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NEW PROVINCES IN PUNJAB
PPP back to square one After exhausting all options, PPP mulling to table 24th Amendment Bill seeking formation of South Punjab province g Gilani’s planning to promote his kin infuriates other PPP leaders g President unhappy with Gilani, Makhdoom Ahmed’s efforts to convince South Punjab people for one province g
Get back to business, SC tells NAB g
Apex court stops NAB from halting RPPs probe
Takes suo motu notice of Kamran Faisal’s death, forms two-member independent bench to probe alleged suicide g
ISLAMABAD TAyyAB HuSSAIn
AvING failed in its strategy to name the proposed South Punjab province Bahawalpur Province, the Pakistan People’s Party government has decided to drop Yousaf Raza Gilani’s proposal and decided to submit its previous proposal of South Punjab Province in parliament in the form of 24th Amendment Bill 2013, Pakistan Today has learnt. A source in the PPP said the party wanted to form one province rather than two provinces in southern Punjab and it was most likely that the commission would recommend the formation of South Punjab province, as the party leadership had decided to drop Gilani’s proposal of naming the new province as Bahawalpur and naming Multan as its capital. “The party leadership has now decided to table its previously agreed bill to name the new province as Southern Punjab Province for which the ruling party had full support of its allied parties, including the Pakistan Muslim LeagueQuaid (PML-Q), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Awami National Party (ANP),” the source added. “As soon as the commission on new provinces finalises its report, it would be tabled in the National Assembly and after its nod,
Rejecting a plea by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for pending investigation into the multi-billion Rental Power Project scam, the Supreme Court on Wednesday fixed January 29 to hear the case and took suo motu notice of the mysterious death of Kamran Faisal, the NAB official investigating the mega corruption scandal. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry expressed annoyance with NAB’s progress in RPPs scam and its nonserious attitude regarding the probe into the death of Kamran Faisal. The court constituted a two-member bench to separately hear Faisal’s death case. The bench will be headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and will hear the case today (Thursday). During the course of RPPs hearing, the chief justice read a note submitted by the SC Registrar Office, in which it was mentioned that family members and colleagues of the deceased were not expecting a fair and honest investigation into Faisal’s mysterious death. After reading the note, the chief justice changed it into a suo motu case and constituted a new bench to hear the case separately. In his remarks, the CJ said the court could not ignore Faisal’s death. At the onset of the hearing, the court
the bill would be given a final shape. The commission has taken feedback from scholars, thinkers, NGOs, etc and all aspects, including revenue collection, sustainability of province and historical and geographical aspects would be covered by the commission’s report,” the source said. He added that the PPP had suffered a major blow to its popularity in Bahawalpur due to planning by party’s Senior vice Chairman Yousaf Raza Gilani to get his cousin Makhdoom Ahmed Mahmud appointed as the Pun-
jab governor. The move has infuriated Nawab Salahuddin Abbasi, the guru of Bahawalpur’s political dynamics, who contacted the PML-N leadership for a possible alliance between the Nawaz league and Bahawalpur National Awami Party (BNAP). “President Asif Ali Zardari had formed a three-member committee to thrash out a plan to address the issue of the demands of two provinces in southern Punjab that was unacceptable to him. Continued on page 04
did not allow NAB Chairman Fasih Bokhari to address the court. Prosecutor General KK Agha briefed the court after getting instructions from the NAB chairman. The chief justice asked the NAB prosecutor what steps had the bureau taken so far to probe the death — whether any FIR had been registered. To this, the prosecutor said a judicial commission had been constituted to probe into the death, while police was also investigating the matter. The chief justice asked if an official notification of the judicial commission had been issued, to which NAB’s counsel said it would be issued today (Thursday). “The FIR has not been registered, the official notification of the judicial commission tasked with probing the death has not been issued. Mr Prosecutor, five days have passed since the death of Kaman Faisal. And upon the questioning of the court, you are saying that the government would issue a notification on Thursday,” the CJ said. KK Agha objected to the registrar’s note, saying it was based on news stories and pleaded that NAB be allowed to suspend further investigation into the RPPs scam until the matter of Faisal’s death was resolved. The NAB prosecutor contended that after Faisal’s death, other investigation officers could not continue their work in a hostile environment. Continued on page 04
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Militants dump body of ‘Afghan spy’ in South Waziristan PESHAWAR: Unidentified militants on Wednesday dumped the mutilated body of a purported Afghan spy accused of collaborating on US drone strikes that killed prominent warlord Mullah Nazir in South Waziristan this month, officials said. The body of the man, identified as Asmatullah Kharoti, was found in Wana, South Waziristan, which borders Afghanistan. Local officials said he had been shot dead and there were wounds on his neck. Two notes on the body ordered the remains to be left on the roadside until 10am “so that everyone could see the fate of spies”, and the second accusing him of being a spy and being responsible for US drone attacks. “He is a spy and was giving information to US and ISAF forces in Afghanistan about our activities,” a local official quoted the note as saying. “He is responsible for the killing of five of our senior members, including Mullah Nazir, in drone attacks. He confessed that he had installed chips in digital Qurans,” the note added. InP
System cannot be blamed for personal wrongs: Kaira ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Wednesday said the system cannot be blamed for personal wrongs of politicians. Responding to a point of order by MNA Riaz Hussain Pirzada in the National Assembly, he said, if politicians change their loyalties for personal reasons, it cannot be termed as a fault of the system. Kaira said, “Politicians have their own inclinations. If some amongst them continue changing their associations with political parties, it does not mean that all of them are not men of integrity.” Kaira further said the masses had their own opinion about each politician. Therefore, the members should not defame the system through their personal opinions, he added. On the issue of new provinces, he said article one of the constitution can only be changed once the process under the constitutional requirement is completed. APP
CNG stations to reopen after 30th LAHORE: All the CNG stations of Region-I (Lahore, Gujranwala, Sahiwal, Multan) would be re-opened on January 30 after a month long closure due to gas shortage, All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) Punjab President Capt (r) Shuja Anwar said on Wednesday. Hailing the successful dialogue with Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL), he said the Managing Director of SNGPL had assured the association that CNG would be available from next week onwards. He added that another meeting between APCNGA and SNGPL would be held on Thursday. Responding to a question regarding three weekly gas holidays, he said that it might be possible that these closures would be decreased during June when less gas would be used domestically. APP
NAB employees continue strike for third consecutive day LAHORE: The ongoing strike of the employees of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) over the death of their colleague, Kamran Faisal, on Wednesday entered the third day across the country. The employees asked visitors to come later as they were not working in protest against the death of their deceased assistant director, Kamran Faisal. Sources said that the officials of the NAB in Punjab had reached Islamabad last night due to the hearing of the case. Neither any case had been registered against the death of Kamran Faisal nor had a notification been issued regarding the formation of a commission to probe the matter. NAB employees in Peshawar, Islamabad and Quetta had been protesting over the mysterious death of their colleague and rejected the idea of a commission being formed by the government to probe the issue. Faisal’s family said that he was murdered as there was “no way he could have had committed suicide”. InP
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Pneumonia claims lives of 20 children in Upper Dir UPPER DIR OnLInE
Almost 20 children have been killed while many other are still suffering from the deadly respiratory disease in Upper Dir areas of Thal, Kamrat and Lamoti. After receiving news of the epidemic, government medical teams reached the area. According to locals, the number of children who died was more than 20 and the disease had turned into an epidemic as several more children were inflicted with this disease. EPI officials informed the health department, which had dispatched medical teams to the area. Thal Health Department had confirmed the deaths but was reluctant to reveal the actual number. Locals maintained that several children were still lying sick in homes and Upper Dir Health department did not provide them with medicines of any sort. Mohammad Saeed, a technician of the Thal Basic Health Unit, said, “We have informed the concerned department of Prime Minister’s Program for Health Inspection (PPHI) but they still have not provided them with medicines and injections for the deadly diseases of pneumonia, TB, measles, diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus”.
SWAT: A view of the beautiful Matlatan Valley after heavy snowfall on Wednesday. ONLINE
‘PAK UNOFFICIALLY ALLOWS drones, officially condemns it’ WASHINGTON
AKISTAN unofficially allows the CIA to hit terrorists inside on its soil using unmanned drones, but condemns it officially, a former top American intelligence official has said. “The current open secret covert-action drone program in Pakistan, which does nothing except enable the Pakistanis to allow us to do it, unofficially, and then officially to attack us for it and thereby make us extremely unpopular in Pakistan and interferes with all sorts of other objectives with Pakistan, is anomalous,” Admiral (r) Dennis Blair, former director of National Intelligence, told reporters during a conference call organised by the Council on Foreign Relations. Blair said one could not write general procedures, applicable in other countries, for Pakistan, but the American use of drones there has to be consistent with international law and the laws of war. “So Pakistan certainly doesn’t get a pass for all of the laws and the legal use of force, which pledged to both in international treaties and the way Americans think about the way they want to use our armed forces. So I think that we’ve got to do better than a
classified playbook,” he said. Blair said the continuation of this highly successful drone programmes might not be able to diminish the terrorist threat coming from the North Western areas of the country. “What we should do in Pakistan, my concern with our use of drone in Pakistan, which can be denied by Pakistan – in fact, the legislature can pass laws that say that we can’t do it, and meanwhile their government actually gives us permission to use their airspace, Pakistan could shut us down anytime (if they want ?), so they have what they think is the best of all worlds; they get attacks against militants who are a threat to them as well as to us in Afghanistan, and they get to blame us for it,” Blair said. “So that is not over the long-term how we are going to control the threat to Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States coming from the northwest areas of Pakistan. So we need to constantly be offering to Pakistan to make a better deal in which we cooperate in establishing law and order in those tribal areas, and we should offer to let go of the unilateral drone strikes which we conduct there in return for a combined campaign against those areas and then imposition of regular Pakistani law and order the way it was done in the Swat valley, the way it was done in South Waziristan,” he said.
CEC cannot be removed by executive order: Naik ISLAMABAD APP
Law Minister Farooq Naik on Wednesday said neither the chief election commissioner (CEC) nor any other member of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) could be removed from office by the legislature or the government. After chairing a meeting called to discuss the issue of reformation of the ECP in pursuance of the decisions taken in the Islamabad Long March Declaration, Naik said the constitution envisaged security of tenure for the CEC and the commission’s members that could not be taken away without an amendment in the constitution, which might itself be controversial and unattainable. He said the committee considered various aspects of the matter and after deliberating over the relevant constitutional provisions, there was a consensus that neither the CEC nor any member of the ECP could be removed from office by an executive order. The law minister said Article 218 provided for the composition of a permanent election commission for the purpose of holding elections to both Houses of parliament and the provincial assemblies, adding that it implied that the ECP could not be dissolved by any legislative or executive action.
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Deserting MNA is son of Adviser to Punjab CM Zulfiqar Khosa ISLAMABAD
HE Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on Wednesday suffered another setback in Punjab after Saifuddin Khosa, a sitting MNA, announced to join the Pakistan People’s Party. Elected from NA-173 Dera Ghazi Khan-III constituency, Saifuddin Khan Khosa is the son of Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa, adviser to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Last week, Raja Muhammad Afzal from Jhelum had announced to join the PPP along with his two sons. Announcing to join the PPP, Saifuddin said he had serious reservations over various policies of the PML-N, particularly over the creation of South Punjab province. “I was very close to the PML-N leadership but I never found them sincere on the issue. They are just playing with public emotions,” Khosa said while addressing a news conference.
Khosa said he had decided to join the PPP after being impressed by party’s sincerity and its efforts for the creation of new province. He also criticised the PML-N leadership for not being part of the commission constituted for the creation of new provinces. “It should have been better if the PML-N leadership gave recommenda-
tions for the creation of new provinces, but they wanted to delay the issue.” He admitted that he had been pressured by family members but he had chosen a way for the benefit of the masses. Saif said the Punjab government had announced special package for three divisions of South Punjab worth Rs 30 billion, contrary to the fact that Rs 40 billing were being spent only on a bus project in
PML-Q leaders say Hazara province to be formed ‘soon’ Govt has failed to deal with Karachi unrest: Nawaz
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi said on Wednesday that Hazara province would be formed “soon”. Addressing a PML-Q Parliamentary Party meeting, they said, “We saved Islamabad from violence and bloodshed, and those talking now were watching developments from a long distance.” Chaired by Shujaat and attended by PML-Q federal ministers, senators and members of the national and provincial assemblies, the meeting reviewed the prevailing political situation in the country and exchanged views about the line of action of the party
in future. Both the leaders apprised the meeting about their efforts regarding the peaceful culmination of Dr Tahirul Qadri’s long march. The meeting praised the role of Chaudhry Shujaat on tactfully handling the matter. Shujaat said the last two days of the long march were very worrisome, claiming that he had remained sleepless for two nights. He said that he was in favour of the steps taken by the government in Balochistan, adding that democracy was safe in the province and circumstances were gradually moving towards improvement. In his address, Elahi said that his party would have seat-to-seat adjustments with allied parties in the upcoming elections. He said that much headway had been
made about the creation of South Punjab province, and that Hazara province would also be made soon. Through a resolution unanimously adopted by the meeting, it was demanded that the process for the formation of Hazara province should be started immediately. The resolution further demanded that the Hazara province should be established through the commission for South Punjab. It also said that Bhakkar and Mianwali districts should also be included in South Punjab province so that water and resources are equitably distributed and new disputes do not arise among the provinces. It added that Chashma and Jinnah Barrages, which irrigate Dera Ghazi Khan and Multan divisions, should also be included in the new province.
Lahore. To a question, he said the next election would decide the popularity of the PPP in Dera Ghazi Khan. He said the Benazir Income Support Programme was helping the poor segments of the society in southern Punjab transparently. Saif said he had joined the PPP and would abide by party leadership’s decisions regarding new province. On the occasion, PPP Women Wing President Faryal Talpur welcomed Saifuddin Khosa in the party and said his joining would further strengthen the PPP. She said her party had always followed politics of principles for the welfare of the people. To a question, Saif said it was the maturity of politics that people in one family had different points of view. In his remarks, PPP Secretary General Jehangir Badr said the PPP represented the will of the people and welcomed people belonging to all areas in its fold.
Commission proposes only one province in Punjab ISLAMABAD InP
The Parliamentary Commission on New Provinces on Wednesday proposed the establishment of only one province in Punjab as it finalised the draft of the 24th Constitutional Amendment Bill. Meanwhile, the PML-N stuck to its earlier decision of boycotting the commission’s meeting. According to sources, the commission had prepared the draft of the 24th Constitutional Amendment, under which only one, not two, province would be carved out of Punjab. Under the proposed bill, the new province would get its share of resources under the current NFC award. The commission, sources added, had summoned the elected members of Bahawalpur, Multan and DG Khan to seek proposals on the name of the provincial capital. Commission Chairman Farhatullah Babar hoped that deliberations on the new province would be over soon. Senior MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar called upon political parties to set aside their differences and realise the sufferings of the people of southern Punjab. The commission was expected to meet again on Thursday.
Nuclear conflict warning ‘daft’: Kashmir CM LAHORE OnLInE
Innocent citizens are being massacred in Karachi daily and the government has completely failed to rid the people of the brutal killings, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday. In a statement released on Wednesday, the PML-N chief said those involved in “the mass murder” needed to be unveiled and arrested. He also denounced the killing of the joint secretary of the Sindh chapter of the party, Mian Taimoor and the murder of his father, Mian Arbab. Nawaz telephoned Taimoor’s uncle, Mian Abrar and expressed grief over the tragic deaths of his close relatives. Nawaz said Taimoor was a simple and a modest leader and was an asset to the party. Meanwhile, the PML-N president has postponed the meeting of the party’s Sindh chapter that was to be held today (Thursday). Nawaz demanded the government nab those who killed Taimoor, his father and all innocent citizens of Karachi being killed daily.
The top elected official in Indian Kashmir on Wednesday described a public advisory telling residents to prepare for nuclear war by building basement shelters as a “daft idea”. The State Disaster Response Force in a notice this week urged people to build shelters to prepare for a potential nuclear conflict in the disputed region, which has been on edge after deadly border clashes between Indian and Pakistani troops. “What a daft idea!!!” Indian Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said in a post on micro-blogging website Twitter, referring to the advisory which appeared in a local English-language newspaper. The notice instructed residents in the Himalayan region to build toiletequipped underground shelters “where the whole family can stay for a fortnight” and said the bunkers should be stocked with non-perishable food.
