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Rs 17.00 Vol III No 297 19 Pages Lahore Edition
Wednesday, 24 April, 2013 Jamadul Sani 13, 1434
STORIES ON PAGE 02
SC moved for extension to CJP Chaudhry STORY ON PAGE 04
PPP is the only hope for the poor, says Bilawal STORY ON PAGE 04
IMF ready but new govt should decide on loan programme
Car bomb defused near Musharraf’s ‘sub-jail’ farmhouse Islamabad police said on Tuesday they had defused 50 kg of explosives hidden in a car wired with remote-controlled detonators near the fortified farmhouse where former president Pervez Musharraf is under house arrest. PAGE 04
Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance, Dr Shahid Amjad on Tuesday said the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has offered a new loan plan to Pakistan but the matter will be left for the upcoming government as the caretaker setup does not have the mandate to decide such issues. PAGE 16
AP Twitter account hacked, ‘White House blasts’ news fake The vulnerability of the internet to hacking and the runaway dangers of instant social media were on display for a few brief seconds on Tuesday when the purported Twitter account of an international news agency flashed a message that said there had been an explosion in the White House and President Barack Obama had been injured. PAGE 04
MQM ENRAGED AS BOMBINGS IN KARACHI, QUETTA RAISE FEARS FOR ELECTION STORY ON PAGE 02
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PML-Q will construct Gujrat-Sialkot-Lahore Motorway, two universities and setup an industrial estate after coming into power. — Pervez Elahi
QUETTA: An official examines the site of a suicide bombing on Tuesday. ONLINE
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Interior minister rules out delay in polls KARACHI: Interior Minister Malik Habib said on Tuesday that the general elections will be held on time and the rumours regarding delay in polls are baseless. The interior minister urged people not to listen to the rumours about postponement of polls and expressed concern over the law and order situation in Karachi. He said security agencies were on high alert to ensure peace and order. Malik said he would hold meetings with all stakeholders for holding of fair polls and restoration of peace across the country. INP
ECP still undecided on voting right to expats ISLAMABAD: The election Commission of Pakistan (eCP) on Tuesday held an important meeting with all stakeholders to review the issue of giving around 4.5 million National Identity Card of Overseas Pakistani (NICOP) holders the right to vote, but failed to evolve a final strategy. The eCP secretary, NADrA chief, representatives from ministry of overseas Pakistanis, foreign office and the law minister held an important meeting at the eCP Secretariat. The participants of the meeting discussed the expected problems which would be faced by the commission while giving voting right to overseas Pakistanis, as ordered by the Supreme Court (SC). During the meeting, it was pointed out that only a few days are left before general elections and making voting arrangements for those abroad would be difficult. It was also discussed that during the short span of time, there will be numerous issues such as acquiring visas for election staff and getting permissions from all concerned countries where Pakistanis are living. The meeting also discussed how the eCP can get permission from Gulf countries, where political activities are strictly banned. During the meeting, the NADrA chairman informed participants that NADrA had collected data on all NICOP holders. Later, while talking to media personnel, caretaker Law Minister Ahmer Bilal Soofi said in the light of the SC order, the government will give voting right to overseas Pakistanis. He said another meeting involving all stakeholders would be held on Wednesday (today) to evolve a final strategy in this regard. STAFF REPORT
QUETTA/KARACHI STAFF REPORT
string of bombings in Karachi and Quetta on Tuesday once again raised fears for a peaceful general election as the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) closed its election offices in Karachi after two supporters were killed and 18 others were seriously injured in a motorcycle bombing near an election camp of the party, while at least four people were killed and 25 others sustained injuries after four successive blasts rocked Quetta within a short span of time. KARACHI BOMBING: The bombing in Karachi was carried out near an MQM election camp at People's Chowrangi. Police said the attack was caused by
an explosive device planted in a motorcycle. Several people were injured and all nearby shops shut down in the wake of fear caused by the explosion. Several vehicles near the bomb site were damaged while windows of nearby buildings were also broken by the impact of the blast. Five of the injured were reported to be in critical condition. MQM SHUTS DOWN ELECTION OFFICES: Reacting strongly to the killing of his party workers, MQM Chairman Altaf Hussain ordered party workers to shut down their election offices in view of imminent terror threats. Altaf said that who would gather the courage to come out of their homes on election day to vote in such a hostile situation. He said that the caretaker government had failed in maintaining law and
order and there was no hope for polling in a peaceful environment. Awami National Party Sindh President Shahi Syed voiced similar concerns and said the government had failed in providing security to the people. He condemned the bombing at the MQM election camp and said the government and Election Commission should ensure security to all political parties. QUETTA BOMBINGS: In Quetta, the first blast was reported from the Gawalmandi area, the second explosion ripped through Jinnah Town, while the third one hit Gordat Singh area, which has long history of sectarian and ethnic violence. The police said that five people were injured in Gawalmandi. Mureed Baloch, the spokesman of United Baloch Army, claimed responsibil-
Let’s debate live on TV, Imran challenges Nawaz SAHIWAL/OKARA AGENCIES
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday challenged Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif to a debate on national issues on any television channel. While addressing a rally in Sahiwal, Khan said, “Mian Sahib you cannot compete in cricket, the least you can do is compete in a debate. Let’s have a debate on any television channel. This debate is important in exposing the truth”. Referring to PML-N’s rule in Punjab Khan said, “They (PML-N) have had five innings; and we will ensure they don’t get a sixth one.” Those who want to get things done take the first chance that comes their way and do not need six chances, he added. He said the PTI would not wait for another turn and implement changes in its first term. Recalling his time as captain of the Pakistan national cricket team, Khan said when he was incharge, no one could defeat him. “No one defeated me for ten years. I left the captaincy myself,” said the PTI chief. He promised his supporters if he came to power, a day would come when people from abroad come to Pakistan searching
IMRAN SHOULD HAVE CHALLENGED NAWAZ IN POLLS, SAYS PML-N ISLAMABAD: reacting to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s challenge to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif for a television debate, PML-N Central Secretary Information Mushahid ullah Khan Tuesday said that Imran Khan had backtracked from his challenge to contest polls against Nawaz Sharif to just a television debate. "He who had been vowing to contest polls from all the constituencies against Nawaz Sharif in the past, now talks of holding debate with the PML-N chief in television talk show," the party spokesman said in a statement. He said that challenge of Tv debate with PML-N chief was a publicity stunt of the PTI chief amidst election days, terming it as an immature move. Furthermore, he said that Imran Khan should have contested the election against Nawaz Sharif to challenge his popularity and political wisdom instead of merely a Tv debate. STAFF REPORT
for employment, such will be the level of development in the country. Khan vowed to end the power crisis and eliminate load shedding in two and a half years if voted into power. Meanwhile, addressing an election rally at Okara, Khan said people of Pakistan would celebrate on May 11 when Punjab will be freed from traditional
rulers. Khan said he would free Punjab from the clutches of police and patwaris. Lashing out at Shahbaz Sharif, the PTI chief said PML-N had ruled Punjab for five terms but could not bring effective change in a single department. “Has the thaana and patwari culture changed in Punjab,” he questioned the large crowd that responded with a loud “no”.
ity for the three bombings, saying that the purpose of the blasts was to disrupt the general election in Balochistan. A fourth explosion that struck near Khuda-e-Dad Chowk in Nechari Colony within an hour of three earlier back-toback blasts left at least four people, including a Frontier Corps personnel dead and 37 others injured. Police said that heavy shooting was reported from the area after the blast, carried out by a suicide bomber. The Nechari area plunged into darkness following the blast, which damaged several power transmission lines. Capital City Police Officer Mir Zubair Mahmood said that the suicide bomber was trying to enter the Hazara Shia-dominated area when he was intercepted by a FC soldier. He said the bomber blew himself up before he could be taken into custody.
PML-N will make Pakistan a self-reliant state, says Nawaz FAISALBAD ONLINE
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said his party was contesting election with a vision of making Pakistan a peaceful‚ self-reliant and progressive state. Addressing an election gathering in Dijkot on Tuesday‚ he said a national health insurance programme would be launched to take care of the most vulnerable people in the society. Nawaz vowed that Pakistan would scale the peaks of progress in their next government. “Power load shedding was nonexistent in our days. Instead of a shortfall, there was a surplus to the extent that even India was trying to buy electricity from us. In those days, Pakistan commanded respect in the world,” the PML-N leader said. He said power load shedding and gas shortage had crippled daily life of the people while high inflation‚ unemployment and poverty had brought the society to its knees. He said provision of gas, electricity and jobs was the right of the people and the past government deprived the masses of these rights. “The country will remain in a sea of problems if the masses do not vote for the PML-N,” he said.
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SC moved for extension to CJP LAHORE: A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court’s Lahore registry seeking directions for one year and 10 months extension in service period of Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry. The petition filed by Imtiaz Quershi read that former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf had put the CJP under house arrest after deposing him. The CJP remained out of service for a period of one year and 10 months and hence, the deposed period should be included in his service. He pleaded the court to stop retirement of the CJP which is due on December 12. APP
PM reshuffles federal secretaries ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso on Tuesday approved the transfers and postings of federal secretaries and senior officers including the Islamabad chief commissioner. According to a spokesman of the Prime Minister’s House, the prime minister approved the transfer of Shahid rashid, currently posted as information technology secretary to the same position in the Ministry of Industries after the retirement of zafar Mehmood. zafar Qadir, currently OSD, was posted as the secretary of the Ministry of Information Technology. Abdul Khaliq, also an OSD, was posted as finance special secretary. Fazal Abbas Maken, currently the additional secretary at the PM’s Secretariat was transferred and posted as religious affairs additional secretary. Hassan raza zafar, additional secretary at the PM’s was posted as commerce additional secretary. Moreover, Islamabad Chief Commissioner Tariq Peerzada was transferred and posted as finance additional secretary. Peerzada was replaced by Jawad Paul, currently posted at the NIPPS Lahore. Muhammad Asif Sheikh, currently posted in the establishment Division was posted eAD additional secretary. APP
Boston suspect says he and brother acted alone wASHInGTOn: Accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has told FBI investigators that he and his brother were operating alone and did not receive assistance from outside terrorist groups, officials said Tuesday. A team of federal agents peppered the 19-year-old with questions about the Boston Marathon bombing plot on Monday shortly before a federal magistrate read the charges against him and gave him the “Miranda warning” informing him of his constitutional right against selfincrimination. Tsarnaev remains in a Boston hospital, where his condition on Tuesday was upgraded to fair. Investigators separately have tentatively concluded that his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who died early Friday morning after a shootout with police, did not meet with Islamist militants during his six-month visit to russia last year, according a senior uS counter-terrorism official. experts say the brothers increasingly appear to have been self-radicalized “lone wolf” operators who worked independently, using bomb recipes gathered from websites. AGENCIES
Acid attack on three women MULTAn: Two people on Tuesday threw acid on three women, a mother and two daughters, in village Nauranga on the outskirts of Multan. Police said that they arrested one suspect and the injured were shifted to Nishtar Hospital Multan. According to the police, Altaf and Naveed had some enmity with Aziza Mai and the accused wanted to take revenge from the woman. “On Tuesday morning they went to her house and threw acid on her,” police sources said. Moreover, police said that when her daughters tried to save their mother, the accused also threw acid on them. STAFF REPORT
Musharraf produced before ATC in Benazir murder case RAWALPINDI/ISLAMABAD
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NOV 3 EMERGENCY WAS IMPOSED ON AZIZ’S ADVICE: MUSHARRAF’S LAWYER
AWyERS put up a rowdy scene outside the anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi as former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf was brought for appearance before an ATC judge in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Islamabad High Court heard a petition against Musharraf’s house detention and issued pre-admission notices to the chief commissioner and other respondents. BENAZIR CASE: The ATC admitted three applications filed by Pervez Musharraf for regular hearing and issued notices to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). On the directions of the court, jail officials presented Musharraf before the trial court in a bullet-proof vehicle amidst tight security arrangements. Barrister Salman Safdar, counsel of Musharaf, requested the court to remove Musharraf’s name from the list of proclaimed offender as he himself surrendered to the law and was ready for any investigation. In his second application, he also requested the court to overturn the court’s order pertaining to seizure of Musharaf’s assets and freezing of his bank accounts. Thirdly, the counsel also prayed for granting permission for Musharraf to meet his lawyers. The judge of special court took up the applications and accepted the request of removing Musharaf’s name from list of proclaimed offender and against seizure of his property for regular hearing and issued notices to FIA. The court also sought reply from prosecution by May 3, while the court granted Musharraf per-
ISLAMABAD: The November 3 emergency was imposed on the orders of then prime minister Shaukat Aziz, former president Pervez Musharraf’s lawyer claimed during the hearing of the treason case held on Tuesday at the Supreme Court. Musharraf’s counsel reiterated his reservations regarding the bench hearing the case. The former president has doubts regarding Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, who is heading the three-member bench, Musharraf’s lawyer Ibrahim Satti said. reminding the court of the time when the chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) had blamed the Supreme Judicial Council of being partial when he was detained, Satti said that his client also has similar reservations regarding this bench. Hence, their request for full bench should be taken seriously. earlier, Musharraf’s team had requested for a full bench (minus the CJP) for this case. Justice Abdul Hamid Dogar had verified the November 3 emergency but the ruling passed on July 31, 2009 changed it, Satti further argued. The SC, in its July 31, 2009 judgement on a petition filed by the Sindh High Court Bar Association, held Musharraf responsible for violating the constitution and observed that it was the federal government’s task to initiate the former dictator’s trial. “Do you want the court and parliament to verify the unconstitutional steps taken by every government?” questioned Justice Arif Khilji in reply to Satti. STAFF REPORT
RAwALpInDI: A lawyer exchanges blows with a supporter of former president Pervez Musharraf outside the Anti-Terrorism Court on Tuesday.
mission to meet his lawyers and allowed him a 15-minute meeting with his lawyers inside the court premises. The ATC also directed Musharraf to be part of investigation in Benazir Bhutto murder case. During the course of hearing, hundreds of police official and Rangers kept the civilian, various litigants and media person away from proceedings. Musharraf is accused of conspiracy to murder Benazir Bhutto, who died in a gun and suicide attack in December 2007. In August 2010, the court had ordered the confiscation of Musharraf’s property and the freezing of his bank accounts in Pakistan as he did not appear before the court despite repeated notices.
