’s a professional bloke. He prepared very well for games. And it was a difficult situation for him as well. As

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interim manager it was always going to be quite difficult because we all knew it was only to the end of the season. “So there was no planning, no long-term relationships were going to be built. So, in that respect, he did a good job because we got the end result - success.” Despite that, though, Lampard did not grow close to Benitez on a personal level. “There are certain managers you build relationships with and feel closer to,” Lampard said. “He’s not that kind of bloke. “Other managers draw a bit of a line and keep it that way. Rafa’s more like that. “He was not really the sort of manager you could sit and talk with.”

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LoCaL news national athlEtiCs ChamPionshiP LAHORE: The 45th edition of the National athletics championship will go into action on Thursday at Islamabad’s Jinnah stadium. “Over 500 male and female athletes will show case their talent in the event,” said a spokesman of Athletics federation of Pakistan here on Wednesday. He said teams from all the four Provinces, AJ&K, FATA, Gilgit Baltistan and affiliated departments and services will compete in various track and field events. STAFF REPORT PHF INTER-ACADEMy TOURNEy AT ABBOTTABAD: The 3rd Prof Syed Fida Hussain Shah PHF Inter-Academy Hockey Championship will be played from June 17 to 29 at Iqbal Khan Hockey Stadium Abbottabad. The 13-day event is being organised by the Pakistan Hockey Federation. Muhamamad Saleem Raza, District Officer Abbottabad will be the Organising Secretary. STAFF REPORT PAK SNOOKER TO LEAvE FOR DOHA: A four-member Pakistan snooker team is leaving on Thursday for Doha to take part in the first Asian team event and 2nd Red snooker championship being played from May 24-30. The team comprises World champion, Muhammad Asif, Muhammad Sajjad, Hamza Akbar and Muhammad Majid Ali, said a spokesman of Pakistan Billiard and snooker association here on wednesday. He said prior to participation in the events Pak players will undergo training at Qatar snooker academy in Doha to improve their skills and to final touches to their preparations before launching their campaign in the events ,he said. Alamgir said during the Asian snooker championship which concluded earlier this month in Karachi President, PBSA ,Alamgir A Shaikh requested Mubarak Al Khayarin, ACBS General Secretary and the Chairman of the Qatar Snooker Academy in Doha, to allow Pak players to undergo training at their academy under the able guidance of their professional coaches. ‘ACBA Secretary accepted our request and their gesture will go a long way in boosting snooker ties between both the countries ‘,he added. STAFF REPORT

all Pakistan amar Cables women T20 Cricket begins LAHORE STAFF REPORT

The First All Pakistan Amar Cables Women T20 Cricket Championship began here at the Model Town Women Cricket Academy ground on Wednesday. On the opening day, Amar Cables beat Saif Sports SAGA by 92 runs. Former captain and manager Pakistan cricket team Intikhab Alam was the chief guest of the opening ceremony. Before the match he was introduced with the players. CEO Amar Cables Amer Ilyas Butt and Ahsan Amer Butt were also present on the occasion. Amar Cables batting first 112/8 after 20 overs. Marina Iqbal played well 50 runs, Sania Khan 20 and Almas Akram 13 runs. Sabahat Rasheed 2/17, Mariyam Butt 2/24, Iram Butt 1/34 and Rabia Shahid 1/14 wickets. In reply Saif Sports Saga 20 runs all out after 8.4 overs. Saba Nadir 4/0, Mariyam Shafiq 3/6 & Almas Akram 1/4 wickets. Masood Khan, Irfan Dilshad Umpire and Azhar Hussain was the scorer. Later, chief guest Miss Ammara give away player of the match award to Marina Iqbal.

Chief Guest Former Captain & Manager Pakistan Cricket Team Intikhab Alam opened the tournament. Amer Ilyas Butt & Ahsan Amer Butt is also present.


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