A ceasefire took hold last week in the territory after India and Pakistan agreed to halt cross-border firing that threatened to unravel a fragile peace process between the nuclear-armed nations, but tensions remain. State civil defence authorities in Kashmir confirmed that they had issued the notice on Monday but said it “should not be connected with anything else”, in an apparent reference to the recent border flare-up. The advisory was part of regular year-round civil defence preparedness, Mubarak Ganai, deputy inspector general of civil defence in the Kashmir police force, told AFP. India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars over the divided territory. Each country controls a part of the region but claims it in full. The notice in the Greater Kashmir daily vividly described a nuclear war scenario to prepare residents to deal with “the initial shock wave”, telling people to “wait for the winds to die down and debris to stop falling”.
“If the blast wave does not arrive within five seconds of the flash, you were far enough from the ground zero,” it said. The prime minister of Pakistani-administered Kashmir on Wednesday dismissed the nuclear warning as a
pressure tactic. “India cannot impose even conventional war on Pakistan, and if it does, each and every child of Kashmir will fight shoulder-to-shoulder with the Pakistan armed forces against India,” said Chaudhry Abdul Majeed.
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PM withdraws case against Baldia Town factory owners MONITORING DESK Minister of State for Finance Salim Mandviwala on Wednesday disclosed that the case registered against the owners of Baldia Town factory has been withdrawn. Talking to reporters, the state minister said that the case was withdrawn on the orders of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf. He said Prime Minister Ashraf had promised the officebearers of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) to have the case withdrawn during his visit to the chamber.
ISLAMABAD: Hamid Munir, brother-in-law of deceased nAB official Kamran Faisal, weeps outside the Supreme Court building after submitting an application for an enquiry into the alleged suicide of his relative. INP
PPP back to square one Continued fRom page 01
The president had formed the committee comprising Yousaf Raza Gilani, Nawab Salahuddin Abbasi and Makhdoom Ahmed Mahmud”. The source said the president had also promised to appoint Nawab Abbasi as the Punjab governor if he could help resolve the issue. However, after his meeting with the president, Abbasi left for London and stayed away for a while, as the meeting with the president had created confusion among his followers in his hometown that he had made a compromise over the demand of restoration of Bahawalpur province.
Indian demand to end UN mission in Kashmir rejected UNITED NATIONS InP
The United Nations on Tuesday set aside an Indian demand to put an end to its Military Observer mission in Kashmir. Martin Nesirky, a spokesman for the UN secretary general, in a statement said the mandate of its UN Military Observer would continue to exist as only its Security Council could decide to end it. It said the observer group was fully active in Kashmir. The Indian envoy to the United Nations on Monday demanded the UN end its observer mission, which monitors ceasefire agreed between Pakistan and India in Jammu and Kashmir.
No more meals on PIA domestic flights KARACHI: The Pakistan International Airlines on Wednesday decided to ban meals on all domestic flights. According to sources, the decision would be implemented from February 1. On the other hand, passengers have expressed concerns over the decision and said that the national carrier should focus on improving the services rather than deteriorating it. nnI
The source added that following his mysterious silence, Gilani manoeuvred in favour of Ahmed Mahmud and convinced the president that Mahmud would not only play a role in luring many politicians of the area to join the PPP, but both of them would also convince the people of southern Punjab to name the new province Bahawalpur province, hence dealing with both the demands with one province. “But both Gilani and Mahmud have failed to convince the people of their respective areas on one province. Moreover, President Zardari was upset over the statement by the new Punjab governor who had told media that he was still a member of
Muslim League. When the reservations were conveyed to Gilani and Makhdum was asked to fulfil his promise of luring politicians to join the PPP, only Makhdum and his two sons joined the party and no other influential political figure joined the PPP”. “Gilani’s solo-flight has left many party leaders infuriated who were making efforts to resolve the issue. Makhdoom Shahabuddin, the president of PPP Southern Punjab chapter, has conveyed his reservations against Gilani to the president. Shahabuddin is also making damage-control efforts and he would soon meet Nawab Salahuddin to pacify him,” the source added.
When contacted, PPP South Punjab Senior vice President Haider Zaman Qureshi said the PPP leadership was working rigorously to resolve the matter of new provinces. “The commission is working over its report which would be finalised soon. The report would be detailed and it will cover all aspects of new province(s) including economic, infrastructure and geographic dimensions. All the recommendations made by the allied parties would also be included. Once the report is laid before the House, it would be debated and then the 24th Amendment Bill would be laid before the House,” he concluded.
US commander in Afghanistan cleared of misconduct WASHINGTON SPECIAL CORRESPOnDEnT
The Pentagon has cleared the top US commander in Afghanistan of wrongdoing following an probe into whether he exchanged inappropriate e-mails with a Tampa socialite. The investigation was launched following revelation that Gen. John R Allen exchanged the messages with Jill Kelley, 37, who ingratiated herself with several
senior officers at the Tampa headquarters of the U.S. Central Command. Kelley’s complaint to the FBI about another set of messages — ones that were harassing — eventually led to the discovery of an affair between the then CIA Director David Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell. The FBI determined that Broadwell, for reasons still not clear, had sent Kelley the harassing e-mails. The messages from Marine
Gen Allen were uncovered during its investigation of Petraeus last year. According to The Washington Post, the tenor of some of the e-mails was described by some officials as racy and flirtatious and prompted Defence Secretary Leon E. Panetta to order a formal inquiry. In a letter sent to Allen on Friday, the Pentagon inspector general wrote that Allen had not violated military prohibitions against conduct unbecoming an officer.
However, taking exception to the case’s withdrawal, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad has asked President Asif Zardari to direct Prime Minister Ashraf not to withdraw the sections of murder included in the FIR [First Information Report] against the factory owners. Ebad has also directed the Sindh IG to reassign the investigation to the police officer previously assigned the probe. As many as 250 employees were burnt to death following the eruption of a fire in a garments factory in Baldia Town. It was dubbed as the worst fire incident in Pakistan’s history.
Hillary takes blame for Benghazi WASHINGTON AGEnCIES
ECRETARY of State Hillary Clinton took responsibility for the attacks on U.S. diplomatic outposts in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday morning. She visibly choked up as she spoke of the four dead Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who died in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack. “For me, this is not just a matter of policy… it’s personal,” she said. “I stood next to President Obama as the Marines carried those flagdraped caskets off the plane at Andrews. I put my arms around the mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters.” In her opening statement, Clinton also reiterated that she took responsibility for the attack. “As I have said many times since September 11, I take responsibility. Nobody is more committed to getting this right. I am determined to leave the State Department and our country safer, stronger, and more secure,” Clinton said. “Taking responsibility meant moving quickly in those first uncertain hours and days to respond to the immediate crisis and further protect our people and posts in high-threat areas across the region and the world. It meant launching an independent investigation to determine exactly what happened in Benghazi and to recommend steps for
improvement. And it meant intensifying our efforts to combat terrorism and support emerging democracies in North Africa and beyond.” Clinton said that immediately after the attack she “stayed in close contact” with officials both here and in Libya. Clinton answered sometimes pointed questions from senators on the timing of the attack, new threats in Northern Africa, and funding for security in embassies around the world. Senator Jim Risch (RIdaho) questioned Clinton’s role in coming up with talking points used by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice and why administration officials initially characterized the assault as spontaneous rather than deliberate. Clinton said she was not involved in the selection of Rice to speak on the Sunday talk shows. She added that it was clear to her, as she said the day after the attacks, that “heavily armed militants assaulted our compound.” But with several simultaneous protests happening around the world, it was difficult to understand the exactly why the attack occurred. “I personally
was not focused on talking points, I was focused on keeping our people safe,” she said. But she had little patience during a combative exchange with Sen. Ron Johnson (RWisc.) who asked why evacuees from Benghazi were not immediately questioned about the cause of the attack. “A very simple phone call to these individuals would have ascertained very quickly there was no protest,” he said, charging Americans were misled by administration talking points. “With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans,” she said with her voice rising. “Was it because of a protest or was it because a guy goes out for a walk one night and decided to go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator.” “I saw first-hand what Ambassador Thomas Pickering and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen called ‘timely’ and ‘exceptional’ coordination. No delays in decisionmaking,” she said.
Get back to business, SC tells NAB Continued fRom page 01
To this, the chief justice said the court could not ignore the tragic incident. “I have no right to sit on the seat of the chief justice if I am not willing to discharge my duty under certain circumstances,” the chief justice told the prosecutor. The prosecutor said NAB was performing well to recover embezzled money, adding that NAB’s performance and credibility could not be undermined. Justice Azmat Saeed said with Faisal’s death, NAB had lost its credibility.
“It’s not just the death of Kamran Faisal, but also that of NAB’s credibility,” he remarked, asking what kind of respect NAB had earned from the tragic incident and unnecessarily delaying implementation of court orders in the RPPs case. The court ordered NAB to continue the investigation in the RPPs scam in light of judgment passed on March 30, 2012. The court fixed January 29 to hear the RPPs case and issues relating to the implementation of the judgment passed on March 30, 2012. Former federal minister Faisal Saleh Hayat, who is
also a petitioner in the rental power case, requested the court to order an independent enquiry into the case, as the matter was important for having Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf named in it. He said Faisal was the first martyr of the RPPs case and he did not know how many sacrifices would be rendered in the future. PML-N leader Khwaja Asif was also present in the court. He told the court that on Friday, when Faisal was found dead in his room, NAB officials kept the deceased’s room under their watch, apparently to remove
evidence, and then informed the police of the incident. He said this act of NAB officials raised many questions. In its short order the court observed: “This shocking incident of his (Kamran Faisal) murder/death/suicide is a sad commentary on the image of a public institution, which is supposed to be functioning in a free, fair and independent manner, without being influenced or coursed by anyone. Prima facie, it seems that besides the colleagues of Kamran Faisal (deceased), his family members as well as the public at large have shown an-
noyance and raised grievance. According to their versions, they are not expecting a free, fair and honest investigation because of the involvement of highly influential political persons and executive authorities of this country in the scam of RPPs.” The court further observed that it was a fundamental right of all citizens that their lives and properties be protected by the State, particularly of those people who honestly discharged their functions in order to investigate the allegations against the accused involved in cases of
corruption and the corrupt practices. The court observed that the registrar’s office had submitted a detailed report based on material interalia stating therein that Kamran Faisal (deceased), NAB assistant director, engaged in the investigation of the high-profile case of RPPs was found mysteriously dead in his room at the Federal Lodges, Islamabad on Friday i.e. 18.1.2013... Therefore, the court treats this note as a constitution petition under Article 184(3) of the constitution of Pakistan.”
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IndustrIaL safety woes
Officials hiding negligence by avoiding meetings LAHORE
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A one-year-old child, who had been suffering from measles, died in Lahore on Wednesday, taking the death toll in the current outbreak in Punjab to nine. The child passed away in Childrenâ€™s Hospital where he had been admitted for treatment. Official sources said that nine deaths due to measles had so far been reported in the province, whereas over 1,400 children were currently suffering from the disease. Moreover, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had earlier directed the provincial administration to come up with an emergency plan to ensure vaccination in order to eliminate the disease. The outbreak of the disease in Punjab comes as Sindh continues to battle the epidemic which has claimed over 400 lives in the southern province.
ITY District Government Lahore (CDGL) officials are employing delaying tactics in holding an important meeting on industrial safety to hide the negligence of their seniors, Pakistan Today has learnt. A blast in a factory last Saturday raised alarm and a meeting was called to assess the measures taken for installation of fire hydrants and imparting training to people on their usage. various departments including WASA, TEPA, the Rescue Department, the Civil Defence Department, Labour Department, Environment Department, Monitoring and Inspection Department, Industries Department were taken onboard to ensure the safety of the workers and the general population in and around industrial units which were largely situated in residential areas. Sources claimed that several influential units had their names deleted from the survey list. They further said Civil Defence Department was now installing fire hydrants in factories, adding that most workers were untrained in usage of the equipment. In the industrial incident of Kharak and Multan Road claimed 47 lives. Consequently on the sue motto by Supreme Court, CDGL conducted an emergency survey of industrial units. The Rescue Department, the Civil Defense Department, the Labour Department, the Environment and Town/ LDA found 7,850 industrial units operating in residential areas.
LAHORE At least 37 people were injured on Wednesday in a cylinder blast at a restaurant, situated in Defence Phase-1. Upon receiving information, the Rescue Fire Service and other rescue teams rushed to the spot and started rescue operation. The rescuers provided first aid to 19 in-
LAHORE: A single bench of the Lahore High Court, Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, issued notices on Wednesday to the provincial secretary labour and secretary environment, and sought reply from them in a writ petition filed against the incidents of factory infernos in Lahore and Karachi in September last year. The petition was filed by Chaudhry Shoaib Saleem Advocate through Mushtaq Ahmad Mohal Adovate and Syed Aslam Rizvi Advocate. Appearing on the behalf of petitioner, the counsels argued that the respondents were legally bound to enact laws for establishing clean environment and installation of fire exits in each industrial building/factory, however, they had committed criminal negligence as they did not take any effective measure for controlling and reducing the pollution and killings in fire incidents in industrial units and factories. It had become imperative for all factories in the country to undergo regular inspection, they said. They argued that factory workers were denied their basic rights enshrined under Articles It was revealed that owing to unskilled labour and underage workers, owners were running factories
two women robbed in broad daylight LAHORE: Pakistan singer Rabi Peerzada was robbed on Wednesday in the area of Garden Town. According to details, rovers snatched Rs 100,000 in cash, her mobile phone and escaped from the scene. In another incident, a woman was robbed in the area of Thokar Niaz Baig. According to details, she was returning to her
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jured on the spot while the rest of victims who received serious burn injuries were shifted to Lahore General Hospital and National Hospital for treatment. The building of restaurant was damaged and valuables worth thousands of rupees were burnt to ashes. Rescue 1122 spokesman said that the cause behind the blast could not be ascertained.
house when robbers stopped her forcibly and snatched goods worth Rs 500,000 on gun point. They managed to escape from the scene. In another report, LESCO arrested two men involved in stealing electricity transformers from the area of Sabzazar. They were handed over to the CIA police. STAFF REPORT
2-A, 3, 4, 5, 9, 11, 14 and 15 of the constitution. They were denied even the basic rights guaranteed in labour laws and international conventions, they added. Those who were not employed as per regulations had no claim to compensation even in cases accidents and deaths, they further pleaded. The counsels prayed the court to direct the respondents to take strict action against the culprits who were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people in the fire accidents and to compensate the heirs of the victims. The counsels prayed that respondents be directed to constitute a high power judicial commission to review the performance of the departments responsible for enforcing the labour, industrial and environmental laws across the country. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah accepted the petition and issued notices to the provincial secretary labour and secretary environment and sought reply from the defendants on March 1, 2013. STAFF REPORT where work involved handling of explosive materials. Officials refused to comment on the issue.
Petition moved in SC against NAB chairman LAHORE: A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Wednesday requesting it to prevent Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari from working as chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB. The petition, filed in the Supreme Courtâ€™s Lahore registry, argued that in spite of rampant corruption in the country, the NAB chairman had failed to take necessary action. Petitioner Shumail Paracha added that Bokhari was in fact working to cover up the corruption and hence should be prevented from working as chairman of the bureau. The petition comes nearly a week after Kamran Faisal, an officer of the NAB investigating the rental power projects (RPP) scam, was found dead in his room under mysterious circumstances. Moreover, in 2012, the Supreme Court had issued a show cause notice to Bokhari seeking an explanation why he should not be arraigned under contempt charges for not implementing its ruling in the RPP case. STAFF R EPO RT
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Trains suspension strains commuters LAHORE
AIL passengers who travel to the metropolis on a daily basis faced many problems on Wednesday due to the suspension of trains within the Lahore division. Most of the passengers had to adopt alternate transportation and thus spend far more on fares as transporters continued to charge more money in the absence of local trains. Standing at Lahore General Bus Stand, Usman, Tahir, Talha, Rafiq and some other commuters said that railway officials should restore trains fully to facilitate public as common man could not afford
expensive traveling or private transportation. They said that the monthly income of most passengers belonging to other cities was under Rs 10,000 and they had to spend over Rs 7000 for traveling only to reach their workplaces in the city. This had made life very hard for them, they said. Basher, Farrukh, Amjad, Taha and some other passengers said that they were afraid of bus accidents, adding that in the last two months alone, over 50 passengers lost their lives and several suffered injuries in various accidents. All the commuters appealed to the government to fully restore train services in the larger interest of the public.