DETENTION CASE IN IHC: Meanwhile, a single bench of Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan while hearing a petition against declaring Musharaf’s farmhouse as sub-jail, issued pre-admission notice to the Islamabad chief commissioner, IGP, secretariat SHO and Shehzad Town SHO and adjoined hearing until May 29. Ashraf Gujjar, the counsel for the petitioner, pleaded before the court that the chief commissioner illegally declared Musharraf’s residence a sub-jail. He said the accused, who was facing very serious and heinous charges of terrorism could not be held at his house, instead he should be sent to regular jail. Gujjar pleaded that approximately thousands other accused
PPP is the only hope for the poor: Bilawal PPP CHAIRMAN SAYS WANTED TO LAUNCH CAMPAIGN ALONG WITH PPP WORKERS BUT WILL BE ASSISTING ELDERS FOR NOW KARACHI STAFF REPORT
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said the party is the life the country needs‚ the hope of the poor‚ the voice of the labourers and the future of the new generation. In a video speech released on Tuesday‚ Bilawal said the PPP was an obsession and a passion “and passions can never be defeated”. He said PPP was the symbol of the federation that linked the four provinces and “it will win with the support of the people”. “There are some forces in the country who want to divide the people but the PPP is the party that unites all.” Bilawal said the PPP would win the elections in Sindh because of the record development activities carried out by the PPP government in the province and because it had veteran politicians such as Qaim Ali Shah‚ Khurshid Shah and Amin Fahim there. He said South Punjab was also the base of the PPP and it would remain so forever, adding that the PPP welcomed the demand of a separate province so that terrorism‚ unemployment and
poverty could be eliminated. He said the PPP raised its voice for the rights of people of Multan and Bahawalpur. The PPP chief said central Punjab was also a strong hold of the PPP jialas and no one could defeat the party there as party workers like Raja Pervaiz Ashraf‚ wise politicians like Qamar Zaman Kaira and public leaders like Ahmed Mukhtar were present there. Bilawal said he wanted to contest the polls living amongst the people and also wanted to launch the election campaign in the streets of the country alongside the PPP workers. “I know that the followers of Benazir Bhutto are anxiously waiting for me‚ but we are at a war against a mindset. The murderers of Quaid-e-Awam and BB Shaheed now want to eliminate us as well. I don’t care for my life‚ and will one day also lead the PPP’s election campaign. However, until that time‚ I will be assisting the elders.” BILAWAL WARNS DEJECTED MEMBERS: Meanwhile, Bilawal warned dejected party members who announced to contest the general elections to withdraw their names from seats within 24 hours, or else stern action would be taken against them.
who are facing trial under Anti-Terrorism Act would also like to be kept at their residence as it had been done in the case of Musharraf. “All the citizens are equal before the law and are entitled to equal protection of law,” the petitioner said, requesting the court to declare the said notification null and void. MUSHARRAF ESCApE CASE IN IHC: A single IHC bench of Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui ordered the Interior Ministry to proceed against the Islamabad Inspector General Bani Amin for his failure to bar the escape of Pervez Musharraf from court premises. The court directed the Interior Ministry to submit a compliance report within 24 hours.
AP Twitter account hacked, ‘White House blasts’ news fake
During the course of hearing, the learned judge remarked that the Islamabad IGP was lying, and a liar could not deliver. After giving 24 hours to the Interior Ministry, the court adjourned the hearing until today (Wednesday). SCUFFLE BETWEEN LAWyERS AND ApML SUppORTERS: Despite a heavy police and paramilitary presence, scuffles broke out between lawyers and Musharraf’s supporters, who pelted stones at each other and openly used sticks, kicks and fist to thrash each other up. The scuffles left dozens of people injured. Initially police tried to stop both sides from fighting, but the situation went out of police’s control.
Car bomb defused near Musharraf’s ‘sub-jail’ farmhouse
The vulnerability of the internet to hacking and the runaway dangers of instant social media were on display for a few brief seconds on Tuesday when the purported Twitter account of an international news agency flashed a message that said there had been an explosion in the White House and President Barack Obama had been injured. The news agency AP’s hacked account tweeted, “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.” Associated Press clarified within seconds that its Twitter account had been hacked to put out a false message but in the brief few seconds it made news, the tweet traveled round the world and convulsed the stock market. Even the White House responded immediately, saying the President was safe. Stock markets plunged just as the report came out, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing 130 points, or 0.9 percent, and the S&P 500 dropping 12 points, or 0.8 percent.
ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Islamabad police said on Tuesday they had defused 50 kg of explosives hidden in a car wired with remote-controlled detonators near the fortified farmhouse where former president Pervez Musharraf is under house arrest. The discovery added a new sub-plot to the saga of Musharraf’s deepening legal woes, which have transfixed Pakistanis unaccustomed to the sight of a once all-powerful military ruler submitting to the will of judges. According to police, a local found a suspicious car parked at Park Road near Musharraf’s farmhouse. He reported the matter to the local police station which rushed to the site and discovered that the vehicle was rigged with explosives.
Naeem Iqbal, a spokesman for Islamabad Police, said that the Suzuki Mehran car bearing registration number QM-749 had been moved to the police station for investigation. “Apparently the car was meant to target General Musharraf’s convoy when he was scheduled to return to his farmhouse after appearing in a hearing at the ATC. Fortunately the bomb could not explode,” he said. There was no immediate word from police on who they suspected might have planted the device. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, which threatened to kill Musharraf shortly before he returned to Pakistan last month after almost four years of selfimposed exile, denied any involvement in the incident. “We would have sent suicide bombers,” Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said.
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I think that lawyers are terrible at admitting that they’re wrong. Most lawyers are very successful, and they think that because they’re making money and people think well of them, they must be doing everything right. –Alan Dershowitz
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CARVInG OUT DEVELOpMEnTS: An artisan at Dharampura inscribes tablets with thanking notes and inaugural memos by various politicians for developments made in different areas of the city. MuRTAzA ALI
IT officers tax black coats for manhandling INCOME TAX OFFICERS HALT OFFICE WORK IN PROTEST AGAINST LAWYERS’ ‘HOOLIGANISM ‘ LAHORE
HE officers and staff of the Income Tax Department locked up their office on Tuesday putting a halt to their work in a protest against lawyers for allegedly roughing up an income tax official on Monday. Heavy contingents of the police were deputed outside their respective offices at Mauj Darya to avert any untoward incident. Earlier on Monday, employees of the Income Tax Department went on strike after a group of lawyers ‘manhandled’ an additional commissioner and ransacked his office. The lawyers alleged that Additional Commissioner Farrukh Majeed demanded illegal gratification to give them relief in a case, while the income tax officers claimed that the lawyers
Latest property survey on the cards LAHORE ONLINE
Punjab Chief Minister Najam Sethi presided over a meeting of the provincial cabinet on Tuesday which granted approval to conducting a new survey of property throughout the province. The cabinet decided that a notice will be published in the newspapers for public awareness before starting the survey. Provincial ministers, Taxation and Revenue advisor, Punjab chief secretary, provincial secretaries and concerned officers were present in the meeting. Excise & Taxation secretary gave a briefing to the meeting regarding property tax issues while Housing secretary informed about the matters pertaining to Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA). Addressing the meeting, Sethi said that property survey should be conducted
every five years for evaluating the value of property but no such survey has been conducted during the last 12 years. He said that new property survey was essential for assessment of the current value of property. Sethi said that property survey will start from April 26 will continue till June 30. Sethi underscored the importance of further improving tenancy laws and directed that practical measures should be taken for this purpose. He said that five-marla houses will continue to remain exempted from the payment of property tax. The chief minister said that property survey should be conducted in a transparent manner and a third-party audit should also be conducted of the process. He said that action plan evolved for property survey should be fully implemented and effective monitoring of the survey should also be ensured.
The chief minister directed that effective measures should be taken for improving efficiency of all WASA institutions. He said that outsourcing of the recovery of WASA tariff should also be considered. He said that a business plan should be evolved for the WASA’s capacity-building. He said that funds have been provided to WASA for the purchase of new generators and other requirements and now it was its responsibility to ensure supply of water to the citizens of all areas. He said that in case of shortage of water due to load shedding or any other reason in any area, water should be supplied through tankers. The Chief Minister set up a committee headed by provincial minister Arif Ejaz for formulating and submitting recommendations regarding capacitybuilding of WASA and improvement of recovery of tariff as well as other matters.
LAWYERS ALLEGE ADDITIONAL COMMISSIONER WAS DEMANDING ‘FAVOURS’ turned violent when the additional commissioner refused to admit their ‘illegal’ demand. Eyewitnesses said the employees of the Income Tax Department also attacked lawyers when the black coats manhandled the additional commissioner and broke window panes of his office. Some lawyers suffered minor injuries during the scuffle. The lawyers took out a protest rally and blocked Mauj Darya Road. They also filed an application to the police for registration of a case. The police and the officers negotiated late till Monday night to arrest the responsible. Later on Monday, the office-bearers of the Lahore Tax Bar met Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and sought strict action against the commissioner and the employees of the tax office. The CJ summoned details of the incident and asked the lawyers to remain calm.
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No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it. –Theodore Roosevelt
Mansha Bomb: Messiah or nemesis for Johar Town residents? LAHORE RANA HAIDER
ALIK Mansha Khokhar alias Mansha Bomb, a Johar Town local notorious for his ‘unlawful’ activities, has accused the local police of robbing 35 tolas of gold, millions of rupees in cash and other valuables in an illegal raid at his ‘house’. While Mansha claims that he has been “working for the locals’ rights” which were being usurped by the police and accuses police of holding a grudge against him for organising protests against them, the locals plead that they have to join the protests on Mansha’s call in order to save their lives.
Another such anti-police protest was organised by Mansha on Monday following a fire at Hakim Chowk Johar Town which gutted 30 auction houses on Saturday night, burning valuables worth millions of rupees. Mansha gathered a number of people from the area to protest against police’s alleged resistance against filing an FIR of the fire incident that took place on Saturday. Just a day after the protest, Mansha’s claim against police’s “robbery” surfaced. While Mansha has appealed to the Punjab chief minister to take action against the police, the local police deny Mansha’s allegations saying that they never raided his house. The police say that Mansha was not even a resident of Johar Town. They said
that he runs a ‘dera’ in the area which is an open space for cattle and there was no possibility of the presence of gold and cash at the premises. The police say that on request of the locals they had registered an FIR against unidentified men for burning down the auction houses. Police sources told Pakistan Today that several cases of land grabbing were registered against Mansha who worked in partnership with another ‘thug’ Shoki Changar, who until his demise was allegedly involved in more than 40 cases of murder, robbery and land grabbing.
The police claim that Mansha ran a mafia and extorted money from the shopkeepers at Hakim Chowk. “He collects Rs 10,000 from each auction house for ‘protection’,” claimed a policeman seeking anonymity, adding that it was his sons who set the auction houses on fire. Sources said that Mansha had ‘connections’ with the area’s political high-ups, owing to which he maneuvered his way out whenever the police caught him. A local shopkeeper seeking anonymity told Pakistan CIne StAr Today, “We are ph: 35157462 forced to pay Mansha regularly and join his protests. Who can possibly stand up SoZo WorLd against such a man ph: 36674271 when even the police cannot? I SoZo GoLd need to protect the ph: 111-999-977 lives of my family. I
Citizens damage property over outages LAHORE: Citizen’s turned violent in a protest against power and water outages and damaged public property after blocking Walton road on Tuesday. The protestors chanted slogans against the government for its inefficiency to cater to the demand of the citizens. Separately, Lahore District Coordination Officer (DCO) rizwan Mehboob has asked WAPDA officials to stop unannounced load shedding of electricity and share the load management plan of all grid stations with the DCO office. Mehboob expressed these views while presiding over a meeting of the District Load Management Committee at the DCO office on Tuesday morning. STAFF REPORT
PML-N corner meeting turns into a wrestling ring LAHORE: A corner meeting of Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) in Mugalpura Dry Port turned into a wrestling ring on Tuesday when two groups started fighting with each other. According to details, fighting between the two groups began after Malik Waheed’s picture was torn into pieces. Waheed’s supporters got angry and pelted the opponent group with chairs and drinking glasses. Later, the groups resorted to aerial firing. The incident left a few workers injured. The area police reached the spot and brought the situation under control. STAFF REPORT
Cylinder blasts at Mayo Hospital LAHORE: A gas cylinder blast at the Mayo Hospital’s canteen on Tuesday caused panic and injured seven people. The injured were shifted to the hospital’s emergency ward where four out of seven are said to be in a critical condition. STAFF REPORT
2 SHEESHA ouTLETS SEALEd LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Two sheesha outlets were sealed on Tuesday by the city district government. Sources said that during a search operation in Iqbal Town two restaurants were found serving sheeshas. The team also confiscated nine sheeshas. Sources said under the instructions of Lahore district coordinating officer a campaign had been launched against sheesha outlets in the city.
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cannot afford to say no to Mansha.” Another local said, “Mansha uses us to register his strength against the police and the government. Whenever he wants something from the police he just makes up a case against them and calls for a protest. And we have to join the protest and chant slogans on Mansha’s will.” Pakistan Today made repeated attempts to contact Mansha for his version but he remained inaccessible.
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Our latest intelligence indicates that a large number of Chinese vessels have entered Japanese territorial waters. — A Japanese Coast Guard member
CANAdA NABS TWo IN ALLEgEd QAEdA-BACkEd TrAIN PLoT OTTAwA: Two foreign nationals have been arrested in Canada in connection with what federal police said Monday was a plot backed by Al-Qaeda to derail a passenger train in the Toronto area. “Today’s arrests demonstrate that terrorism continues to be a real threat to Canada,” Public Safety Minister vic Toews warned. Chiheb esseghaier, 30, and raed Jaser, 35, were allegedly planning to carry out an attack on a via rail passenger train, the royal Canadian Mounted Police (rCMP) told a news conference. A bail hearing was set for Tuesday. Charges filed against the two include conspiring to carry out an attack and conspiring with a terrorist group to murder persons, though very few details about the plot were revealed. Assistant rCMP Commissioner James Malizia told reporters the suspects “were receiving support from Al-Qaeda elements located in Iran” but added: “There’s no indication that these attacks were state-sponsored.” When asked to describe the kind of support offered, he replied: “Direction and guidance.” Malizia said the suspects are “not Canadian citizens” but declined to reveal their nationalities. One of the two men lived in Montreal for several years, he added, without saying which one. The suspects’ plans were “not based on their ethnic origins but on an ideology,” police said. rCMP Chief Superintendent Jennifer Strachan said the duo — who had been under surveillance since last August — planned “to derail a passenger train” in the Toronto area, though she would not specify which route. “We are alleging these individuals took steps and conducted activities to initiate a terrorist attack. They watched trains and railways in the Greater Toronto area,” Strachan added. However, police emphasized that an attack had not been imminent. “While the rCMP believed that these individuals had the capacity and intent to carry out these criminal acts, there was no imminent threat to the general public, rail employees, train passengers or infrastructure,” said an rCMP statement. The arrests come one week after the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon killed three people and wounded 200, and as Canada’s parliament debates a proposal to beef up anti-terror laws, including criminalizing the travel of Canadians abroad in order to participate in an attack. It appeared there was no link between the Boston bombings and the alleged train plot. The uS Federal Bureau of Investigation was involved in the Canadian investigation, though the extent of the information-sharing was not immediately clear. A spokesman for the uS embassy in Ottawa said the arrest resulted from “extensive crossborder cooperation.” Toews also said the success of the anti-terror operation dubbed “Smooth”was “due to the fact that Canada works very closely with international partners to combat terrorism.” AGENCIES
wednesday, 24 April, 2013
Car bomb explodes at French embassy in Libya TRIPOLI
Boston bomb suspect charged, could face death BOSTON AGENCIES
Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face the death penalty after being charged on Monday for his alleged role in the attacks that left three people dead and 200 wounded. The 19-year-old was said to be alert as he was arraigned in his hospital bed on charges of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, and malicious destruction of property by means of deadly explosives, the US Department of Justice said. The charges came as Boston marked the one-week anniversary of the twin marathon bombings with a moment of silence observed across the nation, including the White House to the New york Stock Exchange. If Tsarnaev, a naturalised US citizen of Chechen descent, is convicted of the federal charges, he faces time behind bars — or even death. “We’ve once again shown that those who target innocent Americans and attempt to terrorise our cities will not escape from justice,” said US Attorney General Eric Holder. A first court hearing was set for May 30. The unsealing of the federal charges against Tsarnaev, who suffered gunshot wounds to the head, neck, legs and hand before his capture late Friday, came as White House spokesman Jay Carney said he would not be deemed an “enemy com-
batant.” We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice,” Carney said after some Republicans had called for Tsarnaev to have the same status as the “war on terror” detainees held in Guantanamo Bay. Tsarnaev was caught after a massive manhunt that virtually shut down Boston and its suburbs on Friday. His brother and alleged accomplice Tamerlan, 26, had been killed in a chaotic overnight shootout with police. A clearer picture of Tsarnaev’s role in the attacks emerged with the release of an affidavit from an FBI agent on Monday, which revealed the teenager had been caught on film planting the second backpack bomb. Surveillance footage showed Tsarnaev calmly walking away from the scene after the first bomb was detonated, according to the affidavit. Tsarnaev, who remains bedridden and hospitalised, spoke only one word aloud at his bedside hearing Monday, responding “no” when asked whether he could afford an attorney, according to a transcript of the hearing released Monday. Otherwise, the record showed he nodded when asked whether he understood the process and the charges against him. The federal judge said she found him “alert, mentally competent, and lucid,” according to the transcript. As counterterrorism agents trained in interrogating “high-value” detainees
waited at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to learn more from the teen, Bostonians attempted to put the traumatic week behind them. The city honored the victims of the blasts with a moment of silence at 2:50 pm that was also observed in Washington, by President Barack Obama and lawmakers, and in New york, at the city’s stock exchange. Hundreds gathered outside the security cordon set up near the blast sites at the marathon finish line on Boylston Street to honor the dead and wounded. Some prayed, others left flowers. Church bells rang out across the city. FBI investigators are still hoping to get answers from Tsarnaev about the brothers’ possible motive, and learn whether other attacks were in the works. An unnamed US government source told CNN that “preliminary interviews with Tsarnaev indicate the two brothers fit the classification of self-radicalized jihadists,” and that international groups were not involved. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said Sunday that the brothers, who had been living legally in the United States for more than a decade, had more homemade explosive devices and appeared to have been planning more attacks. He said federal authorities were trying to track down how and where the two suspects obtained firearms and explosive devices.
Deadly clashes break out in northern Iraq BAGHDAD AGENCIES
Clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters in northern Iraq have left at least 20 people dead and dozens injured, officials said. The clashes broke out early on Tuesday morning when security forces entered an open area in Hawijah, west of Kirkuk, where demonstrations have been held since January. Iraq's ministry of defence said, in a statement, that 20 armed men were killed along with three army personnel - one officer and two soldiers - in the blasts. The statement also said that the armed men used protesters as cover, and that the army has arrested 75 "fight-
ers" and seized 40 rifles, plus grenades. Sheikh Abdullah Sami al-Asi, a Sunni provincial official, said the fighting began when security forces entered the protest area in the town and tried to make arrests. pROTESTS STARTED IN DECEMBER: The operation was reportedly aimed at Sunni rebels from a group known as the Naqshbandiya Army, and officials said that security forces only opened fire gunmen fired at them. Al Jazeera's Jane Arraf, reporting from Baghdad, said the protests "started in December sparked by the arrest of a major Sunni politician." The demonstrations are because "a lot of people are being arrested under a very vague and sweeping anti-terrorist law; a lot of these sweeps are happening in Sunni areas," she added. "They are also upset they have no jobs;
a lot of Iraqis here were stripped of their jobs because they were affiliated with the former Ba'ath Party." A United Nations spokeswoman in Iraq, Eliana Nabaa, confirmed that there were multiple casualties. She urged both sides to immediately lay down their weapons. A second officer said that 34 Kalashnikov assault rifles and four PKM machineguns were recovered at the scene. Two soldiers were killed and seven wounded in the operation, they said. Protesters have taken to the streets in Sunni-majority areas for more than four months, calling for the resignation of prime minister Nouri al-Maliki and decrying the alleged targeting of their minority community by the Shia-led authorities. Army officials accuse the protesters of attacking several checkpoints in the area.
RANCE'S embassy in Libya was hit by what appeared to be a car bomb on Tuesday, injuring two guards in the first such attack in the Libyan capital since the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi. "There was an attack on the embassy. We think it was a booby trapped car," a French official told Reuters. "There was a lot of damage and there are two guards wounded." In Paris, foreign minister Laurent Fabius condemned what he called a heinous attack and said everything would be done to find the perpetrators. "I send my solidarity and deepest sympathy to the two injured French guards and my wishes for their recovery," he said in a statement. One resident living less than 100 metres from the embassy said his windows shook when the first blast occurred. A witness who lives near the embassy, Asad Naeeli, told Al Jazeera that the bomb went off around 7am [0500 GMT]. “This is a big concern as a Libyan. you hear about things happening in different cities and now it is close to home," he said. "It is a big concern for the security of Libya, it will delay many things." Diplomatic missions have been targeted in Libya, most notably an attack on the US mission in the eastern city of Benghazi last September that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans. However Tuesday's attack is the first such serious assault on an embassy or foreign mission in the capital, Tripoli. Libya's new rulers are still struggling to impose their authority on a country awash with weapons and a myriad of armed militias who often do as they please.
Afghan Taliban say foreign captives are well KABUL: A group of foreigners abducted by Taliban insurgents in eastern Afghanistan are well and have been moved to a “safe area” inside the country, a spokesman for the militants said on Tuesday. The Taliban leadership will decide what to do with the group, spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP. Eight Turks, a Russian, a Kyrgyz man and an Afghan were seized after their helicopter made a forced landing on Sunday. “They have been moved to a safe area, they have no health problem and they are fine. They are inside Afghanistan,” Mujahid said by phone from an undisclosed location. The Mi-8 helicopter carrying Turkish road engineers landed in Azra district of Logar province south of Kabul, a hotbed of Taliban activity. AGENCIES
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US is looking forward to timely elections in Pakistan. – Richard Olson
NewS wednesday 24 April, 2013
SC seeks column wise details of outstanding dues in media case T ISLAMABAD ONLINE
HE Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday issued directives that column-wise details of outstanding dues may be resubmitted and reasons for not making payment of these dues be explained. The court issued these directives while hearing the case filed by owners of newspapers in connection with stay order on the payment of outstanding dues. A three-
member bench of SC headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja took up for hearing Hamid Mir case on Tuesday. Tariq Sohail told the court that he had filed two CMEs. “The amount has not been returned during the period from 2008 to 2012,” he said. Justice Khilji observed, “Most of the matters that have been mentioned in the details and informed to court pertain to MIDAS but no mention has been made about the period, therefore, it cannot be ascertained to which period these dues relate to.”
Justice Jawwad said the court should be told in respect of expenses and dues on column-wise pattern. “There are a lot of newspapers that we have come to know of today.” The counsel said, “We want that media-related dues are paid as soon as possible.” Justice Jawwad remarked, “We will correct the system so that no corruption remains and no one is disturbed. This will take place. Allow us to do some work. We want the matter is made transparent to the
maximum extent. This is in your favour. This is an issue for all of us. If the dues are just, they should be paid. Nothing has moved hither and thither. If we are provided column-wise details it will be better. We sit here for hearing but no information is made available. We have to hear other cases. We want to reach some conclusion. We will not allow that we give date of hearing every other day and adjourn the hearing.” With these observations, the proceedings were adjourned until May 2.
Musharraf is not a hero: Aitzaz LAHORE WEB DESK
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) senator and barrister Aitzaz Ahsan on Tuesday said that former military ruler Pervez Musharraf must not be made a hero for the nation and it was the responsibility of the federal government to take action against him under Article 6 of the Constitution. Talking to journalists at the Lahore High Court premises, Aitzaz Ahsan said that rather than obstructing the decisions of the Supreme Court, the orders need to be implemented. Aitzaz Ahsan said that the lawyers should adopt non-violent measures in the Musharraf case because such measures had undermined the prestige of the judiciary. Moreover, he said that all the leaders of all political parties were the same and Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should treat them equally.
SwAT: peshawar Corps Commander Khalid Rabbani on Tuesday addresses former militants who surrendered their weapons and were rehabilitated at an army centre. ONLINE
Blue-eyed official appointed NACP project manager ISLAMABAD ANWER ABBAS
The appointment of a blue-eyed official as the National Aids Control Programme Project Manager has endangered the assistance being received from international donor agencies, given the fact that Global Fund has already issued a warning, demanding the Pakistani government to improve the programme. Global Fund issued a warning to the country’s National Aids Control Programme (NACP) in which it clearly mentioned that the Aids Control Programme of Pakistan was on the decline and directed the government to introduce measures to improve it. However, rather than introducing any serious measures, a blue-eyed joint secretary of the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination (MICP), Syed Javed Shah, who holds no professional degree in health has been given an additional charge as the programme manager. As per the rules and regulations, the NACP Programme Manager is required to hold a master’s degree in public health, however Syed Javed Shah holds no such qualification. Informed sources told Pakistan Today that Shah was a close friend of MIPC secretary, who introduced him into the ministry as a joint secretary and had now handed him the additional charge as the project manager. Syed Javed Shah has already served as a commissioner in Swat and Malakand, and is famous for his statements regarding the Taliban. He was also picked up by security and law enforcement agencies which initiated an investigation regarding the various charges against him.
As predicted, MQM comes out in Musharraf’s support LAHORE STAFF REPORT
As per a prediction by Pakistan Today that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) would voice support for former president Pervez Musharraf, MQM Chairman Altaf Hussain the other day demanded a fair chance for the former military ruler to defend himself in court. Addressing MQM supporters in Mirpur
Khas, Altaf said the former military ruler had surrendered himself to the justice system therefore he should be given an opportunity to defend himself against the charges being leveled against him. He also said that all generals who had seized power and supported the dictator on October 12,
1999 should be tried. Pakistan Today had earlier reported that MQM’s opinion was turning towards Musharraf. According to details, MQM workers were turning sympathetic towards the former dictator, who they felt, was being targeted because he was from a Mohajir background. "A specific attitude of the media and ju-
diciary towards the former dictator is fast spreading an impression among the Mohajir community that Musharraf is being taken to task unduly, while all his abettors and collaborators in imposition of emergency have been spared the humiliation. As Musharraf is a Mohajir and has no support from any corner, the top leadership of the MQM is seriously mulling announcing its support for the former president," an MQM leader had said.
Former generals warn against humiliating Musharraf MONITORING DESK As the complainant in the judges’ detention case filed another petition for the transfer of former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf to the Central Jail Adiala, former generals warned that the army would not tolerate their former chief being push against the wall by lawyers. According to a report in the local media, Defence analyst General (r) Jamshed Ayaz said the military was closely monitoring the situation. He said at least nine corps commanders currently serving in the army were promoted during the Musharraf regime. He claimed that Musharraf still enjoyed support within the army ranks and the incumbent army chief General Ashfaq Kayani should play a role to save Musharraf from such a humiliation. “Otherwise Musharraf’s sympathisers may intervene to rescue the former military chief,” he added. General (r) Faiz Ali Chishti, the president of the ex-servicemen society, was of the view that Musharraf had to face the court in case he had done something
wrong but the lawyers should not be allowed to treat him as a criminal. “An accused, in the eye of law, remains innocent until or unless he is proved guilty,” he said, adding after proving the charge against the accused courts announce its verdicts and it was executed by the law enforcement agencies and the lawyers’ role was only to assist the courts. But in the case of former president Musharraf, the black coats were trying to take the law into their own hands which is not acceptable, he further said. There was, however, some division among the ex-servicemen over the treatment of Musharraf. Brigadier (r) Mian Mohammad Mehmood, a representative of retired army officers association, claimed that there was no sympathy for General Musharraf within the exservicemen. He said Musharraf was reaping what he had sown in 2007 when he sacked the judges of the superior judiciary. “We were with the lawyers and the civil society during the movement for restoration of the judges and
Nine corps commanders currently serving in the army were promoted during the Musharraf regime. Musharraf still enjoys support within the army ranks and General Ashfaq Kayani should play a role to save him from such a humiliation. Otherwise Musharraf’s sympathisers may intervene to rescue their former chief.
rendered sacrifices for the supremacy of the law,” said drag the institution into the courts,” he added. According Brig Mehmood. He, however, added that the lawyers to senior analyst Ayesha Siddiqa, the army had tried to should show decency during the appearance of stop Gen Musharraf from coming back to Pakistan but Musharraf in the courts to prove that they had fought the former general ignored the advice. She said the army would not come to his rescue for the supremacy of the law and let the court to decide because it would again destroy its image if it tried any the fate of the former dictator. Former chief of the army staff General (r) Aslam adventure. The army after consistent efforts was Baig, on the other hand, said the army would not tolerate restoring its image and to some extent had achieved these developments after a certain level. He said that cer- certain targets and it could not undo this for the sake of Musharraf, she added. Syed Qalbe Hassan, tain quarters were enthe vice-chairman of Pakistan Bar Council couraging the lawyers (PBC), the apex body of the lawyers, said the against the former Supreme Court was examining the ‘high treamilitary chief. “Othson’ charges against Musharraf and senior erwise they could not lawyers were predare to humiliate the senting their arguformer COAS who ments for and ruled the country for against the former more than a decade,” military ruler behe added. According fore the apex court. to him, certain elements laid a trap for He said ‘a few Musharraf while he was abroad by giving lawyers’ under their him an impression through the social media ‘hidden agenda’ that the whole country was waiting for him were bringing a bad and he would be warmly welcomed upon arname to the entire rival in Pakistan. After his arrival, planned legal fraternity by and coordinated efforts were being made to humiliating the forhumiliate him and to provoke the military by Mirza Aslam Baig, former COAS mer general. They dragging the institution into unnecessary litwere pressuring igation along with Musharraf, he added. “The situation may turn dangerous if the lawyers contin- Musharraf because they wanted him to leave the counued to humiliate the former military chief and tried to try without facing the trial, he added.
The army would not tolerate these developments after a certain level
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PML-N will restore local government system in the country. – Hamza Shahbaz
wednesday 24 April, 2013
80-year-old man arrested for trying to marry 11-year-old girl SHEIKHUpURA: The police on Tuesday arrested an 80-year-old groom along with his accomplice for marrying an 11year-old girl while another accused managed to flee. According to details, Najeeb, 80, hailing from village Chak of Faisalabad was going to marry 11-year-old Kiran of Lahore paying a huge sum of money to the father of the teenage girl. The ceremony was being held at a house located in tehsil Shahkot of Sheikhupura. The police, on a tip-off, raided the house and detained Najeeb and his relative Shabeer and recovered the innocent bride. Muhammad rafique, the father of bride, Nikkah Khawan and other accused managed to escape from the scene. The police registered a case against the culprits under the Child Marriage Act and a started search for them. INP
ATTOCK: A man fixes an election symbol of an election hopeful on a car on Tuesday as canvassing has begun across the country for the May 11 general election. ONLINE
PM directs early recruitment of Baloch to 3,000 federal jobs p ISLAMABAD ONLINE
RIME Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has directed the Establishment Division to widely publicise recruitment against vacancies available with the federal government on quota reserved for Balochistan, so that maximum number of people could be accessed for transparent recruitment to these positions. The prime minister gave these directions during a high-level meeting on Tuesday while reviewing the progress
made by the Establishment Division for recruitment to over 3,000 vacancies available in the federal government against Balochistan’s quota. He directed the Establishment Division that in case the response to the advertisement issued by the respective departments was not adequate, the date of extension for filling vacant posts may be extended by 10 days and the post be advertised again in local
Pakistan likely to get YouTube back by May
media in Balochistan to attract maximum response. Khoso was informed that 2,800 of these vacancies were available in non-gazetted cadre. He was informed that the vacancies included positions in all tiers in government departments of the federal government. Filling of these vacancies would give adequate representation and a foot-print to
Balochistan in the federal set-up, officials said. Khoso also directed the National Database Registration Authority to develop software that should carry complete information and database on the demography and population in Balochistan. He said the software would be beneficial for purpose of reference in future planning and recruitment in the federal, as well as provincial governments. The recruitment process was earlier put on hold with a view to adjust employees of devolved ministries after the passage of the 18th Amendment.