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Workshop held on preservation of wildlife LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Falcon Foundation International on Wednesday organised a one-day training workshop for officials of Pakistan Customs and Provincial Wildlife Department who watch the exit points at airports and sea-ports to prevent smuggling of wildlife, most notably falcons and houbara. The workshop was a joint project of the Federal Board of Revenue, WWF-Pakistan, the Min-
istry of Climate Change and Falcon Foundation International Pakistan. A large number of officials from Lahore and surrounding areas participated. The objectives of the workshop were correct identification of rescued species, their diseases, care and treatment during custody and scientific release of wild birds to their natural habitats. Speakers at the workshop said that lack of resources and technical know-how was responsible for diseases and deaths amongst prized birds when held in prolonged captivity due to legal restraints.
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Capital City Police on Wednesday was put on high alert for Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) cavalcades to ensure security across the city. Capital City Police Officer Additional IG Nasimuz Zaman said that he had directed DIG, SSP, all additional SPs, SDPOs of operation wing and SHOs to ensure checking of all vehicles along the routes of Eid-e-Milad processions to avoid any untoward incident. He said that they had further been directed to take strict action against miscreants and law breakers. He said the chief minister had accorded highest priority to maintain sectarian harmony across the province. He said that all police officers had also been directed to implement the government instructions in letter and spirit to maintain law and order besides intensifying round-theclock patrolling on wireless fitted vehicles. Special police force would also be deployed at several identified sensitive locations, he said. The CCPO added that special contingents of police and armed commandoes would be deployed in all areas. Mobile teams had started roundthe-clock patrolling under the supervision of concerned additional SP and sub-divisional police officers, he added.
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Asian restaurants competing against fast food and continental ones in Lahore’s most happening lifestyle market on M M Alam Road. The increasing demand has reached the streets. Five star restaurants have become secondary options due to high priced menu and the complicating procedure to make reservations. “We often come to Pakistan during Polo season, and it’s good to find new restaurants offering Mediterranean, Italian and
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INyAMIN Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has reached out to a new centrist party after his right-wing bloc lost eleven seats in the parliamentary elections, taking only 31 of the 120 seats in the Knesset. The results on Wednesday defied forecasts that Israel’s next government would veer sharply to the right at a time when the country faces mounting international isolation, growing economic problems and regional turbulence. A coalition that joins parties with dramatically divergent views on peacemaking, the economy and the military draft, could however, easily be headed for gridlock. Israeli media said that with 99.8 percent of votes counted, each bloc had 60 of parliament’s 120 seats. Commentators said Netanyahu, who called early elections three months ago expecting easy victory, would be expected to form the next government because the rival camp drew 12 of its 60 seats from Arab parties that traditionally are excluded from coalition building. A surprising strong showing by a political newcomer, the centrist yesh Atid, or There is a Future, party, in Tuesday’s vote turned pre-election forecasts on their heads and dealt a setback to Netanyahu. yesh Atid’s leader, yair Lapid, has said he would only join a government committed to sweeping economic changes and a serious push to resume peace talks with the Palestinians, which have languished throughout Netanyahu’s four-year tenure. The results were not official, and there was a slim chance of a slight shift in the final bloc breakdowns and a possibility that Netanyahu would not form the next government, even though both he and Lapid have called for the creation of a broad coalition.
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yet. Behind the scenes, President Barack Obama and Netanyahu do not get along. President Obama has faded the idea of the Palestinian peace process, as he doesn’t believe Netanyahu wants peace. Netanyahu called Lapid early on Wednesday and offered to work together. We have the opportunity to do great things together. “I call on the leaders of the political establishment to work with me together, to the best of their ability to form as broad a government as possible that will contain moderate forces from the left and right, the right and the left, so that we will truly be able to bring about real change,’’ he told supporters after initial results.
‘PAlESTINIANS MAIN lOSERS’ The Palestinians viewed the election results grimly. “If he brings Lapid into his government, this would improve the image of the Netanyahu government in the eyes of the world. But it won’t make him stop building settlements, particularly in east Jerusalem,’’ said Mohammed Ishtayeh, a senior adviser to President Abbas. Palestinian officials closely followed the Israeli election campaign, fearing Netanyahu’s ambitious plans for settlement construction over the next four years could prove lethal to their dreams of a state. Ahmed Assaf, spokesman for Fatah, the Western-backed party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said: “The Palestinian people are the main losers from this duel between the racist right-wing parties.” “This will cause damage to the peace process and for the Palestinian people also. In the meantime it will harm the Israeli people because there won’t be security and safety for the Israeli people unless the Palestinians gain their rights.” Palestinians have low expectations for the peace process following the elections. “Our situation will be worse than before because the settlements were built during Netanyahu’s time,” a Palestinian in the West Bank said.
I call on the leaders of the political establishment to work with me together to the best of their ability to form as broad a government as possible so that we will truly be able to bring about real change
GROWING HOUSING SHORTAGE IT will be interesting to see how he balances the demands of the different parties he’ll be entering into coalitions with. A lot of people will tell you that those undecided were put off by the idea of farright wingers dominating politics for the next four years. Lapid won support among middle-class, secular voters by promising to resolve a growing housing shortage, abolish military draft exemptions for Jewish seminary students and seek an overhaul of the failing education system. Following the results, Lapid posted just one word on his Facebook page: “Thanks”. Officially in the US they are not really weighing in
French and Malian troops push northward
Cameron promises vote on EU membership
BAmAkO: French and Malian troops continued to advance northeast on Tuesday, hours after seizing several central towns from rebels. A Malian official said that the troops intended to push towards the city of Hombori, in the Mopti region. The joint mission, involving French and African troops, aims to wrest back control of northern Mali from al-Qaedalinked forces who have held control since early last year. On Monday, troops seized control of Diabaly, Konna and Doutenza, three strategic towns in central Mali. Diabaly, 350km north of the capital Bamako, had harboured the main cluster of rebels south of the front line, until French air attacks forced them to flee or attempt to blend in with locals, residents said. French television footage from Diabaly showed charred pick-up trucks abandoned by rebels amid mud brick homes. AGEnCIES
LOnDOn: David Cameron, the British prime minister, has promised to give the Brish people a straight referendum choice on whether to stay in the European Union or leave, provided he wins an election in 2015. “It is time for the British people to have their say. It is time for us to settle this question about Britain and Europe,” the British prime minister said on Wednesday. “When we have negotiated that new settlement, we will give the British people a referendum with a very simple in or out choice to stay in the EU on these new terms; or come out altogether,” added the Tory leader. “It will be an in-out referendum.” Cameron ended months of speculation by announcing in a speech the plan for a vote sometime between 2015 and 2018, shrugging off warnings that this could imperil Britain’s diplomatic and economic prospects and alienate its allies. AGEnCIES
First batch of Russians flown out of Syria
Jordanians vote in parliamentary polls
DAmAscus: The first Russian citizens evacuated from Syria have arrived in Moscow in what is viewed as the clearest sign yet the Kremlin may be preparing for President Bashar al-Assad’s possible defeat. Two planes carrying 77 Russian citizens flew from Beirut, the Lebanese capital, on Wednesday for the first time since the Syrian conflict began nearly two years ago. The move to rescue tens of thousands of Russians living in Syria signals the beginning of what could become a difficult and dangerous operation as rebels gain momentum in their fight to oust President Assad’s regime. Although it has made no indication that it will abandon its position that Assad’s exit must not be a precondition for a peace deal. Those on board were mainly women married to Syrians and their children. AGEnCIES
AmmAn: Jordanians are voting in parliamentary elections boycotted by the Muslim Brotherhood, which says the electoral system is rigged in favour of rural tribal areas and against the urban poor. The Brotherhood and the National Reform Front of former prime minister and intelligence chief Ahmad Obeidat are staying away from the polls, which opened for 12 hours from 04:00 GMT on Wednesday. An estimated 2.3 million Jordanians are eligible to vote at 1,484 polling stations, choosing from 1,425 candidates, vying for a fouryear term in the 150-seat lower house of parliament. Wednesday’s elections are based on a new electoral framework in which for the first time parliamentarians, not the king, will choose the prime minister. AGEnCIES
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ISLAMABAD PEsHAWAR: A view of the deserted OPD of Lady Reading Hospital on Wednesday which was shut in protest against the killing of Dr shahnawaz Ali who was gunned down on Tuesday afternoon at his clinic in Liaqat Bazaar saddar. InP
United States rules out extradition of David Headley WASHINGTON OnLInE
The United States has ruled out any extradition of the American-born Lashkar-eTayyaba (LeT) suspected terrorist David Headley, in lieu of providing critical information to the US agencies about various other terror outfits. The Mumbai attack accused also agreed to cooperate with the government, as well as any foreign judicial proceedings held inside the US through videoconferencing or deposition, Attorney Gary S Shapiro informed a Chicago court. The attorney ruled out any extradition for the 26/11 accused under a guilty plea that the American had entered into with the US government and in lieu of the co-operation he extended to the government and the crucial information about various terrorist outfits that he shared with the American investigating agencies. “As the court knows, Headley’s testimony helped secure a conviction against (Tahawwur) Rana. Further, Headley has agreed to provide truthful testimony in any proceeding in the United States if called upon by the United States Attorney’s Office, as well as any foreign judicial proceeding held in the United States by way of deposition, videoconferencing or letters rogatory,” Acting United States Attorney Gary S Shapiro told the
Chicago Court in a 20page submission made on Wednesday. In addition to meeting with investigators from the United S t a t e s , Headley was interviewed by Indian law enforcers for seven days, Shapiro said. “Headley answered their questions without any restriction, and the government understands that the Indian government found the information to be useful. Additionally, Headley has taken other steps and provided other information to assist authorities,” he said. Shapiro said Headley volunteered to co-operate with the investigating agencies and provide them with the information a day after his arrest in October 2009. “After being specifically advised that, based on the information that he was providing, he likely would face charges that carried the death penalty in the US, Headley continued to speak with investigators for two weeks before his arrest became public. Further, Headley has been interviewed in dozens of proffer sessions,” he said. Headley has provided extensive detail about Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, including its organisational structure, leadership and other personnel, recruiting, fundraising, training methods, planning of attacks and potential targets. He also provided extensive detail about Ilyas Kashmiri and his network.
five militants killed, three injured in orakzai blast PESHAWAR OnLInE
Five suspected militants were killed and three others injured in a blast inside a house in Orakzai tribal region. According to local authorities, the explosion occurred when the suspected militants were constructing an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the house in Jandri Kallay area. Security forces rushed to the scene and cordoned off the area and a probe into the incident is underway.
Govt-Qadri agreement challenged in SC ISLAMABAD AGEnCIES
A constitutional petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Wednesday challenging a written deal between the federal government and Tehreek Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri. Qadri had led thousands of people to Islamabad last week in a four-day sit-in protest near the Parliament building demanding electoral reforms. The PakistaniCanadian cleric called off the demonstration after signing an agreement with the government to implement some of his demands. The petition, filed by Shahid Orakzai, challenges the agreement, arguing that the pact was against Pakistan’s sovereignty as it was signed with a foreign national. The petitioner argues that the federation had exceeded its administrative jurisdiction through the agreement. He contends that the federation had no authority to make any such deal without the consent of the President.
HE Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has been told that 89 persons and institutions, including Interior Minister Rehman Malik, are defaulters of the Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC). PAC met on Tuesday under its chairman Nadim Afzal Gondal in the Parliament House. OEC officials presented a list of defaulters in the meeting. According to the list, interior minister Rehman Malik was defaulter of Rs 19,850 during his tenure as the Federal Investigation Agency director general, PML-N Secretary Information Mushahid Ullah Khan of Rs 20,535, Mukhtiar Ahmad of Rs 77,440, Nasir Shah of Rs 5,160, Mian Zaman of Rs 5,445, Qasim Ali Shah of Rs 6,085, Nasir A Sheikh of Rs 44,900 and Ittefaq Foundry of Rs 5,475. The committee also reviewed audit observations in respect of accounts of the Communication and Human Resources Ministry. Audit told the committee that tenders were invited through advertisement in the media in connection with construction of Pindi Bhattian Motorway. Two companies applied for it and it was wrong that only one company had applied. But the contract was awarded to another company which was also allowed to use the machinery free of rent. Audit said that a huge loss amounting to Rs 542 million was inflicted on national exchequer due to non recovery of rent on account of use of machinery by the company. The audit recommended sending the matter to NAB. The committee directed the communication secretary
to settle the matter within 16 days and in the event of his failure to sort out the matter within a stipulated period , the case be referred to NAB. PAC member Noor Alam pointed out that Workers Welfare Fund Secretary Iftikhar Rahim was involved in murder case and no departmental action had been taken against him. The other members also expressed their reservations over non-initiation of departmental action against him. The human resources secretary could not give satisfactory reply to the questions from the committee members on this matter but the chairman shelved the matter.
FIA chief wants ‘inexperienced’ officials on deputation out ISLAMABAD: Taking serious notice of the posting of “inefficient and inexperienced” officers at the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Director General (DG) Chaudhry Anwar virk has asked the interior secretary to order their return to the departments concerned. In a letter to the interior secretary, the FIA DG has drawn attention to 64 officers who had been posted on deputation in FIA in grade 17 to grade 20 following approval from the ministry. The DG FIA pointed out that under the 1975 FIA Act, officers from six groups namely Accounts, Customs, Income Tax, Engineering and Legal departments and their affiliated departments could be sent on deputation to the FIA; however he added that by violating all the norms, officers from other departments had been sent on deputation. He said that some of them were contract employees, and that in the presence of inexperienced officers, administrative problems were being created. He requested the interior secretary that the practice of sending inexperienced and inefficient officers to the FIA on deputation should be discouraged, and rules be followed in letter and spirit. The secretary has been asked that officers not fulfilling the required criteria be sent back to their parent departments. According to sources, a total of 400 persons have been posted in the FIA on deputation in different grades, and many of them have been absorbed and regularised in the agency, ranging from the rank of constable to additional director. These officers and officials were sent on deputation to the FIA from PIA, EOBI, Evacuee Property Trust Board, NADRA, KPK University, Sindh Assembly Secretariat, Information department, Customs, Income Tax, Sales Tax, National Bank of Pakistan and other offices. InP
Indian Muslim cop moves court to save beard Bedade has moved indian SC after Bombay high Court dismissed his petition g SC bench says time has come to examine issue and settle it once and for all g
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The Indian Supreme Court has agreed to examine the “beard issue” of a Muslim cop and sought response from the Home Ministry to settle the dispute once and for all, Indian media reported on Wednesday. Zahiruddin Shamsuddin Bedade, a constable in the Maharashtra Reserve Police Force, was permitted by his commandant to wear a beard through a May 7, 2012 order with a warning that it would
be kept trimmed, neat and tidy. Five months later, the commandant rescinded his earlier order saying the permission to grow beard until the rest of the service was not in accordance with the rules. “In future, if it is found necessary to grow beard temporarily during specific months, Bedade should get such permission from this office,” the order said. Bedade challenged this order in the Bombay High Court (BHC), which dismissed his petition resulting in initiation of disciplinary proceedings against him
by the Police Department. Later, he moved the Supreme Court. A bench of Indian Supreme Court, comprising of Justices P Sathasivam and JS Khehar, said this issue had arisen in the past before some of the high courts and most had rejected demands from policeman to wear a beard. The time has come for the SC to examine the issue from the constitutional point of view and settle the controversy once and for all, it said and stayed the disciplinary proceedings against Bedade.