Afghanistan Karzai says patience running out with Pakistan
The ban on video-sharing website youTube is likely to be lifted in the first week of May following talks between the Google administration and the Ministry of Information Technology, sources told Indian news agency ANI on Tuesday. Google had earlier declined Pakistan’s demand of permanently blocking blasphemous content on the website owing to the absence of necessary laws and agreements between Pakistan and the US. According to the sources, negotiations this time were proving to be fruitful. The IT ministry “took up the matter with US diplomatic level and eventually succeeded to convince the Google administration. To remove sacrilegious’ content from youTube on good faith, both sides have so far agreed to meet in a video conference next week”, the sources were quoted as saying. Two proposals are likely to be placed by Pakistani authorities during the video conference, the sources further said. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority had banned youTube in September 2012 after Google turned down Islamabad’s request to remove the blasphemous video ‘Innocence of Muslims’, which sparked violence in the Muslim world, including Pakistan.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai left on Tuesday for talks in Brussels with top US and Pakistani officials aimed at reviving faltering efforts to bring peace to his country, as his office said that patience was running out with Pakistan. Meanwhile, NATO also said that Pakistan must play a positive role in bringing stability to Afghanistan as foreign troops prepare to leave in 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry will host talks between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and senior Pakistan officials in Brussels on Wednesday, with the aim of calming tension over border disputes and the stalled peace process. “If we are to ensure long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan we also need a positive engagement of Afghanistan’s neighbours, including Pakistan,” NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters as alliance foreign ministers met in
Brussels to discuss NATO’s mission in Afghanistan. Wednesday’s US-chaired meeting is part of a series of on-off discussions between Afghanistan and Pakistan at the behest of the United States. Rasmussen said he would meet Karzai later on Tuesday. Earlier, Kerry said the aim was to “try to talk about how we can advance this process in the simplest, most cooperative, most cogent way” to satisfy Pakistan’s and Afghanistan’s interests and end up with “a stable and peaceful Afghanistan”. Relations between Islamabad and Kabul, strained for years, appeared to make headway earlier in the year but have once again nosedived. The Taliban still refuse in public to negotiate with Karzai’s government. “Pakistan has not taken practical measures towards the Afghan peace process so far. Afghans are running out of patience,” Karzai’s spokesman Aimal Faizi said. Afghanistan says Pakistan, which backed the 1996-2001 Tal-
iban regime, continues to support the insurgents to counter the influence of arch-rival India. Pakistan’s foreign ministry said Monday it “remains committed to continue its positive and constructive role towards a durable peace in Afghanistan”. Relations had improved between the countries, building up to a three-way summit hosted by Britain in February to try to find an end to the war. But Faizi last month said Pakistan had now abandoned the peace process and imposed “impossible” preconditions on any further discussions. Pakistan has released at least 26 Afghan Taliban prisoners in recent months – a move that Kabul welcomed in the hope that they could help persuade the Taliban to enter into peace talks. But there is little evidence that the prisoners have done so and Kabul is now increasingly impatient that other detainees, including former Afghan Taliban deputy leader Abdul Ghani Baradar, have not been handed over.
Court orders arrest of former MPA in fake degree case SAHIwAL: A Sahiwal judge issued arrest orders for former parliamentarian Pir Wilayat Shah Khagga in a fake degree case on Tuesday. District and Sessions Judge Mushtaq Ahmad Warraich ordered the authorities to submit a challan into the case by April 30. Nazar Muhammad Fityana, Khagga’s political rival, had filed a petition on April 16 stating that the police were deliberately not arresting the former parliamentarian despite the fact that an FIr had been registered against him. upon which, the police told the court that it had conducted raids but the accused had absconded. They said the police had declared him a proclaimed offender. The proceedings were then adjourned until April 30. INP
Several injured in blast at NAdrA office in Sibi SIBI: Several people were injured in a cracker blast that targeted an office of the National Database and registration Authority (NADrA) in Balochistan’s Sibi town on Tuesday, officials said. unidentified motorcyclists lobbed a hand grenade at the office injuring several people and partially damaging the building. Police personnel deployed at the building fired shots at the assailants, but they managed to escape unharmed. A large contingent of Frontier Corps personnel reached the site and the injured were immediately taken to Sibi District Hospital. Investigations into the attack were underway. ONLINE
Afghanistan blames Pakistan for shelling KABUL: Afghan officials have accused Pakistan of shelling the eastern Kunar province once again on Monday, but said no civilian casualties were caused. The attack started on Monday with at least 24 missiles landing in Dangam District, Kunar Governor Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi said on Tuesday. "We confirm that the Pakistan military have launched several missiles into Dangam District," he said. Terrorists launch attacks inside Pakistan from Kunar province as most of the terrorists, including Maulvi Fazlullah, are reportedly hiding in the province after they fled from Swat in the wake of military operation. INP
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I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone. –Bill Cosby
Election diary – Four Election campaign and modern technology
CoMMeNT wednesday, 24 April, 2013
Musharraf and his detractors The best way: No undue haste
HE trial of Gen (Retd) Mushrraf is a unique event in Pakistan. Never before has any of the military rulers been taken to task for his misdeeds. What is required on the part of all those associated with the trial is to pursue it strictly in accordance with law so that justice is not only done but seen to have been done. In the eyes of law, Musharraf is still an accused person. The cases filed against him have yet to be decided. The former dictator’s lawyers would be keenly looking for any shred of evidence to cry blue murder and accuse the judges of being vindictive. The best way is to conduct the cases without undue haste. Instead of pressing the caretaker government to become a party in the treason case the court would do well to wait till the newly elected government assumes office next month. There is a need on the part of the lawyers to act more soberly than some have done during Musharraf’s attendance at the courts both in Karachi and in Islamabad. One can understand that some of them have been maltreated under Musharraf. But this does not justify any unruly behavior on their part. The lawyers’ community is a part and parcel of the judicial system. They have therefore to show patience rather than lose self control. Their job is to argue the case, demolish the arguments given by the accused person’s counsel and wait for the decision which may take time. The ongoing display of anger and threats of use of force outside the courts have to end. Musharraf is currently not fighting an election but defending himself against serious charges. Show of force outside the court can be interpreted as an attempt to influence the court. Allegations are already being made that some of the lawyers are acing at somebody’s bidding. Any ugly scene outside the court can lead to unpredictable results. It can even make Musharraf look like an aggrieved person rather than one charged with serious crimes. Saner voices from among the legal fraternity have also advised those wearing black coats to keep themselves under control. It goes to Gen Kayani’s credit that he kept the army out of politics. What is needed now is a peaceful transfer of power to the next elected government after May 11 polls. What is going on in the courts is the trial of a man who is no more in uniform. Those who are trying to create a perception that this amounts to the humiliation of a general are misleading the people. They must not be provided any excuse that strengthens the allegation.
The promise of election security Coordination issues should be resolved immediately
OORDINATE” is the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) war cry to law enforcement agencies (LEAs) as we enter the last two weeks of electioneering. Candidates in three out of four provinces are under threat, with reknowned politicians having been killed or narrowly escaped attacks in Khyber Pakthunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan. The ECP and the interior ministry are increasingly on the backfoot as they note that “federal and provincial law enforcement agencies” must ensure fool-proof security to polling staff and voters. Directions have been given to ensure security is provided to candidates, but with multiple enemies on the prowl, it appears that the matter will not be resolved with the same ease as statements are given out. Another meeting is scheduled with the representatives of the federal and provincial caretakers on April 25 to discuss the security plan for the general elections. However, the fact that ECP has also proposed the implementation of recommendations of the Parliament Committee’s report of 2009, suggests that the elected governments failed miserably to try to implement the same report. Caretaker Interior Minister Malik Habib has especially pointed to Karachi as a main point of fissure and claimed some leads have been received about the security threats. However, his assurances that “the government would spare no effort to address the security threats in Karachi and elsewhere” has not provided relief to political parties, with MQM candidate Nabil Gabol having formally requested the ECP to deploy troops in Lyari on the polling day. Whether the demand is met or not, on the ground, the Awami National Party (ANP) and MQM appear to be the two parties most under threat, and the security threat cannot be mitigated. The ECP has disturbingly reported that it has been reported a total of 728 threats, of which around 490 have been received from the Punjab, 159 from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 55 from Sindh and 24 from Balochistan. Similarly, the Balochistan government has decided to provide security to all candidates, with around four to six official security guards being provided to each candidate as well as election commission staff. With FAFEN reporting 13 different incidents of electoral violence around the country, claiming 23 lives in the last week, down from 170 dead in the week before, it appears that perhaps some of the security measures are bearing fruit. But FATA, KP and Sindh all remain extremely volatile. It is important that the ECP’s complaint of the lack of coordination between LEAs should be addressed immediately. Intelligence received on possible threats should be followed by immediate action. If not, it is known that militants are trying their best to create an incident that could jeopardize the upcoming polls – something Pakistan can least afford at this stage.
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HE final list of the candidates is out. There are more contestants in these elections than was the case in the 2008 elections. Invariably four to five candidates are contesting in each constituency. In some cases there are more candidates but not all candidates are taken seriously. In all 148 political parties have obtained election symbols but not all of them are going to put up more than a couple of candidates. The number of independent candidates appears to be on the rise. Most of them opted to run as independent after their favourite party being rejected them for allocation of party ticket. There is an overcrowding of candidates on the right of political spectrum. More candidates will be competing for the Islamist and the Political Right votes. However, family and baradari linkages, local political factionalism, personality of the candidates and how has the candidate engaged in community service in the past will influence voting behaviour. Every party has a secure vote bank that is associated with the party leader or the party identity. However, no party has enough vote bank to secure a comfortable majority in the National Assembly. Every party has to make efforts to win other votes. Though there are reserved seats for women, thirty-six women are contesting on general seats. Some nonMuslims are also contesting on general seats. The candiDR HASAN ASKARI RIzvI dates started their election campaign on individual basis soon after the filing of the nomination papers. However, the pace of the election campaign has been slow mainly because the unnecessarily elaborate scrutiny of the nomination papers and the Returning Officers’ efforts to embarrass the candidates in the name of Islam caused confusion. This also delayed the allocation of party ticket by political parties. All this delayed the start of the election campaign and if some candidate began their campaign in
their constituency on individual basis it was low-keyed. From April 19-20 the political parties formally launched their election campaign. Up to now, Imran Khan’s PTI appears to be most active. This is followed by the PMLN. The PPP is keeping a low profile due to the non-availability of leaders of national stature. It is paying more attention to putting out advertisements in newspapers and private sector TV channels than holding public meetings. President Zardari cannot lead the election campaign. The top PPP leaders, especially Bilawal Bhutto, Faryal Talpur and Makhdoom Amin Fahim, face terrorist threat. Their visibility is very low. The PPP’s focus is on invoking the Bhutto legacy. The traditional methods of election campaign are being supplemented by the use of modern communication technologies. The traditional methods like door to door contacts, meetings with the residents of a locality, interaction with community leaders, use of handbills, party flags and posters and banners are being employed. The candidates and parties are avoiding big public meetings, election marches, night time rallies and a high visibility election campaigning. These campaign methods used to turn election campaign into a big festival. Now, the threat of terrorism has forced the political parties to reduce big rallies and marches to the minimum. The Tehrik-e-Taliban-e-Pakistan (TTP) and their local affiliates are using suicide and remote control bombings to demonstrate their capacity to operate and strike freely in Pakistan, disrupt the election process and deter the ordinary people from coming out for voting on the polling day. Such attacks have taken place in Peshawar, Mardan, Karachi and parts of Balochistan and the tribal areas. Several people have been killed in these incidents. The TTP is targeting the candidates and election campaign of three liberal-left parties: the ANP, the MQM and the PPP. This is working to the advantage of Islamic political parties whose meetings and electioneering are not targeted by them. One of the PML-N candidates in Balochistan faced bombing attack on his entourage. This attack was done by a separatist Baloch group. The Punjab is peaceful, at least up to now. This gives a clear edge to the Tehrik-e-Insaf and the PML-N that are dominating election campaign in the Punjab. Imran Khan adopts a pro-Taliban position and the PML-N maintains ambiguity towards hardline Islamic groups, avoiding direct criticism of the Taliban and the Punjab based sectarian groups. Modern communication technologies are being used more frequently
this time than was the case in the February 2008 elections. Mobile phones are the main communication system in election campaigning and the monitoring of the polling stations. Mobile phone message system is currently being used to send political messages for seeking support as well as for inviting activists and voters to party meetings. Facebook and Twitter are also being used for debating the elections affairs, especially the election manifestos and the role of the leadership in political parties. Some of these exchanges are contentious and the supporters of different political parties trade charges and counter charges. The e-mail messages are also used for sending publicity material and for inviting people to meetings. All major parties are using these technologies. However, the PTI was the first party to use modern communication technologies for political mobilization and publicity. The PML-N has established a special team working under the leadership of Maryam Nawaz Sharif for using information technology for building support and communicating regularly with voters and supporters. The PPP is rather slow in adopting modern communication technologies. Almost all political parties have their web pages, although all parties are not efficient enough in updating their web page. The use of modern communication technology, especially the use of computer for communication, is limited to urban population. A large part of rural population and the poor section of population in cities do not have much access to the computer related communication technology. The political parties have hired advertising agencies and media groups for projection of the party through the media and to design media and publicity campaigns. The PTI and the PML-N have hired or borrowed small aircraft/helicopters to enable the leadership to travel quickly across the country. The Pir of Pagaro (PML-Functional) has his own aircraft and the PPP is expected to hire one. There is a lot of focus on newspaper advertisements and projection through television. Colored handbills and posters and banners are commonly used. In some cases the candidates violate the Election Commission’s limits on size of posters and billboards. The administrations of major cities are charging fee for displaying party/candidate posters on roadsides. In this way the city administrations are earning a reasonable amount of revenue. The election campaign has become an expensive affair. The writer is an independent political and defence analyst.
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Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline The two options Pakistan apparently has to meet its energy needs of gas are the Turkmenistan gas pipeline and the Iran gas pipeline. If we avoid jargons and technicalities we can still attempt to analyse the situation in an easier language. In any given normal conditions and circumstances, IranPakistan gas supply line seems to be the most logical option merely because Iran is Pakistan’s neighbor, has had good diplomatic relations traditionally and the gas line looks financially feasible. On the other hand, Pakistan faces a challenge particularly from its Western allies not to go ahead with the project. Instead there are talks in favour of Turkmenistan gas line in order to avoid international pressure within and outside Pakistan. Opinions may differ and feasibilities might lay in both proposals. It seems obvious that had it not have been international pressure on Pakistan’s sovereignty, the PakIran gas deal would had been good news for most. International relations are formulated on the basis of
national interest and this is no secret that Pakistan today arguably faces its worst ever energy crisis. While the region grows at a faster pace it is also no secret that energy seems to be the stumbling block between Pakistan and its economic growth. It won’t be wrong to say that Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project is the quickest option for Pakistan to meet its energy requirements on emergency basis until it makes its own long term energy solutions for a self-sustaining energy system. On the other hand, the fast initiative shown by Iran to complete its end of the deal after completing the distribution line up till Pakistan’s doorstep is another important factor to convince Pakistan. With global social, political and diplomatic situation changing at a fast pace and Pakistan in dire need to respond to its people who are nothing but a pack of hopeful resilient lot, the need of the hour was to go for a quick solution. There are also reports that indicate China’s probable interest in being a third partner in this project which would definitely result in more stakeholders and reduce pressure on Pakistan particularly from the West. HASSAN JAVED Lahore
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Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. –Coco Chanel
wednesday, 24 April, 2013
Beyghairat Brigade hits hard ‘S Where angels fear to tread
Who is responsible? How the problem of load shedding spiralled out of hands
HE Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is naturally apprehensive about the adverse impact of the unprecedented load-shedding during its tenure on its electoral fortunes in the coming elections. In frustration, it is making desperate efforts to mislead the nation through expensive full page advertisements that “if the PML-N government had not stopped 24,000 MW of power projects in 1997, there would be no load shedding today.” Since this is a grave national issue whose real importance goes far beyond electoral politics, the truth must be fully explained. Paradoxically, one of the most important underlying causes of today’s load-shedding was, in fact, the energy policy launched by the PPP government in 1994. With dazzling speed, within three months, the government issued 70 Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) and Letters of Intent (LOIs) to Independent Power Producers (IPPs) for generating 13,000 MW. By 1995, out of these 70 LOIs, firm Letters of Support (LOS) were issued to 27 parties to generate 6,335 MW of electricity. Most of this capacity came into operation in the next 3-4 years, sowing the seeds of a major energy crisis for the future. This should be clear from the following facts: The 1994 energy policy brought about a decisive shift in the Pakistan energy mix. In 1994, out of the total installed capacity of 11000 MW, 60 percent came from hydro electricity and only 40 percent from thermal capacity. In the next few years, this mix was reversed from 60:40 to 30:70 in favour of thermal capacity based on imported fuel. Every year, this ratio went down further to 20:80 in winter months as hydel generation was reduced due to lower water flows in the rivers. In 1994-95, the price of crude oil was $10-15 a barrel and the price of furnace oil was only Rs.2540 per ton. As oil price crossed $100 a barrel from 2008 onwards, the cost of generating one unit at IPP thermal plant has increased manifold to Rs18 per KWh when produced on furnace oil and Rs24
per unit when produced through diesel, while the average sale price of electricity in Pakistan is about Rs9 per KWh. In other words, every unit generated by an IPP involves a subsidy of Rs9 to Rs15 per KWh. That is the root cause of the growing problem of circular debt. Since the government does not have the budgetary resources to provide this subsidy, this huge power sector deficit leads to circular debt, which forces utility companies to borrow from the banking system upto their borrowing limits. After that they do not have the cash to import fuel for the power plants. This fiscal year alone the power sector deficit is expected to contribute over Rs700 billion to the circular debt, and because of the enormous subsidy required, our current installed thermal capacity of 13000 MW (excluding hydel capacity of 6500 MW) is generating less than 6000 MW, causing long hours of load-shedding. So the real issue in load-shedding is not capacity, it is the wrong fuel mix brought about by the 1994 energy policy of the PPP government. Another serious flaw in the 1994 energy policy was the curious decision to offer a fixed capacity price of 6.5 cents per KWh plus the actual cost of fuel as a pass through item. At that time the average cost of power generated by WAPDA was Rs0.90 per unit and the average sale price was Rs1.50 per unit. In an article which was published in a national English daily on 28 November 1994 (‘The Perils of High Cost Imported Energy’), I had warned that the average sale price will be more than double to Rs3.20 per KWh (10 cents) due to the IPPs. In actual fact, it has gone up six fold, without meeting the actual cost of generation. The real challenge of a viable and sustainable energy policy is twofold: one in meeting the energy needs through maximum reliance on domestic hydel, coal and renewable resources and second in producing energy at a reasonable cost. The1994 Energy Policy ignored both these challenges, and by increasing dependence on imported oil, created a permanent fault line in the country’s energy system. India generates 70 per cent of its electricity from domestic coal, 12 per cent from hydro and only three per cent from oil. Bangladesh uses gas for 90 per cent of its energy needs and only 5 five from oil. Pakistan, on the other hand, is still dependent on oil for 40 per cent of its electric supply, with 29 per cent each from hydel and gas. In the past decade, Musharraf government, while contributing to the growth of domestic demand for electricity through large scale provision of
bank loans for the purchase of air-conditioners and home appliances, (share of domestic energy consumption had jumped to 46 per cent of the total by 2008), did not add any new capacity to the system. Poor governance of the outgoing PPP-led coalition in the past five years has further compounded the problem of load-shedding. Transmission losses and electricity theft have reached record levels and size of unpaid electricity bills has been growing. These factors account for at least 10 percent of cumulative burden of circular debt despite 250 per cent increase in electricity tariff. The longer term problem of load-shedding can be solved only if we add to the system generating capacity at a cost that is less than the average sale price of Rs9 per KWh but in the past four years PPP government has added rental power at the exorbitant price of Rs25 per KWh. One can only imagine the size of the circular debt if the IPPs, lined up by PPP during 1994-95, were somehow producing 17,000 MW and not 6000 MW! Another misleading portion of the PPP ads is the reference to Hubco Power Project. This project was initiated in 1991-92 under the first PML-N government and was completed in 1996. The PPP government which took over in 1993, amended the original agreement to give the company under the 1994 energy policy the full pass through cost of fuel in violation of the original agreement. When the then Ehtesab Bureau detected large kickbacks in lieu of this amendment, the announcement of 12 October 1998 was made in the press. But there was no interruption in the generation of electricity from Hubco. Similarly, the other headlines of June 1998 calling for “cancellation of all agreements with foreign companies” were an exaggerated version of the decision to review the pricing formula which PPP government had egregiously allowed to IPPs, in return for large bribes. No agreements were actually cancelled, but based on the report of an expert committee chaired by late Mr. Shaukat Mirza, some of the prices at which WAPDA was purchasing electricity from IPPs were rationalized. I hope these facts will clearly show that even at election time there should be a limit on false accusations and distortion of historical facts.
There should be a limit on false accusations and distortion of historical facts.
The writer is senior vice president of PML-N. He has served as finance minister in 1990-1993 and 1997-1998.
TRIKE when the iron is hot’ appears to be the policy of Beyghairat Brigade, particularly when it comes to the questions more insinuated and less discussed in mainstream media. The new song, “Dhinak dhinak dhin dha da” is melodious and pungent. Like all the previous songs of the band it doesn’t play zEESHAN HuSSAIN with the scales and beats but captivates through its stunning lyrics. This time the band has satirically referred to the voraciousness of the army generals to launch coups against the democratic order. Definitely Musharraf’s ongoing trial has inspired this brilliant song but it is not confined to the appetite of the generals for the thrones, it rather goes even further and holds that their war strategies are flawed. In the pursuit of the strategic depth and the proxy wars being fought amongst the sects they have sacrificed the lives of their own people. There is no denying the fact that we have opened up hundreds of madrassas under the patronage of foreign countries that give us money to train our people best suited to promote their ideologies. These madrassas work under the guidance and guardianship of secret agencies which in turn work for the establishment. The video of the song this time is very suggestive and multilayered. In the video some guys are applying henna on the hands of a young guy clad in gorgeous kurta, shirt being prepared as a suicide bomber. The mannerism of the youth mocks at the bomber’s mindset. The video presents two different situations one of which is the ghazal night in which the leading singer is enamored with the modulations of the composition while the other is a Mehndi in which girls are clapping and the boys are dancing but paradoxically they are actually seeing off a suicide bomber who in an absurd way hesitates, musters up courage, resigns to defeat, expresses joy, obfuscation and shies away quite awkwardly. This is perhaps a suicide bomber who has at once found the inherent meaninglessness of human life. His clumsy movements, ranging from casual dance steps to the artificially created submission of self, remind us of the Theatre of the Absurd where artificial meanings are being worked out to fill the larger coffers of nothingness. Coming back to lyrics, again the concept of strategic depth has been shown as a place where we are left with no choice except as to choose between a dark void and a deep well. In any case we are facing an existential threat. Imagine a post-2014 situation of Afghanistan where Afghan National Army is teetering; warring tribes are raising their militias, good Taliban are seeking our help, bad Taliban are distrusting us, India, China, Russia, Arab Emirates and the US are aligning in terms of long term economic gains and we are left with no choice except to pose a nuisance value by sending our children as cannon fodder to check the presence of India in Afghanistan. Beyghairat are absolutely right in warning us of possible existential threats. They have made satire on the news reports that serve the purposes of those who matter s and the viewers must be a little confused as Mush’s situation is negating this premise but a little pondering over the premise maintains that our vociferous news media, particularly the electronic one, keeps quiet on the devastation inflicted by Cobra helicopters and the apathetic killing of innocent people trained in the name of anti Taliban Lashkars. Not to speak of the Ali Khels and Salarzais the blind missiles have hit the innocent children as well. Unknown people from unknown places play a significant role in making news reports when it comes to FATA and other troubled areas. The inquiry report of seven young boys ruthlessly murdered in the process has not been made public so far though the inquiry is complete and the commission has put forward the findings. Had it been an affair of a politician the media would have cried like a half slaughtered animal. Beyghairats boldly traverse the path where angels fear to tread. The song mocks at the analysts who shift their services as frequently as Veena Malik changes her costumes. Gift a Prado and receive the analyst at the door like a suitor welcomes a beloved. These days media owners are blackmailed by the anchors by threatening to shift to the next channel, and owners are helpless because they have to keep the brands in hand. The faces
The song mocks at the analysts who shift their services as frequently as Veena Malik changes her costumes.
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Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there. — Will Smith
ARTS wednesday, 24 April, 2013
rANBIr’S PArENTS FINd Srk CHArMINg
Bollywood Badshah Shah rukh Khan and the current generation’s sweetheart ranbir Kapoor maintain a safe distance from one another. Obviously rK Jr is 17 years younger than SrK and even addresses the senior actor as ‘sir’. However, one must say that ranbir’s parents rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh (who did a cameo in Jab Tak Hai Jaan) enjoy SrK’s company. Apparently, whenever rishi and Neetu bump into Shah rukh — either on a flight or at a social do, they make it a point to spend sometime with the actor. They love his ready wit and have fallen prey to SrK’s irresistible charm. NEWS DESK
SALMA AgHA’S dAugHTEr SET To MAkE BoLLYWood dEBuT MUMBAI: Famous Pakistani singer Salma Agha’s daughter Sasha is set to make her Bollywood debut in the upcoming film ‘Aurangzeb’ with Arjun Kapoor. A song from the movie sung by Sasha has been released and is a ‘club track’. The film will be released on May 17. ONLINE
Pakistan blacks out Shah rukh, Akshay kumar
I S T R I B U TO R S and exhibitors in Pakistan have abandoned Shah Rukh Khan-starrer ‘Chennai Express’ and Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai - 2’. Both were slated to release on the day of Eid, August 8, in the country. The reason being cited is that Pakistani filmmakers want four of their films- ‘Josh’, ‘Ishq Khuda’, ‘War’ and ‘Mera Naam Afridi’ - to get more visibility than the Indian films. Leading distributor Abdul Rashid, who controls a
large section of the distribution chain across the border, and has been in touch with the producers of Chennai Express and Once Upon..., UTV and Balaji, respectively, communicated the decision to the two production houses. Expressing disappointment with the developments, a source said, “Theatres in Pakistan generate maximum revenue from Hindi films. So it is really sad that this time, they did a volteface. UTV and Balaji tried reasoning with the filmmakers, but to no avail.” According to trade sources, Pakistan’s blackout of these two films will lead to an estimated loss to the tune of Rs 20 crore. When contacted, Abdul Rashid
told TOI, “yes, we are not releasing Chennai Express and Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai - 2 in Pakistan. Our government wants to protect the interests of the Pakistan film fraternity.” He also added,”We don’t mind rescheduling the two films to August 15. But piracy would have reduced the business prospects of the two films by then.” Admitting that exhibitors would stand to gain by accommodating the two big-ticket films, Rashid however said, “We cannot overrule our government’s decision.” Neither UTV nor Balaji were willing to comment on the development.
Kim Kardashian wants rAM goPAL VArMA to get married again apologises to senior Socialite Kim Kardashian has expressed her desire to marry again, now that her divorce with estranged husband, footballer Kris Humphries, is settled. Kim is currently dating rapper Kanye West, and the couple is expecting their first child. She does not wish to waste anymore time, reports hellomagazine.com. “I do think I would get married again. That’s what I’ve always wanted. And just because you think you find it and you realise that’s not it, I think I was brave enough to realise that quickly and not waste time,” Kim, 32, said on a chat show. “I found what I really wanted. So I think I definitely do want that,” she added. NEWS DESK
Six men, six women jury for Michael Jackson’s $40b lawsuit
NEWS DESK Six men and six women will decide whether concert promoters AEG Live were to blame for the death of Michael Jackson in a $40 billion civil lawsuit that could last three months. The twelve jurors have been chosen after a month-long search, while three alternative jurors still have to be chosen. Opening statements should begin later this week, or early next week, reports said. Jackson’s 82-year-old mother Katherine is suing AEG Live, the promoters of the singer’s illfated series of concerts in London, for the
wrongful death of her son. She alleges that the company was negligent in hiring Dr Conrad Murray to care for the singer while he rehearsed for the 50 shows. Dr Murray is currently serving time for the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson. The concert promoters argue that they could not have foreseen that Murray posed a danger to the singer, who died from a lethal dose of the surgical anaesthetic Propofol that Murray was administering to help Jackson with sleep problems. Potential witnesses in the trial include Jackson’s mother, his two oldest children Prince and Paris, Dr Conrad Murray, singers Prince and Diana Ross and Jackson’s ex-wives LisaMarie Presley and Debbie Rowe. Katherine Jackson and her son’s children are seeking $40 billion in damages for loss of the singer’s earnings and other damages. The final amount will be determined should the 15 members of the jury find that AEG are responsible for negligence in the singer’s death.
Marathi actor NEWS DESK Just the other day, Ram Gopal Varma incurred the wrath of a Bombay High Court Judge for refusing to return the money he owes Reliance Media Works (RMW) Ltd. And now, the filmmaker has had to tender a written apology to senior Marathi actor, Dr Girish Oak, for allegedly using his voice for the promos of ‘Satya 2’ without his consent. And it wasn’t before the Shiv Sena Chitrapat Sena (film unit of the Shiv Sena) helmed by another Marathi actor, Adesh Bandekar, intervened, and threatened Varma with dire consequences,that the director relented. This is how it all panned out. After announcing the sequel to his 1998 blockbuster Satya, Varma called several actors for an audition, asking them to deliver some of the dialogues from his upcoming film. Dr Oak was one of them, and returned after his voice audition, hopeful he would get a call from Varma’s production house. Apparently, in the meantime, Varma used Dr Oak’s voice sample for promos of the sequel, which he uploaded on you Tube, and even some trailers of the film, without informing the actor of his actions. When Dr Oak found out about the videos, he called up Varma’s office, only to get no reply. The actor recalled his experience saying, “I just called to ask them how they could use my voice without my consent, but they didn’t reply. They treated me shabbily and I was very hurt and upset.” However, things are very different now, according to Dr Oak. “Varma is now offering me money and credit for my voice. But I don’t want money for it. I want my dignity back,” he said. When Bandekar (President of the Shiv Sena Chitrapat Sena) heard about the incident, he tried to get in touch with Varma but wasn’t successful. He again visited Varma’s office, this time with Dr Oak and members of the Chitrapat Sena in tow, but Varma left his office without meeting them. Ultimately, they told Varma he wouldn’t be allowed to shoot in Maharashtra if he didn’t make amends. Bandekar even appealed the filmmaker to tender an apology to such a senior actor as Dr Oak. “At the time, Varma was ready to pay Dr Oak, but we insisted on a written apology and finally, he submitted it on his company (Dreamforce Enterprises) letter head to Dr Oak,” said Bandekar.