The Aurangabad bench of the BHC had held that police force being a secular law enforcing agency, it was of utmost importance that such force must have a secular image. In situations like communal riots, postings at religious places of worship and sensitive areas members of the disciplined force had to discharge their duties without displaying religious identity, the BHC had said in its December 12, 2012. The BHC agreed with its earlier decision and said, “Wearing a beard is not a fundamental tenet of Islam. It cannot be treated as a part of the religious faith or belief. For that matter, it cannot be treated even as a religious practice of general acceptance.” Petitioner Bedade, through his coun-
sel Shakil Ahmad Syed, said the union government in its 1989 circular for paramilitary forces had said, “A member of the force belonging to Muslim community may be permitted to keep beard on religious grounds. Once permission is given, the member concerned will have to wear it consistently for the rest of his service unless permitted upon written request to remove.” Advocate Anoop Chaudhry argued before the SC bench and cited several sayings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) advising Muslims to wear a beard and hence it was obligatory on part of every Muslim to follow it. The bench issued asked the Home Ministry and the Maharashtra government to file their responses within four weeks.
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A skeleton rattling in the cupboard Govt must cooperate, fully
he enquiry into the high profile RPP case has already taken toll of two investigators. NAB’s prosecutor Fawzi Ali suffered a heart attack soon after attending a hearing in the case in the Supreme Court. Only six days later the body of a young NAB Assistant Director Kamran Faisal, who had earlier complained to a colleague that pressure was being exerted on him to hand over to a higher official a signed blank affidavit but had refused to oblige, was found hanging from the ceiling fan in his official residence. Even a week after the event no FIR has been lodged about the case. The issue whether Faisal committed suicide or was murdered remains a subject of intense debate and speculation. It has been observed that officers investigating against strong parties are generally under intense pressure but rarely commit suicide. Therefore some sort of foul play cannot be altogether ruled out. Faisal was one of the officers who had recommended that references be submitted against the accused as actionable evidence was available. This is no ordinary case. Those accused in Rs 22 billon RPP scam include high-ups in the government that include the PM, important serving and retired federal bureaucrats and PEPCO and NPGCL officials. The SC has already asked NAB why the prime minister has not been arrested in the case. There was a perception that the NAB was on a go-slow on the case. Reports tell of Faisal sending a text message to another NAB official that he was under intense pressure from high-ups to hand over a predated blank affidavit with signatures, which he had resisted. Other reports tell of two NAB officials that include Admiral Fasih Bukhari having earlier called Faisal to office at night despite his having been removed from the investigation, and spoken harshly to him. This contradicts the earlier claim by Bukhari before the SC that he had never monitored or interfered in the investigation process and left it to the investigators. The incident has made the employees of agencies that are required to investigate cases against the high and mighty feel insecure. This explains why NAB employees in Peshawar, Islamabad and Quetta continued their protests and at places locked the NAB offices for three days. The CJ has observed that after Faisal’s death no one could be considered safe in the country. Dissatisfied with the government appointed commission of enquiry under former SC judge Javed Iqbal, Faisal’s father and the NAB employees demanded a commission appointed by the SC, which the SC has done, after converting a note submitted to the SC Registrar into a petition regarding the death of Kamran Faisal, by forming a two-member bench that will look into the incident. With the constitution of a separate bench of the apex court to deal with the case, their apprehensions should be removed. One expects the government to fully cooperate with the court. A failure to do so would cause uproar in the country and send a negative message abroad. That NAB, SC and police are running different inquiries into the same incident should not be a problem, for their objective is same: figuring out what really happened to the NAB officer, though it would be advisable not to make assumptions or start blaming before a final report of the inquiries comes in.
Comradely Musings By Hashim bin Rashid
hat’s all folks!” was the brilliant way in which this newspaper heralded the end of the Tahirul Qadri’s (TuQ) four-day circus outside the parliament. Amidst rumours of coups and Qadri proclaiming deadlines for the dissolution of the assemblies, it was fast becoming clear that he had been unable to wield any critical street power and was fast becoming merely a nuisance. The great farce of the so-called agreement was that it called for the implementation of that which was already agreed. One of the lines towed by Qadri was to cap electoral spending and implement a certain Supreme Court judgment passed on 8 June, 2012. The judgment marks the recommendations of the SC to an attempt by the left wing Workers Party Pakistan (WPP) to seek electoral reform within the system. The fundamental concerns of the petition were two-fold: one, can every individual contest an election and, two, can every voter exercise his freewill when casting his vote? Towards this end the SC judgment asks the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to implement a number of fundamental changes in the electoral setup, including replacing the ‘first past the post’ system with ‘run off’ elections, adding a ‘none of the above’ option in the voting options and implementing compulsory voting. While one may argue that such an attempt to reformulate the electoral structure of Pakistan should have
“Gun Crazy” Our sick love affair with guns
Washington Watch By Dr James J Zogby
e have a cockeyed national debate on gun violence in which some motivated by political expediency seek to dodge core issues, while others driven by political ideology work to misdirect the discussion diverting it away from the core issues. The President has now signed executive orders offering small but eminently supportable reforms. And Congress can and should pass an assault weapon ban and universal background checks for prospective gun purchasers. But these will not solve
the problem. Nor will the rather bizarre proposals from gun advocates that we turn our schools into maximum security facilities with armed guards and kindergarten teachers carrying concealed weapons, or that we take a page from our “Cold War” with the USSR allowing airline passengers to carry weapons thereby creating a “mutually assured destruction” standoff on planes. No, our problem is neither that our guns are too sophisticated for our own good or that we don’t have enough of them. Our problem is simpler and deeper. It is our “gun culture” and guns, period. My generation grew up playing “cowboys and Indians” or “cops and robbers”. If we didn’t have cap pistols or toy rifles, we simply improvised with a pointed finger, a thumb trigger, and “pow, pow, you’re dead”. My grandsons do not play these games. Instead they act out more fanciful tales of space invaders and fantasy futuristic heroes, all possessing more potent weapons. But they will also make do, when necessary, with sticks or fingers morphing them into weapons possessed of all sorts of magical and destructive powers. Let’s face it: from cradle to grave we are fed a steady diet of guns and vi-
olence. From cartoons, Westerns, or cop shows, to video games and Quentin Tarantino’s “bullet and blood fests”, guns and shooting and killing are ingrained into our “deep culture”. Like “Mom and apple pie”, guns have become part of who we are as a nation. There is a scene in the film noir cult classic “Gun Crazy” where Bart, the film’s main character, as a young boy is staring longingly into a store window. The object of his desire is a six-shooter. Unable to resist its call, he shatters the glass and attempts to steal the weapon, only to be arrested in the act. The next scene has Bart standing before a judge trying to explain his obsession with guns. He tells the court, “I feel good when I’m shooting them. I feel awful good inside, like I’m somebody”. Gun crazy Bart’s fixation with the weapon is pathological and it leads ultimately to his demise. When I see the look on the faces of gun enthusiasts lining up to make what they fear may be their last purchase before “Obama takes our guns away”, I think of Bart. When I watch them sensually cradling their assault weapons or “zoned out” at the shooting range, I think of Bart, knowing that nothing good can come of this obsession.
been attempted within the parliament or through street power, the petition in itself is an admission that such is not possible without fundamentally reforming the electoral system. It goes without saying that none of these were either implemented by the ECP or followed up by the SC as the main concern for both became preparing revised voter lists. The petition’s plea to set and enforce caps on election spending were opposed by all mainstream parties, including the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), for whom electioneering goes in sync with doling out petty patronage. The golden rules to understand an election are two-fold. One, a political party’s funding sources determine the interests it serves in the National and Provincial Assemblies. Two, a candidate’s funding sources determine the interests they shall serve at constituency level. The recent – and almost forgotten – controversy over which parties were funded by property tycoon Malik Riaz should be taken as a marker. In this context, while the debate for the declaration of the assets of candidates has a place, the real debate should be over revealing the sources of candidate/party funding. Of course, this is something even the great ‘asset declarer’ Imran Khan fears. When asked by journalist Saleem Safi to reveal some of the main sources for funding the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s October 2011 ‘Tsunami’ rally in Lahore, Khan insisted he was not at liberty to disclose such. A similar approach is followed by all mainstream political parties. However, in light of the Mehrangate case, it appears even more essential that political parties be open about their funding and there be a record of where each rupee came from and where it was spent. The agreement to test each candidate through Article 62 and Article 63 of the Constitution of Pakistan, both rotten legacies of the Zia era, is rather cynical. The conditions of being “sadiq and amin,” “fulfilling all Islamic injunctions” and “opposing the ideology of Pakistan” are vague and anti-democratic. These are conditions that do not yield any practicable testing of candidates. Rather the more practicable declaration of sources of
President Obama’s remarks, delivered last week before signing a series of executive orders, combined a thoughtful reflection on the tragedy of lives lost with a firm resolve to enact measures to address this curse of gun violence. Especially sobering was his observation that in the one month since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, more than 900 Americans have been shot to death. No one should have been shocked hearing these numbers. They are well known. An average of 900 to 1,000 Americans have been murdered each month for years now. Almost 10,000 a year, or over 100,000 in the last decade. When suicide by gunfire and accidental gun deaths are added in, the total is more than 30,000 deaths annually, making guns one of the leading killers of Americans. We have almost 300,000,000 guns in circulation in the US, enough to arm 9 in 10 Americans. Almost onehalf of all households have firearms, with statistics showing that these households are twice as likely to suffer from gun violence than households where no weapons exist. And while we should be concerned with assault weapons, the reality is that more than two-thirds of all gun murders are committed with handguns – and we haven’t had a serious debate about handguns in years. We know all this. And yet there continues to be a pathological obsession not only with owning weapons but with blocking any reasonable controls on their ownership. Gun lobby-
party and election campaign funding, both open and accessible to the public, should be better measures of an honest and transparent election. The SC had also accepted the demand to introduce a ‘no candidate’ vote to add to voter’s choice. Coupled with the requirement to implement ‘compulsory voting’ and ‘run off’ elections until a candidate receives an absolute majority, the SC judgment showed willingness, in principle, for further empowering the peoples of Pakistan. The one positive step from the Qadri-government agreement was that Qadri’s slogans for a role for the army and judiciary in the interim setup were not agreed upon. This is the first time, post the Mehrangate revelations, that an election is going ahead without direct or indirect military interference. It is important that it be let me. The ECP must be allowed to strengthen itself and use the constitutional powers it already enjoys. One cannot argue a democracy exists if each citizen is not capable of exercising their right to campaign and elect representatives in an equal playing field. Qadri’s proposed agreement with the government, if implemented, shall tend towards the creation of a more unequal, exclusive playing field. The SC judgment on the WPP petition has more egalitarian tendencies but it is also an empty shell without the people of Pakistan being involved in the implementation of the proposed electoral reforms at the level of each constituency and polling booth. The hope is that the SC will push ahead with the implementation of the 8 June judgment in true spirit before the expected dissolution of the assemblies on 16 March. More important will be that voters and potential candidates are communicated the changes proposed beforehand to ensure that the next general election is more democratic than before. However elusive the promise of people’s democracy appears to be, the implementation of the SC judgment shall bring the dream one step closer to fulfillment. The writer is the General Secretary (Lahore) for the Awami Workers Party. He is also a journalist and a researcher.
ists, for example, defeated an effort in the Commonwealth of virginia that would have restricted residents to purchasing just one gun per month. The modus operandi of this lobby is simple and direct. They allow no discussion, no compromise, no concessions, and tolerate no wavering or signs of weakness. And they mask their deadly advocacy with the constitution, arguing that what is at stake is the very survival of America’s freedoms. In the process, they further inflame the passions of their adherents. In the end, we have a “gun crazy” culture, armed to the teeth, with some believing that they are the true patriots defending liberty against tyranny. When we add to this mix all of the resentments and pressures that gave birth to the Tea Party (including a not so subtle appeal to race), we are left with a dangerous and volatile brew. All this was in evidence after the President spoke last week. His opponents responded using harsh and, at times, near hysterical and violent rhetoric. Despite their rants, his executive orders will stand and new laws banning assault weapons and more will be proposed and debated and should be passed. But until we have a prolonged and serious national discussion about our sick love affair with guns and purge ourselves of this pathological obsession, we will only be skirting around the edges of an issue that is killing us. The writer is President of the Arab-American Institute.