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Courage is grace under pressure. — Ernest Hemingway
ArTS wednesday, 24 April, 2013
SELENA goMEZ’S friends furious she’s back with Justin Bieber
uSTIN Bieber recently posted an Instagram photo of himself and Selena Gomez together. According to radar Online on April 22, the photo has Selena’s friends furious that she is giving Justin another chance. Selena had been busy promoting her new movie “Spring Breakers”, but after the movie premiered and the promotion was over, she decided, according to a source, that “she was lonely” without Justin. Gomez was so lonely, apparently, that she jetted off to Oslo, Norway to meet up with Justin during his “Believe” tour. The couple was spotted by witnesses holding hands and kissing, and over the weekend Justin posted a photo of them back together on his Instagram account. Selena and Justin seem happy with their decision to get back together, however, Selena’s friends are furious that she is involved with him again. A source said Selena’s friends have been warning her that he is no good for her. The source also went on to say that Selena just loves the attention he gives to her and that Selena is a good influence on Justin. Justin’s behavior has been much better since they have been seeing each other again. The source said, “Being with Selena is good for him, but her friends are adamant that he’s bad for her.” After two years as a couple, Selena and Justin broke up at the end of 2012 right before New Year’s eve and after only four months apart, the two have been spotted together again. reportedly, even though they have been spending a lot of time together recently, nothing is official between them. A source revealed they are just testing the waters right now, and Selena didn’t know Justin was going to post the photo of them together. NEWS DESK
World’s first supermodel Janice Dickinson ‘broke’
Rape is like domestic terrorism:
NEWS DESK World’s first supermodel Janice Dickinson is reportedly broke and has declared bankruptcy. She told Radar Online that she is upset over the development and is desperate to pay everyone back. According to the court documents obtained by the New york Post, the 58-year-old is 1 million dollars in debt - much of which seems to be attributed to doctor’s bills for her plastic surgery procedures. “I had some trouble, so yes, it is true,” she said on Monday morning. On her list of debtors is Beverly Hills dermatologist Arnold Klein and antiaging expert Dr. Uzzi Reiss, who are both owed more than 8,000 dollars, she also has unpaid taxes dating back more than a decade, with her owing more than half a million dollars to the IRS and the states of California and New york.
PrEITY ZINTA NEWS DESK Known for her feisty spirit, Preity Zinta is very perturbed by the growing incidents of rape in the country. She attributes it to the fact that Indians have very short memories which is what leads to escalating crimes against women including rape. The actress who is on a high after her team won the IPL match against Pune Warriors in Mohali on Sunday, is however critical of the social apathy towards crimes against women in the country. After Nirbhaya, Preity reacted sharply to the brutal rape of the five-yearold girl in Delhi as she took to venting on social media and could not contain her angst even when she was conversing with people. She says, “We have this whole thing in India about reacting for a very short period of time. We have such short memories. When an incident happens, we react, create jams and protests and we forget about it all and go home and sleep.” Not stopping at that, Preity terms rape also as a form of terrorism. “This (crime against women) is also terrorism, it is domestic terrorism and these culprits unleash terror on women,” she vents. yet, Preity doesn’t think the lapses for the escalating crimes are the onus of the government or the police alone. “Half the time we blame the police for lack of action. But that’s not true. The awareness for stopping these crimes has to come from within each one of us. We as citizens have to wake up to the fact that we have to take action to stop this. This really bothers me a lot. And somewhere even we as women have to take responsibility for saying this is enough,” she adds.
‘Trust Me’ was supposed to be a comedy: Clark Gregg NEWS DESK Hollywood actor-director Clark Gregg, who has written, directed and acted in “Trust Me”, said the movie was originally supposed to be a goofy comedy about Hollywood. Gregg said he meant to pen a humorous tale, but when he finished first draft, he realised that the film had a much darker tone. The film is about a low-rent former child star who represents other young actors. “I thought I was writing a goofy comedy about the business,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted Gregg as saying. “I mean, I don’t feel like it changes at the end. I feel like there’s a gradually evolving darker component. But, yeah, it came blazing out of me, and I saw when I read it back, ‘Oh, this is different.’ “This is representative of my ambivalent feelings that I have about Hollywood and about kind of the distorted concept of stardom. Especially in this celebrityobsessed moment,” added Gregg. Gregg celebrated the world premiere of the film at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival in New york over the weekend, along with co-stars Felicity Huffman, Amanda Peet and Sarah Paulson.
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INFOTAINMENT Wednesday, 24 April, 2013
You CAN LANd A JoB AT SToNEHENgE
Are you cool with the Druids? You’ll need to be if you’re going to apply to be the general manager of Stonehenge. For the first time, english Heritage — a government body that oversees the site — is looking for the “brightest and the best” to care for the site in Wiltshire, and one of the general manager’s main functions is to liaise with Druid leaders, BBC reports. The nearly $100,000-a-year job includes the responsibility of ensuring solstice celebrations “aren’t in some way compromising the mystery and integrity of the stones,” english Heritage told the Telegraph. “You could be up at the stones one minute, in outdoor garb trying to help visitors, then you can be back in a state-ofthe-art visitors’ centre,” english Heritage’s Tim reeve told BBC. The new general manager will be expected to manage the attraction’s staff of 180 and assist its droves of visitors. He’ll also need to maintain relationships with the Druid leaders, such as King Arthur Pendragon, who campaigned to open the site to the public during the summer and winter solstices, according to the Guardian. Stonehenge was likely erected more than 4,000 years ago, aligned with the solstice sun. It attracts people from around the world and throughout the year as a place of worship and wonder. NEWS DESK
MAN SHooTS SELF IN FACE WITH HArPooN, SurVIVES
Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy - your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself. –Annie Leibovitz
Volunteers wanted for one-way ticket to Mars
ARS One, a Dutch company, has begun its search for volunteers to fly and live on the red planet - but it’s a one-way trip. At a press conference in New york City on Monday, the company’s CEO Bas Lansdorp announced an open call for anyone to apply for the flight, knowing that they will never be able to return home. The mission will be one-way only because there currently is no technology that would enable a return trip from Mars to Earth. “Today, the Mars One foundation starts the search for Mars inhabitants. The search for people from all nations who want to settle on Mars. Mars One is a non profit organisation that is working on landing the first crew on Mars in 2023 and another crew every two years after that,” he said. The plan, Lansdorp explained, is to send four astronauts to Mars with the goal of establishing a permanent human colony. Takeoff, landing
elvis impersonator gets in police standoﬀ NEWS DESK
A Brazilian fisherman who accidentally fired a harpoon through his own face survived with minimal brain damage — and didn’t bother to seek medical attention for more than 10 hours. Bruno Barcellos de Souza Coutinho, 34, was cleaning his fishing gear when the speargun discharged, sending the foot-long weapon approximately six inches into his skull, according to Hospital Santa Teresa. Instead of rushing to the hospital, de Souza Coutinho apparently thought he would relax and let the wound heal, prompting his aunt to call the fire department. De Souza Coutinho was completely lucid when he arrived at the hospital, despite having had a small spear pierce his left eye, crush his skull and lodge itself in his brain millimeters from vital arteries, according to Gawker. He underwent emergency surgery Monday and lost all vision in his left eye due to the mishap. He remains in the hospital’s intensive care unit, and will know to seek medical attention the next time he manages to survive a near-fatal harpoon accident. NEWS DESK
and various parts of the mission will be streamed on the internet, and viewed by 4bn people, according to Lansdorf’s estimate. Anyone can apply for the mission, though there is an application fee that will go towards the estimated $6 billion required to fund the mission. Applicants must be between 18-40 years of age and in good physical condition. Good people and survival skills and reasonable grasp of the English language are also required. Mars One plans to train the team for seven years before the flight, which will take seven months to reach the red planet. Asked if he thinks it is ethical to send people on a one way journey to Mars, Lansdorp called the mission “idealistic” and “something that can truly change the Earth.” TWO MALES AND TWO FEMALES The Netherlands-based non-profit plans to send new missions thereafter every two years, with the second crew joining in 2025. Each flight will carry two males and two females, but Lansdorp said Mars One was not requiring anyone to take fertility tests. “These
This Elvis allegedly didn’t want to leave the building — so he got into a standoff with police in Des Moines, Iowa, that lasted more than 30 hours. Micky King, who is a longtime Elvis Presley impersonator in the area, allegedly called authorities on Saturday evening asking for assistance with a dispute. But when they
showed up and began talking to him, he appeared to become more upset, KCCI-TV reported. Officials on the scene noticed King had a weapon, but Des Moines Police Sgt. Jason Halifax said the suspect didn’t have a gun near him during a brief questioning. However, King allegedly yelled at the six officers on the scene and fired at least one shot at police, according to WHO-TV.
The officers shot back, but told the station they didn’t think King was injured. He allegedly shut the doors and locked out the officers and started the standoff, which ended just after midnight Monday, according to the Des Moines Register. Police coaxed the pretend Presley onto his porch and then subdued him with a stun gun. He was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries before being booked on weapons charges, according to the paper. King is the second Elvis impersonator in the past week to get in trouble with the law. Last week, Paul Kevin Curtis of Mississippi was accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and Republican Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi. Having two Elvises possibly doing the “Jailhouse Rock” seems “all shook up,” but Las Vegas-based singer Peter Vallee — who performs as “Big Elvis” — promises that most Elvis Tribute Artists (ETAs) are lawabiding citizens. “It goes with anything,” Vallee told The Huffington Post. “A bad cop, priest or politician doesn’t mean it’s a bad profession. It’s the individual.”
people will be living on Mars in a very small environment with just four people. It will be a dangerous environment and any prospective parent should always ask themselves is this the right time and place for me to have children,” he said. “These are responsible people that we are sending to Mars.” The biggest challenge Lansdorp foresees is gathering and maintaining funding for the mission. When they arrive on Mars, Lansdorp explained that there will be a habitable settlement already there. The living quarters will be prepared by robotic missions that go to the red planet ahead of the astronauts. The living quarters will have exercise equipment and will be wired so the astronauts can communicate with family embers on Earth via internet and a technology similar to Skype - albeit with delays that could be anywhere from six to 20 minutes long. They will also have internet and television access. The organisation said it had already received inquiries from 10,000 prospective applicants in more than 100 countries.
World’s oldest person, celebrates 116th birthday The world’s oldest person has 116 reasons to be happy today. Jiroeman Kimura, a Japanese citizen who was declared to be the world’s oldest living person in December, padded his record by another year when he celebrated the big 1-1-6 on April 19. The birthday wellwishers included a video message from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and a visit from the mayor of Kimura’s hometown of Kyotango, Japan, a city of 60,000 that has 95 residents over the age of 100, the Daily Mail reported. Kimura is one of only 12 living people in the world born before 1900, according to the BBC. The world’s oldest living woman, 115-year-old Misao Okawa, also lives in Japan. Kimura celebrated his big day with his usual thrice-daily meal of rice, pumpkins and sweet potatoes, which is prepared by his 60-yearold granddaughter-in-law, DNAIndia.com reported. Kimura worked as a mail carrier before retiring at the age of 65. After that, he farmed until he was 90, ABC News reported, adding that four of his siblings lived into their 90s, including a younger brother who died at the age of 100. Along the way, he had five kids, 14 grandchildren, 25 greatgrandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren, IBTimes reported. But Kimura’s title as the world’s oldest person is not without controversy. Lou Meizhen of Bama, China, claims to be 127-yearsold, according to Shanghaiist. However, since birth certificates in her native region were only recorded after the Communist takeover in 1949, her only proof of age is a faded copy of her ID. He also has a long way to go to hold the record of oldest person ever. That honor goes to Jeanne Louise Calment of France who was 122 years, 164 days when she died in 1997. NEWS DESK
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Spurs have got a lot to play for and congratulations to them but I’m not really interested in them — Joe Hart
SPorTS wednesday, 24 April, 2013
McCullum drops defamation case after apology
ICC urgES duo To HELP CoMBAT SPoT-FIxINg T LAHORE
WELLINGTON: New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum has dropped his defamation action against former test player John Parker after Parker retracted and apologised for comments linking McCullum to the sacking of his predecessor Ross Taylor. McCullum’s lawyers on Tuesday issued a statement in which Parker withdrew his claim that McCullum had advance knowledge of coach Mike Hesson’s intention to remove Taylor as New Zealand captain. The claim was contained in a nine-page document issued by Parker and endorsed by a number of former New Zealand players which condemned the way in which Taylor’s sacking was handled. In Tuesday’s statement Parker said he “did not intend to discredit Brendon McCullum and sincerely apologises to him for any harm to him”. AGENCIES
H E International Cricket Council has urged banned Pakistan duo Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif to “come clean” to its anticorruption unit and help the fight against spot-fixing in cricket. ICC chief Dave Richardson on Tuesday made the call after Butt and Asif had appeals against their minimum fiveyear suspensions for spot-fixing dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport last week. The duo were banned by the ICC after they were found guilty, along with Mohammad Amir, of being a part of a plot to bowl no-balls during the Lord’s Test against England in 2010. Amir has since admitted his guilt, however, Butt and Asif have expressed their innocence. However in CAS’s written statement it was stated that former Pakistan captain Butt – described as the orchestrator of the plot during a criminal case that resulted in all three players being jailed – had admitted his role.
The men who made a mark Camp under Wasim a great PCB initiative: Aaqib LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Aaqib Javed, the former Pakistan fast bowler and ex-national bowling coach and now head coach of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) team, is a World Cup winner under the leadership of Imran Khan in 1992. Aaqib took 236 wickets in an international career that spanned more than nine years. After his retirement, Aaqib has held a range of coaching positions, including roles at the Lahore Regional Academy and also the National Cricket Academy. His most recent stint with the Pakistan Cricket Board ended in February 2012 when his contract as Pakistan’s bowling coach was not renewed at his own request. Well known for a keen eye on pace bowling talent and having the ability to groom up and coming bowlers in Pakistan, Aaqib spoke to PakPassion.net about the benefits of the training camp under his former team mate and fast bowling partner Wasim Akram. Aaqib said: “The camp is a great opportunity for the bowlers who have been invited to learn and they should make the most of it as these opportunities do not present themselves every day. I’d advise the bowlers to listen very carefully, learn and use the advice that is being passed onto you.” Aaqib added: “To change the whole outlook and philosophy of a fast bowler in the course of 10 days is asking a lot. Even a brilliant bowler like Wasim Akram will find it tough to totally change and improve some of the bowlers at the camp in Karachi. I worked with Wasim when the PCB utilised his services at training camps in Pakistan when I was bowling coach. Make no mistake, Wasim’s very good with the boys, particularly on technical aspects and on the mental side of the game. But the question I would ask is: Can you develop and genuinely improve a fast bowler in just 10 days?” Aaqib added: “Wasim can guide the bowlers at the camp, he can give the boys lots of technical advice and information on the basics, but expanding a fast bowler’s capacity in the space of a 10day slot is a very tough ask. To really benefit these bowlers you have to work with them over a long period and look at their basics,
‘KING OF SPEED’ WINNERS JOIN AKRAM BOWLING CAMP KARACHI: The lucky wild card winners from ufone-PCB ‘King of Speed’ trials joined the national bowling camp here Tuesday. The high profile bowling camp held under the supervision of legendary and former captain of Pakistan cricket team Wasim Akram, also brand ambassador of the fastest data network, ufone. Trials for round 1 were conducted in 10 cities, including Multan, Faisalabad, Garhi Khuda Baksh, Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, AJK (Mirpur), Abbottabad and Lahore. A total of 20 fast bowlers, two from each city, were selected for the round 2 trials. After the completion of round 1 and 2 of trials, Muhammad Imran and Abdul Ameer from Karachi and Faisal Yasin from Faisalabad were the lucky participants selected to join Wasim in the fast bowler camp being hosted at National Stadium Karachi for one week. Muhammad Akram Pakistan’s national team bowling coach is assisting Wasim for this camp. Wasim warmly welcomed the fast bowlers on joining the camp. Wasim would train them for the techniques of swing, reverse swing and Yorker which are a must in any bowler’s artillery. The ufone-PCB “King of Speed” trials were part of the Memorandum of understanding (Mou) signed between ufone and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to find and train the best raw talent existing in Pakistan. To facilitate this grand activity PCB extended full support and played a major part in selection process held at each city.
their speed, their accuracy, the ability to swing the ball. In a 10-day slot like Wasim is doing, it’s easier to help and work with bowlers who are already playing at the highest level and doing very well, give them some technical advice, minor changes here and there. But in such a short space of time it’s a difficult task to really benefit those bowlers who are just starting their first class careers.” Aaqib who has worked with most of the bowlers that are attending the training camp feels that the young bowlers will absorb all of the information that Wasim is passing onto them and despite the short length of the camp — and it most
likely to be a one-off — some benefit will come out of it. He also feels that the camp is a good initiative and something that should be done on a regular basis. “I’m sure most of the attendees will listen intently to Wasim’s advice and I think despite one or two drawbacks as I have outlined, the camp is a good idea. As a coach, at the end of the day, we can only guide, advice and suggest changes. Once a bowler goes out onto the park it’s up to him to perform and show what information he has taken on board. Some boys are quicker learners than others, some you waste your breath on, others want to learn and some don’t, that is part and parcel of the job. I think the initiative is a good one by the PCB but to really benefit our pace bowling resources holding these camps on a regular basis is what’s required.” Nineteen of Pakistan’s best bowlers, including Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan, are attending the 10-day camp at the National Stadium in Karachi.