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Useless piece of paper A drama was staged in Islamabad on the so-called long march which climaxed with the visit of 10 stalwarts of the ruling class. Negotiation were held, some display of moving hands, hugs and smiles were seen from the glass window of the castle brand of container, signatures were made at PM house, cameras rolled, flashes splashed and mutually accepted agreement was done. Dr TuQ called it a success. The stalwarts called it a success. The leaders of the parties called it a success. The head of the state called it a success. But none described the element of success. Success always has an element of gain; it has an element of accomplishment but in this case all remains hidden, unless of course it too is a secret like many other things. Sick people went home to their cosy homes. The nation glued to Tv was disappointed. All bewildered and tried to dig out success or translate success factor. PPP’s own not-so-stalwarts later came on Tv and called it a useless piece of paper called an agreement. It reminded of a story I heard in childhood. Someone fooled the king by stitching nothing and called it a precious cloth which is invisible. The king walked through city crowd wearing that invisible cloth. At the end of a long procession a child stood waiting for the king. He immediately shouted to his mother saying:‘the king isn’t wearing anything’. AMJAD H MIRZA Lahore
verification of voter lists A lot is being said by the Election Commission of Pakistan about the verification of voter lists before the general elections in Pakistan. Through the courtesy of your newspaper, I would like to draw the attention of Chief Election Commissioner Mr Fakhruddin G Ebrahim. I live in Karachi. Last week, three people who claimed themselves to be representatives of the Election Commis-
sion came to my house for the purpose of voter lists verification. Due to working day, I was not at home. My wife and my 20-year-old son attended to them. They asked my wife about name of head of family, total number of family members and their ages. None of the EC representatives demanded our CNICs, nor they asked for our CNIC numbers. I would like to ask honourable Chief Election Commissioner if the way the verification of voter lists is being carried out is right. Will I be able to cast my vote in the next general elections (if held) with such weak verifications by the Election Commission? M RAFIQUE ZAKARIA Karachi
violations of loC ceasefire The continued episodes of violation by the Indian armed forces of the LoC ceasefire just goes to show that the songs of peace that were so sweetly sung by the Indians for the past couple of months was just another face saver. The deep rooted hatred that India harbours is not for the sake of perpetuating historical grievances, but a means of furthering its own nefarious agenda of freezing its neighbours out so that its own hegemony in the region is maintained. This way nobody in the international community can accuse them of not trying enough to make peace within the region. The process of release of prisoners on both sides of the border, beginning of trade and promotion of art and cultural activity had surely brought some thaw in relations and had looked quite amazingly genuine too. The current declarations, however, made by the Indian authorities that there could be no “business as usual” with Pakistan indicate what can be expected in coming days. This is surely nothing new as our entire past is peppered with stories of a similar nature with slight difference in events but with comparable responses. The unprovoked firing from the Indian side, a blatant breach of mutual regard for the ceasefire has led to the killing of two Pakistani soldiers and injuring many. The Pakistani authorities and armed forces have registered a serious protest against the Indian army for this violation and have lodged a complaint with UN over it too. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has shown great generosity in dealing with the matter by announcing that, “The doors to dialogue are open, we need to become mature countries which know how to handle their truth.” In response to Manmohan Singh’s statements, Khar expressed great disap-
pointment while commenting that the Pakistani government believed that the dialogue process should be uninterrupted and uninterruptable. The message that the former President General Musharraf gave was, however, more forceful and hard-hitting. While asserting that everyone in India is inclined towards hysteria, he highlighted the need for India to stop painting Pakistanis as rogues working in collusion with the terrorists, and asked for logic behind why the Indians were kicking our singers out and sending back our hockey players. Surely, the deliberate poisoning of captain of the Pakistani blind cricket team is enough to exhibit their bias against us. LUBNA UMAR Islamabad
Balochistan problem: a way out Balochistan is bleeding. International players are taking advantage and covertly supporting the militants. The dialogue is the only option for the permanent solution of Balochistan. The present democratic people’s government has to win the hearts and minds of the Baloch people, to save the federation of Pakistan. To tackle the Balochistan’s problems, the federal government must open meaningful talks with real leaders of Balochistan instead of fake leaders produced by the agencies. Confidence building means are required to defuse the situation. Development and dialogue is the best option. Army should be withdrawn. NFC Award and Haqooq-eBalochistan initiative should be urgently implemented. All missing persons must be released. Employment opportunities should be created to satisfy unemployed youth. Huge investment in small and medium scale industries can provide employment opportunities. Human resource development centres should be established at Union Council level. The federal and provincial governments should provide sufficient funds for education and healthcare sectors. All the players of Balochistan must understand that Pakistan and Balochistan have no future at all if they are separated. The solution based on justice and fair play is the only option for Balochistan problem. ZUHAIB ODHO Karachi
Decision makers? A popular argument always given in support of a political government is that all decisions are always taken through consensus and involve the public repre-
sentatives. Sitting today by the Tv, I was wondering that when the situation in Quetta has reached a sad level of complete breakdown and Tahirul Qadri is threatening the peace and security of the federal capital, where are the socalled decision makers? Which parliament or committee or cabinet is deliberating over these issues? Are we satisfied leaving these issues to Khurshid Shah or Malik Riaz? But then, when I look into the past I fail to remember which parliament or cabinet approved the decision to detonate the nuclear bomb in 1998, or who approved the freezing of the foreign currency accounts or which assembly authorised the then prime minister to rush to Washington begging for US intervention to cool down the Kargil situation. To me, all decisions in any political government are taken at best by a kitchen cabinet. If so, why bluff the innocent people by attractive sloganeering of democracy and people’s government. HAROON SIKANDAR PASHA Islamabad
two recent incidents In the recent past, two important events took place in Pakistan that shook the seat of power and the government was forced to bow before the wishes of the people of Pakistan. Over one hundred people belonging to Shia sect were killed in multiple blasts in Quetta. The federal as well provincial governments were unmoved and no minister bothered to visit the aggrieved persons who had staged a sit-in along with dead ones. The chief minister was enjoying holidays and never bothered to even to make a call to the administration and aggrieved families. The people of Hazara community launched an unprecedented, peaceful and non violent agitation and sat with some eighty six dead bodies and demanded the removal of provincial government, apprehending terrorists and handing over the city to Pakistan army. The protest continued for four days under sub-zero temperature that forced the government to impose Governor’s rule and sacking of provincial cabinet. The unique protest stimulated the sentiments of entire Pakistani society irrespective of sect, caste or ethnicity; this silent protest caught attention of media from around the world and became headlines of national and international media. Similarly, as per announcement, Pakistan witnessed one of the longest long march and sit-in by Dr Qadri in front of the Parliament for four days seeking reforms in election procedures
to get rid of dynastic politics and closing doors for the corrupt, defaulters of utility bills, loan defaulters, fake degree holders to ensure they are judged under article 62, 63 and 218 of the constitution in the coming elections. Like Quetta, hundreds of thousands of people including men, women, children and infants kept sitting in under zero temperature and heavy rains until the government came forward and signed the Islamabad Declaration. This is great victory for democracy. These two incidents came to a justified ending and left a message that power of truth and public sentiments will always win over the forces of injustice and evil with perseverance and commitment. It also showed the determination and preservation of the bereaved and sad families which won them the honour and respect and moved the entire state machinery. Accepting of demands of the protesters in Quetta and Islamabad was nothing but a victory of society and power of public sentiments. The entire episode has glaringly proved that if entire nation stands together, justice can be sought even without violent agitations. The role of society, media and the political leadership is the testimony of the fact that Pakistanis are a great nation and can stand together by nipping their sectarian, provincial and ethnic divisions against national tragedies, and now no one can befool them. MUKHTAR AHMED Karachi
We don’t need security Hundreds of citizens are being killed daily in different areas of Pakistan. The governments and security agencies are paying no heed to the problem. They are not worried about drone attacks, bomb blasts and targeted killings. Mere lip service is paid after havoc, but no serious effort has been made until now to eradicate these menaces. Law and order situation was far better in pre-partition India than that of this so-called independent and democratic state. We don’t need any government, any police, any military and any spy agency. The governments are busy in corruption. The police is busy protecting its own officers, politicians and socalled public servants. The military is busy in America’s war. The spy agencies are busy in hatching conspiracies against their own government. All of them are doing nothing for this nation. But they are receiving salaries and other perks and privileges from this nation. SULEMAN MANSHA Lahore
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Kate Upton in Mercedes Benz Super Bowl ad
ATE Upton, who catapulted to fame after posing as the cover girl for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in 2012, is set to hit TV screens across the U.S. during Super Bowl XLVII for a Mercedes-Benz ad that will showcase the buxom blonde in all her glory. A rumoured teaser for the commercial has been released, and features a slowmotion Upton in cropped jean shorts and a revealing black tank top hinting at a car wash, the New york Daily News reported. The spot only shows Upton playing with some suds while a group of gawking football players clumsily wash the car - a MercedesBenz CLA. The ad is reportedly for the 2014 CLA, and Mercedes promises on its website that “something powerful is coming” on Super Bowl day. nEWS DESK
Pattinson’s split decision right, feel friends
CTOR Robert Pattinson’s friends and family think he has made the “right choice” to split from Kristen Stewart. The 26-year-old has reportedly split with Stewart who he reconciled with in October 2012 following a brief split after she cheated on him with director Rupert Sanders. “No one would ever have told him what to do. But some people felt he never gave himself time to deal with what happened and heal. They think he has made the right choice,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted a source as saying. “Rob thought it would be good for he and Kristen to visit his family in the UK over Christmas and New year, but things were very frosty. Rob’s family, especially his sisters, have found it hard to forgive the hurt and humiliation Kristen has caused him,” the source added. nEWS DESK
Craig gaining weight after ‘James Bond’?
CTOR Daniel Craig has reportedly gained weight ever since he stopped filming for “James Bond” franchise. Craig, 44, who appeared in three Bond movies consecutively, has been advised by his friends to hit the gym again, reports dailystar.co.uk. “He spent months beefing up for Bond. He needs to get back in the gym and start a nutritional plan to regain his Bondesque muscles,” a source said. “Having a flabby stomach is not really his style,” the source added. Craig has played role of James Bond in 2006 release “Casino Royale”, 2008 release “ Quantum Of Solace”“ and “Skyfall”, which released in 2012. nEWS DESK
OLOMBIAN singer Shakira gave birth to her first child - a boy - in a Barcelona hospital Tuesday, her family confirmed in a communique. The pop star gave birth at 9.36 p.m. to a boy weighing almost 3 kg and both the mother and child are “in perfect health”, the communique stated. Shakira was admitted to the private Teknon clinic at 6.30 p.m. accompanied by her boyfriend, F.C. Barcelona soccer star Gerard Pique. In the communique, the couple and the family said: “We are happy to announce the birth of Milan Pique Mebarak, son of Shakira Mebarak and Gerard Pique ... The name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn), means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification”. Since early Tuesday morning, numerous reporters and photographers had remained on alert outside the clinic, given recent rumours that this would be the day the child would be born. On Tuesday morning, before the birth, Shakira had tweeted, “I’d like to ask you all to accompany me in your prayers on this very important day of my life.” The baby was delivered by previously-scheduled Caesarean by a medical team headed by Dr. Carlota Garcia-valdecasa. Shakira, 35, last appeared in public Jan 14 at the Casa del Libro in Barcelona, where she attended the presentation of a book written by her father, William Mebarak.
I’ve got the eggs of a woman in her 50s: Kim
Beyonce lip-synced inauguration: Marine Band
NEWS DESK Kim Kardashian, who fell pregnant just a few months after beginning her relationship with Kanye West, has revealed just how lucky her accidental pregnancy really was. In her new reality show ‘Kourtney And Kim Take Miami’, the 32-year-old opened up about her fertility problems after tests revealed that she had the egg reserves of a much older woman. Speaking before she got pregnant by Kanye, the socialite said that when she went to the doctor a couple of months ago, he took tests to check her hormones and levels, and everything was really suppressed and really low because she had been on birth control for so many years. However, she said that she wanted to have kids one day, so the doctor really suggested that she get off birth control. Kim was shocked by the news, having always assumed she would have children. “I’m 31, and my egg levels came back as a woman that’s in my 50s. I’m concerned just hearing all this information of how every woman is born with a certain amount of eggs, and that number can never be increased. Maybe this just isn’t in the cards for me, and I’m freaking out a little bit,” the Daily Mail quoted her as saying. She had previously hinted that she had been diagnosed with fertility problems, even causing the conception of her unborn child a “miracle”.
NEWS DESK Many inauguration watchers were impressed when Beyonce ripped out her earpiece while performing the national anthem—appearing to be the victim of audio problems—yet still nailed the song. Except, er, she wasn’t actually singing the song. A Marine Corps Band spokesperson tells TMZ and the UK Times that artists typically record a backing track before a live performance, just in case, but that Bey decided at the last minute—for reasons unknown— to lip-sync along to the pre-recorded track rather than sing live. Kelly Clarkson, TMZ notes, sang live. “We all know Beyonce can sing,” says the rep. “We don’t know why she chose to use the pre-recorded track.” In an article apparently written before Beyonce’s lip-syncing became known, Us notes that the singer didn’t have time to rehearse with the band until the night before the inauguration, since she’s also preparing for her Super Bowl performance. The Washingtonian notes that people sitting close enough could tell Beyonce wasn’t singing, nor was the band actually playing. She herself may have offered a hint, having released a picture of herself in a recording studio with Marine Corps Band members the day before her performance. Click to see who else has used a pre-recorded track at an inauguration.
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CElEBRITIES WITH BANGS
MIchelle ObAMA TODAY unveIleD A new TwITTer AccOunT AnD A new hAIrsTYle. FrOM The FlOTus AnD The Duchess OF cAMbrIDge TO KIM KArDAshIAn AnD beTTIe PAge, see OTher celebrITIes whO FlAunTeD TheIr PenchAnT FOr bAngs.
KIM KARdASHIAN Kanye West’s baby mama Kim Kardashian is also trying out a new hairstyle for 2013. Whether it’s the mood swings that come with pregnancy, or a need to switch up her usually straight locks, KK recently debuted new long-side swept bangs that she cut herself!
Michelle Obama celebrated her birthday by unveiling more than a brand new twitter account. The stylish First Lady also debuted a dramatic new haircut—a shoulderlength cut with youthful straight bangs.
THE dUCHESS OF CAMBRIdGE Jennifer Aniston’s “The Rachel” hairstyle from Friends was coveted by many women in the 1990s for its long, wispy bangs. Aniston, however was not a fan of the look, saying it was the “ugliest haircut I’ve ever seen.” We hope the devout fans who adopted the look don’t agree with her sentiments.
The mother-tobe recently updated her look with 1970s inspired angled bangs. While for most, bangs are a simple lookrefresher, this fringe will be immortalized forever in her official portrait. We sure hope she likes her new look!
“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” ― Lao Tzu
CHRIS BROWN “I have decided to stick with love...hate is too great a burden to bear.” — Martin Luther King, Jr. Happy #MLK Day and Inauguration Day!
Fashion icon and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham could have her own gallery dedicated to her ever-changing locks. One of her most daring looks was this one, complete with exaggerated side cut bangs in blonde.
Actress Reese Witherspoon has had many different styles of bangs through the years, including this bright blonde fringe.
BRyAN AdAMS I made it to Atlanta airport, customs officer said ‘welcome back’...southern hospitality? #lovethesouth
JESSICA BIEl Jessica Biel’s dramatic fringe bangs may hide her forehead but not her smile. The new Mrs. Timberlake’s hairstyle has inspired many similar blunt bangs looks, including those of Sophia Bush and Selena Gomez.
HEIdI KlUM Heidi Klum’s beach-blonde hair has been a staple of the fashion world ever since her Victoria’s Secret debut in 1997. While the hair has mainly stayed the same—shoulder length, dirty blonde and parted in the middle—the German model has since switched up her classic beach bum look, adding blunt, face-framing bangs to her usually care-free vibe.
My guys Jamie Foxx & Smokey Robinson were at the ball too!! Such an amazing night of music!
KElly ClARKSON My dress barely fit in the car for tonight’s festivities. I feel like Cinderella! Thank you Oscar De La Renta!
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Coming in 2015: asteroid miners
sTEROID mining is just a few years away, according to a us company, but there won't be any jobs for pickaxewielding spacemen just yet: The first probes will only be the size of laptops. Deep space Industries plans to send the probes on prospecting trips to some of the 1,700 near-Earth asteroids in 2015, the cBc reports. Larger spacecraft will follow to extract valuable metals and gases from the asteroids, says the company, which aims to sell the resources to mars missions and to the builders of orbiting space platforms Asteroids "can be like the Iron Range of minnesota was for the Detroit car industry last century—a key resource located near where it was needed," the company's cEO says. "In this case, metals and fuel from asteroids can expand the in-space industries of this century." Director James cameron has announced a similar venture, but experts aren't sure if asteroid mining is ready to get off the ground, the Guardian notes. "Is the prospect of using asteroid resources crazy? no, it's not. Is it difficult? Yes, it is," says the editor of nasaWatch.com. "can you make a business case for it? People are trying, and making progress." nEWS DESK
Cheese fire closes Norway road tunnel
OTORISTS trying to use a road tunnel in Norway's far north have had their way blocked by 27 tons of burning goat cheese for nearly a week, the BBC reports. A truck driver abandoned his load of brunost, a highly caramelized brown cheese, after noticing it was on fire. Toxic gases have kept the recovery effort at bay and the badly damaged tunnel could be closed for weeks. A Norwegian Public Roads Administration official says he can't remember a similar incident. "I didn't know that brown cheese burns so well," he says. nEWS DESK
Irish county: drinking and driving OK on rural roads
New zealand in uproar over quest to eradicate cats
ARETH Morgan is not a cat lover—and a great many New Zealanders apparently aren't a Gareth-Morgan lover. The AP today reports on the environmentalist's quest to make the country a haven for native birds by getting rid of cats, and the outrage that has quickly followed. Morgan today launched an anti-feline campaign, dubbed Cats To Go, that asks New Zealanders to neuter their current cat and not replace it when it heads to that big litterbox in the sky. (Though he notes that euthanasia "is an option.") The fact that his site bears an image of a kitten with devil's horns and refers to the feline as "a natural born killer" probably isn't helping his quest, made all the harder because New Zealand really loves its cats. Nearly one in two households own one, giving it one of the highest ownership rates in the world (it's more like one in three in the US). But as the AP explains, pre-cats, New Zealand's native birds enjoyed predator-free living, to the point where the Kiwi evolved to be flightless. nEWS DESK
Swine flu shot may have caused kids' narcolepsy
HILDREN across Europe have been developing narcolepsy at increased rates since 2009—and experts fear the crisis may be linked to a GlaxoSmithKline swine flu vaccine. The incurable sleep disorder has surged in Sweden, Finland, Norway, France, and Britain, experts say, and it can take a devastating toll: Reuters recounts the case of a 14-year-old who frequently wakes up paralyzed, struggles to stay awake during the day, and can't enjoy time with friends "because when I do I get cataplexies and collapse." Some 30 million Europeans got the Pandemrix vaccine in 2009-2010, and 795 kids have reported narcolepsy since; scientists say that those who have been vaccinated risk developing the disease up to 13 times more than those who didn't get the shot. nEWS DESK
Ireland's scenic County Kerry wants police to lighten up on this drinking-and-driving thing. The Kerry council backed a measure yesterday to allow people in rural areas to be able to knock back "two or three" pints at the local pub and drive home worry-free, reports the Guardian. The council member who introduced the measure just happens to be a pub owner, but he swears this is all about mental health, particularly for older people: "They're traveling in very minor
roads, often on tractors, with very little traffic and it's not right they're being treated the same as the rest of the traveling public, and they have never killed anyone," says Danny Healy-Rae. The nation's tough DWI laws mean they have to stay home "looking at four walls," which leads to depression and suicide, he says. The 5-3 vote (19 members either abstained or skipped it entirely) means that the county will formally ask Ireland's justice minister to allow people to drive home from pubs "after having two or three drinks on littleused roads driving at very low speeds," reports the Irish Independent. No word on the chances of success, but the nation's road-safety chief calls the idea "unthinkable." nEWS DESK
florida mom pays to have armed guard at kid's school A Florida mom has taken her child's at-school security into her own hands ... by way of her pocketbook. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that Laura Lauria has offered to foot the cost of having an armed deputy stationed at her kid's elementary school, and she's already paid for the first two months upfront, at a cost of $32 per hour. As the paper explains, Flagler County's middle and high schools have full-time deputies, but the elementary school is tended to by deputies who grab an extra shift on top of their normal duties. In other school-security news, you can now arm your kids with bullet-proof backpacks, clothing, and ... white boards. The Maryland armor company behind the mine-resistant technology that protects our military convoys abroad says it has created a handheld version of the board that is capable of stopping a bullet. nEWS DESK
Store robbery foiled by...getaway donkey
trio of thieves nearly got away with robbing a convenience store in Colombia when their getaway donkey ruined everything, the Telegraph reports. The three had managed to steal tuna, sardines, rum, rice, and oil from a little shop in the town of Juan de Acosta when the donkey's braying alerted police. The thieves quickly abandoned their stolen goods—already loaded on 10-year-old Xavi—and ran off into the night. Police detained the donkey, which had also been stolen, for about 12 hours until the owner showed up to take him home. nEWS DESK
Atari files for bankruptcy in US
TARI is going bankrupt, but don't worry: It has an extra life. Or at least, that's what Atari Inc., the New York-based part of the legendary video game company, is hoping. It has declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in an effort to free itself of its French parent company Atari SA, which hasn't turned a profit since 1999, Bloomberg reports. "The Chapter 11 process constitutes the most strategic option for Atari's US operations," the company said in a statement, promising that business would continue as normal. nEWS DESK
Swartz may have been a WikiLeaks source Aaron Swartz may have been a WikiLeaks source, the group said on its Twitter feed over the weekend. In a series of tweets, WikiLeaks said that activist and hacker Swartz, who committed suicide earlier this month while awaiting trial on computer fraud charges, "assisted" the organization and "was in communication with Julian Assange, including during 2010 and 2011,"Mashable reports. But the tweets did not go so far as to name Swartz as a WikiLeaks source, only saying, "We have strong reasons to believe, but cannot prove, that" he was. WikiLeaks also noted that its disclo-
sure was due to the Secret Service's involvement—it had taken over the investigation two days before Swartz was arrested, the verge reported last weekend. Now, the verge also notes that these tweets from WikiLeaks could be implying that the Secret Service was targeting Swartz in order to attack WikiLeaks, but that "taking that implied claim at face value would be irresponsible without more evidence"—because it could also just be a grab for attention by WikiLeaks. (The website also notes that WikiLeaks may have just violated its own policy regarding anonymity.) nEWS DESK
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Players slap system announced for PSL LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Five base slaps of the players to be auctioned in Pakistan Super League were announced here on Wednesday and the highest base price of a player is US $ 100,000 in Diamond category. This was stated by General Manager PSL, Salman Sarwar Butt at a news conference along with Haroon Lorgat, consultant of the league and Subhan Ahmed, Chief Operating Officer, Pakistan Cricket Board at Gadaffi Stadium. Salman Butt said the five categories announced also include Platinum UD $75000, Gold US $50000, Silver UD $25000 and emerging US $5000 to 10000. “These are the base slaps of each category and we will determine the value and placing of players in respective slaps based on their standing and ranking in the game,” he added. He said broadcasting companies are showing overwhelming response to buy the televising rights of the mega event which will go in action on March 26. He dispelled the propaganda that the league will not be organized at its given time frame in the back
drop of a negative campaign by the federation of international cricket players association which has expressed security concerns over the participation of foreign players in PSL. “We don’t agree to their statement what so ever it is , we know we are up to a big task and definitely we are going to achieve it with sheer hard work and commitment,” he asserted. He termed the players association statement a negative campaign which will serve no purpose and carries no weight as players are independent to take the decision of their participation with mutual consent of respective cricket boards, if they are in contract with them (boards). Haroon Lorgat said they are getting significant progress to launch the league and different quarters are taking keen interest in buying different products of the league including players, teams, Tv rights ,title sponsorship and co sponsors. “We will be naming the title sponsor and co sponsors shortly”, he said. Salman Butt said players response to participate in the league is very encouraging and they look forward to a big participation of foreign players. To a question, he said, there is no option under consideration at the mo-
ment to shift the venue of the PSL in case situation is not conducive to organize the event in Pakistan. “Pakistan is the only option of the PSL for us,” he said. He further added: “We will be finalizing the venue in Pakistan shortly after taking into consideration all the important aspects.” Salman said the auction of the teams will be completed in February. Subhan said PCB
is fully determined to hold the league and it is in constant touch with the different cricket boards as far as the participation of foreign players is concerned. “ We are getting good progress with each passing way to organize the league in a trend setting manner . “He said the statement issued by players association will not restrict the foreign players to participate in the league .
Hughes century helps Australia to level series SYDNEY
HIL Hughes returned to form with a century before Xavier Doherty and Moises Henriques took three wickets each to lead Australia to a series-levelling 32-run win over Sri Lanka in the final one-day cricket international on Wednesday. Hughes struck 138 not out at Bellerive Oval but Sri Lanka were on course to overhaul Australia's 247-5 until Doherty exploited spin-friendly conditions to dismiss three of the tourists' top four batsmen. Pressure from Doherty reduced Sri Lanka from 50-0 at the 10-over mark to 85-4 from 25 and the tourists never fully recovered, stumbling to 215 all out and a 2-2 draw in the five-match series. Australia still have batting concerns despite Hughes's second ton of the series, with David Hussey's 34 the next highest score, but the team showed spirit in the absence of injured captain Michael Clarke. Australia's recent woes, which included a disappointing 170 all out in Adelaide and a shambolic 74 all out in Brisbane, looked set to continue when the
home side crawled to 62-2 from 20 overs. Hughes, however, overcame a slow start to rediscover the fluency he showed earlier in the series with an unbeaten 154ball innings, hitting out with particular flair after he reached his century. "Give yourself time early and you can always catch up later," Hughes said. "It was one of those innings today. "I
had found it quite tough but luckily enough I got a few away at the end. We had wickets in hand and that was always in the back of our mind." Signalling his team's preference to chase a target rather than set one, Sri Lanka captain Mahele Jayawardene opted to bowl first and handed the ball to Tillakaratne Dilshan for the first over.
AuSTRALIA InnInGS 23 M Wade lbw b Kulasekara D Warner b Dilshan 10 P Hughes not out 138 G Bailey c & b T Perera 17 D Hussey run out (T Perera) 34 9 G Maxwell c Thirimanne b Malinga 9 M Henriques not out 7 Extras: (2lb, 5w) Total: (for five wickets; 50 overs) 247 Fall of wickets: 1-31 2-37 3-97 4-195 5-218 Did not bat: M Johnson, M Starc, C McKay, X Doherty. Bowling: T Dilshan 7-3-22-1, n Kulasekara 10-1-57-1, A Mathews 7-0-44-0, S Malinga 10-1-49-1 (1w), R Herath 10-234-0, T Perera 6-0-39-1 (1w). SRI LAnKA InnInGS M Jayawardene c Starc b Doherty 38 T Dilshan c Wade b Henriques 19 L Thirimanne c Hussey b Doherty 1 6 D Chandimal b Doherty A Mathews c Bailey b Johnson 67 14 K Perera c Warner b Johnson J Mendis b Henriques 26 T Perera b Henriques 7 n Kulasekara not out 14 R Herath c Henriques b McKay 2 L Malinga c Johnson b McKay 2 19 Extras: (12lb, 6w, 1nb) 215 Total: (all out; 48.3 overs) Fall of wickets: 1-57 2-62 3-71 4-77 5-108 6-187 7-187 8-195 9200 Bowling: C McKay 9.3-0-51-2 (2w), M Starc 9-0-48-0 (1nb, 3w), M Johnson 10-0-45-2 (1w), X Doherty 8-1-21-3, M Henriques 10-1-32-3, G Maxwell 2-0-6-0 Australia won by 32 runs to draw the series 2-2.
Blind cricketers given central contracts LAHORE: The Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) announced on Wednesday to grant central contracts to 19 players. PBCC chairman Syed Sultan Shah told media that a monthly Rs14,000 would be given to A-category players, Rs12,000 to B-category players while Rs10,000 to C-category players. Zeeshan Abbasi, Anees Javed, Muhammad Jameel and Amir Ashfaq are in A-category; Idrees Saleem and Muhammad Akram are in B-category; and Imran Brohi, Muhammad Zafar, Muhammad Arshad, Muhammad Taufiq, Sohail Aziz, Tariq Samuel, Ashraf Bhatti, Nasir Ali, Irfan Majeed, Muhammad Ayaz, Yasir Andleeb, Muhammad Waqas and Masood Jan are in C-category. STAFF REPORT
training camp of Pak hockey team LAHORE: The training camp of national team to prepare for the 6-Nation 22ndSultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey Tournament being played from March 9-16 at Ipoh, Malaysia will be established at National Hockey Stadium from February 10. “Leading teams of the country including Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, India, Korea and Malaysia will participate,” said a spokesman of Pakistan Hockey Federation here on Wednesday. STAFF REPORT
Kiwis earn first series win as South Africa implode JOHANNESBERG AGEnCIES
A sublime unbeaten 145 by Kane Williamson led New Zealand to a 27-run victory over the Proteas in the second one-day international on Tuesday to seal their first series win on South African soil. New Zealand, asked to bat first by South African captain Faf du Plessis, reached 279 for eight in their 50 overs after Williamson's brilliant 136-ball innings. South Africa looked on course for victory as they reached 165 for one after 30 overs but a spectacular collapse fuelled by five run-outs caused them to be dismissed for 252, handing the Black Caps an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Williamson was named man of the match and Kyle Mills was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with figures of two for 28. New Zealand were struggling at 32 for two in the 13th over after BJ Watling (12) became Morne Morkel's 100th ODI victim. The wicket brought Grant Elliott to the crease and his 128-ball stand of 127 with Williamson gave the visitors great impetus. Despite a middle-order collapse following Elliott's dismissal for 48, the 22 year-old Williamson controlled his innings superbly
and, aided by Nathan McCullum (19) and Mills (15 not out), helped his side to a competitive total. The South African reply began steadily with openers Quinton de Kock (25) and Graeme Smith (66) taking 17 from the eighth over from McCullum. Mills bowled De Kock in the next over to end an opening partnership of 38 but Smith was joined by fellow left-hander Colin Ingram (79) and the pair built a good platform for the hosts. The fifty partnership came up in the 18th over from just 57 balls and Smith found the fence five overs later with an audacious sweep off Elliott to bring up a 60ball half-century. Ingram also reached his half-century and the hundred partnership with a boundary as he slashed a wide Mitchell McClenaghan to third man and the Proteas were cruising at 139 for one. The duo continued to take the attack to the bowlers and were beginning to look impregnable until two run-outs in two overs changed the course of the game. Smith was beaten by a fine James Franklin throw from the boundary to end the 129-run partnership before a poor call from Du Plessis (2) gave away his wicket eight balls later. McCullum claimed the crucial scalp of Ingram and the hosts were four wickets down requiring 100 runs from 93 balls.
SCOREBOARD nEW ZEALAnD InnInGS M.Guptill c du Plessis b Kleinveldt 0 B.J.Watling lbw b Morkel 12 K.Williamson not out 145 G.Elliott c de Kock b Kleinveldt 48 B.McCullum b Morkel 17 C.Munro c Ingram b Tsotsobe 9 J.Franklin b Tsotsobe 0 J.neesham run out 5 n.McCullum c Tsotsobe b Morkel 19 K.Mills not out 15 Extras (lb-4, w-5) 9 Total (for eight wickets, 50 overs) 279 Did not bat: Mitchell McClenaghan Fall of wickets: 1-0 2-32 3-159 4-188 5-201 6-202 7-211 8-245 Bowling: Kleinveldt 10-2-45-2 (w-1), Tsotsobe 10-2-38-2 (w-1), Morkel 10-1-71-3 (w-1), McLaren 8-0-57-0 (w-2), Peterson 9-045-0, Du Plessis 3-0-19-0 SOuTH AFRICA InnInGS Q.de Kock b Mills 25 G.Smith run out 66 C.Ingram c Watling b n. McCullum 79 F.du Plessis run out 2 F.Behardien run out 31 D.Miller run out 14 R.McLaren c Guptill b Franklin 2 R.Kleinveldt run out 0 R.Peterson c n.McCullum b Mills 0 M.Morkel not out 19 L.Tsotsobe b neesham 9 Extras (nb-1, w-4) 5 Total (all out, 49.1 overs) 252 Fall of wickets: 1-38 2-167 3-174 4-180 5-211 6-215 7-216 8-224 9-232 10-252 Bowling: Mills 9-2-28-2, McClenaghan 10-0-51-0 (w-2), n. McCullum 10-0-56-1 (w-1), Williamson 3-0-22-0, Franklin 10-052-1 (w-1), neesham 3.1-0-20-1, Elliott 4-0-23-0 (nb-1) South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl
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EAST LONDON AGEnCIES
Pakistan bowling coach Mohammad Akram says the tourists are taking their warm-up game "very seriously" against a South African Invitation XI starting in East London on Friday. The Pakistanis, who arrived in the country on Sunday, fresh off a 2-1 ODI series win against India, had two hard training sessions at Buffalo Park under head coach Dav Whatmore in preparation for their four-day warm-up match. "We are taking this game very seriously," Akram said on Wednesday. "Our
indian hardliners slam Pak’s cricket matches in Cuttack BHUBANESWAR AGEnCIES
The Bajrang Dal has called for a shutdown in Cuttack Thursday to protest the staging of World Cup matches of the Pakistan women's cricket team in the city. "We have appealed to people to observe a complete shutdown," right-wing Bajrang Dal leader Subash Chauhan said. The International Cricket Council (ICC) Women's World Cup, commencing Jan 31, was earlier scheduled to be held in Mumbai. However, the Pakistani team's matches were shifted to Cuttack following opposition by the Shiv Sena. In Odisha too, the opposition BJP, Bajrang Dal and vishwa Hindu Parishad (vHP) and some smaller political parties have protested against the proposed staging of matches. Activists demonstrated in the twin cities of state capital Bhubaneswar and Cuttack Tuesday when a delegation of the ICC and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was here to discuss arrangements with top state officials. The protestors demonstrated outside Biju Patnaik air port, police commissioner's headquarters and in front of some star hotels where the players are expected to stay. "Pakistani players would not be allowed to play in India in view of the widespread cross-border tension. The country is first priority," a protestor said. He was referring to the Jan 8 killing of two Indian soldiers, one of whom was beheaded and his head taken away, along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
team is a good mix of youth and senior players. We'll be focusing hard for the tests against the No 1 team in the world, South Africa, and playing good, hard
cricket." Pakistan's tour includes three tests, two T20 matches and five ODIs, as well as a limited-overs game against another SA Invitation team in Kimberley. Perhaps the player with most to prove on the trip is talented top-order batsman Nasir Jamshed, who is yet to play in a test match but has made a name for himself in shorter formats. He recently scored back-to-back ODI centuries against India, but this is his first venture away from familiar sub-continent conditions. On form and consistency, Jamshed is Pakistan's outstanding batsman and as such, there will be plenty of pressure
The more Clasicos the better, says Fabregas MADRID AGEnCIES
Barcelona and Real Madrid have shared nine of the last ten La Liga titles among themselves and look set to continue their tussle for supremacy this season as both of them are on course to meet yet again in the Copa del Rey should Barcelona triumph over Malaga on Thursday. Despite having already clashed 14 times in all competitions since 2010, Fabregas insists that the Barcelona players are still relishing the prospect of facing Los Blancos in every El Clasico. Fabregas was quoted as saying on AS: "Are we tired of playing Madrid so often? I don't think so. Any player in the world wants to play in important games. "The more Clasicos there are, the better it is for football, the players, the fans, everyone. But first we want to play against Malaga, who beat Madrid last time, and who drew with us. Things change in football every day. We want to fight and play well in Malaga, and if we get through, then we can talk about a Clasico. "Real MadridBarca is always very close. It's a different game from the rest. It's a very special derby and you cannot compare it with any other game, the feeling you get when you
play in that game is like nothing else. "It doesn't matter if it's in the Copa, the Champions League or a village tournament, you go out onto the pitch feeling very different to any other game. The former Arsenal man is not carried away though and is fully focused on getting past Malaga in the quarter-finals on Thursday. "We're treating it as a very difficult game. We can't lose our identity,
LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has announced the draws for the PFF Under-13 Youth Football Cup commencing simultaneously at seven cities of Pakistan from January 27. The venues selected for hosting the week-long event are Chaman, Quetta, Peshawar, Lahore, Karachi, Okara and Faisalabad, said a spokesman of PFF here on Wednesday. The opening day will see Lahore Red facing Lahore Blue at City School Ground Lahore while Faisalabad Zone will lock horns with Faisalabad-Sargodha Zone at Okara Football Academy Okara. Third match will be played between Karachi Blue and Karachi Red at KMC Football Stadium Karachi. Forth match will take place between Quetta Zone and Chaman Zone at Sadiq Shaheed Ground Mali Bagh Quetta and the day`s fifth clash will take place between Bannu Dir Zone and Peshawar-Nowshera Zone at Qayyum Stadium, Peshawar. The 5-day event featuring 12 teams will havee 14 matches. THE DETAIL OF DRAWS IS AS unDER: jan 29 faisalabad-Sargodha Zone v lahore red at Agricultural University faisalabad, faisalabad Zone v lahore Blue at okara football Academy okara, Karachi Blue v Karachi-hyderabad Zone at KMC football stadium Karachi, Chaman Zone v Quetta Zone at Govt. high School Ground Chaman, Bannu Dir zone vs Pindi-islamabad Zone at Qayyum Stadium Peshawar. jan 31 lahore red v faisalabad Zone at okara football Academy okara, lahore Blue v faisalabad-Sargodha Zone at City School Ground lahore, Karachi red v Karachi-hyderabad Zone at KMC football Stadium Karachi, Peshawar-Nowshera Zone v Pindi-islamabad Zone at Qayyum Stadium Peshawar.
we'll play well. When you play so many games against the same opponents, you get to know them well. You know just the little differences, and that's what can change the balance of the game. "We played very well in Málaga (in the league) and we could have scored more goals in the first leg, but that's football, you have to learn how to deal with things like that. Málaga are having a stupendous season."