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Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) deserve a mention for their consistent show throughout the event. Blessed with some of the finest players in Pakistan’s domestic circuit, they demonstrated self-belief, a remarkable depth in batting line-up and a formidable bowling attack, led by veteran Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and two young potent fastbowlers Junaid Khan and Nasir Malik. They beat National Bank by 119 runs in the semi-final but fell 32 runs short in the final contest, losing to Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL), led by Misbah-ul-Haq. One of the most prominent cricket websites, Cricinfo looks back at the President One-Day Cup action and picks out the performers of the event BATSMAN OF THE TOURNAMENT: Rafatullah Mohmand (WAPDA) is 36, but age isn’t a limitation. In this tournament, he’s scored 425 runs in six matches at an average of 85. Having spent five years struggling on the circuit, after his world-record, second-wicket partnership of 580 runs in 2009, Mohmand is back in contention with strong performances. He finished as the second-highest run-getter in the tournament behind team-mate Sohaib Maqsood (427) and his three consecutive hundreds paved the way for the team’s success. Azhar Ali (SNGPL) was the only batsman from the list of Pakistan’s probables to score more than 300 in six matches. Ali scored 356 for SNGPL at an average of 89.00. Other batsmen to excel included Maqsood, who, though largely unheralded, provided WAPDA with stability at the top of the order. He scored 427 at 71.16 with a strike rate of 97.93. BOWLER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Asad Ali (SNGPL) and Nasir Malik (WAPDA) had 10 wickets each before the teams met in the final. However, Ali’s four-wicket haul helped him finish as the leading wicket-taker, while Malik finished with 13 wickets. Ali is not an express
bowler but his ability to hit the deck with a decent line and length made him Misbah’s best bowler. yOUNG pLAyER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Kamran Akmal remains the first choice for the national side, but the tournament saw the emergence of a young, promising wicket-keeper. Peshawar-born Mohammad Rizwan (SNGPL) scored 118 runs at an average of 39.33 and effected six dismissals, while Akmal scored 249 runs at an average of 62.25 with a highest score of 132*. UNSUNG HERO OF THE TOURNAMENT: Umar Amin (Port Qasim Authority), a stylish 23-year-old, left-hand batsman, who made his debut for Pakistan in 2010 and featured in four Tests, has been working hard to regain his spot in the national side. The leading run-scorer in the President’s Trophy first-class tournament - with 767 runs in nine matches at an average of 45.11 - Amin did well in the one-day tournament, too, his recent scores being 112, 42, 32, 32. FLOp OF THE TOURNAMENT: It has been a while since Umar Akmal scored enough runs to justify his immense flair. His scores in the tournament were poor, and he finished with 79 runs in six matches. CApTAIN OF THE TOURNAMENT: Misbah-ul-Haq had a stellar domestic season. Apart from the President’s One-day Cup tournament, he won the first-class and Twenty20 titles, leading SNGPL and Faisalabad Wolves. He has the highest number of wins as captain throughout the season, having won 21 out of the 25 games he captained in different formats. DISAppOINTMENT OF THE TOURNAMENT: All eyes were set on Shahid Afridi, anticipating a return to form in his charismatic style. He has been out of form for more than a year now, and that has been a cause for concern. In the tournament, he managed 70 runs in four matches and failed with the ball, too, taking only three wickets at poor bowling average of 56.66
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My first win in Istanbul. Thanks for big support from the audience. Nice to play here, hope my tennis will be even better in next match — Dona Vekic
wednesday, 24 April, 2013
( INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE 2013
fastest century BANGALORE
ARD-HITTING Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) opener Chris Gayle created history by hammering the fastest century in cricket history during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Pune Warriors at M Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Tuesday. The West Indian cricketer reached the triple figure mark in 30 balls and remained not out at 175 runs. Gayle smashed 13 boundaries and 17 sixes in his entertaining knock. Gayle’s knock beats the previous 34-ball Twenty20 record that was set by Andrew Symonds of Australia. Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi holds the record of
JuNIor HoCkEY CAMP rESuMES FroM 30TH LAHORE: The 2nd Phase of training camp of national junior probables preparing for Test Match Series against Germany, Belgium & Holland will be established at Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium Islamabad on April 30. The PHF has asked the selected lot of players to report to the Camp Commandant (Rana Mujahid Ali) at Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium Islamabad on the afternoon of April 30. the probables: Goalkeepers: Mazhar Abbas, Amjad Ali, M. talal khalid & Amin yousuf Fullbacks: Muhammad khalid, M. kashif Javed, Faisal Qadir, Syed kashif Shah & Zohaib Ashraf halfbacks: M.rizwan Jr., Muhamamd tousiq, Ammad Shakeel butt, tasawar Abbas & M. bilal khan Forwards: M. Irfan, M. Umar bhutta, M. dilber, Ali Shan, M. Suleman, M. Arslan Qadir, Muhammad Umair, hafiz rizwan Ali, Muhammad rizwan, Ayub Ali, Ahmed Zubair & bilal Mahmood team Management: rana Mujahid Ali/Manager & head Coach, Mr. danish kaleem/Coach, Mr. Anjum Saeed/Coach, dr. Asad Abbas Shah/team doctor & Syed Abuzar Umrao/Video-Analyst.. STAFF REPORT U16 BOyS HOCKEy FROM 28TH: The 2nd edition of the U-16 Boys Hockey Championship will be played at National Hockey Stadium Lahore from April 28 till May 9. The PHF has appointed “Age Credentials Check Committee” who will verify and check the ages of the players and shall apply “Bone Test” or may resort to “Facial Scrutiny” to disqualify the over-age players. The concealment of age factor shall render the player & team manager, to debarment, which may exceed up to one year. The Committee will comprises Rana Mujahid Ali – Convener while Tahir Zaman and Rehan Butt are members. 2ND SAIF SpORTS SAGA OpEN WOMEN pOWERLIFTING: The 2nd Saif Sports Saga Open Women Powerlifting City Cup 2013 will be held on Sunday (April 28) at 664-G-St No 29 near Lums Wateen Chowk Defence Lahore under auspices of Lahore District Powerlifting Association and is sponsored by Defence Residents Association. According to organizing secretary international powerlifter Aqeel Javed Butt, competitions will be held in three events Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift in seven body weight categories. Saif-ul-Azam Khan, chairman SAIF Saga Sports is chairman of the organizing committee. Competition will start from 11 am. Prize Distribution will be held at 5 pm. About 40 women powerlifters belonging to Govt College Shadbagh, Govt Women Degree College Gulshan Ravi, Punjab University, Cathredal School, Govt Girls High School Samanabad, Lahore Gymkhana, National Weightlifting and Powerlifting Club will participate. Training camp under supervision of Akeel Butt is in progress at National Powerlifting Club Coaching Centre here. GREENS HIGH pERFORMANCE CAMp 2013: Model Town Greens Cricket Club and Academy is going to organize a High Performance Cricket Camp 2013, with the collaboration of National Cricket Academy (NCA) from April 26 at Model Town Greens Sports Complex Lahore. In the Camp 40 top Club and Academy players will be participated and the camp will be supervised by Saood Khan (NCA Coach), Abdul Majeed (NCA Coach) and Rohail Ali (NCA Trainer).
hussey sets up Chennai victory CHENNAI AGENCIES
Mike Hussey’s superb 88 eventually trumped a century from Shane Watson as the Chennai Super Kings pulled off a narrow five-wicket win over the Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Monday. Watson scored 101, his first T20 century and the first of this year’s IPL, as Rajasthan posted 185 for four after winning the toss and electing to bat. However, Hussey’s dashing innings, off just 51 balls and with 13 fours and a six, provided the platform for Chennai to reach 186 for five with one ball of their innings remaining. The hosts began the last over of the match needing 11 runs to win but Dwayne Bravo (15 not out) struck a majestic six over extra cover, off the third ball of the over bowled by Watson, to make sure of the victory. Chennai, after the early loss of Murali Vijay (3), made a fine fist of their run chase thanks to Hussey and Suresh Raina. The pair added 90 runs off 10.1 overs for the second wicket before Raina, after making his way to 51 off 35 balls with four fours and two sixes, was trapped leg-before by left-arm quick James Faulkner.
fastest century in One Day International (ODI) cricket. He had reached the triple figure mark in 37 balls against Sri Lanka in 1996. In Test cricket, West Indian cricketer Viv Richards smashed the fastest ton in 56 balls. Riding on Gayle’s 175-run knock, RCB posted a massive 263 for five on the scoreboard at the end of 20 overs. Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan (33) added 167 runs in the first wicket partnership. AB de Villiers hammered 31 runs off 8 balls which included three boundaries and three sixes. Chasing 264 for victory, Pune scored 46 for four at the end of seven overs. Steven Smith (4*) and Mitchell Marsh (0*) are on the crease at present. Pune have lost the wickets of Robin Uthappa (0), Aaron Finch (18), yuvraj Singh (16) and Luke Wright (7) so far.
TENduLkAr To BAT oN AT 40 MUMBAI: Record-breaking batsman Sachin Tendulkar turns 40 on Wednesday with no plans to retire despite media speculation and recent form suggesting that age is finally catching up with the “Little Master”. Test and oneday cricket’s greatest run-scorer approaches the game with undiminished enthusiasm and insists he has much to offer despite slipping from the dizzying heights he reached earlier in his 24-year career. “People have been talking about my retirement since 2005, but that does not worry me at all,” Tendulkar chided reporters at a promotional event in New Delhi last week. “your job is to write, my job is to play. I will stick to my job and you stick to yours.” Tendulkar, afforded almost religious status in India, burst onto the world cricket scene as a 16-year-old in 1989 and has played a record 198 tests and 463 one-dayers, scoring an unprecedented 100 international hundreds. He was singled out by Don Bradman but the Australian legend’s test average is one of the few marks that Tendulkar has not been able to threaten, with his 15 837 runs coming at 53.86. Bradman averaged 99.94. However, questions over his future mounted when he struggled for a year to score the ton he needed to take him to 100 centuries. He finally achieved the landmark against Bangladesh in Dhaka in March 2012. AGENCIES
reluctant westfield to appear at Kaneria case LONDON AGENCIES
Disgraced pace bowler Mervyn Westfield on Monday said that he had been forced to attend the appeal hearing of Pakistani spinner Danish Kaneria or face arrest. The case in London began on Monday and is due to last until Thursday, with Kaneria hoping to overturn a life ban imposed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) last year for inducing Westfield to under-perform in a 2009 county match. The 32-year-old Kaneria is effectively banned from all cricket worldwide, as all boards under the jurisdiction of the International Cricket Council (ICC) governing body have agreed to uphold punishments made by member countries in such cases. On the eve of the hearing, though, it was unclear whether Westfield would attend but the 24year-old said he had only reluctantly agreed. “I have made it abundantly clear to the ECB that I have no desire to participate in this hearing or to provide any further evidence to that which I had previously done in June 2012,” he said in a statement. “The ECB has this time decided to take the hostile route in seeking the help of a High Court judge, who has signed a court summons in order to secure my attendance. “As I understand, by not attending today, the ECB would return to the High Court and a warrant for my arrest would be requested.” Both Westfield and Kaneria were arrested in 2010 but while no action was taken against the Pakistan legspinner, the former Essex quick was prosecuted and found guilty of taking £6 000 off a bookmaker he had been introduced to by Kaneria to bowl below par.
He served two months of a four-month prison sentence and was also banned from firstclass cricket for five years. Kaneria – Pakistan’s most successful test spinner with 261 wickets in 61 matches – has maintained his innocence throughout the saga. Westfield went on to accuse the ECB, Essex, as well as the Professional Cricketers’ Association of failing in their duty of care to support and protect him as he faced trial. He added that he was hoping to bring an end to the “pain and suffering” that he and his family had gone through. His testimony at the appeal, which is behind held behind closed doors at the International Dispute Resolution Centre in central London, is considered crucial as he named Kaneria at his trial. Kaneria’s legal team, though, have argued that Westfield’s original evidence was inadmissible at the appeal, unless he was available for cross-
examination, prompting the ECB action to seek a summons. Kaneria’s lawyers are hoping to overturn the ban, which would clear the way for them to sue the ECB for loss of earnings. The ECB and Essex declined to comment on Westfield’s statement but the chief executive of the PCA, Angus Porter, described the player’s criticisms as “slightly confusing”. “I think it is quite a confused statement by a young man who is obviously feeling quite bitter about what has happened to him,” he added. “I can understand him feeling that way. But he got himself into trouble and he is paying the penalty for that. “We have offered to help him try to rehabilitate himself and that offer remains open.”
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Noe Gonzalez Alcoba has been in with good company and he’s got a big KO record so it will be an explosive fight — Super-middleweight champion George Groves
SPorTS wednesday, 24 April, 2013
AMIr kHAN sets sights on Mayweather LONDON
MIR Khan insists his best is still to come as he sets his sights on a blockbuster showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr next year. The 26year-old Bolton fighter (27-3 19KOs) is looking to impress when he faces the vastly experienced Julio Diaz in Sheffield on Saturday night at a non-championship weight of 143lbs - his first fight on home soil since he beat Paul McCloskey in April 2011. Olympic silver-medallist Khan suffered back-to-back defeats against Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia on American soil, before defeating Carlos Molina in December and knows he cannot afford any slip ups against two-time former IBF lightweight champion Diaz (40-7-1 29KOs). The British light-welterweight would like to avenge the defeats he suffered to Peterson and Garcia, before moving up to 147lbs and a potential fight with eight-time world champion Mayweather Jr. “I can’t afford to look past the Garcia fight because he’s going to be a very tough opponent,” Khan told sportinglife.com. “However, I am getting bigger as I get older and I’m looking to move up to 147lbs where there are some huge fights - and nothing bigger than Mayweather. “Time is on my side. People forget I’m only 26 and I know I haven’t reached my peak yet. It’s all about taking the right fights at the right time. “I’d like to fight Peterson and Garcia again as I’d like to leave the 140lbs division as a world champion. Then it’s Mayweather at 147 and I’m confident I can bring the titles home.” It will be a
‘gCu as good in sports as in academics’ LAHORE: The Government College university Lahore is as good in sports as in academics and takes pride in maintaining high standard in every field of sports, said vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-rahman while addressing the prize distribution ceremony of GCu Inter-departmental Games 2012-13. GCu Sports Board Chairman Prof Dr Ikram-ul-Haq and Director Sports Khadim Ali Khan were also present. The ceremony was also largely attended by the chairpersons of various academic departments and students. Addressing the ceremony, the vice Chancellor said that sports were not wastage of time. STAFF REPORT
National Women Cycling on May 16 LAHORE: The 10th Women National Cycling Championship will be commence from May 16 at Lahore and will be organized by Pakistan Cycling Federation Munawar Baseer group. PCF secretary Syed Azhar Ali Shah informed that the 10th Women’s National Cycling Championship is scheudled to be held on May 16th 2013 at Lahore. All affiliated unites of PCF including teams of FATA, WAPDA and Islamabad will participate in the championship.
rare chance for British fight fans to see Khan in action at the weekend, now he spends most of his time in the United States. “It’s always nice to fight on home soil - it’s been over two years and I’d like to put on a big performance for my fans,” said Khan. “There will be extra pressure on me being at home, but to be honest there is pressure all the time to deliver. I know I have to win and I have to win well. “My training camp has been superb in the States - it’s been very hard but I feel great. “It’s only the second one I’ve had with my new trainer Virgil Hunter but I feel we are both getting to know each other now and I’m learning so much from him.” It’s going to be a special night for the Khan family with Amir’s younger brother, -year-old Haroon, set to make his professional debut on the same bill at super-flyweight against Bulgarian Stefan Slavchev. “It’s going to be amazing that the two of us are fighting on the same bill,” added Amir. “We did it a couple of times as amateurs, but to be honest I didn’t think it would ever happen with both of us being pros. “We get on really well and we drive each other on. Hopefully I’ll be able to watch Haroon’s fight in the changing rooms, but if it’s early I might be ringside. “I think he’ll be fine to be honest. He’s been training hard and I’m very confident in him. At the weight he’s at I don’t think there are many fighters with his skill or ability. ‘He’s been pushing himself. I can give him advice here and there but I don’t have to because he’s doing everything well. “It’s going to be a big night for both of us ... but the big dream is for both of us to be on the same bill fighting for world titles.”