Benitez reignites feud with Ferguson LONDON
Pff announces draws of U14 youth Cup
on him to succeed in South Africa. "Pakistan has always had a policy of taking four or five young players to develop on tour," Akram said. "We are expecting great things from Jamshed. For some years there has been no international cricket in Pakistan, and this is the opportunity for our youngsters to get some exposure." A newcomer to South Africa is lanky left-arm pace bowler Mohammad Irfan, who at 2.1 metres towers well above the rest of his teammates. "Irfan is like (Morne) Morkel in that he should get steep bounce from your wickets," Akram said.
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has reiterated his 2009 claim that Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson puts undue pressure on match officials. The pair have shared a fractious relationship for years, dating back to Benitez's spell in charge of Liverpool and highlighted by the Spaniard's famous rant four years ago in which he suggested Ferguson was never punished for verbally abusing referees and their assistants. "I always try to
concentrate on my job, but at that time with Ferguson I was defending my club," Benitez said in an interview with The Times. "I could see what was happening from my point of view, and maybe now a lot of people are seeing the same things. I will not talk too much about that because it's obvious." Ferguson's behaviour was brought into the spotlight again on Sunday when he accused linesman Simon Beck of having a "shocking" game in the Red Devils' 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw at Tottenham, saying the visitors "never got anything from that side of the pitch".
Cricket’s world players union has told its members to avoid the new Twenty20 Super League in Pakistan, due to start in March, on security grounds. Tim May, chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA), told the BBC: “I think you’ll find the majority of current international cricketers will heed our advice.” The former Australia off-spinner added: “The security consultants came back and said that the risk of touring Pakistan in a cricketing sense is unmanageable. “I haven’t spoken directly to any players but the feedback we are getting from player associations throughout the world is that players are very appreciative and understanding of the advice. “We can’t force the players not to go but I think you’ll find the majority, if not all, of current international cricketers will heed that advice and, unfortunately for Pakistan, not participate in this event this year.” No major international cricket has been played in Pakistan since an attack on the Sri Lanka team bus by armed militants in Lahore in March 2009 left eight people dead and seven visiting players wounded. But Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, speaking in Johannesburg on Tuesday ahead of a three-Test series with South Africa, said it was time for international cricket to resume in his homeland. “Pakistan is such a big cricketing nation and the world has to think about bringing international cricket back to the country,” he said. And team manager Naveed Akram Cheema supported Misbah by insisting the security situation in Pakistan was much safer than the outside world realised. “There is a difference between perception and reality. Other teams do not come to Pakistan on the pretext of security concerns, but it is as safe as any other country in the world,” Cheema said, Since the Lahore attack, Pakistan have been forced to play home matches abroad at neutral venues, mainly in the United Arab Emirates cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Earlier this month the International Cricket Council (ICC) hailed the advent of Pakistan’s new Twenty20 league. “The announcement of the Twenty20 competition where foreign players will be entitled to come is an initiative on the right path, because what you’ve got to do is regain the confidence of the cricketing world,” said ICC chief executive David Richardson. However, the former South Africa wicketkeeper insisted it was beyond the global governing body’s power to order a resumption of international cricket in Pakistan, even though it was something they wanted to see.
Raina secures India series win MOHALI AGEnCIES
England fought hard to assemble a respectable total on a cold, wintry day in the Punjab, but when the fog cleared the view was a familiar one: another defeat in a one-day series in India. India's pursuit of 258 was far from trouble free, but a winning margin of five wickets with 15 balls to spare was emphatic enough and left them 3-1 up one to play. Instead of a dead rubber in ODI in Dharamsala, in the foothills of the Himilayas, England would be forgiven for fancying a spot of skiing, but sadly for them the weather forecast is improving. Only the cricket is going downhill. It might have been different had England not fallen again to the curse of
SCOREBOARD EnGLAnD An Cook lbw b Ashwin 76 IR Bell c Kumar b I Sharma 10 KP Pietersen b I Sharma 76 EJG Morgan c yuvraj b Ashwin 3 SR Patel c & b Jadeja 1 JE Root not out 57 JC Buttler c yuvraj b Jadeja 14 TT Bresnan c yuvraj b Jadeja 0 JC Tredwell not out 6 Extras (b 2, lb 8, w 4) 14 Total (7 wickets; 50 overs; 215 mins) 257 Did not bat ST Finn, JW Dernbach Fall of wickets 1-37 (Bell, 9.4 ov), 2-132 (Cook, 31.5 ov), 3-138 (Morgan, 33.6 ov), 4-142 (Patel, 36.3 ov), 5-220 (Pietersen, 45.5 ov), 6-241 (Buttler, 48.3 ov), 7-241 (Bresnan, 48.5 ov) Bowling: B Kumar 10-2-30-0, Shami Ahmed 8-0-58-0, I Sharma 10-2-47-2, R Ashwin 10-0-63-2, RA Jadeja 10-2-39-3, SK Raina 2-0-10
InDIA G Gambhir c Buttler b Bresnan 10 RG Sharma lbw b Finn 83 V Kohli c & b Tredwell 26 yuvraj Singh lbw b Tredwell 3 SK Raina not out 89 MS Dhoni c Morgan b Dernbach 19 RA Jadeja not out 21 Extras (lb 2, w 5) 7 Total (5 wickets; 47.3 overs; 217 mins) 258 Did not bat R Ashwin, B Kumar, I Sharma, Shami Ahmed Fall of wickets 1-20 (Gambhir, 5.3 ov), 2-72 (Kohli, 16.5 ov), 390 (yuvraj Singh, 22.4 ov), 4-158 (RG Sharma, 31.1 ov), 5-213 (Dhoni, 39.1 ov) Bowling: ST Finn 10-1-39-1, TT Bresnan 10-1-59-1, JW Dernbach 9.30-59-1, SR Patel 3-0-21-0, JC Tredwell 10-0-54-2, JE Root 5-0-24-0 Toss India, who chose to field, India won by 5 wickets (with 15 balls remaining), Series India led the 5-match series 3-1 Player of the match SK Raina (India)
Steven Finn's knee. When Finn thought he had Suresh Raina caught by Alastair
Cook at first slip, India still needed 80 from 89 balls with what would have been
five wickets intact. But Finn's recalcitrant right knee had collided with the stumps again and umpire Steve Davis invoked Law 23, ruling that Raina had been distracted. Cook's protests that Finn was entitled to a warning went unheeded. But the story of this series has been one of growing India dominance. MS Dhoni has looked as impregnable in oneday cricket as he seemed flawed in the Test series. After England's win in the opening game in Rajkot, fuelled by a late batting assault from Samit Patel, India's batsmen dominated in Kochi and Ranchi and when they got the benefit of an influentiual toss in Mohali, their quiuck bowlers accepted it with alacrity. As for Ravindra Jadeja, India will be more convinced than ever that they have a player who can balance their one-day side.
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Stephens stuns ailing Serena, Federer forges on
ERENA Williams went down smashing rackets and screaming as she bowed out of the Australian Open quarter-finals on Wednesday, hampered by a back injury and beaten in three sets by fellow American Sloane Stephens. The injury robbed Williams of her serve - the most effective weapon in women's tennis - but teenager Stephens will take much credit for holding her nerve to finish off the ailing 15-times grand-slam champion. Roger Federer's bid to emulate Williams as a five-times Melbourne Park champion survived a five-set test at the hands of an inspired Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and the Swiss marched on to a last-four meeting with Andy Murray, who crushed Jeremy Chardy. Stephens will have 24 hours to prepare for her first grand-slam semi-final against defending champion and world number one victoria Azarenka, who came through a minor scare to beat Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova. "Oh my goodness," said Stephens, teary-eyed and almost lost for words
after beating a player whose picture once adorned her bedroom wall. "This is so crazy, but oh my goodness, I think I'll put a poster of myself up now." The 31-year-old Williams, odds-on favourite to claim a third successive grand slam crown, pulled up to avoid hitting the net after a backhand drop shot early in the second set and shrieked as she felt the full force of a back spasm. After lengthy treatment, Williams continued but the power of her serve and groundstrokes were considerably diminished and 19-year-old Stephens took ad-
vantage in impressive fashion to run out a 3-6 7-5 6-4 winner in Rod Laver Arena. Williams, who smashed her racket to pieces in frustration in the third set, tried graciously to honour the lockerroom code that you do not diminish an opponent's achievement but was unable to wholly play down the significance of the injury. "I even screamed on the court," she said. "I was like, 'ahh'. I totally locked up after that. It was...a little painful. "I couldn't really rotate after that, which I guess is normal. I don't know.
djokovic dismantles berdych in 4 sets MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic showed no ill-effects from his marathon encounter with Stanislas Wawrinka by brushing aside the challenge of Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open. Djokovic scraped past Wawrinka 12-10 in the fifth set on Sunday night in a match which lasted over five hours. But, not for the first time in his career, he displayed his remarkable powers of recovery with an impressive performance against the fifth-seeded Czech, winning 6-1 4-6 6-1 6-4 to set up a semi-final clash with David Ferrer. The victory also meant Djokovic will retain the number one ranking even if he does not win the title on Sunday. "It was a great performance," he said. "I was hoping to have a shorter match, whoever won, just not go over five hours. "It was always going to be tough against Tomas, he has been an established top-10 player now for the last five or six years and if he's on he can win against anyone on any surface. "I was aware of his qualities and I was very pleased with my performance." AGEnCIES
"It was giving me trouble. But it was fine. I think my opponent played well and was able to do a really good job." Federer, also 31, started his match against Tsonga by breaking the Frenchman but it was just one of nine breaks in an absorbing three-and-a-half-hour contest that see-sawed back and forth all evening. Tsonga, a finalist here in 2008, was tactically smart, sent down 20 booming aces and produced some brilliant forehands that overpowered even Federer's defences at times. The 17-times grand-slam champion rode his luck on occasions, too, but had something in reserve for the deciding set and finally overcame the seventh seed's resistance with a smash on his fifth match point to clinch a 7-6 4-6 7-6 3-6 6-3 win. "It was a tough close for sure, but the whole match was tough. Every set could have gone either way," said Federer, whose victory ensured the top four seeds made the semi-finals for the 15th time at a grand slam in the professional era. "With Jo, you never know what he's going to come up with. I feel a bit lucky to come through but feel I played some great tennis and Jo did too."
Li will beat Sharapova if she believes, says coach MELBOURNE AGEnCIES
Transforming trailblazer Li Na from a hotheaded one-slam wonder into a coldblooded winner of multiple major titles is the end game for coach Carlos Rodriguez, who says the Chinese is primed to upset Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open semi-finals. Rodriguez has guided Li into the last four of a major for the first time since her 2011 French Open triumph, whipping the 30-year-old into the shape of her life and digging her out of a rut of selfdoubt. "Now she has to believe a little bit more that she can do it. I am convinced that she has the game," Rodriguez told reporters of Li's hopes in Thursday's semi-final. "The main thing is first of all to believe in her tennis and her possibilities to go through the semi-final which is very diffi-
cult. "Most of my work, more than 90 percent of my job in the last 48 hours is on that." If anyone has the pedigree to push Li further, the wiry Argentine could lay claim, having overseen Justine Henin's transition from a pint-sized teenager into a colossus of the women's game. In one of the most successful partnerships in tennis's modern era, Rodriguez drove Henin to seven grand slam titles, convincing the Belgian that belief could overcome brawn, and finesse, raw power. On paper and on court, the hard-hitting Li shares little in common with the retired Henin, one of the few on the women's tour with the head-game to match Serena Williams. But Rodriguez says the players share similar characters, and he feels a strong bond with Li, who has struggled to deal with the expectations from a nation of 1.3 billion people.
mELBOuRnE: novak Djokovic celebrates his victory against stanislas Wawrinka in the quarter-final.
higginbottom wants to grade at Asian tour SPRINGFIELD AGEnCIES
Australiaâ€™s Jake Higginbottom believes his pathway to success lies with making the grade at the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage. The gruelling test where the top-40 and ties earn playing privileges for the 2013 Asian Tour season will be played at the Imperial Lakeview Golf Club and Springfield Royal Country Club. Higginbottom served notice of his talent when he became the first amateur in more than half a century to win the New Zealand Open last year. He immediately turned professional two days after his breakthrough victory and has been hailed by many as the next star to emerge from Australia. "The reason why I want to play on the Asian Tour is because Asia's a good place and it's close to home. It's going to be a long week but I do look forward to playing.
Murray march bears hallmarks of Lendl influence MELBOURNE AGEnCIES
As Andy Murray marched imperiously into the Australian Open semifinals for the fourth consecutive year on Wednesday, his coach Ivan Lendl's influence on the third seeded Scot could hardly have been clearer. The U.S. Open champion's ultraprofessional 6-4 6-1 6-2 victory over Jeremy Chardy took him through to his 12th grand slam semi-final as he ruthlessly exploited his opponent's weaker backhand with a number of successful raids to the net. Murray had carried out his game-plan to perfection and within a couple of hours of finishing his
match, he was back out on court, practising under the lights to get a feel for the cooler conditions he will experience on Friday. Facing him for a spot in the final will be either 17times grand slam champion Roger Federer or French firebrand Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but Murray's attention to detail and desire to get straight back to work is classic Lendl. "I played a couple of matches (in the warm-up event) in Brisbane in the evening but it's slightly different there, as well, because there's a roof," said Murray, who has reached the last four without dropping a set. "And that's why tonight (Wednesday), rather than going and watching (Federer v Tsonga), I'll go
out and hit some balls under the lights to be as best prepared as possible. And I'll do the same tomorrow." At his news conference, Murray wore a T-shirt with the words "PREPARE, ATTACK, DESTROY" on the front, exactly what Lendl was famous for and exactly what Murray did against Chardy, a Frenchman appearing in his first grand slam quarter-final. "I started the match pretty well, I thought," said Murray, who raced to a 4-0 lead. "Then when he got a break back in the first set, I became a bit tight. He's a tough guy to play against because of the nature of his game and his style. "He goes for a lot of shots and he can play a couple of
games where he misses and then three, four games he's hot and he makes very few errors and puts you under a lot of pressure. "But I thought I did a pretty good job throughout the match. There were a couple of games I could have done a bit better on, but for the most part it was good." Chardy's strength is his serve and his forehand but more often than not, Murray made sure that he did not have enough time or space to use them to attack. "I wanted to make sure that I kept the ball away from the middle of the court," he said. "Then I was able to hit to his backhand and come into the net sometimes."
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Mickelson takes mulligan on tax comments HUMANA AGEnCIES
Four-times major champion Phil Mickelson has taken a mulligan, in golfing parlance, and apologised for publicly venting his feelings about soaring tax rates for millionaires in his native California. The 42year-old told reporters after last week's Humana Challenge he was considering making "drastic changes" because of spiking federal and state tax rates but on Tuesday he said he should have kept his thoughts to himself. "Finances and taxes are a personal matter and I should not have made my opinions on them public," Mickelson said in a statement released by his management company. "I apologise to those I have upset or insulted and assure you I intend to not let it happen again." Mickelson, a 40-times winner on the PGA Tour, has piled up career earnings of more than $67 million and considerably more via corporate endorsements and his golf course design company.
Kubica remains coy on future LONDON AGEnCIES
SKANS Cricket Battle begins LAHORE STAFF REPORT
SKANS School of Accountancy is holding its first Inter-school and college cricket tournament â€“ the SKANS Cricket Battle. The twoday tournament is featuring 20 teams from 15 different schools and colleges of Lahore are competing for success. On the opening day 10 matches were played between these teams on a knockout basis. And the following teams qualified for the next round: University College Lahore, SISA, Salamat ( Boys Campus), KIMS, SKANS, The Lahore Alma, Beaconhouse Defence Campus, St. Peters High School. The matches will be played at New Ittefaq Stadium Faysal Town, Near International Market from 8:30 am and will end by 4:00 pm.
Cables beat Stags in veteran league LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Amar Cables beat SPM Stags by 34 runs in a match of the 4th SPM Lahore veteran Cricket League match here on Wednesday at Stags cricket ground. SCORES: Cables batted first 179/7 in 30 overs. Man of the match and top the scorer Dastgir Butt 55, Aziz ur rehman 46, Zahid Umar 18& Ameer Akbar 13 runs. SPM Stags bowling Khawaja Naseer ud din 3/22, Zia ud din 2/36, iftikhar Ahmad 1/34 & javeed Khan 1/19 wickets. in reply SPM Stags could manage 145/9 in 30 overs. Kamran Khan 25, Zahoor ilahi 23, javeed Khan 22, Shakeel Malik 20 & rafaqat Ali 24 runs. Amar Cables bowling Munir Shah 2/30, rauf Waiin 2/16, tariq hussain raju 2/30, Ahmad Shohab 1/23 & Dastgir Butt 1/17 wickets. Muhammad Asif and Professor Nasir hussain were umpires and Azhar hussain was the scorer.
Pirelli unveil 2013 tyre range LONDON AGEnCIES
Pirelli unveiled a new range of tyres on Wednesday which they are convinced will improve the show in Formula One. Ahead of their third season in the sport, and with talks ongoing over a new deal, Pirelli say the changes introduced will result in at least two pit stops being required per car at every grand prix. The Italian manufacturer have improved performance, with the tyres faster by up to half a second per lap and with the time gap between compounds widened to at least 0.5secs. The result should be an increase overtaking opportunities and enhanced race strategies. "The goal is to continuously set new challenges for the drivers and to ensure
all the teams start the new season on a level playing field when it comes to the tyres," Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said. "Through accumulating more information with each grand prix last year the teams eventually fully understood the tyres, after a spectacular start with seven winners in the first seven races. "The result at the end of the year were races with less competition, and sometimes only one pit stop. "This phenomenon was also observed in 2011, disappointing many fans and prompting some of the teams to ask us to continue developing our tyres further this year, in order to provide a fresh challenge with something different. "Our 2013 range of tyres mixes up the tyres once more, to help overtaking, and to ensure two to three pit stops per race."
Pirelli's calculations are based on thousands of computer simulations using sophisticated predictive software. Pirelli also covered several thousand kilometres in five private tests at Jerez, Spa, Barcelona and Paul Ricard, with Jaime Alguersuari and Lucas di Grassi at the wheel. Discussing Pirelli's potential new contract, president and chief executive Marco Tronchetti Provera said: "We are obviously willing to continue this adventure. "The teams are satisfied and the partnership we have with F1 is a successful one, a win-win co-operation. "That is why I'm confident we will have a new agreement from next year, but there is nothing new for the time being." The most visible change to the tyres sees the hard compound bearing orange markings compared to the silver of the last two years.
Robert Kubica is refusing to speculate on his future in the wake of Mercedes' confirmation that he will test one of their DTM cars on Thursday. Kubica's Formula One career was put on hold after he sustained serious injuries in an horrific rallying accident almost two years ago. The 28-year-old Pole, who has undergone several operations, has since taken part in a number of national rallies as part of his lengthy rehabilitation. Kubica will take another vital step towards a potential comeback on Thursday when he gets behind the wheel of one of Mercedes' German touring cars, the AMG C-Coupe at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in valencia. For Kubica, it will be his first proper outing on a racetrack under test conditions since his time in Formula One. "I'm really pleased Mercedes-Benz is giving me the opportunity to test their car, and I'm looking forward to getting acclimatised to a race car again," said Kubica, who suffered a partially severed right hand in addition to elbow, shoulder and leg fractures in the accident on the Ronde di Andora rally on February 6, 2011.
Tiger returns to stomping ground at Torrey Pines SAN DIEGO AGEnCIES
Tiger Woods could not wish for a better place to launch his 2013 PGA Tour campaign than at the Torrey Pines Golf Club for this week's Farmers Insurance Open, where he will be bidding for a record seventh victory. The picturesque venue which hugs the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean is one of his favourite hunting grounds and was the scene of his remarkable playoff win at the 2008 U.S. Open. "I feel comfortable here, there is no doubt," American world number two Woods told reporters at Torrey Pines on Tuesday after practising on the South course, one of two layouts co-hosting this week's PGA Tour event. "There are few courses that are like that where I've had my share of success ... where either I've won or been in contention to win. "Firestone, Augusta (National), I just feel comfortable on those venues," Woods said of the permanent homes of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the Masters. "My record over those three courses has been pretty
good." However, Woods was a little surprised by the overall pace and dryness of the 7,569-yard South Course layout on Tuesday. "Obviously, they haven't had a lot of rain here," the 14-times major champion said. "The fairways are quick, the greens are a little bit firm. "For this time of the year, it's drier
than we normally play it, so it will be a wonderful test. We get this every now and again with the Santa Ana winds blowing. It's a little dry, but normally it's not like this." Woods, who won the most recent of his Farmers Insurance Open titles here in 2008, has extra incentive to play well this week after missing the cut in bizarre circumstances at last week's Abu Dhabi
Championship. Making his first start of the year in the European Tour event, the world number two failed to advance to the weekend after being slapped with a belated two-shot penalty for a rules infringement in the second round. Woods was penalised for taking a free drop after hitting a wayward shot into a desert bush where his ball became imbedded. The regulations only allowed for a free drop in such circumstances if the ball had finished anywhere but in sand. Asked whether he had ever suffered a similar penalty during a golf tournament, Woods replied: "No, I don't recall ever having one like that, no." Woods, who did not compete at Torrey Pines last year because the PGA Tour event clashed with the Abu Dhabi Championship where he had already committed to play, said he frequently reflected on his 2008 U.S. Open triumph. "I remember several things," he recalled of a remarkable week at Torrey Pines where he defied doctors' orders and jabbing knee pain to beat fellow American Rocco Mediate in a 19-hole playoff.
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ECP approves draft of electoral reforms, proposes legislation to curb rigging in elections ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
N order to conduct free, fair and transparent elections, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday approved a draft bill for electoral reforms to be sent to parliament for legislation, as it approved a new code of conduct according to which the president of Pakistan will not be allowed to participate in any election campaign. All public office-holders, including the prime minister, ministers and others were earlier not allowed to participate in election campaigns, however, for the first time ever, the ECP has also restrained the president and the governors from participating in the election campaigns. “The president cannot participate in election campaign in any manner whatsoever,” read the newlyapproved code of conduct. Earlier, a meeting of the ECP chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (r) Fakhruddin G
Ebrahim approved the draft of electoral reforms, proposing effective legislation to curb rigging in the upcoming general elections and ensuring transparency and credibility of the polls. Addressing a press conference later, Elections Director General Sher Afghan said the ECP had approved an increase in the monetary penalties for illegal and corrupt practices in the proposed bill, while it had also called for an increase in the nomination fees for candidates for the National and provincial assemblies. He said the commission decided to increase the nomination fee from Rs 4,000 to Rs 50,000 for National Assembly candidates and from Rs 2,000 to Rs 25,000 for provincial assembly candidates. The Special Committee of the Senate on Election Issues has already agreed to the proposal and it would now be sent to parliament for simple legislation. The ECP also decided to increase the monetary fines for corrupt practices from Rs 5,000 to Rs 100,000. These practices included imperson-
ation, capturing of polling stations, bribing voters and election staff and intimidation. Prison sentences for such violations would continue to be three years. Afghan said fines for illegal practices inside the polling stations jurisdiction had been proposed to be increased from Rs 5,000 to Rs 100,000, adding that another proposal had also been adopted to make the official code of conduct part of the Representation of the Peoples Act. The candidates would have to face a penalty of Rs 100,000 for violating provisions of the code, such as holding processions and posting banners, posters and billboards, he added. He said the ECP had also approved registration of 11 new political parties, while elections symbols had been allotted to 16 parties that were already registered, including the party of the renowned nuclear scientist, Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan. The elections DG said the ECP meeting also discussed the issue of dual nationality holders and noted that 12 dual nationality-holders
had already been disqualified while 16 had resigned. He said the ECP would share the status of dual nationalityholders with the Supreme Court (SC). About the SC’s directives to the ECP for electoral reforms, he said in the Awami Worker Party case, the SC had suggested the ECP to carry out a few reforms in the electoral system. However, for bringing those reforms, proper legislation was required, adding that the commission had decided to send the reforms package to the Law Ministry for legislation. Regarding a letter by Abid Hassan Minto about implementation of the Supreme Court’s decision, he said the commission discussed Minto’s proposals, which included compulsory voting, clear majority formula and the none-of-the-above (NOTA) mechanism in vote casting. To a query, he said the commission had also discussed the issue of fake degree-holders in detail and decided that all sessions judges would be asked to expedite the proceedings and decide the matter before the commencement of the next general elections.
‘Too early’ to normalise relations with Pakistan: India
MONITORING DESK Cross-border tensions on the Line of Control (LoC) have eased after talks between India and Pakistan, but it is “too early” for India to normalise relations with its western neighbour, Indian Defence Minister AK Anthony was quoted by the Press Trust of India (PTI) on Wednesday. According to the report, Anthony said that infiltration attempts from Pakistan into India are continuing despite extreme weather. “If this is the case now, what will be the position (of infiltration) in summers?” he was quoted as saying. He added, “We have to cross our fingers and after the tragic and inhuman incident, even though Pakistan has assured us certain things, we have to see how this assurance translates into action.” The minister also said that India should wait and watch and “assess the ground situation,” and assured that no hasty decision will be taken regarding a future course of action. Tensions between India and Pakistan were heightened earlier this month after a series of cross-border exchanges in the disputed Kashmir region where in which five soldiers were killed on both sides. India claims that one of its soldiers was beheaded. Firing and small skirmishes are common along the 740km LoC despite a ceasefire that was agreed in 2003. The Indian army says eight of its soldiers were killed in 2012, in 75 incidents of ceasefire violations.
ISLAMABAD: Police officials seize placards from the vehicle of nAB officials who came to protest outside the Supreme Court building on Wednesday against the mysterious death of Kamran Faisal. INP
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said the government is cognizant of its constitutional and political obligations and the spirit of democracy has been maintained throughout the tenure of the Pakistan People’s Party government. Addressing the meeting of Council of Common Interests in Islamabad on Wednesday‚ he said the government believed in the strengthening of institutions in their own spheres. He said with the collective wisdom of federal as well as provincial governments‚ democracy was gaining strength in the country. “The National and provincial assemblies will be completing their tenure successfully within a few weeks.” Ashraf said the nation was approaching general elections‚ going to be held within a couple of months, adding that the government was committed to holding free‚ fair and transparent elections in accordance with the provisions of the constitution and laws on the subject. “This will enable the people of Pakistan to exercise their free will to elect a government of their choice for the next tenure.” Ashraf said the policy of reconciliation had been introduced by the PPP with an aim to bringing the country out of the current crises. “We do not believe in politics of victimisation and the proof of this reality is that there are no political prisoners in the country.” The prime minister said all political parties had always been taken on board on almost all national issues on internal as well as external fronts. “We give respect to all democratic forces‚ the proof of which is amicable solution of the issue of long march.” Ashraf said the government condemned the loss of precious lives in Quetta on January 10. The decision to impose governor’s rule in Balochistan was also based on consensus and taken after consultation with all stakeholders. He said the council of common interest was a symbol of federalism and had strengthened the confidence of all the federating units, adding that the council, in its earlier meetings, discussed pivotal issues of national importance and took decisions with consensus through active participation of federating units.
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JUI-F continues Senate protest over Balochistan Governor’s Rule g PMl-N senators stage walkout over killing of party member ISLAMABAD AnWER ABBAS
The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) on Wednesday continued with its protest in parliament over the imposition of Governor’s Rule in Balochistan and again staged a walkout from the Senate session, as the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid and PML-Nawaz lawmakers criticised the commission on the creation of new provinces in Punjab. The session began on Wednesday under the leadership of NA Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi. During the session, the JUI-F criticised the government over the recently-imposed Governor’s Rule in Balochistan. JUI-F MPs clearly mentioned that nothing less than revoking of the Governor’s Rule and restoration of the provincial assemblies would be accepted and the JUIF MPs were ready to resign from their positions in both Houses if needed. JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman came down hard on the government for not tak-
ing the main stakeholders in Balochistan on board prior to making a decision for introduction of Governor’s Rule in the province. Later, JUI-F MNAs staged a protest walkout from the National Assembly session to record their dissent against the decision of the government. On the issue of new provinces, PML-Q Chief Whip Riaz Hussain Pirzada noted that the issue of creating new provinces in Punjab was a Pandora’s Box, which once opened could not be closed. Pirzada said Bahawalpur was the first state that opted for Pakistan after its creation. The PML-Q lawmaker was of the view that there was no capacity for creation of new provinces and any such move would be against the constitution. Pirzada ruled out the possibility of amending Article 1 of the constitution. The PML-N members also slammed the role of the government over the issue of creation of new provinces, adding that the government was creating a mess that could not be cleaned easily. Responding to points of order, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said the
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decision for the imposition of the Governor’s Rule was introduced in Balochistan after deep analysis of the situation. He said the government acted swiftly after the killing of Hazara Shias in Balochistan and stayed there until the resolution of the issue. Kaira said it was unfair to say that the government did not act on time for the resolution of the crisis. The PPP minister was of the view that any amendment in the Article 1 of the constitution would be introduced after complete homework, adding that politicians should avoid mudslinging against each other. PML-Q’s Minister for Defence Production Sardar Bahadur Khan Sehar called the imposition of Governor’s Rule in Balochistan “beauty of democracy”. He said the decision on new provinces would be announced after a report on the issue lands in the House. Responding to a point of order, Minister for Science and Technology Changez Jamali said the prime minister consulted all stakeholders before making the decision of Governor’s Rule in Balochistan and criticising him was undue. Editor: Arif Nizami
Pervez Malik said huge development projects had been undertaken in southern Punjab and there was no discrimination in Punjab government’s policies. Hanif Abbasi said it was wrong to abuse a whole institution or province, adding that the Punjab government was working for the benefit of the masses without any discrimination. He said the people who were raising the issue of a separate province in Punjab were themselves living in Lahore and Islamabad. To a question‚ Benazir Income Support Programme Chairperson Farzana Raja told the House that an amount of over Rs 3,500 million was allocated for media advertisement to promote the BISP in the last five years. PML-N WALKOUT: Meanwhile, PMLN senators also staged a walkout from the House over the killing of their party colleagues in Karachi on Tuesday. The matter was raised in the House by Mushahid Ullah Khan, who lamented the failure of the provincial government to control incidents of targeted killings in Karachi.