National Women Baseball begins LAHORE: The Pakistan Federation Baseball is holding National Women Baseball Championship at Punjab Stadium from April 23–27. The baseball teams from HeC, K.P.K, Sindh and Punjab participated in championship. Lt. Gen (r) Syed Arif Hassan, President Pakistan Olympic Association was the chief guest on the opening day of the championship. First match of the event was played between Sindh and HeC and the later team won by 17-02 margin. Scorers from HeC were Ayesha Qazi 2-Home runs, Mariam Shafiqu 2 runs including one Home run, while rabia Basri, Aliya riaz, zainab, Mehwish, Madiha and Saima shared two runs each while erum had one run. Sindh scorers were Arooj and Tooba one each. In the second match, KPK will face Punjab. STAFF REPORT
Drug testing, UCI must be separated, says LeMond AUSTIN AGENCIES
Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond says he has “no vendetta” against disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and hopes professional cycling can clean up its sport. LeMond spoke Monday at a University of Texas symposium on doping in sports. Despite more than a decade of clashes with Armstrong in a feud that he said pushed him out of cycling, LeMond was restrained in his criticism of the rider who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in a doping scandal. Armstrong was just beginning his run of seven consecutive victories when LeMond publicly criticized his relationship with Italian sports doctor Michele Ferrari. Ferrari is now a central figure in the Armstrong case for his involvement in the U.S. Postal Service doping program, and has been banned from sports for life.
“I have no vendetta against Armstrong,” LeMond said. He also said “I don’t rejoice” over Armstrong being stripped of his victories, even though it means LeMond is now recognized as the only American winner of cycling’s most prestigious race. LeMond won the Tour de France in 1986, 1989 and 1990. Joining LeMond for the two-hour panel was his wife, Kathy, Betsy Andreu, a key witness against Armstrong and the wife of former Armstrong teammate Frankie Andreu, and Bill Bock, attorney for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which investigated Armstrong. Armstrong did not attend the symposium in the city where he lives and declined comment when reached by The Associated Press. Betsy Andreu said she tried to meet with Armstrong, but he refused. “He didn’t trust me,” she said.
LeMond said professional cycling won’t clean up its doping problem until drug testing is run by someone other than the sport’s governing body, the International Cycling Union known as UCI. “Drug testing has to be separated from UCI,” LeMond said. “It’s not a game.” LeMond said riders don’t trust the UCI, which has tried to defend itself against criticism that it helped Armstrong cover up doping offenses. LeMond noted that European legal authorities have pursued drug cheats in recent years. “I want to see cycling get to where I can say I can see a real winner,” LeMond said. Bock noted that UCI was highly critical of the USADA investigation and tried to stop it. “They demanded we drop the case,” Bock said. Andreu said doping in sports won’t clean up until athletes face criminal charges for cheating. A federal criminal grand jury had investigated Armstrong but prosecutors dropped the case in February 2012 without explanation. “Make doping a crime. Athletes don’t want to face jail,” Andreu said. LeMond said he believes cycling can clean up. “I’m hopeful,” LeMond said. “I’m not optimistic with UCI involved ... I love cycling. I believe cycling is an incredible sport.”
Johnsons withdraw from korea event
American Ryder Cup players Dustin Johnson and Zach Johnson have pulled out of this week’s Ballantine’s Championship in South Korea. A statement from the tournament sponsors said the two players had reached their decision due to “perceived unrest” on the Korean peninsula, but stressed that the event was going ahead as planned. The statement read: “Ballantine’s is disappointed to announce that Dustin Johnson and Zach Johnson have informed us they will no longer be attending the Ballantine’s Championship. “They have reached this decision following perceived unrest on the Korean Peninsula and can no longer assure their commitment to this year’s event.
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I feel that perhaps the selectors have given too many chances to some senior players and it is time to try out new faces — Zaheer Abbas
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Bahrain says thwarted attacks, found bombs before F1 race
Aligarh march into 3rd round LAHORE: Aligarh has marched into the 3rd round of 10 M Siddiq Memorial cricket event when they beat Mehboob park gym by 7 wickets played at Model Town Aligarh ground on Tuesday. Scores: Mehboob pArk Gym 144 all out. Qamar naseer 18, Faheem 16, tahir 13, M hussain 17, Imran bashir 19, haris 16. Malik Shakeel 1/26, rana bilawal 2/27, Mubashar Ijaz 2/20, rehan rauf 2/25, Imran nazir 1/14. Ali Garh club 147/3 in 18.2 overs. Imran nAzir Jr 61, Sheraz Ali 22, Mubeen hameed 36, Umer Javaid 19(no). haris nazir 1/17, haroon 1/26.
DUBAI: Bahrain security forces thwarted attacks and found caches of weapons including 1,000 petrol bombs in the run-up to last weekend’s Formula One race, state media said as protests and sectarian tensions continued to simmer in the island kingdom. Bahrain did not see a repeat of the mass demonstrations that overshadowed last year’s race - though young men armed with rocks did clash with police in outlying villages, as they have done regularly since unrest erupted in early 2011. Protests in the Gulf Arab country, a Western ally that hosts the u.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, broke out two years ago, with the Shi’ite-led opposition drawing thousands of demonstrators demanding democratic reforms from the Sunni-led government. Witnesses at the Sakhir desert race circuit, about 30 km (20 miles) southwest of the capital Manama, said there was no sign of unrest in the immediate vicinity but protesters blocked several roads in villages near the capital. The opposition said the race was being used as a public relations stunt, but the government insisted it was a pure sporting event that should not be ‘politicised’. Security sweeps ahead of this year’s contest “thwarted a number of terrorist plots that aimed to affect normal life ... harm the reputation of the nation and commit terrorist acts against policemen”, Bahrain’s chief of public security, MajorGeneral Tariq Al-Hassan, said according to the BNA agency. Security forces had found several weapon caches holding 1,000 petrol bombs, 19 mock bombs, bullets and homemade guns, he added. Hassan said security forces had also handled several incidents of rioting, including “acts of chaos and destruction” inside an industrial secondary school by students who had also blocked nearby roads and attacked cars, pedestrians and policemen, according to BNA. “Police at no point in time raided the school or attacked it,” Hassan said. Sayed Yousif alMuhafdha of the Bahrain Centre for Human rights had said on Sunday police had fired teargas at a secondary school in the city where students had been demonstrating. On Tuesday, Muhafdha added security forces had arrested up to 50 “pro-democracy activists” in the days preceding the race. Amnesty International said human rights activists reported dozens of protesters were arrested ahead of the race and Human rights Watch said on April 10 that 20 opposition activists had been arrested in towns near the circuit. The government has denied those arrests have taken place. It has said several people accused of stealing and burning cars had been detailed. Widespread unrest forced the cancellation of the 2011 Formula One race and although the event went ahead in 2012, it was overshadowed by violent protests in the country. AGENCIES
AFAEL Nadal is determined to put aside his first loss in a decade in Monte Carlo as he searches for peak physical condition this week in Barcelona. The world number five brushed off his 6-2, 7-6 final defeat to Novak Djokovic at the weekend, which ended his bid for a ninth straight Monte Carlo title, saying it was “no tragedy”. Instead of moaning about missing out on another clay record, the 26-year-old merely re-dedicated himself to the Roland Garros run-up, starting in the Catalan capital where he makes his second-round start on Wednesday. “Hopefully I can play another great week in Barcelona, play some matches that will keep helping to put me in the 100 per cent condition physically,” said Nadal, who has won at Barcelona in seven of the last eight years. “If we talk about tennis, I was pleased about my tennis,” he said after Monte Carlo. Nadal is ranked as the second seed on his home clay at the Real Club de Tenis, with friend and rival David Ferrer taking the top spot by virtue of his number four world ranking. The classic hard-working underdog has lost three Barcelona finals – all to Nadal –in 2009, 2011 and last year. The only year that Nadal did not play was 2010 when he sat out with an injury, but the title remained in Spanish hands as Fernando Verdasco triumphed. Ferrer should be refreshed after skipping Monte Carlo due to the thigh injury he suffered during his losing Miami final with Andy Murray last month. In opening day first-round play, Croatian Ivan Dodig beat Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia 6-7, 6-3, 6-2, Russian Alex Kuznetsov put out Igor Sijsling 6-1, 6-3 and Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi won over Guillaume Rufin of France 64, 6-2. Well over a third of the 48-man field is Spanish, with home players taking three of the top four seedings.
Servis Club win: Servis club has declared winner against Fayyaz Memorial club in the match of 10 M Siddiq Memorial cricket event played at Allama Iqbal Institute ground on Tuesday. Scores: Fayyaz Memoriald CLub 153 in 18.3 overs. Zubair 13, Abdul Waheed 18, Asim 26, Moin 13, Sabir 28, Ibrar hussain 19(no), rehmat Sharif 18. Ghulab Singh 2/22, Adnan danish 2/19, Umer Sharif 2/20, Imran ALi 2/23, Waqas 1/16. Servis Club 105/1 in 11.4 overs. noman asghar 73(no), Arshad 23. rehmat Ali 1/16. Wahdat Eaglets down Tauseef Club:
ATP ToP 10 rANkINg IN PArENTHESIS: 1. (1) Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 12,900 points 2. (3) roger Federer, Switzerland, 8,670 3. (2) Andy Murray, Britain, 8,660 4. (4) David Ferrer, Spain, 6,970 5. (5) rafael Nadal, Spain, 5,985 6. (6) Tomas Berdych, Czech republic, 4,760 7. (7) Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina, 4,750 8. (8) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France, 3,875 9. (9) richard Gasquet, France, 3,365 10. (10) Janko Tipsarevic, Serbia, 3,000
Playing Baltacha was a risk: Judy SAN JOSE AGENCIES
Judy Murray admitted she took “a bit of a risk” in playing Elena Baltacha in Great Britain’s Fed Cup tie in Argentina. It was a gamble which failed to pay off as Baltacha lost her must-win contest with Maria Irigoyen, a defeat which condemned GB to a return to the Europe/Africa Zone I - the third tier of the competition - in 2014. Baltacha had played just one match in eight months following foot surgery but was chosen ahead of Johanna Konta, who had lost her singles match on Saturday, and Anne Keothavong, who ended up not playing in the tie despite having recently won an ITF tournament in France. Baltacha went on to lose 7-5 3-6 6-1 which, following Laura Robson’s earlier defeat to Paula Ormaechea, gave Argentina a winning 3-1 lead in the tie. Captain Murray told the Daily Mail: ‘It was a bit of a risk because Elena had
not played much, but she was playing so well in practice and she is such a warrior.” There had been suggestions that Keothavong, who prefers other surfaces to clay, had been injured but she denied that via Twitter. She said: “(I’m) absolutely gutted about the result today but still very proud of my team-mates. “For the record, I would’ve loved to have played this weekend and there were no injuries. you have to respect the captain’s decision and go with it. “The Argentinian girls played really well and had amazing fans supporting them. Our girls gave it their all but it just wasn’t to be.” Murray, who also led GB to the playoffs in 2012 only to suffer defeat at the hands of Sweden, looked forward to launching another promotion bid next year. “It is a tough defeat for us,” she added. “We had a lot of chances today and didn’t manage to take them. I think the
Argentinian team played very, very well. “That’s as well as I’ve ever seen Paula play and she made life very difficult for Laura, with Maria doing the same for Elena. “I think that the crowd created an amazing atmosphere, something that you
don’t see at tour events. “We had never played in front of a crowd like that before, it was almost like a carnival. “We are getting close though to the play-offs and hopefully next year we can go one better.”
Wahdat eaglets has entered into the 2nd round of 16th Tauseef Trophy cricket championship when they beat Tauseef Club by 42 runs played at Model Town greens ground on Tuesday afternoon. Wahdat eaglets 180 all out. hAris nazar 75, Waheed 19, M ALi Shah 16, Zaheer siddiq 19. Israr baig 2/22, M ALi rana 2/41, Sher baz khan 2/35, Awais Manoor 2/37, Mohsin Agha 1/45. tauseef Club 138 all out. Sher baz khan 44, Ibrar baig 39, Waqas khan 14. Ali tipu Sultan 3/17, M Ali Shah 3/41, M Asghar 2/19, Zaheer Siddiq 2/8. Superover win for MT greens: Model Town Greens has won the match against Akhter Abdul rehman Club in super over in the 28th M Yaseen Akhter event played at Model Town Greens ground on Tuesday morning. SCORES: Akhte Abdul rehman Club 119 all out in 20 overs. Waheed 14, Farukh 13, Asfand 14, Asif raza 31. Saif rasoo 3/24, M Irfan 2/16, Adil Sharif 2/22, Luqman butt 2/24, Amir hayat 1/10. Model town Greens 119 all out in 20 overs. hamza pracha 20, Luqman 21, Amir hayat 28, Farhan khan 21. tajamal Ch 3/29, Jahanzaib 2/28, Waheed 2/7, Shfaq 1/16.
Lahore-Sheikhupura road race on 28th: The Punjab Cycling Association is organizing 45-km Lahore to Sheikhupura road race on ordinary cycles on April 28. The race will start from Punjab Stadium at 07.30 am for Sheikhpura via Ferozepur road, Katchery to Sagian bypass to Kot Abdul Malik to Sheikhupura. Syed Nazakat Ali will be the chief judge and Qaisar Siddique Bhatti as organizing secretary of the race. The organizing Committee of this race consists of Kamran Javed, Muhammd Bilal Malik and Aamer Shehzad Nomi, former councillor. Abu Bakar Mushtq virk, Former MNA and Mian Haji M.Shfiq, Candidate MPA PP 267 will be the chief guest and give away the prizes to the winners Handsome cash prizes will be awarded to the first six position holders. The interested Cyclist to take part in this race are advised to register their name at 06.30 A.M. on 28.04.2013 to Mr. Qaisar Saddique Bhatti at Punjab Stadium,Lahore.
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